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taraWritesSci

Joined March 2018

Stories of Outliers, Misfits, and Underdogs
- https://taralcampbell.com
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Honor Among Thieves | James S. A. Corey
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Oh Han, you dog.

An easy, fun read with a most beloved smuggler. I enjoyed the writing style and character voice that the writing duo of James S.A. Corey brought to this book. But, total bias alert: I'm a huge fan of Corey, and I've been obsessed with Leia and Han since childhood. 😜

Reggie Lol. 20h
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Painful, brutal, beautiful, touching, and at times funny, this story had so many layers that it's hard to do it justice in a few words of review. The history, the buried truths of years of unbelievable torment endured by the inhabitants of the island, and the decimation of their culture, comes through the story of two inseparable girls who are eventually torn apart from the atrocities they lived through.

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

taraWritesSci Cont: The character and strength of the women divers who took care of the island people, is unforgettable. 2d
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Behind every great man was a woman used up and cast aside. At least that's how this story goes.

Mitza Maric was a fellow physics student and brilliant mathematician to Albert Einstein whom she ended up marrying. The story is a fictionalized account based on the historical documents and letters, and those who knew them. It's a less than stellar representation of Einstein, but not all that far-fetched considering the times and status of women.

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My fluffy book holder. 😁 We're enjoying this morning's downpour in the best possible way.

#catsoflitsy

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A 9-step self-help book on financial freedom. You either have an open mind to changing how you view money and your time, or you hate this book after the first couple chapters. The reviews are evenly split.

I think the reason I liked the book was because I'm a minimalist at heart, just trapped in this miserable rat race like so many others because of the mortgage/auto/student loan debt cycle. It validates my stance and encourages me to continue.

taraWritesSci Also, this is the updated version which includes the new gig/side hustle+full time reality for many of us these days. A bit of solidarity knowing others are in the same boat. 3w
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If you're looking for a good Cliff Notes version of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, start here. The key aspects of how hard she worked to get where she is today, the quiet perseverance that opened the doors for so many of us, and the absolute bond she had with her partner in life are covered with grace and a touch of humor. I especially enjoyed the powerful excerpts from some of RGB's cases and/or statements of descension.

IvoryLunatic I want to read this so badly. 3w
taraWritesSci @IvoryLunatic To the library, or in my case, Libby! 😁 3w
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Fall is Here! I Love It! | Elaine W Good
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Even though it's a Monday, today is also the autumnal equinox and that should override everything.

Time to bust out all the sweaters and spices! 😁

kaysworld1 Wooly jumpers and walking boots my favourites 🍁🍂❣️📚 3w
taraWritesSci @kaysworld1 hehe, yes! 🍂💛 3w
Avanders Yaaaassss 🍁🍂🍁🍂🍁 3w
Tanisha_A 🍂 Favourite! 3w
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Storm of Locusts | Rebecca Roanhorse
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Picking up not long after the events in book one, Storm of Locusts is an equally fast-paced read full of adventure, wry humor, and fantastic mythology.

My only quibble is the publisher did a poor job with editing, at least in the e-book format. So many little grammatical mistakes. It doesn't wreck the story but it's sloppy and inexcusable for a big name publisher.

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Razor's Edge | Martha Wells
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I'm halfway through a re-read and suddenly the library is showering me with a bunch of holds that I just can't risk starting too late. But I want to finish my current book. Guess I'm giving up sleep for the next two weeks 😜

#nerdProblems

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I watched the movie when I was pretty young, a dozen times at least since it was one of my favorites. I'm glad I read the book the movie was based on, it was just as good.

TheEllieMo Please tell me it does included the “I‘m older and have more insurance” line?! 1mo
taraWritesSci @TheEllieMo Yes it does! 🤣 It was just as hilarious the scene in the movie, too 1mo
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Named of the Dragon | Susanna Kearsley
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I thought for sure that I'd like this one but I've spent the last thirty minutes staring off into space, debating whether or not to knuckle down and finish the book already. That was my sign to move on to something else.

Way too much space/time dedicated to the antics of vapid characters, and the triggers for the protagonist's years-past trauma were over the top.

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A ton of research went into this book; a fifth of it at the end is citations. Each chapter follows a participating family, and those stories destroy the idea that women are not doing enough to feed their families "properly." Regardless of income, the burden of the "back to home cooking" movement prescribed by white male journalists/chefs/farmers fell on women who are already beyond taxed physically/mentally/financially.

#nonfiction

Tamra Really intriguing! 2mo
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I came across this book review from Modern Farmer and decided I need to read, if not own, this book.

It sounds like a perfect pairing with the two other books on food I've read/am reading: Pressure Cooker and Salt Fat Acid Heat

https://modernfarmer.com/2019/08/cook-this-the-zero-waste-cookbook-by-giovanna-t...

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"Romantic images of family meals are inviting, but they create a fiction that does little to fix the problems with the food system."

I'm going in! I've been dying to read this one, and after having read some Michael Pollan and Samin Nosrat, this is the perfect palate-cleansing reality check that I've needed.

(This is just from the jacket... I think there's going to be a lot of quotable content.)

Christine Looking forward to your review! I‘m intrigued by this one. 2mo
Reggie This one sounds good. Stacked. 2mo
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Permafrost | Alastair Reynolds
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Mehso-so

The overall idea and protagonist were good, it just lacked the finesse and depth usually associated with the author. If you're interested in environmental scifi and time travel, and want a fast read, this one fits the bill.

Be prepared for some groan-worthy tech faux pa one expects from television, though.

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Named of the Dragon | Susanna Kearsley
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A picture of firsts! I finished planning my first fall/winter square foot garden bed, and I am now diving into my first Susanna Kearsley novel.

I've been eyeballing her books for so long but I was a bit dense and didn't understand how her books tied together. Discovered that they don't, they're stand alone stories. The publisher marketing team just uses the same cover style on most of her books. 😖

BarbaraTheBibliophage There are a few books that are slightly connected. But they‘d still make sense if you read them as a stand alone. 2mo
taraWritesSci @BarbaraTheBibliophage Ah, okay. I'll keep that in mind then. Thanks! 2mo
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I chose the audiobook version read by the author, and I highly recommend it because Kelly has a great reading voice. Also, the emotion that comes through seems that much more genuine. The humor and sarcasm comes through so well, and there's nothing better than hearing the f bomb or "oh shit" at critical moments in the story.

The achievements of our heroes are possible only through the efforts of entire communities of people working together.

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The Water Knife | Paolo Bacigalupi
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A pretty good dystopian novel set near future with adult characters. The setting and events that unfold are realistic in light of the things happening in the SW of the US. It makes your pause to think how it could easily happen this way, a rather terrifying thought.

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Finally! Knowledge of the key elements in cooking (and baking!) and presented in straightforward language for anyone to follow.

I'm all about using what's on hand or locally available for economical and sustainable reasons. This book gives you the confidence to wing every meal so that you're not beholden to a recipe book.

wanderinglynn I clearly need this book! Stacked! 2mo
taraWritesSci @wanderinglynn The second half of the book has recipes that the author advises to use "as training wheels" but then to go forth and cook freely. ? 2mo
wanderinglynn Good to know. I suck at recipes mainly because I never have the right ingredients & don‘t want to have to buy a bunch of extra stuff. It‘s hard to cook for just one. 2mo
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Where to start? From the prologue to the epilogue, the author does not hold back on his criticism of the rich and their disproportionate privileges that come from taking more than the entire population of the remaining classes. And the wealthy, charitable "philanthropist"? Brilliantly skewered by the fact that they wouldn't be needed if they weren't taking so much.

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Last week I cleared out my bookshelves of books I've read but didn't have any attachment to--I'm really tired of dusting things I'll probably never pick up or use again (subliminal Kondo programming?!)

But then this happened! 😜

Pressure Cooker is a must read for me this year, and the others are my hobby. Except the costume armour book. ThriftBooks sent it along w/the sweaters book, but I didn't order it. Anyone know if this is typical?

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Relative Fortunes | Marlowe Benn
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Mehso-so

A murder mystery set at the peak of the suffrage movement. The writing was good but the build up was drawn out and the protagonist's deductions a bit neat for the conclusion. An interesting cast of characters, though.

Disclosure: murder mysteries are not my top choice.

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So much insight packed into this book. The title is evocative but this isn't about bashing scientists who got it wrong. Instead, it shows how easy it is to get the masses on board with an idea and to support it with enough zeal to make a cult leader burn with envy.

DDT: I did not know the history before this book. Now that I do, it's infuriating to watch us repeat the same overaction with other things, while turning a blind eye to deregulation.

wanderinglynn I see it happen all the time in government. Humans, even those who should know better, are driven by their emotions, not their brain. Data is boring. It doesn‘t call out to us. It is just there, stoic and impassive. Anecdotes, stories, tales elicit emotion, often strong emotion, tugging at the heart. We often see government decision makers the decisions because the story was compelling. Not because any data proved it. Sad fact, but true. 3mo
taraWritesSci @wanderinglynn Yes! It was eye opening, and a little defeating, to spend so much of my learning on how to manipulate the emotion and fact line when writing about science. I will say that the author of this book does a good job of it, though his son is a professional science writer, I'm sure he helped. 😊 3mo
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Bit of a splurge today but I'm really happy with my selection.

Also, this issue of pompom directly responds to the problem of white supremacy flooding the art and craft world with it's call to action in the editorial section, and vow of inclusivity (race, age, and accessibility for starters).

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A phenomenal book that breaks your heart and fills you with rage. Systemic racism took away the power of the people, resulting in austerity measures that killed, and subjected thousands of children to lead poisoning. The story includes the theme of hope, but it is hard to see it through the reality of what happened in Flint.

(An excellent reading by the author, too.)

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Questions, Questions | Marcus Pfister
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Happy Monday!

Does anyone know if there's a way to display your Litsy feed on a website? Right now I have Instagram embedded, but I'd like to have Litsy instead.

#LitsyQuestions #questions

Litsy Afraid we don't have a way to embed a Litsy *feed* on external websites, but you can share individual posts anywhere on the web using the arrow icon that appears next to the “like,“ “comment,“ and “stack“ buttons on a post.

If you use Litsy on the web (https://www.litsy.com) you can also grab links to your profile, or a specific book, and share those as well. -Loranne
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taraWritesSci @Litsy Gotcha. A future feature maybe? 😁 4mo
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My dental hygienist is in the same shopping center as Barnes & Noble, so of course I had to treat myself to a book afterwards! 😜

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The obvious recommendation is for anyone who communicates complex ideas to others. However, there was a lot of helpful info for people in general.

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Save Me From My Cell Phone | Rodney L. Sharp
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Hello.
My name is Dorito.
You killed my phone.
Prepare to be a part of the team.

That sounds like some kind of nightmare fictional corporate double-speak. What the heck, phone?! 😕

A funny #helloThursday brought to you by @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn 😂😂😂 4mo
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Good Morning, Midnight | Lily Brooks-Dalton
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A cerebral book examining two protagonists. Classified as sci-fi, and principles of science are woven throughout, but also not hard sci-fi. Literary sci? Don't go in expecting action or drama or high-stakes scenarios. You're going to explore some people in polar opposite but extreme scenarios (an astronaut in space, an astronomer in the arctic).

You're also not going to get a tidy explanation at the end. But you'll get a great ending nonetheless.

mreads Great book 😀 4mo
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1. If I Understood You, Would I Have this Look on My Face? & Good Morning, Midnight
2. The Trauma Cleaner: One woman's extraordinary life in the business of death, decay, and disaster
3. Dropping off books at a couple of little neighborhood libraries.

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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As someone who avoided recognition and downplayed her (many, invaluable) roles throughout WWII, I imagine Virginia Hall would be quite displeased to learn of this book's existence. But it's a phenomenal book written about one of the most understated heroes to date. Sorry, Agent Hall, this is an important part of history that people need to know about.

Fantastic storytelling work by the author.

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Betsy-Tacy | Maud Hart Lovelace
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The weather has been SO nice this week/weekend which kept me busy working on things aside from reading. Audiobook workouts continue though, and the one I'm on now is incredible already (A Woman of No Importance by Sonia Purnell).

Anyway, hope everyone is well and that the upcoming week goes smoothly. 🤗

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I really enjoyed this one, although I'm a huge Star Wars fan and Leia has been an idol since I was little, so a bit of bias is at work here.

There are elements of YA because of Leia's age when the story takes place, but it's well done.

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The subtitle is a screaming clue as to where your expectations should be set before reading. I clearly missed it, or was a little too optimistic, because this ended up a self-help book with roughly 30% of the inspiring science woven in.

This would have been such a great book if they'd stripped the self-help out and allowed the authors to expand on the research they've done going back to the 70s.

Link to my Goodreads expanded review in comments.

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A difficult read because of what Sandra had to go through it her life, and the work she threw herself into in her later years. Reading about these things is nothing compared to her lived experience, however. I had to take my time to get through this one.

The author did a fantastic job keeping as true to the story as one can with the unreliable recounting of events, which Krasnostein is upfront about.

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There was a lot to wrap up in the final book so some parts seemed a tiny bit rushed. Still, a fun ride from start to finish. I liked that the tone was a bit more serious in parts, addressing some historical aspects that were previously lost to the insanity of the ultra rich.

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Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing | Beaverton, OR (Bookstore)

Testing out the new bookstore/library feature. I go here All. The. Time. It's so dangerous... 😜

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Thank You Book | Mo Willems
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A little non-bookish squishiness. 🤗💛

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Red Mars | Kim Stanley Robinson
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Bailedbailed

I'm starting to feel self-conscious over the number of bails lately. In this case, I thought for sure it was going to work for me. It's a Nebula award winning book about near-future Mars colony.

Alas, after the first chapter that was a pretty intriguing hook, the book turned into a brick wall of "telling". I tried skimming but that didn't help, and I could not get invested in the characters at all.

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Andrew65 Hope you get to a good book soon. 5mo
RamsFan1963 I bailed on this one too, despite all the buzz and great reviews I'd read. Robinson just isn't an author I enjoy, I've bailed on other books by him. 5mo
LauraJ Not a fan of “telling“ instead of “doing“ either. 5mo
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taraWritesSci @RamsFan1963 Glad it's not just me! 5mo
taraWritesSci @LauraJ Right! Telling is necessary, but not 45 minute long chapters worth, oy. 😖 5mo
taraWritesSci @Andrew65 Kevin Kwan's got my back 😜 5mo
Reggie If you wanna feel better about bailing check out @shawnmooney ‘s page. Lol He made it ok for me to start bailing on books. I never used to at all. 5mo
taraWritesSci @Reggie 😮 I suddenly don't feed so bad. That's a crazy number of bails for a feed! 5mo
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Audiobook | Profiles of frontier era women, many of whom I didn't know about before. The book is well-written and gives a reminder at the end of each profile to remember that we have it in ourselves to drive forward and not give up.

The author makes it clear that these are not saintly women, they have their faults, some reprehensible, some a product of the times. All, however, persevere in a time where everything is stacked against them.

kaysworld1 💖♀️ 5mo
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Second in the series, this book was just as ridiculously zany and charming as the first. It's the same breathless absurdity, but carefully balanced with down-to-earth normal people, Rachel and Nick. I have so much fun with Kwan's humor and the level of detail about the grossly wealthy class.

The footnotes are hysterical!

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Party planning | Jacqueline Steincap
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1. Rue on the chair where she's not supposed to be...
2. China Rich Girlfriend - I love this cast!
3. Birthday & holiday party on Saturday, hiking in Sunday
4. Temperate? 40s at night, 70s during the day
5. Whatever I'm not having to make, for once 😁

#friYAYintro
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wanderinglynn Aw! What a cutie & what a look! She‘s clearly saying, I know I‘m not supposed to be here, but it‘s just too comfy! 😂 ❤️🐶 6mo
taraWritesSci @wanderinglynn right?! Goofy dog 😄 6mo
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One a day will keep the work blues at bay. 😁 The plan is to read one or two of the *75* profiles each morning.

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Tamsin | Peter S. Beagle
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@BookwormAHN !! Thank you so much! I made a noise that startled the cat and dogs this morning when I opened up the box and saw the treasures you sent. 😍 I love everything!

And thank you @MeganAnn for hosting the #MythsandLegendsSwap 🤗

MeganAnn Yay!! 😍🎉👏🏻⚡️✨⚡️👏🏻🎉😍 6mo
BookwormAHN Your welcome, enjoy 😸 6mo
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Hard pass. Chapter 4 really just killed the whole book. Between the blatant errors (NIST = National Institute of Standards and Technology, not science and technology), the dimwitted analogy ("like porn, you know it when you see it but it's hard to define"), and the overly opinionated stance about Pluto's status change (come on already), the book isn't worth recommending. Books on science need to be vetted to perfection in a time of misinformation.

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The info in the book is important for a general audience to know. That's the only reason I rank this a pick.

My skepticism of the author, and his downplayed role in the whole mess, is what made me give it a 2-star on GR. I've been in the tech industry since the late 90s so there's that bias.

Full review link: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2718722534

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Concussion | Jeanne Marie Laskas
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Such a well-written book, I recommend it on audio. The story of Dr. Bennet Omalu is intriguing. The garbage he had to endure that attacked his work, when all he was interested in was the brain,--"what is football?"--is what so many scientists have to deal with on a constant basis with powerful, self-interest groups/corps. It's disheartening.

The pacing of the book and the way the story unfolded made you want to hurry back for more.

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Good Omens | Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
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I was hooked the first third of the book, but then it became a slog to read. The children's dialogue was tiresome. Loved Crowley and Aziraphale, though!

The upcoming show based on the book is going to be fantastic. The book itself, however, I feel guilty for not adoring it the way everyone else seems to. It should have been a lot shorter to keep up with the punchy and strong beginning.

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Swap Club | Lauren Wise
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#MythsandLegendsSwap package is in the mail as of yesterday, told it should arrive by Monday! 💛📚

@MeganAnn