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thegirlwiththelibrarybag

Joined May 2016

🇦🇺 books, memes, music & vegemite sandwiches 📖 http://goodreads.com/sharnibee
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Today, I hit the kind of bored that had me, a collection services officer, rummaging through the compactus for yellow paper to make a ☀️

Excited to see if the public are going to be keen to borrow yellow books!

Soubhiville It would catch my eye! I love yellow. 15h
Chelsea.Poole Pretty display! ☀️ 15h
JessClark78 The sun looks good. 14h
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thegirlwiththelibrarybag @Soubhiville, even though it‘s right next to a window, it‘s a surprisingly dark corner… yellow pops quite nicely against the dark grey of the shelves - so I‘m hopeful that it moves. The lunar new year display didn‘t do as well as I‘d hoped - so 🤞🏼 12h
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @Chelsea.Poole, thanks 🌞 12h
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @JessClark78, thanks! It‘s been a long time since I‘ve traced around the outside of a bowl to get a perfect circle. It made the afternoon go just a little bit faster 🌞 12h
Rissreads 💛 My favourite colour! 💛 It looks fabulous! 👏🏻 11h
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THIS WAS SO GOOD! I was so hooked, I was genuinely annoyed that I had to go to work and had to wait to finish this. When the pieces all finally slot into place, I had to put the book down for a couple of minutes - just to process. *chiefs kiss*

Traci1 I started this one on audio, but it was just too hard to follow because of the format. I'm gonna need to get it in print. 2d
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @Traci1, oh yes, that would be an issue. Print version also has a handy who‘s who list at the start ☺️ 2d
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I mean… I think I still hold the crown for the most unusual name in the family…

Certainly no fancy name stickers in the shops with my name on it… (a source of such disappointment for my younger self)

CBee Same! I still look to see if they have keychains with my name - they still don‘t 😂🤪 2d
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @CBee, it‘s still a disappointment to me now to be honest 😜 my little brother made a wooden keyring that he‘d carved my name into once - it was hideous but I loved it. 2d
TheBookHippie My daughter Rachael had this too most of the time it‘s spelled Rachel. 2d
CBee @thegirlwiththelibrarybag me too 😂 And what a sweet gift from your brother ♥️ 2d
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#MotivationalMonday

1. Survive the heat & trying not to roll my eyes at anyone who complains about the lack of summer in the cooler months only to complain about the hot days 🙄

2. Mickey Mouse. Mum tells hilarious stories about toddler me being absolutely unimpressed about being gifted Minnie Mouse stuff.

Mum had to buy “boys” undies with Mickey on them as I‘d refuse them if they just had Minnie.

3. I‘m looking forward to travelling ✈️

Cupcake12 Got to love Mickey ❤️ Thank you joining in x 2d
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Is Ashleigh not a reasonably common name?

🤔🤔

Brb - gonna message my sister and let her know that her name is unusual 🤭

Aimeesue 😂😂😂 3d
julesG Maybe the spelling, but I don't think it's unusual. 2d
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @julesG - I would say this is the classic “girl” spelling. I went to school with an Ashleigh, Ashlee and Ashlea 🤣 2d
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marleed Haha. I recently read a book that carried on about how unusual the name Ezra was to a young generation. I really love the name but thought the author should have reviewed social security/babynames where she‘d learn it ranks #25 in popularity in the US. 2d
julesG I've seen Ashly and Ashlie here in Germany. The worst spelling of a name I've come across so far was "Eyeline" for Eileen. The poor 15-y/o had to spell her first name for me and I had to keep a straight face. - - - - - my current ARC has an Ashleigh as well. 2d
julesG @marleed Right?! It's so easy to check. 2d
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @julesG, I feel for kids who have “classic” names with novelty spelling - that‘s a lifetime of having to spell your name out and having it misspelled in work emails or in the case of poor Eyeline - mispronouncing and (probably) constant commentary. 1d
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @marleed, I would have easily believed that it was a less common name for Gen Z or Gen Alpha - but that‘s only because I don‘t know any with the name. Absolutely an easy one to gather data on. 1d
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It‘s 1.30AM and I‘m reluctantly putting the book mark in 😫

CaramelLunacy Just finished this one, and it was so hard to convince myself to put it down 3d
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @CaramelLunacy, I can believe it! I‘m glad I did put the bookmark in but only because there was some unexpected kitchen demolition in the flat below me which would have really irritated me if I‘d been sound asleep when it started (as it was, it started minutes after my wake up alarm went off) but I‘m keen to get home to it (I‘m on the closing shift so I still have hours to wait 😭) 3d
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Gave myself a cardboard cut on the index finger of my dominant hand… pretty sure that means I can go home now… Work drew first blood.

I thought all was well and took the bandaid off… but that sucker just reopened 😐 (it‘s not deep, it‘s just in an annoying spot)

Lunakay I like your little green work buddy😍 1w
julesG Spray plaster (?) helped me after a similar work accident. Cut didn't want to stay closed otherwise. Hope it heals quickly. 1w
Reggie Don‘t squeeze lemon into tea or on lobster anytime soon. It‘ll burn! 1w
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thegirlwiththelibrarybag @Reggie, 🍋 is off the menu!! 1w
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @julesG, ooh! Not in the first aid kit but I might investigate at the pharmacy if it keeps reopening (i want to take the bandaid off so bad!) 1w
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @Lunakay 🍐 thanks! It‘s a pincushion that‘s just too cute to not look at everyday 1w
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First library book chat of the year. Each month a colleague and I talk about 4 of our recent reads (⬆️ those are mine). Last year,our best attended session had 10 people - so we were both surprised when 16 people showed up today 🫢 had to hustle to the photocopier to copy the reading list because we were caught unprepared.

I‘m not one to prepare notes, I freestyle - and all in all - happy with how today went.

julesG Would love to attend one of your talks. 1w
CarolynM Sounds like a great session🙂 1w
GlassAsDiamonds Oh Isobel Carmody 🤣🤣🤣 I think she broke me for reading incomplete series 1w
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thegirlwiththelibrarybag @GlassAsDiamonds, right! I‘m so cautious with series now 😂 I‘ve always meant to circle back and finish Obernewtyn but the timing has never been right - the last book came out in 2015 - so finishing this series is one of my reading goals for the year! I think I read the first four before I got sick of waiting and swore off reading her books until she completed a series. 1w
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @CarolynM, it‘s great to see library events start to attract pre Covid numbers again. The real test is seeing how many come back next month. 1w
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @julesG, too kind! ☺️ 1w
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Weather: A novel | Jenny Offill
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I don‘t usually chose my books by how likely I am to be able to have finished them by the next afternoon but since that‘s the situation I found myself in, I‘m quite pleased that this is the one I landed on.

This had an unusual style - it‘s more vibe based than plot but basically we follow Lizzie as she goes about her life as a mother, wife, sister, librarian, unofficial shrink & climate podcaster email answerer and see how each role intersects.

OhNoMersault This author has such an interesting style. 1w
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Weather: A novel | Jenny Offill
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Me googling “short audiobooks” the day before I‘m meant to be speaking at the first “book chat” of the year when I realise I‘m a book shy 🤓 I‘m at 56% now and the session is in the early afternoon… so there is a solid chance I‘m going to pull this off…

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Doughnuts and Doom | Balazs Lorinczi
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This was fun! My library hold took forever (almost a year!) to come through - but it was worth the wait (and I do like being the first reader, the cover was so shiny)

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Obernewtyn | Isobelle Carmody
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It‘s so strange revisiting Obernewtyn because I remember some parts so strongly and other parts feel brand new… it‘s also strange because I hold memories of characters who I love but who you only get glimmers of in book one (and those glimmers are not always complimentary).

This is very much an introductory book, it sets up the world, the characters and what‘s at stake - and I really had a great time reacquainting myself with Elspeth & co.

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This fell out of one of the newspapers yesterday… so I stuck it up on the wall of the circ desk… TBD if it makes it through the weekend 😂

CarolynM Are you going? 2w
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @CarolynM, I wish! Wasn‘t successful in buying tickets. Still, I‘m loving seeing videos of people‘s outfits - they look incredible! 2w
Rissreads She is spreading joy to so many! 💙 1w
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @Rissreads, it‘s sparked some lovely conversations with patrons and some sour grapes with few of my colleagues 🤣 I told them to shake it off (they didn‘t get the reference) 1w
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As Happy as Here | Jane Godwin
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I really loved most of this coming of age story… but the ending - Jemma deserved so much better but I guess that‘s also kind of the point.

3 very different girls share a hospital room, forced proximity means there are no secrets or privacy and a friendship of sorts arises. When they spot something strange out the window one day, they realise they hold the key to unravelling a recent local burglary spree. With tragic consequences, obviously.

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Obernewtyn | Isobelle Carmody
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Me mid way through telling someone that I was reading Obernewyton by Isobelle Carmody

Them : oooh, by the lady who wrote the Chrestomanci books?

Me in a horrified whisper : that‘s Diana Wynne Jones

Anyway, I read the majority of IC books in high school before I got entirely too impatient with her publishing schedule. The last book published in 2015 & I really want to finish the series but it‘s been awhile so I‘m back at bk 1 this time on 🎧

thegirlwiththelibrarybag For context : I‘ve never had anyone in my age group, who enjoys books, who lives in Australia to just have never heard of Isobelle Carmody. I do love talking about Diana Wynne Jones tho - so I was happy to redirect the conversation in that direction. 2w
Ruthiella I can see why you became a librarian. It‘s all about information! ℹ️ 2w
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @Ruthiella 😅 Diana Wynne Jones is one of my all time favourite authors 2w
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How to avoid a hot summer day

(Tight Ass Tuesday edition)

Gissy Nice 2w
julesG 🤣🤣🤣🤣 You go girl!! 2w
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Lonely Planet Melbourne & Victoria | Lonely Planet, Kate Armstrong, Peter Dragicevich, Cristian Bonetto, Kate Morgan, Trent Holden
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I am eating cereal, sitting near the AC on my living room floor after midnight thinking about all the people who complained about the lack of summer this year (I told them all, summer was coming)

Top of 36°C / 97°F today

I‘ve got a laser appointment in the morning and then I think I‘ll hit the cinema - see what gems cheap Tuesday has to offer (lowkey will just see whatever is on the closest to my arrival time)

Tamra We‘re on the flip side where I‘ve been complaining about no winter, but it is likely to wallop us with a blizzard at some point. Like in April. 😂😂 2w
julesG Cinema in summer is perfect. Until you leave and the dynamic duo of heat and humidity hits you right in the face and nearly pulls the legs from under you. 2w
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @julesG, I saw 4 movies… the cool change has come, so my plan has worked perfectly (my apartment is gonna be super hot from being shut up all day tho 😬) 2w
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Currently struggling through the “Sharni, pick a book and finish it” challenge 🤘🏼

I‘ve started 2 audiobooks, I‘m part way through a book of short stories from Netgalley, part way through a library ebook and then there is my ever growing pile of physical books 🤪 I‘m usually a 1 book/1 audio at a time kind of reader so idk what I‘m doing right now but I‘m a week out from the library‘s first book chat of the year so some focus is needed, STAT

LeahBergen I get anxious when I have too many books on the go. 😆 2w
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @LeahBergen, same! I don‘t like it at all 2w
Rissreads @LeahBergen @thegirlwiththelibrarybag me too! I try to stick with 1 audio and 1 physical book. 1w
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LeahBergen @Rissreads I find that I‘m okay with a novel and a nonfiction book on the go. That‘s my happy spot. 😆 1w
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @LeahBergen @Rissreads - I finished both my audiobooks, my time with one of the library books ran out so that‘s gone back and I finished the MG novel… so i‘m down to just 3 books on the go 😬😅 1w
LeahBergen Phew! 😅 1w
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Idk why but I started getting targeted IG ads for this 2016 comic… but volume 1 was free so I read it 🤣

It‘s pretty dramatic - lots of angst. I‘ve been having trouble focusing on anything but I read this over two evenings, which is an absolute win.

It genuinely hurts my soul to see Neighbor spelled without the U tho 🤪

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Gorgeous gorgeous girls are a bit surprised when they open up book mail and realise that they ordered book one which they‘ve already read and not the new one…

(It‘s ordered now - and it will match this one)

julesG And the cover matches the carpet. (*duck* 🤭 couldn't help myself) 3w
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @julesG, it‘s an aesthetic match! 3w
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That feeling when someone tests covid positive towards the end of the work day… triggering multiple covid policies and all the rat tests expired yesterday…

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Tested anyway and so far so good, new tests should turn up tomorrow.

IndoorDame 🤞🏼 3w
Soubhiville Uh oh. Fingers crossed for you. 3w
AmyG Hope you are negative. 🤞🏻 Two dear friends of mine just tested positive. 3w
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Aims42 Hope you stay negative 🤞 3w
ravenlee Oh no! I hope you‘re okay and the new tests confirm it. 3w
LeeRHarry I wouldn‘t stress about the tests being just out of date. 🤞you‘re ok. 3w
rubyslippersreads Good luck. 🤞 3w
Ruthiella Agree, the out of date test should still work. Hoping you are all right. 🤞 3w
Deblovestoread 🤞🏼 3w
dabbe #fingerscrossed ❤️💜🩷 3w
LeahBergen I used a slightly out of date test and it worked well when I was Covid positive. 3w
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @LeeRHarry, it‘s more that it‘s a little bit funny being just a day over the expiry. The email that went around said that they might not pick up the latest Covid variants. The email wasn‘t completely clear on who is considered a close contact either so idk. I barely had any crossover with that colleague, so should be ok. 3w
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @LeahBergen, I‘m assuming that the person who tested positive also used the same just out of date test… we all have the same, work provided ones. 3w
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @AmyG, this latest strain has claimed a couple of my friends and colleagues too - hope everyone is doing ok in the aftermath. 3w
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The Wolf at the Door | Charlie Adhara
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I‘ve decided that 2024 is the year I‘m gonna finish some series. And that means rereading to continue - so here I am, on audio this time, feeling super normal about the whole thing…

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Funniest email I‘ve ever had from Spotify…

My two moods (according to Spotify) are : optimism and unrelenting existential dread

Anyway, I discovered a whole bunch of cool new music in January so who knows what my future emails from Spotify will bring.

Rissreads I‘m going to look at mine now! What fun! 🤣 4w
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @Rissreads, that‘s my interpretation of the those two being my top 2 😂 4w
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Changing up the Teen display again…

halfway through the week and 🙃 it‘s been a slog. Schools are back which means traffic is back… I was not mentally prepared to get stuck in a traffic jam two blocks from work 😖 almost made me late (I turned around the earliest opportunity and went on a side street adventure)

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Kylie Minogue | Mara Isabel Snchez Vegara
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This is the first Little People, Big Dreams book i've read with an Australian star - and as an Aussie who grew up singing along with Kylie - what a great place to start. The illustrations seemed especially gorgeous - and I loved that Dannii got a mention, as did Kylie's battle with breast cancer. #netgalley

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I‘ve been watching the story around Robinson‘s Bookstore owner Susanne Horman comments on X around diverse stories develop. The story has been picked up from Instagram by a variety of news sources (reputable and click bait).

So far they‘ve gone for the gaslighting option in apologising only for people who might have been offended. No accountability, just a wild claim that the screenshots had been edited and taken out of context.

Cuilin This attitude is everywhere, the world‘s gone mad. 😠 1mo
batsy The push for "less diversity" seems to be well and truly heating up ? 1mo
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Tamra Does the owner have any idea how difficult it has been and is for parents & teachers to get books with diverse characters into kids‘ hands? In fact we need more with kids & teens of all types of backgrounds & life experiences represented. I had the hardest time finding picture books & early readers with brown/black kids just being kids! 1mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @Tamra, don‘t think she cares tbh, this is all pretty consistent with earlier behaviour (that hasn‘t attracted as much attention). The ongoing response has been an interesting choice in deflection. 1mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @batsy, it‘s disappointing to see, I hang out in more progressive bookish spaces so it‘s always 😖 when I get reminded that that isn‘t the baseline for everyone. 1mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @Cuilin, happily more “this isn‘t acceptable” people in the comments than the “I can‘t believe they are defaming you with your own words” crowd… 1mo
CarolynM I met her a few years ago. Let‘s just say that this is consistent with her behaviour towards me then. 2w
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @CarolynM, she sounds awful, sorry that you had the experience of meeting her. 2w
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This was on my tbr pile of books I bought at an op (thrift) shop because it looked interesting… not sure how long I‘ve had this one - but it absolutely sent me down an internet rabbit hole to discover what I could about Ruth M. Hawker - which I‘ve since added to her GR page. Put my GR librarian powers to good use.

I‘ve never seen this kind of notice before! Truely a glimpse into a different time.

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A rather gorgeous slice of life fiction about town girl, Heather, who gets sent to spend her holidays with her uncle who lives on a remote outback farm when her mother is called away to take care of a sick relative. Heather makes a friend, learns to ride a horse, writes a brilliant essay about her holiday and overcomes several sticky situations with good cheer.

Originally published in 1950 - this is a nostalgic look at (white) rural life in 🇦🇺

thegirlwiththelibrarybag 📕 Heather at Magpie Creek by Ruth M. Hawker, first published in 1950 by Geoffrey Cumberlege for Oxford University Press. 1mo
LeahBergen This sounds like my cup of tea! 🥰 1mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @LeahBergen, probably not the easiest to find - I bought it in an op shop ages ago because I thought the cover was cute. 1mo
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LeahBergen Oh, I just realized that this is by the same author as the cute vintage children‘s book that @CarolynM sent to me! You can see my post here: 1mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @LeahBergen, oooh! That‘s too good! Would you like this one too? I wasn‘t planning on keeping it, I‘d be happy to send it on. 1mo
LeahBergen Oh, you‘re so thoughtful! I live in Canada so it would be too pricey to send it along to me. Thanks for the kind offer, though! 😘😘 1mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @LeahBergen, I don‘t think it would be too bad (looking at the Australia Post website) - so I really don‘t mind. I‘m hoping to visit Canada this year ☺️ my leave has all been approved but November feels very far away at this point. 1mo
CarolynM @LeahBergen How fun! I‘d never heard of her when I found the Wombat Flat book, but apparently she published 14 books! A name to look out for in the second hand bookshops🙂 1mo
LeahBergen @thegirlwiththelibrarybag I would love to have it! And I‘ll send you a little something in return. 😊 1mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @CarolynM, there is precious little information about her online, the State Library of South Australia looks like they‘ve got almost all of her books. Not the easiest to access! Makes you wonder how many authors (and lady authors especially) have been almost completely vanished without a trace. 1mo
LeahBergen @thegirlwiththelibrarybag @CarolynM This seems like a common occurrence for many mid 20th century children‘s authors. 😕 1mo
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Howls Moving Castle | Diana Wynne Jones
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Very mixed feelings about HMC getting the fairy loot treatment…

It‘s not a pastel book, this makes it look like a fairytale romance…

https://community.fairyloot.com/howls-moving-castle-by-diana-wynne-jones/

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Starling House | Alix E. Harrow
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I loved reading this so much that I had to buy a copy for myself - and while researching prices, I saw that Barnes & Noble had an exclusive edition with a bonus epilogue… so obviously had to have that one (after I talked myself down from buying an illumicrate edition with sprayed edges).

ShyBookOwl Bonus epilogue! I've never heard of an author doing that. How fun! 1mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @ShyBookOwl, it was a gorgeous epilogue! but I kind of hate that this kind of thing is usually restricted to certain markets (I live in Australia where this version isn‘t available in store - because there isn‘t a Barnes & Noble here). I think it‘s a semi regular occurrence, exclusives tied to the big bookstore chains to encourage people to shop with them rather than Amazon (edited) 1mo
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The Lord of the Rings | J. R. R. Tolkien
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I‘m all set for the extended edition lord of the rings marathon… turned up early to make sure I got the seat I wanted 💪🏼 (the seats at the Astor vary wildly in comfort - I don‘t think they are the original 1936 seats but maybe they are?)

Maybe should have worn shoes that didn‘t clash with the carpet… (please excuse the weird tan the top of my feet are currently rocking… genuinely perplexed by the tan lines I have)

Ruthiella Enjoy the next what, NINE hours? 🙀😂 1mo
julesG Hope you didn't overdue it with the lembas bread. 😁😁 1mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @Ruthiella, it‘s a little over 12 hours ☺️ (sitting through return of the king does get a little hard) (edited) 1mo
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thegirlwiththelibrarybag @julesG, honestly I failed at the snack part… had to rush out for a service station sandwich after the first movie (the curried egg part was alright but the lettuce and bread were disappointing) 1mo
julesG That's a shame. Better luck next year. 😉 1mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @julesG, I‘ll be there 😍 (I was honestly so happy to see it on at the Astor because they always play the extended editions - the last two years I‘ve been to the Lido and it‘s honestly hard to go back to the original versions) 1mo
julesG I think I haven't seen the extended versions yet. But it's my fault, I keep ignoring my son's cries for a rewatch-athon 1mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @julesG, sounds like something that‘s easily remedied! 1mo
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Nearly broke my no crying at work rule today.

That‘s gonna be a fun incident report to write up tomorrow morning. There was just ✨ so much ✨ colourful language.

BethM Oh no! Sending peaceful vibes. 1mo
Dilara Oh dear. I hope you're fine. 1mo
Ruthiella Sorry to hear that. ❤️ 1mo
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marleed Ohh no🤬 1mo
WorldsOkayestStepMom I hope you're okay. I've cried at a couple of different jobs & it sucked while it happened. 1mo
MaureenMc 💗 1mo
CarolynM Hope you‘re ok. {{Hugs}} 1mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @BethM, thanks. Usually it is pretty peaceful but this week, not so much 🫤 1mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @Dilara, I was pretty shaken, but nothing that hanging out with my grandparents for a bit couldn‘t remedy. I‘m very lucky that they live close by. 1mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @Ruthiella, it happens so rarely that it‘s always a shock when someone goes that extra bit out of their way to be unpleasant (this guy came in with the same angry monologue two days running) 1mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @marleed, honestly it‘s a shame that it‘s frowned upon in customer facing settings to match the customers language because - that might have thrown him for a second 🤔 1mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @WorldsOkayestStepMom, I think my annoyance at being close to tears because a man yelled at me overpowered everything else 🙃 I was shaking tho, in the lift after I‘d successfully removed myself from the situation. Doing better - but I‘m not hanging around if I see him again. 1mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @CarolynM, branch manager hasn‘t acknowledged my incident report so not looking great for whoever gets caught in his rant next time. Heck of a way to celebrate my work anniversary 🙃 doing ok - glad it the weekend tho! 1mo
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“I do,” Boehm said. “Mr. Vice-President, I have no answers for you at this time. All I know - all any of us know at the moment - are two things. One, the President is by all outward and most inward appearances entirely healthy for a 63-year-old man. Two, his brain is absolutely gone.”

Absolutely entertaining story about what the White House staff do when they realise the POTUS‘s brain is gone.

Also available as a free short story on Tor.com

Texreader I just have to read this one!!! 1mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @Texreader, I couldn‘t resist when it popped up as an audiobook option on Libby. 1mo
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The Lord of the Rings | J. R. R. Tolkien
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I‘m off to an extended edition lord of the rings marathon next weekend - and I‘m so excited!

I see the trilogy on an almost yearly basis in cinema - and I‘m so chuffed that it‘s back at The Astor - not just because it‘s the last standing, single screen movie palace in Melbourne but because they always play the extended editions (Lido may have the comfier seats but the theatrical edition don‘t have Legolas & Gimli trying to out drink each other)

Bklover Enjoy!! 1mo
Texreader This quote made me lol! 😆 1mo
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I love that I saw this on tiktok and then again on Instagram… and it probably originated on tumblr 😂

Ruthiella 😂 Lestat would 100% be on all the social media platforms! 1mo
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Supper Club OGN | Jackie Morrow
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I really liked this - it‘s a mostly vibes kind of story but it bought me back to my last year of high school complete with personal and friendship drama, and worry about what the future holds and if you‘ll get the grades to get into the university you want… it‘s all very relatable. I didn‘t have a Supper Club tho.

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Retired from acting… straight into the world of fiction publishing…

Would he not just consider… enjoying his retirement? He‘s in his 90s.

(I‘m personally not a fan of actors deciding to try their hand at writing. Would this have been published without his name attached?)

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The Frog Princess | E. D. Baker
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Princess Emma meets talking frog while she‘s hanging out at the swamp to avoid a boring suitor who her Mother wants to match her with. Frog claims to be Prince, asks for a simple kiss but instead of turning him human, Emma becomes a frog - and that‘s where the adventure really gets going.

This was cute, I‘m quite partial to frog Princess stories.

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Pure Chance | Gillian Rubinstein
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I picked this up at an op shop recently because it‘s Gillian Rubinstein!

She‘s best known for Space Demons and for her fantasy novels set in feudal Japan written under the pen name Lian Hearn.

Anyway, this was a sweet little read about a girl who longed for a pony - and got one by PURE CHANCE (that‘s Spud‘s show name) 🐎

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Across the Wall | Garth Nix
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Hahahahaha - at me from 5 years ago being like “gonna read this soon” THE OPTIMISM! I am still totally planning on reading this soon!

I also miss this fence from the clothes line courtyard of my old apartment building. It was just aesthetically pleasing!

ravenlee “Soon” is such a relative term… 1mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @ravenlee 🤣😂 - you are so right! 1mo
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Ahh, 2018 : the funko pop era was at its peak!!!

I also miss having this many books on my desk. These were the good old days when shelf ready was just a small ominous dot on the horizon.

thegreensofa I love the grey mullet 😁! Or is it David Bowie as one of his alter egos 🤔. I miss David Bowie! (edited) 1mo
Gissy I‘m still a funko fan🙋🏽‍♀️ 1mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @Gissy, I downsized my collection - but I love the ones that remain 🤩 1mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @thegreensofa, I had a few from Labyrinth - so pretty sure it was the glitter version of the goblin king 1mo
RaeLovesToRead Aww, I have funko pop Jareth, but mine isn't glittery! Haha 1mo
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The Little Broomstick | Mary Stewart
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This was my very first Mary Stewart, at this point I had no idea that she was actually better known for her writing for adults (she is credited for developing the romantic mystery genre) anyway 2018 me was just amused at the chokehold 20th century British women fantasy novelists seem to have on Japanese animated film makers.

Anyway, more books should have chapter heading illustrations!

CarolynM I still want us to buddy read that Mary Stewart novel you sent me. I‘ll get back to you about it soon, I promise. 1mo
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Would you take financial advice from a man who went with this photo with white background for his book cover? 🧐

(This is about to be deleted from my camera roll - and comes to you from January 2018)

Susanita IKR! I‘m happy with my financial advisor, but in his profile picture he looks like he‘s running his Saturday errands. 1mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @Susanita, in this instance an all text cover with a little author photo on the back would have looked better/more professional. 1mo
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Paper Girls Vol. 3 | Brian K. Vaughan
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Take it easy, Clan of the Cave Bear

(Some absolute gems from my camera roll - from January 2018)

I loved this series, I didn‘t always know what was happening but I enjoyed the journey.

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I‘ve started the process of decluterring my camera roll and wow do I take a lot of random photos - including this one from January 2018. Probably to laugh about how bad the cover is in the work friends group chat 🤣 because what are library friends for if not for laughing at bad covers?

Bookwormjillk Looks like Sport…Or Else 🤣 1mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @Bookwormjillk, was the photoshoot done at gun point? Was he happy about having this book published? Was anyone brave enough to suggest he smile? Is his smile more terrifying than him not smiling? I just have so many questions! 1mo
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1. Noddy‘s red & yellow car (Enid Blyton) - my own car reminds me of this a little bit - which is why I named her Enid 🥰

2. The 🍎 car (Richard Scarry) - it was so validating when this picture book came through the library chute - I thought I‘d hallucinated the television show.

3. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Ian Fleming) - I wish my car could fly high above peak hour traffic and take me on beach adventures rather than… just to work 😭

#tlt

dabbe Love all three! 🤩🤩🤩 2mo
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Just had my Covid booster shot - and mentioned to the pharmacist that I worked across the road at the library - and she was like - oh! Are you going back to work after this? Can you return my book? 😂🤣

Of course I can!

Ruthiella Now that‘s service! 😆 2mo
LeeRHarry Good book choice too. 😊 2mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @LeeRHarry, I lost interest once I realised it was a 5 book series 😅 2mo
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thegirlwiththelibrarybag @Ruthiella, community outreach 😂 2mo
BookishMadHatter I've had people do this to me at the grocery store and my kids school too lol #smalltownlife 2mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @BookishMadHatter, that‘s kind of nice (potentially slightly annoying at times) 2mo
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A school principal that makes Miss Trunchbull look mild, a green bottle bought for .50c that contains a green genie who gleefully greens up the school and a no meat message that‘s delivered with absolutely no subtlety and lots of comedy in the form of unintended wishes being granted and the green bottle getting filled by unaware adults with all sorts of liquids much to the genies dismay. Started strong but it tapered off a bit.

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Ponder and William | Barbara Softly
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Broken into seasons, William spends a weekend with his beloved cousin Winifred and Ponder the pyjama case (who is real like Hobbs the Tiger is and can act independently while simultaneously storing William‘s pyjamas). Each season contains 2 stories (and a song!!) all quite lovely and gentle but not particularly exciting for an adult reader…

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I‘ve decided that I need to read some books off my middle grade shelves with the view of reducing my collection so that they all fit nicely.

Pretty sure I can read and watch NCIS at the same time…

Susanita NCIS Sydney or original? 2mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @Susanita, I finished Sydney and then the OG series just queued itself up and started playing… and I‘ve never seen it from the start, I started watching it (back in the day) when Ziva joined the team. There‘s just so much of it - I‘ll see how much I get through before my attention wanders… 2mo
Gissy So good to see shelves full of books📚😍❤️ 2mo
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