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KathyWheeler

KathyWheeler

Joined May 2016

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Blood: A Memoir | Allison Moorer
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I like Allison Moorer‘s music. She and her sister, Shelby Lynne, had a pretty traumatic childhood. Then, I also love Pat Conroy, so I‘m interested in reading Cassandra King‘s book about their lives together.

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My Year in the Middle | Lila Quintero Weaver
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Mehso-so

I was mostly bored by this book. The dialog seemed forced. I was about the same age as the mc during the time in which this book is set. I lived in TX and SC instead of AL, but I can‘t imagine a lot of kids said “blooming” there either.
#BFCr4 final checkin
Walking = 54.91 miles
Swimming = 1.023 miles
Weights = 68 minutes
Yoga/meditation= 6.75 hours
Eating = could‘ve been better
Books finished = 23

This was fun. I hope there‘s another round.

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 Great round! 4d
Jerdencon Great job! That‘s a lot of miles walked! 3d
sharread Wow! Awesome 😮❤ 3d
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KathyWheeler @wanderinglynn @Jerdencon and @sharread : this kind of support is why I‘ve loved this challenge so much. I was thinking, when I posted this, that I hadn‘t met my goals so I hadn‘t done a good job. 😊 3d
wanderinglynn “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it you will land among the stars.” The goal of BFC is to focus on yourself and get some good fitness habits going. You did that and made fantastic progress! 🎉 Definitely celebrate! 3d
TheAromaofBooks That is fantastic!! I can't believe you averaged over 9 miles a week. That's some serious walking!! 3d
KathyWheeler @TheAromaofBooks My goal was 12, but you‘re right — 9 is great! 😊 3d
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Let's Fake a Deal | Sherry Harris
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Mehso-so

At least Sarah finally made a romantic choice in this book. I found the mystery less compelling than is usual for Harris.
#BFCr4 checkin week 5
Waking = 13.49 miles
Weights = 1 session
Eating = not so great, but I‘m in Charleston. 😊

Jerdencon Love Charleston! Great job on the walking! 2w
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 And enjoy Charleston—there are some great restaurants there. 😋 2w
TheAromaofBooks Great week! 2w
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I love Clark‘s steampunk/magical Cairo with its djinns and its detectives who investigate supernatural occurrences. This one was a quick and fun read.

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Questionnaires | Martin Bulmer
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1: the reviews, the pictures, lots of things — I particularly enjoy the #bookfitnesschallenge
2: I do get annoyed with too many quotes from one book all in a row, but I scroll on by.
3: I can‘t think of anything.
4: Generally at least once a week; sometimes more.
5: readalongs and Readathons.
6: ability to sort and search TBRs.
#litsyquestionaire

ljuliel Thank you. It sounds as if the tbr list is an issue with lots of folks. Maybe the right person will see this so they can work on it. 2w
Texreader I absolutely agree with your number 6. There have been countless times I could‘ve used such a feature!! 2w
robinb Totally agree with number 6! More search options for TBR. It would be a tremendous help when looking to gift Litsy friends from their TBR. 2w
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I never read a Christmas book this far away from it, but I was in a Meg Langslow mood and this was the only one I hadn‘t read. Meg and her crazy family did not disappoint. I‘m in Charleston for a conference which starts tomorrow; today we did touristy things. The pictures are of the aquarium and Fort Sumter; between those two places, I walked 3.25 miles on this gorgeous day. It‘s supposed to rain tomorrow.

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#BFCr4 checkin week 4
Not a good week for me at all. Rain (too much of it depresses me). Traveling for a conference.
Walking = 8.23 mile/12
Eating = more not so good days than good
Meditation = 1 session of 30 minutes
Books = 5

I loved this picture from the internet. Sorry for the late checkin.

Emilymdxn You‘re still doing great if you‘re trying at all! You‘ve done more walking than 0, more meditating than 0, more effort with healthy eating than 0! 3w
Chrissyreadit I completely agree with @Emilymdxn 3w
wanderinglynn You‘re doing much better than you‘re giving yourself credit for. 8 miles is awesome! 🙌🏻 We all have crappy days/weeks. And I totally understand about rain. I like it, for a day, then I need the sun to shine. It‘s good to strive for more, but take time to celebrate what you did accomplish, which as @Emilymdxn so aptly put, more than 0 is awesome and certainly well more than not trying at all. 💜 3w
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Jerdencon Hang in there - think you are doing great! 🎉 3w
KathyWheeler This is why I love this challenge so much — y‘all are so supportive! Thanks everyone, and @Emilymdxn, you are so right — some is way better than 0 — and I need to remember that. 2w
TheAromaofBooks You got this!! Remember that every step forward, no matter how small, is still a step forward!! 2w
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#BFCr4 week 3 checkin
Not such a good week
Walking = 6.13 miles /12
Swimming = 0
Weights = 0
Yoga/meditation = 90 minutes
Eating = 5 good or decent days
Books = 3

sharread Beautiful pictures. Great progress. I've been under the weather today so taking it easy. 3w
wanderinglynn Looks like a solid week to me—you walked, did yoga/meditated, ate well, & read. 🙌🏻 so celebrate what you accomplished, because it looks like a lot to me. 😉 3w
KathyWheeler @sharread I hope you feel better. 3w
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TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! Good luck with this week's goals!! 3w
Jerdencon Nice job! Something is always better than nothing! 😀 3w
KathyWheeler @Jerdencon That‘s very true. My rec center has this sign that says basically that, and I try to keep it in mind when I‘ve done less than I wanted to. 3w
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The Canterville Ghost | Oscar Wilde
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Loved this ghost story. It‘s a different take on ghosts.

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I don‘t usually read anything set during Christmas when it‘s this far away from the holiday, but I was in the mood for Meg Langslow, and this is the only one I haven‘t read. So I checked it out and am going to sleep listening to it . Good night, y‘all.

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My Year in the Middle | Lila Quintero Weaver
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This book should be easy to read — it‘s meant for middle schoolers, so the language is easy and the chapters are short. I‘m just not all that drawn in by the main character and her story. I‘m reading it for a committee I‘m on so I feel that I should finish it. I need some encouragement! Update: 4 & 5 star reviews all over Goodreads, making me think I‘m missing something.

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House Repairs | Angela Jackson-Brown
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This book arrived today looking like somebody sliced it — it‘s almost halfway through the book. 😞 That‘s what that dent on the left is — a slice with a knife or box cutter or something.

sharread The company might mail you another one. Amazon does that for me all the time. Barnes and Noble is the worst. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks It somehow seems extra ironic considering the title is about repairs! 1mo
KathyWheeler @sharread I‘m going to ask for a return label from Amazon tomorrow. 1mo
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Michael Knight‘s work always feels a little unfinished to me. I did like this book, though, despite that and the fact that the ending felt rushed. I liked the characters. That was my print book beach reading; I also listened to The Hideaway, which I‘m liking, but as a librarian who used to catalog, I cannot figure out why this book has the subject heading, Christian Fiction. It just seems like general fiction, so far.

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Untitled | Unknown
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1: Alabama
2: 62
3: I‘m a librarian— I use the library but I also buy books.
4: married for 35 years
5: she/her
6: it‘s just my name

#gettingtoknowyou @JoScho

JoScho 😊❤️ 1mo
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#BFCr4 checkin week 2
I had a good challenge week despite having spent one day eating mostly cookies.
Walking = 12.22 miles / 12
Swimming = 1/1 session of 1.023 miles
Weights = 1/1 session
Yoga/meditation = 1 yoga and 4 meditation sessions
Eating = 5 good or okay days
Books finished = 7

The pumpkin on the bench on the walkway around the swamp was a nice surprise.😊

Jerdencon Great job! 🎉😀 1mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 Great week! And a day eating cookies sounds divine to me. 😉❤️🍪 1mo
KathyWheeler @wanderinglynn It may have been a bit much — I had to end the day with crackers just so I‘d have something that wasn‘t sweet.😄 (edited) 1mo
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TheAromaofBooks Great work!! And everyone needs a cookie day sometimes. 😁 1mo
MatchlessMarie Cookie monster would approve 🍪😉 1mo
sharread Awesome, these are great photos, I have to start taking them when I'm walking around. Great progress! 1mo
Jerdencon Some days you just need cookies! Great job! 1mo
KathyWheeler @sharread I love seeing pictures of where people walk. 1mo
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Julie Otsuka‘s When the Emperor Was Divine is our Common Read book this year. She was here tonight as part of that. Her stories were really interesting— WtEWD is such a serious book that I was surprised when she said that she at first envisioned herself as a comic writer.

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Quarry Cross | Robin Behn
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Tonight‘s reading after I finish watching this episode of Mr. Mercedes.

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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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It‘s nasty, pouring rain outside, so I‘m in bed snuggled up and reading this. I am the most distracted reader I know! Last time it was the proud boys; tonight I need something lighter, so that book on the alt-right has to wait.

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Chinaberry Sidewalks | Rodney Crowell
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Fantastic concert, and I‘m looking forward to reading Crowell‘s book. We were eating dinner in a restaurant before the show, and he walked by our table. I said, “Hi,” without realizing who he was for a second. He said hi and was seated behind me! That‘s when it clicked, and I looked at my husband and whispered , “That‘s Rodney Crowell!” 😊 Book related because I bought his book.

Cinfhen How awesome 🤩 1mo
KathyWheeler @Cinfhen It was! He seemed to have such fun doing the show and signed things afterward, spending a little time actually talking to people. 1mo
Cinfhen I love hearing those type of stories xx 1mo
KathyWheeler @Cinfhen Me too. He‘s been around so long and played with so many high profile people, you‘d think he‘d be tired of people by now, but he doesn‘t seem to be. The sweetest moment came when he said that he loved it when people danced to his music; the next song, people danced. His face just lit up when he saw that. 1mo
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#BFCr4 checkin week 1
Walking = 12.7 miles
Swimming = 0
Weights = 1 session
Yoga/meditation = 5 sessions of meditation
Eating = 5 decent or good days
Books finished = 5

These are pictures from different walks this week.

sharread 🏅🥇🎖🏆🥈🥉🎃👍👍Awesome! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Great work!!! 1mo
Jerdencon Great job! 1mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌 A great first week! 1mo
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It rained today, I just got home from work, and it looks like it might rain again, so I‘m just settling in to read this for awhile.

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What I learned from this book by the creator of the excellent webcomic, xkcd, is that if you carry out any action far enough, matter either becomes plasma or explodes. Also, people ask him some very odd questions.

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Mend: Poems | Kwoya Fagin Maples
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I read this book of poetry for a committee I‘m on. It‘s told from the point of view of the slaves that Dr. J. Marion Sims, considered the father of modern gynecology, experimented on. He operated on one woman 30 times. This slim book is devastating.

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These garage sale mysteries make good listening for walking. Today was a good #bookfitnesschallenge day except for the eating part.
#BFCr4
Walking = 3.11 miles
Weight training = 20 minutes
Meditation = 30 minutes

sharread Awesome 👏👏👏 1mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 1mo
Jerdencon So pretty! Great job! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1mo
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Halloween Party | Agatha Christie
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#wonderouswednesday

1. No, I don‘t generally dress up for Halloween.
2. One year, in a workplace where women couldn‘t wear pants except on Halloween, I wore biker boots, black jeans, an Aerosmith t-shirt, and leather jacket and said I was a biker librarian.
3. Fall leaf colors
4. Anyone who wants to do this.

TrishB There‘s workplaces where women can‘t wear trousers!! 😐 1mo
KathyWheeler @TrishB Shockingly, there was — at least in 1997. The rule was changed once and then changed back. I left not long after they changed it back to dresses or skirts only. I hear that now they lifted that ridiculous rule. 1mo
TrishB Dear me. 🤷‍♀️ 1mo
KathyWheeler @TrishB The weird thing to me about it is they allowed some pretty unprofessional looking dresses and skirts, but you couldn‘t wear pants because that was unprofessional. 🙄 It was ludicrous. 1mo
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Cycle of the Werewolf | Stephen King
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I‘d seen Silver Bullet, the movie based on this book, but I‘d never read the book. It‘s a good, well-written take on the werewolf.

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Cycle of the Werewolf | Stephen King
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I‘m settling in with the tagged book for the night. I will go back to The Great Alone; I was just in the mood for some straight up Stephen King horror. The bottom is book haul I got tonight.

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I spent today with my granddaughter; we visited the Botanical Gardens, Bamahenge (a partial fiberglass replica of Stonehenge), Barnes & Noble, and the park. Great day!
#BFCr4 results
Walking = 2.03 miles
Yoga/Meditation = 30 minutes of meditation
Eating = good

Jerdencon Great job today! 🎉👍🏼 1mo
sharread That sounds like fun, what a cool place. 😁 1mo
TheAromaofBooks It's always so fun when your exercise doesn't feel like it's exercise! 1mo
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KathyWheeler @TheAromaofBooks It really is. 😊 1mo
KathyWheeler @sharread I was afraid she‘d be bored and that the thing would be a miniature replica, but neither was the case. 1mo
wanderinglynn Great job! 🙌🏻 Way to go! 1mo
KathyWheeler @wanderinglynn Thanks! And thank you for doing this. I didn‘t know if there was going to be a round 4, but I kept up my spreadsheet and doing my challenges as if there were. 😊 1mo
wanderinglynn Happy to do it! 💜 I know a couple other people had kept up with their goals too. That‘s awesome you kept going! 🙌🏻 1mo
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Here are my goals for round 4 of #bookfitnesschallenge #BFCr4. I‘ll probably modify them along the way, but here‘s what they look like now.

KathyWheeler I just noticed I left a book goal out of this! It‘s 15 books for the 6 week period. 2mo
sharread Wow, these are some great goals, giving me inspiration. I'm still pondering mine. 🤣 2mo
wanderinglynn Great goals! 🙌🏻 2mo
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ShelfRighteous Amazing goals! I'm participating too🤩🙌 2mo
Jerdencon Nice goals!! Have to post mine too! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Those are some serious goals!! Best wishes! 2mo
KathyWheeler @TheAromaofBooks I tend to overestimate what I can actually do, so they‘ll probably end up being modified. 😄 1mo
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Firefly Lane | Kristin Hannah
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Here‘s a picture of Friday‘s event with Patti Callahan Henry & Kristin Hannah. I stole it from the Page & Palette Facebook page. The place was packed! According to Hannah, Firefly Lane is being filmed right now, and The Nightingale is in the works.

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The Great Alone | Kristin Hannah
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I spent some time on the beach reading today and got over 100 pages read. So far, I‘m really liking it.

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Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL (Bookstore)
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Waiting to hear these two authors.

chaoticgoodhufflepuff Are you at an event for both of them?! Have fun! 2mo
KathyWheeler @chaoticgoodhufflepuff Yes! Patti was interviewing Kristin. It was fun.❤️ (edited) 2mo
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Full Throttle | Joe Hill
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This arrived today.

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Found something light to listen to while walking. Most of the pictures are from the Garvan Woodland Gardens. If you‘re ever in Hot Springs and you love gardens, you should go there. Tip: if you are a member of another Gardens, check Garvan‘s website for their reciprocal gardens; you may be able to get free or discounted admission.

Freespirit Looks lovely💕 2mo
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Magic City Gospel | Ashley M. Jones
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In Hot Springs, AR, for a conference, and fixing to settle in to read these poems about Alabama.

Kimzey Ashley Jones is a terrific poet! I‘ve heard her read several times. 2mo
KathyWheeler @Kimzey This was a good book. I‘ll definitely be reading more of her writing. 2mo
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I just like the title of this book; I haven‘t read it. This picture though is a problem I‘d like to solve. Every year, around this time, people start sending me this pic on Facebook. My guess is it happens to other librarians as well. Since I‘ve now seen it at least 60,000 times, I‘d love to be able to make people stop sending it to me. 😄

emtobiasz Right?! I feel a little guilty when my family or friends try to send me cute bookish memes, and my immediate response is “UGH not this again” (I try not to say it out loud, but...) 2mo
KathyWheeler @emtobiasz it‘s really hard not to say something when it‘s the billionth time you‘ve seen those same memes! 2mo
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Don Quixote | Cervantes
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This book has been on my TBR forever. I may read it this year. Here‘s the Don Quixote sculpture on our campus.

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White Night | Jim Butcher
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This is a reread because my husband wanted to listen to the series; he‘s not read them but he liked the show. We‘ve been listening to them on our road trips. I still like them, but Harry‘s sexism under the guise of chivalry grates a little more. We made another Mississippi coast trip today. #audiowalk = 3.10 miles

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Reading a little bit of this tonight, then sleep. Goodnight.

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Hope Rides Again | Andrew Shaffer
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That was a fun read. Not as novel as the first one because we‘re used to the concept now but still fun. We went to the Mississippi coast today instead of the Alabama/Florida side.

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Wolves of the Calla | Stephen King
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In honor of Stephen King‘s birthday, here are some of my favorites, plus the tagged book which is my favorite from The Dark Tower series.

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Listening to this first book in a cozy series because I can‘t sleep. I‘m really liking the character and the narrator. The other pictures are what the day looked like today. After I got home from work, the streets started flooding because we had so much rain today in such a short time.

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1: Canada, Germany, Croatia, Panama — 4
2: I like both but if push came to shove, the coast.
3: I‘ve always wanted to go to Venice & Florence..
4: The Lowcountry of South Carolina is one of my favorite settings.

#wonderouswednesday

Eggs Great responses 👏🏻🤗👏🏻 2mo
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The Fitness Mindset | Sheba Blake
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#bookfitnesschallenge #bfcr3 week 6 checkin (late)
6 week totals #goteam
Walking = 59.15 out of 60 miles
Weights = 2 out of 6 sessions
Yoga = 2 out of 6 sessions
Eating = could‘ve done better
Books = 21 finished out of 15 as goal

Pictures are from today‘s walks. It must be near monarch migration time; they were out in force.

cobwebmoth So pretty! Great job! 2mo
Megabooks Awesome job!! 2mo
Emilymdxn You‘ve done brilliant! Reading particularly you‘ve absolutely smashed. And even if you didn‘t reach a certain number on the other goals you made an effort, and did something rather than nothing which is a massive achievement 2mo
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wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 Great job! 2mo
KathyWheeler Thanks everybody! 2mo
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Hope Rides Again | Andrew Shaffer
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Chilling at the beach.

Tera66 😍😍 I have the first one but haven't gotten to it! Im excited about a second one! 2mo
KathyWheeler @Tera66 I‘m enjoying this one too. 2mo
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The Last Word | Ellery Adams
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I didn‘t get much walking in while I was in New Orleans, but I finally did get to do some today. #bookfitnesschallenge #bfcr3 walking = 2.05 miles.

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 2mo
Emilymdxn Great that you managed to fit it in!! Awesome work 2mo
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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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My two newest books. Can‘t wait to read them!

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This is the first book in The Bookmobile Cat Mystery series. I like it well enough to read more. The main character, Minnie, who is the bookmobile librarian, is interesting, and I like Erin Bennett‘s narration.
#bookfitnesschallenge #bfcr3 walking = 1.17 miles (mostly walking to and from restaurants — I‘m at a conference in New Orleans)
Audiobooks = 1 finished.
Ebooks = 1 finished (Slothilda)

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Lowcountry Boomerang | Susan M. Boyer
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I love this series and this latest entry does not disappoint. The story is good, the red herrings make sense, and I didn‘t expect the murderer.
#nookfitnesschallenge #bfcr3 walk = 2.02 miles

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Haven‘t read the book, but I like the title. 😊
#bookfitnesschallenge #bfcr3 checkin week 5 😳
Walking = 14.47 miles
Yoga = 1 30 minute session
Eating = sometimes good, sometimes not
Audiobooks = 1 finished
Print books = 1 finished

cobwebmoth Nice week, and beautiful pictures! 2mo
Megabooks Look at that walking!! 👍🏻👍🏻 2mo
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