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SincerelyWinona

SincerelyWinona

Joined August 2016

Reading my way around the world. (Currently living on the island of Java.) ✈️🗻🇲🇨
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Authority: A Novel by Jeff VanderMeer
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Womancode by Alisa Vitti
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“Sometimes the scene ends with just us, on our own, picking up the broken pieces so that we can start over again. Sometimes it‘s letting go of cultural expectations in order to pave our own paths for the future. Or sometimes, the happy ending is simply moving forward.”

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This past week I‘ve been KonMarie-ing my stuff to adjust to relocating back to America, going through a breakup, and preparing for a new job and another relocation. Yesterday I finished the stage of discarding books, and I‘m happy to bid a bittersweet goodbye to 164 of them.

Books bring me joy, but the ability to pick up and move easily and live life to the fullest gives me a sense of purpose and joy in my life as well.

SW-T Congrats on clearing space for your move! Wish you all the best with the new job and relocation 😊 1mo
SincerelyWinona @SW-T Thank you so much! 😄 1mo
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The Cheese Book | Vivienne Marquis
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Cheese: The Wine of Foods 🧀🍷

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The Cheese Book | Vivienne Marquis
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A 1960‘s guide to cheese I must have obtained at a used book sale at some point...

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Pure | Terra Elan McVoy
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Worst book of my experience as a reader. Years ago I worked at an indie bookstore and received this as an ARC. I don‘t remember the plot anymore, but to this day I remember the HORROR I felt reading this book and how it demonized the girls‘ choices. I enjoy some Christian (and other religion‘s) novels, but first and foremost I‘m a feminist. And this book was anything but.

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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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What an incredible vacay read! This book had me aching for signal, even at sea, so I could message my frustration, adoration, passion, and love for this book to my friend who had previously read it. I love the characters, and the author wrote a beautiful political escape and call-to-action in the form of a YA romance, that leaves surprises even with a certain predictability. I haven‘t said this since high school, but I‘m hoping for steamy FanFic.

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Roomies | Christina Lauren
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I made it almost halfway this #24in48! For a crazy full weekend, that‘s not too bad. I can‘t wait until I have a weekend off for a #24in48, but at least I got the reading done that I did! Good job to everyone else who participated!

julesG 👏👏👏👏 3mo
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The Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
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My total after day 1 of #24in28. Wish I could be reading more but I have lots of real-life responsibilities this weekend. Most of my reading has been audiobook while driving between commitments. Using my 3rd reread of The Night Circus to do so.

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Whoops. Finished this one a week before #24in48 even began. That‘s one book off the #24in28TBR stack! Worth it though, it kept me company on the drive to this beautiful cliff hike.

The book was an upbeat modern romance. I felt it pandered a little too much to digital trends and would have been better read than listened to (there‘s multiple text and IM conversations). The ending felt underwhelming, but I enjoyed the journey to get there.

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Getting ready for #24in48! What‘s in your TBR pile?

Mine:
1. We Are Okay - Nina LaCour
2. Annihilation - Jeff VanderMeer
3. My Favorite Half-Night Stand - Christina Lauren

I‘ve got a day of work (Sat) and potentially a group hike (Sun) so we‘ll see how many hours I can make!

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We Are Okay | Nina LaCour
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1. I‘m in the middle of Authority by Jeff VanderMeer but just download We Are Okay today and I‘m excited to start it!
2. Es Tebu! Fresh pressed sugar cane juice. Especially with some lemon or lime to brighten it up even more.
3. My last 2-3 books were all library books I‘ve now returned. So the last line of a recent read I still have is “I am not returning home.” - Annihilation

sebrittainclark I loved The Southern Reach trilogy! 4mo
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Boybands, Girlfriends, and Other Side Effects of Being 16
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What‘s your book title?

umbrellagirl Girls, The End of the World, and Other things I‘m over. 4mo
britt_brooke Popularity, Vampires, and Other Things the Fairies Stole 🧛🏻‍♀️🧚🏻‍♀️ (edited) 4mo
SincerelyWinona @umbrellagirl that‘s a fabulous title! 💁🏻‍♀️ 4mo
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SincerelyWinona @britt_brooke surely a YA fantasy best-seller! 4mo
emtobiasz Happy Endings, Karl Marx, and Other Signs of Vampirism 🧛‍♂️ 4mo
SincerelyWinona @emtobiasz omg 😂🧛🏽‍♀️ 4mo
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The Hazel Wood | Melissa Albert
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Audiobooks are the perfect soundtrack for chasing sunsets.

julesG 😍😍😍 4mo
TheBookKeepers Gorgeous 4mo
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The Vanishing Stair | Maureen Johnson
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🙋🏻‍♀️ if you feel personally victimized by Maureen Johnson.

Reading the sequel to Truly Devious at Starbucks on my Saturday and I guiltily feel like a candle eater.

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Annihilation | Jeff VanderMeer
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I actually really enjoyed it! ? The Litsy reviews are lukewarm, but the narration was both distant and personal. While I have no interest in thriller books, I felt like I kept wanting to guess the bigger picture, and uncover the next mystery of Area X. It spoke to self-purpose and love without directly addressing either. For others who enjoyed it I‘d suggest reading China Miéville or Chuck Palahniuk. ? for weird writing styles. (? T. Hanuka)

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Used the last 5 hours of this #audiobook today to drive to the beach. Couldn‘t have asked for a better day off.

As for the book? I‘m not a *huge* John Green fan, but I enjoyed this way more in audiobook form than when I originally tried to get through it on my #kindle. Definitely recommend the audiobook! It makes the inner dialogue spirals even more vivid.

readordierachel What a view! 8mo
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Strange the Dreamer | Laini Taylor
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S: “I don‘t want him now.”
R: “Why not? Because I‘ve had my way with him? Don‘t tell me it‘s like when we used to lick the spoons to claim our place at the table.”
S: “It is a little like that, yes.”
R: “Well then. The spoons were always fair game again after a wash. The same ought to go for boys.”
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I‘m sorry to say I don‘t know who to credit the fan art to, but it‘s gorgeous and an incredible rendering of the characters.

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Survivor: A Novel | Chuck Palahniuk
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Called off work and spent my Chinese New Year weekend doing some local traveling. Chuck Palahniuk is one of my favorite audiobook staples and I eagerly downloaded this one for the drive. Survivor is probably now one of the top 2 of his books for me, alongside Haunted. Enjoyed this read.

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Perdido Street Station | China Miville
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I have to work this weekend, so I‘m not formally participating in #24in48 this time around, but I did send my class to the computer lab so I could catch up on a little reading!

#guiltypleasure #teaching #englishteaching #ESL #ESLteaching #24in48Readathon #badteacher

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Ready Player One | Ernest Cline

The origami unicorn had revealed everything to me. 🦄

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This passage seems eerily predictive of Black Mirror‘s Bandersnatch.

#ReadyPlayerOne #ErnestCline #BlackMirror #Bandersnatch #foreshadowing

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Perdido Street Station | China Miville
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Fresh 2019 book tracker! Hopefully I can fill in a book or two on my flights back to Indonesia. Starting off the year with some China Miéville.

#BulletJournal #BuJo #booktracker #books2019 #booksof2019 #2019books #bookgoals #bujotracker

Crazeedi Love!❤👍 10mo
BookishMarginalia That‘s gorgeous!! 10mo
Heideschrampf I love this design! 10mo
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Cinfhen Love your #BuJo design 🙌🏻💕 10mo
Chelleo 😍😍😍 9mo
SincerelyWinona @BookishMarginalia thank you so much! 9mo
SincerelyWinona @Heideschrampf thanks! I found a similar one on Pinterest and then just recreated my own version. So I can‘t take full credit. 😊 9mo
SincerelyWinona @Cinfhen Thanks! ☺️ 9mo
BookBabe That‘s awesome! 🙌🏻 9mo
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My #BulletJournal page depicting my 2018 reading goals. I finished all 50 books! (Plus I‘m in the middle of another...) Excited I reached my goal and excited to track another year of reading!

#BuJo #bulletjournaling #bujotracker #booktracker #2018 #readinggoal
(One of my favorite books of the year is tagged in the post!)

Cinfhen Nice! 10mo
BookishMarginalia Love it! 10mo
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Tash Hearts Tolstoy | Kathryn Ormsbee
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Hetero-romantic Asexual Cis-Female: “I don‘t feel like I have to make that big a deal of it, or-or ‘come out‘ in some big way or anything. I don‘t want to.”
Cis-Het Female: “No, I get that. I‘ve never had the urge to stand in a public square and say, ‘I wanna do the dirty with menfolk.‘”

😂 Exactly. 🏳️‍🌈

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Chime | Franny Billingsley
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Listening to this audiobook in paradise. 🌴

TheBookKeepers Yes!!! 11mo
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Love is inexact... it is not a science. It is barely a noun. It means one thing to one person, and another thing to another. It means one thing to one person at one point and then something else at another point. It doesn‘t make sense. We are gathered here today to not make sense... I love you, it‘s a mystery. Because it‘s a mystery we have to take care of it. Feed it. It can go missing, but we can‘t tie it up. We can only tie it to someone else.

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Furyborn | Claire Legrand
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Finally started Furyborn for a short round-trip drive this weekend. I was so excited for a feminist fantasy but even a few hours in I find myself barely enthralled and wondering if or when it will grab my attention...

LaraCroft I'm currently reading it, and I can tell you that I was really struggling with the first few chapters to the point that I got into a READING SLUMP!!!! But since I can't leave a book unfinished, even if it sucks, I pushed myself beyond the limits and....things got a TAD bit better, but I'm still not really enjoying it (I mean, my expectations for this books were really high but..sh*t happens). But yeah, just keep reading, things may change ^-^ 12mo
SincerelyWinona @LaraCroft I definitely know what you mean. I‘m at part 10/14 in the audiobook and I‘m no longer having to ~force~ myself to listen. I‘m still not really enjoying it either. I‘m glad I picked up the audiobook because I‘d have a really hard time finishing it if I had the written book, but I‘d hate not finishing too. 12mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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@kellyann28 is hosting a #BlindBookGiveaway! I‘d love to go on a blind (book) date with something involving rom coms, lists, and unique projects! Check out her original post to see how you can potentially win a mysterious book of your own.

kellyann28 Thanks for entering! Good luck to you! ❤ 14mo
SincerelyWinona @kellyann28 thanks for hosting! 😊📚 14mo
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Glass Sword | Victoria Aveyard
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Listened to Glass Sword on may way to the woods today. A mountainous motorbike ride, a new library “book”, and some fresh air does a reader good.

readordierachel What a pretty spot! 14mo
SincerelyWinona @readordierachel Thanks! It‘s a plot of forest maintained by a university outside the city I live in. Sometimes I just need to escape the city. 14mo
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“Sometimes you have to do whatever it takes to make a man shut up.”

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The Tenth Island | Diana Marcum
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If you are a #kindle user make sure you catch Prime Day‘s perk for First Read members! 6 free books! 🎉📚

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Lumberjanes #1 | Grace Ellis, Noelle Stevenson
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I can get behind this pledge.

Bklover ❤️❤️ 1y
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The Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
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1. The tagged book The Night Circus is one of my favorite books and easily one I think hits pretty much anyone‘s interest points.
2. Pretty much anywhere but right now Australia is pretty high on the list. Or maybe Korea. Or Austria. Really anywhere will do.
3. Thanks @kellyann28 for this #giveaway! Welcome to Litsy!

kellyann28 The Night Circus is one of my absolute FAVORITES! Thanks for entering! 1y
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If I Was Your Girl | Meredith Russo
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I loved reading this book. 🏳️‍🌈 I‘m cis but queer and have so so many dear friends who fall all over the gender and sexuality spectrum. The insight this novel gives is beautiful and it‘s written so it‘s easy for those with little experience or knowledge of the topic to be able to step right into the character‘s life. Plus, it‘s queer fiction written by a trans author. I want more literature like this. Honest, open, and beautiful. ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜

readordierachel Been meaning to read this one! Glad to hear you liked it. Thanks for the reminder 😊 1y
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Halfway through finals and preparing to continue my language studies by attempting to read Harry Potter in Indonesian. I can‘t believe how pretty the Indonesian covers are! I couldn‘t wait until I was home to dive in, so I stopped for some froyo near the bookstore. ⚡️🍦✨

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Truly Devious: A Mystery | Maureen Johnson
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I have been an avid Maureen Johnson fan for 13 years and this is the first time I‘ve wanted to throw her book across the room. Great characters and beautiful writing, but the ending didn‘t resolve anything! The cliffhanger isn‘t even related to the main plot arch! Frustrating, but I‘ll absolutely keep reading... 🔍

ofclumsywords Thank you for putting into words what I‘ve been trying to realize! I love Johnson but I‘ve had so many mixed feelings on this book! 1y
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Truly Devious: A Mystery | Maureen Johnson
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“I just, I got nervous. I wear my lemons when I‘m nervous.” 🌴🍋

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Red: A Crayon's Story | Michael Hall
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This page (and book) absolutely touched my heart. 💜 I remember hearing about this book when it was published, but was surprised to find it (available!) on my library‘s OverDrive page. So grateful I got the chance to read it, and I definitely will suggest and gift it to everyone I know. 🖍💙

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Priestdaddy: A Memoir | Patricia Lockwood

“Attempts to govern the female body always have a feeling of a last resort, because the female body is fundamentally ungovernable.”

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Priestdaddy: A Memoir | Patricia Lockwood
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“Tweeting is an art form,” I told her. “Like sculpture, or honking the national anthem under your armpit.”
“It‘s not art if it‘s evil,” she said.
“It‘s *only* art if it‘s evil, Mom.”
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No one (teacher included) showed up to our first class of the day. So I went for a cup of coffee and enjoyed the aircon and quiet to catch up on Priestdaddy until my following class.

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This or That? | Delphine Chedru, Bernard Duisit
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@readherwriteher‘s “this or that”. I have to say, my flavor preference will be Twizzlers every day, but I have a fondness for Red Vines ever since A Very Potter Musical.

readherwriteher @SincerelyWinona I‘ve actually never had Red Vines (we don‘t have them in my neck of the woods), but my favourite is actually the soft Australian licorice. But not the black kind. 👎🏻🚫 2y
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Finishing the final book in the Crazy Rich Asians series. I love reading the kabillion dollar drama taking place in a country just an hour plane ride north of my $2 takeout.

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Game of Thrones | George R R Martin
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New Kindle case! 📖 🌅

#kindle #kindlecase #beach #sunset #batik
Made by batiksocial@gmail.com or batiksocial on Instagram/Twitter.

Cinfhen Pretty💕 2y
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Pro Java Programming | Terrill Brett Spell
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I started a new Instagram account under the username Belum.Cantik which I‘m using to illustrate linguistic humor discovered while studying language in a foreign country. Follow it to laugh at my mishaps and learn some new vocabulary in the process!

However, I used a computer science joke as my first post. Because I‘m a #nerd
And I live on #Java

Jess7 I‘m on insta too if you want to add me. I‘m @ thegreeneyedreader 2y
SincerelyWinona @Jess7 I followed you! 😊 2y
Jess7 Great, I‘ll follow you back 2y
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God bless the book people for their boundless knowledge absorbed from having words instead of friends.

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Fallen | Lauren Kate
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This audiobook was easy to get into but the main female character was unfortunately vapid and spent most of the book throwing herself at male characters who treated her poorly. Decided to watch the movie and it‘s even worse. They change / leave out any of the details that make the characters and setting unique. The movie is literally Twilight with angels. The main character is even a Kristen Stewart à la Bella Swan look alike.

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Fallen | Lauren Kate
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Didn‘t make it even halfway of the 24in28 #readathon, but I also arrived home to the SO for the first time in three weeks an hour before #24in48 started. Wanted to read, but couldn‘t ignore a weekend with pacarku. Still, I read more in the last three weeks of travel than I have in probably a year, so I‘d call that a success!

sprainedbrain Definitely a successful weekend! 🎉🎉🎉 2y
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When Dimple Met Rishi | Sandhya Menon
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“I feel like I need to speak out, because if no one speaks out, if no one says, ‘This is me, this is what I believe in, and this is why I‘m different, and this is why that‘s okay,‘ then what‘s the point? What‘s the point of living in this beautiful, great melting pot where everyone can dare to be anything they want to be?”

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Geekerela | Ashley Poston
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I was skeptical going into it, especially the first chapter or so. Cinderella remakes are ubiquitous, and Hilary Duff‘s “A Cinderella Story” already added the ‘texting with the prince‘ bit. But this book had me gasping, laughing, and cheering and quickly sucked me into the story. Plus we get a fantastic queer character, and there‘s a Wynona! A fun, quick, and worthy read. ✨ Look to the stars. Aim. Ignite. \m/ ✨