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BookishEscapade

Joined July 2019

Alex 🥰|Nymeria & Arya 😻|Teacher 👩🏻‍🏫| “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live” - Albus Dumbledore
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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
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Day 6: Best audiobook to listen to on a road trip.
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The book is funny, heart wrenching, heart breaking and a show of true friendship and love. 💜 I love the fact that there is a true representation of depression and anxiety and how it looks to people on the outside and how the people suffering are treated.

Highly recommend NOT listening to this book with children in the car. 👶There are some very serious adult themes throughout.

Scochrane26 I just put this on hold in audiobook format yesterday. 2w
BookishEscapade @Scochrane26 the narrator is amazing! She does a great job 2w
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The German Girl: A Novel | Armando Lucas Correa
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Day 6: A book that broke your heart. 💔
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So this book didn‘t break my 💜 the most but I have already done #TheNightingale for one of my days.
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If you love historical fiction set during the Holocaust, this is a must read. Beautifully written that makes you connect with the characters which pulls at your heart strings. .

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Great Gatsby | F Scott Fitzgerald
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Day 5: Favourite classic novel.
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Don‘t judge me! This is the only choice I have as it is literally the only classic I have read cover...to cover...
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My aim this year though is to try and read all of Jane Austen and Wuthering Heights. Hopefully I can do it 🤞

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Outlander | Diana Gabaldon
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Moment of truth! .
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Okay, so I at first was very reluctant and struggled to get into Outlander (even though I love, love LOVE the show!) but now I can‘t stop reading. I admit at first it took me awhile to get used to the Scottish conversations and the way that it was written but now I very easily can read and understand it and I‘m in love. So happy I have chosen to read these and didn‘t give up ❤️
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kgriffith Davina Porter narrated the audiobooks and is truly the main reason I‘ve read as far as I have in the series. 2w
BookishEscapade @kgriffith really? That‘s good to know! I might reread by listening to them. Thanks! 2w
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The Witches | Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake
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Day 4: Book you remember from your childhood.
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I was obsessed with Roald Dahl & his ‘The Witches‘ since I was able to read. And I remember this story absolutely terrifying me and giving me nightmares and fearing Norway. It wasn‘t until in University that I stopped fearing the country and fell in love with it and have placed it on my bucket list. 😂
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I can‘t wait to read this story to my children 😍
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#30daybookchallenge

MidnightBookGirl I loved this book too! 2w
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The Handmaid's Tale | MARGARET. ATWOOD
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Day 3: Book You Did Not Finish.
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I started this before the series of #TheHandmaidsTale came out and I could not get past 50 pages or so. I bought a special edition book and I felt that could have been a reason why because I didn‘t want to ruin the cover or pages by reading it.
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So right after #TheTestaments came out I made sure to have it read but on my #kindle. Absolutely loved it then! 💕 can‘t say the same for The Testaments though 😳🤷🏻‍♀️

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The Nightingale | Kristin Hannah
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Day 2: Favourite book by your favourite author.
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This, hands down, will be my favourite book for a long time. One of the best written and told stories I have ever read that has impacted me in a way a book never has.
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Harry Potter | JK Rowling
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⭐️IM CATCHING UP!⭐️Day 1: Favourite book in a series.
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I can‘t choose one but these are my tied favourites in the favourite book in a series from the #30daybookchallenge. I‘m such a sucker for #harrypotter
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🤘FUN FACT: I spent $250AUD on this special edition Harry Potter collection and I never plan on reading it. Ever. The covers are just too beautiful 😍#professionalreadingchallenge

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The Fortress | S A. JONES
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While this story made me wildly uncomfortable at times, this story twisted the patriarchy and made sure that women were entirely in control of a society which stood the test of time for centuries. I recommend for anyone who wants their thoughts to be tested, pushed outside of their comfort zone and for fans of The Handmaids Tale to read this. Definitely thought provoking!

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The Fortress | S A. JONES
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Powerful.

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The Fortress | S A. JONES
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My husband bought me this book for Christmas! Never heard of the author or the story, intrigued by the alternate patriarchal society though. Has anyone read it? Let me know your thoughts! Have a Merry Christmas all 🎄

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The Unhoneymooners | Christina Lauren
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Loved it! Easy, funny, romantic read to end the year. Can‘t wait to read more of their stuff ❤️

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The Unhoneymooners | Christina Lauren
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Next on the list 😍 Have heard so many great things!

ChasingOm I loved it! Can‘t wait to read another of her backlist. 1mo
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The Great Alone | Kristin Hannah
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Love ❤️

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The Great Alone | Kristin Hannah
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I could read Kristin Hannah over and over again and fall in love with her stories more each time.

This story was so heartbreakingly beautiful that it‘s one you could reread and feel like you could quickly read again because of how beautifully it was written.

Showcasing the harsh realities of war on soldiers and the harsh unforgiveable landscape of Alaska, The Great Alone is a novel of heroism, heartbreak, love, family and violence.

Must read.

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The Great Alone | Kristin Hannah
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With the bushfires in NSW, Australia causing most of Sydney to be smothered in smoke the washing needs to be drying inside and all windows/doors need to be closed to prevent our home from being Smokey.

Days like this, weekends like this, are filled with reading in awkward positions that are weirdly comfortable 💁🏻‍♀️

I‘m not planning on moving until my NBA game starts in 15 minutes. I‘ve already been here 4 hours 🤷🏻‍♀️💕

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The Great Alone | Kristin Hannah
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Unfortunately my girlie doesn‘t understand my love of books and is currently looking over my shoulder waiting for me to finish reading so she can be fed 😂 can you sense the frustration?

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The Great Alone | Kristin Hannah
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The Great Alone | Kristin Hannah
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What else would you want to do when your entire suburb and area is covered in smoke? 🔥

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The Great Alone | Kristin Hannah
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So excited to read this! ❤️

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The Summer Garden: A Novel | Paullina Simons
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I really wanted to love it. But I just couldn‘t. It was just... boring? It kept jumping back and forth and the best part was when they were overseas. Which made up a tiny part of the 748 pages.

Liked the ending though, don‘t know if I‘d read it again. I probably will, but not for a while. On a positive note, this was my 20th book this year!! 🥳

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When you‘re teaching a diary/journal unit for English literature and decide to focus on the Holocaust.

Every lesson I read a chapter and students are composing a diary from the perspective of Bruno with his thoughts and feelings about everything he is experiencing.

At the end, students will present this as an accompaniment to this text to know more about Bruno 😍

#teachersoflitsy #teacherinspo

LoverOfLearning Wow. What an excellent literature lesson. Fantastic. I'm the the students are really engaged. 2mo
BookishEscapade @LoverOfLearning thank you so much for the feedback! Kids are absolutely loving it at the moment :) 2mo
LoverOfLearning Oops I meant to say I bet the* 2mo
LoverOfLearning @Thewanderer92 and good I'm glad they enjoy it 2mo
BeaG Great idea! 2mo
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The Summer Garden: A Novel | Paullina Simons
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Onto the final part of the trilogy 😥

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The Bridge to Holy Cross | Paullina Simons
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Onto book 2 of the trilogy 😥😍

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The Bronze Horseman | Paullina Simons
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This story has killed me (in a good way!) I was so absorbed in the love story of Alexander and Tatiana that every moment I wasn‘t reading, I was thinking about it and talking to anyone who would listen. I can‘t wait to go onto the second novel now. 😍

TheSpineView I loved this book! It is one of my all time favorites! 3mo
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The Bronze Horseman | Paullina Simons
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My little reading partner 😻 #catsoflitsy

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The Bronze Horseman | Paullina Simons
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I cannot stop reading this book! It is just as good as The Nightingale. I didn‘t realise how much I loved historical fiction until I read 6 of them this year 😍

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Twilight | Stephenie Meyer
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Finally worked out the apps that work in my local library. I was quite disappointed that these apps don‘t work on the kindle, so I won‘t be using it for reading but rather listening to the audio books. First one up! Going back to my high school obsession with Twilight 😍💕

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The Bronze Horseman | Paullina Simons
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Just a little excited to read this!

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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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Read my review above.

I strongly believe maybe if the book was divided by Aunt Lydias perspective as one and then the two sisters as the other the entire story would be so different and more detail could have been presented.

Rushed, I was wishing for more.

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The Testaments | Margaret Atwood
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Okay, so according to my kindle I am 36% of the way through Atwood‘s novel and I am on struggle street.

At the moment, I don‘t agree with this winning the Booker Prize. It took me ages to work out who the other characters were apart from Aunt Lydia and I don‘t like the way it‘s set out.

Anyone agree or disagree?

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Testaments | Margaret Atwood
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Ok so... I literally planned to read The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah but I just couldn‘t wait. I bought this immediately and need to continue on! Someone please help me and my bank account 🙏

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5/5

Finally finished this novel! I struggled a little with the non-linear storyline and how it kept going back and forth. Maybe if it was structured a little differently or better I would have liked it more. In saying that, loved the cliffhanger ending!

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Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood
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With school back this week and getting all my admin, marking and prep out of the way. This is the first time in almost 6 days where I have had the opportunity to sit down and read. I really want to finish this novel!

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Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood
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I can never sleep the night before school starts up again 🤷🏻‍♀️

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Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood
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Okay, so I started this novel after I knew the series was out. I purchased a special dystopian cover hard cover edition and was so careful with how I was reading it, not opening the book wide and not creasing the pages.

I‘m trying again so I can read the sequel and then I will rewatch series before I was season 3.

Is anyone else that careful with new books, especially special edition ones?

BookwormM Confession time no I am not careful for me it‘s all about the read not the book itself 3mo
ValerieAndBooks I try to keep my books in good condition. I buy used often, but am picky about their condition...dislike cracked spines. 3mo
BookishEscapade @BookwormM fair enough, I love collecting them and colour coordinating my bookshelf 3mo
BookishEscapade @ValerieAndBooks I‘ve never bought used before and struggle to even borrow or accept books people have given me because I love them fresh and new 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3mo
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Boy Swallows Universe | Trent Dalton
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I struggled so much through this novel especially in the middle. Out of the books I‘ve read this year, this has taken me the longest and it‘s not even the longest book I have read.

The beginning was hard to follow at first, the middle was a struggle and it wasn‘t until I was 82% through the story that the story grasped my attention and I was up until 3.30am last night. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Would have loved to have some closure on a few things.


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BookwormM Glad it wasn‘t a complete wash out for you 3mo
BookishEscapade @BookwormM me too, I just feel bad that it didn‘t resonate with me. I really wanted it too 😞 3mo
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BookwormM I really felt this book from the beginning I was in love with the boys from the start and that little hint of magical realism sealed the deal for me 3mo
BookishEscapade @BookwormM I loved the boys too. Admired the strength of Frankie and Roberts character development. But I wanted to know so much about the underground world too! 3mo
BlameJennyJane A so-so is encouraging. I‘m glad it wasn‘t ultimately a bail given some of the challenges getting into it. I shall venture in again myself at some point. Thanks for the update! 3mo
BookishEscapade @BlameJennyJane no problem at all! Let me know how you go :) 3mo
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Boy Swallows Universe | Trent Dalton
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SOS!

I‘m really struggling to read this. I like the story, love it, but it‘s not keeping me engaged as others are. I‘m onto my 5th day of reading this full time.

Is it worth it?

BlameJennyJane I‘m struggling in a similar way- starting and stopping and waiting and trying again. 3mo
BookishEscapade @BlameJennyJane im glad I‘m not the only one! I had so many colleagues and friends tell me to read it because it was fantastic but now I‘m just struggling. 3mo
BlameJennyJane Exactly! I follow the author in Insta and he is amazing, and the hype, and I have in print and audiobook... but the struggle is real. Lol. I‘m pausing again but not giving up! (edited) 3mo
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BookishEscapade @BlameJennyJane and I can‘t go back to it! If I give up now, I won‘t ever read it haha! I just have to persevere 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3mo
BlameJennyJane @Thewanderer92 ☘️☘️☘️ let us know how it goes! 😁 3mo
BookishEscapade @BlameJennyJane I shall! Haha thanks, you too 3mo
BookwormM I loved it it‘s a slow build but worth the payoff 3mo
BookishEscapade @BookwormM I‘m almost 3/4 of the way through and I‘m struggling. Is that really how long the build up takes? 3mo
BookwormM I would say if you are not loving it now you may well end up not loving it... 3mo
BookishEscapade @BookwormM okay, update. I am loving it, it has taken a swing. I was up until 3.30am reading. I‘m onto the second last chapter and I‘m almost finished with it! 3mo
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Boy Swallows Universe | Trent Dalton
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When you have finally purchased a bath caddy and reading in the bath will be so much more comfortable from now!

Come-read-with-me @Thewanderer92 Looks absolutely divine! 🛀🏻 4mo
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I chose this novel because people have compared it to Eleanor Oliphant which I adored.

I loved the story. But, what prevented me from giving it 5 stars was the lack of depth that the characters received. I love knowing, understanding and empathising for the characters. I could still do it to a certain degree, not as much though.

Excellent, heartbreaking story of survival and belonging. I just wanted more depth.

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When you‘re at the tail end of the book and you can‘t stop reading even though it is almost midnight.

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I am loving this story, loving it. How I wish there was more detail though! Started off so well at the beginning with the years being mentioned and significant historical events but now...

I want to know more what the characters are feeling and seeing. I don‘t really get that from this novel.

Anyone else agree?

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Shouldn‘t we first be tipped upside down to let all our knowledge out - like when you empty a piggy bank of its coins?

#quoteoftheday #qotd

BookwormM You are really hitting the books I love at the moment 👍 4mo
BookishEscapade @BookwormM I was up until 3am reading Augusta! So tired at the moment but worth it 4mo
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When your kindle freezes and you have to go to another book 🤷🏻‍♀️

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Boy Swallows Universe | Trent Dalton
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Excited to get started on this!

BookwormM I loved this book 4mo
BookishEscapade @BookwormM all my English teacher colleagues have been begging me to read it for months! I‘m finally getting around to it now 4mo
BookwormM Hope you enjoy it 4mo
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The Kiss Quotient | Helen Hoang
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I loved it! I‘m such a hopeless romantic. I couldn‘t put this down, I just kept wanting to see if they would end up together and if they did or didn‘t how it would all unravel.

Beautifully told highlighting the differences between females and males in their autistic traits.

Looking forward to reading more of Hoang‘s novels!

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Kiss Quotient | Helen Hoang
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I saw someone recommended this novel on here and I loved the reviews! Thought I would try something lighthearted before I delve into the darkness of the later half of the Harry Potter series. 💕📚

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Part 2 - this was before going to sleep. Then I listened to audible while driving and that just made me love reading all over again which has led me to rereading the HP series. As Sept. is coming to an end, I have finished my 2019 Reading Challenge. I am so happy that I achieved this goal with 3 months of the year. Joining a book club on FB and finding Litsy has really helped me in achieving this goal. 25 for 2020! 📚 #goodreads #litsyinspo

Twainy AGREED!! Audible made such a difference in reading for me and then OverDrive, Libby & Hoopla. Congrats on meeting your GoodReads challenge! 4mo
BookishEscapade @Twainy thank you! I have heard of overdrive but my local library doesn‘t have it. What‘s Libby and Hoopla? 4mo
Twainy Libby is the younger cooler sister app to OverDrive. Hoopla is another library app with older but just as good books with no wait listing. Sometimes the library will have a Cloud app? Ours does by I‘ve never needed to use it. Sometimes your state will have a library card that allows you to visit multiple libraries (yes now I sound dumb but I‘ve never needed it, just seen others mention it). Sorry so long. 4mo
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BookishEscapade @Twainy no! We don‘t have hoopla or Libby. Not available in Australia! 4mo
Twainy I‘m so sorry. Do you have something similar? I see that amazon.com.au has the hoopla app but you need access to a library card at a library that participates. OverDrive is available at Port Phillip library service but of course I‘m not sure if that is in Australia. Happy Tuesday! 4mo
BookishEscapade @Twainy I checked, no where near me unfortunately! Times like this (plus Disneyworld and the Netflix catalogue) I wish I was in usa 4mo
Twainy No Netflix? Nooooooo that‘s dreadful 😫 😥 😳 🤗 I can‘t afford to buy more than a couple of books a month so I‘d be lost without the library. The librarian probably hides when she sees my e-mail because I‘m just going to be complaining that there aren‘t enough books in a queue so the wait is over 6 months. Happy Tuesday! 4mo
BookishEscapade @Twainy oh no, we have Netflix but what we have on Netflix is no where near as good as the US one! Oh fair enough, libraries are a sanctuary for us bookworms! Happy Tuesday :) 4mo
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Part 1 - Growing up, I was a huge bookworm. But as work and life got in the way my love for this was shoved to the side. At the end of 2018, I set myself a goal to get back into it. I forced myself on any nights where I had to do work at home to stop at 7, when I needed a break from work I wouldn‘t do any work or think about work on the weekend (I tried) and to always give myself time in the day to read. #bookwormsunite #goodreads