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pareads

Joined April 2020

Book lover 📚, dog mom 🐶, PA student 🏥. I‘ll read anything but love all YA, fantasy, thrillers and contemporary romance 🤗. Talk to me about books!
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What a sweet YA contemporary romance. Filled with sister bonding, first love, summer camp, delicious sounding Filipino food and parents who are real, authentic people with their own past. Emma Lord is one to watch for in YA! #arc #netgalley #ya #emmalord

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I was expecting to like this but I was not expecting to be so funny and relatable. Lori Gottlieb has a way with words. Loving this so far! 💛#MaybeYouShouldTalkToSomeone #LoriGottlieb

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Midnight Sun | Stephenie Meyer
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Guys, Edward sits in a chair in the corner of Bella‘s room while she‘s sleeping. Why didn‘t my 13-year old self find that extremely disturbing?! #midnightsun #twilight

GingerAntics There is some serious stalking in this book. So many things we didn‘t find weird in our younger years. I swore off the books because of the unhealthy relationship, but I‘m thinking now that perhaps it‘s a great way to start conversations about unhealthy/abusive relationships. 2y
pareads @GingerAntics I agree! It makes me realize how much YA has changed in the past 15 years and now there are many more examples of healthy relationships 2y
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Girl, Serpent, Thorn | Melissa Bashardoust
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Book mail! 📬 📚 I am DYING to read Girl,Serpent,Thorn.
Full post here --> https://pareads.wordpress.com/2020/08/03/august-botm-pick-unboxing/

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Tithe | Holly Black
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Here is my #bookspinbingo card in the correct order! With the numbers 16 & 20, I will be reading Tithe by Holly Black and Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. Both are books I own but probably would not have chosen to read this month, so I'm excited! What did you get for #bookspin?

aperfectmjk First up for me is Defending Jacob by William Landay, and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I've been trying to read at least one classic per month, so I'm glad this one came up. 2y
pareads @aperfectmjk I had no idea Defending Jacob was a book! I watched the apple tv series and really enjoyed it (I know, usually I read before I watch 😅). I'll be curious to see what you think of it. That is also an awesome goal with the classics, I have a bunch sitting on my shelf so I should also incorporate it into my reading schedule. 1 per month seems very doable! 2y
aperfectmjk @pareads I have not seen the show, but I have seen previews, which is why I decided I wanted to read the book first. And yeah, I have a challenge of reading 100 classics, so I decided to work in one a month until I get there. 2y
sharread Awesome picks! 2y
pareads @sharread thank you! 😊 2y
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Little Secrets | Jennifer Hillier
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This was a solid thriller! After Marin loses her 4-year old son and find out her husband is having an affair there are a lot of secrets and betrayals...but at about 80% you are hit with crazy twists and turns I did not see coming. Definitely recommend!
I also recently started a blog! ---> https://pareads.wordpress.com/
Check it out and give me a follow, I would love to connect with you over in the blog world!

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My Final Breath | Paige Dearth
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Eh, this was a big disappointment for me. The author took a very complex medical issue and made it black and white. I wasn't able to feel any emotional connection to the characters despite the devastating subject matter. #netgalley #myfinalbreath

aperfectmjk I had that problem with one of her books. I think it had to do with the way it was narrated, It was written in the third person verses the first person which really prevents you from connecting. Is that how this one was written? 2y
pareads It was written in first person, but the narrator was a 12-yo girl and she said things that were way too mature for a 12-yo and it was odd. I think I had a hard time connecting with the story because of that, and the writing was just ok in my opinion 2y
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Here are my #BOTM picks! I am really excited about The Death of Vivek Oji, I'm trying to branch out and read more literary fiction. And I've been waiting to read Girl Serpent, Thorn so I couldn't resist adding it on. What did you choose?

MizzGraham Wow, it looks like we have the same taste in books 😊🤘🏼😎 2y
pareads @MissGraham Hooray! I love talking to people who love the same books that I do 😊. I hope you liked Girl, Serpent, Thorn! (edited) 2y
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Midnight Sun | Stephenie Meyer
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Is anyone else slightly embarrassed but 100% going to read this on the first day it comes out because your teenage self is screaming? Also, this cover is strange. 🙈 #midnightsun #twilight

sharread Meeeee! 🤣😅😜 2y
pareads @sharread haha I am right there with you! 🤣 2y
Tera0707 I am!!! 😁 2y
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pareads @Tera0707 I can't wait 😄 2y
MynameisSnow 120% 2y
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Oh my heart 💔 these poor characters go through so much in this book. The story is dark, gritty and didn't end with a lot of hope. I can't wait to see what happens in book 2! Also, I am naming my next dog Manchee 💛. As Todd would say, what a ruddy great dog.

night_shift I love this series 💔 2y
pareads @UnidragonFrag it is so so good! I can't believe I waited this long to read it. 2y
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Really enjoying this so far. Patrick Ness always writes such a compelling, unique story. I also saw it will be a movie in January 2021?! #chaoswalking #patrickness

cariashley Can‘t wait for this movie! I just got my (non reader) husband into the series and he loves it too. 2y
pareads @cariashley I might have to get mine to read it too (also a non reader 😂). I'm only about halfway through right now, but once you get used to all the grammar and the setting the story just flies by. I love it! 2y
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Untamed | Glennon Doyle
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4th and final book finished for #readingrush. I didn‘t love this book for the first 50% - I wasn‘t that engaged in her stories. After finishing I realized Doyle‘s commentary about being a mother, wife, woman in today‘s society really resonated with me and gave me a lot to think about after I turned the last page. A good reminder to build up & support other women and not being afraid to spend some time knowing yourself❤️ #untamed

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Mexican Gothic | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Finally!! So happy I rejoined book of the month and get to read this beauty even though I might need more bookshelves soon 😅 #botm #mexicangothic

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Untitled | Unknown
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First time participating in #bookspin for August and I'm excited to hopefully read some books I've had sitting on my shelf for a while. Thanks for organizing @TheAromaofBooks! #bookspinbingo #doublespin

Wanderer18 Hi, I‘m relatively new to this app and trying to figure out all the cool features! I love it so far and find it very inspiring and encouraging me to read more. What is #bookspin? How do you get involved in the challenges etc? Thanks for any info 🙏🏽 2y
pareads Hi, welcome to Litsy! I‘m honestly still trying to figure it all out too, and this is my first time participating in bookspin so I don‘t know how it all works yet 😅. @TheAromaofBooks organizes it and has a post here explaining how it works - https://www.litsy.com/web/post/1959936. Hope that helps!! 2y
TheAromaofBooks Glad to have you along @pareads !! I'll be sure to tag you with the winning numbers on the 2nd!! 2y
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TheAromaofBooks @Wanderer18 - Hey!! I host the #BookSpin challenge! To join, all you need is to post a list of 20 books you've been meaning to read. On the 2nd of every month I draw out 2 numbers (BookSpin & DoubleSpin) & everyone tries to read those numbers from their lists!! The post @pareads linked to above explains about #BookSpinBingo which is an extra challenge for people who want to read more than 2 books from their lists. Feel free to ask questions!! 2y
Wanderer18 @TheAromaofBooks oh cool! Sounds fun. I‘ll have to sort out how to do that though since I‘m mainly getting my books from the public library lol 😆 2y
pareads @TheAromaofBooks I‘d also like to join #bookspinbingo! Thanks for being patient while I figure all this out 😅 I‘m looking forward to a month full of reading!! 📚 2y
TheAromaofBooks No problem!!! And I don't know if you saw it, but I did post a “clarification“ post today explaining BookSpin/Bingo in more detail. I've had a lot more new people this month & want to make sure everyone knows how to join!! 2y
pareads @TheAromaofBooks I did, thank you so much for posting that! 2y
TheAromaofBooks I realized today that the challenge has kind of evolved since I first made it up on the spur of the moment in January, so it made sense to put all the info in one place!! 2y
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Trauma Room Two | Philip Allen Green
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Book 3 for #readingrush. A compilation of short stories from a small-town ER doc. I picked this up because I recently finished my trauma rotation in clinic and wanted to read another perspective. While I enjoyed the stories, I found it to be excessively dramatic and there was a lot of daydreaming about patient‘s lives which I didn‘t love reading about because it took away from the present story. Overall an ok read! #medicine #nonfiction

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Untamed | Glennon Doyle
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Day 5 of #readingrush and I've only read two books! I really enjoyed Fountains of Silence & Daisy Jones. I've been slowly reading Untamed and Trauma Room Two and am sad to say I'm not loving either of them. Untamed got such great reviews but I find it a bit boring and while I appreciate the message the delivery is falling flat for me. I'm hoping to finish up one more book this weekend after I finish these two! #readathon

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I've been slowly working my way through K.A. Tucker books and am definitely a fan. This book is one of her more popular ones and follows Calla, a city girl, who takes a trip to rural Alaska to reconnect with her estranged father. There is an enemies to lovers romance which I enjoyed, but I still don't know how I feel about that ending! I'll definitely pick up the next book eventually. Have you read any #katucker books?

Beatlefan129 Did you see there is a sequel to this that just came out? 2y
pareads @Beatlefan129 I did! I haven't read it yet but definitely plan on it. Have you read it? 2y
Beatlefan129 @pareads Not yet, but it‘s definitely on my list 2y
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An earlier summer read but one that I absolutely adored. Pippa was such an engaging protagonist and I loved the dynamic between her and Ravi. If you like small town murder mysteries, this book is definitely for you. The ending also had me like 😦!! 5⭐️ from me! #hollyjackson #agoodgirlsguidetomurder #murdermystery

ChasingOm Did you see that a sequel came out recently? 😄 2y
pareads @ChasingOm yes! I read it too 😊 I honestly didn‘t like it as much as the first but it was still good! 2y
ChasingOm 🙌 2y
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Daisy Jones and The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Day 3 of #readingrush: I finished The Fountains of Silence yesterday and started reading Daisy Jones& The Six last night. This isn't my typical book pick but it has such fantastic reviews that I thought I would give it a try! The book is written entirely in interview transcripts which is definitely unique. Have you read Daisy Jones & The Six? #readingrush #readathon #taylorjenkinsreid

TheSpineView Yes and I loved it. One of my favorites last year.💙📚 2y
rjsthumbelina I really enjoyed it! I'm biased though, bc I love Taylor Jenkins Reid. Her characters come to life so well to me 2y
pareads @TheSpineView Yay! I'm so glad to hear that. Hopefully I get to read a lot today 🙃 2y
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pareads @rjsthumbelina I've read a few of her other books and really loved them! I'm hoping I feel the same about this one. 2y
mosami79 I've read it and find it differently interesting...in small sentences there are things which make big difference between relationships...like the bicycle moment between the brothers...i loved it whole though i am from Indian classical music field it fly me to another world...enjoyed it 👍🏾 2y
pareads @mosami79 I'm glad you enjoyed it! This is a topic I don't know a lot about and isn't my typical book but I am liking it so far 😊. I am looking forward to see what you mean about small things making a big difference in relationships! 2y
mosami79 @aprek 👍🏾 2y
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If I didn't already love Emily Henry, I do now. She is a lovely writer and knows how to tell a story. I loved the setting of a cute Michigan beach town and two rival authors. I found myself laughing out loud multiple times at January & Gus's banter. And of course, it is an adorable romance that made me so happy 😍. Definitely a must-read!

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My first book for my first read-a-thon, The Reading Rush. I almost never read historical fiction but like this so far. Add me (same username) if you are also participating in the read-a-ton and tell me what you are reading! If you've read this book, what did you think of it? #thereadingrush #readathon #thefountainsofsilence #historicalfiction

rjsthumbelina I ended up LOVING this book. The early part can be a bit slow, but it's really engrossing once it picks up. And I loved that I learned so much about the time period that I hadn't known. Ruta Sepetys does her homework, for sure 2y
pareads @rjsthumbelina that‘s so good to hear! I read Salt to the Sea a few years ago and remember enjoying it. I do appreciate learning about history that I‘m not familiar with! 2y
Kimberlone I loved this book! Way better than the average YA, and an effective historical fiction on par with adult fiction. I learned so much about the period from this book! 2y
pareads @Kimberlone I‘m definitely enjoying it so far! Although it is long so I have a lot to read today 😅 2y
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Things You Save in a Fire | Katherine Center
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I took a break from Litsy because I was busy with school but have some great summer reads I am excited to review. I enjoyed so many things about this book- Cassie being a badass firefighter, the rookie, Cassie's relationship with her mom, moving to a new city, witty dialogue and so much more! I stayed up way too late finishing this story and it was well-worth it. I'll be looking forward to reading Center's other books 🙃

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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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SMILING so much right now as I am writing this. I loved this book and it was such a nice escape from reality. A female president, steamy romance and an alternate reality America that I wished I lived in right now. #redwhiteandroyalblue #contemporaryromance

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Saint X | Alexis Schaitkin
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I was expecting a quick thriller when I picked this up and instead got a slow-burn, strange and beautiful book about a death (or murder?) in a beautiful Caribbean setting. The writing was excellent and I appreciated the discussions around grief, classism and racism. This book was definitely an unexpected surprise and I am so happy I decided to pick it up. If you've read this book, let me know your thoughts!

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Honestly, this is worth the read just for the ending. It was unexpected and so evil, I loved it! I was surprised to see a lot of reviews saying the main focus of the book was the relationship between Nirrim and Sid - instead I thought it was a coming of age story for Nirrim as she navigates a world that has been lying to her, an abusive caregiver and new love. Also, the cover is gorgeous. I can't wait for book 2! #yafantasy #themidnightlie

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I started The Midnight Lie last night and I am not totally sure what is going on yet but enjoying it so far! I enjoyed the Winners trilogy so I have high hopes for this book.

These are my other books I checked out from the library on my TBR. Have you read any of these? What should I read next? I can't wait to get to all of them! 📚 #TheMidnightLie #YAfantasy #TBR

AvidReader25 I was a fan of Recursion! 2y
pareads @AvidReader25 That's great to hear! I'm planning on reading it soon, I think I will enjoy it 😊 2y
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The Nightingale | Kristin Hannah
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I know this book is good and it's been on my TBR forever but it's been a bit slow moving for me so far! I think I'm in a reading slump 😅. I also saw that it is going to be a movie so I will definitely finish it. Have you read The Nightingale? What is your favorite Kristin Hannah book? #TheNightingale #KristinHannah #historicalfiction

pareads @Catherine_Willoughby I just finished it this weekend and really enjoyed it! I hope you love it 🤗 2y
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Serious Moonlight | Jenn Bennett
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How have I not discovered Jenn Bennett before this? I loved this book. Quirky main character, hot Asian American male love interest (can we get more of this please?) and solving a mystery in an old Seattle hotel. Jenn Bennett is incredible when she describes the settings of her books. I felt like I was in Seattle with the characters! #yacontemporary #jennbennett

erinachu I'm like 70% done and its great! 2y
pareads @erinachu I loved it! Then I read two of her other books right after 🤣 2y
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I've been binging on YA contemporary romance books but they are just so cute and make me smile. I am very happy I discovered Emery Lord because she writes stories with well-fleshed out, likable characters and she is FUNNY. She also handles more difficult subjects like grief and divorce so you feel all the emotions when reading. Adorable, nerdy and will definitely make you smile! #yacontemporary #youngadult

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The Gravity of Us | Phillip Stamper-Halpin
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I wanted to love this book so much and it had all the right elements - interesting characters, space, LGBT romance..but it just didn't work for me. Even though Cal seemed like a great character with his social media fame and likable personality I couldn't connect with him. The relationship felt rushed and forced. If you are looking for a cute LGBT romance I love Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda and Last Seen Leaving but this was a pass for me!

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So unexpectedly creepy and entertaining! House of Salt and Sorrows follows Annaleigh and her sisters as they navigate through a family curse, secret nightly dancing and the ghosts of her dead sisters. I was constantly guessing what was real or not. If you are interested in a creepy fairy-tale retelling, I would recommend this story! #fantasy #youngadult #fairytale #retellings

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The Gravity of Us | Phillip Stamper-Halpin
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Quarantine has been great for reading! My favorite book this was probably Eleanor Oliphant because it took me by surprise and I was thinking about it for days. Least favorite was Crown of Coral and Pearl. It was enjoyable and I'll probably continue the series but overall not very memorable for me!

The Dragon Republic: 5⭐
Crown of Coral and Pearl: 3⭐
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine: 5⭐
Tweet Cute: 5⭐
Foolish Hearts: 5⭐
This Adventure Ends: 4⭐

AvidReader25 I loved Eleanor!!! 2y
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Foolish Hearts | Emma Mills
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I've really been wanting some light, happy reads lately and I always tend to gravitate to YA contemporary romances. They are just so innocent and pure and I cannot get enough of them. Foolish Hearts is a wonderful mix of friendships, new love, and navigating through insecurities. It also has lovely family relationships and unabashed love for video games and pop band fandom. It was absolutely adorable and it made so happy to read this! #yaromance

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Walter reading with me on this quarantine weekend. He says it‘s pretty good so far. #houseofsaltandsorrows #quarantinelife #DogsofLitsy

Nute Hey Walter!🐶💜 2y
pareads @Nute he‘s the best reading buddy! 🥰 2y
AvidReader25 He is so gorgeous! 2y
pareads @AvidReader25 he‘s the best, thank you! 2y
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Tweet Cute | Emma Lord
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This book was everything you would expect in a young adult romance but everything I needed right now. It was an adorable, awkward young romance with the added depth of sibling and parent relationships. I loved reading about Jack & Pepper! #yaromance

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Over the Top | Jonathan Van Ness
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Over the Top is written in the same stream-of-consciousness speech of the JVN we know and love. It was both hilarious and sad, and gave us some insight into the struggles he has faced in his life. I really appreciated him discussing some of the more difficult issues that the LGBT community faces as well as the stigma around being HIV+. This is SUCH an important conversation to have and I loved reading about it. JVN, I appreciate you!

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The Poppy War was such an unexpected surprise. It is a fantasy with all the things I love -magic, great characters, unique world-building but R.F. Kuang also used this book to teach us more about the Sino-Japanese war. While it's a fantasy, some of the events do have a historical basis. The ending was so dark and had me reeling. Highly recommend for fantasy readers!

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I finally picked up this book after seeing all the great reviews and am happy to say it earned a spot on my coveted favorites shelf! It took me about 40% of the book until I knew I would like it. I didn't like Eleanor at first, although she really grew on me as the book went on. It is such a feel-good book, with some sad, heavy content at the same time. It shows the beauty of how human kindness can impact someone's life. A must read!

rather_be_reading welcome to litsy 📚☕📚 #litsywelcomewagon 2y
pareads @rather_be_reading thank you!! I‘m so happy I found this 📚☺️ 2y
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pareads @RaimeyGallant thank you! 😊 2y
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🥳🌹🥳 2y
Nute Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a warm and friendly community. I know that you will enjoy yourself here. I‘m looking forward to getting to know you!🙂 2y
pareads @Nute thank you! I‘m happy I found somewhere to talk about books with people who love them as much as I do 🙃 2y
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