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jessjess

jessjess

Joined December 2017

🇨🇦 🐈 ☕ 🎮 🏔️ 📚 ✝️ Goal: 44/52 books total Goal: #popsugar21 challenge Goal: #readharder21 challenge
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A Study In Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas
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Charlotte Bronte by Jane Eyre
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Frozen | Mary Casanova
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I took this yesterday. It's my back deck. It's about 2 ft snow overall (I haven't shoveled the deck since November and I'm kind of nervous to now lol) and yes that is frost on the window. Frost on the front door too, I had to yank it hard to open it.

Tomorrow's forecast shows a beautiful 0 degrees which will be time to shovel out the drive and walkway and clear off my car finally

Elizabeth2 😳🥶 1w
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So it's been like -40 for most of the week and snowing... which is not weather that I like to walk to the mailbox in. But tonight we went out because it's warming up and I got to check the mailbox and it was FULL of awesome mail. Thank you all so much! I'll be doing replies here throughout the week but just wanted to post my blessing here and say thank you all so much!

Smrloomis 🥶🥶🥶 Glad you were rewarded for going outside! Don‘t know if I could handle being out in weather like that, even for a little bit! 1w
jessjess @Smrloomis it's definitely not my favourite thing that's for sure! 1w
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Thank you @melissajayne for this wonderful #littlechristmasswap gift!! I LOVE red licorice and opening this was heaven sent 🥰

jessjess And a big thank you goes to @bookish_wookish for organizing the #lcs swap for us all! It was really nice to participate in ☺ 2w
melissajayne I am glad you like the package; hope you enjoy it all. 2w
jessjess @melissajayne definitely am muching on licorice right now 😊 2w
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#thinkpositivebepostive quote for the week is from the lovely introvertdoodles over on IG. I'm a big time introvert and make no bones about it!

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Grave War | Kalayna Price
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Book 19 on my #bookspin bingo is Grave War, the last of the Alex Craft novels by Kalayna Price. If you like urban fantasy crossed with detectives then I recommend this series about a death-magic reality-shifting private detective. Lots of interesting characters and plot threads, the romance is good, and I'm sorry it's all over and I read them so fast 😭 thanks library for getting the entire collection in over the holidays! 😊

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It's crazy to think that "all" I've read is 56 books yet that is a lot for me! It's also 4 books past my goal of 52 ?

jessjess This year I'm going for 104 🤯 3w
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That is IT I'm staying inside huddled up with the cats 😭

Smrloomis 😨 whoa, that‘s seriously cold! Stay warm 🥶🥶🥶 3w
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Yikes! I hope you're keeping warm up there. Sending warm, cozy thoughts your way. 3w
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What I'm doing with the stickers (so far) is decorating the inside front cover.

I got a present over Christmas from Granny Lowey (my dad's mom) who has been having what we hope is a lovely alternate heavenly vacation with Grandpa since 2018. It was a pair of scarves that belonged to her, and because they were vacuumed sealed they smelled very strongly of her. Instant tears and memories of watching Judge Judy and TWD with her 💕

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And also new happy mail today is this adorable Christmas card featuring a holiday doggo and some beautiful vellum stickers from @BookwormAHN

Thank you so much 💖💖💖

I'll be sending out letters next week as I want to take time to read and visit with my inlaws, we're doing a Christmas-New Years Eve combo tomorrow 😊

BookwormAHN 😺😺 3w
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Happy Birthday mail I got today from @Lovesbooks87

Thank you so much Jessica!! It's greatly appreciated 😊

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Best gift my husband gave me this year was a new #bulletjournal 💖 to help me write out my goals and thoughts and stuff.

I've never really done it before - it's hard to stick with it - but I'm going to try really hard to set aside time every day to keep up with it.

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My January #bookspin card (are we using #bookspin or #bookspin22 as the hastag?)

Weather: -24 C and snowing
Mood: feeling productive
Drinking: iced coffee
Working On: my 2022 bujo planner

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And here is my lineup for the #newyearspecial #20in4 #treasurehunt challenge:

🌺 Goal: 20 chapters in days
🌿 Ultimate Challenge: finish all 4 books
🍁 Additional Bonus Points: find all the words for the treasure hunt

Here's to a great rest of 2021!

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1) My greatest achievement this year was crossing my bucket list item of "suspension bridge walk" which I did back in July during our 2nd anniversary. My greatest challenges this year have been trying to improve my A1C, dealing with IBS and also dealing with my mom's cancer diagnosis and and family drama fallout from that.

2) Left-handed Booksellers of London was my favourite book for 2021

3) I hope that 2022 brings better health for me.

Eggs I hope everyone feels better next year❤️❤️ 3w
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This month being cold (whitecourt is #14 on the coldest places in the world today at a balmy -37 C but easily feels like -45 with the wind) I've managed to get some reading in. Reviews in comments but I'm pretty pleased with my progress this month 🥰

jessjess Namesake by Adrienne Young is the sequel to Fable, and honestly I am loving this duo of pirates, gem sages and intrigues. Definitely in my top 10 for 2021 list! 3w
jessjess The Folk of the Air Trilogy by Holly Black (Cruel Prince, Wicked King and Queen of Nothing) was a series I'd had on hold for what felt like FOREVER at the library and was it worth it? Meh. There was *so much* while reading that made me go wtf?!? during various plot points. Like Madoc. Redcap kills your family and leads a rebellion against you and you LET HIM LIVE URGH 😫 3w
jessjess Finally after watching the first season on Amazon Prime I read A Discovery of Witches and I really liked it, it is better than the TV (they usually are) and I look forward to the next in this trilogy. 3w
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#20in4 Reading Challenge for the end of the year!

I was tagged by @kspenmoll but anyone can join in, comment and let me know what y'all are reading 📚 💚

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If you like some piano music give this album a try, it's all dreamy tones and wistfulness.

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Christmas Miracle | Violette Dubrinsky
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Everyone who sent me a birthday or Christmas card - know that they have been received and I am replying - but I put them all up here and they made me really happy. I definitely have been struggling lately with family drama and medical stuff but these have helped me a lot. All is not grimdark all the time. 😭

jessjess I should clarify some of these are family/friends 4w
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Snowscape | Patrick Ness
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Lord if we could stop with the snow that would be great 😭 it's up to my mid shins and still coming down like rain

kspenmoll Meanwhile, we have rain. 1mo
jessjess @kspenmoll I don't mind a LITTLE BIT of snow but this is... it's a lot. It's probably normal for our area but we didn't get hardly any snow in November so it's making up for it in spades 😅 1mo
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This month I was involved in a big (for me) Christmas Baking Exchange! I made the chocolate peppermint crinkles in the bottom left corner. I've never baked such a large batch in my life 😅 I loved the rectangular cookies which had a peanut-coconut filling, reminiscent of Amish Church Spread.

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Midnight in Everwood | M.A. Kuzniar
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Just in time for Christmas 🎄 ☺

BookwormM Brilliant book for this time of year 👍 4w
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My bingo card for December #bookspin and #bookspinbingo 🌸🌺

bookish_wookish Hi! Have you sent out your Little Christmas swap yet? Im being told there is an issue with Canada Post and packages not making it to their destinations. 1mo
jessjess @bookish_wookish no, I was planning to ship Monday though 1mo
bookish_wookish Ok! Thanks for the update! 1mo
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The new floors are almost all done, they need to cure then tomorrow they'll get finished. But this is how it looks. That hexagonal vinyl in the kitchen is so beautiful and I love the grey tones overall. That's me dishwasher in the living room, the stove and fridge are behind it but I could only plug in one appliance so obviously I chose the perishables 😆 I can't wait to be DONE done and start decorating

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December's #bookspinbingo list. This time I'm writing the books right on the grid and I'll write the numbers over top and I'll pin it to the wall so I don't lost it in the moving like I did with November's list.

jessjess @TheAromaofBooks Thank you for hosting these every month! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
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The Hallowed Ones | Laura Bickle
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A horror story about vampires and the Amish sounded interesting to me, and while it delivered on gore and spookiness I was left really annoyed with some character's choices and the way the tale unfolded. There's no resolution to some of the conflicts (perhaps in the sequel, but this one I probably will pass on).

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This one was interesting and a good contrast to The Hallowed Ones. Both are books with a horror bent and both have religious-as-oppression overtones. This one though I enjoyed slightly more, the characters are a little more likeable in their search for hope and redemption and in the end Agnes's leadership is actually inspiring and what I would hope would happen in a worldwide apocalypse.

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West | Edith Pattou
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West is the sequel to East, both were really good. It is YA fantasy, set in a pretty well thought out world with various mythologies influencing the story. I really like the wind-magic system, and I also enjoy the "hero in need of rescuing" flip, usually it's the damsel in distress but not with these books! I would love to see these be made into a movie ?

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The Night Weaver | Monique Snyman
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The Night Weaver by Monique Syman was an interesting YA novel. Good for people wanting a different take on faeries with a little creepiness and romance mixed in. WHAT I DID NOT LIKE WAS THE CONSTANT USE OF PRESENT TENSE.

There, I said it. It's all in present tense which was jarring occasionally, but I got over it enough to read the next in this series and I'll likely read the third (if there is one) to finish the story, so to speak.

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tenar Congratulations! 🎈 I‘m at 52 books, too! 2mo
jessjess @tenar thank you, it's my biggest challenge yet and I'm so glad I was able to complete it! 2mo
tenar @jessjess That‘s so awesome! 👏🏻 2mo
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AmyG 🎉🎉🎉 2mo
TheSpineView Awesome! 🥳🥳🥳 2mo
Reggie Great job! 2mo
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On the good note I woke up and had 2 holds come in:

🌸 Agnes At The End of the World by Kelly McWilliams
🌸 West by Edith Pattou (this is a sequel to East)

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Perhaps the most annoying thing about being sick right now is that I was scheduled to get my shot yesterday and had to back out. I was willing but apparently my sinusitis is bad enough that the recommendation came back as a no. The good news though is that my pharmacist said as soon as I'm healthier he will get me in so that's at least something positive. I'm headed back to bed, I was up all night.

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Shadow and Bone | Leigh Bardugo
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So.... this week I've been down with a nasty sinus infection (I get them every year at this time, like an unfriendly reminder of my mortalit- okay, I'll stop being dramatic 😅) and committed the cardinal sin of binging Shadow & Bone on Netflix without having read any of the books (I did this with the Witcher, too,although I'd played the games before). Now I've just finished this one, and onto the next, and I kind of like the TV one better. 🤷‍♀️

jessjess This is not to say that I hate this book, just I was expecting to read the Six of Crows cast in this and they aren't (obvs.) Which on the one hand, great move for the TV fans but on the other hand now means I have to read that book, as well... which isn't really a bad thing, to be fair! 😅 Well, I am heading back to bed as I'm on all the pain relief and cold meds I could take, and am now blissfully unaware and uncaring of the world, go team 2mo
rsteve388 So I am currently in the middle of Six of Crows and I don't know what it is but I like it better than Shadow and Bone I think because the writing feels more mature. 2mo
jessjess @rsteve388 I'm looking forward to reading that when my holds come through! 2mo
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Heart Lines | Gemma Troy
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Feeling this today 💕

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Try stuffing that chicken with apples and lemon and serve with sweet potato, carrots, potatoes and apples for an impressive fall dinner. Serve with smaunt fat slash creamy gravy and light some candles to make it all fancy 😋

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Looks yummy!! 2mo
jessjess @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks thank you it was so good! 2mo
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🎃 October was a pretty stressful month all around what with Mom's surgery, big time family drama, and the kitchen renovation being stalled. But those in between moments were nice.
🍁 getting the renovation done, decorating for Christmas and making gifts
🍂 I have some really good friends here in my friend group who have been doing a recipe swap of sorts, and I've got so many new things to try to make.

#thankfulThursday @MoonWitch94

MoonWitch94 I feel like October was THE month for family drama 😒 So many of us going through it at the same time. Sending peaceful thoughts to you! Thanks for playing 🐿🍁📖🧡 2mo
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Fragile: A Novel | Lisa Unger
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Up next is Fragile by Lisa Unger

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I made my own #bookspinbingo card for this month 😁 hopefully this will help me stay on target and get some reading in!

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Paprika | Yasutaka Tsutsui
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You ever read a book that starts weird, gets weirder and just keeps leaning into it until every other page is left with you saying quietly to yourself "what the f"?

Paprika is that book for me. It starts with the theft of a device that enables a user to enter someone else's dreams and actively change them, and it ends with a dizzying blend of reality and dream, of "real" and "not real". Great sci-fi thriller.

jessjess So I had to go back and re-read some of this because sometimes the writing was badly translated. And it's clunky and a scene which at first glance seemed okay turned out to be very problematic. After confirming that I was re-reading it rightly I've changed my review, I feel like although the premise is good the writer could have skipped out some scenes, phrases, and homophobia. 2mo
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Paprika | Yasutaka Tsutsui
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I'm about a quarter of the way into this book, which was billed as a sci-fi dream detective story that also has an anime I can watch later. Right now it's a little bit dragging on so I switched out for one of my other books (I have about 4-5 going at the same time usually)

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My #bookspin bingo list for November. Wishing everyone a cozy November filled with warmth and good drinks and good reading

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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! I actually have a huge soft spot for November - the beginning of the cozy season, I think!! 3mo
jessjess @TheAromaofBooks for us usually Nov 1 is snow on the ground and boots and jackets and lots of blankets so yes, very much cozy season. I am getting really into the concept of snuggly this year. 3mo
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The Kingdom of Childhood | Rebecca Coleman
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Next up is "The Kingdom of Childhood" by Rebecca Coleman featuring Peregrin's seal of approval. We're hiding out in the reading room because our kitchen is FINALLY getting repaired ? and my husband left us to go on a fishing trip. ?

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Trading in Danger | Elizabeth Moon
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Starting with "Trading in Danger" by Elizabeth Moon this five-book series, Vatta's War, follows Kylara Vatta, a recently-expelled space academy student whose first trading mission (her family is a big trading company) goes off the rails.

This series was really good. Easy to read with good world-building and plot. High stakes here and I definitely cried in at least one scene.

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#thinkpositivebepositive quote for Saturday October 23

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East | Edith Pattou
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Currently Reading East by Edith Patou. I have a whole other post to do about books I've been reading but this is what I'm currently on.

In personal news, Mom has had her surgery and from the sounds of it it was successful, so she's back home resting. Now she has to do her chemo and get some more scans done.

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Thank you to everyone who's been reaching out to check up on me. In the last two months things have gone bananas. Our home (rented) had a major water leak that's been going on long before we moved in. Fixing it is a lengthy process but as you can see I have no cupboards, no insulation (it was very moldy) and no wall. We're waiting to get all that fixed.

I've got more stuff, I just need to vent it all out so I'll post in the comments.

jessjess My husband's aunt and her family came to visit and we had a really great day with them before they headed for home. On the way home their eldest son died. We don't know too much about that bit he did have cerebral palsy so that may have affected it. He was only 18 and it was a shock. 4mo
jessjess In between all of this my mom has been getting scans and they have discovered she has a mass in her colon. They just did a biopsy to see if it's malignant but the specialist was reportedly concerned. Colorectal cancer killed my Dad in 2017 and this is not to sound clichéd but this is almost too much for my mind to wrap around. I've been depressed and stress eating and crying my ways through the days. 4mo
jessjess I want to keep up with writing to you all but honestly I just stare at the paper and I don't know what to say. I haven't been doing much reading of new stuff, just comforting reads from my past when I do read. I've been sleeping a lot and everything hurts and I'm so darned tired and it's hard to be positive right now. My husband has been a blessing in this by helping me to keep the house relatively clean and us fed, thankful for that. 4mo
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jessjess Looking after myself is always last on the list but it has definitely been dropped 4mo
jessjess Currently I have gained 30 lbs from eating all the time, and my medications are not being taken regularly on schedule. So right now this week my priority is to get on a sleeping schedule and get my medicine back on track. Then after that I am going to work on writing back to everyone who sent me a note. If you are waiting for a reply from me, please drop me a comment below so I can start a tracking sheet, please and -- thank you all for listening. 4mo
Librarybelle ❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
Texreader Much love and many prayers to you! 4mo
LazyOwl 💕 hope things get fixed for you soon and your sleep schedule improves. 4mo
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Today's #thinkpositivebepositive quote made me laugh when I saw it but really sometimes you do need a drink and a snack

katy4peas Tea always helps! ☕️ 6mo
jessjess @katy4peas absolutely! Nothing like a big mug of chai or peppermint for me ☺️ 6mo
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kspenmoll Or coffee in my case! 6mo
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Dial a for Aunties | Jesse Q. Sutanto
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Next up is this one which has been popping up all over my Goodreads follows. Can't wait to dig into it!

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Freshwater | Akwaeke Emezi
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This was a fascinating if sometimes horrifying story. It reads both quickly but also slowly because every other paragraph you have to take in and digest it. All the trigger warnings but it is an amazing take on identity and what it means to be a person, in both beauty and horror.

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This is me on our second year anniversary last week doing the Skybridge in Golden BC.

I'm hanging in there - there's good days like this one and there's the days I don't want to leave the bedroom. Today was a particularly rough one as my Mom called to tell me they are indeed sending her for a colonoscopy and are suspicious she may also have colorectal cancer, the same thing that killed my Dad.

jessjess It's a hard struggle this month to have faith and be strong, and I'm really grateful I have Rick and Sam and Perry to comfort me. I've been on the bike twice, and am waiting to hear if I'll be interviewing for a dream job, and the house is about half unpacked. Lots of love to you all at Litsy, I'm backed up on mail but I'm working at getting it caught up (nudge me if you're waiting, please) ❤️ 6mo
Bookwormjillk Take your time and hope things get better. I‘m glad you have a support system. 6mo
BookishMarginalia Big hug 💜 6mo
LeahBergen Sending ❤️❤️❤️ 6mo
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