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Texts from Jane Eyre
Texts from Jane Eyre: And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters | Mallory Ortberg
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Hilariously imagined text conversationsthe passive aggressive, the clever, and the strangefrom classic and modern literary figures, from Scarlett O'Hara to Jessica WakefieldMallory Ortberg, the co-creator of the cult-favorite website The Toast, presents this whimsical collection of hysterical text conversations from your favorite literary characters. Everyone knows that if Scarlett O'Hara had an unlimited text-and-data plan, she'd constantly try to tempt Ashley away from Melanie with suggestive messages. If Mr. Rochester could text Jane Eyre, his ardent missives would obviously be in all-caps. And Daisy Buchanan would not only text while driving, she'd text you to pick her up after she totaled her car. Based on the popular web-feature, Texts from Jane Eyre is a witty, irreverent mashup that brings the characters from your favorite books into the twenty-first century.
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Daisey
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Overall this was a quick and entertaining listen that I think you‘ll enjoy if you‘re familiar with a variety of classic literature and some more recent popular literature. There were a few conversations with which I wasn‘t familiar enough to follow the joke, a few I knew well but didn‘t find funny, several I appreciated, and a few that made me laugh out loud.

#audiobook

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johncadams
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The layout of Texts from Jane Eyre is chronological, with all the most august works in the canon of western literature assembled before the reader in a single volume that could be very overwhelming.

Thankfully, Daniel M Ortberg's tone is light and playful, and frequently ironic.

Read my review here:

https://www.johncadamsreviews.com/single-post/texts-from-jane-eyre-by-daniel-m-o...

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EclecticBookLover
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Mehso-so

Not as laugh out loud funny as I was expecting, but a funny concept.

Blueberry I liked better "Ophelia Joined the Group Maidens Who Don't Float: Classic Lit Signs Unto Facebook" by Sarah Schelling. 10mo
EclecticBookLover @Blueberry I'll have to check that out! I loved Abridged Classics by John Atkinson so I had high hopes for it, but it was too inconsistent. 10mo
Blueberry Ooh, I will check out Abridged Classics! Have you ever read it watched on YouTube Thug Notes: A Street-Smart Guide to Classic Literature by Sparky Sweets? They are fun also. 10mo
EclecticBookLover @Blueberry I will check it out! Thanks!! 10mo
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Emmybird01
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5/5 for this one. I laughed so hard while reading this. It is perfect for literature obsessed readers. This was just a fun read.

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sdbruening
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Mehso-so

That was pretty funny. Since I read so much classic literature, I was able to appreciate quite a bit of it. Some of them were a little insensitive, but I also get very attached to characters. It would have been helpful if the characters were labeled at the top of the conversations, so I didn‘t have to figure it out midway.

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johncadams

“The tone is light and playful, and frequently ironic, but somehow the author always grasps the essence of the work in only a few short exchanges.“

Texts from Jane Eyre by Daniel M Ortberg is hilarious and disturbing in equal measure. Read my review here to find out more.

https://www.johncadamsreviews.com/single-post/texts-from-jane-eyre-by-daniel-m-o...

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johncadams

“I've had texts take a while to get delivered, but nigh on two hundred years is just plain ridiculous.“

Texts from Jane Eyre by Daniel M Ortberg is hilarious and disturbing in equal measure. Read my review here to find out more.

https://www.johncadamsreviews.com/single-post/texts-from-jane-eyre-by-daniel-m-o...

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LaraS
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In defence of Mrs. Bennet. 🙃

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Linsy
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This book was delightful! I especially appreciated this P&P scene as I just passed that part in our read along. 😂 #pemberlittens #janeausten

MB: “what I liked about [Mr. Collins] the most
was how much he wanted to marry you
remember that?“

E: “yes“

MB: “remember when there was someone who wanted to marry you“

E: “yes“

MB: “hahahaha
there isn't anyone like that now“

Poor Lizzy.

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CindyMyLifeIsLit
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#MagicalMay #Laughter

I can‘t think of any other book I‘ve read in my entire life that made me laugh as much! 😂

Eggs Oh this looks so good!! 3y
CindyMyLifeIsLit @Eggs I defy anyone to read it and not laugh out loud at some part of it! 😁 3y
DebinHawaii Good one! I loved this book! 3y
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Hestapleton
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So my #triplespin was THE MERRY SPINSTER for a reading challenge prompt. But I wasn‘t loving it. So I subbed it for this book on my TBR which would still fill the prompt. This book was HILARIOUS. A short, sarcastic imagining of classic literature as told through text messages between the main characters of each book. The perfect escape right now. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Book 12/12 upping to 24!) for #bfc28

TheAromaofBooks Great review!! 3y
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mariaku21
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Mehso-so

"Texts from Jane Eyre" was a quick and funny read that I borrowed in both audio and print from the library and both versions were entertaining. The idea of taking iconic characters from literature and imagine them texting each other with modern dialogue was a novel idea.

The Medea chapters were by far my favorites.

A definite 3 ⭐ read.

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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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As with all these compilations, some are hit or miss, and most of the time that has more to do with your recollection of the classic it‘s referencing and sense of humor than the joke itself. Overall though, I loved this bit of light-hearted and dark-humored fun at the expense of some classics and left wondering why some of these twisted stories remain classics considering how twisted they are even when boiled down to their bare essentials.

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booksbrewsandbooze
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Leftcoastzen ❤️😻 3y
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NAM99
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Mehso-so

So I thought this book was really cute but suffered from assuming that you were familiar enough with each character to understand the conversations without identifying the speakers. For the record: frosting emergencies are real

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slategreyskies
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OMG I thought I was going to hurt myself laughing while reading this! I‘m so glad I didn‘t finish reading it inside the library, because I was howling with laughter, and they‘d have likely asked me to leave. My favorite section was the one on Emily Dickinson, and my least favorites were the Daisy Miller ones. The Edgar Allan Poe one was hilarious as well. If you aren‘t well versed on these writings, do a quick Google search for the backstory.

slategreyskies (cont.) That way, you‘ll get most of the jokes, and the book will be much funnier. :) 4y
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Graciouswarriorprincess
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I had fun this weekend! #24in48readathon

Bookzombie Great job! 4y
Megabooks 🙌🙌👏🏻👏🏻🎊🎊 4y
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Lyn-Mara
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So funny I kept rereading passages! The standout for me was the thread between Catherine and Heathcliff. 😂😭😂

ErinSueMreads 😂😂😂😂😂😂🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️ 4y
Beachesnbooks I love this book 😂 4y
Lcsmcat 😂 4y
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holarosarita

You know, I don‘t know much about the classics...

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holarosarita
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Playing fast and loose with the categories already #anepistolarynovel (not really) #orcollectionofletters (sorta kinda) #readharder2019

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CindyMyLifeIsLit
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1. Texts From Jane Eyre by Mallory Ortberg! It‘s laugh-out-loud funny! 😂😂
2. January
3. Yes, 2
4. I think Famous Amos chocolate chip cookies. I‘m on a diet and they‘ve been calling to me! I‘m resisting their siren song, though—my scale‘s strident voice overwhelms them. 😁
5. Happy bday, September babies!! 🎂🎁🎈🎉
#friyayintro

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ozma.of.oz
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If you're looking for a quick laugh, this is a great one. I'll admit, I really did think it was just Jane Eyre, so I was a little surprised when other books showed up, classics and pop culture faves.

Guaranteed to make you smile, even if you haven't read the books being parodied. Although I'm pretty sure they're also much funnier if you do know. Makes me want to go look up a couple new books now. 🌕🌕🌕🌕🌑

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Brooke_H
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Pickpick

Tears-rolling-down-my-face hilarious.

OMG, William Blake trying to give his friend a drawing. "I drew something for you." "Is it horrifying?" "No.""William. Is it horrifying? Is anyone being flayed alive? Does something have eyes that shouldn't have eyes?"

This book is full of that, and I loved every page.

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Brooke_H
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My kid is very annoyed at my LOLing while I read this book.

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BooksTeasAndBookishThings
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We had a #NashvilleLitsyMeetUp hosted by the extremely kind @LouLouLane ❤️ I cannot thank you enough for giving us food, drinks, books, and bookmarks! We all brought books to pool on the table and we drew numbers to see who would select first and we had the BEST time! Loved having #LitsyGossip with all of you beautiful Ladies! Thank you so much ❤️

ferskner It was fabulous to meet you, and thank you for all the goodies! 4y
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ItsAnotherJen
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This book is absolutely hilarious!! I recommend it as an #audiobook - I laughed out loud many many times throughout. The narrators did a good job. I know not everyone has read all the classics that are included in here, but you will still enjoy this author's wit and creativity!

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kayceecruz
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Ortberg is simply an amazing writer. I laughed so many times while reading this. I adored how they completely called out all the problematic situations and attitudes in so many works and made THAT a wonderful part of the humor of this book.

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kayceecruz
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I am in love with this book already!

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booksbrewsandbooze
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I think bookshelves are one of the most beautiful sights 💖 Pure art 📚 #booksbrewsandbooze

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Cool pic!!! Welcome to Litsy!!! 5y
keys_on_fire Totally agree with you!! Welcome to Litsy!! 📚❤️ 5y
Eggs Yesss!! Welcome to Litsy 👋🏻👋🏻 5y
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Wife Welcome to Litsy!🌹 5y
asiriusreader Welcome to Litsy!! 5y
SledgeReader @booksbrewsandbooze I‘m crazy curious about the rock arch! Please share the story. 5y
booksbrewsandbooze @SledgeReader Hi Sarah! So it‘s actually a pretty tame story, lol - I saw it at a garden center and bought it, thinking I‘d put it in a planter outside... somehow, that translated to “ah yes, I shall decorate my bookshelf with this” 😂 5y
SledgeReader @booksbrewsandbooze 🤭 😉 That makes it a perfect story! I was imaging a Martha Stewart/Pinterest moment, glue from another continent while standing on one foot and touching my nose. Natural, attainable beauty! Love it! 5y
booksbrewsandbooze @SledgeReader As an un-crafty person, I couldn‘t agree more! 😂 5y
rather_be_reading that rock arch 😍😍 4y
booksbrewsandbooze @rather_be_reading It was supposed to go in the garden, lol - see how well that turned out! 😂 4y
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lisakoby
Pickpick

When this book is on it is brilliant.

⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Hooked_on_books
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What a fun approach to books! This quick read is the author‘s imagining of how text messages from certain characters or authors might appear. Clever and whimsical. (Hermione and Ron‘s exchange pictured here.)

Plus, the ebook is $2.99 across platforms right now!

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amma-keep-reading
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Such a fun and quick read. Perfect for fans of classic literature with a twist.

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kaykay521
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Mehso-so

Cute, entertaining book. I hadn't read some of the books she'd highlighted so a lot of the jokes went over my head. Still, it was a fast paced easy read, perfect for when you need a break from heavy reading material.

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suvata
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Pickpick

Clever book containing text messages between fictional characters. Entertaining!

CoffeeK8 She does the dear prudence column now on Slate.com, she‘s really entertaining! 5y
suvata @CoffeeK8 Good to know. Thanks. 5y
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suvata
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A little levity for the week.

Godmotherx5 I love that book 😁 5y
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Leelee08
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Yeeeessss.👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

Ddzmini With mysterious dark passageways 😝 5y
emilyhaldi 🤣🤣 5y
julesG @Ddzmini And a ghoul in the attic. 😜 5y
Ddzmini With chains rattling and wind blowing 🤣 5y
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Jen2
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Darling!

lauraodom I‘ve seen some buzz on this one but wasn‘t sure about it.... 5y
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Carolyn11215
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On sale from Kindle today...

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haileybean
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COCOONS.

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haileybean
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I needed a break from some of the heavier books I‘ve been reading or listening to, and this book guys... I‘m dying from laughing.

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razmanda
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What a delightful distraction! I‘m in the midst of a mental health downturn and was searching out smart, funny and fast, and this audiobook absolutely delivered.

MelAnn I really enjoyed this book! 5y
WhatDeeReads I listened to this a audio. It was so funny. 5y
LiteraryinLawrence Hang in there. 💗💗 Glad you‘re finding some solace with books. 5y
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JenlovesJT47
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Mehso-so

I was sadly pretty disappointed in this. 😞 Yes, I didn't get some of the jokes for the stories I'm not familiar with, but the ones I was very familiar with, for the most part I didn't find anything funny about them. There were a couple of times where I may have smiled but that's it. I feel there was a huge missed opportunity here. Oh well, to each their own! 2⭐️

#catsoflitsy
#Chipper

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JenlovesJT47
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Taking a short break from my required Litsy reading to jump into this beauty that was delivered from the library today. Looks pretty funny, and Nala approves! 👍🏻😅😸

#catsoflitsy
#Nala
#libraryhaul

Li_21 I heard this on audio and the texts for Medea made me laugh. For the emojis the narrator would say smiley smiley smiley 😂 5y
JenlovesJT47 @Li_21 lol can't wait!! 😅 5y
Melissa_J Most of the texts in the book went over my head, even in instances where I‘d read the book they were based on. 5y
CindyMyLifeIsLit I absolutely LOVE this book! I was laughing out loud through the whole thing. Talking about it makes me want to reread it! Hope you enjoy it! 5y
JenlovesJT47 @Melissa_J was not a fan of this either unfortunately 😞 5y
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Li_21
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Coffee in hand and off to do errands

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EscapedAcademic
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CoffeeCatsBooks
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This book is full of texts from literary characters & authors. I knew I was going to enjoy it when the 1st text was from Medea. I teach this play & absolutely love it. We actually write text messages from the characters, so I‘ll show them this next year! My favorites were Medea, Circe, Pride & Predudice, Edgar Allan Poe, Wuthering Heights, Rebecca, and Harry Potter (I certainly treated 💳 like magic when I was young) Thanks @LadyChristy !

LadyChristy So glad you love it! 😄🙌🏻 5y
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knm
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Listening to Mallory talk about literary crushes on #ThirstAidKit made me think about my own 5 formative book crushes. SO. 1. Numair, Tamora Pierce‘s Tortall | 2. Corlath, Robin McKinley‘s The Blue Sword | 3. Mendanbar, Patricia C. Wrede‘s Enchanted Forest Chronicles 4. Bran, Susan Cooper‘s The Dark Is Rising Sequence | 5. Remus Lupin, JK Rowling‘s Harry Potter. I miiiiiight have a bit of a shabby loner type thing going on. 😬 #glorytotheguild

ValkyrieAndHerBooks Oh, wow! You just named so many of my formative crushes! Though, George Cooper was always my favorite from the Tortall books! 5y
knm @ValkyrieAndHerBooks George is DEFINITELY up there. He‘s just a little too suave for me to feel comfortable swoony over. *points to the juggling stork man* I want that one. 5y
ValkyrieAndHerBooks Lol, I can give you that! Mischievousness and directness have always been my Achilles heels. 5y
pygmywarrior MENDENBAR! Yes, loved those books and he was just so great. 5y
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parttimedomestic
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Quick reminder dear #JaneEyreBuddyRead ers that Rochester would be the most annoying text corespondent!

Also we are reading Chapters 26-32 this week, how is everyone doing? I have three more chapters to read, so I may be done early for once!

MatchlessMarie 😂🙄 5y
Dulcinella I‘m behing, down with kind of a flue. Will be back asap... 5y
Daisey I haven't had any time to read this week. Hopefully a few chapters tonight! 5y
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GripLitGrl 😄😄 I am behind myself I've only been able to sneak in an audiobook this week at work. I plan on starting tonight. Feel better @Dulcinella 5y
dariazeoli I think I‘m right on schedule. BRB, blocking texts from Rochester on my phone 😂 5y
parttimedomestic @Dulcinella hope you feel better! 5y
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LadyChristy
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Something light & fun to enjoy with a glass of wine in the bath after my 3-hour-long transit commute home during #snowpocalypse2018

Ashley_Nicoletto Three hours?! Glad you made it safe. Enjoy! This looks fab! 5y
LadyChristy @Ashley_Nicoletto Thank you! It was fab! I plowed through the book in an hour in the bath! 😍 5y
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