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Where'd You Go, Bernadette
Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel | Maria Semple
Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle--and people in general--has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic.To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence--creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter's role in an absurd world.
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catsuit_mango
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OK so the library card is renewed... But I ended up with 2 new books on my TBR...

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Karisimo
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Dare I say it? I thought the movie was actually better than the book!

@BookmarkTavern
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BookmarkTavern A very fun pick! Thanks for answering! 2mo
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Eggs Perfecto 👌🏼👌🏼 3mo
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Mehso-so

I‘m always late to the party… I‘ll be honest, I‘m not always the best with satire. I enjoyed this and then I hit a certain plot device with Elgin‘s admin and I felt like it became too goofy. I loved Bernadette‘s relationship with her daughter. I liked the setup of the narrative. I just almost DNF‘d about 3/4 of the way through and muscled my way to the end. 😕 One more book of Mount TBR, though. ☺️ May #BookSpin #52BookClub #ABookAboutSecrets

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 7mo
AshleyHoss820 @TheAromaofBooks Thank you! I had to change some things around to fit the prompts, but I‘m getting caught up! ☺️ 7mo
TheAromaofBooks Sometimes you just have to make a challenge work for you!! 7mo
AshleyHoss820 @TheAromaofBooks Absolutely! It‘s part of the fun! ☺️ 7mo
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LaurenAsh
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Sunglasses Day...this cover immediately popped into my head!

marleed One of my all-time favorite covers! 10mo
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Kshakal
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Eggs 🖤🤎💛💙 12mo
fredamans great minds.... lol.... 12mo
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bthegood
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Story told through faxes, emails, documents, and Bernadette's daughter Bee fills in the rest. This is not what I expected - I thought it was a murder type mystery - no it's about a woman who is a genius and possibly dealing with mental health issues and how she (Bernadette) and her family, and her arch enemy Audrey, deal with it. Funny, smart, very good read.⬇️

Make a great day everyone 🌞

bthegood Last book for April #BookSpinBingo
Met goal for #20in4 readathon
First book for #AlphabeticalBingo
thanks to all the hosts: @TheAromaofBooks @Andrew65 @Clwojick
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Soubhiville I enjoyed this one too. 12mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! 12mo
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bthegood @Soubhiville 👍 🙂 12mo
Andrew65 Sounds intriguing! Well done 👏👏👏 12mo
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bthegood
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#20in4 thanks for hosting @Andrew65 - plan to finish tagged book, which will bring April #BookSpinBingo (thanks for hosting @TheAromaofBooks ) to an end for me - a very good reading month -

Make a great day everyone -😊

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 12mo
Andrew65 Best of luck 😁 12mo
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bthegood
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My plans for the rest of April and then I'm ready for May #BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks - I have really enjoyed the books I've read this month,
no duds😊
Make a great day everyone 📚

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 12mo
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Soubhiville
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Fun! I loved the characters, even the “bad guys” were quirky and relatable. I know I‘m late to the game with this one. I‘m glad I finally pulled it off the shelf, thanks to #booked2023 #startswithaVorW.

BiblioLitten This was a fun, quirky read. I quite enjoyed it. The movie is worth watching too! 12mo
JenReadsAlot Still on my kindle to read.... 12mo
Cinfhen Hurray!!! Fun choice 😁 12mo
MaureenMc I loved this one! 12mo
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katiekat311
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I loved everything about this book. I absorbed it and read it so fast. Character development was great, it catches you by surprise, it can be relatable. It‘s hilarious, it‘s heartbreaking and throw in dysfunction..it‘s really the whole package.

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AileenRR
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Watched the movie first and LOVED it. Then listened to the book to get more details. I bet I wouldn‘t like Bernadette in person, but I admired her genius and her relationship with her daughter 💖

AvidReader25 I loved this one on audio and I felt like they did a wonderful job with the movie! 1y
AileenRR @AvidReader25 Bernadette is a hoot! The movie is definitely rewatchable (edited) 1y
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MatchlessMarie
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Starting my December #TBRTarot book because I can‘t remember where I set the one I was gonna read today 😈 The prompt is “has a blurb that starts with It”. This is actually one of the books that I received from my first ever Litsy swap so it‘s been waiting a long time to be read. #WinterReadathon Also it‘s nice to be using my patio again while it‘s cool enough.

Andrew65 Hope you have a great reading time on your patio. 🎄🎄🎄 1y
DieAReader ♥️📚♥️ 1y
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TorieStorieS
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I finished this one just in time before tomorrow‘s #BookClub meeting! I didn‘t realize at first that this book is a decade old already- but a few technology references do date this. Otherwise it‘s a funny epistolary novel that really works well with this lively audio performance! A few things seemed there just for the added drama, but overall I enjoyed listening while decorating for the holidays!

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Karisimo
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On the lighter side of #breakdown moments. An enjoyable read, but dare I say it… the movie was better!!!

#indeliblemoments
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I need to read this!! 2y
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Kshakal
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Eggs Perfect 👍🏼 2y
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Magdalenka
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“My heart started racing, not the bad kind of heart racing, like I'm going to die. But the good kind of heart racing, like, Hello, can I help you with something? If not, please step aside because I'm about to kick the shit out of life.”

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TheSpineView
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#Movie2BookRecs @klou
Prompt: Kramer vs. Kramer

Klou I've heard of this book but don't think I've ever taken the time to properly read the synopsis... well I just did and wow, it sounds so good! Great choice!! 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Another one on the #tbr!

#Epistolary
#BookMoods

💙📚😎🌸

Caroline2 Oh I loved this one. 👍 2y
Eggs It‘s unique👏🏻 2y
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Kshakal
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Eggs Perfect 👍🏼 2y
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TheSpineView
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Eggs Perfect 🤩 2y
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Elizabeth2
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Bernadette is a ball of anxious energy. She‘s quirky, a bit annoying and arrogant. She‘s on the brink of a meltdown. Her daughter Bee and her husband are left to pick up the pieces after she disappears. This is an epistolary novel, told through letters and e-mails that Bee has compiled. In a way, they are a love letter to her mom. I had a hard time connecting with any of the characters, but the story was engaging and funny at times. ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 / 5

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LapReader
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I was very surprised by how much I enjoyed reading this book for Stockton Book Club these holidays. Bernadette made me laugh. It was a quick read for me. Now to watch the movie…

IuliaC I enjoyed this one too! Love your photo! 2y
Cathythoughts Lovely pic ❤️ 2y
Jeg I‘ve read most of her books , if not all, and enjoyed them . 2y
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Elizabeth2
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Quiet time on the Rehoboth Bay. ❤️📚 Love girls‘ weekend with my besties, who are also readers!

Took a 2 hour kayak tour earlier today at the Burton‘s Island Trailhead, then a delicious lunch in Rehoboth.

kspenmoll Lokks so peaceful! 2y
Elizabeth2 @kspenmoll it really was. Water on three sides of our little cottage. Quiet with just the sounds of the birds. 2y
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Elizabeth2
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Enjoying the back patio after some spring cleanup. Now it‘s time to relax. Will be using this space for a fire pit night later. Meeting our oldest son‘s GF‘s parents for the first time tonight. 😊❤️📚

Just starting to get the rhythm of this epistolary novel.

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Elizabeth2
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Getting in a little reading time before tackling some chores. Dinner out tonight for our annual “Sibling Dinner” (instead of giving Christmas gifts to each other, my brothers and our spouses choose to spend time together and go out to a really nice dinner). A little delayed this year. It‘s always a fabulous night; we have so much fun together! Looking forward to it, but won‘t get much reading time today. 🤷‍♀️❤️📚

BookBabe Love that! So much better than typical gifts. ❤️ 2y
Elizabeth2 @BookBabe we‘ve been doing it for years. With kids, and jobs, and life…the gift of each others‘ time is really precious. I highly recommend it! I did something similar for my bestie‘s 50th bday. A BFF date every month for the year. ❤️ 2y
BookBabe @Elizabeth2 ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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Elizabeth2
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Reading this one next. It‘s been on my TBR for a while, and it‘s lined up on my #bookspinbingo board in the most likely spot to achieve a bingo, as the 4th book to be read in a line. ❤️📚 Looking forward to finally reading it!

EvieBee I‘ve put this one off too, although I‘m pretty sure it‘s a book I‘d love. Hope you enjoy! 2y
BarbaraBB I enjoyed it more than I thought I would 2y
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PaperbackPirate
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Today‘s #SavvySettings prompt is Remote Inn.

💙 this book.

😎 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
😎 @Eggs

Eggs Clever 👏🏻😎📚 2y
Hooked_on_books Cute pic! 2y
PaperbackPirate Thank you @Eggs ! 🙌 2y
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LapReader
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On Thurs night I had a surprise night off ballet. The weather in my city has been pretty bad so my teacher cancelled & when I‘m happy or sad I go op shopping! The dress cost more than I usually pay at the op shop but it still had the tag on it. Worth $120 & I got it for $55! My nickname is Lil so I had to have the shirt signed by an artist to another Lil. Ha! The shark tooth earrings are to make my fishing obsessed nephew think I‘m cool. ❤️ hats.

DinoMom The dress is gorgeous! 2y
LapReader Grand total $88.50 2y
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AutumnRLS
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February round up!
Where'd You Go, Bernadette 5 ⭐️'s
Couldn't put it down. Started at 7pm finished @ 5am. Next day was rough, but worth it.

Deal Breaker 3 ⭐️'s
Classic noir. Language surrounding sex work doesn't age well.

The Ninties 4 ⭐️'s
Fun book. But having lived through it, there wasn't much in here that I didn't already know.

The Anthropocene Reviewed 5⭐️'s
Essays both broad and specific with a mix of memoir and interesting facts.

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jillannjohn
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The unusual format put me off the first time I attempted to read this but I picked it up for book club and am enjoying it so far. Bernadette makes me anxious but I‘m starting to like her this time…

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carolpharmd
Pickpick

Lots of detail, liked the “letter-writing” theme that carries throughout ~~~ 1st person got a little confusing at times. Normally, it is Bee, but at times “I” is another character(s) ~ especially during a letter. Made me pay attention!

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JenlovesJT47
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This has been on my TBR forever. I‘m not gonna lie, things have been pretty craptastic around here lately and I needed something to make me laugh. This was on a bunch of funniest books list and I figured, why not? 🤷🏻‍♀️ Guys, I freaking loved this book! It has an underlying tinge of sadness to it but I love the characters. Bee is a little badass and I wish I had her spunk at that age. The #audiobook was so good! So many lol moments. 😅 5⭐️

IamIamIam LOVED this!! My husband's work wife read it & said she needed to talk to someone about it so I got the assignment. 😂 Bernadette was hysterical & I can't think about Craftsman homes without giggling! 2y
JenlovesJT47 @IamIamIam yes!! I had to get my sister to read it so I had somebody to talk to about it. 😆 So funny! Have you seen the movie? 2y
mabell I hope things are less craptastic soon!❤️ 2y
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JenlovesJT47 @mabell thank you!! ❤️🤗🥰 2y
emilymorrs Totally agree! This book was fun and upbeat and such an interesting way to organize the book. 2y
emilymorrs & movie?! I must find! 2y
JenlovesJT47 @emilymorrs yes! The book is so funny! I don‘t know if you have it but the movie is on Hulu. I‘m hoping to get to it this week! 🤗 2y
emilymorrs Ohhh! I do! I‘ll add this to my list ! Thanks @JenlovesJT47 ! 2y
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sarahbellum
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#12booksof2021

After a slow start to the year, this was the book that helped kick my reading into high gear. Super entertaining and my favorite for #April

@Andrew65

Andrew65 Looks fun. 2y
PaperbackPirate I loved this book too! 🕶 2y
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Bookwormjillk
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Daisy and I enjoyed reading this #LMPBC book yesterday and are packing it up. Hoping to get it to the post office this week, but if that doesn‘t work out I‘ll take it early next week.

Crazeedi I have to get mine read, argghhhh!! 2y
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slategreyskies
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I mailed this off today. Tracking says it should arrive on Monday. #LMPBC :)

Crazeedi Mine in mail very soon 2y
slategreyskies @Crazeedi okay, sounds good! I‘ll be on the lookout for it! :) 2y
Bookwormjillk I got this yesterday. Thanks! 2y
slategreyskies @Bookwormjillk oh good, I‘m glad it got there okay! I couldn‘t remember where I‘d put the tracking number. :) 2y
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slategreyskies
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This was a soft pick for me. I liked it, but I didn‘t love it, and there were certain things about Bernadette that really annoyed me. Overall, I‘m giving it a pick because I actually really wanted to see how the author was going to wrap up the book, and that was a good thing. I read this for #LMPBC. I‘ll be mailing it out sometime this week, so it should arrive a little early.

#NovelNovember
#33by33
#AnyWayYouReadathon

slategreyskies Pic is of six of the mini watercolors I‘ve been working on this weekend. I‘ve just been getting acquainted with my paints and seeing how they blend and work together on paper. 2y
DivineDiana Lovely! 👏🏻❤️ 🎨 2y
UwannaPublishme Beautiful! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
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Bookzombie Beautiful! 2y
Crazeedi You are such a good artist, I coul never do what you are, so wonderful ❤ 2y
BennettBookworm I agree, Bernadette made me so mad haha 2y
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slategreyskies
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I had the best of intentions when it came to finishing The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness, but I decided to start my #LMPBC book instead. I‘m about 40 pages in, and I decided on blue ink.

Yay for weekend readathons! #33by33 #AnyWayYouReadathon #NovelNovember #readathon

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Bec_lectic
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I always like a book that makes me do a little research out of interest of topics in the story. Traveling to Antarctica? Never realized that is it was legit cruise that was extremely expensive and obviously extremely cold 😆. This book was light hearted, funny and exactly what I needed for a escape from the hell environment of my job right now. Pick!

Smartypants We must work at the same place! Lol 3y
Bec_lectic @Smartypants haha hopefully you don‘t work in a critically short staffed laboratory?! 3y
Karisimo Watch the movie too- this is one of the rare times where the movie was even better! 1y
Bec_lectic @Karisimo ok I will def put that on my watch list then!! Thanks 😊 1y
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slategreyskies
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Okay, I‘ve chosen this one for #LMPBC #GroupG. I‘m really excited! I‘ve been wanting to read this! It‘s got mixed reviews, but it will hopefully be a fun read. :)

Bookwormjillk Woo hoo! 3y
Crazeedi Looks great! 3y
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PezFilledCookies
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AMAZING! I‘m sure everyone that was going to have read it has done so at this point but in case you haven‘t…..
I had to tear my eyes off the pages to enjoy the beautiful Alaskan landscape haha

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Shemac77
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Fun, easy, well written read.

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Shemac77
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Morning reading

Suet624 ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 3y
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peanutnine
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Day 20 #MayCharacters
Prompt: Maladjusted

Bernadette does not handle normal social interactions very well...

@Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Eggs Absolutely agree🙌🏻🙌🏻 3y
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ELMyerholtz
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Pickpick

Where‘d you go on your 2021 reading adventures so far? This is just a quick (non exhaustive) peek into my recent reading endeavors!