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DogMomIrene

DogMomIrene

Joined October 2016

INFJ with passion for science-fiction, fantasy, non-fiction, & YA. Find me on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/5123231-irene-mchugh
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Enjoying this audiobook. Nothing earth shattering in terms of healthy living info, but I like hearing how different people integrate foods, exercise, and good habits into their routines. Plus I find books like this one motivating to keep me on track with my health goals.

KathyWheeler I think that‘s true — for me anyway. When my daughter was in the hospital as a baby, I stayed with her all day and all night. I fainted and ended up in the ER because I wasn‘t eating or sleeping. That same daughter had to remind me to eat & sleep when my husband was in the hospital last year. She also pushed me to go for walks and do yoga. (edited) 1w
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The Plot | Jean Hanff Korelitz
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A fun ride! Like many others, I predicted the twists, but I still salivated a bit reading all the details. I‘m a little sick & twisted that way. Some people felt like this book had a slow start. I sort of felt that way until the character of Evan Parker was introduced - such a conceited blow hard! Plus the audiobook narration was great. When Jake kept referring to Evan Parker, Parker Evan, the sarcastic sneers came through loud and clear.

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Really interesting collection of stories of various people using different poisons to kill. I liked how the author organized the sections by poison type. Made the book easy to pick up & down. Sometimes he seemed to go down a sciencey rabbit hole explaining details about how the poisons work. I‘d be skimming those parts thinking, “I don‘t need to know chemical interaction blah blah blah! Tell me more true crime details!”

Dragon Agatha Christie is to blame for my interest in poisons - stacking 💚🐉 2w
DogMomIrene @Dragon The author actually mentions Christie and her affinity for poisons! 2w
Dragon So cool - definitely a must read 👍💚🐉 2w
Libby1 Flavia de Luce would love this book! 2w
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Life as We Knew it | Susan Beth Pfeffer
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Some sick part of me kept me reading this awful YA post-apocalyptic disaster of a story. I use the term “story” loosely because almost nothing happened. After the moon gets knocked off orbit by a meteor, and immediate flooding ensues, there‘s one more climate-related problem, and one pandemic. I kept holding out hope that new characters might appear or MCs would travel. Nope! And the resolution? Think boat at the end of Lord of the Flies 😫😫

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This book reframed my mental model around race. Wilkerson‘s blend of historical facts, various studies, and anecdotes kept me engaged. Everyone should read this book.

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From the chapter “Democracy on the Ballot”

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Spring 1944 - Columbus Ohio public school

This single sentence was the winning essay response to the question “What should we do with Hitler after the war?” submitted by a 16-year-old African American girl.

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Loving this audiobook! Listening in smaller chunks so I can think about the comparisons the author draws.

Maria514626 That quote! 🤯 2mo
DogMomIrene @Maria514626 I know! The next several sentences elaborated on this point and were powerful as well. I didn‘t want to keep rewinding the audiobook to capture the quote, mainly because I wanted to keep going! As much as I‘m liking the audiobook, I kind of wish I had chosen the ebook. 2mo
Maria514626 Ah, the back up, forward (repeat) to write it down. I‘m usually driving though. 😄 2mo
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😲🤯🤩 About halfway through this audiobook, I watched the HBO docuseries and that‘s excellent as well. I‘d characterize the first 3 TV episodes as focusing on the material in this book and the last 3 on the capture & conviction of the GSK after Michelle‘s death. So continuing with the book was a must for me because Michelle‘s attention to detail impresses the 💩💩💩 out of me, and I‘m borderline OCD. True crime may be a new favorite genre for me!

Clwojick I loved the book and the docuseries! It was so well done! 🖤 2mo
DogMomIrene @Clwojick Yes! Even though her book is truly an unfinished manuscript, the publisher made it work. The only weird audio element was when I was listening to an interview Michelle conducted. Not exactly narrative gold there, but it was a short section. 2mo
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Excellent audiobook read by the author. Definitely learned some inside details about Trump‘s first impeachment. At the end Schiff spotlights various people who did the right thing on January 6, almost as a call to action to the reader to vote. Sadly, given the state of the US right now, voting may not help, and “and still could” in the title are the three most frightening words in the whole book.

Amiable I have this one in my pile but haven‘t started it yet. I‘m almost too afraid to read it. 😕 2mo
Chrissyreadit Listening to the hearings and reading about the hears has been terrifying. I can‘t believe there are people who still support him. To me it feels a little bit like how people chose sides in The Stand. 2mo
AmyG @Chrissyreadit I have said before….it‘s like the war between good vs evil….aka The Stand. 2mo
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DogMomIrene @Amiable Big picture is scary for sure. Schiff opens and closes the book with January 6, but he‘s showcasing the writing on the wall. Learning the inside reactions and conversations was more frustrating to me than scary, but that was in the context of history. If trump announces his candidacy for 2024, reading this would be more frustrating and definitely terrifying. It‘s why I‘m trying to knock a few of these off my TBR before the midterms. 2mo
DogMomIrene @Chrissyreadit @AmyG Yes! The Stand for sure. The hearings have been mind blowing. Evidence from freaking Republicans and yet Trump‘s supporters dutifully drink their Kool Aid. 2mo
Amiable @DogMomIrene I recently picked up “Resistance: How Women Saved Democracy From Donald Trump.” Got 50 pages in and just couldn‘t go on. I just didn‘t have the heart for it. In the aftermath of recent Supreme Court decisions (made possible by Trump‘s 3 court picks) it feels like while women may have won the battle, in the end we lost the war. 2mo
DogMomIrene @Amiable Ugh, that one would depress me too, for exactly that reason. Republican obstructionism, especially regarding SCOTUS, is the primary reason we left the US. 2mo
Amiable @DogMomIrene Where do you live now? My husband and I are doing research—we are very interested in moving overseas within a few years. For the exact reasons you mentioned. 2mo
AmyG My guess is Trump announces he will run for 2 reasons: to try to avoid criminal prosecution and collect donations. (edited) 2mo
DogMomIrene @Amiable We‘re in Canada on Vancouver Island. My husband is a nurse so we entered with a work permit (after a looooong licensure journey) for an ED position, and we‘ve been approved for permanent residency. Next step is Canadian citizenship. Not sure if we‘ll ever renounce US citizenship because that process is long, but depending on how taxes go, it‘s a maybe. 2mo
DogMomIrene @AmyG I agree and given how election officials are being treated and replaced, he could “win” which is utterly disgusting. 2mo
Amiable @DogMomIrene We've looked into Canada, actually. We're getting closer to retirement age and in all probability would not qualify for a work permit, so we likely would plan to spend any time in Canada on a visa. I believe Americans can stay in Canada for up to 6 months on a visa (for now, anyway). For the other 6 months, we're looking at bouncing between two additional countries: one in the Schengen region and the second in a non-Schengen country. 2mo
DogMomIrene @Amiable For now, you‘re right with the 6 months Canada visa limit. If you‘re planning on buying property in Canada, there are foreign buyers taxes in some places. We were able to avoid that extra cost with our immigration pathway. We‘re getting close to retirement age too, so that‘s why we moved on moving. With 🇨🇦‘s point system, we were documenting every point we could because of our age. 2mo
kwmg40 @DogMomIrene @Amiable I live in Canada and most of us welcome those of you who want to escape the craziness that seems to be going on right now. I do hope that things get better. 2mo
Amiable @kwmg40 It doesn‘t look good for the foreseeable future, at least. 😖😡 2mo
DogMomIrene @kwmg40 And that‘s exactly what we‘ve experienced. People here totally get why we‘d flee the States. And the vast majority of Canadians are so incredibly kind to us, to one another. It‘s like another world here. 2mo
kwmg40 @DogMomIrene Thanks for the nice words about Canada. I have many friends, relatives and work associates in the US, and they are all good people, but it's the extreme ones who seem to make the news. 2mo
Amiable @DogMomIrene Would it be ok to chat offline? I‘d love to hear about your experience with the process. My email is AmyBF45 at gmail.com. 2mo
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Snuggles with my best guy + a beautiful day with refreshing breeze + an interesting book = Heaven💜

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So far, this book nicely balances scientific facts about toxins and poisons with interesting narrative details about how different people have used those substances to kill. Informative and entertaining!

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Amazon Prime Day goodies have arrived! Cannot wait to use the mildliners. The books will have to wait because so many library holds have poured in. Feeling fortunate that an abundance of books is my biggest “problem” right now 📚💛

asleepby9 Loved The House On The Gerulean Sea, you‘re in for treat with that one! ❤️ 3mo
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#DNF this Audible freebie. Within the first two chapters, approximately 30 minutes of the 4 hour book, I learned nothing new. Unless you‘ve never been on social media, this book seems pretty useless.

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Hollow Kingdom | Kira Jane Buxton
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Having a crow and his loyal bloodhound lead me through the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse was pretty entertaining.

Oftentimes I felt like S.T., the crow main character, was real, and he was just explaining away how the animal kingdom works and communicates. His perceptions about humans ranged from spot on to warped by his upbringing. Found myself laughing numerous times throughout.

LaurenMags That sounds so fun! I'm going to have to pick it up! 3mo
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Hollow Kingdom | Kira Jane Buxton
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Zombie dystopia set in Seattle with a domesticated crow named S.T. short for Shit Turd as the MC. S.T. has me chuckling consistently as I read about his adventures with his bloodhound buddy Dennis to save the world.

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Zero Day | Jan Gangsei
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Reads like a book whose premise may have been heavily workshopped. Opening chapters were promising. Then the whole story gets muddled with cheesy dialogue and ridiculous plot points. I finished the book just moments ago and I can‘t summarize the resolution because I don‘t care. I‘m actually a bit mad at myself for finishing this one. I should have moved on many hours ago.

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I downloaded this #ARC anthology of essays from the Read Now section of #NetGalley and I did find the first essay really interesting. I‘d probably love this book if I knew what fandoms she analyzes in each essay so I could avoid SPOILERS! In the first essay she gives away major plot points to The Boys, which I haven‘t even started, but have on my Amazon watchlist. Bailing to preserve a spoiler-free enjoyment of future fandoms.

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Here's an online clock that gives you the time in the form of a literary quote. I've watched it for the past few minutes and the clock does swear, so be careful with those screens. But how cool is this?

https://literature-clock.jenevoldsen.com

Graywacke How fun! 4mo
DrexEdit Neat! 4mo
LiteraryinLawrence What a cool find! 4mo
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Itchyfeetreader This is a fun link thanks for sharing 4mo
Leftcoastzen Great stuff . 4mo
Billypar Really cool! It sounds like the literary equivalent of this film: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Clock_(2010_film) 4mo
bthegood Thx for sharing, just sent it on to my sister (american lit teacher - she'll love it )- I've never heard of such a thing 🙂 4mo
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Throne of Glass | Sarah J. Maas
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😲❤️ These book covers alone! Depending on how much focus gets placed on the love triangle, I may get weary of the characters over time, but for book 1 in this series, I had so much fun watching these characters show their true personalities. And while some plot points were easier to figure out, the story moved along so quickly I didn‘t care. #TeamCaleana

behudd It is a very fun series for sure! 4mo
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Throne of Glass | Sarah J. Maas
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Throne of Glass | Sarah J. Maas
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Forget the love triangle! Caleana + Nehemia = #KindredSpirits

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Throne of Glass | Sarah J. Maas
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Loving many of Caleana‘s observations.

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Throne of Glass | Sarah J Maas
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Really enjoying this YA fantasy. Even though the love triangle is obvious, it‘s not overpowering. I‘m much more invested in Caleana, the champion contest, and the Wyrd marks mystery.

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Forgot to actually post my new #bookspinbingo board for June. Read 5 books in May, which is a lot for me with “regular” reading that‘s actually pretty sporadic. Trying a new schedule for June where I‘m carving out a dedicated reading hour every day, so I‘m curious to see how this change may affect how many books I can get through🤔

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In May I stumbled with IF for 10 days😞 And I didn‘t improve with wearing my ankle weights. So I‘m trying something different for my June #BFC2022 goals. Each activity above = 1 pt. I‘ll be using a habit tracker for my daily score. My goal = score a daily average of 8 for the month.

I downloaded this planner from Heart Breathings and I like her set up, which includes this process. Looks like she was inspired by tagged book, which I loved reading.

wanderinglynn Way to refocus and adapt your goals. 🙌🏻 I like the layout too. 4mo
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Got my list ready for #BookSpinBingo and #Doublespin for June. Still need to finish coloring in my board for May, but I read 4 or 5 books, which is really good for me.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
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Godzilla says, “Listen to this book narrated by Wil Wheaton!” Such a fun science fiction story set during the pandemic, just on Kaiju Earth. At some point I‘ll be listening to this one again. There are just too many LOL moments that I‘d love to hear again.

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Jamie also lifts things🤣

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Throne of Glass | Sarah J Maas
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Enjoying this fantasy, but this quote hit me tonight. Going to try to lose track of time within these pages. Wishing you peace🕊

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I cancelled my library hold on this one for the physical book when I saw that Wil Wheaton narrates Scalzi‘s latest novel. Already I‘m laughing… at a story that opens in New York City at the beginning of the pandemic. I just love John Scalzi, and I love his stories even more when Wil Wheaton reads them to me. Geek heaven over here🤓

Megabooks He‘s such a great narrator! 4mo
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Long Way Down | Jason Reynolds
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Gut wrenching story of the downward spiral of cyclical violence superbly illustrated for additional layers of context.

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Long Way Down | Jason Reynolds
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💔 The Rules: No crying. No snitching. Take revenge. I remember learning about these rules from my students in Las Vegas. Thank the Maker for sending Jason Reynolds. I hope my former students have found him.

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Long Way Down | Jason Reynolds
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Just started the graphic novel edition of Long Way Down and I‘m already blown away by the imagery from Danica Novgorodoff.

Tamra It‘s amazing! 4mo
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Impact Winter | Travis Beacham
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Meh. The ensemble cast of actors, and audio effects were excellent, but nothing really original happened. Seemed like a typical vampire story. Us versus them. Hierarchy of vampires with rebel vampires going rogue. A resolution that leaves ya hanging. Oh, and 28 minutes left of End Credits. Maybe something else happened like Marvel movies, but I wasn‘t listening to 28 minutes of credits for some tiny tidbit😔

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Wowza! I bought this ebook on sale back when this story was buzzing. I knew it was post-apocalyptic, one of my favorite world types. I knew someone stole a dog and that action would forever change lives. I knew that I *really* loved the cover art. Reading this story had me twisting and turning throughout. Fletcher‘s end of the world scenario felt authentic. If you like dystopias, I think knowing less about this story is the way to go.

Bookzombie Great review! I really enjoyed this one also. I read it in 2020. 5mo
DogMomIrene @Bookzombie Thanks! When I posted on GR, I saw Fletcher has a new book coming out in July. May be bumping that one on the TBR. 5mo
Bookzombie @DogMomIrene I didn‘t know that. I looked it up and it sounds interesting. Thanks! 4mo
DogMomIrene @Bookzombie ☺️🙃just one Litten encouraging another to buy, borrow, read, and breathe in more books😉 4mo
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Loving this story, but the more Griz tells me, the more I get a bad feeling, like seriously bad feeling, about how this story ends. I keep thinking, *Please don‘t let any dogs die* but it‘s a dystopia😩

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I‘m getting a strong feeling that things are not going to turn out well for Griz, and I really like this kid☹️

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Probably will ☹️

perfectsinner 😭💔 5mo
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Made these nuts coated in an everything bagel seasoning. Recipe says these will stay fresh for a week. No way are these lasting a week! 😋

Tamra 😆👍🏾 5mo
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Started a bit slow for me, and the gruesome crime details were hard to listen to, but the pace quickly picked up. I was wondering how the story would turn out until the last sentence sealed Vince Gilmer‘s fate. Ben Gilmer narrates the audiobook, which conveys how much he had invested in this fight for justice. This saga makes a solid case for reforming US prisons and justice system.

Megabooks Great review! 5mo
DogMomIrene @Megabooks Thanks! Litsy challenges me to share the most important highlights or thoughts. 5mo
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This book has grabbed me. Enjoying the set up for this post apocalyptic world. And Griz the MC is super sympathetic to me. I‘m just 17% through it and I‘ve already teared up twice when this boy shares his feelings about his dogs. So many quotes like this one, though, have me more than a little scared about how all this will turn out though since #dystopia

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Keeping the same goals for #BFC2022 for May. I‘m most excited about getting in regular reading time with a new schedule/routine I created for myself. I think I‘ve reached an age where reading before bed may help me relax, but it doesn‘t get many pages accrued each day🥱😴 I‘m scheduling my reading time earlier in the day now.

JamieArc Do you listen to the Intermittent Fasting Stories podcast? I liked listening to them while walking. 5mo
DogMomIrene @JamieArc I don‘t, but I‘ll be checking it out. Thanks! 5mo
wanderinglynn 🙌🏻 great goals! 5mo
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My late #BFC2022 April update.

📚 Adjusting my schedule didn‘t work for reading time
🍽 Intermittent fasting is going well. Lost a few more pounds
🍪 Cookie allowance has helped tremendously
👟 I‘m walking 2-3x/day with the pups. I just don‘t like putting the ankle weights on🤦🏻‍♀️
⌚️ I closed all my circles. April 3 was a day I charged my watch at an odd time and forgot to put it back on🥴
🛁 Love these nights

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 5mo
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Since I read just one book during April, I'm using the same list for my May #bookspinbingo board.

I started a new book today and I'm seriously happy that it's really grabbed me. Given the state of the world, I need a good distractor. #bookspin #doublespin

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Mehso-so

Such potential. Compelling topic. Author did solid research, but his snark was too much. He couldn‘t contain his loathing for the woman who brought us Go Ask Alice and Jay‘s Journal. His narrative was also disjointed in places, making me wonder where he was going. But he consistently made disparaging remarks about Beatrice Sparks. Just give me the facts. They‘re outrageous enough to make me dislike her. Don‘t need your adjectives hammering away.

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Had this delicious salad for lunch today. I used a basil-infused olive oil and raspberry vinegar. Quick to make and so yummy! 😋

Tamra I love these books! When I bought the first I wasn‘t paying attention to the title theme. I was more interested in how tasty the recipes seemed. 😋 5mo
DogMomIrene @Tamra Oh excellent! Based on your posts, I think you cook more than I do. But if all of her recipes are this tasty, who knows what could happen! 5mo
Tamra @DogMomIrene the terrific thing about her recipes is they are pretty quick & easy! Yay! 5mo
DogMomIrene @Tamra Good to know. Quick and easy sets me up for success.😊 5mo
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More books for more projects. Can‘t even keep up with current projects, but these books just keep finding me🤣 #tbr #mountTBR

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Been projecting more, so reading less. I just started to get into one nonfiction book and the husband reveals these beauties. Totally distracted now😂 Starting with the Meal Prep book, but looking forward to trying many of these recipes. #tbr

sprainedbrain Omg I am a Skinnytaste fanatic. So many great recipes in those books! 5mo
DogMomIrene @sprainedbrain Excellent! I had never heard of these before, but everything looks so yummy! 5mo
Lauram I cannot resist a cookbook! I‘m going to see if the library has digital copies. Be sure to share what you make! 5mo
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Kangaj1 We have some of these and love them! 5mo
DogMomIrene @Lauram Will do! Already have one grocery list made. 5mo
DogMomIrene @Kangaj1 I can see why. I got through the Meal Prep book last night and I‘ve got a bunch of recipes flagged. 5mo
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#BookSpinBingo board for April📚

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Looks great!!! 6mo
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