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Maggie4483

Maggie4483

Joined April 2016

Buy me books and tell me I'm pretty. Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/45441152-maggie-burns.
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Ugly Love: A Novel by Colleen Hoover
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The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
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The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy
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The Heath Anthology of American Literature: Early nineteenth century : 1800-1865. B by Paul Lauter, Richard Yarborough, John Alberti, Mary Pat Brady
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The Norton Anthology of English Literature by Stephen Greenblatt, W W Norton & Company
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For the most part, this book is kinda boring and annoying. But, UGH!, this line got me. This is literally all I‘m looking for. 😭

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Complete Stories | Dorothy Parker
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This quote wasn‘t actually in this book (and in fact may not have even been written by Dorothy Parker at all), but it‘s attributed to her, and one of my favorite lines about one of my favorite drinks. I love a Dirty Bombay Sapphire Martini with blue cheese stuffed olives. 🍸
There were a TON of short stories in this compilation. Some were funny, some were sad, many were forgettable, and a few were problematic. But overall I enjoyed it.

Maggie4483 This was my #1924 selection for the #192025 challenge. 1w
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My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding | Jim Butcher, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Charlaine Harris, Rachel Caine, Lori Handeland, Esther Friesner, Susan Krinard, P N Elrod, L A Banks
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#BookspinBingo for April!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Looks fantastic!! 2w
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Blue Label | Eduardo Sanchez Rugeles
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April‘s #Bookspin is one of my #FoodAndLit #Venezuela picks, and my #Doublespin is one I‘ve been trying to get to FOREVER.

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Enjoy!! 2w
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Hello Beautiful | Ann Napolitano
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The year is still young, but it‘s going to take something reeeeeaaaaalllllllyyyyy special to unseat Hello Beautiful for my favorite of the year. I think it‘s the best book I‘ve read since A Little Life.
(I didn‘t finish a single book in all of February…hence the X).

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Spinning | Tillie Walden
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April #Bookspin

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3w
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April #Roll100

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Kiss Me, I'm Irish | Bella Street
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#BookspinBingo for March.

Side note: I am having so much fun with Canva. I wish I could afford the paid subscription.

TheAromaofBooks I've turned into a Canva addict! 😂 Looks fabulous!! 2mo
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Gothic Short Stories | David Blair
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March #Bookspin and #Doublespin! ☘️🏀🌼🇮🇪⛹️‍♂️🌷⚾️

Between St. Patty‘s Day, Spring Break, March Madness, Spring Training, and Spring Break (I REALLY love Spring Break), March might be my favorite month (aside from October, of course).

I didn‘t finish a single book in February, but hopefully a whole week off will help me get back on track.

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Enjoy!! 2mo
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My #Bookspin #Doublespin for March. I love March Madness (but I‘m bummed that it starts after we get back from Spring Break this year).

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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Strange Brew | P. N. Elrod
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My March #Roll100 has me continuing to try to catch up on #192025. I‘m looking forward to a lot of reading time over Spring Break in a couple of weeks.

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Banned Book Club | Kim Hyun Sook
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Making may way through this year‘s Oscar noms & found this documentary short in which kids are interviewed about how they‘ve been affected by their schools‘ book banning policies. Very moving, but take it with a grain of salt…the kids who were interviewed obviously had to have parental permission, and I think it‘s safe to assume that that wouldn‘t have been granted by parents who agree with these policies.
Still…worth a watch.

TieDyeDude The film makers were likely not looking to tell both sides (and I really don't care to continue to hear the lies of the other side), but I also think it would be easier to find kids who don't agree with book banning that haven't been influenced/coached by parents than kids who have independently decided that certain books should be restricted. 2mo
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Hello Beautiful | Ann Napolitano
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When you have a bad day, but it‘s okay because it‘s #NationalMargaritaDay and your local takeout margarita bar is having a BOGO special…so you get four. And then go to Taco Bell, too.

KateReadsYA 🙌 Girl you know how to have a good time!!!! 🥰 2mo
Maggie4483 @KateReadsYA Lol…they DO freeze well, so I might save one of the shorties for this weekend.☺️ 2mo
KateReadsYA @Maggie4483 What was your taco bell order? I always go for a Baja blast freeze, steak quesedilla with a side of nacho cheese, a soft taco and loads of hot sauce 🤩🤭 2mo
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AmyG Yum! 2mo
Maggie4483 @KateReadsYA I usually only go during Nacho Fries season, but they have a new chicken empanada that I highly recommend. And, yes, all the hot sauce for me, too! 🔥 2mo
KateReadsYA @Maggie4483 yupp gonna have to try that out. 👍 2mo
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Hello Beautiful | Ann Napolitano
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Hello Beautiful and “Hello, Beautiful.”

My pretty girl isn‘t feeling good tonight, 😿 so I‘m neglecting my chores in favor of giving her lots of love.

rubyslippersreads Hope she feels better soon. 😽 2mo
dabbe Hope she's on the mend soon! 🖤🐾🖤 2mo
maich Sending her love and hope she feels better soon❤️❤️ 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Hope she‘s feeling better ❤️ 2mo
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Slaughterhouse-Five | Kurt Vonnegut
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I‘ve toyed with the idea of getting a tiny “So it goes” on my arm (and “Let it be” in the same place on the opposite arm). Maybe someday. But I think my next tattoo will be a starfish, because I love the starfish story (“I made a difference to that one”). #SundayFunday

BookmarkTavern I love all those so much! 💖 Thanks for sharing! 3mo
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Homegoing | Yaa Gyasi
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A few days late, but, oh man, was this good. Definitely adding this Ghanaian Chicken Chichinga to the rotation. I‘m still struggling to get into this book. Not because it isn‘t good, but because it‘s just so heavy.

#FoodAndLit #CookingTheBooks

Catsandbooks Yum! 🇬🇭 3mo
Bookwormjillk Yum! 3mo
TieDyeDude I just looked up my review of this book. I remember liking this a lot, but it is not a light read. I think it picked up a lot for me around the civil war era time jump. 3mo
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I really was planning to just hand-write all my #BookspinBingo boards this year, but Canva and Pic Collage are too much fun. 🥳 I‘m not even sorry about how extra I‘m being.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Looks fabulous!! 3mo
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Bel Canto | Ann Patchett
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Thank you @Chelsea.Poole for this awesome template! This will be so helpful for keeping my #Bookspin and #Doublespin picks organized!

Bookspin-Bel Canto (also one of my February #Roll100 picks)
Double spin-Homegoing (last months #FoodandLit pick that I didn‘t get to)

CBee Homegoing is AMAZING ♥️♥️ 3mo
Maggie4483 @CBee I‘m struggling with it right now, but I‘m definitely going to keep going, because I‘m quickly realizing my own ignorance about this terrible chapter in history. 3mo
Mary_Reads Any time a song was mentioned in Bel Canto, I would pull up Spotify and play it while I read the section. It really made the novel come alive. It was a beautiful experience. 3mo
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CBee @Maggie4483 it‘s definitely worth it. Not an easy book to read but so important. 3mo
Maggie4483 @Mary_Reads What a great idea! I‘ll try that! 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Looking great!! 3mo
Chelsea.Poole 👏 glad you can use it! 3mo
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Lady Chatterley's Lover | D.H. Lawrence
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For someone who‘s terminally single, I actually really love Valentine‘s Day. I think it‘s all the hearts and flowers and pinks and reds.

Anyway…here‘s my #Bookspin list. Some of these titles are pretty appropriate for the season, I think.

AmyG I like the cats. 🌹 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
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Remarkably Bright Creatures | Shelby Van Pelt
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Easy choice for my favorite read in January.

Thanks @Catsandbooks for this template! #BookBracket2024

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💙 🐙 💙 3mo
Catsandbooks Hooray! 🩵 3mo
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No Bingo, but definitely not my worst month. My goal is to finish a book every time I have a day off, and I accomplished that in January. February should be extra easy, since I only have one day off all month.
#BookspinBingo

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Fantastic month!! 3mo
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My Family and Other Animals | Gerald Durrell, Jocelyn Potter
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1. Yes! I have the same last name as my dad (😉 just kidding). But I really do have the same middle name as my uncle Joe and my cousins Mike and Clint. But theirs is spelled “Lee” and mine is “Leigh.”
2. Only child here. I have a stepbrother and stepsister, but we‘re not close. I haven‘t seen them in close to 20 years.
3. Tagged! I loved the Durrells! Everyone was such a character. #WondrousWednesday

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Only child here too 🙋🏻‍♀️ 3mo
Eggs Amazing 😻 Thanks for joining in! 3mo
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Y‘all! I‘m posting my February #Roll100 picks BEFORE February!!! #Growth

44-1001 Afternoons in Chicago
50-Crimes by Moonlight
76-Bel Canto

PuddleJumper 🎉🎉 3mo
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Remarkably Bright Creatures | Shelby Van Pelt
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I loved it! And I want to make friends with an octopus! 🐙

Treated myself to the fish and chips that Ethan and Cameron never got to. #CookingtheBooks #TakeoutEdition #BookAndDinner

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On my way to an IRL bookclub I found on Meetup and I. am. So. NERVOUS. What if there are a lot of people there? What if there aren‘t a lot of people there? What if I say something dumb? What if I don‘t say anything at all? Where do I sit? How do I human? Gah!!!

Anyway…wish me luck. Or a new personality.

TheKidUpstairs I would be going through the exact same racing thoughts. Others probably are, too! I hope you find a great IRL bookish community 😊 3mo
Bookwormjillk Good luck! 3mo
TheBookHippie Good luck !!‘ 3mo
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Maggie4483 Spoiler alert: I chickened out. 😔 Next time I‘ll have to scope out the parking situation first. 3mo
dabbe You're not alone. I have chickened out of quite a few activities myself as I'm sure a lot of us have. And don't beat yourself up about it. Trust that you had feelings that said stay away, so you stood away. And next time, baby steps. I wish you lived in my city. We could go together! 💜🩶💜 3mo
Billypar I can sympathize! I created a flyer to start a IRL book club and put all this effort into the design. But that was a month or two ago...I keep procrastinating posting it anywhere 😬 3mo
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The Proposal | Jasmine Guillory
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There was surprisingly little baseball in this considering there‘s a baseball on the cover. But even though it didn‘t scratch my off-season itch with balls & strikes & hits & diamond shaped fields, this book was just the cutest. I loved both of the MCs, flaws and all.

Enchiladas would have probably been a better choice for #CookingTheBooks (super cute cooking scene), but thinking this was a baseball book made me want a hot dog real bad 😀

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The Enchanted April | Elizabeth Von Arnim
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I was hoping, with so much discussion of the meals in this book, there would be some good Italian food descriptions. But, since there weren‘t, I made a Shrimp Portofino based on the location. This was actually my dinner last Sunday (when I planned to finish this book), but didn‘t finish until yesterday. #CookingTheBooks #BookAndDinner

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Whose Body? | Dorothy Sayers
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#LunchAndABook I have four hours to kill between my morning shift and an afternoon meeting (seriously, who schedules meetings on a holiday weekend!?!?!). Spending my time with a burger and a murder. 🔪 🍔 📕

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The Black Moth | Georgette Heyer
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January #BookspinBingo is a LOT of me just trying to catch up on my #192025 challenge. I‘m still in the twenties. The NINETEEN-twenties! I‘m literally 100 years behind. 🤦🏻‍♀️

TheAromaofBooks Well, your bingo card looks fantastic anyway 😂 4mo
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January 2024 #Bookspin #Doublespin list!!!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
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January #Roll100!!!

PuddleJumper 🎉🎉🎉 I never got on with D.H Lawrence 4mo
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Just under the wire, but here‘s my #Roll100 for 2024. It‘s almost exactly the same as last year because I‘m the #MayorOfFailure. Here‘s to a better 2024 🍾🥂🎆🎉

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I actually wouldn‘t mind getting glammed up and going out for New Year‘s Eve, but I don‘t because I refuse to be out on the roads on a drinking holiday. So usually I just stay in and watch the ball drop, then pop a bottle of champagne for myself at midnight. Might not make it tonight - I have a mean case of the Sunday scaries about going back to work on Tuesday and am worried about oversleeping after two weeks off.
#WinterGames #SnowflakeSquad

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New Year Island | Paul Draker
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Looks like everyone is trying to update their Goodreads before the year ends. 😕
StoryGraph is working PERFECTLY, though. 😀

WorldsOkayestStepMom I can't get on Goodreads either. 🙃 4mo
PuddleJumper Goodreads has been iffy all day 4mo
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How to Excavate a Heart | Jake Maia Arlow
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This was a light, easy read. Although I‘m not the target audience, it definitely had some enjoyable moments. I didn‘t really care for either main character, but Raphael the corgi made up for it. I also could have done without all the “likes” - I know that‘s how kids talk (hell, I talk like that sometimes), but it was distracting when reading.

This was a #SnowflakeSquad team read for #WinterGames, & I found 79 word search words for 840 points.

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The Color Purple | Alice Walker
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Book-Adjacent Post:
I LOVED this movie!!!! Oscars for everyone (but especially Danielle Brooks)!

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Staying up late watching A Bad Moms Christmas. I‘m not even a mom, but I LOVE this movie. These six actresses are some of my favorites.
#WinterGames

Maggie4483 Oops…7 actresses. I forgot about Christina Applegate. 4mo
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Verity | Colleen Hoover
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Thank you so much @Jerdencon for my #JolabokaflodSwap gift! I would have posted sooner, but I started the book as soon as I opened it (and was late to my Christmas Eve celebrations). And the coconut chocolates are perfect. 🥥

Happy #jolabokaflod everyone! Thank you @MaleficentBookDragon for organizing!

Jerdencon Happy Holidays! 🎉 4mo
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The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir | Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
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This was a tough, complicated read about tough, complicated issues. The author firmly believes they are anti-death penalty, until they view a taped confession of a convicted child predator and murderer & immediately decide he should be sentenced to death. I‘ll admit that when it comes to capital punishment, I am much more stereotypically Texan than most other issues. But I also believe that it is used wrong and that, for most people…(continued)⬇️

Maggie4483 guilt is a much worse punishment. I went back and forth on whether Rickey Langley should be sentenced to death or life in prison. I‘m still undecided, and glad it wasn‘t my decision.
This was very well-written, although sometimes the non-linear timeline was confusing. I also could have done without the speculation on characters‘ thoughts and feelings…(one more⬇️)
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Maggie4483 But the author‘s bravery in writing this (much of their feelings about Langley were influenced by their own traumatic childhood) makes it a worthwhile read. 4mo
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I read this in high school, and it still really is such a great book to make history more accessible. Makes me want to go read everything about the Russian Revolution.

Plus…I easily found 100+ #WGWordsearch words (thank you, Snowball! 🐖). #WinterGames

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The Catcher in the Rye | J. D. Salinger
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This kid…🙄

A few years ago, my cousin and I got to talking about this book. I told her I had it but had never read it. She said she had read it as an adult and hated it, but everyone she knew who read it for the first time as a teen loved it. I concur. At 40 years old, I can‘t think of anyone whose opinion I care less about than a misanthropic teenage boy (who, if this book took place today, would definitely be considered an “incel”). Cont‘d…

Maggie4483 She also said that after I read it, I should watch this particular episode of South Park (the name of which I won‘t mention because it‘s gross). It‘s pretty accurate. On the plus side, it‘s set during Christmas, so I‘m counting it for #WinterGames, and I found 30 #WGWordSearch words. (edited) 4mo
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The Midnight Club | Christopher Pike
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So, I‘ve been pretty abysmal at #WinterGames so far, and a horrible #SnowflakeSquad teammate. But I have been reading, and have finished 5 books so far this month (which is pretty good for me).
I‘m also watching Big Brother Reindeer Games (which is *technically* based on 1984).
So, as of now, I‘m up to a pathetic 88 points, but now that I‘m off work, I‘ll try to be better about contributing.

PuddleJumper You're doing great! It's about having fun, it doesn't matter how much you join in as long as you do your best and you enjoy yourself 4mo
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Winter Games | Melissa J. Morgan
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And here is my complete #WinterGames TBR.

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This month has been…a lot. Work was crazy, then I got sick and missed 2 1/2 days (I NEVER call in sick), so when I got back it was even crazier.
But, as of 5:08pm yesterday, I‘m DONE with work in 2023 (*happy dance!*)!!!! Now I‘ve got nothing but time for reading, Litsy-ing, and being a productive member of the #WinterGames #SnowflakeSquad.
The tagged book is my #Bookspin, and The Black Moth is my #Doublespin.

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Forgot to take a picture because, well, I ALWAYS forget to take a picture. But my #jolabokaflodswap package is in the mail. It should arrive at its destination in New York on Tuesday.

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Winter Games | Melissa J. Morgan
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First-timer here! Ive never done one of these challenges before, and I‘m a little confused about #WinterGames. Do all of the books have to be Christmas/Winter themed? Or do I get points for any book completed? Also, I know I‘m responsible for tracking my own points - does anyone have a good tracking system they could share? I just want to be a good teammate! #SnowflakeSquad

PuddleJumper It can be very confusing and overwhelming! It doesn't help that a lot of things were posted before the teams were announced! I've tagged you in the points break down and there is a link to a Google drive with trackers and everything 5mo
BarkingMadRead You can read any books you want! I honestly just have a sticky note in my reading journal where I keep track of points. Definitely keep track as you go, or you might miss something when you go to tally them. 5mo
Maggie4483 @PuddleJumper @BarkingMadRead - thank you!!! It is a little overwhelming, but I think once I work out a system it'll make more sense. Thanks for your help! 😊 5mo
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I definitely didn‘t need a lesson on what it‘s like to be an introvert (I‘m pretty much a subject-matter expert). But I do wish I could casually pass this along to everyone I know so that someone would understand me.

Yesterday I listened to someone I‘ve worked closely with for 8 years have an hour long conversation with someone who‘s been around for about 8 weeks. That I‘ve never had that kind of convo with them hurts more than I can explain.

Texreader I‘m so so sorry. I‘m a bit of an extrovert but I‘ve certainly have had this happen. And it does hurt. That hurt is real. 5mo
AlaMich I‘m a fellow introvert and I know exactly how you feel. Sometimes I think I missed a few classes where they explained how to be social. 5mo
dabbe 🧡🖤💜 5mo
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Universal Harvester | John Darnielle
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#bookspin #doublespin

Trying to come up with something clever to say, but my brain is broken.

dabbe Hope it feels better today! 🧡🖤💜 5mo
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My #Roll100 for November. I decided to do 1 *AND* 100 because there‘s nothing I love more than setting unrealistic expectations for myself. On the other hand, the pick for roll 3 should be a quick read, so it balances out.

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The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir | Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
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My #Bookspin is a little late…I‘ve been preoccupied with meetings and my Rangers winning the World Series!!!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 6mo
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