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Elizabeth2

Elizabeth2

Joined May 2016

Wife, Mama to 4 (plus two dogs), sister, friend, RE Operations Manager. Trying to get in as much reading as I can in this crazy life!
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At first glance, the key and the lock it fits may seem very different…Different in shape, different in function, different in design. The man who looks at them without knowledge of their true nature might think them opposites, for one is meant to open and the other to keep closed. Yet, upon closer examination, he might see that without one, the other becomes useless. The wise man then sees that both lock and key were created for the same purpose.

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I am aiming to make significant progress in this book today. I‘ve had such little time to read recently. I‘ve been reading it for 3 weeks - reading every day, but sometimes only for 5 minutes. That‘s no way to get through a nearly 800 page book with as much adventure as this one! I‘m about 2/3 through, and it‘s SO good! Today, I‘m making it a priority! ❤️📚

OriginalCyn620 Love your mug! 😂 1d
DarkMina I posted a pic today with my matching mug!!😂 23h
Elizabeth2 @OriginalCyn620 Thanks! @DarkMina lol! Too funny! 💜 Felt like a good day to use it. 22h
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Enjoying a pretty Friday afternoon on the porch. This book hooked me right back in to the world of the Mistborn. ❤️📚

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Magic for Liars | Sarah Gailey
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Up next! Book club pick! ❤️📚

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Dear Mrs Bird | AJ Pearce
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Emmy is living in London in the height of WWII. She‘s trying to do her part, working for the fire brigade and keeping positive. She‘d love to become a war correspondent, so when an opportunity to work for a publisher comes up, she jumps at the chance. This story is a journey of self discovery for Emmy, and gives a look at what it was like for women living in war torn London. I loved my time with Emmy & friends. Funny & poignant. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 ❤️📚

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Dear Mrs Bird | AJ Pearce
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Getting in a little Vitamin D and some reading before I start my chores for the day. It‘s a gorgeous morning! ❤️📚☀️☕️

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Home, Sweet Home | Caroline Pitcher
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Yes, please! If I were ever to have a tiny home, or my own Air BnB, this would be it. Talk about a dream home! ❤️😍📚

https://www.dwell.com/article/bookworm-cabin-pole-architekci-ceb857e6

EvieBee That looks sooo cozy! 1mo
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💕 So many, but the first to come to mind, and two of my favorites, are Lula and Grandma Mazur from the Plum novels by Janet Evanovich. They make those books! 🤣
💪🏻 Just as in life, we need strong people surrounding us, I like strong supporting characters. A novel with just one strong character does not have as much depth and dimension, IMO.

Thanks for the tag, @Eggs and the fun questions @TheSpineView

CoffeeNBooks I love Lula and Grandma Mazur! 😂 1mo
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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#MarvellousMay wrap up. I completed both of my goals!

⏰ Read for 12 hours ➡️ I read for 13
📚 Finish The Namesake and Minding Frankie ✅

@Andrew65

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Dear Mrs Bird | AJ Pearce
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Up next! ❤️📚

Cupcake12 Loved this! 1mo
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Minding Frankie | Maeve Binchy
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This is classic Binchy, and if you‘re a fan, then I think you‘ll like this novel. A small community in Ireland rallies together to care for a baby. Many of Binchy‘s characters from other novels make appearances. Binchy quickly moves from one character to another in this book, which may add a sense of community to the novel, but also makes it feel more like a series of linked short stories. It is a warm and generally feel good book. ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 / 5

Elizabeth2 This was my #doublespin for May. 🎉 @TheAromaofBooks (edited) 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1mo
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Minding Frankie | Maeve Binchy
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Soaking in some Vitamin D. Using my new favorite mug, sent to me by my friend @EadieB . I‘m out of quarantine but still masked around people. It‘s HOT today. ☀️❤️📚

JackOBotts Love the mug!!! 💜😆 1mo
EadieB Love it! 1mo
kspenmoll I have been in quarantine too this week so I got lots of reading in as I gradually felt better. Mug is fantastic! 1mo
Liatrek I love this cup!!! 1mo
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Minding Frankie | Maeve Binchy
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My #doublespin for May is up next! I love Maeve Binchy, yet this has sat on my shelf forever. It‘s a gorgeous edition with end papers that match the cover and deckle edged pages, and the title on the cover is on foil (which doesn‘t show in the photo I took). ❤️📚

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The Namesake | Jhumpa Lahiri
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What an excellent read! The reader follows the Ganguli family from their roots in India to the United States. As the couple tries to form a new log for themselves and they begin a family, the narrative shifts to their son, Gogol. Full of everyday life, forming a portrait of what it is like to be an immigrant and first generation American. Gogol struggles with his identity and his ties to his heritage. Slow moving, but powerful. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Elizabeth2 This was my #bookspin for May. @TheAromaofBooks 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
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The Namesake | Jhumpa Lahiri
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An observation that contains a spoiler, but I felt compelled to share. Marked as a spoiler in the first comment.

Elizabeth2 Reading this as someone who has suffered the loss of both of my parents, I cringed at Gogol‘s lack of care when it came to his parents. I know how easy it is to find them a bother, but I also know the regret that comes after their loss. I wanted to shake him and tell him “one day they won‘t be here.” When he ultimately loses his Baba and reflects on all of the times his father was good and kind. Those we don‘t see when our parents are alive. 💔 1mo
EvieBee Yeah, I know what you mean. That drove me nuts when I read this back in 2005. I should probably reread it. I‘m sorry that you‘ve lost your parents. 1mo
Elizabeth2 @EvieBee I‘m glad it wasn‘t just me. It was really bothering me. We all think we have time, until we don‘t, and those who have suffered a loss (any loss) really understand that. What I wouldn‘t give to know more of my parents‘ history now, and they were trying to give that to him in their way. They knew they wouldn‘t always be there. I haven‘t read much past that point, but I‘m predicting that he may feel a hunger for his heritage now. I know I do 1mo
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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I haven‘t set my goals yet for this #readathon. My reading has taken a dive this month, but now I‘m quarantined. So, maybe I‘ll be able to get some reading done (you‘d think I‘d have nothing but time, but there is still household management to be done & I can still work from my bedroom 😂).

⏰ Read for 12 hours
📚 Finish The Namesake (current read & #bookspin for May) and get a good chunk completed of Minding Frankie (my #doublespin for May).

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The Namesake | Jhumpa Lahiri
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In Covid quarantine until Thursday morning. Started with my daughter a week ago, then one of the boys went into quarantine, and now me (because said boy sneezed a dozen times when taking his rapid test and I was about a foot away from him). I‘m stuck in my little bedroom. Feeling okay - just normal cold symptoms. This isn‘t anything that would have slowed me down pre-Covid. But since I‘m stuck here….maybe this will give my reading a boost!

Elizabeth2 I‘m feeling grateful for my vaccine and booster, and lucky with this milder variant. I feel for those who were infected with a more serious variant. 💕 1mo
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The Namesake | Jhumpa Lahiri
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Two dog beds right there on the floor with blankets, but my lap and my feet are the preferred spots. 🥰 They didn‘t leave me much room for my book. 😂

Enjoying this book so far, though I‘m only a few pages in. ❤️📚

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The Namesake | Jhumpa Lahiri
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My #bookspin for May! ❤️📚

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Bernadette is a ball of anxious energy. She‘s quirky, a bit annoying and arrogant. She‘s on the brink of a meltdown. Her daughter Bee and her husband are left to pick up the pieces after she disappears. This is an epistolary novel, told through letters and e-mails that Bee has compiled. In a way, they are a love letter to her mom. I had a hard time connecting with any of the characters, but the story was engaging and funny at times. ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 / 5

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#BookspinBingo for May. #bookspin is The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri and #doublespin is Minding Frankie by Maeve Binchy. Let's go May!

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I was out of town, so I didn‘t get my May Bookspin list posted. But here it is, better late than never.

Off to check the post with the numbers…..

#bookspin #bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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Quiet time on the Rehoboth Bay. ❤️📚 Love girls‘ weekend with my besties, who are also readers!

Took a 2 hour kayak tour earlier today at the Burton‘s Island Trailhead, then a delicious lunch in Rehoboth.

kspenmoll Lokks so peaceful! 2mo
Elizabeth2 @kspenmoll it really was. Water on three sides of our little cottage. Quiet with just the sounds of the birds. 2mo
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Enjoying the back patio after some spring cleanup. Now it‘s time to relax. Will be using this space for a fire pit night later. Meeting our oldest son‘s GF‘s parents for the first time tonight. 😊❤️📚

Just starting to get the rhythm of this epistolary novel.

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Getting in a little reading time before tackling some chores. Dinner out tonight for our annual “Sibling Dinner” (instead of giving Christmas gifts to each other, my brothers and our spouses choose to spend time together and go out to a really nice dinner). A little delayed this year. It‘s always a fabulous night; we have so much fun together! Looking forward to it, but won‘t get much reading time today. 🤷‍♀️❤️📚

BookBabe Love that! So much better than typical gifts. ❤️ 2mo
Elizabeth2 @BookBabe we‘ve been doing it for years. With kids, and jobs, and life…the gift of each others‘ time is really precious. I highly recommend it! I did something similar for my bestie‘s 50th bday. A BFF date every month for the year. ❤️ 2mo
BookBabe @Elizabeth2 ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
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Reading this one next. It‘s been on my TBR for a while, and it‘s lined up on my #bookspinbingo board in the most likely spot to achieve a bingo, as the 4th book to be read in a line. ❤️📚 Looking forward to finally reading it!

EvieBee I‘ve put this one off too, although I‘m pretty sure it‘s a book I‘d love. Hope you enjoy! 2mo
BarbaraBB I enjoyed it more than I thought I would 2mo
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This was the third and final book in the To All the Boys series. We get to see Lara Jean and company‘s final days of high school, future decisions and their final summer before entering a new world. While it did wrap up the stories of these characters, it was my least favorite of the books. I found these characters to have a little less sparkle than in the previous books. It‘s still a good story, and conclusion. ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 /5 ❤️📚

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Wrap up for #awesomeapril #readathon. I surpassed my hours and book goal! 🙌

📚 Goal = finish 2 books; Actual = finished 3 books
⏱ Goal = read 10 hours; Actual = read 12 hours

Thanks for hosting and helping me boost my April reading @Andrew65 !

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Beginning the third and final in the series To All the Boys I‘ve Lived Before. I watched the first two movies yesterday, after finishing the second book. I‘m not sure why I do that to myself. The book is ALWAYS better. They really changed a lot in the movies, and while I get why they did, the changes made actually affect the character development, IMO. ❤️📚

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Second in the series, this is a fast, fun, light read. Lara Jean and Peter navigate teen love, while Lara Jean gets reacquainted with a middle school crush and Peter is still tied to his ex. Yes, Lara Jean is immature and the relationship has its angst, but they are 16/17 years old. Reading this takes me back to the fun, hope and insecurity, but excitement, of teen love. ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 /5 ❤️📚

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Chilly, but I couldn‘t resist the sun. ❤️📚☀️ Covid isolation ends this morning for my youngest. He was so happy to be able to come out of his room! He‘s masked for the next 5 days. So far, the rest of us have tested negative. 🙂

Happy Easter! ✝️

IuliaC Happy Easter! 2mo
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Enjoying the warmth before rain moves in later. Enjoying this book so far, but not as much as the first one. ❤️📚☀️ My cherry tree is starting to bloom. I love it when the streets turn pink in my neighborhood in spring. 🌸

Elizabeth2 I ended up coming back inside almost immediately after I posted this. My son‘s GF came over for a socially distanced picnic and they are using the yard. She‘s home from college for the holiday and they couldn‘t see each other because we have one in the house w/Covid. 😔 Even though this one tested negative, his GF has finals coming up. He doesn‘t want to risk getting her sick. Very sweet & romantic. ❤️ 2mo
Elizabeth2 She brought a milkshake from Sonic for the younger sibling sickie, and Italian Ices for the rest of us. 🥰❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
BookBabe How thoughtful of her ❤️ Prayers for a quick healthy recovery for your child 🙏🏻 2mo
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Not at all what I had planned for the month, but this sequel starts right where the first book leaves off. Yup, I played right into the author‘s hands, and I‘m okay with it. 😆❤️📚

MatchlessMarie Love this series. Did lots of baking when I read through it lol 2mo
DarkMina I enjoyed the series overall. 2mo
Elizabeth2 @MatchlessMarie I can totally see that! 😆 @DarkMina I‘m enjoying it! Some light reading is just what the doc ordered with Covid in the house! 🙂😷 2mo
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It may be juvenile, full of tropes, and the MC might be a little annoying, but this story sucked me in and when I turned the last page I immediately wanted more. Lara Jean and her sisters lost their mom at a young age. It‘s just them and their dad, who is doing his best raising 3 girls. This is a YA romance, coming of age, sisterhood drama with lots of heart. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

This was my #doublespin for April! @TheAromaofBooks

Elizabeth2 I told my almost 17 year old daughter she might like this book. When I described it to her, she said “oh there‘s a Netflix movie like that.” I told her the movie was based on the book. She said, “yeah, I wasn‘t interested in the movie.” And walked away. 😆 Her tastes run more toward anime and the occasional graphic novel, but I know she likes the romance angle in what she watches. 🤷‍♀️ She‘s not a reader, but a mom can try…. (edited) 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! I still haven't read this one, although it's been on my list for a while!! 2mo
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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

🐣 Yes, usually we host Easter dinner for my extended family & have an Easter Egg hunt. But this year, it will just be us because my youngest has Covid.

📚 A little better than average. I‘ve finished 2 books, am almost finished a 3rd

🙏🏻 That so far the rest of my family is healthy & my other kids are really understanding of their restrictions for Covid safety right now. I am grateful for this time cocooned together.

Elizabeth2 Thanks for the tag @EadieB! 2mo
EadieB @Elizabeth2 You‘re welcome! Thanks for playing! 2mo
fiona29 slay queenw 2mo
Eggs Thanks for joining in 🥰 2mo
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“Why is any one book different from any other book? They are different, A.J. decides, because they are. We have to look inside many. We have to believe. We agree to be disappointed sometimes so that we can be exhilarated every now and then.” ❤️📚

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Such a lovely story about a curmudgeon bookseller who is really a good human and a softie inside. It‘s about second chances, love, loyalty, friendship, and books! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 ❤️📚

Thanks to the beautiful @Eggs for this lovely gift. 💗

This was my #bookspin for April! @TheAromaofBooks

Eggs So glad you liked it 😍🥰💗 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
UwannaPublishme This book has been on my TBR for too long. Hope to get to it soon! 3mo
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Time for another monthly #Readathon! For #awesomeapril my goals are:

⏰ Read for 10 hours
📚Finish “The Storied Life of AJ Fickry” (which I am almost finished) and my #doublespin book for April, “To All the Boys I‘ve Loved Before,” and start a third book - whatever suits my mood.

It‘s going to be a busy work week, and I anticipate working longer hours, so I‘m hoping I can get 10 hours of reading in. ❤️📚

Andrew65 Have a great Readathon 😊👍 3mo
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Starting my #bookspin for April! ❤️📚

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I truly enjoyed this book. The story moves back and forth in time, following the love story of a married woman and her lover through time, and also the story of the young reporter trying to figure out who these lovers were. I was completely sucked into the story, but did not find it a tear jerker like some of Moyes other works. I found the young reporter a bit unlikable, but that didn‘t ruin the story. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 /5

Elizabeth2 This was my #bookspin for March. @TheAromaofBooks 3mo
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My favorite place to read, in the sunshine, with coffee. It‘s only 50 degrees, but the sun makes my porch nice and warm. Glorious! Just hoping the squirrels are a little more aware of my presence today. 🤣❤️📚☕️

Aims42 Looks like a beautiful reading spot 😍 I also hope the squirrels are more aware of you today lol 🐿🥜 3mo
Elizabeth2 @Aims42 No squirrel interactions today! Haha! I did get distracted by a woodpecker on the tree a few feet from me. The clouds moved in making it feel closer to 50 degrees so I‘ve moved back inside. I did get a wonderful 45 minutes though! 🙂🌤 3mo
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Here is my #bookspinbingo card for April! #Bookspin = The Storied Life of AJ Fickry, which has been on my Bookspin list since last year. #Doublespin = To All the Boys I've Loved Before, which I just added to my list this month!

Let's go! ❤️📚 @thearomaofbooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
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Just in under the wire with my April #bookspin list! Didn‘t do so well in March…wasn‘t a strong reading month for me. Here‘s hoping April includes a little more reading time! ❤️📚

DarkMina I didn't do well in March either. Hopefully April is a better reading month for both of us! ❤ 3mo
Elizabeth2 @DarkMina yes! 👊 3mo
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Jumping into this next. It‘s my #bookspin for March…hoping I can finish it this month! 😁❤️📚

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This is the third and final novel in the Isle of Lewis trilogy. After a freak weather event, Fin and his friend Whistler discover a plane at the bottom of an empty Loch, with a body in the cockpit. This takes the reader on a journey into Fin‘s past, mixed with the present. This was an excellent series, and this book wraps things up well. This was my least favorite of the books, but was still an excellent read. Highly recommend. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

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Two dog beds right there, but they‘d rather be on Mama. Hamilton, the apricot/cream guy, really wants to get on the back of the chair but it hurts my back if he‘s up there too long, so I‘ve forbidden it today. He‘s sulking. Hazel, our red rescue, is just happy to be touching me.

With 67 pages to go, I‘m going to finish The Chessmen today. ❤️📚

#dogsoflitsy #weekendreading #isleoflewistrilogy #petermay

BookDragonNotWorm 😍😍 Such adorable reading companions! 3mo
DogMomIrene Hamilton and Hazel sure look comfortable to me🐶🐶💜💜 3mo
Elizabeth2 @BookDragonNotWorm thank you! I think so, too. 😉💕 @DogMomIrene they are my constant companions. Their comfort usually takes precedence. 😆💗 3mo
DivineDiana Lots of love in this picture! ❤️ 3mo
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It is a gorgeous Saturday morning. ☀️ I‘m taking advantage before storms come through later today. Good book, comfy chair, delicious coffee, warm sunshine. Perfection. ❤️📚☀️☕️ #weekendreading

Cupcake12 Enjoy x 3mo
Elizabeth2 @Cupcake12 thanks! My peace was disturbed by a squirrel that didn‘t know I was there. It was going to run across my feet, so I move them, startling him and he ran up my leg, jumped onto my shoulder and launched himself off back to the ground! 😳🐿 Left paw prints on my pants! 🤣 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Omg!!! That‘s so funny 🤣🤣 3mo
Cupcake12 He must have liked you 🤣🐿 3mo
DivineDiana Now that‘s an amazing experience! 🐿 3mo
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I love to binge read series and am excited to jump right into the third and final Isle of Lewis novel. (Even though it will mess up my #bookspinbingo card 😆) This is an excellent series so far.

Hoping to finish it as my second completed book for the #marvellousmarch #readathon

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The second in the Isle of Lewis trilogy. These books are so good. Excellent story telling and descriptions of the setting. In this follow up to The Blackhouse, Fin comes back to Lewis intending to fix up his parents‘ old home and repair relationships. He gets embroiled in a murder mystery when a body is found in the bog. The only person who may know what may have happened is suffering from advanced dementia. Fantastic read! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 /5 ❤️📚