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If the Creek Don't Rise (Bound for Schools & Libraries)
If the Creek Don't Rise (Bound for Schools & Libraries) | Leah Weiss
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..".masterful use of language....Weiss' novel is a great suggestion for fans of the Big Stone Gap books, by Adriana Trigiani, and Mitford series, by Jan Karon."--Booklist, STARRED ReviewHe's gonna be sorry he ever messed with me and Loretta LynnSadie Blue has been a wife for fifteen days. That's long enough to know she should have never hitched herself to Roy Tupkin, even with the baby. Sadie is desperate to make her own mark on the world, but in remote Appalachia, a ticket out of town is hard to come by, and hope often gets stomped out. When a stranger sweeps into Baines Creek and knocks things off kilter, Sadie finds herself with an unexpected lifeline...if she can just figure out how to use it. This intimate insight into a fiercely proud, tenacious community unfolds through the voices of the forgotten folks of Baines Creek. With a colorful cast of characters that each contribute a new perspective, IF THE CREEK DON'T RISE is a debut novel bursting with heart, honesty, and homegrown grit.
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LisaJo
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“God must feel like this all the time - to know more than regular folks do and keep it to his self.”

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KaraWines
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This book, set in rural Appalachia, creates a strong sense of place and community, telling the rich story through the perspectives of various characters. I really enjoyed this - though I think she could have done more to establish WHY different parts of the book were told from different perspectives.

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Chelsea.Poole
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Forgot to post this yesterday during my break at work. The sun was shining, the book was good, what more could I ask for? 🌞
Edited: loved this one set in 1970s Appalachia.

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Chelsea.Poole
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Our next #bookclub pick at the library 🌼 I am pretty excited to read this one set in #Appalachia

RadicalReader Love how beautiful the flowers are simply sensationally fantastic 8mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful!!! 💛💛 8mo
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Mandigolightly
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Library book club book!

megnews Been on my tbr for awhile. Should read soon. 9mo
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Lindsay.Butier

2nd book this month I couldn‘t get into:( so disappointed. Any suggestions????!

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RebelReader
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Thanks @BarbaraBB for an awesome generous giveaway. 😘

More people need to read this book by Leah Weiss! It‘s beautifully written and the characters are unforgettable. This was one of my favorites last year!
#Spotlightgiveaway #moreloveforSadieBlue 💗💗

Soubhiville Ack! No description! What‘s it about? 1y
RebelReader @Soubhiville It‘s about Sadie Blue who is pregnant and unfortunately married to Roy. It‘s Sadie‘s story told through the eyes of those living in Appalachia and a stranger who comes to the mountain. So good! 1y
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whatsthEStorey Stacked! I like the title. I love the expression "God willing and the creek don't rise"-my grandparents used it. It raises eyebrows here in New Jersey, though! ? 1y
RebelReader @whatsthEStorey That expression would raise eyebrows in MN too 😂 1y
Soubhiville Thanks @RebelReader ! I‘m stacking it too 😊 1y
Jas16 Agreed. This was a great book. 1y
BarbaraBB Thanks for participating. This really sounds great! 1y
AceOnRoam Loved this one !! 1y
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Anovelobsession
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I loved this story about a small community in Appalachia. The characters will stick with me for a long time. 👍😍

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h.madeline93
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keys_on_fire
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Great novel set in Appalachia. Multiple characters tell the story, but it‘s not hard to follow and feels more like how a story makes its way around a small town. While the description says it‘s a story about character Sadie Blue, I think it‘s more about whether you decide to let circumstances or choices dictate. For an expanded review, visit www.goodreads.com/keys_on_fire

I would read again!

lahousewyfe So funny to see this book today. I live in western North Carolina and as I left work today, the French Broad River was running over its banks just acriss the street. My boss said, "See you tomorrow" and I thought, "God willing and the creek don't rise." 2y
keys_on_fire @lahousewyfe Wow that is ironic! Are you aware that the book is set in North Carolina?? 2y
BookBabe Yes! I loved this book too! 🙌🏻❤️ 2y
lahousewyfe @keys_on_fire I guessed from the fact that it's set in Appalachia. 😃 2y
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clconn17
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I really enjoyed this. It‘s a story about the struggles of people in 1970‘s Appalachia and is told from the viewpoint of multiple characters. I wish the author had elaborated on the stories of some of the characters though. She left a lot unfinished in my opinion.

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RebelReader
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Cinfhen The blurb is empty 😫what‘s it about?!? The cover has peaked my interest 2y
RebelReader @Cinfhen 🤣🤣🤣🤣I didn‘t realize that! It‘s set in Appalachia and at the core is Sadie Blue who got herself in a bad marriage she needs to get out of bad. It‘s told by all the people in the town so there are interesting characters and we get their take as well as their backstory. Soooo good! Trust me! 🤪 2y
CouronneDhiver Stacked! 2y
VinceReads I loved this book!! 2y
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LWagoner
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3.5⭐️. I always love tales about Appalachia & this debut novel by Leah Weiss continued that love. Vivid characters & a harsh & wild storyline combine to tell the story of a young girl trapped in her circumstances but seeking something more. There are a lot of minor storylines running through this novel that could be expanded into additional books. Interested to read more from this author.

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🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Excellent audiobook! Excellent debut! About 8-10 perspectives talking about hardscrabble southern lives. I loved it. This is narrated by two narrators actually - Kate Forbes and Tom Stechschulte.

she_barks Ooh, Thanks for the recommendation. 2y
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @she_barks 👍🏻👍🏻 it‘s making the rounds to all my audiobook loving friends for sure! 2y
RebelReader I read this one in book form, but I imagine the Audio is wonderful. I might have to get it for my next road trip. 2y
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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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If you need an amazing audiobook I strongly recommend this one! I am more than half way done and it‘s one of those where you want to drive around in circles to keep listening to it! What a great debut!

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Reinee

Reading for book club. Good story. Typical Appalachian tale.

Reinee Good book. A little hard to read Kentucky. Character's are all likeable and each one has a story to tell 2y
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RebelReader
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The awesome @Cinfhen recently hit a huge Litsy milestone and she's doing a #giveaway to celebrate! Congratulations!! Well deserved! 🍾🍾🍾

#PickPanBailSoSo

Pick-If The Creek Don't Rise
Pan-Here I Am
Bail-My Absolute Darling
SoSo-Autumn--I know so many Littens love this, but I just thought it was okay. 🙁

AmyG Here I Am was a bail. I was so disappointed. 2y
Cinfhen So funny about Here I Am... I really liked it but majority of my bookclub HATED IT!!! @AmyG @RebelReader 2y
Libby1 I bailed on Here I Am, too! 2y
RebelReader @AmyG @Cinfen @Libby1 I would have bailed too if I hadn't bought it when I was in San Francisco with my daughter and it was all I had to read on the plane home and by that time I figured I might as well finish it! 2y
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kath_reads
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The story is set in Baines Creek, a small remote town in Appalachian mountains, North Carolina during the 70‘s. The people in this isolated town are facing huge social problems such as lack of education, poverty, and domestic violence.

FULL REVIEW : http://kath-reads.com/2017/09/book-review-if-the-creek-dont-rise-by-leah-weiss/

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josie281
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Halloween spoils from the lovely @Pelican71 Photobomb by Delilah. Our #litmail group is just awesome. So happy to be a part of it! #catsoflitsy

Myhusbandhatesreading What a beautiful kitty cat!! ❤️ 2y
Pelican71 😊 @josie281 I really enjoyed reading both books. 2y
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Graciouswarriorprincess
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Thank you to #Bookish for these goodies from their Books & Biscuits giveaway!

MaureenMc Loveless Cafe! 🙌 2y
LeahBergen Wow! 😍 2y
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VinceReads
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Finished this book last night and I already want to read it again. Luckily the kindle version was on sale for $1.99 since I borrowed this from my local library. Hard to believe this is her first novel. I can't wait to read more from her. Highly recommend, especially if you're a fan of southern fiction.

Michellesibs It's good isn't it! Like you I was surprised it was a debut. 2y
VinceReads Definitely! Hopefully she writes a lot more. 2y
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VinceReads
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This book is so good!! I want to finish it so badly but I also don't want it to end.

AndreaReads That is simultaneously the best and worst feeling in the world! 2y
VinceReads @AndreaReads I know right?! 2y
SilversReviews I want to read this. 2y
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angel1
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Current hotel read...I finished my kindle book on the road so moving on to this! I always pack more than one book😬📚🚙

SilversReviews Oh yes...I always take TOO many, but better than being without a book. How is IF THE CREEK DON‘T RISE? It looks quite good 2y
angel1 @SilversReviews I‘m a little over half way thru it and it is a really good book! I would definitely recommend it! 2y
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VinceReads
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I've been looking forward to reading this since I first heard about it.

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heidisreads
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Is there anything better than starting a new book and enjoying a pumpkin latte on a rainy Saturday morning? I can't think of anything.

librariankris @heidifk 👍☕️📚️👍 2y
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LWagoner
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#riotgrams Day 1- shelfie

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RebelReader
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I picked this book up on a whim at a Literature Lovers Night Out a couple weeks ago. I was blown away with how much I loved these characters (even the bad ones) and their stories. I gave it to a friend of mine who hadn't been reading much this year and she read it in one day! My daughter has the book now so no photo for this post.

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tammysue
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I can't say enough about how much I enjoyed this book!
The story follows an Appalachian girl named Sadie Blue who's newly married and is expecting. She has an intimidating + abusive husband who rules over her (+ others). Sadie finds her way to become what she's needed to be... STRONG, then discovers how to fight her way out of her life situation. I loved Sadie's character.. intellect, integrity + a generous heart!! ❤️

#leahweiss #southern

NikkiRobson73 I see you had the game on are you a dawgs fan or ole miss? (edited) 2y
tammysue @Nikkiwright73 I'm Dawgs + my sons a Tide fan 👍🏻😁 2y
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Jas16
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This was such a good book! I found myself unable to put it down until I reached the end. Set in the Appalachian mountains and told through alternating viewpoints this is a story about a young girl who made a devastatingly bad decision when she got married but is also about the isolated community of Baines Creek. This book was so well written with each voice distinct and adding another layer to the sadness and hope you feel for Sadie Blue.

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tammysue
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Sat night read🍷📖 I've been excited to read this! 😜

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Pelican71
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I absolutely loved this book. It's gritty and complex and engaging. Sadie Blue is the main character but we meet multiple people from the town of Baines Creek in Appalachia. Not all of the characters are good but I so enjoyed reading their stories and how they came to be the people they are.

A wonderful debut from Leah Weiss.

BookBabe I loved it too! ❤️🙌🏻 2y
Pelican71 @BookBabe I could've spent a bit more time there. Interesting, gritty characters. Loved Birdie and Aunt Marris. 2y
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Pelican71
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monkeygirlsmama I liked and shared this same quote last week! Great minds. 🙂 2y
Cathythoughts Love this. Education is the key 👍 2y
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Michellesibs
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This was my first Appalachia novel and I have to say at the beginning I wasn't enjoying it and almost gave up. I'm glad I didn't! What a book! Once you get your head around how it's written it's an awesome book on a area and people I didn't know anything about. I'd recommend this book.

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monkeygirlsmama
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4.5 stars

This gripping story was not a fast paced read, but it was exceptionally engaging.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#NetGalleyReads

EvieBee Awesome! I'm first on the hold list for a digital copy! 2y
monkeygirlsmama @EvieBee Have fun! I kind of feel like I want to learn more about Appalachia now. 2y
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BritanyA
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2: Gritty Southern lit from a debut author? Sign me up. Chapters told from multiple narrators- almost none of them repeat. The changing perspectives introduce you to the town of Baines Creek. This book was so so SO well done. #Debut #NoWords

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monkeygirlsmama
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⬆️👏⬆️👏⬆️👏⬆️

readinginthedark ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
melbeautyandbooks 👏🏻❤️ 2y
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This story sucked me in from the first words, and I couldn't look away. I love the view that the many narrators show the complexity of a place often simplified into nothing more than sterotypes. Having grown up in Appalachia, with areas that from the stories of family not that different from Baines Creek, the voices in this story rang true. I can't wait to read more from Leah Weiss. This is another ARC that I'm gonna need to go out & buy to reread

Captivatedbybooks Man i saw this book too at Walmart now i wish i had bought it last night. 2y
tpixie Great review! ( do you have to return the ARC? Or are you curious about the final changes?) 2y
Redjewel_7734 @Captivatedbybooks there's always next time 😊 2y
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Redjewel_7734 @tpixie It's an electronic ARC, so the file goes dead on a certain date & this is such a rich story that I will want to reread it see what new treasures I find 😊 2y
monkeygirlsmama I'm 1/2 way through. 2y
tpixie @Redjewel_7734 interesting. Thx! 2y
Redjewel_7734 @monkeygirlsmama Can't wait to hear your thoughts on it 2y
Redjewel_7734 @tpixie You're Welcome 😊 2y
ReadingEnvy I was approved for this arc but it had some kind of technical issue and I couldn't download it. I'll have to look for it after the publishing date. 2y
Redjewel_7734 @ReadingEnvy I think you'll really like it. I loved the way the multiple narrators really show the 360 evolution of the events & it really gives great depth to the characters in a way that was fresh & original. 2y
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I'm enjoying this book a lot, but find it's not a fast read for me for some reason. That's okay, just gives me more time to savor it. 😌💜

julesG That quote made me stack it. 2y
Alfoster I agree! It's good but not fast reading! 2y
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monkeygirlsmama
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#AugustLibrary17 #SummerDrink

Jinju Bing Nai Cha ... Pearl Milk Tea

There's never a bad time for this delicious drink, but it's especially wonderful after grocery shopping on a hot day.

BookBabe I've never heard of that tea before...but I have read that book and I absolutely loved it! Are you enjoying it? 2y
monkeygirlsmama @BookBabe You've probably heard of it called by the popular western name of bubble tea. And, I am! It's a bit slow, but really good. 2y
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monkeygirlsmama
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#AugustMostAnticipated #AndItsAugust #BackToReading

Here are 3 of my most anticipated August reads. I have the second two already, but not the first.

JoeStalksBeck 👏👏👏👏❤️📖📚‼️ 2y
JoeStalksBeck I posted mine yesterday thinking it was the first of August. I deleted it lol 🤦🏼‍♀️ 2y
monkeygirlsmama @JoeStalksBeck haha You just jumped the gun a little because you were so excited. 😋 2y
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SilversReviews A KILLER HARVEST was good. ENJOY!! It was my first Paul Cleave. 2y
monkeygirlsmama @SilversReviews Oooh good to hear! I've only read one book by him (tagging in this comment) myself; however, it was really good. (edited) 2y
JoeStalksBeck Lmao! Yes! 2y
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Bostonmomx2
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Adding to my ever growing #tbrpile

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BookBabe
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LOVE!!! ❤ Thrilled to get this ARC from NetGalley. Fabulous! Beautiful prose, compelling story. Unputdownable! The way the story is told is brilliant. Characters: complex, developed, relatable. Some you'll love, some you'll hate. Surprise plot twists. This is an enthralling, captivating look at hillbilly life in Appalachia. (Also see Fair and Tender Ladies—Lee Smith; Hillbilly Elegy—J.D. Vance). So eager to read more from this author! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

BookBabe This is the first read I finished for #24in48 #Readathon! Soooooooooo excellent. 3y
JenniferJR I got it from #netgalley too and now am even more excited to read it! 3y
MrBook 😍😍😍 3y
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BookBabe
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This is #24in48 #Readathon done right! All the staples: a dark, eerie, misty night outside; my love beside me; a cup of tea; a wonderful, unputdownable book; and sleeping cat. 🤗 (Page is blurred to avert spoilers)

Belles Had I not known your circumstances via Litsy, I would assume "my love beside me" to be that boy Coale. 3y
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BookBabe
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#BookNDinner! #Readathon Edition. Munching a quick meal of Cesar salad while reading. Then afterwards...back to reading! 👍🏻

Pickingclover 👌😂 3y
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BookBabe
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Been painting and listening to audiobooks all night for the #24in48 #Readathon. It's now 4:30am, so I think it's time to go snooze for a while. 😴 Happy reading everyone!

BookBabe @LeahBergen & @Yamich49 we're on the same schedule! Lol 3y
Reviewsbylola Oh wow, get some sleep!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻 3y
Lizpixie Sweet dreams lovely! 3y
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LitHousewife Let me know what you think of this audiobook. I love the idea of painting while listening. Enjoy your #24in48! 3y
LitsyGoesPostal 😊👍🏻 3y
Yamich49 @BookBabe Nice. 👌🏽 3y
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BookBabe
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Ahh, the perfect way to spend a cold, rainy winter night—reading, curled up on the comfy chair in this warm, cozy living room, with #Coale sleeping pressed against me. ❤

TheBookAddict 💕💕💕 the best kind of moments! 😻 3y
tapgurl He let you have his chair? 3y
OrangeMooseReads 😻❤ 3y
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MrBook 😍😻 3y
Maike ❤️ this is the best! Also I'm a little jealous of your Kindle Oasis 😇 3y
LitsyGoesPostal 😊👍🏻 3y
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BookBabe
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#BookNLunch! For this cold, foggy afternoon, a nice warm soup does the trick! A hearty miso soup with tofu, seaweed, shiitake mushrooms, and fish. Mmm! This has been another production of #MrBookBookBabeKitchen. Happy reads & happy eats! 😋

LibrarianJen Yummm miso soup! 3y
chlobee You have an awesome view! 3y
TNbooklover66 What kind of a stand do have for your kindle? 3y
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Suet624 Delish. 3y
BookBabe @TNbooklover66 It's actually an iPad easel, from TwelveSouth. It's called "Compass." I'm so glad I got this thing, it's super useful. 3y
TNbooklover66 Thanks. I'm thinking I need one! 3y
Bibliogeekery That soup looks amazing! 3y
LitsyGoesPostal 😊👍🏻 3y
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Just started this ARC from NetGalley—and this is the opening line! Yikes, what am I in for here? ... 😳

Jenshootsweddings I adore opening lines like this! 3y
Alfoster I've requested this one as well. It looks so good (but heart-wrenching)! 3y
intothehallofbooks I can't wait to read this one. 3y
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JessicaThunstromNelson Well, that's definitely a compelling hook. I look forward to your thoughts on it. 3y
Kappadeemom Fight Club?? 😂💪🏼 3y
jessdean 😳😬 3y
LitsyGoesPostal 😊👍🏻 3y
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