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Erinreadsthebooks

Erinreadsthebooks

Joined April 2016

HS Eng. teacher —> HS librarian —> MS ELA teacher, book pusher, coffee drinker, big dog person, Ravenclaw, living in paradise
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Pretty pumped about this one ✊🤓🖤

ShelleyBooksie Stacked- sounds so good! 6d
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The Book Thief | Markus Zusak
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Me…tomorrow morning, no doubt. 🙋‍♀️😅😴

Aims42 Ughhh, same 🤦‍♀️ 1w
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The Book Thief | Markus Zusak
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Any other Zach Bryan fans out there? ❤️😎🎶🎤😁

Ruthiella Just listened to it. What a beautiful song. ❤️ 2w
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Bailedbailed

Possibly a “right book, wrong time” situation, but I‘m giving up at 124 pages. All of the parts I usually enjoy are there (some snark, an interesting format of crime writing expert telling the story, a mystery, dysfunctional family), but it‘s just not working. If I see this as a Kindle cheapy, I‘m buying. For now, back to the library and moving on ✌️

Bookzombie I listened to this earlier this week and I thought it worked really well on audio. (edited) 5d
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“She describes it as a business and tenses up whenever anyone says *that* specific word. So out of respect, I won‘t use it. I‘ll just say the Egyptians built them.” 😂😂😂

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Decent People | De'Shawn Charles Winslow
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A very solid read! A small town murder leads us to evaluate the goings-on of the town and its people. I may not remember this one forever, but I sure ASAP put Winslow‘s earlier book on hold at the library. Good stuff! ✊📚

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Here We Go | Jessica Goodwin
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Down the rabbit hole… 🐰🕳

AlaMich I‘m curious about this. I just watched the series on Netflix and was wondering if the podcast was worth it. 3w
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I had maybe 15 pages left of the current book, then I packed two books, then library holds arrived and now I‘m on a three day trip with five books 🤷🏼‍♀️. Update: I started Decent People, and I am loving it!

intothehallofbooks I LOVED Survivor Song. 4w
batsy The Elementals is so good! 4w
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I think I‘m an outlier, but I liked this one. The main character is immature, selfish and unsure of herself, but the parts where she showed that the most were, imo, the parts that readers are supposed to find humor in. I think it‘s in the same vein as My Year of Rest and Relaxation in that you need to be okay with reading about (and pretty much studying) characters you don‘t like. There were parts that lulled, but the humor outweighed them for me.

Lindy I‘ve been on the fence about whether or not to give this a try, but I enjoyed My Year of Rest, so your review has nudged me to the positive. 👍 4w
Prairiegirl_reading @Lindy I had been on the fence about this one too, until I heard that the author was a writer on the show Schitt‘s Creek. I haven‘t read it yet but I saw it on sale so I picked up a copy a couple weeks ago. 4w
Erinreadsthebooks @Lindy @Prairiegirl_reading As long as you go in knowing you will not like the main character and you‘re not looking for slapstick comedy, you‘re probably good to go. I found the random lists included pretty funny, too! 4w
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Lindy @Erinreadsthebooks @Prairiegirl_reading I have heard good things about Schitt‘s Creek but never watched it. 4w
Erinreadsthebooks @Lindy Schitt‘s Creek is one of my favorites! 4w
Prairiegirl_reading @Erinreadsthebooks @Lindy yes I loved it too! It definitely appeals to a certain sense of humour though. 4w
Lindy @Prairiegirl_reading @Erinreadsthebooks Perhaps I will get tired of reading someday and turn to tv watching instead (or in addition). If I do, I will keep your Schitt‘s Creek recommendation in mind. 😊 4w
Augustdana I was surprised to see all the negative reaction to this book, I also enjoyed it! 4w
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Questionnaire | Evan Kindley
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Thanks for the tag, @Eggs ❤️
1. It‘s when people think they know everything. You know the ones who call out people on unimportant things (like grammar rules that should‘ve been abolished ages ago or a slight mispronunciation on a word only 20% of the population even knows). And they‘re usually the ones who hog a conversation 🙄.
2. Characters who won‘t learn from their mistakes and make the same bad choices over and over again.

@TheSpineView

Aims42 I‘m with you on your pet peeve 🙄 My SIL falls into this category along with the “one upper” category too. I can hang with her in small doses lol 1mo
Eggs Great answers!! 1mo
Erinreadsthebooks Oh yes @aims42 the “one upper” people are awful!! 1mo
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A Rover's Story | Jasmine Warga
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A cute story about a rover‘s connection with his humans and his work overcoming a seemingly impossible task on Mars. Sweet, techie, and lovely 🤓

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Among the Hidden (Reprint) | Margaret Peterson Haddix
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Mehso-so

Population laws are in effect, families are not supposed to have more than two children, and the ‘illegal‘ third (and fourth) siblings become the hidden. I don‘t know if I‘ll teach this one or not, but it would make a great choice for a Lit Circle option.

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A Rover's Story | Jasmine Warga
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Middle Grade, that‘s where the joy lives ❤️. I‘m loving this book about Res the rover.

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The Bromance Book Club | Lyssa Kay Adams
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I don‘t read romance often, so I‘m not a great judge but I liked this one enough. Truly, I‘d say I‘m ‘romance adverse,‘ but I actually wanted to pick up my kindle and thought about the characters when I wasn‘t reading. The idea that grown men were discussing romance novels to better their marriages and discussing the idea of played out and tired female stereotypes together was really neat. If I see any others on the kindle sale, I‘m game 👍

LeafingThroughLife I‘m not much of a romance reader either, so I was also surprised to find myself liking this one as much as I did. Finished the second in the series (Undercover Bromance) recently and would definitely recommend! 1mo
CarolynM I do read romance and I agree this is a good one. I liked that it talked sensibly about some serious issues without being heavy. 1mo
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Refugee | Alan Gratz
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Not a book I‘d read on my own, but my middle schoolers are going to love it. Plot driven and action packed, this book follows three young teen refugees, each one during different fight for survival (Holocaust, Cuban Refugee Crisis, Syrian Refugee Crisis). Gratz is a super popular author if you have a young readers in your life.

TheBookHippie Hugely popular the minute it hit the scholastic BOOKFAIR years ago. It‘s very good. 1mo
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Once I got past the author traveling so he can spends some months focusing, I really loved this book. It‘s full of so much important information on the ways our attention is being purposefully and adeptly manipulated. This really should be required reading…for parents, for educators, for politicians, for anyone who‘s scrolled through Facebook today, and for anyone who‘s tired of not being able to focus on simple things that bring joy. A must read.

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Nonsense like this is why Litsy is my preferred social media ❤️

Soubhiville Agreed. This paragraph explains exactly why I avoid most social media. 2mo
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Have you watched this on Netflix?! It‘s a must watch, especially if you find yourself wasting time on FB and Instagram. 🙋‍♀️ Really informative and infuriating…

TheBookgeekFrau A most interesting documentary. Freakin' FB and insta with their BS notifications should you go a day without opening them 😤😆 2mo
DogMomIrene I‘ve watched this a few times. Not recently. Should probably watch again to reinforce one of my goals - check FB on Monday nights only, mostly for group info. So far I‘m doing well, but reminders if how evil the Zuck is are good! 2mo
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Spare | Prince Harry the Duke of Sussex
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I really hope for a rebuttal from William because I‘m not buying some of the exchanges as Harry remembers them. He reminds me of the stereotypical youngest uncle that can‘t hold a job and drinks too much and dabbles in hard drugs. He tries hard occasionally but falters again after about a week on the wagon. That‘s not really what happens but the personality seems the same 😅. Despite skimming some parts, I couldn‘t put it down and enjoyed it!

Allyneedsbooks 🚂🚂🚂🚂🚂 2mo
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Spare | Prince Harry the Duke of Sussex
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“It was merely one man‘s self-justifying, self-centering version of events.” Umm, my first thought was how similar that sounds to what I‘m currently reading…🤔😕😒🤴

DimeryRene ^^^^ Yes! Exactly. 2mo
Allyneedsbooks 🙄🙄🙄 2mo
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I hear it has TJ Klune vibes… 🤞🤞🤞

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I borrowed this picture from Hendrix‘s (@gradyhendrix) Instagram, and it‘s posts like this one that includes a bunch of other creepy ass dolls that makes me love him so much. There was a moment in this book where I thought it was not going to be a favorite, but then the shizz hit the fan and I couldn‘t stop reading. Loved it! He‘s forever my fave 🤩🤡🎎🏠

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How am I supposed to read under these conditions?!

Ruthiella ❤️🐶❤️🐶❤️ 2mo
batsy Those eyes! 😍 2mo
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Y‘all, this description of Mark‘s tattoos is perfection! I love Grady Hendrix ❤️☠️😂🤩🥳

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I‘m on the last episode of this podcast and ready to flip tables and run through walls. After all of these years as a secondary English teacher, when I could not fathom how kids reached my 11th grade classroom not knowing how to read, and as a parent who was told repeatedly “he‘ll catch up”, there are finally some answers. If you care about education or literacy or simply right from wrong, listen to this podcast. Eye-opening and mind-blowing.

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Win win!!! It arrived…on the release date…and it‘s in one piece. (My dog is notorious for chewing up any and everything the UPS guy leaves 🙃)

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Dinosaurs | LYDIA. MILLET
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Panpan

I‘m DNF-ing at over halfway through…and that says a lot. “Boring” is not a descriptor I use often but seems spot on for this one. Character driven is my jam, but I could care less about Gil. Millet‘s other book (which oddly isn‘t mentioned in her author‘s blurb 🤔) didn‘t work for me either, so I can officially cross her off my list.

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Dinosaurs | LYDIA. MILLET
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I‘m trying…and hoping it starts keeping my attention a little better. 🤞

Tamra The blurb is very intriguing. 2mo
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Al Capone Does My Shirts | Gennifer Choldenko
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Thinking about teaching this one to my 6th graders and incorporating some informational texts about Alcatraz, the Depression, and Autism. The title irked me until I read the author‘s note that the title was a phrase used by Army officers stationed in San Francisco. An interesting, quick read.

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FantasticLand: A Novel | Mike Bockoven
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This is a wild ride 😉 of a book, and I‘m here for it. At one point, I wasn‘t sure if I could handle the questions this book brought up in my mind about humanity, evil, and greed, BUT I kept reading and couldn‘t stop thinking about this book. I‘m not a re-reader, but I wasn‘t even finished with this one and already thinking “I want to read this again.” Freaking loved it. On my favorites of all time shelf. So dark, but so so good! 🌟

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FantasticLand: A Novel | Mike Bockoven
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“I kind of hate people…I‘m not a people person. Some persons, individual persons, I like and love, but when you get eight or more together in a group, I hate that. I hate cliques, I hate crowds. My idea of hell is being one of those people in the middle of those crowd shots you see in concerts…but it‘s not just the number of bodies; it‘s that a person gets stupid when they become people. They are easily convinced of things.”

vivastory I read this last year & thought it was great 2mo
BarbaraBB I want to read this too but it is still very expensive where I live 2mo
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Meredith, Alone | Claire Alexander
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Meh. I‘m pretty certain it‘s the cover that threw me. I don‘t love a bright fluffy orange cover on a book that deals with some serious, serious trauma. Ultimately, I guess it‘s about overcoming the trauma of one‘s past, but yikes. I skimmed the last third, but it was enough to know this wasn‘t for me.

DGRachel I don‘t like the trend towards these kinds of drawn covers. I know you aren‘t supposed to judge a book by its cover but we all do and this feels like intentionally misleading advertising. 3mo
Erinreadsthebooks @DGRachel I agree completely. I reach for a certain type of book based on my mood, and this cover and synopsis catfished me for sure 😅 3mo
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Bill makes it hard to read…

Soubhiville 🐶💙 3mo
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Signal Fires | Dani Shapiro
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Well, I‘m just over here eating crow and finishing another book righttttttt before the year‘s end. And I‘m damn glad I did because this one, THIS ONE that I read because it was overdue at the library, is my favorite book of the year. The #1 spot. A flippin dream of a book. I LOVED IT. 🏆🥇🙌🏅🌟

LaraReads That is so awesome! Happy New Year! (edited) 3mo
TheBookHippie I love her. I‘m saving my copy to read this week! Glad to hear she still hits it outta the park! 3mo
Sharpeipup What a way to end the year! 3mo
LiteraryinLawrence Whoa! How cool for your last book of the year to take the top spot! 3mo
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Year's End | Jhumpa Lahiri
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I doubt I‘ll finish another book before year‘s end, so this 2022 list (plus the few listed on the next page) is done. If you‘re not keeping a super simple list of books you‘ve read each year, what are you even doing?! (I kid, different strokes for different folks and all that) 🤓🤗📚🏁✔️

Ruthiella One list? 😂 Think multiple lists. One in Excel, on in Word, one on paper and then Goodreads. 😃 3mo
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Shady Hollow | Juneau Black
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Geez, what a cutie patootie of a book?!! It‘s exactly the way I like my cozy mysteries to be: smart, sweet, and full of woodland creatures. It‘s not The House in the Cerulean Sea level (can another book ever reach that status? prob not), but it definitely gives off the same vibes. Loved it! 🦊🐰🐍🐻🐸🐭🦫🐑🦝🦝🤗🤩

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I live an hour away from civilization and many, many hours from a B&N, so when my travel day fell on the 50% sale, it was meant to be. I found 2 of the 5 books I wanted (pictured) which brings me up to FIVE books for my THREE day trip. Lol, I probably won‘t even finish my current book but I live that ‘bring way too many books with me‘ lifestyle and I ain‘t quitting that anytime soon. 🙃📚📚🤓

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Nerd alert! | Marion van de Coolwijk, Juliette de Wit
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Santa brought an embosser…ok, so maybe I sent the link directly to Santa who said “I don‘t know how to use Etsy, just go ahead and order it.” And then it was delivered to my house and given to Santa to wrap. Same thing. Still awesome. 🤓📖📚

Ruthiella Santa has helpers! 😆 3mo
Soubhiville Ooo, cool! 3mo
Tamra I always thank Mrs. Claus each year. 😂 3mo
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CarolynM 😆😆 3mo
jlhammar Wow, love it! 3mo
Allyneedsbooks I love your Santa 🎅🏼❤️ 3mo
Reggie Lololol 3mo
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Like but not love for this one, and I‘m not sure why. Regardless, a good read about being a teen and feeling alone and finding a person and a niche that makes you feel as close to whole as possible.

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We Are the Light | Matthew Quick
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Who is chopping onions so early in the morning?!?!???? 😩😭😭😭😭 I really love this look into tragedy, loss, recovery, the human spirit, mental health, and found family.

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An important middle grade (but good for adults, too) novel about censorship and fighting back and the importance of access to information. You have to fight the “BLACK RECTANGLE!!!” 🤓

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Keep fighting the good fight ✊

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Hospice workers are angels 🙏❤️

AmyG Yes. They truly are. 4mo
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The Family Game: A Novel | Catherine Steadman
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Good enough to keep my interest, but a reminder that I‘m tired of the not good/marred/wounded main character with the difficult past falling in love with a billionaire. Also, the weird sexual tension with the future father-in-law? No, ma‘am. No, thank you. However, the writing wasn‘t annoying like I‘ve seen in other thrillers, so I‘m good with it.

Librariana When I read your line about the sexual tension with the future father-in-law, I said "eww!" out loud ? 4mo
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Little Free Library for the win 🏆

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The Family Game: A Novel | Catherine Steadman
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One hundred and sixteen pages in and I‘ve seen this word twice. It‘s working my nerves and I‘m not sure why… 🤨🧐🙃

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Fittingly, this one is a pick for me. Annie Jones rarely steers us wrong, amirite?!

JamieArc @jlhammar This might be a good companion read for #nunlit 4mo
jlhammar @JamieArc Yes, I'll be reading this one in August per my 2023 monthly #NunLit plans. Can't wait! I didn't pick it for the #NunLitQuarterly group reads because I knew some had already read it. I tried to go with titles most or all in the group hadn't read yet. It would be fun to have you read along for this one (and/or any of the others in my #NunLit extra credit post) on the off-months if you're interested and it works in your reading schedule. 4mo
jlhammar @Erinreadsthebooks Sounds wonderful. Looking forward to this one! If you are interested in more nuns in your 2023 reading, you are more than welcome to join us for #NunLitQuarterly. Check out my previous #NunLit posts for details. 4mo
Kristin_Reads I just finished this tonight and loved it! 4mo
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Demon Copperhead: A Novel | Barbara Kingsolver
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It has arrived!!! I held off. I thought I could wait on the library. Turns out I couldn‘t. Does that mean I‘ll read it right now or even in the next year?? Who knows?! Regardless, I have a copy and I‘ll feeling good. 🤩

Suet624 can definitely relate 4mo
batsy It's such a nice cover! 4mo
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Starfish | Lisa Fipps
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A great, quick middle grade novel written in verse that takes a hard look at the effects of fat shaming (most of it done by her own mother). I was ready to throw down on all the shitty people that cause our main character such heartache. Highly, highly recommend. Glad I have it available in my classroom library for all my kiddos ❤️

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I‘m 3 hours from an Ollie‘s. The only reason I go to Ollie‘s is for the books. I see this. I find an associate. I ask, “What gives? Y‘all don‘t sell books anymore?” They still sell books, but today this Ollie‘s was “reorganizing some items” and had alllllllll the books behind caution tape 😩👎

Ruthiella Bummer! 😭 4mo
Librariana Aww! What a bummer! 4mo
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