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Kitta

Kitta

Joined May 2016

Scientist and avid reader, currently based in NYC with my cat, Nala.
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I‘m behind on #camplitsy and am still reading true biz but walked down to the bookstore today to pick this gem up for our July read! It was in their romance section which I wasn‘t expecting.

The girl at the table next to me also bought it and I was tempted to ask her out (similar book taste has to be a good start!) but she was with friends and I was too awkward to do so lol. It would have been such a cute meeting story though!

Branwen That would have been SUCH an adorable meet cute story! 😍 4d
Megabooks Glad you‘re joining us and I agree 💯 that this would‘ve been a great meet cute. Maybe you‘ll cross paths again! 4d
Soubhiville I‘m with @Megabooks , if you see her again it‘s definitely meant to be! 4d
BarbaraBB She might have been one of us 😉 but I wouldn‘t have dared to ask either! 3d
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I feel awkward posting about this but here goes:

Had a really rough week with no reading at all after my ex-wife got married. Our divorce was only finalized in March so this has come as a surprise and I‘m feeling hurt.

Also my cat was diagnosed with incurable cancer. 😿

Hopefully next week (or the week after) will be filled with better emotions, feeling back on track, and more reading.

But for now I‘m taking a brief break. #mentalhealth

Ruthiella Understandable! Take care. We‘ll be here when you are ready to come back. ❤️ 2w
LiteraryinLawrence Whatever you can think of to do to be kind to yourself, you should do. This is a lot for anyone to go through. Thinking of you. 💗 2w
sarahbellum Wishing you lots of comfort 💗 2w
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thereadingpal I'm sorry to hear about this. Take care and all the time you need 💜 2w
Leftcoastzen I‘m sorry , hugs to you , remember, people are in your corner & hope things improve. 2w
BarbaraBB That sounds tough. Take care. Sending love 💕 2w
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Very interesting collection of short stories about a pandemic released from the arctic after climate change reveals the body of a 30,000 year old girl.

Death becomes commercialized and normalised as the pandemic takes it toll. The stories are dark but human and I felt a lot of empathy for the characters.

Would recommend if you like dystopian futures with slight sci-fi themes.

Read for #CampLitsy!

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Wanted to give a shout out to this interesting nonfiction book on sale on kindle today!

It‘s a fascinating deep dive into feather collecting, fly fishing lures, and rare birds after very rare feathers are stolen from the British Museum of Natural History.

Sounds kinda weird and quirky, but I loved it! Would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes a nonfiction crime story or thriller.

jlhammar I really liked this one too! So interesting. 3w
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Wasn‘t really feeling any of the #BOTM picks except maybe Woman of Light. But in the end I decided to catch up on my existing tbr pile.

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Happy-Go-Lucky | David Sedaris
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Had a great time Thursday night watching David Sedaris talk about his new book and read some excepts! He can be so funny.

Excited to start this one!

Chelsea.Poole We saw him in April…he was great! I can‘t wait to start the new book 😊 3w
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Did anyone else at #CampLitsy cry over the Stay, Fetch, Say I love you story? Because I did. 😭

This book is so hopeful and sad at the same time. It‘s short stories set in a pandemic in a sort of dystopian world where people have capitalized on death and the industry is booming as the pandemic ravages the world.

I‘m halfway through and loving the stories so far. Great choice for a discussion!

Soubhiville I had a harder time with Snortorious, that one made me cry. I wasn‘t quite there with the robot dogs. 4w
Kitta @Soubhiville I read the first half in one sitting and I think I just held it in until the end. Snortorious was very sad too but also kind of comedic? 4w
Megabooks That was a really moving story. It is a lovely combination of sadness and hope in this one. (edited) 3w
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Reading out on my terrace this Memorial Day! Trying not to nap though after a very busy few days with family. Thankfully, they‘ve gone home and I have today off.

Reading this for #CampLitsy but it‘s been on my tbr for a while. Currently on sale on kindle for $4.99!

BarbaraBB I hope you‘ll enjoy it! 1mo
Megabooks Fantastic! 1mo
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Amora: Stories | Natalia Borges Polesso
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Just discovered this challenge so I‘m signing on a bit late! I‘ve already read quick a few LGBTQ books and authors in 2022. I think I‘m going to find some of these challenges hard though, I don‘t like to “read” audiobooks and don‘t get books from my library (does borrowing from a friend count?) @Kenyazero #LGBTQBookBingo #LGBTQ2022

Nutmegnc Welcome to #lgbtqbookbingo!! 👏👏👏🌈 1mo
Kitta @Nutmegnc thanks!! 1mo
Kenyazero Welcome aboard! I hope you‘re not too stumped for long by the library and audio prompts. You could always listen to a picture book because they‘re under 10 minutes 😉 1mo
Kenyazero Oh! I also noticed you‘re on StoryGraph— this challenge is also on StoryGraph if you wanted to track your progress there. 1mo
Kitta @Kenyazero I joined on StoryGraph too! 4w
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Herland: Easyread Comfort Edition | Charlotte Perkins Gilman
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Mehso-so

Herland was written in 1915! It‘s feminist speculative fiction about a group of 3 men who discover a utopia of women who live completely free of men. They‘ve survived 2000 years this way and the men who discover them can‘t quite believe it. In fact, they can‘t quite believe women can do anything without men. Pretty forward thinking.

There were some parts of this novel I didn‘t like, and I felt it dragged a little.

Overall an interesting read.

ManyWordsLater I loved the bit about cats and dogs. 1mo
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Herland | Charlotte Perkins Gilman
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I love her and her habit of laying on my current read.

About halfway through Herland now!

#littenkitten #catsoflitsy

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Untitled | Unknown
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Get $200 for every book you read by answering some questions about it!

https://wordsrated.com/bibliophile-at-large/

I applied, we‘ll see if they pick me! Did any of you apply?

niftytiffd Thanks for sharing!! 1mo
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Herland: Easyread Comfort Edition | Charlotte Perkins Gilman
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A lost feminist utopia? Why yes please!

Borrowed from a friend, this novel was written in 1915! In it, a utopian society is discovered solely composed of women who are able to reproduce without men.

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Yerba Buena | Nina LaCour
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Read through this #botm in a day!

A story of two women and how their lives eventually intertwine. Literary lesbian romance, with more focus on the literary than romance angle. This lives and the struggles they go through are detailed, making them seem more real.

Rating this 4/5, great quick queer read. Spoiler thoughts in comments.

Kitta Spoiler: I‘m sorry but no one goes from nothing to shooting heroin immediately! That part wasn‘t believable at all. I wish they made her overdose on something else. 2mo
Kitta Also why would her dad make that drawing and then keep it for someone to find? Seems unlikely and strange behaviour. 2mo
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New Smitten Kitchen cookbook coming soon!

I love her website and usually buy the books in support. I haven‘t cooked enough from the second one, but I‘ll probably pre-order this one anyway!

Her 1st cookbook is tagged here for anyone interested. I couldn‘t find the new one in the database yet!

SW-T I liked her first book. Good to see she‘s got another one out. 2mo
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The Book of Cold Cases | Simone St. James
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#BOTM stack after trading with some friends.

All #TBR except The Unsinkable Greta James which was my last months BOTM. Next up I think will be Yerba Buena.

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Poety reading at the 92Y!

Very excited to finally have a copy of this. Also grabbed a copy of Time Is a Mother by Ocean Vuong.

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Finished this! I thought the story was cute and light. Sort of just what I needed. Maybe a 3.5 but rounding it up to 4 for Goodreads.

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Getting really into this one now. Dedicating some time to hopefully finish it today.

Reading out on my apartment terrace, the hostas are just starting to come up! 🌱

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Yerba Buena | Nina LaCour
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#BOTM picks for this month! I was also tempted by Darling Girl but decided to go with Yerba Buena in the end.

Hunger I‘ve always wanted to read so I figure why not add it on?

I‘m so behind in reading BOTM books though, I‘ve bought two each month and only read one of them 😂 so many books so little time.

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Just starting this. A bit behind on my #BOTM reading!

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Lots of emotions reading this. I‘m interested in her other books now.

I found the chapters about religion hard to read, not that they are difficult or anything, I just found my mind wandering and it was hard to concentrate.

So I‘d give it a 4/5 ⭐️

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Currently reading on the train on the way home from Rhode Island.

I‘m finding it a bit difficult to concentrate on this book, maybe it‘s because I don‘t usually read non-fiction, maybe I‘m just not in the right headspace. I‘m just over 50% of the way through so I‘m persevering.

Bren912 I am finding the same thing. 1mo
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Lovecraft Arts & Sciences Council | Providence, Rhode Island (Bookstore)
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Horror and Fantasy specialty bookshop!

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Just starting this, finally, after years of having it on my kindle.

Found an amazing coffee shop called “Sin” which had an amazing selection of baked goods.

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What a great story about lesbians in the 1950s!

Well researched and well written, it‘s the story of Lily who is a Chinese American high school student and is dealing with her family‘s struggles living in Chinatown in San Francisco. It‘s sort of a coming of age and a coming out story, which normally I would be annoyed at (do we really need another?) but in this case, we do. It‘s good!

I can‘t wait to read what happens next.

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Riffraff | Providence, RI (Bookstore)
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Hello from Providence! First stop #Riffraff bookstore and bar!

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Reading on the train to Providence and Newport! Going for a quick weekend break to get out of the city. Anyone been? Any recommendations?

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Untitled | Unknown
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Anyone else on StoryGraph and want to connect? I joined but I have no friends on it 😂

https://app.thestorygraph.com/profile/kitta

I love the graphs you get, the mood one for my year so far here isn‘t surprising to me about what I like.

JamieArc I just followed you - I didn‘t see an “add friend” option. Though personally, it feels like the community is the weakest part right now, so I don‘t really use it for that. I‘m sure it‘ll get better since it‘s still new. I‘m jamielit 3mo
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Very excited to read this book and there was a slate article out today by the author!

https://slate.com/technology/2022/04/stephanie-foo-book-what-my-bones-know-excer...

The book is a memoir about her journey healing from complex PTSD (a condition I also have). Books dealing with it are few and far between because it‘s considered relatively newly described.

Christine Thanks for sharing this article and about your personal connection to the book. On my TBR also! 3mo
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Cross Stitch 101 | Venice Kichura
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Working on a map of all the states I‘ve been to! ❤️ for home. #litsycrafters

sarahbellum Oh I love this! 😍 3mo
Kitta @Sarabellum I bought the wood map from SnarkyCrafter on Etsy if you want one too! 3mo
BookBabe Love this! 😃 3mo
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Kitta @BookBabe thanks! 3mo
Catsandbooks This is awesome! 3mo
Kitta @Catsandbooks thank you! 3mo
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Skipping this month to try and read some of my giant TBR pile! #BOTM

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Beautiful novel.

It‘s the story of Gifty; her brothers addiction, her scientific research to understand him, and her relationship with God. The combination of religion and science is one that fascinates me. I grew up without religion but many of my questions are also asked by Gifty.

The science is accurate, something I appreciate when an author takes the time to do. Took me a long time to read, it reminded me of those I‘ve lost to addiction. ❤️

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Thanks for the tag @EadieB and @Eggs

#wondorouswednesday

1. Wordle and quordle!

2. Planting and cleaning. Starting something anew.

3. Currently reading Transcendent Kingdom and loving it. As a scientist I relate a lot to the main character. The science is pretty accurate from what I can tell too, although it‘s a different field from me.

Eggs Agree #2! Thanks for playing 🌼 3mo
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Does anyone else‘s cat do this? Every time!

I wanted to read that! 😸

#littenkitten #catsoflitsy

Bklover Definitely!! 3mo
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Nala looked like she was pondering my current read so I had to take a picture 😸 I loved homegoing and as a scientist I‘m very excited for this one.

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Wow, No Thank You | Samantha Irby
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I‘m so sorry to my friend who lent me this, but it‘s really just not for me. I want to spend my time reading things I‘m fully engaged in and maybe I‘ll come back to this one day when I‘m more in the mood.

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The Sentence | Louise Erdrich
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Ooo the women‘s prize longlist is out! And I haven‘t read any of them!! I‘m most likely going to start with the tagged book. Have any of you read a book on the list?

https://www.womensprizeforfiction.co.uk/features/features/news/announcing-the-wo...

marleed The tagged my be one of my all time favorite books 4mo
jlhammar The Sentence and The Book of Form and Emptiness are both really good. 4mo
Kitta @jlhammar The book of form and emptiness is also on my tbr pile! It sounds so interesting. 4mo
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Kitta @marleed Have you read any of the other Elif Shafak books? 4mo
marleed @Kitta Yes, I read the tagged and loved it too, but there is something about the missing trees that I just can‘t quit! 4mo
Kitta @marleed good to know! I‘ve read the tagged book but none of the others yet. I didn‘t love it the way others did although I thought it was good! So I was unsure about trying another. 4mo
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Wow, No Thank You | Samantha Irby
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Was given this to read by a friend, not normally my style but going to give it a go! The bunny on the cover is so cute.

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Two of my friends ordered the books I was thinking of (Tell me everything and the cartographers) and we‘re going to trade! So I‘m getting my third choice 😂 plus My Dark Vanessa.

So many good options this month! #BOTM

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Cats in Sweaters | Editors of Rock Point
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Just finished knitting this sweater for my cat today! 😂 #catsoflitsy #littenkitten

MicheleinPhilly 🤗 So cute! 4mo
Sleepswithbooks Adorable 💛 4mo
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Kitta @Sleepswithbooks I think she is too! 4mo
Nute Nice! 4mo
Kitta @Nute Thanks! 4mo
BookBabe So cute! 😸 4mo
Kitta @BookBabe Thank you! 3mo
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Don't Cry for Me | Daniel Black
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Feeling a lot of emotions related to this book. It‘s titled don‘t cry for me, but I did.

A dying father writes letters to his gay son - partly about his own history and partly an apology for how he treated his son. It‘s beautiful seeing his growth and understanding his story.

Honestly it‘s the letter I‘d love to receive from my parents.

#BOTM

TrishB I hope you do one day♥️ if that‘s what you need. 4mo
Kitta @TrishB Thanks 4mo
Megabooks 💜💜💜 4mo
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Wasp Factory | Iain Banks
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Posting this because the first question really got me thinking!

1. As a child probably Roald Dahl, I loved his books. Then I went through a Paulo Coelho phase and read 9 of them. Now maybe Iain Banks? I‘ve read 7 of those. I read a lot more varied authors (and more women) as I‘ve gotten older.

2. On the couch or in my bed, although the risk of napping is big in bed 😂

3. Sometimes! It‘s been a while since the last one I did though.

@Eggs

Kitta Ps I know it‘s Thursday! I‘m late to the game 4mo
Eggs I feel that way too, as I age, I‘ve stepped out of my reading comfort zone. @Soubhiville does a year-long challenge #authoramonth that inspired me to expand my horizons 4mo
Kitta @Eggs oh I haven‘t heard about that challenge, it sounds interesting! I looked at the post and actually don‘t know many of the authors listed. My TBR pile is too large to participate right now but I‘ll look some of them up for inspiration when I allow myself to buy new books! 4mo
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I found a #littlefreelibrary!

Wandering today in Beacon NY. Someone left some VHS tapes in there 😂 looks like it could use a better selection, I wonder if anyone is taking care of it?

There‘s one in my neighbourhood I‘ve been meaning to drop some stuff off at but I‘m unsure of the etiquette of dropping multiple books.

SqueakyChu I have my own Little Free Library. For donations, I like people to add books a few at a time. Otherwise the bookshelf gets too overcrowded to browse. For larger donations, I ask people to drop them off at my front door in a plastic bag which is tied closed so rain or snow cannot damage the books. I then release them later, a few at a time. This works for me. 4mo
Kitta @SqueakyChu Oh that‘s great! I‘d love to have my own. Thanks for the advice I‘ll try and figure out who owns the one near me. 4mo
SqueakyChu @Kitta They are so much fun. To get more information about setting up your own, go to littlefreelibrary.org 4mo
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Don't Cry for Me | Daniel Black
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Taking a day trip out to Beacon, NY to go to the art gallery and wander the town. Starting this on the train ride.

From the reviews I‘ve seen it‘s gonna be a hell of a read!

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Cloud Cuckoo Land | Anthony Doerr
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Finally finished this!

I found the first half really slow but enjoyed the second half and think it was worth it to stick it out! There‘s so many characters that it was hard to introduce them all I guess.

Overall I think it was good, just maybe a little long.

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Don't Cry for Me | Daniel Black
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My #BOTM is here!!! I‘m so excited. My first box. What a great valentines present to myself haha.

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Cloud Cuckoo Land | Anthony Doerr
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Having a bit of a hard time with this book, only halfway through and I feel like I‘m forcing myself to read it.

Someone told me it gets better from this point, did any of you feel the same?

Taking a break from reading to knit and watch tv 🧶

LiteraryinLawrence @BennettBookworm just finished this and had some very strong positive feelings about it… 4mo
Kitta @LiteraryinLawrence glad to know people like it! I enjoy it when I‘m reading but getting in the mood to pick it up is hard. I feel like I need read loads at once and can‘t dip in. 4mo
BennettBookworm Yes!! I highly recommend sticking with it!! The pace picks up a lot after the halfway point I felt, and especially the last third, which I know is still a big investment but then it got just so exciting I didn‘t want to put it down. 4mo
Kitta @BennettBookworm Thanks! Okay I‘ll stick with it. I‘m just at halfway now. 🙂 4mo
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My first #BOTM is coming! I spent a week trying to decide which books to get and went for these two in the end. My friend is getting Peach Blossom Spring so I‘ll get to read that as well. 😊

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I forgot to post a review of Rock Paper Scissors!

I was pleasantly surprised by this but I must say my expectations were low since I don‘t typically read books like this. I genuinely didn‘t expect the twists and although the writing wasn‘t stellar it was still an entertaining read.

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