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spanda84

Joined August 2017

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Girls Burn Brighter | Shobha Rao
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amazing, breathtaking, heart-wrenching, an absolute must read!!!

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Harry Potter | JK Rowling
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Let‘s be friends! #HarryPotter #wizardsunite

jchawkins Added! I'm WitchCarlisle! 3w
spanda84 Yay! 3w
Lauram Sent an invitation. I‘m Laurmel 😄🧙‍♀️ 2w
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Killing Commendatore | Haruki Murakami
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Murakami is my favorite author, so this review is a little biased! That being said, I loved this novel! It is magical realism at it‘s finest and Murakami does not disappoint with this book. His style of writing- it‘s simple words that form such detailed pictures in my mind. I can‘t get enough of his work! #PulitzerWorthy

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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This was amazing! While I‘m not usually a fan of mythology, Circe was readable, entertaining, and excellently written. Highly recommend!

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This is my favorite book of the year thus far. It brings a human face to immigration. Told from the viewpoints of mother and son, I was drawn into both of the characters emotional worlds. Deming/Daniel has a fierce desire to belong that everyone can relate to.

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Salt Houses | Hala Alyan
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My favorite books begin with a family tree. Salt Houses traces 4 generations of a displaced Palestinian family. Their daily lives are tempered by war. Sweeping, magnificent, and beautifully written. #7thBookof2018

MsLeah8417 This sounds very interesting. Another book to add to my TBR pile 😊 1y
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Indignation | Philip Roth
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While the writing was superb, I couldn't take the main character seriously. He was indignant about religion, his father, and a more experienced girl. He wasn't relatable. Also, I was troubled by the depiction of homosexuality.

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This book of short stories by Ha Jin moved me. Ha's sparse prose tells the stories of lonely, disappointed Chinese immigrants in New York. Many of his stories are open-ended, but do not feel unfinished. I definitely want to read more of his work. #6thBookof2018

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A book for book-lovers! This novel is adorable and cozy. Nina follows her dreams and finds love. I really enjoyed Colgan's descriptions of Scotland. I added it to my bucket list of vacations to take. #5thBookof2018

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Gather the Daughters | Jennie Melamed
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For fans of dystopian novels, this is a pick. It was entertaining, but in a disturbing way; A little too cult-ish for me. I did find Janey heroic in her rebellion and liked that the story was told through different girls. However, I did not like that the plot was advanced mainly through dialogue. #4thBookof2018

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I stopped at my local library this morning. I ❤ the library!

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I really enjoyed this love story, as it wasn't just a love story. It was an ode to growing old, to relationships; It was historically accurate, detailing Japanese internment. Isabel Allende writes beautifully and this novel is no exception. #ThirdBookof2018

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All about Me. | Philipp Keel
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💡 office manager, 🕉 yoga, 🐼 pandas, 🍊 orange, 🍟 french fries, ☕ coffee, 🌹 pink roses, 🍁 fall, ⚡Harry Potter
#LitsyLoveList Thanks, @hermyknee 😊

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2. I like both!
3. I don't drink
4. Brown eyes
5. The Japanese Lover - Isabel Allende
#HumpDayPost @MinDea

umbrellagirl I love the blue and white vase! Is it an antique? 2y
2BR02B PORG!!! 2y
spanda84 @umbrellagirl Thank you! I got it at Home Goods! @2BR02B I love porgs! 2y
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The Burial Hour | Jeffery Deaver
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Lincoln Rhyme is one of my favorite serial characters and he didn't disappoint in The Burial Hour! I love the plot twists and that the novel is set in Italy. #SecondBookof2018

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Stay With Me | Ayobami Adebayo
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Stay With Me is a compelling and intense novel about a Nigerian couple desperate to have a child. I really liked the way the narrative was split in time and in voice. I definitely recommend it! #Recommendsday #FirstBookof2018

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I'm so glad I participated in the #ReindeerReads challenge, it was so much fun! For the last post, my #LitsyStats , as I don't know how to find just #DecemberStats

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yay!!!! 🙌🏻🎉💕🎈🎊📚👏🏻 2y
TricksyTails Congratulations! 👏😁🎉📚 2y
Dulcinella 😍💐💐🥂 2y
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Soulmates | Jess Stearn
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When I was 15, I wrote a description of the man of my dreams. In 2017, I married him. He is everything I 've ever dreamed of and more! #Black&Gold #ReindeerReads #blessed

Alfoster Lucky you!😍 2y
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Made for Love | Alissa Nutting
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I liked a few books that came out this year; Most notably- Forest Dark and Made for Love, but I didn't have a favorite. #BookOfTheYear #ReindeerReads

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My new year's #resolution is to reverse my recent diabetes diagnosis. #ReindeerReads

Bostonmomx2 You can SO do this!!!! I belong to several LCHF fb groups and there are loads of stories of people getting off all their meds. I haven‘t been diagnosed but I‘m flirting with disaster so my goal in 2018 is to get a good bit of weight off and never get that dx. 2y
WarpedSweetness I agree with @Bostonmomx2 , you can do it!!! I haven't been diagnosed either, but I'm close probably. I have that insulin resistance. 2y
spanda84 Thank you, @Bostonmomx2 and @WarpedSweetness ! Happy New Year, ladies! ❤🎉🎊 2y
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The Six Tudor Queen series by Alison Weir is on my 2018 #TBR list! #royalty #ReindeerReads

MayJasper I've seen the burial place of Queen Katherine in Peterborough Cathedral. 2y
spanda84 Wow! 2y
Ubookquitous I love Weir's works - both her histories and her novels 1y
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Charlie and the Chocolate | Roald Dahl, Quintin Blake
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Mr. Wonka is one of my favorite #PeculiarCharacters #ReindeerReads

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Happy Holidays to all those celebrating! #JoinIn #cheers

cathysaid ...for the rest of us! 2y
TheSketchyReader Cute snow globe. 😁merry Christmas! 2y
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Roomies | Christina Lauren
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#Bookish gift from my hubby! The Bookish Box is a monthly subscription that includes a book, bookish items, and a bookish t-shirt (optional.) I received my first box a few days ago! #ReindeerReads

SauerPatch This wasn't a bad box either! 🤗 Merry Christmas! 🎄 2y
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Christmas Dinner | Cheryl J McCullough
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king crab legs and pastrami #HolidayMeal #ReindeerReads

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New Socks | Bob Shea
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These library card socks from Out of Print make a super cute #StockingStuffer! Who else loves the library? #ReindeerReads

Purrfectpages How adorable! 2y
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Clash of Kings | George R R Martin
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Although, I wouldn't describe the Winterfell as a #WinterWonderland 😅 #ReindeerReads

Kendra.Diane Me either!! 2y
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Birdie | Tracey Lindberg
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Karat, a Hahn's Macaw, is my favorite #Animal! Catching up on #ReindeerReads posts 😊

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Oryx and Crake | Margaret Atwood
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This #ModernDystopian novel is part of the MaddAddam trilogy. I highly recommend it to all Atwood fans and lovers of dystopian literature! #ReindeerReads

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This was the first book I read after joining a #BookClub. While fiction is my preference, I really liked the storytelling and Skloot's writing style. Lacks' story is incredible! #ReindeerReads

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Me Talk Pretty One Day | David Sedaris
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The first book of #ShortStories I read by David Sedaris. I loved it so much, I went and read everything else he wrote! #ReindeerReads

Rcoco Same! 2y
mgallo1968 This is my favorite of his!👍 2y
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The Art of Makeup | Kevyn Aucoin
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A #LongList of makeup I want! 💄💋#ReindeerReads

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The Nest: A Novel | Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
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Great novel about the #FamilyDynamic! At times funny, yet quite sad. #ReindeerReads

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EllieDottie This is so pretty! It looks so peaceful 🕊 🎄 2y
tpixie Lovely! He does do magic with lights! 2y
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Hump Day | Rob Houglan, Holley Houglan
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Happy #HumpDayPost from @MinDea
1. Currently watching Top Chef and Shameless (too many faves to list)
2. Mom's oxtail stew
3. Nearly done!
4. Seeing Star Wars and moving!!
5. It snowed over the weekend here ❄
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MinDea We are a Top Chef house too! Good luck moving!!! 2y
TricksyTails I love Top Chef. I'm bingeing Shameless right now. Sometimes I need a break from all that craziness, though! 2y
spanda84 I love Tom Colichio! Yes, Shameless can be intense, but it's oh so good! 2y
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Bad Feminist | Roxane Gay
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What is more #powerful than a person who believes in equal rights and is willing to fight for them? #feminist #resist #ReindeerReads

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Wanderlust | Chris Dyer
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Wanderlust (n.) the irresistible, incurable desire to #travel or wander #ReindeerReads

Eggs I read Beautiful Ruins this year. I enjoyed it 2y
Joanne1 Perfect! 2y
spanda84 I definitely want to read some of these! 2y
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All the Lights | Clemens Meyer
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I love this time of year! #holidaylights #ReindeerReads

mrozzz 😍😍😍 2y
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Christmas Ornaments | Meredith Corporation
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Our first Christmas as Mr. and Mrs! #ornaments #ReindeerReads

Kendra.Diane Congrats! 2y
spanda84 Thank you, @Kendra.Diane ❤ 2y
Jess7 Love! 2y
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All warm and fuzzy #SockSaturday #ReindeerReads

Kendra.Diane So cute! 2y
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Couch Guest Book | Knock Knock
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A friend has this Couch Guest Book for #visitors! It's so much fun 😊 #ReindeerReads

Clwojick I need this!!! 2y
ReadingSusan Cute! 2y
GripLitGrl That's great! 2y
spanda84 Yes @Clwojick me too! 2y
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Hanging #icicles ❄ We, in NJ, are expected to see snow Saturday morning! #ReindeerReads

BarbaraBB Great illustration! 2y
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Quidditch Through the Ages | Kennilworthy Whisp
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The fantastic world of Harry Potter #redandgreen #ReindeerReads

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Day 4 of #ReindeerReads is a #dangerous book... the fact that this book was written is dangerous.

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Something Naughty | Delilah Dawson
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A day late in the #ReindeerReads challenge! I don't read much #historicalfiction, but I really enjoy this series!

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Crazy Rich Asians | Kevin Kwan
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This book came highly recommended and, as an ABC (American-born Chinese,) I really wanted to like it. But, alas, I could only read 3 chapters before stopping. It was so vapid and disappointing. I will still see the movie, but have no interest in finishing the book or reading the other 2 in the series.

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#tistheseason to reread my favorite holiday book as a child #ReindeerReads

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Standard Deviation | Katherine Heiny
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Day 1 of #ReindeerReads Standard Deviation is on my #TBR list!