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Three Bags Full: A Sheep Detective Story
Three Bags Full: A Sheep Detective Story | Leonie Swann
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A witty philosophical murder mystery with a charming twist: the crack detectives are sheep determined to discover who killed their beloved shepherd. On a hillside near the cozy Irish village of Glennkill, the members of the flock gather around their shepherd, George, whose body lies pinned to the ground with a spade. George has cared for the sheep, reading them a plethora of books every night. The daily exposure to literature has made them far savvier about the workings of the human mind than your average sheep. Led by Miss Maple, the smartest sheep in Glennkill (and possibly the world), they set out to find George's killer. The A-team of investigators includes Othello, the "bad-boy" black ram; Mopple the Whale, a merino who eats a lot and remembers everything; and Zora, a pensive black-faced ewe with a weakness for abysses. Joined by other members of the richly talented flock, they engage in nightlong discussions about the crime and wild metaphysical speculations, and they embark on reconnaissance missions into the village, where they encounter some likely suspects. There's Ham, the terrifying butcher; Rebecca, a village newcomer with a secret and a scheme; Gabriel, the shady shepherd of a very odd flock; and Father Will, a sinister priest. Along the way, the sheep confront their own all-too-human struggles with guilt, misdeeds, and unrequited love. "Three Bags Full" is already an international hit. "It's rather as if Agatha Christie had re-written "The Wind in the Willows," and I ended by loving it, "Jane Jakeman wrote in "The Independent." Funny, fresh, and endearing, it introduces a wonderful breed of detectives to American readers.
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yoavshai
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#BookCoverChallenge
Day 138.
Here I will note 365 books (or as many as I will have before I get tired) that have shaped my taste in literature. No explanations, no reviews. Just the cover of the book.
I do not challenge anyone. You are all welcome to take part.

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WanderingBookaneer
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My wife was ridiculously excited about this cozy mystery in which the sheep investigate their shepherd‘s murder. #FFFS #FallingForFallSwap

BookishMarginalia Indeed I am! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 4mo
AmyG Well that sounds interesting. 4mo
BookNAround I have this but haven‘t read it yet. I bought it years ago because a close friend and good reader raves about it. Maybe I should put it on my mystery bookspin list for next month. 4mo
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SW-T I loved that one! The sheep were great! 4mo
kspenmoll What a creative idea- I have heard of dog & cat detectives- sheep is a new one- 4mo
Callemarie Yayyyy ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
KathyWheeler This book was so much fun! I hope she enjoys it. 4mo
quietjenn It's so good! 4mo
Avanders Lol that‘s awesome 😂 4mo
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KathyWheeler
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Pickpick

This was a totally fun listen that left a lot of questions unanswered. Not in terms of the mystery, but in terms of the flock. The sheep aren‘t completely anthropomorphized; they are like sheep — they just understand English. #audiowalk

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KathyWheeler
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We drove to the beach today, and it wasn‘t nearly as crowded as I thought it would be. The park in Foley has fall decorations up. I have 2 hours left in my sheep cozy, so I should be finished soon. #audiowalk

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KathyWheeler
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It actually was down to 75° this morning! Of course it went back up, but I got a morning walk in first. My evening walk was nice too but was in the low 80s. I‘m still enjoying the sheep detectives. #audiowalk

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KathyWheeler
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The sheep have a memory sheep to keep their memories in case they forget things! I love that. 😊 I didn‘t get to walk far because my back started hurting, but I did get a mile in before I had to quit. It‘s been a bit since that happened. #audiowalk

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KathyWheeler
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The sheep are the detectives in this cozy mystery. I think it‘s going to be fun. The two larger pics are at Fairhope Pier, while the smaller ones are at Orange Beach. Most of the places with direct beach access weren‘t open; they probably need to do some cleanup after Ida. #audiowalk

MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm I just read this one last month and LOVED it! 5mo
KathyWheeler @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm I think your post about it was the one that let me know about the book. It sounded like fun, and my library had it on Hoopla. (edited) 5mo
TiredLibrarian We have a mystery book group that did this one, and it was a big hit! 5mo
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KathyWheeler @TiredLibrarian I‘m glad to hear that. 5mo
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm That‘s awesome! I have plenty of #blameitonLitsy adds to my TBR. It‘s nice to be the instigator for once! 😜 5mo
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MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm
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5 ⭐️s
I absolutely loved this book told from the POV of sheep! Definitely a unique murder mystery. I had no idea how it was going to end, but I did have a bit of an inkling before the flock did, though I still didn‘t have all the why‘s and who‘s worked out until the final reveal. I loved all the personalities of the flock!
I believe I have @Addison_Reads to thank for my copy? I know one of you fabulous Littens sent it to me, so a HUGE thank you!

MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm I also loved that I had the PERFECT bookmark to match with it! 😅 🐑 ❤️ 5mo
Addison_Reads Yay! So glad you loved it. It's such a great book. And yes, I'm the guilty party who sent it to you. 😀 5mo
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LeslieO
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One of my favorite mysteries. The sheep investigate the murder of the shepherd. They are “far savvier about the workings of the human mind than your average sheep” because the shepherd read books to them every day. #blueandyellow #CuriousCovers

Eggs 👍🏼😂💙💛 Perfect 👏🏻 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty 💙💛 7mo
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cwarnier
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#12booksof2020
On the fifth day of Christmas
This was sent to me as part of #lmpbc and I was very skeptical at first, but loved it once I got into it.

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LeslieO
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#3Books with animals on the cover. Another chance to post one of my favorite mysteries, Three Bags Full.

OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚🐶 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love your photo 😊 1y
quietjenn I *loved* that book! 1y
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LeslieO
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📖 Yes! I can think of two recent ones, the tagged book (great fun!) and Station 11.
📖 I semi-plan my monthly TBR. I‘m still a mood reader but I do gather what I‘m planning to read for the month. But still allow myself to change my mind!
@TheSpineView #Two4Tuesday

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 🌞💙😊📚 1y
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Addison_Reads
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Quirky book told from the sheep's point of view.

I really loved the different personalities of each sheep in this herd. Their observations of the world around them were humorous and kept me intrigued as the mystery unfolded and the sheep searched for answers about who killed their shepherd.

#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm This sounds VERY intriguing! 1y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
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Sharpeipup
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Gotta love #bookmail thank you @cwarnier for the extra goodies!

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cwarnier
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Pickpick

I loved this book. If you like sheep and solving thing, you should read this.
#lmpbc @Sharpeipup @BethM @nelehelen

#litsylove Feb birthday cards going out in the mail as well today.

cwarnier @sharpeipup You will have it by Thursday. 2y
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cwarnier
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I am taking a short break for me and the I will finish this book today. I have 50 pages left.
I am really enjoying it. @Sharpeipup
@BethM @nelehelen

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Kaddele
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The weather outside is just awful (thanks Sabine/Ciara) I‘m coughing and wheezing so what better way to spend the day than in bed with a long neglected project and sheep detectives?

julesG Feel better! 2y
Kaddele @julesG thanks! 2y
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cwarnier
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#lmpbc @BethM @Sharpeipup @nelehelen
Ladies, I am finally starting this book. I most likely will not finish before Feb starts, but will do my best to try. I have read the 1st chapter and am loving it so far.

nelehelen Glad you‘re liking it!! 2y
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cwarnier
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#lmpbc @Sharpeipup @nelehelen @BethM
I 💖this. I have not had a peppermint patty in forever.

BethM I‘m glad you like it! 2y
cwarnier Where did you get the peppermint cups? Those were amazing, and I dont usually do peppermint. 2y
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BethM
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Thanks @nelehelen thank you so much for this #lmpbc package- I adore fuzzy socks and face masks! @cwarnier yours was in the mail Monday.

LeslieO Three Bags Full is one of my favs! Sheep detectives!! 2y
nelehelen Yay! Glad you got it safe and sound. ☺️♥️ 2y
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gilroyc
Panpan

The premise seemed cute. But it just wasn't to be.

Full review to follow.

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nelehelen
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3.5/5
Finished this sheep detective story for #LMPBC and I thought it was cute but a little confusing for me at times because... well, it IS from the sheep‘s perspective so I shouldn‘t be too surprised. Ha! Looking forward to hearing what my group thinks!

This also fulfilled the “Book Gifted to You” prompt for #Booked2019. (Fun fact: it was a gift from @mrsmarch for my first Litsy Swap!)

Cinfhen What an interesting premise 🐑 2y
mrsmarch I also inflicted this book on @CindyRene, @Meaw_catlady, and @AnneFindsJoy for a round of #lmpbc 😂😂😂 I‘m clearly a sheep evangelist 2y
CindyRene This book was Soo much fun! Funny and smart and sooo much to unpack! Sheep will need a Shepard!😉😂 2y
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Meaw_catlady I really enjoyed this book! The perspective was amazing ! 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage I think I should send a copy of this to my cousin. She‘s a sheep farmer! @mrsmarch Think so? 2y
mrsmarch @BarbaraTheBibliophage She‘d probably love it! As @CindyRene says there‘s a lot to unpack. 🐑 🐑 🐑 ❤️ 2y
nelehelen @Cinfhen it was def a new PoV for me! Haha 2y
nelehelen @mrsmarch @CindyRene @Meaw_catlady @BarbaraTheBibliophage agree that there‘s a lot to unpack! A good book club book i think! 😊😉 2y
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Fairyvixen
Pickpick

Another go to book of mine. I often buy it for people, saying, I can‘t explain it just read it you won‘t be sorry. Part detective story, part mythology ( was melmont real ) but always very very funny

jeannasser Sounds interesting 🤔 2y
Fairyvixen It‘s incredibly funny but at the same time has a very dreamy mythical feel about it, actually I think I might start it again tonight 😊it‘s very comforting 2y
Cinfhen This book sounds amazing 2y
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gilroyc

If the other was something different, this is something silly.

#sheepdetectives #hardback

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yourfavouritemixtape
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I finished this on my way to work. It‘s a bookclub-book, which I usually don‘t review here but this one just needs a recommendation! It‘s a crime-story completely told through the eyes of a flock of sheep and I liked it very much!

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CindyRene
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Lcsmcat Awww! 3y
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mrsmarch
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Pickpick

Sitting in the upstairs hall in my pajamas because my children WON‘T SLEEP. I think the weather has them delirious. 75 degrees and 97% humidity. Looking over the #lmpbc copy of _Three Bags Full_ that came back to me today! So much fun!

Tamra Humidity is zero fun. 😖 3y
mrsmarch @Tamra We are melting. Patience gone. 3y
ValerieAndBooks I enjoyed that book — be sure to shuffle the pages to watch the sheep jump 🐑 ! Hope your kids sleep better tonight. 3y
mrsmarch @ValerieAndBooks it‘s 3:20 pm and things are not looking well. My 2 year old is rolling around on the living room floor screaming. 3y
CindyRene @mrsmarch I'm still talking about those sheep 😂 !! && Couldn't help but naming our puppy's new friend Zora 😁. I'll post a pic for you here in a bit 3y
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AnneFindsJoy
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@mrsmarch I‘m so sorry but I‘ve had a ridiculously busy month and am behind on my reading! I‘ve started this and it‘s so cute, I just need things to calm down in my life so I can enjoy finishing it! So it will be late coming back to you, but hopefully not too too late ! #LMPBC #round5 #groupQ

AnneFindsJoy @mrsmarch I finished it and mailed it to you , will arrive by the 19th! 🐑 🐑 🐑 3y
mrsmarch @AnneFindsJoy Hooray! At least you were its last stop! 3y
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Meaw_catlady
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#BFC photo challenge. I have listened to a few great audiobooks Norse Mythology and the Kiss Quotient being winners. But my favorite read so far during this challenge was this book. There was just something unique about it. Also here‘s my baby Lucy she has been here for me with the cuddles while I‘ve been on the struggle bus.

wanderinglynn Thanks for sharing! 3y
bewareofwords Those all look like great books. And cute kitty! 😻 3y
BookwormAHN Nice choice 👏🏻 3y
mabell 😻😻😻 3y
Erofan 😻 3y
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Meaw_catlady
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Pickpick

These flock of sheep were quite lovely. I enjoyed going on the journey with them to solve the mystery. Their naïveté was endearing and had me enlambered (get it) ?
There was a small trigger for me in this book but otherwise I enjoyed it a lot. It‘s fun to get a perspective other then human on a story.
#lmpbc #groupq it‘s on its way to you now @AnneFindsJoy !!

CindyRene Last time I checked the tracking it said your next one up should arrive today 3y
DaveGreen7777 “Enlambered”?! I see what ewe did there! 😂 🐑 3y
Meaw_catlady @CindyRene yay! I‘m excited! 3y
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Meaw_catlady @DaveGreen7777 I‘m dying 😂😂😂 thanks for the laughs 3y
DaveGreen7777 @Meaw_catlady BWAH-HA-HA!!! I thought you‘d like that one! 🤣😂 3y
AnneFindsJoy Looking forward to it! 3y
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suzisteffen
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#friyayintro @howjessreads
📚 Tagged!
📚📚 The trailer for “Always Be Your Maybe” came out! 😮😮😮
📚📚📚 hmmm Mediterranean or Thai
📚📚📚📚 Yep & like ... hm. 8? 10? Something like that. Perhaps some unknown ones, WHO KNOWS? Lot of uncles. 😂
📚📚📚📚📚 uhhhh I‘m bad at tagging people so GO FOR IT, EVERYONE

BarbaraTheBibliophage Oh why didn‘t I think of Mediterranean? 👊🏻 3y
suzisteffen @BarbaraTheBibliophage Luckily we‘re not ACTUALLY confined to our choices! 😂 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Seriously 😳 3y
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Meaw_catlady
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Salem is here too and he‘s excited to dig into our next #lmpbc book Three bags full! #groupq #catsoflitsy
🎶 meow meow black cat have you any fur? 🎶
@CindyRene @mrsmarch @AnneFindsJoy

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CindyRene
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@Meaw_catlady this is headed your way! Mailed it off today 😁
Hope you enjoy! 🐑🐏🐑
#LMPBC #Round5 #GroupQ

Addison_Reads This book has been on my TBR forever. I bought it at a bookstore in Austin, TX, with @Canndor years ago. I think I'll move it up on my list. 😀 3y
CindyRene @Addison_Reads it was such a fun read! Very well written and keeps you thinking for days. Hope you enjoy 😊 3y
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CindyRene
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This book was a delight to read! These sheep are not from the typical run of the mill herd, that's for sure. I related to them in so many ways 🤔😂.
Now to finish with all my mark-ups✍️. You would think I'm studying for exams of some sort- these 🐑🐏 really have my ⚙️⚙️'s turning! 🤓
#LMPBC #round5 #GROUPQ
@mrsmarch @Meaw_catlady @AnneFindsJoy

AnneFindsJoy Yay so glad it‘s delightful! I can‘t wait till it‘s my turn to read this one! 3y
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CindyRene
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Look what came in the mail today! @mrsmarch, I can't wait to get started on this!
#LMPBC #Round5 #GroupQ

mrsmarch Hooray!!!! 3y
ReadingRover That‘s been on my tbr forever. It looks like so much fun!!! 3y
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unabridgedchick
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Incredulous kitty: how dare I read instead of petting?

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mrsmarch
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In the mail either tomorrow or Monday to @CindyRene !! It baaaaaaarely fits in the envelope. #lmpbc #round5 #groupQ

CindyRene 💗💗 yay!! almost finished marking up Kindred too. Can't wait to receive your book! I'll be looking for it 😁🐑🐏🐑🐏 3y
mrsmarch @CindyRene I‘m going to be the last to receive Kindred! I‘m already feeling so much pressure to live up to everyone else‘s remarks. 😂😂 3y
CindyRene @mrsmarch I know what you mean. I'm feeling that pressure too. I think once we get going with each other's book it'll fall into place and be allot of fun 3y
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mrsmarch
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Bunny hasn‘t quite grasped that one of her jobs is to pose with my books. #dogsoflitsy #lmpbc #round5 #groupQ

Meaw_catlady Aww bunny!! 😻 3y
mrsmarch @Meaw_catlady She‘s like — I am laying here, why are you putting crap on me? I‘m going to take a big breath and knock it over! Take that! I hear a sound outside, it could be coyotes or brigands or highwaymen and here I am under Mom‘s dumb book! (edited) 3y
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mrsmarch
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“None of your shenanigans, Mother.” :: #lmpbc #round5 #groupQ

CindyRene 😂😂😂 3y
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mrsmarch
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#lmpbc #round5 #groupQ I think this means I‘ll always be mailing to @CindyRene right?

CindyRene This is new to me too, but yes that's how I'm understanding it 3y
mrsmarch @CindyRene As long as the 4 of us know what we‘re doing 🤣 3y
Meaw_catlady Haha so I‘m mailing to @AnneFindsJoy 3y
AnneFindsJoy Ah ok good to know! I‘m mailing to @mrsmarch each time! 🙌 3y
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mrsmarch
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#GroupQ is not joking around! I think we accidentally became a Litsy Markup Postal Magical Realism Book Club. #lmpbc #round5

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mrsmarch
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I literally cannot WAIT for @CindyRene to post her ideas for the 4th book! It‘s like waiting for the whipped cream on the frosting on the cake!

CindyRene Working on them now 😉 3y
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mrsmarch
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Ok, that‘s 2/4 settled? #lmpbc #round5 #groupQ

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quietjenn
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Just realized how perverse it is to be eating lamb over rice as I read this. OOPS!

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Graciouswarriorprincess
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Starting this tonight for one of my reading challenges.

SW-T It was a fun read for me 😊 3y
Graciouswarriorprincess @SW-T Thanks! I needed a book that was narrated by animals for the challenge. 3y
tysephine SHEEP DETECTIVES? Yes please *stacked* 3y
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Graciouswarriorprincess @tysephine I know! 🤗❤️ 3y
quietjenn I just downloaded this one for the same reason 😄 3y
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RachelAnne777
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#bookishrewind2018 *Credit @joyce.merces

Dec. 26 - Favorite standalones

📚 Jonathan Strange and Nr. Norell - loved the atmosphere, the writing style (it read like it was written the Victorian era to me), and the subtle magic
📚 Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman - lots of LOLing happened while reading.
📚 Three Bags Full by Leonie Swann - this is a murder mystery and the flock of sheep are the detectives!

Lauram Welcome to Litsy! 3y
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mrsmarch
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Man, checking Litsy at 3 am while I blow my nose and chug Alka-Seltzer Cold & Cough is bad for my TBR. I think I‘ve stacked like three books? Let me add to all of YOUR impulse-wee-hours by sharing this book I recommended to @trueisa4letterword before I went to bed last night. Do you like sheep? Do you like mysteries? Do you like sheep solving mysteries? Are you disturbingly fond of abysses and maple on toast? This book‘s for you!

rockpools That‘s quite a sell! 😂😂 3y
mrsmarch @RachelO It lives up to expectations too! 3y
shanaqui I've got to reread this sometime! 3y
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Librarybelle This has been on my to read list, but I‘ve yet to stack it on Litsy. Remedies that now! And, hope you feel better soon! 3y
Tamra I‘m sold! 3y
LiteraryinLawrence Feel better! 3y
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karenna
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#RiotGrams--day 3--naked hardcovers. This is one of my favorite cozy mysteries, pictured with its shorn fleece. What's not to love about a group of sheep solving their book-loving shepherd's murder?

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Bookworm83
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My sister and I put together bookish boxes as our gift this year and here is mine 📚🎄📚🎄 I even got custom coasters and bookmarks made by my little nephew 😍 Thanks @CaitMobley ! Love you 💜

DebinHawaii That's wonderful! ❤️💚 4y
RealLifeReading That's awesome! 4y
merelybookish A good sister! 👍 4y
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TommieMarie74 Love this!! What a great gift idea!! 4y
Owlizabeth Awwww 💜💜💜 4y
dragondrool Easily the bookmarks and coasters are the best part. Landon is very talented. Since I minored in coloring, I am qualified to say so. 4y
ReadingRover Best gifts ever!!! 4y
Cortg Love the bookmarks and coasters! Merry merry! 4y
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LeslieO
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Sheep are #unusualnarrators . This book was fun. #anditsaugust

IamIamIam If Carl Hiaasen liked it, that's enough for me!!! 🤣🤣 4y
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