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JosieG

JosieG

Joined January 2018

Lover of books and coffee, especially together on a rainy day. Ravenclaw. Book Review Blogger: https://thegrandworldofbooksreviews.wordpress.com
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Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage
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PS, I Love You by Cecelia Ahern
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Snow White and Rose Red by Patricia C Wrede
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Nightmares! | Jason Segel, Kirsten Miller
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Lunch of champions, right here! #JunkFoodFriday

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When you find what you're meant to do, it doesn't seem all that hard.

Eelijah The hard part is finding it! (edited) 1y
JosieG @Eelijah So true! 1y
Eelijah @JosieG smiles... 1y
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I've struggled and struggled with this book for awhile now, and I've made it all the way to 63%. I still don't care about any of the characters, and I feel like I'm forcing myself to read it every time. Moving on to something else.

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Rosemary's Baby | Ira Levin

The amount of alcohol that Rosemary is partaking in still by 65% is alarming, even knowing this was written during an entirely different time. But I still just think that's my 2018 self talking. Nobody in the book seems at all worried by it.

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B is for Burglar | Sue Grafton
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I really enjoyed this book. It kept me guessing, and ultimately, the ending was a total surprise to me, which I enjoyed. 4/5 🌟

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B is for Burglar | Sue Grafton
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Oh man... my commute is so rough... 😉 I'm on page 169 of 211... coming into the home stretch. Just wishing I had more consistent time to read, because I really want to sort this mystery out!!

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B is for Burglar | Sue Grafton

Kinsey, for the last ten years I been eating with kids who sit and pick all the onions and mushrooms out. I don't know how to eat if it's not made with Hamburger Helper.

JosieG My life, right here! 😵 1y
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B is for Burglar | Sue Grafton
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This was written in 1985.

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B is for Burglar | Sue Grafton
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Second day of a brand new job, and reading this gem because A) it's where I am in the series and B) it was the lightest book I could put my hands on yesterday since my Kindle was out of battery power.

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Spotted on the Coffee and a Good Book page on Facebook. 😂 #SummerReading

GripLitGrl 😄😄 1y
Ubookquitous A million years ago when in high school I read Faulkner‘s As I Lay Dying on the beach and that was the reaction I had by people around me! 😂😂😂 1y
JosieG @Ubookquitous ?? Honestly, I rarely read "beach reads" so I always just bring along whatever I'm reading or whatever strikes me as interesting. 1y
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Thndrstd LOL. I actually did. 😂 1y
Centique That‘s so funny - I usually take a chunkster away on summer holiday every year, so I was the one reading Bleak House on the beach. 😂😂 1y
JosieG @Centique Oh man! Light summer reading that is not! 😂 1y
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“You‘re not okay right now,” she said. “You probably haven‘t been okay in a while . But you‘re going to survive this.”

JosieG Sometimes you just need to hear it. ❤ 1y
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This is really happening, guys. In my coffee RIGHT NOW. I have NEVER seen Pumpkin Spice creamer in the summer before, and now all my dreams have come wildly true. ☕❤ I only bought 2 bottles, because I have been unhappy with store brand creamers before, but I will be hunting this down to buy more, because it is tasty, and has made my morning.

Seekingtardis Added to my shopping list for today. 1y
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TheFunkyBookworm Give me pumpkin spice everything no matter the season!!!! 🎃🎃🎃 1y
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Strange Weather | Joe Hill
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Trigger Warning: The 2nd novella "Loaded" contains STRONG themes of domestic violence, including threats against a child.

Not my kind of story, so this one is going back to the library.

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Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo | Taylor Jenkins Reid

I've dealt with insomnia to various degrees off and on since childhood. I cope by sleeping with a fan on for white noise and reading at night to relax myself. But then there are nights like tonight where I'm struggling to stay awake an hour before bedtime. And then I find myself wishing for just an hour of wakefulness so I could read this interesting book. 🙄 There truly is no winning, I think. 😏

CouronneDhiver Oh dear. Take it while you can, I suppose. Nighty night. 🌙😴 1y
MelissaSue81 That happened to me at bedtime tonight, but now I‘m awake at 2:30 am, so I guess I can read now. 1y
JosieG I actually ended up reading for about 30 minutes before falling asleep. 📚😴 1y
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Strange Weather | Joe Hill
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I just can't even with this paragraph. I LOVE the smell of spring and summer rain... but describing that first raindrop like a mouthful of spit... 😖

Smrloomis Yuck! 😝 1y
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Raven Boys | Maggie Stiefvater
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I had heard mostly good things about this series, but also just enough negative to make me hesitate about seeking it out on purpose. However, I really enjoyed The Raven Boys, personally, and I'm glad I snagged it when I had the chance. The book's namesakes are much more likable than I expected, and Blue is simply wonderful.

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The Raven Boys | Maggie Stiefvater
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Feeling very lucky to have grown up where huckleberries grow. I didn't realize until about 10 years ago that they only grow in the Pacific Northwest, apparently. So I'm enjoying this lovely book with an equally lovely huckleberry Italian soda.

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The Raven Boys | Maggie Stiefvater
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I'm having lunch in the park today, by this lovely piano the Parks and Rec Department put in. 💗 I can't play a lick, but I'm enjoying listening to the varied musical talents of the curious who come up to try it out.

rather_be_reading awesome! 1y
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In the first story, "Mark of the Beast", one of the characters starts craving "underdone chops." I looked it up, and the most common types of chops are pork and lamb... both of which I would imagine should not be consumed "underdone." ? I'm feeling fairly grossed out here.

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I'm absolutely enthralled by this series. To be honest, I had previously read book 1, so I only read 2 and 3 from here. But still... an excellent collection.

By the way, for anyone who has read book 3, Miss Kopp's Midnight Confessions, here is a link to a YouTube video of Miss Piggy singing "The Bird on Nellie's Hat." As recommended by Amy Stewart. https://youtu.be/Mskb9wVyA-Y

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Heartless | Marissa Meyer
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I absolutely live for the Summer Reading program at the library. I love that now it is electronic, too, because even as a kid I was horrible at tracking my reading minutes and pages. I am positive I lost out on a ton of reading rewards...not because I wasn't reading, but because I forgot to log it. 😭 Now, I do it just for the sheer joy of it. I am even signed up at 2 local library districts for their programs this summer... ☺

CocoReads Ours is Libraries Rock too! Electronic tracking is the best! 2y
JosieG 😍📚 2y
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🌟🌟🌟🌟/5 Only because by the end it was getting a bit repetitive with the jokes in this book. But, this author is clearly owned by cats, because he has their behavior down pat. I chuckled out loud several times while reading through this short (175 pages) book that is written from the cat's point of view.

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I saw these books at my local library today, and I was so shocked at how tall "Bridges" was, I had to take a picture! ? Just about twice as tall as the book next to it. I didn't look in it, or take it home, but I may go back for it yet... ?

rather_be_reading 😂😂 oh my 2y
JosieG @rather_be_reading I saw it, and it was like it never stopped! 😂 I didn't expect it to be so tall...I think I did a double take! 2y
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I'm in! I think I actually might be able to get 13 hours of reading in, too, between my books and audiobooks. #13inThree @Samplergal

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Robin | Dave Itzkoff
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Despite my misgivings because of Robin's behavior during the 70's, I ended the book last night with tears streaming down my face as I read the intimate details of his last months and days. He did redeem himself later in his life, too, through his work with the USO and how he treated those who also had addictions like his. A thoroughly intimate and often surprising look into the life of this beloved funny man.

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Robin | Dave Itzkoff
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I'm having seriously conflicted feelings about him now. I'm still in his younger years, and it was the 70's... but apparently they were drug fueled years (not a surprise) and he was HIGHLY inappropriate with women. 😭

Sometimes ignorance truly is bliss, but at the same time, I truly hope there is redemption somewhere later. Still, I will never be able to see him the same way again now that I know.

Samplergal Remember. It was a different time. It should never excuse poor behavior, but unfortunately we “seasoned” women, usually were never heard and we were scarred to report. Remember. Only 15 months ago, people still voted for someone who bragged about grabbing women‘s genitals. Different time in the 70‘s. I have stories if you have time. 2y
JosieG @Samplergal It was a VERY different time. Someone very dear to me has told me stories from her WORK environment during that time. Stuff that would get a person sued and fired now, and it was just the culture then. Even as a child, and I'm 34, we were still hearing that if a boy teased you and did things like pulling your hair, etc, it meant he liked you. We've come so far, and have SOOOO much further to go yet. 2y
APLitlife Hopefully he redeems himself. Not everyone is still the person they were in their past. 2y
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The Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood
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This time the box of tissues is for allergies, not tears. 🤧 I think crying over Robin Williams would only make my head hurt worse, so I'm taking a break right now, and I've been binging The Handmaids Tale on Hulu instead. Only slightly fewer tears, though, actually... 😭

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Robin | Dave Itzkoff

I just made it through the Prologue and I'm already crying. 😭

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Robin | Dave Itzkoff
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Squeeeeee! I have my tissue box standing by...

Surprisingly, I was able to get this on Kindle before the physical copy came into the library. Somehow this is just proving not to be super popular in my area right now... which is a bonus for me.

Samplergal My stupid library doesn‘t have it. Really???? 2y
JosieG @Samplergal They haven't even ordered it?? Does your library have the option to do inter-library loans? Or, to put in a request that they order it? 2y
Samplergal @JosieG Florida. These are times when I miss living in Md. I‘ll request and see what happens. 2y
JosieG @Samplergal Gotcha! Best of luck! 😊 2y
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I did a Google search for "Constance Kopp" just now, and one of the links brought me to this website, which I was previously unaware of. The link I'm posting below corresponds with the screenshot above... with links to historical topics and figures (good and nefarious) who have been in the news. ? If you're a fan of true crime or historical fiction, this is an amazing resource!

https://www.loc.gov/rr/news/topics/topicsAlpha.html

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Final Girls | Riley Sager
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I have finished my books for the #BuzzWordReadathon! Unfortunately, I was rather disappointed with Final Girls. Quincey was not terribly likable, and Sam was even less so. I gave this 2🌟 just because the ending was worth the read.

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Good Girl | Mary Kubica
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I started reading The Good Girl last night, only to immediately become suspicious that I'd at least started the book before. Thinking that maybe I had just DNF'd it in the past, I continued reading. But I checked Goodreads this morning, and I have read it before... so I'm not going to read it again, and instead will focus on completing Final Girls.

Karkar I have done that before too - Thank goodness for Goodreads!!! 2y
JosieG @Karkar No kidding! 😂 2y
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Shanghai Girls | Lisa See
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This book packs a powerful punch historically. I did not know much about Chinatown or how the Chinese were treated in America during the time period of the early-to-mid 1900's beyond knowing that they were discriminated against. Shanghai Girls lays it all out there and I'm ashamed once again that in America we have such a long-running (and continuing) history of treating people so poorly. Superb book. 4.5/5🌟

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Shanghai Girls | Lisa See
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In the book, after the US goes to war with Japan, one of the characters tells Pearl the wages to be earned in a factory, building airplanes. $0.65/hour for women. $0.85/hour for men. I converted that into 2018 amounts for comparison, and now I'm furious. 😡 Conversions calculated at: https://www.dollartimes.com/inflation/dollars.php

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Robin | Dave Itzkoff
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Hands down, one of my favorite actors ever. I'm prepared to bawl my eyes out, but I cannot wait to get this in from the library when it comes out.

GarthRanzz I read an article earlier this week about Robin in The Post that basically had me in tears. I‘m not sure I could handle the book. 2y
rather_be_reading yes idk if im ready for it either 2y
JosieG @GarthRanzz @rather_be_reading I almost cried just writing this post. 😭 And I have barely watched any of his movies from my movie collection since he passed away. I'm fully prepared to have to hide in my room and read this alone because I'll be sobbing so hard it will scare people. 😭 2y
vivastory I've still not accepted his death. I know he's dead, but I'm emotionally unwilling to acknowledge the fact. 2y
JosieG @vivastory I've never had a celebrity death hit me so hard until his. Carrie Fisher comes in a close second, but I still feel more like I'm reeling from his. 2y
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Hell's Princess | Harold Schechter
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As always, an excellent true crime book by Mr. Schechter. Definitely an adult book, as it deals with the myriad gruesome details surrounding the case. There were many a time I thought I'd never be hungry again after listening to the audiobook. But I highly recommend the audiobook, as the narrator is fantastic.

(One note, though: Palouse, WA is pronounced Pa-loose. Not Pa-louse, as it was pronounced by the narrator.)

CSeydel Oh I really hate it when audio narrators mess up pronunciation. How hard is it these days to verify such things?? 2y
JosieG Apparently it's pretty difficult, because one of our colleges in my city regularly has its name pronounced wrong, as does my city. We listen out for that here, because we sort of half expect out-of-towners to get it wrong. But it's annoying when local commercials even have it said wrong. 😒 2y
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Shanghai Girls | Lisa See
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In case you haven't heard of the #BuzzwordReadathon, the announcement video can be found here: https://youtu.be/RxvbsAmhOQw. This is my TBR (in the picture above) starting with Shanghai Girls, which I had already started, not really thinking I'd still be working on it by now. The readathon runs from today through Sunday, May 13, so we'll see how many of these I actually finish, but hopefully AT LEAST Shanghai Girls. 😊

tammysue Good luck! 😁 2y
JosieG @whatshesreadingnow Thank you! 😁 2y
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Shanghai Girls | Lisa See
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That moment when you realize you fell asleep last night without putting your bookmark back in your book... 😒😴

Stephen11 Oh so it‘s not just me! 😉 2y
JosieG @Stephen11 Haha Definitely not just you. 😉 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 😱😱😱😱 2y
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I have to admit, it took me a bit to be completely drawn into this one, but once I was, it was all over for me from there. I had to know the outcome of the story... and it was not at all what I had thought. 3.5/5🌟

Ruthiella Oooh I really want to read this but am trying hard to resist buying a copy and waiting for library to get it 😀 2y
JosieG @Ruthiella That's such a difficult wait when you're waiting on a good one! Hopefully they can get a few copies and then people return them in a timely fashion! 2y
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This is my morning! I discovered a fabulous new coffee shop I'm just in love with now. ☕

How is your day going?

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It‘s ok... I‘m at work, would rather be reading!!! 2y
JosieG @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Hopefully you get some time with a good book in today 😊 2y
mabell 😍😍 2y
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Hell's Princess | Harold Schechter

I have to hand it to the women in this town. They were feisty, and knew their own minds, and I'm loving it.

As for the rest of it... it's gory as anything Mr. Schecter has ever written, and I frequently lose my appetite while listening. 🤢

AnansiGirl Oh boy this is on my tbr. Probably won‘t be eating/snacking when I get to this one. 😳 2y
JosieG @anansigirl Definitely! I'm listening to it on audio, and I generally turn on something to listen to while I cook, but this is not the right choice for that activity. He spares few details and includes quotes from autopsies and such. He's thorough, but it's disturbing material. 2y
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So that now I can say I finished a book during the #readathon, I sat down to read this lovely book. And, ended up reading it to my son who got interested right away in the cartoons as well. I skipped reading a couple out loud, but we both enjoyed the book and laughed our way through.

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I just woke up 15 minutes ago, and grabbed breakfast and coffee and my book so I can start reading for the #readathon today. I'm only almost 4 hours late starting, but there was no way I was going to be able to wake up at 5 a.m. after being out late at the movie last night. 😴

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Just for reference, 110 kilograms is 242.5 pounds. And they're calling him scrawny. I'd like to know JUST how big the golds really are. Especially since it's all muscle. 💪

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Getting some pre-movie reading done while I wait to be let into the theater to see Avengers: Infinity War. 📚🎬

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I've been a fan of this series since I first read my ARC of Red Rising. And I am SO excited to have finally gotten my hands on a library copy of Iron Gold. 😍

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Strange the Dreamer | Laini Taylor
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Tomorrow is Independent Bookstore Day, and the audiobook site, libro.fm, is offering a selection of free audiobooks tomorrow for all members: Tangerine, by Christine Mangan; Strange the Dreamer, by Laini Taylor; The Paris Secret, by Karen Swan; Brain Rules for Aging Well, by John Medina; The Magic School Bus Inside the Human Body, by Joanna Cole; Information Doesn't Want to be Free, by Cory Doctorow, Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer.

AnansiGirl Thank you for sharing this! 😃 2y
JosieG You're welcome! 🎧📚 2y
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I started following Scott Kelly on Facebook while he was still on the ISS, and his posts were always a favorite. His book is now a favorite too. I have never been especially interested in space or ever really wanted to be an astronaut, but reading about his experiences was like living them through him, and it was exciting. I learned A LOT that I never knew before, which is awesome.

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Girl Waits with Gun | Amy Stewart
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I particularly love when authors of historical fiction talk at the end about their books and what is and isn't fictional in their stories. It pleases me very much to know that the Kopp sisters were very real people, as were many of the other characters in this book. Ms. Stewart brought them to life for me so vividly that I cannot wait to read more about them.

Daisey In case you haven‘t seen it and are interested, the first three books of this series are currently available as a Kindle bundle for $3.99. I really enjoyed this first one and now I have the rest to read as well. 2y
JosieG @Daisey Thanks! I actually picked it up yesterday after I saw a post from the author that it was on sale. I'll read books 2 and 3 from that next. 😁 2y
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