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SMayWrites

SMayWrites

Joined July 2018

Writer, Devoted Reader, Lover Of Libraries And Small Bookstores, Always Up For A Good Adventure, www.goodreads.com/SMayWrites
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Just got out of work and now my plans are to read in the hammock until I get too hungry. 😄

#girfromtheotherside #eveningismytime #readoutside #justneedaglassofwine

RaimeyGallant Excellent plan. 3mo
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This was so stinking cute! I'm glad I've finally given graphic novels and manga a chance. They've found a special place in my heart.
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A pleasant, quick read for anyone who loved the Natural History of Dragons series by Marie Brennan. This quick tale is told through a series of letters with plenty of dry wit. At 17 pages long it makes for a great lunch time read and momentarily takes you back to Scirland and the Victorian(ish) society there. I loved it.
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Watching You | Lisa Jewell
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First I have to admit that this book took me a while to get into. I listened to it on audio on my drive to and from work and it was near the end of the 2nd disc that I finally got hooked. But then it was so good! I'd sit in my car after I got home to listen for a good stopping point. The narrative reminded me of Girl On The Train. I did guess the killer but it really kept me intrigued until the end.
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Winter of the Witch | Katherine Arden
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I have been obsessed with this series since it came out. I love that the books debut in winter, as the story is set in medieval Russia and it always seems to fit the weather outside my window. Makes for a very comfy reading session. I love the characters. Arden has a gift with description and I haven't fallen in love with a series like this since Marie Brennan's "Natural History of Dragons" series.

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The Light Between Worlds | Laura E. Weymouth
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Mehso-so

So I listened to this book on audio, driving to and from work. I LOVED the beginning, though at times I found the main character to be a bit whiny. Then, halfway through the book, narration switches over to the sister and that took me a while to get used to. I loved the idea and in the end it grew on me. There is a Narnian feel to it; brothers and sisters being pulled into another world during the war. I liked it a lot. I didn't love it.
⭐⭐⭐1/2

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I found this book to be very interesting. I originally got it for research into a character I was writing. It helped immensely. I definitely recommend this to any explorer or history buff.
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Bear and the Nightingale | Katherine Arden
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1. Katherine Arden
2. Diane Setterfield
3. Victoria Schwab
4. Rosalyn Eves
5. Marie Brennan

#whatiread #authorsilove

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Not feeling the best today and so I'm home on the couch with Sophie. I picked up this book recently thinking to do some character research for a novel I've been writing and it's very interesting! It has detailed pages from explorers such as Merriweather Lewis to David Livingstone and Alfred Russell Wallace. It's not all drawings by the way. It explains their trips and their research as well. Definitely worth a peek!

Mommamanzi Feel better! 7mo
SMayWrites @Mommamanzi Thank you! 7mo
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Bellman & Black: A Novel | Diane Setterfield
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This book was so good! Gothic and eerie this book was right up my alley. I listened to it on audio on my drives to and from work and it kept me intrigued the entire time. I'm quickly becoming a huge fan of Diane Setterfield!
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Happy Weekend | Immanuel Mifsud
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💙 Winter of the Witch & Bellman and Black
💙 Ravenclaw
💙 Rick Steve's Europe 😆

#weekendreads
@rachelsbrittain

Readergrrl Oooh, I loved Bellman & Black! 7mo
SMayWrites @Readergrrl Yes! It's so good! I just discovered Diane Setterfield this year. Loved 13th tale too and am looking forward to Once Upon A River 7mo
Readergrrl @SMayWrites Me too!!! 13th Tale is one of my top 10 faves and I‘m just waiting to get through some TBR books before I pick up a copy of OUaR!! 7mo
rachelsbrittain Thanks for joining in 💙💙 7mo
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Winter of the Witch | Katherine Arden
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Devouring both this amazing book and my Grandmother's homemade applesauce today.

#saturday #readingday

mutlee Can‘t wait to read this 7mo
SMayWrites @mutlee Oh I was so excited for this to come out! It's really good so far 😉 7mo
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Midnight Never Come | Marie Brennan
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A quiet New Years Eve so far. Festivities start later but for now I'm reading and my husband is playing Red Dead. A nice end to 2018
#newyearseve

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The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel | Diane Setterfield
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Pickpick

This was an amazing book! A story about stories that kept me interested right up until the end. It's rare that I never find a lull in reading a book. So that was a happy surprise while reading this one 😊
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The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins | Clint McElroy, Griffin McElroy, Justin McElroy, Travis McElroy, Carey Pietsch
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This was...cute? Lol it feels odd putting it that way. A wonderful adventure/comic/D&D mash up.
After reading the forward by Patrick Rothfuss I had to go and listen to the origins of this graphic novel; a podcast that goes by the same name. That, I must say, added a whole new level of depth for me. I recommend it!
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The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins | Clint McElroy, Griffin McElroy, Justin McElroy, Travis McElroy, Carey Pietsch
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I've spent all afternoon reading this. I'm not normally a graphic novel person but I'm having a hard time putting this down.

#travelmontage #graphicnovel

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North Water | Ian McGuire
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Thank you so much for the great package! @Savedbygrace 😁 I was very excited to find it in my mailbox this morning! I've already broken into the pomegranate cashews and look forward to reading the books! The wooden bookmark is awesome and I can never get my fill of gorgeous notebooks and delicious teas!
@Avanders #sss #stuffedstockingswap

Avanders 🎄♥️❄️💙🥰 8mo
Savedbygrace So glad it finally arrived!!! 😅 8mo
SMayWrites @Savedbygrace No worries! 😉 8mo
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Finished this fantastic little novella yesterday. I know I'm reading the series backwards but I work at a library and it was recommended to me by a patron to read this one first. I tried it. And I love Jack and Jill. I love Dr. Bleak and the moors and the mood and everything about this wonderful little tale. It's a bit dark a times, like all the best fairytales but I enjoyed every page and the pacing was perfect.
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Christmas Stockings | Rachael Rowe
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My #stuffedstockingswap package has been shipped! So sorry about the delay! It is scheduled to arrive Thursday 💕
#sss @Avanders @HufflepuffGirl90

Avanders 🎄♥️❄️💙☃️ 9mo
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The last thing finally arrived! Sending this stuffed stocking swap bundle out tomorrow!!!
@Avanders #stuffedstockingswap #sss

CrowCAH Fun wrapping! 9mo
SMayWrites @CrowCAH Thanks! 😊 9mo
Avanders 🎄♥️❄️💙☃️ 9mo
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Manhattan Beach: A Novel | Jennifer Egan
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@melmar it arrived! It will be my entertainment for the next few hours as I sit here at the laundromat 😅
@Joy0201 I'm sending A Gentleman in Moscow your way tomorrow!
@suvata #lmpbc

Melmar @SMayWrites that was quick! Enjoy!! 9mo
SMayWrites @Melmar Thanks! It's good so far! 9mo
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💕💕💕 There's a little bit of magic there.

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It is 12 degrees outside but I'm thankful for warm quilts, snuggle kitties and a great book to read.
If you're traveling for the holiday, stay safe! I'm lucky to be heading just across town, where my Grandmother still hosts a wonderful family dinner. 🦃

mreads Pretty kitty 🐱❤ 9mo
SMayWrites @mreads 😊💕 9mo
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Mehso-so

Overall, I really liked this book. It simultaneously satisfied my love for history and for adventure. It was, however, a slow read for me. I could only read it in 30-50 page chunks before feeling like I was bogged down with information. I'm not normally a nonfiction girl but this was right up my alley.
This side of American history is really quite fascinating and the book ties in with what is happening in the rest of the world at the time.
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Harry Potter: fun book | J.K. Rowling
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Eragon; Eldest | Christopher Paolini, Christopher
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Got on the elevator at Grand Rapids Comic Con to go listen to this guy's panel. Had to take an elevator selfie with Christopher Paolini! 🤩

#eragon #GRCC #GRCC2018 #mittenlitten

BookaholicNatty 😍😍😍😍😍 9mo
GondorGirl I love it! 9mo
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Harry Potter: fun book | J.K. Rowling
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Kind of...sort of...book related?
I'm off to Grand Rapids Comic Con today! I'm super psyched! I tried to sit down last night and come up with a schedule for the events that I want to hit but there are so many!!! Hopefully I'll have a blast with whatever I'm able to attend!
See you there @GondorGirl 😁

#GRCC #comiccon #potterhead #ravenclaw #mittenlitten

GondorGirl Yay! I love your shirt! 9mo
SMayWrites @GondorGirl Thank you! 😊 9mo
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Mehso-so

In truth, I'd probably give this book 4 stars. So maybe I should have said it was a pick for me? Either way...this was a bit darker than I remember it being. Especially for a kids book. Lots of humor though and I certainly appreciate Roald Dahl's style. It was very imaginative and I'll definitely be reading it again, hopefully to my kids some day.

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The Witches | Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake
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Today has been an excellent day to cozy up and read. Soph has been keeping me company as I read The Witches and eat Halloween candy. Feeling totally relaxed (though a bit sugar high) on this rainy Sunday.

#catsoflitsy #sundayplans #currentlyreading

Freespirit Beautiful cat😊 10mo
SMayWrites @Freespirit Aw thanks 😊 shes quite a lady lol 10mo
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The Witches | Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake
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@Q84 My #swapoween package arrived yesterday and I love everything! Thank you so much! I'm devoting today to reading The Witches because I haven't read it since elementary school and I love Roald Dahl. The candy corn will be eaten shortly lol.
Thanks @Nessavamusic for sending it on!
@BurghBookAddict 🎃

Q84 Did you get the cup/Jar that was in it? 10mo
SMayWrites @Q84 Oh yes! Sorry 😆 I was drinking out of it! 10mo
Q84 Ok good I was a little worried there for a minute. 10mo
SMayWrites @Q84 it's all here! And I love it! 10mo
Q84 I'm glad you like it and I hope it was worth all the trouble. 10mo
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This book had some fantastic information. It covers 80 books that were remarkably influential or particularly beautiful in nature. I loved the segments on The Books of The Dead, The Book of Kells and Darwin's On the Origin of Species. There were many more too, such as Alice in Wonderland, Le Petite Prince and the Gutenberg Bible. Check it out if you love books 😉

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I loved this little book! While written for a younger crowd, I think any writer could devine numerous tidbits of useful information from these pages. It is written in a conversational tone and writing exercises are provided, based on the chapters. Great for budding writers!

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In November | Cynthia Rylant
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1) To read my book for the Postal Group I joined and hopefully 2 or 3 others from my tbr pile (and finish the ones I'm reading!)
2) I do! Started off this morning!
3) I love that the beginning of the holiday magic starts to come back in the air
4) Happy November! 🍁🦃 @TheBookKeepers
 @Meaw_catlady @Maewyn @wanderinglynn 😁

#HelloThursday

wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! ☺️🧡 10mo
Meaw_catlady Happy November! Thanks for the tag 🎃🍂🌑💕 10mo
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@AprilMaesBookHabit Ahhhh!!! Thank you so much! I love everything! Your card cracked me up 😆 I love the crystal book and new tarot set! Can't wait to break into those! I'm also super excited about the crystals you sent, I've never heard of Zebra Jasper! That mug is great and so is everything else! Im looking forward to reading the book! Sounds super interesting! You did an amazing job! Thank you!!! Happy Halloween!
@monalyisha #witchpleaseswap

AprilMae Glad you like it!!! 10mo
SMayWrites @AprilMaesBookHabit I really do! Thank you!!! 10mo
monalyisha The card!!! 😅😅😅 The whole package is great but the card is the real MVP. I love everything. Hope you two had a happy #WitchPleaseSwap experience! Thank you for taking part. 🖤🔮✨ 10mo
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😂 Hee hee hee! Happy Halloween!!! 🎃☠

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Black Cat | Edgar Allen Poe
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I just heard that its #nationalcatday so here is my little Halloween kitty, Sophie! I took this picture just after she brought me home a present. She was so proud.
#blackcat #catsoflitsy

AmyG She‘s beautiful 10mo
squirrelbrain She looks VERY pleased with herself! 😻😻 10mo
SMayWrites @AmyG Thank you! I believe she's very aware of that 😆 10mo
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SMayWrites @squirrelbrain Haha! She sure was! 10mo
zzz Very cute😊💗 10mo
BookBabe 😻 10mo
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Witchlight | L.J. Smith
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Ok! So I must have misposted the other day. I got two boxes claiming to be #witchpleaseswap so I'm guessing one is and one belongs to #swapoween? Either way, they arrived! Can't wait to open them Wednesday!!!
@monalyisha @AprilMaesBookHabit @Q84 @BurghBookAddict

AprilMae The one from me is #witchpleaseswap 🎃 I'm super excited for you to open it!!! 10mo
SMayWrites @AprilMaesBookHabit Ok that's what I thought! I'm so excited for Wednesday!!! 🎃☠👻🧙‍♀️ 10mo
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Thank you @TheLibrarian for hosting such an awesome giveaway! And congrats!
I'm having a hard time remembering everything I've read this year, but I'm fairly certain The Blood Rose Rebellion and Lost Crow Conspiracy were my favorites. Can't wait for the third book to come out next spring!
#70kgiveaway

TheLibrarian Thank you and thanks for entering! The series sounds really interesting. 10mo
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The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel | Diane Setterfield
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Here I am! Checking in on Sunday for the #24B4Monday #readathon I've been floating back and forth this weekend, reading Black Flags, Blue Waters and listening to The Thirteenth Tale on audio (that counts right?) I'm at about 13 hours at the moment so won't make the 24 deadline but it's been fun and I'm looking forward to more today!

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The Best Gift | Irene Hannon
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@Q84 your package arrived today! I'm so excited! Can't wait to open it next week! 🎃🧙‍♀️👻

#witchpleaseswap @monalyisha

Q84 I'm glad you received it! Hope you enjoy it! 10mo
Q84 Ok I think I send you the wrong package for #Swapoween. I must have mixed up the labels when mailing. That box was to go to @Nessavamusic for #WitchPleaseSwap. I'm not sure what to do or how to fix this. I'm so sorry to the both of you. 10mo
Nessavamusic Yeah I did notice mine said swapoween, so not sure... 10mo
SMayWrites Should we ship them to each other? @Nessavamusic 10mo
Nessavamusic Sure we could do that, if you want to email me your address I‘ll send it your way. My Email is vjthomsen@gmail.com 10mo
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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Just sliding in under the wire! I don't have much going on this weekend and this seems like an excellent idea!
#24B4Monday #readathon @TheReadingMermaid

TheReadingMermaid Great to have you with us hun. Thank you for sharing 🤗 10mo
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I need a break from all the fiction I've been reading recently. A need to "cleanse the palate," as it were. So I'm looking forward to reading this book, because I've always loved stories of pirates and the sea. ?☠

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An Enchantment of Ravens | Margaret Rogerson
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Stayed up past midnight finishing this book last night. Overall I loved it. Her wording is lovely and the descriptions felt like poetry. I didn't always agree with the main character, I felt she was a bit self righteous. Certain parts of the book felt rushed. But then there were those gorgeous, well thought out sections and they totally won me over. I'll miss the Spring Court. It was the perfect farie palace.

#yanovel #fiction #fantasy

That-Bookish-Hiker This pic is so pretty. 😍 10mo
SMayWrites @That-Bookish-Hiker Thanks haha. It's a huge tree outside of the library where I work. It fit the theme of the book perfectly 🍁🍂 10mo
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The Hobbit | J.R.R. Tolkien
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How cool is this cover?!? I finished up my shopping for a litsy swap today and bought one of these for my match and one for myself (I couldn't resist!)

#thehobbit #booklover #tolkien

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Looking for a Christmas swap? I'm signing up for this one! 🎄🎁

@Avanders #sss #stuffedstockingswap #litsyswap #bookswap

Avanders Thanks for the repost! 😘❣️🎄 10mo
SMayWrites @Avanders you bet! I'm looking forward to it! 🎄🎁😊 10mo
SMayWrites @Avanders And thank you for hosting! 😅🎉 10mo
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Someday I will be able to read this whole series. Someday.

#toberead #foolsassassin #robinhobb #fiction

BebsReads What is this series about? It looks good! 10mo
the_hibernator You should maybe try to motivate yourself with a year long group read? 10mo
SMayWrites @the_hibernator Oh! That would be fun! 10mo
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the_hibernator @SMayWrites Have you read any of them? There appear to be 16. I wouldn't be able to do more than one a month, I'm afraid...if you were to do a group read. 10mo
SMayWrites @the_hibernator I haven't! I started the first one over a year ago but got distracted and never continued. I would be comfortable doing one a month too. Some of them look a little long and I'm a slow reader 😊 10mo
the_hibernator @SMayWrites I am a slow reader as well. I would probably go for audiobooks, since I am thinking of doing a year of Shakespeare - so that will take up a lot of my physical book reading time. Let me know if you decide to do it. 10mo
SMayWrites @the_hibernator Will do! I'll have to look at how to organize that. Thanks for the idea! 10mo
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An Enchantment of Ravens | Margaret Rogerson
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1) We carved pumpkins this last weekend with family. Our is the one in the middle.
2) An Enchantment of Ravens- almost done with it!
3) I....don't think I have any?
4) A sweater
5) 🎶 Sometimes, some crimes, ghosts slip in through the cracks, but these two, gumshoe, are picking up the slack. There's no case too big, no case too small, if you need help just call...🎶

#humpdaypost @MinDea

Bookjunkie57 Ch-ch-ch-Chip and Dale 10mo
SMayWrites @Bookjunkie57 Yay! I'm so glad someone got that! 😅 10mo
Bookjunkie57 I loved that show as a kid 10mo
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SMayWrites @Bookjunkie57 Me too! My favorite was the Hound of the Baskervilles episode 🔍 10mo
MinDea Great theme song pick!!!! I love it! 🙌 10mo
SMayWrites @MinDea Thanks! 😊 I was (and am) a huge fan of the Rescue Rangers 🐿🐿🐁🐀🐝 10mo
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The Graveyard Book LP | Neil Gaiman
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I didn't join in the #31bookpics but I've seen several people post for the #bluebooks portion and I just had to see how many I had on my own shelves. More than I thought!

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🤣🤣🤣

Lel2403 So true 📖 10mo
julesG True! 🙈 10mo
zzz Yep, me too😎 10mo
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An Enchantment of Ravens | Margaret Rogerson
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This description! 😍 It feels precisely like autumn to me! 🍁🍂🌾

#anenchantmentofravens #yanovel #fantasy #currentlyreading

GondorGirl This book read like poetry- her wording is just lovely. 10mo
SMayWrites @GondorGirl That is so true! I keep finding myself caught up in the descriptions. I'm enjoying this book very much! 10mo
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