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mabell

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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Well, I did not meet my fitness goal, and I haven‘t put any books on the board for my total goal. Whomp whomp.

But I know the goals are attainable for me, so I‘ll keep on keepin on! 👍

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hilded Good start, keep going 🙌🏻 5d
wanderinglynn The important thing is you started! And you had a good first week. I didn‘t meet all my goals either, so we both have something to aim for this week. 🙌🏻 5d
BookwormAHN Nice start, you can do this 👏🏻 5d
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catebutler This week is a new week with fresh possibilities! Keeping with it, is a big deal! So you‘re doing great! 👍🏼 5d
Gissy Keep going! 👍 5d
TK421 You can do it!👍 5d
mabell @hilded @BookwormAHN @catebutler @Gissy @TK421 @wanderinglynn Thank you so much everyone for your encouragement! 😊 5d
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#bookfitnesschallenge update:

I‘ve found it really tough to get my miles in this week, so I‘ll have to fit quite a few in today if I am to meet my goal ... 30.25/40

Only 9.75 miles to do in the next 12 hours!

This morning I checked out the little library, and Ted checked on their water supply.

VanChocStrawberry You can do it!!! It looks like lovely weather! 6d
TheSpineView You got it!😊 6d
AlaMich 👍 And I love that your dog is named Ted!! 6d
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BookwormAHN You're doing great 👏🏻 6d
nu-bibliophile You got this! 👊👊👊 6d
mabell @VanChocStrawberry @TheSpineView @BookwormAHN @nu-bibliophile Thanks! Unfortunately pesky work is getting in the way! 😆 6d
mabell @AlaMich Haha thanks! Teddy is his full name, but he‘s more frequently Ted, Tedster, and Tedison 😂 6d
mabell Oops - I missed tagging you on this @wanderinglynn 5d
wanderinglynn You got this! 🙌🏻 (And I feel you about work getting in the way. It gets in the way for me too.) 😉 5d
mabell @wanderinglynn The unstated part of this challenge for me is working on my work/life balance - fitting in more exercise is part of that. But, dang work! 😆 5d
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I am in a complete state of bliss surrounded by my lovely gifts! Thank you so much, dear Litsy friends @cobwebmoth and @Chrissyreadit ! This was just wonderful! ❤️❤️❤️ (gushing emails to follow 😊)

Chrissyreadit I‘m getting up soon and will take pictures and post. 1w
Tanisha_A Aha! Lovely 1w
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Avanders 🥰🥰🥰 1w
batsy How lovely! I've had my eye on those Moray Dalton mysteries 😍 1w
cobwebmoth Yay! I hope you enjoy everything.❤ 1w
Tamra @batsy the cover! 1w
Chrissyreadit What is the little blue book with a beehive on it? So pretty? 1w
mabell @Tanisha_A @Avanders ❤️❤️❤️ 1w
mabell @batsy @Tamra I‘m excited to read it! I‘ve never heard of Moray Dalton, but it sounds perfect for me! 1w
mabell @Chrissyreadit It‘s a cute little journal! @cobwebmoth tied in a bee theme with socks and this bee book ❤️ 🐝 1w
Chrissyreadit Adorable! 1w
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Oh my goodness! @Chrissyreadit !!!! 😱😱😱❤️❤️❤️

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@Chrissyreadit Your #selfcareswap package is on its way!

Chrissyreadit Woohooo! So excited!!! 2w
cobwebmoth I don't have a picture, but I sent yours out today! It's coming via UPS and should be there Monday.❤ 2w
mabell @Chrissyreadit @cobwebmoth Yay!! I‘m counting down! 😄 2w
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Chrissyreadit @cobwebmoth @mabell I‘m ok with opening when everyone has their package. 2w
mabell @Chrissyreadit @cobwebmoth Sure, that‘s fine with me! 2w
cobwebmoth @Chrissyreadit @mabell Sounds good to me! 2w
mabell It arrived already @cobwebmoth ! 😱❤️😍 The tracking says yours should be there Monday @Chrissyreadit 2w
Chrissyreadit @mabell 🥰❤️🥰❤️🥰 2w
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Cream Puff Murder | Joanne Fluke
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In 2 weeks, Hannah has to be able to fit in the custom Regency gown ordered for her mother‘s book launch party. The situation will require a strict diet and - horrors! - going to fitness classes at Heavenly Bodies, a new gym. Hannah must investigate when she finds a body in the jacuzzi, and 4 of the detectives are off the case due to “personal involvement” with the victim. Including Mike and Bill!

(Another one that is ok, not one of my favorites)

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Time to get these potatoes off the couch! (Well, 1 out of the 3, anyway)
I signed up and made my goals for the #bookfitnesschallenge !

2 books per week
40 miles per week

Join in @wanderinglynn ‘s book and health challenge! Head over to her page for more info - it begins May 10th!

I‘m excited to get started! 😄

wanderinglynn Yay 🙌🏻 Great goals! And cute pups! ❤️🐶 3w
Reecaspieces Awesome! Thanks for the info 3w
mabell @wanderinglynn Thanks! My moral support ❤️🐶😆 2w
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mabell @Reecaspieces Thanks! Are you joining in? 2w
Reecaspieces @mabell I am planning on it! 2w
mabell @Reecaspieces Yay! It sounds like it will be a great group! 2w
Reecaspieces @mabell ok I signed up. Y‘all will have to remind me to post!! Lol😂 2w
mabell @Reecaspieces Great!! With this group, I think there will be lots of support! 😄 2w
Kaye 💚 2w
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@wanderinglynn has set up a #bookfitnesschallenge !

Books ✔️
Getting in more exercise ✔️
Prizes! ✔️

Sounds like fun! 😄

wanderinglynn Yay! 😀 🙌🏻 3w
4thhouseontheleft I‘ve joined in too! Looking forward to it! 3w
mabell Thanks @wanderinglynn ! 😊 3w
mabell @4thhouseontheleft I‘m excited too! 3w
Kaye 💚 2w
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I am so excited to read this!

All the non-thriller, cozy type mysteries I have read end with Christie & Heyer in the 70s, and don‘t start again until around 1990. This is a culinary cozy from 1983! There are even recipes, printed on the insides of the covers!

Have I mentioned I‘m excited?! 😄

Pamwurtzler That looks so fun! 3w
erzascarletbookgasm Cosy mysteries are always fun. This one with recipes? More fun! 3w
mabell @Pamwurtzler @erzascarletbookgasm I think it looks fun too! Obviously 😆 But I‘m really interested to see how the genre has evolved as compared to this “vintage” version. 3w
LeahBergen I think I read this one in the ‘90s! 😆 3w
mabell @LeahBergen Ha really?! I hope it was good! I also picked up another of her books, and it cost me AT LEAST a quarter 😂 3w
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1. Maine - made me want to move there!
2. Roasted tomatoes, sautéed halloumi and pita
3. Sitting out in the early morning (before the heat!) with a book and coffee
4. Citrus simple syrup with sparkling water
5. Shade - I wear it at every opportunity!
6. Under my patio umbrella ⛱
Thanks for the tag @Chrissyreadit !

Chrissyreadit Citrus simple syrup with seltzer sounds delicious! 3w
mabell @Chrissyreadit I got the recipe from a magazine years ago - it‘s very refreshing! 3w
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While we took the Tedster on his walk this morning, (Bell says walks are for silly boy dogs, not cool teenagers), I stopped and added a few books to little libraries in our neighborhood.

I never thought to check the directory to see where others may be nearby, so I did that today. Only 1 of the 4 I‘m aware of are in the directory. Is there another directory out there?

https://littlefreelibrary.org/ourmap

LibrarianRyan in order to be in the Little Library directory you have to pay for entry. It's like $40 USD. That is why some people don't list it. Also, some just don't know the list exists. 4w
mabell @LibrarianRyan Ah, ok. Yeah that makes sense! 4w
LibrarianRyan @mabell We have “speaker“ notes on the program. right before I started this library had a LL build. “Little Library“ is actually trademarked for the organization. Technically your not supposed to call it that by trademark rules, but luckily the organization doesn't go after anyone. 4w
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mabell @LibrarianRyan We wondered about that too! Chris noticed one didn‘t have a number, so that‘s what got us checking for the directory. Was your library‘s program to assist patrons in getting one started? 4w
LibrarianRyan @mabell I don‘t know exactly. It‘s was a “build” program and the head of the LL organization presented and helped everyone build one from a kit. It was mostly other librarians from what I have been told. I have the revenants in my office including some books and the LFL plaques b 4w
mabell @LibrarianRyan That‘s cool! It looks like buying the plaque is the registration. I searched “little library” on Pinterest - should not have done that. We don‘t have somewhere to put one! 😆 4w
LibrarianRyan @mabell I have been down that rabbit hole. Hopefully this is the year I get mine built. 4w
mabell @LibrarianRyan Oooo can‘t wait to see what you go with! 4w
LibrarianRyan @mabell my current pla is an AtAt 4w
mabell @LibrarianRyan Awesome!! Get on that!! 😂😄 4w
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The Canterville Ghost | Oscar Wilde
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I loved the portrayal of the bulldozer type American patriarch and his family. Hyperbolically hilarious.

Wilde‘s wit is certainly present in this one, but I didn‘t find it as enjoyably absurd as Importance of Being Earnest (against which all things are measured.) The plot turned surprisingly sappy, and reminded me of The Abbot Ghost by Alcott.

I am looking forward to seeing the Margaret O‘Brien film, though it appears to lack verisimilitude. 😆

CarolynM I haven't read the story but I have seen the film. I enjoyed it but it seemed to me very unlikely that it would have had much in common with the original. 4w
mabell @CarolynM That‘s the impression I got too. But it looks cute! 😄 4w
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Roughing it | Mark Twain
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Getting through Roughing It was ... uh, rough. I love Mark Twain‘s humor and wit - but wow the overt and repeated racism was too much for this memoir to be enjoyable. There was quite a bit of material I skimmed - Tall tales, involved anecdotes of dubious worth, etc.

It did, however, have redeeming points, such as:
A firsthand account of the stagecoach from St. Joe to the Nevada Territory
The Pony Express
Hawaii (Sandwich Islands) 150 years ago

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Spinning in Her Grave | Molly MacRae
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The series is really getting into its stride. The characters are fun, and though I‘m not a fiber fanatic, these are fun to listen to!

Kath and the Posse (including her ghostly friend, Geneva) investigate the murder of an unlamented victim during a town historical festival. Was she killed because of her embezzlement? Will the Spivey twins help or hinder? Where did Angela disappear to? Will Kath end up with Joe or “Clod” Dunbar? (Hopefully Joe 😄)

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Carrot Cake Murder | Joanne Fluke
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Of the Hannah mysteries, this one is ok, not one of my favorites.

Newlyweds Lisa and Herb look forward to a family reunion with their new families. The surprise reappearance of Herb‘s long lost uncle, Gus, is a happy - and painful - event. Unfortunately, Gus‘ resurfacing revives the past, and those old memories can result in murder.

Mike promises to investigate WITH Hannah 🙄, and Norman becomes 007 going undercover in Atlantic City. 😄

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I enjoyed the further development of the characters, but the plot was rather sad.

Star crossed lovers and a double murder or a murder-suicide? Kath and the kooky “Posse” investigate...

There is also a description of yummy treats, and a few recipes are available as supplementary materials using a code word on the publisher‘s website.

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I‘ve gotten very behind on reviews for all the books I‘ve listened to lately.

It‘s time for a Review Round-up! Yeehah!

batsy 😂 1mo
Tanisha_A 😀 4w
mabell @batsy @Tanisha_A 🤷‍♀️🤣 4w
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Nine Coaches Waiting | Mary Stewart
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Wow. Just wow. Thrilling, mysterious, entrancing, I loved it!

Just when you think you know what is going on, the atmosphere changes, the “facts” aren‘t what they seem, and with, Linda you are caught in a terrifying cat and mouse game, protecting the little heir Philippe from the deadly designs of an unseen enemy.

If you have never read a Mary Stewart, this one would be a great one to start with! Thank you so much for sending it @LeahBergen ! 😊

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1. Golden age & cozy mysteries; Travel, especially humorous
2. See number 1. 😊
3. Horror, Drama fiction, Sad non-fiction
4. See number 1. 😊 I think “Murder on a Mystery Tour” would make a great movie.
5. I couldn‘t think of any 🤔
6. Penhallow - a country house murder mystery, but I absolutely hated it
7. Thanks for the tag @Chrissyreadit ! ❤️

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For those wondering how Ross came to be in the later books, this one is where we meet Ross (né Bartonovich) Barton…

Hollywood comes to Lake Eden. An independent film, directed by a famous bad boy director, and produced by Hannah‘s college friend, Ross, is using the tiny Minnesota town as a backdrop. The movie plot includes a suicide, but in real life, it‘s murder.

Of course, hearing the recipes made me hungry for cheesecake, so I made some. ?

batsy Yum! 1mo
mabell @batsy That‘s the problem with listening to a cozy with recipes. I get hungry! 😂 1mo
BiblioLitten I have been wanting to read these yummy cosy mysteries for so long, and I always check out your posts for suggestions. 😊 1mo
mabell @BiblioLitten Thank you! That‘s so nice of you to say! I‘m looking forward to seeing what you choose! 😄 1mo
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I look at my bookshelves of thrift store finds, bargain bin rescues, and treasured gifts from Littens, and think - #LuckyYou !

#LiteraryLuck

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful and I love your yellow phone!!!!!! 💛💛💛💛💛💛💛 2mo
mabell @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you! Another thrift store find 😄 2mo
Tanisha_A 😍 2mo
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vkois88 Yes! Same! 2mo
Kalalalatja Pretty! 2mo
mabell @Tanisha_A Thank you! 😊❤️ 2mo
mabell @vkois88 That‘s why I love physical books - they hold stories and memories 😊 2mo
mabell @Kalalalatja Thank you! Mine end up rather Tetris looking - yours are so lovely and organized! 😍 2mo
vkois88 ❤❤❤ 2mo
Gissy Beautiful spot to look at when you need peace in your mind😇☺️ 2mo
mabell @Gissy Thank you! 😊❤️ Looking at books immediately makes us feel better doesn‘t it? 😄 2mo
Gissy @mabell Yes, indeed. Sometimes I just look at them, touch them, smell them. Today I will go out to see a movie and i will read. We are one audit down. We still have one next week. 2mo
mabell @Gissy Enjoy your movie and reading! An audit sounds awful. 😳 2mo
Avanders 😍😍😍 2mo
BiblioLitten 😍💕💕 2mo
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I listened to this one because I loved the Highland Bookshop mysteries by this author. Kath, a fiber preservationist, inherits a yarn/weaving shop from her grandmother. While settling her Granny‘s affairs, she finds there are quite a few secrets in the small Tennessee town, and her Granny held quite a few of her own. The story was a bit slow, but I liked it enough to continue the series. Plus, there is a melodramatic friendly ghost 😄

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I enjoyed the first in the series, but I loved this one! A castle hotel in Scotland, a storm that takes out the power, and a cadre of crime writers. Great characters and atmosphere. DCI St. Just‘s personal story develops as well. On to the third!

sprainedbrain Still good narration? 2mo
mabell @sprainedbrain Oh yes! It is the same narrator for all three, and I think she does great job personifying the characters. 2mo
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BiblioLitten Hahaha clever choice😎 2mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Love the book choices! 🌍 2mo
Sarah83 I love these books 😍💕 2mo
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mabell @BiblioLitten I knew I could find all the letters! 😂 2mo
mabell @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @Sarah83 I love these too! I always pick them up when I can. They‘re great for getting your bearings on a destination. 😊 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome!! I love your collection ❤️ 2mo
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Death of a Cozy Writer | G.M. Malliet
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I enjoyed this introduction to Detective Chief Inspector Arthur St. Just of Cambridge, in which he is investigating murder on the estate of a famous writer of cozy mysteries. I definitely did not unravel the solution, and looking back, I don‘t know if I had all the clues to enable me to solve it... But, I liked it all the same.

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Yukon Ho! | Bill Watterson
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I don‘t think anyone could top Calvin and Hobbes in their ability to turn even the most sedate #games into delightful romps of wrestling and name-calling 😄
#LiteraryLuck

Tanisha_A I scream agreed, agreed, agreed. C&H FTW! 🖤 2mo
wanderinglynn ❤️❤️❤️ Calvin & Hobbes 2mo
Lynnsoprano Back in 1993, when we were living in Prague, my mom would cut out Calvin & Hobbes and mail them to me. 😂 2mo
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mabell @Tanisha_A @wanderinglynn I still love rereading them - never gets old! ❤️😄 2mo
mabell @Lynnsoprano How cool! They are the comic strip equivalent of comfort food ❤️ 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🙌🏻🙌🏻 2mo
CaramelLunacy What a treat! I particularly like any bouts of Calvinball! 2mo
mabell @CaramelLunacy Calvinball! Another great game! 😂 2mo
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Footsteps in the Dark | Georgette Heyer
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vkois88 👍👍👍 2mo
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How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? | Jane Yolen, Mark Teague
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When I think of #goldspines , I go prehistoric...

My nephew loves this book! Bedtime is so much more fun reading about how dinos get ready for bed. 🦖

#LiteraryLuck

vkois88 I have this one for when LO is a little older... she loves dinosaurs lol 2mo
rubyslippersreads Corythosaurus is obviously a Litten. 😀📚 2mo
mabell @vkois88 It is a big hit at my sister‘s house! There are quite a few in the series, too. 2mo
mabell @rubyslippersreads I‘m sure you‘re right! In fact, that must be how I found out about the book - self promotion 😉 2mo
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Fannie Flagg‘s books never jumped out at me as something I would like to read, that is until I figured out than she is none other than Fannie of Match Game fame. NYT Bestselling Novelist or star of the Match Game, which is the bigger achievement? (Obviously the latter)
Her biggest achievement may actually be that she became an author at all - Fannie has dyslexia. She pushed past discouragement and did what she loved.
#disabilityreads #LiteraryLuck

LibrarianRyan I didn‘t know that. That‘s cool. 2mo
MichelleScott_author I‘m ashamed to say that I never read this, but I do love the movie! 2mo
mabell @LibrarianRyan I didn‘t either! 2mo
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mabell @MichelleScott_author You have one up on me! I haven‘t seen the movie, and the book is still TBR, but my TBR list is a tad long 😂 2mo
MichelleScott_author Definitely see the movie if you get a chance. It‘s excellent. 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Oh wow!! I didn‘t know that! 2mo
robinb ❤️the movie! 2mo
sprainedbrain Omg! I love Match Game so much. ❤️ 2mo
mabell @MichelleScott_author @robinb I definitely need to watch it! 2mo
mabell @sprainedbrain Oh gosh, too fun! We tend to use the word “bussoms” a lot around our house 😂 2mo
vkois88 Awesome! 2mo
rubyslippersreads ❤️❤️❤️ her books! 2mo
mabell @rubyslippersreads I really need to start one! I love her sense of humor. 😄 2mo
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A Penguin Classics #rainbowstack (of sorts) #LiteraryLuck

kspenmoll Such beautiful editions! 2mo
squirrelbrain ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 2mo
Reviewsbylola I LOVE THIS! 2mo
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LeahBergen Pretty! 2mo
Tanisha_A Wow! Just so beautiful 2mo
robinb Oh wow Elizabeth...that takes my breath away! ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
JennyM ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
mabell @robinb What a sweet compliment! Thank you!! ❤️😊 2mo
mabell Thank you @JennyM ! 😊 2mo
BiblioLitten I can‘t take my eyes off! So pretty 😍😍💕 2mo
mabell @BiblioLitten Thanks so much! 😊❤️ 2mo
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Murder Underground | Mavis Hay
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I love to #turnbacktime and indulge in a Golden Age murder mystery or a witty Regency romance. #LiteraryLuck

BiblioLitten 😍 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
mabell @BiblioLitten @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Looking at them makes me happy too 😄 2mo
Gissy I love those covers! 2mo
mabell @Gissy It‘s hard to resist buying them all! 😱 2mo
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Speak No Evil | Mignon Good Eberhart
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I am always on the lookout for these Penguin #greenreads. So far, I only have one, and it isn‘t in great shape, but my collection has started! The back also says “Not for sale in the U.S.A. or Canada”, which makes it even more of prize. 😄

#LiteraryLuck

charl08 Yes, me too. Although I always seem to find Margery Allingham... 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome!!! 💚 2mo
mabell @charl08 Campion? I don‘t know that I have ever read one. That‘s cool you‘re finding them! They seem to be fairly rare in the US. 2mo
vkois88 Those are so cool. Green is one of my favorite colors, so it would be fun to collect them. 2mo
mabell @vkois88 Green is one of mine too! Though now everything I pick out is gray. 😂 2mo
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A bit late for #internationalwomensday , but it is never too late to read these terrific women writers‘ books.

Donna Andrews
Dame Agatha
Jane Austen
Lilian Jackson Braun
Georgette Heyer
Joan Hess

#LiteraryLuck

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🙌🏻❤️ 2mo
vkois88 ❤❤❤ 2mo
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It is so exciting when I can check off one of the “1000 Places to See Before You Die” locations. I never seem to consult the book *before* I travel, so I feel very lucky indeed when I happen to visit one. One of these was in picturesque #Ireland - Adare Manor and Village. A magical place, where my mom and I shared afternoon tea in a bay window, looking out on a misty green landscape. One my favorite memories. ❤️
#LiteraryLuck

LeahBergen Beautiful! 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So beautiful 💚💚 2mo
batsy Oh, look at that. Must have been stunning. 2mo
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Gissy I will visit it....in another life☺️ 2mo
Tanisha_A Oh what a perfect thing to do on an afternoon. 😍 2mo
mabell @LeahBergen @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @batsy Truly! It was 10 years ago, but I still think about it often. ❤️ 2mo
mabell @Gissy I hope you do! In at least one life 😄 2mo
mabell @Tanisha_A It was! It was one of those days where it was exactly perfect. ❤️ 2mo
CaramelLunacy How beautiful! 2mo
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Wodehouse certainly threw in a lot of #uniquecharacternames !
#LiteraryLuck

wanderinglynn Love the names Wodehouse chose. 😂 3mo
vkois88 I'd say 😂😂 3mo
LeahBergen Yes! 😂😂 2mo
mabell @wanderinglynn @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88 @LeahBergen I love these books on audio - hearing the ridiculousness in a breezy English accent is even better 😂 2mo
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Red Trailer Mystery | Julie Campbell
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Honey and Trixie ❤️ #bestbookfriendship #LiteraryLuck

CarolynM Fabulous! I used to love Trixie❤️ 3mo
batsy Trixie! I love her. And these covers 😍 3mo
mabell @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @CarolynM @batsy I spent a lot of time with Trixie growing up! I wished I could call like a Bob-White 😆 I keep an eye out at thrift stores for these! 3mo
vkois88 I have a couple of my mom's old Trixie books... they were so special, I've always been afraid to crack them open to read 2mo
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I enjoyed the reread of this Christie classic! It has been so many years that I didn‘t remember much of the plot. Poirot shows that he is neither “gaga” nor “past his prime”, while Hastings is gallantly romantic and hopelessly befuddled, as usual.

Thank you so much for this lovely copy @Kappadeemom !

Tanisha_A Hastings, hopelessly befuddled and gallantly romantic! Hahahaha 3mo
mabell @Tanisha_A Poor Hastings 😂 3mo
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This is now on my to-do list! I‘ve never been to Iowa, and I live in Missouri. 😆

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Combining yesterday & today, this is my #SundaySelfie with one of my favorite of the Hollywood #royalty .

This book was a birthday gift from my mom, and it is gorgeous! It is a scrapbook, a memoir, and a cookbook in one, with lovely photos, letters, notes and other keepsakes reproduced on the pages. The recipes are beautifully laid out and sound delicious. Nonna Te‘s Curry and Mozzarella in Carrozza are on my to-make list. 😊

#LiteraryLuck

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful ❤️❤️ 3mo
BennettBookworm Obsessed!! 3mo
mabell @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @BennettBookworm Audrey was amazing! ❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
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vkois88 Sounds awesome! I just LO a Little Dreamers book about Audrey 3mo
mabell @vkois88 Ooo I haven‘t seen that one! 3mo
vkois88 We have the one about Frida as well, and she absolutely LOVES it 3mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🙃💚🍀 3mo
SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime ooo i like this quote, never saw this one 💚 3mo
vkois88 Fun! I hadn't seen this one 3mo
mabell @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime @vkois88 Thanks! I believe it is part of a longer quote, but I particularly liked this bit. 😊 3mo
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Every shelf of every bookshelf in our house is populated with gems I would someday like to read. (Except for most of the books on the shelf below - those are Chris‘)
This shelf in particular has quite a few. 😍 #tbrshelfie #LiteraryLuck

Stacypatrice Your shelf makes my heart feel like 😊 3mo
Gissy A beautiful picture! Shelves full with lovely📚📚📚📚and bookish things! 😍❤️❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love it!!! 💚🍀❤️ 3mo
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mabell @Stacypatrice Thank you! ❤️ A reminder I need to read more! 😄 3mo
mabell Thanks @Gissy ! There are quite a few treasures from you on there! 😊❤️ 3mo
mabell Thanks @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ! 😄❤️ 3mo
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The Addams Family: An Evilution | Charles Addams, H. Kevin Miserocchi
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1. My brother & sister‘s exploits. One time, my sister was telling my brother to bite down on her finger. “It‘s ok, I‘m wearing dentist gloves.” She didn‘t have to tell him twice... 😆 Poor girl thought dentists wore latex gloves to protect from patient bites. 😂
2. 2 younger
3. Dec 2016, when I was sitting with my Bells after one of her knee surgeries. I joined #Sherlocked with @jpmcwisemorgan 😊
4. ABC Murders
5. Anyone!
#wondrouswednesday

Eggs Aww #1: thanks for the shared memory-sounds like you and your siblings were close❣️Thanks for playing 🌷 3mo
mabell @Eggs Thank you! We really are. 😊 3mo
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On #loveyourpet day, Bell was having emergency surgery on her tummy and a splenectomy. She came through just fine, like the tough girl she is, and we can‘t wait to have her back home. Teddy and I (and daddy, of course) miss her terribly.

TrishB Awww 🐶❤️ 3mo
LibrarianRyan Babies!!💕💕 3mo
batsy 😍 Hope she's home soon and recovers well ❤️ 3mo
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Tanisha_A Atta girl! ♥️ 3mo
MaureenMc 💗💗 3mo
LeahBergen Kiss that sweet Bell for me when she gets home! 😘😘 3mo
mabell @TrishB @LibrarianRyan @MaureenMc They are my sweethearts! 😊❤️🐶 3mo
mabell @Tanisha_A She‘s a trooper! 💪❤️🐶 3mo
mabell @batsy Thanks! She was able to come home last night, and is doing great! ❤️ 3mo
mabell @LeahBergen Thanks, Leah! We brought Bell home last night! ❤️ And, Teddy took care of your request. 😂 3mo
Anitareads Cuties 🐶🐶 3mo
mabell @Anitareads Thank you! My best friends 😊❤️🐶 3mo
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Treasure Island | Robert Louis Stevenson
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He‘s a dastardly pirate, really not a good guy ... but my #lovehate has to be Tim Curry, err Long John Silver. 😆

TobeyTheScavengerMonk “Upstage, lads! This is my only number!” 3mo
sprainedbrain Perfect choice!! 3mo
CarolynM Did you watch Black Sails? Bit of a different Long John Silver. 3mo
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mabell @TobeyTheScavengerMonk 🎶🎶 You don‘t have to wear a suuuuuit! 3mo
mabell @sprainedbrain Thanks! 😄 And now I‘m in a Muppet Treasure Island mood - guess what we‘re watching this weekend, Chris ... 😂😂 3mo
mabell @CarolynM No, I‘d never heard of it! Was it good? 3mo
CarolynM I loved it. It was a much more realistic take on the pirate theme than anything I've ever seen. 3mo
ErinSueGreads 1. I love that you snuck in here under the radar since I was surprised you hadn‘t jumped in. 2. This picture and choice is perfection 😂😂 3mo
Meeko93 I was actually thinking of Long John Silver too! 3mo
mabell @ErinSueG That‘s me - stealth 😂😂 Actually, I just can‘t keep up with challenges, so I try not to sign up ... then I cave 😆 3mo
mabell @Meeko93 Really?! Cool!! 🙌🙌 3mo
ErinSueGreads You crack me up 😂 3mo
readinginthedark I haven't seen this one with Tim Curry, but in the book, Long John Silver is meant to be quite charming and well-liked when he's not killing people! 3mo
mabell @readinginthedark That is rather how he is! 3mo
readinginthedark I'll have to watch this! Tim Curry is such a good actor. 3mo
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After adjusting to the new narrator (she did a great job; I highly recommend these on audio!), I thoroughly enjoyed this!

I love the setting, the characters, and Ms. Macrae‘s delightful way with words. I listened to it twice, as I adored hanging out in Inversgail and wasn‘t ready to leave!

I find it especially gratifying that I have augmented my vocabulary with words like “numpty” “pernickety” and “bampot.” Anxiously awaiting book 3!

Crazeedi I love the words! I love using unusual ones...these are terrific 4mo
mabell @Crazeedi There were many more! Such a fun book. 😄 3mo
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Christmas Cake Murder | Joanne Fluke
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A Christmas-time mystery that isn‘t very Christmas-y, this is one of the Hannah Swenson stories that is not sequential. Taking place in the past, shortly after the passing of her father, we learn how Hannah came to have the Cookie Jar. That aspect is interesting for longtime readers, but the story itself (also a story within a story) is rather a downer. I don‘t think this is one I will revisit.

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I moved right on to listening to Book 2 in the series, and the narrator is different than one who read the first book. I‘m sure I will get used to it, but it is initially discordant. Almost like I have to re-meet all the characters. Sigh.

sprainedbrain Oh, I hate it when that happens. 4mo
mabell @sprainedbrain I know! Especially when I just listened to the first book the day before. The good news is listening to both back to back, I‘m now hearing my own interior monologue with a Scottish accent. 😂 4mo
sprainedbrain @mabell I believe I need to listen to these books, just for that experience. 😂 4mo
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I really enjoyed this one! A classic cozy mystery!

Four women start new careers as booksellers & tea shop owners in a small town in Scotland. As they are learning the ropes from the previous owners (before they move to sunny Portugal), a murder occurs. The tale of why the woman was murdered, and whether she was even the intended victim, is woven throughout the story of Janet, Tallie, Christine, and Summer making a new life in their new home.

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Iced Under | Barbara Ross
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I was expecting a light cozy murder mystery in Maine, but this was a much deeper story. Decades old family secrets are unearthed, facilitated by reappearance of the long missing Black Widow diamond necklace.

It is a very personal story, more about the details of the family than a typical murder mystery.

batsy I enjoyed this one, too! 4mo
mabell @batsy Have you read any of her books? I LOVE Maine, which is what drew me to this one 😊 4mo
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The Cat Who Smelled a Rat | Lilian Jackson Braun
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A classic “Cat Who”, and quite possibly one of the best. If you are considering dipping into the series, try this one! It is far along in the series, one of the last books I believe, but the series is still easy to follow and no less enjoyable when read out of order.

Bklover That‘s good to know! Some series I‘d like to try but starting at the beginning is a bit daunting so I think I‘ll give this one a try! 4mo
mabell @Bklover I hope you enjoy it! This is a series where the early books are good to learn more of the back story, but Qwill‘s story (destiny, really) doesn‘t fully develop until a few books in. 4mo
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