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AbigailJaneBlog

AbigailJaneBlog

Joined March 2019

I read things, I write things... Yep, that just about sums up my life! (she/her)
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Read my first #NewYearWhoDis book for 2022 and I loved it - funny and brilliant and poignant. Massive thanks to @majkia for this recommendation!

@monalyisha

monalyisha Looked adorable! 5d
AbigailJaneBlog @monalyisha it was great! Very Pratchett-esque! 5d
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When you have work to do but you started Acotar last night and now you're hooked 😭

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Very late to the party after deadlines and a cold, so I'm keeping my goals simple for now:

- Read 5 books/month
- Eat 2 meals a day
- Take a break everyday

@wanderinglynn #BFC2022

wanderinglynn Great goals! 🙌🏻 2w
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Spin the Dawn | Elizabeth Lim
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It's been a busy month with uni deadlines and the festive season, so I took the opportunity for a spa day before getting ready to to get back to it today. I still haven't got back to it, but I'll get there!
Thanks again @jenniferw88 for the wonderful book

SRWCF Great backdrop. Now I want a spa day!!! 🏝🏖🌞 2w
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Wow Jenny! What a lovely selection of gifts - I haven't had scented gel pens in absolute years, I giggled like a schoolgirl when I opened them. And those bookmarks, I've bought that set for a swap before and was very jealous that I had to give them away so I am very happy 😍 Looking forward to both books, especially the Witcher so thanks!

@jenniferw88
@candority

candority Those scented gel pens are so fun! 😊 3w
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Iron Widow | Xiran Jay Zhao
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Ahh @Mitch , thank you so much for this wonderful gift! I apologise for not posting when I recieved it, it's been a hectic few months. I absolutely cannot wait to dive into this book, but I fear the chocolate won't last that long!
Merry Christmas to you, and to the wonderful @MaleficentBookDragon for hosting 🥰🎄

Mitch 🎄I‘m relieved you have it! So glad you like it. Happy Christmas Abi 🎄 1mo
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Massive thanks to @DaveGreen7777 for recommending this book to me! It is absolutely perfect for my essay, plus a brilliant read. Anyone looking for diverse bisexual rep in YA, READ THIS BOOK! 4.5⭐

DaveGreen7777 Glad I could help, Abigail! 😀 1mo
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Winter Solstice | Rosamunde Pilcher
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Wow @jenniferw88 what a lovely selection of gifts and books 🥰 I can't wait to show off my scarf and try out some of those Christmas cookie recipes. Thank you so much! 🧡

Thank you @sprainedbrain and @Chrissyreadit for hosting this awesome swap

jenniferw88 🤗 Glad you liked everything (& opened the right package! 🤣🤣🤣) 1mo
AbigailJaneBlog @jenniferw88 I double AND triple checked beforehand lol 😂😂😂 1mo
Chrissyreadit 🤍❄️😍❄️🤍lovely! 1mo
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I've kind of dropped off the radar this month, but I'm keen to give my goals a good go!

- read 11 books (eek!)
- stick to my work plan
- take time out every day

@wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Yay! Great goals 🙌🏻 2mo
Chrissyreadit Checking in- did you receive your Winter Solstice Swap package? 1mo
AbigailJaneBlog @Chrissyreadit yes! Sorry I've had a bad migraine flare up over the past month so not been using my phone much to post! I did let my match know that I got it 🥰 1mo
Chrissyreadit Thank you! 1mo
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Not very bookish today but another 10 points for the photo challenge today #WinterGames2021 #MistletoeManiacs 🔴⚪

@Clwojick @StayCurious

StayCurious Festive! 2mo
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Vox | Christina Dalcher
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My first entry for #WinterGames2021 is the #FestivePhotoChallenge 😍🎄

10pts + 5pts for the literary theme 📊 #MistletoeManiacs

@Clwojick @StayCurious

Clwojick Awesome! Looks great. 💚❤️💚 2mo
StayCurious This is great! 2mo
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Christmastime | Alison Jay
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My Christmas TBR for #Wintergames ! I do have loads of other bits to read for uni etc but these are my themed reads - lots to look forward to! #mistletoemaniacs

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Hi all, I'm in need of some help!

For my MA this semester, I am discussing bierasure in YAL. I am trying to find YA books with openly bisexual characters and I'm drawing a blank. So far I have:
- Leah on the Offbeat
- Girl, Serpent, Thorn
- Heartstopper

Anyone have any other recs? xo

peanutnine The only YA books I can think of off the top of my head are 2mo
AbigailJaneBlog @peanutnine thank you so much! 2mo
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DaveGreen7777 Here are some more you might try: 2mo
DaveGreen7777 Hope this helps! 😊 2mo
AbigailJaneBlog @DaveGreen7777 Aghhhh yesss thank you! 2mo
Clare-Dragonfly The main character in this identifies as a lesbian and then falls for a boy, though (much to my frustration) the word “bisexual” never comes up. 2mo
Clare-Dragonfly And Nina from the Grishaverse definitely likes boys and girls! 2mo
Clare-Dragonfly I believe Adam from the Raven Cycle also identifies as bisexual. 2mo
Clare-Dragonfly Also—literally the next post on my feed 😆 I bet @CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian has more recs! 2mo
AbigailJaneBlog @Clare-Dragonfly you're brilliant, thank you! 2mo
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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An amazing #NYWD2022 list from @majkia . I'm particularly looking forward to Circe and The Wizards Guide to Defensive Baking 😍 Massive thanks to @monalyisha for organising 🥰

monalyisha I listened to Circe on audio & I loved it. I‘ve been meaning to read Song of Achilles for well over a year now. 🙈 I hope you have a great reading month! 2mo
monalyisha @majkia I hope you have a wonderful month, too! 2mo
AbigailJaneBlog @monalyisha yess both of these have been on my TBR for a while so I'm looking forward to it 😍 2mo
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Very excited to join the #wintergames2021 ! This will be ny first time so very excited to get stuck in! Head over to @Clwojick or @StayCurious for the sign up link 🥰

Clwojick Woohoo! Thank you for sharing, and I‘m so happy you‘re joining us! 😍 3mo
AbigailJaneBlog @Clwojick Thanks so much 🥰 I look forward to it 🎄 3mo
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Last month's goals went pretty well, and I have a LOT of goals this month preparing for the rush that is December. Some of these include:
- Read 8 books
- write 10,000 words for NaNoWriMo
- Exercise every week
- No spending 5 days a week

#BFC21 @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Great goals! 🙌🏻🧡 3mo
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Coraline | Neil Gaiman
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Oh my gosh Abby thank you SO MUCH! Absolutely soo excited to get stuck into these books, and are they wax melts? They smell divine! I may have already started on the chocolate 😅🎃 Have a wonderful Halloween, @Hufflepuffle 🧡

@wanderinglynn #HHS

wanderinglynn Fantastic! Coraline is one of my faves! 🧡🎃 3mo
AbigailJaneBlog @wanderinglynn I've seen it but I haven't read it yet! 3mo
Mitch Gorgeous - super well colour coordinated as well! 👻 3mo
Hufflepuffle I‘m so glad you liked it!! There is a small pumpkin candle and two wax melts. Have a happy Halloween! 🧡 3mo
AbigailJaneBlog @Hufflepuffle Aaah thank you for confirming, and thank you again for the gifts, I love them 3mo
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The Postman | David Brin
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Been a bit AWOL lately but my #HHS swap is on the way @wanderinglynn and should be there in plenty of time.

wanderinglynn Yay! 🙌🏻🧡🎃 3mo
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Halloweenies | Dan Fiorella
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Been taking a bit of a break recently, but massive thanks to my #HHS sender 🥰

@wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Yay! 🙌🏻🧡🎃 Have you mailed your box yet? 3mo
AbigailJaneBlog That is tomorrow's job! 3mo
wanderinglynn 👍🏻🎃 3mo
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Clue | Paul Allor
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Ahhh Clue is one of my all time favourite films and this graphic novel was awesome! Definitely gonna need another read to really let it sink in but I loved it.

Blueberry @NataliePatalie have you seen this?! 4mo
NataliePatalie @Blueberry It's been on my TBR but haven't read it yet. I should see if it's on Hoopla! 3mo
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Witches Steeped in Gold | Ciannon Smart
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A lovely quote for todays Witchy Wednesday! I look forward to reading the tagged book very soon.

#haunted @Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Eggs Well done 👍🏼 4mo
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Crave | Tracy Wolff
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Today's vampire prompt for #haunted has lead me to my current favourite vampire series, and the beautiful matching artwork I got in a fairyloot box some months ago.

@Eggs
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Eggs Well done 👍🏼🖤❤️ 4mo
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Charlotte's Web | E. B. White
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Took me ages to decide what to do for yesterday's spiderweb #haunted prompt, but when it hit me, I couldn't believe I'd missed it!

@Eggs
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🕷📚❤️ 🕸 4mo
Eggs E. B. White ❤️🕷🕸❤️ 4mo
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Monstrous Child | Francesca Simon
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I've been looking forward to reading this book since I bought it in 2017 and STILL haven't got round to it, but it does fit today's #haunted prompt perfectly- Monstrous Monday!

@Eggs
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Haha!! I have plenty like that!! 4mo
Eggs Beautiful cover and intriguing title 👹 4mo
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Cemetery Boys | Aiden Thomas
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I freaking loved this book when I read it in August, definitely fits the #haunted graveyard prompt 😍

@Eggs
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🖤🙌🏻🪦 4mo
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The Futures | Anna Pitoniak
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Day 1 for the #haunted photo challenge and I have picked a book with a title that kind of fits the crystal ball prompt! Enjoying having some fun with this.

@Eggs
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Excellent 🔮🙌🏻📚 4mo
Eggs Love your interpretation 💜🔮🖤 4mo
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October, October | Katya Balen
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Got some exciting goals for October as I'm starting a new exercise class!
1- read 8 books
2- 4X new exercise classes
3- 4X home workouts

I can't see myself achieving all of these but I wanted to aim high 💪#BFC21 @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn You got this! Fantastic goals! 🙌🏻🧡🎃 4mo
rockpools New class sounds fun. 4mo
AbigailJaneBlog @rockpools yea, aerial yoga! Should be fun 4mo
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rockpools Oh wow, super-fun! Is that the one with those silks/hammocky-looking things? 4mo
AbigailJaneBlog @rockpools yes I'm trying out silks Monday and the hoop on Friday 4mo
rockpools Very cool! 4mo
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Haunted: A Novel | Chuck Palahniuk
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I've never tried a photo challenge before but I think I'm gonna give it a go this month! #haunted I don't really read anything spooky so I'm gonna have to improvise 😂

@Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Anything pertaining to the prompt each day is great! Thank you for playing!! 🧡🖤 4mo
AbigailJaneBlog @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I look forward to it! 🧡🖤 4mo
Eggs We are happy to have you🧡🎃🍁 4mo
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I read this for this moth's #fairytalereadingchallenge but I'm not sure it really qualifies as a Red Riding Hood retelling? I enjoyed it and it is largely about the big bad wolf so I'm gonna say that's good enough for me!

@Charityann

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The Dating Dare | Jayci Lee
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Omg @LeahBergen you have spoiled me so much - thank you! Those socks are utterly amazing, I can't believe you live on a place that sells socks and books together!?!? I am green with envy. I look forward to diving into these books and sampling some of this maple chocolate - happy autumn!
#FallingForFallSwap #fffs @Avanders thank you so much for organising yet another brilliant swap 🧡🍁

merelybookish The socks are gorgeous! 4mo
AbigailJaneBlog @merelybookish aren't they just!? 😍🍁 4mo
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Avanders Those socks!! 😍😍🍁🍂🧡 4mo
Chrissyreadit OMG!!! Those SOCKS! 😍😍😍💛🧡 4mo
LeahBergen I‘m so glad you liked it! Your gifts to me were absolutely WONDERFUL! 😘😘😘 4mo
AbigailJaneBlog @LeahBergen ah Leah you're such a sweet heart - I love mine so much!!! 4mo
AbigailJaneBlog @LeahBergen and it looks like everyone else did too! @Chrissyreadit @Avanders 4mo
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Ahhh so much fun @wanderinglynn thanks for organising #HHS #ThisOrThat 🍁🎃

wanderinglynn I‘m so glad you‘re enjoying it! And thanks for playing! 🙌🏻🎃🖤 4mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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Having fun with this #HHS #HauntedHollowSwap @wanderinglynn

1. Not usually but I want to give it a try this year
2. Always! I'm a UK size 5 so anything around there will be fine
3. Purple and Blue
4. Scarves, hats, socks... pretty much anything warm and fuzzy tbh
5. I collect pin bages
6. I love silly couples costumes
7. YES anything warm.

wanderinglynn Great! 🙌🏻🎃🖤 5mo
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Spooky Stories | Compilation
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Looking forward to my 2 Halloween swaps this year! Can't wait to start shopping for my matches 😊

@wanderinglynn @LibrarianRyan

LibrarianRyan Yeahhhh 5mo
wanderinglynn Yay! 👻 It‘s going to be sooo fun! 🖤🎃 5mo
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A lot going on at the moment so I'm just gonna cram it all here!
I finally sent off my #fffs swap yesterday @Avanders so that should arrive soon. Thank you so much to @squirrelbrain for the beautiful stickers to make my litsy mail that more exciting!
I achieved 11 hours for August's #20in4 readathon so not bad @Andrew65 but I plan to get there at some point this year!!

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My September goals are going to be quite relaxed I think @wanderinglynn as I'm preparing to head back to uni!
1 - read at least 3 uni books
2- stay on top of my bullet journal
3 - blog 3 times

That's all for this update - thanks everybody for a great august ⭐
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Avanders Woo hoo!! 🧡🍂🍁🧡🍂🍁 5mo
squirrelbrain You‘re welcome Abigail - I‘m glad you like them! 5mo
Andrew65 Brilliant, well done 👏👏👏🙌🥳🥳🍾🥂😍 5mo
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Ninth House | Leigh Bardugo
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Why not?

Looking forward to this month's readathon @Andrew65

Andrew65 Good luck 😊👍 5mo
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Scarlet | A.C. Gaughen
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I really enjoyed this retelling, although to be honest it's the first Robin Hood story I've ever read ? I loved Scarlet as an MC - it really mixed up the usual "Merry Men" aesthetic. I look forward to reading the rest of the series. 4.5 ⭐

#fairytalereadingchallenge
@Charityann

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The Canadaland Guide to Canada | Jesse Brown, Vicky Mochama, Nick Zarzycki
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Thank you so much @LeahBergen for the #FallingForFallSwap package - I can't wait for opening day! I have covid at the moment so there hasn't been a lot cheering me up - but this has been a shining star so for that I thank you again. I hope you enjoy your trip!
Also I love the sticker- where did you get it!?
@Avanders

LeahBergen Oh no!! You poor thing! I hope you‘re quickly on the mend? I‘m so glad your parcel arrived safely. I received these fantastic stickers from the very lovely @squirrelbrain . 😊 5mo
Avanders Yay!! 🧡🍂🍁 But a big booo to having covid 🥺 Hope you recover quickly! And glad the package arriving could help cheer you 🤗 5mo
squirrelbrain Oh boo for COVID. Hope you feel better soon. I can send you some stickers if you‘d like? 😁 5mo
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AbigailJaneBlog Thank you everyone for your messages - It's taken a while but I'm finally feeling better! @Avanders @LeahBergen I would love some stickers if you wouldn't mind, @squirrelbrain but I wouldn't want to impose as I'm from the UK and postage can be pricey 😅 5mo
squirrelbrain Glad you‘re feeling better @AbigailJaneBlog - I‘m in the UK too so no probs with the stickers! 😁 Drop me a note with your address to helenharrogate at gmail dot com….. 5mo
AbigailJaneBlog @squirrelbrain that's great, thank you! 5mo
LeahBergen Great to hear you‘re feeling better! 👏🏻👏🏻 5mo
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Augustown | Kei Miller
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My goals are pretty much always the same at the mo, but I just can't think of anything else I wanna add!

- read 8 books
- exercise 1/week
- write 1 chapter/week

Good luck to everyone @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Great goals! 🙌🏻 6mo
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I had some exciting ideas for this months #fairytalereadingchallenge but I ended up reading another of the Timeless Fairy Tales series, which I am really enjoying. I love that Shea always writes such awesome MCs and the stories are relaxed and easy to follow. 4⭐

@Charityann

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In Sight of Stars | Gae Polisner
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This seems to be a brilliant book, but unfortunately it's proving a bit much for my anxiety at the mo. I'm not bailing per se, as I do plan on coming back to it, but I think I'll be stepping away for this months #YABuddyRead

@megnews

megnews Completely understandable. It was a lot. 6mo
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July, July: A Novel | Tim O'Brien
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Little bit late for my #BFC21 July goals, but better late than never I guess.

I want to;
- exercise once a week
- journal every day
- eat at least two meals everyday

Let's hope I stick to it! @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Great goals! 🙌🏻 And it‘s never too late to start or restart. You got this! 7mo
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Nothing short of beautiful - everyone should read this book.

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Briar Rose | Jana Oliver
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This month's #fairytalereadingchallenge was an old book I've had on the shelf a while. It was fun, engaging, and a little different, plus it got me out of my reading slump so yay for me! Overall I'm gonna go with 4⭐ because it was good, but not amazing.

@Charityann

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Crush | Tracy Wolff
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Thanks @jenniferw88 for the #two4tuesday tag!

I'm not usually much of an ereader, but I like being able to download things when I inevitably finish reading the stack of books I bring on holiday with me!

@TheSpineView

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! Happy Tuesday! 7mo
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Aaaahhhh thank you sooo much @jenniferw88 for my lovely books and treats! 2 of those books have been on my tbr for everrr and the page markers will be so useful once the academic year starts 😍 I love it!

#staycationintimeswap thanks @Chrissyreadit for hosting! 😊

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Punching the Air | Ibi Zoboi, Yusef Salaam
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This month's #YABuddyRead was beautiful. Hearbreaking and difficult and anger-inducing, but beautiful. It tells the story of Amal, a creative black youth wrongfully imprisoned, through captivating verse and abstract artwork. I imagine I'll be revisiting this book again and again. 5 ⭐

@megnews

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Goals | Tracy
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Looking forward to getting back on with the #BFC21 challenge this month!
The plan is:
1. Read 7 books
2. Yoga 1X week
3. Walk 1X week
Looking forward to it! @wanderinglynn

rockpools Yay! Good luck 😊 8mo
wanderinglynn Great goals! 🙌🏻 8mo
AbigailJaneBlog @wanderinglynn Thanks! I have NOT been hitting my exercise goals so I'm reeeally trying to go back to basics 8mo
wanderinglynn Basics is the best place to start. And remember, life happens some days. The key is to keep moving forward and not quit. You got this! 🙌🏻 8mo
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The History Boys | Alan Bennett
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Thanks to an impromptu family BBQ yesterday, I only managed about 10 hours this month. I still got loads read and added a couple of books to my May list, but hopefully I'll get more time in next time!
#20in4 @Andrew65

Andrew65 10 hours is still a good tone. Well done 👏👏👏 8mo
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Thursday Murder Club | Richard Osman
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Excited to take part in this months #20in4 readathon, especially as I'm not working this weekend.

Thanks @Andrew65 for hosting 😊

Andrew65 Great to have you with us, good luck. 😊👍 I enjoyed this book. 8mo
AbigailJaneBlog @Andrew65 I finally finished it last night and it was soo good! Looking forward to the sequel 8mo
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City of Brass | S A Chakraborty
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This has been on my TBR for SO LONG and I'm soo glad I finally got to it. It was full of magic and wonder and political intrigue which drove me absolutely nuts. The main character annoyed me a little, as did the not-quite love triangle, but honestly I think that just added to the overall ambience.
I can't wait to see what happens next! 5 ⭐

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