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mabell

Joined April 2016

Nothing is more delectable than an English country house murder mystery. 👶&🐶mom ❤️: ☕️🧀❄️ https://graymyrtle.com/book-blog
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Perfume from Provence by Lady Winifred Fortescue
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Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
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51 Sycamore Lane by SHARMAT.
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Here's England: A Highly Informal Guide by Ruth McKenney, Richard Bransten
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Moonspinners by Mary Stewart
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Murder With Puffins | Donna Andrews
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Love the rainy, hurricane-blustery setting on a remote Maine island! It makes me want to build a fire and be cozy. ☕️🪵 Meg and Michael took off for a bit to have some time to relax at her Aunt‘s cottage - unfortunately it turns out they did not leave Meg‘s lovable, but kooky relatives back in Yorktown. Including Spike.
I‘m on the lookout for the hardcovers of Peacocks and Puffins - the only two I don‘t have!
#2000 for #192025

Librarybelle You cannot have too many more of the series to read! 2w
mabell @Librarybelle You would think! I still have 9 “new” ones - not including the 2 coming out this year! 😆 1w
Librarybelle Wow! I guess I didn‘t realize how many are in the series…that‘s awesome! 1w
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Murder With Peacocks | Donna Andrews
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It‘s been years since I read the early books in the series, so I thought I would mix in a few with the newer ones I‘m still getting caught up on. I just love Meg, Michael and Meg‘s whole goofy family! Things start off pretty differently from what they become in later books, but the wackiness is there! It was also written 25 years ago, so it reads a little differently too. This one was quite a story with A LOT going on!

mabell Example - Meg is Maid of Honor for 3 weddings in 2-3 weeks 😆

#1999 for #192025
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Tamra Such cute cover! 2w
Librarybelle Yay!! 2w
mabell @Tamra They all (except the original version of these two) have the bright covers of cozies, but they are all fun interpretations of the plot! Complete with titular bird 😄 1w
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Many of the recipes sound and look delicious! The author includes personal notes for each recipe, which I really enjoy. This is the first recipe I tried (#mtcookbook success!), but I have it on display, tempting me to try others!

This is the Brown Sugar Almond Pound Cake that I served at Mother‘s Day brunch with macerated berries and whipped yogurt.

mabell Side note - I think I‘m going to try to find a new bundt pan, as mine is dark “non-stick”, and the long baking time for pound cakes really browns the crust 2w
Tamra What a beauty! 😍 2w
mabell @Tamra Thank you! It‘s a fabulous recipe! And it keeps well 😊 2w
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Loved it! Such a fun installment with the whole Langslow crew on a cruise. Including, poor Rose Noire, who only went to try to protect them from the dangers of the Bermuda Triangle. Of course the cruise deteriorates quickly, and Meg must step in to help keep things on an even keel. 😉

Tamra I had to look at that title a couple of times! 🤪 2w
dabbe @Tamra So did I! 😂😂😂 2w
dabbe @mabell My eyes ain't what the used to be! 😂 2w
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English Murder | Cyril Hare
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I didn‘t realize when I started this that it was a Christmas mystery, and briefly wished I put it back to save for the holidays. Once I got into it, I was heartily glad I did not! It was a dismal story, with group of unhappy people. The solution to the mystery was clever, however!

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Cook - #bookmail !

My preorder is here for Ali Stafford‘s new book! I LOVED Bread Toast Crumbs, and her blog is great! I am very excited to see what she put together in this ❤️

And yes, adding to #mtcookbook I‘m not making a dent on 🤣

Tamra Ooooooo you are a temptress! 👏🏾 1mo
Tamra Also, we didn‘t agree NOT to acquire any more books. I would never be so foolish. 🤣 (edited) 1mo
mabell @Tamra So true 😂😂 1mo
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Murder in Blue | Clifford Whitting
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The introduction to Inspector Charlton and John Rutherford, bookseller. Enjoyable, as the other Wittings I have read. I can‘t quite pinpoint why, as the humor is there and the mysteries are good, but they don‘t rank in my favorites. Still, a good time was had by all 😄

Thank you for sending it, @Gissy !

Gissy 🤗👌❤️ 1mo
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The Daughter of Time | Josephine Tey
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Loved it. Absolutely perfect ❤️

#1951 for #192025

Librarybelle This is a good one! 1mo
Chrissyreadit yay!!!!! I 100% Agree! 1mo
rubyslippersreads One of my all-time favorite books. 👑 1mo
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jlhammar Such a good book!! 1mo
Aimeesue LoveLoveLove this one 💙 1mo
LeahBergen So good! 😍 1mo
CarolynM I love Josephine Tey. This is my favourite. 1mo
BarbaraJean Yes!!! This was my first Tey—SO GOOD. 1mo
Tamra I remember enjoying this and I think I need a reread! 1mo
mabell @Librarybelle @Chrissyreadit @jlhammar @LeahBergen Yes! I‘m so glad I finally read it! 1mo
mabell @rubyslippersreads @CarolynM This is one of my favorites now, too! ❤️ 1mo
mabell @Aimeesue It was so, so good! 1mo
mabell @BarbaraJean My first, as well! I‘m definitely going to read her others! 1mo
mabell @Tamra It was so good! I could definitely see myself rereading it in future! 1mo
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I speak highly enough of this cookbook! In the overwhelming world of homemade baby food, ATK created an easy, straightforward path! It begins with the basics of starting solid foods, then kicks off with single ingredient purées, then multi-ingredient “stews” (cod, potato, leek was a favorite), onto finger foods and family meals. Each recipe is clear with extras such as age appropriateness & storage
? The happy eater of mini frittatas
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TheBookHippie I‘m so glad this cookbook exists for you. It‘s so important. 1mo
Gissy Awww! 😍and what Sophie says about the food?☺️ 1mo
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Tamra Yay!! You have so many happy delicious meals ahead of you. (edited) 1mo
mabell @TheBookHippie I haven‘t heard of that one! We had a few on our shelves, but this one was the winner! Tried and true recipes, almost all of them loved by the little eater! (She wasn‘t into bananas for quite a while 🤷‍♀️) 1mo
mabell @Gissy She‘s loved it! As you can tell 😂 Some of her favorites were mango and peas and red lentil, carrot, and coconut milk 😄 Now she is very into ANY food she can pick up with her fingers 1mo
mabell @Tamra Yes! 🥰 She loves to eat, so most meals are lots of fun! 1mo
slategreyskies What a cool cookbook! I wish I‘d had that when my boys were little. It looks like it would be so helpful. 📚♥️ 3w
slategreyskies Also, she is adorable! 🥰 3w
mabell @slategreyskies Thank you! ❤️ And yes, it‘s a wonderful help! 3w
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I‘ve had such a wonderful time here! Lovely friends - sharing our lives and reading - and discovering books! So many I‘ve loved, but would never have known about, if not for Litsy. ❤️

TheBookHippie 🎉🥳🎉 2mo
Librarybelle Happy Litsyversary! 2mo
batsy Happy Litsyversary!!! 🎉 2mo
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BennettBookworm Congrats, friend!!! 2mo
TheSpineView Happy Litsyversary! 2mo
BarbaraJean 🎉📚🎉 Happy Litsyversary!! 2mo
dabbe HL! 💚🩷💚 2mo
MaureenMc 🎊🍾🎉 2mo
BookmarkTavern Happy Litsyversary! 🎉🎉🎉 2mo
Gissy Happy Litsyversary 🥳🎉📚🎉📚❤️❤️❤️👏👏👏👏 2mo
Daisey Happy Litsyversary! 2mo
LeahBergen Woohoo! 🎉🎉🎉 2mo
mabell @LeahBergen It‘s so fun to have the reminder pop up! 😄 2mo
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Something in the Water | Charlotte MacLeod
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Well, this was fun! Professor Peter Shandy is down to earth (literally as a botanist 😆) and clever. Set in Maine, Peter is visiting a small town to collect lupine seeds from mysteriously fabulous specimens. While supping at his hotel, the diner at the next table drops face first into the chicken pot pie. Charlotte Macleod has a terrific way with words and a great sense of humor. I will definitely be seeking out more of these!
#1994 for #192025

Librarybelle I think I have a couple of her books but am not sure if they are part of that series. Sound fun!! 2mo
mabell @Librarybelle I think have a couple of paperbacks too, but I‘m not sure what they are either. I had to put some in basement storage due to space constraints, so finding them may be an issue 😆 2mo
Librarybelle 😂 2mo
CaramelLunacy I read a bunch of her Sarah Kelling / Max Bittersohn novels when I was a kid and really liked them. I'll have to see if they're still floating around here somewhere 2mo
mabell @CaramelLunacy I‘ll have to try one of those next! 2mo
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The Daughter of Time | Josephine Tey
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Isn‘t it fun to have bedtime reading that makes you extra excited to go to bed?

I‘m enjoying this immensely! And how different it would progress in the age of cellphones and internet. Instead of slowing ruminating on King Richard III, getting details bit by bit, all the information would be at Grant‘s fingers with a little googling. I‘m so glad that isn‘t the case 😄

Tamra Yes! It is a gift to look forward to climbing into bed with a book. 😁 💙 2mo
Chrissyreadit I love this book! 2mo
intothehallofbooks I haven‘t heard of this book before but it sounds so so good!! 2mo
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rubyslippersreads One of my favorites. 👑 2mo
CarolynM I‘m another fan of this one ❤️ 2mo
mabell @Tamra Yes! Not that I don‘t look forward to going to bed anyway 😂 2mo
mabell @Chrissyreadit @rubyslippersreads @CarolynM I‘ve had it on my shelf for a long time - I wish I had gotten to it sooner! Have you read any of her others? 2mo
mabell @intothehallofbooks I think I first heard of it from Litsy, and thought the same! It just took me years to get to it! 😂 2mo
Tamra @mabell me too. ☺️ 2mo
dabbe I loved this one, too! 💚🩷💚 2mo
Chrissyreadit i have not read others but only because of time… 2mo
CarolynM Yes, all of them, they‘re great, but this one is my favourite🙂 2mo
mabell @dabbe It‘s so good! And I shouldn‘t read it before bed because I have trouble putting it down 😂 2mo
mabell @Chrissyreadit So many books, so little time!! 2mo
mabell @CarolynM I will definitely keep an eye out for the others! 2mo
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What do a 30 year old jewelry heist, a murder in a columbarium (crypt) and a toucan have in common? More than you would think, as it turns out!

Also, I learned that toucans cannot not talk (I never thought about this before), and they are incredibly messy eaters that adore fruit.

Librarybelle Interesting facts about the toucan! 2mo
mabell @Librarybelle A fun bonus to the mystery! 😄 2mo
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Cranberry Easter | Wende Devlin, Harry Devlin
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Our Easter book shelves! 🐇🌸🌷

Gissy 😍🐰 🐣 💖 2mo
mabell @Gissy So fun to get out our books by season! I‘m not sure what to select after Easter though 😂 2mo
Aimeesue You have ALL the cranberries! 2mo
mabell @Aimeesue Almost! 😂 I think I‘m still missing Mystery and Birthday, but I‘m on the look out! 2mo
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I read the book not long after it came out, so I don‘t remember much about the story. However, I did remember there was a fabulous lemon bar recipe! It is a “cockaigne” recipe from Joy of Cooking, so you know it is extra delicious. We made lemon bars recently, so I tried it again. Different from the traditional style in that they are lemon curd bars - the filling sets soft and creamy like it was topped with lemon curd. Very lemon-y! #mtcookbook

Tamra I love anything citrus - sounds fabulous! 2mo
mabell @Tamra They are very good! I haven‘t checked my joy of cooking to compare, but she said the recipe is adapted from it. 2mo
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Measure for Murder | Clifford Witting
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A country village mystery set amidst amateur theatricals, specifically Shakespeare‘s Measure for Measure.

The story doesn‘t not play (ha!) out as expected, compete with a shocking twist.

#1941 for #192025

Librarybelle Love how your flowers match the cover! 3mo
mabell @Librarybelle Ha, they do! Entirely planned 😂 3mo
mabell @Gissy I forgot to say thank you for sending it! ❤️ 3mo
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LeahBergen I need to try this author! 3mo
mabell @LeahBergen I‘ve read two so far, and enjoyed them (the humor is great!) I will say, and I can‘t put my finger on why exactly, that they aren‘t my favorite mysteries. 🤷‍♀️ 2mo
LeahBergen Thanks! I‘ll keep that in mind. 😊 2mo
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This was such fun — and next year there‘ll be more.
Happy Birthday to you, Little Dinosaur! 🥰

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We absolutely love Good Eats the show, but I don‘t enjoy the books as much. These were just ok.

I also like photos of the food in books 😆

#mtcookbook

Tamra I don‘t watch Alton much anymore. During lockdown I watched his lives on YouTube. Hyper! 3mo
Tamra Food photography is definitely an art! 3mo
mabell @Tamra Love Good Eats - we have the seasons and watch them every weekend! I don‘t care for his live videos or podcast though 🤷‍♀️ It‘s a different humor 3mo
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mabell @Tamra And I realized I wasn‘t clear about the photos. I should have said I prefer photos of the food - this book doesn‘t have any! 😂 3mo
Tamra @mabell your photo is gorgeous! 3mo
mabell Oh thank you! ❤️ 3mo
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Unsurprising, because America‘s Test Kitchen is great, this is a terrific book. The photos, layout, and ideas are fantastic.

This was the Faux Leftover Fried Rice - the Thai version.
#mtcookbook

Tamra I very much respect ATK, so well tested & written. They can be a bit fussy for casual home cooking; sometimes I break the rules. 😉 3mo
mabell @Tamra You‘re right, they can be fussy at times! I like knowing that the recipe will turn out and why, which is something that makes me nervous about trying new recipes sometimes. Especially ones found online! 3mo
janeycanuck @Tamra @mabell haha - it‘s way safer to break the rules when you know the source is good! I‘m way more likely to make some tweaks on the first try on something from ATK than some random blog. 3mo
Tamra @janeycanuck so true! 3mo
mabell @janeycanuck Good point! 3mo
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Love | Susan Branch
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Many of you may only have known her as Wickham, but we knew her as the sweetest, funniest, and most gentle girl, and we were lucky to have her in our lives. We loved her so. ❤️

TheBookHippie ♥️🐾♥️ 3mo
Tamra 😘😘 3mo
Bklover I‘m so sorry!❤️ 3mo
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dabbe What a sweet face! Thinking of you. 🖤🐾🐾🖤 3mo
TieDyeDude 😢🌈 3mo
Read4life 🐾🌈💙 3mo
LeahBergen Oh, I‘m so sorry to hear this! 💔 She was the sweetest girl and the perfect “prize-winning” Wickham. Sending love to you! ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
Librarybelle So sorry to hear 3mo
kspenmoll So sorry. 🩷🩷 3mo
quietjenn I'm so very sorry. 💙 3mo
Crazeedi Oh no,my deepest sympathies, we lost ours in July, so I know your grief. May the memories be a blessing 💔 3mo
Itchyfeetreader So sorry for your loss 3mo
MaureenMc I‘m so sorry for your loss. 💔💗 3mo
batsy Her sweet face ❤️ I'm so sorry for your loss. 3mo
mabell @TheBookHippie @Tamra @Bklover @TieDyeDude @Read4life @Librarybelle @kspenmoll @quietjenn @Itchyfeetreader @MaureenMc @dabbe @batsy ❤️ I miss her terribly. A lot of spontaneous tears right now. So many lovely memories 💕 3mo
mabell @LeahBergen She was the sweetest! And such a good sport about donning the Wickham role - twice! Such a treasure, She is irreplaceable ❤️ 3mo
mabell @Crazeedi I‘m so sorry to hear you lost a friend recently too. So many wonderful years together, and that‘s what I try to keep remembering ❤️ 3mo
Crazeedi @mabell there will always be an empty spot in your heart, and l9ts of tears. But you will keep remembering the wonderful years. We just now got a new lab, he's 12 weeks old now, will never replace our Mojo, but we will love him too. Hugs and prayers for comfort 3mo
mabell @Crazeedi Thank you ❤️❤️❤️ Same to you! 3mo
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Harm's Way | Catherine Aird
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A crow drops a finger on a footpath in front of a walker, and the best laid plans go awry.

Poor Crosby is back to the barely competent sidekick in this one 😆

Aimeesue Crows are the best! Caw! 🐦‍⬛ 3mo
Librarybelle What a great setup for a mystery! 3mo
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mabell @Aimeesue I see you‘re interested in corvidology! Kaarh, kaarh,kaarh, as it said in the book 😄 3mo
mabell @Librarybelle And icky 😂 3mo
Tamra I love your place setting! 😍 3mo
mabell @Tamra Thank you! I started collecting Wedgwood Countryside years ago, and picked up coordinating pieces as I found them. 💙 3mo
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Thank you for our bright and cheerful valentine, Chrissy! 💕💕💕
I hope you had a lovely day!

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Great Green Chili Cooking Classic | Lynn B. Villella, Patricia Gins
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#MtCookbook Week 6
Our friends brought us a gift box of chiles and salsa from New Mexico, so I thought it was a good time to get out this book and try a recipe. Simple and tasty! Next time, I would just buy tostada shells, as I prefer their crunch, but I had the corn tortillas, so I went with the recipe instructions and fried those to use.

Tamra Mmmmmmm 😋 3mo
Aimeesue Oooh, Hatch chiles 💚💚💚 3mo
mabell @Tamra It was good! Comfort food, but pretty healthy 😄 3mo
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mabell @Aimeesue Authentic! 😂 It was a fun surprise from our neighbors! I have a few other recipes to try from this book, and fortunately more chiles to use 😊 3mo
Tamra I wish we could access Hatch chiles inexpensively! 3mo
mabell @Tamra Fresh show up here once a year, but I‘ve never noticed the price. Our grocery has canned hatch chiles year round, and they‘re a little more than the regular green chiles. 3mo
Tamra @mabell we can get them canned. Fresh would be heavenly! 3mo
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I love that Donna Andrews writes a Christmas book each year in the Meg series! I quite enjoyed this installment. Michael is directing the Christmas Carol production again, except this time the actor playing Scrooge is a minor big-name, who turns out to be temperamental and rarely sober. As usual, Meg is quite busy - trying to keep the star actor in line and then stumbling across an animal smuggling ring - and a murder!

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Cranberry Valentine | Wende Devlin
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How is tomorrow already Valentine‘s?? I forgot to switch out our book shelves! 💕

We read Arthur‘s Valentine this morning. I‘ve noticed the Arthur books tend to be a little negative at times - I skip words or reword some of it. This one also wasn‘t a very fun read. Arthur has a tough time through the whole book. I do always love DW‘s comments though 😂

Aimeesue Oh, Mr. Whiskers! 🩷💘🩷 3mo
mabell @Aimeesue He‘s the star in this one! I got it for Christmas, but I saved it for Valentine‘s to read it 🥰 3mo
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Sheet Pan Suppers | Molly Gilbert
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Chris gave me this cookbook YEARS ago, and I‘m just now trying a recipe! Thanks to #MtCookbook !
Week 5 was Fancy Tuna Melts, with a unique ingredient list:
Tuna
Apples
Mayo
Dijon
Capers and brine
Shallot
Dill
Sun dried tomatoes
Greens
Naan

And marinated mozzarella, which the grocery I went to didn‘t have, so I used regular with oil/herbs drizzled. Trader Joe‘s had one, so we‘ll try it again with the marinated cheese.

Tamra That sounds delicious! I love the flavor combo. Plus, the ease of a sheetpan - can‘t beat a quick dinner. (edited) 4mo
Aimeesue I make the fajitas from this cookbook all the time. The tuna melts sure do sound fancy! 4mo
Tamra @Aimeesue @mabell is this yet another cookbook I “need” on my shelves?! 😃 4mo
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Aimeesue @Tamra Totally depends on your cooking style, I think. I hate emptying out my oven to use it (there‘s so much bread in there!) so I wasn‘t using the recipes much until we got a big toaster oven/air fryer for the countertop. Now I‘ll do a half recipe if the kids aren‘t home for dinner. It‘s on Hoopla, though, so you could check it out to see if there‘s enough in it to interest you. 4mo
Tamra @Aimeesue having teens, I like to have some quick & easy go-to meals. I will see if I can get it through the library. 🤞🏾 4mo
mabell @Tamra It was a combination of ingredients that I never would have thought to put together. Overall we liked it, but it was different. We‘re looking forward to seeing what it is like with the marinated cheese. I‘m curious to see what you think of the cookbook! 4mo
mabell @Aimeesue sheet pan fajitas are the way to go! So much easier than stovetop and so delicious! Fo you have any other favorites from this cookbook? I don‘t have any others picked out yet to try 4mo
Aimeesue @mabell We like the crispy topped eggplant, French bread pizza, roasted Brussels sprouts, honey orange shrimp, and the pecan fried fish. 4mo
mabell @Aimeesue Oh thank you! Those all sound good! Especially the pecan fried fish! 4mo
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Some Die Eloquent | Catherine Aird
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Constable Crosby takes some initiative and investigates on his own! Inspector Sloan is trying to keep up with the murder investigation - and his wife prepping for the maternity ward!

rubyslippersreads Great photo! 4mo
LeahBergen Look at that old Bantam paperback! 4mo
mabell @rubyslippersreads Thank you! 4mo
mabell @LeahBergen I love these covers! I wish they continued through the whole series 4mo
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Well a #MtCookbook week 4 flop! This is the second or third recipe I‘ve made from this book and for some reason they fail for me!
I thought these would be a fun, quick afternoon project. Whip them up and bake 25-29 min. Not so much! They came together easily, but they baked and they baked and they baked! I check every few minutes (as things can turn from batter to overdone in the blink of an eye), but it just kept coming out batter. I lost track…

mabell Of exactly how long, but they went maybe an hour and 15? It was ridiculous! They didn‘t end up in the trash, as they‘re still edible brownies but not terrific. And it was quite discouraging. Now I‘m nervous about trying out recipes from her pretty holiday book 😆 4mo
Tamra Oh nooooo! I am not much of a baker, so I don‘t have much confidence in this area. This would be really frustrating & disappointing. I don‘t have the book (borrowed), but I copied the Kitchen Sink cookies recipe bc they turned out so tasty. (edited) 4mo
mabell @Tamra It was pretty frustrating! I‘m definitely hesitant to try another one - lots of time, ingredients, etc. to have it go to waste. The kitchen sink sound good, and i know the recipe works for someone else, so that helps! 4mo
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TheBookHippie Oh I loathe it when this happens. How frustrating!!! 4mo
mabell @TheBookHippie It really was! And I keep trying to figure out what went wrong! 4mo
janeycanuck Oh no! I've made a few from this cookbook and have had great results. I wonder what is going wrong for you 4mo
mabell @janeycanuck I‘m not sure - it‘s just kooky! I think in this case it may have partially been the pan. I‘m not calling defeat yet 🤣 Which ones have you made? 4mo
janeycanuck @mabell The peanut butter, a couple of the pan-banging, the brown butter choc chip plus a few others I can‘t remember off the top my head. But I did make the cakey brownies today and I did use a smaller pan than called for (8x11 instead of 9x13) and they needed almost twice the amount of time she called for. I haven‘t had that with any of the cookies, though. 4mo
mabell @janeycanuck I‘ll have to try some others. I know my husband would be happy to have the peanut butter! What did you think of the pan banging? 4mo
janeycanuck @mabell OMG, they are amazing. First, they are delicious. Second, they are a great stress reliever when you get to pick the pan up and drop it. I still make the original website chocolate chip one (there are some changes to it in the book) and I don‘t chop chocolate, I just use chocolate chips. If you can find a European style butter, they‘ll be even better. 4mo
mabell @janeycanuck ha, I could see the banging being therapeutic 🤣 She does like to use chopped chocolate, but chips are so much easier. That‘s interesting that you had better results with the European style butter! I noticed she was also very opinionated on butter choice in the introduction. I thought maybe those were my problems - chips & wrong butter -when the cookies didn‘t turn out like the intended style (still ok cookies, but not the right type) 4mo
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Brave Irene | William Steig
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Switched out our Christmas books with some of our January reads ❄️❤️❄️

TheBookHippie I read snow every year with/to my students and Henry & Mudge ❄️ 4mo
julieclair Love this!! 4mo
mabell @TheBookHippie Love Henry and Mudge! ❤️ But I‘ve never read Snow! 4mo
mabell @julieclair It is so fun to have a few seasonal books out, and the shelves have been perfect for display! 4mo
julieclair Those shelves make the books look extra inviting! I may incorporate that idea into a reading nook I want to set up in my house for my grandkids. 👍 4mo
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So my goal with #MtCookbook is to enjoy the cookbooks I have, and hopefully, find a few that could go to new home. However, seeing new additions to my mom‘s collection, I‘m afraid I‘m going to be adding to my mountain 🤣

By the author of 100 Cookies - this book is BEAUTIFUL! 😍

Tamra I know!!! 😳😬🤭 4mo
TheBookHippie Oh my word. 4mo
Aimeesue That sounds delicious! I looooove cranberries. 4mo
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mabell @TheBookHippie It‘s fabulous! I think I will be reporting back with more - my mom is sending it home with me 😄😄 4mo
mabell @Tamra It‘s just lovely! Do you have this one?? I know you were a fan of the cookie book! 4mo
mabell @Aimeesue So much sounds/looks amazing in it! I love cranberries too! (Contributing to my love of Cranberryport 😄) You make the danishes with “Cheaters Croissant Dough”, so I‘ll have to investigate how doable it would be for me with my mini helper 😂 4mo
Tamra @mabell no, I don‘t. I think I need to check it out from the library! 4mo
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How Easy Is That? | Ina Garten
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#MtCookbook Week 3 - continuing the cheese theme 😆

Bubbling Baked Fontina Val D‘Aosta (found it at Whole Foods!) and Food processor French bread (adapting a recipe from King Arthur‘s site)

Daisey Looks delicious! 4mo
Tamra Oh my goodness! 😍 4mo
ChasingOm Yummmmmm 4mo
mabell @Daisey @Tamra @ChasingOm It was quite good! The herbs really made it! 4mo
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#MtCookbook Week 2
I had the this out all Dec, planning to try different things through the holidays. Ha! The first recipe I tried this week - Cheese Pie with Chestnut Pastry, Brussels Sprouts, & Hazelnuts
Holiday comfort food, the flavors were a bit reminiscent of Thanksgiving. I had my doubts on the all-butter chestnut crust, but it actually had quite a good crisp, tender crumb. It was more of a creamy Brussels sprout & onion, than a cheese pie.

mabell Next year, I‘ll try more! Like - Chocolate, Cardamom, Pistachio Topped Cupcakes or Plum Pudding - flamed! 🧯 5mo
Tamra Ooooooo that looks scrumptious! Everything to love about comfort food. 5mo
janeycanuck That pie looks gorgeous! 5mo
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mabell @Tamra @janeycanuck Thank you! I don‘t know that this will be a repeat recipe, but it was fun! And felt like an accomplishment 🤣 I think the chestnut pastry would make a good quiche crust, now that I think about it. I may have to give that a try! 5mo
Gissy 😋 5mo
batsy Looks delicious! 4mo
mabell @batsy @Gissy It was every bit as rich as it looks, and a unique wintry recipe to try! Though you do have to be in the mood for Brussels sprouts 😂 4mo
Gissy @mabell I like Brussels sprouts, it is something I eat regularly 😋 4mo
TheBookHippie I love Brussels spouts! This looks good. 4mo
mabell @TheBookHippie It was definitely holiday comfort food - rich savory pie! And if you love Brussels sprouts, you‘d enjoy it! 4mo
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A Visit from Saint Nicholas | Clement Clarke Moore
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From 1989, this version was illustrated by Cheryl Harness. Overall darker color tones, with the text of the poem in boxes over the images.

#27 of #TwastheNight

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A Visit from Saint Nicholas | Clement Clarke Moore
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This is the version that I found I also had in a board book. Originally published in 1995, with illustrations by Christian Birmingham. I have quite a few versions that I love, but I think this is my favorite. The illustrations are gorgeous - soft and slightly mysterious that perfectly suits the poem. The black & white illustrations on the text pages are lovely, and the font is perfect too.

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A Pirate's Night Before Christmas | Philip Yates, Sebastia Serra
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This was a super fun find in my collection! The pirates await Sir Peggedy to bring their gifts on the night before Christmas. His sleigh is drawn not by reindeer, but by seahorses. “More sluggish than flounders, his coursers they came … Now Salty, Now, Scurvy! Now Sinbad an‘ Mollie!”

#25 of #TwastheNight

Bookzombie Cute! 5mo
mabell @Bookzombie It is! A jolly (Roger) surprise 😆 5mo
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A Visit from Saint Nicholas | Clement Clarke Moore
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Copyright 1989 by Running Press, this is the tiniest version in my collection! Just 2-3 inches tall, it includes the whole poem in a hardback with a dust jacket! The font and greenery on the text pages is very pretty.

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Kicking off #MtCookbook this week with one of my favorites! Ali Stafford has such approachable, delicious recipes. I‘m making the Spicy Jalapeño, Corn and Jack Bread, which I have made before, but as it has been over 6 years, it‘s like new. ?

Also, I got out corn in preparation, but found out the “Corn” is actually cornmeal. ?

dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 5mo
Tamra Woot woot! 😋 That‘s going to be tasty. (edited) 5mo
Aimeesue Mmmmmmm! 5mo
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mabell @dabbe @Tamra @Aimeesue Fresh bread is so delicious! Especially when it contains cheese 😄 5mo
Tamra @mabell no doubt! I too have a cornbread on my list. Can‘t go wrong. 5mo
intothehallofbooks This looks amazing! I want to look it up and try it myself. Sidenote: I have added a small can of creamed corn to my cornbread before and I really like the flavor and texture. I wonder if that would work here. 5mo
mabell @intothehallofbooks I highly recommend her cookbook! Some of the recipes can also be found on her blog. This is famous no knead peasant bread: https://alexandracooks.com/2012/11/07/my-mothers-peasant-bread-the-best-easiest-... The recipe I just made is a variation - yeast bread plus cornmeal. Adding creamed corn to cornbread is a great idea! 5mo
mabell @Tamra Oooo I look forward to seeing that! 5mo
janeycanuck Oh, that sounds like something my husband would die for! 5mo
mabell @janeycanuck You can never go wrong with cheese bread! 😄 5mo
janeycanuck @mabell I agree! It‘s literally two of the world‘s best things combined!! 5mo
mabell @janeycanuck 💯💯 5mo
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A fun one! This is an I Spy version, with the full poem printed inside the covers. The book itself is composed of themed images, such as “Not a Creature Was Stirring” and “It Must Be St. Nick”, with lists of items hidden in the photos. I found it very relaxing to do a page before bed 😄
Copyright 2005 by Walter Wick

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Signature Dishes That Matter | Christine Muhlke
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Christmas added a few feet to #MtCookbook ! 🧗😄

Tamra 👏🏾👏🏾😁 5mo
janeycanuck Laduree has the BEST hot chocolate recipe in the entire world. 5mo
mabell @Tamra I‘m not going to be lacking options 😂 5mo
mabell @janeycanuck Ooo perfect for this season! This is the “savory” cookbook, so I‘ll have to see if it has hot chocolate too! 5mo
janeycanuck @mabell If you Google it, the recipe is online! 5mo
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Carl's Snowy Afternoon | Alexandra Day
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Another surprise!! Thank you so much, Chrissy! I just found the box 🤣

I am SO excited for both books! Soph and I are going to love reading about Carl in the snow! (Though right now the tag on the bag is really interesting 😂) Perfect for us!! And the cozy is going to be so fun!

Thank you!! ❤️❤️❤️

Chrissyreadit yay!!!!! 5mo
batsy Aww Carl looks so sweet! And little baby hands 😍 5mo
mabell @batsy We‘ve loved the other Carl books! So glad @Chrissyreadit has sent them! And very busy baby hands 😂 5mo
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Chrissy, I just opened my gift from you - thank you! Such a surprise! The book sounds intriguing! ❤️ Happy Winter! ❄️

kspenmoll I just started reading this chapter 3 New Year‘s to Candlemas. 5mo
Chrissyreadit I hope you like it! Did Sophia‘s book arrive? 5mo
mabell @kspenmoll I‘m looking forward to jumping in - perfect timing! 5mo
mabell @Chrissyreadit Yes!! I‘m just about to post it! 5mo
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#2 in the Beacon Bakeshop series - A bakery in a lighthouse (slightly haunted by a sea captain) in Beacon Harbor, MI. Lindsay is a Wall Street type turned baker, enjoying life in her new town with her Newfoundland puppy and her boyfriend, Rory. Her Christmas dreams are complicated by the need for baking help and the suddenly announced cookie bake-off. An icky celebrity judge and a murder cap it all off!
Between so-so and a pick ⬇️

mabell I didn‘t love it, but I‘m also pretty picky when it comes to cozies. (Well, any book for that matter 😆) I read it with my sister, and I wouldn‘t be opposed to reading others in the series with her. 5mo
mabell *Update - my sister wants to read the first one, so we‘ll be continuing 😂 5mo
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A Visit from Saint Nicholas | Clement Clarke Moore
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I love this version by Holly Hobbie. Soft, magical, sweet - one of my favorites!
Copyright 2013.

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MaureenMc Holly Hobbie!! I loved her! 🥰 I remember a Holly Hobbie themed Colorforms play set I had. 5mo
mabell @MaureenMc Oh my goodness! That sounds fabulous! 😍 5mo
Avanders Good to know ☺️ 5mo
mabell @Avanders It‘s such a cozy, pretty edition! ❤️ 5mo
Avanders It looks like it - and my sister grew up loooving Holly Hobbie ☺️♥️ 5mo
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Meg is in charge of coordinating a charity show house of designers (including her mother). Though each designer has his/her own assigned rooms, Meg has her hands full juggling all their requests - and complaints - especially with a particularly nasty, selfish designer stirring the pot! When murder hits the show as well, Meg tries to get to the bottom of it.
Still a pick, but not my favorite of the Christmas ones - rather darker.

Gissy Love the cover😍dark story? Probably good for me 😂 5mo
mabell @Gissy Maybe not dark enough 🤣 Hers are usually quite lighthearted and relaxing - this one not as much 5mo
Gissy @mabell Ohhh 5mo
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A Visit from Saint Nicholas | Clement Clarke Moore
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Classic, crisp illustrations with a darker color scheme in this version by Jessie Willcox Smith. Originally published in 1912!

#21 of #TwastheNight

LeahBergen I‘ve always loved this illustrator! 5mo
mabell @LeahBergen Yes, she has some lovely paintings! I just realized a print I gave my mom of two sisters playing with dolls was one of hers! 5mo
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A Visit from Saint Nicholas | Clement Clarke Moore
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This version took a unique approach to the pictures accompanying the text. The editors selected a vintage/antique illustration that they thought best fit each stanza, so many different styles (and Santas) are represented. It was published in 1998 by Blue Lantern Studios, and was compiled by Cooper Edens and Harold Darling.

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A Visit from Saint Nicholas | Clement Clarke Moore
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A 1963 small hardback by Whitman, illustrated by Carol Munshi. The illustrations are primarily bright and kooky!

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A Visit from Saint Nicholas | Clement Clarke Moore
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Pretty illustrations by Charles Santore in 2011.

#18 of #TwastheNight

tpixie Lovely 😊 5mo
mabell @tpixie This is a pretty version! 5mo
tpixie @mabell ❤️🤍❤️ 5mo
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I‘ve put together a few thoughts on options - since I realized instead of “happy fiction” most were “happy non-fiction” 😆 - I went way over 3 on choices!

Don‘t hesitate to say if none of them appeal! I can pull more 😊

Chrissyreadit I realized I read Cotillion 5 years ago- apparently my brain fog strikes again! the good news it will be like reading it for the first time. looking up books you posted now. 5mo
Chrissyreadit I would choose Heyer first. I have not read any of the Corfu books- i need to read the first one for sure so that one would be the only one i do not prefer. I faintly remember Understood Betsy and according to goodreads i have it 5 stars. I know i read it with my kids about 10 or 12 years ago 🤣 5mo
mabell @Chrissyreadit Ha! I did wonder about that 🤣 I haven‘t read the Corfu books either - I didn‘t realize there were multiple! 5mo
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mabell It isn‘t letting me tag the other books, so I‘m sorry about making it tough to check them out! 5mo
TheAromaofBooks Oooo these all sound fun, although like @Chrissyreadit I don't like to read books out of order!! Understood Betsy is one of my VERY favorites and it has been a few years since my last read so I am always up to revisit. Strangely, I hadn't thought about finding some happy nonfiction until you mentioned it, and now I'm wondering if we should do a round with that as our focus sometime!! 5mo
Chrissyreadit @TheAromaofBooks @mabell @julieclair I am loving all the ways Happy Fiction or non fiction occurs 5mo
julieclair Ooohhh… Summer at Tiffany has been on my TBR forever, so that would be my first choice! Understood Betsy and Powder and Patch are tied for second. I read A Fine Romance about 6 months ago and LOVED it! A Year in Provence would be a re-read, too. But I‘d be fine with either of them. I agree about the Durrell, so I‘d prefer not to read that one. 5mo
mabell @Chrissyreadit @TheAromaofBooks @julieclair Thank you for weighing in! I‘ve been trying to think of any others, and I also thought of Mandy by Julie Andrews Edwards. So between that one, Powder & Patch, Understood Betsy and Summer at Tiffany, what would be your vote? 5mo
Chrissyreadit powder and Patch will be my first choice but honestly any of them ok. 5mo
TheAromaofBooks So tentatively - Cotillion in January ( @Chrissyreadit ), @julieclair 's pick in February - I can't find the post and apparently didn't write down which book we decided on 😂 - Powder & Patch in March ( @mabell ), and Wind in the Willows for April (me)? Thoughts? 5mo
Chrissyreadit sounds good. 5mo
julieclair @TheAromaofBooks @mabell @chrissyreadit I don‘t think we decided on my book…. I kind of lost track of it! 🤦‍♀️ I‘ve just tagged y‘all in a separate post so I won‘t lose it again… 🤪 5mo
julieclair And I like the plan you suggest! 👍 5mo
julieclair If we ever decide to do a non-fiction round, I would suggest 5mo
Chrissyreadit @julieclair @TheAromaofBooks @mabell I would also enjoy a nonfiction round 5mo
mabell Thank you for pulling it all together @TheAromaofBooks ! Sounds good @Chrissyreadit @julieclair 5mo
TheAromaofBooks @mabell @julieclair @Chrissyreadit - Yay!! So Cotillion has 20 chapters. Do you think I should break up the discussion sections on SG into one per chapter, per two chapters, per five chapters...? Just have one big discussion at the end? It's 20 chapters across ~350pgs in my edition, so 15-20pgs/chapter. 5mo
Chrissyreadit I really am ok with whatever you want to try- we can always change it if we want to try something different. 5mo
mabell @TheAromaofBooks Maybe 2-4 chapters? That way we can break it up more? 5mo
TheAromaofBooks @mabell @Chrissyreadit @julieclair - Okay, here is the link!! https://app.thestorygraph.com/readalongs/b9a3dbe6-89c5-4ea8-acb9-4e507782c3ee I set it up for every two chapters and we can see how that works. I forgot to give us a little “introduction“ section, but we can comment on the Ch 1-2 part before you start if you like!! I'm really interested to try this out and see how it works!! 5mo
Chrissyreadit @TheAromaofBooks i‘m struggling to figure out how to join 5mo
Chrissyreadit @TheAromaofBooks do you need to invite us? I love Storygraph but it is not always user friendly (yet) 5mo
TheAromaofBooks @Chrissyreadit - I think what may have happened was that I used 2023 instead of 2024 so it thought the Readalong was already over 😂 Please try clicking the link again and see if a Join button now appears!! 5mo
mabell I‘m in! Thanks so much for setting it up, Sarah! @TheAromaofBooks 5mo
Chrissyreadit also… apparently I read Cotillion in 2019!!!due to brain fog it will be a completely new experience 💗 @TheAromaofBooks @mabell @julieclair 5mo
TheAromaofBooks Also, I think I am going to try to read 2 chapters a day ish so I can comment as I go along, but I think as long as we all aim to finish by the end of the month, we don't have to stick to a strict schedule!! @Chrissyreadit @mabell @julieclair 5mo
mabell @TheAromaofBooks @Chrissyreadit @julieclair I‘ll try to do that too! But best laid plans… 🤣 5mo
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A Visit from Saint Nicholas | Clement Clarke Moore
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This one is a Whitman from 1965, illustrated by Reisie Lonette. Another one with a pretty cover!

#17 of #TwastheNight