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VanChocStrawberry

VanChocStrawberry

Joined June 2017

8th Grade ELA teacher, Reader of any (fiction) genre, mother to 3 teens. Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/JeniSmith
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Shopping Swap | Erin Brady
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It‘s been here for a while! Happy to look at this every day until opening day! @Nevermore88 #litsylove #swap

Nevermore88 I received my package yesterday. Can‘t wait😊 1w
VanChocStrawberry Yay!! I forgot to post that I shipped it...glad it arrived on time! 1w
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I'm very slowly adding books to all the #bbrc lists, but I've only gotten two finished.
I posted my #AZ list back in July, I think. Here's my #ER list. Tagged book was definitely my favorite. The illustrations are great and there's a timeline and real photos at the back of the book. The Boring Book was also quite humorous. The others were...eh. (Although Warm Hearts Day has lovely illustrations!)

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VanChocStrawberry Also I didn't want to pay $2 to Canva to use their premium images, so my only other option was to download with watermarks. I appreciate Canva giving me that option, though! 2mo
LibrarianRyan Hey I use the water marked images. Make sure to fill out you Google form please, or make a copy of the spreadsheet and email me please. 2mo
VanChocStrawberry I emailed it earlier. Let me know if you didn‘t get it. 2mo
VanChocStrawberry It‘s from jnewswangersmith. 2mo
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Guts | Raina Telgemeier
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Excellent. Can‘t wait to get a copy for my classroom! Love a good non fiction GN!

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Good and practical ideas. Always useful when teaching books are written by people currently teaching!

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Wayward Son | Rainbow Rowell
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I‘m on Fall Break and this was my first read. No review since it just came out Tuesday and I AM FULL OF SPOILERS!!!

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The Swap | Antony Moore
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#litsylove #litsylovewinterswap
1–yep! I also have a to-purchase list on goodreads.
2-bookmarks, candles, button/pins, stickers (anything smallish)
3-LEGO minifigs, button/pins (regular 1-inch and the enamel ones)
4-fruity tootsie rolls, sweet tarts ropes, mint anything, chocolate, too. (Really any candy. Ha.)

Nevermore88 Good to know 😊!! 2mo
VanChocStrawberry @Nevermore88 you can do it, too!! ❤️ 2mo
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The Swap | Megan Shull
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Hello from my classroom!
For my #litsylove swap partner, my TBR on here is all stuff I‘d like to own at some point. I also have an “owned” shelf and a “to purchase” shelf on Goodreads. My TBR books on goodreads are not necessarily books I want to buy.

Http://www.goodreads.com/jenismith

Swaps are always so fun! I need some non-school things to look forward to!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yay!!! 🙌🏻❤️🙌🏻❤️ 2mo
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I‘ve been MIA for a while. I‘ll try to post more, but this return to traditional classroom teaching after 16 years is exhausting! The first week with students went really well and I‘m impressed by many of my 8th graders. I love this age—old enough to make some keen observations, young enough to want to please their teachers.

Eggs I love this age too💗👏🏻 4mo
BookishMarginalia Welcome back to the classroom! Yours looks very nicely set up too 💪🏻 4mo
Crazeedi That's awesome that you've returned to teaching! 👏🎉 4mo
VanChocStrawberry Thanks!
@bookishmarginalia I have the kids in rows right now, so I can look at and memorize their faces. I hope to make groups with less traditional arrangements soon. We also get up and move, circle up and try to do things other than sit. The periods are 80 minutes, so they need to stretch and move some! :)
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MelissaSue81 Look at your lovely classroom library!
Glad the first week went well!
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Untitled | Unknown
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LibrarianRyan 😁👍🏻❤️ 4mo
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Vegetables in Underwear | Jared Chapman
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It was super fun reading these books this summer! I was working part time at the library for Summer Reading, and I used any down time I had to read these picture books for the #BBRC #A2Z
Thanks for the great graphic, @librarianryan

LibrarianRyan Yeahhhhh, 4mo
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So excited for this book, I had it delivered to me on vacation! ❤️❤️

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Forgot to put these in the picture with my other #summersantagoespostal things! I‘d already added them to my pile of stuff to pack for an upcoming trip! :) thanks, @LibrarianRyan

LibrarianRyan one of those things you can never have enough of, 5mo
VanChocStrawberry Absolutely! I love the flower ones; I‘ve not seen them before! 5mo
thereadingunicorn Hey @VanChocStrawberry we where match for #bbrc 4mo
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The Swap | Megan Shull
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The other goodies! @LibrarianRyan so much fun stuff! I love the tiki pops and those plates will be so fun to use this summer. I use page tags like no one‘s business.
This has been a great great swap! Thank you!
And thanks for hosting, @BookishMarginalia
#summersantagoespostal

LibrarianRyan Yeah, I'm glad you liked it. 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 5mo
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The Swap | Megan Shull
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The books!
I‘ve read lots of Avi, but not this one! (Also, @LibrarianRyan , I‘ve heard Avi speak and he was great...I‘ve heard similar stories to the ones you told. People are complicated, right!) I‘m excited to read The Explorers!
I‘m also super excited to own the Binti books! I‘ve read the first one and LOVED it!! Sooooo excited to read the rest.

Thank you for your thoughtful picks!!
#summersantagoespostal @BookishMarginalia

LibrarianRyan Yeahhhhhh. It was really hard not to say anything when you posted needing books for your classroom since I knew I had sent some. I believe that that is the newest Avi book, but don't quote me. I bought myself a copy to read as well as he is in my top five fav MG authors. 5mo
VanChocStrawberry Yes, I‘ve given his books as gifts before. When I heard him speak, I had him sign a book for a neighbor girl who loves his work and he was super nice. But maybe he‘s like my daughter and only like to be “on” when he‘s expecting it? 5mo
LibrarianRyan @VanChocStrawberry That could be totally true. Our head of the Illinois Center for the Book loves him. Said he was really the first author to do and speak highly of doing skype visits. 5mo
hermyknee I have those copies of the Binti trilogy - aren‘t the covers so pretty?! 5mo
VanChocStrawberry @hermyknee yes!! They are gorgeous! 5mo
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The Swap | Megan Shull
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Look at all this goodness!!! Thank you, @LibrarianRyan !!! This is an amazing swap! I love the books! I love the goodies! ❤️❤️❤️

Thank you @BookishMarginalia for hosting!
#summersantagoespostal

monalyisha Those tiki popsicle molds are so cool! 5mo
VanChocStrawberry Also @LibrarianRyan did you see I used a pic of the wrapping paper as the background? 😂 5mo
LibrarianRyan @VanChocStrawberry I did, I did. I like that wrapping paper. I'm glad it was a big roll so I sill have some. 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome 👏🏻 5mo
BookishMarginalia 💜💜💜 5mo
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The Swap | Megan Shull
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Look at these fun and pretty boxes that arrived today!! @LibrarianRyan the media mail and the priority arrived same day, same time! @BookishMarginalia I‘m so excited to open these!!!!!!!!!
#summersantagoespostal

BeckyandBooks I love the unicorn paper! 5mo
LibrarianRyan Yeahhh. I‘m surprised you got both in the same day. That‘s awesome b 5mo
VanChocStrawberry @LibrarianRyan one was supposed to be delivered on Saturday and one on Wednesday (I have informed delivery), but they must have traveled together and split the difference! 😂😂 5mo
VanChocStrawberry I love the paper, too! Makes me happy every time my eye catches them! ❤️❤️ 5mo
LibrarianRyan @VanChocStrawberry I always find the most awesome paper at Home Goods or TJ Maxx (here they are two different stores). But be careful, If you don't pay attention you are likely to get a roll that is already cut into sheets instead of a continuous role. I hate when I do that. 5mo
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The Helpline | Katherine Collette
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I'm moving back into classroom teaching this year and need to build my library up a bit. I'm teaching 8th grade ELA. The area that needs the most help is poetry and non-fiction. There are only a handful of both in the classroom now. What titles (poetry and non-fiction esp.) would you recommend as must-haves? Also what titles do think 8th graders would WANT to read (whether or not you think they are high literature. haha)

LibrarianRyan umumumumum I really want to say something. But ...... youll see. okay, anything Jason Reynolds, Rangers Apprentice, Try the Young Bond series, you can pick them up used cheaply. Alex Rider, even though books in the later part of the series get pretty teen. The Golden Compass Series. Also, since it's for a class room, I can totally send you a box of items I have finished. I usually save them for Halloween, but I have way more then I need. 5mo
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Lindy Actually, anything by Joyce Sidman. Another that‘s good is both nonfiction and poetry: 5mo
VanChocStrawberry Thank you!! 5mo
VanChocStrawberry @LibrarianRyan I would totally appreciate that. Also—📚📚📚 🎉 5mo
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Photobooth: A Biography | Meags Fitzgerald
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#motivationalquote for #bookfitnesschallenge @wanderinglynn

This is a great quote for me this week!

wanderinglynn Great quote! 🙌🏻 5mo
BookwormAHN Nice quote 👏🏻 5mo
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Well I failed this week! Hardly any walking, hardly any posts! I don‘t think I even finished a book!
Restart tomorrow, right?! #bookfitnesschallenge @wanderinglynn
Points: 152 (I missed one from last week. 149, plus this post and the challenge post.)
Books-10/10
Miles-2/10

cobwebmoth Keep going! *hugs* 5mo
LibrarianRyan you and me both. But we will smash it next week. 5mo
wanderinglynn I failed too. It was a tough week. But tomorrow is a new day! 💜 Just keep swimming. 🐠 (I love Dory & use her line as my motto.) 5mo
Crazeedi It's ok! You'll get back in the swing I'm sure, crap happens right? Shut the door behind you and look ahead!!💕 5mo
BookwormAHN You'll get back into it 🌻 5mo
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I‘m anxiously awaiting my #summersantagoespostal box! (I have no chill.) I‘m signed up for informed delivery from USPS and just got a notification that a package should be delivered on Saturday! Thanks @BookishMarginalia for hosting the swap.

In the meantime, I‘ve gotten my first #litsylove cards! I forgot to write down the names of the senders, but will update when I‘m home! Thanks, ladies! ❤️❤️❤️

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 5mo
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Too Tired | Ann Turnbull
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This week has been too crazy. Restart next week. On summer break now! Woot!
@wanderinglynn #bookfitnesschallenge

wanderinglynn Still decent progress. And you crushed your book goal. 🙌🏻 The important thing is you didn‘t quit! 6mo
bewareofwords You‘re still doing great! 👏🏽 6mo
BookwormAHN Nice going 👏🏻 6mo
Clwojick You‘re crushing it! ♥️🧡💛 5mo
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Meet Cute | Helena Hunting
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I thought this would be a great summer romance, but...no.
It fell into so many lazy writing traps. Another book where guardianship is so mis-represented and someone can potentially sweep in and take over for a freaking lawyer?!? Whatever. Also, a women giving up partner for the guy. 🤢 book 10/10 for #bookfitnesschallenge @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn You crushed you book goal! 🙌🏻 6mo
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Bingo | Jeffrey B. Fuerst
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Hey this is one on which I could actually get bingo!! Multiple times! Lol.

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Just signed up for this! Expand your reading horizons by reading for all ages! Check it out: @LibrarianRyan BBRC

Hestapleton Did I need another reading challenge? Like a kick in the head. Did I sign up for this anyway? Yes. Yes I did. 🤦🏼‍♀️ 6mo
VanChocStrawberry @Hestapleton 😂😂 I‘m right there with you! 6mo
LibrarianRyan @Hestapleton I have that same problem 6mo
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Summer Santa | Ward Maia
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Roomies | Christina Lauren
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Very late check in post. I didn‘t meet my walking goal, as my foot was hurting the second half of the week, but it‘s better now and I‘ve gotten 5 miles in this weekend. Here‘s going on to week 4!
#bookfitnesschallenge @wanderinglynn
Tagged book is what I‘m reading now.

BarbaraJean Hooray for an active weekend! 🎉👏🏼 6mo
BookwormAHN Way to go 👏🏻 6mo
wanderinglynn Still good progress! Glad your foot is feeling better. And way to start off week 4! 🙌🏻 6mo
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Sent my youngest kiddo off to D.C. today! It‘s the first big trip without parents. I‘m so proud of him and excited for him. He won an essay contest and gets to participate in the wreath laying ceremony at Arlington.
Sorry this is not so much about books, but I am so excited for him!!

wanderinglynn That‘s so cool! Kudos to him! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 6mo
tpixie Congrats! This is such an honor he will remember forever! Arlington is so memorable. 6mo
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I LOVE this series. I want like 500 more volumes! It‘s very Rowell, who I love, but also the story is weird and lovely and strange and Anka‘s art is 😍😍😍. I love the art variants, too!
Book 6/10 for the #bookfitnesschallenge @wanderinglynn

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Runaways Vol. 1 | Rainbow Rowell
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Sorry it‘s out of focus, but here are the bookshelves in my new classroom! I need to fill them up because the teacher is taking a bunch with her! Here‘s to book shopping and hoping to find some great deals with a very minimal budget! This is the kinda challenge I love!
Tagged book is 5/10 for the #bookfitnesschallenge @wanderinglynn

LibrarianRyan If it‘s for your classroom, and your in the us, tell me the grade range and I‘ll send you a few. 6mo
VanChocStrawberry That would be awesome!!! Thank you. It‘s for 8th grade. But of course the reading abilities cover middle grade and YA titles. I‘m returning to traditional teaching after 15 years of doing other stuff (co-ops, library, home schooling, etc...) I‘m excited, but nervous! 6mo
BookwormAHN Good luck 🍀 6mo
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Bookmamas | Indianapolis, Indiana (Bookstore)
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I walked a ton this weekend, and now my foot hurts, so I‘ve been going easy the past two days.
But I read a ton this weekend. This is my current read and it‘s wonderful so far. I loved Zentner‘s other two books, so I was excited to pick this one up at my local indy.
Also, @Litsy bookmamas changed hands and is now Irvington Books & Vinyl.
#bookfitnesschallenge @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Definitely take it easy! Foot injuries are no fun. 💚 6mo
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Lovely, Dark, and Deep | Justina Chen
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My husband and I walked for about 3.75 miles around the canal. It was much warmer than last week, but I spf‘d myself up and kept thinking about iced coffee and a cool shower. Lol! I didn‘t listen to a book, but I‘m gonna go read the tagged one right now!
#bookfitnesschallenge @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Way to go!🙌🏻 6mo
BookwormAHN Great job 👏🏻 6mo
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Lovely, Dark, and Deep | Justina Chen
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Husband brought me breakfast and bed and now we‘re going to go for a #bookfitnesschallenge walk! Great start to my three day weekend!!
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wanderinglynn Way to go! A great way to kick off the holiday weekend. 🙌🏻 6mo
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Lovely, Dark, and Deep | Justina Chen
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Tagged book is what I‘m reading now.
I‘m doing well with both my goals. I‘m going to up my book goal to 10. I‘m adding a mile a week for my walking goal, so next week‘s goal is 8.
I‘m enjoying this challenge and it‘s helping me be purposeful about walking, etc.
I‘ve also enjoyed interacting more with other littens!
#bookfitnesschallenge @wanderinglynn

jillannjohn Love the idea of adding a mile a week! 6mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 Great progress & I love that your challenging yourself further by upping your goals! 6mo
BookwormAHN Great job 👏🏻 6mo
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Caterina Great job! You're doing so well with your goals, and I love that you're adding a mile a week, that's such a cool idea! I'll keep it in mind for future #BFC events. 6mo
BarbaraJean Wow—that‘s a great idea to work up to a higher goal each week! A great week 2! 6mo
kspenmoll Amazing! 6mo
guinsgirlreads Nice work!! 💪🏻 6mo
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What motivates me to be healthier is these three kiddos. I‘ve not always been a great example to them health-wise, but I want to be. So here I go!
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BookwormAHN Great motivation 👏🏻 6mo
britt_brooke Cute family! 6mo
AmyG Beautiful kids ❤️ 6mo
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wanderinglynn Wonderful motivation! 🙌🏻 Thanks for sharing. 6mo
baes Fantastic! 6mo
TheEllieMo What wonderful motivation. Good for you for starting to set a good example 💙 6mo
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Enjoyed a walk on the Canal today. It was impromptu, so I didn‘t have earbuds, but I enjoyed just walking and watching. And now I‘m off to read until I fall asleep!
#bookfitnesschallenge @wanderinglynn

guinsgirlreads Wow! I need to live where you do! 🙌🏻🙌🏻 6mo
VanChocStrawberry @guinsgirlreads this is a particularly beautiful part of the city. A lot of it is...not so pretty. 😂 (edited) 6mo
Chrissyreadit 👏👏👏 6mo
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wanderinglynn What a lovely walk! Way to go! 🙌🏻 6mo
Clwojick This looks like a wonderful walking area! Jealous 😍 6mo
BookwormAHN Way to go 🎁 6mo
LoveToReadLiveToRead Beautiful pictures! Looks like it was a lovely walk. 6mo
dariazeoli Beautiful! And you got to really enjoy without earbuds to focus on 🙌 6mo
Caterina Beautiful!! Sometimes I like to just walk and watch and listen, it's such a nice way to be present in the moment. ❤️ 6mo
nu-bibliophile Beautiful view 😍 6mo
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Autoboyography | Christina Lauren
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Great quick read. It had just the right amount of (earned) angst for me. Parts were hard to read (teens do dumb things some times!) but it all felt realistic and hopeful.
Book 3/6 for the #bookfitnesschallenge
I also took TWO walks today.

crazyspine Way to go. Half way there! 6mo
Caterina Halfway there! And yay for the two walks, same here! 🙌🎉 6mo
Ash.on.the.line Yay for two walks!! Great job! 6mo
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Felso Two walks!! Awesome! 💪🏻 6mo
BookwormAHN Fantastic 👏🏻 6mo
VanChocStrawberry Thanks for the support, everyone! 6mo
Clwojick Way to go! 6mo
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Week one update post. I missed one of my posts from@last week. My total is actually 49.
More importantly, this challenge has been a very good motivator for me. 7.7 doesn‘t seem like a lot, but I only started walking intentionally a couple of weeks before this started. The week before that my miles intentionally walked were ZERO!
#bookfitnesschallenge @wanderinglynn

VanChocStrawberry Whoops! just read over the points guide again. I get 5 points for posting my weekly update, so that brings my total to 53. 6mo
bewareofwords Yay for you! You‘re doing great! 🤗 6mo
BarbaraJean Great job! I feel the same on the fitness side—what I‘m doing doesn‘t seem like much, but it‘s a LOT compared to before the challenge! 6mo
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baes Yay! 6mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! Fantastic first week! 🙌🏻 6mo
wanderinglynn Oh, one thing, it‘s 3 points for each of the weekly check-ins. You got 5 points for your first post (the goal setting one) and you will get 5 points for the very last post, which will be posted either June 21 or 22. Sorry for the confusion! I know I made the point system a bit too complicated. 6mo
VanChocStrawberry @wanderinglynn Thanks! So it's 51 points for the week!
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VanChocStrawberry @wanderinglynn Just clarifying: no points for working out during the week, right? Just for commenting and posting? We get points at the end for meeting our goals? Some people's point totals are so high, it made me worry I was doing something wrong...but I probably just don't post as much as others do! :)
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wanderinglynn Correct. At the end of the 6 weeks, you get 10 pts for meeting your book goal & 10 pts for meeting your fitness goal. I think some people‘s totals are so high because you not only get 1 pt for each additional update and 1 pt for commenting on other‘s posts with encouragement/cheers. Some folks are very active on Litsy. But don‘t let that stop you. 6mo
wanderinglynn I wasn‘t sure how the points would play out & I certainly didn‘t expect 117 people to sign-up. You always learn something the first time you try something new, so I have some thoughts on how I‘ll do prizes. 😉 6mo
BookwormAHN Way to go. I'm also finally up and off my couch. I really needed this 👏🏻 6mo
4thhouseontheleft Way to overachieve! 🙌 🙌 6mo
VanChocStrawberry @wanderinglynn Thanks for the clarification! and I'm glad people are so active; the encouragment is a big help. 6mo
britt_brooke 7.7 miles is great!! 🙌🏻 6mo
Caterina That's awesome!! You're doing so well making walking a habit. 🎉 👍 6mo
Clwojick Woohoo! Way to go! 💚💜💙 6mo
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Cute. I liked it a lot, but doubt it would be a re-read. A nice, quiet read for summer, though! 🌟🌟🌟 1/2
Book 2 finished for #bookfitnesschallenge @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Great job! 🙌🏻 6mo
BookwormAHN Way to go 👏🏻 6mo
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Sixth Grave on the Edge | Darynda Jones
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Between a so-so and a pan. I‘m not the biggest Reyes fan; he‘s mean, bossy, and way too alpha for my taste. But usually Charley makes me laugh enough to make up for him. Maybe I just need a break from the series, so that‘s what imma try. Book 1/6 for the #bfc #bookfitnesschallenge
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I‘m super enjoying both books pictured. I‘m technically ready for the new work week, but I really just want to sit at home and read. ❤️😂

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Wish Granter | C J Redwine
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Started the next Ravenspire book. I love that these books are stand alone, but set in the same world. #bookfitnesschallenge update: Well, I walked. Lol. I‘m coming at this from being super sedentary and very unhealthy. Anyway...it was a beautiful day and I walked for fun, for business, and as a workout. @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 Taking the first step is the most important because you‘re doing it! In 6 weeks, you‘ll look back & be amazed at how far you‘ve gone. 😀 6mo
BookwormAHN Nice job 👏🏻 6mo
dariazeoli Great start! A step forward is one worth taking 💪 6mo
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Chrissyreadit 👏 6mo
Kaye You‘ve gotta start somewhere. You did great I think 👍🏼 6mo
4thhouseontheleft That's a great start! Think of how great it will be to look back in 6 weeks and see how far you have come! 6mo
ChasingOm My step goal is 6000/day. Don‘t sell yourself short! 6mo
Caterina You're doing awesome! Walking is the perfect way to get moving! 😊 6mo
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So excited to be reading this book! I‘ve enjoyed Hicks‘s graphic novels; this is her first prose novel.

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Solstice | Joyce Carol Oates
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I think these surveys are fun, regardless, but I also really hope my match starts doing them! I have some treat ideas for her, but I'd love to be sure that what she gets will be LOVED.
1. Salty stuff--chips, etc. (but seriously, I love sweet stuff, too.)
2. earbuds! lol!
3. Veronica Mars, Brooklyn 9-9
4. no idea
5. teal, pale yellow, orange
6. Coffee--iced, hot, whatever!
7. BEACH TIME.
8. @jenajenkins
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Take Me With You | Andrea Gibson
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Trying to read this one for a challenge, and it‘s just not grabbing me. I love pithy sayings and poetry that makes me think, but this doesn‘t seem to be the thing for me.

WanderingBookaneer I am hating it. 6mo
VanChocStrawberry Yeah, I bailed. I mean, I still have it, but I‘m just not feeling it at all. :/ 6mo
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Last day to sign up! Join me! #bookfitnesschallenge @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Thanks for sharing! 😀 7mo
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Percy Jackson 1 - The Lightning Thief | Bestsellers - Books USA Press
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This book: my 6th graders are so into it and are digging pretty deep into mood and humor, and how sometimes narrators only tell part of the story.

tessavi That looks like a well loved copy ;) 7mo
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VanChocStrawberry
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It‘s teacher appreciate week this week and we‘re being spoiled by our parents‘ group. Today we had Starbucks gift cards, a mug, cupcakes, and other treats! And they have a whole week of surprises planned. #teachingela
For book related news: my 6th graders are LOVING the first Percy Jackson book!

LibrarianRyan Nice. 7mo
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VanChocStrawberry
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I‘m really enjoying this series. There are cringey moments, but the humor is fantastic. I like the straight forward world building. I‘m switching back and forth between e and audio. If you do audio books, I highly recommend these. The performer is fantastic and really delivers on the main characters dry humor.

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It was devastating to hear about the death of Rachel Held Evans. She was a powerful, challenging writer, and helped many people like me—people who questioned the faith they were raised with, but also unwilling to let it all go. I will always be grateful for her writing and life, and so sad that she didn‘t have any longer than 37 years.

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VanChocStrawberry
Summerland | Michael Chabon
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I love these little quizzes. I need to check and see if my match has done any! Thanks @Hestapleton for creating and @Samplergal for tagging me.
1-iced coffee!
2-both. I love chocolate and gummies, but I also enjoy crunchy, salty things.
3-I have both, and love both, but I‘m partial to cats.
4-beach!!!
5- @LibrarianRyan

Hestapleton Thanks for playing! ☀️ 7mo
LibrarianRyan Ha, I am on top of things this morning. Already posted. That like never happens. 7mo
VanChocStrawberry @librarianRyan I should have checked first! :)
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LibrarianRyan @VanChocStrawberry nahhh. Perfectly okay. I'm normally late to the game. But the desktop Litsy has made it easier to check in the mornings and post when on quick work breaks. 7mo
Samplergal Wait. There‘s a desktop litsy? 7mo
Litsy @Samplergal Nope. 7mo
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