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Joined October 2016

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Reagan-reads Cat alert 😻 2mo
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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I will be busy on the 6th, so I'll do my own personal #readathon on the 5th.

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The Rise of Winter | Alex Lyttle
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New cider, new ARC.

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Washington Black | Esi Edugyan
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I am finishing Washington Black today after misplacing it for months!

rretzler What a little cutie! 3mo
Suet624 💕💕 3mo
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Much ADO about Nothing | William Shakespeare
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Yes Please!

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Washington Black | Esi Edugyan
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@Melmar I will have to send Washington Black late and unfinished due to unexpectedly early induction of baby. Unless you would like me to finish it up this week, I will send it today or tomorrow. Mother and baby are both well, and will hopefully be released early today. #LMPBC

Cinfhen Congrats 🍾🎈🎉 what a cutie 💕💕 6mo
Bklover Beautiful! Congratulations! 6mo
BarbaraBB Your baby? Congrats, so cuuuute 💕💜 6mo
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Chrissyreadit Congratulations 🎊🎈🎉!!!!! 6mo
Melmar @the_hibernator no rush, finish the book. Congrats on the baby!! 6mo
Amiable So beautiful! Congratulations! 6mo
irre Congratulations 💕 6mo
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Anyone participate in the first month of #DresdenGroupRead ? If so, have you read Storm Front before? What did you think about it?

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Pride and Prejudice | Jane Austen
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Trying to decide on a book to re-read by audio while in labor. You know, 'cause I'll be distracted but still want to be entertained. Thinking of one of these gems.

TheBookHippie My daughter listened to 7mo
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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I'm going to do my best to finish Washington Black for @TheReadingMermaid & @Andrew65 's #readathon this weekend. I have no stepkids this weekend (plus) but am suffering 8-month pregnancy bipolar complications and may be coming down with my second bout of pneumonia this pregnancy (minus). But it's my #LMPBC book, and my last chance to finish it on time.

DGRachel Good luck! Feel better soon! 7mo
the_hibernator @DGRachel Thanks! I certainly hope so! 7mo
TheReadingMermaid #24B4Monday much luck sweetheart hope you feel better soon! 😘 7mo
Andrew65 @TheReadingMermaid Sending positive thoughts. Take care and good luck with the pregnancy and the reading. 😊 7mo
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I Am Number Four | JAMAL KASA
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I just bought this book as a daily deal from audible. I am really looking forward to reading it.

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charl08 Hope it's a good one! 7mo
Foxyfictionista I remember liking this book. I didn't like the subsequent ones though. 7mo
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Mehso-so

Balanced description of research currently in progress to bring back extinct species. Very interesting, though writing could be more engaging.

3.5 stars

Full Review: https://hibernatorslibrary.com/2018/11/07/the-re-origin-of-species-by-torrill-ko...

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One Vote, Two Votes, I Vote, You Vote | Bonnie Worth, Katherine Ross
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It's important, everyone!

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I know this isn't a book. But how can I resist this for the gunpowder, treason, and plot prompt? #RRSciFiMonth

Lel2403 One of my favourite shows 😢 7mo
AnansiGirl I 💛Firefly! It deserved more than one season. 7mo
the_hibernator @AnansiGirl Yes, I am surprised it never got a revival, besides Serenity. But I suppose there were reasons. 7mo
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Hyperion | Dan Simmons
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Day 4 of #RRSciFiMonth prompt: favorite sci fi series.

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Washington Black | Esi Edugyan
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Starting my Litsy Markup Postal Bookclub book today! Looking forward to this!

#LMPBC @Joy0201 @Melmar @SMayWrites @suvata

SMayWrites Look at all of your kitties! 😍😍😍 Such good company! I'm starting my book today too 8mo
Laura317 That‘s in our rotation, too! Popular choice. 8mo
Reviewsbylola Your bed looks so cozy. I want to join. 😂 8mo
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the_hibernator @SMayWrites Yeah, they're sweet. And it's rare to catch them all in one camera frame. 8mo
the_hibernator @Laura317 I've heard really good things about it. I was disappointed when it didm't win the Booker - but, then, I haven't heard much about Milkman. 8mo
the_hibernator @Reviewsbylola 😂🤣 Not much legroom with all the cats, I'm afraid. 8mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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Well, I have a lot of cleaning to do today (yay audiobooks), have a childbirthing class tomorrow (boo, no reading), and have some spare time on Sunday. I can try to make 13 in that amount of time. 😁 I'm going to estimate that I've read 30 minutes already today.

#13in3

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Samplergal Welcome! 8mo
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My Teacher Is an Alien | Bruce Coville
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I haven't the foggiest idea what my first Sci Fi book was for the #RRSciFiMonth prompt, but this series was my favorite when I was a kid. I started reading them in the fourth grade. So it's pretty close to my first.

Reviewsbylola This seems super familiar. I think I read this as a kid too. 8mo
the_hibernator @Reviewsbylola Yeah, I think they were pretty popular for a while. They were pretty good. 😁 8mo
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#RRSciFiMonth starts today! The first prompt is my TBR for the event. I plan on reading Oryx and Crake, by Margaret Atwood and Storm Front for my #DresdenGroupRead that I'm hosting starting this month.

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I found this book confusing as it drops the reader into the middle of the action with no backstory. I don't know who I'm supposed to be rooting for, as every character seems to have good and bad characteristics. I am wondering if I missed too much being a Black Panther newbie (and really a newbie to superhero comics in general). But I will continue with the rest of the story with hopes that things will become more clear.

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Helping out some fellow bloggers by putting their #RRSciFiMonth (November) prompts up on Litsy. Have fun everyone!

@LitsyHappenings

imyril Thank you! And I‘ve made it in at last, hooray! 7mo
the_hibernator @imyril Welcome to Litsy! 7mo
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I have decided at the last minute to spend the next little-over-a-year reading all the Dresden Files books. Would anyone like to join me? I will start with Storm Front in November, and if people are interested, can post discussion questions on November 30. You are welcome to join later in the year, if you've already started the series and don't want to reread the first few.

@LitsyHappenings #DresdenGroupRead

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Great series! 8mo
jmofo I‘ll join up in January? I think I‘m on the third book, maybe? 8mo
the_hibernator @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Yup! I've read the first few, but thought it would be fun to start over for the sake of continuity in the group. 😁 8mo
the_hibernator @jmofo Fantadtic! I look forward to your thoughts. 8mo
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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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This was an amazing book. Everyone should read.

For full review: https://hibernatorslibrary.com/2018/10/30/the-hate-u-give-by-angie-thomas/

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My favorite 2018 nonfiction read this year was Killers of the Flower Moon. It was a well-researched and interesting account of the Osage murders that took place in Oklahoma in the 1920's. Suggested for readers of general nonfiction, true crime, and recent history. #NonfictionNovember

Reviewsbylola SO good! This made my best of 2017 list. 8mo
the_hibernator @Reviewsbylola Wasn't it great? 😁 8mo
gradcat I‘ve been wanting to get to this book...I‘ve read so many good reviews. 8mo
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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@TheReadingMermaid is having her monthly #24B4Monday readathon this weekend! I unfortunately will not be able to make 24hrs this weekend because of plans, but I will read as much as I can. 😁

TheReadingMermaid That's all we ask hon 😉 thanks for sharing 🤗 8mo
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The Cresswell Plot | Eliza Wass
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Castley Cresswell lives with her 5 siblings, docile mother, and abusive father. She is taught to believe that her father is a prophet of God. She begins to question this life view when she meets a boy who treats her like a normal person. I was surprised to rather like this book given the mediocre reviews I've seen on it. For full review: https://hibernatorslibrary.com/2018/10/23/the-cresswell-plot-by-eliza-wass/

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@SMayWrites There is a group on LibraryThing this past year that has been reading The Realm of the Elderling at one book every two months, and even that seemed a quick pace for them (I think they voted to take a month or two off in there). So one a month may be too fast. But that's your choice, should you decide to do a group read.

SMayWrites This is fantastic! Thank you! I'm surprised at the speed they chose. I'll try and figure out why they did it that way. 8mo
the_hibernator @SMayWrites It's possible they're rather dense? Some epic fantasy can be. I'll ask them. 8mo
the_hibernator @SMayWrites The person in charge of the group read on LibraryThing says the books aren't dense or difficult, but they are long and Hobb puts her characters through a lot (difficult subject matter, I guess). 8mo
SMayWrites Oh! Okay well that's good to know! Thanks so much for checking on that for me! I appreciate it! And I'll let you know about the reading group. I think I'm gonna do it! 8mo
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2019 year of Shakespeare, anyone?

twohectobooks I‘ll be reading my annual Shakespeare play, but he doesn‘t get the full year! 8mo
the_hibernator @twohectobooks Probably a wiser choice. I tend to over-commit 8mo
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Finished Ben Sasse's Them, about how political tribalism is an effect of the breakdown of culture from overuse of technology and the misuse of media (focusing on the stupid, sensationalized stuff instead of important issues). Some good points were made. Some boring bits included, too. But I give 4/5 stars because Sasse did a good job of remaining unpartisaned. For full review: https://hibernatorslibrary.com/2018/10/22/them-by-ben-sasse/

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Sounds good 8mo
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Really? They're comparing a 26 hour audiobook by George RR Martin to a 126 hour masterpiece? The same "scope and grandeur"?!!!

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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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My audiobook for the #readathon is this chunkster. I only have 6 hours more - there's a possibility I could finish it today if I do a lot of housework.

sprainedbrain One of my favorite series, and I ❤️ the audio so much. 8mo
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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Starting hour 0 of #readathon at 54% in my ARC of Them.

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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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This is my @DeweysReadathon TBR pile. I won't finish all (or maybe any of them), as I'm a slow reader who jumps from book to book. My goal for the #readathon is to read 12 hours.

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And I Darken | Kiersten White
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Finally finished my galley copy of And I Darken, by Kiersten White. I hadn't read it in all these years because the beginning was slow...but it picked up towards the end, and now I am interested in continuing with the series. It is the story of a female Dracul (Dracula) of Wallachia. It's good to see a female anti-hero.

For my full review: https://hibernatorslibrary.com/2018/10/16/and-i-darken-by-kiersten-white/

Nitpickyabouttrains I liked the rest of this series much more then the first book. It picks up a lot. 8mo
the_hibernator @Nitpickyabouttrains That's really good to hear. It's a solid concept, but it started slowly. Hopefully I'll get to the rest of it soon. 8mo
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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I'm grumpy today - not sure why. But I need a break from the kids. So once my husband gets home for the weekend, I am going to have my own, personal grumpy readathon. It will last all weekend, or until this strange wave of pre-partum depression ends - whichever comes sooner. I will try to read a total of 16 hours. #GrumpyReadAThon

Bkwurm I absolutely LOVE this! Because I often need a grumpy readathon too! I‘m stealing this next time I‘m feeling low. Readathon as therapy. 👍🏼📖 8mo
DGRachel {{hugs}} I hope you feel better soon! 8mo
Samplergal I‘ve been grumpy for a while. I might try this. 8mo
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the_hibernator @Bkwurm Readathon therapy really works - especially for low-pressure readathons. You are welcome to use the idea. 8mo
the_hibernator @DGRachel Thanks for the hugs! I'm sure a weekend of hiding and reading is just what I need. 8mo
the_hibernator @Samplergal Go for it! Readathons are great therapy. 8mo
the_hibernator Husband isn't home yet, but I told the kids they could watch TV, which is an even better baby-sitter. I'm starting! 8mo
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This is a memoir of growing up poor and white in Ohio. It is touted as a book that will help you understand why Trump was elected, and it makes some pretty compelling agruments about why his family switched from Democrat to Republican. However, it also gives some less-than-compelling arguments.

For more details, see my full review: https://hibernatorslibrary.com/2018/10/10/hillbilly-elegy-by-j-d-vance/

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Animal A-Z | Roger Priddy, Nicola Friggens, Louisa Cornford, Bethany Side
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I had to sneak a picture. 😂🤣 He's getting in his 10 minutes for the day.

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The Mars Room: A Novel | Rachel Kushner
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Superbly executed stream-of-consciousness story about a woman who is serving two life sentences in the California State prison system. This book was not about plot, but the characters and setting were what makes Kushner's novel Booker-worthy.

For my full review, see my blog: https://hibernatorslibrary.com/2018/10/04/the-mars-room-by-rachel-kushner/

BarbaraBB I love that you call it not plot-driven. I didn‘t like it at all but I was looking for the plot so maybe I was completely wrong. 8mo
the_hibernator @BarbaraBB Yes, I was looking for the plot, too. I was disappointed not to find one (which I said on my blog review). But as I was writing the review, I realized that the plot wasn't the point. 8mo
Joyfulmimi I like stream of consciousness books. I think that way a lot. A lot. @BarbaraBB @the_hibernator (edited) 8mo
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The Gene: An Intimate History | Siddhartha Mukherjee
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Started this gem after finishing Hillbilly Elegy on Monday. Excellent beginning!

Gezemice Amazing book. Enjoy! 8mo
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My intellectual stimulation for the day. Helping myself cope with my mom's Alzheimer's diagnosis. So far, it's depressing, but helpful.

readordierachel Sorry about your mom. That's really tough 💕 8mo
Bookzombie I‘m so sorry about your mom. Sending lots of love and strength to you. 8mo
the_hibernator Thanks @readordierachel and @Bookzombie ! It was a hard diagnosis to get, but she just turned 80, so she's rather lucky as far as Alzheimer's patients go. A lot of people get it at a younger age. 🤤 8mo
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Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood
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A very compelling read which says so much about the heart of a woman. It's my first Atwood, and I'm eager to read more. Suggestions?

To read my full review, go to https://hibernatorslibrary.com/2018/10/02/the-handmaids-tale-by-margaret-atwood/

MizDoniaBuding i loved this book too 9mo
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Greece in the Bronze Age | Emily Vermeule
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My intellectual stimulation for the day. I'm trying to learn a bit about ancient Greece, though this book mainly covers art and shards with a bit of copper and grains so far. Not lively enough reading, as shards mean little to me. I'll try one more chapter (next week) and see if I want to DNF it.

Bkwurm Good luck! I love Ancient Greek history and architecture, but it‘s hard to find a compelling book about shards. 🏺 I tend to give up on the non-fiction and fallback on the historical fiction. 🤫 9mo
the_hibernator @Bkwurm Thanks! I read a lot of nonfiction, but not much history. I prefer historical fiction to hisyorical nonfiction as well! But I will persevere, if not with this book, with another. 9mo
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Starting my scary reads for the season!

BarbaraBB Oh I haven‘t dared yet. Looking forward to your thoughts! 9mo
MizDoniaBuding thats next on my list after i finish the strain 9mo
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An Introduction to Judaism | Nicholas de Lange
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Today's intellectual moment....I'm introducing myself to Judaism.

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Hour 20 of #24b4Monday

This is my final count for the readathon, as I will be going to bed. Still...a good job, I think.

BarbaraBB 👏👏 9mo
Andrew65 🙌👏👏👏 9mo
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I really tried with this book. But sadly, I just could not find myself interested in the verse. It is a beautiful book, filled with color pictures of the plates. This Goelet version has new translations which (I'm told) flow better and are more true to the meaning of the plates than the old Budge version, which was translated when the understanding of the language was more rudimentary.

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Hour 14 of #24b4Monday - Just got this book from NetGalley, so thought I'd read it for a while. The first chapter was interesting, though a little scattered.

Reviewsbylola This definitely sounds promising! 9mo
TheReadingMermaid You're doing great! 🤘🏻 9mo
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the_hibernator @Reviewsbylola This is certainly an important topic, though so far the book reads as a list of facts and statistics with very little narrative component. This is exactly the type of book fact-hungry readers like, but I prefer more opinions and passion. 9mo
the_hibernator Notes: The second chapter mainly contained stats and facts about the unreasonably high percentages of poor black men who are incarcerated, and the stats on poor black women who are then left on welfare, a state that is highly stigmatized. 9mo
the_hibernator Notes: Third chapter read a lot easier than the first two, with fewer lists of stats and more narrative. It discussed the idea that the ratio of black to white incarceration rates are not actually unprecidented, and covers historical evidence of this claim. 9mo
the_hibernator Notes: Yup! I'm beginning to enjoy this book. The narrative doesn't flow seamlessly, but it is full of impirtant information that is teaching me about the history of policing in the US. The 4th Chapter is about police brutality (focusing mainly on the high ratio of brutalized black to brutalized whit citizens) from pre-WWI through the 20th century. Leaves 21st century mostly to the next chapter. 9mo
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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Hour 11 of #24b4Monday consisted of a half hour of drivel about The Meaning of Life and a half hour of The Mars Room.

Andrew65 I need to read The Mars Room! 9mo
the_hibernator @Andrew65 The Mars Room has certiainly been interesting so far, though I'm not sure whete she's planning on taking it. 9mo
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Hour 7 of #24b4Monday - first chapter of Auerbach's Mimesis. Still going strong!

TheReadingMermaid Doing great keep it up! 😃 9mo
BarbaraBB Great pic 💕 9mo
the_hibernator @TheReadingMermaid thanks! My husband came home and wanted to spend time, so my readathon was put on pause! 😁 But there are two more days! 9mo
the_hibernator @BarbaraBB Thanks! Caught two of the three catss! 9mo
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Hour 6 of #24b4Monday. I've been working on this book for a while, so despite my scattered ADHD choices for books for the #readathon I should still be able to finish this book before Monday.

Reagan-reads Kitty ❤️ 9mo
Clwojick That face! ♥️😻♥️ 9mo
TheReadingMermaid You're on a roll! 😃 9mo
the_hibernator @Reagan-reads @Clwojick Thanks! It's her good side! 9mo
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And I Darken | Kiersten White
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Hour 4 of #24b4Monday - with mixed shame and pride, I am finally reading my NetGalley ARC of And I Darken. Good so far!

Clwojick Ooh. I have this! Let me know if you like it! 9mo
the_hibernator @Clwojick So far, so good. It's not one of your unreviewed Netgalleys too, is it? 😂🤣 9mo
Clwojick No! I found it at the thrift store a year ago, but still have yet to read it! I have too many! 😂😂😂 9mo
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the_hibernator @Clwojick Yup! I know how that feels! 9mo
the_hibernator This book is also hour 8. 9mo
the_hibernator Also hour 12 - half way there! I'd better hurry up! 9mo
the_hibernator Also hour 15 - can I still make it to 24??? 9mo
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