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Julsmarshall

Julsmarshall

Joined March 2016

I like big books and I cannot lie.
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Fiona and Jane | Jean Chen Ho
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Mehso-so

A coming of age story that was interesting but, for me, fell short of being a pick. The characters were well written and authentic but the storyline was all over the place and it kept taking me out of the story. #BOTM #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

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Under One Roof | Ali Hazelwood
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Fun little novella, maybe too similar to her other books but great to walk along to. Finished in a day during 2 walks.

BarbaraTheBibliophage I have that shirt also! Need to pull it out of the drawer so I remember to wear it! 1d
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Such a special, thoughtful and powerful book. George shares his story with unflinching grace and an open heart in a way that I hope helps people appreciate and understand the the LGBTQIA+ community. I‘m so thankful he has shared his truth with us. Highly recommend! #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks 🏳️‍🌈

TheBookHippie I loved this read. 2d
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 2d
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Under One Roof | Ali Hazelwood
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Hold came in! New listen for my morning walk 😍

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Darktown: A Novel | Thomas Mullen
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This post war noir set in Atlanta Georgia follows the story of the first 8 black police officers and the corrupt system in which they find themselves. The prose is tight, compelling and impactful and the author pulls no punches in yelling this thrilling story. Great on #audio

Suzze Thanks for the reminder! I read this in 2016 and really liked it. Then i bought the second one and forgot all about it! 3d
Julsmarshall @Suzze and @MicheleinPhilly I didn‘t realize until I finished it that there are more in the series! Looking forward to reading them too. Eventually, lol. 3d
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Great info here. Not all of it was new, but presented in a way to make you think about food and consumption and how it affects both your health and the health of the planet. A great reference book to have on your shelf! Making headway on my bingo board! #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Sounds intriguing, and your bingo board is looking great!! 4d
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The Best American Short Stories 2017 | Heidi Pitlor, Meg Wolitzer
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Mollie is helping me review this short story collection. It was ok, a couple of great stories, a couple of duds and most in between. Glad I read it, even more glad it is off the #TBR pile. #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 4d
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Thank you so much, @Liz_M ! I love everything in my #litsyrecipeswap package so much! The recipes all sound wonderful and I‘ve been wanting to poke through this recipe book forever and can‘t wait to try ever! Thank you, thank you! @BennettBookworm thank for organizing this amazing swap!

LeahBergen What a great swap package! 6d
BennettBookworm Yayyy OMG I own this cookbook and it‘s absolutely my favorite, too! 6d
Ddzmini Ohhh that cover look amazing 🤗 5d
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Nowhere Bookshop | San Antonio, TX (Bookstore)
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Finally visited Nowhere Bookshop in San Antonio! I‘ve ordered from them online but what a charming, interesting store to poke around in! Owned by author Jenny Lawson, it is filled to the brim with books, puzzles, and bookish fun! #indiebookstore

Dragon Any taxidermy? 💚🐉 1w
Julsmarshall I didn‘t see any, @Dragon. And I was looking! 1w
britt_brooke Envious!! 1w
Dragon 🤣👍💚🐉 1w
Ddzmini Look like a cute bookshop 5d
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The No-Show | Beth O'Leary
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Goodness, this was wonderful. I was so mad and almost gave up on this book 60% in but then realized it wasn‘t what it seemed and I‘m so glad I hung in there. There was a twist that made it totally worthwhile. Warm and meaningful, this book grabs you in all the right places and keeps you reading until the end. #romantsy

marleed I loved the Flatshare and thought this one lived up to what I hope for from Beth O‘Leary. Such a great way to spin a story - and impossible to talk about without spoilers! 1w
BennettBookworm Okay this gives me hope bc I just started and I‘m so angry! But I‘m going to keep on reading! :) 1d
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Rage Becomes Her | Soraya Chemaly
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An important book, filled with thoughtful and rage inducing perspectives and facts about gender, power, and equality. Highly recommend this book to you, your friends, your daughters and sons. #audiobook was great! #bookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

Maria514626 @Julsmarshall Thanks for the recommendation! As we need books like this more and more … 😡🤦‍♀️ 1w
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 1w
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Powerful, haunting, raw, sexual. This short book of poems sings honors the past, present and future of Indigenous people and the natural world in a beautiful and impactful way. #BookspinBingo

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Book Lovers | Emily Henry
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Fantastic! Charming, funny, the perfect book to fall into and forget all your cares. Emily Henry is quickly becoming a favorite! It was my #Bookspin #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

MyNamesParadise I‘m reading this now! I am enjoying it so far! 1w
TheAromaofBooks This one just came in at the library for me!! I'm excited to read it. I really enjoyed Beach Vacation but was rather ambivalent towards People We Meet on Vacation, so I'm interested to see what I think about this one. 1w
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Book Lovers | Emily Henry
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When you read past your bedtime and then get up early to read some more . . . #current read

thegirlwiththelibrarybag A sign of a good book is a willingness to forgo sleep 😴 (edited) 1w
MyNamesParadise I‘m reading this now! I‘m enjoying it so far. 1w
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Matrix | Lauren Groff
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Interesting, dense, and with writing like a poem, this quiet book is just lovely. Slow in spots but worth your time. I‘ll be thinking about this one for a long time. #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks Oh, and my 100th book read this year!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! And yay for book 100!! 1w
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Astonishing! This book reads like a spy novel but it is all true! The bravery and fortitude demonstrated by this American woman fighting for France in WW2 had me cheering for her the whole way while at the same time wanting to shake some sense into her superiors. She single handed my changed the course of the war and managed to turn the tide in several fronts in France. And so we‘ll researched and written! Read this book! #herstory ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Texreader Glad I grabbed this one recently 1w
SayersLover Good to know! This one‘s on my TBR list as well. @Julsmarshall 1w
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Ayesha at Last | Uzma Jalaluddin
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Thank you @DinoMom and @ShelleyBooksie ! I am overwhelmed with how you‘ve spoiled me and made me feel special. When my #litsylovesanimals #swap package didn‘t arrive, you were so kind to send me one. With the cutest 🐕‍🦺 tote (my new gym bag), chocolate, so many cute stickers, stamps, 🐘book marks, 🐷post-it‘s (so cute), cards, and 3 books! The tagged one I can‘t wait to read and the other 2 look delightful. Thank you so much! Max is excited too!

Texreader Awww. That‘s so sweet! I‘m very sad my recipient never acknowledged the gift much less that it was opened. (Delivery was confirmed). I‘m so glad our wonderful Littens made it up for you!! 2w
DinoMom I am happy it arrived! Max is adorable! 2w
DinoMom @Texreader me too :( . I have reached out to ask for it to be posted. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2w
ShelleyBooksie Yay! Glad your parcel arrived!!! @Texreader - that is no fun. Hopefully she posts soon. 2w
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Lady Susan | Jane Austen
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The last few letters were so good, I couldn‘t stop reading! What a great finish! This felt both similar and very different from her other books. I though that epistolary format was really effective and added to the story. I think this could be modernized in a really interesting way. #pemberlittens #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks I can't believe I've never read this one before! I'm enjoying it SO much! 2w
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Disappearing Earth | Julia Phillips
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Strange and beautiful, this mystery immerses you in the Siberian peninsula in Soviet Russia and, like the location, is unusual and starkly lovely. I listened on #audio but want to read it agin in print to follow all the separate stories that somehow perfectly wind together in the end. Wow, quite a debut! #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2w
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How To Fail at Flirting | Denise Williams
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Delightful! Sweet and thoughtful, with characters that are facing difficult challenges but find a way to face them together. CW for partner violence.

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How To Fail at Flirting | Denise Williams
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#weekendread Diving in!

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Lone Star Noir | Bobby Byrd, Johnny Byrd
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This had a few interesting stories, most of them less so. I was a little disappointed, honestly. I‘m glad I read it and I might try another of this Noir series, but we‘ll see. Happy to have it off my #TBR bookshelf.BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2w
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Float Plan | Trish Doller
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This story was poignant and unexpected. Well written and perfectly paced, it deals with suicide, grief and loss in a measured, respectful way and still manages to be uplifting and positive. The characters are authentic and memorable, I just loved them and was rooting for them from the start. #BookspinBingo #Doublespin @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Great review!!! 2w
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Looks like my #recipeswap package from @Liz_M has arrived! So excited! @BennettBookworm

Liz_M Yay! 2w
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@Liz_M Your package is on the way! I forgot to take a photo but it should arrive Saturday! Thanks for setting up this fun swap, @BennettBookworm ! #litsyrecipeswap #recipeswap

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This Tender Land: A Novel | William Kent Krueger
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Exquisite! This is an epic coming of age story that being to mind the best of Dickens and Twain but with a more modern, accurate view of Indigenous, poor, and uneducated populations. Beautifully written, the prose sings in places and I loved every minute of the #audiobook . #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

AmyG I loved this too….so much. 3w
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 3w
Nute I read this with my irl Bookclub. I had the same feelings as you. An amazing story. 2w
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So much fun! Great characters, effective enemies to lovers story with fake dating and ‘just-one-bed‘ thrown in. Deeper issues going on around grief and trust. A slow burn-I think the first kiss happens after pg 300! Great debut!

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Had a great April! Read both my #bookspin and #doublespin and my #Roll100 books! Completed 6 bingoes! @TheAromaofBooks @PuddleJumper

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Fabulous month!!! 3w
PuddleJumper That's awesome! 3w
DivineDiana Six Bingos! I still haven‘t gotten one! 😂 2w
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Memphis | Tara M Stringfellow
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Celebrated #independentbookstoreday at my happy place and favorite #bookstore @larkandowlbooksellers in Georgetown,Texas.

LeahBergen Lovely! 3w
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Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics | Dolly Parton, Robert K Oermann
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I so enjoyed this on #audio ! Dolly‘s story through songs is a true inspiration. I loved hearing about her process and outlook. If you are a Dolly fan, or even if you aren‘t, give this a try!

BooksNBowls I‘m from Tennessee! She‘s our queen here! Don‘t mess with Dolly! ❤️❤️ 3w
CaitZ This is on my list for May. I'm looking forward to it 3w
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3w
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This book is just darling! I loved the characters and mad-cap story line with pirates, ladies, and silliness. A great escape and the perfect read for a Saturday afternoon! I think this completes 5 bingoes! #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks I thought the review of “delightfully bonkers“ on the cover really did sum this one up!! I thoroughly enjoyed it. 3w
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A Court of Mist and Fury | Sarah J. Maas
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Wow! So good! Perfect mix of fantasy, suspense and romance. I understand the hype! Read this 624 page #chunkster in less than a week. Waffling between reading the next one immediately or taking a bit of a break to stretch out the story. Love, love, love this series! #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks I still haven't read these!! 3w
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Lone Star Noir | Bobby Byrd, Johnny Byrd
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My #Roll100 selections are:
54. Lone Star Noir
85. How to Walk, read this month
96. Labyrinth Lost

Thanks, @PuddleJumper

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Mrs. March: A Novel | Virginia Feito
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Strange, unsettling. Is it a suspenseful thriller or an account of a woman becoming unhinged? Kept me listening to see what would happen but I‘m this wasn‘t the most effective use of an unreliable narrator. And the MC was quite annoying so it was difficult for me to empathize with her. #Bookspin #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3w
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Glory in Death | Nora Roberts, J. D. Robb
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Half Price Books #bookhaul with my son. Thai food, bookshopping and ice cream makes for a perfect Saturday!

Suet624 So fun! 1mo
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The Great Alone | Kristin Hannah
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Wonderful! Perfect for #audiogardening It felt expansive, beautiful, and dangerous. Just like the Alaskan wilderness where it is set. The writing is gorgeous, just like every Hannah book I‘ve read. I listened on #audio though I‘ve owned the book since it was released. Glad I finally got to it! #MountTBR #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

BookBelle84 My favourite Kristin Hannah! 1mo
Dragon Pretty spring flowers 🌺 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! I've been working in the garden this weekend as well - SO good to get outside!! 4w
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A Court of Mist and Fury | Perfection Learning Corporation
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Started this #chunkster and loving it!!!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty cover! 1mo
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Rough day, stopped by the bookstore to spend my birthday gift card. Thanks for the pick me up, @Ireadkidlit #workbooks #bannedbooks #localauthor

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North and South | Elizabeth Gaskell
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First #buddyread with #PemberLittens was so fun! Lovely to read so slowly, a chapter a day and, while it was strange at first, I enjoyed the pace and the time it gave me to think through the themes. A grittier world than Austen‘s, but the push/pull between industry/class, city/rural, business owner/worker, individual/community is riveting. Mr. Thornton is a great hero because he is so invested in the relationship. @MicrobeMom @sprainedbrain

MicrobeMom Great review and I am glad you enjoyed it!! I can‘t wait to see how it ends. 1mo
sprainedbrain Lovely review! 1mo
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This fascinating book is nonfiction meets memoir and was amazing! There are so many components to this story, finding your path, Private Eyes, survival and advocating for others, and really terrible men. Difficult to read in places; CW for sexual abuse, child abuse, rape, and institutionalized rape culture. Krouse wove this book together in a way that made it accessible, illuminating, powerful, and affirming. Outstanding.

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I‘ve had this book since 2017 when it was a #BOTM choice. Finally read it by listening on #audio. It was good, a solid mystery with a few compelling characters and a couple of baddies. I‘m glad I read it though it wasn‘t earth shattering. #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

lirahlu I love her Secret History of the Pink Carnation. 1mo
Julsmarshall Ooh, good to know, @lirahlu 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1mo
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When your new book matches your new pedicure! #currentread

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Good Rich People | Eliza Jane Brazier
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My goodness, what did I just read! This book is bonkers! Dark, deadly, and twisted. Grabbed me from the first page and wouldn‘t let me go. CW for all the things and a bit clunky in places but unforgettable! #AwesomeApril @Andrew65

Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 1mo
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Mr. Wrong Number | Lynn Painter
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I liked this one a lot, even if they did make me a little crazy-just talk it out people! But it was really funny and the chemistry was through the roof! I will definitely read more from Lynn Painter. #BookspinBingo #AwesomeApril #readathon @TheAromaofBooks @Andrew65

KathyWheeler The not talking to each other thing drives me nuts! I just have to keep reminding myself that if they did talk there‘d be no story. 😄 (edited) 1mo
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
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Mr. Wrong Number | Lynn Painter
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It started the night after I burned down my building. #FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

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This quirky queer romcom was a fun bit of escapism during a busy work week. I loved the diverse cast of characters and found family vibe along with the behind the scenes setting of a The Bachelor-type show. #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks #awesomeapril @Andrew65

Andrew65 Well done, looks fun 👏👏👏 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 1mo
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The Cheat Sheet | Sarah Adams
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Cute and engaging enough on #audio to keep me listening but a little saccharine and predictable. #bookspinbingo #awesomeapril @TheAromaofBooks @Andrew65

Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1mo
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Fantastic! Loved it even more than the first in the series. This series is full of charm, humor, depth, and mystery. Seriously, everyone needs to read this book!

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How to Walk Away | Katherine Center
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My goodness, what a riveting book. It stopped me in my tracks, made me need to keep reading to find out what would happen in the aftermath of a tragic accident and the characters coming to terms with their new reality. Thoughtful and honest, this book by Katherine Center is my first but won‘t be my last. #bookspinbingo #awesomeapril @TheAromaofBooks @Andrew65

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 1mo
MyNamesParadise I have this book! I need to read it! 1mo
Alfoster Yes, her books are awesome and I loved this one and all of hers I‘ve read? 1mo
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