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TheHeartlandBookFairy

TheHeartlandBookFairy

Joined March 2017

a lifelong reader sharing my love of books through my 2 Heartland Little Free Libraries & "making the world a better place one book at a time."
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Not my favorite n NEA Big Read book (last year's book was my fav so far) but still an amazing and important story/account. Still processing...

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Natural Disaster | Ginger Zee
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This has been on my TBR list since before it came out! A couple of months ago, it was donated to my little free library and as a steward, I took steward liberties and confiscated it temporarily. I'm just getting around to reading it now and I am loving it! No worries, it will be shared in the library very soon lol 😅😁👍
#StewardPerks #HeartlandLittleFreeLibraries

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I must confess, I'm addicted to Lynn Austin's books and I also enjoy a good devotional. So when I saw that Lynn had a new book, a 10-week daily devotional, I didn't need to think twice! I've truly enjoyed reading this book and hearing more about Lynns journey through faith. I love reading how Lynn sees God and lessons in seemingly ordinary everyday events and shares her faith with us all. More n comments...

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I can honestly say I feel like this book is already making me look at everyday situations differently. Lynn Austin is a fantastic storyteller in her fiction works and this devotional is easy reading with interesting real life stories and lessons. I plan on going back to this book at the first of the year and reading through it again, taking a bit more time and really soaking it all in.
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Slajaunie It sounds wonderful. 💙 2d
TheHeartlandBookFairy @Slajaunie It really is 😊 2d
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Sunday #mugshot on this cold, snow-covered, but currently sunny Sunday ?. Back from a lovely vacation and mostly caught up on everything except for reading and giving the fur kids a little extra attention! Time to "work" on that I guess lol ?
#MyBookishLife #Mugshot

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Catching up on cozies in the car 😁 And who doesn't love a good book about book lovers?!? Throw in a few murders, some double, (or triple) timing spies, and a little romance and it seems like a good combination to me 😆

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I always enjoy a good cozy mystery and holiday books are a weakness so, combining the two is a sure thing in my book ?. stranded in a blizzard at a hotel conference for ornithologists with the focus on owls, one of the attendees is murdered. Meg & her grandfather worked to find the murderer despite their weather limited resources. A fun "hoo" done it to kick off the holiday reading season ?

ferskner Oh my gosh, everything about this sounds great! 6d
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Layover | David Bell
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Current situation ..
Long layovers are rough 😅
#reading #charging #chilling #eating #metime #glutenfree #papadeaux

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Here Comes Santa Paws | Laurien Berenson
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A fun Cozy Christmas Mystery... The background for this book was partially inspired by the story of Hugette Clark. I enjoy knowing the inspiration and background for a story even when fictional so that made this one even more interesting. Another good installment in this series 😁 If you enjoy cozy mysteries, If you like reading holiday stories, and if you love dogs; you'll enjoy this book and maybe even want to read this series 😊

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I've got all the travel essentials 😁 Book, Kindle, coffee, snacks ☺️✈️

phatsallylee Have a safe trip! 2w
ravenlee Safe travels! 2w
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Child's Play | Danielle Steel
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Danielle steel's newest release was a pleasure to read 😁. As usual, DS creates interesting characters and fascinating relationships! I don't know how she keeps coming up with new ideas but, somehow she does ☺️ I stayed up too late finishing this book last night and had a 12-hour workday so I'm afraid I don't have the brain power for a longer more involved review 😅 Just trust me, this one's worth the read 👍👍

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Bite Club | Laurien Berenson
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Oh that face! A fun cozy mystery featuring dogs, a book club, and murder 😁 Now I need to read the next (newest) book in the series for a review and it's a Christmas cozy 😁

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Sunday Mugday #mugshot 😁 It's a chilly day and there is much to do but there is always time for more coffee, a gluten free pumpkin whoopie pie, and a little reading 😉

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Setting Goals | John Renesch
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My November goals are a bit lofty, especially since I'll be traveling out of state & spending 5 days with family (♥️🥰). Extra reading time in the plane but less reading time once I arrive so... We shall see 😉. Aiming to get through the 5 hard copies shown here plus at least 2 audio books (1 is listed here), 1 for a launch team (also not shown here) and at least 5 Kindle books to read for review! 😳📚📚📚 So many books, so little time!
#Goals

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As Bright as Heaven | Susan Meissner
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I really enjoyed this book about the war & the Spanish flu epidemic. When the opportunity arises for the Bright family to move to Philadelphia and join an uncle in his undertaker business it seems like the perfect plan for a better life! But the war and the Spanish flu epidemic change all of that, change their lives and their future. Love and loss, challenges & gifts, & few unexpected surprises kept me moving through this lovely book. ☺️

megnews Currently reading for #LMPBC. Glad to see a good review. 3w
TheHeartlandBookFairy @megnews I hope you enjoy it 😁 3w
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Book mail is the best mail! Today's book mail was all in electronic form 😁 The just released @Sightings by Lynn Austin (I'm on the review team), plus two Net Galley books (due out in January and March) to read for review. I'm definitely in a relationship with books 😂😅❤️📖📚
P.S. E book number four (releasing later this fall) just arrived in my inbox 😂

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I just finished listening to the 25th book in this series. 25! Goodness, it seems or listening to these forever 😅 This is a cute cozy mystery series that I've enjoyed over the years, this latest installment takes place on a ill-fated cruise ship and was fun to listen to. On to number 26 which was just released this month 😁

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I'm fine! But, there goes my "accident free insurance discount"!
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Mollyanna 🤣🤣🤣 3w
Nute lol 3w
Hooked_on_books Ha! 😆 3w
Slajaunie 😂😂😂 3w
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As Bright as Heaven | Susan Meissner
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Just started this beautiful book last night and wanted to get in an extra couple of chapters with breakfast 😊. Gluten-free pumpkin pancakes with real maple syrup and turkey sausage plus apple cider in a book for the win 😁 Happy fall! #mugshot #happyfallyall #whatareyoureadingtoday

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I loved revisiting the town of Port Willis and its characters. I adore Christmas books and this one features a wedding ❤️ romance meets women's fiction with a side of faith. Joy's story is a sweet one and Oliver is her "meet cute". Joy wants to help everyone, to fix everything, and she certainly tries! She does not allow herself any grace although she would be the first to extend it to others in the same situation. (More in comments)

TheHeartlandBookFairy join us learn to surrender comma to have faith in the outcome comma and to live life to its fullest without the boundaries she has set for herself period this novella comma continuing the story that began in The Secrets of Paper and Ink comma only made me want to read more about this town and its inhabitants exclamation point I loved this story and did not want it to end ☺️ 3w
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A Baby of Her Own | Brenda Novak
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This book has been retitled That One Night. I'm almost halfway through the Brenda Novak 50 book challenge, hoping to at least reach the halfway mark if not cross it before the end of this year.

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Lake Michigan | Anne Ylvisaker
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The Holland harbor, Big Red lighthouse, and Lake Michigan. Lake Michigan is one angry great lake today! Average wind speed on the Lakeshore is over 40 miles an hour with gusts at nearly 50 miles an hour today. The channel is overflowing. We are at record high water levels & beach erosion has been terrible this year! On the plus side, I got a free dermabrasion facial this evening 😂 #unsalted #puremichigan #whitecapsonthegreatlakemichigan

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Christmas Sweets | Joanne Fluke, Laura Levine, Leslie Meier
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Christmas books and cozy mysteries are both sweet indulgences for me. To find 3 Christmas themed cozy mysteries by three of my favorite authors in one book was such fun! Each story was a little bit different than the author's usual and I really enjoyed a little pre-holiday reading of this advanced copy of this book through Net Galley 😁

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❤️West Michigan 🌷🚣‍♂️

🧡By birthday, 57. Physically, I feel much younger most days 😅 40ish 😁 Mentally/intellectually, I feel like I have lived several lives so, much older!
💛I built and steward 2 little free libraries so I get a lot of books through them. I love my local library for hard copies & audiobooks & I use NetGalley frequently for digital arcs.
💚 Widowed 7 1/2 years ago.
💙 She/her/Mom/Nonnie/Boook Fairy
💜 After my LFLs

marleed I would love to have a mid century modern LFL because there‘s some very cool mcm houses in my neighborhood! 1mo
JoScho ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
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Indian Summer: A Novel | Marcia Willett
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I'm enjoying a beautiful Indian summer late afternoon on my almost finished back deck and feeling very grateful! Catching up on a few books that I am reading for review, keeping an eye on the bonfire from all the old deck wood, and enjoying a tiny nip of Pinot Grigio after getting in almost triple my normal steps 😉 What's your Sunday afternoon like? Enjoy it my litten friends 😁

Reecaspieces I am enjoying the same exact things..wine included!! 1mo
TheHeartlandBookFairy @Reecaspieces , Cheers! 🍷📖 1mo
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Blood Lure | Nevada Barr
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I loved the 9th installment in this series! Unique storyline, suspenseful, and even educational (if you want to learn a bit about bears) ? Anna Pigeon is such a wonderful, strong, take-no-crap lead character! not much of her personal life in this book so maybe the next one question mark but, this book sure had me reading without stopping to find out "who done it" and why!

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The Library of Lost Things | Laura Taylor Namey
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Listed as a YA romance, this book will appeal to many outside of that demographic. The complex mother daughter relationship, an absentee father, the almost too grown-up-Darcy mashed up with the innocent Darcy who lives her life within the safe confines of books, & Darcy's BFF Marisol, her advisor & confidant. Throw in Asher, a life-changing accident, & a hoarder for a mom & you have an interesting & riveting story! Favorite passage: (in comments)

TheHeartlandBookFairy Favorite passage: "Life isn't to-the-letter predictable. It's messy, like us, and it changes. So our dreams can change too.". Truth! Whether you are 18 or 50 plus, truth! Insight: am I spending my life in my books? 1mo
TheHeartlandBookFairy Also, it's not hoarding if it's books 😉 1mo
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7 years ago I got a cancer ribbon tattoo on my ankle to honor my late husband's memory. Today I got the book tattoo on my wrist for me! Today's tattoo was to honor my lifelong love of books, reading, & promoting literacy & was inspired by a pic I took of my Bible several years ago. I also added a small ❤️near the tail of the cancer ribbon on my ankle to honor all of those I know who have fought or are still fighting & all those lost too soon ❣️

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Pumpkin Soup | Helen Cooper
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It's a cloudy, cool, blustery, sometimes rainy day today 🍁🍂🌬️💨💧. Two friends became widows this week and I attended the visitation for one this afternoon. The weather matched our moods. Comfort food was definitely called for! I let the season dictate my menu and made one of my fall favorites! Fresh roasted pumpkin bisque and grilled cheese made with extra sharp cheddar and sliced apples. I have a heavy heart and a full belly.

marleed Oh I‘m so sorry. Your soup looks comforting. 1mo
Chrissyreadit So sorry for a difficult week. Pumpkin soup is such a great comfort food. Yours looks delicious. 1mo
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TheHeartlandBookFairy @Chrissyreadit Thank you! My heart breaks for my friends 💔 Both are in their 50s, both lost their husbands after a relatively short battle with cancer. Less than a year ago, both thought they were on their road to retirement and all the good things that come with that Period traveling together, spending more time together etc. having been widowed myself at 50, I understand the path that they are just beginning to walk. I am so sad for them 😢 1mo
Chrissyreadit Wow! You have walked a hard course too. It is good that they have a friend who understands. 1mo
TheHeartlandBookFairy @Chrissyreadit I can only pray that I can be helpful to them when they need it 🙏 1mo
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I just finished listening to the latest installment in the Book Retreat mystery series by Ellery Adams. This book had some major twists and turns! From the beginning to the end, this book kept me guessing and now has me looking forward to the next one to see what's going to happen 😁 #BookBooks #CozyMystery #AudioBookCommuting

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The Way I Heard It | Mike Rowe
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One of the best books I've read this year (and I've read a lot of books this year)! Part history (the fascinating kind, not the boring I need to learn it for a class kind), part memoir, &always fascinating (like laugh out loud kind of funny)! inspired in part by his fascination of and admiration for the legendary Paul Harvey, This book is a collection of short "stories" none of which seem to have anything in particular in (MORE IN COMMENTS)

TheHeartlandBookFairy In common with one another but then our inexplicably and expertly woven together in the most amazing way ? On several occasions Mike instructs us to "Google it, I'll wait", and Google it and Google it. Including his final page instruction to "Google it" and that "it" is a video clip that will leave you laughing, make you want to binge watch every single episode of Dirty Jobs, pull up old QVC clips, check out Evening Magazine, (CONT) 1mo
TheHeartlandBookFairy And wish the book wasn't ending! Maybe there'll be a sequel... 😁 1mo
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Ruff Justice | Laurien Berenson
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I'm binge reading the last few books in this series so that I can get to my advanced copy of the latest one 😁 One more book to go and then I can read and review the newest book. This is a fun cozy mystery series for all of the dog lovers out there 🐾🐾

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Ruff Justice | Laurien Berenson
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I'm binge reading the last few books in this series so that I can get to the advanced copy of the latest book coming out 😅 one more book to go and I'll be ready to read and review the advanced copy. This is a fun cozy mystery series, especially good for all of the dog lovers out there 😁🐾🐾

marleed So cute. I‘m surrounded by some great spots to thrift books. It‘s such a fun hobby. My DIL loves dogs so I thrift hardback dog titles for her. She loves them and has a shelf of nothing but dog titles! I‘ve yet to find Ol Yeller in hardback but the hunt continues! 1mo
TheHeartlandBookFairy @marleed that's awesome! 1mo
marleed Btw, your dogs are beautiful! 1mo
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TheHeartlandBookFairy @marleed Awe ☺️ thank you! The one on the left is Bear, he'll be 14 on New year's day. He suffers from a collapsed trachea and a slightly enlarged heart but I'm doing tons of holistic stuff for him & he's doing great! He's such a sweetheart and I'm so lucky to have him 🥰 The one on the right is Brix , he just turned 4 2 days ago. He is such a goofball! He is sweet, funny, mischievous, lovable, & a snuggler. I'm so lucky to be his dog mom too 🥰 1mo
marleed That‘s so sweet! Hey I‘m trying to convince my daughter who is married but not even planning for a child yet, to name her future son Bexar. It‘s the county that encompasses San Antonio but it‘s pronounced Bear! I don‘t think she‘s planning on me naming her children :( 1mo
TheHeartlandBookFairy @marleed I love that 😁 1mo
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Lunch hour shopping=after work crafting 😁 Every fall I like to make a pumpkin stack with real pumpkins & flowers but it gets so expensive, $30 on average for about three weeks of use before they go into the compost. This year I sucked it up and hit Michaels at 50% off for fake pumpkins, drilled them and inserted a center rod, added the leaves planted it in the pot that seems like it just held summer's beautiful flowers. Happy fall y'all 😁 🍁🍂

SW-T Looks nice 😊 1mo
TheHeartlandBookFairy @SW-T , Thank you! 1mo
Mdargusch 🧡🧡🧡 1mo
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Can we build it? Yes we can! 7 Saturdays of work, mostly by my son, neighbor, and a friend with a very little help from me! The 29-year-old deck was toast and we're so close to having it be completely rebuilt! Oh how I've missed my happy place, my Zen, My favorite reading place! Next is the railing and stairs but I don't need those to enjoy it 😅 lol So thankful for a beautiful fall day to spend some much needed time out there today 🥰📚📖🍂🍁

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Meh. I just didn't get it. This book has been lingering on my TBR stack for a couple of years and I finally got to it. Billed as "heartbreaking and hilarious. Funny brash and honest full of wit, heart and smarts." personally I did not find this at all hilarious & only slightly heartbreaking. Honest? Probably but not witty. Just my opinion but I feel like this book was seriously over hyped. It probably raised my expectations unfairly. Just meh ?

MrBook Great review! 1mo
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Setting Goals | John Renesch
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This month's goals include several library books, one off my actual TBR stack, and six on my Kindle. Five of the Kindle books are "read for review" and I'm pretty excited about some of these including Mike Rowe's upcoming book! It's good to have goals My litten Friends ?
#Goals

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Friday afternoon treat at work 😊☕

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Wagging through the Snow | Laurien Berenson
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Such a fun sweet quick read! Trying to catch up on this cozy mystery series for dog lovers ☺️

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Yesterday was a wash out weather-wise so that meant I had to hit the treadmill instead of the trails. It also meant I was able to finish listening to this audiobook 😁 I've been reading this series since forever 😅 and it's always nice to go back to Alpine and pay it and if quirky characters a visit 😁

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Happy National drink coffee day! Do happy people like to read books and drink coffee or is it that reading books and drinking coffee makes us happy? Either way I'm good! It's a cool rainy day here so no outside work and play. Lots of inside chores are getting done but I had to take a break for a short book and one more cup of coffee to celebrate this day 😁📚☕
#MugShot

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The Dark Side: A Novel | Danielle Steel
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When I read "tale of psychological suspense" in the cover description on this book, I almost didn't want to start it. It's not my favorite genre. But being a DS book I went for it. Masterful writing, suspenseful reading, fascinating subject, excellent book! Exploring connections between past & present and how one may affect the other. The difficult subject matter of munchausen by proxy syndrome. I didn't expect to like it, I ended up loving it!

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Murder in the Corn Maze | G. A. McKevett
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We've all fallen in love with Savannah Reed and her corky family including glimpses of her big-hearted, sharp witted, take no nonsense granny! Now in this new series we get to know Granny Reid and her kids as they came to live with her. Their past and Granny's past come to light. GA McKwvett has woven a creative background with interesting stories that read well on their own but also tying nicely to the Savannah series 😁

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Meeting our goals | Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
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Woo hoo, goal met! Working on books 114 and 115 right now. Almost three and a half months left to go so I think I can officially say "crushing it!" ?
#MyBookishLife

candority Great work! 👏 2mo
TheHeartlandBookFairy @candority thank you! Although it's more like... Great fun 😁 2mo
Hooked_on_books Woo-hoo! 🎉🎉 2mo
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Megabooks 📚📚🥳🥳🎉🎉👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
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Mollyanna Congratulations 🎉🍾🎉 2mo
TheHeartlandBookFairy Thanks everyone! Now if only these were all off my TBR sack lol 😅 2mo
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Deep South | Nevada Barr
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I've really been enjoying this great series! Nevada Barr has created a likable and believable character in Anna Pigeon. Anna is a park ranger and each of the books takes place in a different one of the National Parks. This book takes place in Mississippi and the Natchez Trace Parkway. Each book is different, I always learn something about the park even if it's one I've already visited & each book has you race reading to find out what happens!

Hooked_on_books Love Anna, love this series! 2mo
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The rain returned this afternoon and fall arrives tomorrow so I was inspired to make chili and French apple cake 😋 I'm not ready to let go of summer but I am ready for fall foods and soup season lol 😅 Can I have both? 🤔

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It's been awhile since I've done a mugshot Sunday 😉 My back deck is not yet complete but it's close enough that I can finally sit out here again. The day was supposed to be a wash out but I'm sitting out here in between rain showers because I've missed my happy place so much 😁
A book, coffee, and a corner of my deck=happiness ☺️
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Nute Love this post! Nice mug!🙂 2mo
TheHeartlandBookFairy @Nute thank you! The mug features a local artists rendering of my little free library 🥰 and it's a giant mug, perfect lol 😅 2mo
SW-T Love the mug! 😊 2mo
TheHeartlandBookFairy @SW-T thank you! The little free library on the front is mine. A local artist drew this 😊 2mo
SW-T How awesome! 💕 2mo
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Through the Smoke | Brenda Novak
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I'm not a huge regency romance fan but I read this for a challenge. I guess if I was going to read one, choosing a Brenda Novak book is always a good choice 😁 The book was typical and predictable for its genre but I enjoyed the mystery aspect of this story ☺️

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Skeletons | Ray Bradbury
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So... We are rebuilding my back deck. This popped up in my newsfeed tonight. Perfect timing? The mystery reader in me thinks this would be awesome lol 😂

LibrarianRyan It would be so funny. 2mo
TheHeartlandBookFairy @LibrarianRyan The sassy and sarcastic part of me completely agrees 😅😂🤣 2mo
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I love this! I would like to add Do Good Things as the first line and somewhere in there it should say Drink Good Wine 😉🍷
The final line, Make every moment count, was added by me. It is our family motto ☺️

SW-T Nice! 😊 2mo
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I Started working on this room before I ever had grandkids. I am now Nonnie to almost 2-yr old Adeline who will be joined by baby brother Noah Jeffrey in Dec. They don't live nearby but I created this sweet room for them when they do come and visit. Hopefully I'll have grandchildren in the not so distant future living closer by as well. In the meantime, I think I want to curl up in this room with a good book ! I had so much fun creating this 🥰

marleed So sweet! 2mo
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