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DanaManiac

DanaManiac

Joined September 2016

I read past my bedtime 😇 📚 📖
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#ThoughtfulThursday is dedicated to my Mama. This Sunday will mark 8 years since we lost her to cancer. I used to speak with her every day and still can‘t believe she‘s gone. She was an education professor and gave me my love for reading, especially Jane Austen. Some of my earliest memories are of our trips to the library for storytime. She seemed absolutely invincible to me and is my inspiration. Thanks for the tag @MoonWitch94 💜

CBee She is beautiful ♥️♥️ I‘m sorry for your loss, and I‘m sending you so much love. 3w
jlhammar Gorgeous! 3w
Eggs Beautiful tribute-so sorry for your loss ❤️❤️ 3w
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TheLudicReader Your mom looks like she was a lot of fun. That smile! 3w
kspenmoll I am so sorry you lost her - lovely tribute.💕 3w
DanaManiac @CBee Thank you so much. 💕 3w
DanaManiac @jlhammar aw thank you! 💕 3w
DanaManiac @Eggs Thank you so much 💕 3w
DanaManiac @TheLudicReader She was indeed! 💕 3w
DanaManiac @kspenmoll Thank you so much! 💜 3w
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Halloweenies | David Wisniewski
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I hope everyone had a Happy Halloween!! Our neighbors host a party every year. My go-to is a cat 🐈‍⬛ and my husband went as the Brawny paper towel guy 😂.

kaysworld1 Happy Halloween 🎃 ❤️ 4w
MoonWitch94 Love it! Happy Halloween 🎃 4w
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Deblovestoread Adorable! 4w
KristiAhlers I love it! 💜 4w
DanaManiac @kaysworld1 Happy Halloween!! 🎃 👻 🧙‍♀️ 4w
DanaManiac @MoonWitch94 thanks! Happy Halloween!! 🎃 👻 🧙‍♀️ 4w
DanaManiac @KristiAhlers Thank you! 😂💕 4w
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100 Points | Quig Shelby
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#Scarathlon Week 4 Points: 7,512 for #TeamSlaughter. Readathons, Bingo Boards and challenges include:
#Witchathon
#31by31
#Pointsathon
#AutumnAtoZ
#LittenListen
#BodyCountBingo
#PromptMaze

Thanks for hosting such great games, everyone! 🥳🤗

PuddleJumper Wahoo! 4w
DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 4w
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 4w
Catsandbooks Fantastic! 🎉 🎃 4w
Clwojick Great job! Thank you for joining us, and all your participation! 3w
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I‘ve added 4 more lines for #BodyCountBingo as well!! Total points for reading hours and bingo lines: 1,715 🥳

PuddleJumper Amazing! 4w
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I managed to add 4 more Bingo lines for #LittenListen Bingo. Total points, including 5 lines and reading hours: 1,715 🥳 #Scarathlon #TeamSlaughter

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Death at the Salon | Louise R. Innes
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4.5 ⭐️ I really enjoy the writing in this series! The characters are so diverse and in a way that actually feels natural. The crimes require more than just common sense to be solved, which captures my attention. I really like that Daisy is in school for criminology, as opposed to her just being witty & outsmarting clueless police detectives.

~ D for #AutumnAtoZ
~ Theme Read and Knife Prompt for #Scarathlon #TeamSlaughter
~ 25 hrs total for #20in4

Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 4w
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The Proposal | Jasmine Guillory
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Mehso-so

3 ⭐️ Carlos was great...for the most part. Really thoughtful, considerate, responsible, caring. I loved the support and honesty from Nik's friendship group.
After the conflict scene- it all felt disjoined. The ending was abrupt and awkward.
~ P for #AutumnAtoZ
~ Non Theme Read for #Scarathlon #TeamSlaughter

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Autumn's Wish | Bella Thorne
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I wasn‘t sure I‘d be able to pull it off, but I managed to get 13 unique letters participating in #AutumnAtoZ I can‘t believe #Scarathlon ends tomorrow- it flew by! #TeamSlaughter

Texreader Wow!! You did it! I haven‘t even figured out how many letters I‘ve gotten yet. 4w
Clwojick Wow! Way to go! 🖤👏🏻 4w
DanaManiac @Texreader Thanks- it was a lot of fun and it sure flew by! 4w
DanaManiac @Clwojick Thanks! Anything for #TeamSlaughter 🖤🧡 4w
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The Nature of Witches | Rachel Griffin
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4 ⭐️ This was a nice YA novel with a unique take on the issue of climate change, with some romance and a witchy spin. I liked that the reader discovers things alongside Clara, but also there are background stories that are revealed to the reader as well.
~ N for #AutumnAtoZ
~ Theme Read and Guilt Prompt for #Scarathlon #TeamSlaughter

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4.5 ⭐️

This was such a unique premise for a cozy mystery! I loved Sid and enjoyed tagging along with him and Georgia during their investigations. I loved their banter and all of the puns sprinkled throughout the books.
~S for #AutumnAtoZ
~ New author for #PromptMaze which I‘ve now finished!!
~ Theme Read and Skeleton Prompt for #Scarathlon #TeamSlaughter

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4w
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#Scarathlon Bonus Game: Word Scramble Round 2: 20 words. #TeamSlaughter

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#Scarathlon Bonus Game: Word Scramble Round 1: 20 words. #TeamSlaughter

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I‘m joining in on #20in4 and these are the books I plan on reading/finishing.

Andrew65 Great to have you with us, good luck 😁 1mo
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Since there‘s no new Agatha Raisin book for me to read, I‘m watching more episodes of the TV series. She‘s the amateur sleuth that made me discover my love for cozy mysteries! 🕵🏾‍♀️ #Scarathlon #TeamSlaughter

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4.0 ⭐️ This was an entertaining story and I liked that you could try to solve it alongside the protagonist, rather than being hit with some super surprising secret that reveals the killer in the end. #Scarathlon
~ R for #AutumnAtoZ
~ Spooky on the Cover for #PromptMaze
~ Theme Read and Skeleton Prompt for #TeamSlaughter

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
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3.0 ⭐️ October read for my book club. I wasn‘t sure what to expect from this collection of short stories, but it was okay. I‘ve been really into reading a physical book while listening to audio and these were the worst Jamaican accents I‘ve ever heard.
~ H for #AutumnAtoZ
~ Non-theme Read and Orange Prompt for #Scarathlon #TeamSlaughter

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100 Points | Quig Shelby
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#Scarathlon Week 3 Points: 17,570 for #TeamSlaughter. Readathons, Bingo Boards and challenges include:
#Witchathon
#31by31 - 31 hrs x3. Shooting for 31 more 💫
#Pointsathon
#AutumnAtoZ
#LittenListen
#BodyCountBingo
#PromptMaze

bthegood good job
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Clwojick Awesome! Way to go! ☠ 1mo
Catsandbooks Terrific! 1mo
DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Looking great!!! 1mo
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I made my favorite stew to keep us full and happy! Jamaican Beef Stew served with mashed potatoes and garlic green beans. #Scarathlon #OctoberBucketList

kspenmoll Yum!! 1mo
DanaManiac @kspenmoll Yum indeed! Gotta love a hearty meal on a chilly night! ☺️ 1mo
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One Poison Pie | Lynn Cahoon
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3.5 ⭐️ This was an interesting read. There was A LOT going on as far as subplots, so it was a bit confusing. I did enjoy getting to the big reveal, though! #Scarathlon

~ O for #AutumnAtoZ
~ Borrowed Book for #PromptMaze
~ Theme Read and Poison Prompt for #TeamSlaughter

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
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Here‘s my list of Halloween Words for #Scarathlon #TeamSlaughter

105 words in total

Clwojick Awesome! Way to go! ☠ 1mo
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Death at a Country Mansion | Louise R. Innes
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4.5 ⭐️ This was a really great cozy mystery, full of twists and turns and with a great cast of characters! I was able to predict one plot twist, but it didn‘t lead me solving the case. 🕵🏾‍♀️
~ D for #AutumnAtoZ
~ Cozy Mystery for #PromptMaze
~ Theme Read and Killer Prompt for #Scarathlon #TeamSlaughter

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
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3.0 ⭐️ I have no clue what I just read, but also I couldn‘t stop reading it…that was an interesting experience!
~ L for #AutumnAtoZ
~ Unreliable narrator for #PromptMaze
~ Theme Read and Clue Prompt for #Scarathlon #TeamSlaughter

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1mo
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Candlenight | Philip Rickman
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Another #OctoberBucketList item checked off- finally burning my vanilla pumpkin candle. And I found these cute decorative pumpkins at Trader Joe‘s 🎃 🍁 🍂
#Scarathlon

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2.0 ⭐️ How can I describe Pippa‘s character arc- dumpster fire? She is the most frustratingly self-aggrandizing character I have ever come across. This had to be on purpose. No one is as smart as Pip, no one is as clever, no one has more expertise, she is above the law, no one is as important. Good God! I wanted to slap her.
~ A for #AutumnAtoZ
~ 1st Person Present Tense for #PromptMaze
~ Theme Read and Secret Prompt for #Scarathlon

TheAromaofBooks At least it's off the list!!! 1mo
DanaManiac @TheAromaofBooks 😂😂 very true 1mo
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🧡 Cinnamon for sure! 🕯
🧡 Pumpkin soup (or chili) 🍲
🧡 Read in a hammock 📖

Wanna play? @Chrissyreadit @TheQuietQuill @JamieArc @kspenmoll

#WondrousWednesday Thanks for the tag @Eggs 💜

Eggs Thanks for playing and sharing 🍎🧡🍏 1mo
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Knit One, Die Two | Peggy Ehrhart
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3.5 ⭐️ I think if you pay a little bit closer attention than I did, you‘ll be able to figure out who the killer is in this one. BTW, am I the only #Scarathlon participant who perks up when they hear/ see the Word Find words in places other than books? 🤣🤣
• K for #AutumnAtoZ
• Pun in Title for #PromptMaze
• Theme Read and Creature Prompt for #TeamSlaughter

Texreader Yay!! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
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Starting the final installment of this trilogy while sipping some mulled apple cider out of the beautiful witchy mug @tdrosebud gifted me in last year‘s Basic Witch Swap. Another item ticked on my #OctoberBucketList for #Scarathlon

tdrosebud 😊 1mo
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4 ⭐️

Very good 2nd story in this cute cozy mystery series! The love triangle is getting a bit exasperating, though 😂 #Scarathlon
•B for #AutumnAtoZ
•At least 31 chapters for #PromptMaze
•Theme Read and Witch Prompt for #TeamSlaughter

Clwojick Awesome! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
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100 Points | Quig Shelby
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#Scarathlon Week 2 Points: 9,120 for #TeamSlaughter. Readathons, Bingo Boards and challenges include:
#Witchathon
#31by31 - 31 hrs completed! Shooting for 31 more 💫
#Pointsathon
#AutumnAtoZ
#LittenListen
#BodyCountBingo
#PromptMaze

PuddleJumper Yay! That's great 1mo
DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Looking fabulous!!! 1mo
Catsandbooks Fantastic! 🎉🎃 1mo
Clwojick Way to go! Great job! ☠ 1mo
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Next completed line is for #LittenListen bingo! 🥳 #Scarathlon #TeamSlaughter

Clwojick Woohoo! 1mo
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Yay! I was able to complete my first bingo lines after finishing this week‘s books. First up- #BodyCountBingo 🥳 #Scarathlon #TeamSlaughter

Clwojick Way to go! 1mo
PuddleJumper Brilliant! 1mo
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Halloweenland | Al Sarrantonio
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Hubby and I watched this last night. There were moments we were screaming at the TV 😂, but all in all, it was funny and cheesy- just what we were in the mood for! #Scarathlon #TeamSlaughter

Chrissyreadit Im watching it now with my 18 year old! We are also laughing and yelling- but we are also Vegan so the vegan jokes really irritated us the most 😆😆😆😆 1mo
DanaManiac @Chrissyreadit 😂😂😂 yeah the vegan and gluten-free jokes just did not stop lol. Enjoy! 1mo
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After falling behind on #LitsyLove, I got so overwhelmed looking at the stacks of letters and cards. I decided to just take it bit by bit to catch up rather than let the pile grow 🫣. I saw this at the library and thought I‘d give it a read considering all of the occasions we touch on in our correspondence- congratulations, loss, support/sympathy, birthdays, holidays, get-well-soon & more. The first 10 replies are heading out tomorrow 📬

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Don‘t get stressed! We are all behind ❤️❤️ 1mo
DanaManiac @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thanks Misty! Yeah, I let the stress go so I can enjoy writing everyone back! 💜 1mo
TheBookHippie I‘m so behind 😝 1mo
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DanaManiac @TheBookHippie As the kids put it, “life has been life-ing” 🤣🤣 1mo
TheBookHippie @DanaManiac true that. 💯😵‍💫🙃 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @DanaManiac ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
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Practical Magic | Alice Hoffman
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5 ⭐️

Reread this for #Scarathlon and devoured it in one day. Just one of my favorite books/ series ever. I think I might need to watch the movie this weekend!
~ 150-400 pgs for #PromptMaze
~ P for #AutumnAtoZ
~ Theme Read and “Magic” prompt for #TeamSlaughter

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty 🌟💫 1mo
Texreader Great series!! 1mo
Clwojick Classic! 🖤 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
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TestBook0010 | LibraryThing Local
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My library branch is closing after today for ~6 weeks for renovations. I went to just drop off my returns and something came over me... Is there such a thing as ‘panic borrowing‘? 😂😂

LiteraryinLawrence Yes, panic borrowing is real! That happens to me before holidays when the library is going to be closed (but 6 weeks is a lot!). 1mo
DanaManiac @LiteraryinLawrence Haha, I‘m glad to know it‘s not just me! My husband didn‘t even seem surprised when I emerged with a bulging bag of books 📚😂😂 1mo
JamieArc Panic borrowing doesn‘t seem like the worst thing in the world 😂 1mo
DanaManiac @JamieArc 😂😂😂 true! 1mo
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4 ⭐️

I enjoyed this read very much! I liked that even though it‘s a cozy mystery set in a small town, it didn‘t feel sterile or bland- there were some real weirdos in there! 🤣
• Team Buddy Read for #Scarathlon #TeamSlaughter
• Solved it Before the Characters for #PromptMaze
• C for #AutumnAtoZ

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
Clwojick Way to go! 1mo
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Practical Magic | Alice Hoffman
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I can‘t think of #Witches without thinking about my favorite gals from Practical Magic 🧙‍♀️ #ScarathlonDailyPrompts #TeamSlaughter

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Good Girl, Bad Blood | Holly Jackson
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4 ⭐️

Okay, this one was hectic right from the start! I loved the plot and couldn‘t see myself going to bed tonight without finishing it 🤪. Pip was not so great in this installment: very self-righteous and arrogant…

•Shocking Twist for #PromptMaze
•Theme Read and “Victim” prompt for #TeamSlaughter for #Scarathlon

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
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Good Girl, Bad Blood | Holly Jackson
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When I finished book one, I thought “There‘s no way it can keep being this captivating.” Now, I‘m eating my words while sipping on a homemade pumpkin spice latte 🤪 #OctoberBucketList

Clwojick That latte looks so good! 1mo
DanaManiac @Clwojick Thanks ☺️! I made a Starbucks pumpkin spice syrup copycat recipe and it turned out great! 1mo
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Starting one of our #TeamSlaughter reads for #Scarathlon I‘d say murder definitely qualifies as #Crime for the #DailyPrompt

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100 Points | Quig Shelby
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PuddleJumper Wahoo! 2mo
aperfectmjk Great job! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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DieAReader 🎉🎉🎉 2mo
Catsandbooks 🙌🏼👻 2mo
Clwojick You did great! Way to go! ☠ 2mo
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Checking off another #OctoberBucketList item just before the stroke of midnight. Tried pumpkin sticky toffee pudding and it‘s scrumptious! #scarathlon #TeamSlaughter

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The Nature of Witches | Rachel Griffin
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Lots of #magic in this novel! Things are starting to pick up and I can‘t wait for next week‘s #SundayBuddyRead discussion. #ScarathlonDailyPrompts #TeamSlaughter

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The Orphan Witch | Paige Crutcher
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Sigh. I was so excited to pull this off of my book shelf for #Scarathlon - I‘ve tried to read it 3 times now and I just can‘t get into it. It bummed me out so much that I didn‘t pick up another book yesterday and I‘ve just decided to bail so I don‘t lose my reading groove.

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4.5 ⭐️ Wow- once things got going, I could not put this down. You will have to suspend disbelief to enjoy this, but it‘s a gripping tale and I think it‘s worth it.
G for #AutumnAtoZ
>4.0 stars on Goodreads for #PromptMaze
Team Read for #Scarathlon

Texreader Fantastic!! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! This is on my stack for this month!! 2mo
DanaManiac @TheAromaofBooks Oh cool! Can‘t wait to see how you like it! 2mo
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Armadilly Chili | Helen Ketteman
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Second #OctoberBucketList item checked off! I made beef & pumpkin chili for this blustery evening! 🥣 #Scarathlon

Deblovestoread That looks yummy! 2mo
EvieBee Looks amazing! 2mo
DanaManiac @Deblovestoread @EvieBee Thanks- it was really tasty! 🤤 2mo
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Weight of Blood | Tiffany D Jackson
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4.0 ⭐️

This modern retelling of Carrie had me hooked. I was really intrigued by Maddy‘s relationship with her dad and was eager to see how everything would come to a head. I do feel like both the racist characters and the activist characters were more like caricatures at times, but I enjoyed this overall! W for #AutumnAtoZ Thriller for #PromptMaze Theme read for #TeamSlaughter

Texreader Yay!!! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
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The Nature of Witches | Rachel Griffin
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Those of us in the Northeast know this to be very true this year! 🤣 🍂

kspenmoll Yes! 2mo
DanaManiac @kspenmoll I think this is the earliest we‘ve turned the heat on! 🥶 2mo
MicheleinPhilly I refuse. I want a month, JUST ONE, where I don‘t have heat or AC on. So I‘m dressed like the Michelin man. 2mo
DanaManiac @MicheleinPhilly You‘re stronger than me! 😂 2mo
kspenmoll @MicheleinPhilly We bundle up too! No heat on for as long as possible. 2mo
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Starting this series next to find out who the #killer really is! #ScarathlonDailyPrompts #TeamSlaughter #Scarathlon

Clwojick Enjoy! 2mo
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Weight of Blood | Tiffany D Jackson
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Checking off my first October #BucketList item- curled up with a book and a cup of pumpkin spice rooibos tea 🫖. After a rainy ☔️ afternoon shopping in the city with my husband, this is extra delightful! #Scarathlon #TeamSlaughter

Clwojick 🖤 2mo
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