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Pete

Pete

Joined March 2016

Used Cars, Whiskey, Writing, Repossessed Coffins, Black cats, Lycanthrope, Wars Fought, Bars Emptied, Editor, Married to the incredible @courtney
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Uncle Shelby'S Abz Book | Shel Silverstein
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My parents introduced me to Uncle Shelby's ABZ Book (Shel Silverstein) long before Where the Sidewalk Ends or his other works… Which is probably why I drink and start fires now. Awesome seeing this gem at my mother's house.

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MAYBE @courtney and I will get some reading done today while Houdini naps #dogsoflitsy

Bookzombie 💕🐶 3y
KarenUK Houdini is beautiful! 😍 3y
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A Monster Calls | Patrick Ness, Siobhan Dowd
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Mehso-so

I wish I had more to say about this book. It was good but nowhere approaching great.

Leslie I loved it as a book for kids. 3y
Pete It's structure and characters were well written but I think the story itself was insultingly obvious, kid or not. @Leslie 3y
Leslie I guess I got sucked in by the premise. Siobhan dowd planned the story as she was diagnosed w cancer, then Patrick ness wrote it after she died. A second hand plot! 3y
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A Monster Calls | Patrick Ness, Siobhan Dowd
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I'm reading and listening to A Monster Calls (It's on sale for Kindle/Audible) after an emphatic recommendation from a brilliant teacher, my sister @Holly . YA is usually off my radar and out of my comfort zone but I'm enjoying this.

That-Bookish-Hiker An awesome book. Hope you enjoy it! 3y
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Paper Girls Vol. 1 | Brian K. Vaughan
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Vol. 1 of Paper Girls had literally everything I wanted and I can't wait to read more. If I could recommend a first graphic novel to anyone, one that appeals to any person, it would be this.

StephBengtson Paper Girls is the best! 3y
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Paper Girls Vol. 1 | Brian K. Vaughan
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I'm learning and relearning the writing of comic books and came across this example: Big reveals are usually layed out on the page to the readers -left- to avoid spoilers on the page turn. I thought this was a great example of what not to do. But I guess Brian K Vaughan gets license to do whatever the hell he wants though.

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A Little Life: A Novel | Hanya Yanagihara
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My wife, @courtney made me do this one #readjanuary #bookface

Megabooks A bit disturbing... 3y
LauraBeth This made me 😂😂 3y
8little_paws This is amazing 3y
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Merethebookgal 😂👏👍 3y
Reviewsbylola 😂😂😂 3y
StephBengtson Hahahaha 3y
Hobbinol 👍🏻 3y
LeahBergen 😂😂😂 3y
Zelma That is kind of nightmarish. 😱😆 3y
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Just Kids | Patti Smith
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My Kindle stopped syncing my place in this book at about 70% and it became daunting and exhilarating to finish it on my phone because I read in situations and places I wouldn't normally consider reading. Fantastic book. I'll review it soon. Do any of you actually read books on your phones?

saresmoore I used to do a lot of phone reading, but the eye strain was killing me. Now that I've started using a Kindle, I've realized just how wonderful and non-headache-inducing e-reading can be. 3y
Pete @saresmoore I know what you mean. I have it set with black and white inverted and giant letters 😂😂😂 (edited) 3y
8little_paws Yes, I've read quite a few books on my phone. I'm reading comics on it right now, just taking a litsy break. I do have a kindle and I prefer that for books, phone is better for comics. 3y
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BookishMarginalia I read on my phone because being on the phone is socially acceptable and whipping out the Kindle isn't. 3y
Smrloomis I read on my phone since I always have it with me, but it hurts my neck. I end up having to hold my phone up above my head so it looks like I'm constantly trying to take a selfie 😆. 3y
intothehallofbooks I read on my phone often! 3y
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Frank Bill lets us revel in the grit of a hidden, impoverished, and sometimes brutal Midwest back country. Crimes in Southern Indiana is a collection of shorts that often veer into tales of revenge and madness. I was delighted to find that some of Bill's tales interweave. If this book is out of your comfort zone then I HIGHLY recommend you add it to your stack. The prose are beautiful and the stories are nail biting.

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Resuming this great short story collection by Frank Bill. The first snow of the year calls for cozy days with my wife, cinnamon whiskey, and stories about unspeakable acts of greed and violence perpetrated by man. #happyholidays #grit #noir #short

LeahBergen 😂 Sounds like perfection! 3y
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I bought a copy of the US Constitution and Declaration of Independence to reread because I won't be duped by any candidate. I won't be swept by easily discredited arguments, fear mongering, or doublespeak. I felt obligated to stop one of these candidates. I highly suggest any of you that are US Citizens own and read a copy. As Book people, I hope you can appreciate the beauty of a living document and the passion of rebellion against real tyranny.

Pete BTW, these were our costumes. 3y
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@courtney and I met Phoebe Robinson today at the #txbookfest #texasbookfestival

She was hilarious and poignant in panel.

Julsmarshall Oh my goodness! I was 2 people behind you in line 😄 3y
TheNextBook So I get to be jealous of both of you! 😉 3y
Pete @Julsmarshall That's awesome. Unfortunately we had to bail an hour or so later. Did you see any other author's speak? 3y
Julsmarshall @Pete Amy Gentry and Lydia Millet and I watched some of the election panel. Heading back today to see Nicole Dennis Benn, Amy Stewart and @jadechang 3y
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Books: A Memoir | Larry McMurtry
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Heading to the Texas Book Festival with my wife @courtney today! #texasbookfestival

LeahBergen Lucky! 3y
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The Andy Warhol Diaries | Andy Warhol, Pat Hackett
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Went to the Blanton Museum of Arts today and came across an exhibit on Andy Warhol and his relationship with books.

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Book store haul. Thanks to everyone who recommended Book People in Austin, TX.

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Just Kids | Patti Smith
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I'm watching my host's chicken coop from the bedside window of a vintage airstream trailer. My wife is comfortably asleep beside me and I've started Just Kids by Patti Smith. I come to find out she was born in the neighborhood of Chicago that I live in now. The world feels like a circle.

angrylilasian Amazing book. 3y
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Bird Box: A Novel | Josh Malerman
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My wife, @courtney shames me by reading so incredibly fast. She ripped through this in 15-20 minute chunks during her commute. Three days in she announces "These are the last ten pages."
It took me over a week to read this. Any other slow readers out there? #slowreaders #pickupthepace

britt_brooke 🙋🏼 I've always considered myself a slow reader. I say every word in my head as I go. 3y
Pete I read at a spoken pace too 3y
BookishFeminist Despite how many books I read a year I'm a pretty slow reader too (but I've gotten slowly faster). This happens with me and my partner @becausetrains all the time. I will say "hey we should read this together!" He's done within a few hours and yet a few days later I'm still plugging away at it. ??? 3y
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Caterina I'm a slow reader, but I'm also better at close reading than most of my classmates. My recall of quotes, passages, details, and pages on which these can be found is also good. Maybe less useful for quick reads, but definitely a worthwhile trade-off for college classes! 3y
Readingismyescape I'm a slow reader too. 🤓 3y
Gayan I've always been a slow reader. 3y
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A thorough and excellent retelling of the life and times of Charles Manson. There are little frills here, the stories contained within are both chilling and insightful of themselves.

LeahBergen That photo! 😳 3y
Gayan I really loved this book. I thought I knew everything about Manson but this was so interesting. 3y
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We constantly pretend our perception of the present day will not seem ludicrous in retrospect, simply because there doesn't appear to be any other option. Yes there is another option, and the option is this: We must start from the premise that- in all likelihood- we are already wrong.

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Just when I thought that this short story collection was one bloody note, Frank Bill uses that same narrative style to eloquently convey the love a husband has for his wife and the guilt he feels after her loss. #shortstory

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Sweet revenge. Speaking of, I think Ouija's about to attack me for feeding him late.

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I love when I find out stories in a collection connect but I guess my reading aloud has lulled Ouija to sleep before the good part (Josephine just shot her husband).

BookishMarginalia 😻😻😻 3y
Bookzombie 💕🐱 3y
Zelma 😹😹😹 3y
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Ouija is judging me for enjoying this pulp. First story in this collection is awesome and left a gritty taste in my mouth.

Books_Wine_Repeat 😻😻😻 3y
Bookzombie 💕🐱 3y
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The Fireman | Joe Hill
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Mehso-so

⭐️⭐️⭐️ I really wanted to love the Fireman because Joe Hill is an excellent novelist with a good grasp of dialogue, story, and character. So why only three stars you ask? Well, I crossed the 90% mark last night and sprinted to the end before bed and I think Joe Hill did the same when writing it. The end tries to do too much in too short a frame. The good news is that this 750+ page book is worth the read anyway.

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The Fireman | Joe Hill
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One of my favorite parts #booktober is my favorite jacket, with it's pockets big enough to tote around my Kindle.

Finishing this baby today.

Zelma 😂 that is fantastic. And good criteria for choosing a coat! 3y
Gayan My leather coat has a Kindle pocket. Can't wait! 3y
Pete @Gayan @Zelma I used to choose paperbacks because their size and shape would fit in my back pocket. It's very empowering having all this information with me. 3y
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'Salem's Lot | Stephen King
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This was my #firsteverylitsypost and one of my favorite books. #booktober

TrishB So love this book 💗 3y
Dragon Time for a reread so added to the stack 👻 3y
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What kind of reading did your parents introduce you to? My mother's truly epic collection of science fiction spans multiple rooms and shelves. I learned to look deeper into the world because of these books. My mother and wife are both voracious readers and I love that my life now is surrounded by much loved books. #thingsmyparentstaughtme

LeahBergen ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
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More Than Human | Theodore Sturgeon
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One of the coolest book covers I've ever seen and I can't wait to read it. From my mother's collection. #coverporn

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The Fireman | Joe Hill
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Every year, my wife @courtney and I read the same book at the same time. Last year we read The Martian by Andy Weir and this year it's The Fireman by Joe Hill. It's awesome to travel to different worlds together even when you're apart. #daily #commute

StephBengtson I love that! 3y
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The Fireman | Joe Hill
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On the last leg of the Fireman. I've tried to read it slowly and take in everything. I think it has the pedigree of a classic. It's characters and themes are so fleshed out and deep. #morningreads

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The Fireman | Joe Hill
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Thinking about spontaneous human combustion while eating spicy indian food with @courtney #booksandfood #booksandbeer

LeahBergen That calls for more IPA. 😉 3y
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I didn't love beer ten years ago but the more I've tried, the more I've adventured with my wife, the more I've come to love it. #booksandbeers

Amandajoy A book that makes me a better beer drinker? Sign me up! 3y
ValerieAndBooks I see you have a Brooklyn Brewing glass...I love their black chocolate stout! 3y
Pete @ValerieAndBooks I'll have to put it on my list on Untappd 3y
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Armed to the Teeth with Lipstick is truly one of the strangest and most nonsensical novels I've ever enjoyed. It is equal parts French noir and psychedelic acid rock and best enjoyed in small snippets. The writer, Blag Dahlia is also the front man for the Dwarves. It was illustrated by Marc Rude. Bonus star ⭐️ for one of my favorite lines in a novel:

"She was cold and lonely as an albino whore."

#weirdbooks #somethingforsept

Gezemice This is definitely weird. 3y
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#somethingforsept #nonfictionlove This book really showed me how fun reading nonfiction could be. It's detailed without being clinical and morbid without being exploitive.

BooksForYears Mary Roach is so fantastic, and this is one of my favorites! 3y
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House of M | Brian Michael Bendis
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ I don't really care about the quality of this picture. I'm eating peanut butter sandwiches and reading comics. I'm basically a child tonight. #booksandfood

Eyelit I'm a bit jealous tbh 😄 3y
Darthdad I just bought this digitally on comixology. Looking forward to rereading this myself 3y
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Fireman | Joe Hill
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Passing time at the boring AF DMV

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The Fireman | Joe Hill
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"You're afraid it's the end times because you're surrounded by death and ruin. Nurse Willowes, don't you know? Death and ruin is man's preferred ecosystem. Did you ever read about the bacterium that thrive in volcanos, right on the edge of boiling rock? That's us. Humanity is a germ that thrives on the very edge of catastrophe."

Books_Wine_Repeat Can't wait to read this!!👍 3y
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Get in the Van | Henry Rollins
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ One of the best memoirs about what it's like to be in a band. This is punk rock. This is the birth of Hardcore. While worth reading, I encourage you to listen to the audiobook because Rollins reads it.

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Get in the Van | Henry Rollins
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ One of the best memoirs about what it's like to be in a band. This is punk rock. This is the birth of Hardcore. While worth reading, I encourage you to listen to the audiobook because Rollins reads it.

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[...] but small towns have long memories and pass their horrors down ceremonially from generation to generation.

Readingismyescape I have this on my tbr. It sounds great. 3y
DiruVamp This is on my TBR shelf I have to admit the size of the book is a little intimidating lol 😳🤓 3y
wanderlustywriter This is soooooo good! 3y
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Pete @wanderlustywriter I enjoyed it but I had an issue about the author jumping ahead without resolving conflict. Passages also had beautiful prose and then seemed to stall out as the book went on. That's why I gave it a so-so rating. 3y
wanderlustywriter @Pete Yeah the time jumps are kinda jarring. Did you read the whole series? Some stuff doesn't get resolved until waaaay after you think it will. Also The Twelve goes back in time to explain some of the stuff missing in the jump. 3y
Pete @wanderlustywriter No, I haven't yet. I'm not a fan of trilogies or series novels because I feel cheated by them. I read the Passage before The Twelve was announced. While I'm a fan of apocalyptic fiction and horror and dystopias, I'm not onboard with Justin Cronin enough to dedicate any more time to his series books yet. 3y
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That sinking feeling

Notafraidofwords The worst 😩 3y
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The Troop | Nick Cutter
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Mehso-so

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If Lord of The Flies and Dreamcatcher had a baby it would be The Troop. A group of Boy Scouts are trapped (quarantined?) on an island that is also inhabited by an intelligent and malicious parasite that propagates in 💩 and hijacks the host. I'm not usually into gross factor but the characters ring true. Though not a fantastic story, Nick Cutter writes well and The Troop is worth a read.

mauveandrosysky A+ use of the poop emoji 👍🏻 3y
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The Fireman | Joe Hill
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My virtual bookshelf at the moment. #booksandbourbon

Yournewfriendsams Awesome pic 😍 3y
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All of my library holds came in at once, so now I'm balancing two books of short stories, two novels and a nonfiction tome. I'm a slow reader but I promise to read one or two stories from each collection before I bring them back. Anyone have any story suggestions from this one? #booksandbeer

LauraBeth I'm a fellow slow reader 😀 3y
LeahBergen The double beer boots will surely help! 👍🏼 3y
itsbrb .... On the map next to Cormac McCarthy? 🙌🏽 sign me up! 3y
NatalieR If I remember correctly, these stories build on each other. I know I read them in order. 3y
Pete @NatalieR Good to know. I'll have to make this one a priority as a whole collection. 3y
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Hooked from the prologue. Dennis Wilson and his famous buddies bring a young Charles Manson to the Whiskey-a-Go-Go. Manson breaks away from the stars and cuts a rug on his own.

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Heard so many good things for such a long time.

LeahBergen Me, too! (and yet it's still sitting on my shelf 😳) 3y
Pete @LeahBergen I've got a queue about a mile long too but thankfully there aren't too many nonfiction items on it. I might be craving some reality soon. 3y
courtney Looks like you need a book lovin' lady to share those cookies with 😉 3y
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Pete @courtney a/s/l? 3y
courtney 53/f/Tampa Florida, sugar. I hope you got a chocolate chunk in there for mama 3y
Pete @courtney wanna read The Lost City of D with me? 3y
courtney Only if there are cookies. 3y
Pete @courtney 🍪🍪🚐 3y
courtney Good thing I just finished reading the Walking Bed, I mean Dead, and I'm ready for a new read 🔥🍪 3y
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The Fireman | Joe Hill
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'Then Glenn Beck burned to death on his internet program, right in front of his chalk board, burned so hot his glasses fused to his face'

Pete Some possible upsides of a human combustion epidemic... 3y
Gayan 😂😂😂😂 3y
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Change of pace. I'm ready to be scared again and I'm told this is one of the good ones.

HiddenGemBooks Let me know how it goes! A book has yet to truly scare me 😂 3y
[DELETED] 2232195534 I liked it! Enjoy! 3y
mauveandrosysky Love this one. I didn't find it super scary, but it's excellent. 3y
BookBabe Love the typewriter. I have a similar one. 3y
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The Book Thief | Markus Zusak
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I was initially reluctant to start the Book Thief. It was "A book I had to read." Recommended by my sister & mom. I dismissed it until eventually caving to the pleas of my wife, @courtney . She's the reader I aspire to be.

Death is portrayed as both flawed & omnipresent. Each character shines with altruism but feels real.

These elements tie together with Zusak's simple & powerful sentences & grasp of dialogue.

Would recommend.

ramyasbookshelf I love this book! 3y
CatLadyBibliophile By and far one of my forever favorite books. 3y
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The Book Thief | Markus Zusak
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Sometimes I have trouble putting my book down and need an intervention. Ouija is always there to help.

Megabooks Great name and beautiful kitty! 3y
Blair_Reads Love that name! 3y
BookishFeminist Hahaha her facial expression! 😹 3y
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CherylDeFranceschi 😻❤️! 3y
Yournewfriendsams 😻😻😻 3y
LeahBergen This is the best!! 3y
kgriffith When you're following two people who you didn't realize live in the same home until they post back-to-back photos of the family cat 😻 3y
Pete @GlitterFemme Yeah, @courtney is my wife. We usually trade off pimping our cat for Litfluence but this moment was too perfect. 3y
kgriffith I love it! 3y
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