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Early Riser
Early Riser | Jasper Fforde
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RachelAmphlett
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I‘ve been absent from here a few days now as I‘ve been in the final throes of writing, getting a manuscript ready to go to the editor by the end of the week - this was me pre-coffee at 5:30am yesterday! It‘s been a productive time though, and I really do love being a writer!

LeahBergen You certainly look lovely for pre-coffee! Me? Not so much 😆 1mo
RachelAmphlett @LeahBergen thank the B&W effect 🤣 1mo
DaveGreen7777 WOO-HOO! Wishing you the best with your manuscript! 😀 1mo
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Tamra You must be dedicated at that hour!! 1mo
JazzFeathers Yayyyy!!! What will the book be about? 1mo
RachelAmphlett @DaveGreen7777 thank you - I saw the cover artwork yesterday and I‘m so excited! 1mo
RachelAmphlett @Tamra hehe - I couldn‘t wait to get back to this one 1mo
RachelAmphlett @JazzFeathers it‘s the second book in a new detective series with a male lead that will be launching in March - a different setting to my Kay Hunter series, and new challenges for me. I‘m having a lot of fun with it! 1mo
JazzFeathers @RachelAmphlett Ooooh! Mysteries 😍 How is it challenging? 1mo
RachelAmphlett @JazzFeathers getting used to new characters and world building from scratch - but I‘m loving it! 1mo
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vivastory
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Over the past couple of months I've made a significant dent in my BOTM collection. This, my first Fforde, is a serious contender for the strangest BOTM I read this year. There's so much happening all at once, it's a bit of a corporate dystopia, seasoned with Crouchean "what is reality" philosophy & the breezy yet effective satire of Pratchett. Strangely enough it all worked for me, but I could see it not working for everyone. Very unique.

JanuarieTimewalker13 Great review!! I‘m curious about this one, although it wasn‘t one of my picks. 2mo
Cinfhen Great review/ my #BOTM backlog is ridiculous 2mo
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vivastory
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vivastory
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Early Riser gets the ☕ & 🍞 (peppermint iced coffee pairs nicely with the winter setting; banana bread matches the🍌👖 feeling) This is my ffirst Fforde (couldn't resist) & although I'm only 60 pages in I'm sure I'll be reading more by him.

Godpants Oh you‘re in for a treat. Shades of Grey is another great stand alone if you want another before you jump into one of his series. 2mo
AlaMich I second the recommendation for Shades of Grey. 2mo
Lucy_Anywhere I love Jasper Fforde! I third the recommendation for Shades of Grey 2mo
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Zoes_Human
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Punctuated with Jasper Fforde's distinctive quirky humor, Early Riser is dystopian-light. It's fun, fast, none-too-serious, and will keep you guessing as to which of these asshats is actually the enemy right up to the end.

PLUS there is a bonus cool thing about it that is a spoiler which I fucking adore. I've included it in the “spoiler“ comment below. 😊

Zoes_Human You are NEVER told Charlie's gender. A whole book with an ungendered protagonist is fantastic! 2mo
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Seshat
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"I‘ve always been suspicious of game changers,‘ she added. ‘Sometimes the game doesn‘t need changing – or no one has a clear idea of which game will be changed, and for what and how much.‘"

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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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Pickpick

If I hadn‘t had the opportunity to attend an ‘in conversation‘ event with Jasper Fforde, I never would have given this book a second thought (other than “nice cover”) but I got to thinking, what would a world where winter hibernation was the norm be like? And just like that - I found out ☺️ big pharma, conspiracies, bulking up for winter, murder, blizzards, not actually dead zombies... just the tip of the iceberg!

charl08 Lucky! What a brilliant writer. 2mo
LeeRHarry Where did you see him? I went to an event last month in Hawthorn. I loved the Welshness of this one 😊 (edited) 2mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @LeeRHarry, same event! Readings on Glenferrie ☺️ I love the Nursery Crime books so really have just been letting everything else pass me by 2mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @charl08, I was equally excited that he was in conversation with Alison Croggon (one of my favourite writers in high school) 2mo
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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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“But I can‘t work out if you‘re a clever person pretending to be thick, a thick person pretending to be clever or just a chancer stumbling through the Winter without any plan or thought at all.”

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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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“I always knew stamp collecting would get them in trouble” said the woman, who I assumed was the 13th Earl‘s widow, “but look here, they were only doing a harmless spot of thieving...‘

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PickwickPlockPlock
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I am trying to stay strong and not buy every ebook that sounds interesting. But I have been interested in these two for some time now, and with each under 2€ I couldn't resist. I'll try to do better for the rest of the month, I swear.

BookHoarder32 Ooo Early Riser is so good ❤️ 2mo
PickwickPlockPlock @BookHoarder32 I heard it described as a Western in Wales, and I don't care for Westerns... But I love Fforde's books, so... 😌 2mo
BookHoarder32 I didn't see the western part... 🤔 it feels uniquely Fforde to me 😆 2mo
Deifio I bought The Night Tiger, too! 😅😁 2mo
PickwickPlockPlock @Deifio I love the English deal of the month 😁 2mo
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Seshat
Early Riser | Jasper Fforde

"‘She punched me in the eye so hard she detached my retina,‘ he said, ‘and all I did was place the preposition at the end of the sentence.‘

‘That‘s grounds for an investigation, certainly a reprimand, maybe even charges,‘ I said, ‘against Toccata,‘ I added, in case he misunderstood"

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Seshat
Early Riser | Jasper Fforde

"‘I need a new Novice with a good memory to train up. Good career path. Exciting too. Lots of challenges. Bit of cash, extra pudding. Medium to high risk of death.‘

‘What was the last bit again?‘

‘Extra pudding.‘

‘And after that?'

‘Coffee and mints?‘

‘I meant on your list.‘

‘Oh – medium to high risk of death.‘"

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OriginalCyn620
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This is sci-fi and fantasy, two genres I don‘t read a lot of, but I really enjoyed it. Sometimes going outside your comfort zone is a good thing! #selfimprovementsept
#bookthatisoutsideyourcomfortzone

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🙌🏻📚 3mo
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Rissa1
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1. I wanted to love this, but I couldn't finish it.
2. Friends
3. Prescription cough syrup, advil, zoloft, and coffee
4. Central
5. Black Cross
#Fryayintro @howjessreads

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The.Intentional.Reader
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Liked this book ALOT. Very cool take on dystopian literature.

Bradleygirl Jasper Fforde is dependably terrific 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 4mo
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DaisyDaniel
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Pickpick

What an author, what a world. Fforde truly is the master of the alternative universe - this was not only a gripping tale of espionage, conspiracy and exploration but every page also took you one step further into the fascinating version of wales Fforde has crafted. One where hibernation, mammoths and -60 C temperatures are commonplace. Having finished the book I not only miss Fforde‘s tone as an author, I also miss the world he led me through.

margreads I loved the early books in the Thursday Next series. Maybe it's time to read him again 4mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 💖📖💖 4mo
DaisyDaniel @margreads this was my first book of his - is the Thursday next series worth a read? 4mo
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CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 4mo
SW-T Welcome to Litsy 😊 4mo
margreads Absolutely, although from memory the second or third book were my favourites 4mo
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Sensitivemuse
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Mehso-so

Slow plot but the characters were quirky and interesting. The world building was really good too. I heard so much about Jasper Fforde, but this book just didn't really impress. I think I'll give his other books a try.

tpixie Before you give up on him, Try the Tuesday Next series. I enjoy those! ( I haven't read anything else of his).
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BookHoarder32 If you like fairy tales, I recommend his Nursery Crimes series 4mo
Sensitivemuse Oooo those sound excellent. Thanks so much he has awesome imagination and I didn't want to give up on him. 4mo
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tome.fries
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Pickpick

⭐⭐⭐⭐
Finally finished this #botm pick. It was definitely unique! What did you think? Did you read it?

Addison_Reads I just started this one today. I'm only 100 pages in. I like it so far, but I really have no clue where the story is headed, which is fun. 4mo
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Godpants
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July reads part 1. Favourites from these were Early Riser and This Will Only Hurt a Little. No Exit was also a banger.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Some great reads! 💕📚💕 4mo
Godpants @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I had an overall successful month. Didn‘t need to bail on too many. 😉 4mo
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rmaclean4
Early Riser | Jasper Fforde
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Silly confusing whimsical delightful and diverting. A great rest between heavier reads.

rretzler Loved it! Love Jasper Fforde! Have you read the Thursday Next series? 5mo
rmaclean4 @rretzler I read the first 4 books of the series and loved them. I wish he would continue the Shades of Grey series. He is so witty. 5mo
rretzler I haven‘t yet read Shades of Grey but I own it. I also have The Last Dragonslayer to read. I did read and love the Nursery Crimes series too! 5mo
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Godpants
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Pickpick

Every time I read a Fforde novel it‘s like revisiting an old pal. I know that it‘s going to be surreal and funny and sweet. It took me a bit to get my pace going but I enjoyed every minute.

rretzler I‘m a big Fforde fan! Loved Early Riser! I wish there would be a new Thursday Next! 4mo
Godpants @rretzler totally with you on that one! 4mo
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rmaclean4
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#24in48 hour 36...book swag. My favorite bag bouth at Avenue Books in Knoxville TN. Listening to Early Riser while I do chores. It is delightful and silly!! I am about 9.5 hours will not reach 24 but love a weekend that I prioritize books.

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PJPeski
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There‘s no author quite like Jasper Fforde! “[the mythical Wintervolk] all were great fun, but if there was one particular favorite of mine, it was the Gronk. Feeding off the shame of the unworthy while folding linen and humming Rodgers and Hammerstein hits has a certain inspiring randomness about it.”

rretzler Love Fforde! 5mo
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Godpants
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I‘m not going to finish that short story collection before it‘s due, so I may as well move on to the next. Fforde is a fav of mine, and I didn‘t even hear about this one when it came out last year somehow!

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whippoorwill815
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Pickpick

This was one weird book! It was a slower read for me and it takes some effort- the author throws you into the middle this bizarre alternate reality and it‘s definitely “learn as you go”.

Still, I really liked this! I haven‘t read a sci-fi quite like this before- it‘s got human hibernation, drugs, dreams, myths, extreme weather, sort of zombies, mystery, and intrigue (and more!). I loved the world building, once you get a handle on it.

#LMPBC

whippoorwill815 @cwarnier I noticed that for the next round your address is different - should I mail this to the new address? 5mo
cwarnier Yes please. I am moving the 15th of July for a new job! 5mo
whippoorwill815 @cwarnier How exciting!! Good luck moving, I know it‘s no fun!! 5mo
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whippoorwill815
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I‘m at my parents house this weekend which means I get a reading buddy!

I‘m coming down to the wire on my last #LMPBC book this round... this has nothing to do with the book and everything to do with my lack of reading time lately!

I‘m delving back in this morning to make some progress. I‘m about 75% done.

#dogsoflitsy

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rachelm
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I love library day

LiteraryinLititz What does the Leisure sticker mean? 6mo
rachelm @LiteraryinLititz it‘s from my university‘s library, so it‘s how they mark fiction apart from scholarship 5mo
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ralexist
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Mehso-so

This one is set in a world of extreme winters, during which some humans go into a dreamless hibernation. But our MC who's tasked in guarding the sleepers discovers that not all are dreamless, and those who do dream are sharing the same one. And this dream? It's out to kill the dreamers. The premise was good but I felt it dragged a bit in places. Not his best but still happy to see any new book produced by Fforde. #Booked2019 #ClimateFiction

Cinfhen Sounds interesting!! 6mo
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whippoorwill815
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My reading has sadly taken a hit recently between work and house projects!

I am getting in some porch reading this morning before the rain rolls in and I start on this weekends project- repainting the bathroom ceiling (thrilling, I know!)

I‘m a little behind on my last #LMPBC #Round5 book but hope to make good progress on it this weekend! I find it quite intriguing so far.

FlowerFairy Love your mug! 6mo
whippoorwill815 @FlowerFairy thanks! It was a gift from my cousins and it‘s one of my favorites!! 6mo
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BookHoarder32
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#bookmail #botm #ffordeforever

I ordered a used copy through hpb.com and they sent me a BOTM copy 😁 I finally feel like part of the club 😂

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StellarDoc
Early Riser | Jasper Fforde
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I'm trying to start my buddy read with @dgingo and #Loki keeps whispering sweet nothings into my hair. #CatsOfLitsy

cherinium My Gabriel loves my hair, too. 💕 6mo
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dgingo
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Next up is a #BuddyRead with @StellarDoc 🌑❄️

#BOTM

StellarDoc Tom Jones! 6mo
dgingo @StellarDoc 🎶🎵Yes! And “It‘s not unusual” starts playing in my head. 😂 6mo
StellarDoc @dgingo *side-steps and snaps fingers* 6mo
dgingo @StellarDoc YES 🙌🏼 6mo
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Decalino
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Jasper Fforde is such an extraordinarily inventive writer. I absolutely loved his novel Shades of Grey, and like that book, Early Riser brings to life a completely imagined, at times comically absurd, always utterly fascinating world. In an alternate universe Wales, most humans spend the frigid winters snugly hibernating, while a chosen few stand guard. Good stuff.

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whippoorwill815
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I received both of these today! #LMPBC #readersgonnaread

rretzler Loved it! 6mo
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TheLibrarian
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Day 4 - J

I have yet to read this but Jasper Fforde is one of my favorite authors. He‘s very creative and I can‘t wait to read this.

#30JuneBooks

howjessreads This one was... odd! Not as funny as some of his others. 🙂 6mo
bookishbitch I want to read this too! I love his humor and ideas. 6mo
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BookHoarder32
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BookBelle84
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Rainy day reading. #catsoflitsy

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j9brown
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Pickpick

Bizarre and weird and imaginative and so, so unique. A wild, wintery adventure that goes deep inside blizzards and deeper into dreams. So many wacky ideas and concepts that I could barely keep up!

@KatieDid927 I let this get beat up in my bag, I'm a bad book borrower and I put my shame here for all to see 😳 Gonna order you a new one when #BoTM come around again, promise! 💖

KatieDid927 Literal lol, no worries! 7mo
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rsteve388
Early Riser | Jasper Fforde
Pickpick

This book was amazing. Jasper Fforde did an excellent job of world building and thinking through each character and their motives and their behavior. Excellent work.

I need this to be a movie.

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rsteve388
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I am down to the last 50 pages of this book and it is....

Remarkable
Magnificent
Wonderful
Beautiful
Wonderful
Imaginative
Amazing world building

I am just in awe of this book. I love this story i hope i like this other books.

BookHoarder32 Shades of Grey is the most similar, but the others are enjoyable too. :D 7mo
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rsteve388
Early Riser | Jasper Fforde

I have a couple of questions about litsy that have nothing to do with the book i am curently reading.

1.) Why am I limited to 451 characters in Reviews. I understand the limitation in blurbs and quotes. But reviews?!! I need more words to really capture what i thought of the book.

2.) Do i always have to tag a book in order to post a blurb? Can i use a hashtag?

#HelpaN00B
#Newbie

julesG Can't answer 1) with anything but "it is so". As to 2), yes, yiu always need to tag a book. You can tag an untitled book. 7mo
rsteve388 Thats fair and good to know. 7mo
readingjedi If you need to say more in a review you can always use the comments. I do it all the time. 7mo
Kaye I‘ll just add my comment on your limited number of space for a review. I always struggle with that myself, as I‘m quite wordy. I‘ve had to learn to pare down my reviews to the basics with a general opinion of what I thought of the book and whether I‘d recommend it. 7mo
rsteve388 Ah adding more of thw review to the comment section. Sounds good. 7mo
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rsteve388
Early Riser | Jasper Fforde

#BookFitnessChallenge

Weekly Checkin

Total Miles Walked : 24
Total Books Read 2 (I finished This Fight Is Our Fight By Elizabeth Warren yesterday, Review forth coming)

Looking forward to going into next week!

@wanderinglynn

Kaye 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 7mo
wanderinglynn Fantastic first week! 🙌🏻 7mo
BookwormAHN Great job 👏🏻 7mo
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rsteve388 Thanks Y'all! 7mo
britt_brooke 🙌🏻🙌🏻 7mo
VanChocStrawberry Whoa! That's a lot of mileage! 7mo
Caterina That's a lot of miles, great job!! 🙌 7mo
Clwojick Woohoo! Crushing it! 💙💚 7mo
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rsteve388
Early Riser | Jasper Fforde

I am struggling this week to do my Nike Training. I have been working 10 hour days to ensure i have off on friday and that makes it hard to want to work out at the end of the day.

But I am still walking! 4.12 miles
Reading: chapter 4 This Fight is Our Fight - Warren
Read to page 100 today of Early Riser!

So goals have been reached. Not big ones but goals none the less.

#BookFitnessChallenge
@wanderinglynn

BookwormAHN Way to go, be proud you are working hard 👏🏻 7mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 Goals don‘t have to be big to be effective. You‘re doing great! 7mo
rsteve388 Thanks Y'all 7mo
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Clwojick Hey, I‘m sure working a 10 hour day can be pretty exhausting! Props to you for getting in some reading time and exercise time! 💕💚 7mo
Felso You‘re doing great!! 💪🏻👏🏻 7mo
TheSpineView You're off to a good start! 7mo
nu-bibliophile Keep it up you're doing awesome! 7mo
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rsteve388
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Walked 3 miles
Read up to page 77.

Getting there

#BookFitnessChallenge

@wanderinglynn

4thhouseontheleft Way to go! 7mo
wanderinglynn Great job! 🙌🏻 7mo
monalyisha I like this cover so much! 7mo
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lauren.lerner
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Saturday morning read with tea and company.

🍵📘🧒🏼
#botm #currentlyreading #bookandabeverage

marleed Too cute! 7mo
Cinfhen OMGeeeee!!! He‘s getting so big ❤️ 7mo
Cinfhen Adorable 💕💕 7mo
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Victoriahoperose
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Pickpick

I was really in the middle on this one but ultimately decided it was a pick because of how original the concept was and the fact that the author took such a big risk with his writing this story because of how strange and confusing it was. The description was very good and the story was interesting. A bit long and slow in parts, but overall, I liked it. #lmpbc

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RealLifeReading
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It‘s taking me a while to get into this weird world though. I love all the world building that‘s going on but with new and imagined worlds it takes commitment and the right frame of mind to immerse oneself into unusual places. And sometimes it takes more than one try to get into it. I love Fforde‘s writing and had the privilege to interview him when I was working for a Singapore newspaper and he was super nice!

Lillie Is this a standalone or the start of a new series? I love his Thursday Next series. 7mo
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Vicki22
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Pickpick

I love Jasper Fforde, he‘s got to be one of the funniest authors I‘ve read. He‘s one of those authors that make you wonder how on earth they come up with their ideas. Early Riser met all my expectations, 5⭐️ highly recommended.

rretzler Loved this book too! 7mo
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RealLifeReading
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I shall have to start a list of #peanutbutter quotes

Alockey That‘s a good list. 7mo
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