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ReadingSusan

Joined February 2016

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The Fiery Cross | Diana Gabaldon
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It was a good reading year in 2021. But that‘s about the only good thing about it. Sorry I have been absent on Litsy.

Clwojick Amazing! 4w
sprainedbrain It‘s good to see you😃 4w
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This was a fantastic book. I went into it thinking it was a romance book but it really isn‘t. It‘s more of a book about family issues with a little romance sprinkled in. This was tough to read in parts and found it a little triggering for purity culture stuff. But I really loved Kiran. I wish her friends had been a larger part of the book but I think the next books in the series will be about them!

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My plans for this Covid Halloween. I bought this book when it came out to read on Halloween. 🤣🤣 Finally getting to it. 🎃

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On the Come Up | Angie Thomas
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30 minutes left of #readathon! I slept from 12:30-4:00 because I was busy too tired. I finished this excellent book before I went to sleep. It‘s a must read!

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Anxious People: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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I finished my first book for #readathon. Wow this one is so good! I highly recommend it.

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Utopia Avenue | David Mitchell
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Finished this! So, so good! So glad I finished it before Readathon. No reading tonight. Will start fresh at 8 am tomorrow morning!!!

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Anyone else planning on doing the Dewey‘s 24 Hour Readathon this weekend? I can‘t wait!!!! #deweys24hourreadathon

mommyincolor I'm signed up! I'm also going to host an hour of it on Twitter. Oh,and I got to write a pre readathon mini challenge which has been posted. I can't wait!!! Good luck! 1y
melissajayne I am; have to attend an online class during the day, but once I‘m done, I‘ll be joining. I‘ll probably do some reading prior to the start of the class. (edited) 1y
JamieArc I am! I can‘t wait! I think I finally have my TBR pile stacked. 1y
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Daisey I‘ll be joining for at least part of the day! 📚 1y
Readerann I haven‘t been around Litsy lately, but will be here Saturday. I LOVE Readathon day! 1y
ReadingSusan Yay! I am so excited!!! 1y
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Parts of this book really irritated me. Like don‘t be unrealistic about legal matters and for goodness sakes the timeline! Don‘t try that at home folks. But I did really love Bethany. I think a lot of people could really relate to the way her brain works.

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Hello Litsy Friends! I have missed you. 👋🏻 I don‘t know why I have stayed away so long. It‘s been a struggle to make it through the day sometimes but Litsy has always made me feel better so I really should have come here. Anyway I am going to attempt to be here more. Just finished this book last night and it‘s perfection. Loved it!

TrishB We have all had those periods. Good to see you back ♥️ 1y
PandaPanda I recently came back after a very long stay away myself. And am really glad I did it! 1y
robinb Welcome back! 👋💕 1y
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Lcsmcat Welcome back, to you and 😻 1y
seibelsays Welcome back! 1y
Jas16 Welcome back! 1y
JessClark78 Welcome back! 1y
janeycanuck Welcome back!! 1y
Megabooks Welcome back!! 1y
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Scent Keeper | Erica Bauermeister
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You can find me here all weekend!

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Isolation | S.J. Gardiner
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I have been so terrible about posting and checking on Litsy 😭 I have been reading up a storm during quarantine too. I went back to work on the 27th and we opened to the public on Thursday so my reading time has been severely cut off. But I have read 53 books since March 13th 😁 Maybe I will go back and review them all here or I will just start with current books.

ju.ca.no Wow, that‘s great, so many books!😍 2y
AmyG Whoa! That‘s what I read in a year. 🙌🏻 2y
Birdsong28 Wow! I am also reading more than usual as I have read 22 books since the 24th March lockdown , you might not think that is alot but with work I only read about 2/3 books a month 📚📖 2y
Gissy Wow! Amazing 53 books! Congratulations! 📚📚📚📚👏👏👏 2y
Reggie Wow!!! That‘s great!!! 2y
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Catherine House: A Novel | Elisabeth Thomas
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This was a very strange book. It‘s more of a 3.5 read but bumped it up to four because I really enjoyed the writing. Look not a whole lot actually happens in this book so don‘t expect anything action packed. But I found this book really mesmerizing and intriguing. It was creepy and mysterious.

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We Are the Wildcats | Siobhan Vivian
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Wow. This punched me in the gut.

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The Red Lotus | Chris Bohjalian
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Finished my first book for #stayhome24in48. Not the best book to read during this social isolation but I didn‘t know.

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Rodham | Curtis Sittenfeld
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Spending a beautiful Saturday reading. This is the first time I have been able to take a breath this week. It has been a crazy week full of stress and management meetings and levels of emergency. Yesterday felt like a week. But my library is now closed to the public for two weeks. Hoping this helps stop the spread in my county. So thankful for our wonderful city manager and mayor who made the correct call.

charl08 Ooh I didn't know this one was out yet! Fabulous. 2y
ReadingSusan @charl08 it will be out May 19th. It‘s very good so far! (edited) 2y
Well-ReadNeck ARC envy!!! 💚 2y
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The Stranger Inside | Lisa Unger
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I was on board with most of this book. It was exciting and action packed but the ending was way too ridiculous and unsatisfying and I don‘t want to spoil it so that‘s all I will say. Besides that I think Rain‘s husband was a huge jerk even though I don‘t think he was supposed to be.

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Mehso-so

This was a fun YA book. It wasn‘t anything that stood out but it was entertaining.

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Anyone else participating in #boutofbooks? It starts tomorrow! #readathon #nopressure #bookstagram #readingweek

Beachesnbooks I am! 😄 2y
hes7 Me! 🙋🏼‍♀️ 2y
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Red at the Bone | Jacqueline Woodson
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Jacqueline Woodson manages to weave this gorgeous story together with multiple POVs, not even denoting which character it is, and switching timelines, and it 100% works. This is a stunning book. It‘s so well written, captivating, and moving. This may be my best book of the year.

Twocougs I agree with you, it is my book of the year. Such a powerful story, which brought out such strong emotions in me. Woodson is an American treasure and we‘re blessed that she has chosen to write. 2y
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This book is a must read. It‘s full of data, studies, and commentary. It‘s an important book.

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Dont You Forget About Me | Mhairi McFarlane
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So I thought going into this book based on the cover and the synopsis that this would be a fun three star rom com. It wasn‘t. It was a much deeper book about gaslighting, family issues, sexual assault, and men behaving very badly. But this book also made me laugh a lot.

I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Finished my first #thankfullyreading book. I ended up really enjoying this book. It‘s more of a cozy mystery than I usually read but I love reading all about Charleston.

Scochrane26 I love Charleston. I‘ve only been once & want to go back. 2y
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Thankful | Eileen Spinelli
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Is anyone else participating in #thankfullyreading over Thanksgiving weekend? It‘s a no stress relaxing readathon Weds-Sun and I love it! This will be my ninth year doing this readathon! https://www.readingsusan.com/myreadingadventure-susan/2019/11/26/thankfully-read...

TheBookAddict It sounds like a fun and stress free readathon. I may need to look into it. 2y
Eyelit Great idea, I‘m in! 2y
sprainedbrain Yay! Thank you for posting about this... I enjoyed it last year and hadn‘t even thought of it this year. ❤️ 2y
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coffeewithbooks When does it start ? 2y
ReadingSusan @TheBookAddict it‘s terrific! No rules no pressure! 2y
ReadingSusan @thereadingunicorn it starts tomorrow abs runs through Sunday. Some people read the whole weekend and some people just do a few hours. No rules no pressure. Just a great way to escape from holiday mayhem! 2y
ReadingSusan @Eyelit yay! It‘s so fun. 2y
ReadingSusan @sprainedbrain oh great! Glad I posted! 2y
ReadingSusan Jenn is a terrific host! Here is more info and the sign up link! https://www.jennsbookshelves.com/2019/11/05/save-the-date-2019-thankfullyreading... (edited) 2y
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Hope is our Only Wing | Rutendo Tavengerwei
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This was a bit of a rambly book and very short. I didn‘t connect with much of the story. I did find the parts about the teacher strikes and bread lines to be educational. But I am not sure I really understand what this book was even about.

I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Stepsister | Jennifer Donnelly
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I enjoyed this Cinderella retelling from the perspective of one of the stepsisters. It was inventive and fresh. I hater to put it down.

Book_ish Loved Stepsister!! 2y
Frecks-Booklover4life I‘ll need to check this one out! I love reinventions of classics ! 2y
ReadingSusan @Book_ish it was so good! 2y
ReadingSusan @Frecks-Booklover4life I do too! 2y
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We Are Lost and Found | Helene Dunbar
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This book is a must read. It‘s a coming of age tale set in the beginning of the AIDS crisis. It will squeeze and break your heart. It‘s a really beautiful book. It got four stars instead of five because there are no quotation marks. Please for the love of god authors please stop doing that. It‘s pretentious and annoying.

I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Oh gosh!! That drives me crazy!! 😳😫🤣 2y
CarolynM Stacked 2y
ReadingSusan @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks me too! It‘s such a huge pet peeve. 2y
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Love from A to Z | S. K. Ali
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I loved this book! It was so good. I liked the different POVs and each story.

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By Your Side | Kasie West
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Two hours left! I took a 3 hour nap earlier which will help me through the day! It‘s time for a bath for my aching bones. I have been trying not to sit too long at one time but I still am getting sore. #readathon

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Just finished my second #readathon book! Loved this summer romance. It makes me wish it was warm again. #bookstagram #deweysreadathon #deweys24hourreadathon #books #reading #readingweekend #myweekendisallbooked #deweysoct

Nute I long for warm weather all through the winter. I never complain about too much heat during the summer because I know what is right around the corner...gusty winds and frigid air.🌬💨 2y
mdm139 And I long for cool weather 2y
ReadingSusan @Nute I hate winter. I wish it could be fall for longer. 2y
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In hour nine (?) of #readathon. I have finished one book and getting close to finishing that and occasionally switching it up with an audiobook. How is everyone else doing? #deweysreadathon #deweys24hourreadathon #bookstagram #readathon #booksandcats #catsofinstagram #bookaholic #deweysoct

rsteve388 I just got She Said from the library today it will be one of my first non fiction reads in November 2y
ReadingSusan @rsteve388 it‘s a tough read but important. 2y
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First book of #readathon!

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Wicked Saints: A Novel | Emily A. Duncan
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Here is my stack for #readathon! Excited to dive into these. It‘s been such a long week though and I am not sure how long I will be able to stay awake Saturday night. I am tired all the time 😢 I will be happy to get 12 hours in and finish one book.

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I am so excited for the #readathon this weekend! I just went to the store for all my snacks. And I bought way too much and way too bad 😳 I should not have gone hungry. I won‘t be able to eat half of this 🤣 Who else is doing Readathon?

tjwill Looks good! I need to go snack shopping too! 2y
readingjedi I have major snack envy 😳 2y
VioletBramble I miss Lays Dill Pickle chips. They don‘t sell them here and I haven‘t been below the Mason-Dixon Line in years. I‘ve only seen them in the south. 2y
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Readerann 😋 2y
AlaMich You and I have all the same taste in trashy snacks...party on!!
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ReadingSusan @tjwill it‘s one of my favorite parts of readathon prep. 2y
ReadingSusan @VioletBramble that is tragic. I love them so much. 2y
ReadingSusan @readingjedi it‘s a lot... 2y
Reggie Omg, I was addicted to muddy buddies for years. Get thee away from me!!! Lol 2y
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Dear Haiti, Love Alaine | Maika Moulite, Maritza Moulite
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I LOVED this book. Alaine is an amazing character. I really enjoyed her personality, her passion, and her determination. The descriptions and the settings were just so amazing and i could see them so clearly in my head. Throw in some mysticism and curses? Yes, please. This was such an excellent read. I also loved finding out from the authors‘ note that it was written by two sisters.

AlaMich Fun fact: Alaine is my actual name. 😊 2y
ReadingSusan @AlaMich love it! It‘s a beautiful name. 2y
AlaMich @ReadingSusan Thank you! 2y
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A Girl Named Anna | Lizzy Barber
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Wow this book was so good! I had a very hard time putting it down. It is described as a suspenseful thriller and while it does have those elements I felt it was more of a character study and a really sad story. It was very well written and you could see the difference in tone from the two different POVs. I do feel like there were still some loose threads at the end but wow this was a wonderful book.

kamoorephoto I loved this one too!! So good. 2y
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Winterwood | Shea Ernshaw
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I am off work today so I am enjoying reading and hanging out with my babies! 📚 🐱 🐶 I am so glad I took this day off. I need a recharge day!

Scochrane26 Your cat looks a lot like mine! 2y
diovival Your fur babies are so cute. Glad you got a day to recharge. 2y
Suet624 I‘m so glad you took the day off too! 2y
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Bringing Down the Duke | Evie Dunmore
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This was a delightful historical romance. Very well written for a debut novel. A couple of plot lines did make me roll my eyes because it did not seem feasible that they would have occurred in Victorian England. I expected more humor based on the cover but it leaned more towards the serious side. I will definitely check out the next book as I love reading about these suffragettes. Thanks to the publisher for providing the book for an honest review

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Catch and Kill | Ronan Farrow
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This is a must read book. I am only 28% in and this non fiction book reads like a fiction thriller. It‘s shocking.

TheBookStacker I just received my copy and I‘m starting it this afternoon! 2y
AmyG I just got this for my ipad. I can‘t wait to get to it. 2y
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I loved this Audible audiobook. It‘s so good! Tim Curry read it so beautifully!

hwestfall Tim Curry as a narrator is my favorite! 2y
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I could not put this book down. It felt like such a fresh concept and I loved the characters and world building. I am already looking forward to the next one.

I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Clare-Dragonfly It‘s funny that you say this is a fresh concept when it has the most cliched YA book title 😂 But from the blurb it does sound like a story I would enjoy! 2y
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All the Bad Apples | Mora Fowley-Doyle
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This book gutted me. The story, the characters, and the writing. It‘s one of my favorite books I have read this year. But I sobbed in rage while reading the authors note at the end. This cover is also amazing.

I received an advanced copy of this book by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Oh my goodness I loved listening to Anne of Green Gables via audiobook. It was such a new experience. And I have all the books in one audiobook! On to Anne of Avonlea.

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Maybe This Time | Kasie West
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This was a fun s d quick read. Loved the real photography on the cover.

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The Everlasting Rose | DHONIELLE. CLAYTON
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I just don‘t think this series is for me 😭 But the cover is so gorgeous.

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This book was everything I hoped the first one would be! This was excellent!! Adventure, intrigue, magic, darkness, lightness, magical creatures, kick ass women: it‘s everything I could want in a fantasy book. I loved seeing all these characters fleshed out and enjoyed the new additions. Loved it!

I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Wilder Girls | Rory Power
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This was an interesting and different book. And what a fabulous cover. But if you want a wrapped ending this isn‘t it. I hope this is a stand alone book though.

BillBlume I‘ve heard the author said it‘s a stand-alone. In the long run, probably better that way. 2y
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The Stranger Inside | Lisa Unger
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I am having a tough time today with the news and the reminder that woman‘s voices aren‘t listened to. So I am just going to bury myself in these two books plus my audiobook of The Testaments which is so, so good. Take care of yourselves today ❤️❤️

Leftcoastzen So sick of it. 2y
ReadingSusan @Leftcoastzen me too. It‘s exhausting. 2y
eri.reads Same here...very exhausting. At least we have books! 2y
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Mehso-so

This book seemed SO similar to the Six of Crows series. I still enjoyed it but It wasn‘t as good as I thought it would be.

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While I love the enemies to lovers trope this one was a bit muddled. I feel like they never explained the hate until close to the end but there was no foreshadowing to indicate there were further reasons than that they just didn‘t like each other. Emma was annoying and I don‘t get why she liked Cooper. He was a bit of a cad honestly. I want a book about Henry and Nick though. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher for an honest review

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American Royals | Katharine McGee
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This was a fun alternate history book of what would have happened if America was a monarchy. Now I love the British Royal Family but that‘s only because I am not British. That would make me mad if I was. So I think an American Royal family would be terrible but this was still an entertaining book and a quick read.

I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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