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thevictoriousone

Joined April 2016

Books are things. I like those kinds of things. Callmebechamel.home.blog
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Disney War | James B. Stewart
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I really loved this book. I wasn‘t sure I would like it because it was very much about the business side of Disney rather than the magic, but I was super into it. It‘s a fascinating look at how the company was run under Michael Eisner by someone granted a lot of access to Disney executives. I need a 2nd one about Bob Iger now. I actually bought myself a copy so I can have it on hand for reference. Highly recommend to Disney fans!

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Disney War | James B. Stewart
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When you get to a good part in your book but it‘s bedtime. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.

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Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
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(I know it‘s not Wednesday shhhh)
1) I‘ve kinda been in one all year. I‘ve had many before. I often replace books with other media (movies, video games) during those times.
2) Often finding another book to get into. This time it‘s Disney War.
3) Somewhere that feels magical
4) Tagged! I LOVE the color scheme and design of the Night Circus. I‘ve drawn lots of fan art over the years.
5) @wordzie @CBee @Emory @kcrebel

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CBee Thanks for the tag 👋🏻😁 1mo
thevictoriousone @CBee Thanks for the follow! I like to tag people because often I never feel comfortable doing these things if someone hasn‘t tagged me! 1mo
CBee @thevictoriousone I totally understand! I don‘t do them as much as I‘d like to 🤷‍♀️ 1mo
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So Erik and I have started a Disney podcast! We‘re working our way through Disney‘s entire catalog of animated films and podcasting our reviews and discussions as we go. I know this isn‘t really book related, but I didn‘t know if any Disney fans on here might be interested in watching and listening along with us! #Disney

https://www.spreaker.com/show/3495300/episodes/feed

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Disney War | James B. Stewart
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Getting some work done at the library, but I keep getting distracted by the books around me. I think my evening is going to be spent reading a ton of Disney War and listening to the TTA Podcast (which I highly recommend for Disney park fans).

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Disney War | James B. Stewart
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I am really loving this book so much more than I thought I would considering it‘s a deep dive into the more business side of Disney during Michael Eisner‘s era of running the company. But the politics of the company and how they shaped what eventually came out of the consumer end is actually fascinating to me. I definitely want to read more books like this. Recommended to me by RobPlays on YouTube, so if you‘re into Disney history, check him out!

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Also I made a hat for my mom ( @Slajaunie ) yesterday and I really love it. I‘m proud. All done in one day!

ravenlee Nice work! 3mo
Slajaunie Love it!!! 🥰😍 3mo
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Y‘ALL. LOOK what my husband made for me!! It‘s a mahogany dice box and I love it so much. I can‘t wait to play D&D again with this! Not only are there small magnets to keep the top on, there are also small magnets underneath so it‘ll keep the top attached to the bottom when I need the box open for use.

TheSpineView That's sweet! 3mo
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SO EXCITED. I can‘t wait to start reading!!! I‘ve been looking forward to this one for ages, and it‘s from one of my favorite authors!

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1) Fantasy, but I do love good sci-fi.
2) I can do either, really.
3) Tea. I don‘t do coffee.
4) MAGIC! ✨
5) Salty rivalry that turns sweet romance
6) LOTR. I have no patience for Game of Thrones.
7) Urban fantasy, maybe.
8) Hmmm. Either.
9) Reptiles
10) Stand alone. I‘m so tired of waiting for series at the current moment. Just give me the end from go.
11) YA! Lately I‘ve been delving into more adult too. I like crossover books a lot.

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Oh a Harry Potter question thing?? Don‘t mind if I do.
1) Books of course.
2) Harry, believe it or not. I spent 7 books with him and he‘s the most near and dear to my heart. Plus I identify heavily with his sass.
3) Umbridge. Hate her. Hate the real life version of her. This is like the whole fandom‘s opinion.
4) I waited so long and it means so much to me.
5) Charms is the one I‘m most interested in. Followed by DADA or Transfiguration.
#frideas

SailorMoon Thanks for playing! 💕🌙 true about Harry 3mo
SailorMoon ...although I feel like he's managed to survive everytime because of the other characters, not because he was genius or else himself. So I kind of feel like I hold Hermione dearest to my heart rather than him! 3mo
thevictoriousone @SailorMoon I don‘t know. He definitely has people help him out along the way, not denying that, but Harry is remarkably clever, plucky, and good in a crisis. He also tends to be the planner, the guy who knows what should be done and has enough nerve to do it. Hermione and Ron would never have accomplished half of what the trio did on their own because they simply wouldn‘t have gone out and done anything. 3mo
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thevictoriousone @SailorMoon In Book 7, for instance, he not only figured out that the Deathly Hallows were real (and where they were) or that a Horcrux was at Hogwarts, he also reached an understanding of Dumbledore and his plan that Ron and Hermione couldn‘t grasp. He tried to explain it to them, but Harry‘s instincts are incredibly good and that‘s difficult to explain (hence why Hermione is not always convince by his plans and ideas). 3mo
SailorMoon I know what you mean. What is great about this saga is that it sends a message of team-work. None of them would have survived if the others weren't there helping with their ideas. I just think I prefer Hermione rather than Harry, or at least considering the movies 3mo
SailorMoon As for your comment about book 7, see my previous comment 😉 I totally agree. Although, I still stand with team-work! 3mo
thevictoriousone @SailorMoon Ah I never consider the movies. Hermione is totally OP and the best in those, no question 😂. But yes!!! The whole point is that in so many ways they‘re three parts of a whole and they all bring something necessary to the table! I loved Hermione for years, and I definitely identify with her a lot still, and I still love her...but Harry just feels like home to me. 3mo
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Space Opera | Catherynne M. Valente
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Just started this one to annotate and send to my friend Trinity. I was JUST thinking that I wanted a book that felt a bit like a musical wine @everlocalwest recommended this one and I was hooked. I‘m excited to get started and see what Trinity has to say when I send it to her later this month!

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Vanishing Stair | Maureen Johnson
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Maureen Johnson is conspiring to ruin my life with cliffhangers.

An absolutely marvelous follow-up to a phenomenal first book in the series. This one had me switching to print because the audiobook wasn‘t reading fast enough. If you like awkward, quirky teens and murder mysteries, GO FOR IT.

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Ugh I am dying now that I‘ve finished this one and don‘t have book 3. This is it. I made it through the 3-year wait for Order of the Phoenix, but this wait with no end in sight might end me.

Patrick Rothfuss is just as wonderful as I always knew he was. I still love him. I‘d like a mini-Rothfuss to carry around in my pocket. He would sing me songs, tell me stories, and drop chandeliers on my enemies.

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I‘ve been trying to do the #20ThingsAboutMe thing for a while. But I could never get things to format properly. Now it‘s super blurry. Oh well ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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The Wise Man's Fear | Patrick Rothfuss
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1) Tagged! I‘m reading Patrick Rothfuss‘ The Wise Man‘s Fear and loving it!
2) Ravenclaw, though I definitely have a bit of Hufflepuff in me too.
3) Great British Bake Off! We love that show, and we were surprised to still love it after Mary, Mel, and Sue left.

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The Wise Man's Fear | Patrick Rothfuss
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Reading on my Kobo Mini is actually quite nice. It‘s a lot faster than audio. I‘m loving this book so much, and I‘m going to die when I finish it and there‘s no 3rd one.

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1) Fantasy, I think. Particularly YA fantasy.
2) I have a phobia of a particular bug. I can‘t even say the name without nearly gagging. It‘s the kind of bug everyone says will survive a nuclear apocalypse. Please don‘t comment asking the name. It‘s a very intense phobia.
3) When I was really little, I wanted to be a dancer. Then an astronaut. Then a teacher.
4) 68 degrees
5) @Slajaunie :) Did I beat you to one??

Slajaunie Yep! 4mo
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The Left Hand of Darkness | Ursula Le Guin
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I‘m starting this one next as well. I‘m going to annotate and trade with a friend (that idea came from someone on here, but I can‘t remember who!! I‘ll tag them in the comments if I can find their post about it). I‘ve wanted to read her for a while, and I think this‘ll be a good one to annotate and trade. I‘m looking forward to writing in it quite a lot!

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On to book 2!! Decided to try out an ebook again this time because my poor Kobo Mini has been living in my desk drawer for years now, and I didn‘t feel like leaving the house for a library book. Excited to get started, terrified of finishing.

TrishB You can join the rest of us then waiting for book 3! 4mo
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This book was lovely and lyrical, and I greatly enjoyed it. It‘s fairly slow, which allowed me to really savor and enjoy the whole thing. I‘ve already got the second one, and I know I‘m going to feel terrible after I finish it because I‘ll join the excruciating wait for book 3. It felt personal and epic all at once, and it was beautifully written. There‘s a depth to it I didn‘t expect, and I‘ve already added it to my reread pile.

Readergrrl I felt the same way! Did not expect to enjoy it as much as I did! My nephew bought it for me for Christmas about 3 or 4 years ago and I just started it this past fall. Once I started I couldn‘t put it down!!! In fact, I‘m hesitating buying Book 2 simply because I know I won‘t be able to put it down once I start and I‘m just too busy right now! Agh!!! Problems of the book obsessed! 4mo
thevictoriousone @Readergrrl Oh man, I can empathize with that conundrum. I‘m in it myself. Luckily I got the audio as well, so that will just be my audio go-to for now while I start another book I need to read! 4mo
Readergrrl Ooh, audiobook! Of course!! Great idea!!! Now I‘ll just have to take the looong way home and sit in my driveway like a creeper! 😂😂😂 4mo
thevictoriousone @Readergrrl Keep it on your phone! I listen in the bath as well! 😂 4mo
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I‘ve just started my first reading log entry! It‘s written down, so I definitely have to finish this one now. I can‘t wait to come back and review it and write about it!

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I‘m super pleased with my new reading log! I used to track it with custom planner pages I made for myself, but my planner has so many other things going on that I didn‘t have room for my reading log anymore. So this beauty will carry it all for me.

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Tfw you are loving the audio of a book so much that you want a physical copy too, and you know you have one around here SOMEwhere, but it‘s not on your shelf, so you finally cave and buy a second copy because you‘re enjoying the book so much it feels necessary.

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1) My new job! It allows so much more flexibility and I feel like a new person now that I‘m not so stressed and anxious!
2) Making the most of my time and spending it with people I care about. I want to have fun and have fun experiences, and I feel like I have the chance to do that now.
3) It‘s not *from* 2019, but: “Roads? Where we‘re going, we don‘t *need* roads.”
4) @everlocalwest I know you might not do it, but have some love anyhow 💜

everlocalwest 💙💙 4mo
tracey38 Yay on the new job! 4mo
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I love Patrick Rothfuss on Twitter, and I love watching him play D&D. I‘ve been meaning to read his books for ages (though to be fair, he‘s been meaning to finish the series for ages, so I think I‘m forgivable). I finally got into this one enough that I‘m hooked. It‘s a bit slow so far, but I‘m glad I can kind of sit back and enjoy it rather than read feverishly with a desperate need for the ending. I like the characters.

thevictoriousone Now if only I could find my hard copy so I could read when I‘m not driving or showering. 5mo
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My first D&D book that I own myself (rather than my household). I‘m so excited! I play a cleric and my prestige class is a Radiant Servant of Corellon Larethian (a modified prestige class from this book) so this is going to be super helpful. D&D Secret Santa was a fantastic idea.

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Truly Devious: A Mystery | Maureen Johnson
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The truly devious thing about this book is that she ended it like THAT. Dammit now I need book 2 and it‘s NOT OUT YET.

It was so good, y‘all. I just devoured the second half today. Went to the library specifically to get a physical copy so I could read faster.

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Truly Devious: A Mystery | Maureen Johnson
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I got myself some HP socks!!!! I also got the Dobby socks and a Wizard of Oz T-shirt. I‘m very happy. They‘re ridiculously soft and lovely.

This is my last week teaching before I move on to my new job and I am SO ready to be done. My last class today stressed me out so badly. I guess it‘s nice to have that final bit of confirmation that I‘m making the right decision.

Truly Devious is currently truly amazing. I love Maureen Johnson so much.

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The Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
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“The circus arrives without warning...”

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Truly Devious: A Mystery | Maureen Johnson
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I just found out about this book and so OF COURSE picked it up on Libro.fm because I love Maureen Johnson! The only problem is that she hasn‘t finished the Shades of London series, which is just not acceptable, dammit! Don‘t pull a Jasper Fforde on me! But I‘m really looking forward to this because it sounds totally up my alley!

Ofclumsywords I‘m still waiting for the next book in Shades of London too! I reread the series this year and I need to know what happens!! 5mo
thevictoriousone @Ofclumsywords Right?! I hate that it‘s unfinished!! 5mo
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The Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
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As usual when left to my own devices, I wind up listening to Jim Dale‘s lovely voice read The Night Circus. It just never gets old. It‘s one of those books that‘s taken root in my heart and makes me feel more myself when I read it. And it‘s so heartbreakingly lovely. I wish it were real almost as much as I wish Hogwarts were real.

TheBogwitch Have you listened to Jim Dale read the Harry Potter series? (edited) 5mo
thevictoriousone @TheBogwitch I have! He‘s wonderful! 5mo
TheBogwitch @thevictoriousone now I want to listen again. 5mo
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“Po-ta-toes,” said Sam. “The Gaffer‘s delight, and rare good ballast for an empty belly.”

I‘ve got 5 new blog posts up on my blog! The dish I made was spiced pork loin with mashed potatoes and gravy and roasted broccoli. It was delicious, and I‘ve laid out how to make the same thing if you‘re keen to give it a try.

https://callmebechamel.home.blog/

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Geekerella | Ashley Poston
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Crying rn because I‘m so overcome with emotion. She got fandom so right. How something can mean so much to you that it‘s a part of who you are, so interwoven with your identity that you don‘t even know who you‘d be without it. And it‘s fun. A Cinderella twist with more substance than I usually see. A beautiful ode to loving things, to being a fan, to that unique connection people form through loving the same thing. Look to the stars. Aim. Ignite.

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Geekerella | Ashley Poston
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I finished another hat! I‘m moving on to purple yarn now. Maybe I can make enough of these to give people for Christmas. I‘m also going to make Alice a little red one with yarn she picked out.

tracey38 Love the color of this one! 6mo
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Geekerella | Ashley Poston
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Halfway through Geekerella, and it‘s super cute. I love the Starfleet stuff, and it‘s making me want to watch Doctor Who. Also the stepmom is horrible but realistic, and the person who reads the audio books does the voice REALLY well. I met the author at the LA Book Festival and got to fangirl with her over Fangirl, so I‘m really happy that I‘m enjoying the book so much!

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Legendary | Stephanie Garber
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Okay, YA tropes entirely aside, that was a pretty spectacular second half. I didn‘t feel like the twists and turns could come together meaningfully, but they did. And it‘s left me really wanting the third book that I didn‘t know was going to exist. (Of course it‘s a trilogy. Everything‘s a trilogy.) I think it‘s better than the first one, and I definitely recommend it to anyone who likes YA magical fantasy. It‘s intriguing and a lot of fun.

Slajaunie Yay!😁 6mo
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Legendary | Stephanie Garber
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I‘ve been meaning to read this one for ages, but now I have to get through it as soon as possible because one of my students wants to do a book talk on it and I can‘t have her spoiling it for me. I told her this and she said, “Oh yeah, this is not an ending you want spoiled.” Enjoying it so far, but some of the YA tropes that annoyed me in the first one are annoying me in this one too. Lots of stomach flipping and weird non-curses.

Slajaunie I get it next!! I have this book ready for you. 6mo
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Finish ALL the books! I loved this one. Maybe not quite as much as I loved the first one. But this one had to be more serious with less wonder because it had to take a really serious backstory and wrap it up. I felt like we could have just skipped the sexy bits, but I‘m also not surprised since, ya know, the characters are 17 and easily excitable. But overall I was quite satisfied and felt a lot of things. I highly recommend this series!

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Two Dark Reigns | Kendare Blake
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FINALLY finished this one! It‘s taken me ages because I have had so little time to read print books, but I really enjoyed it! It got super crazy and intense there at the end, and now I‘m chomping at the bit for the final installment, which, of course, is ages away. Such is the reading life.

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Finally getting properly into Muse of Nightmares just in time for my golden birthday! Cheers to pumpkin pie, Christmas lights, and my new Ravenclaw sweater (I‘ve had to get over the raven thing).

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The Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
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To reread or not to reread. That is ultimately a useless question because of COURSE I will reread it st some point; don‘t let‘s be silly. But to reread or not reread *now* is perhaps a better question. I‘m feeling a craving.

everlocalwest I've never read this on audio and I think it's Jim Dale. If I do a reread (which I really should!), I think that's the direction I'd take... 6mo
thevictoriousone @everlocalwest I have it on Libro.fm if you‘d like to listen! You should totally reread it with me! 6mo
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I don‘t have a picture for this one, but I really enjoyed it. I actually pulled over on the side of the road to check out the audio of book 3 after I finished this one on my way home from school. My biggest complaints are that the final scene felt weirdly like it lacked tension and that the cliffhanger ending is not satisfactorily continued at the start of book 3. It starts with something else entirely, which was super frustrating.

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Currently in the midst of Lockwood & Co book 3. While I‘m reading it, I‘m totally hooked and want to keep going. Soon as I put it down, I suddenly wonder if I even want to keep reading. It‘s super weird. I think it‘s me and not the book. I‘ve had a lot on my mind lately, and I think that‘s making it hard for me to lose myself in reading, which is super upsetting since how else am I supposed to de-stress?!

everlocalwest This has been the last year of my life! I've rewatched Buffy the Vampire Slayer in its entirety, but not read a whole lot. I think it's just stress that keeps us from being able to focus. 6mo
thevictoriousone I agree. Stress weirdly makes reading difficult. I‘ve only been really reading audiobooks in the car, which is nice, but now it‘s Christmas music season. @everlocalwest (edited) 6mo
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Geekerela | Ashley Poston
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New books from the Louisiana Book Festival! I met both of these authors today, and I really enjoyed talking to them. We had a lovely time at the book festival as well. It‘s the best time I‘ve had there in years! I‘m excited to add these to my to-read pile. I might actually start Geekerella tomorrow.

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Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern

THERE IS A NEW ERIN MORGENSTERN BOOK COMING! THIS IS NOT A DRILL.

I‘ve seriously been in love with The Night Circus since it came out. I‘m so ridiculously excited to read The Starless Sea next year! And it‘ll be just in time for my birthday!!!

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I finished my hat!

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New blog post on Call Me Béchamel! This is my footnotes post for pumpkin cookies. So if you‘d like to further cooking tips and a lesson on leavening agents (including the difference between baking soda and baking powder), check it out!

My special tip: when baking cookies, always lick the spoon!

https://callmebechamel.home.blog/2018/11/06/footnotes-pumpkin-cookies/

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I‘ve been listening to Lockwood and Co, watching Critical Role, and teaching myself how to knit hats. I think it‘s going well!! I‘m working on my second hat while I‘m waiting for my double pointed needles to come in so I can finish this one. I have so many books to read right now that I‘m not sure which one I want to go with next.

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It is a truth universally acknowledged, that an English teacher in possession of a cooking blog, must be in want of some food.

I have a literary cooking blog now, folks! I‘m learning to cook and learning to blog while spreading my love of literary quotes all in one go! If you‘re interested, check me out at callmebechamel.home.blog. (Side note: I am very proud of the name.)

BrittanyReads Great name!! 7mo
CoffeeNBooks Fun! Food & literary quotes- what could be better?! 😊 Great name!! 7mo
tracey38 I'll definitely check it out. I make pumpkin cookies every year around this time, too. Yum! 7mo
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