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Arsenic and Adobo | Mia P. Manansala
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Have you ever tried making the recipes that are featured in the 📚 you read? Tonight, I baked Lila's Ube Crinkles recipe from the first book of the Tia Rosie's Kitchen cozy mystery series, and they were a big hit with the family. Book was very good, too. Give both a try! Book - 4/5 ⭐️ #ARRCReads #BookRecipes #BakingWithBooks

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Beasts of Prey | Ayana Gray
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The next row of my #readinglogsnake is Beasts of Prey. This was a #rplbooksandbrews read for June and If All Arkansas Read The Same Book for 2023. I love the author's take on African Mythos with this story. I may continue the series later. 3/5 ⭐️ #ARRCReads #BooksAndCrafts

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The next row of my #readinglogsnake is The Many Daughters of Afong Moy. This was a fantastic read that explores how trauma experienced with one person can impact future generations. After reading, I took some time to think through my personal trauma and the potential it has of impacting my own descendants. Also, I loved how the author chose a person from #AAIP history (Afong Moy aka The Chinese Lady). 5/5 ⭐️ #ARRCReads #BooksAndCrafts

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The Bone Shard Emperor | Andrea Stewart
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Next row of my #readinglogsnake is The Bone Shard Emperor. I am a fan of the Drowing Empire series and felt this was a good follow up to the first book. The magic system is interesting, but there are still alot of items that are still a bit hazy in explanation. Maybe they will become clear in the next book. 4/5 ⭐️ #ARRCReads #BooksAndCrafts

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Next row in my #readinglogsnake is The Only Survivors. This was a slow burn thriller about a group of former classmates that survived a horrific accident during a trip and preform a yearly pilgrimage to reunite and keep each other safe. Ten years later, 2 are dead and 1 has gone missing at the beginning of the reunion. The story was interesting, but I felt the ending was a let down. 3/5 ⭐️ #ARRCReads #BooksAndCrafts

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Next row in my #readinglogsnake is The Fortunes of Jaded Women. Read this in honor of #AAPIHeritageMonth. Also, this is my first general fiction book, so I have picked the color green to represent it. This tells the story of how a curse and generational trauma follows the Duong women through centuries and impacts their lives today. Highly recommend. 4/5 ⭐️ #ARRCReads #BooksAndCrafts

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The Terraformers | Annalee Newitz
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Next row of my #readinglogsnake is The Terraformers by Annalee Newitz. I did enjoy the book. It had a lot of deep themes in this story, but I felt like I got lost in what message the author was trying to get through because there were so many. I did love the concept of talking animals and human-like AI that are able to switch to different vehicles to serve their needs. 3/5 ⭐️ #BooksAndCrafts #ARRCReads

bnp There is a lot going in here isn't there! And the time scale - I wanted to find out what happened to characters in each time period. 10mo
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Next row of my #readinglogsnake is for a #rplbooksandbrews read - Cultish by Amanda Montell. This book doesn't just examine notorious religious cults, it also examines the language used by MLMs and extreme exercise groups. I found this to be a very fascinating read and recommend this to anybody anyone who wants to examine the 'why' people join cultish groups. 4/5 ⭐️ #BooksAndCrafts #ARRCReads

ElizaMarie I love your snake!!! 🐍🐍🐍🐍 10mo
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The Stardust Thief | Chelsea Abdullah
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Next row of my #readinglogsnake is The Stardust Thief by Chelsea Abdullah. A fantasy reminiscent of Ali Baba and the 40 thieves, complete with djinn and adventures. I love how many of the old Arabic tales were woven to make this story. I am eagerly waiting the next in this series. Strongly recommend this book. 5/5 ⭐️ #BooksAndCrafts #ARRCReads

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Next row of my #readinglogsnake is The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd. I read this over Easter weekend. This work of fiction tells the story of Ana, who is Jesus's wife. I found this story interesting as it focused more on feminist theology by giving insight into the daily lives of women during biblical times instead of being another biblical retelling. 3/5 ⭐️ #BooksAndCrafts #ARRCReads

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Lone Women: A Novel | Victor LaValle
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Next row of my #readinglogsnake is Lone Women by Victor Lavalle. This was a really good horror novel set in a Western setting with feminist and LGBTQIA themes. The ending will leave you thinking about who are the real monsters that exist. Definitely recommend this. 4/5 ⭐️ #BooksAndCrafts #ARRCReads

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Next row in my #readinglogsnake is The Writing Retreat by Julia Bartz. The story had an interesting premise - mysterious author invites 5 young inspiring authors to her haunted mansion for a writing retreat, but all is not what it seems. This had a lot of plot twists (many seemed a bit outlandish to me imo). I was entertained by the story and wanted of the mansion's backstory rather than the actual ending. 3/3⭐️ #ARRCReads #BooksAndCrafts

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Ghost Eaters: A Novel | Clay McLeod Chapman
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Next row of my #readinglogsnake is Ghost Eaters by Clay Mcleod Chapman. It starts out slow, but quickly picks up when the ghosts start to appear. The ending left me haunted. Reader beware - this book has very heavy themes (drug use, overdose, abortion, loss). 4/5 ⭐️ #ARRCReads #BooksAndCrafts

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The Adventures of Amina Al-Sirafi | Shannon Chakraborty
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Next row of my #readinglogsnake is The Adventures of Amina Al-Sirafi by Shannon Chakraborty. Chakraborty is one of my favorite authors, and her newest book did not disappoint. Amina, a Muslim female pirate, must rescue the daughter of one of her crew from a Gaul terror who can weld terrorizing magic. This was a really fun read and strongly recommended to anyone who loves fantastical adventures. 5/5 ⭐️ #BooksAndCrafts #ARRCReads

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Inuyasha, Volume 2 | Rumiko Takahashi
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Next row of my #readinglogsnake is for InuYasha vol. 2. I enjoy the adventures of InuYasha, Kagome, and Shippo (my favorite!) as they attempt to find the shards of the Shikon Jewel. A realy fun world to get lost in after a stressful day. 5/5 ⭐️ #BooksAndCrafts #ARRCReads

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Killers of a Certain Age | Deanna Raybourn
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Next row of my #readinglogsnake is another #rplbooksandbrews read, Killers of a Certain Age by Deanna Raybourn. I really enjoyed the exploits of the Sphinxes as they search for the person who put a hit on them while avoiding assassination. Also made some interesting additions to my 'how to kill somone' list. 4/5 ⭐️ #ARRCReads #BooksAndCrafts

tpixie Iced ‘ tea‘ please! 11mo
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Next row of my #readinglogsnake is Women Warriors by Pamela D. Toler in honor of #WomensHistoryMonth. Orange representing nonfiction. This was a good read. I found out a lot about female warriors I was not aware of, like Lakshmi Bai, Buffalo Calf Road Woman, and Cheng I Sao to name a few. Highly recommend this book. 4/5 ⭐️ #ARRCReads #BooksAndCrafts

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Independence | Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
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Next row of my #readinglogsnake is Independence by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. I read this book in honor of #InternationalWomen'sDay. This story follows the lives of 3 sisters from Bengal, India, during the partition of India in 1947. This was a very powerful read. Highly recommend. 4/5 ⭐️ #ARRCReads #BooksandCrafts

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Episode Thirteen | Craig DiLouie
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Next row of my #readinglogsnake is Episode Thirteen by Craig DiLouie. My wheelhouse surrounds mysteries involving the disappearance of a group of people. You add a paranormal element to it and I'm sold! The story was told through mixed media (found footage, dairy entries), I had a hard time putting it down. It also brought the right amount of creepiness. 5/5 ⭐️ #ARRCReads #BooksAndCrafts

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Next row in my #readinglogsnake is The Last Tale of the Flower Bride by Roshani Chokshi. I used a different 'shades of grey' yarn to represent thriller and suspense. Touted as the female version of the Bluebeard fairy tale, I felt this story did not live up to that hype. I did find myself enjoying the story, but I wish it was darker like the original fairy tale. 3/5 ⭐️ #ARRCReads #BooksAndCrafts

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Next row in my #readinglogsnake is for another #rplbooksandbrews read, The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams. Yellow representing historical fiction. Before the English woman's suffrage, the MC captures words in an attempt to make a dictionary of women's words, and ends up with an interesting Edwardian urban dictionary. Interesting, yet sad read. 4/5 ⭐️ #ARRCReads #BooksAndCrafts

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March: Book Two | Andrew Aydin, John Lewis
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Next row of my #readinglogsnake is March Book Two. I continued the series in honor of #BlackHistoryMonth. This story follows John Lewis during his time with the freedom riders. 5/5 ⭐️ #ARRCReads #BooksAndCrafts

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A Touch of Jen | Beth Morgan
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Next row in my #readinglogsnake is for A Touch of Jen by Beth Morgan. This book is a wild ride with so many twists and turns that by the end, you are wondering, "What the heck did I just read?", but in a good way. I really enjoyed this book. If you love weird books, definitely check this one out. 5/5 ⭐️ #ARRCReads #BooksAndCrafts #WeirdBooks

Pruzy Great cover too lol 13mo
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Next row in my #readinglogsnake is for Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James. Purple representing fantasy. This was an interesting story. Reminiscent of Africian mythology, it is a story within a story, within a story. If you are not paying attention, you can get lost easily. It also covers some controversial topics, which would explain the mixed reviews I have seen. 3/5 ⭐️ #ARRCReads #BooksAndCrafts

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Inuyasha, Vol. 1 | Rumiko Takahashi
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Next row of my #readinglogsnake is InuYasha Vol. 1. Yes, I read manga! A friend introduced it (with this series) to me while I was in high school, and it something I will turn to when I want to get lost in a fun, fantastical world. I have been feeling nostalgic lately, so I picked up this volume. Alot of great memories rereading this. 5/5 ⭐️ #ARRCReads #BooksAndCrafts

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Electric Idol | Katee Robert
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Next row of my #readinglogsnake is Electric Idol by Katee Robert. Another romance in honor of Valentine's Day. It's a retelling of the Greek myth of Eros and Psyche where Eros a hitman for his mother Aphrodite and Psyche is a social influencer who ran afoul of her. Good story. Muy caliente!! Planning on continuing with the series. 4/5 ⭐️ 5/5🌶 #ARRCReads #BooksAndCrafts

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March: Book One | John Lewis
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Next row in my #readinglogsnake is the graphic novel March Book One. I read this in honor of #BlackHistoryMonth. The March trilogy gives Congressman John Lewis' account of his lifelong struggle for civil and human rights. This covers his younger years and the lunch counter sit ins. Beautifully drawn and a great way to share light of the civil rights movement. 5/5 ⭐️ #ARRCReads #BooksAndCrafts

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Nona the Ninth | Tamsyn Muir
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Next row of my #readinglogsnake is for Nona the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir. Since this is science fantasy, I chose a purple blue blend yarn. I ❤️ this series, but the first 11 chapters in this was a slog to get through. I actually had to put this book aside for a month because I found them so boring. Chapter 12 returned the book back to the pace I expected in this series, and I enjoyed the remainder of the book. 4/5 ⭐️ #ARRCReads #BooksAndCrafts

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A Touch of Darkness | Scarlett St Clair
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Next row of my #readinglogsnake is A Touch of Darkness by Scarlett St. Clair. For romance, I have decided to use pink. I am not a fan of romances, but I will read a few during the month of Feb in honor of Valentine's Day. This is another retelling of Hades and Persephone where a chance encounter leads Persephone in a contract with Hades. Good story, but it's not as spicy as I was expecting. 4/5 ⭐️ 2/5 🌶 #BooksAndCrafts #ARRCReads

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Lore Olympus: Volume Two | Rachel Smythe
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The next row of my #readinglogsnake is Lore Olympus Vol. 2. For graphic novels, I picked yarn called mexicana because it had a lot of colors in it, and I read many graphic novels that cover all gambit of genres. This is an interesting retelling of the Greek myth of Hades and Persephone, where Hades is conflicted with getting into a relationship with Persephone due to her innocence. Entertaining read. 5/5 ⭐️ #BooksAndCrafts #ARRCReads

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A Black and Endless Sky | Matthew Lyons
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The next row of my #readinglogsnake is A Black and Endless Sky by Matthew Lyons. This horror story includes a sister and brother with a rocky relationship stuck on a road trip together, a biker gang out for revenge, a demon possession, and an exorsist whose intentions are questionable. It was a good book. 3/5 ⭐️. #ARRCReads #BooksAndCrafts

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The next row of my #readinglogsnake is for a #rplbooksandbrews bookclub read Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquirel. I chose a The yarn that was chosen to represent this book (romatic tragedy) is called monet. Now, I took issue with many things in this book (hated the main male love interet, the horrible way the Tia's sister died, Tia's final choice in a partner), but I did find myself enjoying the entire story of the book. 4/5 ⭐️

julesG I like the snake! 14mo
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The next row in my #readinglogsnake is for my first 5-star book of the year, We Have Always Been Here by Lena Nguyen. This book is a Sci-Fi Thriller, so I decided to use a yarn that had both colors that I have chosen to represent for each genre (blue for science fiction and grey for thriller). This book was fantastic! Perfect creepy atmosphere. 5/5 ⭐️ #ARRCReads #BooksAndCrafts

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The Woods are Always Watching | Stephanie Perkins
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The next row in my #readinglogsnake is for The Woods Are Always Watching by Stephanie Perkins. Black is the perfect color for horror, imo This book was a Christmas gift from my wonderful sister, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. 4/5 ⭐️ #BooksAndCrafts #ARRCReads

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A friend shared this idea and I fell in love with it. This year, I am going to crochet a reading log snake. Let's see how long it is going to get. I have chosen red to represent mysteries. The Last Party by Clare Mackintosh was the good read to bring in 2023 as it is centered around a News Years tradition in a small town in Wales. 3/5 ⭐️ #BooksAndCrafts #ARRCReads

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They Called Us Enemy | George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott
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Bookclubs and graphic novels. This month we covered the Japanese internment in USA during WWIII. It is very interesting that many were not aware of this happening until into thier adulthood. #rplbooksandbrews #arrcreads #rogersreads

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Rogers Public Library's Books and Brews meeting tonight. We are covering this little interesting little gem. Many different thoughts from the group on this one. Have you read this one? What did your think?
#rplbooksandbrews #arrcreads #rogersreads

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Kaikeyi: A Novel | Vaishnavi Patel
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It is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month! So in honor of this month, I am reading a few books by #aapi authors from my (mountainous) TBR pile. Highly recommend each book as they were thoroughly enjoyable!

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Project Hail Mary | Weir Andy
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Time for Books and Brews meeting with the Roger's Public Library. Can't wait to talk about this one! #rogersread

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Here is my #Top21of21. As you can see, horror and thrillers are my wheelhouse, but there are a few from other genres that tickled my fancy this year.

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For #nonfictionnovember, I am reading about the lives of the women who are known as Jack the Ripper's 'canonical five'. It's fascinating that many of the things I thought I knew were actually hear say or fake news at the time. Really appreciate the author focusing on getting to the truth of these women's lives, which makes thier stories more tragic. Definitely a great read!

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Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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Time for the Roger's Public Library Books and Brews bookclub. Can't wait to get everyone's take on this wierd little read.

BkClubCare Beers and Books! 3y
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White Smoke | Tiffany D. Jackson
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It's spooky month and in celebration I want to share my favorite spooky books. First up is this devilishly creepy read. We follow Mari and her blended family as they move to Cedarville to get away from thier past. But after moving into thier new house, but eerie things begin to to happen shortly after moving in. Is Mari's house haunted or is she going crazy? And who are the real monsters in Cedarville? Read to find out if you dare.

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Hamnet | Maggie O'Farrell
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After over a year of meeting through zoom, the Roger's Public Library Books and Brews book club finally met in person today. It is so good being able to talk about a book face to face. #rogersreads #rplbooksandbrews

SamAnne Yay! 3y
Cathythoughts I loved this book 💔 3y
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Brought this little gem with me to read while on vacation.

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The Empire of Gold | S. A. Chakraborty
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Finally have some much needed me time, so I am curled up on the most comfortable chair in the house, which happens to be in my son's room, with a good book. I also have the pleasure to have one of my reading buddies join me.

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Yes, those dastardly city women preying on the delicate male flowers of the American youth... 🙄

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The Family Plot | Cherie Priest
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Looking for a ghostly read during the spooky season? You should definitely read this book! It is about a haunted house that is chalked full of ghosts. Once you start reading, you won't be able put it down.

#arrcreads #spookyreads #ghostlyreads

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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An epic tale of the life of one of the minor characters from Greek mythology. If you enjoy the myths of the past, you will definitely love this book.

#arrcreads #readingthroughmythology

tpixie Great photo!!!!!!! 💕📚💕 4y
Deblovestoread When I looked at the photo I thought “Oh no, she really didn‘t like it and wants to throw it in the sea”. 😂 Thank you for making me smile. I loved this book, glad you did, too. (edited) 4y
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Agoraphobic Anna Fox watches the outside world through the lens of her Nikon camera. One day she witnesses a horrific murder, but no one believes her. Did she really see someone get murdered or is she finally losing her grip on reality. You must read this to find out.
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marleed Great pic! 4y
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