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VioletBramble

Joined December 2016

Once you learn to read, you will be forever free. - Frederick Douglass. 📚🤓❤️
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Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero
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The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang
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When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore
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The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
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Circe by Madeline Miller
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Doctor Who: The Missy Chronicles by Paul Magrs, Cavan Scott, James Goss, Peter Anghelides, Jacqueline Rayner, Richard Dinnick
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Sourdough by Robin Sloan
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Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
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Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer
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The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff
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Stephen Florida by Gabe Habash
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All the Little Live Things by Wallace Earle Stegner
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The Animators: A Novel by Kayla Rae Whitaker
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Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
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The Octopus Museum: Poems | Brenda Shaughnessy
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I took a break from media and social media for a while. I‘ll probably do a bunch of catch up posts. I‘ll try to spread them out a bit. These are the books I purchased in April. The tagged book, a collection of poetry, looks very interesting. I think it will be my poetry read for June.

readordierachel Some gorgeous covers there 😍 3w
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The Kingdom of Copper | S. A. Chakraborty
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Planned reads for May. I‘m looking forward to the tagged book the most. Spinning Silver is unfinished from April. I‘ve become obsessed with The Umbrella Academy on Netflix so I decided it‘s time I read the graphic novels.

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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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Mehso-so

This one was just so-so for me. I‘ve been reading it slowly since September because it just wasn‘t holding my attention. My intermittent reading combined with the large amount of characters and the amount of short chapters made it seem disjointed

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Waiting for the 2019 Tartan Day Parade to start here in NYC. Yay Scotland!!
(Why is there no Scottish flag emoji? )

GingerAntics They‘ve added one. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 2mo
VioletBramble @GingerAntics Ahh.. This is why I need to get a new phone that is larger than 16GB. I'm missing these good updates. 1mo
GingerAntics Oh wow, yes you definitely need that update!!! 1mo
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Starting this third book in the Diviners series while I sip a mug of Walk in the Woods tea and wait for season 2 of American Gods on Starz tonight.

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Spell on Wheels | Kate Leth
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A fun graphic novel about three witches on a road trip to recover their stolen magical objects- crystals, an orb, a planchette, spices, and an invoking ritual. When they catch up with the culprit - an ex-boyfriend of one of the witches- they realize that the true object of desire is something one of the witches brings with her.

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From In Search of the Least Abandoned Constellation :

The reader's face is a child's rapt face. The book is her latest soul, disguised as a more or less acceptable concrete object. The child is happy. The afternoon, a novel.

#poetry #poetrychallenge2019 for March.

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Midnight Riot | Ben Aaronovitch
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My planned reads for March. As usual most of them are for the Category Challenge at #LibraryThing. The thing on top is my new Kindle Paperwhite, filling in for the tagged book. I miss my Kindle Keyboard already. It was 10 years old and had stopped working properly.

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Mouthful of Birds: Stories | Samanta Schweblin
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I went to the B&N book haul sale but didn't find anything I wanted. So I went to #ForbiddenPlanet and #TheStrand - I got these two books and an interesting #Tardis latte mug.

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Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward
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These are the books I read in the second half of February. The tagged book is my favorite. I gave them all 4🌟, except the Le Guin, which I gave 3⭐️. I hated one of the main characters so much I avoided the book for days.

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The Secret Oceans | Betty Ballantine
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Betty Ballantine, editor, publisher, owner of Bantam and Ballantine Books, and inventor of the paperback has died.

CatLass007 😢 3mo
GingerAntics She‘s gone to the great bookshop in the sky...where readers around the world will praise her for millennia. 3mo
Ddzmini 😨😓 3mo
TheSpineView 😪 3mo
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The Nightingale | Kristin Hannah
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My family and multiple friends and co-workers have tried to get me to read this book. I always refused because it doesn't seem like my kind of book. One of my coworkers brought it to work a few months ago and gave it to me, telling me I "have to read it" Apparently it is everyone's favorite Hannah book. I started it this morning.

TheBookKeepers I need to read this one soon!! It‘s been on my TBR for a while & I finally have my own copy 3mo
rwmg Saying something is a must read or I have to read it is a surefire way of getting me not to read it 3mo
Centique I had to read this for book club and I ended up enjoying it well enough. But I‘ve read so many “Western Europe in WW2” novels that there wasn‘t much new or different in it although it does pull some heart strings! Anyway hope you like it 😊 3mo
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I finished the latest book in the Flavia deLuce mystery series this weekend while visiting my mother. Flavia and Dogger are working on their first case since starting their own detective agency. This mystery involves herbal medicines- with a sick twist. Any book that involves botany gets a thumbs up from me. 👍

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I'm doing laundry tonight and found these two Libba Bray books on the give away shelves. Score!

MarriedtoMrT I loved these two yet somehow never ended up reading the final book. (I remember being super excited it released and I even borrowed it many times from the library but it was SO BIG.) 3mo
VioletBramble @MarriedtoMrT All of her books are so large. I usually get her books on Kindle which is easier on my hands. I have arthritis. But, free books by an author you like can't be passed up. 3mo
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The Back Chamber | Donald Hall
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Love's Progress

When love empties itself out
It fills our bodies full.
For an hour we lie twining
pulse and skin together
like nurslings who sigh
and doze, dreamy with milk.

Donald Hall's last collection of poetry. This was my favorite poem in the collection. Overall, I thought the collection was so-so. Definitely my least favorite Hall collection.
#poetry

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More bookish mail today: I found this tee-shirt depicting the Abhorsen's bells on Etsy. This is my second favorite series (after #HarryPotter ) and I never see anything except fan art online , so I couldn't resist buying this. The art work is gorgeous.
#blissfullybookish

Yeah_I_Read I love this! The Abhorsen series is one of my favorites! 3mo
Centique That is AMAZING! I love the Abhorsen series too. I want to put it in everyone‘s hands and make them read it 😍 3mo
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Starworld | Paula Garner, Audrey Coulthurst
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Book mail today: I received this YA novel through #LibraryThing 's EarlyReviewers program. It looks like it will make a good commuting read.

Linsy Pretty! ✨ 3mo
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I'm still reading this book. To be honest it's not what I was expecting from the synopsis I got of the book. I'm waiting for the science part. Meanwhile, City Bakery's February Festival of Hot Chocolate is on. This is why I love February and why I'm waiting 'til March to start a ketotarian diet. Today's hocho was salted caramel. Plus, I cannot resist the pretzel croissant. Yum!

Soubhiville Mmmmmm! 4mo
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My planned reads for February. They are all for Category challenges at #LibraryThing except the poetry and the graphic novel. The poetry is for my own yearly challenge of reading one book of poetry a month. Usually I read all the graphic novels on my shelves in February. This year I'm going to spread them out.

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My first planned read for February. I'm hoping to finish it in time for the B&N book club night on Tuesday. Meanwhile, I'm trying to keep warm with some Arctic white hot cocoa with some added walnut nocino.

Crazeedi Good book! Enjoy ! 4mo
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Kingdom of Copper | S A Chakraborty
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New books I got yesterday. The tagged book is my most anticipated read for 2019. I had preordered that and the new Flavia book. The other two books I bought with my Solstice/ Christmas gift cards.
💚📚

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Roosevelt Island | Judith Berdy
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My mother is excited about watching the Lifetime TV movie about Nelly Bly - Escaping the Madhouse. She's been interested in Bly since reading the tagged book. The book was written by my friend and neighbor, Judy Berdy. I told my mom that Judy had made a holiday display for the Island gift shop that included Asylum for the Insane mugs. She asked me to buy her some, "before they sell out". Ha! I finally remembered to get them today.

JazzFeathers I really like this series of vintage photos books. Never saw this one, though. 4mo
VioletBramble @JazzFeathers My mother has a small collection of the Images of America books. I have a few of the New York City ones, including Roosevelt Island - which is where I live. The asylum for the insane that Nelly Bly investigated was on the island. It's an apartment building now. 4mo
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Cocktails | James Butler, Vicki Liley
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I had an early morning ophthalmologist appointment. No one was in the office when I arrived so I wandered around the corner. Came across Lexington Bar and Books - a cocktail bar that has shelves of books for reading while you partake. Sadly, they were also not open yet.

mrozzz I‘ve walked by this a few times but have never had time to check it out! I need to 😄 4mo
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Good Omens | Gaiman, Neal
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Recent book haul. Sadly I was at the book store before I realized I had left all the gift cards I received for Solstice/Christmas at home. Oh well, good excuse for a later book buying trip. Bought the tagged book to skim/ sorta ReRead to refresh my memory before the show drops. Also picked up the Ralph Wrecks the Internet version of Belle (Beauty and the Beast) Rock Candy Pop. Plus I got a new bunch of comics, including American Gods.

Soubhiville The #OokBOokClub is discussing Good Omens on Feb 8th if you want to join in! We‘re reading all of Terry Pratchett‘s books! Just follow the hashtag. 4mo
VioletBramble Thanks for letting me know @Soubhiville 4mo
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The White Darkness | David Grann
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"That's it!" he yelled, slamming his poles into the ground. "We've made it!" The men looked around, examining the place that had long consumed their imaginations, and which had lured them nearly to their demise. All they could see was barren ice- their grail was no more than a geographical data point. As Adams later put it "What is Antarctica other than a blank canvas on which you seek to impose yourself?"

I love books on polar exploration. ❄️

Reviewsbylola I loved Flower Moon so I cant wait to read this! 4mo
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I went to the Strand today. They had their own 2019 Reading Challenge posted on the door.
#thestrand

Pamwurtzler Read a book you‘ve lied about reading. That‘s a good one! 😂 4mo
gradcat This is cool...thanks for posting! 4mo
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This companion book to the Netflix series doesn't have a lot of new information for those that have seen both seasons of the show and Beyond Stranger Things. It does have amazing photos, a map of Hawkins, some clues in Morse code to solve, and this great sketch of the Shadow Monster hidden behind the book flap. I also love that it's made to look like a used book you bought out of the bargain bin.

mom2bugnbee We bought the first two seasons on Blu-ray for our daughter for Christmas & the packaging looks like old VHS tapes! Even has the VHS logo & looks worn at the edges. I was actually worried when hubby first showed me after he'd bought them. 😂 4mo
VioletBramble @mom2bugnbee I knew about the retro packaging when I bought season 1 on DVD and still worried there might actually be VHS tapes inside the box. 4mo
tracey38 This sounds interesting. Also, I have the same bookworm planner! 4mo
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VioletBramble What do you think of the planner so far? @tracey38 I keep track of my reading in three places online but I do really like having things on paper. I may need more space than provided for books acquired. 4mo
tracey38 @VioletBramble I like it but am still figuring out how exactly I want to use it. How are you liking it and using it? 4mo
VioletBramble @tracey38 I'm considering January a test month. So far I'm using the monthly "steno notebook" page to organize books for my different Category Challenges at Library Thing and using the calendar to mark when I start and complete books. 4mo
tracey38 @VioletBramble yeah, I think mine will be trial and error this month, too. I really haven't used the monthly spread and am using the weekly for what I am reading each day. I haven't been able to decide on the other pages yet but I really hope to get good use out of it this year. 4mo
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Language Barrier
I read that in Japanese there is a word for the light that passes through the trees
I wish I had a word for the way you look at me
I could say your eyes are the sound of wooden chimes in winter or the dust of the thicket awakening from sunbeams when the snow clears
I want to say something, some accurate alchemy, some kind of splendor to mirror in syntax the kind of ceremony in your eye patterns when you study my face in bed, ...

VioletBramble Like I am being understood from the ground up. What kind of magic are you 4mo
Soubhiville Love this! 4mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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These are my planned reads for January. Four of them are already in progress and one is a re-read. Five of them are for category challenges at #LibraryThing. My plan is to once again read one book of poetry a month. I'm also planning on reading at least one non-fiction work every two months. My immediate TBR pile contains mainly fiction that I didn't get to in previous years.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love Eleanor 💙💙 5mo
rabbitprincess Eleanor is up next for me! 5mo
rwmg Both of the ones I've read (Little, Big and The Three Body Problem) are absolutely stellar 5mo
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At midnight I'm drinking some Sparkling Apple-Pomegranate and the NYE Pepsi. I've got so much caffeine in my system I may not get to sleep tonight. Oh well, there's a second large bookshelf that I can rearrange tonight.
#ReadInTheNewYear
#booksandbubbles
@hermyknee

hermyknee Woohoo! 🥳 5mo
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Happy New Year!!
Happy reading in 2019!!
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Redwritinghood 🎉🎉🎊🎊🥳🥳 5mo
Crazeedi Happy new year!🎉🎉🎉 5mo
BarbaraBB Happy new year! 5mo
AnneCecilie Happy new year 🎆 5mo
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I'm wearing the "let's hang and read" sloth socks from Out of Print. I think they're cute. My sister thinks they're hideous. They're really comfortable.
#ReadInTheNewYear
#socks
@hermyknee

abbielistenstobooks They're adorable hideous! LOL 5mo
CoffeeNBooks Those socks are great! I love sloths! 5mo
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I wasn't going to post for the reading buddies hour since I'm here alone. But then I saw @hermyknee posted that plants count.
These are my two Christmas cacti. They both recently lost their blooms so they are resting now.
#ReadInTheNewYear
#ReadingBuddies

hermyknee 🥰♥️♥️ 5mo
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The White Darkness | David Grann
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My booknook for the night. It's also the snack nook.
#ReadInTheNewYear
#booknook
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monalyisha Cuuuute! I love your ottoman! 5mo
LiteraryinLititz That looks very inviting! 5mo
Reviewsbylola Love it! 5mo
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mom2bugnbee So cozy! 5mo
mom2bugnbee So cozy! 5mo
BarbaraBB Love it! 5mo
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Pepsi: 100 Years | Bob Stoddard
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My #newyearseats includes dinner and snacks. Black eyed peas (for good luck🍀), saffron rice, garlic stuffed olives, and an orange. Our family NYE snack tradition is Cheez doodles and Pepsi.
#ReadInTheNewYear
@hermyknee

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These are two of the books I'm currently reading. There are two others in progress but I'm presently stalled on them both. It's possible I may finish one of these tonight. My plan for the evening is to rearrange one of my large bookshelves. I may have time after for reading.
#ReadInTheNewYear
@hermyknee
#currentlyreading

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Calypso | David Sedaris
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Everyone in America is extremely concerned with hydration. Go more than five minutes without drinking and you'll surely be discovered behind a potted plant, dried out like some escaped hermit crab.

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Calypso | David Sedaris
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Spending the day hanging out in my pajamas, reading, with my mother, at her house. We had family dinner and presents last night. I did not get any books. I did get a great mug from my sister and Beatles socks (blue meanies!! ) from my niece. Plus some other, non book stuff. Currently reading the tagged/pictured book. Munching on some pistachio cranberry cookies the niece's boyfriend brought over. May watch Won't You Be My Neighbor later.

VioletBramble Merry Christmas to those who celebrate the holiday. 🎄🕊 Wishing everyone a peaceful day. 5mo
rabbitprincess Those socks are AWESOME! Merry Christmas 😊 5mo
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Happy Winter Solstice!!
Blessed Yule!!
🌲🌞🌕🕊
Solstice happens at 1722 in my time zone. I am home sick today so I'm planning on having a small, solo celebration.

rather_be_reading same to you! ❄ 5mo
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Have you heard this one before? Two girls walk into a room. The room is a flat. The flat is on the third floor. In the room is the dead body of an adult male. How do they get the body to the ground floor without being seen?

Korede is a nurse whose younger sister, Ayoola, is a serial killer of boyfriends. When Ayoola finds herself in trouble she calls Korede to clean up her mess.

I loved this book. A fast read and fun - in it's own way.

AmyG Agreed! Fast, fun, quirky...I loved it. 5mo
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A New Selected Poems | Galway Kinnell
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From Blackberry Eating

...and as I stand among them lifting the stalks to my mouth, the ripest berries fall almost unbidden to my tongue, as words sometimes do, certain peculiar words like strengths or squinched or broughamed, many lettered, one syllabled lumps, which I squeeze, squinch open, and splurge well in the silent, startled, icy black language of blackberry eating in late September.

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A New Selected Poems | Galway Kinnell
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On this snowy morning near the East river I happened upon this poem in my current poetry read.

from: The River That is East

A man stands on the pier
He has long since stopped wishing his heart were full
Or his life dear to him
He watches the snowfall hitting the dirty water
He thinks: Beautiful Beautiful
If I were a gull I would be one with white wings
I would fly out over the water, explode, and
Be beautiful snow hitting the dirty water.

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Harry Potter: fun book | J.K. Rowling
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The first ten Mini Funko Pops from the #harrypotteradventcalendar
Luna, George, and Moaning Myrtle won't stand upright on their own.
I'm hoping the coming days bring more Weasley Christmas sweaters.

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The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition | Carol V. Aebersold, Chanda A. Bell
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Christmas time on the Pediatrics unit. The night staff moves our Elf on the Shelf during their shift. It took me two hours to notice this guy in his mask hammock hanging from the lights above the computer I'd been using all morning. Book related because we keep the book that came with him at the nurses station. No one ever asks to read the book.

Ddzmini 🥰😍 5mo
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Latest book haul. Will probably read the tagged book soon - it's tiny; perfect for reading while commuting.
Today I am going with my sisters and cousins to see The Cher Show on Broadway. I've had Cher songs stuck in my head for days.

Cinfhen Sounds like fun!!!!! 5mo
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My planned reads for December. It's going to be a busy month so I'm keeping expectations low. The Kinnell is my December #poetrychallenge2018 book. The Stranger Things book is my most anticipated book for the month. I'm also excited that my Funko Pop of Mike (Snowball Dance) came in the mail yesterday- 2 days early.
Now I'm going to open my #harrypotteradventcalendar pop for tomorrow and go to bed. Good night! 💤

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The Poet X | Elizabeth Acevedo
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I forgot to post my November #poetrychallenge2018 book
This amazing book is an inner city coming of age story told in verse. I read the print version. I imagine the audiobook must be even better. Recommend for fans of Slam poetry.

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This fun, slightly campy, book was just what I needed to read right now. The writing was pretty basic but that doesn't matter. I'd definitely read a sequel.

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Where do dreams come from? Do they sneak in through torn screens at night to light on the arm like mosquitos? Are they passed from mouth to ear like gossip or dirty jokes? Do they sprout from underground on damp mornings like toadstools that form fairy rings on dewtipped grasses? No, they slink out of books, they lurk in the stacks of libraries. Out of pages turned they rise like the scent of peonies and infect the brain with their promise.

VioletBramble From: Where Dreams Come From by Marge Piercy. #poetrymatters #dream @LazyDays (edited) 6mo
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Dearest Creature | Amy Gerstler
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#Poetrymatters
#change
@LazyDays

One of the first lessons I ever learned about change was that caterpillars become butterflies.

vivastory I love Gerstler 6mo
LazyDays 💗💗 6mo
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