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DanaManiac

DanaManiac

Joined September 2016

goodreads.com/danamaniac 1st gen bookworm. I read past my bedtime 😇 📚 📖
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Sweethand by N. G. Peltier
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Sweethand | N. G. Peltier
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It was so nice to kickoff my July reads on the beach today! The first time I tried to read this, it wasn‘t the right time. Take two!

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Untitled | Anonymous
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Meant to post this yesterday! @Kdgordon88 your #LitsyLoveSummerSwap box is headed your way 🥳. It‘s scheduled to arrive on Wednesday.

Kdgordon88 Yay! Thanks! 7d
Kdgordon88 Just letting you know it hasn't arrived yet nor had it shown up on my informed delivery. I'm sure it will eventually. I can't tell you how much I hate our postal service currently. 😂 14h
DanaManiac @Kdgordon88 Hi! Thanks for letting me know. I just checked tracking and it says delayed until Saturday. It says it‘s been in OR since Thursday AM so hopefully no more delays 🤞🏾 9h
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Another fun arrival yesterday! Thanks so much @Kdgordon88 for my #LLSS box!! I‘m waiting on one last fun thing to arrive for yours and then it‘s headed your way this week. I‘ll post when I ship it! 🤗

Kdgordon88 Glad it arrived safely!! 1w
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This arrived yesterday and I‘m very excited to crack it open on this sunny Sunday ☀️ #LMPBC

BookishBelle It was so good! 2w
DanaManiac @BookishBelle I‘m loving it so far! 2w
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4.5 ⭐️ Such a great read! It‘s en route to you @Kdgordon88 Happy reading! #lmpbc

Kdgordon88 Looking forward to this one. It was also on my #NewYearWhoDis list. So doubly happy to be reading this soon. 2mo
BookishBelle I‘m excited to get this next. It‘s reminded me that Sue Monk Kidd wrote a memoir called The Dance of the Dissident Daughter that helped me through leaving the religion of my youth. I may have to pull that one out again. 2mo
Kdgordon88 It arrived! Sorry to be tardy in letting you know. 2mo
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DanaManiac @Kdgordon88 Awesome! Happy reading! 2mo
HeathHof Both books are showing as delivered as of 2:18 today. 2w
DanaManiac @HeathHof Hey! Yes, I got them from the mailbox when we got in last night, thank you! I hope you and your fam are doing well! 🤗 2w
HeathHof @DanaManiac Good deal & thank you! 2w
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Hi LMPBC round #14 group! So sorry for the delay! My husband and I were postponed on a trip abroad and came back to squirrels in the attic and a leaky roof. Yikes! Anyway, here are the four books I‘m choosing from. I‘ll be starting this weekend, so just lmk if you‘re strongly opposed to any or have read any of them. I‘m excited to get back to reading and relaxing!! 📚

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BookishBelle These all sound interesting to me and I haven‘t read any of them. I hope you get plenty of time to relax soon! 4mo
Kdgordon88 That sounds awful... hope you had an amazing trip to make it not seem so bad. I've read the top two but can reread as I loved both. 4mo
HeathHof Wow, sorry you had to go through that! I'm good with any of these. 4mo
DanaManiac Okay! I‘m going to go with the tagged one. Happy reading everyone! 4mo
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You Lucky Dog | Julia London
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This was definitely…interesting! I forgot to post that I mailed it out to you on Friday @kimmypete1 #LMPBC

TheAromaofBooks LOL I know, right? 😂 At least the cover is cute!! @kimmypete1 I keep forgetting to tell you that Hadley Beckett arrived on Thursday!!! I only have about 30 pages left in The Magic of Ordinary Days, so I should be mailing that one out to @robinb tomorrow!! Sorry I am running late this month!! 5mo
robinb 👍 👍 👍 5mo
HeathHof Hi Dana👋 Are you still in for this round of LMPBC? 4mo
DanaManiac @Mynameisacolour Hey!! Yes, I am- just a slight delay but will be starting this weekend. I just posted the selection if you want to take a look. Thanks for checking in! 🤗 4mo
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Sense and Sensibility | Jane Austen
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Joining in on the #Pemberlittens re-read of Sense & Sensibility!! I got this copy at B&N early last year. I always laugh when I see it on my shelf because my husband and I went to build our wedding registry and I ended the appointment early so we could go to the bookstore and look at books 📚😂

Traci1 That's a really pretty cover. I love that book. 6mo
robinb Hey Dana, I was wondering if you‘ve received your #LMPBC book yet? @DanaManiac 6mo
DanaManiac @robinb Hey Robin! Yes, it arrived today 🥳 6mo
robinb @DanaManiac yay…so glad! 😊👍 6mo
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My goal was to read 60 books in 2021. I went over because there were just so many awesome buddy reads and book clubs I couldn‘t resist. My goal for this year is much lower so that I am not rushing and can fully enjoy reading!

booksellerofyourdiscontent Congrats on reaching your 2021 goal! 6mo
robinb 👏👏👏👏👏👏 6mo
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Down the Hatch | M. C. Beaton, R. W. Green
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4.75 ⭐️
I enjoyed:
~I just love all of Agatha's antics and the mess she gets herself into (and out of)!
~Regardless of her less favorable characteristics, Agatha really is a great friend to those she cares about.
~I still can't believe how much it feels like the original series with R.W. Green having taken over. I am so glad the series is continuing on.

I disliked:
~There's a subplot introduced via the Admiral's wife that is just...icky!!

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4.5 ⭐️
Elements I enjoyed:
~The writing is beautiful and it was so lovely to hear about what things were like 'before'.
~There are cases where I am all for vigilante justice, and this was one of them!

Elements I disliked:
~The storyline was too close for comfort. It felt very real, in the saddest of ways.

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4.0 ⭐️

This was a super cute and lighthearted book! I actually read along to the audiobook so that I could continue while at the gym and while doing chores. I just dropped it off at the post office and it‘s en route to you @kimmypete1 #LMPBC

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! I'm reading The Trouble With Hating You right now so it may not get mailed until next Monday, but hopefully not too far behind!! 6mo
kimmypete1 @TheAromaofBooks I am also behind and hoping to mail on Monday. 😬 6mo
robinb @DanaManiac Yours went out yesterday! Forgot to take a pic. 🙄 Glad you liked this one. 😊 (edited) 6mo
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The Magic of Ordinary Days | Ann Howard Creel
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4.5 ⭐️

~ I really enjoy love stories where the characters take time to fall in love.
~ Livvy's character is frustrating but absolutely believable, considering what she went through.
~ Ray's life is very simple and he seems simple, but is complex and so kind.
~ I fell in love with the movie years ago and decided to check out the book. So glad I did!
#LMPBC Round 13

robinb Looking forward to this one! 😊 7mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 7mo
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4.5 ⭐️

~Considering all of the characters involved, this story is very easy to follow and it moves quickly.
~I related to a lot of the elements of being first-generation American and felt for both Margot and Mina.
~The genre felt all over the place, but I don't think it was a bad thing- it just felt like a complicated story of intertwined lives.
~Some elements felt unresolved- the driver, the trip to Vegas, etc.

TheBookHippie This is the best review and captures the read perfectly! 7mo
DanaManiac @TheBookHippie Thanks! I‘m still in shock over that plot twist 🥴 7mo
TheBookHippie @DanaManiac SAME! Plus everytime I see red lipstick I think of this book ! 💄 7mo
DanaManiac @TheBookHippie 🤣🤣🤣 and when I go to the grocery store, I wonder if there‘s drama behind the scenes. Very impactful book!! 7mo
TheBookHippie @DanaManiac 😂😂😬🤷🏻‍♀️ 7mo
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Hot to Trot | M. C. Beaton, Rod Greene
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4.0 ⭐️

I'm so glad that the series will continue! The characters all felt genuine and the plot twist was just as fun as it always is.

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The Magic of Ordinary Days | Ann Howard Creel
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Le sigh… I thought that I entered a reading slump, but all along I just needed to change books. I started my #LMPBC book halfway through the month, and could never get past chapter 1. It might be the wrong book or it might be the wrong time. But, I finally accepted over the weekend that I needed to change gears. Last time I pushed through a bad book, no one else read it! 🤦🏾‍♀️ I devoured the new pick and now it will be on its way tomorrow! ☺️

robinb Yay!!! This one sounds good! I actually saw some of the Hallmark movie that‘s based on it years ago and enjoyed what I remember (which isn‘t much 😂). 7mo
kimmypete1 Yay!! 7mo
TheAromaofBooks Sounds good!! I have also sent around some books that I struggled with and then everyone else struggled with them, too. Just not worth it!! I'm excited to read this one!! 7mo
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DanaManiac @robinb I love the movie and never knew it was based on a book. I picked it up a few years back and it‘s just been on my shelf- I guess just wtg for the perfect time to read it! ☺️ 7mo
DanaManiac @TheAromaofBooks Lol then you definitely understand! I was constantly making excuses for why I couldn‘t pick it up to read 😂 7mo
robinb @DanaManiac I never knew it was based on a book either. :) 7mo
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The Orphan Witch | Paige Crutcher
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~ FaceTiming with my friend and her newest bundle of joy 🤱🏾
~ unresolved subplots! Ugh-pls don‘t include random people/situations that won‘t be explained or wrapped up 🙏🏾

Thanks for the tag @katy4peas ☺️

MoonWitch94 Thanks for playing 🍂📖✨ 8mo
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October, October | Katya Balen
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October was a great reading month! A couple of duds, but that‘s A-ok! ☺️

kimmypete1 How was These Violent Delights? 8mo
DanaManiac @kimmypete1 I liked it! It was a bit gross at times, so I‘d stay away from eating while reading 😆 8mo
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2.5 ⭐️
Maude is an unlikely murderer, which adds a bit of whimsy to the stories. I LOVED the first book! This one makes is quite clear that Maude is simply a sociopath. Also- how can we believe that a woman who barely cared about her family and her one friend suddenly is moved deeply to care about a random black family in South Africa and “save” them? Cringe 😬

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1- The Babysitters Club and RL Stine books 📚 for sure!!
2- Either under a shady tree 🌳 on a warm day or snuggled on the couch 🛋 with blankets on a rainy day.
3- Today I‘m grateful for an abundance of soup 🍲 recipes to carry me through this cold fall weather! 🍁 🍂 #wondrouswednesday

Thanks for the tag @robinb ☺️

robinb Soup‘s one of my favorite things! ❤️ 8mo
Eggs Stay warm and cozy 🔥🥰📚 8mo
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Beating About the Bush | M. C. Beaton
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4 ⭐️

Another great Agatha Raisin book! I had been holding off on finishing the series because I didn't know that MC Beaton secured an author to continue Agatha's adventures leading up to her death. Of course, 30 books in, I am definitely invested in the series, so this needs no recommendation if you're this deep in with me, lol. However, I highly recommend the series overall if you love cozy mysteries!

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Ahhh @tdrosebud thank you soooo much for all of these incredible gifts! I‘m rearranging my TBR to get these books in ASAP 🤓. And boiling water as I type this to make a cup of tea in this gorgeous mug! I love the candles, black salt, socks and stickers! My husband is already asking when we can break into the chocolates, 🤣! It was a lot of fun shopping for you and I love everything that you got me. Thanks to our incredible hosts! #BasicWitchSwap

mklong Ooh that is a beautiful mug! Enjoy!! 8mo
kspenmoll I am enjoying seeing all these great books & lovely boxes. 8mo
tdrosebud I'm so happy you like everything! Enjoy! 8mo
sprainedbrain This is all lovely! 😍 8mo
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I wanted to share some pics from our 09.19 wedding! Thank you for all of the well wishes from my fellow bookworms 📚. We‘re pretty much settled in and I‘m back to my normal reading- now on to #LitsyLove letters!! ✍🏾 📫 ✉️

britt_brooke You are gorgeous! 🤩 Thanks for sharing these pics. Looks beautiful. Congratulations! 8mo
Julsmarshall Congratulations! What a beautiful couple! 🎉🍾🥂 8mo
Jess Congrats! 8mo
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wanderinglynn Congrats! Beautiful couple & fantastic photos. 🎉🥂🍾 8mo
BookwormAHN Congratulations 🎆 🎇 ✨ 8mo
TrishB Congrats 🎉 🎉 8mo
squirrelbrain Congratulations 🎉 8mo
Magpiegem Wow absolutely stunning photos. Congratulations and wishing a forever of happiness xxx 8mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Congratulations!!! 8mo
quietjenn How lovely! Congratulations and thanks for sharing. ♥️ 8mo
Laughterhp Congratulations!! 8mo
Kappadeemom Congratulations!!! 8mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Congratulations 🎊🎉🍾 8mo
Ddzmini Awe beautiful congratulations 🍾🎉🎊📖 8mo
robinb Oh wow! What gorgeous photos! You were a beautiful bride!! ❤️ Congratulations to you and your hubby! 8mo
DanaManiac @robinb thank you so much!! 8mo
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Things in Jars | Jess Kidd
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3 ⭐️
~ This story is very unique, with so many imaginative elements. I particularly liked being introduced to Ruby and Cora.
~ Although I did not exactly enjoy the story because of some of the gruesome parts, I felt compelled to continue reading in order to find out how things would resolve.

What a great round of #LMPBC !! This will be in the mail at the end of the week!

Johanna414 I felt pretty much the same about this one… liked it, but didn‘t love it 8mo
kellyann28 I'm not sure what it says about me that I enjoyed it 😂😂 8mo
DanaManiac @kellyann28 🤣🤣 8mo
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The Day I Fell Off My Island | Yvonne Bailey-Smith
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5 ⭐️
I could not get enough of this book. I never wanted to put it down, but I also didn't want the experience of reading it to end.

Erna's story so felt familiar. I think it's common among 1st generation children to feel a sense of familiarity with a place that was technically never home.

There was NOTHING I disliked about this book. There were things I wish that had happened differently for some people, but the writing is simply incredible!

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3.0 ⭐️ This was fun and cute! I finished it today for the #readathon

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2.5 ⭐️

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2.75 ⭐️

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4 ⭐️ I can‘t wait to discuss the ending with my #SundayBuddyRead pals! ☺️

TheBookHippie SAME!!! 8mo
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Passing | Larson, Nella
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4.5 ⭐️

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Swapsies | Fiona Roberton
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This is headed your way @tdrosebud ☺️ 🧙‍♀️ 🎃🕯 I cannot wait for you to open it!! #BasicWitchSwap

tdrosebud I'll be on the lookout. Yours will be taken to the post office in the next day or 2. I'll let you know! 8mo
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Hi #GroupR !! I‘m excited for the next round of #LMPBC and have these three options for consideration. I‘m leaning toward Sweethand unless someone has read it already! ☺️

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robinb I haven‘t read any of these. Sweethand sounds great! 👍 9mo
kimmypete1 Sweet hand sounds great! 9mo
TheAromaofBooks I haven't read any of these so I'm fine with whichever - Sweethand sounds adorable!! 9mo
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Thank you for my #LitsyLoveFallSwap box, @katy4peas !! Happy Fall! 🍁 🍂 🎃

katy4peas You are most welcome! 😊💕🍁🎃 9mo
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#two4tuesday

1- I definitely prefer cozy mysteries! 🕵🏾‍♀️

2- Cozy mysteries may contain violence or murder, but there‘s no graphic detail and no intense suspense that might make the reader afraid. They are typically lighthearted and maybe even comical- the reader is encouraged to solve the crime along with the amateur sleuth.

Crime novels tend to be more detailed as far as the crime goes. There is more suspense and usually a plot twist.

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 😊🧡📖🎃🖤 9mo
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A Lowcountry Bride: A Novel | Preslaysa Williams
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3.5 ⭐️

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Simmer Down | Sarah Smith
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2 ⭐️
While reading the book, there were so many times where I thought "If the roles were reversed, Nikki's abusive behavior would be extremely obvious and we'd be telling Callum to get some self-respect". Nikki is BEYOND insufferable- she is self-centered, abusive and obtuse. I get it- we all have trauma and we all have things that we fear deeply...but it's no excuse to belittle others, lash out or use people..

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The Witch's Heart | Genevieve Gornichec
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4 ⭐️

I really enjoyed this retelling! I thought that the lack of chapters would have me feeling lost, but once things got going, I was so intrigued and couldn't stop until I finished the whole thing. I had never heard of this book until my postal book club, but am so glad that I discovered it and had the pleasure of reading it. It's such a complicated tale of love, heartache, betrayal and forgiveness. #LMPBC

kellyann28 I'm glad you enjoyed it! I, too, was a little scared of the "no chapters" bit at first! 9mo
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Bailedbailed

Couldn‘t get into this one at all. There was literally no reasonable explanation for why the MC was even in the situation that the whole book was based on, so I had to jump ship.

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2.5 ⭐️

I read through this book because it was a Buddy Read and I had people to commiserate with over the horrible characters. I really didn't find anyone in this story to be likable. The suspense surrounding Olga kept me a bit interested, but really everything about the situation and the interactions felt so over the top. I wouldn't recommend it, but to each their own.

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Swapsies | Fiona Roberton
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It‘s here @katy4peas !! I can‘t wait for opening day tomorrow! #LitsyLoveFallSwap ☺️

katy4peas Yay! 🎃🍁💕 9mo
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Book Swap | Cumming, GA (Bookstore)
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This lovely box 📦 is on its way to you, @katy4peas ☺️☺️ #LLFS 📚 🍁 🍂

katy4peas Aww! Thanks!!😊💕📚 9mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🎊🎁🎊 9mo
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4 ⭐️

I am drawn to most retellings of Pride & Prejudice. I've recently been enjoying reading the narratives of some of the minor characters in "The Heiress" and "The Clergyman's Wife". I really enjoyed this book. It made me feel so badly for disregarding Mary's character. She always seemed to have no real inner life, no hopes or aspirations. It was a bit long, tbh.

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Silence for the Dead | Simone St. James
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3 ⭐️

Ghost stories aren't typically my thing, but I did mostly enjoy this book. I liked trying to piece the mystery together, even though I was way off! There were a few loose ends and odd things in the end, though.

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The Witch's Heart | Genevieve Gornichec
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Just got home from my final dress fitting and found this wtg for me! Gonna crack it open right after dinner. Thanks @TheBookKeepers ☺️ #lmpbc

TheBookKeepers Yay glad it made it! Hope you love it! 10mo
Shae_Purcell Ooh I love the cover! 10mo
DanaManiac @TheBookKeepers I‘m already cracking up and loving it so far! 10mo
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DanaManiac @Shae_Purcell isn‘t it gorgeous?! 10mo
TheBookKeepers Hey girl! FYI I‘m a little late on Things in Jars. We‘ve had a crazy few weeks with buying a house and fixing it up. I‘ll try to finish this next week and send it ASAP 9mo
DanaManiac @TheBookKeepers Hey! No worries at all- thanks for the heads up and congrats on the new house!! 9mo
TheBookKeepers Thank you! I‘ll let you know when it ships! 9mo
DanaManiac Hey @Johanna414 just a heads up that this is on its way to you! I didn‘t bring it with me on our honeymoon and it took awhile to add my notes from the audiobook when we got back! 9mo
Johanna414 @DanaManiac No worries! I hope you had a wonderful honeymoon - Congratulations!! 9mo
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This was a great book! I did have a hard time reading without judgment at times, but I learned so much and was absolutely fascinated! Is on its way to you @Johanna414 ☺️ #lmpbc @kellyann28 @TheBookKeepers

PhyllisH One of my favorites 😄. 10mo
Johanna414 Looking forward to this one! 10mo
Johanna414 Got this in the mail today- thanks!! 10mo
DanaManiac @Johanna414 Happy reading!! 📖 10mo
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Phew! Okay- the bulk of wedding planning, moving and work stress is over so I‘m catching up on #litsylove replies!! 🥳🎉 First batch goes out today- note the updated address on the envelope and in our google doc! ☺️🤗

Bookwormjillk Congrats on the wedding! 11mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Congratulations 🎉🍾🎊🎈 11mo
iread2much Yay! Congrats on your wedding! 11mo
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This arrived today and I can‘t wait to crack it open!! @TheBookKeepers #lmpbc

TheBookKeepers Yay I hope you love it!! I was very much enthralled! 11mo
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July was a great month! Excited to be doing #lmpbc again this round as well as hopping back in to #sundaybuddyread for august!

booksellerofyourdiscontent Those books look fantastic! This Poison Heart is my bookspin this month and I can‘t wait! 11mo
katy4peas I enjoyed Nina Hill! 11mo
KAYCEE1 I really enjoyed Nina Hill and the Lost Apothecary 11mo
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3 ⭐️

I will admit that I chose this book solely because of the cute cover. It was just okay- I'm not sure what I really think about it. Nina wasn't particularly likable, but neither was Tom. The long lost family spin was a bit interesting, but I finished out of curiosity rather than actual interest.

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This Poison Heart | Kalynn Bayron
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4.75 ⭐️
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This was a great book! I knew that it was an urban fantasy YA novel, but I didn't know that it was also a modern retelling of Greek literature. The first 2/3 of the novel went a little slowly. I also somehow missed that it's the first in a new series, so I was really stressed when I saw the remaining pages dwindling with still so much left to wrap up- and that wild ending!!

DanaManiac This is headed your way! @Johanna414 ☺️ 11mo
kellyann28 Oooh I didn't know it was a Greek lit adaptation either. How fun! 11mo
TheBookKeepers Oh fun! Hahaha I always get stressed when pages dwindle like that too 😂 11mo
Johanna414 I'm even more excited now that it's a Greek lit retelling! 11mo
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