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A to Z | Sandra Boynton
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I'm setting up my TBR list for the #AutumnAtoZ readathon. To join in the readathon for October, see my previous post under the tagged book. As you can see any book will count. If you get half the alphabet, you get an extra 50 points, and the whole alphabet lands you 100 extra points in the #AutumnAtoZ contest. I hope you'll play along!

Your time also counts as a readathon for #Scarathlon

This list also is an update for my #Scarathlon2022TBR

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Untitled | Unknown
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In defense of reading

Brought to you by two of the best characters in the universe

KathyWheeler Love this! 😄 14h
erzascarletbookgasm 😂 I love Calvin and Hobbes 1h
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Sarum: The Novel of England | Edward Rutherfurd
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#twofortuesday @TheSpineView

1) Absolutely! Historical fiction is my go-to and ancient history, if well written, can be among the best

2) Tagged and anything by Rutherford. Also all of Sue Harrison‘s books set in the ice age, & W Michael & Kathleen Gear‘s ancient North American historical fiction

I‘ve been absent from all the weekly posts for a long time thanks to a demanding work schedule. I‘m hoping to get back into the groove again!!

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Indiana | George Sand
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When asked to hide the wound caused by her husband‘s stomping on her face, this was the wife‘s (Indiana‘s) excellent reply. Reminder this book was written in 1831, when women were NOT “allowed” to stand up to their husbands. No wonder this book was so heavily censored.

#Reunion #readingafrica2022 @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB

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Indiana | George Sand
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A to Z | Sandra Boynton
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For the month of October, each letter completed counts 10 points! Finish any unique lucky 13 letters and that‘s 50 points! Winner gift tbd. Tag #autumnatoz & me for all posts to get credit. Play along with #scarathlon!

I‘m new to hosting a readathon so please ask questions or give me helpful hints. I can‘t wait to see y‘all play!

And thanks to the incredible @BookishMarginalia who hosted the inaugural and the best #LitsyAtoZ challenge!

Bookwormjillk Fun! I have 4 letters left in my 2022 challenge but they‘re the hard ones so maybe I‘ll start over for yours 😂 19h
Texreader @Bookwormjillk What do you have left? I‘ve been very creative and might be able to help 19h
Clwojick @Bookwormjillk Not sure if this is your thing, but I always check out comics/graphic novels etc for letters that I‘m super stuck on. 18h
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Clwojick And I‘ll add this to the event list I have going for Scarathlon! 18h
Bookwormjillk @Texreader V, X, and Z. I‘ve just been filling them in without trying as I go along might will have to be more deliberate now. Thought I was missing U but realized I read Under the Dome in August. (edited) 18h
StayCurious This is great! 18h
Bookwormjillk @Clwojick I‘ll read anything! 18h
Clwojick For V I read Vladimir by Julia May Jones and Vendetta by Fern Michaels. For X I read Xoxo by Axie Oh and X by Sue Grafton and for Z I read Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald. 🖤 @Bookwormjillk 18h
DanaManiac This sounds fun! 17h
Bookwormjillk @Clwojick thanks! I read your X and Z last year, but will look at Vladimir and Vendetta! 17h
Texreader @DanaManiac I hope you‘ll play. Every book counts!! 17h
Texreader @Clwojick Thanks for adding to the #scarathlon event list!! 15h
DanaManiac @Texreader Yes, I will be! 🧡🖤 14h
Catsandbooks This sounds so fun! Thanks for hosting Karen! 14h
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! This looks fun!! And just checking - 10pts per letter completed, and if we check off any 13 letters, it's a bonus 50pts? 6h
Texreader @TheAromaofBooks You got it!! 4h
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These three ebooks are free today and all would work for #scarathlon. @Clwojick @StayCurious

Clwojick Awesome! 🖤 20h
StayCurious Great tip! 18h
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Indiana | George Sand
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Île Bourbon is the former name of #Reunion

Our characters are finally on the island having fled Paris and living in the house inherited by Indiana, and this is the first description of the island

#readingafrica2022 @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB

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The Judge Hunter | Christopher Buckley
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A terrific jaunt across English and New England history: a nitwit is sent to the colonies to hunt down two judges who‘d signed King Charles I‘s death warrant and instead he stumbles into far bigger, interesting, and terrifying intrigues. A unique take on the earliest history of New York, in which the larger facts are true but the smaller pieces are a fun (& sad) imagining of what happened behind the scenes. Highly recommended. #letterJ #litsyatoz

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In Xanadu | William Dalrymple
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The author recreated Marco Polo‘s trek from the Vatican to Xanadu. His own trek through tyrannical Iran and communist China was likely as perilous as Polo‘s. It‘s an interesting travelogue but not as well written as Bernard Ollivier‘s books about walking the Silk Road. The narrator spoke so softly & fast I had to slow the audiobook down & hike the volume. There also were odd musical interludes that just didn‘t work. #letterX #litsyatoz

Texreader @Bookwormjillk This was book for X and it is also very short and really interesting. If you do audio, less than 3 hours. Just turn up the volume and slow it down. @Clwojick @StayCurious 17h
Bookwormjillk @Texreader thanks ☺️ 14h
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Dracula | Bram Stoker
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I‘ve started rereading this (for the umpteenth time), but this time I‘ve decided to listen to it. I want to compare it while I‘m reading the Swedish edition*, which is double the length so I can pick up the differences in real time. The Swedish edition is a chunkster, so I‘m hoping this will be enough of a head start to finish for #scarathlon. #teamslaughter #chunksterchallenge2022 @Clwojick @Amiable

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Dracula | Bram Stoker
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Who knew there was a Spanish version of Dracula? This is fascinating!

https://www.instagram.com/p/Ci8hu-JPau7/?igshid=MmIxOGMzMTU=

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The Judge Hunter | Christopher Buckley
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Pepys plays an important part in the tagged book, so I decided to Wiki him. I found this excerpt from his diary about the plague in London, proving history continually repeats itself.

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julieclair Yup. 7d
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@MaleficentBookDragon has reopened this swap and I‘m so glad! I‘ve signed up! If you haven‘t signed up go do it now! 🎃 👻 🧛‍♀️ 🧟‍♂️ 🐉 🌚🐈‍⬛

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdZhCMivmtTcmJOnO7eTiIc7oBwjprI2HRxBc0P...

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In Xanadu | William Dalrymple
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I‘ll start this audiobook tomorrow for #litsyatoz #letterX

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October, October | Katya Balen
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Clwojick Looks like a great list! 1w
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October, October | Katya Balen
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5feet.of.fury I love Halloween Baking Championship 👻🎂 1w
Clwojick There‘s a Friday the 13th TV series?! I‘ll have to look into it! 1w
Texreader @Clwojick It was a series husband and used to watch in the late 1980s. It was about haunted antique items that a team searched for to keep them from hurting people. We loved it and I finally found some episodes on YouTube 1w
JacqMac Great lists!! Thanks! 1w
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October, October | Katya Balen
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Here are the readathons I plan to participate in, so far at least, for #scarathlon2022 #teamslaughter:

#witchathon #31by31 #spookoween and of course my ongoing readathons for #foodandlit2022 #readingafrica2022 #litsyatoz and #chunksterchallenge2022

wanderinglynn So many awesome events happening in Oct! 🎃🖤 1w
mdm139 Thanks for sharing! I look forward to seeing your witchy reads 1w
Clwojick Yes!!!! I have my Haiti book downloaded already! 1w
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TheSpineView Thanks for sha6and playing along! Good luck! 1w
Librarybelle Yay!!! 1w
Catsandbooks Thanks for sharing! 🧡 1w
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October, October | Katya Balen
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Tonight‘s goal: set up my playbook for #scarathlon2022 #teamslaughter and then my point sheet etc.

MatchlessMarie Every year I‘m like I need to make a scarathlon murder board 😂 1w
Clwojick Oh my god! I love all the stickers! 🖤🦇 1w
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October, October | Katya Balen
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Clwojick woooHooo! 1w
StayCurious Thanks for sharing! 1w
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Indiana | George Sand
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One last thought for the night from this eloquent author #bannedbooks

#Reunion #readingafrica2022 @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB

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Indiana | George Sand
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I love LOVE the author‘s defense of her novel in one of the prefaces to it. She had extraordinarily strong feelings about the state of affairs for women in 1831 when the book was published but she felt the need to write under a male pen name. For probably obvious reasons. #bannedbooks

#Reunion #readingafrica2022 @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB

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Indiana | George Sand
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We are not alone to think these are the worst of times. This is from the author‘s preface as she rails against censorship in 1831 #bannedbooks

#Reunion #readingafrica2022 @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB

BarbaraBB Wow 1w
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Indiana | George Sand
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Amongst earliest #bannedbooks, the author wrote multiple prefaces to it responding to the vast amount of censorship it caused back in 1831!! Written by a woman under a male pen name, the story is about a woman‘s exceedingly unhappy marriage. #Reunion #readingafrica2022 @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB

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The Judge Hunter | Christopher Buckley
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A bit more fun: “Thirsty work, vexing Puritans.”

Who‘d of thought to write a humorous book about the puritans? Well here it is! Heaven knows they need some levity.

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The Judge Hunter | Christopher Buckley
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I‘m enjoying this book and its entertaining jargon. Take this example:

“I‘m to keep you un-et by catamounts…”

In other words: “I‘m to keep the wildcats from eating you…”

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Heart of Darkness | Joseph Conrad
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This is the dark story of steam captain Marlowe following the Congo River to find Kurtz. Kurtz is among the most evil of characters in literary history, who is based on the author‘s experiences in Belgium Congo during the horrific genocide perpetrated on the native population to gather rubber (& in Kurtz‘s case, ivory). This book was a success for two reasons: 1) Branagh‘s narration made it very enjoyable despite the subject matter. 2) The ⬇️

Texreader famous line “The horror; the horror.” I took it to have multiple meanings and I liked that very much. This is definitely a story best told on the darkest of nights. It‘s clearly meant to be a horror story. Id like to read it rather than listen to it next time. I think I‘ll pick up more pieces I may have missed. #republicofcongo #drcongo #readingafrica2022 1w
KathyWheeler I used to teach this book in freshman English. They all hated it; I loved it. 1w
Texreader @KathyWheeler It‘s got pretty awful ratings everywhere I look. I‘m glad to hear I‘m not alone. If you haven‘t listened to Branagh‘s version then you are in store for a real treat if you ever want to give it a try. He turned a dark book into a sometimes amusing story just by how he told it! 1w
KathyWheeler @Texreader I think I will listen to it. It‘s been years. 1w
Librarybelle I should probably read this at some point…I‘ve not read many classics set in Africa, and I do need to remedy that! 1w
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This is a short, compact, complex story about the death of a child in a Kenyan village near a lake. There are multiple storylines so hang on tight as the tale progresses at a sometimes dizzying pace. The “water people” reveal who killed the child, but alas there‘s much more to the story. A sad and surprising ending. #foodandlit #readingafrica2022 #Kenya

Librarybelle Great review! 1w
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Blerdgal_Fenix I love this!! We need more of these!! 1w
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I‘m listening to this book for #foodandlit and #readingafrica2022 #Kenya.

Sapphire What do you think? Do you find the audible originals to be quality? 1w
Texreader @Sapphire Very much so. Kenneth Branaugh narrated Heart of Darkness, which is free for Audible subscribers and he made it very entertaining 1w
Sapphire @Texreader I love Kenneth Branaugh! 1w
WJCintron I listened to this one at the beginning of the year. I loved the way it was narrated. 😃🙌 1w
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The author travels throughout #Senegal describing the sights and sometimes smells of the country. He describes, for example, the “door of no return,” where many slaves left Africa for the new world, and the picture on the cover, one of the largest statues in the world, far bigger than the Statue of Liberty. He also complains about negative incidents he encounters—some so inconsequential I found it frustrating. He‘s not an experienced travel ⬇️

Texreader writer. But I appreciated the book nonetheless because I learned so much about this country. #readingafrica2022 1w
Librarybelle Hooray! 1w
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BarbaraTheBibliophage I SO love Mary Engelbreit! (edited) 2w
Dragon Totally agree 👍💚🐉 2w
mrp27 ❤️👏🏼❤️👏🏼 2w
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I took the day off to make cards. These are perfect for my #litsylove or pals!! @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

KristiAhlers You‘re so talented! Love that. 2w
DisneyFan Wow. This is gorgeous! 2w
BethM This is amazing! 2w
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ShelleyBooksie Beautiful 2w
StayCurious that's so great! 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love it!! 💙 2w
UwannaPublishme Gorgeous! 🙌🏻 1w
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Heart of Darkness | Joseph Conrad
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I vowed to read this classic for #readingafrica2022–there are just so many references to it as I‘ve been reading through Africa. Fortunately there‘s an audiobook free for Audible subscribers. The narration as you‘d expect is superb. #Congo @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB

CarolynM A book I‘ve known about forever but never read too. Ken narrating makes this very tempting! 2w
Librarybelle Oh! Narrated by Kenneth Branagh!! 2w
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Three siblings at three Thanksgivings: we listen as their relationships with significant others and with each other transform over time. From births, death, and family trauma, this novella demonstrates well how we deal with massive changes in our lives and the lives of people we are close to, for better or worse. Very well done: writing and narrating. #litsyatoz #letterY

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I downloaded this book in case I get a chance to read it as well. I‘ve already covered all these countries for #readingafrica2022 except #Senegal, but I think this will give me a better idea of some of them than what I read, especially #GuineaBissau. In case anyone is needing these hard-to-find countries in books for the challenge, this ebook is free with Kindle Unlimited. #Mauritania #Gambia #Guinea

BarbaraBB Thanks, I‘m sure I can use it! 2w
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The tagged book is so dark I just can‘t read it now. But needing a book for #Senegal for #readingafrica2022 I found a book called Travels in Senegal, which I will need to add to the Litsy database. In the meantime, here‘s a map of Senegal from the book. And “bailing, not bailing” on the tagged book for now. @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB

Bookwormjillk That was a tough one. 2w
Susanita This is also interesting for Senegal. 2w
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The Visit | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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There is no more pertinent book right now than this one, and it should be your excuse to join Audible* so you can listen to it. This is a world where men's reproductive rights are substantially limited by law, and men are at the mercy of powerful women. For example, pharmaceutical drugs are designed with women in mind, so imagine if you can, men may be taking medication that is not designed for their bodies!! This book is absolutely brilliant! ⬇

Texreader #readingafrica2022 #Nigeria #litsyatoz #letterV *Also available as a pretty cheap ebook (edited) 2w
Librarybelle I may have to listen to this one! 2w
Texreader @Librarybelle Added incentive: it‘s very short 2w
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Zoes_Human I have this one in my Audible library and am looking forward to it even more now! 2w
Texreader @Bookwormjillk This is THE book to read for V. It‘s very short (if you do audio it‘s 50 minutes) and it‘s absolutely brilliant. @Clwojick @StayCurious (edited) 17h
Bookwormjillk @Texreader sounds so interesting thanks! 14h
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BookBabe Oh wow, how adorable!! ❤️ 2w
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Librarybelle ❤️❤️❤️ 2w
Simona 👏👏👏Impressive! 👍 2w
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#readingafrica2022 challenge update part 2

Just Senegal, Reunion, São Tomé, and Libera to go.

@librarybelle @barbarabb

BarbaraBB I think you‘ll be this years‘ winner! (edited) 2w
Librarybelle Wow! Impressive! 2w
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A to Z | Sandra Boynton
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#LitsyAtoZ challenge update, part 1

I loved the tagged book when the kids were babies. Well, I love everything by Sandra Boynton.

KristiAhlers Look at you go! 2w
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A to Z | Sandra Boynton
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#LitsyAtoZ challenge update, part 2

Just J, U, V, X, and Y to go.

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It's time for my 2022 challenges update starting with #foodandlit. This month we are traveling through #Kenya, for which I read the tagged book, with wonderful descriptions of that country. I'm not sure I will get to Dark Star Safari this month. @catsandbooks @butterfinger

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Never | Ken Follett
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Follett writes brilliant historical fiction and I‘ve read some of his war books. But this book proves he can write complex thrillers. It‘s definitely an on the edge of your seat most of the time as events transpire in #Chad, North Korea, China, and the US. This is a very dark book. Be in the right mindset when you read it—maybe skip the news while reading it. I listened to the audio. The narrator blew me away, capable of voicing different ⬇️

Texreader genders, ages, and many nationalities and always keeping them well differentiated. Extremely well done. Book and audio highly recommended. #readingafrica2022 2w
Hooked_on_books I agree. This was really good. Bleak, but well done. 2w
TrishB Loved this one too 👍🏻 2w
Librarybelle Excellent review! 2w
CoverToCoverGirl 💯agree! 2w
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Heart and Brain: An Awkward Yeti Collection | The Awkward Yeti, Nick Seluk
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mcctrish 🤣🤣 3w
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The Judge Hunter | Christopher Buckley
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A little girl time this morning

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Indiana | George Sand
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I‘ll be darned! When I asked husband if he‘d read anything by George Sand he said no but he said she‘s a woman! Of course, as he likes to say, he was right! And of course it had to be a woman writing in defense of women‘s rights and marriage. What man in 1831 was going to say women deserved equal rights? If you are wondering what I‘m talking about, see my previous post for the tagged book. #readingafrica2022 #Reunion

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The Judge Hunter | Christopher Buckley
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I can‘t lose sight of my #litsyatoz challenge with so few letters left in the alphabet. I‘ve always managed to squeeze every last letter of the alphabet in every year I‘ve done the challenge. So I‘m moving on to the tagged book for #letterJ setting aside my next #readingafrica2022 book I‘d chosen.

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