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GeekGirlOnAQuest

GeekGirlOnAQuest

Joined May 2018

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Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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Hangman's Daughter | Oliver Pötzsch
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I really wanted to like this book. The story seemed interesting but something about it was off. It felt too modern for a book that takes place in the 1600s. It also dragged on too long. I wound up skimming over whole pages just trying to get to the end, and I never do that. I‘ve been in a reading rut and this was not the book to pull me out of it.

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Hangman's Daughter | Oliver Pötzsch
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I have been in an extended reading slump that has been going on for months 🥺. I haven‘t finished a book since February and fell into a bad cycle that I am trying desperately to break. I‘m only 30% through this book, and it isn‘t great, but I‘m hoping I can just finish it so I can break this cycle and get back into the flow of my reading life. I miss my books 😢

Cortg I have this on my kindle. It‘s been there for years. I‘d like to read it but it just hasn‘t happened...yet. 1mo
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My February Reading Wrap-up! Not as many as I‘d hoped, but I‘m still on track for my annual goal. I loved everything I read this month - what started as a couple of choices for #BlackHistoryMonth led to an entire month of amazing black female authors! I still have more books to read from my list, so I will definitely be extending this into the rest of the year!

#februarywrapup
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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry | Mildred D. Taylor
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Fantastic book. I read this with my kids and we were all enthralled. It was hard at times, but it lead to some good discussions and research on their part. We were surprised to find this was part of a series - they want to read all the rest of the books because they really loved the characters and wanted to know more about them!

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Kindred | Octavia E. Butler
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I have so many thoughts about this book - more than I can fit here. Overall I‘d call it a pick though - it‘s definitely an interesting read. It‘s more historical fiction that uses science fiction as a vehicle - and telling the story in the way Butler did was powerful at times. Witnessing slavery through 20th century eyes gives it our own perspective, puts us into the story and makes us think- who would we be, how would we react?

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The Color Purple | Alice Walker
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What more can I add to what has been said about this classic? It is powerful - at times heartbreaking and joyful, and a beautiful reflection on relationships, identity, and god.

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Gathering of Waters | Bernice McFadden
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This book was a wonderful surprise. I found it on Libby and had no idea what to expect but I really loved it. The story is haunting, and the truth behind it is a part of our history too many people refuse to deal with. Reading it in this context and in conjunction with some of the other books I‘ve read this month had an affect on me that the history books never came close to having.

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On the Come Up | Angie Thomas
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When I saw my library loan for this came in I started it immediately and could not stop reading! Angie Thomas brought us back to the world of THUG with a whole new perspective. She brings her characters to life with such feeling and makes you care about them so much that their pain and joy is as real as your own. I loved this book so much, maybe even more than THUG if that‘s possible. But like THUG, it made me angry that it is our reality.

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Akata Warrior | Nnedi Okorafor
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Mehso-so

The second book in the series definitely didn‘t have the same power as the first book did - but it was a good read.

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Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston
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It always delights me how my understanding of a book can change when read at different times in my life. I loved this book when I first read it in college, but I think after this reading I love it on an entirely new level now that I‘m closer to Janie‘s age at the end of the novel. There is so much life and truth in this book, and the writing is just beautiful. This is a must read at any stage of life.

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Akata Witch | Nnedi Okorafor
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This was such an enjoyable read! I love reading and learning about other cultures and was looking up so many things as I read. The mythology, food, and music were wonderful to learn about, but the story was also so exciting that I couldn‘t put it down. I can‘t wait to read the next book in the series and more from Okorafor!

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My #JanuaryWrapup - a great start to the year! I loved everything I read except A Head Full of Ghosts. Behold the Dreamers is still sitting with me - I definitely would love to read more like that. Ocean and the Night Gardener were delightful surprises. I loved the fairy tale vibe and the characters were so much fun. My kids adored The Secret Garden and that made my heart sing. And ending with Shirley Jackson was so much fun. On to February!

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No Exit and Three Other Plays | Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre
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Was in the mood to read No Exit yet again. I don‘t know what it is about this play, but it always creeps into my mind and won‘t let go until I re-read it. This time around I was struck by the idea of hell as “life without a break.” Maybe it‘s trying to tell me something.

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I love Shirley Jackson more with each work I read! This slim little book is fantastically creepy and wild. It‘s definitely a book that will linger in my memory. I want to read it again because now that I have the whole picture I‘m sure I will notice things I overlooked on my first read.

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Secret Garden | Frances Hodgson Burnett
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A perfect classic. I just read this with my kids and we all adored it. The characters and their development through the novel captured our imagination and we loved the pure joy of their growth along with their secret garden. My kids lamented that it was too cold out for us to go into our own garden and start planting!

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The Night Gardener | Jonathan Auxier
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I loved everything about this book! It‘s a story about the importance of stories, told in a beautifully creepy tale that evokes the fairy tales and fables of childhood. The characters were charming and the ending was satisfying - definitely a recommended read!

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Behold the Dreamers | Imbolo Mbue
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This was an incredible book. I loved the characters, the writing flowed beautifully, and the story kept me enthralled from beginning to end. It was at times heartbreaking, especially in light of what is going on in the world today (and the time period the story is set in), but it was also joyful and uplifting. It is a story of humanity, and it reminds us that we all struggle and we all want the best from life. Highly recommended!

Samplergal I loved it too. I just finished it today! 5mo
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I honestly felt like I was reading a different book from all the reviews I had read. There was nothing scary about this book, most of it seemed a bit ridiculous even. I stuck with it because I was expecting something to happen that would justify the Stephen King blurb, but all I got was disappointment.

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I was a huge fan of Gaiman‘s Sandman series, but amazingly this is the first novel I‘ve read by him. I flew through it in a matter of hours and thoroughly enjoyed it. I loved that the main character lived in his books, and the Hempstocks were such a joy to read about I wished there were more books about them and their experiences.

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Common Sense | Thomas Paine
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My first read of 2019. I‘m giving it a pick because I think it‘s important that we are well versed in our country‘s history - and that includes the racism and sexism of the founding ideas. I don‘t believe the founders or their influencers are beyond reproach- we can appreciate what they did brilliantly, but we must also deal with what they got wrong or we‘ll never move forward.

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A little late posting this, but it was my last read for 2018 and it was a perfect choice! Miranda‘s tweets are so inspiring, and having them all gathered in this adorable book (with illustrations reminiscent of Shel Silverstein) is a wonderful treat!

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The Good Son: A Novel | You-Jeong Jeong
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Mehso-so

I‘m not sure how I feel about this. It was a good read - kept me interested and fast-paced, but I was disappointed in the ending. And the depiction of mental illness didn‘t sit well with me, but that‘s a personal peeve of mine. Definitely not one of my favorites for the year, nor the one I want to end my reading year on. Off to find a quick read to finish on a better note!

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Bird Box: A Novel | Josh Malerman
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I could not put this book down! It grabs you from the first page and just keeps going. I read it because I want to watch the movie, but this was so good I‘m going to need to wait a bit before seeing the movie to let it sink in. I love suspenseful horror, and although this had its fair share of violence the premise of this story was scary enough to make me regret reading it at night before closing my eyes to sleep!

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Annihilation | Jeff VanderMeer
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It was too slow at the start and the writing style did nothing for me. Since it was a short book I kept with it, but don‘t see myself reading the next two in the series. I wanted to like it, but it felt all over the place and just never came together enough to really grab my attention.

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We Should All Be Feminists | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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This short essay can be read in one sitting and should be read by everyone, man and woman. So much of what Adichie says seems obvious, another reviewer said she was nodding her head as she read the essay and I found myself doing the same thing. But Adichie‘s main focus is that we need cultural change to have true equality. We need to raise both our sons and daughters to think differently about gender roles. It can be achieved!

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The Life She Was Given | Ellen Marie Wiseman
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This was a decent read. I didn‘t love it as much as some of the reviews I read, but it was an interesting story. It‘s very sad and depicts a lot of violence and cruelty (to both humans and animals), but leaves you with an optimistic ending. But it seemed to be reaching too hard in the chapters leading up to the ending and I found myself just wanting to finish the book.

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Jar of Hearts | Jennifer Hillier
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After falling into a bit of a reading slump I wanted something fast paced and engaging and this fit the bill. I‘m torn between giving it a so-so or a pick - but since it accomplished what I needed it to do, a fast read that I didn‘t have to think too much about, I guess it‘s a pick. The characters were uneven and the ending was absurd, but I wasn‘t expecting much from this. Warning: there is a lot of violence and rape depicted in detail.

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The Haunting of Hill House | Shirley Jackson
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I had read this years ago but somehow did not remember a single word of it. Blood and gore type horror stories never scared me, but I love these psychological types of stories. This one has a great buildup of the tension throughout the book, although I was hoping for more. Still, a fun read for this time of year.

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This book was draining. It‘s messy, like life is messy, like people are messy. The characters frustrated me. But something shines from within its pages that comforted me - made me remember that life isn‘t always how we want it to be. So while it‘s not my favorite, it might be one I remember long after it‘s done.

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Girl with the Red Balloon | Katherine Locke
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I really enjoyed this book - normally I avoid books about the Holocaust (Night and Schindler‘s List destroyed me) but this was done in such an interesting way that it just drew me in and kept me reading. After reading this and The Night Circus I‘m realizing that books about magic just entrance me and make me so happy. Those two books are my favorites I‘ve read this year and I need to find more like them!

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Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller
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It took me too long to get through this book. I‘m not sure if it‘s the book‘s fault or my own, but it took me to the halfway point before I was able to get a good pace going. I did enjoy it, however, and found it an interesting take on the Iliad.

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We Were Liars | E. Lockhart
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I wasn‘t sure what to expect from this book, but was pleasantly surprised. It was a quick read, I finished it in a matter of hours, but it‘s well paced and keeps you involved in the story. I enjoyed the weaving in of fairy tales and the Lear inspired subplot - books with literary references always capture my heart!

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This edition is beautiful, and includes a lot of interesting materials and commentary - but I cannot recommend the story itself. I was familiar with Peter Pan, but had never read the actual story. In anticipation of reading Lost Boy, I decided to read it and was so disappointed. Even accounting for the time in which it was written, the blatant sexism and racism is off-putting.

SinkLikeTheMoon That's a shame. It does look beautiful though! 10mo
mabell @MayginReads Had a great blog post about Peter Pan and racism in the classics in general. Very insightful! https://notquitealiterarycritique.wordpress.com/2018/07/19/peter-pan-a-reflectio... 10mo
GeekGirlOnAQuest @mabell Thanks for the link! I‘ve been doing some reading on that since I finished Peter Pan. 10mo
MayginReads @mabell thanks for the tag and link! 💗 10mo
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Station Eleven | Emily St John Mandel
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I‘m conflicted on this one. It had such great reviews, but I struggled to get into it at first. The characters just didn‘t interest me. But I flew through the last third of the book and the premise of a worldwide pandemic that grinds civilization as we know it to a halt definitely got me thinking. I was unsettled thinking about how life is so fleeting and how it can all change, or be gone, in an instant.

Caroline2 I absolutely loved this book but my husband hated it and bailed? 🤷‍♀️ I think it‘s a bit of a marmite book! 10mo
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The Help | Kathryn Stockett
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What an emotional read. I knew too much about the story from the hype around the movie so I felt like I was rushing through it, but the characters certainly had me hooked. I wanted to continue on with their stories - to know what happened after the book ended. It made me think a lot, and that‘s always a sign of a good book.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💛💛💛 11mo
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I was looking for a quick read and a good thriller, and this book had some rave reviews ( but also some critics - I should have listened to them). I hated this book from the start but I won‘t go into all my criticisms due to spoilers. Let‘s just say I figured out the ruse rather quickly and was puzzled by all the reviewers who said they couldn‘t figure out the ending or didn‘t know what they just read. It was disappointing from start to finish.

GeekGirlOnAQuest I hope my review does not come off as harsh toward other readers of the book or people who liked it. That wasn‘t my intent. My criticism is of the writing and my understanding of how the author treated a serious subject. It‘s hard to be precise without spoiling the story. 11mo
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Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
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It is rare that a book creates a world so beautiful and amazing that I desperately do not want it to end. I wanted to start reading it over again the minute I finished it just to remain in that world. It was so vividly described that I was disappointed it wasn‘t a real place that I could visit and experience.

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A Monster Calls | Patrick Ness, Siobhan Dowd
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This was an interesting story and a quick read. It wasn‘t what I was expecting but overall I enjoyed it. I didn‘t realize there was a film, with a great cast no less. I‘m looking forward to watching that and seeing if it changes my view of the book.

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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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This was such a fantastic book. I loved the characters and the story really pulled me in and kept me wanting more. At the same time, it made me sad that we are still dealing with some horrible truths in our country. That last page had me bawling. Looking forward to the film.

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Great Gatsby | F Scott Fitzgerald
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Re-read an old favorite. I hadn‘t read it since my teaching days and I was surprised at the difference in my feelings towards the characters. But the language is still so beautiful and I still get swept up in the time period and place.

Nute Sometimes I worry about rereading a book especially if it was a favorite because my feelings toward the characters or the storyline might change. Happy to see that this is still a “pick” for you. 11mo
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Siddhartha | Hermann Hesse
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Happy birthday to Hermann Hesse! I had visited his birthplace of Calw, Germany a few years ago, a lovely town. He‘s always been a favorite author of mine.

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Siddhartha | Hermann Hesse
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After reading The Little Prince and The Alchemist it seemed appropriate to revisit Siddhartha. There are many connections between the three books and they seemed to be just what I needed at this moment. Hesse writes so simply, yet beautifully- he makes me want to go listen to a river just as Coelho made me want to listen to the desert.

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The Alchemist | Paulo Coelho
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What an extraordinary book. It was one of those books that came along at exactly the right time in my life. It really made me think about my journey and my own Personal Legend. Definitely a recommended read!

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1. Pool, reading, possibly a local 4th of July fireworks celebration.
2. 15, but hope to squeeze in one more!
3. Summer! I can‘t stand being cold.
4. Harry Connick Jr, and the Tibetan Freedom Concert in NYC years ago.
5. Will do!

@jesshowbooks #FriYayIntro

Eggs Love Harry 12mo
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After reading tons of rave reviews I was excited to read this, but I have to say I was entirely underwhelmed. It got a little better toward the end and I really liked Felicity and will still read the next book that focuses on her and hope it‘s better. Monty just didn‘t sit well with me. And the worst part is I had been reading a book every other day and it took me so long to struggle through this I‘ve lost my reading mojo!

Cortg That stinks that you lost your reading mojo! The book was quirky and fun but I agree, Monty was an annoying character. I‘m glad Felicity was a strong, smart female character 😀 12mo
GeekGirlOnAQuest @Cortg Thanks! I‘m hoping to find a great book to get me back on track! The overall story in Gentlemen‘s Guide was good, and I loved every other character. I just felt it was a little overdone that Monty had to whine every.single.time Percy touched him, or looked at him, or spoke to him, or was within five feet of him! He seemed too much of a caricature I guess. But I agree with you about Felicity - loved her!! 12mo
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The Little Prince | Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
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I just finished reading this with my kids and we are all in tears! Such a beautiful story- and he‘s right, adults don‘t make sense sometimes. There‘s a lot we could learn if we listened to children, and our own hearts. We‘ll be looking up at the stars tonight and listening for the laughter. #GAR

laur89 This was such a good story! The movie on Netflix is a cute watch too 😁🍿 12mo
GeekGirlOnAQuest @laur89 We‘ll be watching that soon! 12mo
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Little & Lion | Brandy Colbert
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I really loved this book. It deals with a lot of tough topics but the characters are so vibrant and real I actually found myself wondering about them when I wasn‘t reading the book. It‘s a story about family, and identity, and how love and loyalty can sometimes put us in difficult situations. It wasn‘t perfect, but the positive aspects far outweigh any flaws it may have.

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This was one of my favorite books as a kid, and I just finished reading it with my own children. I had kept my old battered copy so that I could share it with them, and I‘m so glad they loved it as much as I do. It‘s such a lovely story of survival and courage, and the fact that it‘s based on a true story amazes me.

mabell Welcome! 🎉🎉 And great photo! I have that pineapple in white 😁 12mo
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1. Coconut 2. Reading by the pool 3. HOT and humid with thunderstorms 4. Sangria 5. Visiting my grandparents. @Ke633 #TellMeTuesday

Ke633 Love a good sangria!! 🍹 12mo
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It hits me hard every time I read this. It‘s the mark of a classic, it affects you deeply no matter how many times you read it. The sad thing is how relevant it still is, our society hasn‘t come far enough. #GAR

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