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MadDashReading

Joined July 2018

Nose in a 📖 & ☕ in hand.
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My kind of morning...☕ ⛱ 🌊

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A Little Life: A Novel | Hanya Yanagihara
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Finding myself with a couple of leisurely hours at Barnes and Noble this evening. ❤

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Happy and You Know It | Laura Hankin
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This book was fantastic! Hilarious for any mom who either loves to hate or hates to love wellness trends, social media influencers, and tiny toddler tyrants. A complete, unexpected delight. 👶 🍼 💊

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I expected to like this book, but I was surprised by how much I LOVED it! It is warm and funny with a heavy dose of nostalgia mixed in. The story is endearing while honoring a bygone era and still managing to nod to the future. Generation wars ensue, but the players eventually realize when they combine their values they can achieve the greatest outcomes. A perfect, fun summer read. ☀⛱

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Hannah has uprooted her life and moved across the country to marry a man she barely knows but seems to love almost immediately, Owen. She soon learns he is not who he has made himself out to be when he suddenly disappears. Finding herself wrapped up in a mystery, while also try to care for Owen's contentious teenage daughter, Hannah realizes she may be in way over her head. This was a fast-paced thriller! I really enjoyed it.

CaffeineAndCandy Sounds so good ❤️ 6mo
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I didn't know much about Frida Kahlo, but I became interested after reading about her journals. I was excited to see this as a BOTM add on. This was an approachable book, good for anyone with a new curiosity about her. This is not for scholars of Frida. The concept of tying her life to a self-help style book was unique, but I got bogged down by the overwhelming amount of repetition. I think this happened because of the format. 🎨💐 🇲🇽

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The Age of Light: A Novel | Whitney Scharer
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This book covers the fiery relationship between Man Ray and Lee Miller set against the backdrop of 1930s Paris. I had never heard of either of these artists, so I enjoyed learning about them. Miller's experiences were particularly fascinating. Loved all of the references to art 🎨, photography 📷, and allusions to the creative thinkers of this time. The characters were hard to connect with, but the historical aspects saved this one for me.

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Chapter 26! 🔥🙊❤ That is all. If ya know, ya know. Lol.

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My May BOTM picks 💐.
I absolutely love the joy of picking out these selections every month! It looks like I will need to get Malibu Rising and Great Circle pre-ordered from elsewhere. 🌊✈ Summer reading, here I come!

Lovesbooks87 This was my box minus The Broken Girls which I have read and loved! 7mo
MadDashReading @Lovesbooks87 perfect! Yep, I've got some St. James to catch up on. She was a new to me author with The Sundown Motel. 7mo
kspenmoll I loved the Broken Girls. My first read by this author. 7mo
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A passionate, penniless artist and a free-spirited, high society girl collide in a post WW1 love story set in London. This novel portrays the lost generation in a surprisingly fresh and modern way. I've been thinking about this one obsessively over the past few days. I'm a sucker for the 1920s.

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This was a fun, sweet story spanning multiple generations in the Fontana family across both Italy and America. Some of the plot points and the characterization was a little beyond the point of believability, but as a rom-com style novel it worked. The descriptions across Italy were beautiful. 🇮🇹

LoverOfLearning I really enjoyed this one! I was desperate for a light-hearted and summer time feel read! This one gave me everything I was looking for. 7mo
LoverOfLearning Also your goodreads link doesn't seem to be working. 😭 7mo
MadDashReading @LoverOfLearning oh no! I'll have to check on the issue with Goodreads. Thanks for letting me know! I agree. This book had just the right amount of lightness to it. ❤ 7mo
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This book definitely grew on me. I thought the first half was a little bit silly in its treatment of the subject matter, but it developed in such a way that was pleasing and meaningful for the reader. This is a lovely, quiet story about love and grief. I enjoyed it very much.

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"That was the thing about best friends. Like sisters and mothers, they could piss you off and make you cry and break your heart, but in the end, when the chips were down, they were there, making you laugh even in your darkest hours."

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This says so much about me and how I practice self care.

kspenmoll Me too!!! 9mo
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Outlander | Diana Gabaldon
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I was introduced to the Starz series last spring and promptly proceeded to binge the entire thing. Now that I've had a bit of distance from the show, I wanted to start working my way through the books. 1 down, 7 more to go. The show really did a great job of honoring the book in season one! There were some differences, but I actually liked those new choices too. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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The Winter People: A Novel | Jennifer McMahon
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Thank you so much @charlene1321! My region is forecasting accumulating snow off and on this week. This will be the perfect mystery to add to the atmospheric chill. ❄ I'm excited about the book and love 💘 the chocolate goodies! Happy Valentine's Day! 💝 @candority #bookcupidswap

rsteve388 I lived Winter People. I thought it was a great Jennifer McMahon book 9mo
rsteve388 Loved* 9mo
candority Happy Valentine‘s Day! 💘 9mo
MadDashReading @rsteve388 I'm pretty sure I stacked it from you! 😊 9mo
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This book was magically whimsical and had such a beautiful message. Thank you @Soubhiville for treating me to this quirky story. 🌊 👾 👹

Soubhiville Yay! I‘m glad you liked it 😊 9mo
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Practical Magic | Alice Hoffman
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Is it October 5th yet? 🎃 🧙‍♀️ Something to look forward to in 2021. I think I'll reread the first three books in anticipation of this final installment. 🧹

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Better late than never! February bookspin ready to go! @TheAromaofBooks #bookspin #bookspinbingo

Bklover The Starless Sea was wonderful! 10mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 10mo
MadDashReading @Bklover It has been on my list forever! Highly anticipated. 😊 10mo
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Cupid's Match | Lauren Palphreyman
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I received my #bookcupidswap! 📬 I didn't see a litsy handle on the box, so I'll hopefully be able to tag the sender when I open it on the 14th. ❤ 🤍 @candority

candority Fantastic! 💖 If they forgot to include their handle in the package, I‘ll let you know who it‘s from on opening day! 10mo
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The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek | Kim Michele Richardson
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I enjoyed this one, but holy smokes it was sad. In the hard scrabble hills of depression-era Kentucky, tender and strong Cussy Mary is a heroine to cheer for. I never knew about the blue people of Kentucky or the pack horse librarians. I thought I was getting into a sweet little tale about book deliveries/mobile libraries but this was so much more. #newyearwhodis @Kdgordon88 @monalyisha

monalyisha Yes! I haven‘t read this but a patron told me about it one day & I spent a hot minute researching the blue people. Fascinating! 10mo
PatriciaU I had to put this down early on because of the violence against Cussy Mary, but picked it up again and finished. A hard book, to be sure, but also one that has stayed with me. 10mo
MadDashReading @monalyisha I love when books send us into research mode! 10mo
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MadDashReading @patriciau I agree. It took me a little bit longer to get through this one because I had to mentally prepare myself before each reading session. The story was compelling--just hard to read. I'm definitely going with something lighter for my next pick. I need a breather from the intensity. 10mo
Kdgordon88 I‘m glad you liked it..sorry I didn‘t send a warning. I went into it the same way you did and was fascinated by the blue people. 10mo
MadDashReading No worries @Kdgordon88 ! It was a good recommendation. I truly did enjoy it. It was also the 2nd book that caught me off guard this month. I read Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and it ended up being a lot darker than I was anticipating. I think my mental book blurb reader/anticipator is off! Lol. 10mo
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The Four Winds | Kristin Hannah
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I am so excited about my BOTM selections for February. 😍

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Cupid's Match | Lauren Palphreyman
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Sent out my #cupidbookswap today 🏹 💕. It should be there by Wednesday. Thanks for hosting @candority !

rather_be_reading great idea of reusing the botm box! 10mo
MadDashReading @rather_be_reading yep! I stole this idea from someone who sent me a swap gift. I did put some flair on it to try and make it more personal. Lol. The box is literally the perfect size! 10mo
candority Yay! 😊💖 10mo
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The Poet X | Elizabeth Acevedo
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I don't typically read novels in verse, but I really enjoyed this one. Xiomara made me feel like a 15 year old girl all over again. She is grappling with first love, finding her identity, and an overbearing mother among other adolescent struggles. It was beautiful and telling -- a reminder about how hard it still is to be a kid! I think my students would love this one too. Thanks for the recommendation @Kdgordon88 and @monalyisha for organizing!

monalyisha I love everything of hers I‘ve read but this is my favorite. 10mo
Kdgordon88 @monalyisha Same! I love all her books. So glad you liked it, Kelly 😀 10mo
MadDashReading @TheAromaofBooks this was my review for January's double spin book. ✔ 🙂 10mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 10mo
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The City We Became | N.K. Jemisin
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I tried, but I have no clue what is happening in this book. 🤷‍♀️ I'm going to shelf it for now and maybe come back at a later date. The concept sounded intriguing. I think I just need more available brain space than what I currently have to work through its complexities. #authoramonth @Soubhiville

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I try so hard not to think about this! ?

"Libraries are life-enhancing places of wonder. It's not you, libraries, it's me, as the popular saying goes. The thought of books passing through so many unwashed hands - people reading them in the bath, letting their dogs sit on them, picking their nose and wiping the results on the page. People eating cheesy crisps and then reading a few chapters without washing their hands first. I just can't."

Soubhiville I understand why people are bothered by this, but for some reason I‘ve never thought much about it. Or I guess when I do I just shrug and wash my hands. 10mo
MadDashReading @Soubhiville I agree. I never gave it a second thought until a co-worker mentioned it years ago when I was talking about buying used books on Amazon. She had a major phobia about borrowed/used books. I had never even considered it before. Lol. I don't let it stop me; there is too much to read, and it's not practical to purchase everything new. I love my library. 10mo
TheAromaofBooks I do know people who are fussed about this & about secondhand books in general. I'm not sure if it's because I grew up using the library so much, or because so many of the books we had around the house were super old & had passed through so many people before arriving at our place, but it's never bothered me at all. I love the way books travel about & have their own adventures!! 10mo
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PatriciaU Was just talking about this yesterday with a colleague. We are planning a discussion with our group of library directors next week that will ask them to think about what they will do if people change their habits and no longer want to borrow items from the library, post-COVID. It‘s a real concern right now. 10mo
Soubhiville @MadDashReading @TheAromaofBooks agreed! I love used book shopping! It‘s like hunting for treasure, and generally I look for used before new. But I‘ve also always loved libraries, and I‘m happy borrowing too. 10mo
MadDashReading @TheAromaofBooks I love that! Used books tell their own stories. ❤ 10mo
luvlee68 i love libraries ! i love all that i get out of a good book , can even appreciate a book that i don‘t think is so great , i also don‘t check out as many titles as i did pre Covid , even knowing they are quarantined before going to the next person , unless it‘s a new title that hasn‘t circulated many times - so i have just started buying my books -new and gently used & using subscriptions. Covid has definitely changed how i deal with books! 📚 9mo
luvlee68 and i work at a library 9mo
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I finished my #bookspin and #doublespin selections for January. Two very different books, but they both featured strong women with complicated mother/daughter relationships. I'll post my reviews soon with more thoughts on each. @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 10mo
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Poet X | Elizabeth Acevedo
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Weekend reading vibes. ❤ 📖
Planning to finish Poet X, get next week's reading done for An Inquiry into Love and Death, and start at least one new book. Ready to escape into my books after this tumultuous and exhausting week. #anywayyoureadathon @kimmypete1 @Eggbeater @MidnightBookGirl

Eggbeater Glad you're participating! I loved The Poet X. 11mo
kimmypete1 Thanks for joining! 11mo
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Poet X | Elizabeth Acevedo
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1. Returning to school, orthodontist, physical therapy, soccer, and boy scouts. This is for me and my kids since their commitments are also mine. Lol.
2. It was an icy, cold weekend in St. Louis. I didn't leave the house at all, and I loved it! I read and stayed up late.
#motivationalmonday @cupcake12

Cupcake12 @MadDashReading Good luck for the week ahead. The UK entered its 3rd lockdown so mine will be spent gone-schooling. Hope you find some quality time to do some reading too. Thank you for playing x 11mo
MadDashReading @Cupcake12 I'm sorry to hear about the new lock down. I hope you and all of your loved ones are able to stay safe! ❤ 11mo
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Last of 2020: In a Holidaze #sundaybuddyread 🎄
First of 2021: The Death of Mrs. Westaway #jolabokaflod swap gift. 🙂🍫
@BookNAround #lastfirst

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1. Tagged
2. I started reading more than one book at a time which has always been really hard for me to do!
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@ozma.of.oz #sundayfunday

ozma.of.oz It‘s the reverse for me! I‘ve never been able to concentrate on a single book, start to finish! Thanks for sharing! 11mo
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Harriet "Hal" Westaway is barely surviving and keeping her head above water from both bill collectors and a sinister loan shark. Her luck seems to shift when she learns of a possible surprise inheritance. This one is full of mystery, suspense, and dark family drama with many twists and turns. This is my favorite Ruth Ware so far.

CBee Hey Kelly! Just a reminder to fill out the LitsyLove survey 😁 will be sending out an updated spreadsheet soon and want to include you if possible! 11mo
MadDashReading @CBee Hi Cydney! I just checked my email and the Google form survey never came through. Can you try to resend/share it with me? Thank you for following up!! 11mo
CBee @MadDashReading oh my - I‘ve sent it twice 🤷‍♀️ Make sure to check spam and promotions folders! I‘ll resend again! 11mo
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MadDashReading @CBee I just found it! It is not showing up in my Inbox but is appearing in a default folder labeled, "Important". Weird! I'm filling it out now. Thank you! 11mo
CBee @MadDashReading yep, those folders can be a bear 😳🙄 Thanks!! 11mo
CBee @MadDashReading oh hey, quick ? Would you rather use the yahoo address? Or is gmail still the best one? 11mo
MadDashReading @CBee either email is fine. I am much better about checking the yahoo one though! 11mo
CBee @MadDashReading good to know! I‘m going to ask Misty to change it on the list, if that‘s okay! 11mo
MadDashReading @CBee that's fine with me. 🙂 11mo
CBee @MadDashReading awesome - thanks! 😁😁 11mo
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#bookspin #20: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
#doublespin #4: Poet x
@TheAromaofBooks #bookspinbingo
Here we go! I wanted to get this posted before starting to mark them off. 🙂

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Looks great!! 11mo
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Eh - I'm about 80 pages in, and it's just not pulling me. I think the timing might be off for me with this one. It's not bad; I'm just lacking the patience to stick it out for the slow burn right now. Plus, it's due at the library, so I'm going to return it and move on!

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The Sun Down Motel | Simone St. James
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2020 was a great reading year for me! I think The Sundown Motel was my favorite book. I had no expectations going into it, and I was surprised at how quickly I flew through it. It wasn't "perfect", but it definitely put me back in the mood to read more thrillers. I honestly enjoyed what each of these books had to offer this year.

kspenmoll Loved Sundown Motel too! 11mo
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This book is putting off some lovely dark academia vibes. 📚 🏫 👩‍🏫 I believe in all of these charming things too. Including the ghosts, I might believe in them a little bit too 😉. #sundaybuddyread

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Bookspin Bingo for January 2021! The last five will be for spontaneous choice reads. Selections include swap gifts, #Sundaybuddyread, #authoramonth, and #newyearwhodis recs. I'm looking forward to my first go at this! @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 11mo
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Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics | Dolly Parton, Robert K Oermann
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Bookish family ?s 2020. ? Ever since I listened to the podcast, "Dolly Parton's America", I've been intrigued by her and her journey. This songbook is beautiful on the inside. ?

monkeygirlsmama I bought this for my Dolly loving grandma for Christmas. 11mo
Wife That was my favorite podcast of 2019! I just finished the book. Love ❤️ the pics too! 11mo
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In a Holidaze | Christina Lauren
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Stayed up late finishing this one. It was a delight, and I loved it! 🎄 ❄ #merryreaders #wintergames2020 @Clwojick

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Outlawed | Anna North
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Outlawed sounds like such a quirky, fun read! My dad LOVED westerns. Louis Lamour filled the bookshelves of my childhood home. We read Lonesome Dove and watched the early 90s miniseries together. My dad is responsible for sparking much of my initial interest in reading. His westerns were one of the things entrusted to me, to eventually pass to my son, when he passed away. I am intrigued by this take on a female western; I couldn't resist. 🤠🐎

ValerieAndBooks If you haven‘t read this one yet, you‘d probably love it 11mo
MadDashReading @ValerieAndBooks nope! I haven't read that one. I'll check it out. 11mo
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Merry Christmas Eve from my little bakers to yours! This is 6 and 14. 🤣 After the cookies are done, I'm looking forward to settling in with some chocolate and a book. 🎄 🍫 📚 #jolabokaflod

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Thank you @hermyknee for my #jolabokaflod swap! I love Ruth Ware and can't wait to get into this one! 🍫 @MaleficentBookDragon

hermyknee Yay! I hope you like it. It‘s on my TBR, too! 11mo
monkeygirlsmama I enjoyed this one! 11mo
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Addie LaRue may be one of the loneliest main characters I've ever encountered. She is forgotten by every single person she meets the moment she leaves their sight. Is this a gift offering her freedom from any consequence or an unmanageable curse? With an immortal life, Addie learns to find the gaps that make this life worthwhile. This was a beautiful story of love, memory, beauty, inspiration, and the pressing impacts of the passage of time.

MadDashReading How pretty is this themed book plate! 11mo
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Happy #LLWS opening day!! 🤗🎁 Thank you so much @Soubhiville ! I am so lucky! I ALMOST bought the Lana Del Ray book last week, but I resisted the urge. I am so glad I did! I love her. I cannot wait to read The House in the Cerulean Sea with my son. The boutique coffee is perfection *chef's 💋* ☕ and the little Narwhal pin is so cute and perfectly complements The Cerulean Sea! 🐋 I am over the moon with my goodies! @Bookgoil @rsteve388 ❤💚

rsteve388 What a beautiful box. I hope you love The House in The Cerulean Sea. It was such a beautiful story. 11mo
Bookgoil So cute and that coffee looks divine! I have Cerulean on ebook and need to get to it! 11mo
TheAromaofBooks That narwhale is adorable!!! 11mo
Soubhiville I‘m so happy you like everything! Cerulean Sea has been one of my favorites this year. Happy Solstice! 11mo
Crazeedi Very awesome!!! 11mo
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Friday night perfection...❄🍷

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This was a sweet read for December and the cover is adorable! It was delightfully predictable but sprinkled with a few bothersome choices made by the main characters. They lost my support for a bit which is why I'm going with 3 stars. I also felt like a few of the minor story lines fell flat. Not terrible but not quite my favorite holiday read either. The scenery from London was well done, and it provided a nice little mental vacation. ❄⛄

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These two are starting to get on my nerves a bit. 🤦‍♀️ I'm looking forward to talking it out on Sunday! ❤ #sundaybuddyread

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At the start of the pandemic, I somehow had the lucky grace to stumble upon the author, Suleika Jaouad. In a time of uncertainty, she developed a grass-roots writing community by offering insightful & inspirational daily writing prompts. I can't do her or her work value with my words. I highly recommend googling/checking out The Isolation Journals. I had the good fortune of participating in a live session with the tagged author. It was lovely!

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The Great Book Swap | Alan Mitchell
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Hey @hermyknee! I received my #jolabokaflod box today. I'm so excited! At first I thought maybe BOTM was sending me a Xmas gift. Nope, it's something much better than that! 🎄 ❄ 📖 🍫 I can't wait to open it. Also, we may have been a good match! I am a high school English teacher, and it looks like you teach too! ❤ @MaleficentBookDragon

hermyknee Yes! I‘m a high school ESOL teacher! 😊 12mo
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Then there is also this...LOL. I'm addicted to the rabbit hole of Amazon recs. I can't help myself!