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jdiehr

Joined March 2018

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Bart's Books | Ojai, CA (Bookstore)
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I sure do miss living by this unique, outdoor bookstore.

Luckily, I can order online.

I had to have this shirt!

#bartsbooks

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I was trying to come up with a quote for #ThinkPositiveBePositive when I realized I am surrounded by positive quotes at the Hallmark store where I work 😄

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thanks for tagging me a couple of days ago!

AmyG 🙌🏻 2d
Christyco125 Those hallmark writers always know just the right thing to say. 🌻 2d
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Before the Coffee Gets Cold | Toshikazu Kawaguchi
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I enjoyed this short audiobook.

If there was a cafe near you that allowed you to travel back in time, would you do it?

What about traveling into the future? Just for a glimpse??

But don't forget...you have to return to the present before your coffee gets cold.

I admit, after reading this, I think about it every morning while sipping my coffee.

Ruthiella Honestly, I don‘t want to travel in either direction. I‘ve seen/read enough sci-fi to know time travel brings unwanted complications. 😆 Love the mug, BTW! 4d
Jas16 That is an outstanding mug. 4d
marleed Great mug! Well, I‘m taking my much loved yeti mug to coffee shops just in case. I didn‘t notice rules against transferring my hot coffee to my thermos! 4d
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jdiehr @marleed Ha, ha! I kept trying to find loopholes the whole time I was listening. The thermos is a good one! 😄 4d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love your mug and want this book!! 3d
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Hilarious book of notes from a librarian to her books.

Some of them are love letters.

Some are break-up letters.

All of them are funny 😄

I added several to my TBR.

*Doesn't Noodle look cute? When she jumped up on my desk, I saw a photo op.

robinb Oh, she‘s a beautiful sweetheart! This book sounds great! Stacked! 1w
Suet624 A wonderful book. 💕💕 1w
Tera66 That is a beautiful kitty. 😍 7d
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I love that the production team on Schitt's Creek actually designed the book covers for the books the characters were reading ❤

I would read 'A Hint of Amnesia.' 😂

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The Lost Daughter | Elena Ferrante
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I am a Ferrante fan.

I realize her books are not for everyone, but they work for me.

This one is short, but certainly not sweet.

Leda is on vacation in Italy, finds a child's missing doll, and keeps it far longer than she should - all the while grappling with her past.

The family on the beach strongly reminded me of the characters in The Neapolitan Novels.

AmyG If you get Netflix, watch the movie. It‘s excellent. 2w
jdiehr @AmyG I do, and I will! 🙂 2w
BiblioLitten @AmyG I watched it this weekend, and it will stay with me for a long time. 2w
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AmyG @BiblioLitten Olivia Coleman was perfection. 2w
BiblioLitten @AmyG Agree 💯! 2w
Flaneurette @AmyG I had not realized this! So glad I saw your comment 2w
AmyG @Flaneurette I hope you watch it…and like it. 2w
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Oh, happy day! 😊

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Peace Like a River | Leif Enger
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● Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
● The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
● The Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante (funny side note - everyone I have recommended these books to has bailed on the first one)

Thank you @Trashcanman and @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks for tagging me 😊

#sundaysoapbox

DivineDiana I have to say that I read the first of the Neapolitan Novels, and did not feel inclined to continue. 🤷🏼‍♀️ (edited) 2w
jdiehr @DivineDiana That seems to be the consensus. At least you read the whole of the first one! 😂 2w
DivineDiana So true! But I did attempt to watch the TV series and bailed! 😂 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing!! 🙌🏻📚 2w
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I chose this as a freebie from #botm last month. I didn't know that we got to choose from books that had been nominated for book of the year.

Most of the other nominees I had already read.

This was a sweet friends to lovers romance.

Well-written, fast-paced, likeable characters.

I will keep my eyes peeled for more by this author.

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#thinkpositivebepositive
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

A positive quote on a fun puzzle! Win, win 😄

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love it!! 💛 2w
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@Scochrane26 Thank you SO. MUCH!

This book has been on my tbr for so long and I am super excited to get into it!

And the candy...so good!

Thanks again, and thank you @bookish_wookish for hosting the #littlechristmasswap #lcs

It has been such fun ☺

BookBabe Oh man, now I want chocolate 😅 2w
Scochrane26 Hope you enjoy the book—it sounds great. 2w
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My son - I've raised him well!

He got me the book for my birthday in early December and the Funko Pop for Christmas 😊

StayCurious @FlynnDewey I need this 😊 3w
BiblioLitten 😃😃 2w
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Stolen to Wear His Crown | Marcella Bell
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This was okay.

Not sure I like that the heroine was forcibly taken into custody and married to the king, but it turned out okay I guess.

You could play a drinking game while reading - take a shot every time the king's eyes are described as 'violet.' 😄

Have you ever met anyone with violet colored eyes?

rubyslippersreads No, but the actress Elizabeth Taylor had them. 3w
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Swaps | Sherree DeCovny
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Okay @BookNAround , thank you, thank you, thank you!

The Joan Didion tote 😭

The puzzle 😍

The pretzels and cookie 😋

The bookmark 😄

And, of course, the books 😊

What a wonderful #Bestof2021Swap - I'm thrilled!

@candority

BookNAround Enjoy! I hope you love it and it‘s a good omen for 2022. 😁 3w
jdiehr @BookNAround I'm eating a pretzel with my cup of coffee right now! 3w
candority That puzzle is lovely! 😊 3w
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Well-written and thought provoking essays about women and their bodies - how they use them, the miracles they are, and how they are perceived by men.

I didn't know much at all about the author and found myself doing lots of Googling and slowly becoming a fan.

Her essay about Britney was eye-opening and sad.

I always liked the song Blurred Lines, but can't help but hear it differently now.

This was my birthday #botm add-on.

Glad I read it!

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The rumors are true! 50% off hardcovers 📚

And, yes, I've already read Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, but this a a special edition with bonus material 😀

Charityann I may have to go! 😆 3w
EclecticBookLover I have both editions of Hollywood, too!!! Haven't read them yet. 3w
jdiehr @Charityann The bookseller who rang me up said she was surprised the sale was still going on - so hurry! 3w
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UwannaPublishme I almost went back again today. 😆 3w
Suet624 Some really interesting books you‘ve got there. 3w
jdiehr @Suet624 Yes! I am still being really careful not to buy anything on my TBR because I still have swap packages to open. These were all 'safe' and exciting 😁 3w
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Fiona Davis and socks?!

Yay!

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A Redbird Christmas | Fannie Flagg
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I don't read books based on whatever season it happens to be, but I picked this up in early December and absolutely loved it!

A feel good story about a Chicago man who moves south for his health and ends up loving his new life and community, and the bird who changes everyone.

I'm hanging on to this book as there are recipes at the end that sound amazing.

UwannaPublishme I loved this one too! 🙌🏻 4w
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Mehso-so

This is a short story (only 39 pages).

It was cute - although, I say that with a shoulder shrug.

In my opinion, the main character's paranoia was annoying.

I'm glad this didn't cost me any money.

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The Murmur of Bees | Sofa Segovia
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I hope everyone was able to spend at least a few minutes reading in their pajamas yesterday 😊

'The Murmur of Bees' is a beautifully written book about a mysterious boy, the family who takes him in, and a country in turmoil.

The parts about the deadly flu of 1918 were eery to read.

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White Christmas | Irving Berlin
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It's a white Christmas in Southern Oregon!

Kdgordon88 I‘m a little jelly here in the mid-Willamette Valley. No snow so far. Merry Christmas! (edited) 1mo
jdiehr @Kdgordon88 Merry Christmas! My understanding is this is the first white Christmas in the Rogue Valley in 33 years! 1mo
Chelsea.Poole Beautiful! 4w
RedxoHearts Wow that's beautiful! 4w
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Crossroads: A Novel | Jonathan Franzen
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@bridge12 You knocked it out of the park!! I'm so excited to read Crossroads and the candy specifically from Kansas City looks awesome! Also - the card 😂

#jolabokaflodswap is always so much fun!

Thanks again @MaleficentBookDragon
#jolabokaflod

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I love that card. 1mo
bridge12 Yeah! Have a wonderful holiday season ❤️ 1mo
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The author's father is in prison serving time for a crime that Ford herself would become a victim of.

In addition to the struggles and turmoil, there is fierce love and a strong, funny grandmother holding the family together.

A powerful memoir.

#bookofthemonth

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Untitled | Unknown
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1) That my son in Indiana will surprise us and come home for Christmas (very unlikely, but I can dream)
2) The weather report says a white Christmas is possible! Pretty rare in my area (it's been 33 years), but how awesome would that be?

@TheSpineView
Thanks for the tag @The_Penniless_Author
#Two4Tuesday

Have you played @quietjenn @Crazeedi @Texreader

TheSpineView ❤❄🎄 Thanks for playing! 1mo
Crazeedi Thanks for the tag!!💕 1mo
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The Searcher | Tana French
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This book came highly recommended.

I don't normally pick up mysteries or thrillers, but I soon found myself invested in the story of Cal and Trey as they tried to figure out what happened to Trey's missing brother.

The narrator of the audiobook was excellent.

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Swaps | Sherree DeCovny
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bridge12 Yeah!!! I was a bit scared it was going to get held up in the post, phew 1mo
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Swaps | Sherree DeCovny
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@BookNAround
I got a soggy box delivered today - our first snow of the year ❄
Everything inside is nice and dry 🙂
Thank you! I'm excited for opening day.
#Bestof2021
@candority

candority I‘m glad everything inside was safe! 1mo
BookNAround Oh gosh. I‘m so glad nothing inside got wet. 1mo
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Oops!

Pretty sure the tissue was stuck up her nose...

DivineDiana Good catch! 1mo
BookBabe Oh no! I can‘t stand typos in books 😬 1mo
Megabooks 😂😂 1mo
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Postal Blues | Nikki Coe
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@TheBookHippie Your #jolabokaflod package was due to arrive on December 8th! I'm keeping an eye on it. Looks like it's in Grand Rapids. I'm hoping for good news this week 🤞🏻

@MaleficentBookDragon

TheBookHippie That worked well!!! 1mo
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Writing Romances: A Handbook by the Romance Writers of America | Romance Writers of America (Organization)
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Lots of Maisey Yates and Caitlin Crews books in Kindle Daily Deals today 🔥 🔥

These ladies are local to me 🙂

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Skipping Christmas | John Grisham
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I picked this up last week at the library book sale. Had no idea that this was the book that Christmas With The Kranks was based on 😄

Cute ✔
Short ✔
Seasonal ✔

BookBabe 😃🙌🏻 1mo
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The Book Thief | Markus Zusak
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My dear friend knows me so well.

Ruthiella Love that card ! 😆 1mo
BookBabe How cute is that Little Library ornament!? 😍 1mo
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From age 5 to 52, this is still my reaction when receiving a book as a gift 😄

PS - I still have the book!

Mitch Love love love that picture. So much joy on your face! 🎉 2mo
quietjenn Such a good photo! Happy birthday! 2mo
Ruthiella So cute! 😍 2mo
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Chrissyreadit Yes! Best gift ever! 2mo
BarbaraBB Love that you still have the book! Happy birthday 🎈 2mo
Kloves2read Happy Birthday!!!! 1mo
BookBabe Love it! 😃👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
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The Night Tiger | Yangsze Choo
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One of the perks of having a lending library is reading what people donate.

It took me a while to really get into the swing of this one but, once I did, I was all in.

Forbidden love, murder, mystery, and a missing finger that keeps showing up.

PS - how cute is my little library with Christmas lights?? 😍

charl08 Very cute! 2mo
Kdgordon88 Adorable! 2mo
AmyG Love it! 2mo
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Ruthiella So festive! 2mo
Chelsea.Poole Love it! 2mo
marleed It is very cute. I love that you get a treasure once in a while, too! 2mo
Billbar @marleed Hello how are you I liked the way you pictured yourself in your profile if you don‘t mind can we talk 💕 2mo
BookBabe Adorable! 😍 1mo
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Friends of the Library | Susan Cushman
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#bookhaul from the Friends of the Library book sale today 😁

Decided to add some Christmas books to my tbr.

Also scored some children's books for my lending library.

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Untitled | Anonymous
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Thanks for the tag @Bklover

* Going into the woods to get our Christmas tree 🎄
* Not a Christmas book, but I love the scene in 'The Book Thief' with the snowman in the basement
* I'm grateful for my friends, family, and loved ones to share this season of joy with

@Eggs #WondrousWednesday

jdiehr I think I was supposed to change the picture of the book 😂 2mo
Eggs Thanks for playing 💙🎄❄️ 2mo
Bklover @jdiehr oh good grief I never even thought to change the book pic!!! You‘re probably right!😆🙄 2mo
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Swaps | Sherree DeCovny
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Okay, y'all.

They're posted!

Whew. I feel like a weight has been lifted.

#jolabokaflod
#bestof2021swap
#littlechristmasswap

@candority @bookish_wookish @MaleficentBookDragon

candority Awesome! 😊 2mo
melissajayne So what happens if I don‘t get the December 24 book swap on time and it can‘t get there till December 27? 2mo
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jdiehr @melissajayne You should probably ask the person in charge of the swap. Mine were going ground (except for one) and they were going to arrive next week. Not sure where you're sending, but should still be plenty of time 2mo
melissajayne @jdiehr she‘s not responding to anything I have posted 2mo
jdiehr @melissajayne I'd say, if you get it in the mail in the next week, you'll probably be okay. My work has a post office substation and we aren't having any delays at the moment 2mo
melissajayne @jdiehr There are delays here. I‘m sending it out from southwestern BC, where roads have washed out, to Ontario. 2mo
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Wrapped all the gifts for #jolabokaflod #littlechristmasswap and #bestof2021swap

If I see ANY of my matches posting that they've picked up ANY of the books I bought them, I will flip!!

Don't even think about it!

JamieArc While I love swaps, I hate that I can‘t buy myself any books for a little while! 😂 2mo
Amiable @JamieArc I was literally standing in the bookstore this weekend with a book in my hand that I really, really want and had to put it down because I remembered that it was on one of my swap lists! 😀 2mo
jdiehr @JamieArc @Amiable The struggle is real 😄 2mo
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BiblioLitten @Amiable This happened with me too! The struggle is definitely real!😅 @jdiehr 2mo
candority Hahah I always just play it safe and don‘t buy anything in the time leading up to a swap! 2mo
melissajayne Hence why I don‘t buy anything on my list and if I get them through the library, I return them. 1mo
Chelleo This is me every year with my husband! 🤬 1mo
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Raft of Stars: A Novel | Andrew J. Graff
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The story of 2 boys who run away after firing a shot at an abusive father.

Adventure, determination, a little bit of a love story.

'Raft of Stars' was entertaining, but will soon be forgotten.

AmyG I like your t-shirt 🙌🏻 2mo
jdiehr @AmyG Thank you! I got it at the LA Times Festival of Books a few years ago 😊 2mo
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A regular monthly choice 😁
A free book of the year choice 😃
A free birthday add-on 🥳

Super excited! I've never ordered more than 1 book 😄

#botm

Ruthiella Score! 😃 2mo
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Julian Fellowes's Belgravia | Julian Fellowes
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Something unexpected in the mailbox ✔
My name on it ✔
Make sure it's not a swap ✔
Tear it open with glee ✔

An early birthday present!!! 🎁

Thank you so much, @AmyG !!! And, after opening the card, I saw instructions not to open the card until December 7th 😂

I have NOT read this book and I am a Downton fan!

Yippee 🥳

AmyG Ha! Happy “early” Birthday! 😘🎂🎉 2mo
jdiehr @AmyG Hey, I am all for getting this party started 😄 2mo
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A Little Hope: A Novel | Ethan Joella
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A sad, short, sweet book about grief and moving on.

Another #botm win 😊

PS - anyone else watching the Hallmark Christmas movies??

wanderinglynn Not yet (because I have to subscribe to the channel and I‘m waiting until 1 Dec). But I love your shirt! ❤️ 2mo
jdiehr @wanderinglynn I work at a Hallmark store and am a sucker for the clothes 😄 2mo
UwannaPublishme Cool shirt! Just watched Christmas Sail. Gotta love Hallmark! 🙌🏻 2mo
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I may not live near a cerulean sea, but I certainly have access to a mossy tree ?

I am not a fan of the fantasy genre, but this story about a bearded girl, forest sprites, a boy who has always been called a monster, and the son of the devil himself drew me in and didn't seem all that far "out there."

It takes a talented writer to pull that off!

#litsymademedoit and I'm #gladidid

Lexeegee This was such a good book! I am waiting, impatiently, for my Under the Whispering Door library hold.
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IuliaC Lovely review and such a beautiful photo! This one's on my tbr too 2mo
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Swaps | Sherree DeCovny
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Okay. Well. I signed up for 3 swaps 😄
Nothing like taking it up a notch (or two) from last year but, by golly, I have FOMO!

#jolabokaflod #littlechristmasswap #bestof2021swap

@candority
@MaleficentBookDragon
@bookish_wookish

candority Woohoo! It‘s hard to resist 😊 2mo
Charityann I signed up for all three of those as well.😆 2mo
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Fight Night | Miriam Toews
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I enjoyed listening to the story of three generations of women living, learning, and laughing together.

The story is narrated by Swiv - a 9 year old wiser than her years.

One thing I missed listening to the audio was that the story was written as a letter to her absent father. Not sure how that got by me.

At any rate, another great book by Miriam Toews.

PS - This Costco puzzle is going to take some time...

readingjedi I love jigsaws like that - lots of interesting little details. 2mo
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Panpan

Author Jordan Violina reached out to me on Instagram and asked me to read and review his book on NetGalley.

I was excited and curious. I'd never read an ARC before and was unfamiliar with NetGalley.

Let me just say, I'm glad it's over.

"Apricus" was a drug-fueled story that often read like a creative writing assignment.

I did see some potential - the gypsy curse, the main character's family, but not enough to make this a pick

sprainedbrain Oh boy… I read the description on GR, and that sounds painful. 😬 2mo
jdiehr @sprainedbrain Painful is an appropriate word 2mo
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Okay:

#jolabokaflodswap
#littlechristmasswap

and now a #bestof2021swap???

I am so tempted to sign up for that last one as well but, man, where do I stop myself??

wanderinglynn It‘s tough. So many good swaps. 2mo
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My box is extra special this month 😊

Aims42 Ooooooo 🥳 3mo
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I honestly hadn't noticed the last name of the author when I chose this as my Kindle First Read for July.

I was drawn to the story of 2 brothers and the bucket list the younger left behind for the older to fulfill.

Moving, funny, and informative. Tolkien did a great job with this story of brotherly love.