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Susanita

Susanita

Joined July 2016

Life's too short to read books you don't like.
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A Wild and Heavenly Place by Robin Oliveira
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The Darkling Halls of Ivy by Lawrence Block
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What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman
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February's Son | Alan Parks
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It‘s time for the #FabulousFebruary readathon! My goals:

FINISH
Island of the Blue Dolphins
Now You See Them
A Wild and Heavenly Place
Emma (maybe?)

START
The Last Widow

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We had a visitor last night. This encounter through the window continued for a while, then when it was over Kili rolled around on the carpet for a few minutes. Outside cat has a collar and is not a stray. #catsoflitsy

Leftcoastzen A friend! 22h
Susanita @Leftcoastzen maybe 🤞🏼 21h
dabbe 🖤🐾🐾🖤 20h
Mimi28 Someone was defending their territory!! Oh I love guard cats!! 🐈‍⬛ lol 17h
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❤️Atticus Finch
❤️Eomer Eadig
❤️Elizabeth Bennett
#TLT

dabbe 1 & 3: 🤩 #2: now on the TBR! Thanks for playing! 💙🩶💙 2d
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1. Kinsey Millhone
2. Samwise Gamgee
3. Tagged book is a palate cleanser after the intensity of the last book I finished. It‘s also intense in its own right.
#wondrouswednesday

Eggs Love O‘Dell❣️ 3d
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A Wild and Heavenly Place | Robin Oliveira
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1. 1992
2. Tagged! Glasgow, Scotland, to Washington Territory (now Washington State) would be an endeavor even today. In the 1870s it took several segments and several weeks.
#two4tuesday

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! Happy Tuesday 4d
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💗💗💗 4d
kspenmoll Pretty! 4d
Eggs 💗👛👄💕 Love Susan Branch! 4d
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The tag line for this book is Get Out meets Rear Window, and that‘s not wrong. Until the wild and very rushed ending when it turns into Bourne Identity.

My book club agreed with Roxane Gay‘s assessment on Goodreads: great premise and interesting historical information … with pacing issues. Still I‘m not sorry I read it and give it a pick.

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Peter Pan | J M Barrie
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1. I‘m going to see Peter Pan tomorrow night with a friend of mine. I don‘t think I‘ve seen a live theater performance since before the pandemic.
2. I heard Who Knew (P!nk) yesterday on the radio, and it‘s been stuck in my head since then.
3. U2…before they get too old or I do.
#motivationalmonday

Cupcake12 Great choice on no.3, enjoy Peter Pan. Thanks for joining in and have a great week x 5d
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nanuska_153 🤤 7d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🕯️ 🖤 7d
Eggs 🖤🩷🩶 7d
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Sea Wife: A novel | Amity Gaige
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Mehso-so

A husband decides to buy a boat and sail around the world with his wife and two small children. He‘s a bit of a jerk, and she‘s a hot mess. Throw in some storms, trouble with the boat, and a mysterious bad thing that‘s referenced in the current timeline…and you get a long winded ride to nowhere. Sometimes a dual timeline is fine, and sometimes you just want someone to get to the point. Also the last chapter is a total needle scratch.

Texreader Excellent review. I think I‘ll skip this one. 1w
Reggie lol total needle scratch. I almost want to read this because of that. 1w
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I haven‘t seen that many plays or musicals in my life, but there were some that were especially memorable.

1. My college roommate was in a production of the tagged play.
2. I saw a cool production of Richard III with my sister at the Shakespeare Theatre Company.
3. In high school I was in the pit orchestra for Carousel, so I got to know it VERY well.

#TLT

dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 Oh, #3: “When you walk through a storm, hold your head up high ...“ Love that one! Thanks for sharing! 🩷💜❤️ 1w
Susanita @dabbe I love it too! The girl who played that part had a beautiful voice. She and the girl who played the lead were good friends IRL, so it was good casting. 1w
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A Scatter of Light | Malinda Lo
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This is described as a “companion” to Last Night at the Telegraph Club and not really a sequel, though we do “catch up” with the characters from the first book. I liked that one better, but this is also a pick.

My #serieslove2024 list now fits in one collage, even with a book I‘d forgotten to include before and some upcoming books that now have covers. The bottom row is just UK mysteries!

TheSpineView Awesome! 1w
Crazeedi This is awesome! And I spy several I've read and many I haven't, will have to investigate! 1w
Andrew65 Fantastic progress 👏👏👏 1w
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Ash Wednesday | Ethan Hawke
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My old pastor posted this on Facebook.
#Lent
#AshWednesday
#ValentinesDay

As if that‘s not enough, it‘s also the start of MLB spring training.

MaureenMc I love this 😆 1w
Lcsmcat 😂 1w
Crazeedi Perfect 1w
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Valentines | Ted Kooser
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🩷 Not this year
🩵 Maybe?
❤️ A road trip to a nice country inn for dinner
#wondrouswednesday

Eggs Thanks for joining in🥰 1w
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Murtagh: The World of Eragon | Christopher Paolini
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Dragons and soldiers and cults! Oh my! Middle Earth meets Pern meets Revelations. Murtagh gets his chance to … shine? Redeem himself? There‘s room for continuation of the saga, but it‘s also a satisfying conclusion if it‘s the end.

With this, I think I‘ve cleared enough books from the #serieslove1024 board (along with the ➡️ books that I‘m pushing to the future), that I can go with one list now. Unless of course I start a new series!

Andrew65 Sounds great 👏👏👏 1w
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1. Yes but not related to Valentine‘s Day.
2. Take care of your heart!
#two4tuesday

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! Have a great Valentine's Day! 2w
Eggs ❤️🩷❤️ 1w
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I found this on cloudLibrary and figured I‘d finally read it as part of #serieslove2024 even though I‘d previously jumped into the middle of the series. It was an interesting story that could also stand alone. Holmes isn‘t one of my favorites, but he‘s tolerable and resourceful as he navigates Mary‘s travails in San Francisco. Guest appearance by Dashiell Hammett.

Books with ➡️ are deferred for now for various reasons. Not sure what‘s up next.

Susanita My book club read this a few years ago. It‘s chronologically before the tagged book (maybe?) but after it in series order. (edited) 2w
Andrew65 Excellent 👏👏👏 2w
TheSpineView Awesome! 2w
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For most of these, the real answer would be “yes.” 😎

#thisorthat

Ruthiella Yes to “Yes”! 😂 It‘s a real “all of the above” for me too. (edited) 2w
monkeygirlsmama Agreed! 😆 2w
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Murtagh: The World of Eragon | Christopher Paolini
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1. Reading, paying bills, socializing, freecycling.
2. Rom com trivia with my sister and friends on Thursday. Wine and truffles with book club on Sunday.
3. King killer 😮
#motivationalmonday

Cupcake12 The book club sounds fun! Thanks for joining x 2w
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Mockingjay | Suzanne Collins
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Katniss and XXX

#sundayfunday

Susanita Peeta 2w
julesG 🤣🤣 2w
BookmarkTavern Excellent pick! Thanks for sharing! 2w
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Fodor's Central America | Felice Aarons, Pamela Lee
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Several years ago I had to make a somewhat last-minute trip to Antigua, Guatemala. It would have been a beautiful spot for a #romanticgetaway but, alas, it was a work trip. This is one of the two courtyards at the hotel. The other contained a large hot tub which was the size of a small swimming pool. #luckyinlove

Eggs Beautiful 🌺 2w
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Grey Wolf | Louise Penny
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🌲🌲🌲Armand Gamache
🌴👟☀️Kinsey Millhone
🌊⛴️🐧Jimmy Perez
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dabbe I've read 1 Gamache book and loved it; I just ordered more (love the Three Pines btw!). And the alphabet books by Sue Grafton! I read up until the letter M and quit. No idea why. I need to go back because I love them, too! I've never heard of Jimmy Perez but will add to my TBR. Thanks for playing! ❤️💜🩷 2w
Susanita @dabbe Jimmy Perez is the detective in the Shetland series by Ann Cleeves. 😀 2w
Bookwormjillk 🌲🌲🌲 can‘t wait for Grey Wolf 2w
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Happy! | Pharrell Williams
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1. Happy!
2. Suite on a cruise ship
3. Reading by a window with a warm blanket, kitty, and beverage
#wondrouswednesday

Eggs Sounds wonderful 🧡❤️ 2w
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1. Flowers … or wine 😀
2. Nothing came to mind, so I asked google. The tagged book was one of the suggestions. It‘s on my TBR for book club.
#two4tuesday

TheSpineView I loved that book. Thanks for playing! 3w
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Winter Solstice | Rosamunde Pilcher
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A beautiful December #sunset outside my former office. #luckyinlove

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Gorgeous 🌅💜 3w
Eggs Beautiful 🩵💜🧡 3w
dabbe ❤️💜🩷 3w
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Matrix | Lauren Groff
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Immersive story. Strong female characters. Lovely writing. Insightful commentary on feminism, power, religion, and the environment. Ultimately, however, this book left me a little cold. I liked it but didn‘t love it. Still, I‘m glad for #authoramonth which provided me an opportunity to read it.

Texreader I just finished and feeling similarly 2w
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Matrix | Lauren Groff
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1. Taco Tuesday at a new-to-me restaurant with some girlfriends.
2. Bullet journaling
3. 12th Century England. I‘m glad it‘s just a visit!
#motivationalmonday

Cupcake12 I‘ve always wanted to try out bullet journaling. Have a great week x (edited) 3w
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And just like that I‘m done with #monthlymagazineblitz for February. This was an older issue from when they still had the tear-out page in the back with highlights of some of the articles. Here are some tips on how to create a beautiful #bouquet by matching your flowers with the right vase. #luckyinlove

Crazeedi I have sooooo many vases, this is very cool. I pick flowers as soon as they start coming. Love to have posies on my table! 3w
Eggs Oh I love flowers in the house💐❤️ 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love flowers 💐 3w
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Ketchup | A. W. Bitting
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Just three? 😉
🍅I love tomatoes but hate ketchup. My brother is the opposite.
🛌I can‘t sleep in a rumpled bed.
🔢If I get to chapter 13 in a book I‘m reading, I have to read one more chapter before pausing.
#TLT

DebinHawaii With the exception of the rumpled bed we are soul sisters! 😆 Same on ketchup & I listed the very same Chapter 13 thing! It‘s weird for #readalongs or chapter-a-day! 3w
Reggie I‘m totally the opposite. Love ketchup, despise tomatoes. 3w
dabbe #1: Ketchup has tomatoes in it? 😂
#2: Same.
#3: @DebinHawaii beat me to it; I was going to mention her! 🤩
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Haha! I love ketchup but hate tomatoes 🍅 😂 3w
Susanita @DebinHawaii @dabbe Yes that‘s a dilemma! 3w
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February | June Makle
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February TBR, more or less.

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A Dangerous Business | Jane Smiley
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Tagged book was my favorite read in January, mostly for time and setting. Eight books finished, several in progress to varying degrees, and three each gone from the #readordonate and #readorbail stacks. On balance it was a good way to kick off the reading year. #jumpstart2024

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Murtagh: The World of Eragon | Christopher Paolini
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Long book but worthwhile so far. I‘d love to finish it before Libby snatches it back again, but I‘ll be happy to get to the 50% mark. I barely remember anything more than the major details of the first four books, but that‘s okay.

For #seriesread2024 non-mystery edition I‘ve also activated the bail option for The Perfumist of Paris. As much as I enjoyed the first two books, this one just wasn‘t working for me.

TheSpineView I love a good chunkster! 3w
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I‘m in the middle of a couple long books, so I snuck this in under the wire for January. I predicted the perpetrator and knew about the change in the DI‘s situation, but neither panned out as I expected. All in all a good story.

Meanwhile for #seriesread2024 mystery edition and my #readorbail effort, I decided to bail on Boar Island since I really wasn‘t enjoying it. A friend of mine from Maine didn‘t like it, and considering that it‘s set there…

Susanita Next I‘ll either carry on with the last two books of the Stephens & Mephisto series or read this one I‘ve put on Libby hold: 3w
TheSpineView It's OK to bail on a book you don't like. 3w
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Tom Lake: A Novel | Ann Patchett
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1. As far as I know, I‘m named after myself.
2. Two siblings
3. Tagged
#wondrouswednesday

Eggs Thanks for playing 🥳 3w
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The Hobbit | J.R.R. Tolkien
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I took Kili to the vet this morning for his checkup, and I had to settle a discussion about his name. The vet thought it must be short for Kilimanjaro, but the tech knew it was one of the dwarfs from The Hobbit. “You know, Kili and Fili, the hot ones.”

Soubhiville 😆 4w
Ruthiella 😂😂😂 When I first took my now elderly cat Wally to the vet, the tech doing the intake thought it was WALL-E like the movie. 4w
AnnR 😂😂😂 4w
dabbe 🖤😂🐾 3w
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1. I‘m still deciding!
2. Tagged is for one of my book clubs.
#two4tuesday

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 4w
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Emma | Jane Austin
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1. Busy week! A couple appointments, evening commitments, etc.
2. Tagged. It‘s going slowly.
3. Quirky and introspective.
#motivationalmonday

Cupcake12 Have a good week. Thanks for joining in x 4w
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Old Magazines: Identification & Value Guide | Richard E. Clear, David T. Alexander
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I‘m too annoyed about the Ravens game to read any books tonight, so instead I finished the last December issue of Real Simple. The pile is shrinking, but it‘s still a pile. #monthlymagazineblitz

julieclair I‘m sorry about the Ravens game, but good for you for making progress on your magazines! I am closing in on my January mountain… just a few more days to go. 4w
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A Wild and Heavenly Place | Robin Oliveira
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I can‘t decide, so I picked the one that will be published first! Yes, I already put it on hold. #sundayfunday

BookmarkTavern I love that title! Thanks for sharing! 4w
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I had a classmate named Yuval, and I was a little sad when I learned he switched to his middle name upon entering the business world. #unusualauthname #newyearnewbooks

Eggs Perfection 👌🏼 4w
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It took a while for me to get into this, and then when I did Libby snatched it back! I finally got it back and finished it quickly. It‘s a very compelling story that deals with much more than the mystery of a missing person.

This was one of 8 unfinished Kindle/Libby books that I carried over from 2023, and that number is down to three. I also finished another one earlier in the month and decided to abandon three of the rest. More on that later!

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We‘re coming down the home stretch for the January #newyearnewbooks photo challenge! Time flies!

Meanwhile, happy birthday to my spouse, my favorite Elvis fan! #dream

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Happy birthday to your spouse 🎊🎉🎈 4w
Eggs We love having you! Happy Birthday to Mr Wonderful 🎊🎈 4w
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I like this idea better.

Ruthiella Too cute 🥰 1mo
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Night | Edna O'Brien
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Yesterday was #nationalshelfieday and I missed it!

There was a bobble head calamity that induced me to tweak my bookshelves again, with one result being that #readordonate moved down a shelf. I found some alternative LFLs so donations are rolling again.

OUT
Night-DNF at 2 pages
KOTFM-awkward size
Album-completed
Stahl-reading

IN (AAM gifts)
Groff
Waters

Baseball Vacations is just “squatting” on the shelf until I figure out where to put it!

julieclair I‘m sorry to hear about the bobble head calamity! But on the positive side, you are making great progress! I think I may copy your idea of having a dedicated #ReadOrDonate shelf. I spy Island of the Blue Dolphins on your shelf… that was one of my very favorite books as a child. 😀 1mo
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I predicted the #greatplottwist but was interested to see how it was executed. In that regard, I was not disappointed. As others have said, there were many characters introduced all at once, which led to a somewhat clunky start, but once rolling the story was compelling and led to a slightly improbable but thrilling conclusion.

I spent most of yesterday reading this, so today I‘m catching up with posts!
#newyearnewbooks

ChasingOm I really like her books - and didn‘t realize she had a new one! 1mo
Eggs Oh it‘s so fun to immerse in a book 👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
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1. How hard is it, really, to navigate a traffic circle (AKA roundabout) properly? Don‘t even get me started on all-way stop signs!
2. Why do mannequins have nipples?
3. What happened to my cat that left him alone in the world at two months of age? (I‘m curious about this, but at the same time I probably don‘t really want to know.)
#TLT

dabbe #'s 1 and 2: 😂😂😂 #tootrue
#3: I feel the same about my pups whom we rescued from the pound. Such stories they could tell if they could ... 🖤🐾🖤
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TieDyeDude OMG, traffic circles are a joke in Alaska. They are in the most ridiculous places, and no one knows how to approach them properly. 1mo
Crazeedi I despise traffic circles!!! 1mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Perfect 📚 1mo
Eggs Well played👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
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1. I daydream about Scotland.
2. Tagged book is part of a trilogy (for now) set in the Hebrides.
#two4tuesday

TheSpineView Love Scotland! Thanks for playing! 1mo
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I‘m finally reading this!

There‘s a significant Basque community in Idaho. Who knew! (I didn‘t.) #factfromfiction

ChasingOm @ShyBookOwl I love this prompt!! 1mo
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A Scandal in Mayfair | Katharine Schellman
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Along with the tagged book, which has no cover yet, these are on my 2024 TBR. Will I read all of them? Probably not, but I like to have lots of choices. #titlebeginswithS #newyearnewbooks

Eggs Beautiful covers🥰👌🏼 1mo
Susanita @Eggs Right? So much color and movement. 1mo
Eggs @Susanita my favorite cover of these is Scatter of Light 🥰 1mo
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