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The Nature of the Beast
The Nature of the Beast: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel | Louise Penny
Hardly a day goes by when nine year old Laurent Lepage doesn't cry wolf. From alien invasions, to walking trees, to winged beasts in the woods, to dinosaurs spotted in the village of Three Pines, his tales are so extraordinary no one can possibly believe him. Including Armand and Reine-Marie Gamache, who now live in the little Quebec village. But when the boy disappears, the villagers are faced with the possibility that one of his tall tales might have been true. And so begins a frantic search for the boy and the truth. What they uncover deep in the forest sets off a sequence of events that leads to murder, leads to an old crime, leads to an old betrayal. Leads right to the door of an old poet. And now it is now, writes Ruth Zardo. And the dark thing is here. A monster once visited Three Pines. And put down deep roots. And now, Ruth knows, it is back. Armand Gamache, the former head of homicide for the Sûreté du Québec, must face the possibility that, in not believing the boy, he himself played a terrible part in what happens next.
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Caroline2
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My next Louise Penny is about a missing boy, which is prob why I keep putting it off...😬 #missing #ayupaugust

Libby1 I understand! Missing children stories are so hard for me. I‘ve missed you, @Caroline2 ! I hope you‘re well. 6d
Caroline2 @Libby1 yeah, I can‘t stand reading books about kids being hurt or killed. I just don‘t want to be in that head space ya know. 😒 I‘ve missed you too Libby! How are you? I hope you‘re having a nice summer. 😁 6d
Crazeedi I ❤❤ this series!!! 6d
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squirrelbrain I haven‘t read any of these - do you recommend? 6d
Caroline2 @squirrelbrain they are nice little easy reads. Lovely writing, characters and setting (nearly all of them are set in this small town in Canada!) there a couple of naff books in the series too but the good ones make up for it. 😁 if that makes sense?! 😆 6d
Cinfhen Do U need to read the series in order?? Or can the books be stand alones??? 6d
Susanita @Cinfhen IMO you need to read them in order mostly due to developments involving some of the side characters. 6d
Caroline2 @Cinfhen I think you need to read em in order really. 👍🏻 6d
Cinfhen Ok, got it @Susanita @Caroline2 NOT the answer I wanted 😘😘 6d
Caroline2 @Cinfhen Altho I think the murder stone could be read as a stand alone as it‘s set at a lake house. I really enjoyed it too. 👍🏻 6d
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CarolynM
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While I can't say I enjoyed this visit to Three Pines as much as some of the previous ones, it was still worth my time. I didn't believe in the possibility of something that was central to the plot which made the whole thing seem a bit fanciful. I wish the author's note at the end (testifying to the real life existence of the thing) had been at the beginning instead.

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MallenNC
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I‘m working my way through this series. A few of the ones I‘ve read recently were just ok but Penny was back in top form with this one. This was intriguing on several levels. Three Pines must be the most dangerous place in Canada, but it still seems like a nice place to visit. This is a picture from my trip to Quebec and Montreal a few years ago.

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ShelleyBooksie
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Disclaimer: I have not yet read this series in order. This book is my favourite so far. I love the author's description of life in a small town and her characters are so rich, each with multiple layers. There was also an excellent mystery.

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MMenefee
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“She looked like Katharine Hepburn in Desk Set. All smart and efficient and completely unaware of how beautiful she was. Armand could watch her all day long.”

When one of your favorite book series collides with one of your favorite films. 😍📕👏❤️

Blaire 😍 7mo
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Kimzey
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Happy Birthday to @gradcat and congratulations on your 10k milestone! Thanks for creating a #Birthdaygiveaway ! 1. I‘ve tagged The 11th book in Louise Penny‘s Inspector Gamache series, which is set in Quebec. 2. To make Kir, you pour a little creme de cassis in a wine glass and top with white wine. For New Year‘s Eve you might want to try a Kir Royale, which is the same except with champagne 🍾 instead of regular white wine.

gradcat Thanks so very much for entering!! 8mo
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Christinak
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One of the reasons I have loved this series is because of Ralph Cosham‘s narration in the audiobooks. I cannot bring myself to listen to anyone else voice Inspector Gamache. (Cosham died shortly after the release of book 10) So I am reading the rest of the series (no offense to the new narrator who may be great)
If you are on the fence on #audiobooks I would strongly recommend the first ten in this series!
#audiobook
#audiobookrecommendations

Tamra I believe the new one is the actor who played the father in Downton Abbey. He does a nice job, but it‘s different of course. 8mo
Kimzey I delayed finishing the series on audible for that reason, but have finally pressed on and not regretted it. Louise Penny helped the transition by providing a touching tribute to Ralph Cosham (in her own voice) and by introducing the new narrator. 8mo
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Blaire
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Stayed up past midnight finishing this one. The people of three pines often have hidden pasts and in this one even darker #bizness is hidden in the woods. Gamache, Beauvoir, and Lacoste work together to unravel a crime with international implications. Story seemed far-fetched until I read the author‘s note and learned that the historical part of the novel is based on a true story. #faveauthor #fallintoreading #nofemmeber

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🙌🏻❤️ 9mo
Cinfhen Still haven‘t read this author yet 😔 9mo
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Blaire @Cinfhen she‘s such a nice comfort read (if you like mysteries). Love going back to the familiar setting. 9mo
Billypar Love it when the 'truth is stranger than fiction' maxim holds true 😃 9mo
vkois88 I need to pick up some of her books. I hear such wonderful things, but have yet to take the plunge. I think it would be easier if my TBR list didn't have so many titles already 😑😑😑 9mo
kspenmoll Just love this series. I just got her latest 9mo
Blaire @Billypar yes! Was shocked to see one of the characters was based on something that actually happened. Any more detail would be a big spoiler. 9mo
Blaire @vkois88 you should!! If you‘re ever in a slump she‘s a good one to get out of it with. 9mo
Blaire @kspenmoll I‘m trying to pace myself so I don‘t run out of them! 😍 9mo
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Blaire
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A gorgeous fall morning to sit outside and read. So thankful for a real fall this year. #earlymorningread #grateful @vkois88 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks #fallintoreading

ScientistSam Gorgeous view! 9mo
saresmoore Stunning! 9mo
monalyisha Wow! 😍 9mo
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readingjedi Stunning view! 9mo
Tanisha_A That's a view to get up early to! 🙂 9mo
Melissa_J Beautiful! 9mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Gorgeous ❤️ 9mo
batsy Beautiful 💙 9mo
kspenmoll Looks beautiful! 9mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz Wow... I won't ever wanna leave! 9mo
vkois88 It's so pretty... I wish I were there! 9mo
Blaire @ScientistSam @saresmoore @monalyisha @readingjedi yes, the fog in the hills was especially beautiful that morning! 9mo
Blaire @Jee_HookedOnBookz @vkois88 it never gets old! 9mo
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Bibliogeekery
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Another great installment of the Gamache series. These are such light fluffy reads - which I seem to need more of these days. Does anyone else wonder how the fictitious town of Three Pines is so riddled with crime and murder!? Yet somehow all I want to do is live there and hang out at the bistro!

tournevis Since I'm relatively sure that it's based on the town of Rock Forest, I'm not so surprised. 11mo
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Bibliogeekery
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Ddzmini Love love love them 😍😍😍🌸 11mo
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Bibliogeekery
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Next audiobook

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Lisaw13
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Love these characters of Three Pines. They are like family.

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No_One
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Nebklvr
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Pickpick

Penny combines mystery, politics, small town life and great character studies to form unforgettable novels.

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Nebklvr
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Already looking forward to tonight‘s reading...but first hi ho hi ho, it is off to work i go....

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swishandflick
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Question for Louise Penny fans: do these books need to be read in order? Or can you jump in with, say, #11 in the series? I've never read her stuff but this one's an e-book deal today 😂 #ebookdeals

valeriegeary Excellent question. I would also like to know the answer. 🤣 2y
emtobiasz I think they should be read in order, but I've only read the first 8 or 9. 2y
Booknerd2 I 💜💜💜 this series. I‘m a nut about reading a series in order. The cases are separate but the character development definitely grows and changes throughout the series. 2y
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JamieArc Yes, absolutely. I‘m on the tenth, and if it‘s been a while since the book before, sometimes I get confused even then. Plus, the best part about these books are the characters, so to fully appreciate them and their stories, definitely start with the first. 2y
Lcsmcat I‘ll speak for the other side: I‘ve read them out of order (mostly on audiobook) and while it takes some of the tension out, it‘s not spoiled them for me. I started with #10, not knowing it was part of a series. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2y
Bibliogeekery I've been enjoying them in order 2y
Ehbooklover You could probably read them out of order but I think you‘ll enjoy them more if you read them in order. 2y
rabbitprincess I started with book 6, because that particular book caught my attention, then went back to 1 and worked my way forward. @Lcsmcat you're not alone 😉 2y
swishandflick Thanks for the input!! I think I'll resist the urge to buy this one for now 😄 @emtobiasz @Booknerd2 @JamieArc @Lcsmcat @Bibliogeekery @Ehbooklover @valeriegeary 2y
Booknerd2 @swishandflick they are well worth the read. I binge read the whole series in less than a year. Now I‘m sad I have to wait a year in between books. 😢 2y
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Wodehouse
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This was my 9th Louise Penny. Obviously I am a huge fan. A young boy cries Wolf and there are serious repercussions. Gamache feels a moral responsibility and along with his team solves a puzzle of national import. A fantastic story line and the usual adept handling by the canadian author. Loved it

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amie
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I can't resist Kindle deals. This is what I got this week. I now have the complete Chief Inspector Gamache series... Maybe I'll get around to actually reading them one of these days 😁

TheLibrarian Kindle deals are my weakness. 2y
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cathysaid
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Book 10 in Louise Penny's series is the best yet! Inspector Gamache has officially retired to Three Pines, but he quickly becomes involved in a case concerning a serial killer, a local play, a dead nine-year old, and a long shuttered project surrounding a bomb named Babylon. Unexpected twists abound. Definitely recommend! #mystery

Historical reference: https://www.damninteresting.com/project-babylon-gerald-bulls-downfall/

kspenmoll ❤️ 2y
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VioletBramble
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#sizzlinsummerbooks #ItsAllaMystery
These are all the un-read mysteries on my shelves. About ten years ago I was obsessed with collecting Felony & Mayhem titles. I loved 25% of the ones I read but the rest were so-so. Now these remaining titles languish on my shelves waiting for me to become interested in mysteries again. Inspector Gamache and Flavia DeLuce are the only detectives I'm interested in these days.
#felony&mayhem

Centique Yay Flavia though 🙌🙌🙌😍 2y
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cgruyters
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I am really enjoying this series.

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erzascarletbookgasm
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One of my favourite Canadian and crime author! 💙 #LetterLLove
Once again, congratulations for hitting the 100k mark, @Cinfhen ! 👏🏼💪🏼🎉Love your fun photo challenges and sharings. Always a delight to see your comments. 😊Thanks for sponsoring the giveaway. 💕

Cinfhen Thanks for your kind words 😊I enjoy your challenge posts and book recommendations very much 💜📚💜 2y
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JessicaPHoffman
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The creepiest story line of the series yet.

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RosieBoo65
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This was my first Louise Penny Inspector Gamache book. I've been told you have to read them in order. Oops! My IRL book club chose this so out of order I went! I found the book intriguing and now I want to read the first 10 to learn the back story on all the characters. The interspersing of French sorta bugged me but I dealt with it.

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Mehso-so

The character development in this installment of the series would make it a pick, but the plot makes it so-so. I feel like the series has gone off the rails. I know the plot is based on true events, but it feels like Penny remembered this story and shoehorned it into a Three Pines novel. I loved catching up with the residents of Three Pines, but the more I read, the more ridiculous the book was.

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johnnie_cakes

I have a theory... Louise Penny wants to write a thriller, but either doesn't think she can, or is told to stick to Three Pines. I think that's why we get these bizarre parts of the series that just don't seem to fit. Plots to blow up Quebec and Three Pines, giant guns hidden in the forest. They feel really out of place, and are my least favorite things about this otherwise wonderful series.

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johnnie_cakes
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Sunday morning. Trying to get caught up on this series before the new one comes out this fall.

AceOnRoam I haven't read any Penny, but your cat is gorgeous 🐈 2y
rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 2y
Reviewsbylola Your cat is so pretty! 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Louise Penny is an autobuy for me. Ever since I first read Still Life, I am attracted to the character of CI Gamache and am charmed by the town of Three Pines. Slowly but surely I am collecting her books and I would love to meet her in person. I follow her on Facebook and she really connects with her followers.
#KostovaGiveaway

LauraBrook Such a great choice, I'd love to meet her too! 2y
Lcsmcat What book starts the series? I jumped in with The Long Way Home not realizing it was part of a series until I was in pretty far. But I might go back and read them in order. 2y
erzascarletbookgasm @Lcsmcat Oh, do read them in order, for appreciation of character development. 😊The first is Still Life. 2y
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Emiller
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My Saturday night read. But getting distracting by To Catch a Thief on tv. Love Cary Grant ❤️

Dragon Cary Grant and Grace Kelly 💕 swooning 😀 2y
kspenmoll Love the movie & the book!!! 2y
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Bookwormjillk
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I'm back in Three Pines 🌲🌲🌲

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Macnjen
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Mehso-so

I liked the writing but not the story. Nice imagery but the ending was too far fetched to be enjoyable. I will read another of this series but am not a fan of unbelievable endings, even for fiction. #litsyAtoZchallenge

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Macnjen
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Pretty good so far, not what I had expected so far but I am not about a third of the way through. I do like the writing style and would like to start the series from the beginning so i understand the characters a bit more thoroughly. My mother in law loves Inspector Gamache! I am curious about where this story will end up.

Suzze I read #5 (The Brutal Telling) first. Then went back and started at the beginning. When I got back to #5, I read it again. Now that I knew the backstories, it was so much better. Probably my favorite series. 2y
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Cals90
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Ahh Louise Penny.. it's been a while. After taking a few months break, I had forgotten why I loved these books. I remember now.. 😊 Although this one is starting out a little more sad than the others.

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rabbitprincess
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Pickpick

I found this story a little bit bananas, then I read the author's note. WHOA.

Also, Beauvoir remains my favourite character because of his thoughtful crankiness. 😄

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rabbitprincess
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Yes I am spamming all y'all with Beauvoir quotes. #sorrynotsorry

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rabbitprincess
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Penny is on a roll (no pun intended) with these asides involving Beauvoir!

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rabbitprincess
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#bookanddinner, Making Room in the Fridge edition. Leftover meatballs and Caesar salad from Christmas Eve dinner. Paired with Great Lakes Brewery Canuck Pale Ale, which this Santa bought while getting stocking stuffers for other beer drinkers 😉

Penny_LiteraryHoarders I thought of reading this Louise Penny! I like ending my year with a good mystery series. I'm reading the first in Maureen Jennings Tom Tyler series - Season of Darkness. 3y
rabbitprincess @Penny_LiteraryHoarders That sounds like a great year-end tradition! I'm caught up with the Tom Tyler series and waiting for the next book! It's an interesting period and setting. 3y
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rabbitprincess
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Ruth and Beauvoir: bickering friends forever.

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rabbitprincess
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Tea and homemade cookies and Three Pines by Christmas tree light. All I've done today is eat and read 🍪☕️📖😴

PatriciaU Me too! It was a splendid day! 3y
rabbitprincess @PatriciaU I may take an audiobook to the treadmill later 😀 3y
mllemay Me too! And it was glorious!! 3y
rabbitprincess @mllemay It was certainly the right weather for it! It's been raining intermittently (but in heavy bursts) all day. Raining right now! 3y
mllemay @rabbitprincess yup, for us too! It's more freezing rain here and it's way too slippery to go out anyway :) 3y
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Meg11726
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Fell asleep reading last night, that never happens. So I didn't get to finish my book. Here's to a few minutes of quietness before hubby gets home. Also I did the whole post wedding hair chop today.. Did anyone else ever do that?! I feel like a brand new person and 30 lbs lighter!

DGRachel Beautiful! 3y
Hollie Looks good! 3y
Alfoster Looks great! 3y
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8little_paws Looks great! And I fall asleep reading all the time unfortunately 3y
MyNamesParadise Looks really good!! 😃 3y
Cinfhen Awesome haircut 💇🏻you've inspired me, may be time for me to cut my hair as well💗 3y
moranadatter Gorgeous! 3y
LitHousewife Gorgeous!!! 3y
LiteraryinLititz Lovely! 3y
LauraBeth Pretty 😀 3y
rachellayown Looks beautiful! 3y
saresmoore It looks great! I did that and haven't had the patience to grow my hair past my shoulders again (I've been married almost ten years)! 3y
Fandomlyla_Pottercy You look amazing 😋😊 3y
Well-ReadNeck ❤️💇🏽 3y
Reviewsbylola Your hair looks great!! 3y
Read-eat-travel-repeat I got married in August and chopped off 12 inches to donate in September. It's taken me a little bit to get used to my short hair...I'm so used to it being long! But I also sort of love the drastic change haha 3y
Lakesidemusing Looks great❣️ 3y
JacqMac Lovely! 3y
Megabooks Looks fantastic!! 3y
Godmotherx5 I did. You look great. The cut suits you 💇🏻 3y
Shemac77 You're so beautiful! 3y
mllemay That haircut is super flattering! You look amazing 💁 3y
Cinfhen When I first saw the post, I was so smitten with your gorgeous haircut that I missed reading about the book, which actually sounds fantastic as well! Is it good? 3y
DebinHawaii Love the cut!!! 👍 3y
Meg11726 @Shemac77 you're to kind. You're beautiful too my friend xo 3y
Meg11726 @Godmotherx5 I did the bobby pins today! I get up way to early to try and mess with my hair 3y
Meg11726 @Godmotherx5 also yes I have read that book. Also there's another called 3y
Meg11726 @mllemay thank you 😉 3y
Meg11726 @Cinfhen aw you're kind thank you. And yes I love Louise penny. The Gamache series is amazing. My friend @Shemac77 got me hooked. I suggest everyone to read them! 3y
Meg11726 @DebinHawaii thank you :) 3y
Godmotherx5 @Meg11726 Blood, Sweat & Tea sounds good. After doing transports when I worked in L&D, I gained more respect for all medical colleagues. 3y
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Meg11726
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Been a busy few days helping decorate my mothers two restaurants for the holidays (I'm such an elf in stature and personality 😂🎄🎅🏽) but tonight's it my book, which I hope to finish, chocolate and my new blanket... It's so soft and fluffy!!!

DebinHawaii That's one of my favorite chocolate bars and I love the blanket! 🍫❤️ 3y
Texreader I love moose!! 3y
Jaimelire That is my favourite chocolate...and I have to read Louise Penny, her books sound good. 3y
Meg11726 @Jaimelire yes her books are an easy read and murder mystery. I got hooked on them by a fellow litten. And I have now picked up everyone for this series but the first one! 3y
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Meg11726
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Okay one more. I am so enjoying these ❤️❤️❤️

Alfoster Oh, so beautiful! Congrats!❤️❤️❤️ 3y
CherylDeFranceschi Gorgeous! 3y
Kirstin So beautiful! ❤️ 3y
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Gleefulreader So lovely!! 3y
Tanner You look lovely! 3y
LitHousewife You are beyond lovely! 3y
LauraBrook Gorgeous. And your dress is so beautiful! 3y
Mimi28 Aaawwww!!! Congrats! 🎊 3y
ValerieAndBooks Beautiful!! Congrats!! 3y
Soubhiville Yay! Congrats! You look lovely! 3y
britt_brooke Stunning!! 3y
Suzze Beautiful! 3y
Shemac77 Most beautiful bride ever. Xo 3y
kylienoele You look stunning!! Congrats!! 3y
Alisnazzy So so so beautiful! I had lavender bunches at my wedding too and I loved them. And their smell made the whole experience even better! Congrats hon! 3y
DebinHawaii Gorgeous! ❤️ 3y
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Meg11726
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I just cannot even begin to express how happy and over the moon I am with our sneak peeks from our wedding. My handsome hubby and his guys. It was an absolute downpour that day so our pictures had to be done in the greenhouse. But they look amazing so far ❤️

Laura317 Nice!! 3y
Godmotherx5 Great color & pose. Congrats again! 3y
Librariana Yay love!! 😄🍁💙 Congratulations!! 3y
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saresmoore That downpour made for some fantastic lighting, though! Congratulations & best wishes! 3y
ReadingsByTheC Congrats! 3y
BookishMarginalia 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 3y
Tcip I love wedding photos!! 3y
Tcip The dudes are looking spiffy. 3y
Gleefulreader 👍🏻 3y
ValerieAndBooks Great shot!! 3y
DebinHawaii Such a great picture! 👍👍 3y
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Meg11726
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My dear good friend @Shemac77 gave me the best gift a while ago. I'm finally getting around to filling out the pages in my new journal for the books I have read and TBR. ❤️📚😘 and yes that is a snowman cheese knife (I love Christmas!!!🎅🏽🎄)

TrishB Love that pic 😀 3y
Shemac77 Yay you! Glad to share my OCD with you ;)! 3y
Godmotherx5 I have that knife! 3y
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Meg11726 @TrishB thanks @Shemac77 I even brought it with me to work today in hopes I can get more added to it. Had to teach last night in Hubbards. @Godmotherx5 it's the cutest. I have Santa to match as well! 3y
TrishB @Meg11726 I now have that knife and the Santa one 😀 Couldn't resist and found on line! Litsy - not just for books 😀 3y
Meg11726 @TrishB litsy.. Always helping fuel our shopping addictions 😂😂😂 3y
TrishB @Meg11726 so true 😀😀 3y
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Meg11726
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Early morning reads and cuddles with this guy

KarenUK 😻😻😻 3y
rubyslippersreads Handsome beast! 😸😸😸 3y
Meg11726 @rubyslippersreads a beast he is.. A big fluffy one who takes up more room that I could have imagined 3y
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kspenmoll
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Best of October Louise Penny's the Nature of the Beast wins, but I am pleased to see I read more than I realized. #booktober#bestofoctober @RealLifeReading

Suzze Good selection of different genres. 3y
kspenmoll @Suzze I like to read from different genres; sometimes at the same time! 3y
heathershurrah I just finished Nature of the Beast. One of my favourites in the series. I am reluctant to start A Great Reckoning because then I won't have any new Gamache books to read yet! 3y
kspenmoll @heathershurrah I feel the same; whenever I get her new book I wait to read it (I have had NoB since it was first published) - That way I always have one waiting- 3y
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Where else would the devil go, but to paradise?

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