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Furiously Happy: A Funny Book about Horrible Things
Furiously Happy: A Funny Book about Horrible Things | Jenny Lawson
In "Furiously Happy," #1 "New York Times" bestselling author Jenny Lawson explores her lifelong battle with mental illness. A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety? That sounds like a "terrible" idea. But terrible ideas are what Jenny does best.As Jenny says" """Some people might think that being 'furiously happy' is just an excuse to be stupid and irresponsible and invite a herd of kangaroos over to your house without telling your husband first because you suspect he would say no since he's never particularly liked kangaroos. And that would be ridiculous because no one would invite a herd of kangaroos into their house. Two is the limit. I speak from personal experience. My husband says that none is the new limit. I say he should have been clearer about that before I rented all those kangaroos."""Most of my favorite people are dangerously fucked-up but you'd never guess because we've learned to bare it so honestly that it becomes the new normal. Like John Hughes wrote in The Breakfast Club, 'We're all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it.' Except go back and cross out the word 'hiding.'"""Furiously Happy" is about" "taking those moments when things are fine and making them amazing, because those moments are what make us who we are, and they're the same moments we take into battle with us when our brains declare war on our very existence. It's the difference between "surviving life" and "living life." It's the difference between "taking a shower" and "teaching your monkey butler how to shampoo your hair." It's the difference between being "sane" and being "furiously happy.""Lawson is beloved around the world for her inimitable humor and honesty, and in "Furiously Happy," she is at her snort-inducing funniest. This is a book about embracing everything that makes us who we are - the beautiful and the flawed - and then using it to find joy in fantastic and outrageous ways. Because as Jenny's mom says, "Maybe 'crazy' isn't so bad after all." Sometimes crazy is just right.
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CaliforniaCay
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This was my 2nd Jenny Lawson book (I guess I'm reading them from newest to oldest) and I loved it just as much as 'Broken'. I love her humor and the way she talks about her mental and physical illnesses. The story behind the raccoon on the cover was especially funny 😆 She may not be everyone's cup of tea but I'm here for it and will read whatever she writes from now on 🦝

gossamerchild I love her so much :-) 10mo
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peanutnine
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Pickpick

This was my bookclub's pick for the month and we all really enjoyed it. Jenny has such a weird, funny way of dealing with her mental health and sharing it with anyone who'll listen. I frequently laughed out loud at some of her antics. I especially enjoyed when she related some of her "fights" with her husband. Their relationship is one of a kind.
#Nonfiction2023 Master of Puppets (because of her obsession with taxidermy) @Riveted_Reader_Melissa

Riveted_Reader_Melissa 😂 great book and great prompt use! 11mo
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peanutnine
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August Nonfiction #ReadingBracket2023 update
I managed to finish FOUR nonfiction books this month, which is a record for me! Furiously Happy was my favorite for sure. But Book of Pride won top spot just cause I got so much more from it and I still think about it.

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peanutnine
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The amount of times I've legitimately laughed out loud listening to this book... 😂

wanderinglynn I love her books! 11mo
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Kshakal
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Eggs Perfect 🤩 11mo
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Rachiiebookdragon
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Reread as audiobook and I love this book 🥹♥️

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Ruthiella
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Mehso-so

2ond book completed for the #14Books14Weeks2023 challenge. Jenny Lawson and I don‘t share the same sense of humor, unfortunately. So I didn‘t love this book like I expected to. I do appreciate her struggles with mental health and usually liked those parts best. The book is random anecdotes and essays about her life.

merelybookish I used to read her blog some back in the day and enjoyed the occasional essay AND I've never wanted to read her books. I can imagine her humour becomes grating. 13mo
Ruthiella @merelybookish I think her humor would have worked better for me too in smaller doses. 13mo
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Roary47
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4✨This book honestly has been brightening my day for the past couple of days. We all struggle, some more than others, and Jenny Lawson puts those struggles of hers in a comedic way. Some of the situations and thoughts that come to her during them at cringey, but other times it‘s is just pure comedy gold. I‘m glad she put herself out there so it can help others. #Roll100 (April) @PuddleJumper

PuddleJumper 🎉🎉 14mo
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Roary47
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Trying to finish this book today. Life is just crazy, but my chickens make me happy. 🥰💛

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Roary47
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My new bookish earrings I got for my birthday. Plus loving this audio read right now. 🥰💛

Ruthiella Very cute! Happy Birthday! 🥳🥳🥳 1y
Kristy_K Love them! Happy Birthday! 1y
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jdiehr
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You guys.

What are the chances of Jenny Lawson and Tod Goldberg making themselves known on my Instagram within minutes of each other?!?!

🤪😃🥰

Ruthiella The up side to social media! 👍 1y
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booksandsympathy
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I adored this book. I highly recommend the audiobook, as I feel it adds nuance to her particular kind of humor. I own the physical book and enjoyed going through and looking at the pictures after I'd listened to a particular part or highlighting things that struck a chord. The way she describes mental illness is spot on and the way she uses humor to deal with it is very relatable. Definitely will listen to her other books.

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booksandsympathy

In other words, stop judging yourself against shiny people. Avoid the shiny people. The shiny people are a lie. Or get to know them enough to realize they aren‘t so shiny after all.

IndianBookworm 🙌😍 1y
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booksandsympathy
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I woke up with horrible anxiety this morning but I was listening to this part of the book on my way to work and ended up laughing my ass off. The nurse's name is Latoya, not Labya. 🤣🤣

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booksandsympathy

"There will be moments when you have to be a grown-up. Those moments are tricks. Do not fall for them."

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booksandsympathy
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I'm slowly making my way through books I've had for years and have been meaning to read. I'll start this tomorrow.

K.Wielechowski One of my favorites!! Enjoy! 1y
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booklover3258
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My review of this book can be found on my YouTube Vlog at:

https://youtu.be/iGxa8igD2_o

Enjoy!

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Insightsintobooks
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I‘m in love with this book, I feel very seen. I love it so much I bought a copy for my best friend and I wasn‘t even 20 pages in. This is how my best friend and I deal with our illnesses, and trauma, through humor. So this is perfect for us!!

Linsy Ditto!!! This was my first of Lawson's and I've been a devotee ever since. Before her, I never felt like anyone understood, or like I knew how to articulate my mental ilnesses. I'm so glad you flund her!!! 2y
Twainy Such a good audiobook♥️ 2y
marleed I‘m so happy this author is a help to you! 2y
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SleepyDragon
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Pickpick

Read this not long after a family member was diagnosed with bipolar after a series of painful events, and it really helped me deal with it all and gain perspective. Also opened my eyes to some of my personal struggles and the possible sources. Open discussion of mental health needs to continue to remove the "taboo" stigma. And a humorous outlook doesn't hurt.

#Alphabetgame #LetterF

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks This is on my shelf and I need to read it! 2y
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Coleen
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Bailedbailed

#unpopularopinion

Most people seem to find this laugh-out-loud funny. I didn‘t . I felt like she was trying too hard. I get that there are serious undertones here and I respect that Lawson was trying to balance the seriousness with the humor, but it didn‘t work for me. Maybe wrong place, wrong time for me. 🤷🏼‍♀️

LiteraryinLawrence You know, I was one of the people who found this funny when I read it 5 or 6 years ago, but the zeitgeist has definitely changed since then. Some of the topics might not have aged well. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2y
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Bookishgal71
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I like Jenny Lawson. She‘s my kind of people - not quite right, but totally acceptable. This is a funny glimpse into the sometimes tragic workings of an unsettled and hilarious mind.

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Robotswithpersonality
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A fuckin' MASTERPIECE! The time spent reading this book was a combination of whispering 'WTF' while chuckling, laughing so hard I had to catch my breath, and ruminating on a perspective that I honestly should have been looking into long before now. Jenny Lawson lives with mental and physical illness while being a hilarious and insightful writer, and generally awesome, and I will be reading ALL of her books, soonest. #memoir

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Robotswithpersonality
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"You learn that it's okay to prefer your personal idea of heaven (live-tweeting zombie movies from under a blanket of kittens) rather than someone else's idea that fame/fortune/parties are the pinnacle we should all reach for... It doesn't mean I'm a failure at appreciating the good things in life. It means I'm successful in recognizing what the good things in life are FOR ME."
???? Truer words....

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Robotswithpersonality
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"Last year CNN brought me on live TV to discuss a proposal to create "kid-free planes," and I explained if we were really going to start segregating passengers I'd prefer to ride in an a-hole-free plane..."

SIGN. ME. UP. ?
Reading two memoirs with very different moods right now.

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Robotswithpersonality
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Having just spent part of the day mending by hand sewing, I can confirm: "Needles find you." From a hilarious memoir recounting thoughts and experiences of a woman dealing with mental illness, that I think has the potential to gross me out with bizarre musings or break my heart with raw honesty as well as make me laugh too loud too late at night. We'll see when I'm done! ???

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Cathyloves2read
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I laughed out loud while reading this book.I also read portions to my husband.This author does a great job of turning what many consider a negative situation into a positive. She‘s talented,and we are lucky enough to benefit from it.I am really hoping that Jenny Lawson visits one of the bookstores in my area.I‘d love more than anything to meet her.If you‘ve struggled with mental health issues,or even if you haven‘t,you should read this book!

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TheKidUpstairs
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I love Jenny Lawson so much. And I just love this perspective. 💗💗💗💗

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love this! 💗 2y
Suzze She is the best! ❤️❤️ 2y
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MommyOfTwo
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@ElizaMarie thanks again for all the extra goodies. The tagged book you send sounds interesting.
#CBBC #coffeebeanbookclub

ElizaMarie I finished it early so I thought it would be great 2y
Avanders Mmmm pistachio crème sounds yummy! 2y
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Rissa1
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Mehso-so

If it wasn't for the few moments of laughter this book would have been 👎. Her chaos makes me feel anxious. #FabulousFebruary

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marleed
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Well first you off, I loved this book. Possums, squirrels and the hellish creatures they can be - yep, my life. But the heart of this book is so incredibly important - depression, living in and through it - and findings ways to keep laughing and loving.

Cathythoughts Lovely review! Life just keeps calling us ❤️😊 3y
marleed @Cathythoughts Yes it does! 3y
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JacintaMCarter
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#2021Book91
This is my 2nd time reading this and I still laughed hysterically through most of it!

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TK-421
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“And louder than all of that were the whispers that became stronger every day from thousands and thousands of people creeping to the edge and quietly admitting, “Me too. I thought it was just me.” And the whispers became a roar. And the roar became an anthem that carried me through some of my darkest moments. I did not ride that wave alone.” #whisper #QuotsyOct21

GondorGirl This book really changed the way I live with anxiety and depression. It helped me learn to focus on the good times and live those moments to their fullest without worrying about when the dark times would be back. 3y
TK-421 @GondorGirl That‘s great! Learning to focus on the good times is so important. I love this book ❤️ It helped me a lot too 3y
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AmyK1
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I have never laughed so hard I cried while reading a book until now.

WorldsOkayestStepMom I love Jenny Lawson's writing! 3y
AmyK1 @WorldsOkayestStepMom This is my first by her. I need to find her other 2 now. 3y
LeafingThroughLife I listened to this one and I think her writing might be even more hilarious in audiobook format! 3y
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johncadams That is such a great cover. 3y
sleepy.ash87 I am just stacking everything on your page 😂 Great books! 3y
AmyK1 @sleepy.ash87 😂 it‘s always nice to find someone who has the same reading taste! 3y
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Macnjen
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This book is quirky, funny and poignant about the mental illness with which the author deals. It's odd and sometimes I wondered what I was listening to, but then it moves on to a chapter about what she actual deals with in a way that is understandable and sensitive. I listened to this on audio which was great because the author read it with her own great emphasis that made it entertaining. I'm glad I listened to it. #litsyAtoZ for “L“

MelAnn I loved this book! 3y
britt_brooke Love Lawson on audio! Her narration really adds to the experience. 3y
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TK-421
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“People who think it‘s so hard to find a needle in a haystack are probably not quilters. Needles find you. Just walk on the haystack for a second. You‘ll find the #needle.” #QuotsySep21

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TK-421
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There was no way to explain to this stranger how my mental illness had just gifted me with a magical moment. I realized it would have sounded a bit crazy, but that made sense. After all, I was a bit crazy. And I didn‘t even have to pretend to be good at it. I was a damn #natural.” #QuotsySep21

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TK-421
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“Brains are like toddlers. They are #wonderful and should be treasured, but that doesn‘t mean you should trust them to take care of you in an avalanche or process serotonin effectively.” #QuotsySep21

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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JenReadsAlot Her books are great! 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @JenReadsAlot I‘ve got to get to them!! 🤪 sooo many!! 3y
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Reynosa8701
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Starting this audiobook tonight!

GondorGirl I can't wait to hear what you think of it. I've probably given away more copies of this book than any other... it's phenomenal! 3y
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TK-421
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“Eating a #peach is like eating a newborn baby‘s head. In that it‘s all soft and fuzzy. Not that peaches taste like babies. I don‘t eat babies. Or peaches, actually. Because they remind me of eating babies. Vicious circle, really.” #QuotsyAug21

Prairiegirl_reading That‘s gross and hilarious. I doubt I‘ll be able to ever eat a peach again!! 3y
TK-421 @Prairiegirl_reading I know! I‘m sorry! 3y
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Kshakal
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💛🙌🏻💪🏻 3y
Eggs Good choice 📚👏🏻📚 3y
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TK-421
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“...if you are sick or in pain, your #exhaustion changes you and the number of spoons you have. Autoimmune disease or chronic pain...cuts down on your spoons. Depression or anxiety takes away even more. Maybe you only have six spoons to use that day. Sometimes you have even fewer. And you look at the things you need to do and realize that you don‘t have enough spoons to do them all.” #QuotsyJul21

Onceuponatime This really resonates! 3y
julesG It's cups in my analogy, but definitely fits. 😔 3y
DebinHawaii Great quote! 🥄🥄🥄🤍 3y
TK-421 @Onceuponatime @julesg It does for me too (edited) 3y
TK-421 @DebinHawaii Thanks! 3y
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KatieDid927
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I‘ve been kinda slumpy lately. This book helped. It was my first time reading this one, and although it didn‘t make me laugh quite as hard as Broken, I still loved it.

ItsAnotherJen Just started Broken today! I love this author 🥰 3y
KatieDid927 @ItsAnotherJen Me too! Broken was actually the first book of hers that I read, so now I‘m working my way backwards haha. 3y
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bookaholic1
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Bailedbailed

Listening to this walking, I found the author's voice very annoying. Horrible is my opinion.

KathyWheeler I can‘t finish an audiobook if I can‘t stand the narrator‘s voice. Some people even have pitches to their voices that hurt my ears. 3y
bookaholic1 @KathyWheeler I feel the exact same way...a smooth voice goes a long way 3y
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KatieDid927
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Chrissyreadit 🙌🎉😍🥳 3y
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KatieDid927
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Apparently books make decent pillows. #catsoflitsy

Liz_M Anything you want to pay attention to makes a good pillow! 😼 3y
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Rachiiebookdragon
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A great and hilarious at times book, with interesting insights into her life and struggling from depression and anxiety, amongst other things. 4/5 Read for #Whateveryouwantathon and for the Book Riot #ReadHarderChallenge2021

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TrishB
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Definitely a blame it on Litsy purchase. But #99p

squirrelbrain Ooh I‘ve had my eye on this author for a while.... 3y
TrishB @squirrelbrain I‘ve been lurking on the fence, but always jump off for 99p 😁 3y
Cathythoughts 👍🏻nice one Trish 3y
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rather_be_reading worth it! 3y
rockpools Rude not to really. Thanks Trish! 3y
Megabooks Enjoy!!!! 3y
BarbaraBB This book is all over the place. Enjoy! 3y
Caroline2 Oh thanks for the heads up. 😀 👍 3y
TrishB @Megabooks @BarbaraBB @Caroline2 not my usual type of read, but seems to be loved by a lot of people! 3y
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