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All About Love
All About Love: New Visions | bell hooks
"The word "love" is most often defined as a noun, yet...we would all love to better if we used it as a verb," writes bell hooks as she comes out fighting and on fire in All About Love. Here, at her most provacative and intensely personel, the renowned scholar, cultural critic, and feminist skewers our view of love as romance. In its place she offers a proactive new ethic for a people and a society bereft with lovelessness.As bell hooks uses her incisive mind and razor-sharp pen to explode th question "What is love?" her answers strike at both the mind and heart. In thirteen concise chapters, hooks examines her own search for emotional connection and society's failure to provide a model for learning to love. Razing the cultural paradigm that the ideal love is infused with sex and desire, she provides a new path to love that is sacred, redemptive, and healing for the individuals and for a nation. The Utne Reader declared bell hooks one of the "100 Visionaries Who Can Change Your Life." All About Love is a powerful affirmation of just how profoundly she can.
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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Starting late on this game! #lettergame #letterA
A gorgeous bell hooks book.
She is a must read author if you have not yet, this one is a great place to start!
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

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Pickpick

“Pick” doesn‘t feel strong enough because I actually consider this a foundational text for understanding how to love and be loved in a U.S. culture which is so anti-love and anti-community. This is one I will revisit a lot, I think.

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broughtyoubooks
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Mehso-so

The first few chapters were excellent and something I needed to read and can relate to, but the further I got the less I could focus? It still brings up important points but they were somewhat lost with the interspersal of a lot of religious anecdotes and mentions that ultimately distracted from the message.

KatieDid927 Agreed. 4mo
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KatieDid927
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Mehso-so

There were some great sections of this book, but other sections left me scratching my head. The chapter on spirituality was thinly veiled Christian sermonizing with no critique of that particular patriarchal structure. I was also deeply uncomfortable with the victim blaming of Nicole Brown Simpson & slut shaming of Monica Lewinsky. There were a lot of inaccurate and judgmental views on poor folks as well. I missed the “love” in those sections.

nanuska_153 I agree, the treatment of both Simpson and Lewinsky is disgusting. Lewinsky has made a career out of her experience with the backlash after the afair,trying to raise awareness against bullying. I'm surprised not only of her words against her (and after mentioning the ill effect of the patriarchal society in relationships and the power dynamics and difference of age) but also that she hasn't bother to rectify it with an afterword as years went by. 6mo
KatieDid927 @nanuska_153 Yeah it was shocking. With Nicole Brown Simpson she was literally like, people call it victim blaming, but she shouldn‘t have stayed. The only reason she did was because she liked all the stuff. Then later talks about being stuck in her own abusive relationship. Like, what? SOOO much judgment based on gross generalizations and zero research to back any of it up. Also drenched in the superiority complex certain Christians have. 6mo
nanuska_153 Yes, the Nicole Simpson didn't deserve to die but stayed because of the money was SO bad. The "all about love" is basically "my way of loving as a Christian is the only way of loving". She leaves all the rest out as people who can't really love. You could think the implication was an accident if it wasn't because of the nasty comments about Nicole Simpson and Lewinsky 6mo
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KatieDid927 Yeah and I hated the comments about poor folks as well and making really judgmental assumptions. Is she really in a place to critique someone else‘s materialism if she “needs” multiple homes? I found it all very hypocritical and as a former Christian, that specific flavor of hypocrisy is a little triggering for me. 6mo
nanuska_153 Exactly, I think her insistence criticising others assumed materialism reflects her own materialism. She really doesn't do Christians any favours by putting herself on a pedestal to preach against everyone 6mo
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BookBosomed1
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Yesterday, my lady surprised me with a new reading journal and listened to an audiobook with me as we cooked dinner. I‘m a sucker for journals, and she isn‘t a reader. I hope wherever you are in the world someone (anyone!) makes you feel special and loved just as you are. ❤️ is ❤️. Happy Tuesday! ❤️ 💐 🏳️‍🌈 ✍️ 📚

Riveted_Reader_Melissa That‘s wonderful! Happy Valentines Day! 6mo
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Karisa
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“Young people are cynical about love. Ultimately,
cynicism is the great mask of the disappointed and betrayed heart.”

Could there be a more perfect book to read this weekend? 💗

JamieArc Perfect read ❤️ 6mo
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JulieAly
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This put a lot of things into perspective for me. I enjoyed this a lot. RIP, bell hooks

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Afua
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‘Understanding all the ways fear stands in the way of our knowing love challenges us.Fearful that believing in love‘s truths and letting them guide our lives will lead to further betrayal,we hold back from love when our hearts are full of longing.Being loving does not mean we will not be betrayed.Love helps us face betrayal without losing heart.And it renews our spirit so we can love again‘

A big 2021 life lesson.
Thank you for being our Angel🕊

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Augustdana
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Attempting this for the second time and oh dear I‘ve still got two books to finish my reading challenge.

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kspenmoll
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So sad to hear of her death. Her life and writing an inspiration. #bellhooks

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/15/books/bell-hooks-dead.html?smid=em-share

Julsmarshall Such a loss 😢 8mo
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Lesliereads
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Thank you bell hooks - born Gloria Jean Watkins - thank you for everything you‘ve given us! Your life‘s work, your body of writing- all of it rooted in Love. 🙏🏾💗
bell hooks (1952 - 2021)
#bellhooks

batsy ❤️ 8mo
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kspenmoll
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#weeklyreport
#Victorianpoliceprocedural #Dublin #sophiesworld #philosophy #audiomystery #sundaybuddyread #memoir #musician #literarycrew #agathachristie #missmarple #Norfolkmystery #literati #memoir #love
Finished all but Brandi,Belgravia,Miss Marple(slow cruise, just 3 short stories per wk),started One Lost Soul today on the train,Minor Feelings,took a quick break but restarting, All About Love did not get to.Bailed on These Violent Delights.

Karisa I bailed on These Violent Delights too. Just could not get into it 😢 10mo
Cinfhen Oh, I‘m kind of glad I didn‘t buy this one - I wasn‘t 💯 it would be my thing 10mo
TheBookHippie No worries! I am powering through 😂🤷🏻‍♀️ 10mo
TheBookHippie @Karisa it is not what I thought 😂🤷🏻‍♀️ still intrigued to see where it goes. 10mo
kspenmoll @TheBookHippie Good for you!!! 10mo
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kspenmoll
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#weeklyreport
Read the top row of books this week. The 2nd row I am in various stages of reading.

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kspenmoll
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nanuska_153
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Panpan

bell hooks had a childhood of abuse,where as a woman was told that speaking out was not feminine,she is also deeply religious.With each page the author becomes less of a philosopher/ sociologist and more of a preacher, her way of love and redemption is the ONLY way. She even turns to victim shaming: Nicole Simpson didn't deserve to die,however she chose to remain in an abusive home because of her love of luxury. Excuse me the: WHAT THE FUCK?!👇👇

nanuska_153 Very early in the book I realised at most it'd be a So-So for me:in my family your opinion worth as much as anyone's and viceversa was the way;my father texts me every 8th of March to congratulate me for being an independent woman.I don't hate religion,but I'm not a religious person,volunteer work was however part of my upbringing.I,like many others had my share of abusive relationships, from which I healed,but I'm not represented in this book. 👇 1y
nanuska_153 The reason why it's a pan is because the author excludes the possibility of anyone like me being capable of love, bell hooks' way is the only way. If you are a religious person or you come from an abusive home,you might however find something useful in this book,but as much as I kept reading trying to find any knowledge I only found exclusion and worst: judgement for those who are not like the author. All about love, is all about bell hooks 1y
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nanuska_153
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Starts with"When our president exploits his power and consensually seduces a young woman in the government employ..."to then follow with this characterization of Lewinsky.THIS,in a book about how a patriarchy affects our capacity to love.How can anyone feel entitled to say if what a person felt in a private relationship was love or not;and to say "wants to be seen as a victim"in a situation where abuse of power could be a part of the equation...?

KVanRead Yah that‘s harsh. Wonder if she would still see it that way today. 1y
nanuska_153 @KVanRead I'm not sure to be honest, Lewinsky has turned now her experiences into a career of teaching about bullying and it consequences that no doubt bell hooks, who is still alive, must have heard. This book is meant to be a about love, forgiveness, redemption and honesty, so you'd think if she changed her mind she'd bother to at least make a footnote or an afterword acknowledging her mistake even if it's just out of professional pride 1y
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nanuska_153

"The wounded child inside many males is a boy who, when we first spoke hid truths, was silenced by paternal sadism, by a patriarchal world that did not want him to claim his true feelings. The wounded child inside many females is a girl who was taught from early childhood on that she must become something other than herself, deny her true feelings, in order to attract and please others."

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tholmz
Mehso-so

Interesting insight but felt outdated to me (sorry bell!!)

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TK-421
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“But many of us seek community solely to escape the fear of being alone. Knowing how to be solitary is central to the art of loving. When we can be alone, we can be with others without using them as a means of #escape.” #QuotsyJuly20

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limada
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I found this section interesting re: friend relationships. I've always found it disturbing when friends valued their romantic relationships over their sometimes long-existing friendships.

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limada
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I should go to sleep since I have a 5k to do tomorrow, but I just finished one book (#thesongofwraithsandruins) and feel the need to jump right into another. Here's to reading all night on the weekend!

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Pickpick

This slow, deep look into different types of love and what they mean for us as individuals and a whole society was so original and fascinating. It veered away from being self help-y towards philosophy. I haven‘t read a book before that was so openly about love itself, not a how to guide to anything or trying to draw it in with other themes. It felt very pure and thoughtful.

Lindy Sounds like the kind of book that would be a good match for my current mood. 2y
Thndrstd Love bell hooks ❤️ 2y
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Emilymdxn
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Prayer is an exercise that strengthens the soul‘s power. Reaching for the divine always reminds me of the limitations of human thought and will. Stretching, reaching towards that which is limitless and without boundaries is an exercise that strengthens my faith and empowers my soul.

Scochrane26 bell hooks is a local author to me but one that I haven‘t read much. I didn‘t get to meet her a couple of yrs ago at our book fair because she was always busy. I have Ain‘t I a Woman, which I had to order & cost a lot, so I‘m hoping to read it soon & get into more of her books. 2y
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Emilymdxn
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@ShyBookOwl #bookhunt #scavengersaturday

I‘ve been meaning to read this forever after loving other books by bell hooks, I‘m not sure why it took me so long to get to! I finally bought it last week and hope to start it as soon as I finish Just Mercy

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wanderinglynn
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Someone (sorry I don‘t remember who right at this moment) put out a call to support Palabras Bilingual Bookstore in Phoenix. Palabras had a Indiegogo campaign as it‘s the only bilingual bookstore in Arizona (hard to believe). So of course, I contributed. Today I received a thank you package including the tagged book, an awesome Latinx book list, the neat print, a book mark & stickers. ❤️ #bookmail

Scochrane26 bell hooks is a Ky author, but I have had a hard time finding her books. It‘s cool that bookstores in other states have her books. 3y
rather_be_reading awesome!! 3y
wanderinglynn @Scochrane26 That‘s kind of sad that you have a hard time finding her books in her own state. But I‘m looking forward to reading it. 👍🏻 3y
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AutumnRLS
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Reading some nonfiction while I wait for the second book in my trilogy, The Phoenix Empress, to arrive in the mail.

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AutumnRLS
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Books I've bought since my book-buying spree in CT. I've got issues. #sorrynotsorry

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GatheringBooks
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#QuotsyJuly19 Day 1: #Community
I need to familiarize myself with bell hooks‘ writing.

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writeropolis
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MsLeah8417
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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MsLeah8417
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MsLeah8417
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The African American Literature Bookclub January 2019 pick.

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mrozzz
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No day like the present to read more of the greats! #bookhaul

Leftcoastzen 👏👏👏👏 4y
batsy 🖤 4y
mrozzz @Leftcoastzen @batsy 💗💗💗💗💗 4y
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TheBibliotherapist
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“We can never go back. I know that now. We can go forward. We can find the love our hearts long for, but not until we let go grief about the love we lost long ago, when we were little and had no voice to speak the heart‘s longing.” #bellhooks #love #reading #mentalhealth #bibliotherapy

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Mixedreader
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When lies erode trust... bell hooks

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catiewithac
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Pickpick

I read this collection of essays earlier this year but forgot to post. I found bell hooks‘ thoughts on love inspiring and cathartic especially those dealing with the loss of friendships and abusive families. The purest love I‘ve found in this life has always been between my dog and I. Here‘s my fur baby, Ollie Pop! Loving pets helps us practice keeping an open heart despite eventual loss. Love this minute, every minute to the fullest! #dogsoflitsy

britt_brooke 😍😍😍 5y
JoScho This sweet baby makes my heart happy! 5y
DGRachel What an adorable pup!😍🐶😍 5y
LauraBeth What a cutie! 🐶❤️ 5y
BookMaven407 🐶💕 5y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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It takes a lot of strength to love. #force

#quotsydec17 @TK-421

Leftcoastzen Bell Hooks is an amazing writer. 5y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Leftcoastzen I really want to read her work. I found this quote on GR, which is kind of cheating, but also connects me with new (to me) authors. 😉 5y
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SoniaC
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Ok I was tagged by @Bookworm83 for the #fivestarpredictions here are my pics! Can't wait to dive into these. I'm tagging @BookishFeminist @ScrappyMags @ScientistSam @TheNextBook @scripturient and @Dragon but only if y'all want to play along 😊

Dragon Thanks for the tag @SoniaC I'm going to look through the tbr for books I don't own yet but think they 'll be 5 ⭐️ 5y
SoniaC @Dragon looking forward to seeing your choices! 5y
ScientistSam Thanks for the tag! This requires some thought...😀 5y
ScrappyMags Ooh I'm on this... (edited) 5y
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Maureen
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Reading about love while snuggling with my fur babies. 🐶❤️🐶❤️

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EllieDottie
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#miscquestions

1) England/Ireland or Niagara Falls
2) Victorian England
3) I don't really know....
4) My Grandma
5) At a party
6) I almost never read ebooks, but I'm an audiobook fanatic
7) A few months once when I was grieving
8) Finish all my 2017 challenges
9) The Kitchen House
10) All About Love by Bell Hooks

Thanks for the tag @Jess7!!

Sha0102 I would love go to Victorian England as well. 5y
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EllieDottie
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I'm traveling tomorrow and I am trying to narrow down the books I want to bring! Any suggestions from these titles? #readerschoice #readingwomenmonth

Megabooks I'm interested in bell hooks. 5y
ChrisM Number the Stars is good but if I'm remembering correctly it's a quick read 5y
Tamra Hard choices! 5y
MamaGina I've heard nothing but good things about 5y
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NerdyRev
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Today's tiny book haul. I used a quote from bell hooks in my sermon this weekend, but never read the book. The funny thing is while trying to find it in my local BnN, I checked Feminist Lit, African American studies, Sociology, Essays, and even Religion. I found it in Relationships next to Steve Harvey's book. Ugh. Nobody was an impulse buy.

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azulaco
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I haz ambitions for May. Actually, the list is not as ambitious as it sounds, since I have a bunch of books on it that are already half finished. I just need to buckle down and finish them. A lot of library holds came in last month and disrupted my reading plan. This is the last month of #srcspring2017, so I'm targeting my reading toward achieving maximum points from those challenge tasks.

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SoniaC
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Grabbed these two up at the bookstore today. Nice additions to my library. Love my Indie Bookstore! Books Inc.

EllieDottie All about love has been on my tbr for a while!! 5y
SoniaC @EllieDottie I'm really looking forward to it 5y
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Fancypants
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Mehso-so

Very interesting read but sometimes it felt a little heavy handed.

DragonSadhana I have to agree! 5y
Fancypants @DragonSadhana I wish I could like comments! 5y
DragonSadhana @Fancypants I have to agree! 😂😂😂 5y
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azulaco
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When you slack on returning your library book, so you have to renew it online instead. Oh well. At least I still had the option to renew. Will drop the book off tomorrow, if I can remember. #mombrain

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azulaco
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I have returned my library copy of this book and bought my own copy, because this book begs for slow, thoughtful reading with lots of highlighting of crucial passages. I'm still only halfway through it. My main problem is carving out time to sit down with a hard copy book. E-books are much easier for me to read on the fly, whenever I have a moment.

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azulaco
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I passed 2500 last night! Thanks Littens!

Mccall0113 👏👏👊🏻 5y
Suelizbeth 🎉🎉🎊🎊🍾🍾 5y
Cinfhen Congrats 🍭🌈💐😊🎉📚 5y
CherylDeFranceschi Congrats! 🎉📚🎉 5y
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