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BookBosomed1

Joined December 2020

❤️: historical fiction, feminism, academic, 🏳️‍🌈 , 🐶, 🌲, 🫖. I provide longer reviews on Goodreads.
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You must not ever stop being whimsical.

And you must not, ever, give anyone else the responsibility for your life.

“Staying Alive” ~ Mary Oliver

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The Great Divide | Cristina Henríquez
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This is a character-driven historical fiction book.
The author‘s prose is immersive and engaging. I enjoyed learning about aspects of the Panama Canal that I did not know otherwise.

While some of the story‘s characters are particularly enveloping, other characters feel underdeveloped. I was left wanting more at the end of the book. Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/5990298220

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The Divorcees | Rowan Beaird
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3.5 ⭐️ This is literary fiction that has historical fiction sprinkled throughout it. Beaird utilizes imagery of 1950s Reno that is intoxicating. The book, especially the pacing, reminded me of an old black-and-white film. There were moments in the book that needed further development and depth. Ifyou enjoy slow-burns with moody, light mystery overtones, you‘ll likely enjoy this book. Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/127306119

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Wild and Distant Seas: A Novel | Tara Karr Roberts
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Inspired by one of the minor characters in “Moby Dick,” this book is a slow burn. The reader journeys across the world as 4 generations of women search for the elusive “Ishmael,” a key to their belongingness. If you enjoy women‘s lit fic with a touch of magical realism, keep this book in mind. It will take you on a slow and intentional journey, which sometimes is exactly what is needed. Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/6043190663

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Keegan writes with wisdom and succinctness about complex subjects. With deep insight, she renders visible subjects that are sometimes invisible or minimized. This particular book is an expansion of previous stories Keegan has written about the intriguing and challenging interactions between women and men. Despite its brevity, this book will keep me thinking long after I finished it. Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/126262032

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3.5 ⭐️: This book is a unique book told via scrapbook style with a variety of real-life, context appropriate ephemera. While the story is surface-level and errs on the side of expected cliches, the unique format makes it an enjoyable and quick read. It would be an interesting gift for someone who loves scrapbooking/journaling and books with a touch of historical fiction. Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/6001570768

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Gissy I have this one, haven‘t read it yet and I do scrapbook 🤦🏽‍♀️ 7mo
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The Snow Child | Eowyn Ivey
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4 ⭐️ I love this author‘s writing. She lives in Alaska, which is evident in the magical and realistic way she writes about it. I recommend this to book for readers who appreciate an atmospheric, seasonal story with a touch of magic. Both joyful and sorrowful, this book had me guessing all the way to the last page about how it would end. I devoured it! Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4521295629

IuliaC Great review! Such a lovely novel 7mo
Gissy I have this one too haven‘t read it yet but planning to read it this year or in January 2024. 7mo
JenReadsAlot Such a fantastic book! 7mo
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Starling House | Alix E. Harrow
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4 ⭐️ If you enjoy gothic mysteries w/ vivid settings, you‘ll likely enjoy this book. The house itself is an enthralling character. The author does a wonderful job of instilling a sense of dark academia into the story while championing a down-on-her-luck character with a suitcase full of tenacity. Mixed w/ the main story is an allegory about agency, female independence, & social status. Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/65213595

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Fourth Wing | Rebecca Yarros
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It‘s bw 3 & 4 ⭐️ If you love high fantasy (Dragons! Magic!) and the enemies-to-lovers trope, you‘ll likely enjoy this book. I can appreciate the entertaining factor of this book. I particularly enjoyed the first half of the book when Violet is trying to find her strength and the author spends time world building. I‘ve got gripes, but this isn‘t my usual genre so take with a grain of salt. Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/61431922

Aims42 I appreciate your review so much! It‘s not a typical genre for me either so I might just wait for the library holds on this to quiet down a bit 😅 8mo
BookBosomed1 @Aims42 I think that‘s a good idea if it‘s not your usual genre. I started it at the end of Sept and had to abandon it for a little bit. I needed some distance 😂 8mo
Aims42 @BookBosomed1 Lol, I‘ve been there 😆 8mo
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Black Cake | Charmaine Wilkerson
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4 ⭐️ This is an engrossing novel about the power of the narratives we tell about ourselves & others. The author weaves her own familial history of multiculturalism and “people who do not quite fit into the boxes that others have set up for them…Their difficulties are both universal and specific to the times and places in which they live.” I recommend this book for readers interested in understandings of how our life stories are all interwoven.

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“We‘re considered soft when we show emotion. Considered weak if we do not like boasting. If anything stings the arrogant, it is intelligence wrapped in elegance. Do not mind if your power is never spoken. You quietly own your territory in this vast ocean.” This book that @Gissy gifted me is lovely for morning contemplations.

TheBookHippie It‘s stunning! 12mo
Gissy I‘m so happy you liked it, that is what you were looking for your morning contemplations. 🤗❤️❤️❤️ 12mo
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@jenniferw88 @AllDebooks Thank you for hosting #naturalitsy #midsummerswap. @Gissy I love *everything* that you chose for me. I‘m so excited for the books, candle, tea, book holder, book mark, summery containers, and the mindfulness journal. This box contains so many perfect choices for me. I appreciate the care and thoughtfulness you put into the swap. Also, thank you for including a gift for my fur baby. ❤️

AllDebooks What a lovely package to recieve x 12mo
CBee Wow 🤩 12mo
TheBookHippie Oh lovely!!! 12mo
Gissy I‘m glad you like it. Looking forward to read your reviews because I found interesting Dog Stories and Sea Change. I hope your fur baby likes the toy🤗 12mo
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4.5 ⭐️ From the backdrop of 1960s Iowa to the glittering lights of 1970s Hollywood, this book tells the story of 3 women forging their path in life. The story covers their friendship of laughter, joy, pain, and secrets. I recommend this book for fans of Firefly Lane and Call the Midwife. It‘s a beautiful tale about the bond that can be created between women. Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58482480

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Summer Stage: A Novel | Meg Mitchell Moore
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4 ⭐️ Told from the POVs of the 3 main characters, the plot is centered on their experiences as they are called to Block Island to help produce a revival of Shakespeare‘s “Much Ado About Nothing.” As they rev up for opening night, Timonthy, Amy, and Sam grapple with their life choices, societal expectations, familial tensions, and the meaning of the good life. Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/5576509368

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The Chateau: A Novel | Jaclyn Goldis
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3 ⭐️ This is a soap opera of a book! f you‘re looking for an easy, breezy thriller, this book will likely cleanse the palate. Told from the POVs of all four friends, I found the book to move quickly. Some of the characters drove me crazy, yet, the story was engaging enough for me to keep going, and I enjoyed the plot‘s setting. Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/62919401

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Have a #botm haul on its way for June! I had already pre-ordered Elin Hilderbrand‘s newest book, or I‘d have also added that one to the box.

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Summer Stage: A Novel | Meg Mitchell Moore
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In anticipation of the first camping trip of the season, I purchased this book buddy pillow from a local craftmaker. It‘ll be perfect for the tent! Happy Long Weekend to all my fellow readers. 📖 🏕️ 🔥

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Summer Stage: A Novel | Meg Mitchell Moore
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I‘m enjoying this light summer read, especially while soaking up the sun on the patio.

Pageturner1 is that a wine bottle waterfall? that is cool! 13mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks That‘s so cool 😎 13mo
BookBosomed1 @Pageturner1 Yes! It‘s wonderful. 13mo
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BookBosomed1 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It has a lovely sound! 13mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Did you make it? 13mo
BookBosomed1 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Oh, gosh no. It was a bday gift. I think it was purchased from Stein‘s Garden Store. 13mo
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Good Morning! This book is soooo good.

DivineDiana Reading it now! 13mo
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3 ⭐️ I recommend this book for readers who enjoy books about stories, especially the power of imagination. I found the writing to be a bit cumbersome. I enjoyed learning about the real-life Operation Pied Piper. Something about the writing failed to transport me, however. The story‘s format is primarily from one narrator‘s voice, & alternates between 1940/ 1960. Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/61964751

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Homecoming | Kate Morton
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4 ⭐️: If you‘re a fan of Kate Morton, you‘ll likely enjoy this book. It has her signature writing style: atmospheric and heavy on character development. I found the story to be lengthier than I thought necessary; however, the mystery pushed me to finish the book. I enjoyed the generational span that is the format of this book, and I appreciated its look into the complexities of motherhood. Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/61683285

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The Soulmate: A Novel | Sally Hepworth
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⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️.5 This book is about secrets, mental health, and relationships. How well do we know the ones we love? I recommend this book for readers who like mysteries. I listened to the audio version and found it to be an atmospheric and easy listen. The storyline alternates between the POV of two women, alternating between their past and present. Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/60784540

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Demon Copperhead: A Novel | Barbara Kingsolver
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💥 Barbara Kingsolver‘s most recent book wins a Pulitzer Prize. I‘m still trying to finish this audio book. It‘s beautiful writing yet heavy content for this sensitive human‘s soul.

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Current Situation: Zen Garden Bliss.

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I‘m loving my newest purchase for my office bookshelves - a book flower vase! Happy Saturday.

BookwormM Cool 😎 14mo
ElizaMarie It‘s beautiful!!! 14mo
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May‘s #botm box arrived just in time for a rainy low-key weekend.

marleed Boy, after reading buzz on on these, I sure wish your stack had been mine this month. I already have 2 of those books currently tagged as add-ons for June. So I‘m actually hoping I‘ll only interested in one BOTM book posted for June! (edited) 14mo
BookBosomed1 @marleed ❤️❤️❤️ I hope you get to read them soon. 14mo
marleed @BookBosomed1 Me too, I‘m hoping at least Libby obliges my request! 14mo
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Black Cake | Charmaine Wilkerson
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Sometimes, all I need is reading under the moonlight, sitting by my best buddy, and listening to the wind chimes being tickled by the wind.

BookmarkTavern Oh that sounds delightful! 14mo
BookBosomed1 @ozma.of.oz Yes, my peace and calm. 14mo
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My May #botm choices. I‘m excited for all three!

Costrye So I just checked the botm app and it says “may books” but is showing all the April books?!?!?! 14mo
BookBosomed1 @Costrye That‘s happened to me in the past; I had to update my app. Maybe that is the issue? 14mo
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I recommend this book for fans of stories that include a host of small-town characters. I found the book to be engaging, and it would make for a good book club choice or beach read. The length time space on some chapters compromised the flow of the chapters, especially with multiple narrators. So, there are parts that feel underdeveloped. Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/61653268

Aims42 I just started this last night and am keeping a notepad handy 👍 14mo
BookBosomed1 @Aims42 Yes! That‘s what I ended up doing, which helped a lot. Hope you enjoy it. 14mo
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“Hope is often misunderstood. People tend to think that it is simply passive wishful thinking: I hope something will happen but I‘m not going to do anything about it. This is indeed the opposite of real hope, which requires action and engagement.”

Kimzey Love the quotation! 10mo
BookBosomed1 @Kimzey It is a lovely book! 10mo
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Happy Publication Day! 🧀 🍺

jlhammar So excited for this! 1y
BookBosomed1 @jlhammar Started reading it tonight, and I enjoying it. 1y
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The House Is on Fire | Rachel Beanland
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4.5 ⭐️ I recommend this book for fans of historical fiction. The story is a well-researched novel (read the Author‘s Note!) with an engrossing storyline. The author did not shy away from writing about the cruelty of racism and slavery, yet, she honors the bravery and kindness of enslaved humans at the time of the fire. Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/61273814

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Homecoming | Kate Morton
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Hope y‘all are having a fantastic weekend. 💕

BethM Love it! 1y
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Homecoming | Kate Morton
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Hi, Litsy Pals. Whatcha reading this weekend? I started the tagged book last night, and can‘t wait to get back to it. Also, I‘m in search of some good beach reads. Last year, I read The Hotel Nantucket and The Shore. I‘m looking for similar books. Romance is one of my least favorite genres, so I‘d prefer recs of beach-setting books that do not have romance as the main storyline. Happy Fri-Yay.

Aims42 I‘m starting ‘Hang the Moon‘ 🌙🥃😊 For a beach reads/thinking of summer rec, I really liked ‘Palisades Park‘ by Alan Brennert 👙🏊‍♀️🌊 1y
BookBosomed1 @Aims42 I loved “Hang the Moon.” Thank you for the rec. 1y
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Hang the Moon | Jeannette Walls
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4 ⭐️ I recommend this book for fans of historical and literary fiction. From the author of the memoir, “The Glass Castle,” comes a novel that transports readers to a Prohibition-era Deep South. I found this book to be a page-turner and devoured it! Sallie Kincaid is not a faultless human, but she is a character I can stand beside as she pushes back against arbitrary societal rules. Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/5463987657

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The House Is on Fire | Rachel Beanland
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My bookish zen garden is open for today‘s beautiful afternoon. One more day of Easter Break. ☕️ 📖 🐶 ☀️

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3.5 ⭐️ The author immersed@the reader in the setting of this thriller - The Outer Banks. Most of the book is told from the POV of one character, but the plot does occasionally switch to different POVs at the time of tragic accident that is at the core of this story. I found it to be a slow burn at first then become a page turner. The twist in the plot was wholly satisfying. Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/61273351

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Hang the Moon | Jeannette Walls
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Book mail is the best mail. My #botm arrived + some other books I ordered. Easter Break begins for my college tomorrow. Perfect timing for book mail.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love your pillow 📚 1y
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Weyward: A Novel | Emilia Hart
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4 ⭐️ Spanning 3 time periods, this is a novel that weaves the stories of 3 women. It highlights women‘s stories, female resilience, and the connectedness of women. I recommend this book for fans of Sarah Addison Allen and Paula Brackston for the vivid imagery, the magical realism, and the strong feminine energy. Domestic/sexual violence is prevalent, yet the story is empowering. Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/5378239944

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Foster | Claire Keegan
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5 ⭐️ Claire Keegan is a wonderful storyteller. Her seemingly simplistic, short stories are packed with emotion and authenticity. Her writing heeds the attention & heartstrings of readers who appreciate stories about ordinary life, human complexities, & a larger message about the power of connection. If you‘re looking for a quick read that‘ll pack a soul punch, pick up this book. Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/5431000735

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3.5 ⭐️ I recommend this book for fan or light mysteries and stories with a hint of magic. From the author of “The Lost Apothecary,” this book is an entertaining, Victoria-era whodunnit. I enjoyed the atmospheric writing and the gothic aesthetic. While the final reveal did not surprise me, I found the plot engaging. I was pleasantly surprised by the WLW 🏳️‍🌈 storyline. Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/61109069

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The Power | Naomi Alderman
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The first episodes of the television adaption of Naomi Alderman‘s 2016 feminist sci-fi novel “The Power” have dropped on Amazon Prime. The first season will be nine episodes. The first three premiered yesterday. The series is so good! The music is 🔥.

CarolynM I loved the book, but I‘m not sure I want to watch the series. 1y
BookBosomed1 @CarolynM That‘s fair. Any particular reason why? 1y
CarolynM I think the “power” which works well in the imagination is likely to look pretty cheesy 🥴 1y
BookBosomed1 @CarolynM Ah, gotcha! I was the first few episodes, I really enjoyed the episodes. However, I‘ve only watched 3! 1y
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The House Is on Fire | Rachel Beanland
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I was not thrilled with the April #botm choices since I had already bought myself the new Jeanette Wells book. However, I really wanted the tagged book as an add-on, so I decided to go with an easy thriller read for my April choice.

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3 ⭐️ If you enjoy young adult fantasy & romance, you may like this book about dark faeries. The book is written from Emily‘s POV and as journal entries. I didn‘t love the actual story/ writing, but romance is one of my least favorite genres so that is likely the reason. I wanted the story to center more on Emily‘s academic study. 😅This is the 1st book of what will become a series. Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/5328539206

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Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan
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5 ⭐️ This is a short story, yet the number of pages does not diminish the beauty of its prose. Keegan writes w/ conviction, gifting readers a story about the power of kindness & the role of personal values in decision-making. Loosely reminiscent of the Magdalen Laundries, I recommend it for fans of historical fiction who are looking for a book that can be read in a day. Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58662236

BookBosomed1 Bonus: The book is shortlisted for the Dublin Literary Award, which will be announced on March 28, 2023. The book is also being adapted into film; it will star (and be produced by) Cillian Murphy (from Peaky Blinders fame). 1y
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Lone Women: A Novel | Victor LaValle
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I did not expect to be bowled over by the book as much as I was. The genre can be best described as fantasy horror with a Wild, Wild West setting. The plot is sometimes quite violent, so I do not recommend it for readers who steer away from such stories. That being said, I was immersed in the writing and engrossed by the creativity of the social critique that lies within the story. Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/5378366628

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Library Book | Susan Orlean
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POV: Bookmobile librarian was on vacation in February, which means that yesterday all of these library books were delivered (a month‘s worth)! 😱

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My March #botm arrived earlier than expected - just in time for the weekend and Spring Break next week! 🎉

Aims42 Yay!! Love when the timing is perfect 😇 1y
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March is my birthday month, so I am using my free credit for March‘s #botm box. I also had the option of expanded add-on to my box. I didn‘t know that was a thing. Is it a new feature? Anyways, I spoiled myself. I am super excited for these choices. What did you choose for your March box?

JamieArc I saw someone post in a Facebook group something about BOTM expanding to allow up to 5 books, so you may be a lucky test recipient. (edited) 1y
BookBosomed1 @JamieArc Whoa! Well, I hope all my add-ons encourage them to make the beta test into reality. Thanks for responding. 1y
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Maame | Jessica George
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I am attending another virtual Read with Jenna event. Maame is a fantastic book. I highly recommend it. Find my review of it here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/60784605