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Of Irish Blood
Of Irish Blood | Mary Pat Kelly
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It's 1903. Nora Kelly, twenty-four, is talented, outspoken, progressive, and climbing the ladder of opportunity, until she falls for an attractive but dangerous man who sends her running back to the Old World her family had fled. Nora takes on Paris, mixing with couturiers, artists, and "les femmes Americaines" of the Left Bank such as Gertrude Stein and Sylvia Beach. But when she stumbles into the centuries-old Collge des Irlandais, a good-looking scholar, an unconventional priest, and Ireland's revolutionary women challenge Nora to honor her Irish blood and join the struggle to free Ireland. Author Mary Pat Kelly weaves historical characters such as Maud Gonne, William Butler Yeats, Countess Markievicz, Michael Collins, and Eamon de Valera, as well as Gabrielle Chanel, Gertrude Stein, James Joyce, and Nora Barnicle, into Of Irish Blood, a vivid and compelling story inspired by the life of her great-aunt.
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Jerdencon
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Love when I read about places I‘ve been too - there‘s my little Caulfield kid in front of “his castle” in Northern Island in pre - Covid times!
#literarycrew @Librarybelle

Librarybelle So cool! 4w
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Librarybelle
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Questions are now up for this month‘s #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead ! You can either find them on my feed or by searching #LiteraryCrew !

I will post later today a reminder for December‘s book, Dollface, along with the suggested reading timeline. I‘m also compiling the book recommendations for next year, so that post will appear later this week!

Any overall thoughts to share about Of Irish Blood?

Crazeedi I will look at questions! I loved the book, I learned so much from it 2mo
BethM I‘m with @Crazeedi loved it! I‘ll nominate the third book for another month lol! 2mo
Crazeedi @BethM I'm definitely game for that!! Did you read the first one? 2mo
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BethM @Crazeedi I did not. I‘ve not seen great reviews about it but I‘m not opposed to trying it. 2mo
Crazeedi @BethM I saw that too, but I borrowed from library to read on kindle, I'll let you know!! 2mo
Librarybelle @BethM @Crazeedi I‘ll add the third book to the list for next year! 2mo
Jerdencon I‘m still reading it - about 1/2 way through but enjoying it! 2mo
CarolineLovesToRead I got off to a good start on it but slowed down and now trying to finish it tonight. I‘m enjoying this big read 2mo
JuniperWilde Hi all. I can‘t but this book in Canada. Where did you source your copies? 1mo
Librarybelle @JuniperWilde I got mine through the library. 1mo
JuniperWilde Brilliant. Thx @Librarybelle 1mo
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Librarybelle
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6. I tried to highlight some of the big pieces, but inevitably in a novel this size, I‘m not capturing everything: for example, Nora‘s courage in the very beginning to flee an abusive relationship. What else struck you about this novel? #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

Crazeedi Like the previous question, how family is such an integral part of her life, even though Nora was apart from hers for years. How we connect with others through our lineage. Her marriage that was never really fulfilled made me very sad. Her sister Henrietta's disdain for her was a reminder of that era, when women were expected to be certain ways 2mo
BethM How uniquely tied Irish spirit is to Ireland. Even a few generations removed I feel it abs was raised with it. 2mo
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5. Family. Such a huge part of this novel. And identity. Identity of oneself, identity as part of a family unit, and identity of your familial history, background and ethnic values and traditions. We could probably talk forever about this! Please share your thoughts. #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

Crazeedi I loved the lineage quoted when Nora met different people. And the importance of family was reinforced in so many ways. 2mo
BethM I loved the family connectedness. 2mo
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4. Nora Kelly is also surrounded by political movements, especially the fight for Irish independence. Were you familiar with this movement? Here is a brief note from history.come about the granting of independence in 1921: https://www.history.com/.amp/this-day-in-history/irish-free-state-declared #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

CarolineLovesToRead Matisse‘s work has always been an interest to me and I would like to find out more about the paintings that were taken/stolen by the nazis. 2mo
Crazeedi I've had this book on my tbr for a long time, I'll be reading it now 2mo
Crazeedi Plus I read this book years ago about the irish struggle 2mo
BethM @Crazeedi how was Trinity? @CarolineLovesToRead I don‘t know much about Matisse. What I found interesting was googling Gertrude Stein abs basically the lesbian subsect around. Idk why but that surprised me. 2mo
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3. As a bridge between question 2 and question 4…so many real life figures are portrayed in this novel, along with real situations and events. How well do you think does the author brings to life these real life figures? Do her portrayals make you want to learn more about the people? Any standouts to you? #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

Crazeedi I was fascinated because I've heard of some of the Irish Patriots, but dont know much, would love to know more. I think the book would have been twice as long if she had written more about them. 2mo
Crazeedi Definitely the Irish Patriots who turned on each other would love to read more 2mo
BethM @Crazeedi I agree! I‘ve started Morgan Llwelyn‘s series so I was familiar with some characters. 2mo
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2. Nora Kelly finds herself surrounded by fashion and real life historical figures. Think about her interactions in the fashion world and those fashionistas she meets and works alongside. What are your impressions of the fashion world as portrayed by the author? #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

CarolineLovesToRead I found she portrayed it a bit cut throat/gossipy. I remember reading a part where Madame Simone was insulting Chanel and madame Simone‘s story about her wanting to marry a man who wanted to invest in her studio reminds me a bit of Chanel‘s story 2mo
Crazeedi It seems a place occupied by top tier designers and them people copying designs to make for less money. I dont think much has changed in the fashion world! And yes @CarolineLovesToRead I kept thinking of the 2 books I've read about Chanel!! 2mo
BethM I‘ve not read anything about Chanel so the whole woman of the night thing caught me off guard. Otherwise it was pretty much wht I expected. 2mo
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1. This is actually the sequel to the book Galway Bay, with a third book titled Irish Above All that was published in 2019. Have you read the first? Any plans to read more of the series? #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

BethM I‘ve not reAd the first, will definitely read the third. 2mo
CarolineLovesToRead I would like to read the next book for sure 2mo
Crazeedi I have borrowed the first to read, and definitely want to read the third 2mo
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BethM
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I LOVE this sentence. Finished the book last night and honestly I‘m still digesting. Some of it I loved, some of it I was bit lost, but overall I was absolutely captivated. Any book that sucks you in and makes you think gets a pick. Dense but worth the read- I‘ll definitely be picking up the next one at some point.

What I will say is that the author captures the Irish Catholic experience in a way that still resonates through the generations.

Librarybelle Glad you liked this! 2mo
Chrissyreadit It‘s funny because I feel like outside of NYC the Irish Catholic experience is under appreciated 🤣 2mo
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#saynothing #whateveryousaysaynothing #poetrywithinanovel #seamusheaney #patrickraddenkeefe #nonfiction #historicalfiction #poetry

So many literary figures, allusions in this novel. If possible, I wanted to find the source of “ say nothing.

kspenmoll https://youtu.be/OpDw5n_rb5I Seamus Heaney reading his poem (edited) 2mo
Crazeedi So awesome ❤ 2mo
BethM I know Of Irish Blood is fiction but I feel like “say nothing” has to predate 1975? 2mo
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kspenmoll
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#November #20in4 #readathon
Joining in. Went from 40% of book read to 89% read today so far.

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#coffeeandbooks #coffeebreak #literarycrew
Rainy day, making it feel colder than the 41 degrees it is. Happy to be home with family, sipping coffee, snacking on ginger cooks,and reading about the Irish. I have spent so much time looking up/researching various people and , events - learning sooo much about the Irish. My father‘s grandfather came over to CT during the Great Starvation/Potato Famine. My mother‘s family came in through NewFoundland.

Librarybelle So glad you‘re finding this riveting! 2mo
BethM My great grandfather‘s father came over ❤️ 2mo
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We know their dream; enough
To know they dreamed and are dead;
And what if excess of love
Bewildered them till they died?
I write it out in a verse—
MacDonagh and MacBride
And Connolly and Pearse
Now and in time to be,
Wherever green is worn,
Are changed, changed utterly:
A terrible beauty is born.
——William Butler Yeats, Easter,1916

Yeats as a character, along with his poetry are featured in
this novel. #literarycrew

kspenmoll 56 years later, author Patrick Radden Keefe publishes a searing non fiction( reads like a novel) account of the continuing violence in N. Ireland as the subjugated people still struggle for unification. A brilliant read. 2mo
Librarybelle I have Say Nothing on my to read list! 2mo
kspenmoll @Librarybelle Do read it. Not an easy read at all but he is a wonderful journalist/writer. 2mo
BethM @Librarybelle the audio of Say Nothing is incredible. 2mo
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I have been glued to this today. For me a big tome (500+ pgs). Starts in Chicago where the Irish are making initial inwards into the city‘s politics. Irish-American Nora Kelly makes a life changing decision born of desire that necessitates her fleeing to Paris.Paris is a hot bed of Irish/English/ French intrigue.With the advent of WWI she cannot leave France, so serves as a nurse in a Vanderbilt hospital.

Crazeedi Can't wait to discuss!! 2mo
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Since becoming a mom I suck at self care. Took 30 mins tonight for a candle lit bath, face mask, bath bomb, and book.

Soubhiville Good for you! 2mo
megnews Yay! I know it‘s hard to find the time but so important. 2mo
BrittanyReads Well deserved 👍🏻 2mo
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Crazeedi
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#literarycrew @Librarybelle
Finished this today. An amazing book. So much Irish history that I've never really totally understood. Actually still don't understand, but now I know how part of my genes influence my character. I look forward to discussing!
Thank you @kspenmoll for this book

Crazeedi Now I definitely have to read the first book of this trilogy 2mo
Librarybelle So glad you liked this! 2mo
kspenmoll I am about 50% through. I also want to read the other two! 2mo
BethM This has been my favorite pick in a long time! I‘ve not read great reviews about Galway Bay so I‘ll wait until someone reads that one! I‘m all in for Irish Above All though. 2mo
Crazeedi @BethM I have the first one in my queue from library now, so we'll see how it is 2mo
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We were gone for less than 40 mins 😫

TheSpineView Oh no!😩 2mo
BethM @TheSpineView I knew my fellow littens would be more horrified than my hubs. He‘s like you can still read it! (Actually the last chapter is gone) 2mo
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TheSpineView @BethM 😤 I would like to see HIM read it! 2mo
Jas16 😱 2mo
4thhouseontheleft Oh no! 🙀 2mo
Crazeedi Oh no!! 2mo
Roary47 Ahhh! My pups have been doing this to my oldest kids books. I‘m sorry. 💛 2mo
Sharpeipup Noooo! 2mo
marleed Someone thought that was a very good book ;) 2mo
tracey38 Oh nobody! I'm sorry. 😢 2mo
BethM @Roary47 any tips? They‘ve gotten a few my kiddos books too but I thought it was just bc he threw them. They‘ve not done this since they were puppies. 2mo
Roary47 @BethM if we are not home they are pinned up. They chew the walls if I leave them in a room 😱 I also have chickens which they took the liberty of beheading a few😭 keeping an eye on them is really all that has been working and a large pin for the both of them. 2mo
Avanders 😟😞 rip books 🪦📚 2mo
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#bookreport #weeklyforecast

Read some all of these this past week- finished Miss Marple.
Continuing with the other 3 this week.

Cinfhen Looks good 😊 2mo
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Crazeedi
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I'm trying to finish my book, but Klinger has other ideas. It's a pretty comfy place to take a snooze! #catsoflitsy #kittiesareincharge

robinb What a sweetie pie! And speaking of sweeties, thank you for my lovely card that came today and for the goodies inside. 😘🤗🧡 2mo
wanderinglynn What a great name! ❤️🐱 2mo
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sharread So 😍 I love 💘 reading with my kitty on my lap. 2mo
Crazeedi @robinb 😘 2mo
Crazeedi @sharread I do too except when he's blocking my page! 2mo
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Crazeedi
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So I haven't even gotten dressed this morning! Too engrossed in this book for #literarycrew #buddyread 😁
@Librarybelle

KristiAhlers My Christmas books I must have list is insane and I just added this one on the flip side my family knows exactly what I want 😂 2mo
Crazeedi @KristiAhlers I hear you, mine is the same. Litsy has a way of blowing up your TBR! 2mo
KristiAhlers @Crazeedi agreed. I no longer have a TBR pile I legit have a tall bookcase. Sorry not sorry 😂 2mo
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Librarybelle That‘s the best kind of book! 2mo
Crazeedi @KristiAhlers I have one wall that's a bookshelf and then 5 other shelves in various locations 😊 2mo
Crazeedi @Librarybelle absolutely!! 2mo
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Current view. Got my covid booster yesterday and had to take a sick day today. Blessing to get it, annoyed that I‘m feeling poorly when I did great with 1 and 2. Hoping that it clears up in a few more hours!

This author really gets Irish Catholicism. I feel it to my core and want to hug her. Obviously my family emigrated generations ago (4) but some things run deep.

Kshakal Feel better!! 2mo
AmyG I was out for a day with the booster. Take tylenol-it helped me. You should be fine tomorrow. Feel better. (edited) 2mo
BethM @AmyG will do thanks! 2mo
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Chrissyreadit My arm is still sore, and I needed 2 days, but then was fine for work on Monday. Hope you can just relax today ❤️ 2mo
BethM @Chrissyreadit thanks I plan to. Munchkin was scheduled to be with my parents today abs tomorrow so I‘m glad I planned the shot this way bc I know he‘s well taken care of. 2mo
Crazeedi Hope you feel better soon, and yes I hear all the generations through Nora 2mo
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Can‘t sleep bc of some sort of lung thing my son shared. Hoping he can sleep a little while longer while I snuggle these hooligans and read.

Bookwormjillk Ugh, there is so much going around. Hope you feel better soon. 2mo
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Librarybelle
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Checkin lost for #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead …I wanted to do a checkin over the weekend and missed doing it!

We are halfway through the month…any thoughts or impressions to share? I had also planned to start this one this weekend, but best laid plans…

Jerdencon I‘m really enjoying this one - only about 1/3 way in so far but it‘s good! 2mo
CarolineLovesToRead I‘m about a third in as well and enjoying it. I like the flow and writing style 2mo
BethM I just remembered to start it yesterday hoping I can get it done! 2mo
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CoverToCoverGirl Like you I haven‘t started yet, doing some unexpected renovations. 🤦🏼‍♀️ 2mo
Kdgordon88 I decided to wait on this one. I want to read Galway Bay first. Sorry 😞 2mo
Librarybelle No worries, @Kdgordon88 ! 2mo
Librarybelle Good luck with your renovations, @CoverToCoverGirl ! 2mo
Librarybelle I hope I can get it done too, @BethM ! 2mo
Librarybelle Glad you‘re liking it so far, @Jerdencon and @CarolineLovesToRead ! 2mo
kspenmoll Plan to focus on this book this week. Enjoying it- about 40% read. 2mo
kspenmoll Add @Crazeedi - she was going to try & join in. 2mo
Librarybelle You‘re right, @kspenmoll …I‘m so sorry @Crazeedi ! 2mo
Crazeedi @Kdgordon88 I have Galway Bay borrowed and usually i read in order, but I'm making exception 2mo
Crazeedi @Librarybelle thank to Katherine I'm reading it now, only about 4 chapters in, but interesting, my first impression is hard to keep the various brothers sisters aunts and uncles etc sorted out. 2mo
Librarybelle @Crazeedi I really need to start this one, but trying to get through some work related reading first! 2mo
Crazeedi @Librarybelle it's a pretty long one!! I hope I get it read this week 2mo
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kspenmoll
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When a person speaking in a book reminds you of another book you have read.💜📚💚
#literarycrew

Librarybelle I like making those connections between books! 2mo
marleed I just finished Say Nothing - so glad I read it! 2mo
kspenmoll @marleed I just loved it & learned so much. 2mo
marleed Me too. I immediately went to Netflix looking for documentaries an watched on about The Miami Showband killings. That was an interesting follow up because it approached the Troubles from a different angle. Today it makes me sad we don‘t learn the lessons history provides us on the uselessness of hate. 2mo
BethM I‘m just starting this book today bc I forgot but I LOVED Say Nothing. 2mo
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Have not been at UConn since Pre-Covid. Enjoyed walking all over, breakfast for dinner at Dog Lane Cafe, now hot chocolate, petite scone & a book. Perfect night.
My son & his UConn student cousin are at a mens basketball game together. I love how they try & get together at a game a few times a year. I am relaxing while they are cheering.
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Crazeedi I have 2 books to finish and excited to read this! Have you read the first one in this series? 2mo
Librarybelle It does sound like a perfect night! 2mo
kspenmoll @Crazeedi I have not read the other 2books in the series. Want to see if my library has 2mo
kspenmoll @Librarybelle It was lovely!!! 2mo
marleed What a great night! 2mo
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Librarybelle
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Today starts this month‘s #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead . Tagging those who expressed interest in my last post, but all are welcome! Just comment below if you wish to be tagged in periodic posts throughout the month. Discussion questions will be posted at on the 30th.

catebutler Tag away! ☺️ 3mo
Librarybelle @BethM @CoverToCoverGirl @Jerdencon - are you able to join this month? Some have had a hard time finding the book, so let me know! 🤞 3mo
Librarybelle @catebutler Yay! My copy of this arrived at the library, so I‘m looking forward to it! 3mo
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Jerdencon I‘ve downloaded it from the library and hope to get around to actually finding time to read it! 3mo
BethM Yup I‘m in! I own it :) 3mo
CarolineLovesToRead I got my copy. Wow. This one is a long one 3mo
Librarybelle Hooray, @BethM @Jerdencon ! So glad you have a copy! 3mo
Librarybelle @CarolineLovesToRead It is! I was a little surprised. 3mo
CoverToCoverGirl Thanks for the reminder! 3mo
kspenmoll Enjoying this book! 2mo
Librarybelle @kspenmoll I‘m so glad! I think I‘ll be able to start it this weekend. 2mo
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Librarybelle
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For November, the #LiteraryCrew will be reading Of Irish Blood by Mary Pat Kelly.

Discussion at the end of the month; I will post periodic check-in posts throughout November (still waiting for my copy, so sorry, no breakdown reading schedule this month!).

Tagging those who have joined this month‘s reading or have indicated an interest in November‘s reading. Please comment below if you would like tagged in November‘s posts! #BuddyRead

OrangeMooseReads I have this one on my shelf, I may have to join in on this buddy read. 3mo
Librarybelle You are welcome to join, @OrangeMooseReads ! 😁 3mo
Kdgordon88 I will be reading along. This one is right up my alley! 3mo
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catebutler Looking forward to it! 3mo
PurpleyPumpkin Unfortunately, I'm going to have to pass on this one. Can't get it via my library and it seems to be sold out at my usual bookstores. Better luck for me next month! Looking forward to seeing the discussion though. 3mo
Librarybelle @PurpleyPumpkin No worries! December‘s book will be Dollface by Renee Rosen. 3mo
kspenmoll Looking forward to reading this. 3mo
PurpleyPumpkin Thanks for the heads up! I'll source out Dollface for December.👍🏽 3mo
CarolineLovesToRead I‘ve got my copy coming tomorrow 😃 3mo
CoffeeNBooks This one isn't available from my library- they don't have the physical book or the ebook. 😕 3mo
Librarybelle @CoffeeNBooks Oh no! I hope the library has December‘s selection, Dollface by Renee Rosen! 3mo
CoffeeNBooks @Librarybelle I just checked and they don't have it in any format, but I think I might order it- it's for December, so it will just be an early Christmas present for myself. 🤣 I can't pass up a book about the 1920s! 3mo
Librarybelle @CoffeeNBooks We all need early Christmas presents for ourselves! 😂 3mo
Crazeedi Hi there Jess! I'm going to try to find this and join in this month!! 3mo
Crazeedi @Librarybelle no copies at any of the libraries I'm linked to. Not sure if I can purchase. I'll let you know, but could you put me on your tagging for the next month? 3mo
Librarybelle Will do, Diane! December will be Dollface by Renee Rosen. @Crazeedi 3mo
Crazeedi @Librarybelle I'll look for it! 3mo
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Dollar Tree book haul. I picked up the tagged book a couple weeks ago and the other 3 today.

mreads 😃👍 I just got this one from the dollar tree yesterday 3y
OrangeMooseReads @mreads that looks interesting 3y
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