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Maria514626

Maria514626

Joined May 2016

Website copywriter. Dog lover. Podcastworm. Speaker of broken German. Goodreads: maria514626
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This #arc is a cross between really interesting ☝️☝️☝️and way too much information. It‘s a fashion and history lesson.

I wish there were photos alongside the text. I‘ve been looking up a lot of designers and wow! Some of their pieces are amazing (to me).

The author shows how clothes were used to keep women “in line.” Her approach, however, is light. She lets the reader come to her own conclusions (rather than writing, “Isn‘t this awful?”)

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Starting my new #lmpbc book. Thanks @Pogue for including the cat bookmark! ❤️

Pele, aka cow dog, was living his best life eating grass. 🤦‍♀️😄
@TheBookHippie @Hazel2019 @suvata

Leftcoastzen Cute!🐶 3w
Sparklemn He is adorable 3w
Maria514626 @Leftcoastzen @sparklemn Thanks! He‘s a sweet, bossy, goofball. 😊 3w
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@TheBookHippie — the book is off to you tomorrow! (Well, I‘m dropping it off tomorrow. It won‘t go anywhere until Tuesday. 😆) @Pogue @Hazel2019 @suvata

TheBookHippie 😂😂 no worries I think dropping mine right before holiday weekend may have slowed it😝! 3w
TheBookHippie ARRIVED!! I love the extras!!! Thank you!! 3w
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5/5⭐️s! Thank you, @Pogue for your #lmpbc pick!

I wasn‘t looking forward to this. Folktales and indigenous stories* aren‘t my jam. (*Burned by reading Louise Erdrich.) SURPRISE! This was beautiful, lyrical and very hard to put down. One of the best books I‘ve read this year. ❤️ @Hazel2019 @TheBookHippie @suvata

Hazel2019 Yay! We have some good picks this round 😊 4w
TheBookHippie Yay!!!! 4w
Pogue I am so glad that you liked it! 4w
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And Then There's Margaret | Carolyn Clarke
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It‘s the weirdest thing. I started this #arc and soon realized: #needsediting. Not terrible though.

At 65%, it took a sharp turn. See above. I keep thinking, “This has got to be the author‘s spit draft.” (Or shi$$y first draft.) The draft when you get everything out. You don‘t self edit. The not-supposed-to-be-good draft.

Did the editor stop editing here? Did the writer? I‘m confused. #augustarc #augustarcreadathon

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Mehso-so

The three artists/groups, their contexts and the histories of violence they expose are horrifying. One artist's exhibit at the Venice Biennale — seared. in. mind.

There was a lot of exposition on the art world. It detracted from the book. It was as if I was suddenly yanked into an academic journal. (It moved the book from 4 starts to 3.) #arc #augustARCreadathon #augustARC

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Pickpick

🤯 🤯 🤯 I knew he wasn‘t a “good guy” going into the book. What a colossal mess, death and destruction he left in his wake. It reads like a John Le Carré novel. But it‘s not fiction.

Highly recommend.
(Since it was on audio, it was harder to keep the characters straight at the beginning of the book.)

The reader was so-so. Sounded like he could have been a reader for World War 2 newsreels.

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Pickpick

This took a long time to finish. It was an I-need-to-stop-and-ponder-that-sentence kind of book. The author is so wise.

I didn‘t agree with all he had to say/all he believes but it was eye opening and written beautifully. The end did drag. (I wasn‘t savoring it anymore.) 3.75⭐️

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The tagged audiobook kept me company as I got this cinnamon babka ready for the oven. #audiobaking

The book and reader are so good! She emphasizes how groups use language to suck in and control followers. It goes way beyond groups like Jim Jones‘ Peoples‘ Temple and Heaven‘s Gate. (She doesn‘t try to scare you though.)

mabell Looks yummy! 2mo
Maria514626 @mabell It was! It didn‘t last long. 😆 2mo
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Readers and Reading | Andrew Bennett
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“Reading Around New York
Even amid the clamor of a city of millions, New Yorkers have always been able to escape into a good book.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/04/books/reading-around-new-york.html?referringS...

Full of fabulous black-and-white photos from their archives—back to the 1930s.

Chrissyreadit I just showed this to my mom. She said they would go to the park and she would go to get her books every week. 2mo
Maria514626 @Chrissyreadit I love that so much! Thanks for sharing. 2mo
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For Instant Happiness, Grab a Book and Head Outside
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/06/books/review/reading-outside-pastime.html?ref...

“This summer, The New York Times sent photographers to beaches, parks, courtyards and cafes across the country to document our intrepid tradition of enjoying words and nature at the same time. Their pictures are a reminder of the magnificence and magic of this combination.”
❤️☀️❤️☀️❤️☀️

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Need advice. This book is.not.good. 😱 I don‘t want to finish but it‘s an #arc.

Do you finish your #arc books? It‘s an audio so it‘s hard to skim. 😄 (I usually finish mine—skimming if I have to. But this one. Ugh.)
#augustarcreadathon

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I thought I‘d have to “get through” this book (#lmpbc). It‘s character building to read outside one‘s comfort zone, right?

Page 1: 🤯. This books is hypnotic, beautiful and eye opening. If you told me I‘d love a world where birds have conversations and a coyote invented the world — and it wasn‘t satire — I would have thought, “You are sadly mistaken” and inwardly rolled my eyes.

Thank you @Pogue 🙌
@TheBookHippie @Hazel2019

@suvata

TheBookHippie ♥️ 2mo
Hazel2019 That‘s great! 💕 2mo
Pogue I am glad that you are enjoying it! I love indigenous stories. 2mo
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#bookspin and #augustARCreadathon forecast. @TheAromaofBooks @Clwojick

I already working I two of the ARCs 🙌. Looking forward to clearing my conscience. 😄

Clwojick You‘ve got this! 2mo
Maria514626 Thanks @Clwojick 💪+🧠+ 👀 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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Thanks, @Pogue 👍 I look forward to digging into this one! #lmpbc @TheBookHippie @Hazel2019 @suvata

Hazel2019 Yay! By the way I really like the cover. The color combo is really nice! 2mo
Maria514626 It‘s gorgeous. And it fits with the book perfectly. Btw, the stories sucked me right in! 🙌 @Pogue (edited) 2mo
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This guy. Yikes. There‘s devotion to a cause. What lies beyond is extremely dangerous. Sociopath? That answer is probably too easy.

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This is a fascinating look at life in Franco‘s Spain. But it‘s written like how you‘d expect a YA novel to read—if you hadn‘t read good YA novel.

So far the characters seem simple, even though their lives aren‘t.

I‘m judging it extra harshly. I just spent too much time trying to install a new thermostat and it still isn‘t working. 😤

rockpools Your first paragraph made me laugh. Good luck with the thermostat! 2mo
Maria514626 @rockpools Glad I could send you some humor. 😄 Thanks for the good wishes about my thermostat. 😩 2mo
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Untitled (Untitled #1) | Laura Brooke Robson
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July book report. 😁
—9 books read
—3 print or ebooks
—6 audiobooks

August goals. Finish:
—book club book
#lmpbc book
#bookspin book
—1+ backlogged book for the #augustARCreadathon

Spend more time reading outside. Even though that means leaving Pele inside. (His preference. 🤷‍♀️)

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List ready! #bookspin #doublespin #bookspinbingo
I made space for impulse reads this month. (Thanks for the idea, @TheSpineView 👍)
#augustarc @Clwojick

Clwojick Awesome! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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I‘m looking forward to alleviating my guilt in August. 🙌🙌🙌
#augustarc @Clwojick

Clwojick Woohoo! Glad you‘ll be joining me! 💙 2mo
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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#bookspin #julybookspin update
Three-Martini Afternoons was my July #bookspin book. Nope. I‘m starting my #doublespin but probably won‘t finish this week.

I didn‘t follow my bingo card or my #bookriot goals this month. 🤷‍♀️ If I summed it up: it was like going into a grocery store without a list.

Next month I‘m focusing on my #arc backlog.

TheAromaofBooks Sometimes you just have to go with the flow instead of the list!! 2mo
Maria514626 @TheAromaofBooks Indeed. Especially in the summer. And when a Litten recommends a book about spies. 😆 2mo
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This has been in my TBR for quite awhile. After reading the review from @Lizpixie I decided to finally pick it up. Yowza. It‘s fascinating. The hubris, commitment, loyalty, and paranoia. 😳 #spies

I‘m reading and listening. So many characters and details. Hard to keep straight while listening. Bonus! Cameos from Graham Greene.

Lizpixie Woohoo!🙌 I highly recommend the documentary on Prime about him, The Spy Who Went Into The Cold, it actually has him on camera plus a lot from people who knew him & even his daughter. 2mo
Maria514626 @Lizpixie Thanks for the recommendation! I love documentaries. Documentaries about spies? 🔥 2mo
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@TheBookHippie Your book should arrive by the end of the week!
#lmpbc @suvata @Pogue @Hazel2019

TheBookHippie Well YAY!!! 2mo
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Sending this off to you in the next couple of days, @TheBookHippie 📮 #lmpbc

This kept me guessing and nervous about what was next. It lost points for way too many characters and the MCs schoolgirl-like inner dialogue re: a woman he‘s attracted to. (Not lascivious, just hard eyeroll.)

I love how the author writes historical fiction. It‘s like a slow-moving car crash as the country‘s enveloped in WW2.
@Hazel2019 @Pogue
@suvata

Hazel2019 Yay! Can‘t wait for this one to make its way to me in the next couple months! 🙂 2mo
TheBookHippie YAY!! I am so excited!! 2mo
TheBookHippie I'm half way through and enjoying it!!! I have a list to help!!! Now I want to read 2mo
Maria514626 @TheBookHippie So glad you like it! I don‘t remember much about the tagged book. (I read it during a rather bonkers time. 😜) But I gave it 4 ⭐️ on Goodreads! 2mo
TheBookHippie @Maria514626 I‘ve had that!!! Good to know! I put it on hold at the library. 2mo
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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Wrap up: 7 hours
📚1 book bailed (Three-Martini Afternoons at the Ritz)
📚Read: Spies of the Balkans, Three-Martini Afternoons at the Ritz

#reversereadathon #deweys24hourreadathon
📚Listened to: The Fountains of Silence

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Finished up the #reversereadathon with this audiobook, and decorating my planner.

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2 hours down.
It‘s dreary and rainy. 🙁 It‘s making me so sleepy! Hoping for some sun later today so I can read outside.
#reversereadathon @DeweysReadathon

Warning to my #lmpbc compatriots. Unless you have a fabulous memory, you‘ll need to make a list of characters. So far I have two sides of a 4x6 inch sticky note. 😄 @Hazel2019 @Pogue @TheBookHippie

Hazel2019 Lol I have no issues with making lists! And by the way, I love dark and dreary! It‘s way too sunny here! Bright Sun and 95 degrees ugh… 2mo
TheBookHippie I always read this way 🤣😅. 2mo
Maria514626 @Hazel2019 Days like those and I swear the sun is trying to kill me. 😬😄 2mo
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Maria514626 @TheBookHippie I just realized I could use my book light when it‘s dark during the day. 🤦‍♀️ 2mo
TheBookHippie @Maria514626 🤣🤦🏻‍♀️ I have moments like this daily… 2mo
Maria514626 @TheBookHippie I hear ya… 2mo
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Bailedbailed

Hour 1: Can‘t do this book. #arc #reversereadathon
The organization — one aspect of their lives in each chapter — hollows out their stories. The impact of societal expectations of women in the 1950s and 60s, their marriage roles, mental illness (not addressed until the end of the book), etc. all impact each other. Stripping away all but one context at a time made their stories one-dimensional.
More below. 👇👇👇

Maria514626 More than that, the author doesn‘t leave it to the reader to make connections — for example, the third highlight above. Without it, her point would be so much more powerful. July #bookspin @TheAromaofBooks (edited) 2mo
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And it begins! #reversereadathon #deweys24hourreadathon

First — Decide if I‘m going to keep reading this #arc. It‘s bland and I don‘t care about Plath or Sexton. Which is bonkers since both of them have deep inner and outer lives.

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Excellent Women | Barbara Pym
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For the #pemberlittens reading Excellent Women (❤️) an interesting article about the author in The New Yorker: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2022/06/06/when-barbara-pym-couldnt-get-publi...

FYI—The online and print articles are the same. Confusingly, the head and subheads are different.

#excellentwomenandboiledpotatoes

Crinoline_Laphroaig Thank you for this! 2mo
Maria514626 @Crinoline_Laphroaig You‘re very welcome! 2mo
AnneCecilie Thanks for sharing 2mo
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Maria514626 @AnneCecilie 👍👍👍 2mo
TheBookHippie Wow. Thanks for sharing this. I do love her writing. De-nazifying text gives one pause. Yikes. 2mo
Maria514626 @TheBookHippie It was interesting to learn about her life—as weird as it sometimes was. Stalking? De-nazification? 2mo
TheBookHippie @Maria514626 Right? She‘s fascinating! 2mo
Sparklemn Looks like a great article and long enough to savor. Thanks for sharing! 2mo
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I can‘t imagine writing something so revealing. This book is a hard read, and amazing.

No matter who you are, you‘ll likely find something in here that sounds like it came out of your own brain.

I‘ll be thinking about this for a long time. 5/5 🌟

She reads the audiobook. 👍

Trigger warning: assault.

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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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✅ List made

✅ Snacks in the house

✅ Yummy main dish recipe chosen and ingredients in the house.

✅ Plenty of Dr. Pepper and iced tea ready to go.

#deweysreadathon #bookspin @TheAromaofBooks #lmpbc @suvata #deweysreversereadathon #reversereadathon

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Sounds like a fantastic weekend!! 2mo
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The Marlow Murder Club | Robert Thorogood
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This is a fun one! I envision Judith, the MC, being played by Imelda Staunton. 😄

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Accidental Saints | Bolz-Weber Nadia
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Pickpick

I finished the audio a few days ago. I‘m re-listening already. 😁

You won‘t find rules for living, finger-wagging, or easy answers. You *will* find an author as screwed up as the rest of us. (She admits this.) She doesn‘t push Jesus in your face, but says we can all do better (no extra-credit heaven points if you do). And BTW, God doesn‘t hate anyone.

Trigger warning: she is mouthy and swears (a lot).

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Pickpick

Character study, adventure, morality tale. This book is amazing.

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Bailedbailed

Couldn‘t get into this audio.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I enjoyed the book! I‘m sorry you didn‘t like it! 2mo
Maria514626 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It could be the audio. I‘m really picky about how the reader differentiates voices. How she reads Julian and Teresa‘s—hard eye roll. 😄 2mo
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This is not my favorite of Alan Furst novels. Still, it‘s a good story and leaves me wondering what‘s around the corner for Zannis. 🫣 #lmpbc
@suvata @TheBookHippie @Pogue @Hazel2019

Hazel2019 Cool writing style; I‘m looking forward to this! 2mo
Maria514626 @Hazel2019 He‘s written many spy novels. Just in case you get hooked. 😄 2mo
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So far this book reads more like a textbook than a dual biography. It also seems repetitive. (Maybe I‘m distracted.) I‘m starting to skim. #arc #bookspin

Leftcoastzen Disappointed to hear this , on my TBR! (edited) 3mo
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I wish I could attach a recording of the thunder. 😌
Storms—a perfect backdrop for reading about Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton. 🌩⚡️
#bookspin

Chelsea.Poole Oh cozy! 3mo
LiteraryinLawrence Beautiful reading weather! 3mo
Maria514626 @Chelsea.Poole @LiteraryinLawrence I had my pup with me, too. ❤️ 3mo
mabell Perfect! 3mo
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Book Lovers | Emily Henry
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I don‘t usually laugh out loud when I listen to audiobooks. I am with this one. 😁 (Physical books are another matter. Spit take and jarring guffaws.)

I‘m 46% in and 🤞the fun and banter continue. I‘m fairly certain it will. I loved her other books.

CindyMyLifeIsLit I laughed out loud several times, too! Truly witty banter that sounds authentic is not easy to write, but I think she does it well! 3mo
Maria514626 @CindyMyLifeIsLit They easily top the snark scale. 😂😂😂 3mo
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Well I wish this month‘s #bookspin number would have been an easier read. This is an #arc so it is advantageous.

This is a tough read. Interesting and sad, especially with post-Roe eyes. (Plath and Sexton fought against imposed and strict gender roles. 😬)

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Thursday's Child | Noel Streatfeild
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#thoughtfulthursday @MoonWitch94

✳️ The books in my office are organized by color. In other places — free for all. 😆

✳️ Every room except the bathroom.

✳️ I buy all three. I prefer physical books. I like ebooks when I know I‘m going to highlight a lot — usually professional development books. (I can grab just the highlights later. 🙂)

I also get ebooks when I “can‘t” wait 🙄 to get the physical book.

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Untitled (Untitled #1) | Laura Brooke Robson
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Congrats, #lmpbc buddy, @Hazel2019 🥳🥳🥳#hazel201925K

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The Floating Feldmans | Elyssa Friedland
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This family was a mess. A cringey mess. But I cared about what happened to them—even the ones that annoyed me the most. 🙂

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The Love Hypothesis | Ali Hazelwood
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Panpan

🙄🙄🙄 This went on too long and the MC was annoying. This says it all: “Happy. She was so happy. And she didn‘t even know why. Except that she did know.” What?

Maybe I would have liked it as a book?

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The Floating Feldmans | Elyssa Friedland
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This book: 😬😬😬
It‘s mostly like watching a slow-moving car crash. I‘m waiting for all of the secrets to collide at one of those intersections where eight or more streets meet.

I‘m a bit worried about what happens to these people. 😳

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I‘m reading four books and listening to two. I don‘t feel like reading/listening to any of them. I guess I need to start my #lmpbc book — that I picked — and stay cozy with Pele. Life is hard. 😆😆😆

DanaManiac 😂😂 I feel you on all of that. I‘m all over the place with my reading. 3mo
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We're in for a week of hot and humid weather so I'll be starting July off strong. 😂 It's like being snowed in. Overheated in?
#bigjunereadathon

I don't remember which Litten posted Book Riot's Reader ebook, but thank you! It's great!

👩‍🍳👩‍🍳 I counted the cookbooks as a separate category — not fiction or nonfiction. (It made sense at the time.) So my numbers do add up. 🧮 😁