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Joined May 2016

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
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I love this series. I love Feyre. She has to be one of my all time favourite heroines. While there were a few surprises I wasn't too keen on, and a little too much build up, I still loved this story. I love the heart in this series. And I love that SJM took the time to imbue this story with some really lovely moments of sacrifice, bravery and forgiveness. I am here for the Court of Dreams.

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Strange the Dreamer | Laini Taylor
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It pains me to say this, BUT, I was not blown away by this book. Which is actually really disappointing. Daughter of Smoke & Bone is probably my favourite fantasy series. I'm a huge Laini Taylor fan. The prose is, as always, absolutely beautiful. But the story didn't grab me. I didn't care about Strange and Sarai the way I was supposed to. There was too much set up and not enough action. Really, I wanted the Godslayer's story. Sigh.

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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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"Funny how it works with white kids though. It's dope to be black until it's hard to be black." This book is giving me all the feels.

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If you love fantasy you should probably drop whatever you're doing, grab a copy of this book, and begin reading it immediately. This story is incredibly unique, creative, thrilling and curious. I'm making a conscious effort to read more books by POCs or with POCs as the main character. But, I'm also making an effort to continue reading awesome stories. This book delivers on all counts! Please, please, pleaaaaase, read it!

lilycobalt Seconded! This book made me realize fantasy could be so much more than I had ever seen before. 3y
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This image perfectly encapsulates my feelings about this book. But in a good way? This story was magnificently weird. It's kind of like Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials but aimed at adults. And it has lions.

SheilaChew You are on point with this meme! 😂 It sums up the book perfectly. 3y
Literati86 @SheilaChew I'm glad my feelings are understood. I literally just finished the book like 40 minutes ago and have been sitting here just going, "what the actual hell?" 3y
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Ugh I love Leigh Bardugo. And I loved Six of Crows, but I just found this sequel to be way too long. There were parts that were amazing, and the final act was basically everything, that being said, there were also acts that just felt long and arduous. I want to love this book but I can't. Anyone else feel this way?

Bakingbookworm I'm almost 3/4 through and have been struggling through most of this book. It has moments of amazing action/characters but long bouts of dull description and a plot that doesn't seem to have direction. 3y
Literati86 @Bakingbookworm - I hear you! The last act is really great though! 3y
Bakingbookworm @Literati86 That's what I've heard so I'm sticking with it. And since it's only a duology I want to see how things end. It could have been cut down quite a bit (my opinion). 3y
Literati86 @Bakingbookworm let me know what you think once you've finished it! 3y
Bakingbookworm @Literati86 Will do. I have about 150 pages to go and I want to see what happens in the end! 3y
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Experience | Meg Kerr
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Adored this story. The only other Jane Austen fan fiction I've ever read was Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife - which I also enjoyed. This take is fun, really captures Austen's voice and her character's voices. It also takes more interest in the other Bennett sisters - it's a lot of fun to see how Elizabeth and Jane's "fine connections" affect their siblings, good and bad. I definitely recommend this!

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Watership Down | Richard Adams
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Watership Down has always been my favourite book. Thank you Richard Adams - you made this girl's childhood one to remember. "My heart has joined the thousand, for my friend stopped running today."

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Stardust | Neil Gaiman
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I super enjoyed this book! There's nothing better than a witty, heartfelt fairytale. But, is it wrong that I still prefer the movie? It's rare that I feel that way but seriously...Michelle Pfeiffer.

margreads I prefer the movie too but for me it is Robert De Niro 3y
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Star-Touched Queen | Roshani Chokshi
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Ugh. I wanted so badly to love this book but honestly, I just found it so blah. The overall idea is one I absolutely love. But nothing about the way the story unfolds is particularly thrilling. Though, one character, Kamala, introduced half-way through the story is a real gem. Overall though, this book, for me, was definitely a big, giant meh.

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I read this in one sitting. It's always so exciting to me when I read a book by a POC and/or with a POC main character. I thought this book would break my heart in one way, but instead it broke it in another. I love a good surprise. I loved both Madeline (the MC) and Olly (the dreamy boy next door.) I also really loved the message behind the story. And though I know some people aren't fans of a surprise towards the end, I liked it.

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Yesterday was my first time reading this and I loved it. I think that mostly has to do with the annotations from Dumbledore. I loved the original Harry Potter series but I'm not that big a fan of all the new off-shoots popping up. Beedle the Bard is an enjoyable aside from the main story, it enriches the HP world instead of confusing it.

HotMessJess Amazing! 3y
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Crooked Kingdom | Leigh Bardugo
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So excited to start this!!!

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Empire of Storms | Sarah J Maas
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I struggled with this book. It was a much slower burn then #QueenOfSwords BUT in the end the pay off was totally worth it. SJM has a knack for writing some of the most riveting characters. And with this book she definitely proved she can destroy your soul. I can and can't wait for the final book. I'm so excited to see how SJM ends this epic tale.

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Empire of Storms | Sarah J Maas

Is anyone else reading this/has read it? I'm curious because I don't find myself devouring it the way I did the last book, #QueenOfShadows. It's not that I don't like it or enjoy it but I keep having to remind myself that A Court of Mist and Fury is a totally different series and to stop comparing. But I can't help myself!

CaitlinSiem I really enjoyed it but I know some people found it to be a little less awesome than QoS. 3y
Literati86 @CaitlinSiem - that's how I'm feeling. I have maybe 100 pages left but my interest is waning. 3y
acc5446 honestly i felt like this installment served the purpose of several main characters pairing off, and then creating large Aelin drama at the very end, but not much else happened. 3y
Literati86 @acc5446 - I agree. It's just love stories, all relatively similar too. Haven't reached the end yet but I'm definitely not feeling it the way I did QoS. 3y
AlicePaulJr Agreed. It was definitely lacking. Especially since it opened so epically. I expected them to end somewhere completely different then it did. And not in a good way. 3y
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Empire of Storms | Sarah J Maas
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"The world will be saved and remade by the dreamers." ❤️

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"It was full of true answers and love and hearthlight. It was beautiful."
I love Auri so much.

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This was a clever continuation of the story Sabaa Tahir started with AEITA. It definitely took some unexpected turns - but they were definitely great, regardless of all the feels they may or may not bring on. This book? Worth it.

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The only thing keeping me from losing my chill with this book is my Owl bookmark. DAMN YOU SABAA TAHIR! How dare you write such an engrossing story! *shakes fist*

Varshitha That bookmark is adorable.. 3y
Literati86 Thanks @Varshitha - I LOVE bookmarks. 3y
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The Darkest Minds | Alexandra Bracken
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I loved this series which is why I'm stoked that Amandla Stenberg has been cast as the lead Ruby! I mean a POC in the lead role of a YA adaptation! I spent so many years wishing and hoping for leads in YA books who resembled me, and now Alexandra Bracken's gone and given her blessing for this! I can barely contain my excitement. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/amandla-stenberg-star-foxs-ya-93249...

Literati86 Also A.S. Is so freaking gorgeous! 3y
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The Girls: A Novel | Emma Cline
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Guys, I couldn't do it. I bailed super early on this book. It just felt so contrived. The writing was a little too "verbose" for my liking and, well, I just didn't find the story all that engaging. Every character seemed like the worst.

Josie That's exactly how I felt about this one. I did finish it, it didn't get any better in my opinion. 3y
Literati86 @Josie how did you manage it? I couldn't get past chapter 5. 3y
Josie @Literati86 it was for a book club that I was cohosting, so I kind of had to :/ but it was painful. 3y
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Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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#BannedBooksWeek #Lolita "But in my arms she was always Lolita."

Soubhiville This book! So beautifully written and so deeply disturbing! 3y
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Looking for Alaska | John Green
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#BannedBooks are everything to me. #BannedBooksWeek

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The Wise Man's Fear | Patrick Rothfuss
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I finally finished the book. I read it so painstakingly slowly because I didn't want it to end. I can say, with absolutely no shame, I'm madly in love with Kvothe. And also, I'm madly in love with this story. This has to be one of the most truly epic, invigorating, suspenseful and beautiful fantasy books I've ever had the pleasure to read. And even though my heart breaks for Kvothe at every turn of the page, I can't stop myself from reading on.

Soubhiville ❤️ Patrick Rothfuss so much! I think he's one of the best writers alive today! 3y
Literati86 @Soubhiville agree! I can't wait for the third book. 3y
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The Wise Man's Fear | Patrick Rothfuss

I have been in a severe reading slump and totally ignoring Litsy (but in a painful kind of way?) Anyway I've been very slowly making my way through TWM and every page makes me fall more in love with Kvothe. But, am I the only one who finds the whole Felurian thing a little...weird?

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Lamb | Christopher Moore
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"It's wildly irritating to have invented something as revolutionary as sarcasm, only to have it abused by amateurs." *** This book tho.

britt_brooke Love this book! 😂 3y
Literati86 @britt_brooke I made the mistake of reading this on the subway and found myself laughing so hard people thought I was crying! Amazing. 3y
britt_brooke @Literati86 That's hilarious! I love when books make me laugh out loud. I'm due a reread on this one soon. 3y
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It would be so easy to point out all of the things I wasn't keen on but let's be honest - I've been waiting for this story for too many years to complain. I love the friendship between Albus and Scorpius, I love the Harry/Draco dynamic. I love that Ginny is still very much book Ginny and not movie Ginny. And I love J.K. Rowling for making my childhood magical and for giving me another little piece of that magic now as an adult.

[DELETED] 3558467437 Very nicely stated 😃 3y
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I have never a read a more enthralling, creepy, wonderfully strange book as this. The writing is phenomenal. The characters (mostly women!) are beautifully fleshed out. Nothing is really explained. The overarching storyline is creepy, woven with an intensity that keeps you reading until late at night. This is an absolutely amazing story.

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Red Rising | Pierce Brown
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I've been fighting the urge to re-read this series. I've never been big into Science Fiction but this series has left me seriously thirsty for more. The 1st book in the trilogy, Red Rising, is a solid beginning. MC Darrow is a riveting character & as his story unfolds more & more interesting characters are introduced. There's great world building & an intensity that never stops building. I. Am. Obsessed. (Plus Pierce Brown's a super dreamboat.)

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Reconstructing Amelia | Kimberly McCreight
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My feelings towards this book can best be summed up by "meh." It felt so forced, the intrigue, the mystery, every revelation, all of it. I kept reading with the hope it would get better but to be honest it was just a big snorefest. Gillian Flynn-light.

tnorris Agreed! I read this awhile ago and then shortly after I started seeing raving reviews for it. Unfortunately, I didn't agree with the fuss being made about it. 3y
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The Silent Wife: A Novel | A. S. A. Harrison
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The slow burn intensity of this book will give you heart palpitations. There's no way to describe how perfect the writing is for the story being told. As I read I found myself full of constant dread and anger - which, to me, is how you know a thriller is doing it right.

MrBook I'm seeing a lot of positivity toward this book. One for you, @BookBabe ! 3y
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A Monster Calls | Patrick Ness, Siobhan Dowd
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Has anyone seen the trailer for this?! It looks amazing and Liam Neeson is the monster!

MrBook Interestiinngg... 3y
Trav I have and I thought it was fantastic and loved the imagery. I just hope it does the book justice. 3y
Literati86 @Trav I feel the same 3y
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The Missing Piece | Shel Silverstein
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Shel Silverstein's poetry soothes my soul.

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The Chocolate War | Robert Cormier
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I'd never read this before and I have to say I'm so happy I waited until now to do so. This story is truly timeless and horrifyingly apropos when you consider the current state of the world. Cormier's commentary on humanity, power and corruption is so astute, it's almost a shame this is considered a YA novel, only because that category will prevent others from reading what is a great, clever, and terrifying view of human life. This book man. Wow.

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Panic | Lauren Oliver
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Continuing with my enjoyment of Lauren Oliver's standalone novels, Panic was actually the first of hers that I read. I was shocked by how much I enjoyed it. There's a great building of tension as the stakes are raised higher and higher. It's small-town life at its lowest and darkest.

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Saw this on #buzzfeedbooks. Love it.

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We Were Liars | E. Lockhart
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I loved the writing in this book. The prose is poetic, smooth and calm in the way it builds in intensity. There's definitely a twist which to be honest I figured out pretty early on but the story overall was enjoyable.

kissxxmyxxconverse I figured out parts of the twist early on, but was still so heartbroken when i found out what happened 3y
wanderlustywriter I did NOT see the twist, but I think mainly because I didn't want to. Sobbed buckets 3y
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The Perks of Being a Wallflower | Bestsellers - Books USA Press
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Charlie is one of my favourite MCs. His sadness breaks my heart but whenever I read Perks I can't help but be hopeful that years after the stories ended he's happy.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Loved this book! 3y
acc5446 ashamed to say I watched the movie but didn't read the book! 3y
Literati86 @acc5446 the movie was actually written and directed by the author! It's a brilliant film, one of the few times I loved the movie as much as the book. But please read it! It's so lovely (and a super quick read!) 3y
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The Girls: A Novel | Emma Cline

Just started this book and not too sure I like it. The language is a little too flowery for my liking. But, we shall see how it goes.

CaitlinSiem It took me a good 90+ pages to really sink my teeth into it. 3y
youngish-adult Same. The flowery language kinda goes away after a bit. That's when I really got into it!! After that, I sat and read the entire rest of the book lol keep going! 3y
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Under Milk Wood | Dylan Thomas
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Like Our Town but saucier and Welsh. Clever, lyrical, poetic, evocative. With narrators and an abundant cast of characters, Thomas makes sure you get the full experience of a night and day in this small, forgotten town.

MrBook Interesting. You've talked me into it. 3y
Literati86 @MrBook let me know if you like it! 3y
MrBook Will don😊 3y
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I don't even know where to start - this book is amazing! Kvothe is a brilliant, engaging and absolutely stupefying MC. The story pulls you in from the very first page and keeps you hooked. The transitions between past and present are seamless. This book is nearly impossible to put down.

Minervasbutler I loved this one too. Downloaded Volume 2 today, coincidentally 3y
Literati86 @timjulian I just bought the third book from Bookoutlet, I have the second on my ereader but I'm trying not to rip through the series so I'm biding my time... 3y
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Oh just Kvothe speaking a little truth, that's all.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa We need more to speak that tidbit of truth! 3y
RealLifeReading Love this series! 3y
Literati86 @Riveted_Reader_Melissa and @RealLifeReading I whole-heartedly agree with both of you! 3y
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I have this weird thing about Lauren Oliver - I hate her trilogy, just absolutely despise it, BUT when it comes to her standalone's I am so on board. I liked the mix of focus in this story - sisters, intrigue, guilt, kidnapping. It was a bit predictable but said predictability ruins nothing.

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Belzhar | Meg Wolitzer
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This book was surprisingly lovely. It has a strange little twist and is sprinkled with a little magic realism which I absolutely love. But, reader be warned, this book is also heartbreaking.

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John Waters is a God. This book is a collection of real and imagined stories that take place while Waters' hitchhikes across the U.S. It's funny, ridiculous, strange, funny, charming and gross. Waters is beyond clever, a genuine artist who doesn't care what anyone thinks. His stories are refreshing.

LeahBergen Such a great quote 3y
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My best friend likes to buy me books like this gem. It's full of good advice. Take heed cat owners. Take heed.

Bookgirl Love love this book. My kids especially love The Bobcats 3y
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Fall On Your Knees | Ann-Marie MacDonald
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"She's no lady. Her songs are all unbelievably unhappy or lewd. It's called Blues. She sings about sore feet, sexual relations, baked goods, killing your lover, being broke, men called Daddy, women who dress like men, working, praying for rain. Jail and trains. Whiskey and morphine."

youngish-adult I've read this book so many times! One of my few re-reads 3y
SarahKay I adore this book! 3y
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Matilda | Roald Dahl
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This quote is epic. I remember it blowing ten-year-old me's mind and now at 30 it still manages to have the same effect.

acc5446 THIS BOOK! what a wonderful love letter to readers 😍😍😍 3y
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I love biographies and old Hollywood so this was a perfect fit for me. It lacks sensationalism & shows a great deal of deference and respect to the great Natalie Wood but isn't afraid to touch upon the more salacious aspects of her life but, in a way that only serves to demonstrate Wood's humanity.

BookJunkie429 Adding this to my list! My mom loved Natalie Wood, so we always watched her movies. Her all time favorite was Splendor in the Grass. ❤️ 3y
Literati86 @BookJunkie429 I LOVE Splendor in the Grass - Natalie Wood & Warren Beatty! But my fave is probably Rebel Without a Cause, I love teen angst (as seen by most of my book choices!) 3y
BookJunkie429 @Literati86 I love that one too, mostly because I was obsessed with Rush Rush, the Paula Abdul video when I was little. I loved seeing the movie that inspired the video. Lol 3y
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#GIRLBOSS | Sophia Amoruso
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This book. Hmm this book. I actually really liked it. Amoruso has gumption and it oozes out in every chapter. This is definitely a pick-me-up book, it kind of leaves you feeling, dare I say it? Like a #Girlboss too.

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