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Lost Book of the Grail
Lost Book of the Grail | Charlie Lovett
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Bookman s Tale comes a new novel about an obsessive bibliophile s quest through time to discover a missing manuscript, the unknown history of an English Cathedral, and the secret of the Holy Grail. Arthur Prescott is happiest when surrounded by the ancient books and manuscripts of the Barchester Cathedral library. Increasingly, he feels like a fish out of water among the concrete buildings of the University of Barchester, where he works as an English professor. His one respite is his time spent nestled in the library, nurturing his secret obsession with the Holy Grail and researching his perennially unfinished guidebook to the medieval cathedral. But when a beautiful young American named Bethany Davis arrives in Barchester charged with the task of digitizing the library s manuscripts, Arthur s tranquility is broken. Appalled by the threat modern technology poses to the library he loves, he sets out to thwart Bethany, only to find in her a kindred spirit with a similar love for knowledge and books and a fellow Grail fanatic. Bethany soon joins Arthur in a quest to find the lost Book of Ewolda, the ancient manuscript telling the story of the cathedral s founder. And when the future of the cathedral itself is threatened, Arthur and Bethany s search takes on grave importance, leading the pair to discover secrets about the cathedral, about the Grail, and about themselves."
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ralexist
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As a bibliophile, I love books about books so when I learned of this bookish mystery which anchors itself in 1) the Arthurian legends, 2) the search for the Holy Grail, and 3) English academia, it checked all the correct boxes. This was really really great. Good pacing, well researched, loved the dual timelines, and I adore a book that lets me disappear in it for awhile.

cathysaid I listened to this on audio and thought I might not like it but as it turned out, I found it quite enjoyable! 1mo
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cathysaid
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What a delightful book! Intrigue, legend and lore, humor, and a bit of romance between two librarians on each side of the digitization divide. And the British narrator just adds a sumptuous layer. Recommended. 4/5 ⭐️ #audiobook #mystery

ReadosaurusText This looks awesome!!! I‘ve got a real #blameitonlitsy situation here. 🤣 6mo
cathysaid @ReadosaurusText I believe the solution includes a visit to the bookstore/library/interwebz stat! Or in my case...Hoopla. (edited) 6mo
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smilingshelves
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Yesterday's #bookhaul at Barnes & Noble. I also finally gave in and became a member. So now I need to buy more books to make that investment worthwhile, right? 😄

LeafingThroughLife Right! 📚😀 6mo
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TracyReadsBooks
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The past, present, & future collide in this fun book sure to be enjoyed by anyone who loves to spend time in dusty old libraries pondering legends straight out of history—in this case, the Holy Grail—while falling in deep annoyance or, perhaps, love with a vibrant & vivacious woman digitizing the dusty old library‘s books. Arthur for one is all about it—he‘s a great character & this book is a fun read I really enjoyed. Recommended.

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I‘m finding that I quite like Arthur and after a slow start, I‘m definitely enjoying the book.

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Love this description of libraries.

So much love for books and libraries in this story...it‘s fantastic.

Crazeedi I loved this book! 8mo
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Sunday afternoon.

JennyM The perfect way to spend a Sunday. Enjoy 😊 8mo
CouronneDhiver 👏🏽👏🏽 8mo
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TracyReadsBooks
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Friday night reading...

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kspenmoll
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This novel is dense with historical detail, particularly of the bloody, brutal murders & desecration of churches from the time of Henry VIII to Cromwell.Cathedrals, libraries, friendship, book clubs, quest for the Holy Grail, history of a coded book, Guardians of the treasures, ecclesiastical music, a little romance- all with descriptions to fill the senses.Absorbing.Evidence that much was lost with the destruction wrought by warring religions.

Freespirit Looks interesting! 8mo
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kspenmoll
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#fridayevening #booksandwine #booksandbooze #UCONN

Reading before dinner, then UCONN v Towson game (Women) a break from #MarchMadness games.
Not much reading this week; work & sleep took precedence.

Suet624 So fun!! 8mo
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kspenmoll
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#Saturdaymorning #booksandcats #catsofLitsy
Not sure if Emmy wants to read with me or distract me from my book. 😸📚

Hope_a Aww she is so beautiful 😍 8mo
Dragon 😻 8mo
squirrelbrain She‘s gorgeous! 8mo
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BiblioLitten Emmy is beautiful! 8mo
Smrloomis 😻 8mo
BarbaraJean Those eyes!! 😻 8mo
readinginthedark What a beautiful kitty!!! 8mo
kspenmoll @Hope_a @Dragon @squirrelbrain @BiblioLitten @Smrloomis @BarbaraJean @readinginthedark Thank you all, we do love her so. Yes, her eyes are such a beautiful green.❤️😻 8mo
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Insightsintobooks
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I've been wanting to read this for awhile and found it on sale.

#kindledeal #kindledeals #ebooksale

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Booksnchill
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I have now listened to 2 Charlie Lovett books and loved them both. This one is set in fictional Barchester Cathedral where a series of “guardians” have been keeping their secrets since the time of King Arthur. These books excite the historian and bibliophile in me and are the type of mystery I love- the search for a piece of ancient lore and how it translates to our modern age. This one tackles faith, scholarship and digitization. 4⭐️

Lcsmcat He‘s one of the authors I met at the Bookmarks Festival a few weekends ago. I loved hearing him speak and now have 2 signed books on my TBR! 14mo
Booksnchill @Lcsmcat how great- was he promoting a new book?? 14mo
Lcsmcat @Booksnchill I think this one is his most recent. He moderated a panel called Bookclub Essentials, where he and 3 other authors talked about what makes good discussion and what they do when they visit or Skype with groups. Then he was on an episode of NC Bookwatch (for PBS) about the Great American Read. (edited) 14mo
Booksnchill @Lcsmcat thanks for the info! (edited) 14mo
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Expandingbookshelf
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If you love books about books (like me!) you have to check this out! Arthur Prescott is a bibliophile, a curmudgeon and a Luddite teaching at a small university in England and nurturing a secret passion of finding the Holy Grail. His solitary life is disrupted when an American shows up to digitize his library‘s manuscripts.

This book reads like a Diet Indiana Jones story (without 🐍) with fun, folklore, mystery and even a little romance.

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ReadingMeagan
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Reading this one today on the new screened in porch at my parents cottage. Not a bad way to spend a Monday!

britt_brooke Love that porch! Perfect reading spot. Enjoy! 1y
ReadingMeagan @britt_brooke Thabk you! I have been really enjoying it! 1y
Reviewsbylola What a great porch!! 1y
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Melissa_J Lovely spot 😊 1y
ReadingMeagan @Melissa_J Thank you!😊 1y
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Bookquilter
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Weekend reading ....

Andrew65 Love The Grapes of Wrath. 1y
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bookandbedandtea
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There is a chained library which is an important location in the tagged book. I've never seen one so I found the attached article very interesting.

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180706-the-ancient-library-where-the-books-ar...

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DuckOfDoom
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I bought this years ago when I joined Litsy and discovered what a 'book haul' ment. This was displayed on the Fantasy section (back when my bookshop had a fantasy display... It's gone now), but this book is more of a cozy archeological treasure hunt + a bit of romance. Definitely not what I expected and not what I wanted, but what I needed in this moment. I was really happy how it turned out and it did a great job relaxing me

PatriciaU This one found its way to the top of my bedside TBR sometime last winter. It was such a sweet little diversion from the hardcore crime I was reading at the time. I thoroughly enjoyed it! 1y
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This one tipped over into a pick for me. I found the characters charming and the setting beautiful. I kinda wanted to live in that place for a while. This altogether less violent grail hunt story is worth a read. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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EmilyChristine
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Getting started on this one next. I originally checked it out for myself but then my dad had nothing to read. I thought he‘d enjoy this one too so he read it first. Now it‘s my turn. 😊

And I have a pretty bookmark from @Daisey ! I can‘t wait for flowers to arrive. We got a few inches of snow last night so it‘s not quite spring here yet.

Daisey Glad you like me it! Someone gave me some of the feather ones, so I decided to get a set of the plant ones to share. 2y
EmilyChristine @Daisey They‘re so pretty! 2y
Sophoclessweetheart What a perfect bookmark x 2y
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bookandbedandtea
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I liked this book as well as his first (Bookman's Tale) and considerably better than his second (First Impressions). The snippets of the thousands of years of history of the churches dedicated to the fictional St Ewolda and learning about the individual Guardians were my favorite part. I was concerned after First Impressions but I'll keep watching for future books from him.

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BookswithTea
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New magnet 😊📚🍷❤️

rubyslippersreads I'm doing this right now. 😄 2y
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I fully admit to buying this in hardback because the cover is so much prettier than the paperback edition! 😍

Heideschrampf The cover is gorgeous! It'd have been a #coverbuy for me too! 2y
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This book is like a cozy mystery version of a Dan Brown novel. There's no danger or wild conspiracy theories, but there is the grail & a lot of musty old books, libraries & churches. Many of the characters are quite charming, as well as the setting of a small English village. It was a little slow sometimes & there were some odd points in the narration, such as the narrator's inability to stick with one regional accent for the American character.

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Starting a new audiobook at the gym. I love books about old books. 💕💕

EvieBee Nice! I look forward to your review. Wondering if this would be enhanced on audio. 2y
Redwritinghood @EvieBee The narration is good so far - I'm about 2 hours in. 2y
EvieBee Okay! Adding to my Audible wishlist. 2y
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LilithHomer
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Not deep, but a pleasant digression if you have a soft spot for cathedrals, medieval legends, old books, and old libraries.

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christineandbooks
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Next book... Due back at the library on the 26th so I need to get reading! Looking forward to this one...

MaureenMc I really enjoyed this one. 2y
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Mehso-so

I really wanted to like The Lost Book Of The Grail and there were certain elements I did enjoy very much. The history of Barchester and its secrets is fascinating and I‘m sure many will appreciate the bookish quotes and references. The pace is incredibly slow though and the plot feels both a bit chaotic and lacks action. I also couldn't connect to the characters and felt they lacked character development or at least originality.

2,5/5 stars.

BookishMe I expect to read this soon. I greatly enjoyed his previous book and yes subsequent work has not been satisfactory. 2y
yvo_about_books @BookishMe I will look into his other book then! I hope you will enjoy this one. 2y
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Took me a bit to get through this one but towards the end all I wanted to do was read it. Glad I pushed through some parts that were a bit out of my interest.

RadicalReader @AnnieErickson I adore this book cover so indescribably beautiful 12mo
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yvo_about_books
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Made it to chapter 4 of Sister tonight, but back to my kindle and The Lost Book Of The Grail it is! Reading in Dutch is very tiring haha. 😅😆

#amreading #currentlyreading

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ReadingMeagan
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Excellent trip to Chapters today. An adorable pillow for the cottage and one of @annebogel Summer Reading picks!

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Jessicav
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@Liberty Did you recommend this book somewhere?! Because it's the best ever and I need more like it and no one reads like you read! I don't need a unicorn name! I need more book recommendations! (If you are so inclined, no pressure. Please and thank you you're the best. Love from Canada.)

Liberty Sorry, I haven't read this one. But you might enjoy THE INVISIBLE LIBRARY, INK AND BONE, A CURIOUS BEGINNING, and GOOSEBERRY BLUFF COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF MAGIC. 2y
Jessicav @Liberty Well shoot! Where the heck did I hear about it?! Thanks for the recs anyway. I've read 2 of them already, but will try the others! You're the best and Happy belated birthday! 2y
Liberty Thanks, kittenpants. 2y
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Jessicav
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Evening reading.

Eyelit Lovely cover! 2y
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Freefallinmissy
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My TBR list keeps growing - just read BookRiot's post "Best books of 2017 (so far)." And I've added at least 5! Oy yoy yoy! Too many books not enough time :-)

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lamaman2boys
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I've read two heavy YA books in the last 2 days, so I needed a little change. From MMD's Summer Reading Guide.

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Finished my third book of the day! Apparently I'm accidentally having a readathon. Also I have made two pans of brownies and folded 1 load of laundry. So not TOTALLY a #lazySaturday. 😜 Anyway, I very much enjoyed this #audiobook! Delightfully fun.

BookishMarginalia 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 2y
howjessreads Exactly! @BookishMarginalia! 🙌🏻📚🙌🏻📚🙌🏻 2y
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howjessreads
Lost Book of the Grail | Charlie Lovett
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I got to listen to almost 7 hours of this book today while I priced & sorted ALL THE POCKETBOOKS into genres. (No processing happened yesterday bc of inventory, so there were about 1500 from Tues & Wed to process today!) #behindthescenesatbookmans

howjessreads (And I'm loving it @LectricSheep & @specklife!) 🙂 2y
BethM Is the book as good as it sounds? 2y
howjessreads @BethM - yes! So fun! A bit like A Man Called Ove meets Storied Life of AJ Fikry meets Indiana Jones. 😂 2y
LectricSheep Awesome!!! 👍🏻 2y
specklife Yaaaay!!! 2y
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howjessreads
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Got a new #audiobook downloaded, ready for work. Once I manage to get both eyeballs open...

LectricSheep This one is on my TBR too! Excited to see what you think. 😁 2y
specklife Yes!! Be sure to let us know! 2y
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Pasaal
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Just too much info and history of the Grail for me.

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MaureenMc
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Lost ancient manuscripts! The Holy Grail! A modern-day quest! A love story! A friendship story! The love of books! All the exclamation points!

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I am about 1/2 way through The Lost Book of the Grail, but it is slow going. Wondering if I should start one of the others instead. Any suggestions?

Beckys_Books I haven't read any of them 2y
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janeycanuck
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Thoroughly enjoyed this one... kinda like the Da Vinci Code but with more wit/snark and fewer albino assassins.

Cinfhen 👍🏻 3y
SaraRosett I have to add it to my stack with a review like that! 2y
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This book has been full of lines that have made me snort and laugh out loud. This is about 50 pages from the end and I'm killing myself laughing.

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Lauren.Archer
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I adored this novel, so much stinkin' charm. Mystery, love, books, libraries, this was truly the perfect book for me and I am guessing most of you too.

PirateJenny He is such a great writer! 3y
mjdowens I need to finish this one and get back to the library. It is good, just keep getting distracted by new books 3y
MaureenMc My library hold for this one just came in! 3y
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Lauren.Archer
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Got this recommendation from the MMD summer reading guide. Has a scavenger hunt theme, and sounds amazing.

BethM Ooo 3y
christineandbooks Definitely looking forward to this one! 3y
annalibris Really enjoyed this one. Didn't expect it to be such a comfort read, but I really liked it. Looking forward to seeing what else the author can do. 3y
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mjdowens Reading this one right now also. It really is turning out to be a good story 3y
erzascarletbookgasm Sounds interesting. I enjoyed The Bookman's Tale. 3y
hes7 I really enjoyed this one, too. Hope you like it! 3y
BestOfFates Love the cover! 3y
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Leelee08
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Cleaned up my desk to get ready for graduate school...man, I love an organized desk! Time to get more stationery and school supplies!

TheKidUpstairs I ❤ stationary and school supplies 😍😍😍😍😍😍 3y
Nat_Reads SCHOOL SUPPLIES!!!!! Congrats on grad school! 3y
Leelee08 @TheKidUpstairs Me too! I'm addicted!❤️ 3y
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Leelee08 @Nat_Reads Thank you so much!😀 3y
erinreads I spy Jamie and Claire! 💕💕💕 3y
Leelee08 @erinreads Lol. Yes, you do! I think I'm going to take them with me to Scotland next month to get some pictures!💚 3y
erinreads @Leelee08 I thought about doing that when I was there in October! But then I knew my husband and his family would make fun of me hardcore, so I refrained. 😂 3y
Leelee08 @erinreads Same! My husband is already making fun of me. Lol. I even booked an Outlander tour and I thought he was going to have a heart attack!😂 3y
katedensen Yay!!!!! 3y
Leelee08 @katedensen 😀😀😀 3y
SheReadsAndWrites I'm addicted to stationery and school supplies. 😬 3y
Leelee08 @SheWritesRomance I'm sooooo addicted. 😁 3y
brilliantglow Is that a Johanna basford I see peaking out on the right side?😍 3y
Leelee08 @brilliantglow It is! Enchanted Forest!❤️💚 3y
brilliantglow Ohhh I love that one! And the lost ocean 3y
raeintheworld Oh man, school supply shopping is my favorite shopping. The notebooks! The pencils! The folders! 3y
MyNamesParadise Nice desk!! 3y
Leelee08 @raeintheworld Yes! All of it!!!😍 3y
Leelee08 @MyNamesParadise Thank you so much! 3y
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lesliemarie
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Currently reading. So far, so good.

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Leelee08
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I'm loving our Readers Riot Book Festival this weekend! I met some awesome local authors (and picked some some of their books!), went to the used book sale, and I'm going to see Melanie Benjamin AND R.L. Stine tomorrow!!📚📚

LeahBergen 👏🏻👏🏻 3y
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