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Lesanne

Lesanne

Joined February 2020

“People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.”
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Happy weekend!! Currently I‘m trying to get into the above named book but it‘s not holding my interest completely. I‘m also making my way through Fiona and Jane by Jean Chen Ho, my BOTM selection. And enjoying the snow that I don‘t have to drive in!!
#WeekendReading

Andrew65 Hope your reading improves, have a good weekend. 8mo
Lesanne @Andrew65 Thanks Andrew, you too!! (edited) 8mo
Lucy_Anywhere I had the same problem with that book - I must have started it about three times but it never really held my interest 8mo
Lesanne @Lucy_Anywhere I‘m not sure what it‘s missing exactly 🤔 8mo
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Snowscape | Patrick Ness
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You can‘t see the huge snowflakes falling or hear the sleet hitting the windows. But I think this is a great day to stay inside and read!!

Elizabeth2 Beautiful! 9mo
Clwojick Agreed! a perfect reading day! 9mo
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Mehso-so

I was excited to read this book but slightly disappointed after I did. I think I was expecting something more in depth regarding the inmates and how reading impacted their lives while they were incarcerated. Instead it was more just stories that focused on her and how working there impacted her. Which was okay, just not what I was looking for, I guess. ⭐️⭐️1/2 #DoubleSpin for January

squirrelbrain Yeah, I felt much the same as you about this one; it could have been so much better. 9mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 9mo
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Mehso-so

I confess this is not my favorite genre (book club selection) so that may be coloring my opinion, but to me this book was just okay. The premise is intriguing but I spent so much time exasperated with the MC/narrator I didn‘t even care what happened to her by the end. ⭐️⭐️1/2

sprainedbrain Your review is pretty much exactly how I felt about this one. 9mo
Lesanne @sprainedbrain Glad I‘m not the only one!! 😊 9mo
SheReadsAndWrites My book club just read this one and we felt the same way! 😐 9mo
Lesanne @SheReadsAndWrites So it wasn‘t just me!! 9mo
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Once There Were Wolves | Charlotte McConaghy
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As with her previous book Migrations, the prose is stunning and so evocative of nature and place, but it‘s depressing as hell. Many of the characters made me angry (including the narrator!) for various reasons, and some of the climactic events leading to the conclusion were pretty far-fetched. But it kept me reading to the end and I loved the writing and the underlying conservation message so it‘s a pick for me. ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 #Bookspin for January!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 9mo
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I had a hard time paying attention to this book, though that may be a product of everything going on in the world and my life in general. The scholastic requirements and political machinations were difficult to follow and I found myself just wanting to get on with the story. I give it extra credit for originality as well as a phenomenal cliffhanger! ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Just starting my January book club read. I‘m not usually a big fan of mystery/thrillers but so far I like it!

LapReader I was pleasantly surprised by this one. 9mo
Lesanne @LapReader Good to hear! 9mo
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New and interesting take on vampires, placing them firmly back in the scary and horrible camp. In this world the sun inexplicably stopped rising 27 years ago; vampires and other nasties began to take over as they could now walk abroad anytime. Gabriel (MC) is a member of a holy brotherhood that hunts all monsters but especially the vampires. Very dark and violent but with beautiful lyrical prose, it was tough to get through in spots. (cont.)

Lesanne At a hefty 734 pages I felt it could have been a couple hundred pages shorter; after a while there was too much fighting, killing and fleeing over and over. The slow reveal of Gabriel‘s backstory was well done and I really enjoyed him as a character. I will be reading the next one whenever it‘s released, although I hope it‘s not quite as long! 🌟🌟🌟🌟 9mo
Readergrrl I am reading this right now! 9mo
Lesanne @Readergrrl I hope you love it!! 9mo
Readergrrl @Lesanne I surely am! I have to stop myself each night because it keeps me up so late! 9mo
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Okay, this will be my first challenge of 2022! I‘m going to ease into the new year with small (hopefully) achievable goals for January:
Book goal-Complete #Bookspin and #Doublespin challenges
Fitness goal-Do some form of exercise or movement at least 3 days a week.

@wanderinglynn I appreciate the opportunity to take part, thank you!

#BFC2022

wanderinglynn Great goals! 🙌🏻 9mo
Cheshirecat913 Whoohoo, you can do it. 9mo
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Start Spinning | Maggie Casey
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Since most of my books are still in boxes from moving I had to dig deep into my Kindle library to round out the list! Ready for #BookSpin and #Doublespin!!
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! And I know the pain of having books packed away!!! Hopefully they can emerge soon!! 9mo
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She Who Became the Sun | Shelley Parker-Chan
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Great writing, fascinating characters, riveting plot; what more could you want in a book? Not what I expected, which is also a plus. If you like historical fiction with strong female protagonists and a smidge of mysticism, then I highly recommend! 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Leftcoastzen Cutie!🐶 13mo
wanderinglynn What a cutie! ❤️🐶 13mo
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She Who Became the Sun | Shelley Parker-Chan
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My library hold came in yesterday! 😃

katy4peas Awww, puppy! 😍 13mo
ShelleyBooksie Adorable doggo 13mo
ElizaMarie I just love love this pup! 13mo
Lesanne @katy4peas @ShelleyBooksie @ElizaMarie Thank you!! He‘s my heart ❤️ 13mo
OliviaV I think I was paying more attention to the dog than the book in your hand 6mo
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New library book.

ShelleyBooksie This sounds really good 13mo
Lesanne @ShelleyBooksie So far (30 pages in) it is! 13mo
ShelleyBooksie @Lesanne - I look forward to your review. Have you read Sy Montgomery's How To Be A Good Creature? Its of a similar theme. 13mo
Lesanne @ShelleyBooksie No, I haven‘t! I‘ll have to look for it. 13mo
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The Wednesdays | Julie Bourbeau
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1. I would say I‘m generally good at it, but of course I sometimes guess wrong!
2. The Kushiel series by Jacqueline Carey, A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin
3. I like anti-heroes and kickass female protagonists!
4. I‘m grateful for Kindle sample chapters!!

Thanks for the tag @Andrew65 !

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The history of slavery is the history of the United States. It was not peripheral to our founding; it was central to it. It is not irrelevant to our contemporary society; it created it. This history is in our soil, it is in our policies, and it must, too, be in our memories.

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56 Days | Catherine Ryan Howard
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I‘ll be honest, I‘m not usually a fan of psychological thrillers, they tend to bore me (which is not their intended effect!). But something about this one captured my interest until the very end. Maybe it was the way the whole pandemic was a peripheral character in itself. While the ending was a bit implausible I didn‘t care by the time I got there. The author‘s use of timeline hopping didn‘t even feel cliched. Great summer read for me. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Yes, even in the midst of reading 3 (or is it 4?) other books I‘m starting a new 560 pager! *sigh* So many books, so little time!

Cathythoughts Sounds great ! Good luck with the books 😁stacked 1y
AmyG I just started this, too. It is excellent. 1y
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Pickpick

Finally finished another book! My feelings are all jumbled about this one, but I can say it‘s beautifully and powerfully written. I‘m amazed at how the author was able to evoke both sympathy and disgust for many of the characters. My heart ached for Wavy and Kellen while still being very disturbed by the whole situation. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I‘m using this as a free space for #BookspinBingo.

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 1y
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Saving Private Ryan: A Novel | Max Allan Collins, Robert Rodat
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Mehso-so

I bought this book remembering how powerful the movie was (and mistakenly thinking the book came first!). And while it was technically well written, there wasn‘t much depth or characterization going on, which is understandable being based on a screenplay. So it was pretty good for what it was, just not what I was looking for. ⭐️⭐️1/2 #BookspinBingo free space

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
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Pickpick

I feel like the motif of a woman discovering that her husband is not who she thought has been used a lot lately but it‘s pretty well done here. While it wasn‘t much of a thriller and some of the plot details were far-fetched, it managed to hold my interest until the end. Soft pick for me. ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 #BookspinBingo

TheAromaofBooks This one is on my TBR!! 1y
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Sticker Girl | Janet Tashjian
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Not really book related but I love my new decal!

julesG Definitely reading related though. 😍 1y
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Tuesday's Choice | Henry Romel Guy
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1. Artemis, because she‘s a badass!
2. A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes

#Two4Tuesday

I tag anyone who wants to play!

TheSpineView I haven't read A Thousand Ships yet. On my list though! Thanks for playing! 1y
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Mrs. Kennedy and Me: An Intimate Memoir | Clint Hill, Lisa McCubbin
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I‘ve never been super interested in the Kennedy clan but since this was a free birthday ebook I figured why not. If you‘re looking for dirt or scandal about JFK or Jackie this isn‘t the book for you. Written by one of the secret service agents assigned to protect Jacqueline, it‘s very respectful and admiring of her. While I confess I might have been hoping for a teensy bit of dirt, it was still fascinating to glimpse behind the mystique (cont.)

Lesanne and see the family‘s ordinary loving and fun side. I also enjoyed learning about the all-consuming work of the Secret Service. Another #BookspinBingo free space. 😃 1y
JenReadsAlot This was a great book. 1y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
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The Boys of the Dark: A Story of Betrayal and Redemption in the Deep South | Robin Gaby Fisher, Michael O'McCarthy, Robert W. Straley
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This book was heartbreaking, infuriating, horrifying and yet inspiring. It was so hard to read about the violence perpetrated against so many at the Florida School for Boys. I can only hope that the hundreds of men who shared their stories will find peace or closure of some sort. Riveting despite its difficult subject matter. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Official April #Bookspin

(Contains descriptions of graphic violence against children)

rjsthumbelina Isn't this event what Colson Whitehead based his book off of? 1y
Lesanne @rjsthumbelina Yes! His book is where I discovered this one. 1y
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 1y
Scochrane26 Didn‘t know this one existed, but it‘s something that needs to be told. 1y
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Bailedbailed

I‘ve been wanting to read this book for a long time. It‘s right in my wheelhouse: strong female MC, Arthurian ties, religious conflict, but somehow it fell flat for me. I found myself bored and skimming a lot so I just stopped. I have too many other books waiting! I‘m using this as a free space for #BookspinBingo.

MsMelissa I loved this one, but am a total believer in bailing on books that don‘t work for you. I hope your next book is a fantastic one 😊 1y
Lesanne @MsMelissa Thank you! I thought the writing was wonderful and I‘ll try again at some point. I just wasn‘t in the right frame of mind or something. 🙃 1y
TheAromaofBooks At least it's off the list!! 1y
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Fable (Fable #1) | Adrienne Young
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Fun YA fantasy adventure with a smart capable heroine. And look at that gorgeous cover! ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Sharen, I‘ll have it in the mail to you next week!
#LMPBC #BookspinBingo

Chrissyreadit Yay! I‘m glad you liked it! 1y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
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Hour of the Witch | Chris Bohjalian
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Looks like I picked the wrong day to stop buying new books! #Bookmail

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Bingo! | Rosemary Wells
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Here is my #BookspinBingo board for May! Hope I can score at least one Bingo 😃

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Looks great!!! 1y
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My #BOTM box for May (with my free birthday month add-on!) 😌

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Cutting for Stone: A Novel | Abraham Verghese
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This was actually a reread and I enjoyed it even more this time around! Just a beautiful moving story about family and home and love in all forms. And I had forgotten that the ending packed such an emotional wallop! I‘m glad I decided to read it again. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2
#Doublespin for April

tpixie My sister loved it. I really need to read it! 1y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
Lesanne @tpixie It‘s sooo good! 1y
Bookwormjillk I loved this book 1y
tpixie @Lesanne I will try to make a point to read it sooner rather than later! 1y
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The Witch's Heart | Genevieve Gornichec
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This was an interesting reimagining of Norse mythology (which I‘m not that familiar with). It‘s focused on the character of a witch who has been “killed” 3 times by Odin for not revealing the future which she has seen in her visions. She meets Loki and ends up married to him. I really enjoyed the banter between them which helped the first half be really engaging. The second half got a bit tedious but the ending gave me all the feels. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

ShelleyBooksie Beautiful pup ♡ 1y
Lesanne @ShelleyBooksie Thank you, he‘s my heart! ❤️ 1y
ladym30 What a sweet face!❤️ 1y
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Spinning Around | Catherine Jinks
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Here‘s my list! I think I‘m going all in this month. I need to get some of these off my TBR so tag me for #Bookspin, #Doublespin and #BookspinBingo, Sarah! 😃

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1y
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The Witch's Heart | Genevieve Gornichec
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So far I‘m meeting my goal of reading every day of the readathon. 😊 (An hour yesterday, 45 minutes so far today 🤞🏻) Let‘s see how I do going back to work tomorrow! 😉

Andrew65 Great 😍 1y
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Bailedbailed

In a classic case of it‘s-not-you-it‘s-me, I cannot sustain an interest in reading this book. The banter and behind-the-scenes tidbits are great, but I just find my thoughts drifting during all the parts regarding the history of Scotland and its clans. I‘m not giving up on it but it‘s definitely telling me to wait a while. April #Bookspin

TheAromaofBooks Sometimes you just gotta put a book aside for a while!! 1y
JenReadsAlot This is my bookspin pick for April as well. 1y
Lesanne @JenReadsAlot It‘s a lot of fun and I‘ll really enjoy it at some point! I think I‘m just in the mood for something with a little more gravitas or something. I‘m sure you‘ll enjoy it! 😊 1y
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Now that April's There | Daisy Newman
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Thanks for hosting another awesome readathon, Andrew! My goals are very modest; I just want to read some each day. With work ramping up and some family stuff going on I‘ve had trouble focusing on anything. Maybe some consistency will be the kickstart that I need. 😊
#AwesomeApril

Andrew65 Good luck 😊👍 1y
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#BOTM Bookmail!! I can‘t wait to dive in.

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Pickpick

I wasn‘t sure I was going to like this at first, as it started out kind of slow, with a lot of world building. Plus I couldn‘t decide if I liked the MC, who was the narrator. But as I got more into the story I started caring about the characters and got totally sucked in. It was a quick read, ending on just enough of a cliffhanger that I‘ll definitely read the next in the series. I also appreciated the first-rate sarcasm from El, ⬇️

#LMPBC

Lesanne the aforementioned MC that I came to love. Overall a fun, entertaining read. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 2y
Allylu I love books that suck you in. 1y
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Ask Again, Yes: A Novel | Mary Beth Keane
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I didn‘t know much about this book going in. It‘s a slow character driven story that drew me in early. By the end I was a little weary of the lack of plot (other than a couple of bursts of intense action not much happened) and found my focus wandering. I enjoyed the writing and the complex characters, though. ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

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Spinnenfeuer | Jennifer Estep
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Like everyone else, I can‘t believe it‘s already April! 😱 Here is my #Bookspin/#Doublespin list for April. I‘m still avoiding Bingo, as life continues to be pretty busy around here. Looking forward to it!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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Readathon storybook: Oshindonga & English | Dorian Haarhoff, Linekela Shipindo Moshindonga, Sarie Maritz
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Join in this low key, no pressure readathon hosted by @Andrew65 . Set your goals as high or as low as you want, just try to get some reading done! #20in4

Andrew65 Thanks for sharing 😍 2y
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All Our Wrong Todays | Elan Mastai
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A clever and entertaining story about time travel and its long lasting effects on people, relationships and the entire world. While a little hard to follow at times, I enjoyed it immensely, even if it could have been trimmed down a bit for clarity. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #DoubleSpin

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2y
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All Our Wrong Todays | Elan Mastai
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A rented cabin in the Smokies is a great place for some reading in my March #DoubleSpin!

Kenyazero sounds like a cozy reading spot! 2y
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Nice! We‘ll be there in June! ❤️😍❤️ The cabins are definitely perfect reading sanctuaries. 2y
Lesanne @Kenyazero It‘s been heavenly! 2y
Lesanne @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Enjoy, I hope you have a great trip!! (And get lots of reading done) 2y
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Pickpick

I liked this book, although I wanted to love it, so it was sort of between so-so and a pick. I really wanted to find out the ending, however, so that made it a pick. I didn‘t feel any strong emotions, good or bad, about any of the characters but found the story events interesting and compelling. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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A Thousand Ships | Natalie Haynes
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Wow! At first I wasn‘t digging the non-linear storyline, probably because I am so familiar with the events of the Trojan war. But I came to enjoy the author‘s eloquent and witty prose as well as the layered way she revealed the story. What a fantastic way to celebrate and shine a light on the stories of the women of the Iliad. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Sharon, I will have it in the mail to you early next week!
#LMPBC #Round11

Allylu Got it! Starting it today - here we go April! 2y
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I had forgotten (or perhaps was too young to fully recognize, when I first read it) how delightful this series is. I do remember it gets a little more serious in subsequent books but I thoroughly enjoyed the (short) first chapter!
#NarniaReadalong

CaffeineAndCandy Me too. I've never read them before and I can't wait to see what happens! 2y
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Twin Spins! | Sienna Mercer
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I know this is early but I‘m going to be out of town for family stuff all next week and I didn‘t want to forget. 🤪 I can‘t believe it‘s almost March already! 🙄

#Bookspin #Doublespin

Bookzombie I can‘t either! 2y
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!!! And hopefully it's fun family stuff!! 2y
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You don‘t have to be proficient in chess to appreciate this biography of a remarkably brilliant and complex man. The author does a good job of neither overly villainizing Mr. Fischer, nor excusing his frequently abhorrent behavior and beliefs. Definitely a fascinating examination of the life of the greatest American chess player ever. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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A Thousand Ships | Natalie Haynes
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@BennettBookworm Suzanne, thank you so much for this amazing book!! I‘m so excited to read it, I can‘t wait! And the chocolate Dove squares and Reese‘s cups are definitely my favorites. (I confess I‘ve eaten a lot of them already 😱) Hope you have a great Valentine‘s Day!!
@candority , thank you for organizing!!

#bookcupidswap

Allylu That book is beautiful...and the gift so timely! Happy Valentines Day! 😊💕📚❤️ 2y
candority What a beautiful cover! Happy Valentine‘s Day! 💘💘 2y
BennettBookworm Yayyyy so thrilled!! ❤️ 2y
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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My goal is to start these two gorgeous books! One for #LMPBC, the other just for fun. If you haven‘t already, join in the fun!

Andrew65 These look great, good luck 😊👍 2y
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