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ScientistSam

ScientistSam

Joined November 2016

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Wizard and Glass by Stephen King
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Shadowed Souls by Jim Butcher, Kerrie L. Hughes
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@robinb the #whodunitthesequel book came along with your lovely gift! Thank you!!!

As a side note, I'm glad to see the replacement book and notebook I bought make it back around 😁

@Librarybelle

robinb You are most welcome! Hope you enjoy the series...I did! 😊 1d
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Posted | John David Anderson
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@JulAnna you spoiled me with this #postlit package! Thank you so very much for the book sleeve 💞

@CareBear

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This was really cute! Our heroine crossed the ocean to find her missing brother but ends up nursing his unconscious best friend. Except it turns out that in order to do so, she has to pretend to be said best friend's wife!

Her daily to do's cracked me up, and I loved her moxie.

Just what I needed! 4❤️
#romantsy

CoverToCoverGirl Sounds delightful! 2d
BethM Ooooh I have this! I‘ll move it up the pile! 2d
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Bad Blood | John Carreyrou
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It reads like fiction, but it's not. This book covers the absorbing, unbelievable story of Elizabeth Holmes and her fraudulent "revolutionary" lab company, Theranos, told by the investigative journalist who broke the story. The potential impact to patients' health is horrifying, as Holmes touted lab tests that gave massively inaccurate results. Yet she pulled the wool over the eyes of many intelligent, prominent people.

Highly recommended.

MatchlessMarie I saw the 60 minutes special covering this. So interesting how she was able to transform her whole persona to be taken seriously 1w
ScientistSam @MatchlessMarie I'm looking forward to seeing the footage now that I've read the book 2d
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Well, I finally did it. I made it through this epic trilogy! Sanderson's world-building is simply amazing. This final book is hard to read - it's the end of the world after all, and it's hard to know if they're going to make it, and if so, who. It wasn't the ending I wanted but it's a satisfying one.

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I 💞 Rai's Forbidden Hearts series and this tangentially linked one is great if funnier and not as steamy. A self-made woman who founded a dating app business runs into the man who ghosted her...as the spokesman for a rival dating service she hopes to acquire!

Our heroine has burnt once too many times (think #MeToo) and our hero deals with NFL brain injuries affecting his family, so there is a serious side to this wonderful romance. 4.5❤️

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This book describes a period of murders targeting members of the oil-rich Osage Nation in the 1920s called the Reign of Terror. Learning about the murders and the motive was interesting but reading about how the Osage were routinely treated was infuriating.

This was essentially the FBI's first major case, and federal involvement was critical given the wide-ranging graft and conspiracy around exploiting the Osage head-rights (mineral rights).

CoverToCoverGirl Just recently read this myself.. it‘s truly terrible how the Osage were targeted and all for money. 3w
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Trade Me | Courtney Milan
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I've really enjoyed Courtney Milan's Cyclone series! This is the first of the series, and has our rich hero "switching lives" with our heroine, thinking that running away from money and business responsibilities to take on someone else's responsibilities will give him space to fix his problems. Of course it mostly gives him the chance to fall in love.

#romantsy

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I thought this would be an atmospheric gothic mystery like Du Maurier's Rebecca, but instead it turned out to be a ghost story with a really transparent mystery. I knew by page two what had happened to the previous tenant, while the big reveal didn't happen until halfway through and I was supposed to be surprised.

The ghost story may appeal to some but it's not what I pick up a Tess Gerritsen for.

Not sure why I actually finished the book...

Reecaspieces I enjoyed this one. And I agree with your synopsis too 🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️. I figured it out but I could not stop reading it. 😂 4w
ScientistSam @Reecaspieces I'm glad you enjoyed it! 4w
robinb I had issues with this one too. 🙃 1w
ScientistSam @robinb very much not a standard Tess Gerritsen 2d
robinb @ScientistSam Thanks for sharing that as this was my first exposure to her writing. 👍 2d
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The Frame-Up | Meghan Scott Molin
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Real life imitates a classic comic series in this mystery.

I enjoyed the fact that the protagonist is a comic writer and geek, but found the random fandom references a bit annoying. (It seemed like the author wanted to establish geek creds by referencing every fandom possible.) That said, this was an entertaining book and I'd read the sequel. 3.5⭐

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The nurses at the Nightingale have to deal with the Blitz and their loved ones being evacuated or sent overseas.

A good addition to the series.

Crazeedi Sounds good! 1mo
ScientistSam @Crazeedi the series reminds me of Call the Midwife (TV series not books) 1mo
Crazeedi @ScientistSam and I loved those books! Did you read them? Now I definitely have to read these!! 1mo
ScientistSam @crazeedi I read the first two books I think. Really enjoyed them though the workhouse one was pretty sobering. This series is a little more soap opera-y but I still enjoy it a lot 1mo
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Another great installment in one of my favorite series! I just took an evening and morning and read the whole thing 💞

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This was definitely a bridge book in a trilogy. The same great world-building is there, but it's a long story that dragged a bit for me. It picked up more towards the end, however, and I am looking forward to reading book 3 and seeing how Sanderson resolves everything.

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A compelling account of a true hero. Virginia Hall developed Resistance networks in occupied and Vichy France in WWII, gathering intelligence and setting up guerilla attacks against the Nazis. What she accomplished was incredible regardless of when she worked or her sex, but to do it in the 1940s as a woman in a man's world was all the more noteworthy.

Highly recommended.

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#7days7books #covercrush Seven days of posting books without explanation for the covers you love.

Thanks for the tag @CoffeeK8 , @BookDragonNotWorm! I tag @mcipher if she'd like to participate.

Blaire Have you watched the Netflix show of this book? It‘s really good. 2mo
CoffeeK8 💕 this cover! 2mo
mcipher I am already on say 2 myself!! Thanks for tagging me though 😊😊 2mo
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Mitch @Blaire I‘ve just ordered this with a birthday gift card- didn‘t know there was a show.. tell all! 2w
ScientistSam @Blaire no, but I'm looking forward to it! 2w
Blaire @Mitch @scientistsam yes, it‘s four episodes on nextflix, she goes to a different country to dive into one of the 4 elements - Italy for fat, Mexico for acid(I think)....the filming is gorgeous and I learned a lot about how various foods are made. 2w
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A Bollywood Affair | Sonali Dev
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I really enjoyed this book and its description of a traditionally raised young woman who still manages to break some barriers and go study in America... while waiting for the husband she met and was married to at the age of four and hasn't seen since. When her brother-in-law comes to the States to get her to sign annulment papers, the story gets, well, complicated.

4⭐
#romantsy

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I 💞 Ilona Andrews! 'Nuff said😀

No, seriously though, this is a great story and a great start to the spin-off trilogy starring Nevada's sister Catalina. Even I, loyal to Nevada as I am, adored this book. More strong women in a really cool magical Houston embroiled in House warfare.

5⭐

Beachesnbooks I'm reading this now & love it so much!! I actually prefer Catalina/Alessandro to Nevada/Rogan (gasp!) 2mo
ScientistSam @Beachesnbooks gasp indeed! Glad you're loving it😀 2mo
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And more #litsylove from the ever-thoughtful @robinb😀

robinb Yay!!!! ❤️ St. Cyr! 1w
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You are too generous @robinb! Thank you, thank you, thank you!💞

robinb Sorry I‘m just now seeing this, but for some reason your tag didn‘t work. 🤣🤷🏻‍♀️ You are most welcome, and I‘m sending along the fourth and final book in this series next week with your next #whodunitthesequel. I‘ll let you know when they go out. 😊 1w
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The Mulberry Tree | Jude Deveraux
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This felt like more of a mystery than a romance, but I enjoyed the story and it kept me guessing till the end.

A widow is left nothing by her billionaire husband except for a decrepit old farmhouse and a mysterious note. Along the way to solving this mystery, she also needs to redefine herself from housewife to...who knows what?

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The Bride Test | Helen Hoang
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I loved Helen Hoang's second romance! It's funny and engaging, and there are valid reasons for the communication difficulties. I rooted for the heroine and loved that she gets along on her own two feet despite all the obstacles she encounters. The romance is something that enhances her life but does not define it. And it hurts my heart to see Khai's struggles so the HEA is all the sweeter.

#romantsy

robinb I‘m looking forward to getting to this one! 😊 3mo
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Daisy Jones and The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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I really really enjoyed this book! It was a super-fast read, probably because of the interview format, and was perfect for my work trip.

I didn't really get the level of depth and female empowerment that others did - it seemed a fairly surface-level story that was very atmospheric and descriptive of what I assume that rock n roll culture was like in the seventies.

Tons of fun!

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Birthdays Happen | Herbert Kavet
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Thanks for all the wonderful #litsylove! I always love hearing from you all, and appreciate the birthday wishes too!

@Soubhiville @bookwormahn @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @JoyBlue @Stacypatrice

(Stacy, did you make that lovely card?!)

CoffeeNBooks Happy Birthday! 🎉🎂🎉 3mo
daena Happy Birthday!🎊🎉🎂 3mo
Ddzmini Happy birthday 🎂🎈🎁🎊🎉 🥳📖😋 3mo
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AmyG Happy Birthday!🎂 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🎉💗🎉 3mo
LeahBergen Happy Birthday! 📚📚📚 3mo
BookwormAHN Happy Birthday 😺 3mo
Stacypatrice I did 😊💛 Happy Birthday 🤗 3mo
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Gratitude | Dani Dipirro
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How perfectly unexpected and wonderful! Thank you so much @litenthusiast!!!

litenthusiast I'm glad it got there. Hope you have a Happy Birthday! 🎂 3mo
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Crooked House | Agatha Christie
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A fast, atmospheric read in vintage Christie style, this kept me guessing till the last minute (and I still didn't figure it out!)

Sending out today for #whodunitthesequel
@Librarybelle @Schlinkles

Librarybelle Yay! 3mo
Schlinkles @ScientistSam Huzzah! Embarrassed to say this will be my first Agatha Christie. I‘m really excited to read it! 3mo
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Special Friendships: A Novel | Roger Peyrefitte
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Thanks for all the lovely letters, cards, and treats! I ❤️ this group of wonderful people!

@Lovesbooks87, @AmyG, @UwannaPublishme, @OriginalCyn620, @Crazeedi, @litenthusiast!

#litsylove

Crazeedi Happy happy birthday! Sending a big litsy hug!!😽🎉🎂🥂 3mo
UwannaPublishme Have the happiest birthday! 😘🎉🎂🎁🎈 3mo
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Giveaway | Carolyn Finlay
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My favorite summer read (mostly because I read it this summer!) is The Alice Network. Kick-Ass women spies plus all the feels at certain points of the book make this an incredible read!

Thanks for hosting this #25Etsy #giveaway @Megabooks!

Megabooks Thanks for entering!! I‘ve been meaning to read that. #stacked 👍🏻 3mo
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This is definitely a 5 ⭐ read and one of my favorite books so far this year! Interweaving the stories of two young women during or in the aftermath of two world wars, Kate Quinn gives us les fleurs du mal, women who flourish in the face of evil. 1915 sees young Eve a spy for the Allies in occupied France, while 1947 has us meet her again through the eyes of young Charlotte, with her own quest for justice. What happened in the intervening years?👇

ScientistSam Even more incredible is the fact that the Alice Network of WWI women spies is based on a little-known real spy network. 3mo
JulAnna I liked this one too! 😊 3mo
ScientistSam @JulAnna wasn't it great?! 3mo
TNbookworm I loved it! 3mo
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Thanks for the #litsylove birthday wishes @nelehelen @TheBookHippie @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks!!! And I love the stickies, @nelehelen, thanks so much!

DivineDiana Looks like I missed your birthday. 🙁 Wishing you a fantastic year! 🎉📚🎂 3mo
ScientistSam @DivineDiana thank you! It's towards the end of the month so your birthday wishes didn't miss it😀 3mo
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The Queens Advantage | Jessie Mihalik
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The sequel to Mihalik's Queen's Gambit, this #romantsy novella picks right up and dives right into court intrigue. Who wants Valentin dead? Samara needs to figure it out before assassins succeed.

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The Queen's Gambit | Jessie Mihalik
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An enjoyable sci-fi #romantsy novella, emphasis on the romance. Samara is a kick-butt heroine and the guy she falls for isn't too shabby himself 😜 If you want a bit of space opera politics and intrigue with your romance, you'll enjoy this.

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Blood Oath | Linda Fairstein
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This was a good mystery where prosecutor Alex Cooper needs to look carefully at those in the legal establishment for her murderer. While the mode of death seemed a bit far-fetched, it was still entertaining. Alex's relationship seems to have settled and I'm happy to avoid all the man drama.

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Penpals | Lana Sundman
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I got lovely #Litsylove, and some early birthday wishes! Thanks @LibrarianJen, @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks, @aroc, and @Lovesbooks87!!!

I've been so behind with my writing but sent out three noted and wrote five postcards today, so I'm back in the game!

Lovesbooks87 Your welcome! Take your time. We all understand! 3mo
Crazeedi I'll be sending you one soon!! 3mo
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Say No to the Duke | Eloisa James
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@EloisaJames wrote another charming, funny, entertaining book about the Wildes. This was a fast read, and I really enjoyed our heroine and her desire to be allowed the agency men in her world had.

#romantsy

Meghan1 I love this series!! 3mo
josie281 Currently listening to this! 3mo
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This book was really hard to read, but it raises questions we should all think about. The first part moves surprisingly slowly yet still was a bit hard to follow with the discursive back-stories, and incredibly hard to read because of the subject matter - the possible euthanasia of a number of patients at Memorial Hospital post-Katrina. The second part just sails by.
4⭐

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The Raven Tower | Ann Leckie
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I love Ann Leckie, but this just wasn't for me. I couldn't get past about page 40. Maybe I'll try again at some later date...

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This was a lovely, charming, entertaining romance where a widow who is left destitute opens a boarding house... with an unexpected business partner. And when a Captain of the King's blockade stays undercover in search of a smuggling ring, sparks, of course, fly!

I'm looking forward to the next in the series!
4.5❤️

#romantsy

robinb I loved it too...but then again, I tend to love everything she writes! 🤣 3mo
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The Suffragette Scandal | Courtney Milan
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Loved this final book (I still have one novella!) of the Brothers Sinister series! Free is feisty (when are Milan's heroines not?) and the banter is wonderful. And once again Courtney Milan writes a grown-up romance where the protagonists actually talk to each other.

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The premise of the magic world is cute and innovative, if occasionally cutesy, but I had little sympathy for the protagonist or her love interest, and disliked the romantic subplot.

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Monstress Vol. 2 | Marjorie Liu
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Another compelling, grim, beautiful installment.

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The first half of this book is a thriller/psychological mystery and the second half is horror. Despite the mixed-up genres, it's very well written, which is why I gave it a pick even though it's not necessarily my cup of tea. I found myself wanting to root for the teenage protagonist. I can't really write more without giving things away for my fellow #whodunitthesequel readers.

On its way to you, @Schlinkles!

@Librarybelle

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My #postlit book and notebook made it home after a year and a half! It was so much fun to read everyone's comments, regardless of whether or not the book was their cup of tea.

The incomparable @JulAnna added a couple of books for me too. Thank you so much, I can't wait to read them!

@CareBear

JulAnna Yay! Glad it made it back to you safely! Hope you enjoy the books ! 😊 4mo
CareBear How sweet, @JulAnna ! 4mo
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A former Chief Medical Officer of Bellevue gives a small glimpse into the world of this flagship public hospital through the stories of 12 patients who passed through its doors. These are fascinating and absorbing individual stories, and the insight I to the hospital is also very interesting.

New Amsterdam (the TV show) is very very very loosely based on this book.

My primary criticism is that it can be hard to follow the sequencing👇

ScientistSam When he goes into flashback mode. This might be an issue with the ebook if the physical book offsets the flashbacks from the current narrative. 4mo
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The Countess Conspiracy | Courtney Milan
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I love the science in the historical romance of this one! I can't say much more or I'll spoiler this one, but it was another winner 💞

#romantsy

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The Heiress Effect | Courtney Milan
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What do you do if you don't want to get married but you're an heiress? Make sure nobody wants to marry you. In fact it takes quite a clever woman to work that out, and this is her story.

Loved it!

#romantsy

CoffeeK8 I love this series! 4mo
ScientistSam @CoffeeK8 it's so good! 4mo
fenchxrch Are there other Courtney Milan books or series that you would recommend? 4mo
ScientistSam @fenchxrch I think I've only read a contemporary romance by her outside of this series, but it was really good. It's the second in a trilogy (which I didn't realize when I read it first) called Hold Me. 4mo
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Binti: Home | Nnedi Okorafor
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I really enjoyed following Binti's story as she returns home after a year at university. She has to grapple with her identity and her relationship with her family and friends, and how these have changed as she has gone out into the world.

While I really enjoyed this novella, it did feel like it dealt a bit less with sweeping themes and focused more on one individual coming of age story.

quirkyreader This book looks like it has been massively loved. 5mo
charl08 @quirkyreader that was what I was going to say! V good. 5mo
ScientistSam @quirkyreader @charl08 doesn't it?! Library copy😀 5mo
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AutumnRLS Read the next two! I love this trilogy of novellas. They're so good! 5mo
ScientistSam @AutumnRLS only one more in the series! 4mo
AutumnRLS @ScientistSam oops! For some reason I thought this was the first one. The third one made me cry. Sho good! 4mo
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A Kiss for Midwinter | Courtney Milan
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Just reread the first novella and book, so I was happy to read Lydia's story. Courtney Milan is now definitely up there in the favorites list!

fenchxrch I just bought and read this series from Amazon! The Suffragette Scandal was my favorite — so good. 4mo
ScientistSam @fenchxrch looking forward to reading it! 4mo
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Secret Santa | Scarlett Bailey
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TheReadingMermaid I'm so so very glad that you like everything sweetie. I hope it makes you feel pretty LOL 😋❤️😘🤗 5mo
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Secret Santa | Scarlett Bailey
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Post 3 of my lovely lovely package from @TheReadingMermaid! Wasn't I spoiled?💞
@BookishMarginalia
#summersantagoespostal #summersolsticebookexchange

wanderinglynn Ooh, I love that Kim Harrison series! 👍🏻❤️ 5mo
BethM I‘m with @wanderinglynn so good! 5mo
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Secret Santa | Scarlett Bailey
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monalyisha Is that a scarf? How pretty! 🧣🦋 5mo
ScientistSam @monalyisha yes! A scarf with butterfly magnets resting on it 5mo
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