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j9brown

j9brown

Joined June 2018

NYC book nerd 🤓 | Plant lady 🌿 🌸 | Disney nut 🐀
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Simple Sesame Cake! A good one for the holidays after having too many sweets. So, hrmmm, eat now or freeze for sharing later?
This book has so many great recipes 😋

Attempted recipe +22pts #wintergames #teamgamesleighers @StayCurious

IndoorDame Looks delicious! now
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StayCurious Wow great job! 8h
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Re-enjoying a favorite from last year 🤗
By candlelight #festivephotochallenge

#wintergames2021 #teamgamesleighers @StayCurious

StayCurious This looks fun! 8h
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The Holiday Swap | Maggie Knox
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Mehso-so

These people 🤦🏻‍♀️
The writing was good, though, very engaging, I never wanted to not finish it or anything.
But their behaviors and decisions... I'm trying to be polite so I'm going to call them all nincompoops. There. Every one of them. I know this is supposed to be a happy Hallmark type of universe, but still. Nincompoops abound.

Still calculating points ❄️ #wintergames2021 #teamgamesleighers @StayCurious

StayCurious Hahaha great review 3d
AJBowers I disliked this one so much. The decisions! How?! 3d
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#festivephotochallenge day 4 - book and chill, literally! The book is silly and the sundae is more whipped cream than anything, but it's been a very nice Saturday 😄

#wintergames #teamgamesleighers @StayCurious

StayCurious looks like a fun and delicious time! 8h
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Red ornament white ornament and happy to have the tree up 🎄

#festivephotochallenge red and white +16
#ornamenthunt A character +10 and a gift +10
#wintergames #teamgamesleighers @StayCurious

StayCurious pretty! 8h
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Got my red and green sprinkles and my cookbooks ready to go!

Red & green #festivephotochallenge #teamgamesleighers #wintergames2021 @StayCurious

Liz_M I have that gourmet cookie cookbook. My coworkers love the sesame/benne cookies! 7d
j9brown @Liz_M Yum! I haven't tried those, but I made the mini black and whites. So much work but so good 😋 7d
StayCurious What a great use of the prompt! 7d
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Spinning Silver | Naomi Novik
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Omg I loved this 🤗🤗🤗

Centique I loved this too. So well done 1w
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I was so pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this. (Because I didn't like Uprooted.) 1w
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A #bookspin list for December and #wintergames 😄
(Declaring this a #tbr part two, too)

Fell out of the habit of the #bookspinbingo last year but it is super fun and I hope to pick it up again now and then next year! @TheAromaofBooks

#teamgamesleighers @StayCurious

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 1w
StayCurious Looks great! I love these journals everyone uses 1w
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50,000 words 😵‍💫
Did this, don't know how, it was a crazy busy month. But I'm one of those weirdos who gets more done the busier I am. It's either panic or potato for me, no in between.
#nanowrimo

Ruthiella Well done! 👏👏👏 1w
eeclayton Congrats! 👏👏👏 1w
ju.ca.no Woow congrats 🥰🥳🥳🥳👏🏼👏🏼 1w
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KatieDid927 🎉🎉🎉 1w
Chrissyreadit 👏 🥳 🎉! 1w
JessClark78 Congratulations! 1w
RaeLovesToRead Woo! Nice going! 🥳🥳🥳 1w
Lesliereads 🙌🏾👏🏾👏🏾 1w
fredamans Congrats!! 1w
Librarybelle Congratulations! 1w
MaureenMc 👏👏👏 1w
Jas16 🙌🏽 1w
ozma.of.oz Woohoo! Congratulations! 🎉🎉🎉 1w
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December TBR. Knowing how I am with TBRs, I expect to actually read zero of these 😂 But I'm having fun getting ready for the season!

#wintergames #teamgamesleighers @StayCurious +26pts

IuliaC Nice book stack! I've got Migrations on my TBR too 😊 2w
StayCurious Cool picture! I like how the books reflect in the countertop. 2w
Patchshank I read secret Santa last year and really liked it. The bear and the Nightingale is on my list for this year too. 2w
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Fledgling: A Novel | Octavia E. Butler
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So engrossing that I basically got lost while reading it (rode the train beyond the last stop, had no idea where I was for a solid few minutes 😂)
That's it, that's the endorsement. Got very lost in this book!

wanderinglynn When you miss your stop & are temporarily confused on where you are, that‘s a good book! 3w
KatieDid927 💃🏻 3w
Smrloomis Completely agree, that‘s a good book for sure! 😀 3w
WJCintron I have a copy! Haven‘t read it yet. Good to know it‘s a good book!! Thanks for sharing! 😃👍 3w
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Anxious People: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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Incoming unpopular opinion 😖
Was looking for a feel-good read, this kept popping up so I said what the hell. I mostly just felt annoyed, though. The plot was actually pretty clever, it was enough to keep me reading. But the style was too cutesy and kind of repetitive and every character except the grumpy cop was annoying. And it felt like the ending dragged on and on and on.
I see why it's popular but very not for me 🤷🏻‍♀️

fredthemoose 100% agree! 1mo
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Mehso-so

Amusing. That's kind of all I've got to say about it 🤷🏻‍♀️

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A compelling mystery, and unexpectedly very funny. An interesting look at the time period, too, so many details about the forensic investigation (how they got by without all the tech we have now!) and a feel for what Harlem was like. Really great!

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Fun! Loved Tuesday, Dex, and Dorry. A great trio of characters and a mystery in a mystery. And maybe another mystery on top, I don't know, I lost count, but I had a good time!
Kind of expected more ghosts, though.

KatieDid927 Agreed all around. I kind of got lost at times, but it was fun! 2mo
j9brown @KatieDid927 Yeah, the big confrontation didn't make much sense to me. But I liked enough of the rest of it and the ending was satisfying so 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2mo
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A Monster Calls | Patrick Ness
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So moving and so sad. Really great. ❤️❤️❤️

KathyWheeler Not only did I cry when I finished this book, but I ugly-cried, and I‘m not one who cries much with books or movies. 2mo
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Mexican Gothic | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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This was excellent! A slow burn spooky tale, perfect for kicking off October. Really enjoyed it, the atmosphere was beautifully haunting and Noemi was a great character, clever and entertaining.

IuliaC Next on my list too! 🤩 2mo
j9brown @IuliaC 😄🎃 2mo
KatieDid927 Yay! I love it. 2mo
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#litsyhumor 😆

stolen from insta

Amiable “Like“ a million times!
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Thndrstd ❤️ 2mo
Ruthiella Perfect! 👍 2mo
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The City We Became | N.K. Jemisin
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So cool and imaginative!
Took me a bit to get into it (I was a little more into her other novels, the high fantasy types of books) but this was really great and fun and well written. I ended up really enjoying it!

behudd Is this a standalone novel? Or part of a series? 2mo
j9brown @behudd It's the first in what's supposed to be a trilogy, but the next one isn't out yet. 2mo
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Thank you @ImperfectCJ for this totally perfect fall box! The cocoa smells amazing 😋 and the socks are so cute, I love them! Can't wait to start reading, what great picks!
Thanks for hosting, @Avanders this swap was so fun! 😄
#fffs #fallingforfallswap

catiewithac Those books 😍 3mo
ImperfectCJ I'm so glad the cocoa made it there safe...as soon as I mailed the package I started getting nervous about the jars! 3mo
j9brown @ImperfectCJ Yup, all good! I've been surprised at some of the fragile nonsense I've gotten away with mailing. A little bubble wrap goes a long way! 🤣 3mo
Avanders 😍🍁🍂🧡😘😘 3mo
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So much fun! Really enjoyed it. It's a magical school plagued by monsters, full of interesting characters and really cool magic. Excited for the next!
Be ready for a big infodump right at the beginning, though, it's a bit much. Worth sticking with it, it's a good time after that!

Edit: Goodreads was displeased with this one. I spotted a few insensitivities, but I guess they were worse than I thought?

Johanna414 I really liked this one too. I kind of felt like this was one of those cases where the goodreads mob blew things out of proportion. It wasn't a perfect book, but not the worst I've read either 3mo
j9brown @Johanna414 Yeah. Not my place to say "not that bad" or not, but some of the people criticizing it definitely didn't even read it. Guess I'll have to find more thoughtful reviews somewhere else. It seems pretty well liked here on Litsy but I didn't dig very far. 3mo
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A really well-written memoir, very engrossing, very heartbreaking.
Not something I'd normally pick up, but I'm glad I did. It's for a book club at work, we're having a zoom event today and she's going to speak 😄

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The Other Black Girl | Zakiya Dalila Harris
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Enjoyed it!
I thought the weirdness came in a little late, I was plenty into the more regular office drama stuff before it went off the rails. So I get why people felt like the pacing was off. But I actually liked the pre-weird stuff best. 🤷🏻‍♀️
Overall a good pick, though!

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Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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Loved this 🤗 Loved the setting, the style, all of it. It's a slowly unraveling fantasy mystery, and really unique, I can't think of anything to compare it to.

KatieDid927 🙌🏼 3mo
Cathythoughts So good & so sad too 3mo
Pruzy It‘s on my shelf waiting for me 3mo
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Prosper's Demon | K. J. Parker
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Yeah, this was a "what the hell did I just read" book. I was into it, though. Brutally violent but also funny but also atmospheric, with details that seem unnecessary at first until you get to that ending. I said "Ha!" out loud, so good job, book, you surprised me.

Megabooks That cover!! 🔥🔥🔥 3mo
j9brown @Megabooks Right?! It's getting an outward facing spot on my shelf for a while 😝 3mo
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Valentine | ELIZABETH. WETMORE
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A tough, grim read. Took a while to get through. Very worthwhile, though. The characters and the setting are beautifully written. I had a hard time with the whole no quotation marks thing in some places, though.
#botm

Tamra Yes, agreed! 4mo
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#fffs #fallingforfallswap
This arrived a couple of days ago! I was away but I've got it now! Didn't see a username on the package so I'm not sure who to tag, but it is here! 🥳

Will be shipping mine soon, gonna shop for one last treat this weekend 😄

AmyG I will tag @Avanders so she know you got yours. 4mo
j9brown @AmyG Oh yes, duh, that too, thank you! Back to the coffee machine I go! 😄☕ 4mo
Avanders Woot!! 🍁🧡🍂🍁🧡🍂(and thanks @AmyG 😘) 4mo
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So cute! 🤗🤗🤗
#littlefreelibrary

Lesliereads 😍☂ 4mo
peanutnine I want that umbrella lol 4mo
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Finished this is two days. The atmosphere of dread was so strong that it leaked out of the book and followed me while I tried to work and do my stupid little errands. That's what this book was, atmosphere, rich descriptions, a growing unease. Really great. Loved it.

Edit: Looks like it wasn't very liked here. That's two unpopular opinions in a row, I'm not usually this out of sync with the Litsy reviews! 😆

mdm139 I liked it too for the same reasons. 4mo
mdm139 You may also like 4mo
AmyG Exactly why I loved this book, too. 4mo
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j9brown @mdm139 I did enjoy Severance! Near the end when she's still going to work and everything is more and more quiet and empty, those parts were amazing 😄 4mo
KatieDid927 I liked it too! 4mo
KatieDid927 I think it would make an amazing play. 4mo
j9brown @KatieDid927 Yeah! A play would be very cool 4mo
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Saw this called "grit lit" on Goodreads and think it's a pretty good description.
I thought the old men's character growth was very good, but otherwise this didn't do it for me, too many action movie tropes and conventions.

Edit: Wow, unpopular opinion. Maybe it's me, maybe I missed something, or I'm just not into the whole genre.

Reggie Lol it happens. Everyone loves The Girl With All the Gifts and I just don‘t get it. 5mo
JenlovesJT47 I‘m reading it and while the story is interesting, it seems so full of ridiculous tropes and just rings false to me. Buddy Lee is cool but seems like a caricature of a southern red neck to me. I‘m going to finish it but I‘ve been rolling my eyes a lot 😬 4mo
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The Five Wounds: A Novel | Kirstin Valdez Quade
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This was so good. Really excellent. I almost buried it in my shelf because I found the cover kind of off-putting but I'm so glad I flipped it open.

Megabooks Great to hear! I just checked this out from the library. 5mo
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Thank you for sending me on this safari, @Amandajoy I especially can't wait to meet all of the elephants! 🐘 The tea smelled so good before I even opened it, I'm very excited to try some this evening! 🫖 I'll be sending you all some postcards from my travels, haha! So fun! 🤗
#staycationintimeswap
And thanks again to @Chrissyreadit for hosting, love this swap!!

Chrissyreadit ❤️🙌😍🙌❤️ 6mo
KatieDid927 Oh fun! 6mo
Amandajoy Have fun on your safari! 6mo
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A nice dream 🤗
#litsyhumor

Karisa Sounds heavenly to me! 💗 6mo
Smrloomis That sounds pretty good to me 😝 6mo
WJCintron 👍 😃 😂 3mo
Gissy I can see myself in that post too!👻📚📚📚🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤 2mo
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Malibu Rising | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Enjoyed this a lot! Really got into it. Rich family drama on the beach didn't sound super appealing at first, but it's really engaging and well written. #botm

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Sorrowland | Rivers Solomon
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Really excellent! Haunting and unforgettable, with more layers of themes than I can list.
This author just keeps getting better and better, it's been really neat to see.
And look at that cover 🥰 I want to hang it on my wall.

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Sorrowland | Rivers Solomon
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This book is drawing me in so much that I was late to my other commitments of the day and got sunburn on my feet.
Or maybe I just didn't want to ever leave the beach.
Or both. Definitely both.

Crazeedi 🙃😊 6mo
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It's here! @Amandajoy @Chrissyreadit 🥳😊🤗😁

Amandajoy Yay! 6mo
Chrissyreadit 💥🎉🙌😍👏💥 6mo
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#staycationintime package is on the move! 🥳 Should arrive Saturday 📦
@Amandajoy @Chrissyreadit

Chrissyreadit 😘🙌😍🎉💐💥❤️💕👏 6mo
Amandajoy Yay! 😊 6mo
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Three years is crazy! I've been a lot less active this year but I still think Litsy is the absolute best social media. This is a magical place 🤗

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Happy Anniversary! 6mo
Librarybelle Happy Litsyversary! 6mo
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Mollyanna Happy Litsyversary! 🎉🎉🎉 6mo
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Ruthiella Happy Litsyversary! 🥳🥳🥳 6mo
ozma.of.oz Happy Litsyversary! 🎉🎉🎉 6mo
Prairiegirl_reading Happy Litsyversary!!! 📚🎉 6mo
JessClark78 Happy Litsyversary! 🎊📚🎉 6mo
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Becky Chambers is an autobuy for me 🤗 Loved this.


Not my most favorite of hers (this one felt just a bit too lesson-y, like yes, I get it, tolerance and learning about each other is wonderful, I already agree! More drunk aliens now please !) Still a pick and a high recommend. It's imaginative and positive. A big space hug. 🌌🛸

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Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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Liked this a lot! A quiet little novel about not fitting in, about finding your place in the world, even if the world seems to have no place or use for you.

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Posting because some Litsy friends were interested 🤗 ( @Mavey @Chrissyreadit ) I think it needs a little more something. Hmm...
Does anyone paint or craft while listening to audiobooks? I've typically been painting while watching painting videos (even if I'm going a different image) but I tried a book for some of the time with this one, and really enjoyed it 😄

peanutnine That's amazing! Great job, I admire people who can use watercolors so well. I usually listen to music while painting because my brain can't focus on a book at the same time, but will listen to audiobooks while I do other crafting 7mo
aperfectmjk That's lovely. I do some acrylic painting, but I have not mastered the art of watercolor. I find they are less forgiving than acrylics. If I make a mistake it's much easier to touch up than with watercolor. 7mo
KatieDid927 😲😲😲😲 That‘s so amazing!!!!! 7mo
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Mavey Wow! This is so beautiful!😯 Hope to turn my amateurish ones better soon! Looking forward to more of your artwork! Love it!😘 7mo
Chrissyreadit 😍😍😍🤩🤩🤩wow!!! It‘s beautiful!!! You are talented! I hope you will share more! 7mo
TheSpineView I love do art while listening to a book. Mainly acrylic but on occasion water colors. I am not very good but I still enjoy and find it relaxing. Have you tried the technique of using salt when the paint is wet? It is a cool effect. 7mo
j9brown Thanks! 🤗 You all are too kind, lol. I'm just re-learning and having fun 😄 @Chrissyreadit @Mavey @KatieDid927 7mo
j9brown @TheSpineView I've tried it but not with much success! I actually threw a little salt on this one but I think it was too dry. I didn't get the whole effect, but it did give it a little sparkle. 7mo
j9brown @aperfectmjk Yeah, with watercolor there's more "happy accidents" than things done on purpose sometimes! It is fun though ? 7mo
j9brown @peanutnine Thanks!! So funny how our brains all work so differently. I can't seem to focus on audiobooks unless I'm very engaged in something else at the same time, so this was a good combo. But if I try to listen to music, I'll spend too much time curating a list and skipping and picking songs until nothing else gets done! 😂 What other crafts do you do? 7mo
peanutnine @j9brown besides acrylic painting I do craft painting, like wooden cutouts or ceramic figures. I crochet and knit, do puzzles, and design pages for my bullet journal 7mo
j9brown @peanutnine Very cool, that's a lot! Would love to see some if you ever share 😄 7mo
annahenke This is lovely! 7mo
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My friend is in Hawaii (I am so jealous!) And of all things to send me a picture of, she sends me this! 🤣🤣🤣
I love it, isn't it perfect? 🥰

CrowCAH I have several friends in Oahu Hawai‘i right now. On what island is this? 7mo
j9brown @CrowCAH Not sure. She's at the Disney resort. 7mo
CrowCAH @j9brown nice! Hopefully, they found a book to read! 7mo
Ruthiella Love it! 😊 🍍 7mo
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Every Heart a Doorway | Seanan McGuire
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Loved it. Where's the nearest bookstore. I need the rest immediately. I'm going. 🚗

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#theseverbaldelights

I enjoy all these consonants in a row and how it looks more confusing than it is.
I also love the color itself. "Though perhaps not as historically riveting as costly Vermillion or sought-after as ultramarine, phthalo blue is a modern solution to an age-old problem - how to paint the color of the sky."

Been neglecting my reading in favor of painting. So fun, though.

Thanks for the tag @The_Penniless_Author ?
@mavey

Mavey I love this color and word!!😍😍 Love Greek and visual art! What kind of painting are you into? 7mo
Mavey Thanks so much for playing!💖💕 7mo
j9brown @Mavey Watercolor and ink. I'm making some art for my new niece's and nephew's bedrooms 🥰 Do you paint too? I keep thinking I'll share here -or anywhere! - but then I chicken out 😝 7mo
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Chrissyreadit Great word! 7mo
Chrissyreadit @j9brown yes please share! I‘d love seeing your art work🥳😘 7mo
Mavey @j9brown I love watercoloring! Oh please share! I'd love to see it!❤ 7mo
Mavey Hi @Chrissyreadit ! You're welcome to join in too!😊 7mo
The_Penniless_Author @j9brown That is legit messing with my eyes 👀 It looks like the letters are in 3-D! 7mo
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Howl's Moving Castle | Diana Jones
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So fun and charming! 🤗😄

readordierachel I agree! 6mo
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Howl's Moving Castle | Diana Jones
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Found my new favorite adverb 🤣🍺

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick And mine, too! 🤣🤣🤣🍻 7mo
BeaG 😂😂😂😂 7mo
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Arsenic and Adobo | Mia P. Manansala
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I've never read a cozy mystery before, are they all like this? It felt like some bizzaro world where death and murder are not a big deal.
I rolled with it, though, and enjoyed it quite a bit. It was a quick and pleasant read. And I loved all the food descriptions.
I'm not sure this genre is for me but I'm glad I picked this #botm

mdm139 I did enjoy this book but have ready better cozies. Cozies are hit or miss for me depending on the author. I suggest Laura Child‘s tea shop series, Bree Baker‘s sea side cafe series, and for fluffy cozy Leslie Meier‘s Lucy Stone series. 7mo
mdm139 And yes you do have to suspend reality a little because in a series you follow the same “sleuth” each time and she is surrounded by murder way more than the average person. 7mo
j9brown @mdm139 Oh cool, thanks for the recs! I did enjoy it and I can suspend reality as far as her being conveniently (or inconveniently!) around all the murders etc. It was just the tone that threw me off. But I'd give the genre another try! 😄 7mo
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Slow work day and the sun is out! Time for bubble tea and books in the park! 😄🌞