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Lynnsoprano

Lynnsoprano

Joined July 2016

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I mailed my #LittleChristmasSwap package this morning and had one arrive this afternoon. Thanks, @Avanders I can‘t wait to open it, but of course I will! I also realized that opening day is the day we return from the trip we‘re taking to celebrate our 50th anniversary. So don‘t be surprised if it‘s late in the day until I post my opening.

Avanders Yay!! 🎄🌺 And happy anniversary!! 🥂🥂 8h
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Closing the box and heading to the post office now!
#LittleChristmasSwap

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#WinterGames2021 #FestivePhotoChallenge #TeamGameSleighers My favorite reading chair, a plushy holiday throw, and a Christmas read for #bookandchill

slategreyskies At first, I thought that was a kitchen towel. Then I saw the book and noticed the size. Haha 😂 I love it! 5d
Lynnsoprano @slategreyskies I‘m lucky my grandson hasn‘t confiscated it. It‘s really soft, and he loves to curl up with it. 4d
wordslinger42 I love cozy throws like that! 4d
Clwojick Cozy! 4d
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A Cedar Cove Christmas | Debbie Macomber
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Another try at a holiday novel, and I know I haven‘t read this one before. This volume is actually two books- the tagged one and 1225 Christmas Tree Lane. Now all I need is a cup of cocoa.

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I‘m definitely in the mood for a holiday read, and picked this up at the library, only to realize that I‘ve already read it 😱 Fortunately, I picked up another!

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The Bells | Richard Harvell
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#WinterGames2021 #FestivePhotoChallenge #teamgamesleigh The closest I could get to #silverbells — the handbells at the school where i taught. I didn‘t know anything about handbells when I started teaching the class, but I fell in love with them.

slategreyskies I used to play in a handbell choir. So cool!! 🔔 ❤️!! 5d
Susanita I love handbells! 5d
StayCurious Very cool! 5d
Reggie There is this commercial for Amazon where this family is playing handbells and the song is Take on Me. So cute. And also, my second grade teacher Mrs.Martin was in a handbell choir at the Methodist church. It was real neat when they gave concerts. 5d
Clare-Dragonfly I love handbells! I miss playing (in elementary school)! 5d
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#WinterGames2021 #FestivePhotochallenge #TeamGameSleigh #RedandWhite Red and white bells on my Christmas tree.

StayCurious Pretty! This might also count for our #ornamenthunt and bring you more points 6d
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#wintergames2021 #teamgamesleigh #FestivePhotoChallenge #RedandGreen

Not book related, but the snifter on my piano filled with red and green ornaments.

StayCurious Lovely! 1w
Lynnsoprano @StayCurious Question since I‘ve never done this before. Do I add the points to the spreadsheet? Or do you? 1w
StayCurious @Lynnsoprano I‘ll post a reminder once a week. You then create a points update post and tag me, and I add you to our team total 1w
Lynnsoprano @StayCurious Thanks! My schedule for December has just been blown out of the water, but I‘m determined to participate as much as I can. Got to the library today and stocked up on Christmas books 😄 1w
Cathythoughts Very pretty 7d
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The Dinosauria | David B. Weishampel, Peter Dodson, Halszka Osmlska
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Free to a good home: we cleaned out bookcases last week before we had painters in, and hubby decided this was not a something he wanted to keep. If anyone is interested, let me know. We‘ll be glad to send it your way.

Avanders Ooh cool! My little guy loves dinosaurs… is it like an encyclopedia of dinosaurs? 👍🏽 3w
Lynnsoprano @Avanders It‘s really an academic reference that‘s incredibly detailed. Even my husband found it overwhelming. However, he does have a really great book that would probably work for your young one. I‘ll dig it up and tag you. 3w
Avanders Ooooh funny — ok thanks! ☺️ 3w
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1. The flowers of Colville‘s Glory tree from the botanical garden last week.
2. The podiatrist said I may get out of the boot on my foot in 6 weeks rather than 8.
3. The opportunity to make music with good friends on a weekly basis, and my husband, who knows exactly when I need to laugh, like when I realize I‘ve done this as a review and not a blurb🤣
#wondroudWednesday

Eggs Good news 🦶👍🏼📚 3w
Crazeedi Beautiful, and I hope you are healing well Lynn, I know how much patience it takes! 3w
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This is, at heart, a character-driven story about friendship and the roles others play in our lives. I thoroughly enjoyed it. There‘s no mystery, parts of the plot are predictable, but it was a feel-good read. The author has included numerous actual WWII recipes and a breakdown of what an individual‘s ration was in Britain, which is quite a revelation. Definitely recommend.

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📖 Tagged
🌻Being at the botanical garden where I volunteer and seeing so much beauty.
🤦‍♀️ When my bookmark falls out or I accidentally close my book before I have the bookmark in place.
#thoughtfulThursday

MoonWitch94 Thanks for playing 🍂📖✨ 4w
BookDragon007 Currently reading American Gods-Neil Gaiman. My friends made me smile when we caught up over a birthday dinner 😊. My biggest pet peeve while reading is someone who takes it as an invitation to start a conversation 😑 4w
Crazeedi Hey there my friend, just wanted to pop by and say I'm glad you're part of #TeamGameSleighers . It's a bit crazy, but I just try the best I can. It's a lot of fun 3w
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We stopped at the library so hubby could drop off a book. I was under control-I only brought one home 😂

ValerieAndBooks Looks good— just placed an e-book hold on this from my library! About three weeks wait time. 1mo
Lynnsoprano @ValerieAndBooks It‘s interesting so far. It starts with a listing of an individual‘s ration, which is sobering. 4w
wabisim @ValerieAndBooks Not sure when it started or how long it lasts, but I just bought this book in Kindle version for $2.99. 🙂 3w
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Going to give this a try. The premise sounds very interesting.

Crazeedi I am interested in your thoughts on this one! 1mo
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Lilac Girls: A Novel | Martha Hall Kelly
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I‘m not sure exactly how I feel about this book. It‘s well written, an interesting story based on real people and events. I guess it‘s that I have a lot of ambivalence about how it ends. The best description I can think of is “messy,” but then real life often is messy. It‘s a reminder that there aren‘t always clear resolutions, and mixed emotions emotions are real. This is probably the most realistic WWII novel I‘ve read and I recommend.

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Lilac Girls: A Novel | Martha Hall Kelly
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🎃 3 books going: tagged book plus The Shift and The Invention of Nature
🎃 music rehearsal Saturday, then first live performance at our church in a year and a half on Sunday. Excited!
🎃 good friends
#wondrousWednesday

Eggs Oh great🙌🏻🙌🏻 #2!!! 1mo
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Lilac Girls: A Novel | Martha Hall Kelly
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I borrowed this from my daughter-in-law, even before she‘s read it, so I really need to get this back to her. Besides, I haven‘t read a WWII novel in what, two weeks, I‘m way overdue 🤣🤣

kspenmoll This is heartbreaking & yet hopeful. (edited) 2mo
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Never thought that the first book club read I‘d ever do would be with a group of Weight Watchers, but it is what it is b

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Telling Tales | Ann Cleeves
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I am so hooked on Ann Cleeves‘ books. This is an interesting mystery that was really hard to put down. I did not figure out the killer. I had it all wrong. And that‘s the genius of the author. Definitely recommend. As good as the Vera tv shows are, the book are even better.

TrishB I‘ve not watched the series but am making my way through the books. Vera is great! 2mo
EvieBee I agree. I love my Vera books! (edited) 2mo
kspenmoll In total agreement with you! I am part way through the Vera series. 2mo
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DGRachel @TrishB I love the TV series. It‘s actually why I started reading the books! 2mo
CarolynM I'm just getting started with Ann Cleeves and I am already hooked! Looking forward to getting to know Vera. 2mo
TrishB @DGRachel I just don‘t watch a lot of telly so haven‘t got to it really! 2mo
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Telling Tales | Ann Cleeves
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With the first front of the year having come through last night, I‘ve brought my book outside for the first time since May. With the breeze and lower humidity, it‘s perfect reading weather.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks My house is 60 degrees!! 🥶 2mo
EvieBee Same here! It‘s wonderful and no pesky flies, either. 2mo
Lynnsoprano @EvieBee I know, I‘m loving it! @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Sorry! I just get so excited when I can be out on the patio for more than 5 minutes and not be drenched in sweat. 2mo
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Telling Tales | Ann Cleeves
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I realized that I hadn‘t posted the book I picked up after bailing on my previous read. This is the second Vera mystery that I‘ve read, and I find it interesting how much of the story so far has focused on other characters and how little on Vera. Of course, I‘m hearing her dialogue in Brenda Blethyn‘s voice 😂

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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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Participating in the #OutstandingOctober readathon, although it is very difficult to get much reading done on weekends during football season 😂 Keeping my expectations low: finishing my current novel, 4 chapters in my current nonfiction read, and keeping up with #dowrtr

Andrew65 Good luck with any reading you get to. 😊👍 2mo
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Lady Clementine | Marie Benedict
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Nope! Hubby and I have a 60-page rule. If we‘re not into book by 60 pages in, that‘s it. This was a non-starter for me. Normally I like first-person narrative, and I get that the MC needs to do plot exposition, but this was heavy-handed. It was already an “oh, poor smart woman being put down/held back by people around her,” and I‘m not in the mood. Maybe another time, but not now.

Blaire I read another book of hers and her writing style did not suit me even though the topic was really interesting. 2mo
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Hubby loved this, and since finishing The Founding Gardeners by the same author, I‘ve been anxious to read it. Starting it today.

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All That We Carried | Erin Bartels
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What a wonderful surprise in my mailbox! Thank you so much, @Crazeedi for the books. I haven‘t read either, and they both look really interesting. You are so sweet 😘 #bookmail

Crazeedi Welcome!! Hope you had good news? Sending a hug❤ 2mo
Lynnsoprano @crazeedi Still waiting. Hugs back at you! ❤️ 2mo
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Lady Clementine | Marie Benedict
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I picked this up at the library the other day, and I‘m anxious to give it a go. I‘ve only read one previous book by the author, which I enjoyed, but I know she has mixed reviews. Mostly interested in this because we visited Churchill‘s war rooms, an underground bunker, when we were in London 4 years ago. Lady Clementine apparently spent considerable time there. I barely lasted 2 hours, it was so claustrophobic!

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I so like this series of historical mysteries. The mysteries themselves are excellent, but the characters really draw me in. Also, the author weaves in the scientific and technological advances of the time in each of the stories. This one concentrated on botany, so it was right up my alley 😄 Well written, I think even if you hadn‘t read the previous books, you could pick up the backstory and still enjoy it.

kspenmoll I love this series too for similar reasons. Great review- I love the photo!!!! 2mo
Butterfinger Are you feeling better? 2mo
Lynnsoprano @kspenmoll Thanks! The photo is from Riverbanks Botanical Garden in Columbia, SC. We stopped on our vacation in July. (edited) 2mo
Lynnsoprano @Butterfinger You are so sweet for asking 😘 Still waiting for biopsy results, and still experiencing the problem that triggered the test. 2mo
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#TwoforTuesday

Thanks for the tag, @Lcsmcat

1. I‘m about 2/3 through the tagged book. Also doing @MoonWitch94 ‘s real time Discovery of Witches read.
2. The tagged book is from a series, and I am so drawn in by the characters.

Consider yourself tagged!

Crazeedi Hi Lynn!!! Hope you are well! 2mo
TheSpineView Sounds good! Thanks for playing! 2mo
Lynnsoprano @Crazeedi Hi, Diane! Hanging in there. Feeling good but waiting for biopsy results. Hope you and your garden are doing well. 2mo
Crazeedi @Lynnsoprano I didn't realize, I'm sorry to her, but sending positive thoughts and my prayer for you tonight 🥰 2mo
MoonWitch94 ✨📖✨💙 2mo
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Thanks to everyone who expressed their concern. I had my medical procedure this morning, it went pretty well. The doctor didn‘t see anything obvious (and he angled the screen so I could see what the camera was showing). Just waiting for the biopsy results, sometime next week. Taking it easy the rest of the day and starting this book. Yet another set in a garden. 💐🌻🥀

MaureenMc 💗🙏💗 2mo
CarolynM 💕 2mo
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I absolutely loved this book with stories in three timelines centered around a garden. It‘s a hard book to describe in just a few words. Sweet, poignant, insightful come to mind. I found myself wrapped up in all three stories, and hated to see the book end. And I want to be in that garden.

TheSpineView So pretty! 💚🏵 2mo
Crazeedi Loved this book 2mo
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#wondrousWednesday
1. Visiting our son and his family to celebrate several family birthdays, including hubby‘s 75th.
2. Toss up between Blue Lightning from the Shetland series, and the book I‘ll finish with tonight or tomorrow, The Last Garden in England.
3. Tough one! Probably Bonnie Brock in the Lady Darby mysteries.
4. Today I‘m grateful for Litten friends holding me up right now, when I really need support. You know who you are 😘

Eggs Hope everything is okay with you and yours - hugs ❤️❤️ 2mo
Lynnsoprano @eggs I posted yesterday and mentioned that I‘m dealing with a medical issue. Could not believe the outpouring of love from so many people. 2mo
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#dowrtr Got myself caught up tonight. I got some unsettling medical results Friday, and am scheduled for a procedure this Friday. It‘s kind of thrown me for a loop, but focusing on reading has helped calm me. I‘m enjoying the pacing of the real time read. I‘ve read and reread this so many times; this makes me slow down and really focus on the action and dialogue.

Librarybelle ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
DGRachel I hope all goes well Friday! 2mo
Jas16 Sending massive amounts of ❤️ 2mo
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annahenke I‘m also enjoying the real time reread. It does make you savor every word. Best wishes on your medical journey! 2mo
Texreader Many prayers to you dear friend! 2mo
NovelGirl82 Sending lots of love and hoping that everything goes well 💚 2mo
Butterfinger Will be thinking of you Friday. 2mo
DivineDiana Sending healing wishes. ❤️ 2mo
DHill Will be thinking of you on Friday. 💗 2mo
Branwen Love you, friend, and thinking of you! 💕 2mo
Megabooks Sending positive vibes💕 2mo
Bookzombie 💕💕 2mo
JessClark78 ❤️❤️ 2mo
SamAnne Sending healing vibes. ❤️❤️ 2mo
MaureenMc 💗💗💗 2mo
Lynnsoprano @Librarybelle @DGRachel @Jas16 @annahenke @Texreader @NovelGirl82 @Butterfinger @DivineDiana @DHill @Branwen @Megabooks @Bookzombie @JessClark78 @SamAnne @MaureenMc Thank you all. It‘s a good lesson to not blow off something that seems minor or to rely on Dr. Google. I went in thinking I had a good idea of what was wrong and a Rx would solve the problem. Nope! I love this community where we feel safe to share and the way we all care. Love you 😘 2mo
MoonWitch94 @Lynnsoprano Oh my! Sending you good thoughts. Hope it goes well for you on Friday 💙 Keep is posted 2mo
Chelsea.Poole Hope all goes well with your procedure! 2mo
slategreyskies Sending hugs and love!! 💕 2mo
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Two new books that involve gardens on my Kindle. I‘m really looking forward to the tagged book, which released today, but since the other has Frederick Law Olmsted as a character, I couldn‘t resist.

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I have drooled over my son‘s copy of this for years, but, since it‘s out of print, I wasn‘t willing to pay the prices I was seeing. But my DIL checked Thriftbooks for me, and the deal was one I couldn‘t refuse. From the library of a community college in CT, it‘s actually in better condition than my son‘s copy😄

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#DOWRTR. Chapter 7.
Conversation over breakfast: “All you have to do is be a good listener. Nobody really wants to keep secrets, not even the dead. People leave clues everywhere, and if you pay attention, you can piece them together.”

Diana is eating a full English breakfast as she says this, which reminds me how I love eating mushrooms and tomatoes with my breakfast when we‘re in England. Best I can do is some quiche left from tonight‘s dinner

slategreyskies My hubby loves full English breakfasts with fried tomatoes as well as so many other things, but I admit that I don‘t make them very often. And I often forget the tomatoes! It‘s just not what I think of when I think of breakfast. Leftover quiche sounds delicious! :) 2mo
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Given how much I love gardens, plus the fact that the Chelsea Flower Show is currently underway, today seems like a perfect time to start this.

annahenke I just purchased this! Let me know how it is! 2mo
Lynnsoprano @annahenke I‘m enjoying it so far! 2mo
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Radar Girls | Sara Ackerman
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An easy read, much lighter than a lot of the WWII fiction I‘ve read the past couple of years. The Women‘s Air Raid Defense was a real group in Hawaii, and the story deals with women who were part of that group. It‘s more a story about relationships and friendship, with mostly likable characters, along with a romance and a minor mystery in the background. Not great literature, but a diverting read.

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Radar Girls | Sara Ackerman
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It‘s a dreary day here. I just got my flu shot, and so it‘s a perfect afternoon to start a new book.

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#TwoforTuesday

1. Blue, any shade

2. I don‘t think so, but I‘m sure my eye is drawn to some covers because of the color.

If you haven‘t played, consider yourself tagged 😄

TheSpineView Thanks for playing and happy Tuesday! 💙📘💙 3mo
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Bistro Cooking | Patricia Wells
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Aside from reading with our granddaughter, one of my favorite parts of visiting our son and his family is raiding their extensive library. One cookbook and one novel, so I was reasonably under control. Also one cookbook ordered from Thriftbooks, since I knew that if I brought my son‘s copy home, I wouldn‘t be able to give it back 😄

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I‘m not rushing through this series because it‘s so good, I want it to last. This is a book that‘s hard to put down, even though I read a review that had a spoiler for a major plot twist. Great mystery, characters, setting, this has it all. But please, folks, hide your spoilers!

Jas16 Great review and totally agree! 3mo
Lynnsoprano @Jas16 Thanks 😊 3mo
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This book is so cute! The rhymes are cute, it teaches colors, and there are sequins on every page, which especially appeals to my granddaughter. She loves anything that sparkles 💖

TiredLibrarian Love her princess top! 👸🏼 3mo
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Animal Hide-and-seek | Jenny Tyler
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One of the many books I‘m reading with my granddaughter this weekend.

Susanita Love her yellow dress! 3mo
rabbitprincess Belle is my fave Disney princess ♥️ 3mo
Lynnsoprano @Susanita @rabbitprincess She is crazy about the Disney princesses, and she has several of the dresses. Her favorite changes by the week? It seems. 3mo
Cathythoughts Adorable 🥰 3mo
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This is hard!
🍁sunflowers
🍁Thanksgiving
🍁pumpkin spice
🍁October
🍁November
I have to include the months because of birthdays —including mine☺️
#thoughtfulThursday

MoonWitch94 Thanks for playing 🍁🌻🍂 3mo
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Radar Girls | Sara Ackerman
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For the first time in forever, hubby and I went to the library and browsed, rather than just pick up holds, so I have an actual #libraryhaul 😄 Now to figure out which to read first.

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The Paris Winter: A Novel | Imogen Robertson
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🌺 Tagged
🌺 Tossup between blueberries and pineapple
🌺 Murder at the Royal Botanic Gardens by Andrea Penrose
🌺 hubby taking me out to lunch 😄
#wondrousWednesday

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The Heron's Cry | Ann Cleeves
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This is so good! I love the Shetland and Vera mysteries, but this may be my favorite Cleeves series. Complex, interesting characters and a very challenging murder mystery. I was completely taken aback to discover the murderer. Now I can‘t wait for the next book.

PhyllisH I‘m looking forward to reading this one. 😊 3mo
Andrew65 Such a great author. 3mo
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The Heron's Cry | Ann Cleeves
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There are only a handful of authors for whom I‘ll pay full Kindle price, rather than waiting until it‘s marked down. Ann Cleeves is one, especially since I loved the first book in this new series. Starting this now.

PhyllisH I‘m the same. I downloaded my Kindle version yesterday. Enjoy!
3mo
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Murder Most Fair | Anna Lee Huber
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I think I like this fifth installment of the Verity Kent series the best so far. In addition to a good murder mystery, we learn so much more about Verity, watch her relationship with Sidney develop, and meet her fascinating family. This one is less dependent on the thread of the previous stories than the last book, which I thought detracted from that one. Huber‘s writing is excellent, as always. Recommend.

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Murder Most Fair | Anna Lee Huber
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Late to the party, but thanks @Eggs for the invite.

1. @Alisnazzy got a promotion, and our grandson is back from spending the summer with his other grandmother in NY.
2. Around here, Thanksgiving if we‘re lucky.
3. Tagged. Just about to start reading it now 😄

MoonWitch94 Thanks for playing 🍁📖🌻 3mo
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