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The Afterlife of Holly Chase
The Afterlife of Holly Chase | Cynthia Hand
119 posts | 82 read | 7 reading | 136 to read
Before I Fall meets bah, humbug in this contemporary YA reimagining of A Christmas Carol from New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Hand. On Christmas Eve five years ago, seventeen-year-old Holly Chase was visited by three Ghosts who showed her how selfish and spoiled shed become. They tried to convince her to mend her ways. She didnt. And then she died. Now shes stuck working for the top-secret company Project Scroogeas their latest Ghost of Christmas Past. So far, Hollys afterlife has been miserable. But this years Scrooge is different. This years Scrooge might change everything The Afterlife of Holly Chase is a witty, poignant, and insightful novel about life, love, and seizing second (or third) chances, perfect for readers who loved Before I Fall or Dash & Lilys Book of Dares.
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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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Favourite Christmas-y book of the year! This is a retelling of sorts of The Christmas Carol - but modern! A secret organisation - Project Scrooge - devotes itself to turning around 1 life a year, often of people who don‘t have a lot of time left to change. Holly, 17 - is a wealthy brat who receives the full treatment but doesn‘t repent & subsequently dies - and is then recruited into the role of Ghost of Christmas Past. Subverts all expectations!

ChasingOm I loved this one when I read it last year! 2d
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @ChasingOm, I got so into it - I was almost stressed out waiting to see if my theory was right 😂🤩 2d
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jmtrivera
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I took a break from worrying about the bad decisions #Holly is making in this book to finally start putting up #HolidayDecorations with the family!
#HollyJollyReading

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💗📚🎉 6d
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jmtrivera
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Some recent reading sneaks: On the right I was reading Funny in Farsi yesterday while waiting to exchange a purchase at the mall (thus the odd angle; didn't want to annoy the grumpy people in line behind me!). On the left, I'm reading The Afterlife of Holly Chase while @Ruri_kaichou tries to fix a podcast sound problem (which ended up, of course, being my fault).
#NetteReadsOddly #ReadWhenYouCan

Ruri_kaichou Hey! My basement! And it's not really your fault; Skype keeps finding ways to not work for us 6d
jmtrivera @Ruri_kaichou True! Silly Skype! 6d
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Patchshank
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I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would. I'm not super into Christmas or Christmas stuff, but this year I've been more into than usual. I have always liked A Christmas Carol and I like that this plays on that. The ending was also interesting. I thought I knew how it was going to end, but it threw me bit of a curve ball. I liked the actual ending more then my predicted one. I was expecting a boring disappointment of an ending.

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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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Me telling myself I won‘t need a book at the picnic

I can do this.

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jmtrivera
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Cozy Saturday night with a holiday-themed read!

Patchshank I am also reading this. I have about 100 pages left. How are you liking it so far? 1w
jmtrivera @Patchshank I'm only about a quarter of the way in, but liking it so far! How about you? 1w
Patchshank Yeah I'm liking it. It's a cute story. I like all the characters. I can't wait to see how it ends. I have a guess, but my first guess I think is wrong. So this guess might be too. 😅 1w
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Patchshank
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TracyReadsBooks
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Last day of the Book Fair is here and I have to do my part to support it...right?!? Right. (Never mind that I already bought my son a stack of books! 🤣) So, my selection is the tagged book which has great reviews and is billed as A Christmas Carol meets Men in Black. Sounds like a pretty good holiday read to me...Fun if nothing else! 🤞

Karisa I liked it. Fun concept and had a couple of twists I didn't anticipate. Light but fun! 1w
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Karisa
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"Without stories, we're all just lonely islands."
Her date looked at her blankly.

??? Me, almost everytime I try to have a conversation with a nonreader.

Day 2: #FestivePhotoChallenge #SappyHolidayRomance #WinterGames #TMSkellington

@Crimson613 @Clwojick @StayCurious

jillrhudy This dude isn‘t a keeper 2w
Crimson613 2pts! Great quote 2w
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Karisa
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Sweet teen take on Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Holly Chase is a mean girl (ala Scrooge) in need of a holiday wakeup. It took some turns I wasn't expecting. Nice, light holiday supernatural read.

#WinterGames #HolidayRead #TMSkellington
@Crimson613 @Clwojick @StayCurious

Charityann Love this book. I read it last year, and am going to read it again this year too!😊 2w
Crimson613 21pts! Nice :D This one looks interesting 2w
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Karisa
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Here is my TBR for December's #WinterGames (at least to start).

@Crimson613 @Clwojick @StayCurious
🎄#TMSkellington

StayCurious Some great choices! 2w
Crimson613 1pt, those look great!! :D 2w
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An interesting reimagining of the Scrooge tale, and probably a bit more accessible to a modern teen audience. A good blend of science, magic and good old fashioned teen angst! Holly can be a totally annoying character, but bear with her because, as we all know, the Scrooge comes good in the end...

Just right for dark nights when the weather is blowing a gale.

LA_Mead Ooh I really liked this one! 1mo
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RavenclawCris

Currently midway through. I seriously love this book.

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Cadyly
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I participated in the Do I Have That Book? Challenge! See it at cadyly.com. If you‘ve made a post or video for this challenge, please link it below! I‘d love to see how you fared! I‘m tagging @CrowCAH

LibrarianRyan That looks fun. 6mo
CrowCAH Oh wow, we have to time ourselves?! I know I have some of these categories covered. Once I do this challenge, I‘ll make a post. Thanks for the tag 😊 6mo
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Jess_Franzino
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This was far better than I ever imagined it could be. I seriously couldn‘t put it down! It had SO many chances to be cliche: from the premise of it being “A Christmas Carol” retelling to the fact that Holly (as the Ghost of Christmas Past) fall for the young “Scrooge”....yet, it subverted those cliches and brought in something inventive that captured the true spirit of Dickens. I laughed, I teared up, & enjoyed every page. It even got Meta. 5/5!

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rjsthumbelina
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My #justabookswap book! It's so funny, bc I have been seeing this book EVERYWHERE lately and thinking that I need to read it. Great job, @maleahrae ! Thanks so much for the book 🤗

@TheBookKeepers I will be mailing my swap today!

maleahrae Yay!!! I hope you love it! 10mo
TheBookKeepers awesome!! 10mo
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MommyOfTwo
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Oh my gosh you guys I can‘t tell you how much I loved this book. It sucked me in right away. I stayed up way to long last night to finish it!

It‘s a twist on the classic A Christmas Carol. Holly gets the chance to change her life but doesn‘t. Then she dies and becomes the ghost of Christmas past and has to help others see the errors in their ways.

megzlynn I read this at Christmas and loved it. It actually shocked me how much I enjoyed it. 11mo
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MommyOfTwo
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I like it when the pages are like this.

Tamra Are those called deckled edges? I‘ve never been certain, but I like them too. Reminds me of the days when book buyers had to cut their pages open. (edited) 11mo
MommyOfTwo @Tamra yes, it is called decked edges 11mo
Wife Some people hate them. But I love ❤️ deckled edges!!! 11mo
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MommyOfTwo
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Umm......

TheReadingMermaid Ha! Love typos like this 11mo
C.Perone 😂 Love finds like this 11mo
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MommyOfTwo
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Thank you so much @Avanders great package like always!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️ #CoffeeBeanBookClub #cbbc

BethM Those socks are awesome! And I haven't seen sugar cookie before! 11mo
Avanders 😘🥰♥️ And @BethM I know.. me neither & I love finding new flavors! 👏🏽👏🏽 (edited) 11mo
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Just finishing some reading before my online book club begins reading a book! #CynthiaHand #Winterreading #sundayreading #retellings #books #bookclub

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megzlynn
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Now that the holiday rush is over I finally have time to process my thoughts about this book. I ended up loving it. I guessed the ending halfway through but it was still light hearted and fun. It is exactly what I look for in a Christmas read.

Maria514626 I started this one and got distracted. 😄 Sounds like it‘s worth getting back to! 11mo
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Bookgoil
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I‘ve finally finished this one! I kinda saw that ending coming for a while to be honest. It doesn‘t look like it but this is a retelling kinda of A Christmas Carol and I really enjoyed It! Trying to decide which book will end my year of reading. #dogsoflitsy also Calli is crazy right now but is a good snuggle bug normally.

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Adelle1
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I really loved this book! I read reviews where people couldn‘t stand the main character, but I actually rooted for her. It was a perfect read just before Christmas. I‘d love some sort of follow-up to this book.

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Coffee_house_booknook
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Spent my Holiday reading this Charles Dickens reread and am rather enjoying it! Pleasantly surprised!

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MrBook
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Thank you, @Avanders ! What @BookBabe said 😁:

Omg! @MrBook and I are absolutely delighted by these wonderful gifts from our dear friend @Avanders ! We‘re especially excited about the tagged book! 😍 The others we‘ve been meaning to read too. And the coffee smells amazing! Can‘t wait to try all these lovely treats. The socks! That notebook! 😂👌🏻 Everything! Thank you so much, dear friend! You‘ve given us a splendid end to a very long day. 🤗❤️

Avanders 😘🥰♥️🎄🤗 12mo
Peddler410 I just got the tagged book on iBooks! 12mo
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BookBabe
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Omg! @MrBook and I are absolutely delighted by these wonderful gifts from our dear friend @Avanders ! We‘re especially excited about the tagged book! 😍 The others we‘ve been meaning to read too. And the coffee smells amazing! Can‘t wait to try all these lovely treats. The socks! That notebook! 😂👌🏻 Everything! Thank you so much, dear friend! You‘ve given us a splendid end to a very long day. 🤗❤️

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 12mo
Avanders 😘🥰♥️🎄🤗 12mo
Peddler410 I recently got the tagged book on iBooks! 12mo
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Bookgoil
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1. The first thing you should probably know is that Yvonne Worthington Chase was dead.
2. 389
3. Slothlike
4. Havisham
5. Black
6. Fantasy
7. I‘m, cold
8. Red
9. C.H.
10. Morning
11. 2017
12. Only Kirkus Reviews...

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Bookgoil
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Christmas Day plans... reading, coffee and doggies. My husband is sleeping and then works so we are having most of our Christmas on Saturday coming up. Saw my family last night and ready to relax and spend the day with my pups. #dogsoflitsy Not feeling as blue as I thought I would but if anyone needs to talk I‘m here #joinin

Lauram Merry Christmas. It looks like you have a wonderful stack of books to tackle today. 12mo
Tamra That sounds like a VERY nice Xmas day to me! 😊 12mo
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Slajaunie
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This was a neat little book. It was a perfect read for Christmas. I really got to like Holly and her place in everything. Merry Christmas everyone!! This is my family ready for bed after midnight Mass.

CarolynM Merry Christmas to you and your family 🎄❤️ 12mo
SleepyDragon Merry Christmas! We always go to the Children's reenactment vigil Mass, but when my kids are older, I want to try the midnight Mass sometime. Merry Christmas! 12mo
BiblioLitten Merry Christmas! 🎄 12mo
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Naj Merry Christmas!💚🎄 12mo
Texreader Merry Christmas!! 🎁🎄⭐️ 12mo
Redwritinghood Merry Christmas! 12mo
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[#BookReview] The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand. This was such a fun quick Christmas story that I think deserves all the hype it gets. I really enjoyed the characters, story, and the warm holiday fuzzy feelings the ending gives you while reading. I think this book would make a fantastic holiday movie! Have you read it? 📖🎄✨

https://heathersreadinghideaway.blogspot.com/2018/12/book-review-afterlife-of-ho...

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Coleen_Nieto
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I can't remember who recommended this book, but it's a perfect read this week!

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tracy_anne8
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I don't normally read Holiday themed books but this was a good retelling of A Christmas Carol. I enjoyed it a lot, especially the ending. #audiobook #scribd #ya #bahumbug #christmas

DeleteAcct Me too! 12mo
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dizie_lizie
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Up next! Participating in the Christmas at Hogwarts #magicalfeast2018 readathon, and will be reading this one for the help Hagrid decorate the trees (book with gold details) prompt.

#currentread

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BooksAndTea97
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This is sort of like a part 2 of my previous recommendation.
So for #AdventRecommends day 18 I recomend a modern YA Christmas Carol.
This is such an amazing story! I am absolutely in love with it. It is perfect for this time of year. ❄
Now, I didn't know anything about this book before I started reading it, except that it is a modern retelling. Oh man, how the plot took me by surprise, even though it's all explained nicely in the synopsis haha.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty cover ❤️🖤 12mo
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Cats-and-Tea
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This was one of my favorite Christmas reads this year!! Thoroughly enjoyed it and it was a fun modern twist on the classic tale!

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Avanders
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There's no way I can do this amazing #MakerSwap pkg justice w mere photos!
Thank you *so* much @LibrarianRyan !! I *love* the jewelry you made!! &I'm sooo excited to make a folded book!!! I can't believe I can do one! 👏🏽👏🏽 I'm super geeked to try cross stitching & jewelry making - small kits are perfect!
& thank you *sooo* much for the extra books, grinch towel, lip balm, & card!! I also love your notes on everything 🤗 Everything is ♥️🎄🥰 🍾

Avanders Ps it's so funny how we end up getting the same people in swaps so close to each other sometimes, huh 😘 12mo
SamHeartCoffee Amaze-balls! 12mo
HOTPock3tt Wow! 😮 12mo
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LeahBergen Wonderful!! 12mo
LibrarianRyan Yeahhhhh. Yeah it made things interesting I‘m glad you like it all. 12mo
Chrissyreadit Wow!!! 12mo
Soubhiville Oh wow, the jewelry is really pretty. Nice @LibrarianRyan ! 12mo
TNbookworm Wow!! 12mo
melbeautyandbooks @Avanders If you would like to learn anything about cross stitching, I highly recommend watching Peacock & Fig‘s channel on YouTube. She does a great job of explaining everything and she has a great sense of humor. 12mo
Avanders @LibrarianRyan 🤗🥰😘 @melbeautyandbooks awesome thanks!! 12mo
BethM Pretty! 12mo
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megzlynn
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What a great way to start my Christmas reading with a classic and a classic retelling. I love A Christmas Carol. I‘m only five chapters into The Afterlife of Holly Chase but so far I really enjoy it.

TheLibrarian Welcome to Litsy!! 12mo
megzlynn @TheLibrarian Thank you! ☺️ 12mo
Allydanielle88 Welcome to Litsy! And I love a Christmas carol too. (edited) 12mo
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Lisas.Library I‘m also reading The Afterlife of Holly Chase. I‘m on page 170 and enjoying it. 12mo
megzlynn @Lisas.Library I was shocked at how well I‘m enjoying it. I just picked it up at first because it was Christmasy but it‘s quite good. 12mo
CrowCAH Welcome to the Litsy family!!! 📚 12mo
BookaholicNatty Welcome to Litsy @megzlynn this looks like a fantastic book to read for Christmas!!! I definitely need to check this out! 12mo
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ulrichyumiodd
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On Christmas Eve, Holly Chase is visited by three ghosts, but she laughs at them and refuses to change her ways. When she dies as they had predicted, she becomes one of them, filling the part of the ghost of Christmas Past. And that new Scrooge is HOT.

A nice twist on A Christmas Carol. Very obviously YA, but enjoyable for adults too. An entertaining read with relatable characters. Don't expect any depth. It is simply fun, but it does fun well.

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WeeziesBooks
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Starting this one for book club today! (And isn‘t my book cozy cute??)

Bklover Yes! Love it! 12mo
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Chasingmermaids
Mehso-so

Great idea but the story sort of was a let down. There was too many plot holes and was extremely predictable. I was able to call it 100 pages in and I was dead on. But for some people will like it.

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eloreads
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4🌟
Liked this so much better than I thought I would. Holly is a very unlikeable, yet hilarious, character, and that‘s one of the things I enjoyed most about the book. We do get to see her grow a lot throughout the book. There were a few moments when I teared up, I definitely wasn‘t expecting that. If you want a cute Christmas Carol retelling, please pick this up!

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New books from Book Outlet's Black Friday sale. Also got some as Christmas gifts for my best friends!

julesG Welcome to Litsy! 12mo
Chrissyreadit Welcome! Hope you enjoy Litsy! 12mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📖💙 12mo
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Eggbeater Welcome to Litsy! 🐙 12mo
CarolynM Welcome to Litsy 🌼 12mo
ulrichyumiodd Thank you! 12mo
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Lisas.Library
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The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand
Hoping to read it this month.

mcipher It was pretty good - we‘re discussing it at my book club tonight. 😊 12mo
LibrarianRyan It‘s on my TBR too! 12mo
Lisas.Library @mcipher @LibrarianRyan ~ I finally started it yesterday!! It‘s pretty good so far. I‘m enjoying the different take on A Christmas Carol. 12mo
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SassenachTheBookWizard
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This book just warms up heart so much!

DeleteAcct This is my Christmas read for this month. 👍 12mo
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jmtrivera Thanks, I've been wanting to read this! 12mo
Literary_Siren @jmtrivera you‘re very welcome! 😊 I always try and share new good book deals! 12mo
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