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MerlinTheSlightlyAwkward

MerlinTheSlightlyAwkward

Joined December 2021

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No sleep. Only reading.

#funny #nosleep #foodandlit

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This book is a wonderful summary of many women around the world involved in the wild world of #STEM
#KatherineJohnson (pictured here with one of my favourite quotes) will always have a special place in my heart 💔
#womenofscience #nonfiction #YA #science #space #exploration

“Never be limited by other people‘s imaginations” -Mae Jemison, Doctor and Astronaut

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Been waiting on this for MONTHS and there will be no sleep this weekend 😍🌻📖🦾

She is so brilliant. And sassy. And strong. And is probably one of my new heroes.

#prescodweinstein #chandaprescodweinstein #STEM #physics #science #astronomy #cosmology #womenofscience #nonfiction #feminism

DisneyFan I‘m so excited to start this today too! 5d
MerlinTheSlightlyAwkward @DisneyFan yay!! Happy reading! 📖☕️🔭 If you find ideas that excite you through the passages, please be welcome to share 🙌 (edited) 5d
DisneyFan @MerlinTheSlightlyAwkward Finished 46% according to GoodReads and enjoying it immensely so far. It‘s a lot to absorb and digest, but so far, it‘s been interesting. (edited) 4d
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For an outstanding series, this one still sits apart from the rest. So many significant plot lines, a character set that grows and changes with eachother in complex (and sometimes terrifying) ways, and COOL SPACE SCIENCE.

The show on Amazon follows up to book 6, but there‘s a whole ‘nother trilogy after that 😉

#scifi #expanse #corey #jamessacorey #space #fiction

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Let Her Fly: A Father's Journey | Ziauddin Yousafzai
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Malala Yousafzai, the youngest person to be a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, fought for the rights of girls to pursue education in Pakistan. She continues to advocate for change in the treatment of women, refugees and marginalized persons throughout the world.
This book is by the father of this amazing woman, as he reflects on the time raising her and her brothers. I‘ve never cried so hard in a prologue.
#nonfiction #feminist #warstories #love

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This is an amazing set of essays, and a very unique perspective of journeys. Rethinking care, how we interact and the way we stigmatize mental care and living with mental illness is brought out in all its dirty linens to sit on the examination table.
Love this. I only wish there were more of these essays to read.

#nonfiction #mentalillness #mentalhealth #healthcare #schizophrenia #shortstories #esmeweijunwang

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“How much mental illness is acceptable,
And how much is going to be too much?”

So dark. And rich. And vulnerable. Usually, a library audiobook is returned immediately, so others can enjoy it. This time, I‘ll be quietly, numbly thinking about everything I just listened to for the next 6 hours before I have to listen to it all again.

Not… not for the lighthearted. Happy reading.

#nonfiction #mentalillness #broder #shortstories

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Patsy | Nicole Dennis-Benn
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Thanks for the tag @bthegood ! Love the question set @Eggs ☺️

1. Tagged book, Patsy, just really got me.
…. I‘ll be honest though, I almost tagged my Engineering Mathematics textbook 🤣

2. Fantasy is a definite go-to, but lately has been historical fiction. Mood dependent answer 😉

3. Love After the End, a collection of shorts stories, fantasy/sci-fi, with history and culture sprinkled in

Wanna play #wonderouswednesday @AmyG @allureofbeauty

AmyG Thanks for the tag! 1mo
bthegood thx for playing - lol on your math textbook 😂 1mo
Eggs #1 hahaha 🤣 Thanks for joining in 🙌🏻 1mo
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“Here‘s why I‘m afraid of life after death;

… what if there‘s no nicotine gum?”

This set of essays is definitely for the shadows of the darker side of humor. Trigger warning doesn‘t even begin to cover it, and the sass has me laughing in ways I never thought I could. The stories are very different, but this reminds me of reading Running With Scissors the first time.

#uncomfortable #mentalhealth #shortstories #nonfiction #broder #melissabroder

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Happy James Webb image release day!!!!

This is Stephan‘s Quintet, released by the team seated in the ESA. What a day for science and humanity! 🥳🔭
Did anyone else take note of the amount of women involved in this project? We have a long way to go, but there is some positive change when we keep together and keep going.
See all five images released today at: https://www.nasa.gov/webbfirstimages

#JWST #science #webb #nonfiction #STEM #space

MerlinTheSlightlyAwkward For a better overview of what can be seen in the images, ESA release can be found at https://www.esa.int/ESA_Multimedia/Sets/Webb_First_Images/(result_type)/images 1mo
5feet.of.fury So beautiful! 1mo
AmyG Hooray to all the women! 1mo
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Who else is stoked for the image releases??? 😱🥳

Today‘s teaser- an image taken in the space covered by a single grain of sand, held at arm‘s length to the sky. This is galaxy cluster SMACS 0723.

#JWST #jameswebb #space #STEM

Chrissyreadit I am wishing I had a picture marked up to tell me what I‘m seeing! And I loved the comparison to the Hubble to see how far the Webb is in technology! 1mo
AmyG I am so fascinated by this picture. I can‘t wait to see more. What @Chrissyreadit said….I‘d love to know what I am looking at. 1mo
MerlinTheSlightlyAwkward @Chrissyreadit @AmyG agreed! Growing up with Hubble and being constantly amazed, I feel that childlike wonder again looking at these. The presentation this morning walked through a little bit of what some of these images show. It was incredible! Hopefully that gets posted. I‘ll follow up here if it does! 🔭 (edited) 1mo
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MerlinTheSlightlyAwkward @Chrissyreadit @AmyG It looks like ESA has a pretty good overview, image by image at https://www.esa.int/ESA_Multimedia/Sets/Webb_First_Images/(result_type)/images. It would be so cool to have an interactive app for exploring these images, though! Here‘s to hoping it doesn‘t take long for that to be reality ☕️ 1mo
AmyG This all puts life into perspective. Kind of mind blowing. 1mo
MerlinTheSlightlyAwkward @AmyG Completely ☺️ 1mo
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Anyone else hooked by an audiobook when it‘s read by the author? This is a hot contender for best random-stack read/listen of the year.

#ocean #nonfiction #sea #animals #climatechange #science #womenofscience #helenscales

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A powerful set of sci-if short stories, specifically collected from indigenous, queer-identifying authors. They all round an end theme of “…. But what if we tried really f*cking hard to work together” and I can‘t get enough. So much challenge of worldly thinking and cultural norms!

#scifi #fiction #space #tech #shortstories #indigenous #LGBTQIA+ #TwoSpirit

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Wow, this is PACKED. Such a fascinating read (listen), with a final hour filled with a brief “But how do we do this?”

Love it. (Might have been dense in a text-only format)

#livingmachines #STEM #womenofscience #nonfiction #physics #biology #tech #science #libby

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Loving a Monday, in spite of it all. ☕️📚🤷‍♀️

Ginger-cardamom sourdough rolls, fresh from the oven after 2 days of preparation, and a wide walk through women in science for research. How‘s your Monday rolling out?

#mondayfunday #foodandlit #cooking #lovefromtheoven #STEM

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Haha! So true! 3mo
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bthegood I love this - thank you 🌞 3mo
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Race to the Sun | Rebecca Roanhorse
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Absolutely brilliant. Another for any #riordan fans- Rebecca Roanhorse expertly introduces Diné ideas and holy people through an engaging fictional setting. My favourite part is the regular use of Navajo words, with a pronunciation glossary in the back.
What a find!

#ya #fiction #roanhorse #rebeccaroanhorse #navajo #indiginousauthors #femaleprotagonist

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Wow. These are so good, and my nieces are about to have a wild adventure.

For any #riordan fans out there, these are similar, and explore the ideas and religious figures of Hindu. The main character is bright, sassy and imaginative in a way that I would have loved to see as a child. Shoot, I love to see it now.

#ya #fiction #chokshi #roshanichokshi #arushah #hindu #adventure #femaleprotagonist #thriftbooks

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This is clever, hilarious and resounding.

Doughty picks apart what has culturally become a very taboo subject in the US- death and how we deal with the dead. She opens many closed doors, and makes jokes about all of our mortality; especially the fact that so many of us never truly contemplate it.

Love this. Hard conversations only, please.

#nonfiction #caitlindoughty #doughty #morbid #education #smokegetsinyoureyes

StaceGhost I find myself thinking about this book all the time 3mo
MerlinTheSlightlyAwkward @StaceGhost there are so many things to think on! Which scenes stick with you the most? 3mo
StaceGhost @MerlinTheSlightlyAwkward oof the suicide who stepped in front of the train, the mold she describes on the one woman, and the little girl sent off alone all make the rounds— and her emotional reactions, as a child and an adult. How she describes weeping at the sunset. I love the whole book! So powerful and life affirming (edited) 3mo
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Trail of Lightning | Rebecca Roanhorse
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Genuine, unique, strong female protagonist AND a great story from an indiginous perspective? Sign me up twice!

This fiction adventure puts some spinning Navajo concepts in to a world where only the Diné have survived. Excellent author, excellent read. (Check out her children‘s series, too!)

#fiction #trailoflightning #roanhorse #rebeccaroanhorse #navajo #indiginousauthors #monsterhunter #femaleprotagonist

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Long awaited, and just came in todayyyyyy 🥰💃🏻📚☕️

Sorry #TBR pile, the waitlist just got longer. Has anyone else given this a read yet?

#physics #science #BIPOC #STEM #nonfiction #alexander #stephonalexander

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This story of subterfuge and political prison during WW2 is a perspective that borders on witty and charming. Not at all what I expect when reading about accounts of that war. These womens‘ clever, bawdy, deeply ironic humor had me dark-laughing time and again.

No matter our awareness or intention, words have more power than we ever give them credit.

@Cinfhen Thanks for sharing this title!
#LGBTQ+ #resistance #war #paperbullets #jeffreyjackson

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Littens! Unknown content creator for this mini, off-beat poem. Anyone know who credit belongs to?

EDIT: This was authored by Lucille Clifton. Huge thanks to @TheBookHippie for helping find this!!! 🎉❤️💃🏻

It‘s still potent.

#help #poetrymatters #lucilleclifton

TheBookHippie It‘s Lucille Clifton 5mo
TheBookHippie @MerlinTheSlightlyAwkward ♥️♥️♥️ and how fun that I just read her poetry in a huge book!!! I love poetry I try to read it every day! 5mo
MerlinTheSlightlyAwkward @TheBookHippie That‘s fantastic!! Poetry should be a bigger part of my life. With this, the journey begins 📚☕️💃🏻 5mo
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Anxious People: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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Feels Moment with Fredrick Backman ☺️

#goodvibes #fredrickbackman #anxiouspeople

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Haunted: A Novel | Chuck Palahniuk
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Thanks for the tag @brittanybooks 📚☕️🎉 #two4tuesday late joiner, but going for it anyway (I see you Wednesday posters already…)
1. Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk. Tagged title, and what a mess to call “love.” The book affected me. Deeply. Not for the light of heart.

2. Better is such a strong word! I think one word titles can hold a lot of layers of of meaning in very few characters.

@TheSpineView thanks for spreading!

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 😊 5mo
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The Rook: A Novel | Daniel O'Malley
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I wanted to like this. So, so badly. It was sent by a friend, with much hype from them and beyond. But, from the main character‘s first examination of their body, IMMEDIATELY POST AMNESIA, waking among unconscious or dead people being “Well, my boobs are small, but at least I don‘t have cellulite” to the….
Y‘know.
Honestly, I pretty much lost interest there.

#rook #unpopularopinion #fiction #fantasy #sad #omalley #danielomalley

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Wow. This discussed where the motion picture ends, and follows the stories of the lives after. What a ride through feelings, with some new custom combinations on the analysis feed. Life is messy.

The title takes on so many layers of meaning through these intertwined stories.

#spareparts #davis #joshuadavis #journalism #nonfiction #science #robots #robotics #immigration #immigrantstories

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Mehso-so

This felt like a really strong first draft in a writing exercise. The idea is good. There were some unique lines and fun, spooky guest appearances from Japanese folklore.

It was worth reading, but…. The dialogue. Oof.

#khaw #cassandrakhaw #horror #ghost #ghoststory #folklore #yokai #mirrormirror

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This is incredible. Animal lovers, be prepared for tears. The author‘s narration is so full of love for living creatures and a devotion to communicating.
Plus, gorgeous octopus pictures.

I‘ve already bought multiple copies for surprise gifting!

#octopus #oceanography #biology #animallover #love #ocean #reporting #journalism #symontgomery #thesoulofanoctopus #soulmates #water #nonfiction

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Born a Crime | Trevor Noah
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I can be a little disconnected from current popular media, so I read this having no idea who Trevor Noah is to Hollywood, comedy or the acting stage. What a power! If there were more of his variety of life truth, poignant snark and raw honesty, I would engage with pop culture more.
There was no putting this book down.

#trevornoah #SouthAfrica #nonfiction #BIPOC #reporting #journalism

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Comic from creator Nathan W. Pyle

For me? Mid-semester feels.

#funny #coffee #ohno

readingjedi I love this! Mr Coffee is always a bad influence on me too!☕️☕️☕️ 5mo
MerlinTheSlightlyAwkward @readingjedi Coffee is one of the best bad influences I keep in my life! 😆☕️🍻 5mo
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Succinctly the reason I read anything at all.

#chef #funny #quote #nonfiction #billbuford #dirt #readingaboutreading

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Crying in H Mart: A Memoir | Michelle Zauner
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So much simple truth, without being dressed up. The raw honesty without condescending reflection made this a powerful read. This winter has been a strange kick of books around grief, but with the stages of the world, maybe that‘s a trend more appropriate than ever.

#nonfiction #grief #memoir #zauner #crying #korea

allureofbeauty Such a good book. 7mo
MerlinTheSlightlyAwkward @allureofbeauty Soooo good. Have you looked in to any of her music at all? 7mo
allureofbeauty I actually haven‘t but I keep meaning to. Yea think she was actual going to come here or maybe had been here recently on tour too lol 7mo
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Sometimes, positive energy doesn‘t need words. What a morning ☕️🌞 #ThinkPositiveBePositive #sunrise #beautiful #autumn #throwback

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 💙💙💙 7mo
MerlinTheSlightlyAwkward @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Going through a 2021 phone photos cleanse, I've been rediscovering some real gems. Maybe 2022 will be a year to find all these odd little spots again! 7mo
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A Man Called Ove: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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Is there a safe word for this??? 😭

“The greatest fear of death is that it will pass us by.” A remarkable tale. Not unusual, but remarkable in its ability to snare every emotion along the way.

#fredrikbackman #romance #fiction #love #audiobook

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A Man Called Ove: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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Listening to A Man Called Ove and admiring this list of titles coming available. I‘m a student, so my lists don‘t get as impressive as some. These should release just as the one prior is being finished and I am just…. So stoked!

Thank you everyone for all your thoughts and recommendations! 🥰🙇‍♀️

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This is an old friend from early adolescence and my first journeys into King Arthur/Celtic mythic fiction. Re-reading it now, years later, the writing is er…. Dense. Really dense. But, somewhat like Tolkien, very worth the magic of the journey. A unique telling of magic and what it means to be “good.”

#fantasy #dragon #fiction #old #kingarthur #mystic #magic #nature #druid #wizard

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Anxious People: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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Surprise, it‘s… romance? As predictable as the overall plot played through, this was a tale of love and choices, told like no other. I laughed, I cried, I felt things I was in no way prepared to feel on a quick, blind read.
And I‘d do it all over again.

#love #romance #backman #mustread #thriftbooks #fredrikbackman #anxiouspeople #fiction

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Because we all need this kind of encouragement.
#happynewyear #love #dance #breaktime #funny #2022 #liveoutloud #ThinkPositiveBePositive

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️ 💃 8mo
Nute Wonderful advice! I‘ll remember to do this in the coming week and thereafter. Please thank your daughter for this reminder to slow down and enjoy life!💕 7mo
UwannaPublishme Best advice ever! Please tell her she‘s got me dancing right now! 💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻 7mo
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MerlinTheSlightlyAwkward @Nute @UwannaPublishme This was a screenshot steal from another creator on Twitter! Credit to the account @tag at the top of the image. Their daughter‘s wise words seem well worth re-sharing (and I love finding something we can all agree on) 🎊💃🏻❤️ 7mo
Nute Girl, I see that as plain as day now!🥴HaHaHa!😂 7mo
UwannaPublishme That‘s what happens when you read too fast. 🤪🤦🏻‍♀️😂Well, thank you for posting this. You still got me up and dancing. 💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻 7mo
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This was an excellent set of short stories. Each one was its own variety of thought-provoking.

A couple great quotes:
"One of my earliest memories is a feeling of incredulity at how many people there are in the world."
"The number of people with the levels of passion it takes to become a ghost are decreasing every year."

Enoki, the short told from the point of view of a once-worshipped tree, was an easy favorite

#aoko #matsuda #japan #shorts

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Kitchen | Banana Yoshimoto
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There are a few books that I keep having to replace on my bookshelf. I can't stop sharing them!

My personal copy is always battered, creased and sometimes slightly boughed.
The book, the thoughts of the author, become a place of comfort, even in the moments where the characters aren't particularly comfortable.

This is one of those books. A summary does it no justice.

#banana
#yoshimoto
#kitchen

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MerlinTheSlightlyAwkward @wanderinglynn Thank you so much! What a warm welcome- I look forward to exploring. 8mo
Chrissyreadit Welcome to litsy! You could follow @LitsyEvents for many activities happening on litsy. The link in my bio hyperlinks to more information about how to use litsy. Hope you enjoy- this is a great community. 8mo
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MerlinTheSlightlyAwkward @Chrissyreadit That's wonderful, thank you! 8mo
Andrew65 Welcome to Litsy @Merlin_the_SlightlyAwkward 🤗 Thanks for the tag @wanderinglynn 😍 8mo
TheSpineView Welcome! So glad you are here! Thanks @wanderinglynn for tagging me. 8mo
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Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🥳📚👏🏻 8mo
Eggs Thanks for including me 🥰 @wanderinglynn 8mo
MerlinTheSlightlyAwkward Thank you for the welcoming words, @Andrew65 @TheSpineView @BethM @TheAromaofBooks @eggs. What a fantastic group of people! 8mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy!!! 8mo
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Nute Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a warm and friendly community. I know that you will enjoy yourself here. I‘m looking forward to getting to know you!🙂
Check out #LitsyEvents for a varied listing of fun-related happenings within this neighborhood of fellow readers.🤗
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MerlinTheSlightlyAwkward @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @bthegood @Nute Thank you! You all really help these communities grow (edited) 7mo
SW-T A belated welcome to Litsy! 3mo
MerlinTheSlightlyAwkward @SW-T Thank you so much! Lovely to make your acquaintance 💃🏻 3mo
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