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The Girl Before
The Girl Before: A Novel | JP Delaney
In the tradition of The Girl on the Train, The Silent Wife, and Gone Girl comes an enthralling psychological thriller that spins one womans seemingly good fortune, and another womans mysterious fate, through a kaleidoscope of duplicity, death, and deception. SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE DIRECTED BY RON HOWARD Please make a list of every possession you consider essential to your life. The request seems odd, even intrusiveand for the two women who answer, the consequences are devastating. EMMA Reeling from a traumatic break-in, Emma wants a new place to live. But none of the apartments she sees are affordable or feel safe. Until One Folgate Street. The house is an architectural masterpiece: a minimalist design of pale stone, plate glass, and soaring ceilings. But there are rules. The enigmatic architect who designed the house retains full control: no books, no throw pillows, no photos or clutter or personal effects of any kind. The space is intended to transform its occupantand it does. JANE After a personal tragedy, Jane needs a fresh start. When she finds One Folgate Street she is instantly drawn to the spaceand to its aloof but seductive creator. Moving in, Jane soon learns about the untimely death of the homes previous tenant, a woman similar to Jane in age and appearance. As Jane tries to untangle truth from lies, she unwittingly follows the same patterns, makes the same choices, crosses paths with the same people, and experiences the same terror, as the girl before. Advance praise for The Girl Before Dazzling, startling, and above all cunninga pitch-perfect novel of psychological suspense.Lee Child Riveting! One of the most compelling page-turners Ive read in years. Twisty, turny, and with an ending not to be missed!Lisa Gardner The Girl Before is a cat-and-mouse game that toys with our expectations and twists our sympathies. At times almost unbearably suspenseful, it keeps us guessing from the first page to the very last. Dont miss it.Joseph Finder Riveting . . . Writing with precision and grace, Delaney strips away the characters secrets until the raw truth of each is revealed.Publishers Weekly Superior psychological suspense . . . a cleverly constructed thriller.The Bookseller A masterfully crafted spellbinder . . . guaranteed to astonish.Booklist (starred review)
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Cathyloves2read
Mehso-so

I did the audio version of this book.It kept me listening until the end,but it wasn‘t one of my favorites.The story line was different.Some very strange and disturbing things took place.There‘s a definite trigger warning for anyone who gets grossed out by exotic cuisine.Read it,&you‘ll know what I mean.I‘d have to say that in the end,this book was your typical psychological thriller.Its been made onto a series on HBO Max which I‘ll probably watch.

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Coleen
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Pickpick

There were some oddities in this one, but for the most part I enjoyed it and it kept me guessing.

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jackilynn
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Mehso-so
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MicheleinPhilly
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Panpan

My word, this was so stupid. The new Kristen Bell series on Netflix that so perfectly satirizes all of these “Girl/Woman” thrillers was made to mock books like this.

vivastory It's a good thing I live by the hospital because I felt the burn. 😂🔥 8mo
TrishB Won‘t bother with this one me thinks. 8mo
swishandflick I remember being unimpressed as well. Not sure if it's because of the amount of time that has passed, but I thought the TV adaptation was a pretty good watch! 8mo
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MicheleinPhilly @swishandflick I‘ve only watched the first episode but I can already tell I‘ll enjoy it more than the book. There is a creeping menace that was ENTIRELY absent from the book. 8mo
AlaMich The series was pretty bad as well. The house was nifty, but otherwise… 7mo
MicheleinPhilly @AlaMich We watched 2 episodes and gave up. 7mo
AlaMich @MicheleinPhilly I WISH we‘d stopped at two. 7mo
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swishandflick
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What rock have I been under, I had no idea this was turned into a show on HBO! Not my favorite of his books, but I'll definitely give it a watch! (I'm a big fan of Gugu 💜)

CBee I‘d never seen her in anything until Loki and she was amazing 🤩 8mo
swishandflick @CBee I think the first movie I saw her in was Beyond the Lights and for some reason I was obsessed enough to see it in the theater several times, haha. 8mo
CBee @swishandflick she‘s definitely impressive! 8mo
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BeccaR
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Pickpick

A must read. Proof that the book is always better than the film/TV adaptation, although this was also good.
Read the book before the TV series like I did!

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Amoon
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Told in alternating narratives of the girl before (Emma) and the girl now (Jane). Both go through an intense vetting process to be considered as occupants of an austere, high tech home designed by Edward. The questionnaire is long and extremely intrusive, causing the women and readers to wonder why. Many plot twists and turns. I was completely fooled! Heard there is a mini series based on the book-

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lilpumpkin2.0
The Girl Before | J.P. Delaney

September 13, 2021 Update on this book: If you are a psychological thriller fan and a person who likes reading about narcissists, then this book is for you. I really like this book so far! I am about halfway through. DANG these authors are so good at what they do.

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lilpumpkin2.0
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August 14, 2021 Two days ago I received this book from Amazon. I am so happy and excited to read it soon but FIRST I have to get through Daisy Jones and the Six and The Silent Patient. I was thinking of reading both at the same time but I am a person who LOVESSSSS suspense so I will keep that suspense going!!! What are my new followers reading? Feel free to leave a comment

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OriginalCyn620
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Pickpick

Twisty and creepy, and told in dual timelines, which I do love. Then - Emma needs a safe Haven after a traumatic break-in at her previous flat. Now - Jane wants a fresh start after suffering a great personal loss. They both thought the house at One Folgate Street, built by an eccentric and controlling but brilliant architect, would be the answer. But the house of their dreams turned into a nightmare for both.

#bookspinbingo
#tbrdeckofcards

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
Clwojick I liked this one! ♥️ 2y
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CSpori
Girl Before | JP Delaney
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poiuyt
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And when I realized you had secrets too,I was glad.I thought we could be honest with each other.That we could finally rid ourselves of all the clutter from our past. Not our possessions,but the stuff we carry around inside our heads.Because that's what I've realized.You can make your surroundings as polished and empty as you like. But it doesn't really matter if you're still messed up inside. And that's all anyone's looking for really, isn't it?

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MelKelsey
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Mehso-so

Book 122
Mediocre mystery about two different women that at different times rent a smart house by a famous architect. The first woman died in the house. It was okay to listen to but not reccomendable.

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Tracey3
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Suspense is the genre I never knew I needed. I‘ve been obsessed lately and this book by a new author (for me) did not disappoint. The dual narration added layers to the suspense. The odd premise of the plot also kept my interest. In this novel,both narrators take the reader on a journey as they apply to live in a house that comes with a bunch of rules and stipulations. Add in an eccentric landlord and a mysterious back story.

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QuietMornings
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For anyone who has finished this... I‘m almost halfway through and I‘ll pretty put-off by the Japanese restaurant scenes and the storyline of Isabel. Should I bail now?

TheEllieMo I can‘t remember the exact scenes now, but in my review on Goodreads I wondered if the author‘s main research had been reading 50 Shades Of Grey. Make of that what you will. 2y
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SoapboxEdits
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Pickpick

This wasn‘t a fast paced story, but I was really surprised at some of the reveals. Though it didn‘t keep me glued to the chair turning pages until about 60 pages left, it had enough mystery to keep my attention. I‘m glad I didn‘t heed the negative reviews, I enjoyed this book. It was entertaining and low pressure.

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“1. Please make a list of every possession you consider essential to your life.”

#FirstLineFriday

Kaylamburson Oh, I loved this book. And that first line! 2y
SoapboxEdits I‘m so glad you hear you enjoyed it! There are some pretty negative reviews and I was a little wary, but I read them after picking it up. So far I‘m enjoying it as well. 2y
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bookaholic1
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Pickpick

Wow, I have to say that I loved reading every page this book had..never a dull moment between Emma and Jane

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abookishbutterfly
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Although it was challenging, I did manage to unhaul some books this month! If you want to know what they are and why I‘m unhauling them, you‘ll have to watch the video! 😉 https://youtu.be/11cAmX5FuxE

#booktubenetwork #bookvideo #bookunhaul #bookwormproblems #gettingridofbooks #readingpreferences #booked #toomanybooks #bookaddiction

EadieB @Butterflyamore Good job! I think you made wise decisions. I looked up the books as you were speaking and I agree especially with The Girl Before as I gave that 1 star and decided it was a waste of time. I have gotten rid of 110 books in January. I posted them on paperbackswap.com and have been mailing them to those who have requested them. I also get a credit for each book and can order new books with my credits. 3y
EadieB @Butterflyamore I need to drastically downsize as my daughter and granddaughter are coming to live with us in late June from Virginia. Mostly I am getting rid of historical fiction as I mostly enjoy historical mystery and I don‘t find myself gravitating to the hist/fiction. It has been alleviating stress as I don‘t feel so overwhelmed by my excessive amount of books I own. I will continue each month to release about 100/month. (edited) 3y
abookishbutterfly @EadieB That‘s a really impressive number! I definitely understand your feelings on historical fiction, as I‘m more inclined to gravitate toward HF with some mystery in it but there are some exceptions. I‘ll have to check paperbackswap.com out. I use other platforms but that sounds really interesting! 3y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I am moving some boxes of old books into storage for now and in cataloging them, I pulled some out that I am no longer interested in. As I read others, I'll be unhauling the ones I didn't love. 3y
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Ericalambbrown
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Mehso-so

Hank the Book Sniffer‘s expression pretty much says it all here. He was not impressed with the book‘s sniffiness. I was not impressed with the author trying to swap tragedy and eccentricity for real character development. Warning: graphic sex - kinda felt like the author was trying to replicate that whole 50 Shades ridiculousness. Vapid little page turner. Can‘t wait to see how the septuagenarians in book club liked it 😂 #hankthebulldog

Cortg Hank is adorable! My husband has wanted an English bulldog forever! We‘ve had a boxer, an American bulldog/boxer mix and now an English Bulldog mix (maybe beagle?) I told him we could get one last dog after our current one and it‘ll be an English Bulldog! Adorable! 3y
Ericalambbrown @Cortg Thanks! He‘s sure got personality 😂 We were lucky enough to get to adopt him at a year old. He had an umbilical hernia and was dumped at the shelter, poor guy. He doesn‘t mind for anything but he‘s a sweetie! 3y
TheEllieMo I read this a while ago and I got a 50 Shades vibe from it to. As I recall, one of the characters called her lover “Daddy”🤮 3y
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Tamra Ha! Love that face - I‘d trust it. 3y
ShelleyBooksie ♡♡Hank♡♡ 3y
veritysalter I‘m totally in love with Hank 😍 3y
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TheIndianBookworm
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Pickpick

I read this book long back, just didn't get time to review it. The synopsis was gripping and that's what made me read the book. Overall the book is an okayish one, makes you turn pages, but turns out to be a cliche towards the end.
3.5/5🌟
#thriller #suspense #mystery #newyear

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RenePenn
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Picked this one up in the bargain bin at the grocery store for $3.33.

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candyturbo
Panpan

I got about half way through before I started to lose interest. It didn't grab my attention and have me turning pages for more which I know is what the author was going for. I finished it but I was as disappointed by the end as I was by the middle.

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Slajaunie
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Bailedbailed

I had to bail. The plot seemed to be solid but I could not take the vulgarity anymore. I am not interested in reading explicit sexual details. I want a book with a good plot, characters, and beautiful details. This book just did not measure up.

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Clwojick
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Pickpick

Yessss! This was fantastic on audiobook!

Andrew65 Good to know, thanks 😊 3y
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Clwojick
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3 hours and 1.5 audiobooks later I have 5 dozen crab rangoons 😍 I fried up 2 dozen so I can bring them to work tomorrow, and the rest are going in the freezer. So far this audiobook has me intrigued! 🤔

#SummersEndReadathon

Laughterhp Wow, great job! They look delicious! 3y
ozma.of.oz Those look amazing! ❤️ 3y
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GypsyKat Ohh yummm!!! 🤤🤤🤤 3y
Brithomas17 This look amazing! Yuuuummmmm! 3y
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karmenseeta

Perplexed about this book - it has a good pace & writing style but oh my, what a terrible set of unrealistic characters, not to mention a predictable & non-convincing story.

Anyone else read this? Would live to hear your thoughts.

Ericalambbrown I just finished this. I‘m giving it a so-so because I didn‘t like any of the main characters. They are all just terribly shallow people. I feel like author tied to use tragedy and eccentricity in place of real character development. This was a vapid little page turner. 3y
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That-Bookish-Hiker
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Pickpick

I‘ve been in a slight reading slump for awhile so I decided to switch up genres and I‘m so glad I did.

I couldn‘t put this book down. I had to find out what happened to Emma. I usually can figure out what happens early on in the book but this time I was surprised!

And I just found out Rob Howard is directing the movie. I can‘t wait to see it.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Leftcoastzen 😻 3y
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Come-read-with-me
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Pickpick

This is a really chilling psychological thriller. Imagine moving into the home of your dreams only to have it turn into the house of your nightmares. It was a quick read - a great way to spend a lazy afternoon.

rather_be_reading this one has been on my list for a while 3y
floorboard272 @rather_be_reading It‘s a good read. I think you‘d enjoy it! 3y
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FireproofBunny

Love is always one sided

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FireproofBunny

The dead can seem impossibly perfect

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FireproofBunny

The only person you can really change is yourself

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FireproofBunny

Not all abuse if physical
The need for absolute control
Is another kind of Ill treatment

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FireproofBunny

I know that when I know more about the women he loves I‘ll understand him better

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FireproofBunny

Two damage people don‘t make a whole

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KristenDuck
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Pickpick

Would you live in a smart house if everything you did was monitored? And you were required to fill out frequent questionnaires? And you had 200 rules to follow?

Then: Emma. She decides after an upsetting break-in, this is just the house for her.

Now: Jane. After a devastating personal loss, Jane decides this house could be a new start.

Jane quickly becomes obsessed with finding out what happened to the girl who lived there before. Great ending!

TheSpineView That's an awesome step total! 3y
Bookwormjillk Sounds creepy 3y
KristenDuck @TheSpineView I usually have it slightly higher but it‘s just been so hot lately where I live!! I‘m lucky if I can walk. 3y
KristenDuck @Bookwormjillk there were very stalker/creepy moments in it. 3y
Kbates714 I enjoyed this book 3y
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KristenDuck
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Not ready for the review yet because I am only halfway but I admit I am enjoying it so far!

I see the mixed reviews and my opinion could change, but so far, it is keeping my attention. I am definitely appreciating the author‘s full attention to detail regarding the two similar main characters...

Both given the chance, at different times, to live in an architect‘s “smart” house. As long as they follow his rules.

Jeannineth It‘s on my tbr for this month. 3y
TheSpineView That's a lot of steps!👍 3y
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Buechersuechtling
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Maybe today‘s newspaper 📰 supplement reminds me of my last book. 😄
The supplement is about a day that ordinary people offer other ordinary people insights and free entry into their own private houses/homes. Mainly because they – the houses – are architecturally special or remarkable or beautiful …

Seems, there were open doors all over the world, yesterday, doesn‘t it, @ReadingOverSleeping ❓😂

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Buechersuechtling
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😊 Which I never read. I‘m not even tempted to.

Just wanted to say that.

But James‘ books are one of those pop-cultural phenomena that end in everybody roughly knowing what it‘s all about – even if one wants to belong to the – small amount of – people that skip out on the hype. 🤷🏽‍♀️

TheEllieMo I read this a while ago and gave it a So-So rating, just had a look at my review on Goodreads to remind myself what I didn‘t like about it, and the main thing was “the author‘s main source of inspiration appears to have been Fifty Shades of Grey”.... (edited) 3y
Buechersuechtling @TheEllieMo And we‘re not the only ones. I think @IamIamIam felt quite the same. But anyway, I‘m quite sure that after enough time has passed to make my impression of this one blur I would give his second book a try. 3y
IamIamIam @Buechersuechtling I really don't do heavy sex scenes so it was almost an automatic bail for me! It's a fetish thing for sure but that's not my cup of tea. 3y
Buechersuechtling @IamIamIam Didn‘t find the rough-sex-scenes too explicitly. So it was easy for me to think: “If she likes it. 🤷🏽‍♀️” 3y
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Buechersuechtling
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Pickpick

Now I understand the mixed ratings.

Yeah, at times the book definitely feels like a mix of “Enemy in my Bed” and “50 Shades …” but it got me hooked from the very beginning and never let me go – until the end, that, the closer it came, more and more turned out to be a bit flat. Maybe too much a bit hasty turns in too few pages. 🤷🏽‍♀️

But overall I was highly engrossed and loved the combination of technical and lifestyle issues it dealt with.

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Buechersuechtling
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I feel it‘s by far better than any other similar novel I‘ve read in the last years.

Especially better than Dave Eggers‘ “The Circle”.

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Buechersuechtling
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This book is a bit like watching “Titanic”.
You _know_ how it all ends but you can‘t stop watching.

Same here. Almost from the very beginning I sense disaster in the “plotish air” but, yeah, you‘re right that, no, I can‘t put it down.

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Buechersuechtling
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Two perspectives. “Then: Emma”, where direct speech isn‘t separately marked but integrated in the text by commas, and “Now: Jane”, where direct speech is marked as usually.

I like the “Now”-chapters better because they offer orientation to my eyes while reading. It simply is more comfortable to not have to re-start every second paragraph because I only in the middle of the second line noticed someone is talking.

Curious for the sense of that.

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Buechersuechtling
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Yesterday‘s leftovers for today‘s brunch. 😍

If you wonder: It‘s seafood 🦞 salad. 🥗 🤤😋

All for strengthening and/or refreshing me for JP Delaney. 🙂

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Buechersuechtling
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I made my significant other pick my next read.

Me: “Pick a number from 1-5.”
Him: “4.”
Me: “Shelf or serving cabinet?”
Him: “😳 … Shelf.”
Me: “Counted from above or from the bottom up?”
Him: “🙄. 🙄. From above. – Are we done now? Will you decide at least _something_ yourself?”
Me: „No. 😉 Not in that respect. 😂.“

But Littens, didn‘t he make a great choice⁉️ Believe me, he‘s got talent. 😉

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Janeeny
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So excited to receive this today from NB magazine

RaimeyGallant Looks enticing! 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. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 3y
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