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Someday you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again. - C.S. Lewis
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Jane Austen's Letters by Jane Austen, Deirdre Le Faye
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Winter Wonderland | Belinda Jones
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❄warm cookies
❄cosy socks
❄bundle of blankets
❄magical snow (very unlikely, but who knows because it is magical!)
❄sweater
❄neither (sorry)
❄staying in
❄Little Women
❄board games

Guess I qualify as a #winterreadathon peep. 😁❄🎄
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Tagging @AllDebooks @IndoorDame @PageShifter @bthegood and anyone else who would like to play!!!

TheBookHippie Everyone read -its winter!!! 😂❄️❄️❄️ 13h
bthegood thanks for the tag - ☃️ 2h
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Since there aren't many reviews for this book, I felt compelled to write something about it. I'd never read a book by Ann Granger before but I found this to be a solid story with likable main characters. Lizzie Martin takes up the post of companion to her godfather's widow. Circumstances and a brief association with a Scotland Yard inspector puts her directly in the path of a murder mystery. I plan to read book 2 in the series, A Mortal Curiosity.

Aimeesue Nice review. Thanks! 13h
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Here's part of my #WinterReadathon list, although there are more possible book choices shown on my December #BookSpinBingo card.
Thanks for hosting @Andrew65 @DieAReader @GHABI4ROSES 🙂 ❄

Andrew65 I love the Matt Haig books! 17h
Andrew65 Diamond Eye is also excellent. 17h
Andrew65 Diamond Eye is also excellent. 17h
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With December 1st right around the corner, get your journals ready for some #DecemberDailyDoodles. Enjoy some daily moments of drawing zen during the holidays. Post each day or post a group of doodles each week. Whatever works for you. I appreciate the interest shown by the Litsy community and am looking forward to seeing your drawings. At the end of December, I'll be handing the doodle challenge back to @Clwojick for the #2023 #WinterGames. 🤗⛄

Ann_Reads @LitsyEvents - Thank you! 🙂❄🎅

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Ann_Reads Prompt List:
1. Holly
2. Rocking Horse
3. Present/Gift
4. Snowflake
5. Stocking
6. Elf
7. Father Christmas/Santa Claus
8. Candy Cane
9. Ornament
10. Christmas Lights
11. Wreath
12. Snowperson
13. Bell(s)
14. Gingerbread House
15. Snow Globe
16. Teddy Bear
17. Hat
18. Dreidel
19. Sugar Cookies
20. Hot Cocoa Mug
21. Toy
22. Pine Cone
23. Sweater
24. Angel
25. Star
26. Ice Skate(s)
27. Chimney
28. Mittens
29. Lantern
30. Dove
31. Fireworks
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December is quickly approaching, so here is my #bookspinbingo card. Thinking I'd get a head start on things, I actually made this card a month ago. In the meantime, I read some of the books I'd listed (ooops) so I made a few edits. Not my best looking effort, but it works!
(Sherlock Holmes is #1 and T'was the Night Before Christmas is #20, counting right to left.) @TheAromaofBooks 🌲 🌟

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 4d
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Posting an updated list of books #offmyshelf that I intend to read for the relaxed #midwintersolace challenge hosted by @AllDebooks from Dec 1st - Dec 21st, 2022.

#naturalitsy #midwintersolacegames #happyholidays

AllDebooks Great festive choices @Ann_Reads I'm so giddy about this event, thank you so much for sharing x 3d
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Although it's early to post, I've been dwelling on this lately and decided on a reading plan for #2023. My goal is to focus on reading books #offmyshelf or #mounttbr in the coming year. During 2022, I really got off course reading books/audiobooks I'd purchased with good intentions. As for buddyreads and challenges, I'll continue to participate if they compliment my reading goals. I'm hoping this will allow me to enjoy my reading more in 2023. 🙂

IndoorDame I decided the same thing about next year! 5d
Ann_Reads @IndoorDame Great! I'm so glad to know I'm not alone in this goal. 🙂 I've just been feeling stressed out about my reading lately and this is the best plan I could come up with to alleviate that. 5d
IndoorDame @Ann_Reads it‘s definitely important to make enjoying your reading the priority! 5d
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melissajayne It‘s not too early to post. 5d
jlhammar I‘m hoping to read more backlist/off my shelves next year as well. 5d
AllDebooks I'm working on my plans too, with similar aims 5d
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I'm already thinking about 2023, too. Last year I relied on the challenge lists on Goodreads that focused on more recent or popular books. I, too, want to try pulling more from my own piles next year. 5d
Ann_Reads Thank you all for the kind comments. I wish each and every one of you a fun year reading the books you own. 4d
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Wishing those Littens who celebrate the holiday a very Happy Thanksgiving. 🦃🍁🏈
#Grateful

bthegood have a great day 🍂 6d
Sleepswithbooks Happy Thanksgiving 🍁 6d
Ann_Reads @bthegood @Sleepswithbooks Thank you and I wish you both a wonderful day. I actually cooked our main meal yesterday and will just be reheating some leftovers tonight. This is a kick-back relaxing day for me now. 🏈📚 6d
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Foster | Claire Keegan
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I read this in two sittings over the course of an afternoon. It is about as close to perfection as one could hope for in a short story.
#NPRBooksWeLove #Ireland

jlhammar Agreed! Loved this one. 1w
BarbaraBB Wonderful review! Stacked! 1w
Ann_Reads @jlhammar @BarbaraBB Thank you. 🙂 7d
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Braiding Sweetgrass | Robin Wall Kimmerer
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Realizing this isn't a popular opinion, I'm bailing on this book at about the 50% mark. Kimmerer's words have some wisdom, if taken in the context this book is a collection essays without much expectation of scientific discussion (with the exception of a few chapters). Although educated in the field of Botany, given some of the author's comments, I couldn't tell if she was anti or pro science. ⬇⬇⬇⬇

Ann_Reads My personal opinion is a more apt title for this book should have been something like, “Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom I Learned From My Grandmother.“ This would have left the science part out of the subtitle and set up a different set of expectations from the reader as to the contents of the book. Living in harmony with the environment makes sense but on a global scale I'm not sure if that's a plan easily put into action.⬇⬇⬇⬇ (edited) 1w
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Here's the prompt list for the #DecemberDailyDoodles during #2022. Very few rules here. You can either post a doodle each day -or- once a week, or something in between. Whatever works for you and your schedule. This is supposed to be a relaxing activity. (See message below for the health benefits associated with doodling! 📝🧘) Also please tag @Ann_Reads when posting your doodles. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's creative drawings. 😁

Ann_Reads Article from the Milan Art Institute: Five Benefits of Drawing and Doodling
https://www.milanartinstitute.com/blog/5-benefits-of-drawing-and-doodling
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Ann_Reads #DecemberDailyDoodles
1. Holly
2. Rocking Horse
3. Present/Gift
4. Snowflake
5. Stocking
6. Elf
7. Father Christmas/Santa Claus
8. Candy Cane
9. Ornament
10. Christmas Lights
11. Wreath
12. Snowperson
13. Bell(s)
14. Gingerbread House
15. Snow Globe
16. Teddy Bear
17. Hat
18. Dreidel
19. Sugar Cookies
20. Hot Cocoa Mug
21. Toy
22. Pine Cone
23. Sweater
24. Angel
25. Star
26. Ice Skate(s)
27. Chimney
28. Mittens
29. Lantern
30. Dove
31. Fireworks
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Ann_Reads I guess I should clarify, posting 1x per week means posting 7 of your drawings in one picture (versus 1 doodle per picture, posted daily). For myself, I might just post a weekly or bi-weekly photo as it's easier to keep up with. I just need to set up my drawing journal ahead of time to fit 7 doodles in one photo (or 3-4 doodles in a photo for bi-weekly posts). 2w
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Bingo's Run: A Novel | James A. Levine
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Some readers love romance novels so you probably already have the 'holiday romance' square dialed in for #AutumnBingo2022. For those of us who aren't fans of the genre (myself included, sorry!) here are a few suggestions for short HF romance novels + some Litsy buddy reads. Full disclosure, I haven't read any of these novels yet. If anyone has a suggestion for a short and not too sweet holiday romance book, please comment below.⬇⬇
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Ann_Reads HF Romance Novels:
🎄A Holiday by Gaslight by Mimi Matthews (available on HOOPLA in the US)
🎄The Darcys' First Christmas by Maria Grace (available on Kindle Unlimited)

⛄Holiday Romance Buddy Reads:⛄
#LittensLoveRomance @StayCurious
December Book: A Merry Little Meet Cute
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#SUNDAYBUDDYREAD @TheBookHippie
December Book: Always, in December
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TheBookHippie I am no fan either but I do it every December! LOL. We always have great fun!! Everyone welcome!! 2w
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Fantastic Fungi | Paul Stamets
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#nonfictionnovember
This was a great choice to follow-up my recent reading of Suzanne Simard's Finding the Mother Tree with #NaturaLitsy. Each chapter in Fantastic Fungi is written by a different expert, so there is a lot of variety and science backed information. The topics range from fungi as a food source to possible environmental uses for mycelium and a whole lot in between, including mushrooms for medical treatments. ⬇⬇⬇

(Photo from book.)

Ann_Reads The book is a companion piece to a movie covering the same subjects. I haven't seen the movie yet but hope to soon. Prior to reading this, I never would have guessed that fungi has so many potential uses. There seems to be a resurgence in interest by the scientific community for the study of one earth's oldest organisms. Recommended reading for anyone interested in science & the environmental perils the earth is currently being subjected to. 2w
batsy Great review. This sounds fascinating. 2w
Ann_Reads Thank you, Batsy. I definitely found it to be an engaging read. 2w
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Ann_Reads Oh, I should mention the book has lots of cool photos. Who knew mushrooms were so photogenic? 🙂🙂🙂 2w
Megabooks This sounds really interesting! #stacked 2w
AllDebooks @Ann_Reads great review. I have a whole pinterest collection of beautiful fungi photos. Love em 2w
Ann_Reads @megabooks - Thank you and I hope you like the book. 2w
Ann_Reads @AllDebooks - Thanks so much. I think you'd like this book, if for nothing else the really colorful photos. 2w
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#ThisorThat
Latte
Inside
Hardcover
Both
Dress down
Both
Introvert
Pumpkin scent
Mountain

Thanks for the tag @PageShifter
@BookwormAHN @LaughterHP @peanutnine Want to play?
Hosted by @KateReadsYA

KateReadsYA Thanks for playing :) 2w
Ann_Reads @KateReadsYA 🙂🙂🙂

I was thinking for the apple vs pumpkin scent, if it is a pie cooking, I prefer apple scent. If it is a scented candle or a latte, then I prefer pumpkin. Guess it makes a difference what the source is.
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KateReadsYA @Ann_Reads yes totally agree!!! 2w
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Bingo's Run: A Novel | James Levine
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This morning I realized I had not posted an #AutumnBingo2022 update in a while. How's everyone doing with their bingo cards? My progress is posted above and I hope to X off two more squares soon. If you still need a book for the “title contains a number“ prompt, please see the message below. There are a few books that would work for Christmas or comfort reads during December. If you have a recommendation, please add a comment. Thanks so much! 🍁

Ann_Reads 'Title Contains a Number' ideas:

The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street (The Vanderbeekers #1)
by Karina Yan Glaser 297 pgs

A Gift from Bob: How a Street Cat Helped One Man Learn the Meaning of Christmas (Bob The Cat #3)
by James Bowen 192 pgs ---This works as a stand-alone novel

Eight Cousins
(Eight Cousins #1)
by Louisa May Alcott
224 pgs

Now We Are Six (Winnie-the-Pooh #4)
by A.A. Milne, Ernest H. Shepard (Illustrator)
101 pgs
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Ann_Reads Just adding a quick reminder that #AutumnBingo2022 runs through December 21st, so there is still lots of time to fill in those squares. I hope you all are having fun and thanks so much for participating. 🙂🙂🙂 2w
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Ann_Reads Link back to the original post:
https://www.litsy.com/web/post/2466040
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Gissy Ohhh I thought it would be only for October, good to know is until December 🤗 2w
TheAromaofBooks Thanks for the tag!!! I was thinking this only went through the end of November, so good know that about going through the 21st!! I'll post my progress soon!! 2w
Ann_Reads @Gissy @TheAromaofBooks - Oh, I'm so glad the info in this post was helpful to you both. 🙂🦃❄ 2w
candc320 Oh my gosh I thought this was only for October! I‘ve got to go back and add some more books I‘ve read since then…well the 2 I‘ve read, I‘m super slow this month 🤣! 2w
Ann_Reads @candc320 Not to worry! Hopefully those books will help you cross a few more squares off your bingo card. 😁👍 2w
peanutnine I think I'll be able to cross a few more boxes off my board next month with some holiday reads! 😁❄️🎄 2w
Ann_Reads @peanutnine Awesome! 👏⛄🎅 2w
bthegood crossing a few more off this month - and will choose holiday books for next month to hopefully at least get one bingo - thanks for hosting - I love bingo with books!! (edited) 2w
Ann_Reads @bthegood Thanks for joining in. That sounds like a good plan for a bingo! Enjoy your holiday reading. ❄⛄ 2w
Allylu Actually I was counting on this one going until December 21st!! Thanks for hosting! 😊💕🎄📚 2w
Ann_Reads @Allylu Glad the timing work out well for you and it's my pleasure to host. 🤗
I also love book bingo but reading at my normal pace (not including scarathlon) usually need months to complete 5 in a row; not a super fast reader. 🙃 📚
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bthegood just picked two books which will help me get a bingo or two - thanks for hosting - 1d
Ann_Reads @bthegood That's great! 👍 There's still plenty of time to cross off a few more squares. It has been lots of fun hosting and I appreciate everyone who has participated. Thank you! 18h
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#nonfictionnovember #nativeamericanheritagemonth
This is one of the more balanced accounts I've read about the interactions and events leading up to the relocation of many Native American tribes during the 1800s. Sarah Winnemucca was the daughter of the chief of the Paiute nation. She learned to speak, read and write English early on and eventually worked as an interpreter and social advocate for her tribe. ⬇⬇⬇

Ann_Reads This book is considered to be the first known memoir written by a woman of Native American decent. She led an interesting life & her people went through many horrible circumstances during the 1800s. Some of Sarah's accounts of the European American settlers & officials she interacted with were very positive and others understandably negative. I think this should be required reading in schools but I'm also equally sure that isn't likely to occur. (edited) 3w
Tamra This was an enlightening and compelling read! 3w
Ann_Reads @Tamra I agree. Parts of it were very difficult to read, especially given the corruption among some of the agents. I certainly learned a lot about the Paiute Nation's plight and also the general hardships of life during the 1800s. 3w
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Participating in #OctoberDailyDoodles was so much fun during #Scarathlon, that I've decided to host #DecemberDailyDoodles during December 2022. Hopefully it will be a creative and relaxing activity during the holiday season. A list of daily prompts and more information to be posted soon. If you're potentially interested in participating, please comment below.
Adding a special thank you to @Clwojick for giving me the 👍 to host this.
@LitsyEvents

Clwojick Tag me, and I‘ll try my best to participate! @Catsandbooks are you in? 3w
Cazxxx I‘d like to join in if health permits! 3w
IndoorDame I‘ll try to keep up with this! 3w
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Ann_Reads @Kenyazero @Roary47 @CharityAnn @TheSpineView
#LitsyCrafters @CatsandBooks
Interested in participating in another doodle event? It should be lots of fun.
To any Litsy members thinking about it, you can go all out with the doodles or draw stick figures. Whatever works best for you!
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Ann_Reads @Clwojick @Cazxxx @IndoorDame Thank you! That's awesome you are interested. I'm thinking I might have two posting options: Either posting one doodle each day -or- posting weekly (seven doodles) the latter option being for anyone who is super busy and cannot post each day. 3w
Kenyazero Potentially! 3w
Ann_Reads @Kenyazero That's great. I loved your October doodles. So cute! 3w
Read4life I think I‘ll give this a try. 3w
Ann_Reads @Read4life Awesome! I'll add you to the tag list. 🙂 3w
Catsandbooks Definitely interested! ❄️ @clwojick I'll hopefully jump in! Thanks for thinking of me! ☺️ 2w
Ann_Reads @Catsandbooks So glad you'll (hopefully) be joining in! 🙂 👍 2w
vonnie862 🙋‍♀️ 2w
Karisa Sounds fun! I‘d like to try it 😊 2w
Pageturner1 i will try it. sounds fun. 2w
Ann_Reads @vonnie862 @Karisa @Pageturner1 Great! So happy to have you all join in. 2w
Deifio That's a cool idea. Can I join in, even if I can only participate from December 7th? Before that I still have my bachelor's thesis to write 2w
Ann_Reads @Deifio Oh sure! That would be fine to participate from December 7th. There isn't going to be points assigned to the posts or anything. It is just meant to be a relaxing holiday doodle activity. 😁 2w
Ann_Reads I cannot take any credit for the idea, as @Clwojick originally started #OctoberDailyDoodles as an activity on Litsy associated with #Scarathlon2022. I'm just temporarily hosting a doodle activity in December 2022 and coming up with the prompts. 2w
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December | Robyn Brode
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Given the recent announcement that #WinterGames are cancelled for 2022, I was wondering if there are any other Litsy December events planned? If anyone is hosting an event in December or knows of one, please comment below. Thank you. 🙂⛄🎄

AllDebooks 🤔I'm really tempted to do something with #NaturaLitsy 😊 3w
Ann_Reads @AllDebooks 🙂🙂🙂 3w
Ann_Reads @Clwojick Would you mind if I post a December Daily Doodle challenge just for 2022? (Feel free to say no.) I'm really not sure if anyone would be interested anyway as a standalone event, but I'm planning on doing a holiday doodle personal challenge and it would be fun to have some company. 🙂 3w
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Clwojick @Ann_Reads that sounds like a blast! If my schedule opens up a bit, I‘ll try to join along! ❤️ 3w
Ann_Reads @Clwojick Oh thank you so much and I do hope you'll have time to join in. I love seeing everyone's doodles. There are some really talented artists on Litsy, yourself included. I just enjoy drawing for relaxation and this gives me a some extra motivation. 🙂 3w
PuddleJumper I run #wintercosy through December and January which is a readathon with optional bingos. I also have #rolldecember where you pick 20 books and I roll dice to see which books you'll read in December, it's a shorter version of #roll100 3w
Ann_Reads @PuddleJumper Thank you for posting that info here! So helpful. There are so many Litsy events that it's hard to keep track. I saw some posts from 2021 for #wintercosy, but wasn't certain what it involved. 🙂🎄⛄ 3w
PuddleJumper @Ann_Reads A lot of the December ones are pulled together for wintergames which makes it easier to track them. @LitsyEvents is a good one to follow for events and stuff 2w
Ann_Reads @PuddleJumper Thank you. That's a great suggestion. I do follow @LitsyEvents and am now seeing some December events being listed. You're right that a lot of individual challenges usually are announced through #WinterGames, so I think things are a little less coordinated this December, for now anyways. Thanks again. 🙂 2w
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A cute story about a very polite & proper bear from Peru, befriended by a couple at Paddington Station in London. (One must greatly suspend their disbelief.) Each chapter is a short story and follows a formula involving Paddington in some sort of crisis, followed by a happy resolution. Children might find that pattern comforting. This is my #19 #bookspin which was a freebie on HOOPLA. Also, the #childrensclassicread2022 book for November. #kidslit

Ann_Reads Adding, I haven't seen the animated movie version. I wasn't quite sure what to make of the movie trailer, as I had never read the book before. Guess I was a Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin kid. 3w
batsy Great review! I've never read the book before, either. I hope to squeeze this in before the month is out. I did watch the first animated film and enjoyed it. 3w
Ann_Reads @batsy Thank you. Since you enjoyed the first animated movie, I might watch it sometime. At least now I'll understand why there is a bear in the house. 😉 🐻 3w
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TheBookHippie I love this so much!! 3w
Ann_Reads @TheBookHippie Thank you. Also, thanks for adding this to your #childrensclassicread2022 list. It has made me realize there are a number of classic children's books I didn't read as a child, or perhaps in a few cases I just don't recall the stories. 3w
TheBookHippie @Ann_Reads This is exactly why I started this challenge in 2019, so many wonderful children's books to discover and reread. We have had a wonderful time since. 3w
tpixie Adorable statue! I‘m 1/2 way thru Paddington. He‘s so cute! 2w
Ann_Reads @tpixie 🙂🐻 He is cute but does tend to get himself into some 'situations.' 😉 I've never seen the Paddington Bear statue in person but came across the photo
online when reading about Michael Bond. According to the article, this particular statue is located at Leicester Square, London.
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tpixie @Ann_Reads yes! He finds a lot of ‘situations‘!! 2w
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Fantastic Fungi | Paul Stamets
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Here is an interesting fungi factoid about where the most popular domesticated cultivar of mushroom came from. I'm really enjoying reading this book for #nonfictionnovember.

Graywacke fascinating 3w
Ann_Reads @Graywacke I had no clue about the history of white button mushrooms. The more I look into it, the more I realize that fungi related books and hobbies are popular right now. I'm thinking some of it might end up being a fad though, kind of like beekeeping at home. 3w
Graywacke @Ann_Reads maybe. Maybe we‘re at a good place for fungi popular science. Right technology, knowledge base and very interesting topic. 3w
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Ann_Reads @Graywacke I should clarify, I don't think the science/research stuff is going to be a fad but maybe the at-home, personal stuff like mushroom hunting events and the number of books being written on the subject. 3w
Ann_Reads But... I could totally be off-base. 3w
Ann_Reads Well, I just finished reading this and easily gave it a thumbs-up. Perfect for anyone interested in fungi, science or participating in the #NaturaLitsy buddy reads. Since each chapter is written by a different author, there is a lot of variety and science backed information. (edited) 2w
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If you haven't already, please get out and vote today in the US. I am so grateful to live in a state that endorses the right to vote by mail in their Voter Bill of Rights.

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Remarkable Creatures | Tracy Chevalier
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Remarkable Creatures came to mind right away as I just reread the book in September. After I did an online search I realized a movie actually was made and released in 2020. It's called Ammonite starring Kate Winslet. Bad timing for the movie release I think, during the height of the pandemic. Maybe I can rent it.
#SundayFunday @ozma.of.oz

ozma.of.oz I‘ve heard good things about that movie! I hope you enjoy it! Thanks for sharing! 3w
ozma.of.oz I‘ve heard good things about that movie! I hope you enjoy it! Thanks for sharing! 3w
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Making slow progress on my personal #ReadAroundTheWorld challenge. (My optimistic date to complete the challenge is August 2024, which is 2 years from the start date of Sep 2022.)
So far I've read:
👍The File on 'H' - #EasternEurope - Albania
👎At the Tomb of the Inflatable Pig - #SouthAmerica - Paraguay

Some of the categories were influenced by The Book Girls Guide, Book Voyage reading challenge. #geography #bookbingo

Karisimo Have you ever read Isabelle Allende? If you want a better South American read, try any of hers! 3w
Ann_Reads @Karisimo Thanks for the recommendation. 🙂 3w
Ann_Reads I just noticed I misspelled Antarctic. Oh well. I'm too lazy to re-do the card on my cell phone, so I'll just strategically put an X over the boo-boo when I read a book for that category. 😏😁 Problem solved. Kinda. 2w
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Fantastic Fungi | Paul Stamets
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“What goes on beneath a forest floor is just as interesting--and just as important--as what goes on above it.“
#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

ShyBookOwl Mushrooms are really having a literary moment! 4w
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This was an 'iffy' book I started reading in October, on the basis of an online recommendation. I knew very little about Paraguay's tumultuous history prior to reading this travelogue type novel. There are some historical gems of wisdom in here but they are buried within a lot of disconnected rambling passages about the author's personal escapades and opinions. The title is mostly a gimmick. #nonfictionnovember #readaroundtheworld #southamerica

squirrelbrain I had this on my list for #readingtheamericas23 but, luckily, having seen your review I just swapped it for something else! 4w
Ann_Reads @squirrelbrain I should mention some readers really liked the book. It has mixed reviews on Goodreads. The meandering essays just ruined it for me. Gimlette combines the name dropping of his personal friends, along with historical figures, so I thought it was a bit of a jumble. It's too bad because otherwise Gimlette has a nice writing style. I do hope you enjoy the book you replaced this one with. 🙂🌎 4w
squirrelbrain It was a library book anyway, Ann so I wasn‘t spending money on it, but still I hate bailing on books so I may have forced my way through it! I‘m reading this instead, off my Mum‘s bookshelf! I should say I‘d already changed my plans just before reading your review, so it‘s not your fault! 😁 (edited) 4w
Ann_Reads @squirrelbrain Thanks for letting me know. 😁 I pushed my way through the Gimlette book because I bought it. (Anymore, I rarely have an issue bailing on a library book.) I'll look forward to your thoughts about Attenborough's book. 4w
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Well, even after stacking the list with specific nonfiction titles, my #Bookspin and #doublespin are basically both 'free' choices. That's just too funny! It should work out well for some holiday #moodreading. 🥧🍂 @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Enjoy!!! 4w
Ann_Reads I'm still considering but I think A Bear Called Paddington will be my HOOPLA pick. Either Remarkably Bright Creatures or To School Through the Fields (also a ThriftBook) will be my Comfort read. (edited) 4w
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I chose this Autumnal #comfortread for the October #TBRtarot theme of “season in the title.“ Perhaps the suggestions for Fall housekeeping and seasonal activities weren't the most unique that I've read but overall I enjoyed it. The ebook is available through Kindle Unlimited. @CBee #Autumn #NonfictionNovember

(Photo and quote from the book.)

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Fantastic Fungi | Paul Stamets
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My plan was to save this for the 2023 #NaturaLitsy bingo challenge, or at least wait to find out what the #bookspin numbers are for November.

My brain is still in fungi mode after reading The Mother Tree so I couldn't resist reading the intro to Fantastic Fungi: How Mushrooms Can Heal, Shift Consciousness, and Save the Planet. Now I have to keep going! It's fascinating! (Simard wrote one chapter, among other authors.) #nonfictionnovember #fungi

Ann_Reads My apologies if this was already mentioned during the recent #NaturaLitsy discussion and I just don't remember. There is a movie of the same name directed by Louie Schwartzberg. It is available to rent or buy on Prime Video, Apple TV, etc.
Link to movie trailer:
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jlhammar Sounds great! Love the fungi images. So cool. 1mo
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Ann_Reads @jlhammar The book has some really cool photos. Based on the trailer, the movie cinematography also looks amazing! 1mo
jenniferw88 Thanks for the tag... stacking! 1mo
Ann_Reads @jenniferw88 Great! Enjoy! 🍄 1mo
BookwormAHN Also stacking, thanks 😺 1mo
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Oooh! 😍 Definitely stacking! Thank you for the tag! 🥰 1mo
Chrissyreadit Absolutely stacking! 1mo
Graywacke It‘s a perfect follow up to Simard. 1mo
Ann_Reads @AllDebooks I was looking at Entangled Life too but then I came across a review for the Fantastic Fungi movie and the book. So many good choices it seems. 🙂🍄 1mo
Blackink_WhitePaper Wow how beautiful 😻. Thanks for the tag & links. Looks exciting. 1mo
Ann_Reads If anyone decides to see the movie or read the book, please tag me, as for whatever reason sometimes I miss posts. Thanks all. 4w
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Misinformation | Keelan Ellis
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After reading articles from multiple news programs this morning, I'm only wishing I had a Twitter account so I could request it be permanently deleted in protest. We all should be deeply concerned about another platform contributing to the infodemic of misinformation & disinformation. Always look at multiple sources and #factcheck before trusting the accuracy of information or reposting a story found on social media or extreme 'news' outlets.

Ann_Reads How to delete a Twitter account:
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/how-to-delete-your-twitter-account-if-elon-mus...
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CBee I deleted mine months ago because of this! 😳😳😳 1mo
Ann_Reads @CBee Good for you. 👍🙂
I usually don't add overt social commentary posts but I'm feeling incredibly concerned. While trying to remain hopeful, I often start the day now wondering what stunt the disinfomers are going to try next and worried how many people will actually believe them.
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sprainedbrain This is more than concerning. 1mo
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My #TeamSlaughter week 4 total:
3,295 points

Sending a big thank you to @Clwojick for hosting. (Also, thank you to @StayCurious .)
It was a fun month seeing everyone's #scarathlon related posts. I especially enjoyed the team games and doodles. Looking forward to #WinterGames, too.

Ann_Reads My Week 4 total includes all my bingo scores for the entire month of October. 1mo
Clwojick Way to go! Thank you so much for joining us, and for all your participation! 🖤🦇 1mo
bthegood good job - 1mo
Ann_Reads Thank you! 🎃 1mo
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For anyone interested in #NonfictionNovember

There are several Booktubers/Goodreads mods hosting events but it seems they don't have Litsy profiles. I haven't come across anyone hosting on Litsy?
Here is a link to their StoryGraph page for #NonfictionNovember2022 prompts:
https://app.thestorygraph.com/reading_challenges/263c62ea-e5a3-4b33-ab1a-b3d35dc...
Here is a link to the YouTube 2022 announcement
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8HG1QL3wN6E

Ann_Reads If anyone is hosting #NonfictionNovember2022 events on Litsy, please comment below. Thanks. 🍁🙂 1mo
sblbooks I'm definitely going to participate, I'm not sure if anyone is hosting on Litsy. 1mo
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sblbooks There's also a historathon 3.0 for historical fiction readers on booktube. 1mo
Ann_Reads @sblbooks Thanks for the information. 🙂 1mo
Ann_Reads For now, I'm just planning on reading a group of nonfiction books this month and will use the #nonfictionnovember hashtag. I'm not active on most other social media sites. 1mo
OutsmartYourShelf @Ann_Reads I‘m planning on doing the same. 4w
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🎃🎃October 31st, 2022🎃🎃
#OctoberDailyDoodles - Poison
#ScarathlonDailyPrompt - Trick
#TeamSlaughter @Clwojick
#Scarathlon2022
Last October doodle. It's been fun!

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It's early but I'm posting my October #20in4 progress now, as Monday will be more of a movie watching day!
Friday thru Sunday, I read about 5 hours, mostly picture books + one short story anthology called Ghostly Tales. I needed a smutty Halloween read to complete a bingo line & took a hit for #TeamSlaughter & waded through 80+ pages of naughtiness with No Getting Ogre You. (Not my usual reading fare! 😯)
Thanks @Andrew65 for hosting! 🎃🍬🍁

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#OctoberBucketList
Finally picked the apples off trees in our backyard. 🍎
#TeamSlaughter @Clwojick

IndoorDame Fresh apples right in the backyard? I‘m super jealous! 1mo
Ann_Reads Thank you. 🙂 We planted a Fuji apple tree the first year we were in our current house and since then have planted a few more. The first tree produces a lot of apples so we always give some away. 1mo
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tpixie Lovely 🥰 🍎 1mo
Ann_Reads @UwannaPublishme @tpixie Thank you. We are grateful for all that lovely fruit. Lots of apple crisps! 1mo
tpixie @Ann_Reads yes! Yum! Garden fresh is best! 🍎 1mo
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October 29 & 30
#OctoberDailyDoodles - Fire and Tarot
#ScarathlonDailyPrompt - Potion and Knife

#Scarathlon2022 #TeamSlaughter @Clwojick

Only one more post to go on the 31st!
🎃🧙🦇👻🍁 Wow, the month flew by!

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#OctoberDailyDoodles - Eye & Leaf
#ScarathlonDailyPrompts - Death & Guilt
#TeamSlaughter #Scarathlon2022
(3 more doodles & prompts to go!)

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Finding the Mother Tree | Suzanne Simard
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I read 2 chapters per week with the #NaturaLitsy group & enjoyed the discussions. As for the book, I wasn't expecting so much of the content to be about the author's personal life. Still, it was fascinating to learn about mitochondrial fungi & their positive effect on forests, along with the progression of Simard's research in a male dominated field. I'm still unsure if her findings created major changes in the timber industry. @AllDebooks

Ann_Reads Photo from the Epilogue: Suillus lakei, or painted Suillus, or pancake mushroom. This species only grows in association with Douglas fir. 1mo
Ann_Reads Coincidentally, the WHO just released a list of opportunistic fungi that pose a threat to people. In Simard's book, we read about fungal networks that are mostly beneficial to specific species of trees, while on the other hand there are microscopic fungi that can cause major infectious disease in people.

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2022/10/26/1131602076/who-releases-lis...
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AllDebooks Great review and it has been more insightful reading alongside our group. I did look up any changes or impact to logging practices. Other than sustainability, there was zero reference to Simard's work that I could find. Which is so frustrating as this research has been ongoing for over 30 years. 1mo
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AllDebooks While I appreciate scientific reserach must be evidence-based and peer-reviewed, this is slow movement on such groundbreaking work. Here's hoping it doesn't take another 30! 1mo
Ann_Reads @AllDebooks Thanks so much for looking that info up. Wow, that's incredibly frustrating and disappointing though I'm not terribly surprised. I cannot imagine how Simard feels about it. 😐 1mo
Chelsea.Poole Agreed. I‘m about to write my review of this and had planned to say the same thing…more personal history than I had expected. Also, thanks for the list from npr! 1mo
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Wow, the October #20in4 readathon snuck up on me. I bought an illustrated Kindle book on sale today, called Ghostly Tales. I'll probably read that along with a few remaining Halloween picture books from the library, to squeeze in some more #scarathlon points. @Andrew65

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#Scarathlon #TeamSlaughter Week 4 Bonus Game

The words written in pencil were the ones I initially got stuck on and finally figured out today! 🎃😂

@Clwojick

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My books completed in October for the #192025 challenge:

Publication Years Read:
2013, 2008, 2007, 2005, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1995, 1987, 1982, 1974, 1972, 1962, 1952

🎃 #Scarathlon related reading, especially The Worst Witch series helped this month. (No picture books were used for this challenge.) Now I just need to update my printed journal list sometime.

@Librarybelle #October2022 (Not shown: The Worst Witch to the Rescue #6, Pub Date 2007)

Librarybelle Woohoo! Such great progress! 1mo
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My November #Bookspin #Doublespin List:
1) Life Among the Piutes
2) Fantastic Fungi
3) Braiding Sweetgrass
4) Letters of Jane Austen
5) Picture Book
6) To School Through the Fields
7) Book set in US
8) Life Among the Piutes
9) Comfort Read
10) Braiding Sweetgrass
11) Letters of Jane Austen
12) Fantastic Fungi
13) To School Through the Fields
14) Library Freebie
15) A Bear Called Paddington
16) - 20) HOOPLA

@TheAromaofBooks

Ann_Reads Sorry, my list is a little repetitive. After the unusually fast reading pace for #scarathlon (for me anyways) I need to dial it back some in November. Whew! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1mo
Ann_Reads #Bookspin number: 19 HOOPLA #Doublespin number: 9 Comfort Read (edited) 1mo
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rubyslippersreads That‘s the creepiest picture of a cat I‘ve ever seen. 😹 1mo
Ann_Reads That is pretty creepy. Yikes. 1mo
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During October, I read this entire series by Jill Murphy, including the newest book called The Worst Witch and the Wishing Star. The protagonist, Mildred Hubble means well but often finds herself in trouble at Miss Cackle's Academy. The stories aren't as sophisticated as Harry Potter but I really enjoyed them. My one quibble is they are a bit formulaic and Mildred never seems to learn some common sense & zip it around her nemesis, Ethel Hallow.

Ann_Reads The series ends on a good note though and it is a definite pick for me. Great lighter reading choices for #scarathlon2022.

#teamslaughter #witches #magic #witchathon @MDM139
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DivineDiana I actually just found out about this series. Watching the Netflix adaptation, and I find it an enjoyable Halloween watch. 1mo
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Witch on Cover - The Worst Witch
Set at Night - Ghost, Afraid of the Night
Orange on Cover - Trip to the Pumpkin Farm
Set on Halloween - Halloween Hustle
Free - Northanger Abbey
Magic - Tales of Beedle the Bard
Sisterhood of Witches - The Worst Witch at Sea
Scary Book to Movie - The Birds
Mystery Square (Prior Host Fav) - We've Always Lived in the Castle - murder mystery
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#Scarathlon #TeamSlaughter #BingoBlackout - 100 pts

PageShifter Where do you find books for host favorite? I tried to ask them books that fit that prompt through IG but got never answer 🤔 1mo
Ann_Reads @PageShifter I couldn't find a host answer either so I plugged in a popular book someone suggested to use for that prompt. Unfortunately I didn't bookmark the user's post so now I don't recall who it was or where they got their host info. Maybe just pick a popular Halloween book or book about witches? I just noticed LibrarianRyan has the bingo card listed in posts but I cannot quite read the (printed) title used for that square. Maybe ask? (edited) 1mo
Ann_Reads @PageShifter I asked on LibrarianRyan's post, just in case someone has the answer. I'm guessing this is going to remain the 'mystery square' though. After thinking on it this morning, I just decided to rename that square. That simplifies things and seems fair/appropriate given the situation. (My apologies to the host though for altering the bingo board. I do wish there was a link-back listed to help us in this type of situation.) 1mo
Ann_Reads Just a note: Please don't repost this bingo board, as it has been altered from the original. Thank you. 🎃🙂 1mo
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October 24th 🎃🎃🎃
(Playing catch-up)
#OctoberDailyDoodles- Vampire
#ScarathlonDailyPrompts - Lies
#Scarathlon2022 #TeamSlaughter

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Northanger Abbey | Jane Austen
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I enjoyed reading this with the #Pemberlittens, although I did finish early with an audio version. For the remaining days of the buddy read, I'm going to backtrack and read the chapters in my annotated ebook. Thank you @sprainedbrain for hosting and posting all those fun memes!

Also counting Northanger Abbey for the #31x31 readathon, since is has 31 chapters. Thank you @CatsandBooks for hosting.

#scarathlon #teamslaughter 8 hours x 10=80 pts

sprainedbrain It is so hard for me to stick to chapter a day! Glad you enjoyed this one. ❤️ 1mo
Catsandbooks 🙌🏼 perfect!! ❤️ (edited) 1mo
Ann_Reads Using the correct tag might help. #31by31 🙂🙃 1mo
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#BookSpinBingo blackout for October #Scarathlon2022 #TeamSlaughter
(Points to be added to my Week 4 total. My Hoopla picks were from “The Worst Witch series by Jill Murphy, which I really enjoyed reading!)
@Clwojick

@TheAromaofBooks Thanks for hosting.

IndoorDame 🙌🥳 🎉 1mo
CaitZ That deserves a celebration! 🎉🎉🎉 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Fabulous month!!! 1mo
Ann_Reads @IndoorDame @CaitZ @TheAromaofBooks - How kind! Thank you all.🌻 1mo
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Scored | Sloane Howell
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Week 3 Points Tally: 1275 total
#TeamSlaughter #Scarathlon @Clwojick

Goals for Week 4:
🎃Finish reading Still Life, The Crayons: Trick or Treat, The Pumpkin Prize, The Leaf Thief
🎃Watch remaining Simpson's Treehouse of Horror Episodes + Halloween DVDs
🎃Bucket List ???
🎃Team Game Wk 4
🎃Tally Bingo Cards

bthegood good job 1mo
Clwojick Awesome! Way to go! ☠ 1mo
Ann_Reads @bthegood @Clwojick Thank you. 🙂 🖤 1mo
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#OutstandingOctober
@Andrew65 Thank you so much for hosting! 🍁🎃
#TeamSlaughter - 110 points
@Clwojick 🕷🕸

Andrew65 Brilliant 👏👏👏🙌🥳🍾🥂😍 Thanks for playing along. And thanks ♥️ 1mo
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