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DebinHawaii

DebinHawaii

Joined March 2016

Voracious reader, book hoarder, and book loving Hawaii food blogger at kahakaikitchen.blogspot.com. Love pairing my reviews with recipes.
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Tonight‘s #Naturalitsy #HyggeHour features Pippi for #ChildrensClassicRead2024 & finishing up A Little Bit of Astrology for #travelingstars2024 so I can get it sent out this week.

Drinking green tea & enjoying some KitKats a coworker brought back from Japan & a mini lemon bar from Friday‘s meeting. Mood is a bit blue that Monday came so quick.😔Last week was hard & busy & I think this week will be the same, but it‘s nice to have this quiet time.

slategreyskies I find the Kit Kat flavors available in Japan to be fascinating. Did you know that, in the past few decades, there have been hundreds of different flavors of Kit Kats released in Japan? I couldn‘t even think of hundreds of flavors if I wanted to, and the creativity with the flavors released is just amazing! Everything from roasted tea to wasabi to chestnut to sweet potato flavored ones. So incredibly cool! 🍫 5h
DebinHawaii @slategreyskies Yes! They are so creative with the flavors & I love that! The ones here weren‘t too different/fancy-white chocolate strawberry & strawberry cheesecake but they were good & fun to try! 4h
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Let's Go Camping! | Jan Mader
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Well that was difficult! (I mean that in the best way!) 😆 Just picked 6 books off the long list for #CampLitsy24
So many great books to pick from & so many I wasn‘t familiar with-which is kind of the beauty of it. Can‘t wait to see what‘s picked!

Check out @BarbaraBB ‘s posts for the list & voting link if you haven‘t yet & want to get your vote in.

Thank you @BarbaraBB @Megabooks & @squirrelbrain for all of the work that goes into camp!🏕️

Megabooks You‘re welcome! So glad you loved the longlist too! 10h
Prairiegirl_reading The longlist really blew up my tbr but making my picks was fun! 9h
BarbaraBB All those books I hadn‘t heard of yet made my head spin 😀 8h
squirrelbrain Such a great longlist! 7h
SaceReads I‘m looking forward to seeing the results. If I may, I will be a lurker. 😊 3h
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Twelve: The Naturals E-novella | Jennifer Lynn Barnes
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#ReadAway2024 #SeriesLove2024

Read this follow novella to The Naturals series on the plane to & from Hilo. It picks up 5-ish years from when book 4 ended & finds Cassie & the group working on running the program they were in as teens. also there are flashbacks to the team at age 12 & a case to solve involving someone from a past case. Overall it‘s good but a bit ambitious for a novella as we aren‘t able to go very deeply. It would make a good ⬇️

DebinHawaii … transition to a spin-off series about the new group but it‘s been a few years since its release so that likely won‘t happen although the books are still popular, so maybe? I would have liked more with the whole team together too but still a pick. 14h
TheSpineView Fantastic!🌞😊📖 13h
DieAReader 🥳Great! 12h
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Bad Blood: (The Naturals #4) | Jennifer Lynn Barnes
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#ReadAway2024 #SeriesLove2024
The final book in The Naturals series except for a novella that I also finished this week. I fully did not intend to read this until next month, but my library e-book holds opened up & I had to see how it all resolved. Overall, Barnes brought the series home well—fast-paced, some good resolutions. I did figure out a couple of the twists which had me yelling at characters in my head, but others got me. If you love ⬇️

DieAReader 🥳Awesome!! 14h
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Weyward: A Novel | Emilia Hart
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#SpringSkies

I usually don‘t agree with most of the Goodreads Choice Awards winners & often haven‘t read a lot of the nominees, but this year I had read quite a few & these three #AwardWinner titles for Science Fiction, Fiction & Weyward for both Historical Fiction & Debut ended up on my Best of 2023 lists too.🥇🏆 👑

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Happy Place | Emily Henry
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#SpringSkies

I have yet to read a book from this author but these two are in my #TBR & I believe they are both a #2ndChanceRomance 💞

KadaGul If you have the opportunity, I suggest reading Beach Read by Emily Henry before these.#LoveEmilyHenry 1d
Eggs Well chosen! 22h
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#SpringSkies

Catching up from yesterday, here‘s 6 #FallInTitle books from my Kindle TBR 📚

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks These look good! 1d
Eggs Wonderful covers 👌🏼 22h
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Ahh…Saturday, how I longed for you. It was a long & somewhat hard week so today, I read all the #5JoysFriday posts (thanks everyone for all the joy your posts brought).💛

I went to a nearby local monthly craft fair this morning & got some cute stickers. I‘m settled down at the coffee shop with my usual dirty Oatmilk chai & a Caprese sandwich. Planning to read catch upon on journaling & #LitsyLove mail 💛received this week. Much needed downtime!

CourtneyA I can‘t think of a better way to spend a Saturday 😉 2d
peanutnine Sounds blissful! ☺️ 1d
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Bookwormjillk Hope you had a good day! 1d
Sleepswithbooks This sounds lovely 🥰 1d
Eggs Looks like a great idea 🥪💡👏🏻 (edited) 22h
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Hi Friends! Sorry to post my #5JoysFriday list so late. I was in Hilo all day for meetings & crashed when I got home last night.😴I haven‘t had a chance to see your joy lists yet but I will be around today.

1. More #LitsyLove mail came this week! 💛
2-4 Lots of joy with my work team. It was my boss”s last day & one of my direct report‘s baby shower with our meetings including temporary tattoos, my moo shu pork🍕for lunch & yummy party favors ⬇️

DebinHawaii … 5. Seeing true readers “in the wild.” The guy in the row ahead of me on my flight over was completely engrossed in his library book (check out the fabric bear book mark peeping out) & did the “descent look ahead chapter end check” & started another chapter to finish it up as we were landing. Love it! 💛📚💛 2d
Princess-Kingofkings Oooh ~ love the temporary tattoo 💐 2d
Ruthiella I also love seeing readers in the wild! 😃 2d
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Our 2nd week of #5JoysFriday & I hope you‘re ready to list 5 joyful things, big or small that you‘re grateful for this week. Reading last week‘s lists gave me great joy & I need some more!💛

To join, post 5 things that brought you joy this week. Use #5JoysFriday tag me & share to spread the joy!💛There‘s space on the graphic for photos or text.

I‘ll be posting my list when it‘s Friday here.😉Tagging some friends to get started-all are welcome!

dabbe Will do tomorrow; thanks for the tag! 😘 3d
kspenmoll I just love this idea; will post! 3d
Texreader I love this so much! Thanks for tagging me again. I‘ll be working on my joys to post tomorrow! 🤗 3d
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Deblovestoread Thanks for the tag. Will post tomorrow. 💜 3d
TheSpineView Thanks for the tag!😘💜🏷 3d
AmyG Thanks for the tag! 3d
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#ReadAway2024

Finished this for my #QUABC 40-Book Challenge prompt: “A National Book Award winner.” It was the 2023 Winner for Young People & it was delightful. I think everyone can relate to the trauma/drama of middle school & Sanat captures it in all its glory in his illustrations & text. Set mainly on a life-changing school trip to Europe, I enjoyed reading it while listening to the Spotify “mix tape” playlist he includes the QR code for.💙

suvata I‘m doing that challenge as well. But, I have only completed 15 books so far. The National Book Award winner category is going to be difficult for me. 4d
DebinHawaii @suvata This was a good quick & easy way to knock it out if you haven‘t read it. 4d
suvata @DebinHawaii I‘ll keep that in mind. Thanks. 4d
DieAReader 🥳Great!! 3d
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#SpringSkies

This book I am currently reading before a work trip to visit the author‘s company, is about how #Powerful the collective wisdom & strength that emerge when individuals come together as community is. (The Seventh Power in the title). 🌎🔋🔌

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 3d
Eggs Well done 👍🏼 🌏 👏🏻 3d
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Thank you to @Eggs & @TheSpineView for the #WondrousWednesday tags! 🤗

1️⃣ Rest, breathing (better breathing), exercise & money (see # 3) 😉

2️⃣ Meetings, stress, work & weight 😬 (& probably self-judgement!)

3️⃣ Working hard & successfully enough to be able to buy a home on my own in Hawaii 🏡🏝️

If you haven‘t played along yet & want to, consider yourself tagged!

TheSpineView 😘🥰 4d
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#SpringSkies

A workday full of meetings so taking a few minutes to eat lunch & share some foodie books with a #MagicElement
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Tagged is the book that really introduced me to the sub-genre.💛

Eggs Foodie Magic 🤩👌🏼 4d
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#ReadAway2024#SeriesLove2024

Finished this on Sunday, it‘s my 2nd book for April #Roll100 (Book #100 which was “Any Kindle Unlimited”) I‘m glad I finally got around to reading it, it‘s just a very introspective cozy science-fiction/fantasy story. A quick read that I wanted to take my time with. I could relate to Dex‘s existential crisis & how they wondered what they were doing while they kept doing it & of course Mosscap is delightful.🍵🤖🤍⬇️

DebinHawaii A favorite quote:
“…because it is enough to exist in the world and marvel at it. You don‘t need to justify that, or even earn it. You are allowed to just live. That is all most animals do.”
Looking forward to Book 2!
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TheSpineView Well done! 🌞 5d
PuddleJumper ❤️❤️ 5d
DieAReader 🥳Great!! 5d
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Pieces of Blue | Holly Goldberg Sloan
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#SpringSkies

This Oahu-set family drama I read & enjoyed last month had a bit of a #SurpriseEnding 🏝️

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great cover 💛 5d
Eggs 💛💛💛 Pretty 5d
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Shades of Milk and Honey | Mary Robinette Kowal
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Thank you @Eggs for the #MotivationalMonday tag! 🤗

1️⃣ Flying to Hilo Friday for a meeting I‘m presenting at, good-bye party for boss😢&👶🏼shower for one of my direct reports. Lots to do for it!

2️⃣ Clouds from the skylight by my desk (I work from home). The other day a large male 🦆was up there tapping on it.

3️⃣ East Honolulu Hawaii —we‘ve had it all today🌧️⛅️& wind gusts. My neighbor‘s patio umbrella just sailed into my yard! 😱

4️⃣ ✔️

Cupcake12 Great post. Hope you have a good week and thanks for joining in xx 6d
Eggs Beautiful skylight view 👏🏻👏🏻 6d
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#SpringSkies

I‘m not a huge sports fan or sports book person & I can‘t surf but I do enjoy books about women who surf so here‘s five that fit today‘s #WomenInSports prompt. 🏄🏽🌊💙

Eggs Great collage 🌊🩵🏄‍♀️ 6d
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#ReadAway2024 #SeriesLove2024

And it‘s a wrap for Nancy Drew Book 6 for #NancyDrewBR In this one, Nancy with Bess & George in tow are trying to help a new friend save her grandmother‘s farm & are caught up in a couple of mysteries that of course tie together at the end. Milder on the danger aspects & some interesting plot points like a “nature cult” & mysterious code. It was a good book for Nancy‘s noggin-no concussions for her or anyone so our⬇️

DebinHawaii …so the "Nancy Noggin Knockout" count or #NNK is just potential concussions in 3 out of 6 books now! ? And is it just me, or does anyone else read the villains‘ lines in their heads like a bad James Cagney impression or old gangster movies?! Just me? Okay… ??‍♀️ 7d
TheSpineView Fantastic! 💚📖📚 7d
DGRachel @DebinHawaii I get Scooby Doo villain vibes off of all the baddies, but now that you‘ve mentioned James Cagney and old gangster movies, I‘ll never read them quite the same way again. (And now I want to watch White Heat). 7d
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Ruthiella @DGRachel Totally Scooby Doo vibes for me. 👍 7d
DebinHawaii @DGRachel @Ruthiella Definitely “Those meddling kids!!!” vibes too! 😂 7d
Librarybelle I love the comparison to the old gangster movies! 7d
DieAReader 🤣🤭Glad Nancy survived without a knock out! 7d
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So, it‘s not #Naturalitsy #HyggeHour yet here ( there‘s an hour to go) but my power went out at 2 PM & last word was 8:30 PM however according to Hawaiian Electric, crews are on steep terrain trying to fix it before dark & it‘s been dark for a while now. Of course I did my weekend grocery shopping… (heavy sigh…😌) Anyway, I did get some #LitsyLove mail done & Nancy Drew finished when I could still see okay, before I had to switch to lantern ⬇️

DebinHawaii …(pic was when I still had light) so I imagine I‘ll just eat my snacks (Dill pickle popcorn & snack mix from Target) & read my Kindle until I‘m sleepy. Mood is grumpy (groceries) & resigned. 🤷🏻‍♀️Hope it‘s back on by tomorrow morning or work won‘t be pretty.
#HyggeHourReadathon
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Chrissyreadit oh no Deb! i‘m sorry - that is so annoying! i hope your groceries made it and you don‘t have to get more! 😘 1w
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Happy Mail: Keep in touch with cool & stylish handmade snail mail! | Eunice Moyle, Sabrina Moyle, Alex Bronstad
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All the happy mail I received this week from #LitsyLove Thanks @TheBookHippie @AmyG & @Deblovestoread for the welcome mail! 💛💛💛

Also a lovely card from @maich all the way from Slovenia for #NaturalLitsySpringCardSwap 💚💚💚

Opening/looking at this today on a grey & rainy Sunday is such a bright spot!

Some #LitsyLove replies & more cards will go out tomorrow! 💛🤗

KadaGul I can't contain my excitement! I have been receiving Litsy Mail 💌, and it's such a treat! Our mail system may be slow 🐌, but the anticipation only adds to the thrill of receiving it! (edited) 1w
maich ❤️❤️❤️ 1w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 5d
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I am so excited for #CampLitsy24 I had such a great time last year & really enjoyed the 6 books we read! 📚🏕️

Here are my 4 nominations for this year. I confess, they are all from my 2024 #BOTM & #AardvarkBookClub boxes & I need the push 😉 but I think they‘ll be good for discussion!

If you haven‘t done CampLitsy before, check out @BarbaraBB ‘s post for details. The books are great & the hosts are amazing! Barbara, @Megabooks & @squirrelbrain

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ChaoticMissAdventures I was looking at Annie Bot earlier today, definitely going on my TBR it sounds so interesting. And I love this cover of Neighbors! 1w
squirrelbrain Aw, thanks, we‘re blushing! ☺️ Some great books here! 1w
BarbaraBB All sound good! Thanks for your kind words, we‘re lucky to have you join in again! 1w
Megabooks Thank you so much! Really happy to have you at camp again!! 1w
AmyG Good choices! 1w
TheBookHippie Neighbors is on my list! 1w
KateReadsYA Annie Bot is on my list of "scared to read" because I know it may destroy me lol. So I hope it gets picked!!!!! 1w
Chelsea.Poole Nice! 1w
Kristy_K Annie Bot is so good! Love all of these choices. 1w
Reggie I hope ya‘ll read Annie it just so I can read the discussion omit. Loved it. 3d
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#SpringSkies

This cozy mystery has been on my TBR for a while & it #InvolvesHeist 💎 It‘s the first book in the Heist Ladies series.

Eggs Love the background colors 🤍🩷💜 1w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love the cover 💎 7d
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Murder on Cold Street | Sherry Thomas
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#ReadAway2024 #SeriesLove2024

My first #Roll100 for April finished. This was #74 which I had listed as “Any Audiobook” so I was happy to choose Book 5 in the Lady Holmes series. Although Lord Ingram‘s friend Inspector Treadles has been a bit of a judgy butthead to Charlotte given her fallen woman status, when he is jailed by Scotland Yard for the murder of 2 men, she doggedly works to find the truth. This was a good installment in the series, ⬇️

DebinHawaii & I am loving the progression of the relationship of Ash & Holmes & their banter. I switched back & forth a bet between library print book & library audiobook (no library e-book was available) & while I like the audio, the plots are so intricate for the crimes that I feel I miss a little when I don‘t see it in print. But still a very solid pick. Looking forward to Book 6. If you are new to this series, start with Book 1: 1w
DieAReader Awesome🥳 1w
Smarkies I have just started with book 1. Sounds like a good series! 1w
PuddleJumper 🎉🎉 1w
TheSpineView Fantastic! 1w
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Zorrie | Laird Hunt
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#WeekendReading

This weekend I‘ll be reading sections in the tagged book & The Second for #SundayBuddyRead & #SheSaid respectively. I‘ll also be finishing up The Secret of Red Gate Farm for #NancyDrewBR my #Roll100 audiobook Murder on Cold Street & Bad Blood.

AmyG I am loving Zorrie. 1w
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Shutter | Ramona Emerson
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#SpringSkies

A book with a #OneWordTitle from my TBR

The publishers blurb sounds intriguing:
“This blood-chilling debut set in New Mexico‘s Navajo Nation is equal parts gripping crime thriller, supernatural horror, and poignant portrayal of coming of age on the reservation.”

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty 🧡🤎 1w
Eggs Sounds good ❤️❤️‍🔥❤️ 1w
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Bad Blood: (The Naturals #4) | Jennifer Lynn Barnes
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#SpringSkies

One of my current reads is book 4 of The Naturals series. This book & the series have chapters from the #VillainPOV & also the teenage/YA profilers working with the FBI get in the heads of both the victims & the killers to look at crime scenes from their points of view.

Eggs Fascinating 👏🏻👏🏻 1w
Princess-Kingofkings Ooh, how do you sleep at night??? 1w
DebinHawaii @Princess-Kingofkings I do try not to read these right before bed! 😱 1w
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Happy Mail: Keep in touch with cool & stylish handmade snail mail! | Eunice Moyle, Sabrina Moyle, Alex Bronstad
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Since it‘s now my Friday, here‘s my #5JoysFriday post. I woke up to a lots of posts to view & I‘m doing that slowly, but it‘s already brining me joy. Mahalo everyone! 💛

1. Reading all the joy lists 💛
2. Joining #LitsyLove
3. Getting my first #LitsyLove mail - mahalo @thebookhippie 🤗
4. Greetabl box with caramels & sweet note from one of my team for my 1-year work anniversary Saturday
5. Large lemonade & fries with Raising Cane‘s sauce 🍋😋

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DebinHawaii Please join in the joy if you haven‘t! 💛💛💛 A blank graphic & details are in my post before this one. Have a joyful day! 🤗 1w
dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 1w
AmyG Love this idea. ❤️ 1w
CoffeeNBooks I often post my Things I Love Today list on facebook, usually just a few little things I've noticed throughout the day that made me smile. I love intentionally looking for the things to smile about in life. 💜 1w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💛💛💛 1w
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Last week I had a giveaway & asked for 5 things that bring you joy to enter. It gave me such joy to see the lists. I thought it would be fun to do weekly to appreciate the things we are grateful for, be more joyful & spread joy.💛

To join in make a post with 5 things that brought you joy this week. Use #5JoysFriday & tag me. I left space on the background so you can use photos or words.

Tagging some friends to get started but all are welcome! ⬇️

DebinHawaii Please join in the joy! I‘ll make a post tomorrow (my Friday is later!) 😉 but here‘s my list.
1. Reading everyone‘s joy lists
2. Joining #LitsyLove
3. Getting my first #LitsyLove snail mail today (Thanks @thebookhippie 💛)
4. Got a Greetabl box in the mail with caramels & a sweet note from one of my direct reports for my 1-year work anniversary Saturday.
5. A large lemonade (the best) & fries with Raising Cane‘s sauce 🍋
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LeahBergen What a great idea! And I‘m liking the sound of those fries. 😆 1w
BarbaraBB Great idea Deb! I need to think about my five choices! 1w
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TheSpineView Thanks for the tag!🌞 1w
TheBookHippie Lemonade is joy!!! Yummm 1w
wanderinglynn Thanks for the tag! 1w
AmyG Thanks for the tag Deb! 1w
kspenmoll Love this idea! 1w
tpixie Thanks for the tag!!! 1w
Eggs Great idea ~ thanks for the tag!! 1w
Deblovestoread Love this! Thanks for the tag 💜🌸💜 1w
dabbe Will do; thanks for the tag! 😘 1w
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All In: (The Naturals #3) | Jennifer Lynn Barnes
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#ReadAway2024 #SeriesLove2024

Had to finish the last few chapters last night as things were getting bananas & tense.😱 The Naturals is such an entertaining series, I‘m sad that this is book 3 out of 4 & only one more to go plus a story/novella. In this book Cassie & the team are in Las Vegas helping the FBI with 3 murders that on the surface seem random, but numbers on the victims lead to a bigger & more sinister picture. I like learning more ⬇️

DebinHawaii …about the backgrounds of the team & how twisty things are getting. Although the circumstances & twists can be a bit unbelievable, the writing draws me in & makes it work. I thought I had a 4-week wait for book 4 but it just came available, so of course I had to dive in, April TBR be damned! 🤦🏻‍♀️ I‘m all in! (Book title pun intended)😉 (edited) 2w
DebinHawaii Start with book 1 2w
DieAReader 🤓This sounds gripping. I‘m intrigued😏📚 2w
TheSpineView Fantastic 1w
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#SpringSkies

I have quite a few books that have a #CoverWithObscuredFace in my stacks.🙅🏻‍♀️📚

BarbaraBB Wow, looks quite artsy! 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Lots of good ones! 2w
Eggs Loved several of these! Well done👏🏻👏🏻 1w
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And we have a WINNER of my #500KGIVEAWAY !!🎉

Congrats @TieDyeDude !!🎉

I put all the entries onto a list (including the extra entries for posting/sharing) on the picking wheel & the wheel has spoken! I truly wish I could give everyone a prize! Thank you for celebrating Litsy with me by entering, your kind messages, & the lists of what brings you joy. It inspired me to make joy lists a regular Friday thing, so stay tuned for #5JoysFriday 💛

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DebinHawaii @TieDyeDude let me know at least one book from your wishlist & I‘ll start assembling your prize pack! My email is debinhawaii@gmail.com Congratulations!!! 🎉 2w
BarbaraBB Thank you again Deb! 😘 2w
Ruthiella Congratulations @TieDyeDude ! 👏👏👏 2w
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IndoorDame Congrats @TieDyeDude and to you Deb!!!!! 2w
Meshell1313 Congrats! Amazing! 🎉 2w
slategreyskies This makes me happy! 🤍✨ 2w
KateReadsYA Congratulations @TieDyeDude and thank you for this giveaway opportunity @DebinHawaii 2w
AmyG Yay! Congrats! 🎉 2w
Deblovestoread Congrats, Andrew! 🎉 @TieDyeDude 2w
TieDyeDude Thank you! ‼️😁 2w
Chrissyreadit 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉 1w
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Thank you to @Read4life & @Eggs for the #WhatsNewWednesday tag! 🤗

So, I just found out that I am going on a business trip to Maine next month, about the farthest you can get from Hawaii in the U.S. Am I excited? Sort of… I‘m happy to be included with our executive team to visit the company (the CEO wrote the tagged book which is now on my TBR for April/May) & to learn about their culture. Am I excited to fly all the way there? Not so much. ⬇️

DebinHawaii …I haven‘t done a major trip like this for ages now, so even having flown all over the world for previous jobs, TBH as it‘s been a while, it intimidates me. But yay for🦞& visiting a state I have not yet! We arrive on a Monday afternoon start sessions on Tuesday & are out & headed to Boston that Thursday, flying back to Hawaii on Friday so very little downtime & I probably won‘t see much but it should be interesting. 2w
kspenmoll Best of luck! I understand your feelings. Although not as far as Hawaii, I am flying to CA in May for a family wedding. And yours is for work, not pleasure. See if you can build in even a few minutes for you. 🩷💜💚 And yes, yay for Maine lobster/rolls! (edited) 2w
Read4life Thanks for sharing! That is definitely a quick turnaround given how far you‘re traveling. I hope you have a safe and wonderful trip and find some time for yourself to explore. 💙💙💙 2w
Eggs 🩷🩷🩷 2w
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All In: (The Naturals #3) | Jennifer Lynn Barnes
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Thanks to @Eggs & @TheSpineView for the #WondrousWednesday tags! 🤗

1️⃣ 🔪🎰🧮 (the tagged book which is getting good!)😱

2️⃣ I can‘t wait for my #BOTM Just for the Summer by Abby Jimenez to arrive! 💛

3️⃣ Abby Jimenez, T.J. Klune, T. Kingfisher are my new favorites for recommending authors. Books are Remarkably Bright Creatures & Legends & Lattes 💛💛💛

I‘m always late to the party so play along if you haven‘t yet! 🤗

Eggs Love this post ❤️🙏🏻🙌🏻 2w
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#SpringSkies

Three #NFTechnology books I have read. The tagged book about the fight for our intimate privacy in the world of technology & the other two memoirs/exposes about when rights were violated in the field of technology. All three made me mad & made me think. 😤🤔

Eggs These sound amazing! 2w
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The Snow Queen | Hans Christian Andersen
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#SpringSkies

This classic is definitely #SetInSnowOrIce ❄️🧊🩵

Eggs Beautiful ❄️🩵🧊 2w
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All In: (The Naturals #3) | Jennifer Lynn Barnes
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#MotivatiinalMonday

1️⃣ Work projects & taxes🤦🏻‍♀️(Yes, I‘m procrastinating!) #LitsyLove letters 💛

2️⃣ Tea & chocolate when I read at night.🍵🍫

3️⃣ Bookmarks—I use 2 per book because I like to set little page/section goals.📚

4️⃣ One of several, but the one that keeps drawing me back to find out what‘s happening.😱 Loving this series (The Naturals)!

Play along if you haven‘t! 🤗

Cupcake12 Thanks for joining in. Have a great week x 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💗💗💗 2w
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Changeling | Molly Harper
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#SpringSkies

The tagged is the first book in a magical YA trilogy where a 14-year-old girl finds out she has magical powers. #ChildWithPowers

Eggs Sounds like a fun read 💙💜🩵 2w
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Another weekend comes to a close with #Naturalitsy #HyggeHourReadathon I‘m spending mine with Nancy Drew & an almond croissant cookie. When I was at the maker‘s market Saturday I bought a couple of cookies from a new vendor. The father, working the booth with his daughter (the baker), said this was his favorite. It does taste like an almond croissant. 🥐 😋

Mood is mellow & not at all excited for Monday. 😬

TheBookHippie Yummm. 2w
sisilia For a moment I thought that‘s tempe (traditional Indonesian food made from fermented soybeans) 🙊 2w
Chrissyreadit 💛💛💛💛 2w
DebinHawaii @sisilia Gotta be honest, I‘m happy it was a cookie! 😉😆 2w
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Spring Has Sprung | Ruth Heller
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I keep forgetting to post all my lovelies from the #NaturalitsyCardSwapSpring I have them hanging on a door in my hallway so they make me smile every time I pass by them. Thank you everyone! I love all of the poems & spring thoughts & stickers & things inside the cards! 💚🌿💚

Thank you @TheBookHippie for arranging it. 💛💛💛

TheBookHippie 🤍🤍🤍 it is so lovely!! 🤍🤍🤍 2w
Texreader 🩷 💚 🩷💚 2w
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Deblovestoread I love how you have them displayed. 💜🌸💜 2w
ju.ca.no Oh pretty! 2w
Chrissyreadit I love your display! 2w
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Went through the drive-thru this morning g so I could get my 90 Bo us stars. Then I stopped at the nearby Brug bakery to finally try one of their spring special Lilikoi Hawaiian Monk Seals (a roll with lilikoi cream inside) to go with my latte & found they are leaving them on the menu, which makes me happy as they are cute & tasty. 😋

Starting this book for #Naturalitsy #buddyread Looking forward to learning more about bears.🐻🤎

AkashaVampie The pastry looks so cute. 2w
Chrissyreadit 💛💛💛💛💛 2w
Sparklemn Adorable! 2w
Hooked_on_books Your monk seal roll is adorable! 🦭 2w
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#SpringSkies

Two Jane Austen #Escape titles. I read The Austen Escape several years ago for a book tour review. The tagged escape room book book keeps popping up on my Instagram feed ads & looks like it might be fun so I had to add it to my wish list!. I have the illustrator‘s beautiful Pride and Prejudice edition. 💜

Eggs Gorgeous! I‘m so glad you‘ve joined #LitsyLove🩵💜🩷 2w
CoffeeNBooks I liked The Austen Escape. I'll have to check out The Jane Austen Escape Room. 2w
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Her Perfect Twin | Sarah Bonner
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#SpringSkies

This one is in my Kindle TBR. I like thrillers involving identical #Twins. 😱😱

Eggs Me as well🩵 2w
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Am I just going to post photos of everything I ate or drank today? Maybe not everything, but close. 😉😋😆
After the coffee shop I grabbed a poke bowl for lupper. Started this one, my #100 for April‘s #Roll100 & happy to FINALLY get to reading it.

BkClubCare I am just starting this, too!!! 2w
mcctrish I love food and book posts 2w
JenReadsAlot Food posts are wonderful! 2w
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AmyG I live in a food desert so I love your food posts. 2w
KadaGul @DebinHawaii If im not mistaken, this looks like Poke?? I love ❤️ Poke 2w
PuddleJumper ❤️❤️ 2w
DebinHawaii @BkClubCare i love it so far! 2w
DebinHawaii @mcctrish @JenReadsAlot @AmyG Thank you! 😋😉🤗😆 2w
DebinHawaii @KadaGul Yes, it‘s a poke bowl with miso salmon & Hawaiian ahi poke on rice with tempura flakes on top. I could live on poke! 2w
Firestarter994 Read To Be Taught If Fortunate by her next!! It‘s AMAZING!!! I literally created a cult following about that book 2w
slategreyskies Lupper! Okay, that made me laugh! Love this pic! It looks so delicious! 😋 2w
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Escaping Mr. Rochester | L.L. McKinney
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#ReadAway2024

My Saturday continues at the coffee shop for journaling & finishing my first book of April. Next to Pride and Prejudice & Jane Austen retellings, I love a good Jane Eyre revision. This one is YA, sapphic, & the main characters are Black. It does have that YA angst & I wish the characters were a bit more deeply drawn but I enjoyed it. Note: this is Bertha & Jane‘s story & if you need Mr. Rochester to be even an iota of good, it‘s ⬇️

DebinHawaii …not going to make you happy because (early in the book so not a spoiler) he‘s the big bad in this one. If you like a feminist spin & a non-crazy Bertha, you should like it. Love the author‘s note: “And to the Black girls brave enough to live and love for themselves, however that might look, you are queenly, indeed.” 💜💜💜 2w
5feet.of.fury I liked her Alice in Wonderland retelling, might have to see about this 2w
DebinHawaii @5feet.of.fury I need to check out that one! 2w
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DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 2w
StaceGhost Ahhhh!!! I‘m talking about this in my adaptations and Jane Eyre speech later this month 2w
DebinHawaii @StaceGhost How cool! What‘s your speech for? 2w
StaceGhost @DebinHawaii a conference on college English 🤓📚 2w
DebinHawaii @StaceGhost That‘s awesome! I‘m sure it will be great! 💜 2w
Andrew65 Excellent 👏👏👏 2w
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Murder on Cold Street | Sherry Thomas
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There‘s a maker‘s market by my house the 1st Saturday of the month. I like to buy postcards, cards & stickers by local artists (needed more now that I just joined #LitsyLove 💛). I found a few good things today & had to try these Argentinian empanadas because when someone is frying up fresh empanadas-count me in! I had a traditional beef & my fave an asparagus & mushroom. Enjoyed in my car listening to the tagged book because it‘s so windy today!

Texreader Delish!! 2w
AmyG Yum! And I was so happy to see you are a new member! 2w
kspenmoll OMG they look so good- ! 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yay!!! Looks delicious 😋 2w
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Bright and Tender Dark | Joanna Pearson
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#LibraryBookHaul My library hosts AARP tax seminars on Saturdays which is a lovely thing for our Kūpuna (grandparents/honored elders) but makes tax season Sat. parking tough. It‘s open late Thursdays, so I dashed out last night to grab my holds for #NancyDrewBR #SheSaid & #Naturalitsy + All In (Book 3 in The Naturals series). I also found Mr. Kato Plays Family which looks sweet & my favorite librarian gave me the tagged #ARC
The book🐔🐔approve.

Librarybelle So glad the chickens approve! Lots of good reading! 2w
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The Persephone Code | Julia Golding
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Did I need another ebook added to my massive Kindle TBR? No, I did not! Did the “Bridgerton meets The Da Vinci Code” tagline make me buy it for $2.99? Why yes, it did! Historical/Regency murder mysteries are kind of becoming my vibe… 📚📚📚🙋🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️📚📚

tpixie Oh! Wow! Sounds great!! 2w
tpixie Oh! I got it free after my points! 2w
rwmg I haven't seen Bridgerton and thought The Da Vinci Code was rubbish but I am tempted by the Hell Fire Caves - I remember going to them a couple of times as a child. 2w
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The Art Thief | Michael Finkel
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#SpringSkies

I used this book that #InvolvesArt for a different prompt about a month ago & mentioned my library e-book hold was 16 weeks. Today it‘s 10 weeks! We‘re moving on up! ? The book is about Stéphane Breitwieser, a French art thief who stole around 300 pieces of art. ?️

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Perfect 🎨 2w
Eggs Fascinating 🖼️! 2w
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Good Morning Littens! Last night I saw that I was dangerously close to 500,000 Litfluence points (Wowza!) 🎉 & I thought if catch it at 500K, I should do a giveaway. Well, my alarm went off at 5 AM & I looked & I was right on! On the 5th too!!! Way too much kismet!

So, because Litsy has brought me great joy this past 8 years, to enter to win a prize pack from Hawaii (the 50th state) leave a comment here with 5 THINGS THAT BRING YOU JOY. I‘ll ⬇️

DebinHawaii …draw a #500KGiveaway winner randomly. You get an extra entry if you also post/repost about the giveaway and/or make a post about your 5 joyful things & tag me. The prize pack will be a book I love, a book from your wishlist & 5 “goodies” from Hawaii. The drawing is open to all & I‘ll randomly draw the winner in 5 days (of course!)😉

Thank you ALL for bringing me joy & fun & good books to read! 🎉📚💙
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TheBookHippie 🎉🥳🎉♥️ HOW WONDERFUL🎉 2w
TheBookHippie 1. Coffee 2. Letter in the mail 3. Cooking 4. Hugs from Mr BookHippie 5. Hearing “Nana, I‘m here” from grandbaby hippie. 💜 2w
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Suzze I think you were one of the people I first followed back 8 years ago. I‘ve been on sporadically the last few years, but I‘m enjoying spending more time here recently. Joy: grandkids, Northwestern football (Cal is a starting tackle), Booktok, my kitty Ginny, and of course reading! 2w
CBee Congrats 🎉 let‘s see - 1) a rare hug from my 12 year old 2) books of course 3) Litsy of course 4) Hummingbirds (almost time!) 5) My goofy dogs 😂 2w
CBee @TheBookHippie grandbaby hippie ♥️♥️♥️♥️ 2w
Jas16 Congratulations! 🎉📚🥳👏 2w
CoverToCoverGirl Sending 5 Big High 5‘s your way! Total Awesomeness! 🎉🤩👏🥳 My 5: 1)My Grandson Kacey, 2)My Mom 3) My Bookstore 4) my fur babies 5) Nature 2w
TheQuietQuill Congrats and thanks for doing this giveaway! Okay, here goes: 1) When my son tells me he loves me and listening to his laugh 2) The call at night from my husband telling me he‘s on his way home from work. 3)Books of course hehe! 4) Bookstores and Libraries 5) My pups and coffee 2w
julesG Wow! Congratulations! 🥳🥳🥳 2w
JackOBotts Congratulations! 🍾 1) cuddles with my kids; 2) all things bookish; 3) date nights with my husband; 4) my friends & family 5) rest 2w
IndoorDame Congrats!!! My things are 1- tea, coffee, cocoa, basically hot things in mugs 2- books, libraries, and Litsy! 3- snuggles with my fur babies 4- seeing my best friend‘s number unexpectedly light up my phone screen 5- wildflowers 2w
Graciouswarriorprincess Congrats my friend!! I'm so happy for you. 1. My sons 2. Books 3. Book friends 4. Sunshine 5. Wildflowers 2w
mrp27 Congratulations, this is certainly kismet! 2w
brittanyreads CONGRATS! 2w
inthegreensandblues Congrats! 🎉🎉🎉 2w
Megabooks Congratulations!! 2w
BarbaraJean Woohoo!!! 🎉📚💜 Love this!! I‘ve so enjoyed following you on Litsy, all the way back to the first LOTR chapter a day buddy read and probably before! And I love your idea with all the 5s!! My five joyful things: rain, finishing a good book, my Education for Ministry group, my new baby grand-niece, and my husband. Will have to make a post about the giveaway as well! 2w
Read4life How wonderful! Congratulations 🎉 My 5 are: 1. Hubby hugs 2. Hearing from my kids 3. My fur baby, Sherlock 4. Books 5. Butterflies 2w
KateReadsYA Thanks so much for the awesome giveaway. My top 5 things are 1. My husband and kids, 2. Our dogs, 3. Friendships, 4. Books, and 5. Nature 📖💖 2w
dabbe First, CONGRATS! 🎉🥳🥳🎉 Second, thanks for hosting such a fantastic contest! Third, here are my answers: 1. my husband, Matt. 2. our GSDs, Kate & Pip. 3. family&friends (all as one word!) 🤩 4. Books. 5. Retirement. 💚🩷💚 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Congratulations 🎊🎈🎉 love seeing your posts!! 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks My 5 things! Hubby, girls, books, #LitsyLove, Tux 🐈‍⬛ 2w
WildAlaskaBibliophile 5 things that bring me joy:
1. My hubby, @tiedyedude 🥰😚
2. My dog, Cady 🐶❤️
3. My bird, Jupiter 🐦❤️
4. Gardening, nature & the outdoors 🪴🌷🌲🪺🕸🐝🦋🐌🌈❄️🌊☔️
5. Books & reading! 📚🔖
#500kgiveaway
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kspenmoll Congratulations!!!!! Wow! 5 things thst bring me joy: 1)my 7 sibs. 2) my husband & son. 3) my job as teacher. 4) books 5) nature/hiking (edited) 2w
Singout Congratulations and thank you for your generosity, @DebinHawaii! Five things that bring me joy: 1. Working with others to make the world a better place. 2. Skyping with my adorable niece and nephew in England. 3. Seeing new shoots come up in my baby tomato tray and pollinator garden. 4. Camping and wilderness time 5. Wonderful books that expand my view of the world! (edited) 2w
TieDyeDude 🤘
1. My wife 👩‍❤️‍👨
2. My cat Black Jack 🐈‍⬛(honorable mention to our other pets)
3. A nice hot cup of tea 🫖
4. Watching an excellent performance (concert, movie, play) 🎟️
5. Doing something that benefits others 🫂
#500kgiveaway
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Bookwormjillk Congrats! I remember when I first joined and you posted pictures of your avocado toast! 1) books of course 2) my kids 3) my cats 4) flowers 5) the change of seasons 2w
Catsandbooks So wonderful! Congratulations! 🎉 My 5 things: 1. My pets 2. My husband making me laugh 3. My niece calling me 4. Working on art projects 5. Ice cream 🩷 2w
Ruthiella Congratulations! 🥳🥳🥳 My five things: 1. Books, 2. Litsy, 3. Coffee, 4. My family and 5. Public libraries. 2w
Chrissyreadit Congratulations!!!! I love knowing you through litsy- and this is a great way to celebrate! My 5 things- 1. Litsy (of course) 2. My family 3. My friends 4. My cats 5. My books 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉 2w
RosePressedPages Congrats!!🥳🎉 That‘s so exciting! My 5 things: 1) Books 2) My parents 3) My friends 4) My dogs 5) Vincent Van Gogh 2w
Gissy Congratulations 🥳🎉📚🎉📚 2w
Deblovestoread Love seeing everyone‘s joy list. 😍 2w
DebinHawaii @Deblovestoread Me too! It has given me so much joy reading them that I think I‘m going to make it a regular Friday thing starting next week! (the 5 things that brought you joy/you are grateful for this week not the giveaway! Hah! Can‘t afford that every week!) 😉💛 2w
UwannaPublishme Woo hoo!!! Congrats to you! Your posts always bring us all joy! So happy to see you joined #LitsyLove. 🤗🎉🍾💌📬 2w
Teresereading Congratulations that is amazing, I was thrilled when I tipped over 7000! 2w
Teresereading My five things: my family and friends, reading, gardening, visits to bookstores and libraries, my cat! 2w
marleed Oh my gosh congratulations! My five things: 1) that I‘m retired when I‘m young and healthy enough to help in the care of my grandkids (I adore them)! 2) My family and friends 3) My little down-sized maintainable house. 4) My walkable neighborhood in every direction. 5) Chai and Starbucks! 2w
Meshell1313 What an amazing accomplishment and a very generous giveaway!!! Five things that bring me joy: 1) my hubby 2) being around my mother 3) walking by the Hudson River 4) Dunkin‘ Donuts iced coffee with a little almond milk 5) teaching ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 2w
booklover3258 Congratulations on reaching 500,000!!!

Five things that give me joy:

1. My husband
2. My 3 cats
3. Cross Stitching
4. Working at the library
5. Family and friends
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AmyG Thank you so very much for the opportunity to win- congrats! 🎉 Hahahaha I don‘t think I will live long enough to get to 500,000. 🤣🤣🤣 2w
Texreader Congratulations!!! So happy for you! It‘s been great sharing litsy with you and Max. My joys: 1) my family 2) my parents 3) my cat 4) my hobbies—books, crafting, and gardening, and 4) truly Litsy! 2w
JanuarieTimewalker13 I just came to say congratulations!! 📚💕🌷 2w
TheKidUpstairs Congrats! What a milestone! 5 things that being me joy? 1. Laughing with my kids 2. Dancing in an empty house 3. A really great book 4. A quiet cup of tea 5. Sitting by the water 2w
Awk_Word_Smith Congrats!!! 🎊🎉🍾 500k is quite the accomplishment! My joys: 1) My wife; 2) My sons; 3) My writing; 4) Music; and 5) books, books, books. 2w
Sargar114 Congrats! That is quite the accomplishment! I truly have enjoyed our interactions here on Litsy. Here‘s to 500k more. 1) my family 2) reading 3) board games 4) my health improving 5) ncaa women‘s basketball tournament (edited) 2w
BarbaraBB Congrats Deb! I made a post sharing my joys 🤍🤍 2w
TheLudicReader Congrats on your milestone! My five things: my kids/family, my cat, my friends, books, Italy. 2w
MaureenMc Congratulations! 🍾🎊 2w
sherrisilvera Congrats❣️ My 5...1) my sons 2) my dog Polly 3) my friends and family 4) books 5) sunny days 2w
CoffeeNBooks Congratulations on the milestone! 🎉 My five things: 1) my family, 2) my cats, 3) music, 4) flowers, 5) birds 2w
Susanita 🫂Here are five things that give me joy
-my morning coffee ☕️
-fuzzy black brat cat 🐈‍⬛
-hearing my husband‘s key in the door 🔑
-bagpipes (I‘m weird that way) 🎶
-cheering for the Nationals ⚾️
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wanderinglynn Congrats! 🎉 My 5: books, music, travel, writing, puzzles. (edited) 2w
Lynnsoprano Congratulations! You were one of the first people to welcome me to Litsy, and I‘ve always loved to read your posts. 2w
BarkingMadRead This is amazing!! Ok, 5 things…. Books! My hubby, my kids, my future granddaughter, and my pup Nugget 2w
Kshakal Congratulations!! Just because, here are 5 more things that bring me joy… live theatre, music, coffee, chocolate, and fuzzy blankets 2w
ShelleyBooksie Congratulations!! 5 things that bringe joy: my family, my dog, coffee, books, Litsy friends. Wanna join in @DinoMom , @TheLudicReader , @DebbieGrillo 2w
DinoMom Amazing 😍. 5 things that bring me joy- my son, books, being in the forest, burlesque and great food 2w
peanutnine Congratulations!! My five things: my fiance, my cats, my niece, book mail, reading outside in the spring 2w
mcipher Congratulations!! So #1 is now your lock screen of Max ❤️ And then my own kitties, my river view, thunderstorms, “I love you” texts from my 21 year old baby son, and bonus when you get a latte with a perfect foamy drawing that stays through the whole drink. 2w
DebinHawaii @mcipher Aww…. Thank you! 💜 I miss the little bugger so much. It makes me both happy & sad to see my phone saver. Snuggle your kitties for me! 2w
LeahBergen Congratulations!! I so enjoy seeing that sweet Max again on your phone screen. 😢 Let‘s see… 5 things that bring me joy: 1. Travelling in our trailer with my husband and my #JohnnyBergen 2. The thrill of the hunt for obscure old vintage books 3. Trying new-to-me restaurants and cuisines 4. Visiting literary sites and 5. Connecting with friends on Litsy who like the same weird books that I do. 😆😆 Cheers to you, Deb! 😘 2w
DebinHawaii @LeahBergen 💛💛💛 Thank you, friend! 1w
DebinHawaii Thank you to all who entered & shared your list of 5 things that bring you joy! Our winner was selected Congrats to Andrew— @TieDyeDude 🎉📚🎉 Please join me by continuing the joy lists on #5JoyFriday Look for my post under the hashtag to join in! 💛💛💛 1w
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