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kyraleseberg

kyraleseberg

Joined October 2016

www.rootsandreads.wordpress.com | Avid reader/reviewer. Accidental homesteader. Lover of pasta & rock 'n roll. Goodreads: kyraleseberg
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A House With Good Bones | T. Kingfisher
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Beautiful wisteria before the terrible weather claimed it all over the weekend! It's an invasive nuisance but still so lovely 😍
I had to take a break from the tagged ARC, I just can't get into this one (which is a big bummer since I've enjoyed others by this author).

ShyBookOwl Awww. I love her horror stuff 1d
kyraleseberg @ShyBookOwl So do I! This one is just meandering through mundane day to day with the occasional ladybug infestation? And a vulture hanging out on a mailbox? It's giving major Charlaine Harris vibes and that's super frustrating to me. 13h
ShyBookOwl @kyraleseberg UGH that's disappointing 13h
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Nine Liars | Maureen Johnson
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So close to planting!! 🌱🍅🥰
Breezing through the tagged book though I'm getting a bit confused with alllllllll these characters to keep track of!

Tamra Oh my gosh, so green! 3d
kyraleseberg @Tamra They're loving the greenhouse & the compost soil this year!! 🤗 2d
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My annual re-read of the tagged book is almost over! It reminds me of all the things that I love about the growing season. This photo is from the greenhouse in February and I can't believe how much our plants have grown since then!!

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A House With Good Bones | T. Kingfisher
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Working on my spring menu this week and created a banana bread/blondie/banana pudding mash up and topped it with a vanilla wafer!
Started the tagged ARC last night and I'm enjoying the unexpected humor.

TheBookHippie Those look amazing. 6d
Cinfhen OMG!! Those look and sound AMAZING 6d
Reggie I feel like I‘ve gained weight just by seeing these posts. Lol 5d
kyraleseberg @Reggie 😆 All in moderation 😉 5d
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Collard melts for supper, recipe courtesy of Mason Hereford of Turkey and the Wolf! Mason has an incredible sense of humor and makes amazing dishes with some very simple ingredients most chefs would turn up their noses at.
Fun fact: I pre-ordered a signed copy and the first print was on a cargo ship that sank 😲 so they had to reprint the entire run!
Definitely stopping at his restaurant if I ever make it to Louisiana 🤗

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Lone Women: A Novel | Victor LaValle
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I have some photographs in a local gallery for a GRL PWR exhibition to celebrate women's history month. I was excited to have my daughter attend the opening with me, especially since she's my greatest source of inspiration 💖

TrishB Very cool 👍🏻 1w
AmyG How lovely! 1w
Jas16 That is wonderful! 1w
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Hooked_on_books What a lovely pair you are! 1w
Suet624 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼💕💕 1w
Reggie How wonderful! 1w
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Lone Women: A Novel | Victor LaValle
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Started this #NetGalley ARC and had trouble putting it down! This is an auto-buy author for me. LaValle's writing is always brilliant and immersive!

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This is another charming cozy from the author of Dial A For Aunties. Love the humor and the warmth between characters!

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Joan: A Novel of Joan of Arc | Katherine J. Chen
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Latest book haul from my indie 😍
I've read the top 3 and had to have them for my personal library, Effin' Birds is ridiculous and hilarious 😆, and I can't wait to dig in to the rest after I finish a couple ARCs for the month!

AlaMich There are a couple of Effin Birds tshirts that I have my eye on. 😆 2w
jlhammar 💙 Wendell Berry 2w
kyraleseberg @AlaMich Ooh I'm gonna have to check those out 😜 2w
kyraleseberg @jlhammar I've read most of his poetry and nonfiction, very excited to dive into this fictional world finally! 2w
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The Book Tavern | Augusta, Georgia (Bookstore)
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My local indie is amazing so I'll forgive them for banning me from this thrill 😆

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We caught our first swarm of honeybees last weekend and this morning we transferred them to their hive! I took an online beekeeping class at the beginning of the pandemic and I'm excited to finally put what I learned to work! I'm quickly realizing that this is something you truly learn by doing rather than reading 😉
Since the bees are the experts, I'll follow their lead! 👑🐝🍯

AlaMich Wow! How do you catch a swarm of bees? 2w
Suet624 Nice! 2w
kyraleseberg @AlaMich We have a box on a tree about 10 ft off the ground with a few hive frames inside; the box is "baited" with lemongrass oil (the scent attracts honeybees). When warm weather hits, swarms will take off in search of food/split from a larger hive if a new queen hatched. The warm weather we've had in GA recently sent a swarm out earlier than we anticipated! They found the box - and the little honey we left inside ? and decided to stay! 2w
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Alfoster That‘s so cool! Now you need to read Jodi Picoult‘s newest, Mad Honey as the woman is a bee keeper as well! 2w
AlaMich Huh, I had no idea. Thanks! 2w
Reggie This is very cool! 2w
Tamra Exciting! 2w
kyraleseberg @Suet624 @Reggie @Tamra Thank you, it's so exciting!! @Alfoster Thanks for the rec! 2w
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Really enjoying this memoir as I run errands this week

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This is sweet. I'm enjoying the family + the food in these pages 💕

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On the Savage Side: A Novel | Tiffany McDaniel
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Our gardening aspirations have outgrown the space we have in the house so we built a tiny greenhouse this year.
Slowly making my way through the tagged book; it's a tough read but I'm in it for the long haul because I trust this author. (TW for drugs/ addiction, child abuse, rape)

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On the Savage Side: A Novel | Tiffany McDaniel
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All the 😍 for my NetGalley shelf these days 🙌
I need to carve out more time for the tagged book so I can dig in + devour it --- and since tomorrow's forecast is rainy, it should be the perfect time to do so!

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Rosemary garlic sourdough is one of my favorite bakery menu items! 😋
I was gifted a sourdough starter quite a long time ago that has been wonderful and I just recently purchased a dehydrated starter from Baker Creek, now I'm reading up more on the science!

Texreader This looks crazy delicious 😋 2mo
kyraleseberg @Texreader Thank you, it's one of my favorites! 2mo
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Managed to get through almost half of this audiobook while on the road for work today. It's a really interesting look at the author's life/trauma in relation to the life of Dolly Parton. Sounds random but it is actually a compelling read!

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The Book Eaters | Sunyi Dean
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Finished releasing the last of the Valentine's Day bakery treats with this chocolate chip cookie cake.
I can't believe I put down the tagged book (I'm obsessed!!) long enough to bake and post on social today!

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The Book Eaters | Sunyi Dean
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I've had the tagged book on my TBR for a while and couldn't resist picking it up at the library. It's competing with my current ARC for all my attention!
Thinking about adding flour tortillas to my menu so I made some last night for shrimp tacos.

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A Dangerous Business | Jane Smiley
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I have too many ARCs for impulse library checkouts and yet, here we are 😂
The tagged book is a slow burn but really holding my interest - and it's my first Jane Smiley!
Baked a loaf of rosemary garlic sourdough this morning for a customer (and made an extra for myself!)

Tamra That looks amazing! 2mo
kyraleseberg @Tamra Thank you, it's my favorite! 2mo
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On the Savage Side: A Novel | Tiffany McDaniel
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I am a HUGE Tiffany McDaniel fan and somehow had no idea about this upcoming novel until NetGalley sent me an email with a read now link for the next 48 hours. Needless to say, I dropped everything to download it immediately!

EKonrad Checked my email as soon as I saw your post! Thank you! 😊 2mo
kyraleseberg @EKonrad Yay! Glad you were able to get it! 2mo
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I absolutely ADORE this book series and am loving the tagged upcoming third installment!
Unrelated to books, I've been busy in the bakery with these hibiscus shortbread cookies. The glaze is a simple mix of hibiscus tea and powdered sugar but the unexpected color makes it fun.

mcctrish I love this series too and these cookies look amazing 2mo
Suet624 Yum! 2mo
Chrissyreadit 😍😍😍😍 2mo
Reggie Looks sooooo good! 2mo
kyraleseberg @mcctrish @Suet624 @Chrissyreadit @Reggie Thank you all! They're a big hit in our house and customers really seem to love them too! 2mo
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Other Birds: A Novel | Sarah Addison Allen
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I'm surprised at how much I'm enjoying the tagged book! It fits this cozy little niche where it's charming and sweet without being eye roll inducing and that's a fine line to walk.
I'm on break from my bakery but still baking since it's my hubby's birthday tomorrow. Cookies and cream is his request every single year!

AmyG Those look great! 3mo
Reggie Wow! They look so good! 3mo
DivineDiana You have skills! ❤️ 2mo
kyraleseberg @AmyG @Reggie @DivineDiana Thanks all, I appreciate it! 💕 2mo
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Just recently discovered Pasta Grannies and can't stop watching the videos 🤩 it's a new form of cozy comfort for me, right up there with true crime podcasts and knit socks! Really loving this cookbook I borrowed from the library.

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Baking s'mores cookies for a class holiday party tomorrow and I'm now about half way through the tagged ARC. I need to find some audiobooks on libby or hoopla to get me through the last holiday orders this week!!

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Diving in to this ARC this evening after picking up these Little Debbie inspired earrings from a local jewelry designer! We can't seem to find the Christmas Tree Cakes in stores around here this year - but the ice cream is stocked up!

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Naked | David Sedaris
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My Christmas gift to myself 🤗🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩
I cannot wait!!!!

Suet624 I saw him recently and I almost peed my pants during the last 20 minutes. Enjoy! 3mo
Hooked_on_books I am so jealous! 3mo
Megabooks Awesome! 3mo
kyraleseberg @Suet624 Ahhh This makes me even more excited!! 🤗 3mo
kyraleseberg @Hooked_on_books It's a big tour - be sure to check if he's headed your away!! @Megabooks I can't wait!! 🤩 3mo
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I Love Cinnamon Rolls! | Judith Fertig
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Audiobooked it while I baked up more holiday orders today! This evening I'm planning to finish an ARC ...and possibly my re-read of Where the Red Fern Grows!

Suet624 Yum! 3mo
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My third grader is reading this in school and I decided I should re-read so we can cry together 😭

AmyG Yep 3mo
SamAnne Oh this book had such an impact on me when I was a kid! 3mo
kyraleseberg @SamAnne Same!! I'm enjoying my re-read and hearing my daughter's thoughts on her first read! It's so amazing to have these discussions with her, I'm so thankful she loves reading! 3mo
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Acts of Violet | Margarita Montimore
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This feels embarrassingly accurate 🤣
But I'm the one who decided to open an in-home bakery during the holiday season sooooo... 👩🏼‍🍳
I'm surviving on coffee + audiobooks in the kitchen these days. Just finished the tagged book and... Meh. 🤷‍♀️ It wanted to be a Daisy Jones with magicians instead of a rock band but it veered off on a sci fi tangent that felt kinda random.

Suet624 I hope you can find sometime to relax. 4mo
kyraleseberg @Suet624 Thanks, I'll definitely be making time!! It's a busy season but one I'm so grateful for 🥰 3mo
Reggie Lol, much luck to you on this venture! 🍀 3mo
kyraleseberg @Reggie Thank you so much!! 3mo
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I'm Glad My Mom Died | Jennette McCurdy
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I've had a libby hold on this for a while and didn't expect it to come through for months 😳 so I was surprised when I got the notice yesterday. Listening today while I do Thanksgiving prep!

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He was delightful! Obviously I opted for the audio since he narrated 😁

swishandflick His passing made me so sad! 😭 5mo
Scochrane26 I need to listen to his books on audio. I‘ve read both but would love to hear his voice. 5mo
kyraleseberg @swishandflick Me too! He made a huge impression on me as a little kid watching Designing Women! He was always so genuine. 5mo
kyraleseberg @Scochrane26 I highly recommend, he did a fantastic job, of course! 5mo
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I'm about half way through this #NetGalley #ARC and while there's nothing groundbreaking here, it's beautifully written and totally relatable.

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Getting spooky with baking this week 👻

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My daughter asked for a Stranger Things inspired Halloween photo this year 🖤🥰

Bklover This is great!! 5mo
kyraleseberg @Bklover Thanks! It was super fun to make! 5mo
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My daughter and I both had some awesome book mail last week from publishers! We're excited to review our respective books 🎉

wanderinglynn Great photo! 5mo
kyraleseberg @wanderinglynn 🖤 Thank you! 5mo
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Chasing the Boogeyman | Richard Chizmar
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Impulse checkout at the library and I'm breezing through!

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Lone Women: A Novel | Victor LaValle
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Y'ALL I'M SCREAMING.
My most anticipated book just showed up in my inbox 😍 It's like Christmas!!!!!

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The Last Housewife: A Novel | Ashley Winstead
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I enjoyed the first part of the book ...then it became a chore and I bailed at 30% because I could not deal with the college girls fawning over an older man so full of himself I wanted to barf and it was headed toward an S&M cult.
Like, that escalated quickly. But not in a good way (and not because of kink, which I don't mind)

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The Last Housewife: A Novel | Ashley Winstead
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I'm invested in this story but I've read some reviews and wish that I hadn't because now I'm waiting for it to become ridiculous.
🤞this doesn't ruin the book for me ☹️

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Killers of a Certain Age | Deanna Raybourn
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I'm just a bit behind 🤏 on #ARCs
Excited to be starting this one today!

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Ling Ma is fantastic - I loved Severance and this short story collection seals Ma as a favorite author for me! Short stories are hit or miss for me but I loved every quirky moment with this collection!

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Enjoying this #ARC so far!

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A friend of mine has decided to take a break from beekeeping and passed her Flowhive and keeper gear down to me! I did an online beekeeping class back in 2020 and have considered getting a hive ever since. Brushing up on my bee knowledge over the winter and getting a hive in the spring 🐝🍯

Lindy Good luck 🐝🍀 7mo
Tamra What a terrific endeavor! 7mo
Reggie That‘s great. Good luck! 7mo
kyraleseberg @Lindy @Tamra @Reggie Thank you all, I'm nervous but excited!! 🤗 7mo
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"This is not a dress rehearsal before a better kind of life."

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The Marlow Murder Club | Robert Thorogood
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Hoopla is my jam these days 📖🎧👩🏼‍🎤

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Requested on NetGalley... 😬🤞

(I'm not too proud to beg 🤣)

MaleficentBookDragon I was denied! 😩 3mo
kyraleseberg @MaleficentBookDragon I'm STILL in pending purgatory 😔 so I'm sure I'll be joining the ranks of the denied soon! 3mo
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Untitled | Untitled
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Joy is not made to be a crumb

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Not usually a fan of religious books, too often it's the author giving examples of minor inconveniences in their life to be relatable and explain how they "overcame" the obstacle with faith. This one is big on metaphors (roots, wells, water, seeds) but I'm still finding some Biblical truths that are worth remembering.

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Couldn't resist picking this up when I found it at Dollar Tree (or should we call it Buck-25 Tree now?) back in June. There were some concerning things here (Prince seemed to be grooming her from the time she was 16 😳) and some truly heartbreaking things (including the death of their newborn son) 💔 but it was an honest look at her life with a notoriously private musician.