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TheresaGivan

TheresaGivan

Joined July 2016

"A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading." - William Styron
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This quote rings with such relevance today.

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The Story of Food | Dorling Kindersley Publishing Staff
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I‘ve been reading a lot lately, but I‘m consistently bad about posting on here! I‘ve been struggling to find a job, but I live a short short short walk away from the library so am there almost every day as I wait for people to call me back about a job, and as I await returning to school to study Culinary History.

Jerdencon Good luck with the job search! 3y
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Hahaha! Good point.... 🤔 #24in48

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Not very far along. I woke up kind of sick and decided to try and sleep some more. But I‘m feeling a bit better and trodding along. #24in48

Bookzombie Hope you continue to feel better! 4y
TheresaGivan @Bookzombie Thank you! Me too! 4y
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During the last #24in48 I listened to the Hobbit on audiobook while I cook. So I‘m continuing the series and listening to Fellowship while cooking!

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I forgot to start my timer for the first 5 minutes. But that‘s okay! Happy reading everyone! #24in48 #sohappytoread #letsdothis

ddavila928 I forgot to start my time for the first 20 minutes! Lol 4y
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I‘ve only lasted about 20 minutes in #24in48 hours tonight. I will go to bed and start again tomorrow! (By the way this is an EXCELLENT read.) #ufos #nonfiction

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The Weekend | Bernhard Schlink
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I am so excited for #24in48 this weekend! I‘m all ready with a pile of books and my new, super cute hoodie! Who else is doing 24in48??

Silvertongue I‘m participating!!! It‘ll be my second #24in48 and I am so stoked. My biggest problem is that I just have too many books lined up that I could read! 4y
Linsy Oooh, that hoodie! 😍 4y
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Today I was fired for the first time ever. I have to say it was not the most pleasant experience. I was unwilling to just go with the flow. I stubbornly had to fight the system and stand up for what I KNOW was/is right. And I ended up upsetting my boss who wouldn‘t even tell me he was upset. Instead he ignored me and then today told me I was insubordinate. Now I have all of the time in the world! Reading recommendations?

Texreader Ugh! So sorry to hear that! 4y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled So sorry, but good for you for standing up for what you know is right 👊 4y
Bookzombie I‘m so sorry about this. 4y
TheresaGivan I do appreciate the support! Not a great way to start the new year. However I am proud of myself for standing up for what I believe in. :) 4y
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My current obsession is studying art and artifacts that have been looted, illegally sold, illegally traded, and all the coverups and lies that go along with it. I cannot recommend this book enough. I‘m almost finished and it has drawn me in and not let me go. #readingatwork #chasingaphrodite #museumobsession

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State of Fear | Michael Crichton
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Lethal White | Robert Galbraith
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Do you ever buy a book and plan on reading it when you are flying, but your trip is still a few days a way, so now you have to practice insane amounts of self control to keep from starting the book before you leave? This is my struggle today. Bought this last night, then went out with friends so it wasn‘t tempting me. But I still don‘t leave until tomorrow... #lethalwhite #cantwaittostart

alisiakae I‘m in the opposite situation, 😂 . I am really trying to finish my current book before I go on a trip tomorrow, but I have zero reading time right now. #booknerdproblems 4y
TheresaGivan @4thhouseontheleft I get that too, actually!! For me I want to finish books so I have more room in my bag for different books. It‘s a sickness.... 😂 4y
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Lethal White | Robert Galbraith
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Do you ever buy a book to read during a flight, but your trip is still a few days a way, and now you have to seriously work on your self control to keep from starting the book? I‘m seriously struggling with this right now.
#lethalwhite #cantwaittostart!

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Dragon Teeth: A Novel | Michael Crichton
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Being the enigma that I am, I am reading about dinosaur bone hunting in the 1880s while sitting in the air museum I work at. And I regret none of it. Here‘s to the 7th Crichton book I‘ve read in the past 6 weeks!

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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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I have three more books I plan on adding to my #TBR for #24in48 and I won‘t be reading all of the Edgar Allen Poe book, but I do read bits and pieces of it every time 24in48 comes back around. T-Minus 21 minutes until go time!!

Jinjer I‘m confused. Some say it hasn‘t started yet. Some already reading. What‘s the deal? 4y
TheresaGivan @Jinjer It has to do with where people are at and what is midnight for them, or if they decided to start at the time the hosts start. For the hosts they start the challenge at midnight EST. I‘m going by that time. 4y
Jinjer Thank you! It‘s time! Read!!!!! 4y
teainthelibrary Yayyy, I‘m reading The Lost World too! About to pick it up now 😉 4y
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Read, Read, Read! | Amy Ludwig Vanderwater

Every hour #24in48 gets closer and my excitement gets higher! Who else is signed up and ready to do this?!

teainthelibrary Just got my stack ready! I‘m thinking of taking a midevening nap to prepare 😉 4y
TheresaGivan @teainthelibrary I was actually thinking about doing the same thing! 4y
DuckOfDoom I slept through the morning until 2pm in "preparation" ? 4y
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The Lost World | Michael Crichton
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It‘s a rule for me that no matter where I am or where I am going I have at least one book with me at all times. You never know when you will have a minute of downtime for reading. Well today at work it has been a genuine struggle not to read. Not only because I shouldn‘t be reading at work but because I need to be saving my reading material for #24in48. 😭

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Jurassic Park | Michael Crichton
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I‘m rereading Jurassic Park. I‘ve only ever read the first one and want to read the others for #24in48. Also as an historian I just really like this Michael Crichton quote. #jurassicpark #idratherbereading

Crystalblu It is still one of my favorites and I haven‘t read it in 25 years! Might be time to revisit 🤔 4y
Broke_Girl_Reads I went through a phase in high school where I read this book every summer. Such a classic! 4y
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The Stranger | Albert Camus
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This is my early morning read before going into work. And I have to say it‘s a rough read. The narrative is so stark. To the character death and sex and life all is the same thing and I‘m unsure if I can handle it. #classics #thestranger #frenchliterature

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Library | Sarah Stewart
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I work at an aviation museum. But we are helping support the local library. So these are the shirts we will all be wearing once a week. :) #librariesrock

Beckys_Books That's fantastic. Maybe the library would wear your museum's t-shirt. 4y
readingjedi Very cool! 😎 4y
TheresaGivan @Beckys_Books That is the plan! :) 4y
Crystalblu I need one! 4y
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It has been a very long time since I last posted anything here. A lot has happened in my husband and my life. From lots of traveling, to moving and getting new jobs, to my brother getting married life has been super crazy. I haven‘t been reading new books. Just the old familiar ones that bring me comfort when life is chaos. This is the first new book I‘ve read in awhile. I highly recommend it. #aragingspirit

Bookzombie Glad to see you back! 4y
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The Timekeeper | Rob Kidd
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So... oops. I got busy at my job and never stopped the stop watch from #24in48. I have not been reading for over 100 hour. In fact I didn‘t make it to the 24 hour mark. Which does make me sad. But I will try again in July!

tpixie Lol 😆 5y
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The Timekeeper | Rob Kidd
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I have to stop and get ready for work. But can I just say I‘m 100 pages into Before We Were Yours and I‘m totally in love with this book. It‘s so frustrating. But in a good way. In a way that keeps me turning the pages, or setting the book down for a second to sigh. #24in48

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The Timekeeper | Rob Kidd
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I was up till about 12:30 last night. It‘s 7:30 now. So it‘s definitely time to get reading again! My thoughts are I may listen to an audio book at work today. Just so I can get near the goal of #24in48

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Wow!!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 5y
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The Timekeeper | Rob Kidd
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Okay update time. So far I‘ve read Firestarter on and off (I like it but it‘s pretty dark and a lot to take in all at once...), The Dark Prophecy, Beauty and the Beast, and I‘m starting in on Before We Were Yours. And yes... I did spend some time reading while at work. 😬 #24in48

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The Timekeeper | Rob Kidd
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I know we‘re only on day one but I feel super behind. I didn‘t intend to fall asleep so early last night. I had hoped to have five hours done by this point! Ugh! #24in48

Bookzombie It‘s okay. You still have time and if you don‘t make 24 that‘s okay. It‘s all about the reading and community. I still haven‘t hit 24 and this is my 4th readathon. 😁 5y
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Firestarter | Stephen King
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As I‘m reading through Firestarter I am definitely picking up some of the things that inspired Stranger Things.... Charlie seems to refer to the men of the Shop as Bad Men. Just as the kids refer to the men of Hawkins Lab in the show. #24in48

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Firestarter | Stephen King
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A little light reading to get my day started. Hahaha jk. It‘s Stephen King. No light reading here. But I had to dive right back into #24in48 seeing as I accidentally fell asleep while reading last night. 😴

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The Timekeeper | Rob Kidd
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And we‘re off! #24in48!!

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Starting to get a pile of books ready for #24in48. I will be working this weekend. But I will be reading as many hours outside of work as I possibly can. I‘m very excited! Hope some of you are planning on participating!

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Friendship Book | Francis Gay
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This is a week overdue, but, I would like you all to help me welcome @MattieH to Litsy! She‘s a great friend of mine, and a fellow book lover. Please go check out her Litsy! 💜

underthebelljar Welcome to Litsy, @MattieH! 😁 5y
Librarybelle Welcome to Litsy, @MattieH ! Such a great place to be! 5y
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1. I read everywhere at home... I mean... I will read while blowing my hair dry... so everywhere?
2. Bookmark.
3. On the chapter. Not mid chapter.
4. Drink. Never eat. Hate to ruin a book with food!
5. No sound at all when reading.
6. One book at a time.
7. Everywhere.
8. Silently.
9. NEVER skip ahead!
10. Breaking the spine.
11. NEVER.
12 @MattieH

Texreader I ❤️ your answer to no.1. I‘m very similar 5y
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The Hidden Oracle | Rick Riordan
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A little bit of morning reading before I have to go off to work. I may be 26 years old but I will always adore Rick Riordan. I have no shame. I know what I like. It also helps that I‘m thoroughly obsessed with ancient mythology.

Texreader Yay! Glad to hear that! He lives in our hometown and went to my kids‘ school. 5y
TheresaGivan @Texreader That is so cool! I really enjoy all of his works that I‘ve ever read. 5y
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Does anyone else have one of those jobs where you spend your day reading and replying to confusing emails all day long? And then at the end of the day you 1) want read really light and easy to read books or 2) don‘t want to read at all because words have become exhausting? That‘s my life right now! I‘m so exhausted.

Rachel.Rencher Yesss, I haven't been able to read hardly anything this week and it sucks 😳 5y
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Firestarter | Stephen King
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When you receive a gift card to Barnes and Noble, and there is a sale online, plus you are a member..... this is the result. 😊❤️ My husband and I were out of town this week when the books were delivered. The drive home was torturous. I was greatly anticipating my books and couldn‘t wait to get home and settle down to rest and read!

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This book is excellent! It‘s not behind the scenes looks. It‘s more than eggos and Christmas lights. It‘s about all of the 80s inspiration, about the movies and shows and books and music referenced. About how the Duffer Brothers tip their hats to all of the things they grew up loving and put them into one amazing show.

Texreader Thanks for the heads up!!! 5y
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Piano Stories | Felisberto Hernandez
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It‘s been such a long week. The Tendonitis in my hip has flared up and it hurts to do just about anything. Work hasn‘t been great. I miss my family this time of the year. So what does my husband do? Gives me the most beautiful piano for an early Christmas present. I‘ve been playing for 20 years. But haven‘t been able to play much lately because we haven‘t owned a piano. Best. Present. Ever. Best husband ever!

Clwojick Oh my gosh. I love it. Such a beautiful colour 😍😍😍 5y
ErikasMindfulShelf Great husband! Hope things get better soon 💕💕 5y
TheKidUpstairs What a beautiful, thoughtful gift. I hope it's a turning point and things are brighter for you ahead! 5y
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RebelReader What a fantastic gift! Love the color! 5y
Mommamanzi I am so beyond in love with it!!!!! 5y
dylanisreading Beautiful! What an amazing gift! 5y
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The Hunger Games | Suzanne Collins
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Hello everyone! For some reason lately I‘ve really had the urge to reread through The Hunger Games. So I‘m starting today. It‘s been insanity in my life since the last time I posted we had a BIG bachelorette party for my sis-in-law, a huge wedding for her (that I coordinated and made the cake/cupcakes for), I got a HUGE job promotion, and my family came out from different states and we hosted Thanksgiving. Time for a break and a good book!

JacqMac So busy! Enjoy your comfort read. 5y
Kaylamburson Congratulations on the promotion!!!! Definitely take time to relax and enjoy reading! 5y
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Fall evenings were made for sparkly lights, cozy blankets, pots of tea, and well loved books. Almost half way through this, the longest of the Harry Potter books. Just two weeks until I need to be done with all seven of them! Will it happen?!? I hope so. #harrypotter #theorderofthephoenix

hgrimes Easily! 5y
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The House | Christina Lauren
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I just have to brag on myself for a bit. My husband and I just moved into a house. I have never had a place that I could decorate with my own colors and style until now. I‘ve either lived in a rented apartment or with my parents. I FINALLY got to paint a house in colors I want, and do everything up the way I wanted. Here is the almost completed living room. We just got the rug today! This is now my favorite room for reading!

BookishBelle Beautiful!! 😍 I finally got to do that a couple of years ago and it is so satisfying! Congrats! 5y
Crystalblu Isn't it great!!! Want a dark purple wall...go for it! T.A.R.D.I.S blue doors...why not! 5y
youneverarrived That rug is gorgeous! 5y
ValerieAndBooks Nice, looks cozy!! 5y
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This has been my entire day so far. It‘s been cold and rainy all morning so I‘ve been in my bed reading The Goblet of Fire (almost done!.... for the 6th time). Soon however I will have to leave the warmth and comfort of my bed and go to work. Look how worn out my book is!

Rachellynnwright This looks so lovely! 5y
MinDea That looks like the best day! 5y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So jealous!!! 😊 5y
youneverarrived Looks cozy! 💛 5y
moranadatter That sounds like a perfect start to a day! 5y
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The Kitchen | Ollie Masters
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I have not been reading much lately as my life is total chaos. I‘m about 225 pages into the Goblet of Fire, so I‘m a bit behind on my Harry Potter reading. Buuuuuut.... my excuse is I‘ve been working A LOT, I‘ve been helping plan my sis-in-law‘s wedding, and bachelorette party AND I‘ve been repainting and moving into a house. It‘s been insanity. But here‘s a picture of the finished kitchen!

Bookzombie Your kitchen is so cute!!! 5y
TheresaGivan @Bookzombie Thank you! I‘m very very happy with how it turned out. I‘ve never gotten to decorate my own place as I‘ve either lived with my parents or rented. I keep walking into the kitchen just to admire our handiwork. 😆 (edited) 5y
Rachellynnwright This kitchen is absolutely adorable! Love the color combo- good work!! I‘m jealous :) 5y
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JacqMac Love the blue! 5y
RebelReader Love the hardware! 5y
Wife So nice! 😍💙💙💙 5y
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Almost through The Chamber of Secrets! I've been insanely busy and I feel like my reading has been so so slow. But today after I got off of work my husband and I took a drive out to a local market with fall fruits and vegetables for sale, then we came home. I made hot soup for dinner. And now I'm snuggled down reading and sipping tea. #harrypotter

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For my sister-in-laws Bachelorette Party the maid-of-honor and I are throwing a Harry Potter party (very low key... neither my sister-in-law or any of her friends and family are crazy when it comes to bachelorette parties). The Maid-of-Honor and I decided we would play Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit so I'm brushing up on my Harry Potter by reading through all of the books by November. ☺️

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Lately I haven't been reading as much as we've had a whole myriad of events at my work and we are understaffed. But last night I started this book (after 11) and was up till 1 (oops) when I had to be into work by 7:50 this morning. So needless to say I was exhausted all day but it was worth it. Ruth Ware has a simple writing style I find refreshing after reading some heavier books lately. Though this book is anything but light.

RebelReader I love Ruth Ware! 5y
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Husband and I have been out of town on a small anniversary celebration, we stopped at a Parisi for a cup of pour over coffee and I read aloud to him from Atlas Obscura. It's been a nice trip. ☺️ #HusbandsOfLitsy

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Waiting at the library for my husband to get off of work is one of my favorite past times. I get to sit and read books, and what could be better? I love that he works here! #HusbandsOfLitsy #WhenTwoBookLoversGetMarried

mpensees #goals ❤️ 5y
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So I ended up renewing my Barnes and Noble membership, ordering The Murder of Edgar Allan Poe, and buying this figurine. I am NOT a knick-knack person. Not at all. But there was no way I was NOT buying this Dustin Figurine. Because he's my favorite character, and according to my husband I'm completely obsessed. It's a sickness really. #barnesandnoble #strangerthings #dustin

Sarahreadstoomuch We just started a rewatch and I think I had overlooked just how great that character is the first time around. 5y
TheresaGivan @Sarahreadstoomuch He's like Samwise in LOTR. Very loyal. He's the only level headed one of the group. But hilarious. I love it. 5y
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The Recommendation | Jonathan Caren
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Hello Littens! I got a gift card to Barnes and Noble (dreams can come true) and since my husband and I are broke broke broke we never buy books. We are strictly library people. So I am super excited to BUY a book. I would LOVE it if people could recommend some of their favorite books to me. Note: I read almost anything but romance. Not a romance person. 😆 Thanks everyone!

Notafraidofwords I read this linked collection of short stories and loved it 5y
Read4life Yay gift card! 💙 Depending on how much your gift card is for, B&N has some great promos going on now. Some great titles on the Buy 2 get 3rd Free paperback table, $5 B&N paperback classics, 20-30% off many thrillers and summer reads and of course their usual 30% off hardcover bestsellers. Lisa Scottoline has a new one out today. Enjoy shopping! 5y
Aluciddreamstate All the ugly and wonderful things remains my favorite book. Dark but powerful. 5y
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Avanders How fun! So many favorites 😁.... let's see .. if you haven't read it, I recommend one of my favorites 5y
underthebelljar Pachinko by Min Jin Lee 💕 My favorite read this year so far. If you like historical fiction and epic family sagas you'll probably love it too. 5y
Meghan04 Fern Michael's, The Sisterhood Series. Wonderful books writing Wrongs, Making Amends. 5y
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When you are at work and wish you were at home with a hot cup of tea reading your book. Also on a side note the amount of crazy people wanting eclipse glasses is slowly killing my spirit. #solareclipse #iwishiwasreading #mondayblues

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Great photo, great post 😂 5y
Jinjer I don't get the hype over the eclipse. We've had them before haven't we?🤔 5y
TheresaGivan @Jinjer Yes but this one will be seen by the entire country, and its path of totality (when the moon completely covers the sun) cuts right across the country. The last time this happened was in 1918 and none of us are likely to be alive when it happens again. This doesn't happen often. I guess you have to like space sciencey stuff to really get into it. 5y
TheresaGivan I work in a space/science museum. So people that I deal with are particularly crazy. And since I'm NOT an astronomer or scientist (I'm an historian) they all get particularly frustrated with me when I can't answer their questions. It doesn't help that I don't seem to care as much as them. 😂 5y
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