Beanie level: Loan shark with a heart of gold

I have typed up and tried to share my most overrated book half a dozen times this morning and nothing is posting!! So annoying! Fine, no explanation, no image: The Book Thief.

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Day 7: A book that makes you laugh
The Jess Jordan books by Sue Limb. These books are just flat out, laugh out loud funny. I grabbed the first one as an audiobook when I had an hour long commute to work. I had to pull over my car I was laughing so hard.
The first one is called Girl, 15, Charming but Insane.
Ive read some pretty funny adult books and some pretty funny books in recent years. But when I need a quick pick me up Girl, 15, Charming but Insane is where I go. I also really like the Heather Wells Mysteries by Meg Cabot. The first book is called Size 12 is Not Fat its about a former almost pop idol (she never made it HUGE but she had some hits.) who is down on her luck. She starts working at a dorm in NY and one of the students dies. Its up to (for some reason) Heather Wells to solve the mystery! Both of these books are such a rocking good time that when I need a laugh I find myself reaching for these instead of trying to find something new.

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Day 6
A book that makes me sad just to pick it up is Family by J. California Cooper. When I was 11 my mom officially went legally blind, meaning that she could still see some shapes and colors but her lifelong love affair with books was over (almost, she still had a few years left with audiobooks, but her hands shook too much to learn braille). She didn’t want to throw away all of her books so she gave them to 11 year old me. The first book of these that I read was Family. The book takes place about 20 years before the end of slavery. (Now, this takes place in the first few pages so I dont really consider it a spoiler). A slave woman notices her owner noticing her daughter and decides the best thing to do would be to kill them all. So she and all of her children gather all of the most poisonous plants and herbs on the plantation. She cooks it up and feeds it to her kids and eats it herself and then lays them all down to die together. She’s the only one who dies. The book is narrated by the dead mother looking on at her family as they navigate slavery.
There are some tough, horrible things that happen in this book. And some hopeful and joyful things.
Its a book that I re-read every year around Feb/March, which is around the time my mom gave it to me. It makes me sad because its the first book that I ever read that really made me connect with slavery. I had read other books in the past that made me aware of slavery and made me want to learn more about slavery. But its the first one that made me feel slavery, if that makes any sense. And I know everyone and they mama loved The Underground Railroad, well I didn’t! I’d rather re-read Family any day of the week!

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Whenever I have to wake up in the 6 oclock hour I wind up laying in bed until after 7 mad that I had to wakeup so early. And then rush around to get ready. Getting up so early is not for me. I dont want to wake up in the 7 oclock or 8 oclock or 9 oclock hours either….but 6 is just gross.

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Db is always my favorite place on the internet (except MAYBE my p&p fanfiction site, when my story has has an update) but scrolling the wall and seeing all of these book posts intermingling all of the drama posts makes me super happy.

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    I’m enjoying it too, I hadn’t really realised how much I missed talking about books (and reading! I haven’t read anything proper for ages)

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      And because I pressed enter too early and I can’t edit…

      Thanks for suggesting the book challenge!

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    Thank you for starting this!

    I’ve finally started reading again and I’m excited to add stuff to my already too long list. I don’t know why, but I read a lot in summer and drop off in fall and pick up again around Christmas/New Year only to stop again until summer. It’s a weird cycle but I’m determined to hit my very modest reading goal this year. I just barely hit it last year.

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Day 5 A book that makes you happy
You guys. I have been thinking about this all.day.long. And i think I have no choice but to cheat.
Whatever book that Im reading that captures my attention and draws me in. Thats the book that makes me happy. Right now Im reading The Crow, My Darling Detective and Peppermint in Peril. Whenever I open the cover and slip between the pages of any of them Im happy. Oh, also, The School of Good and Evil. Have any of you read that? I\’m only on chapter 3 and I like it so far. Oh, also, picture books. Grace Byers has one, (I am Enough I want to say but Im blanking) and Dan Santants After the Fall. Both of those make me feel strong and powerful. Super isa coming thru, benches.

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Ok, so, back when my FAVORITE goodreads group was active we did this challenge. People were randomly paired up and then had to look at each others read lists and pick out a new book for them. It was SO MUCH FUN. And we read things outside of our preferred genres. I think that this would be super fun to do as a drama watch challenge. Especially if it can be paired up as a buddy watch. Whether its a discord watch or an oldfashioned tag watchalong.
Thoughts?

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    This seems like such a fun thing to do! I’d be down~

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    oh yes please! this sounds so fun~

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    Timing is not on my side right now, but I have been considering Beanie Buddy watches (in my case oldfashioned tag watchalong) for a while. Challenging other Beanies to get out of their comfort zone might be an option (I am a coward, let me live!😆) Please keep me updated, I have a good feeling about this idea!😀

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    I’d be down – not sure what my schedule is like because the world is on fire and things with work (/my mental health) change from day-to-day but this could be fun and I feel like being a bit adventurous right now. I’ve seen people do things like this on tumblr, and it always looked fun.

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Day 2 A book that youve read more than 3 times.
This is a toughie. Im a serial re-reader. I read and then read again, and then go back to favorite scenes and read those….I love to live in a world.
Ill say….Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I read it for the first time in elementary school and hated it. I was too young. But in college I worked in a library amd they had the vhs tapes with Colin Firth smouldering on the spine. I checked all 6 tapes out over the holiday weekend and fell. In. Love. I read the book again that following weekend and now reread it every few years.

Day 3 Your favorite series. This is another one thats pretty hard! I love series!
In no particular order: Heist Society, Darkest Powers, Harry Potter (before jk discovered twitter). These are worlds I still long to live in and Unwind. I dont want to live in Unwind but I appreciate the world of Unwind.

Day 4 Favorite book of favorite series
We\’re going to have a real problem if they keep tossing out the word \”favorite\”
Im going rogue and will give you instead two of my favorite scenes IN a series
Little House on the Prairie–I dont even remember which one, one of the latter ones. When Manly proposes to Laura
Book 3 of the in Death series when Eve and Roarke fight about her moving in and she breaks down and comes to his mansion. And when Somerset soothes Eve adter learning about her past and her nightmares.

All caught up! Tag me, please! Id love to see what yoire reading!

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    It’s in These Happy Golden Years (which I love, and also like to pretend is the last becsuse the next is tonally quite different- I think it was never finished)..

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      I love that scene.
      “Laura, what do you think about getting married?”
      “Depends on whos asking.”
      “…and if its me?”
      “Depends on the ring…”
      “What about this one?”
      I hate that cancel culture is coming for this series. Yes. Laura wrote some racist stuff. But shes also a product of her time. Read the books and talk about the time. Reading them doesnt legitimize the racism. Same with Walk Two Moons.

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        It’s so good, I love that scene as well.

        I wish people could see things for being a product of their time and maybe use them for a jumping off point for conversations instead of just hide it away.

        (For the record the reason I don’t like The First Four Years is to do with the many sad things that happen – I prefer to think of Laura going off into the future happily and everyone being healthy and alive).

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Allright Beanhomies, feel free tp do the reafing challenge as you will. For my part I intend on doing the first four days now and *try* to keep up with the rest.
Day 1: Best Book that Inread last year.
Becoming, Michelle Obama
I dont know if this was the best best book last year but it was the most impactful. I remember reading about her going to a job interview with her daughter in a car seat and plopped her on the desk between her and the interviewer like, if you want me this is what youll be dealing with. And I remember thinking the CONFIDENCE. It made me wonder if I would ever have the confidence to KNOW my own selfworth and fight for it.

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4 days late but here is the 30 day book challenge. Ill answer in the morning, Im sleepy!

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More ways in which Hamilton is taking over my brain (and I havent even watched the musical in like 2 weeks):
1. I saw flags at half mast on my way in to work and without conscious thought my brain supplied, \”raise a glass\”. All ominously.
2. I was minding my own nevermind on Pinterest and that biaswrecker JB popped up and again, no conscious thought on my end,\”god you\’re a fox. We should all strip down to our socks.\”

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    I have noticed that upon seeing something beautiful or moving, I have heard in my head, “Look around, look around and how lucky we are to be alive right now!” on more than one occasion. #HamLife

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    I watched it for the first time last week and am going through the same. I sleep with songs playing in my head and wake up with them still playing. I stumbled upon GroffLin stuff on youtube and am quite certain I’m a goner.

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Wasnt there supposed to be a season 2 to My Secret Terius? I really miss those twins.

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When I first started watching dramas I only watched older dramas. Delightful Gal A never told me about currently airing dramas and I just…never thought about them. I miss thosr days. Sometimes watching a currently airing drama in all of their angst amd cliff hangery nonsense really sucks.
Looking at you Its Ok.
Looking at you,hard.
Just know this: if anything happens to my trio we\’re going to have real capital P problems, you dig?

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Just a quick question before I finish the ep.
Jaesoo. If you really, like REALLY think that GT and MY sent ST to the rooftop apartment alone so that they can have intimate alone time why do you keep calling them obsessively?
Yeah…I dont think you think of GT as \”just a friend\”!
Shoulda shot your shot. Who knows what could have happened. And you have excellent taste. That man is shooooooot chile, like the surface of the sun hot.

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Not to be all political or anything but I just finished listening to Michelle Obamas podcast and I flipping love the Obamas. I just dont understand how America went from these kind, intelligent, compassionate, awesome people to the tRumps. Can you imagine Donald and Melania having this kind of conversation? Ever? About anything?
I love how they tease each other. They seem so affectionate.
Michelle :\”Youre the \”yes we can\”, man\”
Barack: (huge booming laugh) Yea I am!!

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So tomorrows ep is going to be super happy and we\’re going to see abs and make out scenes and possibly the illusion of adult activities. Yep. Thats what Im going to be believing. And ST is going to continue being the best big brother ever.

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My new answer for everything:
Dont talk to me when Im
Reading
Watching my drama
Existing
Its basic etiquette.

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Rewatching ep 11 of Its Ok and I really like the scene where GT and JaeSoo are talking about the fight that GT had with ST and JaeSoo said \”it just broke your heart\” or something similar. It showed that as much as JaeSoo wants to be family–hes not and as much as GT loves his brother he never treated him like a brother. He treated him like a patient. An outsider or professional care giver holds it in when a patient does or says something inappropriate. A sibling says, \”Nah, f that guy\” and hits him in the face with a pillow. ST knows that difference, he felt that difference even if he couldn\’t express it. Thats why, imo, he was able to embrace being the big brother later in the ep. GT treated him like his brother and not like his patient.
But seriously I want to send this scene where ST is giving GT an allowance to all my older siblings. Like hello! Yall are supposed to be giving me an allowance! Hand it over, punks!

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    I hope the guy with PTSD from all of the experience of war–I hope it’s just a poor translation where they call him weak. I dont think hes weak at all.
    My theory from not having watched ep 13: the pushy head nurse is MYs mom and she killed the woman who killed GTs mom. What am I basing this on? Absolutely nothing. I just dont want our kiddos to try and overcome that particular trial.

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    I also love how well ST has taken to his big brother role. When he and GT were moving back in and MY ran down the steps to greet them and he corrected her (Dont run youll hurt yourself!). When she met him with Juris mom and he told her to greet Juris mom first because shes older. I love it because while MY is getting the romantic love feom GT that she wanted/needed shes getting basic family love from ST that she didnt know that she needed and she just BASKS in it. When he corrects her she doesnt fight it, just does what he says and moves on. Her love of ST has absolutely nothing to do with GT– she started trying to get close to him to get close to GT buy she loves him for his own sake. I think ST needed someone to love him for his sake and his sake alone.

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I like Was it Love well enough. I just wish that if they were going to do a reverse harem with 4 guys sniffing around Aejeong and they werent married to the idea of a *good* actress I wish they had at least chosen a prettier one. I know! Its terrible and shallow but…here we are.

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    She is so screechy that I couldn’t take her….:( I dropped it in ep1

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    I tried to like this. Because I love the dongsaeng/noona set up and your also love the 1st ML (the actor, anyway) and think he’s hilarious, but keep wishing for a different actress too. I thought it was set up like RIBBB, but the actress isn’t as strong and I keep comparing her to Da-ni in that.

    On a separate note, did you see Eric Nam’s live kpop concert yesterday? It’s on my wall. Such a cutie. Sang to an empty auditorium.

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I really liked MUF. I wouldnt mind a prequel with the early years of Miss Sook and Jin Sooks marriage. Its sad. The first ….what? 35 years of their marriage was so miserable basically because of his incredibly low self esteem. He married someone for a family. She didnt love him at the time and was apparently so shy that when she did fall for him she wrote him a note (that she may or may not have intended to give him). And his constant insecurities paired with his imagination that allowed him to leap to every negative conclusion about his wife colored their entire marriage. Its sad.
I wouldnt mind another season of them trying to figure out what family means. More cute Small Noona and newly minted boyfriend I love that a) they cant keep their hands off each other and b) they got busted. More Maknae! Im sad he was catfished, more so since it was the straw that broke Ms. Sooks back and made her runaway so instead of just mourning his relationship, hia stupidity, hurting his family he got to feel guilty about making mom run off as well. And I guess even more Big Noona who seems to be falling for a guy an awful like that little sister she claimed to not even like.

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