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Sarahreadstoomuch

Sarahreadstoomuch

Joined February 2016

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Mehso-so

This is a tough one…. It doesn‘t live up to the first book, or at least my memory of it, but that‘s not just it. I think that a lot of it is just overwritten, a bit repetitive and a lot of extra. Then every little issue/conflict was fixed easy-peasy. There is a moment in which a minor character is pushed to come out - and that just didn‘t sit well with me, or really the rest of the story I think. Oof. I wanted to love it so much.

Nikki_E Oh man, that‘s disappointing.I loved the first one so much. 14h
Sarahreadstoomuch @Nikki_E me too. Others have liked this one, and while I didn‘t hate it, I‘m not going out of my way to recommend it. 14h
TheBookHippie I had the same exact thoughts… 11h
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The Locked Room | Elly Griffiths
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Read this to review for a journal…. So I‘ll not say anything review-worthy but just comment that it was really strange personally to read a book set during the beginning of the Covid while actively having Covid for the first time, 2 years into the pandemic.

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Raw visual poetry about loneliness, love, how the two might intersect, and the wildness of life. It‘s quite sad, and I see myself in some of these images when my mental health is taking a turn…. I felt connected to this in that way. #foundonlitsy #bookspinbingo #doublespin

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What lovely prose…. Truly enjoyed this audio that reflects on the lasting affects of trauma, secrets, and lies on three siblings who discover a boy in a field who has been stabbed. Well done.

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Isla to Island | Alexis Castellanos
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Gorgeous and emotional nearly wordless graphic novel telling the story of Marisol, sent to NYC as a middle schooler, from Cuba, not long after Castro took took power. The use of color is magnificent and amplifies the raw emotion here.

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Collection of essays describing the authors experience of being disabled in an abled world, and advocating for representation, inclusion, and accessibility. It‘s not perfect, but I‘m glad I‘ve read this. I think our book group will have lots to discuss.

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Bonaparte Falls Apart | Margery Cuyler, Will Terry
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I was invited to read in a 4th grade classroom this week, and this picture book was perfect. Maybe it skews young, but the kids liked guessing what was going to happen…. And I liked the themes of feeling scared when entering a new situation, asking friends for help, and accepting help- in this case, a guide dog. Great puns too!

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Let‘s not dwell on the irony of listening to an audio of a novel about a Deaf school and Deaf Culture. Let‘s focus more on what an amazing book it is and I hope everyone gets a chance to experience it. I‘ve learned so much and want to learn more! I also want to see the print copy to see how some things were handled…. An astonishing triumph of a book. All the Stars.

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April was not a hugely successful reading month for me…. My mom visited at the start of the month and we took a week long vacation at the end (got home this morning). No real point in sharing my board from then, but I did just come up with a list for May! Hopefully I‘ll be more focused…. But I have no regrets for April. #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Sounds like a great month!! 3w
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Misfit in Love | S. K. Ali
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A decent book- didn‘t love it as it was one of those where you can see so much of what‘s happening but the MC is being defiantly oblivious. Annoying. BUT I did appreciate how it handled racism and micro-aggressions, with the MC learning & demonstrating how do the work to combat these ideologies.

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Infinite Country: A Novel | Patricia Engel
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I just finished this audio and I am just blown away. For such a small book, it really packs a punch. Timely and intimate look at how difficult our immigration process is, how complicated, and the things people go through to live in the US, while also pointing out how imperfect this country is and is it actually better/safer? Loved it, beautiful writing. #bookspinbingo #bookspin

Suet624 I really liked this one a lot. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 4w
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Concrete Rose | Angie Thomas
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Just finished this amazing audio. The prequel to “The Hate U Give” tells the story of 17year old Maverick Carter, father to young Seven with a baby girl in the way, and a member of the King Lords. This is an excellent look at masculinity and manhood. I found myself incredibly invested in Mav‘s life and the choices he was making… even vaguely remembering the details of THUG and knowing how some things work out in the end.

TheLudicReader Loved this book. Maverick is one of my all-time favourite characters. 1mo
Suet624 Oh! I liked this one too. 😊 1mo
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Deeply moving and thoughtful story on grief and friendship and storytelling and choices…. The unnamed narrator is telling the story of being with her friend who is now dying of cancer. It‘s sad, but not without some humor…. But I‘m afraid some of the symbolism might have been lost on me. It‘s quite short, my try to go through it again before book group meets!

Suet624 I haven‘t read this one but really like this author. 1mo
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Saints and Misfits | S. K. Ali
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So the thing is, the MC annoyed me nearly until the very end… even though I understand all to well what she went through. I appreciated this view into Muslim life… and different nuances therein. But it just had some hallmarks of a debut novel - I‘ve enjoyed another book by the author already- made this just ok for me. But, it‘s my #doublespin for #bookspinbingo this month! #readmyowndamnbooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1mo
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Maus 2 | Art Spiegelman
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So powerful, haunting, and incredible. This is such an emotional read, and well worth it for sure.

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Untitled | Anonymous
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March #Bookspinbingo worked out pretty well for me- even though I didn‘t take advantage of that great free space set up! Favorites: Clap When you Land (audio), Float Plan (print). Looking forward to April‘s board- already half way through the double spin book!

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Here‘s my #bookspin list for April! @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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Namesake: A Novel | Adrienne Young
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I liked the first book (Fable), but this one was better I think. At least it‘s a fitting end to the story…. Fable grows into herself here, and is challenged in different ways.. trying to balance her now with her past, the secrets she‘s learning about her mother and the reality of her father. And I found out a prequel - Saint & Isolde‘s story is hue this fall! #bookspinbingo #bingo #secondbingo #readmyowndamnbooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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Float Plan | Trish Doller
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Quick and lovely escapist romance set on a sailboat n the Caribbean. Anna is still grieving over her fiancés suicide 10 months ago when she decides to take his (their) boat on the long trip they had planned. Along the way, she hires Keane to help her navigate. He‘s dealing with his own shit but you know what happens from there. And now all I want to do is sail in the Caribbean and I don‘t even like boats.

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I‘m so proud of my husband for gifting me this book at Christmas. He has no idea what I‘ve read (or what I‘ve got stashed away around here) and he came up with this. He did good. I‘m not the best reader of poetry, but these poems were very moving.. looking at the pandemic, BLM, erasure, and so much more. #readmyowndamnbooks

slategreyskies My husband gave me this too, only for Valentine‘s Day instead of Christmas. They did good!! :) 2mo
Sarahreadstoomuch @slategreyskies nice! Well done on them 😊 2mo
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This was a great audio - fantastic narrators…. But I had to hurry up and finish with the print! These are two very different immigration stories, that come together in a dramatic and heartbreaking way. I appreciated the humor in Anvar, the pain in Safwa‘s, and how they intermingled… it‘s darker than the blurb suggests.

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Chasing Lucky | Jenn Bennett
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I really needed that. A romance with just enough substance, somewhat predictable but not boilerplate… A palate cleanser from the heavier or more literary things I‘ve been reading. Plus, I just always love Bennett‘s books…. And that makes a #bingo for me this month! #bookspinbingo #readmyowndamnbooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Fabulous progress!! 2mo
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Outlawed | Anna North
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Amazing concept: a feminist western that is a bit of a gender bent “Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid” mashed up with “A Handmaids Tale”. But the constant info drops (all tell, no show) and lack of true character development really killed it for me. And the audio narrator didn‘t do a great job with the voices- using a completely different voice for the same person.

BkClubCare Darn, I bought this ebook on a sale. I will temper my expectations. Might be awhile before I start it, too. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. 2mo
Sarahreadstoomuch @BkClubCare I was really aggravated with the audio narrator. Maybe it will read differently? 2mo
BkClubCare @Sarahreadstoomuch - yes, narrator can have a lot of influence. What is your favorite audiobook that is due to narration? 2mo
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Sarahreadstoomuch @BkClubCare loved the Game of Thrones books - amazing narrator. And I tend to recommend Born a Crime as well. I‘ve found Julia Whelan to be a reliably good narrator too. Oh and there‘s a Irishman too… can‘t remember his name but I‘d love to listen to another with him! 2mo
BkClubCare @Sarahreadstoomuch - I think I just listened to Julia Whelan! And Born a Crime is tops, for sure. Check out Beautiful Ruins for a lovely narrator- I can‘t recall how to spell his name … brb… Ballerini 2mo
Sarahreadstoomuch @BkClubCare will do! 😊 2mo
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This is just brilliant. Why hadn‘t I read this before? It‘s an absolute stunner and I am now anxiously awaiting volume 2.

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The Heartbreak Bakery | A. R. Capetta
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Stayed up too late last night finishing this cute romance seasoned with magical realism, queer representation, and a whole bunch of mouth watering recipes. My biggest issue was trying to remember that Syd (Agender MC) was supposed to be a high school student still; I wonder if the character might‘ve been a bit stronger if allowed to be even a recent graduate or something. It was a weird circumstance that was wholly unnecessary. Still a fun read!

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I‘ve loved all of this author‘s books, and was nervous about this one. Especially when it really started to feel a little too long, with a little too much silly tossed in. But in the end, it really seemed to find the right balance. Lovely story about a jerk of a man who figures out how to be a decent person, but only after he dies.

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Clap When You Land | Elizabeth Acevedo
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Just finished the audio and holy cow. The narration is done by the author and another reader, and the voices are just perfect. This story, told on verse, tells what happens when a plane crashes and a father is killed. In the aftermath, it is discovered that he had a family in NYC, and a family in the DR. One daughter in each land gives their pov. #bookspin #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 2mo
Suet624 Have you read her debut novel? Sooo good. 1mo
Sarahreadstoomuch @Suet624 oh yes! I think I‘ve all of her stuff (so far). She‘s brilliant. 4w
Suet624 👍 💕 4w
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Can‘t say much because this is for a professional review - but it was my #bookspin #doublespin

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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Listened to most of this on audio, and then realized that I had a signed ARC on my shelf! This was a clever thriller in which murders keep happening that are based on a list the MC, a mystery book shop owner, blogged about years earlier. #readmyowndamnbooks

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Listed! | Geoff Tibballs
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I almost forgot to make a #bookspin list for March!! February has flown by…. @TheAromaofBooks

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An honest, raw, and emotional story of a 20-something woman still dealing (badly) with depression and suicidal thoughts years after a sexual assault. She‘s overwhelmed, overworked, and under appreciated by friends and her boss and her therapist is not helping. Glad I grabbed this off the new shelf at work!

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I Am Not Starfire | Mariko Tamaki
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Fun coming of age graphic novel featuring the queer daughter of Titan‘s legend Starfire. Mandy doesn‘t have powers like her mom, doesn‘t want to go to college, is very sensitive to people using her to get info on her mom, and has a solid best friend Linc. Great character progression, with a nice and neat conclusion…. Or near conclusion. People never finish evolving, right?

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Very quick read… but will hopefully give readers something to think about long afterwards. This is done in the style of Langston Hughes‘ “Black Misery” but looks at situations throughout a person‘s life, not just childhood. Each page shows an example of casual racism faced by BIPOC people all the time. Also included are some thoughtful anti-racist activities for any reader to use in taking the next steps. #readmyowndamnbooks

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Honestly, pretty disappointing. And becoming quite dated. Oh, well. At least got me a #bingo I guess. #bookspinbingo #readmyowndamnbooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay bingo!!! 3mo
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Winter Counts: A Novel | David Heska Wanbli Weiden
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Wow. I really really liked this. Yes, the “whodunit” could‘ve been more difficult to discern, but I don‘t care. I loved learning about Lakota culture and the difficulties the people face. The audio was phenomenal. Seems like this might start a series, which I am here for.

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Curious about all the book challenges, I thought I‘d check this book out myself. I could guess at the reason for the challenge, which is ridiculous. What I found was an emotional, raw, and brutally honest memoir by the author telling eir path to understanding queerness, the pronouns and identity that fit best (e/em/eir) and also being asexual. This could really be a comfort and help young people who are questioning or need to feel seen.

Sarahreadstoomuch It makes me sad that this book has a 50% approval rating on here, yet absolutely no thumbs down reviews. 3mo
CarolynM I've often wondered about how books get their overall % rating in their profile because it's often not consistent with my impression from the reviews. I guess there are people who just give books one of the 3 ratings without posting reviews ☹ 3mo
Sarahreadstoomuch @CarolynM it‘s up to 60% now with no new reviews! 3mo
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I grabbed this one after I heard it is currently being challenged in 6 libraries in a neighboring consortium (in MA). I wanted to see what was up…. So it is a colorful and positive collection of stories of influential women from that region of the world from ancient times to present day. The issue that has come up is that Israel is not mentioned, and the introductory map highlights Palestine. The authors is Lebanese. One story ⬇️

Sarahreadstoomuch Mentions the woman (Queen of Sheba) traveling to Jerusalem and converting to Judaism. As it moves closer to modern day - there are a slew of Lebanese women highlighted. And while I don‘t want to take away from their accomplishments, I would think at least one Jewish woman from a couple thousand years of history could‘ve been included. Aside from that, I did tire of the annoying assumption that ⬇️ 3mo
Sarahreadstoomuch The ancient women were all beautiful, and how beautiful is this persons name, and who and when they got married. Side note- some of those marriages sound like she was a sex slave that got elevated to wife status. So I guess I‘m more perturbed by this book than I thought… writing this all out! I did learn about some women I hadn‘t know. Before though, and that‘s always good. 3mo
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This took a good 50-60 pages before the story really got moving. I would‘ve dropped it but it‘s for a work book club…. I think they‘ll really like it. The mystery is interesting, she paints the husband in a terrible light (which seems fitting) and she makes sure you see that she did her research. What really happened? Don‘t know, but this is a creative idea for sure. #bookspinbingo #bookspin

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My first published review is in this month‘s Library Journal! 🥰

RaeLovesToRead Yay!!! 😄 3mo
UwannaPublishme How cool! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
Bette This is so cool. I just started this and am enjoying it so much! 😊 1mo
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Another excellent collection of comics that honestly hit so close to home. And this pretty much concludes my day of finally reading a bunch of smaller books I had out from the library! (Okay, maybe one more…) #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 3mo
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And Still I Rise | Maya Angelou
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Fabulous collection of Angelou‘s poetry- and surprise! This collection included Life Doesn‘t Frighten Me, the subject of a childrens book I planned on reading next! #authoramonth #mayaangelou #bookspinbingo #dogsoflitsy

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
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My Painted House, My Friendly Chicken, and Me | Maya Angelou, Margaret Courtney-Clarke
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This sweet & clever picture book tells the story of Thandi, a Ndebele girl in South Africa. The star of the book is the photography though - I wish some of the photos were larger so I could really see it all: the beautiful painted houses, the beads and adorned clothing, the smiling faces (except when they have to wear the school uniforms) #authoramonth @Soubhiville

Soubhiville Hi doggy friend! 👋 3mo
Sarahreadstoomuch @Soubhiville Luna says hi! 👋 3mo
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Himawari House | Harmony Becker
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Beautifully illustrated graphic novel following three young adults studying abroad in Japan for a year. They are either running away from something or toward the idea of something…. And very strong friendships develop. #readmyowndamnbooks

lostinwords Aren‘t we all🤓 - until we learn to be. Sounds as if this might be an entertaining read. 3mo
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Arsenic and Adobo | Mia P. Manansala
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Pretty flawed but still enjoyable cozy mystery filled with mouth watering Filipino food! I‘ll probably give the next one a try too. Audio narrator did a fantastic job too.

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Posting so I‘ll stop messing with it and/or wanting to change it! #bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

LiteraryinLawrence I read Gender Queer recently and it‘s awesome! 4mo
Sarahreadstoomuch @LiteraryinLawrence great! I‘m looking forward to it 😃 4mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 4mo
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Seven Days In June | Tia Williams
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Wow. This was so good! While seniors in high school, Eva and Shane had an instant connection, fueled in part by a need to escape their lives and just survive. It lasted 1 week. Now, 15 years later, they see each other again.. both in better places, both still feeling that connection. But is it enough? #bookspinbingo

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I‘ve got to #ThankLitsy (#LitsyAwards ?) for bringing this book to my attention. This is such a worthwhile listen because as crazy awful as these stories are, they are real and they are happening now. The authors have a way of telling these stories that convey their seriousness but also the humor (in a “if you can‘t laugh you‘ll cry” way) also, Amber is very funny as a rule. Loved the audio, but grabbed the print for pictures/evidence!

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This is a MG graphic novel set in 2002 where a girl, Aniston, is the victim of a hate crime following a school project in which she dressed in her Bengali clothing. As she heals from the trauma, she decides she‘s like to wear a hijab when she returns to school, bringing a flurry of conflicting reactions from her family. #bookspinbingo #doublespin #readmyowndamnbooks

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 4mo
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Had to DNF at 46%. I LOVED Fried Green Tomatoes…. But this had none of the underlying tension and was just far too sweet and nostalgic. It will have its readers, but I‘m just not one of them.

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My neighbors want to see the movie next month, and my first reaction was “but I haven‘t read that one yet!” So I did. It‘s fantastic! Love Poirot ❤️

RaeLovesToRead I watched the David Suchet version this week ❤ 4mo
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