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Surprise Gifts | Drew Hunt
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Why thank you so much @ferskner for such a lovely surprise!!! I‘m so excited to read this book, and the pin is perfect! 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽♥️♥️♥️ I‘m not sure quite what I‘ve done to deserve this, but I‘m grateful for it! 🤗💖🥰

Grrlbrarian @ferskner did you SUCH a solid! That‘s a compelling read 🙌 Aren‘t book-friends just the best? 😍 11mo
JoScho Love that pin and the book is great too! The sequel was just released last week ❤️ 11mo
ReadingRover This is on my next month‘s tbr. I‘m so ready for the audiobook!!! 11mo
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Avanders @Grrlbrarian right?! The best!! 🥰🥰 @JoScho yay! Can‘t wait!! ☺️♥️ @ReadingRover ooh - let us know how it is! 😄😘 11mo
ferskner I think I forgot to include the card! Hahahahahaha! It was for stepping in with your amazing #fallingforfallswap box! 11mo
ferskner @Grrlbrarian thank you thank you! I LOVED that book last year and can't wait until my hold comes in for the sequel! 11mo
Avanders @ferskner lol! Aww well I was happy to do it! 🤗😘🥰 thanks again!! ♥️♥️ 11mo
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Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward
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This is another book I‘ve quickly fallen for. Hard. 💕

I‘m listening to the audio, which is fantastic. The writing, though, is so lush that I‘m grateful I own a print copy, as well (gifted to me by @mrslamping as part of the #fallingforfallswap gift exchange hosted by @Avanders ).


Avanders ♥️♥️♥️ 12mo
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End of Year Report | New Jersey. Workforce New Jersey
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With maybe one more book in the works! It's small in comparison but it's a huge win for me. Completed 3 books swaps #fallingforfallswap #stuffedstockingswap and a personal #disneyswap. Currently participating in the #lmpbc with 3 books to go! Yay for 2018! 🎉🎉🎉

CouronneDhiver Awesome!!! 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 13mo
Pamwurtzler Yay!! 👏👏 13mo
BooksAtNight Yay for personal victories! 13mo
MaddestMax Right on! Reading victory for sure! 👏🏼 13mo
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Diving into this beautiful edition today from my #fallingforfallswap book. Can‘t wait to get absorbed! ❤️ @leslieseidel

RidgewayGirl Does anybody else peer intently at the bookshelves in the background, just browsing? (edited) 1y
TheKidUpstairs @RidgewayGirl whenever there's a shelf, you know I'll be checking it out! 1y
Mitch @RidgewayGirl @TheKidUpstairs Peer away folks!! Anything take your fancy? 1y
throwmeabook Love your bookshelf! ❤️ 1y
leslieseidel Yay! It sounded good. 1y
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Dead Jealous | Sharon Jones
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I‘m dead jealous looking at all of these #fallingforfallswap pix!! I only joined Litsy a few weeks ago so I guess I‘ll have to wait until next year. 😩

mcipher Don‘t worry - there are other swaps! @Avanders is running the #StuffedStockingSwap in December and there is still time to sign up. Plus there is always Secret Santa ☃️ 1y
ReadingDownUnder @mcipher Already signed up for #StuffedStockingSwap!! 🤗 Secret Santa? Can‘t wait! 1y
mcipher Yay! Swaps are so much fun! 😊 1y
Avanders Yay for swaps!! 👏🏽👏🏽☺️ 1y
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Fall Is for Friends | Suzy Spafford
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@Wonderwoman89 I am so sorry! I had this waiting for me in the apartment office and couldn't get it until today. You are so sweet to have sent this after everything you've been through! I wasn't expecting anything at all, so I was totally surprised to open it. Thank you for your thoughtfulness! @Avanders #fallingforfallswap #fffs

Wonderwoman89 I hope the books are okay. Our bookstores are still not open and I didn‘t know how you felt about books from ThriftBooks. 1y
ferskner @Wonderwoman89 of course! I wasn't expecting anything so it was all a great surprise! 1y
Avanders 😍😍😍 1y
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Fall is Here! I Love It! | Elaine W Good
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@Quirkybookworm Thank you!!!! The package arrived today and everything is so perfect for the fall. I can't wait to start reading! #fallingforfallswap. #fffs


Quirkybookworm You're welcome! I noticed you wanted Edgar Allen Poe collection, but I came across this one thought maybe you'd like something different. 1y
Quirkybookworm Did I pack the jams?? 1y
Avanders 🎃🎉🎃🎉🎃 1y
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wen4blu @Quirkybookworm Oops, they were cropped out of the picture! They look yummy. Do you recall what flavors they are? 1y
Quirkybookworm Thought I put the card in there stating what flavors. I made them. Strawberry preserves and apricot jam. 1y
tracey38 Great package for fall! 1y
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Yay! It‘s finally here. I was already worried about the package but it came today. Thank you, @bessejayne91 for all the goodies! I‘ve never tried Zappos, the tea looks yummy and those candles smell divine. Will check out the books right now. Thanks again! 😘🎃 #fallingforfallswap #fffs

Avanders Yay!! 💃🏽💃🏽💃🏽🎃🍁🍂 1y
bessejayne91 So glad it came!!hope you enjoy the treats :) 1y
ephemeralwaltz Lovely! 1y
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Another Brooklyn: A Novel | Jacqueline Woodson
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“I and I and I,” we chanted. “We and we and we.”

If the above words don‘t capture the essence of adolescence, I don‘t know which words do. Woodson perfectly expresses how it feels to be a teen - to want to be an individual so badly: to want to be heard; be seen; be singular; be understood, while at the same time only feeling like you‘re You - like you‘re only complete - when being validated by your friends, people who mean EVERYTHING to you.👇🏻

monalyisha 1/4: Woodson also captures what it feels like to grow up and *lose* that. She‘s someone who understands that loneliness is ever-present: whether you have friends who lay their heads against your chest to feel your heartbeat, who have soft hair into which you can cry — or whether you‘re behind a pane of glass, outside looking in, or separated from the friends you love by the ever-widening gap of adulthood. (edited) 1y
monalyisha 2/4: As if that weren‘t sad enough, “Another Brooklyn” explores the profound pain of losing a parent, the tragedy of the state of mental health in America, class wars, race wars, and the awful vulnerability & terrible strength of women.

Still, in spite of/because of the pain, it‘s a beautiful book. Woodson knows how to make just a few words say nearly everything.
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monalyisha 3/4: *Note: If there‘s any complaint I have against this book, it‘s that it seems to confirm that friendships between women can‘t ever be fully healthy & supportive. August‘s mother tells her that women “aren‘t to be trusted.” She says, “Keep your arm out...and keep women a whole other hand away from the farthest tips of your fingernails. She tells her to, “keep [her] nails long.” 1y
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monalyisha 4/4: The plot seems to support this advice as sage... but you can see from the acknowledgements that Woodson has a whole crew of female friends that she relies upon. I‘m choosing to brush my own criticism away, telling myself that Woodson means to evoke a feeling & a time of life with the plot more-so than she means for it to be didactic or convey a True message. 1y
monalyisha Thank you, @mrslamping for gifting this to me in @Avanders#fallingforfallswap! 1y
LoverofLit Wow. Riveting review! 👍 1y
monalyisha Thanks @LoverofLit 🤗! 1y
Blaire I loved this book so much! 1y
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The Whale Rider | Witi Ihimaera
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Sorry about the long delay in posting there's been a lot of strikes at the postal service here I finally got my #fallingforfallswap package thank you @jhod 💝

@Avanders 💝

jhod Hurrah! 1y
jhod What about rudi's ball?! 1y
kaysworld1 @jhod He's playing with that and the box, thank you for everything x 1y
Avanders 🎃🎉🎃🎉🎃 1y
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