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willaful

willaful

Joined April 2022

Pretty sure my last words are going to be “where did I put my Kindle?“
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Alas, the greatest movie of the 90s didn't make the list. I am of course referring to STRICTLY BALLROOM! 💃🏻

The Shawshank Redemption was pretty good too. 😂

dabbe Unbelievable that that didn't make the list! Thanks for sharing and playing! 🤩🤩🤩 3h
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Greenery Street | Denis George Mackail
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LeahBergen 😆😆 1d
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We Could Be So Good | Cat Sebastian

WON THE LAMBDA AWARD!

I'm so happy!

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1. #BookSpin and #BookSpinBingo are really helping me out here. For the first, I keep a list of books I know I've wanted to read for a long time, and add them as spaces empty. For the second, I use categories that help me clear out different aspects of my TBR. (Like picking the oldest book.)

2. Not sure, because I'm in the middle of so many. I guess My Lucky Star, because it's my bookspin for June.

TheSpineView Thanks for playing!🤩📖📚 2d
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For those reading V.E. Schwab for this months #QueerBC, several of her books are available on Kindle Unlimited: https://www.amazon.com/stores/V.-E.-Schwab/author/B00MLKA3WM?ref=ap_rdr&isDramIn...

PuddleJumper Oh amazing! Thanks for the heads-up up 3d
lil1inblue Yesss! 3d
willaful @PuddleJumper @lil1inblue Glad I could help! 3d
BookmarkTavern Thanks! 💖 3d
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“In the course of three years he had learnt enough to be able to do nearly all the work of the man immediately above him, and to make the man immediately below him do almost all the work that he was supposed to do himself. This system is known as 'efficient coordination,' and carried to its logical conclusion implies that the head of the firm does no work at all, and that the junior office boy is ultimately responsible for everything.“

CarolynM 🤣 6d
Tamra There are so many quotable lines in this one! 4d
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Just the sort of dryly witty #BritLit I love, so far.

#PersephoneClub

LeahBergen I‘m enjoying it, too! 5d
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Great Believers | Rebecca Makkai
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“How could she explain that this city was a graveyard? That they were walking ever day though streets where there had been a holocaust, a mass murder of neglect and antipathy, that when they stepped through a pocket of cold air, didn't they understand it was a ghost, it was a boy the world had spat out?“

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“What a pisser.“

“I hate Illinois Nazis.“

“I'm not bad... I'm just drawn that way.“

I'm surprised my score is so low, but a lot of great movies didn't make it onto the list. Like The Princess Bride!

#TLT #ThreeListThurday

dabbe I know! What was wrong with people? How could THE PRINCESS BRIDE not have made the list! Thanks for sharing! 🤩🤩🤩 7d
willaful @dabbe It's based on how much money they made and TPB was kind of a slow burn movie. Though I saw it with friends during its original run, so I did my part! 😁 7d
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Great Believers | Rebecca Makkai
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A compulsively readable, heartbreaker of a story that had me reflecting on my own personal and generational traumas. It's a very caring view of the endless human cycle of living through -- or not -- terrible times, and how we somehow keep going.

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1. Not really a summer book, but I used to reread Doomsday Book by Connie Willis every summer.

2. Family camp! And then Vancouver, BC with my husband. He has a work trip.

3. I'm grateful our health center finally implemented test scheduling! My daughter's fasting tests are difficult to arrange.

Leftcoastzen I need to read that! 1w
willaful @Leftcoastzen It's a beautiful, heartbreaking book. 1w
Eggs Love # 2! Travel🥰 1w
willaful @Eggs Best part of my year. 1w
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Eric: A Novel of Discworld | Terry Pratchett
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Kind of slight as Discworld novels go, but certainly very funny. The ruler of Hell going all corporate is hilarious. “'This is really horrible,' said Eric, as they walked away. 'It gives evil a bad name.'“

#OokBookClub

Aimeesue +500 points for the The Good Place pics! 1w
Tamra The Good Place! 🤣 1w
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julesG 🤣🤣 1w
CarolynM My lasting memory of this one is of Rincewind exiting the Trojan Horse then looking back at where he‘d exited from and thinking “Says it all, really”🤣 1w
willaful @CarolynM 🤣🤣 1w
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Stand in the Wind | Jean Little
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Martha is devastated when a broken arm means no summer camp for her. Instead, she and her sister are stuck with two obnoxious visitors. But Martha decides to create Camp Better Than Nothing, and makes it an unexpectedly wonderful summer for everyone. I love fierce Martha, who read all the same books I read. 😁

#MiddlegradeMonday

BarbaraJean Ohhhh, I loved this book as a kid! Stand in the wind and eat peanut brittle!! I need to re-read this 😊 1w
willaful @BarbaraJean Yes! I don't think I've ever met anyone else who's read it. 1w
Karisimo Sounds like a great one! Thanks for posting!! 1w
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Taking it kind of easy this month because we are going to my favorite place in the world, our family camp. Swimming and dancing and reading, oh my!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Enjoy!!! 2w
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I was volunteering at our Pride event today and one of my co-volunteers was wearing this. 😍

NikkiCureton I have this as a tank top - Love it!😊 2w
Ruthiella Love it! 😍 2w
TheBookgeekFrau 😍😍 2w
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peanutnine Omg WANT 🤩 2w
LiteraryinLawrence I have a tote with this! 2w
AmyG Perfect 🙌🏻 2w
willaful @AmyG Isn't it fun? I'm kind of baffled by the ones with the same slogan... and a picture of Mickey Mouse.... 🤔🤷🏻‍♀️ 2w
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Amazing Grace Adams | Fran Littlewood

A woman at the very end of her rope spends the day struggling to get to her estranged teenage daughter, no matter what ridiculous or horrible roadblocks stand in her way. I generally hate “After Hours“ type narratives, and this is a rough read, especially for a parent, but it resolves beautifully.

Ruthiella I hate “After Hours” type movies too. I‘m not sure I‘ve quite encountered one in book form or if I have, it didn‘t register. 2w
willaful @Ruthiella I don't remember ever having done so before, except maybe in science fiction short stories. 2w
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Finally an #ISpyBingo! Two, if I had the time to find a book with a lightning cover and read it. :-)

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Looking fabulous!!! 2w
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Somehow there just keep being more books to add... 😱

#BookSpin #DoubleSpin for June

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2w
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A true #HailTheBail month! Given that I finished Demon Copperhead, I feel no shame. 😂 I also have some toofers but decided for my purposes, that's fine.

My #BacklistReadathon books were The Prisoner‘s Throne by Holly Black, The Hundred-Year House by Rebecca Makai (DNF) and The Wonder Engine by T. Kingfisher.

Also read from my #Bookspin list: Horizon, The Wonder Engine, The Operator (DNF) and Some Desperate Glory.

TheAromaofBooks Wooohoo!!! 2w
dabbe #hailthatbail! 🤩🤩🤩 2w
willaful @dabbe My favorite hashtag! 😂 2w
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I'm sure this is worth reading but unfortunately I found the lettering really inaccessible.

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Searching for Shona | Margaret J. Anderson
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A lonely rich girl impulsively swaps places with a girl named Shona while being evacuated because of the London Blitz, and finds a whole new family and life. One of my favorites.

Karisimo I love stories about the children‘s evacuation from London! Thanks for sharing!! 2w
willaful @Karisimo Oh, this is such a good one. Another I read recently is The Winter is Past. (Not a children's book, but has a major child character.) It's awfully sad though. 2w
rubyslippersreads @Karisimo @willaful This is one of my favorite genres too. Have you read 2w
willaful @rubyslippersreads Oh, that sounds really good. 2w
rubyslippersreads @willaful There‘s a sequel, too, though I haven‘t read it yet: 2w
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The Husbands | Holly Gramazio
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Funny and sad and sometimes horrifying. The audiobook is excellent.

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Ruthiella That‘s about right! 😂 3w
LeahBergen 😆😆 3w
TheSpineView Truth!🤣🤣🤣 3w
merelybookish Accurate! 3w
Tamra 😜 yep! 3w
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I'm really not the audience for delicate, slice of life literary fiction but the first person format made this more relatable, even if still kind of obscure. I may read the sequels because I'm curious about the lockdown story.

#BookSpin #DoubleSpin #BookSpinBingo

Also read from my #BookSpin list: Horizon, Some Desperate Glory, Wonder Engine and The Operator (DNF)

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3w
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The Reminders | Val Emmich

This poor book! I don't think any of the posts about it are actually about it. 😂

Nothing wrong with this, it just wasn't holding my interest. I probably would've finished the audiobook except one of the narrators put way too much emphasis on everything and it irritated me.

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Anyone else think so? #Pemberlittens

julieclair Starting this one tomorrow. I‘ll be on the lookout… 😁 3w
Crinoline_Laphroaig My Holiday Weekend read! 3w
Crinoline_Laphroaig I'm reading now. Definitely get that vibe. 2w
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Funny Story | Emily Henry
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A fun and swoony romance and two #ISpyBingo spaces filled, could life get any better? 😂 My full review on my blog: https://willaful.wordpress.com/2024/05/22/funny-story-by-emily-henry/

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Just the perfect #URC category for this. Do keep reading... it is so worth it!

#QueerBooks

Faranae 😎 very nice to see one of my templates in use! And good to know the book gets better. 3w
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The Chainmakers | Helen Spring
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#BookChain

36. set in a different time period 1800s/2020
37. at least five years older than Last Book. 2020 /1996
38. shorter than Last Book. 417/262 pgs
39. different time of year than Last Book. Winter /Summer
40. same format. ebooks
41. more words than Last Book's title. 3/4
42. fewer letters than Last Book's title. 24/21
43. published in a different decade than Last Book. 2024/1986
44. different area of country. rural England/London

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One of many heartbreaking moments. Mark can't even conceive of an accepting parent. 💔

(I don't think it's much of a spoiler to mention Eddie's faith is justified.)

Lovely, lovely book. How did Sebastian manage to follow up We Could Be So Good with something worthy of it? Is that even allowed?

#HistoricalRomance #LGBTQ+

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#MiddlegradeMonday #timetravel One of the powerful and gorgeous books of my childhood. Creep is an unwanted child whose mother keeps him locked away; when he escapes one day, he slips in time to the Industrial Revolution with no idea he's done so.

Karisimo Wow, that sounds intense! Thanks for playing!! 1mo
Daisey Sounds interesting! 1mo
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Demon Copperhead: A Novel | Barbara Kingsolver

“A ten-year-old getting high on pills. Foolish children. This is what we're meant to say: Look at their choices, leading to a life of ruin. But lives are getting lived right now, this hour, down in the dirty cracks between the toothbrushed nighty-nights and the full grocery carts, where those words don't pertain. Children, choices. *Ruin,* that was the labor and materials we were given to work with.“

cont.

willaful “An older boy that never knew safety himself, trying to make us feel safe. We had the moon in the window to smile on us for a minute and tell us the world was ours. Because all the adults had gone off somewhere and left everything in our hands.“ (edited) 1mo
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Before I got into #JustDance my choice would undoubtedly have been “She's Having My Baby.“ But I've encountered so much horror since. For example:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlW7T0SUH0E&t=6s

Deblovestoread I would definitely have the Anka song up there but your link to something that was oh so bad. 😂 1mo
julesG 😂😂 1mo
Ruthiella I did not notice as a child how icky the Anka lyric were! 😂 But El Chombo is something else! 🙊😆 1mo
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willaful @Deblovestoread @Ruthiella You think the song is bad, check it out with the dance! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkJcnMsOzG8&t=17s

I was so grateful I got the maximum score on this the first time so I never have to dance it again. 😂
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LeahBergen That Anka song makes me vomit. 🤣 1mo
willaful @LeahBergen I think it still deserves the prize, honestly. 1mo
TieDyeDude Yeah, that El Chombo song was good for a few memes, but nothing else.
“Having My Baby“ is such a weird song. Ugh, my poor ears! I think this is the first suggestion that has actually made me cringe.
“Thanks“ for playing 😉
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willaful @TieDyeDude you're welcome? 😂 1mo
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Moominland Midwinter | Tove Jansson
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My aspirational figure, Moominmamma.

BookmarkTavern Lovely! Thanks for posting ! 1mo
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Do you suppose Haynes introduced the clue-in-the-Parrot?

Aimeesue 😂😂😂 1mo
rubyslippersreads 😂🦜 1mo
Ruthiella 🤣🤣🤣Totally! 🦜 1mo
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CarolynM 🤣 Polly didn‘t wait for the 3rd act. He/she was giving it away from start to finish! 1mo
LeahBergen What @CarolynM said! That bird was singing from the “get go”. 🤣🤣 1mo
julieclair Love this! 🦜🦜🦜 1mo
batsy Now that I'm about halfway through I'm cackling away at this 😂🦜 4w
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An intriguing, slightly mystical young adult romance. I loved how it incorporated elements from different cultures and mythologies into its theme, and that the art is really important to the story, not just illustrating the words. It would make a fantastic animated movie.

#BlameItOnLitsy

@Faranae I'm tempted to use this for URC “fine art on the cover“ 'cause it's so gorgeous or should I go more conventional?

Faranae Definitely not one of the “serious“ prompts, so I say go for it. Also, it's a graphic novel so I'll likely actually read it! 1mo
willaful @Faranae I just realized it has a spiral, so I'm going for that instead. Much harder to track down! 1mo
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Kindle users, there's a 3 months free trial of Kindle Unlimited right now!

https://www.reddit.com/r/RomanceBooks/comments/1cnzoii/free_3_months_kindle_unli...

(Might be US only, I don't know.)

willaful I'm seeing in the thread that Candadians have a somewhat less good deal (isn't that always the way?!) but it works in the UK. 1mo
PuddleJumper Doesn't seem to work if you've had KU in the past 1mo
willaful @PuddleJumper Huh, I've had numerous trials before and it worked for me. Maybe a regional thing? 1mo
PuddleJumper @willaful Huh, i always get told I'm not eligible! Boo. I'll keep trying 😂 1mo
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Cress Delahanty | Jessamyn West
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44 of 100 · 44%
Your rank: #12 of 86 users on this list
You beat the avg. score of 29

I'm surprised it's not higher, honestly. I love these!

My suggestions: Cress Delahanty; Tam Lin/Pamela Dean, Dragonsinger/Anne McCaffrey; The Tightrope Walker/Dorothy Gilman; The Season of the Witch/James Leo Herlihy; The World of Henry Orient/Nora Johnson/Inside Daisy Clover/Gavin Lambet; The Silver Metal Lover/Tanith Lee; Cluny Brown/Margery Sharp

dabbe Fantastic! I am creating a spreadsheet of stuff from #TLT. I will add these to the list! And 44 is awesome! You scored way better than most of us! 🤩🤗😀 1mo
willaful @dabbe Awesome! I'll keep thinking of others, probably. 😂 1mo
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Demon Copperhead: A Novel | Barbara Kingsolver

“I'd started to see how being big for your age is a trap. They send you to wherever they need a grown-up body that can't fight back.“

willaful 💔 1mo
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The Breakup Lists | Adib Khorram
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My first #LGBTQBookBingo2024 bingo! Also my #TBRTarot read for “book by a male author, and my read for #queerbc

I didn't like this quite as much as Khorram's previous books. The main character, Jackson, can be challenging to like, which is part of the story arc and it does pay off well in the end. But there was a lot of internal lusting, which I personally find boring.

My biggest complaint though, was the ending is too tidy (cont.)

willaful ... and resolves a lot of issue without Jackson having to really do any work to change things. For example, Jackson is deaf and doesn't feel allowed to be an actor, only a stage manager. I would have loved for him to connect with a theater company for the deaf.

On the plus side, very sweet romance, what seems like excellent deaf representation, though not #OwnVoices, and relatable family issues. And lots of fun theater kid geekery.
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PuddleJumper Ooo congrats on the bingo! Sounds a bit middling but sometimes YA is like that especially with the easy wrap up. I've only read one of his Darius books so interested to see what his other books are like 1mo
willaful @PuddleJumper Kiss & Tell is really good. 1mo
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I started this book while waiting for my daughter at the library, and just finished the intro, about the widespread cultural impact of West Side Story, when I looked up and saw on the display in front of me, a book called A Place for Us.

Ruthiella Bookish serendipity! 👍 1mo
willaful @Ruthiella I guess it's a sign I should read it? 1mo
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Beetlejuice | Tim Burton, Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis
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I got 35% and had far more favorites than I expected! I don't generally think of myself as an 80s movies fan. I tagged “Beetlejuice“ because i watched it during a very depressed time of my life and it made me laugh so hard, I'll always be grateful for it.

I think I've watched all the movies on the list I want to watch.

dabbe Thanks for sharing! Do you have a favorite movie era? 🤩🤩🤩 1mo
willaful @dabbe I'm all about the oldies, 30s,40s,50s. Though the animated children's movies of the 21st century have been fire! And mostly what I've watched for the last 20 years. 😂

(I remember having a free evening and going out to see “Her“ in the theater by myself and being stunned to see advertisements for movies for adults!)
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dabbe I love the oldies, too! Especially film noir from the 1940s and the musicals of the 1950s. 🤩🤗😘 1mo
willaful Musicals were my first love. 1mo
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Doing a hybrid #BookSpinBingo card this month. This includes five books from my #BookSpin list, including the BS and DS, plus a number of general categories. I'm too eager to read some of these to wait!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Looks fabulous!! 1mo
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Had a good #BacklistReadathon month! Read books by D.E. Stevenson, Holly Black, Rebecca Serle, T. Kingfisher, Taylor Jenkins Reid and a story by Anna Marie McLemore.

My #TBRTarot read was Rebecca. (made into a movie twice.)

CBee Woot!! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Fabulous month!!! 1mo
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Pippi Longstocking | Astrid Lindgren
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#ChildrensClassicRead2024

So fun to revisit Pippi! This is the edition I had as a child.

I read the 2020 translation in ebook and found some differences from mine. Pippi refers to “fly poop“ -- I was positive I had never seen that, and indeed it was “fly speck“ back in the day.

And while in the old translation, Pippi ate a “rosy mushroom,“ in the new one it's a “beautiful red death cap toadstool.“ I'm not sure which I find more appalling! 😂

Cheryl_Russell_BookNotes I vote for “rosy mushroom”🍄 1mo
LeahBergen I had this edition, too! 😄 1mo
willaful @LeahBergen The golden age of children's paperbacks. 1mo
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tpixie @willaful @LeahBergen This is the addition I had also!! 🧡❤️🧡 1w
willaful @tpixie How I miss those days of great cheap paperbacks! 1w
tpixie @willaful yes! So affordable 💚 4d
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#BookSpin for May

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
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I Capture the Castle | Dodie Smith
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A book I love so much, I will never, ever see the movie. I own a hardcover, gorgeous old paperback, and ebook. Back before it was reprinted and digitized I had a second emergency backup hardcover.

BookmarkTavern Very cool! Thanks for sharing! 2mo
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The Chainmakers | Helen Spring
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27. different time of year than Last Book.
28. different format than Last Book. (audiobook)
29. same source as Last Book. (library)
30. more words than Last Book's title.
31. same country or world as Last Book. (America)
32. published same decade as Last Book. (2023)
33. title has fewer letters than Last Book's title
34. title starts with one letter above or below the first letter in Last Book's title.
35. fewer pages than Last Book.

TheAromaofBooks Nice!! You're doing fantastic - I'm stranded on 18, having read a book that starts with C and then every book since then starts with something at the end of the alphabet haha 2mo
willaful @TheAromaofBooks Lol! Unfortunate letter! 2mo
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“She has big brown eyes, a gift for climbing trees, porch railings, and rock walls, and an insanely vexing habit of mixing up potions and leaving them all around the house to become murky jars of pond water and expensive wasted spices. Her pixie cut has grown out in quarantine into a sort of surfer-boy cut. I once asked her to invent the worst name in the world and her answer, almost immediately, was “Pubert Squelch.“

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Didn't love either of my #BookSpin books this month, but I read them!

Also read three other books from my list: Alone Together, edited by Jennifer Haupt; The Other Half of the Grave by Jeanienne Frost; Serendipity edited by Marissa Meyers. And I didn't like them much either! I guess it's been a grumpy month, or maybe nothing can compare to a total eclipse of the sun. 😁

Booksblanketsandahotbeverage Off the list at least! 🤷‍♀️🤣 2mo
willaful @Booksblanketsandahotbeverage And we won't think about how many I've added. 🤦🏻‍♀️😂 2mo
TheAromaofBooks I've also had a grumpy reading month. Everything just seems meh haha 2mo
willaful @TheAromaofBooks Something in the air? I tried another from my list and DNFd it! 2mo
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