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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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Olive Kitteridge | Elizabeth Strout
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My aunt found this fabulous rotating bookcase at an antique store, and my sweet father-in-law fixed it up for me. The first authors to go on the shelves: Elizabeth Strout, Maggie O‘Farrell, and Ottessa Moshfegh, along with my Olive Editions 🫒

IndoorDame It‘s gorgeous! 14m
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It‘s working for me so far, and that‘s saying a lot considering I‘ve only wanted to read romcoms for the last three months 🤪😅🤓

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Happily Never After | Lynn Painter
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Bailedbailed

Ok, no. The two characters didn‘t seem to have any actual connection beyond ‘you‘re hot and I‘m hot and I can‘t stop looking at your lips.‘ I feel like they didn‘t really know each other at all. Secondly, I cuss like a sailor but reading the F word as an adjective randomly in back to back paragraphs when it‘s really not necessary to the story is off putting. There were opportunities for the characters to develop, but I gave up at halfway.

eskoch28 I'm halfway through this one and I totally agree! 5d
Erinreadsthebooks @eskoch28 I had high hopes! It started so strong and just fell off. 5d
eskoch28 Ugh I hate that. I'm an Erin too!! 5d
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dabbe #hailthebail! 🤩🤩🤩 5d
Erinreadsthebooks @eskoch28 My mom named me Erin after a tv show called The Waltons. I‘ve never seen it, but the daughter was “Erin” and Mom liked it 😃 5d
eskoch28 Love that! 5d
Allyneedsbooks @Erinreadsthebooks❤️ How did I not know this fascinating fact!!! I loved The Walton‘s. 4d
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I‘m going to stop buying books one day, but today is not that day. How does one not buy the latest release by Garrett M. Graff??

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I forgot to take a picture before I returned it to the library, so I borrowed this one from Amazon. They won‘t mind, though, because I couldn‘t resist the BOGO 50% off sale and bought the Abby Jimenez books I didn‘t own, this being one of them. This was another good one. All of her male leads are just perfect ❤️

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Don‘t let the cover and the terrifying Huck Finn fool you. This is a BEAUTIFUL edition that includes illustrations of various characters and scenes. My mom found it at a thrift store for $4.98, and considering James is one of my favorite books of the year so far, I‘m over the moon about it! 😍🤩

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Mehso-so

Meh, there were some eye-rolly moments for me with this one, and I think the cover is a bit too light-hearted-looking for the history the two main characters have with each other. I didn‘t love the first third of the book, skimmed some parts, skipped a rather large chunk when “the time together is over like we said it would be”🙄 and skimmed enough of the end to know what happens. Not awful, but not for me.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I totally agree! 2w
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One of the best teacher gifts I‘ve ever received 😍😍😍

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The Friend Zone | Abby Jimenez
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Yesterday was full of college baseball, dogs, and reading. I finished up this one early this morning and it‘s another win from Abby Jimenez. It wasn‘t my favorite, but still very enjoyable and touched on some pretty serious subjects. On to the next in the series…

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Lonesome Dove: A Novel | Larry McMurtry
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“I‘ll die someplace and so will you—it might not be no better place than Lonesome Dove.”

“It ain‘t dying I‘m talking about, it‘s living,”
Augustus said. “I doubt it matters where you die, but it matters where you live.” ✊🫶

Suet624 Love this book. 4w
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As goofy as I found *the writing to be, I still liked the storyline. I‘m a sucker for second chance romance, country music, the cool outsider girl who knew who she was even way back in her high school days, all that jazz. I do wish there had been some more soul-rousing conversations between the two of them. Like say what you want and mean it; you‘re grown ass adults, bare your soul. Haven‘t you been pining for this exact moment? Get on with it!

Erinreadsthebooks *some of the writing (character count got me 🤷🏼‍♀️) 4w
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Yall…. What in the…😵‍💫😵‍💫😵‍💫😵‍💫

dabbe 😱 4w
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About 75 pages in, but there‘s something mildly irksome about the writing. Occasionally, I read a line and grimace. He has caught of whiff of her lotion/perfume/whatever twice now and it has “made his head swim” both times…. They “frolicked in the rain” then “traded bashful glances” when they got back in the jeep…. 😵‍💫😑

Allyneedsbooks I can hear you now….”make it stop”!!!!🛑 😘😂 1mo
AlaMich Ahhhh…frolicking gets a hard pass! 1mo
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Women and Children First | Alina Grabowski
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Bailedbailed

Another victim of the time of the year, I think. The story is set up to be chapters from ten different females about the death of one particular teen. Keeping up with the various characters felt like a task that I‘m just not up for currently. I made it halfway through. November-ish, I might try again when my brain can focus and I‘m open to the sadness that seems to encompass these ladies. I didn‘t hate it, just didn‘t care about it.

dabbe #hailthebail! 🤩🤩🤩 1mo
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Women and Children First | Alina Grabowski
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Oops…flailed around a bit this morning and accidentally spilled my coffee on the edge of this library book. I can really amaze myself with my ability to jack some shizz up 🫠😵‍💫But I‘m really liking it, so I hope they‘ll at least let me keep it if I have to pay for a replacement. 🤪

emz711 Yeah I sort of like it too! Would prefer to see that than the ink soaked edges today 1mo
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Just for the Summer | Abby Jimenez
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Another good one! Jimenez‘s books are a little slice of cuteness and fun but never cheesy. I‘m currently mildly obsessed with reading all of her books bc it‘s all my brain can handle currently, but I‘m so glad I‘ve found her work and I‘m pretty sure I‘d love them any time (not just end of crazy school year time). Any suggestions for other non-cheesy authors in the same vein as Jimenez? Others you love as well?

TheBookHippie Abbi Waxman maybe ? 1mo
HeatherBookNerd Linda Holmes and Emily Henry 1mo
marleed Beth O‘Leary or Jasmine Guillory 1mo
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The Blueprint: A Novel | Rae Giana Rashad
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In between books and nothing is sticking. So many promising holds have come into the library, but they‘re getting returned unread 🫠. I try, I get about thirty pages in and then I‘m over it. It‘s not the books, it‘s the time of the year and the pressure of preparing middle schoolers for EOG testing. It‘s awful, to be honest. Eight pages into this book. Wish me luck 🍀🤞😩

Tamra It‘s no fun. 😕 2mo
monalyisha What a cover! 2mo
mcctrish This cover 💛 I‘m with @monalyisha! Also getting ready for testing UGH! You need light and easy and escapism. Leave this lying around just to look at though 2mo
Chelsea.Poole I feel that! I can‘t get lost in a book at the moment either. I‘m listening to audiobooks for the most part instead. 2mo
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It‘s my Litsyversary and my actual anniversary! What a day?! 🤩❤️🤗

TheSpineView Happy Litsyversary!🥳 2mo
Ruthiella Happy Litsyversary! 🥳🥳🥳 2mo
dabbe HL! 💙🩵💙 2mo
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wanderinglynn Happy Litsyversary & happy anniversary! 🎉🥂🥳 2mo
TheBookgeekFrau Happy Litsyversary!! 🎉 2mo
IuliaC Happy Litsyversary and happy anniversary!! 🥂🎉 2mo
Kristy_K Happy Litsyversary & Anniversary!!! 🎉🎉 2mo
Ddzmini Happy Litsyversary 🎉🎊📚🥳 2mo
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I‘ll never pass up a copy of either of these books. Here‘s my current collection, and I can‘t tell you how many I‘ve given away to gifts to my reader friends. #sundayfunday @BookmarkTavern

BookmarkTavern How fun! Two very different books! Thanks for posting! 2mo
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Late Independent Bookstore Day post: Of course I found my way to some bookstores yesterday. The Wolfe book was on the freebie shelf, and I haven‘t even read the first in Lyla Sage‘s series, but because I really love the covers, I went ahead and bought the second one. And the socks, well, that‘s just how I live my life. There‘s reading books and there‘s buying books, and I‘m really good at both. 😆🤷🏼‍♀️

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Part of Your World | Abby Jimenez
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I like to say things like “I don‘t read a lot of romance” or “romance isn‘t my jam,” but I‘ve learned that Abby Jimenez is absolutely my jam, so I‘ll be reading everything she has written or ever writes 🤷🏼‍♀️. I really loved this one, even more than Yours Truly and that‘s saying a lot.

wanderinglynn I love ALL her books! And I love how the later books all have cameos or references to the previous books. 🧡 2mo
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Sometimes you go to a thrift, pick up a book, and fall in love. Does this copy have its dust jacket? No. Is it first edition? Yes. Do I already own this book? Yes. Do I need another copy? No. However, something happened when I saw the spine on that shelf in Goodwill and now we‘re very best friends 🤩🫶❤️

wanderinglynn Love this! ❤️ 2mo
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Olivetti | Allie Millington
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The cover is BEAUTIFUL, but to be quite honest, I needed more daily thoughts, more voice from the typewriter. The premise is so smart, but for me, the execution was lacking. I also would‘ve loved some chapters from the mom‘s perspective because I have some questions…

Allyneedsbooks I LOVE THIS cover !!!! ❤️ 2mo
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You know what I love about these books? That they‘re out there for young adults to learn what healthy, respectful, caring relationships look like and sound like. If whomever you‘re with doesn‘t treat you like Nick and Charlie treat each other, it ain‘t it.

Allyneedsbooks 🙌🏼 2mo
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The Husbands | Holly Gramazio
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My birthday was Wednesday and I picked up this hold from the library on Thursday. Coincidence? I think not… 👵🏻👵🏻

AmyG Happy belated Birthday!🎂 2mo
TheBookgeekFrau Happy birthday 🎉💕 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Happy birthday 🎁🎈🎂🎊🎉 2mo
IuliaC Happy belated birthday! 🥂🥳 2mo
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The Grace Year | Kim Liggett
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Bailedbailed

I borrowed this from a dear friend who said it was better than Hunger Games and in her top 5 books ever. My expectations were high, but sixty some pages in, it hasn‘t grabbed my attention. I don‘t love the writing (so many sentences starting the same way) nor do I feel any connection to any character. The idea of ‘female magic‘ and the ‘pull‘ they have over gross, lusty men is an interesting facet but, for me, the delivery (and cover 👎) is off.

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Annie Bot | Sierra Greer
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Yes, it‘s a pick but a weird and icky pick. I enjoyed the writing and will probably read this author again. The idea of an AI cuddle bunny was unsettling, Doug was creepy, but I didn‘t really want to put the book down so there‘s that 🤷🏼‍♀️. I wish I could discuss this with book club, @Allyneedsbooks

Reggie Yes to needing the bookclub experience on this book. 2mo
Allyneedsbooks Just added to my library‘s reserve list. I‘d give anything to bring this one to the table for the group 🥳 @Erinreadsthebooks 2mo
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Mehso-so

Here‘s what I liked: the podcast element, the grandma character, the snark, writing was good. I wanted to pick this up and continue reading, so that says something. But ultimately, it kind of felt like another thriller/suspense novel in a saturated market. An enjoyable read but not one that will stick with me.

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Coyote Lost and Found | Dan Gemeinhart
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There‘s this bookstore in the town that‘s closest to civilization from my home. I try to stop in when I‘m up that way bc she gives you an ARC with purchase. Did I need another copy of James?! No, but signed first edition?! I couldn‘t pass it up. My students are going to be JACKED to see Book 2 in the Coyote Sunrise series and I needed Book 2 of Shady Hollow. Bottom 3 are the ARCs I chose. How perfect is The Great River to go along with James?! 🤩

Ruthiella Great haul! 👍😃 3mo
JamieArc Wow! That‘s awesome! 3mo
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Gotta love seeing the holiday on the actual holiday. 🐰

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James: A Novel | Percival Everett
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🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟I taught Huck Finn for many years, and this retelling is everything I hoped for when I first heard about it last year. Even though the reading is definitely enhanced by having read Huck Finn, it‘s not a dealbreaker. It‘s interesting to hear the events from Jim‘s perspective, to know how brilliant he is, and watch him really morph into James. This will be in my top books of 2024, no doubt, and my first of many Percival Everett reads.

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Ok, so Litsy app won‘t open and here‘s how the website on my phone wants to post the pic. However this book is positioned, it‘s a winner. A grief memoir that shows how all-encompassing grief will be, especially when you lose someone way too soon. I loved that it was written in vignettes and flew through it because of that. Emotional and searing.

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Yours Truly | Abby Jimenez
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This was really good! Not my usual genre, but I‘m thinking I need to add more like this into my reading rotation. The writing was on point, and Jacob is my new book boyfriend. My only gripe is the non-communication trope. 🗣️”Just ask the questions that you need to ask when you need ask them and so many problems will be avoided!!!” Regardless, a definitive pick ❤️

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Nightwatching: A Novel | Tracy Sierra
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Yessss!!! It‘s excellent! I heard a couple of podcasters recommend this one, and they weren‘t wrong. I‘m not big on the suspense/thriller ones, but this is a win. A mom has to protect her children (in the scariest of situations) and justify her decisions to others over and over. Interesting portrayal of how women are doubted, labeled, and mistrusted. Really good stuff! Is this getting buzz?! Sure should be!

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Family Family: A Novel | Laurie Frankel
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Bailedbailed

Going to be in the car all day, and this one isn‘t working for me. Moving on to something else. Good things I take too many books on every trip I go on 🤪📚🤓

mcctrish Good planning 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🤣 4mo
Aims42 Backup books are always necessary 😁 4mo
dabbe #hailthebail! 🤩🤩🤩 4mo
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Okkkk, was it a pick? Yes. Did it keep my interest? Yes. Will I remember it in a month? Yes. But there‘s something off about this book for me. I didn‘t need to two timelines, and I don‘t love a perfect protagonist nor do I need a perfect spouse for that protagonist. Really, everyone connected to her was perfect. I think this book is excellent for lots of readers, and I‘ll even recommend it to them. There, that‘s my review 🤷🏼‍♀️😏😅🥹🙏😬🤷🏼‍♀️

ChaoticMissAdventures I also feel like things are off when everyone is too perfect. It grates on me. 4mo
Sharpeipup Pretty cover though 4mo
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Halfway through it, and sometimes I‘m so in love with this book and the story. Then the author switches to 35 years prior and a flashback to her and her husband‘s days as newlyweds and it takes me out of the story. I‘m sure it all ties together at some point, but I‘d rather just read the story of her trying to do right by the people of her town and fighting the patriarchy in the process.

tpixie I‘m kind of getting tired of the 2 storyline storytelling technique!! 3mo
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It‘s as good as I remember it. This copy is all marked up and ready for the middle schoolers. We started Ch. 1 today and the kids are in it to win it!! 🙌🤩

Allyneedsbooks 🙌🏼 those kiddos are so lucky to have Mrs. Stutts. 4mo
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Spending a Saturday night marking this one up in preparation for teaching it to 7th graders. I can‘t wait! 🤩🙌 #teachersoflitsy

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Frozen River | Ariel Lawhon
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Library‘s coming in clutch 🙌

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Last Exit to Feral | Mark Fearing
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Godddd, my eyes, my English teacher eyes…for the love!!! 😩😭😩😭😩😭

TheBookHippie 😳🤦🏻‍♀️ 5mo
dabbe 😱 5mo
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Last Exit to Feral | Mark Fearing
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My English teacher heart just can‘t take it. “Tom-or-row, Tom-or-row!” 😩😭

Ruthiella Oops! A proofreader should have caught that. 😬 5mo
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Part 1 of the Conquer a Classic readalong has me wondering why I haven‘t been reading Westerns all this time?! I‘m loving this big chunker of a novel and looking forward to hearing Annie and Hunter‘s discussion for January. 🤓❤️🙌

Ruthiella ❤️🐶❤️🐶❤️ 5mo
Suet624 Isn't it amazingly good??? 5mo
dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 5mo
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Allyneedsbooks I‘m in. Got my 📕!! 5mo
Leftcoastzen Awww ! 🐶 5mo
Slajaunie 🐾🤎 5mo
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Yeehaw 🤠 Starting my read-along to “conquer a classic” with From the Front Porch podcast. My copy of the book should be into my Indie bookstore on Monday. It‘s a good thing because the library said I can‘t keep this one forever, but I sure do love how worn in it is… 🤗

Suet624 I‘ve read this one three times. I absolutely love it. 5mo
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My first book of 2024 was a banger. Grann can do no wrong, and if he writes it, I‘m reading it. His writing is on point, and he makes these historical figures and their voyage at sea intriguing, fascinating, and weirdly relatable. I loved it!

Suet624 I can‘t wait to read this. 5mo
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I‘ve been holding onto this bad boy since August-ish. I didn‘t want to start it mid-year and it‘s FINALLLLLLY TIME! I can‘t wait 🤩

janeycanuck Oooh, you got the big one! This is my second year with the Always Fully Booked planner. They are so much fun!! 6mo
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Best of the Best: The Best Recipes from the 25 Best Cookbooks of the Year | Food & Wine Magazine, Food and Wine Magazine Staff
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I managed to read 53 books this year. Here‘s my list of 5 star reads for 2023 🤩🎉🤓🥰

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This volume dealt with some more serious issues, but still a quick and enjoyable read. Squeezed it in just in time #2023reads

dabbe 🖤🐾🐾🖤 6mo
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I think Nunez is brilliant and one of the best writers out there, but this one kind of lost me. Maybe I‘m not ready for full pandemic lit just yet. Maybe I just care more about dogs than parrots because I really loved The Friend. Regardless, it was a quick read and I appreciate the connections Nunez makes throughout the book (like all of the flower names). Worth a read, but not one that I‘ll remember forever.

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Trust me when I say that I ask my dogs many, many questions everyday. “Why are you barking?” “Do you need to go outside?” “What is your deal?!” “How did you get to be such a cutie-patootie?!” “Aren‘t you just the best boy ever?!” “You want to go take a nap?” “Why can‘t the bird be in the yard?!” “Will you ever be okay with the neighbors being in their yard?” “Are you always surprised when a truck drives by?!” “Could you be any cuter?!” 🤗🐾❤️🐾🤗

Ruthiella ❤️🐶❤️🐶❤️ Honestly, I‘d ask what the deal is with the post person? (edited) 6mo
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