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Rainmaker | John Grisham
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I took the quiz on 1000 popular books, and I don‘t know what my score means other than I went through a big John Grisham/ Stephen King phase and I actually did the readings in English class. I‘m proud of it anyway.

Eggs You should be proud!!! I got 283 1d
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This is a short little book but Maud is definitely a #memorable character! #AuldLangReads

OriginalCyn620 Definitely! 20h
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Starting my second #NewYearWhoDis book from @michellelav This one looks really good! I can‘t believe how quickly January has gone.

michellelav Ou, that's a good one too! I hope you enjoy it 😊 2d
monalyisha Love a good memoir! 2d
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I recently reread this Judy Blume classic for the first time since elementary school. The only plot point I remembered was about poor Peter‘s pet turtle. Sometimes a #NonhumanCharacter can make a strong impression. #AuldLangReads

AlaMich Didn‘t Fudge try to flush the turtle down the toilet or something? 2d
MallenNC @AlaMich He swallows it. Poor turtle. 2d
AlaMich @MallenNC oh yeah...I knew it was something very unpleasant. 2d
MallenNC @AlaMich I feel like there would be a little backlash about that plot point if the book were written today! 2d
OriginalCyn620 Yes, they can! 2d
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This book is about how the press covered the Civil Rights Movement. It is on my TBR still. #CivilRightsMovement #AuldLangReads

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🙌🏻📚 4d
OriginalCyn620 🙌🏻📚❤️ 3d
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The Stationery Shop | Marjan Kamali
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I loved this! It was the Modern Mrs Darcy book club pick for January and I‘m so glad to have read it. This is a nonlinear story that goes back and forth from 1950s Iran to the US in modern day. There‘s a lot of heartbreak in the story but it was so engaging. You start out knowing the story‘s end. It caught my attention from the start and I had to know how the characters‘ lives unfolded.

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The Bullet | Mary Louise Kelly
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I was so curious about this book because it was written by an NPR anchor. You can definitely tell she‘s a reporter because of the way the main character goes about trying to solve her mystery, and the roles that reporters and newspapers play in the story. It was interesting to me, but the main character also made some bad choices! I listened to this and didn‘t care for the narration. She was good at voices but way too slow!

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Dear Edward | Ann Napolitano
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I want to read this even though it is about a plane crash. I‘ve liked nearly all Jenna Bush Hager‘s book picks, so I am willing to try this one. #BookAboutSomethingYouFear #AuldLangReads

OriginalCyn620 That‘s a fear of mine too! 4d
MallenNC @OriginalCyn620 And our play today didn‘t help! 4d
MissAimz_55 I feel like I‘m the weirdo that reads about plane crashes or watches movies about disasters before i go on a plane or while I‘m on it. 4d
MallenNC @MissAimz_55 Yeah, I would never do that. I try to put it as far out of my mind as I can. 4d
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I love when books introduce me to something I‘d never known about before. This one, by one of my favorite authors, is #BasedOnATrueStory about Ella May Wiggins, a real-life labor activist in North Carolina in 1929. I live in NC and I‘d never known about this part of our history. #AuldLangReads

megnews I‘ve got this on my tbr. I hope I can read it soon. 6d
MallenNC @megnews I hope so too! I think it‘s Wiley Cash‘s best book so far. 6d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 📚🙌🏻 6d
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akaGingerK Wiley Cash is coming to Qual Ridge Books next Saturday afternoon, fyi 5d
OriginalCyn620 Me neither! 5d
MallenNC @akaGingerK Thanks! I‘ll have to check into that. I‘ve seen him there before. Quail Ridge is a great store. 5d
akaGingerK ☺️ 5d
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Mini Shopaholic: A Novel | Sophie Kinsella
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I enjoyed the first few books in this series and most of the author‘s standalone work. Then I read this installment after a several year break and found Becky to be an #ObnoxiousCharacter

I‘m still going to finish the series some day! #AuldLangReads

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🙌🏻🤦🏼‍♀️📚 6d
OriginalCyn620 She kind is but her heart‘s always in the right place! And she‘s funny! 6d
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I haven‘t read this one but have seen the movie. (Which is unusual for me). #AntonymsintheTitle #AuldLangReads

Jeannineth I loved the book and haven‘t seen the movie. 1w
OriginalCyn620 I read this when it was first published but I remember really liking it! 1w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I just posted the same one. 1w
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The Stationery Shop | Marjan Kamali
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When I was thinking about the #NewtoYouAuthor prompt, I realized all the books I‘ve been reading this week are by authors who were new to me. All of these are good so far (I‘ve only finished Such a Fun Age). I‘ve had trouble getting focused on one story, so here I am with several at once. #AuldLangReads

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks These look good!! 1w
OriginalCyn620 I‘m juggling many books right now too! 1w
MallenNC @OriginalCyn620 I think I got so excited for new year, new reading challenges that my brain wants to read all the books at once! 1w
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The Water Knife | Paolo Bacigalupi
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A genre that I had never heard of until last year is Cli-Fi, which is fiction related to climate change. I‘m interested in reading something from this genre, particularly as it had been 70 degrees several times this winter, which is unusual to say the least. The tagged book sounds interesting. #NewtoYouGenre #AuldLangReads

OriginalCyn620 I‘ve read one cli-fi and didn‘t enjoy it, but it was the particular book I chose, not the genre. I hope this one is better! 1w
WanderingBookaneer I liked this one a lot. 1w
MallenNC @WanderingBookaneer It sounds really good! 1w
MallenNC @OriginalCyn620 I think it would definitely matter about the book chosen. I don‘t like regular sci-fi except in very rare cases, and I think this would be the same. 1w
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Such a Fun Age | KILEY. REID
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I started this book late last night and then was late to visit friends today so I could finish it. I haven‘t fully formed my thoughts but I can see why it‘s getting rave reviews. I loved Emira and could relate to her feelings of not knowing what to want after college. Some of the other characters made choices I wish I could call unbelievable but they actually weren‘t. (Counting for #AuldLangReads Day 13 #PageTurner)

OriginalCyn620 I‘ve seen nothing but rave reviews about this one! 2w
MallenNC @OriginalCyn620 It reminded me a little of Big Little Lies, minus the murder-y parts. 2w
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Reverend Willie Maxwell must have been a #CharismaticCharacter to get away with his crimes for as long as he did. I enjoyed this true crime book. #AuldLangReads

OriginalCyn620 What?! This sounds incredibly good! (edited) 2w
MallenNC @OriginalCyn620 It really is! I saw the author at Quail Ridge. It‘s in three parts: the crime, the lawyer, and how Harper Lee tried to write about the case. 2w
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Such a Fun Age | Kiley Reid
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This came up on Libby surprisingly fast for me so I‘ve got to drop what I‘m reading to start it. I‘ve heard so much buzz about it.

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Queenie | Candice Carty-Williams
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I‘m excited to read this #debut novel that I got for Christmas! It sounds so good. #AuldLangReads

OriginalCyn620 I think I need to read this too! 2w
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I always enjoy Maurene Goo‘s books and this one is probably my favorite. #Believe #AuldLangReads

OriginalCyn620 This was my pick too! 2w
MallenNC @OriginalCyn620 That‘s fun! It was my first thought. 2w
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This memoir of the author‘s unconventional (to say the least) childhood draws comparisons with The Glass Castle and Educated. They all made me grateful for my own childhood! This one was hard to read emotionally, as she deals with neglect and abuse but also a page turner. I needed to know how her life turned out. Read for #NewYearWhoDis from the list of @michellelav [Spoiler in comments]

MallenNC I was very impressed by the author‘s willingness to come to a place of understanding, even forgiveness, for her parents and grandparents as an adult. I don‘t know that I could have done that. 2w
michellelav @MallenNC I know!! It was crazy for me to believe that she didn't cut ties with her family once she got older! I was so happy to hear about how much she loved her children and couldn't imagine them living the way she had. I was pleased that she saw the toxicity of her family and broke the cycle! Im so happy you enjoyed the book! I just picked up The Five today after work! Can't wait to start 🤓 2w
MallenNC @michellelav I was so glad she had found happiness. The picture of her with husband and kids made me very glad. I hope you like The Five. It is very difficult to read but I thought it was well done. 2w
monalyisha Ughhhhh I want to read the comments so badly but I also want to read the book so I can‘t! Haha. So interested in this one. Glad it was a pick for you! 🙌🏻 2w
MallenNC @monalyisha Don‘t read the comments! It was a fast read for me and without Michelle‘s list I‘d wouldn‘t have even heard of the book. 2w
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I Love You So Mochi | Sarah Kuhn
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Though more light hearted, this reminded me of Darius the Great is Not Ok. Both are stories about American teenagers who go abroad to visit with grandparents they don‘t know well. I liked Kimmi‘s exploration of Kyoto, her goals, and really liked how all the relationships unfolded. I did think it was unrealistic that she went around in a new city without her grandparents ever asking who her friend was, but I was able to ignore that for the story!

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Gold: A Novel | Chris Cleave
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This may be a cheat since the cover is more yellow than gold, but the title ensures there is #GoldontheCover I remember liking this book, and I may reread it before this year‘s Olympics. #AuldLangReads

OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚😊💛 2w
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Reading my first #NewYearWhoDis book from @michellelav So far, this is very readable but I feel sorry for her childhood.

michellelav I really enjoyed that one! I also felt bad for her childhood though.. 2w
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The Hunting Party | Lucy Foley
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I just started this but it doesn‘t seem like this #party is one you‘d want to attend. #AuldLangReads

OriginalCyn620 No, but it sounds really good! 2w
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New People | Danzy Senna
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This is one book with #NewInTheTitle that has been on my shelf for a while! Maybe I will get to it in 2020. #AuldLangReads

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🙌🏻💗🙌🏻 2w
OriginalCyn620 I say that about a lot of books on my shelves! 🤣 2w
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I‘m glad that I had a “read in 2010” shelf on Goodreads to remind me of what I read in 2010. I picked this one to share because I still think about its storyline. I was lucky to be able to read it shortly after I had visited the Tower of London (as a tourist, of course!). #BookIReadin2010 #AuldLangReads

Tamra This was a fun read! 3w
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Royal Holiday | Jasmine Guillory
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I liked this book but not as much as I thought I would. The premise is great, but I thought it wasn‘t used to its best. The setting at Sandringham didn‘t feel real to me as I was reading, and I thought there could have been more emphasis on the royals and the main character‘s relationship with her daughter. I did think it was refreshing to feature a woman in her 50s and to discuss her career along with the relationship. It‘s almost a so-so for me.

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I have such strong memories of my third grade teacher reading this series to our class during our after lunch book time. I loved it! I reread it for a book challenge and so enjoyed it. Poor Peter! I still sympathize with his life as a big brother, even though I‘m not an oldest kid.

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A Lady in Waiting | Anne Glenconner
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There‘s are my most anticipated books of 2020. I‘ve preordered them all so I won‘t have to wait any longer than necessary! #MostAnticipatedBookof2020 #AuldLangReads

OriginalCyn620 🤣🤣🤣 3w
marleed I‘m just watched Season 3 of The Crown - maybe I‘m now a bit obsessed with Princess Margaret! 3w
MallenNC @marleed Princess Margaret and I have the same birthday. I‘ve been interested in her since I learned that, even though that‘s about all we‘d have in common. 3w
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marleed Haha I share a birthday with little Prince George and Mama Rose Kennedy! 3w
MallenNC @marleed That‘s fun! A friend of mine has the same birthday as Duchess Kate and she got married the same day as Harry and Meghan. That helps me remember her important dates! 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I can‘t wait for the Josie Silver book also!! 3w
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The Dutch House | Ann Patchett
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These were my favorite nonfiction and fiction books of 2019. I gave them both five stars. #AuldLangReads #FavoriteBookof2019

OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚😊 it‘s so hard to narrow down to just one! 3w
MallenNC @OriginalCyn620 It really is! I was lucky to have several five star books last year. 3w
emilyhaldi We are reading both of these for my book club this year and I‘m so excited for both!! 3w
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MallenNC
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Here are my reading challenges and other goals, which I will support with the reading resolutions I posted yesterday! #2020ReadingGoals #AuldLangReads

MissAimz_55 Great goals! I‘ll also be doing the pop sugar challenge 3w
MallenNC @MissAimz_55 Thanks! That‘s a good one. 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great goals!! 3w
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These are my #ReadingResolutions for 2020. I have a better shot at keeping these than my non-reading related ones! #AuldLangReads

OriginalCyn620 Nice list! 😊 3w
MallenNC Thanks! Please help me remember them all year. 😄 3w
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Royal Holiday | Jasmine Guillory
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First book of 2020! I meant to read this over the holiday break but other things got in the way. I am enjoying it so far. I‘m counting it for my PopSugar Challenge as author with flora or fauna in their name.

OriginalCyn620 Hope you enjoy! 3w
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Bridget Jones's Diary | Helen Fielding
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This book opens with Bridget‘s New Year‘s resolutions. I loved this book so much that I‘ve somehow ended up with two copies and the movie. I love Bridget and so relate to her optimism at the start of a new year. #AuldLangReads Day 1 #SetonNewYearsEveDay

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘ve got this and need to read it! 3w
OriginalCyn620 I can take the second copy off your hands...I don‘t have one! 😝 3w
MallenNC @OriginalCyn620 I was going to ask if you needed one! 3w
MallenNC @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It‘s a fun book. I haven‘t read it in a while. 3w
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I finished two books on December 31 so my Year in Books is finally complete. I‘m happy with what I read last year, which included some really great books. I‘m particularly proud of having read more nonfiction. Now on to 2020!

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Dutch House | Ann Patchett
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Every good thing I heard about this book is true. It‘s Ann Patchett‘s best book so far and Tom Hanks‘ narration of the audiobook is perfect. I saw her on book tour and she was a delight! Great book to end my 2019 reading year.

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This was a fun book. I could just imagine Adam Rippon saying the words as I read. He‘s funny throughout but you also see how hard he worked to get to the Olympics and how much he and his mom sacrificed to make that possible. He‘s an inspiring person.

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Not that I‘m going to stop reading but I officially made it to 24 hours! I‘m loving Adam Rippon‘s book. I can just hear him saying these words. #24B42020

OriginalCyn620 Awesome! IDK if I will make it but I‘ve got tons of reading done, so still a win! 3w
Andrew65 Brilliant! Congratulations 🍾🥂🍾🥂🥳🎯🤩😍👏👏👏🙌🥇 3w
Andrew65 @OriginalCyn620 Best of luck. 😊 3w
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MallenNC @OriginalCyn620 It is! I finished two library books and one audiobook along with nearly finishing a few others. 3w
MallenNC @Andrew65 Thanks for hosting a fun, low stress challenge! It was a great way to spend the end of my holiday vacation. 3w
Andrew65 @MallenNC Thanks and yes it was great to spend it with everyone! 😊 Happy New Year. 🥳 3w
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The Murderer's Son | Joy Ellis
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Listening to this audiobook so I can stick to #24B42020 and still get some things done! I only bought this because it was narrated by Richard Armitage.

Andrew65 Multitasking 👏👏👏 4w
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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Calling it a night for #24B42020 More than halfway to 24 hours and 2.5 books finished.

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I always love President Obama‘s book lists! I especially love that Say Nothing, my number one pick of 2019, is on his list too. I also read and enjoyed Furious Hours. I‘m saving this list here to refer back to later. Cut off from the screen shot is The Orphan Master‘s Son by Adam Johnson.

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Taking a library book break for Adam Rippon. I bought this when it came out so I am happy to finally be reading it. #24B42020

Andrew65 😊👍 4w
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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Starting my third book for #24B42020 and I‘ve read nearly 9 hours over the last two days. I‘m enjoying getting my library books finished before new holds come in!

Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 4w
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I haven‘t read the first of Julie Andrews‘ memoirs and I think I‘d like to now. This book gives a quick summary of her early life before jumping in to her career-making role as Mary Poppins. The book is very detailed thanks to her diaries. It was refreshing to read about a movie star with difficulties (family, love, career) but no major scandals! Finished yesterday for #24B42020

Andrew65 👏👏👏 4w
Eggs Stacked 💗💗 4w
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The Downstairs Girl | Stacey Lee
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I enjoyed this book! The author did a great job of dropping in little threads and then bringing them all together in the end. I thought Jo was a little modern for the time period but I hope there really were women like her in 1890. and the cover is gorgeous. This was my second book finished for #24B42020

Andrew65 Well done, the book sounds really interesting. 👏👏👏 4w
MallenNC @Andrew65 Thanks for the encouragement! I took a little break to catch up my reviews. 4w
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The Downstairs Girl | Stacey Lee
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I finished Julie Andrews‘ book and I‘m going to read a few chapters in my other library book before calling it a night for #24B42020

jessinikkip Nice! Im also using this readathon to blast through some library books 4w
Andrew65 Sounds as if you are going well. 👏👏👏 4w
MallenNC @jessinikkip The readathon has been a good motivator for me to get these books read! 4w
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I just got back from my Christmas trip home so I decided to hop into #24B42020 since I‘m reading anyway! I‘m reading the tagged book so I can return it to the library before it is overdue.

Andrew65 Great to have you with us, good luck. 😊👍 I am doing the same thing, working through my library books. 4w
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Spending some time with Julie Andrews while everyone else in my house takes naps. (As shown by my cat, Kate)

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Thanks to @mom2bugnbee for including my kitties in my #jolabokaflodswap As you can see, one of them was ready before I even got it all unwrapped.

mom2bugnbee That is our cats' favorite toy - I think we have four or five in various conditions around the house! 😁 Enjoy! 1mo
MaleficentBookDragon 🎅 🤶🎁🎄🍫 📚 Happy #Jolakabodflod 1mo
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Natural Disaster | Ginger Zee
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I bought the tagged book on impulse a couple of years ago, and finally made time to read it. It‘s fulfilling my last #Nonfiction2019 prompt, which is a book that‘s been on my TBR for over 1 year. I love reading nonfiction and this challenge helped me keep those types of books in my regular reading rotation. Thanks @Riveted_Reader_Melissa for organizing this!

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Great job! 🎉. And You are so welcome! I‘m so glad you enjoyed the challenge and found it motivating for your reading in a good way, and not overwhelming. Feel free to join us again next year if you‘re interested. 1mo
MallenNC @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I have saved a screenshot of the 2020 card! I don‘t know if I‘ll be able to finish the whole card but I‘ll try. 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @MallenNC You really only need Bingo for the challenge, so only 5 books... do whatever works for you. 1mo
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Natural Disaster | Ginger Zee
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Like a lot of memoirs, I think if you like the author you will like the book. I watch Ginger on Good Morning America, and enjoyed reading her story. She‘s dealt with a lot in her life, and it reminded me that what you see on TV isn‘t the full person. She tells her story with humor and honesty. I love how much she loves weather. I bought this on impulse a couple of years ago, and finally made time to read.

JenReadsAlot I listened to this and enjoyed it! 1mo
MallenNC @JenReadsAlot I‘m glad you enjoyed it too! 1mo
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