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Joined March 2016

A Christian wife, mother, daughter, photographer, amateur chef, bookworm, pretend gardener, cancer-survivor and theatre-lovin‘ laundry-hater.
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A Christmas Carol | Charles Dickens
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I‘m co-hosting a fun buddy read of A Christmas Carol and some other Dickens novellas this month over on Instagram. If you‘re interested just search for the #DickensDecember hashtag!

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Moonstone | Wilkie COLLINS
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Current Read.

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The Count of Monte Cristo | Alexander Dumas
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Hello Litsy friends! I‘m so sorry I‘ve been neglecting you. Life is crazy and I spend too much time on my phone 😳. I am more active on Bookstagram though - so feel free to connect with me @ pixie.hallows.

This is the second lengthy book I‘ve read this year, and like the first (Les Mis) I LOVED it. I don‘t understand why this book isn‘t much more acclaimed! It has all the great characteristics of a great epic and I can‘t recommend it enough!

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Count of Monte Cristo | Alexandre Dumas Pere
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Got this gem for $9 at B&N yesterday. It was 12.50 online, so they honored that price and then I had $4 left on a gift card. Score! Reading in October with a #montecristoctober buddy read on Instagram. Join us!

tammysue Beautiful cover 💙 1y
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August Wrap-up!

Back to school and busy schedules mean not as much reading time, but still read several good books!

5 ⭐️ - Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
5 ⭐️ - Beastly Bones
4 ⭐️ - To Kill a Kingdom

Currently Reading - The Witches: Salem, 1692. Slogging through slowly. Not sure I will finish any time soon.

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Loving this series so far!
Just bought the next two from Book Outlet!

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Persuasion | Jane Austen
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“You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope.”

Adriannagab Love it! Is it a barnes and noble classic edition? 1y
lauraodom Yes! I love them! 1y
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To Kill a Kingdom | Alexandra Christo
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A Little Mermaid retelling. However, this was so much better than story Disney tells. The heroine is a siren/warrior and not a whiney teenager tired of following the rules. The prince was much more interesting as well. Not mindless.

The voice of the two main characters was pretty similar. Character development could have been better as the 2 voices were too much alike. Otherwise, I enjoyed the story and would recommend it to others.

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In honor of the first day back to school for my girls... What would Amortentia smell like to you?!

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Jackaby | William Ritter
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Like Sherlock Holmes and a bit of supernatural? Check out this series! I finished book one recently and will certainly read the others!

Tianarose I highly recommend the whole series! I just finished the fourth. They are wonderful! 1y
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This one took me for a loop. Still thinking about the characters after finishing it several days ago. It does go dark in some places but I enjoyed it immensely overall. Awesome character development & a lovely story of friendship. 🧡

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Jackaby | William Ritter
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July Recap! In order of my liking:
5 ⭐️ - Les Miserables (duh!)
5 ⭐️ - My Plain Jane
5 ⭐️ - The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society
5 ⭐️ - Jackaby
4 ⭐️ - Eleanor & Park
3 ⭐️ - The Hazel Wood

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Anne of Green Gables | L M Montgomery
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My 14 year old created this lovely print for me for my birthday! Isn‘t it fabulous?!

Averyandabook How very wonderful! Got yourself a talented kid. 1y
JoScho ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
Ingerella What a great gift!! Those are the best kinds of gifts! 1y
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wanderinglynn How lovely! ❤️ 1y
Itchyfeetreader This is beautiful 1y
DivineDiana Yes, it is! 💗 1y
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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society | Annie Barrows, Mary Ann Shaffer
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A delightful gem! Loved this book!

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society | Annie Barrows, Mary Ann Shaffer
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“What a blight that woman is. Do you happen to know why? I lean toward a malignant fairy at her christening.”

Ha! This quote struck me as funny. Enjoying this one. I love epistolary novels.

tammysue ❤️ 1y
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Eleanor & Park | Rainbow Rowell
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Still needing some fluffy books after my Les Miserables book coma. Almost didn‘t read this one because of the excessive cursing in the first few pages, but glad I did. It was an enjoyable read. And just look at the inside-cover art!

DivineDiana That would be a turn off for me as well. Did the cursing continue? 1y
lauraodom @DivineDiana It was sprinkled through the book but it was not as bad as it was in the first few pages! 1y
DivineDiana Thank you! I love the illustrations! 1y
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I‘m pretty sure if I were a student at Hogwarts my favorite class would be Herbology. Just look how cute Harry is with his baby mandrake!!🌿

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The Hazel Wood | Melissa Albert
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That time you totally buy a book because of the pretty cover...

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My Plain Jane | Jodi Meadows, Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand
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I loved this quirky retelling of Jane Eyre. A lighthearted and fun read!

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Trell | Dick Lehr
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So, while I love a good bookstore browse, I have a hard time picking up a book and going with it on a whim. I tend to be more of a research before-hand and then only buy books that I know are on my Goodreads TBR list. However, I came across these books at a lovely bookstore yesterday and all looked intriguing. I haven‘t done my research yet, but wanted to throw this out to the bookish void. What say you, friends? Did I leave any gems on the rack?

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Catching Fire | Suzanne Collins
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Have a happy FOURTH OF JULY to all my book friends! May your lives be full of family, fun, and of course, some good reads! 🇺🇸

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All these lovely posts on June wrap-ups and I‘m over here like #STILLREADINGLESMIS because life, and it‘s long, friends!!

Also please be impressed with my orchid which is finally blooming for the first time after three years of faithfully feeding it ice cubes once a week. 💜🌷

ladym30 Gorgeous photo! 1y
DivineDiana Persistence paid off! 😀 1y
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Phantom of the Opera | Gaston Leroux
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This is a book that has been on my TBR for quite some time. Maybe it will be a little less daunting now that I‘ve (almost) made it through Les Miserables. It‘s a mere 300 pages! 😜

Is there a classic you‘ve been putting off reading? What are you waiting for?

Bronte_Chintz Great book! 💖 🎶 1y
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A few hours late for my prompt, but oh well.

Last night was a gorgeous night for reading a few chapters outside! Yes, I‘m STILL reading Les Mis. I‘m probably close to 3/4 of the way through. It‘s been a long time since I‘ve taken so long to finish a book other than the Bible, but I‘ve been enjoying it when I‘m able to read! #WineWednesday #ReadingResolutions

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1. I sunburned only my knees yesterday. Ouch! ☀️
2. Coffee. ☕️
3. Historical French Epic 🇫🇷
4. Orange marker 🖍
5. 5‘7”
#Humpdaypost @MinDea

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Can you believe it‘s been 21 years since the first Harry Potter book was published? Coincidentally, I was also married 21 years ago this month, so it‘s easy to remember the Potter-aversary. :-)

rather_be_reading wow! also congrats! 1y
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All You Need is Love | Carole Matthews
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You guys, it‘s World Beatles Day! I couldn‘t let it slide by without showing a little Beatles love! ❤️ They‘re my fav.

🎶🎵🎶🎵🎶🎵🎶🎵

#Ampersand2018

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Recipe Box | Viola Shipman
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Thank you so much @Chili and @rather_be_reading for your awesome recipes and goodies! I‘m so sorry it‘s taken me so long to get this post up! We‘ve had house guests for three weeks straight! Love my Litsy Community! #recipeswap

Bookishthoughts 😊💖 1y
rather_be_reading no worries! 1y
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Pride and Prejudice | Jane Austen
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Still loving my Austen socks from our recent #sockswap !!

tammysue Pretty photo 😊 1y
blithebuoyant UMMMM I need to know where these socks came from! 🤗 14mo
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Day 8: #SeaOfBooks
I have such a soft spot for pretty books. 💜
#Ampersand2018

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Les mis?rables | Victor Hugo
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Last Day of School for my girls! Plan to finish reading this chunkster this month! #ReadLesMis

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The Way Life Should Be | Christina Baker Kline
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It‘s #sockswap opening day! Yippee!
All these lovely goodies were sent to me by @Bookwormjillk ! Thank you so much!!

Itchyfeetreader Interested in your thought on the Alcott short stories when you get to them! 2y
Bookwormjillk I hope you enjoy the books, and of course the socks! 2y
lauraodom @Bookwormjillk I love the socks and am looking forward to the books. Thanks so much! 2y
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Little Women | Louisa M. Alcott
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A little cover love, a day late. #ReadingResolutions

Amabear That‘s gorgeous! 2y
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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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Day 2: Shelfie Saturday
Have a great weekend, friends!
#ReadingResolutions

JoScho Beautiful shelf! 😊❤️ 2y
OrangeMooseReads Your Lunar Chronicles is so pretty 😍 2y
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Day 1: #bookcircle
Can you believe it‘s already June? This year has just flown by! One more week of school for my girls and then we‘re out for a busy summer!
#Ampersand2018

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Day 30: Wrap-up
I explained a bit in my story yesterday how crazy our May was. It was my goal to #readlesmis in May but it looks like I‘ll be finishing it in June instead and I‘m okay with that. Even with it being the only thing I‘ve read, I‘m about 1/2 way through. It‘s outside the norm of my typical reading experiences, and I‘m enjoying the journey so much. #Ampersand2018 #ReadingResolutions

Slajaunie Beautiful picture! 2y
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I‘m a self-proclaimed introvert but hospitality is something that‘s important to me. I would love to be at a place where we had a different family over for dinner once every week. I believe it‘s how God intended us to live in community.
#ReadingResolutions Female Author

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Whatcha up to today, friends?

Day 23: Blue
#Ampersand2018

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The Complete Sherlock Holmes | Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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It‘s Sherlock Holmes day!
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I love everything Sherlock! I‘ve read the complete works, which is a big chunk of a book (not pictured). I‘ve read lots of Sherlock adaptations and love them all. I watch the movies, the multiple tv series, all of it. ❤️
#Ampersand2018 - Mystery
#ReadingResolutions - Male Author

Richryan52 @lauraodom May I suggest one of my Holmes books? 2y
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Les Misrables | Victor Hugo
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Last night my husband asked, “Aren‘t you finished with that book yet?” It‘s not often that I spend an entire month reading a book. I told him I was almost to the half-way mark!

As much as I love zipping through books, it‘s actually been nice to have one that can marinate a bit. I am loving getting the “background” stories to so many of the characters that I have known from the musical version only.

Plugging along! #ReadLesMis

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Day 21: Child
#ReadingResolutions

rather_be_reading So excited to be in the recipe swap with u! 2y
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Day 21: Scale
#Ampersand2018

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The Weekend | Bernhard Schlink
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Happy Weekend friends!
Hope it‘s filled with lots of love, laughter, life and good books!

Slajaunie This is a pretty picture. I would not have thought to turn the books around like that. 2y
ladym30 Lovely photo!! 2y
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Day 18: Snug
Even the cats are feeling lazy today.
42% done with #ReadLesMis which is not quite on track to finish in May but not too far off! Plugging away and hoping to have some down time for reading this weekend.
#Ampersand2018

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Sense and Sensibility | Jane Austen
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I learned from @melskitchencafe how browning your butter makes a world of difference when you make Rice Krispie treats. My family can‘t get enough of them. :-)

What‘s your favorite Austen pairing? I love Colonel Brandon but I‘m not sure Marianne deserves him. :-)

Day 17: Treat #Ampersand2018
Day 17: Wedding #ReadingResolutions

wanderinglynn Beautiful edition! 😍 2y
AmyG I make the Smitten Kitchen Brown Butter rice krispie treats and yes.... browned butter makes them even better! Great photo. (edited) 2y
crazyspine I'm very impressed by your pictures. So pretty! 2y
ladym30 Lovely photo!! 2y
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Day 16: Current Read #Ampersand2018
Yes, still. 😂
Day 16: Current Book Quote #ReadingResolutions

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Pride and Prejudice | Jane Austen
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Good morning, friends!
I finally feel like I‘m recovered from my busy whirlwind of a weekend. I didn‘t get to read at all yesterday, but it‘s okay, because LIFE! :-)
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Pamwurtzler Nice picture 2y
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Day 14: Sky
We made a quick road trip to go see Hamilton ⭐️ this weekend. I used what daylight I had to #ReadLesMis 📚. Still reading about the convent...that part is kind-of going on forever.
#Ampersand2018

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Day 13: Decorative
Love this pretty edition of Robin Hood! #Ampersand2018

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Little Women | Louisa May Alcott
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Happy Mothers‘ Day, friends!
Who are your favorite fictional mothers? Mrs. Weasley and Marmee March are probably my top 2...