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This Is How It Always Is
This Is How It Always Is | Laurie Frankel
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IvoryLunatic
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Shoutout to my fiancé for gifting me this thanks to his prime day savings. Has anybody read this yet? I keep hearing a lot of good things about it. I can‘t wait for it to get here.

TrishB Yes - loved it. 4d
Thewanderer92 It‘s on my to read list! I‘m slowly getting through Reese‘s booklist, I love her list so far from what I have read! 3d
IvoryLunatic @Thewanderer92 I keep meaning to look up her list but my own lists are already so long that I'm worried it'll get way worse. 😂 3d
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Thewanderer92 @IvoryLunatic I know what you mean! I read a couple of her books that I didn‘t realise were on her list. So I decided to keep going! That‘s the only reason I have strayed away from my own 🤭 3d
IvoryLunatic @Thewanderer92 Which list are you using. You just got me to google it anyways but there a several different lists so I'm not sure which one to go with. 3d
Thewanderer92 @IvoryLunatic I just read various media articles that referred to her list and jotted down the books. I‘m pretty certain if you search up ‘Reese‘s book club‘ on Amazon it will come up too! 3d
JoyBlue I gave it 3+ stars—so, at least slightly better than average. 😉 2d
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Shakespearience
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Well, I finished my read(s) for #LMPBC and still have a month left. I am not sure if I send it now or wait, but it was definitely a very good read and I hope the rest of #GroupO will enjoy it. Also, I am not sure how it happened, but I ended up reading a graphic novel with similar themes for #GroupU (also really good). If you want to read more diverse/LGBT themed books, I highly recommend both of these! #lgbtreads #bbrc #yeahbaby #goodreadsfind

LibrarianRyan Love Prince. I mailed my group u a few minutes ago. 1w
Shakespearience @LibrarianRyan So we can mail them as soon as we are done? Do we just use order from the email we got from @suvata (I remember seeing something about “1 mails to 2. 2 mails to 3...”) 1w
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Jerdencon Looking forward to reading it! 1w
TheBookHippie Yay!!! 1w
TheBookHippie @Shakespearience I was just going to find that email ! 1w
suvata You can mail it early if you want. I don‘t think anyone would complain. It‘s just that the deadline is the last day of the month (or earlier if you prefer 🙃)! 1w
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derr.liz
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I loved the humor and heart with which this was written. I hope our society/world continues to progress toward greater acceptance of trans individuals of all ages.

#pridemonth 🏳️‍🌈

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Maman929
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What a great read. I loved the story of Poppy and her family. It made me laugh and think and appreciate the love of family.

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shaynarae
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I absolutely LOVED this book! Everything about it wonderful: the story, the writing, the layers - the whole package. It‘s a beautiful tale of family and transformations, fairy tale and real life, examined through the lens of gender-coding and queerness. #pridemonth 🏳️‍🌈

Amiable I loved this book too 👍🏼 1mo
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Shakespearience
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And my pick for the upcoming round of #LMPBC #GroupO arrived today. My TBR for July is looking pretty weighty. I can‘t wait to start my first postal book club 😁

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Maman929
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Been waiting a while for this one to come available at the library.

My reading buddy is not nearly as excited as I am about it. 🐶📚 #dogsoflitsy

Shakespearience That one is definitely on my TBR list. My reading buddy isn‘t much better...then again I fall asleep while reading most nights so I guess I can‘t say anything 😅 1mo
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Areader2
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1. This Is How It Always Is,The Broken Earth Series, Priory of the Orange Tree,Where The Crawdads Sing
2. We‘ll Sleep When Were Old
3. Yes! The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern,The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alice E Harrow,Gideon The Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
4. 25 and I am already at 13 😁
Thanks for the tag @Ofclumsywords
5. @Nute @sudi
#thursdaysurvey

Nute Thanks for the tag!🙂 I want to read The Priory of the Orange Tree soooo bad. It‘s topping the list for many as a favorite book. 1mo
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BritanyA
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️: A book EVERYBODY must read. A little lengthy in parts but one that captured my heart in a way that cannot be described.

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MrsKellyLam
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I‘m only half way and this book as stolen my heart

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kelli7990
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Mehso-so

This is my review for the book I read in book club.

#maybookclubpick #thisishowitalwaysis #lauriefrankel

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MeganLindell
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⭐️⭐️⭐️½: I really enjoyed this book. It explores the complications and joys of having a transgender young child well, I think. It was maybe a bit too wholesome for me and some of the word choice made me a little eye roll-y. But, over all a good read.

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marleed
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There are times after finishing a book when I know I‘ll forever be a bit better and a touch more compassionate then I was before I finished a story. This is one of those books.

Crazeedi Welcome to litsy!! I love books like that!❣ 3mo
SW-T 😊😊😊 3mo
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Karisa
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#Booked2019 - Spring - Food on the Cover
@Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

So many issues in parenting are unclear. Life comes at us in shades of gray more often than not. Yes, the novel features a character struggling with gender identity from a young age. However, this book is at its heart about a loving family doing their best. It is also filled with a quirky cast of characters which I just really crave sometimes. 💗

Cinfhen This was a great bookclub book!! Lots to discuss!! 3mo
Karisa @Cinfhen Agreed! I read it on my own but can see the potential. 3mo
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Karisa
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#wondrouswednesday @eggs

📕 Yes, every couple of years or so.

📗 Lighter reads to break up the heavier stuff helps (graphic novels or Sarah Addison Allen books, for example). It's ok to take a break. Reading should stay fun. 😊 One light read favorite: Garden Spells.

📘 I love when fantasy and realism bleed into each other. Ex: Carry On (Rainbow Rowell) and American Gods [Neil Gaiman).

📕 🤗 @the_book_hoarder @JulieSouo @conceptDawg

wanderinglynn I love Sarah Addison Allens‘s books. 💚👍🏻 3mo
BooknerdsLife Oh I love Carry On & Good Omens too 😻 Perfect example!! 🙌🏼😄💓 3mo
Eggs I too enjoy Sarah Addison Allen books! 3mo
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KyrstinElizabeth
This Is How It Always Is | Laurie Frankel

You have to help him see that if he‘s disappearing from the world, that‘s too high a price to pay for fitting in.

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KyrstinElizabeth
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How did you teach your small human that it‘s what‘s inside that counts when the truth was everyone was pretty preoccupied with what you put on over the outside too?

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KyrstinElizabeth
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That‘s what all stories want. They want to get out, get told, get heard. Otherwise, what‘s the point of stories? They want to help little boys go to sleep. They want to help stubborn mamas fall in love with dads. They want to teach people things and make them laugh and cry.

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JoyBlue
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Dear Littens: I'm sorry I've been MIA for a few days. I've been in Washington DC at the Save the Children Action Network Advocacy Summit. Yesterday, we had a good day on the Hill, talking to our legislators about how we can work together to help kids in the US and around the world.

I finished tagged book on 3/31 (Day 1 in DC). I liked, but didn't love, it. Poppy was my favorite character. Overall, book could have been better w/tighter writing.

CouronneDhiver Doesn‘t sound like there‘s anything to apologize for... fight the good fight! 👊🏽 4mo
JoyBlue @CouronneDhiver Thank you for your support! 😀💙🤛🏽 4mo
tracey38 This is awesome. I went to DC once to talk with legislators about a women's health issue. 💜 4mo
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JoyBlue @tracey38 Cool! It‘s such a great experience. My team this year included a retired special ed. teacher, two high-schoolers, and a college student. It‘s great to see others gain and use their voices. I‘m glad you‘ve had that experience, too! 4mo
tracey38 @JoyBlue I'll admit it was a bit terrifying for this introvert, and there was a lot of walking involved. But it was a great experience. 3mo
JoyBlue @tracey38 Yes! I‘m super-introverted myself, so I understand! I knew that being ON for 72 hours was going to be exhausting, so I scheduled myself to be off for 72 hours upon return. Unfortunately, I‘ve used that time (and then some) to do follow-up and catch-up! Sigh. Also, I took a walk Saturday and found I was still sore from running back and forth across the capitol on Tuesday. We must keep up,the good fight! 😉💙 3mo
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Rachel_nyc
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Such a beautiful story. I‘ve read some reviews that criticize it for sugarcoating but I thought Frankel did a great job of showing the ugly side of what Transgender people have to deal with from ignorant and hateful people. Obviously most people do not have a family who is immediately so supportive, especially at the age she comes out, but hopefully this book will help others understand and be less judgmental.

BarbaraBB I‘ve never heard of this one but since you say so, I think it‘s worth reading? 4mo
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB I think you‘d like it! The writing itself is good, not great but the story is really beautiful and timely about a family of 5 boys and the youngest comes out as transgender as a young child. I would have liked for more of it to be from her perspective but since the author is the mother of a trans daughter IRL, it makes sense it‘s primarily in the mom‘s voice. 4mo
BarbaraBB Interesting. Definitely. 4mo
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Messiejessie
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Wow, what a great book!
Reading this book, I felt like I was part of this wonderful family. The author created such wonderful characters. I loved the family dynamic.
I‘ve never read anything regarding this topic before and it certainly made me think. A lot! This is a lovely book. It will resonate with parents everywhere. A story of acceptance and unconditional love.
Highly recommend

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Stephaniereads1
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This was a hard topic but it‘s important. I thought it was an excellent book. The parents of five boys have one child that wants to wear dresses fr a very young age. This book follows their choices in handling their child.

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Fromthesoul
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My next book read! Excited to start!

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michaelmcgee
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4/5

RaimeyGallant Welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 3mo
Chelleo Welcome! 3mo
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JenlovesJT47
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This is somewhere between a pick and so-so for me. I really liked the chaos of the Walsh-Adams family, and I think a book dealing with raising a transgender child is a very worthy subject matter. I had a few issues with some of the stereotypes presented here, and the writing style was long and rambling. Still, would recommend. 3.5⭐️

P.S. #LitsyLove received from @bookish_wookish @aroc @WeeziesBooks - replies going in the mail tomorrow!

💌📬💌

MallenNC I haven't read this one yet but a good nonfiction on the subject is (edited) 4mo
JenlovesJT47 @MallenNC thanks!! I‘ll check it out ☺️🤗 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💗💗💗 4mo
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Oryx
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No idea what this book is about, as I bought on a 99p whim and forgot why. But it seems to get Litsy love so I'm diving in. Paired with a blackberry mint julep, which is so strong, that I may not remember the book even after I actually read it.

Cathythoughts Sounds like a Saturday night plan ♥️♥️👍🏻 4mo
TrishB I really enjoyed this one 👍🏻 4mo
Hooked_on_books It‘s a great book 4mo
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JenlovesJT47
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Lol I love this! #quote

P.S. Dear @sweetpealsd I was hoping to have your package for #LMPBC in the mail last week but I wanted to send both at once, so I‘m finishing this one first. Again, a thousand apologies for the long delay!

AlaMich 🤣🤣 4mo
sweetpealsd No worries! I hope you‘re enjoying the book. 4mo
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Frecks-Booklover4life
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Loved, loved, loved this one ! As a parent I could completely relate to wanting the best for my children! I fell in love with this family and their love for one another! I‘ve been telling everyone about this book! I think it will be a favorite of 2019!

marleed I read this last fall and still think of it. I wish it were required reading because it just allows compassion to surround one‘s heart and mind. 2mo
Frecks-Booklover4life @marleed I think it should be required reading as well! 2mo
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TheLudicReader
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Not finding this as riveting as I thought it might be...but I have to finish it for my book club meeting tomorrow night.

tapgurl I picked this for my book club meeting and could not get into it so didn‘t finish 😬. I read Becoming Nichole instead. We‘ll see how the other members felt when we meet next week. 3mo
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Tashaxlynn
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I don‘t think I can say enough good things about this book. It was such an amazing story about a five year old boy who wants to be a girl when he grows up. Underneath that though the story is about family and parenting and unconditional love.
I highly recommend reading this book!

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Tashaxlynn
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“Tell your story. That is what we all must do.”
“That‘s not magic,” said Grumwald.
“Of course it is,” said the witch. “Story is the best magic there is.”
❤️

TheBookKeepers Loved this book ❤️ 6mo
Tashaxlynn @TheBookKeepers I juuust finished it! Sooooo good! 6mo
TheBookKeepers Right!! I had several great quotes saved from it! 6mo
Tashaxlynn @TheBookKeepers , yess there were so many good ones! 6mo
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Tashaxlynn
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This is suuuch a good book, I hate when I have to set it down. I can‘t wait to see how it ends. 🤪

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Tashaxlynn
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The most accurate description of what it‘s like to be a parent I have ever read! 💜💙💙💜

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Tashaxlynn
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With school reading done for the weekend I can finally dive back into this amazing story! 😁

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Mindelan
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We got a kitten! She is the sweetest, friendliest girl who almost immediately tried to scale the face of a brick chimney when she was let out to meet us at the foster home. We‘ve named her Ripley. She‘s on quarantine from our other cat right now, because she seems to have a bit of a cold. I‘ve been snagging time to read the tagged title between kitten naps.

xicanti Hi, Ripley! 6mo
MarriedtoMrT 😻 6mo
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smoorhouse
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"Wider ranges of normal make the world a better place for everyone" - Laurie Frankel

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Areader2
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What a wonderful,insightful,well written smart book.
I can‘t recommend this enough!
5 ⭐️

JoScho Look at this sweet little nugget ❤️ 6mo
Areader2 @JoScho thanks,he‘s a little grey old man,always in my lap😊 6mo
JoScho They are just the best 6mo
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Tashaxlynn
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If it was easy, everyone would do it ❤️

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Tashaxlynn
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“Reading forces you to be quiet in a world that no longer makes place for that” -John Green

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Tashaxlynn
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My kids are up and playing, but I‘m not quite ready to leave the warmth of my bed 🛏📖

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Areader2
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“You never know. You only guess.This is how it always is. You have to make these huge decisions on behalf of your kid,this tiny human who‘s fate and future are entirely in your hands,to trust you to know what‘s good and right and be able to make that happen. You never have enough information. You don‘t get to see the future.“

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Tashaxlynn
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1. Just started This is How it Always is
2. Tea
3. Drinking a hot tea right now ☕️

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PassionatelyCurious
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“Easy is nice, but it‘s not as good as getting to be who you are or stand up for what you believe in,” said Penn. “Easy is nice, but I wonder how often it leads to fulfilling work or partnership or being.”

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Areader2
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“ You have to help him see if he‘s disappearing from the world,that‘s too high a price to pay for fitting in.”

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CoffeeWineBook
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So invested, so comfortable with this family 💖

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Tashaxlynn
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I‘ve been dying to read this and I‘m determined to start today! ✨

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Currey
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I loved spending time with this wonderful family which is trying to do what is right when there are no right rule books for raising 4 boys and one penis endowed child named Poppy who wants to grow up to be a girl. The story is probably too simple and endearing to reflect reality but nevertheless it delightfully opened up the conversation that we are all weird, we all struggle against the norms and everyone deserves to be their best self.

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IndoorDame
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Just finished this on audible and loved it! I smiled and laughed along with this extraordinary family just trying to raise a genderqueer child with grace.
#litsyAtoZ #letterT #T #readingusa2019 #Washington

TrishB Just read too , loved it 💜 6mo
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For she was a mother and knew every moment of every day that no one out in the world could ever love or value or nurture her children as well as she could and yet that it was necessary nonetheless to send them out into the world anyway 👧🏻👦🏻

TrishB Just finished this one 👍🏻 6mo
BittersweetBooks @TrishB me too! How did you like it? 6mo
TrishB I loved it. So sensitively dealt with, lots of messages about compassion and understanding and how difficult parenting is no matter what! How about you? 6mo
BittersweetBooks @TrishB I really liked it too! It opened my eyes to the struggles parents deal with while trying to be as supportive as they can to their children (not a parent myself yet). It was a family I didn‘t want to say goodbye to... 6mo
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