Saturday, April 10, 2010

Mini-challenge: Where in the World Have You Read Today?

Hello, everyone! I hope you're enjoying your day of reading. I'm having a great time at the Empire State Book Festival, but I'm looking forward to reading soon too!

Welcome to this hour's mini-challenge! I loved Trish's mini-challenge at the last read-a-thon showing where we all were actually reading, and it gave me the idea to make a map challenge showing where the book(s) we're reading today take place.

To enter this mini-challenge, you'll need to do two things:
1. Go to this map(You must be signed into a Google account to post on Google maps. You can create a Google account if you don't have one.)

  • Zoom until you find the location you want to click
  • Click edit, which will give you the ability to add a pin mark. 
  • Enter the book(s) you're reading or have read today. Include the title and author. If you're reading in the past or future, feel free to include the year too! If you want to include your blog address (if you have one), please do! 
  • Click OK to add your pin.
  • Click Done in the left side bar.
  • Take a look around and see if others are reading near you or scout book recommendations set in other places.
2. Come back and leave a comment on this post telling me you placed your pin on the map. Please leave a way to contact you (blogger profile or link to your blog with email address are fine). 


3. This challenge will last for three hours. At 8 p.m. Eastern I will draw three winners from the comments on this post with the help of random.org

4. Winners get their choice of one book from this list:

  • The Last Summer of Louisa May Alcott by Kelly O'Connor McNees(two copies, both ARCs)
  • Very Valentine by Adrianna Trigiani (hardcover or paperback)
  • Love in Translation by Wendy Tokunaga (paperback)
  • Stand the Storm by Breena Clarke (paperback)
  • Made in the U.S.A. by Billie Letts (paperback)
  • American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld (paperback)
  • Girl With a Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (paperback)
  • Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane (used mass market paperback)
  • Corked by Kathryn Borel (hardcover)
  • Ruined by Paula Morris (hardcover)
Shortly after 8 p.m. I will email the three winners with instructions for choosing their prize. 
This mini-challenge has ended. Thanks to all who participated. Check out the finished map for future reading ideas!

Thanks!

101 comments:

  1. Such a cool challenge! Thanks for doing this one :)

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  2. Lots of fun! I posted from Glenview, IL.

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  3. This was cool! I posted in Denver, CO, which is where my book is set.

    shelcows AT gmail DOT com

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  4. I posted Denver, CO too!! 'Wherever Nina Lies' is the book I am currently reading and that is her current location.

    Thanks for the great challenge!!

    kpic724 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  5. I left my pin in Detroit, Michigan!

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  6. I love this challenge. Just posted my entry :) I'm in Swansea Wales (I think I'm the only Welsh dude on there :P)

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  7. Fun! I finally got a mini-challenge in today. Now, back to the streets of London (in Dickens that is...)

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  8. Neat challenge. I'll have to come back in a couple hours to see where things are.

    I posted in London for The Other Queen. I'm currently reading one of the Chronicles of Narnia, and I'm afraid that it's not so easy to put those on the map :-S

    butterflybaisers87 AT gmail DOT com

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  9. I placed my pin in Texas for my book. Great challenge.
    detweilermom@comcast.net

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  10. Its great to see the diversity amongst our readers! I am the one in NY from Trumansburg.


    http://ashley-amanda.blogspot.com/

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  11. Thanks for putting together this challenge.

    I'm at http://bibliophibian.blogspot.com/

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  12. Set my pin! I'm excited to see the completed map!

    http://serenebean.livejournal.com
    nels2854 AT gmail DOT com

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  13. haha, i'm a little technically challenged, i guess. i had a hard time figuring out how to get a pinpoint on there at first.

    but, i think i got it.

    thanks for hosting this cool challenge!

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  14. What an awesome challenge! I posted in Port Talbot, Wales, and was so surprised to see someone doing the readathon in Swansea! I never see bookworms online from Wales, let alone in the same county as me! That's made me all cheery! hehe! :D

    Ooh, just noticed it's Jamie Gibbs who's already commented! Woohoo!

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  15. OK I added my pin to NY. Well that was fun. Probably one of the more interesting challenges I have done in the 2 RAT I entered.

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  16. I placed my pin on Cuba, where The Firefly Letters: A Suffragette's Journey to Cuba is set. Thanks for hosting!

    Amanda
    A Patchwork of Books
    ASnow512@gmail.com

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  17. I left my mark on 113 rue Notre-Dame-des-Champs, Paris. It's the place where Ernest Hemingway lived during the time of A Moveable Feast.

    debnance at gmail dot com

    I am learning so much today about cool technology. Thank you!

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  18. http://www.librarything.com/topic/88879
    It will be interesting to see if anyone else is from nebraska.

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  19. So glad someone did a map this time around, too :) Posting from SF, CA, where I'm reading today, as my character is in an unnamed land :)

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  20. Fun Challenge! My pin is in Atlanta, Georgia! brainlair AT gmail DOT com

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  21. I think i did it right.. Not sure. London, England was my place and Numbers was my book.

    dragonzgoil at gmail dot com

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  22. I'm reading from two books and have placed my pins on the map....Cross Country takes place in two locations -- Washington D.C. and Nigeria and The Lotus Eaters is mainly in Vietnam!

    Thanks
    savvyverseandwit AT gmail

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  23. That was fun. It was my first time editing a google map or adding as such. There doesn't appear to be anyone around me but it will be cool to checkout over the course of the challenge.

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  24. I also forgot to mention that I posted in Boise, ID

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  25. This was a cool challenge...I added pins for Princeton, NJ (Things I Know ABout Love) and outside Minneapolis (The Dark Divine)

    ~Irish, irisheyz_5 AT Yahoo DOT com

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  26. what a great idea - I'm in Yeongyang, South Korea

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  27. Just put my pin on my location (West Borneo, Indonesia). This is a nice challenge, giving us the opportunity to leave reading world for a little while :)

    diar [dot] writes [at] gmail [dot] com

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  28. This is an interesting challenge! I am placing three pins!

    one in Maine
    one in Califonia
    one in Paris

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  29. I posted in Louisiana. This was fun!
    cherylbaryl.blogspot.com
    cherylbaryl@hotmail.com

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  30. Left a pin in Texas for The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate. :D

    herebebooks AT gmail DOT com

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  31. This is a great idea, I love seeing where everyone is and what they are reading. I put my pin in there :)

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  32. I like simple challenges like this that don't take much time away from reading.

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  33. I posted at Paris, Idaho!:)

    alwayssomething2read(at)gmail(dot)com

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  34. Love this one!

    I'm reading Oliver Twist, mostly set in (Victorian) London. (I'm reading from sunny San Diego.)

    Suzanne J.
    suzecate (at) gmail (dot) com

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  35. I put a pin in Rotterdam, Netherlands, where My Enemy's Cradle by Sara Young is set.

    --Anna
    Diary of an Eccentric
    diaryofaneccentric at hotmail dot com

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  36. I posted in Florida for Candor by Pam Bachorz

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  37. This is a fun challenge! I added a flag for the book The Help.

    vtgoat[at]gmail[dot]com

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  38. I put a pin into Lahore, Pakistan!

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  39. I didn't figure out how to put my name/blog where the pushpin goes, but I did "Palestine" by Joe Sacco -- set in, you guessed it, Palestine.

    fun challenge!

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  40. I made a guess as to where in CT A Wrinkle In Time might take place. Fun fun!

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  41. I've posted 2, for the 2 books I'm reading. :) It took me awhile to figure out what I was supposed to be doing.

    Cindy - http://all-who-wander.dreamwidth.org/

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  42. I've put my pin in Tehran, Iran where I think the book is set. Thanks!
    mariekesteuben at yahoo dot com

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  43. I posted from Montreal, QC.
    amandarwest at gmaildotcom

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  44. Great activity! I posted in Georgia and Hollywood, CA.

    kbklibrary(at)gmail(dot)com

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  45. This was a fun challenge, thanks!
    Jennifer @ Rundpinne (http://www.rundpinne.com)
    knittingmomof3 (AT) gmail (DOT) com

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  46. Neat! I'm surprised there aren't more people in New York...

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  47. I posted from Ypsilanti, Michigan.

    Thanks for doing the challenge, I enjoyed this one the last Readathone also.

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  48. Wow! Nobody in Salem yet, though I see Inrain is in Boston. :) fun stuff!

    http://situationswhereyoumayneedit.blogspot.com

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  49. What a great idea! Thanks for hosting this!

    I posted in rural Wisconsin.

    bitsy (at) exlibrisbitsy (dot) com

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  50. Just added the book I'm currently reading. It was fun seeing the books of others and where they take place.

    jen4777[at]hotmail.com

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  51. My book is currently in Murietta, CA. (Her Mother's Hope by Francine Rivers). I had a hard time figuring out how to place a pin, but eventually got it done!

    srfbluemama[at]gmail[dot]com

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  52. Thanks for hosting! Placed my marker in jolly ole London!

    Jill @ The Magic Lasso
    http://mrstreme.livejournal.com

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  53. I put a pin in England for The Warden by Anthony Trollope, though I'm not sure exactly where Barchester is supposed to be - I think I got it in the right part of the country anyway!

    helenlovesbooks81 at gmail dot com

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  54. I left a pin. Think I did it right! :) Love seeing readers around the world. Hope more join the challenge!
    ~Leigh
    Twitter:Sewsillyleigh
    http://lperisino.wordpress.com/

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  55. Here I thought Google was supposed to be some kind of super company and its maps don't know the locations of Oz or the Unseelie Court! Alas, I could only successfully map three of my titles :(

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  56. I've just left my pin.. What a great idea u had..Ozum from Atlanta,GA
    http://www.goodreads.com/inrain

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  57. Great idea! Mine is the first book set in Australia. It doesn't mention it at all though, I had to google it to find out where it was set!

    callista83 AT cogeco DOT ca

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  58. I left pins for Long Island (the Wednesday Wars) and the U.K. (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Long Way Home).

    Thanks for the challenge!

    j.t.oldfield[at]gmail.com

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  59. Love this challenge. I am in New Orleans and I dropped a pin right there.

    Rayna

    Deatren@gmail.com
    www.momsnotall.com

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  60. My current book is "Lucky by Eddie de Oliveira". It is set in Surry, England.

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  61. My book, A Conspiracy of Kings, is in an alternate universe, but I did my best.

    kitty fischer [at] gmail [dot] com

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  62. That was fun once I figured it out!

    I put pins in Donner Pass (for Impatient with Desire by Gabrielle Burton) AND Aurora, Minnesota (for Iron Lake by William Kent Krueger)

    Caribousmom (at) gmail (dot) com
    http://www.caribousmom.com

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  63. This is a fun challenge! I posted from Middletown, Ohio.

    jmchshannon (at) gmail (dot) com

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  64. Great challenge! I added Catcher in the Rye in New York and The Invention of Hugo Cabret in Paris.

    www.epibloguer.blogspot.com
    cambookclub AT gmail DOT com

    Thanks, it was fun!

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  65. This was really fun! I left my pin on the map!

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  66. Left a pin in Chicago! Pretty darn cool, I must say. Though I thought Chicago would be more crowded, what with Will Grayson, will grayson out this week, lol.

    the_lights_aurora[at]me[dot]com

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  67. I placed the Portand Oregon pn for Guest House by Barbara Richardson. Currently.... looks like I am kind of alone out there :)

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  68. Google Maps still confound me - I hope I didn't accidentally delete someone else's pin! I posted near NYC. Thanks for the fun challenge!

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  69. I left my pin in Madrid, Spain.

    spav05(at)gmail(dot)com

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  70. Neat idea. I left pins in Algiers, Algeria and Athens, Greece.

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  71. Thanks for this challenge! I put a pin close to Boston, Mass. My book is (mostly) set in a fictional college town that's near Boston. Hope I did it right! :-)

    Marie
    heathmocha (at) gmail (dot) com

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  72. Great challenge!!! I posted on Madison, WI.

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  73. I wanted to let you know I put my pins on the map! Thank you for the great contest!

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  74. I placed my pin in Queens... what a fun mini-challenge! Enjoy the rest of your readathon!

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  75. So cool. I look forward to coming back and checking the map. I am up.

    freedom_turtle@hotmail.com

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  76. I added my pin! Not too many people in NOVA!

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  77. Posted from Santo Domingo, Dominican Rep. :)

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  78. Excellent!! I was wondering if there was anyone near me participating. I posted in Dayton, OH.

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  79. Fun challenge! Thank you! :)

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  80. Looks as if I'm the only one blogging from the Philippines. And no one has yet to blog from my hometown San Diego, CA. So we'll just say I'm repping both : )

    my blog.

    myteatimeisbooktime (at) gmail (dot) com

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  81. I'm reading in Dunedin, FL. And I found someone only a few miles from me!

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  82. Hi!
    I put my pin in the map, but wasn't too sure where to put it as the books didn't actually tell a state just a hint of the East Coast. Have a great day!

    Sherrie
    Just Books

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  83. I put in a pin in Paris, France for The Ladies' Paradise

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  84. Awesome mini-challenge! It also seemed to work better for me than the one last year (Google Maps was being dumb for me last read-athon and it took forever for me to properly place my pin last year). I added Logicomix which is partially set in Greece in the current day (where I stuck the pin) and partially in various places in Europe. I'm also reading space opera books, but sticking the pin in outer space wasn't really an option. *grin*

    shb00@hampshire.edu

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  85. Yay, I am the second person in Australia to leave a pin on the map - I am Becky from Page Turners and I am the pin in Sydney. Seems as though there might just be me and Perth over here in Australia reading! Great idea for a challenge

    pageturnersbooks@gmail.com

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  86. Added another on to Phoenix, Arizona.

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  87. Very neat challenge! Added my pin. :)

    penrynsdreams at gmail dot com

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  88. That was fun! I posted in Glendale, AZ!

    http://manderiffic.blogspot.com

    Abeck46@gmail.com

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  89. Neat challenge. We also get to see who else is reading in our area..
    I have added my pin in Richmond, VA.
    http://readingbetweenpages.wordpress.com/

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  90. I messed up my previous comment, so reposting

    Neat challenge. We also get to see who else is reading in our area..
    I have added my pin in Richmond, VA.
    http://readingbetweenpages.wordpress.com/

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  91. What an awesome challege! Unfortunately, I don't think I'm very techie smart or maybe am too tired of reading all day and didn't post the book/author. Mine is under North Carolina and the book I was talking about is Chicken Boy by Frances O'Roark Dowell. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  92. great idea! i posted my mark Kai Charles

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  93. My pin on the map is in New York, NY for both of my books read so far.

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  94. I posted my pin in St Petersburg, FL

    Cathy
    http://thefrappyreport.blogspot.com/

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  95. Heh, this was cool! One person on the other side of the state has put their pin down.

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  96. Done! I posted my pin on Florissant, Mo. :D

    http://dangerouslycoldtea.blogspot.com/

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  97. Awesome!! Love this one!
    I'm reading Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter...takes place in quite a few places in the USA...I marked IL because thats the location he's at currently in my place in the book.

    Melissa Head
    meland2lilones@yahoo.com

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  98. Uh oh, now I'm not sure if I did it right. First I thought we were supposed to post where we were reading about, but after looking at the map, I decided that since most people were in N. America, we were probably supposed to post where we were actually reading, so that's what I did, but now I'm not sure! Oh well, either way there's a lot of territory being covered!

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  99. Looks like you are making great headway
    Keep up the reading, don’t let that head sway
    Eyes on the page and coffee in hand
    You’ll be entering a new land.

    GO READER!

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Thank you for taking the time to comment. Happy reading!