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Georgette Heyer's Regency World by Jennifer Kloester, Graeme Tavendale
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The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather
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The Copper Beech by Maeve Binchy
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I Was Anastasia: A Novel by Ariel Lawhon
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The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas
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Moods by Louisa May Alcott
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The Last Woman Standing by Thelma Adams
Spring Magic | D. E. Stevenson
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It‘s a date night this Friday evening! Mr. S and I usually go out, but tonight I wanted to stay in & cook one of his favorites: homemade beef and ricotta meatballs, in tomato and basil sauce with warm flatbread. I‘ve been listening to an audiobook, whilst cooking, enjoying the last of the sunlight before it dipped below the horizon. The food‘s hot, so we‘ll eat, and then cuddle up on the couch, and watch a movie, his pick this time around. 🎥🍿

Tamra Perfect date night! 2d
LeahBergen I loved this one (just like all the DE Stevensons I‘ve read). 😍😍 2d
Theaelizabet Yum! I have Miss Buncle‘s Book, but haven‘t read it yet. Stacking this one! 2d
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catebutler @Tamra It was a lovely evening! Sometimes I really love staying home and chilling. 2d
catebutler @LeahBergen I‘m really adoring this book! And yes, I must admit I‘ll read anything by D. E. Stevenson, she‘s wonderful! 2d
catebutler @Theaelizabet I adored Miss Buncle‘s Book! This one is very good too, although I don‘t think it gets as much love. I also loved, Mrs Tim of the Regiment. I‘ll read anything by Stevenson! 2d
Tamra @catebutler I‘m a homebody so you‘ll get no argument from me. 2d
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Georgette Heyer's Regency World | Jennifer Kloester, Graeme Tavendale
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It‘s a three day weekend, & I‘m looking forward to a little R&R & LOTS of reading time! Memorial Day weekend is the kick off to summer for me. The local outdoor swimming pool re-opens, BBQ‘s & summer parties commence & the temp. starts to soar. I recently finished a Georgette Heyer (Frederica) that left me with a twinkle in my eye & a smile on my face, so I‘ve been enjoying this in-depth guide to the world of Heyer & the Regency era.

TheAromaofBooks I'm reading a Heyer book right now!! This looks like a fun companion. Is it more about Heyer, or more about the Regency era? 3d
catebutler @TheAromaofBooks How fun! I can‘t wait to see what you think of it, it‘s one I haven‘t read yet, so I‘m very intrigued. And the companion is more about the Regency era, clothing, style, manners, etc., but Kloester does draw from the history in Heyer‘s novels and expounds on it. It‘s been fun to learn more about the Regency period. Kloester is also Heyer‘s official biographer. I‘ve heard it‘s excellent! 2d
TheAromaofBooks Oooo an official biography, too! I always think I should read more biographies, and then just end up reading more fiction instead haha I have very minimal reading discipline, I fear. Frederica is one of my favorite Heyer books, by the way. I'll definitely check this one out!! 2d
catebutler @TheAromaofBooks I definitely love biographies, probably one of my favorite forms of non-fiction. But, I hear you about discipline! I usually try to do at least one non-fiction each month, sometimes they roll over to the next month though! 🤣 2d
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Another week down & going strong! 💪🏼 We had rain every single day this week, so my outdoor activity, came inside. Hopefully being outdoors can resume soon, I‘ve missed my neighbourhood rounds. 🏃🏽‍♀️

My point tracking is WAY off, I haven‘t kept track of Litsy Love, etc. So, going forth, I‘m not going to worry about tracking points. I signed up to be more active and have fun, which I am! Hopefully that‘s okay!?
#BFC #BookFitnessChallenge

Freespirit Well done Cate! Walking is the best..good for the spirit❤️ 3d
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 A fantastic week 2 despite the weather! 3d
catebutler @Freespirit Thanks Sally! I have a great loop that I like to do around my neighbourhood, it‘s almost three miles. I‘ll be glad to get back to it once the rain stops. ☺️ 3d
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catebutler @wanderinglynn Thanks Lynn! The rain has been crazy!! I don‘t mind the gym and treadmill, but it will be so nice to get back outside. 😊 3d
BookwormAHN I've had similar weather, great job 👏🏻 3d
TheEllieMo I think I‘ve missed a few point along the way, I‘m not bothered, I‘m just finding this challenge so motivating, and that is the most important thing! Keep doing what you‘re doing!! 3d
Crazeedi Rain rain go away! 3d
4thhouseontheleft Great job! 3d
TheSpineView Good good! 3d
catebutler @BookwormAHN I think ours is finally clearing up! I do love the rain, so it‘s been lovely, but the outside is calling me! Hope you have sunshine headed your way too! 3d
catebutler @TheEllieMo That‘s exactly how I feel! I was trying to go through and figure it out yesterday and decided, I wouldn‘t worry about it! I‘m enjoying myself and that‘s what counts. 😊 3d
catebutler @Crazeedi It‘s been constant! I think it‘s supposed to be sunshine for the three day weekend, which is exciting. Lots of outside time. 3d
catebutler @4thhouseontheleft Thank you! 🧡 3d
catebutler @TheSpineView Thank so much! 💓 3d
BarbaraJean Great job on your goals! It‘s so hard to keep track of comments, isn‘t it?! But the fitness and enjoying the challenge are the important parts! 2d
catebutler @BarbaraJean Thank you! And yes, it‘s the comments that I lost track of, ha! I guess I should have been tracking or making a mark with each comment left. But, you‘re absolutely right, it‘s the experience that counts and it‘s been so much fun! 😊 2d
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I‘ve had flowers & bees on the mind, maybe because of the verdant beauty that‘s been rampant this month. I stumbled across these purple blooms Veronica spicata (Spiked Speedwell) at Trader Joe‘s the other day - they made me think of fuzzy bumblebees and meadows scattered with wildflowers. This whimsical daydream led to an attempt to watercolor one of my favorite creatures, the honey bee. 🐝

Abailliekaras Lovely photo! 😍 4d
catebutler @Abailliekaras Thanks Anna! 🧡 4d
mabell Wow your watercolor is lovely! 😳😍 4d
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catebutler @mabell Thank you, Elizabeth! 🥰 4d
Crazeedi I love The speedwell, it grows here. Beautiful photo! 3d
Tamra That is sweet! 3d
catebutler @Crazeedi It is such a beautiful flower, I especially love them in a cut bouquet. So so pretty! 3d
catebutler @Tamra Thank you! ☺️ 3d
BookNAround You painted that bee? You‘re very talented. 3d
catebutler @BookNAround I did! And thank you so much, you‘re very kind! 💓 3d
Tanisha_A Love the picture, and the painting! 😍 3d
LeahBergen That‘s so beautiful!! 😮😮😮 3d
catebutler @Tanisha_A Thank you!! 💜 3d
catebutler @LeahBergen You are so kind, thank you! 🥰 3d
BiblioLitten Oh my!! 😍😍 3d
catebutler @BiblioLitten Thanks Archana! 💓 3d
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1. I usually map out somewhat of a monthly TBR, this will include buddy reads, book club picks and readalongs. I also add a few mood reads to my list too.
2. I don‘t usually travel via bus or train, but if I did, yes!
3. Social media, other hobbies, being an adult. 🙄
4. Tea ☕️🍃
5. Anyone who‘d like to participate, feel free to join in!

#WondrousWednesday @Eggs

Thank you for the tag! @Cathythoughts

Eggs Great answers! Like your reading plan! 4d
catebutler @Eggs Thanks Sherri! It really helps with my need for a bit of structure, but also allows me to read on a whim. It seems to work, quite well! 🧡 4d
Cathythoughts “ Being an adult 🙄” I love this comment 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻😂 4d
catebutler @Cathythoughts Ha! Thanks Cathy! Sadly it‘s true! 🤣 4d
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It‘s been a beautiful spring day, sunny with a few wispy clouds, and a chance of rain. I woke up this morning and decided to mix things up, so I worked from a favourite café (sneaking in a few chapters of my current reads in between emails). After work and a few errands, I‘m back home, with paints, brushes and creamy watercolour paper. ??

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💗💗💗 6d
LeahBergen This is such a weird little read. ❤️ 6d
catebutler @LeahBergen It is, isn‘t it! I actually quite liked it, but it is strange. 😄 6d
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The Scent of Water | Elizabeth Goudge
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A quiet, relaxing Saturday afternoon. The birds are singing in the trees, I‘m listening to the latest album by Ludovico Einaudi and catching up on a few tasks at hand: snail mail for #LitsyLove and #JB, journaling and making my way through my current reads. I love days like this - they fill me with a quiet peace and a sense of restoration.

NatalieR Gorgeous picture! 💕 1w
catebutler @NatalieR Thank you! 💓 1w
erzascarletbookgasm I love days like this, too! Enjoy! 1w
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catebutler @erzascarletbookgasm Thanks Jessie! They really are the best kind of days. ☺️ 1w
Kaye Cate. You need one more follower to make 1000 💖 1w
catebutler @Kaye I just saw! How absolutely crazy! This little community has been so kind and fun to be a part of. 🥰 1w
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I had a fantastic first week for #BFC #BookFitnessChallenge. I met all my goals and surpassed a few. I thought about up‘ing one or two of my goals, but decided I would keep them the same. I want to fulfill them each week, and if I pass them, that‘s great! 👍🏼

2/6 Books Read
377 mins. exercise
36,392 steps/17.83 miles
448 oz. water

Posts: 3
Litsy Love: 29 (will do better on the next week!)

Starting Points: 22
Week 1 Points: 35
Total Points: 57

wanderinglynn Way to go! Fantastic first week! 🙌🏻 1w
catebutler @wanderinglynn Thanks Lynn! 🧡 1w
Cinfhen Great job 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻im not even attempting to calculate my points 1w
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catebutler @Cinfhen Thank you! 💓 It was hard to figure it all out, ha! 🤓🤣 1w
BookwormAHN Great job 👏🏻 1w
catebutler @BookwormAHN Thanks Ashley! 🤗 1w
Freespirit Great work Cate👍🏻 1w
BarbaraJean What a great week! Congrats!! 1w
catebutler @Freespirit Thank you!! 🥰 1w
catebutler @BarbaraJean Thank you! I actually had a great time doing this week's goals. 😊 1w
julesG I'm not counting my Litsy Love. I'd need note paper for every spürt of the moment comment. So, I'm probably missing out on a lot of points every week, but I'm not doing it for the prizes. 1w
catebutler @julesG I think you‘re smart! I just happened to remember to jot down some of the recent numbers, so I tracked them. I want to be better about commenting just for the encouragement, but I‘m not sure if I‘ll fully track each comment, here on out. Tracking what I did tonight was a lot of extra work! 😂 1w
julesG Just finding all my posts was quite a feat. 😁 1w
catebutler @julesG Ha! I guess I better start tracking those as I go too! It would save time! 😁 1w
Kaye 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 1w
TheSpineView Excellant! Keep up the good work! 1w
monalyisha Way to kick butt! 🍑 1w
VanChocStrawberry That's great! That's a LOT of goals met! 1w
catebutler @Kaye Thanks Julie! (edited) 1w
catebutler @TheSpineView Thank you! It‘s been so fun to participate! 1w
catebutler @monalyisha Thank you! ☺️ 1w
catebutler @VanChocStrawberry Thank you! I‘ve actually been doing a clean eating challenge on my own for a few weeks, so I combined it with the fitness goals for this one. It‘s been a great motivation to keep going! 😊 1w
UwannaPublishme 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 1w
catebutler @UwannaPublishme Thank you!! 💓 1w
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Busy day, so I‘m just sitting down for a late lunch! Leftover homemade turkey and veggie chilli, with half an 🥑, it‘s so good! I‘m also cracking open my next read, all about the Romanov dynasty and a woman who claims to be the Russian Grand Duchess Anastasia. I‘ve always been fascinated by the imperial family and their tragic story, so this one sounds fascinating! After lunch, I‘m taking a walk around the neighbourhood for #BookFitnessChallenge.

wanderinglynn I‘ve considered picking up this book. So I‘ll be interested to know what you think about the book. 2w
catebutler @wanderinglynn I‘m reading it for a bookclub this month. I‘ve heard mixed reviews, so we‘ll see what I think, and yes! I‘ll keep you posted! 😊👍🏼 2w
4thhouseontheleft That looks delicious! 2w
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catebutler @4thhouseontheleft Thank you! One of my fitness goals is to do better with clean eating, this one was quick and tasty! 😋 2w
kspenmoll Yum!! 2w
Tamra That just looks delicious. 2w
BookwormAHN Nice pick 👏🏻 2w
RealLifeReading That looks good! 1w
catebutler @kspenmoll Definitely an easy and enjoyable meal! Will be adding this to the meal prep lineup for here on out. 😊 1w
catebutler @Tamra Thank you! I‘ve had a lot of fun trying meals that are healthy and easy to make. 1w
catebutler @BookwormAHN Thank you! 🥰 1w
catebutler @RealLifeReading It‘s been rainy and cool today, so perfect chilli weather! 1w
BookBabe Lovely photo! 💜 1w
catebutler @BookBabe Thank you!! 🧡 1w
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Today‘s been absolutely wonderful! A lie in this morning, breakfast with this charming novel, and then I spent the afternoon practicing watercolour painting. I‘ve been meaning to pick this back up again, and finally did it. I‘m quite rusty, (please don‘t judge my poor attempt, at free hand 🙈), but I know after a few tutorials, my technique (and confidence) will return. 🖼 I‘m in desperate need of new brushes too!

#artsandcrafts #georgetteheyer

LiteraryinLititz How beautiful and what a nice way to spend the day! 2w
Julsmarshall What a lovely day, and a lovely painting! 2w
catebutler @LiteraryinLititz Thanks, Allison! It was a wonderful day. I was so hesitant to share, so thank you for your kind comment. 💓 2w
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catebutler @Julsmarshall Thank you, Julie! You‘re so kind. 🧡 2w
RvnclawWhovian Looks beautiful!! 2w
catebutler @RvnclawWhovian Thank you! 🥰 2w
MaGoose Looks marvelous! 2w
Tamra Better than I could ever do! (edited) 2w
erzascarletbookgasm Looks pretty 👍 2w
batsy Looks lovely! I have zero artistic talent and admire all of you who do 🙌🏽 2w
catebutler @MaGoose Thank you!! 💓 2w
catebutler @Tamra Ha! I felt like a little kid, I definitely need some practice. ☺️ 2w
catebutler @erzascarletbookgasm Thank you! 🧡 2w
catebutler @batsy I just wish I would have been better about keeping up with it, it really does go away if you don‘t work at it. 2w
LeahBergen Oh, how lovely (I‘m the worst artist ever). This was such a fun Heyer! 2w
Theaelizabet Oh, that‘s lovely! I wish I could do so well. 2w
catebutler @LeahBergen Ha! This is definitely rough, but I have new supplies coming and I‘ll be practicing like crazy! I just finished the Heyer and loved it, it was such a fun read. ☺️ 2w
catebutler @Theaelizabet Thank you, you‘re so sweet! Definitely need more practice, but it‘s been so fun picking up a brush and paints again. 2w
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Happy with today‘s results for #BFC. Busy day, but still managed to make all my goals. 61% through my first audiobook, and hit my fitness, walking, food and water goals for the day. I just found out I had two more audiobook holds become available via Libby, so I‘d better get moving to get them read before they‘re due! 🏃🏽‍♀️


wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 2w
catebutler @wanderinglynn Thanks Lynn! I‘ve loved seeing everyone‘s Day 1 progress posts. 🤗 2w
Cinfhen I like the hashtag 😜 #BFC 2w
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catebutler @Cinfhen I do too! 😂 2w
Wife 🌹 2w
BarbaraJean Multiple audiobook holds arriving = great workout motivation!! 2w
catebutler @BarbaraJean I thought so too! I was actually quite happy about this, since I thought I‘d have to wait for quite some time for these two to come in. I can‘t wait to walk and listen. 😄 2w
BookwormAHN Way to go 👏🏻 2w
catebutler @BookwormAHN Thanks Ashley! I‘ve loved all the support I‘ve seen from everyone participating. 2w
Kaye 💚 2w
4thhouseontheleft Great job! I have a bunch of Overdrive audiobooks that all came off hold at once, so I'm in the same spot! 2w
Megabooks Awesome job!! 👏🏻👏🏻 2w
Clwojick Awesome! 👏🏻👏🏻 2w
TheSpineView High 5!👏 2w
kspenmoll You are reading one of my favorite mystery authors! Great job! 2w
Caterina That's a lot of goals to keep track of, great job meeting them all! You're off to a great start!! 👏 2w
dariazeoli Good job! 2w
catebutler @Kaye Thanks Kaye! 🧡 2w
catebutler @4thhouseontheleft Isn‘t it funny how that seems to happen. I‘ve had a really dry spell the last week or so and now I‘m overbooked! 😊 2w
catebutler @Megabooks Thank you! 🧡 2w
catebutler @Clwojick Thank you so much, off to a great start today too! 😊 2w
catebutler @TheSpineView Thank you!! 2w
catebutler @kspenmoll I‘m so glad I was able to pick this series back up. I read the first book back in 2012, and finally decided I wanted to get back to them. I‘m really enjoying the series so far! 2w
catebutler @Caterina I‘ve actually been doing a healthy eating challenge for the past few weeks, so I carried over those goals and requirements to this one, fortunately it‘s made tracking not to difficult! 2w
catebutler @dariazeoli Thank you! 💓 2w
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The Book on the Bookshelf | Henry Petroski
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I‘m steadily making my way through these four books during the lovely month of May (and oh! how it‘s been lovely)! I have a few other books I‘d also like to read, hovering just out of sight, but my focus will be on these four until one or two are wrapped up.

#monteinmay19 #seasonbythebook #maytbr #shelfie #bookstack

catebutler @Jee_HookedOnBookz Thank you, Jee! You‘re so sweet!! ♥️ 3w
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BiblioLitten A very happy birthday!! 🥳🎉💕 3w
catebutler @BiblioLitten Thank you!! 🧡 3w
erzascarletbookgasm A lovely pic too! And I hope my card reaches you soon, it is taking forever.. 3w
catebutler @erzascarletbookgasm Thank you Jessie! And I received your card thank you so much! I‘ll be sharing your card and the others I received here on Litsy in the next day or two. ☺️♥️ 2w
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Started out strong earlier this year w/ #LitsyWalkers, but fell behind a bit. This challenge seems the perfect way to get back to it! 💪🏼

Book Goals 📖:
6 books including at least 2 audiobooks.
Fitness Goals:
🏃🏽‍♀️At least 15 mins. a day, 5 days a week. 2 miles daily tracked via Apple Watch.
💧A min. of 64 oz. of water daily.
🥗 Balanced meals each day (lean protein, complex carb & veggie/fruit).

@wanderinglynn #BookFitnessChallenge

wanderinglynn Great goals! 🙌🏻 3w
catebutler @wanderinglynn Thank you! And thank you for setting this up, I‘ve needed a little fitness nudge. 😁 3w
LeahBergen Happy Birthday, Cate! 📚📚📚 3w
catebutler @LeahBergen Thank you so much, Leah! 🧡 3w
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Lilac Girls: A Novel | Martha Hall Kelly
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I spent a large portion of my Sunday afternoon reading this heartbreaking book. Today, I‘m planning on finishing it. With a significant weather alert for today: high winds, lashing rain and warnings to stay indoors - it‘s the perfect excuse to curl up with a book!

This book is absolutely heart-wrenching, so I did put it aside yesterday. For the rest of the day I remained quite emotional & couldn‘t stop thinking about what I had read. #lilacgirls

laurenslibrary This is one of my favorite books even though it is super sad 3w
catebutler @LaurensLibrary I can see why! What an emotional roller coaster. I was doing a bit of research yesterday and the author‘s blog is a great reference. I love how the real life characters come to life with the letters and photos she has found. I can see why she had to write this story! 3w
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The Scent of Water | Elizabeth Goudge
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Elizabeth Goudge has been a firm favourite of mine for awhile. I particularly adore Goudge‘s delightful way of describing nature, and her keen observation and tenderness for the complexities of mankind. With themes of renewal, growth and redemption, ‘The Scent of Water‘ will be the perfect spring read. Now, I‘m off to read a couple of chapters, and treat myself to a freshly baked blueberry tea scone.


batsy Your pics are always lovely 💜 3w
catebutler @batsy Thank you SO much! 🥰 (edited) 3w
Tanisha_A What @basty said! 😍 3w
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catebutler @Tanisha_A Thank you, you‘re so sweet! 🧡 3w
Freespirit I agree too! 3w
catebutler @Freespirit Thank you!! 🥰 3w
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The Count of Monte Cristo | Alexander Dumas
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The month of May is underway, and I‘m looking forward to a read-along for ‘The Count of Monte Cristo‘ by Alexandre Dumas. This thick tome has been on my reading list for years, so it will be a pleasure to FINALLY crack it open! I‘m co-hosting the read-along over on IG, if you‘d like more details or to join in (please do!), click the link below:



BiblioLitten The flowers are gorgeous! 4w
catebutler @BiblioLitten Thank you! We‘ve had the prettiest bouquets this spring. Fresh flowers make me so happy! 💐 4w
Freespirit It's a big call but this might be my favourite book ever😍 3w
catebutler @Freespirit That is a big call! 😉 Sally, I‘m absolutely loving this book, so I can see why you say this. 3w
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A weekend getaway is underway. Good food, an adorable café & the quirkiest bookshop have been on the list of stops. Today, we‘re headed to a vintage market at the local fairgrounds. I think we might make another stop at the café before we head home, so I can keep reading Alexander McCall Smith‘s latest, ‘The Department of Sensitive Crimes‘. I love several of his other series, and so far this doesn‘t disappoint!

kspenmoll I have been eyeing that book! Sounds intriguing! 1mo
catebutler @kspenmoll It‘s very fun! If you‘re familiar with his other series, I think you‘d especially enjoy it. 1mo
Tamra Agreed! 👏🏾 1mo
Freespirit Lovely tea pot😊 3w
catebutler @Freespirit This café had the cutest tea pots, I loved how this one matched so well with my book cover. 3w
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The Overstory: A Novel | Richard Powers
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It‘s a beautiful spring day. Low 70‘s, a cooling breeze and an egg shell blue sky. I‘m out on a mid-morning jaunt with my love. A stop at a favourite café for raspberry lemon scones and lattes. We both brought our books, so I think we‘ll stay and read for a bit. Afterwards, we‘re headed to a garden show. My green thumb has been itching, and I‘m ready to plant a few green beauties before the end of the month. ?


LaraReads Looks heavenly! 💕📚☕️ 1mo
catebutler @LaraReads Thanks Lara! It was a glorious Saturday. Happy weekend! 🌿 1mo
Freespirit How are you finding The Overstory Cate? I just bought it but haven‘t started it yet. 1mo
catebutler @Freespirit It was such an interesting read. Brilliant writing and format, but a bit long-winded in parts. We had such an amazing discussion at my book club! Let me know how you get on with it! 1mo
Rissreads I just bought this today!!!! 💚 3w
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My reading set up this lovely spring evening. It‘s been a busy day, so settling in a bit later than usual. Normally I enjoy cooking dinner, but tonight calls for take out. While Mr. S runs to pick it up, I‘m catching up on a little reading time. We‘ll be catching up on Game of Thrones, and Killing Eve, this evening. We‘ve been so excited for both of these series to start up again! Anyone else excited for these two? Happy evening, dear readers.

RvnclawWhovian Can‘t wait for GoT!! 1mo
catebutler @RvnclawWhovian Just watching the second to last episode in the 7th season. We‘ll be ready for Sunday evening! 🐉 1mo
Freespirit Cate I really enjoyed the first season of Killing Eve😊loved the quirky characters. 1mo
catebutler @Freespirit I‘m so glad to hear this! I agree, the characters are so fun. Just saw the first episode of the second season and can‘t wait to see what happens next. 1mo
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Firefly Summer | Maeve Binchy
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I'm quite far behind on the #MaeveBinchyBuddyRead, so the #readathon this weekend has been kismet! I managed to read a large chunk (over half way through this 900 page book), and even though I want to read a bit more tonight, I think it's almost time to call it a night. My snack of choice while reading this evening, a rooibos tea (already drunk) and Australian strawberry licorice.

#deweys24hourreadathon #deweysapril #deweysreadathon

Tanisha_A Picture! 😍 2mo
catebutler @Tanisha_A Thank you! 🥰 2mo
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A Haven on Orchard Lane | Lawana Blackwell
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‘A Haven on Orchard Lane‘ by Lawana Blackwell, caught my eye, whilst perusing the local library shelves. Set in Victorian times, the book follows a former stage actress, Charlotte Ward. Facing desperate circumstances, Charlotte‘s estranged daughter, Rosalind, comes to her mother‘s rescue, whisking her away to a cottage in a quiet coastal village. I‘ve read that this book is part Gaskell, part Lark Rise to Candleford. Both of which, I adore!

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It‘s so nice to get back to a reading schedule! It‘s a beautiful afternoon, quiet, and balmy. I‘m spread out on the dining table with four books I‘m currently working on. A candle is flickering in the background and I‘m sipping on a gorgeous green tea called, ‘Bergamot Bliss‘ - the citrus note from the bergamot is divine! I‘m currently immersed in this dense biography about LM Montgomery. It‘s a lot to process, but I‘m enjoying it! #nonfiction

twohectobooks How far into this are you? I had a lot of problems with it and wished I‘d enjoyed it more. 2mo
catebutler @twohectobooks I just saw your post when I pulled up the book to link! I‘m about 200 pages in. It is definitely a mind dump in spots, & I agree with you about her speculations & theories. I am enjoying it, but slowly taking my time. I could tell from the first chapter this wasn‘t one I could rush through! I can just imagine the work & time it took to go through all the material she had to work with. Did this book change your opinion of Mont.? 2mo
twohectobooks I don‘t think it‘s changed my opinion. I read most of her books as a tween and young teen, and at some point I‘d learned that her own life wasn‘t a very happy one, although I hadn‘t realized just how bad. This bio‘s real strengths are the parts that concern her work as a writer and contributions to the literary community. She was a complicated woman and is still someone I admire! 2mo
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twohectobooks I hope you end up liking this one more than I did! Also I realized that you and I had also talked about the Laura Ingalls Wilder bio! I still haven‘t gotten around to that one. 2mo
catebutler @twohectobooks I‘m glad to hear your opinion of her hasn‘t changed. I too remember reading something a while ago about her unhappiness in real life, which actually made me appreciate her writing even more. I like depth in characters & in real life people. And yes! We did! I‘m so curious about your thoughts on the LIW bio. I must confess, it did leave me with a little bit of a bad taste, but I‘m glad I read it. Once you pick it up, let‘s discuss! 2mo
Freespirit Ohh I don't want my teenage dream of being Anne to be damaged....I read those books over and over..should I read this? 2mo
catebutler @Freespirit I don‘t think it will ruin it for you. I actually have found upon reading this, that I admire and esteem Montgomery even more. Plus, her world building, descriptions and characters will always have a special place in my heart. This biography is very very well researched, so take your time with it. I‘ve been reading in small doses and really enjoying it so far. But, it does feel like I‘m reading a thesis! ☺️ 2mo
Freespirit Ok Cate I think I will watch out for it. Thank you😊 2mo
catebutler @Freespirit If you‘d like to learn more about Montgomery, I do recommend it. Let me know if you pick it up, I always love discussing and chatting. 🧡 2mo
Freespirit Will do👍🏼 2mo
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It‘s been a hot minute! My brother visited from Germany, so it‘s been a fun-filled 2 1/2 weeks with his cute little family. We had a blast but I‘m exhausted! 😩 My little introverted nature has kicked into overdrive & all I want to do is retreat & read.

Right before they came, an unexpected & delightful package arrived in the post, which included the book & postcard pictured. Thank you @Jas16 for the lovely surprise! #JB #justbecause

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful photo!! Have fun with the fam!! 💗 2mo
catebutler @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you! They just left yesterday, I already miss them, but it will be nice to get back to a normal routine. 2mo
Jas16 Wow that is a gorgeous picture! I am glad it arrived safely and hope you enjoy! 2mo
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catebutler @Jas16 Jennifer, you absolutely surprised me with your package, THANK YOU! I have heard so many great things about this book, so I can‘t wait to check it out. 2mo
RvnclawWhovian Glad you‘re back!! 2mo
catebutler @RvnclawWhovian Thanks Ashly! I‘m so happy to get back to a regular schedule. Hope you‘re well! 🧡 2mo
Freespirit I've missed your beautiful posts Cate. 2mo
catebutler @Freespirit Sally, you are always so kind, thank you! It was such a fun time catching up with family, but I‘m glad to be back! Hope you‘re having a wonderful weekend. 🌿 2mo
Freespirit I have just had zucchini pancakes and a coffee for breakfast with hubby and I'm planning the day..a bit of gardening, a bit of sewing and of course some reading! It's a beautiful Autumn day so it draws me outside😍 2mo
catebutler @Freespirit Your weekend sounds heavenly! What a wonderful way to spend the day. Enjoy! 2mo
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Up next on my March TBR, ‘The Guest Book‘ by Sarah Blake. The story weaves between the 1930‘s, 50‘s and the present, tracing past mistakes and betrayals that ripple down through a family for three generations. I love a good intrigue, so I can‘t wait to start this!

The book isn‘t out until May, but I‘m hosting a giveaway on IG this week for an advanced copy! If you‘d like to enter, please see the link below:

UwannaPublishme Beautiful photo! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
catebutler @UwannaPublishme Thank you! 💓 2mo
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Slightly Foxed | Slighty Foxed Limited
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Some of my very favourite flowers have arrived with the new season - french anemone & ranunculus. It was with sheer joy, I hemmed & hawed over each bright bunch, settling finally on a beautiful coral for the ranunculus & cheery raspberry for the anemone. They are happily residing on a little side table next to my reading chair. Another seasonal joy, a fresh issue of @foxedquarterly has just arrived on the stoop. #foxedquarterly #slightlyfoxed

Centique Gorgeous flowers! 2mo
catebutler @Centique I was so happy to see these in stock at Trader Joe‘s - these have such a short season, so I have to make the most of them. 🧡 2mo
BiblioLitten Splendid colours, and those flowers are wildly beautiful! 😍 2mo
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catebutler @BiblioLitten Thank you! I do love how all the pretty flowers start to show up again with the spring. 2mo
LeahBergen I‘m waiting for my Slightly Foxed to arrive, too! 🦊 2mo
catebutler @LeahBergen I was so happy when it arrived yesterday! I hope yours arrives soon. Do you read it in one go, or try to make it last? I try to be good, but I find I zip through it pretty quickly. 2mo
BibliOphelia Ranunculus (ranunculi?? 😜) are my favorite! 😍 2mo
catebutler @BibliOphelia I just had to look up the plural after your comment. So intriguing! 🤔 I guess it would be ‘ranunculuses‘ or ‘ranunculi‘. I think ranunculi sounds better, don‘t you? They‘re my favourite too, and I guess anemones are actually part of the ranunculaceae family. Probably why I love them too! 2mo
BibliOphelia I applaud you for looking it up! I was just winging it. My favorite ranunculus relative is the peony. 💕 2mo
catebutler @BibliOphelia Ha! My detective mode kicked in. Peonies are my absolute favorite too (kindred spirits). Just a few more months and they‘ll be here. 😊 2mo
BibliOphelia 😍😍 2mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz What a beautiful picture and gosh the flowers!!! 😍😍😍 2mo
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I recently read my first Binchy & oh how I adored it! Sometimes books come into our lives at just the right moment & this was one of them. It was comfort food for the soul, & the perfect book to curl up w/ on a cold winter day. Binchy writes w/ a simplicity that‘s brilliant, & her characters! I absolutely fell in love w/ several in the novel, & feel like they‘ve become friends. Don‘t you just love when that happens w/ a book! #MaeveBinchyBuddyRead

wallacereads Well said. 3mo
catebutler @Phancatherine Thank you, Catherine! 💓 3mo
BiblioLitten Absolutely! 🤗 3mo
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catebutler @BiblioLitten 🧡 Every time it happens, it‘s that lovely reminder of why I‘m a bookworm. 📖🐛 3mo
Freespirit I read some of her books years ago and remember loving them. Thanks for reminding me Cate 3mo
catebutler @Freespirit I can see why you loved them! This was such a wonderful book. I‘ll be reading more of them with the buddy read here on Litsy. Next up, later this month, is ‘Firefly Summer‘. 3mo
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It‘s World Book Day, so to celebrate, I‘m taking the afternoon off. I‘ll be tucked up in my favourite reading chair, a bouquet of tulips (last of their bloom) on the side table, with a pot of tea, and treating myself to a slice of fudgy chocolate cake with fresh whipped cream and toasted hazelnuts (soon to go in the oven). How are you celebrating this festive day for book lovers? #WorldBookDay2019 #WorldBookDay

Jee_HookedOnBookz What a gorgeous pic!! And happy world book day to you! ❤️😘 3mo
catebutler @Jee_HookedOnBookz Jee, your comments always make me smile, thank you!! 🥰 Happy World Book Day! 📖 3mo
Crazeedi Lovely photo, lovely day you have planned! Enjoy!! 3mo
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catebutler @Crazeedi Thank you, Diane! I hope you have a bookish filled day yourself! 📖 3mo
Crazeedi @catebutler I am, I always manage some book time😁 3mo
LeahBergen That tea sounds lovely! 3mo
catebutler @LeahBergen It‘s a new purchase, and such a wonderful flavor. I love the raspberry note. 3mo
kspenmoll Your photograph is so lovely, hope you enjoyed yourself! 3mo
catebutler @kspenmoll Thank you, Katherine! I had a wonderful day, full of reading. 🧡 3mo
Freespirit Happy belated book day Cate😊 3mo
catebutler @Freespirit Thank you! 💓 3mo
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I usually try to fit in one or two non-fictions in my monthly TBR. This month, I‘m finally getting to the tagged book. It‘s been lingering on my shelf for over a year, & was supposed to be a buddy read with a dear friend last January. Needless to say, it‘s now been plucked from the shelf, dusted off & cracked open. I‘m enjoying this coming of age, food memoir, by a strong & resilient woman who grew up in Communist Russia during the 1960‘s & 70‘s.

LeahBergen Gorgeous! And gorgeous poppy tea cup and saucer! ❤️ 3mo
catebutler @LeahBergen Thank you! It was a lucky find at TJ Maxx. I love the pop of red with the poppies. 3mo
squirrelbrain Ooh I have Russian Tattoo by the same author. I think it‘s about her mother moving to be with her in the US. It‘s been on my TBR shelf for a year or two, maybe I should move it up a bit?! 3mo
catebutler @squirrelbrain Oh! I‘ll have to look that one up! She talks quite a bit about her mother (the book opens with her story) and she sounded fascinating. I‘d love to read more about her. Let me know what you think, once you pick up ‘Russian Tattoo‘. 3mo
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A late night, cosy reading session. Rain has turned to snow, so I‘m tucked up with my book, notes & a mug of frothy hot chocolate. Since I read all over the place, I love to keep my current reading materials in a portable tote. I couldn‘t pass up this adorable hand stamped project bag featuring Rifle Paper Co. Alice in Wonderland fabric & aptly named, “Cats In A Bookshop”. It comfortably fits a paperback novel, journal, Kindle & plenty of pens.

Weaponxgirl That‘s such a great idea! 3mo
catebutler @Weaponxgirl It really helps! I just pop it into my purse and go, when I leave the house. And it‘s great when you‘re home too. A little bookish trick! 😊 3mo
Weaponxgirl @catebutler it would help so much when I‘m transferring between bags 3mo
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LeahBergen I feel like some hot chocolate now. 😄 3mo
catebutler @LeahBergen Always a good choice! 👍🏼 It‘s quite nippy tonight, so it‘s been so good! 3mo
catebutler @Weaponxgirl Ha! That‘s exactly why I started to do it! I‘m constantly transferring between bags, so it makes it so easy. I do it with other items in my purse too. Keeps things so organized and less messy! 3mo
Texreader Oh so cute!!! 3mo
catebutler @Texreader It really is so perfect for a bookish person. 📚 3mo
RvnclawWhovian I love Rifle paper co! Super cute 3mo
catebutler @RvnclawWhovian I do too! The cute etsy shop that makes these bags does such a great job! The second I saw the fabric, I knew I had to grab it. 3mo
Freespirit Love the bag and your cup Cate @catebutler and great idea😍 3mo
darklydreaming 😍😍 3mo
RvnclawWhovian @catebutler what‘s the name of the shop? 3mo
BookBabe Oh my, so much kitty cuteness in this picture! 😻 3mo
catebutler @Freespirit Thanks Sally! 💓 3mo
catebutler @BookBabe Thank you! Each of these make me smile, whenever I pull them out. 💗 3mo
UwannaPublishme 😻😻😻 3mo
valeriegeary You're pictures are so lovely I want to crawl inside them! 🤗😍 3mo
catebutler @valeriegeary You are so kind, thank you!! 💓 3mo
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Ashes on the Moor | Sarah M Eden
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A library hold came in unexpectedly, it‘s a bit kismet, since today‘s plans were cancelled due to the weather. So, I‘m curled up on the couch, with a cup of tea (Tower of London by Harney & Sons), buttered toast, and this light-hearted historical romance. I do enjoy a feel good romance on occasion, so I‘m looking forward to this one. It has pretty good reviews - I saw it on someone‘s IG feed, who raved about it, so I thought I‘d give it a try!

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A good month of reading (a little lower than usual), but, I enjoyed everything I read. I read quite a bit by mood in February - winter = comfort/cosy reads. I have several buddy reads & bookclub reads I‘ve obligated myself to read each month, so being able to fill in the gaps with a book chosen at whim always makes my reading experience better. I also managed an audiobook and a half for #LitsyWalkers. #februarystats #februarywrapup #bookstats

Freespirit Great stats..I‘m amazed at how many books people can read. 😍 3mo
catebutler @Freespirit Thank you! I read whenever I can get a spare moment and I also read at least an hour or two right before bed. It really helps! (edited) 3mo
Freespirit I wish I could read more then but I fall asleep😴 3mo
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Andrew65 Well done 👏 3mo
catebutler @Andrew65 Thank you, Andrew! I really enjoyed my reading this past month. 3mo
catebutler @Freespirit Ha! I do have that happen, myself. 💤 Do you ever get up early and read? I‘m a bit of a night owl, but I have a very good friend who gets up a 1/2 hour earlier in the morning and reads for a bit. I‘ve managed it a few times, and actually really enjoyed it! I found my day to be more productive too, very interesting! 3mo
Crazeedi Great job!! 3mo
catebutler @Crazeedi Thank you, Diane! 3mo
Crazeedi @catebutler quite welcome!😍 3mo
Freespirit @catebutler that is more often what I do. I am a morning person. I make a cup of tea and read whilst still in my PJ‘s😊 3mo
BookBabe Well done! 😃👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
catebutler @BookBabe Thank you, Jen! 3mo
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The Women’s Courtyard | Khadija Mastoor
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It‘s definitely a good day when @theboxwalla show‘s up on your doorstep. February‘s box included literary works from Israel (Judas), & from Pakistan (The Woman‘s Courtyard). Both sound memorable & moving & are excellent choices if you‘re looking to read more translated works or diverse reads. If you‘d like to know more about this book subscription, I‘ve included a link below:


#booksubscription #worldliterature

LeahBergen Those tulips! 😍 3mo
catebutler @LeahBergen They have been so pretty! Sadly, they‘re on their last leg, but I‘ve so enjoyed them! 3mo
Andrew65 Great photo. 3mo
catebutler @Andrew65 Thank you! I was so pleased with the colours, they matched so well. 3mo
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I am an avid lover of fresh blooms. I try to fill my apartment with a cheery bunch as often as possible & a fragrant bouquet, is the best gift & makes me smile with sheer delight. Because of this love for flora, I have several gardening & floral books residing on my bookshelves. I‘m so pleased to add this beauty to my collection. I‘ve had a quick flip through, it‘s stunning! I can‘t wait to take a quiet moment, to sit with a pot of tea & peruse.

Freespirit I‘m a gardener too @catebutler I love the flowers in your posts😍 3mo
catebutler @Freespirit I love that you garden! I absolutely adore everything about flowers. I‘m already making lists and ordering seeds for this coming season. 3mo
Freespirit Do you have a big garden Cate? We own a 100 acre farm and I have about an acre around our house that is my “garden”. It is suffering badly from lack of rain😬 3mo
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catebutler @Freespirit Currently, I don‘t and I miss it! But, I do hope and plan for my next place to have plenty of room for a large garden. Your farm and garden sound heavenly! I hope rain comes soon, to make your place bloom. 3mo
Tanisha_A Beautiful! 😍 3mo
catebutler @Tanisha_A Thank you!! 💓 3mo
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Mr. S & I usually make a weekend date to explore a new spot - yesterday we went to a new café. Since we were in the neighbourhood, I casually mentioned stopping at a favourite local bookstore. It‘s very Harry Potter-ish - rooms connected by narrow corridors, nooks & crannies stuffed full of books, & a hidden staircase that leads to the mystery section. Of course, I found a few books that had to come home with me, so I‘ll share what I bought soon!

Linsy I love that store! 3mo
catebutler @Linsy It is such a great bookstore! I have many childhood memories of going here for books, especially when the Harry Potter books were released. ✨ 3mo
LeahBergen Oh, that sounds like such a delightful bookshop! 3mo
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catebutler @LeahBergen It really is magical! I was so happy we could stop in for a visit yesterday. 3mo
Crazeedi What a neat bookstore! 3mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz I love the facade! It's gorgeous! 3mo
Texreader How fun!!! 3mo
catebutler @Crazeedi It is beautiful inside and out! 3mo
catebutler @Jee_HookedOnBookz It really is, and it‘s so quirky and fun inside. 3mo
catebutler @Texreader It was a great day! I hope you‘ve had a wonderful weekend, yourself! 3mo
staci.reads Sounds amazing! 3mo
catebutler @staci.reads It was a wonderful Saturday afternoon. 😊 3mo
Crazeedi @catebutler I would just love to wander around the place💖 3mo
catebutler @Crazeedi It was really hard not to stay there the entire afternoon! 😊 3mo
Crazeedi @catebutler I can imagine. I'd have a hard time leaving! My sister and I are going away for a couple days, and the one little town has a book store, so I'm anxious to check it out! 3mo
catebutler @Crazeedi Oh! How fun! Whenever I travel I always try to map out a bookstore to visit. I hope you‘ll share pictures of your adventure. I always love seeing people‘s travels. 📚 3mo
Tanisha_A Wow! 😍 Where do you live? 3mo
JaclynW 😲I know that book store! I love it!! You really could spend an entire day there. They do a really nice job arranging everything and making it interesting. Great selection too. Unfortunately I don't get to visit often, I live about an hour north of there. I'm glad to have met another fellow Utahan!! 👋❤ 3mo
catebutler @Tanisha_A Salt Lake City, Utah. We have a few really great local bookshops, each of them super unique. 3mo
catebutler @JaclynW I agree! I love how they have everything arranged and all their staff recommendations sprinkled throughout. One of my favourite sections is the children‘s corner. It is so magical. I‘m so happy to meet a fellow Utahn too! We‘ll have to chat more since we‘re both local. 💓 3mo
JaclynW @catebutler Definitely! The children's section is great! Only one of my kids has been there. I'm going to have to take the other two on a field trip. 😊 They would love it! The other thing I like about King's English is all of the author events they have. I've been to several. The location is pretty sweet too. 3mo
Crazeedi @catebutler I'll be sure to take pics 3mo
batsy Looks like a fairytale bookstore! 3mo
catebutler @batsy It really is magical! ✨ 3mo
Centique That looks amazing! 3mo
catebutler @Centique I love little bookshops like this. You can always find a treasure or two. 3mo
thebluestocking Hey. I know that spot!!! I live along the Wasatch Front too. It‘ll be nice to have a close #LitsyLove pal. ❤️ 3mo
catebutler @thebluestocking Yay! I‘m so happy to hear you‘re nearby! Can‘t wait to chat and get to know you. 🧡 3mo
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Jane of Lantern Hill | L M Montgomery
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I‘ve been nursing a pressure headache all day, so it was a half day of work for me. After an afternoon nap (always seems to help with headaches), I‘m settled in with a cup of darjeeling tea with fresh lemon slices, and another delightful novel by one of my all time favourite authors, L. M. Montgomery. Anne will always be my kindred spirit, but Montgomery‘s lesser known heroines, such as Jane and Marigold have a special place in my heart as well.

HotCocoaReads Oh, I loved this one! 3mo
catebutler @HotCocoaReads I remember you reading this one, Jeana! I know you spoke highly of it. I‘m only a few chapters in, but it‘s such a delicious read. I love how Montgomery speaks to your soul. 3mo
Graywacke Headaches, yuck. That was my Tuesday evening. Hope you‘re feeling better. 3mo
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catebutler @Graywacke They are definitely miserable! I‘m sorry to hear you dealt with one earlier this week. Mine has receded, so it‘s bearable, I‘m hoping it‘s fully gone by tomorrow. Fingers crossed. 🤞🏼 3mo
LeahBergen I do hope you‘re a fan of Emily, as well. 😉 3mo
catebutler @LeahBergen Definitely! She and Anne are my top favourites. I always hear people say they like one or the other best. 3mo
youneverarrived How pretty is that cover 😍😍 3mo
catebutler @youneverarrived VMC have the best covers! This one fits perfectly with the book. 🌸 3mo
rubyslippersreads I agree with @LeahBergen about Emily, but it‘s been ages since I‘ve read Jane. Might be time for a reread. 😊 3mo
UwannaPublishme Hope you‘re feeling better! 🤗🌻 3mo
catebutler @rubyslippersreads Yes, Emily is my second favourite after Anne. I hope you get to reread soon! 3mo
catebutler @UwannaPublishme I am, thank you! Today was so much better, here‘s hoping the headache stays away. 3mo
Eggs I love your book-and-food pix!!! 3mo
catebutler @Eggs Thank you! 💓 3mo
Freespirit I must read her other books one day @catebutler 3mo
catebutler @Freespirit You must! I haven‘t come across one I haven‘t adored. 3mo
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Sometimes Monday‘s can be truly lovely, (especially when it‘s a part of a three day weekend). I have an afternoon appointment, but the rest of the day, is full of possibilities. I have a few short stories by Katherine Anne Porter to read for my book club next week, this is my first foray, but I‘ve heard so many amazing things about her writing. Have you heard of her? Any favourites from the collection?

Weaponxgirl I haven‘t but I am digging that Vmc edition! (edited) 3mo
catebutler @Weaponxgirl It is lovely! I‘m always drawn to these editions, the covers are amazing. 3mo
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Underground Railroad | Colson Whitehead
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My favourite type of weekend. It‘s moody & overcast, so Mr. S & I are hanging out at our favourite cafe. Extra hot lattes, freshly baked quiche & our books. I just started ‘Underground Railroad‘, it‘s been lingering on my shelf for far too long. I‘m about 20% into the novel & have found it quite mesmerising. I know some have criticised the overuse of language, prose & the lack of character development, but I‘m completely invested thus far.

Abailliekaras Loved this book - Cora is a great character. Lovely pic! 3mo
catebutler @Abailliekaras Thank you! I‘m really enjoying it! And I do find, Cora to be quite fascinating too. I‘m finding it hard to put down this book, it sweeps you along. 3mo
Tanisha_A I bought it just sometime back. Thinking of picking it up next. Gorgeous picture! 😍 3mo
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catebutler @Tanisha_A I hope you do, it‘s very good so far! If you pick it up, I‘d love to hear your thoughts!! 3mo
kspenmoll Lovely way to spend time! 3mo
catebutler @kspenmoll It truly was! Slow weekends are my absolute favourite. 3mo
Freespirit I loved The Underground Railroad. It was my first of his books.. but not my last❤️ 3mo
catebutler @Freespirit I definitely want to read more of his works. He has such a beautiful way of writing. I marked several passages throughout whilst reading. 3mo
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It‘s a bitterly cold evening, and I‘m ready for some much needed downtime. Today was incredibly productive - a full ‘to do‘ list checked off. On a cold winter day, I always want something warm and comforting to eat, so tonight I made homemade tomato basil soup and a grilled cheddar cheese sandwich. My evening plans? Enjoying a piping hot meal, watching ‘Desk Set‘ starring Katharine Hepburn and reading this week‘s section for #BOTMBuddyRead.

Littlestbookshelf 😍😍 that plaid! 4mo
TheBookHippie ❤️📖 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🧡🧡🧡 4mo
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catebutler @Littlestbookshelf It‘s one of my favorite blanket scarves - so cozy and warm! 4mo
Crazeedi Yum, you dinner looks scrumptious ! 4mo
robinb That sounds like heaven! ♥️ 4mo
catebutler @Crazeedi Thank you, Diane! 4mo
catebutler @robinb Thanks, Robin! I hope you‘re having a great one too!! 💕 4mo
SassyBookworm Your dinner looks delicious 😋 4mo
catebutler @SassyBookworm Thank you! It was so perfect for our cold temps. 🥶 4mo
robinb @catebutler Our college son just came home for a visit...so yes, it will be a great weekend! 😊👍 4mo
catebutler @robinb Oh! How exciting! You will have a great time. 😊 4mo
valeriegeary Yum! 4mo
catebutler @valeriegeary Thank you! 😊👋🏼 4mo
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Miss Buncle’s Book | D.E. Stevenson
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We‘re snowed in today, so I‘m sneaking in a few chapters in between work emails and watching an episode or two of Miss Marple. I‘m not very far along in, ‘Miss Buncle‘s Book‘, but I absolutely love it so far. After reading ‘Mrs Tim of the Regiment‘ last month for a buddy read, I‘ve been on a D. E. Stevenson kick. She‘s such a light hearted and brilliant writer and the perfect read for a snow day.

LeahBergen I love this one (and your photo is gorgeous)! 4mo
Freespirit Snowed in with Miss Marple sounds perfect to me! Another gorgeous photo Cate. I will stack this book..I think we have similar taste😊 4mo
catebutler @LeahBergen When I was adding the book to my Litsy reading list I saw you had posted about this book. I love how similar our reading tastes are! Kindred spirits. 💓 4mo
catebutler @Freespirit It has been a fun day! All of the schools & universities have closed today because of the snow. I was reading an article today, the last snow day here, was in 1998, when I was in middle school - it brought back all the memories! It is such a fun book, and Stevenson has such a delightful wit that will make you smile. I think you‘re right about similar tastes. Do let me know what you think of this, once you pick it up! 4mo
LeahBergen We ARE kindred book spirits! 😆 4mo
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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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What a whirlwind of a day! We‘ve had torrential rain the last few days & snow scheduled all week, so after work today, I had several errands to run before we‘re snowed in. I‘m finally home, dinner is cooked (teriyaki chicken, bok choy, cashews & coconut rice) & I‘m settled in for the night w/ a book. I was running around like a madwoman & forgot to take pictures, but I did fulfill my walk for the day. 🏃🏽‍♀️


BookBabe 😁 Nice job on the walk! I did mine too, and I actually did take a pic this time, lol. That meal looks (and sounds) delicious! 😋 Charming book—we have a copy. ❤️ 4mo
Freespirit Dinner looks yummy. Stay warm Cate! 4mo
catebutler @BookBabe I‘ve been walking almost every single day, but sometimes I get home from work too late to take a decent picture or the screen of the treadmill isn‘t the most exciting... 😉 Looking forward to your walk photo, you have the cutest routes. I‘ve been trying to be better about cooking at home, this recipe was so fun and easy to make, and delicious! And, Orlean, is a great writer, I‘m about 30% in and really enjoying it! 4mo
catebutler @Freespirit Thank you! It‘s dipped quite a bit tonight, but I‘m prepared for snow the next few days, luckily I can work from home if it‘s too bad for a commute. 4mo
DarcysMom 👍😁 4mo
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It was a manic week, so a laid back weekend full of nothing was definitely in order. Today, I‘ve been catching up on #BOTMBuddyRead & pottering around the kitchen. It‘s been chilly & windy all day (I think I just heard rain), so Mr. S & I are indulging in grilled steak, roasted potatoes, snap peas & freshly baked cookies for dessert. We usually attend/host a #SuperBowl party, but this year we decided against it.

#LitsyPartyOfOne #readathon

Stephaniereads1 How is it! I‘ve never read it but I own it. Lol 4mo
TheBookHippie ❤️ 4mo
catebutler @Stephaniereads1 I‘m actually enjoying it! The mystery is very interesting. It did take a couple of chapters to get into it, since you jump right in. I‘m just headed to the discussion posts to see what the rest of the group thinks of the first section. It too has been lingering on my shelf for over a year, so I was excited to see the buddy read for this. 4mo
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Stephaniereads1 Awesome, thanks. I need to to next months tbr. 4mo
catebutler @TheBookHippie Now I can check out the discussion, I‘ve been avoiding them until I finished the section. Thank you for hosting! 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful!! And this looks so yummy!! 😋😋😋 4mo
catebutler @Stephaniereads1 Yay! I‘m really excited for their line up (to June), all have been on my list to read! 4mo
catebutler @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you! So happy I got the chance to get the section read, I‘ve been saving the discussion posts until I finished! Thank you for hosting this! 4mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz Omg that looks so darn delicious!!! 😋Happy reading!! ❤️❤️📖 4mo
catebutler @Jee_HookedOnBookz Thank you, Jee! Sunday‘s we usually try to do a roast or something similar to wrap up the weekend! I hope you‘ve had a relaxing weekend yourself! 💓 4mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @catebutler thank you, Cate! ❤️💕😘 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @catebutler you‘re welcome!! Thank you for joining us!! 4mo
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The Glass Ocean: A Novel | Beatriz Williams, Karen White, Lauren Willig
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I finished up the #24in48 with a little over 17 hours read. I had a busier weekend than planned so I‘m very happy with the results. I was able to finish two books, listened to a large chunk of an audiobook & I‘m halfway through two more books, including ‘The Glass Ocean‘ pictured above. It was fun to take this readathon at a more leisurely pace & I actually think I might stay up for one more hour & keep reading - I‘m right at an intriguing part!

Kalalalatja Well done! And lovely photo 👌 4mo
catebutler @Kalalalatja Thank you! I just saw your posting about completing the readathon challenge, congrats - so well done! 👏🏼 4mo
ferskner That looks so cozy! 4mo
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catebutler @ferskner Thank you! It was so fun to take advantage of the cold winter weather and curl up with a book. 4mo
BookBabe You did splendidly! It‘s great to have a goal to reach for, but there‘s no sense being too persnickety about the precise number of hours one reads...life is full of enough pressures! I am with you in favoring the laid-back approach. I feel much more relaxed for it. And I think the fact that we spent so much of our weekend reading is plenty to celebrate! 🙌🏻🎉🎊🤗 4mo
Librarybelle Great job! 4mo
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After a full day, I‘m glad to be home and settling in for the evening. I have some catching up do to, for the #24in48, but I managed to finish one book and I‘m about halfway through another. For breaks, I‘ll be responding back to three lovely letters, that arrived in the post today. Thank you, @kaye @phatsallylee @Morr_Books for the warm welcome and beautiful snail mail - each made me smile. ✍🏼🐛💌

#jb #readathon #snailmail

LeahBergen Lovely pen! 4mo
catebutler @LeahBergen Thank you! I have a slight obsession with fountain pens. 🙊 4mo
Kaye ♥️ 4mo
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Morr_Books 💕 4mo
BookBabe What an inviting photo! 😍 I can relate to this “slight” obsession with fountain pens. 😉 I think I have that same pen, too, though I haven‘t come across it yet in all the unpacking. (Is it a Jinhao?) Since some of my pens haven‘t resurfaced yet, I felt that justified a new purchase, so I recently bought a couple more to tide me over. 😇 4mo
catebutler @BookBabe Thank you! You are so good! Yes, it is a Jinhao, it writes so smoothly. And I think you are more than justified to purchase a few more pens to tide you over - moving is quite a feat! 😉 I just indulged the other day and bought a TWSBI Eco and I love it!! 😍 4mo
BookBabe @catebutler Ha! Great minds think alike. The TWSBI Eco is one of my aforementioned indulgences! I couldn‘t resist the beautiful color of the Transparent Blossom Red. 😍 I‘ll post a pic for you soon. 🌺 4mo
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Nervous Conditions | Tsitsi Dangarembga
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Today has been my favourite type of day. Up before the birds, reading, snuggled on the couch. A hot shower, & then off to brunch & a few errands. Mr. S & I happened upon a new patisserie the other day (unfortunately closed) & decided we needed to come back & investigate. We‘re tucked up, with our respective reads, quiche, French Onion soup & piping hot lattes. We‘ve been eyeing their array of jewelled desserts - now, what to choose...


mdhughes72 You have reading birds there? 😉 4mo
LeahBergen Perfection! 4mo
catebutler @mdhughes72 Those pesky commas! 😆 4mo
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catebutler @LeahBergen A little mix of staying in and accomplishing a few things is the best! 4mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz Bliss!!! ❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
catebutler @Jee_HookedOnBookz I hope you‘ve had a great Saturday too! xx 4mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @catebutler thank you, Cate! 😘😘 4mo
BookBabe So glad you had a lovely day! Your meal looks and sounds delectable. 😍 4mo
catebutler @BookBabe It was such a grand time! We decided we need to go back and try out more items on the menu, everything was delicious! 4mo
HotCocoaReads You have the same edition that I have 4mo
Freespirit Looks delicious! 4mo
catebutler @Freespirit It was such a fun place, we‘re planning to go back soon. 😊 4mo
catebutler @HotCocoaReads It was so fun to see everyone‘s editions at bookclub! 4mo
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Nervous Conditions | Tsitsi Dangarembga
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It‘s time for a stretch, another cup of tea & switching up books. I‘m reading ‘Nervous Conditions‘ for my irl book club, which meets next week. I‘m about half way through & finding the writing & story absolutely captivating. It‘s easy to see why this is highly rated & reminds me greatly of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie‘s writing style. It‘s well worth the read, & I think will spark a lively discussion next week at book club.

#24in48 #readathon

Tamra Glad to hear this - it‘s been TBR awhile for me. 4mo
catebutler @Tamra Oh! Do let me know what you think once you pick if up! 4mo
collegecatlady I love this book! 4mo
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catebutler @collegecatlady I can see why! It‘s definitely hooked me. 😊 4mo
Freespirit I always love your posts Cate..so gorgeous...and great books! 4mo
catebutler @Freespirit Sally, that is so kind, thank you! 💓 4mo
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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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A very early start to this Saturday morning. Sleep is eluding me, so I decided I‘d crack on with #24in48. What your book starts with, is the challenge for hour six. I switched over to my Kindle, & started, ‘The Library Book‘. I‘m enjoying it so far, Orlean has such a way with words and makes the tragedy of the 1986 Los Angeles Public Library fire come alive. I particularly liked this quote, she chose for the dedication. This reader would agree!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 📚❤️📚❤️ 4mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz Enjoyed this book! 4mo
catebutler @Jee_HookedOnBookz I‘m really getting into it! So happy you enjoyed it! 4mo
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Jee_HookedOnBookz @catebutler ❤️❤️😊 4mo
BookBabe Such a charming quote! ❤️ Sleep often eludes me, although I find the most success in the morning hours, beginning at dawn. There‘s something so comforting about seeing the sun‘s rays break over the horizon. ☺️ 4mo
catebutler @BookBabe I‘ve been a night owl since I was a small child, but I also love being up early and watching the sun rise. You‘re absolutely right, daybreak is beautiful and such a poetic time of day! 🌄 4mo
Freespirit @catebutler I am the opposite..in bed by 9 most nights😁My best reading time is early morning! 4mo
catebutler @Freespirit You‘re good! I try to be in bed by 10-10:30PM or I just drag the next day. But I have recently really enjoyed waking up before dawn and reading. I feel so productive with an earlier start. 4mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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Another readathon weekend! This will be my third time joining!! The last two times, I did make the 24 hour goal, but I decided this round, I‘ll read as much as possible, but not put the pressure on, like I usually do. Pictured are the books I‘m currently reading - two for bookclubs and the other for fun. I do have books lined up after these three, but they‘re on my Kindle.

#24in48 #24in48readathon #readathon

LeahBergen Yay! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4mo
catebutler @LeahBergen You convinced me! 💓 4mo
Freespirit Ohh I‘d love to know what you think of The Eustace Diamonds Cate. I have it and Barchester Towers on my list😊 @catebutler 4mo
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catebutler @Freespirit I‘m nearly finished with it, I‘ve been reading it all month for a buddy read and I LOVE it! It‘s my favourite out of the Palliser series, so far. And you can‘t go wrong with Barchester Towers. The entire Barsetshire series is excellent! Trollope is one of my favourite classic authors. 4mo
Freespirit Sounds perfect @catebutler 4mo
BookBabe ☺️ That‘s a great approach! I‘m doing the same. 4mo
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The Eustace Diamonds | Anthony Trollope, John Sutherland, Stephen Gill
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It‘s a quiet Friday evening for me. Watching new TV episodes, a pot of tea (Harney & Sons Victorian London Fog), and of course reading. Mr. S always laughs at how I spread out whilst reading - books, book journal, pens, highlighters (see picture above for reference). All that‘s missing is the hot beverage that‘s usually nearby. What are some of your reading essentials?

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty pic 💗 4mo
catebutler @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you! Hope you‘re having a wonderful Friday evening. 💕 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @catebutler thank you!! You too 💗 4mo
BookBabe Lovely! Happy Friday! I am 100% with you on the tea (and that London Fog tea sounds enchanting!). ❤️ I also sometimes have a reading journal with me, along with a fountain pen (or two), and my smartphone so I can look up stuff: outfits, strange foods (like “calf‘s foot jelly”), translate from other languages, and look up big fancy words. 😊 4mo
catebutler @BookBabe I see we both committed to a full weekend of reading, yay! 🤓 Earl Grey is one of my all time favourite teas, and this London Fog is a delicious twist, it tastes and smells divine! I love that you‘re a fellow fountain pen user, there‘s something special about writing with one. 🖊 We really are kindred spirits! I‘m constantly looking up words or passages to learn more about what I just read! 4mo
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The Eustace Diamonds | Anthony Trollope, John Sutherland, Stephen Gill
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Fred (my manaTEA tea infuser) and I are reading in bed today. It seems I‘ve been hit with the ague, so it‘s a full box of tissues, ginger tangerine tea and a fat novel. I‘ve also been enjoying a rewatch of a favourite British TV comedy, ‘As Time Goes By‘. Even though it‘s a bit older, it‘s a goodie, and I recently saw that PBS is still showing an episode or two after 10PM. It‘s up there with ‘Vicar of Dibley‘ and ‘Keeping Up Appearances‘.

Tamra Vicar of Dibley, perfect prescription! 4mo
Spencer_Labbe Omg Fred is brilliant 😂 4mo
catebutler @Tamra It always makes you feel better doesn‘t it!! 😊 4mo
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Emilymdxn What a beautiful infuser! Sorry you‘re sick but like, if you have to be sick that‘s a pretty perfect day ☺️ 4mo
catebutler @Spencer_Labbe Ha! I had the exact same reaction when I came across him in a store. He makes tea, taste so much better too! 😂 (edited) 4mo
catebutler @Emilymdxn It never fails to make me smile! And that‘s very true, I love, but hate sick days, it‘s always the perfect excuse to stay in bed all day and read. 4mo
BiblioLitten Fred is the cutest!! I hope you feel better soon. 💕 4mo
AmyG Feel better! 4mo
catebutler @BiblioLitten I love tea items, so he had to come home. And thank you! I‘ve been taking it easy today, so I hope I‘ll be better very soon. 4mo
catebutler @AmyG Thanks Amy! 💕 4mo
LeahBergen Keeping Up Appearances is my FAVE. 👏🏻👏🏻 4mo
catebutler @LeahBergen To this day, I can still watch Hyacinth Bucket and laugh until my sides hurt. So happy you love it too! 4mo
batsy I'm going to look up all of those TV shows. Can't get enough British TV, tbh :) I hope you feel better soon! 4mo
catebutler @batsy Yay! All are from the 90‘s, but still so much fun. Love finding a fellow Anglophile. 😊 (edited) 4mo
BookBabe Your manaTEA infuser is adorable! ☺️ Hope you feel better soon! 🍵🍲 4mo
Kalalalatja I freaking LOVE keeping up with appearances! 4mo
catebutler @BookBabe Thank you! I actually forgot about him, he was tucked away in the cupboard. I‘m planning on taking it easy this weekend, so hopefully I‘ll kick this cold. ♥︎ 4mo
catebutler @Kalalalatja I can‘t help but laugh whenever I see it! So happy you love it too. 4mo
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Getting out today for #LitsyWalkers was a struggle, but I did it! 👟 I felt run down and achey (think I‘m getting a cold), upon waking. The temp. dipped during the night, & it‘s been grey & foggy with the threat of snow all day. But, I was determined to not miss a day! So, I bundled up, put in headphones & got out there. It was crisp & spitting snow half way through, but I absolutely enjoyed myself & the chapters I listened to in the tagged book.

Kaye Great job Cate. I admire your determination to stick with it no matter what. Hope you don‘t wake up with a cold tomorrow. 4mo
catebutler @kaye Thanks Julie! Your get up and go attitude is very inspiring as well as your words the other day, about missing one day, makes it easier to miss more. I‘m on a regiment of tea with lemon, Emergen-C and echinacea, so hopefully I won‘t get sick. 4mo
Kaye Check in if you‘re not feeling well. I wouldn‘t want you to try going out if you feel bad especially with bad weather too. 4mo
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RachelO 🎉🎉🎉 Glad you enjoyed it when you got out! 4mo
Freespirit Well done. Get well soon 4mo
DarcysMom Good job getting up and out when you feel blah! 4mo
Wife 🌹 4mo
catebutler @kaye Definitely a stay inside day today, I did get hit with a bug. 🤧 But, I took the day off and hopefully, I‘ll be back up again soon! 4mo
catebutler @RachelO It always amazes me how it does, you may grumble at first, but then you feel amazing. 4mo
catebutler @Freespirit Thanks, Sally! ♥︎ (edited) 4mo
catebutler @DarcysMom All of you #LitsyWalkers motivate me! 💓 4mo
catebutler @Wife Thank you! ♡ 4mo
Kaye Hope you‘re on the mend and feeling well again soon. 💖 4mo
BookBabe 🙌🏻 4mo
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