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Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife
Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife | Mary Roach
The best-selling author of ?Stiff ?and ?Bonk? trains her considerable wit and curiosity on the human soul. "What happens when we die? Does the light just go out and that's thatthe million-year nap? Or will some part of my personality, my me-ness persist? What will that feel like? What will I do all day? Is there a place to plug in my lap-top?" In an attempt to find out, Mary Roach brings her tireless curiosity to bear on an array of contemporary and historical soul-searchers: scientists, schemers, engineers, mediums, all trying to prove (or disprove) that life goes on after we die.
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MidnightBookGirl
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Pickpick

Roach explores lots of different theories of the afterlife- from reincarnation, mediums, and people who purposely “die“ so they can be brought back with tales of beyond. Like all that she writes, Roach is thorough and hilarious.

#24B4Monday #Readathon #LitsyPartyofOne #MrBook1inaMillion #NFNov
@mrbook @Andrew65 @TheReadingMermaid @Clwojick

Kaila-ann Sounds fascinating! Stacked. 1mo
Andrew65 Sounds very interesting. 1mo
MrBook Added! 😁 1mo
Clwojick Definitely stacking! 6 pt. 1mo
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MidnightBookGirl
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💀My current listen (my phone with American Fire on it was charging in another room, so I downloaded this on the computer while I continued to do online work). So far, Roach has explored reincarnation, the weight of the soul, and now into ectoplasm. 💀
#Readathon #24B4Monday #litsypartyofone #mrbook1inamillion
@mrbook @TheReadingMermaid @andrew65

MrBook Added! 😎 1mo
Linsy I loved Stiff on audio. Stacked! 1mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Love her! I just finished Packing for Mars and it was excellent! 1mo
Andrew65 This does look interesting. 1mo
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hike.read.repeat
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Mehso-so

I‘ve read almost all of Mary Roach‘s books now. This one wasn‘t my fav. I continued reading it more for Mary‘s callbacks and one-liners than for the content. Do you believe in an afterlife? If so, do you believe it‘s something that science can prove or disprove? 💀👻

ljuliel Yes I believe in ghosts, spirits , whatever you want to call them. I‘m not sure if they‘ll ever figure out a way to prove it. There are so many tv shows and just ordinary people who take pictures or record sounds, etc but there‘s always someone out there who disproves them all. 1mo
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hike.read.repeat
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I spent a few hours today flagging my #tbr books on cloudLibrary, favoriting books on Hoopla, and tagging books on Litsy. Now it‘ll be faster to decide what to read next. #cloudlibrary #hoopla #litsy #ebooksforall #ebooks #audiobooks

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dogmom75
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Just got these babies. It‘s spooky season!!

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effani
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I don't think this is Mary Roach's best book, but that's a high bar. This one, like all the others, is laugh-out-loud funny and full of great “hey didja know“ moments to annoy everyone around you with.

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effani

I'm appreciating that you can see the seeds of some of Mary Roach's later books on this one, as well as how this one evolved from Stiff. There's more discussion of digestion and the products thereof than I expected in a book about the afterlife, and that line of thinking clearly evolved into Gulp. I haven't read Bonk yet, but there's one passage in this one so far that would probably fit nicely there as well.

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effani

I may have to get hold of a physical copy of this book at some point, because the kindle edition has a bunch of pages that just say “Images in this book are not displayed owing to permissive issues.“ Weird phrasing and also a bummer.

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effani

I'm traveling this week, and I find Mary Roach's books are perfect for work travel. They're fun and engrossing (emphasis on the GROSS, although this one possibly less than some of her others), easy to read but not such page-turners that they keep me up too late reading and leave me groggy and sleep-deprived the next morning. I know that sounds like a backhanded compliment, but I honestly mean it as a sincere compliment.

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DavidDiamond
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Pickpick

My favorite Mary Roach book thus far! Amongst other things, she explores mediums, reincarnation, near-death experiences, ghostly visits and ectoplasm, oh my! With an open mind, she visits people with first hand encounters along with university professors and scientists which tends to balance everything out with no one side proclaiming victory. An entertaining and insightful read!

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DavidDiamond
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Interesting observation!
#IAintAfraidOfNoGhosts

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AutumnRLS
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Final stack from CT. The Book Barn is the best.

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gossamerchild
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Pickpick

Finished this one recently, too. As with all Mary Roach books, I adore her footnotes. Next to #terrypratchett, her footnotes are the best! Fascinating topic, told in a totally approachable and respectful (because we all know how quickly this topic of conversation can go sideways) manner. Love Mary Roach!

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Shvonne
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I‘m supposed to be reading this for my #byobook club but it just reminded me why I‘m not into memoirs.

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chaoticgoodhufflepuff
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#littlefreelibrary #riotgrams

So I can‘t actually take a picture, as it‘s the United States Postal Service, but we‘ve got a little library exchange set up where we all drop off audiobooks to pass around, cuz 8 to 12 hours is a lot of time to fill. 😂

I‘m really grateful for my library‘s overflow book sale, and I‘m looking forward to dropping these off in the next couple of days!

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vivastory
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Spook examines the long history of the good intentions (& frequently disastrous results) of the scientific efforts to locate the soul & prove an afterlife. This is an unusual book for Roach, since the subject is so, well unscientific, this is the least conclusive. She still manages to infuse it with her trademark wit & it has quite possibly my favorite ending of her books that I've read.

readordierachel What a fantastic picture! 11mo
vivastory @readordierachel She's so much fun 😄 11mo
Hooked_on_books I haven‘t read this one, but I‘ve really enjoyed her books that I have read. She has such a great sense of humor and writing style. 11mo
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vivastory
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😂😂😂

Leftcoastzen OMG!😂😂 11mo
BestDogDad Awesome! 👍🏼 11mo
readordierachel 😂😂😂 11mo
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vivastory
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My current read is about the scientific proof (or lack thereof) of an afterlife. #Mysteriousways indeed
#MusicalNewYear
@Cinfhen

Cinfhen I really REALLY need to read Mary Roach already 11mo
Kalalalatja @Cinfhen me too! 11mo
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vivastory
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Mary Roach is the best.

Sweettartlaura This is my favorite by her ❤️ 11mo
readordierachel She really is 11mo
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Chasingmermaids
Panpan

Not even close to as good as stiff. I was hoping for more verity of ideas of the afterlife. And not just the western idea of ghosts. It started well but made body shaming jokes on the way that have not aged well. A skip.

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amb
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I thought it might be fun to get see what spooks everyone in preparation for #Spooktober! Here are my answers:
1. The Shining
2. Nightmare on Elm Street
3. The sound of crunching leaves and the way my dog loves them (photo)
4. I did not care for The Great Gatsby 😵😲😮
5. @CoffeeNBooks

#SpookyAutumn @amb

I know tagging me doesn‘t work well, if at all, but I think you can copy/paste from above?

Chrissyreadit Why is it so hard to tag you??? ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
Chrissyreadit I used your name and it came up! 1y
amb @Chrissyreadit I don‘t know, I would complain but who to? 1y
Chrissyreadit The library people who took over Litsy? 1y
Craftylikefox When I type in your first and last name I get your Litsy name :) @kgriffith is this something you might be able to help with? 1y
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Chocamanda
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Flowers and sunshine on my #audiowalk today. The tagged book is much more lighthearted than you would think too. Definitely recommend this on audio.

Tera66 👻 2y
parasolofdoom Ohh I really liked her book about the space program too! 2y
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JessNevertheless
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Realizing I have 3 days to squeeze in another nonfiction book to make my goal of at least two a month. 😱 Gonna try and sneak some reading in today at work.

Miss_Kim Love that notebook! 📖❤️ 2y
JessNevertheless @Miss_Kim Thanks :) Hoping pretty notebooks can keep me productive this year! 2y
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KennedyBooks
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Can‘t wait to start this one! I love Mary Roach, if this is anything as good as Stiff then I‘m in for a treat! Anyone read this? Thoughts?! #TBR

readinginthedark I haven‘t read this one, but Mary Roach is awesome! 2y
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danimgill
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Stiff is still my all-time favorite Mary Roach but Spook was perfectly enjoyable! It was an interesting look at the people who are scientifically studying the paranormal and at the history of some different ideas about life after death. It dragged in a few spots and I felt weird about her descriptions of people/events in the India chapter but overall I‘m a fan of her writing style and was kept enthralled by all the new fun facts I was learning 👻

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GraesynFenix
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Guess I should get going on this since the bookclub for it is in a week ;)

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danimgill
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Continuing on my lazily-paced quest to read all the Mary Roach with this one 👻

5 am gym shifts are good for something at least... Hope everyone‘s 🐪 day is off to a good start!

TheAnitaAlvarez Mary Roach is brilliant! I love her books 2y
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Grrlbrarian
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For #Spooktober, I craved narrative nonfiction on all things spectral: ghosts, spiritualism, and the existence of life after death. Mary Roach‘s amiable investigations into the above cracked me up, took me down strange pathways, and left me with plenty to consider on those topics and more. Roach can write about ANYTHING in a compelling way, and the afterlife provides great scope for her talents. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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WanderingBookaneer
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I‘ve always wanted to read this one! @emilyhaldi , everything on this box was perfect! #FallBookExchange #HalloweenGoesPostal

kspenmoll Sounds great! 2y
emilyhaldi Awesome!!! 🖤👻 2y
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RealBooks4ever
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Brie
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A ghostly look at the afterlife, covering reincarnation, spiritualism, mediums, near death experiences, and communication with the dead. #uncannyoctober 👻

vivastory I might need to read this next week 2y
emilyhaldi I tried reading this a few days ago and I was bored. Disappointing bc I had high hopes!! 😔 2y
Reviewsbylola Glad it‘s not just me. I loved Stiff but was bored by her other books I‘ve read. @emilyhaldi 2y
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mcipher @Reviewsbylola I read Stiff and enjoyed it and have been meaning to try another of hers - that‘s too bad that they don‘t all live up to that one! 2y
Brie @mcipher Stiff and Gulp are my favorites of hers. 2y
mcipher @Brie Thanks! Maybe I‘ll try Gulp. 2y
Reviewsbylola Maybe I‘ll try Gulp. I haven‘t read that one yet I don‘t think. 2y
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emilyhaldi
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I didn‘t have a second of reading time yesterday so going to try and make up for some of it today! Starting with this #spooky read - my first book by Mary Roach 👻 Also, #pumpkins!

#spookyoctober
#hallowreads

jpmcwisemorgan I haven‘t read this one yet. Thanks for the reminder! 2y
Cinfhen Great pic❤️ 2y
ferskner I love this picture! 2y
Reviewsbylola You have to read Stiff. I didn‘t love her other books that I‘ve read, but you know how I am with non fic. 2y
Mdargusch Great photo! 📸 2y
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emilyhaldi
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Reviewsbylola Lmao aren't you in Philly?? 2y
Mdargusch Hahaha! @Reviewsbylola Oh dear God that is a lot of books for someone that supposedly works full time. 2y
saresmoore A LOT of these are (theoretically) upcoming reads for me, too! 2y
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MicheleinPhilly You are in Philly??? 2y
kspenmoll 😂😂 2y
emilyhaldi @Reviewsbylola I was in a traffic jam on my way to Philly... Took the pic before I left 😉 @MicheleinPhilly I'm in town for a friend's wedding!! Unfortunately not staying long 😕 2y
RealLifeReading Lovely sight! 2y
MicheleinPhilly Bummer. I hope the wedding is indoors with AC! 2y
Beachesnbooks 😍😍😍 2y
Cinfhen No way?!?! Are you going to reread 2y
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AmandaL
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This was my first Mary Roach book. Once I got used to her snark, it was an informative and enjoyable read, mostly about the shortcomings of studying the paranormal. This was a #blameitonlitsy pick.

RowReads1 Stiff was my first and still probably my favorite. 2y
8leagueboot This is high on my list. 2y
AmandaL @RowReads1 I definitely want to read that one too. I think I may try the audiobook. 2y
AmandaL @8leagueboot It was an impulse borrow for me once I saw another review on Litsy. I almost gave up on it when I started, but it's got some amusing history and talks about recent research, which was pretty interesting. I hope you like it! 2y
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monalyisha
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Pickpick

I now have a giant literary crush on Mary Roach (& on Vic Tandy, the guy who discovered the link between ghost sightings & infrasound).

I'd never read anything by her & I get it now. I get why everyone talks so highly of her, why she's called a non-fiction writer for the non-fic averse. She's so smart & SO witty. I'd have the same reaction to meeting her that others have upon seeing a ghost: I'd blather unintelligibly, & then promptly faint.

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monalyisha
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"Perhaps I should believe in a hereafter, in a consciousness that zips through the air like a "Simpsons" rerun, simply because it's more appealing - more fun and more hopeful - than not believing."

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monalyisha
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"When you're as brainy as Gerry Nahum is, you lose sight of just how ignorant the rest of us are. Earlier in our talk, he prefaced the line 'Quite a few people look at microtubules as what can be considered almost like an abacus for molecular calculation at a subcellar level' with the phrase, 'As I'm sure you're aware.'" ???

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled 😂 great pic!! 2y
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monalyisha
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I'm finding this audiobook really interesting so far.

One of my favorite tidbits: There have been cases of Hindus using Near Death Experiences & the belief in reincarnation as a way to get out of unpleasant marriages (since divorce has such a negative social stigma). Women have said, "I'm literally a new person now! I died & was reborn! I can't be expected to stay with/sleep with my old husband!" ?

readordierachel Mary Roach is the best. She's so good at finding the humor in dry or dark topics. 2y
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Meganbub
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Sigh. I can't stay awake when reading this! I never fall asleep when reading books unless it's really late at night... but several broad daylight afternoon snoozes later, I just can't get through this one.

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Meganbub
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I really liked Packing for Mars and have been looking forward to more Mary Roach for awhile! #S #LitsyAtoZ

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Carla

Was listening to this, but had to return it to Audible. The narrator either thinks the paranormal is a joke, and assumes the author and the audience agrees with her, or is a hopeful stand-up comedian/voice actor. Every new item is read in a can-you-believe-this voice, and she gives fake accents to every scientist--which borders on tasteless when it comes to the East Asian doctor that the author was able to visit. I will wait to read it in print.

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UnabridgedTomes
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Pickpick

The hardest part of putting the duvet into the cover has a pretty hilarious side effect. 😂

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Oliveskool
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Fun evening with a highly curiosity driven author! It was a pleasure meeting her and hanging out with my fellow bookworms

Sweettartlaura It was fun!!! 😊 3y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Oh look! Somehow THREE packages from Thriftbooks showed up at my house today. I need to build a bigger book fort! #blameitonlitsy #bookhaul #happybibliophage

LeahBergen 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3y
kerry Yessss Mary Roach! Happy reading!! 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @kerry I loved Grunt and found a great deal on these. Thanks! 3y
ReadingEnvy Zafon 🤸🌠🤸🌠 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @ReadingEnvy Yes, I listened to the first two but wanted print copies for my shelves. Looking forward to the third also! 3y
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Wendirella
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Received my first book from Bookmooch. I think I'm more excited than #Punki is #catsoflitsy

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PomegranateMuse
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Why yes...I am one of those people who stayed up and opened their #cupidgoespostal #litsygoespostal packages in the wee hours of the morn! ❤️ lots of love to @Dolly for the lovely surprise all the way from gorgeous Massachusetts! I hear you've gotten your fair share of snow, so I'll try to send some sunshine your way! 🌞 thank you to @BookishMarginalia for hosting!

Dolly So glad your package arrived safely! 😍 3y
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jeff
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This was my first Mary Roach book, and it certainly won't be my last. She digs in with the lens of a skeptic looking for proof of the afterlife, and delivers with a humorous, objective and insightful journey searching for answers. Rating: 4 ghosts 👻👻👻👻

JoeStalksBeck Have you seen her on TedTalks? She is magnificent! 3y
MamaGina I'm currently reading her Packing for Mars - really enjoying it so far! 👩‍🚀 3y
8leagueboot Stiff has been sitting on my shelf for far too long. Time to move it up the list! 3y
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jeff @GoodallBookHaul I haven't, but will add to my "to watch" list! 3y
thepaulhoa At first I thought the title was "Spork" and I got real excited. 3y
Peddler410 How did I miss this one!? Stiff was my first and seeing this I thought it was new! On my list now. 2y
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KaitiWinchell
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Christmas/birthday books. 😍 #bookstack #toread #spoiled

Karkar What a great looking stack! ❤❤📚📚 3y
Reviewsbylola Love it!! 3y
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