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julesG

julesG

Joined September 2016

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Thanks for the tag @4thhouseontheleft

Here's my pixeled version of #Top10OfTheDecade #NonFiction

I'm pretty sure not all of them were published in the past decade, but I read them in the past ten years.

@Cinfhen

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4thhouseontheleft That‘s one of the only Bill Bryson books I haven‘t read yet! 23h
ljuliel I see they hooked you, Jules 😂. It‘s hard to do this, but when you see others, you want to try it. 23h
julesG @ljuliel I was hesitating mainly because I thought I couldn't come up with ten. Then I realized just how many NF books I actually read within the last decade. Fiction will take me longer. I might have to break that down into individual genres. (I read too much.) 23h
Cinfhen Thanks for including all the links!!! I like being able to check them out😊🙌🏻 23h
ljuliel Yes, fiction is a harder list , I think. Nothing wrong with reading a lot. ( I don‘t know if too much and reading should go together. 😊) 23h
julesG @ljuliel Reading too much is not a bad thing in and of itself. Just means it's very hard picking favourites. If I only read 20 books each year it might be much easier to pick one for the top 10 than picking one out of 200. 23h
julesG @Cinfhen Thought it might be a good idea due to the pixeled pictures. 23h
ljuliel That‘s true. I had a couple of years that I read that many per year , but have slowed the pace quite a bit since then. I just mosey along nowadays. 22h
Reagan Stiff! I read that to my daughter when she was a baby! She liked when I read to her so I just read it in a mom voice lol. 12h
julesG @Reagan 😄😄 8h
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Love Lettering | Kate Clayborn
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I had a rough idea what a cortado is (Spanish style milk coffee), but of course I checked Wikipedia. Twenty minutes later I know all about different milk coffee beverages, espresso variants and how to make them.

🤦

#NetGalley #ARC

Deifio Neat! I didn't know that word 😅 2d
eraderneely This is my husband‘s favorite coffee, so I know 🙄. I once saw a coffee cart with a sign drawing the cup size and coffee/milk/foam ratios of all the drinks. Very helpful. 2d
julesG @eraderneely I should get one of those charts. And I need to find out where I can get such a coffee here. 2d
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Good Mail Day: A Primer for Making Eye-Popping Postal Art | Jennie Hinchcliff, Carolee Gilligan Wheeler
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Thank you for the first Christmas card this year, Helen! The new stickers and bookmarks are great, too.

@squirrelbrain

squirrelbrain Glad you like them! I love that everyone is hiding the stickers - someone‘s going to have to be the first to show them....! 2d
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Mute | Piers Anthony
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Sorry guys, I will certainly miss a few really good posts, but my feed has been bogged with posts from this # so I'm muting you for the time being.

😘😘😘

You can mute Hashtags online in the web-version of Litsy, just go to your account settings.

LiljaPleasant Had to do the same... 😔 All those christmas books just got lost inbetween 2d
jhod Thanks for the tip ! 2d
julesG @jhod Anytime! 😉 2d
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RachelO Does your phone Litsy behave when you do this? I tried it (thank you!) but then could only scroll back about 6 posts ☹️. I know someone was having this problem yesterday ( @Cinfhen perhaps? ) but don‘t know if that was mute-related. 2d
julesG @RachelO I could scroll down about twenty posts then a few posts were not muted. But, it's much better than without the mute. 2d
RachelO @julesG Thanks. I could only see about 6 posts, then it just wouldn‘t let me scroll at all. All fine again when I unmuted. Wonder if it‘s another glorious ios issue 😝 I‘ll try again later! 2d
julesG @RachelO Might be an iOS issue. Yet another reason to be happy about my Android phone. 🤪 2d
ljuliel @RachelO @julesG Same boat here. I tried muting last week. Before , it wouldn‘t mute anything . All the posts kept coming. Now, if I set it on mute, I can see 3 posts. It CLOGS with just those 3 and I can‘t see anything else. It‘s either Feast or Famine. 🙄 2d
RachelO @ljuliel Thanks - I wasn‘t entirely sure that was it, but thought it was likely. Are you on Iphone? I‘ll report it as a glitch later. Meanwhile, I‘ll stick with all the posts! 2d
ljuliel I don‘t have an iPhone , but it‘s on both my iPads and iPod. @RachelO I had to do as you did, and unmute everything to see other posts. 2d
Cinfhen I was thinking my scrolling issues were related to the muting hashtag @RachelO @Megabooks It‘s a double edged sword 🗡 I think it‘s great that so many people are participating in the Winter Games but it was becoming too much for me as well. Now I need to decide what to do. Thanks for the tag @RachelO 2d
RachelO Sorry for hijacking your feed @julesG ! I think it‘s time to break my iPhone addiction ☹️ Good luck @Cinfhen - I‘m back to fast scrolling 😉 2d
Cinfhen I think it‘s a no brainer💕 @RachelO #FastScroll here I come 😘 2d
Megabooks @RachelO @Cinfhen @ljuliel I think I‘m going to stick with missing out on posts. 😢 I‘m really not a fan of being surrounded by Christmas (or Halloween for that matter). I know it will diminish the posts I see, but I think I‘ll just have to try to look at the pages of individual people when I can. @julesG makes me want to pull out one of my android tablets!! (edited) 2d
Kalalalatja I muted the tag last week, and experienced the same problem @RachelO, but after a week of very problematic Litsy scrolling it seems to be back to normal now (🤞🤞🤞) with the tag still muted. So giving it time can work too @Cinfhen @ljuliel 2d
RachelO Oh that‘s good to know - thanks @Kalalalatja . Meantime, tracking down an Android tablet sounds like a great idea @Megabooks - I think my Mum might have one of my brothers cast-offs somewhere- wonder if it still works! 2d
Deifio Good to know! 2d
Megabooks @Kalalalatja I‘m scrolling well this morning. I was off Litsy yesterday. Maybe my phone appreciated the break?! 2d
Jas16 I tried to mute this hashtag and the Halloween one back in October but for some reason they wouldn‘t save. I will try again later but so far I have no luck with muting hashtags. 2d
ljuliel Thanks for the info @Kalalalatja I‘ll try it again today. @Jas16 Try muting again. Mine didn‘t work before when I tried. I was still getting all the same posts , but now it seems to be blocking them. ( and lots of other stuff). 🤔. Gonna try leaving the mute on for a day or two. See if it behaves then. 2d
Suet624 @RachelO I had that happen yesterday with the three posts showing but I muted ages ago. I just turned the phone on and off and it‘s been working fine. 2d
Suet624 I‘m delighted with the muting feature. 2d
RachelO @Suet624 Wahey! Tried again and it worked! Thank you 😊 @ljuliel 2d
Suet624 💕💕👍🏼👍🏼 2d
LibrarianRyan I understand. It's a lot. That is why I try to keep my team responding to one post instead of needing to keep reporting. I'm a team captain and find it a lot. I promise I'll have not Winter games things coming up. Like in a few minutes Litsy Awards, tomorrow my birthday game starts, and just other things. I miss seening all my usually because of the games. 2d
ljuliel @RachelO @Suet624 Thanks. I‘ll give it a try. 👍🏼 2d
julesG @LibrarianRyan Thanks. And I knew some of the team captains and players would understand. 2d
LibrarianRyan @julesG It's a lot. It takes me over 2 hours to go through it all in the morning. I check all my tags first and then skim through the rest and only really look at book reviews or friends post that catch my eye. I wont' lie, Screamathon drove me crazy, especially all the watching posts. Actually those still drive me crazy, which is why I only do one a week. But overall the game itself has been fun. 2d
LeahBergen Yep, I think I‘m going to have to mute it, too. 😬 Sorry! 2d
MicheleinPhilly @Suet624 The muting feature is the best thing to ever happen to Litsy IMHO. 2d
Suet624 @MicheleinPhilly It's such a relief, isn't it??? I agree.
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marleed I stress myself out participating in games where points are collected but enjoy the posts given time to scroll. I only use my iPhone. I wish there was a filter option so that on my busy days I could filter for reviews so I could ensure I saw all reviews on my newsfeed. 2d
sprainedbrain Like @Kalalalatja I muted this hashtag (among others) some time ago and the scrolling issues seems to come and go for me. I don‘t know if it has to do with muting, but I‘ve not unmuted anything and it seems to working well again. Maybe they fixed a glitch? I‘m also on iOS @RachelO 23h
RachelO @sprainedbrain It seems to work for a few hours then not for a few hours... This was the first time I‘d muted anything and the first time I‘ve had the problem, so pretty sure they‘re related. But now I‘ve got my head round the fact that scrolling may or maynot work, I‘m enjoying the calm, and merrily stacking things left right and centre- I think I‘ll live with the glitchiness! 20h
julesG @RachelO @Kalalalatja @sprainedbrain @Cinfhen Why did you all have to talk about this but?! Now I've caught it, too. And I was so happy that my Android version was bug free. 😥 17h
RachelO @julesG I‘m so sorry! I‘d have stayed well away if I‘d known it was contagious 😷☹️ 17h
Cinfhen Hahah @RachelO sorry, Jules! It‘s frustrating but eventually the system picks back up 9h
Cinfhen And I‘m still mute FREE!! I couldn‘t stand the chance of clogging my feed with points etc 9h
julesG @Cinfhen @ljuliel @Kalalalatja @sprainedbrain @RachelO @LibrarianRyan @MicheleinPhilly @Suet624 @LeahBergen I'm seriously worried we might lose Littens due to the clogged up feeds, especially new people and old-timers who are coming to Litsy for the book talk. I'm all for games and challenges but Wintergames has turned into an avalanche. I think we, as in the Litsy community, need to find a solution for future games. 8h
GingerAntics I muted it too. It seemed I wasn‘t getting any posts about books anymore. 8h
Cinfhen I agree @julesG but I‘m pretty sure it would start some sort of mutiny if we try to “address” the “game” aspect of Litsy. It‘s obviously very popular but for me it‘s feed clutter 🤪😬 7h
julesG @Cinfhen That's what I fear. 7h
Cinfhen I sent u an email 😘 6h
Suet624 I‘ve had the same worry. 5h
ljuliel @julesG Believe me, I know your concerns. That‘s why I did that questionnaire. I started searching for some of the big posters , and their last post was 3 months ago, 6 months ago. Etc. We HAVE lost a lot of good book loving folks in here already. I‘m trying to be patient with this winter game stuff. It was just as difficult with the Halloween posts. I tried muting then, and the mute didn‘t work. Now it works to the point that it clogs. 👇🏼 3h
ljuliel Last night, all evening. 3 posts. I couldn‘t go backwards or forwards , stuck on 3. I‘m not sure what to do at this point . It‘s aggravating to see hundreds of posts about people eating a candy cane , but it‘s aggravating to only see 3 posts. ☹️. @Cinfhen @Kalalalatja @sprainedbrain @RachelO @LibrarianRyan @MicheleinPhilly @Suet624 @LeahBergen (edited) 3h
sprainedbrain @ljuliel Julie, have you tried using the web version on your iPad? Sometimes when the app itself gets stuck like that, I can open my web browser (safari or whatever you use) and go to litsy.com and see more of the posts. It‘s not perfect either, and there‘s definitely a glitch that needs to be fixed. 😕 3h
julesG @sprainedbrain Good idea, the web version is an option. @ljuliel 2h
ljuliel I‘ll try going that route. Thanks @julesg @sprainedbrain ❤️ 2h
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Mehso-so

This was a bit confusing with many different points of view. It's labelled as romance, but somehow the story was more about family problems rather than the second chance love story it's hailed as.

#NetGalley #ARC

#BackLog

July 2019

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It's off to a lovely Litten in Europe.

#JolabokaflodSwap @MaleficentBookDragon

CaroPi Fancy package 2d
julesG @CaroPi Couldn't not get this golden envelope. 2d
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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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#WeeklyForecast @Cinfhen

Not much reading last week. Even less at the weekend.

I'm still stuck in Crooked Kingdom. I want to savour it.

Then there are so many ARCs to get to.

Cinfhen I‘m just about finished an ARC 🙏🏼❤️🎉so that‘s one down and 14 to go 😉 3d
julesG @Cinfhen 24 to go. 😵😵😵 I wrote one review and requested 15 books. 🤦 3d
LibrarianRyan I too have soooooooo many arc and not enough time. 3d
Cinfhen I‘m so mad at myself for doing the same thing!!!! I need to stop requesting every title that seems vaguely interesting 3d
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Mehso-so

#NetGalley #ARC

Insta-Love, snarky-ish but stuffy dialogue...

Rather boring.

The German translation did not help the cause.

LiljaPleasant Now I have to ask... What does ARC stand for? 2d
julesG @LiljaPleasant Advanced Readers/Review Copy - Rezensionsexemplar heisst das glaube ich auf Deutsch 2d
LiljaPleasant Ahhhhh okay 😊 Danke 2d
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Men At Arms | Terry Pratchett
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#OokBOokClub-ers, our Discworld adventure continues TODAY with #MenAtArns!

Looking forward to our discussion next month!

Happy reading!

@TricksyTails

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Johnny and the Dead | Terry Pratchett
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Hello friends! Open discussion is in the FOLLOWING POST marked as a spoiler. Find the #JohnnyAndTheDead post & tap "show me" on the spoiler tag to join in the discussion. Join in whenever you can! Today. Tomorrow. Next month! The post will always be up so just tag each other & we'll jump in to discuss with you. Feel free to chat about anything!

#JohnnyAndTheDead
#EpicBuddyRead #SirTerryPratchett #Discworld #PratchettPosse #OokBOokClub

julesG @RachelO I have taken you off the list, I couldn't access my Google notes right now and copy&paste from last month's post. Sorry. 5d
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julesG To anyone I did not tag today, I'll rectify that tomorrow. Promise. It's all in my Google files and I'll get to it after a good night's sleep. 5d
RachelO @julesG No probs! Sleep well 😴 5d
jmtrivera @julesG Sleep well! 5d
Deifio @julesG don't know if you saw this but @ljuliel asked if everyone could put up their readalongs under one hashtag to better find them. I think it was #readalong2020 4d
ljuliel Thanks @Deifio 😊. . I went ahead and added it to the list, but didn‘t add all the hashtags that are listed with this. I put the beginning ones and tagged both leaders in here. If anyone doesn‘t want theirs on that list, I‘ll gladly delete them. I think maybe they‘ll all get more participation if they‘re advertised in one spot . I‘ve seen lots of posts asking what readalongs are currently going on. 4d
julesG @ljuliel Just tag it under #OokBOokClub that should do @Deifio Thanks! 4d
ljuliel Got it Jules. Thanks 😊 4d
Deifio Glad to help ☺️ 4d
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Johnny and the Dead | Terry Pratchett
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Welcome to the #OokBOokClub open discussion for #JohnnyAndTheDead! Feel free to discuss anything! Don't forget to tag each other in the comments so your friends can see your reply. Have fun!

#PratchettPosse #EpicBuddyRead #SirTerryPratchett #Discworld #TerryPratchett

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I may be the only one who read this one this month, I know his non- Discworld novels are not as popular. But nevertheless, I still enjoyed it for the cleverly crafted silly YA (maybe even middle grade) story it was at its core....with some great wordplay and social commentary woven throughout for those old enough to catch and enjoy. 😉 5d
gossamerchild I'm still working my way through it. Tbh these aren't my favorites, so I'm finding it difficult to stay on track 🙄 4d
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@ljuliel Blinders on. This looks ridiculous. 🤣🤣🤣🤣

#BookBuyingBan

RachelO 😂😂 Good luck! 7d
LaurensLibrary 😂😂😂 7d
ljuliel You are hilarious 😂. Thanks for the smile 😊 7d
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thegirlwiththelibrarybag Were they a success? 🤣 7d
julesG @thegirlwiththelibrarybag Yes. I only took home the book I had ordered. BUT I still had a look at the tiny shelf with English books. There was nothing on it that could tempt me. 😉 7d
marleed I‘m going to try those blinders! 7d
Lindy 😂 😂 😂 7d
Kalalalatja Good thinking! 😂 7d
GingerAntics Whatever gets you passed the store without any new books in your possession. 6d
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Why did I order my #Jolabokaflodswap book to be delivered to the bookstore? Now I need to go into the BOOKSTORE to pick it up. 😵 And I have put a book buying ban on myself, because I don't want to accidentally buy a book that my match might get me.

Send help!

LiljaPleasant You can do it!!!! *Sending all the strengh I can spare* (Going to the mall myself today...)
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Caroline2 Oh dear.....sending you courage and strength as you face this ultimate test of temptation! 🙏🏻 1w
Deifio You can do it! We all believe in you! 😘🤗 1w
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batsy I did the same for my match & will be going to pick it up soon ... I would venture to say there's a tiny devil in our subconscious mind 😈😭 1w
ljuliel Jules, maybe you should wear a pair of those horse blinder things so that you‘ll only see the counter in front you of. Go in, pay , then leave. Maybe that way you won‘t be tempted by anything. . 1w
julesG @ljuliel Good idea. I don't even need to pay for the book, already paid it upon ordering. So it's basically just go in, pick it up, leave. But the pick up counter is in a corner of the store where I have to pass through most of the aisles first to get to it. I'll pull my beanie over my eyes. 🤪 1w
4thhouseontheleft you've got this! 1w
ljuliel That‘d look funny, Jules. Just be careful you don‘t trip over something and knock over a stack of books. 😂 1w
julesG @ljuliel And then I have to buy the damaged books. 🙈 1w
ljuliel Or maybe just touching them to stack them back up.... you‘d probably be a lot more tempted to buy one. Good luck on your journey. May you come back with a wallet as full as when you left. ( or maybe one book wouldn‘t hurt ) 😊 1w
julesG @ljuliel let's hope the tiny shelf with English books isn't well stocked. I'm not easily tempted by German editions fortunately. 1w
AmyG The subconscious works in mysterious ways! 1w
Moonprismpower Is this your first book swap? It‘s mine and I do not know how I am going to choose just ONE book for my match?! I want to send more.... 7d
julesG @Moonprismpower It's not my first swap, but I still have a hard time choosing just one book. 7d
julesG @Moonprismpower You can put lots of chocolate and/or bookmarks into the swap parcel. I chose a book that I have read and liked. But it was tough just getting one. 7d
Moonprismpower Thanks! I‘m definitely putting in bookmarks! And maybe extra chocolate. 7d
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Apparently matches went out yesterday. Unfortunately, that information did not reach me.

Litsy.com/web/santathing

I did a bit of digging around and found my Santee (no info on budget and which shop yet). Unfortunately, again, I also found out who's my Secret Santa. Not sure whether this was intentional, but the info is on Library Thing for all to see @TimSpalding @Litsy

#SantaThing

Born.A.Reader I didn't get notification either. How do we know where to pick books or how much? 1w
julesG @Born.A.Reader I don't know either. 1w
dariazeoli I don‘t have a Santee yet. Hm... 1w
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julesG @dariazeoli Have you checked the link that I've posted? 1w
dariazeoli @julesG yes. But I tried to comment on my post and it says I‘m not logged in. Aaaand I just realized why! I‘m in @kindlitsy on the web. D‘oh! Back to the web 😂 1w
julesG @dariazeoli 😂😂 1w
LiljaPleasant Thank you for sharing! Doesn't work on my phone. Tells me I'm not logged in eventhough when I go to my profile it says I am... Have to check on my computer later... 1w
julesG @LiljaPleasant You might have to log into the website, too. 1w
LiljaPleasant @julesG Now I tried on my computer... Logging on to the mainpage (litsy.com) and going further to santathing etc... If I want to go on and order the gift I am told I'm not logged in... Or which website did you mean? (Sorry for asking you... ^^' Don't know who else to ask)
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julesG @LiljaPleasant That's strange. You should be able to see your Santee when logged into your Litsy account on the website (litsy.com) 1w
jenniferw88 @julesG @Born.A.Reader @dariazeoli @LiljaPleasant if you log into the website now it tells you website and budget. 1w
julesG @jenniferw88 Thanks! 1w
LiljaPleasant @jenniferw88 Thanks! But it still tells my "not logged in" when pressing add gift... ? I might have to try later... 1w
Lynnsoprano @julesG @LiljaPleasant @jenniferw88 I just saw this this morning, and I‘m having the same issues. Logged into Litsy on my laptop, got to the Santathing page and found my Santee, budget, store, etc. When I tried to add a gift, “not logged in.” And that‘s all there is on the page. Ugh!!! 7d
Allylu Me too. Please tag me if you resolve this issue. Thanks! 7d
dariazeoli Hopefully we‘ll get a longer span to buy since there are still issues 7d
Dvd I emailed about the issues and went back. All is apparently working now. 7d
Sapphire Thank you for posting that screen shot, my link does not have a see Santee button 5d
julesG @Sapphire Oh No! Make sure you are logged into your Litsy account on the website. If that doesn't help, contact the folks at Litsy/Library Thing. 5d
Sapphire @julesg thank you!! That was it. I had been trying on my phone but on the website I can see it! Whew! Just in time. 4d
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Christmas Stalking | Margaret Daley
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Currently stalking my #jolabokaflodswap partner.

When I thought a Litten with different taste in genres to mine was difficult to find a book for I had not considered what a nightmare it might be when they have a very similar taste to mine. I could get 20 or even 200 books. How am I to pick just one???

@MaleficentBookDragon

PS: Whoever's stalking me, my Litsy TBR and Goodreads wishlist are both up to date. 😉

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I love your photo! 🤣 1w
Kalalalatja Ha, perfect photo! I‘m in stalking mode as well 👀 1w
CoverToCoverGirl 😂 Perfect photo! 1w
LeahBergen 😆😆 1w
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Crooked Kingdom | Leigh Bardugo
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#audiobaking this morning.

Freespirit Yum! How good do they look! 1w
Crazeedi Omg I'll be over to taste test for you!😉💖 1w
julesG @Crazeedi Bring tea! 😉 1w
Crazeedi @julesG I can do that! I recently got some great tea to try!😉🥰 1w
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I did it!!! I culled 1.6k books from my TBR. There are still about 250 books on the list, but it looks so much better now.

Don't ask how long it took, @Cinfhen. Hours!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Am I reading this number correctly?!?! 😳😳😳 1w
sprainedbrain Wow! You are my hero. 🤩 1w
merelybookish That's awesome! 1w
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julesG @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yes, you are. When I connected my Litsy account to my Library Thing account all the books I imported from Goodreads were imported into Litsy too. 1w
ljuliel Good job 👏 1w
AnansiGirl 1.6 k books?!? Kudos to you for spending the hours to cull them! 🦸‍♀️ 1w
CoverToCoverGirl Wowsers! 🤯 You mean days don‘t you!? 1w
julesG @CoverToCoverGirl Kind of. It was a pain! 1w
squirrelbrain Wow! Well done you! 1w
LeahBergen Wow!! 1w
Kalalalatja Now that is the kind of dedication I wish I had more of, but never will have 😅 1w
TheAromaofBooks Oh my gosh, I did this last year - took around 1000 off, and sorted the remainder by genre as I was going. It's still huge but they all feel like books I really want to read, instead of books I just threw on there on a whim! 1w
minkyb Wow! 1w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @julesG wow!!! Way to go!! 1w
hes7 Wow! 1w
GingerAntics I don‘t want to know how long to took, but how did you DO it?! I need to cut down some of this madness!!! 1w
julesG @GingerAntics After I had slaved away on my phone for several hours,going back and forth on the app, I decided to try the website version of Litsy. Still took me hours, but it was a little easier. I opened my TBR in one tab and clicked on each book 'open in new tab' 1w
GingerAntics Oh, that‘s I good idea, but not what I meant. lol How did you go back and decide which ones you really did want to read and which ones you really didn‘t want to? (edited) 1w
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Yes! But I'll only get the ones from #jolabokaflodswap and #SantaThing. Any other books and bookish gifts I have to buy myself. And I'm doing it this year. All those books I've lusted after that I want a physical copy of. Okay, not all of them, but five or six. 😉

Yes, my kids and my nephew will get books. Friends, too.

#Two4Tuesday
@TheSpineView

TheSpineView Books are a wonderful gift! Happy Tuesday! 😊 1w
CBee @julesG have you gotten any notification about #SantaThing? I needed to cancel my entry and emailed them, but apparently Santa‘s have already been assigned. Just curious if you‘ve heard anything? 1w
julesG @CBee I haven't heard anything. No messages, notifications or anything. But I'll check my spam folder. 1w
julesG @CBee I did a bit of digging. You can find out about your Santee here: https://www.litsy.com/web/santathing 1w
CBee @julesG I checked the link and emailed the address provided to cancel. Oh well, I can still do it if I was too late 🤷‍♀️ Who doesn‘t want to give and receive more books, right? 😁 1w
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Mehso-so

Viv's 52, in the midst of menopause, mother of two children (20ish + 7 y/o), working as a PA in a pellet factory, when she finds out that her husband has an affair with a colleague from work. They try to save their marriage but eventually he leaves her. Now Viv has to pick up the shards of her life. She does so quite well, but the story presentation is dull and convoluted. I skim-read the second half of the #ARC.

#NetGalley

TheAromaofBooks I feel like this is now the plot of every book. I'm not sure why every journey of self-discovery for middle-aged women has to start with a cheating husband... 1w
jb72 @TheAromaofBooks Exactly! A woman of any age can go on self discovery and it does NOT have to be because of a man or his actions. 1w
TheAromaofBooks I understand that authors are trying to have a catalyst, but this constant barrage of “no marriage lasts forever because literally every single man on the planet is a cheating bastard and actually you are better off without him anyway“ kind of gets old to me. There are plenty of catalysts! In my personal life, one day I was sitting at my desk & realized I hated my job & my husband fully supported my decision to try something new! /end rant🙄 @jb72 1w
jb72 @TheAromaofBooks I agree. Many men are fully supportive and loving in their relationships. Lately it seems there is nonstop man bashing. 1w
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It's #LitsyAwards time.

Nominations are open. Check @LibrarianRyan's post for the details https://litsy.com/p/NTBJWWVwWEhF

LibrarianRyan Thanks. I forgot to tag you! 1w
julesG @LibrarianRyan No worries. I found it. 😉 1w
RachelO Ooh. I‘d missed that! 1w
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Challenge Accepted! | Celeste Barber
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@MrBook came up with a reading challenge for next year. It's pretty simple, every month read one book that fits the month's prompt. Post about it at the end of the month. #ReadWithMrBook

Seems doable.

For further/detailed information please check MrBook's original post.

MrBook Yaay, thank you!!! ☺️🤗🤗🤗 1w
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Happy first day of December and first Sunday in Advent. We have perfect reading weather. Overcast, foggy, freezing. I'm snuggling up on the sofa with #booksandtea and my lovely Scandinavian candles.

My son, @the_magicreader, choose the decorations, btw.

@Kalalalatja can you tell us what the "pixie" is called in Danish?

youneverarrived Lovely 💕 2w
Kalalalatja Lovely decorations! We call it a “nisse” 🎅🏼 2w
julesG @Kalalalatja Thanks! I thought so, but Matt Haig's A Boy Called Christmas made me think it's something to do with 'Tomte'. 2w
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Kalalalatja I have never heard of a Tomte 🤔 2w
julesG @Kalalalatja Haig had the term Tomtegubb but I can't remember what exactly it referred to. 2w
julesG @Kalalalatja It did not refer to Santa Claus. 2w
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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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#WeeklyForecast @Cinfhen

I'm intending to continue reading what I started for #NFNov and my #BuddyRead with @DuckOfDoom. Then there are a few (cough 27 cough) ARCs and a few books that I've wanted to read ever since I got them.

Cinfhen Oh, your ARC number makes me feel better about mine 😂😂😂 2w
erzascarletbookgasm I enjoyed City of Ghosts! 2w
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#bookreport @cinfhen

Managed to read both books and a few ARCs. It was a very good idea to keep my forecast to two books only.

Cinfhen Did the kids enjoy the book??? 2w
julesG @Cinfhen Yes, very much. Book two and three went onto the wishlist. 2w
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It's Black Friday, even here in Germany. Booksellers are offering up to 20% discount on English books and I'm so tempted to fill my basket. But then #IllRemember that I signed up for #JolabokaflodSwap and #SantaThing and don't press "buy now".

#MOvember @Cinfhen

PS: tagged book was just chosen because of the title, I have no idea what it actually is about

squirrelbrain Ha ha very clever! 😘 Oh, and just buy some books, we won‘t tell anyone! 🤫 2w
GingerAntics We‘ve exported Black Friday? Wow. I almost want to say sorry, but the book sales can be really good. For a while, our Black Friday tradition was to get Starbucks at like 5:30 in the morning, then go wait in line at half price books. The first hundred customers got $10 off any purchase, and one lucky customer got a $100 gift card just for showing up. What‘s not to love about that?! 2w
julesG @GingerAntics It's been Black Friday Week for what felt like ten days. And the deals on English/Foreign language books are the only attractive thing. Kindle books are not reduced though. 😑 Wish they would lift the book price fixing arrangement for books in German, no discounts on German books. 😭 2w
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julesG @squirrelbrain I'll just have to make sure to take them off my Litsy TBR before matches are sent out. 2w
squirrelbrain Exactly! As long as your TBR is up to date... who cares?! I‘ve just sent you an email.... 2w
Cinfhen Yes!!! Black Friday deals are EVERYWHERE and SO OVERWHELMING 2w
GingerAntics That‘s not allowed here. That‘s dumb! That should be lifted. Yes! 2w
GingerAntics I am also not allowed on Apple Books today, anymore. I will forfeit my reading streak to have food, as it seems every other book on my wish list is currently on sale. I bought three and pulled the plug on that madness. 2w
julesG @GingerAntics I just saved 200€ by getting a new car insurance company. Must. Not. Spend. It. All. On. Books. 2w
TheSpineView So hard to resist a sale when it is books! I have over 1K to read that I own and I know I don't need more! 2w
GingerAntics Oh that‘s tough. Yay did the 200€, good luck not spending it all on books. 2w
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The Undomestic Goddess | Sophie Kinsella
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#Celebration makes me think of food, which made me think of Kinsella's novel because its title was influenced by Nigella Lawson's cookbook.

Picture shows German edition I intend to give to a friend this Yule. The title translates to Goddess in Wellingtons.

#MOvember @Cinfhen

Avanders This was such a fun book ☺️ 2w
Megabooks Is the word for Wellington‘s a German brand name (like Wellington‘s) or is it a generic term for all outdoor boots? For some reason I‘m very curious! 2w
julesG @Megabooks Erm?! It's the British word for rubber boots that I learned. 2w
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julesG @Megabooks BTW, German doesn't have a generic term, we just call them rubber boots. 2w
MaGoose I'm going out on a limb here to say that in English, Wellingtons has passed from being a brand name to a generic name for rubber boots. Just like Kleenex for facial tissues or Google for doing an internet search. 2w
julesG @MaGoose Thanks. That's what I was trying to say. And I was Aldo thinking of Kleenex, and Hoover. 😸 2w
marleed I loved reading this thread because I‘ve always thought the word wellies was such a fun term so much happier on a cloudy, rainy day than, ‘Be sure to wear your rubber boots.‘ 2w
Megabooks So the German word wasn‘t once a brand is what I‘m trying to ask? Maybe I wasn‘t clear. It just translates as rubber boots? I always thought galoshes were the same as Wellies, but a more American term. But apparently galoshes fit over your existing shoes, and wellies are generally shoes on their own. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2w
julesG @Megabooks Right. The German term just translates as rubber/gum boots. 2w
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Perfect read for the upcoming #Holiday season. I already own the first two and I am hoping to get book three this year.

#MOvember @Cinfhen

tjwill I just bought the first! I‘m looking forward to reading it. 2w
julesG @tjwill It's a wonderful story. 2w
ljuliel Isn‘t Matt Haig so talented ? He writes on such a wide variety of subjects. 2w
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Cinfhen Oh, didn‘t realize it was Matt Haig!!! 2w
erzascarletbookgasm I‘ve only read the first, such a good story! 2w
LiljaPleasant Read 'em last year. Loved them! 2w
JennyM I was going to post the same three books.... but they‘re in the kids‘ bedrooms and they‘re asleep 💤 We love these ones!!! 🎄 🎅 2w
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#PowerOfGoodbye

Erm? #SorryNotSorry

No, I haven't read this, nor to I intend to. I just stumbled across this book on Goodreads.

#MOvember @Cinfhen

BarbaraBB 🤣🤣 2w
Jb2003 That‘s certainly interesting. I want someone to read it and give me the scoop 🤣 2w
Cinfhen Hmmmmm 2w
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ravenlee When I worked at BN and the Nook was a new thing, we had this one customer who would come in every couple of weeks and find one particular bookseller to help him. He wanted someone to delete all his “questionable content” because he was trying to get his addiction under control. She always had to start with a serious cleaning of his screen. This went on for months. We stashed some latex gloves at the Nook station just for those interactions. 😬 2w
jb72 I looked on Overdrive, but my library doesn‘t carry it. 😂 2w
julesG @ravenlee Yikes! 2w
jb72 @ravenlee Um....🤭 2w
Caroline2 😂 2w
GingerAntics Oh my god this is such an American book!!! We had a guy on the news a few weeks back saying porn is a public health crisis. 🤦🏼‍♀️ I still maintain the only thing that makes it an addiction is the shame imposed on it and calling it an addiction. (edited) 2w
Balibee146 Nobody stacking this hmmmm?? 🤔😬 2w
julesG @Balibee146 I wonder why. 😏 2w
ljuliel Gross. 😳 2w
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Mom's Perfect Boyfriend | Crystal Hemmingway
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Absolutely loved the format of this book. Very 21st century. Emails, journal entries, messages, novel excerpts make up the story of this novel.

A quick and cozy read.

#romance
#NetGalley #ARC (published already, I'm behind on my Galleys and have just been approved for 11 more)

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As enchanting as the novel!

This cookbook has wonderfully layed out pages, recipes that range from porridge to Mulligatawny soup, and of course Yorkshire pudding, and lots of interesting bits about Yorkshire and the recipes.

#NetGalley #ARC

Crazeedi Love the cover! 2w
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A Random Act of Kindness | Sophie Jenkins
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Mehso-so

The message behind the book was good. I liked the character Kim. But overall it was a bit of a lukewarm story. Nothing outstanding about it.

I'm reviewing the ARC copy, it's been published meanwhile.

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Cinfhen My youngest loved this series!!! 2w
julesG @Cinfhen Both my kids love this series. They fight over who gets to read the latest book first. 2w
Cinfhen Best types of fights!!! 2w
erzascarletbookgasm My kid loved this series too! This and Dork Diaries series. 😊 2w
Balibee146 My boys love these, David Walliams and Dav Pilkey 👍 2w
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A Random Act of Kindness | Sophie Jenkins
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Good Morning! Grateful for my large mug of coffee.

Final stats for #24B4Monday: roughly 12 hours.

Finished three books: an ARC, a beta-read, Red Seas Under Red Skies

#readathon @TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65 @jb72

Crazeedi Great job! Enjoy your coffee 💞 2w
jb72 Fantastic! Thanks for joining us! 2w
Andrew65 A great time, well done. 👏👏👏😊🍾🥂🥳 2w
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#unpopularopinion

Locke and Jean plan to clean out the vault of a casino, but due to [spoilers] they end up sailing on a pirate ship.

This book had good parts, but most of it felt like watching a cat chase its own tail.

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#WeeklyForecast

I'm probably going to read more than these two, I'm still dipping in and out of

📚Crooked Kingdom
📚Dreyer's English
📚Elemental
📚Fall; or Dodge in Hell

But my kids picked up A Boy Called Christmas again and we intend to read it this week. A few chapters every afternoon while sipping hot apple punch.

@Cinfhen

Cinfhen That sounds lovely 😊 I miss reading with the kids 😢 3w
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The Duke's Embrace | Erica Ridley
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I liked this cute historical #romance set in regency times. French born nobel turned blacksmith and smuggler, who dreams of returning to France now that the revolution is over and money no longer is an issue, falls head over heels for the resident investigative journalist-to-be, who is looking for the story that will make her. France or prison or love for him? Heartbreak or breakthrough or love for her?

ARC provided by the author.

Dec 2nd 2019

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#Bookreport @Cinfhen

Not bad.

Added two ARCs and one beta-read.

Cinfhen Wow!!! Great week 💕👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼💕 3w
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Good afternoon!

My stats for the #24B4Monday #readathon. Those 5 hours are not as good as I had hoped, but I've still got time to catch up. 😁
Stats are excluding reading lots of posters while my daughter visited several tiny courses at her potential secondary school, and my son's homework essay about why sugary snacks and drinks should be banned from the school kiosk.

Guess I'd be entitled to say 6 hours 😉

@TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65 @jb72

Andrew65 That‘s a great total. 👏👏👏 3w
marleed Oh the things we could be reading! 3w
jb72 That‘s good! 🎉 3w
Deifio So what kind of potions do your kids want to make? Maybe something to paint your bookshelves with so they magically hold twice that many books? That would be helpful 😉 3w
julesG @Deifio I presume they hope I will do the magic and cook up something that magically does their homework and chores. I was actually hoping I'd teleport to a lovely reading spot by touching the stone in the middle. Not necessarily time travel as in Outlander, just somewhere nice and cozy. 😁 3w
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#Hollywood

#MOvember @Cinfhen

Have only read the first in this series, but remembered that the German title is "Shopaholic in Hollywood" (or so).

Cinfhen I loved this series but stopped reading them after they got married. 3w
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#PapaDontPreach

#MOvember @Cinfhen

The first book I thought about.

MicheleinPhilly That is disturbing on so many levels. 😂 3w
julesG @MicheleinPhilly Have been trying to find another book but my mind just pointed me to this. 😁 I wonder why. 3w
Billypar Yikes - his parishioners are in trouble deep. 3w
Cinfhen Ha!!! Like where your mind took you!!! 3w
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#ARC #NetGalley

#NFNov @rsteve388 @Clwojick

I love crafting. Recently I've used embroidery to visibly mend torn clothing. This book as over 500 motifs like the few shown here. I can see #audiomending in my future.

wanderinglynn Fun! 👍🏻 3w
Follow.my.read I have the two same cats lol 3w
julesG @Follow.my.read Cat twins! 🐱🐱 3w
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Deifio Can you show some of your work? Because I have no idea how you'd mend something by embroidering it. 🤔 3w
julesG @Deifio I'll try to remember to share some pictures. Right now I can't remember what I mended last and where I put it. But it was something of my son's. 3w
Pricel101 This book was part of our “Blind Date with a Book” fundraiser and the recipient was thrilled! So cute! 3w
rsteve388 6 pts 3w
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The Fuck Up | Arthur Nersesian
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@gradcat

My calendar app, again. I swear, it happens once every time I'm fairy. 🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈

Thanks for paying attention.

gradcat Oops! Sorry, my dear. It‘s really no problem, only, tell me—will you repost again tomorrow? ♥️ 3w
gradcat Oh, never mind! I see you removed it...sorry, again!! 3w
julesG @gradcat Yes, I'll repost tomorrow. 3w
Crazeedi Now you're scaring me! I have December and I'm nervous! 3w
julesG @Crazeedi Don't be. Really. It happens. 3w
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The Duke's Embrace | Erica Ridley
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Reading the tagged #ARC.

My mind wandered to the "the point is" scene in Good Omens. Now I want to reread GO, listen to the audiobook and watch the series. ???

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#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

1) Yes. I start other books, often ones that I then procrastinate on by starting yet more books. Visit Litsy. 🙈🙈🙈

2) At 3 ch/30 pp/30% if they are very boring/off-putting. When the urge to whack the author/characters over the head with the hardcover edition (in large print) gets too strong. When the inaccuracies outshine the plot/characters; founding member of the #HistoricalFictionInaccuracyAnnoyanceSupportGroup

TheSpineView Hate inaccuracies!😬 Thanks for playing! 📚📚📚 3w
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Double dip from my currently reading pile (so much for the forecast).

Both stories about master thieves. Both MCs must have been born under a #LuckyStar. They are capable of stealing anything, even the #Masterpiece from the most protected vault in town.

#MOvember @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Sometimes you need to abandon the forecast and go where your mood takes you!! Both books sound great 3w
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Monday, Monday: A Novel | Elizabeth Crook
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📚The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
📺The Help
🎤Cake by the Ocean

#manicmonday @JoScho

Suet624 Loved that book! 3w
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Well Met | Jen DeLuca
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When's the next book in the series coming?

Forced into working as a wench at the local RenFair this summer, Emily suddenly finds herself handfasted to a pirate, played by her least favourite person at the fair, or is he?

Cute story! I enjoyed the audiobook very much.

#GhostCat decided to snag my seat after I got fresh tea. I swear she had a smug smile on her face when I returned.

#catsoflitsy #audioknitting #FibreFansOfLitsy #teaandbooks

CocoReads That sounds super cute! Stacked. 3w
TK421 I really liked this book. 3w
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Cambridge Blue | Alison Bruce
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Not really #TrueBlue and not a bit of blue on the cover.

An okay read, btw.

#MOvember @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Ha!!! Glad to know book was decent 4w
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Fitness For Dummies | Liz Neporent, Suzanne Schlosberg
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#BFCr4 @wanderinglynn

#wrapup #checkin

I lost some pounds, gained muscle strength and, according to my physiotherapist, the change is visible.

THANK YOU LYNN! 😘😘😘

britt_brooke 🙌🏻🙌🏻 4w
4thhouseontheleft That is fantastic Jules! 🎉🙌🏽 4w
ElishaLovesBooks Way to go! 🎉 4w
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robinb Congratulations...way to go!!! 👏👏👏👏💪💪 4w
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 That‘s awesome! 💜 4w
CoverToCoverGirl That‘s so AWESOME! 👏🎉 3w
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#WeeklyForecast @Cinfhen

Again, tentative. I know myself, I have a tendency to ignore my plans and read several other books or none at all.

Enjoying the tagged book at the moment.

4thhouseontheleft Looks like some fun reads! 4w
LeeRHarry I finished Six of Crows last week and loved it 😊 4w
julesG @LeeRHarry I finished my third reread with my kid last night. Now I have to hurry on with Crooked Kingdom so we can read the German edition together. 4w
Velvetfur I know exactly what you mean, I'm the same - "I'm going to read this, then this, then this - wait, what's that? I'll read that instead!" ? 4w
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