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Sargar114

Joined July 2018

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Our Violent Ends by Chloe Gong
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Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
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Unknown Book 4475976 | Unknown Unknown
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Not expecting much from this month…but funny how my list is still growing…sigh
#bookspin
#doublespin
#bookspinbingo

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Company of Liars | Karen Maitland
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This is one of those slow paced novels that reads pretty fast. We‘re following a random group of strangers as they travel to escape the plague (among other things). Through their travels strange things start happening and mysteries revealed right up until the end. I surprised myself with how much I enjoyed this. Read for #literarycrew and quite happy I did as it is one I likely would not have picked up on my own.

Sargar114 Quote selected as it felt relevant these days…funny how modern a book about the time of the plague can be 🤨 2d
Librarybelle Great review! So glad you liked it! 2d
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When you go to the library…but are also a pirate 🏴‍☠️ 🤷🏼‍♀️ #raisingreaders

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The Book of Two Ways | Jodi Picoult
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I didn‘t expect to like this one as much as I did. Doing the audiobook version helped I think because it does get bogged down in details so I found parts easy to fall into background. Probably could have used a bit more editing. Ultimately though, it was an interestingly told story about life and the multiverse and liked most of the characters and their varying complexities.

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Company of Liars | Karen Maitland
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Nothing like reading about The Plague when you‘re going through the modern day one. My how nothing changes #literarycrew

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My isolation reading continues:

This one was a tough read (think all the triggers you could associate with a book with this title in graphic detail) but ultimately a worthwhile one. At first I didn‘t like the immature style it was written in but then as I progressed realized that was the intent and had a greater appreciation for it. Even more so, I‘m amazing at the perseverance and vulnerability the author shows in sharing her story.

Sargar114 The pictures are the flowers my boys got for me from the story today 💜 4w
TheBookHippie Sweet flowers. 4w
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A Promised Land | Barack Obama
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Bad News: I got the Covid
Good News: I‘m the only one in my house to have gotten it and it seems to be minor as I‘m already on the mend. That also means isolation which is giving me time to catch up on things.
Blasted through this last section via audiobook. Nonfiction is always a bit rough for me and I‘ve found doin the audio version makes it easier to absorb; especially this one that gets heavy into detail especially in the second half.

Sargar114 Read for #obamabuddyread Thank you @CBee for hosting! 4w
CBee I‘m sorry you got Covid! It hit our house last week but I didn‘t get it and neither did my oldest kiddo 🤷‍♀️ Glad you finished the book! I‘m sorry I wasn‘t a better host - I‘d planned to continue doing discussion questions at the end of each part 🙁 Might still post some when the buddy read is over so keep your eyes peeled! Hope you feel better soon! 4w
AmyG Glad to read it‘s minor. Hope you are better soon. @CBee Hope your family is better soon. 😘 (edited) 4w
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CBee @AmyG all better here, though hubby still struggles with some fatigue 🤷‍♀️ But it was so mild for both and I‘m thankful. 4w
Sargar114 @CBee don‘t worry about it. Reading is half the battle. And if this week hasn‘t proven anything - life gets in the way (or in this case helps). @AmyG thanks 🥰 4w
CBee @Sargar114 you‘re telling me 😂 Glad you‘re feeling ok and getting some good reading time 🥰 4w
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Glad that it's a mild case. Get well soon, but milk it for extra reading time! 🤣 4w
Sargar114 @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick definitely the silver lining! 4w
TheBookHippie So glad it‘s minor!!! Rest up! 4w
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Definitely a mixed bag with this one. I like the story enough to want to know how it ends. I still don‘t love Evie, but I enjoy the variety of characters and the attention paid to marginalized groups. The book was too long and some of the decisions the characters made felt inconsistent making me thing it could have used a solid edit. I still want to finish the series though; but I can understand why this one may not be as popular a YA series.

Sargar114 TW: sexual assault 1mo
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A Million Junes | Emily Henry
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#bookspin #doublespin #bookspinbingo
Putting my buddy reads in the 20-23 as will only probably get to one as the other two are waiting on library holds to come through. 24-25 are free spaces as I‘m meeting my friend next week for a much overdue (pun intended) book swap and no idea what I‘m getting from her. TMI probably but 🤷🏼‍♀️

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1mo
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All the Ways We Said Goodbye | Beatriz Williams
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An epic story excellently woven together through formative moments of three separate women. I was enthralled with the mystery from the first chapter and found it difficult to put down. Each of the women were strong but complicated in their own right but I didn‘t find any of their stories lacking. The supporting cast is wonderful and adds to the depth of the novel. Highly recommend! Read for #literarycrew

Librarybelle Hooray! So glad you liked it! 1mo
kspenmoll Perfect review! I loved this too! 1mo
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Lost Among the Living | Simone St. James
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Strong female lead, terrible humans, multiple suspects, and some super natural flavor. St James is a master at her craft and this one is no exception. Read for #sundaybuddyread and overlapped as my #doublespin 🤘

kspenmoll Great review! 1mo
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All the Ways We Said Goodbye | Beatriz Williams
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“It was always worse at night.” #firstlinefridays

Sargar114 @Librarybelle one chapter in and I‘m hooked! 2mo
Librarybelle Awesome! I love their compilations so much! 2mo
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Salt to the Sea | Ruta Sepetys
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Finally got around to finishing this re-read for #literarycrew and it was just as good this time around maybe better as this time I opted for the audiobook version for about half the time. The voice actors were wonderful and the characters really came to life. I highly recommend this complicated and heartbreaking tragedy.

Librarybelle Good to know about the audio! 2mo
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Lost Among the Living | Simone St. James

🤐🤐🤐🤯🤯🤯 #sundaybuddyread

TheBookHippie 🤯🤐🤫 2mo
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Lost Among the Living | Simone St. James
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And we have our callback #sundaybuddyread crew!

TheBookHippie I literally YELLED!!! 🤣♥️🎉 2mo
Sargar114 @TheBookHippie me tooooooo! I love that she does this! 💜 2mo
TheBookHippie @Sargar114 me too! It‘s so fun ! 2mo
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Lost Among the Living | Simone St. James
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“By the time we left Calais, I thought perhaps I hated Dottie Forsyth. “
#firstlinefridays @ShyBookOwl
#sundaybuddyread @TheBookHippie
#doublespin @TheAromaofBooks

mcctrish That‘s a great first line and I do love Simone St James 2mo
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Lost Among the Living | Simone St. James
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Earlier this week was catching up while waiting for a little to finish soccer practice. #sundaybuddyread #doublespin

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A Promised Land | Barack Obama
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Since it‘s a rainy day it‘s a lazy morning so I got to work on my #bookspinbingo board and reading plan for the month.
#bookspin - The Final Revival of Opal & Nev
#doublespin #sundaybuddyread - Lost Among The Living (yay overlap)
#obamabuddyread Tagged (part 6)
#literarycrew All the ways we said goodbye

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Looks great!! 2mo
Librarybelle Hooray!! 2mo
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Unknown Book 4475976 | Unknown Unknown
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Still need to catch up on my various discussions…but got around to putting together my May list for #bookspin #doublespin and #bookspinbingo

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The Witch's Heart | Genevieve Gornichec
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@CBee They came!!! Thank you so much 💛. I‘m super excited to add these to my shelf and read them and the book marks are very cute! They‘ll be great for my buddy reads…unless my boys get a hold of them and they end up being toys haha. Thanks again!!! 🥰

CBee Hooray! So glad to hear they made it safely! Those are two favorite books (and the whole Lunar Chronicles series is just 🔥) so I hope you enjoy! ♥️😊 2mo
Sargar114 @CBee I love a good series! I‘m so excited 😬 2mo
CBee @Sargar114 oh and my goodness you were NOT kidding about Part 5 in the Obama book - I still love it but it‘s just sooooo much foreign policy and I feel like it‘s totally going over my head 😂😂 2mo
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Sargar114 @CBee I feel the same way when it comes to the nitty gritty of politics! 🤪 2mo
CBee @Sargar114 glad I‘m not the only one 😂🤦‍♀️ Fave part though is when Malia basically tells him that he needs to save the tigers ♥️♥️ 2mo
Sargar114 @CBee Mine too! Makes that whole section seem a little more down to Earth. 🐯🌎 2mo
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I‘m big on making the best out of a bad scenario and it seems the author has done that here. Williams tells her story of her brief yet notorious encounter with Anna Sorokin. I knew a bit of this story but this was an interesting perspective to read. It‘s easy to think of white collar crime as “victimless” and this shows that it is not always the case. #doublespin for April

hannah-leeloo Great inspirational quote 2mo
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A Promised Land | Barack Obama
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Finished Part 5 of #obamabuddyread which also served as my #bookspin for this month. It was mostly foreign policy so a little bit of work to get through; but the audio version helps with that. The last chapter was my favorite as it was really well told (literally in the audiobook ha) and was about his work on climate change.

CBee I need to work on catching up 😳😂 2mo
peanutnine I also enjoyed the chapter on climate change! I loved how his daughter kept asking if he had saved the tigers yet. So sweet 2mo
Sargar114 @peanutnine me too! Gives so much heart to this part of his story. ❤️ 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 2mo
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The Enchanted April | Elizabeth Von Arnim
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This one isn‘t for me. Read for #sundaybuddyread. I‘m not liking any of the characters enough story or location descriptions to keep me interested 🤷🏼‍♀️

vlwelser ❤😘 Simone is back next month! 3mo
Sargar114 @vlwelser so excited!!! 3mo
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April reading outline:

#bookspin & #obamabuddyread overlap this month for part 5 (yay!)
#doublespin is tagged and looking forward to that one
#sundaybuddyread: the enchanted April
#literarycrew: salt to the sea (which will be a reread, so may try the audiobook)

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Looks great!! 3mo
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This was a fantastic look at identity and the risks taken to find your own. I usually don‘t care for slice of life type stories, but this seemed to be so much more and was beautifully done. Theirs was my #doublespin for March

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3mo
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The Enchanted April | Elizabeth Von Arnim
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Here‘s my #bookspin list for April! Tagged is the #sundaybuddyread book that also works so lovely for the title this month.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3mo
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Luck of the Titanic | Stacey Lee
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As with most stories about the Titanic, this one was full of tension and anticipation knowing the events to come. However, Lee manages to create a story within this broader tale that gives you moments where you almost forgot what was about to happen with such an interesting perspective and vivid characters. Worth a read for a new look at a familiar tale. Also: the last 1/4 of the book is impossible to put down. #sundaybuddyread

TheBookHippie GAH!!!! I never read so fast in my LIFE. 3mo
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A Promised Land | Barack Obama
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Bought a car in Wyoming and drove back to Colorado so used part 4 of #obamabuddyread as my travel companion.

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The Hobbit | J.R.R. Tolkien
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Listened to the audiobook version of this one. Quite enjoyable; very well done. I‘ve only seen the old cartoon movie of this story so only vaguely remembered it. I‘ve read the Lord of the Rings series and was interesting trying the audio version, so thought I‘d give this a try. Glad I did!

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Unknown Book 4475976 | Unknown Unknown
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Here‘s my #bookspin & #doublespin list. I‘ll leave 21-25 as open spaces in the event I feel like making a board this month.

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I‘ve been seeing a lot of hype on this one and now I can see why! What a wild ride! Very difficult to put down. Filled with twists; but I will say it got almost too twisty past the point of believe-ability. Regardless, I enjoyed the adventure this book took me on.

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The Book of Cold Cases | Simone St. James
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Good News for #sundaybuddyread if you have a #botm subscription!!! Look what‘s up for a March box!!!

TheBookHippie I'm quite excited! 4mo
AmyG Ha! Same here. 4mo
kspenmoll 🙌🏻🙌🏻 4mo
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The People We Keep | Allison Larkin
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I wanted to like this one more based on the reviews, but I think the biggest problem was the person reading it. I think Ive aged out of coming of age tales. April has a pretty rough upbringing and after a last straw with her dad, hits the road to try life out on her own. Despite meeting some wonderful people; she was pretty terrible to all of them making it hard for me to sympathize with her. Borrowed from one of my people & my #doublespin

TheAromaofBooks I've wondered this about myself the last year or so as well... I have less patience with characters who don't want to accept help or advice and have to do everything the hard way... despite knowing that I went through that stage as well, as most people do lol 4mo
kspenmoll I had same reaction to this book/character 4mo
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The History of Love | Nicole Krauss
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A beautifully written story about a variety of people and multiple types of loving relationships. While it was confusing at times, it ended up being interwoven quite nicely. Books like these are why I love #sundaybuddyread! Because of the fabulous discussion, I try to read every selection of the group as I stumble upon gems like this that I wouldn‘t otherwise have read. Thanks @TheBookHippie 💙❤️

TheBookHippie 💙💙💙💙💙📘📘📘📘📘 4mo
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The History of Love | Nicole Krauss

Holy Stopping Point this week! @TheBookHippie #sundaybuddyread

TheBookHippie I SWEAR I SCREAMED SO LOUD I SCARED THE DOG 😂😅🤐😱 4mo
TheBookHippie It‘s a bit unnerving how it keeps happening … 😳 4mo
Sargar114 @TheBookHippie 😂🤣😂🤣 4mo
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The People We Keep | Allison Larkin
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Starting my #doublespin for February, on loan from a friend.

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How Lucky: A Novel | Will Leitch
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Wow! What a surprise of a story; and I mean that in the best possible way. A sorta thriller but perspective on life kinda tale told from the POV from an unconventional narrator. I really enjoyed this one. #bookspin for January

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Bingo Love | Tee Franklin
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If it wasn‘t for the last minute, nothing would get done. Here‘s my #bookspin #doublespin & #bookspinbingo list. Gonna leave 22-25 free…see if that actually helps 🤞🤣😂

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 5mo
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The Other Side of Midnight | Simone St. James
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What I love about St. James is her ability to allow me to suspend disbelief and become so immersed in whatever world she has created for us. I don‘t know if I believe in ghosts or psychic abilities but none of that mattered with this story. Another solid one! Also loved the appearance of a former character in one of her previous books; that was fun. Read for #sundaybuddyread

TheBookHippie ♥️♥️♥️♥️ 5mo
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The Other Side of Midnight | Simone St. James

Just when you thought the weekly section couldn‘t end on a more suspenseful moment…then I read this week‘s section of #sundaybuddyread @TheBookHippie

TheBookHippie RIGHT?!?!?! OMG!!!! How do I keep doing this unknowingly ?!?! Jeezch. 5mo
vlwelser I don't know how @TheBookHippie keeps doing this. I suspect St James's writing may have a hand in it also. 5mo
TheBookHippie @vlwelser I am seriously freaked right out. 5mo
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Sargar114 @vlwelser you may be right… @TheBookHippie I seriously NEED to know what that cigarette divulges!!! 5mo
TheBookHippie @Sargar114 RIGHT?!?! Sunday is almost here 😂😝 5mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I likely won't get to read it until Sunday morning but I'm excited to see what the hell is happening. 5mo
TheBookHippie @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick SERIOUSLY I have no clue!! 5mo
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How Lucky: A Novel | Will Leitch
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Starting my #bookspin for January today…and ugh do I know this feeling.

AmyG Yep :( 6mo
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In an effort to not overbuy books, I started tracking my reading vs spending doing #pennyperpage sorta thing. Thank you to the library, friend book swaps, and deals mentioned here in Litsy to keep me in the black!

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Untitled | Anonymous
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My 2021 in Books:
▪️18042 pages over 45 books
▪️Average book length 400 pages (guess I like chunkier ones)
▪️Average rating is 4.1 ⭐️ (makes sense…I generally like things)
▪️All 12 #sundaybuddyread
▪️8 #bookspin & 7 #doublespin
▪️reread the Harry Potter series in #potteraday
▪️Met my goals of 3 books a month and 36 books a year but missed my goal of getting a bingo

Best Year Yet!

Gonna keep the same goals because it was a good life balance. 📚

Sargar114 A big thank you to @TheAromaofBooks @TheBookHippie @Linsy for all the work you‘ve done in your various reading challenges and read alongs to help push me and grow my enjoyment of reading. Love to you all! 6mo
TheBookHippie ♥️♥️♥️♥️ 6mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! What a fantastic year!!!! 6mo
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A solid like for me. And since I didn‘t go to sleep, it‘s going in the books under 2021 for me. Happy New Year Litsy Friends! 😘

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Here‘s my January list! Unfortunately didn‘t meet my goal of getting a Bingo this last year, but I love trying! The second of the month is one of my favorite days because of this! I love reading, have a huge tbr, and hate making decisions so it‘s perfect! A huge thank you to @TheAromaofBooks to putting in the work every month for this!
#bookspin
#doublespin
#bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! A Man Called Ove was one I wasn't expecting to enjoy but really did, so I'm interested to hear your thoughts!! 6mo
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Catching up on reading…watching a little Tangled. Photo credit: 5 year old

hannah-leeloo Great film 6mo
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The Other Side of Midnight | Simone St. James
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Love is the husband packing up the boys and bringing them to not one but two libraries to pick up the next #sundaybuddyread while I worked 💙

TheBookHippie 🤍🤍🤍 6mo
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Tagged is my last read of this year and my first of 2022 will likely be The Other Side of Midnight (Simone St James) for #sundaybuddyread
#lastfirst

Thanks @BookNAround

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Berenstain Bears and the Bad Dream | Stan Berenstain, Jan Berenstain
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Merry Christmas to my Litsy friends! Love to you all and your families this holiday season. A big thank you for amping up my reading, I‘m loving it so much. I walked up to the scene of my hearts when we were doing some last minute Christmas shopping and thought you‘d enjoy. 🥰😘
(Tagged is the book they were reading, but very much a good dream come to life)

AmyG So sweet. 6mo
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Starting this one of the first day of my vacation. Was hoping it would be the last for my BOTM challenge but I realized one of my books was too old. I likely will be one book short 🤬

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