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LauraJ
The Town | Bentley Little
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Abby went to the vet over the weekend. As you can see, she‘s feeling better and once again is an active member of #kal

Leftcoastzen Yay!😻 21h
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Justine | Lawrence Durrell
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#7days7covers #covercrush

Posting covers I love for 7 days, no explanation needed. Tagging someone to play each day.

If you‘re not playing yet, tag yourself and join us! (Yes, I‘m lazy today)

Leftcoastzen Love this cover! 21h
Ruthiella Nice presentation ! 💕 21h
LeahBergen This is fantastic! 8h
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LauraJ
The Left-Handed Fate | Kate Milford
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#7covers7days #covercrush

Posting covers I love for 7 days, no explanation needed. Tagging someone to play each day.

How about joining in @gossamerchild ?

britt_brooke Gorgeous! 💚 23h
RealBooks4ever I‘ve got a thing for covers with sailing ships! 💜💜💜 22h
julesG 😍 19h
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LauraJ
My Thoughts Exactly | Lily Allen
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Just started this audiobook and I already love Lily Allen even more than I did an hour ago!

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LauraJ
SumoKitty | David Biedrzycki
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Excellent book about a stray cat who moves in with a group of sumo wrestlers.
#bbrc #atoz

LibrarianRyan 👍 😁 1d
Kimzey 😻 1d
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LauraJ
The Wake: A Novel | Paul Kingsnorth
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Leftcoastzen Love this cover , it‘s in the unread heap somewhere .😀 3d
LauraJ @Leftcoastzen that‘s where I found mine too. 3d
Ruthiella Great cover! 3d
batsy Fantastic cover! 3d
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LauraJ
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#7covers7days #covercrush Day 3.

@Exbrarian - join the fun!

Leftcoastzen Wow! 4d
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LauraJ
I Love You More Than Moldy Ham | Carey F. Armstrong-Ellis
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Pickpick

I can‘t believe that I‘m the first to review this wonderful book. Every page is a treasure of disgusting, rhyming goodness with hilarious illustrations.
#bbrc #atoz

LibrarianRyan I will have to check this out. 3d
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LauraJ
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Pickpick

Makes the monsters-under-the-bed theme fun for kids! And the illustrations are silly-scary, so kids should enjoy.
#BBRC #AtoZ

LibrarianRyan I love this series 3d
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LauraJ
Full Moon and Star | Lee Bennett Hopkins
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So Hollywood. These two kids write a play about doing things together forever. Pure fantasy. We all know that by middle school they won‘t even speak to each other anymore! Either Kyle or Katie‘s family will move away and that will be that. Or they‘ll sue each other over the rights to this crappy play and become enemies.
#BBRC #AtoZ

LibrarianRyan ⭐️👍 3d
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LauraJ
Elmer and Super El | David McKee
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Pickpick

How could I resist an elephant in a luchadore outfit? A cute story about helping friends filled with bright colors and adorably illustrated animals.
#BBRC #AtoZ
Thanks to @nelehelen for reminding me to take the time to have some fun.

nelehelen This one looks super cute!! 4d
LibrarianRyan Lover Elmer, 3d
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LauraJ
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An endlessly fascinating topic for me.

Hestapleton This sounds so interesting! 4d
LauraJ @Hestapleton So far it is. Science is making such rapid research advances that I always learn something new from these books. 4d
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LauraJ
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This features lot of the same material as the book Mindhunter, but the focus is mainly on the killers and less on Douglas and the FBI. I suspect this is targeted at fans of the show who may not have the patience for the less prurient aspects of Mindhunter.

Ruthiella Stupidly my first thought when reading that title was “salt”? 😉 4d
LauraJ @Ruthiella 😹😹😹 4d
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LauraJ
The Escape Room | Megan Goldin
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You know you wanna play. 😈

Ruthiella 😂😂😂😂 4d
Ruthiella Add “and you have a gift card!” 4d
LauraJ @Ruthiella OH, the indecision! 4d
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julesG @Ruthiella 👍😂😂😂 4d
JulietBooks Does the bookstore have a cafe and a clean bathroom? 4d
LauraJ @JulietBooks Only the EXTREME escape room version does. 4d
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LauraJ
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#7days7covers #covercrush

Posting covers I love for 7 days, no explanation needed. Tagging someone to play each day.

How have you not been tagged, @Meaw_catlady ?

Soubhiville That‘s a fun one! 5d
Meaw_catlady I‘ve been tagged by a couple lovely littens! I need to get to this challenge ASAP 💕💕💕 thanks for the tag ! 5d
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LauraJ
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Caitlin Doughty liked my Cecil post about her new book!

britt_brooke So cool! 🖤 5d
LeahBergen Awesome! 👏🏻👏🏻 5d
Ruthiella How could she not!?😀 5d
ValerieAndBooks Awesome!! 5d
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LauraJ
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Listening to this on audiobook - actor Jonathan Groff is the narrator.

Heatherfeather Whaaaaaaaat how did I not know about this 6d
MySharonaK 😮 6d
AmyG Oh wow. He is so great in Mindhunter. 6d
LauraJ @Heatherfeather I didn‘t either...until I started listening. 6d
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LauraJ
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Monroe profiles four types of women who are obsessed with murder and it‘s pretty good stuff...until she tries to shoehorn Ayn Rand into the narrative. It breaks the flow of the “Killer” chapter and makes it hard to follow. Overall, still a pick for those fascinated with all things murdery.

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LauraJ
Rabbit Cake | Annie Hartnett
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#7days7covers #covercrush

Thanks for the tag, @Soubhiville !

Posting covers I love for 7 days, no explanation needed. Tagging someone to play each day.

Want to join us, @IndoorDame ?

Soubhiville I really liked this book. 6d
LauraJ @Soubhiville Me too. I hope she writes more. 6d
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LauraJ
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Currently listening to during step 1 of deep cleaning my bedroom.
#audiocleaning

Texreader Thank heavens for audiobooks. Not sure I‘d get any housework done without them! 7d
Trashcanman @Texreader 👁️👁️ 7d
Trashcanman 👀 7d
LauraJ @Texreader It definitely makes housework more tolerable. 6d
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LauraJ
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Had to pick this up on pub day. It‘s Caitlin Doughty answering kids‘ questions about death 💀 #catsoflitsy

ValerieAndBooks That‘s an awesome picture. 1w
Leftcoastzen 😻❤️ 1w
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LauraJ
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Loved Bunny so much that I had to check out this one too.

LeahBergen 😆😆😆 That is one miffed-looking face! 1w
Leftcoastzen Lots of catitude! 1w
Ruthiella I am jonesing to read more Awad too! Looking forward to hearing what you think! 😀 1w
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LauraJ
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Mehso-so

A few truths with lots of examples. Having already read these examples in many other books, I was bored. If you haven‘t read a lot on the topic, this is a good overview with a pleasant presentation.

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LauraJ
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Really easy to grasp dive into what “ancestry” means. If you‘ve ever had your 🧬 tested, this book will help you understand the significance (or lack there of) of your results.

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LauraJ
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@JoScho - a belated, jumping up and down Thank YOU for this amazing #lmpbc tote! It will get a ton of use since CA requires us to bring our own bags. I love it! Also pictured is the book @Marmie7 chose for our group. @collegecatlady is tearing through the books, but I‘m gonna get to this later in the month.

suvata That tote is awesome! 2w
LauraJ @suvata the little book club you created had spawned so much goodness! 2w
suvata @LauraJ That makes me smile 😀 2w
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kamoorephoto Oh that is soooo awesome!!! We all need these now!!!! 2w
collegecatlady I‘m only tearing through them because my life is so busy that I get them done so I know I‘m not behind! 😂 2w
JoScho Yay! Glad you like it 🖤 2w
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LauraJ
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A belated thank you to @LibrarianRyan for the #litsylove! The metallic unicorn bookmark is especially wonderful. 🖤 #bbrc

LibrarianRyan ⭐️👍💗 2w
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LauraJ
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Cecil is so judgmental about my reading material. Screw him! This book is really good so far. #kal

Clwojick ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 2w
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LauraJ
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Fascinating and highly-readable book about Lyme disease and its potential as a Cold War biological weapon.

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LauraJ
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Skeptical about any book that includes testimonial commercials as part of the text. While there may be some good ideas here, there are definitely some bad ideas. Please don‘t drink “raw” milk. It can contain harmful germs, such as Brucella, Campylobacter, Cryptosporidium, E. coli, Listeria, and Salmonella.

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LauraJ
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This is my new foster kitten, Ollie. Unless cat wrangling counts as exercise, I didn‘t have my best #BFCr3 week. Did Pilates 2x, finished 1 book and meditated every day at least once.

MrBook 😻😻😻😻😻😻 1mo
SharonGoforth What a cutie!!😻😻 1mo
ValerieAndBooks Hello Ollie 😻! My great grandfather (Oliver) went by that nickname 😊 1mo
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JanuarieTimewalker13 Beautiful boy🐾❤️ 1mo
StayCurious I think you did great! Keep up the good work! 1mo
Hestapleton Kitten wrangling is 100% exercise. 1mo
Meaw_catlady Awww!!! That counts!! 😻😻😻 1mo
wanderinglynn Pilates twice & meditated every day sounds like a good week to me! 🙌🏻 Plus Ollie is super cute & pets are excellent for mental wellness. 👍🏻❤️🐱 1mo
IndoorDame Ollie is adorable!!! And you did a lot this week even if it wasn't perfect! Don't forget that! 1mo
BookNAround So cute! 4w
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LauraJ
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Just started this ARC and all of a sudden, I feel slightly more sane. Gen X women who feel like all the promises that were made when we were kids haven‘t panned out might want to head to NetGalley and request a copy.

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LauraJ
Rivers of London | Ben Aaronovitch
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Taking a break from all the heavy books with something to make me laugh. Thanks so much for sending this, @wanderinglynn 🖤

Catsandbooks Cute kitty! 💕 1mo
QuietlyLaura Aww! Kitty! 😻 1mo
wanderinglynn What a cute kitty! ❤️🐱 And glad you got the book—I hope you enjoy it. 1mo
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LauraJ
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Mehso-so

Found the pace to be drawn out and I figured out the whole shebang pretty early in the story. When that happens, it‘s usually because I‘m bored, otherwise, I‘ll just be “in the moment” as I read.

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LauraJ
The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Feel like I‘m watching a horror movie and I just wanna yell at Elwood to not get in the car!

Leftcoastzen I‘m reading it tonight too.Not as far along. 1mo
readordierachel It's heartbreaking 💔 1mo
LauraJ @readordierachel He did a great job of letting the horrors speak for themselves without overdramatizing the story. 1mo
readordierachel @LauraJ Totally agree 1mo
JulietBooks This book made me gasp so many times... 1mo
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LauraJ
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I finished two books, meditated every day and did four Pilates mat workout. Thanks to some encouragement from my #BookDragons I hit my goal and tried some new exercises too!
#BFCr3

Meaw_catlady Yay!! Great job! 💕 1mo
Leftcoastzen What a cutie! 1mo
mhillis Kudos!! You did great! 1mo
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Hestapleton Way to go!! 1mo
llawela Awesome! And onwards! 1mo
IndoorDame Yay!!💜 1mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 A great week! 1mo
Hestapleton @LauraJ we‘ve got you! 1mo
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LauraJ
The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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It feels like there‘s something I‘m supposed to be reading, but I can‘t remember what 🧠 🌫
So, I‘m going to read my first Colson Whitehead.

Samplergal I loved it. ( can I say that about a dismal subject matter?) Hope you do too. 1mo
Scochrane26 I have this one but haven‘t started it. You should read the Underground Railroad, too, but maybe not right after. It‘s a heavy one also. 1mo
Dragon 😻 1mo
JulietBooks Aww.. the cat is like "Okay, one more picture and that's it. I need my beauty sleep." 1mo
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LauraJ
Bunny: A Novel | Mona Awad
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I love this book so much! Take every 90‘s movie with teen female protagonists, set it in grad school and watch the horror unfold. The narrator often blurs the line between reality and imagination, so this isn‘t a read for everyone. As a perpetual outsider, I laughed and cringed and didn‘t want this to end. 🐰🐰🐰🐰

Pruzy You had me at Grad school. Plot as you describe it somewhat reminds me of Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott. Have you read it? 1mo
Ruthiella I loved this one too. What did you think of the last line and the mud and Jonah? I think she “created “ him too. If Ava is the person she wants to be maybe Jonah is who she fears she really is. 1mo
readordierachel Yes! Great review 1mo
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LindaGrace812 @Ruthiella, that‘s exactly what I thought! 1mo
Ruthiella @LindaGrace812 Thanks for the confirmation! I copped on to Ava fairly early but that last line surprised me in a good way! 1mo
LauraJ @Ruthiella @LindaGrace812 I thought Jonah was real and had just survived his program‘s version of the Bunnies. 4w
Ruthiella @LauraJ interesting! That works too! It was the voice coming from the mud that got me thinking... 4w
monalyisha @LauraJ Your interpretation crossed my mind, too! @Ruthiella & @LindaGrace812, yours did not but I like it! 2w
Ruthiella @monalyisha I like books that are just the right amount of ambiguous! 2w
monalyisha @Ruthiella @LindaGrace812 Do you think Jonah was really matriculated & that he actually graduated? How would that work with your theory? Also...it‘s interesting to think about the fact that not only were Samantha‘s characters fully-formed, but they themselves created! Ava made visual art; you could argue Max made conceptual art (& what was the garden before it became used as a burial site? What were his plans/“seeds”, do you think?). 2w
monalyisha @Ruthiella @LindaGrace812 Jonah *really* created, though! (Although I guess we never read any of it.) What do you make of his inability to *stop* writing & his endless poem about Alaska, if he was her “Hybrid”? So interesting to think about! I wish I‘d read this one with my book club (though I know a few of them would‘ve hated it 😅). 2w
Ruthiella @monalyisha All great questions to ponder. I would need to reread it but I now have this idea that when Samantha was at the Christmas dinner at her professors she was by herself...did any of them manifest outside of her imagination? 2w
monalyisha @Ruthiella Hmm...I think if that were the case, then the whole of her education would be called into question. Not sure I‘m ready to make that leap without a reread, either! 2w
LauraJ This definitely is a book that would benefit from a second reading in a Sixth Sense kinda way, @monalyisha @Ruthiella @LindaGrace812. 2w
monalyisha @LauraJ Ues! I saw what was coming with Ava (lots of clues — right down to her name!) but there were a bunch of things I didn‘t anticipate, too! 2w
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The Intuitionist: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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My cats‘ favorite boxes are #indiespensable. Cecil won‘t even give me a chance to see what‘s in the box! @Powells
#catsoflitsy

Soubhiville Haha! My Froedrick is the same way. All the boxes belong to him. That‘s cute. 1mo
llawela Aww what a beauty 1mo
ValerieAndBooks 😍 aww! I love him!! 1mo
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LauraJ
Bunny: A Novel | Mona Awad
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Got to see Mona Awad talk about Bunny a few weeks ago. She said it‘s about “fear and desire and how it manifests between women.”

I stayed up way too late reading this last night. Hoping to finish tonight.

Leftcoastzen Yay ,Skylight! 1mo
readordierachel I really enjoyed this one 1mo
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LauraJ
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Cute book that teaches kids about the letter “X”.
#bbrc #atoz

LibrarianRyan ⭐️👍🤓 1mo
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LauraJ
Bunny: A Novel | Mona Awad
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Finally have the chance to start this! Already in love with the writing 🖤

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LauraJ
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GOALS: Going to keep the meditation going, read 9 books and do Pilates daily-ish. #BFCr3
@Hestapleton @IndoorDame @StayCurious @Exbrarian @mhillis @Caterina

IndoorDame Sounds great! And good going on the meditation streak! 1mo
Hestapleton What a streak!!! That‘s amazing! 1mo
llawela Go go go! 1mo
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wanderinglynn Great goals! 🙌🏻 1mo
wanderinglynn What mindful app do you use? 1mo
LauraJ @wanderinglynn 10% Happier. Used it for free for a few months and bought a subscription. Totally worth it! 1mo
StayCurious I like the use of the term daily-ish. Remember we can be flexible🙂 1mo
wanderinglynn Thanks! I‘ll check it out. 👍🏻 1mo
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LauraJ
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A late #bfc check in with my neighbor‘s unimpressed pug. Exercised four days, meditated seven and read two more books past my goal. Thanks for all the help @Hestapleton and all the #bookdragons.

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌 A great week (even if the pug is unimpressed 😂). 🎉 1mo
JenReadsAlot I love pugs!! 1mo
Hestapleton Way to go!!!!! 1mo
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IndoorDame Great week!! 👏👏👏 and cute dog 🐶😊 1mo
LauraJ @JenReadsAlot me too. I‘ve always been a cat person, but I‘m pretty sure pugs are my spirit animal. 1mo
LauraJ @IndoorDame @Hestapleton Thanks! The pug is named Bella and she is a very good girl. We‘re besties! 1mo
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LauraJ
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Johnny Marr is a fascinating musician. He narrates his audiobook and his pure love of music is the big takeaway. He never tires of trying new ideas and continuing to evolve as an artist.

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The Deep | Nick Cutter
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Lola and I loved the dog in the book the most. And being maximally creeped out. It almost went into the freezer. Hope the rest of #Lmpbc #groupH enjoys this as much as I did.
@JoScho this one is coming to you early since the last one was a bit late.

collegecatlady I‘m so glad you liked it. I was so impressed by this one! 1mo
RiverKScottWrites The freezer?? I MUST know more 1mo
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LauraJ
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I love tor.com!

LibrarianRyan 😁I quite enjoyed this article 😁 2mo
mreads But those abs are what I saw 😍 2mo
Dragon I read the article on Picard, I‘m a Star Trek nerd ,Tor.com 👍😀🐉 2mo
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LauraJ
Never Have I Ever | Joshilyn Jackson
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Thanks for the tag, @IndoorDame ...this is a tough one.
Never Have I Ever...
1. Not read one of my book club‘s selections
2. Read at the beach
3. Owned enough books!
@suvata - tag!
#humpdaypost

JaclynW 🍷🍷🍷 2mo
hes7 🍷🍷 2mo
gradcat 🍹🍹 2mo
IndoorDame 🍷 2mo
DebbieGrillo 🍷🍷 Thanks for playing! 2mo
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LauraJ
Trainspotting | Irvine Welsh
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Thanks for the tag, @Hestapleton 😁
1. Hard to choose, but it is definitely from the 90‘s. I‘ll go with Trainspotting for now.
2. 62 😳
3. Wizards Unite
4. 10% Happier, Litsy and some of my work apps
5. You‘re up, @IndoorDame
#wondrouswednesday

Eggs Thanks for playing 🎈👏🏻🤗 2mo
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The Deep | Nick Cutter
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Reading this during daylight hours. If it hits one more of my creep out buttons, it may end up in the freezer next to Oliver Twist.
#lmpbc

madamereadsalot1 Love that book! I suggest it a lot. Super creepy, incredibly disgusting! I hope you enjoy it's special flavor of thrills and chills! 2mo
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Queen Panda Can't Sleep | Susanna Isern
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Queen Panda is spoiled and entitled. Once she learns the value of a hard day‘s work, her insomnia disappears.
#bbrc #AtoZ #LetterQ

LibrarianRyan 😁❤️👍🏻 2mo
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