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Maggie4483

Maggie4483

Joined April 2016

Buy me books and tell me I'm pretty. Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/45441152-maggie-burns.
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Ugly Love: A Novel by Colleen Hoover
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The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
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The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy
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The Heath Anthology of American Literature: Early nineteenth century : 1800-1865. B by Paul Lauter, Richard Yarborough, John Alberti, Mary Pat Brady
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The Norton Anthology of English Literature by Stephen Greenblatt, W W Norton & Company
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Look, I found the perfect place to live!

(If only it wasn‘t WAAAY above my price range 😩)

Ruthiella 😂😂😂 But it comes with a dedicated library! 3d
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Mehso-so

Between Ned, Nat, Nan, Dan, Dick, Dolly, Demi, Daisy, it was was really a challenge to keep up with all the characters.

Fortunately, I have practice. On one side of my family we have a Jerrie, Mary, Terry, Sherrie, Shari, and Shelley.

AlaMich I work in a kindergarten classroom and that happens some years with the kids‘ names. And then they get all indignant if you accidentally call them by the wrong name! 😂 2w
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Butter: Roman | Asako Yuzuki
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Panpan

I missed the #CampLitsy discussion of this one, because I really struggled to get through it. For a book subtitled “A Novel of Food and Murder” (two of my favorite subjects), I was SO bored. It may be partially my fault for expecting more of a murder mystery, suspense aspect, so I was disappointed when that wasn‘t there. And the food descriptions were redundant and felt forced. Overall not a fan. 🤷🏻‍♀️

dabbe #fanofthepan! 🤩🤩🤩 (I'm still deciding if I should slog through or not! 😂) 2w
BarbaraBB I hope you‘ll like our next read better! 2w
BarbaraBB @dabbe I‘d say #hailthebail 😉 2w
dabbe @BarbaraBB Yes! That, too! 🤩😂🤗 2w
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A Farewell to Arms | Ernest Hemingway
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I still can‘t get over A Farewell to Arms featuring so prominently on my shark-themed #Bookspin lists. 🤣 I‘ve been laughing about that all day. I hope my sick sense of humor isn‘t offensive to anyone. I blame working with desensitized firefighters.
Anyway…here‘s my very extra #BookspinBingo board.

TheAromaofBooks I also thought it was hilarious 😂 Is The Small Bachelor by Wodehouse? Because I loved that one!! 2w
Maggie4483 @TheAromaofBooks it is by Wodehouse! It‘s my 1927 pick for the #192025 challenge. I haven‘t started it yet, but I‘m glad to hear you loved it! 2w
TheAromaofBooks It's typical Wodehouse chaos and nonsense that he somehow makes work 😂 2w
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Burial Rites | Hannah Kent
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My #Roll100 is another short story collection that includes another Sookie Stackhouse story. My #DoubleSpin is my June #FoodandLit pick (oops 🤷🏻‍♀️).

I updated all the books on this list that I have finished, and, well, if this was baseball, my 0.357 batting average would be considered excellent. Book reading is measured the same as baseball stats, right?

Bookwormjillk Sounds good to me! 2w
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Looking great!!! 2w
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The Book of Joy | Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu
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July‘s #Roll100 picks look like an emotional roller coaster.

PuddleJumper ❤️❤️ 2w
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A Farewell to Arms | Ernest Hemingway
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Dying over A Farewell to Arms being listed right over the fin. I swear I didn‘t plan that 😂.

Is anyone else excited for Shark Week? 🦈

#Bookspin #Doublespin

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2w
curiouserandcurioser @Maggie4483 YES!! Cannot wait! Let the festivities begin:) 2w
Ruthiella 😂😂😂 Bye bye! 🦈 2w
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Of Mice and Men | Steinbeck
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The best laid plans of something, something (the tagged book is under the strawberry).

Actually probably the closest I‘ve been to getting a Bingo. And I DID complete my #Bookspin and #Doublespin this month!
#BookspinBingo

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Fantastic month!! 2w
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Burial Rites | Hannah Kent
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My dinner tonight is very multi-cultural: Tuscan Vegetables, Cajun Potatoes, and, for #FoodandLit - baked Icelandic Cod.
I wish I could tell you that the fish was the best part of this meal, but that would be as much of a lie as if I told you I was anywhere close to finishing my June book selection. 🫣

TheBookHippie Nice! I think we all fall behind and catch up! (edited) 2w
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Mrs. Dalloway | Virginia Woolf
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I‘m in this quote and I don‘t like it. 🤣

Libby1 ❤️ 1mo
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Pickpick

This was my second Cleeton book, but definitely won‘t be my last. I love the way she uses historical events as a backdrop to individual stories - I‘ve actually learned quite a bit from her.
Made Spanish Fideua for #FoodandLit #Spain. It was okay, but I think I‘ll definitely be asking Santa for a paella pan for Christmas.

Texreader Too bad the recipe wasn‘t as good as expected but I‘m stacking the book! 1mo
Catsandbooks Fantastic! 🇪🇸 1mo
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BookSpinBingo | Untitled
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And my #BookspinBingo board!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Looks fabulous!!! 1mo
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My #Bookspin is the first book for #CampLitsy, and my #Doublespin is tagged.

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Looking great!! 1mo
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BookSpinBingo | Untitled
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June #Bookspin.

I‘m really in need of a book-cation, ‘cuz I‘m tired of seeing the same books on my Bookspin list month after month. 🤣

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
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Not exactly “beach reads,” but that‘s okay, since the closest I‘ll be getting to the beach this summer is Shark Week.

#Roll100

PuddleJumper Good luck! 1mo
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Pickpick

What‘s the rule? Match your purse to your pants and your book to your big dumb cup?

This was a soft pick for me. The story was engaging, but it sometimes felt like Elizabeth Zott was a caricature of a smart person - like a hot, sad, female version of Sheldon from Big Bang Theory. I just felt like she was unrealistically obtuse. I loved Mad and Six-Thirty, though.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I loved this one 🧡🐾 2mo
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And my #BookspinBingo

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Looks fabulous!! 2mo
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May #Bookspin. Lots of playing catch-up.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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Blue Label | Eduardo Sanchez Rugeles
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#LaterPost for April‘s #FoodAndLit #Venezuela. Carne Mechada is a family favorite, but this was not my family‘s recipe. It probably would have been better if I had made some arepas and platanos, but I was too lazy. I may have to hit up my fave Venezuelan restaurant to get my fix. I‘m also struggling to get into this book.

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For the most part, this book is kinda boring and annoying. But, UGH!, this line got me. This is literally all I‘m looking for. 😭

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Complete Stories | Dorothy Parker
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This quote wasn‘t actually in this book (and in fact may not have even been written by Dorothy Parker at all), but it‘s attributed to her, and one of my favorite lines about one of my favorite drinks. I love a Dirty Bombay Sapphire Martini with blue cheese stuffed olives. 🍸
There were a TON of short stories in this compilation. Some were funny, some were sad, many were forgettable, and a few were problematic. But overall I enjoyed it.

Maggie4483 This was my #1924 selection for the #192025 challenge. 3mo
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My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding | Jim Butcher, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Charlaine Harris, Rachel Caine, Lori Handeland, Esther Friesner, Susan Krinard, P N Elrod, L A Banks
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#BookspinBingo for April!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Looks fantastic!! 3mo
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Blue Label | Eduardo Sanchez Rugeles
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April‘s #Bookspin is one of my #FoodAndLit #Venezuela picks, and my #Doublespin is one I‘ve been trying to get to FOREVER.

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Enjoy!! 3mo
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Hello Beautiful | Ann Napolitano
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The year is still young, but it‘s going to take something reeeeeaaaaalllllllyyyyy special to unseat Hello Beautiful for my favorite of the year. I think it‘s the best book I‘ve read since A Little Life.
(I didn‘t finish a single book in all of February…hence the X).

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Loved this one 💛📚 3mo
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Spinning | Tillie Walden
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April #Bookspin

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3mo
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April #Roll100

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Kiss Me, I'm Irish | Bella Street
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#BookspinBingo for March.

Side note: I am having so much fun with Canva. I wish I could afford the paid subscription.

TheAromaofBooks I've turned into a Canva addict! 😂 Looks fabulous!! 4mo
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Gothic Short Stories | David Blair
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March #Bookspin and #Doublespin! ☘️🏀🌼🇮🇪⛹️‍♂️🌷⚾️

Between St. Patty‘s Day, Spring Break, March Madness, Spring Training, and Spring Break (I REALLY love Spring Break), March might be my favorite month (aside from October, of course).

I didn‘t finish a single book in February, but hopefully a whole week off will help me get back on track.

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Enjoy!! 4mo
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My #Bookspin #Doublespin for March. I love March Madness (but I‘m bummed that it starts after we get back from Spring Break this year).

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 5mo
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Strange Brew | P. N. Elrod
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My March #Roll100 has me continuing to try to catch up on #192025. I‘m looking forward to a lot of reading time over Spring Break in a couple of weeks.

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Banned Book Club | Kim Hyun Sook
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Making may way through this year‘s Oscar noms & found this documentary short in which kids are interviewed about how they‘ve been affected by their schools‘ book banning policies. Very moving, but take it with a grain of salt…the kids who were interviewed obviously had to have parental permission, and I think it‘s safe to assume that that wouldn‘t have been granted by parents who agree with these policies.
Still…worth a watch.

TieDyeDude The film makers were likely not looking to tell both sides (and I really don't care to continue to hear the lies of the other side), but I also think it would be easier to find kids who don't agree with book banning that haven't been influenced/coached by parents than kids who have independently decided that certain books should be restricted. 5mo
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Hello Beautiful | Ann Napolitano
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When you have a bad day, but it‘s okay because it‘s #NationalMargaritaDay and your local takeout margarita bar is having a BOGO special…so you get four. And then go to Taco Bell, too.

KateReadsYA 🙌 Girl you know how to have a good time!!!! 🥰 5mo
Maggie4483 @KateReadsYA Lol…they DO freeze well, so I might save one of the shorties for this weekend.☺️ 5mo
KateReadsYA @Maggie4483 What was your taco bell order? I always go for a Baja blast freeze, steak quesedilla with a side of nacho cheese, a soft taco and loads of hot sauce 🤩🤭 5mo
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AmyG Yum! 5mo
Maggie4483 @KateReadsYA I usually only go during Nacho Fries season, but they have a new chicken empanada that I highly recommend. And, yes, all the hot sauce for me, too! 🔥 5mo
KateReadsYA @Maggie4483 yupp gonna have to try that out. 👍 5mo
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Hello Beautiful | Ann Napolitano
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Hello Beautiful and “Hello, Beautiful.”

My pretty girl isn‘t feeling good tonight, 😿 so I‘m neglecting my chores in favor of giving her lots of love.

rubyslippersreads Hope she feels better soon. 😽 5mo
dabbe Hope she's on the mend soon! 🖤🐾🖤 5mo
maich Sending her love and hope she feels better soon❤️❤️ 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Hope she‘s feeling better ❤️ 5mo
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Slaughterhouse-Five | Kurt Vonnegut
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I‘ve toyed with the idea of getting a tiny “So it goes” on my arm (and “Let it be” in the same place on the opposite arm). Maybe someday. But I think my next tattoo will be a starfish, because I love the starfish story (“I made a difference to that one”). #SundayFunday

BookmarkTavern I love all those so much! 💖 Thanks for sharing! 5mo
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Homegoing | Yaa Gyasi
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A few days late, but, oh man, was this good. Definitely adding this Ghanaian Chicken Chichinga to the rotation. I‘m still struggling to get into this book. Not because it isn‘t good, but because it‘s just so heavy.

#FoodAndLit #CookingTheBooks

Catsandbooks Yum! 🇬🇭 5mo
Bookwormjillk Yum! 5mo
TieDyeDude I just looked up my review of this book. I remember liking this a lot, but it is not a light read. I think it picked up a lot for me around the civil war era time jump. 5mo
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BookSpinBingo | Untitled
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I really was planning to just hand-write all my #BookspinBingo boards this year, but Canva and Pic Collage are too much fun. 🥳 I‘m not even sorry about how extra I‘m being.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Looks fabulous!! 5mo
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Bel Canto | Ann Patchett
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Thank you @Chelsea.Poole for this awesome template! This will be so helpful for keeping my #Bookspin and #Doublespin picks organized!

Bookspin-Bel Canto (also one of my February #Roll100 picks)
Double spin-Homegoing (last months #FoodandLit pick that I didn‘t get to)

CBee Homegoing is AMAZING ♥️♥️ 5mo
Maggie4483 @CBee I‘m struggling with it right now, but I‘m definitely going to keep going, because I‘m quickly realizing my own ignorance about this terrible chapter in history. 5mo
Mary_Reads Any time a song was mentioned in Bel Canto, I would pull up Spotify and play it while I read the section. It really made the novel come alive. It was a beautiful experience. 5mo
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CBee @Maggie4483 it‘s definitely worth it. Not an easy book to read but so important. 5mo
Maggie4483 @Mary_Reads What a great idea! I‘ll try that! 5mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Looking great!! 5mo
Chelsea.Poole 👏 glad you can use it! 5mo
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Lady Chatterley's Lover | D.H. Lawrence
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For someone who‘s terminally single, I actually really love Valentine‘s Day. I think it‘s all the hearts and flowers and pinks and reds.

Anyway…here‘s my #Bookspin list. Some of these titles are pretty appropriate for the season, I think.

AmyG I like the cats. 🌹 5mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 5mo
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Remarkably Bright Creatures | Shelby Van Pelt
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Easy choice for my favorite read in January.

Thanks @Catsandbooks for this template! #BookBracket2024

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💙 🐙 💙 5mo
Catsandbooks Hooray! 🩵 5mo
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No Bingo, but definitely not my worst month. My goal is to finish a book every time I have a day off, and I accomplished that in January. February should be extra easy, since I only have one day off all month.
#BookspinBingo

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Fantastic month!! 5mo
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My Family and Other Animals | Gerald Durrell, Jocelyn Potter
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1. Yes! I have the same last name as my dad (😉 just kidding). But I really do have the same middle name as my uncle Joe and my cousins Mike and Clint. But theirs is spelled “Lee” and mine is “Leigh.”
2. Only child here. I have a stepbrother and stepsister, but we‘re not close. I haven‘t seen them in close to 20 years.
3. Tagged! I loved the Durrells! Everyone was such a character. #WondrousWednesday

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Only child here too 🙋🏻‍♀️ 5mo
Eggs Amazing 😻 Thanks for joining in! 5mo
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Y‘all! I‘m posting my February #Roll100 picks BEFORE February!!! #Growth

44-1001 Afternoons in Chicago
50-Crimes by Moonlight
76-Bel Canto

PuddleJumper 🎉🎉 5mo
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Remarkably Bright Creatures | Shelby Van Pelt
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I loved it! And I want to make friends with an octopus! 🐙

Treated myself to the fish and chips that Ethan and Cameron never got to. #CookingtheBooks #TakeoutEdition #BookAndDinner

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On my way to an IRL bookclub I found on Meetup and I. am. So. NERVOUS. What if there are a lot of people there? What if there aren‘t a lot of people there? What if I say something dumb? What if I don‘t say anything at all? Where do I sit? How do I human? Gah!!!

Anyway…wish me luck. Or a new personality.

TheKidUpstairs I would be going through the exact same racing thoughts. Others probably are, too! I hope you find a great IRL bookish community 😊 6mo
Bookwormjillk Good luck! 6mo
TheBookHippie Good luck !!‘ 6mo
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Maggie4483 Spoiler alert: I chickened out. 😔 Next time I‘ll have to scope out the parking situation first. 6mo
dabbe You're not alone. I have chickened out of quite a few activities myself as I'm sure a lot of us have. And don't beat yourself up about it. Trust that you had feelings that said stay away, so you stood away. And next time, baby steps. I wish you lived in my city. We could go together! 💜🩶💜 6mo
Billypar I can sympathize! I created a flyer to start a IRL book club and put all this effort into the design. But that was a month or two ago...I keep procrastinating posting it anywhere 😬 6mo
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The Proposal | Jasmine Guillory
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There was surprisingly little baseball in this considering there‘s a baseball on the cover. But even though it didn‘t scratch my off-season itch with balls & strikes & hits & diamond shaped fields, this book was just the cutest. I loved both of the MCs, flaws and all.

Enchiladas would have probably been a better choice for #CookingTheBooks (super cute cooking scene), but thinking this was a baseball book made me want a hot dog real bad 😀

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The Enchanted April | Elizabeth Von Arnim
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I was hoping, with so much discussion of the meals in this book, there would be some good Italian food descriptions. But, since there weren‘t, I made a Shrimp Portofino based on the location. This was actually my dinner last Sunday (when I planned to finish this book), but didn‘t finish until yesterday. #CookingTheBooks #BookAndDinner

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Whose Body? | Dorothy Sayers
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#LunchAndABook I have four hours to kill between my morning shift and an afternoon meeting (seriously, who schedules meetings on a holiday weekend!?!?!). Spending my time with a burger and a murder. 🔪 🍔 📕

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The Black Moth | Georgette Heyer
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January #BookspinBingo is a LOT of me just trying to catch up on my #192025 challenge. I‘m still in the twenties. The NINETEEN-twenties! I‘m literally 100 years behind. 🤦🏻‍♀️

TheAromaofBooks Well, your bingo card looks fantastic anyway 😂 6mo
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January 2024 #Bookspin #Doublespin list!!!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 6mo
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January #Roll100!!!

PuddleJumper 🎉🎉🎉 I never got on with D.H Lawrence 6mo
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