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rachelsbrittain

Joined January 2017

writer. reader. obsessed with stories. contributing editor for BookRiot.com she/her rachelbrittain.com
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Little bit's sick so I'm on rocking duty and starting this new book I've been excited about

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A Lady for a Duke | Alexis Hall
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June Wrap-up 🌈

Books: 17
Pages: 4,883
Longest: A Lady for a Duke (480)
Shortest: Rosebud (96)
LGBTQ books: 14
BIPOC authors: 8
Women / nonbinary authors: 11
Favorite(s): Boyfriend Material and Nuclear Family

Gissy Nice! 📚📚📚📚👏👏👏👏 8h
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Youngblood | Sasha Laurens
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Mehso-so

I really wanted to love this one. I mean, sapphic vampires at a prestigious vampire boarding school? Sign me up! But it fell a little flat for me. Some of the characters were annoyingly obtuse and I thought some of the really interesting worldbuilding wasn't fully done justice.

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The Dance Tree | Kiran Millwood Hargrave
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A dancing plague, a pregnant beekeeper who's lost twelve babies, and a woman returned from six years penance for unknown sins are at the heart of this gorgeous historical fiction novel from the author of The Mercies. The dancing plague is more of a background set dressing than a feature. The real crux is the complicated relationships between the women in the novel who are surviving in a difficult century. Great read for historical fiction fans.

Kdgordon88 I can‘t wait to read this one. I am impatiently waiting for my copy to show up. 😂 12h
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The Dance Tree | Kiran Millwood Hargrave
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Finished work so I'm doing some evening reading outside since it's like 15° cooler today that it has been

Maria514626 This sounds great! 4d
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First the good: this was a really cute YA novel with a twist on the typical superhero story, an adorably ridiculouss, slightly self-centered, and sweet protagonist with ADHD, and an adorable m/m love story. Now the not so good: there was a lot of police glorification that felt pretty uncomfortable, not to mention mentions of an instance of police misconduct / abuse that was very flippantly handled.

ChaoticMissAdventures Oh that last bit of your review is such a turn off. Thanks for pointing it out. 4d
rachelsbrittain @ChaoticMissAdventures yeah it was an unfortunate suprise for me. I still enjoyed the book but it put a definite damper on everything 4d
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Boyfriend Material | Alexis Hall
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1. Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall plus all of my current reads 😂

2. Gender Queer: a Memoir by Maia Kobabe

3. Susie Dumond! She's an old musical theater friend and a coworker at Book Riot. Her debut, Queerly Beloved, just came out.

#SundayFunday @ozma.of.oz

ozma.of.oz I glanced at your current reads, are you enjoying The Extraordinaries? I‘ve been thinking about giving it a try for a while now. Thanks for posting! 💛 5d
rachelsbrittain @ozma.of.oz it's been a nice happy read which I really needed this week! The MC is wonderfully ridiculous and I'm enjoying it quite a lot. Very different from the adult Klune novels I've read but cute and comforting YA for sure 😊 5d
ozma.of.oz I‘ll definitely have to give it a look! I think we all could use something cute and comforting right now. 😅 5d
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rachelsbrittain @ozma.of.oz ain't that the truth 😅😭 5d
Nutmegnc I‘m going to check out your rec!! 5d
Nutmegnc @ozma.of.oz @rachelsbrittain I may have to go back to reading only queer YA romcoms. I‘m not sure I can handle any more adult emotions right now!! 5d
ozma.of.oz @Nutmegnc You definitely have the right idea! 😂 5d
rachelsbrittain @Nutmegnc honestly great plan 😂👍 4d
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The Dance Tree | Kiran Millwood Hargrave
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1. The Dance Tree, The Extraordinaries, and Youngblood

2. Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall

3. The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

#WeekendReads

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Boyfriend Material | Alexis Hall
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I can't believe it took me this long to read this adorable m/m romance about the son of two famous former musicians who needs a fake boyfriend to refurbish his image. The story was sweet and not too steamy, and just an all-around excellent comfort read. Exactly what I needed right now.

Nutmegnc The audio is incredible, too!! 1w
rachelsbrittain @Nutmegnc that'd actually how I read it too! Really excellent narrator 1w
Nutmegnc @rachelsbrittain great choice! Can‘t wait for Husband Material!! 1w
CarolynM ❤️ 7d
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When Women Were Dragons | Kelly Barnhill
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Treated myself to four books after my doctor's appointment this morning. Anyone else do this to reward yourself after doing something stressful? 😂

Kdgordon88 Most definitely! Although to be honest I think I deserve a book after folding a load of laundry 😂 1w
rachelsbrittain @Kdgordon88 that sounds about right to me! 1w
ICantImReading Absolutely!! Haha I just got “How to Be Eaten” through Libby - I think the concept sounds so good! 1w
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Tamra Yes! 👌🏾 1w
marleed Absolutely! 1w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yes! Absolutely!! ❤️ 1w
rachelsbrittain @ICantImReading it wasn't even on my radar until i saw it at B&N! It sounds so good! Can't believe there was a new fairy tale reimagining I hadn't heard of 😅 1w
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Rosebud | Paul Cornell
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What a line!

"The cre of the Rosebud are, currently-- and by force of law--a balloon, a goth, some sort of science aristocrat possibly, a ball of hands, and a swarm I'd insects."

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I absolutely adored this middle grade fantasy novel full of Chinese history and mythology. After the First Emperor of China possesses his VR headset, Zach sets out on a quest that will take halfway around the world to save his mother and all of China.Almost 5 stars but the ending could've been fleshed out a bit more in my opinion. Definitely the start of a series though, and I'm excited for more!

4.5 stars / ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Siren Queen | Nghi Vo
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A gorgeous dark magical historical fiction novel. The movie studios of 1930s Hollywood are controlled by monstrous humans and monsters posing as human. For aspiring actresses like Luli, sacrifices must be made in order to achieve their dreams. But Luli has no interest in becoming some fainting leading lady, and when she's cast as a siren, she realized being a monster is the best way for her to succeed.

Megabooks I was on the fence, but sold! 2w
Tera66 I loved this one! ❤️ 2w
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The Dream Runners | Shveta Thakrar
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ARC book mail

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Siren Queen | Nghi Vo
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More fodder for your TBR!

bookriot.com/queer-sff-june-2022/

peanutnine Great article! 3w
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1. The Dance Tree, Served Hot, and The Family

2. Cinder by Malinda Lo

3. D'Vaughn and Kris Plan a Wedding

#WeekendReads

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What a cute, low drama romance novel! DVaughn hopes being on the newest season of Instant I Do will help her finally come out to her religious family while Kris is looking for the love of her life. All they have to do is convince their families that they're getting married in 6 weeks. If they make it down aisle without anyone guessing this is all for TV they get to choose between $200,000 or getting the all-expense paid wedding of their dreams.

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Defekt | Nino Cipri
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I thoroughly enjoyed this follow up to Finna which follows another LitenVärld employee named Dereck. He's a model employee but when he's faced with four doppelgangers during an after hours inventory, everything he thought he knew about himself and LitenVärld is turned on its head. It's another madcap adventure and I loved it.

peanutnine I can't wait to read this one! Really loved Finna, just waiting on my library hold 😊 3w
rachelsbrittain @peanutnine it's such a great world! I hope we'll get more in LitenVärld books one day 3w
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A Lady for a Duke | Alexis Hall
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Queer historical romance, just in time for Pride!

bookriot.com/queer-historical-romances/

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The Dance Tree | Kiran Millwood Hargrave
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Woke up early with this gorgeous view to do a little reading

Kdgordon88 I am excited for this book! 4w
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A Lady for a Duke | Alexis Hall
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What a sweet historical romance! I loved this friends to lovers story featuring two former soldiers, one of whom was believed to have died at Waterloo but actually saw the battle as an opportunity to finally live as herself. Despite gender and trans identity being important to the story, Hall managed to create plenty of internal and external conflict that had nothing to do with either which was so refreshing. Highly recommend.

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Some of the many LGBTQ books on my TBR list this Pride Month!

julesG Is Restless Truth out already? I'm so looking forward to reading it. 1mo
rachelsbrittain @julesG no not until this fall I think. But I managed to snag a galley 😁 1mo
julesG So jealous! I requested an ARC on Netgalley but haven't heard back yet. 1mo
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Ten Steps to Nanette | Hannah Gadsby
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Life has been so wild this week that I didn't manage to post my May wrap-up yesterday. But better late than never! Not a bad month for reading.

Books: 16
Pages: 4,293
Longest: Ten Steps to Nanette (400)
Shortest: Eat the Rich (128)
Women & NB authors: 15
BiPOC authors: 1 (oof not great)
LGBTQ books: 8
Fav(s): Salt to the Sea and Love on the Brain

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The Dance Tree | Kiran Millwood Hargrave
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Last day of May reads!

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A Lady for a Duke | Alexis Hall
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1. The Dance Tree and A Lady for a Duke

2. True Biz and Salt to the Sea

3. Read as many LGBTQ books as possible!

#WeekendReads

Maria514626 1.) The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, and Becoming Eve 2.) Strange Practice, Meet Me in the Margins 3.) Finish my #bigjunereadathon list, especially the three LGTBQ for Pride Month. 1mo
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Love on the Brain | Ali Hazelwood
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My new favorite Ali Hazelwood novel! A neuroscientist joins a NASA project only to discover her co-leader is the grad school student who absolutely hated her. Or did he? So cute and fun. The last 10% did get really stressful out of the blue and take a year off my life, but otherwise a fun, predictable read.I'll admit I was hoping for some more ace / demi rep but no such luck. Still a really fun romance.

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Home Field Advantage | Dahlia Adler
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I loved this queer YA romance about an aspiring cheer captain and the new quarterback who turns the school upside down when she turns out to be a girl. Some of the drama between Jack and Amber felt a bit forced, but I couldn't put it down and thoroughly enjoyed it.

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True Biz | Sara Noviac
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When three students go missing from a deaf school, Sara Novic takes us back in time to see what led up to this moment. The book is primarily told through the eyes of the school's headmsitress, a girl who's parents gave her a cochlear implant as a child and is only just learning ASL for the first time as a teenager, and a boy falling for her who is fourth generation Deaf. I loved the explorations of Deaf culture in this book and learned so much.

Kimberlone I just started this. Loving it so far! 1mo
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The Sentence | Louise Erdrich
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New books, new books!

HeatherBookNerd Loved The Sentence! 1mo
rachelsbrittain @HeatherBookNerd same! I couldn't resist getting a copy for myself 1mo
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Eat the Rich SC | Sarah Gailey
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Starting the day with this new graphic novel from one of my favorite authors.

Addison_Reads I love her! 💚 I didn't even know about this, but now I must have it. 1mo
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Lived this nonfiction book about two powerful Merovingian (early Frankish) queens who outlived their husbands, ruled as regents for their sons, and oversaw a civil war lasting decades. Like so many women who've made a mark on history, their stories were sidelined and all but erased by those that came after them. But Puhak resurrects their story as iy took place at the dawn of the Medieval Ages, just after the fall of Rome.

BooksNBowls This sounds sooo interesting! I normally don‘t read nonfiction but I might be into this! 1mo
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Stuck with You | Ali Hazelwood
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Another cute Ali Hazelwood novella. I think this one might be my second favorite after Under One Roof. Engineer Sadie finds herself stuck in the elevator with her hot one night stand who screwed over her career--or did he? This suffers a bit for length and lack of development as with most of these novellas, but they're cute and fun so I'm going with that rather than over analyzing them.

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The Dance Tree | Kiran Millwood Hargrave
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New book I've been looking forward to on a coffee shop outing to do some writing and reading!

Kimzey Sounds good! Stacked! 📚 1mo
TheKidUpstairs Stunning cover! 1mo
rachelsbrittain @TheKidUpstairs right? I'm obsessed. 1mo
rachelsbrittain @Kimzey I have high hopes for this one since I really enjoyed her other historical fiction novel 1mo
Kimzey @rachelsbrittain Thanks for the recommendation! I added The Mercies to my stack also. 1mo
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Reading about medieval queens and warring Franks while this precious boy sleeps. Being an aunt is the best!

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Between Shades of Gray | Ruta Sepetys
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Once again learning about aspects of WWII I knew nothing about from Ruta Sepetys. This time, the deportation, imprisonment, and extermination of people from Baltic nations (Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia) by Stalin. When the NKVD come to their house in the middle of the night, Lina and her mother and brother are whisked away to Siberia where they are branded as criminals and forced to work under deplorable conditions. A heartbreaking read.

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Damnation Spring | Ash Davidson
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1. The Dark Queens, Between Shades of Gray, and True Biz

2. Damnation Spring by Ash Davidson

3. It's been a while since the weather has been nice enough, but if I had to hazard a guess maybe The Secret Life of Fungi. Looking forward to more now that the weather is nicer.

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Between Shades of Gray | Ruta Sepetys
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"They took me in my nightgown."

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwls

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Between Shades of Gray | Ruta Sepetys
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Immediately downloaded another Ruta Sepetys book after finishing Salt to the Sea. Also put another one on hold 😂

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Salt to the Sea | Ruta Sepetys
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I had never heard of the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff, one of the worst maritime disasters in history with far greater loss of life than the Titanic, until reading this book. Almost 9,000 people, mostly civilians, died when a Russian sub torpedoed the German vessel. This novel follows a group of young people each hiding dangerous secrets who hope to reach safety in Germany. Told in short alternating POV chapters and impossible to put down.

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YA historical fiction! I'm planning to do a round-up of must-read middle grade historical fiction later this year too.

https://bookriot.com/must-read-ya-historical-fiction-novels/

Johanna414 Great list! 2mo
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Finna | Nino Cipri
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I've got some recs for some of the best sci-fi novellas over on Book Riot:

bookriot.com/short-sci-fi-novellas/

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My precious little nephew loves rhymes, but I must admit this one almost did me in 😅 He's not even two months yet but we're not wasting any time getting started reading to him.

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1. The Dark Queens by Shelley Puhak -- I know, just one book; who am I?

2. Hydrangeas and sunflowers

3. Not much. Gonna try to get ahead on work and maybe go to the plant store, because you can never have too many plants of books right?

#WeekendReads

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Another rainy day which is not what I was hoping for afters days of storms, but I am loving this nonfiction biography of two rival Merovingian queens.

Ruthiella Love those big dogs who think they are lap dogs! 😂❤️🐶 2mo
rachelsbrittain @Ruthiella she is 60lbs of pure lap dog 😂 2mo
SheReadsAndWrites Such a sweet baby! ❤️ I have a 150 lb Great Dane who does the same thing. 😂 2mo
rachelsbrittain @SheReadsAndWrites awww giant babies are my favorite 😍 2mo
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I Kissed Shara Wheeler | Casey McQuiston
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Look at these gorgeous new releases 😍

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"When Princess Brunhild was led into the great hall, the assembled men jockeying for a glimpse of her, craning their necks or standing on tiptoe."

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

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Murder Most Actual | Alexis Hall
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My first bingo for #LGBTQBookBingo @Kenyazero

Nutmegnc Woohoo!!!! 2mo
Nutmegnc Which ones have been your favorites so far?? I‘ve read a few of these. 2mo
rachelsbrittain @Nutmegnc oooh that's so hard! Probably The Book Eaters and Murder Most Actual 2mo
Nutmegnc @rachelsbrittain adding them now!! 2mo
Kenyazero Very nice! It looks like you‘re super close to two more bingos! 2mo
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Book mail 😍

Readergrrl I bought this book last summer and just haven‘t found the time to read it. Seeing it listed here is reminding me that it should be next on my TBR list! 2mo
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Another cute romance novella in the STEMinist series. I loved how grumpy Hannah was even if her reasons for being closed off were sad (if not terribly well explained). The story moved back and forth in time which also really added to the tension and excitement. And Mara and Sadie showed up! Great fun.

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Ten Steps to Nanette | Hannah Gadsby
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This memoir from Hannah Gadbsy traces the course of her life from growing up in small town Tasmania where homosexuality was illegal until the mid-1990s to her journey toward comedy. She's overcome so much to create this life for herself and it was really remarkable--and heartbreaking-- to read about. I felt it could've been tightened up a bit, but it's a great piece of nonfiction nonetheless. Even inspired me to rewatch Nanette last night.

rachelsbrittain TW for just about everything. 2mo
Bklover I‘ve watched Nanette twice and you just made me want to watch it again! Book stacked! 2mo
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