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We Run the Tides
We Run the Tides | Vendela Vida
An achingly beautiful and wickedly funny story of female friendship, betrayal, and a mysterious disappearance, set in the changing landscape of San Francisco Teenage Eulabee and her alluring best friend, Maria Fabiola, own the streets of Sea Cliff, their foggy, oceanside San Francisco neighborhood. They know the ins and outs of the homes and beaches, Sea Cliff's hidden corners and eccentric characters--as well as the swanky all-girls' school they attend. Their lives move along uneventfully, with afternoon walks by the ocean and weekend sleepovers. Then everything changes. Eulabee and Maria Fabiola have a disagreement about what they did or didn't witness on the way to school one morning, and this creates a schism in their friendship. The rupture is followed by Maria Fabiola's sudden disappearance--a potential kidnapping that shakes the quiet community and threatens to expose unspoken truths. Suspenseful and poignant, We Run the Tides is Vendela Vida's masterpiece depiction of an inimitable place on the brink of radical transformation. Pre-tech boom San Francisco finds its mirror in the changing lives of the teenage girls at the center of this story of innocence lost, the pain of too much freedom, and the struggle to find one's authentic self. Told with a gimlet eye and great warmth, We Run the Tides is both a gripping mystery and a tribute to the wonders of youth, in all its beauty and confusion. --Mary Beth Keane, author of Ask Again, Yes
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jhod
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Thanks so much Emma! I think I must have stacked this as a result of your review and then promptly forgot all about it, so a brilliant surprise! @Oryx 😘

squirrelbrain I loved this one! ❤️ 4mo
jhod @squirrelbrain 👏👏🤩 4mo
Oryx I'm glad it finally got to you! 4mo
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cephellapod
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Cute story. However, I am noticing a theme in much of the recent fiction I have been reading. Many of the young female narrators/main characters are self-obsessed, snarky, and sometimes manipulative. I‘m not sure if it‘s some kind of commentary on the reality of women‘s inner dialogues compared to the societal standard of politeness and sweetness but…it could also just be that that‘s the kind of fiction I gravitate towards. Hard to tell

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BkClubCare
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I enjoyed this tale of a young girl and her set of friends at an exclusive girls school in a swanky San Fran neighborhood in the 70s. Eulabee wrestles with fitting in and being true. I really liked the epilogue, set some decades later.

Megabooks The epilogue was interesting! 10mo
BkClubCare @Megabooks - yes, it really put a different spin on the characters! 10mo
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GidgetsTreasures75
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2-8-22: My 12th finished book of 2022! Eulabee is in 8th grade at an all girls school in San Fran in 1984. She and her 3 friends are very close until Eulabee decides she can‘t lie. After the mysterious disappearance of her best friend, Maria Fabiola, Eulabee feels more left out than ever. A fast paced coming of age tale with an interesting ending. ⭐️⭐️⭐️📖#️⃣1️⃣2️⃣

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FogLady
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San Francisco setting plus characters that feel incredibly genuine and a clever plot, this was definitely worth my time. Took me straight back to being in 8th grade in the 80s, but in a good way.

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charl08
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Great coming-of-age novel to start the year.

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charl08
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...it started off as a sewing group called the Stitch 'N' Bitch but it's been a year or so since anyone's brought their dress patterns or quilt squares to the monthly meetings. Last winter my mom started calling it the Bitch 'N' Bitch because she wanted to chide the members about their constant complaining and cajole them into focusing on sewing. Her ploy backfired— the group loved the phrase so much that they adopted it as their official name.

DrexEdit 😂👍 13mo
arubabookwoman I was actually once in a group called Stitch N Bitch (cross stitch). 13mo
charl08 @DrexEdit @arubabookwoman I think I'll stick to book groups! 13mo
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Oryx
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Loved this one - tore through it. Mysterious, dreamy but propulsive. It reminded me of The Age of Miracles.

squirrelbrain That was quick! 😁 14mo
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Oryx
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I swore I was going on a book buying ban... But then I accidentally went into a bookshop. It happens to the best of us.

Suet624 It sure does. I feel the same way about libraries. 14mo
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AlizaApp
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In 1980s pre-tech boom San Francisco, teenage Eulabee has a falling out with her best friends when they disagree over whether they saw something shocking. And then the lies seep into other parts of their lives when one girl goes missing. A quick read but I especially liked the flash forward at the end.

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JGadz11
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camping brekkie✨

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elisebarker
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Meh. I‘m not sure if this was supposed to be YA or not, but it was really disjointed in my opinion. It was a very quick read though!

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Chelsea.Poole
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An entertaining, if not incredibly moving coming of age novel set in 1980s San Francisco. This tapped into some of those early teen girl feelings which I could relate to. I appreciated the way friendships were portrayed:the wild & strangeness of some of those relationships before anyone knows better/who they are. Maria Fabiola is the main focus of Eulabee, our MC. She takes on an almost mythical aura and comes into sharper focus in the epilogue.

Megabooks Loved the epilogue! 1y
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Megabooks
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Maria Fabiolo has disappeared, and Eulabee, who Maria just cast our of her friend group, is the only one who finds it suspicious that Maria may have fabricated a lie. Vida captures well the insularity and infighting that come during the teen years. Cool that she set it in the 80s, too!

I couldn‘t help but draw parallels between my childhood friend Stacy and Maria. Stacy‘s pattern of lying was very similar. I looked Stacy up after my last read ⬇️

Megabooks ⬆️ of this #audiobook. She lives far away, works in STEM, and is married to someone from her university. I wonder if she still lies… 2y
Cinfhen This was a good one but I didn‘t love it as much as you did. 2y
Megabooks @Cinfhen I knocked a half star off after this read, but I rated it higher than you according to the storygraph, though. Still a solid pick for me. 2y
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BarbaraBB I‘m stacking. It sounds very good! 1y
BarbaraBB And I am intrigued by Stacey now too 😀 1y
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I‘ll have to tell you Stacy stories sometime in an email! Just some really bizarre stuff. 1y
BarbaraBB I‘d like that! 1y
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Megabooks
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Our home repairs hit another level when they started taking apart the deck. We‘ve decided to start over and rebuild the whole thing because the wood was rotting. 🤞🏻 Everything goes smoothly!

I spun my Wheel of Rereads this afternoon and I‘m listening to the tagged book now. 🎧 Going to try to have a relaxing evening!

MrsMalaprop Hope it all goes well. 😊 2y
AmyG It will be so nice when it‘s done! 2y
Megabooks @MrsMalaprop thank you! 2y
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Megabooks @AmyG yes, it will! I‘m already looking forward to it being completed. 😂 2y
Tamra It will be beautiful & perfect for reading! 2y
SeaToSkyes That is a huge deck! It would be the perfect place to read! 2y
BarbaraBB It‘s so big! You have a wonderful place 🤍🤍 2y
Megabooks @Tamra thank you! It‘s a great place to read. 📖 2y
Megabooks @SeaToSkyes it‘s fantastic for reading! 2y
Megabooks @BarbaraBB thank you dear friend!! We love it! 2y
Cinfhen Safety first!!! And then you get to enjoy the benefits 🥰Hope mom & dad are adjusting to the inconvenience xx 2y
Cinfhen I love the windows overlooking the deck!!! Is that a sunroom!?? It‘s beautiful 😍 2y
Megabooks @Cinfhen we are all adjusting!! It is going to be great when finished, and yes that is a sunroom!! 👍🏻🤩 we love it! It faces south, so the sun hits it very nicely. Thank you!! 💜💜 2y
Cinfhen That would definitely be my year round spot ♥️ 2y
Megabooks @Cinfhen before Covid mom and I would have friends over for tea in the afternoon. I so wish we could share that!! 💕 2y
Cathythoughts So lovely .. looks beautiful 2y
Cinfhen That sounds wonderful/ hopefully you can start up the teas again 🤞🏽🤞🏽 2y
Megabooks @Cathythoughts thank you, Cathy! 💜💜 2y
Megabooks @Cinfhen I definitely hope so!! 🤞🏻🤞🏻 2y
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Jas16
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I chose this audiobook for #booked2021 #hear/here because being set in San Francisco it satisfies both options for the prompt. Sadly I didn‘t like it as much as everyone else does. Vida does a great job with the mean girls aspects of school girls which brought back so many memories. I got bored with it all though before the plot took some eye-roll inducing turns.

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ClairesReads
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Ah, the voices of precocious teenagers who think they‘re much more adult than they actually are. this is a novel of a different time and a different kind of adolescence. Vida‘s strength is her incisive portrayal of the social politics of adolescent relationships. Their complexity and savagery looms large in every scene of this novel. Vida captures the richness of adolescent life in both its interior and increasingly independent exterior forms.

readingjedi Is that a Scrabble mug? I love it! 2y
ShyBookOwl That mug, though 😍 2y
ClairesReads @readingjedi it is! Isn‘t it fab? 2y
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squirrelbrain
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This book is really great at evoking the claustrophobia of teenage years, when friends fall out and it feels like the end of the world.

It‘s set in 1980s San Francisco where Eulabee has a friend (Maria Fabiola!) who seems to eclipse all their other friends and mesmerise even adults.

I read this in practically one sitting - highly recommended!

Oryx Stacked of course 2y
Megabooks Loved this too! 2y
JennyM This sounds great 👍 2y
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BarbaraBB Such a great cover too! 2y
Cathythoughts Sounds good.. those years can be tough at times ❤️ 2y
Hooked_on_books I recently learned that she is married to Dave Eggers. There‘s your bookish fact of the day. 😉 2y
squirrelbrain Wow Holly - that‘s a fantastic fact to know! @Hooked_on_books 2y
Oryx This is the book I got in Ripon just now. I didn't look at Litsy before buying and thought I picked it at random. Turned out I'd already stacked it and forgot. Probably I stacked it from this post!! ❤️ 14mo
squirrelbrain How funny! @Oryx Shame Henry isn‘t here yet… you could have popped in to meet him! 14mo
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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
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I really appreciated the angst of being a young teenager in the mid-80s since I was one, and Vida captured some spot-on anguish from that time of my life.
However, Eulabee alternated from being too naive to too sophisticated, and the end of the book went off the rails, so I had to give this one a so-so.

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ICantImReading
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

A poignant and quirky coming-of-age story of formative female friendships, the loss of innocence, and finding yourself. I really enjoyed Eulabee‘s observant and darkly humorous narration and thought Vida nailed the voice of a young teen. (Also, Maria Fabiola is a great name for that character!) 🎧

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Allthebookclubs
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This was a great coming-of-age book. While I am more than 20 years from my early teenage years, I didn‘t quite identify with the main character however my own 13-year-old self could a little bit. I grew up in Central Florida where life moved at a much different pace than San Francisco, but there are definitely some similar themes that most teens go through. I enjoyed the story line an will look for other books by this author.
Book 15 in 2021

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Cinfhen
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I ended up liking this book more than I initially expected. A coming of age story, where childhood friendships are often tested & strained over the slightest of infringements. And 80‘s nostalgia is on full display🙌🏻I found the epilogue really satisfying and the narration was excellent. Thanks for putting this one on my #ReadersRadar @Megabooks Definitely curious to check out the author‘s backlist 💕

ShyBookOwl Sounds like what I loved about My Best Friend's Exorcism (but with less horror lol!). Stacked 😌 2y
Cinfhen WRTT has tons of 80‘s references, no horror but teenage girls are pretty frightening 😉 @ShyBookOwl I actually thought this book was similar to My Best Friend‘s Exorcism 👉🏽 (edited) 2y
ShyBookOwl @Cinfhen good to know!! Thx 2y
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Megabooks So glad you liked it!! 💜💜💜 2y
Megabooks Definitely check out this one. It‘s another book that bends identity and truth. Xe Sands narrates the audiobook. 2y
Cinfhen I was looking at the title @Megabooks and wondering if it was any good. Mixed reviews on GoodReads / I‘ll look to borrow 😘 2y
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Cinfhen
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“Maria Fabiola” what a name!! Every time the narrator says her name, I break out in a grin 😁Eulabee is quite a character too.
1984 in all of it‘s glory 💗 Fiorucci and Esprit, The Kinks & The Psychedelic Furs 🎶🎵🖤A coming of age story full of hilarity and sadness.

Cinfhen This book has your NAME all over it @KarenUK xxx 2y
Megabooks Yes!! Fantastic name. I hope you continue to enjoy this one! 2y
Cinfhen I keep thinking about your childhood friend Stacy @Megabooks I can visualize her in Maria Fabiola 😂😂😂 2y
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tpixie @Faibka 💖 2y
Megabooks @Cinfhen right!! Stacy was crazy!! 2y
Faibka @tpixie ha! Interestingly, I was named after the main character of a book which is also in the title: (edited) 2y
Cinfhen Maria Fabiola tells OUTRAGEOUS LIES @Faibka so her name makes me smile and so neat you were named after a different character ...it‘s such a fabulous name @tpixie 2y
Faibka @Cinfhen lol then we have only the name in common I don‘t like lying and not good at it 😂 now I‘m curious about this book! And yes the character I was named after is completely different, she was a Roman pagan lady who loved to read! Haha so it is more fitting 2y
Cinfhen This Fabiola is WAYYYYY different than your literary Fabiola @Faibka 💗💗💗 2y
tpixie @Cinfhen @Faibka 💖💖💖 2y
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Blueberry
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Mehso-so

2-3 stars

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SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime
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“𝘚𝘦𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘭𝘺 𝘸𝘦 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘨𝘰𝘰𝘥 𝘨𝘪𝘳𝘭𝘴. 𝘞𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦. 𝘛𝘰𝘨𝘦𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳, 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦 𝘢𝘭𝘤𝘩𝘦𝘮𝘺 𝘰𝘤𝘤𝘶𝘳𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘸𝘦 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘣𝘭𝘦.”⁣

One of those compulsively readable novels. I can't explain exactly what makes it this way, but I was completely unable to put the book down. A true coming of age story with an excellent atmospheric feel to it.

Ruthiella Great photo! 😀 2y
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TracyReadsBooks
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For the most part I really enjoyed this story about a group of friends growing up in a pre-tech boom gentrified San Francisco...by which I mean the 80s. The main character, Eulabee, is absolutely wonderful, the friend drama real, and the consequences of a mysterious disappearance uncertain. My only real quibble is with the end which I‘m not entirely convinced works. That being said, I enjoyed this quick read and still recommend it.

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Sneaking in a couple of chapters before heading off to work...

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TheNerdyProfessor
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This book was a delightful change of pace.Told from the POV of a teenager but not YA. It was blurbed as a mystery but it's definitely more about friendship and teenage angst than anything. There were several points where I laughed out loud at Eualbee's perceptions of the world and adults' behaviors. There was a bit of jump between the end of the story and the epilogue - I definitely wanted more at the end. Overall, quirky and fun. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Megabooks Agree! I love Fabiola as a character name for a dishonest character. 2y
TheNerdyProfessor @Megabooks I feel so dense... I didn't even think about the meaning of her name! 2y
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LeslieO
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“We are thirteen, almost fourteen, and these streets of Sea Cliff are ours.” #FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

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TheNerdyProfessor
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Snow on the ground. Hot chocolate in my cup. Life is good ❄️

Megabooks Great book! 2y
FelinesAndFelonies I like your mug. 😉 2y
TheNerdyProfessor @FelinesAndFelonies it's my 'missing home' mug 😭 2y
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Lauren.Archer
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lauraisntwilder
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I've read all of Vendela Vida's novels. This one isn't my favorite, but it was captivating nonetheless. A coming-of-age story, set mostly in mid-80's San Francisco, this book explored the joy and heartbreak of middle school girl friendships. Eulabee was funny and sharp and the writing, like all Vida's work, was impeccable.

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Megabooks
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So glad I splurged on this! Like in her book tagged ⬇️, Vida looks at characters who blur the line between fact & fiction. This time, she focuses on a group well known for bending the truth, teen girls.

Maria Fabiola creates fantastic lies. So did my childhood friend Stacy, who told the most outrageous lies like boys were stalking her in her swimming pool with helicopters.**😂 These 80s teens had a bombastic wittiness I loved! Awesome #audiobook!

Megabooks **She didn‘t even have a pool...🙄🙄 2y
squirrelbrain Ugh, sounds fab so I thought I‘d get it on audio - it‘s not out here until May. 😟 2y
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Megabooks @squirrelbrain booo!!! But I think you‘d enjoy this one. 👍🏻💜 2y
Reviewsbylola I‘d like to quote my idol, judge Judy. “How do you know when a teenager is lying? When their mouths are moving.” 😂😂😂 2y
Reviewsbylola Also, Lolol re your friend Meg! 2y
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola 🙌🏻🙌🏻 to the Judge!! Also, yeah she was a weird friend! 😂😂 2y
Cinfhen Judge Judy is my grandmother Sarah reincarnated @Reviewsbylola 😂😂😂 2y
Cinfhen Thanks, Meg! Will definitely be adding this one 2y
Megabooks @Cinfhen I think both you and @Reviewsbylola would like it. 👍🏻 also 😂😂 re: your grandmother!! 2y
Cinfhen Grandma Sarah had ZERO TOLERANCE for BS 🙄she was TOUGH! Her death stare was legendary 2y
Cinfhen Also the other book you tagged sounds awesome 2y
Megabooks @Cinfhen yes! Diver‘s Clothes is fascinating. Xe Sands narrates the audiobook. Link to my litsy review from 5(!!) years ago. Time flies when you‘re having fun! 💜 Megabooks's post on Litsy https://litsy.com/p/dFRqamVleU0y 2y
Megabooks @Cinfhen back when you only got 300 characters. Lol! 2y
Cinfhen Wait, 5 years??!!! Is that how long we‘ve been chatting!?!! I joined in April 2016 - so crazzzy 2y
Megabooks @Cinfhen yeeeesssss!! Crazy!! I think we joined within a week of each other. 💜💜 2y
Megabooks @Cinfhen swear I‘m going to bed lol! Just finished doing my pop sugar over on the storygraph and without looking into things like zodiac signs, I‘ve done 23/40 prompts. I haven‘t looked at the advanced ones yet. Not bad for a challenge I wasn‘t trying to do! 👍🏻👍🏻 2y
Reviewsbylola Your grandmother sounds amazing! @Cinfhen 2y
Cinfhen She was really tough @Reviewsbylola not warm & fuzzy - but she was ACTUALLY a powerhouse!! She was a school librarian for almost 50 years & she started all of these literacy programs for prison inmates. She volunteered at several penitentiaries. She was widowed at 45 / super young and never remarried. I‘d say she was part RBG and part Judge Judy 😂😂😂 (edited) 2y
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Megabooks
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Well, it‘s almost 3AM, and I have the third floating shelf up! (The first two I put up around Christmas.) Not exactly even, but there‘s room for a fourth shelf. I‘m tempted to stay up putting it in. Plus my new (tagged) audiobook is soooo good! Stay tuned!

Cinfhen Oh, thanks for the recommendation/ I just saw it on #Scribd 💕🙌🏻and your shelves are looking FAB 😍 2y
Chelsea.Poole Looks great! 2y
Megabooks @Cinfhen thank you! And I just tagged you in the review! 2y
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Megabooks @Chelsea.Poole thanks!! 2y
Reviewsbylola LOVE!!! 2y
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola thanks!! 🥰🥰 2y
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LeslieO
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Looks like another great pick from Annie at #bookshelftville. #shelfsubscription

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kyraleseberg
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My library was open today so I braved the rain to pick up some holds + a couple movies for the weekend.
I see this ARC, pizza, and mimosas in my NYE celebration!

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Well-ReadNeck
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Yay! Excellent novel with a great frenemy relationship at its core. #ARC #Netgalley

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