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Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption | Bryan Stevenson
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING MICHAEL B. JORDAN AND JAMIE FOXX - A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice--from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time. "[Bryan Stevenson's] dedication to fighting for justice and equality has inspired me and many others and made a lasting impact on our country."--John Legend NAMED ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL BOOKS OF THE DECADE BY CNN - Named One of the Best Books of the Year by The New York Times - The Washington Post - The Boston Globe - The Seattle Times - Esquire - Time Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn't commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship--and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever. Just Mercy is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer's coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice. Winner of the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction - Winner of the NAACP Image Award for Nonfiction - Winner of a Books for a Better Life Award - Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize - Finalist for the Kirkus Reviews Prize - An American Library Association Notable Book "Every bit as moving as To Kill a Mockingbird, and in some ways more so . . . a searing indictment of American criminal justice and a stirring testament to the salvation that fighting for the vulnerable sometimes yields."--David Cole, The New York Review of Books "Searing, moving . . . Bryan Stevenson may, indeed, be America's Mandela."--Nicholas Kristof, The New York Times "You don't have to read too long to start cheering for this man. . . . The message of this book . . . is that evil can be overcome, a difference can be made. Just Mercy will make you upset and it will make you hopeful."--Ted Conover, The New York Times Book Review "Inspiring . . . a work of style, substance and clarity . . . Stevenson is not only a great lawyer, he's also a gifted writer and storyteller."--The Washington Post "As deeply moving, poignant and powerful a book as has been, and maybe ever can be, written about the death penalty."--The Financial Times "Brilliant."--The Philadelphia Inquirer
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ashleyn
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Capital punishment means, 'them without the capital get the punishment.'

1/2023

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ozma.of.oz
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Books have the power to change how we view the world and ourselves.

This book started me on the path of becoming a prison abolitionist. I have a whole new list of books to get to after reading this one.

#SundayFunday Hope you all have a safe and happy Sunday, and don‘t forget to tag me in your posts so I can see your answers!

Vivlio_Gnosi @ozma.of.oz The Righteous Mind 2mo
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#ManicMonday @CBee
📕Just Mercy
✍🏻 Marlon James
🍿Juno
🎤 Joe Jackson
🎵Jack & Diane

Cinfhen @Allylu I missed a few - but im hoping to get back on track 😎 4mo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Just Mercy is simultaneously easy to read & impossible to get through. Stevenson writes in a compelling way, but what he is telling us should make readers pause.
I am grateful for the work Stevenson does with the Equal Justice Initiative and that he took the time to write about it.
I have always been against the death penalty, for all reasons, in all cases. If you think differently, I challenge you to read this book.
Striking work.

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behudd
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“I wasn‘t prepared to meet a condemned man.”

#FirstLineFridays
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Minervasbutler
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Harrowing and uplifting tales from the frontline of the American "justice" system which incarcerates children for life and where the law is basically just a continuation of a centuries-old system of oppression.

kspenmoll Such a necessary read! 6mo
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A book I read each year with students. It never grows old, & stimulates questions, research, reflection, & connects to our neighborhoods,country,world today. We watch the movie after finishing the book. #alphabetgame #LetterJ

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing! 6mo
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Deblovestoread
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This book awakened a desire to add more nonfiction to my reading life.

#AlphabetGame

JenReadsAlot My pick as well! 6mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing! 6mo
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JenReadsAlot
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erzascarletbookgasm Great read! 6mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing! 6mo
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AmyK1
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I have apparently only read one book that starts with the #letterJ (that I can remember) but it was an excellent one. Everyone should read this.

#alphabetgame @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Tagging @wideeyedreader and @Crazeedi

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing! 6mo
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Thx for the tag @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

#ThinkPositiveBePositive

Tagging @LKK526 @Kdgordon88 @Bekkers to share a positive quote👍

Make a great day everyone 🌞

LKK526 @bthegood @kdgorgon88@bekkers Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results. -Willie Nelson 6mo
bthegood @LKK526 good reminder for staying positive, thanks for playing😊 6mo
LKK526 @bthegood 👍😄 6mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So true ❤️❤️ 6mo
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bthegood
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#Two4Tuesday Thanks for the tag @TheSpineView

1. The tagged book - just finished a re-read of this - had my senior seminar class read it - I loved book and movie of To Kill A Mockingbird - but this book - this real life story - has made me see things differently.
2. I used to when I was in college(green beer day was a big event) -seems to be a drinking day in US (not sure how the Irish celebrate it in Ireland) -

Make a great day everyone 🍀

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 💚🍀🍺 10mo
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ozma.of.oz
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Tagged by the marvelous @TheSpineView ! 💕

1. Tagged! And Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Y Davis. These books are what started me on seriously researching the prison abolition movement.
2. Kind of? I decorate a little, but March 17th is the birthday of one of my uncles. So we mostly celebrate that.

#Two4Tuesday

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! Happy St. Patrick's Day! 🍀🍀🍀 11mo
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Well I haven't read the book, but I did just watch the movie...which was excellent and should be a must see. #blackhistorymonth

BkClubCare Oh. The book is amazing. 11mo
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(true story) Bryan and his team are attorneys working to get wrongfully incarcerated people off of death row, whether innocent or mentally ill, etc. knowing how much work there is to be done to right these wrongs and correct the system is a lot to take in but so important. you‘re captivated by how busy these people are and how many cases they‘re constantly working on, such a good read. audiobook read by the author. (this is a movie now too)

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I'm not sure why it took me so long to read this, but...wow! It was a rare five-star read for me. Such a powerful story, and so engaging. I highly recommend this one!! #mustread #blackhistorymonth

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freeatlast1137
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Pickpick

A harrowing read about the injustices of the justice system and the battle to release the wrongly accused from prison.

This is a hard book to take, but definitely an important one.

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Kassie_k

“Just mercy” in detonation is sparing someone. In connotation it‘s about a Acclaimed lawyer and social justice advocate Bryan Stevenson offers a glimpse into lives of the wrongfully imprisoned and his efforts to fight for their freedom.

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Chelsea.Poole
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There have been many books, documentaries and podcasts about wrongful convictions. It seems they are much more common than any of us would like to believe. This explores the injustices that Stevenson has been working to right in the south, especially Alabama where children and those with severe mental disabilities had been sentenced to the death penalty. Shocking how difficult it is to overturn a judgement against a very obviously innocent person.

LoverOfLearning Excellent book and excellent movie adaption!! Glad you enjoyed it. 12mo
Chelsea.Poole @LoverOfLearning oh yes, I want to see the movie! 12mo
KathyWheeler Every time some posts about this book, I like to add that if you ever get a chance to hear Stevenson speak, take it. This book was my university‘s common read a few years ago and he came to campus and spoke. He‘s amazing and inspiring. 12mo
Chelsea.Poole @KathyWheeler thanks for the tip! I would love to see him speak! 12mo
bthegood The book made me re-evaluate To Kill A Mockingbird due to Stevensons comments about it throughout the book - I'm having my senior (University) seminar class read Just Mercy now - we are having very good discussions - 11mo
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Susanita
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Great idea from @Andrew65 to post a favorite book for each month of 2021.

Tagged book was my favorite read in #January

#12booksof2021

Andrew65 Sounds great, thanks for playing along. 13mo
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LibraryCin
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I found this really interesting, And sad. He (and others) is (are) slowly, so slowly, trying to change things to make them better, but what an uphill battle. I listened to the audio and it was well-done; it held my attention pretty much the entire way through. Initially, I hadn‘t realized until looking as I write this review, but the author read it himself.

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This is so true!! I‘ve got this book and haven‘t gotten to it yet!

#ThinkPositiveBePositive

Share a positive post 💗 tag me 💗 tag friends

corireadslife ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
TheSpineView Important thing to remember. Thanks for thinking of me! 🥰 1y
Just_reading Beautiful quote! 1y
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LauraBrook Thank you for posting this. I‘ve been dealing with something that is not my fault, yet the other people think it is. It‘s been so hard to concentrate, sleep, etc, for weeks. Seeing this has made me feel a bit better. ❤️ 1y
mavey How very important this quote is!💖 1y
Desha What a beautiful quote! I‘ve been thinking lately about God‘s mercy and how good he is to love us so much more than the “worst” things we‘ve ever done! 💗🙏🏻 1y
Enchanted_Bibliophile Such an important thing to remember! 🌼 1y
jessjess Definitely something to remember, I often struggle with feeling like my mistakes = I am the WORST person ever. Thanks for tagging me 🌸🌿🌼🍁 1y
wanderinglynn Thanks for the tag! 😘 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @LauraBrook I‘m sorry you are having to deal with that 😔 stay strong! Sending love and hugs 🤗 ❤️ 1y
Eggs ❤️🧡❤️ 1y
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"You can't understand most of the important things from a distance, Bryan. You have to get close."

#currentlyreading #bookblurbs

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Started reading this one last night on recommendation. I‘m not a huge nonfiction reader but try to read at least 2-3 a year. Looking forward to digging into this one.

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cajunsyd
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I‘m already shocked by the revelations and I am only 70 pages into this one. Feeling angry, sad, disappointed, etc. A must read for sure.

Tamra It‘s a very good & necessary read! 1y
TiredLibrarian This is such a gut-punch of a book. 1y
cajunsyd @Tamra 👍🏻👍🏻 1y
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cajunsyd @TiredLibrarian that‘s for sure! 1y
Bookpearl The movie was a pill to swallow so I‘m sure the book will have me the same way. 13mo
cajunsyd @Bookpearl I recently learned that there is a film version. I don‘t think that I can watch it, the book just did me in. 13mo
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Zuhkeeyah
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July has been a great reading month. I didn‘t achieve bingo but loved the challenge. Already looking forward to next month @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Fabulous month!!! 1y
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Zuhkeeyah
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Stevenson walks you through the inherent racial biases present in the US legal system. Though the story of Walter McMillan opens the book, it is not the only story that Stevenson brings to the forefront to as an example of what injustice looks like when there is no longer mercy.

This completes my #doublespin @TheAromaofBooks :)

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 2y
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Zuhkeeyah
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Ready for #bookspin! Thanks for letting me join the fun @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! I am getting ready to tag everyone with the winning numbers very soon!! 2y
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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
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2Q2021 results are in! #favoritebooksoftheyear

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BarbaraJean
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This was heartbreaking, infuriating, and very informative. I grew up (as a sheltered white kid) believing the system worked, innocent people didn‘t get sent to jail, and wrongful convictions were few & far between. Through this and other reading, I‘m realizing how uninformed I‘ve been & how broken the system is. I appreciated the breadth of this book—focusing on one case, but also bringing in relevant issues throughout the criminal justice system.

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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
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I thought I was just getting a story of a wrongfully convicted man and his fight for justice, but it touches on many more stories of cruelty in our criminal justice system. I am unsettled knowing that CHILDREN as young as 13 have been sentenced to death or life without parole as recently as within the decade. And embarrassed that I didn‘t know this was happening. The Equal Justice Initiative does incredibly important and inspirational work. 5 ⭐️

BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @TheAromaofBooks This was my #doublespin book for May and I‘m so glad I finally read it. Life changing! 2y
Tamra It‘s really moving! 2y
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 2y
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This was an excellent book that not only put a spotlight on the injustice of our justice system but also explained how cruel and inhuman the prison system is in the U.S. Stevenson‘s work is admirable and should inspire us all to vote, serve on juries, stop casting stones, and support nonprofit organizations that try to fight for more just sentences for people convicted of crime. This was my #bookspinbingo No. 22 pick.

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 2y
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WriterAtHeart
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What a great read! I learned so much from the author and found the stories eye opening. It took me a little while to actually read the book, but I am glad that I finally did.

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Susanita
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I like to read outside in any season, weather permitting.

Yes I‘m doing a few challenges!

#thankfulthursday

MoonWitch94 Thanks for playing 💐😊💗📚🐣 2y
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Julsmarshall
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Finished this #audiobook while painting tonight. While difficult to read it was illuminating and ultimately uplifting. Following the true stories of the wrongfully incarcerated and the attorneys fighting for justice and mercy, this stand out non fiction will stay with me for a long time. This should be required reading for every American. #BookspinBingo #MarvellousMarch @TheAromaofBooks @Andrew65

thegirlwiththelibrarybag Haven‘t read but the movie was powerful. All the more so when you realise how recently we are talking about. 2y
KathyWheeler The book is wonderful, but I have not seen the movie yet. When this book was my university‘s common read, the author came and spoke. He was so inspiring! 2y
TheAromaofBooks Great review!!! 2y
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏🙌 2y
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DGRachel
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Finished my reread of Just Mercy today for my library‘s #communityread2021. This is the book that completely changed my understanding and opinions regarding the so-called justice system in America. It‘s horrifying and heartbreaking.

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Mehso-so

I had to read this for my AP Lang class. I would never have read this on my own. The book was very insightful and made me aware of a lot of injustice in our “justice” system, but it took me a while to sit down and read it through. This was probably because it was outside my comfort zone so please don‘t let me deter you from reading this if you‘re interested.

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Tomigirl44
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Astonishingly heartbreaking - so powerfully clear and convicting. I give it 10 stars out of 5! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 I really had no idea what the book was about before reading it; wish I‘d read it long ago.

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2
My first ever audiobook done ✅ Thank you to everyone who recommended audiobooks for me, and thank you @Cinfhen for recommending this book specifically. This was a great read/listen. I really enjoyed Stevenson‘s performance. Heartbreaking and informative, the subject matter was hard to stomach at times, but so necessary to hear about.

#booked2021 #hearhere #catsoflitsy #Ember

britt_brooke Audiobooks have been a game changer for me. 💚🎧 Happy you enjoyed! This book is fantastic. Totally opened my mind. (edited) 2y
Cinfhen I‘m so glad you choose this audiobook 😁Such powerful and heartbreaking stories!!! 2y
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Tomigirl44
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Finally reading this.

vlwelser I love this book. 2y
sb3626 This has been on my TBR for awhile, can‘t wait to see what you think of it (edited) 2y
Tomigirl44 @sb3626 Such a powerful book! 2y
sb3626 @Tomigirl44 I will have to move it up then!! Thank you! 2y
Tomigirl44 @sb3626 I‘ll be curious to hear what you think of it as well 📖 2y
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RinaBrahmbhattBarot
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On my audiobook..in honour of the #BlackHistoryMonth

Really heartbreaking (especially what they did with children) and heartwarming (compassionate and kind people who come together to help the people/children in need)

LoverOfLearning EXCELLENT audiobook and EXCELLENT movie adaptation. Just wow! 2y
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WhiskeyMistress
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Guys, my reading list this month has been hefty and hard. My picks for #blackhistorymonth have left me feeling sad, upset, angry! But I keep telling myself, if it makes you feel this way just reading it, how much more does it hurt to live it?? Black people in America deserve so much more. This country built itself on their backs and bodies and it owes them. Can‘t even bring myself to rate this but it‘s excellent.
Read date: 2/23/2021

LoverOfLearning EXCELLENT book and EXCELLENT movie adaptation! I mean wow! 2y
WhiskeyMistress @LoverOfLearning it was a great book but so depressing! #abolishthedeathpenalty 2y
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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs thx for tag @eeclayton

1. Read, read, read and watch "The Circus" and "Your Honor"
2. Positive outlook
3. Tagged book

Make it a wondrous Thursday too!

Eggs Thanks for playing 👏🏻📚👍🏼 wondrous Thursday 🤗 works for me!! 2y
eeclayton I'm going to steal the "read, read, read" part for my Valentines plans! ? 2y
bthegood @eeclayton 😊 (edited) 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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I got these over the weekend for less than $2 at The Salvation Army! I cleaned them and they are in great shape!!

📚📚📚 therapy !!

MittenGirlPeach What a great haul! 2y
AmyG Nice! I miss going to Goodwill in NJ. Great haul! 2y
Bookwormjillk NICE! 2y
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Jessieleah Wow what a pile of great books! ☺️ 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @AmyG I haven‘t been to Goodwill in a while! 2y
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Susanita
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1. Isn‘t it pretty??
2. Kinsey Millhone
3. Tagged
#wondrouswednesday

Eggs Thanks for playing ☀️📚👍🏼 2y
Ruthiella Kinsey would be fun to hang with! 2y
CaitZ That is a pretty cover 2y
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Dcueto
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Books I‘m reading for fun, books I‘m reading with my classes, books students have asked me to read bc they love them. So many books, so little time!!! #englishteacherproblems #booknerdproblems✌🏼️❤️📚

rsteve388 Woot woot for Final Girls 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So awesome!! 2y
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