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darklydreaming

Joined March 2018

"You know you've read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend." - Paul Sweeney
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Maybe Now by Colleen Hoover
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Maybe Now | Colleen Hoover
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The second book to “Maybe Someday”. I‘m all in with these characters!

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Maybe Someday | Colleen Hoover
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This book was published over a decade ago and I‘ve just now learned of it! There is a soundtrack to accompany the book which is available on iTunes - pretty neat.

I also have a crush on the main character, Ridge. I‘m a sucker for musicians 😜

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Malibu Rising | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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I always enjoy Taylor Jenkins Reid‘s books. I found this one a bit heartbreaking in the end. Overall a good pick!

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Malibu Rising | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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I love how Taylor Jenkins Reid references characters from her other books! Only 30 pages in and I‘ve already come across a few Easter eggs.

Celia St. James can be found in The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo (I very much enjoyed that one!)

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First Lie Wins: A Novel | Ashley Elston
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Dangerous…😂❤️

Suet624 As I contemplate my shelves and boxes of books to be read, I need to remind myself of this statement. I tend to feel guilt that I just keep buying more books. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3mo
darklydreaming @Suet624 yes! 🙌🏼 3mo
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First Lie Wins: A Novel | Ashley Elston
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🌸 Paperback (my current read is hardcover and it‘s bugging me!!)
🌸 Fiction (I do like a non-fiction every now and then)
🌸 Historical
🌸 Recent release
🌸 Coffee (specifically French Vanilla flavoured!)
🌸 Physical
🌸 Print

#wondrouswednesday
@Eggs

Eggs 🩷💜🩷 3mo
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First Lie Wins: A Novel | Ashley Elston
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40 pages in and already locked in! #bookclubread

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Every Summer After | Carley Fortune
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Starting this one finally! 🥰

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Happy Place | Emily Henry
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Enjoyed this one! So much more than your average beach-read, romance novel.

“I think, sometimes, we are simply afraid to need. We‘re afraid that if we ask too much, if we bare our tenderest wounds and show our ugliest sides, we‘ll find out that we aren‘t lovable. That we can only keep the ones we love around us as long as we cost them nothing, create no burden. That, at least I think, is the plight of the people pleaser.”

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Happy Place | Emily Henry
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I don‘t remember where I got this mug, but it is one of my favourites! #bookish

Booksblanketsandahotbeverage Out of Print! I have library card socks :) 4mo
Ruthiella Fantastic mug! 4mo
darklydreaming @Ruthiella it really is! 4mo
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Mehso-so

Too much information, not enough action or “mystery” as it was described. This 400 page book could have been written in 200…

The big reveal at the end occurred over 2 pages answering all of the questions in a neat little bow. No climax.

I‘ve heard lots of good things about this series but it fell flat for me.

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ME TIME! My wonderful husband is watching our two young girls as I sit in my bedroom and start this one…coffee in hand ☕️

After a really long week and constantly being on the go, it feels so nice to have a little down time for myself.

Crazeedi What a sweet husband! 4mo
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The Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
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Mehso-so

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

I might have the unpopular opinion here - but I found this book underwhelming. I really tried to connect with the characters but could not.

However, the detail surrounding the circus aspect was beautifully written so for that, I give it 3 stars.

Ruthiella Oh, I really disliked this book. 😂 For me it was beautifully described nothingness. 4mo
darklydreaming @Ruthiella agreed haha. I‘ve been looking through countless reviews of this book and have found a lot of others who felt the same way too! 4mo
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1. “We Don‘t Talk About Bruno” - Encanto (my kids love this one! And I like to act it out haha)

2. Kaui, Hawaii - I‘ve been once and met many folks who went to vacation there and stayed permanently!

3. A bath and a book (separately - I can‘t read in the tub!)

#wondrouswednesday
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Eggs Perfect answers! Thanks for playing🥳 4mo
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#two4tuesday

1. Chocolate - Lindors and/or Dairy Milk 🍫
2. Tagged. IYKYK 😉

@TheSpineView

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 5mo
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The Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
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1. I always have a long “to do” list with two little ones at home; however, I‘m most looking forward to a Mom & Baby group tomorrow AND reading more of tagged book.

2. Lists on the notes section of my phone are helpful. I try to stay organized but it doesn‘t always happen!

3. Somewhere sunny! Hawaii comes to mind. Anyone else in Southwestern Ontario? Lots of grey days here (although a sunny weekend finally!)

#motivationmonday
@Cupcake12

darklydreaming It appears I misunderstood question 3! My current read location is all across Europe from late 1800‘s to early 1900‘s (tagged book) (edited) 5mo
Andrea4 Yes to the being in SW ON, had a couple blue sky days in a row that felt wonderful!! 5mo
Cupcake12 Thanks for joining in x 5mo
darklydreaming @Andrea4 yes!! Thank goodness. Too much grey! 5mo
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The Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
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Both my girls are asleep, hubby is out and I‘m settled in on the couch reading this one from my own bookshelf (as opposed to buying new or borrowing something else!)

I‘m intrigued and appreciative of the writing…

🎪🎪🎪

Kimberlone This is such a magical book ✨🎪 5mo
Reggie I love this book. 5mo
darklydreaming @Reggie I‘ve heard such amazing things about it! I‘m usually a fast reader but I‘m really taking my time with this one. Soaking it all in! 5mo
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Go as a River: A novel | Shelley Read
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Ugh…so beautifully written. The depth of the main character, Victoria, made me feel like I truly knew her. Like I felt what she was feeling.

My book club chose this one for January and I‘m glad they did. I haven‘t stopped thinking about it since I finished.

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Mehso-so

I‘m not sure how to rate this one…

Do you ever feel like maybe you just weren‘t in the right mindset? Or you finished a previous book that was just so different and you still had a hangover from it?

I feel like this was what happened to me while I was reading this one.

I will say, interesting premise. Wished there was more of a focus on the main character‘s marriage relationship. But then again, maybe that was the point…

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Untitled | Untitled
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We are like books 📚

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Keep Quiet | Lisa Scottoline
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How far would you go to protect your loved ones? Suspenseful, page turner. The whole story takes place over a few days so you really feel like you‘re in the thick of it with these characters.

Funny story: I was talking to my husband about the premise of the book when I was just a couple of chapters in. He guessed the ending and I knew he was right so unfortunately, it wasn‘t a big twist for me. Next time, I won‘t be telling him a thing!! 🤣

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Keep Quiet | Lisa Scottoline
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It‘s been almost 7 months since my last book! I gave birth to my second daughter in May. So excited to start reading again after a long hiatus. These quiet mornings are lovely.

Good morning Littens! 📚

Librarybelle Congratulations! 6mo
ravenlee Congratulations! And bonus points for an aptly named book! 6mo
Ruthiella Welcome back and congratulations on your new addition to the family! ❤️ 6mo
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Suet624 I‘m happy for you. 💕💕 6mo
darklydreaming @ravenlee right?? Thank you! 6mo
darklydreaming @Ruthiella many thanks ❤️ 6mo
darklydreaming @Suet624 thank you 🥰 6mo
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Unknown Book 7535597 | Unknown Unknown
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Yes please!

AmyG Oooooo that‘s nice. 12mo
Ruthiella So cute! 💕 12mo
Eggs 🩷🩷🩷🩷 12mo
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Meet Me at the Lake | Carley Fortune
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Squeezing in one last Book Club pick before baby #2 joins us!

This one is neat to read because it takes place in Toronto and the Muskokas which is not too far away from my city…

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Unknown Book 1363648 | Unknown Unknown
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So true!! 😂

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The Last Resort | Marissa Stapley
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Starting book #2 between book club reads! Our group meets on Thursday and I can‘t wait that long to read something new.

Also trying to cram in as much reading as I can now (I have a 2 year old and am 8 months pregnant!)

Pictured is another one of babies: Pippin😻

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Her Perfect Life | Rebecca Taylor
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Mehso-so

Ugh - there was so much potential here! Overall, the book was good but the ending fell flat. There‘s still more I wish I knew. Events that occurred seemed to be glossed over without enough detail. Still left wondering what was going through Clare‘s mind in those final moments!?

⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Her Perfect Life | Rebecca Taylor
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“She was having one of those emotionally vulnerable moments their therapist was often trying to get her to understand.”

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

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Her Perfect Life | Rebecca Taylor
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Came across a Goodwill bookstore yesterday. Needed an easy read between book club months! Here goes nothing…

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Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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“…So I fell down.”

…so true ❤️

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1. Spring, chips/popcorn, purple, Easter lily, couch/bed, ginger ale, scrabble.

2. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. It‘s been on my TBR list for so long and my book club just picked it!!

@Eggs #wondrouswednesday

Eggs Love Evelyn Hugo ❤️❤️ 1y
darklydreaming @Eggs I‘m enjoying it already 🥰 1y
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Definitely a page turner - an easy, quick read!

BUT - did anyone else notice the number of spelling/grammatical errors in the text? SO MANY!!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Felt this one! Mom guilt is real.

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It Ends With Us | Colleen Hoover
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I wasn‘t sure what to expect from this book - my SIL passed it along to me after she read it. I thought it was just going to be a romance type novel, I was wrong…

The depth of emotion that comes from these last chapters and the author‘s note floored me. I was in tears. I felt heartbreaking clarity in my own life and from the experiences I have endured. I felt especially for my Mother and even my Father.

Easy read but heavy.

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

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Never Tell | Lisa Gardner
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We make a point of going to the library as often as we can! Today we picked up a stack of books for my daughter AND I got the tagged book for me! I‘m a sucker for Lisa Gardner books…

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“You can choose choices but not outcomes”
…felt that.

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Little Squirrel | Britta Teckentrup
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My daughter‘s first trip to the library a couple of months ago! We make it a regular visit now as she is already all about the books.

Tagged is one of her favourites. I love sharing the library with her 🥰

Lexeegee The best picture I will see today!
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ravenlee Awesome! This is how my kiddo started, and now at 8 she‘s voracious and is a library fiend. She actually gets upset on days we just do a drop-off/pick-up without browsing - even though we go to the library 2-3 times per week. 😆 3y
darklydreaming @Lexeegee you‘re too sweet! Thank you 🥰 3y
darklydreaming @ravenlee that‘s wonderful to hear! Good job Mama. I‘m hoping my girl will do the same 😊 3y
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Starting this one! Already off to an intriguing start…
Finding some parallels with my own life (and people in my life).
Stay tuned…

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Every Step She Takes | K.L. Armstrong
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I bailed on this one! The synopsis was all completed within the first few chapters and it just didn‘t keep me interested.

A coworker of mine once said that after he‘s read the first 100 pages and if he‘s not captivated to read more, he moves on to the next one. “There‘s plenty more books to choose from!” he said. I follow this now too as it makes perfect sense to me!

Curious to know at what point you bail on a book?

xicanti I give books three chapters or fifty pages. 3y
darklydreaming @xicanti interesting! Thanks for your reply. 3y
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Not a Happy Family | Shari Lapena
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Mehso-so

Although the book kept me interested during the first few chapters, I felt it dragged on with no new information on the characters or the plot. I believe the author could have expanded on the characters more as I ended the book with lots of questions!

The ending was abrupt and had no real climax to it. I turned the last page with a feeling of indifference. I was surprised that this book was given such glowing reviews…

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BoleyBooks I think some reviewers are sometimes embellishing their reviews in hopes of getting a “pencil” from the publisher on NetGalley. I appreciate you keeping it real and honest in your evaluations. I felt sad for giving a three star review to a very popular author recently…the new book just didn‘t measure up. 3y
darklydreaming @BoleyBooks interesting! I didn‘t know that. Thanks for your comment. 3y
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Not a Happy Family | Shari Lapena
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Started this one yesterday. I‘m intrigued but I can‘t help but notice a number of typos in the text!! 😩

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Ok - so this was my first read after an almost year hiatus! (Re: baby!!) Anyway, I found it to be a good, easy read and a page turner.

However, I do feel as though some information could have been elaborated on a bit more.

In the end, I didn‘t see the twist though suspected that something was off as things were seemingly beginning to wrap up…

tpixie Congrats on your baby! And welcome back to reading! 📚👶🏻📚 3y
darklydreaming @tpixie thanks so much! 😊 3y
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It‘s been over a year since I‘ve been on Litsy or even read a book. To be fair, I‘ve been kind of busy - gave birth to my beautiful daughter last October! I‘m finally ready to jump back into reading so figured I‘d start off with an easy read.

Happy to be back. Hello everyone! 😊

Librarybelle Welcome back, and congratulations! 3y
darklydreaming @Librarybelle Thank you! 🥰 3y
Ruthiella Welcome back and congratulations! 🥳 3y
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Chrissyreadit Congrats! 3y
ravenlee That‘s awesome! Welcome back. I didn‘t start reading again until my daughter was 3 😆 3y
Eggs Welcome back 🙌🏻🥳❤️ and congratulations to you 👶🏼 3y
AmyG Congrats Mama! 3y
darklydreaming @Ruthiella thanks so much! 3y
darklydreaming @ravenlee haha we will see how I do! It will be a challenge that‘s for sure. Thank you!! 3y
darklydreaming @Eggs thanks very much! 🥰 3y
darklydreaming @AmyG thank you!! 3y
Nute Welcome back to Litsy! Congratulations on your new bundle of joy! 3y
darklydreaming @Nute many thanks! Happy to be back 😊 3y
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Daisy Jones and The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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1. So far, just a couple of books! More to come.
2. The Game of Life is fun!
3. Being outside, doing some yard work.
4. No pranks this year 👎

#friyayintro @4thhouseontheleft @howjessreads

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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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It‘s a rainy day here in London, ON. Perfect for a cozy blanket and book!

mom2bugnbee LOVED this one. One of my top reads last year. 4y
CuriousG @darklydreaming I live not far from London - also doing my rainy day reading. Enjoy this one. I loved it! 4y
darklydreaming @mom2bugnbee @CuriousG glad to hear you both loved it!! 4y
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Enter Whining | Fran Drescher
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This book was written by Fran in the 90‘s and, being a huge fan of The Nanny all my life, I have ALWAYS wanted to read it.
Finally took advantage of Amazon Prime and got me a copy. I can‘t put it down! Fran is amazing and has gone through some pretty terrible stuff in life yet - she continues to be such a positive, funny lady! ❤️

PerksOfBeingABookworm I liked The Nanny too! Have you watched Living with Fran? I didn‘t know about it until it popped up on my Hulu. I haven‘t had time to watch it, yet. 5y
darklydreaming @PerksOfBeingABookworm Yes! I‘ve seen some of it but I actually prefer her other show “Happily Divorced”. It‘s based on some of her real life (her husband and her divorced because he came out as gay - they still remain the best of friends!!) 5y
PerksOfBeingABookworm Oh, cool. I‘ll check that out too! 5y
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If you are familiar with the social media star “Juggling the Jenkins” you will love this true, raw book detailing her incredible journey. If you haven‘t heard of her, I urge you to look her up! She is hilarious and real in everything she posts.

This quote sums it up. Way to go, Tiffany!! 👏❤️ Thank you for sharing your story.

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1. Oreos 😋
2. My new house! 🏡
3. Tagged. I started this one the other day but haven‘t had much time to get into it 📖

@Eggs #wondrouswednesday (it‘s still Tuesday here! 😊)

Eggs Thanks for playing 🤗📚👏🏻🎈 5y
AlaMich Double Stufs!❤️ 5y
BookmarkTavern Congrats on the house! 🎉🏠🎉 5y
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The Art of Hearing Heartbeats | Jan-Philipp Sendker
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I am speechless - what a beautiful story. I laughed, I cried and I felt so much love for these characters. My heart is so full ❤️

KathyWheeler I loved this book. There‘s a sequel that I apparently bought for my Kindle but I haven‘t read it yet: https://smile.amazon.com/Well-tempered-Heart-Hearing-Heartbeats-Book-ebook/dp/B0... 5y
ErikasMindfulShelf I love this one. And the sequel is great as well @KathyWheeler 5y
darklydreaming @KathyWheeler @irre I just heard about the sequel! Read some great reviews on it too. It‘s on my TBR list for sure!! 5y
KathyWheeler I need to move it up on my TBR. 5y
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The Art of Hearing Heartbeats | Jan-Philipp Sendker
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“...he did not merely read books but traveled with them...” 💕