It's Monday! What are you reading? #3

Monday, September 26, 2016

It's Monday! What are you reading? This weekly feature is hosted by Bookdate and it's a great way to get your reading week sorted. All you need to do is: 

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  • Tell us what you are currently reading
  • What did you finish reading last week
  • What do you plan on reading next
  • Add your link to the linky provided by your host
  • Visit the other bloggers who also deal with terrible Mondays, but still find the time to prioritize their reading schedules
  • Make sure to read really awesome books in order to increase the above mentioned bloggers' stress levels by adding even more books to their TBR list
  • Pop a Rescue for your own nerves or pour a glass of wine and get reading 
I'm so glad that I came across this weekly feature. Once again I failed to submit a Sunday Post as I didn't have any headlines for last week. I've published the astounding number of 1 (one) (I) post last week. I know, it's punishable by severe shame. 

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Do I promise to do better this week? Let's not make any promises, but I sure will try. We are going on holiday on Friday, and there are soooo many things that need to be done before we hop on that plane. Like having my nails done and getting my hair cut and packing you know. Packing takes sooo much time. Oh, and load the kindle. 

But let's get back to the more important things in life. Like reading. 

Recently Finished:

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The Raven by Mike Nappa (Netgalley) I ended up being rather disappointed in this one. I know it is the second instalment in a series, maybe I should read the first one. Not sure it will change my mind though.

One Hundred Days of Happiness by Fausto Brizzi This one was amazing! It was a great read and definitely brought a long a couple of days of happiness. Stay put for my review (will be up later today or early tomorrow).

Currently Reading:

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Sirius by Jonathan Crown (Netgalley) Yes, this one has been on my list before, but I set it aside to get a few other Netgalley books out of the way. Just as fortune would like it, I should have stuck with this one. I didn't really enjoy any of the two I brushed the clever Sirius aside for. But like the good terrier he is, he greeted me back with a wagging tail, or in this case a welcome Heil Hitler salute.

Indiscretions of Archie by P.G. Wodehouse (Audio) I love P.G. Wodehouse, aspecially when Mark Nelson is the narator. Always the best remedy for a sour disposition.

All the birds in the sky by Charlie Jane Anders (Paperback) I hope to finish this one before Friday, my husband will not allow me to take a paperback with ("you've got a kindle, no more books"). I have been looking forward to it for quite some time!

Cross my heart, hope to read:

The following will accompany me to the clear waters and white beaches of Mauritus:

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Wishing you all a great week ahead! 

Mareli 


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Friday Meets - 23 September 2016

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Meet me on Friday @ Friday 56 for a bit of Book Blogger Hop to kick-start the weekend with Book Beginnings.


Friday 56 is hosted by Freda's Voice. For this date, you will need the following:
  •  Grab a book (Yes, any book. But it might get you to your other Friday activities a bit quicker if you just grab the book you are currently reading)
  • Turn to page 56 or 56% on your e-reader
  • Find a sentence or two (your other Friday activities might determine this)
  • Post it!
  • Remember to post your link on Freda's Voice and to visit the other guys in the linky.
  • And don't forget to list the title of the book and the author as well.
Hi guys! I'm back! Well sort off. I might not get to finish everything next week before we leave for Mauritius on Friday. Yea!! Do the Happy Beach Dance. But I sure will try (to do my Friday Meets, not the Happy Beach Dance. That comes naturally as you can see).


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Sorry for the absence last week, it's been a bit of a tough week. But I am at home now and need to stay calm and collected - doctors orders. Yes, of course that means I can blog to my heart's content and don't have to stress about work. But as we all know, there usually is an evil villain lurking behind every bush and door who just can't wait to ruin all your marvelous plans. My evil villain made her appearance in the form of terrible headaches. 

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Computer screen is not my friend at the moment. Thankfully, we can always rely on books and if I keep really very still and only turn the page, I do manage to read. 

A couple of weeks ago, I've used One Hundred days of Happiness by Fausto Brizzi as my Book Beginnings. And then it ended up at the bottom of the stack. Again. I finally started with it on Wednesday afternoon and what a marvelous read! The tag by Graeme Simsion (author of The Rosie Project - one of my favorite books) on the cover is perfect: "Funny, moving ..... I defy anyone to finish this story without tears in their eyes".
   
Page 56: (Page 55 actually builds up to page 56 - unbelievable, I know!)
"What would you do if you had only a hundred days left to live? I'm going to leave a couple of pages blank, for you to jot down your notes. Scribble in it, be my guest, I won't be offended." 
And that is exactly what happens on page 56! The author has left two blank pages for you to scribble your last 100 days in. I think that's rather awesome (not that you might only have 100 days left to live, the fact that an author gives you permission to scribble in his book)

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Lets join Gilion @ Rose City Reader now for Book Beginnings. Share the first sentence or so of the book you are reading (or just take the one you grabbed for Friday 56) and share it. You are welcome to also post your initial thoughts on the sentence and your first impressions of the book. Remember to also post your link to Rose City Reader and to visit the other City Readers! If you use another book as the one used for Friday 56, remember to include the title and author.

I don't know what to start with next. I'm already loading my kindle for two weeks in Mauritius, but I still have the follow paperbacks on my shelf. Can't take them to the beach, so I might as well read one of them this weekend. Which one of the following will you suggest:


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All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders Opening sentence: When Patricia was six years old, she found a wounded bird.

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter Opening sentence: When you first disappeared, your mother warned me that finding out exactly what had happened to you would be worse than never knowing.

The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel Opening sentence: Tomas decides to walk. 

Can you recommend any of these three?


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As always, I will also be joining the Book Blogger Hop hosted by Ramblings of a coffee addicted writer. Every week they will pop a question that you need to answer. Post your answer to your blog, enter your post to the linky provided, make yourself a cup of coffee and go visit the other blogs in the list. 

Today's questions: How many years have you been blogging? Anything special you want to tell everyone about your experiences?

My answer:   Can't talk in years, yet. Almost six months old though! That means I will soon start crawling all over the blogosphere causing havoc and leave a trail of delight behind me. Or I might start baring my teeth (as soon as I get some). So keep on being as kind, helpful and supportive as you've been so far. That sentence also sums up my experience over the past 172 days, 24 weeks (and 4 days), 4128 hours and 247,680 minutes. It's been one heck of a ride. Wouldn't change it for the world! 


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Mareli


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What are you reading over the weekend?
How long have you been blogging and do you have some really awesome advice?


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The Sunday Headlines #2 - Missing Mind reported

Sunday, September 18, 2016


Image result for the headline woman (1935)This post link up with the The Sunday Post, a weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer and It's Monday! What are you reading? hosted by The Book Date. This is a post to recap the past week on your blog, tell everyone about books and things you can showcase and share the next week's forecast: What are you reading, what have you just finished and what do you plan to read. And some other news that will make the headlines as well. Remember to link your post and to visit others who have linked up.

Greetings from the Headless Headline Woman! I'm not popular enough (yet) to stake the claim that you've noticed I've gone missing this week. Hardly spend any time on the blogosphere. Hardly spend any time anywhere worth mentioning. Least of all my mind. But I do have a whole list of excuses lined up. Actually, there's only one. But everything else spirals down from that one.


A couple of weeks ago, I've posted my inky thoughts and pondered the question, What turns you into "The girl on the train"? That wasn't just random thoughts. That is a question that I've pondered on for over three years now. The struggle is very, very real (as we love to say in Africa).

The main excuse for my absence this past week was that I was working like crazy to get all my work done for the upcoming week. I will be undergoing another ivf treatment in this week and we need to travel to our nearest fertility clinic, approximately 4 hours away. Nope it's not my first one, so yes I know what to expect. The only thing I don't know, is how to expect. Seems so easy. It's not. 

For those of you who know anything about hormones, especially the ones that get regulated by chocolate, you will know that there are a few side effects.  



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I'm not allowed to have wine. So, no. I didn't blog. Is it even possible to blog without wine? Guess I'll have to find out soon enough. (Please please please....)

I did review one book this week, Koors by Deon Meyer. Die KOORS loop hoog. It was my first Afrikaans review and it did remarkably well! Will definitely keep you guys posted as to when the English translation will be available. But I do believe I should be reading and reviewing a couple more Afrikaans books in future. It is my mother tongue after all.

I only managed one weekly feature, thus only one headline for this week: 


Nope. Nothing more.


Forecast for the week ahead:



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While waiting for my missing mind to return, I'll be solving the above equation. Might try to read a bit as well. The rest are completely unpredictable.


Recently Finished and Currently Reading (not a lot to mention here, hence the reason for pairing)

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I finally managed to finish Jane Eyre. Reader, I loved it. Might have been a bit melodramatic here and there. But so are my current state of hormones. If only I can be so unrelenting in my faith as Jane. One can learn a lesson or two on persistence from this little bird. On the topic of birds, has anyone else read The Raven by Mike Nappa yet? Or the first one in the Coffey & Hill series? I'm just about done with The Raven and it is rather enjoyable! Will hopefully finish it tonight and try to review by Tuesday. 


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Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye Maybe I should leave this one till next week. Next month might even be safer. But I so want to read it. 
Sirius by Jonathon Crown Need to finish this one. This week. No excuses. Not even hormones will count. 
The other Einstein by Marie Benedict This was the first book I've requested from Netgalley that I really, really, really want to read. And I got it. Yea! Can't wait to start with it.

  

Wishing you all a great, hormone-free week!

Mareli

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Did anyone else have problems with blogger formatting today or is it just my hormones? 
What are you up to this coming week?
What will you be reading while doing that?

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Die KOORS loop hoog

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

31342329Titel: Koors
Skrywer: Deon Meyer
Uitgewer: Human & Rousseau
Publikasie datum: 05 Augustus 2016
Bladsye: 579 (sagteband)
My gradering: 5 Sterre
Beveel aan vir lesers van: Deon Meyer (punt). Misdaad. Daar's 'n slang in die gras en iemand het dit daar gesit. Post apokalipties (dis REGTIG die einde van die wereld)
Kort opsomming: Die Koors het byna almal gevat. Maar nie dertien jaar oue Nico Storm en sy pa, Willem, nie. Deur ’n Suid-Afrikaanse landskap feitlik sonder mense, met al hoe minder blikkieskos in die verlate winkels, Koeberg-bestraling in die Wes-Kaap en al hoe meer moorddadige hondebendes – én mensebendes – swerf Nico en sy pa, op soek na ’n plek om die samelewing weer te vestig. Wanneer hulle dit eindelik sover het by die ou Vanderkloof – nou Amanzi – met ’n groepie swerflinge wat saam van voor af wil begin, steek al die ou sondes van die mensdom kop uit. Gou is Amanzi op geloofs- en politieke lyne verdeel, en verdediging teen die swaar gewapende motorfietsbendes wat dwarsoor Suid-Afrika plunder en moor raak al hoe moeiliker. En wat van die geheimsinnige, yskoue Domingo, wat by Amanzi aangery kom op ’n motorfiets van sy eie en spoedig as paramilitêre leier ontpop – kan hý ooit vertrou word? Dis nie lank nie, of moord kom inderdaad ook na Amanzi … In Koors vertel die volwasse Nico Storm die verhaal van die moord op sy pa. Dit is ’n aksiebelaaide nuwe rigting vir Deon Meyer, met al die aspekte wat lesers van sy spanningsfiksie verwag en nog vele nuwe lekkertes daarby. Goodreads
"Hierdie is die storie van wat na Die Koors gebeur het. Soos ek dit onthou. My waarheid. Dalk subjektief, dalk effe krom. Maar ek is feitelikheid en eerlikheid verskuldig aan almal wat deel is van die storie." - Nico Storm

Toe ek klaar Nico se storie gelees het en die boek toemaak, het ek net een gedagte gehad: AWESOME (nee, ontsagwekkend of asemrowend is glad nie beskrywend genoeg nie). Dis mos nou hoe mens 'n storie vertel! As jy verwag om Koors op die naat van jou rug te geniet, dink weer. Jy gaan op die punt van jou stoel sit van begin tot einde. Jou hande gaan kramp (579 bladsye is BAIE om vas te hou, veral as jy angstig raak) en die wyn bottel gaan vinnig sak (senuweeagtige drinker), maar dis elke druppel werd. Deon Meyer oortref vir Deon Meyer. 

Deon Meyer het homself al menigte male bewys as ons land se top misdaadskrywer. Sy boeke versprei soos 'n epidemie (maak dit maar 'n Koors) en almal van skoonma, tot die die skoolhoof, tot die mechanic in Brakpan lees dit. Dit is juis wat hom so suksesvol maak. Deon weet hoe om in een boek die hele gemeente gelukkig te hou. Vir mev. Dominee/Professor en Doktor Sus-en-So gebruik hy ontsagwekkende woordspel om diep filosofiese nuanses oor te dra. Vir Jan, Piet, Koos en Sarie op die gallery vertel hy een freaking awesome storie. 

Met Koors gaan Deon nog 'n nuwe groepie lede werf - die KJV (Nee, nie die Kerkgroepie nie). Die Kring van Jong Volwassenes. Beter bekend as die YA generasie. Die mees gewildste boeke en topverkopers is deesdae die sogenaamde Young Adult. Almal tussen 16 en 60 lees dit. Ek ook (ek val so in die middel van genoemde ouderdomsgroep). Meeste van hierdie boeke is aksie-belaaid, risikos word geneem, gewone mense word in ongewone omstandighede gedompel, dis regtig die einde van die wereld en die voortbestaan van die mensdom berus in die hande van een of twee uitverkore tieners. Met die skep van Nico Storm bewys Deon Meyer dat hy 'n eie-tydse skrywer is wat saam met die winde van verandering kan waai. 

Vir my is 'n groot aantrekking van die hedendaagste YA boeke die feit dat dit visueel baie sterk is. G'n wonder hulle word deesdae omtrent almal loket-treffers nie (ja, ek skimp dat iemand 'n fliek moet maak van Koors). Ek het regtig lanklaas 'n boek gelees wat ek so goed kon visualiseer en toe ek op Deon Meyer se navorsingsfotos vir Koors afkom, het ek sommer nog 'n bottel wyn gaan oopmaak. Kliek op bygevoegde skakel om al Deon se fotos te sien.  Koors navorsingsfotos
  
In Koors ontmoet ons 'n wye verskeidenheid karakters wat onder normale omstandighede dalk nooit paaie sou kruis nie. Ook hier het ek my verlekker aan die mengelmoes karakters wat tog aan my bekend is. Daar is sekere fasette van die boek wat my aan verskeie ander boeke en karakters laat dink het.  Ek dink byvoorbeeld aan The Stand deur Stephen King en veral die volgende aanhaling:
“Show me a man or a woman alone and I'll show you a saint. Give me two and they'll fall in love. Give me three and they'll invent the charming thing we call 'society'. Give me four and they'll build a pyramid. Give me five and they'll make one an outcast. Give me six and they'll reinvent prejudice. Give me seven and in seven years they'll reinvent warfare."
Nico en Sofia het my baie laat dink aan die twee hoofkarakters in Veronica Roth se treffer-reeks, Divergent en Willem Storm (Nico se pa) en Domingo aan karakters uit die tv-reeks Lost:


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"Verantwoordelikheid beteken in wese dat ons eindelik antwoorde moet verskaf op vrae wat ons geliefdes, ons naastes, of ons gemeenskap van ons vra." - Willem Storm
Hierdie "gemeenskap" het drie vinnige vrae aan Deon Meyer gerig en hy was my goedgesind genoeg om dit te beantwoord: (kyk, kyk - dis Deon Meyer!)



1. KOORS vergelyk sterk (maar regtig uitstekend gedoen) met The Stand deur Stephen King. Nico en Sofia laat my ook dink aan karakters uit die Divergent reeks van Victoria Roth. Is dit bloot toevallig of was daar 'n inspirasie?
Ek moet beken dat ek — ondanks my groot respek vir Stephen King —  nog nie The Stand gelees het nie (maar sal dit nou graag wil doen), en ook nie enigiets in die Divergent-reeks nie. Dit is dus toevallig.

2. KOORS is egter vir my baie meer realisties en 'n dit-kan-actually-regtig-gebeur scenario as The Stand. In jou Erkennings bedank jy vir Prof. Wolfgang Preiser wat vir jou 'n virus ontwerp het. Is die virus veilig agter slot en grendel of moet ons begin blikkies-kos bymekaar maak? 

Ons is gelukkig veilig. Prof Preiser het my verseker dat die virus in teorie maklik sal kan muteer, maar dat dit hoegenaamd nie so maklik sal kan versprei nie.

3. Lemmer en Bennie Griesel - het hulle die koors oorleef of nie?
Hulle het, tot my groot verligting.

Ek is seker daar is 'n paar baie verligte lesers. Ek is ook maar bekommerd oor Bennie en Lemmer is darem baie stil die laaste ruk. Moenie betrokke raak nie is nie heeltemal dieselfde as moenie verdwyn nie. Ek sien uit om eersdaags weer met Bennie of Lemmer of Nico Storm te kan kuier!

Indien jy meer wil weet oor Koors, besoek gerus Deon Meyer se webwerf by Deonmeyer.com 

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Cover Characteristics - Give the Emperor some Clothes!

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Cover Characteristics is a weekly meme hosted by Sugar and Snark. Every week they give us these gorgeous themes and then you have to pick 5 covers featuring that theme. If you want to participate: 
  • Pick your covers 
  • Post it to your blog
  • Share your post's URL in the linky provided by Sugar and Snark
  • Go and check out the other guys who also posted! (This might influence your current TBR list a great deal.)
I haven't done a Cover Characteristics in what feels like ages. Is it just me, or does time fly by at a rapid speed lately? We hardly get time to dress ourselves, but when the emperor comes strolling down the street dressed as nature intended, one needs to take a break and put some clothes on that man! Today's Cover Characteristic's theme is: Clothes only.


As a known creature of habit, I will list my favorite one first:

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The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards There might be a few nicer covers out there, but this book was such a great read. It's one of those stories that stays with you long after you've cleared out your spring wardrobe. 

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There is a season by Marita van der Vyver This book was originally published in Afrikaans under the title Vergenoeg. It tells the story of two sisters who goes home to tend to their mother who is dying of cancer. Very close to home for me, but a book that captured my heart. I was fortunate enough to read it with my mother a couple of months before she passed away. 
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson This book has bee on my TBR list for too long. Still haven't read it! But I've always loved that cover. Everything is so cleverly displayed around that coat rack.
The Dressmaker by Rosalie Ham Another one that has been on my TBR list for quite some time now. Haven't seen the movie yet either. 

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The secret lives of dresses by Erin McKean If we take sentimentality out of the equation, this one will actually be my favorite! it reminds me a lot of my own wedding dress. Love it. 
Blind stiches by J.B. Chicoine One of those novels that I can't decide if I want to read it or not. Has anyone read it and recommend it?
A Vintage Affair by Isabel Wolff Maybe I'll read this one. Love the red dress on the cover, but won't be able to wear it. I'll end up looking like a cupcake. 

Which of these would you like to see the emperor dressed in? Yes, I know that my spring collection is mostly dresses, but he was idiotic enough to believe those tailors. His judgement can't be trusted. You should rather pick. 

Mareli 



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The Sunday Headlines #1

Sunday, September 11, 2016


Image result for the headline woman (1935)This post link up with the The Sunday Post, a weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer and It's Monday! What are you reading? hosted by The Book Date. This is a post to recap the past week on your blog, tell everyone about books and things you can showcase and share the next week's forecast: What are you reading, what have you just finished and what do you plan to read. And some other news that will make the headlines as well. Remember to link your post and to visit others who have linked up.

Have you noticed that my post title has changed? I normally just post under The Sunday Post, but I've noticed something very strange last week. Yes, stranger than fiction. Real events. Like all the likes and hits I had on my Sunday Post last Sunday. Wait, let me start at the beginning - a very good place to start. When you read you begin with ....? YES! - THE HEADLINE. And that was all I did for last week's post. I literally only took the headlines (alteration is allowed) from the previous week's posts and linked it up. In my defense, I was really tired and had a hard week, but didn't want to miss out on my favorite weekly feature. So I kind of cheated. But apparently everybody loved it (still not quite sure if it was cheating you all loved or the headlines....). I guess a headline really is all you need. So I've decided to change my Sunday Post to The Sunday Headlines


Unfortunately, I haven't posted a lot this week. I'll have to be creative here:

How not to get LOST on a deserted island - read the debris

Feeling peckish? Eat this book - It's delicious!

Reader, I can solve your yearly goal (and get away with murder)

Spring has sprung, but it's Autumn in Oxford


Forecast for the week ahead:


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No rain predicted. On a bit more serious note - still no sign of rain. We are already experiencing very hot conditions in South Africa and the drought is just getting worse day by day. All prayers and thoughts will be much appreciated. South African drought crisis

On the reading and blogging front: I've received a new book from Netgalley and hope to start reading The Raven by Mike Nappa later tonight. I also still have my Book Club books all unopened as I was completely submerged in the new Deon Meyer novel. I will review it later this week, but my review will be in Afrikaans. Promise to do a translation as soon as the English translation are published in 2017. Hope to read One Hundred Days of Happiness this week and finally finish Jane Eyre so I can start with Jane Steele

Recently Finished

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Koors by Deon Meyer Review to follow this week
Autumn in Oxford by Alex Rosenberg Reviewed

Currently Reading

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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte Still listening to it!
Sirius by Jonathan Crown Haven't continued with this delightful book in about a week. Hope to get to it this week again.
The Raven by Mike Nappa Started with this one last night and so far it is quite good.

Cross my heart hope to read

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One hundred days of happiness by Fausto Brizzi
Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye

  

Wishing you all a great week ahead!

Mareli

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What are you up to this coming week?


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