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A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire
A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire: A Game of Thrones - PART 2 | George R.R. Martin
A Game of Thrones is the first novel in A Song of Ice and Fire, a series of high fantasy novels by American author George R. R. Martin. It was first published on August 6, 1996. The novel won the 1997 Locus Award and was nominated for both the 1997 Nebula Award[1] and the 1997 World Fantasy Award. The novella Blood of the Dragon, comprising the Daenerys Targaryen chapters from the novel, won the 1997 Hugo Award for Best Novella. In January 2011 the novel became a New York Times bestseller and reached #1 on the list in July 2011. In the novel, recounting events from various points of view, Martin introduces the plot-lines of the noble houses of Westeros, the Wall, and the Targaryens. The novel has inspired several spin-off works, including several games. It is also the basis for the first season of Game of Thrones, an HBO television series that premiered in April 2011. A March 2013 paperback TV tie-in re-edition was also titled Game of Thrones, excluding the indefinite article "A". The title phrase surfaces at various points in the book and its sequels, first appearing when Ser Jorah Mormont tells Daenerys Targaryen, "The common people pray for rain, healthy children, and a summer that never ends. It is no matter to them if the high lords play their game of thrones, so long as they are left in peace. They never are." Later, Queen Cersei Lannister warns Lord Eddard Stark in the godswood, "When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground." Stark thinks on her warning after his capture and transfer to the dungeon under the Red Keep; Lord Varys visits him there and inquires, "Why is it always the innocents who suffer most, when you high lords play your game of thrones?" Finally, amidst the strategic discussions of Robb Stark and colleagues, Ser Stevron Frey (speaking of the opposition between Joffrey and Renly Baratheon) advises, "Wait, let these two kings play their game of thrones. When they are done fighting, we can bend our knees to the victor, or oppose him, as we choose."---------------------------------------THE BOOK BEHIND THE SECOND SEASON OF GAME OF THRONES,AN ORIGINAL SERIES NOW ON HBO. A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE: BOOK TWO In this thrilling sequel to A Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin has created a work of unsurpassed vision, power, and imagination. A Clash of Kings transports us to a world of revelry and revenge, wizardry and warfare unlike any we have ever experienced. A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war. It is a tale in which brother plots against brother and the dead rise to walk in the night. Here a princess masquerades as an orphan boy; a knight of the mind prepares a poison for a treacherous sorceress; and wild men descend from the Mountains of the Moon to ravage the countryside. Against a backdrop of incest and fratricide, alchemy and murder, victory may go to the men and women possessed of the coldest steel . . . and the coldest hearts. For when kings clash, the whole land trembles.
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‪It‘s my day off and I have 220 pages left. Let‘s see how far I can get.‬

#readtwentyfour @HouseBattles

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Trying to finish this over the weekend....

#fridayreads #weekendplans

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laurenslibrary
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Pickpick

Even though these books take forever to get through on audio, I still love them! 👑

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laurenslibrary
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This morning's #audiowalk ! 🐿

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BacklistReader
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Another evening in Westeros....

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sophierayton
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Mehso-so

I watched the TV series first, which helped me to be able to visualise the world and characters, but took the fun out of discovering what will happen in the book.

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Would like to at least get to half way today.

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These books are so enjoyable. Even though I have watched the first few seasons of the show, I was never bored, with the exception of the Danaerys chapters - I just find her dull!

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My reading buddy and I have been spending the day in Westeros.

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Welcome back to Westeros. I will finish this one this month!

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laurenslibrary
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MoonWitch94 So true! 1mo
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laurenslibrary
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Current project I'm working on while listening to the tagged audiobook. 🎧

Sarz I love latchhook. That pattern looks so cute! 1mo
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"Pale flames licked at the grey sky. Dark smoke rose, twisting and curling... Many and more would burn before this war was done."
Oh Ser Davos... you are so right ? I am hoping that George R. R. Martin keeps his ending from the television show when writing his books. It made the most sense, especially with how Dany is portrayed in the show. Book Dany is very different, so I'm intrigued by the kind of development she will show to get there.

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erinachu

Bringing a book in to work to read during "lunch break" is so dangerous... ?

cherinium And, that's why I don't! When I even get a lunch break, it's important to be sure I am back where I need to be in a timely fashion. 1mo
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erinachu

"The Rainbow Guard?"
"Renly's made his own Kingsguard, but these seven don't wear white. Each one has his own color."

LOL RENLYYYYY ??❤?????

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erinachu
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I'M SO EXCITED.... AND I JUST CAN'T HIDE IT!!

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BenFringuello
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I always describe these books as “ya know how like, you have a weird dream, and it makes perfect sense while you‘re having it, but then you wake up and try to make sense of it, and it makes no sense at all? Well, GRRM somehow finds a way to write about these crazy dreams in a way that actually make sense.” Esp. in the first book. Only issue I have is that I get tired of reading entire paragraphs describing every detail of every character‘s outfit.

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Back to working my way through this tome. Hoping to get at least half way in these last days of the month. And then it‘s off to take my N.E.W.T.s for the month of August.

#beatthebacklist2019 #catchupgot #magicalreadathon2019 #newtsreadathon2019

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Allietaylor16
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Hank is helping me choose what to read next!!

JoScho Hank is clearly a good boy ❤️ 2mo
Lady_Tigana_20 Hank has good taste. ;) 2mo
Charityann I have a book cart just like that. I love it!😊 1mo
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reelsndreads
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Books and beers for the end to a very busy 4th of July weekend! It was nice having company for the past four days but I am ready for some much needed alone time.

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Books_n_Whatnot

“So many vows... they make you swear and swear. Defend the king. Obey the king. Keep his secrets. Do his bidding. Your life for his. But obey your father. Love your sister. Protect the innocent. Defend the weak. Respect the gods. Obey the laws. It‘s too much. No matter what you do, you‘re forsaking one vow for the other.” -Jamie Lannister, on being a knight

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Books_n_Whatnot

“Varys smiled. ‘Here, then. Power resides where men believe it resides. No more and no less.‘
‘So power is a mummer‘s trick?‘
‘A shadow on the wall,‘ Varys murmured, ‘yet shadows can kill. And ofttimes a very small man can cast a very large shadow.‘
Tyrion smiled. ‘Lord Varys, I am growing strangely fond of you. I may kill you yet, but I think I‘d feel sad about it‘.”

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Books_n_Whatnot

“The wide world is full of people wanting help, Jon. Would that some could find the courage to help themselves.” -Lord Commander Mormont

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Re-read of book 2. So many characters that I love, and one that I really don‘t. Catelyn‘s chapters annoyed me 5 years ago during my first read, and they still do!

Paying special attention to Bran and Sansa now that I‘ve seen the show‘s finale. Highly entertained spotting the minute differences between show and book.

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⚔️They are the knights of summer, and winter is coming 🗡 #asoiaf #currently reading

cherinium I like that cover. 3mo
reelsndreads @cherinium thank you! I got the set from Book Depository. I believe these are the UK editions of the books and I‘ve been obsessed with the covers for ages! 3mo
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BacklistReader
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If anyone needs me I‘ll be in my happy place for the rest of the day....People suck....

#beatthebacklist2019 #redbooks #booksaremyhappyplace

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Skeebies05
Clash of Kings | George R R Martin
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I didn‘t like this one as much as the first book. Not enough of Daenerys! But it definitely gets exciting at the end.

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Kalalalatja
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All my plant shopping, balcony gardening, running and cooking today were accompanied by the drama, intrigue and fighting of Westeros. I‘m loving the #ImaginaryPlaces created by GRRM, and I‘m remembering all over why I‘m team Tyrion all the way 🙌 #AllPowertotheImp

#WanderingJune

BarbaraBB I have no idea what you‘re talking about 😂😘 3mo
Cinfhen I hear ya!!!!!! I never thought about the audio... is it like 90 hours??!!?? 3mo
Kalalalatja @Cinfhen close 😅 the second is around 37 hours, and the third is 43 hours, so quite long. But listening at a higher speed helps 👍 3mo
Kalalalatja @BarbaraBB you never watched Game of Thrones???? 😱😱😄😄 3mo
BarbaraBB No... I didn‘t even know your post had something to do with it. But I should watch it, I know... ☺️😉 3mo
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Skeebies05
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Earlier today I was sitting at the pool in 86 degree weather now . . . Oh well. Its cozy :) 🌧 Thats Kansas for ya. Still trucking on this chunkster.

marleed I‘m in KC! 3mo
Crazeedi Yep sunshine then rain in western PA! 80 today, 60 on Monday! 3mo
Skeebies05 @marleed Hi neighbor!!! 3mo
marleed Nice to meet you!! 3mo
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Skeebies05
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Little Lycan asleep in my arm and book 🤓🤓 I‘m going to do my best not to wake him up when I grab my book :)

TheLibrarian How cute!! 😻 4mo
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Marina_h
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I finally finished my 2nd book for the #BookFitnessChallenge so only 4 to go. Maybe I should stay away from all the #chunksters if I want to reach my goal. 900+ pages takes more than a week for me to read 😁
I convinced myself to go for a 🏃 this afternoon. I'm not the fastest runner but my short legs managed to run 3km in less than 18 minutes 💪 I'm really pleased with that result! Goal for the end of the summer = 5km straight, no walking 🤞

Emilymdxn That‘s so great about the run! Good luck with your goals! 4mo
BookwormAHN Great job 👏🏻 4mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 4mo
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Week 2 of the #BookFitnessChallenge wasn't as successful as week 1. I'm a little behind with all my goals but I'm hoping to catch up the next couple of weeks.
I'm teaching myself how to knit so that has taken up some time. And then there's the EU parliament election and the Danish general election where I try to follow debates, so my reading time is limited. Hopefully I'll finish tagged 📖 this weekend! #BFC
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RachelO Your knitting‘s looking great! What are you making? 4mo
wanderinglynn You‘re doing great! 🙌🏻 The important thing is you‘re still doing it and haven‘t quit. 👍🏻👍🏻 4mo
BookwormAHN Your knitting looks great 👏🏻 4mo
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DivineDiana Teaching yourself! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4mo
VanChocStrawberry Still going, though and that‘s what counts! 👏👏 4mo
Megabooks Beautiful knitting! 4mo
Caterina Knitting is so relaxing! (Maybe it'll help during the debates 😂) If you hadn't said you were teaching yourself to knit, I would've never guessed based on the pic, it's beautiful! Great job getting moving for the BFC! 😊 4mo
Marina_h @RachelO thanks, for now I'm just practicing and trying to get the hang of it so I'm making dishcloths 😊 4mo
Marina_h @Caterina That's exactly why I'm trying to learn it. I crochet also but sometimes I find knitting patterns that looks great so I would live to be able to do both! 4mo
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This is my review for a book I just finished reading for the #catchupgot readalong. Now, I‘m going to start #astormofswords. If I don‘t catch up with the #catchupbookclub for this readalong then I‘m okay with it because these books are huge but I‘m happy that I can talk about this series with the other people who are participating in the readalong.

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If half of an onion is black with rot, it is a rotten onion. A man is good, or he is evil.
--Melisandre

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A good act does not wash out the bad, nor a bad act the good. Each should have its own reward.
--Stannis

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I've had a pain in my shoulder the last couple of days so there hasn't been much progress with the #BookFitnessChallenge. I did some yoga this morning with focus on neck and shoulders but the rest of day I just spent reading outside with the sun shining for once and I finally had some time to organize my flower pots 🌻☀
#bfc @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Rest and recuperate is a good thing to do. Take it easy! 👍🏻 4mo
Emilymdxn Taking care of yourself and not letting any injuries or conditions get worse is such an important part of fitness! You‘re doing great, keep looking after yourself! 4mo
BookwormAHN They look lovely 🌷 4mo
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BethM Yoga helps me so much! And you‘re reading so ✅ 4mo
Bookwormjillk Beautiful! What are the purple flowers? 4mo
Chrissyreadit 👏👏👏 4mo
Clwojick 💜♥️💚 4mo
dariazeoli Looking after yourself is healthy, so kudos to you 🙌 4mo
Caterina Great job taking care of yourself! ❤️ 4mo
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The drapes kept out the dust and heat of the streets, but they could not keep out disappointment.

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I'm glad that atleast we're getting an ending but i'm not liking the rushed season but it is what we end up with. So i've decided to reread the books, atleast they make some sense 😞

Tanisha_A Did you hear about a petition being signed to re-make the entire last season? 😂 4mo
sudi @Tanisha_A what!!! I had no idea. they actually started a petition😂 4mo
sudi @Tanisha_A i heard D&D wanted to finish the show so early cause they're directing the next Star Wars movie. They should've just let Bryan Cogman handle the writing, because HBO wanted 9 seasons but they couldn't agree on it 4mo
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Tanisha_A @sudi Yep, wish I could attach that article here. It's started by a guy called Dylan D, addressed to HBO. It says 'Remake season 8 with competent writers'. 😂 Seriously! They ruined this awesome series with a terrible culmination, and that too because of the core of the story, writing. 4mo
sudi @Tanisha_A damn, he's serious 😂 4mo
RamsFan1963 @sudi Maybe it's just me but I find it pretty amusing that fans think they deserve a "do-over" if they don't like the way a series ends, much like Star Wars fans wanted Lucasfilm to redo The Last Jedi. What's next, do we get to make authors rewrite their books if enough readers say they don't like how it ended? Can we go back and make the creators of The Sopranos and Seinfeld redo their season finales?? 4mo
laurenslibrary This season is trash. I honestly considered bailing after the battle of winterfell, aka the shortest "long night" ever. But I feel like I have to stick with it bc its the last season of a show I've been invested in for a decade. But I'm with you on rereading the series. I was actually at B&N yesterday staring at that gorgeous box set they have thinking "well, if I'm gonna reread I obvi need a new box set." I'm probs going to go back for it.... 4mo
laurenslibrary @RamsFan1963 If we're gonna start doing that can we go back and make HP and the Cursed Child never exist? Also we don't speak about the Sopranos. Bt the Sopranos and this season of GOT idk if I can ever forgive HBO. 4mo
laurenslibrary @Tanisha_A It actually makes me sad that these amazing actors, cinematographers, ect. have gotten stuck w this shitty writing. Its like the perfect execution of a turd sandwich. Its a pretty turd sandwich, but still a turd. I hope they're not remembered for this season. They deserved better! 4mo
sudi @RamsFan1963 agree,the execution failed but the story still remains the same. GRRM gave the ending himself, no matter what they do they can't change the story. The only thing is, it will be better executed in the future books 4mo
sudi @laurenslibrary i wish i would've bailed. Some of the reddit theories were better than the show. But it seems like this is the end GRRM has envisioned for the books too, except it might be better executed. I completely agree with you on the cast and crew putting in so much work for a crappy and rushed season. Ep5 had such amazing cinematography but i was too shocked to notice it at that point 4mo
sudi @laurenslibrary even if they did remake the cursed child, JK Rowling will never finish updating Harry Potter via twitter 😂 4mo
sudi @laurenslibrary @Tanisha_A and they told us the last season would be bittersweet. Lord of the Rings was bittersweet this is just tragic 😢 4mo
laurenslibrary @sudi Its definitely not the ending anyone wanted. I don't think we wanted Dany to end up that bad guy. But there wasn't any like.. development that got her there. I understand Me-Sunday got the ol' choppy choppy but that really made her want to kill EVERYONE? I feel like the progression of her becoming the villain should have been more complicated than that. 4mo
laurenslibrary @sudi Omg, you're right about JKR. I feel like she tries to rewrite part of HP every day. 😂 4mo
sudi @laurenslibrary exactly, they never showed that. That is what i've been saying, they say it was foreshadowed. But foreshadowing is not character development, also i thought most of the Dothraki died in The Battle of Winterfell. Did she leave some of the Dothraki on Dragonstone. Where did they come from. And when did Tyrion start trusting Cersei so much. 4mo
sudi @laurenslibrary it's lazy writing is what it is, they want people to assume this stuff happened. And not show any evidence of it happening onscreen. Jaime going back to Cersei and Cersei dying because of a brick. With the things she has done, she deserved a death by dragonfire 4mo
sudi @laurenslibrary i knew from the beginning that this series is not a happy one. But to show a person who has tried to not be judged as crazy because of her family and who had to put up with a lot of shit to get to Westeros, the end seems almost cruel. I get that it's the story and we can't change it. I'm not even a fan of Daenerys, but it still seems cruel to me 4mo
laurenslibrary @sudi You're totally right, its complete laziness. Its like D&D just lost interest and instead of passing it off they just destroyed it. Jaime's entire arc just got cut off. It was like he had some bad sex w Brienne and was like "I'm going back to Cersei bc this sucked." There was no descent back into his bullshit. Which has basically been the case w everyone. The only satisfying arc was Theon. 4mo
sudi @laurenslibrary they were in such a hurry to direct the new Star Wars movie, they decided it doesn't matter if they cram 2-3 seasons worth of story in six episodes. No problem at all 😒 4mo
BookwormAHN This reminds me of how bad the last season of a True Blood was. However with that show I think they ran out of ideas. 4mo
sudi @BookwormAHN atleast they ran out of ideas, these guys had a story and still screwed up 😑 4mo
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Ehina

Welp, I did it. I made a discord to talk about anything books at any time. Here‘s the link if you wanna join.

https://discord.gg/yQYukMB

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kellyann28
Clash of Kings | George R R Martin
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Even though I'm not pleased with this final season, I HAD to buy these bookmarks 😱😱

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Ehina
Clash of Kings | George R R Martin

While reading this I‘ve thought about opening a Discord Server dedicated to reading and books! But now the real question is if I created one would anyone want to join?

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Marina_h
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Last day of week 1 #BookFitnessChallenge and I started the day with strength training and some yoga stretches before work. I eat my breakfast at work so I'm a big fan of overnight oats with a 🍌
I met all my fitness goals plus some extra and I finished my first 📖
Total points this far: 62
#BFC @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 4mo
BookwormAHN Great job 👏🏻 4mo
hilded Excellent, Marina!! 🤩 4mo
nu-bibliophile Yaaay!👊👊 4mo
Bookwormjillk 👏👏👏👏 4mo
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Another grad semester in the books and back into books I go...#summerbreak