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everlocalwest

everlocalwest

Joined September 2016

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Cavalier House Books | Denham Springs, Louisiana (Bookstore)
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Hi Litsy friends! I just wanted to share some exciting news, after thirteen years of leasing space, we have purchased a forever home for our bookshop, Cavalier House Books!

We'll be remodeling a historic building and opening up in the next few months. If you'd like to follow along, we're @CHBbookstore across social media. 💙📚

TrishB Good luck 👍🏻 3w
BittersweetBooks Congrats! Hope to visit your book shop some day 😊 3w
AmyG Wishing you all the best! 🙌🏻👏🏻👊🏻 3w
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Tamra Yay for you!!!! 💙 3w
DivineDiana How very exciting! Best wishes! 👏🏻📚🎉 3w
Jas16 That is fantastic! 🎉🙌🏽📚 3w
SilversReviews Congrats!! 3w
Smrloomis Exciting, congratulations!!! 🥳🥳🥳 3w
Bookishlie Woo hoo so excited for you!! 3w
underground_bks CONGRATULATIONS!!! 🎊 3w
Cinfhen Congrats 🎉🍾🎊 wishing u all the best 3w
batsy That's exciting! Congratulations 🎉📚 3w
tessavi Congrats! Looking forward to following the progress on Litsy 🙂 3w
DaveGreen7777 WOO-HOO! Congratulations! 🙌 3w
marleed Congratulations!! 2w
Tera66 Congratulations!📚 That is so exciting! 2w
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Boyfriend Material | Alexis Hall
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Made an after hours trip to the bookshop in my pajamas to grab this month's #littensloveromance pick and I had two gifts on my desk! The new Ross Gay from my Workman rep (had to cancel our meeting bc covid but he loves me enough that he dropped this by!) and Legends and Lattes which a customer dropped off bc I mentioned being bummed I didn't buy a copy before we sold out and now I'll have to wait for the Tor edition in October.

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From @EadieB and @TheSpineView #two4tuesday

1 - I don't decorate my house with books, with two readers in the house we don't have enough space to get clever with displays or shelving. BUT we do decorate with books at our shop. I'm currently working on some paper folding beauties to create a focal point in our new shop but these are taking AGES.

2 - what distracts me from reading? Probably my sister, husband, and TikTok; in that order. Lol

TheSpineView Thanks for playing 1mo
EadieB @everlocalwest Thanks for playing! I love those folded paper books! 1mo
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The Bodyguard: A Novel | Katherine Center
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Super cute and genuinely funny. Fake dating is one of my fave tropes.

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Absolutely delightful short story collection! If you enjoy the form, this one is worth picking up.

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A Cat's Tale: A Journey Through Feline History | Dr. Paul Koudounaris, Baba the Cat, California
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I like cats. I like Paul Koudounaris. I like micro histories wherein you view the history of the world through a certain object or idea. All that being said, it stands to reason I'd like this book. But it has languished in my currently reading stack for ages, never being the book I chose. I finally finished and while I give it a soft pick, I'd be hesitant to recommend it.

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Victory. Stand!: Raising My Fist for Justice | Derrick Barnes, Tommie Smith, Dawud Anyabwile
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Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their fist on the Olympic podium in 1968, sacrificing their sporting careers (and frankly, risking their lives) to speak out against the injustices suffered by Black Americans. Victory, Stand gives us the background not only of Smith's life but provides context for his historic decision. Smith's memoir is powerful and brilliantly translated into a graphic novel.

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A Marvellous Light | Freya Marske
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A fun read, but I wasn't head over heels for it as many are. Magic and mystery in what is, I guess, the cozy fantasy genre.

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Last Chairlift | John Irving
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Whelp, it finally happened. John tested positive for COVID. Thus begins our quarantine. Luckily, I got this baby in last week. He's totally fine, by the way, and I'm still testing negative so at this point it's really best case scenario except we had several import work-related appointments this week. C'est la vie.

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No One Is Talking about This | Patricia Lockwood
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I read this a bit ago and oddly, it was all I talked about. I've written here before about loving novels written by poets and this is absolutely the gold standard of that statement. Lockwood begins this novel by basically synthesizing the whole of the internet (or Twitter, at the very least) and ends by crushing your soul with the brutality of a very real family tragedy. Read it and feel things. Your empathy muscles will grow three sizes.

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Rake I'd Like to F... | Eva Leigh, Sierra Simone, Joanna Shupe, Nicola Davidson, Adriana Herrera
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I dunno if these authors are going to run out of people they'd 'like to F' but we must all hope that they do not because this anthology is as fun as the last and I've already pre-ordered Villain.

Saknicole 😂 agreed! Hopefully the list is endless! 1mo
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Mehso-so

This is not what I wanted...at all. I wanted cultural criticism and oral history. I got recaps and interview snippets. As a Buffy fan, I still found enjoyed this, ish, but I wouldn't recommend it. There's much better writing about Buffy around the interwebs.

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Lore Olympus: Volume Two | Rachel Smythe
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It's here and I'm happy!

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Anyone else feel unsettled by how old Draco Malfoy looks? When did the Harry Potter generation (myself included) become middle aged?!? I mean, he is obviously still very handsome and absolutely killing it in that suit, but I spotted this cover and felt so old!

Maybe it's the two sixteen year-olds who recently joined our staff at the bookshop? They stay gasping at the fact that I was born in the 80s so they might have me in my head a bit. Lololol

LiteraryinLawrence No, that‘s true! I don‘t even recognize him on the cover! Others like Emma Watson still look the same. 😋 1mo
everlocalwest @LiteraryinLawrence I know, right? 🤷‍♀️ 1mo
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Butterfly Swords | Jeannie Lin
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According to Sarah MacLean, this is the first own voices Asian historical and it was pubbed in 2010! That seems unreal, but then most (if not all) of my own HR reading is set in England so...ugh, talk about a reading gap I need to correct!

Anyway, the book is great! The couple is phenomenal. I often struggle with contemporary romance bc the stakes aren't high enough - this book is why! The stakes are literally dynastic! So much angst! Love it!

annahenke This is hilarious that my post is next to yours and they are both #fatedmates related!! Love it! 1mo
Julsmarshall Huge #fatedmates fan here! Great review! 1mo
everlocalwest @annahenke & @Julsmarshall Yes! Love finding other Fated Mates listeners!! I'm always behind but I've been reading along since day one! 💙📚 1mo
annahenke @everlocalwest same! I‘m always behind but love the recs so much. Also been listening since the beginning! 1mo
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I had ~*feelings*~ reading this! This slight novella isn't earth shattering but it does pack an emotional punch.

Mohamed is reckoning with the future of climate change and those aspects are well thought out and terrifying, but what really hits you is the universal story of growing beyond your sense of safety into the fullness of what life can be. How does one leave family and community, with all of its challenges, and journey into the unknown?

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Spent the morning in bed going over the catalog from a recent NOMA exhibit. Awesome collection and I'm happy to have seen it. I love having the catalog as a memento I can continue to browse. The curators lightly touch on the issues of theft and plunder, this traveling exhibit comes from an Italian museum which houses these and many more pieces taken from Egypt, but mostly its focus is on history and artistry. A complex issue, largely glossed over.

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I really enjoyed this one and read so much of it aloud to my sister with discussions about our childhood and the life she's building for her own girls.

Clarke-Fields methodology aligns very well with my belief system. I'm reading to make parenting feel less terrifying and overwhelming (I don't have kids yet) and this book helped.

ravenlee Is this aimed at parents of young kids, or is it broader? (My kiddo is almost nine, and a lot of these seem to skew toward the preschool years) 2mo
everlocalwest @ravenlee it's actually much more about you as a parent than about the kids developmentally so I really think it would be helpful to parents of kids at any age. Her examples do tend to skew younger though. 2mo
ravenlee Thank you! 2mo
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Wicked Beauty | Katee Robert
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Robert balanced a ridiculous fantasy tournament and a throuple situation and kept it fun throughout. I continue to look forward to the next book in this series.

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Women of Marvel | Mariko Tamaki, Peach Momoko, Elsa Sjunneson
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This is not the tagged book - Marvel is super annoying in how they title books. This is WoM #1 but the tagged book also contains an entirely different WoM #1 that released last year. ??

Regardless, another fun read that I bought entirely for Charlie Jane Anders' take on Squirrel Girl. And yes, I had to have the variant with Squirrel Girl and Black Widow. I don't make the rules.

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Women of Marvel | Mariko Tamaki, Peach Momoko, Elsa Sjunneson
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So, Lore Olympus got me addicted to Webtoon and reminded me how much I love comics so I've been moving through quite a few of them.

I absolutely love this anthology style! You get a small taste of the characters without having to be concerned about continuity. I'll definitely be checking out trades from the Voices and Legacy lines (similar thematically grouped anthologies).

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Mehso-so

Every couple years I pick up a super hero comic thinking "maybe this will be the one for me!" It is very rare that it is for me.

This is fine. The art is great. But nothing made me want to continue the book. C'est la vie.

ravenlee I tried Ms Marvel a year or so ago and it was the same. Meh. I get why others like it, but it does nothing for me. 2mo
everlocalwest @ravenlee That actually is one that worked for me!! I read all of the trades a few years ago and really enjoyed it. So funny how that goes! 2mo
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Hoping for more analysis of the Children of God but that was expecting too much of a former member. Jones is the granddaughter of the founder and thinking proximity would grant insight was a complete error - even the immediate family was kept isolated. This is a litany of traumas that Jones is still processing. To that end I give this a soft pick, but enter knowing all the triggers are there and this is only a part of the author's healing jouney.

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The Southern Review | Jessica Faust, Cara Blue Adams
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This issue was HEAVY. This is my second issue of TSR; to me, the quality of the writing feels a bit uneven and the tone made it difficult to get through at points. Gorgeous cover art though.

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Delphi | Clare Pollard
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Y'all, this book. It's everything we felt in the early days of the pandemic synthesized and laid bare on the page. A family faces lockdown, uncertainty, and loss. The structure of the novel is great fun (Pollard is a poet), with each chapter centered around a type of prophetic seeing.

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The Magicians: The New Class | Lev Grossman, Lilah Sturges
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Much like the previous Magicians comic, this is fine. A new class of magicians at Brakebills and now they've thrown hedge witches into the mix because *gasp* assistance is needed. But everything happens much too quickly and I don't feel invested in this story at all.

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Sourcery | Terry Pratchett
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Still making my way through Pratchett's books. Still enjoying them.

And yes, I did get an OFMD depression robe. Nothing has ever made me happier.

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Mehso-so

Embarrassed to admit that I have an ARC of this and still put off reading it for years.

Here's the thing, something in the core story of The Magicians deeply resonates with me. I've read the novels three or four times and I've made my way through the SyFy series at least four times. But I don't actually like the books...? Or I don't know, I have to keep them at a distance. The series is where my heart actually lives, there's just more soul there.

everlocalwest That was not at all a review of Alice's Story, which was fine. I was really hoping for more from this, not just a change in perspective (which is all this is really) but a broader few or really her story of *avoids spoilers* after the thing. 2mo
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Here Lies | Olivia Clare Friedman
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Friedman has taken all of my anxieties about climate change, covid, bureaucratic government overreach, and motherhood and wrapped them up in this short novel. It packs a powerful punch and while I read it weeks ago, I continue to reflect on it and have absolutely put off reviewing it. What can I say to get across that the spare prose belies a deep look into the anxieties of our unknown future? I was discomfited by this novel and I recommend it.

batsy This sounds great and I haven't heard of it. Thanks for bringing it to my attention! 2mo
everlocalwest @batsy Awsome! I'd love to hear your thoughts of you pick it up. 💙📚 2mo
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Are you sick of me yet?

This series is just so delightful. And it's one of those things that I don't really think can be overhyped. If you are at all interested in the premise (a slice of life graphic novel about kids finding themselves, falling in love, and growing up with a beautifully supportive friend group), you're gonna love this. Full stop.

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Heartstopper: Volume 3 | Alice Oseman
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Bookseller note, we cannot keep these in stock at our shop and as I'm commiserating with all of these kids that want to read it but it's out of stock and the library holds list is insane, I'm introducing them to Webtoon and winning cool points for having read the series. I may be old, but I've got good vibes apparently.

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I adored every bit of this even if it sometimes makes me anxious because I'm reliving bits of my own teenage anxiety.

Anyone else love these books but find yourself unable to watch the Netflix adaptation because you have too many feels? Just me? Alright then.

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Sometimes I read a book that's difficult to review and then I just kinda stop updating here all together (said book was a wellwritten clifi/covid novel that I'm still processing I guess and will review later). But I recently binged all of Heartstopper and I wanna add to the chorus of reviews so:

An absolute delight!

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Something About You | Julie James
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I have been listening to so many podcasts lately I'd forgotten how much fun a good romance audiobook could be. This recent Fated Mates pick was a blast.

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Sometimes you just need a bizarro little graphic novel.

My nephews will love this book and if there are any little weirdos in your life, they'll love it too. This isn't the kind of read that stays with you or leaves you with a message. It's the kind of very silly book you need for a one sitting read on a day off of school. And it made me giggle, because I'm a child.

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The Southern Review | Albert Taylor Bledsoe, Sophia M'Ilvaine Bledsoe Herrick
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I've never subscribed to The Southern Review, but enjoyed the issues when they came my way at random. But now I'm a subscriber thanks to @thevictoriousone!

This is the first issue Victoria had a hand in and I was so proud to open it up and see her name. That's my friend, y'all! Working at LSU Press and being a boss!

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Index, A History of the | Dennis Duncan
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It takes a particular kind of nerd to pick up a book about the history of indexing, I am that nerd. But this book is delightful! Duncan is a funny and engaging writer. From the Library of Alexandria to political jabs coded within a book's index to the benefits and detriments of computer rather than human indexing...there's a ton of fascinating history here.

squirrelbrain Look @julesG - a yellow NF book! Up your street too @rockpools , or too close for comfort?! 5mo
julesG @squirrelbrain Perfect! Thanks for the tag. I'll put it on the TBR 5mo
rockpools Very timely! Happy National Indexing Day two days ago! Dennis is a complete star and very funny speaker - I probably will read this one day, but for now I‘m really pleased you‘re enjoying it. And Paula, who wrote the index for this, is also awesome- I‘d be curious to see if that contains a few quips - I can‘t believe they‘ve written it ‘straight‘! @squirrelbrain (edited) 5mo
rockpools What I really want to know though @everlocalwest is what‘s in that box of snacks? 5mo
everlocalwest Lol, @rockpools - I take it you're an indexer? I admit I'd never thought too much about the profession but after reading this I'm sure it's an interesting bunch of folks! The careful reading a proper index demands must be fulfiling and intense! (And bath snacks are always trailmix, though I think I might be in a very limited number of people who snack in the bath.) 5mo
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Fated Mates did a deep dive on this series, but I'm only reading the one book because I kinda hated it. And I def could not stand this hero. It is an alpha plus 'nice guy' in all the worst of ways situation. Very curious to finally get to this episode of FM (I'm so behind!) to see what Sarah and Jen so enjoy about this author because I didn't enjoy this at all.

annahenke I love fates mates but sometimes I read the books the rave about and just don‘t get it honestly lol 5mo
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Visited the local Friends of the Library sale - the first one since 2019! I got a few boxes of stock for the store but this was my haul. I couldn't resist the matching Melville set (Omoo will be my white whale), the Hornby is a gift edition I've wanted for years, the Bronte and Waugh are both in OOP editions I collect, Gift of Fear and Embroiders are plain ol' TBR. Why Read Moby Dick, I just couldn't leave behind once I'd decided on the Melville.

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Passion | Lisa Valdez
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A Fated Mates read that took my forever to get through because I just never really felt like living it up. It wasn't a bad book, just didn't ever grab me.

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Is this literally just Stockton's blog in hardcover? Yes! Did I still absolutely enjoy it? Further yes. Will I stop to look at her gorgeous bovine photography everytime I'm dusting my bookshelves? 💯

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So adorable and informative! And I love love love how often Burguieres reinforces that Opossums are NOT pets. I love them but always from a distance.

This is a great gift for all animal lovers but if you have a tween that loves wildlife, I beg of you - BUY THIS BOOK! A lovely introduction for future animal rehabbers!

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I liked this as an autobiographical essay, less so as a treatise purportedly defending the genre. I enjoy Perkins' style and I'm looking forward to her full essay collection. I am, however, over defending romance novels. Those who get it, get it. Those who don't, don't. And I'm fine to leave it at that.

Still a pick and worth the short read, but I wish it had been solely an essay about a writer's reading life; no defense of her tastes necessary.

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February | June Makle
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Nine books this month. Not too bad for a month full of events including Mardi Gras and moving house!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 6mo
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Little Bit felt it was vital to kiss the book as I was trying to photograph it, so bonus kitten in the pic.

A fair poetry collection, but nothing that really drew me in.

Julsmarshall Love a bonus kitten! 6mo
KellyK Kittens in the pics are the best!! ❤️ 6mo
everlocalwest @Julsmarshall & @KellyK he is very cute but absolutely a 😈, lol 6mo
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Book of Night | Holly Black
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So satisfying! This is going to get a ton of comparisons to Night House but honestly, it's way more fun.

Secrets, murder, shadow magic, con artists, and a surprising amount of romance. I feel like Stefon: This. Book. Has. Everything.

Seriously though, a very fun and fast read. I haven't read Black's YA fae books, but I'm definitely going to now.

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Saga #55 | Brian K. Vaughan
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I am an avowed trade waiter but when I saw this on Hoopla I just had to download!

Simultaneously exciting and still devastating. As for Fiona Staples and her art, I just, gasp.

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Electric Idol | Katee Robert
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First of all, look at this character card that came with the ARC! 🥰 I could die.

Secondly, while I didn't love this one as much as Neon Gods, I definitely had a late dinner because I had to finish it today!!

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Munro | Kresley Cole
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This image! 💀

So happy to be back in the Lore. This was a blast to read.

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84 Charing Cross Road | Helene Hanff
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Just as lovely as everyone claims. I'm looking forward to Q's Legacy now.

Leftcoastzen Just love it ! 6mo
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