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Joined March 2018

I will very likely ❤️ any posting with a dog
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Have to agree with @monalyisha on the font lol.
1. ARC of Monster, She Wrote, The Last Days of Video and Gulliver‘s Travels
2. Probably a cozy mystery
3. Do Comic books count? Captain Marvel

#weekendreads
@rachelsbrittain

monalyisha I love the feel of it! It‘s just a little funky, haha. 4mo
twohectobooks I also had trouble reading this font!! lol 4mo
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Murder of an Old-Time Movie Star: A Pete McCoy Mystery | Copyright Paperback Collection, Terence Kingsley-Smith
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I picked this up on a whim in a used book store called The Cornerstone, I like weird little books especially if they look dated.
Truthfully though, I just started reading it and I‘m appalled. 55 pages in, and a character has been called Warren Dwight Townsend and William Dwight Townsend as if they couldn‘t decide what he should be called. Where was editing?!

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Meet my new reading buddy Pudgey!! He is a rescue from a hoarding situation and is the sweetest thing ever. His sister, Bug, does not yet know what to think of him.
I am so behind on my reviews and haven‘t been around much, but I have been reading up a storm!
#dogsoflitsy #pudgey #thebug

Erinreadsthebooks He's precious! So glad he found his way to you 🙏🏻💜 6mo
JoScho I love this so much! Yay for rescues! ❤️❤️❤️ 6mo
TheSpineView So cute!💜 6mo
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I did it! I got all of my winter #Booked2019 prompts before the deadline 😃😃
Widows of Malabar Hill
Forest of a Thousand Lanterns
The Library Book
Sadie
The Likeness
and The Caretaker Of Lorne Field FTW!!

Cinfhen Congrats 🎈 🎉🎈 6mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great job! 6mo
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Question for @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft and @BarbaraTheBibliophage regarding #Booked2019
For the female detective prompt, does the detective have to be officially a detective or do amateur detectives count, such as in the tagged book?

Cinfhen I think this is perfect!!! Sounds like a fun read 7mo
4thhouseontheleft Amateur is fine in my opinion! 7mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I just read the tagged book. It would definitely count! And it‘s quite good. 7mo
AmyG I read a book with two women who were investigating a crime. They were not detectives. 7mo
ProfReader Welcome to Litsy!!!♥️💜💕❤️💙 7mo
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I did it! #24B4Monday, aside from the books I finished yesterday, I got a good start on We Are Never Meeting In Real Life, A Blade So Black, and Black Panther The Young Prince. I also finished My Sister the Serial Killer!

wordzie 👏👏 7mo
mcipher Congrats!! 👏 7mo
Andrew65 Brilliant, a fantastic achievement. Well done. 🙌🙌🙌🍾🥂 Thanks for taking part. 😊👏👍 (edited) 7mo
Linsy Congrats! 🎈 7mo
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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Ending day 2 of my #24B4Monday in pretty good shape thanks to audio books. I‘ve finished several books and I‘m behind on reviews again. I will catch up though. So far I‘ve finished:
White is for Witching - Helen Oyeyemi
The Good House - Tananarive Due
Bloodchild and Other Stories - Octavia Butler
Black Panther Vol. 2 - Ta‘Nahesi Coates

Andrew65 This is a brilliant time. Well done. You can do this. 👏😊👍🙌 7mo
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I‘m finally caught up on all my reviews!!
My friend got me this cool tote from the NYPL, so tell me friends what ARE you reading right now?

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The Girls: A Novel | Emma Cline
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The girls tells a tale of a young somewhat neglected girl who falls in with a Manson like cult, and how it effected her both then and as an adult. It parallels Manson almost exactly, so TW for abuse, rape and murder.
Somewhere between a pick and a so-so for me, you see where the story is going but you can‘t really look away. It‘s interesting to see how someone could be taken in by a cult during a difficult time in their life.

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Rust & Stardust | T Greenwood
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This is a fictionalized account of the kidnapping and imprisonment of Sally Horner. Sally is often thought of as being the inspiration for Nabokov‘s Lolita. The innocence of Sally, and her sheer gullibility juxtaposed with the depravity of her captor is heartbreaking. While there are obvious TW for child abuse and rape, the author does not delve deeply into the actual deeds, instead focusing as it should be on the victim, and her family.

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How to be Famous | Caitlin Moran
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Mallory talked about this book and author on an episode of @ReadingGlasses and since I think she is amazing and we have similar tastes, I got it from the library. It‘s the story of a teenage music critic who finds her true voice through unrequited love and one terrible sexual experience. It was wonderful and empowering and just laugh out loud funny. The character development and growth was just so lovely. Highly recommend

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Robert Bloch's Psychos | Robert Bloch, Horror Writers Association
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A horror anthology, edited by Robert Bloch and published posthumously. Each of the stories is more about the horror humans can enact on one another rather than other tropes like monsters, or haunted houses. As is the case with most of these types of books, some were better than others, but in general I enjoyed the book as a whole.

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This title went perfectly with my tote!
More vignettes than a cohesive story. Each however showcases the cleverness of Maude and the ways the elderly can be marginalized as less than, because people assume things about them without knowing about them. One story told from the point of a neighbor, then again from Maude‘s POV, are the only two related. While not a mystery I would still classify it as cozy.

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This book reads like an Asian origin story for the evil queen in Snow White. And I think that was intended. The language and word building were simply amazing. It‘s as if you believe you are reading a retelling, but just the merest threads attach to the original story. Everything is that unique and absorbing. There is a sequel to this which I haven‘t read that I expect will be the other half of the Snow White mythology.

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The story of a man who “saves the world every day” due to a contract his family had signed with the town hundreds of years ago. No one believes he is doing anything other than weeding a field. I found it both tense and sad, when his family doubts him, the townsfolk doubt him, the suffering he endures all leading to the fear of what could happen if he stops.

MrBook Interesting... 7mo
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Monstress #1 | Marjorie Liu
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Imagine if Venom took place in another world where ancient beings had bred with humans, and became persecuted by a religious sect which uses their bones to create a substance that holds healing properties amongst other things. Beautiful artwork, immersive world building and a heroine out for revenge and to save her people all while struggling with the demon inside (literal demon-like Creature). Really enjoyed.

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Binti | Nnedi Okorafor
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My only complaint about this novella is that it was too short. I realize it‘s a series of three novellas. I am eager to read the rest of them. Binti is from a tribe on earth that never leaves the planet. When she is accepted into a prestigious school on another planet she sneaks away and makes the trip, encountering an invasion on her ship that puts her wits to the test. She is a strong character with a lot of ties to her culture.

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Finally catching up on the last of my reviews for January!
Loved this, the main character decides she wants to sleep for a year after losing her job. The lengths she goes to are harrowing. No one in this book is likeable. But for some reason I was down with it. It‘s a talented author who can make you care about characters you don‘t like.

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This book was a nice whodunnit for middle grade readers. I believe it‘s a classic, I think might be required in schools occasionally. 12 “heirs” are asked to solve the mystery of who killed Sam Westing, the wealthy owner of a house near their condo.

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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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I listened to this on audio, and while I thoroughly enjoyed it and learned a lot about libraries, I think I would have liked it better if I had read it. I think some of the nuance is lost when the library book isn‘t an actual book. All the stake the reporting was stellar and well researched.

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#MurderTrending | Gretchen McNeil
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I enjoyed this quite a bit, sort of modern version of The Running Man but with teenagers. Alcatraz Island has been remodeled into a new fangled prison colony where the country has made celebrities of a group of killers that have unique methods of dispensing Justice. There is a conspiracy and there is bloodshed, but pretty tame as this book is YA.

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The Secret History | Donna Tartt
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#UnpopularOpinion Let me start by saying this book was long, or it at least felt long. I don‘t really get all the hype. The language is lovely but all of the characters are so darned unlikeable. It reminded me of Catcher in the Rye, in regards to privilege and pretentiousness. My friend went to Bennington college where the author also went and this was based on an incident that happed there apparently.

StephanieGeiser I didn‘t know that this was based on a true story! Interesting! Otherwise, I felt exactly the same way as you - it took me 6-9 month of off and on reading to finally get through this one. It was my first, and to this day only, Donna Tartt read. I know people love some of her other books but I‘ve been struggling to pick any others up. This one scarred me! 8mo
amb @StephanieGeiser I tried googling the true story but came up short I‘m going to need to get more details from my friend. 8mo
StephanieGeiser @amb When you find out more let me know! 8mo
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I really enjoyed this collection of short stories, all of them were weird in the good way and I love that. I can‘t think of a single one I didn‘t enjoy. Beautiful language throughout

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For those of you closed due to cold, how cold does it have to get before that happens? And what are your normal average temps this time of year? I‘m super curious about this.
We are used to cold here, the above didn‘t count wind chill which on the ski mountain that day was -75. But -35 to those of us down in the valley.

JoScho Oh hell no! 8mo
Djspens We have -25 actual temps and -35 to -50 wind-chill predicted for tomorrow in eastern Iowa. I'm coming to work but will bring a book, expecting a very slowly work day! 8mo
Wife 🥶 right now wind chill -12. Everything open. But we‘re expecting colder temps in next couple days. I never know when school will close because the decision making seems random. 8mo
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amb @Wife @Djspens This is fascinating to me. I always feel bad when it‘s wind chill minus 50 and kids are waiting for schoolbus (edited) 8mo
Wife Just got notice. School closed tomorrow. Temps -15 to -2. Not including wind chill. ❄️🥶❄️ SE Michigan 8mo
Trashcanman Right now it's 71 and the clouds have covered the sun three times today. 8mo
LiterRohde @Trashcanman You sound just like my uncle who moved from WI to CA about a year and a half ago. Letting us know that it‘s 75 and sunny in January. Funny how he downplays the threat of fires, mudslides, and earthquakes that replaced a little cold weather. 🤣 (edited) 8mo
KrystleTheBookSlayer -27F here, but feels like -64F, schools are closed and a lot of businesses are closing early...unfortunately it's supposed to be worse tomorrow. 😣 8mo
CouronneDhiver It‘s basically cold town here in Ontario too 🇨🇦🥶 Brrrrr 8mo
staci.reads The temperature is dropping to -23 tonight and tomorrow, but the wind chills are supposed to hit -50 to -60. We don't often close for cold alone, but schools are shut down for 2 days and many businesses. 8mo
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Heart Berries: A Memoir | Terese Mailhot
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Memoir by an indigenous Canadian, not entirely told in the sequence of events but more in how you remember things not necessarily chronologically but where one story leads you to remember another thing that happened. The author‘s struggle with mental illness is raw, and heartbreaking.

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Not Here | Hieu Minh Nguyen
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I‘d like to get some opinions, as part of my #ReadHarder challenge I am to read an #ownvoices book set in Oceania. I am reading a book called The Glass Jar written by a man who grew up in a Methodist orphanage in Auckland about boys growing up in a Methodist orphanage in Auckland. It is not in the database here or on GoodReads. But did show up in other places. Does this count as #ownvoices? Or do you think they mean indigenous people of Oceania?

MelissaSue81 I think it counts as #ownvoices. It only says “set in Oceania” .. not specifically about indigenous people. NYPL even has Bridge of Clay listed as a book for that, and there is nothing specific about those characters other than living in Australia 8mo
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Gwendy's Button Box | Stephen King
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Interesting and brief (!) Stephen King novella about a young girl who is given a box by a stranger that has powerful capabilities if she chooses to use them. As with all King, the writing is very well done, the premise is interesting and carried out cleverly. Unlike other King work it‘s very brief but not to the detriment of the story.

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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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I loved this book, intersecting characters tell the story of the urban native experience leading up to the big Oakland pow wow. Heartbreaking and uplifting, the sense of community that is available if the characters are willing to accept it. Beautiful writing, the audio as very well done.

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An Unwanted Guest | Shari Lapena
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A locked in/there‘s a murderer among us mystery set at a remote and rustic lodge where everyone gets snowed in. Each of the guests is hiding something. It was a quick read, my only quibble is that I am unsure as to whether enough or any breadcrumbs were laid leading up to the reveal. I listened on audio, so it wasn‘t practical to go back and forth looking for the clues.

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Into The Water | Paula Hawkins
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My coworker recommended this book, and I happened to have it on my shelf. When a book has a page of “cast members” it usually tends to be confusing. And this one was through the first third with a lot of back and forth in time, lots of characters and persecuted women. It wasn‘t bad but it didn‘t get me like The Girl on the Train. I guess maybe I just expected more. YMMV

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Magpie Murders | Anthony Horowitz
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Another one from my #NewYearWhoDis partner @BridgetteM
I love a good book within a book. This was also a mystery within a mystery. Both were engaging, and clever. I got a real Agatha Christie vibe from it. Was a little long, but it was still enjoyable.

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I read a lot of psychological thrillers, most of which due to popularity of the trope lately include unreliable narrators. This one was only so so for me. I felt as though it borrowed heavily from others and of course Rear Window. I had it figured out pretty early. This is not to say it wouldn‘t be good to someone who doesn‘t read a lot of these.
My third book from my #NewYearWhoDis partner @BridgetteM
@monalyisha

darklydreaming I was "so so" on this one too. The lead up was good but the ending was a bit far fetched. 8mo
monalyisha I don‘t enjoy thrillers. I do enjoy Jimmy Stewart. 😉😄 8mo
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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I finished #24B4Monday and #24in48 without much posting and fanfare, after an extended illness, and catching up, I have a billion reviews to post, so watch out for that cascade coming soon!
@Andrew65 @TheReadingMermaid

Kaye 🥇Good job 8mo
Bookish.SAM Congrats! 8mo
erzascarletbookgasm Well done! 8mo
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Leniverse 👏🎉 8mo
AmyG Wow!!! Congrats. Now that I‘ve participated, I know how hard this is. 8mo
amb @AmyG I participate every month, but I only get it occasionally, lol 8mo
Marina_h Wow, well done 👏 8mo
LMJenkins Good job! ⭐️✔️📚 8mo
Jas16 🎉🙌🏽📚🥳 8mo
Librarybelle Congratulations! 8mo
TheReadingMermaid You did it! Congratulations sweetheart 👏🏻👏🏻😁🎉🎉🎉 8mo
Andrew65 🙌👏👍🥳🙌👏👍🥳🙌👏👍🥳🏆🍾 Fantastic, congratulations! 8mo
Bookzombie 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 8mo
hes7 Yay! 🎉 8mo
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Snowed In | Rachel Hawthorne
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✔️Cozy reading nest built and stocked with drinks and snacks
✔️Books within arms reach
✔️Tea brewed
Let #snowmageddon begin!

britt_brooke Look at all that snow already! How much more is expected? It‘s just raining bucketloads here in Nashville for now, but may turn to a tiny bit of snow tonight. 8mo
RadicalReader Reading nests are a necessity for beloved bookworms 8mo
amb @britt_brooke that snow is from before the storm which just started. We are expecting 8-12” more though some forecasts are saying 18” 8mo
britt_brooke @amb Holy 🐮! Good thing you‘re prepared like a good bookworm. 8mo
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Another winner picked by @BridgetteM from the #NewYearWhoDis list. The plot has been rehashed here a bunch, so I won‘t get into it. The historical setting was amazing so detailed and encompassing. I loved how the different aspects of Indian law were utilized, without making it feel like a glorified glossary. Love love love

BridgetteM 🎉🎉🎉 Glad you enjoyed it! I thought it was a good one, too. I learned a lot. 8mo
monalyisha OoooOoo...I‘m intrigued! 8mo
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I‘m an 8 shame face —>😞
@TheReadingMermaid #bookloversconfess

TheReadingMermaid LOL 😋 8mo
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Sadie | Courtney Summers
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I felt every moment of Sadie‘s journey, the writing was so evocative. At times heartbreaking and other times edge of your seat suspenseful. That ending though, total gut-punch.
Thanks to @BridgetteM for having this on her #NewYearWhoDis list, it was amazing

BridgetteM Glad you liked it! 8mo
monalyisha Great review! I was kind-of unsure whether I wanted to add this to my TBR but now I think I might! 8mo
tracey38 Yes, I just finished this as well and agree... that ending!!! 8mo
monalyisha I can‘t believe I almost didn‘t read this. 😱 What was 2 months ago Me thinking?! 6mo
amb @monalyisha I loved this one so much! Broke my heart 6mo
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Dracula | Bram Stoker
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I listened and read along in the paperback copy on the right, my fancy pants copy on the left. I loved this, the audio performance was wonderful, I loved the epistolary style of it and even though the story is well known, I was still riveted by all the parts I didn‘t know. First classic of the year.

ravenlee One of my favorites, though the epistolary style always takes a while for mw to get into. 9mo
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Magpie Murders | Anthony Horowitz
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Just started my first book from @BridgetteM ‘s #NewYearWhoDis list, loving it already!

BridgetteM 🤗 Hope you like it! 9mo
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The Final Adventures of Sherlock Holmes | Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Peter Haining
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I love this description:
“Every here and there the monotony of the landscape was broken with jagged scarps, where grey granite peeped grimly out as though nature had been sorely wounded until her haunt bones protruded from their covering.”
From The Mystery of Uncle Jeremy‘s Household

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#in2019
@RealLifeReading
Due to my extreme rural location any chance for some of these is impossible.

RealLifeReading Hope you have a wonderful 2019! 9mo
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Paperbacks from Hell | Grady Hendrix
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This book made me want to run to the nearest flea market, and used Book emporiums and scour the shelves for titles featured that I somehow missed out on. Silly plots, silly titles, but all horror. The history of horror paperbacks during this time was lovingly told by Grady Hendrix who was obviously a Super fan of the genre and time frame

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Identity Crisis | Brad Meltzer
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I enjoyed this storyline, though I was a little upset by the villain reveal, I liked to see all of the Justice League and Titans characters old and new come together for a cause.

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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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Down to the wire! Totally deviated from my plan as usual.
#24B42019
@TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65

TheReadingMermaid But you still did it girl! That's fantastic!!!! 💕😃👍🏻🎉🎉🎉 9mo
Andrew65 Brilliant 🥳🙌👏🙌👏🙌👏🙌👏🍾🥂 9mo
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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12 hours in to the #24B42019. Making some good progress

TheReadingMermaid Half way there!!!👍🏻 9mo
Andrew65 Half way through the Readathon and halfway there! Well done! 🙌🙌🙌 9mo
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Resolutions | Janet Sue Terry
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@sebrittain #sundayfunday

📚 No buying of physical books until they all fit on shelves and are not stacked everywhere.
📚read more classics

sebrittain ❤🎉❤🎉❤ 9mo
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Dogs on Instagram | @Dogsofinstagram
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@kaye this is The Bug, sometimes just Bug, and sometimes snugglebug. As usual, she needs a haircut but is amenable to hats/headpieces, not clothes. #dogsoflitsy
She is about to be 15, and still has more energy than most toddlers I know.

Kaye What a funny picture. Good thing she doesn‘t mind headwear. It suits her nicely. 😁 9mo
tammysue 😍😍😍 9mo
JoScho Bug is adorable!!! 9mo
Soubhiville *gasp! She‘s so cute! 9mo
Craftylikefox Bug looks so sweet! 😍 9mo
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While the writing itself and language was lovely, the majority of these stories seemed to end abruptly with no actual conclusion which became frustrating when you are riveted to the narrative and it ends as if in the middle of a thought, nothing was ever resolved.

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My plans for #24B42019 *

*subject to change and any mood, whim or flight of fancy

Andrew65 Some interesting choices. Good luck. 😊👍 9mo
ravenlee I love Dracula, but it can be hard to get into it. The letters/journals style always gives me a little trouble starting it, but it picks up a little ways in. 9mo
amb @Andrew65 all of these books are in some stage toward completion. It‘s not as ambitious as it looks 9mo
TheReadingMermaid Dracula is amazing! And Head Full of Ghosts is on my TBR list. Enjoy!👍🏻 9mo
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Check out this cool bookend my sister got me for Christmas. It‘s so cool!

Soubhiville That‘s so fun! 9mo
erzascarletbookgasm Nice! And those Agatha Christie editions 😍😍 9mo
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