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Blankets: An Illustrated Novel | Craig Thompson
At 592 pages, Blankets may well be the single largest graphic novel ever published without being serialized first. Wrapped in the landscape of a blustery Wisconsin winter, Blankets explores the sibling rivalry of two brothers growing up in the isolated country, and the budding romance of two coming-of-age lovers. A tale of security and discovery, of playfulness and tragedy, of a fall from grace and the origins of faith. A profound and utterly beautiful work from Craig Thompson. The New Printing corrects 3 small typos, widening the spine graphics, but otherwise is identical to the first printing.
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Fez223
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Amazing

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StaceyAnneHoffer
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Read this with this guy but he was more interested in decorating the tree #graphicnovel story wove so many threads of memory into a narrative full of rich shadows and luminous moments of clarity and love I was transported

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janeycanuck
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We have blankets stashed all over the house to snuggle under while reading with three up in the loft where I read the most!

#fallisbooked

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mdm139
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My mom is a quilter and I asked her to make me a Autumn quilt. This is the top of the quilt when we measured it to the king sized bed. #blankets #fallisbooked @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So beautiful ❤️❤️❤️ What a treasure! 2mo
OriginalCyn620 Love it! 🍂🍁 2mo
Texreader Gorgeous!!! 2mo
TheSpineView Wow! It is fabulous! 🧡🍁🧡 2mo
PurpleyPumpkin That‘s beautiful!😍 2mo
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megnews
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Difficult for me to review because I was able to find a path to faith from a similar experience & Craig was not. I think it does accurately depict fundamentalism & while I share similar beliefs, I‘ve also embraced room for questioning, critical thinking, & differences that I hope gives my kids freedom of choice (that God gives us) rather than forced belief. I felt sad for Craig at the end. Others who read this may have a different experience.

Crazeedi God expects us to question, to argue, to think and discover. Look at Moses and Jonah and all the other men and women of faith. We find our way to him by seeking and then understanding by the spirit. Sad to hear this author hasn't 7mo
megnews @Crazeedi I agree! My strongest spiritual growth has been through struggles with God. I think in these cases it‘s disagreements with pastors or other authority figures who may not be big enough to handle it rather than God who is, that turns people off. I wish they could see past people to God. Sometimes we get in his way. 7mo
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JillPill
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I really enjoyed this book. It hit a personal note for me as it was about the author's struggle with his Christian upbringing. I was raised in the church so I could really empathize with his struggles.

#Blankets #CraigThompson

GrilledCheeseSamurai Me too! Loved it. I'm the son of a baptist Preacher man so I had all the feels as well! 9mo
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dougbooks
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Before Blankets, I‘d yet to read a book that so accurately captured the feelings of my childhood. It was a bit unsettling. But, it made me feel a little less alone in the world. The only criticism that I have is that the ending was a bit flat.

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GrilledCheeseSamurai
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#ANewChapter #SnowyCover

My favorite Craig Thompson graphic novel. ❤️

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88

Lindy I love this one too. ❤️ 11mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❄️❄️❄️ 11mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz Have yet to read this!love the cover! 11mo
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batsy
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It's been awhile since I read this but I recall there were some lovely wintry scenes and imagery that bring to mind #HazyShadeOfWinter #WinterWonderland

@TrishB @Cinfhen

TrishB Looks like fabulous illustrations! 11mo
Cathythoughts Yes ! Beautiful illustrations ❄️♥️ 11mo
Cinfhen On my 2019 #TBR 11mo
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Lindy Oh my yes! Fantastic winter scenes in a wonderful story. The first time I picked this up was in response to an email from our acquisition dept at the library, asking to check our on shelf copies for a page binding error. I started reading and didn‘t want to stop. 11mo
batsy @TrishB @Cathythoughts @Cinfhen The illustrations are gorgeous 💙 11mo
batsy @Lindy I found it completely absorbing, too. And I remember reading it during Christmas break in the middle of a Winnipeg winter :) 11mo
Lindy @batsy Thompson makes such good use of white space, as snow, and also to show feelings. This is a perfect book for a Winnipeg winter. 👍 11mo
UrsulaMonarch What a good reminder to reread this, thank you all! 11mo
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bookish_wookish
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Book-Club-Mas Day 12

Final day!! Its a blanket! Im not sure what the writing says because i had to run off to work this morning! I love it and its so soft! This was so much fun! Ill definitely do it again next year if they do it!

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Kalalalatja
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Wooooow ❤️

This was beautiful. A coming of age story, with dark twists and secrets, sibling rivalry, faith and first loves. Just stunning 👌

Raemorales Looks good I am always on the hunt for a good graphic novel 13mo
Kalalalatja @Raemorales me too! This is a chunkster, and autobiographical, and full of beautiful black and white art 👌 13mo
erzascarletbookgasm Sounds good 13mo
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Reviewsbylola Perfect picture. You look so cozy!! 13mo
Kalalalatja @Reviewsbylola I was 👌 I‘m all about the cozy lifestyle at the moment 😄 13mo
Sarah83 I always wanted to read. Maybe now I will finally order it. 😊 13mo
mrp27 I enjoyed this one too. Really brought me back to my younger days and early relationships. 13mo
Erinreadsthebooks Great picture! I don't usually love graphic novels but I did love this one 💞😍 13mo
batsy I read it awhile ago (while in university!) but I loved it ❤️ 13mo
Suet624 This picture is the best. 13mo
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JulietteGF
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A beautiful graphic novel about the childhood and teenage years of Craig Thompson. The beautiful illustrations transported me into the Wisconsin winter. Perfect reading experience!

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Jennick2004
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The guardian of my book and blanket keeper 🤣
PS she thinks the pom poms on the blanket are toys!

CatLass007 She is beautiful! What is her name? 1y
BethM Our dog feels the same way about those balls! 1y
Jennick2004 @CatLass007 Kalli...very creative for a calico I know 🤣😝 1y
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Jennick2004 @BethM I better hope our dogs don‘t decide to try or I won‘t have a blanket anymore! PS, are you from FDL?! 1y
BethM @Jennick2004 sure am! 1y
Jennick2004 @BethM thought so, small world 🌎 1y
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GrilledCheeseSamurai
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#HeatOfJuly
#KissAGirl

A winter scene to help cool things down. 😁

Young love, coming of age, becoming who you want to be...Blankets has always struck a chord with me. I can relate with the whole 'growing up in a religious family and not agreeing with it' bit.

Anyways. Kissy kissy. 😘

Fantastic story. ❤️

@Cinfhen @BarbaraBB

daena Loved this graphic novel 💚 1y
BarbaraBB Great graphics! 1y
vivastory Habibi is one of my favorite graphic novels of all time. I definitely need to read this! 1y
GrilledCheeseSamurai @vivastory heck yeah! Habibi is 👌 1y
Cinfhen Kissy Kissy indeed 😍😘🙌🏻❣️Both GN sounds awesome 1y
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UnidragonFrag
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"--no matter how temporary."

Such a beautiful and honest telling of growing up, first love, and finding yourself (both spiritually & otherwise). Absolutely lovely!

Ingerella I've been wanting to read this one. It's my kind of graphic novel. 2y
UnidragonFrag @Ingerella it was so full of heart, but also a chunkster at over 500 pages! 2y
Ingerella Yes, I was eyeballing it at the bookstore..it's a bigg'un! I want to jump on it but geez, have I overcommitted myself to book clubs, buddy reads and swaps! My reading shelf feels like an assembly line! 2y
UnidragonFrag @Ingerella when it starts to feel like a chore, maybe back out of somethings? It's why I don't do buddy reads anymore. They stress me out because I can't keep up! It's a big book, but it only took me an hour or so to read it! 2y
Ingerella Definitely good advice! 2y
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zezeki
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I absolutely love this one!! It's a great story about growing up, falling in love and learning who you are. And the artwork is just 😍😍😍 @bookandcat #freakyfriday 📚📘📚 #graphicnovel

KCorter I ❤ Craig Thompson. His graphic novels always take my breath away. So lovely and so very sad. 2y
Zelma One of my all-time favorites. ❤️ 2y
bookandcat Craig Thompson books make me cry. So magical. I'm so glad you enjoyed this one! 2y
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zezeki
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I just started reading it and I'm already pretty much in love with it. 😍😍 I avoided black and white comics my whole life because I strongly believed in the power of bright colours, but this one is making me rethink my life choices😁 Thank you @bookandcat for this (seriously, no irony) #FreakyFriday 📚📚📚📓 #graphicalnovel #blackandwhite #escape #dreaming

bookandcat So glad you like it so far! 2y
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Sjhaug
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Beautiful. :)

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Dariachick
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Look what came!!!!! Thank you @ReadingRover !!!! I love them ! #blanketandbookswap @Tiffy_Reads @JoeStalksBeck

ReadingRover I saw that it arrived today. I‘m so happy you liked everything. I saw that the cookbook was on your tbr and couldn‘t resist getting it for you. You better post pics of all the literary themed foods you make now! 2y
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ReadingRover
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Thank you @Dariachick for the super soft blanket and the wonderful book! I recently reread the original and have been dying to read the GN so I‘m super excited. I‘m really sorry that your package didn‘t get to you on time. I should have sent it sooner. I hope you like everything once it gets to you. #blanketandabookswap @Tiffy_Reads @JoeStalksBeck

BibliophileMomma I haven‘t read this but have been wanting to for so long! 2y
Dariachick Awwww @ReadingRover I'm so glad you like!!! The blanket was super cozy! No worries bout mine can't wait till I get it :) 2y
ReadingRover @Tiffy_Reads I enjoyed the reread but I was totally enthralled by it as a kid. I wanted to make sure I had it fresh in my mind so I could see the movie. Let me know what you think if you read it! 2y
ReadingRover @Dariachick It‘s so fluffy!!! 🦄 2y
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Puredragonstar
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@Kelican17 Thank you so much! Your box was amazing I love everything!!! The blanket is so beautiful! I cannot wait to read this one I will definitely let you know how it goes! I love the socks, pin & sticky notes they are perfect! South Florida is to hot we live in AC year round never have the doors or windows open I keep the AC at 72 degrees so it gets chilly in my house so I love blankets!!! 😂💜 @JoeStalksBeck @Tiffy_Reads

Puredragonstar @Kelican17 I also wanted to say I found the print in the book ”Expecto Patronum” its beautiful! I have a tattoo of the saying 🤗 your wrapping was so cool! How creative! I would have never thought to have wrapped it in that way! My cat Darth Vader loved the paper and the bag! Thank you again! 😂🧙🏻‍♀️ #blanketandbookswap #bookandblanketswap #blanketandabookswap 2y
Reviewsbylola Love it!! 2y
Kelican17 @Puredragonstar I‘m glad you liked everything! Thats cool that you have a Harry Potter tattoo!!! I had fun hunting for all the stuff I thought you would like ☺️☺️☺️☺️ 2y
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Kappadeemom
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THANK YOU @goodbyefrancie for my blanket, book and journal!! I cant wait to snuggle in my blanket(with my dog and cat😆) I really enjoyed this swap! #blanketandbookexchange
@JoeStalksBeck @Tiffy_Reads

goodbyefrancie So glad you liked it! I haven't even had a chance to open mine yet. 😔 That pesky work thing has stolen my day! 😉 2y
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cobwebmoth
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@InsomniacGhuleh Thank you so much for the gorgeous mermaid blanket! I can pretend to be a mermaid now!😄 I haven't read this book, so I'm excited to try it. Thank you!❤
#blanketandabookswap
@Tiffy_Reads @JoeStalksBeck

AlaMich That blanket is awesome!! 🧞‍♀️ 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Cool blanket! 💜🧜🏻‍♀️ 2y
Tamra Beautiful! 2y
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Daisydo That‘s a great blanket! 2y
Tanisha_A Wow, love the colours! 2y
Meeko93 I want one of those blankets so bad! 2y
[DELETED] 3803335244 So pretty! 2y
xicanti Ooh! I love those blankets! 2y
Gissy So pretty blanket 2y
InsomniacGhuleh Yay! I'm so glad you like it! I've been stuck at work all day so I'll be posting pictures of the beautiful blanket you sent me and the book! 😊😊😊 2y
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Kelican17
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@Puredragonstar you knocked it out of the park for this swap!!!! I have been sick in bed for 3 days and opening my box this morning made me smile so BIG! Especially that Bob‘s Burgers pin 😂😂😂 I can‘t wait to snuggle under my new blanket and read this book! Seriously- thank you, i love all of it! #doctorwho #bobsburgers #sherlock #sloths #socks #blanketandbookswap

JoeStalksBeck Awesome! 2y
Puredragonstar I'm so glad you like everything!!! I was so worried about the blanket! I wanted so many different ones for you but I really liked the way this Dr who one looked. I hope it keeps you warm and I really hope you feel better!!! And I loved my box too!!!! I posted pictures!!! (edited) 2y
irre That book is great but bonkers! 2y
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Kelican17
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So excited!!! 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩 #blanketandbookswap

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therealdealbeall
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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! 2y
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melyndarae

Just remembered tomorrow is open day for #blanketandabookswap
Can't wait. I may have to open at midnight. Hehehe.
@BookishlyPleasant @Tiffy_Reads @JoeStalksBeck

BookishlyPleasant I cant wait either!! :D Definitely doing mine at midnight ;) 2y
umbrellagirl I haven‘t received mine and they haven‘t posted about mailing it. #feelingforgotten 2y
melyndarae @umbrellagirl Oh no. I hope they do mail it. @Tiffy_Reads and @JoeStalksBeck 2y
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CSeydel @umbrellagirl if you don‘t get one, let me know! I didn‘t join this swap, but I do have a handmade blanket just sitting here waiting for the right recipient to appear 💗👌🏼 @Tiffy_Reads @JoeStalksBeck (edited) 2y
melyndarae @CSeydel Aww that's so sweet. I'd like to know as well if you don't get one @umbrellagirl 2y
umbrellagirl @CSeydel @melyndarae You are lovely people! I am hoping that she sent it and just forgot to post 🤞🏻 2y
melyndarae @umbrellagirl I hope so too. 2y
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therealdealbeall
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@Lacythebookworm I have my package for the blanket swap!

Lacythebookworm Yay!! Hope you like what I chose! 2y
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Becker
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I don‘t read many graphic novels but I always have my eyes open for good recommendations. This one was a winner. Beautiful story and illustrations.

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Dempsey
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@hollynations Got it! Thank you so, so much! I love it! Yours will be coming next week! #blanketswap

hollynations Yay! So glad you like it 🙌🏼 2y
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PolaroidPoet
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It‘s here!! Thank you Becky!! #blanketandabookswap

BeckyandBooks Yay! I‘m glad it made it in time! Sorry I forgot the card! But I think I mentioned in one of my emails why I picked what I did. 2y
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cobwebmoth
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It's here! @InsomniacGhuleh Thank you! I'm glad I don't have to wait too many days to open it.😊
#blanketandabookswap @Tiffy_Reads @JoeStalksBeck

SandyW That's quite the box! I can't wait to see all your lovely blankets. 2y
InsomniacGhuleh Yay! I'm so glad it arrived safely! I hope you like it! :) 2y
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kamoorephoto
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It‘s here!! @crazycatlady 😻💓💓💓 My cats are very interested in it... Yours will be out at the start of the week (just on time, as usual!) #BookandBlanketSwap Can‘t wait!!!

Oliveskool Oooh that sounds like fun!! 2y
kamoorephoto So my dearest Josie @crazycatlady 😽 Amazon has really buggered up and was supposed to deliver part of your package via ONE DAY BLOODY (sorry to use my English slang) DELIVERY on Monday and they stupidly didn‘t use the callbox and now say they will deliver it tomorrow. So I will have to mail it to YOU tomorrow. Hoping I can still get the package to Vader by Friday/Saturday still 😩 2y
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melyndarae
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BookishlyPleasant Yay!!! So excited for you to open it!! 2y
melyndarae @BookishlyPleasant Me too. The box was bigger than I expected lol. I should shipped direct to you too. Haha. 2y
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InsomniacGhuleh
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@cobwebmoth I shipped your package out early this morning! It is coming by USPS with priority mail. I hope you love it! #blanketandabookexchange @JoeStalksBeck @Tiffy_Reads

cobwebmoth Thank you!❤ 2y
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Kendyl
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@Dulcinella a package is on it's way for you! I sent it yesterday but didn't have a chance to post. I hope you enjoy it. #ablanketandabook

Dulcinella Thank you! I‘m sure it is wonderful ❤️ 2y
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Gissy
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Finally this box will cross the Caribbean ocean to a happy Litsy family member @Daisydo 🎉🎊I hope you like it. I read all the specifications and tastes😜Even though we knew our matches, there is always a surprise element because we don't know what is inside the box🤗It was a pleasure to have some communication through email because we shared some information related with our passion to books📚😍 @JoeStalksBeck @Tiffy_Reads #BlanketAndabookswap

Daisydo I‘m so excited! I so hope you love what I sent. I know I‘ll love what you send! 2y
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bookish_wookish
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Holy crap that was fast! Benefit of living in the same state! Let the waiting begin! @Readergrrl

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Lacythebookworm
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It‘s heading your way @therealdealbeall 🎉#BlanketAndABookSwap

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Kelican17
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I got my package late last week! Sorry for the late update. Crazy, busy, fun weekend!! @JoeStalksBeck #blanketandbookswap

Puredragonstar Yay!!! Perrrrrfect!!! 😁😆👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
Puredragonstar I apologize for all my handwriting on everything ahead of time! Lol 😂 it‘s horrible! 2y
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Jadams1776
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@TaylorMay look what I got today!!
#Blanketandabookexchange

TaylorMay Yay!!! I was hella worried 😍 2y
TaylorMay Tomorrow!! (Or tonight at midnight 😉😉😉) I'm excited and I hope you love it 2y
Jadams1776 I can‘t wait!!! I hope you love yours too!!!! 2y
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Puredragonstar
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@Kelican17 it's here!!!! Mailman just knocked! Can't wait to open it on the 9th!!! #blanketandbookswap @JoeStalksBeck @Tiffy_Reads

Puredragonstar Testing 2y
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benchley1
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Ok, no box to show, I figured because it's just a book and blanket, and I was getting them from Amazon, no need to ship twice. I had already told my swap partner the plan.
#bookandblanketswap @JoeStalksBeck @Tiffy_Reads @BeedleBard

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InsomniacGhuleh
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It arrived!!!! @cobwebmoth I'm so excited! I'll be tagging you soon for yours! Keep an eye out! I would've had it out sooner if not for work. #blanketandabookswap #mail #ilovemail #morebooks #excited @JoeStalksBeck @Tiffy_Reads

cobwebmoth I'm glad it reached you safely! 2y
cobwebmoth There's a gift receipt in the front of the book if you need to exchange it. 2y
InsomniacGhuleh @cobwebmoth I actually don't! I started reading it on my phone via Kindle and am getting to finish it with the physical copy you sent. Thank you so much! 2y
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Puredragonstar
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@Kelican17 your #blanketandbookswap package 📦 is going out today!!!! One favor I do ask is to keep everything in the box till opening day. I wrapped everything but I wrote teasers on the packages! Please forgive my horrible wrapping! I hope you enjoy everything this was so much fun! My second swap!!! Yay! 🤗 #bookandablanketexchange @JoeStalksBeck @Tiffy_Reads

Drebae29 I sooooo wish I would have signed up for this one! Regrets!!! 2y
Kelican17 You got it, @Puredragonstar . 👍🏻👍🏻 2y
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Gissy
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It's here!👏👏👏my #blanketandabookswap box I'm so happy, now wait until March 9th😱Thank you @Daisydo My package will cross the ocean next week! Still waiting for something! Thank you @JoeStalksBeck @Tiffy_Reads

Daisydo Yay! A day early! They smashed it! Good thing there is nothing fragile in there! 2y
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