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A poem!

Jun. 28th, 2005 | 05:15 pm
mood: hothot

I was looking through some of my old writings, and I found this cute poem, so I thought I'd post it here:

Romance for the Reading Girl

I'm in bed with Doctor Zhivago,
in the tub with James Joyce.
I've been caressing Nicholas Nickleby
and stroking Count Tolstoy.
A girl's best friend is her bookmark
when life stretches on alone:
you can worship a body of work
and run your fingers over a poem.




I should have a book update sometime today!

Love,
Mar
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Books 69 and 70

Jun. 19th, 2005 | 01:23 pm
mood: lazylazy

I'm sticking to my middle-of-the-year resolution of updating more often. I'm also struggling with really wanting to buy a paid account for this just so I can get more book-related icons. I really don't need to, cuz I have the paid accounts and lots of icons for my other ljs. But... icons! And oooh, I could have a custom book-related mood theme. *gets dreamy*

Anyway, onto the books!

69.) Title: Then He Ate My Boy Entrancers: More Mad, Marvy Confessions of Georgia Nicolson
Author: Louise Rennison
Marcia's Grade: A-. CommentsCollapse )

70.) Title: Fox Girl
Author: Nora Okja Keller
Marcia's Grade: B+. CommentsCollapse )

Love,
Mar

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New layout!

Jun. 18th, 2005 | 02:33 am
mood: relaxedrelaxed

So I'm trying a new layout for this. It's one of the new ones, Tranquility II. I used "the pinky theme" and I actually liked it so much that I didn't end up messing around with the colors any more. It's not too vava-voom, but I like this journal to look more sedate and pseudo-intellectual than my others.

Love,
Mar

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Books 16-68

Jun. 15th, 2005 | 11:39 am
mood: okayokay

I've gotten so far behind in posting what I've read that I'm skipping the whole comments phase and just listing them, with letter grades next to them. I'm getting pretty close to the 100 book goal, but I've got to start reading fast if I'm going to reach my personal 200 book goal for the year.


16.) Dream State: Eight Generations of Swamp Lawyer, Conquistadors, Confederate Daughters, Banana Republicans, and Other Florida Wildlife by Diane Roberts B+
17.) Girl, 15, Charming But Insane by Sue Limb B
18.) Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy A+
19.) Nursery Crimes by Ayelet Waldman A-
20.) Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta A
21.) Shadows at the Fair by Lea Waits C
22.) Son of the Mob by Gordon Korman C
23.) The Big Nap by Ayelet Waldman A
24.) Blue Clay People: Seasons on Africa's Fragile Edge by William Powers A+
25.) Therapy by Jonathan Kellerman B+
26.) The Book of Dead Days by Marcus Sedgwick A+
27.) Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris A-
28.) Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America by Firoozeh Dumas A-
29.) The Effects of Light by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore A+
30.) Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane A-
31.) All Souls: A Family Story from Southie by Michael Patrick MacDonald A
32.) The Butcher's Theater by Jonathan Kellerman B
33.) Ida B... and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World by Katherine Hannigan A
34.) America (the Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction by the Daily Show with Jon Stewart A-
35.) The Boys of My Youth by Jo Ann Beard B
36.) Acceleration by Graham McNamee B-
37.) Play Dead by Anne Frasier B-
38.) I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America After 20 Years Away by Bill Bryson B+
39.) A Drink Before the War by Dennis Lehane B+
40.) The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger A+
41.) How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff B-
42.) The Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob Green by Joshua Braff C+
43.) The Poet by Michael Connelly B-
44.) The Abhorsen Trilogy by Garth Nix A+
45.) The Unsavvy Traveler: Women's Comic Tales of Catastrophe edited by Rosemary Caperton, Anne Mathews, and Lucie Ocenas A
46.) West of Then: A Mother, a Daughter, and a Journey Past Paradise by Tara Bray Smith A
47.) The Reunion by Sue Walker C
48.) Drowned Wednesday (The Keys of the Kingdom, Book Three) by Garth Nix A+
49.) All Over But the Shoutin' by Rick Bragg A
50.) We Thought You Would Be Prettier: True Tales of the Dorkiest Girl Alive by Laurie Notaro A
51.) Witch Child by Celia Rees A-
52.) 33 Snowfish by Adam Rapp A+
53.) Geography Club by Brett Hartinger B+
54.) The Secret Hour (Midnighters, Volume One) by Scott Westerfeld A
55.) Queen of the Turtle Derby: and Other Southern Phenomenon by Julia Reed B
56.) Die a Little by Megan Abbott B+
57.) Once Upon a Marigold by Jean Ferris B
58.) The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray by Chris Wooding A
59.) I Am Not Esther by Fleur Beale B+
60.) Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper A-
61.) A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson A+
62.) Mable Riley: A Reliable Record of Humdrum, Peril, and Romance by Marthe Jocelyn A-
63.) Sorceress by Celia Rees B
64.) A Great Deliverance by Elizabeth George B+
65.) The Charioteer by Mary Renault A-
66.) Salem Falls by Jodi Picoult B
67.) I Love Everybody (And Other Atrocious Lies): True Tales of a Loudmouth Girl by Laurie Notaro A+
68.) A Home at the End of the World by Michael Cunningham B


Love,
Mar

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Books 11-15

Jan. 29th, 2005 | 05:41 pm
mood: contentcontent
music: Stroke 9- Tear Me in Two

Last batch of books for January, at least.

11.) Title: Toujours Provence
Author: Peter Mayle
Marcia's Grade: A-. CommentsCollapse )

12.) Title: Lucy the Giant
Author: Sherri L. Smith
Marcia's Grade: B. CommentsCollapse )

13.) Title: A Thousand Days in Venice: An Unexpected Romance
Author: Marlena de Blasi
Marcia's Grade: A-. CommentsCollapse )

14.) Title: Slammerkin
Author: Emma Donoghue
Marcia's Grade: A. CommentsCollapse )

15.) Title: The Vile Village (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book Seven)
Author: Lemony Snicket
Marcia's Grade: A+. CommentsCollapse )

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Books 6-10

Jan. 16th, 2005 | 06:04 pm
mood: moodymoody
music: Duncan Sheik- Start Again

Here's my next little batch of reads for this year, don't know how solid a pace I will be able to maintain once my classes start again on Tuesday.


6.) Title: Notes from a Small Island: An Affectionate Portrait of Britain
Author: Bill Bryson
Marcia's Grade: A-. CommentsCollapse )

7.) Title: The Sewing Circles of Herat: A Personal Voyage Through Afghanistan
Author: Christina Lamb
Marcia's Grade: A+. CommentsCollapse )

8.) Title: Witch's Sister
Author: Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Marcia's Grade: C. CommentsCollapse )

9.) Title: How to Train Your Dragon
Author: Cressida Cowell
Marcia's Grade: A. CommentsCollapse )

10.)Title: The Idiot Girls' Action Adventure Club: True Tales from a Magnificent and Clumsy Life
Author: Laurie Notaro
Marcia's Grade: A+. CommentsCollapse )

That's it until next time, folks!

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First 5 of '05!

Jan. 9th, 2005 | 02:53 pm
mood: accomplishedaccomplished

And, with a drumroll, here are my first five reads of 2005!

1.) Title: Welcome to Lizard Motel: Children, Stories, and the Mystery of Making Things Up
Author: Barbara Feinberg
Marcia's Grade: A. CommentsCollapse )

2.) Title: The Ersatz Elevator (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book Six)
Author: Lemony Snicket
Marcia's Grade: A+. CommentsCollapse )

3.) Title: Stolen
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Marcia's Grade: C. CommentsCollapse )

4.) Title: Predator's Gold (The Hungry City Chronicles, Book Two)
Author: Philip Reeve
Marcia's Grade: A+. CommentsCollapse )

5.) Title: Colors Insulting to Nature
Author: Cintra Wilson
Marcia's Grade: D+. CommentsCollapse )

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Books 175-180 and a fond farewell to the year!

Dec. 31st, 2004 | 05:00 pm
mood: okayokay

This is the last of the books of 2004. I didn't quite reach my goal of 200 books, but that's okay. I did much better than the 100 I had originally planned! :) Plus, I didn't start counting until March, and knowing me, it's entirely possible that I read 20 books in those first two months of the year.

Anyway, here's my final five for this year:

175.) Title: A Year in Provence
Author: Peter Mayles
Marcia's Grade: A. CommentsCollapse )

176.) Title: The Nature of Water and Air
Author: Regina McBride
Marcia's Grade: B. CommentsCollapse )

177.) Title: Cherry
Author: Mary Karr
Marcia's Grade: B. CommentsCollapse )

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I wish...

Dec. 23rd, 2004 | 12:09 am

Sometimes I get sad for all the books I'll never read. I wish I had the time and the money and the access to read every book in the world that's good and would interest me.

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Books 147-174

Dec. 21st, 2004 | 03:28 am
mood: tiredtired

It's been forever and a day since I last updated. I've been reading, just not putting the list up. It's the middle of the night and I'm too tired to write comments right now, so I'll just post the list and my grade alongside each entry. :-/



147.) The Liar's Club by Mary Karr, A-
148.) Along Came a Spider by James Patterson, B
149.) A Thin Dark Line by Tami Hoag, C+
150.) The Austere Academy (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 5) by Lemony Snicket, A
151.) Every Secret Thing by Laura Lippman, B+
152.) My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult, A-
153.) Where Is the Mango Princess? by Cathy Crimmins, A
154.) Dead Run by Erica Spindler, B
155.) Bittersweet by Drew Lamm, B+
156.) When He Was Wicked by Julia Quinn, B+
157.) Bloomability by Sharon Creech, B-
158.) Sorcery and Cecilia; Or the Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stervermer, A+
159.) Monster by Jonathan Kellerman, B+
160.) Boy Meets Girl by Meg Cabot, B+
161.) An Evening of Long Goodbyes by Paul Murray, A-
162.) Survival of the Fittest by Jonathan Kellerman, A-
163.) Bitten by Kelley Armstrong, A+
164.) The Duke and I by Julia Quinn, A-
165.) My Life Among the Serial Killers: Inside the Minds of the World's Most Notorious Murderers by Helen Morrison and Harold Goldberg, C.
166.) The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant, A.
167.) Trickster's Choice by Tamora Pierce, A.
168.) True Confessions of a Heartless Girl by Martha Brooks, A-.
169.) Rats: Observations on the History and Habitat of the City's Most Unwanted Inhabitants by Robert Sullivan, A.
170.) A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray, A.
171.) Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison, A-.
172.) Autobiography of a Fat Bride: True Tales of a Pretend Adulthood by Laurie Notaro, A.
173.) Abarat by Clive Barker, A+.
174.) Zigzag by Ellen Wittlinger, A-.

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Books 122-146

Sep. 25th, 2004 | 11:12 pm
mood: hungryhungry

Phew, I have a lot to catch up on here! I've been busy with college and whatnot and though I've gotten more pleasure reading done than I expected, I haven't had the time or willpower to type it all up. So here's a whole slew of them, I don't know how meaningful the comments will be.

122.) Title: Dr. Death
Author: Jonathan Kellerman
Marcia's Grade: A-. CommentsCollapse )

123.) Title: Over the Edge
Author: Jonathan Kellerman
Marcia's Grade: A. CommentsCollapse )

124.) Title: A Cold Heart
Author: Jonathan Kellerman
Marcia's Grade: B+. CommentsCollapse )

125.) Title: Growing Wings
Author: Laurel Winter
Marcia's Grade: A+. CommentsCollapse )

126.) Title: The Shawl
Author: Cynthia Ozick
Marcia's Grade: A+. CommentsCollapse )

127.) Title: Olive's Ocean
Author: Kevin Henkes
Marcia's Grade: A-. CommentsCollapse )

128.) Title: Razzle
Author: Ellen Wittlinger
Marcia's Grade: B+. CommentsCollapse )

129.) Title: Ring
Author: Koji Suzuki, translated by Glynne Walley
Marcia's Grade: C+. CommentsCollapse )

130.) Title: The Meaning of Consuelo
Author: Judith Ortiz Cofer
Marcia's Grade: A. CommentsCollapse )

131.) Title: The Wide Window (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 3)
Author: Lemony Snicket
Marcia's Grade: B+. CommentsCollapse )

132.) Title: The Canning Season
Author: Polly Horvath
Marcia's Grade: A. CommentsCollapse )

133.) Title: Shadow of the Wind
Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafon, translated by Lucia Graves
Marcia's Grade: A+. CommentsCollapse )

134.) Title: One Last Look
Author: Susanna Moore
Marcia's Grade: A-. CommentsCollapse )

135.) Title: Among the Impostors (Shadow Children, Book 2)
Author: Margaret Peterson Haddix
Marcia's Grade: B-. CommentsCollapse )

136.) Title: Two or Three Things I Know For Sure
Author: Dorothy Allison
Marcia's Grade: A-. CommentsCollapse )

137.) Title: Off Keck Road
Author: Mona Simpson
Marcia's Grade: A. CommentsCollapse )

138.) Title: Cut
Author: Patricia McCormick
Marcia's Grade: B. CommentsCollapse )

139.) Title: The Wrath of Mulgarath (The Spiderwick Chronicles, Book 5)
Authors: Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black
Marcia's Grade: A. CommentsCollapse )

140.) Title: The Marriage Bed
Author: Regina McBride
Marcia's Grade: A+. CommentsCollapse )

141.) Title: Mortal Love
Author: Elizabeth Hand
Marcia's Grade: A+. CommentsCollapse )

142.) Title: The Miserable Mill (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 4)
Author: Lemony Snicket
Marcia's Grade: A+. CommentsCollapse )

143.) Title: The Stone Fields: An Epitaph for the Living
Author: Courtney Angel Brkic
Marcia's Grade: A-. CommentsCollapse )

144.) Title: The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee: Observations on Not Fitting In
Author: Paisly Rekdal
Marcia's Grade: B+. CommentsCollapse )

145.) Title: The Great Good Thing
Author: Roderick Townley
Marcia's Grade: A+. CommentsCollapse )

146.) Title: The Murder Book
Author: Jonathan Kellerman
Marcia's Grade: B+. CommentsCollapse )

That's it for now, I'm going to read (haha) and drift off to sleep.

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Books 101-121

Aug. 14th, 2004 | 03:53 pm
mood: boredbored
music: Hoobastank- The Reason

I think this applies that I need to update more often... but the chunk of books on the list just keeps getting longer and longer and I keep putting it off and then here I am, with twenty to post in one sitting. Hmmph.

So yes, here's a whole bunch. I'm going to be making a big push this coming week, trying to read as much as possible because my classes start on Monday and I have this horrible feeling I won't have much time to read for fun then. :-P

101.) Title: Vampires
Authors: Various authors, edited by Jane Yolen and Martin H. Greenberg
Marcia's Grade: B. CommentsCollapse )

102.) Title: Everyday Witch (Beatrice Bailey's Magical Adventures, Book #1)
Author: Sandra Forrester
Marcia's Grade: A. CommentsCollapse )

103.) Title: No More Dead Dogs
Author: Gordon Korman
Marcia's Grade: A-. CommentsCollapse )

104.) Title: So Mote It Be (Circle of Three, Book 1)
Author: Isobel Bird
Marcia's Grade: B-. CommentsCollapse )

105.) Title: Terrible Times (The Eddie Dickens Trilogy, Book 3)
Author: Philip Ardagh
Marcia's Grade: A+. CommentsCollapse )

106.) Title: Stand Tall
Author: Joan Bauer
Marcia's Grade: A-. CommentsCollapse )

107.) Title: Fat Kid Rules the World
Author: K.L. Going
Marcia's Grade: A. CommentsCollapse )

108.) Title: What the Dogs Taught Me: And Other Things I've Learned
Author: Merrill Markoe
Marcia's Grade: A. CommentsCollapse )

109.) Title: The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific
Author: J. Maarten Troost
Marcia's Grade: A+. CommentsCollapse )

110.) Title: Monkey Dancing: A Father, Two Kids, and a Journey to the Ends of the Earth
Author: Daniel Glick
Marcia's Grade: A. CommentsCollapse )

111.) Title: Drowning Anna
Title: Sue Mayfield
Marcia's Grade: B+. CommentsCollapse )

112.) Title: Stoner & Spaz
Author: Ron Koertge
Marcia's Grade: B+. CommentsCollapse )

113.) Title: Gregor the Overlander
Author: Suzanne Collins
Marcia's Grade: A+. CommentsCollapse )

114.) Title: The Witches of Friar's Lantern (Beatrice Bailey's Magical Adventures, Book #2)
Author: Sandra Forrester
Marcia's Grade: A. CommentsCollapse )

115.) Title: The Ironwood Tree (The Spiderwick Chronicles, Book 4)
Author: Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black
Marcia's Grade: A. CommentsCollapse )

116.) Title: Little Children
Author: Tom Perrotta
Marcia's Grade: B. CommentsCollapse )

117.) Title: Flesh and Blood
Author: Jonathan Kellerman
Marcia's Grade: B+. CommentsCollapse )

118.) Title: Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism
Author: Georgia Byng
Marcia's Grade: B. CommentsCollapse )

119.) Title: Enslaved by Ducks
Author: Bob Tarte
Marcia's Grade: A+. Comments"Collapse )

120.) Title: The Hotel New Hampshire
Author: A+. CommentsCollapse )

121.) Title: The Big Love
Author: Sarah Dunn
Marcia's Grade: A+. CommentsCollapse )

Whew! That's done... back to reading. ;)

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Calling all librarians!

Aug. 14th, 2004 | 03:13 pm
mood: anxiousanxious
music: Phish- Dogs Stole Things

I'm seeking advice from any librarians who might be reading this, especially children's librarians. I've wanted to be a children's librarian for a long time, but I've had a really bad experience working at the local library this summer. I don't know if I can really do anything to make kids love reading, or if I'll just get caught up in bureaucratic nonsense. So, if you are a children's librarian, do you like your job? Is it rewarding? Or is the system frustrating at all libraries? Thanks so much for listening.

X-posted to several book communities.

-Marcia

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Books 91-100 (100, baby!)

Jul. 27th, 2004 | 04:43 pm
mood: accomplishedaccomplished
music: The Coasters- Yakety Yak

I've read 100 books so far this year! Woohooo! And that's not counting the ones I read before I started counting in March...

Hee. Yay for me! I wonder how many I can get in by the end of the year? 200? I don't know. I'll have less time to read once classes start on Aug. 23d...

Anyway, here's the latest batch, comments behind cut tags as usual.

91.) Title: Crossing California
Author: Adam Langer
Marcia's Grade: B+. CommentsCollapse )

92.) Title: The Wee Free Men
Author: Terry Pratchett
Marcia's Grade: A+. CommentsCollapse )

93.) Title: Trust Falls (The Wessex Papers, Volume One)
Author: Daniel Parker
Marcia's Grade: A-. CommentsCollapse )

94.) Title: Gingerbread
Author: Rachel Cohn
Marcia's Grade: A. CommentsCollapse )

95.) Title: Baby, Baby
Author: Kylie Adams
Marcia's Grade: A-. CommentsCollapse )

96.) Title: Among the Hidden (Shadow Children, Book 1)
Author: Margaret Peterson Haddix
Marcia's Grade: A. CommentsCollapse )

97.) Title: This Lullaby
Author: Sarah Dessen
Marcia's Grade: A+. CommentsCollapse )

98.) Title: Hard Love
Author: Ellen Wittlinger
Marcia's Grade: A+. CommentsCollapse )

99.) Title: Granny Torrelli Makes Soup
Author: Sharon Creech
Marcia's Grade: A. CommentsCollapse )

100.) Title: License to Thrill
Author: Lori Wilde
Marcia's Grade: B-. CommentsCollapse )

That's it for now... 100! Woooohoooo again.

And for those (if there are any) who are interested here's a list of the whole 100:
100 BooksCollapse )

I feel so proud... and just a little dorky. ;)

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Books 73-90

Jul. 20th, 2004 | 01:42 am
mood: hyperhyper
music: Dolly Parton- I'm Gone

Ah, sweet summer reading... Been a while since I updated, and I've been reading like crazy, so heres a whole load of books!


73.) Title: Sickened: The Memoir of a Munchausen by Proxy Childhood
Author: Julie Gregory
Marcia's Grade: A. CommentsCollapse )

74.) Title: Me Talk Pretty One Day
Author: David Sedaris
Marcia's Grade: A+. CommentsCollapse )

75.) Title: Ecstasia
Author: Francesca Lia Block
Marcia's Grade: A+. CommentsCollapse )

76.) Title: A Child Called It: One Child's Courage to Survive
Author: Dave Pelzer
Marcia's Grade: A-. CommentsCollapse )

77.) Title: First Part Last
Author: Angela Johnson
Marcia's Grade: A+. CommentsCollapse )

78.) Title: The Sherwood Ring
Author: Elizabeth Marie Pope
Marcia's Grade: C. CommentsCollapse )

79.) Title: True Notebooks
Author: Mark Salzman
Marcia's Grade: A+. CommentsCollapse )

80.) Title: The Mango Season
Author: Amulya Malladi
Marcia's Grade: B-. CommentsCollapse )

81.) Title: The Gospel According to Larry
Author: Janet Tashjian
Marcia's Grade: A. CommentsCollapse )

82.) Title: Dreadful Acts (The Eddie Dickens Trilogy, Book 2)
Author: Philip Ardagh
Marcia's Grade: A+. CommentsCollapse )

83.) Title: Speak
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Marcia's Grade: A+. CommentsCollapse )

84.) Title: The Queen of Everything
Author: Deb Caletti
Marcia's Grade: A. CommentsCollapse )

85.) Title: Hope Was Here
Author: Joan Bauer
Marcia's Grade: A+. CommentsCollapse )

86.) Title: Katie.Com: My Story
Author: Katherine Tarbox
Marcia's Grade: B. CommentsCollapse )

87.) Title: Boy Meets Boy
Author: David Levithan
Marcia's Grade: A+. CommentsCollapse )

88.) Title: Shadow Baby
Author: Allison McGhee
Marcia's Grade: A-. CommentsCollapse )

89.) Title: Hatching Magic
Author: Ann Downer
Marcia's Grade: A. CommentsCollapse )

90.) Title: Doing It
Author: Melvin Burgess
Marcia's Grade: A-. CommentsCollapse )

And there it is, I'm all caught up! I don't know, it's pretty late, but I'm all hyped up, so I think the comments totally sucked. They were kind of weak at the beginning but by the end I think are absolutely worthless...

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