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Marla

Marla

Joined May 2016

Book addict, fifthdaughter.wordpress.com
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Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
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Oh my gosh! This was SO good! So many surprises and shocks weaves throughout the story. I didn‘t want to put it down. Worth the read.

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Started this one last night. My exclusive #OwlCrate cover. I‘m excited to get it read!

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A Dangerous Collaboration | Deanna Raybourn
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This is one of my favorite mystery series. If you haven‘t picked it up then hurry up and do so. This is book four of the series and it‘s another great addition. I did not know who the murderer was until they were revealed. As always this was filled with humor and strong characters. I love how independent Veronica is for the time period. And I love her and Stoker together. I can‘t wait for the next installment.

robinb One of my favorites as well. 😊❤️ 5mo
ChasingOm These are amazing on audio — I‘m eagerly waiting for my Audible credit to come so I can pick this one up!! 5mo
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Grace and Fury | Tracy E Banghart
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Love my special Owlcrate cover.

Karkar Very nice! 😍📚 10mo
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Pickpick

I enjoyed this book so much I read it in a day. I stayed up until 1 am and 2% left on my iPad battery. Great characters and I loved that the POV changed between the three main characters. Well worth the read.

Jen_Reads I‘ve had this arc for months and haven‘t read it yet. I need to get on that. 12mo
robinb I‘ve got this one too! So glad to hear you enjoyed it! 😊👍 12mo
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Pickpick

I found this book very interesting. I learned a lot about some of the decisions that were made. I loved the part where he is in line at the cafeteria and a guy didn‘t recognize him. “Dude, I‘m the director of the FBI, you work for me” “You look a lot different than your photo on line”. I love that his wife laughed and said that should be said to you everyday.

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Women in Sunlight | Frances Mayes
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I started the audiobook in the car to work. On the way home it hit track 9 disc 1 & said part 2. I said nope, can‘t do it, this has not grabbed my attention. Fastest time I have ever bailed on a book. Anyone else feel this way or did you love this? Under The Tuscan Sun is one of my favorite movies but I have never read the book.

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The Great Alone | Kristin Hannah
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Every Kristin Hannah book I read rips my heart open. This one is no exception. For the first time I listened to the audiobook, the narrator does a great job with capturing the characters & their emotions. I loved Large Marge. There was a spot I had to stop listening because I was heading into lunch with a friend & didn‘t want to ugly cry.

Reviewsbylola Large Marge is the best!! Loved this book. 13mo
CathyJ Loved this book. I ugly cried through the last half of it. 12mo
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The Forest Queen | Betsy Cornwell
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I rarely get printed books from the library anymore because I have so many piled up but forgot this one was live in the queue. I‘m looking forward to reading this book. I love retelling of old stories.

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Catching Stars | Cayla Keenan
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Mehso-so

I‘ve been reading the different posts about this and how people thought it was bad. I didn‘t think it was too bad. I did wonder what the point of the story could be, there seemed to be a lot of things happening without purpose and I didn‘t really care about the characters. I don‘t know if I would pick up a book two. I feel like this was stretched out for a possible trilogy but I think with some work it could be a stand alone book.

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Before and Again | Barbara Delinsky
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I‘m having a hard time putting this one down. I was going to take it on my trip in 3 days but I will probably finish before then.

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Jar of Hearts | Jennifer Hillier
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Pickpick

It‘s always exciting when an author acknowledges your review. If you like psychological thrillers, this is really good! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Jess7 Nice! 1y
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The Paris Secret | Karen Swan
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Starting this one today. It sounds good.

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Who has read this book. What a fantastic debut novel! It‘s now on my all-time favorite list. I can‘t wait to see the movie. I listened to the audiobook.

GirlNamedJesse This is next on my audio list. Thanks for the recommendation! 😊 1y
rubyslippersreads I‘m going to start it soon for my IRL YA book club. Glad to know so many Littens like it. 1y
Marla @GirlNamedJesse The narrator does a fantastic job. You do have to pay attention as each chapter is a different POV. 1y
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Shift | M A George
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If you have not read anything by this author and you like a great story with fun characters pick this up. I have read all her books and she just keeps getting better and better.

Dragon Sounds interesting, stacking! 👍🐉 1y
Marla @dragon if you like being able to live in different dimensions, this one is really good. She also has a trilogy that I enjoyed. 1y
Dragon Thanks @Marla I‘m currently reading a book about traveling through multiverse dimensions so this book is so in my wheelhouse 1y
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Marla @dragon. I will put that one on my list. I love these types of books. 1y
Marla @dragon it‘s already on my Goodreads list!! I will move it up higher. Thanks for the recommendation! 1y
Dragon 👍😀🐉 1y
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A Reaper at the Gates | Sabaa Tahir
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I can‘t wait to get started on this book and find out what happens next! It‘s going to be a quiet weekend so I‘m going to fill the kid pool I got at Target yesterday and read the day away.

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Soaking up a little bit of sun while enjoying this book. My heart goes out to Chrissy for what she endured as a child with her stepfather. I love watching This Is Us.

ephemeralwaltz I love This Is Us. She's amazing. Need to read this 1y
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My Lady Jane | Jodi Meadows, Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand
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I‘ve only read a few pages and I can already tell this is going to be a very enjoyable book that I will have a hard time putting down.

Literary_Siren Loved it! 2y
ReadingSusan Ohhhh I have that on my kindle. I need to read it 2y
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Surprise Me | Sophie Kinsella
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Another win by Sophie Kinsella. Lots going on, several misunderstandings along with a few laughs. Everything comes together and makes sense at the end. Very fun read.

rubyslippersreads Can't wait for this one! 2y
Octoberwoman I love her! 2y
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Graceling | Kristin Cashore
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This was a pretty good book as an audiobook. They used a cast of characters so the voices were age appropriate. I‘ve started the next book in the trio loft but I‘m disappointed that it‘s not a normal trilogy.

Mommamanzi I loooooove this book! 2y
tpixie Yes, that‘s why I‘m hesitant to continue. My daughter had the same trouble with 2y
tpixie @Mommamanzi i do too! Have you read the rest? 2y
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Mommamanzi @tpixie I OWN the other two but have not read them yet. Why are there not more reading hours in the day?? 2y
StephanieMarie @Marla @tpixie The other two are great too! Just think of them as separate novels that occur in the same universe, and good luck with the heartbreak of getting over Katsa and Po not being main characters anymore - that was the biggest downside for me 2y
tpixie @Mommamanzi yes we definitely need more reading hours!! @StephanieMarie that sounds like good advice! 2y
tpixie @StephanieMarie i guess it helps make that world bigger, learning about others in it! 2y
Marla @StephanieMarie my daughter said the same thing about them being stand alone books yes within the same universe. I‘m listening to Fire now. 2y
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Graceling | Kristin Cashore
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Started listening to this one in the car. Looking forward to the trilogy.

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Before I Fall | Lauren Oliver
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I‘ve watched the movie and listened to the book. They were both very good. This really shines a light on the lives and relationships of teenagers.

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Crooked Kingdom | Leigh Bardugo
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Starting book two of this interesting story.

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Untitled | Unknown
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A nice surprise this weekend an author pointed out to me. I'm honored to be a top reviewer on Goodreads when they have over 25 million members. I'm sure I will drop off next month but still it's exciting to be recognized for all the reviews I have written.

Captivatedbybooks To be #104 globally is awesome! 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage That's fantastic! I wonder how they come up with rankings. 🤔 2y
Megabooks 🎉🎉🎉🍾🥂 2y
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CoffeeCatsBooks Very cool! 🎉 2y
minkyb Nice! 2y
Marla @BarbaraTheBibliophage The algorithm used to include all your activity on the site and I emailed them a couple years ago that top reviewers was being treated like top users. I tested the algorithm. So hopefully they have fixed it and it's based on number of reviews, likes and comments the review received and maybe followers. I'm sure I will drop off next month. 😩 (edited) 2y
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I absolutely love this series! This is another really good addition to the Charley Davidson story. Lots of shocks in this one along with the usual laughs. I listened to this entire series until the last two and the narrator is fantastic. I rarely read books twice but this series I would purchase the audiobooks and listen to them over and over.

Cinsai Absolutely love this series!! 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Yes! This is always a fun one on audio. Lorelei King is wonderful! 2y
drokka I agree, Lorelei King is amazing. 2y
Karen3 I love this series so much. Haven't listened yet but may need to try it. 2y
Marla @Riveted_Reader_Melissa and @drokka I LOVE Lorelei King! She is fantastic! I was getting hardwood floors last year listening to the books while I was painting walls upstairs and I swear the guys were listening to the books too. 2y
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Sweet Tea and Sympathy | Molly Harper
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This book was so much fun! The characters were wonderful. Loved Aunt Tootie and the little girl June. Snarky, feisty and in your face. I can't wait to read the next installment. I have a new favorite author! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

MidnightBookGirl I have the arc, but I might hold out for the audiobook because Harper and Ronconi are a perfect match! 2y
DarcysMom @MidnightBookGirl I love, love, love Amanda Ronconi! I have listened to a few books because she was the narrator. 2y
MidnightBookGirl @DarcysMom I do that with all my favorite narrators too! 2y
Reecaspieces I loved this one too!!! 2y
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72 Hours | Bella Jewel
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OMG! I could not put this down! Fast paced and scary. What a heart pounding read. This is like a criminal minds episode. Very, very good! If I had the time I would have read it in one sitting. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Crossing the Horizon | Laurie Notaro
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Slowly getting through this one. It's been kind of fascinating how the women wanted to prove they could fly too and how people didn't take them seriously including their families.

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Clash of Kings | George R R Martin
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Uploading Clash of the Kings so I can listen to it at work. CD driver doesn't function on work computer so a few steps to upload books to drown out my co-workers in the open air office. Can't wait to listen to the series!

ferskner I do the same thing! My library doesn't have Overdrive so a lot of the books I want are only available on CD, and my car doesn't have a player. 2y
Marla @ferskner it's become a slight process but worth it. I have to copy them to a folder on my desktop then upload them to our work Google drive then download them to my work computer and import them to my iTunes. When I'm done with tracks I delete them out of my iTunes. 2y
ferskner Whoa, that's even more work than I thought! That's dedication, but I don't blame you! 2y
WhatDeeReads I do the same. I listen to several audiobooks and podcasts to keep away sounds of co-workers. I find a lot of their banter incredibly frustrating. 2y
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All the Bright Places | Jennifer Niven
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Just started listening to this one in the car.

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P.S. I Like You | Kasie West
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Finally getting to my Owl Crate purchases. This is the first one I received. I know it's from last year but my book pile is kind of high.

[DELETED] 206653737 This was a cute story! 2y
Marla @bookish22 this was a very cute story. A very fast read. I think I read it in less than 24 hours. Loved the characters. 2y
[DELETED] 206653737 I think I read it pretty quickly as well. Glad you enjoyed it. 2y
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The Art of Hiding | Amanda Prowse
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This book shows no matter what a family looks like on the outside, you don't know what is happening behind closed doors. Nina and her boys have to start over with nothing after her husband Finn dies and leaves an $8 million pound debt. She has no job experience but determination. This book really shows how to no matter how bad things are you can survive. Beautiful writing, I shed several tears.

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Freeks | Amanda Hocking
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Pickpick

I really enjoyed this book. The build up is slow but that gives you time to meet the characters and learn about their lives. I always enjoy a good story where the characters have special powers.

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Freeks | Amanda Hocking
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I am really enjoying this book! What a perfect Saturday to be reading as a storm rolls through. ❤️🐾⛈

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Echo of the Cliffs | D. G. Driver
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I'm really excited to read this 3rd book of the trilogy and see what Juniper is up to this time. This trilogy has been so much fun and Donna does a great job with the characters.

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This is such a sad tragedy. To lose your 8-year-old while on vacation while rafting & later finding out it could have been prevented if the rafting company cared more about safety than profit is heartbreaking. This family learned how to go forward & live without their son in the physical world when tragedy can pull a family apart. This made me tell my daughter not to go rafting on vacation & makes me think of my cousin's rafting business. #24in48

heyitsMacall This is terrible 😳 2y
Jinjer So sad. We've had 3 children drown in our local river already this season. In two of the cases none of the adults had an eye on the child. Don't know the details of the most recent one yet. Please make your kids wear life jackets near rivers, lakes, etc. 😢 2y
Marla @Jinjer that is horrible! Water can be a scary thing. I always have a fear of drowning as I almost did when I was 11. Now as an adult I can't snorkel, it causes me to panic. 2y
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Finishing this up today as part of the #24in48. I'm home alone with 2 sleeping dogs so I should be able to get lots of reading done!

Sweettartlaura Tough book 😢. But still beautiful 2y
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An Ember in the Ashes | Sabaa Tahir
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I'm addicted to Owl Crate, especially when I get fun stuff like this magnet in the box.

Linsy Love this pin! 11mo
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#asidefrombooks
Favorites:
Hobby: besides books, travel & movies
drink: Chai Tea Lattes - still searching for the best
food: Indian
color: Pink & turquoise
city: London
Where would your dream house be: private Caribbean island with wifi & mail delivery or small farmhouse in Tuscany
Accessories: Fitbit to track sleep
TV Show: Outlander & The Walking Dead
Last Movie: Wonder Woman
Currently Reading: Outlander series & several other books

Kaylamburson I LOVE Chai Tea Lattes. My favorite so far has been from Gregory's Coffee (Starbucks' is gross). I would love to find an amazing one from an independent though! 2y
stargazerblue49 Puppy does not look amused at being included in the selfie 😂 2y
erinreads Chai lattes and Outlander! 💕 2y
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Marla @Kaylamburson I found one at a local coffee shop by my office which was a chocolate one that was pretty spectacular. Right now it's in 1st place. Can't stand Starbucks, it's always so watered down. I try not to drink them too often but would love one daily. I get almond milk. 2y
Marla @stargazerblue49 Bo would sit on my head if he could. He's a friend's dog we watch. Had him for 18 months at one point when they couldn't have him. Now he just visits as he's back home with his family. He has tons of energy that my dog tolerates. 2y
Kaylamburson Mmmm that sounds delicious, @marla! I need to find a chocolate one!! 2y
minkyb The ongoing quest for the best chai is never ending. I just had an iced one at Whole Foods. They use Rishi concentrate which I enjoyed. 2y
Marla @minkyb I haven't tried iced yet, not sure if I would like it. So even on a 90+ degree day I get it hot. 2y
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Starting this one today. From the description I think it's going to be a hard emotional read.

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Come Sundown | Nora Roberts
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I really enjoyed this book. Loved all the characters and the story pulled me along. I stayed up to finish it and didn't realize how late it was. I grew up on a farm and miss it. This book brought me back home. Also makes me want to trade in my husband for a cowboy. I've always had a soft spot for cowboys. Great summer read. I felt like I was right there on the Bodine Ranch.

Liatrek Nora Roberts books are the ultimate comfort read😊 I need to go get this one. 2y
LaurenReads I'm at 80% on this in my kindle...woke up early this morning to finish it - so good! I also want a horse that does tricks! (edited) 2y
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Reading Women | Stefan Bollmann
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Saw this painting at Crystal Bridges Art Museum yesterday in Bentonville, Arkansas and thought that is so me minus the cat. I think this was called Woman Reading In Bed. The artist even got the hair correct. 😊❤️📚

goodbyefrancie I love that art museum! 2y
kristen_in_wonderland One of my favorite places! I just moved from NWArkansas to Houston, Texas. Sure miss home! 2y
minkyb Lovely! 2y
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Marla @goodbyefrancie have you seen the Chihuly exhibit? It's beautiful! My parents live in Bella Vista and are charter members of the museum. My Mom always says it was built for her since her maiden name is Crystal. 😉I love going there! 2y
emilyhaldi That's me every night! 😂❤️ 2y
Booksbymybed This cat looks so much like one of mine, lovely painting! 2y
goodbyefrancie @Marla I haven't seen the Chihuly there, but I've seen some of it in Seattle. It is indeed beautiful work. 2y
Jinjer Oh I love this! Hello Bentonville! Waving to you from Cherokee Village!🙋 2y
CoffeeCatsBooks I love this! 📖😺 2y
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Sunshine Sisters | Jane Green
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I'm trying to write my blog review and the neighbors are shooting off fireworks. Tonight the Thunder Shirt isn't quite doing it.

DarcysMom Poor puppers. 🐶 2y
OrangeMooseReads 😔 poor pup 2y
DGRachel Pilot is in bed with me because fireworks were going off in my neighborhood, too. I feel your pain. Now, we have thunder, which he hates just as much. I hope things settle down for you soon. 2y
Purrfectpages Same with my kitties. My boy REALLY hates them. 2y
merelybookish I was pretty excited to discover fireworks are banned in our new neighborhood. 2y
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Twilight | Stephenie Meyer
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Interesting how many twilight series books are at this Savers. I'm sure they wish someone would take a few. I have 2 complete sets in my garage for my Little Free Library that aren't moving. The organizer in me almost put them all together. 😳

jlondon1963 😂 2y
Little_Reader Dang! That's a lot! 2y
LisaJo They should do a buy one get the rest of the series free sale. 2y
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adventuresthruwonderland Wow! 😳 I didn't love it, but the series wasn't THAT bad! 😂 2y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag Free with purchase? 2y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @adventuresthruwonderland,maybe it's not so much a question of "badness" but a sign of collective moving on? 2y
EchoLogical I'm sorry but the librarian in me is fixated on that bottom shelf! 😨😨😨 2y
Marla @EchoLogical I'm not a librarian but I'm always organizing their books. Yesterday I handed one of the workers 3 Sookie Stackhouse books filed in the young adult books. Told him there was way too much sex for it to be on that shelf. 2y
EchoLogical @Marla You sound like a librarian at heart. 😉 2y
monkeygirlsmama That's sad they've just become stagnant on the shelves. ☹️The sheer disorganization of these shelves has me itching to put them straight too. Also NOT a librarian by trade, but at heart. Haha 2y
LaraReads I too see most of the books of the series at every thrift store I visit. Agree with @adventuresthruwonderland people must be moving on. Also have seen a lot of 50 Shades recently. Lol. 2y
Marla @EchoLogical I have always wanted to work in a library. I also organize in other stores but if you saw my closet and sock drawer it would make sense. 2y
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The Dinner | Herman Koch
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I have to admit that I bailed on this one after half of the first CD. I realized I saw the movie and since the movie was okay didn't feel like wasting time on the book.

heikemarie I imagine it wouldn't be as good already knowing the ending on this one 🙈 2y
Equinm This book was just the worst!! I wish I would have bailed. Unfortunately, I finished it - and still regret the wasted time. 2y
L_auren Hated this book 2y
Marla @Equinm and @L_auren I feel better bailing seeing your comments. There are way too many books to waste time on books I'm not thrilled with. 2y
Bloomingjen i think I finished a chapter before bailing. no regrets. 2y
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Drums of Autumn | Diana Gabaldon
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I am loving this series and this one is a fantastic addition to the series. A lot happens that made me laugh, made me cry, make me mad and made me anxious. I'm also loving the TV show. They are doing a fantastic job sticking to the books.

Meg11726 My favorite books and show! 2y
wingedsnails Seriously one of my favorite series! 2y
Marla @Meg11726 & @wingedsnails I am totally obsessed. I think this is my favorite historical series. 2y
Kindredanne I am obsessed with this book series!! I also love the tv series as well!! Love!! Love!! Love!! 2y
jlondon1963 Guilty..obsessed by the books and the series. Cannot wait for September and the start of the next season! 2y
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Outlander | Diana Gabaldon
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I am obsessed with the Outlander series. I'm on book 4 in audio, halfway through with the TV series, I dream about the characters, one of the actors has started following me on Twitter, Bing.com had the rock formation as their background photo the other day and I see this at Savers. It will be a sad day when I finish this series.

erinreads Yesss. This was me two years ago when I read the series for the first time. It can suck you in so fast! 💕 2y
QueeneMare 😱 literally just started this series! So excited! How are the audio books? 2y
Marla @erinreads it really does! Lots of conversations about it in our office as there are several fans and we only have 14 employees. 2y
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Marla @QueeneMiri the audiobooks are fantastic. The narrator does a great job with accents. I'm listening to it at work and I've kind of sucked everyone into the series as I sit in an open air office. 2y
Desirai The audiobooks are AMAZING! Davina Porter is incredibly talented. The last one I listened to was Voyager. I'm taking a break because they are so long. But I've been just as obsessed. 2y
drokka The good news is that Diana Gabaldon has changed the number of books in the series several times AND she's getting closer to G.R.R. Martin's writing schedule, so you could be an octogenarian before the last one comes out. Oh, and she also has the spin-off Lord John series (they're sort of historical mysteries) 2y
Paula3 Oh I love Davina!!! This series is my all time favorite!!! No couple can come close to Jamie & Claire in my opinion. Can't wait for the next one.... in a year or so (hopefully). 2y
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Love this cover. Can't wait to start reading. This might be my weekend book.

heikemarie Really is a great cover. Can't wait to see how it is! 2y
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The Last Harvest | Kim Liggett
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This wasn't too bad of a YA horror story. The main character was well developed but the rest of the characters were just so so. Other than that it was pretty good and I wanted to know what happened.

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I work at a 100% privately funded nonprofit that strives to inspire and ignite women and girls through sports and this book embodies what we strive to see in young girls. I absolutely love this book! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

AmandaRae I love this cover. My daughter is a competition swimmer. 2y
Librarianaut I acquired it for my school library- it stayed checked out until the end of the school year. 2y
Librarianaut My niece is a gymnast; to celebrate her making it to regionals, I gave a copy to her. I love this book! 2y
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