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My Dark Vanessa
My Dark Vanessa | Kate Elizabeth Russell
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absolutely loved this book

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marleed I promise, when you get to the part about my hometown, Butte MT - it really is a great town and not as bad as this book paints it! I did love this book though! 7mo
Booksarelifeaddict @rather_be_reading this book was a hard one for me I listened to it on audio and it has stuck with me! 7mo
Flaneurette @marleed Butte! Johns pork chop is the best 7mo
marleed @Flaneurette Absolutely - uptown location is the best! 7mo
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Emilymdxn
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I‘m really looking forward to get started on my first book of the very exciting #nywd2022 list I got from @LapReader 🥰 this is the first one I‘m going to try as I already owned it but I‘m going to try to do more from the list throughout the year when I can get my hands on them!

I‘m going to make a start on this as soon as I finish Night Film - though as that‘s 600 pages long I‘m not sure exactly when I‘ll be done!

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Dark indeed .A novel about a teacher & his young student,in an inappropriate relationship. It could be one of the best fiction examples of how trauma can continue to influence someone long after an event . Lots of TWs

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#99
WOW...

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Noveldrama
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My Dark Vanessa is a very dark book as in the title. This book put me in a lot of disturbing thoughts. The book is written in the 2-time span 1st when she was 15 and 2nd when she was 32 .while getting to know about Vanessa life sometimes you will feel pity and next time you will hate her. I was really mad at the character. There comes a time when this book destroys your mind and you can't think straight. Overall a very hard book to digest.

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TheNeverendingTBR
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Mehso-so

The author tells a story that also provides an important social commentary on this key issue.

It shows the complexities surrounding abuse and the relationship between the victims and abusers.

I was disappointed in this book though after all the hype. It takes inspiration from Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov but it's certainly not a masterpiece.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3927886790?type=review#...

Check out my full review⤴️

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SomedayAlmost
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It‘s creepy & intense, and I am hooked, so I suppose I see why this book is considered a thriller. But it‘s also a complicated reimagining of the classic Lolita. Fascinating & uncomfortable. Listening in the car & while doing housework. #audiobook #thriller #metoo #TeamSlaughter

Clwojick SOO good! Hope you enjoy it! 10mo
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plemmdog
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While this was a little on the long side, I thought this was a solid and engaging debut, and an excellent portrayal of the lasting effects of trauma. I had no idea about the Twitter feud and controversy until I read Roxanne Gay‘s review on Goodreads.

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Eggs ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 11mo
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Finishing up My Dark Vanessa, have a few other good reads! #mbcreadathon #mbcbookfrogsreadathon

Sorceress_Of_Books Entered 12mo
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OneCent76
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Trigger warnings of sexual abuse and suicide. This is a difficult book to read. Vanessa is abused by her teacher and she has to deal with the emotions that go with that. It is a good book dealing with a very difficult and hurtful subject. However, the sex scenes were far too graphic and not necessary to get the point across.

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Gissy
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Wow! This book describes so well the Pedophilic Disorder, how the mental schema operates against the victims. Also, it deals with PTSD in sexual abuse survivors. How difficult could be sometimes to speak out, a person in the trauma could see the relationship as “normal” b/c many factors working in that type of relation. I read the book using also the audio and at the end the author explains that this novel was part of her Ph.D. dissertation 4.5⭐️

Gissy #BookSpinBingo @ TheAroma Of Books
#RomanceAThon (YouTube) promotor-out of comfort zone pedophilia is a hard topic to me. I understand some of the psychological dynamic behind this type behavior but still is hard to deal with them. How much damage they can do to their victims, how long the healing process can take if the person has any contact with the service. It is good that a novel is dealing with this topic.
#20in4 Readathon @Andrew65
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Alfoster OMG—l loved this book! It was so dark but compelling!❤️ 13mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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aperfectmjk Love this one! Not sure what that says about me. 🤷‍♀️ 14mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @aperfectmjk I‘ve read some and thought the same thing😂😂 I‘m not finished with it, but love it so far!! 14mo
Eggs 👏🏻👏🏻Sounds similar to Tiffany Jackson‘s 14mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Alfoster Absolutely loved this one (though it‘s sometimes painful to read)!❤️ 1y
Eggs Beautiful photo ❤️⚪️☑️🔘❤️ 1y
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Wildly_Bookish
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Trying to whip through this one before my book club meets at 6:30 tonight! Wish me speedy reading!

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IuliaC
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This one has left me with bitter sadness... an unhealthy relationship ruined the life of a young girl. In a society where relationships between older man and much younger women have always been looked upon as normal and the age boundary beyond which a girl can be considered a woman is blurry, it is hard to decide whether it was the system or her teacher who caused the greatest abuse, damage and trauma to this teenager and to others like her.

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Pearrr
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

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ReadingEnvy
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CW: rape, grooming, sexual abuse

Okay so usually I would hesitate to read a book on these themes, in fact I did hesitate as in it was on the Tournament of Books longlist and I'm only reading it now. It is the story of a girl who is groomed by her teacher and eventually raped, told by going back and forth between those years and later on in her adult years when others have publicly charged him with similar behaviors.↘️

ReadingEnvy What the author does SO very well is maintain multiple threads in that early timeline. From the perspective of an adult reader who knows better, you can see his intentional behavior that moves toward his abuse (and you can assume he's done this before, he knows what works,) but you can also see how she feels special, secret, how much she believes the narrative he's spinning. Ugh.↘️ 1y
ReadingEnvy As an adult she has a lot to come to terms with. Some of it is a spoiler, but I think it's safe to say the author explores the emotional toil on someone who doesn't report, in a world where reporting is encouraged. What she has to tell herself, and the pain others have experienced. It's much more nuanced than pointing fingers of blame.↘️ 1y
ReadingEnvy .
I listened to the audio in Hoopla and Grace Gummer did a fantastic job. I listened to an interview where she talked about how she accessed her performance, and some practical things like recording the sections linearly when in the book they go back and forth.
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StaceGhost
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@Amiable thank you for this one 🖤my reads this week have me contemplating whether or not we can ever truly protect our children 🌊at least we have each other (& books) 🌏

Amiable I‘m glad you enjoyed it! 🙂 1y
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I'm finally starting My Dark Vanessa, which means that it's time to draw a new TBR jar pick! So many books... 😱

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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I am posting one book per day from my to-be-read collection. No description and providing no reason for wanting to read it. Some will be old, some will be new - don't judge me, I have SO MANY books 📚

#MMMTbr

I‘m really feeling a tug to read this one... 🖤

ju.ca.no Oh I have the same mug😁 1y
CoverToCoverGirl Very good well written story. 1y
aperfectmjk You should... one of my favorite reads from last year. 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @ju.ca.no 🖤🖤🖤 1y
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Coleen
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Wow. This one‘s amazing. So many layers and really well written. So many thoughts buzzing through my head as I read. I wish I‘d taken notes and highlighted quotes (which I couldn‘t really do on audio). I really cannot wait to discuss this one at book club!

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twinkletoes74
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At times this is difficult to read but I also think it's a very important book to read. It shows how very easily somebody can be manipulated by another person.

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AUDIOBOOKINGWITHLEAH
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Overall Rating 4¼⭐ | Narration 😍 = Amazing

This story will piss you off...but I think it‘s supposed to piss you off.

Did the manipulation come off as authentic? Yes, most of the time it did. I literally said out loud more than once while listening...he's manipulating you, girl...why can't you see it?

Did I want to reach inside the book and shake Vanessa...oh, hell yes, constantly! Both her younger & older self. ⬇

AUDIOBOOKINGWITHLEAH While I had some issues with this story overall it is a profoundly affecting story, one that I keep thinking about it. I believe this is one of those books that will stick with me for life. 1y
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Found these at Goodwill!
#thrifted

Tamra Big score! 1y
britt_brooke Great finds!! 1y
Crazeedi Makes me wish I had a goodwill close! 1y
CoverToCoverGirl Big score! Now reading/listening (edited) 1y
OrangeMooseReads @Crazeedi I wish you did too it‘s a great place for second (or 3rd) hand books. 1y
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DHill
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That whole “not gonna buy any books until I read what I have” thing. 🤭

#indiebookstores #nextpagebooks #justthisone

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Jessieleah
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Thank you so much @DinoMom for the book and these sweet treats for #bookcupidswap 🥰 I can‘t wait to sit down with a cup of tea and start this novel, it‘s been on my tbr for awhile 😊 you made this a great first swap experience!

Thank you @candority for organizing!

candority Fantastic book and look at all those goodies! 😍 I‘m glad your first swap was a success! Happy Valentine‘s Day! 💖 1y
DinoMom Happy Valentine‘s Day and Happy Reading❤️ 1y
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brandierickson
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About to start this and feeling vaguely apprehensive....

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Joanne1
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A very troubling and disturbing story yet a compelling story. CW for child sexual abuse and rape so one I would be hesitant to recommend.

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Twainy
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🎧 TW - child rape, pedophilia, sexualizing teens.

42 yr old teacher grooms precocious yet naive 15 yo student.

Her physical need to see this predatory abusive relationship as a love story was difficult to read but shows his manipulation was complete.

Well-written & narrated. A book that keeps you reading because you need closure. Good character development.

Today‘s Lolita with a side of MeToo. Now I need a support group. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/3 👇🏻

Twainy The author drops a mental health RX into his bathroom cabinet. I didn‘t need that excuse or reason for his perversion. I honestly didn‘t care anything about his background or why he had a vasectomy ten years earlier. See .. I do need to talk about it. The book felt 1-2 hours too long. So it lost some rating. 2y
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lost.in.a.book
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I don't know how to unpack this book other than to say that it is triggering, frustrating, maddening... but mostly, so very necessary.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

MySharonaK Yes! I 100% agree 2y
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KatieB
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I have no idea how to rate this book. I felt so disturbed reading it and that made me dread picking it up. But I‘m amazed by the strength of emotion that this book evoked in me. That would normally make it a 5* read although I would struggle to recommend it. I can‘t wait to see what else this author does but I hope she picks a different subject matter next time

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witchyreader13
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This story is powerful and beautifully told. The manipulation of abuse and the repercussions it can have on a life. I rejoined a local book club online and when I saw this as January's pick, I knew it would be a struggle due to my own troubled history with men. I ended up reading it over the course of 24 hrs because I was desperate to find some hope at the end. Bravo to women making a point to speak out about abuse and mental health. #metoo

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m going to read this next... #metoo 1y
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MySharonaK
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I can‘t remember the last time I cried so much while reading a book (and then after finishing it). This one is a painful read, haunting even, but it is also beautifully written and asks very important questions.

Yuki_Onna @MySharonaK So true.
And so good to see a post from you today! Still not able to express myself in talking atm, but I think about you a lot ❤
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MySharonaK @Yuki_Onna my dear! I think of you a lot and want you not to worry about being able to speak, I will be here/email for when you are ready ❤️ sending big hugs 💕💕🌸🌸 2y
Yuki_Onna @MySharonaK My sweetheart! ❤❤❤ 2y
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MySharonaK @Yuki_Onna ❤️👭❤️ 2y
SabGinesi This is on my TBR!!! 2y
MySharonaK @SabGinesi I‘m looking forward to reading your review after you finish 🌷 2y
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ephemeralwaltz
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Addictive, brilliant, terrifying, heartbreaking

Jeannineth Yeah! All that and more! 2y
Kalalalatja So good! 2y
Cathythoughts On my kindle... must read it 👍🏻 2y
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I was sort of nervous to read this, as so many people have commented on how disturbing/upsetting it is. While I certainly found Vanessa‘s thoughts and the actions that happened to be disturbing, it didn‘t personally upset me so that was a relief. Rather, I found it a fascinating view into the emotional and mental aspect of sexual abuse/grooming of young girls. It was complex, thought provoking, well written, but, yes, quite dark. Love the cover.

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Jadams1776
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I am so sorry @Bookish_AF but I‘m bailing on this one. It‘s just too angsty for me at the moment 😂. I may come back to it someday, but I‘m just not feeling it. The writing has been good, but this one isn‘t for me 🤷‍♀️. Luckily you gave me many more #newyearwhodis picks! Starting a new one now!

monalyisha Totally fair! Mood reading is REAL. 2y
Bookish_AF I‘m basically a notorious mood reader 😂 And this book is disturbing and is certainly not for all moods!! I‘ll be excited to see what‘s next ! 2y
Jadams1776 This was also on my #bookspinbingo board. @TheAromaofBooks 2y
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 2y
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GeauxGetLit
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Best book of 2020! This book was so emotionally challenging and it left me breathless! The author was able to capture something that is horrific and managed to make it seem normal!! Wow! This left be with a huge book hangover!! You will not regret reading this beautifully written book!

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Jadams1776
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My bit ambitious #NewyearWhoDis reading list. I may not get to all these in January, but I‘ll definitely keep reading off the list @Bookish_AF gave me all year! Yay, I‘m excited to start reading these!!

Bookish_AF Yay I hope you enjoy! Packing for Mars will certainly be the light hearted one in this bunch 😝 But I love space so it was fascinating to me! 2y
monalyisha I‘m definitely interested in The Five. I thought I wasn‘t...but my husband started watching Criminal Minds & I expectedly got sucked in. I might be willing to try. A big move for this scaredy-cat! 😸 2y
Jadams1776 @Bookish_AF I love Mary Roach, so I‘m really looking forward to that one! 2y
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Yuki_Onna
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This book destroyed me. Really it did. Read at this particular time in my life it was far too true and yet so good. Never before has a book so completely absorbed me and defined my life over the course for such a long time. It took me two weeks to finish it and I still think about it constantly. Kate Elizabeth Russell has done a teriffic job in describing the mindset of the MC - ... ⬇

Yuki_Onna ... of someone who refuses to be seen as a victim of abuse – claiming it was love on both sides. Is she so obviously wrong as society claims she is? What is the role of society when it comes to moral standards and our perception of right and wrong? What is consent? What is free will? Hard-hitting, relentless and yet beautifully told. The best book I read this year. 5*****
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MySharonaK I really relate to what you wrote my friend! It shattered me completely, I can‘t remember the last time I cried so much while reading. I sent you a message on your other post, hope you saw it, anyway sending hugs ❤️❤️ 2y
Yuki_Onna @MySharonaK Thank you so much for your messages, my dear! 😘 Wishing you a belated great start into 2021! Sorry I've kept silent for so long - my mental health, you know... :( :( Sending much love! ❤
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Yuki_Onna @MySharonaK I haven't read 'Baby Teeth' yet, dear, I only got it for Christmas, together with 'Bad Apple', which is the exact same book (one for the US market, one for the rest of the world...) 😬 Therefore I was thinking about giving away 'Baby Teeth', as I don't need two brand new copies of the same book... Would you be interested? 2y
MySharonaK @Yuki_Onna I completely understand darling 😘 it‘s ok, take as much time as you need but know I‘m here if you need me ❤️❤️❤️ wishing you a better 2021 and lots of good books! Xx 2y
MySharonaK @Yuki_Onna wow really? I definitely would be ❤️😘 thank you I wasn‘t aware that they changed the name for the US market 😮 2y
Yuki_Onna @MySharonaK Thank you, my dear! That means so much to me! 😘 ❤
-Totally strange, right? 😳 The clerks at the bookstore had no idea, either... 😬 But there's worse than having a book twice and giving a copy to a friend! 😘You're set for 'Baby Teeth'! I'll send you an email soon (hopefully...) ❤ ❤ ❤
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Powered_By_Plants Great review lovely , a very happy new year to you 💕 2y
MySharonaK @Yuki_Onna Thank you so much ❤️❤️ I‘m sending big hugs your way !! XxxX 2y
Yuki_Onna @Powered_By_Plants Thank you so much, dear! ❤How sweet of you! ❤A very happy 2021 to you as well! Hope the new year started well for you! ✨ 2y
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@Amiable OHMYGOD I can‘t wait to crack this sucker 🖤we also have some replacement chocolate since someone broke into the stash for breakfast 🍫I love the bookmarks & my son absolutely loved his gorgeous gift 💝 thank you for including him! 🎅 love it here 🎄#jolabokaflodswap

Amiable Merry Christmas and Happy Jolabokaflod! 🙂 2y
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Annie1215
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Finally got to this title that‘s been on my TBR for a while.

It‘s aptly titled and is truly dark but is raw, emotional and beautifully written. I think it gives a really honest look in to the emotional and psychological effects of abuse, making it digestible for anyone who has or hasn‘t experienced for themselves.

#bookspinbingo #wintergames2020 #teamreadnosedreindeer

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 2y
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