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ElishaLovesBooks

ElishaLovesBooks

Joined March 2017

"Money can't buy you happiness but it can buy you books and that's kind of the same thing."
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The Dutch House | Ann Patchett
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I really enjoyed this family saga that centers around a house. The characters were developed and nuanced-I was invested right from the start in Danny and Maeve‘s lives. The story follows them as they grow into adults and the plot was satisfying right up to the end without being trite or superficial. I am an Ann Patchett fan. I think her writing is beautiful and her stories powerful, and this book did not disappoint.

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The Dutch House | Ann Patchett
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#LibraryHoldsForTheWin #finally

Happy Thanksgiving! 🦃🍁

marleed I love this book! 1w
ElishaLovesBooks @marleed I‘m excited to read it! 1w
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No Small Plans | Gabrielle H. Lyon, Chris Lin (Visual artist)
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Really interesting graphic novel about the city of Chicago and architecture. I learned a lot about city planning and gentrification. Very well done!

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The Girl Who Owned a City | O. T. (Terry) Nelson
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Cute middle grade graphic novel. Great artwork and nice themes about working together but it‘s definitely not a crossover book-the writing needed more. My 6th grader loved it though!

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Hoping to start this today. I‘m having a head time getting into something-hopefully this one will do the trick!

TracyReadsBooks If you need something great to read, check out Carmen Maria Machado‘s memoir In the Dream House. It‘s excellent. 2w
Blaire I loved Dooce back in the day but haven‘t read it in years. 2w
ElishaLovesBooks @TracyReadsBooks I will! @Blaire I haven‘t read her blog but I‘m sure it‘s interesting! 2w
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Maybe I‘ll get some reading done before I fall asleep?? Here‘s hoping! #longday #evenlongerweek #currentlyreading

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Scaredy Cat | Mark Billingham
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Thanks for the tag @LoverOfLearning !
1. I like anything historical.
2. I am the BIGGEST scaredy-cat- Silence of the Lambs scared me for life when I was in high school!
3. I don‘t really read anything in the horror genre.
4. Nope
5. No gore
6. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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Mehso-so

This one is tricky to review. There‘s no doubt that Leigh Bardugo can write AND tell a good story. But. This story has so many side plots and extra details that didn‘t need to be there. And all of that bogged down the story and all the fantastical magical elements lost some of their appeal. I also think it should be a single book instead of the first in a series. I do love that the main character is a badass female!

jillrhudy I've read so many raves but honestly, my brain can't take any more overwhelming morasses of side plots right now. 2w
ElishaLovesBooks @jillrhudy I‘m sure mine is an #unpopularopinion but it is very detailed! 2w
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Wow. Intense and emotional. I feel like I gained a lot of insight about humanity while also being entertained. I have a lot to think about and process and I think this is the type of book that will have me doing that for a long time. Also, therapy is good. For all the reasons. ☺️

LoverOfLearning Yes, therapy is good. I just started going to counseling this month! Love it so far. 3w
ElishaLovesBooks @LoverOfLearning Good for you! That‘s wonderful!💗 3w
Reggie Rita, Julie, John, and Charlotte....😭😭😭 3w
ElishaLovesBooks @Reggie Yes! John and Rita were the hardest for me to read😢😞 3w
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Women Talking: A Novel | Miriam Toews
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My #bookhaul from my wonderful night out with @TracyReadsBooks 😍 All of them were clearance books and such great deals I couldn‘t resist! I‘m so lucky to have such amazing people in my life- @TracyReadsBooks I‘m so grateful for you! ♥️♥️

TracyReadsBooks 🥰 You are the best and I‘m so lucky to call you a friend! I hope you enjoy the books and I can‘t wait until next time!!! 4w
ElishaLovesBooks @TracyReadsBooks ♥️♥️♥️ We must schedule the next date soon! 4w
Redwritinghood Happy birthday! 🎂🎂 4w
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Time to put more books on hold 😁😂 #librarybookhaul #weekendreading

DrexEdit I love your selections! 😊 1mo
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I was doing so well. . . 😂🤷🏻‍♀️ #bookhaul

TracyReadsBooks Just wait until Sunday!!! I have the Jemisin book in my TBR pile—I‘ve heard really great things and am definitely looking forward to reading it! 1mo
ElishaLovesBooks @TracyReadsBooks I can‘t wait til Sunday!! I‘m sure the book stack will get even bigger😁📚 1mo
marleed Oh, the perfect mile is one of my all time favorite books! I recently found it in hardback and gave my much loved paperback back to my son since it was technically gifted to him as the inscription inside the front cover reads. 1mo
ElishaLovesBooks @marleed I‘m so glad to hear that it‘s good! It was a total impulse buy-I‘d never heard of it before! 1mo
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Snowflake, AZ | Marcus Sedgwick
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Powerful take on what it is to be chronically ill and not understood by the medical establishment. It‘s also interesting to read this book through the lens of the author‘s experiences with his own illness. Very well done.

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His Hideous Heart | Dahlia Adler
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I really enjoyed these short stories inspired by classic Poe stories. I haven‘t read all the originals but still really enjoyed the creativity and modern interpretations of Poe. I also like that the originals are included in this anthology.

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Started this a few days ago. So far I like her writing style and how relatable she is. But I am reading it in short doses because reading about therapy and mental health can be too much to handle I‘m not in the right frame of mind.That‘s why I‘m trying to get a few mins in while I‘m waiting for my shower 😂🤷🏻‍♀️

emilyhaldi I loved this book!! I listened on audio and it was brilliant. Although it admittedly had me sobbing more than once... 1mo
ElishaLovesBooks @emilyhaldi It definitely seems like that type of book! I bet the audio was great! 1mo
emilyhaldi I think she does a brilliant job of balancing the story of her own life interlaced with the lives of her patients.. each character has such a poignant journey, it's really moving. I'm getting worked up just thinking about it now!! Ha, perhaps I need to read it again 😆 1mo
ElishaLovesBooks @emilyhaldi I‘m starting to get that vibe- I really like the way she describes people and the way that therapists think. It is so fascinating! 1mo
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Snowflake, AZ | Marcus Sedgwick
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Trying to get back to posting. . . currently reading this and enjoying while also learning a lot. The best kind of reading 😊

mabell Nice to see you back! 😊 I check in on others‘ posts often, but I find it much harder to get in posts myself. 1mo
ElishaLovesBooks @mabell Thank you! 💗 Life seems to have gotten more complicated and busy but I really love Litsy and the community! 1mo
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Lost Roses | Martha Hall Kelly
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Library #bookhaul for the weekend! #tbr

TracyReadsBooks That‘s quite the haul! I‘m impressed. 4mo
Cinfhen Hey!!! Shana Tova ♥️🍯🍎All good??? 2mo
ElishaLovesBooks @Cinfhen Shana Tova! Have an easy and meaningful fast and G‘mar Chasima Tova! ♥️♥️ Things are good- I started teaching at a new school so things have been so busy! Still reading though! 📚😊 2mo
Cinfhen G‘mar Chatima Tova ❤️How‘s your daughter doing??? Glad all is well xx regards to Yitzy 2mo
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Trying to read and workout at the same time 😁

Hoopiefoot Good luck! I‘m always impressed when people can read and do cardio at the same time. 4mo
ElishaLovesBooks @Hoopiefoot Thanks! I really should just listen to an audiobook! 😁 4mo
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A daughter is accused of murder. Did she do it? This story is told in 3 different POVs- the father, mother, and daughter. The author really focuses on family dynamics and keeps you guessing. The suspense quietly builds while the narration at times is factual and almost sparse (you can definitely tell the author is Swedish). I really enjoyed it but it‘s not your typical sitting-on-the-edge-of-your-seat thriller.

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Lake Michigan at it‘s finest! #chitown ☀️♥️☀️♥️

mabell Sounds terrific! 4mo
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I‘ve been up for hours.🙄😴 Can‘t sleep. It‘s almost 5 am-I think it‘s time for some coffee and a book! ☕️📖

Trashcanman I know what you mean. Hope all is well 4mo
ElishaLovesBooks @Trashcanman Just a racing mind. Happens occasionally. #toomuchonmymind Thanks for checking in! 💙 (edited) 4mo
Trashcanman @ElishaLovesBooks I know what you mean there too. It's almost daily unless I over medicate myself. 💛 4mo
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ElishaLovesBooks @Trashcanman That is so hard 😞 I find that it‘s always worse for me when I don‘t have my normal structure or routine-I always feel more anxious. 4mo
Trashcanman @ElishaLovesBooks 🤗💛 I hope tomorrow is kinder 4mo
ElishaLovesBooks @Trashcanman Thank you! 😊💜 4mo
BoleyBooks Hugs 🤗 4mo
ElishaLovesBooks @BoleyBooks Thanks! 💙 4mo
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Starting a new book while enjoying this gorgeous weather! Hope it stays for a few days!

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City of Girls | Elizabeth Gilbert
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I couldn‘t put this book down! I loved Vivian‘s voice as she tells her story about NYC during the 1940‘s and beyond. Packed full of historical details and happenings, I was fully immersed in the time period and the plot. There is just the right mix of characters and bad decisions to keep the reader hooked!

AmyG Such a WONDERFUL book! ❤️ 5mo
ElishaLovesBooks @AmyG Yes! 😊 5mo
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The Editor | Steven Rowley
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Sorry for the bad picture- I was in a rush when I took it. 🙄
I really wanted to like this one but I found it really slow. It‘s ultimately about relationships and the parts with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis were interesting but there wasn‘t enough movement in the plot for me. I even found myself not caring about the ending which is pretty rare for me.

Anna40 Picked this up at the library yesterday but put it back on the shelf. Interesting to read your review today :) 5mo
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Favorite bookstore to visit when I‘m at my parents! I definitely did my part to help support it 😁😂 Couldn‘t find it in the bookstore database here on Litsy . . .

brit91 Love this!💖💖 5mo
ElishaLovesBooks @brit91 Me too! 💗 5mo
SkeletonKey Ey, that‘s in Frederick isn‘t it! I like that place. 5mo
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ElishaLovesBooks @SkeletonKey It is! It‘s a great little bookstore! 5mo
SkeletonKey @ElishaLovesBooks - I‘m obsessed with Wonder Books there, I stop every time I drive through. 5mo
ElishaLovesBooks @SkeletonKey I haven‘t been to Wonder Books in years! I did find a nice comic book shop in downtown Frederick that I hope to visit again! 5mo
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Thought provoking and interesting graphic novel about the author‘s life/childhood. I definitely think it is labeled correctly as a tragicomic- there is a lot of tragedy, but also humor. This seems like a very honest telling of her life as it happened to her and I really respect that. It didn‘t seem exaggerated or in any way like she was trying to justify anything about her parents. I think the intended audience is teenagers and above.

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Ghost World | Daniel Clowes
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This book was not for me. I did not like it AT ALL. Maybe it was just me but I could not figure out what the point of this book was or if there was any plot at all.

LibrarianRyan I thought that exact same thing! 5mo
ElishaLovesBooks @LibrarianRyan That makes me feel better! I looked up some goodreads reviews and didn‘t understand how people liked it so much and thought it must be me! 5mo
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Queenie | Candice Carty-Williams
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This is not your average “main character makes bad decision after bad decision book.” There‘s more depth than typically found in this genre and I really liked how this author developed Queenie as a character. And of course I loved all the British details included as well. I was rooting for Queenie the whole time. 😊

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The Editor | Steven Rowley
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Just sitting outside with this. Gorgeous day. Weeded my mom‘s garden, did a long workout at the gym (got some reading done there too) and now time to RELAX! It‘s hot out but I‘m really enjoying the sun ☀️

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The Editor | Steven Rowley
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I have a few reviews I will hopefully get to today-finally got some more reading down on this vacation! Just starting this one. I hope to finish it before I leave!

Gorgeous flowers from my mom‘s garden!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 5mo
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Heads Will Roll | Kate McKinnon
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Listening to this while I take a walk- it is hilarious and highly entertaining! 😂😂😂

UwannaPublishme I must listen! 😂 5mo
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#dollarstorefinds #tbr

Some great books at the dollar store today!

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Queenie | Candice Carty-Williams
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Hoping to start this one today! Loving that I have time to spend with family but there‘s less time to read than I would like! #visitingtheparents #vacation

emmaturi I just started this and like it a lot! 5mo
ElishaLovesBooks @emmaturi Yay! It looks fun! 5mo
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I enjoyed this part family drama/part mystery. I really liked all the interesting cultural information about the Netherlands and China. Interwoven throughout the story is what it is to be an immigrant and how that can shape future generations. Great story that also made me think!

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After the 4th of July parade yesterday in Takoma Park (Washington, DC) I just had to stop at this restaurant/bookstore called Busboys and Poets. Everyone thought I would take forever, but I was only there for 5 mins-I think I made some good book buying decisions in that short time!

So many little free libraries too-I should have taken some pics! Oh well, I was living in the moment which is something I‘m trying more to do anyway. 🇺🇸🎆🎇

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#currentlyreading on vacation at my parents house. Very strong start!

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Ask Again, Yes: A Novel | Mary Beth Keane
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Broken washing machine=laundromat life for now! Thankfully, a new washer dryer is supposed to come on Monday but laundry for 7 people waits for no man! Hoping to start this book today!

mabell Oh my goodness. I can‘t even imagine! Fortunately you don‘t have long to wait! 5mo
ElishaLovesBooks @mabell I‘m very grateful that it‘s coming soon! It‘s been almost a week and the laundry mountain was getting very high! 5mo
Chelsea.Poole 7? Woah...I struggle with laundry for 4 people! 5mo
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How Not to Die Alone | Richard Roper
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This book reminded me a lot of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine- in a good way. I‘m pretty much a fan of all things British and loved all the Britishisms (is that a word?) that the main characters displayed. Andrew definitely has some stuff going on in his life that he needs to deal with, but there is also humor and interesting life lessons to be found throughout this books. Definitely an enjoyable and meaningful read.

JanuarieTimewalker13 I hope to get to this one this month!! 5mo
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So far Reese‘s book club has not disappointed me. A very strong and forthright book about love and grief and how those emotions can stay with you. Some of her sentences about grief took my breath away.

I also loved the descriptions about Sicily, both the culture and the food. And the way that Tembi Locke talks about embracing a new culture is interesting and enlightening.

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I know I‘ve been MIA recently-the school year is FINALLY over! More time for me! Enjoying this lovely weather in Chicago! We‘ve had so much rain lately, I‘m extra appreciating the sun ☀️💥

Mitch Happy holidays! 5mo
ElishaLovesBooks @Mitch Thank you! 5mo
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A little bookstore haul with my bookstore bestie @TracyReadsBooks ♥️♥️ We always have the best time exploring the bookstore together and having dinner out. Last night was bittersweet though- we were saying goodbye to an amazing friend and colleague. She will be missed greatly but books help. They always do.

DivineDiana I agree;books help with everything. 📚 (edited) 6mo
QueenJen Hugs! 6mo
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Lisa See never disappoints. The rich cultural detail that she includes in her books add a layer of complexity to the plot that makes me feel I‘ve learned something when I‘ve finished reading. The island of Jeju, part of Korea, has a fascinating history especially the haeneyo-or women deep sea divers. The society is run by women-men take care of the kids and the home. There is sadness as well, Japanese/American colonizers did terrible things.

Samplergal Loved it. I had never heard of any of this history or about the women. One of my favorites of the year. 6mo
ElishaLovesBooks @Samplergal I feel the same! It makes me want to travel there! 6mo
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Sounds Like Titanic: A Memoir | Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman
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This memoir is fascinating. Really makes you think about the difference between real vs. fake. . . especially as it relates to concerts and music. Very good so far.

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Fun YA read about a prince that needs to select a wife out of 35 commoners that were selected in his country. It‘s a cross between a romance and dystopian novel. It didn‘t draw me in and I really don‘t care what happens in the next book which is why I rated it so-so. When my daughter was in 8th grade she LOVED it. Probably meant for that age group 😂😁

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Fun graphic novel with great art and some unexpected twists! I Iike the teenage viewpoint too.

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This might have been the most depressing book I have ever read. And I like dark, intense reads. But the consistently depressing mood, layered over and over bad choices and drug abuse-it was hard to find any hope lurking in this novel. The writer definitely has skill but I couldn‘t find the plot and didn‘t get invested in the main character. Between so-so and a pan ONLY because the writing wasn‘t terrible.

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Started this today. Fascinating look at a culture focused on women. . . #currentlyreading

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This book is already so good! Very detailed but fast-paced and full of suspense!

Also, hyperbaric oxygen chambers are fascinating. Who knew? 🤷🏻‍♀️

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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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I truly can‘t figure out how Sally Rooney made this story so mesmerizing and magnetic. But she did. I could not put it down. I cared so much about Connell and Marianne, the main characters, who we see in a coming-of-age meets millennials love story that takes place in Ireland. I was so drawn to their story and the decisions they made that sometimes helped them and sometimes haunted them. She captures messy and real life so accurately.

batsy Lovely review! She takes the mundane and ordinary and makes it so compelling and interesting. 7mo
Cathythoughts Great review ♥️👍🏻I loved this one 7mo
Tanisha_A Exactly what @batsy said! Awesome review! 7mo
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Stephjotsdown Is it really that great? I am not into love stories so not sure if should add this into my TBR.
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ElishaLovesBooks @batsy Thank you! 💖You said it so perfectly! @Cathythoughts @Tanisha_A Thank you! 💕 7mo
ElishaLovesBooks @Stephjotsdown It‘s not a sweeping love story or even what I would call a romance. But it is about the relationship between these two characters. I really liked it! 7mo
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1. 😂❤️🙄
2. My oldest daughter is graduating high school in June! 👩🏻‍🎓
3. Hopefully relaxing and reading.
4. I‘m the oldest.
5. 😊💖

@howjessreads
#friyayintro

Julsmarshall 😄😘❤️ 7mo
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