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Joined May 2016

The 🇨🇦 1/2 of the Literary Hoarders
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Happy Saturday night

Jaimelire @Penny_LiteraryHoarders I love this series. I am vacationing in and around Nelson, BC this summer and plan to read the latest of the series while I am there. 22h
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Oomph. I‘m going to need a few days to stare at mindless TV and colour pretty pictures after closing the final pages of this one. It‘s not for the faint of heart but it definitely showcases Johnston‘s incredible craft. His note at the end describing the parallels between this novel and his real life are mind blowing. Taking a wee reading break at this time. My next read will need to be a light and cozy mystery. #CanLit

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Sunday afternoon after shoveling snow (seems like finally after nothing but constant rain in January), WallE on in the background on mute, Amazon music playing and this very good book.

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The Corner That Held Them | Sylvia Townsend Warner
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Now I can get started on my #NunLit reading. 😊

LeahBergen I just finished this month‘s pick and loved it. 👍 3w
jlhammar Wonderful! You are in for a treat with Corner. I‘m loving it. 3w
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The Ink Black Heart | Robert Galbraith
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Started out my Year of Reading the Chunksters on my shelf with The Ink Black Heart. This one had the highest page count of my stack showing. It did not disappoint! I love the Strike and Ellacott series.

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The Ink Black Heart | Robert Galbraith
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It was a very, very foggy morning today. I‘m settled back inside, packing Christmas away and getting back to The Ink Black Heart #YearofReadingChunksters

AvidReader25 Just gorgeous! I loved this book too. 1mo
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Penny_LiteraryHoarders @AvidReader25 thank you! I‘m really enjoying it too!!! 1mo
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The Ink Black Heart | Robert Galbraith
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In 2023 I plan on setting my Goodreads reading challenge to about 25 books so I can focus on ready the many, many chunksters on my shelves. I‘m kicking it off with the longest one and the super-sized page count in The Ink Black Heart. (I took this picture a few months ago so of course I‘ve added more chunky books to this pile!)

merelybookish Reading Fayne right now and it's really good! 1mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @merelybookish awesome!! Thanks! 😊 1mo
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Nosy Parker | Lesley Crewe
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I didn‘t think I would finish another book before the end of the year, but I could not stop reading this one! Loved it. Loved the characters, the timeframe, the setting and the story. All fantastic! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

rubyslippersreads I‘ve been wanting to read this one. 1mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @rubyslippersreads I laughed out loud so many times! I hope you‘re able to read it soon. A great book! 1mo
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A gift from my brother-in-law.

PurpleyPumpkin Wow, sounds riveting! I think I‘ll pick this one up too. 😉 1mo
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Nosy Parker | Lesley Crewe
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I don‘t know if I‘ll finish this before the end of the year but it is a great one to go out on! #CanLit (image taken from publisher‘s Instagram)

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Vintage: A Novel | Susan Gloss
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Great little story to end my reading year with! I‘m certain this will be the last book I finish before the end of the year.

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Vintage: A Novel | Susan Gloss
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King of Hope wasn‘t really working for me so I reached for Vintage instead. I think this nice story will be a good one to read over the holiday break.

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King of Hope | Kim Conklin
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I now have 7 days to read this one. It has holds on it so no renewals!

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A World of Curiosities | Louise Penny
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An excellent instalment in the Gamache series. How was I to know when I started reading Penny would be featuring the Montreal Massacre, and I would be reading it on its anniversary and in tandem with me reading Because They Were Women”. This was an excellent mystery!

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Reading this on the 33rd anniversary of the #MontrealMassacre. The murder of 14 women at Ecole Polytechnique -mainly Engineering students - because they were women. This day says it changed our understanding about violence against women and created a cultural shift in thinking. But did it? Has it?

TheBookHippie Nope. 2mo
TheBookHippie @Penny_LiteraryHoarders Absolutely disgusting …. We are chattel … 2mo
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The Old Place | Bobby Finger
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Need to shift away from Louise Penny‘s latest to read this one. Only a 7-day loan from the library.

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A World of Curiosities | Louise Penny
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Thrilled to be returning to Three Pines!

Sapphire Me too! 2mo
Tonton Just finished this last night…🌟💕❣️ 2mo
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Nothing Ventured | Jeffrey Archer
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Archer a great storyteller. This was a hood set up to the William Warwick series. I‘m sure I‘ll be continuing on with it. 😊

Andrew65 Think these only get better. 2mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Andrew65 excellent! I liked it but only just but I do know not to be disappointed because we‘re in capable hands! 2mo
Andrew65 @Penny_LiteraryHoarders The running themes and characters in the books help the series. I‘ve read all five, however I still prefer The Clifton Chronicles which I loved. 2mo
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Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Andrew65 the CC series is one I definitely want to read. 2mo
Andrew65 @Penny_LiteraryHoarders I definitely strongly recommend it. Brought me to tears on a few occasions as you get invested in the characters. 2mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Andrew65 👍👍 love books that do that!! 2mo
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Nothing Ventured | Jeffrey Archer
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My current read:

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While Paris Slept | Ruth Druart
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Been a good read so far.

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This is such a great series! I loved this one as much as the others. I‘m now all caught up with the DS Cupidi series, but no word of any more to come…

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The temps fell dramatically today! Winter is coming. Perfect weather out there to spend today reading by the fire. Happy weekend everyone!

rockpools Wow, look at that sky! 3mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @rockpools it‘s pretty cool eh?! Now it‘s snowing!! 😮 3mo
Bklover Enjoy!! 3mo
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With The Trawlerman I will be all caught up with the DS Cupidi series. I have spent as much of my year with Cupidi as I have in Backman‘s Beartown. I‘ve had a pretty good reading year (so far). 😊

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The Winners | Fredrik Backman
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I‘m a mess of tears. I‘m left bereft. My time in Beartown is done. An amazing end to this incredible trilogy. It‘s going to be a little bit before I find something else to read. Think I need to just stare at the wall for a bit.

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The Winners | Fredrik Backman
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Everyone better leave me alone!!! I‘m going back to Beartown and won‘t be back until I‘ve finished all 673 pages!

peaknit Enjoy it, I savored the end of this trilogy too! 4mo
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Daisy Darker | Alice Feeney
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While it didn‘t pack the oomph that Rock, Paper, Scissors had, I‘m forever a Feeney fan!

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My choice for the Giller 2022. However I would not be disappointed to see We Measure the Earth With Our Bodies or Lesser Known Monsters win either. We‘ll see how it shakes out with my #ShadowJury members!

Lindy Woohoo! This is my top pick too. 🥇 4mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Lindy yay!! 😍😍 4mo
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So I just downloaded this from the library for my Kobo and my Kobo chose this moment to blow up. 🥴 So I ran to the bookstore and just bought a copy. Which is fine because I do love this cover. I read a complaint by someone saying they don‘t like the paper Coach House uses for their books. Personally, I love it. It‘s like card stock. #ShadowGiller

Lindy I love the paper stock too. It‘s a beautifully designed book. 4mo
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Having to put Daisy Darker aside to get reading the entire Shortlist of the #GillerPrize for my #ShadowGiller duties. First up is the book I actually own, I bought since it sounds so like a book I‘ll love, I just hadn‘t read it yet! @Lindy

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Daisy Darker | Alice Feeney
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I love how Feeny writes! “She is a walking frown.” “My sister stinks of perfume and entitlement.” There have been dozens of these already!

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Daisy Darker | Alice Feeney
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It‘s a rainy, overcast day here today - nothing at all like the horrifying weather those in the East Coast of Canada are experiencing though - but a perfect kind of day to begin this book. It‘s what our book club picked. One complaint - I hate the shitty and cheap quality of paper these paperbacks are being printed on these days. ☹️

Andrew65 Agree about the paper they are using. Loved this book though. 4mo
merelybookish Doing ok here in NB,. although no power. Much worse in PEI and Cape Breton! 4mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @merelybookish I‘m seeing pictures! Truly terrifying! Glad you‘re doing okay!! 🤗 4mo
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Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Andrew65 I loved Rock Paper Scissors and have been anticipating this one! Can‘t wait to really settle in to it! 4mo
Andrew65 @Penny_LiteraryHoarders I think this is even better than Rock, Paper, Scissors. 4mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Andrew65 ooooooh!!! Okay!! Thank you! 4mo
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A Minor Chorus: A Novel | Billy-Ray Belcourt
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Should this book make the #Giller Shortlist (which I fully expect) dare I say it could very well be the winner? I say this after only reading 4 of the 14 on the Longlist. #ShadowGiller @Lindy

Lindy Could make the shortlist… That‘s good to hear! I‘m picking up my copy today. 4mo
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A Minor Chorus: A Novel | Billy-Ray Belcourt
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It is difficult to live in a world that corrodes freedom.

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A Minor Chorus: A Novel | Billy-Ray Belcourt
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Next up for #ShadowGiller reading. @Lindy

Lindy Fingers crossed that it‘s a hit. I‘ve got a copy waiting for pickup at Glass Bookshop in downtown Edmonton. (edited) 5mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Lindy I hope so too! I think this is the shortest one? 5mo
Lindy @Penny_LiteraryHoarders How long is it? I‘ve just finished Mouth to Mouth, which is 179 pages. 5mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Lindy huh! So is A Minor Chorus! 179 pages! I thought Mouth to Mouth was much longer for some reason. 5mo
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Avenue of Champions | Conor Kerr
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I fully expect to see this thought provoking collection of interconnected stories on the #Giller Shortlist. #ShadowGiller @Lindy

Lindy I don‘t know. It‘s definitely got some bumpy first novel awkwardness, yet there‘s an emotional honesty that really shines. I will be happy if it makes the shortlist but I‘m not sure it will. 5mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Lindy I agree with you on the first novel awkwardness for sure Lindy! I liked the characters, and again it was the ending made it stand out for me. I mean, I‘ve only read 3 or 4 from the Longlist so who knows! I have to look again at the full Longlist, but I wouldn‘t be disappointed to see this one advance. 5mo
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Avenue of Champions | Conor Kerr
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Up next for my #ShadowGiller reading. @Lindy

Lindy Awesome! 5mo
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All the Quiet Places: A Novel | Brian Thomas Isaac
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A book that haunts after the final page. The last quarter of this one had the most impact for me and that ending. Oh that ending. #ShadowGiller @Lindy

Lindy We are such different readers, Penny. I thought the first half was stronger than the second! 5mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Lindy 😊 I liked the beginning, yes, it was the middle that was long for me, but that ending. 😔 5mo
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All the Quiet Places: A Novel | Brian Thomas Isaac
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Next up for my #ShadowGiller reading. @Lindy

Lindy Woot! 5mo
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What We Both Know | Fawn Parker
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It‘s pretty dry. Kind of dull and plodding. My first of the #Giller Longlist though so I‘m not weighing in on whether or not it will make the Shortlist. Although right at this moment I would hope not. 😬 #ShadowGiller @Lindy

Lindy Good luck with the next one on your list, Penny. I hope I will like this one better than you did. 🤷‍♀️ (edited) 5mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Lindy ☺️☺️ I‘ve started All the Quiet Places. This one wasn‘t bad - it was just kind of dull to me. 🫣 5mo
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What We Both Know | Fawn Parker
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Official #ShadowGiller duties begin!! The announcement of yesterday‘s Giller Prize Longlist sees me reading What We Both Know to start. Many books on the list are short, almost novella-length for some so I should be able to get through some before the shortlist announcement. @Lindy

Penny_LiteraryHoarders This is an apple pie bar. Delicious! Fall is coming!!! 5mo
Lindy @Penny_LiteraryHoarders I‘m glad there are many short books this time. Looking forward to your thoughts on this. 5mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Lindy I just picked up 3 more from the library! I hope to get through as many as I can in the short short period before the Shortlist is announced! 5mo
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The Foghorn Echoes | Danny Ramadan
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Jumped the gun completely by adding this to my Giller Longlist wish list. I made that list before picking this book up and actually reading it. Silly. I based my guess solely on the premise of the story and that it would be from a Syrian-Canadian perspective. It‘s mainly dialogue. It‘s not very literary in my opinion and I‘d be disappointed or surprised, but maybe more disappointed if I see it on the Longlist on Tuesday. ☹️☹️ @Lindy #shadowgiller

Lindy I‘m going to be including genre fiction in my longlist, because I decided to include every eligible book that I‘ve rated 5 stars. Literary schmiterary. 5mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Lindy I would truly love to see Susanna Kearsley‘s book on the list because I loved that one so! But this one —- it wasn‘t what I thought it was going to be - I guess I expected more. It‘s just ….whatever. It‘s okay but it‘s not shatteringly great, deserving of accolades you know what I mean? 5mo
Lindy I know what you mean. Lots of books are perfectly enjoyable without being stellar. 5mo
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Say This: Two Novellas | Elise Levine
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My #CanLit reading for the next bit in advance of the Giller Prize Longlist announcement on Tuesday. #ShadowGiller @Lindy

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The Foghorn Echoes | Danny Ramadan
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Back to some #ShadowGiller reading. The Giller Longlist announcement is on Tuesday! I blindly put this one on my prediction list but now we‘ll really see if this is actually a strong contender. @Lindy 😊😊

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Good read! A little dragged out with very abrupt ending for both characters Hannie and Benny in the two different timelines. But a great piece of history to read about.

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“Books built my identity.”

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Haven | Emma Donoghue
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I‘ll be terribly annoyed if I see this in the Giller Longlist. I was bored silly reading it. #ShadowGiller @Lindy

Cortg ED was on NPR talking about this book. I‘ve read two of hers and didn‘t care for either. Thanks for letting me know I won‘t miss much by passing on this one 😊 5mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Cortg I don‘t think you will!! Dry and dusty! 🥱🥱💤 5mo
Tamra Oh that‘s too bad! I‘ve really enjoyed her other novels. 5mo
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Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Tamra ☹️ I have so many marked to read, but this was the first I read of hers! I will try the others. 5mo
Tamra @Penny_LiteraryHoarders I hope it‘s a fluke! 🤞🏾 5mo
Lindy @Tamra @Penny_LiteraryHoarders I liked Haven. It‘s a quiet novel, but I didn‘t find it dry. I think a person needs to be in the mood for nature writing and an exploration of religious power dynamics. 5mo
Tamra @Lindy good to know - sounds right up my alley! 5mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Lindy I love quiet novels, but this one (clearly) didn‘t do it for me. 🤗 5mo
Lindy We are having very different experiences with the Giller possibilities, aren‘t we? I couldn‘t finish Martha Batiz‘s collection because I disliked her writing style so much. 5mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Lindy oh no! 😆😆 well the surprises awaiting us will be highly anticipated won‘t they??? 5mo
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Perfect book at the right time. I‘m really enjoying this series! Part of what I loved here was some of the story was told by an old badger 🦡.

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First sentence: “For me my mother was a scent.” Just sounds like something I want to read right now.

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Not bad but I think if the Giller judges will pick a book with a feminist bent it should be When We Lost Our Heads by Heather O‘Neill. Not bad but a disjointed and a book I never really felt too compelled to pick up and always be reading. #ShadowGiller @Lindy

Lindy I‘m sorry this didn‘t work for you. I‘m still excited about reading it. 😊 6mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Lindy 👍 it wasn‘t bad, but nothing great for me either and I just don‘t think it will appear on the Longlist. 6mo
Lindy @Penny_LiteraryHoarders Seems like there aren‘t many standouts this year. 😐 6mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Lindy I‘m anxious about the Longlist, I put a little wish list together but I have no idea! 6mo
Lindy @Penny_LiteraryHoarders Out of the 29 eligible books I‘ve read so far, I‘ve got a lot of 3- and 4-star books. Only 6 5-stars. I decided to buy Alexander MacLoed‘s stories because my library doesn‘t have copies yet. (Picking it up tomorrow.) 6mo
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Interesting so far! Not very far into it, but I sense it‘s going to be a good one! #ShadowGiller #CanLit

Lindy I loved Etta and Otto and Russell and James, so that‘s another promising thing for her new book. Fingers crossed. 6mo
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