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An Elderly Lady Is Up to No Good
An Elderly Lady Is Up to No Good | Helene Tursten
Maude is an irascible 88-year-old Swedish woman with no family, no friends, and . . . no qualms about a little murder. This funny, irreverent story collection by Helene Tursten, author of the Irene Huss investigations, features two-never-before translated stories that will keep you laughing all the way to the retirement home. Ever since her darling father's untimely death when she was only eighteen, Maud has lived in the family's spacious apartment in downtown Gothenburg rent-free, thanks to a minor clause in a hastily negotiated contract. That was how Maud learned that good things can come from tragedy. Now in her late eighties, Maud contents herself with traveling the world and surfing the net from the comfort of her father's ancient armchair. It's a solitary existence, but she likes it that way. Over the course of her adventures--or misadventures---this little, bold lady will handle a crisis with a local celebrity who has her eyes on Maud's apartment, foil the engagement of her long-ago lover, and dispose of some pesky neighbors. But when the local authorities are called to investigate a murder in her apartment complex, will Maud be able to avoid suspicion, or will Detective Inspector Irene Huss see through her charade?
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akfreeborn
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My taste can run dark and this crafty old woman makes quite a good serial killer. Short chapters that can be read like short stories with Maud up to her tricks again!

Mdargusch Sounds perfect! 4d
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MallenNC
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This short, dark humored collection of linked stories was fun to read. I enjoyed being in the mind of Maud, the title character. Also, outside of being “up to no good,” I liked her independence and that she liked to travel.

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Gnora
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Wow November was a busy month! I seriously cannot believe I read/listened to 10 books, but here they are.

Favorite: Justice Hall by Laurie R. King
Least Favorite: Finale by Stephanie Garber

December here I come!

#readinglog #November2019 #roundup #litsyloveslibrearies

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JulietteGF
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Very entertaining stories about an elderly murderess.
It's a short read, perfect for relaxing with a hot drink ;)

LoverOfLearning Okay LOVE this cover! 3w
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Anna from Gustine
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If you don't have a dark sense of humor, then this book is not for you. I loved it!

This is a short book consisting of five stories about Maude, an 88-year-old woman in Sweden who has a tendency to murder annoying people. The writing is sparse but economical, the plots are logical but not tedious, and there's even a Xmas story in there!

Reading this book was like tasting a chocolate of the darkest kind. I found it delightful! :o)

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Well-ReadNeck
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Nute I like the title! 1mo
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CoffeeCatsBooks
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This is a slim collection of stories about an elderly lady, Maud, knocking off those troublesome people around her. I enjoyed Maud and was rooting for her (although I wouldn‘t want to be her neighbor 😱💀 ).
#scarathlon #TeamStoker

Dolly Oh, I have to look for a coffee cup with a black cat on it! 🥰 2mo
CoffeeCatsBooks @dolly This one is from Obvious State 😺 2mo
TheReadingMermaid 🧟‍♀️ 2mo
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lkurgs
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“Maud lived alone, and she went on vacation alone. That was the way she wanted it. Freedom, no idle chatter, and no problems.” Phenomenal, short book. If you are looking for a light mystery that you can finish in one afternoon, I highly recommend this one!

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Gezemice
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88 year old Maud looks like how people perceive the elderly: feeble, confused, deaf... invisible, totally harmless.

Except, she is none of those things. You better not cross her.

In these darkly funny short stories, Helen Tursten notices that no one takes the elderly seriously: they could get away with murder. And Maud does. Repeatedly.

A nice, short listen for about 3 hours with good narration.

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chaoticgoodhufflepuff
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When people ask me what my tastes are when it comes to media, I usually just say “eclectic.”

#libraryhaul

Gezemice Lol. Mine, too. 2mo
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danibel
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Currently reading

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AngelaMarie
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Just got this from the library. I can't wait to read it!

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RiaWritten
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Today‘s #Library #BookHaul! Couldn‘t resist, even though I have way too many out as it is. 🙀

DrawingSustenance Never mess with an elderly lady. 🤨 4mo
BeckyandBooks 😍 4mo
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Lindy
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My latest library haul. Tagged book is for one of my book clubs and I was delighted to see how tiny it is!

MrBook Nice! 4mo
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GrilledCheeseSamurai Yay! Lemme know what ya think of Nevermoor. 😍 4mo
Lindy @GrilledCheeseSamurai I will. 😊 4mo
sisilia I love Inio Asano 😍 That cover cant be any cuter.... 4mo
Lindy @sisilia 👯‍♂️volume 6 is just out in English for his 4mo
ReadingEnvy @Lindy this is quite the find because I believe it is out of print! 4mo
Lindy @ReadingEnvy I got it on interlibrary loan from another library in my province. 😁 4mo
ReadingEnvy @Lindy skills! 4mo
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TomShank413
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One bad ass lady who just sits in her own place not looking for trouble. Or is she? Excellent translation.

SW-T I enjoyed this one too! Welcome to Litsy 😊 @LitsyWelcomeWagon #LitsyWelcomeWagon 4mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 👏🏻👏🏻 4mo
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AutumnRLS
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Starting my #readingglasses book pick. :) Meanwhile, I'm still trying to get through Roxane Gay's Difficult Women, which I'm finding very dark and emotionally difficult to process. Her prose is beautifully cruel.

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CaitZ
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All I can say is I would not like to be this lady's neighbor, but I really enjoyed her stories.

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readtheworld
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Loved this one — a strange but hilarious read. And at just 170 pages, it‘s a perfect readathon book!

#24in48 #readathon #hour9

tysephine I *love* this book! 5mo
readtheworld @tysephine It immediately jumped up to the short list of my 2019 favorites! 5mo
parttimedomestic What a great cover! 5mo
readtheworld @parttimedomestic Isn‘t it? It‘s a beautiful little book. 5mo
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readtheworld
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This tiny book is so delightful! I‘m flying through its short stories about a murderous octogenarian.

#24in48 #readthon #hour8

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readtheworld
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Kicking off the #24in48 #Readathon! Here‘s my book stack for the weekend (plus two audiobooks out from Libby):

📖 An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good
📖 At Dusk
📖 The Dream of My Return
📖 The Hairdresser of Harare
📖 The Miseducation of Cameron Post
📖 Pachinko
🎧 The Trial of Lizzie Borden
🎧 American Fire

I‘m already more than halfway through The Miseducation of Cameron Post, so I‘m going to finish reading that one first.

Megabooks American Fire and Pachinko are great! 5mo
readtheworld @Megabooks Yay! I‘ve heard such good things about both of them. 5mo
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danimgill
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This was a quick, interesting little story collection that‘s helping me get through waiting for my car to be serviced. I liked the first few stories about Maud more than the last two, which introduced other character perspectives about the same event. I couldn‘t resist the elderly lady murderer angle or that excellent cross stitch cover!

Tamra I would love to read more! 5mo
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fandom_hellspawn99
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Okay I need to own this book, this was just so funny and reminds me of my mother so much. 😂😂😂

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MusicallyMorgan
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I‘ve only read the first story, but so far this book is hilarious and not at all what I expected, although I guess I should have been prepared considering the first sentence on the back of the book. Excuse the weird photo; I may or may not be reading this book under the covers in my bed so I don‘t wake up my husband. 🤷‍♀️

MusicallyMorgan @Liberty if you haven‘t read this book, I think it may be right up your alley! Old ladies, penises, and murder! 🤣 6mo
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DyAnne
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Breckenridge, CO finally got a ”regular” indie bookstore!

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RainyDayReading
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I rather enjoyed this collection of quick and clever stories regarding a little old lady named Maud. Maud is just what you would expect little old ladies to be like, except she has a murderous streak. The stories were short but humorous and I wish there was more! Though I‘m not sure how many more bodies Maud could handle. I wasn‘t sure at first, but this small collection came together in the end.

Tungstensmum This sounds wonderful! 6mo
teainthelibrary I love the cover!! 6mo
RainyDayReading @teainthelibrary Isn‘t it great?? Just makes the title all the more appealing with a design like that. 6mo
RainyDayReading @Tungstensmum It was quite fun! 6mo
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BookNAround
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Mehso-so

Everybody knows someone who needs killing. This little book is several linked short stories where the elderly lady of the title takes care of those people in her life. It got a bit too repetitive and the final story was a retelling of one already told, just from a different perspective. Over all, it was okay but... Full review at https://booknaround.blogspot.com/2019/03/review-elderly-lady-is-up-to-no-good-by...

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Fridameetslucy
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Between my predatory landlord and my awful job , I need a smerky and vicarious dose of justice. I know smerky isn‘t a real word but it fits the read

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MidnightBookGirl
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#BeatleMaynia Day 13: When I'm 64

So, the elderly lady in the book is in her late 80s, but I feel like 64 is no longer old (it's maybe more like the new 40), and while I DON'T aspire to be like Maud, I do admire her love of travel and problem solving. 😆🔪👵
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Tamra I hope there is another installment - I loved it like you love watching a train wreck. 😜 It was fun in a morbid way. 7mo
Eggs Great choice!! 7mo
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umbrellagirl
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Really good fun. 👍🏻👍🏻

Swe_Eva I very much like her books about Irene Huss - and the TV series as well. 👍🏻 8mo
umbrellagirl @Swe_Eva I will look for those. Irene appeared briefly in one of these stories. 8mo
Swe_Eva @umbrellagirl I like that she isn‘t one of those tortured detectives, but a normal mum in a good marriage. 8mo
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HardcoverHearts
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Pressure! This is the 2nd time I have borrowed this book. I kept putting it off because it‘s so slim that I was sure I could knock it out quickly. So I kept bumping it. I am not known for repeatedly checking out the same book without reading it. So I brewed up a pot of tea, watched the sun rise & spent a little time with an 88 year old serial murderess! She is horrid, but it was oddly satisfying to see what she got up to in her old age.

LeahBergen This was a fun little read. 😆 8mo
JSW I‘m so glad to see this post because I forgot this title and couldn‘t find it again 😂 8mo
HardcoverHearts @LeahBergen - I thought so, too! 😈 8mo
HardcoverHearts @JSW My work here is done! 😂 8mo
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juliegumdrop
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This is hilarious! Also, such a tiny book. #translatedlit

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grumpygirlbooks
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Mehso-so

This is a quite short, a collection of stories about Maud, the eponymous lady up to no good 👵🏼. They all felt the same to me? Like I enjoyed one okay, but I felt like I didn‘t need to read the rest really. Not bad, though. I just didn‘t enjoy it overmuch

BookNAround Just about exactly how I felt about this one. 7mo
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Liberty
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Evening reading. 👵🏻☠️🖤

CBee This picture is fabulous! 9mo
catebutler This is such a fun picture - so clever! 9mo
ldale0401 I got that book for Christmas. Looking forward to reading it. 9mo
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GeorgeanneD
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This was delightful, which may be weird to say about a story that centers around a serial killer. I was routing for Maud though! Which I think is the mark of a very good story and writer. Definitely recommend!

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businessmermaid
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Mehso-so

The title really says it all. This collection of stories centering on the titular elderly lady, Maud, is quite amusing. Maud detests problems and she has an efficient, effective, and, yes, no good way of solving them. I usually don't enjoy short stories because I like to spend more time with characters, but this worked very nicely because all of the stories centered on the same character and theme. Overall, funny, but a bit lacking in depth.

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businessmermaid
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Such a cute cover design!

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businessmermaid
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1. An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good and Three Things About Elsie (two very different variations on a theme)
2. I think hardbacks are beautiful but paperbacks are easier to read — weak wrists!
3. More than I‘d care to say, but I very distinctly remember not getting through Silas Marner.

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Tamra
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I am giving this a pick because Maud is so awful I couldn‘t look away! The first story was the best, concise & witty. The last left me ambivalent about her, but I can‘t say why without a spoiler. I wish there had more stories to give her character greater context.

Moral of the stories; do not irritate Maud. 😬

Cathythoughts I love the title 👍🏻♥️ 10mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts it is catchy! 10mo
vlwelser I loved this book. 10mo
Tamra @vlwelser I hope there are more Maud stories to come. 10mo
vlwelser I hope so too. I think she may be a minor character in the author's other books. But I'm not totally sure. 10mo
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lovelybookshelf
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Mehso-so

Holy moly, Maud knows how to play up her elderly status to get away with murder, figuratively and literally. After binge-watching Dexter because he was so compelling, I want more complexity in my murderer pro(?)tagonists. Maud was amusing in a horrifying kind of way, but I didn't find it as funny as the blurb led me to think. Good, but "meh". (CW: Her younger sister had severe anxiety, and it's poked fun of in a mean-spirited way. Because Maud.)

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Tamra
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Gah! 😜 I think I‘m really going to enjoy this character!

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Redjewel_7734
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OK, I love Maud. I mean what‘s not to love about a little old lady who solves the problems she sees with murder? And what‘s better-she gets away with it. I also love the glimpses of the life that shaped her that add to these stories but don‘t interject so much they take away from the fun of watching Maud resolve the little problems that creep up in her life. If you want a quick, light, fun read this one is perfect.

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MidnightBookGirl
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Finally reading this one! Loving it so far!

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AmberJoy
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I absolutely loved this and wish I could read more about Maud. It‘s like a cozy but from the murderers POV.

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Angeles
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Got to love how Northern European authors don‘t shy away from old protagonist in their fiction ✌️👍👍👍. Also I enjoy books with serial killers as the hero. What does that say about me?😳😱😱😱😱

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amb
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This title went perfectly with my tote!
More vignettes than a cohesive story. Each however showcases the cleverness of Maude and the ways the elderly can be marginalized as less than, because people assume things about them without knowing about them. One story told from the point of a neighbor, then again from Maude‘s POV, are the only two related. While not a mystery I would still classify it as cozy.

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tigerkat81
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If Maxine, the cranky Hallmark lady, had no compunction about knocking off the people who irritate her, this would be her story.

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LA_Mead
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What a great book! I kind of love Maude, the 89-year-old who gets away with all sorts of naughty things. She‘s seriously kick a$$! Also: I love the size of this book. Tiny books are kind of cool!

Mitch This has featured on lots of podcasts lately.... maybe it‘s a sign I should dive in! 10mo
ErinSueMreads I loved it too!!! 10mo
LA_Mead @Mitch it‘s such a good read! 10mo
LA_Mead @ErinSueG isn‘t Maude so lovable in her own twisted way? 10mo
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greeniezona
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It was actually my thirteen-year-old son who picked this up from the library, but it looked so good that I disregarded my queue and picked it up the second he was done with it. I don‘t normally like short story collections, or read much crime fiction, but I am LOVING this so far.

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BookNAround
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He did get brave and joined us. This is huge! #catsoflitsy #schnauzersoflitsy

kaysworld1 Hello there I was just checking you have been in touch with your swap partner if not please go take a look on elfster. Thank you Kay #rrrswap 11mo
BookNAround @kaysworld1 I asked a question that was answered. How in depth are we supposed to go? 11mo
kaysworld1 @BookNAround Well it just like any other swap really one book from there tbr list and one specific book on the subject then a few goodies #earthfriendly. There's a link on elfster where original post is about things that could be useful to send. 11mo
BookNAround @kaysworld1 Yep. I‘ve been playing all over elfster so I should be okay. 😁 11mo
kaysworld1 @BookNAround brilliant if you need anything else let me know x 11mo
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BookNAround
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I made two huge pots of broccoli cheese soup tonight because I didn‘t read the amounts in the recipe before I started. Then my son decided to go out and have dinner with his buddies (and my hubby‘s out of town) so after a solitary dinner, I‘ve retreated to my bed with my reading partner and this book. Waiting to see if the kitten gets brave enough to join us on the bed. #schnauzersoflitsy

Booksnchill I enjoyed this book! 11mo
Tamra Sounds delightful to me! 11mo
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