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mabell

mabell

Joined April 2016

Nothing is more delectable than an English country house murder mystery. 🐶mom ❤️: ☕️🍷🧀❄️ https://graymyrtle.com/book-blog
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The Art of the Swap | Jen Malone, Kristine Asselin
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Your recipe cards were lovely @BennettBookworm ! The bell pepper and cinnamon rolls drawings are fabulous, and make the recipes even more special! 😊 I haven‘t ever had potato knish, but I‘m already reading Smitten Kitchen‘s post, and I have to try those too!

mabell PS @BennettBookworm I speak a teensy bit of French. I was a Spanish major, but always loved French (it wasn‘t offered in school growing up), so I took a few classes in college. I‘m always trying to learn more and become at least conversational 😊 3d
LeahBergen These are lovely! 3d
BennettBookworm Yayyy I‘m so glad you like them! Lol that‘s so cool, I‘m the opposite where I studied French in school and now am trying to learn Spanish! I was predicting the French connection based on all of your Tintin TBR books 😂❤️ 3d
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mabell @LeahBergen So pretty! These I cannot spill food on while cooking 😆 2d
mabell @BennettBookworm Ha! That‘s funny! Are you learning Spanish for fun? Do you get to use your French often? Tintin is so much fun! I found I could read the French fairly well with the picture context, so I thought that‘s a perfect way to practice. Plus it‘s the original language, so I could read it untranslated! 😄 2d
BennettBookworm That‘s awesome! Yeah I‘ve just wanted to learn Spanish for a long time living in NYC, and French I try to use as much as possible 😍 2d
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Red House Mystery | A A Milne
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Suzanne, I love it all! The book came in cute wrapping with a card. So nice! ❤️ The cover is so cool, and I‘m excited to read AA Milne‘s mystery! The recipes you chose sound so good! Chris (husband and partner-in-food) is particularly looking forward to the cinnamon rolls. 😄 Your cards are gorgeous! They will have their own post!

Thank you so much!

LeahBergen This is a book I‘ve been meaning to read for years. And what a pretty edition! 3d
BennettBookworm I‘m so overjoyed that you like them!! And this book looked so fun! ❤️ So happy we were partners!! 3d
mabell @LeahBergen I hadn‘t heard of it until recently! I might just dive right in. 😄 It is a striking cover! 2d
mabell @BennettBookworm I am too! Thank you so much for hosting! I‘ll keep you posted as I make the recipes! 😊 2d
BennettBookworm Same here! 🙌🏻👩🏻‍🍳 2d
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The recipes are here! #recipeswap

BennettBookworm Hooray!! 5d
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1. The next Miss Zukas mystery! I‘m currently reading the tagged, and I‘ve read the previous 5 back to back! They are fabulous! 6 more in the series 😊

2. No need for music - I quickly get immersed in the world created by the book.

#Two4Tuesday

I‘m late on this - but 👋 @Gissy and @Chrissyreadit

Thanks for the tag @RaeLovesToRead

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 7d
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My #recipeswap package is on its way!

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Chrissy, what a fun surprise! The tea and vinegars sound really interesting (and look so pretty!), and the soap smells perfect for spring! The story on the nonpareil chocolates was very cool, too! And I love grapefruit, so the bath salts are perfect! Thank you so much!

Chrissyreadit Glad you like it. They immediately made me think of you. 😘 4w
Avanders 😍🥰 3w
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Murder After Christmas | Rupert Latimer
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Reminds me of a mash-up between a British classic cozy and vaudeville. Miss Marple meets the Marx Brothers? Mystery and misdirection

Quite fun! Knowing the plot and resolution, I plan to reread next Christmas to see how that changes my perception of events. (And how much I remember in 10 months! 😆)

batsy Yes! That does sound fun. 1mo
mabell @batsy Wacky, unconventional, unpredictable characters - I‘m looking forward to reading it again! 1mo
batsy I'm making a note to order this for my December mystery reads 😆 1mo
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Pride and Prejudice | Jane Austen
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Now, we are celebrating #200PnPcovers, and our favorite #soldier has returned! This year, he is joined by Lydia, lovely and glowing, fresh from a #walk! (Poor Ted)

[Unfortunately, we could not get them in the same photo, as Lydia kept attempting to disrobe Wickham. 😆]

Congratulations, Cynthia! I‘m so glad I got to celebrate your 200 party with you! ❤️

LeahBergen I was just recently looking at the previous photo of Wickham from the 100 Covers Challenge and laughing to myself. 🤣🤣 And quit being such a little trollop with the militia, Lydia! 🤣 2mo
LeahBergen Oops! I kept scrolling and just saw your other photo. It was 150 covers! 2mo
mabell @LeahBergen Bella was not excited to reprise her Wickham role - she thought she had seen the last of that costume 😂 “Little trollop” - Oh Ted 🤣🤣 2mo
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CrowCAH Awww they are too adorable!!!😍 Lydia trying to disrobe Wickham; yeah sounds about right 😂 2mo
GondorGirl These photos are adorable! 🥰 2mo
Gissy Lovely photos!🐶🐶❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
MaureenMc 😍 2mo
batsy 😆😆 2mo
mabell @CrowCAH Right?? Too fitting! 😆😆 2mo
mabell @GondorGirl @Gissy @MaureenMc @batsy They‘re good sports! As long as I only try this every 4 years 😆❤️ 2mo
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Pride and Prejudice | Jane Austen
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Four years ago, Wickham came to town to celebrate Cynthia‘s #150PnPcoverparty ! (Poor Bella)

Well…

LeahBergen The contest winner!!! 🤣🤣 I can‘t believe that was four years ago. 😮 2mo
mabell @LeahBergen I know!! It doesn‘t seem like 4 years at all! 2mo
CrowCAH She was the best 😁 What a trooper!!! Yes, four years ago; slooowly the collection grows! 2mo
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Cathythoughts 😂♥️ 2mo
mabell @CrowCAH She was a trooper! 😂 2mo
mabell @Cathythoughts Poor Bella 😆❤️ 2mo
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mabell @Karons1 She was not a fan of the costume! 😂 But treats were involved, so it wasn‘t all bad 😄 1mo
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“Young ladies must guard their reputation at all times; a male relative or servant should accompany you when travelling.

Lady Catherine de Bourgh insists it would be ‘highly improper‘ for Elizabeth Bennet and Maria Lucas to #travel unaccompanied by post: ‘Young women should always be properly guarded and attended, according to their situation in life.‘ Elizabeth reassured her ladyship that her uncle would send a servant for them.”
#200PnPcovers

CrowCAH But that male chaperone could take advantage of lone females! Hopefully not, but it‘s best to be in ones guard. 2mo
mabell @CrowCAH 😬😬 2mo
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“You‘ll begin your day writing letters, or perhaps going shopping before breakfast, which is served about half-past nine or ten o‘clock. Ladies usually breakfast on a dish or cup of fragrant #tea or coffee, chocolate and rolls or toast in the breakfast room, or in front of a roaring fire in the family library; or the servant may bring you breakfast in bed. Gentlemen tuck into heartier fare: eggs, fish and meat.”

#200PnPcovers

BookBabe Love that painting and the quote!! Is the painting from the book cover? 😍 2mo
Gissy That painting is gorgeous 😍👌 2mo
mabell @Gissy @BookBabe Isn‘t it striking? I should have noted the artist. The painting is “Tea and Toast” by Noah Verrier. 2mo
CrowCAH I‘ll take the chocolate! ☺️ 2mo
mabell @CrowCAH Likewise! 2mo
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Pride and Prejudice | Jane Austen
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Using the traditional vows from the Book of Common Prayer (1549), we assume Mr. Bennett took Mrs. Bennett “in #sickness and in health … til death do us part” and it‘s death‘s parting the Bennetts fear. For then, “Mr. Collin‘s may turn you all out … as soon as he pleases”

#200PnPcovers

CrowCAH And what is to become of all the women?! Mrs. Bennett‘s poor nerves. 2mo
mabell @CrowCAH Oh my yes! 2mo
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Primogeniture has unfortunate consequences for an eldest son‘s siblings. Younger brothers must find themselves a profession: the army or navy, the church, a government sinecure, the law, or if there is no alternative, commerce (not genteel)

In Northanger, you have the rakish Captain Tilney as the elder son and heir, and Henry as the clergyman. Henry is very comfortably placed - the only unfortunate circumstances are his #sibling and father!

CrowCAH It‘s been awhile since I read Northanger. I remember the ambiance of a gothic tale, taking fright by ghosts! 2mo
mabell @CrowCAH Yes, that‘s true! So much fun! 2mo
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“In Emma, Mr Knightley‘s estate manager, William Larkins, is very pleased when lots of apples are sold from Donwell Abbey farm. If you have plenty of land but little spare cash like Mr Knightley, you can dine on luxuries like fresh strawberries from the gardens.

#Rich landowners, like Pride and Prejudice‘s Mr Darcy, have hothouses for growing tender fruits such as grapes, nectarines and peaches.”

#200PnPcovers

CrowCAH Fresh picked Michigan strawberries warmed by the sun are delicious!!! 2mo
mabell @CrowCAH Same down here! A luxury! 2mo
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My favorite story from this book! And it covers a few prompts 😉

Jane was helping to nurse her brother through a nasty illness when one of his doctors, who also attended the Prince Regent [ruling in place of his #parents] realised that Jane was the author of #Pride and Prejudice. One day he told Jane that the Prince ‘often‘ read her #novels and ‘kept a set in every one of his residences.‘ Accordingly he informed the Prince she was in London. ⬇️

mabell His Royal Highness asked the librarian of Carlton House, James Stanier Clarke, to call on her. Clarke duly appeared the next day and invited Jane to Carlton House, so that he could show her ‘the library and other apartments, and pay her every possible attention.‘ Although Jane disapproved of the Prince Regent‘s immoral lifestyle [in spite of her #prejudice], she felt unable to turn down this high honour [#proposal]. 2mo
mabell During her visit, Clarke declared that the Prince had given her permission to dedicate her next novel (Emma) to him, and upon publication Austen‘s publisher, John Murray, sent the Prince a handsome copy of Emma for his library. #200PnPcovers 2mo
LeahBergen Whenever I open Emma and see that dedication I think how she was “bullied” into it. 😆 2mo
CrowCAH I agree @LeahBergen . But I guess it‘s not bad to have the Prince Regent as a sponsor! 2mo
mabell @LeahBergen @CrowCAH Not exactly a glowing dedication 😆😂 2mo
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#Music is considered an ideal accomplishment for young ladies and Jane Austen‘s brother Henry recalled that when at Chawton, she ‘practised [the pianoforte] daily, chiefly before breakfast.‘”

#200PnPcovers

CrowCAH Wow piano playing before breakfast?! I‘m not always fully functioning before lunch! 😆 2mo
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Jane was quite pleased her books earned #money

“Austen‘s books turned a modest but welcome profit, even though they were published at her own expense. By the summer of 1813 she had received 648 for the copyright of Pride and Prejudice, plus another 660 profit from Sense and Sensibility (which had sold out). … ‘I have now, therefore, written myself into 6a8, which only makes me long for more,‘ she wrote to her brother Frank.

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LeahBergen Love this! 2mo
CrowCAH That was quite the sum for her time. I‘m glad she got to see some reward from her writing in her lifetime!!! 2mo
mabell @LeahBergen I did too! Her comment is great 😄 2mo
mabell @CrowCAH Yes, both financially and with accolades! 2mo
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Mr Darcy‘s cousin Miss de Bourgh is destined to have a ‘very large fortune, and it is believed that she and her cousin will unite the two estates,‘ - according to George Wickham. 🙄

#marriage #200PnPcovers

CrowCAH But she is a sickly creature. Darcy would never tolerate her! Lol 2mo
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The Royal Mail service was overhauled in 1784, when entrepreneur John Palmer‘s plan was adopted of sending #mail by coach, instead of postboys on horseback. … On special occasions such as May Day, or when there‘s important news like Nelson‘s victory at Trafalgar, the mail coaches and horses are festooned with ribbons and decorations.

#200PnPcovers

LeahBergen My little neighbourhood postal van should festoon itself! 😆 2mo
mabell @LeahBergen I agree! Ours lacks a festive “celebratory spirit” too! 😂 2mo
CrowCAH Thanks for the little history lesson! 2mo
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I think Elizabeth is generally laughing at you, not with you. 😆😂

#laughter #200PnPcovers

CrowCAH I totally agree. She laughs more in sport than with the joke. 2mo
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“This book will help you find your feet in Austen‘s England, whether you are a fond parent hoping to launch your sons and daughters into the best society, a young gentleman or lady looking for #love , or a traveller keen to enjoy all the amusements that the towns and countryside have to offer.”

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Chrissyreadit I love this cover! 2mo
CrowCAH Looks like a windy place, according to the cover! 2mo
mabell @Chrissyreadit I‘m not sure what is depicted on the cover (but it‘s hilarious) This is a great book! @CrowCAH posted when it was an ebook deal, and I‘m glad I grabbed it! 2mo
Chrissyreadit @mabell of course now I have to stack it! 2mo
mabell @Chrissyreadit It‘s meant to read as a travel guide for the 1800s tourist, which is a clever premise! 2mo
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Traveller Richard Ayton was shocked when he visited the genteel resort of Parkgate, Cheshire in 1813:

Few of both sexes thought it necessary to hide themselves under the awning of bathing machines: posts, with ropes fastened to them, are fixed into the sands, and these were taken possession of by numerous groups of women, six or seven in a row, jumping, ducking, laughing and screaming, evidently as careless of being seen as of being drowned.

mabell Sea-bathing is such fun that you may lose your sense of decorum. (And go into #hysterics !) #200PnPcovers 2mo
CrowCAH So scandalous! 😆 2mo
TheAromaofBooks I appreciate that half these people look like they're drowning 😂 2mo
mabell @CrowCAH Oh my yes! 2mo
mabell @TheAromaofBooks I found this one by googling - it was too perfect 😂 2mo
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“The marriages of minors (people under 21) who wed without their parents‘ consent are not legal, even with a special licence. But Hardwicke‘s Act does not apply to Scotland: there it is legal for people as young as 16 to marry without parental consent.

The village of Gretna Green lies temptingly just over the Scottish border, and it is the first destination of choice for #hundreds of runaway marriages.”

#200PnPcovers

CrowCAH I can‘t even imagine being married so young! Times are different. 2mo
mabell @CrowCAH You had to grow up quicker then! 2mo
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After our recent cold snap, this spoke to me 😆

On 28 December 1798, Parson Woodforde complained in his diary that it was so cold that: ‘it froze in every part of the House – Milk & Cream tho‘ kept in the Kitchen all froze – Meat like blocks of Wood – It froze in [the] Kitchen even by the fire in a very few Minutes... Even the Meat in our Pantry all froze & also our Bread – I think the Cold was never more severe in my Life‘

#houses #200PnPcovers

CrowCAH Even in MetroDetroit Michigan we had a cold snap the past week. But it didn‘t freeze that bad!!! 2mo
Cathythoughts Lovely picture 💫 2mo
mabell Thank you @Cathythoughts ! ❤️ 2mo
mabell @CrowCAH Definitely not that bad! Another excerpt talked about having to break the ice in the washbasin - it was below freezing in the bedroom!? 2mo
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“Jane wrote to Cassandra: I have received a very civil note from Mrs Martin, requesting my name as a subscriber to her library... Mrs Martin tells me that her collection is not to consist only of novels, but of every kind of literature, etc. She might have spared this pretension to our family, who are great novel-readers, and not ashamed of being so; but it was necessary, I suppose, to the self-consequence of half her subscribers.”

#200PnPcovers

mabell Reading is one of the most timeless of #hobbies 2mo
LeahBergen Love this excerpt! 2mo
CrowCAH Yes, a well rounded library has many genres! 2mo
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When Thomas Moore stayed in London for the first time in April 1799, he wrote to his mother: ‘… if I had indulged in going out often… there is scarce a night that I should not be at some female #gossip party, to drink tea, play a little crambo [a rhyming game], and eat a sandwich.‘

#200PnPcovers

MaureenMc Sounds like a great night out! 😁 2mo
LeahBergen I‘d party with Thomas. 😆 2mo
CrowCAH I‘m isn‘t that why you go to parties to gossip?! Lol 2mo
mabell @MaureenMc @LeahBergen Sounds like my kind of party, too! 😄 2mo
mabell @CrowCAH Absolutely! 🤣 2mo
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I love the #friendship between Jane and Cassandra, as evidenced in their entertaining letters. #200PnPcovers

CrowCAH What great sisters to be completely open and honest with each other! 2mo
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LeahBergen Very cool! 2mo
mabell @LeahBergen “Nudity being all the rage” 😆 2mo
CrowCAH I love patterned socks; they‘re my jam! 🧦 2mo
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‘Henry drove so well – so quietly, – without making any disturbance, without parading to her, or swearing at them [the horses] – so different from the only gentleman-coachman whom it was in her power to compare him with! … To be driven by him, next to being #dancing with him, was certainly the greatest happiness in the world.‘

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CrowCAH He sounds amazing! (It‘s been awhile since I read Northanger, have to add it to the list to re-read) 2mo
sprainedbrain Mr. Tilney 😍 2mo
mabell @CrowCAH Definitely reread soon! I love this one so much ❤️ 2mo
mabell @sprainedbrain My favorite Austen hero! 🥰 2mo
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‘Horsemen and footmen, carriages of every description and every shape, waggons and carts and covered carts, stagecoaches… coaches, chariots, chaises, gigs, buggies, curricles and phaetons; the sound of their wheels ploughing through the wet gravel was as continuous and incessant as the roar of waves on the sea beach.‘

#200PnPcovers #conveyances

mabell [From Letters from England (1807) - Robert Southey‘s clever travel memoir purports to be written by Spaniard ‘Don Manuel Alvarez Espriella‘, so that he can discuss English life as if through a foreigner‘s eyes] 2mo
CrowCAH Phew that‘s a lot of different types of conveyances! 2mo
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The London ‘season‘ is the busiest time of the year for socialites, and the nobility and great county families like Mr Darcy‘s in Pride and Prejudice keep a house in town. The ‘season‘ begins early in the New Year and continues until early summer, when families decamp to their #country retreats or fashionable watering holes.

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(📷 Pemberley aka Lyme Park)

CrowCAH This house is just picturesque! 😍 2mo
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“During the winter months you‘ll often see the city wreathed in thick smoke; it wears a more cheerful aspect in spring and summer.”

#200PnPcovers #city

StayCurious No wonder people who were lucky enough to have country estates were sought after! I‘d marry to escape the city lol 2mo
CrowCAH I would not doubt some sun makes every environ more beautiful! 2mo
mabell @StayCurious I would definitely look forward to the fresh air! 😆 2mo
mabell @CrowCAH Ha so true! 2mo
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“A family with children living on Qc–5,000 p.a. needs 11 female and 13 male servants: ‘A Housekeeper, Cook, Lady‘s Maid, Nurse, two House-maids, Laundry-Maid, Still-room Maid, Nursery-maid, Kitchen-maid, and Scullion, with Butler, Valet, House-Steward, Coachman, two Grooms, one assistant ditto, two Footmen, three Gardeners, and a Labourer.‘”

AlaMich 🤣 3mo
CrowCAH Woah OMG that‘s a lot of staff for a household! 3mo
merelybookish I feel cheated! 3mo
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Chrissyreadit How do I get to live this life style? 3mo
LeahBergen I don‘t have children but clearly I need some staff. 😆 3mo
Gissy And in these days...almost everything is done by a single person...in a smaller house yes, but one single person 🤔 3mo
mabell @AlaMich @CrowCAH @merelybookish @Chrissyreadit It sounds overwhelming 😳 But at the same time, I‘d be willing to give it shot 😆 2mo
mabell @LeahBergen I don‘t know about Johnny, but I could do with at least a couple of nannies for Bell and Ted! 🤣 2mo
mabell @Gissy In this house, we have two people trying to run it. And not well. 😆 All I‘d need is a maid, a cook would be nice, maybe a gardener, oh and a housekeeper. I wouldn‘t be greedy 😄 2mo
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“When Catherine Morland attends her first ball in the Upper Rooms at Bath in Northanger Abbey, the ball-room is so crowded that she can see very little of the dancers except ‘the high feathers of some of the ladies‘.”

#balls #200PnPcovers #PnPCovers

CrowCAH Aye, wear a tall feather in your hat, so people can find you among the crowd! 🪶 3mo
mabell @CrowCAH Ha didn‘t think of it that way! 3mo
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Pride and Prejudice | Jane Austen
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#200PnPCovers #PnPCovers

Join us next month for a Pride and Prejudice themed March 2022 daily picture challenge!

Any who post daily will receive physical rewards from @CrowCAH in the form of P&P and Jane Austen themed bookish goodies!

We can‘t wait to see your posts!!!

CrowCAH I have a fabulous cohost in @mabell !!! 🥰📚 3mo
CoverToCoverGirl Yippee! 🎉 3mo
LeahBergen I‘m so in! 3mo
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Pride and Prejudice | Jane Austen
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#PnPCovers #200PnPCovers

In March, @CrowCAH will be celebrating reaching 200 books in her P&P collection with a daily challenge!

I am so excited to cohost with her! 🥰

More info coming soon!

wanderinglynn This sounds fun! 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Ooooo!!!! 3mo
CrowCAH Thanks for sharing! 🥰 3mo
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mabell @wanderinglynn @TheAromaofBooks This will be a fun month! @CrowCAH is great host! 😄 3mo
LeahBergen Awesome! 👏👏 3mo
mabell @LeahBergen Cynthia is a terrific host, so I know it will be a great month 😊 3mo
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The Book House, Inc | St. Louis, MO (Bookstore)
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New to me cozy series from our nearby indie.

Published in the 60s, these sounded fun! Miss Seeton is a retired art teacher who also investigates. Comparisons to Miss Marple clinched it.

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batsy This sounds fun! 3mo
LeahBergen What @batsy said! 👍 3mo
mabell @batsy @LeahBergen I think so too! I happened to find 1-3, so a perfect place to start 😄 3mo
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My first 10K! A few days ago this trail would have been a scenic dirt path - 10 inches of snow a few days ago made it a beautiful, crazy challenge!

The trail is the Bootlegger‘s Run (due to the history of the area), so the swag was a growler and really delicious Irish Red Ale with honey.

So much fun, but after that, I‘m limiting my activities for the foreseeable future to reading and eating. 🤣

Karisa 👏👏👏 That‘s awesome! 3mo
Chrissyreadit 🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌 3mo
LeahBergen Congrats! And I love that growler. 🍻 3mo
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MaureenMc Congratulations! 🎉 3mo
mabell @Karisa @MaureenMc Thank you so much! It was a gorgeous, exhausting time! 😄 3mo
mabell @LeahBergen Thank you! The growler is quite cute 😆 3mo
mabell @Chrissyreadit Thanks, Chrissy! How are you feeling??? 3mo
Chrissyreadit @mabell exhausted. I can‘t function for more than 10 minutes without needing to lie down for a few hours. Have you and Chris been able to not get COVID? 3mo
mabell @Chrissyreadit I‘m so sorry you‘re having to go through that ☹️ We‘re fortunate in that we both work from home, and it‘s just the 2 (well, 4) of us. I‘m sure we‘re also just lucky. I hope your recovery accelerates! 3mo
Gissy Congratulations!! That was amazing!!! With snow, cold?😬🥶That was a challenge! And you did it!💪💪💪🥇 3mo
BiblioLitten Congratulations! 😃🎉 3mo
mabell @BiblioLitten Thank you! It was fun! (Mostly 😆) 3mo
mabell Thanks @Gissy ! The snow was quite a challenge - it was like running in sand! But it was so beautiful, I was lucky! It was really perfect timing! (Though my body is saying otherwise 🤣) How is your swimming training going?? 3mo
Nute Way cool! Congratulations! A challenge and a half considering the weather. You did it!!!🙌🏽 3mo
Gissy @mabell Still a slow swimmer🤷🏽‍♀️I try and try but not much progress here. I l‘m looking for an instructor but I still need to coordinate the day and the time. Today we were doing 2,000 meters in the pool. Of course I was the last one in the group to complete the routine🤦🏽‍♀️ 3mo
mabell Thank you so much @Nute ! ❤️ 3mo
mabell @Gissy Well, way to finish!!! I definitely couldn‘t swim that far - isn‘t that over a mile?! Swimming those distances is very tough! 3mo
Gissy @mabell It is tough for me but you should see those swimmers, they are so fast. At least I‘m doing some exercises. Development (aka aging😆) is saying hello every day, just to not forget about her, so doing these exercises is like a way to welcome her all the time, with open arms😳🤣🤣🤣 3mo
mabell @Gissy Development 🤣🤣🤣 I love how you put it! 3mo
robinb So sorry I‘m late but congratulations to you!! 👏👏👏 Wonderful photo of you! 😘 3mo
mabell Thanks so much @robinb !! ❤️ 3mo
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Me - “So many tantalizing cookie recipes to try”

Also me - “You don‘t have time to make cookies”

Me in response - “Clearly your priorities are all out of whack”

Such a gorgeous book! Excellent photography, great description, and a nice balance of classic and adventurous recipes.

QuietlyLaura There‘s always time for cookies! ☺️🍪 4mo
Chrissyreadit Those do sound fun and adventurous 😍 4mo
BennettBookworm Looks delicious! 4mo
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BiblioLitten 😍 4mo
mabell @QuietlyLaura I agree! Fortunately my better self prevailed 😉 There are definite cookie plans for today! 4mo
mabell @Chrissyreadit @BiblioLitten @BennettBookworm I‘m intrigued by these - They are on my to-make list! In the meantime, I‘m going to try one of the simpler, yet still delicious sounding, recipes. Homemade cookies are the best! 4mo
Chrissyreadit What did you make today? I‘m craving cookies…. 4mo
mabell @Chrissyreadit Well fortunately/unfortunately, I can‘t be a bad influence because the cookie baking had to be postponed. Instead I had to make soup and bread, but on the plus side, we have lemon rice soup and cheese bread! Hopefully tomorrow nothing will transpire to interfere with the cookie plans 😆 4mo
Chrissyreadit Ohhh!!! Can you send me your recipe for lemon rice soup? I had an amazing one at a Mediterranean restaurant and want to find a similar one 4mo
mabell @Chrissyreadit Absolutely! I‘ll send you the link. It isn‘t vegan (eggs, chicken broth), but maybe you could find substitutes? 4mo
mabell @Chrissyreadit I got the link to paste here 😊 4mo
Chrissyreadit I can always find ways to veganize. 😘 thank you! 4mo
CaramelLunacy Those sound so tasty! 3mo
mabell @CaramelLunacy They are still on the to-try list, but we are definitely going to get to those! Next up, we may make the Neapolitan cookies 😄 3mo
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Gisela, what a lovely package! ❤️❤️❤️ I am so excited to read the books you choose (and I absolutely love the covers!) and what a pretty book journal! Such a cool idea for saving thoughts, quotes, etc. from books read. A fun mug for fall with its own matching coaster (I always need coasters!), P&P socks?, and very cool bookends! Bell and Ted totally approve ?? And the most delicious turrón! Thank you so much!

LeahBergen What a gorgeous parcel. I love the bookends! 4mo
Chrissyreadit 😍😍😍🙌😍😍😍 4mo
Gissy I‘m glad you liked it. I thought the bookends were so cute. It took forever but finally it arrives🤗❤️❤️❤️ I gave that turrón to some friends this year and they love it. They said that I need to give them it every Christmas as a tradicional gift☺️ 4mo
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batsy Lovely gifts 😍 Those bookends are fab! 4mo
mabell @LeahBergen @Chrissyreadit @batsy Such a fun package! The bookends are truly unique - and quite fitting for my golden age mysteries 😄 4mo
mabell @Gissy I love everything! I‘ve been meaning to redo my mantel, so I think I will put the bookends there with special books I‘m looking forward to reading ? The turrón is just so good! It really could be a delicious tradition! ? Thank you so much! ❤️ 4mo
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Murder After Christmas | Rupert Latimer
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Why yes, I am still celebrating the holidays 🎄

A Christmas gift (to myself), perfectly suited to enjoy “after Christmas” 😄

Gissy Me too! I have some holiday books for this month☺️ 4mo
mabell @Gissy There‘s too much to fit it all in December! 😆 4mo
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I forgot I didn‘t post this, yet! Thank you so much for the Christmas greetings, Cynthia and Robin! I hope you both had a wonderful holiday! ❤️🎄

robinb 😘Love your 🌲! 4mo
CrowCAH Aww you‘re welcome! It‘s still the Catholic Christmas season, so you‘re not late! 😁 4mo
mabell @robinb Thank you! ❤️ 4mo
mabell @CrowCAH I always extend the season as long as I can! 😄 4mo
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Lots of fun, simple drink ideas! (One cool tip is to melt jolly ranchers, brush it on a straw & roll in crushed life savers) This book, green apples & gingerbread syrup were a present from my sister ❤️

This morning, this yummy drink was just apples, water, sugar & spices in the slow cooker! Then mash it, strain, and add the syrup. “Hot Holiday Cider” as served at refreshment carts in Magic Kingdom.

I‘m looking forward to trying all the others!

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The Night Before Christmas | Clement C. Moore
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Looking through my Christmas treasures, I found my great grandmother‘s set of Christmas Stocking Series little books. This one is The Night Before Christmas, with an introduction by L. Frank Baum 🎄❤️

LeahBergen Those are beautiful! 5mo
Chrissyreadit 😍😍😍😍 5mo
Gissy Wow! A treasure! And all the good memories behind the books, priceless they belonged to your grandma❤️ 5mo
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MaureenMc 🤩 5mo
mabell @Gissy Yes, I‘m fortunate to have many heirlooms from my family. I just wish I remembered better all the stories. I should have written down more! 5mo
mabell @LeahBergen @Chrissyreadit @MaureenMc It was so much fun to get them out and look through them - *very* carefully! 😆 5mo
tpixie @mabell how special ❤️💚❤️ 5mo
mabell @tpixie Thank you! ❤️ 5mo
BiblioLitten What gems! 4mo
mabell @BiblioLitten Thank you! It makes them even more special that they have been handed down 😊 4mo
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Skipping Christmas | John Grisham
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An annual/biennial re-listen. The crotchety negativity is part of the joke, but I wasn‘t quite as entertained by it this year. Too much real life negativity out there right now!

📷 Candy Cane Lane - St. Louis' famous residential light display. Our version of Hemlock!

#bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 5mo
MaureenMc Maybe we‘ll try to make it to Candy Cane Lane this year. 🤞 5mo
Avanders Aww how nice! I love it! 5mo
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Gissy Beautiful! 😍💚❤️💙❤️💚 5mo
mabell @Gissy @Avanders It‘s only a couple blocks long, but they go all out! There is always a long line of cars waiting to drive through - it‘s a tradition. 😊 5mo
mabell @MaureenMc I keep hoping it will snow!! That‘s my favorite time to walk through! ❄️ We‘ll actually going to walk over tonight (we‘re halfway between Donut Drive In 🍩and Ted Drewes 🍦) 🤣 There are so many streets that have joined in - it‘s a fun walk! 5mo
Chrissyreadit Looks like fun! 5mo
Gissy @mabell A safe way to enjoy the lights and decorations 🎄💚❤️💚 5mo
Avanders Sounds perfect ☺️ There‘s a local drive through here… but the night we finally made it over.. bugga suddenly had an emergency pee-situation… and we didn‘t make it back. 🤭 Ah well, there‘ll be next year 😜 5mo
mabell @Avanders Ha! An emergency pee situation is a definite emergency! You‘ve seen some Christmas lights you‘ve seen em all 😂 5mo
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Please Do Feed the Cat | Marian Babson
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I wish there were more than 2 books set in Brimful Coffers - a tightly-knit community of writer-transplants. Everyone in the story is a character, but the high points are of course the cats, Had I, But Known, and Rosco, and their people, Freddie, Macho and Lorinda. The writing is clever, and the banter fun. The only drawbacks are the mystery story interludes between chapters, but you can easily skip those. The audio is highly enjoyable!

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Landed Gently (UK) | Alan Hunter
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I‘m sorry to say the only redeeming qualities of this book are the setting (Christmas at an estate patterned after Holkam Hall) & Inspector Gently. He is popular with everyone, quietly intelligent, and of course always brings home the bacon. Yet the story is muddled with weird tangents and musings, more abstract theater than novel. I felt the same after reading another Gently mystery, so I don‘t think they are for me.
December #bookspin 🎄

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 5mo
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Thank you for my Christmas surprise box, Chrissy! It‘s all so festive! Such a pretty book sleeve and mask (with bees! 😊) I‘m looking forward to burning the candles - it‘s been a long time since I‘ve had bayberry. So Christmasy! 🕯 The birds will love the seed ornaments! Thank you! ❤️

Chrissyreadit Im glad it arrived. I have no idea if the candy in the tin is fun but it reminded me of your book aesthetic and old fashioned style. Everything is from local small businesses (except the mask and booksleeve- those were Etsy 🤣)😘😘😘😘 (edited) 5mo
LeahBergen Lovely! 🥰 5mo
mabell Love supporting local businesses! And small businesses on Etsy 😊 The candy reminds me - I am pretty sure that I bought the same brand at Epcot when I was little! I thought the tin was so pretty, and it was from France! 🇫🇷Unfortunately the flavor I got was anise 🤣 I‘d forgotten all about that! The little glass with the vintage scene is so cute too! I love the trees! 5mo
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mabell @LeahBergen So fun! Chrissy always sends such thoughtful packages! 💕 5mo
Crazeedi What a thoughtful gift, you deserve it and @Chrissyreadit picks the coolest things! 5mo
mabell @Crazeedi She definitely does! ❤️ 5mo
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My first time participating in #bookspinbingo ! I have so many things I would like read (or reread) this month - it will be fun to check off the boxes!

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Glad to have you along!!! I'll tag you with the winning numbers/bingo board tomorrow!!! 6mo
Gissy You will love it!! 6mo
mabell @TheAromaofBooks Yay! Thank you so much doing this! 6mo
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mabell @Gissy It seemed like the perfect month to give it a try! Now I just have to find time in the holiday craziness read 🤣 PS I sent your package yesterday, so it should arrive soon! 😊 6mo
Chrissyreadit I was thinking about you this week! ❤️ I‘m going to email you ❤️ 5mo
Gissy @mabell The book I‘m waiting for is supposed to arrive on December 8th. I think it comes from another source or was back order. There will be an item related with fall because I bought on October 😳 (edited) 5mo
mabell @Gissy That‘s great - I love fall! 😊🍁 5mo
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Turkey Trot Murder | Leslie Meier
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My siblings, Chris and I ran our first 5K this morning - The Turkey Trot!

Historic homes and gorgeous foliage (and pretty chilly temps!)

Happy Thanksgiving! 🦃🍽🍁

TheSpineView Congrats and Happy Thanksgiving! 6mo
wanderinglynn Awesome way to start the day! Congrats! 🎉👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 6mo
MaureenMc 👏👏 Happy Thanksgiving! 6mo
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mabell @TheSpineView @wanderinglynn @MaureenMc Thank you! It was “fun”! 🤣 6mo
Gissy I didn‘t congratulate you all for this race! 🏅🏃🏼‍♀️
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Chrissyreadit It looks like fun!!! 5mo
mabell @Gissy Thank you! It gave us all a big confidence boost to complete it! There was a 5K and a 10K - the girl who won the 10K did it in under 33 minutes 😳 😳 Faster than I did the 5K! 5mo
mabell @Chrissyreadit It was! But I‘m also not “running” to sign up for one soon 😆 5mo
Gissy @mabell I‘m in your group. Six miles in 33 minutes are for elites, I‘m mortal😂 5mo
mabell @Gissy 😂😂😂 5mo
Avanders Sooo pretty!! 😍 And so cool that you can do things like this with family 🤗 5mo
mabell @Avanders Thank you! It was a good day to do it. And now that box is checked off. 🤣 5mo
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