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catebutler

Joined May 2016

A book in one hand, and three more in my bag. ramblingsofaredheadedsnippet.com • instagram.com/catebutler
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Winterhouse by Ben Guterson
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Adam Bede by George Eliot
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The Accursed by Joyce Carol Oates
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The Goldfinch: A Novel by Donna Tartt
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I‘ve been down with strep for almost two weeks now, so I‘ve been MIA, and out of the loop!! Today, I think the antibiotics finally kicked in, and even though I‘m not fully recovered, I‘m on the mend, thank heavens! It‘s been lots of rest, liquids and some reading - everything else has been put to the side. One of the simple pleasures whilst ill, is tea and/or a lemon and ginger infusion. I swear by it!

LeahBergen Oh, I‘m glad you‘re on the mend! 😘 6d
merelybookish Strep is awful! Glad the worst is past. 6d
Palimpsest Strep is horrible, but that infusion sounds great! 6d
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catebutler @LeahBergen Thank you, Leah! I am too!! 💓 6d
catebutler @merelybookish I had it once before during university, and I forgot how horrible it truly is! Definitely reminding myself to be careful, and take care. 🧡 6d
catebutler @Palimpsest It really is! I forgot how long it takes to feel better. And I swear by ginger and lemon, and a spot of honey, it always helps! 🍋🍯 6d
saresmoore I‘m glad you‘re getting better! 6d
catebutler @saresmoore Thank you!! I‘m so ready to be healthy again. 😅 6d
Jas16 Glad you are on the mend. 6d
catebutler @Jas16 Thank you!! 💓 6d
Lcsmcat Glad you‘re on the mend. 6d
erzascarletbookgasm Glad you‘re getting better. Hope you recover quickly! 6d
batsy Glad you're on the mend 💐 6d
Freespirit Hope your feeling better Cate 3d
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For me, one of the most attractive aspects of the #boxwallabook box, is not knowing much about the authors or books included. I‘m introduced to authors & books I may not stumble upon here on Litsy or in a bookstore, etc. They move me, push me as a reader, explore themes & ideas that are heartbreaking, & beautiful & always leave me wanting more. Also, I love how each book takes me on a worldwide adventure - somewhere exotic, foreign & romantic.

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It‘s nearing the end of the month (can you believe it), & I‘ve been working on a fun & spooky TBR for next month. ‘The Last Seance‘ is a collection of twenty stories, some featuring Christie‘s two famous sleuths - Hercule Poirot & Miss Marple. And, there‘s even a short story never before published in the USA. This collection releases today! It would be perfect if you‘re looking to add something festive and autumnal to your reading list. 🍂🎃🍂

erzascarletbookgasm Stacking! 🖤 3w
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The Vintage Teacup Club | Vanessa Greene
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I finished our pick for #TheCozyBookishWeekend last night before bedtime. It was sweet (maybe a little too sweet), light and definitely cozy, which was our aim. It has been so fun to embrace all things cozy, mindful and slow for the past few days. 🍂

I hope your Sunday is filled with good books, a comfy spot to read and with an appropriately autumnal beverage or treat nearby. Happy Sunday and Happy Reading!

Amiable Beautiful photo! 3w
catebutler @Amiable Thank you, Amy! Happy Sunday. 🌾 3w
nelehelen Happy Sunday!! 3w
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catebutler @nelehelen Happy Sunday to you, Helen!! 🥰 3w
mabell So cozy! ☕️🍁 3w
BookBabe Love the photo! You captured that cozy feeling! 😍 3w
catebutler @mabell I think autumn is officially here!! 🍂 3w
catebutler @BookBabe Oh thank you! It was such a beautiful weekend. Autumn truly is my favourite season. 🍁 3w
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The Vintage Teacup Club | Vanessa Greene
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A weekend checklist: comfy pyjamas, cozy socks, tucked up under a blanket on the couch, current read & just out of shot, a steaming teacup of earl grey tea. I‘m about half way through our pick for #TheCozyBookishWeekend. If I were to compare this book and author to another, I‘d say it‘s very much in the style of Debbie Macomber and a hint of Maeve Binchy.

marleed Gorgeous photo! 4w
valeriegeary 😍😍😍 4w
catebutler @marleed Thank you!! ☺️💓 4w
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catebutler @valeriegeary Thank you so much! 🥰 4w
Melissa_J Lovely! I enjoyed that book 😊 4w
catebutler @Melissa_J So glad to hear you‘ve read this. I‘m about half way, it‘s light and fun and perfect for a cozy weekend. ☕️📖🍂 (edited) 4w
BookBabe So cozy and inviting! ❤️ 3w
catebutler @BookBabe Thank you! It is one of my favourite spots to read. 📖☕️🍂 3w
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The Vintage Teacup Club | Vanessa Greene
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A cross between a readalong and a virtual book club, ‘The Cozy Bookish Weekend‘ will be dedicated to reading a cozy book, over an entire weekend. Our first book pick will be, ‘The Vintage Teacup Club‘ by Vanessa Greene, to be read over the weekend of September 20-22 (from Friday to Sunday evening).

For all the details, please see this post:

https://www.instagram.com/p/B2hf95NHXVE/?igshid=uzk1sp3o0mtt

#TheCozyBookishWeekend

phatsallylee This sounds like fun. I will try to catch the next book/weekend 4w
catebutler @phatsallylee We‘re really excited about this! And yes, please do! We‘re planning on this being a regular event. ☺️💓 4w
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The Gate of Angels | Penelope Fitzgerald
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This is my 3rd Fitzgerald novel, & I think my favorite yet. One of the things I love the most about her writing, is how unpredictable her stories & characters are. I‘d compare Fitzgerald‘s writing style to Muriel Spark. Each, brilliantly pack a punch in their short, intelligent & hilarious books. Like all of her books, the reader quickly becomes attached to her unique characters, & moved along w/ a charming wit & intelligence w/ each page turned.

erzascarletbookgasm Lovely review. I haven‘t read this author although I have one of her books on my TBR. 4w
catebutler @erzascarletbookgasm Thank you! She‘s wonderful and so much fun in a quirky and brilliant way. I really enjoyed, this and ‘The Bookshop‘. I do have a few more to read, but so far these two have been firm favourites. 4w
Freespirit Stacked... sounds great😍 2w
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I must admit this is not an easy read, it‘s disjointed, acutely raw & difficult to say the least. Even if I re-read several times, I‘d still be grasping for comprehension. But, something in me craves this type of literature. It‘s meaty, full of body, stretches me as a reader, takes me out of my comfort zone, & ultimately pushes me towards awareness. This book although not rateable for me at the moment, will be staying with me for quite some time.

Alfoster Well-said! I often feel that way after a book that leaves me unsettled for a couple of days!👏👏👏 1mo
catebutler @Alfoster Thank you, Anne! This book definitely left me unsettled. I like to think it‘s a sign of an important book, and good literature. ☺️ 1mo
Alfoster Yes! So true! So of course I‘m adding it to my TBR list! 1mo
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catebutler @Alfoster Love to see what you make of it. Enjoy! 1mo
AnneCecilie What a great way to describe this book. This is exactly how I felt when I read it. 1mo
Cinfhen Beautiful review 4w
BarbaraBB Great review. 4d
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This morning started with buttered toast, plump strawberries and hot chocolate. Now, I‘m back in bed, a candle flickering merrily in the background and, ‘The Goldfinch‘ by Donna Tartt, cracked open. I‘ve been reading at least 25 pages each day, for a little over a week now. This book has been on my list since its release, but the movie being out this month has finally been the nudge I needed to start.

LeahBergen Lovely photo (as always)! 1mo
catebutler @LeahBergen Thank you, Leah!! 🥰 1mo
britt_brooke Beautiful photo! 1mo
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catebutler @britt_brooke Thank you!! 🧡 1mo
saresmoore What @LeahBergen said! I‘ve been wanting to start this book, too. You are motivating me! 1mo
catebutler @saresmoore Thank you, Sara! ☺️ You should! The movie and fellow readers are what pushed me to pick it up. So glad I did!! 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Joining in the love for this photo! 😘 1mo
catebutler @erzascarletbookgasm Thank you, sweet friend. 🥰 1mo
Centique I will be interested to see what you think when you finish! I got stuck in the middle section for a bit myself and needed some extra motivation to get through. But I‘m glad I did 😊 4w
catebutler @Centique I‘ll definitely post a final review! I‘m right in the middle part, and I agree. Sticking to 25 pages a day is definitely helping with this. 4w
BookBabe I loved this book! It sucked me in so deeply I cried when it ended. 3w
catebutler @BookBabe It really does! I‘m about half way through and really enjoying it! I‘m hoping to finish it up soon, so I can see the film. 3w
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Clock Dance | Anne Tyler
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Last night, with peppermint tea in hand and Downton Abbey (re-watch for the movie release) in the background, I read the first 150 pages before bedtime. This is my first Tyler, and I‘m finding the storyline is simple, and addictive. I‘m hoping to finish this up later this evening, after attending a special advanced showing of the new Downton Abbey movie. If you‘re a Tyler fan, I‘d love to hear what you‘d recommend next from her.

DivineDiana I recommend 1mo
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UwannaPublishme Yay! So happy to see you‘re enjoying Anne‘s book. 🙌🏻❤️🙌🏻 So many to recommend, but I‘ll say: 1mo
catebutler @DivineDiana I just realized that I‘ve read Vinegar Girl!! 🙈 I forgot she wrote the retelling of Taming of the Shrew. I enjoyed it! 1mo
catebutler @Joyfulmimi Thank you for the recommendation! 1mo
catebutler @mrp27 Thank you so much! I‘ve added this to my TBR. 🧡 1mo
catebutler @UwannaPublishme I really enjoyed her story-telling. And thank you so much for the recommendation - can‘t wait to check it out. 💙 1mo
Cpg I have started this book twice and I can‘t get with it. I guess I‘m moving on- I need a “page turner”! 4w
catebutler @Cpg I found the last half of the novel the best. The first two sections were a bit strange. But, honestly, if you‘ve tried and it still hasn‘t worked for you, then I say move on. ☺️ 4w
Cpg @catebutler Yeah, I used to hate to bail but now I just try to get past the guilt!!! 😬 3w
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The Besieged City | Clarice Lispector
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This beautiful book was part of @theboxwalla‘s June Book Box. Each title is hand-picked & I haven‘t read one that hasn‘t moved me, or shaped me as a reader. I admire authors who challenge the literary norm, & I think I‘ve fallen head over heels in love with Lispector and her writing. I have a feeling I‘ll be chewing over this book and her words for quite some time.

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catebutler In a letter, Lispector anguishes about writing this novel, and states, “I‘m struggling with the book, which is horrible...I don‘t know how to forgive the thoughtlessness of writing. But I‘ve already based myself entirely on writing and if that desires goes, there won‘t be anything left. So that‘s the way it has to be. But I‘ve reached the conclusion that writing is what I want more than anything else in the world, even more than love”.
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RvnclawWhovian Wow, all the feels in those words 1mo
catebutler It truly does! I haven‘t been able to forget her words. Her need to write is quite powerful, I think. 1mo
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batsy Her stories are so amazing. I've been meaning to read her novels for a long time. The kind of writer who weaves a spell. 1mo
BookBabe What a unique cover design! Love it! 1mo
catebutler @batsy She really does! I am still thinking about this book and her beautiful words. I hope you‘ll get to one of her books soon. ☺️ 1mo
catebutler @BookBabe It is, isn‘t it! Hope you‘re well, Jen! 💛 1mo
Freespirit Another great recommendation! 1mo
UwannaPublishme Wow! I need to add her to my TBR. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
catebutler @Freespirit I‘m anxious to read her first two novels, I understand they‘re amazing! 1mo
catebutler @UwannaPublishme She is so interesting! I understand her first novels are more digestible and highly praised. She‘s well worth the read, especially if you like to challenge yourself as a reader. 1mo
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The last couple of weeks have been a bit trying. So, this weekend there will be rest, reading, a little baking & plenty of downtime. I need it, & hopefully, I‘ll be able to recharge & start next week & month w/ a fresh perspective.

This evening, I‘m starting my final read for August. I received a beautiful review copy from @WilliamMorrowBooks It‘s also on MMD Summer Reading Guide, which I‘ve been making my way through this summer.

QuietlyLaura I hope you have a restful and lovely weekend! 🌹☺️ 2mo
catebutler @QuietlyLaura Thank you, Laura! I hope you do too! 🌾 2mo
Tamra Ditto! 2mo
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Summer: A Novel | Edith Wharton
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Read for my #SeasonsByTheBook club. Overall, ‘Summer‘ is a ‘coming of age‘ story. Charity matures from a naive, romantic, & inexperienced girl to a young adult who has learned difficult lessons & made realistic choices – all in the space of a few weeks. She has rebelled against her guardian, fallen in love, become sexually active, experienced emotional betrayal, & faced her problematic origins, before making a choice which will affect her future.

Cathythoughts Lovely review! I havnt read this one , but I do love this author 2mo
catebutler @Cathythoughts Thank you, Kathy! She‘s a favourite of mine too. I hope you get to this down the road. 😊 2mo
saresmoore Oh, I very much want to read this! Great review! 2mo
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catebutler @saresmoore Thank you! Love to hear what you think, once you read it. 🤗 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Lovely review and pic! I hope to get to this soon. 👍 2mo
batsy I enjoyed this one, too! But I suspect Wharton can do no wrong in my eyes 🙂 2mo
catebutler @erzascarletbookgasm Thank you! Looking forward to you review of it. 💓 2mo
catebutler @batsy I feel the same way about her. I‘ve loved everything of hers that I‘ve read. 2mo
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I saw this on Instagram today, and loved it! I‘m an extroverted introvert and these made my heart happy! I‘d love to hear if these sound relatable to you! See link below for original source credit:

https://www.instagram.com/p/B1TokR3B0rB/?igshid=g9fc2q38xd98

#introvert #imanintrovertareyou #introvertproblems

catebutler @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Yay! I thought the same thing. 🤗 2mo
Bookgirl Ha I‘ve always said I‘m an extrovert who doesn‘t like people but extroverted introvert is probably less harsh! 2mo
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Bookgirl And I love all these things 2mo
catebutler @Bookgirl 😂 I thought for years I was an extrovert, but nope, I‘m definitely not! I‘d get the worst burn out and always loved quiet alone time. This article was great, I stumbled across it recently and it definitely checks everything for me! https://introvertdear.com/news/extroverted-introvert-signs/ 2mo
Bookgirl @catebutler I do recharge being around people but I also need time away from people. My daughter is the same. She says we are ambiverts! 2mo
Bookgirl @catebutler great article!!! Number 3 is definitely me, but all are. Good to know! 2mo
UwannaPublishme 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 2mo
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It‘s been a full Saturday, lots of errands and running around. Grocery shopping for the upcoming week was the final stop before heading home this evening. Mr. S and I both agreed a cheese board sounded perfect for our evening respite. I absolutely enjoyed putting this together for us to nibble and snack on whilst watching a movie. And now, I‘m looking forward to a lazy Sunday with lots of reading.

Texreader What a beautiful and yummy looking idea! 2mo
Freespirit Cate that looks amazing😍 2mo
catebutler @Texreader It was so fun to make and delicious to eat. ☺️ 2mo
catebutler @Freespirit Thank you! It was so fun to prep and then eat! 2mo
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The Shop on Blossom Street | Debbie Macomber
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I‘ve been working on my knitting skills, & this book about a knitting shop, & first time knitters was a delight to read. I loved everything from the adorable knitting shop called, ‘A Good Yarn‘, to the dynamics between the four main characters & each of their stories. Macomber, I‘m finding has that lovely, feel good, cozy vibe that seeps into each page of the book. Perfect when life‘s a bit chaotic & you need to destress & unwind. 📖🧶
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My final #BookMarkSwap package came from the adorable @LeslieO , thank you Leslie! I love each item you sent. I‘m actually getting ready to do a re-read of P&P this month, so the sticky tags are perfect & the cherry blossom & bee 🐝 bookmark is particularly gorgeous! Did you make the beaded bookmark? Your generosity astounds me, thank you! (3/3)

And thank you so much to the fabulous @LibrarianRyan for hosting this swap, you‘re wonderful, Ryan. xx

LeslieO So glad you like everything! I cant take credit for the beaded bookmark . I purchased it from my local library branch so I‘m sure it‘s hand made. Enjoy!🙂 2mo
catebutler @LeslieO I truly did! 🧡 The beaded bookmark is beautiful, I love that your local branch has these available for purchase. 2mo
Crazeedi The girly sticky tags are awesome! I love them, and I love all the bookmarks, such uniqueness! 2mo
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catebutler @Crazeedi I think they‘re so cute! I love that they are each of the characters from Pride and Prejudice. This was my first swap and it was so fun to participate. I was just going through the tag, and everyone received incredible bookmarks - so fun! 2mo
LibrarianRyan 👍 😁 2mo
catiewithac Jane Elizabeth Darcy Bingley 😍 2mo
catebutler @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I definitely agree! 🥰 2mo
catebutler @catiewithac I love them, they‘re so cute! ☺️ 2mo
Princess-Kingofkings So pretty 🌸💗 (edited) 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Lovely, especially the P&P! You‘re so lucky! 2mo
catebutler @Princess-Kingofkings This was such a fun swap! 🥰 2mo
catebutler @erzascarletbookgasm I really am! I loved scrolling through the hashtag and seeing what everyone got! So many amazing bookmarks! 💕 2mo
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My second #BookMarkSwap package came from Canada 🇨🇦. The sweetest homemade bookmarks, letter, treats and candy from Maynards. I may have tried one or two pieces after taking a picture. The peach gummies are particularly good! Thank you so much, @StayCurious - what treasures I‘ve received! 💓 (2/3)

StayCurious So glad you liked everything! 2mo
catebutler @StayCurious I did!! I loved that you cross-stitched the one bookmark, it‘s one of the crafts I enjoy myself, so it absolutely made me smile. 💕 2mo
britt_brooke The cross-stitched one is gorgeous! 😍 2mo
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catebutler @britt_brooke It really is! It will be so fun to tuck between the pages of a book. I love cloth bookmarks. 😍 2mo
Crazeedi The cross stitched one is beautiful! And the ribbon one is so unusual! 2mo
LibrarianRyan 👍 😁 2mo
catebutler @Crazeedi I cross-stitch so I particularly love this one. I actually really love cloth bookmarks, I wish they made them more often. And I love how talented and crafty Renee is! 2mo
catiewithac I‘m so in love with the cross stitch one 😍 2mo
catebutler @catiewithac I am too! So much time and effort were put into making these. It makes me so appreciative! 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm So beautiful! The cross stitch bookmark 😍 2mo
catebutler @erzascarletbookgasm I already have it tucked away in my next read. It‘s beautiful! 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 🧡🧡 2mo
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It‘s opening day for #BookMarkSwap! 🔖 The first package I received, was from @Dolly I love the strap & ribbon bookmarks, & have already tucked each into books sitting on my shelf! It will be such a lovely surprise to open them in the near future & see these lovely bookmarks. And, I loved the local library bookmarks too, how fun to see where they traveled from! The paperclip bookmark is already in my daily planner too. Thank you, Dolly! 💓 (1/3)

Dolly Glad you like them! The mother of pearl inlayed button is vintage from an old button box. 2mo
catebutler @Dolly They are amazing! Oh! Thank you for telling me this. I LOVE that it‘s a vintage button, it‘s beautiful. 💕 2mo
LibrarianRyan 👍 😁 2mo
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Crazeedi @Dolly I love your idea using the vintage button! I have many and lots of ribbon, I'm getting g great ideas for the next swap. 2mo
Crazeedi @catebutler you got some very special bookmarks here, ❤❤ 2mo
catebutler @Crazeedi I definitely did! I think I was spoiled with all three of my packages. 2mo
Dolly @Crazeedi They are fun to make. Once I got started I couldn‘t stop and I made 82 of them! 2mo
Princess-Kingofkings Dragonfly 💚 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm The ribbons ones are pretty! 👍 2mo
catebutler @Princess-Kingofkings One of my favourites too! 2mo
catebutler @erzascarletbookgasm They are! And I found out they‘re handmade. The button one is particularly beautiful, with a vintage button. 😍 2mo
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Determined to be more present & accountable on Litsy this week for #BFCR3. Made it to the gym this afternoon, and hit a lull in the crowd! 🎉 I was able to almost finish the pictured book. So, post gym, I‘m finishing the last few chapters & eating one of my favourite post workout snacks: high fiber whole wheat toast, peanut butter, banana, honey & a sprinkling of chia seeds. It‘s messy, but so delicious!
#BookFitnessChallenge #BFC

MrBook Love that cover! And I love toast! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
catebutler @MrBook The covers for this series are so fun! And I love toast too, it‘s always been a favorite. 🍞 2mo
Freespirit I shall be trying that toast..looks yum❤️ 2mo
catebutler @Freespirit It is so good! I hope you enjoy it too! 💓 2mo
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My favourite type of weekend includes a busy and full Saturday, and then a slow and relaxing Sunday. This weekend met both of these requirements. Yesterday was full of errands, household chores, surprise book mail and then a date night. Today, the kettle is on, I‘m trying a sample tea from Plum Deluxe included in a recent tea order and I‘m starting the second book in the Penderwicks series. 🌿📖☕️

Catsandbooks That teapot is so cute!💙 2mo
catebutler @Catsandbooks It is one of my favourites! It holds about two cups, and I always seem to get the perfect steep with it too. ☺️ 2mo
Catsandbooks Even better!! 🙌🏼 2mo
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erzascarletbookgasm Great pic! And sounds like a perfect Sunday. 2mo
catebutler @erzascarletbookgasm Thank you! It was, hope you had a wonderful one too! 🧡 2mo
Cathythoughts Lovely pic 2mo
catebutler @Cathythoughts Thanks, Cathy! 💓 2mo
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I just realized I forgot to post my goals for this round! 🙈 So, see above in this first check-in post (great way to start, I know 🙄). I got hit with a summer cold last weekend, which carried into the first part of the week, so I didn‘t make it to the gym this week, but I did move each day & took care of myself when I was ill, so my recovery was quick! Sleep goals were epic fails, but I‘m resetting this week. #BookFitnessChallenge #BFCR3 #BFC

Megabooks Taking care of yourself is important!! 2mo
catebutler @Megabooks It definitely is! Hard to remember sometimes, isn‘t it!? 2mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 Great adapting! 👍🏻 2mo
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Just returned from the post office 🏤, all three of my #BookmarkSwap match packages are on their way! ✉️📬 I was waiting for one more swap item to arrive, which finally showed up yesterday, yay! As of today, I‘ve received my packages, thank you! @LeslieO @StayCurious @Dolly I can‘t wait to open each on the 15th! I also picked up a few stamps for #LitsyLove replies. I was so happy they had the State Fair stamps in stock! 🎡 They‘re so fun!

StayCurious So glad it made it to you on time! Hope you like it🙂 2mo
catebutler @StayCurious Renée, your purple package was so fun to see in the post! It stood out, and made me smile. I‘m sure I‘ll adore it, thank you! ? 2mo
Crazeedi State fair stamps? Now I have to return to post office! I was just there!!! 2mo
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catebutler @Crazeedi They are SO cute! I was actually really surprised my branch had them, they said they‘ve been selling quickly! I think you might have to make a return trip! 😉 2mo
Crazeedi @catebutler dang, must run on Monday!! 2mo
catebutler @Crazeedi I‘m sure they‘ll have some if not, you can order them online. https://store.usps.com/store/product/buy-stamps/state-and-county-fairs-S_479304 2mo
Crazeedi @catebutler yep! Thank you!! 2mo
LibrarianRyan ⭐️👍🤓 2mo
LeslieO Glad it made it! 2mo
catebutler @LeslieO I‘m so looking forward to opening it! 🤗 2mo
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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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This afternoon we‘ve had a storm blow in, it‘s dark and moody & the perfect puzzle weather. I‘m listening to the tagged book & working on this striking puzzle. A couple of weeks ago, @catiewithac posted about this puzzle, & I left a comment about how amazing it was. I couldn‘t have been more surprised when a couple of days later it, along with the kindest note showed up in the mail. Thank you Catie, you made my day!! 🥰 #LitsyLove

DGRachel These book cover puzzles are my favorites. I have a bunch of them. 😊 2mo
catebutler @DGRachel I think they might be my favorites too! I just bought the Jane Austen cover puzzle and I saw they have several more that I want now too. Puzzles are so fun and something I‘m trying to do more often. 2mo
TheSpineView Cool. I love audio puzzling! 2mo
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catebutler @TheSpineView Second time audio puzzling and I think I‘m hooked. 😊 2mo
TheSpineView @catebutler It is addictive especially in the winter. 2mo
catebutler @TheSpineView Ooh! What a great idea! I‘ll definitely plan on this as a winter activity. 👍🏼 2mo
Maria514626 That puzzle looks amazing! I audiopuzzled for the first time today. Bliss! 2mo
catebutler @Maria514626 It is such a fun one! They have several more, including a Jane Austen book cover puzzle I had to order. And yes! I am officially hooked on audio puzzling too! 😊👋🏼 2mo
Maria514626 @catebutler I need to check out those puzzles! 2mo
catebutler @Maria514626 You should! I‘d love to hear which ones you decide to get. I ordered the Jane Austen from Amazon, but I‘ve seen them at Barnes & Noble too. 2mo
Maria514626 @catebutler What‘s the brand? Amazon is calling my name. 😂 2mo
Maria514626 I just found it! Re-marks! 2mo
catebutler @Maria514626 Yay! Here‘s a link to one I want to order, but under the name you should be able to find quite a few. Re-marks Mysteries 1000pc Puzzle https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GX2YVZY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_.2JrDbKTYVJNF 2mo
catiewithac @TheSpineView @catebutler audiopuzzling is the best!! 🧩🤓 2mo
catebutler @catiewithac It truly is! Thank you again for such a lovely surprise, it absolutely made my day!! 💓 2mo
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First up on my August TBR, ‘The Summer Country‘ by Lauren Willig. I‘m excited to read this beautiful book (look at that cover 😍) for the #LiteraryCrew #buddyread, this month. Weekly sections are marked with flags and I‘m already caught up on the first section being discussed tomorrow 8/3. It‘s going to be quite difficult for me to stick to reading a section at a time with this one, I‘m already hooked!

Librarybelle Awesome! 2mo
catebutler @Librarybelle Thanks for hosting this!! 🥰 2mo
kspenmoll I just finished the first section-it is hard not to keep on reading! Your photo is beautiful! 2mo
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catebutler @kspenmoll It‘s really hard! I‘m going to have to try to pace my reading somehow over the next few weeks to make it stretch, ha! And thank you! 💓 2mo
CouronneDhiver 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽 2mo
BookBabe What a stunning photo! And the cover of the book is so beautiful it makes me want to read it. 😃 I just looked it up on Goodreads and it sounds awesome! #stacked 😁 2mo
catebutler @BookBabe Thank you! 🥰 So far it‘s very good! Love to hear what you think of it, once you pick it up. 2mo
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The last day of the month and I‘m wrapping up my last read for July. I woke up early to make a dent in the to do list, so now I can take a slightly longer lunch this afternoon. I‘m indulging in one of my all time favourite summer dishes— a caprese pasta salad with arugula and balsamic vinaigrette, it‘s perfect for a hot day and everything I love about a summer salad.
#katemorton #summerreading #julytbr #julywrapup

hilded Looks delicious, love caprese salad 😍 3mo
catebutler @hilded I do too! This one was so easy to make and the flavours were incredible, especially with summer veggies from the farmer‘s market. 3mo
catebutler @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I think I‘m going to have to make another round of this in the next week or so. It was just too good! ☺️ 3mo
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The Solitary Summer | Elizabeth Von Arnim, Elizabeth
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I love when books have illustrations, this one is particularly lovely. The book is broken down into months (written as journal entries). I especially loved this one with a woman reading idyllically in a hammock. One of my favourite places to read in the summer too! #thesolitarysummer #bookillustrations #elizabethvonarnim

BookBabe 😍 2mo
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I have several recipes I‘ve tagged in this wonderful cookbook. Today, I‘ve been busy mixing, stirring, baking & rotating two trays of homemade maple cinnamon granola (whilst listening to my new audiobook, the second Maisie Dobbs, ‘Birds of a Feather‘). My house smells AMAZING!! After five rounds of rotation baking, the dried cranberries have been added, mixed throughly & is now cooling. I can‘t wait to use this with my morning yoghurt & fruit.

AlaMich Sounds delicious but rather labor-intensive. 😊 3mo
catebutler @AlaMich I was kind of unsure at first, ha! 😅 But, it actually wasn‘t too bad. I made a little mark on the parchment paper and it was super easy to remember the rotation. And now I have homemade granola without all the added preservatives and junk. And I love how good it smells too. ☺️ 3mo
TheAromaofBooks I really need to get back into making granola! For a while I did it regularly, and then got out of the habit. There are so many delicious recipes for it. 3mo
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catebutler @TheAromaofBooks I know! There is such a difference between homemade and store bought, and like you mentioned, so many great recipes and ways to mix it up. I hope you do make a batch again. 💓 3mo
BookBabe Mmmmm, looks delicious! 😋 2mo
catebutler @BookBabe It is one of my favourite granola recipes now, and it definitely put me in the mood for autumn too! 🍂 2mo
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My gym buddy (baby brother) can‘t go to the gym w/ me for a while due to work & school schedules. So...gym time is going to have to be tweaked. I did walk quite a bit this week (three days I met my move goal by 200% or more). And my biggest accomplishment - fulfilling my Apple Watch July Challenge. I‘ve fulfilled all, so far this year, but this one was hard! A breakdown of 45 mins of exercise each day in July, & I met it yesterday!! #BFC #BFCR2

Megabooks 🥳🥳🎉🎉👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
catebutler @Megabooks Thanks Meg! 😘 3mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 A fantastic week! 🎉 3mo
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The Solitary Summer | Elizabeth Von Arnim, Elizabeth
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This weekend I‘m working my way through the stack of books in my last post. I just finished a digital library hold on my Kindle and after using a randomiser app (anyone else use one to pick their next read), #4 on the list was, ‘The Solitary Summer‘. I recently finished, ‘Elizabeth and Her German Garden‘, and loved it. Self-deprecating wit, humour, gardening and a journal format make for a delightful read and perfect for a summer afternoon.

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It may be a bit ambitious, but these are the books I‘m planning on finishing before the end of the month. I can already mark off the bottom book — I finished it via audio whilst making dinner and tidying up last night. Two of the titles I haven‘t started, but with a quiet weekend ahead and a week before the start of the new month, I think I can manage it, or at the very least carry over just one or two next month, progress indeed!

merelybookish Good luck! 🍀 3mo
catebutler @merelybookish Thank you! I‘ve been trying to be better about not carrying over books, I love a fresh clean slate. 3mo
Cathythoughts 👍🏻♥️ 3mo
Freespirit Some fabulous books there Cate 3mo
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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Well that‘s a wrap! I‘m over about 20 mins, I want to finish one or two more chapters in my current read. I always look forward to these readathons, it was so great making a dent in my TBR and current reads for July. Congrats to all who made the 24 hour challenge and to all who participated! 👏🏼 Any amount of reading time is superb in my book. ☺️ #24in48 #24in48readathon

LibrarianRyan Yeahhh. ⭐️💞 3mo
DebinHawaii Awesome job!!! 🎉📚🎉📚🎉 Congrats! 3mo
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catebutler @DebinHawaii Thank you! So fun to check in with you and others participating! ☺️ 3mo
UwannaPublishme Way to go! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻📚📚📚 3mo
Megabooks Congratulations!! 3mo
Cathythoughts Very good 👍🏻♥️ 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm Well done! Awesome job and great books read! 👏💗 3mo
Librarybelle Congratulations! 3mo
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catebutler Thank you for all the lovely comments and encouragement! 💓 @Megabooks @Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm @Librarybelle @Jas16 @UwannaPublishme (edited) 3mo
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Whew! I‘m down to an hour to go for #24in48. Yesterday I cruised through the hours, today it‘s been a bit slower. But, I‘ll make the 24 hour goal this round! 🙌🏼 I‘ve finished 4 books (2 physical, 2 audio) & now I need light & frivolous. I‘m not that big of a romance reader, but I ADORE Julia Quinn. Her books have made me laugh out loud, they‘re intelligent, fun & have great characters - she‘s described as the modern Jane Austen, I‘d agree.

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Today, I‘m hoping to get in the last 7 hours of reading I need, to hit the full 24 hours. I have three books, I‘m still hoping to get to for the readathon, but right now, I‘ll be reading the last half of, ‘The Penderwicks‘, a lovely book about four sisters on summer vacation with their Dad & Hound (a loveable pup) & their many adventures! I heard some compare this to a modern ‘Little Women‘, & I can see the similarities.
#24in48 #24in48readathon

mrp27 Beautiful! Love The Penderwicks. 3mo
catebutler @mrp27 Thank you! I‘m so happy I finally picked up this delightful series. 🥰 3mo
twohectobooks Those cookies or whatever they are look soooo goooooood 3mo
catebutler @twohectobooks Yes! They‘re “Shark Attack” cookies from a bakery called Crumbl Cookies. Shark Week starts next week and this week they‘ve had the cutest cookies gearing up for it. I loved these with the gummy sharks, they definitely didn‘t last long, they were gobbled up! 😂 3mo
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Probably my last progress post for #24in48 this evening. I‘m still going to read for an hour or so, but I‘m clocking in right now at 15 hours read. I finished the two books pictured, and have listened to half of, ‘Phineas Redux‘ on audio (ended at ch. 40), and read half of, ‘The Penderwicks‘, since this is a buddy read with a friend — we‘ll finish the latter half tomorrow. #24in48readathon

julesG Still love the weirdness of knowing people from all over the world. It's Sunday 7.36am here, while your Saturday is coming to an end. 3mo
julesG Also, 15 hours is great!!!! 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm Wow! 15 hours 👏 3mo
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catebutler @julesG I do too! It really brings the concept of time and the world into perspective. Good morning to you! 🤗And thank you, I think this is the quickest I‘ve gotten to this amount of reading time, in all the rounds I‘ve done. Audiobooks have played a big part this time, I need to remember this when I have errands and whatnot to run on a Saturday. In the past, Sunday‘s are usually my big reading day. 3mo
catebutler @erzascarletbookgasm I give all credit to audiobooks. ☺️ It helps so much when you have a few things to do and can‘t sit with a physical book. 3mo
julesG Audiobooks are great! My go-to when I have errands to run and chores to do. 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm I must try audiobooks the next time! 3mo
catebutler @erzascarletbookgasm This is the first time I really incorporated them, and I think it was a smart move. 3mo
catebutler @julesG Exactly! I don‘t know why I didn‘t think of them until this round. 🙄 3mo
mrp27 I totally agree! This is the first time I've incorporated audio books and time is quickly adding up. 3mo
UwannaPublishme Audiobooks are the way to go! I downloaded 3 for this weekend whenever I need to multi-task. 😁 3mo
Time_Wanderer I almost listened to Princess Elizabeth‘s Spy this weekend too! Did you enjoy it? (edited) 3mo
catebutler @mrp27 I will definitely be adding them in, the next time I do a readathon. 3mo
catebutler @UwannaPublishme Such a great idea! I definitely will do them again during a readathon. 3mo
catebutler @Time_Wanderer I did! Have you read the first book in the series? This is the second and was a fun book to listen to. The narrator does a great job and I loved the storyline taking place at Windsor palace and with the young Princesses, Elizabeth and Margaret. 3mo
Time_Wanderer @catebutler No I didn‘t even know it was a series! It had showed up on my Libby app as an audiobook that was available... I‘ve gone and put a hold on the first in the series now. I love anything royal and history related, so I‘m sure I‘ll enjoy the series a lot! 3mo
catebutler @Time_Wanderer Oh! I‘m so glad I asked then! You definitely want to start with the first, lots of background and setting up with characters. I think you‘ll enjoy them! I‘d put them in the same category as the Maisie Dobbs series and Rhys Bowen‘s, Her Royal Spyness series. 3mo
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Time for a check in! I‘m at 9 1/2 hours so far. Most has been audiobook listening, since I‘ve been working on household projects. Just took a late lunch (leftover onion, mushroom, spinach, & feta frittata w/ grape tomatoes & cold brewed watermelon mint tea 🍉🍃) The Guest Book is one of those books I think I should have read, & not listened to. It just didn‘t grip or keep my interest. 🤷‍♀️ It‘s finished & I‘m on to the next book! #24in48 @24in48

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Princess Elizabeth's Spy | Susan Elia MacNeal
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#24in48 Hour 12 Challenge: I‘ve recently gotten back into audiobooks. When I commuted more, a few years ago, I listened to them every day. Now, I listen to them when I‘m exercising, on road trips, while cooking and cleaning. I‘ve fallen in love with Libby and others forms of listening have fallen behind. Tagged and pictured is my current audiobook, which I most likely will finish during the readathon. #24in48readathon

UwannaPublishme 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 3mo
JaclynW Libby is wonderful! I love audiobooks! 3mo
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Princess Elizabeth's Spy | Susan Elia MacNeal
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Hour 3 Check-in: Calling it a night at 2 hours and 34 mins. It‘s just after 1AM my time, and I‘m sleepy. 😴 Setting an alarm and will resume in the morning. Made a dent in, ‘The Gown, about 200 pages left and in between (multi-tasking) I listened to my current audiobook, ‘Princess Elizabeth‘s Spy‘. I have a WWII/Elizabeth II theme at the moment! #24in48 #24in48readathon

UwannaPublishme Great start Cate! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 It‘s only midnight here, so I‘m trying to read for another hour. Sleep well! 3mo
catebutler @UwannaPublishme Thank you!! I‘ve been so happy to see several Littens participating. Happy reading! 🤓📚 3mo
Crazeedi Loved the gown! 3mo
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kspenmoll Loved Princess Elizabeth‘s Spy- the whole series! 3mo
catebutler @Crazeedi I‘m absolutely loving it too! 3mo
catebutler @kspenmoll I happened to stumble across the first on Libby a couple of weeks ago, they are fun! So happy to see there are several in the series. 3mo
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This was a really busy week, so I‘ve been looking forward to the @24in48 readathon taking place this weekend. Deadlines, meetings & major projects are now wrapped up & the weekend has been set aside for reading, puzzles, baking treats, cosy vibes & staying out of the heat (almost 100° ?). Really looking forward to the books I‘ve set aside for the #readathon, some may change, but right now, I want fun, light & enjoyable! #24in48 #24in48readathon

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#BookFitnessChallenge Week 3 Check-in: This week I‘ve focused on nutrition. I cook balanced meals regularly, but I‘m always looking for fresh ideas. This week I made green curry, coconut quinoa porridge, sheet pan honey lime chicken w/ veggies & a veggie frittata & loved each dish! And this delightful book just showed up in the post. 📦📮I follow Mairlyn‘s blog & IG account, she‘s hilarious & all that I hope to be when I grow up! #BFC #BFCR2

wanderinglynn Thanks for sharing! I‘ll have to check her out. 👍🏻 3mo
catebutler @wanderinglynn She‘s sensible, knowledgable about nutrition and health and I love her recommendations and steps to incorporating/living a healthy life style. Plus, she is so funny! I laughed out loud whilst reading the first section of this book, and her IG stories are so fun to watch - she‘s a character!! I do hope you‘ll check her out! 3mo
jillannjohn Your meals sound delicious! 3mo
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catebutler @jillannjohn Thank you! It was so fun to mix things up a bit, and each one was packed full of veggies and great flavour! 3mo
Daisey Sounds like a great week with delicious food! 3mo
catebutler @Daisey It was! I always feel good when I have a solid week of meal planning. 👍🏼 3mo
kspenmoll Sounds like a wonderful, yummy food week! 3mo
catebutler @kspenmoll It really was! And now, I‘m all prepped for the start of next week. I‘m especially looking forward to trying a few recipes out of this book! 3mo
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West with the Night | Beryl Markham
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I love a good memoir, especially if it is full of adventure & about women with gumption. I‘ve been absorbed in this book & Beryl‘s life as an aviatrix, horse trainer & elephant scout during the early 20th century in Kenya. The introduction mentioned this memoir is madly selective & slightly embellished, but like any great story or storyteller, sometimes the telling is what makes it extra special & Beryl definitely has a way with words & emotions.

TheAromaofBooks I wish I had something cool like “elephant scout“ on my resume! 3mo
catebutler @TheAromaofBooks Me too! Seriously, this woman led an amazing life! I‘ve always loved the idea of living or visiting during the turn of the early 20th century. So many adventures, especially in archaeology and travel! 🦴🧳🧭 3mo
Freespirit Another lovely post Cate 😍 3mo
catebutler @Freespirit Thank you!! 🥰 3mo
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Late lunch today, a noon appointment, pushed things back a bit. I‘m enjoying a quiet moment with my current read (I‘ve been flipping back & forth between audio & physical, anyone else do the same?) & leftover green chicken curry. It‘s even better now that the flavours have marinated together. I have just enough leftover rice, to make a favourite breakfast tomorrow, rice cereal w/ nutmeg, cinnamon & allspice - it reminds me of my childhood!

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Mistress of the Ritz | Melanie Benjamin
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I‘d recommend this if you enjoy historical fiction, strong female characters, espionage, WWII stories & characters who are complicated & true to themselves. I enjoyed this heartfelt story of bravery, betrayal and love set in the lavish Hotel Ritz in Paris. The author‘s note at the end, especially added a final depth to the entire story.

Final Rating: 3.5 Stars

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Here‘s to accountability! This week wasn‘t the best: schedules didn‘t quite work, a holiday, time off, being hit w/ a migraine, & just one of those blah weeks. One thing about being healthy & happy is acknowledging some weeks just aren‘t going to be met w/ your A game. I did do well w/ food & water & was active every day. I also want to start doing something nice for myself each week, I think that‘s important! #BookFitnessChallenge #BFCR2 #BFC

britt_brooke We adjust and move on. Nice job! 🙌🏻 You should absolutely do something nice for yourself each week. You deserve it! (edited) 3mo
Crazeedi You did great! Remember no negativity!! You accomplished a lot!!👏👏 3mo
catebutler @britt_brooke Thank you for the reminder! I‘ve recently come across so many people putting “do something nice” for their challenges, and I really think it‘s a great idea and great way to motivate and stay on target. 3mo
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catebutler @Crazeedi Thank you for the little nudge, it made me smile. ☺️ And, yes, here‘s to a new week and carrying on! 💕 3mo
wanderinglynn A great week! 🙌🏻 And kudos for your positive outlook. You‘re absolutely right—we all have down weeks where life happens. Way to keep moving forward! 🎉 3mo
catebutler @wanderinglynn Thank you! I‘ve loved seeing how positive everyone has been, even when they‘ve struggled a bit. It‘s such a lovely thing to see and has kept me going! 3mo
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Elizabeth and Her German Garden | Elizabeth Von Arnim
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Homemade pizza (brushed olive oil, crispy bacon, caramelised onions, creamy goat cheese, arugula tossed in olive oil, lemon juice, a twist of salt & pepper, topped w/ balsamic glaze made from scratch), it‘s one of my favourite things to make for a laid back Friday evening. I‘m starting this delightful book, and Mr. S & I are finishing up the 2nd season of Stranger Things, so we can start the new season. Happy weekend!

batsy That looks and sounds so delicious! 3mo
catebutler @batsy Thank you! I‘ll do different toppings depending on what we want, but this combo is one of my absolute favorites! 🤤 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm What a pretty cover, and the pizza sounds amazing! Enjoy! 3mo
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catebutler @erzascarletbookgasm Vintage Books always have the prettiest covers. And thank you! I hope your weekend is off to a great start! 3mo
Libby1 What do you think about this book? I loved her book The Enchanted April. 3mo
catebutler @Libby1 I‘m really enjoying it so far. It‘s written as journal entries which I love, and is so witty and charming. And I adored, The Enchanted April! Since you did too, I‘d give this a try! 👍🏼 3mo
mabell Lovely and delicious photo! 3mo
Libby1 Thanks for the recommendation! 3mo
catebutler @mabell Thank you!! 3mo
catebutler @Libby1 Let me know what you think! Just a tip, I‘m finding reading this in small doses makes it really enjoyable, with the diary format. 3mo
Freespirit That pizza looks delicious 😋 3mo
catebutler @Freespirit It‘s one of my favourite kinds to make, so easy, and delicious! 3mo
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Mid-year Report ... | Silk Association of America
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My #Top6Reads so far! Based upon my choices, it would appear I have a bit of a theme - largely backlist, all female authors and mostly feel good, nostalgic reads. As I went through my Goodreads challenge to pick these, it surprised me that 1/2 were five stars, and the other three were rated a high 4 stars. Out of the 54 books I‘ve read so far this year, only four, five star reads total. I‘m stingy with five stars apparently!

BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m star stingy also. I had 4 5-star books in my 70+ books. You‘ve got some good ones on your list! 3mo
catebutler @BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m glad to be in good company! 😊 I base my rating on the Goodreads system, so a three star is a good rating for me, since it‘s a book I enjoyed and liked, five stars are extra special and one of a kind books. I‘d say most of the books I really enjoy and would highly recommend usually fall under a four star rating. I seem to have quite a few of those! 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @catebutler I rate my books essentially the same way. A year with mostly 4-star books is a good reading year. Too many 3s in a row gets old, even though I like them. I try to find 4s and 5s. 3mo
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LeahBergen I own 5 of these 6 books. 😆 I loved Mrs Tim, Miss Buncle, and Frederica, too. 💕 Jane is coming up soon for me! (edited) 3mo
catebutler @LeahBergen I always love how similar our reading tastes are! I can‘t wait to see what you think of Jane. I loved her! 3mo
Freespirit Some fabulous books there Cate❤️ 3mo
catebutler @Freespirit Thank you! It was so fun to go through what I‘ve read so far this year! Can‘t wait to see how the last half of the year shapes up. 📚 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm I guess I‘m a little generous with GR ratings. I always round them up. I love nostalgia reads. 3mo
catebutler @erzascarletbookgasm I give lot‘s of half stars, although a three star book is good in my opinion, so anything at a 3 or above is a good read to me! 3mo
Cinfhen Wow!!! Even your book covers seem to share a similarity ❤️I‘m generally VERY STINGY with 5 stars #starscrooge but I had a bunch of 5 Star memoirs this reading year!!!!! 3mo
Cathythoughts The Library Book is one is like yo read too ♥️👍🏻 3mo
catebutler @Cinfhen I thought the same thing! And, that must mean they were exceptionally good! I‘ll have to go back and take a look at which memoirs you especially loved! 3mo
catebutler @Cathythoughts It‘s wonderful! It made me love and appreciate libraries and books even more! 3mo
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The Gown: A Novel | Jennifer Robson
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I‘m starting out the month of July with a new teacup and a new book! The 4th of July holiday is this week, and it always signifies the midpoint of summer to me, eek! I‘ll be madly dashing to mark off a few more items on my summer bucket list. A camping trip, s‘mores, star gazing, wild swimming and watching fireworks are just a few I hope to complete this month. Do you keep a seasonal bucket list?

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Lovely photo 💖 4mo
Cathythoughts The good china is out 😍 4mo
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catebutler @Cathythoughts I‘ve been trying to be better about using these nice sets. They make tea and reading so charming and an ordinary day feel quite special! 4mo
Cathythoughts It‘s a great idea 👍🏻♥️ 4mo
Freespirit Another gorgeous post Cate. I always love your photos. Do you use your phone or a camera?😍Love that tea cup! 3mo
catebutler @Freespirit Thank you, dear Sally! You are so kind!! I actually use both my iPhone and DSLR camera for photos. It‘s been so fun to pick up this hobby the last couple of years. 😊 3mo
BookBabe Sounds wonderful! ☺️ Great idea! 3mo
JaclynW Yes, we make a summer list too. It's mostly stuff to do with the kids, not my bucket list. Your teacup is absolutely lovely! 3mo
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Started out the week super strong, my gym buddy had to cancel on Friday, so did three days of cardio and two days of weightlifting this week. The weekend ended up being a little more laid back than planned due to a heat wave (Mr. S and I stayed indoors and attempted to stay cool 😅) Overall I‘m happy with completing each of the goals above! Next week will be even better!

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kspenmoll 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 4mo
catebutler @kspenmoll Thank you!! We both did great this week! 4mo
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catebutler @wanderinglynn Thanks Lynn! 😊 4mo
catebutler @TheSpineView Thanks Lisa! 🤗 4mo
twohectobooks Great job! Three miles per day is awesome! 4mo
Crazeedi You did an amazing job this week!! 4mo
catebutler @twohectobooks Thank you! I was so happy I was able to make that goal in particular! 😊 4mo
catebutler @Crazeedi Thank you!! 💓 4mo
BookwormAHN Great job 👏🏻 4mo
catebutler @BookwormAHN Thanks Ashley! You did so well too! 👏🏼 4mo
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The Gown: A Novel | Jennifer Robson
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I always love when the end of the month falls on a weekend. It gives me a chance to wrap up a few projects, to do‘s and books that have lingered to the end of the month. The last few months I‘ve been carrying over into the new month, which has thrown me off a bit. So, this June, I‘ve been committed to completing and marking off, so I can start July with a clean slate. Any one else like to do the same?

#readingweekend #weekendplans

Slajaunie Pretty picture! 4mo
catebutler @Slajaunie Thank you!! 4mo
erzascarletbookgasm Love the teacup and saucer! 4mo
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catebutler @erzascarletbookgasm Thank you! It‘s a Wedgwood pattern called, Apple Blossom. ☺️ 4mo
TheAromaofBooks I love it when the end of the month falls on the weekend, too! Especially when the first is a Monday, it really feels like I can get everything organized more efficiently. 4mo
julesG You have such wonderful tea cups. 😍 3mo
catebutler @julesG Thank you!! I‘m slowly adding to my collection! I‘d love to be able to find a few vintage pieces. They‘re hard to find here. 3mo
catebutler @TheAromaofBooks It really is a bonus, isn‘t it! I hope you were able to make the most of the end of June/beginning of July. 🧡 3mo
julesG @catebutler I could take you to an awesome place here in town. It's where I took all of my grandmother's tea cups before I wanted to start a collection. 😔 Anyway, it's a charity shop benefitting a local hospital and a lot of people with disabilities work there. 3mo
catebutler @julesG How lovely! I can just imagine the treasures one could find there, and it‘s wonderful the community support it offers. I‘m so sorry you weren‘t able to keep a few of hers! It‘s hard though when you experience a loss and have to part with items. It can be a bit overwhelming. 💓 3mo
julesG Well, I parted with the tea cups on purpose. That was about 12 years ago. But I've recently thought I should have kept them. 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Yes, thank you, it involved my journal and lots of washi tape. :-D 3mo
Clwojick Your pictures are stunning! I'm thoroughly enjoying scrolling your feed. ❤ 3mo
catebutler @Clwojick I just saw all the love from you, thank you!! 🥰 3mo
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”It always seemed to me that the peony is the very epitome of June. Larger than any rose, it has something of the cabbage rose's voluminous quality; & when it finally drops from the vase, it sheds its petticoats w/ a bump on the table, all in an intact heap, much as a rose will suddenly fall, making us look up from our book or conversation, to notice for one moment the death of what had still appeared to be a living beauty.” -Vita Sackville-West

BookNAround I love peonies! 4mo
catebutler @BookNAround I do too! I look forward to this time of year, when they‘re in bloom. 4mo
erzascarletbookgasm What a lovely quote, I love peonies too! 4mo
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catebutler @erzascarletbookgasm I had to jot this quote down, the first time I heard it. I think it‘s absolutely beautiful, and captures the beauty of peonies. 4mo
Freespirit Wow they are beautiful! I think they like a milder climate than I live in. 4mo
BookBabe I love them too! ❤️ 4mo
catebutler @Freespirit Thank you, they are heavenly! I wish they‘d grow near you! We got so hot this year, they bloomed almost a month early. 4mo
catebutler @BookBabe Kindred spirits! 🥰 4mo
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