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Joined June 2016

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Senlin Ascends | Josiah D Bancroft
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A coworker lent me Senlin Ascends because of our mutual love of fantasy lit.

This was really a strange book, but I enjoyed it. I couldn‘t put it down because I needed to know whether Senlin found his quarry. The character development was great and, surprisingly, I loved the handling of the female characters.

This is an adventure/fantasy/mindf*** of a book, and I‘d highly recommend it.

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Senlin Ascends | Josiah D Bancroft
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“Home” is an exaggeration made true by distance.

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Senlin Ascends | Josiah D Bancroft

I‘m glad your self-righteousness has given you some exercise, but you forget: We are not such a tidy, reasonable, and humane race. Our thoughts don‘t stand in grammatical rows, our hearts don‘t draw equations, our consciences don‘t have the benefit of historians whispering the answers to us. Oh, stuff your outrage!

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Senlin Ascends | Josiah D Bancroft

He believed true love was more like an education: It was deep and subtle and never complete.

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Fire and blood💔

BookwormAHN Drogon's reaction to her dearth was so heartbreaking 🐉💔 5d
LitLogophile I‘m still recovering @BookwormAHN 😢 2d
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Finished Fire & Blood before the GOT finale tonight ... I loved the first half of the Targaryen history and the tie-ins to ASOIAF. Must-read for ASOIAF enthusiasts. ⚔️

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Finished this great book on this lovely Sunday morning with my kitty, a delicious coffee, and my sweet boyfriend who made it for me while watching The Office in the background. I read an article about the incredible mystery of the Russian Dyatlov Pass Incident recently, which referenced this book. I was intrigued and realized I already owned the ebook. The book is well-researched and has a satisfying ending. Would highly recommend.

Blueberry @JoScho posted about it yesterday so I researched/googled about it. Very interesting. Added to my tbr. 6d
LitLogophile @Blueberry it‘s a great, quick little read, too 6d
JoScho @Blueberry I hope you enjoy it. 6d
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I didn‘t know much about Alexander von Humboldt prior to this read but I was awed by his understanding of the interconnectedness of living things — inspiring Darwin, Thoreau, Goethe, and the modern understanding of life. The book describes Humboldt‘s impact on science as so great that he‘s lost to general science education — he created an idea so commonplace that no one asks who thought of it. And that idea was nature. Very cool book.

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I‘m 550 pages into Fire & Blood and feeling a bit sad today because I think GOT is about to kill my favorite character. (The fact that this episode hits on Mother‘s Day is a harbinger of doom in my opinion.) I‘m caught up in this beautiful Targaryen history and will definitely be cheering for some #fireandblood tonight 🖤❤️

Christine Is it Daenerys you‘re scared about? 2w
LitLogophile Yes, I am currently furious with the show/dreading her possible demise after a decade of obsession with the series/just want it to be over already @Christine 2w
Christine Aww!! I want to see her live and be heroic, too. 🐉 2w
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VERY excited about this box. The tagged book looks incredible and I‘ve been wanting The Library Book since I read some great reviews!

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I had to share these!! I‘m certainly not purchasing them because they‘re $469, but look at these beautiful leather bound custom ASOIAF book jackets available on Etsy😧. I am feeling GOT fever right now and was looking for a set online because I only own the ebooks, but I‘ll have to admire these from afar😂

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Agreed, beautiful but PASS 1mo
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King of Scars | Leigh Bardugo
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The latest installment in the Grishaverse is a little darker and a lot more developed. Zoya and Nina become iconic in King of Scars, I just loved reading their chapters. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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King of Scars | Leigh Bardugo

“She wished the girl she‘d been could have lived this.”

Huh. Definitely a thought I‘ve had.

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King of Scars | Leigh Bardugo

In Nikolai‘s experience, honesty was much like herbal tea—something well-meaning people recommended when they were out of better options.

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A Discovery of Witches | Deborah E. Harkness
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Received this gorgeous book from @Slajaunie today! Can‘t wait to get into it💓— thank you so much!

Slajaunie Enjoy! 2mo
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There was no state-run prosecution service. Instead, all cases had to be brought privately, making it a simple matter for feuds to find a vent in the courts. The prosecution of a rival might well prove a knockout blow. Officially the penalty for a defendant found guilty of a serious crime was death. In practice, because the Republic had no police force or prison system, a condemned man would be permitted to slip away into exile...

LitLogophile ...and even live in luxury, if he had succeeded in squirreling away his portable wealth in time. (edited) 2mo
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I love to read multiple books at one, usually fiction at home and a nice nonfiction to carry around at work.

Now that I finished with my Romanov book, it‘s back to Rome between court appearances. Back in time but people are still getting murdered for no damn reason.

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The Romanovs: 1613-1918 | Simon Sebag Montefiore
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Update: just purchased paperbacks of the Rappaport book I just read, two others, and the tagged book. I‘m stuck on this little slice of history and I need more!

kstadt929 I‘ve been wanting to read those too!! 2mo
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The Romanovs are one of those subjects that you know isn‘t going to end well. I picked this book up to learn more about the doomed sisters and ended up loving them a little too much and hoping for an ending I knew to be impossible. Excellent book, I‘ll be reading Rappaport‘s entire Romanov collection. 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (In order: Olga, Tatiana, Anastasia, Marie)

MellieAntoinette Rappaport is an incredible author and a wonderful historian! 2mo
Susannah It‘s painful to get into a story like this one and wish that, by some magic, the doomed subjects might live. 2mo
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Had a nice breakfast with my boyfriend before a quick stop to pick up just “one book” at our lovely little Carmichael‘s in Louisville. I‘ve been dying to get Priory but I couldn‘t resist Fire & Blood! 🔥🐉

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Has anyone read this?? I read the first 27% of this roughly 500 page book in two sittings.

Rappaport pulls back the veil on the famously private Romanovs in a tender and engaging way. I felt slightly uncomfortable when I realized that Alexandra likely wouldn‘t want me to know these things, and simultaneously realized how effective the writing is. I‘m enamored with it.

(Full disclosure: I adore nonfiction and all things Russian history.)

BookNAround I am fascinated by the last tsar and his family. 2mo
CouronneDhiver @BookishTrish ☝🏽 sounds like your jam 2mo
BookishTrish @CouronneDhiver YES! I haven‘t read it yet, but this is my thing. 2mo
OrangeMooseReads I have this one but haven‘t read it yet. I‘m a bit obsessed with the Romanovs and Russia as well. 2mo
Crazeedi This looks good, I've read several on the Romanovs but not this one 2mo
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I loved every other book by Mitchell but this one was a no go 🤷🏻‍♀️

Mynameisacolour Same! I've tried reading this one twice now 😒 2mo
KimM Same! I made it to the end. It didn‘t get better. I hope he puts out something new soon. 2mo
rwmg I found it very interesting with the theme of trying to communicate in a foreign language 2mo
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King of Scars | Leigh Bardugo
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Finally cracked this open tonight and really enjoyed returning to this world :)

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Dead Letters: A Novel | Caite Dolan-Leach
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This will go down as one of my all-time favorite #botm picks, and I definitely wouldn‘t be saying that if I bailed on it halfway through like I was tempted to.

It seems like a cheesy, unlikely mystery that I stuck with only because Ava is such a dynamic, realistic character. I cared what happened to her and by the end I was nearly in tears. Also, the writing is 👍🏼. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

rather_be_reading i liked it too!! 3mo
mcipher I read half of this when I got it from BOTM and then stopped because 🤷‍♀️ I do plan to pick it up again someday because I really wanted to know what happened next and I liked the writing. Weird how that happens sometimes. 3mo
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The Age of Light: A Novel | Whitney Scharer
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Really excited about this box!! #botm

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A homeschooled 12yo‘s brilliant father is diagnosed with Alzheimer‘s and leaves her a puzzle that he anticipates will take years to solve, and I won‘t give away anything else.

I‘m not even sure what to write because I‘m stunned.

I suppose length/slow early-middle to middle keep it from greater popularity, but it‘s powerfully and thoughtfully written and as a side note educates on America‘s embarrassing failures to the lgbtq community.5⭐️

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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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A very special bookish gift from an incredible friend in Cleveland❤️ — this one put a smile on my face!

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The Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides
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Picked this #botm partly for the creepy cover and partly because the premise appealed to my recent desire to read dark, twisty things — a woman is serving a sentence in psychiatric care for killing her husband, yet hasn‘t spoken in the years since his murder. A new psychotherapist makes discoveries, etc.

I read it in a day because I couldn‘t put it down and some elements really made me 😧. It was a fun read but a borderline pick: ⭐️⭐️⭐️.

Scurvygirl I am all for creepy, twisted.. and as for husbands.. phhth! 5mo
LitLogophile Hahah, then this book is for you 😂😂 @Scurvygirl 5mo
Sydneyreads This was my pick, too! Still need to read it 5mo
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Absolutely incredible🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Brusatte is a passionate paleontologist with a gift for writing. He walks you through the Paleozoic, Mesozoic, and Cenozoic Eras outlining not only the history of dinosaurs but the earth itself and all of its inhabitants. I left with a grasp for how and when the continents got where they are and why life evolved the way it did in respective areas.

It‘s info-packed and fun to read. I would highly recommend 🦕 🦖

DGRachel I bought this last year. Your review makes me want to drop what I‘m currently reading and grab this off my shelf! 5mo
rubyslippersreads This sounds great! ❤️🦖🦕 5mo
MallenNC Hearing the author on NPR made me add this one to my TBR! I‘m considering the audiobook. 5mo
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Sharp Objects: A Novel | Gillian Flynn
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My first book of 2019 was a pick!

I downloaded this ebook to read Gone Girl when the movie was released and loved it, but I never went back and read the other two. Well, my boyfriend informed me that I‘m woefully behind on the books I‘m supposed to be reading before we can watch the shows or movies, so I read Sharp Objects🔪

It‘s a quick read with some interesting twists and a seriously dark undercurrent - just what I was craving⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

RadicalReader @LitLogophile I have this book selected as an ebook courtesy of Libby cannot wait to check it out. Love ebooks they‘re wonderful to be able to enjoy on the go without having to lug around the heavy bulky counter part 5mo
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The most books I‘ve read in one year is 51 but I‘m up for a real challenge! 😊

kstadt929 My goal is 75 too 😁 5mo
SealedWithInk My goal is 60. Last year I read 51 with the goal of 60. I was almost there but not quite. Hoping to push myself more this year so I can beat it 😊 5mo
LitLogophile Yeahhh I‘m not sure if I can actually do 75, especially since I love the occasional chunkster! But I also want to actually challenge myself to read more, and I usually read ~50 @SealedWithInk @kstadt929 5mo
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Guys this book is really, really good.

JennyM I LOVED this one - enjoy 😊 5mo
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The Awakened Kingdom | N. K. Jemisin
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I finished the novella, The Awakened Kingdom, and now this brick is going back to the bookcase.

I really loved it. Shill‘s voice is hilarious, it ties up some loose ends caused by The Inheritance Trilogy‘s ending, and Jemisin once again displays her clever storytelling style. A definite pick👍🏼

LazyDays Wow!😳 5mo
JennyM Chunksters scare me 😳 5mo
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The Fifth Season | N. K. Jemisin
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My best #18in2018 #18in18 are actually 16 books, all of which will stay with me for a long time.

My “best of the year” is easily The Fifth Season. I‘m so glad that I discovered Jemisin this year. All of them were incredible, though. I‘m looking forward to 2019‘s new discoveries 😁

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego NK Jemisin 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻💕 5mo
britt_brooke 🙌🏻🙌🏻 5mo
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1984 | George Orwell
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I really cut it close this year 😅, but I finished my 50 book reading goal!!

50 books seems like a lot, but if I only clear 50 per year I will be outlived by my TBR by centuries. I guess that‘s the fate of most of us, though 😂

I‘m going to ramp up the goal next year, maybe by 10? This was a big year of change and hopefully the relative calm of 2019 (not moving states or starting a new career), will allow for a bit more book time 😌

Jas16 🙌🏽 5mo
RealBooks4ever Good job! 🙌🏼 5mo
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The Kingdom Of Gods | N. K. Jemisin
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My Christmas ham, Lillian, helped me finish our very big book 😂

Some authors write books, Jemisin creates universes. I want to read every word she‘s ever written. The Inheritance Trilogy is great!! Would highly recommend for lovers of epic fantasy❤️

ravenlee What a sweetie! I want to boop that nose. 5mo
LitLogophile She would be happy to receive boops!😂 @ravenlee 5mo
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readordierachel Jemisin is the best! And that is one adorable ham 😆 5mo
AlaMich Hi Lillian!! 👋 5mo
RealBooks4ever Hi Lillian! You‘re such a sweetheart! 😻 5mo
GypsyKat She‘s beautiful! And I have this book but I haven‘t read it yet. It is such a big book! 5mo
LitLogophile It‘s huge but it actually reads pretty quickly! I have a bad habit of keeping my doorstoppers on my bookshelf but I‘m happy that I got to this one @GypsyKat 5mo
GypsyKat @LitLogophile I loved her Broken Earth series, so I‘m sure I‘ll love this one! 5mo
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Brilliance | Marcus Sakey
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Had to bail at 20% because this isn‘t my cup of tea... on to the next!

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This beautiful book caught my eye because it won this year‘s Goodreads Choice Award for Science & Technology ✨🤓

I read a blurb, decided that I needed it, ordered it & promptly forgot all about it because these few days have been so intense.

I came home from work early today because I wasn‘t feeling well and got this nice little surprise. 😊

readordierachel It's always nice when you can surprise yourself 🙂 5mo
batsy The best surprises! I've got this stacked; sounds like a fascinating read. 5mo
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The Broken Kingdoms | N. K. Jemisin
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2/3 finished with the trilogy and, why yes, I‘m having a lovely afternoon.

I‘m feeling a little under the weather, so I turned to Jemisin and green tea rather than getting work done.

Always a great decision😉. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Lovesbooks87 Hope you feel better soon! 5mo
AmyG Feel better. That is one HUGE book! 5mo
Susannah Wow! 👏👏 I hope you feel better! 5mo
Daisey That book is massive. I remember reading this for a long time on Kindle, but I‘m not sure I‘ve ever specifically seen the print version of the whole trilogy. 5mo
rachelm Wow! I haven‘t tackled this trilogy yet of hers but I loved broken earth 5mo
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Reading my new book between court appearances, my world map book sleeve goes well with this one😊

TheKidUpstairs Love your ring! 5mo
LitLogophile Oh thanks !!😊😊 @TheKidUpstairs 5mo
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On Love | Charles Bukowski
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On Love is a collection of Bukowski‘s poetry on the subject from other publications.

It made me think, feel, empathize, judge — a successful collection.

britt_brooke I liked this collection, too. 💚 6mo
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The Broken Kingdoms | N. K. Jemisin

There are some things one can understand only by experience, and there are some experiences no one wants to share.

TheBookHippie I hear that ! 6mo
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I waited a long time to read The Inheritance Trilogy because I thought it would disappoint after reading Jemisin‘s Broken Earth masterpiece.

I just finished the first book and I absolutely loved it. She‘s a master. Her characters are phenomenal and she‘s an expert at world-building. I have no idea where the next two books in this trilogy will go, but I‘m ready to be taken there.

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The Fifth Season | N. K. Jemisin
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Came home after a longgg day to some impulsive Black Friday shopping that I forgot about!

I listened to The Broken Earth series on audio earlier this year and to say that I loved it would be a weird understatement — I had to order a physical copy, and get The Inheritance Trilogy while I was at it!

vivastory Jemisin's short story collection comes out tomorrow! 6mo
LitLogophile I‘ll be needing that as well😂 @vivastory 6mo
RiaWritten @vivastory I DID NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS. Ordered, and you made my day. 6mo
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vivastory @SewItGoes Good! 👍 I can't wait to read it! 6mo
readordierachel That is a beautiful sight 😍 She's an incredible author 6mo
LitLogophile Isn‘t it😍? Broken Earth is one of my all-times! I haven‘t read The Inheritance Trilogy but I got fifty or so pages in last night and I‘m already hooked. @readordierachel 6mo
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The cover gives you the general idea, but the book has so much more to offer. Michael Morton is convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the brutal murder of his beloved wife, Chris. He loses everything, and everyone. He‘s eventually freed by The Innocence Project‘s work ... 25 years later.

He writes about loving Chris, losing her and his son, earning his college degree and then Master‘s in lit in prison, and eventually gaining freedom (1/2)

LitLogophile (2/2) from the perspective of someone who had a lot of time to reflect. Literature was his escape, writing his response. It appealed to me as a lover of books, and also as a criminal defense attorney. Reading Getting Life was a beautiful experience — I‘ll certainly be recommending it to colleagues and friends. (edited) 6mo
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Inside, I‘d been reading so much I felt like I was doing time with Mark Twain, sharing a cell with John Steinbeck, and sitting in the dayroom with Kurt Vonnegut and John Irving. Occasionally Tom Robbins would pop in. Stephen King was always lurking around a dark corner, motioning for me to join him someplace terrifying. They had all become my friends—men I could count on to keep me distracted at night and entertained in the lonely hours when I 🔽

LitLogophile couldn‘t find anyone to talk with who knew HOW to read. 6mo
LitLogophile Their books felt like gifts, as though they were written specifically for me. I wanted to write back. With my new typewriter, I could. 6mo
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[Prison] is a warehouse filled with broken souls we don‘t want to look at or live with—people whose addictions, abuses, ignorance, or rage we need to be protected from.

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📢📢

ravenlee 😲 6mo
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Six of Crows | Leigh Bardugo
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Finally ready to put these back on my bookshelf after I absolutely tore through them, but I just had to take a picture first because they‘re so beautiful — great books all around!

Mommamanzi They are some of my favs!!! 6mo
JSW I love when a favorite book is also a beautiful book. 😍 6mo
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