Tell Me Tuesday

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Tell Me Tuesday is a weekly blog feature put on by La La in the Library.  It is where we discuss what we have been reading and look forward to reading.  What have you read lately? Tell Us!

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What I Read Last

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This was a funny and quirky read.  It had some sweet mother daughter moments.  I wasn’t a fan of the way the book was written.  Much of the story was told through emails, letters, and interviews.  Also, there were a lot of characters to keep track of.  However, I would recommend it if you enjoy reading something different.

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What I Am Reading Now

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GOODREADS BLURB

Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

This book has been into an HBO mini series.  I have not seen it yet but have heard great things.

If you would like to read my blog post on other Book to TV adaptations click on the following link.  BOOK TO TV ADAPTATIONS

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What I Am Reading Next

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I thought this book sounded interesting.  I received it via First to Read.

A stunning debut about a girl who has learned how to survive – but not how to live.

Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend.

Eleanor Oliphant is fine. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except sometimes, everything.

No-one’s ever told Eleanor life should be better than fine. But with a simple act of kindness she’s about to realise exactly how much better than fine life can be.

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Pupdate

(see what I did there? haha)

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I still have the 2 senior foster dogs.  It seems I may have them for awhile since they are not even up for adoption yet.  They are on a medical hold due to their age.  The law states that the dogs need to be neutered before being adopted but due to their age and some of the results on their blood tests, it would be too dangerous to their health.  So I am just waiting to see what happens.  But for now I am enjoying watching them get stronger and happier every day.  Here is the 15 year old, Dash, taking a nap on my chair.

Book to TV Series Adaptations

This post is linked up with The Sunday PostStacking the Shelves , and The Saturday Situation.

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It seems there have been quite a few Book to TV series adaptations.  I say TV but I guess it is usually cable or Netflix series.  I am going to highlight some of my recent favorites and ones I am looking forward to.  I would love to know yours as well.

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Books to TV Series That I Have Seen/Or Are Currently Watching

I loved the books but there were so many characters that I had to start making a list of how they were all connected.   That is one of the reasons I like the HBO series, it is easier to keep track of all the kingdoms and characters.

I haven’t quite finished the Netflix series yet but it is so good! It seems to be pretty faithful to the book. I have five episodes left.

 

I am ashamed to say that I have only read a couple Sherlock stories.  I found them difficult to read and understand.  However, the BBC series is fantastic! The first 3 seasons can be found on Netflix and the 4th season was on my local PBS channel.

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Book To TV Series That I Will Be Watching Soon

My sister-in-law got me hooked on this book.  She had watched the HBO series and started reading the novel and asked if I wanted to buddy read it with her so of course I said yes!  I am about a third of the way through the book and it is really good and humorously accurate.  I look forward to watching the HBO series soon.  I love the three actresses that are in this adaptation.

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Book To TV Series That I Am Looking Forward To.

The Handmaid’s Tale has been made into a movie more than once but this is the first time, I believe, that is will be a series.  It begins April 24th.

I am so EXCITED for this HBO series!!! If you don’t know, Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for JK ROWLING!!!  This murder mystery series is amazing of course because JKR is amazing.  There is no definite date for when this series starts.

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What Book to TV series adaptations are your favorites or looking forward to?

New Book Reviews

This post is linked up with La La in the Library, Stacking the ShelvesSaturday Situation, and The Caffeinated Book Reviewer.  It is where we talk about our latest reads.  Be sure to check them out!

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What I Read Last

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This was a continuation of the book A Street Cat Named Bob. It talks about how the first book became a book and other stories of how Bob helped change the author’s life.  “For far too many years those three precious qualities-faith, hope, and love- had been sorely missing in my life.  But then a twist of fate delivered me all three.  They were each embodied in the the mischievous, playful, canny , occasionally cantankerous but always devoted cat who helped me turn my life around. ”  There is a Christmas book too that I am definitely going to read this winter.

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What I am Reading Now

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Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she’s a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she’s a disgrace; to design mavens, she’s a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette’s intensifying allergy to Seattle—and people in general—has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic.

To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence—creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter’s role in an absurd world.

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What I am Reading Next

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Goodreads Blurb

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I am still fostering these two sweet pups.  They have kept me busy! Their names are Tank and Dash.  Tank on the left is 12 and Dash is 15.

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Again, Netflix has been a time eater.  I have been watching 13 Reasons Why which is based on the Jay Asher book of the same name.  The book was fabulous and so far so is the show.

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What have you been reading? Tell me.

Tell Me Tuesday

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Tell Me Tuesday is a weekly blog post put on by La La in the Library. It is where we talk about what we have been reading and what we will be reading next.  What are you reading? Tell us!

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I haven’t had as much time to read the past two weeks due to a couple reasons.  The first reason is that I started fostering 2 senior bonded Shih Tzus.  Their names are Tank and Dash.  They are a father and son pair.  Dash is 15 and Tanks is between 10-12.  They are enjoying their time lying around on the couch and playing in the backyard.

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The other reason I haven’t read as much is because I have been binge watching the Netflix show, The Crown.  After getting back from London, I was obsessed with the Royal Family and their history.  It is an excellent show!

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What I Read LAST

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Goodreads Blurb

Before there was Johnny and June, there was Johnny and Saul. The Man Who Carried Cash chronicles a relationship that was both volatile and affectionate between Johnny Cash and his manager, Saul Holiff. Saul handled the bookings and the no-shows, the divorce and the record deals, drugs, overdoses and arrests. He was there for the absolute worst of times, but also for the best.

GOODREADS REVIEW

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The Book That Made Me is a celebration of the books that influenced some of the most acclaimed authors from Australia and the world.

This was a fun book to read. Even though I only recognized one of the authors that contributed to this book, I enjoyed reading what books inspired these authors as children. I was delighted to see some of the same books I loved reading as a kid. It definitely made me want to re-read some of these childhood favorites. There were also a couple books mentioned more than once by Roald Dahl that were some of the authors’ favorites so I had to go and read them. I would love to read a book like this with more authors I recognize but it was still a great read. A bonus was that at the end of the book, there were short bios about each author and there was a list of all the books mentioned.

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What I Am Reading NOW

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Goodreads Blurb

In the years since their story ended in the bestselling A STREET CAT NAMED BOB James, with Bob’s help, has begun to find his way back to the real world. Almost every day, Bob provides moments of intelligence, bravery and humor, at the same time opening his human friend’s eyes to important truths about friendship, loyalty, trust – and the meaning of happiness. In the continuing tale of their life together James shows the many ways in which Bob has been his protector and guardian angel through times of illness, hardship, even life-threatening danger.

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What I Am Reading NEXT

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What are you reading? Tell me.

Tell Me Tuesday-2017 Reading Challenge Updates

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Tell Me Tuesday is a weekly feature put on by La La in the Library. It is where we talk about what we have been reading and what we look forward to reading.  This week, my Tell Me Tuesday is going to be an update on my 2017 Reading Challenges. I didn’t have time to do an update in February so my  progress includes books from February AND March.

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The new updates are marked in red.

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Again, the new updates are marked in red.

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I did not read any Newbery Medal or Printz Award books.

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My goal is to read all seven books in 2017.

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I read one Harry Potter book.  I love the illustrated book version! So pretty.

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My goal is to read books 5 and 6.

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Finally Finished book 5!

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This challenge is to read books where animals are featured or they are the main characters. I set a goal to read 7-12.  These put me at 7.

I read these four.

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How are your reading challenges going?

Caraval, a Cat, and Cinderella

This post is linked up with  The Sunday PostThe Saturday Situation, and Stacking the Shelves.

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Thanks to the nine hour flight to and from London, I was able to get some books read on my Spring Break vacation. To see photos from my trip click HERE.  My favorite book was a surprise.  If you have read my blog before, you know I am a huge dog lover so the fact that I adored this cat book was shocking.

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Goodreads Blurb

When James Bowen found an injured, ginger street cat curled up in the hallway of his sheltered accommodation, he had no idea just how much his life was about to change. James was living hand to mouth on the streets of London and the last thing he needed was a pet. Yet James couldn’t resist helping the strikingly intelligent tom cat, whom he quickly christened Bob. He slowly nursed Bob back to health and then sent the cat on his way, imagining he would never see him again. But Bob had other ideas.

My Thoughts

This was so much more than a book about a guy rescuing a cat.  It was more about the cat rescuing a guy.  James was a recovering heroin addict and trying to make it by playing music in the tube stations of London.  James only had to think about himself until Bob came into the picture.  That is the wonderful thing about animals and pets, they rely on you and give you purpose.  James discovered this over and over. What happens in James’ life after meeting Bob is just short of miraculous.    There is a sequel to this book which I plan on reading soon.

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Goodreads Blurb

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.

My Thoughts

This was a fun read that was a mix of The Hunger Games and Harry Potter with maybe a little Game of Thrones mixed in. The world and the game the author creates is rich and colorful and I definitely felt like I was there.  I loved the concept of this book but the main character, Scarlett annoyed me a bit.  She seemed whiny and weak. However, with that said, and not giving away too much of the story, I think that the point of this book and the game she plays is to make her strong.  There is a sequel to this book, which I will read in the hopes that Scarlett has grown as a character.

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The other two books I read on the plane were both retellings of the fairy tale, Cinderella.

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This was a fun retelling of Cinderella. It was well written and my favorite part was the main character has an obsession with a tv show and finds other like her to help cope with the death of her father. Unfortunately, her step mother thinks it is a waste of time. This reminds me of my crazy obsession for Harry Potter. “It taught me a lot of things. Like about friendship and loyalty, and how to think critically and look for all sides of a narrative…” This can apply to any fandom out there. We can find people who share our passions and form long lasting friendships. This was a creative story. I mean, the “pumpkin” for this Cinderella story is a food truck! I highly recommend this believable retelling of a classic fairy tale.

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 I loved how strong the main character, Tatum, is. She starts her own business, sticks up for herself, and keeps fighting when it seems everyone is against her. The book starts with Tatum being in the wrong place at the wrong time. She is arrested but later cleared of all charges in helping in a robbery. However, now her step mom has her confined to the house with strict rules of who she can see and where she can go. The characters in this book are amazing and I totally disliked the step mom which of course is the point of her character. I found myself cheering for Tatum the whole time.

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What’s up next?

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LONDON

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I just got back from a week long trip to London.  I am sad to hear about the terrorist attack that occurred near Big Ben.  My thoughts and prayers go out to the people of London and all those affected by the horrible tragedy.

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Here are some photos from my trip! On our first day, we drove a little over an hour outside of London to Dover and Canterbury. It was quite the adventure to drive a car with the steering wheel on the wrong side of the car and to drive on the wrong side of the road.

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A castle and the cliffs of Dover near Dover, Kent, UK.

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Canterbury Cathedral in Canterbury, England.

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I SAW THE QUEEN OF ENGLAND!

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Big Ben, Parliament, and Tower Bridge

The Harry Potter Warner Brother Studio Tour was AMAZING!

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We had a 24 hour layover in Reykjavik, Iceland.  It was such a beautiful city!

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Tell Me Tuesday

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Tell Me Tuesday is a weekly blog feature put on by La La in the Library.  It is where we talk about what we have read, what we are reading, and what we will be reading next.  We also like to know what YOU have been reading, so tell us.

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What I Read Last

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The description of the main character, Otto, intrigued me right away. I don’t think I have ever read a book where the main character has severe burns on half of his face. This challenge piqued my interest especially since Otto is an actor in Hollywood. I loved that this was a road trip story and the best part was that the characters in the book admit that road trip stories can be cliche. But because they say this, it makes it NOT cliche. The characters are wonderfully fleshed out and my favorite was Mo, the hitchhiker. I hope we run into her again in subsequent books. The author writes beautifully and there were some sweet moments between Otto and his ex-boyfriend, now friend and road trip buddy, Russell. “I know I can’t be with him. But I still want to be around him. It doesn’t feel good exactly. But it makes me feel something. And it’s better than what I was feeling before, which was alone.” I really enjoyed this book. It was inspiring and thought provoking and I couldn’t put it down. I look forward to reading more books about Otto Digmore.

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What I am Currently Reading

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Goodreads Book Blurb

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

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What I will read Next

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Book 3 in the Shades of Magic Series

Review: The Hate U Give and City of Saints and Thieves

This post is linked with The Sunday Post,  Stacking the Shelves, and Saturday Situation. It is where we talk about our latest reads.  Be sure to click and see what we have all been reading.

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I read a couple of great books this week that deal with some heavy topics.  Even though these books are fiction, the problems they talk about are very real.  One of the reasons I love to read is that I love to learn new things.  These books taught me about some horrific things that are happening in the  world today but they also showed me what the power of love, hope, and tolerance can achieve.

 

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Goodreads Book Blurb

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil, at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

My Thoughts

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This timely story was told in an honest and very raw way.  It captures the unfortunate cycle of violence of young black people and the impact that they can’t escape. The author does a great job showing both worlds.  Since Starr and her family lives in the ghetto, we get that perspective, but because she goes to a private school of mostly white kids, we also get that perspective.  I don’t feel this book took sides.  Starr’s uncle is a cop and her boyfriend is white so we see all sides of this terrible crime. This was a sobering yet important story that teens and adults should read.

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Goodreads Book Blurb

In the shadows of Sangui City, there lives a girl who doesn’t exist. After fleeing the Congo as refugees, Tina and her mother arrived in Kenya looking for the chance to build a new life and home. Her mother quickly found work as a maid for a prominent family, headed by Roland Greyhill, one of the city’s most respected business leaders. But Tina soon learns that the Greyhill fortune was made from a life of corruption and crime. So when her mother is found shot to death in Mr. Greyhill’s personal study, she knows exactly who’s behind it.

My Thoughts

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A great mystery thriller! I feel like there are not enough of these type of books for YA.  The setting takes place in Africa and the author’s descriptions make you feel as if you are right there.  Also, there are so many wonderful characters! The story was very suspenseful and I had no idea until the reveal who the murderer was.  Most importantly, this story talks about very realistic events that unfortunately happen in the Congo.  Human rights violations, especially against women and children are common.  A must read.

Tell Me Tuesday

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Tell Me Tuesday is a weekly blog feature put on by La La in the Library.  It is where we discuss what we have been reading, what we are reading now, and what we will be reading next.  Be sure to check out our latest reads and tell us yours!

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WHAT I AM READING NOW

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GOODREADS BOOK BLURB

Otto Digmore is a 26-year-old guy with dreams of being a successful actor, and he’s finally getting some attention as a result of his supporting role on a struggling sitcom. But he’s also a burn survivor with scars on half his face, and all indications are that he’s just too different to ever find real Hollywood success.

Now he’s up for an amazing new role that could change everything. Problem is, he and his best friend Russel Middlebrook have to drive all the way across the country in order to get to the audition on time.

It’s hard to say which is worse: the fact that so many things go wrong, or that Russel, an aspiring screenwriter, keeps comparing their experiences to some kind of road trip movie.

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WHAT I AM READING NEXT

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GOODREADS BOOK BLURB

In the shadows of Sangui City, there lives a girl who doesn’t exist. After fleeing the Congo as refugees, Tina and her mother arrived in Kenya looking for the chance to build a new life and home. Her mother quickly found work as a maid for a prominent family, headed by Roland Greyhill, one of the city’s most respected business leaders. But Tina soon learns that the Greyhill fortune was made from a life of corruption and crime. So when her mother is found shot to death in Mr. Greyhill’s personal study, she knows exactly who’s behind it.

With revenge always on her mind, Tina spends the next four years surviving on the streets alone, working as a master thief for the Goondas, Sangui City’s local gang. It’s a job for the Goondas that finally brings Tina back to the Greyhill estate, giving her the chance for vengeance she’s been waiting for. But as soon as she steps inside the lavish home, she’s overtaken by the pain of old wounds and the pull of past friendships, setting into motion a dangerous cascade of events that could, at any moment, cost Tina her life. But finally uncovering the incredible truth about who killed her mother—and why—keeps her holding on in this fast-paced nail-biting thriller.

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WHAT I READ LAST

I reviewed both of these books in my last blog post. Click HERE to read what I thought about them. (Hint, they were pretty amazing!)

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What have you been reading? I would love to know!