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MittenGirlPeach

MittenGirlPeach

Joined March 2020

Camper, dreamer, reader, swimmer. Mostly retired book compositor living in Michigan‘s Irish Hills. Easily amused feminist.
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I have curling on the tee vee and my morning is sorted! There was indeed a bookmark in the box, @AmyK1 . It was mostly hidden beneath the socks in my group pic and I missed mentioning it! Fall blew into Michigan yesterday, so those socks will be worn soon. 36 F earlier this morning.

AmyK1 Yay! I know there was a lot of packing material so glad it didn‘t get missed. It‘s finally feeling like fall here too after it was 96 yesterday (I‘m from MI so know how quickly it can get cold up there!) 5d
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The Thirteenth Tale | Diane Setterfield
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My goodness, @AmyK1 , you‘ve outdone yourself! I love that you‘ve read and enjoyed most of the books you chose and that you included comments! The one I tagged sounds perfect for the season. Cheese straws and ghiradelli: what can I say: They hit the bullseye for me. Th socks are just right: they fit perfectly. The tea and the mug will be used tomorrow, and I‘m a writer and a journaler, so 💅 to the notebook and stickers! @Avanders #fffs

AmyK1 I‘m so glad you like everything! I had a great time shopping for you. There should have been a bookmark in there too… 6d
Avanders 🍁🍂♥️🫶🏽 love that mug! 5d
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The pre-opening! One of my favorites parts. Ahhhh I love Litsy and Litsy swaps!

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Pete the Cat Falling for Autumn | James Dean, Kimberly Dean
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My swap partner was so prompt and amazing that I received this package the end of August! I put it away so I wasn‘t tempted and only saw who my swap partner is today. Can‘t wait to open it tomorrow, @AmyK1 ! #FFFS @Avander

AmyK1 So glad you got it okay! 7d
Avanders 👏🏽👏🏽🍁🍂♥️ 6d
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My #fallingintofall swap package has shipped! Ahhhh. I always want them to be perfect. I hope my secret swap likes what I chose. #fffs

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Hallowe'en Party | Agatha Christie
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My first group of answers for the very fun #HauntedHollowSwap! I have a confession: I‘m not a big fan of scary stuff, I don‘t watch many movies at all, let alone horror, and it‘s not a genre I read very often. But I love the Fall season and the holiday overall, and I‘m very excited about this swap! #HHS22 #HHS @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn We love all levels of fright, from none to 11. 👻🖤🙌🏻 3w
Avanders Hiya — following up on #fffs - can you confirm it was sent? I think you said you were going to send a while back — just making sure ☺️🍁🍂♥️🎃 2w
MittenGirlPeach @Avanders it has shipped! Whew. Looking forward to opening day! 1w
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#libraryhaul, summer version! I hope all my fellow littens are doing well this summer. Despite the big picture, it‘s been a good one in the Irish Hills of Michigan. Great weather, great friends, great books. I‘ve been reading a lot, but not posting for some reason. That changes now! A plethora of posts are upcoming.

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Book Lovers | Emily Henry
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Wow, @Catsandbooks , what a terrific box of #sliceofsummer goodies! I had a hard time getting it all in one picture. I had coffee in bed & opened my box this morning. What a great way to start the day. The snacks & drinks are perfect, & the glass is so summery and lovely. And I love drinkware, especially with straws! The wee pots! Seeds! A perfect candle . . . I was smiling so big as I unwrapped everything. And the books are perfect summer reads.

MittenGirlPeach And a special shout-out to the tea towels. I collect them, and these are beautiful. I use them on my bedside table, and I change them weekly. I tend to collect stacks of books and candles and journals and drinkware beside me as it‘s where I prefer to read, so I need to go through it weekly! Thank you so much for everything. @Catsandbooks 3mo
Catsandbooks I'm so glad you like everything! I had such fun shopping and making things for you! I hope you have a wonderful summer!! 💕☀️ 3mo
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Summertime | Raffaella Barker
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My package arrived safe and sound this week @Catsandbooks , and yours has shipped via FedEx for Saturday delivery. I had it in my head that tomorrow is opening day, which doesn‘t surprise me cuz I‘ve been behind all month. I woke up thinking it was still June! I‘ll wait until you get yours to open mine! #sliceofsummer

Catsandbooks OK thank you so much! I'll be on the lookout! 3mo
Catsandbooks The box arrived! Omg it's huge! 😱 I'll open it soon! 3mo
MittenGirlPeach @Catsandbooks Whew and yay! I hope you enjoy the goodies. I‘ll open mine when we get home! 3mo
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The Darkness | Ragnar Jonasson
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My May #Bookspin! A nice mix I‘m looking forward to reading. Eddy Charcoal approves.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 5mo
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Of Ink and Sea | Clarissa Kae
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Ahhh, so many wonderful goodies in my #BeltaneBox from @DinoMom ! And yes, that is a gorgeous scarf on the bottom. I really appreciate the informative note you included too. The book is perfect, as are the candles and crystals, and I LOVE the spoon. I‘m wearing the flower to our weekly euchre date with our besties this afternoon. It IS Beltane / May Day after all! Thanks to @Chrissyreadit and @sprainedbrain for another lovely swap.

Chrissyreadit 😍💚🌹💚😍 5mo
DinoMom I am glad you like it. I was hoping the flowers wouldn‘t be too squished after going through the post. 5mo
sprainedbrain Lovely! ❤️ 5mo
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Of Ink and Sea | Clarissa Kae
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Look at this beautiful #BeltaneBox package! @DinoMom did such a lovely job putting it together.

sprainedbrain 😍 5mo
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Happy Beltane from southern Michigan. It rained heavily overnight, and the birds are singing this morning. High of 65 today! Last week we still had highs in the 40s and lows in the 20s, so it was a chilly April. But now it‘s May! Only my big back bed remains to be burned off. Spring is here.

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Ahhhhh, Spring in Michigan. But May is coming! And in that vein, one of your packages for the #BeltaneBox has shipped, @DebinHawaii ! It was drop-shipped from Valley City, Ohio, and the hashtag should be on the box. The shop name is Katie Mae Naturals. More to come!

Chrissyreadit 🎉🥳❤️ 5mo
DebinHawaii Thank you! 🤗I‘ll be on the lookout! 5mo
DebinHawaii It arrived yesterday (Friday) & is set aside. Thank you! 🤗 To @Chrissyreadit and @sprainedbrain I‘ll post a pic when the other arrives. 5mo
MittenGirlPeach @DebinHawaii yayyyy! Very glad to hear this. The rest of the swap is coming to you this week. It should be two boxes from Amazon, arriving tomorrow and Tuesday. Apologies for it not all coming from me; I much prefer to pack it all myself; way more fun! But I was concerned about it being on time. 5mo
Chrissyreadit Did your Beltane box arrive? 5mo
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A simply wonderful #poetryswap package, @Bookwormjillk ! I‘ll be treating myself to the coffee and biscotti in the morning. And I‘ve been wanting to read Joy Harjo for some time; it‘s a perfect choice. Another fabulous swap, @TheBookHippie and @Chrissyreadit !

TheBookHippie I love this little poetry swap!!! It‘s so fun!!! Enjoy your read! 5mo
Chrissyreadit 🥳❤️😍 5mo
Bookwormjillk I‘m glad you like it! Thanks for waiting to open with me. 5mo
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Your package is on its way, @Bookwormjillk ! I forgot to take a pic of the package, but it‘s scheduled to arrive by Thursday. I did take a pic of our pretty but chilly sunrise. @Chrissyreadit @TheBookHippie

TheBookHippie It‘s ridiculously cold 😝 and 🎉🎉🎉🎉poetry! 6mo
Bookwormjillk Sounds good! I‘m out of town but will get it when I get back! 6mo
Chrissyreadit So pretty! 6mo
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MittenGirlPeach It‘s been one chilly April in Michigan, hasn‘t it? But it will be warm soon. The sunshine yesterday and this morning was soooo appreciated. 6mo
TheBookHippie @MittenGirlPeach we had thunderstorms 😅😝 however we have a bit of sun currently! Yay! 6mo
MittenGirlPeach @Bookwormjillk it was delivered today, so it will be waiting for you! 6mo
Bookwormjillk @MittenGirlPeach yay! I‘ll ask a neighbor to bring it in. 6mo
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The Secret Garden 100th Anniversary | Frances Hodgson Burnett
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My current and final March #BookSpin read (tagged) and my April list. In the end I read five books in March, and finished on a high note. The penultimate book, yet to be reviewed, was terrific. Some of the others were a freaking SLOG. 🤷🏻‍♀️

MittenGirlPeach 10. Little shop of found things; 20. Other side of the coin. 6mo
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This was my #BookSpin! It‘s a lovely deep dive into an American history spanning the 19th and 20th centuries, and one woman‘s journey into the extreme cocoon of loneliness that immense wealth brings. My husband bought it for me for Christmas a few years ago, so I checked a book off my shelves! Huguette‘s father, William A. Clark, was born in 1839. Huguette died in 2011. ⬇️

(Monday‘s Sunrise; 17 F. Today: 67 F upcoming!)

MittenGirlPeach The story is interesting and well-told, and Gordon is a wonderfully empathetic biographer. There‘s a lot of background, but it‘s all eminently readable. Four stars. 6mo
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The Sentence | Louise Erdrich
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Good morning, dear littens. I have serious Litsy housekeeping to attend to today. First up, I read both my #BookSpin and my #DoubleSpin this month! Even though I was sh*t at readathons, I got that done.

The Sentence: this might be lengthy, so bear with me. I liked it, I loved some of it, and I was unenthusiastic about some of it. It took me half the book to really care. At that point I finally got sucked in. ⬇️

MittenGirlPeach I love Erdrich‘s work, but I do find it problematic at times. Too opaque? I fully agree that this could be on me. Regardless, by the time it got to the start of the pandemic I was invested, and then it got really good. It felt so TRUE. Everything about that time was spot on. The character of Louise, the bookstore owner (uh huh) is VERY AMUSING, and had some terrific lines, and the book had a madcap caper feel, especially in the beginning. ⬇️ (edited) 6mo
MittenGirlPeach Toward the end we go off on a tangent regarding Laurent that was totally WTF to me. Why on earth was that in there? But by then I was so happy to be finishing I mouthed ‘whatever‘ to myself and went with it. The writing, as always, is gorgeous. The subject is timely. Definitely a pick, glad I read it, glad it‘s finished! 6mo
MittenGirlPeach Finally, I‘ve been drinking my delicious new Ostara coffee from @Chrissyreadit all week. It was such a terrific package. 6mo
Chrissyreadit 😘😘😘😘 6mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 6mo
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I‘ll start with the mug. The mug filled with garden tools! Mugs are special to me. I love coffee. I love my mornings (especially now that I‘m not that busy with freelancing)—leisurely and filled with reading and word games. And I love mugs. Mugs I‘ve been given or mugs I‘ve purchased, but most importantly, memories of where and how I ended up with the coffee receptacle. #springequinoxswap @Chrissyreadit @sprainedbrain

Chrissyreadit Im so glad! 😘😘😘😘I loved a mug tied into gardening! 6mo
AlaMich Cute hedgehog stationery! 6mo
BookBosomed1 @wanderinglynn gifted me the Herbiary gift set, too. Isn‘t it gorgeous? I just love it. 6mo
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MittenGirlPeach @BookBosomed1 it‘s absolutely beautiful! I‘m spending time with it this morning. 6mo
Chrissyreadit What word games do you play? 6mo
MittenGirlPeach @Chrissyreadit I play wordle, quordle, and Semantle, and I usually give the Times crossword a try as well. The first three are part of my morning routine now; really enjoyable! 6mo
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Satan in St Mary's | Paul Doherty
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I wanted to show off the gorgeous package I received from @Chrissyreadit for the #springequinoxswap. I was thinking about what I love so much about the swaps, and it came to me: it‘s the magic. The magic of getting excited about both giving and receiving. The magic within trying to find the right gifts and being so excited to open the gifts someone else so carefully chose. It‘s the best. 🧡

Texreader That‘s beautiful!! 6mo
sprainedbrain I agree completely! This giving is such a gift. ❤️ 6mo
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wanderinglynn Love that wrapping paper! 💜 And I completely agree with you. It is magical. 6mo
Chrissyreadit @wanderinglynn I totally cheated on wrapping paper. I found large dinner napkins I fell in love with and am using them wherever they fit. I May do this for everything because I always see napkins I love 😆 6mo
Chrissyreadit I love your thoughts and wording. I feel the same way 💚 6mo
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Your package is on the way, @erank58 ! It‘s scheduled to arrive on Thursday. #ses #springequinoxswap @Chrissyreadit @sprainedbrain

Chrissyreadit 🎉😘😘🎉 7mo
erank58 So excited for this swap!! 😊 7mo
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It‘s here, @Chrissyreadit ! It actually came last week, in plenty of time. Very excited to open it! #ses #springequinoxswap @sprainedbrain

Chrissyreadit 🎉😘🙌😘🎉 7mo
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My #Bookspin list and books! So. I completely forgot about making a list for March, even though @TheAromaofBooks did her wonderful reminder list and tagged me but still . . . it snuck up. When I saw my notification this morning I postponed the excitement of looking until I MADE MY LIST. This included the adventure of me tracking down a missing book, which I‘ll blather on about later, but for now, TA DA! 👇🏻

MittenGirlPeach My #Bookspin was a Christmas gift from my wonderful husband a few years ago and my #Doublespin was at the top of my TBR stack! Can‘t wait to dive in. 7mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!!! Lots of BookSpin adventures! 😂 7mo
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Last Rituals | Yrsa Sigurdardottir
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I‘m in! Great idea, @DieAReader and @GHABI4ROSES !

I‘m going for TWO bingos on my #BookSpinBingo card! Just started the tagged book last night.

#KickTheSlump

DieAReader Great that you‘re getting in on the fun with us all😉♥️📚 Good luck! 7mo
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Natural Causes | James Oswald
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My #WeekendReading is Natural Causes (tagged); very dark and gruesome, but I‘m enjoying it so far. It‘s hard for me to inhale a book this dark, but I should finish it this weekend. #TartanNoir

Sunset last night! This past week we had a 50F degree day, followed by a night of rain, then sleet, and finally heavy snow for the afternoon/evening, totaling 7 inches. It‘s currently 9F and blowing up a stink out there—coming from the north no less.

Sleepswithbooks Beautiful 💛 7mo
Andrew65 Hope you had a good weekend of reading. 7mo
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Anodyne Necklace | Martha Grimes
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I unabashedly love the Richard Jury series. This installment was sadder to me than the first two were, but that only made it a bit different, not less enjoyable. Aunt Agatha featured more in the first two books, and of course that results in wittily amusing exchanges. The friendship between Jury and Melrose Plant makes me smile; it gives both characters an opportunity to reveal themselves and be less alone. ⬇️

MittenGirlPeach When I started the first book I had no idea that Melrose would become Jury‘s Watson and appear in all the books, so it was a happy discovery. 7mo
MittenGirlPeach The picture is our road last Sunday; lots of sunshine that day! Today we‘ve got clouds and more snow—on top of Friday‘s melting, followed by rain/sleet, then plummeting temps—our road is an icy sheet. Staying in! 📚 and 🥌 7mo
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Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 7mo
TheAromaofBooks Things are finally melting here, but the 2+“ of sleet has turned into solid ice and is taking its sweet time to disappear!!! The roads are fine but everything else is still sooo slippery!!! 7mo
MittenGirlPeach @TheAromaofBooks ughhhhhh! That sounds like what we have, but worse! The dirt roads are an icy mess here. I think we both have warmer temps in the forecast for next week, so that should help. (edited) 7mo
TheAromaofBooks I definitely prefer snow to the sleety ice we got last weekend!! I have a contrary fondness for winter weather, probably because I stay home a lot 😂 7mo
UwannaPublishme Beautiful photo! 7mo
MittenGirlPeach @UwannaPublishme thank you! I love taking pics of our road. 7mo
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This book. This series. Be still my 🧡. I saved this book to read right when Carnival in Quebec City takes place, and I was so glad I did. A perfect winter read, an absorbing mystery, and fascinating history. Of course I‘ve gone down the Champlain rabbit hole. Can‘t recommend this series enough.

And of course I‘m in for the #FabulousFebruary readathon! Goals: Read my #Bookspin, my #Doublespin, and get a bingo.

@Andrew65

kspenmoll My favorite favorite series! 7mo
MittenGirlPeach @kspenmoll it is SO wonderful! I‘ve got the next one on tap for a May read. Can‘t wait. 7mo
Andrew65 A great series. Well done 👏👏👏 7mo
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Stranger Diaries | Elly Griffiths
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Reader, she went out. And was pissed. It was, of course, MY fault she went out. But I digress! This was the aftermath of our 13 inch snow just over a week ago. I‘m guessing that will be the pinnacle of snowstorms for us this winter in south central Michigan, but we‘ve got time to prove me wrong.

The book: I REALLY liked this one. Different from the Galloway series, with various perspectives and a gothic storyline and feel. ⬇️

MittenGirlPeach The perspective of the teenage daughter in particular was fabulous, and the detective at the center, who is not the main character of this story, is terrific. Harbinder is her name, and she‘s the character the series continues with. I have the second book checked out from the library, so it will go on my March #Bookspin list. 7mo
RamsFan1963 Are you watching Matt play tonight? GO STAFFORD!! GO RAMS!! 7mo
MittenGirlPeach @RamsFan1963 ABSOLUTELY! Matthew is my forever quarterback. The game against the Bucs nearly did us in. We were at our weekly euchre game with our besties (also Lions and Stafford fans, of course) and GOD, what a nailbiter. We saw him do that so many times over the years though; I don‘t know why I doubted! 7mo
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RamsFan1963 @MittenGirlPeach Burrows is a local hero, he went to high school in Athens, Ohio which is about 45 minutes from where I live. I'm deep in Bengal territory, but I'm proudly wearing my blue and gold today. 7mo
MittenGirlPeach @RamsFan1963 Good for you! The Bengals and Joe are very likable, but it‘s still Rams & Stafford all the way here! 7mo
RamsFan1963 @MittenGirlPeach Even if the Rams weren't my team, I'd be rooting for Stafford. He deserves his Superbowl moment. Burrows will be in more future Superbowls 7mo
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Afternoon update on the snow situation in southern Michigan, and catching up on January reviews. I like this series, and I enjoyed the second installment in it. This series isn‘t in my top tier (Gamache, Lynley, Serailler, for example), but it‘s very enjoyable. The writing can feel a little clunky at times, as in “and then they ate a sandwich” clunky. It‘s not seamless in how information is imparted. 👇🏻

MittenGirlPeach But I really like Matilda and the mysteries are engrossing and keep me guessing. I‘ve got the third book in my TBR stacks. I‘ve been able to find them used via Amazon; my library doesn‘t carry them. The advantage to buying books is being able to share them! I sent a number home with my brother after his New Year‘s visit. 8mo
MittenGirlPeach The picture was taken this afternoon from our back deck. I just thought it was a pretty composition. The snow is still falling here, so we‘ll see what tomorrow looks like. We‘re on a dirt road, and since it rained all last night (ugh) then froze and snowed, it‘s treacherous out there, despite the plows having been through. Another good reading and watching curling day is in store for tomorrow! 8mo
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Sanatorium | Sarah Pearse
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What I‘m reading, my #Bookspin and my #Doublespin!

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Stranger Diaries | Elly Griffiths
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And so it begins! A great day to finish the tagged read (very fun; I have the second book checked out from the library too) and get started on my #Bookspin!

TheBookHippie It‘s quite nasty here 😝❄️🥶 8mo
MittenGirlPeach @TheBookHippie I bet! I took that pic about 8 am when I got up; we‘re forecast for a foot plus, so I‘ll continue to update! ⛄️🧡 8mo
TheBookHippie @MittenGirlPeach I love the weather man “but of course on the lake …” aka you‘re screwed 😂🥶❄️ 8mo
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MittenGirlPeach @TheBookHippie you get extra snow AND wind! We‘ve had no snow to speak of at all up until now, which is becoming more and more common, of course. But it‘s starting to become heavy out there, so we‘ll see! 8mo
TheBookHippie @MittenGirlPeach We already had a couple of feet we are just adding to it! The wind is NO JOKE. They just told high schoolers not to leave for lunch it's too treacherous. Why we had school is beyond me. The drive home is gonna be white knuckled AGAIN!! OY. I hear lots of parts of MI are seeing way more than they ever did! 8mo
TheAromaofBooks Ooooo nice!!! We are currently getting bucketloads of rain (SE of Columbus OH) with incredibly vague information as to when it's going to switch to ice and then switch to snow... nothing like being give a range of somewhere between 0 and .75“ of ice and somewhere from 1-8“ of snow 😑 Usually the more wound up they are the less we get, so I'll be surprised if anything happens haha 8mo
TheBookHippie They‘re sending us home early 🤦🏻‍♀️❄️🥶 8mo
SRWCF And I'm just over here in southwestern Idaho saying, "Snow, where you at?" ? 8mo
MittenGirlPeach @TheBookHippie that‘s something at least, but why have it at all?!!!! Argh. Drive safely! 8mo
MittenGirlPeach @TheAromaofBooks ughhhh. Rain and ice are the worst. Depressing and treacherous and it‘s cold regardless! Much rather have snow. 8mo
MittenGirlPeach @SRWCF yikes! We had a few inches on the ground here, but it‘s been a very snowless winter so far. Until now! 8mo
SRWCF @MittenGirlPeach We still have some snow on the ground from a mild storm a few weeks ago, but it hasn't even snowed at the ski resorts recently. This weather has been cray-cray lately! 8mo
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The Old Fox Deceived | Martha Grimes
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I love, love, love this series. So witty, so much fun. I‘ve got the third installment on my February #Bookspin list!

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One by One | Ruth Ware
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I‘m way behind on reviews and checking in with Litsy, and it‘s high time I caught up! So, this was my #Doublespin, and I really enjoyed it. I don‘t read many standalone thrillers for whatever reason (I guess I prefer to spend time with the same characters?) but this was a gift in my #bestof2021 swap box from @MaleficentBookDragon and boy it was a terrific pick. My first Ruth Ware! Perfect for snowy, cold, January! @TheAromaofBooks

MittenGirlPeach I took this pic last night. The calm before the storm? 8mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 💜 8mo
MittenGirlPeach @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you! Grey skies tonight; ❄️ soon! 8mo
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Are you also scheduled for a lot of weather? They are being quite vague as to how much rain/ice/snow we are going to get, but right now they are saying a half inch of ice! 😬 I'd much rather have the snow! 8mo
MittenGirlPeach @TheAromaofBooks we‘re in the 12-16 inches forecast, the heaviest swath, and since we don‘t have to go out in it we‘re really looking forward to it! We‘ve had so little snow this winter; this will probably be our only big storm. I‘ll post pictures as the storm progresses! 8mo
TheAromaofBooks Oh I'm so jealous!!! I honestly love snow, and those times when you can just cozy right down and watch it happen are the BEST! I saw that Detroit was looking at the possibility of a top-5-of-all-time-storm-snowfall and even just an hour or so north of here is in the 8-12“ band, but we'll probably just get ice with a dusting of snow on it like usual lol Can't wait to see your pics!!! 8mo
MittenGirlPeach @TheAromaofBooks I feel exactly the same about winter! It‘s starting with rain as predicted right now; I‘ll be up early to chronicle the progress! 8mo
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Snowblind | Ragnar Jaonasson
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I‘m in for #JoyousJanuary! I‘m starting with finishing the tagged book, which I‘m definitely enjoying. Then it‘s on to my first Ruth Ware. My goal is two bingoes and seven books! @Andrew65

Andrew65 Good luck 😊👍 8mo
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The Unquiet Dead: A Novel | Ausma Zehanat Khan
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My #Bookspin for January has been read! Definitely a pick. Maybe 3.5 or 4/5. I like the main characters a lot, and the central mystery was compelling. The setting in the Toronto area was a definite plus. The historical parts of the mystery, set during the Bosnian War, were really difficult reading, and some of the characterizations of women were rather judgmental, but all in all a solid debut. I‘m definitely continuing with the series.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 8mo
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I waited months to read the next installment in the Lynley/Havers mysteries so I could read it in January, and I wasn‘t disappointed. I love George‘s writing immensely, but it‘s the detail and the psychological terrain she traverses that mesmerizes me. A wonderful series, and a terrific book. Not as much Havers in this one though, and she was missed.

First #BookspinBingo read for January.

Wednesday‘s sunrise!

AmyG Beautiful 8mo
MittenGirlPeach @AmyG Thank you! I love taking sunrise and sunset pics. 8mo
AmyG So does my husband. I get it. 8mo
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The Unquiet Dead: A Novel | Ausma Zehanat Khan
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Hmmmm. Reading goals or resolutions: Read 150 books and achieve @Andrew65 ‘s #20in4 at least once! 😉

Word of the year: active. I‘m too sedentary in the things I love to do.

I‘m reading the tagged book and very much enjoying it. Solid mystery set in Canada. Unusual characters and themes, including the massacre at Srebrenica.

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A Little Christmas Spirit | Sheila Roberts
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Earlier today my husband said he was putting the Christmas decorations away as it was the 12th day, and I thought “it‘s opening day for the #LittleChristmasSwap! I‘m thrilled with all of it, @quietjenn ! In fact, I‘m having some of the trail mix with tea RIGHT NOW. Fun fact: I‘d forgotten I listed that book, so I was both pleased AND surprised! The best combination. Thanks again, and thanks for another lovely swap, @bookish_wookish !

quietjenn Ah, I'm so pleased to hear that. I hope you enjoy it all! Cheers to you and best wishes for the new year. 9mo
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My #BookSpin list for January! I just finished it a few minutes ago. WHEW. I had to add the book I‘m in the midst of to the 21st slot because it‘s the 2nd already! (How did this HAPPEN?) The final four will probably be free squares this month.

New book journal!

MittenGirlPeach I‘m trying something new this year: two books need to come from my shelves. I generally get most of my books from the library, but of course I receive many as gifts, and those are going unread too often! And of course I‘ve fallen in love with swaps, thus more terrific books that I own. 9mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 9mo
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The Sanatorium | Sarah Pearse
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You outdid yourself, @MaleficentBookDragon ; so many great gifts! I‘ve never read any of the books, and they‘re indeed perfect for a frozen January! Ruth Ware has been on my radar for awhile too. Coffee and biscotti or a sweet in bed with my book journal is my morning routine, and my pen addiction is even being fed! The socks are awesome, and I love the pins and magnet. AND THE HAT! My colors, perfect fit. Could not have done better. Happy 2022!

candority What a great package! 😊👏 9mo
MaleficentBookDragon Oh great! I was hoping you‘d like everything. Enjoy the frozen thrillers. 9mo
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One by One | Ruth Ware
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The anticipation builds! So many good things to open in my #bestof2021 box !

We had my brother & nephew here for our annual New Years get-together this weekend, and of course we missed 2020, so it was extra special. We also lost my sister-in-law last March, so it was extra emotional. I realized after they‘d left this morning I had my beautiful swap box to open, and here we are!

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I had plans to do this readathon, but so far I‘m not making much headway! Regardless, I‘ll see what I can do. My original goal was to finish the tagged book, and read two others to finish out my December BookSpin. But my brother & nephew will be here this afternoon for the first time in two years, so it will be adult beverage and football time when they arrive! They‘re leaving Sunday morning though, so we‘ll see. #20in4 @Andrew65

Andrew65 Good luck, and Happy New Year 😊👍 9mo
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A Little Christmas Spirit | Sheila Roberts
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Swaps cleanup!

My #bestof2021 package arrived last week, @MaleficentBookDragon , and your second package tracking tells me it arrived on Christmas Eve. So you should have both boxes!

Your #littlechristmasswap should arrive on Monday, @iread2much ! Naturally I managed to forget to put the hashtag on the box, but it‘s coming to you from Brooklyn, Michigan.

The sodden green before the snow predicted for tomorrow . . .

iread2much Yay! Thank you! 9mo
MaleficentBookDragon I got both of them thank you! 9mo
candority Woohoo! 9mo
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The Black Tower | P. D. James
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Another square crossed off for December #BookSpinBingo, and another satisfying P.D. James. This mystery could have been a standalone novel, and a fine one, but it also dragged a bit, especially in the beginning. Adam did *not*, amazingly, figure things out with chapters to go and tell us so, but then he *was* convalescing. Looking forward to reading more of the series next year.

A dusting of snow this morning . . .

TheAromaofBooks Yes, one must make allowances for poor health 😂 9mo
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Christmastime | Alison Jay
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Merry Christmas from the mitten, dear littens! It‘s a balmy 52 here today, and as you can see, quite green. But it‘s been a lovely Christmas so far, and it will continue this afternoon: euchre and foodstuffs with our bffs. Good cheer and good health to all!

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Another fabulous series I discovered this year. It‘s an exceptionally literary mystery series with an unusual detective at the center. The mystery itself was a good one, with certain aspects made clear from the beginning, but the ending was VERY unexpected. Another book crossed off my #BookSpinBingo list!

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My bedside table ready for Christmas. The bedroom is my favorite spot to read.

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 9mo
tracey38 I used the same bookworm planner this year. 😊 9mo
MittenGirlPeach @tracey38 someone (maybe you?) posted late last year that you always used a book planner from the Etsy shop “peanut butter taco,” and I looked into them and fell in love. During the year I bought three of them, two for swaps and one for me for 2022. I used the bibliophile2021 this past year, and I liked it, but I love this one so much, and buying from small shops is awesome. And the shop is in the Detroit area, so even better! 9mo
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A Room Full of Bones | Elly Griffiths
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I‘m cleaning up my reviews! Another fine installment in the Ruth Galloway series. This was a bit unique in that Harry & Ruth weren‘t actually the ones investigating the mystery, but rather Harry‘s team. I especially like Judy, and will be interested to see how she evolves. And of course Cathbad is a terrific character. The next installment is a summer read, but it‘s on my list!

Sunset the day after the Solstice . . .

TheSpineView Love the series! 9mo
MittenGirlPeach @TheSpineView I‘m so glad I started reading it! I love the setting too. 9mo
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For Reasons Unknown | Michael Wood
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A terrific first book in a new series for me. Matilda is a bit of a grieving mess, but she‘s got wonderful loved ones and a good team overall. And the mystery is *really* good. A cold case that comes to life. No I did not see the end coming. Highly recommended. And it was my #doublespin! @TheAromaofBooks

I loved the light on this pic I took the other night.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! And I like the light, too - it almost looks like you are underwater or something! 9mo
MittenGirlPeach @TheAromaofBooks we have LED strip lights around the window, and I thought the green glow was underwater/otherworldly too! By the way, I‘ve started yet another Dalgliesh. Ha. P.D. can definitely write. The next two after this are set in the Fall, so I‘ll have a break before I read them! (edited) 9mo
TheAromaofBooks I love your system of reading them seasonally! That's such a fun idea. 9mo
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Happy #jolabokaflodswap day to all, and especially @Chili for the lovely gifts and @MaleficentBookDragon for a terrific swap. I‘d forgotten I wanted this book, so it was a splendid surprise! It‘s such a perfect choice for the season. And Cadbury‘s is my favorite; I‘m in heaven. I‘m having coffee in bed opening presents right now, and since we‘re staying close to home for Christmas I have ALL DAY to read. Ahhhh.

JamieArc Sounds wonderful! Happy Jolabokafloding! 9mo
Chili Enjoy! Happy Reading!! 9mo
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