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TheHeartlandBookFairy

Joined March 2017

a lifelong reader sharing my love of books through my 2 Heartland Little Free Libraries & "making the world a better place one book at a time."
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Lake Michigan | Anne Ylvisaker
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The Holland harbor, Big Red lighthouse, and Lake Michigan. Lake Michigan is one angry great lake today! Average wind speed on the Lakeshore is over 40 miles an hour with gusts at nearly 50 miles an hour today. The channel is overflowing. We are at record high water levels & beach erosion has been terrible this year! On the plus side, I got a free dermabrasion facial this evening 😂 #unsalted #puremichigan #whitecapsonthegreatlakemichigan

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Christmas Sweets | Joanne Fluke, Laura Levine, Leslie Meier
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Christmas books and cozy mysteries are both sweet indulgences for me. To find 3 Christmas themed cozy mysteries by three of my favorite authors in one book was such fun! Each story was a little bit different than the author's usual and I really enjoyed a little pre-holiday reading of this advanced copy of this book through Net Galley 😁

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❤️West Michigan 🌷🚣‍♂️

🧡By birthday, 57. Physically, I feel much younger most days 😅 40ish 😁 Mentally/intellectually, I feel like I have lived several lives so, much older!
💛I built and steward 2 little free libraries so I get a lot of books through them. I love my local library for hard copies & audiobooks & I use NetGalley frequently for digital arcs.
💚 Widowed 7 1/2 years ago.
💙 She/her/Mom/Nonnie/Boook Fairy
💜 After my LFLs

marleed I would love to have a mid century modern LFL because there‘s some very cool mcm houses in my neighborhood! 2d
JoScho ❤️❤️❤️ 2d
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Indian Summer: A Novel | Marcia Willett
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I'm enjoying a beautiful Indian summer late afternoon on my almost finished back deck and feeling very grateful! Catching up on a few books that I am reading for review, keeping an eye on the bonfire from all the old deck wood, and enjoying a tiny nip of Pinot Grigio after getting in almost triple my normal steps 😉 What's your Sunday afternoon like? Enjoy it my litten friends 😁

Reecaspieces I am enjoying the same exact things..wine included!! 2d
TheHeartlandBookFairy @Reecaspieces , Cheers! 🍷📖 2d
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Blood Lure | Nevada Barr
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I loved the 9th installment in this series! Unique storyline, suspenseful, and even educational (if you want to learn a bit about bears) ? Anna Pigeon is such a wonderful, strong, take-no-crap lead character! not much of her personal life in this book so maybe the next one question mark but, this book sure had me reading without stopping to find out "who done it" and why!

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The Library of Lost Things | Laura Taylor Namey
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Listed as a YA romance, this book will appeal to many outside of that demographic. The complex mother daughter relationship, an absentee father, the almost too grown-up-Darcy mashed up with the innocent Darcy who lives her life within the safe confines of books, & Darcy's BFF Marisol, her advisor & confidant. Throw in Asher, a life-changing accident, & a hoarder for a mom & you have an interesting & riveting story! Favorite passage: (in comments)

TheHeartlandBookFairy Favorite passage: "Life isn't to-the-letter predictable. It's messy, like us, and it changes. So our dreams can change too.". Truth! Whether you are 18 or 50 plus, truth! Insight: am I spending my life in my books? 1w
TheHeartlandBookFairy Also, it's not hoarding if it's books 😉 1w
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7 years ago I got a cancer ribbon tattoo on my ankle to honor my late husband's memory. Today I got the book tattoo on my wrist for me! Today's tattoo was to honor my lifelong love of books, reading, & promoting literacy & was inspired by a pic I took of my Bible several years ago. I also added a small ❤️near the tail of the cancer ribbon on my ankle to honor all of those I know who have fought or are still fighting & all those lost too soon ❣️

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Pumpkin Soup | Helen Cooper
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It's a cloudy, cool, blustery, sometimes rainy day today 🍁🍂🌬️💨💧. Two friends became widows this week and I attended the visitation for one this afternoon. The weather matched our moods. Comfort food was definitely called for! I let the season dictate my menu and made one of my fall favorites! Fresh roasted pumpkin bisque and grilled cheese made with extra sharp cheddar and sliced apples. I have a heavy heart and a full belly.

marleed Oh I‘m so sorry. Your soup looks comforting. 1w
Chrissyreadit So sorry for a difficult week. Pumpkin soup is such a great comfort food. Yours looks delicious. 1w
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TheHeartlandBookFairy @Chrissyreadit Thank you! My heart breaks for my friends 💔 Both are in their 50s, both lost their husbands after a relatively short battle with cancer. Less than a year ago, both thought they were on their road to retirement and all the good things that come with that Period traveling together, spending more time together etc. having been widowed myself at 50, I understand the path that they are just beginning to walk. I am so sad for them 😢 1w
Chrissyreadit Wow! You have walked a hard course too. It is good that they have a friend who understands. 1w
TheHeartlandBookFairy @Chrissyreadit I can only pray that I can be helpful to them when they need it 🙏 1w
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I just finished listening to the latest installment in the Book Retreat mystery series by Ellery Adams. This book had some major twists and turns! From the beginning to the end, this book kept me guessing and now has me looking forward to the next one to see what's going to happen 😁 #BookBooks #CozyMystery #AudioBookCommuting

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The Way I Heard It | Mike Rowe
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One of the best books I've read this year (and I've read a lot of books this year)! Part history (the fascinating kind, not the boring I need to learn it for a class kind), part memoir, &always fascinating (like laugh out loud kind of funny)! inspired in part by his fascination of and admiration for the legendary Paul Harvey, This book is a collection of short "stories" none of which seem to have anything in particular in (MORE IN COMMENTS)

TheHeartlandBookFairy In common with one another but then our inexplicably and expertly woven together in the most amazing way ? On several occasions Mike instructs us to "Google it, I'll wait", and Google it and Google it. Including his final page instruction to "Google it" and that "it" is a video clip that will leave you laughing, make you want to binge watch every single episode of Dirty Jobs, pull up old QVC clips, check out Evening Magazine, (CONT) 2w
TheHeartlandBookFairy And wish the book wasn't ending! Maybe there'll be a sequel... 😁 2w
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Ruff Justice | Laurien Berenson
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I'm binge reading the last few books in this series so that I can get to my advanced copy of the latest one 😁 One more book to go and then I can read and review the newest book. This is a fun cozy mystery series for all of the dog lovers out there 🐾🐾

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Ruff Justice | Laurien Berenson
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I'm binge reading the last few books in this series so that I can get to the advanced copy of the latest book coming out 😅 one more book to go and I'll be ready to read and review the advanced copy. This is a fun cozy mystery series, especially good for all of the dog lovers out there 😁🐾🐾

marleed So cute. I‘m surrounded by some great spots to thrift books. It‘s such a fun hobby. My DIL loves dogs so I thrift hardback dog titles for her. She loves them and has a shelf of nothing but dog titles! I‘ve yet to find Ol Yeller in hardback but the hunt continues! 2w
TheHeartlandBookFairy @marleed that's awesome! 2w
marleed Btw, your dogs are beautiful! 2w
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TheHeartlandBookFairy @marleed Awe ☺️ thank you! The one on the left is Bear, he'll be 14 on New year's day. He suffers from a collapsed trachea and a slightly enlarged heart but I'm doing tons of holistic stuff for him & he's doing great! He's such a sweetheart and I'm so lucky to have him 🥰 The one on the right is Brix , he just turned 4 2 days ago. He is such a goofball! He is sweet, funny, mischievous, lovable, & a snuggler. I'm so lucky to be his dog mom too 🥰 2w
marleed That‘s so sweet! Hey I‘m trying to convince my daughter who is married but not even planning for a child yet, to name her future son Bexar. It‘s the county that encompasses San Antonio but it‘s pronounced Bear! I don‘t think she‘s planning on me naming her children :( 2w
TheHeartlandBookFairy @marleed I love that 😁 2w
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Lunch hour shopping=after work crafting 😁 Every fall I like to make a pumpkin stack with real pumpkins & flowers but it gets so expensive, $30 on average for about three weeks of use before they go into the compost. This year I sucked it up and hit Michaels at 50% off for fake pumpkins, drilled them and inserted a center rod, added the leaves planted it in the pot that seems like it just held summer's beautiful flowers. Happy fall y'all 😁 🍁🍂

SW-T Looks nice 😊 2w
TheHeartlandBookFairy @SW-T , Thank you! 2w
Mdargusch 🧡🧡🧡 2w
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Can we build it? Yes we can! 7 Saturdays of work, mostly by my son, neighbor, and a friend with a very little help from me! The 29-year-old deck was toast and we're so close to having it be completely rebuilt! Oh how I've missed my happy place, my Zen, My favorite reading place! Next is the railing and stairs but I don't need those to enjoy it 😅 lol So thankful for a beautiful fall day to spend some much needed time out there today 🥰📚📖🍂🍁

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Meh. I just didn't get it. This book has been lingering on my TBR stack for a couple of years and I finally got to it. Billed as "heartbreaking and hilarious. Funny brash and honest full of wit, heart and smarts." personally I did not find this at all hilarious & only slightly heartbreaking. Honest? Probably but not witty. Just my opinion but I feel like this book was seriously over hyped. It probably raised my expectations unfairly. Just meh ?

MrBook Great review! 2w
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Setting Goals | John Renesch
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This month's goals include several library books, one off my actual TBR stack, and six on my Kindle. Five of the Kindle books are "read for review" and I'm pretty excited about some of these including Mike Rowe's upcoming book! It's good to have goals My litten Friends ?
#Goals

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Friday afternoon treat at work 😊☕

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Wagging through the Snow | Laurien Berenson
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Such a fun sweet quick read! Trying to catch up on this cozy mystery series for dog lovers ☺️

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Yesterday was a wash out weather-wise so that meant I had to hit the treadmill instead of the trails. It also meant I was able to finish listening to this audiobook 😁 I've been reading this series since forever 😅 and it's always nice to go back to Alpine and pay it and if quirky characters a visit 😁

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Happy National drink coffee day! Do happy people like to read books and drink coffee or is it that reading books and drinking coffee makes us happy? Either way I'm good! It's a cool rainy day here so no outside work and play. Lots of inside chores are getting done but I had to take a break for a short book and one more cup of coffee to celebrate this day 😁📚☕
#MugShotSunday

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The Dark Side: A Novel | Danielle Steel
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When I read "tale of psychological suspense" in the cover description on this book, I almost didn't want to start it. It's not my favorite genre. But being a DS book I went for it. Masterful writing, suspenseful reading, fascinating subject, excellent book! Exploring connections between past & present and how one may affect the other. The difficult subject matter of munchausen by proxy syndrome. I didn't expect to like it, I ended up loving it!

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Murder in the Corn Maze | G. A. McKevett
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We've all fallen in love with Savannah Reed and her corky family including glimpses of her big-hearted, sharp witted, take no nonsense granny! Now in this new series we get to know Granny Reid and her kids as they came to live with her. Their past and Granny's past come to light. GA McKwvett has woven a creative background with interesting stories that read well on their own but also tying nicely to the Savannah series 😁

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Meeting our goals | Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
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Woo hoo, goal met! Working on books 114 and 115 right now. Almost three and a half months left to go so I think I can officially say "crushing it!" ?
#MyBookishLife

candority Great work! 👏 4w
TheHeartlandBookFairy @candority thank you! Although it's more like... Great fun 😁 4w
Hooked_on_books Woo-hoo! 🎉🎉 4w
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Megabooks 📚📚🥳🥳🎉🎉👏🏻👏🏻 4w
JoScho 🥳🥳🥳🥳 4w
Mollyanna Congratulations 🎉🍾🎉 4w
TheHeartlandBookFairy Thanks everyone! Now if only these were all off my TBR sack lol 😅 4w
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Deep South | Nevada Barr
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I've really been enjoying this great series! Nevada Barr has created a likable and believable character in Anna Pigeon. Anna is a park ranger and each of the books takes place in a different one of the National Parks. This book takes place in Mississippi and the Natchez Trace Parkway. Each book is different, I always learn something about the park even if it's one I've already visited & each book has you race reading to find out what happens!

Hooked_on_books Love Anna, love this series! 1mo
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The rain returned this afternoon and fall arrives tomorrow so I was inspired to make chili and French apple cake 😋 I'm not ready to let go of summer but I am ready for fall foods and soup season lol 😅 Can I have both? 🤔

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It's been awhile since I've done a mugshot Sunday 😉 My back deck is not yet complete but it's close enough that I can finally sit out here again. The day was supposed to be a wash out but I'm sitting out here in between rain showers because I've missed my happy place so much 😁
A book, coffee, and a corner of my deck=happiness ☺️
#MugshotSunday

Nute Love this post! Nice mug!🙂 1mo
TheHeartlandBookFairy @Nute thank you! The mug features a local artists rendering of my little free library 🥰 and it's a giant mug, perfect lol 😅 1mo
SW-T Love the mug! 😊 1mo
TheHeartlandBookFairy @SW-T thank you! The little free library on the front is mine. A local artist drew this 😊 1mo
SW-T How awesome! 💕 1mo
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Through the Smoke | Brenda Novak
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I'm not a huge regency romance fan but I read this for a challenge. I guess if I was going to read one, choosing a Brenda Novak book is always a good choice 😁 The book was typical and predictable for its genre but I enjoyed the mystery aspect of this story ☺️

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Skeletons | Ray Bradbury
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So... We are rebuilding my back deck. This popped up in my newsfeed tonight. Perfect timing? The mystery reader in me thinks this would be awesome lol 😂

LibrarianRyan It would be so funny. 1mo
TheHeartlandBookFairy @LibrarianRyan The sassy and sarcastic part of me completely agrees 😅😂🤣 1mo
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I love this! I would like to add Do Good Things as the first line and somewhere in there it should say Drink Good Wine 😉🍷
The final line, Make every moment count, was added by me. It is our family motto ☺️

SW-T Nice! 😊 1mo
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I Started working on this room before I ever had grandkids. I am now Nonnie to almost 2-yr old Adeline who will be joined by baby brother Noah Jeffrey in Dec. They don't live nearby but I created this sweet room for them when they do come and visit. Hopefully I'll have grandchildren in the not so distant future living closer by as well. In the meantime, I think I want to curl up in this room with a good book ! I had so much fun creating this 🥰

marleed So sweet! 1mo
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This book is such a sweet and wonderful tribute to Todd Bol, creator founder of Little Free Library.org. As a steward to the two Heartland Little Free Libraries, I had to buy this book as soon as it came out. I love the story! And look how well it matches the room I created for my grandkids! The theme of the room is reading and books and woodland animals. The book almost blends right into the beddng lol 😅😊🥰

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Squirrel's Busy Day | Lucy Barnard
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Oh my what a busy and fun day! I did a lot of driving and listened to a lot of my audiobook 😁 I headed out of town for a quarterly Trader Joe's run along with a couple of other specialty food shops. CoreLife Eatery for lunch and other shopping in the towns I was in. Back home, a little autumn crafting and hints of autumn making their way in my house. Baby steps, I'm not ready to let go of summer yet lol 😅 Now for a glass of wine and my book 🍷📖

cariashley It‘s still officially summer!!!! (Clearly I‘m also having a hard time letting go 😆) 1mo
TheHeartlandBookFairy @cariashley exactly! We've got a week left and it's near 80 with high humidity here right now. I've got the AC on. Hold the pumpkin spice and all that jazz 😂 lol However, some of the flowers were looking well past their prime and when I ran into Mum's at a good price today I capitulated 😁 1mo
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Nell and Lady | Ashley Farley
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Loved it! Ashley Farley creates real characters that will touch your heart and stay with you. I love the stories she creates! Nell and Lady is such a unique story of family, what really makes up a family! And friendships. And love. Awesome writing, wonderful reading 😊

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The cowardly lion finally found his courage and joined the rest of his friends in Holland Michigan at the permanent Oz art installation at Herrick District Library 🥰

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The back deck is under (re)construction So, the front porch it is for my Sunday afternoon reading ☺️
#BirdsSinging #BreezeBlowing
#Reading #Zen #MyBookishLife
#WindChimesChiming

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Murder in Her Stocking | G. A. McKevett
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For fans of the Savannah Reid mystery series, this is the first book in the Granny Reid mystery series. it was fun to hear a bit more of the history and background of Savannah and her family. I received an advanced digital copy of Murder in the Corn Maze, the second in this series and the OCD reader in me needed to read / listen to the first book first lol 😁

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Life on Loan | Ashley Farley
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I loved everything about this book! Strong female characters and good character development with a wonderful message of overcoming and rediscovery of oneself. Loved everything including the author's known at the end. I've said it before and I'll repeat it now, if you haven't read any of Ashley Farley's books, you need to start now! What a fabulous author 😁
I read an ARC of this book, it releases on October 8, I would highly recommend it ☺️

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It's was a busy summer and these are just a few of the little free libraries that I have visited and left books at ? I have two little free libraries myself and, I love finding other ones "out in the wild" ??♥️
#littlefreelibrary #MyBookishLife #HeartlandLFL #BookBkessing #HeartlandLittleFreeLibraries

marleed Oh how cool. My fantasy is hosting a mid century modern LFL! 1mo
SW-T 😊😊😊 1mo
TheHeartlandBookFairy @marleed , I Love that idea! Mine look like small log cabins. I live in a log home and I used extra logs from our home to build the libraries 😁 1mo
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Barefoot Beach | Debbie Mason
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I thought I would read a beach book as I kind of farewell to the dog days of summer. This book didn't quite cut it for me. It was good but it seemed a bit choppy and didn't flow well for me and then I realized a short way in that it was probably because it is part of a series and I haven't read the other books. Still a cute book and a cute cover 😁

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One Book Stands Alone: The Key to Believing the Bible | Douglas D Stauffer, Th.M., Ph.D., Douglas D. Stauffer
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When the fuzzy pupper makes an awesome Kindle book stand 😅🥰🐾🐾📖

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The Art of Letting Go | Chloe Banks
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It's an ongoing process. Outer order equals inner peace. Giving away items I no longer use. Simplifying. Also working on letting go of, or at least taking a step back from toxic relationships. learning that I can still be friendly with someone without being great friends. Friends support, they do not compete. Imitation can be a form of flattery but it can also be a form of competition. Of jealousy. I don't need either. Deep cleansing breaths ☺️

kspenmoll Good for you. ❤️ breathe. 1mo
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Paris Seamstress | Natasha Lester
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And that's a wrap! My last book for #14Books14Weeks and what an amazing book it is! Thank you so much to everyone for joining me in this summer challenge 😘 I know our TBR piles will never be complete and if they were we would probably all panic lol 😂 I cleared 14 plus a couple off my TBR stack but I think I added just as many, shocking I know! 😅 So many books, so little time, and oh how summer sped by so quickly! Sigh...

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Setting Goals | John Renesch
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Happy September, it's time to "fall into a good book!". This month's reading goals include 1 Book off my actual TBR stack and 1 from my Kindle TBR. 3 net galley books for review on my Kindle and my last book four #14Books14Weeks, one Brenda Novak book, one Nevada Barr book, and one book for my 2019 reading challenge with a friend. Aaand... Go ???❣️

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The Wizard of Oz | Frank Baum
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I've always loved the wizard of Oz and I really love the connections that my hometown of Holland Michigan has with L. Frank Baum 😁 Baum summered in the macatawa area of Holland Michigan and it's said that the area and the people were his inspiration for the Wizard of Oz! Centennial Park near our library put up the big living book installation and the yellow brick road, leading to the library where the and statues have been installed 😍

Cortg That‘s really cool! (edited) 2mo
TheHeartlandBookFairy @Cortg Thanks, I think so too! 2mo
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The Postmistress | Sarah Blake
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Book 13 of #14Books14Weeks . A different an interesting perspective on world war II. Mostly told by the narrative of a female war correspondent and a small town post mistress. I enjoyed this one 😊

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As The Light Fades | Catherine West
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Looking for your next book club read?
This would be a great choice, I really enjoyed it!
AS THE LIGHT FADES releases September 10https://buff.ly/2jWNC7R#asthelightfades #ebookdeal#womensfiction#familydrama #mustread#preorder #bookclub





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Sarah's Key | Tatiana de Rosnay
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Loved, loved, loved this book! Historical fiction and mystery and possibly a tiny dose of romance. so happy I finally read this book that has been on my TBR stack for almost 2 years! Book 12 of #14Books14Weeks 😁

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The Honeymooner | Melanie Summers, MJ Summers
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4 ⭐for humor, 2 1/2 ⭐ for predictability. Bride gilted by the groom, left at the altar. Bride goes on honeymoon/work vacation alone. Bride makes a fool of herself with the "bartender" who ends up being the owner of the resort with whom she had demanded a meeting to orchestrate a hostile takeover. Blah blah blah, groom hunts her down, wants her back, she sends him packing, resort owner & jilted bride fall in love, live happily ever after.

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Just when I think I've grown out of this series, they throw something at you at the end of the book and you know you're going to read the next one lol Actually, what they threw at me at the end of the book was something I'd suspected for a good share of the book however, now that they confirmed my suspicions I know I have to read the next one 😂 Well played, well played 👍

Millesent I have yet to read Joanna Fluke but I have watched all of the chocolate chip cookie baker series on the Hallmark channel starring Hannah Swenson. 2mo
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While We're Far Apart | Lynn N. Austin
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Book number 100 for this year and it was a wonderful book! I absolutely love Lynn Austin's books and the story was amazing, it will touch your heart! If you've never read Lynn Austin, you're really missing out! Also, book #11 of #14Books14Weeks .

megnews I love her too 2mo
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