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We Are the Ants
We Are the Ants | Shaun David Hutchinson
From the author to watch (Kirkus Reviews) of The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley comes a brand-new novel about a teenage boy who must decide whether or not the world is worth saving.Henry Denton has spent years being periodically abducted by aliens. Then the aliens give him an ultimatum: The world will end in 144 days, and all Henry has to do to stop it is push a big red button. Only he isnt sure he wants to. After all, life hasnt been great for Henry. His mom is a struggling waitress held together by a thin layer of cigarette smoke. His brother is a jobless dropout who just knocked someone up. His grandmother is slowly losing herself to Alzheimers. And Henry is still dealing with the grief of his boyfriends suicide last year. Wiping the slate clean sounds like a pretty good choice to him. But Henry is a scientist first, and facing the question thoroughly and logically, he begins to look for pros and cons: in the bully who is his perpetual one-night stand, in the best friend who betrayed him, in the brilliant and mysterious boy who walked into the wrong class. Weighing the pain and the joy that surrounds him, Henry is left with the ultimate choice: push the button and save the planet and everyone on itor let the worldand his painbe destroyed forever.
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Prettytears
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“Gravity is jealous, sadistic, and infinite.
Sometimes I think gravity may be death in disguise. Other times I think gravity is love, which is why love‘s only demand is that we fall."

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I‘m low key obsessed with hardcover books without their jackets. I love to see the small details that are put into the covers and the color choices that are made.

BarbaraBB Lovely photo! 6mo
hjreviews @BarbaraBB thank you! I don‘t have any bookshelves (or furniture really) since I moved so it‘s the closest I can get to a #shelfie 😂 6mo
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hjreviews
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⭐️5/5
If aliens gave you a chance to save the world that took away your significant other, would you? This YA novel touches on issues such as mental health, Alzheimer‘s, sexuality, bullying, and loss in a creative way. The sci-fi element is normally a turn off for me, but I LOVE it in this book.

chaoticgoodhufflepuff What a beautiful cover! 😍 6mo
hjreviews @blamethestardust I know we‘re not supposed to judge a book by its cover… but… books like this makes it so hard not to 😊 6mo
RaimeyGallant Big question! 6mo
Lisaw13 I loved this book ❤️ 6mo
Reggie I loved this book. I hurt so much for that main character. So much loss and hurt. Oof. 6mo
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awildreader
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Two miles and one chapter this morning. Also, I never posted my goals! Fitness: Walk three times a week, yoga every day, and reduce alcohol consumption. Reading: read/listen to ten books. I did modify my fitness goals—Originally I set a weight loss goal but behavior is more controllable than weight. The goals I chose are something I‘ve been working on for awhile but maybe the #bookfitnesschallenge will motivate me to actually achieve them!

wanderinglynn Weight loss will be a result, so you‘re right that focusing on behaviors is more important. 👍🏻 Great goals! 🙌🏻 7mo
marleed Well said! 7mo
Marina_h The right behaviour will often result in weight loss so you're focus and goals sounds just right! 7mo
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TheSpineView It is all about a lifestyle change! Good luck! 7mo
Clwojick These are fantastic goals! ♥️ 7mo
jillannjohn Great goals! 7mo
Cinfhen Great goals 7mo
kspenmoll Great!!! 7mo
Caterina Great goals, and good luck! It's definitely easier for me not to get discouraged when I focus on behaviors instead of results. 👍 7mo
BookwormAHN Great job 👏🏻 7mo
dariazeoli Good luck 🍀 some great goals! 7mo
awildreader Thanks, everyone! 7mo
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Sharanya
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Oh, this book totally wrenched my heart. Part ode to science, part philosophy, and all entirely full of vivid, beautiful narration, this story makes you think in so many different ways about so many different things — about family, about death, about love. A fantastic exploration of what it mean to find something to live for. ★★★★☆.

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Sharanya
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#currentlyreading | was looking for something light and breezy so of course my brain went for a doomsday book 😂♥️

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crazyspine
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Morbid opening to this novel; I like it.

RaimeyGallant I like it, too. 1y
tjwill I still need to read this! 1y
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rachelsbrittain
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12 books total
3 comics
3 ARCs
1 short story anthology
2 adult contemporary
2 fantasy
1 YA sci-fi

Considering I had a week and a half long slump in the middle, I'm fairly happy with my August reading.

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rachelsbrittain
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Any fellow bookstagrammers out there? My sister and I run a joint account, and we'd love to follow some fellow littens! Just leave your username in the comments or give us a follow over at Unassigned Reading and we'll follow you back 😊

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rachelsbrittain
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Well I absolutely devoured this book. Heartbreaking and lovely. Henry has been abducted by aliens for years, but when they give him the option of pressing a button to save the world from some unknown destruction, he isn't sure he wants to. Dark and heart wrenching at times, but ultimately hopeful. This is a story about learning to keep going and find the good in life, even when it seems like there's only bad left. 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

rachelsbrittain Trigger warnings for discussions of suicide, depression, and sexual assault. 1y
trioxin_sematary Oooo this sounds good! 😊 1y
rachelsbrittain @trioxin_sematary I really enjoyed it! Definitely recommended. 1y
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rachelsbrittain
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Who got a piping hot masala chai latte and immediately poured it all over their hands? That would be me! But at least I have an adorable mug, the rest of the chai, and a good book to make up for it.

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rachelsbrittain
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The prettiest coffee mug ever and some morning reading

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rachelsbrittain
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When you're stuck on the airport runway and the captain says who knows how long it will be, start a new book

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LaraReads
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Lots of time spent driving today. Luckily I had #Libby to keep me company. So thankful for my #publiclibrary and #overdrive. I am loving this book too! It is really great! 💕🎧📚🤓

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When I picked up this book, I expected the whole alien/sci-fi element to play a much bigger role. I was happy that the book actually turned out to be a down-to-earth examination of what it means to be alive in a universe where all of our actions are inevitably meaningless and the value of living after tragedy. I was also pleasantly surprised by the mature portrayal of the characters‘ various mental health issues, which is always nice to see.

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Book club, booze & brunch! 😎

monalyisha I am ALL about this! 🙌🏻🥞☕️📖 1y
Reggie I hope you‘re liking this book. This was a fave of mine from last year. 1y
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ruth_pell32
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Wow I‘ve only been on here for two days and everybody‘s been so great! Thanks for welcoming me into the community so quickly...I totally thought that nobody would pay any attention to me...🎉

KristinaRay Welcome! 🙂 1y
HufflepuffGirl90 Welcome to Litsy!!! We are so glad you‘re here!!! 💜📚😊 1y
Eggs Yay 😊 1y
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Dr._Who_number10 Welcome to Litsy!!! Love your name💕💕💕📚📚📚😊😊😊 1y
BookwormAHN Welcome to Litsy 😺 1y
batsy Yay! 🎉📚📚 1y
ruth_pell32 @Dr.Who_number10 thank you, I don‘t think anybody‘s ever told me that before!🙃 1y
BooknerdsLife Welcome to Litsy 🤗💗 I love this bookish community so much!!! 1y
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Librarybelle Welcome to Litsy! 1y
ruth_pell32 @Librarybelle thank you 😃 1y
ofclumsywords Welcome to Litsy!! 😊 1y
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rather_be_reading welcome to litsy!! 📚🎉📚 @LitsyWelcomeWagon 1y
KatieCarpenter Welcome!! 1y
RaimeyGallant And welcome to Litsy from me too! #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 1y
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 👋🏻🌸😊 1y
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ruth_pell32
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beach reads!

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ruth_pell32
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“Your entire sense of self-worth is predicated upon your belief that you matter, that you matter to the universe. But you don‘t. Because we are the ants.” We Are the Ants
-Shaun David Hutchinson

So this is my first post on here...getting into a ya book after just finishing some nonfiction. I just got a great app called Over that I‘m using to create pretty quotes- it‘s something I‘ve always wanted to do!!

BarbaraTheBibliophage Welcome to Litsy!! I‘m a fan of the Over app for graphics also. 👏🏻👏🏻 1y
GeekGirlOnAQuest Welcome to Litsy!! 1y
Smrloomis Welcome! 🎉 1y
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Tanzy13
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CMB Indeed...a good reminder for me personally at this time. Thank you. 2y
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RachLovesTV
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Both a deeply touching story of loss, grief, and misery, and an existential journey of self-discovery. Henry starts and ends the book saying the same words: "When we're gone, the world will forget we ever existed. It doesn't matter." What changes over the course of 6 months is what he *means* by those words. In the end, "we may not get to choose how we die, but we *can* choose how we live." Our future is yet unwritten.

RachLovesTV Thanks to @Lisaw13 for another great #freakyfriday pick! I'm still making my way through them, slowly but surely. ☺️ 2y
Lisaw13 So glad you liked it - so many feels 2y
Reggie Oh man, I loved this book. Henry was going through so much. 2y
RachLovesTV @Lisaw13 All the feels!! @Reggie That poor kid, I just wanted to give him so many hugs. 2y
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fleeting
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I'm a regular reader of YA fic, and I admit mostly as a break from academic books, but this one is a perfect hit for me. Everything in this pile is lovely, the other (academic again) favorite being Medicine in Art. Gorgeous artworks depicting medicine.

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rachelsbrittain
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Oops I may have discovered Book Outlet 😬

swishandflick It's dangerous 😂 2y
Captivatedbybooks Book depository is dangerous for me 2y
kate_reads Welcome to the dark side. We have cheap books 😈 2y
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Jess7 Hahahaha! Oops indeed! 🤣🤣🤣 2y
rachelsbrittain @swishandflick @kate_reads @Jess7 yeahh I think this is going to be a dangerous discovery for me... the prices are just so amazing! How am I supposed to say no to that? 😅😅 2y
rachelsbrittain @Captivatedbybooks book depository is also great! Anywhere I can get discount books is a place I love haha 2y
Jess7 Yeah that combined with my strong opposition to paying shipping costs leads me to purchase at least $35 worth every time I order. #booknerdproblems 😂 2y
Captivatedbybooks I actually compare prices between book depository & book outlet there can be a $2-$3 difference so i split up my orders lol 2y
mrozzz Hehe 😉 2y
rachelsbrittain @Jess7 yeah that's exactly what happened to me 😂 2y
rachelsbrittain @Captivatedbybooks oh interesting! I may have to start doing that too 2y
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michiganvol
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Ice storm warning in effect until midday tomorrow? Happy spring...I guess it's a night in with a new read found via Litsy! ❄️📚🍷 #SaturdayNightIn #SpringWhereYouAt

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swishandflick
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This book is the perfect embodiment of why I love Litsy so much. I don't think I ever would have thought to pick this up were it not for the suggestions of some of you. But I LOVED IT. It broke my heart, it made me laugh, it made me think. 🌌🔭

I'm so grateful to be a part of a community that's introduced me to so many wonderful books 🤗

Reggie I loved this book, and felt so bad for Henry. Same, I hadn‘t heard of this until Litsy either. 2y
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MsLeah8417
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The description on this book is so interesting. I think I will add this to my porch reads for this summer. Some books seem to be a perfect fit for reading outdoors😊📖

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knzii
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" I can‘t help thinking that if we live long enough,we‘ll all eventually forget the lives we‘ve lived. The faces of people closest to us, the memories we swore we‘d hold on to for the rest of our lives. First kisses and last kisses and all the passion between the years."

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kissxxmyxxconverse
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So, this is embarrassing. I thought Litsy didn‘t work on iPhone X for some reason, so I‘ve been gone 😂 buuuut I just hit my goal of 50 books this year and this one is badass! Not a bad book to finish with

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Skyrimir
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Just borrowed this. I‘m almost 100 pages in and loving it.

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Anarack
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Good read

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justareader
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This is one of those rare books which resonates with your soul and makes you sad because it ended. I am in awe of the author. This was the first book I read by him and look forward to devour of all his books as soon as I can. Very rare books have such a beautiful yet sad feeling of rawness to them.
Definitely recommended!

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justareader
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This book is worth all the angst it is putting me through.

RaimeyGallant Good to know! 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're interested. :) 2y
justareader @RaimeyGallant Thanks a lot! Will definitely go through it. :D 2y
RaimeyGallant Looking forward to your posts. :) 2y
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I've been having bad luck with audiobooks lately, but I'm really liking this one so far. It's YA about a teen boy who is having a really hard time--his boyfriend committed suicide about a year ago, he's bullied, and he has family issues. Oh, and he also gets repeatedly abducted by aliens, who want him to decide whether or not he should let the world end. Such a good premise, and I just want to give the main character a hug.

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amma-keep-reading
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" Sometimes I think gravity may be death in disguise. Other times I think gravity is love, which is why love's only demand is the we fall."

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Only on page six, but this book is hilarious.

Reggie Omg, I love this book. This poor kid goes through a lot. And so will you. Lol, hope you enjoy it. 2y
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Mariposa_Bookworm
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I found the best keychain at today's local Holly Day Fair!! SN: The tagged book is my current read and it is phenomenal!!!!

BethM Soooo jealous! 2y
Emiller 💕 2y
LeahBergen Love it! 2y
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CrowCAH I agree! 😁 2y
UwannaPublishme 😍👍🏻 2y
TNbookworm Love this💕 2y
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Lisaw13
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#7777giveaway @Booksandcooks - I'm not a huge 5 star rater - it takes a lot to get that from me, but this is the last one I thought was just amazing.

Megabooks I loved this one earlier this year. The audio was amazing. 2y
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jessidee
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This Grasshopper Jungle allusion makes me wonder what other references I missed...

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jessie1287
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August TBR

Let's see if I can get it done haha

GlassAsDiamonds "Ohh, that's a good one. Hmm, need to look that up. Blegh, wasn't a fan, OMG I HATE THAT BOOK SO MUCH, hey cool loved that one" ---> me, reading your TBR (but I love the Bingo Card layout!!!! ????). 2y
jessie1287 @GlassAsDiamonds omg which one did you hate??? Lol 2y
GlassAsDiamonds ? It'll probably win me "Unpopular Opinion of the Month" but... The Handmaids Tale. I just wanted to scream "FIGHT MF'er, FIGHT" at the main character almost all the way through, she drove me completely crazy and I hated almost every moment of the book. (Okay, so yes, I was not bonding with her, we are polar opposite personality types. The friend I buddy read with loved it though). 2y
jessie1287 @GlassAsDiamonds I've started that book 4 times so far and keep putting it down cause I can't get into it at all so I'm not surprised to hear you say that lol. 2y
GlassAsDiamonds Ha! And here I thought I was alone in that unpopular opinion!!! 😊😊😊😊 Good luck getting through it this time around (I'd recommend the book not an eReader.... a book is cheaper to throw at a wall!! 😉😉😉). 2y
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jessie1287
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"Two possibilities exist: Either we are alone in the universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying."

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PacingTheCage
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I loved this book ❤! I hate how I can't fix my pics on #litsy😠

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bookishmie
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Currently reading #wearetheants and I love it so far! Not what I expected, but then again I don't really think I had any expectations because it has stood on my #bookshelf for six months. 😂😇

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Susanne
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Challenge 2: A hyped book ... I've been hearing about We Are The Ants all over the place. #booktubeathon

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Reggie
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Because I'm a sucker for this kind of writing. The main character loves science and most of the chapters start with an extended science metaphor. Love it.

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Reggie
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It's not often I feel compelled to read a 450 pg book overnight but then I found We Are the Ants. Henry is a teenager whose boyfriend committed suicide, whose grandmother has Alzheimer's, whose father left his family 3 years ago. AND Henry routinely gets abducted by aliens who have shown him when the world will end and have shown him the button that he has to push to stop it, but will he? This book..... Just wow. The whole book...beautiful.

rohit-sawant This sounds fascinating! Stacked! 2y
Reggie @rohit-sawant It's amazing!!!! 2y
Laalaleighh This sounds so good! Stacking!! 📚 2y
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CouronneDhiver Haha! Wow, that's a lot going on in one book! 2y
minkyb Whoa! 2y
Reggie @CouronneDhiver @minkyb I left a lot out. 2y
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BookishJess
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#ebook #bookhaul 📚 My most recent Kindle purchases over the last week or so. All Kindle daily or monthly deals.

👉🏻 Heads up that We Are the Ants is $1.99 today only! It's been on my #TBR forever.

See any favorites? 😁

Debiw781 I picked up We Are Ants on that deal too 2y
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