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Well-Read Black Girl
Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves | Glory Edim
An inspiring collection of essays by black women writers, curated by the founder of the popular book club Well-Read Black Girl, on the importance of recognizing ourselves in literature. Remember that moment when you first encountered a character who seemed to be written just for you? That feeling of belonging can stick with readers the rest of their lives--but it doesn't come around as frequently for all of us. In this timely anthology, "well-read black girl" Glory Edim brings together original essays by some of our best black female writers and creative voices to shine a light on how we search for ourselves in literature, and how important it is that everyone--no matter their gender, race, religion, or abilities--can find themselves there. Whether it's learning about the complexities of femalehood from Their Eyes Were Watching God, seeing a new type of love in The Color Purple, or using mythology to craft an alternative black future, each essay reminds us why we turn to books in times of both struggle and relaxation. As she has done with her incredible book-club-turned-online-community Well-Read Black Girl, in this book, Edim has created a space where black women's writing and knowledge and life experiences are lifted up, to be shared with all readers who value the power of a story to help us understand the world, and ourselves. Contributors include: Jesmyn Ward (Sing Unburied Sing), Lynn Nottage (Sweat), Jacqueline Woodson (Another Brooklyn), Gabourey Sidibe (actress), Morgan Jerkins (This Will Be My Undoing), Lena Waithe (Master of None), Zinzi Clemmons (What We Lose), N. K. Jemisin (The Fifth Season), Tayari Jones (An American Marriage), Nicole Dennis-Benn (Here Comes the Sun), and more.
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Plaidsticks
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I‘m so behind on my book list (finished this in July) that I can‘t even remember much about it other than I was able to add a bunch of authors/books to my “to read”.

megnews It made my tbr linger as well. 3mo
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emtobiasz
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Listened to this audiobook as I finished this enormous jigsaw puzzle. So many mentions of Toni Morrison have me emotional all over again. Really enjoying the essays from a variety of authors, but I think this book might have been better appreciated in print. Having one single narrator makes the essays blend into each other. #audiobook #audiopuzzling

Tamra Wow, that is a commitment! 4mo
Nute May I ask what puzzle is that? 3mo
emtobiasz @Nute it‘s a 2000 piece Ravensburger puzzle. World of Books (No. 16 685 5) 3mo
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Weaponxgirl
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The uk cover is decidedly less pretty than the American cover imo.
A book of essays from black women writers talking about the books that resonate with them and the importance of diversity.
The best part for me was the lists! I love a good list and this has several that has made me add to my tbr like mad. This is going to be a reference book that I will keep coming back to when I‘m looking for what to read next.

SW-T Those lists were dangerous to my TBR pile 💕 5mo
BeaG I have this and love it! 5mo
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The_Reading_Hedgehog
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Now that‘s what I call a book haul

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thebookishtype15
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I loved this! As another PoC I found this completely relatable and got lots of book recommendations

SW-T Same here 💕 6mo
MandaMT One of my favorites from the past year 6mo
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CandiReadsBooks
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This book is actually an anthology of Black Women Authors telling what led them to become authors|writers. Their stories resonated within me as a reader! I‘m so happy they found their voices so I could find myself within the pages of any genre of writing. I also love the recommended list of books.

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Blueberry
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Starting my next read.

megnews I really loved this. Added lots to my tbr though. 7mo
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The_Real_Nani
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Adding all these books to my TBR.

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Chelleo
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Mehso-so

I really wanted to love this but I also wanted to bail. My biggest issue was the narration (read by the author). I enjoyed the stories about books, reading & identity from the various authors. I‘m 50/50 on the suggested titles: I‘ve read several, some I‘ve loved, and some spark no interest. I‘d totally gift this to someone looking to read more black female authors but not a keeper for me. I‘ll retry it in print.

⭐️⭐️⭐️🎧2019.03.06 #blitsy

Hooked_on_books I loved it in print. Hopefully you‘ll find that to be a better format. 9mo
Leniverse It is interesting to hear an author's voice, and what expression they put on their own work. But sometimes they really should go with a professional. 9mo
EchoLogical I thought the e-book was perfect. 9mo
Chelleo @echological - I may have just been in a mood. Like I said, I plan to gift it where/when I can because I think it's an important book for highlighting black/African diaspora female authors. 9mo
EchoLogical @Chelleo I feel ya. It happens to me a lot. I'll listen to a book only to give up and try again in print. 9mo
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TheBookbabeblog84
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I‘m just going to dedicate this month to unapologetic black women....I see a lot of WOC on my reading list for March! #womensHistoryMonth #blackgirlmagic

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irre
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Great book for book lovers!

Christine Agreed!! 9mo
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megnews
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4.5 ⭐️

If you like #booksaboutbooks & the #readinglife, this book is for you. Authors share the impact reading had in their lives and writing from childhood to adult. Well-Read Black Girl added 22 books to my #tbr in 3 hours! I hope there‘ll be a follow up. I want more.

#24b4Monday Black History Month Edition

Book 74/90 2/24/19

Andrew65 That‘s a lot of books to add in a short time. 😳 9mo
megnews @Andrew65 , with over 1000 on my tbr, it‘ll be years before I get to them all probably but I will when the mood strikes. 9mo
Andrew65 @megnews I can relate to that. 9mo
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megnews
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I did not know that Alice Walker‘s daughter writes too I love Alice Walker. Will have to check out her daughter‘s memoir.

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megnews
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I‘m not going to be able to participate like I‘d like because my daughter‘s baby shower is tomorrow but I‘ll focus on Well Read Black Girl this weekend.
#24b4monday

Andrew65 Any time over the weekend is good. Enjoy the baby shower! 😊 9mo
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megnews
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Only 3 chapters in and this book is already doing some serious damage to my #tbr stack.

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MandaMT
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I‘d been savoring this one for a few weeks. Now a new favorite! In each essay, a black author shares her reading experiences and sources of inspiration. It‘s a fantastic source of suggested reading material. Yes, Angelou, Morrison, and Walker are there, but so are many other authors who didn‘t make the cut for the predominantly white book lists given to English majors like myself. N.K. Jemisin‘s essay on cultural mythology is my favorite.

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megnews
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I feel like I won the library lottery, y‘all! I went in to pick up the 2 holds on the left and saw the book on the right just sitting there on the #blackhistorymonth shelf waiting for me!

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Verity
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I am in no way the audience for this, but I found it really interesting and moving as well as an insight into life experiences that are very different to mine. And useful too as someone who manages a really diverse team of people to get more insight into experiences different from mine.

BellaBookNook I have this but haven‘t read it yet. But I absolutely think it‘s for everybody. 10mo
Verity @BellaBookNook it is really really good. I liked it a lot. But I don‘t need convincing about the importance of diverse authors - and I think that‘s some of who it is aimed at. 10mo
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BeaG
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Current situation

Chelleo Did you receive your BHM swap package? 10mo
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Bookswithjams
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This is such a great collection of stories, and I think they should be essential reading to everyone. This collection contains stories from powerhouses such as Jesmyn Ward, Tayari Jones, and Jacqueline Woodson, just to name a few. I loved each and every one of these, and took away something different from them all.

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TamaraH71
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I have a whole buncha books I wanted to order from Amazon, but I realized I had them already. Its like the store came to me! 😂☺️

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riversong153
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I recommend this as a gift in case Littens are still looking for #BlitsyHistoryMonth gifts! The essays in this book are well written and would make anyone think back to the books that inspired them. I love that it was peppered with recommendations for books, plays and poetry written by black women. It‘s a quick read and each essay comes from a different perspective. #BHMSwap

MrBook Great review! 10mo
Karisa Sounds like a great read! 📚💜 P.S. I love your Litsy name! River Song (aka Melodie Pond) is my favorite Doctor Who character. She's so awesome! 10mo
riversong153 @Karisa I 💜💜 her!! Thanks! 10mo
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CarolynM Sounds very good. Stacked🙂 10mo
MandaMT I‘ve been savoring this one- an essay here and there between chapters of other books. I LOVE it. Great review! 10mo
EchoLogical I loved this one so much! 10mo
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Emilymdxn
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An immensely important, readable set of essays which taught me a huge amount. None of the essays were samey, every one showed me something I felt I needed to know. Great reference material too - introduced me to so many black female authors that it will take years to read but I‘m looking forward to trying!

I really hope every school in the anglophone world has a copy of this book. I‘m sure it will mean the world to the young girls to read it.

CarolynM Just stacked this one after seeing @riversong153 's review🙂 10mo
riversong153 @CarolynM I‘m glad. It is a really good read! 10mo
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Emilymdxn
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Sunday morning ☕️📚🌅 I LOVE memoirs about people‘s relationships with literature and this one looks incredibly special. I just followed the well read black girl insta and I recommend it if you don‘t!

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Hooked_on_books
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A wonderful collection of short essays by black women writers, discussing the books that influenced them, often also by black women writers. This is a great book to dip in and out of and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

mreads ❤🐕❤🐕❤ 10mo
Hooked_on_books @mreads That‘s Bindi up top and Greta down below. 💚🐶🐶 10mo
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Christine
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This is a gorgeous book, inside and out. The group of contributors is truly amazing (NK Jemisin, Jesmyn Ward, Tayari Jones, Morgan Jerkins...I could go on and on...), and I loved every essay. Can‘t recommend it highly enough.
#librarythingearlyreviewers

RaimeyGallant Have you heard of this one? @Chelleo 10mo
Chelleo @RaimeyGallant Yes, it‘s on my TBR list. I‘ve heard really good things! 10mo
Christine @RaimeyGallant @Chelleo It‘s a total treasure! ❤️ 10mo
Chelleo @Christine thanks for the positive review! 10mo
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Weaponxgirl
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It‘s nearly February and the tagged kitten is encouraging us all to #readblackwomen and I‘m excited to get going!
If you are looking for more book ideas I thought I would share this list
https://www.listchallenges.com/100-books-by-black-women-everyone-must-read I have the same tag on list challenges and get a weird sense of achievement seeing what % of book lists I‘ve read.
Can‘t wait to see what others will read too

Weaponxgirl Picture is of audre lorde 10mo
gradcat Love her, and this photo!! 🥰 10mo
Weaponxgirl @gradcat it‘s so iconic isn‘t it 😍 10mo
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gradcat Yes, and that‘s fitting because she‘s an icon! I love, love, love her poetry! 🥰 10mo
llwheeler Addicted to book lists on list challenges too 🙋‍♀️lol 10mo
Weaponxgirl @llwheeler yay! Are you the same on there as here? I love seeing what other lists people are reading 10mo
llwheeler @Weaponxgirl Yep! And I only have 1 read from the list you linked above... eesh, so bad! In my slight defense, several others are already on my tbr. But I clearly have a reading gap to shore up... 10mo
GingerAntics Anyone who writes “women are powerful and dangerous” on a board and have their photo taken with it is all right with me!!! lol 10mo
WhatDeeReads I‘ve read 13 from the list. Those books are old! 10mo
Weaponxgirl @WhatDeeReads I‘ve read 9 and yup a lot I‘m having trouble getting my hands on quite a few! They do have newer lists but I picked a list with the most on it. 10mo
Emilymdxn I‘ve read so few of the books on this list! How am I only on 11 that‘s miserable of me. Thank you for posting this, I‘m gonna save it and try to at least double my number this year 10mo
SW-T The tagged book is very good. Current authors discussing authors they love, with listings of books at the end of each section. Enjoyable read plus a good reference 😊 10mo
Weaponxgirl @llwheeler I just realised you can‘t search for others names on the site! I‘m obviously a user of that list so if you wanna look at the same lists then look me up and I‘ll follow you back. 10mo
Weaponxgirl @Emilymdxn your welcome 😊 be careful on that site I‘ve added far too many books to my tbr from it 😉 10mo
Weaponxgirl @SW-T I really want to get my hands on the tagged book. I‘m a sucker for these types of books especially when it‘s designed to be diverse 10mo
llwheeler @Weaponxgirl Found you 🙂 10mo
Weaponxgirl @llwheeler 😁 followed you back, your lists are much more organised and manageable than mine 😂 10mo
llwheeler Lol! Only cause I haven't been on there very long, I'm sure haha 10mo
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Weaponxgirl
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#24in48 diverse reads. This one is too hard for me since picking any kind of favourite diverse book is impossible when there are just so many great #ownvoices out there.
Personally I‘ve found focusing on voices that don‘t get picked up as much by mainstream media has meant finding some incredible books. It‘s something I try to do all year round in all of my media choices.

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Melismatic
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A great speed read and an incredible blueprint to discovering incredible (black, female) authors. 💪🏻🤗

#LitsyAtoZ 7/26
#LetterE #E

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Melismatic
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A sinus infection has kept me apartment bound rather than at the #WomensMarch so I‘m taking solace in fierce female stories. I‘m halfway through the audio version of this anthology and couldn‘t recommend it more! It‘s literally a master class in books by black female voices. My #TBR is about to grow by a mile! 💪🏻🙌🏻🤗

Also, ran to the post office - @TheReadingMermaid , 2 books for #LMPBC are headed your way! #GroupO @Julie548 @WriterAtHeart

TheReadingMermaid Sounds good sweetie. I'm sorry you're not feeling well. Maybe next time you can march with us 🤗😘 sending love and good energy your way 💕 11mo
Melismatic @TheReadingMermaid Thanks! Sending you the same! Bummed I‘m missing it since I had such fun last year! 😭 11mo
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I loved browsing the suggested readings after each section as well as the master list at the end of the book. #MountTBR #diversebooks #diverseauthors

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SW-T
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Each essay, like each author, was different. Each one spoke about the power and beauty of literature, and how books can change your life, especially if you see something of yourself reflected in the pages. From infancy, to childhood, to adulthood, books shape us and affirm that we are not alone. A shy child can feel connected as can an adult seeking change. Dreams become real and attainable, and your sense of self grows richer.

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Loving the essays so far.

Freespirit What a gorgeous photo❤️ 11mo
LibrarianRyan Ahhhhhhhhhh 11mo
Joyfulmimi Love this photo 🥰 11mo
JustJill1963 ❤️ Nice. 11mo
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SW-T
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Valid question!

Freespirit Love it! 11mo
Kaye 👍🏼 11mo
sprainedbrain 😂😂😂 11mo
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Chelleo Looking forward to reading this one soon! #blitsy 11mo
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EchoLogical
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Finished this a few days ago but just getting around to reviewing it. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Liatrek I will be using one of my gift cards to get this one ASAP😊 11mo
EchoLogical @Liatrek You won't regret it! 11mo
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EchoLogical
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This one is giving me so many feels and so much reading material and I'm only on the second essay! 😅

@Chelleo @Liatrek Have either of you guys read this one?

Liatrek No not yet. It‘s on my TBR list. 12mo
Chelleo No! Stacking it! Thanks! 12mo
Chelleo This sounds great! 12mo
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Chelleo Whooohooo, my library has the audiobook! 12mo
EchoLogical @Liatrek Let me know what you think once you've read it. 12mo
EchoLogical @Chelleo 🎉🎉🎉 12mo
Chelleo @EchoLogical Will do. I have 8 weeks before my hold comes in. 12mo
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amma-keep-reading
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I definitely savored this book. Such sage advise. Such honest candid writing. Inspiration to return to over and over again.

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ontheBL
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Glory Edim is the amazing woman behind the Instagram wellreadblackgirl I have been obsessively following her since I started my blog. Her book is a testament to the importance of books.
Read my full review at: https://onthebl.org/2018/11/23/well-read-black-girl/

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WanderingBookaneer
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa What now? Tell me more... 13mo
EchoLogical 👀 12mo
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mdemanatee
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Was already excited for this but then I saw Lynn Nottage was a contributor and was like “this is next yes thank you”

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skibump724
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Pre-ordered this beauty and it finally arrived! I‘m super excited to read it!

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TheNextBook
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This is such a beautifully curated anthology! So many successful and dominant writers gave pieces for this and to read of their stories was just incredible. I am so glad I got my hands on this and I can‘t wait to put it on my bookshelf.

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TheNextBook
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Yes to all of this. Yes!!!! I‘ve been patiently waiting for it. Was extremely excited to get my hands on it and now I am!!!

MidnightBookGirl I wish there was something like a Tiger Beat for book covers, because I would totally plaster my bedroom walls with this cover! Can't wait for your review! 1y
Tamra I wish there was the same for children & YA! Stories and/or a resource list. Maybe that will come next. (edited) 1y
Bookzombie @MidnightBookGirl That would be so cool! 1y
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