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Dark Tales
Dark Tales | Shirley Jackson
The perfect read for Hallowe'en, this new hardback volume of Jackson's finest stories reveals the queen of American gothic at her unsettling, mesmerising best
There's something nasty in suburbia. In these deliciously dark tales, the daily commute turns into a nightmarish game of hide and seek, the loving wife hides homicidal thoughts and the concerned citizen might just be an infamous serial killer. In the haunting world of Shirley Jackson, nothing is as it seems and nowhere is safe, from the city streets to the country manor, and from the small-town apartment to the dark, dark woods...
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Craftylikefox
Dark Tales | Shirley Jackson
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Rainy day means a dark tale before work. Very ready for the weekend. 🖤🖤

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TheReadingMermaid
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Ok #TeamCthulhu here are my picks for #HGPBC what do you guys think? What reaches out and grabs you? HAHAHAHAHAHA 👻😈👻

@MaleficentBookDragon @jillannjohn @BookwormAHN

TheReadingMermaid Also @MaleficentBookDragon did you ever receive those books from @InBooksILive ??? I need my journal book back so that I can send it out with this month's book. 3mo
jillannjohn Slasher girls has been on my tbr. The Shuddering also looks really good. 3mo
jillannjohn Also, when will be sending these out? 3mo
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TheReadingMermaid @jillannjohn let's read our own books for the month of April and then send them out the 1st of May. How does that sound? I think Michelle needs a little bit of time to catch up with the books that she has been sent from last round. I don't want to overwhelm her. 3mo
jillannjohn Sounds great. I‘m trying to catch up on other reading too. 📚 3mo
Caffeinated_Reader Whoa...All of them 😈🤘 3mo
BookwormAHN I've read The Grip of it, it was good but weird. Any of the others especially The Shuddering sound good to me. 3mo
TheReadingMermaid @Caffeinated_Reader I know right? This is actually a post for a horror postal book club. It's lots of fun 👻 3mo
Caffeinated_Reader @TheReadingMermaid oh super cool 🥰 I‘ve seen things like that but have never actually participated. 3mo
TheReadingMermaid @Caffeinated_Reader oh I highly recommend it! It is so awesome. I was thinking of re-running mine here soon to make new groups. 3mo
Caffeinated_Reader Very cool! Please tag me in the comments if you do I‘d love to participate! 3mo
TheReadingMermaid @Caffeinated_Reader I definitely will! 😃 Thank you for your interest sweetie 🤗💕 3mo
MaleficentBookDragon Sorry, I'm been down and out with the stomach flu since the weekend. I don't recommend it.😰 I have not gotten the books from last round. I absolutely 💙 Seann so I'm hoping for 3mo
TheReadingMermaid @MaleficentBookDragon oh my goodness I am so glad you are starting to feel better. Take care of my dear 😘🤗😘 3mo
TheReadingMermaid @InBooksILive did you send out those books? 😳 3mo
InBooksILive @MaleficentBookDragon hey hun did you happen to get those books yet?? 3mo
TheReadingMermaid @InBooksILive yes sweetie I just confirmed that she received them last night. Thank you so much for sending them back to us. 😘😘 3mo
InBooksILive @TheReadingMermaid oh of course! I'm sorry it took so long! I'm on track again with all my bookclubs now 😊 Do you know who has American Psyhco?? 3mo
TheReadingMermaid @PirateJenny @jillannjohn @MaleficentBookDragon hey you guys who has American Psycho? Can we send it back to @InBooksILive please? 3mo
jillannjohn I don‘t remember seeing American Psycho 😳 3mo
MaleficentBookDragon I sent American Psycho along a while ago. 3mo
PirateJenny I have it. I was going to start it tonight but if you'd rather I return it, I can do that tomorrow 3mo
TheReadingMermaid @PirateJenny let's go ahead and return it to @InBooksILive since the round is over. We need to get books back to their rightful owners now. Sound good? 😃 3mo
PirateJenny @TheReadingMermaid sure thing! I'll mail it tomorrow. Who do I send Meddling Kids back to? 3mo
TheReadingMermaid @jillannjohn @MaleficentBookDragon what were your guys's books? We need to get books back to their rightful owners. I forgot who had what book. 🤦🏻‍♀️ 3mo
TheReadingMermaid @PirateJenny I'm pretty sure you need to be sending meddling kids back to @jillannjohn 3mo
jillannjohn @PirateJenny Meddling Kids is mine. No hurry! 😄 3mo
MaleficentBookDragon I have mine back. It was 3mo
MaleficentBookDragon @TheReadingMermaid yes. She said I could keep it for a while and read it. Yay! 3mo
PirateJenny I forgot to bring the address with me today! I will send tomorrow 3mo
InBooksILive @PirateJenny oh no you can read American Psycho if you didn't get to! I totally don't mind at all!! Please go ahead! There is absolutely no rush to get it back, hun! 3mo
InBooksILive @jillannjohn if you'd like to read it next you can also! I seriously don't mind at all! 3mo
PirateJenny @InBooksILive oh ok! I will read it then! I've always been curious about it. Thanks! 3mo
InBooksILive @PirateJenny of course! 😊 3mo
BookwormAHN @TheReadingMermaid @MaleficentBookDragon @jillannjohn Hey ladies, how are y'alls books coming? Are we still mailing them at the end of the month and if so what order are we mailing them in? 3mo
TheReadingMermaid @BookwormAHN oh my goodness I completely forgot to post the new rotation! 😱 I will work on that and post it in a few minutes 😘😘😘 3mo
BookwormAHN Okay 3mo
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SomedayAlmost
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Great read for Women in Horror Month! Taught “The Possibility of Evil” in my Crafting Strong Women workshop yesterday and was reminded, once agin, of Jackson‘s twisted genius! #shortstories #5stars #womeninhorror

SexyCajun Oooooooooooo🙃 4mo
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TheReadingMermaid
Dark Tales | Shirley Jackson
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Pickpick

I would recommend these stories to just about everyone considering that most of these stories have a PG rating in the horror genre.

Please read my full review here:
TamaraTheReadingMermaid.weebly.com

jmofo 👏 Shirley Jackson!!! 🖤 7mo
Butterfinger @jmofo Shirley Jackson is on her way to you through the mail. Let me know when she arrives. 7mo
LeslieO Love the cover! 7mo
jmofo @Butterfinger Yay!!!👏 that reminds me I should be reading! 😬 7mo
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zsuzsanna_reads
Dark Tales | Shirley Jackson
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Current autumn spooky reads.

By the way: do Americans go trick or treating and celebrate Halloween today, the Saturday before, because "it's really not so convenient on a school night" or is this just an English thing?

#halloween #spookyreads #shortstories

Aimeesue Most communities go trick or treating on the 31st, although there are a lot of Halloween parties on the weekend before, too. 9mo
xicanti In Canada, everybody goes on the 31st or not at all. I've always had the impression it's the same in the US. 9mo
cherinium It depends on where you live. In Ohio, where I grew up, each community would set a "Beggars Night" for trick or treating. They would even set the times--usually 6-8pm. It was never on the 31st. I was once told that it had something to do with trying to keep mischief to a minimum. Living in Missouri now and having friends from other states, I now know it is much more common for people to go out on the 31st. 9mo
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Ye_Mighty_Andy_Spare Haha. Same for Bonfire Night. "Yeah, we'll remember, remember the fifth of November, but we're going to do our remembering on the third of November, thank you very much" 9mo
zsuzsanna_reads @cherinium I love the idea of calling it a beggar's night! 9mo
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TCLinrow
Dark Tales | Shirley Jackson
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Megara “She writes not with a pen but with a broomstick.” — Great quote! 9mo
Megara I 🖤 Shirley Jackson‘s writing. 9mo
vkois88 Ooooh I need to find this! #Stacked 9mo
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bookish_wookish
Dark Tales | Shirley Jackson
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Ok so im not gonna lie, when you posted this the other day @bridge12 i was secretly hoping it was for me just because of the paper! 😂 Now thats its here, im so glad its for me because im sooo excited for this book!! Thank you so much Bridget! I dont have it and ive never read it! You nailed it! Thank you again! 😊
#justabookswap

TheBookKeepers She killed it!! Excellent swap! 10mo
bridge12 YEAH!!!! This makes me SO happy! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ You were a ton of fun shopping/Litsy stalking for! 10mo
bookish_wookish Yay!! Thank you! @bridge12 10mo
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SaraBeagle
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Eerie, creepy, psychological thrillers. When you start a story, you have no idea where she‘s going to take you, but you have to appreciate her sharp, snappy twist endings! Each one could easily be a Twilight Zone episode.

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Samplergal
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JoScho Thanks for playing 💚 10mo
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TCLinrow
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Super stoked with my #Shortstoryswap 😄 these books look so beautiful and I've been meaning to read Shirley Jackson for ages! Thank you so much @ephemeralwaltz ❤🧡💛

ephemeralwaltz I hope you enjoy! She's one of my favorites. 💙💙 12mo
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ValerieAndBooks
Dark Tales | Shirley Jackson
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Pulled into reading some short stories by Shirley Jackson!! “Paranoia” is the current short story being emailed in installments by http://theseasonofstories.com . I looked into my *The Lottery* to see if it was in there, but it is not. It‘s in the tagged book (*Dark Tales*). Jackson is perfect atmospheric reading for today‘s overcast weather with rain expected later on!

ValerieAndBooks BTW the last short story from them was wonderfully creepy and I‘m definitely on the lookout for this one by Mariana Enriquez 13mo
DivineDiana I had not heard of the Seasons of Stories! Thank you! Signed up! 13mo
ValerieAndBooks @DivineDiana I learned about it a while back #becauseofLitsy 😊! BTW I want to respond to your latest email soon! It‘s been a busy week. 13mo
DivineDiana @ValerieAndBooks No hurry! Thanks again for your input! 13mo
Suet624 I get those stories too in my email. Been enjoying them. 13mo
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Aaronlisa
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Mehso-so

A collection of Jackson‘s short stories. Some were really great while others were rather lacklustre. I don‘t know if I would call them “dark” to be honest. Her writing is good but I don‘t think any of these stories will stay with me like “The Lottery” or “We Have Always Lived in the Castle” have. I am not discouraged from reading more but wouldn‘t probably recommend this one to people.

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The.Intentional.Reader
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Picked up a few gems at a local thrift shop. Really looking forward to reading “Dark Tales” by Shirley Jackson.

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DeeLew
Dark Tales | Shirley Jackson
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Poor nutritional choices today but nice quiet break time. 🍫📘🖤

Beckys_Books Envy for the snacks! 1y
Mommamanzi Those are my top naughty snacks! I like the way you think! 😜 1y
WhatDeeReads Reese‘s have peanut butter, which means protein. You‘re good! 1y
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TricksyTails Reese‘s is never a poor choice! Like @WhatDeeReads said...PROTEIN! 🤗♥️ 1y
LauraBeth Sometimes that is called dinner in my world 1y
DeeLew @Mommamanzi great minds! 😜 1y
DeeLew @WhatDeeReads Yes! Protein is a good thing. 😁 1y
DeeLew @TricksyTails Reese's are the bomb! 1y
DeeLew @LauraBeth Same here! 1y
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BeckyGudge
Dark Tales | Shirley Jackson
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Getting into the Halloween mood with these wonderful dark and spooky tales.

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Booksnchill
Dark Tales | Shirley Jackson
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My #Halloweengoespostal is opened and I have flown to New Orleans for Halloween/Birthday and how lucky am I that @DeeLew my #diadelosmuertos twin got my name. Dee I am in awe of this box- I did not have the books, the socks, the bookmark or this tote and my husband has no idea how you selected items I did not have but he may be calling on you for tips! Absolute perfection in every way- thank you so very much!❤️❤️👻👻💀💀⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

TricksyTails Ohhhh look at all those 💀😍😍😍 Love all the goodies!! 2y
TricksyTails I can't stop staring at those prints! I'm going to have to ask @DeeLew about them! 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍 2y
LeahBergen Wow!! 2y
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batsy 😍😍 2y
Cinfhen That's awesome 2y
Bookzombie 😍 2y
beccaeve So many awesome things!!! Especially 💀💀💀!! 2y
robinb So cool!!! 2y
kamoorephoto Omg all these #Halloweengoespostal openings! 🙀 2y
Susannah Wow, what a terrific selection of gifts! 💀 2y
erzascarletbookgasm 👏💝love the tote 2y
Mdargusch Spooky box 👻 2y
DeeLew Yay!! I'm so glad you liked everything!💀❤️🎃 2y
Booksnchill @deelew it is spectacular and so very me!!! Awesome! 2y
DeeLew @Booksnchill I think you might be my spirit animal! 💀❤️ 2y
Booksnchill @DeeLew That makes me all feelie!!!💀💀💀💀🤣 2y
kamoorephoto Wish I knew AHEAD that it was your birthday! Well I‘m very late in realizing and saying Happy Birthday to one of my fellow #skulliEs! 💀💓💀 looks like a fabulous one! 2y
Booksnchill @kamoorephoto Thanks- could not have asked for better!! When are our other SkulliE birthdays all? @Alicia @SkeletonKey 2y
kamoorephoto I‘m a summer bday - July 6th but I DID and received nothing. I get very upset about things like that! Things are rough (relationship-wise) at home so it was purposeful this year. Trying to get out of bad situation 😿 2y
SkeletonKey Just had a birthday on October 24th. Happy birthday to you, and what a great package!! (edited) 2y
Booksnchill @kamoorephoto hope you have better days ahead😕 2y
Alicia @kamoorephoto @Booksnchill my bday is Oct. 15! How funny, @SkeletonKey are you a libra too? 😃🙌🏽♎️ 2y
SkeletonKey @Alicia - technically I'm a Scorpio but I'm on the cusp of Libra so I think it rubs off 😂 2y
Booksnchill @skeletonkey - Scorpio here! 2y
kamoorephoto No wonder though, as I‘m Cancer ♋️ - that‘s a good combo... 2y
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vivastory
Dark Tales | Shirley Jackson
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This is the perfect time to post this book I ordered a couple of weeks ago. Although any time is a perfect time to read Shirley Jackson!

readordierachel What a fantastic cover! 2y
vivastory @ReadOrDieRachel Plus an introduction by Otessa Moshfegh 2y
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deirdrebeecher
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For me the best way to describe Shirley Jacksons work is a cross between Emily Dickinson and Stephen King. Her short stories are heart stopping, beautifully crafted jewels.

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strandbookstore
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We've curated a spooky list of booOOOOks 🎃 just in time for Halloween! Join the likes of Edgar Allan Poe, Shirley Jackson, Henry James and more. #ireaddeadpeople

@strandbookstore/i-read-dead-people-1c7920d29f21" rel="nofollow" target="_top">https://medium.com/@strandbookstore/i-read-dead-people-1c7920d29f21

Leftcoastzen Love that sign👍 2y
mjdowens I have a T-shirt like that sign. It has authors like Poe and others and there are x‘s for the eyes😂😂😂 2y
MrBook @BookBabe and I were there 2 days ago 😁 (edited) 2y
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Dorianna
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My latest book purchase because there is no such thing as having too much Shirley Jackson in your life. Plus, this edition has a foreword by Ottessa Moshfegh.

Also these new overlays from Litsy are so much fun to play with. Especially when you‘re procrastinating.

Caterina I recently finished We Have Always Lived in the Castle and LOVED it! It was my first Shirley Jackson, and based off it, I'm inclined to agree with you! 2y
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ohyeahthatgirl
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It's getting cold out, so it's time to cover myself in cats and a comforter and read something creepy. #spooktober #creepycatlady

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wanderlustforwords
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I'm soooo excited to start these shorts! SJ is a genius at psychologically creepy books! Perfect for this month! #book #shirleyjackson #creepy #halloween

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respekt1111
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I didn't know this book existed, although I've read almost all of the stories on it. Here's a link to the forward by an author who also writes about characters who have their own perception of reality!
http://lithub.com/how-shirley-jackson-makes-us-lose-our-minds/

Thedrunkstrawberry What a coincidence...just borrowed this from overdrive! Can't wait to start it 2y
Nuwanda Had no idea this existed, but now I'm going to see if it's available at my library! 2y
ohyeahthatgirl It just came out and I can't even stand that I don't own it yet. Shirley Jackson is my jam. 2y
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Weave
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Recent purchase ~ Dark Tales by Shirley Jackson (Kindle edition📱) 👻🎃👻

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hlgreenfield
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This morning before going to see some lovely art in the Thyssen museum we had a nice reading pause in the Parque del Retiro!

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hlgreenfield
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So a 5 day trip to Madrid makes it hard to read ( on day 4!), but I did buy a LOT of books! This one caught my eye so I had to buy it.

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smccallum
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Big fan of this collection. I'd previously read 'We Have Always Lived In The Castle' but for short stories just, like most people who went to school, 'The Lottery' this collection cements for me that Jackson is an exceptional short story writer. She paces things brilliantly and so many endings land like a gut punch. It's also fun to look back and see how early the ending was being hinted at. Recommend!

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smccallum
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Getting towards the end of this and with all the reading I'm having to do for school, on top of the general work, short stories might be the way to go for the next six weeks! Going to miss these ones if they keep it up!

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quirkyreader
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It's getting foggy outside. It's the perfect time to enjoy my Shirley Jackson magazine.

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smccallum
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Finish the day with some nice calming stories

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smccallum
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Getting a few more short stories in. I feel the best way to describe the effect of Jackson's prose and plotting is that it is the closest I have come to feeling winded by reading by the time you reach the end of a story!

TheLondonBookworm Oooh I want this!! I've read a bunch of her stories but I don't have them in a collection!! 3y
Karkar I found that I do not like short stories. However, I wanted to read her so I tried again and it was awesome!! 3y
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smccallum
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Very excited to read this! 'We Have Always Lived In The Castle' got me out of a huge slump. This is also one of the titles for my #ReadHarder challenge

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Bambolina_81
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These two have the right idea 😊 for me...I'll get baby to sleep and try and steal some time with Shirley before bed 😱 #petsoflitsy #dogsoflitsy

LeahBergen Aww! 😩 3y
KarenUK 🐶🐶💕 3y
Mimi28 Cute! 3y
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Bambolina_81
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Yikes...That's some relationship crisis right there! 😮

Foxyfictionista Whoa. It was really sweet up until that last bit. Haha! 3y
Suet624 My younger self can sort of relate to this. 3y
DivineDiana Oh my! 😱 3y
LeahBergen 😂😂 3y
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Bambolina_81
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Super creepy cover 😱

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quirkyreader
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#WonderWomanWednesday. I pulled this from today's guardian. It is an article about her stories still resonate today.

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