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Zoes_Human

Zoes_Human

Joined February 2019

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¡Vamos a leer! by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Juan Valera, Sturgis E. Leavitt, Sterling A. Stoudemire, Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, Mariano José de Larra, Vicente Blasco Ibáñez, Emilia Pardo Bazán, Pedro Antonio de Alarcón
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The Scar by China Miville
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The Complete Works by William Shakespeare
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The Kindle edition of this AMAZING collection of speculative fiction short stories is on sale for $3.99 right now!!!

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07FSLQXY8/ref=as_li_tf_il?imprToken=ega-KxLSG...

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Nine Perfect Strangers | Liane Moriarty
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A bizarre yet entrancing book that wasn't at all what I expected. Humorous, strange, and fun. Full of characters that are equally annoying and relatable. More of a dark comedy than a thriller. Excellent performance by narrator Caroline Lee.

Loads and loads of WTF moments.

LapReader I find her voice too Australian for my liking and I am an Australian. 1d
Zoes_Human @LapReader 😂 😂 😂

I'm from the southeastern United States and have a Southern accent. I definitely know the feeling you mean because I've heard some accents from my region and though “Oh, honey, that drawl is too much.“

I guess I'm glad that I don't know enough about Australian accents to recognize the flaw. 😀
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La casita de chocolate: libro y audiolibro | Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm, Miguel Jiménez Hernández, Raquel Sánchez Sánchez
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Mehso-so

The narration is superb but does divert from the text here and there.

RE: The ending of H&G. I've always hated it. The dad let someone convince him to ABANDON HIS KIDS IN THE WOODS REPEATEDLY! It's not all OK just because the stepmom wandered off somewhere. Fuck that guy. They should have run off and done their own thing without him. Clearly they're competent enough to do so. Though I suspect they both made bad dating decisions later in life.

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Bubbles | Kit Chase
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Meh. The art is incredibly cute, but the story isn't even interesting enough to be saccharine.

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Summerland | Hannu Rajaniemi
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This wasn't particularly suspenseful, mysterious, or surprising. It was, in fact, quite predictable. Yet it was also fun and adventurous. I liked the complexity of the characters, their nuanced morality. I enjoyed rooting for them. In particular, I enjoyed rooting for two people on opposite sides of one another.

All in all, it was a fun, light read. Nothing taxing, but rather a rollicking adventure. I hated “The Quantum Thief“ but this I liked.

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What happens when an invasive species strikes the whole planet at the same time? This short story follows a child into adulthood and through to his final days as a slow alien invasion comes in a form we weren't expecting.

You can read this for free at https://www.tor.com/2018/09/19/nine-last-days-on-planet-earth-daryl-gregory/

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You don‘t want to miss The Litsy Awards, organized by the lovely @LibrarianRyan 🎉!

It is time to submit your nominations for the #LitsyAwards. The books have to be published in the US between Jan 1, 2019 and Dec 31, 2019. YOU MUST HAVE READ THE BOOK TO NOMINATE IT.

The full rules are in the form. The nomination form will be live for the MONTH. Happy nominating.

https://forms.gle/FhV62SipsUwd5kzp6

Please feel free to share link and graphic

Zoes_Human I just lifted this post word-for-word from @4thhouseontheleft 😁 7d
LibrarianRyan Thank you! 7d
Zoes_Human @LibrarianRyan My pleasure! Thank you for doing this! 6d
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Summerland | Hannu Rajaniemi
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Current Status: Comfy AF

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An American Marriage | Tayari Jones
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The Kindle edition is on sale for $1.99 on US Amazon right now.

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What is it like to spend your childhood as the last human on Earth? To be loved and fostered by beings who pity, yet do not regret, the fate of your species? To be raised on a dying world? A hauntingly beautiful apocalyptic tale.

Read for free at https://www.tor.com/2018/08/15/no-flight-without-the-shatter-brooke-bolander/ or support the author for just 99 cents on Amazon.

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“All the world‘s a graveyard.”

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Leave it to Poe to make bells creepy AF.

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This charming fairytale is sure to put a smile on the faces of children and adults alike. The art is lovely, as one should expect from a Caldecott winner, but, unlike many winners, the story is excellent as well.

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1. A great book for lovers of language and feminism

2. Invisibility

3. Leo

4. Read, Eat, Chill

5. @SabrinaS & @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego & @SamHeartCoffee & @swishandflick & @StayCurious

@HowJessReads #FriYayIntro

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Much like computer science, speculative fiction and horror are arenas where women have always been present yet are treated as interlopers. This wonderful collection of microbiographies, 41 in all, examines the women who helped build and shape these genres. In the final section, we are given brief overviews of the women currently driving five different styles of work in these categories. The little illustrations are delightful as well.

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The Stupidest Angel | Christopher Moore
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🎂Chocolate Spliff Cake from Nine Mile - chocolate cake with just the perfect amount of cayenne pepper and a sprig of fresh mint

📖Tagged: The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror by Christopher Moore

🙏 That I don't have to worry about where my next meal is coming from or where I'm sleeping at night. That I'm safe in my home and no one hits or hurts me there.

@Eggs #wondrouswednesday

Eggs I hope no one ever hurts or hits you anywhere 🙁 2w
Zoes_Human Thanks, @Eggs. I know those seem like ordinary things to be grateful for, but, in my childhood, I couldn't always say all of that. Even at 47 years of age, with all of that decades into my past, I'm still deeply comforted and grateful to know that food, shelter, and safety are something I can simply expect now. And, I don't know how to explain it, but safety in my house is particularly meaningful to me in a way that safety outside of it isn't. (edited) 2w
Zoes_Human @Eggs Which is not to say that I'm not grateful to be safe outside of my house, but it's just not as present in my mind in the same way. 2w
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“In July 2018, Hulu announced that a television adaptation of The Vampire Chronicles is in the works, for which Rice will collaborate with her son Christopher, who will serve as writer and producer.”

Wait, what?!

ShyBookOwl Interesting! I've learned not to get my hopes up when adaptations are announced though -- they seem to fall through frequently... RIP Y: The Last Man 😞 lol 2w
Zoes_Human @ShyBookOwl They are filming already! 2w
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Damn.

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“In 1948, the New Yorker published a short story by a then-unknown writer. The tale, about an ordinary town with a sinister secret, so outraged readers that the magazine reported receiving more negative mail than ever before, including many subscription cancellations.

That story was “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, which went on to become one of the most famous short stories in American literature.”

rwmg It might be interesting to read some of those letters (edited) 2w
Zoes_Human @rwmg Right? It's been a while since I've I've read the story. Decades, actually. I can't remember anything about it that would be so upsetting though. Time for a revisit. I'm pretty certain I have an anthology that has it in there. 2w
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1. Nope.

2. At 50 pages, if I'm not enjoying it, I ask myself if I'm learning anything from it. If the answer to that is no, I move on. If it's racist, sexist, transphobic, homophobic, or exhibits any other sort of annoying trait, I'll quit sooner.

@TheSpineView #Two4Tuesday

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 💜📚💜 3w
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Zoes_Human @TheSpineView Great questions! Thanks for posting it. 😊 3w
TheSpineView @Zoes_Human YRW.. Happy Tuesday! 3w
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I adore this illustration 🥰

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Nine Perfect Strangers | Liane Moriarty
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“It‘s a loss. You‘re allowed to grieve your loss even if it‘s embarrassing.”

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The Complete Works | William Shakespeare
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From The Comedy of Errors, Adriana in response to being told “A man is master of his liberty”:

“Why should their liberty than ours be more?”

That‘s what I‘m saying, girl!

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“How infamous was she? Cavendish scandalized polite society more than once; on one occasion, she showed up to a theater event wearing a dress that exposed her breasts, including her nipples, which she had thoughtfully painted red.”

Reminds me of a friend. 😊

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1. Tagged plus Best of the Best Volume 2: 20 Years of the Best Short Science Fiction Novels, Nine Perfect Strangers, ¡Vamos a leer!, The Scar, Favorite Poems, & The Complete Works of Shakespeare.

2. Um, yes.

3. Well, I'm friends with two authors, but they were my friends well before they published so I don't know if that counts.

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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How to Speak Cat: A Guide to Decoding Cat Language | Gary Weitzman, Aline Alexander Newman
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This is an excellent book to get the juvenile in your life who is an existing or new cat person. Co-written by a veterinarian, it is full of science-based information to help them understand and care for their animal. It's also full of interesting cat-trivia and cat pictures. Suitable for ages 8 - 12. I would, however, as with any nonfiction, recommend seeking out the newest edition.

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rather_be_reading omg so true 3w
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Red Clocks: A Novel | Leni Zumas
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This examines what it means to be a woman, the struggle to control your life as one, & the accusations we face when we dare to defy the restrictions placed on us. This softly disturbing, near-future dystopia is so utterly contemporary in its feel and the single, devastating change to law so realistic that it leaves you unsettled as does the quiet sound in the night that you aren't quite sure you really heard but can't stop listening for.

Come-read-with-me @Zoes_human I‘ve heard great things about this book. Thanks for the wonderful review! 3w
Hooked_on_books Excellent review. You really captured this book. I loved it and found it so chilling for the exact reasons you detail. 3w
Zoes_Human @Come-read-with-me Thank you so much! 3w
Zoes_Human @Hooked_on_books Thank you! I suspect that some of the folks who don't like it, may have disliked it because it is too disturbingly possible. In most dystopias, you can separate yourself a bit because it's not quite possible or it's possible but far away from now. 3w
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Doctor Sleep: A Novel | Stephen King
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Saw the movie today. I'm pretty sure this is my favorite King adaptation of all time!

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1. Petrichor

2. As many as it takes. N.K. Jemisin's Broken Earth Trilogy.

3. Nope.

4. @maytas @samheartcoffee @ljuliel

@eggs #wondrouswednesday

Zoes_Human @ljuliel Oh my goodness, so sorry to dredge up unpleasantness for you. 4w
Eggs Thanks for joining in @Zoes_Human 💗📚🥳 4w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Sher is the sweetest person I know 💗 4w
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Zoes_Human @Eggs My pleasure! These are fun. 😊
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Eggs Thanks💕 @zoes_human. Glad you like them! 4w
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Red Clocks: A Novel | Leni Zumas
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“Have you ever considered ... how much time has been stolen from the lives of girls and women due to agonizing over their appearance? ... How many minutes, hours, months, even actual years, of their lives do girls and women waste in agonizing? And how many billions of dollars of corporate profit are made as a result?”

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📖 The Color of Magic

🎬Some Like It Hot (specifically the bit where everyone is arriving at the train station)

🎶“The End of the Line“ by The Traveling Wilburys

#manicmonday @joscho

JoScho Thanks for playing 😊🧳 4w
Zoes_Human @JoScho You are welcome! These are cute, fun, and a good mental exercise in creativity. 4w
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Red Clocks: A Novel | Leni Zumas
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1. Tagged plus Best of the Best Volume 2: 20 Years of the Best Short Science Fiction Novels, Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty, ¡Vamos a leer!, The Scar by China Miéville, Favorite Poems, and The Complete Works by William Shakespeare

2. “It is clammy and springy, like a hard-cooked egg.“ (from tagged book)

3. Homemade hot chocolate with cayenne

@rachelsbrittain #weekendreads

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A Thousand Splendid Suns | Khaled Hosseini
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The Kindle edition is on sale for $1.99 on US Amazon right now!

Jee_HookedOnBookz Just saw it too! And of course I got it as well hahaha 1mo
Zoes_Human @Jee_HookedOnBookz I already have two copies (audio and print), so I didn't take advantage of this one. I thought about it though. 😂
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Jee_HookedOnBookz 🤣🤣🤣 4w
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Lonely Planet Thailand | Lonely Planet, Damian Harper, Isabella Noble, Mark Beales, Tim Bewer, Joe Bindloss, Austin Bush, David Eimer, Bruce Evans
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1. Munchkin Cthulhu

2. Thailand

3. I'm at 215 read of my goal of 180.

4. None really. I enter each book with absolute hope.

5. What's the first book you remember blowing you away completely? Doing that thing where you sit back in your reading chair eyes wide and a bit breathless after you finish it.

@howjessreads #friyayintro

vivastory I've never heard of Munchkin Cthulhu, but I'm very intrigued 😄 1mo
Zoes_Human @vivastory OMG The Munchkin games are awesome and they come with multiple themes. They are super fun and funny to play! The Cthulhu set is my favorite. 1mo
TheLibrarian Munchkin is a fun game! And I was blown away by 1mo
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DaveGreen7777 5. “And Then There Were None” by Agatha Christie. I read it at a young age, and it completely blew my mind! 🤯 I was like, “Books can be THIS good?!” 1mo
Zoes_Human @TheLibrarian That looks interesting! 1mo
Zoes_Human @DaveGreen7777 A collection of short stories by Anton Chekhov did that for me. I was stunned by the layers in them. 1mo
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Migrations | Icpbs
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In 2017, the ICPBS collaborated with BIBIANA to produce an exhibition drawing attention to the children and families around the world who were fleeing violence, poverty, and oppression in search of safety. Half of the exhibition consisted of postcards featuring birds created by illustrators from around the world. This book contains some of those works of art.

The art lovely as was some of the poetry. Some of the pieces were quite breathtaking.

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“Unlike many of today‘s novels, all too many of which strike me as novellas grossly padded out to be 500 pages long, there are rarely any wasted words in a good novella, the quality that they share with good short stories.”

So true. I love a good fat tome of a novel, but the need should be there for all those words.

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Bailedbailed

It's prolix yet goes nowhere slowly and in painful detail. In 50 pages, only about three things have happened, unless you want to count multiple cookings of grits. I fucking love grits, but there is simply no excuse for grits to be cooked more than once in the first 50 pages of a book unless I am actually reading a grits cookbook. I'm just gonna wiki why that dude died, because I will cry if I try to read more of this.

marleed Lol! 1mo
jillrhudy What an awesome review 😂 1mo
BarbaraBB 😂😂😂 1mo
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Nine Perfect Strangers | Liane Moriarty
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“Women and their bodies! The most abusive and toxic of relationships. Masha had seen women pinch at the flesh of their stomachs with such brutal self-loathing they left bruises. Meanwhile their husbands fondly patted their own much larger stomachs with rueful pride.”

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Time to find out what all the fuss is about.

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King Mouse | Cary Fagan
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This adorable picture book has gorgeous art and a charming story. The art is old-fashioned and beautiful in sepia tones. The story is amusing and subtle in its approach to themes of leadership, specialness, and kindness. Appropriate for ages 3 to 7.

LibrarianRyan Loved this one! 1mo
Zoes_Human @LibrarianRyan I was taken by surprise with how much I love it. 1mo
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Tor.com Short Fiction Summer 2019 | Seanan McGuire, Michael Swanwick, Rivers Solomon, Carole Johnstone, Tegan Moore, Siobhan Caroll, Silvia Park, M. Evan MacGriogair
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Not the best of the Tor.com short story collections. “For He Can Creep“ is the real standout of this collection with “Seonag and the Seawolves“ and “Any Way the Wind Blows“ tying for a distant but solid second. Everything else ranges from okay to meh.

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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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YES! It's time for my equivalent to the Super Bowl! This was my first year voting in the Romance category as well.

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Confessions of a Shopaholic | Sophie Kinsella
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📖 Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella (which I've never actually read but look at the cover)

🎬 Clueless

🎶 Barbie Girl by Aqua

#manicmonday @joscho

AmyRebecca I thought of Clueless too! 1mo
JoScho Thanks for playing 💕🛍 1mo
Zoes_Human @JoScho My pleasure. These are fun! 1mo
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Nine Perfect Strangers | Liane Moriarty
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“Like so many things in life, it had seemed like an excellent idea at the time.”

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This is one of those fascinating bits of history that blows the doors off of our iconic cultural images of how things happened. My vision of NASA was of white men sitting at banks of computers smoking nervously as they sent more white men into space. I never saw images of other types of people there, so I assumed that they weren't. And oh boy were they there. A fascinating read. I look forward to watching the movie next.

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“... if disaster did befall John Glenn, one secret military document proposed blaming it on the Cubans, using it as an excuse to overthrow Fidel Castro.”

Of course it did.

rwmg Does the book include photos of the actual women rather than those who played them?
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Zoes_Human @rwmg I listened to it on audio, so I have no idea. 1mo
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Good Omens | Gaiman, Neal
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Reread. Light yet intelligent. Laugh out loud funny. Feel good without being insipid. The Hitchhiker's Guide of Armageddon. Pratchett & Gaiman match up perfectly - like roasted red bell peppers and goat cheese. One of my all time favorites. First time with the audio version and enjoyed the narration.

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Roasted sweet potatoes with Brussels sprouts and dirty rice paired with a good book for lunch 😋

tpixie 😋 1mo
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Dragons Love Tacos | Adam Rubin
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1. TACOS!!! 🌮 🌮 🌮

2. Absolutely, I've never met a book in any form that I didn't love.

3. Cool weather and windy days with bright blue skies.

4. None. Though my husband did bake cinnamon rolls and I ate more than none of those, much more than none.

5. Blue mostly, but also sometimes grey and green and brown and orange.

#friYAYintro @howjessreads