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Andrea4

Andrea4

Joined March 2017

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Mehso-so

A sort of whodunnit, classic remote house full of guests & mystery, strong connection to WWI, with seances & spiritualists.
I liked Kate & Donovan and the supernatural element but it didn't quite come off like I would have hoped. Maybe too much WWI trying to be connected for me? 🤔

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The Near Witch | V. E. Schwab
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Loved the #audiobook narration and really enjoyed the story; I found it had a Gaiman feel to it. To me the nature of these witches was a different take and it really made it for me.

The extra story about the ash born boy was fun but did any one else find all the constant names confusing? Maybe I'd have followed it better in print lol.

wanderinglynn I just ordered that book from BookOutlet because I needed $5 more to get free shipping! Glad to know you liked it. 👍🏻 2w
Andrea4 @wanderinglynn perfect! Hope you enjoy!! 2w
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@FantasyChick only doorstep when I arrived home just now. Some little critter definitely tried to poke his head in the bag because look at this amazing candy haul!!! Woo Halloween in Disney and now Halloween at my door! So spoiled!!! Thanks ☺️☺️

#LMPBC #groupx #teamcanada
@StayCurious @BookishTrish @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego

FantasyChick Yay!! It made it safely! Hope you had a blast on your trip. Halloween at Disney sounds amazing 🖤 4w
Andrea4 @FantasyChick it so was!!! Thank you! 4w
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Bring Me Back | B A Paris
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I enjoyed the narration and listened to this in about 3 main chunks so I would say I obviously found it compelling. I had 2 possibilities for the end result and my 2nd choice turned out to be correct. I liked Finn because I found him to be complicated and not completely likeable, nor necessarily reliable.

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The Shape of Water | Guillermo Del Toro, Daniel Kraus
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I love the movie, I love Del Toro, so of course I love this book!!!
I enjoyed the multiple POV, I loved how everyone's story was both separate and connected. The invitation is there, connect your individual story, become part of the living picture; we are all one, we are all everything and nothing. Love is love 💙💙💙

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The Shape of Water | Guillermo Del Toro, Daniel Kraus
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We will love these small, unhappy trees...

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Coincidentally @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I also just finished #LMPBC pick for this month and I'll be sending it out tomorrow! @StayCurious
LOVED IT😍😍😍😍😍for so many reasons!
#teamcanada #groupx @FantasyChick @BookishTrish

StayCurious Got it today thanks! 2mo
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The Broken Girls | Simone St James
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Finished this #audiobook while #audiocleaning #audiowalking #audiocooking and importantly EATING! lol
I'm on an elimination diet (no gluten, dairy, or added sugar) so this was a "what can I throw together because my GF pancake mix has dairy I need to eat now" kind of dinner sans recipe. Conclusion: like rice pasta, that was actually a lot of spinach, yay I finally used the xanthan gum i bought ages ago!

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I enjoyed this quick audio read (narration was great btw!)!
Many review this as being darkly humorous but, oddly, I didn't find myself chuckling too much- here and there sure but I found it more just straightforward. I found less darkness in the murders than in what motivated them and perhaps, still the question of justification.
This is another Nigerian set novel I loved- culturally, I adore seeing the differences.

janeycanuck I didn‘t laugh much either! 2mo
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Look what I spotted in a local bookshop! Definitely on my TBR now!!!

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Dracul | Dacre Stoker
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Well I LOVED it and it was a quick read even though it's a bit of a chunkster!!! And I had to kick my ass in gear this week to get it done (mmmm lately I've been a wee bit of a social butterfly- I think I made a comeback from being stood up😉😂). Anyway, needless to say, curling up with a great book for a quiet evening in has well been on my to-do list!
Thanks @FantasyChick it should makes it way to you soon @StayCurious

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This book is getting returned today because I know 2 people who want to check it out of the library! Lol
You know a recipe book is good when your coworkers comment every day on how good/healthy your food looks and smells and demand recipes. I copied a bunch of the recipes at work yesterday and every coworker that walked by the book snapped a photo or two!

janeycanuck Ooh, looks good - just put it on hold at my library! Any recipes you recommend? 3mo
Andrea4 @janeycanuck all? LMAO um the banana bread bowl one for morning. Double broccoli bowl (made that with brussel sprouts for the dish but broccoli for the pesto and damn that pesto!), the tahini sauce, maple sriracha sauce...yes that's a good start 3mo
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Dracul | Dacre Stoker
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Well, my dear littens, it seems (unless some excuse is coming) I got stood up today. So I decided, if no one else is going to take me out, I'll do it myself. Didn't do my hair and put make up on on a Sunday to not go out.
At least Dracul is entertaining, interesting, mysterious- guess it makes up for a date 🤷‍♀️

Tamra Sounds ideal to me! 3mo
llwheeler Looks delicious. Hope you enjoy! 3mo
GrilledCheeseSamurai A good book will never stand you up! 🤘 3mo
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BlameJennyJane Sounds like someone did you a huge favor by screening themselves out for you! Hope you had a fabulous time solo! It‘s one of my favorite things to do! 3mo
BookishTrish Unexpected solo dates are a silver lining! 3mo
Andrea4 @Tamra it's pretty good 3mo
Andrea4 @llwheeler it was decent. It's a breakfast cookie so not overly sweet 3mo
Andrea4 @BlameJennyJane you may be right, thanks for the support!! 3mo
Andrea4 @BookishTrish ☺️thanks for the support 3mo
MellieAntoinette Totally been there. Turns out the book is always better! 🤣🤗 (edited) 3mo
Andrea4 @MellieAntoinette thank God I'm not the only one. I felt a bit like a fool. Luckily I wasn't actually meeting the person anywhere so I was a fool in my house. 3mo
MellieAntoinette @Andrea4 In public isn‘t so bad! But it‘s harder to shake if that makes sense. I think you should be pretty proud of yourself for this post alone! Honestly, that‘s there own insecurity showing and we are all worth so much more than silence! It takes a brave heart to do what you did here! I personally applaud you for it! 3mo
Andrea4 @MellieAntoinette 💗💗💗💗💗💗 thank you! It was a difficult post but I've realised that the more you isolate the worse it is. I thought if I shared I might hear others have been through the same and then I wouldn't feel like this has only happened to me. So thank you, really!!! 3mo
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The The Last of August | Brittany Cavallaro
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As good as the 1st? Maybe not but still good. I liked the complexity of the relationships- especially between Watson and Holmes. But every relationship was complicated and different from one another which is more true to life.
Of course an unexpected ending, Holmes-style.

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Dracul | Dacre Stoker
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#LMPBC #teamcanada #groupx
@FantasyChick well about to dive in to this chunkster!!! So excited!!!

FantasyChick Yay!!! I hope you enjoy it! 😊😊 3mo
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Dracul | Dacre Stoker
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@FantasyChick
😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍
THANK YOU!!!!!!

FantasyChick 😘😘😘 3mo
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I've decided I love the way Capote writes, this paragraph being an example of why.
Ranking the stories in this collection:
1) Breakfast at Tiffany's
2) A Christmas Memory
3) House of Flowers
4) A Diamond Guitar

Basically all these stories will break your heart. 💗

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The The Last of August | Brittany Cavallaro
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Started yesterday as my hold came in over the long weekend- anyone else find it oddly appropriate/satisfying that it came in for August? Haha

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Los Versos Del Capitan | Pablo Neruda
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And your soul that I awoke
So that it could go on
Singing until the end of life.

💗💗💗💗💗💗
#poemaday #NerudaEveryDay I know I was slack in this for a long time but finally finished this little book and oh how I adore it! It truly is a love story in poem form.

Gissy Precioso! ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
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Goddamn.
Punch. In. Gut.

Review of just this story - hella high!

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Sometimes this feels so true. Other times, I wonder if it should be.

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Oof, I wish I could tell people to get off their effin high horses with as much poise.

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#LMPBC #teamcanada #groupx
@FantasyChick @BookishTrish @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @StayCurious
Finished and going to send off soon! I'll be including a little something in the package too 😘
I won't say much here but I enjoyed this (if even I found it a little chronologically jumpy at times) & now I want to create a wall of witch depictions for fun lol

StayCurious I got the book and I‘m excited to dig in! Also thank you for the lovely tea🤗 4mo
Andrea4 @StayCurious yes! Perfect timing!!! And you're welcome :) last bookclub I did, I chose a tea for each book, this was slightly more confined Haha. Hope you like it! 4mo
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The Refrigerator Monologues | Catherynne M. Valente
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What's the difference btw being dead & having a boyfriend? ....Death sticks around.

I cannot describe how much I loved this and wished it would continue, telling all these women's stories!! I'm a sucker for retellings, especially those from the overlooked POV. I loved Polly's story b/c it was chilling; is getting someone to like her for 5 min a superpower or is it a sad reality that it is that easy to manipulate the tropes that surround a woman?

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The Refrigerator Monologues | Catherynne M. Valente
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It didn't feel so bad. Human contact is a terrible drug.

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Yes! This banana bread bowl is like if a hug had a flavour!!!!
I used steel cut oats instead of brown rice and my toasted pecans from last night.
Good morning, Litsy!!!

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Really enjoying this recipe book so far! I love "bowl" meals and being somewhat accidentally, primarily vegetarian it's quite useful. I also love recipe books that emphasize the idea of "use what you have on hand" and "make it your own"! Anyway, these pecans smells delish and the maple-sriracha sauce is extremely good! As was the tahini sauce recipe.

StayCurious Looks great! 4mo
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Yes, we call that anxiety now.

#bookclub @llwheeler

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Like many people with a bold fondness for volunteering intimate information, anything that suggested a direct question, a pinning-down, put her on guard.

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...it was still a place of my own, the first, and my books were there, and jars of pencils to sharpen, everything I needed, so i felt, to become....

#bookclub @llwheeler

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FantasyChick I'm actually really excited to read this! 4mo
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Omg my library has this adorable reading challenge - one for July and one for August. So, these will check off 2 of 6 necessary. @llwheeler did you know?
#bookclub

llwheeler I didn't see this! Wpl has a challenge based on astronauts... I didn't look too closely, it seemed a bit complicated lol 4mo
Andrea4 @llwheeler that seems random. Particular reason for astronauts this month? 4mo
llwheeler @Andrea4 I dunno. There's like teams for different Canadian astronauts. Like I said, didn't look closely 4mo
Andrea4 @llwheeler that does sound involved. 4mo
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Broken Monsters | Lauren Beukes
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Mehso-so

Finished this morning. I enjoyed the first half or 3/4 and then the supernatural element just made me feel like I was really missing something. I generally enjoy supernatural twists and inexplicable events but in this particular book, it made it hard to get through the climax and muddied the otherwise compelling stories (IMO).

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Broken Monsters | Lauren Beukes
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#audiobook #ontario #beachday
Yay!☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️

BookishTrish Happy beach day! 4mo
llwheeler Nice! 4mo
Andrea4 @llwheeler lol after 1.5hr of baking I dipped in the water. Now I'm sitting shivering on the beach lmao😂😂😂 4mo
llwheeler @Andrea4 Haha that does sound like an Ontario beach day! 4mo
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Broken Monsters | Lauren Beukes
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How morbid is listening to an #audiobook about a serial killer in a cemetary??

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Broken Monsters | Lauren Beukes
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Did this book seriously just ruin my desire for a septum piercing?! Goddamn it! I don't know if I should be upset by that or happy I won't end up spending that money?! Lol

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Broken Monsters | Lauren Beukes
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Soaking in this long weekend summer sun ☀️🇨🇦☀️
Started this #audiobook this week and the very beginning made me make this face 😬😬 so, you know it's good. Lol

vivastory It's a great book. I also really liked her book 5mo
Andrea4 @vivastory I'll have to look into that one! 5mo
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Glass Beads | Dawn Dumont
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Bailedbailed

I RARELY bail on a book but honestly my loan on this is expiring in less than a day and I'm just over half way through and I honestly don't care how the story turns out. I really thought I'd like this book so this is a shame. I don't mind the quilt-like quality of the chapters, I think the characters bother me- I just find them too flat. Maybe it's the structure & the turning point will come but I think I've given this all the attention I can.

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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#LifeGoals ???
But for like real. 😂

@llwheeler @FantasyChick

llwheeler 😂😂 but yeah 5mo
mcipher Yes!!! ♥️😆 5mo
Hufflepuffle My new life motto!! 😂 5mo
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FantasyChick 100% Fact! 😈😈 5mo
JoScho 🖤🙌🏼🖤🙌🏼🖤 5mo
Andrea4 @Hufflepuffle 🙌🙌🙌yep! 5mo
Andrea4 @FantasyChick I gotta make a trip out to see you! Then we can get in to some real burn-worthy trouble! 5mo
FantasyChick Hahaha can you imagine! The world wouldn't even see it coming 😂😂 5mo
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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As a Classicist I think I was destined to love this; as a one who enjoyed The Song of Achilles, I think just so.
I loved this more. I think I'm reading this at a time when I can relate to retelling stories, retelling your own story, reshaping yourself, letting go of the past so as not to simply repeat it- essentially, transformation.

Palimpsest Love what you said here about telling stories and reshaping ourselves and that‘s one of the reasons I love literature so much is we can also transform by reading other people‘s stories. On a side note, this also reminds me that I want to read Ovid‘s Metamorphosis soon. 😊 5mo
Andrea4 @Palimpsest agreed ☺️ now I want to go and translate the Odyssey in entirety.... 5mo
kspenmoll Loved this book.❤️ 5mo
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Who was lucky enough to find one of their TBR books in a little library at random today?!☀️😄☀️

BookishTrish Hooray 😃 5mo
Cortg I love when this happens! 💕 5mo
laur89 So awesome!! I wish I had some of these in my neighborhood! 5mo
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Andrea4 @Cortg I don't think I've found a book on my TBR before so I was super happy! 5mo
Andrea4 @laur89 I'm very lucky to live in an area that has quite a few. You should set one up in your area and start a trend! 5mo
laur89 @Andrea4 I totally plan to once I own a home!! 5mo
FlowerFairy Reading this one right now. Has been on my TBR for too long. 😁 5mo
Andrea4 @laur89 me too 😄😄😄 5mo
Andrea4 @FlowerFairy I'm starting tonight!!!! 5mo
FlowerFairy Let me know what you think! 5mo
marleed I love it when that happens! I hope the books I put in them will give someone else that thrill! 5mo
Andrea4 @marleed no doubt it will! 5mo
Cortg I‘ve found one or two but it doesn‘t happen often! 5mo
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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A friend called me a goddess this week and instead of shrinking from what feels like a way over the top compliment, I decided maybe I'll just try to embody what that could mean (take a cue from Circe?).

I finally slept 7/8hrs last night for the first time in at least a week and I spent most of the day walking outside (hit 30k) in the sun with a friend. Tired again, in the best way💛☀️.
To all the goddesses, shine bright☀️☀️

britt_brooke You‘re stunning, my friend! Take that goddess compliment. 💕 5mo
llwheeler ❤️ sounds like a great day. It was so gorgeous out today! 5mo
julesG Awww, look at you! Sun kissed goddess indeed. 5mo
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erzascarletbookgasm 👍❤️😙 5mo
sprainedbrain You are gorgeous! 5mo
BarbaraBB You‘re stunning. And walking is so good for your inner goddess too 💜 5mo
Andrea4 @britt_brooke aw☺️ thank you! You are as well! 5mo
Andrea4 @llwheeler wasn't it though? Did you finally get that down day you needed? 5mo
Andrea4 @julesG most definitely sun- kissed (there are no better kinds of kisses IMO lol) and maybe a wee sunburnt lol. 5mo
Andrea4 @sprainedbrain thank you ☺️ you are as well! 5mo
Andrea4 @BarbaraBB blushing like mad, but thank you ☺️ and yes I love walking! I've done a lot of that recently but I have never hit 30k on my Fitbit, I knew it would mark it as a milestone lol. 5mo
britt_brooke @Andrea4 🥰😙 5mo
JoScho You are stunning! Embrace the title of Goddess! 5mo
llwheeler @Andrea4 Yes, it was so nice 5mo
Andrea4 @JoScho ☺️☺️thank you! You as well!!! 5mo
Andrea4 @llwheeler good! Sometimes it's so necessary to actually book I'm time off 🤦‍♀️ 5mo
Andrea4 *book in 5mo
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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Sleep has been a particularly elusive creature this past week so I've been up since the witching hour. But hey, did my workout for the day, got my steel-cut oats made, am enjoying the choir of birds, and can get a bunch of reading in!
Sometimes it's easier to accept the sleep loss than toss and turn getting frustrated.

Crazeedi I hear you. I'm listening to the birdie choir right now. My sleep has been horrible lately 5mo
Andrea4 @Crazeedi yea, mine comes in cycles and I think the brightness of the recent full moon doesn't help...nor does summer in my case because I rise with the sun (whether or not it can actually make it into my room)!! 5mo
BarbaraBB That‘s my idea too, to make the most of periods of insomnia. Wishing you a good night‘s sleep soon! 😴 5mo
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Crazeedi @Andrea4 I haven't seen the moon because of all the rain. This is the longest streak of not sleeping I've had. And then my days just are crap, because I just don't have the energy to do much! I hope tonight is restful for you! 5mo
Andrea4 @BarbaraBB I imagine tonight or tomorrow may involve some hard crashing...that will be so lovely! Hopefully your insomnia isn't too bad! 5mo
Andrea4 @Crazeedi I understand that- depending on the day /night sometimes I can push through others not so much. Today I might hit that 2nd wind and become all giddy lol. Here's hoping we both get rest soon! 5mo
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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This is Bob, Bob The Bee. He is my companion right now.
I'm having one of those nights where I kind of wish I could be cuddled up beside someone. Anyone out there feeling the same way tonight? At least there is comfort in knowing you aren't the only one that feels that way.

Notafraidofwords Sometimes I feel that way. 5mo
Andrea4 @Notafraidofwords then I send you a hug, for when you feel you need it ☺️ 5mo
llwheeler *hugs* ❤️ 5mo
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Andrea4 @llwheeler *hugs* back💗 5mo
Notafraidofwords @Andrea4 same to you too 😀 5mo
marleed We are virtually with you! 5mo
Andrea4 @marleed ☺️☺️☺️ 5mo
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The Princess Bride | William Goldman
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Hello. My name is a little bit of a sudden change.
You killed my brother.
Prepare to be a good night.

I don't even have a brother! 😂
#hello Thursday @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn 😂😂😂 5mo
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Glass Beads | Dawn Dumont
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Enjoying my #audiobook and the rare summer like weather on a little secluded courtyard at work 😄

A bit of piece on a day when I'm feeling annoyingly low and anxious is very much welcomed.

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Glass Beads | Dawn Dumont
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...Her hair went from sexy murderer to electrocuted hedgehog.
🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
Oh gurl, I feel ya!!!!

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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Guys!!!! I finally have a couch!!!😮😄😄😄 only took 7 months 😜😜😜 but now I have a cozy place to curl up and read - perfect on a day when I'm exhausted both in brain and body and the weather is all 🌧🌧🌧🌧
Anyone wanna come curl up with me and read? Lol

BookishTrish Happy couch day toy you! 😍 5mo
Andrea4 @BookishTrish why, thank you! 5mo
annahenke Looks lovely and cozy! 5mo
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DannyHattan Now you have no excuses .... #wheeloftime 😂🙌🏻 (edited) 5mo
Andrea4 @DannyHattan 🤣🤣🤣really trying eh? I admire the persistence 5mo
DannyHattan 😏😂😂😂 5mo
Andrea4 @DannyHattan but I'm stubborn...you're going to have to try harder 🤣 5mo
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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...to prove my skin was still my own.

I know that feeling.

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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Couldn't sleep so picked up Circe at 4am, somehow knowing that chp 14 would probably be the unfortunate chp. So for all those who need it, TW rape for the end of chp 14.
This technically may be a spoiler for the end of that chp but I think people will be ok with that.