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melissajayne
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Starting to pack up my stuff. 😢 For those that are unaware, I am moving in with my parents for a couple of years to recover from my cancer treatments and surgeries. I have been finding it difficult to keep up with the cooking and cleaning of my current place. So my parents are renovating their primary suite into a studio for me to reside in for reside in. My current place, which is about 950 sq ft, will b rented out in the interim.

melissajayne I‘ve got way more books and other stuff to pack up and to get rid of a bunch more stuff. I also have to a very cursory clean of my apartment before I move out. This is just the beginning of the packing up (most of my stuff, including most of my furniture, will end up in storage). I have lived in my place for about 15 years now. (edited) 1mo
Prairiegirl_reading Good luck with your move! I hope it helps with your recovery. 1mo
lauraisntwilder Sounds like this was a tough decision. Here's hoping it pays off and you get the help and recovery you need! 1mo
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dabbe Wow. I wish you rest as you recover and am sending positive thoughts your way. 💚💜💚 1mo
Hedon Sometimes a change of scenery can make a difference. Good luck with the recovery. 1mo
MaGoose I hope this move helps you get better quicker. 🤎💜 3w
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#bookreport & #weeklyforecast
#finished: I finished quite a number of books this past week, due in large part to #deweysreadathon that was held on Saturday and the fact that I had two book club meetings last week (finished my other book last week). Reviews of these books will be forthcoming this week.

#currentlyreading: still plugging away at The Kingdom and will be picking up The Essex Serpent again this week (just a really busy reading time)

melissajayne #upcomingreads: I am planning on starting The Women, Legends and Wolf Hall this coming week. I hope to try to combine my apartment cleaning/packing with my reading as much as possible.

Hope you all have a wonderful week of reading.📚
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Haven | Emma Donoghue
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Finished the March trilogy this morning and got Cutting for Stone completed this afternoon and am onto reading Haven for #deweysreadathon

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March (Trilogy Slipcase Set) | Andrew Aydin, John Lewis
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A House in the Sky: A Memoir | Amanda Lindhout, Sara Corbett
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4.5/5 ⭐️ As disturbing this book was, I really enjoyed it. I think why I liked it is the brutal honesty that Amanda described her captivity.

One thing I would have liked to have a bit more information on is about her life post captivity, but that was really the only downside to the book. #2024 #bookreview #nonfiction #canadian #bookclub #truestory

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4/5⭐️ Really enjoyed this #mystery. Characters are well written and the story is very engaging. Looking forward to the second book in the series. Heard about the book through the Thoughts on a Page #2024 #bookreview #contemporary #fiction #thriller

https://bookshop.org/p/books/northwoods-amy-pease/20165287?ean=9781668017265

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#bookreport & #weeklyforecast
#finished: I finished A House in the Sky and really liked it (I will be posting a review in the next couple of days)

#currentlyreading: Read quite a bit this past week, as I spent the wee hours of Saturday morning finishing up A House in the Sky. I also spent quite a bit of Saturday reading The Kingdom, The Power, and The Glory and feel like this will need a reread at some point. I hope to either finish or continue

melissajayne reading the other books that I have in my currently reading pile, in addition to doing some more cleaning out of my apartment.

#upcomingreads: I have to read Fried Green Tomatoes for a book club meeting this week and judging by the chapters, I feel like it should be a fairly quick read. I do plan on working on Wolf Hall.

Happy reading 📚
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SarahBookInterrupted I have had Wolf Hall on my bookshelf for 2 years. A friend gave it to me. It‘s so big and I just haven‘t started it because I‘m trying to determine if it will be a slow or quick read. My mother came for Christmas and read it in 3 days but she is an incredibly fast reader. She liked it, but that was all the insight I got. Are you finding it a quick engaging read or is it a slow read and I‘ll need some real time to get into it? 1mo
melissajayne @SarahBookInterrupted I read it within the last ten years and I think it took me awhile to get through it, but mind you I am a slow reader. I found it to be a slower read, as there are a lot of characters that are written into the book (there is a character list that is several pages long). 1mo
SarahBookInterrupted @melissajayne Thanks, that‘s what I thought. It might have to be a summer read for me when I have more time. I appreciate it! 1mo
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Hamnet | MAGGIE. O'FARRELL
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4/5⭐️ #reread this for one of my #bookclub meetings and really quite enjoyed it. Really liked how the author dealt with grief in the second part of the book, how the four remaining people dealt with their grief. #2024 #historicalfiction #fiction #bookreview #shakespeare

https://bookshop.org/p/books/hamnet-maggie-o-farrell/16519834?ean=9781984898876

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Untitled | Unknown
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I am very much a mood reader this weekend. I really want to finish Cutting for Stone (very close to finishing), but I really need to work on the Tim Alberta book and start Fried Green Tomatoes. Haven is something I could read fairly quickly due to it is length.

Hope you all have a great weekend of reading #weekendreads

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Hamnet | MAGGIE. O'FARRELL
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Just starting this now. For January, my favourite read was The Authenticity Project. February it was Prequel by Rachel Maddow. And from those two, Prequel is moving on. For March, Hamnet by Maggie O‘Farrell was my favourite. The best of the rest was Killers of the Flower Moon. Looking forward to see what my favourite for April will be.. 🤔 #readingbracket2024

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The Easter Egg Artists | Adrienne Adams
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Happy Easter everyone. And for those that are Christians, He has risen. #easter

TheBookgeekFrau Happy Easter! 2mo
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Monday, Monday: A Novel | Elizabeth Crook
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1) an Easter brunch at my grandparents care home on Wednesday morning, Good Friday service on Friday morning, Easter service on Saturday evening, Easter dinner on Sunday.
2) Evidence of Things Unseen
3) The Ramona Quimby series, The Little House series and The Babysitter Club books.

#motivationalmonday

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#bookreport & #weeklyforecast
#finished: A very successful week; finished Evidence of Things Unseen and Hamnet. Enjoyed Hamnet more.

#currentlyreading: I am reading quite a bit. Cutting is almost done; Northwoods should be a few reads until I completed; will work on the other three to get them done this week, but I can guarantee nothing.

#upcoming: A House & Fried Green Tomatoes are #bookclub reads and Wolf Hall is a #buddyread.

melissajayne I am going to post my review for Hamnet in the next couple of days. I also have a #booktube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ-6AdE0GXHuBANwXj8RYKQ) and #booktok channel (https://www.tiktok.com/@mjreadings), if you would prefer to hear me give a review of the book.

Have a good week and happy reading 📚
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My plan is to dip in and out of each these books this weekend, hopefully finish one or two of these books. #weekendreads

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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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My plans are:
• finish a number of the books that I am still working my way through

#marvellousmarch #readathon

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Mehso-so

3⭐️ Book was ok. Things I liked about the book were that it took in an era that isn‘t really explored in #historicalfiction. I liked the characters and she drew you into story. Things that I didn‘t really like was that some of the chapters were really long, with no breaks and that it was a slow read. #2024 #fiction #bookreview #literaryfiction

https://bookshop.org/p/books/evidence-of-things-unseen-marianne-wiggins/951966?e...

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Mehso-so

3.5⭐️ Read this for #bookclub and while I liked certain aspects about the book, it was just ok. A lot of it felt like it was not exactly plausible, but I think that was the point of the book. It was needed escape from my heavier books. #2024 #fiction #bookreview #reread #historicalfiction

https://bookshop.org/p/books/the-100-year-old-man-who-climbed-out-the-window-and...

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Indigo | Beverly Jenkins
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Mehso-so

3.5⭐️ I read this for the most recent #bookcougars #readalong. For the most part I enjoyed the book, but I didn‘t expect it to be as steamy as it was. As I said during the chat session, I enjoyed the historical context of the book, but the rest of the story seemed to be a bit contrived in places. I‘m not much of a #romance reader, but I was glad to dip my toes in this genre. #2024 #fiction #bookreview #historicalfiction #fiction

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1. Continue cleaning my apartment in anticipation of my move later this spring and pick up my tamoxifen prescription from the hospital (don‘t like that I can‘t pick it up at my local pharmacy)
2) The Women by Kristin Hannah
3) Historical Fiction

#motivationalmonday

Cupcake12 Thanks for joining in and have a good week x 3mo
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BookSpinBingo | Untitled
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Going to try something different for the next while for #bookspinbingo. And the photo above is what I am going to do. I just find that I don't like being hemmed in as to what I can read and I want some degree of flexibility in my reading. Hopefully this can give that freedom.

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melissajayne My #roll100 are The Wonder by Emma Donoghue, All the President's Men by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, and Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid. 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
Angitron I love this idea! 3mo
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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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#bookreport & #weeklyforecast
#finished: A very productive week. I finished Flowers of the Killer Moon and just finished Indigo (my review will be up in the next day or two).

#currentlyreading: I am down to two books at the moment (Northwoods and The Essex Serpent), but will likely be starting a couple of the #upcomingreads in the next few days.

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melissajayne Upcoming reads: I will be starting Cutting and 100 year old man this week, as they are both book club reads. I hope to start working on Last Mission to Tokyo this coming week as well, depends on how I am feeling.

Happy reading 📚
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3.75⭐️ I really liked the book. I really liked the first two parts of the book, but am kinda ho-hum about the final part. I did a combo read with the audiobook and it very likely coloured how I felt about the book. Found it very interesting. #2024 #nonfiction #indigenious #truestory #truecrime

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4 ⭐️ There were a number of things that I liked about the book, but there were a few things that I really didn‘t like about the book. I really liked Eve‘s storyline much more than Charlie‘s and for some reason I felt more sympathy for Eve than for Charlie. I really enjoyed it, but just had some issues with the storyline and the pacing. #bookreview #2024 #wwi #wwii #historicalfiction #fiction

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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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#bookreport & #weeklyforecast
#finished: I got three books completed this past week and feel quite pleased with myself. I really liked Prequel, but was a bit disappointed with A Man Called Ove.

#currentlyreading: I am continuing to plod a long with The Alice Network, but am still enjoying it. Started Killers and The Essex Serpent.

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melissajayne #upcomingreads: I hope to start Indigo and Seven Up this coming week and pick up Last Mission to Tokyo again.

Happy reading 📚
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February | Ellen Jackson
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So February has been a very productive reading month for me. I have surpassed the number that I read in February last year and based on what I am planning on reading next, I could possibly have 2 or 3 more books completed by the end of the month. #februaryreads #bookspinbingo

Texreader Whoohoo!! 3mo
Smrloomis Wow impressive! 3mo
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Meet Me at the Lake | Carley Fortune
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3.5⭐️ Thought the book was ok. The book started out slow, but seemed to hit its stride about 1/3 of the way through. While I‘m not a huge #romance reader, I thought it hit the right spot after some heavy reading. #2024 #fiction #canadareads #canadian #contemporary #bookclub

https://bookshop.org/p/books/meet-me-at-the-lake-carley-fortune/18702555?ean=978...

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A Man Called Ove: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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3.75⭐️ There were aspects of the story that I really liked, but was ho-hum about others. It felt liked it dragged in places, but overall I thought it was a really good book. It was one that I don‘t know if I will read again, but am glad that I did read. #2024 #fiction #bookclub #booksintranslation #contemporary

https://bookshop.org/p/books/a-man-called-ove-fredrik-backman/586402?ean=9781476...

Ddzmini Loved it 😊 I‘m sorry you had a so-so on this 🙌🏽 (edited) 3mo
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4.5⭐️ I will admit I‘m a bit of a fan girl of Rachel‘s, even though I have only read two of her books, but I like how she tells a story. A very timely story and like it is said “history may not repeat itself, but it often rhymes.” Such is the case with this book. The book expands on her podcast Ultra. #2024 #nonfiction #bookstagram #wwii #history #fascism

https://bookshop.org/p/books/untitled-4511-crown/20116042?ean=9780593444511

AmyG I, too, am a bit of a fangirl. Hoping to read this one soon. 3mo
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1) To finish my library book club reads for my meetings this week and tidy up my apartment and to also start the process of getting rid of stuff
2) I have book club meetings on both evenings
3) an insurance agent or a person who worked for American fascists in the 1930s or a spy in northern France during WWI

#motivationalmonday

Cupcake12 Enjoy your book meetings. Thank you for joining in x 3mo
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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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#bookreport & #weeklyforecast
#finished: Finally finished a book this week! Yay! I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to reading Lattes & Legends sometime soon.

#currentlyreading: still working on Prequel (almost done it, but its a slower read than I expected) and The Alice Network (I am enjoying the Eve sections, but the Charlie sections seem slower). Started A Man Called Ove and really like it.

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melissajayne #upcomingreads: Will start Meet Me at the Lake, as it is a book club read (as is Ove). Am planning on starting Indigo for the Book Cougars readalong meetup in a few weeks and will pick up and hopefully finish Last Mission (not much left in the book) this coming week. I will hopefully start Seven Up and The Essex Serpent.

I also got The Women by Kristin Hannah yesterday evening and really want to start that as well.

Happy reading 📚
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A Man Called Ove: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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#weekendreads

I hope to complete Prequel and work a bit more on The Alice Network this weekend. I just started the tagged book and am enjoying it.

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Bookshops & Bonedust | Travis Baldree
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4⭐️ I really quite enjoyed it. I haven‘t read Legends and Lattes, but I am definitely looking forward to reading it soon. I want to thank Kaytee of Currently Reading for recommending the series. #2024 #fiction #lgbtq #fantasy #ebook #audiobook

https://bookshop.org/p/books/bookshops-bonedust-travis-baldree/19546909?ean=9781...

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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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#bookreport & #weeklyforecast
#finished: Didn't finish anything this past week; think reading a lot early last week impacted on that.

#currentlyreading: I am still continuing to read Prequel and The Alice Network and I started reading Bookshops and Bonedust

#upcomingreads: like my previous weeks, I am hoping to work on these two, provided I finish either prequel or The Alice Network early on in the week.

Happy reading 📚

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The Phoenix Crown: A Novel | Kate Quinn, Janie Chang
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For me Kate Quinn and Kristin Hannah and Kate Morton are auto buy for me. I just like their style of writing.

#sundayfunday

BookmarkTavern Fun picks! Thanks for posting! 4mo
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1) It really depends on my mood, but I would probably say anywhere from about 1900 until about the mid 1930‘s.

2) The first book I read in 2024 was Where is Anne Frank

3)The longest book I have read was War & Peace with 1,273 pages (and no I didn‘t read it as an ebook)

#wondrouswednesday

Eggs #3 Impressive👏🏻👏🏻 4mo
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1. No. My parents did have a manual transmission for a number of years but they got rid of it a number of years prior to I learned how to drive.

2. Tagged book.

#two4tuesday

TheSpineView Thanks for playing!❤️📖 4mo
BethM I‘m officially an idiot. I could not come up with an answer for 2 😂🤦‍♀️ 4mo
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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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#bookreport & #weeklyforecast
#finished
Managed to complete 3 books last week, but now I am feeling a bit hungover from finishing those three books.

#currentlyreading
Am working on Prequel & The Alice Network, but like I said above, I kinda feel a bit hungover from last week

#upcomingreads
I hope to get around to Enough and The Spectacular later this week. Happy reading 📚

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Started both of these books this past week; hoping to get more into them during the weekend. #weekenreads

kspenmoll The Kate Quinn book is wonderful! 4mo
melissajayne @kspenmoll I‘ve heard that from many people. 4mo
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The House of the Vampire arrived in 1907, with a pinch of Bram Stoker‘s Dracula, a dash of Swinburne, and a major crush on Oscar Wilde.

#firstlinefridays

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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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My plans/goals for #joyousjanuary is to just read as much as I can.

I would like to finish at least 2-3 books during that time.

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4.5⭐️ I was a bit ambivalent when a #bookclub choose this about a month ago, but as I got into the story, I was finding myself actually enjoying the book. #2024 #bookstagram #bookreview #contemporary #fiction #foundfamily #romance #feelgood #chicklit

Was my #doublespin selection for January

https://bookshop.org/p/books/the-authenticity-project-clare-pooley/9595165?ean=9...

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Wednesday's Child | Amanda Hewett
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1) I have withdrawn from reading. What helps me gets me re-engaged with reading is usually something that I have to read or a lighter read than normal.
2) Charles Dickens
3) Kristin Hannah, Kate Quinn, Kate Morton,…

#wondrouswednesday

Eggs Absolutely 💯 # 3!!! 4mo
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4⭐️ Overall, I really enjoyed the concept of the book and I wouldn‘t have picked it up if hadn‘t been a #bookclub pick. The final chapter felt a little too much and basically skimmed it. Definitely thought provoking. #2024 #bookclub #bookstagram #nonfiction #memoir #science #environmentalism

https://bookshop.org/p/books/the-sacred-balance-25th-anniversary-edition-redisco...

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1. It‘s not a must, but I do enjoy having a drink when reading.

2. The tagged book with a Coke Zero from a fast food chain this afternoon.

#two4tuesday

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 4mo
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A Christmas Carol | Charles Dickens
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4.5⭐️ I don‘t know what else I can say about this wonderful book. I had intended on finishing the book by Christmas Day, but it wasn‘t to be. #2024 #bookreview #bookstagram #fiction #classics #christmasstories #fiction

https://bookshop.org/p/books/a-christmas-carol-with-original-illustrations-charl...

Texreader Christmas or no, it‘s a wonderful book. I love it so much. 4mo
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My first read of 2024 was Wreck the Halls; no I wouldn‘t recommend it, unless you really like Hallmark Christmas movies. #sundayfunday

j.rye I would recommend it. It was a reread for me. 4mo
BookmarkTavern LOL Not quite my cup of tea. 😂 Thanks for answering! 4mo
Mpcacher I love Hallmark Christmas movies, but this book didn't seem to have any of the Christmas vibes the movies give me... 2mo
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#bookreport
#finished
Finished The Bookbinder and Where is Anne Frank this week (both were fairly quick reads for me) and DNF'd Wreck the Halls. I completed about 31% of Wreck the Halls and just couldn't go any further.

#currentlyreading
In the midst of reading The Sacred Balance, which is for a library book club, and A Christmas Carol and should be able to finish them both today.

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melissajayne #upcomingreads
Need to finish both The Authenticity Project, which is for another library book club, and Enough, which is due back this week due to it being a 2-week loan. I plan on start reading The Spectacular for the Litsy #literarycrew #buddyread

Happy reading 😊📚
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Where Is Anne Frank | Ari Folman
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4⭐️ A quick and effective read. And a great compliment to the graphic novel adaptation of Anne Frank‘s Diary. #2024 #fiction #historicalfiction #wwii #holocaust #refugees #bookreview #bookstagram #youngadult

https://bookshop.org/p/books/where-is-anne-frank-ari-folman/19446332?ean=9781524...

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My Bad: The Apology Anthology | Paul Slansky, Arleen Sorkin
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I‘m so sorry @TheLudicReader for not sending your #jolabokaflod package much, much, much sooner. I have sent you a package from Amazon that should arrive on Saturday. Once again, I‘m so sorry.

TheLudicReader No worries. 🙂 5mo
MaleficentBookDragon No worries. I should have confirmed that you got the first email. 5mo
TheLudicReader Amazon did not let you down. Book and chocolate arrived today. Thank you. @melissajayne 5mo
melissajayne @TheLudicReader great to hear; hope you are enjoying the book and the chocolate soon 😊 5mo
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RushAThon | Readathon
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This sounds like a great way of getting some of my TBR collection read. My plan is to read about 24 books from TBR for #2024 #readaway2024

Andrew65 A great goal. Good to have you with us, best of luck 😁 5mo
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