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You Will Know Me
You Will Know Me: A Novel | Megan Abbott
The audacious new novel from bestselling author Megan Abbott, "one of the best living mystery writers" (Grantland). Katie and Eric Knox have dedicated their lives to their fifteen-year-old daughter Devon, a gymnastics prodigy and Olympic hopeful. But when a violent death rocks their close-knit gymnastics community just weeks before an all-important competition, everything the Knoxes have worked so hard for feels suddenly at risk. As rumors swirl among the other parents, revealing hidden plots and allegiances, Katie tries frantically to hold her family together while also finding herself drawn, irresistibly, to the crime itself, and the dark corners it threatens to illuminate. From a writer with "exceptional gifts for making nerves jangle and skin crawl," (Janet Maslin) YOU WILL KNOW ME is a breathless rollercoaster of a novel about the desperate limits of desire, jealousy, and ambition.
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marleed
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Mehso-so

I was expecting this to be a fictionalized version of the abuse of a young elite athlete, but it didn‘t really go the direction I expected. The direction she took Devon‘s character bothered me so I have a hard time giving this one a pick.

September BookSpin #DoubleSpin @TheAromaOfBooks

Librariana It's a shame it's not what you were expecting, but at least it's off your TBR shelf now. 3mo
marleed @Librariana Yes, and that‘s great. I was doing great tackling my botm backlog back in Jan and Feb, but there‘s just been so many new books out this year. So my physical TBR stack has remained pretty steady since spring. On the other hand, I shouldn‘t be adding a pile off 2022 books to my tender mountain! 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 3mo
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Katie.happens
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Pickpick

Gymnastics + Murder Mystery + A cast of entirely unlikeable characters so it‘s impossible to choose a suspect because, honestly, they all had it in them.

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TheLudicReader
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Mehso-so

My March #bookspin . I feel ambivalent about this story of a family who has put everything (and I mean everything) into their daughter‘s gymnastic ambitions. I have read other books by this author which I have enjoyed a lot more than this one. @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 9mo
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TheLudicReader
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@TheAromaofBooks my March #bookspin reads.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 9mo
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MMFinck
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Pickpick

I‘m not familiar with gymnastics, and this was still great. Twisty.

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Megabooks
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Pickpick

In a serendipitous moment, I was wishing for a family drama, and my library had them highlighted in Libby! While this #reread is a bit more thriller than family drama, I enjoyed it nonetheless. Katie, the mother of a gymnast trying to make it to elite level, is a bit clueless about the goings on in her family, but her fierce protection was admirable and made for good reading.

Once I finish Bourdain, I‘ve checked out one by Jonathan Tropper!

KathyWheeler As a librarian, I sometimes wonder who chooses the subject headings and genres in the digital collections like Libby and Hoopla. I‘m always finding things that are weirdly catalogued. Once I saw a serious book about saving your marriage in the Humor category. 13mo
Cinfhen I remember disliking this book because it didn‘t ring true regarding elite athletes competing for Olympic spots…I know from my niece - the girls don‘t go to school and have so much free time. My niece literally trains 6 days a week from 7am - 7pm. And the parents were SO CLUELESS…UGH!!! 13mo
Megabooks @KathyWheeler yikes!! I thought the librarians chose them! That puts a whole different light on it. 🤔 13mo
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Megabooks @Cinfhen you‘re right, it doesn‘t at all. I think it‘s unfortunate from the standpoint of people believing it‘s that easy, but I also support artistic license. From the gymnasts memoirs I‘ve read and following them on social media, I think this rings a bit truer, but she still took some creative license. 13mo
Cinfhen That one sounds fun…I‘m gonna look out for it. Thanks, Meg ♥️ 13mo
KathyWheeler @Megabooks I‘ve never looked that deeply into who does the cataloging for services like Overdrive and Hoopla. Academic libraries use different services, and the cataloging is left up to our cataloguers. But I‘ve noticed that the cataloging in Hoopla and CloudLibrary is often weird and sometimes down right wrong, so my hope is that it‘s not librarians. (edited) 13mo
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she.hearts.horror
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Mehso-so

I felt really underwhelmed by the characters and the plot, and I pretty much predicated the end. Give Me Your Hand was a much better book and as a bonus: it didn‘t randomly describe children‘s hair as being Hitler white blonde. My brain can‘t compute why anyone would needlessly mention him — there are numerous descriptions for insignificant character‘s hair ( children … no less… like eww).

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derr.liz
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I know her. And her parents, her coach, her club. The intensity of youth sports portrayed here is real.

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azulaco
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Pickpick

This book was twistier than I expected...first I thought one person did the crime, then it looked like a different person did it, then it turned out that the first person I suspected did it, but in a different way than I thought. The characters were real, by which I mean most of them had unsympathetic flaws, which I thought was good for the story. And the overall way it ended was chilling, when I realized where it was going. Kept me reading.

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MrBook
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#TBRtemptation post 2! Devon is a gymnastics prodigy and Olympic hopeful. When a violent death occurs before a big competition, her parents try to keep things from getting derailed and their family from fraying as the close-knit gymnastics community starts coming apart and hidden plots and allegiances come out. A “skin-crawler,” according to one reviewer! #blameLitsy #blameMrBook 😎

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OutsmartYourShelf
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Panpan

Initially I thought this was going to be a book with a social commentary on the pressure on gymnasts to succeed & keep from ‘ageing out‘ due to body changes. What I got what a banal murder mystery. Plus all the characters were horrible in some way apart from Drew. A disappointing 2⭐️

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Jasmine_P
Mehso-so

It was hard to get into at first, but I ended up enjoying it. Poor Ryan💔

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JoScho
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Katie and Eric have dedicated their lives to their fifteen-year-old daughter Devon, a gymnastics prodigy and Olympic hopeful. But when a violent death rocks their close-knit gymnastics community just weeks before an all-important competition, everything the Knoxes have worked so hard for feels suddenly at risk. Rumors soon begin to swirl among the other parents, revealing hidden plots and allegiances.
#childprodigy #newyearnewyou
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Bookjunkie57 You made this sound so good I immediately requested it from the library. 3y
Crazeedi Well written review! Sounds good! 3y
Kappadeemom I loved this book! 3y
MissAimz_55 Sounds very interesting! 3y
Eggs Thanks for joining in 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3y
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Madison91
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Pickpick

Really slow to start I did not think I would like it, however it did pull me in, and made up for the slow start.

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Victoriahoperose
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Pickpick

I actually really liked this book more than some others by this author. I felt like she really captured the minds of the people she wrote about that were involved in a competitive environment for gymnastics. There was a lot of suspense and tension and it kept me going until the end with curiosity and intrigue. Very interesting book that ended differently than I thought it would.

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Krystle13
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Mehso-so

Finished!
It wasnt a true pick for me. But was good! I would like to read other books written by her to see if any differences.

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Krystle13
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@scripturient on to this one you sent me. Sounds Excellent!!!

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squirrelbrain
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#ififell

#beatlemaynia

This suspense novel is set in the world of gymnastics - and there‘s a bit of falling going on!

Caroline2 Ohhhh I love a bit of gymnastics...stacked! 👍🏻 4y
Eggs Clever 🤗👏🏻🎶 4y
cherinium I really enjoyed this one and its examination of how far some will go for success. 4y
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heyitsMacall
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Pickpick

I loved it! It‘s like Big Little Lies had a baby with Stick It. The ending surprised me.

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AutumnRLS
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Second reading companion located. 😋

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AutumnRLS
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Finishing up my first Megan Abbott book with my best reading companion.

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AutumnRLS
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Next up from my TBR pile. #heyya

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Bookwm85forever
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My husband has been sidelined for awhile and is tired of tv. He‘s been powering through books faster than me lately. #booknerd #bookaddict #bookaddiction #husband.

Crazeedi Awww he looks laid up for sure! Get well soon husband!! 4y
Bookwm85forever @Crazeedi Thanks!! Physical therapy is working wonders. 4y
Crazeedi Yes, I had PT with my hip replacement, she helped so very much, good luck! 4y
Bookwm85forever @Crazeedi Much appreciated!! 4y
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suzie.reads
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Panpan

Not got much to say about this I just found it boring and the story was very weak.

Not been a good week for reading with a so-so book and a pan book 😒

Hopefully the next book will be better 😊

TrishB Only read one of hers so far and didn‘t particularly like. I have some others on the pile! 4y
suzie.reads @TrishB I just found it dull. I like a bit of grit and there was none lol 4y
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BoldCityBooks
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So far, so good. Not sure where this one is headed but already it‘s quite suspenseful.

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Mindyrecycles
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A young gymnast with Olympic hopes, a murder mystery, and a deeply disturbed family. Really good. #sportsofallsorts #riotgrams

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Jbakesmcgee3
Pickpick

Very interesting thriller, reminded me of my swim team days of how talented kids can become the insane focus of a family and community 🤸🏼‍♀️🤸🏼‍♀️🤸🏼‍♀️🤸🏼‍♀️

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Jbakesmcgee3
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Sick with the flu so sloth and I are laying around reading 😷ps I‘m flying through this book, has anyone else read this?

Lovesbooks87 Oh no! I hope you feel better soon! 4y
MrBook 😔 Get better soon! *big hug from @BookBabe and me* 4y
Sleepswithbooks I read it and liked it. Hope you enjoy it and feeling like a ✨superstar ✨ soon. 4y
Jbakesmcgee3 Thank you all! Happy to be feeling well enough to lay around and read 🥰 4y
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Deborah42
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Pickpick

Devon has the kind of talent that turns her fellow athletes and their parents green with envy. A sudden death exposes the cracks in her seemingly tight knit gymnastics community and in her own family.

I kept expecting a weird twist, but it never came. Just mostly normal people going through their mostly normal lives while wondering who might be a killer.

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GirlWellRead
Pickpick

The staccato pace that Abbot tells the story is mesmerizing. Even when I had suspected whodunnit, I still pressed on and raced to the finish. Her writing is crisp, tense, effective, and dark at times. She captures the psyche of the teenage girl incredibly and is able to get into the head of her characters and pour them out on the page. I can't wait to read more by Megan Abbott!

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BookishBelle
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Pickpick

Here‘s what I got done while #audiostitching this morning. The book was good. I‘m giving it a pick because it really did keep me coming back to find out what happened. I did figure out #whodunit before the big reveal but it was still a pick. #crossstitch

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BookishBelle
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I‘m getting in some #audiostitching this morning. #crossstitch This book has gotten so much better!

Amabear This looks lovely!!! So impressive how neat your stitches are. When I try to embroider mine end up all over the place 😂 I assume cross stitching is different though. 4y
BookishBelle @Amabear With cross stitching, you‘re really just making little exes with the thread so I think it‘s more prone to neatness. I‘d love to be able to embroider! 4y
Amabear @BookishBelle oh ok gotcha! Embroidery is close to the same, there‘s just a lot of other stitches you can do also. My grandma taught us when we were like 7, so greatful! 4y
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BookishBelle
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I downloaded Libby today and started listening to the tagged book on my drive to New Orleans. It‘s kinda so-so so far. I guess I‘ve entered the world of audio books via download. A little late to the game but I‘m here. I hope my library has a better selection than what I saw today. I didn‘t have much time to look though. I guess we‘ll see. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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squirrelbrain
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Pickpick

Loved this book! I struggled with the changing timeframes at the start, didn‘t think they were very clear, but that‘s probably my fault...! Once I got into it I found the claustrophobic world of the gymnasts fascinating - a great twist on a whodunit.

Thanks to @Oryx for sending it to me! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

#jbuk

RaimeyGallant It's not just you. Great book, though! 4y
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TheKidUpstairs
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1. I found these signs this morning, I want both!

2. Two, as usual 😁

3. Heck yes. We were in negative temps the other night.

4. Yes, for reading.

5. Tagged. I could not get into it, didn't care for any of the characters, was not interested in the story. just not for me.

#HumpDayPost @MinDea

Laura317 I love that “Don‘t Mind the Mess” sign! 😂 4y
CouronneDhiver Ha! Cute 4y
TheBookStacker I want the ho‘s one to hang on my front door during Christmas! 4y
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SomedayAlmost
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The vivid details and complex characters impress. The world of the gym is built well. However, in audiobook form, the tension ya not as high in the first 2 hours as I had hoped. #audiobooks

tammysue Cute little planters 💚 4y
jillannjohn Love this pic! 4y
SomedayAlmost Thanks! Planters from Trader Joe‘s. (Although garden center has nicer DOD ones.) 4y
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Rissa1
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Mehso-so

I feel like something is missing from this story, I wanted it to be more. The characters felt weak, I wanted them to be stronger.

TheBookKeepers Same! Wasn‘t a fan 😕 4y
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Rissa1
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I love my snuggly cat, but seriously I have 5 pages left! #Alabamaslife #catsoflitsy #jealousodmybook

Puredragonstar Another #KAL 😮🤣🤣🤣 4y
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Rissa1
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Beautiful fall day in Illinois. I got some reading in while my explored our trees. #fallreading #outdoorreading

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Rissa1
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1. My son and dog cuddling.
2. I wish I had more time to read this. Life has gotten in the way this week.
3. A Halloween party, maybe.
4. My laptop is red and currently signing my son into his online curriculum.
5. 🎶 Sometimes you wanna go where everybody knows your name and there always glad you came.🎶

@MinDea

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Rissa1
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It has been a mostly quiet Sunday. The kids are watching Hotel Transylvania, the hubby is bartending at our friends bar, and this is my plan. Book, candles, wine.

Rissa1 And then the fantasy came crashing down around me when I spilled my wine . 4y
AlaSkaat Oh no :o 4y
Rissa1 Luckily it was all on me and the chair, none on the book. 4y
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laurenlovesliterature
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Just a small little book haul on this rainy day🌧🌈☔

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MrBook
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Megan Abbott and AJ. Finn on stage together! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

Any fans of either mega-author?!

#MorristownFestivalofBooks

vivastory I have yet to read AJ Finn, but I love Megan Abbott's work 4y
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BookDragonNotWorm
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Mehso-so

There was nothing inherently bad with this book, it just wasn't for me. I didn't like/couldn't connect with any of the characters, and it felt really predictable. I expected more of a mystery, maybe a twist that was a surprise, but the plot felt glaringly obvious to me.

SomedayAlmost I don‘t mind the flawed characters, and I haven‘t finished the audiobook yet, but I did expect more tension & thriller feel due to way book was marketed! 4y
BookDragonNotWorm @SomedayAlmost I agree completely! There's a complete lack of tension and suspense! 4y
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JulAnna
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Panpan

Meh. I picked this up thinking that it looked like a quick thriller and that the gymnast angle would be interesting. I found unlikeable characters and a storyline that was pretty transparent despite the author‘s efforts to create suspense.

Desha Totally agreed with you in my review! ☺️ 4y
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clconn17
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Pickpick

I enjoyed this one. It showed how the parents can be more crazy and obsessive about a sport or activity than the kid participating is. I felt pretty bad for the little brother.

LiteraryinLawrence I had the same reaction about the brother! 4y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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“That‘s what parenthood was about, wasn‘t it? Slowly understanding your child less and less until she wasn‘t yours anymore but herself.”

Found this at the goodwill last week! Anyone read it?

#Parents
#quotsysept18

Prairiegirl_reading It‘s not great literature or anything but I couldn‘t put it down. I liked it quite a bit actually. 4y
zzz I have seen this book so many times but I keep passing on it 🤔. I need someone to convince me to buy it😁 4y
GripLitGrl I thought it was a good read. Dark twisty family secrets within a the perfect gymnastics community a page turner for me 4y
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Mdargusch It‘s been in my TBR stack for months! Gorgeous zinnias! ❤️💗❤️ 4y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Mdargusch thank you!!! These are the last of the year!!! 4y
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squirrelbrain
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Look what just arrived @Oryx ! Thanks so much, I‘m looking forward to reading it!

#litsymail
#jbuk
#justbecause

Cathythoughts Looks good ! Enjoy 😉 👍🏻 4y
Oryx It arrived really early! Was estimated for Thursday! Enjoy 😊 4y
squirrelbrain Gosh that is early then @Oryx! I was surprised and delighted when it plopped through the letterbox on Bank Holiday Sunday! 4y
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