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Goodbye Days
Goodbye Days | Jeff Zentner
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Fans of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and Looking for Alaska will love this heartbreaking and at times humorous look into one teens life after the death of his best friends. Carver Briggs never thought a simple text would cause a fatal crash, killing his three best friends, Mars, Eli, and Blake. But now Carver cant stop blaming himself for the accident and even worse, a powerful judge is pressuring the district attorney to open up a criminal investigation. Luckily, Carver has some unexpected allies: Elis girlfriend, the only person to stand by him at school; Dr. Mendez, his new therapist; and Blakes grandmother, who asks Carver to spend a goodbye day together to share their memories and say a proper farewell. Soon the other families are asking for their own goodbye day with Carverbut hes unsure of their motives. Will they all be able to make peace with their losses, or will these Goodbye Days bring Carver one step closer to a complete breakdown oreven worseprison? One of the most stunningly heartfelt, lump-in-your-throat novels Ive ever had the pleasure of reading. Hold on to your heart: this book will wreck you, fix you, and most definitely change you. Becky Albertalli, author of Morris Award winner Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda Tender, honest, moving, and lyrical. His characters live and breathe. Ahh, lucky me. Lucky us. Zentner is the real thing. Benjamin Alire Senz, winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and Printz Honor Winner
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Mrsgarrisonreads
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I did enjoy this novel and it does a good job of showing guilt and how others may deal with grief differently. In Carver‘s instance, he has severe anxiety and panic attacks over feeling responsible for his friend‘s death. You see carver grow and make progress to heal and move on.

TWs - death, grief, guilt, imitating suicide

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This book is ALL the stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ @jeffzentner is a master at his craft. This YA about a boy who just lost three of his best friends and it might be his fault is amazing. The vocabulary in this book makes it an absolute gem. Couldn‘t have been happier that a friend chose this for our #bookclub this month and that brought it to the top of my TBR. LOVE. Let me say it again - LOVE ❤️

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biblioskye
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Been on my tbr since 2017 and finally reading this now!

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Jeff Zentner's Goodbye Days was really moving. While I had a few issues with the premise (I didn't always find the reaction to Blade's decision to text his friends believable), the execution is excellent. Blade's struggle to recover from the deaths of his three best friends in a single, tragic car accident is developed with great realism and honesty. The structure of the "goodbye days" that Blade has with each of his friend's (cont in comments)

UnabridgedPod parents provides a way for Blade to confront different types of mourning and to deal with varied levels of blame. Overall, for me, this one didn't reach the heights of The Serpent King, but it was more evidence of Zentner's talent in exploring the lives of contemporary teenagers, and his ability to reach my heart is undeniable (yes, there was LOTS of ugly crying involved here). I'll definitely be reading everything he writes. 9mo
BlameJennyJane It sounds like such a unique read. Stacked! 9mo
UnabridgedPod @BlameJennyJane It‘s worth checking out!! 9mo
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"Funny how people move through this world leaving little pieces of their story with the people they meet, for them to carry. Makes you wind what'd happen if all those people put their puzzle pieces together."

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My Cyber Monday Amazon book haul. Now just waiting for my Book Outlet book haul!

amb BookOutlet takes forrrrreeevvvvverrrr 14mo
Lovesbooks87 @amb yea. My order is supposed to be here on Monday so we shall see! 14mo
amb Mine was supposed to be here last Tuesday 14mo
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amb @lovesbooks87 Mine was supposed to be here last Tuesday 14mo
Lovesbooks87 @amb oh no! I hope it comes soon! 14mo
ravenlee I‘m glad it‘s not just me - I‘ve ordered from Book Outlet twice and it just seems ridiculous. I‘m at four days now of “package prepared for UPS.” 14mo
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VanChocStrawberry
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New job. #schooldays

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Cinfhen
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#SeptemberDanes #TheDayAfterTomorrow my two" big" kids will be back in NY???#SadMommy #GoodbyesSuck

Kalalalatja Wonderful pic 👌 and I feel for you! Do you know when you‘ll see them again? 💕 1y
emilyhaldi Such a bronzed and beautiful crew!! Sorry you have to say goodbye again 😪 Hope that your family had a wonderful holiday!!!💙💙💙 1y
Cinfhen Thanks so much @Kalalalatja @emilyhaldi we DID have a great time together but the goodbyes NEVER get easy...and I honestly have NO CLUE when our next family time will be😢😫😭 1y
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Reviewsbylola Ohhhhh that will be tough! 💔💔 1y
LauraBeth Boooo to having big kids who have to leave. But yay for family time and memories ❤️ 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks What a good looking crew!!! I‘m sorry you have to say goodbye for a while 😢😢😢 1y
AmyG Your kids are adorable. It‘s always hard to say goodbye. With the kids all grown, we are all together at one time...rarely. :( 1y
TrishB Gorgeous pic ❤️ I feel for you. I‘m a week into number 1 son going and we‘re in the same country. Hugs 😘 1y
Cinfhen Love you guys...you TOTALLY get it 🙌🏼😘 @Reviewsbylola @LauraBeth @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks and I'm sorry for you as well @AmyG @TrishB Being apart is not easy😢😢😢 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 😘😘😘 We are here for you !! Only an email away! ❤️ 1y
Cinfhen Miss you soooo much @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks hope all is well ~ let's catch up💕I'll email u after kiddies leave tomorrow 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Cinfhen miss you too!! Let‘s do it!! 💗💗 1y
KarenUK I totally feel you, @cinfhen .... I just said goodbye to everyone in the UK after a precious few days together ... #goodbyessuck 😢 - So glad you had a wonderful time together 💕 (edited) 1y
Cathythoughts Such gorgeous kids ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
BarbaraBB Some cool kids you‘ve got 💜. I can‘t imagine yet how it‘ll be to let them go but even trying to imagine it makes me sad. So it must be hard for you but man, you can be proud to have raised these beautiful almost-adults and it must be of some comfort that they are looking so happy to be together with their family! 😘 1y
Cinfhen I think they're really cute @Cathythoughts @KarenUK @BarbaraBB but it's always nice to hear other's validate me 😜and YES....#GoodbyesSuck they need to be called #MiniHeartStompers 1y
Cinfhen And extra thanks @BarbaraBB for those kind words 😘😘😘 1y
mrp27 Great pic! Family time is the best time. 1y
LeahBergen Look at those gorgeous offspring! ❤️❤️ 1y
GripLitGrl Great photo lovely family❤ 1y
Cinfhen Thanks so much @GripLitGrl @LeahBergen @mrp27 🙏🏼❤️😘 1y
Centique They‘re so gorgeous! And it totally sucks to be saying goodbye 😓 Hope you get lots of love from your hub and friend (and Littens) in the next wee while 💕💕 1y
Cinfhen Awwwww, sending hugs to u 🤗🤗🤗 @Centique I‘m gonna need my Litten friends 😥😥😥 1y
JennyM Thinking of you Cindy xxx 1y
Cinfhen They leave tomorrow @JennyM which is already Thursday for you and almost Thursday for me 😢😢 it went by too fast 1y
Lizpixie I know how hard it is to have the people you love so far away, it‘s a terrible feeling. We‘re so lucky to live in this technical age where you can skype, video call or Snapchat whenever you miss them. It must‘ve been so much harder for our parents. Sending much love, my sister from another mister, and a very happy new year!🎉❤️🎉❤️🎉❤️ 1y
Cinfhen Thanks so much my favorite #greeneyedpixie 💚💚💚 @Lizpixie 1y
DivineDiana Love this photo of your “cool kids” ! Sending love to you. 💗 1y
ElishaLovesBooks ❤️❤️ 1y
Cinfhen Thanks for the love @ElishaLovesBooks @DivineDiana I'm feeling it❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️ 1y
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mildayulia
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"For the most part, you don‘t hold the people you love in your heart because they rescued you from drowning or pulled you from a burning house. Mostly you hold them in your heart because they save you, in a million quiet and perfect ways, from being alone."

RaimeyGallant Lovely. 1y
RaimeyGallant And a belated welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 1y
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 👋🏻😊🌺 1y
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mildayulia @RaimeyGallant Another thank you for the info. I'm gonna check it out. 😊 1y
RaimeyGallant I hope you find it helpful. :) 1y
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mildayulia
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"Dignity is overrated. People can live without it. I know because I did. But people can‘t live without laughter. I‘ll gladly trade dignity for laughter, because dignity is cheap and laughter is worth everything." --Blake Lloyd

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I would be lying if I said I didn‘t cry all the way through this book. Sad, but also redeeming and reflective. I loved it more than I expected to.

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alessandrafn
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Everyone should read this.

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bbackes
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I had a lovely weekend just talking about books and I even had the opportunity to meet this (cute) author!

#goodbyedays #jeffzetner

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A book about friendship, grief, guilt, and forgiveness following a tragic accident that takes the life of Carver's three best friends-- and according to a lot of people may be his fault. It's set in one of my favorite cities and is the second Jeff Zetner book to make me cry like a baby, so there's that. 4.5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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A horrible morning turned into a great day. Full of sushi, driving out of town, coming back and exploring downtown, book browsing and more food ♡

TheKidUpstairs Yay! Glad to hear you had a great day. 2y
JoScho ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
mcipher Nice when things turn around like that!! 2y
Trashcanman Rocking it! 2y
BookNerd9906 Yay! 2y
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This is the first time in years that I haven‘t been able to attend the Festival of Faith and Writing in Michigan. I‘m not gonna lie, I cried a little.

My husband, who presented and manned the exhibition table for his quarterly book review, took on my dork mantle and got a bunch of books signed (which I‘d pre-purchased when I thought I would be attending.) PLUS, he bought me surprises!!
#book1
#ffw18 #awesomehusband #makingthebestofit

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beyondbookish
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#amreading Book number 24 is heartbreaking! 📚😢🎧

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Suleika
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“The universe—fate—is cruel and random. Things happen for many reasons. Things happen for no reason. To shoulder the burden of the universe‘s caprice is too much for anyone.”
5 ⭐️ read

RaimeyGallant Lovely. And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. 2y
Suleika @RaimeyGallant thank you so much! I do need to read all the tips as I am a bit lost at the moment. I really appreciate your help. 2y
RaimeyGallant You'll get the hang after about ten posts. I promise. :) 2y
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Suleika @RaimeyGallant awesome, thank you ♥️ 2y
Reviewsbylola Welcome. 😄😄 2y
BeaG Welcome @Suleika 2y
Smangela ♥️ Litsy is an amazing place - you‘ll love it :) 2y
Suleika @Reviewsbylola thank you! 2y
Suleika @BeaG thanks! 2y
Suleika @Smangela awesome! Once I get the hang of it I‘m sure I‘ll be here all the time. Need a break from IG 🙂 2y
Suleika @Chelleo thanks! 2y
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specklife
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OK, so I may or may not have leaked a few tears toward the end. Sue me.
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“I guess guilt doesn‘t sleep. It only eats.”

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Kleonard
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Emotional story about what happens to one teen after his friends die in a pointless accident. I‘d also mention that in addition to writing books that pull the heartstrings, Jeff Zentner is a wonderfully engaging speaker. I loved getting to meet him at the Tattered Cover‘s second annual teen litcon in November. #tatteredcover #jeffzentner

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This was really great, but it is just soaked in grief. I mean the blurb on the back makes that clear, but I was still somehow unprepared. Nothing like arriving at work in tears from your #audiobook - oh well! #yalit

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Laura317 What s great quote! ❤️ 2y
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BookHoarder32
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*Starts five books*
*Finishes one*
*Celebrates by starting three new books and considers a trip to the bookstore*
😜#litsypartyofone

Nat_Reads Hey, there, sister! I feel like I know you! 2y
Sace Doesn't everyone do this? 😁 2y
julesG That's a thing, isn't it? 2y
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mrozzz This is definitely a thing. 😅 2y
tjwill Yep. Is there a name for this? I feel like there should be a name for it. 2y
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Steph_EE
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DebbieGrillo
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"Maybe the grieving don't need a reason to cry. It's open season on crying. A cry-all-you-want buffet."

#boutofbooks #grief #grieving #cry

Linear Cry all you want Buffet? the tears of my enemies do taste sweet...🤔😎🤣 2y
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DebbieGrillo
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I'm sitting on my back deck, enjoying the summer evening and the poetic and poignant prose of Jeff Zentner.

"Now, silences feel like absences. Absences feel like a loss. Loss feels like grief. Grief triggers guilt. Guilt is a scarlet anguish."

#boutofbooks #poeticprose

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#HumpDayPost @MinDea

1. Last Vacation was a quick weekend getaway to a music festival.
2. Comfort food is meatloaf with roasted potatoes.
3. Bucket list travel spot is London, England.
4. Current read I'd Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner.
5. I prefer physical books to all other formats but don't shun the others.

#boutofbooks

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"We settle into a comfortable silence and watch the sky darken, the sun setting. The breeze is soft, as though the day's breathing is slowing before it sleeps"

I love the description, the palpable and vivid imagery. YA readers deserve this kind of writing. Jeff Zentner FTW! #boutofbooks #ftw #YA

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Sometimes what feels more like an ending can turn into thr beginning of something beautiful. #goodbyedays #newbeginnings

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"We hang out that way in the relative cool of the tree-formed shadows splayed across the grass, the sunset a purple fire in the leaves. The cicadas hum in our ears like the Earth vibrating.
There's that feeling that you'll never be lonely again.
That every time you speak, someone you love and who loves you back will be listening.
Even then I knew what I had."

I love the imagery and the feelings that this moment conjures!

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DebbieGrillo
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"People take shelter under cliches."

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BookHoarder32
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Small win today: I thought I had packed this (we're moving to a new house at the end of August) but I didn't. 😁So I'm starting it.

[DELETED] 206653737 Sounds interesting. Curious to see what you think. 2y
BookHoarder32 @bookish22 The beginning was kind of slow, but once he started going on the "goodbye days", it picked up and the ending was satisfying. (edited) 2y
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Best quote ever written. Ever. 😍 #goodbyedays #jeffzentner #quotes #speakstomyheart

Bklover This makes my heart hurt❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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I finished Goodbye Days last week and I loved it! This book contained so much grief, regret and emotion and I really empathised with Carver, whose three best friends died in a car accident as a result of texting. I loved the idea of the goodbye days, spent with each grieving family doing the things their son would love to do. And it was great to see Carver slowly start to heal, along with the help of Jesmyn. I highly recommend checking it out! 💗

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dreamsinslowmo
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Thirty-two pages in and I've already cried twice. This is going to break my heart.

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This is starting up with heart ache 💔

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FictionFox
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I know I keep posting about this book, but it really meant so much to me to read it in a place that means so much to my family after a tough start to the year. 💙

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Beach tiiiiiime! ☀️📚

Jas16 Great towel! 3y
398.2 Love this towel! 3y
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FictionFox @Jas16 @398.2 @alwaysbeenaloverofbooks thanks!! I got it from bookcon this year at the Underlined booth. So perfect lol 3y
JoeStalksBeck Holy beachbum! Love this 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @FictionFox I want to go to that someday!!!! 3y
FictionFox @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks it's so great! They've already announced the dates for next year. If you get tickets let me know. Maybe we'll try to organize a litsy meetup for everyone going! 3y
FictionFox @JoeStalksBeck 😂😂👏🏻 it's perfect! 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @FictionFox do I just google bookcon? 3y
goodbyefrancie Love the towel!! 3y
FictionFox @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks yeah it's part of ReedPop - the same people who do comic con and stuff. 3y
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FictionFox
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I can't get enough of Jeff Zentner's writing, I swear.

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Kar2b
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I am loving this book, but I need a box of tissues. Holy wow, the FEELS!!

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abbeysbooks
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I'm hoping to read these three this month, I didn't read much last month and I feel like these are easy reads ☺️
What's on your TBR this month?
#goodbyedays #jeffzentner #thehateugive #angiethomas #historyisallyouleftme #adamsilver #readandwonder

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Jeff Zentner was given the green light to write two more books!!! I'm so excited. He swiftly became an auto-buy author after The Serpent King. It was that good. ❤❤

NovelGirl82 I have that sitting on my TBR shelf. I may have to bump it up, if it was that good!! 3y
FictionFox @NovelGirl82 so good! The writing is absolutely wonderful 🤗 3y
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"For the most part, you don't hold the people you love in your heart because they rescued you from drowning or pulled you from a burning house. Mostly you hold them in your heart because they save you, in a million quiet and perfect ways, from being alone."

monkeygirlsmama ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 3y
KarenUK That's lovely 💕 3y
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"I sometimes look at my bookshelf now and think about how someday I'm going to die without ever reading a lot of the books there. And one might be life-changingly good and I'll never know."

asteraubrey This is such a gorgeous picture! This is you, right? 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I think the same thing!!! My girls think I'm crazy when I say it! 😜 3y
Reviewsbylola Omg I think about that too! Or all the great books that will be published after I die. 😭 3y
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Tanzy13 @asteraubrey nope not me, I just thought it was a good photo for the qoute 😊 3y
OrangeMooseReads I think the same 3y
Vbrrgirl This makes me want to pack up for the day, head home and get to reading!🤗 3y
AmyLarge What a beautiful bookcase! 3y
Cassiereinesbooks Love your bookshelf! 😍 3y
Mybookescape Oh wow !! 3y
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