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Bookwormjillk

Bookwormjillk

Joined December 2016

LibraryThing member Jillian_Kay

Nose stuck in a book. Visit me at www.allthebooksihaventread.com
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Dusk: A Novel by F. Sionil Jose
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Migrations: A Novel by Charlotte McConaghy
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Keep Me Posted by Lisa Beazley
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The Sparrow: A Novel by Mary Doria Russell
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#BFC week two was a weird one. The kids finally went back to school and I was slammed at work making up for a week of snow days and getting ready for a trip to visit my in-laws in Florida. Then a day of almost no movement because we were driving. Finally we‘re in Florida and spending as much time as possible outside with huge step totals to prove it.

I‘ve read almost nothing in a week and a half. I‘m hoping my reading brain restores itself 🤞

wanderinglynn Enjoy your trip! ☀️ 3d
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I picked this book based on the cover alone, and I‘m happy to say it worked out! It was told in three timelines but all centered around one English garden. It‘s so super cold here this week I enjoyed reading about a garden in bloom.

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The House Girl | Tara Conklin
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This year I‘m working on getting the the books I‘ve had on my TBR the longest. I really wanted to read this in 2014 but 2022 me says it‘s just okay. The story was up and down and there were way too many coincidences.

SilversReviews I liked this book. (edited) 1w
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Station Eleven: A novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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I love traveling in Michigan, and have spent many happy days along the Great Lakes.

Some books I‘ve read that take place at least in part in Michigan:
Station Eleven - a favorite of all time
Finding Mrs. Ford
Mrs. Everything
Beach Read
#RoadTripUSA2022

RaeLovesToRead When I read Station Eleven, I didn't rate it that highly, but it's one of those books that has lingered in my memory - it's atmosphere is so haunting 💙 I've bought The Glass Hotel to try another by the author! 1w
megnews I love all these beautiful pictures! 1w
Bookwormjillk @RaeLovesToRead I bailed on The Glass Hotel, but want to give it another try. 1w
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ValerieAndBooks I lived in Michigan for 16 years and still miss it! Stacked Finding Mrs. Ford — blurb looks good (I did think at first was about the Fords of Dearborn 😂) 1w
CBee @Bookwormjillk are you watching the Station Eleven series? It‘s good. 1w
Bookwormjillk @CBee no, where can I watch it? 1w
Bookwormjillk @ValerieAndBooks ha! Never made that connection! 1w
CBee @Bookwormjillk HBO Max! 1w
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Great question from @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Here are five that come to mind:
1) Louise Penny‘s Inspector Gamache series
2) A Piece of the World
3) A Tree Grows In Brooklyn
4) Stephen King‘s Dark Tower series
5) Devotions by Mary Oliver

#SundaySoapbox

Nebklvr Louise Penny and A tree grows in Brooklyn🥰 1w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Excellent choices 🙌🏻📚 1w
UwannaPublishme Love A Tree Grows in Brooklyn! 🙌🏻 1w
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It‘s cold and rainy and this book was perfect for reading under a blanket. This was a solid four star book of poetry for me. I especially loved How to Lose That Stubborn Weight and How to be Hopeful. The poem about her mother‘s death punched me in the gut. #AuthorAMonth

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#BFC 2022 update week 1

This was a wild week. It started with hiking in shorts and was followed by a destructive snow storm. Then a Covid diagnosis for my son, a leaky sink, and a little more snow. 🤷‍♀️ 2022

But I did make progress on my goals. I hit my step count and spent 30 minutes outside each day except for 1. When I got the Covid news I did some contact tracing then curled up in a ball.

Listened to 2 audiobooks while active.

slategreyskies Hope your son feels better soon! 💕 2w
DanaManiac Aww I hope your son is feeling better soon! 2w
wanderinglynn That‘s a lot for one week! I hope your son feels better. 💚 Great job on your goals! 🙌🏻 (edited) 2w
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DivineDiana An intense week! Sending healing wishes for your son. 2w
CBee Goodness Jill - how‘s your son? I‘m so sorry you‘ve had such a rough week 🙁🙁 @Bookwormjillk 2w
JoyBlue I'm sorry about your week. Hope things keep looking up! 1w
mrp27 Great pictures! 1w
bookishdawg Hope your kiddo feels better soon… take care 💛 1w
Bookwormjillk @slategreyskies @DanaManiac @wanderinglynn @DivineDiana @CBee @JoyBlue @bookishdawg Thanks so much. He‘s doing a lot better now. 🤞everyone else has tested negative so far. 1w
Bookwormjillk @mrp27 thanks! It was a very photogenic week! 1w
CBee @Bookwormjillk thank goodness!! 1w
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Mehso-so

This was a mixed bag for me. I liked the modern day story of Nour and her family, but was bored by the ancient timeline. I did learn about the Spanish autonomous city of Ceuta which I had never heard of before.

I read this for my work book club but it would also work for #FoodandLit Egypt and #ReadingAfrica2022

Librarybelle This is on my to read list! 2w
Jas16 I felt the exact same way. 2w
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"A" is for Alibi | Sue Grafton
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It‘s been about 25 years since I first started reading this series, and now that it‘s over I thought I would start again. I enjoyed this trip down memory lane, and it was interesting to meet the series regulars before they became regulars.

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Caught a glimpse of my bookshelf in the winter sun today and it made me smile.

KateReadsYA Beautiful 2w
wanderinglynn 😍😍😍 2w
marleed Nice! 2w
Cathythoughts Beautiful 💫 2w
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Thank you so much @KatieDid927 I am so excited to have my own copy of this, and the snacks are great!

KatieDid927 You‘re welcome! 2w
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Just got mail for the first time in five days and this was in it. Perfect timing @BeckyWithTheGoodBooks

Annie1215 Seriously perfect timing! 2w
Jadams1776 I‘ll be shipping out my book tomorrow. Sorry I‘m behind - I‘ve been dealing with vertigo for the past few days 2w
DogMomIrene Ohhh, I‘ll be looking for your review. Her whole deception fascinates me! 2w
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks Yay! Glad you got it! @Jadams1776 So sorry to hear about the vertigo. I hope you feel better soon! 2w
CaramelLunacy I found this whole story fascinating since I was first recommended the podcast The Dropout (which has been doing weekly recaps of the trial). Definitely an interesting read 2w
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#12booksof21 #12booksof2021 December

In a crazy month this book tickled my reading muscles in a way not much else has in a while.

Thank you @Andrew65 for hosting this. It has been a fun look back.

Andrew65 Looks great. See you same time next year. It has been a food way to review the Reading year last year. 2w
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Thanks for the tag @Catsandbooks

1) I love it until it gets all gross and slushy!

2) I love taking pictures of the snow and ice.

#Two4Tuesday

TheSpineView ❤❄📷 2w
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#12booksof21 #12booksof2021 @Andrew65

Mary Oliver‘s books of poetry are usually at the top of my lists and November was no different!

Andrew65 Great to see poetry represented. 2w
DivineDiana I love this book and Mary Oliver! 2w
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Great idea @megnews

The tagged book gives a great look at Ohio when it was considered the frontier. I have also pictured some of my favorite Ohio reads.

I visit Ohio quite often. My favorite places are Cuyahoga National Park, Lake Erie, and baseball games at Progressive Field. Ohio is also a great place to get a good meal!

#RoadTripUSA2022

megnews I‘ve often wanted to read something by McCullough but haven‘t yet. This one sounds like a great place to start. 2w
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Breakfast: The Cookbook | Emily Elyse Miller
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I made Egyptian Fava Bean Stew from the tagged cookbook today. It was perfect for a snowy day! #FoodAndLit

Tamra Ful is sooooo delicious! 😋 2w
Catsandbooks Oh that sounds great! 2w
Chelsea.Poole Sounds great! 2w
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A lot has been said about this book so I won‘t add my clumsy synopsis, but I will say that I really loved it. I put off reading it for so long because I didn‘t think it would hold up to Homegoing. It was different but still just as heart wrenching in all the best ways.

#ReadingAfrica Ghana

Prairiegirl_reading Both five star reads just in a different way. Totally agree. 2w
CuriousG Agree 100%! Very different books, but both fantastic. 2w
Librarybelle I have this on my shelf…I need to move this up my list! 2w
BarbaraBB I loved this one even more than Homegoing! 2w
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#12booksof21 #12booksof2021 October

This modern day version of Austen‘s Persuasion set in Tobago worked so well. It was great on audio!

Andrew65 Great choice. 2w
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Feeling a little too scatterbrained to read much tonight so I worked on my #BookspinBingo board tonight. Like I say every month- this is my month I know it!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Looks great!! 2w
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Book goal- attempt a #BookspinBingo blackout every month
Physical goal - 10,000 steps a day
Nutritional goal- eat more vegetables and commit to less food waste (I‘m sometimes better at buying veggies than using them)
Mental goal- 30 minutes outside per day
Spiritual goal- Write in my gratitude journal each day

#BFC @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Wow! Great goals. You‘re really challenging yourself! Way to go! 🙌🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3w
Roary47 I feel you on food waste. When they are going south I give them to my ducks and chickens. I think they get more than we do. 😅 2w
Bookwormjillk @Roary47 hmmm I‘ve always wanted to raise ducks and chickens 🐓 2w
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Another week of hiking over reading, but managed to get a few books read. Week 5 total was 2,539 and my grand total was 17,854.

Thanks so much @Clwojick and fellow #MistletoeManiacs This was a lot of fun. #WinterGames

DivineDiana The pull of nature is real! 🥾 Love the photo! (edited) 3w
LiseWorks Great photo! 3w
Clwojick woohoo! 😍 Way to go! Thank you for joining us! 2w
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#12booksof21 #12booksof2021 September

I really loved the characters in this book. I‘ll have to re-read this one in a year or two to see if it holds up to the five star rating I gave it last September.

Andrew65 Stacked! 3w
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Sense and Sensibility | Jane Austin
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Reading on audio this time #PemberLittens

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Once again a very messy #BookspinBingo list 😄

BkClubCare I appreciate your messy artistic free-spirited authentic style list. 😃😉 3w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3w
Bookwormjillk @BkClubCare haha thanks 😊 3w
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Starting to wrap it up for #WinterGames #MistletoeManiacs

This was a busy week working and having guests in town. I listened to a few podcasts though, and saw Spiderman which ended with a Christmas scene.

I was one away from a blackout in #BookspinBingo #AVeryMerryBingo and #RoaringWolf and made a dent in #LittenListen

I might still finish one book today so I‘ll post my final totals tomorrow.

Jadams1776 📚🎅🏻🎉🎄 3w
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Fabulous month!!! 3w
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I really enjoyed this short book about Christmas in 1941 and the history behind two popular Christmas carols. #WinterGames #MistletoeManiacs

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I love, love, love my #Bestof2021Swap package. Thank you so much @ncsufoxes

I haven‘t read either of the books, but they are just what I love. And as it looks more and more like we will be going back to virtual school after the break the chocolate, puzzle, and tea will come in handy! Oh and I love Dove chocolate too!

Thanks for hosting this amazing swap @candority

monalyisha OOoo Betty is on my TBR! Great package! Happy New Year! ✨🎉 And good luck with virtual school. 💓 3w
ncsufoxes Glad that you liked the package. They were definitely two of my favorite books last year. Puzzles, coloring, chocolate, & candles plus books are what helped me make it through 2021 (& probably through 2022 too). Happy New Year! 3w
candority Wonderful! 😍 Betty was on my Christmas wish list, but I sadly didn‘t receive it. I hope you enjoy it! 3w
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#12booksof21 #12booksof2021 August

This was a tough call, but this treasure hunt memoir eventually won out because I happened to listen to it with my family while driving around Wyoming, Colorado, and Utah.

Bookwormjillk Very close runner up was 3w
Andrew65 Sounds great. 3w
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First and last reads of 2021- not a great year in general, but a really good reading year. So glad for good books.

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When I first read this book I was annoyed by the detour into Roland‘s past. On this read through I liked it a lot more. It had kind of a people are confused 2021 vibe.

#20in4 book 3 of 4

Andrew65 I still need to read this. 3w
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My last book of2021 with a very fitting title for this year (unless I finish my audiobook.)

A melancholy book about a young woman trying to make her way in Brooklyn. It‘s very well written but kind of a bummer.

#WinterCosy #VeryMerryReadathon #WrapItUpReadathon #ChristmasMyWay #BookspinBingo #WinterGames #MistletoeManiacs #20in4 Book 2 of 4

CBee I was going to comment that it‘s a very fitting title! I think we‘ve been saying that for two years now, it seems 🙁 (edited) 3w
Andrew65 Book sounds intriguing. 3w
DieAReader ♥️♥️ 3w
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Tamra My audio hold just came in for this one! 👏🏾 3w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3w
DieAReader 🎉🎉🎉 3w
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We Never Asked for Wings: A Novel | Vanessa Diffenbaugh
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This is the second Diffenbaugh book I‘ve read and I really like what she does with her characters. I read this story about a struggling family in Washington state all in one day.

#20in4 book 1 of 4 #WinterCosy #AVeryMerryReadathon #WrapItUpReadathon #ChristmasMyWay #WinterGames #MistletoeManiacs

Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 3w
TheSpineView Fabulous! 3w
DieAReader 🎉🎉🎉 3w
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#Bestof21 #Bestof2021 July

I‘m a sucker for armchair hiking, and this is one of the better ones.

Andrew65 Looks good. 3w
marleed Oh me too! 3w
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Last read of 2021. I bought it to read last Christmas 🤷‍♀️

rockpools I didn‘t know this existed. 3w
Bookwormjillk @rockpools I think they re-released it last year 3w
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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My house guests left and the laundry is started. It‘s time to settle in with this stack for #20in4 #NewYearSpecial with @Andrew65

Tamra The Sparrow! 💜 I need to reread it. 3w
Andrew65 I also loved The Sparrow. 3w
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks The Sparrow is one of my all time faves!! 3w
CuriousG I read The Sparrow and/or the sequel Children of God, at least once per year. I even named my dog Meelo. I think I'm obsessed 🤷 3w
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#12booksof21 #12booksof2021 June

Another book I would have never read if it weren‘t for #FoodAndLit

The life of Svetlana Alliluyeva (aka Stalin‘s daughter) was bizarre and tumultuous, and this doorstop of a book flew by.

Andrew65 This must have been interesting. 3w
TrishB This looks really interesting. 3w
Texreader Similarly I loved her Only One Year. Her life was so interesting and I‘m so glad I read it 3w
Bookwormjillk @Texreader I‘ll have to read that one too! 3w
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Brown Girl Dreaming | Jacqueline Woodson
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#12booksof21 #12booksof2021

May:
I‘ll always remember this book as the one I read while waiting for my post vaccination fevers to go away. This one just took me away to another world.

Andrew65 Sounds brilliant. Stacked. 3w
IndoorDame I loved this book! 3w
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Salvage the Bones | Jesmyn Ward
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#12booksof2021 #12booksof21

My best read of April. I am still worried about this fictional family!

Mynameisacolour Great choice, and same! 3w
Andrew65 A wonderful author. 3w
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The weather this week was more suitable for spring hikes than winter reading, but I managed 4,625 points for 15,321 total so far. #WinterGames #MistletoeManiacs

RaeLovesToRead Beautiful picture ❤ 3w
Clwojick Amazing job! 😍 3w
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Cutting for Stone: A Novel | Abraham Verghese
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#12booksof2021 #12booksof21

March was the month where, thanks to #FoodAndLit , I fell in love with Ethiopia in general and this book specifically.

Andrew65 Always a popular choice. 3w
Cinfhen Yessssss 3w
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These last few days have been a blur of family time, cooking, creeping on my neighbor‘s decorations, attempting crafts, movies, and podcasts. #WinterGames #MistletoeManiacs

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Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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#12booksof2021

When I read this in February I was reminded that the chunksters are usually worth it.

Andrew65 Still to read this. 4w
Readergrrl Another great novel!!! This is another one of those novels that I find myself recommending over and over. 4w
jlhammar Yes, such a good book! 4w
WJCintron It's on my TBR!!! 3w
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A Christmas Carol | Charles Dickens
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This is an every year listen for me. I love to hear Jim Dale read it although I am considering listening to Hugh Grant or Tim Curry next year after reading everyone else‘s reviews.

#WinterCosy #BlackwellsBookshelfReadathon #AVeryMerryReadathon #LittenListen #HolidayHorrorsReadathon #WrapItUpReadathon #ChristmasMyWay #WinterGames #MistletoeManiacs

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Candy Slain | Chelsea Thomas
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I‘m beginning to really like this series. They‘re lightheaded and funny, and feature all sorts of delicious sounding baked goods. In this one our sleuths must come to the rescue when Santa is found stabbed by a candy cane at the village‘s tree lighting ceremony.

#wintercosy #Verymerryreadathon #Cloakanddaggerchristmas #holidayhorrorsreadathon #wrapitupreadathon #christmasmyway #bookspinbingo #wintergames #mistletoemaniacs

TheSpineView Awesome! 4w
keys_on_fire Sweet! (Pun intended! 🤣🤣) 4w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3w
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The Great Gatsby | F. Scott Fitzgerald
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I‘m a big re-reader so I wanted to do a #Top21of21 for books that weren‘t new to me. Many of these are old friends, and some I returned to just to see if they would hold up. This is actually only 20 because that‘s what would fit in the collage, but I told myself I‘m saving space for whatever I read next week 😁

Cinfhen So GREAT!!! 4w
Cathythoughts Fab books❤️ 4w
TrishB Wow 😯 I hardly ever reread! 4w
Bookwormjillk @TrishB for me it‘s mostly comfort reading although some were inspired by #ReadingAsia this year 4w
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Hear me out: a Litten crew of personal shoppers for friends and relatives of other Littens who always hear they are hard to buy for or already have all the books. I‘ve done a million swaps and no Litten has ever told me that, but I hear it in real life all the time 😂🤪💡

TheBookHippie WORD 😫 4w
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Gone Crazy in Alabama | Rita Williams-Garcia
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#12booksof2021 January

This was my favorite new to me read book in January and also one of my top audiobook listens of the year.

Andrew65 Looks fun. 4w
TheBookHippie These books are my favorite to gift to teachers.♥️♥️♥️ 4w
TheBookHippie @Andrew65 you would enjoy these books! 4w
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Andrew65 @Bookwormjillk @TheBookHippie Just borrowed the first one for January. 4w
mandarchy This is one of my favorite authors! 4w
Bookwormjillk @Andrew65 fun! I hope you like it! 4w
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A Christmas Carol | Charles Dickens
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Christmas Eve is the only night of the year that I like to stay up late. Everyone else has been asleep for hours and I‘m finally winding down with this version read by Jim Dale.

PageShifter I love this story! I watched the movie every Christmas at some point and last year I also saw theater version of it! Covid made it impossible to see it live but I bought tickets to see it via stream. It was so good and amazing like that as well! I finally even read the book last year :D And I also loved a re-telling that was based on this story. 😆 4w
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It took me nearly half the book to get into this, but once I did I liked it a lot. Three troubled people work together to hide a body after a random encounter. It wasn‘t as gruesome as it sounds, and I really ended up liking the characters.

#AuthorAMonth

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