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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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Friends Are the Best! | Maggie Testa
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Thank you so much for my package @Gissy ! I‘m so excited to see what‘s inside! ❤️😊

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Eggs in Purgatory | Laura Childs
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Book 1 with the Cackleberry Club. We just have time to meet Suzanne, Toni, & Petra before a murder takes place - snowballing into complex web of deceit. Suzanne, a heartbroken widow, faces accusations of under-the-table dealing against her deceased husband. There is also the frightening abusive cult nearby. Rather intense for a cozy! Too much for me - fortunately I started with a later one in the series, or I probably wouldn‘t haven‘t read on.

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Widowed by suicide, Pen moved to a small RI town to join her aunt in running a bookstore. A PI was killed in the store in the 40s, and his ghost is in residence. Pen investigates mysteries with his help, and the help of friends.

Trippy - Pen converses with the ghost, Jack, in her head. Jack can pull her into dreams of his creation, based on past cases, where they enact scenes. Pen appears to be forming an amorous relationship with a ghost. 🤔

tdrosebud I've really enjoyed this series, though I still need to read this one. Maybe I'll grab it on my way to work this morning... 5d
mabell @tdrosebud This is the first I‘ve read in the series, but it wasn‘t too difficult to get to know the characters and setting. The premise is certainly unique! And this one is a pretty good mystery! I‘m looking forward to seeing how you think it compares to the others in the series! 5d
tdrosebud @mabell This is the 6th in the series, the first 5 are under the name Alice Kimberly. There was a lot of time between the 5th book and this one. The unique premise is what drew me into it too, it's so different from other cozies I've read. 5d
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Chrissyreadit Hmmm. 5d
mabell @tdrosebud I was familiar with The name Cleo Coyle, but I didn‘t realize it was a pseudonym for a husband/wife duo. That‘s cool! 4d
mabell @Chrissyreadit Pretty unique 😄 I‘m always intrigued by the interesting storylines originated by cozy mystery authors. I read one which was based on an “emergency” bakery in a old ambulance. Haha. 4d
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Bedeviled Eggs | Laura Childs
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I inadvertently began with book 3 in the series, but I didn‘t realize it until I went to check out the next one.

Three middle aged friends run the Cackleberry Club - a breakfast and lunch cafe with a book nook and a knitting nest (This is a cozy after all 😂) However, the murders are decidedly un-cozy. While prepping for the restaurant‘s big Halloween bash, Suzanne finds herself in the crosshairs as she helps Sheriff Doogie investigate.

Chrissyreadit That sounds like my dream business, with wine, coffee or tea available. 6d
mabell @Chrissyreadit Yes, definitely! Do you knit, too? 5d
Chrissyreadit @mabell I crochet. I knit when I was very young and have no functional skill now 🤣 5d
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mabell @Chrissyreadit It‘s like riding a bike! 😄 I haven‘t done much crocheting, but my knitting tub is waiting in the garage - patiently. 😆 It‘s probably been 10 years since I‘ve picked anything up, but I‘ve been thinking about getting it back out lately! 5d
Chrissyreadit @mabell I‘m crocheting scarves right now for my daughter and niece but I want to learn how to read patterns. I do everything in my head. I remember how complicated my mom and grandmas knitting patterns seemed. But there is something amazing and peaceful about it. What‘s on your wishlist to make? 5d
mabell @Chrissyreadit That‘s impressive you can do it in your head! I use patterns. I‘ve done pretty much everything on my wish list - sweaters, lace, socks, etc. I think if I picked it back up I would do more socks. They are more interesting and quicker than a big piece like a sweater (rows and rows of stitches 🤪) I have this book I really like that I‘ll post some from! 4d
Chrissyreadit @mabell thanks!! For sharing! I so want to learn how to make socks!!! (edited) 4d
mabell @Chrissyreadit Socks are so fun to make - and useful! There are some tricky bits to them, but once you get the hang of it, you could do it in your sleep. I‘m excited to dig out this book and post some snippets. It‘s a good one! 3d
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This is my 2nd Constable Evans - the 1st was early in the series, and this is a later one.

They take place in the cozy, unique setting of Wales, a place I know little about, but find fascinating. The mystery in this was two missing girls - one present day & one years ago. Evans is closely tied to the first disappearance as he played with the little girl right before she went missing.

Despite the coziness, I find these more sad than feel good.

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Full Moon | Edward Cerda
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I caught the snowy moon last night - it was lovely!

My self care technique is comfort food - lots of it - and wine. Very relaxing, and wonderful in the short term (maybe not a good long term solution 😄)

Thank you and ❤️ to @Gissy @Meaw_catlady @Chrissyreadit @sprainedbrain

#moonreflections

Chrissyreadit What is your favorite comfort food? 1w
sprainedbrain Gorgeous photo! ❤️ 1w
Tamra I agree! 1w
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Meaw_catlady Oooh lovely !! I can never capture a good picture of the moon! Thanks for sharing ! Blessings to you lovely ! 🖤 1w
mabell @Chrissyreadit I love having an appetizer spread or nachos/nacho dip or pizza. Pretty much anything with bread and cheese. 😆 1w
mabell @sprainedbrain @tamra @Meaw_catlady Thank you! It was snowy and glowing, which was so cozy - and freezing 😂 I never seem to capture the magic of the moon in a photo - it‘s so flat compared to seeing it in real life! 1w
Chrissyreadit Oh!!! Yes! 1w
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Hallowe'en Party | Agatha Christie
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Why, Ted?!? 🐶 😭😭

DGRachel Oh no! 2w
BookwormM Uh oh my guinea pig Rodney has also sampled library books 2w
LibrarianRyan At least only it‘s the case. 2w
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batsy Ooof! 😬 2w
mabell @DGRachel @batsy He is a stinker! 😆 2w
mabell @BookwormM I knew I wasn‘t the only one. I just wish he would have sampled something I don‘t have to replace! Forbidden fruit apparently. 🤣 2w
mabell @LibrarianRyan True! Hopefully it wouldn‘t be a big replacement cost. This is my first time in this boat! 2w
LibrarianRyan @mabell should be between $5-7. Depends if it‘s tape, or Cd and how many. 2w
rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen This is in your future! 😹 #JohnnyBergen 2w
mabell @LibrarianRyan Oh good! That doesn‘t sound too bad. 2w
mabell @rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen It‘s bound to happen! Those boys 🐶 are trouble. 😂🤣 2w
Chrissyreadit Good thing he‘s cute. 2w
LeahBergen @mabell @rubyslippersreads I know!! Any time now!! 😫😫😫 2w
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The Wednesdays | Julie Bourbeau
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1. April 2016
2. An email from Out of Print
3. I‘ve read more outside my comfort area - and discovered some truly amazing books!
4. British and cozy mysteries, travel - especially humorous
5. Thank you for tagging me @Gissy ! ❤️ I‘ll say hi to the two Littens who liked my first post @readinginthedark @thec0zy 😊

#wondrouswednesday

Eggs Hi👋🏻 Thanks for playing 👏🏻🤗💕 4w
Gissy @mabell I haven't sent the box because I had some problems with Amazon.😡In the first package, some books came with damages, today I received an incomplete order. I wrote them an email🙄As soon I receive the item I will send you the box. So sorry for that😔Some of those items in that order were for a swap and I'm also late because of them. I hope you can understand. 3w
mabell @Gissy I‘m so sorry you are having problems with Amazon! I‘ve had things arrived damaged before, and it is so frustrating, especially when it is for a swap. But please don‘t worry, it‘s just lots of fun to send and receive! 😄 The last item for your box just arrived, so I‘ll be sending yours very soon. Just to make sure, should I still send to the address I have (your old address)? 3w
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Gissy Well I will be there until November 30th. At this right moment I'm in the "new" apt (new for me☺️) painting! 3w
mabell @Gissy Fun! It‘s so neat to see spaces transform with paint. It makes it ours! 😊 3w
Gissy @mabell Yes! So much work to do😅 3w
mabell @Gissy Your belated birthday box is on its way! 😊 2w
Gissy @mabell Thank You! I will be sending yours at the end of the week. The replaced book arrived yesterday but I have been busy with works in the new apartment😅and medical appointments with a family member who only wants me to take him to his appointments😲☺️This Month will be an extremely busy one but at the end I will see the accomplishments🤗 2w
mabell @Gissy I‘m looking forward to receiving it - but absolutely no rush! You really have a lot going on! I hope everything is ok with your family member. It is so nice he wants only you. 😊 2w
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I had never read this, but my goodness, is it cute! Emil and his new friends attempt to catch the thief who sneakily snatched his money on the train to Berlin. So much fun - and the conversations between the kids is hilarious!

Would this count as #bbrc #middlegrade #realclassic @LibrarianRyan ?

LeahBergen I never read this as a kid but I bought an old copy a couple of years ago. Slightly Foxed has published a really cute memoir by the author of his childhood. 1mo
LibrarianRyan Sure why not 1mo
mabell @LeahBergen I bet that would be cute! He seems to relate well to kids. 😄 1mo
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Wednesday | Mary Lindeen
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1. Arsenic and Old Lace, hands down. Peter Lorre! ❤️
2. Flexibility - I love that I get to spend everyday with my canine kids.
3. One of my current ones 😆 My favorite job is the one I don‘t need my JD for 🤷‍♀️
4. Thank you for the tag @Gissy !

Eggs Love your responses🤗🤗 1mo
mabell @Eggs ❤️😊 1mo
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@robinb you are so thoughtful! Thank you so much for my card and pretty bookmark! ❤️

robinb You are most welcome, Elizabeth, and I hope your day was extra wonderful like you! 😊🤗💕 1mo
mabell You are so sweet! Thank you @robinb ! ❤️ 1mo
robinb @mabell 😘 1mo
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Thank you so much for my birthday surprises @Chrissyreadit ! I‘m so excited for both of them!

Chrissyreadit ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
Tanisha_A Happy birthday! 🎂 1mo
mabell @Tanisha_A Thank you! 😊 1mo
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The Wainscott Weasel | Tor Seidler
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#7covers7days #CoverCrush Day 2 (sort of)

thebluestocking Happy birthday!! 🎉 (Apparently we‘re birthday twins.) 2mo
Gissy I think your birthday was Friday October 4th? 😱Happy Belated Birthday!🎂🎉🎊🎈🎈🎈 1mo
mabell @thebluestocking Thank you!! I hope you had a great one too! 🎉❤️ 1mo
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mabell @Gissy Thank you so much! It was lots of fun! Family visited from out of town so it was a whirlwind! ❤️😅 I hope things are going well with you! Are you any further on your moving plans? 1mo
Gissy Yes, I think I will be physically in my new apt by November because I'm planning to paint and do other things by the of October without furniture is easier to do some things. 1mo
Gissy I'm glad you have a nice birthday day. You will receive a package by the end of month. Celebrate during the whole month☺️ 1mo
mabell @Gissy Yay! I‘m glad your moving plans will work out! And thank you so much - I‘m looking forward to celebrating all month! 🎉😄 1mo
Gissy Is your Litsy tbr updated? 1mo
mabell @Gissy Yes, it is! 😊 1mo
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I‘m going to give it a go @hilded !

#7covers7days #CoverCrush

hilded Fun!:) 2mo
mabell @hilded The hard part is narrowing it down to 7! 😂 2mo
hilded I know 😂 And remember to log on every day, I‘m not so good with that! 2mo
mabell @hilded So true! I‘m just posting day 2 three days later 😆 2mo
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I wasn‘t sure what to expect with this story, but I was very pleasantly surprised! The tale was neatly interwoven, not overly complex, and overall lighthearted. There are ups and downs, thrills and laughs - I enjoyed it!

It was the beginning of a series, but you could easily read this and not have to continue (though I very well might).

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... All my awesome new books and journal! I‘ve never read any of these! I can‘t wait to delve into the Country House history, and I don‘t think I will be able to save the Country House Christmas until Christmas! (I‘ve already looked up her estate - Lyme - and wow. 😲😍) The mysteries all look terrific - right up my alley! The map is amazing - I love it!

Thank you so much for everything, Karen!

And thank you so much for hosting, Chrissy!

Chili I‘m so glad you like everything! I had fun putting it together. I went shopping for snacks when I was hungry and everything looked good. 🤣 I hope the fur babies like their snacks. 🐶 3mo
squirrelbrain Wow! Amazing gifts! ❤️ 3mo
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Gissy Nice books!🤗 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm 😍👏 loving the books too 3mo
Chrissyreadit Wow! It really looks like you could imagine being there! 3mo
mabell @Chili It‘s always a good idea to shop hungry, haha! Everything looks delicious! And the kids will DEFINITELY like theirs 😆 3mo
mabell @squirrelbrain @Gissy @erzascarletbookgasm It was such a fun package! 😍❤️ 3mo
mabell @Chrissyreadit Oh yes! I loved it! I‘ve been getting lost in my new map 😄 3mo
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@Chili What a wonderful adventure! Thank you for putting together such a thoughtful journey through the English countryside!

I love the snacks you chose - wow!! And I especially love that you included sustenance for my traveling companions. 🐶❤️🐶 The Timtams are delicious! I had to sneak one in with my morning coffee 😄 I can‘t wait to try the Caribou coffee - in my Caribou coffee mug! ☕️ Thank you for my bookish goodies & tote for carrying ...

Avanders 😍😍 3mo
Chrissyreadit Wow!!! This looks like so much fun!!! 🥰😍👏😍🥰 3mo
Chili @mabell the stroopeafels are so good! I had to buy them twice because my daughter and I couldn‘t resist them. 😍 3mo
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Writing Book Reviews | John E. Drewry
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I‘ve gotten rather behind on posting reviews - I‘ve read/listened to these in the last few weeks

I‘m still very much enjoying Mrs. Jeffries (I‘ve started #5)
Borrower in the Night drew me in with its historical mystery (I may have to dig in to the next Vicky Bliss)
Joy in the Morning - Poor Bertie, it really wasn‘t his fault this time!
In the Teeth of Adversity - Don‘t read if you are iffy about dentists!
Death in the Tunnel - facts & deductions

CarolynM I love the Vicky Bliss series, and it gets better and better. Night Train to Memphis is one of my all time favourite books. 3mo
mabell @CarolynM It took me a bit, but I got sucked in! I‘ll have to move on to Street of the Five Moons. Did you enjoy that one? 3mo
CarolynM Yes, very much. There's a bit of an evolution from Borrower to Street. A definite step up🙂 3mo
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They‘re here!!! 😍 Is it August 14th yet?! 🤣

#staycationintimeswap

Chili Yay!!! I‘m glad they arrived safely! 😁 3mo
Chrissyreadit ❤️👏🙌🥰🎉 3mo
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Your package went out yesterday @Chili ! The tracking says it will be there Friday. The box is arriving incognito 😎

#staycationintimeswap

Chrissyreadit ❤️🙌👏🥰🎉 3mo
Chili Yay! Thank you @mabell 😍 3mo
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Beginning this one as my lunchtime time read - thank you for sending it @Kendyl ! I thought it fitting to have my coffee in an Orient Express mug 🚂

rretzler ❤ British Library Crime Classics! 4mo
Aimeesue I love those editions. ❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
mabell @rretzler @Aimeesue This is just the second one I‘ve read/reading, but the covers are fabulous! *must collect them all* 😆 4mo
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Footsteps in the Dark | Georgette Heyer
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And Week 4‘s check-in for #BFC :

I reread Footsteps in the Dark, a fun Heyer mystery that takes place in a recently inherited country house. The young and intrepid proprietors investigate to find the source of the hauntings beleaguering their new home.

93,000/105,000 steps
5/10 books

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 Another great week! 🎉 4mo
TheSpineView Great job! Keep up the good work! 4mo
Gissy 👏👏👏👏Great!!!! 4mo
mabell Thank you @Gissy ! ❤️ 4mo
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I just realized I didn‘t post my #BFC Week 3 Check-in

96,000/105,000 steps
4/10 books

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 A great week! 🎉 4mo
TheSpineView 👏👏👏 4mo
mabell @wanderinglynn @TheSpineView Thank you both! ❤️ 4mo
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Light-hearted and entertaining, this first installment in the Mrs. Jeffries mystery series introduces us to Inspector Witherspoon and his domestic staff. Unbeknownst to him, his housekeeper, maid, cook, coachman and footman, assist him in gathering information for his cases and help put him on the right track.
In this one, they investigate to discover why a respectable doctor was poisoned - and by whom.

#cozyinthesun

Book 4 #BFC

batsy This sounds so fun! 4mo
Crazeedi I just saw another post with this series, I wrote it down to look into!! Looks good!!💕 4mo
GenreMinxReviews I love this series! lol I just read book 9 and I can't wait to read book 10.
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mabell @batsy @Crazeedi It‘s exactly the type of story I think of for “cozy” 😊 4mo
mabell @GenreMinxReviews I‘m glad it continues to be good! I have the audiobooks through our library app and I have several in print too, so I will definitely keep reading/listening! 😄 4mo
ferskner Yay I'm glad you got a good one! 4mo
mabell @ferskner Yes, and I love that it is a series! It‘s so nice to continue with familiar characters 😊 4mo
GenreMinxReviews @mabell by book 4 it will feel a little formulaic I warn you but it pushes through and keeps improving. 4mo
mabell @GenreMinxReviews I‘m almost through book 2, so I‘ll be to book 4 in no time 😆 Thank you for the tip! 4mo
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Between our anniversary and the holiday week, I was way under on my steps, but I had lots of terrific food, and one book was added to my total. 👍

86,000/105,000 steps
2/10 books

#bookfitnesschallenge

wanderinglynn 86k steps is a great week! 🙌🏻 It‘s good to strive for more, but celebrate what you did accomplish! 🎉 Especially on a holiday week. 4mo
wanderinglynn Also, Happy Anniversary! 🎉👏🏻🥳 4mo
Tanisha_A Happy anniversary! 🎉🎈🎆 4mo
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Gissy Happy anniversary! ❤️ 4mo
mabell Thank you @Gissy ! ❤️😊 4mo
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Cover-Up Story | Marian Babson
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This is the introduction to Perkins and Tate, and the competent, yet unlucky, PR Man, Doug Perkins.

I highly enjoyed Murder at the Cat Show (foreshadowed at the end of this one), but the Cover-Up Story is just too depressing. The PR “Client” is a piece of work, and his horribleness goes on and on. At times it is utterly cringeworthy. I didn‘t enjoy the mystery, as much as look forward to the end of the story.

#cozyinthesun

Book 3 - #BFC

Librarybelle That does sound bad! 4mo
mabell @Librarybelle Yes, it definitely wasn‘t one of those you finish and think - that was fun! 4mo
ferskner Oh no! Onward to a good one! 4mo
mabell @ferskner So true! 4mo
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Kicking off #cozyinthesun !

Librarybelle Mrs Jeffries is definitely on my to read list! 5mo
Bookishthoughts This one is kinda funny. Hope you enjoy! 5mo
mabell @Librarybelle I read one of them years ago, so long ago, I don‘t even remember which one. 😆 I‘m looking forward to starting the series from the beginning! 5mo
mabell @LazyDays It‘s cute so far! 😄 5mo
ferskner Classic! Nice choice! 5mo
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Murder in the Mews (Poirot) | Agatha Christie
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A terrific lunchtime read - 4 Poirot cases in one volume. They may be short stories, but in each one the mystery and characters are perfectly developed.

Isn‘t the cover gorgeous?! Thank you so much @cobwebmoth !

#bookfitnesschallenge Book 2

cobwebmoth So glad you enjoyed it! 5mo
Tanisha_A Hi Christie gal! 😄 5mo
Sarah83 Looks great 💓 5mo
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mabell @Tanisha_A Oh hey! 👋😂😄 5mo
mabell @Sarah83 Thanks! Such a pretty cover! ❤️😄 5mo
Gissy Yes! Great cover!😍 5mo
mabell @Gissy We both get sucked in by a good cover! 😂 5mo
Gissy Yes! I have to admit it! ☺️ 5mo
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I squeaked in on the steps, but I made it! 105,000/105,000
One out of ten books read. 👍

#bookfitnesschallenge

wanderinglynn Great first week! 🙌🏻 5mo
sprainedbrain Awesome! 👏🏻 5mo
TheSpineView Good job! 5mo
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Crazeedi Amazing!! 👏👏❤ 5mo
BookwormAHN Great job 👏🏻 5mo
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After much thought, because this is a serious question, I arrived at the 3 things I must take when time traveling. To achieve both mental and physical comfort, I‘d like:
1. A Nutrimatic Machine - that works - and dispenses both food and drink.
2. A fluffy blanket to serve as blanket, pillow, etc.
3. A collection of all Georgette Heyer‘s mysteries (they are my ultimate comfort read)

Feel free to question my selections. 😆

#staycationintimeswap

wanderinglynn Excellent selections! 👍🏻👍🏻 5mo
Chrissyreadit Perfect! I‘m wondering if Georgette Heyer should be someone I read... (edited) 5mo
mabell @wanderinglynn Thanks! I spent way too much time thinking about this 🤣 5mo
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mabell @Chrissyreadit Oh my yes! As an Austen fan, you would definitely appreciate her regency romances, and her mysteries are witty, biting, and terrific! 5mo
Chrissyreadit I have added a romance and a mystery to my TBR! 5mo
Tamra Hmmmmm, I think a Mary Poppins carpet bag. That way I wouldn‘t be limited to 3 things and I‘d have an endless supply of books. 😸 5mo
Chrissyreadit @Tamra that is a good one! 5mo
mabell @Tamra I like the way you think! 😄 5mo
mabell @Chrissyreadit I haven‘t read the romances you added yet (there are a lot more of those), but the mystery is good. I have a few favorites, if I had to pick one I‘d say maybe 5mo
mabell @Chrissyreadit Actually, I should say the only one I dislike is 5mo
Chrissyreadit I stacked it!!! 5mo
mabell @Chrissyreadit And this one is just ok 5mo
Chrissyreadit I will stay awY from penhallow! 🤣 5mo
mabell @Chrissyreadit I may have thrown it - I‘m not sure 😂 5mo
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The final installment 😭 (thus far)

These cozy mysteries are so cute and wholesome, with a delightful use of words by Ms. MacRae. The story builds a bit further - and Geneva “meets” someone new. I hope another book will be forthcoming!

Book 1 - #bookfitnesschallenge

wanderinglynn Love the play on words in the title. And of course, I'd pick it up just for the cat on the cover. 😉 5mo
mabell @wanderinglynn It wouldn‘t be a cozy without a punny title! 😂 5mo
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Borrower of the Night | Elizabeth Peters
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Having very much enjoyed Amelia Peabody, I thought I would give Vicky Bliss a try. I‘m an hour into the audiobook, and I‘m still not draw into the story. I intend to finish this one, but I don‘t know if this series is my cup of tea.

CarolynM This is the first one and the weakest of them - Sir John Smythe hasn't turned up yet. Street of the Five Moons is good, Trojan Gold is better, Night Train to Memphis is the best (my favourite, any way, but benefits from having read at least the other two first) 5mo
mabell @CarolynM That‘s good to know! I have Night Train to Memphis in print. I assume they would best be read in order? 5mo
CarolynM Yes, but it's not vital. The only reason I don't suggest going straight to Night Train is you'll get more out of it if you already understand the Vicky-John relationship. 5mo
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mabell Now I‘m intrigued! I might just have to continue - fortunately the audiobooks are all available in my library‘s app. 😄 5mo
CaramelLunacy I have to admit, Vicky never drew me in the way Amelia and her staunch reinforced parasol did... 4mo
mabell @CaramelLunacy Yes, I think Amelia is more my type of heroine 😊 4mo
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#BFC round 2 is off to a great start!

I‘ve gotten my step goal everyday, and day 1 was lots of fun. We walked around, banged on the music wall, baked Strawberry Moon cookies, said hi to the girls 🐓, and sang Happy Birthday! Auntie went home exhausted 😅

BookwormAHN Sounds like a great day 👏🏻 5mo
Megabooks 👍🏻👍🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 5mo
wanderinglynn Great job! 🙌🏻 5mo
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Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax | Dorothy Gilman
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There was really just one thing I didn‘t like about this book. Namely, that this is a book to be finished in one sitting, and I could not listen to it all at once! 🤣

A grandmother, tired of her volunteer work at the hospital and garden club, walks into CIA headquarters to apply for a job as a spy. An fortuitous mix-up occurs, and the most unbelievably believable series of events occurs. Mrs. Pollifax is wonderful, and yes, “Unexpected.”

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#BookFitnessChallenge Round 2 Goals:

Steps instead of miles - I feel more accomplished getting steps, and I seem to get to my goal better by focusing on steps. 🤷‍♀️
A goal of 10 books instead of 12 this time around.

(Bell and Ted modeling books they “picked out” for their cousins)

wanderinglynn Great goals! 🙌🏻 And you have a super cute team to help you with your steps! ❤️🐶😉 5mo
Daisey I always do better on steps as well. Looks like some great goals! 5mo
BookwormAHN Great goals 👏🏻 5mo
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LeahBergen Lovely models. 😄 5mo
mabell @Daisey Thanks! I felt a little crazy saying that, so I‘m glad I‘m not the only one 🤣 5mo
mabell @wanderinglynn @LeahBergen Thank you! 😄 I send books to my 4 & 2 year nephew and niece, and it is much more exciting to them if the books are from Bell & Ted 🤣 5mo
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Round 1 round up - I met my fitness goal 2/6 weeks and didn‘t even come remotely close on the book goal.

On to Round 2 and setting new goals. Peace out!
#bookfitnesschallenge #bfc

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 Great job (and helpful hint, change your book goal 😉) 5mo
BookwormAHN Great job 👏🏻 5mo
Gissy Keep going! Never give up!👍 5mo
mabell @wanderinglynn @BookwormAHN @Gissy Thanks! Ready for Round 2! 5mo
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Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax | Dorothy Gilman
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I am so excited to have a couple hour drive! Why?
Because I am loving this introduction to Mrs. Pollifax! ❤️

sprainedbrain I love how audiobooks make things I used to hate (long drives, cleaning, laundry) something fun to look forward to! 5mo
Aimeesue I did laundry for an hour and a half tonight because I wanted to keep listening to my book. 😂😂😂 5mo
mabell @sprainedbrain So true! The hard part is hitting pause and not finding more *highly necessary* busy work as an excuse to keep listening! 🤣 5mo
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mabell @Aimeesue That‘s awesome! Stretch out as long as you can! 👏😂 I have that audiobook too! The description sounded terrific! I‘m glad it‘s entertaining enough to get through the laundry 🤣 5mo
Blueberry Love Mrs. Pollifax. 5mo
mabell @Blueberry Oh my goodness, I haven‘t been this hooked on a book in a long time! I‘m halfway through, and I am completely entertained and riveted! 5mo
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My Man Jeeves | Sir P G Wodehouse
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This is between a pick and a so-so for me. I much prefer the English setting for the Wodehouse tales, and these stories take place in New York. In addition, Reggie Pepper is the protagonist in a few of them (described as an earlier version of Bertie in the back blurb), and I would much rather hear of Bertie‘s ridiculousness and Jeeves‘ solutions.

Book 4 for #bookfitnesschallenge

LeahBergen I prefer the English setting, too. 5mo
mabell @LeahBergen Maybe it‘s the Anglophile in me, but it just seems better suited 😄 5mo
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Yeah, it was one of those disappointing weeks.

At least I enjoyed the one book I finished this week!

✔️ Murder at the Cat Show 😺

#bfc #bookfitnesschallenge

wanderinglynn Don‘t be so hard on yourself. Still a good week! 🙌🏻 32 miles is nothing to sneeze at! And more importantly, you haven‘t quit! One day, one step at a time. Give yourself credit for what you did accomplish. Tomorrow is a new day. ☺️💜 5mo
TheSpineView Awesome! 5mo
mabell Thanks @wanderinglynn ! It‘s nice to be a new week and start the counter over 😊 These few weeks have helped me figure out goals for next time, too! 5mo
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mabell @TheSpineView ❤️❤️❤️ 5mo
BookwormAHN Nice job 👏🏻 5mo
Gissy You did some work out ✔️(checked) 5mo
mabell You‘re right, @Gissy ! I got some fitness in! And there‘s always next week 😊 5mo
RaimeyGallant Super addictive audiobook. 5mo
mabell @RaimeyGallant I haven‘t listened to that one, but I love audiobooks! I always have them going in the car. 5mo
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wanderinglynn Love it! 🙌🏻 Thanks for sharing! 5mo
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The kids made their contribution to the #Litsydown photo collection 😄

mabell Or #downphoto 😆🤣 (edited) 5mo
LeahBergen 😆😆 5mo
rohit-sawant 😂 😂 5mo
mabell @LeahBergen @rohit-sawant Just a typical day around our house 🤪😂 5mo
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Murder at the Cat Show | Marian Babson
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Well that was fun!

Do you like cats?

Do you like light-hearted mysteries with “characters”?

Then this is for you! Best described as an “Ode to the Cat” story with a few mysteries to be solved. The protagonist, a PR man, is tackling their latest job - handling the public relations for a cat show. Tongue in cheek, yet fairly educational on the behind the scenes of a show. I highly enjoyed the narration.

Book 3 - #bookfitnesschallenge

Crazeedi 👍❤might have to check this out! 5mo
mabell @Crazeedi You should! I listened to it through hoopla. 😊 5mo
wanderinglynn Great review! 5mo
Crazeedi @mabell thanks for info!! 5mo
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Reading Is Fun | Ed Shems
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Signed up and ready to go!

@LibrarianRyan has set up a year-long challenge to journey through reading - from picture books and easy readers through middle grade and YA to Adult ... and Austin Powers 👯‍♀️🤣

I have many books on my shelves that I‘m looking forward to reading for these prompts! I‘m excited! 😄

#BBRC

LibrarianRyan Yeahhhh 5mo
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DaveGreen7777 🙌👏🎉 5mo
britt_brooke Nicely done!! 5mo
bewareofwords Great job! 👏🏽 5mo
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BookwormAHN Way to go 👏🏻 5mo
TheSpineView Excellant ! 5mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 A great week 4! 5mo
mabell Thanks @wanderinglynn ! 😄 5mo
Gissy 👏👏👏👏 5mo
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I‘ve been considering what to say about this book. To sum it up ... bitterly disappointing.

Well-written, but with uncozy-like heartbreaking losses, to which was added a series of frightening incidents, culminating in an event that completely ruined the book for me. I am still angry.

I read for enjoyment, and this experience was, unfortunately, not enjoyable for me.

Book 2 for the #bookfitnesschallenge

wanderinglynn Oh my! That‘s no good at all. I would expect a cozy mystery to be on the light-hearted side (despite the murder). 5mo
mabell @wanderinglynn Ironic (being that there is a murder 😆), but yes, they should be fun! 5mo
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Moonspinners | Mary Stewart
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Watching the storm come in, starting Moonspinners, and enjoying a cool drink. (Perrier, elderberry syrup, and slices of blood orange 🍊)

LibrarianRyan Is that The Moonspinners that was made into the Haley Mills movie? 6mo
emilyhaldi Lovely drink! 🤩😋 6mo
batsy That sounds delicious! 6mo
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erzascarletbookgasm Drink looks delicious! And I would love to have a copy of that edition! 😍 6mo
Tanisha_A This photo is 🥰! 6mo
Tanisha_A This photo is 🥰! 6mo
mabell @LibrarianRyan Yep!! I only found out it was a book first from Litsy 😁 Mary Stewart writes some terrific YA thrillers! 6mo
LibrarianRyan @mabell That is cool. No idea it was a book, and now I want to read it. I will 😃have to add it to my never ending TBR. 6mo
mabell @emilyhaldi @batsy @Tanisha_A Thanks! It was summer in a glass 😄 @erzascarletbookgasm it‘s 4 books in one, so it‘s a chunkster! 🤣 6mo
mabell @LibrarianRyan I‘ll let you know what I think! We‘re big fans of the movie; we just watched it again a couple of weeks ago. I‘m really curious how the book compares! 6mo
BiblioLitten That drink looks so refreshing! 5mo
mabell @BiblioLitten Thanks! It was, and the color makes it fun! 😄 5mo
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Man in the Brown Suit | Agatha Christie
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I love this adventure! I‘m reading it for the millionth time, somewhat satisfying my summer wanderlust.

In the story, once the ship docks, Anne and Suzanne will proceed to the Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town.

I‘m always curious when I read specific places in older books, and often look them up to see if they were fictional or actually existed. Mount Nelson was a real hotel, and still is. It is also amazingly gorgeous! 😍

CarolynM I remember loving it too. Great pictures😍 6mo
Gissy 😍❤️❤️❤️❤️ 6mo
LeahBergen I want to stay there! 6mo
mabell @CarolynM @Gissy @LeahBergen I got lost paging through 😍 I may have also planned an imaginary vacation 😆 6mo
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Being transported by a book to a different time and place is magical ❤️ Wouldn‘t it be awesome if you could capture that magic and share it with another Litten? You can!

@Chrissyreadit came up with the genius idea to swap books & surprises all centered around a time and place you would like to “travel” to. Fancy Jane Austen‘s England? Or Nemo‘s Submarine? Anywhere, anytime, & you don‘t even have to leave your couch! It is the ultimate staycation!

Chrissyreadit I LOVE your wording!!!! 6mo
Karisa Sounds like fun! Great idea. 😊 6mo
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Gissy What type of books we share here? 6mo
mabell @Chrissyreadit Thanks! I‘m just *slightly* excited 😆 🤣 6mo
mabell @Karisa I agree! A really unique way to get creative and share goodies! 😄 6mo
Chrissyreadit @Gissy it can be fairly imaginative- any time past or future and any place- imagine you were traveling as a character in your book- and feel immersed in the setting while you read the story. 6mo
Chrissyreadit @mabell yay!!!! I‘m pretty excited too! I can‘t wait to see how people interpret and create this for their partners!!! 6mo
Gissy Then I want to be in Paris again, visit Scotland, Iceland, Japan, Hawaii, Caribbean countries with wonderful beaches, places to run, to do some wild sports, I can keep going😂I will sign today, sold👍 6mo
mabell @Gissy You could send fiction, nonfiction, whatever you think your swap partner would like. The difference in this case is the theme isn‘t fixed - it will depend on what time/place your swap partner chooses as their “destination”. Like Paris in the Belle Époque or the American West in the mid 1800s or even, a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away... ? 6mo
mabell @Chrissyreadit Great explanation! And yes, opening day is going to be awesome! So glad you are going to do it too @Gissy ! ❤️ 6mo
mabell @Gissy I can‘t wait to see what you chose! I love your options! My choice was pretty obvious considering my profile... 😆 It will be so fun to plan the adventure for my match, it will be like I‘m going on the adventure too! 😄 6mo
Chrissyreadit @Gissy I‘m so glad you are going to join and I can‘t wait to see the time/place(s) you choose! @mabell I feel like the prep for my match will be so much fun too! I‘m really excited about this swap 🥰🥰🥰🥰 6mo
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I didn‘t quite get my miles, but I would have had far fewer if not for @Gissy ‘s pep talk. 💪 Thank you, friend! ❤️ And I have a book on the board, so we‘re rolling now!

#bookfitnesschallenge

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 You got great miles in. Keep up the good pace! 6mo
BookwormAHN Nice job 👏🏻 6mo
phatsallylee Good job! 6mo
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Gissy So proud of you @mabell 👏👏👏👏you accomplished an inner goal, you started a new project and now you know you can do it! 🎉🎊🎉🎊🎈🎈🎈 6mo
mabell Thank you so much for being my cheerleader @Gissy ! ❤️ I had by far my best day in a long time yesterday! 🎉 6mo
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My first book for the #bookfitnesschallenge!

Continuing the series I‘m enjoying immensely - this one has an arts & crafts festival and a top secret yarn bombing - lots of fun!

“I never heard of yarn bombing before today, but now that I have, I know it‘s something I‘ve always wanted to do.” - 75 year old Ernestine 😄

wanderinglynn Very cool! 🙌🏻 6mo
mabell @wanderinglynn I‘m hoping to see some real life yarn bombing now! 😆 6mo
wanderinglynn I‘ve seen some in the various places I‘ve lived. It is very cool & fun. 👍🏻 6mo
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