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Watch Me Disappear
Watch Me Disappear: A Novel | Janelle Brown
115 posts | 97 read | 1 reading | 139 to read
A beautiful Berkeley mom with a radical past vanishes while hiking, leaving her family to piece together her secrets, in this keenly observed novel for readers of Emma Straub and Maria Semplefrom the bestselling author of All We Ever Wanted Was Everything. From the Hardcover edition.
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brittanythebookdragon
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This book has me shook, y‘all! The author has written a character that I want to choke the life out of. For you to pull me in so deeply that I feel that sort of visceral hatred toward a character...ma‘am you deserve an award. I feel for me to say which character would be a huge spoiler so I won‘t. I can not recommend this book enough if you‘re a fan of any psychological thriller that‘s out there. Just read the damn book.

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TheNerdyProfessor
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Watch ME disappear into a room and spend the whole day reading. I'm about 100 pages in and I just now feel like the story is picking up. Quick synopsis: Billie goes missing while hiking by herself one weekend. Fast forward a year later and her daughter starts "seeing" Billie and is convinced she's still out there waiting to be found. At the same time, Billie's husband is learning that perhaps his marriage had more secrets than he thought.

Jenken1998 This sounds good 6mo
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KayJaysReads
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This one is worth getting to the end to find out what really happened to Billie!

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Jody3
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Intense. Disturbing. I couldn‘t put it down. Good book. You‘ll never figure out the ending until you read the last page, literally! The premise of this book is fascinating.

Caroline2 Oh I love that quote! Stacked!! 😉 8mo
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violabrain
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Not my typical genre (because usually books in this genre are so badly written I can‘t stand to read them), but I really enjoyed this book! It kept me guessing until the end and I really liked the different points of view. Some reviewers on here said it was confusing, but I didn‘t find it confusing at all (but I also really dislike it when authors announce whose point of view they are using. If it‘s written well, it should be clear). Great read!

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mommymendes
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OMG!!!!! What a great book....all the way to the very LAST sentence. I want to reread this one for sure!

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Librarybelle
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Billie Flanagan is #lost . She failed to return from a hiking trip a year ago and has disappeared from her life. From her fractured marriage, her broken daughter, and her best friend. Is she missing, or did she run away from everything? This is a thriller I read last year as an eARC ...overall, I liked the book. Hated the characters, but it kept me reading. #NoFemmeber

Billypar Sounds intriguing! When you don't like the characters and still feel compelled to keep going, you know the author is doing something right. 13mo
Cinfhen I read this as an ARC too! It was ok, but not super memorable. And I agree, the characters were pretty annoying. 13mo
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Jbakesmcgee3
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Just finished my first week of school! Year 7 (4th at my school) is looking awesome!

DivineDiana Here‘s to an awesome year! 👏🏻📚👍🏻 1y
Jbakesmcgee3 Thank you!!! 1y
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Jbakesmcgee3
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I hesitated to read this for a long time because I thought the Sister Wife from the show on TLC wrote it 😂😂😂but it‘s seriously so good! I can‘t wait to find out the ending!

emilyhaldi LOL 1y
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Jbakesmcgee3
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Loving this cover #currentlyreading

cassiopia That's the exact reason I bought this book 😂😂 1y
Jbakesmcgee3 @cassiopia 😂😂😂 1y
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KTV323
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Oh my goodness......I finished this book in 2 days! Such a great read with a really cool twist at the end. Reminded me a little bit of Gone Girl....Definitely one to pick up

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skayr33
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There's never a wrong place or time for reading.. Just picked up this mystery and I'm already hooked. - "Her mother is still alive out there, somewhere, and olive needs to try harder, much harder, to find her." -

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Hooked_on_books
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Here‘s my Powell‘s haul from after the #PNWLitsymeetup today and the tagged book from the book swap with @That-Bookish-Hiker . Thanks for the book and thanks again for organizing! It was great to spend time with fellow book lovers and talk about books.

That-Bookish-Hiker It was so great meeting you! And thanks for the book and the recommended one I ended up buying. 😊 1y
Hooked_on_books @That-Bookish-Hiker You‘re welcome! I hope you like it as much as I did! 1y
UnidragonFrag Great choices! Wish I could've stayed longer and for something, but I liked the surprise book I got (thanks @That-Bookish-Hiker 😃) 1y
Jeannie Nice! I just finished Ayiti this week and loved it! 1y
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jouleian
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Okay I legitimately just googled the spoilers bc I couldn't take anymore of this book. And I'm glad I didn't spend anymore time reading it. To me the juice just wasn't worth the squeeze on this one. -🌟🌟

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jouleian

This book is beginning to lose me. The plot is thick, and I mean thick like mud and hard to get through.

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Stellina
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I'm never a fan of covers where a book club has printed their symbol anywhere visible on the cover. All the Oprah ones have huge icons and for me it just ruins the whole look, but then, I'm probably just insanely picky. This 'signed copy' sticker threatened to leave a nasty residue so that'll be staying as well.
I'm hoping the story makes up for it. I've been waiting for the paperback to come out for this one for a while.🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻

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BilboBookends
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“Who you want people to be makes you blind to who they really are.”

Reviewsbylola I enjoyed this one. 2y
bedandabook What a brilliant quote. 2y
RebelReader Loved this one! 2y
youneverarrived Great quote! 2y
JHSiess Great book. 1y
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Wife
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I‘m getting a bit burned out on thrillers, but this one was pretty good. #AudioDriving 3/5⭐️

BookBridget Stacked 2y
HOTPock3tt I‘m not sure why.. I TRY to like these kinds of books.. but they never really seem to work out for me 😕 (edited) 2y
Wife @HOTPock3tt I usually use thrillers as palate cleansers between heavier books, but Overdrive seems to have a lot of them, so I‘ve been listening to more. 2y
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Ehbooklover
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This one is a twisty slow burn and I couldn't stop reading it. I really liked how the story was told via alternating points of view. The characters felt real and I grew very invested in the outcome of the story.

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WanderingBookaneer
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Panpan

Did not enjoy this one. I was left with many unanswered questions that the unnecessary epilogue did not address.

Reviewsbylola I enjoyed this one more than I expected. The ending surprised me. I‘m not sure why. 2y
BookishMe I was curious about it after the raving reviews here. But the beginning chapters were draggy and didn't appeal to me. Definitely paled in comparison with other exciting CR 2y
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LoLo_and_The_Dude
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Add another to the growing pile of library holds! #justkeepreadingjustkeepreading

Chelleo You‘ll get there! Just. Keep. Reading. (That would make a great T-shirt) 2y
LoLo_and_The_Dude Thanks! I have this fear that I won‘t finish a book in time by not realizing my loan has ended and then I have to go to the end of the line... 2y
knittedgnome I get that struggle! I just had four books I have been waiting on for ages become available all at once! Eek! Two down two to go! 2y
LoLo_and_The_Dude @knittedgnome my library holds always seem to come in waves! 2y
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WanderingBookaneer
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#Audiocoloring as I recover from food poisoning.

daena Oh no! Feel better soon! 2y
Seekingtardis Oh my goodness!! What happened?? Feel better soon!!! 2y
goodbyefrancie Oh no! Hope you're feeling better soon! 2y
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Texreader Looking good so far! 2y
theshrinkette Feel better soon! 2y
CAnne 😣 2y
JessClark78 Feel better soon! 2y
ghosthost Hope you feel well soon! 2y
BookishBelle I hope you feel better soon! 2y
MissAimz_55 Ugh food poisoning is the worst 2y
BookishMe Hope you are feeling better 2y
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caitlintx
Bailedbailed

This book had potential, but the chapters were so choppy and jumped from POV to POV and I couldn‘t keep up. So into the next one.

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RebelReader
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Lido Beach on the Gulf! Seems like a person could get lost here and disappear just like in one my favorite books so far this year (tagged above). My other one tied for favorite so far in 2018 is You by Caroline Kepnes. These were both twisty good and oh so hard to put down!
#TheWallsAreClosingIn

BookishMe I #blameitonLitsy that both found their way to my TBR 😅😅 2y
KathyWheeler I think I need to go there. 2y
LitLogophile Ahhhh this is my hometown😊 2y
Readergrrl Aaaaah.. Lido Beach... One of my favorites. What a wonderful place and time of year for a peaceful read! ❤️ 2y
RebelReader @LitLogophile I visited Bookstore1 after the beach. I restrained myself and only bought 1 book. 2y
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caitlintx
Bailedbailed

I just couldn‘t follow this book. I got through three chapters and gave up. The choppy, rotating from character to character style along with different styles for each character and not much explanation for what was going on made me feel like I was reading different books. Not my style.

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RebelReader
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I cannot believe I hadn't heard anything about this book before my friend Mary(not on Litsy) passed it on to me?? This is the best book I've read in 2018 so far!If life hadn't gotten in the way I wouldn't have put it down. I'm not going to say too much except it's an onion that needs to be peeled. Makes you think.."How well do I really know my spouse?
Read this book!

LittleMummyMe I just purchased it to read on my kindle. Thanks. 2y
MeganAnnabell I loved this one!! 2y
minkyb Sounds good! 2y
RebelReader @MeganAnnabell Have you read any of her other books? 2y
tammysue Glad you enjoyed it! I need to move this up on my tbr! 2y
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RebelReader
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My Mom is having hip surgery today and I'm hanging out at the hospital so decided to dive into this one while I wait.

irre Hope all goes well. 2y
Lcsmcat I hope things go well for her. 2y
whatsthEStorey Waiting is hard! Hope this book keeps you occupied and your mom has a quick recovery. 💛 2y
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AmyG Hope all goes well with your Mom. 2y
Chrissyreadit Hope all goes well and the book helps time pass quickly. 2y
mabell I hope the surgery goes well. ❤️ To you and your mom! 2y
GrilledCheeseSamurai Good luck and all the best to, Mom! 👍 2y
RebelReader Surgery went well. Thanks for all your well wishes @irre @Lcsmcat @whatsthEStorey @AmyG @Chrissyreadit @mabell ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
Mollyanna Glad to hear that the surgery went well. I hope you Mom has a fast and successful healing process. 2y
DarcysMom I am happy it went well. Sending your mom good thoughts for a speedy and full recovery. 💕 2y
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Lissa00
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On a solo hike through the mountains, Billie disappears leaving her husband and daughter grief-stricken. When signs start to suggest she may not actually be dead, they must come to the realization that Billie may not be what she seemed. This psychological mystery is a fascinating character study and I didn‘t come close to guessing the conclusion until 75% in and was only partially correct. I really enjoyed this compulsively readable book.

melbeautyandbooks I liked this one too! 2y
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Chelsea.Poole
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Billie is missing. She‘s been gone for over a year. Her husband and teenage daughter are left to pick up the pieces of their lives. We meet people from Billie‘s past and become suspicious of her actions leading up to her disappearance from her husband‘s point of view. Olive, her daughter, is also grabling with the mystery of her mother‘s disappearance but in a much more otherworldly way. Nicely done #audiobook 🌟

audiobooklover Sounds like my next read! 2y
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Chelsea.Poole
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I‘m a bit over halfway at this point and I‘m not bored and I‘m not rolling my eyes from glaringly obvious plot twists...so that means this is a good “where is she” type book so far! 😆🙌🏻 #audiobook is well done also. #libby

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pugswin
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When I wasn't reading, I kept thinking about the story. Very compelling. Don't read the epilogue until you finish the book! (I like to read the end first, I don't recomend doing that here.

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BlueStockingReviews
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WATCH ME DISAPPEAR is a meticulously woven family drama of a search for answers to Billie‘s disappearance. Alternating perspectives of Jonathan and Olive makes the story robust and compelling. Just when we think we know everything about Billie and her past, we are surprised again. A stunning story about the secrets we keep from those we love the most. https://lharvey250.tumblr.com/post/169150284994/watch-me-disappear-janelle-brown...

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mcipher
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I loved this book! Great twists and surprises, strong characters, a wonderful sense of place, and a killer ending. So, so good.

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mcipher
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Reading this with a London fog latte at the Marriott Starbucks. I love their holiday decorations! 🎄🌟

MaleficentBookDragon I love London Fogs.💕Enjoy! (edited) 2y
Book_in_hands Mmmmmm London fog latte!!! (edited) 2y
JamieArc I listened to that book a few months ago. I‘ll be curious to hear what you think once you‘re finished! 2y
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mcipher @JamieArc I loved her other two! Did you like this? Have you read either of her first two books? 2y
mcipher @Book_in_hands @MaleficentBookDragon They are sooo yummy! I have to start making them at home again. Homemade ones are even better. ❤️ 2y
Book_in_hands @mcipher how do you make them at home?? 2y
minkyb My daughter‘s favorite drink! 2y
mcipher @Book_in_hands So easy! I microwave a half mug of milk, add some vanilla sugar (because I have a big thing of it, but regular sugar works) and then boiling water and a couple Earl Grey tea bags (this is a really good one for a latte: http://www.tazo.com/black-tea/orange-chiffon). If you don‘t have a steamer the microwave is perfect to get some foam. There are real recipes online too though! 2y
JamieArc @mcipher I did like this one. It had my brain continually guessing, and even when you think things are wrapped up, she gets you. Maybe you are smarter than me and better at figuring out what happened 😊. I haven‘t read her others but definitely will! 2y
mcipher @JamieArc I am *terrible* at figuring out what is going on in this kind of book!! I‘m 2/3 done and still lost. 😂But I am enjoying it!! 2y
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kendrastephaniekaryn
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(A pick that's almost a so-so)

Finished this one off with a side of #puzzledom and cuddles from a sleepy Mortimer. This was a good piece of fiction, but it didn't truly meet the mark as a thriller. The author dives into how a missing mother, grief, and family secrets impact the people left behind. The ending didn't surprise me. If you're reading this one, I highly suggest reading the epilogue as it answers many open questions.

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kendrastephaniekaryn

"Maybe this is why they say that love is blind. Who you want people to be makes you blind to who they really are."

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kendrastephaniekaryn
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#decktheshelves #firstnovel

This is the first novel I'm listening to this month! It's a thriller with a unique premise, and so far it's also exploring the nature of grief and how it has changed the main family in the story.

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wrenaymuhree
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Although a few of my hunches were correct, I missed the big curveballs altogether—& the epilogue SATISFIES. I haven‘t been this pleased w/ a suspense novel in some time. The best part? Brown composed a thrilling and mysterious narrative w/o resorting to the drug/alcohol-addled female lead trope that is so prevalent. I haven‘t loved to hate (strong word...maybe “judge”?) a female lead so much since Gone Girl. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

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everfree7
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Dang it!!! I had so many different ideas of what I thought happened up until the second to last page, and yet I was wrong. This is the best psychological thriller I've read in a really long time.

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everfree7

Just started this book. My fourth fun reading of the holidays.

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HiddenGemBooks
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Billie Flanagan went on a hike in Desolation Wilderness and vanished. Her body was never found, just a shattered cellphone and a hiking boot. Her husband and daughter have been coping with Billie‘s death the best they can.

But then Olive starts having visions of her mother, still alive. Jonathan worries about Olive until he starts unearthing secrets from Billie‘s past that bring into question everything he thought he knew about his wife...🔎🍃

jbhops Thus sounds great! 2y
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wrenaymuhree
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Next up...👆

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JamieArc
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Wow. This story had me guessing and changing my guesses the whole time. Even towards the end, when you think everything is wrapped up (and I was feeling slightly disappointed), it's not over until the last sentence.

everfree7 That is EXACTLY how my experience was. Wow. 2y
JamieArc @everfree7 I don‘t remember the last time a book had me guessing and then totally get me in the end like that. I‘m not sure if she‘s written other books, but I hope she does! 2y
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JamieArc
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My current audiobook. I am loving how much it is keeping me guessing at what happened... 🤔🤔🤔

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MeganAnnabell
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I started this one a week or two ago and didn't get a chance to finish it before I had to return it to the library. I debated bailing since there are so many other books I want to read right now. I'm so glad I downloaded the ebook and kept reading. Lots of twists and very unexpected ending. Seriously couldn't put this one down

emilyhaldi I love when an almost-bail turns out being an awesome surprise! 2y
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Kappadeemom
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When I try to read....🙄😇

mcipher So cute! And helpful. 😜 2y
Tamra Cutie! 😍 2y
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mrozzz
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Had some fun picking out #threewordtitles
Easier than I thought! 😁📚
#riotgram

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Kappadeemom
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Sitting in my hotel reading, but I love my alone time ;) #threewordtitles #riotgrams

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Purplerosiepage
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Wow. This woman is a piece of work. I‘m glad I‘ve stuck with this one.