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Susanita

Susanita

Joined July 2016

Life's too short to read books you don't like.
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Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
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What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman
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1. I think I‘m more of a voracious reader than a bibliophile.
2. To me a bibliophile collects books for their own sake, and because they are beautiful works of art. A voracious reader will happily read the back of a cereal box.
#two4tuesday

kspenmoll Love your differentiation between the two! Can you be both?! 1d
TheSpineView Thanks for playing! Happy Tuesday! 1d
Susanita @kspenmoll Of course! 😀 24h
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1915 Mean Girls
WWI will we or won‘t we
President Wilson tap dances around women‘s suffrage
Our intrepid girl reporter continues to navigate a career and life in tumultuous times

A little Forrest Gump-like at times (Woodrow Wilson AND Thomas Edison AND Margaret Sanger? Really?) but overall an interesting story. MC is a great character around which to build a series, but nothing new seems to be forthcoming?

#seriesread2022
#roll100

TheSpineView Awesome! 3d
PuddleJumper That's great! 2d
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A sunny afternoon spent at Books in Bloom!

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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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It should be a quiet week for lots of reading. Maybe!

Sea of Tranquillity is probably wishful thinking, considering my spot on the waiting list, but stranger things have happened!

I also need to finish up my latest bookshelf reorg. I managed to free up a whole shelf, which I‘m going to use for photos instead of tucking them into random places.

#weeklyforecast

Cinfhen Library holds can be so unexpected…..hope your hold comes in quick 🤞🏼🤞🏼 3d
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Finished Maybe You Should Talk to Someone ❤️

Didn‘t finish Pulse before book club, but after the meeting I decided to bail. Consensus of the group was that the female MC was poorly written and the story elements not very cohesive.

Meanwhile, I had some unexpected time to stop by the library and picked Travelling Cat Chronicles 😻 which I read over two days.

#bookreport

Oryx How is Of women and salt? I have this on my shelf. 4d
Cinfhen So nice to be able to pop into the library!!! I miss that ☹️ 4d
Susanita @Oryx TBH I‘m not crazy about it, but I‘m nearly done so we‘ll see. 4d
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Marvelous May | Kirsten Osbourne
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For the #MarvelousMay readathon I‘d like to finish one or more of these.

Ruthiella I‘m curious to know what you think of Seeker. I‘m looking for a new historical mystery series to fill the void when I read the final book in C.J. Sansom‘s Shardlake series 5d
Andrew65 Good luck, and thanks for playing along 😊 4d
Andrew65 @Ruthiella Love Shardlake but like you finished them all now. 4d
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Kili likes to visit our friends in New Jersey. We‘ve never been to the sea or the mountains, though.

The book is sweet and tender, and it just might leave you 😭

KellyK One of my favorite reads and yes, I 😢😢😢 5d
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1. Journaling. Reading. Walking.
2. I bailed on a book with a poorly written female MC.
#thoughtfulthursday

Texreader That‘s actually a great way to show self care!! 6d
MoonWitch94 Sometimes the best thing we can do is put a bad book down! I always feel compelled to finish but it‘s a waste of time if it‘s miserable. Thanks for playing 📖🌸☺️ 5d
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Wednesday's Wrath | Don Pendleton
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1. If today is any indication, apparently it‘s falling asleep while watching TV.
2. Yes, on Litsy
3. Anywhere
#wondrouswednesday

Thanks for the tags

TheSpineView You're welcome! 1w
Eggs Thanks for joining in 📖👏🏻🥰 7d
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I have some kind of cold/allergy thing going on right now, so the box of tissues is really speaking to me!

Anyway, I tore through this book and found it very interesting. Lots of insight into the therapy process, poignant stories, and a rambling career path.

This was a #bookspin selection.

BkClubCare So good 1w
TheAromaofBooks I've seen a lot of positive reviews for this one!! Hope your snuffles feel better soon!! 1w
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Ramona the Pest | Ramona Cleary
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1. I don‘t think it registered with me that these books were set in #Oregon when I read them as a child…
2. I‘ve only really passed through the state, but the whole coastline looks like a nice place to visit.
#RoadTripUSA2022
#TravelTuesday

megnews I reread a few of the Ramona books in the last couple years and still didn‘t recall they were set in Oregon! They seem like those books that could be set in Anywhere, USA. 1w
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Seeker | S. G. MacLean
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1. Every day it changes. Tagged book is today‘s choice.
2. Yes. Preferably without words so I‘m not pulled into the song.
#two4tuesday

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 1w
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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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LeeRHarry Oooh Prodigal Summer, my fave - enjoy! 😊 1w
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I had two activities from which to choose today, depending on which one appealed to me more, but they‘ve both been canceled due to the weather!

So instead I will stay inside working on my latest bookcase redo (long story) and watching hockey. Apropos of the Derby, I‘ll probably also go to the library and pick up Pulse from the hold list. I‘m also still waiting for Sea of Tranquility.

I did finish Girl… and made progress on the rest.

#bookreport

Susanita I‘m also more than halfway through one of my #bookspin selections that‘s not on this list. 😎 2w
Cinfhen My hubby has been watching hockey too!!! He‘s all about the Rangers 2w
Cinfhen But he loves EVERYTHING hockey 🏒 2w
Susanita @Cinfhen I guess hubby isn‘t too happy right now… 2w
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Girl Waits with Gun | Amy Stewart
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Interesting story and great characters. Not strictly a murder mystery, but there were definitely crimes committed. The ending was a little too neat, but overall this was an enjoyable read. I‘ll certainly be adding this series to my list!

Cathythoughts Great cover 👍🏻😁 2w
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April Showers | George Shannon
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I finished six books in April. Nothing really blew me away, but the Cat Sebastian was my favorite. It was a #roll100 selection that also became a #bookspin selection.

I also acquired a couple books in connection with indie bookstore day and shuffled a few things into and out of the LFL at the community center.

#wrapup

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1. Not so much with books, but definitely movies and TV. Example: the night of the LOST finale, I dreamed that the Rohirrim were fighting Storm Troopers. 🤷🏻‍♀️
2. Lord of the Rings series
3. I want to knock off those little tasks I‘ve been passing forward in my journal every month.
#wondrouswednesday

Eggs Great goals👍🏼👏🏻 2w
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1. Number of vacation days plus one. Who am I kidding?!? I always take at least six books.
2. In a car, yes. On a plane, paperbacks and Kindle.
#two4tuesday
#vacationallieverwanted

TheSpineView Never can have enough books! Thanks for playing! 2w
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Death on Tap | Ellie Alexander
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1. This is an entertaining mystery set in a brewpub on the eastern side of the Cascade mountains in #Washington State.
2. The Cascades are beautiful. So are the San Juan Islands, which are best seen by boat.
#ROADTRIPUSA2022
#TravelTuesday

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My April goal was to see the ortho doc and figure out where we go from here. It was overall a good visit, and we have a plan for at least the immediate future. I‘m still looking to get back to some gentle hikes in the woods, weather and schedule permitting. I also need to schedule some non-ortho appointments for overall wellness.

I finished six books, which was not as many as I would have liked but the most so far this year. ⬇️

#BFC2022

Susanita My reading goal is to finish book club selections and #authoramonth and at least one #bookspin pick. 2w
wanderinglynn I‘m glad your visit went well. Great goals for May! 🙌🏻 2w
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Chilling Effect | Valerie Valdes
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1. Drama and silliness. In space. But no singing.
2. It‘s not really my genre, but this book sounds fun. I might even read it someday!
3. With proper life support of course, I‘d like to visit Venus.
#sundayfunday

ozma.of.oz Oh I‘ve read your tagged! I really enjoyed it! Thank you for sharing! 💖 2w
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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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New week! New month! New book club selections!

Pending library holds, unexpected appointments, phases of the moon, etc.

#weeklyforecast

Cinfhen Ohhh, lots of exciting new reads!! 2w
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It was a busy week of various meetings and appointments…and some reading.

Even with an extra week I couldn‘t finish the Jewell before the book club meeting. I tried! Turns out the hoarder MC just put me off too much.

I‘m setting aside Fuzz and A Traveler for…later. 😎

I finished The Theory of Death. It was…fine. Still plugging away at Prodigal Summer and waiting for Pulse to become available.

#bookreport

Cinfhen At least you tried!! 3w
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The Language of Flowers: A Novel | Vanessa Diffenbaugh
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Spring means flowers!

I don‘t garden at the moment, but I‘d like to grow herbs at some point.

I love to read on the patio anytime. Spring brings not only warmer temperatures, but also the sun angles are better than in winter.

Tea or lemonade.

#thoughtfulthursday on Friday

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I liked this book so much I bought my own set. Yes, it‘s light on specific structural advice, but it includes some fun spreads, interesting ideas, and reassuring advice.

If the Ryder Carroll book is a driving storm, and Hack Your Journal is a gentle rain…this book is like running through a splash pad.

#LitsyCrafters

Catsandbooks Awesome! Have fun! 3w
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How could I resist the beautiful kitty?? 😻😻

1. Tagged
2. Littens!
3. May book club selections

#wondrouswednesday

Eggs Thanks for joining in 🌺 3w
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Spinning | Tillie Walden
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For some reason, it was really a challenge to put the #bookspin list together this month. After all that, it‘s the usual mix of book club selections, unfinished books from last year, series reads, books I simply want to read, and #roll100 books for the year so far. This month‘s #roll100 are marked by the 🎲

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3w
PuddleJumper Looks good! 3w
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A Likely Story | Sykesville, MD (Bookstore)
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What a fun idea for #independentbookstoreday !

I have a prior commitment on Saturday, so I took a little road trip over the weekend to get my “passport” stamped.

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Rudolph Girls - tiny and cute, interesting collection, too far away for regular visits
A Likely Story - nice collection of newer books, fun accessories for sale
The Last Word - spacious and welcoming, good mix of old and new, nice candles, satellite location near me❤️

DivineDiana What a great idea! 2w
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A Goodreads list of books set in #Idaho includes a handful that are on my TBR but nothing that I‘ve read. 🤷🏻‍♀️

1. This looks like an interesting book, but unfortunately there are no copies at any library in Maryland.
2. During a family trip (perhaps the return from Glacier park I referenced last week?), we stopped for lunch at Coeur d‘Alene. It struck me as an interesting place to visit on its own someday.

#TravelTuesday
#RoadTripUSA2022

Susanita BTW I bailed on 3w
megnews I‘m behind on responses because works been hectic. I‘ve never been to Idaho. I‘m not seeing any on that Goodreads list I‘ve read or on my tbr. I skipped Educated due to some reviews I read. 3w
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This is book 23 in the series. I‘m still invested in the MC and his wife. I think the change of venue a few books ago was a breath of fresh air. The mystery was interesting, despite all the boring math stuff. 😆

OTOH I find his new young sidekick rather annoying, and the dialogue between them is painful at times.

Overall, a soft pick. There are at least four more installments, and I‘ll continue with this for #seriesread2022

TheSpineView Great job! 3w
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#WeRemember #MaryHigginsClark

This book came to me courtesy of the #whodunitbymail traveling book exchange before that endeavor ended prematurely.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Perfect 📚💛 3w
Eggs 💗📚❤️ 3w
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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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I got a reprieve when the book club meeting for the Jewell was postponed, but this week is crunch time! There‘s a lot on my calendar but also some open space, so we‘ll see how that goes. 😀

#weeklyforecast

Cinfhen Good luck 🍀 💚 3w
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I read a bit this week…just didn‘t finish anything. 😬

Tomorrow is the #LitsyCrafters journaling activity, after which I think I can finally return that book to the library. 😎

I‘m about halfway through the Kellerman, which I got from cloudLibrary when I was out in “the wild” without anything to read. If I‘m going to catch up with her for #seriesread2022 I do actually have to pick up the next in line at some point. 💁🏻

#bookreport

Cinfhen Some weeks are more “successful” than others but it‘s about the quality not quantity 4w
TheSpineView 👍📖📕 4w
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Ariadne | Jennifer Saint
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I‘m very late to #wrapup #AwesomeApril for no reason other than I kept forgetting! Anyway, I wanted to finish Ariadne and maybe whatever else came off the hold list or caught my fancy, as well as make progress on the other books I have going.

I finished Ariadne and thought it was fine. Certain parts I liked a lot, but overall it kinda rubbed me the wrong way. Circe is better! Just sayin‘

I also finished a mystery and read some other chapters.

squirrelbrain Circe was definitely better! 4w
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1. I just started the tagged book.
2. Sometimes on a case-by-case basis, but not as a general rule.
3. ⚾️⚾️⚾️⚾️⚾️
#thoughtfulthursday

MoonWitch94 Ohhhh baseball! Yes, it‘s truly spring when the stadiums 🏟 are full & games begin! Thanks for playing 🌷☺️📚 4w
MoonWitch94 Ps: who‘s your team? I‘m a Phillies Fan 4w
Susanita @MoonWitch94 Nationals 😃 3w
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Prisoner 88 | Leah Pileggi
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I stalked my profile all evening but still missed it by “that much.” Closing in on six years of Litsy, definitely the best platform in town.

BookBabe 😄🙌🏻 4w
Suet624 hahha. I agree. It's the best. 4w
squirrelbrain So close! 4w
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1. I‘m a “joiner” when it comes to book clubs. Virtual is good because it allows folks to participate from anywhere. IRL is good because I‘m independently friends with some members and like to see them.
2. A book I wouldn‘t have read otherwise — within reason 😎
3. Tagged is for … book club.
#wondrouswednesday

Eggs Good Jewell book! 4w
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Blood Lure | Nevada Barr
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1. This isn‘t my favorite Anna Pigeon book, but it‘s an interesting story set in the back country of Glacier National Park.
2. Murder and mayhem aside, Glacier is one of the most beautiful places I‘ve ever seen Flathead Lake, on the way to the park, is also a nice place to relax and enjoy nature.
#ROADTRIPUSA2022
#TravelTuesday
#Montana

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1. Apparently I don‘t gravitate towards anti-hero books, because I had to google some lists to find ones I‘d read.
2. Tagged book is very good. The anti-hero is definitely not heroic.
#two4tuesday

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 1mo
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The Darkling Halls of Ivy | Lawrence Block
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1. Yes
2. Recommended by the Bloody Scotland people
3. Alibi Academy
#SundayFunday

ozma.of.oz Oooo Alibi Academy is good! Thanks for sharing! 1mo
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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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New book in for end-of-month book club, but meanwhile Lisa Jewell is for another meeting on Thursday! While I do have an activity scheduled for every day this week, I should also have some open times for reading.🤞🏼

The❓is for whatever comes out of hold status next.

#weeklyforecast

Cinfhen Sounds like a busy week!!! 1mo
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I finished two books that I liked but did not love. My plans for a road trip to listen to the audiobook were set aside when I instead had to buy new tires. I‘m still hacking away at my journal. A little bit of progress was made on the other two. Not a great week for reading after all, but overall not a bad week.

#bookreport

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The Blues Brothers | Mitchell Glazer, Miami Mitch
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This movie was completely ridiculous but so much fun!

We‘ve lost a lot of the cast in the past forty years, including John Belushi, Ray Charles, Carrie Fisher, John Candy, Henry Gibson, Matt Murphy, and…

#ArethaFranklin #WeRemember

Leftcoastzen Love that movie, always makes me smile! Illinois Nazis , I hate Illinois Nazis ! 1mo
Eggs Great post 🙌🏻🙌🏻 1mo
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Her Father's Secret | Sara Blaedel
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I found the underlying crime a little hard to follow (just who was cheating whom anyway?) but ultimately it all made sense. I had a feeling that something like the final reveal was coming, but not the cliffhanger! Anyway, it‘s an interesting contribution to the series and an enjoyable reading experience. It also hits several prompts!

#seriesread2022
#bookspin
#roll100
Book 1 of #AwesomeApril (unplanned of course)

PuddleJumper Whoop! 1mo
TheSpineView Awesome! 1mo
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
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Unlikely Animals | Annie Hartnett
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I‘m tagging this book for no reason other than to get in onto my TBR list. 🤠

1. Yes. I will be singing in the choir and ringing handbells. We might go to dinner at our favorite restaurant owned by a Greek family who will celebrate next week.
2. Every month it ebbs and flows. This month seems especially so!
3. I‘m not gonna lie. This week I‘m grateful that there‘s no exercise class on Friday.

#wondrouswednesday

Eggs #3 LOL ! 1mo
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Bebe's by Golly Wow | Yolanda Joe
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Gotta do Tuesday before I can do Wednesday! 😎

1. If it‘s on my shelf, I know I can read it whenever…

2. I‘ve had the tagged book since the early 2000s. It‘s probably not the one I‘ve had longest, but that‘s only because I don‘t remember when/how I got everything on my shelves.

#two4tuesday

TheSpineView Any day works to play! Thanks and have a great Wednesday! ❤📚❤📚❤ 1mo
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Library of Congress | Washington, DC (Library)
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The thing about the Library of Congress is that you can look out the window and see the Capitol.

Leftcoastzen Jealous! A place I haven‘t been. 1mo
Aims42 Beautiful picture!!! 1mo
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The Round House | Louise Erdrich
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1. Sad but well done book set in #NorthDakota
2. I‘ve never been to ND but would love to visit Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
#RoadTripUSA2022
#TravelTuesday

megnews This and some other Erdrich‘s set in ND are on my tbr. 1mo
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If the Ryder Carroll book is like a driving rainstorm, this book is more like the soft falling rain referenced in the Irish blessing…with detailed information about umbrellas. It‘s a little light on mechanics of setting up a journal, but there are many interesting spreads with very specific instructions. I‘m skeptical about a circle calendar, but I might try some of the others, like this wish list. Even I could draw a dandelion!
#LitsyCrafters

BookBabe Fun! ☺️ 1mo
Catsandbooks Make your journal work for you! And have fun with it! 1mo
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Complete Patio | Sunset Books
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1. I love to read on the patio.
2. I also love to read in loud and crowded places where I can just escape into a book.
3. Coffee, tea, wine
#SundayFunday

ozma.of.oz I‘m hoping it warms up soon so I can go read on my patio! Thank you for sharing! 1mo
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