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American War
American War | Omar El Akkad
An audacious and powerful debut novel: a second American Civil War, a devastating plague, and one family caught deep in the middle a story that asks what might happen if America were to turn its most devastating policies and deadly weapons upon itself. Sarat Chestnut, born in Louisiana, is only six when the Second American Civil War breaks out in 2074. But even she knows that oil is outlawed, that Louisiana is half underwater, and that unmanned drones fill the sky. When her father is killed and her family is forced into Camp Patience for displaced persons, she begins to grow up shaped by her particular time and place. But not everyone at Camp Patience is who they claim to be. Eventually Sarat is befriended by a mysterious functionary, under whose influence she is turned into a deadly instrument of war. The decisions that she makes will have tremendous consequences not just for Sarat but for her family and her country, rippling through generations of strangers and kin alike."
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JacintaMCarter
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#2022Book119
It doesn‘t take much for me to get sucked into a dystopian novel, but this one came with an extra layer of interest for me. When I started it, I figured the author was just pulling from current events, considering the book is about a second American Civil War, after the country has been ripped apart by a pandemic and political insurrection. Then I realized this book was published in 2017, long before Covid or January 6th.

TheKidUpstairs I do need to read this one. He's such a good writer, I read this one earlier this year and couldn't put it down: 4d
Reggie It‘s crazy how author‘s can read which way the wind is blowing before the actual stuff gets here, huh? 4d
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Susan
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I have had this for a while, so I thought O would give it a try. I have about five unfinished books going…so of course, let‘s start another!

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DHill
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I can‘t say what it was about this book, but I loved it.

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DHill
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Started this morning and liking it so far.

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Blueberry
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Eggs Beautiful photo 🖤📚💙 1y
Blueberry @Eggs Thanks 😊 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome photo 📸 1y
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Lucy_Anywhere
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#TBRPile 📚 2074. America‘s future is civil war. Sarat‘s reality is survival. They took her father, they took her home, they told her lies... She didn‘t start this war, but she‘ll end it.

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MorePrejudiceThanPride
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Fireside reading in my slippers. Attempting my first book for #BookSpin. May try the bingo but I‘d first like to see how I go with just the two books. Have considered trying this book for many years and when I found it on the 3 for 2 shelf at my bookstore, I just had to get it. Anyone read this one?

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Creadnorthey
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This took a while to unpack- the story is rough to take once you figure you‘re protagonist is ruthless but you have to admit that you would have been part of that which made her ruthless. Somehow I think this book has a lesson for right now- it‘s just a bitter pill to swallow.

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LibraryCin
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Mehso-so

I liked the first half, but I didn‘t like Sarat as she grew up. I didn‘t like the people she was associating with/learning from; I didn‘t like the things she was doing. It was a bit boring for a portion after the refugee camp, where the focus of the book really was on the war. (Trying to stay away from spoilers!), it got slightly better for a bit, but I was confused toward the end. Not sure I liked the end, either. Overall, I‘m considering it ok.

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SailorJohn
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Sarat is an unforgettable character unlike others I have met in literature.

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beaconhillbooks
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Hard to read during coronavirus, difficult at times but still a neat story. Interested to see what the author has in store in the future.

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Mitch
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I'm not always strong enough to want to spend time in this genre - but there's some good choices here for when I am.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/feb/12/top-10-books-of-eco-fiction?utm_te...

Blaire Thanks for sharing this list. Yes sometimes these scenarios feel too close/scary to read. 3y
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Soubhiville
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Mehso-so

I was hoping for a little scifi or a touch less realism at least, as I had heard this was dystopian. I suppose maybe it is in its own way.

It reads like a historical account of a second US civil war, told about 100 years from now. I liked the parts about Sarat and her life and family, but I didn‘t care for the interspersed tidbits from soldiers and survivors in the war. Really I think this book was quite good, just not what I was looking for.

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Soubhiville
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#weeklyforecast @Cinfhen

I‘m 280 pages in to my current #chunkster Golden Fool 💛 and just barely into the tagged book. I think my forecast says I‘ll be lucky if I make it through these two by Saturday. We‘ll see!

Cinfhen 🤞🏽🤞🏽 3y
vivastory I need to read more Hobb. I greatly enjoyed 3y
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Eggbeater
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Panpan

🌟🌟I liked the idea of this book, but not its application. I felt so disconnected from the characters that I was really slogging through the story. The narrator already gives away everything interesting that's going to happen in the beginning and there is much telling and no feeling. Maybe it's supposed to be so impersonal? It just didn't work for me.

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underthebelljar
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Good but very sad. I still am not sure how I feel about some of the characters.. This wasn‘t quite what I was expecting from this book though. Very sad and trigger warning for torture and gore.

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underthebelljar
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Making progress in American War while the fur baby sleeps and hubby plays games. Perfect Saturday for this introvert couple 😌 #dogsoflitsy #petsoflitsy

TheLibrarian That does sound like a perfect Sunday! 3y
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valeriegeary
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Homemade tomato soup and grilled cheese on this very rainy September day.

Eyelit sounds fab all around! if you could - send some rain my way. I'm starting to tire of the 100 degree heat. lol 3y
TheSpineView Love tomato soup and grilled cheese! Yum! 3y
Hollie That is such a wonderful comfort meal! ♥️ 3y
valeriegeary @Eyelit oh, oof! I'll try blowing the clouds in your direction... 😚💨🌧️ 😁 3y
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valeriegeary
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Current read. World building is King with this book. Dystopian fiction is one of my favorite genres and this one is interesting but it's not my favorite. I'm struggling to connect with the characters and there is very little happening. I mean there is a lot happening but so much is world building and very little is forward motion, plot, or conflict. It's certainly provocative though. Who's read this one?

MicheleinPhilly 🙋🏻‍♀️I didn‘t like it at all. 3y
Chelsea.Poole I dnf this one. 3y
Megabooks I loved it. 3y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I loved it too. 3y
valeriegeary @MicheleinPhilly @Chelsea.Poole Honestly I'm really struggling to stay interested but I'm going to an event later this month with him and Margaret Atwood in conversation so I'm going to press on..... It feels like the right thing to do at this point, 200 pages in.... 😂😰 3y
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Lkardos12
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Slow going in #24in48, only 3.5 hours through and taking an audiobook break.

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cherinium
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In many ways, this is a bleak novel. Even so, I really enjoyed it. The imagined future of the planet as a result of climate change is entirely plausible and terrifying. The 2nd American Civil War is imagined as a byproduct of climate change. I loved the way this story was told and truths revealed along the way were done well. I call them truths, because they're not quite twists; but the story unfolds in such a way that I had several a-ha moments.

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cherinium
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Began this last night before bed, and I have to say, I was sold by the end of the 1st page. I'm really enjoying this look at a dystopian US that is possible in many ways. I have so many questions! Hopefully they are addressed by the end!
#dystopian #BOTM (from 4/2017) #civilwar #recommendsday

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masofia
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American War offers a character driven plot that explores revolution, displacement, and the impending climate disaster. The rural southern setting evokes a place that is distant and cruel but familiar. It‘s a great book for exploring the traumatic effects of state sanctioned violence. I did want more exploration of the necessarily problematic racial politics of a “Free Southern State” though. Also this would complement Exit West very well.

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Geeklet
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Thanks for the tag @BookwormAHN ❤️

1) Sarat Chestnut
2) Love but man, she made it very hard. I spent most of the book very angry with her.
3) She goes through so much. Her life is hard and she‘s constantly having to protect herself and adapt to her situations. She has a rough personality and can be pretty unlikable. I learned to care deeply about her though. She‘s a survivor.
4) @JoScho @MichaelK

#WhatWouldYouDo @DannyHattan

JoScho Thanks for the tag 🥰 3y
BookwormAHN 😺😺 3y
MichaelK 👏👏👏 3y
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BitchinBooks
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“The universal slogan of war, she learned, was simple: if it had been you, you‘d have done no different.“

“There is no future, only three kinds of past- the distant past of heritage, the near past experience, and the past in waiting.”

Kaye Your pup is pretty. What kind is it and what‘s his name ? 3y
BitchinBooks @Kaye thank you 😊 she is an Aussie named Nancy ❤️ 3y
Kaye Our neighbors have one of those, but it looks a bit bigger. I know nothing about dogs because I‘ve never had one, but theirs is really bushy looking , like maybe it needs brushed or a haircut ? I‘m not sure but it‘s really puffy looking. It seems to be the nicest dog. It never barks, stays in the yard and doesn‘t chase people. I don‘t know if it‘s a man or lady dog, that‘s why I‘m calling it an it. 3y
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rsteve388
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This story was wild, a real look at what life could be if the United States ever goes to war with its self for a second time.

Brilliant in its delievery and execution, this story follows ine famiit as it endures a war, ir was never mean to be in. From living in a refugee camp, to being recruited to fight in the war as a young teen to revenge. This story gives a close up look at what desolation looks like up close and personal

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rsteve388
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Weekly Check-In:

Walked 47 miles total
Read: Furious Hours (Review forthcoming)
Still working on American War (hopefully, I'll be done by the end of this weekend)

Overall good week 3! Forward to week 4!

#BFC19 #BookFitnessChallenge
@wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 4y
julesG Great stats! 4y
BookwormAHN Fantastic 👏🏻 4y
DivineDiana Great job! 👏🏻👍🏻💪🏻 4y
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MicheleinPhilly
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Mehso-so

This was a huge dud for me. It started out so promisingly and then just fizzled out. Sadly I find the premise of coastal cities being obliterated due to climate change a bit too realistic to take this as dystopian. I mean, it‘s the 3rd day in a row we‘re getting tornado warnings. IN PHILADELPHIA! 😡 But this was the 2nd book in a row that lacked a cohesive narrative and compelling characters. 😕 #clifi #booked2019

Cinfhen I just remember being really underwhelmed by this book. And there was something off too but I no longer remember what it was. Oh well...at least u knocked another #BOTM backlog off 4y
ValerieAndBooks It‘s been crazy weather for sure! One of our neighbors trees broke and fell on our side on Tuesday night!! No property damage though. Just a mess! 4y
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MicheleinPhilly @ValerieAndBooks Thank goodness there was no damage! The number of times I have yelled “Stop screaming at me!” at my phone this week is pathetic. So many warnings! 4y
eanderson In Indiana we had 3 tornadoes a few days ago. Hopefully it‘s finally all over! 4y
MicheleinPhilly @eanderson Our weather seems to have turned today thankfully! 4y
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rsteve388
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Yesterday I walked 7 miles today I ran/walked 1 mile and walked 5 miles.

I have read up to page 125 of American War.

julesG 👏👏👏 4y
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CatherClone
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Just started it and already regretting the fact that I‘ll have to take a break from it to score AP Lit essays in Salt Lake City in five days. Scoring 1500 high school essays kind of kills one‘s desire to read for about a week.

Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗👏🏻 4y
RaimeyGallant Have you come out the other side? 3y
RaimeyGallant And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. 3y
Nute Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a warm and friendly community. I know that you will enjoy yourself here. I‘m looking forward to getting to know you!🙂 3y
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rsteve388
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I bought some running shoes today.

So I am gonna start running.

Lets start by running for 15 minutes every day.

#BFC19 #BookFitnessChallenge

Walked 1 mile today. Not my best.

xxjenadanxx Love the colors! 4y
DivineDiana Very nice! 🏃🏻‍♀️ 4y
Clwojick Way to go! 🏃‍♀️ 4y
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BookwormAHN Cute shoes 💚 4y
Megabooks Great shoes! You can do it!! 4y
BooknerdsLife Awww gorgeous 😍 4y
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MicheleinPhilly
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Let‘s do this #CliFi thing. #booked2019 #BookAndLunch

Soubhiville How‘re you liking the book? It‘s on my TBR shelf. 4y
MicheleinPhilly @Soubhiville It‘s definitely interesting. I haven‘t yet reached the “can‘t put it down” point but I think that may be due to how realistic it feels. Sadly I‘m finding that to be more and more the case with dystopia these days. 😕 4y
Aimeesue Powerful book -definitely one of the best books I read in 2018. So plausible. 4y
Schlinkles I really liked this book, but definitely had to put it down sometimes because it was feeling a little too real.
4y
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berniejoy
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Incredibly thought-provoking. Not a good idea to finish it before going to bed (as I did - kept on thinking about the novel instead of relaxing my mind to go to sleep). Felt a tinge of regret for skipping the book club meeting for this one (to avoid spoilers as I wasn't able to finish it in time) - I'm sure it would have made for interesting discussions 👌

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Pedrocamacho
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Panpan

I didn‘t enjoy this book. The characters felt so flat. The world, for that matter, felt flat. I kept waiting for the story to become deeper or to be surprised by something. Neither happened.

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janeycanuck
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What a fantastic conversation with my #GirlyBookClub this past week on this book - there was a lot to pick apart here. We all thought the author could have done a little more with it and while it‘s not my kind of book, the writing was outstanding.

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berniejoy
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For Monday's #bookclub #february

Pricel101 Look forward to your review! 4y
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Vulpixen
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This book hooked me. I have to say that the first 1/4 of it was my favourite and wholly engaging. After that it dropped slightly for me, but I still found it very interesting, and one of the most unique explorations of what a war can do to a person, and what a person may choose to do in light of her circumstances, that I‘ve read. Not perfect, but I very much enjoyed it.

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Kryssy14
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Mehso-so

I was hopeful about this one. It sounds like a great set up and an interesting story. The middle was very slow and I needed to skim a lot. The beginning and end are both very good!

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Victoria_Clyne
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Now this was an interesting read. Its set in the future where today's climatical concerns have been realised. Causing the American borders to change and civil war to break out. The premise makes you sit back and take stock of the current situation. It was well told, I loved the descriptions (had very clear images) and found the characters fantastic ( I wss concerned for them).

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Redjewel_7734
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Now this an amazingly heavy, scary & not far-fetched enough story. Akkad brings the question of how radical terrorists are recruited home to rest in the American story. I wish he hadn‘t made the terrorist black as that feels too much like feeding into the racial expectations of our society. But I do love how he made her story completely understandable & relatable-I could see how this could of been anyone. Definitely a good, thought-provoking read.

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled This was an amazing book. I felt like it was underhyped and often overlooked. 4y
Redjewel_7734 @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I agree 100% I‘m so glad I finally got around to reading it! 4y
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Slajaunie
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Bailedbailed

Had to bail on this one. It just did not interest me. ☹️

Ruthiella Me too. I was pretty excited for it when it first came out but it was a non-starter for me. 😬 4y
Slajaunie Glad to hear I‘m not the only one. @Ruthiella 😁 4y
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Lauren_reading
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That was really good and really creepy all at the same time. #botm

Schlinkles I had to put it down sometimes because it was hitting a little too close to home, but a great book. 4y
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LisaW
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A book so good I had to get both Kindle and audio versions. Unfortunately for future generations, I think it could be an accurate predictor of events to come. #worldbuilding #epic #dystopia

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The.Intentional.Reader
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Started this one yesterday and I‘m hooked. Kind of foreboding in a way. I can see things headed this way even though this is dystopian fiction.

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AmberWB
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1. Post pumpkin picking last weekend. My daughter has a fashion sense all her own...
2. Getting ready to start it tonight.
3. Hopefully nothing!
4. My pj pants
5. You take the good, you take the bad.....
#humpdaypost
@MinDea

CouronneDhiver She looks fab! Bold and stylish 😊 4y
AmberWB @CouronneDhiver Thanks. 😊 She keeps us on our toes but I wouldn‘t have it any other way! 4y
Ingerella You take em both and there you have.. 4y
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Chelleo Welcome! Checkout #Litsytips: http://bit.ly/litsytips by @RaimeyGallant and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU. They‘re great and should help you get settled in. Follow @LitsyHappenings to find out about various challenges, buddy reads, meet-ups and swaps taking place. #LitsyWelcomeWagon 4y
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