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Jilly6183

Joined July 2018

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Ask Again, Yes: A Novel | Mary Beth Keane
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I really enjoy family sagas and this was no exception. I read Fever earlier this year and I am definitely a fan of Keane‘s writing. She creates complex characters who are flawed in the most realistic, human way.

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Ninth House | Leigh Bardugo
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My November #botm arrived! 🤓

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The Graveyard Book | Neil Gaiman
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What a unique, fun book. Perfect for today, too.

👻🎃 Happy Halloween Littens! 🎃👻

Texreader I loved this book! 2w
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The Fever: A Novel | Megan Abbott
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This book perfectly describes how the world often views teenage girls (confusing, hysterical, dramatic) and how teenage girls often view themselves (confused, powerless, left out). A little slow, but I didn't see the twist until right before the reveal (I usually figure it out long before then).

Reggie Yeah, I almost bailed on the first 100 pages and then it revved up! 3w
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Anna Dressed in Blood | Kendare Blake
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My only complaint is that these kids are 17 and all their pop culture references are from way before their time! The beginning of this book is super creepy and gory, intensely so for YA. The scariness wears off as the human factor ticks up (gore factor remains). A quick, enjoyable and seasonally appropriate read.

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I love a good family epic, and one about witches seemed right up my alley. Unfortunately, nothing happened in the first half. The stories were rushed and lacked detail, and I felt no connection to these characters. Things improved with Irene and the second half felt much more cohesive. One part really bothered me though (hidden in comments). Overall, just a so-so book.

Jilly6183 We don't know if Veronica eventually gets a baby, and I think she probably does, but I couldn't shake the anti-choice, karmic punishment she felt was the inevitable result of her abortion. It was a stark contrast to the unsettling vibe when Ursule and Nanette used the potion on Ursule's husband, which took away his choice to have sex with her. But both felt very anti-feminist for what the author herself claims is a feminist novel. 1mo
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Spooky Stories | Compilation
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I have been slammed at work, so I haven‘t been on Litsy as much as I‘d like and I didn‘t manage to sign up for any fall #swaps. But I saw this and wanted to share here in case anyone is still looking for cute items to add to their swap packages! It looks like they have a few different spooky book themes. Here‘s the link: https://www.bibubble.com/book-booooks-halloween

DGRachel I keep seeing this shirt on Instagram! 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Love it! 🧡 1mo
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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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Not as good as The Handmaid's Tale (how could it be?), and it definitely involved a lot of fan service to those who watch the show (including those who never read THT). But still a good read. If you watch the show, know that Aunt Lydia gets a much better and far more believable back story than the one she gets in the show.

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1 - Really good! My job doesn't leave a lot of free time and I was in a slump, maybe only reading 6 books a year before I found Litsy last year. So far in 2019 I've read over 30!
2 - your nose and ears never stop growing. Your eyes stay the same size. (If this isn't actually true feel free to @ me, medical professionals 😂)
3 - really into folk right now
4 - just hit 4 years of marriage on Sept. 19
5 - 🙌 ❤️

#friyayintro @howjessreads

Amandajoy 🙌🏻 Congrats! 2mo
ImperfectCJ You know, I was just yesterday thinking that my eyes seem smaller than they did in my 20's. Maybe it's just that my nose and ears have grown... 2mo
howjessreads Congrats! 🖐🏽 2mo
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Less: A Novel | Andrew Sean Greer
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I was often annoyed that Arthur thought his life was so insignificant and humdrum, when that was not the case. But I also related to the very human conflicts of self-doubt. And I think that was the author's point - we never see ourselves as others see us. As a travel junkie, I could have used more time in each place and more about those cultures instead of very basic and stereotypical descriptions, but the story itself is full of humor and heart.

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Wednesday | Anne Bertier
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✈️ 18 (I think)

✈️✈️ Why choose when you can have both at the same time?!

✈️✈️✈️ Italy is the top of my list

✈️✈️✈️✈️ Japan. I briefly lived there and reading about it brings back great memories

#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

TheLibrarian I hope you get the chance to go to Italy. It‘s beautiful. 2mo
Jilly6183 @TheLibrarian some day! 2mo
Eggs Thanks for joining in 👏🏻🤗👏🏻 2mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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I don‘t really use ereaders but this is an interesting dispute. I‘m obviously on the ALA‘s side, as I suspect most of us are. Thoughts? https://slate.com/business/2019/09/e-book-library-publisher-buying-controversy-p...

Lcsmcat Go to https://p2a.co/fgcQkzV if you want to sign the petition. 2mo
Lcsmcat @Jilly6183 Thanks! 2mo
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Megabooks @Lcsmcat Signed! Thanks both of you!! 2mo
Dragonfairykats Signed and shared on Facebook & Twitter. My main format is ebook due to convenience, and space! 2mo
marleed Signed! It seems narrow minded consideration on the part of the publisher. I‘m a heavy user of Overdrive through my library. But I also purchase considerably more books and way more than the average book consumer because of my exposure to new authors through the library. 2mo
Jilly6183 @marleed Yeah they mention in the article that heavy ebook borrowers also tend to purchase more books than the average borrower. It‘s also just insane because don‘t you want library-minded people to have easy access to your books so they can quickly spread the word? I don‘t know anything about the publishing industry but I agree that it seems incredibly narrow minded 2mo
marleed I‘ve been thinking about this. As a librarian patron and a book buyer my response to Macmillion will be that I don‘t purchase their book until 12 weeks after publication. I have a TBR so I don‘t need their books in those first 8 weeks. I‘ll start on tomorrow‘s pub day. 2mo
jillrhudy It‘s like if a popular musical artist announced “no more Spotify.” Each download is not a lost sale. It‘s increased buzz. If the public‘s not downloading you they‘re downloading someone else. HarperCollins auto-approved me for prepubs when I informed them that my library was getting The Dutch House in every format. Would we have Ann Patchett in for a book talk? Absolutely. I‘m not the enemy! 2mo
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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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Surprise book mail! I didn't forget that I pre-ordered this, but I did forget when it came out. This one is moving straight to on deck for when I finish my current read. #blessedbethefruit

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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Now I know what all the hype was about, this was excellent.

TheBookKeepers Such a great book!! 2mo
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Looking for gift ideas for my nephew's 3rd birthday. Hit me up with your favorites!

TheNerdyProfessor My nephew used to love Slinky Malinki the cat! 2mo
marleed Stinky Cheeseman is fun. 2mo
JacqMac My boys loved (edited) 2mo
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The Whisper Man | Alex North
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Creepy! And a few twists I didn‘t expect!

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Saint Anthony of Padua | Lawrence George Lovasik
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An Italian American Cultural Hub #iambooks #boston #northend #stanthonysfeast

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Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward
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So unique and beautifully written.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love this one ❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
Jilly6183 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It was really good! 3mo
The_Real_Nani Really reminded me so much of Song of Solomon and Toni Morrison in general. Beautiful 3mo
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I love that Neil Gaiman writes children's stories with strong female protagonists for his daughters. If I someday have a daughter, I look forward to reading her this tale of a queen who blows off her wedding and dons some armor to save a princess.

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Happy Sunday, Littens!

Bklover Hope you have a great day!! 3mo
Jilly6183 @Bklover Thanks! You as well! ❤️ 3mo
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Alice | Christina Henry
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A dark and twisty read, with a clever take on a classic tale. My only complaint is that it was all too easy - I never worried about the protagonists during their encounters with their enemies. Major trigger warning for rape and assault.

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I cannot recommend this book highly enough. If everyone isn't required to work a shitty service job at some point, they should at least be required to read this book.

Megabooks 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 This is one of the best of the year for me! 3mo
Jilly6183 @Megabooks Absolutely! Thanks again for reminding me of it and getting it zoomed to the top of my TBR. I can't stop telling people to read it! 3mo
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The Reckless Oath We Made | Bryn Greenwood
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Here are my picks for #botm ! Which did you choose?

Reviewsbylola I got the top two and then a nf add on as well. 3mo
Jilly6183 @Reviewsbylola Which nf did you get? 3mo
essayareayaitch I went with the romance. Though I was leaning towards skip since my TBR pile is really really large, and I've got many library books heading my way soon 3mo
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EKonrad I snapped up the Ruth Ware title. Loved the choices this month! 😊 3mo
The_Heeler_Booklife Turn of the Key and Well Met. I have an arc for The Whisper Man and House of Salt and Sorrows. And I‘m reading The Downstairs Girl (ya BOTM). 3mo
Jilly6183 @essayareayaitch my pile is crazy, too, but I just can‘t resist! I‘m proud of myself on the rare months I don‘t get an add on 😂 3mo
Jilly6183 @EKonrad I almost got the Ruth ware one. I was torn between that and The Whisper Man. Let me know how it is! 3mo
Jilly6183 @Reviewsbylola Im about two-thirds of the way through On The Clock now and it is EXCELLENT 3mo
EKonrad @Jilly6183 Will do! 👍🏼 3mo
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The Far Field | Madhuri Vijay
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I really liked this and would recommend it, but man I wanted to punch Shalini in the face.

UnabridgedPod I have this from BOTM a few months ago. Need to move it up my TBR!! 4mo
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Not the best memoir I've read, but still a must for fans of MFM.

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The Far Field | Madhuri Vijay
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Decided to play hooky from work today 🤫😎

TheBookKeepers Niiiice! Enjoy!! 4mo
Lauram Good call!! 4mo
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Summer Reading | Hilma Wolitzer
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This thriller about a kidnapped baby during a steamy July was perfect during this steamy July. The characters were a little over the top, and while the who dunnit was easy enough, the why was unexpected, so much so that I flipped back to the beginning to see if there were clues in the first chapter. A solid read overall.

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Strike | Delilah S. Dawson
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In case my last post made you wonder if I put my money where my mouth is 😉🤑✊🏻 #amazonstrike #primedaystrike #shoplocal #shopindie #solidarity

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Strike | Delilah S. Dawson
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Book friends! As you may know, Amazon warehouse workers in Minnesota are on strike to protest their abysmal work conditions. Don‘t cross the virtual picket line by shopping Prime Day! Here‘s a great place to buy books instead, or shop at your local independent book dealer. #shoplocal #solidarity

https://www.womenandchildrenfirst.com/

Megabooks Emily said it was worse working at Amazon than a call center or McDonald‘s! This is a great book!! 4mo
Jilly6183 @Megabooks It's on my TBR, definitely looking forward to reading this one 4mo
Jilly6183 @Megabooks I picked up a copy the other day. I'm only about 70 pages in so far but it is exceeding my expectations. Thanks for putting it at the forefront of my mind! 4mo
Megabooks @Jilly6183 So glad you are enjoying it. It was so eye-opening! 4mo
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First weekend in forever without work or commitments! 🙌🏻 Enjoying some coffee and starting a new book! Happy Saturday!

Crazeedi Relax and enjoy your well deserved rest!! ❤️ 4mo
Jilly6183 @Crazeedi Thank you! 🤗 4mo
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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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This was a really unique, really cool book. I'm a huge music fan and I'm fascinated with the 70s rock n roll scene. I could vividly picture this as a series of interwoven interviews cut with old footage of the band. I heard Amazonis turning it into a series, so 🤞🏻 they do a good job!

BooknerdsLife Really enjoyed the book too 💖 Can‘t Wait to see the TV series 🤗 4mo
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I usually enjoy immigration stories because it is so important to remember that immigrants are people with families that they love and are trying to provide a better life. I liked the premise of this novel, but it was inconsistent. It started strong, nothing really happened in the middle, and the ending felt extremely rushed.

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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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This is how my brother and I would call our mom to pick us up from school in the 90s ? I mentioned the phone booths we had in the school a few weeks ago, and my 12 year old niece asked, "What's a phone booth?"

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Wow! I am so busy with work right now that I haven't been on Litsy in a few days. Glad I checked today! I'm so grateful I found this community. I went from struggling to make time for books to craving them. My physical TBR stack went from non-existent to nearly as tall as me. I love reading your reviews, I love seeing your picks and pans and DNFs, and I love swaps. Most of all, I love this positive, supportive community! ❤️❤️❤️

Texreader This is so cool! Congratulations!! Wish I knew exactly when I joined but it certainly has been over 3 years ago. 4mo
CouronneDhiver 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽 4mo
Redwritinghood 🎉🎉 4mo
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Never Let Me Go | Kazuo Ishiguro
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This was such a unique and beautifully written story. It was a little slow at first, but I think that was a perfect setup because I could relate so well to being an adult and remembering back to my school days and how we reacted to things largely based on peer pressure and how pointless that seems from an adult perspective. Kids are the same everywhere, right? But then you learn the purpose of this school... overall a thought provoking read.

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The Graveyard Book | Neil Gaiman
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@ScientistSam Wow! Thank you so much for these lovely swap goodies! All of these books sound great. The socks are awesome and [nerd alert 😉] I am so psyched about the New York Public Library tote. Love the sticker, pin, and bookmark, too! Thank you so much! ❤️ And sorry for the late post, I just got home from work 🙄 #summersantagoespostal

BookishMarginalia That tote is amazing! 5mo
ScientistSam Happy you like everything! 5mo
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This was fantastic!

readordierachel Agreed! 5mo
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The Animators: A Novel | Kayla Rae Whitaker
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Thank you again @britt_brooke for the #dollarscoregiveaway ! Such a nice treat to find when I got home from vacation. And thank you for the bookmarks, especially the @BookBabe design! ☺️

britt_brooke Hope you enjoy!! 💚 5mo
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Friyay!: Blank Line Journal | Hunter Leilani Elliott
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1. Christmas music! I only listen to it from the day after Thanksgiving through New Year, but I love it.
2. Summer. Give me all the heat, I don't care if it includes humidity
3. I generally alternate between thrillers and family/generational sagas
4. I don't eat lunch. Usually I have eggs for breakfast but I was in a rush today so I had an Uncrustable. We're having grilled chicken salad for dinner
5. 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

#friYAYintro

Jerdencon I agree totally with #2! 5mo
Texreader I move Christmas music too! I love those few weeks we get to hear it! 5mo
BooknerdsLife Oh yes!!! Summer all the way! I need my sun and heat ☀️🙌🏼🙌🏼😄 5mo
TheDrunkenLibrarian I have to admit I might put on some Christmas music during July and watch some Hallmark Movies 😍 5mo
Trashcanman I love Christmas music too! 🎄🎁🎅🎶 5mo
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Behind Closed Doors | B. A. Paris
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Overall a good psychological thriller. The MC was a bit of a dum dum from the beginning, but you quickly forget about that as you root for her to survive.

Crazeedi I read one of hers I liked and one not so much... 5mo
RebL I can't say it's “great literature“ (whatever that means), but this is one of the few books I stayed up all night reading as an adult. No regrets. I loved the experience. 5mo
Jilly6183 @crazeedi I can see that based on her writing style. This is the only one I‘ve read. I‘d give another a try if someone lent it to me or I came across one in the discount section (where I picked up this one), but I didn‘t like this enough to go out my way to read her other work. 5mo
Jilly6183 @RebL agree that it‘s not “great literature” but sometimes those quick wild rides is exactly what the doctor ordered 5mo
Crazeedi @Jilly6183 I can't recall the one I read, but I agree 5mo
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Behind Closed Doors | B. A. Paris
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Overall a good psychological thriller. The MC was a bit of a dum dum from the beginning, but you quickly forget about that as you root for her to survive.

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1. Going to the Red Sox game this afternoon
2. Idk “new” music, but some of my favorites are Bon Iver, the Civil Wars, and Jeff Buckley.
3. My mom made me get a perm in 6th grade and the kids at the bus stop called me lion 🦁
4. Coloring and listening to true crime podcasts
5. Some views from our drive through Maine on Saturday.

#humpdaypost

Boooooks Those photos are amazing 😍 5mo
DebbieGrillo Beautiful Maine. My neighbor. 5mo
Crazeedi The photos are ❤❤❤❤ 5mo
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Digital Audiobooks: New Media, Users, and Experiences | Iben Have, Birgitte Stougaard Pedersen
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Has anyone tried Chirp?

Caterina I'm curious too if anyone has tried it! 5mo
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A heartbreaking but hopeful story.

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Another book and another gorgeous view from our Airbnb, this time in Ile D‘Orleans. #quebec

tracey38 Gorgeous view! 5mo
CouronneDhiver Magnifique 👌🏽 5mo
Bklover Gorgeous! 5mo
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Enjoying a book and coffee on the balcony overlooking Quebec City at our Airbnb while my husband makes breakfast. Vacation is the best!

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My Book House | Olive Beaupre Miller
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rretzler I immediately honed in on the tagged book. It is a series that came out long ago that has been updated through the years. It is 12 books that are supposed to grow with a child as each volume contains age appropriate stories! While growing up, my family had an edition from the 40s when my mother and aunt were growing up and I purchased a more recent set for my kids. What a great memory for me! Thanks for tagging it! 😄 5mo
Jilly6183 @rretzler I had no idea. It sounds like a really great series, I'll have to check it out! 5mo
rretzler It‘s a lot of classic old stories, so if you can‘t find them - they have been out of print for some time, I‘m sure you‘ve probably read many of the stories already. Mother Goose, Shakespeare, The Water Babies, Robert Louis Stevenson, Wordsworth, Hans Christian Andersen, The Adventures of Baron Münchhausen, The City Mouse and the Country Mouse, Edward Lear and many, many more stories, poems and fables like that. 5mo
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Pop Art | Joe Hill
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We're leaving downtown Montreal today, but this was the "Pop! Sanctuary" Air BnB we stayed at while we were here. It was so cute!

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Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward
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Discounted book haul on our way out of Burlington, VT! 🤓

SW-T 🙂🙂🙂 5mo
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