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Angels and Demons | Dan Brown
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Master of the Game | Sidney Sheldon
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#GratefulReads Day 21: While I have forgotten practically all the books I was required to read (including Canterbury Tales), this one #ReadInHighSchool is an unforgettable read.

OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚 22h
ljuliel Oh, thanks for reminding me of this book . It was SO good ! 21h
NeedsMoreBooks I love Sidney Sheldon‘s books! That‘s one of my guilty pleasures 😊 20h
BarbaraBB Oh this brings back memories 😀💙 18h
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A Boy Made of Blocks | Keith Stuart
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#Movember Day 21: It was interesting to hear a father‘s often-self-deprecating, funny-but-tragic account of what it‘s like to raise a young child with autism – especially as he was “chucked out” of the house (yes, it‘s a very British novel) by his wife who feels that he is often “absent” even when he is around. #PapaDontPreach. My review of this memoir here: https://wp.me/pDlzr-eRR

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Hard Times | Charles Dickens
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#GratefulReads Day 20: While I have read quite a few Dickens, being a huge fan, these are two that fit into the category of #ClassicYouHaventRead. I think I now own several of his classic novels that I wish to get to, hopefully soon. 😭😂📚📚📚

OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚❤️ 2d
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Revolver | Marcus Sedgwick
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#Movember Day 20: I bought #Revolver along with a whole box of bookses during the Page One Warehouse sale in Singapore back in 2012. Along with the other book photographed here, I haven‘t read it yet. Here is the rest of my book loot - most of which I haven‘t had a chance to read yet. Ah. Such is the story of our lives. My book hunting post: https://wp.me/pDlzr-2Dr

Cinfhen Whoa!!! That was quite a haul you brought home!!! And from 2011! 2d
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Ddzmini 😳🙌🏽 I don‘t agree because after 20 years with my hubby we still love each other so if he was tired when we got married then he‘s comatose now...🤣🤣🤣🤗 2d
GatheringBooks @Ddzmini hahaha very true! i am married for 21 years now too and often feel like we are a newly-married couple! 🤣😂🤣🧚🏼‍♀️💕💕 2d
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The Bird's Nest | Shirley Jackson
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#GratefulReads Day 19: This is definitely a case of #ClassicYouEnjoyed. Special shout out to #ScreamsByMail book club member @ephemeralwaltz for always choosing classic horror reads!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🎊📚🙌🏻 3d
BkClubCare I recently read this, too. 3d
OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚🖤 3d
veritysalter I loved this book. 3d
ephemeralwaltz Woohoo! 😍😍😍🔥 3d
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Mr. Wayne's Masterpiece | Patricia Polacco
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#Movember Day 19: Mr Wayne‘s #Masterpiece is another picturebook memoir from Patricia Polacco. The narrative was coherent, tightly-woven, and presented with little drama and frills, jumping right into the core of the anxiety as Patricia found something within her that allowed her to transcend her fear of performing and public speaking. My review: https://wp.me/pDlzr-8Hf

Cinfhen I have a problem with wordy picture books... while the illustrations are wonderful it looks like the pages are crowded with words 3d
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#GratefulReads Day 18: Practically all the titles in my shelves belong to the category of #BeenOnYourTBRTooLong. 😭😂🤣📚📚📚

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 📚🙌🏻📚🙌🏻📚 4d
BarbaraBB These are all yours? Wonderful view 😻 4d
OriginalCyn620 😂😂😂 4d
Ddzmini Love the room 😍😍😍📚 3d
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#Movember Day 18: Fats quoted from the book in her review of this picturebook biography: “One night, after a full moon, the corals begin to spawn—releasing first one, then millions of tiny lives—until the waters swirl like a snow globe… If one is lucky, it lands in a place where it can grow. This one will begin a coral reef.” #LuckyStar indeed. Her full review here: https://wp.me/pDlzr-kg8

Cinfhen Beautiful illustrations 🐙🐠🐚 4d
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The Hunger Games | Suzanne Collins
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#GratefulReads Day 17: #ThoughtYouWouldLikeButDidnt. The whole book felt more like a poetry lecture, which felt prescriptive for me, as the author interpreted each poem‘s meaning, and it seemed like the only possible truth that can be discerned from the poem. Perhaps that was not the author‘s intention, but as a reader I felt like I was being lectured at, rather than being invited in to a reading experience. My review: https://wp.me/pDlzr-l4F

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great pic of you!! 5d
Velvetfur I love this photo of you 😊 5d
OriginalCyn620 🙌🏻📚😊 5d
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#Movember Day 17: Fats‘ review: “Kind of Coping is divided into six major chapters, but every page contains a glimpse on Wilson‘s life, her thoughts, feelings, perception, and her ways of dealing with anxiety. I know people who have anxiety and could imagine them in Wilson‘s shoes. The vignettes may seem repetitive, but it only goes to show how anxiety can manifest itself in different situations.” #TrueBlue indeed. Review: https://wp.me/pDlzr-kY1

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Tao Te Ching | Lao Tzu
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wanderinglynn Love that photo! 6d
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#GratefulReads Day 16: This was a case of #ThoughtYouWouldntLikeButDid. This is the perfect poolside read: plot-driven, lots of funny dialogue, story-within-a-story format, death, mystery, and erotic stories. I am glad that this is my first Singapore read for #WomenReadWomen2019. My review: https://wp.me/pDlzr-kpZ

OriginalCyn620 🙌🏼📚❤️ 6d
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#Movember Day 16: I really enjoyed how much of the mischievians here are super gross enough to entice even the most reluctant reader to stick through the text that is so much fun. I have a feeling William Joyce cracked himself up doing this book – I loved the wordplay, the refreshing humour, the absurdities that are #borderline credible, even. My review: https://wp.me/pDlzr-e85

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I feel like my heart is being torn out of my chest as I read one powerful essay after another. So much grief, it covers the world. Calamari especially prepared by the husband as I resist reading and pulled back yet again by the drumbeat of so much pain: “Arab Women Reporting From The Arab World.” Why is this book not receiving all the awards yet????

8little_paws Yes this anthology was fantastic. 7d
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We: New Edition | Yevgeny Zamyatin
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#GratefulReads Day 15: Fats shared a list of #BannedBook(s) a few years back and yes it includes these two classics: one because the boy‘s private parts are shown and the other because of “homosexual seduction” and “early Marxism.” More here: https://wp.me/pDlzr-6sh

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Very interesting!! 7d
jillrhudy Mind reeling at how “Green Eggs and Ham“ is supposed to equate to “homosexual seduction.“ Because if you broaden your experience even a little you're going to end up gay??? I mean, maybe if it was eggs and sausage. . .but eggs is eggs. . . 7d
GatheringBooks @jillrhudy i know. Fats shared even crazier reasons for banning books in the link I shared. Height of absurdity, really. (edited) 7d
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Aimeesue @jillrhudy Eggs and sausage! 😂😂😂 7d
OriginalCyn620 I never knew that Green Eggs and Ham was banned! 🤔 that‘s crazy! 7d
jillrhudy @Aimeesue only thing I could think of 🤔 4d
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#Movember Day 15: Fats featured this poem/poet for Poetry Friday and it does contain #Frozen dough blobs - among other things. Her full post here: https://wp.me/pDlzr-gga

Cinfhen Ha!! Like the way your mind works 7d
MayJasper What is it that causes this deskilling? I can't think of the word. 7d
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#QuotsyNov19 Day 14: #Money
I think I just may have to read this book for our #WomenReadWomen2019

Cathythoughts 👍🏻❤️ 1w
Blaire I reread this recently and it holds up and is very worth reading. 1w
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#GratefulReads Day 13: This is, hands down, my #FavoriteBookToMovieAdaptation. Did not enjoy The Hobbit 3-part film adaptation as much, though.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🖤📚🎥 1w
OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚 1w
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Reaching for the Moon | Buzz Aldrin
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#Movember Day 14: It is #HumanNature to want to reach for the stars, or the moon - ala Buzz Aldrin. What struck me the most were little anecdotes that demonstrated young Buzz‘s tenacity. One of which can be seen in the photo shown above. Buzz would rather hang tight to his bucket of stones and drown, than give any of his collection away to his friend who pushed him off the dock. He was also a man of action. My review: https://wp.me/pDlzr-8ye

Cinfhen Pretty impressive that he had that drive early on!!! 1w
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#GratefulReads Day 13: Almost #ReadInOneSitting but more like several as I waited for my flight from Albuquerque to New York and while waiting for my flight from NY to Dubai, and finally finished it while sitting on the airplane, the last leg of my trip back to the Middle East. I think I managed to finish four books while on this trip, so not too shabby, I think.

Cinfhen Yum!!!! 1w
vivastory That looks amazing!! 1w
Hooked_on_books Enough about the book. What is that yumminess?!? 😬🤤 (edited) 1w
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GatheringBooks @Hooked_on_books this is how it is described in the restaurant‘s menu: “Fresh fried funnel cake is topped with powdered sugar, fresh strawberries, cinnamon brown sugar ice cream, and drizzled with chocolate sauce.” All that and more! 1w
GatheringBooks @vivastory tastes amazing too! I gave a loud gasp when I saw it - because I am the only one eating everything on this plate! I must have gained ten pounds just looking at it. (edited) 1w
GatheringBooks @Cinfhen all kinds of yummylicious goodness indeed. 1w
Hooked_on_books Oh my god! I‘m so envious. I want one immediately! 1w
OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚😊 1w
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Peace is an Offering | Annette LeBox
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#Movember Day 13: LeBox equates peace with an offered muffin, an umbrella in the rain, a trip to the beach, kind words you say to a sibling, a kiss on the cheek. There is also an invitation to be grateful for everyday little things such as “light through a leaf, a dragonfly‘s wings” just #LikeAPrayer. It also shows what is on the other side of peace and how one is able to find comfort during those times. https://wp.me/pDlzr-a18

Cinfhen How beautiful/ a lovely reminder of life‘s miracles. Hope you had a good flight home!!! 1w
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Skeleton Key | Anthony Horowitz
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#GratefulReads Day 12: Not really #AShortStory but more like essays/vignettes. This is a #BlameItOnLitsy title or to be more precise #BlameitOnReggie. @Reggie 🤣😂🧚🏼‍♀️

Cathythoughts The lunch looks delicious 😋 delicious 😋 1w
Reggie This pic makes me hungry. Hope you‘re liking the book. 1w
OriginalCyn620 🙌🏻📚❤️ 1w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yum!! I‘m more interested in the food!! 1w
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Good Bones | Maggie Smith
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#Movember Day 12: Fats has featured another one of Maggie Smith‘s poem for Poetry Friday entitled #Future. Full post here: https://wp.me/pDlzr-jIp
Posting earlier than usual since I am in between flights on my way back to my quaint provincial little town in the Middle East.

Cinfhen Safe travels ✈️❤️ 1w
Cinfhen How many books did you pick up???? 1w
GatheringBooks @Cinfhen i bought only two, but @Reggie gave me four! 🤣🤣📚📚📚🧚🏼‍♀️🧚🏼‍♀️ 1w
Cinfhen That‘s awesome!!! I‘m still soooo jealous that you got to meet @Reggie in person 1w
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Killing time before my flight back to the Middle East via New York. #WomenReadWomen2019
Mango tea paired with dangerous essays from witchy women.

MicheleinPhilly Safe travels! 2w
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Palimpsest | Catherynne M. Valente
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Love | Hanne Orstavik
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#GratefulReads Day 11: This thin novella has #CharacterYouHateToLove. A single mother and her young son have just moved to a small, seemingly-remote town in Norway where people seem to know everybody else. The boy who is about to celebrate his 9th birthday is convinced that his mother has something special planned out for him; while the mother has seemed to have completely forgotten about it. My review: https://wp.me/pDlzr-kS1

OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚🖤 2w
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#Movember Day 11: When Poet Laureate Margarita Engle became a hippie runaway in her younger years, she did meet a lot of #BeautifulStranger(s), some insidiously so. It is to Margarita‘s credit that she has indeed created this timescape – as she graciously permits us to bear witness to her turbulent teenage years, and her not-so-easy transformation into being the beautiful and kind woman that she is now. My review: https://wp.me/pDlzr-knp

TheBookAddict 😍 beautiful! 2w
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#QuotsyNov19 Day 10: #Cycle
One of my absolute fave series of all time. Not sure how the Netflix version is holding up tho. First few episodes were snooze-inducing for me and my daughter. 😭

TracyReadsBooks We watched this as a family and everyone loved it—the first couple of episodes got my son so hooked he raced through all the books. (It was the first time he ever got really excited about a book.) All that being said, the show has a definite aesthetic which may not be for everyone. Sorry to hear you aren‘t enjoying it. 2w
GatheringBooks @TracyReadsBooks I looooved the books. but not sure how i feel yet about the netflix series. to be fair, i think we only watched halfway thru episode 1. do you know how many seasons there are now? 2w
TracyReadsBooks Three seasons in total—last one was released this past January (in the US). Our kids definitely enjoyed watching the Baudelaires wriggle out of trouble and outsmart the adults time and time again! 2w
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Paper Towns | John Green
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#GratefulReads Day 10: John Green has a knack of writing #CharacterYouLoveToHate. Make that plural. True story. But again, maybe it‘s just me. Hehehe.

ElizaMarie I‘m currently reading this one (on part 2) and I really hate Margo. I‘m having a hard time finishing it. 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ☺️🖤🎉 2w
OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚🖤 2w
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Gone Missing | John Townsend
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#Movember Day 10: #GhostTown reminded me of this nonfiction book. Gone Missing presents snapshots of unsolved disappearances either at sea, lighthouses, or people who simply vanished seemingly from thin air. This one has a little bit of the strange and weird embedded into it, as can be seen in the case of David Lang in 1880 who disappeared in mid-step in full view of several people. My review: https://wp.me/pDlzr-azC

Cinfhen Cool book!! The illustrations are eerie. I totally believe in ghosts, this was discussed at my recent bookclub Haunting of Hill House. I was the only one who admitted to believing in ghosts and spirits 👻👻👻 2w
ljuliel Looks good ! 2w
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A Room of One's Own | Virginia Woolf
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Qpri 👏👏👏 2w
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#GratefulReads Day 9: #BookAndSnack - more like book and meal, really. 🤣😂 @Reggie I hope you find the stories in this collection as delightfully surreal with just the right dab of macabre as I did.

OriginalCyn620 Yummy! 😋 2w
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Hello Lighthouse | Sophie Blackall
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#Movember Day 9: #LaIslaBonita reminded me of this Caldecott Medal book. Fats‘ review: the book “is a beautiful tribute to lighthouses and lighthouse keepers around the world. Written in verse, the book portrays the duties of a lighthouse keeper: tending the light from sunrise to sunset, sounding the signal to warn ships when it‘s too foggy, doing household chores, meticulously recording what happens each day in a logbook.” https://wp.me/pDlzr-k0t

mdm139 Loved this book 2w
TracyReadsBooks Absolutely love this book and the fantastic illustrations! 2w
Cinfhen I remember this gorgeous book 😍🤩🥰 2w
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Hag | Kathleen Kaufman
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Calling #HorrorPostalBookClub #ScreamsByMail people - Abu Dhabi meets Albuquerque today. So thrilled to have finally met @Reggie after how many years chatting here in Litsy and through our reading journals via the book club. Thank you for a very lovely afternoon, for bringing me to this gorgeous bookstore, and the sumptuous dinner, and the books!! This girl came home very happy and loaded with bookses!!

BookishTrish So glad you both got to meet up. Wish we were all there! 2w
vivastory This is the best!! 2w
JennyM Love this so much. Hi to you both 👋 @Reggie 2w
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Tamra So happy!! 👏🏾👏🏾 2w
teebe How cool! 👏🏼👏🏼 2w
Cinfhen OMG! So jealous!!! Best #MeetUp ever 💕sounds like an amazing day with @Reggie 2w
batsy How amazing is this!! ❤️❤️❤️ 2w
Kalalalatja Lovely! I‘m happy for you both ☺️ 2w
scripturient So cool!! ❤️ 2w
BarbaraBB This is so cool! Hi @Reggie ! 2w
Kimberlone How lovely! 2w
merelybookish Delightful! 2w
Cathythoughts Happy days .... sounds like a great meet up 👍🏻❤️ 2w
Reggie @JennyM @BarbaraBB Hi!!! @teebe just so you know this was because of a little post you had asking if any of us wanted to do a horror goes postal. @BookishTrish Me too!!! 2w
ephemeralwaltz This brings me joy ❤️❤️ 2w
youneverarrived ♥️♥️ 2w
ValerieAndBooks I love seeing Litsy meetups happen 💖 2w
teebe @Reggie yeah! I‘m so glad you guys had fun with it 2w
kamoorephoto 💓💓💓💓💓 1w
kamoorephoto @GatheringBooks I‘m so sad I couldn‘t organize everything to come down to the airport to see you. Everything is just a mess right now; moving tomorrow, and all I have is mattresses and some boxes. I‘m glad you two managed it! 1w
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DrexEdit Terrific quote! Glad to see this book is already on my TBR! 😊 2w
Eggbeater Excellent book! 2w
Aimeesue Such a great book! 2w
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Poso Wells | Gabriela Alemn
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#GratefulReads Day 8: My #BookAndBeverage offering today is this novel from Ecuador and cortado from the coffeeshop immediately below the loft where I am staying here in Albuquerque. Their stirrer is an uncooked pasta strip - very organic.

Crazeedi Lucky you to be in my favorite city! 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Looks delicious 😋 2w
BookNAround I‘m curious how uncooked pasta does in a hot beverage. I think the idea in principle but I worry about it not being awesome in practice. 2w
OriginalCyn620 Looks yummy! 😋 2w
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#Movember Day 8: The brazen women featured in this graphic memoir all led their lives with a #ExpressYourself mentality. From Ndongo and Matamba to the Dominican Republic, Bagieu represented diverse women fearlessly in a way that has not been done before. My review: https://wp.me/pDlzr-jHI

Cinfhen 💪🏽 2w
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See you soon, Albuquerque!
And you too, @Reggie !! 💕📚🧚🏼‍♀️

merelybookish Oh fun! A Litsy meet-up! 2w
ljuliel Take pics ! 2w
batsy How lovely! 2w
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The Fireman | Joe Hill
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#GratefulReads Day 7: My #FavoriteBookishItem will have to be bookmarks. Here are the bookmarks my husband helped me create/print out for my #ScreamsByMail #HorrorPostalBookClub. :)

OriginalCyn620 Awesome! 🖤 2w
Soubhiville I love those! 2w
Jee_HookedOnBookz May I know what paper material do you use for your bookmarks? The one I use is so flimsy 😞 2w
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#Movember Day 7: The #Iconic Jacqueline Kennedy fighting to save an American Icon, the Grand Central Station in NY in this fab nonfiction picturebook. Reading about clear, decisive, unyielding voices such as this woman‘s is empowering. My review: https://wp.me/pDlzr-kjK

Cinfhen THIS BOOK🙌🏻❤️looks amazing and so do the illustrations 😍 2w
rubyslippersreads What @Cinfhen said. 😍 2w
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The Secret History | Donna Tartt
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KarenUK My all time favorite 💕 2w
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