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Started this nearly a month ago! Still plugging away...This #chunkster is totally keeping me from #newyearnewbooks!
At least my cute Xmas mugs are keeping me entertained. #muglove

Bookworm54 I really liked this one ☺️ 4w
Zelma That mug is adorable! 4w
Bookish.SAM @bookworm54 I‘m enjoying it so far... almost 3/4 through, but it‘s a brick! 😊 4w
Bookish.SAM Thanks @zelma! I went a little overboard and bought a ton of Christmas-y mugs/dishes... it‘s been a very festive season 😊 4w
Zelma @Bookish.SAM I actually need to buy some more. My very naughty cats got into a tussle last year while packing the Christmas mugs and broke all but 2. 🤬 3w
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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Day 8 - #BookAndBeverage #GratefulReads

Getting ready for tomorrow‘s #MrBook1InAMillion #Readathon! How about you? Are you ready?

Bookish.SAM Need this mug!! #muglove 🖤 3mo
EadieB @Bookish.SAM Bought it online! My husband hates when I use this cup because he thinks I am talking to him! lol 3mo
Andrew65 Love Nicci French 3mo
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EadieB @Andrew65 I do too but I doubt she will be able to top the Frieda Klein novels. (edited) 3mo
Andrew65 @EadieB Her standalones are very different to the Frieda books, but I still love most of them, so psychological. 3mo
EadieB @Andrew65 I have to start reading some of those. I must have a dozen of them. 3mo
Andrew65 @EadieB I‘ve read most of her standalones but not read this one. 3mo
EadieB @Andrew65 This one was published this year. 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love the mug!! 3mo
EadieB @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Definitely a statement mug! 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @EadieB I have the socks!! Now I need the mug!! 3mo
OriginalCyn620 That mug! 🤣🤣🤣 3mo
Earlene I have those socks too. 3mo
Daisey Great mug! 😂 3mo
bookaholic1 Love the mug ❤❤❤ 3mo
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I‘ve taken the time to really think about my response to these questions. I don‘t mean any disrespect or offense to anyone.
1. The many friendships I‘ve made. I‘ve seen true kindness & compassion.
2. I feel the swaps became an ugly monster on Litsy. Once the scamming, complaining, and likes & dislikes started the tone of Litsy changed for me personally. Im not against swaps but I do think it brought out a darker side. 👇🏼

Cinfhen 3. New stickers, please!!!

4. I post daily and sometimes multiple times a day.

5. I like that Litsy offers interactive/connective activities.

6. For me Litsy is foremost about books and sharing our love of books and reading. I do think a small handful of people have made Litsy about popularity or Litfluence points, so I‘d like to see that feature eliminated.
merelybookish Well said! 3mo
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merelybookish I have also been thinking about these questions too...I know something has changed but haven't figured out exactly what...but I still love lots about Litsy. 3mo
Cinfhen I agree @merelybookish I ❤️Litsy and the early days were magical. The first #SecretSantaGoesPostal swap started by @BookishMarginalia was AMAZING 🙌🏻 We just experienced growing pains but I still think this is THE BEST PLACE to talk about books (edited) 3mo
GlassAsDiamonds I agree about the swaps, wholeheartedly. I loved the first swap I participated in but then they went crazy. They became geographically limited (so many US only) or with so many expected inclusions that international postage was just exorbitant. For a long time, every time I opened my Listy, a swap I couldn‘t participate in or wasn‘t welcome in was all I found.... or people complaining about said. They‘ve got to be managed better. 3mo
BookwormAHN I know I stayed a way from joining Litsy for a while over the Litsy influence thing and I admit now that I've been here for awhile it can be fun to see the numbers increase. However I still think there is a lot of intimidation with that. 3mo
Balibee146 Have to say I agree about the swaps too. I don't participate in them so apols if I sound a bit Bah Humbug. On opening days the posts now can crowd out everything else and with more and more swaps that scrolling experience has gone from a very occasional one to very regular. 3mo
Cinfhen For me the swaps became like a hostage negotiation with so many demands which turned me sour from all swaps @GlassAsDiamonds @Balibee146 but I‘m not trying to ban them. I know they can be fun and enjoyable. But there does seem to be a swap for every occasion under the sun😂 3mo
Lizpixie Well said my #sisterfromanothermister And yes, More Stickers Please!!⭐️ 3mo
Balibee146 @cinfhen yup and multiple different ones sometimes for every occasion - which can suit different groups. I saw a suggestion about creating a way to filter them to a separate dedicated place.... Someone said you can already hide specific tags but I can't see how on my phone... These sorts of possibilities would be fab I think - swappers can have their fun without the whole feed getting filled up 😂😂💕 3mo
Cinfhen Who doesn‘t love NEW stickers????? @Lizpixie 3mo
Cinfhen On a desktop you can access Litsy and from the site there is an option to mute specific hashtags @Balibee146 3mo
Balibee146 @cinfhen cool thanks 👍 3mo
GlassAsDiamonds @Cinfhen oh yeah, they can be so much fun!!! But... I think they‘re out of hand and often highly exclusionary at the moment. Regulations would be good & maybe a way to corral them as well as @Balibee146 mentioned. I want to be able to participate in at least a few but at the moment it feels like we‘re creating these very hard divisions within Litsy between constant swapers and non/partial swappers. 3mo
lele1432 @BookwormAHN so agree with this! I didn't post at all specifically for that reason. It can be intimidating. I think the best thing about Litsy is the interaction, so I definitely understand having something in place to try to keep that up, but maybe it could be something different. 3mo
lele1432 @Cinfhen I always want new stickers!! And as someone who just started participating in swaps, it was a great experience for me but I can understand what you've mentioned and I also think it would be good to have a way to maybe separate them so they don't feel exclusionary or take over timelines all the time lol. Like a gifts/games tab maybe?? 3mo
Hooked_on_books Initially, I LOVED the swaps. I thought they were such fun! And then I saw people really going overboard with their purchases and it felt more like a competition. Then I didn‘t receive a swap package at all because someone decided not to send me one. So I‘ve soured on swaps other than those set up between certain fabulous individuals. 😬 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm Nicely said. And give me all the stickers!! 3mo
Cinfhen Ohhhhh, a game/gift tag is a phenomenal idea @lele1432 @TimSpalding @Balibee146 @GlassAsDiamonds @Hooked_on_books (edited) 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm I hope Litsy will remain the favoured platform to talk about BOOKS and books related stuff for all of us. Instead of turning it to another popularity thing. 😔 3mo
Cinfhen New stickers seems like a simple request @lele1432 @erzascarletbookgasm 3mo
Cinfhen I‘m not saying the Litfluence encourages that type of competition @BookwormAHN @lele1432 @erzascarletbookgasm but it does seem to create a sort of false hierarchy which is irrelevant to discussing books 3mo
lele1432 Well stated! 3mo
Balibee146 More Stickers would be awesome. I love the simplicity of the app but sometimes I wish I could quickly search friends' stacks to see if they have read and reviewed a book..... So many wonderful folks and I trust their opinions 😘😘 3mo
batsy Thank you for your thoughts; I think I agree with almost everything. Like @merelybookish I feel something has changed and mainly I think it's the intimate feel. It does make me feel a bit sad; Litsy has always seemed different to me than other social media because it's more about connections and bookish chat instead of popularity and noise. 💜 3mo
ljuliel Wow, this will be a challenging post to answer because if so many replies. I‘ll try to respond accordingly to everyone. First of all, @Cinfhen , thanks for your honesty. If there are things bugging people, it‘s best to say something so we can possibly address it. I agree with swaps. I did some in the past but won‘t do another. I think they‘re too lopsided in a way bi see some people getting a box load filled with items , while another gets 👇🏼 3mo
ljuliel 👆🏼a toothpick and a pencil. I mentioned awhile back that they should have different levels for a swap ( like set amounts of money and you could join either a small, medium or large price range, so it was more fair) Then sometimes we have people coming out of the woodwork to be in things where they might win a prize, but we never see them any other time ......then those that get a nice box of items and don‘t send ANYTHING. They really bug me. 3mo
ljuliel Swaps are a problem in my opinion. I‘m with others who would like to block certain hashtags so you don‘t see certain things, but that feature won‘t work for me. I‘m not sure why. It has to be done from the Litsy web page, not from the app. I type in the names time after time and it never takes them or saves them. I‘m not sure if swaps are the main reason so many Oldies left, but it could be for some of them. 3mo
ljuliel @merelybookish thanks for posting in here. I hope you also filled out a questionnaire. I just woke up so catching up from middle of the night posts. 🙂 3mo
ljuliel @GlassAsDiamonds I agree about the swaps. There‘s gotta be a way so all can participate if they want to. Maybe dividing the list up into regions would help ? I‘m not sure, but it really isn‘t fair that some are left out because of location. I know there used to be so many swaps that was what the majority of posts were. Way too many swaps at the same time. I also mentioned that awhile back, but was shot down.There CAN be too much of a good thing 3mo
ljuliel @BookwormAHN Yes,the likes and points things CAN be looked at as a popularity thing, but I don‘t pay much attention to it anymore. I just prefer a good talk with other book people, so I don‘t care how many points they have 200 or 20,000. Doesn‘t matter. I just want people to participate, talk books, reviews, new books coming out, pretty covers, ebooks, audios, etc. Just talk books. That‘s why we‘re here. The numbers arent important. 3mo
ljuliel @Hooked_on_books I‘m sorry you got ripped off in a swap. Exactly one of the reasons I don‘t like them. We have people that are members who never or rarely post, but they come out if the woodwork when the word SWAP is mentioned. They get a nice package but send nothing in return. That‘s REALLY nasty. I hate when that happens. I ran a few swaps where people didn‘t send their packages so I bought stuff and filled 2 more boxes for those left out.☹️ 3mo
Hooked_on_books @ljuliel Yes, that‘s exactly what happens! Those people suck. I‘ve put together swap boxes for those who didn‘t get them as well. I remember how badly I felt, missing out on box opening day, and I hated for others to feel that way. I figure it‘s just not worth it and now I only swap books on an individual basis, which has been great. 3mo
ljuliel @Balibee146 I know what you mean about scrolling through truckloads of swap posts to find a BOOK post. There‘s supposed to be a way to weed out certain hashtags, but it doesn‘t work for me. (edited) 3mo
ljuliel @erzascarletbookgasm Agreed. I‘d like to focus a lot more on the book end of things. I won‘t go into any detail here , but I jumped into a lot of things social- wise in here earlier , and it ended badly with some folks. It makes me sad , but I‘ve learned that if I want to stay, I have to move on and only focus on the books and not get that involved again. It was hurtful , and there may be hurt feelings on the other end as well. I can‘t 👇🏼 3mo
ljuliel Contact the others to open up the conversation. So I leave it alone. 3mo
ljuliel @batsy I‘m hoping we can get some of that old feeling back. If we all work at it, I think it‘ll be a new and improved place. 💕 3mo
BarbaraBB Great answers my friend. I must say I am hardly aware of anyone‘s Litfluence and agree with you it doesn‘t interest me in the least. It‘s the books and the people that make this such a great place. And I‘d like to work on it to keep it that way! 🧡 3mo
janeycanuck Oh, it warms my heart to know I‘m not the only one wondering where the book posts are. As soon as I see a new swap, I screenshot it and mute the hashtag next time I‘m at the computer. I wish we could mute from the app. 3mo
ljuliel @janeycanuck Sadly, the mute doohickey won‘t work for me. I‘ve tried it repeatedly. 3mo
janeycanuck @ljuliel That really sucks. With what feels like the bulk of posts not being about books, I‘d probably have left Litsy by now if I couldn‘t mute. 3mo
ljuliel @janeycanuck That makes me sad...that might be why so many others left. All we can do is try to get more focus on the books. I just have to keep on rolling to get past things I‘m not much interested in. I don‘t care if others like it..that‘s fine. I‘m just trying to stick with the books at this point. 3mo
Mdargusch Yes yes yes yes yes yes! 3mo
4thhouseontheleft I agree with almost all of this! I have cut down my participation in swaps tremendously, despite hosting one for my first time in Oct. I think the plethora of posts around some challenges (including ones I have participated in 😂) can get tiring, and I'm sure it's off-putting for some Littens who don't participate in them at all. There are a lot less reviews and book discussions in my feed these days. 3mo
janeycanuck @ljuliel Yeah, I think it‘s great that people enjoy stuff and I don‘t want that to go away for them, I just don‘t want to see it. Everyone should be able to Litsy how they want to Litsy - and it would be awesome if the app could give people more control over their own experience. 3mo
4thhouseontheleft @GlassAsDiamonds Would you be willing to share more detail about how swaps feel exclusionary? I only hosted my first swap last October, and am still on the fence if I will do it again next year during #Screamathon. But, if I do, I absolutely want to do whatever I can to make it as inclusive as possible. I cut down my swap participation tremendously, I do 2 a year at the most. 3mo
Cinfhen I‘m not trying to bash Litsy or those that host/participate in the swaps but the swaps seem to shift the focus of Litsy a little bit and that saddens me @janeycanuck @4thhouseontheleft @Mdargusch @BarbaraBB 3mo
4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen I get that! I think these are important discussions to be had. 3mo
GlassAsDiamonds @4thhouseontheleft I‘d love to (& be happy to take it to email if you‘d prefer so I‘m not ranting in @Cinfhen ‘s timeline!). I love swaps and I really don‘t want them stopped completely but there are SO many that are “US only”. International participation isn‘t that hard. We pay for the postage anyway so excluding us just seems lazy or worse. Similarly, price restrictions don‘t help if you aren‘t paying US prices whereas item limits are easy. 3mo
4thhouseontheleft @GlassAsDiamonds I didn‘t realize that many excluded non-US Littens! That is a shame. I‘ve never seen price restrictions, but I admittedly don‘t look at the details of most swaps. 3mo
GlassAsDiamonds @4thhouseontheleft oh man, the US Only! It‘s a nagging pain that‘s not just Litsy but since we‘re community building AND participants pay postage, it really annoys me here. Price limits are a great idea in theory and really help curtail the crazy consumerism BUT if I‘m buying a new book here in Singapore, I will not get out of it for US$20- no matter what I buy. A criteria like “one book and a bookmark” however is achievable world wide. 3mo
ravenlee I really liked swaps at first. Now I don‘t. I‘ve followed the requirements, or even felt like I went a little over the top, and then I received either something so extravagant it makes me feel bad for my recipient to get so little, or I get the bare minimum or less and feel cheated. I did one for my daughter and we sent a nice gift, and what she got for hers was less than the posted minimum, and none of her interests. Broke my heart. 3mo
Cinfhen I‘m so sorry that both you & your daughter had a bad swap experience @ravenlee 😔I think I would be heartbroken too if my child was soured by this experience. 3mo
ravenlee She didn‘t mind so much, thankfully, but I was really frustrated. 3mo
janeycanuck @Cinfhen Agreed! I‘d hate to see them go away for those who enjoy & participate. It‘s just not my cup of tea. Happily, muting works for me and I just hide them! 3mo
Reviewsbylola I haven‘t bothered with the swaps in probably two years. They were fun initially but I don‘t miss doing them. 3mo
Kalalalatja Well said Cindy! I miss participating in swaps, but it became too stressful, and soured my Litsy experience, so I stopped. 3mo
Cinfhen I think we are lucky @Kalalalatja @Reviewsbylola as we have developed friendships and are able to create our own little book exchanges amongst ourselves❣️The swaps were fun in the beginning but they really got out of hand. I don‘t miss them at all!!! My last one was the #MugLove and I received the BEST MUG 💙🤗😘 3mo
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Finished this one with the help of a second cup of coffee and a keto pumpkin cheesecake muffin. This latest in the magical bakery mystery did not disappoint. Bailey Cates put our main character in quite a position and you couldn‘t help but feel all the emotions she was going through. Just loved it and love where it‘s going next.

#ilovecozies #cozymystery #keto #muglove

Star1 Oh good. That‘s my next read. Glad you liked it. 4mo
lynneamch Sounds just like the kind of book I enjoy on audio. Stacked. 4mo
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The Water Cure | Sophie Mackintosh
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Am I trying to jam a book club book into a week? Yup sure am. The writing in this one is very choppy. It's almost uncomfortable to read for me - but hopefully I will get used to it. That's the point of book clubs right? To get you to read books you normally wouldn't? #procrastinationstation #bookclubpick #booksandcoffee #muglove

Four Dead Queens | Astrid Scholte
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Oh my Littens, it is very early in my neck of the woods - but having seen my boyfriend off to work, I'm taking an hour or two before I start MY day to enjoy some early morning quiet. Started this book yesterday and am enjoying every page. Who doesn't love a murder mystery? 6 days to #readathon !!!!

#hollyhannahitsearly #earlybirdgetsthecoffee #muglove

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Enjoying a little reading in bed. #pocauthor #readdiversebooks #ownvoices

NeedsMoreBooks Love the mug. Where did you buy it from? 10mo
Chelleo @NeedsMoreBooks IKR?!? It‘s a fave. It was a gift from @teebe part of the #muglove swap 10mo
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So many chores needing attention but all I want to do on a dreary, rainy Sunday is snuggle with this lovely lady, read books and drink coffee. And perhaps knit.

Leftcoastzen Snuggle worthy kitty!😻 11mo
BooksAndYarn Do it! 11mo
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My boss strikes again. He is killing my weekend reading buzz!!!!

julesG Love the mug! 12mo
Redy2trvl @julesG Thank you!! I received it from @Buddys_Momma in the #muglove swap. I‘ve loved it from the start! 12mo
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I am teetering between _How Long Til Black Future Month_ and a romance that just came off hold from my library, but I know I‘ve got a cup of tea to keep me company. I bought myself a “mug rug” and couldn‘t be happier 😂 (you can also see my beautiful wireless charger and figure out I‘ve got a bit of a theme going)

HufflepuffGirl90 I love that mug!!! 😍🐉 12mo
heikemarie @HufflepuffGirl90 I got it from @Ajessgirl in the #muglove swap last year - it was such a fun swap we should do it again soon ( @TheKidUpstairs ) ☺️ and I use the mug all the time I love it!! 💜 12mo
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