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candc320

candc320

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First 5🌟 of the year!! I love Alice Feeney‘s novels and the way she drops little hints throughout that you forget about until they comes back to bite you. There were so many twists and turns I didn‘t stand a chance of guessing them all. I‘m still not sure who was telling the full truth and all that actually happened now that I‘ve finished. I love that! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Booknerd2 This was my first one by her and I loved it!! A friend is reading it now and keeps asking me questions. I keep refusing to answer telling her anything I say will ruin it. She‘s so mad at me! 😂🤣 8h
candc320 @Booknerd2 that‘s so funny!! I think I‘d have to be watching them read so I could see their face change as they keep discovering the secrets 😆. I loved her book Sometimes I Lie too! 8h
Booknerd2 @candc320 I‘ll read that also. I‘m hooked. Thanks! 8h
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Once Upon A Broken Heart | Stephanie Garber
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This was so much fun! I don‘t typically read YA or fantasy but this was such a treat I think I need to! While it did have romance in it that aspect didn‘t overwhelm the story (which I appreciated) and was more of a catalyst for the adventure and craziness that ensued. The narrator was great and it ended on a cliffhanger. I am really excited to see where the story goes next! 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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“I wish people were more like books.” I bet most of us would agree 🤣!

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Harlem Shuffle: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Well, the search for my 1st 5🌟 read is still ongoing 😩! I feel like I‘m being super picky this year for some reason. This story was just ok. I feel like the main character was just pretending to want to be on the straight and narrow instead of actually struggling with his choices. And the plot seemed to shift around too much without that much actually happening. Really liked the narrator though! 🌟🌟🌟

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Sometimes I Lie | Alice Feeney
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Thanks for tagging me @TheRiehlDeal !! #Two4Tuesday

1. In general I prefer a fast moving plot, especially if I‘m reading a thriller or psychological suspense. If it‘s historical fiction I‘m fine with more of a slow burn.

2. The tagged book has a wonderful fast moving plot. I couldn‘t help turning those pages and loved the twists and turns.

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 7d
candc320 Oh so sorry, I forgot to tag you @TheSpineView !!! Thanks for the fun! 7d
TheSpineView @candc320 No worries! I saw your post in my feed. My memory is not what it used to be.. so I can relate. 7d
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Children's Blizzard | Melanie Benjamin
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I have had this one on my TBR for over a year now and I‘m so happy that I finally got to it! The story is broken up into 2 books: one dealing with before and during the blizzard and the 2nd dealing with the aftermath. Book one is a solid and resounding 5+ stars! It‘s full of tension and heartbreak and exceptional characters and I flew through the pages. Book 2 was much slower and took me a while to get through. There were also some aspects 👇🏻

candc320 Cont‘d: that didn‘t feel like they fit in this particular story - specifically the small amount mentioning the racism against the Native Americans and African Americans - it just felt like it was thrown in and not really incorporated into the bigger schemes of the story. With this being said it was still a really captivating and intriguing story. 🌟🌟🌟🌟 1w
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Reckless Girls: A Novel | Rachel Hawkins
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My #botm box came today!! I know I say this every month (that I choose a selection) but I‘m really excited to read both of these!!!

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1st review of the year! This audiobook started out as a pretty intriguing thriller - an attack, murder, a coverup, and more! - and then transitions into more of a mystery as we try to unravel which of these two friends is telling the truth about what happened, what secrets are they both hiding, and which friend is in more danger from the other. The “twists” were pretty predictable and the ending was just confusing. Feeling generous so 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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New Year Resolutions | Kath Beattie
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Here are the books I‘m beginning 2022 with! The Children‘s Blizzard is my physical book (obviously 🙄), Into the Drowning Deep is my ebook, and We Were Never Here is my audiobook.

JamieArc Into the Drowning Deep came as such a surprise last fall being one of my favorites of the year (if you haven‘t read Rolling in the Deep, check it out! I found the audio on Hoopla). 2w
candc320 Oh yay, @JamieArc !! I saw it on TikTok and knew I had to read it! I‘ve not read Rolling in the Deep so I‘ll check that out too! 2w
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Winter Games | John Lacombe
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Here are my totals for #wintergames2021 ! I know we have one day left but I don‘t think the little bit of reading I‘ll do will make much of a difference. I really fell apart in weeks 4 & 5 but I had family visiting that make it really hard to participate 😜. Hopefully my points still help the awesome #mistletoemaniacs get a win! I‘ve really loved being a part of winter games and my group and am already looking forward to next year‘s games!

Clwojick ❤ You did amazing! Thank you so much for joining us this past month! ❤ 2w
candc320 Thanks so much, @Clwojick !! 2w
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Here‘s the book journal I‘ve been working on! It‘s hard to see the little pictures, but the photos are: 1st and 2nd are little books I‘ll color as I finish one, 3rd I‘ll color in for each book read each month, 4th is filled in by genre (the colors will be based on type of book: hardcover, paperback, ebook, or audio), 5th is a book shelf colored in by rating, 6th is for best of each month/year, 7th is for writing in recommended books, 👇🏻

candc320 Cont‘d: and 8th is for the TBR Deck of Cards challenge. The 9-12 are how each month will look, with 9th being a title page, 10th being a grid of how many hours I read each day, 11th being my Book Spin Bingo board, and 12th showing how I‘ll organize my reviews each month. I‘m still working on possibly adding some more things to track but haven‘t decided for sure! 2w
Clwojick I love it!!!!!!! 2w
candc320 Thanks @Clwojick !! I‘ve never done one before so I‘m soooo excited to keep filling it out! 2w
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Alright, I set my new goal for the year! 75 is less than I ended up accomplishing last year but more than I set, so I think it‘s a happy medium. I‘m going to try to keep three books - one physical, one audio, and one ebook - going at all times. That way I have a better chance of making my goals. I also created a new book journal that I‘m super excited to start filling in! I‘ll share some of the pages soon! #2022goals

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I made it guys!! 100 books. I‘ve never read that much before 😍. No idea if I‘ll ever read that much again, either, but I‘ll just basked in this glow for a while!

kplovesbooks 🙌 Congrats!!!! 👏 2w
LiteraryinLawrence That‘s an awesome accomplishment! 2w
WJCintron 🎉 🎉Congrats!!! 😃 2w
Clwojick Woohoo!! 2w
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My last review of the year! This short audiobook was interesting enough. Very sort of old fashioned murder mystery entertainment. Made cleaning fun (ish). 🌟🌟🌟 #mistletoemaniacs #wintergames2021 #bookspinbingo #averymerrybingo #christmasmyway #averymerryreadathon

TheSpineView Awesome! 2w
Jadams1776 🎄🎉📚🎅🏻 2w
DieAReader 🎉🎉🎉 2w
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Bingo! | Rosemary Wells
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Here are my wintergames2021 bingo boards! I have one more book to listen to tomorrow but I don‘t think it will result in any more bingos (if it does I‘ll update). As far as new bingos since I last posted I have my first bingo for #averymerrybingo , 2 more bingos for #selfcarechristmas, and 2 more bingos for #christmasmoviebingo!

Jadams1776 🎉🎄🎁🎅🏻 3w
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Reading Goals: Extended Readers for Basic Reading | Glenn McCracken, Charles Child Walcutt
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Guys I‘ve read 99 books this year!! I‘ve never read that many in one year before! I also can‘t possibly stop at 99 (my OCD won‘t allow it 😬) so I‘ve downloaded a super short audiobook to listen to tomorrow. Might some consider that cheating? Possibly. Do you think I care? NOPE!

annahenke Wow! So many - nice!! 3w
Nessavamusic Great job! 3w
KateReadsYA That's amazing. 3w
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marleed I would do exactly what you are doing! 3w
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Hey 100 books is a 100 books! Great job! 3w
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The Paper Palace: A Novel | Miranda Cowley Heller
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I really don‘t know what to say about this one. I really disliked all of the characters and felt like it was excessively vulgar at times when it didn‘t need to be (I‘m not prudish at all, it just seemed graphic at times when it didn‘t call for it). The narrator was fine and I can see why some people like it (the writing is lyrical at times) but I found it super depressing with just the worst sorts of people. 🌟🌟🌟 #bookspinbingo 👇🏻

candc320 Cont‘d: #averymerrybingo (prompt Hard Candy Christmas), #christmasmyway, and #averymerryreadathon (edited) 3w
TheSpineView Bummer! 3w
Jadams1776 📚🎄🎉 3w
DieAReader 🎉🎉 3w
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 3w
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My Book Outlet finally came in! I think I should now stop my unexpected book shopping spree….maybe not 😆🤫😉

marleed I say not :) 3w
candc320 @marleed I love having like minded people around me 🤣 3w
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Bingo! | Rosemary Wells
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Here‘s my January 2022 #bookspinbingo list! Changed it up a little - including picks for TBR Deck of Cards and choosing Kindle books to get through some old ones - and I‘m so excited to read all of these! Bring on the new year!

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 3w
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Christmas by the Book | Anne Marie Ryan
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God I loved this story!!! It made me want to move to the Cotswolds! The main characters were wonderful and I even loved all the secondary characters around the village (including the slightly annoying town drunk). I will say it felt at times like a sequel to another book, almost as if we should have already known about some key points before, but as far as I can see this is a standalone. Perfect way to close out my Christmas reading! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

candc320 Read for #bookspinbingo, #averymerrybingo (for prompt Santa Claus is Coming to Town), #christmasmyway, and #averymerryreadathon 3w
TheSpineView Awesome! 3w
DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 3w
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Jadams1776 🎅🏻🎉🎄 3w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3w
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Reckless Girls: A Novel | Rachel Hawkins
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Nice surprise to see the #botm January picks ready to go! I never read The Wife Upstairs so thought I‘d give it a go along with the author‘s new book.

MaleficentBookDragon I picked Reckless Girls too. 3w
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Cloud Cuckoo Land | Anthony Doerr
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My bookhaul from the Barnes and Noble sale today! I also got my son a book about chess strategies that was only $4! Really hope they do this sort of deal more often!

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So I watched these two - amongst others that I forgot to document - on Christmas! Yesterday I had family come into town so no more relaxing reading or movie watching for me for a few days 😕. I‘m going to try to calculate everything from week 4 tonight, but if I can‘t I‘ll just add week 4 and week 5 together at the end! #wintergames2021 #mistletoemaniacs

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#wintergames2021 #festivephotochallenge prompt Day 24: holiday traditions. One of our traditions is to drive around and check out all the Christmas lights in and around our neighborhood. It was a little hit or miss but the houses that decorated tended to go all out this year! #mistletoemaniacs

TheSpineView Pretty! 3w
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Miracle on 34th Street | Valentine Davies
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More Christmas movies/tv shows enjoyed! I have finally given in to my husband and son saying Die Hard is a Christmas movie 🤷🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️. #wintergames2021 #mistletoemaniacs

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And I watched all of these today (and yes I did get other things done…some of them are pretty short 😆). #mistletoemaniacs #wintergames2021

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I'll Be There for You Friends TV Show Journal Lined Notebook | Friends T. V. Show Notebook, Friends Tv Show Journal Notebook
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I also watched one of my favorite holiday episodes of Friends. Who doesn‘t love the Holiday Armadillo, our part Jewish friend 🤣 ?

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Been watching A LOT of Christmas movies and shows over the last few days. Here‘s three! #wintergames2021 #mistletoemaniacs

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Wish You Were Here | Jodi Picoult
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Bought myself a couple of early Christmas presents (I‘m lying….I bought myself a lot of early Christmas presents 🤫. But there are so many great deals. I have 6 more books coming from The Book Outlet….and 1 from Amazon 😕).

BookBabe Beautiful photo! 😍 4w
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An update on my bingo boards! I got another bingo on my Self Care Bingo board as well as my first bingo of the month for #bookspinbingo! I‘m getting close on #averymerrybingo as well as Christmas movie bingo so hopefully I can mark a few more off in the next few days! 41 points for #mistletoemaniacs #wintergames2021

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The Santa Clause | Daphne Skinner
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So I got my booster shot Monday morning and have pretty much done nothing but watch TV and read since then (yay me) 🤣! I watched all of the above over the last 2 days, which includes a Frozen Christmas special and 5 Christmas episodes of Bob‘s Burgers. 51 points for #mistletoemaniacs #wintergames2021

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Mr Miracle | Debbie Macomber
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This was the last Macomber audiobook I checked out from the library and ended up being my “favorite”. Did I love it? Erm, nope! Did I dislike it as much as the others? Not quite. I liked the angel sent to help others aspect, which varied the POV, and I liked that it dealt with characters other than just our “romantic” leads. The romance was still ridiculous with a big baby-man and a woman who puts up with too much. 🌟🌟🌟 👇🏻

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This was a very sweet, quick read. And while Christmas didn‘t happen until the end (as with the longer Christmas story in the series I read) I didn‘t mind as much because it was quickly leading up to it. I‘ll definitely read more of the A Ration Book series! 🌟🌟🌟🌟26 points for team #mistletoemaniacs #wintergames2021 It‘s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year for #averymerrybingo Also read for #bookspinbingo #christmasmyway #averymerryreadathon

TheSpineView Fantastic! 4w
Jadams1776 🎄🎉 4w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 4w
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THIS is what I‘m looking for in a holiday read/romance! I absolutely LOVED it! The main character, Carmen, was an absolute delight - so messy and snarky and realistic - and the descriptions of Edinburgh during the holidays with all the twinkle lights, snow, and beautiful architecture makes me want to live there right now! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 all day long! #wintergames2021 #mistletoemaniacs 26 points

candc320 “This Christmas” for #averymerrybingo @Jadams1776 1mo
Jadams1776 👍🏻🎄 4w
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Winter Games | Tim Grundmann, Jim Jinkins
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Well, I didn‘t participate in extras as much this last week but I did find 32 word search words in my reading (it is insane the amount of times authors use the words “Christmas” and “snow” in holiday books 😆) and spent 33 hours reading for #bookspinbingo , #dashingdecember and #christmasmyway readathons, #averymerrybingo , and #averymerryreadathon ! #wintergames2021 #mistletoemaniacs

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 1mo
DieAReader Great job!🎉🥳 1mo
TheSpineView Fabulous! 1mo
Clwojick Way to go! Woohoo! ❤️💚❤️💚 4w
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Dash and Lily's Book of Dares | David Levithan, Rachel Cohn
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I watched 5 episodes of this super cute show on Netflix today. I watched it last year and liked it so much I‘ve been waiting to binge it again to get in the holiday spirit 🤗!

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The Small One | Alex Walsh
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I was able to fit in watching all 4 of these classics today! They are all personal favorites, especially The Small One which makes me cry like a big baby every single time! 21 points for #mistletoemaniacs #wintergames2021

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Rainbow Rowell | Rainbow Rowell
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I couldn‘t find this short story in the Litsy database but I really enjoyed this quick holiday read/listen. It highlights 2 Christmases during Covid - 2020 and 2021 - and I found it very relatable. The anxiety, paranoia, and frustration of being a person taking Covid seriously while others around you aren‘t is definitely something I‘ve dealt with and I liked that the 2 main characters were able to relate to each other within the chaos. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

candc320 Ran out of room! 26 points for #mistletoemaniacs #wintergames2021 and read for #bookspinbingo , #christmasmyway , #dashingdecember , #averymerryreadathon , and #averymerrybingo (completes prompt Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas). 1mo
TheSpineView Great job! 1mo
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Andrew65 I need to find this one. Well done 👏👏👏 (edited) 1mo
candc320 Thanks @Andrew65 !! 1mo
DieAReader Great job!🎉🎉 1mo
candc320 Thanks @DieAReader !! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 1mo
Jadams1776 🎄🎉👍🏻🎅🏻 1mo
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Today‘s #festivephotochallenge prompt for #wintergames2021 is “How‘s the Weather?”. Well, here in the Tampa Bay Area of Florida it‘s HOT! It‘s currently 81 degrees out and I‘m using a photo I took on my walk this morning to give you an idea of the weather (and to introduce my new friend, a gopher turtle I‘ve named Gene). The grass is still green, all the wildlife is out and about (no hibernating here), and I‘m sweating 🥵! #mistletoemaniacs

AUDIOBOOKINGWITHLEAH It's pretty hot here in Michigan, too. 65 degrees this morning. In December🙃 1mo
candc320 @AUDIOBOOKINGWITHLEAH really?! That‘s so much warmer than I would have expected for Michigan! I really wish it was a little more Christmassy around here but, for me, that would be 65 degrees or so, which sounds wonderful….too much colder and I‘d probably be regretting my wish 🤣. 1mo
AUDIOBOOKINGWITHLEAH 65 is unusual for December in Michigan. That was this morning, it's only 40 now. 1mo
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BookDragonNotWorm I'm in Florida too - hasn't this December been crazy hot? November was cooler! 🥵 1mo
candc320 @BookDragonNotWorm it‘s been insane! So hard to feel Christmassy when you‘re sweating 🥵! I mean, I‘ve always lived in Florida but it‘s usually cooler than this! 1mo
BookDragonNotWorm I'm a native too! This heat is definitely more than usual! 1mo
BkClubCare Hi Gene! 🐢 1mo
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Every Last Fear | Alex Finlay
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Forgot to share this as it‘s not Christmas related 😆, but I won this on Goodreads! I don‘t receive the emails notifying me anymore for some reason, so it was a total surprise when it showed up in the mail. Excited to read it next year!

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Okay at this point I think Macomber just isn‘t for me (although I do still have one of her audiobooks to listen to so 🤞). My main feeling through to entire story can be summed up in 2 emojis: 🙄🤦🏼‍♀️. The main guy is a real jerk and a big baby (why have none of these men grown up from their sad childhoods or past broken hearts?) and the main woman is a pushover. I give it so-so only because I finished it. 🌟🌟 💫 #wintergames2021 26 points

candc320 #mistletoemaniacs . Read for #bookspinbingo , #averymerrybingo (counts for O Christmas Tree), #averymerryreadathon, and #dashingdecember readathon! 1mo
Andrew65 Not an author I‘ve read. Well done 👏👏👏 1mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig I have a friend who loves this author. I give her the new Christmas book every year for Christmas. I don't even think about reading because I read one and my reaction was the same. 🙄🤦🏻‍♀️ 1mo
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TheSpineView What a disappointment! 1mo
candc320 @Crinoline_Laphroaig haha! Yeah, I checked a bunch of her audiobooks out of my library and I keep hoping the next will be different. So far, no such luck ! 1mo
candc320 @TheSpineView I know, I was really disappointed because I love stories set at the holidays, but the romances are just so cheesy 😕 1mo
candc320 Thanks @Andrew65 ! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress, though!! 1mo
Jadams1776 👍🏻🎉🎄🎁🎅🏻 1mo
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This was an easy prompt for today‘s #wintergames2021 #festivephotochallenge : festive read! #mistletoemaniacs

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I love this line! Who hasn‘t felt this emotion when holding a precious book? I‘ve got to tell you, this is my favorite holiday read so far this month!

BookBabe Sounds like a great holiday read! 😊 1mo
candc320 @BookBabe it really is 😍 1mo
marleed It‘s a great line! 1mo
kplovesbooks Love this!!!!! 😍😍 1mo
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Started this yesterday and LOVING IT!

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#wintergames2021 #festivephotochallenge prompt for today: fireplace. I live in central Florida where it is currently 71 degrees. I do not have a fireplace, so I love to read while one crackles on my TV 😌! #mistletoemaniacs

marleed That counts! 1mo
candc320 Thanks @marleed 😁! 1mo
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Winter Games | Tim Grundmann, Jim Jinkins
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Here are my #wintergames2021 totals for week 2! Having @Andrew65 ‘s #dashingdecember readathon and @kimmypete1 , @Eggbeater , and @MidnightBookGirl ‘s #anywayyoureadathon this weekend to add to my #bookspinbingo , #averymerrybingo , and #averymerryreadathon really helped those reading points! So 3,982 for #mistletoemaniacs !

TheSpineView Way to go! 1mo
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candc320 Thanks @Andrew65 ! 1mo
kimmypete1 Nice! 1mo
Clwojick Brilliant! Way to go! ❤️💚❤️ 1mo
candc320 Thanks @Clwojick !! 1mo
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Wouldn‘t you think a book titled A Ration Book Christmas” would primarily be, I don‘t know, about Christmas?! The word Christmas is literally not even mentioned until at least 25% in, and this as a distant thing coming up months later, and the only part actually about Christmas was one chapter at the end where they eat dinner together. Good WW2 London Blitz story, bad Christmas story. 🌟🌟🌟 #mistletoemaniacs #wintergames2021

candc320 Also counts towards a number of readathon including #averymerrybingo as Feliz Navidad @Jadams1776 1mo
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A Season of Gifts | Richard Peck
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So I‘ve learned a few things about my holiday reading pet peeves: I don‘t really like unrealistic romances and I DO NOT like stories that appear to be about Christmas/the holidays that in fact are not. Less than an hour of this audiobook - the last hour - has anything to do with Christmas. The story was ok, nostalgic for sure, but it was not what I was wanting. 🌟🌟🌟 #mistletoemaniacs #wintergames2021

Jadams1776 🎅🏻🎁🎄👍🏻 1mo
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 1mo
TheSpineView Awesome 🤩🤩🤩 1mo
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Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town | J Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie
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Apparently it was a Vince Vaughn kind of day, because I watched 2 Christmas movies with him in them! He‘s just so funny! #mistletoemaniacs #wintergames2021

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Christmas Stockings | Rachael Rowe
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Today‘s #wintergames2021 #festivephotochallenge prompt: stocking. And look, there‘s a tiny stocking at the top of the advent calendar wall hanging my mom made for my son about a zillion years ago! #mistletoemaniacs