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The Inquisitor's Tale
The Inquisitor's Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog | Adam Gidwitz
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The bestselling author of A Tale Dark and Grimm takes on medieval times in an exciting and hilarious new adventure about history, religion . . . and farting dragons. 1242. On a dark night, travelers from across France cross paths at an inn and begin to tell stories of three children: William, an oblate on a mission from his monastery; Jacob, a Jewish boy who has fled his burning village; and Jeanne, a peasant girl who hides her prophetic visions. They are accompanied by Jeanne's loyal greyhound, Gwenforte . . . recently brought back from the dead. As the narrator collects their tales, the story of these three unlikely allies begins to come together. Their adventures take them on a chase through France to escape prejudice and persecution and save precious and holy texts from being burned. Theyre taken captive by knights, sit alongside a king, and save the land from a farting dragon. And as their quest drives them forward to a final showdown at Mont Saint-Michel, all will come to question if these children can perform the miracles of saints. Beloved bestselling author Adam Gidwitz makes his long awaited return with his first new world since his hilarious and critically acclaimed Grimm series. Featuring manuscript illuminations throughout by illustrator Hatem Aly and filled with Adams trademark style and humor, The Inquisitor's Tale is bold storytelling thats richly researched and adventure-packed. From the Hardcover edition.
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glitterkitty459
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❤️❤️❤️ this book!! Really sweet and then also gruesome sometimes?? Almost middle grade but just a touch too much probably (I found it in the YA section)

Medieval history, magical kids and a dog, a lot of discussions of religion (didn't expect that but didn't mind it), and lovely illustrations lining the pages

(Mild-ish content warnings for animal cruelty/animals in peril)

Tungstensmum Oooh, this sounds relevant to my interests. Can you elaborate on how the religious aspects are used? Discussion of religion in general/Christian allegory/confronting the church/whatever? 3mo
Tungstensmum Oh also there‘s a greyhound. And I‘m piqued by any books with a greyhound on the cover (even more than dogs in general, LOL) 3mo
glitterkitty459 @Tungstensmum Yeah! it's mainly Jewish vs Christian faith in medieval europe (one of the main characters is Jewish), Christian symbolism/themes etc. All really well done and incorporated in the kind of quest story.
Hope you like it if you read this one!! :)
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Tungstensmum on my list!! Definitely sounds like my jam 3mo
batsy I was going to stack this but I see that I already have! Love the cover. 3mo
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glitterkitty459
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My #currentlyreading stack 🤗📚

Kaila-ann Love the fox 🦊 😍 3mo
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sydneybrooks

Sometimes, it turns out, the most important decisions in life are made by your dog.

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sydneybrooks

I think this would definitely be an interesting book. Depending on some things, it may even be good to read aloud to the class or offer as an independent book.

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Pickpick

This sounds like it would fit well into a diversity lesson or social studies lesson. This is a good way at a young age for books to expose kids to what prejudice is and what justice is.

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CassidyCantrell

The Jewish boy in the story can heal any wound. I‘m sure he was appreciated in the kingdom.

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Mehso-so

Travelers gather in a small French inn, they are ready for story time and the kingdom is consumed by the tale of three children.
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A great book that brings suspense to those who have adventurous minds!

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Pickpick

An imaginary realm that is centered around three children who each have their own magical power. Coming together, their powers will be tested by demons and dragons, knights and monks. This book is full of adventure while the three children run through France, ready for war. Genre: Modern Fantasy; Published: 2016; Illustrator: Hatem Aly

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Ariel8Smith
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“Now please, God, hear us. Help us, watch over us, and protect us as we face the flames of hate.” -William

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Ariel8Smith

Adventurous story about friendship and teaches about war.

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Ariel8Smith
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Modern fantasy, 2016. Story about three travelers, Jeanne, Jacob, and William. They all have different strengths and abilities but become friends. Journey of them being chased through France and they work together to survive.

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BrittanyLewis

“They has this dog. A beautiful dog. A white greyhound, with a copper blaze down its nose” (pg.1)

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I love how they travel around France with there trusted dog by their side!

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Mehso-so

This story is about three friends with very different backgrounds and magical powers. As they travel with there loyal greyhound, they will be tested by both magical and cunning people or things.

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Mehso-so

This book is about an imaginary realm with 3 christen. Jeanne a peasant girl has visions of the future; William, a young monk with supernatural strength;and Jacob, a Jewish boy who can heal.

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faithx5
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That thing where you‘re reading a book set in the Middle Ages and you geek out because Chrétien de Troyes shows up and sings an epic ballad but then you get depressed because it can‘t be the same Chrétien because the book is set in 1242 and he died in the late 1100s.

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GirlMeetsBook
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Can I just do a 39 day audiobook challenge? These are my JAM!!! With that said, don‘t take this recommendation lightly— The Inquisitor‘s Tale is an EXCELLENT audiobook. It‘s kid friendly, but adults will love the woven tale just as much. Like on par with Harry Potter. Yeah, I went there. #Day7 #30DayBookChallenege

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pauls
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I‘m reading this for Battle of the Books with 5th graders at my school. Today while reading during lunch I both pumped a fist for victory and hugged the book to my chest for feels! It‘s so so soooo good, and I can‘t get over how gorgeous this book is!

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JHgotham
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Found this on a quick trip to the city today. Prob fall asleep reading it since I‘m on a lot of meds for a leg infection caused by an insect sting on Friday 😝

Magpiegem Oh no I hope your leg feels better soon!! Xxx 13mo
JHgotham Thanks, the swelling is going down today so that‘s good:) 13mo
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SofiPasternack
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Love this book!! It‘s got a great style and such a fabulous story wrapped up inside.

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emtobiasz
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I‘m confused by this #newberyhonor book. On the one hand, I‘m really enjoying it personally. On the other hand, I‘m having trouble deciding who I would recommend it to at my library. Parts are very violent, in a cartoonish & yet still explicit way, and there is a ton of talk of ale— historically accurate but still excessive for most kids. And then there‘s an entire chapter about a farting dragon. 🤷‍♀️

But I‘m having a blast. Plus the beer is 💯

CatLass007 Farting dragon 🤣🤣🤣 14mo
batsy Great blurb; you had me at ale and farting dragon 😂 #targetaudience 14mo
TracyReadsBooks This book is popular in our library (K-8 school), particularly as a family read aloud. It was also a big hit with our parent book group. Love the illuminated manuscript inspiration. 14mo
emtobiasz @TracyReadsBooks good! I‘m really glad it‘s finding an audience, because I loved it. I‘m just still hesitant enough about my readers‘ advisory skills for kids to be nervous— I find I tend to recommend things kids may love in a year or two but aren‘t ready for just yet. Still tweaking my process— although I‘ll probably be working on that in one way or another for the rest of my career 😄 14mo
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LindaMcGraw16
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This just might migrate to the top of my physical book summer reading pile. I LOVED the Grimm series, so when I found this I immediately gave Amazon Prime a little two-day exercise and procured myself a copy.

Bookworm83 So glad you joined Litsy 😘😘 14mo
dragondrool @Bookworm83 I was telling her about it the other night. She didn't know about it. When I told her you and Cait were here I think it sealed the deal. 😊 14mo
dragondrool Now we need to get her hooked on Louise Penny and Flavia. :) 14mo
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Bookworm83 @dragondrool Yay!!! Yes, we do! 14mo
LindaMcGraw16 I love how you two are talking about me like I‘m not here. 😉 @bookworm83 @dragondrool 14mo
LindaMcGraw16 @bookworm83 I didn‘t know about it! 14mo
Bookworm83 LOL!! ❤️ 14mo
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ElizabethAndino
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I‘m returning to some of the books I bailed in when I was pregnant, restless and unable to focus on reading for long. This was a wonderful start.

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MarticaMustRead
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📬📖🤓 #BookMail #MiddleGrade

#BookMail is the best mail❣

My #GoodReadsWin arrived today. Sounds like a fun #MiddleGrade adventure.

Think I'll save this for the upcoming #Deweys24HrReadathon ! 🤗

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amber_ldsmom
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Tonight‘s Barnes & Noble run:
1. The Music Shop for the #BotmBuddyRead . Looking forward to it @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
2. The Inquisitor‘s Tale because 1) I inevitably end up in the children‘s section 2) I‘ve been waiting for it to hit the shelf for a while and 3) it‘s a #Newbery #readinggoals
3. A Monster Calls because I love being creeped out and I love the illustrations.

#bookhaul

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yay!!!!!!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 1y
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Preciouz29
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This was such a fun read! Just read it! Very suitable for adults and kids alike!

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annahenke
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I read 15 books in January! That might be a new record! My favorites were THE INQUISITOR‘S TALE by Adam Gidwitz and THE ENGLISH WIFE by Lauren Willig.

Jennick2004 Wow!! Way to go! 2y
BeckyB Good job!! How do you do it?! I struggle to find the time. 😕 2y
annahenke @BeckyB I did the readathon this month, which helped a lot. I just read whenever I can! Plus, I don‘t have much of a social life right now because I can‘t drive due to a medical condition. 2y
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ElishaLovesBooks Loved The Inquisitor‘s Tale!! 2y
SincerelyStacie Me too! An all-time high! I think it was partly the readathon but also being more intentional. Reading on my kindle app vs scrolling Facebook when I have a free 10 min or always having a book, Kindle, physical, and audio going at the same time so there are always options. The big thing is reading great books which makes you want to read them! 2y
DefLeppard I hear you, I don't have much of a social life either as I am pretty much a loner. Makes for lots of reading time. 😊 2y
annahenke @SincerelyStacie Yes, Reading book that you want to read is key! 2y
annahenke @Tamora1979 Yes, and lots of reading time is my kind of life! 2y
bookaholic1 I've read 10. 2y
LiteraryinLititz Congrats! What age group do you think would be a good fit for the tagged book? Other than adults who totally value great books for all ages, of course. 😉 2y
annahenke @LiteraryinLititz perfect for 8-12 year olds but can be appreciated at any age. Keep an eye on my reviews - I‘ll be posting a full review on my blog later in the week. It‘s seriously one of the best modern works of children‘s literature I‘ve read in twenty years. 2y
DefLeppard @annahenke oh most definitely. My kind of life too. 2y
hes7 Yay! 🎉 2y
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annahenke
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Continuing book five for #24in48 after a short break. A children‘s book seems just the thing right now!

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annahenke
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What‘s your #readingwardrobe for #24in48 ? I‘m wearing the coziest sweater I own and some sweatpants. Just took a break while listening to my audiobook and now about to start my children‘s book.

RadicalReader @annahenke this is the most comfy reading outfit I have ever seen!! I adore it more so because it is just like my new shirt I just got. 2y
Linda24 Oversized t-shirt, fuzzy socks, no pants. 😂😂😂 2y
missarixreads Messy bun and leggings with a sleep shirt 🤓 2y
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Pamwurtzler Yoga pants & a fleece but I really need to put real clothes on 2y
bookaholic1 I'm usually in comphy pants or pajamas 2y
Sharpeipup I think I own that very same sweater 2y
annahenke @Sharpeipup altered state? 2y
Sharpeipup @annahenke I can only guess as it was a gift. 2y
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Booksbymybed
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First reads of 2018 for kids

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Court7
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Thoroughly, thoroughly charming.

Angeles My kid loved the audio book which has several narrators and is tremendously fun. 2y
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RestlessFickleBookHoarder
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Excuse my not so #artful attempt at #yesvember, #noteworthynovember and #emojinov

Nov TBR and 📚🔜...plus a dash of my 2018 goals- I have way too many books and I've run out of shelf space. I need to read out of boxes and off the shelves and quit buying books! So my November TBR is what ever I pick up!

@Libby1
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@RealLifeReading

Libby1 @RestlessFickleBookSlut - I COMPLETELY understand! I‘m in a similar situation. 😬 2y
RestlessFickleBookHoarder @Libby1 it's so hard! I'm weak and I can't stay away from all the temptation on Litsy! 2y
Libby1 @RestlessFickleBookSlut - yes, as Littens we‘re all terrible enablers, aren‘t we? 2y
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EchoLogical
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This book was weird AF for a kid's book. It was a mix of historical fiction and I guess Christian or religious fiction for kids. It was kind of all over the place. The way that the story was told was interesting but I think it was too much for the plot, if that makes sense. Readers learn what happens through secondhand accounts from various random people in a tavern which would be cool, if the story wasn't so weird. Idk about this one...

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Notafraidofwords I ended up bailing on this one. 2y
minkyb Oh, I had hopes for this one. 😟 2y
EchoLogical @Notafraidofwords I don't blame you. I only read it for work. Lol 2y
EchoLogical @minkyb I did too. I told myself that it was really good because it's a Caldecott Honor book. I lied. 😔 2y
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Tsubame
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Without stretching the interpretation for an #OccupationInTitle too much I've got only two books to suit this tag, one of them my current read, but both are set in the Middle Ages. One in France, one in England. Both filled with words that show a deep understanding of humankind. Is there a better reason to #Fallintobooks ?

erzascarletbookgasm The tagged book sounds good! Middle grade? 2y
mhillis The cover of The Anchoress is so nice! 2y
Tsubame @erzascarletbookgasm Tbh I have no idea 🙈But I'd say that middle graders should be able to read it without struggling too much. The language is simple, but beautiful ♥️ 2y
Tsubame @mhillis That swallow is from Malcolm Greensmith, A Swallow in Flight (1822). Seeing this cover every time I pick up the book makes me really happy. 2y
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RestlessFickleBookHoarder
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Just a few #occupationintitle for #fallintobooks @RealLifeReading

I'll get to all of these books...someday.

batsy I have the Frazer book and enjoyed it! Been meaning to read the rest in the series... 2y
RestlessFickleBookHoarder @batsy I've had The Squire's Tale forever! 2y
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Jamesfahyauthor
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On a dark night, travellers from across France cross paths at an inn and begin to tell stories of three children: William, an oblate on a mission from his monastery; Jacob, a Jewish boy who has fled his burning village; and Jeanne, a peasant girl who hides her prophetic visions. They are accompanied by Jeanne‘s loyal greyhound, Gwenforte . . . recently brought back from the dead. Intelligent and original story

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Megpyre
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This is a local school's all school summer reading pick, and being a devoted bookseller I decided to give it a shot so I could talk to the kids about it. I was beyond amazing. Like I've been selling it to everyone who walks into the store and isn't too cool to be seen with a children's book. Do yourself a favor and put this at the top of your TBR pile.

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elkeo_TheBookDragon
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Was fun to look back over the 60 books I have read so far this year to pick the #bestreadsof2017sofar.
These are them!
#jubilantjuly

Reviewsbylola Love Mudbound! 2y
RanaElizabeth @Reviewsbylola Agreed! Mudbound is so good! 2y
DeborahSmall Check this out, I have it pre ordered A Darker Shade of Magic Collector's Edition (Shades of Magic) https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0765399113/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_vzywzbZNHQ0VR 2y
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elkeo_TheBookDragon @DeborahSmall I already ordered it! Have you read that series? It's great! I am saving book 3 for the readathon in a couple of weeks! 2y
Jess_Read_This I'm #stacking Mudbound solely on your recommendation and the cover. Going to read the plot synopsis now.... 2y
elkeo_TheBookDragon @Jess_Read_This It's nothing like what I normally read! Sad, but so good. 2y
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merelybookish
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A rollicking middle-grade medevial tale. A little bit Chaucer, a little bit Inkheart, a little bit history with lots of good, hard, complicated messages about faith, acceptance, and inclusion.
On a sad unrelated note, I learned today my library is switching from Overdrive to Axis360. 😕 I am very, very disappointed.

LectricSheep What is Axis360? 😦It sounds kind of evil. 2y
merelybookish @LectricSheep Haha. Not quite. It's another audio/ebook platform for borrowing library books. I've used it before. I much prefer Overdrive. 2y
LectricSheep Interesting! Any idea why the switch? I honestly didn't know anything was competing with Overdrive. 2y
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merelybookish @LectricSheep Not sure why. I would guess cost? I imagine Overdrive is the most successful and so more expensive? 2y
LectricSheep Sigh. It does usually come down to 💸. Makes sense. 2y
MidnightBookGirl I just met the author! He was so nice and he wants to come to our bookstore! 2y
merelybookish @MidnightBookGirl Lucky you! This book has an extensive author's note (where he explains the background for the book). He comes across as very likeable! 2y
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ReadingMidwife
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Such a profound, beautiful, and FUN book! Wow!

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ReadingMidwife
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Fun book so far! ☺️ and beautiful illuminations!

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Tnovo
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Decided on a lighter read today and was amused by farting dragons because apparently that is what they do if they are lactose intolerant 😂😂 who knew.

BookFreakOut 🐉💨 2y
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bookdrunkard78
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Just one of the many books I've read because I couldn't keep my #GRABBYHANDS off a book I heard about on litsy. @Liberty

elkeo_TheBookDragon It's SO good 💕 2y
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kristenmcquinn
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What a perfectly lovely book! This is exactly what I wanted to read right now. It made me have all the feels and cry in good ways.

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quietjenn
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Looks a mess, tastes delicious.

mcipher Messy food is the best sometimes!! 2y
quietjenn I agree, @mcipher ! 2y
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