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okthislooksbad

Joined September 2016

history nerd. plant parent. cat-lady with a dog. queer. she/they. 🇩🇰. http://goodreads.com/okthislooksbad same username on the storygraph.
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The Haunted History of Invisible Women by Leanna Renee Hieber, Andrea Janes
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Earth worms are SO COOL and we should appreciate them more. This never felt like info-dumping, and I didn't zone out once while listening to this. That, it itself, is high praise.

Suet624 It is indeed high praise. 4w
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Rise to the Sun | Leah Johnson
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Mehso-so

I didn't enjoy this as much as I had hoped I would, unfortunately. One of the mains was just a truly messed up person who needed therapy more than she needed a girlfriend, and it felt like the book itself was trying to tackle too many things at once. Too many unfinished archs. The writing was A+ though, but not enough to save it imo.

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Rise to the Sun | Leah Johnson
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I-cord neckline and audio of a book I've been so excited for. All is well. #audioknitting

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Sense & Sensibility, but make it murder mystery. Really enjoyed this - the murder mystery aspect of it was really fun. It's maybe bit longer than it should've been, and the romance bits felt lackluster and unnecessary for the most part, but the ending made it worth it. Audiobook narrator was really good, too!

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Took myself on an #audiowalk with the tagged book this morning. Can't tell in the picture, but it's been raining last night and the slugs were eeeeeverywhere 😩

Enjoying the book, though - not as much as I did Pride & Premeditation, but close! I'm struggling with keeping the characters separate, but I also got bored of Sense and Sensibility long before finishing, so I'm not at an advantage 😅

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Witchlings | Claribel A. Ortega
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Greetings from me and my Mothman-mug, very ready to tackle this recent library-pickup that I've been very excited about! 🦇

I hope everybody's making the best of this new week.
I'm still reeling from the shooting in Copenhagen last night. Please hold your loved ones close, always. ❤️

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Ah yes, once more I roll in several days late after being gone for... months. Hi ??

I injured my knee in early May and I'm just now coming back to regular heavy exercise, so getting back to running is my main focus right now. #BFC2022

1) Run 10K each week (lofty, but I am nothing if not optimistic)
2) Read 1000 pages (also very lofty, you know the drill)
3) Read 10 books
4) Eating "mindfully". Actually chewing my dang food. ??

Let's go! ?

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This week's #weekendreading is a dash to finish an ARC (tagged) and a fun GN to motivate myself. Kind of very much not enjoying the ARC at this point, which is why I have employed the ancient method of the dangling carrot/graphic novel 😂

I hope you're all having a great weekend with plenty of reading-time ❤

GirlNamedJesse Well, Beetle is great, so I hope it makes a great carrot! 😂 6mo
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Something Fabulous | Alexis Hall
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I can't remember the last time I preordered a book, and especially not on *gag* amazon, but ya gal had to do it. I'm too excited for this one. Alexis Hall could rewrite the phonebook and I'd still be here for it. This promises fabulous Regency fun-times and I cannot WAIT.

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*arrives late without Starbucks* yes hello hi I procrastinated on this for.. a week 😂

🏃 20+ mins of high heart-rate 4x a week
📚 6 books - at least one biography/historical nonfiction in Danish
🌈 actively seek out something funny to watch every day to beat the grumpies

#BFC2022 @wanderinglynn

Chrissyreadit I love your arrival 😁 7mo
wanderinglynn You‘re starting now and that‘s all that matters. Great goals! 🙌🏻 7mo
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Hoping to make a dent in Under the Whispering Door. On the left is a biography that's taking a while to get through as I keep having to stop to google people (😂) and in the middle is a non-fiction about cooking under rationing during both World Wars. Quite fascinating.

#WeekendReading @Andrew65

CoffeeNBooks I loved Under the Whispering Door! 7mo
Andrew65 I need to read Under the Whispering Door. 7mo
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Det bli'r vinter frend man aner | Jakob Steen Olsen, Rikke Rottenstein
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Oh my gosh you guys. HI!! It's been a while! 2021 wasn't the best for me, reading wise, but 2022 came with a new spreadsheet and a renewed desire to read. Tonight it's cat snuggles and one of my 2022-goals: more books in Danish. I'm allowing myself to stick to nonfiction as I loathe Danish lit; this is a biography of a beloved actor from the 50s onwards. How have you guys been?? Can't wait to see what 2022 has in store for us 💃

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Been in a heavy reading slump since April ish, but I can feel my reading mojo coming back now, finally!💃
Went for a walk while it was still damp and there was the occasional droplet on the air after a heavy downpour to avoid all the bugs so I could focus on my audio - really enjoying it about 30% in!

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Honey Girl | Morgan Rogers
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Super ready for today's #readathon. I'm usually really bad at actually reading during the 'thon, but this stack is full of good stuff so I'm counting on a good day. Honey Girl on audio when I need to rest my eyes. It's definitely the one I'm the most excited for!

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Jenny Lawson's books have been my anti anxiety-reads for years, but I've never listened to them on audio. Stumbled upon the audio of this and lemme tell you, her books are funny to read, but on audio? Narrated by Jenny herself? Flawless. Perfect. Equal parts funny and heartbreaking, I cackled and cried my way through this.

Chrissyreadit Perfect timing I needed funny book recommendations 🤣 1y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa OMG! I listened to her on audio the first time too, I don‘t think I‘ll ever be able to “read” her books again... they‘ll all have to be audio from now on. 1y
okthislooksbad @Chrissyreadit Yay!! Be warned that she's heavy on the mental health-related chapters, though! 😅 1y
okthislooksbad @Riveted_Reader_Melissa She's got such a good voice for audio, too! I'm converted, though I'll still flick through a paper/digital copy occasionally 😁 1y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @okthislooksbad Yes, I did that too... I needed the pictures! 1y
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Slippery Creatures | KJ Charles
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Thoroughly enjoyed these two (and am now patiently awaiting the third book) for the "fun" 1920s mystery with a bit of murder and people trying to communicate in their relationship, but the narration is positively horrendous.

Lucy_Anywhere I really enjoyed these two in print! Impatiently waiting for the third 1y
okthislooksbad @Lucy_Anywhere Me too! June cannot come soon enough! 1y
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This was a really good middle grade about ice skating, racism, friendship and the expectations others have of you vs. those you have of yourself. Maxine had such a strong voice and I love how friendships were shown, both in the form of new ones forming and old ones falling apart as you grow up. The commentary on racism and how it can be very lonely was heartbreaking. Really enjoyed this short, sweet read, and the audiobook narrator was wonderful!

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The joy brought to me by the Brown Sisters is extreme and I love them.
Also the narrator, Ione Butler, is just.. *chef's kiss* ❤️

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Bailedbailed

I had such high hopes for this. All of them were dashed.
Incredibly wordy to tell the reader absolutely nothing. At 22% Caroline's /entire/ personality was that she had a really shitty husband. I have watched paint chips flicker in the wind that were more interesting than Nella. The constant allusions to pregnancy and babies were exhausting. Nope.

starlight97 But the cover's so fancy 🥺 1y
okthislooksbad @starlight97 The cover is genuinely the prettiest thing! 1y
starlight97 @okthislooksbad how deceptive that can be, right? 1y
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okthislooksbad @starlight97 Unfortunately I am extremely guilty of judging books by their cover, and this one really seduced me. To be fair I am absolutely in the minority who didn't like it, so I'm thinking the cover is not so devious after all 😂 1y
starlight97 @okthislooksbad so it was totally your fault 😂 1y
okthislooksbad @starlight97 ... I guess when you put it like that 😂 1y
Bette Wow, I thought I was the only one who didn‘t like it. I couldn‘t get far. 1y
okthislooksbad @Bette Really glad to know I wasn't the only one! 1y
Bette Me too! 😊 1y
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Written in the Stars: A Novel | Alexandria Bellefleur
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Sitting down for a spell of #audioknitting while I wait for the washing machine to finish. Covered in cat hair as always 🤷‍♂️ 😂

Suet624 That‘s beautiful!! 1y
okthislooksbad @Suet624 Thank you! 😊 1y
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March:
5/4 books ✔️
1/1 nonfiction ✔️
10K steps a day ✔️

April:
6 books 📚
1 nonfiction 🌿
10K steps 🔥
Floss every other day 😬

Absolutely baffled that I actually managed those 10K every day. Got absolutely obsessed with WorldWalking and it /really/ helped. Pulled myself out of my slump towards the end of the month and actually wanted to read, helped along by my competitive streak and #20in4. Due to a mysterious spike in heartrate (cont.)

okthislooksbad I'm not allowed to do anything more than walking, and even that can sometimes get my heartrate aaaaallll the way up, so I'm limiting my physical activity to just walks until I get bloodwork done next week to possibly figure out why. As to the flossing, I am... bad at it. Need to get into a consistent habbitb😂 This has been a long tale, thanks for sticking around! ❤️😂 #bfc21 1y
wanderinglynn Great goals! 🙌🏻 but I hope nothing is seriously wrong. 💜 1y
okthislooksbad @wanderinglynn Thank you! 💗 1y
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(I am so sorry the covers are not even, I promise I tried!)
Considering my attempt at #20in4 a resounding success - anything more than my previous “record“ of 7h53m would be acceptable, and look! 9 hours! Not pictured are the issues of Three Men in a Boat on Serial Reader I tried to get caught up on..

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Magpie Lord | KJ Charles
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Made the mistake of picking this up at 11:30, fully knowing that we switched to summertime last night, and wasn't able to put it down until 1. I'm /tired/ today 😴 was it worth it, though? Absolutely. #20in4

xicanti I had basically the same experience with this one. 1y
okthislooksbad @xicanti Glad I'm not the only one! Absolutely ate this up, it was so good 1y
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Thoroughly enjoyed this exploration of grief and guilt and trauma. A modern AU of Peter Pan (which I don't remember much from and that might have shaped my experience of this?) told from Wendy's point of view, where children start disappearing five years after she and her brothers disappeared too - and only Wendy returned. Not quite as good as Cemetery Boys, but thoroughly enjoyable in itself!

AkashaVampie I love this cover. 1y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Ohhh, I didn't come across this one when I was researching retellings for the #FairytaleReadingChallenge, but it sounds really good. 1y
okthislooksbad @AkashaVampie Me too! Though I didn't notice the silhouettes around the title until the author pointed it out and felt like a fool 😂 1y
okthislooksbad @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego It's a very recent publication, that might be why? 🤔 Either way it's definitely good! 1y
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Had a late start to #20in4 but am still hopeful to beat my record of 7h53m. Thoroughly enjoying this Peter Pan-retelling, but I think that might have a lot to do with not remembering much about the original story. And that the author /really/ knows how to tell a story. Aiming to finish this today! Hope you're all having a great start to the weekend ❤️

Kenyazero I'm super excited about this book. Glad you're enjoying it! 1y
okthislooksbad @Kenyazero It's so good, I really hope you'll enjoy it! 1y
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Shout out to the library for coming through for me for once. I'm so excited for this one 😍

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Mudlarking | Lara Maiklem
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A deeply fascinating dive into the objects that can be found along the foreshore of the Thames, with a heavy sprinkle of London history. Loved it.

marleed Oh I just learned this word when reading about the new book 1y
okthislooksbad @marleed oh that's so cool! The Lost Apothecary is on top of my to-read list right now I'm almost staying on topic 😂 1y
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Down Comes the Night | Allison Saft
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Ooooh spooky scary skeletons. Maybe. Slight gothic vibes, magic systems, raging wars and found family all come together in a pile of goodness in this one. Wren was a great MC, at I loved her interactions with basically everyone (well-developed side-characters = joy!) but especially Hal - thought I didn't care much for the romantic side-plot. My favourite bit? Wren has /emotions/! And she's (mostly) not afraid to show them!

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February:
4/8 books 💩
0/2 nonfiction titles 💩
150000-ish/175000 steps 💩

March:
4 books 📚
1 nonfiction title 🌱
10K steps a day 🔥

I did horribly with my Feb-goals; honestly spent most of the month being a Sad Sack of Shit™, but I've decided to do something utterly insane (10k steps a day) in March and I'm super motivated for that, so we're making progress. If only the dreaded reading slump would leave me alone ☀ #bfc21

ju.ca.no Good luck with your goals!💪🏼 and you still achieved a lot in Feb - especially for a reading slump month👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 1y
wanderinglynn You still achieved something in February. 💚 And making progress is what counts. And way to set some ambitious goals for March—you got this! 🙌🏻 1y
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Down Comes the Night | Allison Saft
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A little cheaty to claim this as my first finish of #24in48, but I did just let my life be consumed by the last 25% of it just now. It was so good.

Read some Serial Reader-issues I'd gotten behind on while procrastinating on getting out of bed as well as some Flavia de Luce this morning. Time for a snack and then on to Mikki Kendall's Hood Feminism!

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The Kew Gardens Girls | Posy Lovell
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Based on real events, The Kew Gardens Girls follows some of the (in this book, fictional) women who took over working in London's Kew Gardens when WWI broke out and the men were sent to the Front. Heaps of suffragette-action and lots of friendships, we get to join them in the ups and downs of life during a part of the war.

Not my favourite writing-wise, but I really, really enjoyed the story. Also I think it may be on sale on #kindle currently?

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The Secret Garden | F. Burnett
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Thoroughly enjoyed #20in4, but was a bit disappointed in my reading time. There was just too much sports I had to keep up with this weekend ? The two on the right are Serial Reader-titles (finally got caught up on tagged book, thanks to this 'thon!) and The Kew Gardens Girls Was my "i need something light"-read. Thanks for hosting - I'll be back next time to actually pass 8 hours, let alone 10 ? (20? Mostly convinced that's impossible! ?)

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January:
2 ARCS ✔
1 non-fiction ✔
YWA 21/31 days: 30/31 ✔
150000 steps: 149709/150000 💥

February:
8 books 📚
2 nonfiction titles 🌱
175000 steps ⚡

Sticking to what I know I can do. I'm slowly coming to accept that the panoramic will be continuing to keep me from going back to work for the foreseeable future, so I'm upping my step goal to force more activity. Hopefully it works! #bfc21
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wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 Awesome month! And great goals for February 👍🏻 2y
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The Kew Gardens Girls | Posy Lovell
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Sliding into day 2 of #20in4 with this gem of a historical fiction. I have little to no idea what the Kew Gardens is (will be doing some investigative googling asap) but at 17%-ish in I'm loving the characters. Those 3,5 hours were yesterday's “harvest“. Aiming for the 7h-mark today! Hope you're all having a wonderful Saturday ❤️❤️

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Mehso-so

I'm not entirely sure why this exists, but Becky donating all proceeds to the Trevor Project brings me joy and if that ending wasn't a setup for a new novel I didn't know I needed until now then idk what it was. (has she said anything about the mere possibility of a new novel? because I really need it now.) Anyway, it was fun. Good to be back with these characters for a spell.

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Dear Mrs. Bird | A J Pearce
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Third DNF of the year. I'm starting to have thoughts about that. Anyway, at 25% I found it still packed direction (and plot, for that matter) and had just been a bumbling mess of introduction. Nope. 😕

Caroline2 I didn‘t like this one much either. Too cheesy. 🙄 2y
okthislooksbad @Caroline2 I'm glad to hear I'm not alone! 2y
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Panpan

I saw someone somewhere compare this to a high school paper, and I can only agree. It's not /bad/ per say, but it's not bringing any new or even remotely different content to the table, and based on how often it's quoted I might as well have read Not in Front of the Servants. Meh.

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Bailedbailed

DNF at 21%. I had hoped that it would become more coherent and less info-dump-y at some point, but I have reached my limit. On to the next one.

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I have well and truly joined the masses of people who absolutely love this book. Gosh it's good. A hug in a book for sure ❤️

SW-T Perfect description! 😊 2y
dariazeoli I hear nothing but good things about this book! 2y
okthislooksbad @dariazeoli I didn't think it could possibly live up to the hype, but it sure could! 2y
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Doing great on my bookish #BFC21 goals: read one of the two ARC's I wanted to get to in January, as well at a nonfiction title. Yay!

Have been doing the Yoga with Adrienne January challenge every day, too, and it feels SO GOOD. I feel sorry for those who are doing that /and/ a plank challenge, Adrienne is not being nice with all those planks.. 😂

A revision to original goals: I was too optimistic about my step goal. With (cont in comm.)

okthislooksbad - lockdown and restrictions I'm not leaving the house for anything other than running, and only on days where I run can I get near the 8K under these circumstances. I've revised my goal to be 150K steps in the entire month instead, which feels more doable. 💪🙌 2y
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The future is now and I'm lowkey obsessed with #storygraph already. I'm over there with the same username as here.

(also it is very strange to see not one, not two, but THREE orange-y covers as my most recent reads 🤔😂)

(also also I'm pretty sure tagged book is the best book that's ever happened to me, so there's that)

Mitch I‘m just figuring it out! 2y
okthislooksbad @Mitch Me too! The recent design-overhaul revealed a lot of new things that I'm still trying to figure out, but it's beyond worth it! 😍 2y
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Perfect on Paper | Sophie Gonzales
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Finished this last night and haven't been able to get it out of my head since. I'll be writing an actual review of this closer to publishing day (March 9) but for now I'm just here to say that if you like contemporary YA rom-coms with positively delightful bi-rep, please keep Perfect on Paper on your radar because it brought me so much joy and I want everyone to feel this. That's all. ❤️

Soubhiville @ThePageantHam this seems like one you‘d like? 2y
ThePageantHam @Soubhiville ooh yes thank you 😍 2y
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Staying true to their concept with this short volume, we're introduced to more rebels (as well as some we've "met" before). As always, every personality gets a brief description of what makes them Rebel as well as an illustration (all made by different women from all over the world, which I think is /really/ cool), and there were some really neat exercise-pages in the back of the book that brought me a lot of joy.

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Press conferences and further restrictions really took the spark out of me today, so I've snuggled up with the Fluffmaster and a surprisingly interesting read about reusing and recycling through history. It was a total cover grab from the library that turned out to be good, so not all is bad! 🎉

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This was exactly the joyful sapphic vibe I needed to start 2021 right. All the fuzzy feels. I was delighted to find that's there's a heavy sprinkling of family-relations and how to navigate those which were seamlessly woven into the main plot of Saoirse and Ruby's falling in love-montage. Adored it.

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Thank you SO much @wanderinglynn for bringing back #bfc21! ❤️

My bookish goal for January is to read two ARC's - I'm terrible with leaving them until the last minute, but no more! I'd also like to read more nonfiction this year, so one of those in January would be great!

As for fitness, I'm keeping it simple and aiming for doing Adrienne's January challenge as many days as possible, as well as 8K steps a day. 💪

wanderinglynn Great goals! 🎉 And Team BFC21 will be here to cheer you on. 2y
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Six Angry Girls | Adrienne Kisner
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Left 2020 on a high note with this one, which was delightful story-wise but lacked a bit writing-wise for me. Thoroughly enjoyed all the knitting content this brought to the table and am here for more of it.

Happy New Years, everyone! Here's to a safe, healthy 2021 🎊❤️

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Six Angry Girls | Adrienne Kisner
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Hi Litsy! Happy Holidays! Happy Almost New Years! 🎇 I've been slumping hard for the past few months and haven't really been around (or read much at all), but I can feel my joy of reading coming back, finally! Currently reading this gem, which I'm hoping to finish today so I can end this hellish year on a high note! Hope you're all doing fantastic, and I can't wait to rejoin y'all in 2021 ❤️❤️

NovelGirl82 Hi! I haven‘t really been around much this year, either, so long time no see!! Happy New Year! 💚 2y
okthislooksbad @NovelGirl82 Hi! Sure has been a while! Hope you had a safe and healthy year, and that 2021 will be, too! 🎉❤️ 2y
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The Dragon of Ynys | Minerva Cerridwen
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Delightful, slighty fantastical and very fairytale-inspired, The Dragon of Ynys features a dragon of snappy wit, a knight who would very much like a little less spiders in his adventures, and more queer rep than you can shake a stick at. A hug in a book, this.

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Upright Women Wanted | Sarah Gailey
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Ah, yes, the dreaded reading slump has sunk its nasty claws into me. This was all it amounted to in July. It's so frustrating to kinda want to read but then at the same time nothing really seems right 😥 Here's to hoping for August to be better 🤞