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BrownGirlReading

Joined October 2016

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The Quarter | Naguib Mahfouz
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This was a very short posthumous short story collection by Mahfouz . It explores the community within the quarter. Male female relationships and family are among the most important. Sadly some of the stories translate as mere glimpses of a short story. They were not all perceived with the same power. This being said I gave no regrets about reading it. Loved the foreword by Élif Shafak and theNobel Prize for literature acceptance speech by Mahfouz

Litsi I keep trying but have never liked his books 21h
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The Handmaid's Tale | MARGARET. ATWOOD
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This is the graphic novel which is done really well. Having read the novel twice, Wi decided to read the graphic novel before plunging into The Testaments. Beautiful artwork and the the story is adapted very well.

Kaylamburson I need to read that! Happy Litsyversary!!! 2mo
BrownGirlReading You should. Thank you! You too! 2mo
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This was an excellent read but a difficult one. You‘ll have to be patient with the Indian names and the constant use of Hindi throughout. However the story of these illegal immigrants is tragically engrossing. A 2015 Booker Prize Longlisted book deserves your reading time.

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Testaments | Margaret Atwood
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This ain‘t it people! Don‘t get once again sucked into the the orchestrated hype. Of course it‘s a bad idea to write a second part to a book that was written over 30 years ago. Terrible writing and you know how it ends. 🙄 If you‘re interested in more of my thoughts watch my YouTube review on Brown Girl Reading.

Follow.my.read I AGREE! I did finish but was less than impressed...I thought it was just me😂 2mo
BrownGirlReading @Follow.my.read No a lot of people feel that way. 2mo
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Heaven, My Home | Attica Locke
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Told in excellent Attica Locke fashion! No one tells a mystery like her. Full of small town talk, mystery, pain in the ass women all wrapped up with some history. I highly recommend book 2 of the Highway 59 series, you won‘t be disappointed. Please read book 1 Bluebird, Bluebird first though.

Liatrek I just finished this one too. I really hope we get a third book. She just has an amazing way of telling a story. 3mo
TrishB Stacked 👍🏻 3mo
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Rebel | Beverly Jenkins
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This was my first Beverly Jenkins And so thoroughly enjoyed it. The historical fiction aspect t is the best thing about this. 2880s New Orleans is such a rich period to be brought to life on the pages through Val and Drake. I highly recommend it.

Liatrek Love her books! This is on my TBR list. 3mo
BrownGirlReading @Liatrek I look forward to reading more on the future from her.😃 3mo
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I had high hopes for this one when I started out. The writing is mysterious and will keep the reader engrossed. Hooper knows how to set a mood in the story that evokes a certain eroticism mixed with fear. The descriptions of nature and the habits of animals and them becoming prey and subsequently meals add to the gothic horror feeling. But Hooper lets her work down tremendously in part 3 with an ending that makes no sense. Terribly disappointing!

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I bought this book on a whim because I thought it would help give me ideas on how I could illustrate mire in my journals. It had given me some ideas. The book also contains colored paper and stencils that can be used to create things to liven up my journal. So no regrets here.

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Stories from Yard | Alecia McKenzie
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This was an interesting short story collection exploring Jamaican life on the island and abroad. The simple but meaningful stories are told in a captivating manner. These stories always have an element of surprise that tells us something meaningful. Another great thing is I didn‘t feel un fulfilled once the stories were over and for that I commend the author. That is rare in short story collections these days.

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Becoming Nigerian | Elnathan John
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This book was hilarious! Elnathon John did an excellent job writing a satirical piece on being Nigerian and living in Nigeria. It‘s a quick read, enjoyable and a teachable reading moment for all. I highly recommend it

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With the Fire on High | Elizabeth Acevedo
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This was a lovely YA novel written by Acevedo. The running thread of food and cooking is passionate and nourishing. Young people will love this book. Readers follow the ups and downs of Emoine. Quick read and and a gorgeous cover!

theshrinkette I loved this book, tore through it in a day! 5mo
BrownGirlReading @theshrinkette Yes it!‘s quite good but I lived The Poet X more. 5mo
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On the Come Up | Angie Thomas
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Excellent second novel by Angie Thomas. I was so happy to see her writing, story construction, and character development are getting better and better. On the Come sup will keep you glued until the end. This novel has a lot more twists and turns than The Hate U Give. I highly recommend the audiobook which is read to perfection. I‘m not a lover of reading YA but I was thoroughly entertained reading On the Come Up.

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This was an excellent essay collection that got me thinking about what I don‘t talk to my mother about. And it will do the same to you too if you decide to pick it up. I highly recommend reading these moving essays by great writers.

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Sadly this was the most disappointing read. I had very high hopes for this book, but I had to DNF. The writing was terrible. It was very hard to follow I was having to re-read passages and that combined with the very strange dialect she was writing just down work for me. I quit once I reached page 330. The book is over 700 pages so much too long with such poor writing. This book needed to be severely edited!I don‘t recommend it!🙅🏾‍♀️

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Remembered | Yvonne Battle-Felton
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Definitely recommend this debut novel set before during and after the Emancipation Proclamation. It‘s the meeting of slaves and free Negroes. It‘s a story of freedom and what to do with it. Told through the words of Spring with her ghostly sister by her side yo will be énamourés with this emotional story. Longlist Ed for the Women‘sPrize for Fiction 2019, it‘a must read. #readsoullit

charl08 Agreed, great book. Looking forward to her next one already. 7mo
BrownGirlReading @charl08 Thanks! The disappointment is real! 7mo
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This one was a no go for me. Boring as fuck and I could have cared less about the restaurant. I wouldn‘t recommend it.🙄

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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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S excellent! It was a pleasure to read the book and simultaneously listen to Michelle Obama reading her book. What I joy and I highly recommend that experience.

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Ordinary People | Diana Evans
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Women‘s Prize Longlisted Novel about 2 couples of color going through difficulty in their marriages living in London. Seton conjunction with Obama‘s election as president. Sadly this book doesn‘t work at all. It‘s hard to follow the places mentioned. Only Londoners or people who know London well will be able to relate. The book seemed to be all over the place and was often boring in places. Evans did not do what she wanted too.Don‘t recommend.

BellaBookNook Beautiful cover. Too bad the book wasn‘t good. 8mo
BrownGirlReading @BellaBookNook I know right, huh?! 🤷🏾‍♀️ 8mo
KristenDuck Seems like the majority opinion is this book is a no-go. Shame. 8mo
BrownGirlReading @KristenDuck yep this is my read from Diana Evans and I‘ll never read another thing from her. 8mo
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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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This was a YA sort of book masquerading as a deep, intellectual read following a couple in high school and how their relationship develops as they get older. Not a flattering representation of millennials and boring beyond belief.

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What can I say Absolutely fantastic! Perfectly well developed character within a very interesting story. I couldn‘t put it down. Read it in 2 days. I recommend it to everybody.

BellaBookNook Well the dust finally settled so I might pick it up. You know me and hyped books. We need space!! 8mo
BrownGirlReading @BellaBookNook You‘re going to love this one Belinda! 8mo
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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This was my first Madeline Miller. I was expecting so much more from this retelling. It started slow and got better around the page 50-60 mark. From there it wen up and down. At times Circe just got on my nerves. I think this would be a great modern retelling with a speculative fiction vibe to it.

Tamra I agree it‘s a slow start! 8mo
BrownGirlReading @Tamra But it‘s good not as excellent as it was cracked up to be though 8mo
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This one was a no go for me. It didn‘t feel realistic and there were many issues with the author not having fact checked the story Lale told her. I felt as a whole it was too light for the seriousness of the topic. I wouldn‘t recommend it and moreover the writing was unforgettable.

KatieDid927 Yeah, I‘m not even interested in reading it after she was dragged by the Auschwitz Memorial on Twitter for not doing her research properly. I like historical fiction but we need to not romanticize these real people and events to the degree she seems to have done here. 9mo
Emilymdxn I bought this when it came out and then everything that came out around it makes me regret buying it and not want to read it. I think the only circumstances I‘d read this now would be if I wanted to be informed to argue about it with someone 9mo
BrownGirlReading @KatieDid927 Agreed! Not to mention the guy not giving her all the facts. He‘s pretty questionable too. 9mo
BrownGirlReading @Emilymdxn Not sure that‘s a good enough reason. 🤔 9mo
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This was a real surprise. My Sister The Serial killer was fun, fast, and well written. It‘s a debut novel with a twist on how to talk about two fusional sisters and how murder bonds them. Definitely one to check out on audiobook as well. It‘s been longlisted for the Women‘s Prize, although Si don‘t think it will be shortlisted. #readsoullit

Christine I really enjoyed this book, too. (And whatever you baked looks delicious!) 9mo
BrownGirlReading @Christine Thanks! Glad you liked the book too. Chocolate cake!😋 9mo
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This is book 2 of the Blanche White series. Fantastic Cody mystery with a sassy, smart main character. You‘ll love how Barbara Neely tells this story. Not only is there a murder to solve but there‘s an excellent social and racial critique as well. This book will make you say yes! Yes! I can‘t wait to get yo book 3, but I don‘t want the series to end. Sadly, there are only 4 books in the series. Check it out!

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This is an excellent retelling of Dangerous Liaisons, the 18th century French classic by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos. The book takes place in 1940s Harlem. Beautiful setting and far from perfect, unlikely characters, Sophfronia Scott takes us on an emotional ride where love and betrayal go hand in hand. Go to my YouTube channel to check the live discussion we had with the author. Absolutely informing!

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The Face is a one of a mini series of 3. The other 2 The Face books were written by Chris Abani and Ruth Ozeki. Tash Aw does an excellent job writing about his face. This novella develops the idea of how we are perceived to others and how our backgrounds can effect us in ways we can‘t imagine. Beautifully written and introspective!

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Infidel | Ayaan Hirsi Ali
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This was a harrowing and intelligent read of Ayaan Hirsi Ali. It‘s a very well written autobiography where she beautifully explains are feelings and describes what happened to her and the choices she made. She‘s a controversial figure for denouncing the damar Islam does to women. This definitely a must read that I recommend. You‘ll learn a lot about Islam in Somalia, Somalian culture/history, and much more...

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Unforgivable Love will be the #readsoullit Readalong in Honor of Black History Month in February. Please join in and use the hashtag this month when you post about Africa-America authors. You can also join the reading group Unforgivable Love #readsoullit readalong in honor of Black History Month over on Goodreads as well as the #readsoullit 2019 reading group.

Chelleo This sounds good! Would also make a great #blitsyhistorymonth title. Is there a new #readsoullit photo or reading challenge? 11mo
BrownGirlReading @Chelleo #readsoullit is a reading challenge in itself to read black American authors during February, uk black authors in October, black authors in general throughout the year. 11mo
Chelleo @BrownGirlReading thanks for clarifying. I feel like there was a photo challenge awhile back. Was that a one-off? 11mo
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BrownGirlReading @Chelleo I‘ve been hosting it for 5 years. This year will be the 6th I think. 11mo
Chelleo @BrownGirlReading Cool. Looking forward to seeing it! 11mo
Liatrek This sounds interesting! I‘ll be ordering this one to join in 😊 11mo
BrownGirlReading @Liatrek Great and don‘t forget to join the group on Goodreads for discussion. 10mo
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This graphic novel is refreshing because its main characters are over 50. I can‘t say many books these days explore the idea of the older main character and that‘s really too bad. While this story deals with aging it also shows that love can happen at any moment in life and can be lived passionately. It‘s got a great ambiance despite its unrealistic ending, which I felt was a kind of metaphor for hope and lasting love.

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Un trou dans le ciel | Philippe Aronson
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This book was not for me. It‘s a fiction written from a first person point of view about Jack Johnson. He was the first African-American heavy weight champion. Sadly the writing didn‘t grab me because it was a lot about what the author thought Jack Johnson was thinking. Hate that! Not to mention reading about Jack Johnson didn‘t make me over the moon to discover him. He‘s vulgar, egotistical, impetuous andmore during Jim CrowNot down for the cause

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The Poisonwood Bible | Barbara Kingsolver
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This was a re-read for me. I had forgotten how wonderful the writing is and how edifyingly brilliant the storyline develops. If you haven‘t read this book then what the heck are you waiting for. ABSOLUTELY worthwhile and will make you want to read Things Fall Apart.

Emilymdxn I‘ve really been wanting to read this! It just moved up my tbr cause of this review. I really loved things fall apart too 12mo
BrownGirlReading @Emilymdxn An epic read! You‘ll be asking yourself what took you so long. Enjoy! 12mo
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Very interesting read! Definitely an excellent book to discuss with a book club. Sophie Stark is a mystery to the end or is she?

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Washington Black | Esi Edugyan
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This is third book by Esi Edugyan, which is shortlisted for the Mam Booker longlist 2018. Hope it wins! This story part coming of age/adventure, follows Wash a slave boy whose life gets turned upside down by a naive abolitionist, naturalist. It has a Jules Verne/Huckleberry Finn feel. The reader will ponder over the themes treated in Washington Black and will be surprised by Edugyan‘s adept writing. Definitely a must read! I‘m 🤞🏾that she wins.

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Excellent immigrant story of a Congolese family trying to make their home in The UK. #readsoullit

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This is the best graphic novel and part 4 should be released very soon..... 😆 This series has been translated into many languages.

JanuarieTimewalker13 I loved volume one!! I think I found out about this from your YouTube channel! Thank you! 3w
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26A | Diana Evans
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Go over to Goodreads and join me and other in the 26a -Diana Evans Readalong in honor of Black History Month UK from October 1-31! #readsoullit #ukblacklit

Samplergal Where do I find this on Goodreads? 1y
BrownGirlReading @Samplergal Look under community and the group is called 26a - Diana Evans Readalong 1y
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An American Marriage | Tayari Jones
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Surprisingly enjoyed this story about a young couple that has to try to survive the husband being sentenced to 12 years in prison after only being married for 18 months. You can checkout my full review over on YouTube at Brown Girl Reading. #readspoullit

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Satellite City | Alecia McKenzie
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This was a wonderful short story collection which focuses on Life in Jamaica. It‘s short but full of meaningful information about island life. This is my second book by McKenzie and I can‘t wait to get to her third which is also a short story collection. I recommend it for people who are interested in reading Caribbean Lit.

BellaBookNook Stacked 📚!!! 1y
BrownGirlReading @BellaBookNook Quite enjoyed these short stories and learned things about Jamaica too! 1y
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Sag Harbor: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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This was my July Summer Readalong 2018! It was an almost perfect book. I‘d definitely recommend it to those of you are interested in reading a coming-of-age novel told from the point of view of an African-American boy. Colson Whitehead‘s writing is superb, full of allegory, and beautifully lyrical.

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Robertson‘s first book of collaborative essays by women who have had to live without their fathers. Moving an important book because it highlights the importance of relationships between fathers and daughters. Heartbreaking book of necessity.

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Moving autobiography of spoken word poet Jackie Kay on her journey to discover her biological parents. Born to a Scottish mother and African father, Kay was adopted and brought up by loving white parents in a predominantly white town. Must read. #readsoullit

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The Memory of Love | Aminatta Forna
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This was the first Aminatta Forna I picked up a few years back. I read it with my book club. I was in awe of the fantastic writing and the complex story. #readsoullit

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Sweetheart | Alecia McKenzie
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Great summer read taking place in Jamaica and New York.

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Pepper Seed | Malika Booker
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These are 2 of my favorite poetry collections.These 2 Ladies are excellent spoken word poets that you can check out on You Tube. Great summer reads! #readsoullit

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Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward
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I wasn‘t over the moon about this one. I was disgruntled with Ward‘s choice to talk about a dead character as a ghost instead of him being talked about in a flashback. That part turned me off. Her writing is very particular in this one. I‘m afraid she‘s going to be the author that you‘ll love or not at all. Gotta love this beautiful cover though! 😍

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This was the last book for my book club this school year. What a well written and researched book on what happened before and after the bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. It‘s a melancholic read that explores Japanese culture very well. Check it out!

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Sag Harbor: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Can‘t wait to read this 4th book by Colson Whitehead for my July Summer Readalong! Come join us over on Goodreads. Go to groups and click on July Summer Readalong.... #readsoullit

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Michael Eric Dyson continues is discussion on race in America. His analysis on America of the past and today is on point. Great read if I you know a lot about American culture. Go check out my full review on the my blog browngirlreading.com #readsoullit

BellaBookNook Hey Lady!! I loved his last book. It was one of my favorites of last year! Can‘t wait to read this one. 2y
BrownGirlReading @BellaBookNook I thoroughly enjoyed it. He‘s brilliant! 2y
BrownGirlReading @BellaBookNook So good and informative as usual. I‘d listen to it if possible. He has such a great voice! 1y
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Excellent book! Nothing more to say than this is a MUST read to women and men!

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The Darkest Child: A Novel | Delores Phillips
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This is one of my TBR shelves. Only book read on it is bone which is an excellent poetry collection. The Darkest Child is being pushed up my TBR. How are your TBR lists looking?

BellaBookNook I wish I only had a TBR shelf. My whole house is a TBR!!!!😊 Unfortunately social media doesn‘t help matters. But I think I have been reading at least one that I own from my TBR a month. So it‘s something right? 😜 2y
BrownGirlReading Girl this is only one shelf! There are five other shelves of TBR! 😱😝 2y
BrownGirlReading @BellaBookNook Me too!😅 I‘m just using these shelves as a way to centralize my reading. You have to take your time with the new releases. Remember there are always going to be new releases..... 2y
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