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4thhouseontheleft

Joined April 2017

Co-host #Booked2019 Reading Challenge | Host #Screamathon | Ravenclaw | Book Nerd | Mother of Cats Goodreads.com/4thhouseontheleft She/her pronouns
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#audiobookedition #top10ofthedecade

I only started listening to 🎧 📚 in the last few years, so I didn‘t have as many to choose from. Yet I still have a fantastic group in my top 10! Two were books that I reread on audio (Becoming and Born A Crime).

I know Alice in Wonderland is an older book, but we listened to an audio edition on a road trip a few years back and it was so wonderfully done I had to include it!

4thhouseontheleft I am actually still reading Me, but I‘m far enough in to know it has a place on this list. 😄 (edited) now
Cinfhen I had Gabby on my list but I bumped her for David Sedaris who you have too!!!! Now that you and Barb both choose As You Wish I‘m going to see about adding it to my collection now
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🤣🤣 I like this main character so far. #HolidayLaughs

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The Runaway Latkes | Leslie Kimmelman, Paul Yalowitz
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Two more latke stories! I am now really hungry for latkes with applesauce 🤣

The Miracle of Potato Latkes is the standard trope of not enough ingredients ➡️ mysterious visitor appears ➡️ miracles happen after he is treated kindly. I liked this one more than some of the other similar stories out there, but Moishe‘s Miracle is still my favorite.

Runaway Latkes is a cute Jewish retelling of The Gingerbread Man.

The_Real_Nani I'll have to check these out! Thanks! 14h
4thhouseontheleft @The_Real_Nani I have a whole stack of Chanukah picture book reviews I am slowly making my way through! Some from our home collection, but most from the library. 14h
The_Real_Nani @4thhouseontheleft I‘ll keep an eye out for them! 11h
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This was a wild, Norse mythology-inspired, hillbilly ride! Krampus vs Santa in the backwoods of Boone County, West Virginia. 🥊 Definitely not your typical holiday read.

Plus Yule goats! 🐐 🐐

TW: domestic abuse, drugs and addiction, child neglect, violence

aprilpohren I am so curious about these books. Going to have to check them out! 14h
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Hanukkah celebrates the miracle of a small amount of oil lighting the menorah in the Second Temple in Jerusalem for 8 consecutive nights at the time of the Maccabean Revolt.

It is therefore no surprise that most Hanukkah stories involve a miracle of some sort, often involving latkes, a traditional holiday food. The first story in this book is one such tale, the other two are unrelated to Hanukkah. Two recipes included.

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Hanukkah Bear | Eric A. Kimmel
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#WinterGames #HolidayReads #TheFilthyAnimals #HolidayTraditions

Be prepared for an onslaught of Hanukkah book reviews this morning.

When I saw Chanukah Guest at the library, I didn‘t realize it is the original version of the Hanukkah Bear story we have been reading every year since Maya was little. Hanukkah Bear has newer illustrations, but a revisited, shorter text. They‘re both great in their own way!

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#Top10ofthedecade #fictionedition

Sticking to books published in the 2010s (or series that had at least one book published this decade) made this easier.

On a different day, the Neil Gaiman book might have been switched for Circe. But today, that‘s what I‘m going with.

rachelm Circe got edged out of mine too! 22h
Bookwormjillk I loved Americanah and THUG too 22h
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Cinfhen I know it‘s going to be a book that stays with me but I just don‘t have the years right now to back it up💖💖💖 22h
Cinfhen @Kalalalatja just posted her list and this book was on it too 22h
TheSpineView You have some great choices there! 22h
4thhouseontheleft @rachelm It was a tough choice! @Bookwormjillk My favorite of Adichie‘s is actually Half of a Yellow Sun, but she‘s an auto-read for me. I love everything she writes! (edited) 22h
4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen I debated about Vuong‘s book, but it wouldn‘t count in the next decade from now 😲, so I put it on my list! 22h
4thhouseontheleft @TheSpineView Thanks! I‘m also realizing how many great books published this decade I haven‘t read yet. 🤭 22h
Kalalalatja Night Circus was so close to being on my list too! 21h
monalyisha It looks like we have very similar taste! 13h
RachelO I need to read Atwood one day! And I think you‘ve answered my Christmas shopping dilemma - thanks! 3h
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❄️ Hot 🛀 (once the new water heater is installed today), hot cocoa, hibernating (i.e. spending more time at 🏠 reading), soup 🍲

❄️ Tagged book is first one that comes to mind

❄️ Nonfiction or middle grade with my daughter
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#wondrouswednesday

Eggs I ♥️♥️ #1 !! Thanks for playing 👏🏻👏🏻 23h
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My TBR stack is staring at me while 2019 continues to 🥊 me in the gut. Looks like we‘re getting both new HVAC units and a water heater this month. My daughter is happy she can‘t take a shower tonight since the heater is completely kaput. 😝 At least the local businesses handling our repairs will have some extra 💰 💵 flow from us. 🤣😫

I miss my 📚 this week!

TheBookHippie 😭😭😭 2d
Andrew65 Yep! Our water heater system and central heating is broke too! 🥶 @TheBookHippie (edited) 2d
LeahBergen 😫😫 2d
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jb72 They always break at the worst time. Ours is not broken but we don‘t have heat right now because propane is outrageous. 2d
DGRachel Oh how I feel this. I heated my house with space heaters for two years and spent one summer living in my bedroom with a window unit before I was able to replace my HVAC unit. 2d
OrangeMooseReads When it rains it pours. Sorry you have to make those repairs right now. 2d
Megabooks Yikes!!! I‘m so sorry!! 1d
MallenNC Sorry for this bad timing! Hope all is better soon. 1d
sprainedbrain Ughhhh. When it rains, it pours! 1d
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Cats on Instagram | @Cats_of_instagram
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I love when these two cuddle together. 🥰😻 It‘s so rare, only in the winter! #CatsofLitsy #HelloKitty #Isabel

Addison_Reads They're so fluffy! 😻 My cats never cuddle either unless it's cold. And then if I catch them cuddled up together, they'll quickly spilt up and act like it never happened. 2d
AlaMich They‘re so beautiful! 😻😻 1d
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#Top10oftheDecade #NonfictionEdition

Well this was hard! After leaving some beloved books on the cutting room floor, I think I have come up with my Top 10 of the 2010s. Every single one of these books left a profound impact, and changed my thinking in some way. These are the books that I still quote from, and recommend to others on a regular basis!

I may do another round for memoirs, I feel sad for Michelle and Trevor not being here. 😆

4thhouseontheleft Tagging a few people whose Top 10‘s I would love to see! If you did this already, I‘ll catch up eventually, I was off Litsy most of yesterday. ☺️ @wanderinglynn @julesG @Clwojick @DGRachel @Texreader @riversong153 @monalyisha @BookishMarginalia @JenlovesJT47 @SkeletonKey @ElishaLovesBooks @LaurensLibrary (edited) 2d
Kalalalatja I have only read She Said, but I need to check out all the rest! 2d
Scochrane26 I loved Trevor‘s book, too, but ended up leaving it off my list. I really need to read the New Jim Crow. I should be getting She Said soon. 2d
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julesG I will try to come up with 10 books. Right now I'm wondering if I've even read 10. 2d
wanderinglynn Great list. I read Immortal Life and several of these are on my TBR. I‘ll have to think about my top 10. 🤔 2d
Cinfhen Great list!!! So many I still need to read 🤓hoping to add a bunch for my 2020 challenges!!! 2d
Addison_Reads Great picks! 2d
Amiable Two of yours made it onto my top 10 as well! 👍 2d
4thhouseontheleft @Kalalalatja This hashtag is adding greatly to my #TBR! 💓 💓 2d
4thhouseontheleft @Scochrane26 I think I may post a memoirs list tomorrow. Definitely read The New Jim Crow! I read it as part of a 6-week discussion series, which was fantastic. 2d
4thhouseontheleft @julesG Maybe top 5? Or do fiction! It will probably take me a few days to figure out my fiction list. 2d
4thhouseontheleft @wanderinglynn It was not easy narrowing it down! @cinfhen Thanks! This was a great idea! I shared my picks on FB as well, and my bookish friends are coming out of the woodwork. 😂 2d
julesG Good that the decade isn't over yet. 😉 2d
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I felt sad leaving those two too! 2d
Cinfhen Hahaha!!! I like that your list inspired the bookish FB friends to resurface 😂😂😂 2d
4thhouseontheleft @julesG That too! Although I felt pretty comfortable posting nonfiction since I only have one on my radar for this month, and while I‘m enjoying it, it wouldn‘t make this list. 2d
RachelO Maya Angelou ❤️ 1d
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This is one seriously disturbed Christmas story...and I love it! 🎅🏻😈

rather_be_reading tag it and u will at least get a participation pt 1d
4thhouseontheleft @rather_be_reading the points aren‘t all that important for me, and life got a bit crazy this week! 1d
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Pride | Ibi Zoboi
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Every year, we buy gifts to donate to a local organization that works with foster children. This year, we were paired with a 13 yr old girl, and to my delight, one of her gift requests was for a book by an author of color.

Of course I couldn‘t just pick ONE book! 🤣 I picked three that I have read and loved!

squirrelbrain How lovely! 3d
BookwormM That is such a wonderful idea 3d
silentrequiem Great picks! 3d
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Cinfhen Love this 💕💕💕 3d
mrp27 Love! 3d
rather_be_reading i would count this as a #holidaytradition 1d
rather_be_reading 21pts🍬 1d
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We‘re installing a new HVAC system (with 2 new AC units) the first week of January. Tonight we find that our water heater appears to be going too. Calling the plumber tomorrow.

Krampus looks like how I feel at the moment. 🤬😰 #adultingsucks

Alicepondpoe My daughter and I, watch the movie Krampus every year in december while we decorate our Christmas tree 😆. Hope you feel a little less like krampus looks soon! 3d
4thhouseontheleft @Alicepondpoe I am feeling a little more human this morning. 😂 3d
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#SelfieScavengerHunt With a friend or family member. Maya and I ice skating today!

I have only worn ⛸ once or twice in the last 14 years, but used to skate a lot recreationally in high school and college. Apparently it‘s like riding a bike. Didn‘t fall once! 🙌🏽💪🏼

People loved our matching HP hats!

#WinterGames #TheFilthyAnimals

LibrarianRyan I recognize those hats. I wonder where my purple one went. Thanks for reminding me of it. 3d
Charityann What fun! I love to ice skate!⛸😊 3d
4thhouseontheleft @LibrarianRyan Those hats are one of my favorite #OwlCrate items (along with the mugs)! 3d
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LibrarianRyan I agree. I wear the black one every year. It goes with all my coats. Dad tried to take it last year because of how warm it is. I told him he could have it if he could tell me what it said and what it meant. Needless to say, I still have it. I have also been loving the ginger less gloves from 2 months ago that match the black hat. They could totally do a purple pair of those and I would be in heaven. 3d
4thhouseontheleft @LibrarianRyan those gloves are great! We haven‘t had cold enough weather for gloves yet, so I‘ve only worn them once or twice so far. 3d
LibrarianRyan @4thhouseontheleft I've warn them outside a few times layered with thin gloves that have fingers. But I wear them mostly at work. It is sooooo cold at the ref desk. because of the design of the building and the placement of the desk it is like 10-20 degree colder than my office on any given day. 3d
rather_be_reading 16pts🎉 3d
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The lovely @BarbaraTheBibliophage and fellow #Booked2020 cohost has set up a Memoirs and Mystery Bingo Board game for 2020! I have quite a few of both genres on my TBR for next year so I‘ll join in!

The prompts are deliberately short and broad, so you can interpret as you prefer. Only rule is read from the genres. Head over to her page for all the info!

#mandmchallenge2020 #memoirsmysteries

BarbaraTheBibliophage Thanks for sharing, A! 😘😘 4d
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I‘m cleaning up the bottom of my Goodreads Want to Read shelf in preparation for the #Booked2020 #bottomofTBR prompt. Some of the books I added years ago are panned almost universally, with hilariously funny reviews. This is one of those books.

The one review on Litsy is also 👎 for terrible writing, so off the list it goes!

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I really love the illustrations in this book! #WinterGames #TheFilthyAnimals

Karisa The book I've tagged has a really good Krampus story by Holly Black. Sounds like creepy, cool Santa. 😜 5d
4thhouseontheleft @Karisa Thanks for the recommendation! I‘ll check it out 5d
TiredLibrarian @4thhouseontheleft Isn't that book gorgeous? I have it on display right now. 5d
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4thhouseontheleft @TiredLibrarian It is! And I like the story so far, too. 5d
rather_be_reading very cool!! 5d
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A Christmas Memory | Truman Capote
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Completed 4 of the 5 books I had planned for this week! Plus one more holiday novel and a few picture books.

While none of these were 5 ⭐️ reads, it was still a good week!

#bookreport @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Lots of holiday reads❣️don‘t they all start to feel the same after awhile ?!? 😂 5d
4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen Well, Yule was nonfiction and from a pagan perspective, so that was quite different from Skipping, and Catching Christmas (neither of which I particularly liked). I‘m reading Krampus next, so keeping it varied, and I found a Jewish Chanukah contemporary book i may read this coming week! I didn‘t think one existed! But I think a lot of the contemporary romance stories do all start to sound the same. (edited) 5d
Cinfhen I‘m impressed with your dedication to #WinterGames ♥️and it‘s all festive and fun 5d
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4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen I‘ll probably reach a point sometime this month where I‘m done and over it, and that will be it. 🤣🤣 We‘ll see how long I last before turning into Scrooge! 5d
Cinfhen We all have THAT breaking point!!! 5d
rather_be_reading Make sure to review these and u will get points #wintergames #thefilthyanimals @Clwojick @StayCurious 1d
4thhouseontheleft @rather_be_reading I did as I read them 1d
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I had a harder time getting into the Sea of Monsters, compared to the first book, and didn‘t like it quite as much as The Lightning Thief. The second half was excellent though, and I breezed through to the end!

#WinterGames #TBRRead #TheFilthyAnimals #BooktoMovie
#seriesread

4thhouseontheleft +15 for #TBRread and +5 for book to movie adaptation and since I'm not a fan of the cover design I“m counting this for Ugly Cover on #WinterReadsBingo (edited) 5d
babyruth2510 I love this series. I can read them over and over 5d
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I‘ll be finishing my #currentread today. Which one of these should I read next?

IndyHannaJones Krampus! Because I'm intrigued by it 5d
Megabooks I liked Let It Snow! 5d
Ashley_Nicoletto I‘ve only read let it snow, but it‘s cute! 5d
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Friday Movie Night: Last Holiday! I love this one, and now my kid does too. 😄 #ChristmasMovieBingo #WinterGames #TheFilthyAnimals

rather_be_reading one ive never seen! 5d
overtheedge I enjoyed it! Hope you guys do too! 5d
TheBookStacker I love that one, I watched it with my mom while home for thanksgiving. It‘s so cute! 5d
4thhouseontheleft @rather_be_reading You should watch it! I hadn't seen it in years, it's a fun movie. 5d
rather_be_reading 6pts🤶 5d
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I‘m having a hard time getting into the second Percy Jackson book. Someone tell me it gets better?

At least I am enjoying some hot and sour soup on this cold, rainy day! Just battled through crazy parking lots and shoppers to pick up a prescription and rabbit litter. I don‘t think I‘m stepping foot near a shopping complex until January. People are being jerks right now! #booksandlunch

gradcat There‘s something very ironic about the way people behave the closer it gets to a religious holiday, imho.... 6d
LibrarianRyan It does, it just takes a bit. 6d
4thhouseontheleft @gradcat I know, right? 6d
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4thhouseontheleft @LibrarianRyan Thanks! That may give me enough boost to sit down and keep reading this afternoon. 😊 6d
Sharpeipup It is a slower read. 6d
gradcat You have a rabbit? That just entered my brain...I just read “litter,” and thought cat. Pictures? 🐰 🐇 ♥️ (edited) 6d
4thhouseontheleft @gradcat Yes! We have 2 🐈 and one 🐇. The rabbit uses a different litter. I‘ll try to tag you in some of my past rabbit posts. 6d
LeahBergen I love Hot and Sour soup! 5d
gradcat I would love to see your bunny. Is it @monalyisha that also has bunnies? Or another Litten? I know I saw some posts when I first joined last year. 🐰♥️🐇 4d
monalyisha @gradcat It‘s me! #rabbitsoflitsy (edited) 4d
gradcat @monalyisha I thought so! You‘re the first person that I knew that had “freely roaming” rabbits in her house! I think they‘re so adorable!! 🐇😍🐰 4d
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Two more holiday stories! Cork & Fuzz was just okay, but I thought the Charlotte Santa book was really cute! It mentioned a lot of landmarks and neighborhoods, which is fun, so that one is coming home with me along with a bunch of Chanukah books for Maya and I to read later.

#WinterGames #TheFilthyAnimals #HolidayReads +41 pts

rather_be_reading 41pts🤶 5d
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Strega Nona's Gift | Tomie DePaola
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Read through a few Christmas picture books from various cultures and time periods while at the library today. These books cover tales from Italy, Germany, the Depression Era South, and a Lakota story form the Standing Rock Reservation. Plus another cute Tomie de Paola story. I recommend them all!

#TheFilthyAnimals #TheWinterGames #HolidayReads +101 pts

rather_be_reading way to go 👏👏 5d
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Fun with filters at the library!🎄 📚

#SelfieScavengerHunt #WinterGames #TheFilthyAnimals

TheSpineView Cute! 🙂 6d
4thhouseontheleft @TheSpineView Thank you! The lighting was horrible, so I had to “enhance” my selfie a bit. 😂 6d
Bookzombie Cute! 5d
rather_be_reading 16pts🤶 5d
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I‘m making cranberry infused vodka, a recipe from my Yule book. There is something so visually appealing about a recipe matching the book cover it came from!

It‘s supposed to steep for 3-4 weeks, but it‘s already such a vibrant color after only 5 days, I might strain it much sooner. #HolidayRecipes : Shared, attempted and from a book +35 pts

#TheFilthyAnimals

rather_be_reading wow tht is super cool!! 5d
rather_be_reading 36pts🤶 5d
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Settling in for a Muppet Christmas Carol this afternoon!

When Maya was in preschool, the first time she saw the Muppets she completely freaked out, and was terrified of them (esp Animal) for years. Even at 12, she won‘t go near them. I think I somehow scarred her for life! 🤦🏻‍♀️ So I‘m watching this one on my own.

#WinterGames #ChristmasMovieBingo #TheFilthyAnimals

Christinak “Light the lamp not the rat!”❤️ 7d
Shakespearience My fave Xmas movie 7d
CaitZ Love this one 7d
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GypsyKat Yes! 🙌🙌🙌 7d
4thhouseontheleft @Christinak My favorite line! 🤣🤣 7d
rather_be_reading 6pts🤶 5d
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Starlight, star bright
Magic on a winter‘s night
White snow, candle glow
Far away and long ago...

I love the first lines of this quirky Hanukkah tale. A mysterious visitor leaves a magical latke frying pan for Moishe that makes all the latkes he wants. But what will happen when someone else secretly uses it? A family favorite that reminds me of Strega Nona.

And my 1st Winter Reads Bingo! #HolidayReads #WinterGames #TheFilthyAnimals

4thhouseontheleft If I have this correct, this is +20 complete bingo line, +21 for HolidayReads post 7d
rather_be_reading yes!!! great job!! and ty for the precise calculation 5d
rather_be_reading 42pts🤶 5d
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Who knows the song?

The 🕎 makes this a #HolidayLaughs meme I never get tired of. 😃 💃 💃

#WinterGames #TheFilthyAnimals

thegirlwiththelibrarybag I don‘t but I‘m curious 7d
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Shake, shake, shake, Senora,
Shake your body line
Shake, shake, shake, Senora,
Shake it all the time… 😃
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julesG @4thhouseontheleft I got the last line 😂😂😂 7d
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thegirlwiththelibrarybag @4thhouseontheleft, thanks. I‘m awful at working the picture riddles out 7d
Come-read-with-me @4thhouseontheleft This is hilarious!!!!- 7d
umbrellagirl Reminds me of Beetlejuice! 7d
OrangeMooseReads LOL 😆 7d
rather_be_reading 6pts🤶 5d
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#SelfieScavengerHunt : Outdoor holiday lights

This is me, hiding behind the blow up 🕎 in our front yard.

It could have a better design. Before we “light” a candle each night, only the shammash (middle candle) shows a 🔥 on this. The way this inflatable is designed, it currently looks like we‘re giving everyone a 🖕 🖕. 😂

#WinterGames #TheFilthyAnimals

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Leftcoastzen 😀cute! 1w
tournevis *snort snort snort* 1w
marleed That‘s funny! 1w
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Hanukkah Bear | Eric A. Kimmel
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#WinterReadsBingo update, I almost have a diagonal Bingo! I'll have to pull out one of our Chanukah books later today to get my first bingo. Probably the one tagged, but we'll see.

Being able to read one book for multiple prompts has really helped. 😃

#WinterGames #TheFilthyAnimals

rather_be_reading way to go!! 1pt❄ 1w
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Catching Christmas | Terri Blackstock
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This is the December pick for my book club meeting next week. Christian fiction is one of my least favorite genres, and the last 1/3 was way too heavy-handed on religious content for my tastes. I should have looked at the genre before reading, oops! Up until that point I was really enjoying the story.

#WinterGames #TheFilthyAnimals #HolidayRead
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Reviewsbylola I can't do Christian fic, like at all. 1w
ravenlee I loathe Christian fiction. It‘s always so heavy-handed that the story seems to get lost. 1w
4thhouseontheleft @Reviewsbylola @ravenlee Same! It was completely absent until the last part of the book, or I would have bailed. My book club is quite diverse, so I‘m kind of surprised someone selected this for our group, unless they also didn‘t realize. (edited) 1w
rather_be_reading 21pts❄ 1w
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The Wednesdays | Julie Bourbeau
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1. I‘m not a big fan of Christmas music. I do listen to Adam Sandler‘s Chanukah song every year.
2. #Isabel #CatsofLitsy
3. Latkes! (Fried potato pancakes) It‘s a Chanukah tradition.
4. Nope!

#WondrousWednesday

Eggs Isabel !! ❤️🐈❤️ 1w
QuietlyLaura Isabel is so precious! 😻❤️ 1w
Sace Even though we celebrate Hanukkah, my husband and I love listening to the whole Charlie Brown Christmas album this time of year. My husband also loves Bing Crosby's Mele Kalikimaka 🤣 1w
4thhouseontheleft @Sace There are actually quite a few songs I like, just in moderation. Not for a month straight. 😜 7d
Sace @4thhouseontheleft oh well I could listen to the same album for months 🤣 7d
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Texreader 🤣🤣🤣 1w
SW-T 😂😂😂 1w
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hes7 😂🤣 1w
Gissy 😂🤣 1w
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Skipping Christmas | John Grisham
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A rare instance where I like the cheesy movie more than the book. 🤣 #HolidayMovie #WinterGames #TheFilthyAnimals

The_Real_Nani I didn‘t even know it was a book! I can‘t imagine this as a book, lol. 1w
4thhouseontheleft @The_Real_Nani It‘s the tagged book! I just read it, and did not like it at all. 🙅🏻‍♀️ 1w
rather_be_reading this is a book!! wow! 1w
rather_be_reading 11pts🎁 1w
4thhouseontheleft @rather_be_reading Yes! Skipping Christmas, which I just read, and didn‘t like at all! 🤣 1w
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Catching Christmas | Terri Blackstock
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I had to have blood drawn today, so having a very late lunch at an Asian market near the lab. Best wonton soup I have had in a long time!

Made a lot of progress on the tagged book today as I have spent lots of time in waiting rooms this afternoon. #WinterGames #TheFilthyAnimals

Lynnsoprano Hubby and I had blood work this morning, too, but it was pretty early. We went for bagels and coffee with our books afterwards. 1w
audraelizabeth That looks delicious. 1w
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Catching Christmas | Terri Blackstock
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Moving on from Skipping Christmas to Catching it. 🏃🏽‍♀️ 🚗

This is the December pick for my IRL book club, here‘s hoping I like it better than the last one! 🤞

#booksandtea #wintergames #theFilthyAnimals

Charityann I have this one on Audible, but haven‘t listened to it yet. 😊 1w
4thhouseontheleft @Charityann I like it so far! 1w
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Skipping Christmas | John Grisham
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#unpopularopinion I am not the target demographic for this book and I thought it was all kinds of awful. The book exudes upper class white privilege. If this was meant to be satirical, it fell flat. The subtle racism was 🤮.

I finished because my mom loves this book. I find it both hilarious and sad the Krank‘s remind me so much of my parents, esp the way they treat each other, but they don‘t see the resemblance AT ALL. 🤷🏻‍♀️

#HolidayRead

4thhouseontheleft 26 pts for #TheFilthyAnimals #Wintergames as a #Holiday Read and Book to Movie adaptation, and at least it checked a few prompts for #WinterReadsBingo! (edited) 1w
Suet624 😂😂😂 1w
rather_be_reading way to go! 👏 1w
rather_be_reading 26pts🎁 1w
TheKidUpstairs I'm reading this one right now and NOT enjoying it. Glad I'm not alone. 1w
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Skipping Christmas | John Grisham
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NO. Not okay. 🤮

I know this type of subtle racism is rampant in small communities. I grew up with it, and this could have been my parent‘s exact reaction when I dated a PoC in high school. That doesn‘t make this okay.

TheKidUpstairs 😲 that's awful! 1w
Liatrek Ugh! This on my list to read this month😞 that passage makes me want to chuck the book. 1w
4thhouseontheleft @Liatrek yeah, my recommendation would definitely be to NOT read it. I‘m sure there are loads of better Christmas books out there. I didn‘t realize going into it this is what Christmas with the Kranks is based on. I might rewatch the movie to see if my somewhat positive memory of it holds up to the test of time. 1w
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ljuliel I‘m not sticking up for that behavior , but maybe stating a reason why this book leans in this direction. This is Grisham.He‘s my age and grew up in the South.Many people my age were raised the same. We aren‘t from the south, but I heard stuff much worse than this my whole life. Not excusing it , maybe explaining it. Authors tell a story from their viewpoint and what was programmed into them . We can learn by reading these. Not always GOOD thIngs 1w
Liatrek @ljuliel I totally understand and honestly that was my first thought when I saw this post but it‘s definitely not what I want to see my Christmas book. 1w
ljuliel Yes, agreed. @Liatrek You think of Christmas reads as happy stories that don‘t have any negative remarks in them. I think sometimes that we expect authors born 50 or 100 years ago to be politically correct. They weren‘t raised in a time or place where that was a term. 1w
Liatrek @ljuliel I don‘t have any expectations that anyone should be politically correct. Everyone has a right to their opinion and view point whatever their age and I have a right not to want to read it over the holidays 😊 1w
ljuliel Definitely. That‘s the good thing about today‘s world. Much more freedom for people to make informed decisions and do what‘s right for them. Some people are offended by certain books , where others are ok with them. @Liatrek 1w
4thhouseontheleft @ljuliel @liatrek I feel mostly like you, Liatrek. I grew up around subtle and overt racism, it's not something I like to see in a book that I chose for a fun, light read. I don't expect the same thing from a book published 20 or more years ago than I would from one today. But there are many authors close in age to Grisham that don't do this. I prefer to read those books. And trying to help others who may have similar reading preferences to me. 1w
Liatrek This is one of the many reasons I love Listy being able to express opinions in healthy communication without it devolving into negativity 😊 Happy Holidays to you both!!! @ljuliel @4thhouseontheleft 1w
4thhouseontheleft @Liatrek @ljuliel Yes! We all have different reading opinions. I don‘t expect or want everyone to have the same opinion as me! That would be boring. 😃 1w
marleed I grew up in a home by a father that would be now what we now call an anti- racist. On more than one occasion he stopped guests from telling off-color jokes. My friends were surprised by his ethnic artwork. I‘m embarrassed now I wasn‘t more appalled by the subtle racism here - my dad would not be proud of me. I guess I focused on the neighborhood and my gratitude for not living in such a place. 1w
ljuliel @marleed How lucky you were ! That would be quite a refreshing place to live , with a parent who , in his own way, fought against such opinions. 1w
marleed @ljuliel Oh yea - he took me out of a 4th grade class (70s) because I came home pouting. The teacher drew a circle on the board. If graded or behaved poorly she would write your name in the ‘N‘ baby circle. I thought I was unfairly written in one day. I tried to tell my story but my dad wouldn‘t let me say the N word. I didn‘t know what the word was and didn‘t know how to tell the story. That‘s just one example of his example to us. 1w
marleed @4thhouseontheleft I absolutely love to read what you have to say! 1w
ljuliel You certainly were fortunate to have him as an example ! @marleed 1w
Clare-Dragonfly This isn‘t even subtle! How awful. 1w
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If anyone is looking for a holiday read for #WinterGames that revolves around a December holiday other than Christmas, this one is set at a Jewish camp during Hanukkah! 🕎 ✡️

Only $.99 on Kindle, this is added to my #TBR for the month!

#TheFilthyAnimals

Addison_Reads Awesome! Thank you for sharing. 😁 1w
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Me | Elton John
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I was so far down the hold list, I had given up hope I would be able to read this before the end of the year! Yay!! It‘s my last book for #nonfiction2019

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Music is the last one on my list for that challenge too! 1w
Sace Yay! 1w
wen4blu I‘m at number 40 on this hold list! 1w
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Skipping Christmas | John Grisham
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Oh dear, is this going to be one of those types of books? 😕 I‘m only on page 2.

TheBookHippie 😶ugh 1w
Caterina Nooooooo 🤮 1w
TheSpineView 😕😕😕 1w
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LiteraryinLititz Is it possible that phrase is meant ironically? 1w
jb72 Personally I don‘t think the term is meant to mean unintelligent, but more in the sense of minimal in basic needs and a simpler way of life. 1w
4thhouseontheleft @LiteraryinLititz Doesn't seem like it. 1w
4thhouseontheleft @jb72 There is too much negative connotation to use it in this way, and without further detail, it doesn't work for me. That word has a history of bad anthropological methods rooted in racism, and was used too much to refer to any culture that didn't resemble European culture. Many anthropologists (even in 2001, when this was written), have condemned the use of “primitive“ to describe indigenous communities. (edited) 1w
4thhouseontheleft @LiteraryinLititz Especially since I just read the part where they are relieved to meet their daughter's boyfriend and see that his skin is not as dark as they had feared. 😬 😤 1w
LiteraryinLititz @4thhouseontheleft Yikes. Yeah, that is absolutely not ok. Are you going to keep reading? 1w
4thhouseontheleft @LiteraryinLititz It's a short book, and I'm almost finished. I would have bailed, but I'm doing a #buddyread with my mom. So I've taken notes for that discussion. 😊 Honestly, the incident in the book reminded me so much of the time I told my parents I was dating my husband, who is Jewish, and my mom's response was, “Well at least he's not Muslim, Buddhist, or Middle Eastern“. Yeah...we didn't talk for a while after that one... 😣 1w
marleed I read this a couple days ago and did flip to the publishing date (2004) to see if it explained some of the description of the daughter‘s Peace Corps mission. It did not. I did like the book - I think mostly because I‘m so content not to live in a fishbowl. Actually, I run from living in that type of environment! 1w
4thhouseontheleft @marleed I ran too. Ran far and long. For a few years I even lived on the opposite side of the planet from my hometown. 🤣 1w
marleed @4thhouseontheleft I‘ve always believed I was a better mother because I raised my kids in a different town (even state) than I grew up. And then when my kids grew up, I moved, and moved again. ...My husband had passed away and honestly i just couldn‘t bare another year of the fishbowl having interest in my decisions. 1w
diovival BIG YIKES 1w
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A nice little introductory book on Yule from Llewellyn‘s Sabbat Essentials series. It‘s quite helpful when planning out activities during Yule, and preparing for the Winter Solstice. I already used one of the recipes this weekend for cranberry infused vodka and can‘t wait to try it.

#WinterGames #TheFilthyAnimals #HolidayRead

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#SelfieScavengerHunt I have a collection of Steinbach nutcrackers, my Phantom of the Opera one is a favorite!

#WinterGames #TheFilthyAnimals

wanderinglynn That‘s one of the coolest nutcrackers I‘ve seen! 1w
Clwojick Awesome! 😍 1w
Gissy 😍❤️❤️❤️ 1w
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4thhouseontheleft @wanderinglynn @clwojick @Gissy Thanks! I'll try to include some of my other ones in book review pics this month. I usually find them at our Tuesday Morning store for a fraction of the regular price. Although he doesn't look too happy to be in a pic with me. 😂 (edited) 1w
marleed I love to look at Nutcrackers. This one is awesome! And cute pic of you! 1w
Clwojick My best friend also collects nutcrackers and she would FREAK OUT over this one! ♥️ 1w
rather_be_reading 16 pts☃️ 1w
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Untitled | Unknown
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The Monday morning after a long holiday weekend can be rough, here‘s some HAN-ukkah humor to...light your way. 🤣🕯 🕎 This one is always a fave of mine!

#HolidayLaughs #TheFilthyAnimals #WinterGames

MommyOfTwo 🤣 1w
hes7 😂🤣 1w
The_Real_Nani Hilarious!!! 1w
rather_be_reading 6pts☃️ 1w
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Untitled | Unknown
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You don‘t want to miss The Litsy Awards, organized by the lovely @LibrarianRyan 🎉!

It is time to submit your nominations for the #LitsyAwards. The books have to be published in the US between Jan 1, 2019 and Dec 31, 2019. YOU MUST HAVE READ THE BOOK TO NOMINATE IT.

The full rules are in the form. The nomination form will be live for the MONTH. Happy nominating.

https://forms.gle/FhV62SipsUwd5kzp6

Please feel free to share link and graphic

LibrarianRyan Thank you 1w
4thhouseontheleft @LibrarianRyan Thabk you! I am going to wait a bit to vote, since I plan on reading The Water Dancer soon. 😃 1w
LibrarianRyan @4thhouseontheleft perfectly okay. It's why I leave nominations open for the month. Not much comes out in December, but its a popular time for reading. 1w
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Miracle on 34th Street | Valentine Davies
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Watched Miracle on 34th Street tonight! The original, although I also like the 1990's version with Mara Wilson.

#ChristmasMovieBingo #WinterGames #TheFilthyAnimals

BlameJennyJane I liked both versions too! Mara Wilson was just too cute. 1w
4thhouseontheleft @BlameJennyJane I forgot just how funny a movie it is! 1w
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4thhouseontheleft @rather_be_reading FYI I think that should also include another 5 pts for the team for watching a movie. 😃 1w
rather_be_reading @4thhouseontheleft omg u are so right!! 1w
rather_be_reading 5pts☃️ 1w
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#FestivePhotoChallenge

We don‘t celebrate Christmas, so the only reason we have an Advent calendar is because it contains Harry Potter Funko pops. We had last years, and it was kind of fun to see my Jewish hubby get so excited over the arrival of this year‘s! 🤣

#WinterGames #TheFilthyAnimals

AsYouWish Oh my stars! I look at the Harry Potter Funko POP Advent Calendar every year, and always think about getting one, but then never do. I always get so excited seeing which characters people get. 2w
MoonWitch94 This is pretty cool!!! I had no idea it existed. Enjoy! 2w
rather_be_reading so cool! 1w
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Scochrane26 I‘m jealous. See my earlier post. 1w
4thhouseontheleft @Scochrane26 Funko‘s are hubbies weakness. Sometimes I regret that I got him into them. We have so many! 1w
Scochrane26 @4thhouseontheleft I have about 12. I usually get one at comic cons or if I have a certain one I want. I need to do a shelf to display them better. 1w
MommyOfTwo That‘s great! 1w
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rather_be_reading 1pt☃️ 1w
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