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KathyWheeler

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Once Upon a Wardrobe | Patti Callahan
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This is the story of a young woman, Megs, and her younger brother, George, who is dying. He wants Megs to do one thing for him — find out where the story of Narnia came from. She meets C. S. Lewis who tells her some of his life story; she relates these stories to George. It‘s a touching book. The only thing that feels a little off is a love story for Megs. It just feels tacked on.

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This was my night book, but I moved it to my walking book since I hadn‘t decided on a new walking book yet. I can‘t remember if I read it already or just saw the episode on the show. The sun was out today which was a shock because it‘s just been grey and rainy for the last couple of days. #audiowalk

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City of Saviors | Rachel Howzell Hall
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This may be my favorite book of the series despite some grossness. The story is interesting, and we see Lou struggle with injuries and ptsd from the last case. Someone on Goodreads said she wasn‘t buying Lou‘s feelings for Sam and his for her because we aren‘t shown it — we‘re told it. I get that. Her relationship with her police partner, Colin, is more relatable because we‘re shown the things they do to care for and protect the other. #audiowalk

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City of Saviors | Rachel Howzell Hall
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Okay, I didn‘t think it was possible but this book just took an even grosser turn. Interesting story, but gross. #audiowalk

Reggie Can you put it in a spoiler just for those of us who want to know? Lol 4d
KathyWheeler @Reggie Sure. Here you go — cannibalism. Yuck. 4d
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City of Saviors | Rachel Howzell Hall
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Okay. This book is making me itchy. Lou‘s case is the possible murder of a hoarder— in LA, in the summer with 100° temperatures and lots of humidity and no ac. There‘s lots of cats and cat waste and bugs. Ugh. I‘ll be glad when they‘re done with this crime scene. Yuck. The geese and turtles were out in the park today. #audiowalk

EvieBee That‘s a recipe for ripe rankness lol! 6d
KathyWheeler @EvieBee 😄. Definitely! 6d
Reggie My throat just closed up at the mention of hoarder and cat waste. 🤢 6d
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bnp Yes, the crime scene is pretty disgusting in that one. 6d
KathyWheeler @Reggie yeah — I thought I might throw up for a second. 5d
KathyWheeler @bnp it really is! 5d
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This is the 3rd, and latest, book in the Magical Bookshop series and it‘s my favorite. I was surprised by some plot turns, but, although I was surprised, I wasn‘t at all shocked by who the murderer turned out to be. Since I finished this book on my walk, I started City of Saviors, the latest in the Elouise Norton series. #audiowalk

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Execution in E | Alexia Gordon
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This is my favorite book in the Gethsemane Brown series even though it took a darker turn than had been the case with the previous books. It also introduced newer and darker occult elements that haven‘t been part of the series before. #audiowalk

EvieBee Beautiful! 6d
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Execution in E | Alexia Gordon
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One more walk should finish this book up. Then I won‘t know how long I‘ll have to wait for the next one. I intended to take a long walk at the park but I ran into a friend I haven‘t seen since our university first closed for COVID. We had a lot to catch up on, so my walk ended up being a short one as I didn‘t want to walk in the dark. #audiowalk

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Scrooge #worstgiftever | Charles Dickens, Brett Wright
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This version of A Christmas Carol told through texts and social media posts was okay. Sometimes the only reason I understood what was happening is that I‘ve read the book and seen multiple movie versions of it multiple times. In some areas, it was a little too jokey for me. I didn‘t hate it, but I won‘t be reading it again either like I do the original book.

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Execution in E | Alexia Gordon
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One of the characters in this story is a social media influencer; she is truly an awful person. What I don‘t get about her is that people tolerate her terrible behavior just so she won‘t throw a tantrum. That‘s how you enable entitled behavior. Ugh. I walked in a couple of places I haven‘t been in awhile; a park and a tiny cemetery. #audiowalk

Reggie There is this show in HBO called The Black Lady Sketch Show and they have this skit where an influencer shows up to this awards ceremony for a teacher at the school she went to. Everyone there pretends not to know her. She gets so exasperated and then she turns to the audience and says,”Mom? Dad? You guys know me!” And the dad says,”never seen before you in my life.” And she ends up leaving after throwing a fit. It‘s hilarious. 2w
KathyWheeler @Reggie that‘s hilarious! I may check out the show just to see that sketch. 2w
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Execution in E | Alexia Gordon
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This is the latest in the Gethsemane Brown series, so I figured I would finish it and wait for a new one. It‘s beautiful outside today — this weather is my favorite to walk in because you don‘t get too sweaty. #audiowalk

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I like this series and the main character, but if my high school boyfriend implicated me in a murder when we were teenagers and I had to leave town because the talk about me was so bad, there‘d be no forgiveness — ever — from me. Violet looks like she might be headed down that road. Ugh. #audiowalk

Reggie I will be thinking positive thoughts for Violet. Hopefully she comes out of it all ok. 2w
KathyWheeler @Reggie 😊 I really don‘t understand that part of this character. His whole family is awful too. Why would she want to get involved with that mess? 2w
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Fatality in F | Alexia Gordon
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I finished up both Fatality in F and What the Cat Dragged In on my walk today. Both books rank among my favorites in their respective series. With Cat, after 14 books, it turns out there are still surprises with Charlie and new things to learn. With Fatality, the story was just really interesting. #audiowalk

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What the Cat Dragged In | Miranda James
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This is my evening listen, but I decided to bring it on my walk. Charlie inherits a house, and finds old bones in it. Whose bones are they, and what happened to them? Does Charlie‘s family have secrets, or does this secret belong to the family who held a lifetime lease on the house? #audiowalk

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Untitled | Unknown
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“Bother me one more time while I‘m reading. I dare you.” Right now, I‘m having issues with concentrating. If it weren‘t for audiobooks, I‘d be in a full-blown reading slump. I‘ve only read 5 books this month and 4 of them have been audiobooks.

EvieBee 5 is a great number! More than me. And audio is still reading…with your ears. 💕💕 3w
wanderinglynn 5 is fantastic! And audiobooks are often my lifeline when I‘m in a slump. 💜 3w
KathyWheeler @EvieBee and @wanderinglynn My average has been 10, but with my life right now, y‘all are right — 5 is great! 3w
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Fatality in F | Alexia Gordon
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Jenny Lawson‘s Broken was acting up on my walk so I started Fatality in F instead. One of the things I like about this series is that the people in the village actually comment on the fact that there have been more murders in their town since Gethsemane arrived, and some view her as having brought bad luck to the town. This rarely happens in cozy mysteries. #audiowalk

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Hall is one of my favorite crime writers; Lou Norton is a great character. Here she‘s looking to find the murderer of young girls. I liked the story and the view into Lou‘s life. My only problem with this book is that I figured out the killer very early, and I‘m notoriously bad at that. Lou, as a professional, should‘ve noticed the clues. My daughter and I took my husband for a walk; it‘s the first time he‘s been outside in a month. #audiowalk

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I‘m really liking this book and have about two hours left. I think I know who the killer is, but I‘m not sure at all. It could be a red herring. My walk was actually a little chilly. I considered putting on the jacket I‘d brought with me. #audiowalk

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Poor Lou; she‘s never going to get some alone time with her new man between a grisly murder and her friends interrupting them just to be sure he is right for her. 😄. I have no idea why that bow is on that bush in the middle bottom picture. #audiowalk

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City Lights Books | San Francisco, CA (Bookstore)
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1: City Lights — also Powell‘s and The Strand
2: No. I might have one book on my mind when I go, but sometimes I don‘t even get the original book. Instead, I‘ll get something that seems more interesting. I‘m a browser.
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I took a break from Jenny Lawson for a bit to start this 3rd book in the Lou Norton detective series. I hate when it gets dark this early; I have to rush to get in an outside walk. #audiowalk

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While I like these books, it‘s beyond me why Meg hasn‘t learned yet to avoid being alone in isolated places when there‘s a killer on the loose. This is the Christmas book, and it‘s on the low end of my pick scale. Mostly because the story went a little slow. It‘s been my bedtime listening, but I was almost finished, so I took it on my walk to finish it up. #audiowalk

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Killing in C Sharp | Alexia Gordon
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I really liked the story here with the evil ghost killing first born children in revenge for her murder. The narrator had trouble maintaining Gethsemane‘s Virginia accent. It was a little distracting and was something I hadn‘t noticed in previous books. I started Broken when I finished this book. I love this quote, “What we really want to know is that we‘re not alone in our terribleness.” Beautiful, if a little chilly, walk. #audiowalk

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Killing in C Sharp | Alexia Gordon
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One or two walks walks should finish this book up. It was actually almost a little chilly today when I went for my walk. #audiowalk

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This is about all my mind was up to reading today. As a fan of Midsommer Murders and tons of other murder mystery books and shows, this book was a lot of fun for me — if a bit short. It included quizzes, which I failed, so now you know that if I ever say I‘m going to a quaint English village I‘m probably not coming back.

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Killing in C Sharp | Alexia Gordon
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I love this time of year; I can walk outside without nearly having heatstroke. This book has a really interesting storyline with a curse thrown by a 500 year-old ghost and an opera that tells that story. #audiowalk

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After a month, my husband finally came home from the hospital last Thursday. Things have settled down, and I now feel emotionally able to set some goals for #BFC21. I‘m glad to be back to this again.

Ruthiella Glad to hear your husband is back home! ❤️ 1mo
britt_brooke Such happy news! 1mo
wanderinglynn Such good news! 💚 1mo
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KathyWheeler We had a scare on the day he came back. He had a bad allergic reaction to laundry scent crystals. We had to call 911; they took him to the ER, pumped him full of Benadryl, and sent him home with an epi-pen prescription. We threw that stuff away! Everything‘s settled down now though. I‘m so happy to have him back. 1mo
TrishB That‘s lovely news for you ♥️ 1mo
Reggie I‘m glad he‘s ok. 1mo
KathyWheeler @TrishB, @Reggie, @britt_brooke, @Ruthiella, and @wanderinglynn : Thank you. It‘s been a long month! 1mo
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Killing in C Sharp | Alexia Gordon
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More Gethsemane Brown for walking. I hadn‘t checked my Conqueror challenge in a long time, but I checked it and discovered that I‘d finished it! It was 186 miles along the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia (virtually), where my mom grew up. That was an exciting discovery. 😊

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Bourdain was a good choice as narrator for his story, and the book was fun, but now I‘m not sure if I ever want to go to a restaurant again! I was floored by how many casual references to suicide there were in this book. Also, it must have been written before he knew Tom Colicchico because he mispronounced his name. Ramp is begun in preparation for my husband‘s return from the hospital, finally; he‘s been there since September 30! #audiowalk

Chrissyreadit I‘m sure you are both glad to be together again ❤️ 1mo
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Death in D Minor | Alexia Gordon
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While I still liked this book, Gethsemane did something so colossally stupid in it that I wanted to strangle her! The story was good if a little convoluted, and we meet a new and interesting ghost. I will definitely continue with this series. Started Kitchen Confidential and am a bit saddened by the number of throwaway references Bourdain makes to suicide. #audiowalk

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Death in D Minor | Alexia Gordon
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It rained a fair amount earlier today, so I was afraid I wouldn‘t be able to get out and walk, but it stopped. In this book, Gethsemane and her brother-in-law who‘s visiting from the US, get involved in an art fraud case that turns into murder. #audiowalk

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The continuing adventures of the Thursday Murder Club only this time they involve someone from Elizabeth‘s past. I liked this one even better than the first one, and I would not want to become Elizabeth‘s enemy! And Joyce seems ditzy but she‘s actually whip smart and proves it in this book — I‘m loving her. My new walking book is Death in D Minor. #audiowalk

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I guessed a plot twist! I‘m really terrible at that. Osman introduces Ron‘s grandson, Kendrick, in this book, and he‘s a wonderful character. We are experiencing a “cool” front, so it got down to 63° today, making it a beautiful day for a walk. #audiowalk

Bklover How beautiful!! 2mo
KathyWheeler @Bklover Thanks! These are two parks across the bay, and I love to walk in both. 2mo
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This is my new walking book, and I‘m liking it so far. It was a lovely day outside, so I got in a couple of nice walks. My husband has been seriously ill, and he‘s now in rehab. He‘s doing better now, but he won‘t be coming home for at least two more weeks. The walks are helping to keep me on an even keel mentally; so are the audiobooks. #audiowalk

britt_brooke So happy he‘s doing better! ((hugs)) 2mo
KathyWheeler @britt_brooke Thank you. I‘ve been so scared for the last 2 weeks. Because of COVID restrictions, I haven‘t been able to see him until he was transferred to rehab so it had been almost 2 weeks since I‘d seen him until yesterday. 2mo
britt_brooke @KathyWheeler Oh my gosh, that must‘ve been so hard. 2mo
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KathyWheeler @britt_brooke I‘ve never been so glad to see anyone in my life. It was difficult. 2mo
TheAromaofBooks I'm so glad he's doing better!!! I can't imagine knowing someone you love so much is seriously ill and not being able to see him. 😔 Hopefully everything is going the right direction now!! ❤ 2mo
KathyWheeler @TheAromaofBooks Thank you. It was very hard. He‘s working hard in rehab because he wants to come home so badly. (edited) 2mo
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Murder in G Major | Alexia Gordon
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Well, I‘ve found a new series. Gethsemane Brown is a great character, and I love her interactions with the ghost in her house and with the villagers. I saw a bunny on my evening walk. #audiowalks

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Murder in G Major | Alexia Gordon
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When I took a course on diversity in libraries, we talked about read-alikes; if a patron tells you they like a certain book, what books you can recommend that are similar to what they like but are by diverse authors. This series features a Black woman and is written by a Black woman and was recommended when we talked about cozy mysteries. I‘m loving it and Gethsemane Brown, a classical musician living and teaching in Ireland. #audiowalk

Ruthiella Have you ever read/heard of the Blanche White series of mysteries by Barbara Neely? Not sure if they would be considered cozies...but they are supposed to be very good. 2mo
KathyWheeler @Ruthiella No, I haven‘t, but I‘ll check them out. Thanks! 2mo
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Thursday Murder Club | Richard Osman
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I loved this book. Sometimes I got confused with the plot, but the characters are fantastic. My favorite might be Elizabeth, whose backstory I really want to hear more about. Looking forward to book two. I discovered a teeny, tiny graveyard and a gigantic oak in a park I walk in relatively frequently. I don‘t know how I missed them. It made me feel better when a friend said he & his wife go there all the time and never saw them either. #audiowalk

KathyWheeler Oh — that‘s not my car, I just liked the skeleton stretched out on top like a surf board. 2mo
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Thursday Murder Club | Richard Osman
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Because of various issues going on, I have not walked since September 22. Today, I finally went out for a walk. If was just so nice. I‘m enjoying The Thursday Murder Club. #audiowalk

marleed Beautiful walk with a great book. I hope the walk was wonderful! 2mo
KathyWheeler @marleed It was great. It was so good to be outside again. 2mo
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I recommend listening to Rick Bragg‘s books instead of reading the print or ebook. He‘s got that storyteller‘s voice that drags you into his tales and makes you feel like you‘re listening to your best friend. I especially enjoyed the sections on New Orleans and its food.

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Dial a for Aunties | Jesse Q. Sutanto
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1: Dial A for Aunties (ebook), Hood Feminism (ebook), Where I‘m From (audio), and Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet (print)
2: Aunties is funny. Hood has a different perspective than mine. Rick Bragg has a great voice, so the stories make you feel like you‘re hearing from a friend. Just started Hotel.
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This book was fun, surprisingly a little heart-warming, and not very gross. Not gross is an important factor for me as it‘s generally my problem with all things zombie. Angel is a great character, and you‘ll find yourself rooting for her. Starting Dial A for Aunties now.

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Because I‘ve had such a bad two weeks, a friend of mine bought this and sent it to me and my daughter. She said she thought we‘d enjoy it. It definitely looks like fun. 😊

Ruthiella Hope things start looking up! ❤️ 2mo
KathyWheeler @Ruthiella Thank you! 2mo
Reggie This is how much of a fatty I am. That I thought the binding of the book was a Hershey‘s chocolate bar! Lolol I really liked this book. Hope you do too! 2mo
KathyWheeler @Reggie Now that you mention it, it totally looks like a Hershey bar! 😄 2mo
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This evening‘s reading. Love the cover.

SamAnne Wow. Beautiful! 2mo
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I got the news today that I have skin cancer — I will be fine; the doctor says it‘s highly treatable. But “cancer” is a scary word, even when you know you‘ll be fine, so I‘m lying here in bed, wallowing, eating junk, and reading Edward Lee. I‘m giving myself today for the wallowing; tomorrow, I‘ll just have to go back to my regular self.

BookDragonNotWorm Wishing you all the best and a speedy recovery! I've been there, hopefully it's a not too invasive fix. 🫂 2mo
Soubhiville Of course that‘s scary! I hope your treatment/ removal is quick and easy. Hugs. 2mo
Jovy You‘re entitled to wallow! Hope all will be well. 2mo
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Tamra Take care of yourself! 2mo
Karkar Always good to catch it early. Sending healing thoughts your way. ❤️📚❤️ 2mo
Jas16 Sending ❤️ 2mo
KathyWheeler Thank you, everybody. I know I‘ll be fine and I‘m glad it was caught early. It‘s been awhile since I‘ve been to the dermatologist; I had an appointment last year, but I cancelled it because it was the middle of COVID and I was sick. I just randomly decided to call on Monday and made an appointment for Tuesday. Now here I am. (edited) 2mo
BookNAround I‘m sorry. Cancer is a scary word for sure. I‘m a melanoma survivor and I still remember the day they called to tell me I had it. Best of luck to you with treatment or surgery or however they plan to get it for you. 2mo
KathyWheeler @BookNAround thank you. Probably surgery. I see the surgeon on October 7. 2mo
wanderinglynn Cancer is a scary word. Sending lots of positive energy & many {hugs}. 💚💚💚 2mo
Megabooks Sending hugs and support. 💜💜💜 2mo
KathyWheeler @wanderinglynn Thank you. I was so hoping to get back to my fitness goals, but I think I‘m really going to have to modify them. Which is fine — I was just wanting to get immediately back to a more normal life after my cat, but it looks like it might be a few more weeks before that can happen. 2mo
wanderinglynn I know it must be so frustrating, and scary, and sad. A lot has happened to you in a rather short time. I feel for you. I think right now it‘s more important to focus on self-care and mental health. Life happens, we adapt, and try to keep moving forward. 💚 2mo
Reggie I hope the junk includes some form of cake cookies and ice cream. Hope your spirits lift a bit tomorrow, Kathy. 2mo
KathyWheeler @Reggie Cookies, ice cream, and for a little salt — chips. 😄 Thanks. 2mo
KathyWheeler @wanderinglynn there‘s been other stuff going on as well. As my daughter said, “How much are we supposed to take in one sitting, Mom?” But you‘re completely right and I‘m determined that my focus will be on those areas you mentioned. 2mo
EvieBee Lots of hugs, Kathy. 2mo
rockpools Sending hugs and best wishes 💐 2mo
Chelsea.Poole I‘m sorry you‘re going through this. Best of luck with treatment. And yes! Wallow!! Get back to it tomorrow. 🌞 2mo
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So, I finished How Y‘all Doing? today. It was a nice and mostly fun book. Like the Dolly Parton book I listened to, it felt conversational, and I liked that aspect. Leslie Jordan seems like he‘d be a fun person to know. Now I need a new walking book. Anyone read anything funny and/or light recently? Or read a cozy mystery that would make a good walking book?

EvieBee Have you by chance read this? It‘s cozy on audio although I need to finish it! 3mo
KathyWheeler @EvieBee No! And it‘s one I keep considering. I‘ll check it out. Thanks! 3mo
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It‘s back to Leslie Jordan for my walks. It‘s been awhile because I decided to finish up Synchronized Sorcery for my last walk, and when I went to the beach and walked, I didn‘t feel like listening to anything but the waves. I‘m in a more serious section now where he‘s talking about what AIDS was like in the 80s. I remember that so well. #audiowalk

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Synchronized Sorcery | Juliet Blackwell
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I‘ve been listening to this at night but decided to finish it up on my walk this evening. I was afraid I wouldn‘t get to walk because it‘s been raining most of the day, but it stopped. This wasn‘t my favorite book in the series, and it ended abruptly and anticlimactically with some things left unanswered. I still liked it though, and I still love Xe Sands as the narrator. #audiowalk

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Joy in the Morning | P. G. Wodehouse
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Typical Jeeves & Wooster. Bertie‘s shenanigans always make me smile if not laugh out loud — something I needed today. My daughter brought me this framed picture of our sweet boy. That helped as well; I miss him.

wanderinglynn Aw, sweet kitty boy. 🤍🐱🌈 3mo
KathyWheeler @wanderinglynn He was the best. 3mo
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Reggiecide | Chris Dolley
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This is the 2nd Worcester & Reeves book, following What Ho, Automaton. It‘s short, but my husband & I really enjoyed listening to it, except this narrator got Reeves completely wrong. He gave him a working-class accent, and given that these characters are based on Wodehouse‘s Jeeves & Wooster, it‘s wrong. Also read The Sound of the Sea while at the sea. #audiowalk

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Well, that was a weird, oddly specific little detail. “… a dead bluebottle fell on the usher‘s head.” It might be my occasionally weird sense of humor, but that line made laugh.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa That is an odd little detail to include…🤔 3mo
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