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TheShaggyShepherd

Joined July 2019

German in the US; animal lover; book nerd; dog foster; hammock lover; sunrise watcher; memoir devourer; Ravenclaw (formerly: IvoryLunatic)
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There‘s a first time for everything I guess and yesterday was the first time I‘ve ever DNFed an ARC. I just couldn‘t do it anymore. But that meant I finally can get started on my book club read. I‘ve heard great things about this one.

AllisonM89 Its a beautiful cover 2y
tracey38 I have this sitting on my TBR pile and have also heard great things about it. Hope to get to it soon but it'll probably be in the new year. 2y
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The Princess Knight | G.A. Aiken
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50% through this one and not really impressed. I finished the first one this week and didn‘t much enjoy that one either. I think one thing I‘ve realized this year is that I have gotten much pickier with my fantasy novels. There needs to be good world building and character development in them for me to like them. This one lacks both to be honest.

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In preparation for next week‘s pub day for The Princess Knight, I am starting The Blacksmith Queen!

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I‘m on book 2 of The Tide Child series and loving it! The characters are great and the world is so interesting! The author does a great job of telling you all about it without it taking over everything.

rabbitprincess Gorgeous cover! 2y
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The Bone Ships | RJ Barker
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This books is amazing! I was looking forward to it thanks to some blogger friends raving about it but I was not expecting to love it this much! This is amazing! A definitely 5 star read for me and a favorite of the year. I‘m so glad I have the second one to get into right away. #arcreview #netgalley

The_Penniless_Author I love that cover! 👍🙂 2y
TheShaggyShepherd @The_Penniless_Author Me too! They aren't overly complicated but draw your attention nonetheless. I'm excited to have print copies of them!
2y
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I just finished this while on vacation and I have questions! I need to discuss battle strategy! 😂😂😂

But really, if you‘d like an immersive fantasy with dragons, demons and magic, pick up The Rage of Dragons and The Fires of Vengeance!

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I'll be honest: Sometimes I judge a book by its cover. Whaat? And this was one of them. I know I had to read it as soon as I saw it and the blurb solidified it. Since then, I have heard so many good things about it. I finally picked it up on a whim one morning and was not able to put it down until I finished it completely that same day!

Full review:

https://theshaggyshepherd.wordpress.com/2020/10/12/book-review-the-midnight-barg...

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“This book is raw and honest and everything it needs to be. There is no happy ending, at least not the type we would all love to see with a cure and forever love and butterflies and flowers. But it has an ending that may feel familiar to others with chronic illnesses or hopefully at least spark some hope.”

See the full review here:

https://theshaggyshepherd.wordpress.com/2020/10/05/book-review-vagina-problems-b...

#memoir #femoir

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A memoir about suicide & depression I knew I had to read as soon as I saw it. I listened to it thanks to my library but I know I will buy a print copy soon bc there is just so much great info in here. It even helped me with my own issues with anxiety & depression. I highly recommend this read bc there are so many facts in here!

https://theshaggyshepherd.wordpress.com/2020/09/24/book-review-hello-i-want-to-d...

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I was so excited to be approved for book 2 of The Ramparts Trilogy as soon as I requested it on NetGalley. Koli is as charming as ever & it was fun to have a 2nd narrator as well, even if she is a little more self-serving than our sweet Koli-boo. We learn so much about Ingland in this book & I can't wait for the last one! Check out my review here:

https://theshaggyshepherd.wordpress.com/2020/09/26/book-review-the-trials-of-kol...

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The Book of Koli | M.R. Carey
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Are you looking for a new series to start? Then check out The Book of Koli, the first book in The Ramparts series. This book had me hooked right from the start & I read almost the entire thing in one day! It's set in a dystopian futuristic Ingland, eh England I mean, and has the most charming narrator! Book 2 is out already & 3 will be soon!

https://theshaggyshepherd.wordpress.com/2020/09/19/book-review-the-book-of-koli-...

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To Sleep in a Sea of Stars | Christopher Paolini
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Tomorrow is finally pub day for this 880 page beauty! I posted my review this morning that took me several weeks to write bc I just couldn‘t get my thoughts down. I LOVED IT. Also, Paolini read my review & answered my question so ya know. On cloud 9 today.

https://theshaggyshepherd.wordpress.com/2020/09/14/audiobook-review-to-sleep-in-...

#tosleepinaseaofstars #bookblogger #scifi #space #paolini #bibliophile

Tracyantoon I was #1 on the hold list for this audiobook at my library. Just downloaded it and can‘t wait to get started! Yay!!! I see there‘s 4 appendices in the end. Am I missing out by not having a physical copy of this? 2y
TheShaggyShepherd @Tracyantoon Jennifer Hale does narrate the appendices as well! And you get a bonus interview between her and Paolini on the audiobook. The only thing you‘re missing out on by not having a print copy is the artwork. It is beautiful but the audiobook still is so worth it! I highly recommend listening. 2y
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Very excited for this, y‘all! The alcoholic drinks sound awesome but sadly I am not able to try those out at the moment while we‘re trying to get pregnant. I am excited for the food recipes though!

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The Book of Koli | M. R. Carey
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Why didn‘t I jump on this the first time I saw it?? What was wrong with me?? I‘m a quarter through and holy cow, this is good. I love the narrating character!

BookwormM I loved this one must find out when book 2 is out 2y
TheShaggyShepherd @BookwormM I‘m loving it too! The Trials of Koli will be out Tuesday which is why I‘m trying to read this one completely this weekend! 2y
BookwormM Wow so soon must set myself a reminder 2y
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I‘m so excited to finally share this review with everybody! It is now live on my blog! I have always said that murder mysteries are just not for me but this audiobook really changed my mind! It was SO GOOD and had me pulled in so deeply that I never wanted to stop listening. Read my full review here:

https://theshaggyshepherd.wordpress.com/2020/09/10/audiobook-review-all-the-devi...

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The Bone Shard Daughter | Andrea Stewart
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Tomorrow is PUB DAY for one of my favorite reads this year! If you are looking for a new fantasy series to get lost in and enjoy debut novels, then you have to check this one out! It is such a fun read with an adorable animal familiar. Check out my review below!

https://theshaggyshepherd.wordpress.com/2020/09/07/book-review-the-bone-shard-da...

Deifio Sounds intersting! 2y
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Reading a couple of these tonight. This book is so interesting! I‘m learning a lot!

Godpants Ooh! I need to grab a copy of this one for my niece! 2y
EChata This is on my to-buy list for my daughter! 2y
TheShaggyShepherd @EChata please do! It‘s so good! 2y
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TheShaggyShepherd @Godpants yes! It‘s their third collection and they‘re all awesome! 2y
Godpants @TheShaggyShepherd I got her the first one for Xmas last year, and didn‘t know a third came out! 2y
TheShaggyShepherd @Godpants it‘ll be out in a few weeks! I was able to get an ARC for it! 2y
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I started a new audiobook today. This is from way back on my NetGalley list but thanks to the library, the audiobook will help me catch up on one more title.

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{Audiobook}

I haven‘t finished my review yet but wow! I wasn‘t even a murder mystery fan before this but she‘s got me hooked! I need to read all of her books! She‘s a try master of her trade. I‘m generally pretty good at predicting the few mysteries I do read but there was no guessing for me with this one (besides maybe the relationship development). This is a fantastic story and audiobook!

#audiobook #allthedevilsarehere #netgalleyarc

katy4peas Do you need to read them in order or can they be read as stand-alones? I couldn‘t get into the first book and tried several times... is he more likeable later in the series? Is there a title I should start with? Are they super gory? Thanks! 2y
TheShaggyShepherd @katy4peas This is actually only the second book I read in this series! I liked the first one (Still Life) alright. Enough to try another but wasn‘t a favorite. This one though I really do like a lot. There‘s enough explanations about his family and relationships in the first few chapters that you‘re fine reading them out of order. It‘s not really gory at all. I love how it focuses on his relationships and how much they change in this book. 2y
TheShaggyShepherd @katy4peas I struggled with some of the female voices of the male narrator but eventually it wasn‘t too bad. He does a really great job of narrating the story overall. 2y
katy4peas Oh thanks. I might have to give it a try. 2y
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Happy Pub Week to Unbirthday by Liz Braswell from the A Twisted Tale series! #pubweek #atwistedtale #fairytale

See my full review below. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

https://theshaggyshepherd.wordpress.com/2020/09/03/book-review-unbirthday-by-liz...

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Punching the Air | Ibi Zoboi, Yusef Salaam
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I am very thankful to have received this ARC. It‘s one of my fave audiobooks this year and has been so eye-opening and educational - the story itself and the research it caused me to conduct. See my review below! #blacklivesmatter #blm

https://theshaggyshepherd.wordpress.com/2020/09/02/audiobook-review-punching-the...

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The Bookweaver's Daughter | Malavika Kannan
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What are you currently reading? Here is mine! The Bookweaver‘s Daughter by Malavika Kannan.

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I don‘t often read mystery but I‘m really enjoying this one on audio.

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Good Boy: A Life in Seven Dogs | Jennifer Finney Boylan
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{Giveaway}

Hop on over to my Instagram page for a giveaway to celebrate reaching 500 followers! I know it‘s not much but I‘m excited!

https://www.instagram.com/p/CEeus4HAbbr/?igshid=18ml285wehst

sharread Joined you on Instagram 👍 2y
slategreyskies Congrats! 🎉🎈 2y
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Dogs on Instagram | @Dogsofinstagram
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Do you like books? And dogs? How about books with dogs?

Because then you should check out my latest blog post!

Books with Dogs!

https://theshaggyshepherd.wordpress.com/2020/08/28/books-with-dogs/

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This book blew me away. Check out my blog post for a review of this awesome audiobook!

A big plus that I love is that part of the sales of this book will benefit an organization that was spoken about several times in the book: BEST – Businesses Ending Slavery and Trafficking.

https://theshaggyshepherd.wordpress.com/2020/08/27/audiobook-review-female-fireb...

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Punching the Air | Ibi Zoboi, Yusef Salaam
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{Currently Listening}

Since I finished up with To Sleep In A Sea Of Stars by Christopher Paolini, I dove right into this one since pub day is coming up fast. I‘m only 15% in but I already know it‘s going to be one of my top audiobooks of the year!

#blm #audiobook #netgalleyarc

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To Sleep in a Sea of Stars | Christopher Paolini
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{Currently Listening}

I‘m in the last 3 hours of the book and I‘m so in love. This will definitely be an all time favorite. As will the narrator.

#audiobooks #arcreviewer #bibliophile #netgalley

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My current read! Have you read any books in this series yet? This is my first one but amazon has an amazing deal on the whole ebook set! It was a dollar or two for all of them so check it out if you like these!

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Wildland: A Novel | Rebecca Hodge
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“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny, but in ourselves.”

If you enjoy stories that incorporate animal rescue, adoption, race, disease, and so much more in a way that isn‘t necessarily the main issue but just a part of life like it is in the real world, then this is a book for you.

Full review here: https://theshaggyshepherd.wordpress.com/2020/08/23/book-review-wildland-by-rebec...

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This Is My America | Kim Johnson
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While reading this book, I was also following live videos of the #BLM protests around the country. The back & forth between this fictional story & the current events made this an even more compelling read & highlights why these issues need to be addressed right now, not later, not tomorrow, not next year, so that – finally – MY America can become THEIR America as well.

Full review here: https://theshaggyshepherd.wordpress.com

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One of my most recommended books of this summer! If you like character-driven, family-focused, emotions, and the why behind the what —> this is one you need to check out! Full review on my blog! https://theshaggyshepherd.wordpress.com/2020/08/21/book-review-florence-adler-sw... #netgalley #arcreview #bookblog #fiction

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Crossings | Alex Landragin
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“The Law‘s greatest gift was the crossing. To look into the eyes of another, to sense the stirring of one‘s soul, to be transported into the body of the other and dwell therein until the time came for the return crossing–this was the treasure the Law had bestowed upon us.” — This book was so unexpectedly (to me) incredible. Check out my review on my blog! https://theshaggyshepherd.wordpress.com/2020/08/20/book-review-crossings-by-alex...

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I was approved for this title on #netgalley today and I cannot express to y‘all how excited I am for it! These are my favorite books to gift to young girls and I had no idea they were coming out with one that‘s focused on immigration, a topic so near and dear to my heart. I cannot wait to dive in! #netgalleyreviews #rebelgirls #arcreviewer

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Full review: https://theshaggyshepherd.wordpress.com/

I chose this book bc it‘s at an animal sanctuary. It had a very slow start for me. I expected to read it & be done w/it. But it got to me. Maybe the animal sanctuary & the way the characters related to them made it more familiar to me. In the end, this book was more about feelings & decisions than animals, but that‘s okay. By the time I finished, this turned into one of my faves this year.

TheShaggyShepherd I really needed to write more on here. These few characters can‘t convey how much I enjoy some books. 2y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Sometimes your thoughts just overflow into the comments section and that's OK. 😁 2y
TheShaggyShepherd @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I think unless they‘re children‘s books, the space probably won‘t ever be enough for my reviews and feelings. 😂 2y
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The Switch | BETH. O'LEARY
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Also HAPPY PUB DAY to The Switch by Beth O‘Leary! This was also an audiobook listen that I really enjoyed. Both narrators fit their roles well and did a great job!

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The London Restoration | Rachel McMillan
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HAPPY PUB DAY to The London Restoration by Rachel McMillan! I listened to this as an audiobook and loved the narration!

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Good morning y‘all! It‘s been a while since I‘ve been in here. I apologize for the break but I am back! 💙 I was a mask maker and had to put the majority of my reading on hold for a few months but I have started making books a priority again not too long ago so here I am! I finished a 2 star read yesterday but so far this one is going much better! Also, check out Lobizona if you haven‘t yet!

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The Salt Road | Jane Johnson
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Off it goes! I‘m sorry it took so long!

shellleigh33 It‘s okay. I‘ll be watching for it 2y
Crazeedi I havent sent mine yet either, I'm so very sorry, I'll be posting soon. Bad Diane! 2y
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The Salt Road | Jane Johnson
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Well y‘all. I did finally finish it & will be sending it off this weekend. I do have the next one ready to dive right into & will try not to take so long. I probably liked it best out of all of us so far but would still give it just ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫. I like the setup and timelines of the story & how it all came together at the end but found Izzy very unlikable, certain parts unnecessary, and the whole story a bit dragged out. #lmpbc #round07

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Untitled | Unknown
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Super excited to finish another set of reversible pet bandanas. $21 plus shipping if anybody‘s interested. // I‘m currently reading The Weight of a Moment by Michael Bowe. I was super excited about it bc this is the 1st time an author offered to send me a physical copy of their book. I have not been disappointed yet. I‘m enjoying the character building and the writing and can‘t wait to see where it takes me.

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Untitled | Unknown
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Trying to calm my nerves a bit with reading before going into the therapist‘s office. It‘s my first time seeing a therapist ever and I‘m super nervous.

Lauram I hope your appointment went well. I only went once many years ago and it was enormously helpful. 2y
TheAromaofBooks I hope everything goes well for you! ❤ 2y
Buechersuechtling I hope the chemistry is right between you two, you and your therapist. 2y
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Untitled | Unknown
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“Is it possible to dream a dream so vividly, wish for it so hopefully, and want it so badly that your dream actually finds you?” // I received a free copy of this from the author in exchange for a review. I was actually rather excited for it bc it was the first time I was approached by the author asking if I‘d like a physical copy. I‘m only a couple pages in but I like the way he writes so far. He keeps sprinkling in sentences I find beautiful.

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The Wives | Tarryn Fisher
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Late Christmas present from my fiancé! I hadn‘t realized that it wasn‘t published yet when I put it on my Christmas list because I saw so many people post about it. This isn‘t my usual type of book but for some reason I had to have this one.

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Jane Anonymous | Laurie Faria Stolarz
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ Wow. This book. I‘ve been reading for hours cause I couldn‘t stand the thought of putting it down without finishing it. This book kept me on the edge of my seat the entire way through. I‘m a huge fan of having two timelines and this one was so well done. Cons below. // My foster Max is finally learning how to dog.

TheShaggyShepherd While the story itself kept me sucked in though, there were definitely some issues with the execution of the idea. The author really made the professionals at the end out to be the bad guys, perhaps discouraging some readers from seeking help themselves. I also wasn‘t a fan of how she portrayed Shelley who seemed like such a good friend beforehand. The twist was easily predictable but her writing kept you pulled in anyways. 2y
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Harry Potter | JK Rowling
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Max is such a good model for my new creations. Sadly he was returned two weeks ago because the new family just was not a good fit for this undersocialized, skittish, but oh so wonderful pup. So he‘s back on the market looking for his perfect forever home. Such a handsome man. #adoptme #faync

Buechersuechtling Oh, I always feel sad when people return animals. I mean, come on, do they also return their children or partner just because they are sometimes difficult⁉️😠 But I know that it‘s of course better that they return them instead of just marooning them at the next fuel station.⛽️ – And: I am not a dog person, but he looks so cuddly. I might have a crush 🥰 on him. 2y
TheShaggyShepherd @Buechersuechtling I actually suggested to the family to return him. The mom was very attached but it just wasn‘t the right place for him. She was really relieved when I suggested it because she had been scared to bring it up. But in time, he‘ll find the right place. And he actually dislikes cuddling because he‘s too scared for more than a nose book and a couple scratches so far. Haha 2y
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The Koran | J. M. (John Medows) Rodwell
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The pile on my night stand is quickly growing. And there‘s so many more unread on my big shelves. Shoutout to my sister in law‘s girlfriend who made me the adorable bookmark.

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I had really wanted to work on this ARC tonight but our current foster pup isn‘t happy long without both hands petting him at the same time. So watching a baking show instead for right now.

wordslinger42 Aww he's a cutie! I'm not in a position to right now, but I would love to foster senior dogs in the future 🐶🐾 3y
TheShaggyShepherd @wordslinger42 senior or even hospice fostering is something I‘d like to do eventually. We have had a senior foster before but we mostly get a range of ages from little puppies to seniors. 3y
OriginalCyn620 So cute!!! 🐶❤️ 3y
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DGRachel Such a cutie! 3y
Jemgirl2014 What a pretty dog! 3y
TheLibrarian What a cutie! And thank you for fostering! 3y
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My fiancé got me these for Christmas. I‘ve been wanting to read these for a while so I‘m excited to get started on them in the new year.

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Harry Potter: fun book | J.K. Rowling
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Christmas present from my dad: my beautiful new Harry Potter books in German. I‘ve been wanting them in my native language so having this come out this year was perfect. I just couldn‘t pass up on them. They are gorgeous and I can‘t wait to read them. // It‘s a goal next year to read at least 12 books in German because my grammar is getting rusty. Perfect time for a reread.

Leftcoastzen That‘s very cool! 3y
Patchshank I love the covers! 3y
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GypsyKat These are gorgeous!!!! 😍😍😍😍😍 3y
Birdsong28 😍😍😍😍📚📖 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful ❤️❤️ 3y
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