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mandarchy

mandarchy

Joined March 2018

grade school teacher-librarian - single mom of 1 Godzilla & 1 goldendoodle https://www.goodreads.com/?ref=nav_home https://twitter.com/mandarchy
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Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon
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The 130-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths
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A Turkey for Thanksgiving | Eve Bunting, Diane De Groat
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This is my favorite Thanksgiving book. It appears to get a little violent and really builds tension. With sub shortages and covid restrictions, yesterday I had mine and the music teacher's reading groups in the library. We couldn't do our normal lessons. So for the 1st time ever we sat on the carpet spread out to hear a story. Then we wrote Thanksgiving words and drew turkeys. Some of my kids can't write their own names! But they wrote THANKS 😊

mdm139 This is my favorite Thanksgiving book too. 3d
mandarchy @mdm139 I love pointing out that all the animals are vegetarian except the turkey. The group I had yesterday were all turkey eaters, so they were not scared at all for the turkey. But Bunting menu items are the gem in this story. 😋 she makes dried alfalfa sound good. 3d
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This Way, Charlie | Caron Levis
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The first couple of times I read this book I choked up. Then at about the 14th read I was really proud of myself for keeping it together for the most part. Then I accidently looked at the kids. Their faces, their reactions triggered the tears and then they started crying. 😭 This book is really good. #WCCPBA 2022 nominee I think I love Jack.

Butterfinger Wonderful review!! 2d
mandarchy @Butterfinger there's always one nominee that makes me weepy and I usually hate them. This one is so good. The author has printable activities for the kids to do so it makes for an easy lesson. 2d
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If you set up your tree in November, you might get dinosaurs. 😉 #dinovember 🦕 🦖

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This book was fascinating. Lots of stories about defectology - I'm glad we call it neurodiversity today. This paragraph really hits home. I wish my son had autism instead of schizophrenia. You can talk about autism. Schizophrenia is unspeakable. There's so much to learn about the brain and its not the end of the world. #endthestigma

WJCintron Agree!! ❤ Didn't know about that book. I'll add it to my TBR. Thanks for sharing. I tagged a book I read, it's a YA book, fiction, but there are parts that are really good. You can see the point of view of the boy and what medication does, which unfortunately it's like that, they over medicate, or not medicate at all or change medication a LOT. Not fair, and that's what I like about the book. I don't know if you read it. 3d
mandarchy @WJCintron I haven't read that. I'll have to check it out. Medication is crazy. My favorite med problem is when they change the color shape or size of a med used by a paranoid schizophrenic. 🤔 really makes it hard to stay with the program. 3d
mandarchy @WJCintron wow! I just looked at it and added it to my tbr list. Looks really good. 3d
WJCintron @mandarchy It gets better as you read. LOVE that you are in his head, and get to see what he's thinking, feeling and how he reacts to medication. They made a movie. I didn't like it at ALL! lol maybe it's just me, but the book is way better. The theme of religion at first, I didn't like all the criticism, it hit a nerve, but then that stops and you see the purpose at the end. Hope you like it! 👍 😃 2d
mandarchy @WJCintron when I looked at the book profile I saw that they had made a movie, but the reviews didn't look good. 2d
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My #bookdrop was a little out of bounds today. I think the kids want something good to read while the gravy thickens. #harvestbreak can't wait!

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I need to get this for my library. What an important scientist and source of inspiration for future entomologists. The book is a little long for a read aloud in my setting, but would be great as part of a biography unit. Another great #readforperspective The timeline at the end surprised me. He was born in 1861 and I didn't realize the story was that old until I saw the timeline.

Karisa Sounds like a very interesting person. If they make a movie of his life, I nominate LaKeith Stanfield for the role! 6d
mandarchy @Karisa that would be cool 6d
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I need to get this book for my library. Fauja Singh "hoped that children and adults everywhere would see him take on this difficult challenge and persevere with grace - something he learned from his faith." A great #readforperspective & #SEL book.

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Happy #dinovember 😊 I saw this on Facebook this morning and I have such good memories of reading this with my son. He still sets up his dinosaurs in crazy messes when he gets inspired. I think this couple has a new Xmas book out.

BethM Sounds like something I‘ll need for my son! 6d
mandarchy @BethM it's a ton of fun, you'll be inspired to make some funny pictures. 6d
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The Bear Ate Your Sandwich | Julia Sarcone-Roach
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#thoughtfulthursday @MoonWitch94 thanks 😊 for the tag @DarkMina
📚 I read children's lit - it gets crazy. My favorite and least reliable narrator is in the tagged book The Bear Ate Your Sandwich. 📚 my chair: I love a good chair for reading 📚 I can't say too much about the book I tagged without spoiling it, but if you love a good sandwich, it's for you.

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The Barnabus Project | Terry Fan, Eric Fan, Devin Fan
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I love when the publisher includes a printable that you can present to any age level (including example). The kids can draw, or draw and write to the best of their ability. Don't even get me started on how great this book is. 3X the characters work together to get what they need. At one point you get the Charlotte Web level of intensity of 'where's papa going with the ax?' when Barnabus finds out he'll be recycled. #gazingbooks #readoutloud ☆☆☆☆☆

mandarchy I didn't have room for another hash tag but this is a 2022 Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award nominee 3d
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The Hat | Jan Brett
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#schoolspirit it's crazy hat/hair day so I put a book on my head. I hope it lasts. It's a Latin dictionary.

IuliaC Nice!! 👍😁🤩 2w
wanderinglynn Super fun! 😀 2w
mandarchy @luliaC and @wanderinglynn It was fun - I am just glad it didn't give me a headache. Somewhere in this house is a smaller book, but I couldn't find it. 2w
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Tera66 Now you can say you literally have books on your mind!😄 Great idea! 2w
mandarchy @Tera66 I was kinda hoping I'd know more Latin by the end of the day 2w
Tera66 @mandarchy 😄😄😄 2w
WJCintron 😃 👍 3d
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I just joined StoryGraph. I should probably put my phone down and read a book. I'm not surprised by this graph, but I'm sure it would diversify if it were counted by page since most of the children's books are picture books. I read a lot of picture books, some of them 20+ times, but still. Find me there!

Roary47 I‘ve seen this a few times. Is it an app? 2w
mandarchy @Roary47 It appears to be a website with an app. I'm using the free features. I'm too cheap to pay for anything. I'm not that familiar with it yet. 2w
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A day late #wondrouswednesday 😊 for the tag @eggs here's a list of ideas @DarkMina
1. Narnia and Hogwarts were my first thoughts, but then I started 🤔 💭 of a year in Provence and the Durrell's in Corfu. I've been to both places, but I didn't linger long enough.
2. I'm 😊 for my team at work

DarkMina Interesting choices for 1! 2w
Eggs Well done - thanks for playing 🥰☺️ 2w
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#thoughtfulthursday @MoonWith 😊 @DarkMina

😃 😊 😀 My friend's baby snuck away and came to my library and ran amuck while I was teaching. I don't know how he opened the heavy door! But my third graders were pleased to have an interruption and he was really cute. 😁 😊 😄
🦀 🙁 ☹️ getting near the end and everyone needs mom all of a sudden 👎 😠 😡

MoonWitch94 Thanks for playing 🍂📖✨ 2w
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I have been passively seeking this book for so long that I actually bought the Kindle edition. I never... almost never pay for books. But it keeps getting referred to in so much of what I read. So finally started this last night.

DivineDiana This was referred to me by my Sister years ago, and I would like to read at some point. Looking forward to what you think! 2w
mandarchy @DivineDiana I'm only two chapters in and it's fascinating. The brain is remarkably misunderstood. 2w
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The 130-Storey Treehouse | Andy Griffiths
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Renewed enthusiasm for a bedtime book. We LOVE this series. ❤ 😍 ❤

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I used to have an option in stats on goodreads where it listed most read authors by me. I can't find it now. I still read a ton of children's lit and I'm sure Pilkey is still #1. This picture is from 2018. Does anyone remember this or how to find it?

aperfectmjk I remember this feature too. It's not there anymore. 🙁 3w
mandarchy @aperfectmjk what a drag! I don't want to have to figure it out myself. I'm curious if I have more adult lit in my current stats. I guess I could give myself a reading inventory... 3w
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm StoryGraph has this feature, but I don‘t know if it comes with the free or paid subscription. I pay, so I forget which graphs show up for free users. 😬 3w
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mandarchy @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm I should try it and see... 3w
mandarchy @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Now I've gone down another reading rabbit hole. 🐇 🕳 😆 just now started a sStoryGraph account and exporting my goodreads list. The laundry and dishes can wait. Right? 😂 3w
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Lol, you won‘t regret it! I LOVE StoryGraph! Their recommendations are crazy spot-on! 3w
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Fighting Words | Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
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This is what I did today. I couldn't put it down. Five stars. It was so snowing good. And powerful. #tomorrowismybestday #ampersand #endthestigma

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Another book I should have read last night. I could toad-ally relate to these amphibians. To bad I'm out of croak and ice cream. #readforfun

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Sleep Like Me | Tatia Nadareishvili
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I love finding books from around the world and translated into English. It's like hearing from a pen pal. I should have read this book last night when I was overtired and wide awake. I got up at 3am and did laundry. #readforperspective

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I finally finished a book. My reading has been slow lately. 🐌 I need to catch up on my reading challenge. This is the second year I've fallen behind. I blame the 🐶. Getting a puppy was a huge distraction. Now that she's more mature, I need to get back in the saddle. And I need to play less 🍬 crush... let's be honest 😏

Prairiegirl_reading Having a puppy takes away so much reading time!! I totally agree! Mine just turned three so it is getting better. 😄 3w
mandarchy @Prairiegirl_reading mine turned 2 just last Friday so I'm seeing a difference already. I just updated my goodreads challenge and today surpassed my total from last year. Still behind 25 books... 3w
Prairiegirl_reading @mandarchy better than last year is 👌🏼 3w
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I'm a special kind of exhausted. The book fair wrapped up today and we achieved 105% of our goal: best year ever. Pictured here is a fraction of what I added to our collection (a few of these books were purchased with district funds from Follett). My fingers itch from all the stickers.

Ruthiella 105%! 😲 Congratulations! 🥳 3w
mandarchy @Ruthiella thank you, it was a much needed return to normalcy. This last week we earned more in Scholastic dollars than we gained in profit from hosting 2 fairs last year. Our account was so low I couldn't afford to do anything. 3w
mandarchy Especially nervewracking since my district is over a million dollars under budget. I'm about to run out of supplies like paper. So this may be my only resource for books in the next year. 3w
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The best part about the fair is everyone pitching in to make sure every kid gets a book. I ❤ #scholasticbookfair

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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs 😊 @DarkMina
🍁 the Little House series
🍁 I love reading outside on a pleasantly warm day, but rain keeps me focused.
🍁 the volunteers who support my library

Eggs ❤️❤️ Little House ❤️❤️ 3w
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Unpacking the Scholastic book fair: I'm exhausted. The link to shop if you want to support my school is
https://www.scholastic.com/bf/tumwaterhillelemschool2
You can purchase books and donate to a school near you, benefiting two schools. Spread the love of reading ❤ 📚 📖 👓 ❤ TIA

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I found this in my stash of donations. It's a funny story about how negative self talk can spread to others.

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Unpacking the book fair. Hoping to get enough volunteers. I wish I could be as cool as Pete the cat. #Scholastic

Bklover Oh I loved Scholastic Book fairs!!! 1mo
mandarchy @Bklover it's so much fun and the kids get so excited. 1mo
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Is it really #wondrouswednesday ? This has been a 3 Monday week for me.
🎃 History Smashers the Mayflower: I think it's fascinating with 3 ancestors aboard. Son dozes off first paragraph. So sort of a win win Thanksgiving miracle.
🎃 no plans. Need to get the porch ready for ghouls & goblins. I'm expecting a 3 Costco sized bags night. But I'll also put out Vienna sausages and mandarin oranges
🎃 good health
@eggs 😊 @DarkMina
👻 🎃 💀 ☠

Eggs Love #3! Thanks for joining in 🙌🏻🎃💀 1mo
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The Library Dragon | Carmen Agra Deedy, Michael P. White
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I think my new water bottle sticker is hysterical. Just genius. No one here "gets" it though.

wanderinglynn I like it! 🙌🏻🔥 1mo
mandarchy @wanderinglynn 😃 it's so silly 1mo
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Intended for a younger audience, I believe the rhyming trivializes the significance of the event. I'm not comfortable reading about a church shooting in couplets. This was such a poignant event in our history. Nonfiction text would be more impactful: Obama taking the risk of singing instead of speaking and then choosing the most spiritual dirge in our cultural history, so much there and yet missed by the restrictive laws of iambic pentameter.

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Arlo Draws an Octopus | Lori Mortensen
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Cute tale about a child that gets discouraged while trying to draw an octopus. I would like to use this book in my library to talk about writing and drawing and how we focus on what could be or our mistakes instead of what we have accomplished. How we could move across the page from our mistakes and focus on our potential.

Reggie What a great message. 1mo
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The Bear and the Star | Lola M. Schaefer
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I'm not the audience for this book, so it's not getting more than 1 ☆ from me. I wonder if it's Christian, pagan, or spiritual with a Christmas theme and me being a non Christian Christmas cynic I just couldn't appreciate it. 🤔 Maybe it's meant to be a Jesus-free seasonal feel good gift-book? I'm not sure.

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This is a great primary chapter book that deals with racism, bullies, immigration and religion. If you are looking for something to read with your kids to get perspective, you might like this. #readforperspective It has dragons, zombies, spit, snot and pee. Seriously: primary grade fiction.

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Codzilla | David Zeltser
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#WCCPBA nominee
I hate writing bad reviews, but the kids were distracted by how it resembled SpongeBob. I didn't like how Bertie had to do something extraordinary to get respect. And no one I read to noticed that the dusty book was under water. #readoutloud I did think the fin of friendship was funny. There's that.

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On Wednesday we (the royal me) were talking about journaling with @eggs & @DarkMina and I thought I'd share my current plan book. This year my school is using a new rotation: red, yellow, blue, green. Making it more interesting. #smashbooks

Eggs 💛💙💚❤️ 1mo
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Please no rain. It's trunk or treat tonight. The real book fair is coming.

mandarchy @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego it was a blast! I handed it book marks, stickers and books. I think I have away 200 books from the #SouthSoundReadingFoundation 1mo
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#firstlinefridays @ShyBookOwl
"I HAVE A VAGENDA: for every woman to be empowered with accurate information about the vagina and the vulva".
finally! Women are learning about their bodies from women and without the masculine lens of patriarchy. We cannot go back.

ShyBookOwl 🎉 1mo
mandarchy @ShyBookOwl I almost forgot to tag you. Thanks for the Fri-yay fun. Usually my first lines are more than a Friday away or not interesting enough. 🤔 1mo
ShyBookOwl @mandarchy haha well thx for joining in! 1mo
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#foundinabook
Dog bites, sketches, gotta make this book last.

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This and Our Bodies Ourselves needs to be required reading. It's a little preachy, but I'm listening. I should have read this before the Menopause Manifesto, but it's not a disaster... or a vagastrophe 😆 I love her sense of humor. Don't put off getting healthy until your aren't healthy is what I say.

IuliaC I really like your review! 😄 👍 1mo
mandarchy @IuliaC ☺ thanks 😊 1mo
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Little Mermaid | Jerry Pinkney
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We lost a national treasure today.

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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs 😊 @DarkMina
☠ I use a few kinds of journals called smash books. Normally I make one per year, but my current one has been neglected. The main one is for general stuff, 2nd my library planner, 3rd is musicians I want to ask the dot to play when I can't think of what to listen to, 4th reading notes.
☠ yes
☠ my family's health

DarkMina Interesting uses for journals! 1mo
Eggs #1 How unique and awesome 👏🏻📘 1mo
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The Blue House | Phoebe Wahl
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Phoebe Wahl is from the PNW. My students recognized this beach (their home). We live at the other end of this coast from the author. Many of them could relate to this moment when a parent breaks bad news. I love how the book establishes the setting by creating a sense of place. Take the time to see how the illustrations are inter-related and consider how progress is frustrating yet inevitable. #readoutloud #WCCPBA

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The Collector | KR Alexander
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I don't have a scary section in the library because kids will check out the books to show off and not read. I try not to police their choices too much. But I needed a better spine label. I ended up using Word+Clipart+ayellowhilighter to get this result. And now my to do pile is even bigger. So much labeling!
Again, I won't read anything scary, so here's my spooky contribution for the season.

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Who Is Derek Jeter? | Gail Herman, Who Hq
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The Beatryce Prophecy | Kate DiCamillo
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Need to race through my current book because this just came in a week earlier than expected. I love my library!

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I'm so not interested in getting spooked and my son likes the scary stuff. I keep telling him that I couldn't even watch Scooby-Doo as a kid. Don't even get me started on the sleestaks and the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang kidnapper. So for what it's worth, I'm reading about menopause. Don't put it off ladies! You'll miss your health when it's gone. Sorry about the poor quality photo. Godzilla is doing a poor job holding the Kindle up.

Megabooks I love menopause manifesto! 1mo
mandarchy @Megabooks I read the menopause version of Our Bodies Ourselves and it was pretty good too, but this is more personal. I really like it. 1mo
Paperback.Propensity That kidnapper was so creepy 😅 1mo
mandarchy @Paperback.Propensity that kidnapper is at the top of the list of scary characters scarier than flying monkeys. 😳 1mo
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Voyager | Diana Gabaldon
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I must be more distracted in 2021. It took me forever to read Voyager this time. I feel like I got more out of it though. Things I had missed before: Claire's theory about loch Ness, the prophesy, and Jamie's betrayal. I'm hesitating to take up the next book, now that I know she's writing another book I'm not sure I want to race to the end and have to wait again. 😅 #reread4details

SeaToSkyes I've been trying to finish Drums of Autumn for about three years now 😵 2mo
mandarchy @SeaToSkyes I'm not sure I'll really read it that deeply. It wasn't my favorite. You might just read the Wiki and then go on to the next book. Or I might just read the Wiki and go on to the next book. 2mo
SeaToSkyes @mandarchy A lot of people have told me that DoA was the worst one...I'm about halfway through and I might just have to give up lol 2mo
mandarchy It just occurred to me that the puppy I got in 2020 probably changed my reading pace - she will not let me sit still! I got her just before the pandemic started and now she is SPOILED. 2mo
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#underthedustcover
I love this book

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If you have gold, wear gold.
But orange will do. #tradition