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Onceuponatime

Joined May 2016

Fight evil; read books.
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Craftsman by Sharon Bolton
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How I spent my summer vacation: making a tiny bookshop! 😂

DrexEdit Beautiful and amazing! 6mo
Chelsea.Poole So cute!! 😍 6mo
mabell Wow!! That‘s awesome! 6mo
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Texreader Jealous!!! You are so talented!! I‘d love to do this! A few years ago I contemplated quitting my job as an attorney and buying a dollhouse/miniature shop that was for sale in my neighborhood. Oh well... 6mo
Onceuponatime @Texreader That sounds like a fun career change! Every day filled with tiny things 😍 6mo
mrp27 Awesome! 6mo
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The Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides
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Sunday mood = lounge and read 📚 🐶 😴 ☕️

mabell So cozy! 😍🐶 9mo
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“Life is not for figuring out. It‘s for *living.* It‘s for succeeding AND sucking. And while we are inclined to seek comfort, we are sure to meet with discomfort. Sucking at something embraces that discomfort and turns it into something beautiful.” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ An inspiring book that helped me shift my perspective on the many things I suck at! 😂

LauraJ I like the idea of this book. 9mo
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Into The Water | Paula Hawkins
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This turned up in my Little Free Library and is my current vacation read. I was surprised to see that the reviews aren‘t great, but I‘m enjoying it so far!

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The Fifth Child | Doris Lessing
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Mehso-so

I liked the concept of this book...a loving couple gives birth to a creepy and unlovable baby who proceeds to destroy their lives...but it was fairly slow-paced and the language and story-telling seemed dated.

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The Husband's Secret | Liane Moriarty
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Enjoying an #audiowalk on this gorgeous day that finally feels like spring!

DarcysMom Great picture! It looks a wonderful place to walk. 11mo
Reecaspieces Lovely! 11mo
TheIndianBookworm The picture 💕 11mo
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Schwa Was Here | Neal Shusterman
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Starting this today...my son‘s assigned reading in his 6th grade English class. Neal Shusterman! 😍

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Scar Island | Dan Gemeinhart
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Can‘t go wrong with Dan Gemeinhart! This is a very entertaining read about delinquent boys in prison who unexpectedly find themselves without adult supervision. Reminiscent of “Holes” and “Lord of the Flies,” this middle grade novel is engaging and emotional with great characters and a giant rat!

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Scar Island | Dan Gemeinhart
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After two years of being dogless, we have a puppy in the house. ❤️ It‘s so nice to have a reading snuggle buddy again. 🐶

StephBengtson 🥰 Congrats on the new fur kid! 12mo
irre 😍😍 12mo
danimgill So cute!! 😍 Greater Swiss? Just curious, my mom had one and their colorings look very similar! (edited) 12mo
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Cortg Congratulations! Snuggle pups are the best! 12mo
Onceuponatime @danimgill Yes, a Swissie! Such a sweet and friendly dog 12mo
BookNAround So sweet! Warm doggie snuggles are the best. 12mo
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Thank you for everyone‘s concern about my pup (my last post was made from the emergency vet Friday night)...turns out she ate something that upset her tummy and just needed to have a big 💩! All is well again 😂❤️

Lcsmcat Good to hear! 12mo
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Over Sea, Under Stone | Susan Cooper
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Finished this tonight as I sit here at the emergency vet with the doggo. I‘ve heard from many people that this series had a huge impact on them them as kids. I had never read it and decided it was time. I found it very underwhelming...slow pace, flat characters I never really cared for or connected with. I wanted to like it so much more! 😬

Bookwormjillk I hope your dog is okay. 12mo
TrishB Hope Doggo ok. Looks like my Sansa 🐶 12mo
Libby1 Get well soon, sweet doggie! 12mo
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Soubhiville I hope your pup is alright! 12mo
mabell I hope your pup is doing ok! ❤️ 12mo
Lcsmcat I hope your puppy is ok. 12mo
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Damsel () | Elana K. Arnold
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LOVED THIS. I so enjoyed the simplicity of this modern, “mature-themed” fairy-tale. And yet what seemed like a simple story was so deep and powerful and beautiful...I just love writers who can do this. And that cover! 😍

ReadingRover I just finished this too and I loved it. 12mo
Linear Ook gorgeous cover! 12mo
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The Echo Room | Parker Peevyhouse
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I had my rating at “bail” but made myself go back and finish because I thought the ending might make up for the middle half, which dragged. For me, it didn‘t. 😥 Started out as an interesting concept (reminded me of Maze Runner), but it just never really gripped me. 😕

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This book! 😆 Makes me want to read more Edward Gorey

Jess You can‘t go wrong with any of his books! 1y
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I completely missed @TheReadingMermaid ‘s #pccgiveaway , darn! But I‘m pretty proud of my freehand Oogie Boogie pumpkin this year...just using a filet knife and my eyeballs. Will be a little sad to cook this down and make pie with it! 😆🥧

SumisBooks That is awesome I'm so sorry that you missed my giveaway! ☹️ 1y
Laughterhp Wow! Great job on the pumpkin! 1y
Linsy That‘s amazing!! And freehand? 👊 1y
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Challenger Deep | Neal Shusterman
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Despite the glowing reviews, If I didn‘t have to read this book for work, I don‘t think I would have finished it. I really admire the writing talent of Mr. Schusterman...yes, this book is truly excellent work. I gave it a “so-so” review simply because it was so hard to follow. Jumping between Caden‘s reality and the world of his mental illness was confusing, and I just don‘t think a book should be so much work to read!

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Wolf Hollow | Lauren Wolk
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“The extraordinary can live in the simplest things.” ~Lauren Wolk
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Indeed...this book is absolutely extraordinary! So emotional, it will stay with you for a long time. Highly recommend. ❤️

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Scythe | Neal Shusterman
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1. Resting at home after a busy first week of school
2. Scythe by Neal Shusterman 😍
3. Foie gras
4. Competitive tennis—working towards going undefeated in women‘s singles for my team again this season 🎾 💪🏼
5. Looking forward to resting and reading!
#friyayintro @jesshowbooks

Bklover Scythe was great! 1y
IheartYA Scythe is awesome! 1y
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Red Dragon | Thomas Harris
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For #TeamPennywise , what are your thoughts on any of these books for my #horrorgoespostalbookclub pick? Note that “The Trees Crept In” is a YA...not sure if we‘re doing that, or sticking with adult horror. #hgpbc

MinDea I loved Broken Monsters. It has a great creepy feel to it! 2y
BookwormAHN As much as I love The Shining, Broken Monsters would be my pick. 2y
Joy0201 I would vote for And The Trees Crept In. I just re read Shining recently. 1y
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Looking Backwards | Edward Bellamy
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I was in a model home yesterday and was baffled when I saw the books shelved backwards. I don‘t get it? Does this make the home more stylish? SMH 🤦🏼‍♀️

WordyForever I think it‘s to make everything look more neutral 2y
emilyhaldi It does look somewhat aesthetically pleasing in this context... But I could never do it 🙃 2y
Reviewsbylola Lol I agree with @emilyhaldi in that it looks nice but I‘m dying to know what the actual books are. 😂 2y
UwannaPublishme @Reviewsbylola I'm with you. When no one was looking, I'd be turning those books around! 😂 2y
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What a fun story! I was hooked right away and spent the next few hours in front of the fire until I was finished. A darkly enjoyable tale of monsters, witches, and other supernatural beings. Perfect for middle schoolers or upper elementary.

CouronneDhiver Yessss! This picture is perfect 👌🏽So cozy 2y
Slajaunie It is still in the 90‘s here. I wish it was cool! 2y
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Ghost | Jason Reynolds
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I love how #JasonReynolds writes in a way that is so relatable, so easy to read. Just started this one and am loving it so far. 🏃🏾‍♂️

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The Hatching: A Novel | Ezekiel Boone
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Definitely signing up for this! Thanks @TheReadingMermaid ...looks super fun for us horror lovers! #horrorgoespostalbookclub #hgpbc

SumisBooks 🤘🏻😄🤘🏻 2y
SumisBooks I forgot to ask if you're able to post internationally? If not that's okay I just need to know. 2y
Onceuponatime @TheReadingMermaid I‘d like to just mail within the US please. Thanks! 2y
SumisBooks No problem 😉 2y
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Ten Little Puppies | Marian Harris, Jim Harris
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Found in my #littlefreelibrary ... I think I‘ll file it under “children‘s horror” 😱

JoScho Lol he is supposed to have really cool googly eyes almost like marbles. Clearly something bad happened there. 2y
BookwormM That is a scary picture 2y
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Dearly Devoted Dexter | Jeff Lindsay
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Current #audiobook . I normally think authors should not narrate their own books and just leave it to the pros, but Jeff Lindsay does better than most. I like his Dark Passenger voice...deep and dark💀

Alfoster Oooh, I love the Dexter books😳😍😍😍! 2y
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Avenging the Owl | Melissa Hart
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I am so not gonna make my 24 hours in the #24in48! 😂 But that‘s ok, I‘ll keep going. Starting this middle grade selection in this year‘s #oregonbattleofthebooks competition. An afternoon of lounging on the patio reading is always a win. #obob #obob2019 @24in48

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The Sword of Summer | Rick Riordan
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You can‘t really see the clock on the wall, but it says 4:30 (am) as I kick off my #24in48 readathon with some #Riordan. I have a few other things to do this weekend, but I will aim to read in between all necessary tasks/ events!

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Scythe | Neal Shusterman
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Been at the airport for 10 hours and haven‘t actually gone anywhere...delays suck. 😫 At least I have tea and books!

LiteraryinLititz Ugh, that‘s a really long wait. How‘s the book? (edited) 2y
wanderinglynn Sorry your flight‘s delayed. ☹️ Hope you don‘t have to wait too much longer. 2y
JoScho Oh that is miserable! I‘m so sorry-hopefully you will leave soon. Are you heading home or vacation? 2y
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Onceuponatime @LiteraryinLititz I‘m loving it so far! Really interesting premise. Neal Schusterman is always great 2y
Onceuponatime @wanderinglynn We made it out of our home airport and are finally on our way 👍🏼 2y
Onceuponatime @JoScho Heading on a two-week trip to France and Spain with my daughter! 😍A school trip, but I get to tag along and not chaperone...win-win 😆 2y
JoScho That sounds amazing! Have the best time and treasure those moments with her ❤️ 2y
Bookchipmunk PDX ❤️ (recognize that carpet 😎) 2y
JordanD I took a 7 hour car ride with a friend of mine to our home and we listened to this on Audio book the whole way there and back! Very thought provoking read! 2y
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Psycho | Robert Bloch
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That dedication 😂

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Goat Dance | Douglas Clegg
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This reminded me of Stephen King‘s “It” with a creature that manifests itself differently for different people based in their fears. Horrifying in all the right places, I enjoyed the characters and concept in this dark story from Douglas Clegg.

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Goat Dance | Douglas Clegg
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Got to my dentist appointment early so I could sit and finish this horror story. I haven‘t read anything by Douglas Clegg before, but this is really enjoyable! Reminds me of Stephen King.

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@Emiller I‘m sorry for your loss and for the rough day that was today. 😢 I‘m also sorry I don‘t have a dog or cat to cheer you up...you know...a REAL pet. We are currently without a dog in our house, but have rodents. Two pigs affectionately known as The Dark One and The Fat One. Here is The Dark One. She sends you a virtual cuddle. ❤️ #guineapigsoflitsy

Emiller Aww! The Dark One is just too cute! Thank you 💜💜 2y
BookwormM Hello fellow Guinea pig slave what a cutie 💕💕💕 2y
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Tree Mail | Mike Raicht, Brian Smith
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Very cute! Illustrations and characters in this fun graphic novel are adorable, and while the writing in the first half of the book is a bit predictable, the second half gets quite clever. Recommended for upper elementary age (or younger kids who have a rich vocabulary) 👍🏼

MayJasper It looks fun 2y
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Be Prepared | Vera Brosgol
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It‘s a graphic novel kind of day. Today‘s reads, all 👍🏼!

LiteraryinLititz I love both of the ones by Victoria Jamieson!! 2y
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I read in my car to avoid socializing with other moms during my daughter‘s art class. 😂 #introvertlife

Reviewsbylola Socializing with unknown parents is so hard for me. 🙈 2y
IheartYA You sound like me. 😕🤣 2y
Jovy I thought I was the only one who did that! 😂 2y
JacqMac I prefer my car and a book to parent socializing, too. It‘s so awkward! 2y
Tianarose I read in my car on my lunch break everyday. Lol. 2y
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Yes! This is a wonderful graphic novel about what it‘s like to be an introvert in a world that seems to be predominantly extroverted. The struggles are real! 😂 Debbie Tung does a great job capturing an introvert‘s perspective of some of the biggest challenges of adulthood...dating, marriage, work, and social events. This book is highly relatable for introverts everywhere! 😍👍🏼

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Just Add Magic | Cindy Callaghan
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Has anyone seen this series on Amazon Prime? Geared towards upper elementary/ middle schoolers, my son and daughter both love it, and I was surprised when I enjoyed it just as much! 😂 😂😂 We binge watch entire seasons. 😳😋 I‘m going to find out if the book it‘s based is equally as fun. 🍰🥣🍪 ✨

tammysue My granddaughter loves it!! 💜 2y
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The LEGO Book | DK Publishing, Daniel Lipkowitz
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Did some LEGO building and audiobooking (audio-LEGOing?) this evening as I finished installing the lighting in my Town Square! 😍 This set was a birthday present from my husband a few months ago...he knew I‘d be so excited about its 300-page instruction book. 😬😱👍🏼 Ah, I am such a nerd! 🤓🤓🤓

tracyrowanreads OMG that's charming! 🤩🤩🤩🤩 2y
mabell Wow that's impressive! 2y
ReadingRover This is amazing!!! I love the lights! I just ordered a few led panels for my nanoblocks. 2y
goodbyefrancie Love this! 2y
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Sour Candy: A Novella | Kealan Patrick Burke
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Well, this is a fun read (If, for you, “fun” = creepy and disturbing). Part psychological thriller, part straight-up horror, this was my first introduction to Kealan Patrick Burke...and now I‘m off to search for more! 😱

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The Changeling | Victor LaValle
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Mehso-so

I know a lot of people love this one, but I just couldn‘t get into it! 😬 Normally I enjoy dark, weird fairy tales and I thought this would be perfect. It started a little slow for me and I had trouble connecting with the characters. Definitely an interesting story...just not for me I guess!

monalyisha Something I AM into: leopard print. 😍🙌🏻 2y
Pruzy @monalyisha I like how that‘s your takeaway from this post 😂 2y
monalyisha @Pruzy I get right to the heart of things. 😅 2y
Onceuponatime @monalyisha @Pruzy You‘re too funny! 😂 2y
KGlibrarian I just finished this and I didn‘t like it at all! I felt that the characters weren‘t developed and the writing lacked elegance. I was surprised by all the glowing reviews. 2y
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Starting immediately! I ❤️ Roz

BookInMyHands I‘m listening to this on audio right now 💜! 2y
Onceuponatime @BookInMyHands When I read the first one, I imagined Roz‘s robot voice to sound like Baymax from Big Hero Six. 😂 So listening to the audio after that threw me off a bit...More robotic but still good! 👍🏼 2y
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So beautiful...and so sad! I had no idea what life was like for the author of one of my favorite horror stories. Lita Judge did a wonderful job of capturing the emotions of Mary Shelley through her journal entries and turning them into verse and watercolor illustrations. Every page is beautiful and haunting. It‘s a short and powerful read...one you start you will not be able to stop. This book is not to be missed!

TheAnitaAlvarez Looks interesting! 2y
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Absoutely beautiful artwork and verse in this biography of Mary Shelley!

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I have a lot of “serious” reading I have to do...but look what came in the mail! ***Sets aside all work and to-do-lists for #phoebeandherunicorn 😍

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This is fun! The author includes a list of songs and artists she listened to while writing the book. 😍 🎶

LiteraryinLititz That's so fun! 2y
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The Lightning Queen | Laura Resau
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Powerful imagery from Laura Resau 😍

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Bryan Stevenson's stories of defending poor, abused, mentally challenged, and wrongly accused men on death row is heart wrenching and powerful! 💔😥

Bambolina_81 His story is incredible and so heartbreaking 3y
Caroline2 Oh I've been dying to read this book!! ❤️ 3y
Jas16 This book is incredible 3y
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Wild Wings | Gill Lewis
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"People are like rivers. You've got to learn to look beneath the surface to see what lies deeper in." Love this sweet, emotional story about a boy, close friendships, and the journey of an osprey.

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It | Stephen King
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I'm not even half way through and it feels like I've been listening to this for.ev.er. Ugh. S.K. is a great writer, but the pacing is seriously detracting from my enjoyment of the story here. 😕

Ashley_Nicoletto Agreed. Some parts are jut unnecessary. 3y
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Uncaged | John Sandford, Michele Cook
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Party of one for me tonight as I enjoyed a late dinner of fresh Dungeness crab & roasted garlic soup at one of the best seafood restaurants on the Oregon coast. I never mind eating alone in a restaurant! #litsypartyofone #introverting #readingandeating

Yanes Really? Wow! I don't know of I ever did that. 3y
Smangela Never really alone if you've got a book, right? ;) 3y
Freefallinmissy I love eating alone at a restaurant! 3y
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