• Lori Brack


Thank you for finding your way to my idiosyncratic, unplanned, and spontaneous reading blog.

Each post will take you about 3 minutes to read - I promise. Maybe you'll be inspired to read something you discover here, or take a moment to enjoy the passages from what I'm reading. And please leave a comment if you have books to recommend or other ideas.

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