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Beatlefan129

Beatlefan129

Joined March 2018

A nurse,a lifelong lover of books, a knitter, a friend to all animals. Find my gigantic TBR on Goodreads goodreads.com/beatlefan129 Denver, CO USA
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Mehso-so

I picked this book mainly for the setting, which was Vienna in the years leading up to and during WW1. Fanny Schindler was born in a foundlings home and never knew her parents. She grows up to become a talented seamstress. At times, I felt like circumstances just magically fell into place for her, which made the story a little unbelievable. The final reveal of her parentage was a bit of a let-down. Ok overall, but not terribly memorable ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Cathythoughts Great picture 💫 2w
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Mehso-so

It‘s an inevitable comparison, but having read “Educated,” “The Glass Castle,” and this book, I like this one the least. I find the limits of my credulity stretched to the breaking point after reading about so many unbelievable stories. The pacing was also really off. We get extensive details from each year when she was a young child and then whole years are skipped when she is a young adult. TW for abuse and sexual assault.

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Dog Mom: A Love Story | Isabel Serna
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This little gift book is too cute. I love these illustrations and fun observations about being a dog mom. This would have made a nice stocking stuffer book for Christmas

AlaMich My favorite is the drool spot on the pillow! 🤣 3w
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Crossroads: A Novel | Jonathan Franzen
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@Skeebies05 Amazing!!! You really went above and beyond this year! Thank you so much and hope your Christmas is Merry and Bright ❤️🎄

Skeebies05 💜💜💜 3w
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Thank you for the awesome gifts @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Of course it arrived in plenty of time to open today. Wishing you peace and love 💕 I‘ll get a letter to you soon

kspenmoll What a gorgeous shade of red! 4w
Beatlefan129 Thanks @kspenmoll , my amaryllis is doing so well I just had to get it in the photo 🌺 4w
Cathythoughts ❤️❤️❤️ 4w
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Great Circle | Maggie Shipstead
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Thank you for the amazing #jolabokaflodswap package @ReadingEnvy The extra bonus books are a great surprise.
Thanks also to @MaleficentBookDragon for hosting the best swap of all

ReadingEnvy I can't remember if I added a note but I saw that I had two more books from your Goodreads TBR and decided I might as well send them too. 4w
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This book was a little bit all over the place for me. When the author was going back and forth between her personal story, her patient‘s stories, and descriptions of the tenets of therapy, I started to feel disconnected from her. It even seemed a bit self-indulgent at times. What really brought me back were her stories about her patients, especially the last few chapters. Maybe I would have edited or organized the book differently. 3.75/5 stars

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Swaps | Sherree DeCovny
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My #jolabokaflodswap package is here! I can‘t wait for opening day! ❤️📚

ReadingEnvy Woohoo! 1mo
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Night Shift | Stephen King
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I normally don‘t enjoy short story collections, but this one is exceptional. I enjoyed every one of these stories. I just kept thinking to myself “Man, this guy can write!” It really is amazing how he can create interesting characters and plots full of suspense and dread that can be read in 10 minutes. I think my favorite story is “I am a Doorway.”

Kayla.Adriena I actually have this , I originally got it cause I'm a night shifter, you're review makes me want to read it now! 1mo
Beatlefan129 @Kayla.Adriena I used to work night shift too, and there is definitely something about being awake at unnatural hours that lends itself to weird happenings 1mo
Zoes_Human He's one of the best short fiction writers of all time. 1mo
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Swaps | Sherree DeCovny
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I got this out in the mail today ❤️📚🍫🎄
#jolabokaflodswap

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Since I am from Wisconsin, this book really touched a cord in me. The author mentioned the city I went to college in, a grocery store chain I used to shop at, and some brands of beer I used to drink. One of the main characters, Edith, even reminds me of my mom in some ways. I just really appreciated the Midwestern setting and unique spirit in all these characters. The pic is our favorite local craft brewery here in Colorado where I live now.

Prairiegirl_reading I was listening to this on audio and drove straight to the liquor store to get craft beer! It‘s just so well done! I love that it rang so true for you. 💜 2mo
Chelsea.Poole I love this book! 2mo
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Charlotte's Web | E. B. White
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I remember my 3rd grade teacher reading this to us. There is something I find very comforting about being read to. Listening to this audiobook narrated by Meryl Streep along with a full cast, reminded me of that experience as a child. The story is utterly charming. The descriptions of the farm throughout the year as the seasons change was beautifully depicted. I can see myself listening to this again every year.

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Clap When You Land | Elizabeth Acevedo
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I read the print copy of this while also listening to the audiobook. This was a great way of keeping the sister‘s voices straight. Yahaira and Camino are sisters who discover each other following the death of their father. This story was a beautiful exploration of grief and family.

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This book was so completely charming. It was just as good as I remember. Moving through the seasons, Laura and her little family of Ma, Pa, Mary and Baby Carrie go through all the tasks required of life in the Big Woods of Wisconsin. I especially enjoyed the dance at Grandma and Grandpa‘s house and Laura‘s first visit to town. I will definitely continue with the rest of the series. 😊

Wonderwoman89 I just bought the whole series. 3mo
perfectsinner I have a box set. One of my fav series from childhood, great classic reading and wonderful to turn to when you want comfort... at least for me 3mo
seibelsays On the Banks of Plum Creek was always my favorite. 3mo
kspenmoll Loved this as a kid & made up stories for my sisters modeled on this series. 2mo
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Before I Let You Go | Kelly Rimmer
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Definitely have the tissues ready for this one. The story begins with Lexi Vidler, a young doctor in Alabama, receiving a call from her younger sister Annie who she has not spoken to in 2 years. Annie is pregnant and in need of help as she is also battling a heroin addiction. We hear about Annie and Lexie‘s current struggles in the legal and medical systems and also find out what events in their past contributed to her drug addiction.

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No One Goes Alone | Erik Larson
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After reading the description I was expecting a spooky ghost story, but what I got was a dull locked room mystery. The ending was exceptionally anticlimactic. Since this was an audiobook only, I was expecting a lot from the narration but it didn‘t deliver either. The narrator made every character‘s voice the same. It would have really benefited from multiple narrators and possibly some sound effects to liven things up.

RamsFan1963 Is it fiction or nonfiction? I've only read Larson's nonfiction, and I've enjoyed all of those. 3mo
Beatlefan129 @RamsFan1963 This is Larson‘s first foray into fiction. The characters are based on actual people though. I‘ve read Devil in the White City and liked that one. 3mo
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I‘m finally going back to re-read the Little House books that I loved when I was a girl. The copy I‘m reading is from a set that belonged to my great aunt and these illustrations are so charming 😊

rubyslippersreads I love these books! 3mo
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Ruth is a talented teenage seamstress who comes to believe that her stitches can carry the power of her intentions, including possibly murder. Dorothea is the young woman who visits Ruth in prison as a charitable act. She‘s really interested in phrenology, which is such a strange thing when viewed through our modern perspective. Her side of the story was not as compelling to me. Pic is our Halloween decorations of my husband walking our dogs 💀

marleed I love how creative people have become with their skeletons. Yours is great! 3mo
Jemgirl2014 😂 I love it! 3mo
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Sharpeipup That‘s a good one! 3mo
Nute Fantastic! 3mo
Suet624 Hahaha 3mo
UwannaPublishme Love your lawn decorations! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
Gissy Love the photo! 3mo
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I Let You Go | Clare Mackintosh
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Mehso-so

The story here had potential, but it ended up being a fairly average thriller. The big twist was pretty predictable and there were several side plots that went nowhere.
⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

SilversReviews I liked it…thought it was good. (edited) 3mo
Ruthiella For me this was OK but not great too. 3mo
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Project Hail Mary | Andy Weir
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Definitely my favorite audiobook ever! This was truly a joy to listen to. The story was perfect for audiobook. Highly recommend!

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A Fine Balance | Rohinton Mistry
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Mehso-so

Man, this was bleak. After getting to know these characters and seeing all the ways they‘re connected, you hope for a positive ending for at least one of them— but no such luck. I was actually kind of relieved when it was over so I can get away from all the sadness. TW for animal deaths.

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🏈 I don‘t read a lot of sports books, but the tagged book was fantastic, highly recommend!

🏈 I grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin, so I am a Cheesehead 🧀 I love watching Packer football!

#Two4Tuesday

TheSpineView I need to read that book. Stacked! Thanks for playing! 5mo
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Wuthering Heights | Emily Bront
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I love Downton Abbey, so I listened to this audiobook because Joanne Froggatt who played Anna Bates was the narrator. She did a fantastic job! The story itself is deliciously Gothic, so dark. I found myself enjoying this version more than the print version I read in high school.

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This is my third Taylor Jenkins Reid book, and once again, she does not disappoint. Wow, can she create characters! Evelyn Hugo is so complex— I envied her, despised her, and empathized with her at different times in the book. I also love how TJR‘s characters make guest appearances across all of her novels, which feel like fun little Easter eggs for all her readers to discover. (Snoopy liked it too, despite this pic)

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This was a short audiobook narrated by the excellent Dan Stevens, composed of letters written by George Lowe to his family back home. Lowe was one of the climbers in the 1953 expedition which was the first to reach the summit of Mount Everest. It was a really fascinating glimpse into a time where news travelled through letters and radio broadcasts. Also, I appreciated his emphasis that this achievement was a group effort including many sherpas.

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I Am Watching You | Teresa Driscoll
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Mehso-so

I am trying to read books that have been on my Kindle for years, so pulled up this one. Ella, a florist from Devon, is on a train to London when she notices 2 young girls talking to some older guys. When she finds out a few days later that one of the girls is missing, she is wracked with guilt for not saying anything. This was an interesting premise, but the reveal of who took the girl was fairly lackluster, almost out of left field. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The first 10 chapters of this book try to convince you not to be afraid to try the Project 333 challenge. Chapter 11 tells you the actual rules of the challenge, which involves creating a capsule wardrobe containing 33 items.Then chapters 12-32 tell you all the ways your life will be changed for the better if you do this challenge. I liked the challenge itself, but this would have worked better as a blog post.

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Malibu Rising | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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As someone who grew up in the Midwest and now lives in landlocked Colorado, I‘ve always been fascinated by the ocean. The concept of surfing just seems so exotic and interesting. Although this book mainly centers around the Riva family and their drama, I just loved the 1980s California beach setting. I also fell in love with Nina. I‘m an older sister myself and I could really sympathize with her deep desire to take care of her siblings.

rachelk This sounds good! I grew up in 80‘s Southern California with beaches & surfers (just Boogey boarding for me though)! Plus I‘m an older sister. ☀️🌊😎 (edited) 6mo
Beatlefan129 @rachelk This sounds like the perfect book for you then! 6mo
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Tattered Cover at Aspen Grove | Littleton, CO (Bookstore)
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I can‘t think of a better way to spend my day off ❤️📚

DivineDiana This looks fab! Love the name! ❤️ 6mo
BookishMarginalia Woohoo! 6mo
sarahbarnes Nice! Is this the new one by the ball field? 6mo
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RaeLovesToRead 🥰🥰 6mo
Ruthiella Excellent ! Haul post is now awaited! 😂 6mo
AmyG A wonderful bookstore! One of my favorites. 6mo
Beatlefan129 @sarahbarnes No, I haven‘t been to the new one yet, this is the one in Aspen Grove shopping center 6mo
erzascarletbookgasm Can‘t wait to see your haul! 6mo
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I finally finished this over my lunch break from work. I liked this book, but didn‘t love it. The beginning of the story held real promise, but it quickly became bogged down until close to the end when the action picked up again. The middle third of the book would have really benefited from some editing to keep the pace of the story moving along. I was getting really bored with people wandering around and nothing really happening. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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This Terrible Beauty | Katrin Schumann
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I picked this book mainly for the setting, which was mainly eastern Germany in the years during the Russian occupation after WWII. I found the parts of the story that invoked this setting very interesting, but much of the plot involved an affair/love triangle which in some ways could have taken place anywhere. At times, we get a detailed look at the protagonist‘s thoughts, but in others we get only a superficial view and entire years are skipped.

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The Four Winds: A Novel | Kristin Hannah
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I didn‘t think I could hear about another horrible tragedy befalling these characters.The thing that got me through this was the realization that there were actually families who went through this, who actually suffered through the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression.I really bonded with these characters and became emotionally involved in their fates. I was very impressed with Julia Whelan‘s narration as well. Have tissues handy when listening!

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Guys, I won an ARC of this book! I‘m so excited (Evee not as much) #GoodreadsGiveaway

TiminCalifornia Love your dog! Very noble looking. 7mo
Melli I‘m reading my Netgalley arc right now I have been holding it until Halloween 3mo
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Congratulations | Viola Ruelke Gommer
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Congratulations on your milestone! 🎉🍾
#GrilloGiveaway

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Lights All Night Long | Lydia Fitzpatrick
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Ilya, a Russian teen who is an excellent English student, wins an opportunity to go to a town in Louisiana as part of an exchange program.This would have been a dream come true for him if his older brother Vladimir had not been arrested and charged with murdering 3 women right before he is due to leave. This book has an awesome sense of place, especially Russia, and a beautiful exploration of the relationship between brothers.

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Emma | Jane Austin
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Enjoying this beautiful day and joining #Pemberlittens reading of Emma. Opinions seem pretty divided on this one, but if I‘ve read it before I have no memory of it, so we‘ll see where I land.

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Malagash | Joey Comeau
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🥚I‘ve used this handle for things since I was in high school. It‘s a combination of my favorite band and my birthday
🥚We converted an unused bedroom in our house into a “library” for me. I have my bookshelves, a reading lamp, and a super cozy recliner. I spend as much time there as I can
🥚The tagged book. So beautiful and touching
🥚Including myself, 2 people and 2 dogs
#WonderousWednesday

Eggs # 2!!! How nice! Thanks for playing 🧡📙🧡 9mo
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Malagash | Joey Comeau
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Young Sunday‘s father is dying of cancer, so her family moves to the small town of Malagash, Nova Scotia where he grew up. Sunday starts recording her father‘s voice while they visit him in the hospital. She plans to take those voice recordings and convert them into a computer virus so he can live forever. This is a beautiful exploration of family and grief that manages to be both achingly beautiful and darkly funny. I highly recommend ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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This short and sweet book would make a good graduation gift. It‘s not actually a book, it‘s the transcript of a convocation address delivered by George Saunders at Syracuse University in 2014. His main message is be kind, which is good advice for all of us.

Trashcanman 9mo
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This book was a joy to read. I love the idea of magical doors that serve as gateways between worlds. The writing is gorgeous and I loved her use of imagery in describing words and even letters—for example, she compares a P to someone standing with their hand on their hip. While telling an entertaining story, she also touches on a lot of really important themes such as racism, sexism, and classism without ever being preachy.

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🔵 I was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin 🧀
🔵 I live in the suburbs of Denver, Colorado
🔵 I have one sister
🔵 I remember my mom reading the tagged book to me when I was really young

#WonderousWednesday

ShelleyBooksie Denver is such a lovely city! 9mo
Eggs Thanks for playing 💕💕 9mo
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The Mountains Sing | Nguyen Phan Que Mai
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1. Occasionally I will. I did this with the tagged book because there were many Vietnamese phrases and names and I wanted to hear how they were pronounced.
2. I love hearing words in other languages besides English and sometimes it helps me keep characters straight when I hear their names versus read them.
#Two4Tuesday

TheSpineView Thanks for playing and happy Tuesday! 💚📖📚 9mo
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Yellow Wife: A Novel | Sadeqa Johnson
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This quote is in the introduction to the tagged book. Very powerful

Crazeedi ❤ Wilberforce 10mo
Cathythoughts Brilliant quote ! Book sounds good 👍🏻 stacked 10mo
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Lost Letter | Jillian Cantor

I sent you a Valentines Day card @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego , but somehow I accidentally transposed a number in your address 🤦‍♀️ It just made it all the way back to me today. I‘ll get the letter back out to you tomorrow, but I just wanted to let you know, I know it‘s been a while since you‘ve had a letter from me.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Thanks for thinking of me. I look forward to it. 😊 10mo
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As I read this book, I shared many pages with my husband as his parents are older than mine and not in the best health. Aging and death are really difficult to talk about, and I love how Chast explored these topics through her words and especially her illustrations. I particularly like her drawings of her father—you can feel his anxiety just by looking at him.

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Writers & Lovers | Lily King
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I certainly never tried to make a living as a writer in 1990s Boston, but there was something I found so relatable in Casey‘s story. Maybe it‘s just the vivid description of a time where a person feels completely lost that rang true for me. There were so many types of loss depicted here: Loss of love relationships, loss of family relationships, loss of purpose, loss of youth. The writing in this book was absolutely gorgeous ❤️

Ruthiella I liked this book a lot too. It felt real to me as well...all the bad decisions and the good ones too. 11mo
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1. Mansfield Park with #pemberlittens and Writers & Lovers by Lily King
2. The tagged book
3. Definitely The House in the Cerulean Sea
#weekendreads

rachelsbrittain The House in the Cerulean Sea is such a good one! 11mo
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If I Die in Jurez | Stella Pope Duarte
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I ordered this one from Thriftbooks a while back, and I‘ve since decided its just not for me. Would anyone out there want this? I‘ll ship it to you (US only). It does have a few pages with highlights, just so you know. Drop a comment with your email if interested.

Reggie I would like this if no one else wanted it, please. Reglara79@yahoo.com 11mo
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If there were more than 5 stars available, I would give this book any amount I could—10 stars, 15 stars, 20 stars. This book left me feeling warm, bright, and hopeful. I actually avoided reading this at first because I thought it was a children‘s book, which isn‘t really the case. Absolutely everyone will get something out of this book— it made me chuckle in places and tear up in others.

Don‘t you wish you were here?

JackOBotts This novel just warmed my heart. Such a lovely story. 🤗💜 11mo
Scochrane26 I loved this book so much! 11mo
CBee ALL THE STARS ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ One of my favorite books, I think of all time! 11mo
UwannaPublishme Oh that photo! 😍 11mo
Jari-chan You're so totally right about this book ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ 11mo
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The Henna Artist | Alka Joshi
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Thank you for the awesome book and sweet treats @Lesanne #BookCupidSwap

candority Great book! Happy Valentine‘s Day 💘 11mo
Crazeedi Loved this book! 11mo
Lesanne Yay! You‘re welcome, hope you enjoy! 11mo
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