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Circe
Circe | Madeline Miller
"This is as close as you will ever come to entering the world of mythology as a participant. Stunning, touching, and unique."--Margaret George, author of The Confessions of Young Nero In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child--not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power--the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves. Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus. But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love. With unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language and page-turning suspense, Circe is a triumph of storytelling, an intoxicating epic of family rivalry, palace intrigue, love and loss, as well as a celebration of indomitable female strength in a man's world.
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Mandycolesings
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Oh my God I died and went to AIAIA. Everything about this book ! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟. Circe is one of the best female protagonist to come along in a good long while. I wanted to know every character , every story . I love this book MADLY . It gave the reader everything they wanted. I was invested every step of the way and a perfect ending to her jounery to self. Finally a writer who doesnt't insult the intelligence of the reader.

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AbigailJaneBlog
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An amazing #NYWD2022 list from @majkia . I'm particularly looking forward to Circe and The Wizards Guide to Defensive Baking 😍 Massive thanks to @monalyisha for organising 🥰

monalyisha I listened to Circe on audio & I loved it. I‘ve been meaning to read Song of Achilles for well over a year now. 🙈 I hope you have a great reading month! 2w
monalyisha @majkia I hope you have a wonderful month, too! 2w
AbigailJaneBlog @monalyisha yess both of these have been on my TBR for a while so I'm looking forward to it 😍 2w
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ambrosiasalad
Circe | Madeline Miller
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The only mythology book I have ever read that made me feel a closeness to the characters and events, which is refreshing considering the genre overall strikes me as an absurd and aloof mess. This book also encapsulates women and empowerment beautifully; soft and nurturing, yet powerful and brutal when necessary

Cheries_Ghost excellent review!!! thank you amber 3w
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thewallflower0707
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It‘s the time for rereading two of my old favourites!
1) #TheSongofAchilles
I have to admit I didn‘t love it as much as the 1st time 😱.

2) #Circe
I liked it a lot more than the 1st, maybe b/c I‘m 3 years older? Back then, the ending disappointed me, now, I find it very peaceful.

#madelinemiller

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ambrosiasalad
Circe | Madeline Miller

“It is a common saying that women are delicate creatures, flowers, eggs, anything that may be crushed in a moment's carelessness. If I had ever believed it, I no longer did.”

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ambrosiasalad
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“But in a solitary life, there are rare moments when another soul dips near yours, as stars once a year brush the earth. Such a constellation was he to me.”

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Susanita
Circe | Madeline Miller
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One of my favorites! #orange #gratefulharvest

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love this cover 🧡🖤 3w
Eggs 🧡🍊🧡 3w
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Bibliotekate
Circe | Madeline Miller
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A damn near perfect book.

Mandycolesings I am so happy I read this book. 3d
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Brimful
Circe | Madeline Miller
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This was exactly the right book to read now in the witchy time of year. A modern and feminist take on an old story which is compellingly written It is a wonderful celebration of what it is to be human. Loved it!

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Brimful
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I thought once that gods are the opposite of death; but I see now that they are more dead than anything, for they are unchanging and can hold nothing in their hands

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Honeybeebooks
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🌟🌟🌟🌟 Circe is a a goddess but her shrill voice and lack of power makes her the target of neglect and abuse. After turning a mortal into a human and a nymph into a monster she is exiled to Aeaea. Throughout her long immortal life, Circe is a pivotal figure in many well-known myths from Homer's Odyssey. Circe is a goddess but she is all too human as she strives to write her own story albeit one filled with pain, bravery and self-realization.

miaelisabet Lovely review! 1mo
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Brimful
Circe | Madeline Miller

For a hundred generations,I had walked the world drowsy and dull, idle and at my ease. I left no prints. I did no deeds. Even those who had loved me a little did not care to stay. Then I learned I could bend the world to my will, as a bow is bent for an arrow. I would have done that toil a thousand times to keep some such power in my hands. I thought this is how Zeus felt when he first lifted the thunderbolt.

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peanutnine
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Amazing storytelling! Circe is involved in so many Greek myths that it was interesting to see her entire life tale and dive into her character.
This is my book club's pick for the month and I can't wait to hear everyone's thoughts.
Also book 3 read for #OutstandingOctober @Andrew65 ☺️

Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 1mo
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Morr_Books
Circe | Madeline Miller
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I meant to post this a week ago. (Sorry) Thank you so much for the #bookmail and other goodies, @Mynameisacolour !!! This really cheered me up after a rough September. Hopefully I'll get to read this soon. Thank you thank you thank you!!!

AmyG Such a wonderful book! 2mo
Mynameisacolour You're very welcome! 🤍 1mo
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peanutnine
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"Those who fight against prophecy only draw it more tightly around their throats."
I've always loved this aspect about fates in Greek mythology.

GondorGirl This book was SO good! 2mo
peanutnine @GondorGirl I love it so far! Miller is such an intricate storyteller 2mo
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living_for_literature
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I really liked the character development of Circe. She starts out as a shy little girl who wants to please everyone, desperate for approval. Later, she becomes hardened and bitter, hating everyone. As Circe learns, both these ways of living are not viable for a good life.
The writing style flowed well, almost poetically. The book, in my opinion, started out slow, but I later was enthralled in the story.

BkClubCare The audiobook is well done, too 2mo
living_for_literature I saw the audiobook also won an award! 2mo
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angelamarie1029
Circe | Madeline Miller
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Had read so many great reviews for this one so I had to check it out! It did not disappoint!

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hissingpotatoes
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But I liked it, as if his words were a secret. A thing that looked like a stone, but inside was a seed.
[…]
I was nothing, a stone.

#QuotsyOCT21 day 6: stone

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Victoriahoperose
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This book was beautifully written. It really brought mythology to life and it was done in such an interesting and entertaining way. I did think it got a bit slow toward the end and it started to get hard to keep up with the characters, but overall, I really liked this. I think this is a book that anyone could love. Well written and a unique take on different myths.

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underground_bks
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This retelling of the myth of Circe, best known for turning men into pigs and bedding the Greek hero Odysseus, is complex, gorgeous, and as enchanting as it is enriching, touching on subjects of feminism and empowerment, generational trauma and healing, redemption and overcoming the shame of past transgressions. Madeline Miller has rightly won all the laurels she‘s received. Song of Achilles and Circe are must reads.

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BookNAround
Circe | Madeline Miller
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About to start this one as it‘s one of my book club picks for this month. Such interesting lighting on the foil parts of the cover.

CBee Ohhhh this was so good 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
kspenmoll This was really good! 2mo
Palimpsest Loved this one! 2mo
peanutnine Ooo this is my bookclub's pick for October! 2mo
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Ast_Arslan
Circe | Madeline Miller
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I am posting one book per day from my to-be-read collection. No description and providing no reason for wanting to read it. Some will be old, some will be new - don't judge me, I have a lot of books.

Day 143th

Join the fun if you want!

#tbrpile

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anxious_bibliophile
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Onto Miller's 2nd book..but while I finish ASoA, let me revisit Circe..

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majkia
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Compelling, beautifully written. Complex story of Circe, her magic, her island, her life.

#doublespin #TheAromaofBooks

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ncsufoxes
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My sad August #bookspinbingo board, one book read for the month. It was a super busy month with lots of appointments for kids & getting ready for school. Two of my kids started back in the middle of August (other one doesn‘t start till after Labor Day). I forgot how exhausting it is driving kids back & forth to school & everything in between. It‘s been a big adjustment & I‘m still working on my schedule. Hopefully next month will be better.

Julsmarshall You got one 😄 And back to school is hard, especially this year! 3mo
ncsufoxes @Julsmarshall back to school is normally exhausting but after being home for 18 months we forgot what it‘s like to get out the door every day. I forgot how exhausting it is driving everyone back & forth. It‘s been an adjustment 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Some months it's just a challenge to keep your head above water!!! Still great progress getting a book checked off & hopefully you are able to find your new groove in September!!! 3mo
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TheSpineView
Circe | Madeline Miller
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Eggs Perfect 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great choice! 🧡🖤🧡🖤 3mo
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SusanLee
Circe | Madeline Miller
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The prompt #destiny reminded me of this awesome novel that set my love for Greek mythology #conflictedworlds @Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Eggs 🧡😌🖤 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love this cover 🖤🧡 3mo
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Cazxxx
Circe | Madeline Miller
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Got this as a skip the line title from the library and only have the loan for 7 days, hopefully I can finish it as I‘ve been dying to read this one for ages 🤞🏻

reading_rainbow Really enjoyed this one! 3mo
Cazxxx @reading_rainbow I have high hopes for this one 😊 3mo
SamAnne Loved this one. Reading her Song of Achilles next month. 3mo
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Cazxxx @SamAnne If I enjoy this one I‘ll certainly read song of Achilles too 3mo
perfectsinner Loved this book. Song of Achilles was even better for me. I ugly cried 3mo
Cazxxx @perfectsinner that one is on my tbr too 3mo
perfectsinner @Cazxxx happy reading! 3mo
Cazxxx @perfectsinner thanks, enjoying it so far! 3mo
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Anoukeboek
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It is not hard for books to give me feelings, but to give me ALL the feelings? Circe is the woman all the stories should be written about. I thank Madeline Miller to finally give Circe her voice. We don't want stories to be told by the biggest shouter or fighter. We want Circe, with her herbs and her island. There should be more of her in a lot of people. Maybe with this book, we start to rewrite the way we see our historybooks.

GondorGirl This was so good! 🧡🧡 4mo
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Aylandra
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*read using the Libby app*
I quite enjoyed this one.
I've got a weak spot for anything based on mythology, and this fit in quite nicely.
Well worth a read for people interested in feel myths, although if you know any myths already you'll recognise the references made in the book, but you'll still be pleasantly surprised by the twists and turns of the book.

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violabrain
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I absolutely loved this book! Song of Achilles broke my heart and I didn‘t know if this book would live up to my expectations after that one, but it absolutely did. I can‘t wait for whatever her next book is!

SamAnne Loved this one and planning to read Song of Achilles next month! 4mo
violabrain @SamAnne Enjoy it! I read it three or four years ago at this point and I still think about it often.❤️ 4mo
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Nessavamusic
Circe | Madeline Miller
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1. Both! I love myths and legends!
2. Either Ireland or Greece
3. There are so many but I do adore the tagged.
#sundayfunday

ozma.of.oz Irish myths are so fascinating! Thank you for sharing! 4mo
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jordanjamie11
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But in a solitary life, there are rare moments when another soul dips near yours, as stars once a year brush the earth. Such a constellation was he to me.

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Patchshank
Circe | Madeline Miller
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I haven't participated in #BookSpin #BookSpinBingo in a couple months. Hopefully I'm out of my reading slump.
@TheAromaofBooks

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I hate those! Good luck! 4mo
Patchshank @Riveted_Reader_Melissa You hate all of them? Maybe I am in for a rough month. 4mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa No… I hate reading slumps! 🤣 sorry! 4mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa I personally loved Circe and Caste! Highly recommend both, and Artemis is on my to read list too along with Hail Mary! 4mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Again so sorry for the confusion, I should have been more clear… so sorry! 4mo
Patchshank @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Lol! Very well could be my fault. Hating reading slumps does make more sense. Getting close to my bedtime. I'm not thinking clearly 🤣 4mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Patchshank Same here, so could have just been me. We‘ll both go get some sleep now. 🤞 here‘s to better reading! 4mo
TheAromaofBooks @Patchshank @Riveted_Reader_Melissa - Honestly, this little misunderstanding provided me with a morning giggle, so there's that 😂 4mo
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HettyG
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I am obsessed with mythic retellings of ancient witches, and this one does not disappoint! I loved thinking about how in her capacity to forgive herself and right her wrongs, Circe comes into her greatest powers. Lovely novel ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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mcausten_sister
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Been a long time since I read a book that enthralled me.

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Bren912
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I adored this storyline. I feel like I have just been on. A magical journey of my own. I seriously couldn‘t put it down and was thankful for the summer rains that didn‘t make me feel guilty for not being outside!!!

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doodeh
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Heart needed to listen to Jane Eyre again. So I did 🥰🥰
Off to some greek mythology. New #audiobook

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Bren912
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My next read. Might be a stretch for me but still looking forward to it.

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swancho
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Circe, daughter of Helios, witch of Aiaia, goddess w/ the voice of mortals. I‘m honestly not sure which storyline is the most captivating, sibling rivalry? Jealousy? Love triangle?? Circe is a powerful goddess that Miller writes into a relatable lady of wisdom.

8/10 - solidly entertaining I did not want to put this book down, it‘s definitely worth the read. Side note, where does one sign up to gain the power of turning men into pigs? 🤔🐷

Bren912 Lol on the 🐷—. I think many do it on their own 😏😉 5mo
swancho HAHAHA accurate 😹😹 5mo
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staci.reads
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Really compelling storytelling! I have never really enjoyed mythology, neither the textbook stories we force students to read, nor the modern retellings, so I have been hesitant to try this. All the rave reviews finally wore me down, though. So glad I gave it a shot!

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TheEllieMo
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I am posting one book per day from my extensive to-be-read collection. No description and providing no reason for wanting to read it, I just do. Some will be old, some will be new. Don‘t judge me - I have a lot of books. Join the fun if you want.
This is day 198
#BooksToRead #TBRPile #TBRMountain

AllisonM89 That cover!!! 😍😍😍 My copy of the book isn't that pretty.... 6mo
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short_soprano
Circe | Madeline Miller
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3.5/5⭐️ s // a neat retelling with a good ending that ties in with the beginning (which I‘m always a sucker for!). however, the story was definitely dragging at multiple points.

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I Loved it

[ Art by eileen bahar ]

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NataliePatalie
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I was really looking forward to this month's book club pick, because Circe has been on my TBR for awhile, simply because I'm always seeing it mentioned everywhere! So I expected to enjoy it! However I thought it was pretty boring, and despite covering a lot of ground it didn't manage to have a plot. Didn't hate it but wouldn't recommend it to anyone, either. @Blueberry

Aims42 I tried reading this one a few months ago, and I just couldn‘t get hooked. I put it back on my TBR pile, but I really don‘t see myself reading it again. It was the hype that got me to buy it too #BlameItOnLitsy 6mo
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NataliePatalie @Aims42 So true! Honestly I wouldn't recommend trying to finish it. If you're curious just look up a summary of the rest hahah. 6mo
Aims42 @NataliePatalie haha, that works for me 👍🏻 My TBR pile just keeps piling up, gotta stick with the books that hold my interest or move on 😆 6mo
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Omg! So good🥰! I loved this one so much better that Achilles, IMO. I loved the narrator for this book and I loved how real and tangible Circe felt. Fan of the Greek gods? Looking for a new story to read or listen too? Go read this!

LazyOwl Glad you enjoyed. I loved Circe as well. I haven't read Song of Achilles yet. 6mo
rwmg I agree, much better than Achilles 6mo
sprainedbrain Yesss! ❤️ 6mo
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