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j9brown

j9brown

Joined June 2018

NYC book nerd 🤓 | Plant lady 🌿 🌸 | Disney nut 🐀
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The Ballad of Black Tom | Victor LaValle
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Good and scary! I wish there was more!

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White Noise | Don DeLillo
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Mehso-so

Some brilliant writing, some really insufferable writing. The Toxic Event was great. It got pretty tedious after that. Am I missing something? Probably. I don't care.

It made me think of Infinite Jest for some reason. I don't remember enough specifics to compare. It's just vibes.

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Station Eleven: A novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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Not sure this lived up to the hype for me but it was really beautifully written and I did get pretty invested in some of the character's stories. But not all.

KatieDid927 Fair! 3w
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My messy #bookspin lists @TheAromaofBooks

A good May, except I haven't finished Station Eleven because I left it behind at my mom's house and I could just 😭 I'll retrieve it over the weekend but still, I want to know what's next noooooow!

TheAromaofBooks Oh my gosh, leaving behind a book is the WORST! 😆 4w
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My Annihilation | Fuminori Nakamura
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Mehso-so

This was a "what the hell did I just read." An impulse pick, it's about a murderer, but also brainwashing, and also memory, and, like, I don't even know. Good ending though ??‍♀️

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Little Eyes: A Novel | Samanta Schweblin
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Interesting! A sci-fi tech story that felt like a light horror. Kind of quirky but on the verge of something terrible happening.
There were a few more places I felt like the story could have gone - like how the tech would have been absolutely overrun with creeps very quickly. Or how the tech could have been beneficial (or not) for people with disabilities or who are homebound. Would have made it even more interesting.
A very strange pick!

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Ariadne | Jennifer Saint
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Enjoyed it!
The story itself wasn't my favorite of the Greek retellings, but the writing was good, I would absolutely read another by this author.

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#bookspin @TheAromaofBooks
I read one whole book last month lololol 🤣😭

Will this month be better? Who knows! I might just want to fall back on my comfort read (which happens to be a thirteen book series, so, not exactly a quick read!)

😑

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Sometimes your brain just needs a break!! 2mo
keys_on_fire Comfort reads are a great way to get back to reading! 2mo
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In a bit of a slump this month but I finished my #bookspin
This was really good, a story about three generations starting in China during WWII and after (I didn't know very much about what went on there, heartbreaking) then in America. The first half was really excellent. The second half did drag a little. Overall a pick!

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These Precious Days | Ann Patchett
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Really incredible writing, I've got to actually read some of her fiction.
Some essays resonated more than others. The one about her friend who stays with her when she (the friend) needs cancer treatment was really beautiful. And I very much appreciated the one about not wanting to have children.
I basically skimmed and skipped one that went on and on about planes, though, oops.

Hooked_on_books I loved this book! The essay about not having kids really resonated with me. 3mo
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#bfc2002 @wanderinglynn

✅ March was a success! Did the things!
April goals:
📚 Read my bookspin
🪶 Write 40k words for Camp NaNoWriMo
🏋🏻‍♀️ Two classes/yogas a week

wanderinglynn Yay to go! 🙌🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 Keep making great progress! 3mo
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#bookspin #doublespin @TheAromaofBooks

This month & next month 😄 No bingo still, but one day!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Fantastic month!!! 3mo
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That classic fairytale feel 🤗
Enjoyed this a lot.
I like a slow moving fantasy so I wasn't as displeased with the pacing as some other readers, but it was very slow and repetitive - a little less crying and a little more action would have leveled this up.
Still, a pick!
And my #doublespin @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
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The Paris Apartment | Lucy Foley
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Mehso-so

Curious how this ranks in the genre, I don't usually do thrillers.
I did like the main character. And I enjoyed disliking Sophie.
I didn't like the alternating first person style. And I never really got very invested in the mystery of who did what. One of the late twists got a wow out of me, but now, twenty minutes later, I can't remember what it was.

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I liked this a lot! A heartfelt history of a small group of women who made big and often unappreciated contributions to many classic Disney movies.
It had a lot of details about the technical aspects of animation and how they changed through the years, which I found surprisingly interesting.

KatieDid927 I still need to read this. Glad you liked it! 4mo
j9brown @KatieDid927 Yeah! I think you'll enjoy it too! 4mo
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Must have been a rough day at the book factory!

Birdsong28 🤦🙀 4mo
KatieDid927 Ugh! And this was a book I gifted to you! Dang it! 4mo
j9brown @KatieDid927 Bwahaha it's only on the endnotes, and I thought it was kind of funny 😝 It makes my copy unique! 4mo
KatieDid927 @j9brown Okay then! 4mo
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Wahala: A Novel | Nikki May
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Such drama! A soap opera about three flawed and judgmental friends being terrible to each other. Well, except Ronke, she didn't deserve any of this ❤️
It was between a Pick and a So-So for me. I think I'm not super into the domestic thriller genre, and miscommunication plotlines that drag on and on annoy me.
But it was very engaging. And it made me hungry, lol

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#bfc2022 @wanderinglynn
✅ Made my bookish goal. but ❎ Didn't quite hit my fitness goal. BUT I think I've turned an attitude corner - I'm looking forward to doing the yoga/HIIT classes instead of dreading them. So, same goal this month, then I'll add a little more the next. (I'm definitely getting closer to touching my toes, lol, stupid tight hamstrings!)
📚 Bookish goals - bookspin and doublespin
🧘🏻‍♀️ Fitness goals - two classes a week

wanderinglynn Yay! 🙌🏻 You made great progress! 🎉Keep continuing to build on that success! 🍀 4mo
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Wowowow @MeganAnn What an incredible package! I am so excited to read all of these! And the treats are so cool, thank you for including the vendors, there's a bunch of new ones in there that I'm adding to my bookmarks! 😁 Really wonderful picks and so generous, thank you thank you!
And extra thanks to @chelleo on another super fun blitsy swap, I love the card and bookmark so much 🤗
#blitsyswap

j9brown (Also @MeganAnn I love that the Beale Street book is the same copy coming back my way, there's something special about trading well-loved books back and forth 😊) 4mo
riversong153 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾 4mo
Chelleo wow! great package....love that book sleeve!
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Gissy Love the booksleeve too!😍 4mo
MeganAnn Yay! I‘m so happy you like it. I knew as soon as I saw Beale Street on your TBR that I had to send it back to you. A bit of serendipity! 💖 4mo
KatieDid927 @MeganAnn is a pretty awesome swap gifter. 😍 Love it! 4mo
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#bookspin #doublespin @TheAromaofBooks
Not a bad February! Would have liked to squeeze in one more, but eh.
March has got some good ones too 😄

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!!! 4mo
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I liked it! I dunno, it was kinda trope-y YA girl power stuff, but I enjoyed reading it. The spirit based magic was cool and I liked all the main characters. Some things were silly but whatever, I had a good time.

And that's my #doublespin 😁 @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Oooo I love this cover!!! 4mo
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Recitatif | Toni Morrison
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Impulse-bought this and so glad I did! A complicated and interesting short. You know the two characters are different races but you don't know who's white and who's Black.
The introduction really hits you with it: "When [Toni Morrison] called 'Recitatif' an 'experiment' she meant it. The subject of the experiment is the reader."
And "... most attempts to answer it tend to reveal more about the reader than the character."
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j9brown I kind of wish I'd read the story first and then read Zadie Smith's introduction, and then maybe read the story again. Her intro is a really great read, too. 4mo
behudd Love this story & the discussions it produces! 4mo
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Got your package @MeganAnn 🥳🥳🥳 Can't wait to open!
#blitsyswap #bhms @Chelleo

Chelleo 😃👏🏽 4mo
MeganAnn Yay!! So glad it arrived safely 🎉✨ (edited) 4mo
Chelleo ..loved the decoration! 4mo
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This was really good! I liked it more than I thought I would. Well written and very creepy.

#readspooky2022

AmyG This sounds good! 4mo
j9brown @AmyG It is! Gothic horror with three timelines that never get confusing, lots of rain and mist and very creepy imagery, and a satisfying ending (for a horror story, lol) 4mo
KatieDid927 Ooo might need to check this out. 4mo
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AmyG Thanks for responding…I forgot to stack it! 4mo
j9brown @KatieDid927 I will put it in your pile! 😄 4mo
bthegood reading it now - good to hear you enjoyed this - make a great day - 🙂 4mo
j9brown @bthegood Nice! Looking forward to your review 😄 4mo
Reggie Oof everytime those cardboard kids appeared somewhere different….😱 4mo
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Really fascinating story. Ona was incredible. And it's a very different and important angle on the Washingtons than the usual.

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Passing | Nella Larsen
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Heavy stuff for such a tiny book! A must-read.

My #bookspin for February 😄

charl08 Gorgeous edition you've got there. 5mo
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#bookspin #doublespin list for February!

I'm giving myself two blocks for books that are over 400 pages. I am slow and tired.

Read both spins for January plus a couple others, pretty pleased!

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 5mo
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#bfc2022
✅ Goals achieved!
February goals set!
📚 Read my bookspin and this month's readspooky pick
🏋🏻‍♀️ Two yogas a week (Working toward touching my toes, I can't do it!)

@wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻💜 Keep up the great progress! 5mo
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Project Hail Mary | Andy Weir
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Amaze amaze amaze!
Loved this. The science went waaaay over my head and I didn't always find the main character likeable, but I loved everything about his interactions with Rocky. This was a lot of fun, tense, but hopeful.

Victoriahoperose I am reading this now. It‘s so good. I completely agree with you so far with what I‘ve read!!! 5mo
BookDadGirlDad My top read for 2021. May need a reread this year 5mo
j9brown @Victoriahoperose I'm mad I finished it as quickly as I did, lol 5mo
j9brown @BookDadGirlDad Def my favorite sci-fi in a long while! 5mo
IuliaC My favorite of 2021! 5mo
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Project Hail Mary | Weir Andy
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🤣🤣🤣 I am having a cheesy good time with this book so far. Kind of just what the doctor ordered during this sad winter of plague.

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Mehso-so

It's unpopular opinion time, I guess.
I will say that the ending very much worked for me!
The writing was really lovely at times, but overdone and repetitive.
I did like Addie, though she was frustrating. For someone so desperate to live freely, she doesn't actually do much and isn't as curious about the world as she says. The limits of the curse make it hard, but still.
Didn't like Henry at all.
I see why it's so loved but it was a slog for me.

j9brown Oh and this was my #doublespin yay! 5mo
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SRWCF Wow!!! 6mo
wanderinglynn Very cool! 6mo
KristiAhlers I love this! 5mo
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The Women in the Walls | Amy Lukavics
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A lot of great spooky imagery and atmosphere! I always enjoy a horror that starts out with a slow burn and then goes explosively off the rails.

There were things about the setting that didn't make any sense, though. Maybe it should have been set in a different time period.

Overall good for it's YA horror genre, not quite for me, but still fun.

An entertaining pick for #readspooky2022, looking forward to the rest of the year! 👻 @teebe

KatieDid927 Nice! I went with my own pick for this month. Still have to post my review. 6mo
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Women Talking: A Novel | Miriam Toews
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This gets a Wow. I'll be thinking about these characters for a long time. And even the narrator, who I really disliked for most of the book.
This group of women and their children are victims of absolutely horrifying crimes, and with so much heart and love and rage and even humor, they discuss what they must do next.
Has this ever been adapted into a play? I think it would be amazing.

(So glad this was my #bookspin book! @TheAromaofBooks)

Reggie I think in the way that Octavia Butler and Angie Thomas give their Black female protagonists white boyfriends, Toews is challenging women by making the narrator a man. And we even read he is not even thought of as a man by some of the women and the rest of the community. He is gentle and has his own hard history. Does his gender make him an an enemy? I loved this book also. She makes great effort to break up all the hard stuff with love and humor. 6mo
j9brown @Reggie Yeah, it's like, is he complicit because he is still ranked above the women, or is he a victim of the patriarchal system too because he doesn't fit the mold of what a man "should" be? Having it from his POV puts distance between the reader and the women too, their suffering is unimaginable and unknowable to us. It's their thoughts that are the focus here, instead. I'm rambling, lol, but the more I think about it the more I love the book! 6mo
jlhammar Fantastic book! 6mo
Reggie It‘s been 2 years since I‘ve read it and my brain and heart light up when I talk about it and see others love it here on Litsy. 6mo
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#bfc2022 A late joiner! Because I used to walk at least two miles a day, but I huff and puff just walking up my block's hill now. Thanks, work-from-home!
My friend gifted me some goth-themed virtual fitness classes, so, that's as good a place to start as any!

Keeping it super simple
📚 Bookish goal: read my bookspin
🚶🏻‍♀️Fitness goal: One goth yoga class per week

Thanks for letting me join @wanderinglynn 😄

4thhouseontheleft Tell me more about the goth themed fitness classes! 😍 6mo
wanderinglynn Goth-themed fitness classes sound awesome! Great goals! 🙌🏻 6mo
CBee I also would like to know about the goth themed fitness classes!! Sounds so cool and unique! 6mo
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j9brown @4thhouseontheleft @CBee It's called Health Goth Yoga, I'm doing my first virtual class tomorrow! But my friend has been doing these all pandemic and loves it (a little pricey in my opinion but it was a gift for this month 😝) Here's a referral link if you end up wanting to check it out: https://www.thetalenthack.com/referrals/LjqEvX 6mo
CBee @j9brown awesome! I‘m definitely going to check it out I think 😊 6mo
Chrissyreadit Goth themed fitness sounds amazing. 6mo
j9brown @CBee It's fun! It's a pretty low-tech operation, she just does it on zoom, most people keep their cameras off (no one needs to see my windowsill of wilting plants, lol) For me the biggest draw is her playlists, she picks great music 😝 6mo
CBee @j9brown oh gosh yeah, I would totally keep my camera off 😂😂 6mo
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#littlechristmasswap #lcs
Thanks @guinsgirlreads haha you got me again! Too funny 😆
I'm very excited to read this book, I love a good satire and this looks hilarious! And I'm gonna have to share this adorable Rudolph with my nephews 🥰
Happy little Christmas!
And thanks to @bookish_wookish for hosting! What's better than a new book and a chocolate, lol

guinsgirlreads That book does sound amazing! 🤩 Enjoy! 6mo
KatieDid927 OooOOOooo sexy wexy book 6mo
j9brown @KatieDid927 I shall pass it to you in a discrete paper lunchbag when I am through with it 😂😂😂 6mo
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This was really good, I actually wanted it to be longer! I kind of wish we got more of the women's POVs instead of Achilles's, since this was more about Briseis/the fate of the women than about him. Really good anyhow, though, would read more from this author for sure.

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12,226 points this week!

I'm bummed that I wasn't a more active participant this year, but Winter Games still brought me some of that holiday cheer I would have missed otherwise 🎄And I did enjoy the hell out of the word games 😄

2022 bookish resolution - 50 books! A little more than I read this year but less than I've read other years. A nice round number 😆

#wintergames #teamgamesleighers @StayCurious

StayCurious amazing job! 6mo
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Last Ones Left Alive | Sarah Davis-Goff
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Pretty good! A uniquely quiet look at a zombie apocalypse survivor. There were some things I wanted to know more about. But overall enjoyable.

And that's that, last read of 2021. Did not achieve my Goodreads goal at all, gonna set it to something much easier for 22 😝

TBR read for more points, too, yay!

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#bookspin list (and a crooked blank bingo board) for January!! A few have been on my #tbr for the whole year. Or more. So, yeah, let's get reading! 😁
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! And I also always manage to have a slightly crooked board despite the fact that the lines are ALREADY PRINTED! 😂 6mo
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Thanks for the tag, @MeganAnn 😄
If I had to pick 21 top books it would be half of all the books I read this year, though! Not my reading-est year!
So here's my top five, chosen because I either couldn't put them down or because I've thought about them frequently since finishing.
Peace out, 2021! 🥂 No resolutions or declarations for 2022 here, I'm hoping to just sneak in and out unnoticed and unscathed. 2023, though, watch out 😆😂🤣

MeganAnn Great list! The Memory Police and Spinning Silver are both on my tbr. I hope we all make it out of 2022 unscathed, and that you find some great reads regardless of the total number of books. 🤞🏻✨ 6mo
j9brown @MeganAnn Yes, you too! Spinning Silver was full of magic and adventure, The Memory Police was a quiet horror, both are really excellent, you're in for a good time! 6mo
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Win Me Something | Kyle Lucia Wu
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A coming-of-age story about a young biracial Chinese girl in NYC working as a nanny, reflecting on her past, and figuring herself out. A light read, well written. Really enjoyed it.

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@guinsgirlreads Thank you thank you for this fabulous #creepychristmas package! I love it all! Can't wait to read the books 😄
And the card and tumbler are so neat!!
Wishing you a very wonderful holiday!
And thank you and very happy holidays to @teebe for hosting again, love this swap!

MaleficentBookDragon ❤️🖤❤️🖤❤️ that tumbler! 6mo
teebe Merry Christmas! I love the cover of that book on the left 6mo
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Christmas tradition! Decorating cookies with all these kids!

#wintergames #teamgamesleighers @StayCurious

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Test scone for my Christmas morning scones! Maybe the red sugar was a mistake, but it smells great!

Another holiday recipe, yay! 👩🏻‍🍳 #wintergames #teamgamesleighers @StayCurious

night_shift I love scones! It looks yummy!! 6mo
Darklunarose What kind of scones are these? They look really good 6mo
j9brown @Darklunarose These are cherry chocolate chip. I use this master scone recipe and add what I like, they always come out really great! I highly recommend if you have the time (they do take a bit) https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/scones-recipe/ 6mo
Darklunarose @j9brown I must try these after Xmas. 6mo
KatieDid927 My mom might request these next time you visit… 6mo
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Really good creepy atmospheric mystery, a little magical realism, a little horror, and a cult. A good #botm pick!

A TBR read, too, some winter games points!

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115 points: Too much baking not much point-making this week 😖
#wintergames #teamgamesleighers @StayCurious

StayCurious Great job! 6mo
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Classic sugar cookies! I think I'll stick to shortbread, these were a little tough.

Holiday recipe points! #wintergames #teamgamesleighers @StayCurious

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I love that you gave them little sweaters! 6mo
Kdgordon88 They are adorable! 6mo
Lesliereads The little sweaters are so cute 6mo
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fredamans Cutest Christmas cookies I've ever seen!! 6mo
KatieDid927 No I loved them! After being in a box with the others overnight they softened up real nice. Honestly my fave other than the rainbow cookies. I did like the pumpkin vegan ones a lot too. 6mo
KatieDid927 Oh and it‘s your fancy new plate! Just noticed!! 😍 6mo
j9brown @KatieDid927 😄😄😄 Glad you liked them! And you're right, they were definitely better after hanging out with the softer cookies, lol 6mo
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Holiday recipe! I've been making these for over a decade and they're never exactly the same 😂

More recipe points for #teamgamesleighers #wintergames @StayCurious

KatieDid927 Yesssssss. 6mo
Gissy Mmmmm 😋 6mo
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