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Amandajoy

Amandajoy

Joined February 2016

Cook, baker, gardener, runner, knitter, wife, stepmom, Bulldog mom, dancer to music no one can hear, and of course, reader & book lover. 🤓
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Once an Eagle by Anton Myrer
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Untitled | Unknown
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1. Celebrating the week after because that‘s when we‘ll have my step kids. One of the days we‘ll go paint ceramics as is tradition.
2. I‘m not sure I have any. Maybe J. Kenzi Lopez-Alt, Chimamanda Ngozie Adiche.
3. A bra of procrastination and gummy bears.🤣

Eggs Love it 😍 📚👍🏼 2h
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1984 | George Orwell
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Someone want to explain this addition to biography & memoir in the Libro.fm app?

LiteraryinLawrence Ha, yikes 1d
wanderinglynn 😆😆😆 1d
ozma.of.oz 😬😬😬 Oh no! 😂 21h
BookwormAHN 😸😸😸 21h
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Planning out my reading challenges for 2022. Not sure what it says that I can find potential picks for every square for the #nonfiction2022 bingo card already sitting on my shelves. I guess this is a good argument for me to #readmyowndamnshelves.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I think that‘s a great plan, you can fill them in so many ways, why not let them motivate you to read some of your already owed books. 4d
Amandajoy Yep, @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I think that‘s going to be my goal with the challenges I do in 2022. Obviously I have a lot of unread books on my shelf 😂 4d
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Amandajoy I wish you very good luck there. I always start out with good intentions on that front and then go astray. 😂 4d
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I got my #wintersolsticeswap package @staci.reads - thank you! My husband would like to know if things are wrapped so I can open it and he can throw away the box. It drives him nuts when I have boxes laying around (doesn‘t bother me either way.)

Amandajoy I forgot to tag y‘all @Chrissyreadit & @sprainedbrain 5d
Chrissyreadit 🤍🙌🤍🙌🤍🙌 5d
staci.reads Yay! That got there fast! There is only one unwrapped item because I couldn't figure out how to wrap it. Feel free to open it up. 4d
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Y‘all it happened. I went to go pick up the book I ordered from my local indie. As I was standing in line waiting, one of the booksellers said “Amanda, I have your book right here!” Yep, they know me by name now 🤓

vivastory It's a good feeling 👏📚📚 5d
Billbar Hello how are you I liked the way you pictured yourself in your profile if you don‘t mind can we talk 💕 3d
Nute Right on! 1d
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Roll the Dice | Robbie Cox
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@PuddleJumper I picked my books for #100rolls! The actual numbered list is on my Storygraph.

Nutmegnc 😱🙀😍 5d
Riveted_Reader_Melissa That sounds like an interesting challenge/game. Have fun! 5d
Soubhiville 😲 wow! 5d
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I‘m not doing a lot of challenges in 2022, but thought this might be a pretty good one, so I‘m joining @Clwojick ‘s #shelfofshame. Seems my shelf has a lot of chunksters on it. 😳

Clwojick You‘ve got this! 💪🏻 1w
monalyisha Oh, I love FOC! Good luck! 6d
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Twin Spins! | Sienna Mercer
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And the last audio book #doublespin of 2021! @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1w
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TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 1w
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Snow Child | Eowyn Ivey
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After cooking all day yesterday, this is my vibe for today.

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Unexpected Gifts | Elena Aitken
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Totally forgot to post. Finally got my #wintersolstice and #jolabokaflodswap packages in the mail (took me multiple trips to the post office.) I forgot to put the hashtag on the #jolabokaflod package, so @Soubhiville the package you get from Nebraska is for the swap! @sprainedbrain @Chrissyreadit @MaleficentBookDragon

Soubhiville Woohoo! Thank you! I‘ll be on the look out. 👀 😊 2w
Soubhiville It arrived today! So excited, this is the first swap box I‘ve gotten this season ❤️. Thank you! (Which swap is it for so I know when to open it?) 6d
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Snow Child | Eowyn Ivey
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Waiting to get my COVID booster!

rachelsbrittain I got my booster today too! 2w
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I picked up the tagged book while swap shopping at B&N today. @sprainedbrain I‘m seeing a very chunky theme with your #newyearswhodis picks. So here‘s some chunky books next to a chunky pup.

monalyisha I adore your chunky pup! My family lost our bulldog (my parents‘ dog) a few years ago…but he was the best pup they ever had! So, so dumb…and so, so funny and sweet. 🐶 2w
monalyisha I clicked your tag and it was only posts from you & I was so confused for a second! There‘s an extra “s” in there! 😅 #NewYearWhoDis 2w
Amandajoy @monalyisha I‘m sorry about your family‘s Bulldog. The are the best dogs. And now I see why I can never find any posts when I search the hashtag! 😂 2w
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monalyisha It‘s okay! He lived a long, good life. His name was Sarge (though, with my parents‘ accent it was more like “Saaaahhhhdge,” & he was most often referred to as “Meatball”). And the hashtag thing is very amusing. 😅 2w
sprainedbrain ❤️ your chunky dog! And I‘m sorry… there are some long ones on there. I did an audio/kindle mix for both Chateau and Cloud Cuckoo Land. 2w
Sleepswithbooks Chunky puppies are the best cuddlers 🥰🐶 2w
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Roll the Dice | Wayne Avrashow
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For anyone on Storygraph & doing @PuddleJumper ‘s #roll100 challenge, I created a challenge to track your list of 100 books. Thought if it might make it easier for me to track, it would probably help a few others too.

Kdgordon88 Thank you! 2w
PuddleJumper That's great! Thanks 2w
Jrich21 Awesome! I‘m loving StoryGraph 2w
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Amazingly, I have read none of the books off this list @sprainedbrain ! The three in the corner I already own, so I will definitely be checking those out. The ones on right have my interest piqued. Funny enough, there was a Sally Rooney book on @MallenNC ‘s list last year that I bought & never read. Maybe someone is trying to say I should read some Sally Rooney? Though, I think I may check out the tagged book first… #newyearwhodis

vivastory This is a wonderful list! Quite a few are on my TBR 📚📚 2w
sprainedbrain Ooooh which one was on your list last year? If it was Normal People, 😍. But if it was Conversations with Friends, that‘s also so good. 😂 I love Sally Rooney. I hope you find some you enjoy! 2w
Amandajoy @sprainedbrain it was Normal People. Maybe I‘ll try to get to it in December. 2w
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Cinfhen Incredible list @sprainedbrain 🙌🏻Happy Reading @Amandajoy 2w
MallenNC I put Sally Rooney on my list this year too! Not that she needs my help selling books. I think I may have liked Beautiful World even more than Normal People. 2w
Amandajoy @MallenNC I still plan on reading Normal People! 2w
TheKidUpstairs The City We Became was sooooo good, I can't wait for the next one. Hamnet was one of my faves this year too. Happy Reading, great list @sprainedbrain 2w
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New Year Resolutions | Kath Beattie
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I came off night shift this morning and didn‘t go to bed when I got home because I didn‘t want to miss this sign up! Now that I‘m registered, I can go to sleep and dream of books. 🤓🍾

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I may have overdone it with the book swaps this holiday season! At least I know there will be books under the tree for me! #jolabokaflodswap #bestof2021swap #wintersolsticeswap @candority @MaleficentBookDragon @Chrissyreadit @sprainedbrain

candority Lots of books! 📚 Thanks for sharing! 1mo
Chrissyreadit Thanks!!! I know it‘s how I get books for the holidays too 😄 1mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Don't worry I'm at 6 swaps, so you're good. Lol. 1mo
Amandajoy Sounds like I may just be at average number of swaps for a Litten at the holidays! Hope you get some good books @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego ! 1mo
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Thought I‘d do a #nonfiction2021 bingo card update. Last year I got no bingos and this year I already have one and may end up with two or three! @Riveted_Reader_Melissa are you doing another in 2022?

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Yes, I am! I‘ll post it probably around the end of this month! 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Great job with your card! 1mo
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Spin | Robert Charles Wilson
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I‘m working night shifts this week & have no idea what day it is, but I realized I forgot to post my #bookspin & #doublespin books for November. One of the lists I have that I‘m trying to read more off of was picked, so I chose a physical book off the list. I wanted to read Sister Outsider, but sadly, it‘s packed in a storage unit while we redo the basement. But, I‘m excited about this one!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1mo
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October, October | Katya Balen
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October‘s wrap-up. I‘d put all of them solidly in the “recommend” category.

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The Home Library | Brander Matthews
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If you look at this picture and then close your eyes, you can see a home library. 🤓

SilversReviews Can‘t wait to see the finished product. 1mo
Hooked_on_books So exciting! 1mo
marleed Oh nice! 1mo
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Twin Spins! | Sienna Mercer
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TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 1mo
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My #bookspin for November. Dang the year is winding down fast!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
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Bibliophile: Diverse Spines | Jane Mount, Jamise Harper
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Y‘all. When I sold my townhouse earlier this summer, my husband said I should get one thing I really, really wanted. I have been wanting a custom picture from Ideal Bookshelf for about a decade. I am so excited about this! It came out fantastic & I love it! I can‘t wait till there are walls in my library to hang this up on!

LeahBergen It‘s wonderful! 😍 2mo
quietjenn Lovely! 2mo
Crazeedi Just fabulous!!🥰 2mo
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Soubhiville I love it so much! 2mo
vivastory Amazing!! 2mo
AmyG I love this so much. It‘s just beautiful. 2mo
TiredLibrarian ❤📚❤ 2mo
Amiable That‘s gorgeous! 2mo
Kdgordon88 💜💜💜 2mo
Linsy Beautiful!!! 😍 2mo
rachelsbrittain Gorgeous! 2mo
staci.reads Oh wow 😍 2mo
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Mexican Gothic | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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I love this inside cover. It‘s so campy!

Linsy Oh my gosh, yes! I wish my copy had this! 2mo
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Everyone is napping, which means it‘s quiet and I can read. Well, almost quiet. I‘m being serenaded by the gentle snores of the sleeping.

Nute A very nice moment for reading. Enjoy! 2mo
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Cloud Cuckoo Land | Anthony Doerr
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Picked this up on our Costco run today. Anyone know how to get the sticker off without damaging the cover?

Lcsmcat Try a hair dryer on low heat. That can loosen the glue and allow you to peel it off. 2mo
marleed I have great luck with the hair dryer trick. If there‘s any remain residue I can usually get it with a touch of goo gone on a q-tip. 2mo
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The Prey of Gods | Nicky Drayden
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My September #wrapup. The tagged book was banana pants 🍌👖

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Underground Airlines | Ben Winters
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A very apropos #bookspin this month. And my #doublespin has been in my audio queue for about four years? Maybe more?

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Good luck!!! 2mo
BkClubCare I enjoyed Underground Airlines - speculative fiction is one I enjoy but don‘t seem to read very often. Better than I expected; I can still see scenes from the story. 2mo
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Twin Spins! | Sienna Mercer
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Audio #doublespin. Yay for October!

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 2mo
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October‘s #bookspin list. I have several different lists of books I want to read, so I created spots for those. Maybe then I‘ll get more of them read!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
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The Five Wounds: A Novel | Kirstin Valdez Quade
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Hit the bookstore today and picked up my new #myTBR picks (Five Wounds & Gold Diggers). I also couldn‘t resist picking up TJ Klune‘s new book. And then, because I‘m a sucker, the step kids got a few too. Definitely a good haul!

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The Five Wounds: A Novel | Kirstin Valdez Quade
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My favorite day! New picks from #MyTBR, and as always, they look fabulous!

Erinreadsthebooks Five Wounds is incredible! It does not get enough attention. 2mo
Megabooks Gold Diggers was great! 2mo
Amandajoy @Erinreadsthebooks I‘m very excited about that one! 2mo
Amandajoy @Megabooks it looks really good! 2mo
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My #pennyperpage for August. I should be more in the red, but I decided the books I bought in August don‘t count. August is my birthday month & this year I turned 40, so I get all the books!

MallenNC As another August birthday person I support the idea that birthday month purchases don‘t count! 3mo
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Pickpick

Catching up on my #bookspin reviews, this was August. A story about first love and exploring faith. The artwork added to the story and made his angst palpable.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3mo
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Pickpick

My July #bookspin is an enthusiastic pick. This was a love letter to the food & people of the United States. The nuance he used when looking at cuisine, culture, the immigrant experience, tradition, cultural appropriation, and life was masterful. After finishing, I promptly went out and bought his cookbook just to read more.

Christine I love him, this book, that cookbook! ❤️ 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 3mo
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Blue Highways: A Journey Into America | William Least Heat Moon
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My July #doublespin. I think I might have enjoyed this more in paper? It was meandering and I kept losing the thread as he was talking. I did enjoy some of the stories, but it was a little uneven. Maybe it just hasn‘t aged well?

TheAromaofBooks I definitely think some stories don't lend themselves to audio as well as others. 3mo
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the hate you give | Angie Thomas
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Finished quite a few books in August - more than I thought.

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My #bookspin & #doublespin selections for September. Not seeing a theme this month but looking forward to reading then nonetheless.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Good luck!! 3mo
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Twin Spins! | Sienna Mercer
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And the ever favorite, audio book #doublespin.

Soubhiville The Poet X, and all her books, SO good on audio. I hope you get to it this month! 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 3mo
LoverOfLearning The audiobook of Ten Thousand Doors of January was excellent!! And I mean the cover is just gorgeous 3mo
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After much contemplation, I have come up with my September #bookspin. I don‘t know why I was having such a hard time making decisions this month.

Soubhiville That‘s funny, I had a hard time choosing this month too 🤷‍♀️ 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3mo
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Gus finally decided to let me read.

wanderinglynn Aw, what a cutie! ❤️🐶 3mo
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I have today off - in a quiet house which is my favorite thing. I was planning on settling in with my book & a cup of tea, but Gus is making it difficult. Good thing he‘s cute.

AmyG Awwww❤️ 3mo
TheBookHippie 🤍🐶 3mo
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Peter Darling | Austin Chant
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Uses a *few* Barnes & Noble gift cards this week.

Tamra Enjoy Bibi‘s Kitchen! 💜 4mo
Amandajoy @Tamra I‘ve seen a lot of good reviews of it. I‘m looking forward to reading & cooking from it! 4mo
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the hate you give | Angie Thomas
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Had to put it down here before we left to go to a baseball game. I work tomorrow & have to be up at 4am. It is going to be VERY hard to put this down when I go to bed tonight.

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The Hate U Give | Angela Thomas
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Started this this morning at work on a very slow, eight hour shift. If I don‘t finish it tonight, I really hope tomorrow‘s shift is just as slow.

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New Orleans Sketches | William Faulkner
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Indulged in some literary treats on my 40th b-day trip to New Orleans. Went to the Faulkner House Bookstore & we stayed at the Hotel Monteleone (on the literary landmarks registry!). The only thing I couldn‘t find was a books & booze tour - New Orleans would be a great town to tour literary landmarks with cocktails.

KatieDid927 I bought the same short story collection when I visited the Faulkner house! And I agree, I‘d love a literary tour! 4mo
Chrissyreadit Happy Birthday!🎉🎁🎊🎈🎂 4mo
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Starting my gigantic, heavy #bookspin pick for August. I‘m going to need a support system to hold it.

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Forgot to post my #bookspin & #doublespin. Didn‘t take either of these with me on vacation, but I am looking forward to them when I get home!

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! 4mo
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New method for tracking my #pennyperpage, which is great, but I‘m still in the red. I decided souvenir books bought on vacation don‘t count in my numbers.