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Sarahreadstoomuch

Sarahreadstoomuch

Joined February 2016

Librarian, reader
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This is a MG graphic novel set in 2002 where a girl, Aniston, is the victim of a hate crime following a school project in which she dressed in her Bengali clothing. As she heals from the trauma, she decides she‘s like to wear a hijab when she returns to school, bringing a flurry of conflicting reactions from her family. #bookspinbingo #doublespin

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 2d
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Bailedbailed

Had to DNF at 46%. I LOVED Fried Green Tomatoes…. But this had none of the underlying tension and was just far too sweet and nostalgic. It will have its readers, but I‘m just not one of them.

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My neighbors want to see the movie next month, and my first reaction was “but I haven‘t read that one yet!” So I did. It‘s fantastic! Love Poirot ❤️

RaeLovesToRead I watched the David Suchet version this week ❤ 3d
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A Spindle Splintered | Alix E. Harrow
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This was a fun feminist & queer take on Sleeping Beauty! A quick little audio.. I really enjoyed this while finishing an #audiopuzzle. #bookspinbingo #freespace @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 6d
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This got a little dense for me, listening in my car, because I know I would highlight and take notes all over a physical copy. I learned a lot about how racism, sexism, and imperialist colonial ideologies worked together to work against black women, particularly in their treatment and exclusion from the white-women led suffrage and women‘s rights movements.

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I‘m so glad I finally read this! And now I naturally want to see the movie again…. It‘s been awhile. #bookspinbingo

TheBookHippie I love them both!! 2w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2w
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The Road Trip | Beth O'Leary
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One thing about The Road Trip is that I finished my holiday puzzle on my new puzzle board while listening! #audiopuzzling #imissedthis

Tamra Super cute! 2w
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The Road Trip | Beth O'Leary
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Mehso-so

Didn‘t love this like her others, but enjoyed the audio performance. But really, these characters are not all that like able and I really was wondering if I was supposed to be rooting for them to be together or not.

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Thanks for the tag @Mrs_B ! I guess I‘ll give this a shot:
1️⃣ I don‘t know if it‘s my favorite, but I loved The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. 2️⃣ hmmm…. I do need to get back on the treadmill. I actually love it, but the trouble is having time & energy together. 3️⃣ my luck in driving on ice this morning and staying on the road (when my car really didn‘t want to!)
Anyone, play along - consider yourself tagged!

Sarahreadstoomuch Ooh and can I also be grateful for melatonin? Because- good night! 💤 3w
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They Called Us Enemy | George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott
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Super delighted to read this graphic memoir again, this time for book group. The members of the group are not terribly familiar with graphic novels, but I hope they give it a chance. This story is worth reading and remembering. #bookspinbingo

britt_brooke This has been sitting on my shelf for months. I need to get to it! I introduced my IRL book club to graphic memoir last year with Hyperbole and a Half and it was well-received. They enjoyed experiencing a new-to-them format. Hope your group enjoys this one! (edited) 3w
TheAromaofBooks I really need to read this one!! 3w
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The Passing Playbook | Isaac Fitzsimons
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I can‘t comment opinion on any eligible book for the YALSA QP list until the official list is announced later this month…. But I will say first #bookspinbingo book complete!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3w
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Ready to go! It‘s been a full year since I got to do this, and I am so happy to be back in #bookspinbingo again!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3w
DogMomIrene Yay for other people rejoining #bookspinbingo! In May I stopped using Litsy (we moved) and my reading plummeted. I‘m so happy to be back on the Litsy bandwagon🙂 2w
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Not a bad year at all. Honestly, it was pretty great, reading for YALSA‘s Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers list, work book groups, and more.

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Of Women and Salt | Gabriela Garcia
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First book for the new book group I‘m starting at work… I listened to this one, and there is so much packed into this, and with timelines that jump around a bit that I think I would have benefited from sitting and reading more slowly. There is a lot of pain here, from immigration to addiction and so much in between and I love that it is purely told from the female characters. They have a lot to say.

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I‘ve enjoyed his stand up specials before, so thought I‘d try this short audio. While still very funny in parts, it‘s also taking a serious look at his life as a father, when he really did not ever plan to be a father. He and his wife married agreeing in this, then she changed her mind. It‘s well written, and his wife‘s poems are interspersed between the essays.

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Mehso-so

A lovely and sweet little story about a racehorse that gets loose in Paris and befriends a dog, raven, boy, and a few other characters. It‘s a gentle read that was a little on the dull side for me. Just not my thing, I guess. Looking forward to what the rest of the book group thinks!

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Long Bright River | Liz Moore
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Woah. This was incredible. It seemed like it would be a procedural, but then a family story with addiction thrown in, but then it got all twisted in on itself and I was enthralled. Wonderful storytelling, fabulously flawed characters, and brilliant ending that is open but cautiously so. Thumbs up on the audio narration as well

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Bolla: A Novel | Pajtim Statovci
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I‘d be hard pressed to find a character that made me feel more disgusted by who he is than Arsim. He so selfish and cruel; heartless. This is his story, from the time just before Serbs & Albanians went to war in Kosovo. Newly married, wife pregnant (unplanned) & he has fallen in love with a man. The way he treats his wife, then his lover, is just terrible. Then we see after the war…. Ugh. The writing (and audio) is so good it pissed me off

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Real talk here: I have been struggling more than ‘usual‘, enough for me to start seeing a therapist for the first time. I found this book in our library catalog (though I think it‘s a UK publisher, and I‘m in US) and it seems to connect to some things I‘ve been thinking about. This doesn‘t claim to have the answer for everyone, but has positive stories from people, and some things that have worked for them.

sprainedbrain ❤️ 2mo
ravenlee I‘m glad you‘ve found a therapist - that‘s a step a lot of us never take. Good luck on your journey. 💓 2mo
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Disappearing Earth | Julia Phillips
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This was not at all what I expected, and so much better for it! I think my book group is going to love it! More than a mystery around the disappearance of two girls in remote Eastern Russia, this is more like interconnected stories from viewpoints of people affected by the crime - and another similar one with a Native girl years earlier. I love how it came together at the end…. But that ending!! Thumbs up to the audio too.

BookBelle84 I loved this one! 3mo
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What has plot holes the size of submarines, is snort-worthy funny, and also quite disgusting and maddening? This book right here. Excellent on audio, was hooked from the beginning to find out what happens and how, all while also feeling nauseated by the gross patriarchal system of this boarding school. Still thinking about it, wondering whaaaattt?? And happy I listened. It was a total fluke.

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Gold Diggers: A Novel | Sanjena Sathian
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This was a fantastic audio! Loved the story - a satirical look at the quest (and cost) of pursuing the American Dream by the child/community of children of Indian immigrants. I forgot how much I enjoy a splash of magical realism in my reading.

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Mehso-so

This was an alright story…. Nowhere near as good as News of the World (tho Capt Kidd makes a quick appearance). Very atmospheric and slow paced…. Excellent narrator on the audio, but my mind drifted at times. Not bad, but not great either.

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Lincoln in the Bardo | George Saunders
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Hi all! I‘ve missed you! But my book clubs at the library are restarting and I‘ve nearly finished my YALSA reading (which I‘m not allowed to publicly discuss) so I‘m Slooowly coming back to Litsy. This is the first book club book of the year and I cannot wait to see what the group thinks. I had trouble with the audio to start, but when it clicked- I fell in love. Such creative writing!

Tamra Yes! 💜 4mo
megnews I loved the format and everyone says the audio is great but I don‘t think I could follow it. 4mo
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Mail Call | R. Lee Ermey
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Heads up @AmberWB ! It took me the full month since I received the package for me to read what‘s in the package... but it is now on its way to you!! Enjoy!! @Tattooedteacher @EH2018 #lmpbc

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Scythe | Neal Shusterman
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Just raced through this book in 2 days to be ready for a book group and woah... I‘ve liked Shusterman in the past, but I had forgotten how easily he gets me wrapped up in the story! As soon as I have control over my reading choices again, I will read the rest of this trilogy.

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Latest Readings | Clive James
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I hate not sharing all the great books I‘m reading, but I am enjoying my work, reading for YALSA‘s Quick Picks list. Here‘s a snapshot of my reading stats for February. #bookreport #monthlystats

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Cane we get a big Litsy #welcomewagon hello to @Cfuhr716 who just joined! She was looking for a new bookish community because FB was feeling too negative. OBVIOUSLY I suggested Litsy - such a fun positive place!

TheSpineView 😍Welcome to Litsy @Cfuhr716 the best bookish community around! 😍 11mo
bibliobliss Welcome 💗📚 11mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Glad to have you on Litsy @Cfuhr716 !!! 11mo
Tattooedteacher Hi there! Welcome to Litsy @Cfuhr716 11mo
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Eleanor and Park | Rainbow Rowell
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Mehso-so

Finished this reread for book group tomorrow night; 8 years since I‘d first read this. It did not age well. And while Eleanor‘s story still reads as tragic as ever, my discomfort comes more with being more aware of Park‘s character. It feels like a case of #fakediversity where he is half Korean just to be an other, a matched misfit to E‘s redhead with a terrible family situation. I‘m still processing. I loved this the first time. Now...

LibrarianRyan Ahhh. Former staff member spent years telling everyone hoe glorious 100 years of solitude was. The book club she hosted at the library decided to read it, so she did a reread. 20 years later and a different perspective, she couldn‘t understand what she used to see in it. 11mo
Butterfinger I was wondering about this one for fake diversity. 10mo
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American Spy: A Novel | Lauren Wilkinson
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There were so many places this story could go and really explore... instead it was boring, included too much political theory & strategy, and had a blah non-ending. I think it maybe was trying for too much all at once. The narrator for the audio was fantastic- no fault of hers.

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Seriously this was very cute & fun! #picturebook #readingwhileworking

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Ruin and Rising | Leigh Bardugo
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I couldn‘t help myself and read this book yesterday and today. And I‘m so glad I did! Great ending to@this series- very strong. Nikolai is still my favorite, so I am looking forward to his duology... but now I REALLY DO have to turn my reading choices over to work and YALSA Quick Picks! For real! #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 12mo
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Siege and Storm | Leigh Bardugo
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I‘m almost never a fan of the second book in a trilogy... there‘s really a lot of moving plot on to book 3 and it always feels a little too long. This was peppered with some action, humor, and some great characters. I‘m a big Nikolai fane right now. Hoping I can squeeze the last book in before I‘m completely buried in ‘required‘ reading that I mostly can‘t post about! #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 12mo
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Is This Anything? | Jerry Seinfeld
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Also finished this audio today, read by the author. It was set up like a trip through time - the evolution of Seinfeld‘s stand up through small bits. I enjoyed it, but don‘t expect continuous lol moments... audiences help create those.

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Fangs | Sarah Andersen
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Andersen is breaking out of the “Sarah‘s Scribbles” - but not too far. This is about a relationship between a vampire and werewolf, but is still mostly sequential comics and not a developed story. Also, some funny, but some obvious/predictable jokes. #bookspinbingo #lastfreespace #probablyunpopularopinion

abookishbutterfly I understand your perspective. I had been really interested in reading it until I took a closer look at it in the bookstore. It wasn‘t quite what I was hoping for! 12mo
TheAromaofBooks I found this one quite adorable (and loved the actual way the book was printed/bound) but was sad that there isn't more of an actual plot to it. 12mo
Sarahreadstoomuch @TheAromaofBooks yes, the “presentation” was really well done. I think that may have led me to think there would be more to this than there was! 12mo
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Just finished this for one of my book clubs.... such a sweet story! I loved Don‘s perspective, and how he processed different situations from what to have for dinner to falling in love (and realizing that it was love). #bookspinbingo

Soubhiville I loved this book, and the second. I have book 3 lounging on my TBR. Someday! 12mo
TheAromaofBooks I've been meaning to read this one for quite some time! 12mo
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Um, not really sure how to take this one. On one hand, pretty much nailed the personality of a 6 year old. Other hand, I can‘t imagine reading this to a child and they being very interested. I could be wrong, but... #rorygilmorereadingchallenge #bookspinbingo

Butterfinger My child, currently 9, loves Eloise. I have read those books a million times. In our copy, there is a page that opens out to show Eloise's map or journey of the elevator and floors. We have spent hours on just that page. Nahnee!!! 12mo
Sarahreadstoomuch @Butterfinger this had that too - which was pretty cool. I‘m glad that kids still like it! It‘s a classic for sure, but I wondered. 12mo
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The Bone Houses | Emily Lloyd-Jones
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It took me a bit to warm up to the story, but then it took off! Thanks to @Endowarrior21 for including this on your #newyearwhodis list! I don‘t think I would have found it on my own. #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks I've seen mixed reviews on this one, so I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it!! 12mo
Sarahreadstoomuch @TheAromaofBooks I should say the big “reveal” was not terribly surprising, but I liked how it finally dawned upon the characters. 12mo
Endowarrior21 I am glad you liked it 😊. I am waiting for the two I picked from your list to be released from the library they are in quarantine. 12mo
Sarahreadstoomuch @Endowarrior21 yay! I can‘t wait to see what you chose and what you think!! 12mo
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Dad Is Fat | Jim Gaffigan
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Quick listen that made me laugh out loud in the car and while audio-puzzling!

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This is a sweet picture book to help small children think and deal with sadness. I loved the illustrations and colors used. Thanks to my children‘s librarian friend who mentioned this one to me!

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I chose this audio on a whim, and it was a good choice! Creepy with some fun, a bit of sad, and a few jabs at the patriarchy and systemic racism. #bookspinbingo #freespace #centersquare

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The Wedding Party | Jasmine Guillory
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What a freaking day. Thankfully I finished this up and got a happy ever after despite all the crazy in the Capitol today. #justtwoweeksleft #thanksgeorgia #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Great progress! 13mo
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The Final Score | Jaci Burton
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I was just about to permanently shelve my 2019-2020 book journal when I realized I hadn‘t given my final score for #teamereadnosedreindeer in #wintergames2020! My final score is - 4,762 points! Thanks for a great month of reading and events @StayCurious and @Clwojick !

StayCurious Great job!! 13mo
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The Good Sister | Jamie Kain
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Just finished my December #lmpbc book - and realized I left these books completely off my January #bookspinbingo card. Whoops! #freespace it is. Mailing out as soon as I can!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 13mo
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Giant Days Vol. 14 | John Allison
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They‘ve graduated. We see glimpses of their lives past uni and... is it okay that I‘m still not ready for it to be over? Because I really loved these girls and this series. #firstbook #bookspinbingo #boardnotreadyyet #wintergames2020 #lastday #teamreadnosedreindeer 11pts

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 13mo
ravenlee I just checked out the first volume from hoopla. I hope I like it as much as I want to, but I‘m a little anxious. Does that make sense? 13mo
Sarahreadstoomuch @ravenlee makes total sense! I hope you do like it, but don‘t sweat it if it doesn‘t work for you. 😉 13mo
Sarahreadstoomuch @TheAromaofBooks turns out this was my #doublespin! Woohoo! 13mo
TheAromaofBooks Alright!!! 13mo
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Untilted | Autechre
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10 more than last year! Happy reading in the new year everyone! #bye2020

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This was so fun! And filled with such heart. I‘m glad to list it as my last completed book for 2020. It feels right. And a sequel coming in July? Count me in! #bookspinbingo #BOOKSPIN #wintergames2020 #teamreadnosedreindeer 16pts

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Fabulous month!!! 13mo
rockpools That‘s a fab book to end the year on! 13mo
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The Good Sister | Jamie Kain
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My December #lmpbc book just arrived - a full 2 1/2 weeks after it was mailed. Thanks, USPS. It shouldn‘t take that long from NY to NH! Lol. I will get this read and mailed as soon as I can!

EH2018 Oh, wow, that took a long time! 13mo
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Here‘s my list for January. But here‘s the thing - it might be my last list for a while... or not. I‘m not really sure. I‘m really excited to be on a YALSA committee starting Jan 1, but that means I can‘t really share what I‘m reading on social media. Or at least not give any indication of what I thought about it... so this might be it. We‘ll see. But YAY reading for a committee again!! ⬇️

Sarahreadstoomuch The books will start arriving by the end of January, so we‘ll see how much of this actually happens before then! 13mo
Librarybelle Oh! Congratulations! 13mo
CaitZ Congratulations on the YALSA committee! 13mo
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TheAromaofBooks Oooo exciting!! Well, if you want to use those books to continue participating in #BookSpin, you can make an anonymous list - just use cover colors, or initials, or whatever you want to do to keep track of which is which!! 13mo
Sarahreadstoomuch @TheAromaofBooks great idea!! Because I think I can post pics of my board without giving positive or negative feedback on the book itself... And I wonder if I can still fit in my TBR books, outside the required reading... it‘s my goal anyway! 13mo
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Scored | Sloane Howell
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The word game gave me a huge boost in points this week! My total score for #teamreadnosedreindeer in #wintergames2020 is..... 4,685! Just a couple days left to earn points now!