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Joined June 2016

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Wuthering Heights by Emily Bront
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Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
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I told him months ago he could start Harry Potter this summer. It took him two days to read the first one and now he's on to the second. #littlereader

BookishMarginalia 💜💜💜💜💜 #RaisingReaders 3y
OSChamberlain That's how you do parenting right! 3y
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Bianca That's how I read the first two when I was a kid. 3y
asiriusreader Awww, this makes my heart happy! 3y
seebiscan Reminds me of when I first read Harry Potter! 👍🏼 3y
Laura317 What a joy to see a child engrossed in a book! (Especially a good book) 3y
tlarocca I love that he is playing with his hair in 3 of these pictures. Its his reading fidget. ❤❤❤ My son does the same thing. 3y
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This one finally came in from my hold list at the library. It was a fun quick read but I'm not sure that it deserved all the hype. So I liked it and enjoyed it but didn't love it.

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This book will need some updates after this year! #gocubsgo #flythew

LitLogophile Roll tribe! 😊❤️ 3y
shanebeth yes! c'mon Cubbies! #FlyTheW 3y
ellareads @shanebeth @lostlogophile It was quite a game! ⚾️💙🐻 3y
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The Likeness: A Novel | Tana French
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Wowza! I just noticed this on the end of my library receipt today! We've saved $748 since September at the library. I know we go to the library a lot but that's definitely an interesting way to look at it!

Suzze What a great idea! All libraries should do this. 3y
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Crossing to Safety | Wallace Stegner
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I definitely liked the first half of this book better than the second. I've heard so many people rave about this book but I just couldn't get into the characters.

ellareads And I also didn't really need a book about cancer right now in my life. #cancersucks 3y
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This weekend I read All the Light for the second time. It was my book club pick for Monday night and ended up being one of the best discussions we've had yet. I'm not one to reread books very often but when I do I like to listen to the audiobook. This version was excellent! The book was still as beautiful and haunting the second time around.

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I'm enjoying some time out on the porch re-reading one of my favorite books I read last year. I convinced my book club to talk about it this month so I'm making notes as I go along.

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Crossing to Safety | Wallace Stegner
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This postseason is really cutting into my reading time. Not that I am complaining at all... #gocubs

Suzze Go Cubs! I'm a Tigers fan, but since we're out, the Cubs are my team! 3y
ellareads @Suzze Yay! It was a great game last night! 3y
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This book took me forever to read - 11 days! - but at almost 800 pages it doesn't surprise me. I had no idea going into it that it was a trilogy so I have a lot more reading to do. There was so much packed into The Passage but I wonder if some of it could have been left out. Or maybe it could have been broken up into two books? It's terrifying in some places but I'm glad I read it. The story and the characters were worth it!

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Relaxing a bit after a busy week of birthday celebrations for my 7 year old son. Ahhh, a Saturday morning, coffee and a book. ❤️📚 #HelloOctober

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My stack from September. Penny was my favorite of the month. I didn't get to as many books as I wanted but I'm also in the middle of Wuthering Heights, Don Quixote, and The Passage. I'm also in the middle of 'rereading' Outlander on Audio. All of those are pretty big books! #wrapup #septemberwrapup

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Next up, The Passage! Part of my ever growing TBR is in the background. 📚

Bklover I've had that on my list too! 3y
ellareads @Bklover it's pulled me in quickly! Not even 100 pages in and I just want to read. 3y
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In the Woods | Tana French
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Finished the first in the series last night and I'm hooked.

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In the Woods | Tana French
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It's beautiful outside, I have two sleeping girls in the car and we are a half an hour early for school pick up. It's the perfect time to get a little reading done!

Bklover I'm reading Broken Harbor by Tana French. Love it- I know I'm out of order by haven't read In the Woods yet! 3y
ellareads @kaysreadinglife Thanks! It was so nice and so rare that it happens like that! 3y
ellareads @Bklover Go back and read it - it's good! I'm excited to continue with the series. 3y
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I was lucky enough to hear Mr. Towles speak last night. Go see him if his tour comes close by! I haven't started the book yet and I'm glad because he gave so much history on the hotel that is the setting for this book. Knowing all that now will make reading it even better. His website has a lot of info too that I will check out soon. Sorry for the quality of the picture. We were in the back but I cropped the photo so you could see a little better.

LauraBeth How awesome was that? 😀 3y
ellareads @LauraBeth It was so cool! Our local bookstore has great authors on the schedule! 3y
Sydsavvy Jealous!!! 3y
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I was lucky enough to hear Mr. Towles speak last night. Go see him if his tour comes close by! I haven't started the book yet and I'm glad because he gave so much history on the hotel that is the setting for this book. Knowing all that now will make reading it even better. His website has a lot of info too that I will check out soon. Sorry for the quality of the picture. We were in the back but I cropped the photo so you could see a little better.

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#FunFridayPhoto We currently don't have a coffee table - too many littles running around our house for that - but I still have my favorite coffee table books. I bought way too many of them when I worked at a bookstore years ago. It was tough to choose between my New Yorker book or my stack of Audrey Hepburn books. I went with the cartoons.

[DELETED] 2232195534 I love your little teapot thing... 3y
ellareads @kaysreadinglife Thank you! If only I had the lid... 3y
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In the Woods | Tana French
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I started 'In the Woods' today. I need a page turner after my last book. Fingers crossed...

erzascarletbookgasm Love Tana French! If psychological thriller is your bag, you're in for a treat! 3y
[DELETED] 2232195534 I loved it! Hope it works well for you!! 3y
Yournewfriendsams This stack is so good! 3y
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ellareads @erzascarletbookgasm Excellent! As long as it's not super gruesome...but even then I can skim over those parts if needed. 3y
ellareads @kaysreadinglife Me too! Thanks, Kay! 3y
ellareads @Yournewfriendsams It's my current TBR. I always try to limit it to 10 not counting the library books. Can't wait to get to all of these! 3y
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Desperate Fortune | Susanna Kearsley
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I've heard such great things about this author but I struggled with this book. I didn't get attached to the characters and almost bailed on it a couple of times. I finished it last night though. So, do I try again with this author? Which book do you suggest?

annahenke Winter Sea is my favorite by Kearsley! 3y
ellareads @annahenke I love the cover on that one. I'll keep it on my TBR list. Thanks! 3y
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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society | Annie Barrows, Mary Ann Shaffer
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All this and about 20 kids books for under $9. Not bad at all for a quick stop at our local library book sale. 📚

Gezemice Oryx and Crake ❤️ 3y
Nebklvr People of the book and potato-peel....two faves 3y
tpixie lol I can't remember if I read the potato peel book or not. Seem like I might have! 3y
[DELETED] 2232195534 Good job!! Some really nice ones here! 3y
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Duck on a Tractor | David Shannon
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Duck on a Bike is one of my all time favorites so I was beyond excited to see the sequel pop up in my child's scholastic book order. Both of these books are excellent read alouds and lots of fun. It did not disappoint! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Suzze I love everything David Shannon does! 3y
ellareads @Suzze Yes! They are all so good! 3y
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I just found out that Amor Towles will be at our local bookstore on Friday! I've already scheduled a babysitter so my husband and I can have a date night. And I'm bumping up my #BOTM purchase to read next so I can be ready! #getindie

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A Desperate Fortune | Susanna Kearsley
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My book, coffee, stormy weather and a snuggly sleepy baby. #perfection

scripturient That IS perfection! My toddler is already asleep and I'm snuggling up with tea and books as well. ☺️ 3y
ellareads @scripturient Yes, it is! Enjoy! 3y
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The Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood
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I just finished this one and I think I'll have to soak it in a little more before putting my review out. Two things though - I can't believe it took me years and years to pick this book up and also I wish more books had a ribbon bookmark. That is all...for now.

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Well I'm intrigued and so I'll have to at least read the second book to see how they made a series out of Jack Reacher. I can't say that I loved this book but it did keep my attention. It was a quick and easy book with a lot of violence. More than I'm used to and more than I like. It didn't surprise me though, with the name of the book! I can see how it would make a good movie for some people - I'm not sure that I want to watch it though. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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I've heard so much about Jack Reacher that I figured it was time to meet him. I'm about half way through and so far it's a good read!

[DELETED] 2232195534 My husband loves those books. However, never mention the Reacher movie casting to him!! 😂😂 3y
Suzze I had heard about him and sold his books for ages, but didn't start reading them until my son recommended them. I about 9 books in and love them! 3y
ellareads @kaysreadinglife Interesting! That bad, huh?!? I hadn't even heard of the movies until recently. I'm way behind on all this... 3y
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ellareads @Suzze Good to hear! I was looking for another series after catching up with all of Louise Penny's books. This series is completely different, of course but I'm still enjoying it. 3y
[DELETED] 2232195534 Well if you are halfway you likely know that Reacher is a big guy, well over 6 feet. Tom Cruise plays him in the movies. 😉 'Nuff said. 3y
ellareads @kaysreadinglife I can't believe Tom Cruise plays Jack! Now I can definitely see what your husband is talking about! 😂 3y
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My husband read this aloud to the kids but I missed too much. They loved it and are reading the 3rd book in the series. Now I'll probably just wait and catch it when my husband reads it to my younger two children in a couple of years. #littlereaders #momlife

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I loved taking my time with this one and extending my stay in Three Pines for a few days. This is another 5⭐️ book from Ms Penny. If you read this don't skip the acknowledgements at the back. They are very meaningful and add to the experience of the book. #surprisedbyjoy #threepines #inspectorgamache

[DELETED] 2232195534 So lovely. Reading this now and doing the same, savoring. Don't you love that phrase - 'surprised by joy'? 💕 3y
ellareads @kaysreadinglife I do love that phrase and loved that she wrote it in my book. My life mantra right now is 'seek joy' so it was perfect. 3y
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Great Reckoning | Louise Penny
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Knowing that this is my last Inspector Gamache book for awhile, I'm just hanging out in Three Pines and reading this one slowly. I'm over halfway through it and so far it does not disappoint! #threepines #inspectorgamache #booklove

[DELETED] 2232195534 I'm doing the same. Savoring it and the beautiful words. 💕 3y
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Never leave home without a book, right? #bookworm

Laura317 Amen! Preach it, sister! 3y
[DELETED] 2232195534 Never ever ever. You just never know. 😀 3y
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Dark Matter | Blake Crouch
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My stack for August. Not bad considering I went through a reading slump for a couple of weeks. The bottom two were my favorites.

LauraBeth You're going to have a great month 😀 3y
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Great Reckoning | Louise Penny
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Last night. Louise Penny and I. Her first book was published in 2008 but I stumbled upon it in December of 2015. I read all eleven of the books in her series and just finished the last one on Sunday. Her new book came out on Tuesday and on Wednesday I was able to hear her speak and meet her! She was a joy to listen to and so funny. What a treat to have her in Wichita!

[DELETED] 2232195534 Wonderful picture of both of you! She is such a dear person!! Thanks for sharing!! 💕💕 3y
megt So cool! 3y
Laura317 That is awesome! What a wonderful photo. 3y
ellareads @kaysreadinglife Thank you! I was very impressed. She was elegant and very down to earth all at the same time. 3y
ellareads @Laura317 Thank you! It was a fun night! 3y
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Crossing to Safety | Wallace Stegner
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My library haul from today. One I've been meaning to read forever (Atwood), one recommended from the What Should I Read Next podcast (Stegner) and one I heard about from the Books on the Nightstand podcast (Child) Between podcasts and Litsy my TBR is ridiculous! What book podcasts are your favorites?

Laura317 I listen to Bookish, Get Booked, What Should I Read Next and The Readers. I love them all for different reasons. 3y
KarenUK Books and authors (BBC), All the books, Get Booked and Witch please.... 3y
ellareads @Laura317 I listen to The Readers and I'll have to check out the rest. Thank you!! 3y
ellareads @KarenUK I listen to All the Books and I'll have to check out the rest. Thank you! 3y
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Doll: The Lost Short Stories | Daphne Du Maurier
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This was my first attempt at a short story collection. I thought it would be fun to read a story or two in between books and I'm not giving up on the idea even though these stories didn't really pull me in. Do any of my Litsy friends have short story recommendations for me?

clairelisebella Half in Love by Maile Meloy shook me to the core. One of the best collections I've stumbled upon. Lydia Davis is also a genius. 3y
ellareads @clairelisebella Ahhh, thank you! I will look for them! 3y
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Doll: The Lost Short Stories | Daphne Du Maurier
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This was my first attempt at a short story collection. I thought it would be fun to read a story or two in between books and I'm not giving up on the idea even though these stories didn't really pull me in. Do any of my Litsy friends have short story recommendations for me?

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Dark Matter | Blake Crouch
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Yesterday I walked by this book on my counter and started reading it. And then I kept reading and reading. I accidentally read this entire book in one day. It's that good. I'm tired from staying up late but it was completely worth it. I knew nothing about it ahead of time and I'm glad because everything was a surprise. Now I wish I could read it all over again for the first time. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #BOTM

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This book took me forever to read. The writing style was amazing but I didn't like the characters. I have to mark it as a pick because it's definitely a book I'll think about after reading it even though I didn't love it.

Laura317 I had to bail on it. I made it half way. 😁 3y
ellareads @Laura317 I set it down for awhile and almost bailed. The second half really tied some things together and was better than the first half. 3y
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This book took me forever to read. The writing style was amazing but I didn't like the characters. I have to mark it as a pick because it's definitely a book I'll think about after reading it even though I didn't love it.

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Wow. I just finished this and I'm so impressed. The plot in this series just keeps getting better and better. The next book comes out on Tuesday and I can not wait. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Suzze I've read A Great Reckoning, and, yes, it is even better than this one. 💜💜💜💜💜 3y
ellareads @Suzze So glad to hear that!!! 3y
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Ahhh, all I needed was a really good book to get me out of my reading slump! I think I'll just sit here for awhile, snuggle during nap time and read. #inspectorgamache #threepines

julieloverofbooks I'm reading the second in the series-loving it so far! I think it may get me out of my slump ❤️ 3y
Laura317 I think this might be my favorite mystery series. 3y
Nebklvr Hmmm...yet another TBR 3y
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ellareads @julieloverofbooks They just keep getting better. I wish I could go back and reread them for the first time again. 3y
ellareads @Laura317 Me too! 3y
ellareads @Nebklvr Yes, definitely. Start with Still Life, it's the first book in the series. 3y
Gezemice Aww! So cute! ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
Nebklvr @ellareads Thanks! 3y
ellareads @Gezemice Thank you! ❤️ 3y
CoreyG The sweetest! I'm reading this series at the moment, and love nap time snuggles too! 3y
ellareads The best! (Both the series and the snuggles!) @CoreyG 3y
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I've been in a reading slump this month. 😕 Yesterday I realized that I only have a week until I see Louise Penny in person so I had better get going on this last book in her series. I put Fates and Furies aside for now and I'm ready to head to Three Pines. #inspectorgamache #threepines

Laura317 @ellareads Tell her we all said hi!! Because apparently we ALL love her on Litsy. 3y
erzascarletbookgasm I love her, too! Tell her I'm a big fan, even though I'm over 12,000km away! And I do hope you'll be out from your reading slum right after reading this. 3y
ellareads @erzascarletbookgasm @Laura317 Yes, Litsy does love her! ❤️ Her new book comes out on Tuesday so I think I know what I'm reading next! 3y
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We finally made it to the bookstore! The kids each got to pick out some books because we met our family summer goal to read 750 books. It was a surprise trip and my son guessed we were going to Canada. (We live in Kansas!) I'm glad he was excited about the books and wasn't too disappointed we didn't go out of the country. 😉

MrBook What a great picture! Leaders of tomorrow! 😎👏🏻👌🏻 3y
BookishMarginalia 💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜 3y
Nebklvr Congratulations on meeting your goal! 👍 3y
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LauraBeth This is such a sweet picture 😀 3y
Suzze Great memories! I retired this year as a B&N bookseller, and kids was my department. I always made a big deal and talked to each child who came in to get their free book for summer reading. 3y
ellareads @Suzze What a fun job! I think that kids catch on to enthusiasm like that. I didn't know b&n gave a free book! We'll have to sign up for it next year. 3y
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We just surpassed our family reading goal for the summer! 750 books read and school starts tomorrow. We just made it! Our reward is to head out to a bookstore and pick out some new books. #littlereader #summerreading

LauraBeth Wow - that is awesome!🎉🎉 3y
BookishMarginalia Love that reward! 3y
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Spending a few minutes with some coffee and a book.

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Landline | Rainbow Rowell
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I finished my first Rowell. Landline was cute and I'd recommend it to someone that wanted a really light read but I didn't love the book. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Laura317 @ellareads I felt the same way. 3y
Gezemice Yeah, her other books are better. 3y
ellareads @Gezemice Then I guess I won't give up on her yet. 3y
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I just walked in to the living room and these two are rotating pages while reading aloud to each other. I didn't even realize we had two of the same book. I'm so happy they love books and reading. #littlereader

LauraBeth That's awesome 😀 3y
erzascarletbookgasm Happy and proud mama you should be 💗 3y
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Her TBR pile is pretty impressive for the night. #littlereader #tbrtuesday

BookishMarginalia 💜💜💜 3y
brendanmleonard Adorable! Way to get them started early! 3y
ellareads @brendanmleonard @BookishMarginalia Thank you! It just started to really click for her a couple of weeks ago and now I always catch her with a book. 💗📚 3y
Gezemice Aww! Very precocious! and precious. :) 3y
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Sleeping Giants | Sylvain Neuvel
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My stack for #tbrtuesday - I try to limit my immediate stack to 10. I'm looking forward to all of these and so it's hard to decide my next read. What would you suggest?

LauraBeth Fates and Furies is one of the best books that I've read in a long time 😀 3y
Laura317 I loved Sleeping Giants and the Girl With All the Gifts! I bailed on Fates and Furies. 3y
ellareads @LauraBeth Thanks! I can't wait to read it! 3y
ellareads @Laura317 Interesting! I'm actually going back and forth between starting Giants and Fates. 3y
WordWaller This pic 😍😍😍 3y
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My July. I guess I read a lot of blue books last month. 7 books plus three I'm still reading. My favorite was How the Light Gets In with The Lake House coming in a close second. All good books! #julyreads

MrBook Nice stack! 3y
LauraBeth Good reads in there 😀 3y
BarbaraJean Ohhhh, Peace Like a River is one of my favorites! 3y
ellareads @BarbaraJean I can't believe it took me this long to finally read it! 3y
ellareads @MrBook @LauraBeth Thanks! It's always fun to look back on the month. 3y
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Finished #10 today. I usually like to space this series out a bit but my library book is due. #9 was so good and that made it a little harder to get into but it's still a good one! #inspectorgamache #threepines

Suzze The series just keeps getting better! 3y
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