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shutterbug_mama

shutterbug_mama

Joined January 2017

Lennon‘s Mama, Wifey to Devon, left the city life and now I live at the beach. Going to get my reading & knitting game on!
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I haven‘t posted in awhile but I‘m hoping to go back and post the books I‘ve read recently as a way to keep them logged for myself. When I‘m not reading for myself, I am reading books all day & night long to my daughter who is now 17 months old! This is one of our favorite series! I easily became addicted and have started collecting them! So cute and fun!

SamHeartCoffee Cute! 7mo
Lovesbooks87 I love these books! 7mo
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Daisy Jones and The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Book mail came today 🤩🎉 and I can happily report that I finished both of my BOTM Feb books just in time to start 1 of my 3 March selects! Here goes...👩🏻‍🎤🍺🎸

Lovesbooks87 Yay! It was amazing! Enjoy! 9mo
Becker I just started it too. The audio is AMAZING. 9mo
shutterbug_mama I‘d like to add a nice musical pairing with this book - Jenny Lewis!!!! Especially her Acid Tongue album & her Rilo Kiley Under the Blacklight album! Omg! Perfection! I imagine Daisy Jones as a Jenny Lewis. ;) 🙌🏻👌🏻😍 (edited) 9mo
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Queenie | Candice Carty-Williams
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My MARCH #botm picks! Yay! Can‘t wait!

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I‘m on a road trip and am loving the audiobook version! Aw, they are so hilarious & so in love, it‘s inspiring! 💕 I‘ve been a big fan of them both from each of their tv shows and love how happy they are!

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My February #BOTM picks! So excited I got a renewed subscription for my birthday! 🎉🎉🎉

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A Place for Us: A Novel | Fatima Farheen Mirza
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I haven‘t posted in awhile but I‘m still here slowly reading along and enjoying all the recommendations out there! :) I‘m totally loving this book and the writing! If anyone has recommendations for others that are as great as this, please send my way! Thank you!

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Time to start this collection of stories! 💕

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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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Sooooooo good and I‘m only 1/4 of the way through! 💕💕💕

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Elmo's Monster Mash | Naomi Kleinberg
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Sorry, one more! I‘m tagging an Elmo book because she is obsessed with Elmo & Abby Cadabby books right now! We live near Sesame Place so she gets to meet them often and it is so cool watching her meet them! :)

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Happy Halloween! | Lillian Jaine
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My little pumpkin is 10 months old! We have been reading all the Halloween/pumpkin books for the last few weeks! I love experiencing the holidays through her eyes! Also love reading & buying all the holiday books! :-)

Lovesbooks87 Aww! She is too cute!!! 14mo
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Winter in Paradise | Elin Hilderbrand
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I enjoyed her Winter Street series so I‘m interested in starting this next one. I need a light quick read to switch things up!

JenlovesJT47 Tag me in your review, I‘m debating on getting this for my next botm. I love the Winter Street series! 1y
shutterbug_mama @JenlovesJT47 - I have to say, I‘m not the biggest fan of her writing style. I‘m only 50 pages in and I keep rolling my eyes at how she writes using a narrator on top of the dialogue to tell the reader what the character is doing or saying. Ugh. It‘s annoying. But gosh darn it, I‘m still invested at this point to find out what happens. It‘s a series so I‘ll give it a chance. Haha 1y
JenlovesJT47 Duly noted. Let me know how it goes!! ❤️ 1y
shutterbug_mama @JenlovesJT47 - another update on the book - I‘m going to be blunt & honest. This book is terrible! Garbage. I‘m in shock that it has glowing reviews. Those people clearly don‘t read enough or read books with substance and intellectual writing. I don‘t see how she is so popular. Don‘t waste your BOTM credit. You‘ll regret it! 14mo
JenlovesJT47 Thank you!! Glad I didn‘t get this one! 14mo
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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October beach reading is the best!

britt_brooke Ooh, enjoy!! I love the beach in October! We‘re heading to the gulf in a few days, but sadly, I think it‘s supposed to rain the whole time we‘re there. 1y
SALeahey So exciting!! I will be doing some beach reading later this month as well! I hope you have a wonderful and relaxing time! 1y
shutterbug_mama I just want to add that I freaking loved this book so much! Omg! I slowed down the last few chapters because I was not ready to be finished with it. I love the way she writes! Fantastic! 1y
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Big and Small, Room for All | Jo Ellen Bogart
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I‘ve been away on vacation out in Portland & Seattle and surrounding areas for the past 9 days! I picked these up for my little one when visiting Powell‘s Books! Eeeeeee!!! My favorite bookstore! 💖

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The Book of Essie: A novel | Meghan MacLean Weir

Is anyone else bothered that our Book of the Month books don‘t have the fancy book cover jackets like you see in the stores?!?! 🙉🙊 I noticed yesterday that ‘The Book of Essie‘ book in stores has a glittery title, and ‘Circe‘ is all shiny with a raised texture! Maybe I‘m being whiny lolol but I want the pretty covers too! I feel like 2 years ago before BOTM started adding their own label on them, we got the same book jackets. Am I right?

Jess7 I dont know but I‘ll tag some people that might know @Reviewsbylola @TheLibrarian @Captivatedbybooks @emilyhaldi @irre 1y
Reviewsbylola I‘ve been a member since May 2016 and they covers have never had the embellishments as far as I can remember. In fact, the books used to be smaller, so imo they‘ve improved. (edited) 1y
TheLibrarian I don‘t think the covers used to be the same as the ones in the store. I have noticed that the quality of the binding has decreased. Quite a few of my recent books look like I could just pull the pages right out. 1y
shutterbug_mama Ah, thanks for the feedback. I thought we used to get the same ones and they changed it. 1y
Captivatedbybooks Some books had the same cover and some didnt, but none of mines have ever had embellishments. And im with @TheLibrarian the binding is very poor quality lately! I had to add tape to my 1y
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Finished reading this book on the beach tonight! I love living the beach life! We said goodbye to D.C. city life and moved to the beach in Delaware! I hope to read many more books sitting here! Starting The Summer Wives next!

britt_brooke Gorgeous view!! 1y
Hoopiefoot Welcome to Delaware! 1y
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Spinning Silver | Naomi Novik
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My July BOTM choices! 🤩👌🏻

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My Plain Jane | Jodi Meadows, Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand
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Yayyyyyyy!!!! Finally!!!! It‘s here!!!!

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Leah on the Offbeat | Becky Albertalli
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Hey Littens, this just came through on my library holds and I haven‘t read Simon yet. Do you recommend I read the Simon book first or can I read this one and then read Simon later?!? Let me know! Thanks!

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Uprooted | Naomi Novik
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If you plan to choose Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik in July‘s BOTM, you can snag her first book, Uprooted, as Book Bub deal of the day!!!

BookaholicNatty Scccore!!! I have seen this book everywhere lately!!! 1y
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The Book of Essie: A novel | Meghan MacLean Weir
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Wow! This book is so good I don‘t want to put it down! I‘m 50 pages in and wished I could sit here all day so I can finish it!

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Finally snagged my set of this series! Oh how I love Book Outlet!!! 🎉🎉🎉

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Truth!

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Book of Essie | Meghan MacLean Weir
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My June BOTM selects are here! I love book mail! :)

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1. Turquoise 2. The Handmaid‘s Tale 3. The Girl Who Smiled Beads 4. Depends I like BBQ sauce burgers, and the typical ketchup, mustard, mayo, or Special sauce. Basically all the condiments please. :) 5. Farmer‘s market, Pottery Barn, National Zoo, reading, relaxing, knitting and taking care of my baby girl. #FRIYAYINTRO

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I finished Small Country last night and started this one right after it! Perfect pairing! I highly recommend reading these two back 2 back!

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Less: A Novel | Andrew Sean Greer
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Up next!

shutterbug_mama DNF - I made it to page 46 and decided to BAIL on it. I can‘t keep track who is narrating, and the writing is all over the place! Some parts made me laugh, however, I have so many other books that I‘m so excited to read that I‘m going to call it quits and move on. 👌🏻 2y
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Little Blue Truck | Alice Schertle, Jill McElmurry
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The book, The Little Blue Truck, brings my daughter such Joy, it makes my heart explode! I LOVE that she has her favorites and loves to hear me read them over & over again. Her favorite animal sound that I make is “neigh neigh” for a horse. She goes hysterical when I say it. 💖💖💖👌🏻😍 She‘s going to be 5 months old on Saturday! Where did the time go?!

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Ramona Blue | Julie Murphy
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Snagged 4 books off the Kindle Flash Deal going on today! Ramona Blue, The Queen‘s Rising, Orphan Train and The Keeper of Lost Things. There‘s 30 to choose from! #justtakemymoney

Julsmarshall Loved Orphan Train! 2y
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The Mars Room: A Novel | Rachel Kushner
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A friend texted me this today. Someone she‘s connected to on here found out the spoilers. So I‘m sharing for those who get excited about BOTM spoilers cuz I do I do I do! I don‘t know how to crop this so it shows who posted it. Sorry, my crops are always weird and out of my control. Maybe I‘ll figure it out soon! xo

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Congrats! Here‘s my answers...
1.) Children of Blood & Bone (currently 102 pages into it), Scythe, & Circe 2.) I recommend Six of Crows 3. ) @Linda906 @swishandflick @Lauren.Archer #15kgiveaway @IheartYA

IheartYA ❤❤❤❤ Scythe. Starting your tagged book now! Thanks for entering. 2y
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Stayed up until 1:30 a.m. finishing my last read so I could FINALLY start this one this morning while I commute into work! I am also listening to it on audiobook while I read along! It‘s nice to hear how the names are pronounced! Going to totally indulge and not rush this one!

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I never in a million years thought that I would enjoy and look forward to playing Dungeons & Dragons! However, my two co-workers and their spouses have convinced us to play and it sure has made game nights so fun for me and my wife! I finally thought it necessary for us to have our own players handbook and it arrived in the mail today! Does anybody else play? #nerdsunite

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Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward
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I was 1 hour into the audio book and had to borrow the actual book so I could understand what was going on. My mind bounces around too much when I‘m listening to an audiobook. Gotta get better at staying focused! ;) And I‘m glad to be reading this and checking it off my list!

EJG31 I tried the audio for this book too and I could not get into it, nor could I figure out what was going on. 2y
shutterbug_mama I hear ya! I only made it to the 4th chapter on the audiobook. What a bummer. The female narrator‘s voice was putting me to sleep. However, I stuck it out and finished the book though. Do I recommend it? NOPE! There‘s too many great books out there to waste time on this one. 2y
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@swishandflick Thank you for the chance to enter your giveaway! Congrats to you! Although my TBR pile feels like a mile high, here are the two books that I am looking forward to reading stat! Children of Blood and Bone is the newer release, with The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane a previously released book that is still on my shelf. xoxo #swishandwin

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My April BOTM choices! :-)

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The Great Alone | Kristin Hannah
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It‘s the middle of my Spring Break time and I‘m just getting the chance to start this one! Between visiting family & taking care of an infant, my time is limited and all I want to do is hide away & read. ;-)

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Frozen | RH Disney
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Saw Frozen on Broadway today with niece, twin sister, and Mom! It was amazing! ❄️⛄️👸🏼🦌❄️

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Adorable 💞 2y
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A little March Madness and reading on this lazy lazy Sunday! I am loving this book so far! 🐺🖤

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An American Marriage | Tayari Jones
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60 pages in and I‘m loving it!

WanderingBookaneer It‘s so good! (edited) 2y
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It‘s after 11pm, but I‘m going to start this one so I don‘t end my Saturday night with the bad taste of the terrible book I finished a few moments ago. (The Hazel Wood) Ugh. It started out great then got worse and worse. Anyhoo, I have heard great things about this one and am excited Reece is turning it into a limited series!

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Hoping to finish this one tonight! It‘s been a quick and interesting read! It reminds me of my former co-worker‘s daughter that went to NYU film school instead of being a lawyer or doctor like her other children. It worked for her and she now also has a children‘s book coming out! I love reading about different cultures and perspectives!

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I.AM.SO.EXCITED.

BeaG I have this, but I haven't read it yet. 2y
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Scythe | Neal Shusterman
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Bookoutlet.com - go ahead and take all my money! Tossed in some bunny books for my daughter‘s first Easter basket too! ☺️ Super excited to add these YA books to my ever expanding TBR shelves! 😜👌🏻👏🏻🙌🏻

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Yayyy! Excited about getting these soon! :)

Jess7 LFE is really good! #Botm (edited) 2y
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The Hazel Wood | Melissa Albert
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Ahhhhhhh! I keep saying “okay, after I finish this book I‘m going to read An American Marriage,” and then an ebook comes through (yayyyy) and I can‘t say NOOOO! 5 books later...here we go again! Hope this is worth it! :)

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Shadow and Bone | Leigh Bardugo
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I *finally* bought the first two in this series! I cannot wait to read them! I loved the Six of Crows books! Yay for book mail day!

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This Savage Song | Victoria Schwab
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My first Bookoutlet.com haul!!! Yippie!!! I may or may not have had this order shipped to my work so my wifey won‘t notice how many new books I‘ve bought this month! 🤭🤫

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Snuggle Puppy! | Sandra Boynton
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I love my little snuggle puppy! Lennon Noelle you have my whole heart! ❤️🖤❤️🖤

britt_brooke She‘s beautiful! 2y
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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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It‘s a day of staying in pjs hanging out on the couch with the olympics on in the background reading all day kind of day.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Same thing here!!! 💕 This book is awesome ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
britt_brooke Perfect! 2y
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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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Got my BOTM books in plus 2 others that are all my February read goals! Woo!!!

Linda906 Ahhh...I see three that I‘m gonna have to borrow🙄 2y
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