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PurpleyPumpkin

Joined May 2016

“So many books, so little time.“ ~Frank Zappa ? https://www.goodreads.com/purpleypumpkin ??
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The Joy of Journaling | Bonita Wasniewski
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Journalling really helps me to organize and release my thoughts and emotions. I just need to do it more! 😅 #journal #SelfImprovementSept

OriginalCyn620 I love this! 😊❤️ 3d
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Positivity | Barbara Fredrickson
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OriginalCyn620 Yes!! 🙌🏻 4d
UwannaPublishme Amen to that! 🙌🏻 4d
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Every month, I track a number of things in the hopes that at least one of them will develop into a #goodhabit! As you can see, it can be hit or miss. But this list is a good reminder of what I hope to accomplish. #SelfImprovementSept

Blaire What a great way to track! I use a bujo and I am going to adopt that method for next month. 5d
OriginalCyn620 That‘s great! 👍🏻😊 5d
DGRachel That's awesome. I have a handful of things I'd like to track, and couldn't figure out how to best do it. I may have to steal this idea. 😊 5d
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TheSpineView Great idea to track that way. When you write it down it makes it more real. 😊 5d
UwannaPublishme A friend of mine was just telling me about this book. 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 4d
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme I don‘t have this book, but it looks really interesting. 🤔 4d
PurpleyPumpkin @TheSpineView @DGRachel @OriginalCyn620 @Blaire I saw this method on YouTube and thought it would work well. It‘s nice to focus on certain areas each month to try to improve!😉 4d
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I don‘t have a #bucketlist, but there are a lot of things I‘d love to do in this life! I‘m going to drift in a hot-air balloon someday... #SelfImprovementSept

OriginalCyn620 Love this quote! 6d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💗💗💗 6d
UwannaPublishme Go for it! 🎈🎈🎈 6d
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The Universe Has Your Back | Gabrielle Bernstein
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This was Audible's daily deal today. I had a $5 coupon, so thought I'd check out this #selfhelpbook. Here's hoping it's a good one! #somethingnew #selfcaresunday #multitasking #catchingup #SelfImprovementSept

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🙌🏻🙌🏻 great deal!! 1w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🙌🏻🙌🏻great deal!! 1w
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Something New | P. G. Wodehouse
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OriginalCyn620 Yes! 🙌🏼😊 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🙌🏻❤️ 2w
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End of Summer | John Lamb
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My garden is my happy place.🥰 But once our perennial hibiscus starts blooming, I know that summer is ending soon. 🌺 #flowers #SelfImprovementSept

DGRachel Hibiscus are annuals at my house, because of our cold winters, but I love them so much. 😭 I had a gorgeous yellow one when I first bought my house, but haven't replaced it, yet. I need to. 2w
PurpleyPumpkin @DGRachel Actually, the smaller traditional one would never survive our winters either. ☹️But these are much larger, almost the size of a dinner plate! And they‘ve come back yearly for a while now.👍🏽 I do love the smaller ones too, beautiful for indoors. (edited) 2w
OriginalCyn620 😊🌸🌼 2w
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Eggs Unspeakably gorgeous 🥰 2w
PurpleyPumpkin @OriginalCyn620 @Eggs So nice to have late bloomers in the garden. 😉 2w
KarynGood Beautiful! 2w
ladym30 So very beautiful!😍 2w
UwannaPublishme Gorgeous! 😍 1w
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I‘m not sure if many would call #bulletjournalling a #hobby. But I place it firmly in this category as I spend a lot of creative time in it. It keeps me organized and sane! And maybe I‘m also addicted to washi tape and stickers. 😂 #SelfImprovementSept

CogsOfEncouragement I just started last month. I have enjoyed the hand lettering and doodling. 2w
OriginalCyn620 Pretty! I‘d definitely consider it a hobby! 😊 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I would definitely consider it a hobby ☺️🙌🏻 2w
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PurpleyPumpkin @CogsOfEncouragement If you enjoy lettering and doodling, then I think you'll definitely stick with it! The wonderful aspect of bullet journalling is that it can be whatever you want it to be. I started last year and I've changed my style many times. 👍🏽 2w
Maria514626 @PurpleyPumpkin Those stickers! Those pens. My heart! ❤️❤️❤️ 2w
PurpleyPumpkin @Maria514626 😉👍🏽💜 2w
Kimberlone I love all the purple! My favorite color 💜 2w
PurpleyPumpkin @Kimberlone 😉🙌🏽💜 2w
Nute I think of bullet journaling as a hobby...look at all of the creativity that goes into keeping a journal like that.💜 7h
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It‘s been a while since I‘ve participated in one of these challenges, but this one intrigued me! I‘m behind on my various reading challenges, so I decided to gather a stack of books that will help me complete them before the end of the year. These will keep me busy from now until December! #readinggoals #SelfImprovementSept

OriginalCyn620 I‘m impressed that you‘re thinking through to the end of the year! I can only think a month ahead when planning what to read! 👌🏻😊 2w
PurpleyPumpkin @OriginalCyn620 That‘s usually me too! I only decided to plan because I‘m so far behind in my reading. We‘ll see how this goes.😜 2w
UwannaPublishme Wow! I see some great reads here. You can do it! 📚📚💪🏻 2w
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme Here‘s hoping! Thanks for the encouragement. 😊🤞🏽🤞🏽 2w
britt_brooke Great looking stack! 2w
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This story was quite interesting, if a tad repetitive. But, I didn't end up enjoying it as much as I expected to. I usually relish listening to authors read their own memoirs, but not so much this time. Kudos to Stallworth for his efforts to curtail the Ku Klux Klan and many thanks that he shared his experiences through this book, but he's no narrator. Perhaps reading the print edition would have been better. Still, it‘s worth reading. 2.5/5⭐️

britt_brooke Bless him, his narration was super stilted. 2w
PurpleyPumpkin @britt_brooke Indeed! The narration improved during the second half of the book, but still felt awkward. 2w
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The Book of Polly: A Novel | Kathy Hepinstall
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What a great audiobook! I loved all the characters, even the annoying ones. I highly recommend the audiobook narrated by the talented Jenna Lamia. She really brought the characters to life. 4/5⭐️

Penny_LiteraryHoarders Jenna ltamia is so great! Thanks for letting me know she narrates this one! 1mo
PurpleyPumpkin @Penny_LiteraryHoarders Which book(s) have you listened to that she narrated? Would love to listen to more by her. She was so good!👍🏽 1mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @PurpleyPumpkin okay I spelled Lamia right so I don't know what happened there! Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd, Velva Jean Learns to Drive by Jennifer Niven and Malagash by Joey Comeau were the ones I listened to narrated by her. ☺️ 1mo
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PurpleyPumpkin @Penny_LiteraryHoarders Excellent! I did a search on Overdrive and came across Invention of Wings. But thank you for mentioning the other books. Much appreciated!👍🏽 1mo
UwannaPublishme This book description says “for readers of Fannie Flagg,” so it‘s on my TBR. 😁👍🏻 1mo
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme I haven‘t read Fanny Flagg, so I‘ll have to add her to my tbr! As for this book, I highly recommend the audio version. It‘s great!😉 (edited) 1mo
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme Ahhhhh, Fried Green Tomatoes!!!!! That‘s definitely on my tbr!!👌🏽 1mo
UwannaPublishme I will definitely look for the audio version. 👍🏻 Fried Green Tomatoes is my favorite and I just listened to it again. I would also recommend Fannie‘s audiobooks since she always narrates in her wonderful Southern accent. 🙌🏻 1mo
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Not my favourite of ACD‘s books, but still an entertaining read. And thus endeth the series! I really enjoyed the Audible version of the Sherlock Holmes series and highly recommend it. Stephen Fry breathes life into each individual character. He‘s amazing! 3/5⭐️

Freespirit The narrator is so important. They really add to the enjoyment😊 1mo
PurpleyPumpkin @Freespirit So true! And Fry was really excellent.👍🏽 1mo
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This was my last book read in July and it was a fun way to end my reading month! To think that I just started reading Dahl. 😳 Not sure how I got this far in life without reading any of his books, but glad that I've finally read a couple. This was a highly entertaining and imaginative story. A perfect summer read, relatively short and lots of fun. 4/5⭐️

ephemeralwaltz What a beautiful cover. He really is something! 2mo
Reviewsbylola Great edition! 2mo
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PurpleyPumpkin @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego 😂 Perfect emoji usage!🙌🏽 2mo
PurpleyPumpkin @ephemeralwaltz @Reviewsbylola It's a Folio Society edition, part of a series I bought years ago, but I'm just getting to them now!😅 2mo
UwannaPublishme Now you‘ll have to watch both films and have a Charlie/Willy Wonka Fest. 😁🍫 1mo
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I finally gave in and bought the illustrated editions of the first three HP books. I have the regular editions, so didn‘t think I “needed” these. But I was wrong. 😂The artwork is amazing. And the 4th volume is set for release in October!🙌🏽

litenthusiast I love the illustrated versions. When I reread the first 3 books using the illustrated version it was a whole new experience. 2mo
Soubhiville I‘d really like to own these as well. Someday maybe! 2mo
Kimberlone I‘ve definitely been tempted by these at Costco! 2mo
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PurpleyPumpkin @litenthusiast That‘s wonderful to hear! Not sure when I‘ll get to these, but I‘m looking forward to the new experience. I‘ve enjoyed my flip throughs so far! 2mo
PurpleyPumpkin @Soubhiville I was in denial for some time. Then I thought maybe someday. And then, I gave in. It was bound to happen at some point!😊 2mo
PurpleyPumpkin @Kimberlone I think I saw these at Costco too. But I was holding off on buying them at that point. I should have just given in!😉 2mo
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And another #24in48 #readathon is in the books! It was a great ‘thon for me with 4 books read and a dent made in the tagged audiobook. And, as always, it was so much fun reading with fellow Littens. Many thanks to the organizers for doing such a great job! And congrats to all participants! I‘m already looking forward to January. 😉

mrp27 Awesome! 🎉📚👏🏽 2mo
julesG 👏👏👏👏 2mo
thecurlybookworm 🎉🎉🎉 2mo
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UwannaPublishme Way to go! 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🎉🎉🎉 I see we both read 4 books. Great minds read alike. 😁 I had a lot of momentum on Saturday, but I needed more sugar and movement by Sunday. 2mo
Jas16 🙌🏽 2mo
RaimeyGallant Well done! 2mo
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Oh my gods, how I loved this book! I am not usually a romcom gal, but this was fun. A main character who values family tradition paired with a young woman who is desperately trying to establish her independence from her family and we have a winner! 5/5⭐️#24in48

Lovesbooks87 I love all her books! 2mo
UwannaPublishme Gotta add this to my rom-com list! 👌🏻 2mo
PurpleyPumpkin @Lovesbooks87 This was the first one I've read! I'll have to find her other ones because I really did enjoy this book.👍🏽 2mo
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme Definitely! It's light, but the story was still compelling. It's the traditional boy meets girl trope, but with a slight twist. Even though I knew what was coming, it still had me! 2mo
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Book 3 is done for the July 2019 #24in48 #readathon. This one got me off to a great start for Day 2 of the ‘thon. Loved the artwork. And the story made for an enticing intro to the main characters and their world. I‘ll definitely continue reading the series. But I may start watching the Netflix version before I read more. Looking forward to both! 4/5⭐️

UwannaPublishme 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻📚📚📚 2mo
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And just like that, it‘s day 2 of #24in48 for July 2019! I‘m starting with something a little different this morning. Good luck to all and happy reading. 😉📚🙌🏽

UwannaPublishme What a great way to start the morning-with superheroes! I see you‘re doing great over there. Happy Day 2 of Readathoning! ❤️📚📚📚 2mo
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme Hey there! Yes, I‘m enjoying myself even though I didn‘t get as far yesterday as I was hoping. But I‘ve made a dent in my TBR which is really the main thing. Have a great reading day! 2mo
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Stan and Nan | Sarah Lippett
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Book 2 for July 2019's #24in48 #readathon. What a lovely, poignant, heartfelt read! Stan and Nan's story was by turns happy and sad, and always thoughtful. This one hit a bit close to home as my Mom is elderly and not as stable as she used to be. I really identified with Nan's daughter and granddaughter. Oomph, hard to read but very well worth it. 4/5⭐️

UwannaPublishme Great review! This would be a tough read for me, too. We‘re halfway there! 🙌🏻 2mo
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Book one for July 2019's #24in48 #readathon is done! And I've made strides in my Sherlock Holmes audiobook.👍🏽This book was a great way for me to start the 'thon. it's been a while since I've read a true cozy mystery, and I can always rely on Lori and Aunt Dimity to reignite my enjoyment of the genre. The story was simple, the mystery not so mystery, and the reading was light. Perfect! 3/5⭐️

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Good morning fellow #24in48 readathoners and Littens! I'm up and at 'em and ready for the challenge. This is most of my #tbr for this weekend. I don't think I'll get to them all, but wanted to have choices.😉Also on tap is an audiobook and a couple of ebooks. Happy 'thoning!

UwannaPublishme Happy Readathoning to you! Great stack! Loved “Charlie,” and “Dimple” is also on my TBR. Isn‘t it nice to spend the day reading? Enjoy! ❤️📚 2mo
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme Dedicated reading time is wonderful! Hope you're enjoying it too!💜📚 2mo
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Cloudstreet | Tim Winton
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So, I went a little overboard with the Folio Society Summer Sale. But, in all fairness, these volumes were a really good deal. And who doesn't need a little #foliolove from time to time? My order arrived today and it feels like #ChristmasinJuly. 🎄#foliofreak #bookoholic #bookhaul #sorrynotsorry

Freespirit Hope you enjoy Cloudstreet. The writing is beautiful. ❤️ 2mo
PurpleyPumpkin @Freespirit Thanks for your input! I was intrigued, so glad to hear that I picked a good one. Looking forward to reading it, although it may not be for a while since I have quite the backlogged #tbr.😅 2mo
britt_brooke Nice!! 2mo
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mabell 😍😍😍 2mo
batsy Lovely haul 😍 I love Josephine Tey and adore those British Crime Classics covers 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm I‘ve had my eyes on the British Library Classics, love those covers! 2mo
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This nonfiction account of the 2009 theft of irreplaceable preserved bird skins from the Tring museum near London had me hooked from the beginning. Kirk Wallace Johnson wrote this story in such a captivating way that it reads very much like fiction. And the audio version of the book was great. I was surprised at just how interesting I found the world of fly-tying to be! 4/5⭐️

Jennifer3 I want to read this one!!! 2mo
PurpleyPumpkin @Jennifer3 I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it! I hope you do too. 👍🏽 2mo
UwannaPublishme I must check this one out! Hope you‘re enjoying your summer. 🤗💕 2mo
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PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme I am enjoying this hot weather after the cold winter we had. Just wrote you a letter and I‘m hoping it gets to you soon! Hope you‘re enjoying your summer too. 💜 2mo
UwannaPublishme The sun is finally peeking thru the clouds, so summer is officially here! Thx for writing. More happy mail to look forward to! 🙌🏻💌Are you doing the #24in48 Readathon next weekend? I just signed up. Gotta catch up with my TBRs. 😊📚 2mo
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme Yes, I‘m doing the 24in48 as well! I‘m in the same boat, way behind on my tbr and reading challenges. Glad to hear that we‘ll be readathoning together! I haven‘t reached the 24 hour mark before, but it‘s still a good way to make a dent in my reading. 2mo
UwannaPublishme Yay! I‘ll look forward to your #24in48 posts. Maybe we‘ll even get close to 24. It could be our year. 😃👌🏻📚📚📚 2mo
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Feeling Thankful | Shelley Rotner
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It‘s Canada Day long weekend and I‘m feeling very thankful for all the thoughtfulness of my fellow #PoutinePenPals! I‘ve been feeling rather overwhelmed lately, so I haven‘t been able to respond as quickly as I‘d like. But I wanted to let you all know how very much I appreciate you. 💜

BookishTrish Back at you! 3mo
FantasyChick 😘😘 3mo
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These are soooo funny! Thanks for the tag @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego

Here goes!

Hello.

My name is Kimberly.

You killed my car today and then you left me.

Prepare to be able to enjoy your vacation.

Thanks for the fun @wanderinglynn ! #hellothursday

wanderinglynn 😂😂😂 3mo
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I was quite impressed with this collection of short stories. While the mysteries are the main element of each story, the book as a whole is very different from AC‘s other works that I‘ve read so far. The eponymous Mr. Quin is a mystery unto himself. He and Mr. Satterthwaite are a delightful duo. Loved them both and I highly recommend this book. The audiobook narrated by Hugh Fraser does not disappoint. 5/5⭐️

batsy I loved this, too! Refreshingly unexpected and different from Christie. 3mo
PurpleyPumpkin @batsy Exactly! It was quite different and a lot of fun. 👍🏽 3mo
UwannaPublishme This sounds really good. I really need more Agatha in my reading life. I don‘t think I‘ve read any of her short stories. Hope you‘re doing well! 🤗 3mo
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme It was really good! If you like cozy mysteries with a just a smidgen of fantasy, I think you‘ll enjoy this one. Hope you‘re doing well too! It‘s very rainy in my neck of the woods today, but it‘s good for the plants so I‘ll take it. 😉👍🏽 3mo
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Swan Song | Robert McCammon
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1️⃣The Princess Saves Herself in this One by A. Lovelace, The Mysterious Mr. Quin by A. Christie & Swan Song by R. McCammon.
2️⃣Swan Song
3️⃣Big Magic by E. Gilbert
#weekendreads

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New month, new book! May was a month of chunksters, and while I made decent progress in my reading, I ended up finishing a total of three books. That‘s quite a bit fewer books than normal for me. I thought I‘d start June off with something a bit lighter. Well, at least in terms of word count. I have a feeling that this book is going to tug at my emotions.

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I made some decent progress on both of these books today. Looking forward to more reading tomorrow!#24b4monday #readathon

UwannaPublishme Way to go! 👏🏻👏🏻👍🏻👍🏻 4mo
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme Thanks! I‘m doing this readathon in a very low key way. I won‘t get anywhere near 24 hours, but it did give me a push to get some quality reading time in. BTW, I got your lovely card earlier this week! Thanks so much. I‘ll be sure to send a response soon. 😉 4mo
UwannaPublishme Happy Readathoning! Glad you‘re finding some time to read. Yay! You got the card. 👍🏻 Will look forward to hearing from you. I‘ve got a stack of responses to write myself. 😊 4mo
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Swan Song | Robert McCammon
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I thought I‘d sneak in a little reading time at lunch today. Still reading this tome (I‘ve been at it for a month 😳) and I‘m really enjoying it! Haven‘t been able to get much reading done for the #24b4monday #readathon today due to work, but it‘s a start!👍🏽

TheReadingMermaid Hey sweetie any time is better than no time right? Whatever time you get be proud of yourself because that is awesome! 🤗 4mo
Andrew65 Work got in the way for me too! 4mo
PurpleyPumpkin @Andrew65 I hate when that happens. 😉 4mo
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PurpleyPumpkin @TheReadingMermaid Aww thanks for the encouragement! 🥰 4mo
Andrew65 @PurpleyPumpkin Me too. 😔 4mo
sprainedbrain That looks yummmmmm 😋 4mo
UwannaPublishme What a colorful and healthy lunch! 😋 Happy Reading and Happy Weekend! 🤗❤️ 4mo
PurpleyPumpkin @sprainedbrain @UwannaPublishme It was a yummy salad! I‘m lucky that we have such a great cafeteria at work. Hope you‘re both enjoying your weekend!! 4mo
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This was a beautifully written book. But the ruminations and navel-gazing of the MC, Theo, got to be a bit much sometimes. I think some additional editing was in order. Still, it was well worth reading and I quite enjoyed the audiobook. 3/5⭐️

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Thanks for the tag @FantasyChick !
1️⃣ No homework!
2️⃣ Vacuuming
3️⃣ Having two months off to enjoy the summer ☀️
4️⃣ Receptionist
5️⃣ Big or small, give your all to everything you do and always be kind (my Mom). 💜
Tagging you all! #HelloThursday

wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 💛 4mo
PurpleyPumpkin Thanks for creating the post! This was fun. 😊 4mo
UwannaPublishme Not a big fan of vacuuming either. But I‘d do your vacuuming if you‘d do my laundry. 😆 4mo
PurpleyPumpkin Oooh, I don‘t know if you want me doing your laundry @UwannaPublishme. I don‘t think I‘d do a very good job. I don‘t even do my own laundry! I‘m lucky to have a great hubby who takes care of that for me. 😉 4mo
UwannaPublishme @PurpleyPumpkin Lucky you! 😁👌🏻 4mo
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So, the hubs and I went to Costco today. Along with all the usual stuff, I snagged these two books. I think the tagged book will be a gift to my Mama and the Backman will join others on my #neverendingtbr!

UwannaPublishme I‘m way behind on my Bachman reads too. And I loved Ove! I guess too many other books are distracting me. 😆 4mo
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme I still haven‘t read Ove! Hard to believe, I know, but there are just so many books out there!📚 4mo
marleed I just finished Things My Son... I absolutely loved it. I‘m going to be gifting it often this year. 4mo
PurpleyPumpkin @marleed Good to know! I‘m really looking forward to reading it. 😉 4mo
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Invisible City | Julia Dahl
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I finished this audiobook a while ago, but neglected to post a review. Oops! I wasn‘t particularly drawn to the main character, Rebekah Roberts, but the story was interesting enough to finish. I especially enjoyed a glimpse into a Hasidic neighbourhood in New York, and I think the author did a pretty thorough job in her research and portrayal of the community. The interview with the author at the end of the audiobook was enlightening. 3/5⭐️

UwannaPublishme Love the book cover! My Mom‘s from Brooklyn, so I‘ve been on that bridge a few times. 4mo
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme It‘s such an iconic bridge. I‘ve been to NYC a couple of times, but never been on the bridge. Hoping to go back someday. 😉 4mo
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Just finished the audio version of this book and it was great! I loved Henry Montague‘s wry and irreverent humour. Really well-written. And Christian Coulson was an excellent narrator! I look forward to hearing more of his work. 4/5⭐️

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Oh! What a Surprise! | Suzanne Bloom
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Even though it was a short work week, it felt super long! So, it was wonderful to come home and find all this #Litsylove in my mailbox! #PoutinePenPals are the best. And very creative as well! Thanks so much for your thoughtfulness. It‘s made a great start to my weekend. 👍🏽😉

KarynGood Getting snail mail is the best! Enjoy! 5mo
PurpleyPumpkin @KarynGood You are so right! It‘s lovely. Thank you so much for the book. I‘m really looking forward to reading it. And your drawing on the envelope, beautiful! Such talent. 👍🏽🎨 5mo
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A birthday surprise | Myriam Deru, Paule Alen
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What a wonderful surprise! I received your amazing package @UwannaPublishme and I can‘t tell you how very much I appreciate it! I‘m really looking forward to reading this book and the book journal is awesome. Thanks also for the cute card, bookmark and my new duck pal. Touts adorbs! You‘ve made this birthday so special for me and I truly appreciate it. 💜💜💜 #Litsylove #happymail #bookmail #penpalsarethebestpals

QueenJen 🎉🎂Happy Birthday!🎂🎉 5mo
PurpleyPumpkin @QueenJen Aww thanks! It‘s been a month-long celebration which I‘ve quite enjoyed. 😊 5mo
UwannaPublishme Yay! So happy you‘re enjoying all the goodies and so happy we‘re pen pals! What better way to celebrate a birthday than all month long! 😘❤️🎉🙌🏻 5mo
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme A month-long celebration has been awesome! I so appreciate your thoughtfulness. And I‘m looking forward to many more letters and exchanges with you. So much fun to come!🥰🙌🏽 5mo
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Happy birthday @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego ! Hope you‘re having a wonderful day and I wish you all the best for the year to come. Enjoy! 🎈🎂🍰🧁🎈#BirthdayLove

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego You're so sweet! Thank you. 😊📖💖💌🎂 5mo
Beatlefan129 A Very Happy Birthday to you @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego! Your gift will be late but will be getting to you! 5mo
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PurpleyPumpkin @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego My pleasure! You deserve the best. 😉💜 5mo
Cinfhen Happy birthday 💕🎉🎶 5mo
mrp27 Happy Birthday!! 🎉📚🎂 @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego 5mo
AmyG Happy Birthday!! 🎁🎈🎂 5mo
QueenJen 🎉🎂Happy Birthday!🎂🎉 5mo
riversong153 I want this cake! Happy birthday @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego 5mo
MoonWitch94 Happiest of Birthdays to you, @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego 🌺🥳 5mo
AnneCecilie Happy birthday 🎉🎁🎂🎈 @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego 5mo
Erofan Happy birthday @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego 💕💐🎈🎂🎉🎁 5mo
JoScho Happy Birthday sweet lady @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego 5mo
Kaye Happy birthday 🎂. Look at that cake 🍰 5mo
Eggs Happy Birthday 🎊🎈🎉🎁 @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego 5mo
GripLitGrl Happy birthday @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego 🎂🎈🎉🎁 5mo
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Yay for #snailmail! It was wonderful to to return from vacation to find these lovely letters in my mailbox. Thanks @KarynGood and @mcctrish for your cards. Replies to follow! 💜 #PoutinePenPals #happymail 💌

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Swan Song | Robert McCammon
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My reading nest for today. Time to tuck into this tome on my last full day in Barbados!🌴☀️🌴☀️🌴

TrishB Enjoy 👍🏻 loved this book. 5mo
PurpleyPumpkin @TrishB Thanks! And glad to hear your feedback. I‘m enjoying it so far. 👍🏽 5mo
KarynGood Sounds like a wonder holiday!!!! 5mo
PurpleyPumpkin @KarynGood It really was! I was hoping to bring the warm weather back home, but no such luck. 😑 5mo
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My hubby and I are enjoying our last couple of days in Barbados. If you haven‘t been here before, I‘d highly recommend a visit! It‘s a beautiful island and Bajans are so warm and friendly. I thought I‘d take some time out today to write some postcards to my fellow #PoutinePenPals. @UwannaPublishme you‘re getting one too!

mabell Sounds wonderful! 5mo
PurpleyPumpkin @mabell It really is a lovely place. So nice to be able to take some time out and really relax. Life can get so very busy! 5mo
UwannaPublishme Yay! So happy you‘re enjoying your vacation. Looks so gorgeous and relaxing. And thx for thinking of us in between all the fun! ❤️ 5mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Jealous! Looks amazing!! 💌💗 5mo
PurpleyPumpkin Thanks @UwannaPublishme & @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego It‘s been amazing. I had a lovely morning sipping beverages and writing to you all. It was great. 👍🏽🌴☀️🍹 5mo
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Swan Song | Robert McCammon
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So, I received a surprise delivery this weekend. Having not ordered anything recently, I had no idea what it could be. @BookishTrish you made my day! Thank you so much for sending this book. I‘m guessing it was for my birthday(?) and I so appreciate it. At 900+ pages, it‘ll be the perfect read on my upcoming vacation. 😉🙌🏽 #PoutinePenPals #happymail #bookmail #penpalsarethebestpals

BookishTrish Happy Belated Birthday! 5mo
PurpleyPumpkin @BookishTrish Thank you so much! I really appreciate your thoughtfulness. 💜 5mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego 💌💗 Love it!! 5mo
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The Wednesdays | Julie Bourbeau
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Thanks for the tag @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego

1️⃣Retiring (still soooo far away) so that I can travel and spend time on my many hobbies.
2️⃣Working at a lottery booth. I never won anything substantial. ☹️
3️⃣2nd reading of Anna Karenina. I just couldn‘t get through it!
4️⃣Cozy mysteries are my palette cleanser. The Corpse Wore Tartan was my last one.
5️⃣Tag, you‘re it!
#wondrouswednesday

Eggs Thanks for playing 💜📚💜 6mo
PurpleyPumpkin @Eggs So fun! Thanks for posting. 😉👍🏽 6mo
UwannaPublishme Anna Karenina is still sitting on my bookshelf too. 😉 5mo
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme Maybe we should try a buddy read, um, in a year or so! I remember quite enjoying it my first time around. But I had such a hard time sticking with it the 2nd time. Maybe I‘ll try the audiobook next time. 🤔 5mo
UwannaPublishme I guess the timing has to be just right for this book. 😁 A buddy read waaaay down the road sounds like fun. 👌🏻 5mo
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Oh, Canada! | Per-Henrik Grth
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I received a wonderful surprise a couple of days ago. @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego sent me this lovely card. It‘s my first #PoutinePenPals mail! So happy to be part of this #happymail group and looking forward to further connecting with fellow likeminded bookish Canadians. 🇨🇦

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Yay! Glad you got it. 💖 6mo
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Firsts: A Novel | Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
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I was inspired by @Texreader to scroll to the end of my feed to find my #firstpost. I‘ve been on Litsy for three years and I‘ve loved every minute of it! It‘s great to connect with new Littens and I‘ve found so many more books to read that I don‘t think I would have come across otherwise. This community is awesome and I feel honoured to be part of it. 💜 #firstreview #firstlikes

Suet624 Wow! You had a lot of likes! 6mo
PurpleyPumpkin @Suet624 Considering it was my inaugural post, there are quite a few likes there. But, it was such a new community and everyone followed each other, so our connections multiplied quickly. It was so exciting to find other super book lovers!📚 6mo
Suet624 Good point. And it looks as though most of the folks in your list have stayed active. 6mo
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Purrfectpages How long did it take you to scroll back? 6mo
PurpleyPumpkin @Suet624 Isn‘t it amazing?👍🏽 6mo
PurpleyPumpkin @Purrfectpages 🤔 I‘m not entirely sure, but I‘d guesstimate about 20 minutes or so. I was determined! 6mo
UwannaPublishme What fun! Now you‘ve inspired me to start scrolling back. Hope you‘re finding more time to read and enjoying warmer weather over there. 🤗🌞 6mo
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme It was fun to go back to where it all started! I‘m sticking to my planned reading goals for this year so far. 👍🏽The weather has not been cooperating this spring. It‘s been by turns cold and blustery, and then a warmer day sneaks in. I‘m hoping that the upcoming forecast is correct and the warm weather is on its way. I‘m so done with winter!! Hope all is well with you. 💜 6mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! 🎂🥂 6mo
PurpleyPumpkin @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Aww you are sweet! Thanks so much!💜 6mo
flying_monkeys Hope you have a beautiful day today! 🥳 📚🤓 6mo
PurpleyPumpkin Thank you so much @flying_monkeys! It‘s been a wonderful day. 😉 6mo
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I finished this book last week and I find that I‘m still thinking about it periodically. It‘s taking me a while to process it. I found it to be a riveting story, so well written and disturbing. It‘s not a long book, but it packs a punch. And I highly recommend the audiobook! 4/5⭐️

rjsthumbelina I really liked the audiobook too. It's very well done 7mo
suvata One of my all-time favorites 7mo
PurpleyPumpkin @rjsthumbelina @suvata I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this one! I‘ll definitely read/listen to it again. 👍🏽 7mo
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The Corpse Wore Tartan | Kaitlyn Dunnett
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Weekend reading! Hope you‘re all having a lovely Saturday. 📚💜

Soubhiville That looks fun! 7mo
PurpleyPumpkin So far, it‘s the nice light read I was hoping it would be!👍🏽 7mo
vumblereads This looks interesting! 4mo
PurpleyPumpkin @vumblereads It was a nice, light cozy mystery. A good palate cleanser! 4mo
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Heart Berries: A Memoir | Terese Marie Mailhot
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An interesting memoir, but not as compelling as I was anticipating. It may have been better if I‘d read it in one sitting. 2.5⭐️

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Heart Berries: A Memoir | Terese Marie Mailhot
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My office closed for an “ice day” today. Ice pellets and freezing rain came down all day and I was very happy to be able to stay home cozy and warm. It gave me a chance to start this emotional memoir. #snowday #iceday #gladtobehome

UwannaPublishme Oh my! 🥶 Hope you‘re staying warm and safe out there. It‘s nice to get a day off to read, but keep the heat cranked, blankets bundled and the fireplace toasty! 7mo
PurpleyPumpkin @rather_be_reading Yes, very! I was so relieved not to have to drive in icy conditions! 😅 7mo
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme Absolutely! My hubby and I stayed home, didn‘t venture out at all. It was just too icy. I didn‘t end up reading as much as I had planned, but it was a productive day in many ways. Having the day off was such a gift. 🙂 7mo
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January was very cold and snowy in my neck of the woods. I think that partially explains the number of books I read. I read more in a month than I have in a very long time! Here‘s hoping this trend continues. Add to that that most of the books I read I rated at 4 or 5 stars, and I‘d say this was a pretty successful reading month!😉📚📚📚

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Nice job! 📚💕 7mo
UwannaPublishme Wow! You knocked it out of the park with those numbers. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🍾🍾🍾 7mo
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PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme You are too kind! But I was pretty happy with the results. And I didn‘t even feel all that rushed in my reading. Sometimes when I read more, I feel like I‘m pushing myself to get to a certain number or goal. This felt very relaxed! 😌 7mo
DivineDiana 👏🏻📚👏🏻 7mo
Erofan Good job! 👍 7mo
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