Friday, September 28, 2012

Bloggiesta Starting Line

It's Bloggiesta Time!

So, here are my goals.

1. Review books. I have 57 books to review. I'll be happy if I get 10 done.

2. Deal with my Google Reader. This mainly means geting caught up on blog posts. I have over 6191 unread blogposts (OMG I KNOW.) So, I will read as many as possible, but the hard part will be heavy use of the "mark as read" button. I also want to clean out my stars. Most are books that I want to read, so I want to write at least 5 "reviews that made me want to read the book" posts. Others are videos I wanted to watch or things I wanted to pin when I was reading my reader when I couldn't watch videos or pin things.

3. Change domain hosts.

4. Work on upcoming secret blog project-- buy domain name, work on layout, pick at least 20 themes, sketch out at least 10 blog posts.

5. Clean off the bedroom bookshelf-- specifically, the library books cubby (I have too many checked out, I'll never read them all) and to-review cubby (Review and move!) and the ARC cubby (which ones am I actually going to get to?)

6. Tag old posts. (Um, this probably isn't going to happen, but it's something I want to do, so let's put it on the list, ok?)

7. Try again to make a video or two for Library Noise.

8. Write new storytime intro posts and update the existing ones on Library Noise.

9. Write that post I gotta write.

10. SLJ round up.

11. Do that review app.

Obviously, not all of that's going to happen, but that's the list of stuff I *want* to do, so let's see how much we can get done, ok?

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The Serpent's Shadow

The Serpent's Shadow Rick Riordan

In this conclusion to the Kane Chronicles, Carter and Sadie have a desperate plan to save the world from Aphosis (the giant snake who wants to turn the world into a giant ball of chaos) but there's only a slim chance it will actually work and a rather large chance it will kill both of them in the process. But, first, there's a school dance to attend.

I continue to enjoy the dual narration between Sadie and Carter, especially with the asides and interjected comments to each other. I think this would work really well in audio and wish I had listened to this series instead of read them. I also like how Carter and Sadie are often on different missions, so you have multiple storylines to follow. It keeps the action a bit fresher and doesn't get bogged down in "and then we fought this random monster, and then we fought this demon, and then we fought this minor god, which can happen near the middle of his Greek/Roman books. Not that I don't LOVE them, but...

I think Riordan wraps the series up well (and props for only being 3 books!) but there are still some open doors, including hints at an Olympus crossover (But first, doesn't he have a Norse series in the works?)

Final Verdict: a good, strong conclusion to a fun series. If you've read the others, be sure to read this one, too.

Book Provided by... my local library

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

In the Bag

In the Bag Kate Klise

YOU GUYS! Why didn't anyone tell me that the fantastic middle grade author Kate Klise had an adult book out?! And one that I think has great cross-over appeal for teens.

Andrew's on his way to Madrid where he's designing an art exhibit. When boarding, he accidentally bumps the arm of a woman in first class, spilling her wine on her shirt. He can't keep his eyes off her (although all he can see from his vantage in coach is her feet) and, when at baggage claim, takes a chance and slips a note into her purse.

Daisy is one of the best chefs in Chicago, but after leaving yet another restaurant, she's on a much-needed vacation in Paris. She thought it would be relaxing and rejuvenating and a chance to bond with her daughter, before Coco goes to college in the fall. Everything goes horribly wrong from the beginning-- first someone spills wine on her and then the sleaze leaves a note in her purse-- who ruins silk blouses as a pick-up tactic? Then, Coco is in a horrible mood because...

Coco is horrified when she discovers that she picked up someone else's identical bag at baggage claim and now has nothing that she needs.

When Webb gets to Madrid with his father (Andrew, of course) he finds that he has someone else's bag. Someone who actually irons their jeans. Luckily, someone that anal also has a contact card in the pocket, so he sends an email and sets off a chain reaction...

And when Daisy's oldest friend needs help with an exhibit she's curating in Madrid after the caterer backs out... well.

Told in all four voices, this is a fun rom-com of a novel with hilarious touches (stinky cheese and Amish extremists!), complete with over-the-top ending. The dinner in Barcelona is priceless. I especially enjoyed all the little misunderstandings. Daisy's convinced Coco's always checking her email because she's missing prom and there's some drama back home (nope, just Webb.) I think Klise is trying to say something bigger here about love and connection in a digital world and generational divide but... that part doesn't work. Luckily, when she tries to make these points, it sounds authentic in the character's voice and blends in seamlessly with the plot, so it doesn't get in the way.

Bonus points for multiple narrators, various lyrics analysis of "Wichita Lineman" and "MacArthur Park." Also... did I mention the Amish extremists?

A very fun read for teens and adults. (I would totally read an adult book by her that's done in the style of Regarding the Fountain. Yes.)

Book Provided by... my local library

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

A Midsummer Tights Dream

A Midsummer Tights Dream Louise Rennison

After the summer holidays, Tallulah is back at Dother Hall in the Yorkshire Wilds, hoping to become good enough to earn the golden slippers of applause. Of course, Dr. Lightowler still hates her. And Charlie still has a girlfriend. And Alex is off at uni. And Cain licked a snowflake off her nose. But Ruby has the owlets and the mad twins are as mad as ever. Tallulah's friends continue to be a laugh riot, as do her teachers.

Big problems-- Dother Hall has a tax issue and might shut down (and, of course, continues to fall down around everyone's ears.) Also, the local girls are NOT HAPPY with the Dother Hall girls stealing their men.

I still cannot get over the fact that Rennison named her broody, dark Yorkshire men Cain, Ruben, and Seth. And then when Beverly's mum starts hunting Cain across the moors? DYING OF LAUGHTER.

I love Tallulah's outlook on life. I love down-to-earth Ruby and Mr. Barraclough's pie tribute band. I love all the broad Yorkshire dialect that's a bit more fun that what you read in The Secret Garden.

But seriously, I just live for the drama of the town, especially between the Eccles lasses and the Hinchcliff lads. Oh yes.

Book Provided by... my local library

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Diviners

The Diviners Libba Bray

At a party gone boring, restless flappers unknowingly raise a once-buried evil. In Ohio, a careless Evie reveals something she shouldn't and is sent to live with her Uncle Will in New York City until the scandal dies down. In New York, Memphis runs numbers by day and writes poetry by night. He used to be a healer, but lost the ability when it mattered most of all. Theta is a glamourous Ziegfried girl just trying to forget. Mabel's parents are communist organizers but all she wants is to catch the eye of Jericho, Uncle Will's assistant at the Museum of American Folklore, Superstition and the Occult, aka the Museum of the Creepy Crawlies.

It's 1926 and their stories collide as a gruesome serial murder strikes the city. Uncle Will is called in to aid the investigation as the murders are steeped in the occult. Evie knows her supernatural powers can help, but she'd rather drink and party to forget that she even has them. The investigation leads them to the Great Awakening, WWI, and beyond our world as commets and dreams are portents of things to come...

Sprawling and epic, this is paranormal/horror/historical fiction. It lacks the zany humor of Going Bovine or Beauty Queens but that's ok, because it would be really out of place here! The action and focus frequently shifts between characters and storylines, interspersed with set and mood pieces to paint a picture of the city, the country, and the time period. It's dark and atmospheric. I love how even though it's historical fiction, it's also haunted (literally and metaphorially) by history, especially Sprititualism and the Great Awakening movements, both of which appear in US history classes but can be hard to make sense of in a broad survey class setting. I loved the miltary mesting aspect. We tend to see army conspiracies and top secret projects taking place in WWII, but not WWI.*

Now the immediate storyline wraps up by the end of the book, but it's also very very very much the first in a series. Lots of smaller plots become larger questions that are no where near answered by the end. In the hands of a less skilled author, this entire project would be a hot mess, but Libba Bray makes it brilliant and spooky.

*This makes sens because WWII saw things like the Holocaust, Unit 731, Enigma, and the Manhattan Project. Also, the post-WWII era saw the space age and TV and was such a period of massive change that military secrets in the recent war made more sense, storytelling wise. It was tapping into a different psyche.)

ARC Provided by... the publisher, at ALA.

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Nonfiction Monday: Reading Magic

Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever (updated and revised) Mem Fox

So, this isn't a book for teens or kids or with kid or teen appeal, but it is a book on child literacy and how to make kids readers, so I think it's still a good Nonficion Monday fix.

At work this week, I wrote an informational sheet for parents about why reading aloud to your kids is super-duper important and really good for them. When I was googling around for some sources to back up the things I've been taught in my youth services career, I found a lot of references to this book. I read the first two chapters on Google books and then went to the bookstore on my lunch break to just buy it. (I would have purchased immediately if it were available as an ebook, but alas and alak.)

I KNOW reading aloud is important to kids. You don't need to convince me. In those first two chapters I had the info I needed for my project, so why did I feel compelled to buy the book to tell me something I already know?

Well, as you hopefully already know from books such as Where Is the Green Sheep?, Fox is a really good story teller and writer. I wanted to read more.

Her basic premis is that we need to read aloud to our kids all that we can and that if we do, they will easily learn to read and become life long readers. Sadly, there's a lot of "research shows..." "experts say..." "studies prove..." but NO SOURCE NOTES. No bibliography. Nothing. There's also no real data, just lots of story after story about her own daughter, her editor's son, some neighborhood kids, and other kids she's come across in her work. Fox was an early literacy prof for a number of years and as she says in her introduction, "I speak with the authority of an international literacy consultant and the intensity of a writer, but I'm most passionate when I speak as an ordinary mother" and that shows. I don't doubt the studies and experts and research exist, but I want sources (mostly so I can follow up and read that research! Because I am a literacy nerd and I need data when I talk to parents about the best way to prep their kids for school.)

Because the evidence is all anecdotal, I think she oversells the benefits of reading aloud. Although she qualifies it at the end that "most children don't learn to read at home. They learn soon after they start school..." during most of the book, her case reads that if you read to your kids a lot, and play literacy games with the text, your kid will teach themselves to read at age 3. And that's not the case. Some will (Dan did) but not all. I mean, her chapter called "The Proof" is only one story about a kid named Justin who could identify his favorite books at 6 months and sit for an hour reading 20 books in a row and at 21 months he had a speaking vocabulary of 500 words and could sight read 20 words. Fox has never met Justin, his mom just emailed her via her website.

I trust what she's saying, I don't doubt her overall point... BUT.

I think the chapter on *how* to read aloud to kids is great. New parents are freaked out about everything and tend to overthink it. The chapter does as good of a job as possible explaining vocal inflection in an entirely written medium. They're things I don't think about a lot as I've always been very good at reading aloud (probably because I was read to so much as a child) but it's a great chapter that I'd also recommend for new youth services librarians who do programming. (I had to read a story as part of my job interview. It's a skill you need to have!)

Her take down of phonics as a reading instruction method is WONDERFUL and while it's not totally applicable to the thrust of this book, I'd LOVE to hear to talk about programs like Accelerated Reader.

There are some great new-to-me points as well. She completely convinced me to never answer "well, why don't you try to sound it out" when asked what a word is. I'm not sure that's something I'd do as a librarian, but I'm sure I would have done it as a mother. But, as Fox explains, when you stop to sound it out, you lose your flow in reading. You forget the rhythm and language, plot and characters of the story. Stopping for that one word makes the rest of the book that much harder. Having someone *give* you the word lets you continue at speed.

Despite my issues with the scholarship involved, I did really enjoy the book, even though I already knew and preached the importance of reading aloud to young children (I mean, Dan read aloud to the Kung Fu Princess before my epidural wore off. Her first read-aloud experience was The Economist.) I think the anecdotes-as-proof style reads more easily/less academically to the lay person (especially as this is targeted at new parents who are probably very sleep deprived) BUT, a few pages of source notes at the end would have been most beneficial.

I don't regret buying it though. It was an easy, fast read and has me all jazzed up about why I do what I do.

Check out today's Nonfiction Monday roundup over at Wrapped in Foil. Be sure to check it out!

Book Provided by... my wallet

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Random Thoughts

1. For some reason, writing anything (especially reviews) has become much easier if I do it longhand. This is a new development, so I've been doing lots of writing longhand and then typing it up later. This is a bit of an issue, because when I get my mojo flowing, I write quickly (I can't write as quickly as I can type) and then when I go to type it up, I have a hard time reading what I wrote. My handwriting is awesome.

2. I was going to write up some blog posts and reviews tonight but instead ended up rereading large portions of Finnikin of the Rock. As you do. I don't know how many times I've reread the entire book, and how many times I've read certain scenes over and over again. (If I had a paper copy instead of a Kindle one, I've read them so many times the spine would be broken to the those places, the book falling open to exactly where I need.)

3. New job has started their fall programming season, so storytime's back on! There will be new posts on Library Noise this week! With new songs and rhymes and new age groups! It's crazy!

4. I have a lot of blogging work to do. I feel like I've just been treading water on the blogs this summer as I've gone through some weird slumps (both reading and writing) and changed jobs. Luckily, Bloggiesta is coming very soon! And signups are starting, so you should go sign up. I'm making my to-do list!

5. I have some overdue books at the library. I should read them. But instead, I will be rereading more Finnikin. I need to reread Froi of the Exiles before the third book comes out, but I'm still conflicted about Froi. Ooo! Also, I realized that I never actually read the Lumatere short story that was in last month's Review of Australian Fiction! I wasn't in the right head space when I bought it and forgot to go back to it!! This is better than finding a forgotten $20 bill in your pocket when you put your winter coat on the for the first time of the season.

Monday, September 10, 2012

The Secret of the Fortune Wookie

The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee Tom Angleberger

It is a dark time at McQuarrie school--Dwight has transfered to Tippet Academy and taken Origami Yoda with him, leaving the kids at McQuarrie without his sage advice. Then Sara shows up with the Fortune Wookie, who's growls are translated into advice by Han Foldo. Dwight threw them down to her from his bedroom window, so Tommy and Kellan assume they're infused with some of the Origami Yoda's force. Still, they're on the case...

The Fortune Wookie gives good advice, but some of the truths the kids have face are painful. When investigating the Fortune Wookie, they stumble across another mystery--Dwight has turned totally normal. No more origami, no more weird sayings, totally and utterly normal (and kinda boring.) What gives?

Angleberger stays strong with this third installment of the Origami Yoda series. I'm a bit biased because I'm a total Han Solo girl and we get wonderful classic Solo lines sprinkled throughout the text. I also love that Sara gets full props and credit for knowing her Star Wars (the guys are all super impressed at her knowledge of minor characters. Also, she does an excellent Wookie growl.) AND AND AND AND AND! God bless Tom Angleberger for not giving the girl a Princess Leia origami. I mean, Princess Leia is AWESOME (how many diplomats do you know who can rock a blaster like that? PEW! PEW! PEW! PEW!) but Angleberger didn't give the girl and girl. It made my fangirl* heart swell to a new size.

I also really like how Darth Paper Strikes Back and Fortune Cookie stay funny while still tackling some big issues. I love how the McQuarrie kids accept Dwight as Dwight. And I"m very, very afraid for the next book. It's not as cliff hanger-y as Han being frozen and taken back to Jabba and Luke finding out that Vader is his father but... Dark times are coming. You may not be afraid but... you will be. You will be.

*as a fangirl of Star Wars and of Angleberger

Book Provided by... my local library

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Thursday, September 06, 2012

Emily and the Scot

Emily and the Scot Kathryn Smith

So, I had both Kathryn Smith books out from the library and didn't realize that they were related, so I read Emily and the Scot first, even though it should go second.

I liked this one more. After the scandal Richard caused in Anna and the Duke, Emily's become obsessed with playing by society's rules. Her brother created too much talk and she has too much to overcome to slip up on any rules of propriety. Despite the scandal, she's still determined to marry for love, so she turns down her friend Alexander's offer of marriage... only to find out afterwards that he had placed a wager on her acceptance on the books at White's. Horrified, she flees to Scotland and her brother Ewan's castle.

Which is where she meets Jamie, Ewan's cousin (on his mother's side, and Emily and Ewan are only related on their father's side, so it's not weird. Even though would that have been weird by the standards of the day? If they had been actual cousins?) ANYWAY.

I liked this one more because Emily and Jamie... whoo boy! They are like oil and water and a series of misunderstandings certainly doesn't help matters. The chemistry. Hotcha cha cha.

I think I liked this one more because (a) Scotland! Lovely! (b) I go more for the personality conflict between leads. In Anna and the Duke, they liked each other from Day 1. There were a TON of obstacles in their way, but I enjoy a romance where the main obstacle are the characters themselves. (Paging Lizzy and Darcy!)

Another fun read, perfect for the hot and muggy days at the end of summer.

Book Provided by... my local library

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Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Anna and the Duke

Anna and the Duke Kathryn Smith

So, I picked this up because I loved God Save the Queen (The Immortal Empire) by Kate Locke and when I heard her speak at ALA, I learned that Kate Locke = Kathryn Smith.

It was also interesting because I hadn't read any teen romance before. WAIT A MINUTE HOLD UP you say. Jennie, you read ALL THE KISSING BOOKS in the world. YOU ARE OBSESSED WITH MEG CABOT, you read teen romance ALL THE TIME. And it's true, I do. I mean, I loved The Season so much that when Sarah MacLean started publishing adult romance, I read it without question and rediscovered how much I enjoy the genre. But what I mean by this, is I haven't read any of the teen series put out by the big romance publishers. (Exception being Harlequin, but none of their teen stuff that I've read has been a kissing book. At least that I know. Sometimes with their teen stuff is hard to tell that it's Harlequin.) And Anna and the Duke is an Avon True Romance for Teens. And, as such, it feels much more like an adult romance novel than the other historical fiction teen kissing books that I'm used to. In fact, it's exactly like a historical fiction bodice ripper (complete with marriages!) BUT bodices don't actually get ripped and it's rather chaste.

Anyway, the story.

Anna is engaged to marry Richard, the heir to the Duke of Brahm. She's ok with it, until she meets a stranger in a bookstore that makes her heart beat in a way that Richard never has. To complicate matters, the mysterious man is the Scottish Ewan MacLaughlin, the recently deceased's Duke of Brahm's secret son and actual and rightful heir.

As Richard's fiance, she sees how unhinged he's become and how far he's willing to go to become the duke he always assumed he'd be. She warns Ewan, and as they try to keep one step ahead of Richard (and Anna's horrible mother, who wants her daughter to be a duchess more than anything) they can't hide their feelings from each other for long.

I never really connected with Anna, but I looooooooooooooved Ewan. He had a lot more going on, as he tries to reconcile the reality with what he had always thought about his missing father. I loved the general story of a small-village Scots trying to navigate London society (even if he already had some titles before Duke). And oh, the verbal dinner table battles between Ewan and Richard were just delicious.

I didn't love it as much as God Save the Queen, but it was a fun and enjoyable read.

Book Provided by... my local library

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Tuesday, September 04, 2012


Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas John Scalzi

First off, I read and enjoyed the hell out of this book BEFORE I knew just how much I loved John Scalzi.

I enjoyed this book so much, I want to go read his other stuff, even though it's pretty standard SciFi which is not a genre I tend to read unless Han Solo is on the cover. (Not that I don't enjoy SciFi when I do read it, it's just something that's lower on the list of genres I enjoy, so I just tend to not pick it up.)


So the basic premis is that (Andy) Dahl, (Maia) Duvall, (Jimmy) Hanson, Finn, and Hester are all new crew members on the Intrepid, the Capital Ship of the Universal Union.

While they're excited to be at such a prestigious posting they quickly realize a few things-- the Intrepid has a startling high death rate. Away missions are suicide, unless you're a senior officer. Decks six through twelve have an even more unusually high death rate in battles. Every so often, things stop making sense and you find yourself saying the stupidest things, then it stops.

They meet Jenkins, who tells them what's going on, and warns them to steer clear of THE NARRATIVE.

But Dahl has a few ideas up his own sleeve and is tired of what's happening, and is going to fix it.

This book is in no way, shape, or form about the nameless red-shirted crew members on Star Trek who die right before commercial break so Shatner can get all dramatic. Nope. nope. nope. Not at all.

It's an entertaining premise, but I was worried going into it-- was the premise enough to carry the entire book? Or would it be a joke that got old in 50 pages but I still had to slog through the rest?

NO WORRIES. It's a joke that holds. Part of the reason is that Scalzi creates real characters and real relationships. Even though it's satire, it has much more depth and meaning than I was expecting. It's a great look at making your life (and death) matter, the art of writing, and taking charge of your destiny. All while being really funny. (I want a science box!)

With the exception of Star Wars, I'm not a huge SciFi nerd. I've never actually seen an entire episode of Star Trek (any version.) I haven't watched that much SciFi TV since SeaQuest went off the air. But Scalzi didn't just dash off a 314 page joke. He wrote a really good, really funny meta-story.

I mean, when one of the officers gets clued in to what's going on? BRILLIANT. (And hilarious.)

So, while this is part send-up, part love letter to cheesy SciFi, it's also a really good story, so you don't need to be well-versed in your cheesy SciFi to enjoy it.

I mean, it's a book that makes me want to read more in a genre I typically skip.

Like I said on the top, I enjoyed the hell out of it.

Book Provided by... my local library

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Monday, September 03, 2012


Enchanted Alethea Kontis

This is one that came across my radar on Amazon last winter. Fairy tale retelling! YAY! Of course I wanted to read it.

Then the reviews started coming in and they all said it was really, really good. They said it was awesome. There was a lot of hype for me when I picked up this book.

Look, y’all, I know you said it was awesome, but OMG IT IS EVEN AWESOMER THAN YOU LED ME TO BELIEVE.

Monday’s child is fair of face
Tuesday’s child is full of grace
Wednesday’s child is full of woe
Thursday’s child has far to go
Friday’s child is loving and giving,
Saturday’s child works hard for a living,
But the child who is born on the Sabbath day
Is blithe and bonny and good and gay.

Sunday can see how the rhyme is true for her sisters, but “blithe and bonny and good and gay” feels more like a curse than anything. Sunday’s not dark and gloomy like Wednesday, but she’s not ALWAYS happy. There is more she yearns for than her too-full house, built around a doorless tower that has an uncanny resemblance to a shoe.

Then she meets Grumble, a talking (enchanted) frog. She’s not around when her kiss does its thing, so she doesn’t see that the man he turns into is the Prince, a man despised by her family. In order to see Sunday again, to get her to know him as a man and not just a frog, the newly returned Prince Rumbold decides to hold 3 balls, inviting every eligible girl in the land...

*whew* how many fairy tales and nursery rhymes did you pick out in that brief introduction? Because there are even more. Some are major, and some are minor but all are deftly woven together in something much, much more.

For Arilland is a kingdom where faerie blood runs through the veins of many. Where immortality is a dark seductress of the wealthy and two faeries, Joy and Sorrow, have played with other’s lives for far too long. And Sunday is the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter, Joy and Sorrow are her aunts, and Sorrow is Rumbold’s faerie godmother...

Sunday and Rumbold each have secrets in their past that they need to discover and wrongs that need to be righted before things can work out.

It’s so well done and perfectly paced. There is so much going on without it ever being cluttered or confusing. I want so much more about this family and this world (Thursday is a Pirate Queen-- surely there is more to be told!) And Sunday is so wonderful. She’s the right balance of strength and weakness, of confidence and doubt. She’s so real and believable.

I also LOVED the omnipresent 3rd person narrative. The focus shifted between Sunday and Rumbold without being too much in their heads and it worked so well. We don’t see a lot of 3rd person in YA and when we do it’s usually 3rd person limited, but 3rd person omnipresent is the *perfect* choice for this. We need to see what’s going on in the cottage and in the castle.

You guys, not only did this live up to the hype, it blew the hype away.

I know you said it was awesome, but it was even better than that.

Book Provided by... my local library

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