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  1. We're doing very well. Husband working from home which all of us love and just keep plugging away at AO. I'm busy working for Pam Barnhill and kids are now mostly high schoolers, so ... there's a lot going on. Nice to see you, too, Robin. Are things well in your world? I was happy to see the thread continues on 🙂 ❤️
  2. Hi Friends. Just popping in to say hello 🙂 I've been reading The Great Tradition (edited by Gamble), A Wrinkle in Time and Sold Into Egypt (both by L'Engle), I have read one chapter of Oliver Twist (and need to keep going). I listened to Steven Mitchell's version of Gilgamesh (excellent - not for young listeners, though) and started The Iliad (read by Jacobi) I see some of you on GoodReads and was doing some internet cleanup so I thought I'd pop in here and say hello. Hope you're all well ❤️
  3. Hi friends. Reading Persuasion (again) and trying to keep up with my kids in AO Year 7 (and failing miserably) ... at least we're enjoying Beowulf and Ivanhoe as audiobooks. ... hope you're all well. @aggieamy ... I didn't know you were moderating the thread now. ❤️
  4. I think I missed Amy's birthday, Happy Birthday! Sent from my Nexus 5X using Tapatalk
  5. I received and finished Cindy Rollins's brand new book(let) The Handbook of Morning Time. It was lovely with some excellent reminders and Cindy always says something I need to hear -even on repeat -, but there wasn't really anything new that I hadn't read or heard from her before. It'll be helpful to have it in one place and reading it helped me refocus on what we're doing with Morning Time. Sent from my Nexus 5X using Tapatalk
  6. I'm a bit of a cookbook junkie. I love beautiful cookbooks with easy, yet elegant recipes. I loved Martha Stewart's Everyday Food magazine and the coordinated cookbooks. Nigella Lawson and Ina Garden take up a lot of room on my shelves (yes, plural). My go-to cookbook is America's Test Kitchen 1000 Best Recipes. They're good recipes, and I like the explanations as to how they came together. I've learned much from that cookbook. Sent from my Nexus 5X using Tapatalk
  7. I may have finally made friends with Tapatalk. Maybe. Sent from my Nexus 5X using Tapatalk
  8. When I read Wolf Hall, I posited that it was purposeful on Mantel's part. Now I don't remember why. Let me find my review. Ah, yes, here it is: http://ladydusk.blogspot.com/2013/12/book-review-wolf-hall-by-hilary-mantel.html Cromwell's antecedents were obscure too. I should read Bring up the Bodies. Hmmmm. Sent from my Nexus 5X using Tapatalk
  9. I'm a big fan of Nigella Lawson's book How to Eat. Part memoir, part cookbook, part menu making instruction, I found it a fascinating read a number of years ago - 10 maybe. I still make baked chicken her way. I love her writing style, though. Sent from my Nexus 5X using Tapatalk
  10. I finished Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix last night. This is my first time through the Potter universe, so that's pretty exciting. I liked it a lot, although I haven't processed my review yet and writing about it helps me to do that. I started the newest kindle-available Joan Smith It Takes a Lady ... I'm not very far into it, but it seems to be one of the better ones than recently. Did I mention that I think I've read all of the Joan Smith titles available for Kindle in the last two years? Ahem.
  11. Aw, I'm still actively homeschooling but left the WTM fold for AmblesideOnline/Charlotte Mason and have needed support more directly from those groups. I was sad to lose track of this group but I so rarely venture to the Hive anymore that it's hard to keep up with ... I actively blog (ladydusk.blogspot.com) and am active on other social media. I'm reading Harry Potter for the first time, finished Goblet of Fire last night and that's about as spooky as I can hack, does that count as my spooky read? I've read all of the kindle-available Joan Smith titles. I'm still stumping for Susan Howatch - in fact shared on my blog's facebook page yesterday that The Rich are Different was on sale (might still be ... ) I'll try to swing in more regularly. Part of the problem is I'm on mobile most of the time and I hate Tapatalk :/ But I'm working a few hours a week for Pam Barnhill so am on my laptop more, so that will make it more viable. Thanks for remembering me <3
  12. Hi Friend. Some favorites. :) Hope you are well <3 I liked Victoria Holt before I liked Susan Howatch ... In fact, as I recall, I found Howatch by looking a couple of shelves below Holt and wondering what she was about with titles like Cashelmara and Penmarric.
  13. It was OK. The plot wasn't very complicated. The characters were not all that witty. I don't know that the characters behaved within Regency mores; they needed another chaperone and someone who knew London at the least. The resolution scene was clever but a little confusing with using flowers to have a conversation and the other puzzling it out. But it was a nice story and free. So thanks!
  14. I found a Joan Smith like author, Anne Barbour. She has 14 kindle titles at the reasonable price of $.99. I've read 2, A Talent for Trouble and A Pressing Engagemeny. I enjoyed both.
  15. I enjoyed it too based on Kareni's rec, but didn't read the sequels because of Amazon's plot summaries. They looked awful.
  16. L'Engle is one of my favorite authors. I liked the Austins better than the Murrays. Her adult books are great (A Severed Wasp is one of my favorites) A Ring of Endless Light has long been my favorite YA novel, I don't know how many times I've read it. She is amazing at linking the humanities and the sciences (including math) and faith (she was a devout Christian who often comes across as a universalist). I don't always agree but she always makes me think. I, personally, think her Crosswick Journals are some of the best memoirs out there. I havent made it very far in the Ivy Tree. I read all of Rhonda Woodward's regencies on kindle. They were really good, even though all of the heroes start as rakes. Start with The Wagered Heart. Kisses only.
  17. Kareni, Rated PG? ETA I saw your response to Angel :)
  18. Have this on kindle but have yet to plunge ...
  19. I read Elena Greene's Three Disgraces series. It was pretty well done, I liked the characters and the plots were interesting (if occasionally stretched too long). R rated. I'm going back to The Ivy Tree.
  20. I read a bunch of Kristin Vayden (OK, but a little more explicit than I like) and Elizabeth Bailey (Georgian Era and pretty good. Believable plots but some characters are not as loveable as others.) I went and dug out my copy of The Ivy Tree last night. I'm only 50 pages in, but it is much more challenging reading than the other and I love how Stewart gives so many clues to the truth of story but keeps the reader off balance so you are never really sure. Even as early as I am, and knowing the resolution, I question what is true and what isn't. Masterfully done.
  21. I read two Anna Elliott regencies: Susanna and the Spy (free for kindle) and London Calling (not free for kindle) they were decent, clean, but the heroine was kinda foolish.
  22. I found Cashelmara incredibly disturbing. Penmarric excellent.
  23. I finished Georgette Heyer's Charity Girl and it was sweet.
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