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The Ocean at the End of the Lane (Illustrated Edition)
The Ocean at the End of the Lane (Illustrated Edition) | Neil Gaiman
"Fantasy of the very best."--Wall Street Journal "A novel about the truths--some wonderful, some terrible--that children know and adults do not." --Time magazine A beautiful, immersive, fully illustrated edition of Neil Gaiman's beloved #1 bestselling novel, featuring illustrations by Elise Hurst. "They say you cannot go home again, and that is as true as a knife . . ." A man returns to the site of his childhood home where, years before, he knew a girl named Lettie Hempstock who showed him the most marvelous, dangerous, and outrageous things, but when he gets there he learns that nothing is as he remembered. Wondrous, imaginative, impossible, and at times deeply scary, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is classic Neil Gaiman and has captured the hearts of readers everywhere. This beautiful illustrated edition features haunting, emotive artwork by renowned fine artist Elise Hurst, whose illustrations seamlessly interweave the childhood wonder and harrowing danger that infuse Gaiman's beloved tale.
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Susanita
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1. Tea and toast when I‘m sick. Cheesy rom-coms when I‘m sad.
2. Last month I went to a friend‘s retirement in Rehoboth, Delaware, and I briefly stuck my fingers in the Atlantic Ocean while I was in the neighborhood.
3. Maybe?? No readathon this weekend because I lost my mind and decided to do a major bookshelf reorg.
#thoughtfulthursday

MoonWitch94 My brother‘s girlfriend lives around Rehoboth! So pretty. Thanks for playing ☺️ 16h
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This was my first Gaiman, and it was hard to put down. I‘ve seen complaints about the narrator, but I think the choice fits the work and its commentary on memory. What may be unsettling about this book, too, is that we don‘t know for sure by the end what‘s actually happened. Was the fantastical element of the story a fabrication, the narrator‘s manner of coping with trauma?

The bits on food throughout had me hungry and inspired in the kitchen.

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jlabombard10315
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This was an excellent audiobook. I loved the narration by the author. 😍

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Aaronlisa
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Pickpick

This was a reread for me and I read the illustrated version on Jan 19 & gave it 4 ⭐️. I love this book. I find it one of this stories that is hard, if not impossible, to put down. The illustrations had a hazy, dreamy like quality and it worked for this story.

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Whodunit85
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5 stars for Neil, as always.

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Meem2
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💙

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Dvd

I love this book and I am only half way through it. Exquisite adventure spanning worlds and time.

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Seshat
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Guess what I spent a Christmas Amazon gift card on? I had a birthday party where no one came as a kid and the kitten always gets me. I had a tortoiseshell kitten I was bonding with and had sleep in my room as a kid, then Mom took my brother and I on vacation and her second husband had to stay and work. My kitty was gone when I got home. Her name was Ziggy.

Lcsmcat 💔 4w
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Laru79
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Grown ups... ❤️

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Laru79
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Pickpick

I am most of the way through a book which I then left at work over the Christmas break, it will get it back today... so in the meantime I read this and LOVED it! My first Gaiman and I‘ll deffo go back for more. It was magical and sad and lovely and all sorts! A great read

hermyknee I absolutely adored this book! 1mo
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countessnicki10
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Pickpick

I really admire Neil Gaiman for having good imagination and very incomparable books. This is another masterpiece ❤️

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kricheal
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Oh my gosh! I loved this! It's so dark and innocent at the same time. #58 #2019

umbrellagirl SUCH a good book. 1mo
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countessnicki10
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“Grown-ups and monsters aren‘t scared of anything”

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This was a very beautifully written imaginative story. I loved it.

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kricheal
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Starting this next on #overdrive #currentlylistening

Ncostell This was wonderful on audio, I could listen to Neil Gaiman read all day! 1mo
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Eggbeater
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These were my favorite fiction reads published over the past decade. As you can see, I really like fantasy, so many are part of a series and not always in order. #Top10oftheDecade #FictionEdition

UnidragonFrag The fifth season is the only one on your list that's also on mine, but a few of those are on my TBR, which I'm glad to see they're best of the decade good! 1mo
HOTPock3tt A treacherous curse!! It‘s on my top 10 of the decade list too 😎♥️ (edited) 1mo
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Literary_Siren This is so exciting!! 1mo
AmandaL This is one of my most favorite Gaiman books! 1mo
LauraJ Wonderful pairing! 1mo
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JacqMac @AmandaL It‘s very close to being my favourite, too. 1mo
JacqMac @LauraJ I agree. I have a good feeling about it. 1mo
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4thhouseontheleft
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#Top10ofthedecade #fictionedition

Sticking to books published in the 2010s (or series that had at least one book published this decade) made this easier.

On a different day, the Neil Gaiman book might have been switched for Circe. But today, that‘s what I‘m going with.

rachelm Circe got edged out of mine too! 1mo
Bookwormjillk I loved Americanah and THUG too 1mo
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Cinfhen I know it‘s going to be a book that stays with me but I just don‘t have the years right now to back it up💖💖💖 1mo
Cinfhen @Kalalalatja just posted her list and this book was on it too 1mo
TheSpineView You have some great choices there! 1mo
4thhouseontheleft @rachelm It was a tough choice! @Bookwormjillk My favorite of Adichie‘s is actually Half of a Yellow Sun, but she‘s an auto-read for me. I love everything she writes! (edited) 1mo
4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen I debated about Vuong‘s book, but it wouldn‘t count in the next decade from now 😲, so I put it on my list! 1mo
4thhouseontheleft @TheSpineView Thanks! I‘m also realizing how many great books published this decade I haven‘t read yet. 🤭 1mo
Kalalalatja Night Circus was so close to being on my list too! 1mo
monalyisha It looks like we have very similar taste! 1mo
RachelO I need to read Atwood one day! And I think you‘ve answered my Christmas shopping dilemma - thanks! 1mo
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I‘ve never gone to a book club and I‘ve never read this book but I have always wanted to. Perhaps this will be my first book club meeting...?

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Mehso-so

This was not my favorite book that I‘ve read this year. It left me somewhat confused and that could be because I do not typically gravitate towards reading these types of books. I liked the underlying meaning of what I took out of the book though, that you must work trough your struggles to get past them and move on and that even on the darkest of days there are people who will stand beside you and fight with you or even for you!

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🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟I can‘t praise this book enough. Its beautiful and dedicated prose stands next to nothing except perfection in all its intricacies and complexities. Neil Gaiman is a master wordsmith like no other. I was pulled in so absolutely I almost forgot where my life began and this wondrous story ended... so interwoven I became that it took me such awhile to gain my footing again. Enjoy away avid readers.

TK421 This is one of my favorite Gaiman books! 2mo
MiyakoBunny @TK421 I can definitely see why! & Its become the same for me too 🤗🤗🤗 2mo
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I listened to the audiobook of this, and while I like that Gaiman reads all this own books and is so quick to embrace all forms of media, I get the feeling I would have liked this even more in print. I loved the characters though, especially Lettie. #authoramonth @Soubhiville

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rather_be_reading

Nobody actually looks like what they really are on the inside....People are much more complicated than that.

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rather_be_reading

I felt safe. It was as if the essence of grandmotherliness had been condensed into that one place...

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rather_be_reading

Growing up, I took many cues from books. They taught me most of what I knew about what people did, about how to behave.

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rather_be_reading

I went away in my head into a book. That was where I went whenever real life was too hard...

ju.ca.no 💙 2mo
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rather_be_reading

Adults follow paths. Children explore.

ju.ca.no True😍 2mo
TheHungryBookworms I live this book 2mo
rather_be_reading @ju.ca.no ikr 2mo
rather_be_reading @TheHungryBookworms it was pretty good. Fantasy is not my fav, but it was great. 2mo
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rather_be_reading

I lived in books more than I lived anywhere else.

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rather_be_reading

I lay on the bed and lost myself in the stories...Books were safer than other people anyway.

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rather_be_reading

First line: It was only a duck pond, out at the back if the farm.

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This was nothing what I had expected! I think this is the first book Ive read that the main character & narrator did NOT have a name. Basically, the MC visits his former childhood home after a funeral and is reminded of his mystical childhood when he was 7 years old when very strange things were happening including a babysitter from hell!

allureofbeauty I enjoyed the audio of that one. Good book. 2mo
ju.ca.no I love this one😍 2mo
GrilledCheeseSamurai I. Love. This. Book. ❤️📖❤️ 2mo
rather_be_reading @allureofbeauty i can definitely see that being good on audio! 2mo
rather_be_reading @GrilledCheeseSamurai i don't love fantasy, but this one was great. 2mo
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Lunch book date

wanderinglynn Lunch book dates are the best dates I‘ve ever had. 😂 2mo
rather_be_reading @wanderinglynn ditto! i enjoy them immensely! 2mo
OnlyYoo Love spaghetti but always worry I‘ll splatter my book 😅 obviously I can‘t eat like an adult yet 2mo
rather_be_reading @OnlyYoo lmao!! oh i definitely splattered 🙄 2mo
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Book 143 of 2019
#tbrlist #myfirstgaiman

vumblereads This was my first Gaiman book too and this was where I started to like his style of writing. 2mo
InBooksILive 143! Wow, I envy you! 2mo
Oldschool_millenial This one was my first Gaiman book. I later learned he wrote the English screenplay/dub for "Princess Mononoke" 2mo
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OriginalCyn620 This was my first Gaiman too! 2mo
rather_be_reading @vumblereads it was very interesting for sure! 2mo
Oldschool_millenial Whoop! I meant Coraline was my first. Forgot to tag the book 😅😅😅😅 I AM looking forward to reading Ocean at the End of the Lane, though 2mo
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GrilledCheeseSamurai
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For @erzascarletbookgasm

Last one. It's a gorgeous book. If these pics did anything for you you'll love it. I mean...you already know how good the story is sooo. 👌

Kalalalatja Stunning! 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm Thank you!! The illustrations are beautiful. This was my first Gaiman 💜. Perhaps it‘s due for a reread with this edition, ahem! 3mo
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For @erzascarletbookgasm

All the pictures in the book are black and white or sepia and are scratchy in style. 😊

DuckOfDoom And now I ordered the illustrated edition. 😂 3mo
GrilledCheeseSamurai @DuckOfDoom 👏👍👏 It's very pretty. 🤩 3mo
amanda__reads__horror Gorgeous!! 2mo
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GrilledCheeseSamurai
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For @erzascarletbookgasm here's the very first page. 😊

IndoorDame Beautiful! I just started this on audio, but I think I would be much more captivated by this version. 3mo
CoffeeCatsBooks Okay, and now I‘m going to have to get this version too! 3mo
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GrilledCheeseSamurai
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A peek inside one of the pages of the new illustrated edition!

This is definitely the best way to read this book! Highly recommend this edition if you have never read this story before - or if you already have and are a fan.

I can't wait to read through it again. ❤️

erzascarletbookgasm Can show more pics of this edition please? I‘m tempted to get it although I own the novel. 3mo
Sweetkokoro Ah I read the novel version a few months back and got excited when I found out about this edition! Now I know for sure I need it!! I love the art style used! 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Love illustrated editions where the illustrations embrace the text. Reminds me of A Monster Calls. 3mo
BookwormM Looks gorgeous stacked 3mo
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The new illustrated edition is 😍

wanderinglynn 😍😍😍 That‘s going to be must-have for my Gaiman collection. Thanks for sharing! 3mo
Kalalalatja Okay, I need this in my life 😍😍 3mo
Branwen WHOA! 😍 3mo
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GrilledCheeseSamurai
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I literally just stepped into work for the night & got this notification. 😫

I was waiting for it allllll morning/afternoon.

Oh well. At least now I have something to look forward to when I get home. 🤷🏼‍♂️

Ocean at the End of the Lane is in top 3 favorite Gaiman for me so I'm crazy excited to see what the illustrated version looks like. 😁

ImperfectCJ Ooh! I didn't know there was an illustrated edition of this one! 3mo
DrexEdit What?! There's an illustrated version? *fires up the Amazon shopping app* 😊👍 3mo
GrilledCheeseSamurai @ImperfectCJ @DrexEdit It just came out this week! 😍😍😍 3mo
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DrexEdit @GrilledCheeseSamurai this is part of what I love about Litsy. I might never have known about this edition! 3mo
ValerieAndBooks Wow! Good to know, I just finished reading it from the library and thinking I should have a copy of my own. 3mo
TracyReadsBooks My brother-in-law surprised me with a signed (and personalized) copy of this book when it first came out. It is one of my most treasured possessions—love the book and can‘t wait to see the illustrated edition! 3mo
GrilledCheeseSamurai @DrexEdit #BlameItOnLitsy reads and purchases are a real thing! 😅 3mo
GrilledCheeseSamurai @TracyReadsBooks that's an awesome book to have personalized! 👌 3mo
GrilledCheeseSamurai @ValerieAndBooks It will look soooo good on your shelf. 😍 3mo
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ValerieAndBooks
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This novel, by Neil Gaiman, really had me racing through the story! As such, I must reread again soon to catch the intricacies of this unforgettable story that felt like a mythological re-telling. I loved it.

Will catch my breath with some other book(s) before reading more of Gaiman for #authoramonth.

KarenUK I loved this one... partly because it‘s setting was so familiar ( I was born and grew up in Sussex) ... and the writing is lovely 💕 3mo
readordierachel I loved it too 🧡 3mo
ValerieAndBooks @KarenUK I know the writing is lovely but I didn‘t linger over it as long as I should have because I wanted to know what happened! So I know I will reread at some point. Setting can really add to the reading experience, especially if you relate to it and/or familiar with the locale 💖. 3mo
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ValerieAndBooks @readordierachel 👍! if you‘ve read others by Gaiman, would you say this was your favorite? 3mo
readordierachel I've only read Neverwhere and Norse Mythology, and though I really enjoyed them both, yes I would say this is my favorite. I was more moved by it. 3mo
Reggie I‘m so glad you liked this one. 3mo
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November ‘s #authoramonth is Neil Gaiman. Starting tagged e-book from library! Maybe The Graveyard Book, from my TBR, will be next— depends on how soon the two other Gaimans come off my library holds. I‘ve only read one short story collection of his previously, so we‘ll see how it goes this month!

TheSpineView I loved both of these!😍 3mo
JacqMac These are two of my favourites from him. I either really love his books or really hate them. There‘s no middle. Lol 3mo
tjwill I ❤️ Neil Gaiman! 3mo
Reggie The tagged book is like a beautiful adult fairy tale. Hope you like it!! 3mo
ValerieAndBooks @TheSpineView @JacqMac @tjwill @Reggie So far I‘m liking it and its suspenseful overtones! 3mo
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Moony
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Oh I forgot to update my bingo card #bookbingo. With the book I got a bingo so new categories will arrived for my next reading. 😁

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Loved it even more the second time around. This ending is still my favorite ending of any book. Book 1 for #AuthorAMonth done. @Soubhiville

Linsy I need to reread this one!! I loved it the first time too 💙 3mo
ShyBookOwl I'll be reading this for book club during the winter! 3mo
madamereadsalot1 @ShyBookOwl you're in for a treat!😊 3mo
Soubhiville It‘s one of my favorites by him! 3mo
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Started my #authoramonth this evening and am a little over halfway through my reread of Ocean. Lining up my next, which will be Odd and the Frost Giants. I've read all the Gaiman books I own already, but I always reread 1 or 2 of his every year anyhow. I hope A View from the Cheap Seats will become available at the library this month. It's been on my TBR forever and I had intended to mark it off this year anyway.

@Soubhiville

jb72 I liked Ocean and Odd and Graveyard. I read them all this year and thoroughly enjoyed them. 3mo
madamereadsalot1 @jb72 I'm glad you liked them! He's my favorite, so I'm totally biased and think he probably even poops gold! 😂 What's your favorite Gaiman experience? Mine is American Gods, followed by Anansi Boys and Neverwhere. 3mo
jb72 @madamereadsalot1 I‘ve only read about 18 of his stories (mostly short). Art Matters was very good and I loved Coraline. Neverwhere was the first Gaiman book I read a few years ago. A Study in Emerald was pretty good too. 3mo
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Scochrane26 I still have several of his to read, but I‘m slowly making progress. Think my fave at this point is also American Gods. 3mo
madamereadsalot1 @Scochrane26 he has a lot to work through between comics, novels, kids books, short stories, and a couple of non-fic. I'm not done with all of his either! Everytime I think I'm nearly caught up, I find out about something else! 3mo
madamereadsalot1 @jb72 his short story collections are so good. Really show his versatility in storytelling! I adore his Fragile Things collection. And Coraline, in all its versions, is a definite favorite in this household! If you haven't gotten to The Graveyard Book, I would use this month as an excuse! I'm sure you'd love it! 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm My favourite is The Graveyard Book. I still need to read Anansi Boys. 3mo
madamereadsalot1 @erzascarletbookgasm you must read it! It's weird and amazing! 3mo
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Mehso-so

Yesterday I finished this book. I need very long, because it's very stressy for me at the moment and this book isn't very thrilling. Perhaps I don't understand the books of Neil Gaiman, but I always ask myself What? and Why? I don't like the persons and I need more background informations. The book was too short for me.

#fantasy

Moony The points for #scarathlon are 1 pt for reading and 1 pt for #scarySavengerHunt bescause one character dies. So 2 pt for #teamslaughter @Clwojick 3mo
Clwojick 🙌 🙌 🙌 🙌 3mo
Buechersuechtling I couldn‘t understand all the enthusiasm for this book, either. I very much felt like you did when I read it. There is so much weirdness in the story and so few explanation. I‘m sure it‘s me but that I can accept in very narrow limits, only. You see, “Neverwhere” I loved; “Anansi Boys” was okay but already a bit exaggerated for my taste. So from “The Ocean …” on I‘m biased/sceptical towards his books … And it‘s nice to not be alone with this. 3mo
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Tinyds

"this apps dead nevermind" - neil gaymang

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Cathythoughts Great cover 4mo
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Moony
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Last book for #12Littens12books anf we're waiting for the doc. It's nothing dramatical and I hope I only hyperbolism. #catsoflitsy

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emz711
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No book yesterday, just friends and knitting. Have a good weekend everyone!

#nobook #nofilter #friends #knit

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