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Lesliereads

Joined October 2016

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The Shadow King: A Novel by Maaza Mengiste
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Something Torn and New: An African Renaissance by Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Ngugi Thiong'o
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The Shadow King | Maaza Mengiste
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My friend, Jayatta - though several hundred miles away - still spoils me rotten via her thoughtfulness and the postal service. She keeps me supplied with fresh bookmarks, notepads, journals, and, TODAY a signed copy of this book!🙏🏾🥰🎈#bookishfriends #signedfirsteditions #gratitude #maazamengiste #gifts

TheBookAddict You have a really good friend. Enjoy your gifts. 😊 7d
readordierachel What a lovely gift! 7d
Lesliereads @TheBookAddict @readordierachel ....and I had been down in the dumps because of some setbacks but now all I can think about is how the power of moral support, kindness, and delight amongst friends (gifts like those pictured are the whipped cream and cherries on top!) keeps us afloat when other things are letting us down🥰💘. 6d
readordierachel So true 💞 6d
TheBookAddict So true! 💕💕 it‘s always to have those people in our lives who care about us. 😊 6d
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“I try to create characters with character in order to improve my own character and maybe the character of the person who reads me.” - Ernest Gaines (1933-2019)🖤📚Rest in Manly, Southern, Literary Power and Esteem. #ernestgaines #americanwriters #southernwriters #blackwriters

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A Place for Us: A Novel | Fatima Farheen Mirza
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“...And if he says no, and if he says nothing, will you say this: ‘I used the wrong words. I acted the wrong ways. I will wait, until you are ready. I will always wait for you.‘”

This book wrecked me.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The Big Box | Toni Morrison, Slade Morrison
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Toni Morrison (1931-2019) collaborated with her son, Slade Morrison (1965-2010) on a number of children‘s books, of which The Big Box is one. #ToniMorrison #Literarylegend #SladeMorrison #childrensbooks

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Tar Baby | Toni Morrison
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”I don‘t think I could have happily stayed here in the world if I did not have a way of thinking about it - which is what writing is for me. It‘s control. Nobody tells me what to do. It‘s mine. It‘s free and it‘s...it‘s a way of thinking. It‘s pure knowledge.” - Toni Morrison (1931-2019). #ToniMorrison #Literarylegend

Hooked_on_books What a loss. RIP 3mo
readordierachel ❤💔 3mo
UwannaPublishme 😢💔 3mo
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Beyond Babylon | Igiaba Scego
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I think I‘d like to read this in October or November.🍃🍂🍁
Do the seasons ever figure in your decisions about when you may be inclined to read certain books?

DivineDiana Yes, they do! 3mo
Lesliereads @DivineDiana you get me🖐🏾😊! 3mo
JazzFeathers Wouldn't say so. There are so many other factors deciding what story to read, that the season rarely matters fir me. 3mo
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Speaking of Summer | Kalisha Buckhanon
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I think this new release is going to be my weekend read.🌺🌼 #kalishabuckhanon #blackwomanwriter

batsy Gorgeous cover! 3mo
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Diary of a Bookseller | Shaun Bythell
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Surprised by how much I laughed while reading this book! Blythell‘s sense of humor is wry; and he yanks off a veil of romantic ideas of what it is to deal in used books in a Scottish village in the age of Amazon. Check out “Reader‘s Delight” on YouTube😁. #booksellers #readersdelight

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The Fishermen: A Novel | Chigozie Obioma
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A devastating tale of brotherly love and family solidarity that imagines the juncture where illness, madness, prophecy, fatalism, and superstition meet.

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“Honeyed wood with one eye widening the grain/just above my migratory pen./I love this unconscious solitude—

the way Whole afternoons belong to the cicada/calling down to her cousins/in yellow Mexico.”
-from “Desk Dreams” by Rita Dove
#poetry #nationalpoetrymonth

Nute A huge anthology of her works just recently published. I‘m very excited. 7mo
Lesliereads @Nute I read her Collected Poems 1974-2004 from cover to cover❣️ 7mo
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Sula | Toni Morrison
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Toni Morrison was born February 18, 1931.
Sula was the first Toni Morrison novel I ever read - literally, THIS Bantam paperback edition, published in 1975. #vintagepaperbacks #literarybirthdays #tonimorrison #literarylegend #blackwomanwriter

readordierachel What a fabulous (and well-loved) edition! 9mo
Afua Sula is a beautiful book♥️ 8mo
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The Known World LP | Edward P. Jones
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My copy of this book is so pristine because I have owned it since it was first published in 2003! I‘m finally reading it! #readsoullit day 6: in the street.

batsy I've had mine for almost that long, too! And yet to read it 🙈 9mo
Lesliereads @batsy ok, now I don‘t feel so bad! - one of the “hazards” of growing a personal library, I suppose😁. 9mo
BellaBookNook Yay! I‘m not the only one that has had this for years and not read it!☺️ 9mo
Nute This is an unread owned book for me as well! 7mo
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“And when, in the city in which I love you,/even my most excellent song goes unanswered,/and I mount the scabbed streets,/the long shouts of avenues,/and tunnel sunken night in search of you....” #poetry #knittingandreading #readingandknitting

Nute The book title already has grabbed me! 7mo
Lesliereads Yes! 7mo
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Loving this book, so far❣️It‘s making me think about my own relationship to reading and writing. Excerpts selected from nonfiction works in which 25 Black luminaries-from Frederick Douglass to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie-share “the Peril, Power, and Pleasure Of Reading and Writing. #literacy On the blog! http://folkloreandliteracy.com/2019/01/the-transformative-power-of-reading-and-w...

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This gem! 14 Black Writers are interviewed about their relationship to reading and writing; and each give their own book recommendations! Included are #ChimamandaNgoziAdichie #EdwardPJones #EdwidgeDanticat #NathanMcCall just to name a few. #literacy Read about it on the blog! http://folkloreandliteracy.com/2019/01/the-transformative-power-of-reading-and-w...

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Blue Horses: Poems | Mary Oliver
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Rest in powerful, poetic peace, Mary Oliver (1935-2019). My 2014 review of Blue Horses is posted here: http://folkloreandliteracy.com/2019/01/in-memorium-mary-olivers-blue-horses/
#poetry #maryoliver

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A Velocity of Being: Letter to a Young Reader | Maria Popova, Claudia Bedrick
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I SO want my own copy of this!

readordierachel This sounds wonderful! 10mo
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Disoriental | Ngar Djavadi
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It was very challenging to leave this one behind at the bookstore, today. I put it on hold.

batsy It's on my list. Sounds really interesting and that gorgeous cover! 10mo
Lesliereads @batsy 💜💜 10mo
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A Visitation of Spirits | Randall Kenan
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Looking forward to re-Reading this as a more seasoned reader. Randall Kenan is an under appreciated writer.#underappreciatedwriters

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My #topnine2018 IG posts included this one. Wishing you all a great Reading year in 2019. Thank you for engaging with me here on Litsy🥰. #jamesbaldwin #jamesbaldwinbooks

erzascarletbookgasm I am loving all your photos and this collage! Looks like some great reads too! 10mo
batsy Happy new year! Here's to great reads in 2019 :) 10mo
Lesliereads @erzascarletbookgasm Thank you - photo filters helped😊! 10mo
Lesliereads @batsy Wishing you great reading in 2019 as well! 10mo
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The Black Poets | Dudley Randall
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Originally published in 1972, this little paperback anthology packs a punch! It includes folk poetry and spirituals and forerunners of written poetry such as Phillis Wheatley up to Black Poets of the 1960s.
I‘m holding a stack of books and wearing some stuff I knit. #poetry #readingandknitting #knittingandreading 📚 🧶 #readsoullit

erzascarletbookgasm Great picture! ❤️ 11mo
batsy Fab 💜👍🏽 11mo
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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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“....I still sometimes went to my old happy-hour gatherings, though rarely out late. Barack‘s dedication to reading had brought out a new bookishness in me. I was now content to spend a Saturday night reading a good novel on the couch.” (p. 125) #bookishness #courtship #readingandknitting #michelleobama #knittingandreading

Lindy Are you making a shawl? I like the colours. 12mo
Lesliereads @Lindy Thank you! This pattern is called a “Pembroke Scarf” - it‘s a shawl-shaped scarf😊. 12mo
Lindy @Lesliereads I had to google that, not having heard of a Pembroke scarf before. It‘s just as you described it, and I‘m sure it will look lovely. 12mo
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Am I the only one NOT enjoying the HBO adaptation of this? While reading the books, I found the characters to be intense - not necessarily sullen, unhappy, and robotic. #booksintomovies 📚 into 🎥

Jinjer I haven‘t read the books yet, but...wow...The little girls are a MILLION times better actors than the older girls. Episode 3 was boring and...weird. 11mo
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Because “Mister Rogers Neighborhood” (1968-2001) was part of my growing-up years, I was free to take him for granted. Now that I‘m older, I‘d like to learn about Fred McFeely Rogers and the story behind how he came to touch so many lives. #wontyouplease #pleasewontyoubemyneighbor

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Bridges of Memory: Chicago's First Wave of Black Migration | Studs Terkel, John Hope Franklin, Timuel D. Black
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Last night a native Chicagoan recommended I read this book. I love oral histories, so it‘s right up my alley! #oralhistories #chicagohistory

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I look forward to reading about Debby Irving‘s awakening. #racialjusticeeducation #whiteprivilege #booksandshoes

JamieArc I think this should be required reading for every white person. 12mo
DivineDiana Love this photo! 12mo
Lesliereads @DivineDiana Thank you! I think this was my last opportunity to take an outdoor photo like that for this calendar year😊. 12mo
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Yes, please! I saw this huge, heavy coffee table book of terrific photos from back in MY day. It costs $70.00, so I have to chew on my lip about it, first! #photos #coffeetablebooks #soulclassics #funkclassics

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JamieArc I‘m currently reading his Memoir (tagged). It‘s a hope-giving book (and full of stories we should know). 12mo
Lesliereads @JamieArc thank you for the recommendation-it doesn‘t hurt that memoir has become a favorite genre for me in recent years.😍 12mo
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Nappy Edges | Ntozake Shange
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Re-Reading this gem since I learned of Ntozake Shange‘s passing last week, on October 27, 2018, at age 70. I have yet to put into words what her work and presence have meant to me. Rest in sequined, literary peace🙏🏾💘. #ntozakeshange #poetry

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My Seneca Village | Marilyn Nelson
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This collection by Marilyn Nelson appears simpler than many of her other books - but don‘t be fooled. My Seneca Village is still representative of her powers. #poetry

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This is a collection of Dove‘s poems 1974-2004; and my favorites were the ones published between 1989 and 1999. #poetry #booksandcoffee #ritadove

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“Black Men Reading: Meet Bookstagrammer Reginald Bailey PART TWO” went up on the blog this morning☕️☀️. Yesterday we talked about James Baldwin; today Reggie talks about why he likes fiction and what men can learn from reading women authors. www.folkloreandliteracy.com (Scroll down and click on “continue reading.”)
#blackmenreading

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The Fire Next Time | James Baldwin
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My 1977 edition of this classic first published in 1963. Today on the blog: “Black Men Reading: Meet Bookstagrammer Reginald Bailey (Part One),” Reggie tells how this book made him a reader. We discuss much more - link in bio! #BlackMenReading

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Solibo Magnificent (American) | Patrick Chamoiseau
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It‘s been more than a decade since I read this, but I remember it as one of the books that made me appreciate the storytelling of Martiniquean novelist, Patrick Chamoiseau.

Anna40 @Lesliereads Leslie,Thank you! :) 1y
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Texaco (Vintage Intl) | Patrick Chamoiseau
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Time to take this one off my TBR! I‘ve read other books by Chamoiseau that I loved; looking forward to sinking my teeth into Texaco for June. #buddyread with @BrownGirlReading #booksandcoffee

Anna40 Could you recommend any of his other books? Thanks! 1y
Lesliereads Hi! It‘s been a while but I really enjoyed and 1y
BrownGirlReading Can‘t wait!😆🙌🏾 1y
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Very entertaining; although lots of characters and lots of murders made tying things up at the end a bit sensational and drawn-out.

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Happy Mothers Day💐❣️😘#Mothersday #mothersgardens #booksandshoes

Anna40 Same to you! 2y
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1. I woke up in the middle of the night on Wednesday a.m and was wide awake for hours but my eyes hurt so I couldn‘t even read!
2. I would buy a bag of Dr. Teals Epsom salts and a bottle of the foaming bath to match.
3. My TBR is stacked too high to be looking forward to summer 2018 releases!
4. Steak quesadilla
5. @batsy @WomanistBibliophile #friyayintro @jesshowbooks @Buddys_Momma 🙏🏾

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Blanche is nosy!

AmyG Great photo! 2y
BellaBookNook I loved that series! 2y
Lesliereads @AmyG Thanx! @BellaBookNook They‘re fun! I read one book from the series back in the 90s, liked it, but never got around to reading the rest. 2y
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Borne: A Novel | Jeff VanderMeer
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I loved the first 200 or so pages - Vandermeer‘s writing and world-building are excellent but for me, this just didn‘t live up to its promise.

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Great coffee table book, showcasing positive people and their contributions to the city of Detroit. #detroitinbooks #detroitstack

8leagueboot That cover is so striking! 2y
Lesliereads @8leagueboit And there are more striking photos inside! 2y
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Maraniss reports on the highly-dynamic people and activities of Detroit from the fall of 1962 thru the spring of 1964. Berry Gordy, Jr.‘s “Motortown Revue,” the UAW‘s Walter Reuther, the Ford Mustang, MLK‘s “Dream...,” Malcolm X‘s “Message to the Grassroots,” a bid to host the 1968.....these things and more all have Detroit in common. Learning more about my hometown. #Detroitinbooks #history #Detroit #detroitstack

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If you had told me 20 years ago that I would call this the ideal way to spend an early rainy Saturday - I would have thrown an egg at you! My first Barbara Pym- got me laughing out loud😂! #readingandknitting #knittingandreading #booksandcoffee #knittersoflitsy

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The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 2: Black Girl Magic | Mahogany L. Browne, Jamila Woods, Idrissa Simmonds
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The editors and 10 of the poets whose work is in this anthology read at the Poetry Foundation last night to celebrate its publication - it was 🔥🔥🔥🔥! #nationalpoetrymonth #haymarketbooks #fiyah #poetryanthologies #coverartlove #blackgirlmagic

Chelleo Looks like a great #blacklitsy recommendation. Stacked! 2y
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Do you like contemporary short stories? Then you may enjoy this collection by Amina Gautier. Sensitive, poignant, unexpected. #shortstorycollections #shortstories

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Borne: A Novel | Jeff VanderMeer
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Weird, creepy, super-well-imagined. I‘m digging it. Quite the palette cleanser from my usual genres. #booksandcoffee #coffeeandbooks #speculativefiction #coverartlove

batsy And it goes so well with those lovely tiles, too 😁 2y
LeshaMac I love the cover 2y
Lesliereads @LeshaMac the cover is what lured me in! The writing is excellent but about 200 pages innI started yawning. I‘m going to finish it, though🙂. 2y
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Having borrowed this edition from the library means that I‘ve had to renew it a few times and copy resonant passages in a 📓😊Beautiful food-for-thought. #booksandcoffee

BellaBookNook I had a chance to hear him speak many years ago. It was amazing experience. He is quite a prolific writer. I hope he heals and is able to return to sharing his wisdom. 2y
Lesliereads @BellaBookNook What memorable experience you had - I‘ll avoid being envious and be happy for you, instead😊. I, too, hope that his health is much better.🙏🏾💞 2y
BellaBookNook By the way you have beautiful handwriting!💕 Have a blessed day! 2y
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Stay With Me | Ayobami Adebayo
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I admire the skill and beauty with which Ayobami Adebayo has written this difficult story of human sufferings. #lineage #Layi #Olamide #Rotimi #sicklecell #pseudocyesis #impotence #booksandcoffee

Anna40 It made me think of the film Kadosh where Meir is forced to divorce his wife because even after 10 years of marriage they have no children... the book sounds heartbreaking, the film certainly was. 2y
EvieBee I really liked this one too. The audio book had gorgeous accents. Made me smile! 2y
Lesliereads @Anna40 you know what? I saw “Kadosh” - it was a while ago but you made me remember! Another good film along these lines is “Mother of George.” 2y
Lesliereads @EvieBee wow! I bet the audiobook is good! I‘ve been thinking about getting into audiobooks to give my eyes a break and experience listening to stories for a while. 2y
EvieBee Yes! It makes cooking and cleaning a delight, lol! 2y
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Mudbound | Hillary Jordan
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I know this book is about to break my heart; I know it‘s not going to end well...and yet, it‘s hard to put the book down.💔 #booksandcoffee

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Mudbound | Hillary Jordan
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A totally under-the-radar read for me, and I‘m loving it❣️Although I have yet to see the Netflix series adaptation of this book, I may never have known about it otherwise. #bookstomovies #undertheradar #booksandknitting #knittingandreading #knittersoflitsy

MissBecky I watched the movie after reading the book and really wished I hadn‘t. Heartbreaking to say the least. 2y
BeaG I watched the movie first. I'm about to read the book. 2y
Lesliereads @missbecky😩😢. @BeaG I hope you like the book as much as I did - despite the pain. 2y
BeaG @Lesliereads I have not started it yet. I'm looking forward to it. 2y
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