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Where the Crawdads Sing
Where the Crawdads Sing | Delia Owens
Fans of Barbara Kingsolver will love this stunning debut novel from a New York Times bestselling nature writer, about an unforgettable young woman determined to make her way in the wilds of North Carolina, and the two men that will break her isolation open. For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. She's barefoot and wild; unfit for polite society. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark. But Kya is not what they say. Abandoned at age ten, she has survived on her own in the marsh that she calls home. A born naturalist with just one day of school, she takes life lessons from the land, learning from the false signals of fireflies the real way of this world. But while she could have lived in solitude forever, the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. Drawn to two young men from town, who are each intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world--until the unthinkable happens. In Where the Crawdads Sing, Owens juxtaposes an exquisite ode to the natural world against a heartbreaking coming of age story and a surprising murder investigation. Thought-provoking, wise, and deeply moving, Owens's debut novel reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.
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MColvin
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Good book!

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Kaylamburson
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It is rare that you find a book with this many ratings on Goodreads and 0 are one star and only 1% are two stars. Owens does an incredible job of writing characters that come to life alongside her evocative setting, and it seems to be universally engrossing.
It took me a few chapters to engage, but when I did, I couldnt stop. Not many authors can pull off telling a story that encompasses a character's full life, but Owens suceeds!

LeeRHarry Loved this one - glad it is getting a wide audience 😊 1d
cherinium This book skyrocketed to the top of my list of favorites. It touched me on so many levels! 1d
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JuliaReadsSometimes
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I absolutely loved this book! I was fighting back tears in the end.

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Songbird72
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I liked this book but didn't love it like so many have. But it's a good summer read. The author's prose was beautiful.

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heidisreads
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Bought this because the waitlist was so long at the library and we are going to discuss it at bookclub this summer. It was worth every penny.

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Allthebookclubs
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I really enjoyed this book. The character and plot development were AMAZING! Spoiler alert...I had a feeling (but was still unsure) it might‘ve been Kya when she slugged those boys with the jars for messing with Jumpin. I rooted for her the entire time. I‘ll reread this one over the years. Book 25 of 2019

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Recommended4Reading
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Great read!!! A realistic fiction book about a child that grows into a woman and the life she led impacted by abandonment, survival and the natural world set in the marshes of North Carolina. It combines the nature and nurture theories into one developed woman. Author is very detailed in the vision, emotion and natural setting. For thoughts on how I was impacted by the book: https://recommended-4.com/reading/where-the-crawdads-sing-2/

Kaylamburson Great review. And Welcome to Litsy!!!! #litsywelcomewagon @LitsyWelcomeWagon 20h
Recommended4Reading @Kaylamburson Excited to be here! 20h
BarbaraTheBibliophage Welcome! This is one of 2019 favorites so far! 19h
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LitsyWelcomeWagon Welcome to Litsy! Hope these #Litsytips by @RaimeyGallant http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU are helpful. There‘s so many fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more! #LitsyWelcomeWagon
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Chelleo Welcome! The how-to videos show how to screen grab pics to repost. Let me know if you have any questions! 7h
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LauraRenae
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Took me a bit to get fully immersed but it was fantastic once I was. Highly recommend and similar to The Great Alone. #ATY2019 #senseofplace

Kaylamburson Wonderful photo!! Did you take this?? 1d
LauraRenae Nope, just from google 😊 1d
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ABookGeek
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Got this lovely for Mother‘s Day. Better late than never.

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Howseldomtheydo
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On Vacation, got lots of reading done on the plane but walking, not so much. Did a short hike today, the altitude tired me out!! #litsywalkers ps. Loving this book so far 🙃 #BoulderColorado

krismlars I went to CU and lived outside of Boulder until 2 years ago. This picture makes me so happy (and equally sad). 4d
Howseldomtheydo @krismlars It‘s beautiful!!! 4d
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"Under those circumstances people behave differently."

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DrSpalding
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@AndreaG I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Thanks for the push to finally read it. Loving nature and being in a kayak myself, I loved that Kya took the circumstances she was dealt as the Marsh Girl, and made the most of them. She was so strong in the face of immense adversity and inevitably became a published author. I do wish we knew more of the love story that was her and Tate but knowing they lived a good life together was enough. ❤️📚

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BOOK BUZZ: This Book is getting rave reviews by our readers!

rretzler Welcome to Litsy! 📖 3d
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome back to Litsy 📖💖 3d
CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 3d
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I mean... yeah 💁🏻‍♀️

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QueenJen That's awesome! And very timely! 1w
MallloCup I have to read this book! Haha 1w
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Canndor
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I really enjoyed the life story of the Marsh Girl. I found the murder mystery aspect a lot less interesting. Everything after the trial felt rushed.

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Gdsjenny
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I loved this book. I read it in 1 day and I never saw the ending coming. Books that can surprise me are the best!

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mgdenmark
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Definitely a must read!

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Half way through this book and I am loving it! 🤓

Rachel.Rencher Such a beautiful book 😍 1w
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ELH
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“It didn‘t fit that anyone who liked birds would be mean.”

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akaGingerK
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The peer pressure got to me! Oddly, the main character Kya becomes more of a cypher as the story goes on, and it elides a lot of how she became the adult version of herself. But Kya‘s love for the salt marshes-combined with the author‘s natural history knowledge-carries the book.

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This grid represents the four categories for the 2019 Reading Envy Summer Reading challenge - will you join in?

https://tinyurl.com/ReadingEnvy153

saresmoore Heck yes! 1w
Simona Probably yes. 1w
Cathythoughts I would like to try 👍🏻 1w
Cathythoughts I have 1. Delta Wedding ( swampy) 3. Chronicle of the Murdered House ( translated) 4. 84 Charing Cross ( true ) ... I just bend to pick a “ Blue” and I can post my square 👍🏻♥️exciting (edited) 1w
ReadingEnvy @Cathythoughts great work!! 7d
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KarenO
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I‘ve heard such great things about this, and I‘m sorry I didn‘t like it better but the story was basically meh (trite, perhaps?) and the dialogue was awful. However, the author is a wildlife scientist who has written bestsellers on those topics and when writing about the natural world, for example, the mating habits of fireflies, the writing sings.
If this hadn‘t been a group pick, I might not have finished. And would have missed the fireflies.

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HotCocoaReads
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Mostly I loved this book and the story definitely kept my interest, but sometimes Kya spouting off poetry randomly bugged me: I mean, I love poetry, but that whole part of the story didn‘t really make sense until the very ending. It does read like a YA love story and I‘m not sure which genre this fits into, but I still really liked it! Can‘t wait for the movie!

Lady_Tigana_20 I hated those poems, but its inclusion made sense at the end. 2w
MrBook Great pic and review! 2w
Cinfhen Stunning photo but your review makes me nervous for this book. I don‘t think im gonna love it 🙄 2w
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HotCocoaReads @Lady_Tigana_20 The poems just seemed misplaced and didn‘t really do much for the story as it went along. I don‘t think that surprise at the end was really worthwhile 1w
HotCocoaReads @MrBook Thank you! I still really liked the book! 😀 1w
HotCocoaReads @Cinfhen You still should read it and decide for yourself. If you don‘t like poetry, just skip over the poems and it won‘t change the story at all. I promise it‘s still a good story! 😀 1w
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KristenDuck
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Sorry but no.

I am 100% in the minority but I am warning you: don‘t waste your time.

I‘m sorry to be blunt but let‘s be real:

Kya‘s family has left her alone to survive in the marsh.

Since she lives alone, she befriends nature.

She meets a boy, he leaves her. Meets another boy, he leaves her. I think we‘re supposed to feel bad for her?

But I don‘t like her enough.

And the “twists?” I called them way early on.

So to sum it up: pass.

JessNevertheless Another vocal minority chiming in on this one! I hated this book, it seemed so unrealistic: the child abandonment and the love plots were ridiculous in my opinion 2w
KristenDuck @JessNevertheless Thank you for agreeing!! I completely understand where you‘re coming from - I was rolling my eyes left and right lol 2w
JessNevertheless @KristenDuck I have never rolled my eyes so much for a book before haha. I'm glad you wrote this post, always feels a bit weird to hate a book everyone loves but in this case I have a feeling people who wouldn't like it wouldn't have read it to begin with. I would have never read this if my book club didn't pick it 2w
KristenDuck @JessNevertheless my book club had picked it as well! I just do not understand what the hype was about - sooo sloooowww lol 2w
Kaye I like an honest review. It‘s better to have differing viewpoints for those yet to purchase it. I‘ve got it but haven‘t even started it. 1w
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kelseynicburke
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Great start. I love when books have maps 🗺

Kitty_Rochsmith Me too 😍 2w
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kelseynicburke
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Excited to start this book after hearing so many good things. But also a bit nervous that it‘ll be a letdown because it‘s been built up so much. We‘ll see! PS only a cat would prefer to sleep on a scratchy notebook than a nice comfy bed 🤨 #sillyluna #catsoflitsy

Lovesbooks87 It was so good. It took a while to get into it but once I did I couldn't put it down! 2w
rretzler 😻 1w
Vinjii Awwwww 🐱 1w
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Mdargusch
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This book has some of my favorite elements - a coming of age story, a sweet love story, and a possible murder mystery. I fell in love with Kya and her story of abandonment and survival. Yes this book lives up to the hype for me!

Thankfully, the puppies took a long nap so I could finish the book.

JohannaRose Aww your puppy is so cute! And I also really enjoyed this book! I agree it lives up to the hype! 2w
TrishB 💜 glad you enjoyed it. 2w
Reviewsbylola I need to post about this one. Great book! 6d
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KimberlyFish
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Loved this novel! No mystery why it‘s getting rave reviews

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forestandcrow
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Let's do this. I have heard so much about this book. A couple people at work said I need to read it.

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Cortg
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Best book I‘ve read in a looooooong time! Beautifully written, heart wrenching at times with waves of emotions. I‘m a bit of a mess right now.

BennettBookworm Totally agree!!!! 2w
Cathythoughts It‘s so good ♥️👍🏻 2w
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Sahar
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Still processing how this book made me feel, and what I took most away from the story. For me, this book amplified the strength of the spirit—battling the loneliness of the heart...to endure in a space of isolation without apology, and facing the challenges that come from not belonging to the pack, yet thriving in the authentic.

RaimeyGallant Interesting. It's on my list. 6d
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eliseinwonderland
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This book made me feel. Though Kya‘s is a story of specific experiences that I cannot exactly relate to, at its core hers is a story in which I found pieces of myself.
Some parts do drag on, with detailed descriptions of flora and fauna, and some things that seem mundane and unimportant to the storytelling, though almost everything connects in the end.
All-in-all, this is a brilliantly and beautifully written novel. #WhereTheCrawdadsSing

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Mdargusch
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Kya has a #lustforlife in the swamp. I will be sad when this book is over because the imagery and story are beautifully woven together. Kya knows every leaf, shell, and feather in her swamp since she has nothing else, having been deserted by everyone she loves.

#maymoviemagic

TrishB I loved this one 💕 2w
Cinfhen Should I do print or audio??? I‘m worried this book won‘t live up to the hype. Gorgeous imagery 2w
rohit-sawant Need to read this one soon! Stacked it long ago. 2w
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Reviewsbylola Just got a copy today! 2w
Mdargusch I was afraid of the same thing @Cinfhen and I‘m pleasantly surprised- for me it lives up to the hype. I‘m surprised this is the authors first novel. I also think either print or audio. And @TrishB loved it so... 2w
TrishB Of course there are always done we disagree on @Cinfhen 😁😘 2w
Cinfhen I‘m sort of waiting for a daily deal @Mdargusch @TrishB because I have a feeling my expectations are not going to be met 😿😾 2w
TrishB @Cinfhen @Mdargusch I think I read immediately before all the hype...otherwise I would probably feel the same! 2w
Mdargusch That makes sense @Cinfhen 2w
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Allthebookclubs
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Did I really just hear the word “fleekest??” Seriously? I‘ve heard this is a great book, but fleekest?!?!

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Wow!! Crawdads hit 2 million copies already. This book barely came out in August 2018! Congrats Delia Owens!

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bewareofwords
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Wow. Even with all the hype surrounding this book, I was so impressed with this book. I loved Kya and enjoyed seeing her story unfold! A bittersweet story that really pulled me in and had me rooting for the happiness of the characters.
#bookishbingo: Theme of motherhood (since Kya‘s relationship with her mother was so central to the story and her development)

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“She knew the years of isolation had altered her behavior until she was different from others, but it wasn't her fault she'd been alone. Most of what she knew, she'd learned from the wild. Nature had nurtured, tutored, and protected her when no one else would.”

#ThereWasThisGirl #AMonthofSongs

If you haven‘t met Kya you should!! She will steal your heart 🧡🧡🧡

OriginalCyn620 I keep hearing good things about this one! 2w
Lady_Tigana_20 We read this for my book club. Two of the four of us liked it. I can‘t wait to see how the film turns out. 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620 there are mixed reviews, but I loved it! 2w
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Cathythoughts ♥️👍🏻Loved this one 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Cathythoughts me too 🧡🧡🧡🧡 2w
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What??? 981 on the hold list!! I should probably just buy it.

baes It is worth buying. I don‘t usually re-read books, but I think I just may one day. 2w
swishandflick I definitely with this a lot for my library too! Hope they have a lot of copies! 2w
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DGRachel On the bright side, you don‘t have to wait for Sonali Dev‘s book because the post office said it should be there Friday. 😉 2w
Graciouswarriorprincess @JanuarieTimewalker13 @swishandflick @baes. Thank you. I have plenty of other books to read but just couldn‘t believe that number. @DGRachel You are the best!!!! 2w
JanuarieTimewalker13 But that is truly a testament to how good the book is. I have to read this one!! It says for fans of Barbara Kingsolver, I‘ve only read one of her books, but I own a bind up that I still need to get to. That‘s the thing, most of us have owned books we need to get to! Maybe I‘ll get to this one by year end. The demand should be reasonable by then! 2w
Aseleener My library has almost 3,000 waiting for the Kindle version. 😲 2w
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Forgot to post the map!!

rjsthumbelina Just seeing Jumpin's name brings back good memories ❤️ 2w
Laura317 Ah, I didn‘t know there was a map! I “read” the Audible version. 2w
rather_be_reading @Laura317 i hate when that happens! 2w
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5 STARS - I have no idea why I hadn‘t read this book already. My only question is ‘What the heck was I waiting for‘?

This is one of those books that lives up to its hype and then some. Oh m‘gravy this was a good read - one that I inhaled in two days.

My review: http://thebakingbookworm.blogspot.com/2019/05/where-crawdads-sing.html?m=1

Thanks to my local public library for providing me with this copy to read.

Mdargusch I‘m at the halfway mark and I will be sad when this one ends. I hope the author writes another novel soon! 2w
Bakingbookworm Me too! I‘m always happy to find a debut novelist who writes so well. This one took me by surprise. 2w
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Study or read for pleasure? 🤔
#WhereTheCrawdadsSing #decisionsdecisions

Mdargusch Do a little of both. I say reward yourself with Crawdads after you do your work. 😁 2w
eliseinwonderland @Mdargusch I did just that 🙂 2w
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Wow!! I cant believe I waited this long to read this one! The hype is real on this one. I absolutely loved the character Kya and how heart wrenching the story was from beginning to end. Definitely a must read!! I really liked the trial part of it because i love legal and was cheering for Tom the whole time.

SassyPants617 I recently finished this! The ending was great. And I loved Kya. Definitely my favorite character. 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love Kya!!! 🧡🧡 2w
Lsmoore43 I loved this book also. It was my favorite read all last year. And I read some very good books too. 2w
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Mdargusch I‘m halfway through this and I‘m sorry I‘ve waited so long to read it too! 2w
rather_be_reading @SassyPants617 so good! i loved Kya too! 2w
rather_be_reading @Lsmoore43 its definitely on my favorite list! 2w
Lsmoore43 @rather_be_reading you will love it. It was just such a good book from start to finish. The end will most likely blow your mind. Maybe. 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m happy you loved it!!!! ❤️❤️❤️ 2w
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Last line: Way out yonder, where the crawdads sing.

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Nature had nurtured, tutored, and protected her when no else would.

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Packing and unpacking within a single tide. As sand creatures do.

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Oddly, the sweet, freshly turned earth smelled more like a beginning than an end.

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You can't get hurt when you love someone from the other side...

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....there he laid the blanket under ferns as large as umbrellas.

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I love a good slow day at work bc it means extra reading time!!

Rayleigh_LitAp Those are the best days! 2w
Djspens Lol that's what I'm trying to do but the customers and co-workers won't go away! I do own the business but it probably wouldn't look good if I just sat at my desk and read 😜🤷‍♀️ 2w
rather_be_reading @Djspens 🤣🤣 haha i know those pesky coworkers! 2w
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