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jmkeene

jmkeene

Joined April 2016

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A Gambler's Anatomy: A Novel by Jonathan Lethem
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The Good House by Tananarive Due
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Septimania: A Novel by Jonathan Levi
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Underground Airlines by Ben Winters
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Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye
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Murder on Black Swan Lane | Andrea Penrose
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Okay, so this is a really bad pano pic. But it's my new library! Random closet turned into book closet!

LeeRHarry I envy your shelf space 😊 3y
TrishB Lovely 💝 3y
ReadingEnvy Great idea! 3y
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Soubhiville Wow! I love it! 3y
Carolyn-HHI I love it! 2y
JoyBlue Smart! 2y
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So far it's living up to its cover. Loving it!

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Getting ready to start this one. I hope it lives up to its cover, because I freaking love it.

Josie Gorgeous cover!!!! I hope the book is good! 3y
britt_brooke I chose this BOTM, too, but still need to read it! 3y
susanw I've never read Lethem but this one looks good, a book where the sport is backgammon, love it! 3y
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Missing, Presumed | Susie Steiner
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Subbing in second grade today, and brought this for lunch. Missing persons investigations are waaaaaay calmer than 7-year-olds.

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The Good House | Tananarive Due
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I'm listening to this from Audible, and so far so good. A little spooky and a little family drama.

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Septimania: A Novel | Jonathan Levi
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Just a little breakfast reading this morning.

Soubhiville Pretty bookmark! 3y
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Underground Airlines | Ben Winters
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Yup.

Suzze I just went on a "do not buy books" plan, as I have hundreds of unread books. I'm betting I can't make it a week. Hmmm, actually I went on the plan yesterday and bought a kids' book today. But that doesn't count, does it? ??? 3y
jmkeene Nope, not at all! 3y
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Everfair | Nisi Shawl
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Waaaaaaant.

Chessa Me toooo! 3y
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Lexicon: A Novel | Max Barry
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Fantastic! Listened to the audio book and enjoyed every second.

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The Girls: A Novel | Emma Cline

Okay, I'm really struggling to get through this. I'm up to Part Two and thinking of giving up. Yay or nay, Litsyans?

Megabooks I wasn't overly impressed by it, but I finished. 3y
Notafraidofwords I bailed 60 pgs in. I had a hard time connecting with it. 3y
Josie I definitely would have bailed if it hadn't been for book club. This one just didn't do it for me at all. 3y
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britt_brooke I liked it more than I expected, too. 3y
moranadatter I think it depends on what you aren't enjoying. The action picks up, but the writing doesn't get better and the character doesn't learn or grow up. 3y
jmkeene Uuuugggghhhhhhhhhh. I WANT to like it but I'm just not. 3y
Gayan I panned it. I wanted to quit but made myself finish. 3y
CaitlinSiem It's up to you. Every book isn't meant to be amazing to every reader. I'd rather DNF a book and read something that makes me happy instead of forcing a book down my gullet and make myself miserable. 3y
MrBook You can always skim (equivalent to, say, 1.5 or 2 speed on Audible). 3y
BookBabe Noooo, don't give up! (Unless you really hate it)... But I found it well worth the read. 3y
BookishMarginalia I disliked the writing style and the protagonist who didn't grow up in 40 years. Life is too short and books too plentiful to stick with a book that doesn't speak to you. #tobailornottobail - say yes to #bookbail 3y
MaryAnn1 @BookishMarginalia, I wholeheartedly agree. I said something very similar to my husband yesterday.😊 3y
ReadingEnvy I regretted going back to it myself. 3y
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The Man Who Spoke Snakish | Andrus Kivireahk
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Hot damn, this was an amazing book. Part fable, part fairy tale, part alternate history—all amazing. Read it!!

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Holy crap—who knew this was FUNNY??

Shortstack Sooooooooooo good!! 4y
Shortstack I was actually just recommending this earlier today! 4y
Onceuponatime He did crack me up a little bit! ( . )( . ) Boobs 😂 4y
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Suzze The movie really missed the nuances of the main character. As usual the book was better. 4y
Twocougs Best first three lines ever written. Movie botched it but noble effort 4y
britt_brooke LOVED this book! 4y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I love this book! 4y
Erinreadsthebooks Space exploration isn't my jam, but I read this for my book club and loved it! Humor wins, always! 4y
sprainedbrain It's hilarious! 😂 4y
BookBabe Yes—totally hilarious! So great. 😂👍🏻 3y
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Dark Matter | Blake Crouch
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Can I just say BOTM's new ship it early is GENIUS??

Onceuponatime I am hearing so many good things about this! I am moving it up on my list 4y
Reviewsbylola I am so glad they offer that now. 4y
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The Man Who Spoke Snakish | Andrus Kivireahk
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My souvenir from Mexico!

SusanInTiburon Beautiful! 4y
britt_brooke Stunning! 4y
LitHousewife So beautiful! 4y
Bookartbookmarks ❤️❤️❤️ 4y
Varshitha Bookmark is beautiful 💕 4y
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Uprooted | Naomi Novik
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This doesn't suck. The book was good, too.

Gezemice I am jealous! Nice place to hang out. 4y
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This was an odd one. It was very short but very intense and at times slow going. I liked it though. I think.

Suzze Love your review. I have ones like that some time. I have this book, need to get to it. 4y
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The Witches | Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake
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#FunFridayPhoto! I read both of these over and over and over again, even when I was much too old for either. (Like last week.) The Witches is just awesome, but A Royal Pain made me laugh uncontrollably every time. @Liberty

[DELETED] 2232195534 I remember that princess book. My daughter must have owned it at one time. 😀 4y
SusanInTiburon The Witches! ❤️ 4y
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Just starting the book itself after the 1842 introductions and prefaces, but hopefully the content will be as fabulous as the artwork!

brendanmleonard This is one of the few practical writing guides I love. 4y
Texreader @jmkeene This page is gorgeous!! Are there more like it? It may be worth getting the book for this artwork! 4y
TheLondonBookworm That's beautiful, I want it just for the cover now! 😈 4y
jmkeene @Texreader The whole book is filled with illustrations. I turned the page from the one I posted, and there were two more drawings just as good. 4y
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Something about "interrupted intimacy" just speaks to the writer in me.

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A Caribbean Mystery | Agatha Christie
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Finished this on audio today. Agatha Christie books are like comfort food.

rynae They really are!! 4y
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Yay for book mail! Two more for the ever-growing TBR pile... #TBR

MrBook Nice! Immediately on my TBR! 😊👍🏻 4y
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For Fun Friday! The bookmarks I've been using lately: our lab at doggy day care; a BOTM bookmark annotated by my sarcastic 13 yo daughter; and an old pic of my mom fishing in Alaska.

SusanInTiburon Family mementos. 💜💜💜 4y
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Girls on Fire | Robin Wasserman
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Had to finish by flashlight since the power is out. Fun times! This ended up being a good read—it started out as a cliche, two misfits who save each other, but ended up being much darker and more twisted.

jmkeene Power's back on!!!! Woo hoo! I would've made a TERRIBLE pioneer woman. 4y
Suzze @jmkeene Me too! I own a battery powered fan, television, and a book light so I'm always ready. 4y
jmkeene @Suzze Noted. This was not fun, especially when it's so freakin' hot! 4y
Megabooks So twisted! I read it during a storm, too. Crazy good book for that. 😃👊🏻 4y
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The Man Who Spoke Snakish | Andrus Kivireahk
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Book mail, book mail, book mail! My BOTM order FINALLY came in, aaaaannnnd I got my ebook settlement books. Woo hoo!

MrBook Double awesomeness! Eager to hear what your thoughts will be on "The Ecliptic". 4y
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The Fireman | Joe Hill
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Less than an hour left and I'm so tense! How can it all be resolved in an hour? What about the baby? WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN??

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Missing, Presumed | Susie Steiner
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I won! It's a major award!

rachelm Lucky!!! 4y
Mayread Was that a Christmas Story reference? 4y
Well-ReadNeck 😄🍾🏆🏅🎖🎉 4y
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jmkeene @Skiles as a matter of fact it was! 4y
Mayread Fra-gee-lay! 😉 4y
BookishFeminist Yay congrats 🎉 4y
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The Loney: Costa Shortlisted 2015 | Andrew Michael Hurley
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This book was not anything like I expected from the description. It's not for those looking for a thriller; it's more of a slow burn that ratchets up the chilly atmosphere with each page.

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The Loney: Costa Shortlisted 2015 | Andrew Michael Hurley
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This book is so atmospheric: I had no idea it was going to be this creepy. The author is really good at slowly heightening the dread. I feel like I should be reading this on a dark, chilly winter evening by the fire.

BekahB I love books that slowly build up the tension! I'm in for the long haul as long as there's a payoff and usually I appreciate all the time the author spent crafting that creepy atmosphere. 4y
LisaReads This sounds so good!! 4y
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The Loney: Costa Shortlisted 2015 | Andrew Michael Hurley
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Any book using this as an epigraph is a book I need to read.

MrBook Yeats is near peerless. 4y
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The City of Mirrors | Justin Cronin
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A fitting, emotional end to a fantastic series.

KerryO I'm midway through and am having difficulty remembering the different relationships between the characters. Why does Amy beckon Lucius? 4y
jmkeene Lucius is Amy's familiar. 4y
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The Fireman | Joe Hill
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Started this yesterday on audio. Not very far in, but does anyone else think Jacob is a dick? And Harper is a doormat? Hoping I can connect with her pretty quick or this is going to be a looooooong listen.

CaitlinSiem I just started this yesterday too. I promise, you won't have to hang in there too long before things work themselves out :) 4y
Shortstack Jacob is horrible! He gets so much worse but hold in there!! 4y
Suzze Kate Mulgrew! I've already read the book (loved it), and I never listen to audio books, but that tempts me! 4y
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jmkeene @Suzze I'm trying to listen to them for car trips and workouts, and it's taking a while to find out what works for me. 4y
moranadatter @Suzze Kate Mulgrew narrates? Now I wish I'd gone with the audiobook. 4y
BestOfFates I see what you mean but I think throughout he does a good job having Harper be far more passive than I (or I think most people) would be but still a believable, relatable character. 4y
jmkeene @BestOfFates I listened on my three-hour drive today, and I'm more invested now. But I still wouldn't mind Jacob's head exploding. 4y
BestOfFates @jmkeene Hill does a great job making showing his turn into villain (which I think works perfectly because you see the easy path from misogyny & superiority to violence) 4y
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Shadow and Bone | Leigh Bardugo
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In the end, I just had to bail. I loved the Russian-esque setting and the main character, but found I had to force myself to listen. Oh well. On to another audiobook!

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So I caved in to Litsy peer pressure and got the serial app. First up, The Turn of the Screw.

Johanna414 I just downloaded this too! Now to decide on my first book... 4y
jmkeene There is a pretty good selection, but I hope it gets better with time. What did you pick?? 4y
GinaF1003 I'm listening to Emma Thompson read this. Pretty entertaining so far! 4y
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1984 | George Orwell

Ok, Litsy, a Serial Reader question. My big issue with free classic ebooks is the horrible editing. They've been scanned with all kinds of errors and it sucks. Is Serial better at weeding those errors out?

bookwrm526 Excellent question, as I have run into that problem as well. Can't wait to see the answers! 4y
kammartinez It seems they are quite good at weeding out errors. I've been reading The Age of Innocence on it and I have no complaints thus far. Of course there might be more problems in translated works, so let's see what others have to say :). 4y
StephTKO I haven't noticed anything. 4y
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sprainedbrain I am pretty new to it, but 7 issues in to my book and I'm not finding any problems. 4y
BookishFeminist I haven't had trouble so far. 4y
becausetrains I think I saw one misspelling, but that's in thousands of words. Should be good! 4y
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The Twelve | Justin Cronin
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The best parts of summer in one pic!

ReadingEnvy I just finished the third book yesterday and I'm still mulling over it. 4y
jmkeene @ReadingEnvy My hairdresser and I have been reading these since the first book. She's finished the series and I haven't. Appointment Wednesday. So stressed! 😉 4y
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Shadow and Bone | Leigh Bardugo
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Started this as an audiobook yesterday on a road trip. So far it's excellent!

SecretLivesOfFictionLovers I really enjoyed this too! 4y
annahenke Loved the narrator of this series! 4y
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Girls on Fire | Robin Wasserman
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The going-to-read soon section of the TBR. Sooo glad it's summer!

DragonSadhana Uprooted is fantastic! Great choices here! 4y
IndyHannaJones I've been eyeballing "The Book of Speculation". 4y
[DELETED] 3216391035 I thought The Water Knife was really good. 4y
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Notafraidofwords uprooted😀📚💗💖❤️💘 4y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I just finished Uprooted and loved it, and I have a few of these other on my TBR list too. 4y
BookishFeminist We have very similar taste in books ❤️ love all of these!! 4y
BookMusings One More Thing is hilarious and Awesome :) 4y
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The Twelve | Justin Cronin
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Diving in.

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Still love this book, but the reread was a bit of a slog by the end. Onto The Twelve!

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Arcadia: A novel | Iain Pears
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Mehso-so

(Unrelated dog pic, because dog.) On the fence with this one. I probably would've liked it better on the page instead of as an audio. Long parts of it draaaaagged, but I loved several of the characters. Great ending, too.

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"Did he ever say why?"
"I think because he could."
And that, boys and girls, is why I'm always telling my kids that just because you *can* doesn't mean you *should*. Whether it's pull ups on the door frame or infecting people with a vampire virus. Same.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa True story! ;). 4y
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Possession | A. S. Byatt
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Fun Friday Photo! (On the road so a screenshot will have to do.) I've read this book several times, but the end always gets me. Perfect.

TheWellReadOwl ❤️❤️ 4y
LeahBergen One of my all-time faves. 4y
Bkwurm Mentioning this book to new acquaintances is how I separate the wheat from the chaff. A.S. Byatt made me love academia fiction. 4y
Joanne1 Great read. 4y
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So, Justin Cronin is having an event in Austin Saturday night. I will be in Austin Saturday afternoon. The responsible thing would be to start back home as soon as I'm done and make some headway in my drive. The fun thing would be to stay and drive the whole way Sunday. What says Litsy?

Crash Stay! How often do you get the chance to meet him. 4y
CherylDeFranceschi Ummm. We're all bookaholics here! Is there any doubt we're all going to say stay! 4y
Gayan I vote STAY! 4y
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Megabooks You wouldn't be asking a bunch of book-crazy people if you weren't pretty sure you wanted to stay, so STAY...and enjoy it! 😉😃👍🏻 4y
Texasblues Stay! I missed the Houston event and have been kicking myself ever since. 4y
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Hi, summer.

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Hey, @Liberty it's my Fun Friday pic!

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Small town deputy deals with two federal agents turning themselves in. I might've cackled out loud.

CaitlinSiem "... and half the time that's me." ? Love it. 4y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa That's funny! Hopefully the rest is just as good! 4y
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Rereading this before diving into The Twelve and City of Mirrors. I will be no good for anything for a while.

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Eligible | Curtis Sittenfeld
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Very funny. Sittenfield does a nice job of transplanting the action and characters into modern-day Cincinnati, which I was skeptical about. And Mr. Bennet is just great.

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Eligible | Curtis Sittenfeld
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Okay, okay, I promise not to spam y'all's feeds, but this line just spoke to me...as a mother of two. ;)

BestOfFates That is such a perfect Mr. Bennett quote. 4y
jmkeene @BestOfFates I know, right? So far (page 26) this is hewing close enough to the original to be familiar and updated enough to be engaging. 4y
BestOfFates @jmkeene I was not that interested but this is really selling me on checking it out! 4y
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Eligible | Curtis Sittenfeld
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A bit how I feel about my hometown too. Great epigraph!

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Same here! LOL 4y
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