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Lessons in Chemistry
Lessons in Chemistry: A Novel | Bonnie Garmus
"Set in 1960s California, this blockbuster debut is the hilarious, idiosyncratic and uplifting story of a female scientist whose career is constantly derailed by the idea that a woman's place is in the home, only to find herself starring as the host of America's most beloved TV cooking show. Elizabeth Zott is not your average woman. In fact Elizabeth Zott would be the first to point out that there is no such thing as an average woman. But it's the 1960s and despite the fact that she is a scientist, her peers are very unscientific when it comes to equality. The only good thing to happen to her on the road to professional fulfillment is a run-in with her super-star colleague Calvin Evans (well, she stole his beakers.) The only man who ever treated her-and her ideas-as equal, Calvin is already a legend and Nobel nominee. He's also awkward, kind and tenacious. Theirs is true chemistry. But as events are never as predictable as chemical reactions, three years later Elizabeth Zott is an unwed, single mother (did we mention it's the early 60s??) and the star of America's most beloved cooking show Supper at Six. Elizabeth's singular approach to cooking ('take one pint of H2O and add a pinch of sodium chloride') and independent example are proving revolutionary. Because Elizabeth isn't just teaching women how to cook, she's teaching them how to change the status quo. Laugh-out-loud funny, shrewdly observant, and studded with a dazzling cast of supporting characters, Lessons in Chemistry is as original and vibrant as its protagonist"--
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Therewillbebooks
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Spring is upon us and what better way to celebrate than to add to our TBR? This month we decided to add a “dad bio“ and a bestseller to our TBR but the real question is did we add just two books? Lots of fun this week, with a great list of books discussed. Matt's question to everybody is, “Are we at a TBR tipping point?“ As always thanks for listening and supporting us!

https://open.spotify.com/episode/1XqrWylOjG1cKCYS6aqcow

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Blh87
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Just a potato puppy (even though she is 7) appreciation post. She‘s a cuddly snoozy suzy. We love our Justice Ginsburg❤️

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Mshookquilts
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This may be the best book I‘ve read this year and was a delightful compelling surprise. Elizabeth Zott is a focused chemist of high intellect who falls in love with another equally brilliant scientist. At his death she finds herself pregnant and without a job. A story of a strong woman who has learned to survive and make true friends despite the cruelty around.

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booklover3258
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My review of this book can be found on my YouTube Vlog at:

https://youtu.be/9MabKSZ-Ph0

Enjoy!

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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One of my favorites! I loved Six-Thirty 🐶🧡🐾

Gosh this has been a long and exhausting work week 😬 one more day!!

#SpringSkies
#AnimalPOV

Teresereading Loved the book and the series on Apple TV 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Teresereading I don‘t have Apple 😩 2w
Jari-chan I liked the book mainly because of Six-Thirty 🤭 2w
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Eggs Phenomenally touching 🙌🏻 2w
Teresereading @Jari-chan sadly6.30 doesn‘t feature as much in the series 2w
DebinHawaii Such a long week! 😵 I loved the book & Sux-Thirty was my favorite too! 🐕 💜 2w
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Kristelh
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TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Looks fantastic!! 2w
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MaleficentBookDragon
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While this book took me much too long to finish, it was not the book‘s fault. It lived up to the hype for me. I laughed and cried many times. And fueled my female rage a bit. ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I have been in a reading slump for the past two months. I steamed through January but then lost my mojo in February. I had surgery last week and thought I‘d be nonstop reading but I didn‘t until Monday. Then I started really getting into it. Hopefully I‘m back.

Avanders Hope surgery went well!! And I hear you re slump… I feel like I‘m kinda coming out of a year-and-a-half slump! 3w
Cortg Wishing you a speedy recovery! I‘ve been in a reading slump which is unusual for me, but I‘m crushing the audiobooks for some reason. 3w
MaleficentBookDragon @Avanders thanks. I think it did. I just read the new Wayward Children book this afternoon and plan on starting The Boy Who Cried Bear by Kelley Armstrong tonight so I‘m hoping my slump is gone. 3w
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MaleficentBookDragon @Cortg thank you. Usually audiobooks help me through slumps but I‘ve been listening to You Love Me for over 3 months! I should DNF it but I just can‘t give up on Joe (or actually Santino as narrator). If all else fails I‘ll start the Murderbot Diaries on audio again. They are always fun. 3w
Avanders Nice! Yeah it can definitely depend on the book these days… it‘s much harder to just “push through” than it was a couple years ago! And glad to hear surgery … likely went well ☺️🙏🏽 (edited) 3w
Gissy Have a soon recovery ♥️ 3w
TheLudicReader Hope you recover quickly and find your reading mojo again soon! 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks My book also looks like this! Get well soon ❤️‍🩹 2w
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kricheal
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I am so obsessed with Elizabeth Zott. 5 stars #audio #9 #2024

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xicanti
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I‘m loving LESSONS IN CHEMISTRY, just like the friend who leant it to me promised I would! It‘s one of those stories I can fall right into and fully inhabit, though I don‘t find it as funny as the jacket copy says it is. I mean, there‘re funny bits here and there, but on the whole I don‘t find sexism gives me a lot to laugh at. 🤷‍♀️

Elizabeth would disapprove of my Spice Tailor supper, but it‘s so tasty I ain‘t even sorry. These kits are delish.

sarahbarnes Such a great book! 3w
xicanti @sarahbarnes it really is. I‘m sad just didn‘t have time to finish it tonight. 3w
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Sci.Cricketts
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A very emotional story in terms of what women have to do to fight to be heard. So many obstacles that could have been avoided if given the voice.

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perfectsinner

Finally starting my Christmas present

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451Degrees
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Have you ever read a book that drove you to utter rage… the want to throw the book across the room at the injustice against the characters? I am awestruck by this book, it pulled on all my emotions like I was a character right alongside Elizabeth. If you‘ve had this one on the back burner or a TBR do yourself a favor and just pick it up!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I loved this one! 2mo
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Deifio
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Borrowed from my mum. Can't wait to start!

julesG Enjoy! I really liked it 2mo
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TheSpineView
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Happy Tuesday! Today's questions are inspired by several of my friends that are currently in the process of moving. It got me to thinking which is always a dangerous thing. Have a fabulous day! My answers:
1️⃣ April 2022 I sold my house in Asheville and moved to my lake house in SC.
2️⃣ Lessons in Chemistry

Want to play? @Eggs @dabbe @Read4life @Cupcake12 @BookmarkTavern @Susanita @TheBookHippie @Born.A.Reader @Ruthiella @AmyG @JenReadsAlot

BookmarkTavern Thanks for the tag! 💕 2mo
GlassAsDiamonds It surprises me there aren‘t more thrillers / cozy mystery/ detective fiction featuring GRIZZLY moving related MURDERS … suppose the suspense would be limited 🤣 2mo
Ruthiella Thanks for the tag! The last time I moved was 20 years ago. I‘m glad to be in one place for a stretch. Moving is stressful! 2mo
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Eggs Thank you 🙏🏻🙏🏻 2mo
AmyG Thanks for the tag! 😘 2mo
dabbe Will do; thanks for the tag! 😘 2mo
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451Degrees
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Goodness I‘m not even 20 pages into this book and I am up in arms for Elizabeth!! Seriously the women before us had such an uphill climb trying to have a career without being belittled by men😠😤

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Bec_lectic
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I waited so long to read this and finally got the opportunity! A good story with some good characters. It‘s an anthem to all strong woman out there trying to pave their way in the world. I loved the science aspect of it as I work in a lab as well. The author dabbled a little bit about chemistry but not so much as to off put readers without an interest in Chemistry. Overall, just a good story. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Birdsong28
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Out on 29/2/24!!

How beautiful is that😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

Very tempted by this especially as it has brand new content from the author.

RebelReader Way better cover than the one I read! I saw the author in person and she hated the first cover too. 2mo
julesG Me, too. 2mo
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Night_Reader
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3.5/5 🌟

On my second try with this book, I almost gave up after 100 pages (again), but persistence paid off as the second half improved. I understand the varied opinions – it's a book that evokes different reactions. I didn't have strong feelings either way, but I'm pleased the ending clarified a few things and enhanced my opinion of the book.

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Martta
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I loved this! Such a interesting combination of heavy themes and humor that made me smile. I would love to read more books like this! Characters were written really well and I felt the main character really inspiring.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Loved this one 🧡 3mo
Suet624 You‘re right. I wish there were more books like this. They‘re hard to find. 3mo
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tjwill
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I read this for a book club and I‘m so glad I did. Elizabeth Zott, Calvin Evans, Mad Zott, amd Six-Thirty are all great characters with so much depth. I love how Elizabeth did the best she could despite the sexism of a male-dominated job (and society), and that she raised Mad to be uniquely herself.

AvidReader25 I thought the miniseries did an incredible job bringing the book to life! 3mo
tjwill @AvidReader25 I don‘t have Apple+, so I haven‘t seen the series, but I‘ve heard good things! 3mo
AvidReader25 @tjwill We just got it and I‘m so glad I finally got to see it! 3mo
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Martta
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Spoiled myself a bit today with chocolate cake as a desert after lunch. 🥰🍰

This book makes me smile! 😍

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Martta
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Lunch & book ❤️

Ruthiella Looks delicious 😋 3mo
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Melkyl
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I went into this not really knowing what it was about. I knew it had been a buzzy book, and my book club picked it. It is much more serious than I expected from looking at the cover, and I really liked it. I think it is an excellent reminder to women today how hard women in previous generations had to fight to get us the rights that some of us take for granted.

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Shaaaannnn
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10/10. I LOVED this book. I‘m not a chemist but I do have a degree in environmental science. I couldn‘t imagine what it would‘ve been like trying to get my degree in the year 1960. This is an important read that absolutely everyone should read. 💕

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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“Courage is the root of change—and change is what we‘re chemically designed to do.”

#Womeninscience
#NewYearNewBooks

One of my all time favorites 🔬🧡✏️ 🐶

Megabooks Agree! Watching the series with my parents and it‘s so good! Very faithful to the book. 3mo
Eggs Wonderful book 👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
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Martta
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New book started 🤩

Megabooks Enjoy!! 3mo
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Shaaaannnn

They were more than friends, more than confidants, more than allies, and more than lovers. If relationships are a puzzle, then theirs was solved from the get-go- as if someone shook out the box and watched from above as each separate piece landed exactly right, slipping one into the other, fully interlocked, into a picture that made perfect sense.

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Loved the storyline - a few twists, humour, and sadness. The fast speed of the book kept me engaged. My only criticism is that it is not realistic - it is only a story as this kind of feminism and female empowerment sadly never would have happened in the 60s. Then again, for me, the story would never have been as good without these aspects and Elizabeth‘s not so subtle tips on live TV. The narrator of the audiobook was perfect too!

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Just.Linds
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2nd book of 2024! So far have read some really great fiction with solid plot lines. Adored all characters in this and love that their were different point of views intertwined! Six-thirty has my heart and made me squeeze my pups extra tight💓

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ReadWithHannah
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Nearly two hours into my first audiobook of 2024 and I‘m hooked. I‘ve heard great things and it‘s already living up to them. Bring on a positive start to the New Year!

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And my winner is... Lessons In Chemistry 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
I loved Elizabeth. And Six Thirty.

Sharpeipup Have you been watching the show? 3mo
bookandbedandtea @Sharpeipup No, I completely forgot they made a show! Are you watching? Is it good? 3mo
Sharpeipup I‘ve watched a few episodes and it‘s a pretty good adaptation. My non-reader friends are loving it! 3mo
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Mximlay
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It took me a while to warm up to this book and get into the story. I‘m so glad I persevered because by a quarter of the way through I was hooked. As a non-male scientist I understand the world EZ was fighting to be part of. This story made me angry, happy, sad, frustrated, etc. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Just.Linds What reading notebook is this? I love it! 3mo
Mximlay It‘s the Always fully booked reading journal from littleinklings 3mo
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TheSpineView
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#12DaysofChristmas @Andrew65

My favorite book in August was Lessons in Chemistry. Wonderful story and outstanding prose! Highly recommend. In my top 5 for the year.

Andrew65 Still to read this. 3mo
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melissajayne
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My favourite book for March was Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus. #12booksof2023

Andrew65 I still have to read this. 4mo
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PaperbackPirate
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May was so good I can‘t pick just one!

I read Lessons in Chemistry after the author came to my local bookstore. What an incredible woman, the story follows suit. Fun fact, she hates the cover! It‘s misleading, I agree.
The Wind Through the Keyhole was my final stop on my Dark Tower journey. Just a character from the series telling stories. But wow.
The final book I read in May was Becoming by Michelle Obama & it was also 5 stars amazing!

Andrew65 Two very popular books. 4mo
willaful I was so surprised to learn my mom had read because I would've thought the cover would turn her right off! But she probably saw a review of the British edition. ;-) (edited) 4mo
PaperbackPirate I see why now @Andrew65 ! 4mo
PaperbackPirate It‘s funny how a cover really can influence you, right @willaful ?! 4mo
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Andrew65 This is one that has been on my TBR for too long, definitely one of the hits of the year. (edited) 4mo
Bookwormjillk Good one 4mo
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“Courage is the root of change—and change is what we‘re chemically designed to do.”
#December2023

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A colleague told me this was in her Top 5 books of all time. I like her enough that I was willing to give it a try. After a few months of library holds and delays, I'm starting this today.

Bren912 This is a great read!! 4mo
Cupcake12 I really liked this. X 4mo
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Chiperskee
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Making dinner can feel so monotonous but this idea gives new energy to a daily task.

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ClairesReads
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I‘m late to the party here, and maybe it‘s a case of right book right time, but this is one of the best books I‘ve read in ages. I don‘t normally go for ‘quirky protagonist‘ stories, but something about this one just works. Sure it‘s a bit obvious about its commentary on social norms especially around women and work, and maybe some plot points are a bit obvious, but it‘s a story told with a lot of heart, that really captured me. Loved it.

DebinHawaii It made my “best of” list this year. I really enjoyed it too! 4mo
ClairesReads @DebinHawaii glad to hear you loved it too. Any other great recs from your best of list? 4mo
DebinHawaii @ClairesReads Project Hail Mary (the audiobook) was a delight. I really enjoyed The Bandit Queens & Weyward too. 4mo
rubyslippersreads I‘m enjoying the book much more than the TV series. 3mo
ClairesReads @rubyslippersreads I haven‘t watched the series but I am avoiding it because I liked the book so much I expect it won‘t measure up 3mo
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JackOBotts
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Using as my December #bookspin mood pick. This book was great. Highly recommend.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
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Bookwomble
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My food-chemist wife came home with this mug ?‍? Slightly more acceptable to use at work than her, "Sorry if my face said Fuck Off" mug ?

AmyG Ha! 5mo
Ruthiella 😂😂😂 5mo
Deblovestoread 😂💜 5mo
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julesG 🤣🤣 5mo
dabbe 🤣🤣🤣 5mo
Aimeesue 😂😂😂 5mo
Megabooks Love this!!! 😂😂😂 5mo
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Ahw06
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My heart. This book takes you through so many emotions absolutely flawlessly. The way the author tackles some triggering subjects and flows effortlessly into the winding tale of the characters lives is incredible. This book definitely deserved the Book of the Year award it received last year.

I ended up purchasing a copy tonight before I finished and I‘m so glad I did!
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TheBookgeekFrau Holy moly that is long 😂😂 5mo
julesG Never noticed it was such a long sentence. 5mo
ShyBookOwl Whoa! 5mo
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Bookwormjillk
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This book had everything I love- science, feminism, found families, and food. Great read.

annahenke Such a wonderful book. 5mo
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Djspens
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I doubt she knows as many words at Six-Thirty but she makes a cute book model! I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Yes, there were a few eye roll moments but I found it had a great message and was entertaining!

Jari-chan I'm sure she knows all the right words 😉❤️🐶 5mo
JenReadsAlot Adorable! 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Loved this one! Especially six-thirty 🐶 5mo
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ShelleyBooksie What a total cutie ♡♡ 5mo
AmyG Awww what a cute photo! 5mo
rubyslippersreads She looks like a mini Six-Thirty. 4mo
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kricheal
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Starting this next 🎧

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It‘s soooo good!! 5mo
Megabooks Loved it! 5mo
rubyslippersreads I just got 3 free months of Apple TV, so I‘m looking forward to reading/watching. 4mo
kricheal @rubyslippersreads Yes! That's what finally pushed me to read it! I want to watch the show. 4mo
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