Tag #32: Fall Activities Book Tag

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The lovely ladies at Thrice Read did this awesome seasonal book tag! It doesn’t quite feel like fall right now here in Virginia, but the leaves are starting to change, we’re decorating for Halloween, and planning for so many amazing things!

Here’s the link to the original post:


Apple Picking:
A book on your TBR that looks so great you can’t wait to get into it.

The Hate U Give

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The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas.

I can’t tell you how many people have recommended this book, in blogs, in book reviews, and a few personal recommendations, too. This is the next one I’m getting from the library!

Corn Maze:
A book to get lost in.

The Last Song

The Last Song, Nicholas Sparks.

I love most of Nicholas Sparks’s books. I remember eagerly awaiting for this book to be available from the library. I got it just in time to take it on a long trip to Florida, and the hours flew by in the car with this book. The movie actually wasn’t so bad, either.

Haunted Houses:
A book that scared you.

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Catalyst, Laurie Halse Anderson.

I remember being shaken when I finished one. Anderson is an immensely talented writer, and I’ve read all of her books. It wasn’t a horror novel by any means, but it scared me in a real-life kind of way. I identified with the main character, Kate, in several ways, and I felt myself changing several things in my own life after reading this.

Pumpkin Patch:
The latest book you picked up / purchased.

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Camino Island, John Grisham.

John Grisham is one of just a few select authors where I strive to own every book that he will ever publish!

 

Scenic Drives:
A book that is lyrically beautiful.

Tuck Everlasting

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Tuck Everlasting, Natalie Babbitt.

I was assigned to read this book in middle school, and we later saw the movie in theaters. I haven’t read it in years, bur I remember the impression it made on me.

Pumpkin Carving:
A book you didn’t like and wouldn’t mind cutting up.

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Allegiant, Veronica Roth.

I don’t think I need to elaborate my disgust for this book!

Drinking Apple Cider:
A sweet book to curl up with.

The Vacationers

 

The Vacationers, Emma Straub.

Although it took me a good long while to finish it, I ended up loving this book, and Straub’s writing style. I can’t wait to read more from her.

Jumping in a Leaf Pile:
A book that reminds you of your childhood.

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The Baby-Sitters Little Sister series, Ann M. Martin.

I loved checking these out from the library, and I owned quite a few of them. I think I eventually read all of them!

Scary Movie Night:
Your favorite spooky read.

The Lovely Bones

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The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold.

Just thinking of this book gives me goosebumps.

Costume Party:
A book with an eclectic cast of characters.

The Help

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The Help, Kathryn Stockett.

If you haven’t read this book, I highly recommend it. I wanted to read it as soon as it was announced. I laughed so hard while reading it – It’s so funny, during a tough time in the American South. There are several generations represented, and the whole cast of characters makes for a great read. The movie was excellent, too.


I loved this tag!

What’s your favorite fall activity?


Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂

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Tag #31: The Stationery Book Tag

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Recently, Jenna at Bookmark Your Thoughts  did this amazing tag!

Here’s the link to the original post:


The Rules:

  1. Thank the creator: Sam @ River Moose Books
  2. Answer the questions.
  3. Add pictures, if you’d like.
  4. Tag about five people.

Pencils – Favorite middle grade or children’s book.

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The Polar Express, Chris Van Allsburg.

I literally grew up with this book. My mom read it to all her classes when she taught first and second grade in North Carolina – This was years before I was born. We still have the set with the hardback book, the audio cassette, and the bell. When the movie came out, we went to see it as a family, and the DVD came to our house that Christmas. It’s one of our traditions, and I’m excited to continue it when Al and I have kids.

Pens – A basic staple for any reader.

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Bridge to Terabithia, Katherine Paterson.

I vaguely remember reading this book in elementary school. Then, I re-read it several times between high school and college. It had a profound effect on me, and it’s now one of my favorite books.

Notebooks – What books do you own multiple copies?

The only thing I can think of is my two copies of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, J.K. Rowling.

I was lucky enough to be in London on July 16, 2005, when the book was released. So, naturally, we trekked to Waterstones and waited until midnight! I have a paperback copy of the U.S. edition, and a beautiful hardback copy of the U.K. edition.

Markers – A book with a beautiful cover.

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Caraval, Stephanie Garber.

I need to read this book! The cover is absolutely gorgeous!

Glue – Two characters that work well together, even if they aren’t together.

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Argh. This is the hardest question!

My immediate thought was Harry Potter and Hermione Granger. I’m sure I’m not the only one who wanted them to be together?

Scissors – What book would like to destroy?

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I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again – The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Art Kit – What complete series do you own?

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Hunger Games

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  1. Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling.
  2. The Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins.
  3. The Divergent trilogy, Veronica Roth.

Bonus Question – Show us your desk / stationery that you own for each question.


I love gel pens – They’re so much better than ball-point pens! Since I’m left-handed, most traditional pens leave my hand incredibly dark, black and blue, and smudged!

Tagging Time!

I’m not tagging anyone in particular, but if you love books, you should definitely do this one!


Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂

Tag #30: Burn, Rewrite, or Re-Read Book Tag

Ann posts some of the most interesting book tags! Here’s another!

Here’s the link to the original post:


The Rules:

  1. Randomly choose 3 books — I liked Ann’s idea of writing them down and placing them in a cup to randomly draw, so I totally did that. Great idea, Ann!
  2. For each group, decide which book to burn, which one to rewrite, and which to re-read.
  3. Repeat until you complete three rounds. (You can do more than three!)

Round 1

  • Burn: Jake Riley: Irreparably Damaged. I read this book several times in middle school and high school, but I don’t think I’ll read it again. Jake’s character gave me the creeps!
  • Rewrite: The Runaway: A Maryellen Mystery. This was a tough choice. It’s a really good book, but I think I would be a tad more sensitive, given its target audience. Seeing animals in distress is never good, or fun!
  • Re-Read: The Great Gatsby. This is one of my all-time favorite books. I re-read it every year.

Round 2

  • Burn: Ender’s Game. Given the choices, I would reluctantly burn this one. This is one of the few science fiction books that I actually liked!
  • Rewrite: Fire From The Rock. This was a good book (I’m currently researching Sharon M. Draper for an upcoming “Awesome Authors” post), so I wouldn’t change much of the story. Maybe make it a little shorter, but that’s it. I really liked the characters and the structure.
  • Re-Read: To Kill A Mockingbird. Like The Great Gatsby, this is another book that I re-read every year.

Round 3

  • Burn: Paper Towns. Again, this is a reluctant burn. I have enjoyed all of John Green’s books thus far.
  • Rewrite: The Notebook. This was a hard choice. I would make a few edits, but this is one of my all-time favorite books from Nicholas Sparks.
  • Re-Read: Story of a Girl. I read and analyzed this book for my Young Adult Literature class back in 2011, so I would love to read it again.

Round 4

  • Burn: This Is Where It Ends. I would actually be okay with burning this one. I understood the author’s intent, but books about school shootings will always been unsettling to me.
  • Rewrite: Divergent. Out of the entire trilogy, I wouldn’t make a ton of changes. I would be okay with extending Divergent a little longer, and ending with Insurgent. No need for Allegiant!
  • Re-Read: The Pelican Brief. This is one of my favorite John Grisham books. I don’t re-read it every year, but it’s one that will always be on my bookshelf.

I Tag

  • Anyone!

Have you read any of these books?

Would you change any of them?


Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂

Tag #29: “20 Questions Book Tag”

The lovely ladies at Thrice Read did another awesome book tag! It was created by someone on Goodreads.

Here’s the link to Thrice Read’s original post:


How many books is too many books in a book series?
Ooooh, good question. I love Harry Potter, so I’ve always thought that seven is enough.

How do you feel about cliffhangers?
Cliffhangers are decent, but a writer shouldn’t rely on them all the time.

Hard copy or paperback?
I hate it when the paperback spines crack, so I like hard copy.

Favorite book?
My all-time favorite is The Great Gatsby.

Least favorite book?
The Scarlet Letter.

Love triangles, yes or no?
Yes. It makes a book interesting.

The most recent book you just couldn’t finish?
Nothing comes to mind at the moment.

A book you’re currently reading?
The Girl on the Train.

Last book you recommended to someone?
I recommended The Unknown and the Impossible: How a research facility in Virginia mastered the air and conquered space.

Oldest book you’ve read? (Publication date)
Little Women.

Newest book you’ve read? (Publication date)
The Whistler.

Favorite author?
John Grisham, Nicholas Sparks, Jeanette Walls, John Green, and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Buying books or borrowing books?
Can I say both? I’m trying to use my local library to borrow more, rather than buy.

A book you dislike that everyone else seems to love?
I can’t put my finger on a single book.

Bookmarks or dog-ears?
Bookmarks, all the way.

A book you can always re-read?
Any of the American Girl books. Childhood nostalgia for the win!

Can you read while hearing music?
Not really.

One POV or multiple POVs? (POVs = Points of view)
I’ll stick with one POV. I hated the way Veronica Roth attempted to write Allegiant, and that’s left a sour taste in my mouth ever since.

Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?
It would be so nice to read a book in one sitting. But, since my reading time is mostly limited to vacations, or before going to sleep, it usually takes me several days to finish a book.

Who do you tag? (You can invite them to the group to do the tag)
Anyone!


Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂

Tag #28: “Wonder Woman Book Tag”

As soon as I saw this tag from Delphine’s Babble on Some Good Reads two weeks ago, I knew I needed to do it!

Also, check out Delphine’s amaze-balls blog, while you’re at it. She’s fabulous!

Here’s the link to Delphine’s original post:


Wonder Woman: Your Favorite Badass Female Book Character

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Katniss Everdeen was the first badass character that came to mind! I love The Hunger Games trilogy – It’s a set that will sit on my bookshelf until the end of time.

Fantasy Island: A Book Setting You Want to Escape To

The Vacationers

I loved the richness of Spain in The Vacationers. This is a perfect escape book!

London: A Hyped Book That Let You Down

I liked Divergent, and I loved Insurgent, but Allegiant was incredibly disappointing. It was one book that I almost didn’t finish. It also kind of ruined the entire series for me. The movies were even worse!

Steve Trevor: A Book That Has a Beautiful Cover And a Great Story (i.e., Great Personality)

Black Beauty

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As a child, I enjoyed books about horses. Black Beauty was no exception.

Lasso of Truth: A Book You Hated

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I absolutely LOATHED this book. I had to read it for one of my summer assignments in high school, and I struggled to get through it. As an adult, I now understand why it’s important to read it, but back then, I cried because it was so awful and so frustrating, and I did not understand why I needed to read it!

Wonder Woman’s Shield: A Book So Sad You Need a Shield

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This was the first book from Sharon M. Draper that I read. I wasn’t expecting to cry and feel multiple emotions, but I did. Despite feeling incredibly sad, I wanted to read more. This book is part of The Jericho Trilogy, and she’s written another impressive trilogy, along with many other books. If you haven’t read any of her books, you should. She gives a powerful perspective on the lives of African-American teenagers, as well as tough topics, including abuse, poverty, teen pregnancy, hazing, and others.

No Man’s Land: A Book that You Want to Send Through No Man’s Land (i.e., shoot it to death)

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As a senior in high school, the last thing I wanted to do was attempt to decipher the stream of consciousness of the narrator in this blasted book. I remember reading, and then re-reading, pages over and over and over. It didn’t make me cry, but most of my class bemoaned Mr. Degnan for picking this book!

Ares: A Villain That is Scary, But You Can’t Seem to Hate

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Carrie was one of the few Stephen King books that didn’t truly scare me. I guess it was because I’d heard so much about the book and the movies before reading it? I’m not sure. Regardless, Margaret White is a scary character, but I don’t hate her.

Ar. Poison: A Villain That Has No Reason To Exist

Honestly, I’m at a loss for this question. Readers – Do you have any ideas for this one?

The Amazons: A Book that You Wish Had More/Better LGBT + Representation

Same as above. I’m not sure how to answer this one, either. Readers – What say you?

Justice League: What Superhero Book Friends Do You Tag?

I’m not tagging anyone in particular, but I hope some of you will consider doing this one!


This tag was really HARD. Thanks for the challenge, Delphine!


Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂

Tag #27: Disney Princess Sidekicks Book Tag

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I found this adorable book tag on YA and Wine, authored by the amazing Krysti!

Here’s the link to the original post:


 

Mushu from Mulan / Olaf & Sven from Frozen

The Comic Relief – Name your favorite hilarious character, or your favorite comedy / funny book.

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Hands down, Ron Weasley from Harry Potter.

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The Seven Dwarfs from Snow White

Favorite Group / Ensemble

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The entire Weasley Family / Clan in Harry Potter.

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Pascal from Tangled

The loyal cheerleader chameleon (Not a frog, Flynn Rider) – Name a book that started out one way, but changed for you.

Uglies

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I remember being immensely skeptical when assigned to read Uglies, by Scott Westerfeld, for my Young Adult Literature class at Longwood in the spring of 2011. But, I ended up really liking it, and appreciating the depth Westerfeld brought to the story. I need to read the other books!

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Meeko from Pocahontas

Pocahontas’s sly and sneaky raccoon friend – Name a plot twist that you did not see coming.

Shutter Island

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Shutter Island, by Dennis Lehane. If you haven’t read any of Lehane, do it. He also wrote Mystic River, and Shutter Island is just as creepy and spine-tingling. The movies are excellent, but I love the books! I want to re-read both of them.

 

Rajah from Aladdin / Flounder from The Little Mermaid

Gentle with their princess, but protective with everyone else – Name your favorite best friend in a novel.

Molly Books

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I have a three-way tie here. I love Linda, Susan, and Emily, in the Molly McIntire American Girl book series, all by Valerie Tripp. I identify with all of them, in a way. These were my favorite books for years, and I have them all now.

 

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Louis from The Princess and the Frog / Sebastian from The Little Mermaid / Cogsworth, Lumiere, Mrs. Potts, and Chip from Beauty and the Beast

The Musical Bunch – Name a novel where music played a big part, or made you want to sing its praises.

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Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, by Rachel Cohen and David Levithan. I absolutely loved this book, and I’ve devoured every book that Cohen & Levithan have written!

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Maximus from Tangled

The Obstacle in Flynn Rider’s Way – Name a character that faces a lot of obstacles.

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Jethro Creighton, the main character in Across Five Aprils, by Irene Hunt. I remember being assigned to read this book in school, and I was deeply moved and affected by it. I’m also planning to re-read this one.

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Hamish, Hubert, and Harris from Brave

Favorite family dynamics in a novel.

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The March girls, from Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott. In ninth grade English, we had to pick a book to read, and report on it. Back then, this was a dense book, and difficult for me to read. Now, I recognize it’s a classic, and I love it!

Ray from The Princess and The Frog / The Three Fairies from Sleeping Beauty

The Advice Givers – Book that most impacted your life.

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Let’s see – Dumbledore, Professor McGonagall, even Professor Snape … Shall I go on?

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Hei Hei from Moana

Name a character that steals the show.

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Margo Roth Spiegelman, from Paper Towns, by John Green. I love most all of Green’s books, but something about Margo makes this book my favorite.

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Gus & Jaq from Cinderella

Opposites Attract – Name your favorite or worst opposite attracts pairing.

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Nathan and Lisa, from Letting Go of Lisa, by Lurlene McDaniel.


This was such a fun tag! I love Disney, and the sidekicks have always been some of my favorite characters!


Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂

Tag #26: “Keep It Fresh Award / Book Tag”

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I saw this post on Marie’s library. She loves many types of books!

Here’s the link to her original post:


The Rules:

  1. Post the rules before starting and link back to this post as a reference for other bloggers.
  2. Part A: Answer each of the fruit questions (Each fruit corresponds to a book!), and add pictures, plus why you thought that particular book deserves that particular fruit if possible.
  3. Part B: Choose your favorite fruit (Even if it is one of the fruits in part A). Come up with a question that we didn’t ask, and answer it.
  4. Part C: Create your own smoothie from the fruits in Part A (Imagine a Lemon-Tomato-Apple smoothie ~ yuck), and find a book that would correlate to your smoothie!
  5. Nominate as many and anyone that you think are deserving of this award but it would be nice if you nominated a minimum of 5!
  6. Notify your nominees of the nomination.
  7. The most important rules? Have fun, and of course, keep it fresh!

Part A

Strawberries – Name the sweetest book you’ve read (e.g., sweet in terms of the characters, or if the story takes place in a sweet world, etc.)

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Coconut – What’s a book that you would bring on vacation with you to a tropical destination? (Or if you’re just relaxing at the beach…)

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Anything by Elin Hilderbrand!

Pineapple – What’s a book that you didn’t think you would like by judging its cover / summary / the first few pages, but started to grow on you?

Looking for Alaska

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I remember feeling incredibly skeptical when this book was assigned for my Young Adult Literature class during my final semester at Longwood. I hadn’t read anything from John Green until then. But, after this book, I was hooked.

Orange – What’s the juiciest book you’ve read? (e.g., a book with tons of action, romance, etc.)

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For the life of me, I cannot remember how I found this book, but I loved it!

Watermelon – A watery book (e.g., there wasn’t tons of substance to the book / the details were just too watery, etc. Don’t get us wrong though, we love watermelons!)

The Last Summer of You and Me

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I tried so hard to like this book, especially since I devoured The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series. I just couldn’t get into it. This is one of those rare books that I never finished.

Dragonfruit – What’s the most unique book you’ve read? (e.g., unique in writing style, characters, plot, etc.)

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Lemons – Name a book that made you feel sour (e.g., the emotions were just sour, you just felt sour reading the book, or the book includes sour characters, etc.)

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Check out my Book Review.

Tomato – What’s a wonderful book that you think should be more widely known? Or a fantastic author whom you think deserves more recognition (Since some may not know that tomatoes are actually fruits!)

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I’m so excited that Brubaker Bradley is releasing a sequel in a few months – I’ve been eagerly waiting since January! It’s not a delightful topic by any stretch of the imagination, but I loved it. Check out my Book Review!

Apple – Name a really stereotypical book of a certain genre, just like apples, which a typical fruits. In the end, was that book good or not? (e.g., a very typical contemporary / fantasy book, etc.)

Read my Book Reviews!

Blueberries – Name a book that made you feel blue (Any sad, depressing books that you’ve read.)

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Most anything by Lurlene McDaniel. I devoured her books in middle school and high school, but most of them are very sad!

Grapefruit – Any bitter books? (e.g., a book that was blue, but more. Do you have any bitter resentments toward characters from a book? Any sour turned bitter emotions? Any uber-hateful villains?)

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Check out my Book Review.

Limes – Name a funny book that you’ve read because limes add flavor, and so does humor with every book.

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Check out my Book Review!


Part B

Limes – Name a book that you can read, or re-read, while drinking your favorite beverage (For me, Corona with lime).

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Part C

Smoothie: Pineapple, Oranges, and Limes

  • A book I thought I wouldn’t like by judging its cover / summary / the first few pages, but it started to grow on me.
  • The juiciest book I’ve read.
  • A funny book.
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Hands down!


 

This tag was so much fun, but also challenging!

I’m not tagging anyone in particular, but if you want to participate, please do so!


Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂