Something To Look Forward To | Week of March 21st, 2022

Posted March 22, 2022 by Bonnie in Something To Look Forward To / 0 Comments

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Week of March 21st, 2022

Comeuppance Served Cold by Marion Deeds [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 22nd 2022 by Tordotcom

The Bone Orchard by Sara A. Mueller [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 22nd 2022 by Tor Books

The Shadow Glass by Josh Winning [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 22nd 2022 by Titan Books

Destiny of the Dead (The Shroud of Prophecy #2) by Kel Kade [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 22nd 2022 by Tor Books

Suicide Kings (Eric Carter #7) by Stephen Blackmoore [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 22nd 2022 by Daw Books

Curfew by [Jayne Cowie]

The City of Dusk (The Dark Gods #1) by Tara Sim [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 22nd 2022 by Orbit

Curfew by Jayne Cowie [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 22nd 2022 by Berkley

Dark Stars: New Tales of Darkest Horror by John F.D. Taff [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 22nd 2022 by Nightfire

Kingdoms of Death (The Sun Eater #4) by Christopher Ruocchio [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 22nd 2022 by Daw Books

The Lying Club by Annie Ward [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 22nd 2022 by Park Row

A Harmless Lie by Sara Blaedel [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 22nd 2022 by Dutton Books

Her Last Affair by John Searles [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 22nd 2022 by Custom House

The Recovery Agent (Gabriela Rose #1) by Janet Evanovich [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 22nd 2022 by Atria Books

A Sunlit Weapon (Maisie Dobbs #17) by Jacqueline Winspear [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 22nd 2022 by Harper

Born for Trouble: The Further Adventures of Hap and Leonard by Joe R. Lansdale [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 21st 2022 by Tachyon Publications

Beat the Devils by Josh Weiss [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 22nd 2022 by Grand Central Publishing

French Braid by Anne Tyler [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 22nd 2022 by Knopf Publishing Group

Hammer by Joe Mungo Reed [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 22nd 2022 by Simon Schuster

The Impossible Us by Sarah Lotz [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 22nd 2022 by Ace Books

Savvy Sheldon Feels Good as Hell by Taj McCoy [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 22nd 2022 by Mira Books

The Next Thing You Know by Jessica Strawser [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 22nd 2022 by St. Martin’s Press

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Can’t Wait Wednesday | The Bartender’s Cure by Wesley Straton

Posted March 16, 2022 by Bonnie in Waiting on Wednesday / 2 Comments

Can’t Wait Wednesday | The Bartender’s Cure by Wesley StratonThe Bartender's Cure by Wesley Straton
Published by Flatiron Books on June 28, 2022
Pages: 272
Genres: Contemporary
Format: Hardcover
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Samantha Fisher definitely does not want to be a bartender. But after a breakup and breakdown in San Francisco, she decides to defer law school for a year to move to New York, crashing on her best friend’s couch. When she is offered a job at Joe’s Apothecary, a beloved neighborhood bar in Brooklyn, she tells herself it’s only temporary.

As Sam learns more about bartending and gets to know the service industry lifers and loyal regulars at Joe’s, she is increasingly seduced by her new job. She finds acceptance in her tight-knit community and even begins a new relationship. But as the year draws to a close, Sam is increasingly pulled between the life she thought she wanted and the possibility of a different kind of future. When destructive cycles from her past threaten to consume her again, Sam must decide how much she’s willing to let go of to finally belong.

About Wesley Straton

Wesley Straton is a writer and bartender based in Brooklyn. She studied fiction at Brooklyn College, where she received the Himan Brown Creative Writing Award and served as an editor for the Brooklyn Review. Her fiction has appeared in Glimmer Train and has been shortlisted for the Disquiet Literary Prize, and she has written about international bar culture for Roads & KingdomsGQ, and Difford’s GuideThe Bartender's Cure is her debut.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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Top Ten Tuesday | Spring TBR

Posted March 15, 2022 by Bonnie in Top Ten Tuesday / 4 Comments

I’m a total list gal, however, when it comes to making book lists (especially planned TBR reads) I tend to stumble. I’m such a mood reader that it’s near impossible to plan what I’m going to be in the mood for. I make these lists in hopes that I’ll get to them all, but know that it’s not super likely, but just in case… there’s a little bit of all the genres!

Upcoming Releases I’m Excited For

Nettle & Bone by T. Kingfisher
Book Lovers by Emily Henry
Flying Solo by Linda Holmes
Book of Night by Holly Black
Four Aunties and a Wedding (Aunties #2) by Jesse Q. Sutanto

Backlist Books

Six Stories (Six Stories #1) by Matt Wesolowski
The Perfect Find by Tia Williams
Notes on an Execution by Danya Kukafka
Elantris (Elantris #1) by Brandon Sanderson
Crownchasers (Crownchasers #1) by Rebecca Coffindaffer

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Something To Look Forward To | Week of March 14th, 2022

Posted March 14, 2022 by Bonnie in Something To Look Forward To / 0 Comments

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Week of March 14th, 2022

The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 15th 2022 by Tor Books

The War of Two Queens (Blood and Ash #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 15th 2022 by Blue Box Press

Memory’s Legion: The Complete Expanse Story Collection by James S.A. Corey [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 15th 2022 by Orbit

Drowning Practice by Mike Meginnis [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 15th 2022 by Ecco Press

The Ravenous Dead (Gravekeeper #2) by Darcy Coates [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 15th 2022 by Black Owl Books

When We Were Birds by Ayanna Lloyd Banwo [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 15th 2022 by Doubleday Books

Nine Lives by Peter Swanson [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 15th 2022 by William Morrow & Company

The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 15th 2022 by Berkley

The Cartographers by Peng Shepherd [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 15th 2022 by William Morrow

Under Lock & Skeleton Key (Secret Staircase Mystery #1) by Gigi Pandian [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 15th 2022 by Minotaur Books

Secret Identity by Alex Segura [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 15th 2022 by Flatiron Books

The Match (Wilde #2) by Harlan Coben [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 15th 2022 by Grand Central Publishing

A Novel Obsession by Caitlin Barasch [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 15th 2022 by Dutton Books

The Tsarina’s Daughter by Ellen Alpsten [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 15th 2022 by St. Martin’s Griffin

The League of Gentlewomen Witches (Dangerous Damsels #2) by India Holton [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 15th 2022 by Berkley Books

In a New York Minute by Kate Spencer [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 15th 2022 by Forever

Sadie on a Plate by Amanda Elliot [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 15th 2022 by Berkley Books

Dating Dr. Dil: A Novel (If Shakespeare was an Auntie #1) by Nisha Sharma [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 15th 2022 by Avon

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Can’t Wait Wednesday | The Dead Romantics by Ashley Poston

Posted March 9, 2022 by Bonnie in Waiting on Wednesday / 2 Comments

Can’t Wait Wednesday | The Dead Romantics by Ashley PostonThe Dead Romantics by Ashley Poston
Published by Berkley on July 5, 2022
Pages: 368
Genres: Paranormal, Ghosties, Contemporary Romance
Format: Paperback
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A disillusioned millennial ghostwriter who, quite literally, has some ghosts of her own, has to find her way back home in this sparkling adult debut from national bestselling author Ashley Poston.

Florence Day is the ghostwriter for one of the most prolific romance authors in the industry, and she has a problem—after a terrible breakup, she no longer believes in love. It’s as good as dead.

When her new editor, a too-handsome mountain of a man, won’t give her an extension on her book deadline, Florence prepares to kiss her career goodbye. But then she gets a phone call she never wanted to receive, and she must return home for the first time in a decade to help her family bury her beloved father.

For ten years, she’s run from the town that never understood her, and even though she misses the sound of a warm Southern night and her eccentric, loving family and their funeral parlor, she can’t bring herself to stay. Even with her father gone, it feels like nothing in this town has changed. And she hates it.

Until she finds a ghost standing at the funeral parlor’s front door, just as broad and infuriatingly handsome as ever, and he’s just as confused about why he’s there as she is.

Romance is most certainly dead . . . but so is her new editor, and his unfinished business will have her second-guessing everything she’s ever known about love stories.

About Ashley Poston

Ashley Poston graduated from the University of South Carolina and has spent the last ten years in the publishing industry as a social media coordinator, a marketing designer, and finally as an author. Her novels have been featured on the Indie Next List, as well as Teen Vogue, Seventeen, EW, Hypable, and Buzzfeed, and her novel Geekerella was a Goodreads Choice Awards finalist in 2017.

When not writing, she plays Dungeons and Dragons and takes long walks as an excuse to listen to true crime podcasts. She lives in South Carolina with her bossy cat, Paprika, and they are firm believers that we’re all a bunch of weirdos looking for other weirdos, asking for their AO3 username.

I love the paranormal aspect of this normal-sounding contemporary romance. I’ve never read anything by Poston but I’m quite curious about her adult debut!

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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Something To Look Forward To | Week of March 7th, 2022

Posted March 7, 2022 by Bonnie in Something To Look Forward To / 0 Comments

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Week of March 7th, 2022

Crowbones (The Others #8) by Anne Bishop [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 8th 2022 by Ace

Constance Verity Destroys the Universe (Constance Verity #3) by A. Lee Martinez [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 8th 2022 by Gallery / Saga Press

The Way Spring Arrives and Other Stories: A Collection of Chinese Science Fiction and Fantasy in Translation by Yu Chen, Regina Kanyu Wang [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 8th 2022 by Tordotcom

Westside Lights (Westside #3) by W.M. Akers [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 8th 2022 by Harper Voyager

Last Exit by Max Gladstone [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 8th 2022 by Tor Books

Like a Sister by Kellye Garrett [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 8th 2022 by Mulholland Books

The Golden Couple by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 8th 2022 by St. Martin’s Press

Run Rose Run by Dolly Parton, James Patterson [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 7th 2022 by Little, Brown and Company

The Chase by Candice Fox [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 8th 2022 by Forge

Smile and Look Pretty by Amanda Pellegrino [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 8th 2022 by Park Row

Don’t Get Close by Matt Miksa [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 8th 2022 by Crooked Lane Books

The Lightning Rod (Escape Artist #2) by Brad Meltzer [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 8th 2022 by William Morrow & Company

The Darkest Place (Robin Lockwood #5) by Phillip Margolin [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 8th 2022 by Minotaur Books

The Whispers by Heidi Perks [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 8th 2022 by Gallery Books

Killer View by Roy Johansen [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 8th 2022 by Grand Central Publishing

Don’t Know Tough by Eli Cranor [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 8th 2022 by Soho Crime

Booth by Karen Joy Fowler [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 8th 2022 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Quantum Girl Theory by Erin Kate Ryan [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 8th 2022 by Random House

The Last Confessions of Sylvia P. by Lee Kravetz [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 8th 2022 by Harper

The World Cannot Give by Tara Isabella Burton [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 8th 2022 by Simon Schuster

The Suite Spot (Beck Sisters #2) by Trish Doller [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 8th 2022 by St. Martin’s Griffin

If You Ask Me by Libby Hubscher [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 8th 2022 by Berkley

The Moment I Met You by Debbie Johnson [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 8th 2022 by William Morrow & Company

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Can’t Wait Wednesday | Death by Bubble Tea (LA Night Market #1) by Jennifer J. Chow

Posted March 2, 2022 by Bonnie in Waiting on Wednesday / 5 Comments

Can’t Wait Wednesday | Death by Bubble Tea (LA Night Market #1) by Jennifer J. ChowDeath by Bubble Tea by Jennifer J. Chow
Series: LA Night Market #1
Published by Berkley Books on July 5, 2022
Pages: 320
Genres: Mystery, Cozy
Format: Paperback
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Two cousins who start a food stall at their local night market get a serving of murder in this first novel of a delicious new cozy mystery series by Jennifer J. Chow, author of Mimi Lee Gets a Clue.

When Yale Yee discovers her cousin Celine is visiting from Hong Kong, she is obliged to play tour guide to a relative she hasn't seen in twenty years. Not only that, but her father thinks it's a wonderful idea for them to bond by running a food stall together at the Eastwood Village Night Market. Yale hasn't cooked in years, and she hardly considers Celine's career as a social media influencer as adequate experience, but because she's just lost her job at her local bookstore, she feels she has no choice.

Yale and Celine serve small dishes and refreshing drinks, and while business is slow, it eventually picks up thanks to Celine's surprisingly useful marketing ideas. They're quite shocked that their bubble tea, in particular, is a hit--literally--when one of their customers turns up dead. Yale and Celine are prime suspects due to the gold flakes that Celine added to the sweet drink as a garnish. Though the two cousins are polar opposites in every way, they must work together to find out what really happened to the victim or the only thing they'll be serving is time.

About Jennifer J. Chow

Jennifer J. Chow writes multicultural mysteries and fantastical young adult stories. She lives in Los Angeles, California. Latest: MIMI LEE CRACKS THE CODE (Berkley/Penguin Random House).

Besides the Lefty Award-nominated Sassy Cat mysteries, she writes the Winston Wong cozy series under J.J. Chow. Her other Asian-American novels include The 228 Legacy (2013 Finalist for Foreword Reviews' Book of the Year Award) and Dragonfly Dreams (a Teen Vogue pick).

I’ve found myself gravitating towards more cozy mysteries these days and this one caught my eye. Foodie fiction + Mysteries = I’m definitely reading this.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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Top Ten Tuesday | Books I Enjoyed In My Absence

Posted March 1, 2022 by Bonnie in Top Ten Tuesday / 6 Comments

The time I’ve spent blogging has fluctuated over the past few years and while I still enjoy it, it more often than not feels like a chore. I’ve decided to participate in more “fun” posts and give blogging a final whirl to determine whether I’m going to keep at it or not. And since I haven’t been consistently reviewing, there’s a good chunk of books that I thoroughly enjoyed which I never got around to mentioning on here.

The Final Reconciliation by Todd Keisling | This one paired well with my love of the movie American Satan and the follow-up show Paradise City. I’d also highly recommend it to fans of We Sold our Souls.

The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher | You know those books that leave you positively mind-blown, desperate to read anything and everything by that author? This was one of those for me. This one felt a lot like House of Leaves but rather than becoming straight-up confusing and possibly scary, The Hollow Places was downright scary. I loved it.

In the Shadows of Men by Robert Jackson Bennett | RJB has quickly become one of my go-to authors (for both horror and fantasy) and this creepy novella really packs a punch.

City of Margins by William Boyle | City of Margins is only my second read by Boyle but I’m learning quickly how skilled he is at taking an enormous cast of characters and weaving them into stories that never fail to entertain.

The Last Smile in Sunder City (The Fetch Phillips Archives #1) by Luke Arnold | If the name Luke Arnold sounds familiar, then you were probably a raging fan of Black Sails just like me. This is an interesting debut fantasy (that feels more urban fantasy at times — very Downside Ghosts but not nearly as dark). Also, the audiobook is a must-listen because Arnold himself narrates.

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou | I had managed to remain completely in the dark regarding Theranos and its CEO Elizabeth Holmes until her recent time in court. This was an enthralling piece of writing that I oftentimes forgot this was Non-Fiction.

Love & Saffron by Kim Fay | I’m a sucker for foodie fiction but to hear this compared as a foodie version of one of my favorites, 84, Charing Cross Road, was a surefire guarantee to get me to read. It was just about a perfect read. My only complaint? I wanted more letters and more stories shared between these two wonderful women.

Don’t You Forget About Me by Mhairi McFarlane | This was my first read by McFarlane and it certainly won’t be my last. She has such a fantastic, witty sense of humor and you can’t help but fall in love with her endearing characters.

The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver | It’s obvious by the summary that this one is a heartbreaking read but it was still written in such a pure and heartwarming sort of way. Just so happens to by the second book of Silver’s I’ve given 5 stars to.

People We Meet On Vacation by Emily Henry | Beach Read was my first EH read and I actually wasn’t sure I would read any more of her work. My bestie raved about People though so I knew I had to at least try and I’m so glad I did. 5 solid stars.

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Something To Look Forward To | Week of February 28th, 2022

Posted February 28, 2022 by Bonnie in Something To Look Forward To / 2 Comments

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Week of February 28th, 2022

Tell Me an Ending by Jo Harkin [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 1st 2022 by Scribner

Sundial by Catriona Ward [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 1st 2022 by Tor Nightfire

The Atlas Six (The Atlas #1) by Olivie Blake [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 1st 2022 by Tor Books

All the Horses of Iceland by Sarah Tolmie [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 1st 2022 by Tordotcom

Spelunking Through Hell: A Visitor’s Guide to the Underworld (InCryptid #11) by Seanan McGuire [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 1st 2022 by DAW

The Shadow People (DC Jerry Pardoe and DS Jamila Patel) by Graham Masterton [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 1st 2022 by Head of Zeus

The Club by Ellery Lloyd [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 1st 2022 by Harper

The Night Shift by Alex Finlay [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 1st 2022 by Minotaur Books

The Heights by Louise Candlish [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 1st 2022 by Atria Books

All the Queen’s Men (Her Majesty the Queen Investigates #2) by S.J. Bennett [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 1st 2022 by William Morrow & Company

Nowhere to Hide by Nell Pattison [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 1st 2022 by Avon

The Other Dr. Gilmer: Two Men, a Murder, and an Unlikely Fight for Justice by Benjamin Gilmer [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 1st 2022 by Ballantine Books

Hell’s Half-Acre : The Untold Story of the Benders, America’s First Serial Killer Family by Susan Jonusas [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 1st 2022 by Viking

On a Night of a Thousand Stars by Andrea Yaryura Clark [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 1st 2022 by Grand Central Publishing

Sisters of Night and Fog by Erika Robuck [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 1st 2022 by Berkley Books

Woman on Fire by Lisa Barr [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 1st 2022 by Harper Paperbacks

The Tobacco Wives by Adele Myers [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 1st 2022 by William Morrow & Company

Until We Meet by Camille Di Maio [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 1st 2022 by Forever

The Fell: A Novel by Sarah Moss [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 1st 2022 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Listening Still by Anne Griffin [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 1st 2022 by St. Martin’s Press

The Unsinkable Greta James by Jennifer E. Smith [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 1st 2022 by Ballantine Books

Mr. Wrong Number by Lynn Painter [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 1st 2022 by Berkley Books

A Brush with Love by Mazey Eddings [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 1st 2022 by St. Martin’s Griffin

Hook, Line, and Sinker (Bellinger Sisters #2) by Tessa Bailey [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 1st 2022 by Avon Books

By Any Other Name by Lauren Kate [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 1st 2022 by Penguin Publishing Group

One Italian Summer by Rebecca Serle [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 1st 2022 by Atria Books

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Can’t Wait Wednesday | Ghost Lover: Stories by Lisa Taddeo

Posted February 23, 2022 by Bonnie in Waiting on Wednesday / 1 Comment

Can’t Wait Wednesday | Ghost Lover: Stories by Lisa TaddeoGhost Lover: Stories by Lisa Taddeo
Published by Avid Reader Press on June 14, 2022
Pages: 240
Genres: Contemporary, Short Stories
Format: Hardcover
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From Lisa Taddeo, #1 New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of Three Women and “our most eloquent and faithful chronicler of human desire” (Esquire), Ghost Lover is an electrifying collection of fearless and ferocious short stories.

Behind anonymous screens, an army of cool and beautiful girls manage the dating service Ghost Lover, a forwarding system for text messages that promises to spare you the anguish of trying to stay composed while communicating with your crush. At a star-studded political fundraiser in a Los Angeles mansion, a trio of women compete to win the heart of the slick guest of honor. In a tense hospital waiting room, an inseparable pair of hard-partying friends crash into life’s responsibilities, but the magic of their glory days comes alive again at the moment they least expect it.

In these nine riveting stories—which include two Pushcart Prize winners and a finalist for the National Magazine Award—Lisa Taddeo brings to life the fever of obsession, the blindness of love, and the mania of grief. Featuring Taddeo’s arresting prose that continues to thrill her legions of fans, Ghost Lover dares you to look away.

About Lisa Taddeo

Lisa Taddeo is an American author, journalist and two-time recipient of the Pushcart Prize, for her short stories "42", published in the New England Review, and "Suburban Weekend", published in Granta. Her 2019 book, Three Women, became a #1 New York Times best seller.

I’ve never been a huge admirer of short story collections, but I’ve found a few I absolutely loved and I feel like I’m constantly in search of more. This one definitely sounds like it has potential.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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