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DebinHawaii

DebinHawaii

Joined March 2016

Voracious reader, book hoarder, and book loving Hawaii food blogger at kahakaikitchen.blogspot.com. Love pairing my reviews with recipes.
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My #BlitsySwap package from @Kdgordon88 arrived this weekend! 🤗 Now it‘s going to be hard to wait until opening day!

Still waiting on a couple of items that I hope to receive this week so I can get my box out. 📦📫

#Blitsy #BlackHistoryMonth #BLS #swap

Kdgordon88 Yay! 1d
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Dark Night: A Mystery | Paige Shelton
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I managed to squeeze in a book this week, the newest in the Alaska Wild series. I do like an Alaska-set book & this series is slightly dark—a famous thriller author is hiding in a small community in Glacier Bay, Alaska after being kidnapped & held by a man who seems connected to her past. This book adds some new information & twists to the story. Beth is a great character, the side characters are interesting & there‘s a dog sled team so bonus⬇️

DebinHawaii … points for that. This is book 3. Start with the first book in the series, tagged below. My only finished book this week for the #JoyousJanuary #readathon (edited) 2d
Suzze Ooh! I have Thin Ice on the shelf! I love a good mystery set in Alaska. Hi Deb!! 2d
DebinHawaii @Suzze Hi There! 🤗 It‘s a good series! 2d
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 24h
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Been pretty MIA this week as work is overwhelming already & then I rolled out a new virtual leadership workshop.

This morning I splurged on brunch delivery of Mexican Street Corn 🥑 toast & an iced oatmilk dirty chai latte. Well worth it. 😋 Tried to read my section for #PemberLittens but got sidetracked, took a nap & then answered #sundaybuddyread discussion questions. Going to try to get back to it, but it‘s definitely a lazy Sunday. 😵

LeahBergen Enjoy your day! 😘 2d
DebinHawaii @LeahBergen Thank you my friend! 🥰 2d
kspenmoll Take a break!!! 2d
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TheBookHippie REST!! 2d
LeeRHarry Ok I‘m intrigued, what makes a chai latte dirty? 🤔 19h
DebinHawaii @LeeRHarry A shot (or shots) of espresso. 😋 18h
LeeRHarry @DebinHawaii ooh I like that 😆 18h
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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Finished the first weekend of the #JoyousJanuary #readathon & did pretty well on my goals. I read about 7 hours total over the 2 days, finished the 2 books I had started (reviews are posted) read & participated in the discussion for my readalongs for #sundaybuddyread & #PemberLittens & started 2 more books. ✔️📚

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Lost Coast Literary | Ellie Alexander
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A sweet little book for people who love books & magical realism & quirky towns on California‘s Lost Coast. Emily is just starting her dream career on her way to being a book editor in NYC when her estranged grandmother dies, leaving her a large Victorian in quirky Cascata. A stipulation of the will is that she must edit a trunk of “forsaken” manuscripts & she is shocked when the changes she makes in the books, play out in the lives of real⬇️

DebinHawaii … people she meets. A quick & charming read. I found myself wanting the story to go on past the ending. A stand-alone, it is a slight departure from the author‘s cozy mysteries but has the same heart & flavor. I received this #ARC from NetGalley & it publishes at the end of March. (edited) 1w
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A enthusiastic pick! I💙this book, the story, the messages, the characters. It gave me all of the feels & with tough workdays, it was great to read a few chapters each night. I held out reading the last 50-ish pages because I wasn‘t ready for it to end. A big MAHALO to @Chrissyreadit for having it on your #NewYearWhoDis list which finally pushed me to buy & read it. Now I may get the audiobook with one of my Audible credits & listen to it. #NYWD

CoffeeNBooks This was one of my favorite books I read in 2021! 1w
Chrissyreadit Yay!!! I have @CBee to thank for encouraging me to read it ❤️ #blameitinlitsy 1w
Yoricke_SouthAfrica One of the most amazing books I read ever, and my favourite book of 2021! 1w
CBee @Chrissyreadit you‘re welcome!! So cool it ended up on your #NYWD list ♥️♥️♥️ 1w
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The Artist Colony: A Novel | Joanna FitzPatrick
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Crashed when I got home from a long week at work & woke at up 2 AM so I figured it was a good time to set my #JoyousJanuary #readathon goals. I‘m going to read my sections for #SundayBuddyRead & #Pemberlittens & finish up The House in the Cerulean Sea for #NewYearWhoDis & my #ARC of Lost CoastLiterary. I‘m hoping to get a chunk of the tagged book read for a book tour review & finish & decide on a recipe from Midnight Chicken for virtual foodie ⬇️

DebinHawaii … book club. Finally, I‘d like to start Dark Night as I love this Alaska set series. And then who knows as I remain always a moody reader. 🤷🏻‍♀️📚 (edited) 1w
Andrew65 Good luck 😊👍 1w
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Lost Coast Literary | Ellie Alexander
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I was able to sneak in a quick 20 minutes reading time early this morning over my desk breakfast of fried rice with over-easy egg & an Iced Caramel Macchiato.

Started the tagged book, an #ARC from one of my favorite cozy mystery authors (Bakeshop Mysteries, Sloan Krause Mysteries) who is branching out into this book/literary inspired, magical realism stand-alone novel & her own publishing imprint. It‘s fun so far—I 💛 books about books.🤗📚

Aims42 A sign of the times…. That mask style is my favorite!! My mom makes them that way and I can‘t say enough good things about the style. No slip and no claustrophobic feeling 😷 2w
DebinHawaii @Aims42 My favorite style too. Even though I spend my first hour of work mostly alone, my mask needs to be quick to grab when anyone comes in to comply with work policies. 2w
SamanthaMarie Wow! I like how you breakfast, yum 😋 I love Ellie Alexander! I'm glad to hear you are enjoying the new book. 2w
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Hard to believe this is #14 in the Bakeshop Mystery series. This one centers around Jules & the Torte team doing the food & chocolate sculpture for the local art museum (SOMA) in Ashland‘s the reveal of Shakespeare‘s Lost Pages: Double Falsehood. The rare piece goes missing at the gala, murder follows & Jules is on the case. I enjoy this series & the characters & the Shakespeare details along with the delicious food & pastry make for a fun read.

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Managed to get this first section of this read tonight for #Pemberlittens So far I am enjoying it & reading the different perspectives of authors on Jane Austen‘s work. Heading over to answer @jenniferw88 ‘s discussion questions before calling it a night. Weekends are much too short. 😬

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I meant to post my #January TBR last week & life was completely out of control. I feel a bit silly posting it now as it‘s the 9th & I have made only small inroads on some of these. The tagged book is part of my #NewYearWhoDis list from @Chrissyreadit & I just started it & plan to finish. 🤗There are some buddy reads in here that may or may not happen although the #sundaybuddyread Simone St. James pick I‘m tracking on, i‘m already behind on my ⬇️

DebinHawaii #PemberLittens books & just 2 chapters completed in Wuthering Heights on Serial Reader & already remembering how much I dislike this book! 🤬 I have a book tour review of Artist Colony at the end of the month + a couple of #ARC commitments & my virtual foodie bookclub selection (Midnight 🐔), the rest are library books that came in, an audiobook & my #jolabokaflod book from @MidnightBookGirl that I started & want to finish. Let‘s see what happens! 2w
monalyisha Wow! 2w
Chrissyreadit That‘s a lot of reading! 2w
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sprainedbrain I‘m struggling with WH this time too! 😂 2w
ravenlee I‘m struggling some with WH, too. I don‘t remember much (it‘s been close to 20 years since I read it), but I remember disliking it. I‘m trying to give it a fair shake now, but I think there‘s going to be some hate-reading eventually. 😆 2w
DebinHawaii @Chrissyreadit I am loving THITCS so far even if I am only about 25% into it! 🤗 2w
Lollymya Hey y‘all…is it too late to join the #buddyread inquiring minds to know???? 2w
DebinHawaii @Lollymya I‘m not sure which one you are interested in but think any of the 3 here you can jump in on: The Other Side of Midnight #sundaybuddyread is hosted by @TheBookHippie Wuthering Heights with #PemberLittens is hosted by @Crinoline_Laphroaig & A Truth Universally Acknowledged also with #PemberLittens is hosted by @jenniferw88 You can find more details on their feeds. 2w
TheBookHippie @ravenlee 😂😅 look at it as a study in generational dysfunction 😅🤣 2w
TheBookHippie @Lollymya You can join us anytime! #SUNDAYBUDDYREAD 2w
TheBookHippie I still think it‘s December if that helps 😂 2w
Lollymya @TheBookHippie how? Do you have a specific time to discuss the book? 2w
Lollymya @TheBookHippie I am taking about Wuthering heights 2w
TheBookHippie @Lollymya oh follow #wanderingthroughwutheringheights it‘s a chapter a day we started Jan 3 I do my #sundaybuddyread every Sunday we discuss according to the posted scheduled reading. @Crinoline_Laphroaig is hosting Wuthering Heights 💜 2w
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Murder by Magic | Gretchen Galway
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Argh! January has not started out well for me work-wise & I have been a bit under the weather too, so I‘m behind on just about everything. I only managed to finish this 5th book in the Sonoma Witch series by getting a few dribs & drabs of reading in on my Kindle. Ii find this paranormal cozy-ish series a good escape & liked the wintery Lake Tahoe setting along with the summery setting around the compound of Alma‘s school friend‘s family due ⬇️

DebinHawaii …to powerful enchantments from a wand that leads to the murder of the family patriarch. (Gives new meaning the the term “summer house.”) I am now caught up with the series & look forward to the next one whenever it comes out. (edited) 2w
Itchyfeetreader I hope you feel better soon x 2w
DebinHawaii @Itchyfeetreader Thank you! 🤗 Just a cold & asthma flare up, so hopefully I‘m past it soon. 2w
shanaqui Ooh, paranormal cosy sounds fuuun. 2w
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Winter Games | Rachel Johnson
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My Week 5 Total for #WinterGames 2021 is 10,642 points. Even though work got in the way & I managed to only finish 1 book, it had almost 500 of the #WGWordsearch words in it. That & finding 550 words for 5500 points in the weekly game gave me most of my points this week for #TeamGameSleighers

My total for all 5 weeks is 44,654 which I think is respectable given the crazy month at work. Thank you @StayCurious & @Clwojick for hosting the🎄fun!

Clwojick ❤ You did amazing! Thank you so much for joining us this past month! ❤ 3w
StayCurious You are amazing! 3w
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It‘s been a crazy few days doing COVID tracing for work so I‘m just adding up my #WinterGames2021 Week 5 game total & final totals now. I printed out some free online pages with 100 spaces so I could carry them around with me & completed 5 & 1/2 by midnight NYE so 550 words & 5500 points to add to my #TeamGameSleighers total which I‘ll post in a bit.

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25 Days 'Til Christmas | Poppy Alexander
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#FestivePhotoChallenge

Had a horribly busy week & day today being COVID tracer for work while the normal leads are away. (Note to self-leave town for the holidays).😳My plan to #RingInTheNY was stay inside & finish this book. Sweet, if a tad sad at times, but like all holiday romances, it ended well & while not a strong pick, I‘ll give it for the season. And it had 492 #WinterGames2021 #WGwordsearch words so 4920 points for #teamgamesleighers⬇️

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Work is kicking my butt but luckily it‘s a short week with having a holiday for New Years Eve. I am currently first COVID contact through 1/3 for vacations though, so with rising case counts, all hell could break loose over the weekend.🤷🏻‍♀️I did sneak time for a couple of chapters of the tagged holiday book & a 1/2 sweet onion shoyu ahi poke, 1/2 furikake salmon bowl.

For #WinterGames2021 #teamgamesleighers
#readathons listed ⬇️

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Winter Games | Rachel Johnson
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Not my best week for #WinterGames2021 due to crazy times at work but 8,632 points for #TeamGameSleighers is not terrible.🤷🏻‍♀️Most of my points came from the #WGWordsearch (7811) & readathons.

I‘m hoping for a better finish for Week 5 with the final word game. 🎄🤞🏼

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The Santa Clause | Daphne Skinner
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#WinterGames2021 #TeamMovie

It‘s been ages since I watched The Santa Clause but I started it last night & finished it today since it‘s our Team Movie. It‘s cute, just not one of my holiday favorites. Still, it‘s 26 points for #TeamGameSleighers
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Tried to add this new Audible Original release to the database but no luck, so I‘ll switch it out if the title ever shows up. Tagged as “…a funny, festive queer dress rom-com brimming with heart and holiday magic” & it was that. Likable characters, cute & an easy 3-hour listen. I‘m not sure where I‘ll put it yet on my #LittenListen bingo board. It‘s 26 points + #readathon points for a winter/holiday listen for #WinterGames2021 #teamgamesleighers

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Read this week for a book tour review, this book game so Kate in December that I just read through it & didn‘t take the 4-week challenge. I do think I will after the New Year. The Blue Zones if you aren‘t familiar are 5 areas in the world where people live longer, into the 100s: Sardinia (Italy), Okinawa (Japan), Nicoya (Costa Rica), Ikaria (Greece), and Loma Linda (California). This book outlines a 4-week challenge to adopt their practices in ⬇️

DebinHawaii …diet & lifestyle. I have long been interested in the Blue Zones & reviewed the cookbook last year (pics are good I made from it) & most of the practices are doable & sustainable. My full review is here with links in that post to the recipes: http://kahakaikitchen.blogspot.com/2021/12/the-book-tour-stops-here-review-of-bl... 1mo
keys_on_fire Looks good! 1mo
TheSpineView Fantastic! 1mo
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Not gonna lie, this book didn‘t get much better as I found the MC way too flighty & immature but it had some (Hallmark-ish) holiday rom-com moments) Lapland is cool & I stuck with it & finished it up today because as part of the #WonterGames2021 #WGWordsearch it gave me 537 (295 Christmases alone) words so 5,370 points + 26 points for a holiday read & participation, not to mention #readathon points (readathons listed ⬇️) for #TeamGameSleighers 🎄

TheSpineView Fantastic! 1mo
rubyslippersreads I read another of this author‘s books for my IRL book club and it was so-so for me as well. 4w
rockpools Thank you for your card - it was ridiculously exciting to find a Hawaii postmark in the mail this morning! Hope you had/are having a wonderful holiday, and best wishes for the new year 🎄 4w
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Holidays Are Hell | Marjorie M. Liu, Kim Harrison, Lynsay Sands, Vicki Pettersson
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I ended up finishing the other three stories in this paranormal holiday anthology & while the first (set in Kim Harrison‘s Hollows series) was a pick, the others were only a so-so for me. 🤷🏻‍♀️I counted Harrison‘s words for the #WinterGames2021 #WGWordSearch already, but the remaining 3 stories had 178 words total for 1,780 points. Plus 26 for winter/holiday Read & participation & of course, #readathon points (listed ⬇️) for #TeamGameSleighers

TheSpineView Fantastic! 1mo
keys_on_fire Earning the word points has made me feel better about the ones I didn‘t like as much 😂 1mo
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Kate, thank you so much for the wonderful #jolabokaflodswap package! I have been wanting to read this book & am waiting on library copies, so this is perfect!The chocolates are two big favorites & thank you for the (not pictured) wintery gift wrap & card. We just have light rain (& heavy COVID 😬)here for the holidays, so I appreciate the snowy scenes.❄️Happy Holidays & a Merry Jolabokaflod to you! 📚🍫

Thank you to Chelle for this fun swap! 🤗

MaleficentBookDragon This was my favorite book of this year. Merry Christmas! 1mo
LeahBergen Lovely! I have this one waiting on my shelves, too. Merry Christmas, my friend! 😘😘 1mo
DebinHawaii @LeahBergen Merry Christmas to you too 🥰Max sends 😽❤️ ! 1mo
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DebinHawaii @MaleficentBookDragon Merry Christmas! I am excited to read this one! 🤗 1mo
AmyG Fun book. Merry Christmas to you ….and Max! 🎄 1mo
DebinHawaii @AmyG Thank you! Happy Holidays to you! ❄️💙❄️ 1mo
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#WinterGames2021 #FestivePhotiChallenge #TeamGameSleighers

It‘s a #holidaytradition that I work a half-day on Christmas Eve but this year, today is our holiday. I‘d love to tell you I did something fun or productive but I am still trying to catch up on rest from last weekend‘s vet visits & so I ran to the store & then took a 5-hour nap. Starving when I woke up so eating a. lunch/dinner poke bowl & trying to actually read the tagged book ⬇️

DebinHawaii …this year. Poke bowls are a tradition as a holiday eve dinner. Later I‘ll be opening my #jolabokaflod package (I wanted to wait until this evening) & do some traditional Icelandic reading & chocolate consuming on this Christmas Eve. 📚🍫 Hope everyone is safe & warm & peaceful tonight.💙 (edited) 1mo
5feet.of.fury Oooh I love poke & Melissa De la Cruz 1mo
rubyslippersreads I got this book for Christmas a couple of years ago. It was cute. Isn‘t there a TV movie? 4w
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Decorating for Christmas | Kasey Rogers, Mark Wood
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#WinterGames2021 #FestivePhotoChallenge #TeamGameSleighers

Most of my neighbors must be feeling Scrooge-y this year as there aren‘t many lights & decorations up outside. So for today‘s #NeighboursDecor prompt, I went with my office neighbors who decorated the tree for our building for a company contest. The theme was family & we were all supposed to text a photo selfie &/or family shot. I sent one of Max🐱& they put him in a 🌟as he is one.😉

Bookzombie I love the Max ornament! Merry Christmas!🎄 1mo
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Can I tell you how happy I have tomorrow off?! We ordered in Mexican food for lunch & these are my fish tacos. 😋 I am truly trying to get into this holiday read but the MC is driving me crazy & I just want to shake her at 13% in & now that I checked out some reviews, I don‘t know that it will get any better. I have a feeling it might be a big point book for the #WinterGames2021 #WGSearch so I may try to hack it out for #TeamGameSleighers 🤷🏻‍♀️

LeahBergen Those tacos look SO GOOD. 1mo
DebinHawaii @LeahBergen They were REALLY GOOD! 😋🐟🌮 1mo
TheSpineView Looks good! 1mo
BarbaraBB They look delicious 😋 1mo
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#WinterGames2021 #FestivePhotoChallenge
#GetYourBakeOn #TeamGameSleighers

I have not gotten my bake on in a few years but here are 2 cookies I‘ve made in the past. Top Right is Border Sugar Cookies by M.S. Milliken & S. Feniger with pecans & potato chips in them-great if you like sweet & salty & chocolate on top.😋 Bottom Right is Cranberry and White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies with Pistachios from the tagged book by Nigella Lawson. Recipe links⬇️

DebinHawaii Both cookies are delicious! Link to Border Sugar Cookies: https://kahakaikitchen.blogspot.com/2009/12/things-i-am-loving-this-week_15.html... 1mo
DebinHawaii Link to Cranberry & White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies (with Pistachios instead of Pecans): https://kahakaikitchen.blogspot.com/2009/12/nigellas-cranberry-and-white-chocola... 1mo
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#WinterGames2021 #FestivePhotoChallenge #HolidayCrafts #TeamGameSleighers

OK, twice today I saw these cool book ornaments where you make miniature paper books & fill an ornament with the books you read in the year. I‘m not sure I have the patience or talent for these #holidaycrafts but I love the idea.

Links to the posts on TikTok, Instagram & Facebook ⬇️

P.S. They aren‘t in the tagged book, I just wanted a holiday paper craft title.🤷🏻‍♀️

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Winter Games | Rachel Johnson
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My #WinterGames2021 Week 3 Total was my best so far with 13,673 points for #TeamGameSlayers 🎉🤗🎉
12,560 points came from the #WGwordsearch game & the rest are mostly from finished books including the team read & #readathon hours. Overall a great week! ❄️🎄❄️

StayCurious Definitely a great week - good job! 1mo
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#WinterGames2021 #festivephotochallenge

I borrowed the background photo from my niece and the book came up when I looked for books with Christmas lights in the title but I think they go together pretty well for today‘s #festivelights prompt.

#TeamGameSleighers

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Holidays Are Hell | Marjorie M. Liu, Kim Harrison, Lynsay Sands, Vicki Pettersson
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I bought this book on Kindle deal specifically for the Kim Harrison Hollows series story “Two Ghosts for Sister Rachel” which is set on solstice (when I read it) & a good quick read about Rachel when she was 17. Not sure if I‘ll read the other stories or not, but maybe… The story had 66 words from the #WinterGames2021 #WGwordsearch so 600 points + 26 points for a holiday/wintery read & of course #readathon (listed ⬇️) points for #teamgamesleighers

MeganAnn 🎉👏🏻❤️ I loved getting a glimpse of Rachel when she was younger. Although I‘m sorry you had to buy this one just for the story. Hopefully if you get around to reading any of the stories you like some of them also. I don‘t think I‘ve read any of the other authors before. 1mo
DebinHawaii @MeganAnn It was only a couple of books as a Kindle deal so I thought I‘d grab it especially since you mentioned this story was set on the Solstice on one of my posts. (And it was after I said Rachel & I were taking a break for the holidays! )😉🤣 I may sneak in the others just to check them out as I‘m not familiar with them either. 1mo
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TheSpineView Awesome! 🤩📖 1mo
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Dashing December: Motivational Quotes | Sandeep Ravidutt Sharma
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I did really well in making my #DashingDecember goals of finishing and/or starting & finishing 5 books plus I ending up finishing 4 more short books & a story from Holidays Are Hell (bottom right corner). I spent 28 hours (& some change) total reading/listening time during the #readathon dates according to Beanstack & racked up some good points for #WinterGames #TeamGameSleighers

Thank you for hosting @Andrew65 ! 🤗🎄

Andrew65 This is brilliant 👏👏👏🙌🥳🍾🥂🎄 Thanks for playing along. 1mo
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This weekend, I managed to watch two Friends holiday episodes: “The One with All the Candy” & “The One with the Holiday Armadillo” & the Seinfeld Festivus episode, actually called “The Strike.”

When looking at the #WinterGames2021 #FestivePhotoChallenge prompt, It occurred to me that the Festivus pole is in need of a #TreeTopper 🤣

#TeamGameSleighers

LitStephanie Good work! It's funny; I never saw the Festivus episodes but so many people talk about it, it has become a cultural knowledge item even if you didn't watch Seinfeld. 1mo
Linsy The Holiday Armadillo!!! 😂 1mo
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I started this book months ago & then got busy & never finished it. Finally, this week I got my long overdue book review up on my blog. While somewhat a “niche” business book in that it is targeted to younger women & to those who are at least familiar with Austen‘s 6 main heroines, I found it an engaging & interesting look at how the characteristics & traits from Jane Austen‘s 6 main characters can build a balanced leader.
Link to my review is ⬇️

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Wild Seas | Thomas Peschak
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Another gorgeous National Geographic coffee table book about the ocean, with stunning photographs & interesting information, read for review this week. I liked that it spent time on birds, turtles, even sea iguanas, all of which fascinate me. The author/photographer has a great TED Talk too—see link to it & my review in comments.

Although not a holiday book, it was on my December TBR so 16 points for #WinterGames2021 #TeamGameSleighers

TheBookHippie Ooooo!!! 1mo
Hooked_on_books I went to the Galapagos a number of years ago and watched some of the iguanas swimming and feeding while I was snorkeling. It was amazing! 1mo
DebinHawaii @Hooked_on_books That is amazing! I am envious! 😍 1mo
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Swap'd | Tamara Ireland Stone
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An adorable & festive #jobalokaflodswap package came this weekend. Thank you @MidnightBookGirl I am excited to open it! 🤗

MidnightBookGirl I am just so thankful it made it safe and sound! 1mo
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Very short (hour-ish) holiday romance audiobook that has a full cast (& they are good too) about two strangers traveling in Italy & trying to get to Paris for Christmas when their train is stopped by snow. It was a great #audioblogging listen the other night. Sweet, charming & another addition to my #LittenListen bingo card (still not sure what squares I‘m using) & another holiday read for #WinterGames2021 #TeamGameSleighers 🎄

#readathons ⬇️

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A Very Austen Christmas | Robin Helm, Laura Hile, Barbara Cornthwaite, Wendi Sotis
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These 4 stories in Jane Austen‘s world were OK. I enjoyed the 2 Pride and Prejudice ones the most. The one with characters from Emma, Mansfield Park & P&P all sent by “Aunt Jane” to Netherfield that was just odd & the Mansfield Park was ok. Still it was free on Kindle, a quick read & worth 3,300 points in the #WinterGames2021 #wgwordsearch + book points & #readathon points ⬇️ to add to my weekly total for #TeamGameSleighers so I‘ll take it. 🤗

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Pickpick

This holiday rom-com for #sundaybuddyread gets a soft pick from me. I didn‘t love the male lead but I enjoyed the 12 dates, small village life, many of the supporting characters, food descriptions & all the nature & design process mentions from Kate, the female lead. Overall, a good bit of holiday fluff-perfect for December. It also gets me 4,700 points for #WinterGames2021 #WGWordsearch 🤗 + 26 points & #readathon points!⬇️ for #teamgamesleighers

PuddleJumper That's great! 1mo
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 1mo
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melissajayne Probably be able to read it next Christmas 1mo
kspenmoll ❤️🎄💜 1mo
TheSpineView Excellant! 🤩📖 1mo
keys_on_fire I liked this one for what it was, and agree with you about the male MC. Good work! 1mo
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Oh @AmyG I LOVE my #wintersolsticeswap box!😍 First off, it was such a treat to come home to after sitting in the emergency vet parking lot most of the day. 😬 I love ALL of the books & the mix of non-fiction, fiction & even a #sundaybuddyread title! The Moonology oracle cards are gorgeous & fascinating, (I know what I‘ll be doing tonight!), the tumbler is fun, the candle smells amazing & I love the self-care tin with the little goodies & the ⬇️

DebinHawaii …Libra crystals. The chocolate is always welcome. The Cadbury & Whitman‘s Sampler remind me of my mom. 💜 The pretty notepad & snowflake cookie cutter are great too. And I just saw the tea & cocoa in the tumbler too. You spoiled me! Thank you so much & thank you @Chrissyreadit & @sprainedbrain for fabulous #WSS hosting & the extra kindness & grace needed today. A blessed solstice & happy holidays to you all! 💙💙💙 1mo
DebinHawaii @AmyG And Max is doing much better & will be celebrating solstice on some good drugs. 🐱💙🙀 1mo
Soubhiville I‘m glad to hear Max is ok. I‘m sorry he had to go to the vet today. 1mo
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DebinHawaii @Soubhiville Thank you. 😘😽❤️It was not a very fun last night or day today for either of us but he‘s doing much better tonight! 🙏🏼 1mo
AmyG You are so wecome. Most importantly, Max is feeling better. 1mo
catiewithac That mug!!! 😍 1mo
LeahBergen I had to come and check how Max was doing. I‘m so glad to hear he‘s home! Oh, and I love a good Fruit and Nut bar. 😄 1mo
DebinHawaii @catiewithac Isn‘t it great?!? 🤍🤍🤍 1mo
DebinHawaii @LeahBergen Aww… thanks for thinking of him. 😻😽❤️ And yes, sometimes you need a Cadbury Fruit and Nut bar! 😋 1mo
erank58 LOVE Moonology ❤️ 1mo
Chrissyreadit I‘m so glad your furbaby is ok ❤️. 1mo
sprainedbrain So glad Max is ok! Wonderful gifts! ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
Chrissyreadit This is a lovely swap - I hope you‘ll post some images of the moon cards- I‘m curious. 1mo
5feet.of.fury Ooh! Love that tumbler! 1mo
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DebinHawaii
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#WinterGames2021 #festivephotochallenge #teamgamesleighers

I do have more than one #NativityScene but I wasn‘t into getting them out this year. So on TikTok today, I saw Martha Stewart talking about the crèche she is selling that has “street cred” as it‘s modeled after one she made in pottery class when she was “in confinement.” The baby Jesus she made on the original set even has her prison # on it. Martha Stewart cracks me up. ???
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A Chance of Rainbows | Anne McAllister
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#WinterGames2021 #FestivePhotoChalllenge #teamgamesleighers

I missed yesterday‘s “How‘s the weather?” prompt so here it is this morning from my weather & WTForecast apps. It‘s been a rainy December so far, but that means more chance of rainbows. While I‘m not complaining, it‘s still hard sometimes after almost 21 years living here to feel Christmasy in the mild weather.. 🌈🤷🏻‍♀️🎄

(The 80s romance book cover/title made me smile.) 😆

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DebinHawaii
The Holiday Swap | Maggie Knox
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#WinterGames2021

I managed to sneak in enough reading time this crazy work week to finish up the #teamgamesleighers team book. I enjoyed all the food, baking & the foodie reality show focus. It‘s a light holiday rom-com read—cute, sweet & a very #festiveread that got me 50 points + 16 points for the #festivephotochalkenge + a whopping 3,900 points in the #wgwordsearch not to mention all the readathon points 🤗

#readathons listed below

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Winter Games | Rachel Johnson
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#WinterGames2021

I had hoped to hit at least 10,000 points for Week 2, but I was just under at 9,459 for #TeamGameSleighers. Still, it‘s not too bad for a busy & not great week with work & life.

I got 5,200 points for 520 words in the Week 2 Game & 3,020 in the Word Search & then read 106 hours total over 7 readathons, finished 5 books & the remainder is made up of assorted participation & photo challenge points🎄

StayCurious Excellent job! 1mo
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DebinHawaii
Eight Winter Nights | Liz Maverick
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#WinterGames2021 #TeamGameSleighers

This was a cute & quick holiday rom-com listen with likable characters & a Hanukkah in NYC setting. I listened while addressing #HolidayCardSwap envelopes & playing the Week 2 WordSearch game. I gave out after 520 words, so 5200 points to my Week 2 totals.

Not sure what spaces I‘ll be using for this in #LittenListen bingo yet, but I‘ll figure it out.

#readathons are listed below.

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#WinterGames2021 #festivephotochallenge #teamgamesleighers

My best friend & I have a holiday tradition of buying stocking stuffers for each other & it‘s grown from a #stocking stuffed full of small gifts to a large-size USPS Priority box full of them. We spend more than buying a big gift-but we open them together long-distance & it‘s more fun. I got her‘s wrapped & mailed this morning.

P.S. I had this Charlie Brown Christmas book growing up.

LeahBergen What a lovely tradition ❤️ 1mo
BookBabe Ditto @LeahBergen ‘s comment 😃 What a great idea! 1mo
StayCurious Make sure to count this as #HolidayTradition for more points 1mo
rubyslippersreads I ❤️ this idea! 1mo
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Finished while working on my #HolidayCardSwap cards. Listening to a Jenny Colgan Christmas book during the holidays has become a tradition. It took me a while to warm up to Carmen (her voice annoyed me) but I grew to love her & enjoyed the book. Fun to visit a few familiar characters as well. An #audiobook so I couldn‘t catch the holiday words but I‘m sure their were many.🎄🤷🏻‍♀️26 points for #WinterGames2021 #TeamGameSleighers

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TheSpineView Fantastic 🎄🎄🎄 1mo
Andrew65 Brilliant 👏👏👏 1mo
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keys_on_fire I really need to read this lol! 1mo
BookBabe That sounds like a nice tradition too! Maybe I‘ll try it. ☺️ 1mo
MidnightBookGirl I love audiobooks, but Carmen's voice was whiny! lol
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A Fistful of Charms | Kim Harrison
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Finished earlier in the week, 4th book in the Hollows series & a a good one but Rachel & I are going to take a holiday break & get back together after the New Year. Got to focus on knocking out the holiday portion of my #TBR. Thanks to @MeganAnn for introducing me to the series.

Despite not being a holiday book, I found 85 words from the #WGWordSearch for #WinterGames2021 & so as an impulse read it will add 861 points for #TeamGameSleighers

MeganAnn 👏🏻 I‘m impressed you found that many words in this one! So happy you‘re still loving this series. Rachel and I are taking a break until after the new year as well, but I‘m also hoping to get back to Charley after the new year once my library hold on book 2 comes in. ❤️🎉✨ 1mo
TheSpineView Excellant 🤩📖📚 1mo
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#WinterGames2021 #WishesandBlessings

I watched it last night and Single All the Way was a cute and fun holiday movie. Jennifer Coolidge always makes me laugh. She‘s a #star 🌟 even when she‘s not the main character!

6 points for #TeamGameSleighers

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Looks good! ❤️💚 1mo
Eggs She‘s amazing 🤩 1mo
StayCurious Have you seen Austenland? I love her in that 1mo
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Spent the morning shopping, the afternoon #audiowrapping to get some #readathon time in & get a couple mainland boxes ready & sent out via the USPS kiosk tomorrow. Now eating my favorite dim sum dinner from the craft & food market & reading section 2 for #sundaybuddyread Then I hope to get to this holiday movie which looks like 🎄fun. @MatchlessMarie sold me with her post. 😉

#WinterGames2021 #TeamGameSleighers
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rwmg The film was great gay mindless fun 1mo
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 1mo
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JenReadsAlot I watched it yesterday and was entertaining! 1mo
kimmypete1 Loved Single All the Way - so cute! 1mo
keys_on_fire That sounds like an all around amazing day!! 1mo
MatchlessMarie Yeahhhh 1mo
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