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rsteve388

Joined May 2019

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The Light Between Worlds | Laura E. Weymouth
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So now that I am finished and have taken a significant break from Litsy and #NFNov which was fun I'd like to give a shout out to any one who facilitates an event, a book swap, a reading challenge, a whatever! To keep our community engaged and active. Taking on the role of leading #NFNov was hard work, managing people and points and trying to keep up with my own responsibilities was just difficult for me. So here's to all of you awesome leaders!

LauraJ Thank you for doing it! I loved nonfiction November 🖤 20h
NeedsMoreBooks Thank you for hosting #NFNov, I enjoyed it 😊 20h
erzascarletbookgasm 🤗💖 19h
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ljuliel I found in the past that leading was a lot more work than I thought it‘d be. For me, it‘s easier to be a follower than a leader. I do hope there are more book events coming , to keep that activity going. There are lots of new readalongs coming for 2020. 16h
Addison_Reads Thank you for taking the time to do NFNov. 🙌 15h
marleed Thank you for NFNov. I participated in an ‘auditing‘ fashion because I stress myself out with points. But I learned so much and discovered I enjoyed NF every bit as much if not more than fiction. And my NF has carried into Dec! I enjoyed the NFNov posts too! 12h
Scochrane26 I didn‘t participate this year, but thanks to everyone‘s posts, my NF tbr has grown a lot. 11h
rsteve388 So this is all great and thanks your appreciation m but I just wanted to acknowledged the other Litsy leaders who lead other events cause I now know how hard it is. 11h
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How to Be an Antiracist | Ibram X. Kendi
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Start reading this book and so far I am up to Chapter 6. I really like the layout of this book each chapter focuses on a different aspects or form of racism and the intricacies of racism and how they all connect.

So far it's an excellent read and is adding to my knowledge about Anti-Racism development.

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Royal Holiday | Jasmine Guillory
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I picked this up as a light hearted read for the holiday season and found it delightful and easy to enjoy. Listening to the Audiobook was a treat!

I didn't read the synopsis of the story before diving into it so I thought it would be about two young lovers but I loved it even more when I realized that the story had an older female as the protagonist! What a delightful, fun read! I am glad to see older people being the focus of more fiction.

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This is an enjoyable short story series and I love hearing Benedict Cumberbatch reading these stories. I do however keep expecting Martin Freedman to be reading these stories because Dr Watson narrates the story.

Enjoyable!

julesG I had the same problem. I was a little confused at first Cumberbatch talking about Holmes needed getting used to. 5d
rsteve388 Yeah!! 5d
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The Light Between Worlds | Laura E. Weymouth
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#CurrentlyReading an interesting read so far. I love stories about other worlds and what they are like when they return to the world they left behind.

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This was a fun and interesting read for the holidays. It was delightful. However if you are interested in learning about Charles Dickens I'd read this book first, then do your research, you'll find he was quite an ass.

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I am thinking that Audiobooks are becoming my favorite format. I mean I still love a good physical book. Nothing beats curling up with a good book, but man I love Audiobooks and what they offer.

#Audiobook appreciation

MidnightBookGirl ME TOO! I listen to them when I'm just doing stuff around the house and getting ready in the mornings, and before I go to sleep, and when I drive, and do crafts and housework, when I go for walks... pretty much always a big part of my day! 1w
rsteve388 Yeah they are so versatile and can be used to make anything more enjoyable. 1w
Crimson613 That cover 👌👌 1w
ljuliel I‘ll jump on the Audiobook bandwagon myself. I listened to my first one 5 years ago, and they‘ve slowly become my favorite. They add so much more color and life to books if they‘re done well by good narrators. 1w
rsteve388 Yeah I agree! @ljuliel 1w
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Wow! What a monumental story! While I think my first critique stands, I didn't realize just how current the story was, the world was only made aware of the crimes of Francisco Franco and his taking of children from "Red"parents or Republicans in 2018. This story has been simmering and been quieted for decades.

It must be noted that what we are doing now in detention camps w/migrant children, we will see our own Lost or Stolen children scandle.

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So I am really trying to read more books by Authors of Color and I was disappointed when I found out that Ruta Sepetys is Lithuanian- American .... This story is amazing and captivating in it's telling of life under General Francisco Franco Spain and his dictatorship that Spain is under in the 20th century, but I am bummed out that this story is by a white woman.

lele1432 I have this hold coming available soon from my library. I kind of got that feeling just from the cover lol. But I heard it's well written! I would also be interested in some own-voices literature based in Spain during the same time period. Myabe some other Littens have suggestions they can share. 2w
rsteve388 It is well written no question there. 2w
rsteve388 Also I should check and not assume based on what the story is about. 2w
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#NFNov Winners Big Congrats to the following Litsy Members:
@Clwojick,

Update!!!! There has been a correction! I miscalculated some points and have decided to give out three gift cards due to the embarrassing miscalculation!

1.) : @NeedsMoreBooks is our winner with 220 pts

2.) @Addison_Reads with 214 Points!!

3.) @overtheedge with 210 Points

I'll be emailing you three shortly so watch your emails!

Addison_Reads Thank you guys so much! I really enjoyed this event and I read some really amazing books. 💚 2w
overtheedge @rsteve388 I had such a good time, discovered so much! Thanks for hosting this. ❤🤩📚📖📺 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great job everybody!! 2w
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erzascarletbookgasm I‘m so glad #NFNov made me read some good books! Thanks for hosting. 2w
NeedsMoreBooks Thank you so much! I enjoyed NFNov ❤️❤️ 2w
Bookwormjillk Congrats winners! I would have never finished Truman without this! 2w
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Hey Y'all! Thanks for participating! @Clwojick is tallying up the points from Saturday and then we will announce the winners of #NFNov back to work for me I'll post the winner before bed!

Bookwormjillk Thanks for hosting. This was really fun, and pushed me to read more non-fiction than I normally would. 2w
NeedsMoreBooks Thank you for hosting this. I enjoyed it as I read books that I would not have otherwise 😊 2w
Crimson613 Thank you for hosting! I'm sad to say I ran out of steam towards the end but I had fun 😀😀 2w
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This was an excellent book that discusses witchcraft as both a faith and as a symbol for women to own their own power and find their voice. It discusses important witch history and the ways in which women have been branded with the word witch as a way to scrape goat them.

Great book to end my #NFNov! This has been so much fun!!

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#NFNov So I started this book today and read the first 5 chapters! Excellent book so far.

I'll count points and wrap up tomorrow night and make an announcement on Sunday about who are our winners are.

The image is one of my bookshelves in my living room.
#Holidays

erzascarletbookgasm Festive looking shelf 👍 2w
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Started reading this book as my last #NFNov book It may take me sometime to finish it though.

But the coolest thing happened in the introduction!! The author is from my hometown... Well close anyway. In the introduction she mentions that her Aunt was a librarian at West Long Branch Library... West Long Branch is one town over from my hometown Long Branch! Wild!

LauraJ That is cool! 2w
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What an exciting book so far?! I love the back and forth of the timeline and the narrator and their voice. It's a great story so far.

#24B4Monday
#Fiction

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This was a very informative book about some of the contaminants that can be in our drinking water. Each chapter in this book focuses on either a comtaininant or the laws and organizations that impact our drinking water. It is important to understand the issues surrounding our water and to ensure we understand what is in our drinking water.

#NFNov

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I enjoyed this book but thought it was a lot of information to take in at one time. It was challenging to read in some cases because I work as a data scientist and I have to wonder if anything I have created in the last three years has contributed to these new weapons. This is an important read for anyone conducting research, or data collection. #NFNov

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Points have been counted for Weds and Thurs!

I am switching off with @Clwojick for this week but I'll be back Friday and Saturday to finish and wrap it up!

You'll are awesome! #NFNov

JenReadsAlot Looks like mine wasnt for today? Thanks! 3w
NeedsMoreBooks Hi! I got extra points for a review of a novel 3w
rsteve388 Jen? J am confused what? 3w
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TiredLibrarian I've been off Litsy for awhile & am so sorry I didn't know about #NFNov - I love NF! It seems like the older I get, the more I'm enjoying it. Oh well, maybe next year? 3w
rsteve388 I hope so. But I'll need help it is a lot of work to run an event! I have an appreciation for folks who run all the Litsy events it takes work!!! 3w
Amiable Hi! One of my #TIL posts for Thursday wasn‘t counted —there were two for . I‘ll tag @Clwojick in the post to have her count it for Friday. (edited) 3w
JenReadsAlot I didn't receive points for my review (unless you added and just didn't comment on my post). 3w
rsteve388 I think I did... I'll check thanks 3w
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Started Reading this insightful book about what contaminants are in our drinking water. This will be my second to last book for #NFNov

Update: so I originally pitched this awesome event with the promise that whoever read or watched the most non fiction would get a 25.00 giftcard to Bookriot Store, well they no longer have giftcards... Weird. So @Clwojick and I talked and we have decided to do two 25.00 Amazon Gift Cards!

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Points have been counted.

Please Note: I have to work two jobs tomorrow so I won't count points tomorrow, so I'll count them up on Thursday after work.

#NFNov

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Red at the Bone | Jacqueline Woodson
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Jacqueline Woodson never disappoints with her storytelling and beautiful narration. While this audiobook has a full cast. She narrates parts that are done in third person.

This book was a beautiful story of what families go through in order to become a family. With the birth of Melody, two families lives are interwoven as Melody grows and turns 16. This story is just beautiful, magnificent marvelous. Well done.

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Red at the Bone | Jacqueline Woodson

Oooooo I am cheating! I need a short read! I am reading this short but stunning book by one of my favorite authors! Not a #NFNov

Points have been counted y'all are doing well.

If you want a total please comment here and I'll give it to you tomorrow on my lunch break 1pm my time :)

NeedsMoreBooks Hi! When you get time, please let me know my total 😊 4w
Bookwormjillk I'd love a total, thanks! 4w
rsteve388 @NeedsMoreBooks your point total is 110 pts. 4w
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rsteve388 @Bookwormjillk your point total is 104 pts 4w
Bookwormjillk @rsteve388 wow, those add up! Thanks! 4w
NeedsMoreBooks @rsteve388 thank you o much! 4w
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This was an informative read on cultural appropriation by white people who ask to use black culture it's language music, anger and businesses to benefit personally. It gave excellent examples of what this looks like in today's world and uses household names that most people know of and can relate to.

#NFNov

Highly recommend!

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Points have been counted I am dead tired. If I missed one please tagged me in a comment and I'll find it tomorrow afternoon on my lunch break!

#NFNov

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Points have been counted for tonight! #NFNov I read Chapter 10 on my way to work today. It discussed food and the multiple ways in which white people appropriate from different cultures in order to become famous chefs.

Amiable Hi, Rachel! Can you add my posts from two days ago to my tally, too? 4w
Crimson613 IDK if this is related but the other day I looked up authentic American food and there was a video I watched. It had five dishes and the fifth one was Mexican food and I was just like what the heck. You just called it *Mexican* food but are saying its authentic American food??? 🙃 4w
rsteve388 @amiable I believe I have added your points I commented on your posts did I miss any? 4w
rsteve388 @Crimson613 a lot of Americans get confused about Mexican food. What they think is Mexican is really TexMex and that is an American blend of cultures. 4w
Amiable @rsteve388 Nope, it's all good now! Thanks so much! 4w
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Untitled | Unknown

I am watching Mary Poppins Returns and they just did an awesome musical number about a song titles : The Cover is Not The Book! What fun! It's about books of course!!

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#NFNov #Confession I miss fiction! I am loving learning about different topics but I miss fiction so much!

sblbooks I know what you mean. I'm reading one historical fiction novel for a Buddy Read. 1mo
LauraJ Yep, I‘m sneaking in a bit of fiction too. 1mo
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Hey Denver Littens! Does any one want my ticket to go. Meet Lindy West I can't go tonight but you can have my ticket! Comment below and we can send an email to coordinate!

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Working my way through this book! I have also counted points and will count again before bed tonight at 8pm. Good work everyone!

I hope you are enjoying #NFNov

Amiable I have a couple posts from yesterday and two days ago that are still pending to be tallied — I am not sure if they showed up in the #NFNov tag, for some reason. I just went back and retyped the hashtag. (edited) 1mo
rsteve388 Hey thanks for letting me know. I just counted for Friday through Saturday. Let me know if I missed anything! 1mo
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So I am reading the tagged book during work and it is a fascinating look at why and how white people benfit from cultural appropriation.

But that's not what this post is about. It's about Do Men Read? It seems to me that the reading community is about 90% women so I googled: Do Men Read? And found this 2007 article: https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=14175229

lele1432 I've always found this interesting and wondered the reason behind the reading disparity between men and women. It's always nice when I see men engaged in literature and bookish culture. Sometimes it does feel overwhelming female. 1mo
Chrissyreadit I find this interesting because there were many books and series geared toward boys (perhaps I should say white male readers because diversity is newer but adventure stories are not) I wonder if it has to do with time and occupations as well? My son is a voracious reader, as is my husband - my husband also loves comics. For generations women were only published under male pseudonym too. Now I‘m curious. 1mo
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This is a quick, one hour audiobook that was great for listening to while cooking dinner. This book lays out the new rules leaders and women should follow in order to lead and be leaders in the US.

Excellent and inspiring.

#NFNov

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What an inspirational and moving memoir about growing up on a society as a black gay man, who has to navigate being gay and Black. It was a heartfelt story that really makes you think and pause about what it's like for others who are different then you.

Easy delightful listen, heart wrenching at times with moments of violence (CW) and Racism (CW) this story was a great addition to my #NFNov list

TrishB Stacked 👍🏻 1mo
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So @SamAnne and I are talking about getting a group of people together to talk about the tagged book. So many of us are reading it and I'd love to talk to you all about.

So anyone interested? Slack? FB Messenger? Comment below!

Update: we are gonna do this in January so you have time to read this book. But please let us know which method works for you to talk about this!

Scochrane26 I am interested in discussing it but haven‘t gotten to read it yet. Thanks for waiting until January. 1mo
4thhouseontheleft I‘m interested! I‘m reading it now. 2w
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Brown Girl Dreaming | Jacqueline Woodson
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This was an amazing autobiography of the author and their journey in their life to becoming a writer. What I loved best about this book was how the author choose to write her story. The book isn't written in standard prose it is written in a series of poems that talk about different aspects of her life. Just magnificent.

#NFNov

LoverOfLearning I love when poetry connects and turns into a long story. Thanks for the review definitely a must read for me! 1mo
NeedsMoreBooks Putting this on my TBR. 1mo
Crimson613 i kept seeing this one but since idk who the author was i was like i'll skip for now. now i'm curious about it, i've really liked the poetry books i've read recently :) 1mo
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So @Clwojick and I have switched for this week! So she will count points for this week and I'll be here to answer questions and tell you all, how cool your Non Fiction Reads are!

I am working my way through the tagged book. Trying hard to understand WMDs as they apply to finance.

#NFNov

Eric1313 Cute 1mo
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This was a fascinating story about how women fought to end Yale's male only campus and become coed. Interesting story about the various movements that popped up on campus from support for Black panthers to anti war movement to finally enacting gender blind admission.

This was a delightful listen and very informative

#NFNov

lele1432 That does sound fascinating! 1mo
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#NFNov Hey Y'all. I am very sorry but I won't be counting points tonight. My partner is leaving for IN and tonight is our last night together. But I'll count all points for the two days tomorrow. Sorry!

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Excellent read about Nnedi Okorafor's journey from her paralysis to writer. Nnedi Okorafor is a queen at being concise and direct and is delightful to read.

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#NFNov Found this awesome inspirational book after having read Okorafor's series called Binti. Loving it.

Points counted! So tried gonna pass out. Night y'all!

Addison_Reads I hadn't heard of this one. I'll have to check my library for it. I love her writing. 💚 1mo
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I started this book after having bailed on The Woman Who Smashed Codes. Maybe I'll go back to it later.

I am really liking this Audiobook. This is interesting and fascinating. I had no idea Yale was all Male until the late 1960s.

Wow.

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Bailedbailed

I bailed on this I wasn't getting into it. I think it maybe the format, I was listening to via audiobook.

wanderinglynn Have you read Code Girls? I‘m listening to the audiobook now & enjoying it. Sounds like it might be similar to this one, but Code Girls takes a broader look at the women who helped cracked the codes during WWII. 1mo
rsteve388 Hmm I haven't. Seems interesting. I'll give it a shot. 1mo
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This book was Fucking UNREAl! It was profound and phenomenal it its ability to price the whole story together about how the research and investigation occured for the Weinstein story to be brought to light.

If you read one book this year make it this book.

keepingupwiththepenguins YES!!! 10/10 agree!!! I keep thrusting it into people's hands. 1mo
Come-read-with-me @rsteve388 ✊🏻YES YES YES!!!!! 1mo
4thhouseontheleft I hadn‘t heard of this book until I saw it on the list of GR choice award nominees. I definitely want to read it. (edited) 1mo
rsteve388 It's wild. Especially if you followed the new story as it happened it shines a whole new light on what went down. Like .. damn 1mo
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Points have been counted!!

I signed up for Winter Games today. Very excited for that.

I am gonna buy the first gift card tommorow!

I love reading what you all are learning! So cool

I am gonna finish the tagged book tonight!

#NFNov

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#NFNov Points have been counted! A couple of announcements.

1.) If I left a note that asks if you finished or if this is a TIL please let me know. Sometimes it isn't apparent to me and I want to ensure I give everyone their full points.

2.) Sign ups are closed. I am gonna take down the sign up sheet.

Happy Reading!

erzascarletbookgasm What‘s TIL? 1mo
rsteve388 Today I Learned 1mo
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#NFNov Saturday Night into Sunday Night has been counted. You all are doing so well. I'll give first week totals next Sunday.

For point totals please use the hashtag #Total and I'll tell you the individual post points and then your total so far.

Have a good night y'all!

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#NFNov Sorry y'all today has been way busier then u expected. And I am trying to spend time with my partner before he leaves for a new job in IN. I will count points around 8pm my time before I go to bed.

Megabooks Take care and don‘t feel bad. 💜 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm I didn‘t know we‘re given points, thanks and take care. 1mo
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#NFNov points have been counted for tonight so anything else that comes in will be counted tomorrow!

I am gonna get some reading in for myself.

Happy Reading!

StayCurious Hello:) I signed up for #NFNov a couple days ago - but I may have been too late? I didn't receive a confirmation email or anything. Please let me know! 1mo
rsteve388 I am out and about right now but give me three hours and I will check the spreadsheet when I get home 1mo
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#NFNov Participants!

Real quick, I will count up points about twice a day in the morning and in the evening. So If I don't count you right away that's why! Also feel free to correct me if I make a mistake. I am human and sometimes get confused.. that's green banner for a finished book throws me sometimes!

#Enjoy #NFNov

Amiable @rsteve388 Thank you so much for all your hard work on this challenge! It must be an overwhelming task to sort through all the tags and posts. 1mo
rsteve388 Thank you that's very kind of you to say cause yes it is hard work but a work of love. 1mo
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Dear #NFNov Participants

Announcement!
1.) Please always use the #TIL hashtag so we know when to give you those points.
2.) Also starting today you can do 5 TIL posts per day for a total of 15 pts.

Happy Reading!
Rachel

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#NFNov I have just finished the first chapter and oh my God what a bombshell. I mean I remember it happening, I followed the stories as they came out. But reading it is wild! Like filling in the gaps of things I didn't know. Wild!

That's a wrap for me for tonight any new points will be added tomorrow morning. Good night y'all!

overtheedge I must read this!! 1mo
MallenNC This is a great book. Even though reading it made me mad! I recommend Catch & Kill by Ronan Farrow also. 1mo
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