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katy4peas

katy4peas

Joined March 2020

Reader, crocheter, knitter, tea-drinker, Whovian, librarian📝LitsyLove & PemberLittens
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The Lost Girls of Willowbrook by Ellen Marie Wiseman
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Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding
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North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
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Sanditon by Jane Austen
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The Other Bennet Sister by Janice Hadlow
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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story by Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Company
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Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
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Best forward ever! 😁 #litsylove #littenswritenread

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awww ❤️ 1mo
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The Henna Artist | Alka Joshi
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Wow. This one pulled me in and I loved the narration! The Indian culture in 1950s is so interesting, and I loved learning about the symbolism behind the henna designs. So weird how timely some of the topics are. I can‘t believe we have gone back that far in modern society. However, learning about it in this setting was eye-opening. I loved most of the characters and will definitely continue on with the next book or two in the series. #India

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Bridget Jones's Diary | Helen Fielding
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My current read. Thanks to Misty and Leigh and the #litsylove crew! Just what I need to help me get over the last part of COVID. I‘m feeling better, but still testing positive. Thanks for the nice surprise in the mail. 💕💕 #thoughtfulfriends #bookmail #booksurprise @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yay!! It made it! I hope you feel better soon ❤️ 2mo
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A super fun read with dual perspectives. Ruby is the state attorney‘s daughter and secretly disposes of bad men while saving women and children. Guy is an orphaned, on the run shape shifter just trying to stay alive and not hurt anybody. When they meet, other secrets come to light and they have to decide if they are trusting friends.
An engaging mystery and very likable characters.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Hey! We sent you a little something! I hope it made it! 2mo
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The Woman in the Library | Sulari Gentill
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Ending? Where are you?
I enjoyed this mystery within a mystery and a book in a book in a book. It threw off the flow for a few chapters but then I got pulled in and didn‘t mind. One certain fan annoyed me, but the others were likable. I did guess the correct murderer about 1/2 thru but not the how or why. Even though I enjoyed Hannah‘s parallel storyline it wasn‘t necessary to keep the other story going. I did want more of an ending or epilogue.

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Counterfeit | Kirstin Chen
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A fun book told from Ava‘s perspective of how she got into the counterfeit ring and met Winnie. Even though they were doing bad things, I was still rooting for them. I enjoyed it as something different.

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Wow. This one pulled me in and I couldn‘t put it down. It just got more twisty the further I got. Totally unexpected for me. Enjoyed it with fairly likeable characters overall.

brittanythebookdragon This one is sitting on my coffee table! Perhaps I should read it next! 2mo
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I love Ellie so much! Book 2 is another adventure of Ellie, the Major and her group of talented friends trying to stop the Germans during wartime. Another mystery with a good twist! #elliemcdonnell #electramcdonnell This book just came out this year, so we probably have a long wait until the next one. Sigh. 💕

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Intertwined stories between a modern writer looking for a new idea for her next book and the life story of her favorite author. When Katie goes to a bookstore while on vacation for research she gets pulled into a mystery around her favorite author. It also involves the help of a handsome stranger.

I bailed on this one. I didn‘t find the characters likable. Ehh🤷‍♀️

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A fun mystery featuring Ellie who leads a criminal lifestyle with her uncle by lock picking in order to make ends meet for her family. When she gets caught, she has to help the government solve a case in order to avoid prison. Soon she is involved deeper than she thought she would be and caught up in war efforts to help England win the war.
Likable characters and a fun plot with one of my favorite narrators. Book 1.

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Enjoying this book all about beekeeping. I‘m learning a lot about all of the bees in my own backyard! 🐝🐝 It is mind boggling how smart these little creatures are. #beeareader #readingbee #audiobook #

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Fallen Angels Book Club | R. Franklin James
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An interesting read about a book club of ex-convicts who are all trying to live normal lives in society and what happens when one of their group gets murdered. There were a few places where the narration switched from first person to third person 👎, but overall a fun mystery.

robinb Now this sounds like something you don‘t run across every day. Stacked. 4mo
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The Plot | Jean Hanff Korelitz
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An interesting plot where “plot” has two important meanings in in this tale about a writing instructor and his student and a possible stolen story idea. While I guessed one of the main twists, part of the ending was still surprising and while I didn‘t like the characters much, I was caught up enough in the story to continue reading. The mystery with the twists was engaging and unique. Worth a listen or a read.

Alfoster Yay! I have this but haven‘t started it yet! Now I‘m anxious to do so! 6mo
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Front Page Murder | Joyce St. Anthony
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A fun set of characters set during WW2, this cozy mystery is a fun read. However, while I didn‘t guess all the details of the twists, I did guess most of the twists and was two steps ahead of Irene the whole way. The ending left a few things hanging and seemed a bit rushed, but overall it was a fun story and I liked the characters. #dreamscapemedia #alc #librofm

katy4peas The narration also could have used a bit more editing as I could hear page turning and button clicking which bugs me. 🤷‍♀️ 6mo
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Our Violent Ends | Chloe Gong
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I‘m so glad this one wasn‘t ruined and was just as good as the first. The characters were still likable and some secondary ones had more book time and development. I really enjoyed it and am glad that I stuck with the first one despite the gory details at first. I also love the audio with the Chinese and Russian expressions. Can‘t wait for discussion. And books 3 & 4! #sundaybuddyread #ourviolentdelightsbuddyread 🤐🤫📚

DimeryRene I am so excited to read this! 6mo
TheBookHippie I'm so glad we get to keep going! 6mo
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Escaping From Houdini | Kerri Maniscalco
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While not quite as fun as the first two, this third book takes place on a ship at sea with a moonlight carnival. AR and Thomas must sort out the illusions from the truth when dead bodies start appearing. Their feelings for each other are put to the test when the charming ringmaster claims to have stolen AR‘s heart. I love the narrator and did enjoy this book overall.

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Oxford University Calendar | University of Oxford
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LiteraryinLawrence I only got 6/10! 7mo
swynn 8/10 - that was fun, thanks for the link! 7mo
BookwormM 70% for me 7mo
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Hey Knittin‘ Littens!

Check out this event:

https://www.alumni.mcgill.ca/aoc/events-travel/EventDetails.php?id=NDUxODg%3D

Free on Zoom March 9th Canadian Time
#knittersoflitsy #wartime #codebreakers #codemakers #knitters

Codebreakers have infiltrated the public imagination of wartime efforts - but what about code-makers?

katy4peas Historian and knitter Kristen Howard will explore the role knitting played in wartime codes and correspondence, from providing a cover for women spies in WWII to the use of knitting to disguise or amplify messages. 7mo
julesG Very cool. Thanks for sharing. I'm tagging @LitsyEvents - please spread the word. 7mo
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Escaping From Houdini | Kerri Maniscalco
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On to book 3 of Cresswell and Audrey Rose for my audiobook. I need something that I can escape into while I knit. 📚🧶💕 I also adore this narrator!

DebbieGrillo I loved this book and narrator too! 7mo
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Wow! Cliff hanger! I enjoyed it overall, although the MC drives me a little batty. Don‘t have a favorite character yet & there are a few plot points that don‘t make sense to me & are really bothering me. Other than that, it is overall a fun, quick read with a magical element, fluffy romance and a bit of mystery to it. It was a fluffy read when nothing else was holding my interest & I needed something to zoom thru. 🤷‍♀️ a palate-cleanser

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Listening to this one, & I‘m almost done. I must like it on some level because I‘m still listening and can‘t put it down, but on another level, Defiance is kinda annoying and so stubborn that she isn‘t learning much. It‘s getting a little bit old… The regular storyline of divorce, broke, and in her 40s, she inherits a house & finds out she is a witch & has to learn to use her powers & protect herself from the evils that want her power. 🤷‍♀️

BethM I found my attention drifting a lot on this audio. 7mo
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Written in sets of letters back in forth, Juliet tells the stories of a group of people living on Guernsey and their experience during the War. She strikes up friendships with all of them and learns why their society has the name that it does. A throughly charming story as they learn to trust each other and share more of their stories. Likable characters and a quick read. Audio with multiple narrators.
#newyearwhodis @Librarybelle @monalyisha

Librarybelle Yay! Glad you liked it! 7mo
katy4peas @Librarybelle I loved it! I‘m slowly working through your list. There are a few others I really want to get to soon! Didn‘t make it through in January, but I will read them! 😊📚📚 7mo
Librarybelle I‘m working through your list too, so no worries! 7mo
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This second book was just as enjoyable as the first. It definitely referred back to characters and events and built on the first book so reading in order is almost a must. A quick fun, mystery with a light romance included. Likable characters who are in the wrong place at the wrong time. Looking forward to a probable third book. #audio

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I just started this one and am enjoying being back in Finlay‘s world. It definitely refers back to events in the first book right away though. If you haven‘t read the first book, I highly recommend it!

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Sisters in Arms: A Novel | Kaia Alderson
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I very much enjoyed this book about the first Black Women‘s Army Corps. They were very brave women to have faced all of the racism, sexism and the war as army members. I liked the characters and couldn‘t put the book down. Hence, the review for February‘s #overbookedclub read on the 4th of Feb! 😮😊 I learned a lot and have some local exploring to do. Ft Des Moines is close to my house, and I can hear the guns go off during their trainings.

megnews I‘m glad you liked it. I‘m a few chapters in a enjoying it so far but I always have lots of books going on so I haven‘t gotten farther yet. 8mo
katy4peas @megnews I‘m surprised I actually finished this one as fast as I did. I have tons of buddy reads going on, but this one grabbed my interest so it got special treatment. 😊 8mo
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https://sites.google.com/view/bakerlectures/booktalks-with-stephanie-sendaula

Free webinars! This one and one about navigating banned/challenged books! Check them out.

sprainedbrain These are great. Thank you for sharing! 8mo
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Sisters in Arms: A Novel | Kaia Alderson
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Missed the January book for #overbookclub so started early on February‘s read. It‘s really good! And it talks about Des Moines as one of the first places for WAC officers. It is really weird to hear Iowa mentioned as I‘m not used to my hometown area being a prominent place in a book. And since this is historical fiction, now I‘m going to have to go on a hunt for more info and sight seeing. 🤔🙂

Lindy That‘s cool. I love finding my home city in the books I‘m reading. 8mo
JaclynW So cool! I love when my hometown/home state get mentioned. Funny how exciting it is. 😄 This book looks great! 8mo
megnews I love when my area is mentioned. Learning new things and going on searches for more info is one of my favorite things about historical fiction. 8mo
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The Other Side of Midnight | Simone St. James
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A lot of fun with spookiness, twists and turns. This one had likable characters and an interesting premise. I didn‘t guess it till the end. #sundaybuddyread St James is becoming a favorite author of mine. I like to do audiobooks and I like the narrator that does her stories. This is a fun read!

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Wuthering Heights | Emily Brontë
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Nope. I‘m following along on the chapter summaries because they are better than the book @Crinoline_Laphroaig ! Just can‘t make it through. Couldn‘t get through Jane Eyre either. I have a horrible time with classics. 🤔 I‘m even listening to it! 🤷‍♀️ sorry! #pemberlittens #buddyread #wutheringalong

Tiffiney I found this one to be a tough read too. 8mo
Texreader I‘m the same. I get so bored. 8mo
CoverToCoverGirl This one wasn‘t my favourite either, but I did manage to get through it, with difficulty. 8mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig Honestly if I wasn't hosting I would have skimmed and read the last Chapter. It's definitely going in the Category of Classic I have now read and never have to read again. 8mo
katy4peas @Crinoline_Laphroaig @Tiffiney @CoverToCoverGirl @Texreader 🤷‍♀️ glad I‘m not the only one! 🙂 8mo
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Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss | Rajeev Balasubramanyam
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Characters were not very likable. I was hoping for A Man Called Ove type book and didn‘t get there. 🤷‍♀️ oh well. Didn‘t finish in time for my book discussion so bailed on this one.

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Thanks @peanutnine for my lovely package! I‘m excited to read this one and eat the yummy chocolates! 😁

Happy holidays to you!
Thanks @MaleficentBookDragon for hosting a fun swap!!
#jolabokaflodswap

peanutnine I hope you enjoy! Merry Christmas 🎄💖 9mo
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An interesting book where 3 people are connected by an accident and get to know and care for each other thru the sharing of their pasts and a connected present. They cover up a crime in order to make things right and help someone they like. #immigrants #trafficking #family #overbookedclub

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Mailbag, Volume 2 | Anonymous
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Arrived! Thank you @peanutnine 😊 #jolabokaflodswap

peanutnine Yay! I'm glad it got there safely ☺️ 10mo
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@Librarybelle your #jolabokaflod package is on its way to you! Should be there by Monday! 😘😘

Librarybelle Yay!!! So excited! 10mo
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Feeling grateful for all of my #litsy friends, my family, health, job, home, and life. Even though there are things I complain about and am angry about, I am grateful I am safe and am able to help make life better for others through my education and privilege. 💕 #grateful #givethanks

MittenGirlPeach Beautifully put! 10mo
Chrissyreadit ❤️ 10mo
Tove_Reads Me too, especially now that I‘ve just lost a friend to Glioblastoma. 10mo
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Hunting Prince Dracula | Kerri Maniscalco
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This second book is just as delightfully spooky and page-turning as the first. Audrey Rose and Thomas are at school competing for their places as forensic students. Of course bodies start to show up, drained of blood, and the locals are terrified of the legends of Prince Dracula. AR and Thomas caught The Ripper, can they stop Dracula? #YA

booksandsympathy I really enjoyed book 1 but haven't read the others yet. I own them, so I really should read them. 10mo
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Stalking Jack the Ripper | Kerri Maniscalco
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This was a fun re-read and I listened on audio this time. Same narrator as Jackaby series. Now I remember it and can move on to the next book in the series. Really a great spooky book with a strong female lead who loves science and uses it to stop Jack the Ripper and save innocent women from being murdered.

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Untilted | Autechre
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Can‘t wait to read some of these titles from @Librarybelle for #NewYearWhoDis in January 2022. I‘ve been eyeballing some of these authors and have some of these on my TBR mountain for sure. I‘ve read 8 and 14 with #sundaybuddyread and I started 9 for #lmpbc, but didn‘t get to finish it and it got lost on its way back to me. Looking forward to trying it again along with many others!

Librarybelle Yay!! 10mo
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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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😩 I couldn‘t do it. I got 75 pages in and bailed at 136. I tried. I really tried for my book group and feel terrible for choosing this one. It has strong language right away, along with steamy sex scenes. I wanted a cute gay romance. That is not what this was. I also found it to be not all that well written. Apparently I am not old enough for this type of book! 🤷‍♀️ I liked the idea, but not the execution. Pan for me. I‘ll stick to Cerulean Sea.

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Stalking Jack the Ripper | Kerri Maniscalco
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📖 Tagged!
🍁 my coworkers are wonderful. 💕
📚 I hate when the editors don‘t catch when the character‘s name is wrong or when the wrong character is speaking. Also just spelling, punctuation and grammatical errors. 🙄

Thanks for the tag @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💕

Want to play? @Cupcake12 @monalyisha @DanaManiac

#thoughtfulthursday

MoonWitch94 Thanks for playing 🍂📖✨ 11mo
Cupcake12 Thank you for the tag ❤️ 11mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 11mo
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A fun cozy mystery where enchanted beings are trapped at a Ren Faire. When problems arise in the Mermaid Kingdom, Cori the fairy jumps in to help solve the mystery. Plus, she has a crush on the MerPrince which increases her need to help the mermaids. A fun read with likable characters. I actually guessed the twist on this one fairly early, but still enjoyed it. #cozymystery #paranormalmystery #renfaire

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Another fun paranormal mystery with Jackaby and Abigail. This is book 2 in the series. I love the narrator and enjoyed the new adventure and the overall series adventure. An easy read/listen.

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I really enjoyed listening to this one as part of @MoonWitch94 ‘s read along. It was full of humor, likable characters, and interesting science and history that pulled me in. I find all of the evolution and DNA parts fascinating and think Harkness did a great job with research in order to be able to add that to her storyline. I couldn‘t put it down and I‘m looking forward to book 2!! #teammatthew

katy4peas I will say I don‘t like that Matthew is so possessive of Diana. However, it is explained that that is in a vampire‘s nature and I appreciate that he shows growth in being able to let her take charge of the time walking (because he has to) but he also shows growth in other ways where he lets her be herself and take care of herself and he tries to back down. She is also very independent in her own right. 11mo
Vansa Quite honestly, this book was still when Deborah Harkness was hewing to Twilight tropes- Matthew's domineering nature, Diana's deference to him to begin with,watching her while she sleeps and so on.She dismantles these tropes entirely, as you said,from the last third of the book and completely in the next 2( except for one more Twilight trope she keeps but only one!) 11mo
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The Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
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Wow! Thank you @Karisa for the lovely artwork on my #ans book! It is lovely and matches the rest of the cover and endpapers as well. It feels like the book came that way! 😍 The ticket bookmark is really cool too. I‘m getting vibes of Something Wicked This Way Comes and the carnival and am excited to read this one with your artwork and notes. 😊 Thank you for the dark chocolate too! Happy Halloween! 💕🎃

@LibrarianRyan

LibrarianRyan lovely. and her black edges came out way better than mine 11mo
Karisa Such a good book! Glad you liked the decorations and hope you like the book plot wise too! 💗 11mo
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Thank you Becca @LoverOfLearning for the #BWS package goodies! The Isabel Sterling book is a sequel to the one I just read and the C.L. Polk is a new one that sounds really good! Regency England witches?! I love the bright green candle and can‘t wait to try the tea with the little teapot mesh ball tonight. Thank you!! 💕Happy Halloween!! 🎃👻🧙🏻‍♀️💕

mklong Regency England witches you say? Stacked! 11mo
LoverOfLearning Awe yay!! I really hope you reading these. You'll have to tell me all about it! And ha I bought that tea for myself and it is delicious! Enjoy! 🧙‍♀️🧹🖤 11mo
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Thank so much for my #HHS box of goodies @Patchshank ! I love them. You picked out my favorite sweet treats. Yum! The blanket is so soft and cozy and it has pumpkins! 🎃 This other picture is of all of my knitted pumpkins I made one year. 😁 The reusable bag is fun, and I like the colorful cookie tins. And of course I can‘t wait to read the books! 📚Thank you!!! Happy Halloween!! 🎃🧙🏻‍♀️👻🎃💕

@wanderinglynn

AmyG Those knitted pumpkins are 🙌🏻 11mo
Patchshank I'm glad you like everything. Your knitted pumpkins are great. I knit and crochet a little bit, but there is no way I'd be able to make stuff like that. 11mo
katy4peas @AmyG thanks! 11mo
katy4peas @Patchshank ha! You‘ll get there eventually if you practice. 😉🎃 The blanket fits in perfectly with my pumpkin obsession. LOL! 💕 🥰 11mo
wanderinglynn Awesome! 🎃🧡 11mo
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A surprising pick for me! Two rival gangs in Shanghai and a mystery madness that is killing off people from both sides. Roma and Juliette come together to stop the madness and save their people and beloved city from dying. A bit gory and bloody with detailed descriptions in some parts, however the humor was fun and I enjoyed the reimagined story of R&J and their gay friends. Eagerly awaiting the sequel. #audio #sundaybuddyread

TheBookHippie Surprised me too! 11mo
Book_tangled This is high on my tbr! 11mo
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Can‘t wait to discuss with #sundaybuddyread group. That ending is 🤯 I hope the sequel keeps up the pace and doesn‘t let us down. The characters grew on me and but some of those scenes were making me sick to my stomach. A little gory for me.

TheBookHippie Right?!!?!?! OY. 11mo
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Swaps | Sherree DeCovny
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My #basicwitchswap box arrived! Thank you! I can‘t wait to open soon!! @LoverOfLearning

#bws @sprainedbrain @mklong

LoverOfLearning I hope you love it!!! 11mo
sprainedbrain Yay!! 11mo
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