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Light From Uncommon Stars
Light From Uncommon Stars | Ryka Aoki
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CampbellTaraL
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A wonderfully weird story with deep, revealing layers. Surface level: a contemporary fantasy and sci-fi that at times goes off the rails but is pulled back just in time by strong character development. Digging in: the misery unsupported transgender youth endure, long-standing sexism excused by "tradition", and the ever present racism underlying it all. The book does a lot but it's successful with it's charm and honesty.

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traa
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Pickpick

This book has so much heart! 💜

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DavidDiamond
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Panpan

“We can afford neither defective space-time filaments, nor any further drops in donut sales.”

I know I‘m really in the minority here, but this was not for me.
Pros: Great LGBTQ and Asian representation. Great cover. And donuts. Lots of donuts.
Cons: Overly long, too much plot crammed into one book, disjointed and jarring writing style
I almost DNF this book, but I was too close to the end. An end which I thought would never come.

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Mogoeg
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There are plenty of things to love in this space opera/urban fantasy/portrait of an artist genre mashup - & first and foremost is the focus character - the brave & luminous Katrina. It's also a love letter to LA - & specifically to the food & cultures of Asian Americans living in the Southland. But there is just so much stuffed into it that by the (pleasantly unexpected!) end I felt like I was dragging myself across the finish line. A soft pick.

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Clare-Dragonfly
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Bailedbailed

I really thought I would like this but the writing style… it‘s just absolutely not working for me. I tried. #doublespin

KristiAhlers I couldn‘t be bothered either. Borrowed it from a friend who bailed as well. (edited) 3mo
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Peddler410
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I picked this up for the cover, purchased for the TJ Klune quote. Enjoying it for the three lovely women.

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Jen2
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So fun!

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xicanti
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Bedside book stack: July 16th edition. I‘m all kinds of in love with the tagged book. It‘s thoroughly steeped in music, which is exactly what I want right now. Maybe we can blame THE OXFORD ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF OPERA for that?

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BekaReid
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This mash up of sci Fi and urban fantasy was beautiful, devastating, and hopeful all at once. Full of music, demons, aliens, donuts, and a trans woman protagonist; it's a story of found family, love and acceptance.

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BekaReid
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I love Becky Chambers and Martha Wells so I'm kicking off July with Ryka Aoki.

julesG I'm sure you'll like it. 5mo
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julesG
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Pickpick

This was good. Maybe a bit too much talk about donuts, though. 😁

#JoysOfJune #readathon @Andrew65

Andrew65 Brilliant 👏👏👏 5mo
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julesG
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Have you read this one yet, @Leniverse?

Sold my soul to the devil and need to find a musical prodigy to save myself + alien refugees running a donut shop + Asian American + LGBTQ

That Charlie Jane Anders quote on the cover is very apt, me thinks. I like this better than CJA's books and I'm only 5 chapters in.

#JoysOfJune #readathon @Andrew65

BethM That sounds intriguing! 5mo
Soubhiville I loved this book! 5mo
Andrew65 Sounds very intriguing, well done. 👏👏👏 5mo
Dragon Stacking 💚🐉 5mo
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Branwen
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Pride Month: Day Six! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜

This is my number one favorite Scifi book that I read last year! Another story that feels like a warm hug, featuring a young trans violinist, a deal with the devil, and an alien family running a doughnut shop! 😀🍩 It's perfection!

#pridemonth #queerbooks #lgbtq

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Branwen
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There were WAY too many books to fit into one picture, so here is a small sampling of some of my favorite queer fantasy/science fiction books! 😀🌈📚💕 #pridemonth #queerbooks #lgbtq

vivastory 💙 🌈 👏 6mo
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kwmg40
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A Hugo Best Novel nominee, this is a fun and lighthearted science fiction novel that covers a wide range of themes: gender identity, music, Asian American culture and cuisine, donuts, aliens and video games. Enjoyable and heartwarming!

#hugoawards #hugo2022
#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 7mo
jessjess I'll have to add that to my tbr!
6mo
kwmg40 @TheAromaofBooks Thanks for stopping by! 6mo
kwmg40 @jessjess I hope you enjoy it! I thought it was so much fun to read. 6mo
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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An incredible story: meticulous threads of plotlines, endearing and complex characters, unique mix of genres, and sensory prose that delights equally in food and music. It's part trans girl musician runaway tale, part alien adventure on earth, part older Asian sapphic love story, and part Faustian epic about selling your soul for musical success. Its tone is joyful and hopeful, despite being upfront about transmisogyny. Delightful, surprising.

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Zuhkeeyah
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I‘m not sure what I expected based on the cover (I didn‘t read the blurb), but what was inside was nothing like anything I could imagine. The lives of three women from very different worlds collide in LA. Katrina is searching for acceptance. Lan is searching for safety. Shizuka is searching for a soul. Each has to decide what they stand for. The power of music is beautifully woven into the fabric of the story. I get why it‘s a Hugo Award finalist.

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Jen2
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Great audiobook!

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Zuhkeeyah
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1. Started the tagged book a couple days ago. Not even halfway through and I‘m hooked.

2. Nope. My reading choices are not very systematic.

3. The sudden burst of green that occurs all at once is my favorite moment of spring.

Thanks for the tag! @MoonWitch94 #thoughtfulthursday

MoonWitch94 Oh the sudden green is so comforting! Thanks for playing 🌷📚☺️ 7mo
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Lindy
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The world is changing, you know. A pity you aren‘t ready to live in it.

[I intend to keep this comeback in my back pocket for future use.]

TrishB I‘m having that one ready! 7mo
Darklunarose I like that. I might have to use it as well. 7mo
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CarolynM Nice one! 7mo
Lindy @CarolynM 😉 7mo
Peddler410 I just read that line. Loving this book so far. 4mo
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Morinen
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First week of April. I swear, I have no idea where this abundance of reading energy is coming from, but I'm certainly not complaining.

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Beachesnbooks
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Feb wrap-up! I finished 10 books total, including 3 novellas, a short story collection, and a new favorite.
🥇Light From Uncommon Stars
🥈Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?
🥉Get it Right

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therubberduckninja
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I wasn‘t completely sure what to expect, but I throughly enjoyed this one. It was, at times, heartbreaking, yet defiantly beautiful through it all. I loved watching the relationships develop between the characters, especially Katrina and Shizuka.

There is a LOT going on in this book, sometimes almost too much. There were a lot of smaller side plots that really didn‘t go anywhere, and I wish they‘d been developed further or just left out.

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Kenyazero
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Super fun! Want an unlikely combination of sci-fi, demons, music appreciation, and donuts with queer and Asian American main characters? I wasn‘t sure what to expect from this read, but it was a good ride. Content warnings for transphobia, cyber bullying, racism, body dysphoria, domestic and child abuse, and sexual content. #LGBTQ #Music

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Beachesnbooks
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Feb TBR! Really excited about all of these reads.

Bookwormjillk I haven't read any of these but I love all of the covers. 10mo
Bookwormjillk I haven't read any of these but I love all of the covers. 10mo
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Soubhiville
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My January wrap up. My favorites included Light From Uncommon Stars, Cantoras, The Storyteller, and The Island of Missing Trees. I did not like Piranesi.

Sparrow Envy is the first poetry I‘ve read in ages! Lots of good stuff in this photo!

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ReadingEnvy
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Mehso-so

This novel combines a musician's deal with the devil and a family running a donut shop in Los Angeles who happen to be running from an intergalactic war. ↘️

ReadingEnvy I was amused by some of the moments but I'm not sure this all worked for me; I'd be invested in the violinist's story and then jarred into a stargate discussion. I did like the ending so maybe it all works out. And ironically reading more books with music as a central theme was one of my failed reading goals for last year, so this felt like an appropriate follow-up. 10mo
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Laughterhp
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Mehso-so

I wanted to like this more than I actually did. Towards the end, I just wanted it to be over. I had trouble connecting with the story. The writing style was different than I‘m used to. I have lots of thoughts. Lucy‘s character annoyed me. I also am not a huge music person and there was obviously A LOT.

#pop22 #genderidentity
#swordandlaserpodcast
#noshamereadathon - speculative fiction

Megabooks Too bad because the cover is fantastic! 11mo
Cortg I like your Book Beau! I have one in a different cover, this one wasn't available and I was impatient. I do use it pretty much every day. 11mo
Laughterhp @Cortg I got it for a Christmas present a couple of years ago. I love it! I use it whenever I read on the couch. 11mo
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Nessavamusic Nice job, bummer it was disappointing 11mo
Laughterhp @Nessavamusic I‘m sure some people will love it. Just wasn‘t for me! @Megabooks 11mo
Cinfhen Sorry it was just meh 😒 I found speculative fiction hit or miss in general 11mo
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Soubhiville
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Mixing a sold-my-soul-to-the-devil story with an aliens-and-scifi story might seem like a weird mix. Add in queer and transgender main characters, and this was a total win for me!

Seriously, read the blurb and if it sounds good to you at all, don‘t miss out on this one!

Itchyfeetreader As reviews fo you have fought my attention for sure! Stacked! 11mo
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Laughterhp
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And so begins my days of being home alone for a month… *sigh* 😔

LiteraryinLawrence Oh no! Why are you home alone for a month? 11mo
Laughterhp @LiteraryinLawrence My husband is away for work for a month. So it‘s just me and my dog. 11mo
Bookzombie That has to be really hard. I hope you have some great books and shows to distract you. 💗 11mo
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Laughterhp @Bookzombie It is! Especially in the winter. Definitely have the books, not sure on tv shows yet. 11mo
Chrissyreadit Can you talk every day? 11mo
Laughterhp @Chrissyreadit Yes, we can! And FaceTime etc. just not the same! 11mo
Chrissyreadit I know it‘s still hard…. But I can‘t imagine not being able to video chat anymore- I‘m going back to when I used pay phones to call home from college. I would die if I could not see my kids (also I know different from missing husband ❤️❤️❤️❤️) 11mo
Laughterhp @Chrissyreadit Oh I couldn‘t even imagine if we couldn‘t text or video chat every day! I had a cell phone in college too, so I‘ve never not had all this technology as an adult 😬😬 I‘m very spoiled lol. 11mo
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VeraNyx
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Panpan

Forgive me, but I feel like so many different elements was crammed into this story that it was likewhy tf is this in here.. i.e the aliens. She used them to save Shizuka soul. demons, aliens, and social issues seems like a great story but it didn't connect well.

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Soubhiville
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#weekendreading @Andrew65

I‘m hoping to get most of the way through The Alice Network this weekend. And Light from Uncommon Stars is the audiobook I‘m listening to, if I happen to drive anywhere.

I have a weekend with no plans except self-care and a bit of housework. 😊📚

kspenmoll The Alice Network was fabulous! 11mo
CoffeeNBooks I loved The Alice Network! 11mo
Andrew65 Love This he Alice Network and need to read 11mo
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Branwen
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Best Books of 2021! 🎉🎉🎉 Fantasy & Sci-fi! 📚

Okay, and I saved the very best for last! Fantasy and Science Fiction are my two favorite reading genres so it was SO MUCH FUN deciding which ones were the best of what I've read this year! Hands down the tagged book is my number one pick - it was like a great big hug! And I'm totally counting The Bone Shard Emperor and The Bone Shard Daughter as one since they're part of a series! 😄💕

GondorGirl Ooo- I just snagged an ebook deal for the tagged book! 11mo
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llwheeler
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I'm having a lovely afternoon with apple cider, audiobook, and cross stitch. It's been a while since I did any #audiostitching but I'm looking forward to quite a bit of it over the next couple days.

Megabooks Looks fun! 11mo
wanderinglynn I was just thinking that I need to do some cross stitching. Great idea! 11mo
llwheeler @Megabooks @wanderinglynn it is a fun time! 11mo
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silentrequiem
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Pickpick

I loved this book! A genre-blending symphony of Faustian bargains, interstellar refugees, curses, and finding your heart and soul. Gorgeous.

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silentrequiem
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We went to Mysterious Galaxy today and I splurged for some signed books. Such a great store! I'm nearly halfway through the tagged book and loving it.

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ozma.of.oz
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Shizuka is luring souls to Hell to fulfill a bargain she made to reclaim her own soul. An alien refugee run donut shop (👽) and a transgender runaway violin prodigy interrupt what should have been an easy transfer of the last soul.

A marvelous love letter to the transformative & healing powers of food and music, this captured me. Lots of POV switching, but all the characters are deliciously complicated. The ending felt a bit too neat. 🌕🌕🌕🌕🌑

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AFrostCauseReads
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Mehso-so

This book was good, but not amazing. There were a few points that were essential to understand the set up of the book that I think the author should have done a better job explaining. There were some really well done moments between characters, and LGBTQ+ visibility (especially trans issues). It was funny, and quirky, but it still felt a little disjointed.

It was a good first book, but I have a feeling the writing will be better in a second book

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Bookboss
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This science fiction and fantasy mash-up has a big heart filled with hope. The characters were well developed and engaging, and the message of love and inclusion is inspiring. I did get impatient with the food descriptions, and some of the plotting was a bit all over the place. Overall, I found it memorable and lovely but wished for a bit more editing. The book includes sexual assault, trauma, violence, and transphobia.

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peanutnine
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Gosh, this book was so lovely and original. It follows Shizuka, a woman who has made a deal with the devil to sacrifice souls to Hell, Katrina, a transgender runaway violinist, and Lan, an alien space captain who has settled on Earth to run a donut shop. It makes more sense than it sounds lol. I loved the themes of heritage, tradition, found family, and music as an expression of your identity.

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peanutnine
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My favorite festive snuggly blanket to read under. It was a Secret Santa gift from one of my best friends in high school and I still love it ❤️🤍❤️
#festivephotochallenge #redandwhite
@StayCurious

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peanutnine
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Day 2 and another almost 9 hours done of the #20in4 readathon and I've made it through a good chunk of this library book. Loving it so far!
@Andrew65

Andrew65 Brilliant 👏👏👏 12mo
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ferskner
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Last night in Glenford. Thank goodness for this leg warmer. #dogsoflitsy

Chrissyreadit Hi Joseph ❤️ how is your ankle Ann? 13mo
ferskner @Chrissyreadit it's doing okay! Physical therapy feels pretty good so far and I can see little improvements each week. Thank you for asking! 13mo
Chrissyreadit @ferskner ❤️📚❤️ 13mo
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Sara_Planz
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It‘s a chilly October morning in Vegas. Time to start a new book!

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Sumi
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I loved this book. Aliens, music, luthiers, the devil, doughnuts. It was unexpected & lovely.

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Bibliophibifemme
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"It is not enough to blindly flee pain or danger. It is not enough to escape from an irredeemable enemy. Heartache comes from glimpsing over one's shoulder, the yearning for Thanksgiving, the persistent memory of the sweetness. Breaking comes from knowing exactly how it could have been."

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Bibliophibifemme
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This book is getting me in the feels.

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TorieStorieS
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This is an inventive and modern fantasy- Katrina flees her violent & disapproving parents with only her violin & an escape bag. But as she struggles, another family flees together from a different part of the galaxy & winds up running a donut shop. Meanwhile, the infamous violin teacher dubbed the Queen of Hell searches for a seventh student who will pay with their soul. It all converges in a lovely combination of appreciation of music & food!

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Anita
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Anyone else falling in love with this yet?