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reader44ever

reader44ever
Date Joined: May 13, 2016
Last Online: November 7, 2018
Birthday: December 11
Country: United States
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Some Notes on Swapping

Profile Overhauled and Updated in March of 2017.

UPDATE 02/01/2018: Hello all. It appears that my slow-down, announced first a year ago and expanded in May 2017, may be more or less permanent. I do still collect postcards and stickers and notecards, etc., for sending in swaps, but I'm just not joining these swaps any longer. Something happened (I don't know what), and it feels all I can do to just participate in the electronic swaps I'm doing, and a few paper swaps that have to do with reading/books.

So I think I'm going to withdraw from all (or most) groups except those that offer reading or book-related swaps. Someday, I'll hope to be in a better head-space and rejoin you, but for now, I think this might be best. :-(

UPDATE 05/19/2017: I am trying to finish an 18-book series this month (I'm on book 14) and start another which I need to read at least two books of before May ends, so for the next two weeks, I will ONLY be joining reading/book-related swaps, electronic swaps, and a few especially-interesting-to-me naked postcard swaps. Sadly, doing scavenger hunt swaps and any other "send new/blank postcards" swaps proves too time-consuming for me. Electronic swaps also prove time-consuming, but I don't want to miss out on the upcoming ones, sooo...

UPDATE 01/11/2017: My slowdown is permanent for at least the foreseeable future. I will likely only participate in swaps relating to books and reading, as well as a few naked postcard swaps (if I remember to sign up for the ones that interest me).

UPDATE 10/28/2016: I am cutting down on swaps for the next month or so. I have two (or is it four?) book series that I really want to get caught up on and I'm finding that swaps take too much time to complete and I'm not making it through the books at a rate that makes me happy. :-( I'll still send what I have active, join a few that I really just don't want to miss, and rate as soon as I can after receiving. :-)

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I pledge to ALWAYS rate. I try to rate on the same day that I receive, but sometimes it will be a day or three later.

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I also pledge to always send on time, so if, for some reason, you have not received something from me, please check the swap to verify that I marked "sent" and see what date is there. If it's an e-swap, you should have a Swap-Bot Message (even if it's an e-mail Swap) from me on that date. And if it's a mail swap, and TEN days have passed and you have not yet received it, please let me know and I'll resend. (My Post Office always tells me that my international letters and packages will arrive in seven to ten days, and any U.S.-mailed items should certainly arrive within this time window.)

IF, and this is a big IF, I need for some reason to send late, I will communicate with you about the delay.

Also, PLEASE COMMUNICATE WITH ME! I am very anxious (part of my disabilities) that I not receive any bad ratings, especially as I really do send everything on time (I have a spreadsheet that I use to track my swaps and everything!). So please, write to me before giving me a bad mark. I will resend or change what I sent if that will help. :-)

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SOME SPECIFICS:

For electronic swaps, if given the choice to send via e-mail or Swap-Bot message, I always choose to send e-mails and would prefer to receive e-mails, as well. (But if my send-to partner prefers Swap-Bot messages, I can try to send via that method, IF you let me know that I should. I now send Swap-Bot messages even when I send an e-mail, just to let you know that you have an e-mail from me.) :-)

For marking "sent," I do this as soon as possible after my emails/mail/packages are in the mail and on the way. (Please note that I am now only going to the Post Office to mail and pick up mail on Thursdays or Fridays, rarely on other days. But, if needed, I will go on the other mail days. If I can, though, I prefer to get everything ready for a Thursday or Friday departure.)

For rating, I try to rate everyone as soon as I receive your Swap Stuff (on Thursdays/Fridays, for Types 2 and 3; on whatever day, for Type 1) and I'd be very appreciative if my partners would do the same. :-) Please note, though, that in recent months it sometimes takes me a day or three to go through my mail/e-mail and rate (my disabilities are interfering with my timeliness).

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TYPES 2 AND 3:

For Types 2 and 3, please also note that I ALWAYS mail them from my Post Office (I go inside to the counter), which verifies that I have the correct amount of postage on my postcard/letter/package. If, for whatever reason, there is still postage due when you receive, please communicate with me so that I can make amends.

For International Type 2 and 3 Swaps, please note that I am in the United States and, if you are in a country across an ocean from me, I've been told it will probably take my Flat Mail and/or Packages seven to ten days to reach you. If you are closer (i.e., Canada or Mexico), my mail should hopefully arrive to you sooner, but I was told it could still take up to a week to 10 days.

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ABOUT POSTCARDS:

For postcard swaps, I'd like it if they could be sent to me "naked." And I'm happy to send PCs however YOU want them, if you have a preference for written/naked or blank/in an envelope. (Though if a swap says to "send naked," that's how I'll send.) :-)

Images can be pretty much anything you'd like (no spiders, though, please). That said, I'd prefer landscapes; pictures of places where you live or where you've been; any animal/bird/ocean critter/freshwater critter/reptile (again, please no spiders), especially if it's one local to your area; or anything to do with books or rain or dogs or Disney.

I am not so fond of cards with people as the main focus, unless the people are you and/or it's some sort of homemade card. ;-) (Please note that by "people" I mean human people. Animated characters that happen to be "people" are perfectly fine.)

I enjoy multi-view cards and I love touristy cards! I'm happy to receive vintage, ad, and Zazzle cards and the like (though I do not have any of these latter three+ types to send out, except what I've received from past partners).

Also, please note that I love snakes, and am okay with scorpions and bugs, but I am absolutely terrified by spiders. So please, no spider postcards!

(And lastly, if anyone can think of anything postcard-related that I didn't mention, please let me know! Thank you!)

About Me

I am disabled by both physical and mental disabilities. (I am happy to share more, if you want to ask.)

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You can call me Jen. (My name is Jennifer.) :-)

Please Note: My last name is GreenleES. I have begun to receive mail addressed to me as Jennifer Greenless and it is making me crazy. So many people over the course of my life have misspelled my last name in exactly this way and I HATE IT! Please please PLEASE read my name and spell it correctly. Thank you!

[Regarding the spelling of my name, if an item is received after being sent on time and is something that I would otherwise give a heart for. . . Well, misspelling my last name is enough that I will only give a 5. :-( ]

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I was born and raised in California, spent most of my adult years in Washington (where I consider myself to be from), and am currently living in Arizona.

When I was in college (Washington State University; Go Cougs!) for a double-major, I studied abroad three times: twice in Russia and once in the Czech Republic. :-)

I am Mommy to one child - a puppy - who is my service dog. I love him very much. Here's a picture of the two of us from December 2013:

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***I decided to edit out some of the specifics in my "About Me" section. My hope is that anyone who writes to me, either in e-mail swaps or snail mail swaps, will feel free to ask me about what I've written. I love answering questions, so ask away! :-)

  • UPDATE 06/30/2016: I am thrilled to have earned 50 hearts as of yesterday, June 29, 2016. Thank you, All! :-)
  • UPDATE 08/05/2016: I have earned 100 hearts as of today! Thank you, All! :-)
  • UPDATE 08/20/2016: 150 hearts! Woohoo! Thank you so much, All!
  • UPDATE: I earned my 250th heart on September 13, I think. I'll start sharing in increments of 250 from here. :-)
  • UPDATE 05/20/2017: I earned my 500th heart! 421 swaps, 500 hearts. Thank you, All! :-)
  • UPDATE 04/06/2018: I earned my 750th heart! Thank you, All! :-)

Favorite Music

I love 80's pop, it's the music that my childhood, from kindergarten through my first semester of high school, was built upon. As an adult, I grew to also love classic rock and classical music. :-)

I also enjoy, from time to time, opera, non-80's pop, later-than-classical rock, grunge, alternative (are these latter two different?), folk, a little (very litle) country, rap, and R&B music.

I love the Beach Boys because my father loved them. I love CCR because my mother loves them.

My own favorite bands/artists include the Rolling Stones, U2, Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, Tears for Fears, the Eurythmics, P!nk, and Florence + the Machine. :-)

Favorite Books

I love to read mostly Paranormal Romances and Urban Fantasies, but I'll also try books from other genres from time to time. My most favorite books, though, are these five:

  • A Little Fate by Nora Roberts;
  • A Little Magic, also by Nora Roberts;
  • Getting Rid of Bradley by Jennifer Crusie;
  • Manhunting, also by Jennifer Crusie; and
  • Absolutely, Positively by Jayne Ann Krentz.

I read the aforementioned five when I'm experiencing a massive anxiety/panic attack. They never fail at helping me calm down and regain my equilibrium. And Jayne Ann Krentz is my most favorite author, no matter which of her three names she writes under. :-)

Perhaps oddly, though, the five books I would want with me were I to be stranded on a deserted island is a slightly different list. ;-)

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While I'm willing to read just about anything, I tend only to buy/collect Paranormal Romances, Urban Fantasies, Dystopians, and anything written by Jayne Ann Krentz/Amanda Quick/Jayne Castle, Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb, and Jennifer Crusie.

Also, please note that I prefer to collect and own and read and reread Mass Market Paperbacks whenever possible. (And if not possible, I'm willing to buy a Trade Paperback. The ONLY books I own in Hardcover are, I think, the Harry Potter series and the Lord of the Rings trilogy.Oh! And nearly every book I own in Russian...those are hardcover, too.)

And lastly, please note that while most of the books on my Amazon-com Wishlist for books are Kindle editions, IF a book has an MMP (or even a trade paperback) edition, I'd much rather own the print edition. :-)

Favorite Movies

I adore Disney's animated classics and Disney-Pixar animated movies. My favorites are WALL-E, The Incredibles, A Bug's Life, and The Great Mouse Detective. :-)

Zootopia is a recently discovered favorite. :-)

I also really love all four of the Alien movies, The Princess Bride, Ladyhawke, and The Usual Suspects. :-)

In general, if a movie is not animated, I mostly enjoy action movies (Pacific Rim, Commando, Die Hard, and the like). If a movie IS animated, well. . .Then that's pretty much a guarantee that I WILL enjoy it. ;-)

Favorite Television

I don't really have a current favorite, but I am known to wax nostalgic over Soap, a sitcom from the 80's. I also enjoy revisiting the cartoons of my childhood on Boomerang. Tom and Jerry is an especial favorite. :-)

I have also been known to enjoy watching some of the animated shows on one or more of the Disney channels (the Octonauts comes to mind as one of them). But I haven't watched any of these types of shows in a couple of years (not so coincidentally, since before my father died in September 2014).

I do sometimes watch TV with my mother, and I do enjoy that (sometimes). We mostly watch BBC reruns/shows on PBS (Are You Being Served?; Keeping Up Appearances; As Time Goes By; Doc Martin; Father Brown). And football. We both enjoy watching any and all football games we can get here during NFL season (Go 'Hawks!). :-)

My mother really loves Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries and Castle, and I sometimes enjoy watching episodes of these shows with her, too.

But really, I try not to watch television. I'd much rather read. ;-)

Favorite Crafts

About the only crafty thing I'm good at is cross-stitch, so that's my favorite. I also used to like to knit, but I'm sadly so far out of practice that I can't remember how nowadays. (I also have not cross-stitched anything in a few years, and a project I began in 1989ish - give or take three years - is still languishing unfinished.)

I recently did a crafty swap where I used oil pastels to draw Kandinsky-like circles on 110lb card stock. And while I'm fairly certain that an artistic and creative child could probably have done better, I really enjoyed this new-to-me craft project. :-)

A Few of My Favorite Things

My favorite stores are Barnes and Noble for me and Petco for my dog. . .So I love Barnes and Noble gift cards. And any treats or toys for my dog would also be appreciated. (He is especially fond of rope balls.) :-)

I edited my list to be alphabetical, with some notes at the end. I don't think it's any less to read, but hopefully it's organized better for you to be able to pick out what I like! :-)

A: Animated Movies (especially Disney and Disney-Pixar animated movies); the Anita Blake series (by Laurell K. Hamilton);

B: Bears; Birds; Books! (especially mass market paperbacks, and ESPECIALLY paranormal romance and/or urban fantasy books); Bookmarks with tassels! (my current favorite: a Disney-Pixar Inside Out tasseled bookmark that says, “Every Day Is Full of Emotions”); Bookstores (especially Barnes and Noble and Powell’s);

C: Classic Rock and Classical Music (favorite performers/composers listed in this list); Colors: Blue, Green, Purple; any primary or especially bold colors, but no pastels, and NO PINK! (please note that I am okay with pink accents, ink, and such on letters or postcards; it's only in swaps that include ephemera that I'd prefer not to get anything pink);

D: Dogs!; Disney!; Disney-Pixar!; Dmitri Shostakovich; Duran Duran; Depeche Mode; the Discworld series (by Terry Pratchett); Dragons and Dragon-Shifters;

E: 80’s Pop; Edvard Grieg; Eurythmics;

F: Fantasy;

G: Gum; The Great Mouse Detective (arguably my MOST favorite Disney film);

H: Hard Candies; the Harry Potter book series (by J.K. Rowling);

I: Ice Cream; Itzhak Perlman; Igor Stravinsky; Ilona Andrews (I love more than just the Kate Daniels series);

J: Jigsaw Puzzles; Jean Sibelius; Jayne Ann Krentz (my favorite Romantic Suspense author, no matter which name she uses); Jennifer Crusie (my favorite Romantic Comedy author);

K: Kakuro Puzzles (think crosswords but with numbers instead of letters/words); the Kate Daniels series (by Ilona Andrews);

L: Logic Puzzles; Lions; Libraries; Laurell K. Hamilton (I love more than just her Anita Blake series);

M: Magnets; Modest Mussorgsky; Mt. Rainier; multi-view postcards; Molly Harper (my second favorite author of Romantic Comedies); Music: 80’s and through today pop, Classic and through today rock; Classical music; Opera; Movies: In addition to animated movies, I enjoy, from time to time, action movies, sci-fi movies, and fantasy movies (examples: Commando, Pacific Rim, and The Hobbit Trilogy);

N: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov; Nora Roberts (my second favorite author of Romantic Suspense books; also like/collect her work no matter which name she uses);

O: Opera (music and performances); the Otherworld/Sisters of the Moon series (by Yasmine Galenorn);

P: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Puzzles!; Postcards (of any subject, only no people-focused and NO SPIDERS!); Paranormal Romance and Fantasy;

Q: Quick, Amanda (aka Jayne Ann Krentz writing Historical Romantic Suspense);

R: Russian stuff (books, “modern” music, classical music, opera, postcards, images…); the Rolling Stones; Rain; Reptiles; Reading; Romantic Suspense and Romantic Comedy (especially if paranormal in some way);

S: Snakes; Sergei Prokofiev; Sergei Rachmaninoff; Symphony (music and performances); Seattle (my favorite city; oh, how I miss it!); Sweet or Salty snacks; Science Fiction; Snow;

T: Tigers; Tears for Fears; "Touristy" postcards;

U: U2; Urban Fantasy books and series;

V: Vampires;

W: Wild Animals (especially wolves, the big cats, and bears); Washington state and Washington State University; Werewolves and were-shifters (wereleopards, werebears, weretigers. . .); WALL-E (this is arguably my MOST favorite Disney-Pixar film); Weather: I LOVE cold weather, and the colder it is outside, the happier I am! I love cloudy days and rain, too, but snow makes me especially happy;

X: Xenomorphs (I LOVE the Alien movies!);

Y: Yo-Yo Ma; Yasmine Galenorn (I enjoy more than her Otherworld books);

Z: Zoos.

Additional Notes on Animals:

I love all animals, especially dogs, wolves, bears, and the big/wild cats. (Sadly, I am allergic to domestic cats, though I love seeing them on postcards and things.)

I also love all birds, especially eagles, hawks, and vultures.

I love reptiles, especially snakes (including cobras), and am okay with scorpions and bugs (on postcards). I am TERRIFIED of spiders (so please, NO spider postcards or anything).

Fantasy fiction that includes spiders or -shudder- werespiders -shudder- is okay, because despite sometimes graphic descriptions, I can imagine them pink with purple polka dots, on roller-skates. But images of real spiders? NO, THANK YOU! (Oddly enough, I am fine with Rosie, the black widow in Disney-Pixar’s A Bug’s Life, so postcards of her would be okay, even though she is “rather realistic.”)

Additional Notes on Books:

As I said above, I LOVE Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy books. I mostly read (and collect) Urban Fantasy books that contain a smattering of Paranormal Romance (and I own LOTS so if you have one you want to send, please ask me about it first. I’d hate for you to send me a book I don’t need/already own).

I also enjoy Romantic Suspense books, but mostly only when written by Jayne Ann Krentz or Nora Roberts (I own pretty much ALL of their work, no matter the name they wrote under). But if the Romantic Suspense is paranormal or fantasy-like in some way? Sign me up!

And I enjoy Romantic Comedies, but again only those written by Jennifer Crusie (I own most all of her work, I think) and Molly Harper (I only own one of hers: And One Last Thing).

I do sometimes read (and enjoy) other books, including other Romantic Suspense and Romantic Comedy books, Sci-Fi books, Fantasy books, and YA (Young Adult) Sci-Fi and Fantasy.

What I tend not to read includes Westerns, Literary Fiction, and Chick Lit. I like my fiction to be “fluffy.” :-)

I also do not read much nonfiction. In recent years, I’ve been participating in the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge (2015 was my Year One) and about the only nonfiction I read is for this challenge.

About bookmarks with tassels: I use the tassel as my actual bookmark, while the “true” bookmark hangs out in either the latter part of the book (if I’m in the beginning) or the first half of the book (if I’m toward the end). If a store-bought bookmark has beads or something on the tassel, I take them off.

Additional Notes on Food: I do not particularly like to cook because. . . I have no common sense when it comes to Kitchen Things. (I had to find a recipe to cook sunny-side-up eggs and baked potatoes. And I once followed a recipe word for word and almost set my kitchen on fire as a result. . .See? No Kitchen Common Sense.)

I do like to bake every once in a while, if I have a good recipe to follow. (Unfortunately, my oven exploded on October 7, 2016. No damage was done, and even the oven survived intact, but I'm now a little oven-shy, too.)

I do not have any food allergies.

If you send me a recipe, please, if you can, make sure it is safe to follow as written!

My Fears and Allergies

Fears

I am massively arachnophobic. SO PLEASE, NO SPIDERS! And unfortunately, I live in southern Arizona, where there are big T-Spiders. (I'm so afraid of them that I can't even say, write, or think their name without my anxiety spiking. But if you need help to understand what a T-Spider is, they're a large, hairy arachnid that begins with a T, is spelled with nine letters, and ends with LA.)

I also fear losing the people I love. My Dad passed away in September of 2014 and if it weren't for my son - also known as my puppy, my service dog - I really don't know what I'd have done. :-(

Allergies

I am not allergic to much, but what I am allergic to are things that I'm VERY allergic to:

  1. Cats and Cat Fur/Hair (my eyes water and swell; it ain't pretty); AND
  2. The adhesive part of ANY type/brand of Band-Aid-type bandage (the "glue" causes lesions in my skin). I use/need white medical tape instead.

Flakers and Non-Raters

I hate to do this but. . .

Flakers:

I gave my first "1" rating on May 24, 2017. :-(

1) Elsye B. - @Irzombiegirl - for the Literary Wisdom PC #7 swap. Swap Deadline was May 8, 2017. Elsye was last online May 2. Swap not marked Sent. I messaged her May 13. I gave 1 star May 24. :-(

1a) UPDATE May 31, 2017: The Literary Wisdom PC #7 swap was angeled! @nnyla, the swap host, generously sent me a postcard for this swap. Thank you for being my angel! :-)

I gave my second "1" rating on April 2, 2018. :-(

2) Liz H. - @LizH - for the Reading Challenge 2018-January swap. Swap Deadline was January 31, 2018. Liz was last online January 6. Swap not marked Sent. I messaged her March 5. I gave 1 star April 2. :-(

2a) UPDATE as of February 5, 2018: The Reading Challenge 2018-January swap was angeled! @yomousey, the swap host, generously sent me a Swap-Bot message of her swap for this swap. Thank you for being my angel! :-)

Non-Raters:

(I think I despise non-raters the most, because at least with any possible flakers, I can rate them and be able to archive the swap. But non-raters? Those swaps I'm just not comfortable archiving until all ratings are done.)

Please note that I have removed the names of the non-raters. My profile feels "too long," and so I took them out, especially because I am getting tired of adding to it. :-(

Ratings

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Comment: Thanks! I've had Joe Hill on my reading list but never read any of his--maybe someday. I was also interest in The House with the Clock on the wall--the movie looks interesting. As a librarian, I read all kinds of books. Hope you are feeling better. Susan (brooklynbunch)
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Comment: Thanks Jen! I'm glad you enjoyed both books <3
Response: You're very welcome, Melly! I really loved both books! I cannot wait for book three to be published! I hope it's SOON! :-) Thank you for the five and the heart! :-) <3
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Comment: Thank you for your thoughts. I like that you mentioned Baba Yaga, I remember reading a story about that to my daughters when they were little. Funny story, my niece for some reason refused to call my father Abuelo and decided he was Baba and it stuck, LOL! Thanks for joining.
Response: You're so very welcome, Loida. Thank you for hosting! I was glad about having a chance to participate in this swap. And that's a great story about your niece and father! :-) Thank you for the five and the heart! :-) <3
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Comment: Thank you so much for the post card and for help in rating you. I'm so glad you took a pic of the postcard prior to sending. This really helped us figure out who the missing pc came from.
Response: I'm glad you got my postcard, even if the who-it-was-from was blocked by the Post Office! I saw your message about how you added the Black Blade trilogy by Jennifer Estep to your Goodreads TBR. I hope you will love it as much as I do! :-) <3 Thank you for the five and the heart! :-) <3
brooklynbunch rated for Reading Challenge 2018-July on Aug 2, 2018
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Comment: Enjoyed your comments on the book. I'm a Jane Austen fan but most of her other books don't match "Pride and Prejudice." I think I remember a film version with Captain Wentworth played by Alan Rickman. Thanks! Liked the photos. Susan (brooklynbunch)
Response: You're very welcome, Susan! So far, none of her books have matched Pride and Prejudice in my affections. I think I'll probably try Emma next, IF that's a title of hers, or maybe Northanger Abbey? Thank you for the five and the heart! I'm glad you enjoyed my e-mail and my photos. :-) <3
jewnbugg rated for ATBR Library Bookmark and Note on Jul 30, 2018
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Comment: Wow! Thank you for all the different bookmarks and your delightful letter!
Response: You're so very welcome, Debbie! I'm glad you enjoyed what I shared. I hope you'll get a lot of use out of the bookmarks. Enjoy and Happy Reading! :-) Also, thank you for the five and the heart! :-) <3
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Comment: Hi Jennifer! Thanks for your very thoughtful review of Sharp Objects. I always look forward to reading your reviews because I know you go in-depth. I, too, saw the 'twist' coming before the end of the novel, and I was also surprised that the 'cutting' element was kept from the reader for so long. Your dog is precious!
Response: You're so very welcome, Kristy! I'm very glad that you enjoyed what all I shared in my e-mail. :-) Thank you for complimenting my Max! And thanks also for the five and the heart! :-) <3
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Comment: Thanks for sharing! Always love reading your thoughts :) If you ever read the sequels, I'd be curious to know what you think of those too :)
Response: You're most welcome, Carmen! I'm glad you enjoyed my e-mail. :-) I do have Inkspell (book two) checked out from my library right now, but I'm not sure if I'll be able to read it before it has to be returned. But someday, I do plan to finish this trilogy! :-) Thank you for picking Inkheart for me to read, and thanks especially for the five and the heart! :-) <3
Whovian487 rated for CL: Reading challenge #8 on Jul 1, 2018
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Comment: Thanks for your thoughts on “Wild Beauty”. 😀 I thought about reading it but will probably just pass on it. Hope your next read is much better. 😀
Response: You're very welcome. You might want to read it. After all, most people seemed to love it. :-) It just was not for me. :-/ My next reads were mostly better (apart from one disappointing book). I'm currently embroiled in reading Harry Potter, and am about to embark on the later books, what I like to call the Death books. ;-) (I'm actually dreading rereading them, but I'm going to listen to the audiobooks - for the first time - so I'll hopefully be able to survive them.) Thank you for the five and the heart! :-) <3
brooklynbunch rated for Reading Challenge 2018-June on Jul 1, 2018
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Comment: Thanks for the review--I haven't read anything by this author. Susan (brooklynbunch)
Response: You're very welcome, Susan! I'm glad you enjoyed my e-mail. :-) Thank you for the five and the heart! :-) <3
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Comment: Thanks for sharing a slice of your life ( & Max) with us! It's brave of you to read that. & to discuss your sadness. I must compliment you on your photographing of books. Wow!! That book title poetry & book title Haiku is something new for me, & looks interesting!! We should do some swaps! Do you like Thursday next? Probably... if you're reading the 5th book ...
Response: I do like the Thursday Next series. I own all of the books that are out in it, but I think I've only read book one! :-O And I'd enjoy swaps like you mention - making book spine poetry is kind of fun! :-) Thank you for the five and the heart! I'm glad you enjoyed my e-mail and my dog and all of the extra stuff I included in that message. :-) <3
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Comment: Thanks so much for sharing such detailed thoughts! I loved all the pictures too :)
Response: You're so very welcome, Carmen! I'm glad you enjoyed what all I shared in my longer-than-it-needed-to-be e-mail. :-) Thank you for the five and the heart! :-) <3
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Comment: judging from the book cover and title, i would have never guess that it is a sad/depressing kind of book despite the word depression being a part of the title. because the book cover is beautiful and the words magic trick somehow makes me think of happy stuff. but i am curious and will try to read it too. thank you for the review. seeing your dog always put a smile on my face :)
Response: You know, now that you mention it, I had hoped it would be sort of uplifting, too, because of the title. But sadly, I didn't recognize many of the poems as "happy" ones. :-( I do think I'm going to lower my star rating to just three stars (and raise that other book I mentioned star rating TO three stars). I'll try to do that in the coming week. :-) Thank you so much for the five and the heart and especially for your love of my dog! :-) <3
matt319 rated for Random (PC) - June on Jun 28, 2018
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Comment: Thank you very much!!
Response: You're very welcome. Thank YOU for rating me a five! :-)
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Comment: Thank you for your answers! I enjoyed reading them!
Response: You're so very welcome! I'm glad you enjoyed my e-mail. Thank you for the five and the heart! :-) <3
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Comment: Good answers, and good insight. I have it on audio too, but after reading it, I didnt think I would want to listen to some of the things in the book. it might get stuck in my brain. I did really like this book for the masterpiece that it is.
Response: Thank you for your kind comments. I enjoyed the book, but it's not one I will ever read again. Thank you for the five and the heart! :-) <3
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Comment: Love the Harry Potter books as well. You are in for a treat! Thanks for the nice note. I got to visit Oxford when I was in England years ago. Beautiful place!
Response: I'm glad you enjoyed my postcard, Carol! I've been to England, but just visited London as part of lengthy stopovers between home and Russia and vice versa. And I've now listened to the second Harry Potter book (and read it, too), and it was fabulous, too! Thank you for the five! :-)
PeggyO rated for BLC: BOMC The Dry by Jane Harper on Jun 4, 2018
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Comment: I enjoyed reading your answers and they showed you put some thought into them. Like you, I think I'll read the author's second book, but I don't think it will be about Aaron Falk.
Response: Force of Nature is Aaron Falk, #2. I don't know if it's Jane Harper's second book or not, but it DOES feature Aaron Falk. :-) I'm glad you enjoyed my e-mail! Thank you for the five and the heart! :-) <3
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Comment: Thank you for your lovely review. It always a pleasure. I really glad you enjoyed all 3! books. Your review made my very curious about a Red Peace. it is now on my TBR list of course. I am not a big fan of MG (thought I do read those occasionally) but Precious Bagginses is a good reason to give a book a try, I think!
Response: You're so very welcome, Ksenia. I'm glad you enjoyed my review e-mail. I LOVE middle-grade! (I usually enjoy them even more than I do YA books!) I hope you'll enjoy the Unbeatable Squirrel series if you read them! I thought they were great fun. :-) Thank you for the five and the heart! :-) <3
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Comment: Hi Jennifer! Your reviews are always so wonderful. If you keep joining BOMC, promise you'll send me your reviews even if you're not my sending partner! I agreed with a lot of your points, especially that Luke was probably Gretchen's son's father. Isn't it true about teenagers feeling like they'll be friends forever? I think this is the same reason there are so many school shootings--teenagers simply can't see a future life for themselves. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the picture of your pup--so sweet! And I completely agree with you about the narrator--what was with those weird pauses? Thank you for joining and for your wonderful review!
Response: Wow, Kristy! What a wonderful comment! Thank you! First things first, I take it you listened to the audiobook, too? I'm going to return it to Audible. Sadly, that narrator is not destined to be one of my favorites. Which is a shame because...Australian accent! ;-) Actually, that was last thing first. Now for the first thing: I DID join June's swap to read Sharp Objects. I hope we'll be partnered again! (But if not, I'll still send my swap to you! And I'd love to get yours, too!) :-) And yes! When I was in high school, my closest friends and I dreamed of living in the same neighborhood and raising our kids together. Then I went away to college, and the other two stayed in So.Cal. And our friendship sadly fizzled away, especially once I returned from my study abroad year in Russia. That last visit, nearly 22 years ago, was the last time I spoke with those particular friends. We had sadly just grown too far apart. :-( Thank you for your love for my puppy-son. It makes me happy that so many of my partners enjoy seeing him. :-) And lastly, thank you for the five and the heart! :-) <3

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HappyMom on Dec 27, 2017:

Thanks for the great swaps this year, and I hope the New Year is even better!

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HappyMom on Dec 11, 2017:

Happy Birthday Jen!

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MCGalaxy on Jun 22, 2017:

Let's try again with the proper formatting.

This has always been my favorite work of art

I don't even know why. I just think its beautiful.

It's Van Gogh Starry Night

fiorellaione on Jun 20, 2017:

Hi Jen! I'm one of your partners for the ESG: Spread some Art! swap. As I read you like landscape postcards, I thought you may like this paintng, made by Argentinian artist Martín Malharro. :) Have a nice week!

Helena8664 on Jun 18, 2017:

(So...I couldn't get the original artwork I wanted to upload to work, so I'm going with Alex Grey's "kissing"...he's another psychedelic artist who I absolutely ADORE! But, you should also check out the art I originally wanted to share. She can be found on Instagram @smallmoon_ and is an amazing young artist whose trippy work gets me right in the feels.)

chaari on Jun 17, 2017:

Spread some Art!

Heya!

This is one of my favourite paintings!

This painting is called The poor poet by the German painter Carl Spitzweg

I went to a school that was named after Spitzweg and his paintings were omnipresent! I still like to look at this one though, it's somehow really calming. Like, he might be obviously poor, but he still finds joy in writing and reading. I like that.

xxx Vanessa

P.s.: I am not your partner, but I think you would maybe like this one too ^^

willowsmarika on May 23, 2017:

haha, thanks!! :) and you're welcome :D this is his everyday "i'm so not impressed with you, just leave me alone" face, that he somehow gained growing up :/

reader44ever on May 13, 2017:

Happy One Year Anniversary. . .to Me! I joined Swap-Bot one year ago TODAY! It's been a fun - and very busy, swap-filled - year. Here's hoping this next year will be even better! :-)

  • Stats: 410 Swaps Completed! (410!!!)
  • Types: 61 Type 1; 309 (!!!) Type 2; 40 Type 3 :-)
  • Received: 518 5s and 477 hearts as of 10:05p. :-)
KSENiA on Apr 20, 2017:

Wow, that's so great! I have quite a list of real books I have to buy. Uprooted is one of them.

KSENiA on Jan 17, 2017:

Sounds like a plan. :D Hey, kitty, kitty...

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