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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.
Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels or anything in those genres – join them.

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Hope you all had a good week, so much has gone on in a week worldwide it is amazing. What caught my eye was the terrible fires in California, the celebration of 100 years since Armistice Day and of course the USA elections.

What I read last week:

I finished my reread of The Girl in Times Square. I was amazed at how much I had forgotten and I did enjoy it all over again.  A Family Recipe – a library book was very enjoyable and the Jill Mansell audio was very engaging and had me chuckling away. Julia Quinn’s book is a review book.

What I am reading now:

Sometimes I just feel like an urban fantasy from a favourite author!

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Listening to…

This is for an online book club, so far I am glad I went the audio path as its working out well this way.

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Up next:

I think I’ll do a reread, not quite sure what. During November I am wanting to fit in a couple of rereads. Possibly this one – set in England, steeped in the Church of England and with quite a bit of psychology and theology. However I have read the whole series and was fascinated by the characters so I would like to reread the whole series again at some point.  No I don’t belong to the C of E, but the character development in these books is what I remember.

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Last Week’s Posts

The Man She Married   Cathy Lamb

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Month in Review

Reading Month in Review for October

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Welcome in, do join me by sharing your link to your look back at this month. I’m looking forward to visiting and seeing what everyone has been up to.  The link will be open for you to share your post whenever you post over the next few days.  Do visit each others’ posts.

Total books read this month:  17

And all worth reading!

New to me authors:

Emily Madden
Veronica Henry
Louise Miller
Karen Schaler
Fleur Beale
Joanna Nell

Reading Challenge Update:

No challenges completed this month, although have furthered along my audio book challenge, but to complete would need to listen to 5 more. Maybe, maybe not.

To complete other challenges will need to read:

  • a book into a movie
  • non fiction hobby book (underway)
  • book to improve life      (underway)
  • a reread
  • a book with more than 500 pages
  • a banned book
  • a travelogue

Reading Club Update:

I read The Lost Pearl by Emily Madden for the Rachael Johns’ online book club, and… missed the live Facebook discussion but saw part of it later and some of the discussion. Mixed my days up, but… I  not that worried. November’s book is to be Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty. I don’t have a copy and looks like the library one might be a long way away!

I enjoyed The Single Ladies of the Jacaranda Village by Joanna Nell and the guided discussion and comments into it from Joanna Nell added to it. The Books With Heart online book club run by Hachette Australia has not announced the November book which to my mind is too slow!

Outside Reading Highlights

I always love our October book fair run by the local Lions’ clubs, an excellent way to give and buy books! I must do a post soon on the books I bought.

I got my vegie garden up and running, potatoes and pumpkins are up and so are the beans and just beginning to beat the snails. I have my tomatoes in two pots under shelter still.

In the last days of October I worked some more on my bookshelf quilt and have to decided to “thread paint” (free motion quilt) on the names of authors I love. So that when I look at it, it makes me remember authors who have given me many happy reading hours. I will have some childhood ones, some I’ve loved for a long time, and some I have “found” in the last ten years.

I have put two of those on from the last ten years as a trial and found I liked it, it will take quite awhile to get them all on but while I do it I remember the many happy hours of reading these authors gave me.

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Top Books for October

Main Reading Goals for November

This month I want to fit in some rereads. Books I know I love and have forgotten. My aim is about 3 – 4. Incoming library books might interfere with that!

Incoming Books during October

Purchased

Library Books

From NetGalley or Edelweiss

Audio Books Purchased with Credits.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.
Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels or anything in those genres – join them.

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I had a really slow week reading. I loved When We Found Home and so I slow read and enjoyed it. I also caught up on a few TV shows and quilted and gardened. Nothing to complain about!

This weekend we have a long weekend as its our Labour Day on Monday. The sun is shining and a perfect day to sit in the sun and read!

What I read last week:

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What I am reading now:

 

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Plus still listening to How to Find Love in a Bookshop.  

Up next:

This is by an Australian author, I haven’t read her before.

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Last Week’s Posts

Christmas Camp by Karen Schaler

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.
Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels or anything in those genres – join them.

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Well I had a good week’s reading again this week. Sometimes its really nice to get on a roll like this! I am a listener to the podcast What Shall I Read Next with Anne Bogel. I rarely have any matches with what readers talk about but I just enjoy the book enthusiasm. But this week on podcast Episode 153 I was excited to have read the three books mentioned as favourites, plus some of the others.

We are into Spring now. I even have some beans appearing up out of the garden. Things are starting to grow. The potatoes are in but haven’t appeared and I have a couple of pots of tomatoes to go out once the bad weather is really past. I even have some flowers blooming about. Do I sound like a gardener, well I’m not – I mostly spend my time beating back weeds which I dislike doing.  Mostly the place looks somewhat unkempt!!

What I read last week:

All of these were so good. Tinsel in a Tangle was a short novella and well written. Will have a short review next week for my thoughts on Beartown.  Being Magdalene was a YA book about a girl in a religious cult, very fact based and I was totally engrossed. What can I say about The Simple Wild other than I laughed out loud and cried. Loved it. I just finished listening to The Lilac Bouquet which was a heartwarming read of feuding people going way back and a young couple trying to organise their marriage through it all.

What I am reading now:

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I will start listening today to this one – #3 in the series, I just wanted something light to listen to as I potter.  And this series certainly is a lot of fun. Who knew I’d get hooked into a cozy series!

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Up next:

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Last Week’s Posts

Short reviews of Lisa Patton and Josephine Moon books

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? October!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.
Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels or anything in those genres – join them.

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And so we come to October. We started daylight saving here, we always have a long one. I’ll feel a bit hung over most likely for a few days. Surprising what a difference one hour makes.

What I read last week:

I really enjoyed my reading week, all my books were very good. Loving Jennifer Ashley’s cozy mystery series. and How to Walk Away sort of pulled me in and made me just go on reading.

What I am reading now:

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And I am listening to…

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Up next:

This is a YA book and was recommended by a librarian. It is #3 in a series and I haven’t read the other two but think it’ll stand alone enough.  It is about a religious cult. Fleur Beale is a New Zealand author. I haven’t read her before so I guess its time!

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Last Week’s Posts

Season of Wonder   RaeAnne Thayne

Mistletoe Miracles   Guest post by Jodi Thomas

September Reading in Review

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Month in Review

Month in Reading Review – September 2018

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For me September was about keeping an eye on the reading challenges I had set myself, so I am interested to see how I went and how much further I have to advance!

A holiday season book –  The Wishing Tree
A number in the title  – Three Gold Coins 
A classic   – Persuasion
Last book added to my TBR – By Invitation Only Dorothea Benton Frank
Children’s Book  Emily of New Moon  L. M. Montgomery
Randomly chosen from TBR – Flirting With Pete  Barbara Delinsky
Audiobooks – 3
Library books – 7

So for the last three months of the year I still have some challenges I’d like to advance a little more.  I have finished the library challenge although of course I am still reading from the library!

Books Read

Number of Books Read in September: 16

The Wishing Tree   Emily March    Contemporary romance   Kindle
Three Gold Coins   Josephine Moon Mainstream fiction  – Hardback
Rush     Lisa Paton    Mainstream southern fiction  – Hardback
Crimes Against a Book Club  Kathy Cooperman Mainstream fiction – audiobook
Season of Wonder   RaeAnne Thayne  Contemporary Romance – Kindle
Persuasion   Jane Austen   Classic.   – audiobook
Flirting with Pete   Barbara Delinksy  – Mainstream Fiction – Paperback from my bookshelf
Fool Me Forever   Ainslie Paton   – Contemporary Romance – Kindle
An American Marriage   Tayari Jones – Fiction – Hardback.
The Desert Nurse   Pamela Hart  Historical fiction – Trade Paperback
By Invitation Only  Dorothea Benton Frank   Mainstream Fiction.   Hardback
Snowfall on Lighthouse Lane  JoAnn Ross   Contemporary Romance – Kindle
Leverage in Death.  J . D. Robb. Narrated Susan Eriksen – Suspense – Audiobook
Scandal Above Stairs   Jennifer Ashley   Cozy Mystery – Paperback
Emily of New Moon  L.M.Montgomery   Children’s Fiction – Paperback
How to Walk Away.  Katherine Center Mainstream Fiction – Hardback

New to me authors

Lisa Paton
Cathy Cooperman
Tayari Jones

Favourite September book

Ah, so many good books in this month. In the end I have chosen this book for my favourite but so many close runner ups!

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What I am looking forward to reading in October

Now that’s a bit of a hard question, obviously my own bookshelf is groaning with books I want to read and some are also on the way and then of course the library will tell me a book is ready to pick up. But … let’s see.  The first two are on my bookshelf, the Cathy Lamb is for review from Kensington. The anticipation for each book fills me with delight.

Incoming books

Bought – paperbacks

Kindle Books

I bought The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt because his Okay for Now might just be my top favourite children’s book.

From the Library

This was the month of the feast from the library. So many of my reserved books came in! Looking at them now I see I have finished with them all and they have been returned! The pressure of other readers waiting!

From Edelweiss or NetGalley

That one without a title is American Duchess: A Novel of Consuelo Vanderbilt.

 

Audiobooks bought.

 

 

This month I also joined two Australian book  clubs online on Facebook.  One is Rachael Johns Online Book Club  (Australian author) and also Hachette Australia’s Books with Heart Book Club. Each read one book a month and talk about it. Australian books of course, but I decided that I’d enjoy reading many of them, as they are mostly women’s fiction genre so I think it will be an excellent fit for me. The New Zealand population of 5 million is too small for such things!  I know! I know! Many cities in the world have double, triple and more of that! You can see why when we travel for the first time we are a little over awed!

The October read for Books with Heart is about a 79 year old woman. And that will cover a reading challenge topic for me as well. I’ve bought this one as too many reserves on it at the library!book cover

Rachael John’s club read is reading in October …    I’ve bought this one as well and its on its way from Booktopia. (An Australian site) as I couldn’t find it in my local bookshop. Again too many reserves on it at the library, which is good!

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So that’s a wrap for September, I count it as a very good month.  As we slide into October – I saw a blogger calling this Owntober which is a good reminder to read our own books! And I hope to read some more of them. But… there is the local book fair mid October where there will be cheap books. Hmm I’ll limit myself I think. Maybe ten at the most! Have I read last year’s haul, I need to look at that, maybe I haven’t even read one! Ouch.

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So what was your reading month like?  Last month I had a book giveaway – I have contacted the winner but haven’t heard back, but I do believe she has been away so I’ll wait awhile longer to give her time to check her email. More news on that next time.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.
Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels or anything in those genres – join them.

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Hope you are all enjoying the end of the last week of September! I am slowly getting around the garden getting jobs done. A little every day!

I had a good reading week, I had one DNF – deciding it just wasn’t for me. But no harm, the beauty of library books.

I enjoy listening to podcasts – on reading and on quilting! This week I heard a couple of really interesting ones. One was with Jodi Picoult and her latest book A Spark of Light. This was on For the Love of Books by Jen Hatmaker. Anyone else listen to it?  Listen here.

What I read last week:

I enjoyed By Invitation Only, Dorothea Benton Frank writes wittily and well of family. The JoAnn Ross book is a coming review book.

What I am reading now:

By the Book is a modern retelling of Persuasion, and as I’ve just finished that I thought I’d try this. A debut novel.

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I am still listening to Leverage in Death, almost done now. As always a great audio, the narrator does such an excellent job of the voices. J. D. Robb is high quality Nora Roberts writing.

Up next:

I am spoiled for choice. The library just keeps on giving! I think it will be…
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Last Week’s Posts

The Christmas Wishing Tree  Emily March

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!

Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join them!

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I seem to have accomplished quite a bit of reading this week without trying. The books almost read themselves!
I have quite a few reserves on at the library and five of them came in this past week and one now there still waiting to pick up. Feast or famine!

What I read last week:

I finished listening to this book, I enjoyed it and I can also tick off classic in my reading challenges.

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I also read for review, I have reviewed this on NG and Goodreads and will on Amazon when it publishes but won’t here on the blog. I liked it – 4 stars.
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This one came off my TBR, it has been there for a very long time! Tick off another challenge book.
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And from the library these two books. Am American Marriage was good but not really my cup of tea. I just didn’t warm to the characters. Sorry! However I see it has been nominated for the long list of the 2018 National Book Award so another tick off for a reading challenge. The Desert Nurse I loved and what a gorgeous cover.


What I am reading at present:

So reading on through the library books!

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And I started listening to

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!

Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join them!

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Do you visit around on the It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? link. I try to randomly choose where to go, so that I visit a variety of book blogs. I decide on a pattern and off I go.  It does have a little danger though, because invariably I end up with at least one or two books I really want to read!  Rush was one such book I met on my blog travels ( not necessarily this link up), and I decided to read. I would never have come across it otherwise. The blessing of the internet and how it is introduced me to so many books.

What I read this week.

I finished listening to Crimes Against a Book Club – a fun listen.

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And I read these from the library and loved them.

I also read one review book, a new one in the Haven Point series by this author.

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What I am currently reading.

One from the way back TBR pile on my bookshelves, randomly chosen, using random.org. Otherwise when I go to choose a random one, I wave my hand around, close my eyes and then point and then go “No, not that”. So I was tough, randomly chose a shelf then randomly chose a book!

And listening to my classic for a reading challenge – almost finished it.

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Plans for my next read…

A review book from NetGalley

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? A Seasonal Change!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!

Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join them!

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Well we are into Spring here in this part of the world and indeed I see a few blossoms appearing and bulbs are going wild. True to form we had a beautiful day for the first day of Spring, and then crash / bang, yucky weather since.

Congratulations to the final two winners for August on last week’s link up.

This book is on its way to Australia for Sam Still Reading
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And this one all the way to Canada for Words I Write Crazy
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And Happy Labor Day to all those celebrating that lovely long weekend. Soak it up.

What I read Last Week

Loved this one, short review will follow.

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I also read this library book as planned

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And then on to this first review book for the month.

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What I am reading now…

This book by an Australian author, it was my turn for it at the library. As there are 27 people who have it reserved after me, I knew I wouldn’t get a renewal so it needed to have immediate reading! Love the cover. Can you tell its set mostly in Italy. And the book has such a nice clean new ring to it. The advantage of reserving it way ahead of it hitting the shelf!

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I am still listening to Crimes Against a Book Club and enjoying it, wondering how it will all end!

Up next

Most likely this other library read, crisp new hardback. Yummy. This is a book I noted a few bloggers reading and liking so I am hoping as I have never read this author before.

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