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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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... All my awesome new books and journal! I‘ve never read any of these! I can‘t wait to delve into the Country House history, and I don‘t think I will be able to save the Country House Christmas until Christmas! (I‘ve already looked up her estate - Lyme - and wow. 😲😍) The mysteries all look terrific - right up my alley! The map is amazing - I love it!

Thank you so much for everything, Karen!

And thank you so much for hosting, Chrissy!

Chili I‘m so glad you like everything! I had fun putting it together. I went shopping for snacks when I was hungry and everything looked good. 🤣 I hope the fur babies like their snacks. 🐶 1mo
squirrelbrain Wow! Amazing gifts! ❤️ 1mo
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Gissy Nice books!🤗 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm 😍👏 loving the books too 1mo
Chrissyreadit Wow! It really looks like you could imagine being there! 1mo
mabell @Chili It‘s always a good idea to shop hungry, haha! Everything looks delicious! And the kids will DEFINITELY like theirs 😆 1mo
mabell @squirrelbrain @Gissy @erzascarletbookgasm It was such a fun package! 😍❤️ 1mo
mabell @Chrissyreadit Oh yes! I loved it! I‘ve been getting lost in my new map 😄 1mo
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@Chili What a wonderful adventure! Thank you for putting together such a thoughtful journey through the English countryside!

I love the snacks you chose - wow!! And I especially love that you included sustenance for my traveling companions. 🐶❤️🐶 The Timtams are delicious! I had to sneak one in with my morning coffee 😄 I can‘t wait to try the Caribou coffee - in my Caribou coffee mug! ☕️ Thank you for my bookish goodies & tote for carrying ...

Avanders 😍😍 1mo
Chrissyreadit Wow!!! This looks like so much fun!!! 🥰😍👏😍🥰 1mo
Chili @mabell the stroopeafels are so good! I had to buy them twice because my daughter and I couldn‘t resist them. 😍 1mo
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Writing Book Reviews | John E. Drewry
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I‘ve gotten rather behind on posting reviews - I‘ve read/listened to these in the last few weeks

I‘m still very much enjoying Mrs. Jeffries (I‘ve started #5)
Borrower in the Night drew me in with its historical mystery (I may have to dig in to the next Vicky Bliss)
Joy in the Morning - Poor Bertie, it really wasn‘t his fault this time!
In the Teeth of Adversity - Don‘t read if you are iffy about dentists!
Death in the Tunnel - facts & deductions

CarolynM I love the Vicky Bliss series, and it gets better and better. Night Train to Memphis is one of my all time favourite books. 1mo
mabell @CarolynM It took me a bit, but I got sucked in! I‘ll have to move on to Street of the Five Moons. Did you enjoy that one? 1mo
CarolynM Yes, very much. There's a bit of an evolution from Borrower to Street. A definite step up🙂 1mo
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They‘re here!!! 😍 Is it August 14th yet?! 🤣

#staycationintimeswap

Chili Yay!!! I‘m glad they arrived safely! 😁 1mo
Chrissyreadit ❤️👏🙌🥰🎉 1mo
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Your package went out yesterday @Chili ! The tracking says it will be there Friday. The box is arriving incognito 😎

#staycationintimeswap

Chrissyreadit ❤️🙌👏🥰🎉 1mo
Chili Yay! Thank you @mabell 😍 1mo
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Beginning this one as my lunchtime time read - thank you for sending it @Kendyl ! I thought it fitting to have my coffee in an Orient Express mug 🚂

rretzler ❤ British Library Crime Classics! 2mo
Aimeesue I love those editions. ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
mabell @rretzler @Aimeesue This is just the second one I‘ve read/reading, but the covers are fabulous! *must collect them all* 😆 2mo
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Footsteps in the Dark | Georgette Heyer
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And Week 4‘s check-in for #BFC :

I reread Footsteps in the Dark, a fun Heyer mystery that takes place in a recently inherited country house. The young and intrepid proprietors investigate to find the source of the hauntings beleaguering their new home.

93,000/105,000 steps
5/10 books

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 Another great week! 🎉 2mo
TheSpineView Great job! Keep up the good work! 2mo
Gissy 👏👏👏👏Great!!!! 2mo
mabell Thank you @Gissy ! ❤️ 2mo
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I just realized I didn‘t post my #BFC Week 3 Check-in

96,000/105,000 steps
4/10 books

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 A great week! 🎉 2mo
TheSpineView 👏👏👏 2mo
mabell @wanderinglynn @TheSpineView Thank you both! ❤️ 2mo
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Light-hearted and entertaining, this first installment in the Mrs. Jeffries mystery series introduces us to Inspector Witherspoon and his domestic staff. Unbeknownst to him, his housekeeper, maid, cook, coachman and footman, assist him in gathering information for his cases and help put him on the right track.
In this one, they investigate to discover why a respectable doctor was poisoned - and by whom.

#cozyinthesun

Book 4 #BFC

batsy This sounds so fun! 2mo
Crazeedi I just saw another post with this series, I wrote it down to look into!! Looks good!!💕 2mo
GenreMinxReviews I love this series! lol I just read book 9 and I can't wait to read book 10.
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mabell @batsy @Crazeedi It‘s exactly the type of story I think of for “cozy” 😊 2mo
mabell @GenreMinxReviews I‘m glad it continues to be good! I have the audiobooks through our library app and I have several in print too, so I will definitely keep reading/listening! 😄 2mo
ferskner Yay I'm glad you got a good one! 2mo
mabell @ferskner Yes, and I love that it is a series! It‘s so nice to continue with familiar characters 😊 2mo
GenreMinxReviews @mabell by book 4 it will feel a little formulaic I warn you but it pushes through and keeps improving. 2mo
mabell @GenreMinxReviews I‘m almost through book 2, so I‘ll be to book 4 in no time 😆 Thank you for the tip! 2mo
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Between our anniversary and the holiday week, I was way under on my steps, but I had lots of terrific food, and one book was added to my total. 👍

86,000/105,000 steps
2/10 books

#bookfitnesschallenge

wanderinglynn 86k steps is a great week! 🙌🏻 It‘s good to strive for more, but celebrate what you did accomplish! 🎉 Especially on a holiday week. 2mo
wanderinglynn Also, Happy Anniversary! 🎉👏🏻🥳 2mo
Tanisha_A Happy anniversary! 🎉🎈🎆 2mo
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Gissy Happy anniversary! ❤️ 2mo
mabell Thank you @Gissy ! ❤️😊 2mo
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Cover-Up Story | Marian Babson
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Mehso-so

This is the introduction to Perkins and Tate, and the competent, yet unlucky, PR Man, Doug Perkins.

I highly enjoyed Murder at the Cat Show (foreshadowed at the end of this one), but the Cover-Up Story is just too depressing. The PR “Client” is a piece of work, and his horribleness goes on and on. At times it is utterly cringeworthy. I didn‘t enjoy the mystery, as much as look forward to the end of the story.

#cozyinthesun

Book 3 - #BFC

Librarybelle That does sound bad! 2mo
mabell @Librarybelle Yes, it definitely wasn‘t one of those you finish and think - that was fun! 2mo
ferskner Oh no! Onward to a good one! 2mo
mabell @ferskner So true! 2mo
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Kicking off #cozyinthesun !

Librarybelle Mrs Jeffries is definitely on my to read list! 3mo
Bookishthoughts This one is kinda funny. Hope you enjoy! 3mo
mabell @Librarybelle I read one of them years ago, so long ago, I don‘t even remember which one. 😆 I‘m looking forward to starting the series from the beginning! 3mo
mabell @LazyDays It‘s cute so far! 😄 3mo
ferskner Classic! Nice choice! 3mo
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Murder in the Mews (Poirot) | Agatha Christie
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A terrific lunchtime read - 4 Poirot cases in one volume. They may be short stories, but in each one the mystery and characters are perfectly developed.

Isn‘t the cover gorgeous?! Thank you so much @cobwebmoth !

#bookfitnesschallenge Book 2

cobwebmoth So glad you enjoyed it! 3mo
Tanisha_A Hi Christie gal! 😄 3mo
Sarah83 Looks great 💓 3mo
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mabell @Tanisha_A Oh hey! 👋😂😄 3mo
mabell @Sarah83 Thanks! Such a pretty cover! ❤️😄 3mo
Gissy Yes! Great cover!😍 2mo
mabell @Gissy We both get sucked in by a good cover! 😂 2mo
Gissy Yes! I have to admit it! ☺️ 2mo
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I squeaked in on the steps, but I made it! 105,000/105,000
One out of ten books read. 👍

#bookfitnesschallenge

wanderinglynn Great first week! 🙌🏻 3mo
sprainedbrain Awesome! 👏🏻 3mo
TheSpineView Good job! 3mo
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Crazeedi Amazing!! 👏👏❤ 3mo
BookwormAHN Great job 👏🏻 3mo
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After much thought, because this is a serious question, I arrived at the 3 things I must take when time traveling. To achieve both mental and physical comfort, I‘d like:
1. A Nutrimatic Machine - that works - and dispenses both food and drink.
2. A fluffy blanket to serve as blanket, pillow, etc.
3. A collection of all Georgette Heyer‘s mysteries (they are my ultimate comfort read)

Feel free to question my selections. 😆

#staycationintimeswap

wanderinglynn Excellent selections! 👍🏻👍🏻 3mo
Chrissyreadit Perfect! I‘m wondering if Georgette Heyer should be someone I read... (edited) 3mo
mabell @wanderinglynn Thanks! I spent way too much time thinking about this 🤣 3mo
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mabell @Chrissyreadit Oh my yes! As an Austen fan, you would definitely appreciate her regency romances, and her mysteries are witty, biting, and terrific! 3mo
Chrissyreadit I have added a romance and a mystery to my TBR! 3mo
Tamra Hmmmmm, I think a Mary Poppins carpet bag. That way I wouldn‘t be limited to 3 things and I‘d have an endless supply of books. 😸 3mo
Chrissyreadit @Tamra that is a good one! 3mo
mabell @Tamra I like the way you think! 😄 3mo
mabell @Chrissyreadit I haven‘t read the romances you added yet (there are a lot more of those), but the mystery is good. I have a few favorites, if I had to pick one I‘d say maybe 3mo
mabell @Chrissyreadit Actually, I should say the only one I dislike is 3mo
Chrissyreadit I stacked it!!! 3mo
mabell @Chrissyreadit And this one is just ok 3mo
Chrissyreadit I will stay awY from penhallow! 🤣 3mo
mabell @Chrissyreadit I may have thrown it - I‘m not sure 😂 3mo
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The final installment 😭 (thus far)

These cozy mysteries are so cute and wholesome, with a delightful use of words by Ms. MacRae. The story builds a bit further - and Geneva “meets” someone new. I hope another book will be forthcoming!

Book 1 - #bookfitnesschallenge

wanderinglynn Love the play on words in the title. And of course, I'd pick it up just for the cat on the cover. 😉 3mo
mabell @wanderinglynn It wouldn‘t be a cozy without a punny title! 😂 3mo
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Borrower of the Night | Elizabeth Peters
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Having very much enjoyed Amelia Peabody, I thought I would give Vicky Bliss a try. I‘m an hour into the audiobook, and I‘m still not draw into the story. I intend to finish this one, but I don‘t know if this series is my cup of tea.

CarolynM This is the first one and the weakest of them - Sir John Smythe hasn't turned up yet. Street of the Five Moons is good, Trojan Gold is better, Night Train to Memphis is the best (my favourite, any way, but benefits from having read at least the other two first) 3mo
mabell @CarolynM That‘s good to know! I have Night Train to Memphis in print. I assume they would best be read in order? 3mo
CarolynM Yes, but it's not vital. The only reason I don't suggest going straight to Night Train is you'll get more out of it if you already understand the Vicky-John relationship. 3mo
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mabell Now I‘m intrigued! I might just have to continue - fortunately the audiobooks are all available in my library‘s app. 😄 3mo
CaramelLunacy I have to admit, Vicky never drew me in the way Amelia and her staunch reinforced parasol did... 2mo
mabell @CaramelLunacy Yes, I think Amelia is more my type of heroine 😊 2mo
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#BFC round 2 is off to a great start!

I‘ve gotten my step goal everyday, and day 1 was lots of fun. We walked around, banged on the music wall, baked Strawberry Moon cookies, said hi to the girls 🐓, and sang Happy Birthday! Auntie went home exhausted 😅

BookwormAHN Sounds like a great day 👏🏻 3mo
Megabooks 👍🏻👍🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 3mo
wanderinglynn Great job! 🙌🏻 3mo
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Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax | Dorothy Gilman
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There was really just one thing I didn‘t like about this book. Namely, that this is a book to be finished in one sitting, and I could not listen to it all at once! 🤣

A grandmother, tired of her volunteer work at the hospital and garden club, walks into CIA headquarters to apply for a job as a spy. An fortuitous mix-up occurs, and the most unbelievably believable series of events occurs. Mrs. Pollifax is wonderful, and yes, “Unexpected.”

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#BookFitnessChallenge Round 2 Goals:

Steps instead of miles - I feel more accomplished getting steps, and I seem to get to my goal better by focusing on steps. 🤷‍♀️
A goal of 10 books instead of 12 this time around.

(Bell and Ted modeling books they “picked out” for their cousins)

wanderinglynn Great goals! 🙌🏻 And you have a super cute team to help you with your steps! ❤️🐶😉 3mo
Daisey I always do better on steps as well. Looks like some great goals! 3mo
BookwormAHN Great goals 👏🏻 3mo
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LeahBergen Lovely models. 😄 3mo
mabell @Daisey Thanks! I felt a little crazy saying that, so I‘m glad I‘m not the only one 🤣 3mo
mabell @wanderinglynn @LeahBergen Thank you! 😄 I send books to my 4 & 2 year nephew and niece, and it is much more exciting to them if the books are from Bell & Ted 🤣 3mo
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Round 1 round up - I met my fitness goal 2/6 weeks and didn‘t even come remotely close on the book goal.

On to Round 2 and setting new goals. Peace out!
#bookfitnesschallenge #bfc

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 Great job (and helpful hint, change your book goal 😉) 3mo
BookwormAHN Great job 👏🏻 3mo
Gissy Keep going! Never give up!👍 3mo
mabell @wanderinglynn @BookwormAHN @Gissy Thanks! Ready for Round 2! 3mo
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Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax | Dorothy Gilman
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I am so excited to have a couple hour drive! Why?
Because I am loving this introduction to Mrs. Pollifax! ❤️

sprainedbrain I love how audiobooks make things I used to hate (long drives, cleaning, laundry) something fun to look forward to! 3mo
Aimeesue I did laundry for an hour and a half tonight because I wanted to keep listening to my book. 😂😂😂 3mo
mabell @sprainedbrain So true! The hard part is hitting pause and not finding more *highly necessary* busy work as an excuse to keep listening! 🤣 3mo
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mabell @Aimeesue That‘s awesome! Stretch out as long as you can! 👏😂 I have that audiobook too! The description sounded terrific! I‘m glad it‘s entertaining enough to get through the laundry 🤣 3mo
Blueberry Love Mrs. Pollifax. 3mo
mabell @Blueberry Oh my goodness, I haven‘t been this hooked on a book in a long time! I‘m halfway through, and I am completely entertained and riveted! 3mo
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My Man Jeeves | Sir P G Wodehouse
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This is between a pick and a so-so for me. I much prefer the English setting for the Wodehouse tales, and these stories take place in New York. In addition, Reggie Pepper is the protagonist in a few of them (described as an earlier version of Bertie in the back blurb), and I would much rather hear of Bertie‘s ridiculousness and Jeeves‘ solutions.

Book 4 for #bookfitnesschallenge

LeahBergen I prefer the English setting, too. 3mo
mabell @LeahBergen Maybe it‘s the Anglophile in me, but it just seems better suited 😄 3mo
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Yeah, it was one of those disappointing weeks.

At least I enjoyed the one book I finished this week!

✔️ Murder at the Cat Show 😺

#bfc #bookfitnesschallenge

wanderinglynn Don‘t be so hard on yourself. Still a good week! 🙌🏻 32 miles is nothing to sneeze at! And more importantly, you haven‘t quit! One day, one step at a time. Give yourself credit for what you did accomplish. Tomorrow is a new day. ☺️💜 3mo
TheSpineView Awesome! 3mo
mabell Thanks @wanderinglynn ! It‘s nice to be a new week and start the counter over 😊 These few weeks have helped me figure out goals for next time, too! 3mo
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mabell @TheSpineView ❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
BookwormAHN Nice job 👏🏻 3mo
Gissy You did some work out ✔️(checked) 3mo
mabell You‘re right, @Gissy ! I got some fitness in! And there‘s always next week 😊 3mo
RaimeyGallant Super addictive audiobook. 3mo
mabell @RaimeyGallant I haven‘t listened to that one, but I love audiobooks! I always have them going in the car. 3mo
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wanderinglynn Love it! 🙌🏻 Thanks for sharing! 3mo
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The kids made their contribution to the #Litsydown photo collection 😄

mabell Or #downphoto 😆🤣 (edited) 3mo
LeahBergen 😆😆 3mo
rohit-sawant 😂 😂 3mo
mabell @LeahBergen @rohit-sawant Just a typical day around our house 🤪😂 3mo
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Murder at the Cat Show | Marian Babson
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Well that was fun!

Do you like cats?

Do you like light-hearted mysteries with “characters”?

Then this is for you! Best described as an “Ode to the Cat” story with a few mysteries to be solved. The protagonist, a PR man, is tackling their latest job - handling the public relations for a cat show. Tongue in cheek, yet fairly educational on the behind the scenes of a show. I highly enjoyed the narration.

Book 3 - #bookfitnesschallenge

Crazeedi 👍❤might have to check this out! 3mo
mabell @Crazeedi You should! I listened to it through hoopla. 😊 3mo
wanderinglynn Great review! 3mo
Crazeedi @mabell thanks for info!! 3mo
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Reading Is Fun | Ed Shems
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Signed up and ready to go!

@LibrarianRyan has set up a year-long challenge to journey through reading - from picture books and easy readers through middle grade and YA to Adult ... and Austin Powers 👯‍♀️🤣

I have many books on my shelves that I‘m looking forward to reading for these prompts! I‘m excited! 😄

#BBRC

LibrarianRyan Yeahhhh 3mo
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DaveGreen7777 🙌👏🎉 3mo
britt_brooke Nicely done!! 3mo
bewareofwords Great job! 👏🏽 3mo
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BookwormAHN Way to go 👏🏻 3mo
TheSpineView Excellant ! 3mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 A great week 4! 3mo
mabell Thanks @wanderinglynn ! 😄 3mo
Gissy 👏👏👏👏 3mo
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I‘ve been considering what to say about this book. To sum it up ... bitterly disappointing.

Well-written, but with uncozy-like heartbreaking losses, to which was added a series of frightening incidents, culminating in an event that completely ruined the book for me. I am still angry.

I read for enjoyment, and this experience was, unfortunately, not enjoyable for me.

Book 2 for the #bookfitnesschallenge

wanderinglynn Oh my! That‘s no good at all. I would expect a cozy mystery to be on the light-hearted side (despite the murder). 3mo
mabell @wanderinglynn Ironic (being that there is a murder 😆), but yes, they should be fun! 3mo
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Moonspinners | Mary Stewart
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Watching the storm come in, starting Moonspinners, and enjoying a cool drink. (Perrier, elderberry syrup, and slices of blood orange 🍊)

LibrarianRyan Is that The Moonspinners that was made into the Haley Mills movie? 3mo
emilyhaldi Lovely drink! 🤩😋 3mo
batsy That sounds delicious! 3mo
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erzascarletbookgasm Drink looks delicious! And I would love to have a copy of that edition! 😍 3mo
Tanisha_A This photo is 🥰! 3mo
Tanisha_A This photo is 🥰! 3mo
mabell @LibrarianRyan Yep!! I only found out it was a book first from Litsy 😁 Mary Stewart writes some terrific YA thrillers! 3mo
LibrarianRyan @mabell That is cool. No idea it was a book, and now I want to read it. I will 😃have to add it to my never ending TBR. 3mo
mabell @emilyhaldi @batsy @Tanisha_A Thanks! It was summer in a glass 😄 @erzascarletbookgasm it‘s 4 books in one, so it‘s a chunkster! 🤣 3mo
mabell @LibrarianRyan I‘ll let you know what I think! We‘re big fans of the movie; we just watched it again a couple of weeks ago. I‘m really curious how the book compares! 3mo
BiblioLitten That drink looks so refreshing! 3mo
mabell @BiblioLitten Thanks! It was, and the color makes it fun! 😄 3mo
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Man in the Brown Suit | Agatha Christie
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I love this adventure! I‘m reading it for the millionth time, somewhat satisfying my summer wanderlust.

In the story, once the ship docks, Anne and Suzanne will proceed to the Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town.

I‘m always curious when I read specific places in older books, and often look them up to see if they were fictional or actually existed. Mount Nelson was a real hotel, and still is. It is also amazingly gorgeous! 😍

CarolynM I remember loving it too. Great pictures😍 3mo
Gissy 😍❤️❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
LeahBergen I want to stay there! 3mo
mabell @CarolynM @Gissy @LeahBergen I got lost paging through 😍 I may have also planned an imaginary vacation 😆 3mo
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Being transported by a book to a different time and place is magical ❤️ Wouldn‘t it be awesome if you could capture that magic and share it with another Litten? You can!

@Chrissyreadit came up with the genius idea to swap books & surprises all centered around a time and place you would like to “travel” to. Fancy Jane Austen‘s England? Or Nemo‘s Submarine? Anywhere, anytime, & you don‘t even have to leave your couch! It is the ultimate staycation!

Chrissyreadit I LOVE your wording!!!! 4mo
Karisa Sounds like fun! Great idea. 😊 4mo
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Gissy What type of books we share here? 4mo
mabell @Chrissyreadit Thanks! I‘m just *slightly* excited 😆 🤣 4mo
mabell @Karisa I agree! A really unique way to get creative and share goodies! 😄 4mo
Chrissyreadit @Gissy it can be fairly imaginative- any time past or future and any place- imagine you were traveling as a character in your book- and feel immersed in the setting while you read the story. 4mo
Chrissyreadit @mabell yay!!!! I‘m pretty excited too! I can‘t wait to see how people interpret and create this for their partners!!! 4mo
Gissy Then I want to be in Paris again, visit Scotland, Iceland, Japan, Hawaii, Caribbean countries with wonderful beaches, places to run, to do some wild sports, I can keep going😂I will sign today, sold👍 4mo
mabell @Gissy You could send fiction, nonfiction, whatever you think your swap partner would like. The difference in this case is the theme isn‘t fixed - it will depend on what time/place your swap partner chooses as their “destination”. Like Paris in the Belle Époque or the American West in the mid 1800s or even, a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away... ? 4mo
mabell @Chrissyreadit Great explanation! And yes, opening day is going to be awesome! So glad you are going to do it too @Gissy ! ❤️ 4mo
mabell @Gissy I can‘t wait to see what you chose! I love your options! My choice was pretty obvious considering my profile... 😆 It will be so fun to plan the adventure for my match, it will be like I‘m going on the adventure too! 😄 4mo
Chrissyreadit @Gissy I‘m so glad you are going to join and I can‘t wait to see the time/place(s) you choose! @mabell I feel like the prep for my match will be so much fun too! I‘m really excited about this swap 🥰🥰🥰🥰 3mo
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I didn‘t quite get my miles, but I would have had far fewer if not for @Gissy ‘s pep talk. 💪 Thank you, friend! ❤️ And I have a book on the board, so we‘re rolling now!

#bookfitnesschallenge

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 You got great miles in. Keep up the good pace! 4mo
BookwormAHN Nice job 👏🏻 4mo
phatsallylee Good job! 4mo
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Gissy So proud of you @mabell 👏👏👏👏you accomplished an inner goal, you started a new project and now you know you can do it! 🎉🎊🎉🎊🎈🎈🎈 4mo
mabell Thank you so much for being my cheerleader @Gissy ! ❤️ I had by far my best day in a long time yesterday! 🎉 4mo
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My first book for the #bookfitnesschallenge!

Continuing the series I‘m enjoying immensely - this one has an arts & crafts festival and a top secret yarn bombing - lots of fun!

“I never heard of yarn bombing before today, but now that I have, I know it‘s something I‘ve always wanted to do.” - 75 year old Ernestine 😄

wanderinglynn Very cool! 🙌🏻 4mo
mabell @wanderinglynn I‘m hoping to see some real life yarn bombing now! 😆 4mo
wanderinglynn I‘ve seen some in the various places I‘ve lived. It is very cool & fun. 👍🏻 4mo
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There is a nascent archeological dig on the site of a local historical homestead, along with an educational program for kids. Just as the Weaver‘s Cat‘s quilt history course is set to begin, a murder occurs on the grounds - and Kath must find out how and why, and discover what the victim had just been about to tell her…
Major plot developments in this one! I recommend starting from book 1, if you are interested, as each book builds on the story.

MrBook Great review! 4mo
mabell @MrBook Thank you! 😊 4mo
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Ahhh, I just came across this prize! I had no idea it existed! Wodehouse plus mysteries?! Sounds delightful!

Caroline2 Ohhhhhhhh how did I not know about this?!? 😯 4mo
MaureenMc I am always down for some fiendish cunning! 4mo
Sarah83 Did you know???? @LeahBergen 4mo
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batsy Ohhh 😍 4mo
CarolynM Me either! Thanks for sharing🙂 4mo
LeahBergen @Sarah83 No, and it looks like so much fun! 👏🏻 4mo
Sarah83 @LeahBergen I will have a look, if I can find this one. 😊 4mo
mabell @Caroline2 @CarolynM @batsy I know! How did I miss this?! It may have to jump the TBR line 😆 4mo
mabell @MaureenMc Same here! If the “Wodehouse” didn‘t snag me - that would have! 😂 4mo
mabell @Sarah83 Ooo I hope you find it too! Let me know if you do! 4mo
mabell Am I right in thinking you picked you your first Wodehouse somewhat recently @LeahBergen ? I came across him by happy happenstance in a Country House anthology a few years ago. I was hooked. 😄 4mo
LeahBergen @mabell I did! Probably just over a year or so ago? 🤔 I‘ve read three so far. 😃 4mo
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I was very close on my mileage goal this week, and I have books in progress, just not completed. I‘m still pretty pleased with how it‘s going!

Point total - 42

Also, TGIF!

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Chrissyreadit ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
wanderinglynn Great job! 🙌🏻 fantastic mileage! You‘re making great progress. 4mo
TheSpineView Way to go! 4mo
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4thhouseontheleft That's great mileage! 4mo
nu-bibliophile Keep going you're on your way on achieving your goals!👍👍 4mo
BookwormAHN Great job 👏🏻 4mo
Gissy Nice! You can do it! Keep going!💪 4mo
mabell Thank you @Gissy ! ❤️ I‘m afraid I‘m not going to make it to my goal this week either - I‘m pretty behind on the miles 😕 4mo
Gissy @mabell don't give up! Never, ever! One, two miles count. You can always choose to stay home but you didn't. That counts! Persistence! These are mind games more that physical effort!💪😅👍 4mo
mabell @Gissy Thank you!! I needed the pep talk 😅 I‘ll try to get the last few in today, but even if I can‘t get them all, like you said, whatever I try to do more, is more than I would have! 4mo
Gissy @mabell that's the attitude! You do what others dream! 💪 4mo
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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! 👍

Point total - 36

hilded Good start, keep going 🙌🏻 4mo
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. 🙌🏻 4mo
BookwormAHN Nice start, you can do this 👏🏻 4mo
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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! 👍🏼 4mo
Gissy Keep going! 👍 4mo
TK421 You can do it!👍 4mo
mabell @hilded @BookwormAHN @catebutler @Gissy @TK421 @wanderinglynn Thank you so much everyone for your encouragement! 😊 4mo
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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! 4mo
TheSpineView You got it!😊 4mo
AlaMich 👍 And I love that your dog is named Ted!! 4mo
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BookwormAHN You're doing great 👏🏻 4mo
nu-bibliophile You got this! 👊👊👊 4mo
mabell @VanChocStrawberry @TheSpineView @BookwormAHN @nu-bibliophile Thanks! Unfortunately pesky work is getting in the way! 😆 4mo
mabell @AlaMich Haha thanks! Teddy is his full name, but he‘s more frequently Ted, Tedster, and Tedison 😂 4mo
mabell Oops - I missed tagging you on this @wanderinglynn 4mo
wanderinglynn You got this! 🙌🏻 (And I feel you about work getting in the way. It gets in the way for me too.) 😉 4mo
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! 😆 4mo
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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 Yay! 4mo
Chrissyreadit I‘m getting up soon and will take pictures and post. 4mo
Tanisha_A Aha! Lovely 4mo
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Avanders 🥰🥰🥰 4mo
batsy How lovely! I've had my eye on those Moray Dalton mysteries 😍 4mo
cobwebmoth Yay! I hope you enjoy everything.❤ 4mo
Tamra @batsy the cover! 4mo
Chrissyreadit What is the little blue book with a beehive on it? So pretty? 4mo
mabell @Tanisha_A @Avanders ❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
mabell @batsy @Tamra I‘m excited to read it! I‘ve never heard of Moray Dalton, but it sounds perfect for me! 4mo
mabell @Chrissyreadit It‘s a cute little journal! @cobwebmoth tied in a bee theme with socks and this bee book ❤️ 🐝 4mo
Chrissyreadit Adorable! 4mo
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Oh my goodness! @Chrissyreadit !!!! 😱😱😱❤️❤️❤️

Chrissyreadit Yay! 4mo
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@Chrissyreadit Your #selfcareswap package is on its way!

Chrissyreadit Woohooo! So excited!!! 4mo
cobwebmoth I don't have a picture, but I sent yours out today! It's coming via UPS and should be there Monday.❤ 4mo
mabell @Chrissyreadit @cobwebmoth Yay!! I‘m counting down! 😄 4mo
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Chrissyreadit @cobwebmoth @mabell I‘m ok with opening when everyone has their package. 4mo
mabell @Chrissyreadit @cobwebmoth Sure, that‘s fine with me! 4mo
cobwebmoth @Chrissyreadit @mabell Sounds good to me! 4mo
mabell It arrived already @cobwebmoth ! 😱❤️😍 The tracking says yours should be there Monday @Chrissyreadit 4mo
Chrissyreadit @mabell 🥰❤️🥰❤️🥰 4mo
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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! ❤️🐶 4mo
Reecaspieces Awesome! Thanks for the info 4mo
mabell @wanderinglynn Thanks! My moral support ❤️🐶😆 4mo
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mabell @Reecaspieces Thanks! Are you joining in? 4mo
Reecaspieces @mabell I am planning on it! 4mo
mabell @Reecaspieces Yay! It sounds like it will be a great group! 4mo
Reecaspieces @mabell ok I signed up. Y‘all will have to remind me to post!! Lol😂 4mo
mabell @Reecaspieces Great!! With this group, I think there will be lots of support! 😄 4mo
Kaye 💚 4mo
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@wanderinglynn has set up a #bookfitnesschallenge !

Books ✔️
Getting in more exercise ✔️
Prizes! ✔️

Sounds like fun! 😄

wanderinglynn Yay! 😀 🙌🏻 5mo
4thhouseontheleft I‘ve joined in too! Looking forward to it! 5mo
mabell Thanks @wanderinglynn ! 😊 5mo
mabell @4thhouseontheleft I‘m excited too! 5mo
Kaye 💚 4mo
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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! 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm Cosy mysteries are always fun. This one with recipes? More fun! 5mo
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. 5mo
LeahBergen I think I read this one in the ‘90s! 😆 5mo
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 😂 5mo
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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! 5mo
mabell @Chrissyreadit I got the recipe from a magazine years ago - it‘s very refreshing! 5mo
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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. 5mo
mabell @LibrarianRyan Ah, ok. Yeah that makes sense! 5mo
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. 5mo
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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? 5mo
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 5mo
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! 😆 5mo
LibrarianRyan @mabell I have been down that rabbit hole. Hopefully this is the year I get mine built. 5mo
mabell @LibrarianRyan Oooo can‘t wait to see what you go with! 5mo
LibrarianRyan @mabell my current pla is an AtAt 5mo
mabell @LibrarianRyan Awesome!! Get on that!! 😂😄 5mo
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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. 5mo
mabell @CarolynM That‘s the impression I got too. But it looks cute! 😄 5mo
mabell @BookishMarginalia Sorry for the inundation! I completely forgot to be keeping up with my #LitsyAtoZ2019 ! 3mo
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