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Saturday in the Garden | On Sunday
I like to garden and generally putter around in my yard and my Saturday in the Garden posts serves as my pseudo- garden journal, plus a round-up of my week in reading, watching and blogging.  Occasionally, I'll whine, rant or gush about something in a GAK s...

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REVIEW | The Game of Kings by Dorothy Dunnett
The Game of Kings by Dorothy Dunnett Publication Year: 1961 Genre: Historical Fiction Series: The Lymond Chronicles, Book 1 Awards: None listed but I'm shocked it hasn't gotten some kind of award. Format: Audio (from Audible) Narrator: Samuel Gillies Hi! If...

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REVIEW | The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
The Star-Touched Queen   by Roshani Chokshi Publication Year: 2016 Genre: Fantasy, YA Series: The Star-Touched Queen # 1 Awards: A bunch of local YA awards Format: Audio (from Library) Narrator: Priya Ayyar WHY?:  The book internets went berserk over this o...

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SATURDAY in the GARDEN | Look At Them Roots!
I like to garden and generally putter around in my yard and my Saturday in the Garden posts serves as my pseudo- garden journal, plus a round-up of my week in reading, watching and blogging.  Occasionally, I'll whine, rant or gush about something in a GAK s...

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The Lymond Chronicles By Dorothy Dunnett - The Beginning
I recently embarked upon a re-read of the uncontested favorite-of-my heart historical fiction series, The Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett.  I hadn't read them since I first picked them up back in College. I know it was college when I read them first be...

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Troperiffic Books | 20 of My Favorite Found Family Books
Ahhhhh...Tropes.  Do you love 'em or hate 'em?  I think most readers have ones they love and ones they hate. For me, while I do admire a really original novel and kind of love when tropes are turned on their head, there is nothing more satisfying than a goo...

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Saturday in the Garden | Pepper Surprise!
OUTSIDE At the end of last year I bought a gardenia and jasmine plant and one of them bloomed!  I didn't keep the tags and can't tell them apart!  I think it was the gardenia!  It was nice and smelled pretty. I have had no luck growing milkweed at home, bec...

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REVIEW | Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
Crooked Kingdom   by Leigh Bardugo Publication Year: 2016 Genre: Fantasy, YA Series: Six of Crows #2 Awards: A bunch of local YA awards Format: Audio (from Audible) Narrator: Jay Snyder, Lauren Fortgang, Roger Clark, Elizabeth Evans, Fred Berman, Peter Gani...

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2017's Favorite TV and Movies Thus Far
Top Ten Tuesday is taking a much deserved break for the next couple months but I like making lists and am a creature of habit so....  Here's my own lame list topic!  Last week was books of the year so far, so this week I thought I'd highlight some of my fav...

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Saturday in the Garden | Of Wrens and Rabbits
OUTSIDE Earlier this week I looked out the kitchen window and noticed that the long-empty (3 months-I'm lazy) bird feeder hanging just outside was no longer empty. Huh.  I went out to investigate and found it was about a quarter full of twiggy sticks.  How ...
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