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Smrloomis
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Like others I did not like the afterward by her husband and chose to skip that part. Otherwise this was laugh out loud funny and I had to stop listening to it in public so as not to appear dangerous to other commuters. It is of course littered with the f-word and references to sex and drugs. If you‘re a fan, you won‘t be surprised by that. For those who enjoy her comedy, I definitely recommend the audio!

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The Map of Salt and Stars: A Novel | Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar
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Qatar Foundation International has funding to provide sets of Middle East Outreach Council awarded books for classroom use. Open to K-12 public or public charter school teachers - US only, sorry. Full details here: https://www.qfi.org/opportunities/meoc-educator-book-awards/ #Teachers #TeachersofLitsy

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Last Day: A Novel | Domenica Ruta
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Her memoir isn‘t for me but this looks good!

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I knew this already but it‘s still hard to imagine.

Tanisha_A It is! 😡 2w
Smrloomis @Tanisha_A Yup! And weirdly it‘s the radio that bothers me the most. 😨 2w
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Silently cry-laughing in the metro probably makes me look insane. Totally worth it. @TheBookStacker

TheBookStacker 😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣 3w
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A Squash and a Squeeze | Julia Donaldson
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👍🏽

GirlNamedJesse I love all of her books! 4w
Smrloomis @GirlNamedJesse she‘s usually really good 😆 I‘ve only read one I don‘t like. 4w
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Sylvia and Bird | Catherine Rayner
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hannah-leeloo I love this 😍 so beautiful 🐉🐦 4w
Smrloomis @hannah-leeloo 😁 4w
readordierachel Wow, that's gorgeous! 4w
Smrloomis @readordierachel I think so too! 👍🏽 4w
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900 million USD while people were starving?! 🤬🤬🤬

Balibee146 😔😔 1mo
Smrloomis @Balibee146 yes 😱😭 1mo
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Pickpick

This was really thought-provoking. I didn‘t love the tone in the introduction or first chapter - too self-help-y - but I kept reading and I‘m very, very glad I did. And now I will go to bed feeling very pleased with myself that I was able to return it EARLY. 🥳

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I guess they needed 16 pages for all those repetitions of “loyal”!

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This looks good! 🎉

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Hmm, due in 7 days... not sure I can finish it considering all the other things I need to get done but wish me luck! 😬

Jas16 🍀 1mo
Smrloomis @Jas16 thanks, I‘m at 14% 😂 1mo
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Whaaa? There‘s a book out by Ali Wong??? I NEED the audio right now! YES, I‘M YELLING! 🤯😬😂

TheBookStacker I preordered the audiobook! 5 days till it‘s released! Can‘t wait!!!!!! 1mo
Smrloomis @TheBookStacker oooh, good idea, I may have to pre-order too! 1mo
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If anyone on here has read this, let me know. I‘m curious to see what these are like but don‘t have a lot of reading time these days 😢🤞🏽

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Trail of Lightning | Rebecca Roanhorse
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Still working through this one. Enjoying it but I keep getting interrupted!

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Whoa, Ocean Vuong won a MacArthur “genius” grant! 🥳🥳🥳 https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/sep/25/625000-genius-grants-go-to-ocean-v...

Leftcoastzen That‘s wonderful ! 2mo
Lindy That‘s great news! 2mo
Smrloomis @Leftcoastzen @Lindy I thought so too! 2mo
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1. The tagged book and 5 others I‘ve started and not managed to finish yet. I blame work stress 😖 2. Pumpkin! 3. “His experiences with Damkroger, Crabbe, and Hughes had shaken his confidence, and as he‘d gotten on the Matsonian, Sakamoto imagined that a trip with so many haoles would be bleak and humiliating and that he would continually be aware of his role as a second-class citizen with a first-class ticket.” #weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

Sbk89 1. Letters to Sam/ The Meccan revelation/ The woman who went to bed for a year. 2. Both. 3. “Your differentness will make people want to help you, too; and helping you will help them feel good.” 2mo
Smrloomis @Sbk89 👍🏽 Is the Meccan Revelations readable? And are there really something like 40 volumes??? 🙈 2mo
Sbk89 It‘s readable 😂 but be prepared to read a paragraph several times in order to grasp it. It‘s definitely not an easy read. I‘m not really sure how many volumes, but this one does refer to other volumes a great deal. 2mo
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Too Hot to Hug! | Steve Smallman
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Where I live this is throughly normal but I just need to whine a little. If you (like me) think in Fahrenheit then 45 is 113. 🥵 Now I know how baked potatoes feel.

BarbaraBB Where are you??? 2mo
Smrloomis @BarbaraBB the UAE 🇦🇪 it‘s lovely in the winter but that‘s still a ways away 🥵 2mo
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BarbaraBB Oh of course. That is really hot!! 2mo
LeahBergen Eek! 😮 2mo
Prairiegirl_reading Wow!!! 🥵 2mo
CouronneDhiver Yikes! 2mo
Smrloomis @MySharonaK @BarbaraBB @LeahBergen @Prairiegirl_reading @CouronneDhiver admittedly I took that in a parking garage but yup it‘s way too hot 🥵 I‘m lucky I don‘t have to be outside much! 2mo
BiblioLitten 🥵 2mo
Brozen Omg!!! That is HOT!!! 2mo
Sbk89 Hehehe same temps over here 😂 2mo
Smrloomis @Sbk89 😢 I keep thinking I should really cook outside somehow 🤔 We used to say “it‘s hot enough to fry an egg out there” at home and now I live somewhere I‘m pretty sure I could fry a whole lot of things outside 😂 2mo
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All My Goodbyes | Mariana Dimopulos
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This one is also a recommendation from BookRiot‘s TBR service and I‘ll definitely try to get a copy and try it out. 🥳🥳🥳

Smrloomis If anyone‘s curious, the third recommendation I got was for Memory Police and it was already on my TBR. So overall I‘m very pleased. I think this was a strong set of recs. 3mo
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Waste Tide | Chen Qiufan
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🥳🥳🥳 My new recommendations are ready! The tagged book is one of them. It‘s translated sci-fi and sounds great!

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🤔 Didn‘t know there was this Kindle edition. Very handy since I want to revisit some of this book and don‘t have a paper copy. I remember loving it when I first read it.

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Hide the Elephant | Jonathan Dunne
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All of @JonathanDunne ‘s Kindle books are free today! Just downloaded this one 🥳

Smrloomis @JonathanDunne my pleasure! 3mo
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Irena Book One: Wartime Ghetto | Jean-David Morvan, Severine Trefouel
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This looks very good. If anyone knows of a good non-fiction book on her life, I‘d love to know about it.

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Smrloomis
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Just splurged on this and can‘t wait to start it ... about 15 years after it was recommended to me 😂.

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The Book of Flora | Meg Elison
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Hmm, I finished this but just barely. I usually don‘t finish books when I dislike them this much but I wanted to give Elison a fair shake. This was an extremely uninteresting and unmoving end to the trilogy. Don‘t want to spoil it but the characters are wooden and there is a love triangle that is simply boring. This read like a developmental draft, not a finished product. Still I would read more from Elison since the first two books 👇🏽

Smrloomis were really interesting. But this one was just so disappointing! 👎🏽 3mo
Smrloomis @kyraleseberg you were right 😭 3mo
kyraleseberg @Smrloomis I loved the first two so much, I was in shock over this one. I completely agree this felt like an early draft. I have no idea if the author was rushed to finish or just ready to be done but either way it felt like they didn't have time to flesh out the story at all. 3mo
Smrloomis @kyraleseberg So true and very disappointing 😔 3mo
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Smrloomis
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Haven‘t slept much and this might be a bit too much for my last functioning brain cell. It‘s beautiful but I think I need to come back to it later 😢. Darn.

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The Book of Flora | Meg Elison
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I loved, loved, loved the first two books so I really hope this is as good as the others! 🤞🏽

BookishJess I just started this recently! 3mo
Smrloomis @BookishJess really hope it‘s good! 3mo
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Pegasus Book Exchange | Seattle, WA (Bookstore)
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Finally got a copy of this one... hope it lives up to the hype 🤞🏽

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Just started this and so far it‘s good. I wish the author had a slightly more parsimonious editor but overall it‘s an enjoyable read. Thanks @DebinHawaii for the recommendation!

DebinHawaii Glad you are enjoying it even with the editing. 😉 4mo
Smrloomis @DebinHawaii I am grouchy about it 😂 but yes! 😆 3mo
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Tel Aviv Noir | Etgar Keret, Assaf Gavron
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Mostly this was a pick for me but I always find collections to be a mixed bag. I also am not a big crime fiction reader so others may have more discerning tastes.

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Smrloomis
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As if my TBR needed to be longer... 🙄

gradcat Oh, I sooo love Stevie Ray Vaughn! ♥️ 4mo
Smrloomis @gradcat me, too! 4mo
gradcat Let me know what you think when you finish reading it...can‘t wait to read your review! 4mo
Smrloomis @gradcat sure! I may have to wait until 😆 who knows when but I‘m looking forward to reading this eventually... 4mo
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Too much detail and I‘m not interested enough, so oh well... This would work for someone else I‘m sure.

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This is a little more hardcore than I expected. The introduction was more focused on the conlang community history than I expected and since I know nothing about any of this, it was pretty slow going. Hmm.

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The Snow Child | Eowyn Ivey
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I don‘t know if I‘m up for fairy tale retellings usually, but I enjoyed this one. The ending got a bit maudlin in my opinion, but overall this was engrossing. Looking forward to reading her second one.

rmaclean4 One of my favorite authors!! 4mo
Smrloomis @rmaclean4 @jensini I‘m looking forward to reading more from her 👍🏽 4mo
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This #littlefreelibrary was a Girl Scout project apparently. We didn‘t take any home but hope others do.

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Pegasus Book Exchange | Seattle, WA (Bookstore)
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Love this place 💕💕💕

Smrloomis Also how did I forget that this had come out? It looks like @Lindy posted about it 3 years ago! From the author of Living Language Dothraki 😂 Glad this was on the staff pick shelf to remind me! (edited) 4mo
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The Snow Child | Eowyn Ivey
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Only about 50 pages in but so far this is stunning. I hope it continues to live up to the hype 🤞🏽

jensini My all time favourite ❣️ 5mo
Smrloomis @jensini 💕💕💕 it‘s great so far 5mo
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Alif Baa: Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds | Kristen Brustad, Mahmoud Al-Batal, Abbas Al-Tonsi
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Not strictly a book but in case anyone else is interested, Duolingo now has Arabic. And it‘s free!

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Coming in January 2020! Looking forward to it. #Laos #SouthernFrance #Spain

erzascarletbookgasm I liked Snow Hunters 5mo
Smrloomis @erzascarletbookgasm I did too. I think I liked it better than The Mountain but either way Yoon is a great writer. 5mo
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Smrloomis
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This was a very detailed look at Elizabeth Holmes‘s wild foray into health care and investor fraud. It reminded me of Going Clear, another book I didn‘t know I needed to read until I started it and couldn‘t put it down. Highly recommended. I might need to watch the documentary that‘s out on it and I‘m not usually a documentary fan. If you‘re curious, pick it up.

Smrloomis If anyone else wants to read Going Clear, here‘s a tag for it. 5mo
Caroline2 Sounds good! Stacked both! 👍🏻 5mo
RachelO I‘ve had to take a break from this for a couple of days - it‘s making me SO angry!! 5mo
Smrloomis @Caroline2 YES! Let me know when you think if you get to them! 5mo
Smrloomis @RachelO yeah, it‘s just crazy what they did and how little they seemed to care about what happened to the people they were harming. 5mo
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“...anyone not prepared to show complete devotion and unmitigated loyalty to the company should “get the f- out”” 😱🤯

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💕💕💕💕 I loved this so much. Didn‘t realize there would be so many f-bombs - and had to pause it around some sensitive little ears - but otherwise I really, really enjoyed it. Especially the audio. If you like the show, then you should read or listen to this. 💕💕💕💕

Smrloomis Oh and also special thanks to @Smangela because I might have otherwise missed this! 🤷🏻‍♀️ I watched and loved the show but didn‘t realize I wanted to read books from them until I saw this one. 👍🏽 5mo
DivineDiana Why so many expletives? Not necessary for me. 🤔 5mo
Smangela @Smrloomis oh my gosh yes, having read it, I must‘ve glossed over the f-bomb. I imagine the audio would be awesome BUT definitely hard around little ears 😂 5mo
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Smrloomis @DivineDiana I don‘t think it was excessive but always a consideration with audio. 5mo
Smrloomis @Smangela 😂 it was funny and also had a cameo from one of the other fab five. Did the book version also have him in there? 5mo
Smangela @Smrloomis no! Omg lol now I need to check out the audio book! 5mo
Smrloomis @Smangela YES!!! You should listen to it. The camels - erm, cameos - are short but very worth it. No camels. That‘s just autocorrect doing what it does best. 5mo
BooknerdsLife Oh I love the show and everyone of them!!! 😱😍💖 Hope my library has the audio too!! 🤞🏼 5mo
Smrloomis @BooknerdsLife my fingers are crossed for you! I loved this so much so I hope you get to listen to it too! 5mo
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This list of things their clinical lab scientist did wrong is just mind-blowing. Contaminating things, running tests he wasn‘t trained to do, not following manufacturer‘s instructions... holy crap! I wouldn‘t want someone to do my laundry this way, let alone handle blood.

LauraJ How did the guy even get the job in the first place?! 5mo
Smrloomis @LauraJ seriously! No idea. I have no training whatsoever and even I know this is terrible 😱 5mo
RachelO I just started this, and 😱. I just... 🤯 It‘s scary! 5mo
Smrloomis @RachelO right there with you. I keep making concerned faces while I read this 😂 5mo
RachelO @Smrloomis I have no words. Much spluttering going on! 5mo
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Waterstones | Barry Ghabaei
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Well, everyone, is this good or bad? I‘m not in the book selling business but I‘m very interested to see where this goes. https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/books/2019/jun/07/waterstones-o...

SarahSaysRead I would think mostly good? They're not spending almost 700 million on all of that infrastructure just to close them all. I'm interested to see what kind of changes they make but I bet it will be a long time yet. 5mo
TheLibrarian I'm hoping good! B&N has lost a lot of my business lately so hoping to see some good changes. 5mo
enidkeaner I‘m hoping it‘s good cause I‘ve got hundreds of dollars worth of B&N gift cards 5mo
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Ashley_Nicoletto I‘m hoping it‘s positive. In reality if no one purchased them there was a strong chance they were going to close eventually. They‘ve been doing poorly financially for a while. I have my 🤞🏼🤞🏼 that this management company will be able to turn some stuff around. 5mo
Smrloomis @SarahSaysRead @TheLibrarian @Ashley_Nicoletto I hope so too. I didn‘t realize they have stores in all 50 states. That‘s a lot to keep up with so maybe some more of those will close but hope not that many of them 🤞🏽 5mo
Smrloomis @enidkeaner it‘s a good time to spend those bad boys 🤔😂 5mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Smrloomis @enidkeaner oh yeah! I'd be using those up before it could possibly be too late! 😵 5mo
BooknerdsLife Oh no! I hate to see bookstores close down...this reminded me of Boarders 😭 Hope this is a good thing for both stores! & That‘s why I try to shop at my local bookstores as much as I can afford 😢 5mo
Smrloomis @Penny_LiteraryHoarders @enidkeaner yes, and who doesn‘t need more to read? 😆 5mo
Smrloomis @BooknerdsLife yeah, we‘ll have to see if they close stores like Borders. And since B & N has been struggling, it seems like it could happen. Time will tell. 5mo
enidkeaner @Penny_LiteraryHoarders I always hoard gift cards when I get them so I can use them when I feel broke! 😂 5mo
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This book = 🤯 but I really like this description: “The way Sunny dressed was also meant to telegraph influence, though not necessarily taste. He wore white designer shirts with puffy sleeves, acid-washed jeans, and blue Gucci loafers.” Um, what?

LauraJ Egads! 5mo
Smrloomis @LauraJ I know! He sounds like an expensively dressed 1980s wizard. 5mo
Leftcoastzen I‘m reading this now , when I read that description sounds like the guy you hide from at the night club.😂 5mo
Smrloomis @Leftcoastzen 😂 Yup. And also this book just gets crazier and crazier! I knew vaguely about this but had no idea how insane it was until I started reading this. 5mo
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Happy Litsyversary! | Special Events
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Thanks, @HappyLitsyversary ! 🥳 I was just randomly pressuring - err I mean encouraging - a couple of people I met today to check it out. They probably thought I was nuts, but it‘s cool. I enjoy being on here 😁

Crazeedi Happy Litsyversary to you! It's so nice to have this community of book lovers here!!🎉🎉 5mo
britt_brooke 💚💚💚 5mo
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Librarybelle Happy Litsyversary! 5mo
Redwritinghood 🎉🎉 5mo
Birdsong28 Happy litsyversery 🎉🎊📚📖 5mo
Smrloomis Thank you @Crazeedi @britt_brooke @TheSpineView @Librarybelle @Redwritinghood @Birdsong28 ! I really appreciate the kind wishes and I‘m not just saying that! 5mo
readordierachel Cool! 🎉🎉 5mo
Smrloomis @readordierachel 😁👍🏽 5mo
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Started this today and - no surprise - I‘m really enjoying it. Just what I need right now and I am really glad to have it on audio 😁.

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I‘m a little late in my time zone, but if you‘re celebrating, Eid Mubarak. 🥳

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Hmm... thinking of starting this series. Anyone else read the series and have strong feelings either way?

annahenke It's super fun and light. Love it on audio! 6mo
Dogearedcopy I ❤️ this series! I think of it as “Magic Treehouse for Adults!” Definitely in the light and fun side 🙂 6mo
Smrloomis @annahenke @Dogearedcopy Thanks! That‘s very helpful and sounds good 🤔👍🏽 6mo
Redwritinghood It‘s fun, but not too much depth. I‘ve done a few on audio, but I‘m in no rush to finish the series. 5mo
Smrloomis @Redwritinghood fun sounds good but I‘ll have to give one a go and see 🤞🏽 5mo
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Don‘t want to spoil the story of how she got started with food for anyone else since I was delighted to read about it here. I will put a tiny picture in case you want to look away 😂 So far, this is interesting. Haven‘t watched her show but I might need to after this.

MicheleinPhilly I‘ve only seen the first episode but I LOVED it. She has such charisma and zest for life. 6mo
Smrloomis @MicheleinPhilly yup, I might have to watch it finally. 6mo
ValerieAndBooks Is that a popover?! I‘ll have to look into this book/series! 6mo
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Pruzy I can confirm the series is great. You can watch them in any order that draws you in. I really liked the salt episode 6mo
Smrloomis @ValerieAndBooks I think it‘s a chocolate soufflé ? 6mo
Smrloomis @Pruzy Thanks for letting me know. I watched the first one and wasn‘t that interested but maybe I‘ll take another look after reading this. 6mo
RaimeyGallant How interesting! 6mo
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