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Djspens

Joined January 2018

Empty-nester and Gramma who has rediscovered her love of reading and buying books! #bookhoarder
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The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell
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Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
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Blind date | Marelle Boersma
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My bff knows me so well!! I can‘t wait to open this Blind Date Book! I‘ll enjoy a tasty brew while reading it!! #booksandbeer #birthdaygirl #bestfriends

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Hidden Bodies | Caroline Kepnes
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Christmas movies in the background, finishing Hidden Bodies. I wasn‘t crazy about You, the book or the series, but I wanted to know what happens to Joe. This book was better than You, but I‘d just give it 3 stars. Murder, sex, revenge and a little Love. I‘ll probably watch the series when it comes out just to put a face to all of these characters, especially want to see how they portray Forty and Love!!

Chab256 Oh Love...eek she made me cringe! 3d
Djspens @Chab256 yes! I want to see who plays all of these characters in the series!! 3d
Redwritinghood Happy birthday! 🎂🎂 2d
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Whoa! So I was thinking my "self-imposed book buying ban" has been for about a month. Apparently I started it 3 months ago! My TBR shelves are still overflowing but I'm down a few. I did also get a couple of ARCs and HAD ? to buy only 3 books (2 sequels and one pre-order) . This is my first "unnecessary" purchase but it only cost me $12 so I'm still feeling good! #forthegrandkids

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A Christmas tree | Charles Dickens
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Happy December! This is the smallest tree in my house but definitely my favorite! #booktree #grammaslibrary #blue

MoonWitch94 😍😍😍😍🎄🎄🎄 5d
Daisey Lovely! 5d
TheAromaofBooks I love the color coordinating! 4d
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Baby Love | Robin Barker
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I wonder what these two are jabbering about? Love them to the moon and back 💕 #ilovemygrandkids #glammagramma #yougolo #sonderbug #babiesandbooks #myheart

AmyG Twins? 1w
Chrissyreadit They are adorable! 1w
Djspens @AmyG no, cousins 3 weeks apart! But her daddy (my son, is a twin) so it‘s bringing back lots of memories!!! 1w
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BiblioLitten 😍😍 7d
AmyG Ah. I have twins so it was bringing back memories for me, too. Adorable! 7d
Texreader How cute!!! 7d
Djspens @AmyG lol these two are exhausting, I'm wondering how I survived twins! And I had a 2 1/2 year old when the twins were born, and had another baby 5 years later! Thank God I was young!! 7d
AmyG Right? I also had a 2 1/2 year old when I had my twins. 3 kids under 3. NOW?...I‘d be dead in a week. 🤣 (edited) 6d
brit91 Awww so cute 6d
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The Family Upstairs | Lisa Jewell
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Thanks @JHSiess for the #bookgiveaway win! I've been wanting to read this one! @simonbooks #atriabooks #grammaslibrary

JHSiess Glad it arrived! Enjoy! 📖 2w
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Hidden Bodies | Caroline Kepnes
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I just started this, so far so good! I wasn‘t a huge fan of You so I‘m hoping this one continues to be interesting! Doing a combination of reading/audio.

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The Silent Wife: A Novel | A. S. A. Harrison
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I really enjoyed this book, until the end. It's well written, about a couple, infidelity and what someone will go to to keep their home or protect their child? The end was so anticlimactic and I was like what?! That's it!? And what did that past relationship have to do with anything? Weird. Maybe I missed something?

TheAromaofBooks Ugh, I hate it when I end a book going - huh??? 2w
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Know My Name: A Memoir | Chanel Miller
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I love when my daughter gives me book recommendations! She's a liberal English/journalism/women's studies graduate and has great taste is books! Follow her at belongingamongwildflowers or maceyjann on IG

Samplergal It‘s a great book! 3w
erzascarletbookgasm I have this stacked, heard it‘s very good. 3w
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I love that my grandkids love books 🥰 #ilovemygrandkids #mowillems #grammaslibrary #yougolo

Crazeedi ❤❤❤ 3w
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#IMomSoHard | Kristin Hensley
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My son, his fiance and my 2 granddaughters (and their dog) are staying with us for a few days while their rental house sewer problems get fixed. While baby is napping mom takes some time to read, she fits in our family well! #grammaslibrary #familyreading

TheEllieMo The dog appears@to be trying to read over her shoulder, too! 3w
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Winners: A Novel | Danielle Steel
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Congrats on your milestone @revellbooks and a Friday #giveaway is always fun!! Have a great Friday Litsy friends!!

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Left Neglected | Lisa Genova
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Someone is feeling neglected. My son and his family have moved in for a few days, sewer problems in their rental house... But Shiloh is not feeling it, she has to compete with my 2 granddaughters and their dog (in the background, laying on Shiloh's blanket) poor baby. 😂

TheSpineView Poor thing! It's hard when you are used to being an only child! 🧡🐾 3w
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Child 44 | Tom Rob Smith
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I just finished the book and then watched the movie. A great book about the investigation into a serial killer in 1953 Moscow, when murders were covered up by the state and blamed on the less "desirables" of that time. The movie added some visuals to the story but so much was left out, as is usually the case with the movie vs.book. I would give both ??

mdm139 But Tom Hardy🥰 4w
KathyWheeler Excellent book and movie. Did you see Citizen X, which is about the same case? It‘s good too. 4w
Djspens @KathyWheeler no I haven't, I'll have to check it out! 3w
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Fly Away | Kristin Hannah
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I had to break my self-imposed book buying ban. I couldn't read Firefly Lane and then not see what happens next! I didn't feel too guilty, it only cost me $5.00 from Better World Books 😁👍

Alfoster “Books” and “ban” should never be in the same sentence!😂😂😂 1mo
Djspens @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @autumn24 it's temporary 😁 probably very temporary 1mo
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Firefly Lane | Kristin Hannah
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Kristin Hannah continues to amaze me with her stories. This didn't really sound like that interesting of a story but thought I'd give a read anyway. Such a great story of 2 friends surviving adolescence and teenage years during the 70s and 80s ( I could relate) and their continued life long friendship and everything that goes with it, family, careers, change, betrayal and forgiveness. I ordered the next book before finishing this one! 👍👍

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I forgot that I pre-ordered Prince's book awhile back! It's full of photos, scrapbook and lyrics sheets and the memoir he began writing before his death. We toured Paisley Park last Spring, I'm anxious to see more of Prince's incredible work and life. #bookmail #prince #thebeautifulones #purplerain

GripLitGrl 💜🎸🎤👑💜 1mo
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The God Game | Danny Tobey
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Thanks @StMartinsPress for the ARC! Since I put myself on a book buying ban until I get through my TBR shelves, I'm super excited to get a free book in the mail! Sounds like an interesting thriller!

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Please Get To Know Me | Cecil Murphey, Virginia Garberding
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Monticello, Iowa (last place I ever thought I'd still live)
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We own our local newspaper, it's been in my family since the 70s. (Last place I ever thought I'd work)
Married for 32 years
She/her
My initials and part of my last name

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A Simple Favour | Darcey Bell
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So I started and finished this book today. It kept my interest but I was disappointed in the ending. But it's off my TBR shelf, time to move onto something else.... I will probably watch the movie just to see how it compares....

lele1432 I had similar feelings about the book. I liked the movie! The ending was still a bit ridiculous, but in a humorous way. 2mo
Djspens @lele1432 yeah I feel like the movie might be as good as the book in this case, and I'm a fan of Anna Kendrick 🤷‍♀️ 2mo
lele1432 She was perfect as Stephanie! 2mo
Djspens @lele1432 ok the movie was definitely better than the book lol and it was only 2 hours wasted on a silly story, rather than the whole day it took me to get through the book! 😂 2mo
lele1432 Hahaha yessss I thought it translated much better on screen and made for quick, silly entertainment. 😂 2mo
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The Ten Thousand | Paul Kearney
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I'm so glad I came across Litsy, I have really enjoyed the interactions with all of my new Litsy friends! My TBR list has grown so much, I'll never be without a long list of books to read! Thanks for all of your on-line "friendships" and giving me a place to go to talk and share books ? #10,000 #lovemylitsyfriends

TheEllieMo Congratulations on the milestone! 2mo
tournevis 💃🕺💃🕺💃🕺🕺💃🕺💃🕺 2mo
Princess-Kingofkings Congratulations 🏆 2mo
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Librarybelle Congratulations! 2mo
BookwormAHN Congratulations 👏🏻 2mo
Chili Congratulations!!🎉🎊🎈 2mo
Redwritinghood 🎉🎉 2mo
JoScho 🥳💜😊💜🥳 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm 💖🎉🤗 2mo
brit91 Congratulations📚📚📚📚 1mo
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This was such a sad but heartwarming book. I don't normally enjoy books like this but I really connected with Sam as a child and teen. The author does a great job of getting the reader to fall for the characters. Maybe it's because I'm still searching for my own "group of misfits" and was also often made fun of as a teen. Adulthood can soften, but not totally extinguish, some of those feelings!

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Starting this one today! I'm still on a (self-imposed) book buying ban, so working on my full TBR shelves! I do miss my weekly deliveries of books 😢

sblbooks I loved this one. 2mo
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Another interesting read from Aviva Gat, on this last summerish day of fall!!

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The Testaments | Margaret Atwood
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I'm loving this book! I've listened to most of it via Scribd. Aunt Lydia is one of the narrators so I can picture her from the series as I'm listening. I love the backstory and the future story!

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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty photo!! 💚🖤 3mo
mdm139 Great photo 3mo
Djspens @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @mdm139 thanks! I lasted about 5 minutes and then attack of the flies chased me inside 🤷‍♀️😜 3mo
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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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On Monday, I put myself on a book buying ban until I get through some of the 60+ books on my TBR shelves. Well, today is Wednesday and I just had to order The Testaments... Maybe I'll start over tomorrow....🤷‍♀️

ImperfectCJ Makes me think of Anne of Green Gables...“Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet.“ Although I don't think one can classify acquisition of The Testaments as a mistake. :-) 3mo
Leftcoastzen Epic sequel is the perfect excuse! How could you help it !😀 3mo
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I already had this book in my "library" so no book purchase was made today! I took my English/journalism graduate daughter to hear Amor Towles speak. We're so lucky to have Iowa Writer's Workshop nearby so we get to hear some great authors!

Scochrane26 I would love to hear him speak! Glad you got to go. 3mo
TheSpineView That's awesome! I would love to hear him! 3mo
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Ok, I've said this before but I'm going to STOP (temporarily) buying books! This is my TBR pile and I need to get through these before buying more!! We'll see how long I last....

TheSpineView Good one! Still laughing! 🤣🤣🤣 3mo
marleed I don‘t stack my books by have read vs TBR because I remember (most of the time) what I‘ve read when I see them. I think it helps me not be frustrated by a growing TBR stack. 3mo
Djspens @marleed then your memory is way better than mine! I can read the description of books I've read and still not remember reading them 😂 3mo
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Djspens @TheSpineView I know... I know... 🙄😂 3mo
TheSpineView @Djspens I have the exact problem. 1000s of unread books I own and yet I go right out and big more. It's an addiction and I can't quit!🤪 3mo
marleed Ebooks and audio from the library - I have a tough time remembering them. There must be some visceral holding of a physical book that makes an indelible mark in my memory. ... I forget my lib books so often that I started bullet journaling an index card for each book - obviously that touchy thing helps me! 3mo
Djspens @marleed I buy the books that I listen to on audio, too, just so I have them. Lol and to remember I "read" them 3mo
marleed @Djspens Omg - I do the same thing! I try to thrift them, but not always :( 3mo
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Ania Ahlborn has a way with creepy!! This story is told from 2 POVs but comes together at the end in a big, cringe-worthy way! I alternated between the book and audiobook, enjoying both. 👹👿🧟‍♂️

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Starting this tonight! I love my creepy Ania Ahlborn books!!

vivastory This was my first Ahlborn. Loved it! 3mo
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Is there really such a thing as a "normal" family?? I think every family has a little dysfunction! Or maybe that's just something I tell myself... and my kids.. anyway.. it is starting to feel like fall, time to switch to a nice cab for my reading beverage. ??oh and I'm enjoying this book. ?

NamasteReading I loved it!!! 3mo
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...and my memory has crept out of my head! I literally received my Amazon order on Friday and Thriftbook on Monday... Of the same book! I totally forgot ordering it twice until the second one came today! Good thing my daughter is also an Ania fan, she'll be getting the Thriftbook copy....

j9brown 🤣🤣🤣 3mo
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Pippi Longstocking | Astrid Lindgren
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Just chilling with some books in Gramma‘s library. Love my little Lolo 🥰

saresmoore So sweet! 😍 3mo
Megabooks 💜💜💜 3mo
Macker11 Omgsh 😍😍😍 3mo
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KathyWheeler Cutie! I also love that chair. 3mo
Smrloomis Oh my gosh, such a sweetie! Look at those cheeks 😍 3mo
Scochrane26 So adorable! 3mo
robinb What a doll baby!!! 😊 3mo
TheSpineView Adorable! 🥰 3mo
Djspens Thanks! She‘s got this Gramma right where she wants me, wrapped around her finger 🥰 3mo
Erofan Sweetie ♥️ 3mo
BookwormM That smile 💕💕 3mo
marleed So adorable! 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm Awww 🥰 sweetie! 3mo
CarolynM So cute! 3mo
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Starting this one today on this beautiful day! There's a wonderful breeze but it reminds me of fall. I'm not ready for that!! I hope I enjoy this book! Did you like it?

Samplergal I really liked it. 3mo
Alfoster I liked it too!❤️ 3mo
ljuliel Very good book 📖 3mo
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The Bird Eater | Ania Ahlborn
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Well this was super creepy and gross... loved it!! I love Ania Ahlborn and her disturbing, creepy writing! Brother is still my favorite of hers but this ranks right up there. I will never look at birds the same....

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Grandma's Gift | Eric Velasquez
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"Gramma, I'm gonna go in your library and read a book!" #myworkhereisdone #micdrop Sullivan, you're the best!!! ???

Crazeedi So precious, 👍❤ 4mo
Macker11 Love that they are low and accessible ! 4mo
SamanthaMarie Love this ♡ 4mo
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The Bird Eater | Ania Ahlborn
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My favorite author in my favorite reading spot! #sullyssaloon #grandkidsaresleeping

Crazeedi What a great reading spot!❣ 4mo
marleed Oh so cool! 4mo
Gina What a lovely space to read in 4mo
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Little Hiawatha | Walt Disney Productions
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My grandson got out MY old record player and read-along books. Brings back some oooold memories. Lol he keeps calling the record a “cd”

aprilpohren Oh my goodness, the memories!! I LOVED my record player like this as a kid and read along books! It really shot my love of reading to skies the limit! 4mo
rretzler I used to love read along books/records too. I still have a couple of the records, but the books are long gone! I have a bunch of Disneyland ones. (edited) 4mo
Texreader Oh the memories!!! 4mo
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JanuarieTimewalker13 Oooh, that is so cool. I never had that as a kid!! That would‘ve been perfect!! So glad you kept it! 4mo
Freespirit Yes I remember the record was in a sleeve at the back of the book.😊 4mo
brit91 Awwww💖 4mo
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Mudbound | Hillary Jordan
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How I read at work... #sneaky #audiobook This is a great book to listen to. The readers are awesome! And nobody knows..... I just use one earbud, but it helps that I'm married to the boss so can't get fired 🤷‍♀️ believe me, I've tried lol edit- this book is incredible and I recommend the audiobook! Now to watch the movie to see if it matches the one playing in my head as I read it. I'll be thinking about this one for awhile 😓 a definite 👍👍

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Picked up a couple fun "little" books ? for my #grammaslibrary ! #pivot #friends #michelleobamawisdom

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I did a new paint job on this old cabinet and thought I'd dig out my kids' old books that I had in storage. I had more books saved than I thought, it's full already!

Cinfhen Looks great 👍 4mo
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Sold on a Monday: A Novel | Kristina Mcmorris
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#multitasking Cleaning the pool, listening to tagged book and enjoying some wine. Yes, I like to buy the book I'm listening to 🥰🤷‍♀️

Lauram I tend to buy books and then check out the ebooks from the library so I completely understand 4mo
Angeles I also buy the books I loved in audio. Totally understand! Doesn't everyone else do it? 4mo
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Mudbound | Hillary Jordan
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Was gifted this book today by a good friend. It looks like an interesting read and a movie to definitely watch. Have you read it?

Penny_LiteraryHoarders Book is incredible. So is the movie!! 4mo
BarbaraBB Yes, recently. I hope you‘ll like it as much as I did! 4mo
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No Exit: A Novel | Taylor Adams
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There are so many good reviews of this book, I don't get it. I did not like this book at all!! Very simplistic and seriously, how many bad inopportune things can happen at one rest area!? Dumb dumb dumb...

Ashley_Nicoletto I also didn‘t like it. So over the top and gruesome. 4mo
Christine89 I agree. I hated this one. Plus, that is not how nail guns work (I have watched HGTV). 4mo
Djspens @Christine89 😂😂😂 4mo
Aswenson I actually liked this one, but that review and these comments are too true. 😂 4mo
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Taking a little break from The most Fun We've Ever Had to read something that's hopefully a little quicker to read. I'm ready to be entertained and hopefully spooked 👻😱 #pooltime

Djspens It's not scary and is a pretty slow story but I should finish it today so I'll give it a so-so 4mo
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The Most Fun We Ever Had | Claire Lombardo
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Book Club is a great excuse to get together to chat with girlfriends. The boys are automatically scared off by the mention of books. Yay for us! #lovemygirlfriends

rather_be_reading that wine 😍 4mo
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After the Flood | Kassandra Montag
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I love #bookmail and this sounds like a good one! Thanks @WilliamMorrowBooks for the #ARC @HarperCollins #kassandramontag

WilliamMorrowBooks Enjoy!! 4mo
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The Most Fun We Ever Had | Claire Lombardo
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Not quite halfway through but thoroughly enjoying this debit novel. I expect Claire Lombardo will be a name we all know soon!!

TheNerdyProfessor This is on my TBR also! A bit long so I keep putting it off.. 5mo
Djspens @TheNerdyProfessor I just went to a reading of hers in Iowa City and she got me excited to read it. Yes it's long, but so far its going fast! 5mo
Cathythoughts Oh exciting... I got this one recently, it‘s long so I‘m waiting for a clear run at it 👍🏻♥️ 5mo
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No Exit: A Novel | Taylor Adams
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This week's haul from Better World Books! So many books, so little time....

SW-T Nice haul! Cute pillow. I say just one more chapter a lot 🤣 5mo
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