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The Virgin Suicides
The Virgin Suicides | Jeffrey Eugenides
First published in 1993, The Virgin Suicides announced the arrival of a major new American novelist. In a quiet suburb of Detroit, the five Lisbon sistersbeautiful, eccentric, and obsessively watched by the neighborhood boyscommit suicide one by one over the course of a single year. As the boys observe them from afar, transfixed, they piece together the mystery of the familys fatal melancholy, in this hypnotic and unforgettable novel of adolescent love, disquiet, and death. Jeffrey Eugenides evokes the emotions of youth with haunting sensitivity and dark humor and creates a coming-of-age story unlike any of our time. Adapted into a critically acclaimed film by Sofia Coppola, The Virgin Suicides is a modern classic, a lyrical and timeless tale of sex and suicide that transforms and mythologizes suburban middle-American life.
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orin.tsundoku
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it's that time of year again!
nope, not the holidays. it's time for seasonal depression and rereading my favorite book! 🙃

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Shaaaannnn
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I think this book encapsulates the essence of being a teenage girl quite well. The Lisbon girls oozed womanhood and wanted freedom and couldn‘t ever explore it, nor get it. The fact that it‘s the boys narrating the whole book, I think, is just another aspect of the girls not being understood. The suicides just made sense to me. Truthfully, such a sad book. Overall, I think there is a lot much more to this book than what is presented.

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Shaaaannnn
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Started this one this week… very excited.

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samantharoberts
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I actually enjoyed reading this book for the most part, but some of the parts felt a little icky and uncomfortable (I‘m guessing that‘s the point, though) loved the lyrical writing and this beautiful 25th anniversary edition with gold foil roses on the cover!

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Have you ever read a book just because it was mentioned in another book?

That's what prompted me to pick up "The Virgin Suicides."

It is the story of the Lisbon sisters as told through the neighborhood boys who are obsessed with them.

It was creatively imagined and well-written and not at all what I was expecting.

Ruthiella I read Martin Chuzzlewit because it figured in Jasper Fford‘s The Eyre Affair. I didn‘t continue with the Thursday Next series but I did end up falling in love with Dickens and reading all his novels. 😊 2mo
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KelsiTaylor
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With the rereading of this book, it is now officially time for the commencement of, Sad Girl Autumn.
I think out of every book in my library, this is the one I‘ve owned the longest

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Scochrane26
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I‘ve meant to read this for a long time & glad I got it during banned books month. This is a very weird book about the suicide of all 5 daughters in a family. What makes it weird is that it‘s told from the perspective of neighborhood male peers who have spent many yrs observing, then investigating the tragedy. Mostly unemotional, you only know the girls from other people. Some cringe parts, but I was interested through most of the story.

Megabooks The movie is fantastic too! I love both. 2mo
Scochrane26 @Megabooks I guess I should watch the movie. 2mo
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“It didn't matter in the end how old they had been, or that they were girls, but only that we had loved them, and that they hadn't heard us calling, still do not hear us, up here in the tree house, with our thinning hair and soft bellies, calling them out of those rooms where they went to be alone for all time, alone in suicide, which is deeper than death, and where we will never find the pieces to put them back together.”

- 4⭐️

Caroline2 I loved this book when I read it and what a beautiful edition!! 😍 4mo
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harper.pixie
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The Virgin Suicides gets such a bad rap. It‘s misogynist and male gaze-ey on purpose. It‘s self aware and is supposed to be sort of revolting. I think the movie may get this across better, but jesus christ it is so wonderful. The Lisbon girls are the essence of the “female image” and it is well worth the read. I will defend this book until the day I die.

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guidosophia
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this book really revealed so much about the male gaze. really insightful and obviously sad, but the writing style was so cool. i really recommend but obviously huge trigger warning

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DimeryRene
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Incredible. Loved it. The language is the best part, lyrical and so soothing.

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mjtwo
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9-13 Feb 2022 (audiobook)
The story of the five beautiful and suicidal Lisbon sisters told from the perspective of the neighbourhood boys who try to rescue them. Its darkness should probably not come as a surprise, given the topic. No explanation of the suicides is given: their parents were strict, but not extraordinarily so; perhaps it was genetic; or contagious. There is humour in the adolescent narrators which I enjoyed, yet it was disturbing.

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Auntynanny
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I'm not completely sure how I feel about this book. I watched the movie years ago, and I remember liking it. It's told from the point of view of neighbourhood boys observing the five sisters, so it has a kind of distance from the girls themselves. I guess I found myself wondering what this story would have looked like from the perspective of the sisters.

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CogsOfEncouragement
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My daughter watched the movie and just bought this, so I read it to be able to talk about it with her.

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GinaKButler
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Waiting on Hurricane Elsa, watching the Rays get smoked, and cracking open a new book. Another backlist for me! 📚

I‘m using it for the 1970s prompt in the Decades Reading Challenge.

#bookspinbingo

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Life got so busy!!! Behind on reviews, but currently reading The Virgin Suicides. Wanted to share this though, my local library is doing The Perfect Match Book Box. Once a month you pick up your box, inside a book and treats! I got seeds, garden gloves, chocolates, and coupons for two free ice cream cones plus a hand picked book from staff that I can keep up to four weeks! Thought this was such a fun idea 🥰

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Another book that I waited far too long to read, perhaps because I was always so unsure of what it was about.

Loved how we never quite learn who the narrator is, but regardless, he shares the story of five sisters, each committing suicide.

What drove them to this point where they felt they had no other option?

The readers don‘t learn this answer either.

Instead learn how everything unraveled after the first sister let go. 100% recommend this!

Deblovestoread I appreciate this review! Stacked. 2y
GinaKButler This is on my list for 2021 also! 2y
KristenDuck @GinaKButler that‘s exciting! 2y
jennbee Loved the book and the movie! Eugenides is one of my favorite authors 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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TheKidUpstairs Love Eugenides!!! ❤💗❤💗 (autocorrect near fail, my phone tried to change that to eugenics. Yikes!) 2y
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KimberlyJuracich
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This is a book that I love so much it‘s hard to put into words. It is beautiful and haunting.

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ramblingsofareader
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This is an interesting one. Overall I think it bugged me that we didn‘t really know any of the characters because the narrator(s) shielded themselves and much of the detail of the lives of the girls appeared to be speculation. Also really bugged me that they kept referring to “exhibits” of photographs and belongings of the girls, although I‘m not sure why it bugged me so much. I did like the writing and would try another book by Eugenides. 2.5⭐️.

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ramblingsofareader
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Next up... cover boasts that it is “a Catcher in the Rye for our time”, here‘s hoping it‘s a little better than Catcher in the Rye, which I just read and did not particularly enjoy!🤞🏼🤞🏼 Loving the shiny cover so it already has bonus points!

Darklunarose The movie was ok back in the day. My youngest keeps asking to watch it, I keep saying not a chance! 2y
ramblingsofareader @Darklunarose ooh interesting, wasn‘t aware there was a movie, I will have to check it out one I‘ve finished reading! Definitely!! Not exactly a topic for children! 2y
Darklunarose @ramblingsofareader it has kristen dunst in it. Kiddo is nearly 16 but I'm still a little tentative with her watching this subject. 2y
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5🌟 A well written and narrated dark and atmospheric elegy that lingers in your mind. About a family with five beautiful sisters from a middle class American family that over the course of a year all five commit suicide. Eugenides vivid and symbolic world building pulled me in! I am definitely reading more of his books soon! I will say there is an element of mystique here that the author leaves you with and some readers may find unsettling.

KatieDid927 Middlesex is also wonderful, and the film adaptation of this one is pretty great too. 2y
lynneamch One of my top 10 books ever is 2y
Bookalong @KatieDid927 I need to read Middlesex! Yes I love the film adaptation! 2y
Bookalong @lynneamch i need to read it next!! 2y
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Heideschrampf
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I absolutely loved this! Wonderfull prose, great narrational skills, rightly a modern classic. A careful and nuanced book not about the five suicidal sisters, but the society they were born into, the community that ignored them and the peers that objectified them. A perfect example of how the white/western/wealthy and (most importantly) male gaze dominates our perception - the victim blaming at the end, pure gold! Sad, but so very true. #feminism

Freespirit Wonderful review..sounds like a must read!! 2y
callielafleur This book gives me such visceral memories of the first time I read it when I was in college. Still one I go back to. 2y
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Powered_By_Plants
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It‘s books like this that make me wish I was in a book club 😩

It definitely appeals more to a teen audience but as I experienced the story as a teen I feel very attached. Revisiting this memories surfaced that had once been forgotten. Personally I think the film captures the book brilliantly.

#15booksin15weeks Book 6 😁

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Powered_By_Plants Having a daughter myself ,although not a teen makes me hope I can support her through those tough teen years and like a butterfly look after her but not hold onto her too tightly to break her wings but protect her delicate self 🦋 🦋

Beautifully written with lots of irony ... (their mothers suffocating protection) and trying to understand the complexity of the female adolescent mind ❤️❤️
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Dr. Armonson stitched up her wrist wounds. Within five minutes of the transfusion he declared her out of danger.
“What are you doing here honey? You‘re not even old enough to know how bad life gets.” ........

“Obviously, Doctor,” she said, “you‘ve never been a thirteen-year-old girl.”

Definitely an air of melancholy whilst reading this but the little heart that appeared in my coffee did make me smile 🥰

IamIamIam I read this when I was in high school but I really feel like I need to revisit it! Thanks for the reminder! 2y
ramblingsofareader I have this as assigned reading coming up soon! 2y
Powered_By_Plants @IamIamIam I was the same but with the film! Watched it loads as a teen , my first time reading the book. Cleverly written , so many questions. Have you seen the film? 2y
Powered_By_Plants @ramblingsofareader I hope you like it ! I watched the film as a teen and it stayed with me , one of those you think about for days after. 2y
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Book 106 of 2020
#scribd #audiobook

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Powered_By_Plants
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Thank you @achalla for the tag 🥰 hope your enjoying Litsy so far📚
☀️ A toss up between TVS & Maze runner,been waiting to read them both for a while now. In my teens I loved The film of the virgin suicides with Kirsten Dunst & Josh Hartnett .It was a film that stayed with me for days after.

☀️Picnics on the grass 🧺

☀️Watching the fluffy baby blue tits leave the bird box.Poor mum & dad,what a handful&soo quick😂

@ceci_reads @Nerdy_Bookworm

magyklyXdelish The Virgin Suicides was a favorite of mine in my teens as well. I have not read the book and it's been years since I saw the movie so I completely even forgot it was a book. Definitely adding to my TBR 2y
Powered_By_Plants @magyklyXdelish I also hadn‘t realised it was a book! Will be interesting to see how the movie follows it. Love the music in the movie when they are playing the records to the girls over the phone 🥰 2y
achalla You are most welcome @Powered_By_Plants! I am thoroughly enjoying myself and my TBR is overflowing already! 2y
Powered_By_Plants @achalla it‘s great isn‘t it 🥰 , happy reading lovely 📖 💕 2y
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pilardib
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I hate that this 200 page long book only has 5 chapters (one for each sister?) It dragged on forever. However, the story and the writing are great. I can't believe this book was written so long ago and that not much has changed.

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They're just memories now. Time to write them off.

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pilardib
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How can a chapter be almost 100 pages long? 😖

DaveGreen7777 There are a few of those in the Wheel of Time series, too! 😩 3y
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DreesReads
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✨November Wrap-Up✨
8 books read
4 audio
1 ARC
1 1001/1000 list book
1 500 great books by women
1 in translation
0 nonfiction for nonfiction November 🙄🤣
Favorite of the month is tagged.
#wrapup #monthlywrapup #novemberwrapup

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This was really good. I liked the narrative style, it worked so that as a reader I was just as fascinated and baffled by the Lisbon girls as the boys watching them. The fact that we never truly know why they did what they did makes it absolutely haunting.

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Excellent writing with a Dream-like quality. The narrator, now an adult, reminisced about his time with a group of boys who were fascinated by the 5 Lisbon sisters. About memory, loss of innocence, coming of age, and more. #1001books

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One of many books I packed for vacation, but the first I have finished. A student loaned this to me to read and we agree the language is very poetic. The story itself was a little jumbled though. I definitely understand why it would appeal to a teenage demographic though.

NeedsMoreBooks Ah, finally someone whose view about the book agree with. Didn‘t find it as amazing as expected 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3y
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Paperback.Propensity
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Finally reading this beauty

vumblereads That‘s a pretty edition 3y
Paperback.Propensity @vumblereads It is. I'm in love. I hope I don't ruin it 😅 3y
vumblereads That‘s how I always feel with pretty books! 😂 i always end up borrowing from the library instead but having my own copy untouched. I know I have a problem 😂 3y
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Paperback.Propensity @vumblereads 😂😂 I don't blame you! 3y
Megabooks Love the book and the movie! 3y
Paperback.Propensity @Megabooks I have to watch it! 3y
Megabooks @Paperback.Propensity it‘s free on Amazon prime video right now if you have that. 3y
Paperback.Propensity @Megabooks Thanks for telling me! 3y
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I resisted this story because I have a teen daughter. It‘s very well written, and a fast, intriguing read. Suicide trigger but the perspective is different because the narrator is a group of young boys infatuated with the Lisbon girls. I thank @annebogel and the #whatshouldireadnext podcast for the recommendation. Without hearing how good it was I never would have read this. Check off V for the #litsyAtoZ challenge! @BookishMarginalia

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VioletBramble
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#7Days7Covers #Covercrush Day 7
Post a cover you love each day for 7 days. No explanation needed

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Cinfhen Another book that has so many wonderful covers 3y
CoffeeCatsBooks Love! I wish my copy of the book looked like this. 3y
erzascarletbookgasm I‘ve not seen this cover 3y
readordierachel Ooooh 😍 3y
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Rissreads
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Cathythoughts Love the white tights 👍🏻 3y
Rissreads @Cathythoughts me too! 💜 3y
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Cinfhen
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#SeptemberSins #HowToSaveALife #BonusCoverCrush Couldn‘t decide which cover I 💗more. This book is STILL on my #TBR although I‘ve seen the film. Also great song 🎶

KarenUK Both are gorgeous 😍 3y
Megabooks This is one of the few instances the movie is better than the book! 3y
Cinfhen Good to know @Megabooks are you up for playing #7Days7Covers ?? I‘ll tag you starting tomorrow 3y
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Cinfhen I agree @KarenUK SO many stunning covers to covet 3y
Megabooks No, but I‘m up for it! Tag away! 3y
Cinfhen Ok, starting tomorrow for 7 days you post one book a day of a cover you love with no explanation only using hashtags #7Days7Covers & #CoverCrush 🧡Each day you post you tag someone new to participate XX @Megabooks can‘t wait to see what u come up with (edited) 3y
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TheBookHippie
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Reread both of these this past weekend as young people I mentor are reading them. Such good discussions from these books!!!

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I‘ve been waiting to post until after our book club meeting! The story quickly informs the reader what to expect but at some point, similar to the neighborhood boys, you have to be ok with knowing there‘s no answers to the questions. Otherwise, you too will spend your entire life trying to put the clues together only to come up to another dead end...

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I was absolutely blown away by this book; moments from it keep coming into my mind throughout the day. I immediately passed it on to my friend, who is also now hooked. I highly recommend (TW: suicides)

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Jovy
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I did not dislike this book, but did not love it either. I don't know, there's just something missing. The writing was good, and while I thought the "outside looking in" perspective was unique, it was probably the reason why I never felt the connection with the Lisbon girls. Still, I'm glad to have checked this classic off my TBR list. I might rent the movie to see if that's better.

#Booked2019 #booktomovie
#LitsyAtoZ letter V

Megabooks It‘s one of the rare times when the movie is better! 3y
alisiakae Definitely watch the movie! One of the few times I have watched the movie without reading the book. 3y
ladym30 Definitely see the movie! 3y
Cinfhen I‘ve only seen parts of the film and I wasn‘t wowed 🤷‍♀️so I think I‘ll skip this book 3y
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ This was an odd book. It was an adorable picador modern classic edition which was tiny and for in the palm of my hand. The story of the Lisbon sisters was strange and like looking into a thick coke bottle. Still not sure what to make of it.

Twocougs It‘s certainly a different read. Felt so odd when I finished it. 3y
BritanyA @Twocougs yes! Hard to describe how I felt about it. 3y
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MolliesaurusRex
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This was very interesting. It was done tastefully, and really captures some of the feeling that follows the suicide of someone (or in the case of this book, 5 someones) that you know. Never does the author try to explain how the parents felt, which honestly was a relief to me. It definitely is something I need to continue to digest, but I was pleasantly surprised in reading this, whether of my reaction or how it was written I don‘t know.

MolliesaurusRex #booked2019 book to movie prompt, as well 3y
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MolliesaurusRex
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My mom & brother came to visit today, which was SO nice. I miss them a lot. This book isn‘t hitting me as hard as I thought it might, but that may just be because I can relate to the narrators more. Either way, it‘s living up to my opinion of the movie.👌🏼 #weekendreads #kittenlittens #littenkittens #snugglecats #familyvisits #bookupdates

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MolliesaurusRex
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The boys have quickly gotten used to mama being home all day. Reading while they snuggle on me.❤️ #catsoflitsy #littenkittens #kittenlittens #jackandleo #readingbuddies #snugglebugs

wanderinglynn Aw, so cute! What good snuggle buddies. ❤️🐱 3y
MolliesaurusRex @wanderinglynn they are the best when they can get along. Such lovey boys. I‘m so lucky😍😊 3y
rretzler 😻 3y
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