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lahousewyfe

lahousewyfe

Joined April 2018

"We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect." - Anais Nin http://www.housewyfe.com/the-diary
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City of Girls | Elizabeth Gilbert
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This is what happens when you get your hold set at the library as soon as the book publication is announced! I don't think anyone has even read it yet!

This is why it pays to stalk - I mean follow- your favorite authors on social media.

Woohoo! Reading weekend starts now!

StayCurious I‘m about to start this myself 18h
RaimeyGallant Sweet! 18h
laurenslibrary I love when this happens! 15h
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Timeless | Gail Carriger
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Another super fun trek through the universe of Victorian society with werewolves, vampires and other super natural beings. Sorry to be done with this five book series. Thanks to Gail Carriger for a magnificent romp! I look forward to reading more of her writing.

BookaholicNatty I adored these books so much!!! I was sad they came to an end too but there are a few other series she wrote as well I‘m looking forward to reading about Prudence 4d
lahousewyfe @BookaholicNatty I saw there was a series about Prudence. I'm excited to read that as well. 4d
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The Best Bad Things: A Novel | Katrina Carrasco
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This book is bonkers in the absolute best way! A badass woman leads you through this thrilling, sexy adventure. She takes no gender except as a character, and holds her own as she travels in each skin. Her sexuality cannot be pinpointed, and her sexual cravings are varied. Very, very violent - fitting for this person who lives for the fight and the plan and the sex. Loved it like crazy!

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The Best Bad Things: A Novel | Katrina Carrasco
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Reading and watching tennis while everyone else sleeps in on this Saturday morning. I think the cats are accepting Mack now. Yay!

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Just had to share my new little book buddy, Mack! We adopted him yesterday and we're already in love! He is still finding his new name, but we're beginning to settle on Prince Mack Nugget Mini-Cappy Bourgeois-Reineke of the Appalachians (per my friend's naming convention).

kadath He's adorable! 😍 3w
SarahHarts_books He is adorable!!! He looks like he will make a very loveable, cuddly reading buddy! You both are lucky to have found eachother!!! 😍💖 3w
DivineDiana How sweet! ❤️ 3w
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rretzler Awww! 3w
Lindy He does look like a Prince. 💖 3w
JoScho Adorable and yay for adopt don‘t shop!!! Rescue dogs are the best! 3w
UwannaPublishme 😍😍😍 3w
nu-bibliophile I love that face😍😘 3w
lahousewyfe @UwannaPublishme @nu-bibliophile Thank you!! We love him! 3w
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Shakespeare's Landlord | Charlaine Harris
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Entertaining and exciting with a kick-ass housecleaner as the heroine. I think I've found a new series!

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I've been using this book to guide us out of debt and so far, it's working! I think the only way it wouldn't is if I just ignored it. Yay! Empowering to find a way out of this financial mess.

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"If you don't have anything nice to say, say something not-so-nice in a nice way." ??? Too true! I giggled my way through this book of essays, occasionally stopping to make my wife listen to me read one. We quickly started a ritual of "the reading of the Southern Lady Code" each evening. Fun!

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Squeeeee! Thanks, Dark Horse Comics, for the giveaway! I haven't read a comic book in forever. Time to get ready for the new movie!

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Heartless | Gail Carriger
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These books reliably send me on a romp through a fun alternate universe! Such great fun all the way through. No spoilers, but watch out for the cutest little puppy ever!

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Woohoo!!!!!!

TheSpineView Congrats! 2mo
BridgetteM Congrats! 🎉 2mo
lahousewyfe @TheSpineView @BridgetteM @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Thank you! I am excited and waiting as patiently as possible. I rarely win things like this. 2mo
UwannaPublishme 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
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"As Marina Gorbis, executive director of the Institute of the Future, puts it, 'Productivity is for machines.'"

Yes!!!! I'm learning so much in every page of this book, but this sentence most affected me this morning. Human beings are not machines to be used up and thrown out when our bodies can't keep up with demand. Our minds and experiences matter. And why use up and break down our bodies too soon with mindless tasks when a machine can do it?

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The Frozen Thames | Helen Humphreys
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Perfect reading for the beginning of spring! Lyrically soft illustrations accompany Helen Humphreys' gorgeous prose in this book of short meditations on the Thames as it froze over the ages. My soul is filled with inspiration!

TrishB Loved this one too ❤️ 2mo
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The Frozen Thames | Helen Humphreys
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"Perhaps this is the nature of ice, that it is an illusion. Perhaps ice is merely a form of faith. Step onto the water. Believe that it will hold you up, that you may walk safely across it, that it is strong enough to carry you - and it will."

An astounding statement and one that made my bones rattle in the truth of it.

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The Silver Chair | C. S. Lewis
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I'm starting to do "chair" book reviews for our blog at work (I work for a chairmaker). Any recommendations? I'm qualifying any book with "Chair" in the title and books about chairs in significant ways - but they definitely don't have to be nonfiction.

Also, I read the tagged book many times (big CS Lewis fan). Soooooo good.

mreads Only book on my TBR with chair in the title 2mo
lahousewyfe @mreads Just requested it at the library. Thanks!!! 2mo
Kaye Chair on the cover ? 2mo
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lahousewyfe @kaye Nice one! Yes, chair on the cover works. I'm being quite ridiculous about the whole thing. 2mo
Kaye As long as you‘re having fun , read whatever you want ! 2mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Immediately thought of this! It‘s in my TBR 2mo
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The Wordy Shipmates | Sarah Vowell
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I love Sarah Vowell but this one was a bit of a slog - which is why it took me since November to finish it! I'm glad I did though. The ending was worth the slog through Puritan facts.

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The Vanishing Stair | Maureen Johnson
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A second riveting mystery in the Truly Devious series. Another book is on the way, but I can barely wait! This adventure gets better as each book progresses.

BookFrog Loved it! 3mo
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The Frozen Thames | Helen Humphreys
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"Anyone could have told her that if you stop doing the thing you love, it will kill you."

Feeling this today as I am contemplating my future. What do I do that would kill me if I stopped? Writing, as that joyous work, that hard slog to put piles of words on paper and construct beautiful words from them - that action keeps me filled with joy. It is my service to the world and to myself.

What would kill you if you stopped doing it?

C.Perone Reading. As it is, I tend to get into a funk if I don't have something to read (which should, theoretically be impossible with a TBR shelf of 150 books 🤦‍♀️😂) 3mo
lahousewyfe @C.Perone Absolutely! And I feel you on the TBR shelf. 🤣🤣🤣 3mo
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This book was a true pleasure to read! Simply a pile of wonderful lyricism which transported me into the extraordinary ordinary of our existance. Mary Oliver makes me want to get back out into the woods and become a trancendetalist! She's added Emerson and Whitman to my reading list. Truly an essayist and poet to be savored. Again, I'm sad that no more will be coming from her, but happy my journey within her work has just begun!

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Stopped by the library. My hold came in! Plus, bonus Ty photobomb! #dogsoflitsy

RadicalReader Adorable puppy 3mo
lahousewyfe @RadicalReader Thanks! She's a scamp! 3mo
Tanisha_A Ty is so cute 3mo
lahousewyfe @Tanisha_A Thank you! She's a good buddy. 3mo
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"How could they possibly be strangers?" Too true, Mary Oliver. You are my friend, even though we never met. #poetrymatters

DivineDiana I love this! ❤️ 3mo
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Blameless | Gail Carriger
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@minkyb - I'm afraid I might give you a run for your money on boring! 😂😂

1. Nothing. With luck, I won't even get out of my pjs.
2. Meeting my wife.
3. See above!
4. Harriet Tubman - she's such a badass!
5. @nu-bibliophile #FRIYAYINTRO @TheSpineView

TheSpineView I would love stay in my jammies all day Saturday or Sunday! No going to happen... sigh...😋 3mo
lahousewyfe @TheSpineView I'm realistically hoping for half of Sunday. 😂😂 3mo
minkyb PJ‘s are the best! 3mo
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After a night filled with the wind blowing, this morning delivers the promise of a warm spring day.

I'm reading Upstream, a collection of essays by Mary Oliver. In it she says, "Attention is the beginning of devotion."

Time to attend to this sun. Definitely a walk with Ty today.

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Blameless | Gail Carriger
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Terribly fun romp! I love these little adventures. This one took me to France and Italy, meeting more scientists and even Templars. Wheeeeee!

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Transcription | Kate Atkinson
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I ran through a thick rainstorm for this book, and I'm not sure it was worth it. Could be I'm just not in the mood for a slow-paced spy novel. Maybe I've read too many in a row. I'm glad I finished it. The prose was poetic and alluring but the plot just didn't move well. Plus, a touch of the unreliable narrator and that device is a pet peeve of mine.

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1. Sitting with my mother early in the morning and smelling her coffee. I was reading (duh!). I still love the smell of coffee but never could stand the taste. 2. One younger brother. 3. Joined last year in the spring or summer - Is it wrong that I can't remember? 5. @Amiable @nu-bibliophile

Thanks for asking, @minkyb !

Amiable Thanks for the tag! Is it still okay for me to do this even if I missed Wednesday? 😬 4mo
lahousewyfe @Amiable I think so. I did it on Wednesday. How about a Happy Friday get to know you? 😍 4mo
minkyb I also like the smell of coffee but do not drink it. Yucky. Love tea! 3mo
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The Paragon Hotel | Lyndsay Faye
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I wished this book would never end! This rollicking good time (which continually reminded me of The Miss Fisher murder mystery series) carried me back and forth across the country from New York's criminal underbelly to Portland's racist hidden history. I wish I could read an entire series about Nobody! 5⭐!

minkyb My daughter has my copy. Now I want it back! 4mo
lahousewyfe @minkyb Get it! Such a fun read. 4mo
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One of my favorite authors writing about the heroic women pilots of Russia during WWII. I love learning about these women but the writing style always gets a bit choppy. I think it's because of the language in the translations, but I could be wrong. However, this book was inspiring and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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I definitely felt this way with some of my college texts (I'm looking at you, Physical Anthropolgy!). 🤣🤣🤣

Reviewsbylola Omg I know those feels! 4mo
Jerdencon Sarah's Key, The Book Thief, Me Before You 4mo
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Knitting from the Top | Barbara G. Walker
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Knitted using the recipe in the tagged book, this rainbow cardi will brighten up this rainy, rainy week! I designed this one myself and, with the tendonitis battle, it took me seven months to knit. I'm a little in love. Can you tell?

Stacy_31 Beautiful work!! ❤️❤️ 4mo
Bklover Beautiful!!!! I am so impressed! 4mo
Jas16 I love it! 4mo
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glitterkitty459 👏👏💕 love it!! 4mo
Tanisha_A That's so pretty. I love sleeves like that! ♥️😍 4mo
TheSpineView Pretty!❤ 4mo
CarolynM Beautiful! I wish I could knit as evenly as that! (edited) 4mo
lahousewyfe @CarolynM Thank you! Those even stitches took hours and hours. 4mo
Erofan 👍👌 3mo
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The Paragon Hotel | Lyndsay Faye
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"Can't talk music with a stranger and agree on so much and not end up chummy, that's science."

True of books, too! Happy Valentine's Day, my book chums!

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Pam Jenoff caught me in her web of stories. I'm addicted to these kinds of tales about women taking action in WWII. This story is told through the eyes of three women - one working in France as a spy, one in London leading the spies, and one in New York trying to discover the truth. Fascinating. If you liked this book, check out Elizabeth Wein's WWII novels and The Alice Network.

Reecaspieces Such a fantastic read 4mo
Reecaspieces If you like this book check out Light Over London. It talks about Gunner Girls! (edited) 4mo
lahousewyfe @Reecaspieces Stacked! Excellent! 4mo
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The Frozen Thames | Helen Humphreys
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My sweet wife gifted me with three (!) Books by Helen Humphreys for my birthday. What a fabulous woman!

She just said, "I want to feed your literary soul."

Yep. I chose well.

Now, I just have to be an adult about those books I got from the library.

Lindy Helen Humphreys 💜 4mo
lahousewyfe @Lindy I know! 4mo
RadicalReader @lahousewyfe no better present than beloved beautiful books 4mo
lahousewyfe @RadicalReader Absolutely! 4mo
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All the holds came in at once at my library - just in time for my birthday! I'm starting with the tagged book. I usually allow myself a book a week, and I have three weeks. (I think I'll be able to renew at least two of these.) Wish me luck!

BookFrog Happy Birthday!🎈 🎁📖📚🎉 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Happy Birthday 🎂🎊🎁🎈 4mo
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Elma Happy Birthday!! 4mo
lahousewyfe @Elma Thanks! 4mo
minkyb Thank goodness for renew! 4mo
lahousewyfe @minkyb Right?! I managed to finish The Lost Girls of Paris, but I think I'm going to have to return The Paragon Hotel before finishing. Those two were both only 2 week checkouts because they're new. The other three will definitely get finished. 4mo
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As always, a fun read from Alan Bradley! Flavia's precocious adventure occurs at Christmas this time, but it's still as wicked as ever.

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A Blade So Black | L.L. McKinney
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OMG! Where is the next one? This first book in a most imaginative retelling of Alice in Wonderland blew me away. So much fun! No spoilers, but the Alice here is a modern teenager with her own set of problems when she's drafted to protect the world from Nightmares. Adventures galore from then on. Love!

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Ever heard of the night witches? Female Russian pilots during WWII flew combat missions against the Nazis, mainly (only?) at night. Elizabeth Wein's latest came in on pre-order last night. Now I'm waiting for my honey at the hospital and reading about these courageous ladies.

PS - I ordered this book and one other before I decided on my book fast for 2019, so they don't count. At least, that's what I'm telling myself....

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Changeless | Gail Carriger
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Another fun romp through the world of the supernatural in this series set in an alternate Victorian era. Each book keeps me turning the pages with glee. I love the adventurous Ms Tarabotti!

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A Blade So Black | L.L. McKinney
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Somehow, my wife talked me into going to bed early. Now I am forced into watching the Australian Open and reading in a cozy bed. Sheer torture. 🤣🤣🤣

LibrarianRyan It could be whips and chains. So bed reading sounds like sublime torture. 😁 5mo
minkyb Tennis is life. I can watch and read lol! 4mo
lahousewyfe @minkyb So true! I usually knit and watch tennis, but I managed for this book. 🤣🤣🤣 4mo
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Another charming page-turner from @AmyStewart ! No spoilers, but such a fun battle to the finish. Her story feels like journeys I've taken in my life - coming back to myself again after I disappeared. Quite a wonderful read.

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Doesn't look like anything special, does it? But the trick is...it's CLEAN! AND I DIDN'T CLEAN IT!

My fab bosses sent a wonderful cleaning lady to clean my entire home as a thank you for all the hard work I've been doing.

Well, thanks right back atcha! Squeeeee!

(As a side note, you know you're a grown-up when you squee at the sight of a clean home where you didn't lift a finger.)

BridgetteM Oh wow! That is an awesome gift! 5mo
lahousewyfe @BridgetteM Right? I'm one lucky chick! 5mo
LibrarianRyan OMG. jelly. 5mo
lahousewyfe @LibrarianRyan Admittedly, I did melt my brain with numbers to receive this gift. More in my future, too. 5mo
BridgetteM @lahousewyfe This gift went to a very deserving recipient it sounds like! Your employer is lucky to have you! 5mo
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Soulless | Gail Carriger
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Such fun! Sexy and humorous, the intelligent heroine in this fantasy novel kept me sneaking back into this world for a few sentences anytime I could manage. If you like your vampires and werewolves combined with Victorian London and topped with an administration of state-approved self-regulation, you'll enjoy this book. I look firward to parcelling them out to my eyes over the next few months.

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After receiving this book several months ago, I finally read it (just to get it off my coffee table)! How beautiful it was! The words matched the poetry of the illustrations. I'm simply enchanted.

Ms.Story 😍 5mo
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Theme for the year is FINISH! This is the main bookcase in our home. I estimate that I've read approximately half of these books, and my goal for this year is to spend no money on books, reading exclusively from the books I own or get at the library. My #ReadingChallenge2019 is to read 50 books.

I also have a lot of knitting from the stash in store (finishing up the 15+ projects on needles throughout the house). Think I can do it?

Boooooks That‘s one of my goals as well stick to reading books I have instead of keep getting new ones, love your shelves 5mo
lahousewyfe @Boooooks We can do it! 5mo
Gissy Gorgeous! 4mo
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A sweet little mystery in this cozy series but not the best I've read of hers. I picked it because it seemed Christmas-y but ended up being just after the season. While I enjoyed indulging in a novel placed in my geographic area, I did get a little uncomfortable with her use of vernacular speech for the housekeeper. I found myself trying to figure out how I would make the distinction in the character without using vernacular speech. *sigh*

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Merry, Merry Ghost | Carolyn Hart
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Happy Holidays, Littens! So happy to be a part of this community. You are a bright spot in my life. Thank you for being you!

TrishMcCallister Merry Christmas! 🎄 I hope you are having a great day. 6mo
Kaye Merry Christmas 🎄 6mo
nu-bibliophile Merry Christmas!! 🎄🎅🤶 6mo
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sudi Merry Christmas 🎄 6mo
AnneCecilie Merry Christmas 🎄 6mo
lahousewyfe @TrishMcCallister @kaye @nu-bibliophile @sudi @AnneCecilie Hope your holidays were merry! 6mo
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Hogfather | Terry Pratchett
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Annual viewing of The Hogfather is complete! The sun will rise again.

FYI - Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary from Downton Abbey) plays Death's Daughter, a badass nanny with special skills.

Happy Hogswatch @MayJasper !

lahousewyfe & @TrishB & @Cinfhen ! It's an easy one to taste the Pratchett magic. 😀😉 6mo
TrishB Loving your persistence 💕 6mo
lahousewyfe @TrishB I'm a goofball! 6mo
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Boooooks Oh my god i remember watching this once as a kid and having nightmares about mr teatime have never watched it since, I don‘t even remember what it‘s about 😂 6mo
lahousewyfe @Boooooks Nightmares are appropriate for Mr. Teatime. It's a totally Christmas-y adventure though! 6mo
MayJasper Oh thanks very much and to you too. Happy Hogswatch ❣️ 6mo
NeroTheArtist @Boooooks Mr. Teatime always was my favorite character xD 4mo
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Merry, Merry Ghost | Carolyn Hart
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Sweet, fun and charming! I love Bailey Ruth and her ghostly adventures. A merry little murder mystery for certain!

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This is it - the book I want to gift to all my friends and colleagues this year. A great box full of tools to use to put my values and love at the forefront of my life. I wholeheartedly recommend this to everyone.

This is the view from my desk. Think I'll be able to get them to join in?

BillyH That was a pretty good read! I think I may have enjoyed daring greatly a little more. Brene Brown does very good work. 6mo
lahousewyfe @BillyH I started Daring Greatly at tge wrong point in my life. Sounds like it's time to revisit. 6mo
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This sweet novella was my gift to me - a quick heartwarming seasonal read to kick off my Cristmas-ing! I wept at the end just because it was over. Now I'm all warm and fuzxy inside, and ready to do a little decorating over the weekend.