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vkois88

Joined October 2016

Proud Momma ❤ - Slytherin 🐍 - Bibliophile 📚 - Crafter - Disney Fanatic
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The Wednesdays | Julie Bourbeau
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1) Hogwarts, from Harry Potter. I‘m simple… I love the magical world and would love to be friends with Hermione and Luna!
2) Today I am grateful for reconnecting with old friends, and fond memories of others that they bring up…

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs

#wondrouswednesday

Eggs Agree #1! Thanks for playing ❣️ 3w
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LO woke up at 6:30 this morning, like it was a school day. So might as well get some reading in before the festivities we have planned for Halloween Eve. I can‘t wait to take her Trunk or Treating later 🧡🖤🎃

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Death by Pumpkin Spice | Alex Erickson
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1) The tagged book
2) Hopefully, taking my daughter trunk or treating
3) My daughter having fun at school and doing well

@Eggs @Avanders @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Eggs 🙌🏻🎃❤️ 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks How are you sweet friend? 🧡 1mo
vkois88 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m doing well! I have just been working, and enjoying weekends with LO… something I‘ve never had before! Trying to read when/where I can fit it in ☺️ 1mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88 that is great to hear! ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
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Avanders I hope you had a good Halloween! 🧡🎃🖤 Trunk or treating was a bust for us 🥲 but we were able to do some *trick* or treating, which he loved 🥰 1mo
vkois88 @Avanders trunk or treating was a littttle overwhelming for her. So we went home and made cupcakes instead! We didn‘t go trick or treating, since our neighborhood doesn‘t really do much, and it was a school night. She was really tired from Saturday still. But it was a good weekend! I‘m glad you all had fun trick or treating!! 1mo
Avanders Aww but it‘s nice that there was enough for you there for overwhelming to be a possibility… we had the opposite problem … no one else there! That‘s why we went trick or treating (a very little) as well 😁 Making cupcakes sounds perfect! 🧁💜 1mo
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The Wednesdays | Julie Bourbeau
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1) I have a happy planner journal I write in randomly
2) It‘s been a slow reading month. But I‘m getting some books in, so I consider that a good thing.
3) Today, I am grateful that I woke up and made it in to work. And that I have friends.

I missed last week, but thanks to @Kshakal for tagging me. @Eggs

I tag @Avanders @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks and @MaleficentBookDragon

Eggs Lovely! What do you do (work)? 1mo
vkois88 @Eggs I‘m an Access Associate at the local hospital, I do scheduling for procedures. I just started in September and I really like it! 1mo
Eggs @vkois88 How nice 🙌🏻 1mo
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Finally getting to this cozy mystery I‘ve been wanting to read for forever!

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Once Upon A Broken Heart | Stephanie Garber
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I loved being back in the same universe as Caraval, but at a different time, getting to know the story of Jacks and Evangeline. Stephanie Garber builds such unique worlds and has a beautiful way of writing that I find myself getting lost in each of her books. 4⭐️

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Hour of the Witch | Chris Bohjalian
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I really enjoyed this one. Brilliant all star cast, including Julia Whelan. 5⭐️

Crazeedi I have this on my kindle, glad to hear it's a good one! 1mo
vkois88 @Crazeedi I hope you enjoy it as well! 1mo
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Hour of the Witch | Chris Bohjalian
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Stitching while I listen to this book. Enjoying it so far…

MoBee reading this now, and can't put it down 2mo
vkois88 @MoBee I‘m really enjoying it too! 2mo
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Definitely a fast paced thriller told from three POVs. Had a few twists that came about in ways I didn‘t see coming right away that I enjoyed. 3.5⭐️

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#AudioStitching this afternoon. This piece is coming together fairly quickly.

#CurrentlyListening #Audible #MomsWhoRead #CrossStitch #Multitask

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Another fantastic addition to the Truly Devious series. I finished listening to this one this morning. Stevie and her friends have gone to a summer camp to solve a mystery from the 70s, and have a limited time to to do so. I really enjoy Maureen Johnson‘s writing and love this series. 4⭐️

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Hello Forever | Sarina Bowen
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Listened to this one at the recommendation of Colleen Hoover that all her readers pick up anything by Sarina Bowen. Definitely a book on the spicier side! A tale of two men who fell in love at a young age, then torn apart by circumstance, who find each other again later in life. Super quick listen. I enjoyed this one. 3.5⭐️

Kimberlone this was the first book I read by this author….so good and very CoHo esque 3mo
vkois88 @Kimberlone oh, thank you! I‘ll have to check it out ☺️ 3mo
CarolynM I love Sarina Bowen's books. @Kimberlone 's rec is a good one- that whole Ivy Years series is great🙂 3mo
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My Lovely Wife | Samantha Downing
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What a wild ride. Some twists and turns that I saw coming, others totally unexpected. Great first book of 2021. 5⭐️

Crazeedi Just thought about you, realized I havent seen you here for a while, hope you are well❤ 6mo
vkois88 @Crazeedi thank you for the thought ❤️ I‘m okay, just a little overwhelmed with life! Lol... I‘ve been in a major slump since March & only read two or three books. I hope you are well also 🤗 6mo
Crazeedi @vkois88 I hear you! I went through the same last year, I hope life settles down and you can pamper yourself more, big hug❤ 6mo
vkois88 @Crazeedi thank you, big hugs to you as well! ❤️ 6mo
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@tdrosebud

Tanya, thank you SO much for this lovely package!! I stayed up to open it and take pictures but waited to post them lol... I am excited about the books you chose for me. I have heard nothing but wonderful things about the tagged book. Madelyn Alt and Ellery Adams are high on my TBR, and the other two sound PERFECT for when the weather gets even chillier ❤️🍁🍂 The socks? 😍 And did you make the scarf???? I LOVE IT! Thank you 😊

BethM Perfection! I enjoyed the tagged book! 14mo
vkois88 @BethM it sounds so perfect for fall! 14mo
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Chrissyreadit I loved Murder on Astor Place too! The scarf looks perfect- everything about your picture screams cozy! 14mo
tdrosebud I'm glad you're happy! The tagged is one of my favorite series, I hope you like it. I did make the scarf, do you like the color? I figured a color called pumpkin was perfect for fall. 14mo
vkois88 @tdrosebud it‘s BEAUTIFUL!!! My LO tried to grab it this afternoon lol... I absolutely love it. Thank you, thank you, thank you again for this package ❤️❤️❤️ 14mo
Avanders 😍😍🎃🧡💛❤️👏🏽👏🏽 & great scarf!! 14mo
ferskner That scarf! 13mo
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Cozy | Parnell Hall
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It‘s here, it‘s here, it‘s here! Now to wait until tomorrow...

@tdrosebud @Chrissyreadit @ferskner @Avanders

#CozySwap #GettingCozy #CozySwap2020

Avanders 👏🏽👏🏽🍁🎃👻🧡🍂 14mo
tdrosebud Yay! I hope you like everything! 14mo
vkois88 @tdrosebud I‘m sure I will! I‘m so excited... I haven‘t done a swap in so long lol... and this is one of my favorites ❤️❤️❤️ 14mo
ferskner Woohoo! 14mo
Chrissyreadit So happy! 🧡🙌🧡🙌🧡 14mo
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Coraline | Neil Gaiman
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My current audiobook to be finished this afternoon. Meeting another prompt for the TBR & Beyond Group October Challenge. It‘s been years since I originally read this one... enjoying it so far.

Linsy Love that one! I might need to revisit as well. Listening to Neil Gaiman read his books is so amazing!!! 14mo
vkois88 @Linsy I‘m really enjoying hearing him narrate! I just read it myself before... I‘m glad Scribd has the audiobook ❤️ 14mo
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Mr. Monster | Dan Wells
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Working on finishing this one on our impromptu day off of work and school. Should be able to finish it up and start one of my books for the TBR and Beyond Group October Challenge.

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I forgot to take a picture, per my usual 🤦🏼‍♀️ However, my #CozySwap package has been shipped 2 Day Priority, with an expected arrival date of the 5th.

Avanders 🍁🎃👻🧡🍂 1y
Chrissyreadit 🧡🎉🥳🙌🧡🧡🧡 1y
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Tuesday | David Wiesner
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Tagged by the lovely @Kshakal ❤️

1) Typically kooky, though sometimes creepy can be a fun change of pace

2) Witch!

#TwoForTuesday @TheSpineView

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 🧡🎃 1y
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I was tagged by @Kshakal ❤️

1) All the things! The weather, the smell of the air, pumpkin everything... lots of stuff ❤️
2) Not really specifically Autumnal books, but I love reading spooky things. I have also taken to an annual reading of Hocus Pocus & the Sequel.
3) The tagged book, Beach Read, The Switch, Things No One Tells Fat Girls

I tag anyone who hasn‘t done this already 🤗🍁🍂

#WondrousWednesday @Eggs

Eggs Thanks for joining in 🍁🧡🍁 1y
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Whipped | Jenika Snow
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Mehso-so

Meh. I think I‘m too much of a prude for this kind of book... I don‘t mind sexy scenes as long as there‘s a decent storyline woven in, but that wasn‘t the case here at all. The biggest thing that stood out to me was that the main character was plus sized and LOVED IT. So for that, I gave it 2⭐️

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Whisper Man | Alex North
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Holy crap I really liked this. Way more than I expected, honestly.

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I was tagged by @Chrissyreadit to do this fun little activity to help my match for the #CozySwap get to know me! I‘m pretty simple... I love all things fall and cozy. Pumpkin all the things 😍 I‘m comfiest reading in my bed with a fluffy blanket and hot mug of tea or coffee (usually the latter, though). My favorite cozies I‘ve read so far have been the tagged series. I also really enjoyed the first book in each ⬇️

vkois88 Of the following: Carol Perry‘s Witch City, Louise Penny‘s Inspector Gamache, Ellery Adams‘ Secret Book & Scones Society, Ellery Adams‘ Book Retreat. I haven‘t delved too far into MC Beaton yet, but I‘ve devoured Janet Evanovich‘s Stephanie Plum books. I‘ve also read every Mary Higgins Clark book. Idk if they are considered cozies, but they‘re definitely mysteries 🔦🔎💉 1y
Chrissyreadit Nice post! 1y
ferskner I love this! 1y
vkois88 @ferskner @chrissyreadit thank you ❤️ I tried to find pics that spoke to me most. These are dream reading spaces 😍😍😍 1y
Avanders 🎃🖤🎃 1y
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Midnight Sun | Stephenie Meyer

I am struggling so hard with this book... it is so long, dry, and infuriating. Bella being painted as a selfless Saint, etc. Ugh. I‘ve always known Twilight was trashy but it was a guilty pleasure. Clearly I haven‘t read it in many years, so I‘d forgotten just how BAD Meyers‘ writing is. The story is problematic. Everything. But I WILL finish this on principle. As long as I don‘t scream, pause it, and have it auto-return to the library...

aroc I felt the same way! Had to bail. Just couldn't do it! 1y
vkois88 @aroc I‘m almost halfway through... and seriously debating the DNF too 1y
CarolynM I hate it when I reread something I remember enjoying and end up just seeing all the faults in it. So disappointing ☹️ 1y
vkois88 @CarolynM yes! I finished it, but boy was it rough 1y
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Me as I stalk my #CozySwap match... I have waited all week for this 😂😂😂

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Thanks for the tag, @Kshakal ❤️

1) Not often anymore. Between work and an insanely active toddler, I hardly have a second to spare. When I do, I‘m actually reading and don‘t have time to stage/take pics
2) I haven‘t kept track but probably at least 50

I tag @Endowarrior21 @Craftylikefox

#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

TheSpineView I remember toddlers! I am surprised you have time to even think! Thanks for playing! 👍😊📚💙 1y
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1) 👙🩳🧢👓🕶🌅⛱💻

2) Yes! Anytime you read or listen something to retain any kind of information is reading to me ❤️

Thanks for the tag, @Endowarrior21

I tag @Kshakal @Avanders @MaleficentBookDragon

I have done such a crappy job staying on top of these 😑

@TheSpineView #Two4Tuesday

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! Happy Tuesday! ⭐ 1y
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#CurrentlyReading this one on a dreary gray day!

heikemarie This ones on hold, looking forward to your thoughts! 1y
vkois88 @heikemarie I‘m about halfway through and enjoying it so far! 1y
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Undercover Bromance | Lyssa Kay Adams
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Mack was a difficult character to pin down at first. Sarcastic, rich, and knows he‘s attractive. All ingredients for the biggest jerk in the world, right? When a date suddenly goes VERY wrong, the king of the romance novels finds himself in over his head in more ways than one. He‘s always been better at giving instructions to save relationships, but now he needs to take his own advice and be willing to accept what he truly deserves in life. 4⭐️

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The Bromance Book Club | Lyssa Kay Adams
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Gavin is a professional ⚾️ player for Nashville. He & his wife have twin girls. We open the book with Gavin in a hotel, a result of having been thrown out by Thea after. Enter a group of men who call themselves the Bromance Book Club. Some of them are on Gavin‘s team, others are just acquaintances. I LOVE the character of Gavin. Even with his flaws. His stutter is SO endearing. You can tell how much he loves his family. 5⭐️

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Quarantined | Joe Mckinney
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Thanks for the tag, @Kshakal ❤️

1) Books
2) I like both, but mostly drink coffee
3) Chocolate
4) @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Endowarrior21

#WhatWouldYouDo

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you 💛💛💛 2y
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The Flatshare: A Novel | Beth O'Leary
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I really like the concept of this story and the way it was written! It was an absolutely adorable story of Leon and Tiffy sharing a flat at different times of the day. He works nights, so he sleeps while Tiffy is at work during the day. Most of the correspondence they have is through post its left around the flat. Yet something pulls them together unexpectedly and they meet by accident. This makes their bond grow, and they begin to fall in love ⬇️

vkois88 4.5⭐️ ... Honestly, this book probably would have been a 5⭐️ for me except that based on what I read, I feel like they weren‘t true to Leon for the cover. It was very white washed when I feel like race played a key factor in some of the story. Maybe I misinterpreted? I‘m not sure... but if not, I feel like that was a mistake on part of the publishers. 2y
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Just a Normal Tuesday | Kim Turrisi
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Thanks for the tag, @Kshakal ❤️

1) I‘ve always loved reading. My mom instilled it in me very early on.

2) Harry Potter (the obvious answer), Caraval, Stalking Jack the Ripper, Truly Devious, Stephanie Plum. I think that‘s it 😂

I tag anyone who hasn‘t done it yet!

@TheSpineView #TwoForTuesday

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Gotham High | Melissa de la Cruz
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Meh. It was alright. The illustrations were beautiful but the storyline was disjointed and predictable. 3⭐️

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This was a heart wrenching story of love, loss, and having to courage to build yourself back up again. 5⭐️

Crazeedi I have this on my kindle, good to hear you enjoyed 2y
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Practical Magic | Alice Hoffman
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I‘ve always loved the story of the Owens women. This book will always hold a special place in my heart ❤️ 5⭐️

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I love this book. Retta has a bigger than life personality with a wonderful sense of humor that literally had me laughing out loud several times. Bonus points for her narration, btw! It was interesting to find out how the person who brought Donna from Parks & Rec and Ruby from Good Girls to life was raised. There‘s something so satisfying about celebs who come from humble beginnings and acknowledge it in their current every day lives. 5⭐️

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Girls with Razor Hearts | Suzanne Young
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#CurrentlyListening while I try to get LO down. She had a late nap so it was a struggle to get her settled down. Don‘t judge 😬😬😬

Avanders No one over here judging 😘 2y
vkois88 @Avanders I hope you‘re doing well ❤️ 2y
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Let‘s try this again... Sorry, our internet has been wonky and Litsy wouldn‘t connect.

1) Romance

2) I placed two Book Outlet orders in early March when they started their 15% off sale, before things began to get rapidly worse. They were things for my entire family, and birthday presents for myself. I also received my preorder of So This Is Love.

@TheSpineView #Two4Tuesday

TheSpineView Sorry you are have internet difficulties that sucks! Thanks for playing! 😊 2y
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Wonderful Wednesdays | Eddie Robertson, Sylvia Robertson
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Let‘s try this again... Litsy kept shutting down on me yesterday. I was tagged by @Kshakal

1) Sunny with a chance of storms later, and it‘s 70 degrees.

2) Lilacs and roses

3) Harry Potter, Stephanie Plum Series, Stalking Jack the Ripper Series, and Caraval Series.

@Eggs #WondrousWednesday

Eggs Hi 👋🏻 long time no see! Thanks for joining in 🤗🤗 2y
Kshakal @vkois88 I forgot about lilacs!! 2y
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I‘m super wasted.

😂😂😂

I feel like this is fitting for the way most of us would like to be handling this world crisis.

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

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Blood Countess | Lana Popovic
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Tagged by @Kshakal ❤️

1) LO and I like to go outside and see what animals we can find

2) Introvert

3) 6... the tagged book and Pucked by Helena Hunting were my favorites

4) ❤️❤️❤️ @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Craftylikefox

#FriyayIntro @4thhouseontheleft @howjessreads

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you!! I hope y‘all are safe and well ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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Another solid book from Ruth Ware. A bit predictable at times, there were still enough twists to make the plot enjoyable. 3.5⭐️

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Shopping | Rosemary Wells
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For anyone who isn‘t aware, Book Outlet has a 15% off sale through Monday afternoon. I took advantage & got a bunch of Picture Books for LO since we will be starting our “homeschooling” soon. Her daycare has tons of doctors and nurses who utilize their care, so I opted to pull her to make room for those parents. It will be sad for LO, but we will have to deal with it. This is such a terrifying, stressful time.

BethM Hugs 2y
vkois88 @BethM hugs to you as well ❤️ 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks You did the right thing... stay home and stay safe!! Anna Claire was working at a daycare for only 3 hours a day so I made her quit! Just not worth the risk. I miss you! Send me a pic of LO 💗 stay safe 😘 2y
vkois88 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I will!!! ❤️ you stay as safe as possible. Thank you for everything you do as a nurse! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88 thanks Tori ❤️ 2y
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Thirteen | Steve Cavanagh
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Fast-paced thriller with a few twists I didn‘t see coming! A dual POV that allows us to go inside the mind of a killer as well as a con-turned-lawyer who tries to catch him before his client takes the fall... I didn‘t realize this was part of a series and now I want to get my hands on all of them to read. 4.5⭐️

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A humorous look at how the two podcasters got their start. 4.5⭐️

This is the only book I‘ve been able to get through so far this month. Life is so stressful with everything going on. Hope everyone makes smart decisions, stays safe, and keeps their families safe out there ❤️

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Friyay!: Blank Line Journal | Hunter Leilani Elliott
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I tag MYSELF. I LOVE this set of prompts ❤️
1) J.K. Rowling, Janet Evanovich, Kerri Maniscalco, Jenny Lawson, lots
2) RBG, Tina Fey, Greta, Jenny Lawson
3) The Militant Baker. I first found her after finding this article yearsssssss ago

https://www.google.com/amp/s/m.huffpost.com/us/entry/4453713/amp

I didn‘t know I needed her until I found her. She shot to fame shortly after with her FU to Abercrombie & Fitch.
4) I‘m not sure...
#FriyayIntro

vkois88 Also, obviously, The Bloggess. Both blogs can get heavy, so I have to check sparingly based on my own head space 😕 2y
4thhouseontheleft Anyone can participate, you don‘t have to be tagged! I follow the Militant Baker on Insta, along with some other faves like bodyposipanda and Jessamyn Stanley. 2y
vkois88 @4thhouseontheleft I think the only one of those I don‘t follow is Jessamyn Stanley 2y
howjessicareads How funny! I worked with Jes for a few years before she started Militant Baker. Small world. (She was Jes, I was Jessica, and the other Jessica was JT. Common name problems. 😩) 2y
vkois88 @howjessreads that‘s awesome! 2y
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Blood Countess | Lana Popovic
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I‘ve been in a slump so it took a while for me to finish this... but it was SO good. Dark and gritty. Can‘t wait to see which Lady Slayer the author picks to write about!

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A re-read, I love listening to Lin Manuel Miranda‘s thoughts. Perfect for right before bed. 5⭐️

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Hell's Princess | Harold Schechter
Mehso-so

This book was full of information. So much information, in fact, that it was overwhelming. It slowed me down a lot and I kept finding myself distracted. It was difficult to get through. In addition, I found gratuitous use of some language to be overbearing. Yes, they were names of the time, but it does not need to be dropped every other word. 🙄
The only reason I‘m giving 3⭐️ is bc of the amount of research that clearly went into the book.