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Avanders

Joined June 2017

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I'm a Hygge girl, in a Hygge world. On LT I'm avanders; on Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/avanders
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Noir: A Novel by Christopher Moore
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The Shimmer by Carsten Stroud
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I…. Thought this was fine. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ it all felt very… anticlimactic to me 🤷🏽‍♀️

Also, once I came home and saw the #jolabokaflodswap package that was destroyed yesterday, it was clear it was no dog, but instead one of our neighborhood‘s resident bobcats 😲 I‘m not sure if you can tell from this pic (I had to cover the addresses), but there are claw marks on the label 🐅🐆

Beatlefan129 Yikes! That‘s scary 🙀 1d
Soubhiville Wow! Was it just after the chocolate? Weird. 1d
Ruthiella Did the book survive? 1d
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mabell 😳😳😳 1d
Chrissyreadit Umm…. A bobcat… sampled your mail…. How does one keep bobcats out of packages? 1d
LeahBergen Eek!! I have bobcats in my neighbourhood, too, but I‘ve never heard of them going at parcels! 😮 1d
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego 😳 wow. We too have bobcats in our area, and I haven't heard of them getting into mail. Must have been some really good chocolate! 1d
Avanders Ah! I have to be better about remembering to tag this ☺️ #AVeryMerryReadathon … and this book was even holiday-related! 🤦🏽‍♀️ @TheSpineView (edited) 16h
Avanders @Beatlefan129 you know… I just try not to think of it that way 🤭😆 @Soubhiville yes, which I agree… weird! @Ruthiella unfortunately, not enough. It‘s readable but not giftable! @mabell definitely some new experiences in his neighborhood! 😳 @Chrissyreadit lol I think… don‘t leave them out? 😂 @LeahBergen @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I hadn‘t either!! Lol I hope the cat isn‘t too sick now! 😨 16h
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Whew! It‘s been a busy Dec! We finally got our tree up & decorated & I finally got all of my swap packages finished, wrapped, packaged, & out the door! #Bestof2021Swap #Jólabókaflód #jolabokaflodswap #littlechristmasswap #wintersolsticeswap Though, unfortunately, a dog (?) apparently got into 1 pkg before the mail person could pick it up, so 1 #jólabókaflódswap package has to be redone & will be sent out this week!

And enjoying these 2 reads ☺️

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty 🎄❤️💚 2d
candority Wonderful! 2d
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Velvet Was the Night | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Ok well… that was in no way what I expected. And while it didn‘t … for me, represent a.. you know, velvety night, I loved it. I must love the way she writes or tells her stories or something. I just want to *eat* it. This, despite feeling that the audio narration was fine, but not amazing. I think I would have enjoyed it even more (& perhaps found it more velvety?) if I had eye-read it. 🤔 Doesn‘t matter, really. 5 stars.

#AVeryMerryReadathon

TheSpineView Awesome 👍🤩📖📚 7d
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Velvet Was the Night | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Reading (Velvet on audio).
I read somewhere that Moreno-Garcia‘s books all have a different vibe. I love that in an author when well done (eg Matt Ruff). I don‘t know what to think yet, & I‘m 75% done w the book. It‘s not…. Velvety, as promised? But I wonder if that‘s because of the narrator? She‘s… not velvety. 🤷🏽‍♀️ Anyone?

Also reading Stroud after having enjoyed his Niceville series🤓

& sent the #LMPBC book to @carlthecattt today! #groupw

ChaoticMissAdventures Velvet is on my list for this month, she is very hit or miss for me. I did really like Mexican Gothic which is pretty polarizing, and Certain Dark Things was certainly dark (I liked it fine) 1w
Avanders @ChaoticMissAdventures I also really liked Mexican Gothic! And I‘m here for Certain Dark Things… and this is good. It‘s just… not quite what I was expecting. Though I‘m not sure what that was 🤔😜 1w
TheSpineView Great job 👍📖 7d
tokorowilliamwallace Nice, Matt Ruff! I got something of his at the library years back and really liked his badass female protagonist! I found an ARC copy of the Moreno-Garcia at my local resale charity shop I frequent, so I'll get to it sometime. (edited) 2d
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The Winter Solstice | Ellen B. Jackson
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Oh my goodness! These #WinterSolsticeSwap #WSS packageS arrived yesterday! 👏🏽❄️👏🏽🌚👏🏽

Also received the bottom 2 books from #ReesesBookClub — both sound really good!

And finished the 3 graphic novels!
Ghosts was cute and sweet 👍🏽
Witchy had promise, but felt like mostly world-building and not much else… 👌🏽
The Girl From the Other Side was pretty and dark and very well done & intriguing! Will read more 👍🏽

Chrissyreadit I agree 100% about Witchy 2w
Avanders @Chrissyreadit so frustrating too.. so much potential! 1w
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These are (just) a few of my favorite things…

❄️ Winter
🔥 Fireplaces
🧦 Stockings
🫖☕️ Warm beverages
📚 Tsundoku
📖 #BookoftheMonth picking day!! #BOTM
💰 Free books!

kellyann28 I selected Razorblade Tears as my freebie also! 2w
Avanders @kellyann28 it looks so interesting!! 🤩 2w
Chrissyreadit I picked into the Anthropocene and Wild Places too 2w
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Avanders @Chrissyreadit the format of Anthropocene sounded interesting 🤓 And I keep seeing Wild Places everywhere… hope they‘re good! 😁 2w
Chrissyreadit Me too! 2w
Kimzey I had to look up tsundoku. I‘m so glad there‘s a word for it, since it‘s apparently one of my favorite things too! 😊📚📚📚 2w
CBee Razorblade Tears is 🙌🏻 🔥 2w
Avanders @Kimzey me too😁😁 @CBee ooh I can‘t wait! 😄 2w
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Ok, another quick update!
Swallowed Man: really cool concept, but just weirdly boring at places. Very intriguing at others.. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

😵☕️: easy to read, but infuriating. ⭐️ @BethM I was going to send to you when I finished… do you want to try it? Some people do like it….

Lost 🧪: great. All kinds of flaws, but enjoyable anyway. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The GN: pretty & intriguing!

Got the baking book as an #ARC! #earlyreviewers

Listening to Velvet on audio!

BethM Yikes one star? Lol. Sure I‘ll give it a shot haha 2w
Avanders @BethM 🤭😂 But it doesn‘t drag! I‘ll be curious to hear your thoughts for sure… the protagonist… {shaking fist} 😜 2w
Crazeedi Lost apothecary was good! 2w
Avanders @Crazeedi yeah it wasn‘t quite what I was expecting, but I enjoyed it! ☺️ 2w
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Tomorrow‘s already Thanksgiving eve! 😳 Happy Thanksgiving to those that celebrate it! 🦃🍁♥️

Let‘s see, read: The Hangman (mini novella of 🌲🌲🌲); the Ex Hex; Seek You; and the Office of Historical Corrections… all ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. The first 3 are quick, simple fun. The 4th: loved the title novella, some stories were just ok, but overall, intense & great.

The other 3 I‘m reading… well, I seem to have lost The Swallowed Man… but I‘ll find it 🤔

AmyG Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! 2w
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The Town Square | Ava Miles
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We have an active Litsy Town Square again! 💃🏽💃🏽

Wondering how to share your event? Curious about what‘s going on in Litsy this week? month? Season? Tag or visit @LitsyEvents your new go to/town hall space! Please feel free to tag, post, share etc!!! It‘s here for all of us!

monalyisha 👏🏻 🎉 👏🏻 (edited) 3w
guinsgirlreads This is fantastic! Thank you to all! ❤️ 3w
Avanders @Chrissyreadit you bet 😘 And awesome — I wasn‘t sure who all was involved, but happy to see the crew! 👏🏽👏🏽 3w
LibrarianRyan Yeahhhh 3w
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The Ex Hex: A Novel | Erin Sterling
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The nights are getting longer, the days are getting cooler, and …. Holy crap is that a bobcat on my back porch?! 😲🤩😍

Also started and loving so far, the tagged book 🌕🧹

Soubhiville Oh wow! So beautiful! People see them in my neighborhood, I‘ve never been lucky enough. Great photo! 4w
Avanders @Soubhiville I know — she (he?) was so beautiful 😍 And it was really cool to just see - such grace and confidence. Though I‘m sure our neighbors (with chickens) don‘t necessarily agree 😬 4w
Johanna414 Beautiful! A friend had one in a field by their house last week, but she lives way out in the country - I wouldn't expect to see one right by the back door!! 4w
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marleed Oh my gosh! Did it see you? 4w
Avanders @Johanna414 I know, right?! 😲😄 @marleed it totally did!! It walked away after that shot, looking back at me (through a glass door ;)) … (edited) 4w
Avanders @marleed I updated the pic to show it walking away while watching … and then *not* caring 😜 4w
marleed Oh geez, there is no mistaking that this is not the neighbor‘s wandering cat. Yikes! 4w
RaeLovesToRead Wow! 🥰🥰 4w
BethM Odd to see it in daylight. 4w
thegreensofa Those beautiful feet! 😻🐾 4w
ravenlee That‘s so cool! 4w
IuliaC You're lucky to see such a magnificent cat so close! 😻 4w
Cathythoughts Great post 👏🏻 4w
Chrissyreadit Wow!!! That‘s so cool! 4w
MaureenMc Wow! 4w
Avanders @marleed I know! So big 🤭 @BethM agreed… we wondered if prey has been an issue? @thegreensofa 😍🐾 @luliac I think it‘s Bc we live so close to the foothills @RaeLovesToRead @ravenlee @Cathythoughts @Chrissyreadit @MaureenMc ☺️🐈🐆🤎😘 3w
Reggie Wow!!! 3w
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Lakesedge | Lyndall Clipstone
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It was pretty terrible—super weirdly repetitive & clichéd & oh-so-tropey. It‘s *not* gothic or modern gothic… though certain obvious elements have been shoved into the story to make it appear so. But it got the extra star for being such a quick and easy read. Deserved? Idk, maybe not…. ;p I really start to wonder if I‘m too old for YA… but when I think about Six of Crows & other well-written YAs, I think, “no, this just isn‘t good.” ??‍♀️
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Avanders Or this trilogy that I loved: 4w
kellyann28 Oh that's a bummer! I have this on my TBR 🥴 4w
Avanders @kellyann28 Well — if you can tear through it… maybe it‘s still worth starting and seeing how you like it? Some people have really loved it… 🤷🏽‍♀️😁 4w
BethM The cover is pretty? Lol. I have the same feelings about YA, but then I think of ACoTaR and others. My theory is that “good” YA was when I was a YA reader before we knew what to call it. For the most part then and now “good” was also always sff based. Now some YA has devolved into angsty teen garbage which is not what made us love the genre. 4w
Avanders @BethM lol! The book is beautiful — this copy also has pretty end pages and was signed… I wanted to love it. I totally agree — sooooo much angsty garbage! 😂😂 (edited) 3w
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Neverworld Wake | Marisha Pessl
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Tagged book… it just hit me exactly right. 5🌟 Tho I also loved Night Film… maybe I just love her stories 😁

We Were Never Here? Quick, fun enough… but not shocking or particularly compelling and I felt … idk, it was a bit anticlimactic for me.

Currently reading these other 2. Lakesedge.. I‘m only 25% of the way in, but it seems chock-full of mistakes, poor editing, and cliche. Just me? 🤷🏽‍♀️

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Oh no! 🤭 One more super fun swap! ☺️❄️

Let‘s send each other our favorite things from 2021! 🛍🎁📚💙
(I feel like Oprah on a *very* small scale.. 😂😂)

#Bestof2021Swap! The sign-up form will remain open until November 14: https://forms.gle/Q7CsPtKBWwS4Sy758

Everyone will send TWO books and FOUR gifts. See the form for more details.

@candority

(Ok but now, for real, this has to be the last one I sign up for!!)

candority It is hard to resist swaps! Thanks for signing up and sharing! 😊 1mo
BethM What a fun way to pass on books you‘ve read! 1mo
Amandajoy I signed up for two already, but this one looks super fun! 1mo
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kellyann28 @TheBookKeepers Another one if you're interested :) 1mo
MaleficentBookDragon Okay, I have to STOP. Just signed up for this one too! 4w
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A Review: The tagged was a very satisfying continuation of the series, with a new mystery to boot. I always ♥️ returning to 3Pines 🌲🌲🌲.

A Status: Reading Neverland Wake (such an interesting concept!) and We Were Never Here (captures your attention… but I‘m taking issue with a central theme.. more on that once I‘m done).

A Spotting: saw A Radical Act of Free Magic at Barnes today… anyone read it? It looks really good…. 🤔

📚📚📚

julesG A Radical Act is the second book. The first is 1mo
Avanders @julesG ooh thank you! These look super up my alley! 😄 1mo
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A Little Christmas Spirit | Sheila Roberts
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I… just couldn‘t resist @bookish_wookish ‘s swap too!

Back for a third year is the #LittleChristmasSwap

This is a low key swap of just one book and some candy!

Open internationally!

opening day is January 6th.

Signups are open now until Nov 18th and matches will be sent out Nov 21st.

https://forms.gle/BJzQq1S9Lrr1SFo2A

bookish_wookish Thanks for joining and sharing! 🎄 1mo
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On Christmas Eve | Margaret Wise Brown, Nancy Edwards Calder
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No shade to any other swap all year long (including my own 😜), but this one here‘s my #1 favorite, hosted by the inimitable @MaleficentBookDragon

#JolabokaflodSwap

This is a fun low pressure swap of one book and some chocolate that you open on Christmas Eve so you can spend the night in bed reading a new book and enjoying a sweet treat.

Sign up here until Nov 18th-
https://forms.gle/7U4U14U2BVBPKgU66

kspenmoll Just signed up!!! 1mo
Karkar I love this one! It is one of the only ones I do!! 1mo
Ahw06 Signing up now! It‘ll be my first swap 😊 1mo
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JamieArc My favorite as well! 1mo
Branwen YASSSSS! 1mo
Branwen I signed up for two! 😃💕📚 I love this swap! 1mo
Bookishgal71 I‘m in! 1mo
Avanders @kspenmoll @Karkar @JamieArc @Bookishgal71 💃🏽💃🏽💃🏽 @Ahw06 Ooh how exciting! Perfect one to start with 😁 @Branwen I also signed up for two 😳🤭😁😁 1mo
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sprainedbrain Thanks for sharing!! 1mo
Avanders @sprainedbrain 😘😘 I love that this one is focused around the winter season 💙❄️🤍💙❄️🤍 1mo
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Voices in the Snow | Darcy Coates
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As Halloween ‘21 draws to a close…
I finished my #LMPBC #GroupW book already! Such a quick read… more in the book 🤍🥶💙 Though I‘ll add that it kept me cold while reading it, despite 70-degree temps today!
@carlthecattt @MaleficentBookDragon @mklong

And I‘ve finished the last book in Round 4 of #cbbc #CoffeeBeanBookClub !! 🥲☕️🔪📖🤎
@Mommamanzi

And just a cute pic of buggy on his first ever Carousel at Zoo Boo yesterday 🎃🖤

Chrissyreadit 😘😍 1mo
mklong Aw, cute pic! 1mo
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Basic Witch | Katy Hunter
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Today is #BasicWitchSwap #bws day! 💜🔮🧙🏽‍♀️🖤🪄💜 Thank you @katy4peas for this awesome package!! I‘m so exited for these books that were *not* on my radar but are right up my alley!! 👏🏽👏🏽 And I love the adorable hand towels and socks! 💜🖤 The candy will be well-enjoyed 😁😁 And the little framed print is perfect 😍🍁🧡 Thank you!!! 🖤🔮🧙🏽‍♀️💜🪄🖤 Happy Halloween!! 🎃🧡

And thank you Katie and Jenni for hosting such a great swap! 😘♥️

sprainedbrain What a great package! Love the socks 🖤 Happy Halloween! 1mo
katy4peas Yay! The authors were both on your TBR list. Agatha is a lot of fun and the TV show on Acorn is fun too! I tried to pick titles that were witchy or Halloweenish. Enjoy! Happy Halloween! 🎃🧙🏻‍♀️ 1mo
Avanders @katy4peas ooh smart stalking!! 😄😘 I love it - I can‘t wait to read them!! 🖤♥️ Happy Halloween! 🎃🧙🏽‍♀️ 1mo
mklong Happy Halloween! 1mo
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And thank you @LibrarianRyan for this fantastic #HauntedHollowSwap #HHS package!! I looooove that you altered my books!! The matching spiderweb paint & mug stickers and matching red paint are both amazing. And I love that book hugger!!! 🖤🤍🖤 And all the extra (Beetlejuice!) goodies are perfect - Thank you!!! 🖤💚💜👻☠️👻💜💚🖤

And thank you to @wanderinglynn for hosting such a fun swap! ♥️😘

LibrarianRyan Yeahh. Glad it made it. I love that pin. 1mo
Crazeedi What lovely presents! 1mo
wanderinglynn Awesome! 🎃🧡 1mo
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Hazel2019 So cool! 😁 1mo
BethM Did she paint the green abs the cups? That‘s so cool! 1mo
Avanders @LibrarianRyan it‘s so great 😁😍 1mo
Avanders @BethM the green page edges with the spider web design 😍😍 and the cups I believe were crafted by her 😁🥰 super cool, right?! 1mo
LibrarianRyan @BethM the interior cups I originally hand drew to get a sharp I liked then cut out of 4 pieces of paper and rearranged to parts to get different cups. I used stampers pigment pad to get the green sprayed edges and a glitter black (looks silver) jelly roll to draw the web. Glad you like it b 1mo
BethM @LibrarianRyan it‘s lovely! 1mo
Avanders @LibrarianRyan yes, I love it! ☺️ You always send such thoughtful gifts that you‘ve obviously put real time and energy into 🥰🥰 1mo
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💛🎃🖤 Thank you @OndinetheSea for this amazing #AllHallowsReadSwap #AHRS package!! I‘m sooo excited to read Wendig‘s new book, and I can‘t wait to read your recommended book!! The socks are amazing, the candies and tea are so yum, and I love the pumpkin bag! Also, that Halloween pin is so adorable 😍😍 Thank you!! 🧡🎃🖤🎃💛🎃🧡

And thank you for hosting such a great swap, Chelle! ♥️😘

OndinetheSea I'm glad you like everything! I hope you enjoy the candies and tea 🎃🍬👻 1mo
Crazeedi Lovely presents!! 1mo
BethM Halloween awesomeness! 1mo
Avanders @OndinetheSea so much!! ♥️😘 1mo
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The Vanishing Stair | Maureen Johnson
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Ugh these *books*!!! The first was good and hard to stop thinking about… but this second was fantastic. David is one of my favorite fictional characters right now (currently, I know the series is still going)…. And I‘m so glad I already ordered 3 and 4, which are set to arrive *tomorrow* because I can‘t wait.

@Soubhiville I think you sent me Truly Devious, yes? Thank you!! Have you read the whole series? Will it go past 4???

Karisa I love this series too! Still just need to read book #4. So much fun! 2mo
Hooked_on_books These series is so good! I gobbled the first three and then the fourth when it came out. I sure hope there‘s more. 2mo
Soubhiville I‘m not sure, maybe I did? I haven‘t read them, but I‘m really glad you‘re enjoying them! 2mo
mcipher I love these so much! Just recently read the 4th and really hoping for another 2mo
Avanders @Karisa @Hooked_on_books @mcipher I‘ve just finished the trilogy… 👏🏽👏🏽 Fortunately I have the 4th.. but I agree, she‘s set up such a great main character for a full-on series! 1mo
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Sistersong | Lucy Holland
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Yay received some goodies! Sistersong (tagged) was this month‘s #FantasticStrangelings book club pick, and I am ready for book 2 in the Devious series…

I received a super exciting package from @LibrarianRyan … assumed it was #hhs, the only one I‘m waiting for… but was there a mistake re your tag, Ryan? You wrote #ANS … I think that‘s your swap, which I didn‘t sign up for this year Bc of time limitations 😔 … let me know! 🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃

LibrarianRyan No you are correct. I did a post when I mailed everything that you should have been tagged in that payed out the correct swaps because I was dumb and labeled 10 packages the same way. For some reason when I tag people on desktop Litsy they do not get it. Ugggghhh🤦🏼‍♀️ 2mo
Avanders @LibrarianRyan oooh yeah I didn‘t get notice of that… lol!!! That‘s hilarious that you labeled them all #ans 😂😂 2mo
Avanders @wanderinglynn (got my #hhs 😁) 2mo
wanderinglynn Yay! 🙌🏻🧡🎃 2mo
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Coffee Bean Therapy | Brett Stiles
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Yay!!! Received my #cbbc #coffeebeanbookclub package for this month! 💃🏽💃🏽 Thank you Nicole!! I love the extra Halloween goodies (as does Buggy, who already ran off with the puzzle and pumpkin chalkboard!), and I can‘t wait to try that coffee!! 🤤🤤 Also, you know I love those ooey gooey squares 😁😁

Thank you!! 🧡🖤🧡🖤🧡

BethM Love it! 2mo
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Ok I‘ve taken your comments, looked at a few more closely, and rejiggered a bit… here are the 4 I‘m considering now 😁Let me know what you think #GroupW #Round13 #LMPBC

@MaleficentBookDragon @carlthecattt @mklong

carlthecattt The terror sounds really good! 2mo
mklong Again, I would be happy with any of them, but I guess Let the Right One In would be my first choice 2mo
MaleficentBookDragon The terror sounds good, but at 769 pages it is a chunkster. My top choice is Voices in the Snow but Let the Right One in is also good. I've seen the American movie and I feel the book will probably be much better. 2mo
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Avanders 😁😁 I‘m going to copy Chelle and have my husband pick our book out of a hat 😜 @MaleficentBookDragon @mklong @carlthecattt 2mo
Gissy All of you have chosen interesting books for #LMPBC I‘m not participating but I‘m taking advantage to add some titles to my tbr
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Avanders @Gissy I know - I love it when I see all the book-selection posts, whether I‘m participating or not! 😄👏🏽👏🏽♥️♥️ 2mo
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I… have a hard time narrowing things down. 😬

Any of these hit the mark for you, Team W[inter horror, thriller, mystery]? #GroupW #Round13

#LMPBC

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carlthecattt I almost added The Snowman to my list of choices! Sounds like a great read :) 2mo
mklong LOL, I had Snowman on my potential list too! White is for Witching is on my TBR too though! 2mo
MaleficentBookDragon I saw the movie for The Snowman if that counts.😂 My top choice would be Voices in the Snow, but Let the Right One In and White is for Witching look good too. 2mo
Avanders @MaleficentBookDragon that counts! I would want my pic to be fresh and new for everyone ☺️ @mklong @carlthecattt 2mo
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The Other Black Girl | Zakiya Dalila Harris
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I‘m not sure why there seems to be such…disappointment surrounding this book. I thought it was so well done. It was a slow burn, a creeping discomfort, a surprise, a heartbreak…(no spoilers ;)). Definitely a pick for me. I‘ll note, though, that the 1st 85% I listened to on audio—the readers are so good. Maybe that elevated it for me?🌟🌟🌟🌟

Now, heading to the PO to send #cbbc #coffeebeanbookclub (try 2!) & #allhallowsreadswap packages! 👏🏽👏🏽

ChaoticMissAdventures I enjoyed this too! 2mo
Chelleo I enjoyed it up until the end…🤷🏾‍♀️ (edited) 2mo
Avanders @Chelleo I can see that … that was the heartbreak for me… that she was lost. But even in that, I appreciated the Stepford Wives hopelessness of it too… I haven‘t looked into it, but am definitely curious about the author‘s … what she hoped the takeaway would be 🤔 2mo
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The Ex Hex: A Novel | Erin Sterling
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Received my #BOTM #BookoftheMonth books - tagged and Woven in Moonlight. And excited re #fantasticstrangelings book this month, Sistersong. Anyone read it?

Also received my #BWS #BasicWitchSwap package today from @katy4peas !! 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 Can‘t wait!! ♥️

mklong I‘m excited for Sistersong too! I pay for the cheap shipping from Nowhere Bookshop so my copy isn‘t here yet 😂 2mo
katy4peas Yay! Glad it made it to you! 🧙🏻‍♀️🎃👻 2mo
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Avanders @mklong lol there‘s *no* reason to pay for expedited shipping if you‘re not going to read it right away … which I rarely do. (But foolishly pay for it anyway 🤪🙃) But I also don‘t have my copy yet! Just took the pic from goodreads 😁 2mo
Linsy @mklong Lol, me too! 2mo
BethM The tagged book sounds really good! I# 2mo
Avanders @BethM doesn‘t it sound fun? I‘m happy to send it along when I‘m done, if you‘re interested? 😘 2mo
BethM That would be great thanks! 2mo
Avanders @BethM you bet! 🤗 2mo
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Truly Devious: A Mystery | Maureen Johnson
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Hey, it‘s still Tuesday!

1. The tagged, The Other Black Girl, and Seek You: A Journey through American Loneliness

2. The tagged I‘ve just started, but I‘m intrigued and it seems fun. The Other Black Girl I‘m listening to, and it‘s read *SO* well - the story is also very interesting and kind of bizarre and I can‘t wait to see where it‘s going. I‘m about 1/2 done. Seek You is kind of a coffee table read for me 😉

@TK421 @BethM @SamHeartCoffee

LibrarianRyan Yeah 2mo
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The Sanatorium | Sarah Pearse
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I know that a lot of people were really unimpressed… and I didn‘t find one of the major “reveals” particularly surprising… but I still thoroughly enjoyed this. I listened to most of it on audio (1.5x speed), and read the rest. I don‘t know that I‘d call it gothic, though… more just a thriller/detective story in an interesting setting. Will get the 2nd!

Now reading The Silent Companions (eye-reading) and The Other Black Girl (audio).

LeahBergen I enjoyed The Silent Companions! 2mo
Hooked_on_books I enjoyed this one! I thought it was a fun thriller. 2mo
Gissy You are one of the few persons saying something positive about this book. It is in my wish list since it came out because I‘m curious. Now I have another positive perspective about this book🤗 2mo
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Avanders @LeahBergen it‘s very intriguing! I just wish I‘d had more reading time lately… 😒 @Hooked_on_books right? It sure gets a lot of hate though! @Gissy I‘m happy to send you my copy! I always pass on books once I‘ve read them 😁 Let me know if you‘d like it! 2mo
MaleficentBookDragon @Gissy I liked this one too. 2mo
BethM Eye reading😂 2mo
Avanders @BethM 😁😁 2mo
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And soo sorry for such a late post on my 2nd open - long day!

@Kshakal thank you soooo much for this perfect box of fall goodness!! 😍♥️😍 I love the cozy you chose for me, and I‘m so excited to read We Ride on Sticks! And yayyyy for this cookbook - can‘t wait to try the recipes!! That coffee is one of my faaaavorite brands — and I love the socks, bookmarks, lights, snacks, & decorative signs!! Thank you!! 🧡🍁🍂🍁🍂🧡

#fffs #FallingForFallSwap

FelinesAndFelonies I need these socks. 3mo
Kshakal @Avanders I am so glad you liked everything!! Happy fall!! 🍁🍂🍁🍂 3mo
MoonWitch94 That‘s a delicious flavor of ChexMix! 3mo
Avanders @MoonWitch94 it‘s so yummy!! ☺️ @FelinesAndFelonies they‘re so perfect for the season! 🤗 @Kshakal 😘😘 Happy fall!! 🍁🍂🍁🍂🍁🍂 3mo
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Time for a quick book recap…
Tagged: slow and rich, with a worthy payoff.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Wine & Punishment: a cozy mystery set in a literary pub built into an old stone mill building … what‘s not to enjoy?
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Westaway: not shocking, not groundbreaking, but a great, chilly, atmospheric fall read that still had a little surprise or two in store for me.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Brutal: it was brutal. And a bit heartbreaking. 🥲
🌟🌟🌟🌟💫

Avanders Whoops! I was also going to say.. I forgot to take any pics, but #bws #basicwitchswap and #hhs #hauntedhollowswap have been shipped!! @mklong @wanderinglynn @sprainedbrain 🖤🧡💜💚👻🎃🧙🏽‍♀️ 3mo
wanderinglynn Yay! 🙌🏻🎃🖤 3mo
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I had 2 matches for #fffs this year for shipping reasons… and I‘ve decided to open 1 before & 1 after work.

THANK YOU @CrowCAH for this amazing package!!! I‘m thrilled for the books, and I love ALLLLLL the extra fall goodies—edible & not—you included! (I had to splice 2 pics to capture it all!!) I especially love all the little local goodies you sent from your home state 🥰😍🥰😍🥰

Thank you for such a wonderful gift of autumn!!
🧡🍁🍂🧡🍁🍂🧡

BethM So awesome! 3mo
AmyG It‘s opening day! 🎉 3mo
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CrowCAH You‘re very welcome! 🥰 Enjoy eating the snacks while reading the books! 3mo
Chrissyreadit 😍😍😍😍 3mo
LeahBergen I love the cup! 😆 3mo
ShelleyBooksie Love the fox.print! 3mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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Thanks @Chrissyreadit and @MaleficentBookDragon for the tags! 🎃🦃🧡🖤

I can‘t remove *months* or holidays from my favorite season, so my first 4 are:
October, November, Halloween, and Thanksgiving…

And I guess since I only get 1 more (😿😿), I think I have to keep apples 🍎🍎

But I will miss you and mourn your absence, pumpkins 🎃, apple cider, pumpkin spice, bonfires 🔥, and hayrides!! (I don‘t need the🌻 -👻)

#thoughtfulthursday

Chrissyreadit 🧡💛🧡💛🧡 3mo
Susanita Around here sunflowers are more of a late summer thing anyway. 😀🌻 3mo
MoonWitch94 I know! I was so mean to make us Autumn lovers choose!! 🤣 Thanks for playing 🍁🌻🍂 3mo
UwannaPublishme 😁😁😁 3mo
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Sharing this list:

https://www.perpetualpageturner.com/fall-reading-list/ 🍂🍁🍂🍁🍂🍁🍂🍁🍂🧡🍂🍁

My answers to #HauntedHollowSwap #HHS #thisorthat 🎃🎃🎃

And a pic of bubba in his new … erm, Christmas pajamas 😬🎄♥️

wanderinglynn Super cute photo! 💜 And thanks for playing! 🙌🏻🎃🖤 3mo
Leftcoastzen He looks happy & cute! 3mo
ImperfectCJ What a great list! And a great photo! 3mo
Reggie What a great pic! 3mo
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💃🏽💃🏽 Received this lovely self-care #CoffeeBeanBookClub #cbbc package from @Mommamanzi today!! 😍🥰😍 Thank you Nicole, I love it!! ♥️♥️♥️ (this month‘s book hidden underneath the goodies 😁😁)

EvieBee Now THAT is a self care package. Love it! 3mo
Chrissyreadit 🙌💛🙌💛🙌 3mo
LeahBergen Ooo, lovely! 😍 3mo
Avanders @EvieBee @Chrissyreadit @LeahBergen so perfectly timed, too! 😍🥰♥️ 3mo
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The End of October: A novel | Lawrence Wright
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Tagged book - way too much telling. ⭐️⭐️
Home Before Dark (title???) - fun, creepy, quick.
🌟🌟🌟🌟
Survive the Night: quick, tense, psychologically fascinating, not shocking 😜. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Rec‘d my 2nd #fffs pkg - thank you @CrowCAH !!
🧡🧡🧡

And re #HHS:
1. No but I love ‘em 🎃
2. Yes!! Women‘s med 🧦
3. The jewel tones 🥿🪖🌂🥀
4. Sweatshirts
5. Themed teas 🫖
6. I ♥️ the creative ones 🤩 (I‘m not creative w costumes 😔)
7. Beanies w poofs 💖

CrowCAH Woohoo, not too much longer to wait before opening day! 🎃😊🍁🕯🧙‍♀️ 3mo
wanderinglynn Yay! 🙌🏻🎃🖤 3mo
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Velvet Was the Night | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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These two beauties arrived today… can‘t wait to read them, esp the tagged book!! 😍😍

#BOTM #BookoftheMonth

sharread 🥳❤🤩 3mo
Gissy I lov book mail! It‘s like Christmas even when I paid for these beauties! 📚📚📚📚🙌 3mo
Avanders @Gissy I know… it‘s always so exciting!! 🤩🤩 3mo
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sharread Hi. Just curious. Are you going to check to see everyone mailed their #FFFS packages? 3mo
Avanders @sharread hi - I always verify that everyone has told me that they have sent their packages…. Any reason why? 3mo
sharread @Avanders okay thanks. I just have no packages in my informed delivery. So it should mean I have no packages. But USPS could make a mistake. Can you verify if mine was mailed? 3mo
Avanders @sharread hi again — I don‘t think I‘ve seen confirmation from your sender yet, but definitely don‘t worry — your sender is a long time, very active swapper and would never leave anyone without a package! I‘ll be reaching out to people I don‘t have confirmation on yet in the next day or two :) Also, in my experience with informed delivery, sometimes even when I know a package is on its way, it can take a little bit to show up… 🤷🏽‍♀️ 3mo
sharread @Avanders thank you 😃❤ 3mo
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My #spookyaesthetic is a bit all over the place… no surprise there 😜 I like my haunted-ghosty, scary-horror, and hygge-comfy aesthetics all equally 😁

Thanks to @katy4peas for the idea! #HauntedHallowSwap @wanderinglynn

Avanders #HauntedHollowSwap … I think I always misspell that o e 3mo
wanderinglynn Fantastic! 🙌🏻🎃🖤 3mo
katy4peas Yours looks awesome! I remember doing this last year and thought it was a great idea and very helpful for matches to get a few more details. I was just the first person to put one together this year. 👍🏼 3mo
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Avanders @wanderinglynn 🧡🎃🖤 @katy4peas thanks - love yours too! 😄🍁🍂🧡 3mo
Reggie Lol, love the creepy conjoined dolls. 3mo
Avanders @Reggie I know they‘re awesome, right?? 😁🤩 3mo
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Ooooh thank you Tori!! 🧡🖤🧡🖤🧡
You‘re so sweet… and I‘m so excited to have this!
👏🏽👏🏽

vkois88 I hope you enjoy it! It sounds really good!!! 3mo
Avanders @vkois88 I know doesn‘t it?? Hope you‘re doing well, and I hope fall weather is visiting you… we‘ve had a second of it, but it‘s pretty hot again today 🥵♥️♥️ 3mo
vkois88 @Avanders it was cool this morning but it‘s crept back up to 80 this afternoon 3mo
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The Sun Down Motel | Simone St. James
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Definitely one of my new favorites! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

So starting on another cozy 🫖📖🔪♥️

Received my “big” #FallingForFallSwap #fffs package from @Kshakal 💃🏽💃🏽🍁🍂🧡 yay!!

Aaaand so close to being done with #CoffeeBeanBookClub #cbbc round 4! 😱
@Mommamanzi

Kshakal So glad it arrived safely!!!! 💕🍁🍂 3mo
Avanders @Kshakal 💃🏽💃🏽😘 3mo
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The Sun Down Motel | Simone St. James
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I‘m so glad I‘m finally reading this. I‘m only about 1/3 the way in, but so far I‘m liking this better than The Broken Girls, and so far, it‘s a perfectly creepy book timed perfectly with what I‘m insisting is the beginning of fall…. 😬😎🎃🍁🍂🖤💚🧡💜

(90+ degree temperatures notwithstanding)

Clwojick All the fall feels! 3mo
Avanders @Clwojick 🤗😘🧡🎃🖤 3mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Definitely have the fall vibes too 🧡🍂🍁 3mo
TheDaysGoBy I enjoyed that one a lot! Did spook me a bit with some of its creepiness but I‘m also a wuss 😂 Hope you enjoy the rest! 3mo
Avanders @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego 🍁🍂🧡💚☺️ @TheDaysGoBy lol I thought it was atmospherically creepy - just right! 😁 3mo
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I just wanted to post a reminder before these sign-up dates pass (ETA Chelle‘s, now taking sign-ups)

🎃 For #BasicWitchSwap see @sprainedbrain or @mklong

🎃 For #AlteredNightmareSwap see @LibrarianRyan
(1 book swap!)

🎃 For #HauntedHollowSwap see @wanderinglynn

🎃 For #AllHallowsReadSwap see @MaleficentBookDragon

🎃 For even more bookish Halloween fun - search #AVeryLitsyHalloween , gathered by the lovely @4thhouseontheleft

mklong It‘s the most wonderful time of the year on Litsy! Thanks for posting. It‘s @4thhouseontheleft who is gathering all Fall Fun at #AVeryLitsyHalloween though, not me 😊🧙‍♀️ 3mo
Avanders @mklong oh lol! I know that —for some reason that got replaced!! Thanks for pointing it out 😁🎃😘 3mo
wanderinglynn Thanks for making this and sharing! 🧡👻🖤🎃 3mo
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Avanders @wanderinglynn 😘😘🖤🧡💚💜 3mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I was going to make a similar post. Wouldn't want anyone to miss out! 3mo
Avanders @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I know — I‘ve seen some people sad at having missed others recently (including the #fffs), and wanted to try to reach as many as possible! 🤗😘 3mo
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Once There Were Wolves | Charlotte McConaghy
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I struggled getting into this one. At page 77, I thought… it‘s so highly rated, maybe it‘s worth it. At page 98, I finally felt hooked. And the rest? It was worth it. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

KathyWheeler I had that issue with Eleanor Oliphant, but pushed through and ended up loving it. I‘ll have to check this book out. 3mo
Avanders @KathyWheeler ooh and I‘ll keep that in mind re Eleanor Oliphant! 😁 3mo
BethM I usually give it 100 pages tops. @KathyWheeler I googled the end of Eleanor bc I disliked the book so much. 3mo
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KathyWheeler @BethM I was bored by it and actively disliked Eleanor for a long time. (edited) 3mo
WanderingBookaneer One of my favorite reads of the year. Her previous book was one of my favorite reads last year as well. 3mo
Avanders @WanderingBookaneer oooh I‘ll have to check it out! 3mo
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The Chestnut Man: A Novel | Soren Sveistrup
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A book that propels you forward and gives you all the pent-up‘ness. A fine ending… except I didn‘t love the very last last last bit. That‘s ok. 😜 A strong 4 stars … maybe even 4.5. Note: this book is horrifying. There are …. a lot of trigger warnings.

Desha Loved this book...everything you said about it is true! 📚 3mo
Avanders @Desha 😄♥️ 3mo
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Mrs. March: A Novel | Virginia Feito
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Finished books…
RP2: 2 disappointed stars ⭐️⭐️
Piranesi: bizarre! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Hexes & Hemlines: good… not amazing. ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Arsenic & Adobo: fine, not my favorite. ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Hooked on Murder: good, not amazing. ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Mrs March: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

I loved. everything about Mrs March. except the end. It wasn‘t bad…. Just a bit of a letdown for me. Still, strongly recommend. A “what am I reading?!” in the very best way.

BethM Love the succinct reviews! 3mo
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The Secrets We Kept | Lara Prescott
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Whaaaaa?! I never win anything! And now this too (I also won the #cbbc bingo 😄😄)

Yay!! (And my chosen book) 💃🏽💃🏽💃🏽

#ReesesBookClub

wanderinglynn 🎉👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4mo
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Holy smokes, look what the post office did!! This pkg finally arrived, Nicole, Saran-wrapped by the PO!! And, despite the box condition… everything survived!! Thank you so much for the #cbbc #coffeebeanbookclub package, including extra goodies for having won the bingo!!! ♥️♥️♥️ (extra crazy bc I never win things! 😘) I love the candle scent and the beautiful bookmark, and can‘t wait to eat/drink all the goodies! Thank you again!!
🙏🏽♥️🙏🏽♥️🙏🏽

Mommamanzi What the heeeeeck did they do to that poor box!? No wonder it was so late. I‘m sorry 😩if I remember correctly (and you know I‘m not the greatest at that sometimes) everything is there. 4mo
Avanders @Mommamanzi lol I know, right?? I wonder what *could* have happened to do that!! It didn‘t look like the box had been opened at all… just destroyed. 😳🤭😘 4mo
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Mrs. March: A Novel | Virginia Feito
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Since I met my Goodreads goal early, I decided to read 12 #BOTM #bookofthemonth books — I wanted to see what my resistance was, if I could 😜 (I suspect it has something to do with my lifelong resistance to reading-what-I‘m-told yo read 🤭). I‘m 5 books into that… but when this book arrived from #FantasticStrangelings #fantasticstrangelingsbookclub yesterday, I simply couldn‘t resist. Loving it so far…..

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Received my #bookofthemonth club #BOTM books and my #ReesesBookClub box this weekend! 😍😍

#bookhaul

BookBosomed1 I Rec‘d Once their were wolves this month, too! 4mo
Avanders @BookBosomed1 it sounds so yummy and atmospheric.. here‘s hoping! 🙏🏽🙏🏽 4mo
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