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The Far Field
The Far Field | Madhuri Vijay
"Gorgeously tactile and sweeping in historical and socio-political scope, Pushcart Prize-winner Madhuri Vijay's The Far Field follows a complicated flaneuse across the Indian subcontinent as she reckons with her past, her desires, and the tumultuous present. In the wake of her mother's death, Kalyani, a privileged and restless young woman from Bangalore, sets out for a remote Himalayan village in the troubled northern region of Kashmir. Certain that the loss of her mother is somehow connected to the decade-old disappearance of Bashir Ahmed, a charming Kashmiri salesman who frequented her childhood home, she is determined to confront him. But upon her arrival, Kalyani is brought face to face with Kashmir's politics, as well as the tangled history of the local family that takes her in. And when life in the village turns volatile and old hatreds threaten to erupt into violence, Kalyani finds herself forced to make a series of choices that could hold dangerous repercussions for the very people she has come to love. With rare acumen and evocative prose, in The Far Field Madhuri Vijay masterfully examines Indian politics, class prejudice, and sexuality through the lens of an outsider, offering a profound meditation on grief, guilt, and the limits of compassion" --
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MelKelsey
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Panpan

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I listened to this book, which may have contributed to my inability to connect to it. (I wasn't a fan of the voice acting; her pronunciation of "rifling" was irksome.) To attempt to sum up the story would be to develop the plot further than it was developed and to add intrigue where there was none. The characters were not likable, all were stagnant, and their decisions were absent any redeeming qualities. I cannot understand the hype.

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KinaReads
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so far so good.. 🧐

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kimalicious
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I love books set in South Asia. The things I loved the most about this novel were the descriptions of the Kashmiri landscape and the variety of character personalities. Religion, wealth, love, loss, and injustice are all important themes.

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irre
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More of my favorite books of 2019.

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Lindy
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I got so frustrated with Shalini‘s vacillations and I felt so much impending doom that I had to set this aside for awhile. I realized I‘m not interested in returning to the story, even though I have already invested 8 hours of my time. It‘s not the audiobook narration; if it weren‘t for Sneha Mathan‘s warm voice, I wouldn‘t have got as far as I have. I‘m calling it quits. 😐

Sace I think I have this in book form. Not sure when I'll get to it. I'm glad I know going in that the MC is like that 2mo
Lindy @Sace I wish you all the best with it. Other readers have loved this and it won an award in India, so it‘s not a bad book. Just not a good fit for me. 2mo
Sace @Lindy thanks. Who knows when I'll get to it though 😂 To be honest I was drawn to the cover. 2mo
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alisonrose
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Near the end of this book, I was literally pressing my hand to my heart knowing what was coming but still being devastated by it. What a beautiful, poignant story the author has woven, & what a number it did on me! Shalini may be naive or frustrating at times, as some have griped about, but IMO it made her all the more real & relatable. The prose is stunning, & I personally found the characters to be layered & memorable. Loved this so much. 5/5 🌟

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alisonrose
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It shouldn‘t have surprised me, but it did. It was a measure of how naïve I was, that I had assumed that all these days when he looked at me, when we stood together on the porch and I heard his breath quicken, it was out of mere physical desire. I had yet to understand just how many shapes a person‘s desire could take, and how few of them, in the end, took the shape of the body.

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Samplergal
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Loved it. Such lush language and complex characters. I recommend it. #20Booksby2020

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alisonrose
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I was struck by a sudden, savage resentment at her tone, which was pitying, yet I took a strange pleasure in it too. I sat with my head held high, tasting bitter pride in my own weakness, and hating myself for it at the same time, because, cynical and hardened as I believed myself to be at twenty-four, I had never stopped to consider that pity might, in fact, be just another facet of love.

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alisonrose
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He had the intelligent man‘s faith in the weight of his own ideas, and the emotional man‘s impatience with anyone who did not share them.

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alisonrose
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I have a feeling this is gonna be heartbreaking in a thousand ways......but that‘s a good thing when it comes to books! #nowreading

Tamra I have this beautiful cover on my TBR shelves. 2mo
LitLeonardo Marvelous photo. 2mo
alisonrose @Tamra 👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻 2mo
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Samplergal
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Next up. Looking forward to this one. #20booksby2020

Theaelizabet I loved this book. I‘ll look forward to your thoughts on it. 3mo
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HarperCollinsIn
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JCB WINNER 2019. In the wake of her mother‘s death, Shalini, a privileged, naive and restless young woman from Bangalore, sets out for a remote village in Kashmir. Certain that the loss of her mother is somehow connected to the decade-old disappearance of Bashir Ahmed, a charming Kashmiri salesman who frequented her childhood home, she is determined to track him down.

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wordclot
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.. I still don't understand why I was unable to speak the truth. Perhaps there is no explanation other than that I had been weaned too long on secrecy, taught by my mother from earliest childhood the strange and unquantifiable power of keeping one‘s counsel. But that is probably too generous an assessment. I suspect the truth was that, like so many who cloak themselves in mistrust and call it independence, I was merely a coward.

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Christinak
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My last book box for 2019‘s #YearOfReading came today from Shakespeare and Co. #ILoveBookMail
#BestChristmasGiftEver
#shakespeareandcompany

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andioop
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Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. Loss never leaves us. We must try to see the world as it is anyway.
Content warning for suicide and violence. Specifically institutionalized, militarized, religious violence.

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Becker
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I‘m not very far in to this but I‘m really enjoying the audio so far. 🌼

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MallenNC
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Restarted this book today after having put it aside. I‘m finally past some of my busiest times at work so I think I‘ll be able to finish it this time. #audiobook

Tamra I love the cover. 5mo
cathysaid I really enjoyed this on audio. 5mo
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mhillis
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Tanisha_A Marigold! 🏵️ 5mo
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Mitch
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So looking forward to reading this is sounds AMAZING! Thank you so much @CoffeeNBooks for thinking of me - it means the world to me this amazing community #litsylove. Thank you honey 😘

Soubhiville It‘s so pretty! 5mo
squirrelbrain Lovely cover! ❤️ 5mo
Mitch @squirrelbrain @Soubhiville it‘s super pretty isn‘t it! 5mo
CoffeeNBooks Happy Birthday Mitch!! So glad the book made it to you! I hope you have a fabulous day! 5mo
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Come-read-with-me
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Day 4 #7covers7days. #covercrush. Haven‘t read it yet, but the cover looked like something that I should read.

WhatWouldJaneDo Never heard of this book but that cover would definitely make me pick it up in the bookstore! 5mo
Severnmeadows Beautiful! 5mo
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Plaidsticks
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Such a great, captivating listen. #audiobook

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MallenNC
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A cover with #flowers doesn‘t always mean a happy book! #SelfImprovementSept

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🌺🌹🌼🌺📚 6mo
OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚❤️🌸🌼🌹 6mo
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MsLeah8417
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🌟🌟🌟🌟
#botmsummerslam

Lauredhel I'm such a sucker for a botanical print cover! 6mo
MsLeah8417 @Lauredhel : It‘s beautiful!! 6mo
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Krose1
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Set in Bangalore and Kashmir, this was a very timely read given all the happenings there right now. I think this encompasses the helplessness many feel these days. Very good!

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Sue
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Picked this up as I forgot a book for my specialist appointment. I‘m really enjoying it so far.

Cathythoughts Sounds good. I think I‘ll try a sample on kindle now 👍🏻 6mo
irre I loved it! 6mo
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MallenNC
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I‘m on staycation so why not start an audiobook at 11 pm? This was recommended to me by @bookriot TBR service

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Dolly
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An excellent book especially if you, like me, love books set in India. There were a few parts of the plot that I thought needed a bit of adjustment, sometimes I felt the author lost her way but all in all beautifully written. This is an author to watch. 👁👁

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Jilly6183
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I really liked this and would recommend it, but man I wanted to punch Shalini in the face.

UnabridgedPod I have this from BOTM a few months ago. Need to move it up my TBR!! 7mo
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Jilly6183
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Decided to play hooky from work today 🤫😎

TheBookKeepers Niiiice! Enjoy!! 7mo
Lauram Good call!! 7mo
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Erinreadsthebooks
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Great choice, @irre 🙌 #lmpbc It‘s an interesting read about a part of the world I‘m not familiar with. It‘ll be heading home soon!

irre I‘m glad you liked it! 7mo
TheNerdyProfessor I picked this one from BOTM ages ago but haven't read it yet. I'm glad to hear you liked it! 7mo
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mobygrapes
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“I am aware of the likely futility of all that I have told here, and, I am aware, too, of the thousand ways I have tried to excuse myself in the telling of it. All the same, whatever the flaws of this story or confession or whatever has turned out to be, let it stand.”

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 7mo
RaimeyGallant Welcome! 7mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗👏🏻 7mo
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Dolly
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With this bit of writing and character description I knew I‘d love The Far Field.

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Erinreadsthebooks
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Here I go, @irre Starting this one today and I‘ll get it to you ASAP!

irre Great! I was starting to worry it got lost on the way. 😀 No rush. I hope you love it as much as I did. 8mo
cathysaid I really enjoyed this one! Glad to finally see some posts about it 👏 8mo
mreads 🐕❤ 8mo
Slajaunie Aww, look at that sweet Baby! 💙🐾 8mo
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irre
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Read some good books so far this year.
#Top6Reads

TheNerdyProfessor The Far Field is in my TBR stack! 8mo
Megabooks Great choices! 8mo
Cinfhen I‘m definitely interested in the Mira Jacobs book 8mo
irre It was great @Cinfhen 8mo
KatieDid927 The Far Field made my list too! 8mo
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tholmz
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Really unique and fascinating and honest and good.

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RealLifeReading
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The author writes beautifully but her main character Shalini was not easy to connect with. She sometimes seems a bit naive for her age and that proves disastrous for the people around her. But I loved reading about Shalini‘s foray into village life in Kashmir, so far and different from bustling Bangalore where she‘s from. And it‘s these little moments that make this book a beautiful and moving one

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hjreviews
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Update: finally getting out of my slump, only took 2 weeks 🙄

irre I loved this one! 10mo
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hjreviews
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Been in sort of a reading slump. Let‘s see if this brings me out of it

Bookwormjillk Pretty cover! 10mo
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erinreads
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Life has been really less than stellar this year, but at least I can still find the good in moments like this: reading in bed with my cat, on a Saturday where I finally have NO plans or work obligations. 🙌🏻 Also, I‘ve really missed Litsy lately, so this weekend will be all about finally getting more reading done and trying to catch up on everyone‘s posts. 💕 #damnfinecooper #catsoflitsy

Jerdencon Reading in bed on a Saturday morning is one of my favorite things! Hope you have a nice day! 10mo
jenniferw88 😻😻😻 10mo
8little_paws I hear ya. I feel like I'm in the same boat. Have a good day though 10mo
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Hoopiefoot Enjoy! Your cat looks like he/she approves of your choice too! 10mo
darklydreaming This sounds awesome! Cute kitty. Happy Saturday 💕 10mo
rretzler 😻 10mo
LeafingThroughLife Slow starts on Saturday mornings are the best. This is the first one I‘ve had myself in quite a while. Have a great day! 10mo
JSW Here‘s to life‘s little pleasures and a lazy Saturday morning! ❤️❤️ 10mo
wanderinglynn What a cutie! I love gingers. 🧡🐱 Enjoy your day. 💜 10mo
Zelma Looks like a fabulous way to spend the day! My year has been similar and I treasure my quiet reading days right now. 10mo
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fandom_hellspawn99
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This book was such a fascinating read! I loved it! #LMPBC #GroupA @irre @Erinreadsthebooks @LMJenkins

irre I‘m glad you liked it too. Can‘t wait to read your comments! 10mo
Erinreadsthebooks That‘s great! I‘m excited to read it. 10mo
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erinreads
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Spoiler alert: my cat is just as indecisive as I am with which #BOTM book I want to read next. 🤔 #damnfinecooper #catsoflitsy

Leftcoastzen So cute ! 11mo
8little_paws The far field is really excellent!!! 11mo
erinreads @8little_paws I was going to read a chapter from each to decide and ended up 40 pages deep into The Far Field, so that‘s what I‘m reading! 11mo
irre A Woman is No Man is great but The Far Field is amazing!! Hope you like it as much as I did. 11mo
ChasingOm Wow, I‘ve never heard of the tagged book but now I‘m going to see if my library has a copy! 11mo
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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This novel took me to a world I have no experience with. It talked about a global conflict I definitely did not know a lot about. Super interesting.

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swishandflick
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PSA: Another "audiobook available on #Spotify" find! This was also a #BOTM pick ??

Coleen Spotify has audiobooks?! 11mo
swishandflick @Coleen you have to dig around a bit to find them, but there are some definite gems! I've posted a few more the last few days if you want to check those out too 😄 11mo
Coleen Okay, yes...I‘m finding the navigation frustrating. I think I‘ll just follow your posts! 😁 11mo
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lele1432 The navigation is super frustrating because there's no real "Book" area. This is really cool though! I'd be happy if they got into the audiobook subscription business 11mo
irre I loved this book! 11mo
Djspens I love Spotify! I didn't know they had books 😍 11mo
swishandflick @Djspens They're not super easy to search for but it's fun stumbling on good ones!! 11mo
ephemeralwaltz What😍😍 I'll definitely be listening to this. Had no idea! 11mo
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Jolynne
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Shalini, the protagonist is a spoiled, self-centered, selfish, naïve, and privileged young woman. Normally not what I like in a character but her journey to Kashmir revealing political upheaval, violence, poverty and much more make this book well worth the read.

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irre
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12 books in February.
7 audio books
9 authors of color
My absolute favorite was The Far Field. Loved it!!

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Great reading! 📚💖 12mo
RachelO That sounds great! 12mo
RealLifeReading Great month! 12mo
Booksnchill Loved the Dread Nation audio! 12mo
irre @Booksnchill It was really good. 12mo
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fandom_hellspawn99
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#LiteraryLuck @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88
Now, even though I picked these out to work on, it definitely doesn't mean I'll get to them (besides my #LMPBC read) 😂😂 I'm both a procrastinator and a mood reader , who knows where the wind may take me #TBRShelfie

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love the graphic!! Let me know how The Far Field is when you read it!! 💗❤️ 12mo
vkois88 I've heard many good things about several of these. Enjoy! 12mo
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fandom_hellspawn99
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Aww, this is so sweet! I love the tiny bookmark, I've always wanted to travel! Thank you @irre 😁 #LMPBC #GroupA

SweetAngst Aw! What a lovely Dala horse! 12mo
irre You‘re welcome 12mo
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fandom_hellspawn99
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Book received! 😎 Thanks @irre I'll be finishing my book soon! #LMPBC #GroupA @LMJenkins @Erinreadsthebooks

irre Great! Thanks for letting me know it arrived. Can‘t wait to see what you think. 12mo
wordzie 🎉 12mo
LMJenkins Oh man, please tell me I won‘t have all four books here at one time! 😂 You guys are fast! 12mo
fandom_hellspawn99 Hahaha Nah we are just early birds, I'm gonna wait till March to send mine out 😂😂😂 @LMJenkins 12mo
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