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rachelm

Joined May 2016

all the books, please. writer, reader, adjunct. Twitter: @rmmckenny blog: rachelmansmckenny.com
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The picture is a poster I remember being really helpful to me as a kid. Had to search for it today to help my own kid find words to explain his feelings. Not perfect, but helped a little. Parenting is hard.

Anyway, it also reminded me of the book that I‘m listening to right now. Two complicated people at turning points who are trying to figure themselves out. I‘m enjoying it so far!

wordslinger42 We've had that in magnet form on our fridge since I was a little kid! 9h
BethM I teach cognitive thinking groups to adult offenders and we still use this too! 9h
rachelm @wordslinger42 @BethM thank you for sharing your experience with it! I really hope it becomes a new tool for us 7h
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Norse Mythology | Neil Gaiman
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New entries for #jennyis30!

Tagged book, which I loved, for Nordic
A People‘s History of Silicon Valley for #Politics
The Lager Queen of Minnesota (so good) for #Family

I‘m on a roll with great books!

BarbaraBB You are!! 1d
Megabooks Fantastic! 1d
jenniferw88 Hi! Please don't forget to tag me in your posts - I only found this by searching the #! 9h
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Norse Mythology | Neil Gaiman
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I started this one today for #jennyis30 (Nordic category) and I don‘t know why I‘m surprised that I like it so much. Of course I would! Plus Neil reads it!

ErinSueMreads That's one of my favorites!!! 3d
JazzFeathers I listened to it last year. Enjoyed immensely 😍 3d
Meaw_catlady He is such a great storyteller!!!!! And his voice 🥰🥰🥰 3d
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(Pic from the book)
This is supposedly what we‘re having for dinner tonight! And it‘s from the slow cooker! I‘ll update in the comments later if it turned out as promised... I‘m hopeful!

MoonWitch94 Yummy 😋 4d
rachelm Pretty good!! 4d
Tamra Crossing fingers! 4d
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I had —three— audiobook loans come in at the same time from the library! Despite me trying to stagger them with hold delays! Alas! Needless to say I listened to five hours today while walking, commuting, etc, and now I‘m ready for some different evening entertainment. 🎆

Megabooks Oh dear, Mr. Mott the barber! 5d
rachelm @Megabooks bless you for knowing the other character haha! 5d
Megabooks @rachelm HUGE TNG fan! 5d
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Here‘s my #weeklyforecast! I‘m just digging into the tagged audiobook today and loving it!

Prairiegirl_reading I loved this one too. I had to stop and pick up some craft beer! 1d
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The Gifted School | Bruce Holsinger
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I really enjoyed this book, and I think it would make an excellent one to talk about at a book club of parents. I didn‘t understand why the distinct voices were chosen as narrators above some of the other options until about 35% in, and from there on out I couldn‘t stop listening.

Unrelated photo of a gift I received with me superimposed on it (the top part, which was cut off, read “you can‘t please everyone...”)

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I Hate Fairyland Vol. 1 | Skottie Young
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Yay! Got my #lmpbc packages today (and thank you @lele1432 for the treats!)

lele1432 Woo-hoo!! You‘re very welcome! 🤗 1w
Johanna414 Yay! Glad they made it ok! 1w
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The Mall: A Novel | Megan McCafferty
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Perks of this book: Early 90s mall fun! A mystery! Revenge plot!

But... honestly the main character didn‘t really engage me much. It was a great break from the serious reading I‘ve been doing lately and it will make a nice summer read when it comes out in June, but I can‘t say this one will stick with me.

Thanks to #netgalley for the #ARC!

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The Gifted School | Bruce Holsinger
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This give me Big Little Lies vibes. Anyone else get that feeling? Four families, all competing for a spot at the gifted school. Will they stay friends? (Oh I‘m guessing absolutely not. No spoilers please!)

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Wow!! Thank you #littens!! It‘s been an amazing four years on this platform and I‘m so grateful for your book insights, jokes, and friendships.

AnneCecilie Congrats 🎉📚🎉📚 2w
NeedsMoreBooks Congratulations 🎉 2w
BarbaraBB Congratulations 🎈🎉 2w
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readordierachel 🎉🎉🎉 2w
sprainedbrain 🥳🥳🥳 2w
Redwritinghood 🎉🎉🎉🎉 2w
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Real Life: A Novel | Brandon Taylor
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I loved this. A grad student comes to grips with his life and purpose over the course of a single weekend. Race, privilege, and sexuality... and nemotodes.

Full review here:
https://rachelmansmckenny.com/2020/01/07/book-review-real-life-by-brandon-taylor...

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Real Life: A Novel | Brandon Taylor
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Nearly done with this one. Can‘t wait to review.

Oldest kid was home sick today so we‘ve been laying low and cuddling. Hard to let the work sit to the side for a while, but worth it for the cuddles and reading time.

Godpants Already have my hold on this! Hope it‘s a good one. 2w
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Untitled | Unknown
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Yessss. Thanks @LibrarianRyan for this!

Only vote for books you‘ve read, make sure to go through every page to hit submit at the end!
#round1 #litsyawards

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSczaWqgLU50YzuRQps_ai7AR3KfumErPae--wwO...

LibrarianRyan Thank you. 2w
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Unseen Academicals | Terry Pratchett
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I loved this! Hilariously, Pratchett sets this novel mostly at a wizard university, featuring trolls, dwarves, and orcs, but the characters are playing real, regulation football (ie soccer).

Here‘s where my #jennyis30 board stands so far!

This book: Fantasy
New Erotica for Feminists: Feminism
Red, White & Royal Blue: LGBTQ Romance

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Unseen Academicals | Terry Pratchett
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#audiobaking this recipe quickly became #audiocleaning. I should have guessed that adding 7-Up to a mixer would be a messy proposition... 🤦🏻‍♀️

Hoopiefoot Eek. Hope it tastes good! 2w
sprainedbrain Whoopsie! 😅 2w
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My #weeklyforecast has me finically finishing my ARC of Real Life (which is so good but I‘ve been savoring it). Excited for the week ahead!

BkClubCare Lager Queen was a top 5 for me last year! Enjoy 2w
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Kittens For Dummies | Dusty Rainbolt
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Okay, help! What are you all using for the “Cat” book for #jennyis30 ? Tag books that might fit in the comments! I prefer fiction and maybe not a cozy mystery (which was true first thing that popped into my head)

Emilymdxn I just thought of this one tho I haven‘t read it and am not sure what it‘s about 2w
xicanti I second THE TRAVELLING CAT CHRONICLES. I read it in 2018 and can confirm it‘s wonderful. 2w
effani I loved The Wildings by Nilanjana Roy - it's a fantasy story about a group of feral cats in Delhi. 2w
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JSW If you're open to a children's / middle grade, one of my favorites is 2w
TheSpineView If you have not read Dewey the Library Cat, I recommend it. 2w
Librariana And I immediately thought of The Warriors series by Erin Hunter. These are middle grade books and I believe the first is 2w
Soubhiville And another fantasy, this one where cats and humans communicate telepathically: 2w
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Yesss. Looking forward to this library stack. I‘m aiming to read more nonfic and short story collections this year.

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Surreal and tightly wound, this collection of loosely-connected stories is one of the stranger I‘ve read in recent years. A sentient robot, a cult, a conniving professor, all set in his vision of Cross River, MD.

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Yay! It‘s #friyayintro time. Excited to see everyone‘s responses.

📍one highlight: joined Litsy! I mean that. My reading tripled in quality and quantity since I joined nearly four years ago (also had three great kids, got a graduate degree, and got married 😂)
📍110 books, including more poetry and short story collections
📍my book club has a brunch and book exchange! So fun!

Texreader Love your answers!! 😁 2w
rachelm @Texreader thanks!!😄 2w
julesG Great answers. I second your first. Joining Litsy was one of the best things I did during the last ten years. 2w
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Unseen Academicals | Terry Pratchett
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I‘m waiting for two holds to come in and found this #discworld novel to help pass the time. Love some Terry Pratchett!

Carolyn11215 Oh I love love love Terry Pratchett and his Discworld novels! 2w
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Untitled | Unknown
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🎆spent NYE watching Star Trek and blogging about books (and went to bed at 10! I was exhausted!)
📚I want to read about two books a week this month, so 10-12?
📙”Brave”: 2020 will be a big year of things for me/my family/my country and I‘m going to do what I can every day to be the change I hope to see!

#thoughtfulthursday

MoonWitch94 Oh such a strong word! Excellent choice. Thanks for playing! 🌟 2w
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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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Finished my first book of the new year while the kids played (toddler is better thank goodness!!) I enjoyed the political balm of this book.

readordierachel Glad your little one is better! 2w
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Nothing to See Here | Kevin Wilson
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Our book club did a white elephant exchange and I got something on my TBR! Woohoo!

LiteraryinLititz This one was great!! 3w
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My year end wrap of reading and writing on my blog. 2019 is in the books and this post is all about them! 😜

https://rachelmansmckenny.com/2020/01/01/2019-wrap-up/

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A glamorous NYE in. Toddler projectile-vomited all over right before bedtime. Finally got it and ourselves cleaned up. Now cookie and Star Trek. Being an adult is so glamorous 😂

AshleyHoss820 Star Trek fixes everything!! 😊 3w
jmtrivera That was how my Christmas went, so I feel you! Picard's got your back! 3w
rachelm @jmtrivera I feel like a cup of earl grey with my fav captain would cure everything 3w
jmtrivera @rachelm It DEFINITELY would. 3w
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Finished and heading your way @Carolyn11215 ! I liked this a lot but starting with the translator‘s note definitely helped.

Carolyn11215 Thanks for the heads up! Looking forward to this one... 3w
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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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Pretty sure this will be my final read of the year? We‘ll find out! I‘m loving it so far. Worth the 25 week hold from my library 😜

jessinikkip I'm still waiting on my library to even GET a copy to be able to put it on hold. I hope you enjoy! 3w
rachelm @jessinikkip 😱they need to get on that! 3w
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I got this for my husband for Christmas. He‘s a huge Simpsons fan! If one of your resolutions in the new year is to read more poetry, and you like pop culture, you might enjoy this collection from a great small press.

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My #weeklyreport is focused on three books I‘d like to finish! Just started the tagged book tonight. It is a #2020resolution to read more short story collections.

#weeklyforecast

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SLAY | Brittney Morris
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This was wonderful. Really. Request a copy for your local library if it doesn‘t have it yet!

Hooked_on_books I loved this one, too. 3w
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SLAY | Brittney Morris
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I‘m still listening to this! I‘ve barely been able to stop and I‘m not even doing the readathon challenge 😜

AutumnRLS Just ordered this! 3w
rachelm @Autumnreads I think you‘ll like it!! 3w
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SLAY | Brittney Morris
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On the way back home from our holiday trip. Just started this audiobook and liking it so far! Video games, exploration of race, and YA drama. 🏆

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The Dutch House | Ann Patchett
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Tom Flipping Hanks. I mean, how do some people not like audiobooks? Seriously, if you‘re a doubter, give this one a shot. It is a great story (family drama) with a cannot-be-beat narrator.

marleed I loved his narration. He spoke to both his child and adult self so well! 3w
Talewaggingreads Just when I thought that I could not be anymore in love with this man! This book! 🥰🏰💗 3w
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The Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
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I‘m reading and my husband is watching car auctions. Kids are exhausted and asleep after a long amazing holiday with the family. What more can you ask?

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 3w
LauraJ Sounds lovely 😊 3w
Aims42 My husband watches Mecum while I read all the time too 😆 3w
rachelm @Aims42 I could not be more bored by it but makes perfect background for reading lol! 3w
Aims42 @rachelm LOL, it‘s great background noise for sure 🤘🏻 3w
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New Erotica for Feminists: Satirical Fantasies of Love, Lust, and Equal Pay | Caitlin Kunkel, Brooke Preston, Fiona Taylor, Carrie Wittmer
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Thank you so much for the #jolabokaflodswap package, Rachel! I‘m not sure which Rachel you are but I have been dying to read this book all year 😂

Megabooks It is fantastic! 4w
Rachel.Rencher Yaaay so glad you love it! You were actually my husband @Lucas.Rencher 's swap, but I'm on the Amazon account which is why you saw my name. 😂 Merry Christmas! 🎄💕 4w
Lucas.Rencher Happy Jolabokaflod! 😊 4w
Hooked_on_books This book is so fun! 4w
rachelm Yay! Thank you @Lucas.Rencher !! 4w
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Real Life: A Novel | Brandon Taylor
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My kids set Captain America to guard the gifts and he looks like he can‘t wait...

My #weeklyforecast
🔈finish The Dutch House
📖continue Real Life
📕finish Starless Sea

LeahBergen 😆😆 4w
merelybookish 👍👍 4w
ReadingRachael Lol! 😂 4w
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Another Saturday morning at the library. Kids are playing. I‘m listening to this one. Perfect start to the day!

Zelma I would have loved that nook as a kid. 1mo
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Year isn‘t quite done, but I‘m so happy with this so far!

MrBook Wow!!! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
kspenmoll 🙌🏻🙌🏻 1mo
readordierachel Way to go 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 1mo
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Thanks for the rec @Megabooks ! My library had this available! Perfect timing. I‘m enjoying it so far.

Megabooks Awesome!! 👍🏻👍🏻 1mo
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Here‘s my #weeklyforecast!
📕finish SIGNS
🔈finish SECRET HISTORY
📖start REAL LIFE
📖start the tagged book

Not sure what I‘ll start on audio after I finish my relisten of Secret History. None of my audioholds are due from Libby so I might have to spend a credit.

What‘s the best audiobook you‘ve listened to lately?

Megabooks And since you‘re not afraid of long fiction on audio, this is my all-time fav! 1mo
rachelm @Megabooks I loved the Nix on audio!! 1mo
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Megabooks @rachelm Thank you!! It‘s fantastic!! You‘re the first person I‘ve talked to who made it through. So good! Have you tried The Interestings? It‘s good, but you‘ve probably already read it. 1mo
Megabooks Another all-time fav fiction audiobook 1mo
rachelm @Megabooks okay How to start and The Interestings are both totally on my to read. Sold. Thank you!! 1mo
writerlibrarian Have you ever tried Librivox? It offers free audio books, classics. Both their Persuasion and Sense and Sensibility are amazing. You want the Elizabeth Klett ones https://librivox.org/persuasion-by-jane-austen-2/ 1mo
rachelm @writerlibrarian I‘ll have to check it out! 1mo
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Neil Gaiman's a Study in Emerald | Neil Gaiman, Rafael Albuquerque, Rafael Scavone
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Just finished this for #lmpbc. Thanks @Johanna414 for sending it along! I had no idea what to expect and overall enjoyed it. The posters inside were my fav I think...

Johanna414 Yay! I‘m glad you liked it! 1mo
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The Secret History | Donna Tartt
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Kiddo is sick, so it‘s a lazy day here. Tea and audiobook while we have cuddle time.

This is a relisten for me. I love this book!

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The Witch Elm | Tana French
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Not my favorite French, but I will admit the last hundred pages had me 😱in the best ways, per usual. This is the last French out so far and now I feel bereft! What other mystery-thrillers do I need to read, littens?

cathysaid I think that SJ Bolton (she also writes under Sharon Bolton) is comparable. The Lacey Flint series is good as well as some of her standalone books. Here's the first in the Flint series. 1mo
rachelm @cathysaid thanks!! Stacked! 1mo
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How to Sit | Tyrese L. Coleman
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#top10ofthedecade #nonfiction was easier for me, I think! If you haven‘t read the tagged book yet, think about stacking it. The author artfully plays with the ideas of fiction and nonfiction in a beautiful way.

Chelsea.Poole Thanks for the recommendation! I've never heard of this one. 😊 1mo
Cinfhen Not familiar with tagged book or a few others you choose. Will have a look/ thanks for sharing 🤓 1mo
rachelm @Chelsea.Poole @Cinfhen you bet! I love seeing everyone‘s recommendations 1mo
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Yay! Got my book for #lmpbc #groupl today. Thanks @lele1432 ! I look forward to digging in.

lele1432 Yay!! I hope you like it! I wanted to hurry up and get it out to you, but I'm going to be sending an extra package your way lol. I wanted to add a couple of things. 😊 1mo
rachelm @lele1432 you‘re too sweet!! 1mo
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Harmony | Carolyn Parkhurst
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This was hard!!! But this is my #top10ofthedecade #fictionedition. Anyone have any of the same? I‘m interested!

Cinfhen I‘ve seen this one in a few lists 1mo
ephemeralwaltz Oh wow ! I'll have to get my Goodreads out and compile a list. Challenging! 1mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 This would be brutally hard...there‘s so many good ones!! 1mo
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merelybookish Americanah and Wolf Hall...possible contenders for my list! 1mo
Soubhiville I loved Ove too! I can‘t decide, so I‘ve only done my nonfiction one. 1mo
rachelm If I could sneak an extra four in there I would add all of Ferrante‘s Neapolitan novels… 1mo
rachelm @Cinfhen it is so good! If you haven‘t read it definitely give it a shot 1mo
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Mailbag, Volume 2 | Anonymous
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Sending my #jolabokaflodswap package!! Keep your eyes open on Monday next week @MoonWitch94 !

MoonWitch94 Ohhh thanks, I will! Yay! 🎄 1mo
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#weeklyforecast
📕finish The Witch Elm
📖Start Real Life
📖start whatever is on it‘s way for #lmpbc
🔈finish Dodger