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GondorGirl

GondorGirl

Joined June 2017

(she/her) Tolkienite/Ringer, cat mom, professional fangirl, leatherworker, and book dragon. GondorGirl on LibraryThing.
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Bridge of Souls | Victoria Schwab
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I plopped on the floor while trying to decide which audiobook to listen to next and Pippin fell asleep on me. I guess I'm stuck! At least I can use my phone speakers to start this book while I wait for him to wake up. 😅

#CatsOfLitsy

Bookwomble Cat paralysis! When it strikes, you just have to wait it out! 😏🐱 7h
RaeLovesToRead Awwww! 😻 7h
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Does anyone else have a routine for certain books or series?

Whenever a new Wayward Children book comes out I set aside time to listen to the audiobook straight through. Then I give myself a few days to digest before reading the physical book.

This last novella killed me. Between all of the hurt and fear Cora had, the sister school, and finding out how Riley ties in to the story...! The only thing I can BE SURE of is my love for this series.

TheSpineView Great job! 3d
TieDyeDude I don't have a routine, but I like yours! I would love to collect this series, but the only thing I'm buying right now is Murderbot, and I'm behind on reading those, debating between rereading what I've read so far first, or just continuing on. I just got Grass Fields from the library 2d
GondorGirl @TieDyeDude The Murderbot books have been on my list forever. Maybe I should move them up... 2d
TieDyeDude I've heard the audio is good for Murderbot, but I haven't given them a listen yet 2d
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Rise Up from the Embers | Sara Raasch, Kristen Simmons
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I am notoriously bad about starting a series, loving it, but never finishing it. I also have a compulsive need to be able to check items off lists. My goal for the year is get caught up on at least half of these series, hopefully more.

The tagged book has put me off to a good start!
(Also, it was a really great duology!)

#SeriesRead2022 @TheSpineView

BarbaraJean Same. I‘m perpetually “trying to” finish all the series I‘m in the middle of! I need to jump in on this challenge… 5d
GondorGirl @BarbaraJean Do it! We can encourage each other to actuality finish things! 😂 5d
TheSpineView Fantastic! 5d
Roary47 I need to do something like this because I‘m with you. I‘m really bad at not finishing series. 5d
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There's a reading challenge floating around on Facebook that some friends and I have decided to tackle. I just finished my #BuJo spread for tracking it. I don't usually like using fold-down pages, but I'm pretty happy with this one.

Chelsea.Poole Lovely spread! 5d
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This #poetry collection is destroying me.

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😂😂😂

BiblioLitten 😂 1w
TheKidUpstairs Wait, is that supposed to be a bad thing? #DreamLife 1w
GondorGirl @TheKidUpstairs Right?! 😂 1w
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Bookzombie 😂😂 1w
SRWCF Sounds like an amazing fortune! 1w
Soubhiville Can‘t complain about that! 1w
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It's time to retire my 2021 reading journal and start preparing 2022! It'll probably take me a couple weeks to get everything laid out how I want it, but I'll be able to catch up on some audiobooks while I work.

#BuJo #BulletJournal

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Apparently you can buy Little Free Libraries for 65$ at Walmart?!

#LFL

Cortg There‘s not much room for books inside though. Wish they were bigger! We have a couple LFL in our town from this brand 😀 1w
GondorGirl @Cortg Our plan for spring is to build our own. We need much more room. 🧡 1w
Cortg @GondorGirl Yes! Always go bigger, and then you'll wish it was bigger still! Good luck with the building. We built our first one and then we purchased a 2nd one off Etsy 😂 1w
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GondorGirl @Cortg We want to eventually do two- one for adults and a short one for the neighborhood kids. We've already been poking around at ideas online! 1w
Cortg @GondorGirl You'll love it! It's so much fun! 1w
UwannaPublishme Cool! 🙌🏻📚 1w
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We made it to Florida and got my folks all settled in for the winter. While this is certainly not a place I'd choose for a vacation I can't argue with the private beach. Since we're already here we're going to stay a few days before driving back home. I don't plan on moving from this spot.

Kappadeemom Which beach? I was at the beach this morning too! 2w
GondorGirl @Kappadeemom It's in Port St Lucie. 2w
booksbrewsandbooze I like this plan! There‘s snow heading our way, lol 2w
Kappadeemom @GondorGirl l figured it was on the Atlantic by the color of the sand ;) Enjoy the beautiful weather! 2w
tokorowilliamwallace Yay, Florida! Welcome to our humble little twilight zone dreamscape. 6h
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Somewhere in Georgia...

I've been listening to this audiobook when it's my turn to drive. I've already ordered myself a physical copy that I can mark passages in. I'd recommend it for anyone who is perceived as female.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I might need this…. Like a few months ago. I‘ve going with the say no & mean it and tell people what I really need….and I‘m amazed at how much that can just fly over people‘s heads or they just don‘t care. Adult care giving is not for wimps. 😂 3w
GondorGirl @Riveted_Reader_Melissa there was so much take away... even for someone like me who isn't a caregiver. It talks a lot about realizing what it is you actually need and about learning to let yourself take up space in a culture that trains girls to be pretty, quiet, and obedient. 3w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @GondorGirl Yep. I need this! 3w
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Somewhere in Kentucky...

hannah-leeloo Love it! 😍🐯 3w
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Here are my top 11-ish books of 2021!

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The trouble with packing for any sort of trip is deciding which books to bring. I mean, I'll have my kindle, but sometimes you just want a real book, ya know?

We're leaving tomorrow to get my folks settled in Florida for part of the winter. Mom's arthritis gets unbearable in the cold, so my cousin offered to let them use her vacation home in Port St. Lucie. We're still avoiding people, but the condo is in a gate community, so it should be okay.

Tamra So hard! I‘m a mood reader so I hate the thought of trying to decide in advance. 3w
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Considering I read almost nothing in November I'm a little surprised I surpassed my goal. I need to finish up my bullet journal for the year before I be able to really look in depth at my stats, but at a quick glance it looks like I read a lot fewer YA books than previous years, and I read a lot more 'lighter' novels.

Eyelit Nice! 📚🎉👏 3w
Mollyanna Woohoo! Congrats. 🥳🎉🥳 3w
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Time for my one holiday event for this year- a tiny Book Flood and release for Chelsea's newest holiday book!

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Does anyone know of a 2022 reading challenge that centers around reading sequels? I have so many series I've started and never finished, so I'm trying to find ways to motivate myself to finish them.

GondorGirl @IndoorDame Oh! That's exactly what I was looking for! THANK YOU! 1mo
TheSpineView @IndoorDame Thanks for the shout out! 1mo
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TheSpineView Yes, I am hosting #SeriesRead2022 Any time you read a book in a series and post a review, tag me and use the hashtag #SeriesRead2022 to be entered into a drawing at the end of the year for a bookish prize. 1mo
GondorGirl @TheSpineView Awesome! I'm looking forward to it. I'll have to make myself a list of sequels I own so that I have a list to check out as I go! 1mo
Crazeedi @TheSpineView so glad you are continuing the challenge!! Whoohoo!! 1mo
TheSpineView @Crazeedi Even though I am reading books on my list, my list keeps growing. I love reading series. 1mo
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Sometimes being the cool aunt means taking our books and driving all the way across town to get the best ice cream.

I read the Babysitters Club books when I was her age, so I'm really loving that she's discovering the graphic novel versions. 🧡🧡

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'X' is the last letter I needed for the #AlphabetSoup author challenge. On the suggestion of a friend I downloaded this nonfiction book by Xinran, a Chinese journalist, who ran a radio show segment about Chinese women's lives. Over the years she recieved hundreds of letters that showed a glimpse behind the closely guarded veil.

I'm only 25% into the book and it's already gutted me. It's beautiful and tragic and absolutely brutal.

Crazeedi Wow, this sounds fascinating and heart rending 1mo
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First round of #AudioBaking is complete! Chocolate fudge and chocolate chip cookie bars.

This book is SO FREAKING GOOD! I'll most likely sit on the couch and finish listening to it after dinner tonight. I do not want to wait until late next year for the final book in the series.

Bookzombie Looks yummy! 1mo
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Oh wow, Catie! This was the best surprise! Thank you so much for thinking of me. I adore everything! The cat pouch and notebook will go into my bag immediately, and penguins are my favorite animal! Not to mention the amazing krampus card! I have a feeling it will end up framed and part of our yearly decor. 😂 Getting to know you has been an absolute delight and I look forward to many more letters. 🧡🧡

@catiewithac #LitsyLove

catiewithac Happy holidays!!!!!! 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💞💞💞 1mo
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I've finally gotten past this latest depression funk and am starting to feel the holiday spirit! Gingerbread candle, holiday lights, and a festive book... 🧡

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Find Me | Andr Aciman
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My first Friends of the Library sale since before lockdown! I got the stack of books for 20$ and the stack of ARCs were free! So many good books!

Soubhiville Yay! Great finds! 2mo
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A Little Life | Hanya Yanagihara
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I'm pretty sure this picture of my "Black Friday" purchases tells you everything you need to know about my personality. ?

ElizaMarie I love them!!! 2mo
AmyG A Little Life is the most amazing book! 2mo
GondorGirl @AmyG It is! I have the ebook, but B&N had a signed hardcover and I couldn't resist! 2mo
AmyG A signed one? 🙌🏻 2mo
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The Innocent Man | John Grisham
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Have any of my #TrueCrime buffs checked out 'The Innocent Man' on Netflix? It's a documentary that follows the murder case which John Grisham wrote his only nonfiction book about.

I'm starting the second episode right now while working on holiday gifts. So far it's very interesting, and had a way higher production value than most true crime shows.

DGRachel I will have to check it out! Thanks for mentioning it. 2mo
GondorGirl @Mindyrecycles This one is embroidery, but I do both. 2mo
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This was my poetry pick for the month and I hated it. There was one poem I mostly enjoyed, but everything else felt very forced and so heavily drenched in metaphors that it lost most of its meaning. I finished the entire volume, but that's about it. Don't bother with this one.

Suet624 Thanks for the warning. 2mo
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#Studio42Books received a really cool request from a client to put together a set of leather covers for the Percy Jackson books. I'm really excited about this one, partly because I love the series, but also because there's so much cool Greek mythology art that's in the public domain. This means we probably won't need to hire an outside artist, and that I get to run point on the design! Now to skim the books and brainstorm... 🧡🧡

peanutnine How fun! 2mo
Librarianaut Sounds like you have a fascinating career! 2mo
GondorGirl @Librarianaut I do! My partner and I are leatherworkers who specialize in book covers. It's usually a ton of fun. Especially when we get to work on books I love. 2mo
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Librarianaut That is really really cool!! Do you have a website??? 2mo
Librarianaut Thank you!! 2mo
Librarianaut Omg your work is amazing. I have bookmarked your page for future gifting!! 2mo
GondorGirl @Librarianaut Oh, wow. Thank you! We have a lot of fun with it. 2mo
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While I'd much rather be reading or playing Animal Crossing, I'm spending the afternoon listing a bunch of signed/SE books and other bookish things on Mercari. I hate selling online, but so far this year I've made enough to cover all of the books I've bought in 2021. And it is a good way to make shelf space.

At this point I just want it done so I can get the library cleaned back up. It's organized chaos down here... 😝

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Did I NEED special editions with fancy sprayed edges? No.

Did I BUY special editions with fancy sprayed edges? Yes. Yes, I did.

tjwill Those look like a need to me. 😍 2mo
AmyG Ooooooo 🙌🏻 2mo
Karkar Oh those are totally awesome. I am in love!!!! 2mo
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RaeLovesToRead 😵😵😵😵 so awesome!!!! 2mo
wanderinglynn Those are gorgeous! Where did you get them? 2mo
katy4peas So cool! 😍😍😮 2mo
Nessavamusic I have those on the way!! Can‘t wait 2mo
Soubhiville I love them!!! 2mo
Aims42 Beautiful 😍😍😍 2mo
marleed Oh my gosh. I believe you needed this beauties! 2mo
TNbookworm Gorgeous💙 2mo
GondorGirl @wanderinglynn They were an Illumicrate special set. They're even signed! 2mo
GondorGirl @Nessavamusic Okay, this might sound a little weird, but they smell REALLY good! 🤣 2mo
marleed Gosh I wish I could draw or paint so I could color the edges on some of my own books! 2mo
BiblioLitten So awesome! 2mo
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Pippin is obsessed with this reusable bookstore bag. He tips it upright and hides so he can pop his head out when you walk past.

#CatsOfLitsy

Addison_Reads Adorable 😻 I have a Pippin too. He's a tuxedo kitty, but he prefers boxes that are way too small for him. 😂 2mo
GondorGirl @Addison_Reads Aww! How sweet! My Pip is technically a tuxedo... he has a white cravat and a white merkin! 2mo
BiblioLitten This is the most adorable thing! 2mo
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Librariana What a fabulously brilliant kitty cat! 2mo
JaneyWaneyB Oh that is too cute 😍 2mo
Tamra Cute! 2mo
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Thronebreakers | Rebecca Coffindaffer
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Look at the awesome preorder swag for Thronebreakers! The art print is GORGEOUS! My copy of the book is already signed, but the print, and magnet (and sticker) are going to be put up right away!

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We're up visiting my parents in Michigan & today we went to the property my dad's family has owned for generations. I haven't been there in 15 years, so it was fun to take my partner around all the trails & things I loved as a child. When we got down to the river he did the photographer thing, so I sat on these steps & read a bit of my book. Tomorrow we head back to the real world (& our busy holiday season), but this was a really nice respite.

Soubhiville “Did a photographer thing” 🤣 3mo
GondorGirl @Soubhiville Dude, I have no idea. He had some of his old cameras with the real film, and some super macro thing... I don't understand any of it, but it makes him happy. 🤣 3mo
Soubhiville Happy partners are good. Also, some reading time in that spot seems heavenly. So win-win! 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 🧡 2mo
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The Secret Garden | F. Burnett
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1. The Secret Garden. Or the Boxcar Children series. Or Harriet the Spy.

2. Sunny fall or sunny spring. 🌞

3. That my partner and parents get along so well. 🧡🧡

Thanks for the tag, @hannah-leeloo

#WonderousWednesday @eggs

StaceGhost those were a big top three for me too! Especially the Boxcar Children. There's a Boxcar museum in Pomfret near where my in-laws live and it's delightful 3mo
GondorGirl @StaceGhost I'm going to have to check that out if I'm in the area! 3mo
Eggs Thanks for joining in 😍📚🙌🏻 3mo
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We're getting closer to the end of the year. Typically I read whatever I want until November, then actively try to finish my challenges. Well, I'm down to three letters for the #AlphabetSoupAuthorChallenge 2021.

Any suggestions for books which are written by authors whose last names start with I, Q, or X?

Susanita John Irving, Anna Quindlen for I and Q. 3mo
Susanita A few years ago I read this for X. Be advised it‘s depressing as hell. 3mo
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October was a weird month for me, reading wise. I haven't finished my bullet journal review for the month, but here's a quick overview with one of my favorites of the month tagged.

#OctoberReview #2021

DrexEdit My chart looks very similar! No one can say I'm stuck in a groove or anything! 😂 3mo
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My first in-person book event in 560 days (yes, I counted)! It's a tiny little book release (20 people max, all masked), for the first book in a four part holiday series... and the whole series will be out before this Christmas! I've got holiday cookies to eat later, the first book signed, and a bunch of swag... and Chelsea hadn't even started talking yet!

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"Maximum penalty for theft or misuse of postal property $1,000 fine and 3 years imprisonment."

Either Tommy can't read, or he's rebelling against the system. ?

#CatsOfLitsy

Chelleo Looks appropriate to me 😹😹😹 3mo
LeahBergen 🤣🤣 3mo
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The post didn't come yesterday due to weather, but our mail carrier just dropped this at the door. 😂 I count at least four book packages in there, as well as a couple letters...

#BookMail #LitsyLove

Crazeedi I love mail when it's like this!! 3mo
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Squad | Maggie Tokuda-Hall
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This graphic novel managed to be very socially astute, while still remaining entertaining and having great character development. The new girl in school gets taken in by the popular girls (who also happen to be vigilante werewolves). They only kill the creeper boys, until maybe they don't. Will the squad survive the FBI, rival werewolves, and each other?

#GraphicNovel #LGBTQ+ #YA

GondorGirl @Branwen I think you'd enjoy this one. 3mo
Branwen I love the sound of this! 😍 I'm going to see if my library has it! 3mo
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Squad | Maggie Tokuda-Hall
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A squad a werewolf girls who only eat predators? Sign me up! 🐺🌕

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Squad | Maggie Tokuda-Hall
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Candles, apple wine, and werewolves.
Seems like a good pick for a rainy evening.

Branwen Perfect! 😍 I've been wanting to read this! You'll have to let me kbow how it is! 3mo
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In an attempt to find more book space I've spent the afternoon moving all my graphic novels and comic trades into my office closet. The Marvel stuff is still in the guestroom and the graphic memoirs are downstairs... but at least I can find things easier now.

Chelleo 😍 3mo
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Squad | Maggie Tokuda-Hall
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My signed copy of Squad showed up today, along with stickers, artwork, and alternate covers... I know what I'll be reading tomorrow!

#GraphicNovel #YA

LibrarianRyan I loved This! 3mo
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@Nutmegnc wanted to see my orange kitty, Fred-Fred, so here a recent picture to him overseeing DnD night.

#CatsOfLitsy

Nutmegnc He‘s purrfect!! 3mo
miaelisabet Aah he‘s so cute!! 3mo
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Look at the cute holiday ornament @hyperhawk and her mom got me!

DrJAdMerricksson Adorbs 3mo
Kayla.Adriena We just picked out this same ornament today! Such good bookish taste lol 3mo
GondorGirl @Kayla.Adriena That's awesome! I love books and s'mores are my favorite treat, so she picked out the perfect ornament for me. 3mo
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One bonus of being a part of #LitsyLove is that I have an excuse to buy more quirky Japanese stationary!

Crazeedi ❤❤❤ 3mo
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E. Lockhart is here promoting her new DC graphic novel. It's the first new Jewish character that DC has introduced in over 40 years. I stopped by just before opening and picked up a copy. She also signed a couple of books I brought from home.

#MC3

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Quick pic before we go masks on to serve the nerds at Motor City Comic Con. It's going to be a LONG weekend.

#Studio42Books #MC3

BookwormAHN Great pic and good luck 🍀 3mo
JamieArc I‘ll be there on Sunday! 3mo
GondorGirl @JamieArc We're in section G, if you have a chance to stop by. 😁 3mo
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AmyG Where is this? In Michigan? 3mo
GondorGirl @AmyG It's in Detroit, Michigan and runs the whole weekend. 3mo
AmyG Ahhhhh. Have fun! 3mo
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Another exciting day of making buttons. Our only indoor show this year happens this weekend and I've been spending a lot of time listening to audiobooks and finishing up stock.

If any of you littens happen to be at Motor City Comic Con stop by and say hello.

#Studio42Books #MC3

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On the porch on a crisp fall evening is one of my favorite places to read. 🍁🧡📚

Moony Wow such a cool and cute bookmark! ❤️ 3mo
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the nightengale | Kristin Hannah
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I got home from visiting my parents and found a whole stack of #LitsyLove letters and a thoughtful gift! I'm going to unwind tonight and will start responding tomorrow! ✉

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🎁🧡

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yay!! I‘m happy it arrived safely ❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
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