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daena

Joined May 2016

coffee.books.comics.music.puzzles.beer.cider.wine.tattoos art.yarn.hiking.oceans.dogs.archives.libraries.museums. momma. ravenclaw. 👩‍🎤🦄 🖤 ☠️
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Story of the Lost Child | Elena Ferrante
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4 years ago my childhood best friend and I started our journey through the Neapolitan novels. Tonight we are beginning the last book. 💜🦋

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In need of a read that is light and a bit of a palate cleanser. Hoping Nina Hill fits 🤞#dogsoflitsy #pitbullsoflitsy #dobby

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The Talisman: A Novel | Stephen King, Peter Straub
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A delayed week 5 wrap up and week 6 check in for #bfcr3 Week 5 saw a major shift as I began my first post graduate school job! I am now an employed project archivist. I did about half of my weekly exercises: 1 gym class, Yoga, and long walk and have maintained healthy eating. On my day off today did an #audiowalk with my special guy #dobby and reflected on how I will continue with the goals set from this challenge. #TeamFitLit #pitbullsoflitsy

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 And congrats on your job! 🎉 1mo
Aimeesue Dobby! Pibble tongues crack me up. 😄 (edited) 1mo
4thhouseontheleft Aww...he‘s so cute! Congrats on the new job! 1mo
Jerdencon Congrats! 🎉 1mo
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Voyager | Diana Gabaldon
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#audiowalking with my sonnyboy. Nothing like getting caught up in ships, plagues and typhoid to get one moving on ones walk 😳🤢#bookfitnesschallenge #bfcr3 #TeamFitLit #pitbullsoflitsy #dogsoflitsy #dobby

Leftcoastzen ❤️👏🐶 1mo
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Sabrina & Corina: Stories | Kali Fajardo-Anstine
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Next up on the library pile!

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Pretty Deadly: The Rat #1 (of 5) | Kelly Sue DeConnick
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It‘s finally here!!! #comics

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Magic for Liars | Sarah Gailey
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A very delayed week 4 wrap up post for #bfc Ended up going to the gym 2x, did a yoga class (I was short one) and walked way over my weekly goal (weather has been beautiful here). One walk included a big family hike of 3.5 miles. This book will wrap up my challenge goal of 6. I am struggling with it a bit though. Sadly it feels just ok for me, I guess my expectations were too high. #TeamFitLit #bfcr3

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 2mo
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Another stellar year for the Decatur Book Fair. Visited one of my favorite booths and renewed my subscription for the Georgia Review. Also got to see my kids perform with their Capoeria group on one of the event stages. Beautiful weather surrounded by bookish people. Good times all around. #dbf2019

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My week 3 wrap up A big shout out to our amazing team captain @4thhouseontheleft who sent wonderful words of encouragement via mail this week. Thank you for helping to keep us on the path towards channeling our motivation to reach our own personal goals. #bfc #bookfitnesschallenge #bfcr3 #TeamFitLit

Bookwormjillk Great week! 2mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 2mo
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Voyager | Diana Gabaldon
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Enjoyed my audio walk this morning with my boy in this incredible unseasonably cool southern weather. Got some #pokemongo in as well (anyone play? wanna be friends?). I‘ve hit that sweet spot in Voyager now where we are reunited with some beloved characters. I enjoy slipping back into Claire and Jamie‘s world. #bfcr3 #TeamFitLit #bfc #audiowalk #pitbullsoflitsy #dobby #dogsoflitsy

4thhouseontheleft I love the Outlander series! Isn‘t this unseasonably cooler weather fantastic? 2mo
wanderinglynn Someone enjoyed the walk! ❤️🐶 2mo
ladym30 Dobby is adorable!❤️ (edited) 2mo
SharonAlger Dobby looks like a good boy 😍 2mo
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The Stationery Shop | Marjan Kamali
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Beginning my 5th book for the #bookfitnesschallenge 40 pages in and really enjoying the historical aspects and tender, budding love story. I inadvertently learned a valuable lesson this week. I ended up throwing myself into my fitness challenges and books in order to deal with being overloaded mentally (passing of a family member and other stuff). It proved to be a positive coping mechanism. I‘m thankful for this challenge today. #TeamFitLit

4thhouseontheleft I‘m glad the #bfcr3 was helpful for you in coping this week. 💞 2mo
wanderinglynn 💜 Glad you were able to cope this week. 2mo
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#bookfitnesschallenge week 2 wrap up. Spent the last day of week 2 with my favorite type of self care, getting a much needed cut and color. Bring it week 3! #bfc #bfcr3 #TeamFitLit

Megabooks Awesome job!! 👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
4thhouseontheleft Great job! 2mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 2mo
Dawnrod1970 Great job! 2mo
kspenmoll That‘s great- glad you are taking care of you! 2mo
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Patsy | Nicole Dennis-Benn
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Finished my last #bookfitnesschallenge goal for the week. This week was not kind in helping me find my motivation to read or move my body. I dug deep. I felt mentally and physically drained. Thankful I could finish. Now to celebrate with a book and a blueberry lemon pop. #bfc #bfcr3 #TeamFitLit

wanderinglynn Your blueberry lemon pop looks delicious. 😋 Reset and refresh. Maybe do some self-care. 💜 Tomorrow is a new day. 2mo
4thhouseontheleft Meeting goals during the tough weeks is so rewarding. You did it, which is empowering! Way to go! And that popsicle looks really yummy. 😋 2mo
dariazeoli That popsicle looks good! Nice job pushing through this week! 2mo
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Patsy | Nicole Dennis-Benn
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Finished book 2 of 6 for #bookfitnesschallenge Gods of Jade and Shadow was wonderful, a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ read for sure. Next up will be these 2. Looking forward to digging in! #bfc #bfcr3 #TeamFitLit

kspenmoll 🙌🏻🙌🏻 2mo
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Put the books down to rock with the legend tonight 🤘🖤

TK421 Awesome! Slash is an incredible guitarist, and Myles Kennedy is one of my favorite front men in rock today. 2mo
SamanthaMarie Slash inspired my brother to pick up the guitar. He listened to Guns N' Roses ALL of the time. So fun that you got to see him live!!! 2mo
daena @TK421 agreed! Slash‘s guitar solos were breathtaking and Myles energy, range, and connection with the audience was stellar. (edited) 2mo
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daena @SamanthaMarie it was super fun! 2mo
TK421 Did they play Starlight? If so, how awesome was it? 2mo
daena @TK421 Yes and it was very awesome. They closed with Anastasia, which I love. And did GNR‘s Night Train. The crowd went bananas for that one. 2mo
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Gods of Jade and Shadow | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Dobby and I are ready to take on week 2 of the #bookfitnesschallenge We will start with our walk tomorrow and then finish up this amazing book. I am anxious to see how it will end, but at the same time I don‘t want it to! Gosh this is such a remarkable read! #bfcr3 #bfc #TeamFitLit #dobby #dogsoflitsy #pitbullsoflitsy

4thhouseontheleft Sounds like a fantastic book! 2mo
ChasingOm Oh man, this is one of my most anticipated reads of the year but I haven‘t bought it yet! 😂 2mo
wanderinglynn You got this! 🙌🏻 2mo
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Week 1 check in for the #bookfitnesschallenge
It was a good kick off week, thanks in part to the kids back at school. After avoiding gluten all week, I caved a bit today and let my cravings get the better of me. I indulged in a non gluten-free baked good. Needless to say it made me super ill. Lesson learned...your body just can‘t tolerate some stuff...reach for the dark chocolate and wine instead! #TeamFitLit #bfcr3 #bfc

Megabooks Great job!! 2mo
Dawnrod1970 Awesome job! 2mo
dariazeoli Nice job! Enjoy that 🍷 😉 2mo
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4thhouseontheleft We‘re in the GF boat together. It‘s hard for me to stick to it 💯 , and I always regret it. Overall you did an awesome job this week! 2mo
llawela What are you using for logging? And congrats! 2mo
daena Thanks @llawela I decided to keep it old school, and log in my planner. I used to use MyFitnessPal for that, but decided to change it up a bit. 2mo
wanderinglynn Always reach for dark chocolate—that‘s my motto! 😉 Way to go! 🙌🏻 A great week. 2mo
kspenmoll Dark choc & wine sound good to me- great week! 2mo
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Gods of Jade and Shadow | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Dobby‘s appreciation for #bookloversday runs deep...as in deep sleep 😴 momma reading=cuddles #dogsoflitsy #pitbullsoflitsy #dobby

Dawnrod1970 How adorable! 2mo
Balibee146 Awwww I call this look on dogs Sleepy Teeth 🐶😬🐶 2mo
ladym30 So sweet!❤️ 2mo
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Bookzombie 💕🐶 2mo
Bklover ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
Hooked_on_books Look at his little teeth! I love it when my dogs do this. So cute. 🐶💙 2mo
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Gods of Jade and Shadow | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Moreno-Garcia created one badass character when she bestowed upon us the mighty Casiopea!

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Patsy | Nicole Dennis-Benn
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Grabbed my library hold this morning after my gym workout, 2/2. Feeling a great sense of accomplishment that I think I‘ll allow myself to marinate in for a bit. #TeamFitLit #bfcr3 #bfc

ChasingOm Yay, great job! 2mo
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Gods of Jade and Shadow | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Beyond excited to start this ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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I tried, I really did. I attempted to check my own personal distaste for the “self help” genre and go all in with an open mind, but it didn‘t work. I appreciate the sentiments to autoimmune disease, but it just fell flat. One of my mini goals for #bfc was to have one book be a “self help” book, but alas this is not it. #bfcr3 #TeamFitLit

daena Thanks, @monalyisha I‘ll check my library for it! 2mo
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Wilder Girls | Rory Power
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Book 1/6 completed for #bfcr3 After doing my morning walk of 3 1/2 miles, in the disgusting humidity that is the south right now, I cooled off and finished this book. I totally see why Jeff Vandermeer is quoted on the back of the book, as its got some serious Annihilation vibes. There are connections to climate change as well. Bonus points for strong female protagonists and LGBTQ representation. A solid 3 1/2 ⭐️. #bfc #TeamFitLit

4thhouseontheleft I‘m 🤞 my fingers a storm comes along to break this humidity! My poor daughter is walking dogs for a neighbor at noon each day this week. 🥵 2mo
daena @4thhouseontheleft seriously! Your poor girl, she must be wiped out by the time she is done. The humidity is draining. 2mo
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Beloved | Toni Morrison
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Thank you, for your gifts. Rest in Power.

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Zumba Notebook | Landy Val
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Week 1 Day 3: got my 1/2 visits to the gym for a class in. I survived Zumba with all the uncoordinated rhythmless glory I could muster. #bfc #bfcr3 #TeamFitLit #bookfitnesschallenge

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 If that‘s an Apple Watch, @CaroPi is coordinating a #BFC group. 👍🏻 2mo
daena @CaroPi can I be added to your group? 2mo
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CaroPi @daena sure! Search for me in the sharing option of your activity. Karopi@gmail.com also in order to be able to see the post related with the progres in the apple watch I suggest to add the tag #applewatch it was not use before so it will be easier to find each other in Litsy :) (edited) 2mo
daena Sounds good @CaroPi thanks! 2mo
AsYouWish Good job!!! 2mo
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Walking the Dog | Elizabeth Swados
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Alright Monday morning I got you! Walked the 2 youngest kids to school, then looped back around and picked up my boy and continued on! I need to remember this feeling of accomplishment. #bfc #teamfitlit #pitbullsoflitsy #dogsoflitsy #dobby #applewatch

4thhouseontheleft Way to go! I am really going to miss my daily walks to/from my daughter‘s school. She starts middle school this year which is not in walking distance. 3mo
Balibee146 Gorgeous pupster 🐕🐕 2mo
daena @Balibee146 thanks 🧡 2mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 2mo
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#bfc #TeamFitLit Along with these goals I have also set out to accomplish a few other mini goals. I. Take my meds, vitamins, and supplements daily 2. Keep off gluten, eat less meat, and limit sugar intake 3. Out of my 6 book goal, include a “self help” and “professional” book (I‘ve recently finished grad school and I just landed my first job) 4. Remind myself that caring for “myself” is as important as caring for my 4 kids, partner and dog.

4thhouseontheleft We‘ll both be doing yoga for #BFC this round! 😃 Great goals! 3mo
daena @4thhouseontheleft yoga for the win! Keeps me sane and my body hurting a bit less 3mo
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Introductions | C L Stone
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4thhouseontheleft What a wonderful combination of strengths! You‘re not too far from me, just a few hrs down 85. 😃 We were in Atlanta for spring break this year! 3mo
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Thinner | Richard Bachman
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Poolside with Uncle Stevie #losersclub #constantreader

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Only Human | Sylvain Neuvel
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My mom has got all 4 kids for a few hours! So I‘m taking myself on a date today....alone. First up: a little reading and cappuccino before it gets too hot outside. Next: off to the art museum to see an exhibit. Yay!!

GypsyKat Awesome! Have a wonderful day! 3mo
julesG Have a wonderful day! 3mo
Christine Perfect - enjoy! 3mo
kspenmoll I so hope you enjoyed yourself! What a gift from your mom! 3mo
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The Mere Wife: A Novel | Maria Dahvana Headley
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Library loot! 📚

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Scored this gorgeous book at the library today ❤️🏳️‍🌈

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I need to give a shout out to the folks participating in the #bookfitnesschallenge While I missed sign ups due to conflict during deadline, and I‘ll admit my own personal hang ups with self care and exercise, I was so inspired and motivated by ya‘ll‘s accomplishments. This a.m. I braved the gym and took a class. Thank you for inspiring me! Bravo to your dedication and hard work. It has not gone unnoticed! My sore body will now read this book..

Hestapleton Way to go! That first trip seems to always take so much courage! 4mo
wanderinglynn Great job! 🙌🏻 If you still want to join Round 2, go fill out this form RIGHT NOW! https://forms.gle/WjsPZ6yaJy1XYwYd9 Or you can continue to participate unofficially.m and sign-up for Round 3. 4mo
daena @wanderinglynn done! Signed up! 4mo
wanderinglynn Got it! Welcome aboard! 🙌🏻 4mo
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Library haul pt. 2: graphic novels

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We Sold Our Souls | Grady Hendrix
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Library haul pt. 1

Megabooks Both good!! 👍🏻😁 4mo
Hooked_on_books I like how you‘ve color coordinated them. 😆 4mo
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Lucky | Gabrielle Bell
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The best cuddles lead to the loudest snoring #pitbullsoflitsy #dogsoflitsy #dobby

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Wendy | Walter Scott
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For the life of me I can‘t sleep.......guess I‘ll grab some graphic novels off of my tbr pile and dive in.

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Today was a lot. My littlest munchkin had surgery. I don‘t think I quite anticipated how worn out I would feel. The necessity to stay calm and strong knowing their fear, and the wait for wake up from anesthesia has left me spent. But alas, surgery was a success, we are now home, and like magic my book mail arrived. Now for couch cuddles, my little nestled in the crook of my arm, and a good book. Thanks for listening fellow Littens 💚

merelybookish Oh my, that does require a lot. Speedy recovery to your little person! 4mo
LeahBergen Hugs to you! ❤️ 4mo
Christine So glad you are home and that all went well! My youngest has lots of surgeries, big and small, and even the small ones are such a draining experience for both of us (esp. bc he considers anesthesia his mortal enemy and is NOT afraid to express that! 😝). Sending warm wishes for an easy recovery, and kudos to you for getting through it! ❤️ 4mo
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AmyG May your little one have a speedy recovery. Being a mother takes a whole lot of courage. 4mo
Theaelizabet My best to you and your little one. Been there. 💕 4mo
ephemeralwaltz Sending my best! 4mo
Jas16 Sending ❤️to you both 4mo
MicheleinPhilly Best wishes for a speedy recovery! ❤️ 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
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Dragonfly in Amber | Diana Gabaldon
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Doing a little audio knitting this afternoon. I am really enjoying switching back and forth between audiobook and physical copy for the Outlander series. Especially the ability to speed up when bits seem to drag on tad. I do love the immersive effect of the narrators voice. #knittersoflitsy #audioknitting

julesG Like your yarn. 4mo
daena Thanks @julesG It is so soft and feels great in between the fingers. 4mo
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The Ruin of Kings | Jenn Lyons
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I‘m going in! Wish me luck...

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I love Cantero‘s style, so I‘m of course stoked to start this one!

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Kaddish.com | Nathan Englander
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Next up from the library pile....I‘m really intrigued by this one.

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Scribe: A Novel | Alyson Hagy
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An interesting little story I found at the library recently. A mix of dystopian themes and magical realism, sprinkled with tales that have been passed down from generations before. A solid 3 1/2 ⭐️⭐️⭐️‘s.

tpixie I love the cover! 4mo
daena @tpixie that‘s part of the reason I randomly picked it up off the shelf! 4mo
tpixie @daena book art has really come a long way!!! 4mo
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Next up...in this weeks awesome graphic novels from the local library...the story of the iconic Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide

nelehelen This looks great!! 5mo
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It | Stephen King
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1000 pages, 153 to go, in this epic story. I bumped up the #losersclub read to prepare for the second installment of the movie hitting theaters. I‘ve alternated between audio book and physical copy and it is nothing short of remarkable. Love this story. #constantreader

JanuarieTimewalker13 Me too!!! Oooh, I have to check when part 2 of film is coming out 5mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 I just looked! September 6! I can‘t wait! 5mo
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Found this neat graphic novel at the library. Looking forward to diving in!

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Different Seasons | Stephen King
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About to begin the 4th story in this book. I have to say this collection really showcases King as a story teller. Each section is phenomenal. A true testament to the master of his craft. #losersclub #constantreader

erank58 This one was my favorite of the 4--enjoy 😊 6mo
Bklover This is such a great collection! 6mo
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Different Seasons | Stephen King
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Living my best life this Saturday morning 🌞☕️

Josiedlove Looks peaceful 6mo
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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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I‘ve been holding this book in anticipation for months! I decided to save it as a gift to myself once I finished the semester. From the sound of everyone‘s reviews, it will not disappoint. So excited to finally start this!!!

Hooked_on_books What a fun bookmark! 6mo
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