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OriginalCyn620

OriginalCyn620

Joined August 2016

“Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book.” -Jane Smiley, Thirteen Ways of Looking At a Novel
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The Last Chinese Chef by Nicole Mones
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Today, I‘m starting The Last Chinese Chef. It‘s a short book so I‘m sure I can finish it tomorrow, then I can start on My Sister, the Serial Killer.

#WeekendReading

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Never Look Back | Lilliam Rivera
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I‘m only vaguely familiar with the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, so I can‘t really compare the book to it, but I did recognize at least some of the parallels. On the whole, I did enjoy this YA retelling!

#bookspinbingo
#booked2022 - mythology retelling

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 15h
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Sister Surrogate | LaChelle Weaver
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Three sisters, very different women but who share the same values. When the youngest is diagnosed with cervical cancer and her hopes of having a family are taken away, another sister steps forward to help. A chain of events is set in motion and all 3 sisters are affected. So many themes explored here - family bonds, women‘s health issues, tragedy and loss, and also so many emotions. I enjoyed this quick family drama!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3d
Cinfhen I was SURE this was for the prompt #AboutSisters 👯‍♀️ sounds like a great read 3d
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I cannot tell you how much I loved Duran Duran in the 80s! I still do, and I learned things both about the band as a whole and the individual members that I didn‘t already know. It‘s a well done documentation of their ups and downs. If you‘re a fan, I‘d recommend it! Of course, it made me want to cue up their Spotify playlist! 😃🎶

#bookspinbingo - got a bingo! 🥳
#booked2022 - title repeats itself
#pop22 - about a band or musical group

Chrissyreadit I totally heard the song in my head when I read the title ♥️ 4d
OriginalCyn620 @Chrissyreadit Oh yeah! It‘s one of my favorites! 4d
OriginalCyn620 @Cinfhen Love your hashtags! 😂 4d
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 4d
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Life of Pi | Yann Martel
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The first part of the book (before the ship sinks) was pretty dry - lots of religion and zoology talk, probably some of it unnecessary. But when the ship sinks, it get much more interesting! I‘m not sure how I feel about it overall, though it does have me thinking, which I suppose is the whole point. So, I give this a pick!

#bookspinbingo
#booked2022 - nautical novel
#pop22 - book with a tiger on the cover

Cinfhen I LOVED this book and I can‘t say why, I made my kids read it and they thought it was “dumb” 🙄 4d
TheAromaofBooks I read this one sooooo long ago and remember liking it - definitely needs to be reread because I can't remember anything else! 4d
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Today would‘ve been her 100th birthday. I already miss her so much! Still want to be her when I grow up.

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Choose love. ❤️

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My #jumpstart2022 update for this past week:

The bottom 3 I finished, and the top 2 are in progress. All are for reading challenges!

Clwojick Woohoo! 🙌🏻 6d
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This weekend, I‘m reading Please Please Tell Me Now (I so love Duran Duran!) and Life of Pi. These are for reading challenges - double dipping #pop22 and #booked2022 with both books!

#WeekendReading

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This may be too ambitious, but these are the books I plan to read for #JoyousJanuary. I will do my best!

EvieBee I really liked the Nicole Mones book. Made me very hungry! 1w
Andrew65 Good luck 😊👍 1w
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The Maidens: A Novel | Alex Michaelides
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Really enjoyed this one! The story moved along at a good pace and kept my interest. As with The Silent Patient, this one had a crazy twist that I didn‘t see coming! I think Michaelides is gonna be an auto-buy author for me!

#bookspinbingo - this is my #doublespin for this month!
#booked2022 - murder mystery

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1w
Cinfhen Yay!!! Well played💗 I liked this one too, and I liked that little Easter egg surprise in the book 😁 1w
OriginalCyn620 @Cinfhen Yes!!! 😉 1w
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This was the quote today on the Calm app. I truly believe this! 🙏🏻

#ThinkPositiveBePositive

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yes!! 🙌🏻❤️ 1w
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The Guest List | Lucy Foley
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#two4tuesday

1. Probably a fast-moving plot, but as long as it‘s done well and keeps my interest, I‘m good!
2. The tagged book was the first that came to mind. It was my first Foley and she can really weave a story!

If you want to play, consider yourself tagged! 🤗

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 🤩📖📚 2w
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A Thousand Splendid Suns | Khaled Hosseini
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Oh, this book! Beautifully done and so heartbreaking. 💔

#bookspinbingo
#booked2022 - weather term in title

Cinfhen Agreed!!!! 2w
TheRiehlDeal I need to reread this. It‘s been awhile. 2w
BookDadGirlDad This and Kite Runner are on my never-ending TBR 2w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2w
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The Project | Courtney Summers
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I did not love this. It was going well until about the last 1/3 of the book, when the MC does something that, to me, wasn‘t believable of her character. Instead, it just seemed like a convenient plot device.

#bookspinbingo
#booked2022 - about a cult or religion
#pop22 - book that fulfills a favorite prompt from a past PS challenge (book by a female author)

Cinfhen Yay!! #DoubleDip 🍦🍦 2w
4thhouseontheleft Aw, that's too bad you didn't love it, but at least you checked off a few prompts! 2w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage Ugh. Hate when that happens … yay for checking off prompts, though! 2w
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Thanks @TheRiehlDeal for the tag! IDK if these are the books I recommend the most, but I have often, at any rate!
📚The Handmaid‘s Tale
📚To Kill a Mockingbird
📚The Picture of Dorian Gray
📚Station Eleven
📚Ready Player One
📚The Perks of Being a Wallflower
📚And Then There Were None
📚Room
and last but not least, 📚You

If you want to play, consider yourself tagged! 🤗
#sundaysoapbox

RaeLovesToRead Some great books here! 2w
Nebklvr To kill a mockingbird & Then there were none🥰 2w
JuniperWilde Station Eleven was brilliant but I‘m relieved to have read it in 2019 (pre pandemic) 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Excellent choices!! 📚🙌🏻 2w
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The Project | Courtney Summers
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I started this book yesterday for #booked2022 and hope to make good progress on it today.

Thanks @Andrew65 for the fun game and for tagging me! 😊

Wanna play @JessBookNerd @Word_Dragon @Bren912 @MallenNC 🤗

Andrew65 This got a mention in #12Booksof2021 2w
EmilyM I have this book but haven't read it yet. I loved Sadie. I'll be interested to hear your thoughts! 2w
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Outlawed | Anna North
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The Wild West meets The Handmaid‘s Tale! I liked this way more than I thought I would, though I probably wouldn‘t have read it if it didn‘t fulfill a couple of my reading challenges. Just goes to show that reading challenges can help you broaden your horizons by finding and liking books that you otherwise would not have picked up!

#bookspinbingo - free space
#pop22 and #booked2022 - non patriarchal society
#jumpstart2022

EvieBee That‘s an interesting way of describing it! I might have to check it out. 2w
Lizpixie Yes they can, that‘s why I do so many.👍 2w
Cinfhen Cool choice 🤠💖 2w
Clwojick Ahh! So glad you enjoyed this as it‘s coming up soon on my TBR! 2w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2w
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The Graveyard Book | Neil Gaiman
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I‘ve read this gorgeous book in print, so this time I listened to the audio. Gaiman did an excellent job (of course!) as well as the rest of the full cast - an excellent production! If you have not read this book, I highly recommend it!

#bookspinbingo - free space
#pop22 - Hugo Award winner
#jumpstart2022

Lizpixie Nice job!👍 2w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2w
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This was my favorite book from #December. A friends to lovers romance with Christmas cheer and a bit of steam!

#12Booksof2021

Andrew65 Looks a fun read. 2w
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Shipped | Angie Hockman
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A fun enemies-to-lovers romance, probably my fave romance trope! I listened on audio and the narrator did a great job.

#bookspinbingo - free space
#pop22 - set on a plane, train, or cruise ship
#jumpstart2022

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2w
Clwojick Way to go! I agree, enemies to lovers is one of my favourite too! I love the banter! 2w
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Every Heart a Doorway | Seanan McGuire
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Weird but good! A group of kids who have all gone through portals to different worlds have ended up at a boarding school after being thrown back into the “real” world to help them adjust, but they all want to go back to the worlds where they felt they belonged. When a serial killer shows up, they must figure out who it is & stop fellow students from dying.

#bookspinbingo - free space
#pop22 - book about a “found” family
#jumpstart2022

TheAromaofBooks Sounds a little crazy!!! 2w
OriginalCyn620 It is @TheAromaofBooks! But in a good way. Kind of fairy tale-esque but definitely more Grimm than Disney. I didn‘t know quite what to expect but I ended up enjoying it. 2w
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The Collective: A Novel | Alison Gaylin
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This is my favorite book from #November. A secretive group of women who have all lost children, but whose killers have gone unpunished, dispense their own brand of justice in this page-turner. The ending was 😲!

#12Booksin2021

Andrew65 Already have this one stacked. 2w
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One Last Stop | Casey McQuiston
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This was my favorite book from #October. There‘s all kinds of representation, which I think is great! The 2 MCs are fabulous, and their supporting cast of characters are just as much so. A great read!

#12Booksof2021

Crinoline_Laphroaig Loyed this one! But in October my Fangirl Heart picked 3w
OriginalCyn620 @Crinoline_Laphroaig I haven‘t heard of that one but it sounds good! Will have to check it out. I‘ve read one Carriger before and really enjoyed it! (edited) 3w
Andrew65 Looks good. 2w
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I have not posted a #jumpstart2022 update yet, so I‘m catching up! I‘m crap at keeping up with my reading time, so I‘m not even gonna try! I am using this month to get a head start on my reading challenges - #booked2022, #pop22, and #bookspinbingo. All these books fulfill/will fulfill the challenges, and there is some double-dipping going on! I have finished the bottom 2, and the 3 on top are in progress!

Lizpixie Well done so far🙌 3w
Clwojick Awesome job! I‘m doing so many challenges this year, that I‘m definitely doubling/tripling/quadrupling up all all possible prompts! 😅 Good luck! 3w
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On a Tuesday | L Thomas
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#two4tuesday

1. I do love the snow! It makes everything so pretty! And as long as I don‘t have to drive in it, I‘m good. ❄️
2. I love to throw snowballs, catch snowflakes on my tongue, and play with my dog in the snow. Then I go inside and get warm! ❄️

If you want to play, consider yourself tagged! 🤗

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! ❄❄❄ 3w
Alfoster I only liked it as a kid living in Minnesota and my dad made an ice rink in our backyard! As an adult in CA, not so much…😝 3w
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An Unwanted Guest | Shari Lapena
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A group of strangers check into a quaint inn in upstate NY for a weekend. A winter storm rages outside, isolating the guests and staff from the outside world. One guest ends up dead, thought at first to be an accident. Or is there a killer amongst them? As time rolls on, tensions run high as everyone speculates and accuses. A real page-turner!

#bookspinbingo - this is my #bookspin for this month!
#booked2022 - set in an inn, lodge, or hotel

OriginalCyn620 #pop22 - a different book by an author you read in 2021 3w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3w
Cinfhen Yay!!! So glad you enjoyed!! And it‘s a #TriplePlay ❣️❣️❣️ 3w
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I think the #NewYearSpecial #20in4 was a success! I read the 2 books I needed to finish up #wintergames2021 - Dear Santa and The Hunting Party. I have started the other 2 books, making good progress on An Unwanted Guest. Between all these, I found all the #TreasureHunt words!

Thanks for hosting, Andrew! 😊

Andrew65 A great success! Well done, and thanks for playing along. 👏👏👏🙌😍🥳📚 3w
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This was my favorite book from #September. This was only my second book by Feeney, and I plan to read more!

#12Booksof2021

Andrew65 Great book. 3w
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Bingo! | Rosemary Wells
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My January #bookspinbingo board is ready to go! 🥳

IndoorDame Love the poet x! 3w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Looks great!!! 3w
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The Guncle | Steven Rowley
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My favorite book from #August. Mostly light and easy, but it does touch on heavier topics, mainly grief and loss. A well-done book and a great read!

#12Booksof2021

Andrew65 This has had a few nominations. 3w
MallenNC This one is on my TBR for January. It just came in from the library for me. (edited) 3w
OriginalCyn620 @MallenNC I hope you enjoy it! 3w
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Posting my goals #BFC2022 goals for January! I‘m gonna try really hard to stick to my goals. I need to recommit to fitness and wellness!

Thanks @wanderinglynn for hosting! 😊

wanderinglynn Great goals! 🙌🏻 3w
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My Week 5 points came in at 29,693!
Reading (850) posts (2,783) WGWordSearch (20,890) weekly game (5,170)

For the whole of #wintergames2021, my points total is 84,151! 🥳🥳🥳

#mistletoemaniacs

Clwojick ❤ You did amazing! Thank you so much for joining us this past month! ❤ 3w
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My weekly reading update. I finished all these books this week, and read for 25 hours for a points total of 850 points. My #WGWordSearch points were 20,890!

#wintergames2021 #mistletoemaniacs

#averymerryreadathon #wintercosy #wrapitupreadathon #20in4

Andrew65 👏👏👏🙌 3w
TheSpineView Great job! 3w
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Okay, I got to 507 words and stopped!

My books goals this year are to complete the PopSugar Reading Challenge and the #Booked2022 challenge. And to read my #bookspin and #doublespin books each month.

#wintergames2021 #mistletoemaniacs 5,170 pts

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Malibu Rising | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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This was my favorite book from #July. I love the 80s setting, the celebrity aspect, and the characters were well developed. A great summer read!

#12Booksof2021

Andrew65 On my schedule for this year. 3w
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Got the last 3 bingos and cleared the board! 🥳

#wintergames2021 #mistletoemaniacs 161 pts

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Didn‘t do well with these bingo boards - only one bingo each.

#wintergames2021 #mistletoemaniacs 41 pts

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Watched this Hallmark movie yesterday and also scored 31 bingos with this one, plus cleared 2 more boards!

#wintergames2021 #mistletoemaniacs 826 pts

candc320 Wow that‘s amazing! 3w
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One #holidaytradition is the pickle ornaments. My mom hides 2 pickles so the girls can each find one, and they race to see who can find theirs first! This year, Danica, my youngest, found hers first.

#wintergames2021 #festivephotochallenge #familytime #mistletoemaniacs 31 pts

marleed Such a fun tradition! 3w
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Wishing my fellow Littens a Happy New Year! May it be happy and healthy, and full of good books! 🥂

kspenmoll Happy New Year!!! 3w
Ruthiella Happy New Year! 3w
mrp27 Happy New Year! 3w
QuietlyLaura Happy New Year! 🎉📚 3w
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Since Christmas, I‘ve been so busy reading trying to clear my 2 bingo boards, that I‘ve slipped a bit on making #wintergames2021 posts this week. I watched this movie, which was silly and hilarious, and scored 31 bingos, and cleared 2 movie boards!

#mistletoemaniacs 826 pt

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The Hunting Party | Lucy Foley
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Loved it! Foley can really weave a mystery - unlikable characters, remote location, red herrings, and I love how she doesn‘t reveal killer or victim until very late in the story.

#bookspinbingo - set on New Year‘s Eve (got 3 bingos and cleared the board! 🥳🥳🥳)

#wintergames2021 #mistletoemaniacs 186 pts

TheAromaofBooks I've seen mixed reviews on this one, so I'm glad to hear you enjoyed!!! 3w
OriginalCyn620 @TheAromaofBooks I did! I loved The Guest List too, so maybe me and this author just gel! 😂 3w
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MoonWitch94 😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣 3w
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Tamra 😆 3w
mabell 👏👏👏 3w
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New Year's Eve | Lisa Grunwald
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I‘m ringing in the new year on the couch watching movies with hubby whilst drinking champagne! 🥂
It‘s not exciting but it works for me! 😂

#festivephotochallenge #ringintheny #wintergames2021 #mistletoemaniacs 11 pts

Ruthiella Happy New Year!🥳🥂 3w
OriginalCyn620 @Ruthiella thanks and Happy New Year to you too! 🎊 3w
CaitZ Happy New Year! 🥂🎉 3w
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OriginalCyn620 Happy New Year to you as well @CaitZ! 🥳 3w
WJCintron Happy New Year! 🥳😊🎊🎉😃🙏 3w
OriginalCyn620 Happy New Year to you too @WJCintron! 🥳 3w
BethM Pretty! 3w
Clwojick Happy New Years! 3w
OriginalCyn620 Happy New Year to you @Clwojick! 🥳 3w
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This was my favorite book from #June! A perfect summer beach read!

#12Booksof2021

Andrew65 Looks fun! 3w
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Dear Santa | Debbie Macomber
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I bought this book for the cover - it‘s just so stinking cute! I adored the story! It‘s nothing new but totally sweet and I could totally see this being a Hallmark movie.

#bookspinbingo - dog on cover (got one bingo, plus I missed one the other day, so 2 bingos!)
#averymerrybingo - White Christmas (got 2 bingos and blacked out the board! 🥳)

#wintergames2021 #mistletoemaniacs 206 pts

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3w
Jadams1776 🎅🏻🎉🎄🎁 3w
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Two strangers head out on a holiday road trip where many things go wrong - but also, some things go really right. A good amount of steam 😉

#averymerrybingo - I‘ll Be Home For Christmas (got a bingo!)

#wintergames2021 #mistletoemaniacs 46 pts