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Dear Mr. M
Dear Mr. M: A Novel | Herman Koch
The tour-de-force, hair-raising new novel from Herman Koch, the New York Times bestselling author of The Dinner and Summer House with Swimming Pool Once a celebrated writer, M had his greatest success with a suspense novel based on a real-life disappearance. It told the story of a history teacher who went missing one winter after having a brief affair with a beautiful student of his. The teacher was never found. Upon publication, M's novel was a runaway bestseller, one that marked his international breakthrough. That was years ago, and now M's career is fading. But not when it comes to his bizarre, seemingly timid neighbor who keeps a close eye on him and his wife. Why? From alternating points of view, where no one is to be trusted, Herman Koch weaves together an intricate tale of a writer in decline, a teenage couple in love, a missing teacher, and a single book that entwines all of their fates. Thanks to M's novel, supposedly a work of fiction, everyone seems to be linked forever, until something unexpected spins the "story" off its rails. With ever increasing tension, his signature sardonic wit and world-renowned sharp eye for human failings, Herman Koch once again spares nothing and no one in his gripping new novel, a barbed performance that suspends readers in the mysterious space between fact and fiction. From the Hardcover edition.
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leslieseidel
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This arrived! (a few days ago) Thanks @DarcysMom I just started it this morning and am already intrigued and disgusted by the narrator! Ha Ha. Should be an interesting read. @Shadowfat @arubabookwoman #lmpbc #groupT

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DarcysMom
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@leslieseidel The book should arrive on Monday. Let me know if it doesn't.
#LMPBC #round6 #groupT
@Shadowfat @arubabookwoman

@suvata

Shadowfat Thanks, I'll watch for it! 2w
DarcysMom @Shadowfat it is going to @leslieseidel 😁 2w
Shadowfat Sorry I missed that part! It's been a long weekend lol 2w
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DarcysMom
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Mehso-so
suvata I wasn‘t real fond of some of his other books either. 2w
IamIamIam I liked this story a lot but I felt like it barely moved and was really redundant. The last 50 pages or so were phenomenal and I feel like it could have been a novella! 2w
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DarcysMom
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#LMPBC #round6 #groupT
@Shadowfat @leslieseidel @arubabookwoman
I am behind in finishing, but I promise it will be mailed out this weekend!

@suvata

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hollylynnbee
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I finished this book while on vacation as well, and it was very hard to put down. I spent most of the book not knowing what was going on, but the ending was fantastic! I love a mystery book that keeps you guessing and doesn't reveal too much before it's over. Definitely a book you have to keep up with because you can lost in it. Highly recommend!

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hollylynnbee
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Decided to start a different book that has been calling my name!

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IamIamIam
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Mehso-so

I didn't see the ending at all and I had a lot of strange ideas! However, it took FOREVER to get to the end!
40 years ago, 2 high school students are accused of foul play in the disappearance of a teacher, who was also having an affair with one of the students. A famous writer is being stalked after writing a fictional account of the event. The story rambles and needed better editing but was interesting after a bit of weeding.
#bookclubschmookclub

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IamIamIam
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25% to go, 2 days left on my loan with 1 person waiting... and this is probably one of the SLOWEST books I've ever read!!! Malerman is great at a slow burn but this... I feel like it's a sterno, like I'm not even sure if this sucker is lit after 75%... 🤔🤔🤔

Hestapleton Turn off the WiFi on your kindle until you finish! The next person still gets their copy, but the file won‘t leave your kindle until you turn WiFi back on. No one gets hurt and you can finish the book at your pace! Only downside is that you can‘t download anything else until you are ready to return the book. 2mo
IamIamIam @Hestapleton YOU'RE A GENIUS!!! Haha, honestly, the last 15% is picking up rapidly and I really am excited to plow through it! That's a great tip, though!!! Thanks so much!!! 2mo
Hestapleton @IamIamIam it‘s saved me SO MANY times lol 2mo
Crazeedi @Hestapleton thank you for this info! Good to know! 2mo
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IamIamIam
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Such a strange way to think about men who have children at an older age with younger spouses! Im not going to lie, I've thought it myself...
Reading this for my own book club, #bookclubschmookclub, and my mom found a copy at Dollar Tree. Lol

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vrorgeron
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Holy crap. I did not see that ending coming.

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vrorgeron
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Finally got ahold of this book!! I‘m so excited to read it. I was on the wait list for months at the last library I went to. Now I‘ve moved to a new town, went to visit their library today, and this was the first book I checked out. 😍😍😍

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Hidie
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Hidie
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I need to cleanse my mind of A Discovery of Witches! Herman Koch is always a good idea.

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BarbaraBB
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A perfect beach read, this book. A whodunnit mixed with the challenges of being a writer. Koch is very ironic and funny, I wanted to read on and on, but in the end I think I'll forget about Mr. M quickly.

Cathythoughts I found this book excellent, and would definitely give a much higher status than a beach read. I also read The Dinner by Koch, and loved it. I found both unputdownable. But, time will tell whether I will remember these books. We always do remember the good ones. It's a good point that you are making 👍 (edited) 2y
BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts I liked The Dinner as well. I like the style, the speed and the plot. I am enjoying myself while reading but just not swept away in the end. Maybe I am too stringent in my judgement 😀 2y
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cathysaid
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😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

#currentread

LeahBergen Love it! 😄 2y
BarbaraBB I am reading the book right now too. It is very funny and cynical I think! 2y
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AmyI
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I was a little hesitant to read this one. I had read The Dinner, which I had loved and then couldn't wait to read Summer House with Swimming Pool. Unfortunately I was disappointed and did not like that one. Dear Mr. M ended up being a fantastic read and I was not at all disappointed! Would highly recommend this one.

ChasingOm I was having the same inner monologue, so good to hear your thoughts! 2y
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AmyI
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Love this idea about reading!

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Cathythoughts
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Litten Alert! This is a seriously good book -about a writer- which make it even more intriguing. And intriguing it is ! Unputdownable. That is my only warning: if you like it like I did, nothing will get done until it's finished. ✅✅✅

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Cathythoughts
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Oh Littens , this book is excellent. I loved The Dinner , I bailed on Summer House with swimming pool ( which I will be giving a huge second chance ) but , Dear Mr M is laugh out loud brilliant , poignant, wise. I just don't want it to end. Anyone else reading this? If not , read it ! It's brilliant 👍

cathysaid I liked The Dinner as well, so I'll add this to the TBR. Thanks! 2y
Jess7 I #bailed on it pretty quickly. I loved The Dinner, but I couldn't get into this one when I tried to read it by the pool this summer. For me, the main character drove me crazy, but in all honesty, I only read a few chapters before switching to another book I had in my beach bag. Did you find the main character obnoxious at first or is it just me? I would be willing to give it another shot if you think it gets better, but right now it's a #DNF 2y
Cathythoughts I looked up previous reviews. There are mixed feelings about this book. Always a good sign. He is quite unique ( I think ) never a dull moment !!!! I mean Herman Koch is quite unique as an author (edited) 2y
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Cathythoughts @ Jess7 He is a conundrum, I love the way we get "the subtext " yes , obnoxious at times. I wonder if I said how I really felt in one of my worst moods .........but I Woudent, I hope I will be like that good Christian woman in Wizard of Oz. ( please god ) @Jess7 (edited) 2y
Cathythoughts @cathysaid it really is worth a read. 👍😉 2y
Lola I absolutely love this author. Moving Mr. M up on the TBR! 2y
Cathythoughts @Lola Oh yes move Mr. M up, it's so very good 😉 2y
Cathythoughts @Lola I'm also taking a tip from you. As I loved Lincoln in the Bardo too, I have just bought Exit West on audible. It sounds good 👌 2y
Lola @Cathythoughts Isn't this place just the best? 😍I hope you enjoy Exit West on audio as much as I did! 2y
Cathythoughts @Lola yes ! This place is the best 📖 2y
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Cathythoughts
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I am embarking on Dear Mr. M. I loved the Dinner. A little scared of this one for some reason. Anyhoots...... here it goes

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Jess7
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🎉👏Fri-yay! Day off reading by the pool. ☀️👙📚 Starting this gem today! #DearMrM - Any litsy friends read this one yet? Thoughts? #HermanKoch #AuthorofTheDinner

Jess7 Litsy friends: I bailed on this one. I loved The Dinner but this one just wasn't as good. I don't mind flawed main characters but this one just annoyed me. So much complaining in the first few chapters and I was confused. Maybe I'll try it again another time but I just couldn't get through it at the pool 2y
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JoeStalksBeck
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Truth 😉

ChasingOm I love his work. I need to get this back on my TBR! 2y
JoeStalksBeck @ChasingOm I do too! This one is addictive already ! 2y
Jess7 @ChasingOm and @JoeStalksBeck I really wanted to get into it bc I really enjoyed #TheDinner but I just couldn't. I really didn't like all the complaining the main character did at the beginning. It was too much for me. Maybe I'll pick it up again later if you think it gets better 2y
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Clare_Riley
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I could become quite a fan of Herman Koch. This is the second book of his that I've read, and I've thoroughly enjoyed it. Quite an uncomfortable read in places. He does seem to have a bit of a 'thing' for teachers, however. They all seem to be on the immoral side, and the blame seems to be laid squarely at their door due to the fact that they're teachers! Anyway, very twisty turny - I liked it a lot!

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Anna40
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After a week of potty training my son, the library was heaven. I know I will never read them all but it's still bliss: )

Faibka Ooh great! 💕👍 2y
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Bookladylinda
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I tried to like this book, but I did not. There was a lot going on and the concept of the story line was good but something didn't work for me. Maybe I should have read the book instead of listening to the audio. Should I try another book by Herman Koch?? 2 ⭐️⭐️

cathysaid I enjoyed reading (in print) 2y
bookandcat I LOVED The Dinner and how twisted it is 2y
bookandcat (Also read it in print though) 2y
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Bookladylinda @cathysaid @bookandcat thank you for that info, have either of you read I have been drawn to that book because of the cover. 2y
bookandcat @Bookladylinda haven't read it but also haven't heard good things about it :-( The Dinner seems to be his best 2y
cathysaid @Bookladylinda I haven't read that one 🤔 2y
Bookladylinda @bookandcat @cathysaid thank you ladies! I will check out 2y
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Bookladylinda
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Listening to this one. My first book by this author, seems weird that the main characters name is M.

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BooksAtNight
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I think I've got my evening sorted!

BibliophileMomma Loved Sleeping Giants! 3y
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SaintUrsula
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I will say right away that I was disappointed with this book. I enjoyed his first two, but while this one had a number of bright spots, overall it was too long and meandering. I don't regret reading it because of those bright spots, but it promised so much more! 💣💣💣 3 out of 5 ticking time bombs.

Tanzy13 🐶 3y
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TheBookbabeblog84
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Two chapters in and I am not sure how I feel about this one! #mysteries #bloggingforbooks #whodunnit

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voracious
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This was the longest and most boring book I've forced myself to finish in years. What is all the hype about? If it hadn't been an Early Reviewer I would have given up about halfway through. It seemed like I read for weeks and made little progress. So much pointless navel gazing and dialogue with little action. A month of my life I will never get back.

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TomesandTequila
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Eh, I wanted to like this more than I did. To me it had a whole lot of filler, although it was well written.

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Jenni_Capps
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I'm really not sure how i feel about this book right now... I love that the point of view is from the stalker so far but he goes so far out I lose focus of wtf he's even talking about. I'm going to give it a couple more chapters before I bail...

MyNamesParadise Sorry about the book, but cool photo!! 3y
tpixie Hope it gets better! 3y
Bookladylinda @Jenni_Capps - I just picked up the audio book. Did the book get better for you??? 3y
Jenni_Capps @Bookladylinda I actually ended up bailing on it 😞 I just couldn't get into it. I hope you enjoy it though!! 3y
Bookladylinda @Jenni_Capps Thank you!!! 😊😊 3y
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sumaiyya.books
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An unbelievable thriller with Koch's signature despicable characters. This book is very meta - the narrators include the narrator of Mr M's bestselling novel. This has one of the best first quarters I've ever read in a book. Dear Mr M made me shed a couple of tears, cringe, sit up in shock and basically make me feel unsettled as hell. Recommending to anyone who loves thrillers and books about writers, writing & politics of the publishing world 😊

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Jenni_Capps
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Today's book haul!! I read The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August not too long ago cough cough #litsygoespostalOG cough and had to add it to my bookshelf. Can't wait to get started on Dear Mr. M!

BekahB Dear Mr. M sounds so good! 3y
Jenni_Capps @BekahB I will let you know!! 3y
Laalaleighh I'm glad you liked it enough to add it to your collection, and now I want that cover. 3y
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SaintUrsula
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"Fun reading makes me think of someone who slaps his knees in mirth as he turns the pages."

charl08 Buy a ticket for a roller coaster? Ha. Adding this one. 3y
SaintUrsula I'm about halfway through and enjoying it. It's a little slower than his others, I think, but they are at kind of a breakneck speed so it's not a bad thing. 3y
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SaintUrsula
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"Dear Mr. M,
I'd like to start by telling you that I'm doing better now."

#firstlines
#knittingandreading

SaintUrsula Does it feel like I'm always starting something? It does to me. I guess the books lately have been on the short side. 3y
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voracious
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My reading buddy...

britt_brooke What a cutie! Bostons are my favorite. 💕 3y
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voracious
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Kind of slow but creepy. Good thing my dogs are on high alert to protect me.

JoeStalksBeck I love his books! The Dinner is so good 3y
voracious I have that one but haven't read it yet. Did you enjoy Dear Mr. M? 3y
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Carolhreads
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Finally getting around to reading this arc that I was sent its creepy but interesting so far

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SeeJaneRead
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So is this just like a European thing or...? #Ick #ThatsYourDaughterDude

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tnorris
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Oh my this book!!! Who else has read this? Thoughts? Once I got past the uneasy feeling the one protagonist caused me with his stalker vibe, I was hooked!

Dear Comfort Zone…I‘m sorry.
https://caffeinatious.wordpress.com/2016/11/11/dear-comfort-zone-im-sorry/

Well-ReadNeck Sold. Just put this on hold at the library! Thanks! 3y
tnorris @Well-ReadNeck I'd really love to hear your thoughts afterwards! 🙌🏼🙌🏼😁 3y
ChasingOm I love Herman Koch, so it's on my TBR! 3y
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bookhoarder513
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I won this from Bookstr. First time I have ever gotten an actual book, usual get ebooks from another site. So excited! And I really needed cheered up today!

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Jqmi73
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Interesting read. I enjoyed it, but the ending left me wanting more. Definitely a pick.

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Kappadeemom
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I finished my run - a beautiful 66 degrees here in Georgia. Now to finish this book!

Texreader That is beautiful! 3y
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Kappadeemom
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Law, I need to quit working so much so I can read!!!

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MPL
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We were not expecting that ending. A very twisty read into the minds of some mentally unstable people.

Jess7 Did you enjoy it from the very beginning bc I just couldn't get into it and the main character annoyed me so much so I bailed, but if it's worth it, I will pick it back up at a later date. I thoroughly enjoy Koch's other novel 2y
MPL @Jess7 I thought the main character got even more annoying as it went on - so you may fund him unbearable by the end! I also loved The Dinner and if you haven't read it yet I'd recommend (edited) 2y
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Kappadeemom
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A 15 hour workday has not given me much time to read today 😩😩

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Kappadeemom
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Just because it's #cats, amiright?

LauraJ Hahahaha! 3y
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joiedeslivres
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Show me a better way to spend a Monday evening and I will show you a liar! #currentlyreading

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Kappadeemom
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Uh, hellur doggie. Trying hard to get some reading done while all the kiddies are off somewhere doing something else and Hubster is in the woods. This dog is being quite demanding #getyourownbook