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  1. 10 hours ago, Robin M said:

    Waving hello! Great to see you Dawn! How is everything going with you? Everyone well and happy?

    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 🙂 ❤️ 

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  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 ❤️ 

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  3. 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.

     

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  4. 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.

     

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  5. Hey, Dawn. :seeya: Good to see you popping in!

     

    I'm reading another dusty from my stacks... Sjón's The Whispering Muse. With its mix/retelling of the story of Jason & the Argonauts, I can already say that this is definitely a book Rose would enjoy reading.

     

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    And, I picked up a pile of books from the library today, so hopefully some good stuff lined up next....

    I may have finally made friends with Tapatalk. Maybe.

     

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  6. The pronoun usage (ambiguous 'he') drove me nuts in Wolf Hall. Not sure if I was accustomed to it or if the writing changed in the second book. Your post reminds me though that a third volume is due. Anyone know when to expect that?

    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.

     

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  7. Happy Sunday dear hearts! This is the beginning of week 48 in our quest to read 52 books. Welcome back to all our readers, to those just joining in and all who are following our progress. Mr. Linky is all set up on the 52 Books blog to link to your reviews. The link is also below in my signature.

    52 Books blog - foodie books: Thanksgiving is over and even though our tummies are stuffed with turkey and more, we're heading into the season of food. All kinds of Christmas and Hanukkah and winter celebrations on the horizon so figured I'd present a mini challenge. Pick a book with food in the title or about food. It can't be a straight forward cookbook because that's just too easy. You have several ways to go with ingredients, seasoning, artistic creations, sensations, and other gastronomical delights. There are plenty of fun non fiction titles - Cravings, Fresh off the Boat, Relish, In Defense of Food, The Man Who Ate Food, Relish and Salt, as well as plenty of fiction titles such as

     

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    Or one of my favorite series which you can argue isn't food, but talks about food and provides recipes at the end of the book - The Coffeehouse Mysteries by Cleo Coyle.

     

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    Or how about this delightful book full of magical realism and yummy recipes

     

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    I'm getting hungrier by the minute. *grin* Find all kinds of interesting books searching on Goodreads for Foodie Books, Popular Food Fiction, Food in Book Titles as well as Bustle's 13 Books All Food Lovers Should Read, plus Bon Appetit's 20 New Food Books to Read.

     

     

    ~cheers~

     

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    What are you reading this week?

     

     

     

    Link to week 47

    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.

     

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  8. 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. 

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  9. I miss her too.  I don't know if she stopped homeschooling or what happened to her.  I'm glad to see that she's at least still reading and active on Goodreads. 

     

    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

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    As I have noted before, I am fan of Susan Howatch, preferring her later books to her earlier Gothic romance books.  The latter though are often compared to books by Victoria Holt. Months ago I grabbed a Holt novel from the Wee Free box and placed it in my dusty stacks.  Over the weekend I cracked open The Legend of the Seventh Virgin and felt as if I had started a Mary Stewart novel. I'm rather fond of Stewart's smart and independent heroines.  I know there are a number of Victoria Holt fans here and I think I can see why.

     

     

    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.

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  11. Giving it a try.

    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!

  12. Regency readers who own Kindles might be interested in this free Kindle book. I haven't read the book but saw a post elsewhere by someone who likes this author.

    The Trellised Lane by Fiona Hill

     

    "...considerably more wit and pizazz than the legendary Georgette [Heyer] herself.†—Kirkus Reviews

     

    High praise from Kirkus Reviews!

     

    "Living the charmed life seems easy for Julia. Edgely Hall is a lovely estate, after all, but Julia wants to see beyond its gardens, to venture out and see the world for herself. She wants a life full of adventure! And so she induces her brother Fitz to accompany her on an extended visit to London, where she might discover her heart’s destiny. But romance turns out to be a complicated matter, and Julia finds herself the center of a circle of suitors, duelists, and intrigue!"

     

    Regards,

    Kareni

    Giving it a try.

  13. I see that Mothersweets mentioned it (first?) over a year ago. I read it fairly recently and enjoyed it, too.

     

    Regards,

    Kareni

    I enjoyed it too based on Kareni's rec, but didn't read the sequels because of Amazon's plot summaries. They looked awful.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

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