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CindyMyLifeIsLit

CindyMyLifeIsLit

Joined May 2017

HS English teacher, lifelong book-addict, -lover, -hoarder, -reader, etc. I'm on GR (www.goodreads.com/user/show/6082517-cindy-newton)
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The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas
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The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
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Les Misrables by Victor Hugo
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Moby Dick by Herman Melville
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Stolen Tongues | Felix Blackwell
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Starting this this evening while staying in an isolated house in the woods. That shouldn‘t be a problem, right? 😂

Suzze I want to read that! Can‘t wait to hear more about it. 2w
GingerAntics You are a brave, brave woman. 2w
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My Christmas haul of bookish t-shirts (and neck scarf) from my dear husband! I love clothing that expresses my passion for reading! ❤️❤️

LeahBergen What great gifts! 2w
SilversReviews Enjoy!! Love it all. 2w
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Winter Games | Melissa J. Morgan
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I was able to participate somewhat this week, so I‘m happy about that! I didn‘t quite reach my goal of 100 books this year (only 88 read), but I‘m changing jobs and expect to have more time this year, so I‘m going for it again! Happy New year, everyone, and playing this game has been loads of fun!
#WinterGames #WinterGames2021 #MistletoeManiacs

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New Year | Juli Zeh
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May you have a happy and bookish new year!

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My library in Christmas garb! Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and is spending today recuperating from their festivities! 🎄🎁

SamanthaMarie Oh that's so lovely!!! 3w
LeahBergen Beautiful! 😍 3w
wanderinglynn Beautiful! 🎄📚 3w
Chrissyreadit Wow! You have a stunning library! 3w
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The Santa Claus Book | Alden Perkes
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My book haul this Christmas! Most of these were from my son‘s girlfriend, whom I have yet to meet. If she‘s trying to curry favor, she‘s doing a good job! 😂 The B & N gift card is from my husband, who figures the best course of action is to hand me the money and then just stay out of the way! 🎄🎁🎅🧑‍🎄

Chrissyreadit You have some really great books on the table! 4w
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Merry Christmas to my bookish friends! I hope everyone enjoyed the day in your own fashion, and that book appreciation was a part of that in some way!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Merry Christmas 🎄 4w
Chrissyreadit The books are the best part of today! Merry Christmas 🎄 4w
LeahBergen Merry Christmas!! 4w
Nute Merry Christmas, Cindy!💚🌟♥️ 4w
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Thanks so much, @AmyG ! I am ensured a wonderful Christmas Eve with your excellent gifts! I haven‘t read John Boyne yet but he‘s been on my radar for quite some time. Your recommendation convinces me that I need to move him up the list and get acquainted with his writing. The little notebook is too cute, and the quality chocolate is not long for this world! 😁 Thanks again, and Merry Christmas! 🎄🎁
#jolabokaflodswap

AmyG I haven‘t read this book of his yet so let me know how it is. Glad you like everything. Merry Christmas 🎄🎁 (edited) 4w
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Winter Games | Melissa J. Morgan
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I was really busy last week and didn‘t have much time for the game. Sorry!! Plan to do better this week.
#MistletoeManiacs #WinterGames #WinterGames2021

Clwojick You did great! We all know how busy the holidays can get! ❤️💚 1mo
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My first foray into using stickers! I guess it could be worse! 😂 #ThisorThat

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Winter Games | Melissa J. Morgan
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I earned more points this week! 🎄🎁🤶
#MistletoeManiacs #WinterGames #WinterGames2021

Clwojick ❤️💚❤️ 1mo
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Christmas Tree | Jennifer Johnston
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Favorite Christmas tradition—decorating the tree! It takes awhile, but I ❤️ my 🎄! #SelfieScavengerHunt #MistletoeManiacs #WinterGames #WinterGames2021

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The Christmas Swap | Melody Carlson
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I received my #jolabokaflodSwap package arrived on the same day that I shipped mine! Thanks, @AmyG ! And also to @MaleficentBookDragon for organizing the swap! Can‘t wait to open it—but I will restrain myself until Christmas Eve! 🎄🎁

AmyG Wonderful! 🙌🏻 1mo
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Christmas Gifts | Mary Balogh
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BkClubCare I have that same green merry Christmas script paper 🎅 1mo
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The Christmas Swap | Melody Carlson
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My #JolabokaflodSwap package was shipped today and should arrive at its destination Tuesday! I actually remembered to take a picture this time. 😁

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Winter Games | Melissa J. Morgan
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My total for Week 1 of the #WinterGames is 932 points! I‘m still trying to wrap my head around all of the point activities and hope to up my score this week. Having fun with it, though! 😁🎄🎅🤶
#WinterGames2021 #MistletoeManiacs

Clwojick Way to go! You‘re doing great! ❤️💚❤️ 1mo
Texreader Whoohoo!! 1mo
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Winter Games | Melissa J. Morgan
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Texreader Why yes, yes we do! 😁🤗🥰 1mo
TheBookHippie Guilty as charged! ♥️💌❄️ 1mo
Read4life 💙📫💌💙 1mo
Allylu Definitely! 💕😊🎄📪🤶💌 1mo
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Winter Games | Melissa J. Morgan
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🙌 to @kay.the.bibliophile and @TheBookHippie for literary classics love, and to @JessClark78 @Larkken and @FantasyChick for their fondness for horror!
#WinterGames #WinterGames2021

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Winter Games | Melissa J. Morgan
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🎄 Shout out to fellow #MistletoeManiacs @FantasyChick for shared favorite book Gone With the Wind and to @Texreader for Lonesome Dove! Congratulations on your impeccable taste! 😁
#WinterGames #WinterGames2021

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Winter Games | Melissa J. Morgan
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Winter Games | Melissa J. Morgan
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Winter Games | Melissa J. Morgan
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Here is my tentative December TBR (just under the wire for my early bird points for the #WinterGames)! I‘m going to try to acquire some Christmas books, as well.

Go #MistletoeManiacs !

vivastory This is a great stack. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter is one of my favorites of all time 2mo
Clwojick ❤️💚❤️‍🔥💚❤️ 2mo
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kspenmoll Boys in the Boat is fabulous!!! 2mo
Suet624 So many great reads! 2mo
CindyMyLifeIsLit @vivastory I have heard so many great things about this! I‘m determined to get to it this month. 2mo
CindyMyLifeIsLit @keys_on_fire @kspenmoll That‘s good to hear! We‘re offering it as a choice for our students in January—hopefully they‘ll love it, too! (edited) 2mo
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Weekenders | Mary Kay Andrews
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1. Anno-Dracula by Kim Newman and Usher‘s Passing by Robert McCammon. I randomly chose two retellings of horror classics to read simultaneously! 🤷‍♀️
2. Cornbread dressing—I‘m making it with boudain this year.
3. The Lost Village by Camilla Sten
#WeekendReads
Thanks for the tag, @wanderinglynn !

wanderinglynn Yum, cornbread dressing! 😋 2mo
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If It Bleeds | Stephen King
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I really liked the first short story in this collection, but the second resonated with me immediately! Marty‘s world is going to hell in a hand basket, but all he can think about is his grading! “All those spelling errors waiting to be corrected. All those dangling subordinate clauses and conclusions waiting to be red-inked . . . Just thinking of it made him tired” (96). Been there, done that, Marty!! 😂

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Stolen Tongues | Felix Blackwell
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I finally opened my #HauntedHollowSwap package! (Saturdays are for sleeping late at my house! 😂) I‘m so excited to get so many books off my tbr—especially Stolen Tongues (I was REALLY hoping that one was in the box, so yay)! Thanks for all the ghoulish goodies, @tdrosebud ! It‘s all great! And thanks, @wanderinglynn , for organizing—I look forward to this every year, and it never disappoints! 👻🧛🏻‍♀️🎃🤡🧟‍♀️👹
#HHS

wanderinglynn Fantastic! 🎃🧡 3mo
tdrosebud I'm so glad you like everything! Enjoy! 3mo
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Halloweenland | Al Sarrantonio
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I actually received this yesterday but came home from work and passed out on the couch and didn‘t want to post late at night! Anyway, looking forward to October 30th!! 🧟‍♀️🧛🏻‍♀️🎃👻🤡👹
#HauntedHollowSwap #HHS

wanderinglynn Yay! 🙌🏻🧡🎃 3mo
tdrosebud Woohoo! 3mo
monalyisha Love your Halloween Tree! 3mo
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CindyMyLifeIsLit Thanks, @monalyisha ! This is my first and I‘m loving it! I put one in my classroom, as well. 3mo
Chrissyreadit I LOVE your Halloween tree so much!!! 3mo
CindyMyLifeIsLit Thanks, @Chrissyreadit ! I‘m already thinking I may move to full-size next year! My husband will NOT be happy if he has to start hauling and setting up 2 trees every year! 😂😂 3mo
kspenmoll Your tree is wonderful! 3mo
CindyMyLifeIsLit Thanks, @kspenmoll ! I‘ve taken it down now 😢 and can only be consoled for its absence with the installation of my Christmas tree! 🎄 2mo
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The Sun Down Motel | Simone St. James
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Starting this today while lazing by the lake. Rural settings and isolated cabins are always scary to me, so hopefully the environment will add ambiance to the reading!

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Halloweenland | Al Sarrantonio
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Here is my shipping picture! Because I always, always forget—no matter how many times I remind myself—to take a picture of my boxes, you get to see them after the post office has taken possession of them. This picture was taken after my transaction was finished and the people in line had to wait while I snapped proof! 😂 It‘s all part of the holiday fun! (You can see the #HHS on one box). Scheduled to arrive Monday!
#HHS #HauntedHollowSwap

wanderinglynn Yay! 🙌🏻🧡🎃 3mo
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It‘s Banned Books Week! Let‘s celebrate our intellectual freedom and read a book that someone, at some point, tried to censor! #ReadBannedBooks #FreedomtoRead

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The Shuddering | Ania Ahlborn
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1. I love zombies, but they‘re rather limited and predictable. I think I‘m going to go with vampires! 🧛🏻‍♀️
2. The tagged book REALLY stuck with me for a long time!
3. I love ghost stories so am always looking for good ones. I also like stories with nontraditional monsters, such as the tagged book. Basically, I love ANY well-written horror story!
#SundayFunday

ozma.of.oz Ghost stories are absolutely some of my favorites! Thank you for sharing! 4mo
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Here is my budding collection of spooky Funko Pops for #HauntedHollowSwap purposes. No pressure—anything bookish or Halloween related makes me happy! 🤡 #HHS

wanderinglynn Awesome! I love funkos! 🙌🏻👻🖤 4mo
kamoorephoto Omg you have Carrie!!! 4mo
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On some categories I had to choose both because I love them! ❤️
#HauntedHollowSwap #HHS

wanderinglynn Yes, some are too hard to choose. 🙌🏻🎃🖤 4mo
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🎃 No, we decorate but that‘s kinda messy and we don‘t have littles around the house anymore, so . . .
👻 I do, and 8 1/2.
🤡 I like jewel tones—deep red, dark sapphire blue, gold, dark green.
🧛🏻‍♀️ Halloween earrings!
🧟‍♀️Booksleeves, but I also like bookish Funko Pops. I already have a few (will attach a picture in another post). I like bookish everything!
👹I guess my best costume was a 🧙‍♀️.
🦇I don‘t wear hats.
#HauntedHollowSwap #HHS

wanderinglynn Awesome! 🙌🏻🎃🖤 4mo
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Here is my Halloween persona collage, updated from last year! Just making it is fun—I ❤️ Halloween!!
#HauntedHollowSwap #HHS

wanderinglynn Awesome! 🙌🏻🎃🖤 4mo
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Read a book | Marcy Marxer
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Happy National Read a Book Day, fellow Littens! Hope you are able to cozy up with a good one today!

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I graduated from high school in the 80‘s, so this book was right up my alley! I loved the inclusion of so much 80‘s culture, such as naming each chapter after a song and references to hairstyles and clothing. The whole possession thing did have some creepy moments, but the overall mood of the book was nostalgic and fun.

Reggie This is one of my favorite books about female friendship. 4mo
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The Glass Hotel | Emily St. John Mandel
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I really loved it—Mandel is a wonderful writer. She takes all these various narrative strands and weaves them together so beautifully. They seem so disparate at first, but she gradually pulls them together until they form a seamless pattern and it all makes sense. Highly recommended!

Kimberlone I preferred Station Eleven, but I appreciated how all the elements came together at the end of this book 4mo
CindyMyLifeIsLit @Kimberlone I liked Station Eleven better as well. This one was written well, but I felt the concept lacked the brilliance of Station Eleven. She‘ll have a hard time surpassing that book, in my opinion! 4mo
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Clown in a Cornfield | Adam Cesare
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This was a fun and gory read, but you have to suspend reality. The motivation behind the whole plot is rather over-the-top unrealistic, so there‘s that. Other than that, it‘s a rollicking great horror story!

Bookzombie I think there is going to be a sequel. I swear I saw that somewhere. 4mo
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The Only Good Indians | Stephen Graham Jones
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Very suspenseful! Enjoyed the Native American folklore elements.

SamAnne Loved this one. 4mo
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The Hollow Places | T. Kingfisher
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This was different but very entertaining! Definitely a writer I will be following!

SamAnne This one is on my list! 4mo
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Book Lovers | Victoria Connelly
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Happy National Book Lovers Day, Littens!! It‘s a day celebrating our passion! Enjoy! 📚❤️

LeahBergen 🎉📚🎉📚🎉📚 5mo
wanderinglynn Hi Cindy! I sent you an email about Haunted Hollow Swap—your form is lacking some mailing address info. I need you to reply ASAP. 5mo
CindyMyLifeIsLit @wanderinglynn I just responded to your email. Sorry for the incomplete info!! 😩 5mo
wanderinglynn No worries! Thanks for responding! 😀 5mo
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Strange the Dreamer | Laini Taylor
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I loved The Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy and so was looking forward to this. It did not disappoint! The plot was complex and I didn‘t see the twists and turns coming; it comes together in a realistic (for this world) way. The characters are likable and well-developed. The fates of the characters we hate are a little fluffy at the end, but this is YA.🤷‍♀️ Events in the book do have gritty realism. The writing is beautifully lyrical!! ❤️

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Duma Key: A Novel | Stephen King
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A reread of a King classic. It‘s been years, so it was like reading it for the first time (translation: I had forgotten all of it)! Really enjoyed it, especially the relationship between Edgar and Wireman.

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Stillhouse Lake | Rachel Caine
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I thought this was a horror story but it‘s really more of a psychological thriller. Still sucks you in and won‘t let go!!

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The Poisonwood Bible | Barbara Kingsolver
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Wow! I can‘t believe it took me so long to get to this book! So beautifully written, and such a gripping story. Such a wonderful depiction of how people can think they understand a situation, only to discover the limitations of their own perspective.

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American Dirt | Jeanine Cummins
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I found this to be a gripping story. I don‘t know how accurately it depicts the reality of trekking across the desert to enter the US illegally, but it was a fascinating read. I know there is a lot of controversy about this book, but I don‘t think people should be limited to only writing about events they have personally experienced or about characters that look like them. How limited our reading material would be, if that were the rule! IMHO🤷‍♀️

Reggie I think there are two different conversations with the issues of this book. One is, yes, this author should be able to write whatever she wants. Two, there has been conversations about getting diverse stories out there but when the publisher throws the kind of money they did at this woman it tells all people of color we want your stories but just told from a white person‘s point of view. I kinda think that‘s what it is. 5mo
CindyMyLifeIsLit @Reggie I didn‘t know the controversy was about money. I wonder why they paid her more? I wouldn‘t think it‘s because she‘s white. I would think the publisher‘s only motive is making money, regardless of the author‘s color. I mean, there are POC-authored books winning awards, being made into movies, etc., so it‘s not like publishing a great story written by a POC is a gamble. 🤷‍♀️ I‘d like to know the story behind this—time for research! 😁 5mo
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The Odd Women | George Gissing
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This book exposes the miserable choices women in poverty were faced with in order to stay alive. Marriage was the only chance they had to significantly better their situation. Employment, for them, was almost always poorly paid, no matter how genteel the occupation. A woman couldn‘t afford to be choosy if a marriageable man with decent prospects came calling! Our heroine picks this option while her unmarried sisters eke out lives of quiet misery.

LeahBergen I have this one waiting on my shelves. 👍 5mo
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Bleak House (UK) | Charles Dickens
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My Nonesuch (reprint) editions collection is growing! ❤️❤️ #Dickenssuperfan

Hestapleton Ooo where did you get these? My mom is also a #dickenssuperfan 5mo
CindyMyLifeIsLit @Hestapleton Used bookstores. I know you can find them online, as well, but I haven‘t gone that route yet. I probably will in the future! 5mo
Leftcoastzen Very Nice! 5mo
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