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dgingo

Joined October 2016

English professor. Relocated New Yorker.
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Early Riser by Jasper Fforde
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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
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Early Riser | Jasper Fforde
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Next up is a #BuddyRead with @StellarDoc 🌑❄️

#BOTM

StellarDoc Tom Jones! 1w
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One of Us Is Lying | Karen M. Mcmanus
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It was a slow start & a bit of a slog getting into it, but the story became interesting and the characters a little more defined as the book progressed. It wasn‘t as fast of a read as I expected it to be for the genre & considering Kara Thomas‘s review on the back of the book, calling it “an addictive, devour-in-one-sitting thriller,” but it improved & got faster to read, especially after the snail‘s pace start & apathy I felt in the first pages.

dgingo The novel wasn‘t nearly as predictable as some other books in similar genres, although I wouldn‘t call it a thriller, but I did figure out the answer to “Who killed Simon?” well in advance of the characters in the novel. Not exceptional, but by the end, the book, the story had enough complexity to keep me reading and I was invested enough in the characters to finish it and consider it a worthwhile read. 1w
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One of Us Is Lying | Karen M. Mcmanus
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Working on some early morning reading to finish this before today‘s brunch book club meeting. 🥞🍳📚

#PreDawnReading #TeaAndBooks #BookClub

dgingo @StellarDoc It‘s true! I suppose that was just me being rebellious. 1w
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Gaiman is a talented storyteller and this Audible version with a fabulous full cast really brings the book to life. There are a few paths I would have liked to see tread upon and explored and a few unanswered questions answered, but it was an enjoyable story with worthwhile characters that I felt enough about to have shed a tear or two.

Bonus—a short chapter at the end where Gaiman explains the backstory of how this book came to be.

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Selected Letters | Charlotte Brontë
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Real mail in the mailbox today thanks to #LitsyLove. It was a lovely surprise, and I can‘t wait to read my notes/letters. I‘ll start sending notes soon, too, and I can‘t wait for more #HappyMail. 💌

I also received my copy of The New Yorker fiction edition. Coincidence? I think not. 🥳

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💗💗💗 1w
dgingo @TheBookHippie @Stacypatrice — Thank you both for writing! I‘ll write you both soon! 💕👏🏼🖋 1w
Stacypatrice 😀💌Yay!!!! 1w
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The Graveyard Book | Neil Gaiman
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I‘m enjoying this thus far. #Audible #NeilGaiman 👻💀⚰️

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One of Us Is Lying | Karen M. Mcmanus
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Starting One of Us Is Lying today for tomorrow‘s book club meeting. Let‘s hope it‘s both a good read and a quick read. #RebelliousReadersBookClub #YA #BookClub

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Book Love | Debbie Tung
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I may have gotten one or two (it was definitely two) of these mugs today. If they weren‘t “hand wash only,” it may have been three or four. 👓📖📚

#Bookstore #ReadersGonnaRead #TreatYoShelf

rretzler It‘s a shame they can‘t be made dishwasher safe. Unless they expect that you‘re getting them for decoration only. 😕 3w
julesG @rretzler Snacks, pens, bookmarks,... I like washing out my special mugs, though. It shows how much I love them, even if they are dishwasher safe. 3w
dgingo @rretzler Agreed! For some of them, I think it‘s the metallics. I‘ll use them for tea/coffee at work where I have to hand wash cups anyway (or bring them home for the dishwasher). 3w
dgingo @julesG Yes! If I don‘t use them for drinks, it will definitely be for pens! 3w
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Again, but Better | Christine Riccio
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How exciting! 🥳

rretzler 🎉🥳👍🏻🎈 3w
Megabooks 👍🏻👍🏻🎉🎉🎉📚🤩🥳 3w
Jas16 🎉📚👏 3w
dgingo @rretzler @Megabooks @Jas16 Thank you all! I know it‘s low compared to others‘ numbers, but I‘m still excited! 😀 3w
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Again, but Better | Christine Riccio
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4/4.5 stars ⭐️🌟⭐️ 🌟 for this sweet, enjoyable quick read. It‘s the feel-good story I needed to read. A tale about college and growing up, and a little bit of magic; I thoroughly enjoyed this debut novel.

Ready to discuss it at #BookClub today; I wasn‘t sure I was going to finish in time #ButIDid

Finished in under 7 hours in a single day. 👏🏼

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Again, but Better | Christine Riccio
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I‘ve made a lot of progress on this book that I started only last night with some late night reading, and only a few hours of sleep...and a couple other delays. 😹 As long as my Dolce doesn‘t plan on taking a nap here, I should be able to finish this before I have to head to this afternoon‘s book club. 🐱📚🤷🏻‍♀️

#TimeWillTell #KittensWhoAreLittens #CatsOfLitsy #KittensOfLittens #BookClub

Lcsmcat #kal kitties against literacy! 😻 3w
dgingo @Lcsmcat Ha! Right?! They‘re lucky that they‘re cute! 3w
TheLibrarian What a majestic kitty!! 3w
dgingo @TheLibrarian Thank you! He is! And he demands to be treated accordingly. 😂 3w
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Again, but Better | Christine Riccio
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“‘Thanks.‘ It comes out as a whisper. I‘m devastated. Outraged. Annoyed. Ashamed. Frustrated. A small part of me is jumping up and down. You could make an Inside Out sequel out of these past forty-five minutes.”

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Again, but Better | Christine Riccio
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Book club is tomorrow (a private one, not the B&N one for the book); I only said “maybe” I could make it. Starting the book tonight—will I finish in time? Only time will tell. #BookClub #YA #TBD

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🌟 🌟🌟🌟 The 2nd book in the Lunar Chronicles, and like most series, the second book isn‘t as strong as the 1st, but I enjoyed it. The story jumps back and forth from one story (Scarlet‘s) to the other (Cinder‘s), and it is honestly a little abrupt, but the reader adapts and begins to enjoy both stories. I will finish the series, but I‘m also predisposed to loving fairytale adaptations. I‘m also curious how the characters and the story develops.

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This isn‘t the most effective situation for reading, but it is a good “you have to pay attention to me” strategy. 😺

#CatsAreBrilliant #Gabby #KittensofLittens #CatsOfLitsy

AmyG Beautiful cat! 3w
dgingo @AmyG Thank you! 😻 3w
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Setting Goals | John Renesch
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Looking forward to next month‘s goals. 🌤⛱📚

#Read #ReadAllTheThings #Planning #Summertime 🌝🌸📖

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After a *fabulous* Indian dinner this weekend in DC, I was craving it again, so “fast food” Indian had to suffice for today. #LunchtimeReads #NoFilter

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Visited a winery in Virginia yesterday 🍇 and I asked the wine maker on our private tour if he ever reads in the cool cellar. 🍷

#IWould #IReallyWantedTo #TheQuestionsThatMatter #HaveBookWillTravel #GirlsWorkingWeekendAway

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This was a free Audible YA book, so I had no idea that I‘d enjoy it as much as I did. The writing and the narrator are high quality and a pleasure to listen to and young Maeve Merritt is the best protagonist I‘ve read thus far this year—feisty, smart, and complex. Highly recommend. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#Audible #FreeBook #YA #HighlyRecommended

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“Time slithered on like a maggot on a cabbage leaf.”

I‘m really enjoying this #AudibleOriginal thus far—the writing and protagonist are well crafted thus far and I look forward to hearing more. #Free #Audible

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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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Normal People is about Marianne and Connell, two Irish schoolmates who have a secret relationship that evolves into an intense codependent relationship that lasts through college as each character struggles with her or his identity and place in society. While the two have a complex off-again on-again relationship, the other person is never that far away, even when they are geographically apart. #BOTM #PageTurner

dgingo The story and its two primary characters are engaging from the start and the writing has the reader quickly turning the pages, but I was disappointed not with the ending but with the number of unanswered questions, primarily about Marianne and her family, that the novel seemed to lead the reader to expect would be revealed without address. 1mo
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Evil Eye, a short Audible original (not yet in the Litsy listings). Good performances, but the story could have used a little more of a well-balanced story arc—the last half of the story was only about 10% of the length. The climax was a rushed and not clearly narrated and the falling action and denouement were also a little *too* brief; otherwise, a worthwhile listen. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Book Love | Debbie Tung
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So very relatable, all of it. A book of bookish comics that any bookworm can relate to—from our love of bookstores and libraries to our tendency to smell the pages to our unconquerable collections of books “to be read.” 4.5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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My Not So Perfect Life | Sophie Kinsella
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3.5-4 stars ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Audible deal and my first Kinsella book. A light pleasure read, predictable and perfect for car rides to and from campus at the end of the semester. And who doesn‘t enjoy a British narrator? 📚

#Audible #FastFoodRead #PleasureRead #AudibleDeal

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Substitute: The Wedding Pact | Denise Grover Swank
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Feeling a bit under the weather #Allergies? #Cold? #Both? so I‘m indulging in a little fluff reading. #Kindle #Romance #JunkFoodReads #KindleDeals #FreeOrNearlyFreeReads #IShouldBeGrading

JennyM Fluff reading certainly has it‘s benefits! Hope you are feeling better soon 😘 2mo
dgingo @JennyM Thank you so much! It‘s been a crazy month of too much work and late nights, so I think it‘s all just catching up with me. And yes—a little fluff reading is helping! 💕 2mo
cobwebmoth Feel better soon! 2mo
dgingo @cobwebmoth Thank you SO much! 2mo
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Thanks for the opportunity to win this fabulous giveaway, @Kayla.Adriena ! I love all of these items! 📚💕 🌷 #SpringHasSprungGiveaway

Kayla.Adriena Goodluck!💗🌸🌱 2mo
dgingo @Kayla.Adriena Thank you so much for the opportunity to enter! 🤞🏼🌷📚 2mo
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A quick, enjoyable YA adaptation of Cinderella in a post-WWIV future with cyborgs. Meyer telegraphs her moves and “surprises” way too clearly and early on in the novel, but maybe the target reader wouldn‘t recognize all of them? It was an enjoyable read, regardless. It‘s a good thing I already have the rest of the books in the series.

#BookClub #AutographedRead #YA #Series #PleasureReading

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Although I don‘t typically like to read my autographed copies of books, sometimes I need to make an exception. Squeezing in a little pre-work meeting reading to finish this one before tonight‘s #RogueBookClub meeting.

StellarDoc Rogue book club? 2mo
StellarDoc I don't like that name. Not at all. 2mo
dgingo @StellarDoc The other hashtag would be far too long #WMRYABWDATW 😂#WeWentRogue 2mo
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StellarDoc I don't think we went rogue, though. 2mo
dgingo Good grief. Not that tag, @StellarDoc ! 😩😬 I‘m good with a new hashtag and name. Maybe part of our conversation tonight! (edited) 2mo
StellarDoc I think that's a good idea. Rogue is my favorite of the X-Men, but the concept of "going rogue" has forever been tainted because of the book I tagged. I can't condone it connected with our book club. 2mo
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My first David Sedaris audio book, and it probably won‘t be my last. Neurotic, quirky, and clever, Sedaris shares essays and stories on various topics, some personal and revelatory, others mundane, ordinary, and critical, such as those in which he offers cultural and political commentary. I enjoyed hearing him read, as he himself narrates the Audible book.

dgingo Negative? I just don‘t know how I feel now about traveling to China—he provides some vivid descriptions that, to be honest, has lowered China on my “to travel to” list. 🤷🏻‍♀️🤔 2mo
rretzler Love Sedaris‘ books and listening to him read them is a bonus! 2mo
dgingo @rretzler It‘s definitely a bonus! I usually only listen to non-fiction audiobooks and only if the narrator is the author or fabulous. 2mo
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Finally a sport in which I can excel. 😂🏋🏼‍♀️📖🥋🏆

Mitch Agreed! Me too! 2mo
dgingo @Mitch 🤚🏼👍🏼 2mo
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dgingo @rretzler 😇🥋 2mo
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3.5-4 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️✨

It was enjoyable and a quick read, but the story arc and ending needed a little work. Some of the story was a tad aimless and there are some unanswered questions and oddities (why Esperanto?), but it was decent overall for a first novel.

#BOTM #AccidentalBookClub #BookClubOfTwo #SciFi #HumanAIFriendship

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Municipalists | Seth Fried
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8little_paws How's this book? I'm curious 2mo
dgingo @8little_paws So far so good. I just started it today, but I‘m a 1/3 through it. I‘m engaged and it‘s a quick read/page-turner. I‘m sure I‘ll finish it this weekend and I‘ll post a review. 2mo
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I‘m not *quite* this bad. Shhh. 🤫😉😂📚🛍📖

julesG I'm close. 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🤣🤣🤣 2mo
dgingo @julesG Me too! 🤫😂 2mo
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“Lies we tell ourselves.” And who are we kidding? #OneMoreCHAPTER 😊📚📖

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March: Book One | John Robert Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell
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Highly recommended by a reader friend, I‘m starting this #LibraryRead about Civil Rights icon, Congressman John Lewis. What do you call a graphic novel when it‘s not fiction? #That

SaturnDoo Graphic Memoir 3mo
dgingo @SaturnDoo Really? Cool. Thanks! 👍🏼This is only my second full-length graphic text, so it‘s not my genre and I never thought about a non-fiction version. 3mo
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Trevor Noah is a good storyteller. His memoir is less about his life and more about language, perspective, difference, race, education, love, family, and his mother's unrelenting faith. His life story is intertwined with his mother‘s, and while these personal events and experiences are interesting, they truly serve simply as a jumping off point, an opportunity to discuss larger, more universal topics--as with most good books. #Audible 📖

dgingo Engaging from start to finish, I highly recommend Born a Crime for its cultural richness, impactful discussions of race, education, and language. Especially language, and the power it wields. 3mo
dgingo But, because language is such an important component, the book's primary weakness is Noah's proclivity to curse--while I don't mind the inclusion of curse/"cuss" words in a story or book when used effectively, he overuses them where they don't add, but actually distract from the story. 4 1/2 ?. 3mo
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The Wicked King | Holly Black
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The bad part about a series/trilogy is that each book, and its final pages, leaves you yearning for the next. I‘m already anticipating the next book and Jude‘s...well, I‘ll omit spoilers. It‘s a good thing Holly Black told us she already has a first draft written of the next book.

dgingo I enjoyed The Wicked King, and a return to Elfhame, but this second book ranks slightly lower than The Cruel Prince. That may be because I like world-building and there was a sizeable gap between books and I didn‘t reread the first book prior to starting the second book, but I‘m really enjoying the series and for YA, I applaud Holly Black‘s diction, specifically, and her writing style, generally. 3mo
dgingo The only downside of the series being YA is the fade-to-black scene and some of the understandable, yet also frustrating, self-censoring of content for her target audience.

Still, I‘m reading eagerly and preparing my saddle for the next, and final, ride. This series has made me a fan of Black and I look forward to reading more.
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The Wicked King | Holly Black
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1. The Wicked King and Trevor Noah‘s autobiography.
2. Book club!
3. Not a real one.
4. Yes! An incredible trip and *the* nicest people!
5. 🍀 @BookishMeanderings 🍀

#HelloThursday #BookClub @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 🍀 3mo
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Just started this one today, but I‘m enjoying it thus far. While I‘m new to Audible and audiobooks generally, I‘ve found that I really enjoy listening to them in the car, and I prefer non-fiction that is read by the author. 🎧 📚

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The Wicked King | Holly Black
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Houston, we have a problem. My #TBR collection has now started to gather in the living room. The shelves, bookcases, and rooms upstairs are (apparently) no longer sufficient. 🤷🏻‍♀️😳

What should I read next? 📚📚📚📚

#PastTimeForMoreShelves #LittenProblems #SpringBreak #TimeToOrganize

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The Winter Sister | Megan Collins
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Again, not my usual genre for our #AccidentalBookClub, but I really enjoyed this quick read. I predicted parts of it, but it was an enjoyable page-turner that was better written than #TheSilentPatient, our last #BOTM club pick. #Recommend

#ReadingInVegas #ARoomWithAView #StripViews #BookClubOfTwo

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The Winter Sister | Megan Collins
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Spa day! 80 minute desert stone massage and time to enjoy all of the fabulous saunas, aromatherapy rooms, igloo room, rainforest showers (sounds and rain effects), wave room, salt grotto, jacuzzi, and the relaxation room (pictured here).

#RelaxationMeansReading #Cozy #TheOtherSideOfVegas #CanyonRanchSpa #PalazzoLasVegas #BirthdayWeekend #BirthdaySeason

wordzie 🙋❤ 3mo
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The Winter Sister | Megan Collins
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The Winter Sister | Megan Collins
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A chilly night in makes a good time to catch up on some reading. 🌙 🌚

#BookClubOfTwo #AccidentalBookClub #BOTM

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#BookHaul (Book socks and book gifts for others not pictured.) #MoreBooks #NeverEnough 📖📚

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The Wicked King | Holly Black
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#Danger

Whatever happens, it‘s all your fault, @StellarDoc 🤷🏻‍♀️📖 .

StellarDoc And I *just* posted about how you were being good. 😹😹😹 4mo
StellarDoc And you're welcome! 4mo
StellarDoc I am a 📖🐲! 4mo
dgingo @StellarDoc Highlight of the night! 4mo
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Dumplin' | Julie Murphy
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It‘s true, though. 🎯

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The Wicked King | Holly Black
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And on some days, or weeks, the obstacles really pile up or big nightmares like slab leaks happen. 😢

Bklover Do you mean slab leaks like under the house slab? If so, OH NO!! 4mo
dgingo @Bklover Yes, sadly. 😢 4mo
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A little pre-movie reading. 🦊📚

#BooksAtTheMovies #HaveBookWillTravel #BookClub #SundayFunday