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Little Fires Everywhere
Little Fires Everywhere | Celeste Ng
In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is meticulously planned--from the layout of the winding roads, to the colours of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principal is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren- an enigmatic artist and single mother- who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the alluring mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past, and a disregard for the rules that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community. When the Richardsons' friends attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town and puts Mia and Mrs. Richardson on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Mrs. Richardson becomes determined to uncover the secrets in Mia's past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs to her own family-and Mia's. Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of long-held secrets and the ferocious pull of motherhood-and the danger of believing that planning and following the rules can avert disaster, or heartbreak.
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Peaslady
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I read this shortly after 'Everything you never told me' and found it so much more enjoyable. The characters felt much more rounded - flawed and interesting. The plotline was more unique and I got much more engrossed in the story overall. Though reading it as a new mum was tough at times.

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Oryx
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Listening to the fabulous Celeste Ng at Manchester literature festival. She was great - I can't wait to read what she writes next

TrishB I couldn‘t get to any in the end! Enjoy 👍🏻 2w
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Spanish_Broom
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Tenth book of maternity leave

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JenDR
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Do you ever play music that matches the vibe of the book you are reading? Just started this book last night and can‘t put it down. It is bringing back so many memories of being a teen in the 90s. Had to put on some TLC and Britney while reading this morning.

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Eeyore031370
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Pickpick

Enjoyed reading this book!

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LibraryLovingMommy
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(It came, over and over, down to this: what made someone a mother? Was it biology alone, or was it love?)
Pg. 258

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Arvena
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Pickpick

I wanted to love it. It's a book about the bond between mother and child. It's also a book about the destructive power of secrets, misunderstandings, and miscommunication.

It's a little slow, still quite intriguing, but not very involving.

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Macnjen
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I liked this audiobook - complex story, good narration, though I admit I felt a small subplot didn't get addressed. Regardless, the story was well written and I kept thinking how I could write a narrative on parenting from the parallels in the book. Audiobooks are so great but I am beginning to realize that if I multitask I lose some of the detail that wouldn't otherwise be lost in a visual reading.

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JenniferP
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This book lived up to the hype, giving me lots to digest about motherhood and career/life balance. Also captures life in the 1990s suburbs so well.

BarbaraBB I really liked this one too. 2mo
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nikkiamanda
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Day two of floating and reading, I should've done this all summer 📖

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jen_the_scribe
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I was able to finish this one while on a road trip this weekend for a wedding. It had some slow parts, but I enjoyed the rawness and humanity I felt with these stories and characters. You hated some, you loved others. But one thing it does imply is that everything is not black and white. Subtle themes revolving around racial and socioeconomic divides. I loved the way this author tackled one character's art and how artists can be so misunderstood.

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Macnjen
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Next audiobook

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Arjay
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😥

TrishB But so true! 2mo
Smrloomis I remember stopping at this passage and feeling very sad. 2mo
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Arjay
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AmyK1
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I shouldn‘t be allowed to come to 2nd & Charles 😂😂 The last thing I need is more books to add to my TBR piles. At least I don‘t have as many as my girl @wideeyedreader lol I only found 3 today, which isn‘t bad I guess.

wideeyedreader I only got seven! 2mo
AmyK1 @wideeyedreader I meant how many are in your stacks but 7 isn‘t bad 😉😊 2mo
wideeyedreader Ohhhhhh 2mo
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Sward7
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4.5/5 stars. I was very pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed this movie. Fantastic character development and interweaving of lives. One thing I found very realistic is how the kids each want the home/lifestyle/parenting of someone else. How often do kids want what they don't have and wish they had different parents? I did not give a 5 because the ending was rushed- so much action in the last two chapters compared to the rest of the book.

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Lcsmcat
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This was so good I stayed up way too late last night to finish it. (I read it so fast I had to reuse the picture. 😀) Ng does not disappoint. #bookClubPick

JenniferP Oh good! This is a book club pick for me in September. I‘ll be reading it soon. 2mo
Lcsmcat @JenniferP I hope you enjoy it, too. 2mo
Pruzy I like the cover on this edition! 2mo
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Lcsmcat
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Up next: September‘s book club pick. I‘m looking forward to this one!

rambiepaige It is SO good!!! 2mo
rather_be_reading this is a great one! 2mo
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Melwilk
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Wow, what a great book! The author expertly created characters that were believable. They were multi-faceted: at times wonderful, awful, and all things in-between. It was so interesting to consider the different faces people have, including what they show publicly, with family, and privately. Having Mia explore this through photography was especially poignant. This one really tugged at my heartstrings.

Howard_L Yes is was very good! 2mo
peaknit I loved this one! P.S. Im excited to hear your thoughts on Shotgun Lovesongs! I‘m glad the book round robin is coming to a close but it‘s been so wonderful making connections with readers! 1mo
Melwilk @peaknit I am glad you liked this one too. I just thought it was so good! I am still waiting to receive Shotgun Lovesongs. I have been looking forward to reading it. I am looking forward to getting my book back and seeing what everyone wrote. It has been fun to make connections and get exposed to different books. 1mo
peaknit Oh wow, I didn‘t realize you were still waiting, I‘m sorry. I lost track in the end when this kind got of the rails. Hope it comes soon🤞🏻 1mo
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atla
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After reading Celeste Ng‘s “Everything I Never Told You” and LOVING it, I picked this one up right away. At first, it wasn‘t as emotionally gripping as Everything, but that could have been due to my own headspace at the time, but I stuck with it and it totally had me pulled in by the middle. I love how this author explores family dynamics in such a full & gripping way that my heart is given fully to all the characters - even the jerks.

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Kaila-ann
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This book started off pretty slow but I eventually got sucked into the story. Very descriptive writing but I felt that the characters were a little one dimensional. Since there were a lot of characters it would have been hard to really get to know them all but I felt a little disengaged because of the underdevelopment. Overall a pick and a good story but not going to be a favorite. It‘ll be on its way to a new reader soon. #bookcrossing

marleed I liked this book as I read it. Upon reflection though it bugged me though that the author gave Maya the moral high ground. I don‘t think Maya deserved that distinction. I‘ll be interested to see how the series develops the characters. 2mo
Kaila-ann @marleed I kind of feel the same way. Mia made a lot of mistakes and hurt people in the process, deeply hurt people. And yet, she is portrayed as being above it all and someone that all these damaged/broken people turn to in their times of need. 2mo
marleed @Kaila-ann I hope the series gives the suburb mom a break! I bet they do otherwise Reese‘s character will play too much like she does in Big Little Lies. Mia thought of no one but herself in her early actions and the consequences were suffered by those she left in her dust. It‘s hard for me to find her the champion of the story. 2mo
Kaila-ann @marleed I'm really curious to see the adaptation of this one myself and I agree, Mia was prideful and selfish in the past. I don't think she deserved to be put on a pedestal at all. 2mo
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janerzy
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It‘s human nature that, many out there who are good at heart and sincerely want to do the right thing often end up making selfish choices with far-reaching effects, when personally affected by the issues. Yet, “how and how often we justify it to ourselves when we cross moral lines? Where do we follow the rules and where do we justify breaking them? Do our pasts determine what we deserve in the future? And is it possible to leave your past behind?”

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jen_the_scribe
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My next audiobook. It has great reviews.

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The_Shelf.ish_Life
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I was excited to discover my town has a Little Free Library right down the street from us! There were no books in it that I was interested in this time, but I put my copy of Little Fires Everywhere in for someone else to enjoy it as much as I did 😊 #littlefreelibrary

brit91 That's so cool!!😍📚 3mo
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CaroPi
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So I didn't manage to read as much as I wanted in this #readathon #deweys24hourreadathon but I finish a book and may progress with the other one. I finish this one. Really like it and looking forward for the series

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Caroline2
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Wow! This is one of those rare occasions where I bailed on a book (this time last year) but because it was a gift I kept it to try later (normally I get rid). So glad I did cause I loved it!! This is making me doubt my whole bailing belief system now!!! 😨

ShyBookOwl I just finished her other book, Everything I Never Told You. Also so good!!!!! This one is on my TBR 3mo
mom2bugnbee I loved this one. Sometimes, a book just isn't right for you, but then it is! ☺ 3mo
rretzler I never actually bail on a book. It may take me years to read it, but eventually I‘ll get through it. 🤣 There have been books for me that have redeemed themselves more than halfway through. I‘m currently reading Melmoth and it‘s going to take me awhile, sadly. 3mo
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Caroline2 @ShyBookOwl now I didn‘t like that one much, I finished but found it a bit depressing & predictable. I think that‘s what put me off this one and why I was quick to bail. 3mo
Caroline2 @mom2bugnbee yes!! I think timing is everything. 3mo
Caroline2 @rretzler hmm, it‘s a tough one though cause sometimes I‘ve struggled through books that have been rubbish and it‘s really annoys me that I‘ve wasted all the time on it when I could have been enjoying another book a lot more. 3mo
ShyBookOwl @Caroline2 ooh interesting! Funny how things work out 🤷🏽‍♀️ 3mo
TrishB I know which ones I can potentially go back to. 3mo
Caroline2 @TrishB how?? What‘s your criteria?? 🤔 3mo
TrishB I think if I just know I‘m not feeling it because of a particular mood/circumstance. I started one last year in hospital and then was I‘ll etc, didn‘t finish but it wasn‘t the book it was the circumstance and I know I‘ll finish once the hospital drama goes out of my head! 3mo
Caroline2 @TrishB hmmm, that makes sense! 👍🏻 3mo
Caroline2 @TrishB hmm, that makes sense! 👍🏻 3mo
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Amandakay
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In love with this story

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SunshineandSimiles
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Starting this tonight! #currentlyreading #currentread

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alexandra.anttt
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A yawn for Sasha, but I am liking this one so far. Had a bit of a slow start for me, but I just hit page 100 and it is getting GOOOOOD. Trying to finish this piece before the Hulu series starring Reese Witherspoon & Kerry Washington comes out. I like the freedom of invisioning everything how I want it before the series comes out so I can compare. #dogsoflitsy

cjk I felt the same way about the beginning. I listened to this and had to start over 5x because my attention kept wandering lol. 3mo
alexandra.anttt @cjk Yeah, definitely took a minute to get into it, but am definitely excited for more now!! 3mo
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Cspen113
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This is the July selection of a book club I‘m in. 27th day of the month and I‘m just getting started... 🤦🏻‍♀️ Gonna try to finish this one this weekend.

The_Real_Nani I was supposed to re-read The Bluest Eye for a discussion today but the month got away from me and I never even picked up the book! 🤦🏽‍♀️ 3mo
Cspen113 @The_Real_Nani That‘s exactly what happened to me. I kept putting it off and putting it off...now the whole month is almost over! 3mo
The_Real_Nani We‘ll do better next time! 😂 3mo
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charlotteamber
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Finding any moment on holiday to read a few more pages of this. Not sure how I feel about the story at the moment but still around half way to go ☀️

Cathythoughts What a beautiful sight 3mo
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cjk
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rretzler Welcome to Litsy! 📖 @LitsyWelcomeWagon 3mo
cjk @rretzler : Thanks! 😊📚 (edited) 3mo
LitsyWelcomeWagon Welcome to Litsy! Here are links to #Litsytips: http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU. There‘s lots of fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more!
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cjk @LitsyWelcomeWagon Thanks! 😊 3mo
Lady_Tigana_20 Welcome! 3mo
cjk @Lady_Tigana_20 Hello and thank you! 😊 3mo
Buechersuechtling I read this on vacation last year in very few sittings. Couldn‘t put it down. 3w
cjk @Buechersuechtling I listened to this, and had trouble getting into it at first. Things picked up after chapter 5 for me. 3w
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bewareofwords
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📖 I‘ve recommended the tagged book a few times in the past months.
🎟 Aladdin.
🍉 Summer fruit is the best!
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Only three cousins. (Somehow I have more siblings than I do cousins. 😂)
❤️ ❤️❤️❤️

#friyayintro @howjessreads

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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“Sometimes you need to scorch everything to the ground, and start over. After the burning the soil is richer, and new things can grow. People are like that, too. They start over. They find a way.”

#Sparks
#JulyColdPlay

Eggs So heartbreakingly true 😩💗 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs this really spoke to me today.... 💔 3mo
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Chelleo
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Cheers to hot summer days, wine and books. Thanks @Bookcation74 for this title from the #secretsantagoespostal swap. Enjoying both the #signed print and #audiobook versions. #mood

Branwen Cheers, friend! 💕 Enjoy! 📚🍷 3mo
Booklover77 Looks like my kind of gal! Wine and books! Enjoy!! :) 3mo
NikiDeaf Perfect! Wine and books are my fave combo 3mo
Bookcation74 🥂 3mo
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SunshineandSimiles
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#bookmail! Which one should I read first? I can't decide!

Guys, it is hot out in #maine today! Well, everywhere from what I hear. It's supposed to get up to 100° today. ? I know the more I move the more I will sweat, so I'm going to use it as an excuse to just read in one place and drink lots of water. ?

#whataliceforgot #whymommydrinks #whymummydrinks #heatwave #heatwavereads

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I like anything Liane Moriarty so I pick 3mo
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Sward7
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Really, really enjoyed this book. Will read all current and future books by this author.

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TheLudicReader
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Not quite the emotional gutpunch her first novel Everything I Never Told You was, Ng‘s second novel is still a well-written page-turner that does a deep dive into the relationship between mothers and their children. Loved it. Read my full review at theludicreader.com

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McGonagall
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Help, Littens! I am a little under half-way through this book, and I am struggling to maintain interest. I have heard such wonderful things about this book, but, for the life of me, I‘m not sure I can finish this book. Should I stick with it?

CuriousG I just started reading this...hoping it keeps my interest as I too have heard so many good things about it. I do know that in her first novel I definitely felt there was a lull, but it was worth sticking with it. Maybe the same for this one? 3mo
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Booklover2
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Mehso-so

Oh how I wanted to love this one. Like her first book, very lackluster served with a side of a big fat meh.

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DarcysMom
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🌟🌟🌟🌟
#audiobook
#cloudlibrary

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OneCent76
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Well at first I didn't like this book but it kept getting better and better. I listened to the book and I think the reason I didn't like it at the beginning is because I wasn't paying enough attention. And this is a story where you need to pay attention. My favorite scene is when some of the characters are in court and one in particular is being questioned...

rretzler That seems to happen to me more and more when I listen to audiobooks. I find that my mind has just wandered off and i don‘t have any idea what‘s happening in the book! 3mo
OneCent76 @rretzler usually I'm better about paying attention but this wasn't one of those times. 😣 3mo
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charlotteamber
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Have totally neglected my love of reading after a long year of teacher training. Now that's complete, it's time to rekindle my love! Starting with Little Fires Everywhere 🔥

DebinHawaii Welcome back to reading for pleasure! 😉 I enjoyed this one! 3mo
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DarcysMom
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The book finished just as I walked up to my front door! I love it when the timing is perfect like that.
#audiowalk
#2019kmin2019
#105MileJuly
#cloudlibrary
#LitsyWalkers

Dragonfairykats What did you think of it? I thought it was interesting, but didn't like the ending. 4mo
DarcysMom @Dragonfairykats The ending was not what I expected, but it felt right to me. 4mo
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DarcysMom
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Sward7
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So fun - my first markup. #lmpbc #groupj

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laur89
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The little #PrincessofChina in this story, May Ling/Mirabelle, is such a significant (if tiny) character! The plot twist had me like 😳

#JulyColdplay

Eggs I enjoyed this book! 4mo
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DarcysMom
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