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MaureenMc

MaureenMc

Joined March 2016

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One Amazing Thing by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
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When We Left Cuba | Chanel Cleeton
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Engrossing story of a Cuban refugee willing to do almost anything to get her revenge against Castro and get back to her homeland. I find Cuban history fascinating, and I enjoyed every minute of this book. Recommended!

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Second in the Amory Ames series. I enjoyed this one even more than the first. Interesting plot development and fun characters. This would make a fun television series. 😁

mabell Nice photo! 2w
Godmotherx5 That cover 🤓 1w
MaureenMc @Godmotherx5 The covers for this series are amazing! 😍 1w
Godmotherx5 @MaureenMc Oh no, that means a bigger TBR. You‘re a troublemaker 😉 1w
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Lovely, melancholy reflections of an Irish gentleman deeply grieving his wife. Each chapter is a toast to the most important people in his life. Very well done.

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It was the Greater St. Louis Book Fair this weekend! Did I go all three days? Yes! Do I know where I‘m going to put my new books? Not really! #bookhaul #noregrets

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A Question of Holmes | Brittany Cavallaro
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I just adored this series. Cavallaro‘s Holmes and Watson are complex, well-drawn characters, and I couldn‘t wait to see what happened next. I‘m sad to say goodbye to them, but this book was a fitting conclusion to the series.

mom2bugnbee I DIDN'T KNOW THE NEW ONE WAS OUT! AAAAAAAHHHHHHHH! I love these. And I unapologetically picture Charlotte as Benedict Cumberbatch's daughter. 1mo
MaureenMc @mom2bugnbee It just came out a couple of weeks ago! Ooh, I love the idea of a TV series with Benedict playing Charlotte‘s father. Netflix, get on that! 1mo
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Like many other readers, I found this story fascinating, and the book was very well written. I‘ve also watched the HBO documentary and listened to the ABC News podcast- a bit obsessed, obviously. 😄

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Do you want to read a novel about cloistered nuns in a monastery in 1960s Great Britain? Yes, you do! I see your skeptical gaze, but trust me - this book is not what you (probably) think it is. Loss, grief, love, jealousy, and duty are explored through a cast of exquisitely drawn characters. And most of the book certainly passes the Bechdel test. 😁

Chrissyreadit I completely AGREE!!! I could not believe how good this book was!!! I‘ve recommended it several times ❤️❤️ 2mo
cathysaid Sold! 2mo
RealLifeReading Stacked! 2mo
mabell Great review! 😂😄 2mo
Tamra I do! 2mo
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Eesh. This book was so not for me. I made it halfway, because it was a book club pick and I really try to finish those. But after two of the stories made me physically ill, I decided to bail. (Only two of our members actually finished the book.) Too much ugliness without any apparent point, other than maybe anti-tourism. “Wyoming: You do NOT want to come here.”

mabell Great tag line! 😂😂 2mo
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Loved this! First in a series following an aristocratic woman and her husband as they solve murders and deal (or not) with their complicated marriage. It‘s like if Agatha Christie wrote an episode of Downton Abbey.

Pamwurtzler Looks good! 3mo
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A Raisin in the Sun | Lorraine Hansberry
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I saw a few posts this month about this play which reminded me I had it on my shelves. It was truly excellent, and I‘d like to see a live performance.

My daughter has yet another snow day today (actually for ice). We‘ve had 4 now, which is very unusual for us (at least in recent years). I swear these kids are going to go into “summer slide” in March!
#readblackwomen #Blackhistorymonth

Weaponxgirl I really loved this read this month too. I would love to see it performed live! 3mo
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Linden Hills | Gloria Naylor
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“You don‘t have to sell the your soul to live in Linden Hills. You give it away, piece by piece.”

Gloria Naylor pulls no punches. This is a gut-wrenching, disturbing, and heartbreaking novel-in-stories focused on several residents in an affluent African-American enclave in an unnamed city. I can‘t say the reading experience was pleasant, but I‘m glad I read it. #readblackwomen #BlackHistoryMonth

Reviewsbylola What an amazing quilt!! Did you make that?! 3mo
MaureenMc @Reviewsbylola No, my bestie did! All of the books are my faves &/or books we read for our book club. She‘s so awesome! 😊 3mo
Reviewsbylola Wow, how meaningful. I love that! 3mo
mabell That is so creative! What a lovely gift! 3mo
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I could definitely use some more nuance. Thanks for the opportunity!

#ImListeningGiveaway

britt_brooke Yes!! Thanks for entering. 🤞🏻 3mo
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I love a good literary mystery, and I had high expectations for this novel about a Brontë descendant‘s quest to find the inheritance her father has left her at Oxford. Unfortunately, it didn‘t quite live up to its billing for me. I found the protagonist to be annoyingly immature, and the writing was stilted at times. The premise was fun, though, and YMMV.

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My first Dorothy Parker! This is an anthology of some of her poems and short stories. While Parker‘s oft touted acerbic wit is very much present in many of these pieces, I was surprised by the pathos and despair in others. (Caveat: racist stereotypes and language in some of the short stories 😖)

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The Postmistress | Sarah Blake
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I‘ve had this book on my shelves for almost 9 yrs, & it finally called to me. A WWII novel which takes place in 1940 and 1941, before the U.S. enters the war. We follow a few characters in a small Cape Cod town, including the titular character, as well as an American female war correspondent reporting on the Blitz in London. Their lives intertwine in unexpected ways. Explores themes of duty and loyalty, & whether one trumps the other.

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#Bookhaul! I scored at a new-to-me thrift store this afternoon. I never have this kind of luck!

Lynnsoprano The Ruth Reich‘s book looks like one I need to read. 4mo
Julsmarshall Loved Z, March, and Hyperbole! Im@looking forward to Garlic and Sapphires myself! 4mo
MaureenMc @Lynnsoprano I‘ve been hearing a lot recently about this Reichl book. The thrift store actually had two copies. 4mo
MaureenMc @BookishMarginalia @Julsmarshall I read and loved March, too, but I had borrowed them from the library. Couldn‘t pass up my own copy for $.50. Thanks for the recs on the others! 4mo
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Brideshead Revisited | Evelyn Waugh
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Beautifully written, thought-provoking examination of the main character‘s relationships with an aristocratic family. Tackles themes of family, faith, loyalty, identity, and vocation. It took me a little while to get into it, but after a couple of longish reading sessions, I was hooked.

Cathythoughts Only read for a buddy read later last year .... it was a reread for me ♥️♥️♥️...... 4mo
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Friday's Child | Georgette Heyer
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1. Goodreads challenge of 75 books; read books I already own & stop using the library as much.
2. Nope
3. Wonder Woman 4evah!
4. January (2nd)
5. Shout out to my fellow Capricorns! 🖐
#FriYayIntro

BarbaraTheBibliophage Happy late Birthday! 🎉🙌🏻🎂 5mo
wanderinglynn Happy birthday month! 🎉🥳🎂🥂 5mo
DebbieGrillo 🖐 5mo
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Birthday book haul! The two on the left are from my husband, and the two on the right I picked up at the bookstore on my birthday. Looking forward to reading all of them (eventually)!

LeahBergen Happy Birthday! 📚📚 I have The Country House Library - Isn‘t it a beauty? 😍 5mo
MaureenMc @LeahBergen Yes! And I have you to thank, because it never would have made it to my radar without your posts about it! #BlameitonLeahBergen 😄 5mo
LauraBeth Happy Birthday! 🎉🎁🎂 5mo
MaureenMc @LauraBeth Thank you! 5mo
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Lethal White | Robert Galbraith
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Finished this one during the last week of 2018. I think this one is my favorite so far!

sprainedbrain They just keep getting better! ❤️ 5mo
Cathythoughts Well done ... it‘s very long 😨 5mo
MaureenMc @Cathythoughts Indeed! I usually prefer mysteries to be shorter, but she keeps drawing me in. 5mo
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Here‘s a bit of my bookish Christmas gifts. I had to show you the awesome coasters my Mom gave us. 😊

Graciouswarriorprincess Those are so cool!!!!❤️ 5mo
Reviewsbylola Those are awesome! 5mo
LeahBergen Love them! 5mo
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mabell Fun!! 5mo
AnneCecilie I haven‘t seen that Harry Potter book before. What kind of book is it? 5mo
MaureenMc @AnneCecilie It‘s the first three HP books, with tons of color illustrations. They started releasing them a couple of years ago, I think? So far, only the first three are out, but I hope they release the whole series. 5mo
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Do you enjoy wartime novels, especially those examining the home front? Do you dig epistolary novels? Did you love The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and are constantly trying to find a book that comes close to all those feels? Then you should give this book a go.

MellieAntoinette So good! 5mo
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It‘s raining, and I‘m reading a book about books while sipping tea by the Christmas tree. #hyggeaf

Wellreadhead Sounds like the perfect afternoon to me! 5mo
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My mom sent me an early birthday present (my birthday isn't until January). A bookish Jefferson quote I'm sure we can all relate to. 😁

JoScho How cool! 5mo
britt_brooke Cute!! 5mo
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Slim, spare, and thought-provoking book exploring the relationships between a brain damaged mathematician, his housekeeper, and the housekeeper‘s son. Ogawa packs a lot to think about in a mere 180 pages. Highly recommend.

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Well done memoir of Chung‘s coming to terms with her adoption and searching for her birth family. She addresses the complexities and difficulties inherent in adoption, especially when white parents adopt non-white children. Recommend.

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My first Sarah Vowell audiobook! And my first audiobook in years. (I don‘t do audiobooks well, as my mind tends to wander.) I really enjoyed the performances, and the topic was also interesting.

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American Street | Ibi Zoboi
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Interesting tale of a Haitian teen trying to find her way in Detroit with her aunt and cousins. There‘s a touch of magical realism I wasn‘t expecting, and it‘s quite violent. Well-written, but not quite what I was in the mood for. Still interested in reading her new book, a Pride and Prejudice retelling.

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Gaudy Night | Dorothy L. Sayers
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This mystery just didn‘t land for me. Too many characters, too many superfluous scenes, and too many archaic and otherwise references to Oxford and England that I just didn‘t get.

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Spinning Silver | Naomi Novik
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Fantasy is not one of my go-to genres, but I liked Uprooted enough to give this one a try. I enjoyed Spinning Silver even more than Uprooted and would highly recommend it for anyone looking to dip their reading toes into fantasy.

TheBookKeepers Yes!! 8mo
hermyknee Is it a sequel or are they each stand alone books? 8mo
MaureenMc @hermyknee They are stand alones, with completely different characters and stories. 😁 8mo
hermyknee Oh cool! That‘s good to know! I‘d like to read this one! 8mo
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Harbor Me | Jacqueline Woodson
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Another gorgeous, heart-wrenching book from Jacqueline Woodson. A group of “special” middle schoolers come together each Friday to just talk. Through the year, they share their stories and learn to trust each other. Loved it.

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The House of Mirth | Edith Wharton
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My first Wharton! Oof, what a punch in the gut. I often felt as if I was watching a train wreck in slow motion. The writing was top-notch, though, and I can see why it‘s considered a classic.

Notafraidofwords Loved it. What an ending ! 8mo
Susannah "A train wreck in slow motion" is a perfect description. I started this a few weeks ago but had to take a break. It's an excellent book, but I just want to cover my eyes. ? 8mo
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I was expecting a bittersweet story with some heart-warming moments, but it was much darker than I anticipated. I also found the main character to be rather immature and it started to really annoy me after a while. 😬

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Informative, easy to read treatise on why the U.S. education system may not work for your child, plus steps you can take if that is, indeed, the case. I think I may need my own copy to refer to in the future.

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Tiny Little Thing | Beatriz Williams
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I hit up our local YMCA Book Fair yesterday - book fairs are the best!
#bookhaul
#ymcabookfair

LeahBergen Thirkell, Benson, Brookner, Burnett!! 😍😍 9mo
MaureenMc @LeahBergen Thirkell, Benson and Brookner were definitely #blameitonlitsy. 😁 9mo
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Dear Mrs. Bird | A J Pearce
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WWII novel set in London focusing on the home front and featuring a young, plucky woman trying to make a difference? Hello, wheelhouse! Loved this one as much as I thought I would. 😁

Sydsavvy Me, too, absolutely head-over-heels! 8mo
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I loved this quiet novel centered around a Chinese couple who return to China after living in the U.S. for several years. Beautiful writing and great character development. Themes of family obligation vs. autonomy, love, loss, and identity. If you like Janice Y. K. Lee‘s novels, you should definitely pick up this one. (And if you haven‘t read Janice Y. K. Lee, you should get on that!)

CouronneDhiver Sounds kind of similar to a book I read recently: 9mo
MaureenMc @CouronneDhiver I haven‘t read The Namesake yet, but I believe there are some similar themes. 9mo
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I had four library holds come in at the same time, and only had two weeks to read them all. I accepted that challenge and, happy to report, I won! The tagged book is the first I finished. Thoughtful and thought-provoking essays on race and privilege. It reminded me of Coates‘ Between the World and Me. Recommended!

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1. Mary Poppins (It‘s still my all-time fave ☺️)
2. Yes (all the fried foods!)
3. Always in the mood for show tunes
4. ✅ (recommended here by @saresmoore )
5. 👍

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saresmoore Yay! I hope you find it as inspiring and informative as I did! 9mo
readingjedi Mary Poppins is surely one of the greatest movies of all time! 9mo
JulAnna Practically perfect in every way! 💕 9mo
JaclynW Mary Poppins is a top favorite of mine too! So much love! 9mo
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The Autumn Throne | Elizabeth Chadwick
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Both!
Fireplace
🥧
🦉
The Addams Family (esp. the original tv series)
Neither
Pro Halloween! 🎃
#AlltheFall

Thanks for the tag @readinginthedark

I‘ll tag anyone who would like to play! ☺️

readinginthedark Ooh, controversial shutdown of the vampire books! 😆 Nice answers! 9mo
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On vacation last week, I read my first Beatriz Williams - it was a hoot! Reminded me of Kate Morton, but with more sexy times. 😄 Perfect vacation read, and I‘ll definitely be reading more of hers.

(Our cat wouldn‘t cooperate for the photo, so my daughter volunteered. 😁)

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love Beatriz and I love this pic 💜💜💜 10mo
mabell So cute! Did she direct the photo arrangement? 😄 10mo
Mdargusch So sweet! This was the first Beatriz Williams I read too. 👍🏼 10mo
MaureenMc @mabell Pretty much! 😄 10mo
Cathythoughts Oh what a little pet 💕 10mo
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Dear Mrs. Bird | A J Pearce
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Starting this one while my daughter attends ballet camp. Charming so far.

Mitch Love that cover 💕 10mo
Reviewsbylola I love the cover too!! 10mo
MaureenMc @Mitch @Reviewsbylola The cover is 😍 10mo
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I don‘t regularly read short stories, but I really enjoyed this collection. Thought-provoking and extremely well written. I would love to discuss these stories with a book group - so much to chew on!

Reviewsbylola I really enjoyed this collection too. Like you, I don‘t typically like short stories. 10mo
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A Place for Us: A Novel | Fatima Farheen Mirza
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Engaging story about family, love, religion, identity and belonging. The language is gorgeous and meant to be savored. What a debut! Looking forward to what Mirza does next.

Bklover Lovely photo! 11mo
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Great first installment of a mystery series focused on a woman solicitor in early 20th century India. Good character development, and I learned tons about Indian history, as well as Parsi and Muslim cultures. Will most likely continue the series.

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I Capture the Castle | Dodie Smith
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At the beginning of the year, I placed this book on my “Books I‘ve Owned Forever that I‘m Finally Going to Read.” I found this coming-of-age story to be well done with great characters and lovely, realistic prose. It was much sadder than I was expecting, though, although that didn‘t diminish my enjoyment of the book.

(Our cat is always annoyed when I include him in photos. 😁)

Zelma I like the subtle glasses. It seems to add to the grumpy expression. 😆 12mo
mabell He looks so amused 😂❤️😻 I need to read this! 12mo
MaureenMc @Zelma 😄 12mo
MaureenMc @mabell Onyx has been barely tolerating me for 14 years. 😆 12mo
Weaponxgirl This is one of my comfort reads, nothing too awful happens and the writing is good. 12mo
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Sunburn | Laura Lippman
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I don‘t typically read thrillers, but was intrigued by the description in the MMD Summer Reading Guide. It was a page-turner and a lot of fun!
#summerstooshort

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Summertime | Vanessa Lafaye
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1. Ice cream (always)
2. Beach, with a large umbrella
3. 🍓
4. Travel
5. Print and ebooks (really don‘t do audiobooks)
#ManicMonday

JoScho 😊❤️🍨 12mo
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Thoughtful personal essay collection wherein each piece focuses on a word or phrase Corrigan is trying to say more. Great food for thought for everyone, and her writing style is compelling and very readable.

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1. Nothing much. I‘m actually enjoying having a wide open weekend for a change. 😁
2. Yesterday was my daughter‘s last day of kindergarten 😯
3. Too many! Love Seattle, Portland OR, Doolin (Ireland) (although the last is more of a town or village 😉)
4. Imma go with neither
5. 88 (F) with higher humidity 😝
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mabell Love a wide open weekend! ❤️ I can't tell you how excited I am for St. Louis summer 🙄 12mo
MaureenMc @mabell Omg, this May has been killing me. We pretty much went straight from the furnace to A/C - ugh! 12mo
readinginthedark @mabell @MaureenMc We should find somewhere with A/C and commiserate together! It has been so hot! 😭🤔 London Tea Room? 12mo
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readinginthedark Also, last day of kindergarten! Mine finished, too. I can‘t believe it! 12mo
mabell @readinginthedark @MaureenMc Yes!! I'd love to! 12mo
readinginthedark @mabell @MaureenMc Yay! Do Sundays still work for you guys? 12mo
mabell @readinginthedark Sure, a Sunday would be fine 12mo
MaureenMc @readinginthedark @mabell Sundays are generally fine for me, too. 12mo
readinginthedark @mabell @MaureenMc I‘ll post something tomorrow and see if we can get some other people! 12mo
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