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Saint Mazie: A Novel | Jami Attenberg
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I loved the story of an unlikely hero, Saint Mazie, told through diary excerpts and interviews. She watched life pass her by as she worked in a ticket booth in NYC during the 20‘s and 30‘s. She found love in the most unlikely places but could never quite hold on to it. So she took the bums, the victims of the depression, under her wing and made them her passion.

Reviewsbylola I liked the format of this one! 3d
emilyhaldi I should have liked this one!! Love a retro NYC setting... unfortunately I listened on audio and it annoyed me 😕 3d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💙💙💙 2d
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Reviewsbylola @emilyhaldi I hope y‘all are doing great 💗💗 (edited) 2d
Mdargusch That makes me feel a little better @emilyhaldi since I was beginning to think we were polar opposites on books. 17h
emilyhaldi 😹😹😹 we have a lot of overlap!! Especially in the classics genre 🤓 7h
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All Grown Up | Jami Attenberg
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Jack is as unimpressed with this book as I am. I am going to see Jami Attenberg with @Reviewsbylola next week so I‘m trying to read one of her books first. This one is so depressing that I have to bail. I‘m moving on to Saint Mazie. 🤞🏼 My daughter told me I wouldn‘t like this book and she knows me well!

Areader2 Your chihuahua 🤗 5d
BookNAround I didn‘t like this one much either. Saint Maizie was definitely better. And Jack is darling. 5d
Reviewsbylola Yeah I had a feeling you wouldn‘t like this one. 😬 5d
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BarbaraBB I felt the same about this one. Hopefully the meet up next week will be interesting! 5d
Bookish_B I haven‘t read this one but I loved Saint Mazie 😊 4d
Mdargusch I just finished Saint Mazie and it is so much better IMO! @BookNAround @BarbaraBB @Bookish_B 3d
Mdargusch Thanks @Areader2 😍 3d
Mdargusch You were so right @Reviewsbylola 🙃 3d
Reviewsbylola Glad you enjoyed SM! If you‘d hated that one too I would have been nervous about Tuesday. 😅 3d
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A Hundred Suns | Karin Tanabe
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Yoyo and I had a reading marathon today. Once I got into this historical fiction about Vietnam in the 1930‘s, I couldn‘t put it down. Karin Tanabe does a good job of depicting the sense of place and time and I learned so much about French colonization in indochine. The conflict between the two main characters, Jessie and Marcelle, turned into intrigue and suspense that kept me turning the pages. Thank you for the ARC @StMartinsPress

LeeRHarry Glad to hear you liked this one - stacked! 😊 6d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yay!! I‘m happy to know that you liked it!! 6d
Crazeedi This is a location and time frames I don't know about, I need to add this to my tbr, I love reading new things 6d
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LeahBergen Yoyo! ❤️❤️ I have my new Johnny sprawled on my legs right now. He‘s really thrown a wrench into my Litsying lately. 😆 6d
emilyhaldi So sweet 🥰🥰 6d
Mdargusch @Crazeedi I feel like all the historical novels I read are about the US and Europe and so many take place during WWII so this was an interesting look at something new to me. 6d
Mdargusch I have to admit I almost bailed around page 100 but I‘m happy I didn‘t @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @LeeRHarry 6d
Mdargusch Since we got Rose and Jack - the chihuahua puppies- my reading has definitely declined @LeahBergen I‘m constantly on alert to what they are doing. Yoyo on the other hand, is a senior we just adopted. He‘s just a couch cuddler. I love your new little Johnny! 💙 6d
Mdargusch I was ready to send him back yesterday @emilyhaldi 🤣 6d
Crazeedi @Mdargusch exactly, that why I enjoy history about places not as known! 6d
Reviewsbylola You just got this one yeah? 3d
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A Hundred Suns | Karin Tanabe
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#weeklyforecast but possibly my #monthlyforecast as I‘m having a hard time getting into Auntie Poldi. November Road is for the month long #botmbuddyread and I‘m knitting more right now and binge watching Married to Medicine. 🤩

Cinfhen I find I get easily distracted as the days get shorter/ darker and I don‘t read as much 🤷🏼‍♀️ 1w
Mdargusch Odd how that works @Cinfhen - it should be the opposite. 1w
Cinfhen Yeah, it‘s weird. 1w
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BarbaraBB I love your picture! So sunny and cozy! 💕 1w
Mdargusch Thanks @BarbaraBB 😊 1w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Did you win ?? I did from goodreads 🙃 1w
Mdargusch Yes! @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I usually win a book a year so I guess this is the one. I‘ve started it and am liking it so far. 1w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Mdargusch I‘ve won a few!! When I‘ll ever get to them who knows!! I may send some your way 💗 1w
Reviewsbylola AP looks colorful at least! 3d
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So many choices. So much for my book buying ban. Again. #BOTM
Our family picked Queenie for our December book, so it‘s very handy I can get it on BOTM.

tjwill I love that your family is reading together! I wish my family would want to read with me! 2w
Reviewsbylola I have How Not to Die Alone. Still have to read it! 2w
Mdargusch I am very blessed to have daughters that love to read with me @tjwill 😊 2w
Mdargusch I hope it is as funny as the blurb says @Reviewsbylola 🤞🏼 2w
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Carrie | Stephen King
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I have never read this book before and I have never seen this movie 😆 And I‘m not a fan of Stephen King books. However, I thoroughly enjoyed this classic horror story! Pig‘s blood, knives, fire, revenge, and teenage angst all came together in a page turning thriller! Thanks @Meredith3 for choosing this for our #darguschfamilybookclub!

Nikki15 This is a great book! I must read it again some time. 2w
Mdargusch It‘s a quick read @Nikki15 👍🏼 2w
Reviewsbylola Ok if you liked it maybe all hope is not lost. 2w
Mdargusch 😆I thought it was 4🌟 @Reviewsbylola 2w
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A Hundred Suns | Karin Tanabe
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Thank you @StMartinsPress for this Advanced Readers Copy of A Hundred Suns. This is next up in my TBR pile - I ❤️book mail!

LeeRHarry I‘ve read a couple of her other books and enjoyed them so I‘m keen to hear your thoughts about this one 😊 2w
Mdargusch I have not read any of her books before @LeeRHarry so I‘m excited to read this. It sounds like a great historical fiction. 🤞🏼 2w
Reviewsbylola This looks promising! 2w
Mdargusch So far I‘m really liking it @Reviewsbylola 👍🏼 2w
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Afterparty | Ann Redisch Stampler
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Nice touch at my neighborhood Starbucks.

Mandoul Thats great! Would love to see more of that sort of thing where I am 4w
LeahBergen That‘s such a nice idea. 👍🏻 4w
Reviewsbylola I love that! 3w
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The Dutch House | Ann Patchett
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I‘m planning a #cozy day of knitting and #audiobooking.
#fallisbooked

MrBook Love it!!! 1mo
ephemeralwaltz Looks great😍 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Love the colours of what you‘re knitting 🧶 1mo
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OriginalCyn620 Great pic! Enjoy your day! 🧡🍂🍁 1mo
LeahBergen Perfect! ❤️ 1mo
BarbaraBB Looks lovely! Enjoy 😘 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awww 🧡🧡🧡 1mo
Reviewsbylola Omg I can‘t believe you‘re reading this on audio. I‘m buying this one just for the cover!!! 1mo
Centique Your dog colour coordinates with your knitting and your book cover! That‘s extra cute 😍 1mo
Mdargusch Thanks all I‘m knitting a temperature blanket. Each row is knitted in the color that corresponds with the temperature that day. The dog just happens to match. 🙃 @ephemeralwaltz @MrBook @erzascarletbookgasm @OriginalCyn620 @LeahBergen @BarbaraBB @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Centique 1mo
Mdargusch I should have done that @Reviewsbylola - it‘s such a great cover! ❤️ 1mo
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I‘m starting this nonfiction account of a circus fire today. When the Ringling Brothers circus came to town, no one could guess the tragedy that would unfold when 8,000 people would be trapped in a burning circus tent.
#timebombtown #soaringscores

Cinfhen This sounds really interesting. I see I‘ve previously stacked! I‘ll be watching for your review☺️ 1mo
CrowCAH Oh wow that‘s quite the experience! 🎪 1mo
Reviewsbylola So good. Enjoy! 1mo
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Mdargusch I think you probably stacked it when @Reviewsbylola reviewed it @Cinfhen 😊 1mo
Mdargusch I‘m such a NF fan. So far it‘s very good @Reviewsbylola @CrowCAH 👍🏼 1mo
Suet624 How frightening. And sad. 1mo
Cinfhen You‘re probably right!! Steph has been responsible for LOTS of my book add ons 💗 1mo
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I decided I needed a gin and tonic to go along with this book. Now all I need is a roasted goose and some strawberries. The Crazy Larkin family can guzzle cocktails and chow down food with the best of them. This look at a large family living in the English countryside in the 50‘s is wild. @LeahBergen

MicheleinPhilly Book, drink, placemat? combo is 👌🏼. 1mo
Aimeesue SO much food in this book! What fun. 1mo
LeahBergen This book is wacky fun, isn‘t it? Lovely photo! 😍 1mo
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Reviewsbylola Sounds like the perfect book for our family then! 1mo
Mdargusch Thanks @MicheleinPhilly 💙🧡 1mo
Mdargusch It‘s hard to read without eating or drinking along with them @Aimeesue @LeahBergen 🤤 1mo
Mdargusch Yes! You should read it @Reviewsbylola - it‘s a quick one. 1mo
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Dark Tales | Shirley Jackson
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Shirley Jackson writes such strange, unsettling stories. Many of them just end and I had no idea what just happened. Others had me laughing at their craziness. These are highly entertaining and I‘m now a short story fan. This book is perfect to read in October.

Reviewsbylola Ooooh nice. I just ordered another one of her books 1mo
Mdargusch I think that one sounds good @Reviewsbylola - I might have to borrow. 1mo
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Fire in the Thatch | E.C.R. Lorac
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This is a fun little mystery written in 1946. So many suspicious characters and odd occurrences that I never figured out the murderer. Think Agatha Christy in the English countryside. Hopefully my family members will enjoy this next installment in our #darguschfamilymarkupbookclub. We missed our flight to London to see @AnnieD so drinking and reading is taking away a little of the pain.

emilyhaldi I‘m curious to see if the 🍷 affected the nature / quantity of your marginalia 😆 2mo
LeahBergen Oh no! How long do you have to wait for the next flight? 2mo
Reviewsbylola Totes jelly. 2mo
Reviewsbylola Of your trip, not your missed flight. 😜 2mo
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The Red House Mystery | A. A. Milne
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erinreads They‘re all stunning! 😍 2mo
Nute Wow! 2mo
LeahBergen Ooooh, I love that Milne cover! 😍 2mo
Reviewsbylola Pretty! 2mo
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Crazeedi Very pretty 2mo
LeslieO Those are beautiful! 2mo
Lcsmcat Beautiful! 2mo
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LeahBergen Yes! 😍😍😍😍 2mo
writerlibrarian I love these. 💜 2mo
batsy 😍 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Oooo 😍 pretty! 2mo
CarolynM 😍😍😍 2mo
KarenUK Gorgeous! 💕 2mo
jillrhudy GASP! What publisher is that?
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Mdargusch They are from Virago @jillrhudy ! Aren‘t they gorgeous? 2mo
Reviewsbylola I have two of these. I love the covers! 2mo
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Northanger Abbey | Jane Austen
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LeahBergen Oooo! 😍😍 2mo
DivineDiana Hard to choose just one! ❤️ 2mo
Tanisha_A 😭 2mo
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julesG 😍 2mo
Melissa_J How lovely are those? 2mo
bookandbedandtea What beautiful editions! 2mo
BarbaraBB another series. Such beauties! 2mo
CarolynM 😍😍😍 2mo
Reviewsbylola I remember you buying these but I didn‘t realize how beautiful they are! 2mo
Mdargusch So gorgeous and I totally bought the for the size and covers @Reviewsbylola 2mo
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Murder of a Lady | Anthony Wynne
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erzascarletbookgasm 😍❤️ 2mo
BarbaraBB Is this a series? Looking good! 2mo
batsy I love these covers 😍 2mo
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LeahBergen Yes! I LOVE these covers. 2mo
Blaire So pretty!! 2mo
emilyhaldi Makes me miss England!!! 🇬🇧 2mo
Cinfhen Awesomeness 2mo
Mdargusch These books are nice little British mysteries but I think the covers might be better than the books. 😆 @Cinfhen @Blaire @LeahBergen @batsy @BarbaraBB 2mo
Cinfhen Im finding that seems to be the case for A LOT of these gorgeous covers 😝 2mo
Blaire @Mdargusch @cinfhen @leahbergen @batsy @barbarabb that is a good marketing strategy because I will totally own up to judging (and buying) a book by its cover. 😂😍😂 2mo
Reviewsbylola I‘ve got my eye on these. And yes, me too! @Blaire 2mo
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Tigers in Red Weather | Liza Klaussmann
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I‘m filling in today for @Reviewsbylola for #CoverCrush. Since she borrowed my copy of this book I think she will approve of my choice. Day 1 #7Days7covers. I‘m inviting @emilyhaldi to join the fun 😊

BarbaraBB Such a great choice 😍 2mo
kspenmoll Great cover! 2mo
emilyhaldi Fun!! I have one in mind for today already 🤩 2mo
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Reviewsbylola The pressure is real. 😆 2mo
Mdargusch now that @reviewsbylola is playing this game, maybe you should tag me @emilyhaldi, so I can play along too 😄 2mo
LeahBergen Nice! 👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
Cinfhen Just all play @Reviewsbylola @emilyhaldi @Mdargusch ❤️❤️❤️and great choice❣️ 2mo
emilyhaldi I thought you were already playing!! Consider yourself tagged 😘 2mo
gradcat Oooh, I love this cover! ♥️ 2mo
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Nine Perfect Strangers | Liane Moriarty
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I‘m so surprised that it seems readers either love or hate this book. I loved it! Moriarty‘s snarky look at real people and real lives always seems so funny and honest to me. Then there‘s the twist- and it became a thriller! I listened to most of it on audiobook and it is excellent!

Reviewsbylola Hmmmm Id written this one off but now I‘m not so sure. 2mo
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It‘s become this kind of Saturday.

MicheleinPhilly A perfect Saturday! 2mo
LeahBergen Yaaass! Martini! 👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
Reviewsbylola It‘s always cocktail time! 2mo
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Tigers in Red Weather | Liza Klaussmann
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August was an ok month for me. I spent too much time with family and friends to get much reading done. But that‘s fine with me! 😃 Tigers in Red Weather was probably my favorite book last month.

Reviewsbylola The Wicked Boy was DNF for me too. So bad. I‘ve been so disappointed with all of her books besides 2mo
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The Nanny | Gilly Macmillan
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A young girl growing up in an aristocratic, English family is devastated when here nanny disappears unexpectedly. Years later, bones are uncovered in the lake on the property and a woman claiming to be the missing nanny, shows up at the door. Lies, deception, and family conflict is uncovered as the mysterious women becomes enmeshed in the family‘s life. This book kept me guessing about the fate of the nanny and the dead body until the end.

merelybookish Pretty stack! 2mo
LeahBergen Look at all the lovely vintage books! 😍😍 2mo
Reviewsbylola This sounds pretty good! 2mo
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The Nanny | Gilly Macmillan
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Couch time with Rose as I dive into this thriller by Gilly Macmillan. It‘s a quick read so far, thankfully, because my neighbor lent it to me weeks ago and I need to return it!

AlaMich Awww!! 🐶❤️ 3mo
LeahBergen Rose! ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
Reviewsbylola What a sweetie. 2mo
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Bird Box: A Novel | Josh Malerman
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I‘m not a horror fan, but this creepy book was pretty good. Plus it checked the box for “written by a musician “ in the #popsugar challenge. Next up - the movie.

marleed Oh I watched them read inside of 2 days! Let me know what you think of the book after watching the movie. I have 2 thoughts but will hold off until you finish both! 3mo
Mdargusch @marleed I finished both. I like them both but they were so different. 3mo
marleed I liked them both too. Like picking different paths in virtual options. I preferred the wisdom of kids essentially blinded from birth in the book. I much preferred the bad sadness of Sandra Bullock in the movie. 3mo
Reviewsbylola Loved this one so much! 2mo
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Tigers in Red Weather | Liza Klaussmann
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I over planted tomatoes this year, so today is a day for #audiocooking. The narrator of this book uses that affected, rich east coast voice so well. The audio version is a joy to listen to - you can almost feel the pearls around your neck and the martini in your hand. 🍸

Kimberlone Those tomatoes look incredible 😍🍅 3mo
Clwojick 🤤🤤🤤🤤🤤 now I‘m craving tomatoes and salt 3mo
LeahBergen Oh, yum! 3mo
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tpixie Lovely tomatoes 🍅 3mo
Lizpixie Yum! I love tomatoes 🍅 🍅🍅🍅🍅🍅 3mo
Tanisha_A All those tomatoes! 🤤 3mo
Reviewsbylola What did you make?! 3mo
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One of the reasons I went to college in the south was due to my fascination with southern architecture. I lost the first copy I had of this book and finally found this copy in a second hand book shop in New Orleans. The old black and white photos are poignant and haunting.
#shelter #letstravelaugust

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty photo 💚💚💚 3mo
LeahBergen I love southern architecture, too. ❤️ 3mo
OriginalCyn620 That‘s a stunning photo! 😊🏠 3mo
Reviewsbylola I need to look through this! 3mo
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A Faith of Her Own | Kathleen Fuller
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I‘m letting readers vote on my next choice for #darguschfamilymarkupbookclub. Let me know if you‘ve read any of these or you think it would be a good choice for marking up. (Sometimes bad is good 😉)

youneverarrived Moon Tiger is really good! 3mo
LeahBergen I‘ve heard good things about Moon Tiger. 3mo
Reviewsbylola Moon Tiger 3mo
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Mdargusch You‘re not at all interested in seeing why there are so many Amish books being published? @Reviewsbylola 3mo
Reviewsbylola The cover alone tells me that book is not for me. 🤣🤣 3mo
emilyhaldi I‘m voting Moon Tiger 🤣 bet @Meredith3 would be down for the Amish option!! 3mo
Meredith3 @emilyhaldi is right! They all seem good to me tho ✨🤠 3mo
BarbaraBB I loved Moon Tiger but I am fascinated by Amish too (since I met so many on my recent trip across the US). 3mo
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See How Small: A Novel | Scott Blackwood
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I finished this #botmbuddyread during #puppynaptime today.
This book has made my list of #toptenbooksihatethemost. It is very pretentious and disjointed and thankfully short.

mabell That‘s quite an “honor”! 😆 3mo
TheBookHippie 😭😭😭🤷🏽‍♀️ 3mo
Reviewsbylola But is it as bad as 3mo
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Costco run for essentials-
Vodka freezer pops, wine, dip, cookies, and a book.
I had not heard of this book but I‘m a sucker for non fiction.

MicheleinPhilly Be right over! 😋 3mo
That-Bookish-Hiker Ummm can I join? Lol. Looks like a great night! And vodka freezer pops?! I need to know more about these. 😝 3mo
Kris10 I have some serious shopping cart envy!! 3mo
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eanderson I love Costco! You picked some good stuff! 3mo
Mdargusch I haven‘t tried the pops yet but I‘m hoping to share with @Reviewsbylola @emilyhaldi @AnnieD @Meredith3 tomorrow night at our family dinner. @MicheleinPhilly @That-Bookish-Hiker @Kris10 @eanderson 👍🏼 3mo
Reviewsbylola For sure borrowing that! (edited) 3mo
emilyhaldi Hahahaha love this!! 🙌🏻 3mo
LeahBergen I‘m so jealous! ❤️❤️ 3mo
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Tigers in Red Weather | Liza Klaussmann
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During #puppynaptime today, I‘m finally starting this one for a Goodreads buddy read. We have been joined by Gertrude the cat. 🖤 I sure hope the book is as good as the cover.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love this cover ❤️ 3mo
Mdargusch It‘s striking @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ! Meanwhile, See How Small is an interesting book. That writing style is tough for me. 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Mdargusch honestly I‘m not liking it 😥 3mo
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Reviewsbylola Curious what you think. I read another one of her books and didn‘t love it like I‘d hoped to. 3mo
Mdargusch I‘m glad I‘m not alone @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 3mo
Mdargusch So far I like it @Reviewsbylola I was always interested in Villa America- I didn‘t realize you weren‘t a fan. 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Mdargusch you‘re not!! But Christine is doing the questions and they are always fantastic!! 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks The card you sent!!!! I love it!!!! 🐷🌼❤️ 3mo
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This is what happens when you are fifth in a mark up book club rotation - the book takes twice as long to read due to all the notations.

This is one of the funniest books I‘ve read in a long time.

charl08 Wow! What a great lot of markups there... 3mo
emilyhaldi Yes it really does slow the process down 😆 and LOL at little Rose back there 😋 3mo
rather_be_reading LOVE it! 3mo
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Reviewsbylola I really loved this one! 3mo
Reviewsbylola Omg her tongue!! 🤣 @emilyhaldi 3mo
Hollie The little tongue sticking out is so cute! 😝 3mo
LeahBergen 😆😆😆 3mo
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See How Small: A Novel | Scott Blackwood
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Today‘s puppy nap time agenda -
See How Small for #botmbuddyread and This is Going to Hurt for #darguschfamilymarkupbookclub.

Now I need to get off Litsy before they wake up. 😆

monalyisha SO FREAKIN' SWEET. 3mo
daena Those ears! 💜 3mo
LiteraryinLititz What a smiley face! 3mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
LibrarianRyan baby!!!!! 3mo
Crazeedi So adorable!! 🐶❤ 3mo
ladym30 Such a cutie!❤️ 3mo
Reviewsbylola Wow they‘re both exhausted!! 3mo
kspenmoll Adorable!!!💚 3mo
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My Favorite Book | Regina McClinton Jackson
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I found this sign in the little town square of Lewisburg, West Virginia and found it fascinating. What would be the one book you would keep? I think I would keep a sweeping saga like Gone With the Wind, Thornbirds, Dr. Zhivago, or Lonesome Dove.

Purrfectpages That‘s a hard question, but this is so cool! 3mo
Bklover Lonesome Dove!! ❤️ 3mo
Shamzi A very hard question!! I guess I would keep 1Q84 or a thousand splendid sun's or Les Miserables!! 3mo
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MicheleinPhilly Ugh! This question is cruel! 🤔 Probably A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. 3mo
marleed Is there a book that teaches me how to survive with just one book. If yes, it would be that book. ...Maybe, the full volume of Chronicles of Narnia. 3mo
Suet624 Nope. Can‘t do it. 3mo
Mdargusch It is a tough question @MicheleinPhilly @Suet624 @shammi.dc10 @purrfectpages I‘m just impressed that little town had the sign made and then so many people participated! (edited) 3mo
Mdargusch Chronicles of Narnia is a great choice! @marleed 3mo
Mdargusch Another Gus fan! @Bklover 3mo
emilyhaldi So cool!!! I just took a screenshot so I can zoom in.. I‘m going to spend the night thinking about my answer for this one 🤔 3mo
Mdargusch I‘m not sure there‘s a good answer. It‘s too hard to pick one @emilyhaldi 3mo
kspenmoll What a great idea!!! 3mo
DivineDiana Fascinating! Has me pondering! 🤔 3mo
Reviewsbylola Omg this is amazing!! And tough choice. Probably GWTW. 3mo
BarbaraBB Super nice idea! I have to think about what mine would be! 3mo
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#bookmail today!

Did anyone else order these #botm choices?

bookandcat Ruth Ware! Mine came today 3mo
swishandflick Two Girls Down is really good! 3mo
Laughterhp Yes! I can‘t wait to read the Ruth Ware! 3mo
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Mdargusch I read The Lying Game recently @bookandcat and @Laughterhp so I‘m hoping I like this one as much as I liked that book! 3mo
Mdargusch Good to know! @swishandflick 😁😁 3mo
bookandcat @Mdargusch I've liked all of her books! Hopeful for this one too! 3mo
Reviewsbylola I gave the tagged book a pick! 3mo
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Thanks to @Reviewsbylola I starting reading this two days ago and I have done little else but read this book since then. For #truecrime fans, this is a story of church going couples in Texas in the 80‘s that get tangled up in an affair that ends in an ax murder. It is well written, concise, and to the point without too many legal details but lots of dialogue.

IamIamIam Wow, that escalated quickly!!! Lol 3mo
Suet624 @IamIamIam 😂 😂 😂 Sure did! 3mo
Crazeedi I love when a book has me entranced and I can hardly do anything else! My hubby doesnt seem to agree! 😉❤ 3mo
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Mdargusch It is a crazy story @IamIamIam @Suet624 The murderer actually left the vacation bible school where she was volunteering to do the deed. 😲 3mo
Suet624 Oh for God‘s sake! Of course she did. 3mo
Mdargusch For some reason true crime usually does that to me @Crazeedi Fortunately, my husband was out of town, so I could read for hours. 😆 3mo
IamIamIam I stacked this!!! I love all @Reviewsbylola and your true crime recommendations!!! 🤗💙 3mo
Crazeedi @Mdargusch that's perfect then!😉❤ 3mo
Mdargusch This is one of my new favorites @IamIamIam 😁 3mo
Reviewsbylola Wow, that was quick!!! 3mo
Mdargusch It helps that I have no life @Reviewsbylola 🤷🏼‍♀️ 3mo
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I‘m fascinated by Blenheim Palace after visiting there twice, so this book about Consuelo Vanderbilt was a must read for me. Her mother traded Consuelo and her Vanderbilt fortune to the Duke of Marlborough for his title and prestige. Harper does and adequate job of following Consuelo‘s life and love story. I find this period of time compelling thanks to Downton Abbey.

MrsMalaprop Love the photo 🌸🌺. 3mo
Reviewsbylola I may have to borrow this. 3mo
Mdargusch Thanks @MrsMalaprop 😁 3mo
Mdargusch I will save it for you if you want it. I will put it in the LFL when you‘re done. @Reviewsbylola 3mo
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Bring Me Back | B A Paris
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My husband and I figured out the twist in this book halfway through but it was still very entertaining to listen to on our road trip. It can be a struggle to find something that we are both interested in. The audio version is well done and there are many twists and turns to keep things interesting.

Reviewsbylola Glad you found a good one! 3mo
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The Cactus | Sarah Haywood
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If you‘re a fan of Eleanore Oliphant then you will be a fan of this book. I decided to treat myself to afternoon tea and finish this one because I had to see what the ending would be. Lots of witty banter, sarcasm, family turmoil, and the awakening of Susan Green, making this one touching and a feel good story.

Megabooks Sold! 3mo
Mdargusch It got 5 stars from @Cinfhen and @emilyhaldi so that‘s pretty rare that we all gave it that rating. @Megabooks 3mo
Cinfhen Great review & photo 💕 I really liked this book when I read it @Megabooks 😁 3mo
emilyhaldi This photo 😍😍😍 can't think of a better place to read ☺️ so happy you enjoyed this! 3mo
Reviewsbylola Stacked! 3mo
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Hacked by her favorite daughter, @Reviewsbylola . Let‘s see how long until she notices. 😁

MicheleinPhilly 😂😂😂 4mo
KarenUK 😂💕👍 4mo
LibrarianRyan 🤣🤣❤️❤️🤣🤣 4mo
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BookishMarginalia 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 4mo
Crazeedi ❤❤🤣👍👏 4mo
Megabooks Lolololol!! Hey Steph! 👏🏻👏🏻🤣🤣 4mo
Mdargusch I knew @reviewsbylola was up to something @MicheleinPhilly @KarenUK @LibrarianRyan @BookishMarginalia @Crazeedi She had a very sly look on her face. 😼 4mo
vivastory 😂😂 4mo
Crazeedi @Mdargusch they always do have those looks!! 4mo
Kalalalatja 😂😂😂 4mo
mrp27 😂😂 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🤣🤣🤣 4mo
LeahBergen 😆😆😆😆😆 3mo
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Pick up this book if you‘re a fan of memoirs as well as cooking. The author shares vignettes of her life and then ends the chapter with a recipe that reminds her of that story. I‘m definitely making this tomato pie!

Kimberlone Those tomatoes look INCREDIBLE 4mo
emilyhaldi Are those from your garden?! 4mo
Mdargusch Yes! @emilyhaldi 🍅🍅🍅 4mo
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Mdargusch Thanks! @Kimberlone 😁 4mo
jillrhudy Just put this on hold at the library. Sounds intriguing. 4mo
Mdargusch It‘s a quick read and there were a few recipes I will be trying @jillrhudy 4mo
Reviewsbylola Maybe I‘ll have to borrow! 4mo
jillrhudy @Mdargusch I‘m on p. 177 and will be making the Tomato Pie also! (edited) 4mo
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I picked this book up at the Ohioana Book Fair this spring. It was free and it had the word “yarn” in the title, and being a knitter, I was excited to grab it. It turns out it‘s a book full of recipes and the author‘s life stories that she connects with certain foods. This turned out to be a happy surprise!

Reviewsbylola Wow, great find! 4mo
emilyhaldi Free?!?! 4mo
Mdargusch It was a library table giving away ARCs @emilyhaldi 😊 4mo
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I was fortunate to be able to attend a seminar by a LFL board member yesterday. This free book movement is now pointed towards young readers who are underprivileged and most likely do not have many books in their home or parents that read to them. While this is very admirable, it makes my love of sharing my books in my LFL with old and young readers in a middle class neighborhood seem superfluous. ☹️

StaceyKondla You can feel good no matter what neighbourhood your LFL is set in. Sharing the love of reading in no small thing, and if you contribute to generating empathy and broader thinking through the sharing of story you are doing a very good thing. 5mo
Mdargusch Thanks for saying that @StaceyKondla - I needed some reassurance. It sure is fun even if the people in my neighborhood aren‘t underprivileged. 5mo
wanderinglynn That is admirable, but misguided to me. If a young reader has no one to read to them/help them read, then how is a LFL going to help? I get the access to books part, but don‘t young readers need someone to read with them? And just because that‘s the direction the board is choosing to go, it doesn‘t make your contributions superfluous. There are many demographics that lack access to books. And reading is important for all. (edited) 5mo
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Reviewsbylola I‘m glad you got to go!! And I wouldn‘t feel bad—sharing your love of reading is admirable no matter the circumstances! 5mo
Reviewsbylola Perfectly said! @wanderinglynn 5mo
MicheleinPhilly Spot on @wanderinglynn! And apart from access to books, LFLs contribute to a sense of community and sharing, something that I think is vital for any neighborhood regardless of demographics. 5mo
wanderinglynn @MicheleinPhilly Exactly. LFLs are for the community they are in. As a side note, I didn‘t know that LFL was an organization with a board & all. I thought it was just a social movement. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 5mo
mdm139 I am sure your neighbors appreciate your efforts. My hoa doesn‘t allow them or I would have one. I give away books with candy on Halloween instead and my neighbors love it. 5mo
LibrarianRyan @wanderinglynn yeP “Little Free Library“ is even copyrighted and trademarked. They have a registray of little libraries put up around the globe, but there are more of these than are registered because you have to pay a $40 fee. We have our own Little Library program at my library and I have to always be careful who I say it. 5mo
LibrarianRyan @Mdargusch -It takes more than just making books accessible to get kids to read. It helps HE** yes, but it's not the end. Kids will take them because they are free, or it looks fun. But it will take more to get them to want to read them. Plus, especially with kids, what books are included matter. Old cruddy books wont get read. I can lecture extensively about this (and have), so just asking volunteers to provide free books does not = success 5mo
wanderinglynn @LibrarianRyan Well I learned something new today. 👍🏻 Thanks! 😀 5mo
LibrarianRyan @Mdargusch Continue what you are doing. Don't feel pressure to do or change something you are not comfortable with. If you want to try something, then try. My friend puts a “suggestion“ notebook in her LL (not registered). And she has come to me more than once to find books that one kid asks for. that is when someone isn't taking the suggestion notebook. 😁 5mo
LeahBergen I believe EVERY neighbourhood in every demographic benefits from a LFL. Being able to “afford” books doesn‘t necessarily mean that everyone provides them for (or reads them with) their children. I stick the odd classic (like Dracula or Jane Eyre) in my neighbourhood LFL as it is on the walking path from a junior high school. I‘m tickled to think of a kid discovering these books at the same age as I did. So keep up your important LFL work! 👏🏻👏🏻 5mo
Mdargusch Such great comments you all! It‘s a very interesting movement and I just wasn‘t aware there was this focus on underprivileged kids. You make a great point @wanderinglynn about those kids don‘t have anyone to read to them. @MicheleinPhilly the community piece is one of my favorite aspects. I‘ve met and chatted with many neighbors that I wouldn‘t normally talk with. I appreciate your support @StaceyKondla @LibrarianRyan @LeahBergen @mdm139 @Reviewsbylola 5mo
emilyhaldi Your LFL spreads happiness and joy and that's no small thing! 5mo
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I have been reading books by Elizabeth Taylor along with the Goodreads group and this is my favorite by far! It is a poignant look at aging and friendship and loneliness- it ripped my heart into little pieces. Maybe it‘s my age? If you are wanting to delve into the world of Elizabeth Taylor, start here. 5🌟

Bookwormjillk Super cute vase! 5mo
Reviewsbylola I still need to read more of her. I‘ve only read 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm Wow, all ⭐️s! I shall start with this! 🙂 5mo
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Theaelizabet I‘ve been wanting to get to her for ages! 5mo
Mdargusch This has also been made into a movie @erzascarletbookgasm @Theaelizabet 5mo
Mdargusch I‘ll let you borrow this @Reviewsbylola 5mo
batsy Love this picture 🐰🌼 5mo
LeahBergen I stalled on the Goodreads group-read a bit (but I know I can pop back on to read the comments when I finish the rest of her books). I‘ve loved all that I‘ve read of her novels. ❤️ 5mo
BarbaraBB Thanks for the recommendation. I‘ll remember it! 5mo
Mdargusch I have missed a few myself @LeahBergen 5mo
Mdargusch Thanks! @batsy 5mo
emilyhaldi Sounds up my alley 💕 5mo
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The Huntress | Kate Quinn
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Another chunkster that I‘m attempting after giving up on The Clockmaker‘s Daughter. Unfortunately, I need to finish this by next Tuesday for my IRL book club and since it‘s audio, I will be doing quite a bit of walking to get this finished.

Today‘s audio walking 😁

emilyhaldi GORGEOUS! 🙌🏻 5mo
Laughterhp Oo I‘m curious how this is on audio! It‘s available through my library but like a 15 hour audiobook! 5mo
JennyM Beautiful place to walk 5mo
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Gezemice Wow, beautiful! 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm What a gorgeous view! 5mo
Mdargusch It‘s fair @Laughterhp but sometimes historical fiction dialogue is too cheesy for me. Listening to it on audio just exaggerates that for me. 5mo
BarbaraBB What a great walking route! 5mo
Reviewsbylola At least you finished the other book club book! 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 5mo
DivineDiana Well, it‘s a beautiful place to walk! 5mo
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I had to share this Mother‘s Day gift from @Reviewsbylola and @Meredith3 -
A decorative birdhouse made out of a bird book! I can actually flip through some of the pages.

TrishB So cool 👍🏻 5mo
GondorGirl I'm normally not a fan of things made out of books, but this is just lovely! 😍🐦📚 5mo
Soubhiville Oh how cool! I love it. 5mo
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Julsmarshall So adorable! 5mo
Reviewsbylola I wish I remember which litten‘s mom made it! 5mo
LeahBergen Oh, that‘s lovely!! 😍😍 5mo
Jas16 That is fantastic 5mo
emilyhaldi ❤️❤️❤️ 5mo
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Moon Tiger | Penelope Lively
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What‘s better than book mail? Unexpected book mail!

Thank you @Cinfhen for tucking a surprise for me in the package for @Reviewsbylola - it made my day. 😁 I‘m a big fan of Penelope Lively.

Reviewsbylola What a great cover! 5mo
readordierachel That cover 😍 5mo
LeahBergen I have this waiting on my shelf! 5mo
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Mdargusch Have you read any of her books @LeahBergen ? 5mo
Mdargusch I think it‘s worth the cover alone @Reviewsbylola @readordierachel 🤗 5mo
emilyhaldi What are those flowers?! I need!!! 5mo
emilyhaldi I thought so!!! Did you grow it yourself?! 5mo
Mdargusch That‘s actually from Trader Joe‘s @emilyhaldi but I am growing some of my own. 4mo
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This is a different type of true crime because the convicted rapist/murderer was actually innocent. The story becomes a mother‘s quest for the truth as she spends years digging for the truth to set her son free. The injustice of it all is mind blowing and heartbreaking.

(Sorry @EadieB but I couldn‘t put this down today and had to finish it!)

GypsyKat Love your pups! 😍 #DogsOfLitsy 5mo
EadieB @Mdargusch No problem! 5mo
MicheleinPhilly SNUGGLEBUGS! 5mo
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wanderinglynn Aw, what cuties! ❤️🐶❤️🐶 5mo
LeahBergen Aww! ❤️❤️ 5mo
kspenmoll How sweet!!!! 5mo
Reviewsbylola Thank goodness the puppies conked out and let you finish it! 5mo
emilyhaldi That tongue 😋 5mo
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Out of The Easy | Ruta Sepetys
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After checking my GR TBR I came across this book that I added 4 years ago! And I have yet to read it!

I‘m not sure why since I love New Orleans and Ruta Sepetys so I am moving this one up nearer the top of my list

#easy #maymoviemagic

Bookish_B I read this last year when I was getting ready to go to New Orleans on vacation. I loved it! 6mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I loved this one!! 5mo
Reviewsbylola This was a pick for me! That being said, I don‘t remember much about it. 🤪 5mo
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Today‘s #puppynaptimereading

I‘m starting this true crime buddy read and so far I‘m hooked from the beginning! I‘m starting early so I can share this book with @Reviewsbylola since it is a tough one to find. (I got a used version on Amazon.) Please join us and check out the read along schedule from @EadieB

EadieB @Mdargusch Thanks for reposting! 6mo
mreads 🐕❤ 6mo
AlaMich Your puppy is living her best life (and MY best life, if I‘m honest)!!! 6mo
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Mdargusch Of course @EadieB - the more true crime fans, the better! 6mo
Mdargusch 🐶❤️🐶 @mreads @AlaMich 6mo
Reviewsbylola 😂😂 oh Jack! 6mo
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The Haunting of Hill House | Shirley Jackson
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What did I just read? I‘m thinking the author might have been on an acid trip while writing this?

Reading this with my family‘s notations in the margins was very entertaining and made the book a definite pick! It wasn‘t scary but was creepy and perfect for a Halloween buddy read or a mark up book club.
#darguschfamilymarkupbookclub

Avanders 🥰🥰 6mo
emilyhaldi I felt the same way... The notations really make the book! It definitely wasn't scary 🤔 6mo
LeahBergen The notations! 😆 6mo
Reviewsbylola 😆😆😆 6mo
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