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therealdealbeall

Joined October 2016

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Pretty Face by Lucy Parker
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The Catholic Imagination by Andrew Greeley
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Pretty Face | Lucy Parker
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Keeping this in mind for the next time I direct a show. 😜

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The Catholic Imagination | Andrew Greeley
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With all of the rereading, highlighting, and annotating I'm doing, this book is going to take me ages to finish. 😂

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The Catholic Imagination | Andrew Greeley
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Returning to some college reading before Mass today. We only had to read the intro in class and I've been interested in reading the full book for awhile. After this one, I have a copy of She Who Is by Elizabeth Johnson to dig into. #catholic

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This is how to handle a day that mostly consisted of being out in the rain.

Ashley_Nicoletto This looks gorgeous. Enjoy! 2mo
therealdealbeall @Ashley_Nicoletto Thanks! It's been great. 2mo
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Your books helped me to reconcile my faith with my feminism. I could not believe it this morning when I heard of your passing. 37 was much too young and so much has been lost in your voice being taken from the world. I hope that as others see the news more will seek out your books and be encouraged to share in your spirit of compassion and acceptance.

Rest in peace, eshet chayil.

Photo from the Washington Post.

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We're reading this for a book club at work and I am glad! I can see how this book isn't for everyone, but I loved it, especially the way Yoon explores the lives of side characters and how they affect the main plot.

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Another show means listening to more audiobooks while driving to and from the theatre. What are your favorite listens for long drives?

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Act Like It | Lucy Parker
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I don't normally read romance (aside from Sophie Kinsella), but I bought this one after hearing about it on an NPR podcast and being interested by the theater aspect. Enjoyed the characters quite a bit, though the plot wasn't as compelling for me as stories in other genres tend to be. I'll likely continue with the rest of the series at some point. #romancy #slowreadersclub

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Thanks @Amiable!!! This was a really awesome box. I love that you included a tote from a local bookstore. Thanks @BurghBookAddict for arranging the swap. #litsyswapoween

Amiable I'm so glad you like it! This was my first swap so I didn't know what to expect. 😬 I hope you enjoy the books! I know that Isabel Allende is a favorite author but I didn't know which ones you'd already read! So I got you a couple of my favorites instead. 😀 9mo
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Vox | Christina Dalcher
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Mehso-so

Between a pick and a so-so for me. Overall, I found the book compelling and the plot kept me engaged. It took me awhile to get behind the premise because I kept thinking about the logistics of actually creating this type of society, and I felt like it took too long for some of the basic questions about how it functions and came about to be addressed. As others have mentioned, the ending does feel rushed and too convenient.

therealdealbeall I also would have liked to see the topic of religion treated with more nuance. Where The Handmaid's Tale made a distinction between religious extremism and people of faith who were not part of the group that led to Gilead, Vox seems to present all religion as oppressive and a direct cause of the book's dystopian setting. 9mo
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Halloween | Laura Marsh
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@Amiable I got my #litsyswapoween package! It arrived a couple days ago, but I'm just now remembering to post this.

Amiable Yay! Glad to see it arrived safely. 🙂 9mo
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Anna Karenina | Lev Tolstoj
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I love it when I can find special editions of classics on the $2 shelf at the library! This might get used on stage in my community theatre production of She Loves Me, even if it's not period-accurate.

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Crazy Rich Asians | Kevin Kwan
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I downloaded this audiobook on Wednesday when I realized that the movie had come out. I'd been wanting to read the books for a while since hearing Rebecca talk about them on All The Books, but I had no idea that the movie was about to be released. Ended up seeing the movie Wednesday night, but now I'm looking forward to reading/listening to the books. Did anyone else see the movie? I really enjoyed it!

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I'm glad that I decided to go with the audio version of this book. Listening to the author read added to the emotional intensity of the story. You can hear all of her love, anger, and sadness. This book is great not only for Parks and Rec fans who want to learn more about Harris Wittels, but also for anyone who wants to learn more about the current opiate epidemic and how the rehab system are failing to provide effective treatment.

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Mistborn: The Final Empire | Brandon Sanderson
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Despite not being in a show for the first time since January and trying to participate in buddy reads, I've been in a bit of a reading slump, aside from audio books. Stress and anxiety have been driving me more toward Netflix. Last week I went on vacation to Minnesota and promised my boyfriend I'd finally start this book he got me for Christmas. It took me a few chapters to really get into the story, but now I'm hooked and really enjoying it.

Nute Yay, Brandon Sanderson! 7mo
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The Dinner List | Rebecca Serle
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I went with The Dinner List and decided to pick up The Book of Essie since I never made it to the library to pick up my hold. Not sure when I'll actually end up reading these since I have so many other books I ought to read first... I'll probably start skipping months more frequently while I try to deal with my stacks of unread books. #botm

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Remember Me? | Sophie Kinsella
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I've been on a bit of a Sophie Kinsella audiobook kick lately. Just finished the tagged book on my drive home tonight. Along with these, I've also listened to Confessions of a Shopaholic and Wedding Night. A couple I'd already read, but I've found that her books are great on audio. I think Surprise Me and Remember Me? have been my favorites. It's been nice to have some light listening material.

arshi_anjum From where did you get the audiobook? 7mo
therealdealbeall @arshi_anjum I use audiobooks.com 7mo
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I left a couple books on my bed and returned to my room to find this... I wouldn't think this is the most comfortable pillow. 😆 #dogsoflitsy #readingbuddy

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My Ex-Life | Stephen McCauley
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Thanks @Djspens for my second book mail package of the day! The little pouch is so cute! 😁 #book mail

Djspens You‘re welcome! 2 in one day?! Lucky you 😂 14mo
rather_be_reading super cute! 13mo
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Rising Strong | Brené Brown
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Thanks @Elle_Skeldon for the book mail! You're definitely not the worst pen pal ever!!! I actually put a reminder in my phone the other day to send you a card, and this package was an even better reminder to get on that haha. 🙃 I LOVE this tote and I really appreciate the supportive note. #bookmail

Elle_Skeldon I‘m so happy you liked it! And you are very welcome. My handwriting is atrocious so I am surprised you could read it!! 14mo
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There was a bookstore grand opening today in Cedar Rapids, so of course I had to stop in and pick up a few things, including my first blind date with a book. This one sounds pretty good, even though I never finished reading Dracula. 😳

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Red Clocks: A Novel | Leni Zumas
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I went into this one not sure if I would like it, but it ended up being a pretty compelling read. The writing style took some getting used to, but once I was acclimated, the short sentences and chapters did allow me to read fairly quickly. I tend to enjoy stories where the lives of multiple characters intersect, and this was definitely that kind of book. I'm giving it a pick, but this isn't going on my favorites list.

therealdealbeall I definitely enjoyed Future Home of the Living God more than Red Clicks, which I know is an opinion that doesn't align with the feedback these two books got. Maybe the Catholic Studies student in me just enjoyed the Catholic imagery in Future Home. 🙄 I do think it was a good experience to read Red Clocks at this moment in Iowa's political climate. 14mo
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My library hold finally came in! Looks like I'll have this and a couple others to try to get through before I start the unread books I own >.

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Red Clocks: A Novel | Leni Zumas
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I haven't been super active here in awhile. Five months of unemployment despite multiple interviews and even more applications has put me in a funk and I started resorting to old habits of distracting myself with Netflix binges. I did finish a few books, but it's been awhile since I felt really engaged with my reading. I was finally able to get this one from the library. After this I plan to get through some books I got as gifts and from swaps. 👇

therealdealbeall The good news is that I was finally offered a job. It's just part time and starts in June, but it's one where I'll actually be able to use my brain and I feel like I'll be respected as a professional, unlike in my last job. I'd been getting concerned that my resume was going to show a huge gap, so it's nice to finally get *something*. 1y
BookwormAHN Congratulations 😸 1y
SledgeReader @therealdealbeall Excellent news! So happy to hear! Just in time for The Sparrow! 14mo
Elle_Skeldon Congrats!!🍾🎈🎉 14mo
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@iread2much I just opened the package. Thanks so much! I'm looking forward to trying the peanuts, and I'm very intrigued by the jacket summary of the tagged book. It sounds super fun and even seems like one I could have my boyfriend read when I'm done since we both like superhero stories. 😁 #FunInTheSunSummerBookSwap @BookaholicNatty

BookaholicNatty @therealdealbeall yay!!!! You got some awesome books!!! Love midnight at the bright ideas bookstore and also all the light we cannot see! I haven‘t heard of the other one but I bet it‘s just as good!!! ❤️ (edited) 1y
BookaholicNatty @iread2much great book selections!!! Thank you both for participating! I hope you liked all you got and that it brought a little sunshine to your day!! You both deserve it! Happy summer reading! 😘😘 1y
therealdealbeall @BookaholicNatty I had those two on my tbr, so I'm looking forward to reading them. Haven't heard of the other one either, but the summary makes it sound like a lot of fun! 1y
BookaholicNatty @therealdealbeall surprise books are always fun and hey if your boyfriend can read it to you got a double deal! 😂❤️ 1y
iread2much I‘m so glad you enjoyed the gifts! I tried to think of what books would fit into the summer theme for your surprise gift book, I definitely think it‘s a summer time read 😄 enjoy! 1y
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@AmberWB Your package is in the mail! #FunInTheSunSummerBookSwap

BookaholicNatty Yay!!!! Thanks for sending it out on time! You rock! I got you marked as sent but when you get a minute can you just add to Elfster that you sent yours to your match! Thank you so much @therealdealbeall 😘😘Hope you had a great weekend! 1y
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BookaholicNatty Now the wait!!!!! Lol 🌞😍❤️ 1y
iread2much Yay! 1y
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Does anyone have any suggestions for books that have helped during a job search? I've been applying for new jobs since November and unemployed (except temp stuff) since January. I've been getting some interviews, but keep getting rejection after rejection, including two today. I'd like to read something with practical tips or even just motivation since I'm becoming less and less confident that I'll find a decent job.

BarbaraTheBibliophage I wish I had an idea off the top of my head. It sounds like a truly difficult time. I‘ll give books some thought...hopefully I‘ll think of some! ❤️ 1y
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@BookwormAHN Thank you for your very generous box of books and tea! Today was the first day in awhile that I've been able to spend more than 10 minutes between temping and rehearsal, so I was just able to open this now. Today was also very disheartening on the job search front, so it's nice to have a lot of good books to look forward to.

BookwormAHN Your welcome, hope you enjoy them and your job hunt goes well. 1y
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@BookwormAHN Your box is in the mail. I'm really sorry I didn't realize when the open date was for this one. My life has been a mess and when I didn't see the date in the email, I just assumed we'd be getting another email with more information later. I felt bad, so I added more books to your box.

BookwormAHN That's okay life happens. I'll watch out for it and tell you when it gets here 😺 1y
BookwormAHN It's here! I'll post a pic after I open it. Thanks 1y
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1984 | George Orwell
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@TheBookAddict Thank you for the lovely package! I'm looking forward to reading both of these books, and the coloring book and puzzle are much appreciated, since being back in my parents' house has significantly increased my need for stress relief. Happy Easter. #easterbookswap

TheBookAddict I‘m glad you liked your gifts and I hope you enjoy the books! 😊 1y
therealdealbeall @TheBookAddict I'm sure I will! I actually started listening to the audiobook of Sing Unburried Sing, but the descriptions about the goat were a bit much for me to listen to, so I had planned to check it out in print. It's nice to have a copy since the holds list at the library was loooong. 1y
therealdealbeall @JoeStalksBeck Thanks for arranging this swap! 1y
TheBookAddict Yes, even reading that part was kind of rough. I‘m glad I was able to help you get your hands on a copy of your own. 😁 1y
iread2much Hi! Are you my partner for the beach exchange? 1y
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Easter | Gail Gibbons
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@TheBookAddict I got yours in the mail today too! The book is a used one, but based on your interests, I think you'll like it. Hopefully you like the candy too. I've been under some budget constraints, but thankfully there was some good stuff on sale. :) @JoeStalksBeck #easterbookswap

TheBookAddict I don‘t mind used book! It‘s ok, I understand. I also hope you enjoy your gifts and candy. I‘m crossing my fingers and hoping that you don‘t already own the books I sent you. One of the books is also used but in really good condition. I‘ve read them both and really liked them so I hope you do too. 😁 1y
TheBookAddict I hope you got my package. It was supposed to get to you Thursday. 1y
therealdealbeall @TheBookAddict Oh yes, I did get It! Sorry I saw it the other day when I got home late and I forgot to post it before I went to bed. 1y
TheBookAddict 😊It‘s ok, I just wanted to make sure you got it. I can‘t wait to open mine! 😁 1y
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The Playboy of the Western World | John Millington Synge
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Happy Saint Patrick's Day! ☘

I think everyday is great for celebrating Irish lit, but today is an especially good day for rembering that there are so many wonderful Irish writers. Who's your favorite Irish or Irish-American writer?

#stpatricksday #irishlit

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@Marmie7 Thank you so much for the Black Panther set! The treats are appreciated as well, but I'm keeping them away from Boo Boo. #funkopopswap #fps

JenlovesJT47 💚💚💚 1y
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@bridge12 Thanks for the books! I will be adding these to a few other recent political books that I have on my TBR pile, so your selections were definitely in my wheelhouse. :) Boo approves as well. @inwhichHeikereadsharder

bridge12 Yeah precious Boo! Enjoy!! 1y
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@Marmie7 I took your items to Fedex today since the post office was closed. I searched around town for Orphan Black Pops, but I couldn't find any, so I picked out a couple bookish Funko items instead. The book is one from my shelf that I'm hoping you'll enjoy since you had some historic fiction on your read list. #funkoswap @JenlovesJT47

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@Lacythebookworm Thank you so much for the beautiful package! I wish that I had been able to do more with yours. Today was pretty rough, so it was nice to be able to come home and open this. #blanketandabookswap

Lacythebookworm Sorry to hear you had a bad day, but glad you had some surprises at home! Were the other goodies in the package as well? 😊 1y
therealdealbeall @Lacythebookworm I'm sorry I wasn't able to do more with your package, but I've been unemployed for about two months now, so I don't have much money to spend. :/ 1y
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Non-Fiction | Chuck Palahniuk
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@moarbookspleaze Your box is in the mail. Due to some current budget constraints I had to pick a book off my shelf instead of buying a new one, but I hope you like it. #2018nfbe @inwhichHeikereadsharder

moarbookspleaze Yay! Thank you! And I am not opposed to pre-read books. 💜 1y
heikemarie Pre-loved is fine, glad it‘s safely on its way! 1y
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@Lacythebookworm your box is in the mail. I'm sorry that this is cutting it really close to the open date. I got the date confused with another swap and thought the open date was on March 15. :/ I'm hoping you get it in time and you like the items. Due to some budget issues, I had to pull a book from my shelf instead of buying one, but that does mean that I've read it and I know it's good. #blanketandabookswap

Lacythebookworm Not a problem! Looking forward to it! 1y
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@Lacythebookworm I have my package for the blanket swap!

Lacythebookworm Yay!! Hope you like what I chose! 1y
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As Bright as Heaven | Susan Meissner
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Last month was stressful and I hardly did any reading, so I'm finally just starting to get into this book now. I think it will be interesting to read after listening to Smoke Gets in Your Eyes. #readingbuddy

Elle_Skeldon I hope March brings you less stress! I was in the same boat. I am not sure if you received my reply to the pen pals email but I hope you know I am onboard!! Looking forward to connecting now that things have settled down. BTW I love your fur babies white socks!❤️ 1y
therealdealbeall @Elle_Skeldon yes I did get your email. So sorry I haven't sent anything yet! I have some swaps I need to send as well, so I'm planning to spend time today taking care of all of my Litsy mail. Thanks for your comment! Trying to deal with finding a new job had just distracted me from all the other things I need to do. 1y
Elle_Skeldon No worries at all! I just wanted to make sure my email found you. In fact I am happy to start the pen pal process! Seems like you could use a pick me up! 1y
therealdealbeall @Elle_Skeldon That might actually be nice :) 1y
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I decided that during Lent I wouldn't buy any new books, so I can't take advantage of the fact that this one I've been reading for awhile is now discounted on ebook. ☹ Maybe I'll get the paperback when it comes out later this year. The plot sounds interesting, but I'm also interested in the fact that the author's academic background is similar to what I'd like to study in grad school, and I'm interested to see how she applies her knowledge here.

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Finished this one. It was a little though to listen to some of the descriptions, but overall I think it was worth it.

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The Call of Cthulhu | H.P. Lovecraft
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While in the mall today killing time before Black Panther, my boyfriend walked up to me handed me this book that he bought me for Fake Valentine's Day (the term I'm using for our date night tomorrow). Seems more like something I'd buy for him since he's the Cthulhu fan, but it made me laugh when I saw it. 😆

alvingregorio Holy moly! Why have I not read this yet?!? 1y
readinginthedark 😂Amazing! Does it eat humans and boats and stuff? (edited) 1y
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A Prayer Journal | Flannery O'Connor
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I decided to start off Lent with some spiritual reading. This is a very slim volume that can easily be read in one sitting. The prayers in here are from O'Connor's time in Iowa City. They are honest and relatable, showing both her fears and her hopes. I think that even if you're not Catholic or at all religious you can still appreciate the insight this book offers into the thoughts of a young writer trying to navigate life away from home.

Djspens My daughter is a journalism/English double major student at the University of Iowa. I may have to get this for her, if she hasn‘t already read it! I love books that have a connection to the U of I and it‘s amazing Writer‘s Workshop. 1y
therealdealbeall @Djspens I think it could be a good gift for her! I went to college in NY, but I'm from IA, so I enjoyed learning about Flannery's IA connection when we read her in some of my classes. 1y
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Had to give this one another break during my drive home. Talk of blood already gets me a little queasy, and there's some blunt depictions of body prep in here. Of course, that is what I signed up for when I downloaded this audiobook. 🤤🙄

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The Brontë Plot | Katherine Reay
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Finished this one tonight, but not counting it toward my 2018 total since I've had it going for months as my waiting in line/waiting backstage/etc. book. I thought the pacing was rushed in the beginning, which left me feeling off about the rest of the book. There were some nice moments while they were in England, but I didn't find the plot super enaging. Decent as fluff reading. We'll see how The Austen Escape compares as I go through my ebooks.

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Just 45 minutes in and I can tell I'm going to have to take my time with this one. Perhaps it would have been better to read it than to listen to some of the descriptions...

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This is one that I both did and did not want to listen to. I may have been somewhat swayed toward the side of finally listening by the fact that she also majored in Medieval history/studies. 😶

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Our Lady of the Prairie | Thisbe Nissen
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I went into Prairie Lights for the first time yesterday to look for this book and was very happy to find that they had signed copies on the 25% off table. 🤗
#prairielights #iowacity

rather_be_reading wow awesome! 13mo
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