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monkeygirlsmama

Joined August 2016

Home is where the books are. 😉❤️📚
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I am currently beta reading this book for my friend Daisy before she sends it off to the final printing presses. I'm only 28 pages in out of 514 so I have a long way to go yet. However, I found a particularly comical line I thought I'd share.

“Good morning, beautiful wife. I don‘t know which smells better—you or the bacon.” 😆

Now, no more spoilers from me since the book isn't out yet. 😉

eanderson Hahaha, I actually think my husband has said this to me! 😂 2y
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Sarah's Legacy Tested | Daisy Beiler Townsend
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Readers of Sarah‘s Legacy & Sarah‘s Legacy Shared: Book Two will be very pleased w/the way Townsend developed this third book in this amazing series. Again set in the tiny town of Sandy Lake, PA in the early 1900s, Sarah‘s Legacy Tested takes us back to many of the beloved characters we came to know so well throughout the earlier books & allows us to once again dive into the intricacies of their lives in a thought provoking & intimate way.

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Giant Days Vol. 14 | John Allison
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Will miss the zany adventures and interactions of all the great characters Giant Days introduced me to

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Giant Days Vol. 13 | John Allison
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⭐⭐⭐⭐

It's gonna be hard when this ends. ☹️

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Giant Days Vol. 12 | John Allison
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Funny funny stuff... I loved the the part about Daisy learning to drive. Hilarious!!!

FOUR STARS

slategreyskies I love this series! 2y
LiteraryinLawrence I just ordered #13. I have the other 12. 😋 2y
monkeygirlsmama @LiteraryinLititz I checked the entire series out of the library in one go. I kinda wouldn't mind owning them. 2y
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Giant Days Vol. 11 | John Allison
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I'm glad I finally got around to investing some time to read this series. So far it's been worth all the hype.

4/5 stars

LiteraryinLawrence I love all the characters, but I think Daisy is my favorite. 💗 2y
monkeygirlsmama @LiteraryinLititz She's a hoot! I can't quite pick a favorite though cause they're all great characters. 2y
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Giant Days Vol. 10 | John Allison
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⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Lots more fun between these pages. Ready for the next go round...

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Giant Days Vol. 9 | John Allison
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4 stars

Didn't read anything for several days, but finally got to sit back down and finish this one on Tuesday. Another good installment. Some much needed developments!

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⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Listened to this so many times over the years since I was an itty bitty girl. It's my all time favorite book and I absolutely ADORE the original BBC Radio program version. So so good!

The Audible version is awesome because it's got an interview with the author and voice actors at the end, discussing the writing/casting/recording of the book/program. I'd never heard this bit before, and it was really interesting.

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Grew up listening to this BBC radio program that my parents received on audio cassette as a wedding present in 1980. It's my all time favorite book of all time because of it and I can't even begin to guess at how many times I've read the book and listened to the radio version. Listening to it again right now, and god is it satisfying! 😏 💝

MicheleinPhilly I ❤️ that! 2y
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Trying out Amazon Audible via the free 1 month trial. I've got one credit at my disposal, but I have no idea what I should spend it on. Anyone got any good suggestions that are just too good in audio format to pass up? I want to make sure I use my credit wisely. haha 😄

TIA! 🤗

#audible #amazonaudible #freebooks #icantpick #helpme

monkeygirlsmama Also just noticed there's a special running for President's Day that is $5 off per month for 6 months if you sign up during this promo period. Ooooh decisions decisions. Should I do it? 2y
GingerAntics I‘ve managed to stay far far away from audible all these years. I‘ve shifted away from kindle. Unless you do a lot of audiobook listening, I find it makes more sense to wait for sales through regular services that don‘t charge a monthly fee. 2y
tracy.anne8 I'm not sure if you like autobiographies but Born A Crime and continued to be one of my absolute favorite audiobooks. 2y
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lynneamch Even if you've read this one, it's even better listening to Trevor's masterful impressions and accents 2y
lynneamch Another that was even better than reading, because it felt so rich and raw and genuine was 2y
lynneamch Don't know is Frank McCourt's are available, but his Irish accent just charms me even though Angela's Ashes is so heartbreaking. 'Tis is also memorable. Having been a teacher, I especially found this one relatable 2y
monkeygirlsmama @GingerAntics I know what you mean. They charge so much for audio books through the subscription plans. I probably won't actually sign up for the membership, but I'll admit it's tempting. I'm all too happy to try them out though for the free book. 😁 2y
monkeygirlsmama @tracy_anne8 I do. Thanks for the suggestion; I shall keep it in mind. 😊 2y
monkeygirlsmama @lynneamch OOOh @tracy_anne8 just recommended this one to me too. Definitely going on the list for consideration! 2y
monkeygirlsmama @lynneamch This is one I have wanted to read and haven't yet gotten to. Good to know the audio is worth considering. Adding to my pool to choose from. Thanks! 2y
monkeygirlsmama @tracy_anne8 @lynneamch I just realized I already have a copy of Born a Crime on audio. No idea how I forgot about that! haha 2y
GingerAntics @monkeygirlsmama I keep putting that off, because I can‘t figure out if you can have access to that audiobook later if you don‘t have the subscription. I won‘t buy movies or shows from Amazon prime video for that reason as well. 2y
tracy.anne8 Oh nice! Now you have that credit for something else! 2y
tracy.anne8 @GingerAntics Even if you cancel your subscription, you will still have access to all your books. 2y
monkeygirlsmama @GingerAntics From what I gather you get to keep the books you “buy“ with credits, even when you no longer have the membership. They have an upper level membership that allows you to borrow a bunch of audio books as well, and those would disappear from your collection if you end your membership, even if you had added one to your que previously. 2y
monkeygirlsmama @tracy_anne8 Exactly! I went ahead and bought Piranesi which I saw get some good reviews elsewhere here on Litsy. It was one I was already wanting to read, so I decided to just go for it.
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Falling | T J Newman
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Giant Days Vol. 8 | John Allison
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⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Continue to enjoy the story's development. Also, really love the illustrations and how diverse the artist(s) made all the background characters- size, shape, color, etc.

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Giant Days Vol. 7 | John Allison
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One word only... CHINCHILLAS!!!! 😁

4/5 stars

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Giant Days Vol. 6 | John Allison
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🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

More fun antics from Susan, Daisy, and Esther. 😆

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Giant Days, Vol. 5 | John Allison
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Lots of fun stuff happening in this one. I loved the music festival bits.

4/5 stars

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Giant Days, Vol. 4 | John Allison
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⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Getting deeper into the story and becoming more attached to these characters. Loving the art work too.

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#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

1.) Not a “to buy“ list exactly, but I keep my TBR list here and on GoodReads. Any of those books could easily become “to buy“ or they may just remain on the “to get from somewhere and read“ list.

2.) The tagged book is the only one I have preordered, and I have to wait until September for it to release. Booooo lol

TheSpineView September is a long wait! Thanks for playing! 2y
monkeygirlsmama @TheSpineView It is, but I suspect it will be well worth it! 😀 And thank YOU. 2y
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GingerAntics This is so exciting! She‘s got to be over the moon!!! 💙💙💙 She totally deserves it. 2y
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Giant Days Vol. 3 | John Allison
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4 stars

Good installment. Glad I'm reading the combined volumes instead of the individual issues.

CBee That‘s what I‘ve been doing and it really makes a difference! Love this series so much. 2y
monkeygirlsmama @CBee My only trouble is even reading them in the combined volumes I find myself tiring after 2-3 books. It's not the same as reading a standard novel, so I get temporarily burnt out. Does that happen to you? Like you need a proper literary pallet cleanser in between installments? 2y
CBee @monkeygirlsmama I understand that. I tend to either binge them or read 2-3 then move on to something else, and come back to it 😊 2y
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Giant Days Vol. 2 | John Allison
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4 stars

Loving me some Esther, Daisy, and Susan...

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Giant Days Vol. 1 | John Allison
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3.5-4 stars

Have seen people talking about this series for a while now and decided I'd give it a try. Volume 1 down and I think I liked it. It's pretty humorous.

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Mehso-so

3.5 stars

I noticed this book has some mixed reviews, but honestly I thought it was a relatively entertaining read. A few of the stories pulled at my heart strings and there were a couple that made me laugh out loud. Overall, I think I was hoping for a bit more “dirt“, though it was still a fun read as it was.

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Giant Days | | John Allison
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Did a thing... Never read Giant Days before and only read the first The Woods, so this should be fun! 😁📚

EclecticBookLover ❤ Giant Days!!! 2y
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Lights on the Sea | Miquel Reina
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4 stars
This was a surreal read that drew me in from the start. It was completely ridiculous & that's what made it so endearing. Prompting an odd sense of wonder, it built an ebb & flow of adventure while instilling a deeply satisfying enlightenment into the reader (aka me). Live your life to the fullest, realize your dreams, & don't let the upsets of your existence cause you to merely exist shrouded in regrets. Live, love, chase your joy!

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Lights on the Sea | Miquel Reina
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👏👏👏

Tanisha_A ❤️ 2y
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Nine Ways to Die | Jordan Elizabeth
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Everything up to this point that I've ever read and reviewed for Jordan I have really enjoyed and even loved. For whatever reason though, I simply could not get into Nine Ways to Die. I tried; I really did, but it just all fell flat for me. :(

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Lights on the Sea | Miquel Reina

“Unfortunately, this was not a documentary, and they couldn't change the channel. This was real.“

How often in our lives, especially over the course of the last 12+ months have we all had to come to terms with this exact realization? 😐

LoverOfLearning Too many to count... 2y
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3-3.5 stars

Animal Barn: A Cautionary Tail was a short Animal Farm inspired read. An allegory that uses animals to deliver a poignant story that delves into the ways we as human's take for granted our wonderful world and the resources around us.

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Layla | Colleen Hoover
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⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Holy freaking everything, THIS book!!! I can not accurately sum up just how much I loved reading this. Simply put, Colleen Hoover has shot to the top of my favorite author's list. There are just no two ways about it!

Layla was unlike anything I was expecting and a million times more than I'd hoped for. This is a paranormal thrill ride that I will definitely be rereading.

Just wow!

#kindleunlimited

Leelee08 Are there lots of surprise twists? I‘ve been looking for a book like that!😍 2y
monkeygirlsmama @Leelee08 I don't know if there are lots of surprise twists, but there are a few big ones. You won't regret giving this one a shot; well, I don't think you will. lol

I also recently read another of her books- Verity. You should look for it as well! So good.
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Leelee08 @monkeygirlsmama Thank you so much! I just bought Verity (a friend recommended it), but I haven‘t started it yet. I need to put it at the top of the TBR pile.😁 2y
monkeygirlsmama @Leelee08 Definitely do! It was really exciting. 2y
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Layla | Colleen Hoover
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Yesssssss!!!! This is how I feel about my better half. It's such an incredible feeling. 🐼 💝 😀

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Layla | Colleen Hoover
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I literally had just logged out of Litsy to begin reading and as soon as I read this dedication I had to log back in to share. 😆

Too funny!!!

Caroline2 Brilliant. 😆 2y
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It wasn't until somewhat recently that I delved in to historical fiction, but I've since discovered some real gems. Take this beautifully covered book for example...

Drawn from and based on real history, which was in and of itself very interesting, this story was also replete with mystery and intrigue as well as inspiration and romance. Truly, the perfect blend of all. Can't wait to read the next book when it comes out.

4.5 stars

Aims42 I‘m so glad you enjoyed this!!! I can‘t wait for the next book to come out 🙌🏻 2y
monkeygirlsmama @Aims42 Same! I haven't even gotten around to looking to see if there was a ETA for it. Do you know when the 2nd books is due out? 2y
Aims42 @monkeygirlsmama Feb. 2nd!!! I put my pre-order in halfway thru this first book 😆 Thankfully we don‘t have long to wait 🥳 2y
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Mehso-so

That was rather lackluster and uneventful. Volume 13 seemed very short. I don't think it actually was much different in length compared to the earlier volumes, but for some reason this one felt like it was over before it hardly started.

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“They're armed, scared, eager, and untested. A terrible combination.“

Sounds awful familiar and analogous to the faction of militia and rioters who stormed the capitol a week ago and still seem incapable of accepting our current political “leadership“ is legitimately on the way out.

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Lore | Alexandra Bracken
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1.) This cover is amazeballs!

2.) I seriously debated on whether or not to give this book a shot because the last time I tried a book by this author I just couldn't get in to it. It wasn't until a Litsy friend, whose bookish opinions I respect and tune into, suggested it that I decided to throw caution to the wind. So, thank you Christine aka @TheBookHippie for setting me on the path to picking this up because...

monkeygirlsmama 3.) It was freaking fantastic!!! If you have even a hint of interest in Greek mythology I think you will enjoy this book. If you have no previous perceived attachments to or interest in Greek mythos but simply love a well crafted story that is exciting and full of twists, turns, love, loss, and incredible action then you most likely will enjoy this book.

5 stars all the way!
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TheBookHippie 🤍🤍🤍yay!!! Could you see the triggers ? What‘s your outside opinion for trauma survivors ? I agree the writing is good fast paced. I know and love mythology so that part -easy for me. 2y
monkeygirlsmama @TheBookHippie I could definitely see the triggers; however, I thought the author did a really good job of distracting from them at the same time. Like, they were there and you never forgot them, but there was so much else going on that it made it easy to move beyond them. Does that make sense? I know we all deal with traumas differently and to what degree we can be triggered varies from person to person, so maybe I'm being too flippant? (edited) 2y
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Suet624 Great cover and fantastic review. 2y
TheBookHippie @monkeygirlsmama it‘s why I‘m cautious, I as an adult thought that. I am also a survivor but decades out ... I don‘t want to trigger a teen. It‘s so good though. There in lies the 🤷🏽‍♀️. 2y
monkeygirlsmama @TheBookHippie For me personally, I don't think it would have triggered me as a teen because despite playing an important role in the story I didn't feel like it was granted too much direct focus. That's just me though and, again, my experiences and survival story are, without a doubt, different from the next girl's or guy's. That said, I think your review advising of the trigger warning is a great idea.

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TheBookHippie @monkeygirlsmama I think that‘s what I will stick with going forward. 🤍thx 2y
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Lore | Alexandra Bracken

“Power does not transform you. It only reveals you.“

Another amazing quote I've read this week. 👍

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Lore | Alexandra Bracken
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Such a good point!

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GoodReads seems to feel that Algebra and Hell go hand in hand. 😂 What a spot on “because you read this we think you'll like to read that“ recommendation, GoodReads. Bravo! 😆

IuliaC Algebra was a bit of hell in highschool as far as I remember 😄 2y
CaroPi Have to love the automatic recommendation 🤣🤣🤣 I don't remember wanting to put a book from their recommendations in my TBR 2y
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@BookishTrish Here they are! (My better half managed to score me the Grateful Dead sock set for Christmas and this is the first pair I've taken out of the coveted package. 😝) And sorry, no books in this pic, just feet. 🤣

BookishTrish So cute! 2y
monkeygirlsmama @BookishTrish Thanks! There are other colored bears higher up the socks too. I love them! 2y
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Strangers | Paul Finch
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I don't remember how I found Litsy, but I am so grateful that I did!!! 😀

Thanks for the opportunity to enter your giveaway @Come-read-with-me and I'm so sorry you're losing your travel buddy. ((hugs))

#strangersonatrain

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Lore | Alexandra Bracken

Apodidraskinda, such a fun word to say! You could say it's “all Greek to me“ or you could learn and remember this fine Greek terminology for the childhood game of Hide and Seek.

There, you learn something new every day. You're welcome. 😋

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Lore | Alexandra Bracken
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😂 *cackling out loud at work* 😂
🐹 🐹 🐹 🐹 🐹 🐹 🐹 🐹 🐹

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Ending the series with a bang, Oak Avenue is the first book out of the Dark Corners collection to actually give me chills. Eerie and full of supernatural tension. 5 stars!

#kindleunlimited #kindleoriginalstories

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Wait, what?! Whoa, that was effed up! I don't understand how this story has gotten such low reviews. It was very strange; I'll give you that. But, there was just something about it and that ending... Dang!

#kindleunlimited #kindleoriginalstories

4 stars

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3 stars

Meh. Can't say I enjoyed this installment. Kinda dark and a couple of poignant moments, but I didn't really feel entertained by this one.

#kindleunlimited #kindleoriginalstories

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⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

I like Joyce Carol Oates and was excited to see that she had penned this installment of the Dark Corners series. It was a bit of a slow burn, but worth sticking out. Solid storyline and intriguing ending.

Book 4 in this series..

#kindleunlimited #kindleoriginalstories

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Mehso-so

3.5 - 4 stars
I don't quite know what to think of this short story. I enjoyed the nod to Harry Potter & did chuckle out loud a couple of times; however, overall I think I mostly just found the story to be weird. Not scary, creepy, but weird. That said, I feel like a 3.5 is too low & a 4 may be too high; so what do I know? Ha! Guess you need to read it yourself to find out.

#kindleunlimited #kindleoriginalstories

This is book 3 in this series.

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Everyday Kindness | Patricia Mitchell
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“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.”
~~Plato

Eliminate violence
Emulate Kindness ✌🏻☮️

#ThinkPositiveBePositive

Share with others and tag me.

@TheBookHippie