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My friends have spoken. These are their picks for my 2022 #friendrecchallenge! 😄 The goal of this challenge is to get me to read more of the books that my friends recommend for me, since I‘m usually not very good about doing that. So I let each of my friends pick one book for me that they‘ve read before and would recommend, and I have to read and review it before the end of the year.

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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I honestly didn‘t like Whitaker‘s writing style, but I did enjoy the story and characters he created, especially Duchess, which mostly made up for that. This story was heartbreaking and engrossing, and I was sad to see it come to an end.

#NewYearWhoDis #NYWD22 #catsoflitsy #Ember

rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 5d
Leftcoastzen 😻 5d
JamieArc I recently finished this and felt the same way. 5d
Caroline2 Yeah I‘ve heard his writing style is a bit marmite. Glad you enjoyed it in the end. 😉 5d
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There‘s a new book by Anthony Marra coming out this year?! Oh my gosh, I‘m so excited! July 19 can‘t come soon enough. 😄🙌🏽

Blueberry !!! 2w
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This is a light pick. The information and various examples were interesting, but it left me feeling a little underwhelmed.

#Booked2022 #weathertermintitle #catsoflitsy #Phoenix

rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 2w
Cinfhen Enjoying the weather prompts!!! Some very cool titles so far😎 2w
Leftcoastzen 😻 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage Okay, I would pick this up and read the blurb just on the title alone!! 2w
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Out of the 66 books I finished this year, 29 were nonfiction. These are the top 10 of those 29.

Special mention to The Library Book, Exercised, The Lost City of Z, and The Debt Trap which were all so close to making the list, and perhaps would have on a different day.
#bestof2021 #bestnonfiction

Trashcanman I Love NF too. Beautiful list ❤️ 2w
shanaqui Oooh. I need to take notes on these; I need more non-fic. I read more fiction, but I go through my non-fic backlog so much faster, somehow. 2w
Chelsea.Poole Great list! 2w
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The Hole | Hiroko Oyamada
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2021 was a great reading year for me. I finished 66 books and 21,200 pages, both of which are new records for me. Of those 66 books, 37 were fiction. Here are my top 10 fiction books of 2021!

Also, special mention to The Ghost Variations which came very close to making my top 10.
#bestof2021 #bestfiction

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#DecemberWrapUp
December was a good reading month for me. I got through six books and enjoyed all of them. The Ghost Variations was a pleasant surprise. I like short stories, but I don‘t usually like them if they‘re as short as the ones in this collection (only about 2 pages each), but I ended up really enjoying them.

Total: 6
Print: 1
Ebook: 3
Audio: 2
Fiction: 4
Nonfiction: 2

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I was hoping one of my holds for #NewYearWhoDis would come in in time for me to start today. Then two came in yesterday and I had to choose. 😬 I decided to go with this one first since I‘ve heard so many good things about it.
#NYWD22

AmyG Good choice. 3w
Caroline2 I really liked this one. 👍 3w
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Battle Royale: Remastered | Koushun Takami
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I meant to post this last month, but apparently I forgot. Whoops!
I finished my 2021 #friendrecchallenge! I ended up liking all of the books this time, but Battle Royale was my favorite of the bunch. Kind of funny because that one was recommended with the least amount of confidence. My bf was completely unsure whether I‘d like it or not.
I‘m looking forward to seeing what my friends pick for me for 2022! 😄

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Happy new year! 😄
My last book of 2021 was The Woman in the Purple Skirt, and my first one of 2022 will be We Begin at the End for #NewYearWhoDis.
#lastfirst

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Lemon: A Novel | Kwon Yeo-Son
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So many books this year! 😍📚
I can‘t wait to read them all!

#ChristmasBookHaul (2/2)

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So many books this year! 😍📚
I can‘t wait to read them all!

#ChristmasBookHaul (1/2)

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The Way of Kings | Brandon Sanderson
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#NovemberWrapUp
Only three finished this month, but one was a chunkster, so I‘m not complaining. I enjoyed them all too.

Total: 3
Print: 0
Ebook: 1
Audio: 2
Fiction: 1
Nonfiction: 2

#booked2021: 1
#friendrecchallenge: 1

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I can‘t wait to start reading from your list @Caroline2! 😃 I‘ve read The Name of the Wind and Kindred before and agree that they are great. I‘m a bit of a mood reader, so I‘m not 100% sure which of the others I‘ll start with, but I‘m currently thinking it will be one of these five.
#NewYearWhoDis #NYWD22

JamieArc We Begin at the End seems to be on a few lists! It‘s top of my list for January. 2mo
monalyisha I‘m a mood reader, too. 😉 But my vote is for 2mo
Caroline2 Yay! I hope you like them! 😃 I‘m a mood reader too so I totally get it! 😉 👍 2mo
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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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1. Surprisingly only two at the moment: The Way of Kings and The Copyeditor‘s Handbook
2. The Library Book by Susan Orlean
3. I currently have 17, so I won‘t list them all, but my most recent one is I Love You But I‘ve Chosen Darkness by Claire Vaye Watkins.

#weekendreads

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#OctoberWrapUp
Bad Blood was my favorite of October. Uzumaki was also good and was a hit with my book club. I also FINALLY finished Flights after starting it back in June. I didn‘t really end up enjoying it, but I‘m glad I stuck it out and finished it.

Total: 6
Print: 1
Ebook: 3
Audio: 2
Fiction: 4
Nonfiction: 2

#lmpbc: 1
#booked2021: 1
#friendrecchallenge: 0

kamoorephoto Have you listened to the Bad Blood: Final Chapter podcast? You should check it out!!! 3mo
shadowspeak17 @kamoorephoto Oh, I hadn‘t heard of that. Thanks for putting it on my radar. I‘ll definitely check it out! 😃 3mo
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Norma | Sofi Oksanen
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Panpan

⭐️1/2
I like the idea behind this book, but the execution just didn‘t work for me. I felt like I was being held at a distance the whole time, so I couldn‘t truly engage with anything. Several aspects of the story felt underdeveloped, and I spent a lot of time confused while trying to understand what was happening.

Thanks for a great round, ladies! 😊 @magyklyXdelish I‘m planning to mail this tomorrow. I‘ll let you know when it‘s on the way.

magyklyXdelish I completely understand. This was definitely not only an odd story but the way it was written was strange as well. 3mo
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Norma | Sofi Oksanen
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Next up for #lmpbc #GroupS!

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#SeptemberWrapUp
The Tsumura was great! It was my favorite read in September. My book club finished the Ishiguro in September too and gave it mixed reviews. I‘d say it‘s a light pick for me, but I totally get the criticism. And I had my first encounter with an audiobook narrator I couldn‘t stand (Underland). Can‘t say I enjoyed the book itself much either. 😬

Total: 7
Print: 2
Ebook: 2
Audio: 3
Fiction: 4
Nonfiction: 3

#lmpbc: 1

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The Troop | Nick Cutter
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Mehso-so

⭐️⭐️1/2
There‘s a lot about this book that felt excessive. Sometimes that worked for me, and sometimes it didn‘t. I really liked how creepy and unsettling the beginning was, but that ended up fading, and then it was just gross, which didn‘t work as well for me.

#lmpbc #GroupS #catsoflitsy #Ember

Leftcoastzen Awww!😻 4mo
collegecatlady It should have been shorter for sure!! 4mo
Hazel2019 There were definitely pieces I didn‘t read in detail because they were just too much 4mo
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Heaven | Mieko Kawakami
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This weekend‘s #bookstorehaul 😊📚

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The Troop | Nick Cutter
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The next book for #lmpbc got here today. I can‘t wait to get started! 😄

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Heaven | Mieko Kawakami
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1. Oh, definitely. I‘ve picked up books I normally wouldn‘t pay much attention too just because the title sounded cool and stuck with me.
2. Heaven by Mieko Kawakami

#Two4Tuesday

TheSpineView Happy Tuesday! 💜📙 5mo
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Battle Royale: Remastered | Koushun Takami
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#AugustWrapUp
Battle Royale, which I read for my friend rec challenge (3 books down, only 1 to go 😄), was my favorite this month and left me with a #bookhangover. How the Word is Passed was also great.

Total: 6
Print: 3
Ebook: 1
Audio: 2
Fiction: 3
Nonfiction: 3

#lmpbc: 1
#booked2021: 0
#friendrecchallenge: 1

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#Bookmail from my bestie today! 😄📚

Tamra I liked Dark Matter! 5mo
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Never Let Me Go | Kazuo Ishiguro
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Next up for book club with my friends

Suet624 Enjoy this creepy one. 5mo
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The Hollow Places | T. Kingfisher
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⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2
While I did think this book had some issues with pacing, I still found it pretty fun. Kara and Simon made a great duo, and I enjoyed the humor more than I expected. Also, Beau is ❤️❤️❤️ He kept reminding me of my childhood cat Flower (pictured above 🐱❤️).

#lmpbc #GroupS

sharread What a cute kitty. 5mo
Texreader Awww. Sweet memories. I had a few childhood cats and many wonderful memories ❤️🐈👍🏻🐈‍⬛ 5mo
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The Willows | Algernon Blackwood
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1. How the Word is Passed (Smith), Battle Royale (Takami), and Flights (Tokarczuk)
2. It depends on the story and the execution.
3. The Willows by Algernon Blackwood

#weekendreads

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The Hollow Places | T. Kingfisher
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This got here today! I‘ll get started on it this weekend. 😄

#lmpbc #GroupS #catsoflitsy #Phoenix

FelinesAndFelonies I loved this book! The atmosphere was so creepy. I hope you enjoy it!! 6mo
Hazel2019 Hope you enjoy it! 😁 6mo
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1. There Plant Eyes, Pines, The Transitive Vampire, Flights
2. Jigsaw puzzles 🧩
3. Not quite, but Project Hail Mary was the closest.
#weekendreads

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Project Hail Mary | Andy Weir
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#JulyWrapUp
I was kind of meh about The Reason I Jump, but the rest were all great. My favorite was probably Project Hail Mary which I read for a book club with my friends.

Total: 6
Print: 1
Ebook: 2
Audio: 3
Fiction: 2
Nonfiction: 4

#lmpbc: 1
#booked2021: 0
#friendrecchallenge: 0

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Freshwater | Akwaeke Emezi
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This book isn‘t very long, but it packs quite a punch. I really enjoyed the unique way it was told and the different ways you could think about what was happening. It‘s definitely a book I‘ll be thinking about for a while.

@magyklyXdelish I‘m planning to get this mailed by Monday. I‘ll let you know when it‘s on the way. 😊

#lmpbc #groups #catsoflitsy #Phoenix

Leftcoastzen 😻So cute! 6mo
shadowspeak17 @magyklyXdelish It‘s on the way! I just emailed you the tracking number. :) 6mo
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Heaven | Mieko Kawakami
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#JuneWrapUp
I was really looking forward to Heaven after enjoying Breasts and Eggs so much, and I‘m pleased to say I really liked it. Heaven was my favorite of the month followed by Midnight in Chernobyl, but there really weren‘t any duds this month.

Total: 6
Print: 2
Ebook: 2
Audio: 2
Fiction: 2
Nonfiction: 4

#booked2021: 1
#friendrecchallenge: 0

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Here‘s my #booked2021 second quarter wrap up. My favorite was The Lost City of Z. Hummingbird Salamander (my most anticipated) I sadly did not like at all. All the others I gave 3 and 3.5 stars.

#AuthorsFirstNameStartsWithABorC: Elantris
#MusicalInstrumentOnCover: Piranesi
#AntiracismBook: When They Call You a Terrorist
#ContainsPhotos: The Lost City of Z
#NewIn2021: Hummingbird Salamander
#UnderratedOrLesserKnownBook: Swimming in Darkness

Cinfhen Woohoo!!! Don‘t forget to fill out the form♥️You have until midnight, **July 3** to fill out the second quarter form? ?
https://bit.ly/3b7rK1E
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Cinfhen I loved Lost City of Z too!!! It began my love affair with NF!!! Too bad the others were only meh 😕 7mo
Zoes_Human I was disappointed with Hummingbird Salamander as well. Loved the idea but the execution fell short for me. 7mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great job! I see your entry! 7mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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What do y‘all think about these?
#lmpbc #groupS

collegecatlady I haven‘t read any of these, so any are good with me! 7mo
magyklyXdelish I haven‘t read any of them and freshwater is on my TBR so that would deff be my choice. But I‘m okay with any 🤗🤗 7mo
Hazel2019 I‘ve been wanting to read freshwater forever! That would be my top pick 😃 7mo
shadowspeak17 @collegecatlady @magyklyXdelish @Hazel2019 Okay, I‘ll go with Freshwater then. 😄 7mo
Hazel2019 Yay! 😄 7mo
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1. Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness, The Elements of Style, and Project Hail Mary
2. Heaven by Mieko Kawakami
3. Peaces by Helen Oyeyemi

#weekendreads

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Heaven | Mieko Kawakami
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My library hold came in! I‘m really looking forward to starting this one. I read Breasts and Eggs back in February and loved it. I hope this one will be a great read too.
#catsoflitsy #Ember

erzascarletbookgasm I liked B&E, I want to read this too! Enjoy! 8mo
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The Hole | Hiroko Oyamada
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#MayWrapUp
The Hole is my second 5 star read of the year. I loved it! I also finished Invisible Cities for my friend rec challenge. I had trouble rating it, but ultimately would say it‘s a light pick. A not so positive stand out was Hummingbird Salamander. I was really looking forward to that one, but I ended up panning it. ⬇️

shadowspeak17 Total: 8
Print: 1
Ebook: 4
Audio: 3
Fiction: 5
Nonfiction: 3

#booked2021: 1
#friendrecchallenge: 1
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Now how many more will I get in before the end of the year? 😊📚
#goodreadschallenge

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Untitled | Unknown
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Congratulations on the 100k! 😃🎊🎉
#GrilloGiveaway

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#Bookmail today! My aunt sent me some of my grandma‘s old books.

#catsoflitsy #Ember

Texreader Yay!! Score! 8mo
ErinSueMreads I lovvvve the transitive vampire! 8mo
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Project Hail Mary | Andy Weir
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Next up for #bookclub

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Peaces: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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1. Peaces by Helen Oyeyemi - I don‘t know. I haven‘t read much of it, but I‘m honestly not really feeling it. Trying to decide if I should just bail...
2. The Voice in the Night by William Hope Hodgson
3. Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir - My friends and I are planning to read it together. 😄
#weekendreads

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My #AprilWrapup
The top row were my favorites. The Schwab was for my friend rec challenge, the third year in a row that this particular friend has selected a book by her. Third time‘s the charm! I actually liked this one.

Total: 7
Print: 0
Ebook: 5
Audio: 2
Fiction: 5
Nonfiction: 2

#booked2021: 4
#friendrecchallenge: 1

MaleficentBookDragon How was the Lost City of Z? The 🎥 was terrible IMO and I was hoping the book was better. 9mo
shadowspeak17 @MaleficentBookDragon I enjoyed the book. I thought it was really interesting. 😊 That‘s too bad about the movie. 9mo
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1. Elantris and A Darker Shade of Magic
2. Ask Me About My Uterus
3. The Only Plane in the Sky
#weekendreads

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Breasts and Eggs | Mieko Kawakami
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Here‘s my #booked2021 first quarter wrap up! I skipped around, as usual, and managed to get through more prompts than I expected, so I‘m quite pleased. 😊 I enjoyed all of them too, except Boca Raton, but at least that one was short. 😅

#SFWrittenByAWoman: The Space Between Worlds
#TranslatedIntoYour1stLanguage: Breasts and Eggs
#HearHere: Just Mercy
#RelatedTo911: The Only Plane in the Sky
#Under150pages: Boca Raton
#LatinxAuthor: Little Eyes

Cinfhen Woohoo ❣️❣️❣️You have until midnight, April 3 to fill out the first quarter form to be entered in our drawing ?
https://bit.ly/3b7rK1E
Well played ✨?
10mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great job! And confirming we have your drawing entry. 🎉🎉 10mo
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I‘ve been having trouble writing reviews lately, so I decided to take a step back and just not post any for a while. But it feels weird not updating what I‘m reading, so here‘s what I‘ve read the past two months. I enjoyed all of them, but the top three were definitely my favorites.

Total: 7
Print: 2
Ebook: 1
Audio: 4
Fiction: 3
Nonfiction: 4

#booked2021: 4
#lmpbc: 1
#friendrecchallenge: 0

#FebruaryWrapUp #MarchWrapUp

Megabooks Very good books there! 10mo
shadowspeak17 @Megabooks Thank you for recommending The Only Plane in the Sky and Hidden Valley Road! I really enjoyed them on audio. 😊 10mo
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1. Elantris by Brandon Sanderson, The Lost City of Z by David Grann, and I Hold a Wolf by the Ears by Laura van den Berg
2. Heaven by Mieko Kawakami
3. The House in the Cerulean Sea, Eartheater, Rebecca, Piranesi, and A Darker Shade of Magic
#weekendreads

booksellerofyourdiscontent I have my first Brandon Sanderson novel lined up to read. A friend bought me Mistborn. Can‘t wait to get in to it! 10mo
shadowspeak17 @booksellerofyourdiscontent Oh, nice! Mistborn was my first Sanderson too, and I loved it. I hope you like it! 😄 10mo
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My reading buddy 😴❤️
#lmpbc #groupv #catsoflitsy #Ember

Soul @shadowspeak17 ... Perfect Buddy! 11mo
rjsthumbelina Hey, just wanted to check on your progress with this one! No rush, but hadn't seen anything updates from you on it in a while. I'm excited to see what all of you had to say about it! 🙃 10mo
shadowspeak17 @rjsthumbelina Oh yeah, no worries, I‘ve finished it. I‘m planning to mail it on Monday. 😊👍🏽 10mo
rjsthumbelina Cool! Thanks for the update 10mo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2
My first ever audiobook done ✅ Thank you to everyone who recommended audiobooks for me, and thank you @Cinfhen for recommending this book specifically. This was a great read/listen. I really enjoyed Stevenson‘s performance. Heartbreaking and informative, the subject matter was hard to stomach at times, but so necessary to hear about.

#booked2021 #hearhere #catsoflitsy #Ember

britt_brooke Audiobooks have been a game changer for me. 💚🎧 Happy you enjoyed! This book is fantastic. Totally opened my mind. (edited) 11mo
Cinfhen I‘m so glad you choose this audiobook 😁Such powerful and heartbreaking stories!!! 11mo
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