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ReadingDownUnder

Joined October 2018

American living in Western AU with Aussie partner and beloved cat. Cozy mystery lover, reader, and reviewer.
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Laughing out loud at this pick for #NFNov!! As an American in Australia, the observations he makes about the English sound very familiar to me. #TIL that I‘m not the only one bemused by Britons genuine excitement over the prospect of a hot beverage.
@Clwojick @rsteve388

TrishB She laughs clutching her cup of tea ☕️ 2d
ReadingDownUnder @TrishB 😂 I get looks when I say I hate tea! Not as bad as the gasps I heard when, forgetting where I was, I mentioned to someone in the London office that I hate Dickens. 2d
TrishB The funny thing is most of those probably haven‘t read Dickens 😁 2d
ReadingDownUnder @TrishB Probably not! 🙃 2d
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Got a good book club recommendation? Background: only American in AU book club where most women are 60+. I‘d like something they can get their hands on easily, since I don‘t always pick accessible books, and that has a hint of American slant, if possible. My prior picks were The Road from Coorain, The Help, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, and The Red Tent. Like feminist themes too!
Thanks in advance!!!
#bookclub

thegirlwiththelibrarybag I really loved The Saturday Night Ghost Club, it‘s quite short but absolutely brilliant in how the narrative weaves together. My Nana and I both loved it. It‘s Canadian and set in a small town near Niagara Falls (so it doesn‘t quite have that American flavour you mention). It‘s fairly new - I‘d recommend checking out Trove to see what libraries hold it 3d
Librarybelle Are you able to find anything by Kent Haruf? I read Plainsong years ago for a library class - example of Midwest/Colorado America, with its complexities in a literary fiction format. Other Littens have been talking about this and Eventide lately. 3d
SamAnne An oldy but a goody: The Brothers K by David James Duncan. Story of a middle class family living near the Columbia River is Washington State. Focuses on the relationship of two brothers in a Seventh Day Adventist family, their love of baseball and the effects of the Vietnam War when one brother is sent off to fight. And it's not too much baseball, LOL. I'm not a baseball fan and loved this book. 3d
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This has been a slog and is slowing down my #NFNov progress. #TIL that McLellan was a bad military commander. So why is his name in my head as being all over DC and Arlington? More research needed.
@Clwojick @rsteve388

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Hems and Homicide | Elizabeth Penney
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Book #100 for the year. Actually, a good #cozymystery but too much alliteration with character and place names. A pet peeve.

#NetGalley #ARC
#HemsHomicide

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Sealed Off | Barbara Ross
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Mehso-so

I really want to like this series more than I do.
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#cozymystery #NetGalley #SealedOff

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I think there was a survey or something going around here but I didn‘t have time to comment. If users have any say in development, I‘d love it if Litsy would re-orient to a landscape layout when you turn your device. Then I could use it when my iPad is propped. Otherwise, I have to set aside time to use it portrait style on my phone or iPad. #keeplitsyactive

thegirlwiththelibrarybag I‘d like to see a gallery style feature for our own photos - I think we‘ve all gotten to the point where we have posted a lot - and it would be nice to see them, at a glance rather than endlessly scrolling. 1w
Megabooks @thegirlwiththelibrarybag I agree with both of you!! 1w
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I‘ve had this on my shelf to read forever. Finally decided to let someone read it to me! #TIL that political conventions used to be very different and the candidates didn‘t even attend. #NFNov @Clwojick @rsteve388

Clwojick 4 pts.! 1w
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Finished The Game Changers documentary for #NFNov. #TIL how to prepare lentils so I can make my first plant-based meal!
@Clwojick @rsteve388

@Freespirit Three of four napkins done!

Freespirit Love that fabric? Do you quilt? Yeh to plant based meals!!! 2w
ReadingDownUnder @Freespirit I do. My quilting group exchanges hand-made gifts so that‘s why I‘m sewing today. Fingers crossed this meal doesn‘t suck! Trying to get my meat-loving partner to do at least one meatless meal a week. At least he loves veggies. I don‘t! 😛 2w
Freespirit 😂😂😂I was vegetarian till I had children. I still have a few meatless meals a week. I also quilt although I haven‘t done much of late. I do more over winter. It‘s a great hobby😊 2w
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jewright Here‘s my lentil recipe. 2w
jewright 3 cups broth, 3/4 cup lentils, 1/2 cup brown rice, 3/4 cup chopped onion, 1/2 tsp basil, 1/4 tsp thyme, 1/4 tsp garlic powder Grease a 9x13 pan. Stir ingredients and bake 1 1/2-2 hours at 350. Top with mozzarella. 2w
ReadingDownUnder @jewright Everything sounds good with mozzarella on top! My cottage pie was very good. Phew! 2w
ReadingDownUnder @Freespirit I did a lot more quilting when I early retired myself. Now I have a few jobs just for fun and have very little time to quilt. But I have many plans! Don‘t know how anyone could quilt with kids. My cat is enough trouble! 😄 2w
Clwojick Lovely! 4pt 2w
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Finished Maid on audio while making cloth napkins for Christmas presents. I didn‘t like it as much as I expected to. #NFNov
#TIL that everyone has a journey to find where they belong, not just me. And all of the journeys look different but have the same worth.
@Clwojick @rsteve388

Kdgordon88 Cute fabric! 2w
Clwojick Looks great! I love Xmas crafts. 9pts. 2w
Freespirit Looks cute.. you‘ll have to show the completed item! 2w
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Non-Fiction | Chuck Palahniuk
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Finished The Game Changers documentary on Netflix. Lots to think about. It was definitely aimed at men. Anyone here plant-based? #TIL that cows are drinking the earth‘s water so we can eat them!
#NFNov
@Clwojick @rsteve388

Pic of smoke in the sky around town today. Prescribed burn FAR away.

Freespirit You're photo looks like you might live in northern NSW Aust. We have been in darkness from smoke all day here. Very bad fires. Embers falling on our roof. Lots of evacuations. 2w
ReadingDownUnder @Freespirit Oh no! We‘re in Western AU. We get a good view of big fires in the distance but I hate when they are close. Keeping a good thought for you!! Any rain due? 🤞 2w
Freespirit No rain predicted. We have had less than half our normal rainfall this year. It's dry dry dry. Thanks for the good thoughts! 2w
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Chrissyreadit There are a few #veganlitsy #plantbased members. Hope the air is not too bad? 2w
ReadingDownUnder @Chrissyreadit Maybe I‘ll be one of them someday! Smoke never got near us. Far away and the smoke stayed high. Yay! 2w
thegirlwiththelibrarybag Vegetarian here ☺️ #til what til stood for 😂 (edited) 2w
BethM Yikes! 2w
Moony Oh my god what a pic. Looks very creepy. 2w
Clwojick 9pts! Neat photo! 2w
Clwojick 9pts! Neat photo! 2w
LeeRHarry Stay safe both @freespirit These bushfires are terrible. My parents are experiencing floods in their area of the UK - they‘re ok- just wish they could send some water our way! (edited) 2w
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Non-Fiction | Chuck Palahniuk
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Started watching The Game Changers on Netflix last night. Can‘t stop thinking about it!! Finishing it up tonight. #TIL That I really need to consider a plant based diet. 🌱
#NFNov @Clwojick @rsteve388

No pic so here is my kitty. #catsoflitsy

wanderinglynn What a cutie! ❤️🐱 2w
Clwojick Adorable. 2w
Clwojick 😻 😻 😻 2w
Clwojick 4 pt (edited) 2w
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How much does it suck that the more you work and earn, the less you get subsidised so the cycle of poverty continues? #TIL
#NFNov @Clwojick @rsteve388

Bedtime in AU, aka heated bed time! #catsoflitsy

Leftcoastzen Cute! 3w
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Non-Fiction | Chuck Palahniuk
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Last night I finished watching Top Secret America, a Frontline documentary. #TIL that politicians of both parties will spend billions on national security to protect us from being killed by foreign terrorists. But neither party will pass laws that stop white guys with guns from killing more people each year than terrorists ever have.
#NFNov @Clwojick @rsteve388

Megabooks I need to watch that one! 3w
MatchlessMarie Preach 🎤 3w
rsteve388 9 pts 2w
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#TIL That I will never write a memoir. The authors always sound self-centred...which is what a memoir is!! 😛
#NFNov
@Clwojick @rsteve388

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Thanks to #NFNov, I‘ve managed to get some Christmas gift crafting done while listening to Maid. Now time for a break. #TodayILearned that people can be selfish and entitled whether they are considered high or low class. And people can be generous and gracious,regardless of class. The world is full of gray. #TIL
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Bookwormjillk Beautiful! 3w
Smarkies I love crafting whilst listening to audiobooks / podcasts. 😄 3w
Clwojick Ooo. This is what I'm currently listening to as well. 😍 3w
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ShelleyBooksie What beautiful gifts! I really want to learn to sew 3w
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Crazeedi Pincushions?? Gorgeous! 3w
ReadingDownUnder @Crazeedi Yep! Petal Pincushions. The ones on YouTube are much more coordinated. I‘m just using what I gots! 3w
ReadingDownUnder @ShelleyBooksie My quilting group exchanges hand-made gifts. But they‘re all talented and retired!! 🤯 3w
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Finally got this from the library! Just in time for #NFNov.
@Clwojick @rsteve388

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Non-Fiction | Chuck Palahniuk
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Watched The Great Hack last night for #NFNov. Really fascinating and a little infuriating. Makes me wonder if voting matters at all, with the existing electoral college system.
#TIL In Trinidad and Tobago, they didn‘t directly attack the to get their guy in. They created a Don‘t Vote movement in the other community in order to get the win. Truly ingenious and diabolical!!
9 points?
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My first #NFNov read! Well, I listened. It was only ok. #TodayILearned that I would not want to be friends with any of the First Ladies. They all seem like jerks in this book!
@Clwojick @rsteve388
Am I supposed to put down the points earned in this post? First time competitor!

rsteve388 Cool! That's a bummer that the first ladies were jerks! As for the points you can put them in the post but if not no worries we count them for you at the end of each day so 8pm MST. Good Job! 3w
rsteve388 4 pts 3w
ReadingDownUnder @rsteve388 I finished the book. 🤓 3w
rsteve388 5 pts for the finish and 3 for the TIL so 8 total I'll update you tomorrow. 3w
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Well, that was unexpectedly depressing. I had no idea about L.M. Montgomery‘s life. But I adore the cover and illustrations.

#deweys24hourreadathon #readathon

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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Loved it! More than Handmaid‘s.

#deweyoct #deweys24hourreadathon
#readathon

JenReadsAlot Me too! 4w
SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime i felt the same way 4w
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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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Dewey‘s 24 hour readathon begins!!! I started an hour early because why not? And since it‘s an evening start for me, I won‘t last long. Anyone readathoning?
@Lola
#deweys24hourreadathon
#readathon

Mollyanna 🙋🏻‍♀️. Happy Reading. 4w
Lola I got a late start and will have a big chunk where I won‘t be able to read or even listen to an audiobook, but I‘m in for as much I can be! Happy Readathon! ❤️ 4w
ReadingDownUnder @Lola I slept for 6 hours! But it‘s 5 AM here so I‘m ready for the day. Have already read when I might have done something else (sleep, Netflix) so I call that a successful readathon. Happy reading! 4w
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Word to the Wise | Jenn McKinlay
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Me: I‘m going to spend my 50th birthday reading this book in my library!

Mittens: Dibs.

#catsoflitsy

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Happy Birthday! 1mo
TheSpineView Happy birthday! 🥳🥳🥳 1mo
That-Bookish-Hiker Happy Birthday! 1mo
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CaitZ Happy Birthday! 📚📚🎈🎂🎉 1mo
CarolynM Happy birthday🎂🎈🎉 Hope you're having a great day. 1mo
ReadingDownUnder @CarolynM Thanks! It‘s been great. Got tix to see Queen in Feb!! If my partner wasn‘t scammed, God love him! 😛 1mo
LeeRHarry Happy birthday ! 🎉🎉 1mo
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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Who here is doing #deweys24hourreadathon this weekend?? Here my TBR stack. 🤓
#readathon

ReadingSusan Meeeee!!! I am so excited! 1mo
Sace Me too! 4w
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I made it through this for book club tomorrow but woke up today with the flu. So I read it for nothing! Littens, I‘m throwing myself a 50th bday party on Saturday. It‘s Tues night and I‘m shaking with chills and so achy. Keep a good thought!

LeeRHarry Feel better really soon! 🤞🏻 1mo
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Halfway through this month‘s book club pick and struggling. So boring! Hope it gets better. At least it‘s short!

#bookclub

LeeRHarry I actually enjoyed this one - it was nice and sciency 😏 and short as you say 😊 1mo
ReadingDownUnder @LeeRHarry I‘m not really into science. For non-fiction I prefer political history or memoir/biography. Yawn!!! 1mo
CarolynM I haven't read this but I did see a really good TV dramatisation of the story. It was called Longitude too. Maybe you could watch that instead of reading? 1mo
ReadingDownUnder @CarolynM HA! I found a 30 min YouTube thing about it but even that was too boring. Nearly finished! 1mo
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Nogged Off | Barbara Ross
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A quick holiday read. The novella is part of the Maine Clambake Series but can be enjoyed as a stand-alone. Holiday feels in October!

#NetGalley #NoggedOff
#cozymystery #cozymysteries #christmascozy

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Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood
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Just re-read this in preparation to read The Testaments! Can‘t wait!!
#deweysreadathon

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Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood
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Just re-read this in preparation to read The Testaments! Can‘t wait!!
#deweysreadathon

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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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Look what I got! $24 AUD at Kmart. Sorry @LuckyDuck $42.99 was too much for me to spend on it yesterday.

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Panpan

Boring and most of the people‘s names start with W, which is an appalling lack of imagination. A slog to get through.

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The Candy Cane Caper | Josi S. Kilpack
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Rainy day! Off to do a three-hour library shift and then an afternoon of reading. If you need me, you‘ll find me here.
#rainydayreading

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The Candy Cane Caper | Josi S. Kilpack
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#AustralianReadingHour Work is finished for the day. Time to start my hour...or maybe more!! I‘m going to start this #ARC from #NetGalley.

Happy reading Aussies!!! @LapReader @CarolynM @LeeRHarry @MrsMalaprop @thegirlwiththelibrarybag @Lizpixie @Rissreads

CarolynM Happy reading to you too😘 2mo
LapReader Thanks for joining us. 2mo
Rissreads I'm just squeezing in some Aussie reading now 💛❤🖤 2mo
Lizpixie Happy reading to all Aussie Littens!🇦🇺 2mo
LeeRHarry Happy reading! 😊 2mo
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And with this tagged book, I‘ve reached my #Goodreads 2019 Reading Challenge goal. Should I stop reading for the rest of the year? Or pick a more realistic goal for next year?!?! 😛

JazzFeathers 👏👏👏👏😁💪 2mo
Birdsong28 Congratulations 🎊 🎉 📚 📖 2mo
Erofan 🎉🎉🎉 2mo
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 5
Would you be interested in doing this @TheSpineView ? Pick your fave book covers for the next 7 days - no explanation required! Plus tag another litten 😊
@LeeRHarry

LeeRHarry That‘s lovely 😊 2mo
ReadingDownUnder @LeeRHarry Pretty much bought for the cover but should also be interesting. 2mo
sudi Pretty cover 😍 2mo
TheSpineView Thanks for the tag! 2mo
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 4
Would you be interested in doing this @Librarybelle ? Pick your fave book covers for the next 7 days - no explanation required! Plus tag another litten 😊
@LeeRHarry

Tanisha_A Cute! 2mo
LeeRHarry 👍 2mo
Librarybelle Thank you for the tag! I‘m preparing to do my second round starting today, so I will happily tag you in those posts! 😁 Love that cover! 2mo
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Books Can Be Deceiving | Jenn McKinlay
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 3 (late)
Would you be interested in doing this @TheLorax ? Pick your fave book covers for the next 7 days - no explanation required! Plus tag another litten 😊 @LeeRHarry

LeeRHarry Nice one! 😊 2mo
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The Binding | Bridget Collins
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 2
Would you be interested in doing this @Eggs ? Pick your fave book covers for the next 7 days - no explanation required! Plus tag another litten 😊 #spinelove
@LeeRHarry

Eggs Thanks for the tag! I will! 2mo
LeeRHarry Lovely 😊 2mo
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 1
Would you be interested in doing this @LapReader ? Pick your fave book covers for the next 7 days - no explanation required! Plus tag another litten 😊
@LeeRHarry

LeeRHarry That‘s lovely 😊 2mo
ShelleyBooksie I loved these books 2mo
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Question: This book is #13 on the 100 Most Loved Books (Great American Read). What about it do you think appeals to American readers?

Background: It‘s my book club pick in Australia and the group often asks me questions that make me speak for all Americans. The life of an expat! So I‘m doing some research.

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My book club choice. These Aussies haven‘t read it. Still love it but man, it‘s so long. My clubbers are gonna hate me. Plus, it‘s keeping me from my #NetGalley reads.

#bookclub

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Children‘s Book Week in Australia. Aww, Litsy cut off my striped socks. #wickedwitchoftheeast

#librariansoflitsy

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Tide and Punishment | Bree Baker
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Just the best cozy I‘ve read in a while...and I‘ve read a ton lately! A reading buddy helps. 😻
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#NetGalley #Reviewathon #TideAndPunishment
#cozymystery #catsoflitsy

Crazeedi Your kitty is so squeezable! I love the cuddly pose! 3mo
ReadingDownUnder @Crazeedi We spent most of his kittenhood like this. But he took up less space then. 3mo
Crazeedi @ReadingDownUnder yes they can kinda get on the way. Lol but he's just precious ❤ 3mo
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Last Pen Standing | Vivian Conroy
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Great to read a first in the series when it‘s new! I‘m usually playing catch-up. A bit too investigation-driven. Not enough cute town and lifestyle details.

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#NetGalley #Reviewathon
#cozymystery

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Scone Cold Dead | Karen MacInerney
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Am I the only one that finds the local library while on vacation?? I just have to read in all of them! ~Busselton, Western AU

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Weekenders | Mary Kay Andrews
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Partner and I are taking a weekend away. He always tolerates my book store hunts! And I‘ve abandoned him to hang in the local library now. 📚❤️

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The Bakeshop at Pumpkin and Spice | Donna Kauffman, Allyson Charles, Kate Angell
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Horrible. Unless you like cheesy bodice-rippers. 🤢 Thought it was a cozy novel set in a bakery. Actually three short stories.

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Death by Jack-o'-Lantern | Alexis Morgan
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Mulberry Mischief | Sharon Farrow
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First book in the reverse #readathon done. Now for the next!! Think I‘ll stick with a Halloween theme.

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#NetGalley #Reviewathon
#MulberryMischief

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The Weekend | Bernhard Schlink
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Friday night! 📚😻❤️

#NetGalley #Reviewathon #catsoflistsy

gradcat Awww...so beautiful—the cat! Not the wine (but I love that, too...only it‘s not even 6 am here)! 😂 4mo
ReadingDownUnder @gradcat Litsy cut his head off. The real pic is perfect! Have a great day!!! ☕️ 4mo
gradcat You, too! (He‘s still beautiful!) 4mo
Crazeedi Hello pretty kitty!!👋👋❤ 4mo
JazzFeathers Looks awesome 4mo
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