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Maria514626

Maria514626

Joined May 2016

Freelance copywriter. Dog lover. Podcastworm. Speaker of broken German. Goodreads: maria514626
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The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain
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The Queen's Handmaiden by Jennifer Ashley
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The Nest: A Novel by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
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😱 This book is amazing and horrifying. Many of the famine scenes reminded me of the famine stories from WW2. EXCEPT, these were unnecessary, due to neglect. And instead of imposed on one part of the population, to everyone. #mustread

Zelma I really liked this one (though it feels wrong to say I like a story about famine in North Korea). Great storytelling and writing by the author. 5mo
Maria514626 @Zelma So true! 5mo
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Wilson | Daniel Clowes
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He‘s a real crank but he grew on me. 3.5/5 ⭐️
If profanity bothers you, give this one a pass.

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Etiquette & Espionage | Gail Carriger
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A day late. Oh well. 😌
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@wanderinglynn #hellothursday

wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 🌎 6mo
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If you‘re a #steampunk fan, you might want to check out Victoriocity. It‘s an audiodrama #podcast. As if Douglas Adams wrote a steampunk comedy drama episodic podcast.

LibrarianRyan Thanks. I will. 6mo
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The Hazel Wood | Melissa Albert
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Mehso-so

2.5/3 This was a slog. Fairy tales aren‘t my thing. Lines like these made my eyes roll:
—I froze, my heart hammering like frozen rain.
—I pictured him journeying through starry spaces and dusty doors, strange universes he could sift through like coffee beans.
On the other hand, gems like these:
—This pillow smells like the time my bunkmate peed his bed at camp.
—Her junk drawer of a house.

Out of my comfort zone=good thing. #newyearwhodis

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Etiquette & Espionage | Gail Carriger
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The writing in this book is so delightful! They may be #steampunk but they‘re still adolescent girls. 😆😆

GingerAntics 🤣😂🤣 6mo
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The Hazel Wood | Melissa Albert
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Because The Hazel Wood is dark, and I‘m a bit of a baby, I listen to world pop music while reading to offset the dark. 😄
In case you‘re reading something spooky 😱: on the Middle Eastern/Turkish side, Mustafa Sandal and Bazı Aşklar Yarım Kalmalı are super. On the German, Laith al-Deen and Max Giesinger are my current favorites.

TiredLibrarian Thanks for sharing - I love book & music pairings! 🎵🎶❤ 6mo
Maria514626 @TiredLibrarian Hope you enjoy! Definitely happy feet music. 💃🏻😁 6mo
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The Hazel Wood | Melissa Albert
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This book is hard to put down. So creepy. Definitely one I wouldn‘t have picked for myself. Thanks @CoffeeNBooks 🙌🙌
The MC is so teenager she often drives me bonkers. At first I thought it was the writer. Nope. It‘s teenage drama and angst at its finest—or worst, depending on your perspective. 😄😄😄

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Etiquette & Espionage | Gail Carriger
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I broke down and bought an eReader. I love that I don‘t have to leave the house to get a book. 👏👏(Reading on my iPad was terrible and heavy.) It‘s not too bad! #blameitonlitsy — seriously!
I bought a cheap, refurbished Kindle since it‘s a trial. If I actually use it I can buy a fancier version—so says me. 😆😆

julesG My daughter loves her refurbished kindle. She's had it for two years now and it works fine. 6mo
LauraBeth You‘re going to love it! 6mo
CouronneDhiver I‘m 50/50 on whether I‘d really use one or not... love my hardcovers 6mo
Maria514626 @Jules and @LauraBeth I‘m already in love! @CouronneDhiver Nothing beats the feel of a book book. 🙂 6mo
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Etiquette & Espionage | Gail Carriger
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I'm off chasing this entertaining squirrel. Gail Carriger's writing is a delight! Never thought I'd like steampunk but there you go.

julesG Wanted to ask a few days ago already, are you doing the #parasolversereadalong? 6mo
Maria514626 @julesg What is the #parasolversreadalong? I‘m trying to parse the word and I‘m intrigued. 😊 6mo
julesG I only found out when @Crinoline_Laphroaig posted about Gail Carriger's big 2019 readalong. https://gailcarriger.com/2018/12/14/the-great-2019-parasolverse-read-along-sched... 6mo
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Maria514626 @Julesg This looks like fun! Not sure if I can keep up with all of my other books. 😱 Are you doing? (edited) 6mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig @julesG Isn't it fun! I finished E & E yesterday. @Maria514626 still plenty of time to jump in. We're right at the 2nd book. You have until Jan 20 to finish Etiquette and Espionage. 1st book is very short story. 6mo
julesG I'm trying to do it since the books have been on my #MountTBR for ages. Wanted to read E&E tomorrow, or rather start it. @Crinoline_Laphroaig 6mo
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About the Night | Anat Talshir
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I love the idea of this book. Not sure how long I can last though. So many eye rolls. #wanttolove

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Dumbfounded | Matt Rothschild
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Love this kid! #memoir

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Mehso-so

I read this book immediately after A Man Called Ove. That was a mistake. I loved that book.

This book was also sweet but formulaic. The beginning was much more intriguing. By the end I tired of the characters. Did love the centrality of bookstore and book love! 👍 2019 book 3!

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Storied Life of A. J. Fikry | Gabrielle Zevin
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Love how these two flirt!

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Such an intriguing book. Questions of faith, rules and conformity vs. individuality. It was tough to put down. This one‘s off to you next, @kspenmoll 🙂 #lmpbc

Book two of 2019 *and* #litsyatoz. 🎉🎉

kspenmoll Thanks! 6mo
mabell So cozy! And cute blanket! 6mo
Maria514626 @mabell I‘m pretty sure he loves reading as much as I do. 😄 6mo
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Sweet potato and quinoa turkey chili and this great read. #bookanddinner

Alfoster That looks yummy!😍 6mo
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Storied Life of A. J. Fikry | Gabrielle Zevin
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Who takes a date to the circus?

TiredLibrarian That would be a last date for me 🤡😵 6mo
RyeAnnUh I love the circus. Lol. 😂😂 6mo
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Finally figured out my list for the #litsyatozchallenge. I‘m also working on Book Riots‘s #readharder, but the A to Z is going to be in the driver‘s seat. I‘m going to tackle some great books on my #tbr shelf, up my nonfiction game and review some books—as promised. 👏🎉🥳
@BookishMarginalia Thanks! 🌟🌟🌟

Info and sign up for #litsyatozchallenge
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScFWgg5m6TyMfQAIeN1dnh_ic8tqq7dyyMFqgSE...

BookishMarginalia 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 6mo
SheReadsAndWrites Me too!! 😃 6mo
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A Man Called Ove: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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I wondered if this book would be as good as the hype. It was. 5/5 🌟
Thanks @CoffeeNBooks for getting this finally off my #TBR shelf! #newyearwhodis

RaimeyGallant Totally. 6mo
CoffeeNBooks I'm so glad you liked it!! 🤗 6mo
Maria514626 @CoffeeNBooks On to A.J. Fikry! 😀 6mo
CoffeeNBooks @Maria514626 I hope you like it! 6mo
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A Man Called Ove: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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My #newyearwhodis pile. ❤️ I‘m reading the tagged book right now. 🤩🤩🤩
What to read next? (I‘m saving the other Backman book for near the end of the month.) It‘s like being in a candy store! 😄 @CoffeeNBooks

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A Beautiful Poison | Lydia Kang
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@kspenmoll — sent this off to you today for the #lmpbc! Should arrive in 2-3 days.

kspenmoll Thanks! 6mo
Maria514626 @kspenmoll 👍👍 6mo
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A Man Called Ove: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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I‘ve only just started and I‘m laughing myself silly! This book‘s been on my #mountTBR for ages. Thanks @CoffeeNBooks for moving to my currently reading pile! #NewYearWhoDis

Elizabeth2 Enjoy! I‘m a bit envious that you have all of Ove in front of you. ❤️ It may be my favorite book read in 2018. 6mo
CoffeeNBooks Oh, how I love Ove! 6mo
CoffeeNBooks I'm thoroughly enjoying A Confederacy of Dunces!! 6mo
Maria514626 @CoffeeNBooks Hooray! Ignatius has such a fabulous way with words! 6mo
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Decided to up my 2018 total by 10%. Should be do-able. It also leaves room for kicking it in my copywriting business this year (#intention).

I‘d like at least nine of these to be business books.

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Pele is always game for snuggling up in the reading chair. #readinthenewyear #readingbuddies #dogsoflitsy

wanderinglynn What a sweetie! ❤️🐶 6mo
Maria514626 Thanks, @wanderinglynn ❤️ He is pretty cozy! 6mo
JoScho Omg so sweet. 6mo
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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Finished up three books during the #24by2019!

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This is the first year I set a goal and directed my reading. And it was a good year! Also the first active year on Litsy. Coincidence? I think not! Love you, Littens!
2018 total: 84 (goal: 50)
2017 total: 26
🥳🥳🥳

KarenUK 🙌🙌🙌💕 7mo
JoScho 🥳💙🥳💙🥳 7mo
Maria514626 Thanks, @KarenUK and @joscho 🥳🥳 7mo
Reggie Litsy will do that to a person. Congrats and Happy New Year!!! 6mo
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The Reading List | Linda Kay
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Looking forward to diving into this list from @CoffeeNBooks for #newyearwhodis!
Read: 1, 2, 7
On my TBR: 4, 9
New to me: 3, 5, 6, 8
👏👏🥳🥳🎉🎉👍👍

CoffeeNBooks My absolute favorite on that list is A Man Called Ove! Happy Reading!! Any recommendation on which book from your list I should read first? 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great list!! 7mo
Lovesbooks87 The Hazelwood was really good! 7mo
Maria514626 @CoffeeNBooks I‘m starting with that one! If you want a funny start to the year, Confederacy of Dunces (isn‘t a good audiobook). If you‘re looking for cozy, The Bookshop in the Corner. 7mo
CoffeeNBooks @Maria514626 Awesome, thanks! Confederacy of Dunces has been on my TBR list for awhile, so I think I'll start there. 😊 7mo
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The Nest | Cynthia D'Apriz Sweeney
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Really enjoying this book from @bookish_wookish (#stuffedstockingswap).

I‘m listening and reading. Wouldn‘t recommend listening. It‘s easy to miss the depth of the siblings‘ neuroses. I do not like these people. I do like the book. 😁

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I messed up! Last month I didn‘t pay attention to instructions and got distracted by parents‘ health issues. So, @kspenmoll didn‘t receive a book from me for the #lmpbc. 🤦‍♀️

This book has been in my TBR shelf for awhile. Sounds intriguing. I‘ll get through pronto and send it on it‘s way.
@RedxoHearts @Wife
#dogsoflitsy

Wife 👍🏻 6mo
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👍👊👏❤️
#25by2019

tammy_sue Love this ❤️ 7mo
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My last book of the 2018 Mrs. Darcy reading challenge. Not sure if I‘ll get through it today. Not a tear-through book.

There‘s a winter storm warning so I have an unexpected day to read to my heart‘s content. Not great for drivers—including my brother & his family. They‘re having a Planes, Trains & Automobiles experience returning from FL. Needed to get off the road so crashed at my house. Arrived at 12:30am. 🤭 🤞🤞For safe travels home today!

readordierachel Sending good thoughts! 7mo
Maria514626 Thanks so much! @readordierachel You are a dear! 7mo
Tamra Too bad they don‘t have John Candy with them. 😢 7mo
Maria514626 @Tamra Yes! He was a treasure! At least they haven‘t had to ride in a refrigerated truck. Yet. 😄 7mo
Tamra @Maria514626 😂 true! It‘s an annual movie for us. 7mo
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Pickpick

Simple but not simplistic. Enjoyed this very much.

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A Beautiful Poison | Lydia Kang
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I had high hopes for this book. I was disappointed. The three main characters were caricatures and the weird comparisons—and overuse of—drove me bonkers. And so. many. adjectives. and. adverbs. Leave no noun or verb naked! 😟 #lmpbc

Wife Well that‘s two of our group that have panned this one. Maybe the others will want to see how bad it really is?🙄😐 7mo
Maria514626 @Wife 😆 I‘ll back in my emails to see who the next lucky reader is. Should I be sending around a book I picked? Or do we wait until this book has been all around? I don‘t remember the instructions. 🤦‍♀️ (edited) 7mo
Wife Send it on to the next poor Litten 😉 7mo
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Wife Did you send out your pick the previous month? 7mo
Maria514626 @wife No, I didn‘t. Yikes! I‘m a month behind! I‘ll get right on it. 7mo
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The work day is finally done. I‘m so tired but I can‘t let more #readathon time go to waste. Diving back into this one. #24b42019

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A Beautiful Poison | Lydia Kang
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Knocked out 2:44 so far in the #24b42019. Looking forward to finishing this one. It‘s “fine.” 😉 #lmpbc #dogsoflitsy

If only my editing work was complete. We have a ton of snow and it‘s 🥶. Perfect reading weather! #snowydayreading

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A Beautiful Poison | Lydia Kang
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🙄🙄🙄 Seriously? #lmpbc

BookishMarginalia 😱🤦🏻‍♀️😱🤦🏻‍♀️😱🤦🏻‍♀️😱 7mo
Cedar_and_Grapefruit Working a little too hard🤨🙄 7mo
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A Beautiful Poison | Lydia Kang
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Cabbages don‘t make decisions!

I‘m intrigued by this story but the author‘s overuse of adjectives and weird comparisons is driving me a bit bonkers! @Wife @kspenmoll @RedxoHearts @suvata #lmpbc

Wife I did a lot of eye rolling 🙄while reading this book. 7mo
Maria514626 @Wife It was hard to keep my editor in check. 😂😂😂 7mo
Cedar_and_Grapefruit Working a little too hard🤨🙄 7mo
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So many lovely similes in this book!

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Such a fabulous opening paragraph! What a treat!

GingerAntics Oh my god this is a legit thing that happens on public transport year round... but especially in winter. The dandruff thing...ew!!! 7mo
CouronneDhiver Ha! So true. 🚌 7mo
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Thank you, sweet @BridgetteM for the Christmas treats! I opened the book and exclaimed, “How fun!“ Sugar cookies are my favorite! And just yesterday I was wondering where all my magnetic bookmarks disappeared to. One can ever have too many funny or beautiful bookmarks.

I‘m visiting my Dad for Xmas lunch later today. The first he‘s in memory care. Your pressies are such a lovely start to a weird day. ❤️❤️❤️ #christmasbookswap

BridgetteM So glad you like it! I got yours as well, thank you so much! I will post a picture as soon as get home from my holiday travels. 7mo
Maria514626 You‘re welcome! Glad it arrived. Sometimes our post office is less than reliable. 🙄 7mo
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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A binge-read excuse. Yaaassssss! Thanks @TheReadingMermaid and @Andrew65 👏❤️🙌
#readathon #bingeread #24b42019

TheReadingMermaid Totally great excuse 😉 thanks for sharing sweetie 7mo
Lola Love this! I missed 24 in 5 so hoping to get in on this one! 7mo
Andrew65 Thanks for reposting! 😊👍 7mo
Andrew65 @Lola Will be great to have you with us. 😊👍 7mo
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This book is full of gems like this.

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Christmas Books | Charles Dickens
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Excited to open this fun #Christmasbookswap from @BridgetteM !!

I think I forgot to wrap what‘s inside your box 🤦‍♀️ so don‘t open until Dec. 24. (My #1 resolution for 2019 is to recover my mind. 😂)

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My oh my. She has an amazing way with words and ideas. The text demands to be savored but my normal is to tear through or devour.

This will be interesting and glorious if I allow myself the time to take it all in! 🧘‍♀️

kspenmoll Love her poetry. ❤️ 7mo
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Milkman | Anna Burns
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This was an intricate and sometimes creepy ride. Disturbing and intriguing and confusing at times. Fascinating and wonderfully written.

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The Great Book Swap | Alan Mitchell
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Off to @BridgetteM today. Hope you like it! (And it arrives in the promised timeframe🙏)
#christmasbookswap2018

BridgetteM Thank you! I‘m very excited to receive it. Yours was put in the mail last week. 7mo
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Milkman | Anna Burns
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This says so much about this book.

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Milkman | Anna Burns
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This is a tough book. Often uncomfortable. But the story is so compelling I have a hard time putting it down. It‘s a great accompaniment for Christmas Zentangle drawing. I love audiobooks. I get the best of both worlds—a book and something artsy. 🙂

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Stephen Fry reads this story. ❤️❤️👏👏 It has all the marks of a great origin story. Enjoying it so far!
#christmasreads #seasonsreadings

I‘m at 2 hours in #25inFive

JoScho Just started this one tonight ❤️ 7mo
Andrew65 I want to read this, well done 👏 7mo
vkois88 I want to read this one as well, and the girl version 7mo
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Milkman | Anna Burns
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And so it begins. 👍👍🙂🙂 #25inFive

Kaye Good start. Keep up the good work. 👍🏼 7mo
Andrew65 Good luck 👏 7mo
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