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Joined February 2019

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I don't think this quote needs much of an explanation. I think this is a lesson everyone needs reminded of throughout their life.

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As part of my goal to annotate more, I'm also wanting to share some of my favorite quotes from books I'm reading and this was probably my favorite from THE TITAN'S CURSE. I love the introduction of the concept that monsters and evil doesn't have to look like our stereotypes of monsters and evil.

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A very late review of the fourth installment of Percy Jackson... and despite how much I love Annabeth, this was my least favorite book in the series. It may be due to the fact it was setting up for the series finale and I hate having to go through set ups. On a whole, it felt stagnant compared to the other books. I said a couple weeks ago I'm waiting for my library hold to come in so I can finish the series, and hopefully it'll come in this week.

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My latest book haul! Courtesy of lost gift cards I found and my SO wanting something new to read too.

I‘ve been super busy at work lately, but I have a bunch of reviews and favorite quotes to catch up on, so please forgive me while I spam you guys this week.

How has your Monday morning been??

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Reading this one today! Honestly I think I‘ll finish this one and start the fourth today since they‘re short. Hope everyone has a great Thursday!

MatchlessMarie Been reading through this series too. I should finish by the end of October 🪟 4mo
CollapsingLibrary @MatchlessMarie I‘m loving going by to my childhood favorites! But this time I can just hear the actors voice from the Netflix show as I‘m reading 😂 4mo
MatchlessMarie @CollapsingLibrary I‘m actually reading through these for the first time I never read them as a kid but always saw them in the library and was like “one day” lol I‘ve been enjoying Tim Curry on audio for the later books. 4mo
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⭐️5/5

Another reread that didn‘t disappoint! This novel in dialogue is historical fiction story on the biggest slave auction to take place in America. With various viewpoints that span years, this story on slavery will pull at heartstrings. It‘s an easy read that deserves time to be sat with.

Recommendation: YA/general audience. Good for educational purposes.

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Lots of library holds came in this week! I‘m in a long wait for the last Percy Jackson book, so I‘m hoping to fill in the gap by rereading a good portion of THE SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS! I watched the Netflix adaptation and remember enjoying the books as a kid, but honestly don‘t remember too much about any of them after the first 3!

What did you think of the Netflix adaptation??

Bookwormjillk I haven‘t read all the books yet but got a kick out of the Netflix series 4mo
peanutnine I loved the Netflix series! I thought they did a great job adapting the books. Intriguing new details added but stayed true to the original story 4mo
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The Sea of Monsters | Rick Riordan
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Love that this question was proposed in this book. The irony that it‘s asked by the god Hermes to question if his true story needed a lesson to come from it makes it even better.

Libby1 Great series. I think this book was my favourite. 4mo
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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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I‘m behind on my reviews so forgive me as I spam you guys today…
But THE TITANS CURSE is my favorite book of the series so far! I loved the plot, the inclusion of some bigger life messages to consider, the character development, all wrapped up in the same witty narrative. Because of these things I‘m rating it ⭐️4/5.

Does anyone else love the original covers more than the Disney covers?

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One of my favorite things about Rick Riordan‘s style is how he sprinkles humorous lines throughout the novel. It helps break up all the action and impending-doom-of-the-world plot lines. I remember as a kid thinking these books were funny, too. Maybe it‘s because I cry a lot, but I appreciate a book that can make me laugh out loud while reading more than one that has me crying.

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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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Good morning Littens! My morning started off with a series of frustrations so I felt this quote would be a good way to set some intentions for today. I need to remember that my mindset affects so much of my daily life and that it pays to remain positive even in less than ideal situations.

Mavey So very true about positivity! You are strong! Have a fantastic day!💖 4mo
Louise A good message. Things aren‘t easy at the moment, and it‘s good to remember we have what it takes to blossom nevertheless. 💗 4mo
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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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This book wasn‘t subtle about its messages, but I feel like it‘s appropriate in this setting.

kplovesbooks I've been legit afraid to read this... Because with the subject matter I want to love it instantly but what if the book itself sucks?! 🤷🤣 I need to stop overthinking and just read it already!!! 4mo
CollapsingLibrary @kplovesbooks I'll be honest and say the writing itself isn't brilliant and most of my love for the book does come in the messaging. I also originally read it before the hype and the movie, so if you do decide to read it I'd go into it not expecting a literary masterpiece. 4mo
kplovesbooks @CollapsingLibrary I'll keep that in mind. Also I haven't seen the movie yet either; I don't want it to sway how I'll see the book when I get to it! 4mo
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The Sea of Monsters | Rick Riordan
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⭐️3.7/5

THE SEA OF MONSTERS is the second book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. You‘ll hear me say it over and over, but the voice in these books is engaging, witty and perfect for an action packed Middle Grade book. Not as great as the first book, but still had great character development and I love all the obscure mythology Riordan brings in.

Mavey Titan's Curse is so much better! Riordan is known for his Third Book Thunder! Do try it!💕 4mo
CollapsingLibrary @Mavey I finished the third one yesterday and its my favorite so far! I read all of these so many years ago that it feels like my first time all over again. 4mo
Mavey @PurrfectFeministPerspective That's great to hear! I have to do a re-read someday too!🥰 Do you recommend any mythological fiction? 4mo
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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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“What‘s the point of having a voice if you stay quiet in those moments you shouldn‘t be?”

This quote nicely sums up one of the themes/messages in the novel.

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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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⭐️4.5/5

My second review of this novel on Litsy and I was just as captivated my second time reading this book that discusses hard hitting topics such as police brutality, drug abuse, and systemic racism. While the writing isn‘t the most gorgeous prose I‘ve ever read, it‘s important messages and themes, and the fact I think of often despite originally reading it years ago, keep it at a 4.5 star rating.

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Rereading this book with the hopes of reminding myself why I choose literature as my major. I don‘t feel like I‘ve been deeply reading books the way I use to, and I think it‘s caused me to lose some of the joy thy use to come with reading for me. I‘m 8 chapters in and have annotated at least one section of each page so far.

KathyWheeler As an English major (ungrad and grad), I really enjoyed this book. It helped me remember what I had enjoyed about it. Of course, those degrees were years and years ago, but it was nice to be reminded. 4mo
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Rule of Wolves | Leigh Bardugo
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While I‘m still enthralled with the book and will be finished, I wanted to mark the page in which I officially started my critical review of Bardugo and the Grishaverse as a whole. Still enough book to turn some thoughts more positively but this book ruined a lot of my enjoyment of the series

julesG Ditto. It feels a bit as if she wrote it with the TV series in mind. 4mo
CollapsingLibrary @julesG yes! And having all the characters from the original series and six of crows duology together is just showcasing how it‘s the same cast of characters with just slight differences and they‘re starting to meld into one another, in my opinion. 4mo
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Rule of Wolves | Leigh Bardugo
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Started RULE OF WOLVES yesterday at work and I‘m already over 200 pages. I originally didn‘t enjoy the first book in this duology but I think reading them in order this time allowed me to appreciate the story more than I previously could.

BeeMagical Gorgeous cover! 4mo
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I had started this audiobook over my weekend per the recommendation of a friend. But I started spacing off and focusing more on the activity I was doing so I‘m going to restart this today with more intention. Neither my friend or I are big on self help books, so since she really liked it I have some good expectations!

Who do you go to for book recs?

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Crooked Kingdom | Leigh Bardugo
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Finally settling down to start the sequel. Felt like I was slipping into a reading slump but tried to at least keep listening to audiobooks on my daily commute. I think it helped!

What do you do to motivate yourself when you find yourself entering a reading slump?

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Clap When You Land | Elizabeth Acevedo
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Book 33 | ⭐️3.75/5
Elizabeth Acevedo is an automatic pick for me; I‘ve listened to all of her books and always really enjoy them. CLAP WHEN YOU LAND is no different. A beautifully told story of two girls both struggling with grief and loss after a tragic plane accident looks into important questions on family. My lower rating is due to feeling like the middle was drug out just a little bit too much and got repetitive. Still definitely recommend!

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Red Queen | Victoria Aveyard
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Book32 | ⭐️2.5/5
I said from the beginning that I knew I wasn‘t going to love this book. If it wasn‘t an audiobook that I listened to while doing mindless tasks, I probably wouldn‘t have finished it at all. The sequel is waiting for me but I have no desire to see where this story leads right now. Maybe if I don‘t find another audiobook I‘ll try it out.

KathyWheeler I read this one and thought it was okay, but I have no desire to read the rest of them. 5mo
Jovy Exactly how I felt! 🙌🏼 5mo
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Firekeeper's Daughter | Angeline Boulley
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Couple days late but here‘s my August TBR! I‘m trying to balance a mix of rereads, new books and my tbr backlog. Really excited for the tagged book, so I‘m thinking of making myself wait until I get at least half way through before starting it.

What book on your TBR are you looking forward to most??

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Crooked Kingdom | Leigh Bardugo
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My next reread! Sitting down to write down my TBR for August later tonight and I‘m hoping to finish the Grisha universe this month. This is my favorite series in the universe though, so I‘m worried I‘ll struggle to read the King Of Scars duology 😅

Mavey The best in GrishaVerse!!🤩 4mo
CollapsingLibrary @Mavey I love this duology above the rest! I finished Rule of Wolves a couple weeks ago and I'm worried about Bardugo trying to do a third and it will ruin it for me... 4mo
Mavey @PurrfectFeministPerspective Ooh! I have yet to read RoW! How was it?! 4mo
CollapsingLibrary @Mavey Honestly I didn't love it! I finished it because I'm dedicated to the characters but I felt like RoW just showed how the characters from the original series and the SoC duology are mirrors of each other and it upset me lol I'm still going to finish the Grishaverse books that come out in the future though! 4mo
Mavey @CollapsingLibrary Oh no😥I too kinda felt a lil underwhelmed during KoS but lol, yes gunna read anything that Bardugo creates in the universe! 4mo
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Book 31 | ⭐️5/5
Adorable, engaging, with a Lemony Snicket vibe, THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX is an amazing children‘s book about light, love, forgiveness and soup. I will admit the illustrations sometimes put me off, but on a whole the book deserves all the praise it receives!

DivineDiana There‘s a mouse in our house, and I think this would give me a new perspective. Stacked! 😀 5mo
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Red Queen | Victoria Aveyard
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About 2 hours in & I‘m still not sure I‘m going to finish it but I‘ll keep going for now. Since I mostly listen to my audiobooks while driving, sometimes having a book I don‘t need to pay all that much attention to is nice 😅

My biggest issue with this book is the main character. She‘s a cliche trope of the overly independent girl that‘s not stereotypically feminine. I get those characters are supposed to be “empowering” but I find it limiting.

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Six of Crows | Leigh Bardugo
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Book #30 | Reread #13 | ⭐️5/5
Forever one of my fav YA fantasy books. I was worried a reread would make me like it less but I‘m still whole heartedly in love with these characters. I‘ll take crew of misfits doing questionable things over “average” girl saving the world any day. Excited to start the sequel tomorrow!

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Starting this cute story at work today. I can‘t remember if I‘ve ever read this one before or not, but I‘m excited!

LeslieO I used to read this aloud to my third graders every year for probably 10 years and I never got tired of it. 6mo
CollapsingLibrary @LeslieO I can see why! That book was adorable and engaging! 6mo
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Red Queen | Victoria Aveyard
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Started RED QUEEN as my new commute audiobook. So far it feels like another stereotypical YA novel of your “average” girl finding out she‘s actually special and ends up in a weird love… pyramid. This might be. DNF for me but I‘ll give it another hour before deciding.

What YA trope are you entirely over seeing?

GondorGirl Love triangles. 🤢 6mo
Oryx This was the book that finished me for YA 🙂! I read about a fifth, then nope, I've read this all before. 6mo
CollapsingLibrary @GondorGirl yes!! I need like a major twist on the love triangle before I want to see it again. I have no idea what that would look like though 😅😅 6mo
CollapsingLibrary @Oryx ugh that‘s how I feel this is going to go for me 😣 which I hate because I think YA is such an important part of people‘s literary journey! 6mo
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Writers & Lovers | Lily King
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Book 29 | ⭐️5/5
I might give out 5 star ratings like Oprah gives out cars but I loved this book. Which I really wasn‘t expecting based on my initial thoughts and being an audiobook (which I notoriously dislike). Something in this book about a struggling 31 year old clicked & I already miss Casey‘s way of describing the world & I have an urge to pick up a pen for the first time in years.

How do you feel about books that are about readers/writers?

Butterfinger I love them. I like learning how writers come to appreciate words and books. 6mo
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Reread #12 | Book 28 |⭐️5/5
Beautiful written novel in dialogue that tells the story of the largest slave auction in the United States. Written similarly to a play, the author uses both real and imagined people to look at different viewpoints of slavery at the time, and in the process creates a story that will probably make you cry. So glad I reread this, also on a day that stormed uncontrollably.

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Six of Crows | Leigh Bardugo
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My favorite part of rereading books is catching everything I missed the first time. The first time I read SIX OF CROWS I hadn‘t read the original series in the universe so this time I‘m really appreciating all of the inside jokes and references between the series 😊

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This is not a book I would have picked up on my own but my S/O loved these books as a kid. The REDWALL books are stand alone novels connected by location (Redwall Abbey of Mossflower) that follow different anthropomorphic animals on adventures. It took me a while to adjust to the style but the storyline was engaging. Overall, I enjoyed this more than anticipated and look forward to reading more books from the series!

TheNeverendingTBR Love this cover!! 🌱🦝🌿 6mo
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Writers & Lovers | Lily King
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Started WRITERS & LOVERS as an audiobook book on my way to work yesterday. Almost stopped after the first 30 seconds but the description of life as a server pulled my attention back in. Still not sold on it but I‘ll give it a couple more days to flesh itself out.

How long do you wait before deciding to DNF a book?

BookishBelle I usually give it 50 pages. If I‘m still not interested, I quit reading. I almost quit listening to this one as well because it was so depressing at the beginning but I stuck with it and it was really good. 6mo
CollapsingLibrary @BookishBelle I like to give it 50-100 pages too. In my experience if I‘m not enjoying it by then I‘m just not going to. I‘m glad to hear you enjoyed the book though! Hopefully today it‘ll start picking up more in mood for me. 6mo
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Six of Crows | Leigh Bardugo
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Rereading SIX OF CROWS for this month‘s buddy read with my best friend. Loved it my first time through so I‘m hoping it remains one of my favorites! I‘ve been too scared to even attempt the Netflix show…

Johanna414 I still haven't finished the Netflix show... it wasn't necessarily bad, but nothing was going to be as good as the books for me. Especially when trying to push two storylines into one 6mo
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It‘s been a really long time since I‘ve been on here! But I‘m ready to start keeping track of the books I‘m reading again and add way too many books to my TBR 🤪

charl08 Good luck! 6mo
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While different from her other novels, Ninth House still had that Bardugo feel I fell in love with. 4/5 grays 💀

Check out my full review on my site!
https://purrfectfeministperspective.weebly.com/home/ninth-house-book-reivew-femi...

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@Sace, thank you so much for doing this!

Litsy: @PurrfectFeministPerspective
Blog: purrfectfeministperspective.weebly.com
IG: purrfectfeministperspective
Goodreads: purrfectfeministperspective

@Sace is collecting everyone‘s blog/social media information for a spreadsheet so we can support one another on different social media platforms! Just make sure to tag her and use the #ThisisMyBlog

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A Good Neighborhood | Therese Anne Fowler
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3.5/5 Oak Trees
Two families in the same neighborhood set the scene for a commentary on modern day America and how to handle differences such as race and economic class. The narration was lovely but the ending felt like an easy out for the author. For the full review and a feminist analysis, click the link below!
https://purrfectfeministperspective.weebly.com/home/a-good-neighborhood-review-a...

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The Holdout: A Novel | Graham Moore
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3.5/5 Clues
A BOGO legal thriller that questions how well America's justice system is set up including ideas on race, sex and class. Highly enjoyable if you can suspend parts of reality; the ending is far fetched but I didn't notice until after I finished reading.
For the full review and a feminist analysis, click the link below:
https://purrfectfeministperspective.weebly.com/home/the-holdout-review-analysis

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My reading buddy hasn‘t felt too well today (had some hairball issues). Now we‘re relaxing, cuddling up in front of a fake fireplace for the rest of night 😊

ozma.of.oz Poor baby! Sending love and good thoughts! ❤️ 2y
JessClark78 ❤️❤️ 2y
SW-T Aww, poor thing. Hope your buddy feels better soon! ❤️ 2y
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Tackling my #BOTM section of TBR first. I barely started The Girl with the Louding Voice last night, but so far I‘m definitely intrigued!

With all the craziness in the world, the one hope I‘m holding onto is that BOTM is able to release April‘s choices on time. Books bring me immense comfort and since the library and most local bookstores are closed, I‘m really looking forward to seeing April‘s options.

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I told Merlin I needed a pretty picture of him to help #keeplitsypostitive and he turned around. So, everyone enjoy what Merlin believes to be his best angle 😂😂

I plan on starting the tagged book today. It‘s rainy and dreary here, perfect for cat cuddles and reading ❤️

Buechersuechtling 😻 Years ago, when I still lived with my parents we had a cat that from what I can see, looked like yours and he had the exact same name. 🤗 I will search for a good picture of him, post it and tag you tomorrow. (edited) 2y
CollapsingLibrary Please do! I‘m never going to be upset about cat pictures! 2y
ravenlee At least the tail is down? 2y
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2/5🔥fire darts

This YA fantasy about brothers who struggle with their roles in a war they didn‘t want to be in fell short, mostly due to poor world building. It felt like Silvera was trying to set the scene in this novel to get into the details in the inevitable sequel, but I probably read it, despite the great diversity of characters and messages on male body image.

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The Holdout: A Novel | Graham Moore
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Note taking update: pen has been confiscated 😂

ozma.of.oz How can you be taking notes with such a sweet face right there?! 😍 2y
CollapsingLibrary @ozma.of.oz Lol it‘s hard! And he‘s such a cuddler… honestly don‘t know how anything ever gets done when I‘m home 😂 2y
ozma.of.oz I totally get that. When my Lucy is feeling sociable, she‘ll just climb right up and wrap herself around my neck. Which is not so great for things like breathing. 😂 2y
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CollapsingLibrary @ozma.of.oz maybe not good for breathing but how precious! ❤️ 2y
Soubhiville That‘s so very cute. 2y
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The Holdout: A Novel | Graham Moore
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Obsessed with The Holdout currently. Barely want to take time to journal the chapters and just want to keep reading!

How is everyone doing during this #socialdistancing?

Suet624 It‘s all feeling very strange. 2y
CollapsingLibrary @Suet624 definitely is, my SO keeps reminding me we need to focus on the positives of the situation… then typically throws a cat in my face. But it‘s definitely created a strange environment compared to the norm 2y
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A Good Neighborhood | Therese Anne Fowler
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Ahh! It‘s finally here 😊 always the best part of the month. And this month I finally became a BFF!

Did anyone else feel like their BOTM box was a little late this month? #botm

Branwen Yes! Mine usually comes within 5-6 days, but it was almost 2 weeks this month! 🤔 2y
CollapsingLibrary @Branwen glad to know I wasn‘t going crazy! 2y
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My current TBR… a collection of past BOTM, library check outs, and used book purchases

readordierachel That is an excellent stack 😍 2y
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After 6 months of barely being able to read, I‘ve decided to get back into it by journaling what I read. Always makes me feel better

jlabombard10315 Intrigued by this idea! I LOVE to read, but have zero idea how to journal what I'm reading. 2y
CollapsingLibrary @jlabombard10315 I make it up as I go! Haha but currently I read the chapter and then write down the points of what happened for the chapter and some of my thoughts. I originally started a while back because I was reading so many library books and couldn‘t flip back through them! 2y
jlabombard10315 I may have to pick up a journal and some new pens for this today. It would add a nice level to my current yearly book tracking that I've been doing. 🤔 2y
CollapsingLibrary @jlabombard10315 if you do let me know how it works for you! 😊 2y
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