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The Office of Historical Corrections
The Office of Historical Corrections | Danielle Evans
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Conservio
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having a #readingdate with a friend #shortstories #fantasy

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KellyK
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Several short stories and a novella about race in today‘s America. The stories were beautifully written but painful stories. My favorites in the book were Richard of York Gave Battle in Vain, Alcatraz (which includes the quoted text), and the title - The Office of Historical Corrections.

Happy that I was finally able to concentrate enough to read without audio on this blustery cold day. Missy Jo wasn‘t ready to open her eyes this morning.

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wideeyedreader
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Mehso-so

I‘m kind of conflicted on this one. I loved a few of the stories, and the title novella is excellent, but some of the stories fell flat for me. I also can‘t shake the feeling that I‘m not who this book was written for. Evans is an excellent writer, this just didn‘t go all the way for me. 3.75⭐️

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Karisa
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Perfect #BlackHistoryMonth (or anytime) read! The ending packs a punch! It‘s a collection of stories/novella about “grief and loss, and about women unwilling to diminish their desires to live full and complex lives.” (Author‘s words) It‘s fantastic and tough to put down!

Thanks @erinreads for the #NewYearWhoDis recommendation! I have a few more library requests out for some of the others. @monalyisha matched us so well! 💗

monalyisha Thanks for saying so! This sounds like a fabulous read. 5mo
rsteve388 I have this on Audio! Hope to get around to it this month! 5mo
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Beachesnbooks
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My top 10 favorite reads of 2021! Hoping to discover more new favorites in 2022.

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Beachesnbooks
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My #top21of21 ! I saw this tag going around and it's great seeing everyone's yearly favorites, so here are mine! I feel like I was lucky to read so many awesome books this year 😊

kspenmoll Lots of great books here! Love seeing everyone‘s choices- gives me so many to read! (edited) 6mo
Leftcoastzen Nice list! 6mo
batsy I've been meaning to read Sofia Samatar! 6mo
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Suet624 Great selection. 6mo
Centique Great list! I‘ve got a few of these on my TBR to look forward to 😍 6mo
BarbaraBB Wonderful list. Taking a screenshot 🥰 6mo
Cinfhen Excellent choices! A few I must get to in 2022😍 6mo
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Kristy_K
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Mehso-so

Thought-provoking and a good look into the rawness and realness of being human.

⭐️⭐️⭐️

#botm

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AlizaApp
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The short stories were great but especially loved the titular novella.

Christine Yes! 11mo
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BekaReid
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This book gets a solid pick from me. These stories are powerful and thought-provoking as Danielle Evans explores the impact of history - who gets to tell it, how it haunts us, why some confront it and some look the other way. Anything Could Disappear may have been my favorite story in the volume, but I found all to be excellent.

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cherylmorton
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“Besides the tablecloths, the decor is all old photographs and postcards that they scrounged up from wherever, because you know how white people love their history right up until it‘s true.”

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Chelsea.Poole
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I‘ve been resisting this one because short stories are hit or miss for me. I‘m glad I gave it a try because wow, what a gut punch each of these stories were. I was struck by the racial themes, which are present throughout most of the stories, but I was totally unprepared for the daughters-losing-mothers veins that ran through the first two stories. Amazing how the author crafted these snippets which had such an impact on me. Recommended 🌟

readordierachel So good! 13mo
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Megabooks
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This novella and collection of short stories was definitely worth a #reread! Anything Could Disappear has been a memorable story since I first read this, and I was glad to enjoy it just as much this time. This is a book I would recommend to any reader not just the story lovers out there. 👍🏻👍🏻

DrexEdit Agree! The title story reminded me a bit of Colson Whitehead with it's invented job in a not-quite-possibly-distant-future that the author uses to reflect various aspects of racism. But I enjoyed all the stories in this collection! 13mo
Megabooks @DrexEdit Oooo!! Great comparison! I hadn‘t thought of that. 13mo
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amma-keep-reading
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whew, that last story is just... wow. it's only in my reading that i enjoy surprises.

overall, an enjoyable collection.

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DrexEdit
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When Lyssa was seven, her mother took her to see the movie where the mermaid wants legs, and when it ended Lyssa shook her head and squinted at the prince and said, “Why would she leave her family for that?“ which for years contributed to the prevailing belief that she was sentimental or softhearted, when in fact she just knew a bad trade when she saw one.

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

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KateD1
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I really wanted to like this book.
The best short story, in my opinion is the one that it‘s named after.

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rachelsbrittain
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An affecting literary collection about the identities society gives us and the identities we create for ourselves. The title story was definitely my favorite (about a government agency trying to correct incorrect facts) followed by "Why Won't Women Just Say What They Want" about a terrible artist going on an apology tour. Some variation in quality & how much I enjoyed them, but the good ones were good enough to make the whole collection worth it.

Leftcoastzen Nice review! 14mo
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rachelsbrittain
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I'm loving the title story of this collection almost as much as the pup's adorable sleepy positions

dylanisreading What a cutie. 😍 14mo
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rachelsbrittain
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A bit late but better than never!

1. The Office of Historical Corrections, African Europeans, and The Gilded Ones

2. Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee (absolutely adored Phoenix Extravagant by him)

3. Chai latte

#WeekendReads

Bkwrm7 I liked Dragon Pearl a lot! I hope you enjoy it, too. 1y
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Christine
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Excellent collection (and a mini-slump buster for me during a stressful week. I should remember short stories more when feeling slumpy!). Did not know the novella would prominently feature academia and Wisconsin (two of the places I‘ve called home), which made me love it even more. I‘ve heard so many good things about her first collection too and would love to get to that soon.

ErikasMindfulShelf I loved this collection and immediately bought her first one and read it. It was great as well. 1y
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S.Web
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I‘m not always a short story fan, so some of these were hits and some were misses for me. Excellent writing to be sure. I would love to see her write a full length novel.

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Redwritinghood
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Very enjoyable collection of short stories and a novella centered around the experiences of Black women in the current cultural and political climate in the US. Great characters and good variety of situations and themes. 4⭐️

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Viji
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...what was a sibling but a person you stayed tied to whether or not you liked them.

dariazeoli Oh, that quote. Oof, but also, yes. 1y
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danimgill
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This was a really good collection of short stories, even if I did think the novella was the weakest of the bunch. Thematically it was timely and interesting but structurally I was more impressed by her shorter pieces.

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GardenJess
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Reading a short story every day or so in Office of Historical Corrections. Y‘all - I genuinely dislike short stories. But this collection can so far so no wrong. Here‘s hoping the little guy is so tired from our tiny snow that I get some nap time reading done!

FelinesAndFelonies I'm currently reading it and I am not sure how I feel. I like some of the stories. Others don't strike me in anyway. I'm on the novella and I hope it ends strong for the sake of the book. 1y
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Bertha_Mason

"It felt unfair, how absurd someone could be and still be terrifying."
-"The Office of Historical Corrections"

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Bertha_Mason

"It seemed characteristic of the present that everyone, even the worst of us, was practicing being famous."
-"The Office of Historical Corrections"

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Bertha_Mason

"This, I thought, was one of those times it would be easier to be male, or a smoker, to have a ready excuse to remove myself from emotional proceedings without anyone making an issue of it."
-"Alcatraz"

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Bertha_Mason

"He smiles like someone who has just won second place."
-"Boys Go to Jupiter"

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Bertha_Mason

"Lyssa thought she would talk to her mother about it, and then she remembered. She had to keep remembering, even after she‘d seen the body and signed the paperwork and arranged a funeral. Somehow she‘d expected the dying to be the worst part, that after it was over she could go home and tell some healthy living version of her mother about the terrible thing that had just happened to her."
-"Happily Ever After"
Right in the gut. ??

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LiteraryinLawrence
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Mehso-so

When I read short stories, I pretty much always wish they were developed into novels. I just don‘t connect with the genre. These stories were well done but didn‘t change my mind. If you‘re a short story fan you will probably like this collection.

Leftcoastzen Pretty kitty!😻 1y
Tera66 Beautiful kitty, and short stories aren't my thing either. So unsatisfying. 1y
ErikasMindfulShelf I loooooved this collection. 1y
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erinreads
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Carried over my #DoubleSpin from January, which was my first read of February, so now I‘m already 1 down for #BookSpinBingo this month!

This collection of short stories and the novella is FANTASTIC. I enjoyed every single piece for its uniqueness and captivating story. FAVORITES: Richard of York Gave Battle in Vain, Anything Could Disappear, and the novella of the same title of the book. So, so good. Can‘t wait to read more from Danielle Evans!

Moray_Reads You have so many good books here, I'm excited for you! 1y
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 1y
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Beachesnbooks
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January reading wrap-up! I made it through 10 books this month, my favorite of which was The Office of Historical Corrections. I've made a solid start on my #botm reading challenge with 3 books and also read two 2021 eARCs. Overall a great reading month!

Reviewsbylola Great month! 1y
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Come-read-with-me
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I thought this was sharp, funny, and thought provoking. It was written from interesting perspectives and I would definitely read more from this author!

readordierachel Agreed on all counts! 1y
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Erinreadsthebooks
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This is really good stuff! I‘m not a huge fan of short stories. I don‘t usually connect to the characters in story collections, but Evans is so adept that I was completely invested. The novella was excellent and “Boys Go To Jupiter” is an absolute winner. I‘ll be buying all the things Evans sells from here out 🏆

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Jen_Reads
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I have not been one to read short stories, but I enjoyed this one. I listened to the novella and that just broke my heart. This was so good.

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Booksnchill
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Thanks to @britt_brooke for this Christmas gift. I really enjoyed reading short stories in January and this is 7 short stories and a novella dealing with many aspects of race, being female under a male gaze, and my favorite, the titular novella - oh if there were such a government department to certify truth - but at what cost to delusion and hatred based on lies- and whose lies? Thought provoking - 1/2 were 4⭐️ for me- a good collection.

britt_brooke Nice review! Happy you liked this! 1y
Booksnchill 😘👍 1y
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sarahs.thoughts.on.books
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Some stories are uneven, some are great. They might need to sit with you a while before moving on. My favorite was Richard Of York Gave Battle in Vain. I found Anything Could Disappear to be the most heartbreaking.

There isn't a connecting thread, but once I was done reading the novella, I could see that the stories built up to the novella.
After finishing, I felt empty. I didn't want novella to end where it did, but it was also very fitting

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crhealey
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The title novella is the best (and last) of the bunch and the first short story is the worst. Admittedly, I‘m not much of a short story person but overall these stories were great and I can‘t wait to read more of Evans‘s work.

As a history teacher, the novella gave me a lot to think about and made me really interested in “public history” programs and what that all means for us and society.

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ErikasMindfulShelf
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This book of stories is fantastic. Thought provoking, heartbreaking, simply a must read.

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marleed
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Tagged a favorite in my first full 3x3 grid of 2021. And oh my goodness, give praise to the book fairies that every grid of 2021 will have so many books I want to discuss further!

5* = Loved It, want non-reader IRL friends to read. I do/will own a physical copy. A+
4*= I liked it, would love to discuss. Solid B
3*=Meh, no need to discuss. Average C
2*=Nope D
1*=DNF F

rachelm Wowww great grid!! 1y
rockpools Nice! 1y
marleed @rockpools @rachelm Thanks - reading has been great so far in 2021! Rachel, I‘m so excited because your book will be on my next grid! 1y
rachelm 🥳🥳 1y
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Booksnchill
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Next up this lovely Christmas swap gift from @britt_brooke Look how pretty the naked hardcover is under the jacket! Ready to dive right in!🥰

britt_brooke Oh, it‘s so pretty! 🤩 I love those nice surprises. Btw, I just finished this last night. Hope you enjoy! 1y
Booksnchill @britt_brooke well I was going to tell you I‘d send it to you once I have read it but you are too quick for me!!! 1y
britt_brooke @Booksnchill When I bought it for you, I put it on hold at the library. 🤪 1y
Booksnchill @britt_brooke great minds! 1y
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Suelizbeth
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If you don‘t read books of short stories, this one will change your mind. Each short story is a jewel, with no two alike, making it easy to read the book straight through. But, you will want to pause and contemplate the meaning contained within each short story. Don‘t miss this book. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

LiteraryinLawrence Ok, I‘m convinced! 😋 I don‘t read short stories all that often but this sounds like a great collection. 1y
Suelizbeth @LiteraryinLititz Yay! I think you‘ll enjoy it. 📚❤️ 1y
marleed I agree. I deliberately put a day between each story so I could separate and contemplate them. 1y
Suelizbeth @marleed 📚❤️ 1y
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mdemanatee
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I usually like my short stories weird but this one is living up to all the hype. The voice is SO good. Almost to the eponymous novella.

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marleed
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You‘d think I‘d read a short book of short stories in a day, but theses are often the books that take me the longest read. There‘s so much to unpack from each story - each with complicated characters and stories. The novella and title for the book is an interesting companion read to The Vanishing Half.

FelinesAndFelonies I'm so looking forward to reading this one! 🤗 1y
BeaG I agree! 1y
marleed @FelinesAndFelonies @BeaG I thought each story deserved space before starting the next. 1y
BeaG @marleed yes! I could have easily finished it in a day, but I needed time in between. LOL 1y
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BeaG
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I love books of short stories. This one was excellent! I loved every story and the Novella didn‘t disappoint either!

marleed Oh I just posted about this book, as well. Loved it! 1y
BeaG @marleed Each story was so good. I was shocked. 1y
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ephemeralwaltz
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Treated myself to this last week so now I‘m jumping on the hype train!

Mitch It‘s appearing everywhere! 1y
ephemeralwaltz @Mitch I know! It‘s The Stacks podcast bookclub pick for January so I thought it was the perfect excuse to read it this week. 1y
ephemeralwaltz @Mitch I know! It‘s The Stacks podcast bookclub pick for January so I thought it was the perfect excuse to read it this week. 1y
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FelinesAndFelonies This is on my TBR list too. 1y
Mitch @ephemeralwaltz love that podcast! 1y
marleed I‘ll have to check out the podcast because I‘d love to hear discussion on this book! 1y
readordierachel Woohoo! Hope you like it 1y
ephemeralwaltz @readordierachel @marleed @Mitch I did like it so very much 😍😱 The Stacks‘ bookclub discussion episode was just posted last week :) 1y
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Augustdana
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I‘ve heard good things about this one! Very surprised it came in so quickly from my beloved library.

readordierachel It's so good! 1y
Augustdana @readordierachel I‘m trying to savour it!!!! The hype is real. Loving it. 1y
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Karmapen
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A collection of short stories, each so richly thought out that it can comprise its own universe. I was sad I didn‘t get to take each character with me throughout the book. I was not prepared for how it ended.

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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My #bookspin of December! (I think...I lost my notes so I forget if this is regular or double one was this and one was Naked Sun)
I enjoyed this. A variety of stories in different genres some as always stick more than others. The first one in particular is god along with the jarring Anything Could Disappear. The novela was complex, imaginative and fun.
@TheAromaofBooks

thegreensofa Your cat is a perfect model 😻. And did she/he get on to the very top of the cushion! 😯 💛 Beautiful 1y
ChaoticMissAdventures @thegreensofa this is her (Serene) very most favorite spot to sleep it is the wierdest 😂 she gets so mad if the pillow is moved. 1y
thegreensofa She manages to make it look so peaceful! 😻💤. 1y
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 1y
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Leftcoastzen
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It‘s amazing that these short stories can be critical & insightful about history, culture,race, & class while also creating characters you care about.I really enjoyed this book .Highly recommended!Cat loaves love a good reading day! #catsofLitsy

vivastory Will def be reading this one soon. 1y
AmyG Your cats ❤️ 1y
Leftcoastzen @vivastory The short story can be a difficult form , she is great at it. 1y
Leftcoastzen @AmyG awww , thanks ! Crosby & Tom Tom thank you!😻 1y
Lcsmcat My kittens match your cats! I‘ll post a photo of them in a separate post. (I wish we could post photon the replies!) 1y
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