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Joined November 2016

Artist • Poet • Reader • Ravenclaw
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The Impossible Us | Sarah Lotz
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Wow, this book is tough to rate/review. Overall, I‘d say it‘s definitely a pick, but there were 100 pages or so when I wasn‘t sure whether or not I‘d finish it. I‘m glad I kept going with it, though. It really was well done. It does tackle a few trigger issues, though, so it‘s not really what I‘d call a lighthearted read. Recommended!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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I‘m between a pick and a so-so on this book, mainly because I didn‘t learn as much as I was hoping in this book. Oddly, I think that‘s because a lot of what I read was already familiar to me, because my family did similar things. Overall, this is a slow-paced read, like sitting on someone‘s front porch and listening to them tell stories all afternoon. For me, it‘s a #borrownotbuy .

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You've Got Mail | Kate G. Smith
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This is not my mailbox. Nor is it the battered up blue mailbox at the gas station that I placed a stack of #LitsyLove and pen pal letters in today. But still, it looks cool. And now I‘m halfway through writing responses. Yay!!

Responses going out to:

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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@AmyG
@Elizabeth2
@KateReadsYA

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KateReadsYA Yay. Can't wait :) 6d
slategreyskies Update: I finished the rest of the #LitsyLove letters this afternoon. Coming your way soon!! They should be in the mailbox tomorrow morning. :) @CaliforniaCay @Pogue @Soubhiville @CoffeeNBooks @BookwormAHN 6d
BookwormAHN Cool mailbox 📬 6d
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slategreyskies @BookwormAHN For some reason, it reminds me of that old cartoon The Jetsons. Not sure if they even had mailboxes on that show, though! 🤣 6d
BookwormAHN Yes it does 😸 6d
AmyG Ha! It does look like a Jetsons mailbox! 6d
UwannaPublishme Love that retro mailbox! 5d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It is cool!! 4d
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The Impossible Us | Sarah Lotz
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Starting this one today! :)

#romantsy 🥰

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Pickpick

Definitely more of a reference book than a “sit down and read it in one go” kind of book. This had a lot of valuable information in it, and although I borrowed it from my library, I intend to purchase a copy so I can mark passages and also have it on hand to refer to as necessary. Highly recommended!!

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Untitled | Anonymous
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This week‘s abstract acrylic painting in progress. :) #LitsyCrafters

Catsandbooks Very cool! I love the colors! 2w
kspenmoll So pretty! 2w
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I‘ve only just finished the introduction and started on the first chapter, but already this book is very good. There‘s a lot of wisdom in these pages. I expect that I will return this to the library and then purchase a copy for myself. As this book is by Judy Hall, the author of Crystal Bible 1,2 & 3, I had high expectations going in, and so far, she‘s not only meeting but exceeding them. ✨

Pic is of part of my crystal collection. :)

IuliaC Awesome collection 😍 2w
TheBookHippie Oooo!!! ♥️ 2w
cinda.marie Beautiful collection and I love the container 🌙 2w
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DGRachel Beautiful! 😍🤩 2w
Leftcoastzen So pretty! 2w
BookwormAHN Gorgeous 💜 2w
Cazxxx Ahh another crystal book to purchase 😁 love the moon tray with the crystals it looks great 😊 2w
TheNeverendingTBR This is so visually pleasing 😍 2w
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I was so disappointed in this book. The majority of the book was a series of interviews between the author and various owners of businesses loosely related to crystals. Sample questions asked of the business owners were gems (see what I did there?) like “How did you first get into crystals?” And “If you were a crystal, which one would you be?” The book had very little new information or substance to it. Extremely disappointing. #borrownotbuy

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I admit this was a huge turn-off. I did not pick up this book so that the author could try to sell me something from her shop. I‘m still hoping the rest of the book will be worth reading, but I‘m quite irritated by this, and I‘m glad that I borrowed this from the library rather than purchasing it. #borrownotbuy

Soubhiville Yeah I‘d be annoyed by that as well. 2w
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“Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.”

Anaïs Nin

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I thought this was going to be a glossy coffee table style book that would be fun to flip through but wouldn‘t have much substance. There‘s nothing wrong with that, and I‘d have enjoyed that as well, but this ended up having more substance than I thought it would have. I ended up using sticky tabs throughout it so I can come back to passages/sections that have ideas I‘ll use in them. I really think this was well done. Recommended!! ✨

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Library haul!! So excited to start this stack! ✨

StaceGhost Yay! HausMagick! I‘m super interested in the 1,001 ways to be creative too 3w
BookwormAHN Nice haul 😺 3w
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I like this! ✨

StaceGhost I love the room spray recipe in this book 3w
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I‘m going in!! ✨

suvata It is on my TBR but I haven‘t been brave enough to start it yet. 4w
slategreyskies @suvata Amy ( @AmyG ) said that she broke it into lives, reading one or two at a time and then another book and then coming back to this one, so I‘m planning to do that too to make it more manageable. 4w
suvata @slategreyskies That sounds like a great idea. I just might do the same thing. 4w
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AmyG Ha! When I saw you tagged me I thought you had finished it! I hope you enjoy it. @suvata You will see if you feel the need to break it up…or just keep going. 4w
Amiable How did you make out with “Kristin Lavransdattar”? Was that one a bail? 4w
Suet624 What a chunkster! 4w
slategreyskies @AmyG I‘m about 70 pages in so far. I‘m aiming for a minimum of 20 pages a day, so I‘ll finish it in under two months (I think). I‘m still on the first life and am really enjoying it so far! 3w
slategreyskies @Amiable Kristin Lavransdatter is being set aside for now, not because I don‘t want to finish it, but because it wasn‘t what I wanted read, so I kept putting off reading. I figured that was a sign to set it down and come back to it in a bit. I‘m hoping to start it again in a few months, maybe even in the fall when the weather cools. I‘d still like to finish it this year. :) 3w
AmyG I‘m glad you are enjoying. It gets better with each life! 3w
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Just Haven't Met You Yet | Sophie Cousens
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Ah, I really enjoyed this lighthearted story. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️!!

#romantsy

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As is the case with many of Judika Illes‘s books, this one is crammed with information. I don‘t recommend reading it straight through. Use it instead as a jumping off point or reference to help you dig deeper in your practice. While I do have her 5,000 spells book, it‘s been a while since I‘ve flipped through it, so I can‘t compare them, but I like having both, as this one is much more portable and has loads of extras in it. Highly recommended!

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Untitled | Anonymous
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Ha!! #LitsyHumor 🤣

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If you‘re in the US (and possibly other locations as well), there are ten free Kindle books available as part of a promotion for World Book Day. The tagged book is one of the ten. Apparently, you can select all ten for free if you want. There are some good ones included. Enjoy!! ✨

PhyllisH Thanks for the info.
Happy World Book Day📚😊
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slategreyskies @PhyllisH Happy World Book Day to you too!! 📚✨ 1mo
Dragon Thanks 🙏 downloaded four books 📚 💚🐉 1mo
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Julsmarshall Thanks so much! Some interesting books here! 1mo
DivineDiana Just saw this! Hope I can still take part. 🤞🏻 1mo
slategreyskies @DivineDiana I think the deals are good for a week. You should be fine. :) 1mo
slategreyskies @Julsmarshall I thought so too! :) 1mo
DivineDiana Thank you! I did get them! 😃 1mo
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The Unhoneymooners | Christina Lauren
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I had so much fun reading this! Four stars!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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Bookzombie 💗 1mo
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I preferred the poems over the memoir, both both were good. I really enjoyed this book. Five stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#poetry

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So much of this book is amazingly achingly beautiful. I‘m only about 120 pages in, but it‘s a five star read so far. I‘m really loving these poems. How have I not read her before!?

#poetry

TheBookHippie ♥️♥️♥️♥️ I love her. 1mo
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As a mama poet myself, I find this hilarious!! 🤣

#poetsoflitsy

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Starting this one this morning. I‘m really looking forward to it. I‘ve actually had this copy for around twenty years, so it‘s about time I‘m finally reading it. It‘s older than my sons! Ha!!

#poetry

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Collected Poems | Federico Garcia Lorca, Christopher Maurer, Catherine Brown
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This book is incredibly tough to rate/review, as the quality of the poems is extremely uneven. Toward the beginning of the book, I was excited to pick this up. There was so much beauty in them. For the first 500 or so pages, I was planning on giving this four stars, taking off one star for sometimes quite glaringly obvious mistranslations. But by the end, it was a slog, and I almost didn‘t finish it. ⬇️ continued ⬇️

slategreyskies It‘s like Lorca forgot everything that was good about life and was determined to focus only on the grotesque. He wrote about blood, excrement, vomit, whores, murder, etc. Oh my god, I wanted to not just throw the book across the room but set it on fire too, and the only reason I finished it is because there was so much beauty at the beginning. Great beginning. Terrible godawful miserable ending. Two stars overall. Zero stars for the end sections. 1mo
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Collected Poems | Federico Garcia Lorca, Christopher Maurer, Catherine Brown
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Picking this up again. At 990 pages, it‘s gonna take me a while. :)

#poetry

Leftcoastzen He‘s wonderful! 2mo
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I didn‘t enjoy this book, mainly because the author felt the need to explain explain explain until I wanted to throw the book against the wall. By the end of it, I was so sick of reading his examples for why something was the way it was. It was really boring in places because of that. I also sometimes felt like he was talking down to me, because he thought I needed all these examples. Still, there were some good points in this. #borrownotbuy ⭐️⭐️

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This was so much fun. Quirky and lighthearted and funny with a just perfect ending. Loved it! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#romantsy

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I haven‘t really been actively creating much lately, so I haven‘t had anything to post for #LitsyCrafters , but I did pull out my watercolors to practice blending colors today. I want to do a larger landscape, but I‘m still trying to figure out which shades go with which. I haven‘t used this palette in a while, so it may take a few more gos until I really am comfortable with the way the colors go together, but it‘s progress, so I‘ll take it. :)

Nutmegnc I love your palette!! 2mo
slategreyskies @Nutmegnc thanks! I made it myself. :) 2mo
Nutmegnc @slategreyskies no way?! For yourself or do you have a shop?? 2mo
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slategreyskies @Nutmegnc I don‘t have a shop, no. I just purchased an empty palette box and a bag of plastic pans. I used liquid watercolors mixed with something clear (I forget the name of it right now) and made sure I labeled the sides of all the pans, so I know what color to replace it with if I use all of one color up. I actually have several palettes I‘ve made, including one old tea tin. For that one, I stuck magnets to the bottoms of the pans to hold them. 2mo
slategreyskies @Nutmegnc it‘s not hard to do, but it does take some patience. I have fun choosing which colors to use in which palettes. Especially the mini palettes like the tiny old tea tin. It‘s only about the side of an Altoids tin, so I had to be really selective about which colors to include. 2mo
Nutmegnc Magnets!! What a great idea!! 2mo
Catsandbooks Wonderful! Any type of creating, no matter how big or small, is important! 2mo
LiseWorks I have been doing lots and lots of book marks lol, getting g ready for the farmers market this year. I have not been doi g any crocheting but I have started cross stich. I had not done so for 27 years. 2mo
slategreyskies @Catsandbooks Yes, I know what you mean. It‘s easy to put off being creative to do other things instead that aren‘t as rewarding (like dishes or laundry or even something like playing around on my phone). Balancing life and making time for creativity can be challenging for me, but it‘s so rewarding when I do. 💕 2mo
slategreyskies @LiseWorks Oh, those both sound great! I think bookmarks are fun to make too. I like to make them blank on the backs, because as I‘m reading, I make lists of words and ideas on the backs of the bookmarks. It‘s kinda cool, and over the years I‘ve amassed a pile of bookmarks with cool word and idea lists on them. Glad you‘re getting into cross stitch too. That sounds fun and relaxing as well. :) 2mo
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Untitled | Anonymous
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It only took me five years!! Ha! 💜🤍✨

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🎉🎊🎉🎊 2mo
AmyG Yay!!! 2mo
BookwormAHN 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
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Megabooks 🎉🎉🎉 2mo
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rockpools 🎉🎉🎉 2mo
mrp27 🎉📚🎉📚 2mo
Jas16 🎉📖👏📚 2mo
TheBookHippie Yay!! 2mo
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Untitled | Anonymous
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🤣🤣🤣

#LitsyHumor

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The Jasmine Throne | Tasha Suri
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Apparently, this is the thousandth book that I‘ve loaded onto my kindle. I think it‘s safe to say that #mountTBR is officially out of control. I‘m not sure whether to be pleased or horrified. Who am I kidding!? I‘m pleased! I‘ll never run out of books to read!! Score! 🤣

Clare-Dragonfly Ooh, I just put this one on hold! It sounds so good! 2mo
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Up next!! After My Favorite Half-Night Stand, I‘m super excited to read this one. I think the Christina Lauren duo is going to be an auto buy author for me from now on. 😍

#romantsy

peanutnine I love their books! Every one I've read I've loved. I hadn't heard of this one though - thanks for bringing it to my attention! 2mo
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My Favorite Half-Night Stand | Christina Lauren
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This is the first book in a while that I‘ve read that was so good I really wanted to tell my husband to stop talking to me so I could read my book. It took me an extra 12 hours or so to read it because of that. Ha! I didn‘t want to put it down. I loved these characters! Five stars!! 😍

#romantsy

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My Favorite Half-Night Stand | Christina Lauren
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I started this last night, and I‘m loving it so far. Sadly, I need to put it down for a while so I can do our taxes. Ugh. Hopefully I can get them done in under three hours this year!! Finishing this book later will be my reward for filing the taxes!! 🌻🌼

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After We Fell | Anna Todd
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I have to admit that, even though I flew through this, I didn‘t enjoy it. I mean, there were parts that were okay, but I did think up a way to describe the drama and toxicity. Here goes: this book is like what the Jerry Springer Show would be like if it were a romance novel. I think that says it all. #Hessa #romantsy

bookishdawg Great review! 😂 2mo
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It‘s here, Amy!! I laughed when I opened it. It barely fit in the box!! Ha! Thanks so much!! I‘m really looking forward to it! ❤️!!

AmyG Hahaha. It didn‘t fit in the envelopes I have so I sort of made it fit into the box. 🤣 I hope you enjoy it! 2mo
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The Complete Poems | Anne Sexton
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This is the poetry book of which I own the most amount of copies. I think I have four copies of it. At least four. It‘s been a long time since I‘ve read it through. When I first read it, it inspired me to write unlike any other poet ever has. Since I‘ve been struggling with being authentic in my writing lately, I figured I‘d pull out Anne again to see if she can help me now like she did all those years ago. Wish me luck! I‘m going in!! 🤍📓🤍📚🤍

TheSpineView Love her poetry! Enjoy! 2mo
Dragon 🍀💚🐉 2mo
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I highly recommend this book. If you‘ve ever been put down, been judged, been trolled, been made to feel less than, then you need to read this book. I‘m blown away by it. She took the negative and turned it into positive. In this book, I felt like she was changing the narrative. So incredibly well done. Five stars. #poetry

nichollinlove I went straight to my library app and reserved it! Great review! 2mo
slategreyskies @nichollinlove I want to hand this book out to all the women I know. I‘m so glad you‘ll get a chance to read it. 💕 2mo
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I loved the first half of this book, but then it went downhill fast. I felt like they‘d run out of things to talk about, and there were words and words and more words, but no real meaning to them. I hate saying that, because it feels harsh to me, but I just didn‘t get the second half of the book, and I was so incredibly bummed, because after the first half, I had such high expectations. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Jacklight | Louise Erdrich
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I‘m giving this three stars. It‘s not that it‘s not well written, because it is. I just really didn‘t enjoy it. Oh well. On to the next!! #poetry

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Five stars!! I loved these poems!! #poetry

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I mailed this off today. I‘m sorry it‘s a few days late. I forgot that I wanted to mail it earlier this week and didn‘t remember until today. Tracking says it should be there by Tuesday, Jill. Thanks to all of you for a great round of #LMPBC! I had fun and read several books I wouldn‘t have read otherwise. I‘d say that‘s a success!! 🤍💛

slategreyskies @Bookwormjillk While there‘s no packaging material inside the envelope with the book, there is something besides the book that can be damaged if sliced with scissors, so use care when opening it when it arrives. 🤍 2mo
Bookwormjillk Thanks for the warning! 2mo
slategreyskies @Bookwormjillk It‘s out for delivery today. :) 2mo
Crazeedi Can you email me? crazeedi73@gmail.com. thanks!! 2mo
slategreyskies @Crazeedi just sent it! :) 2mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love it!!! 2mo
Smrloomis Never thought of that before 😄 2mo
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I loved this one. I didn‘t realize until reading her introduction to Anne Sexton‘s poems that she and Anne were good friends. Once you know that, you can see Anne in several of the poems in this book, even though her name isn‘t specifically mentioned in all of the instances. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️!! :)

First book done for #sharreadathon
First book also for #20in4

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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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Okay, here are my #readathon goals. I want to finish the two poetry books on the bottom row. I also want to read Mr. Penumbra as my last book for this round of #LMPBC. Then, I want to knock out 100 pages of Kristin Lavransdatter for #ChunksterChallenge2022. I‘ve lost traction on that one and am hoping to get back into it. All in all, should be a fun and productive weekend. Thanks for hosting this #20in4 readathon, Andrew!! :)

Bookwormjillk #LMPBC and #ChunksterChallenge are on my radar for this weekend too! 3mo
AmyG Ah, that is my Chunkster for the second half of the year. 3mo
Andrew65 Great to have you with us, good luck. 😊👍 3mo
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slategreyskies @AmyG Do you have a copy of it yet? If not, once I finish reading it, I‘d be more than willing to send it to you. 💕 3mo
AmyG I do have a copy….it was a gift. Thank you so much! I have 2 lives left of mine! 3mo
Amiable I slowed down in “Kristin” too —still plodding along, but not on track as planned. I‘m about 67% of the way through it. 3mo
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OMG this takes me back #LitsyHumor 🤣

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After We Collided | Anna Todd
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#Pantone2022 Snow White

Clwojick 💖💖 3mo
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