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Susanita

Susanita

Joined July 2016

Life's too short to read books you don't like.
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The Darkling Halls of Ivy by Lawrence Block
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What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman
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Murder by Manicure | Nancy J. Cohen
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This book was pretty ridiculous! The company while reading was lovely, however. #readingretreat

Mitch Fab review! 🤣 1d
TrishB You did roll your eyes several times! 1d
squirrelbrain I love the cover though! 🤣 1d
rockpools I think I‘ve developed an anglepoise lamp obsession this weekend. (edited) 15h
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Gladstone's Library (formerly St Deiniol's Library) | Hawarden, Flintshire, United Kingdom (Library)
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Nothing finished this week…yet. I have so many choices, I don‘t know what I‘ll read next! #bookreport #weeklyforecast #readingretreat

Cinfhen So glad you‘re there!!! Have the BEST time 💕 2d
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Sometimes it was an adventure, but I made it to Gladstone‘s Library!

After I stuff my face with fish n chips, I‘m probably going straight to bed. I think I‘ll be able to sleep on this quite firm mattress. In any case, I probably won‘t finish any more books for September.

Nothing I read this month is going to be a favorite for the year, but the tagged book was my favorite for the month. More thoughts in comments.

#wrapup

Susanita At times the author is a “bit much,” but I think this was the older-woman memoir/story I was looking for earlier this year. 3d
Cathythoughts Enjoy the fish and chips 👍🏻♥️ 3d
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Murder by Manicure | Nancy J. Cohen
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I picked up the tagged book at the community center LFL a few weeks ago. It may or may not be the first book I finish for the #20in4 readathon and the book I read on the plane and trains to the #readingretreat at Gladstone‘s library. For now I‘m still waiting to board (and getting bored).

julesG Safe travels! 4d
LiteraryinLawrence Have an amazing time! 4d
Cathythoughts Have a great trip ♥️ 4d
Chrissyreadit Happy Gladstones Retreat Weekend!!! Looking forward to seeing/hearing about it! 3d
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The Secret Chord: A Novel | Geraldine Brooks
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1. I generally prefer more recent historical fiction.
2. However, I really liked the tagged book.
#two4tuesday

TheSpineView Good book! Thanks for playing 6d
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Exiles | Jane Harper
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📙Hitchhiker‘s Guide to the Galaxy
🖊️Jane Harper
📽️How to Train Your Dragon
🎤Hunter Hayes
🎶Heaven Only Knows (Richard Marx)
#manicmonday #letterH

CBee Thanks for playing! 😊😊 1w
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A Divided Loyalty | Charles Todd
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Three books finished during the #readathon

One planned, two added when they came up sooner than expected on Libby.

From the original plan, one book was returned unread (for now), and the other is still in progress.

Andrew65 Great, thanks for playing along 👏👏👏🙌🥳🍾🥂 5d
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Pride and Prejudice | Jane Austen
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Pemberley! 😀

#sundayfunday

ozma.of.oz Of course! Great pick! Thanks for sharing! 1w
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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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Background is from my last major work trip, to Colorado Springs. This building now houses a nice brewpub!

I finished the Todd yesterday and returned it with the rest of the physical library books I‘ve checked out over the last several weeks. The other two are on Libby, and it‘s possible I might even finish them before they disappear! 😆

Now to figure out the books to take to Gladstone‘s!

#weeklyforecast

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The theme for this week is me not managing Libby very well and borrowing books that I meant to defer. Hence the Rivers of London, which I enjoyed with some caveats, and a couple others that I‘ll add to the mix. Meanwhile, I made a little bit of progress on a couple existing books, and I‘ll probably take the cat book back to the library to clean the slate before travel. #bookreport

squirrelbrain Travel? Are you going anywhere nice?! 🤣 1w
Cinfhen Woohoo!!! You‘re headed to the #ReadingRetreat - soooo exciting @squirrelbrain @Susanita 🎉❣️ 1w
Susanita @squirrelbrain @Cinfhen It‘s almost heeeere! 1w
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I have a cupboard full of coffee cups, but I want this one!

julesG 🤣🤣 1w
DogMomIrene Same! 1w
wanderinglynn 😆😆😆 1w
Bette This is THE best. 🤣👍❤️ 1w
TheKidUpstairs Oh my lord, it's almost perfect (I don't drink coffee, I want one that says tea!) 1w
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Rivers of London | Ben Aaronovitch
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A fun mix of mystery and paranormal/fantasy. I agree with an earlier comment that the two stories didn‘t really gel together, but I‘m looking forward to more from these characters.

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📘Gathering Blue
🖊Sue Grafton
📽Gettysburg
🎤Gipsy Kings
🎶Glass (Thompson Square)
https://youtu.be/tPd1GIwjRFM

#manicmonday #letterG

CBee Thanks for playing 😊 2w
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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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Background is the garden outside the library at my old school. The inside of the building gave me anxiety, but the outside is always pretty.

I ended up finishing New Old Me last night, but I didn‘t feel like making a new collage. 😆

There are a couple new additions on my Kindle from Libby. I‘m not sure which one I‘ll start next.

#weeklyforecast

Cinfhen The grounds look gorgeous 😍 2w
kspenmoll Beautiful!! 2w
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I finished Fast Pitch in a day for #AAM once I panicked and realized I never programmed it into my plan.

I returned Darkling Halls to ILL but can get it again later when I‘m “not so busy.” 😆

I brought the cat book with me for the weekend, but so far it‘s stayed in my bag because I added the tagged book which was “assigned” for the conference I‘m attending.

#bookreport

Cinfhen What conference are you attending?? Being nosy 😉 2w
Susanita @Cinfhen It‘s a women‘s conference at my old school 2w
Cinfhen Nice 😊 enjoy ❣️ 2w
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September | Rosamunde Pilcher
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I‘m at a conference with my sister this weekend, so reading has taken a back seat for a couple days. Except for New Old Me, which is homework! But it‘s very interesting.
#readathon

Andrew65 That‘s the beauty of a nine day Readathon, plenty of time to get to it. Enjoy the conference. 2w
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The Hobbit | J.R.R. Tolkien
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1. Mysteries are like Mac and cheese in book (and TV) form.
2. But…I will reread Tolkien for comfort.
3. Tagged
#thoughtfulthursday

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Fast Pitch | Nic Stone
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I enjoyed this book, especially the main character and her persistence. The ending was a bit rushed, but I liked the story overall. #authoramonth

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Underground Airlines | Ben Winters
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1. I don‘t read a lot of either genre but…
2. Tagged book is on my TBR list.
#two4tuesday

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! Happy Tuesday! 3w
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The Likeness: A Novel | Tana French
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📗Fear No Evil
🖊Tana French
📽Fantastic Mr. Fox
🎤Foreigner
🎶Fix You (Coldplay)
#manicmonday
#letterF

CBee Love that song ♥️♥️ 3w
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The second part of the Start Here news podcast on Friday dealt with the ongoing work to identify remains from 9/11 at WTC. Not only are the workers in the ME‘s office using new identification techniques from worldwide experts, but also they‘re helping to invent new techniques with their tireless work. https://overcast.fm/+d8ClMreDs

In the same way, nearly 100 years ago, the doctors who first set up the NYC ME office invented new methods & skills.

tpixie Amazing 3w
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Middle-Earth, especially Rivendell
#sundayfunday

ozma.of.oz Rivendell is such a great choice! Thank you for sharing! 3w
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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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Continuing with this month‘s travel theme… This week‘s background is one of my favorite pictures from the cruise I took a few years ago. We were somewhere in the North Sea between Invergordon and the Orkneys.

My calendar is filling rapidly for the week, but I should be able to fit in some reading time.

#weeklyforecast

Cinfhen Great shot 😍 are you a football fan?? I know you like baseball ⚾️but now weekends are all about 🏈 3w
Susanita @Cinfhen I like football more when the weather is colder. 3w
Cinfhen Yeah, I get that!! 3w
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One book finished! Progress made on two more, and this afternoon I‘m going to take a walk and get started on the audiobook.

#bookreport

kspenmoll I love Donna Leon‘s series! 3w
Cinfhen Progress!!! 3w
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Black Cake | Charmaine Wilkerson
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✨Tagged
✨ I‘m never really ready for autumn…
✨ Nelson Cruz and Luke Voit say sun‘s out, guns out
#thoughtfulthursday

TheSpineView 👍🌞📘 4w
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🌸🇲🇽🇺🇸🩸☘️❤️🐢🔥
🪷Can‘t really think of one right now 🤷🏻‍♀️
🪺⭐️⭐️⭐️
#wondrouswednesday

Eggs Thanks for playing 😺 4w
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Give Unto Others | Donna Leon
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Elisabetta: Why are you here?
Guido: I need to talk to you…about Bruno.
Me: We don‘t talk about Bruno, no no no!🤦🏻‍♀️

Anyway, this was an enjoyable return to the Guido Brunetti series. I read book 1 several years ago, and this is book 31 or so. The “mystery” here was a private request from Guido‘s childhood neighbor, which somehow ended up involving several of his colleagues on the force. More interesting was the look at post(?) COVID Venice.

Aims42 Lol! I started humming the song after reading this 🤣 4w
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To the Lighthouse | Virginia Woolf
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1. Skye
2. Tagged book plus several others for mood reading
#two4tuesday

Susanita So I was scrolling through Facebook and came upon validation of my choice. https://www.facebook.com/groups/VisitScotland/permalink/1516314758817412/ 4w
TheSpineView Skype is high on my list of places to go. Thanks for playing 4w
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📘Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
🖊Rachel Held Evans
🎥Encanto
🎤Earth, Wind & Fire
🎶Everyday People (Sly and the Family Stone)
#manicmonday #letterE

CBee I love Rachel, it was so devastating when she passed away 😔 1mo
Susanita @CBee Me too! We could use her voice in the mix these days. 1mo
CBee @Susanita oh gosh yes. Need it more than ever 😔 1mo
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The Darkling Halls of Ivy | Lawrence Block
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I would read these and give myself nightmares. Who knew academics could be so creepy and vengeful?!?

#sundayfunday

ozma.of.oz Seanan McGuire did a story in this collection! How neat! Thank you for sharing! 1mo
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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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For September‘s #weeklyforecast backgrounds, I‘m using pictures from previous trips. In 2015 I had the opportunity to go to Los Angeles for a LOTR nerd group meetup, and my hotel had this cheeky Hollywood sign on the embankment behind the pool.

Anyway, I‘m going to concentrate on these four books this week and see what happens. The Chaperone is for an upcoming book club, and the others are ones I just need to finish and return.

Cinfhen 🤩 1mo
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It was a busy and (mostly) fun week, capped off with a good day at the book festival. It was great to meet @Chrissyreadit and @wanderinglynn and enjoy a yummy dinner with them!

I only finished one book, but it was very good!

In 27 days I will leave for the #Gladstones #readingretreat and I want to start over with a clean slate of library books when I get back, so that list will be “reshaped” over the next few weeks ⬇️

#bookreport

wanderinglynn I can‘t wait to see your photos from Gladstones! (edited) 1mo
Susanita In other words, I‘m in the process of returning some books unread. I got a little carried away with checkouts and holds, and I don‘t even know what I have right now! Don‘t get me started on books I picked up from the LFL! 1mo
Chrissyreadit Im so glad we met up! And I can‘t wait to hear about Gladstones! And plan a wine and book outing…. 1mo
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TrishB Count down to Gladstone‘s 😁 lovely that you got to meet other littens! 1mo
Cinfhen Oh wow!!! How fun that you met up with @Chrissyreadit and @wanderinglynn and even more exciting you‘re flying across the pond!!!!!! That‘s awesomeness!!!!! 1mo
DivineDiana How fantastic! The National Book Festival, Litsy meetup and Gladstone‘s Retreat! I am envious. 4w
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Stuntboy, in the Meantime | Jason Reynolds
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I‘m at the main info booth if anyone wants to come and say hello. I‘ll be staying for Jason Reynolds on the YA stage at 6:00 before I figure out what I‘m doing for dinner. I can‘t remember who else was on the list to tag…

#nationalbookfestival

wanderinglynn I‘m downstairs in one of the signing lines. @Chrissyreadit is here too. 1mo
Chrissyreadit I will try to say hi when I leave this talk @Susanita 1mo
marleed I want to be you guys! 1mo
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Susanita @wanderinglynn @Chrissyreadit I‘m at the YA stage, room 202. Sitting in the front row of the back half of the room, next to the aisle. 1mo
wanderinglynn 😆😆😆 I‘m back in another signing line. @Chrissyreadit & I are going to grab dinner after. Want to join? 1mo
Susanita @wanderinglynn I‘d love to! 1mo
wanderinglynn @Susanita e-mail me at lynn@wanderinglynn.com & I‘ll send you my phone no. 1mo
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This book has a pretty harrowing #childbirth scene…and other harrowing scenes. #indeliblemoments

Eggs Haven‘t read this one but it sounds interesting 🤔 1mo
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Black Cake | Charmaine Wilkerson
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Tagged book was the only one I finished during the #readathon but as usual I was reading bits and pieces of other books along the way.

In my defense, I got a last minute invitation to the ballgame Tuesday night, and that cut into my reading time. It was a lousy game, but I enjoyed the company.

Bookwormjillk Was that Hawaiian shirt night though? 1mo
Andrew65 Ell done on finishing this 👏👏👏🥳🍾🥂 1mo
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Library of Congress | Washington, DC (Library)
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I still don‘t know my volunteer assignment for the #NationalBookFestival but I have my shirt! I rode the subway from LOC to the ballpark for a game tonight. While I wait for the gates to open, I‘m enjoying a salad at one of the eateries, while listening to Grateful Dead and watching tennis. I can think of worse ways to spend a late summer afternoon.

marleed Have fun! Cool shirt and volunteer experience! 1mo
DivineDiana I Iove your shirt! You will have a wonderful time! ❤️📚👍🏻 1mo
tpixie Love it! Have a blast!! 1mo
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I won‘t get to finish anything else today, so I‘m calling it for the month. Two very different books were the standout selections. #wrapup

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Black Cake | Charmaine Wilkerson
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1. So many choices! I just finished the tagged book, so I‘ll go with that.
2. Interesting story. Compelling characters (though one was a little tiresome at times). Lovely writing.
#two4tuesday

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 1mo
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The Drifters: A Novel | James A. Michener
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📘The Drifters
🖊Fiona Davis
🎥Doctor Zhivago ✳️
🎤John Denver
🎶The Dance (Garth Brooks)
✳️Note I did NOT name it as my favorite book 🤣 #manicmonday #letterD

CBee There will always be something about Omar Sharif 😍 1mo
Susanita @CBee Yes! 1mo
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Susanita | Rebeca Hervias
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My IRL name is Suzanne. I used to work for an organization focused on Latin America and the Caribbean. One of my coworkers started calling me Susanita one day many years ago, and I started using it on various social media sites. #littenswanttoknow

By the way, you never know what you might find when looking for books with your username in the title. 😳

CBee I just searched for my name and apparently there is a bodice ripper author named Cydney 😂😂😂 1mo
TheBookHippie @CBee BAHAHAHAHA. 1mo
CBee @TheBookHippie I mean 🥵😂 1mo
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TheBookHippie @CBee I'm a killer car so I have no room to speak......... 1mo
BarbaraJean I just searched for “Susanita“ books on Litsy and oh my. 😳 😂

There is an author out there with my IRL name and she's quite prolific, but her books seem to be not at all to my taste. A friend came across the tagged book at a used bookstore and gave it to me kind of as a joke. It seems... not that great. I couldn't get into it without stopping to read eye-roll-inducing passages aloud to my husband. 😂
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CBee @TheBookHippie 😂😂😂😂 1mo
TheSpineView 👍🌞😊 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Interesting!! 1mo
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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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A week ago, myspouse had a rare summer Sunday off, so I finally got my trip to the beach for a day. While we only saw the actual beach from a few blocks away, we did visit a friend who recently bought a condo on the bay side. The background photo is the view from his porch. I was also able to get some reading done on the drive.

Now it‘s a new week and almost a new month (!!), and I have new (and ongoing) books to read.

#weeklyforecast

Cinfhen So glad you got that beach day 😃without having to deal with the sand 😅 1mo
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I finished A Madness of Sunshine and Unthinkable. I have thoughts! Especially about Unthinkable. Will post more later.

I‘m making various degrees of progress with the rest. For now I‘m off to a long day at the ballpark, but I do have reading material tucked in my bag.

Background photo was taken from the Metro on my way home in August 2011. ⬇️

#bookreport

Susanita We had an earthquake! Not severe but definitely the biggest in over 100 years in a place that doesn‘t normally get earthquakes. The memories popped up in my Facebook earlier this week. That random bit of scrub space is now townhouses. 1mo
Cinfhen Crazzzy!!! 1mo
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Two prompts in one! Mary wants to join the ranks of Civil War #doctors but she meets resistance from her family, from society, and from the medical establishment. #titlewithpersonsname #artfulaugust

Eggs Nice double play! 1mo
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End of Summer | John Lamb
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There‘s definitely that #endofsummer feeling in the air. I‘d like to finish these three books…and maybe more.

Cathythoughts I‘m stacking Darkling Halls 👍🏻 sounds good. 1mo
Andrew65 Great to have you with us, good luck 😊 1mo
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The Zig Zag Girl | Elly Griffiths
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This was a fun book and the start of an interesting series. #alphabetgame #letterZ

kspenmoll 💙❤️💚 1mo
TheSpineView I choose the same book! 1mo
Aims42 Excellent pick, this would be mine as well 👏 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing!! 1mo
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Yes Please | Amy Poehler
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I especially suggest the audiobook version, if nothing else for the Patrick Stewart haikus. #alphabetgame #letterY

Cinfhen Sooooo good on audio!!! 1mo
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X | Sue Grafton
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This is not my favorite Kinsey Millhone book, but it‘s my favorite (and only) book read that starts with the #letterX #alphabetgame

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Turbulence | Stuart Woods
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1. Just added for #sundayfunday
2. So far, The Four Winds
3. Peru, Scotland, Barbados
#wondrouswednesday

TheSpineView 👍😍😘🥰 1mo
Eggs Thank you for joining in ❤️📚🗺 1mo
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A late #wrapup to #awesomeaugust

I‘d wanted w#to finish three books, and I finished two. I also read several chapters of books that are are still in progress.

Cathythoughts Beautiful flowers 💛 1mo
Susanita @Cathythoughts Thanks! This was the view from the patio of a winery I visited recently. 1mo
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With the Fire on High | Elizabeth Acevedo
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