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Chocamanda

Chocamanda

Joined March 2016

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Chalk Man | C J Tudor
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@MaleficentBookDragon thank you so much! You were too generous. You are so thoughtful and I love everything you sent. I couldn‘t fit everything in the picture because you sent so many things!

Now I have to apologize. I am still waiting on part of your swap gift 🙈. It was supposed to get here last week, but tracking says it‘s still in transit. I am so sorry, and I hope you weren‘t too disappointed when you opened your box. The rest is coming soon

MaleficentBookDragon Yay! I hope you like everything. I had so much fun shopping for this swap. @monalyisha this has been one of my most favorite swaps. I hope you do it again next year. 13mo
MaleficentBookDragon Every thing you sent was fantastic. You didn't have to send more, but I'm excited to see what it is. 13mo
NCNY @Chocamanda I'm in the SF ferry building and saw a stand selling the chocolate you make. I hope you're doing well. I'm going to buy some chocolate to take to my friend in Portland. 🙂 5mo
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It‘s here! @MaleficentBookDragon I can‘t wait to open it! Yours should arrive on Monday 🎃👻🧟‍♀️ #witchpleaseswap

monalyisha I can‘t wait to see what‘s inside all of these adorably-stickered packages! 🎃 14mo
MaleficentBookDragon I hope you like everything I chose. I had the best time shopping for this one; especially with my perfectly timed trip to Salem 😉. I may have gone a little crazy. 🎃👻🦇 13mo
Chocamanda @MaleficentBookDragon I‘m extra excited! I went to Portland, Oregon and picked up a couple of things for you there. You‘re also going to receive a second package, as one of your books is still being shipped to me. I hope you enjoy the first part of your swap box 🎃👻 13mo
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It‘s on the way! It should get to its destination by Monday. Whew! 😅 #witchpleaseswap @monalyisha

monalyisha Nice! Thanks for the tag. ✨ 14mo
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Zom-B | Darren Shan
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I couldn‘t fit everything that @IheartYA got me into one picture, so here‘s the other half of my goodies! Patty, I can‘t believe you went to so many stores to find that Milky Way Midnight! I will savor it in appreciation of your sacrifice. Also I can‘t wait to try the dark chocolate Twix! Thank you for everything. You are so sweet to spoil me so thoroughly. I hope you love your swap box as much as I love mine!

@rather_be_reading #hocuspocusswap

Kayla.Adriena That little pumpkin craft is too cute! 14mo
IheartYA I'm so relieved you like it. I always worry that my swaps won't live up to expectations. I'm so..so..so glad! I don't think anything can top 36 orange marshmallow pumpkins though. You went above and beyond. Thank you!! 14mo
rather_be_reading 😍😍🎃🎃 ty for participating! 14mo
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Holy smokes @IheartYA ! I feel thoroughly spoiled. It is unbelievable all the amazing things you sent. The oven mitt made me squeal with delight when I first opened the box. Thank you so much!

#hocuspocusswap
@rather_be_reading

rather_be_reading 😍😍🎃🎃 ty for participating! 14mo
Linsy Oh my candy! 🍬 14mo
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Today we kick off the beginning of Chocolate Season! (Yes, in my world, that‘s a thing 😝). I‘m cooking brittle, cutting truffles, making fancy chocolate granola, and listening to this fascinating audiobook. It‘s narrated by Cassandra Campbell who is one of my favorite narrators, and the book itself is compulsively readable. Weinman looks at Nabokov, Sally Horner, and other cases relevant to the topic and period. One of my faves for 2018 I think.

Reviewsbylola I def want to read this! 1y
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This was me as I headed out of the post office, realizing I forgot to take a picture of the package I sent to @IheartYA Patty, if you would like the tracking info, let me know. They said it will get to you by Friday. #hocuspocusswap @rather_be_reading

IheartYA 🤣🤣🤣 That made me laugh. I will take a picture when received. Thank you! 🎃🎃🎃 1y
rather_be_reading yay! 🎃 1y
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The Bus on Thursday | Shirley Barrett
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Oh. My. Gursh. This turned out to be NOTHING like I thought it would in the best way possible. First I thought it was like Christopher Moore wrote Wicker Man, and then it took some reeeaally dark turns. This is a weird mystery with a “hot mess” protagonist, and would be great for a book club as there‘s a lot to discuss about mental illness, cancer, life as a 30-something, coercive control, and a what just happened?-style debatable ending. 5 ⭐️s

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@IheartYA I just wanted to let you know that the final item for your box came in, but I won‘t be able to ship it until tomorrow. I‘ll post again when it‘s in the mail. I just didn‘t want you to worry about the status of your #hocuspocusswap box 💜🎃💜🔮💜💀💜

IheartYA Thanks for the update. I LOVE Halloweentown. ❤❤❤ 1y
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It came! I‘m so excited for opening day. Thanks @IheartYA ! I‘m still waiting on a crucial part of your package, but if I don‘t get it by October 1 I will ship what I do have and send the last item when I receive it.

#hocuspocusswap

IheartYA ❤🎃❤🎃❤🎃 1y
rather_be_reading yay 🎃 1y
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The woman in white | Wilkie COLLINS
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1. Merricat from We Have Always Lived in the Castle and Marian Halcolmbe from Woman in White
2. Purple is my favorite, and pink or neon/pastel colors are my least favorite.
3. A latte and a ham and cheese croissant. You know, the breakfast of champions 😆
4. When I have time I like to bake and make chocolate pieces. I also bullet journal.
5. My glasses! I‘m basically blind without them.

#humpdaypost

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Carmilla | J Sheridan Lefanu
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“...a light unexpectedly sprang up, and I saw Carmilla, standing, near the foot of my bed, in her white nightdress, bathed, from her chin to her feet, in one great stain of blood.”

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Thank you so much @heikemarie I am blown away at your generosity. First, you packaged everything so beautifully that opening this box felt magical. Then I opened your lovely card, and you overwhelmed me with your kind words and well-wishes for Fall. Then you amazed me with how thoughtful your gifts were. Everything inside the box made me smile, and the copy of Mad Madame Lalaurie made me squeal so loudly it alarmed my cat 😹. Thank you!!! #FFFS

Chocamanda By the way, Lydia the cat moved to the spot in the top corner of the picture right after I finished setting up the photo. You can see some fluff on the top left 😂 1y
erzascarletbookgasm Cool book sleeve! 👍 1y
NCNY My favorite pen pal and my favorite swap partner! This pairing makes me so happy! @heikemarie 1y
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heikemarie I am so, so glad you liked! Being your swap partner was a delight. Lydia deserved her moment to shine 😂 I was too intimidated by your expertise to get chocolate but I hope you get use out of everything 💜 1y
heikemarie @NCNY Pen pal!! If @Chocamanda has your seal of approval then her awesomeness is doubly clear. 1y
Chocamanda @heikemarie I‘m about to get use out of at least three of those items in a minute 🎃 and I think I‘m going to need to bake some biscuits tomorrow to go with that honey you sent. Everything you sent sparked joy. Thank you again! 1y
Chocamanda @NCNY 💜💜💜 it‘s so cool to see the different connections on the Litsy community! I loved shopping for you last Christmas, and I hope you‘ve had a nice year in 2018. I use my Murderino mug all the time. Sending lots of warmth and good vibes your way this Fall season 🍁☕️ 1y
ferskner 😍😍😍 1y
ferskner That book sleeve!!!! 1y
Avanders ❤️🧡💛🎃🍁🍂😍 1y
Chrissyreadit Your book sleeve is amazing!🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤 1y
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After a long day at work I came home to this lady slacking off 😂

Crazeedi She is gorgeous!!!!!!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 1y
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Guilty As Cinnamon | Leslie Ann Budewitz
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Today calls for a cozy! In the kitchen today I am cooking up some of our “Milk Tea” brittle to submit to the Good Food Awards, and also cooking sesame brittle for Dandelion Chocolate. I‘m definitely going to smell like toffee by the end of the day, and I‘m not mad about it 🍫😋

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Autumn: A Season of Change | Peter J. Marchand
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Look what came in!!! How am I supposed to wait the 21st to open it? I‘m so excited 🤗 The package I‘m sending will go out in a couple days.
#FFFS #FallingForFallSwap @Avanders

JoScho I think the opening date is the 21st if that makes it any better 😉 1y
Chocamanda 😂😂😂 I‘m going to have to correct that 22st @JoScho 1y
Avanders 🎉🎃🎉🎃🎉 1y
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Untilted | Autechre
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1. 🎃 but real pumpkin, not just pumpkin spice
2. Team fireplace over here!
3. Cake. I like tart, but not pie. I think it‘s a ratio thing... 🤔
4. 🦉 I love owls
5. Addams Family 100% tbh I think they are real life family goals.
6. Anne Rice
7. Halloween 24/7/365

#allthefall

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Food: A Love Story | Jim Gaffigan
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I was listening to this on the speakers at the kitchen I work in today. A guy eventually came in to make his artisanal pickles. I don‘t think he got the salad jokes... 🤷🏻‍♀️

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Untilted | Autechre
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🔪Ursula from The Little Mermaid or the Castavets from Rosemary‘s Baby
🕯Vanilla, salted caramel, sweet scents
🚫corn, potato, apple
👻Spooky! Maybe a little humor if it‘s not too cheesy
🌕Mary and Dani
🎃Witches! Then vampires.
🔮 I love Ouija and witchy things 💜

@AsYouWish

AsYouWish I love sweet scents too, especially vanilla! (edited) 1y
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The Crepes of Wrath | Tamar Myers
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🎶If you‘re stressed and you know it read a cozy
If you‘re stressed and you know it read a cozy
If you‘re stressed and you know it
Then your face will surely show it
So if you‘re stressed and you know it read a cozy 🎶

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Thank you @AprilMaesBookHabit !!! I love the books and goodies you sent! The mug is hilarious and the perfect thing for me to take to work 😂 I can‘t wait to taste the treats you sent, I have never seen these before! Thank you so much for everything, and thank you to @JenlovesJT47 for hosting this #itstrulycriminalswap

JenlovesJT47 Awesome!!💚💚💚 1y
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@AprilMaesBookHabit I received your package and I can‘t wait to open it! Also I realized after I sent your package that I forgot to put a card inside 😣

I hope you like your goodies!

@JenlovesJT47 #trulycriminal

JenlovesJT47 💚💚💚 1y
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My swap package is on its way! Should be there by Wednesday. No pic of the wrapped goodies because the wrapping paper is a surprise. Can‘t wait til Friday! #itstrulycriminal #itstrulycriminalswap

JenlovesJT47 Yay!! 💚 1y
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Undead Girl Gang | Lily Anderson
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I love when books I‘m reading have cross-over. I‘m currently listening to the audio version of Undead Girl Gang, in which one of the characters has a cat named Binx. The book on my nightstand that I‘ve been slowly chipping away at is Hocus Pocus and The All New Sequel. It‘s a minor crossover, but it‘s just what I‘m looking for. I‘m in the Halloween spirit 🎃👻🧟‍♀️

ladym30 Love Binx😻 1y
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1. Disappearance At Devil‘s Rock
2. Daphne du Maurier
3. Drop Dead Gorgeous (the one with Kirstie Alley and Kirsten Dunst)
4. Deviled eggs!

#manicmonday @JoScho

2BR02B Drop Dead Gorgeous is hilarious. 😆 1y
JoScho 💖💖💖 1y
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This book is everything I need right now. I want it to never end!

mrozzz 😊😊😊 1y
rather_be_reading you should join my #HocusPocusSwap 🎃 1y
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I Hate Fairyland Vol. 1 | Skottie Young
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This book is so twisted and I love it 😂

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The Ballad of Black Tom | Victor LaValle
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Since I was working in the neighborhood today I decided to drop by Borderlands in SF for a few books! If you are in San Francisco and want a place to take a stroll where you can find amazing books, food and chocolate, check out Valencia St. between 18th and 20th Streets. I snagged the tagged book, a used copy of House of Leaves (for $10!) and Bird Box

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1. Marjolaine (a really complicated French chocolate cake that is hard to find😫)
2. No, I prefer chocolate chunks
3. Yep... 😅
4. Podcasts and audiobooks. I‘ll be home in the car a lot today so my ears are ready for some good audiobook time.

#Friyayintro @jesshowbooks

Mamashep Podcasts and audiobooks are perfect for long drives - makes the time fly! 1y
ChelseaM6010 I love podcasts!!! 1y
Chocamanda @Mamashep @ChelseaM6010 What are some of your favorite podcasts? I‘m always looking for recommendations 😊 1y
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ChelseaM6010 A few of my favorites: Hannahlyze This, Where Should We Begin with Esther Perel, and My Favorite Murder! 1y
Chocamanda @ChelseaM6010 I love MFM! I‘m going to one of their live shows this fall. I just subscribed to the other two, they sound great! Thanks for the recs and SSDGM 💜 1y
Mamashep @Chocamanda Happier with Gretchen Rubin, Terrible Thanks For Asking, Reading Women, Radiolab, Nerdette, Annotated to name a few. I have a hard time keeping up with all of the ones I follow! 1y
Chocamanda @Mamashep those are all great choices! It really is hard sometimes to keep up with so many good podcasts. Usually I catch up when my faves take a break during summer and winter 1y
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For the last couple of days I feel like I‘ve been traveling around the world from the kitchen that I work in. Our kitchen is in the San Francisco Bay Area, where I am making our sesame brittle in collaboration with Dandelion Chocolate, who has graciously provided us with chocolate from Camino Verde, Ecuador. To top it off, my ears are traveling to India as I listen to Widows of Malabar Hill. Traveling through books and chocolate=best staycation 😊

Wan.der.love Especially with all this fog!! Love the hot chocolate at Dandelion 1y
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Guys, I have been waiting for this day since this book was published and now it‘s here!!! 😍 #audibledailydeal

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Snap | Belinda Bauer
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If you have some extra Audible credits, check out this deal that is good until 7/18. I had some credits so I got Snap, Witchmark, and My Year of Rest and Relaxation. Definitely my favorite Prime Day deal so far!

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1. Resting up for next week‘s intense schedule. Hopefully lots of reading will be involved.
2. Sunset
3. I‘m more of an overcast weather person
4. Dark brown
5. Howdy @reginacharlotte 💜

#friyayintro

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I took the Which Pevensie Sibling Are You? quiz on Book Riot and I got Lucy. I didn‘t expect that 🤔. Take the quiz here: https://bookriot.com/2018/07/06/chronicles-of-narnia-quiz/?utm_source=Sailthru&u...

mcipher Same here - Lucy, and I‘m surprised! 1y
Chocamanda @mcipher I was bracing myself for getting Edmond based on the wording of the questions. 1y
mcipher Me too! I was like: I won‘t be in the forefront of battle, I‘m sure to be Edmund. 🤨 1y
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Squeeee!!! I can‘t wait for this bookmail! I pre-ordered it as a birthday gift to myself and it‘s coming! 🤗🎃👻🔮📚

rather_be_reading you should join my #HocusPocusSwap 🎃 1y
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Just joined the readathon! Who else is participating?

sprainedbrain 🙋🏻‍♀️ 1y
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I think this book may be my graphic biography 😹

Ddzmini 🤣🤣🤣🔪 1y
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Providence: A Novel | Caroline Kepnes
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I love this excerpt from Providence. Very relatable. Also I often refer to my guilty pleasures (such as Hallmark Christmas movies and culinary cozy mysteries) as Marshmallow Fluff for my brain #happiness #junkfood #lifegoals

reginacharlotte Dude I am all for my days smelling like cheeseburgers 🍔 1y
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Flowers and sunshine on my #audiowalk today. The tagged book is much more lighthearted than you would think too. Definitely recommend this on audio.

Tera66 👻 2y
parasolofdoom Ohh I really liked her book about the space program too! 2y
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Murder With Puffins | Donna Andrews
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One of my favorite finds at Book Go Round in Saratoga, CA today 😂🐧☠️

Amabear This looks interesting! 😂 2y
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Club Dumas = The Dumas Club | Arturo Perez-Reverte
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Took a walk to my local Little Library to drop off a copy of The Woman In The Window by AJ Finn, and I was able to pick up The Club Dumas! Bookish fortune is in my favor today, it seems 🤗

rather_be_reading 👏👏 1y
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It's Amazon First Reads day! I snagged the tagged/pictured book. Looks like a great true crime read. Do you participate in Amazon First Reads?

Beckys_Books I do, but have only read 2 or 3 of my selections! 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage I do, but I wait until the end of the month to choose. That way more reviews are in! 2y
Chocamanda @Beckys_Books there are just too many books and too little time to read them! I haven't read all of my picks either. 2y
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Chocamanda @BarbaraTheBibliophage that's a very smart idea! I'm worried if I tried that I would forget to make my selection 🙈 2y
sprainedbrain I do! I was torn between this one and the one I ended up getting (The Things We Don‘t Say). 😃 2y
Chocamanda @sprainedbrain that one sounded good too! I hope you enjoy The Things We Don't Say 🤓 2y
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Cheese plate and strawberries for an early lunch break. So far I'm enjoying Mister Tender's Girl. It has a few cozy elements and is set around Halloween which is a bonus for me. I always get the itch for Halloween at summertime.

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Pasadena | Sherri L Smith
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This reminded me of Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng, except this is a YA noir and the narrator is a cranky teenager. Jude abruptly flies home from her trip to the East Coast of the USA to Pasadena California, where her BFF has committed suicide. Only Jude isn't convinced it was a suicide, and she is determined to find some answers. Great for kids experiencing grief or trauma. 4 ⭐️s

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Not book related, but Meowingtons is having a 50% off the entire site sale for Memorial Day, so I took the plunge and snagged a fruit tart cat bed for Lydia. I am so excited that my little floof will get to snuggle in this poof (pastry) 😻

TheBookKeepers Omg this is so cute!!!! 2y
Melissa_J That‘s so cute! 2y
CoffeeNBooks That's adorable!! 🐈 2y
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Insexts Year One | Marguerite Bennett
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2. No special plans today, just work. The weather is good for cooking brittle, so that's what I'm going to do.
3. Either macaroni salad or fruit salad.
#manicmonday

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Insexts Year One | Marguerite Bennett
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"If you are never to see yourself depicted... not in story nor song nor poem nor painting nor prose... no shred of a tale by some distant kindred soul who saw and knew and felt then as you do now, and else another who loved and bore witness... never see yourself except as crude caricature, mythical beast, or Magdalene penitent... you believe no other like you ever existed. You begin to wonder if you even exist at all."

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Insexts Year One | Marguerite Bennett
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I'm only in the beginning of this one, but I am LOVING what Bennet has done with this series! The female characters are powerful in the ways that men fear most #insextsyearone #netgalley #queer #graphicnovel #horror

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Insexts Year One | Marguerite Bennett
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Just started on #NetGalley and this is the fist galley I snagged! Can't wait to start #InsextsYearOne What do you think about the series?

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Bring Me Back | B A Paris
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4.5 ⭐️s. This was a page-turning domestic thriller with 2 unreliable narrators. Finn is a man who tends to black out with rage. One night, Finn focuses this rage at his girlfriend, Layla. He blacks out, and when he comes back he can't find Layla and doesn't remember what happened. 12 years later Finn is engaged to Layla's sister Ellen, and with the wedding approaching the happy couple discovers that Layla might still be alive #ARC @StMartinsPress

reginacharlotte I know how you love a good unreliable narrator, but two?! That makes things extra interesting 😎 2y
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