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Julsmarshall

Julsmarshall

Joined March 2016

I like big books and I cannot lie.
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The Maid by Nita Prose
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Libertie: A Novel | Kaitlyn Greenidge
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This 100 miles in January goal to raise $$ for cancer research has me blowing through the audiobooks! This one was good, a bit slow at first but the prose was so gorgeous it kept me listening. Mother daughter relationships are so layered and emotionally charged and this book explores that in depth while also considering slavery, colorism, love and pain. Roxane Gay called it a must read and she was right! #BIPOC #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2d
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American Eve | Paula Uruburu
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Non-fiction that reads like a thriller? True crime meets legal drama? An exploration of celebrity, beauty, scandal and feminism? Sign me up! This book has been on my #TBR for years and #bookspinBingo and @TheAromaofBooks finally got me to read it! And I‘m so glad I did! Highly recommend! #joyousjanuary @Andrew65

LeahBergen She‘s so pretty! 3d
FelinesAndFelonies I'm on a nonfiction kick so I'm totally stacking! Thank you for the recommendation! 3d
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3d
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 2d
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Hang the Moon: A Novel | Alexandria Bellefleur
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Delightful! Swoony and fun with the perfect cinnamon roll hero! Love the PNW setting and the quirky cast of characters! #Pantone2022 #Poocorn @Clwojick #joyousjanuary #readathon @Andrew65

Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 3d
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The Grace Year | Kim Liggett
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What a strange and compelling story! I couldn‘t wait to reach the end to see what happened. #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks #joyousjanuary #readathon @Andrew65 #Pantone2022 #GossamerPink @Clwojick

Clwojick I love this one! The bright cover sure doesn‘t match how dark the story is. 🤣 6d
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 6d
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 6d
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A bit slow to start but at 25% in, the story took off. It was a colorful mix of magic, warriors, myth and forever love. Great fun! #joyousjanuary #readathon @Andrew65 #bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks #Pantone2022 #NorthernDroplet @Clwojick #Booked2022 @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft

Cinfhen Yay!!! I love that term “forever love” ❤️😁just tagging our other co-host @BarbaraTheBibliophage 7d
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 7d
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 7d
BarbaraTheBibliophage I love a good dragon story!! 🐉 6d
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Twelve Months of Monastery Soups | Victor-Antoine d'Avila-Latourrette
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Loving this book of soup recipes! Made the Acorn Squash Soup tonight-perfect for a chilly evening. #cookbook

Tamra That‘s a nice little cookbook! Love soups! 7d
Sophronisba That looks amazing! 7d
Julsmarshall Thanks @Sophronisba ! It was really yummy, healthy too! @Tamra I‘ve loved every recipe I‘ve tried so far, they are simple but healthy and easy. 7d
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The Grace Year | Kim Liggett
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Andrew65 Most things are better when listening to audiobooks. 1w
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For the Wolf | Hannah Whitten
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I‘m always up for a #readathon with @Andrew65 ! My goal is to make a dent in this pile. I won‘t finish all of these, but as I‘m feeling a bit under the weather, I may get in more reading time than usual so I want to be prepared. Trying to finish up my current reads first so I can start early! #joyousjanuary

Andrew65 Good luck 😊👍 1w
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Gorgeous! I loved this collection of poetry so much I want a copy of my own! Lovely on #audio read by the author. #authoramonth #poetry @Soubhiville

marleed I love those times an audio inspires me to own a physical copy! 1w
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Flicker in the Dark | Stacy Willingham
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1. I love bookriot.com for book news, recommendations, and cool bookish stuff.
2. Going with my usual 150, but I also plan to tackle at least one #chunkster a month.
3. I loved the tagged debut thriller, A Flicker in the Dark,
#wondrouswednesday @Eggs Wanna play @Ireadkidlit @Tianarose and @Andrew65 ?

Eggs Thanks for joining in 🙏🏻⭐️📚 1w
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History of Wolves | Emily Fridlund
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Such a strange, quiet, &upsetting novel. The prose is atmospheric & stark, the story is somehow frank and mysterious all at once. The form is jumbled & confusing until, all of a sudden, it becomes clear. CW for child death & religious fanaticism. I‘m glad I finally read this one after it being on my #TBR for years but it has left me feeling a bit off balance. A pick because I‘ll be thinking about it for awhile. #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yeah, I feel like within the “Pick“ category we need some subcategories, and I think “Thoughtful Pick“ might be one of them... a book I didn't love but is going to stick with me way longer than other books I technically enjoyed more. 2w
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Quick read, and a couple good suggestions and a bit of rah rah to get me through my self imposed dry January. #Pantone2022 #OrchidBloom @Clwojick

JamieArc The post right after yours on my feed was a quote that said “You would be better off spending your money on a bottle of Pinot noir.” 😂😂 2w
Julsmarshall @JamieArc It‘s a good thing I checked it out from the library! I can still spend my $$ on a pinot noir! 2w
Julsmarshall Thanks for the suggestion, @brittanybooks ! 2w
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An Unexpected Peril | Deanna Raybourn
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Wonderful! Book 6 in the series is delightful-I just love this cast of characters and Veronica Speedwell is a favorite. Can‘t wait for the next one to come out in February. #Bookspin #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks #Pantone2022 #HarborBlue @Clwojick #Booked2022 #fictionalroyal @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

Texreader I had no idea it was ending! Really? 2w
Julsmarshall I remember her saying in an interview that she had a plan for how many books but I couldn‘t remember the number. After I finished this one, I googled it and it says it will be a series of 7. Maybe we can talk her into more? 😄 I‘d love that! 2w
CaitZ I get her newsletter, and a couple of months ago, she said she was starting to work on the 8th book. She didn't say when it might be published, but there will be at least one more. 2w
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Cinfhen Nice it worked for a few challenges but always sad when a series ends. 2w
Clwojick Great match! 2w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! This series has been on my radar for quite sometime but I still haven't read it!! 2w
Julsmarshall @CaitZ That is the best news ever! And I guess I need to sign up for her newsletter! 2w
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Red Clocks: A Novel | Leni Zumas
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This strange story follows the lives of 5 women at various stages of their lives coming to terms with a world where women have little agency and their worth is seen only in relation to men or children. While the world encounters a climate crisis, the US focuses on banning women‘s medical procedures. Dark and ominous, this book is well written with an unique format and pace. #Bookspinbingo #roll100 @PuddleJumper #Booked2022 #ecofeminist @Cinfhen

readingjedi I absolutely loved this one ❤ 2w
Suet624 I have this on my shelf and keep forgetting to read it! Thanks for the reminder. 2w
PuddleJumper Wahoo! 2w
Cinfhen Fabulous choice 🙌🏻❣️ 2w
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A Flicker in the Dark | Stacy Willingham
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Wow! I blew through this one! Great thriller, twisty and compelling, hard to put down. So strong for a debut, can‘t wait to see what she writes next! Highly recommend! #BookspinBingo #Doublespin @TheAromaofBooks #Pantone2022 #SnowWhite @Clwojick

Clwojick Just finished this today too! Really enjoyed it! 2w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2w
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A Flicker in the Dark | Stacy Willingham
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Flicker is so good! I had to @Andrew65 myself put it down last night to go to sleep and now up at at it first thing on this cold, rainy morning! I‘ll likely finish Red Clocks on #audio while cleaning my pantry today. #weekendreading @Andrew65

Andrew65 A few years since I read Red Clocks, be interested to hear what you think when you finish. 2w
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The Maid | Nita Prose
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#BOTM #bookmail has arrived!

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The Love Hypothesis | Ali Hazelwood
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Loved this! Dryly funny, smart and wonderfully science-y! Kept me up late last night reading, had to see how it ended. Great story, can‘t wait for more from Hazelwood. #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks #romantsy #Pantone2022 #GlacierLake @Clwojick

Clwojick I love this one!! 💖 2w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! This one is on my shelf!! 2w
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Finally got my new bookshelves set up! It gives a little wiggle room to the books on my existing shelves and really makes our bonus room feel like a library with books on 3 of 4 walls 😍 Please ignore the dog toy along the bottom right 🤣

Mitch Beautiful 😍 2w
Aims42 Your shelves are beautiful!! 2w
Allylu Looks great! 2w
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IndoorDame Beautiful shelves! 2w
DivineDiana So nice to have a space for your books! 2w
HotMessJess I think the dog toy is an excellent addition! 2w
SRWCF Nice! 2w
melissanorr That's a great shelving unit. When I moved, I had a hard time finding good shelves that didn't cost an absolute fortune. 2w
youneverarrived They look lovely 💕 2w
tokorowilliamwallace I like the wall art to the side and some of the decor. How do you like to organize your books?

I found a small bookshelf at my oft-frequented local resale charity shop recently. I haven't set it up yet, though.
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Nute Lovely! I like the design of the bookcase. 2w
Julsmarshall Thanks @tokorowilliamwallace ! The art is a paint by number of the tree of life that I painted last year. As far as organizing, these books are mostly classics, nonfiction, poetry, biography and memoir. I do have a small section of fiction overflow from my other bookshelves, will likely have to keep moving things around as I read my TBR mountain of books. 2w
tokorowilliamwallace @Julsmarshall, nice, nonfiction! What sorts of nonfiction and fiction do you gravitate to? As far as nonfiction goes myself, I like to have as much of a variety of subjects as I can, often picking up miscellaneous subjects; but I have in the past been most interested in biblical and religious studies (as well as historical-archetypal studies of the human psyche), philosophy (20th c.e., epistemology), social studies, economics, and psychology. 2w
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The Other Black Girl | Zakiya Dalila Harris
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You know it‘s good when you get up early to finish it over breakfast.This debut is tightly written, suspenseful and fast moving. Exploring racism and the workplace, it doesn‘t turn away from the ugly bits. The Devil Wears Prada meets Get Out was an apt description! Scary and timely, this book was quite unlike anything I‘ve ever read. I look forward to more from Ms. Harris! #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks #Pantone2022 #Skydiver @Clwojick

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2w
Clwojick Stacking! 2w
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Enjoy the View | Sarah Morgenthaler
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This was my favorite of the series. The characters continue to grow and I loved the outdoors setting. Not just being in Alaska, but experiencing the wilderness and the excitement of climbing. And the hero? Well, he was pretty awe-inspiring too! #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks #Pantone2022 #Spunsugar @Clwojick

TheAromaofBooks I keep meaning to read these!!! They sound like they would be right up my alley! 3w
Clwojick I‘ll definitely be reading on in this series! I just read the first one last week, and it was super cute! 3w
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1. Yes! I really miss it now that I live in Texas.
2. Snowshoeing; quiet, contemplative and a great workout!
#two4tuesday @TheSpineView

SamanthaMarie I agree with you about snowshoeing!!! :) 3w
TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 3w
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Wow! Outstanding! I love it as much as the first one I read of his, House in the Cerulean Sea and I didn‘t think that was possible. Beautifully written, meaningful, and important, this book about life, death and grief is a great read. I laughed out loud and cried-and loved every minute! #roll100 @PuddleJumper #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks #Pantone2022 @Clwojick #Poinciana

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3w
PuddleJumper That's great! 3w
Clwojick WOoooo! Awesome colour match! 3w
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Enjoy the View | Sarah Morgenthaler
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Finally watching this movie! So excited!

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Fantastic! I loved this frank and accessible overview of language and communication styles and how they relate to power and gender. Funny and thought-provoking too! A great way to kick off my reading year! Delightful on #audio #Pantone2022 #CoralRose @Clwojick

Chelsea.Poole I loved this book so much!! One of my top 2021 reads 3w
Clwojick Great colour match! 💖 3w
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Red Clocks: A Novel | Leni Zumas
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My #roll100 books, the tagged book is #24 and #49 is Under the Whispering Door. Love the idea for this challenge @PuddleJumper !

PuddleJumper Yay! Hope you enjoy them! 3w
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Murder is Easy | Agatha Christie
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I really enjoyed this Christie! A retired policeman is trying to solve a series of murders in a small town and hijinks ensue. I really loved the women characters in this story-and that‘s all I can say! #MountTBR

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Red Clocks: A Novel | Leni Zumas
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My #BFC22 goals include: listen to 3 audiobooks a month while walking/exercising; 10,000 steps a day, weight training twice a week. 2021 was a great year for me health wise and I plan to continue that in 2022. Happy New Year all! @wanderinglynn #BFC

wanderinglynn Great goals! 🙌🏻 3w
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I had a wonderful year of reading-so manny great books and it helped keep me from loosing my mind during this crazy year.

MMFinck That is an insane number of books!!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations!!! Top recs in fiction?? 3w
Eyelit Awesomeness! 📚🎉👏 3w
Julsmarshall @MMFinck I loved The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, The Mystery of Mrs. Christie, Long Bright River, Once There We‘re Wolves, the Lost Apothecary, The Last Thing He Told Me, Razorblade Tears to name a few 😄 3w
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Alfoster Sweet!❤️👍👏 3w
MMFinck @Julsmarshall THANK YOU! I've read the lost Apothecary (my friend wrote it :)) and Once There Were Wolves (which I found incredible!). Adding the rest to by TBR! :) Happy NY!!!
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Gissy Wow! Very Impressive!🤩📚📚📚👏👏👏👏 3w
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Fiona and Jane | Jean Chen Ho
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Squee! #BOTM picks 🥰

JamieArc These were mine as well. Really curious about The Maid! 3w
BookBridget I read The Maid as an ARC back in the summer at the pool. Such a fun book! 3w
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Blackout | Connie Willis
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First time to blackout my #BookspinBingo board! So happy about it! @TheAromaofBooks

BayouGirl85 YAY! 🎉🎉🎉 3w
Lovesbooks87 🎉🎉🎉🎉 3w
Nessavamusic Great job! 3w
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Daisey Congrats! 🎉 3w
Gissy Amazing!! 👏👏👏👏👏 3w
Kimzey Congratulations! 🎉 3w
TheAromaofBooks YAY!!! Fabulous month!!! 3w
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Delightful! Loved the NYE short story and the Star Wars meet-cute in line story!

Andrew65 Love Rainbow Rowell. Well done 👏👏👏 3w
TheAromaofBooks Great progress, but I do feel like your description may be for a not-Rainbow Rowell book 😂 3w
Julsmarshall Thanks @TheAromaofBooks ! Somehow this review was the same as my East of Eden review (also finished today)! (edited) 3w
TheAromaofBooks I thought it sounded familiar!! 😆 3w
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East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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My latest read in my new bookcase! I‘ve been meaning to read this for decade, finally got it done! Such an expansive, complex and American book, I didn‘t love it but I appreciated it and the place it holds in our history and literary culture. The characters are iconic, the writing exceptional and now I want to watch the classic movie with James Dean. #BookspinBingo #Bookspin @TheAromaofBooks #20in4 @Andrew65 #MountTBR

Andrew65 One Steinbeck that I haven‘t read. 3w
SayersLover Beautiful bookcase!! I‘m a tad bit jealous… @Julsmarshall 3w
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 3w
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This started out a bit slowly for me but that gave me time to really fall for the complicated characters. I loved all the food talk and it brought back memories to when I worked in professional kitchens. Great setting in Vermont, lovely book to read this time of year. #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks My bongo board is almost complete!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3w
Suet624 I really like Miller‘s books. 3w
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Ooh boy, the Barnes and Noble sale got me good! Not shown, 3 more books for my husband and daughter. Can‘t pass up such a great deal though! Good thing I got new bookshelves for Christmas! #bookhaul

Mitch Oohhhh - good stack! ♥️ 4w
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Adorably funny and sweet, the perfect Christmas escape! #wintergames @Clwojick #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 4w
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#BookspinBingo list for January. Lots of longtime books from my #TBR. 2022 is the year I‘ll read books I own. My goal, no new books come in (or from the library) until 10 owned books read or donated. @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! I am going to be making an official sign-up post sometime this week, so make sure you add your name there to get tagged for 2022, as I'm changing my tagging system. Good luck with your no-new-books goal!!! 4w
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Mistletoe Christmas: An Anthology | Eloisa James, Erica Ridley, Christi Caldwell, Janna MacGregor
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Charming collection of short regency Christmas stories. Great fun to pop in and out of reading between family events over the holiday week. Highly recommend! #wintergames #mistletoemaniacs @Clwojick

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Spoiled Rotten | Sunny L. Roberts III
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Thank you for the cutest shirt ever, @Ireadkidlit ! I love it! (please excuse my still wet hair).

merelybookish That shirt is adorable! One can never have too much happiness! 1mo
julesG Perfect! 1mo
AmyG Ha! 1mo
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Charityann Love the shirt!!😆 1mo
Ireadkidlit The woman is adorable—and the shirt is accurate 😄 And Jules, your brother in law loves his shirt! Merry Christmas! 1mo
Megabooks Nice! 1mo
CarolynM Great shirt!😍 1mo
Tamra 👏🏾 Perfect! 4w
WJCintron 🎉 🎉 🎉 😂 4w
batsy That t-shirt is the best! 4w
marleed Yes. All the yeses! 4w
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The Holiday Swap | Maggie Knox
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My sweet family spoiled me with books and bookish gifts this year! Can‘t wait to get reading! And the compendium of flowers is a vase! #spoiled

Bookzombie What a neat vase! Merry Christmas!🎄 (edited) 1mo
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Finally got around to the #teammovie for #mistletoemaniacs #wintergames

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A Basket of Goodies | F.G. Ghamsari
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Holiday baking! When a former pastry chef gets a new oven, that sends holiday baking to a whole new level! I have too much for our smallish gathering but had a blast! #wintergames #mistletoemaniacs

Chrissyreadit Those are pretty impressive cookies! What do you do now? 1mo
Julsmarshall I‘m a meeting planner :) 1mo
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Thank you so much, @Scochrane26 ! I‘m so excited to read this book! I love Jane Austen and you are right, it is that perfect Christmas Eve read! Starting it now 😍 And the chocolates! You aren‘t along my favorites and the Grinch kisses may be the coolest candies I‘ve ever seen (I tried to position them so all can enjoy!).Thank you for making my morning! And thanks, @MaleficentBookDragon for organizing the swap! Always great fun!

Scochrane26 Glad you like the book & chocolate. I didn‘t know they had Grinch kisses until I saw them—I was really excited about them, too. 1mo
LeahBergen Lovely! ❤️ 1mo
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Sweet and festive, a nice trio of Shalvis signature romcoms. I always love her Tahoe settings! #wintergames #mistletoemaniacs #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks @Clwojick

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1mo
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Christmas Lights: A Novel | Christine Pisera Naman
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Dinner out in our historic downtown area and then went for a walk in the lights #wintergames #mistletoemaniacs

Ireadkidlit Awww, you two are like newlyweds—looking all over for mistletoe ❤️ 1mo
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Vintage Didion | Joan Didion
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What an amazing writer, one of the best America has ever seen. Rest in Peace,Joan. I‘m sure your family is welcoming you with open arms.

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Just can‘t get into this-the social media influencer character may just not be for me. Not interested in spending the time to finish it. #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks They can't all be wins 😕 1mo
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East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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#currentlisten #BFC21 Trying to finish this 25 hour #audiobook before the end of the year. Halfway there, will take a lot of walking! #chunkster

SRWCF 25 hour?!?! 1mo
CuriousG That is a huge book and I love it, but don't know if I could have done it on audio. Good for you! 1mo
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Delightful! Not quite what I expected but a sweet, fun, holiday story. #wintergames #mistletoemaniacs @Clwojick @StayCurious

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