Sunday, November 25, 2018

The Sunday Post #174

A blog for the classy modern hermit.



The Sunday Post is hosted by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to recap the past week, talk about next week, and share news. It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is hosted by Book Date. I get to tell you what I’ve read recently.




On The Blog Last Week











On The Blog This Week


  • On Tuesday I recommend books with excellent platonic relationships.
  • On Thursday I review two books with excellent death and destruction.
  • On Saturday I review two nonfiction books.









In My Reading Life


Last week, I finished Opening Skinner’s Box: Great Psychological Experiments of the Twentieth Century by Lauren Slater. I didn’t like it very much. When the author writes about science, the book is really good. Unfortunately, between the experiments, we’re forced to take turgid, overwritten excursions to the author’s imagination. She tells us how she “imagines” people and places look. She makes (mean) judgments about people’s thoughts and motivations. She goes on self-centered tangents. The flowery writing and authorial intrusions get in the way of the science.



Right now, I’m reading The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple by Jeff Guinn. OMG, guys, this book is dense. It’s 500+ pages of tiny font. Trying to hold it is breaking my wrists. I’ve been reading it for over a week, and I’m not close to done. I’m pretty sure I’ll still be reading this book when I die of old age. I’m not giving up, though. I’m going to finish it.








In My Internet Stalking Life











In The Rest Of My Life


Five things that made me happy last week:

  1. The Black Friday Readathon was fun, even though I didn’t get much reading done. Black Friday turned out to be busier than I expected.
  2. Thanksgiving! I cooked a turkey for the first time ever. It was a maple bacon turkey, and it was yummy. My mom dropped the turkey when she was putting it in the oven for me, but other than that, there were no disasters.
  3. Pumpkin pie and chocolate pie! I really like pie.
  4. I traded for a new book. Nobody tell my book-acquiring ban. Shhh.
  5. I got all of my Christmas shopping done.









Hello, I need friends!













Take care of yourselves and be kind to each other! See you around the blogosphere!  









102 comments:

  1. I like pie as well. And a black Friday readathon. What a great concept. This year Walmart was practically empty on Black friday. What a shocker. I got a few things here and there including a Hover board, which I'm really having fun with!

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    1. You got a hover board? That’s awesome. I hope you have fun with it.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  2. Your turkey sounds like it was amazing. Do you have a picture? I would love to see that masterpiece. I am jealous of everyone, who had pumpkin pie, because I had none. *sad face* You are a Christmas shopping boss. I don't even have that many gifts to get, yet I have none. I suck at this.

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    1. I put pictures on Twitter and Insta. They’ll probably end up in my November wrap-up post, too. Good luck with your Christmas shopping! Luckily, I don’t have many people to buy for.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  3. Wow your turkey sounds good! Yay for no disasters. I also have most of my Christmas shopping done. I am hoping for some Cyber Monday sales. Have a great week!

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    1. I hope the sales were good! I managed to stay away from them on Monday. I don’t need to spend any more money.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  4. Congrats on your Turkey. You should have put a picture up! =)
    I am trying to do someone line shopping as I hate the stores and people being ignorant. I try to do most of it online except for like stocking stuffers. I have just started and I am in no way done. I have a bunch of people to get for and it drives me mad. Have a wonderful week!

    Mary

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    1. I made a note to put the photo in my November wrap-up. I do all my shopping online. It’s so much easier than going to stores during holiday sales.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  5. Glad your turkey was as yummy as it looked. Grats on getting the Christmas shopping done. I haven't started... except for the French book my daughter lost that will be most of her Christmas gift.

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    1. Haha, that’s what my parents did, too. If I lost something, the replacement became my Christmas gift.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  6. You got all your Christmas shopping done!? Good for you lady. I'm jelly. I need to start. Happy reading and enjoy your week :)

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    1. Thanks! Luckily, I don’t have many people to buy gifts for. Shopping only took a few hours.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  7. I was all about ordering that Jonestown book...but then you mentioned the tiny font and 500 pages...and that did it for me! I wonder if it comes in Kindle, since you can enlarge the font and the book is not heavy to hold?

    Enjoy your week, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

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    1. There is a Kindle format, so I bookmarked it!

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    2. I hope you enjoy it! It’s interesting, but it’s REALLY dense.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  8. I have almost all of my shopping done. The kids are basically finished just a few little things. Glad your turkey was yum! :)

    Have a great week, AJ! Happy Reading!

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  9. She dropped the turkey???? Well better when she put it in the oven than when it was cooked LOL Enjoy your Sunday AJ!!

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    1. Yes, she dropped the turkey. Luckily it wasn’t cooked, so nothing bad happened.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  10. I love all kinds of pie. I believe its a food group. LOL You got all your shopping done already? I've just been looking so far. But I don't have many to buy for. Glad you were able to save the turkey.

    My Sunday Post

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    1. Pie is a food group. I could eat it all the time and not get sick of it.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  11. "Excellent death and destruction"...I can't wait to find out what they are! I also love pie. I baked an apple pie and a cranberry pie for Thanksgiving this year, and they're already nearly gone ;)

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    1. Someday I’ll bake my own pie. I always just get them premade from the grocery store. They’re really good, but homemade is probably better.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  12. "excellent death and destruction" lol. Can't wait for THAT one. !!!

    I'm so jealous of you people who are done shopping. I haven't even started!

    Pie! I had lots.

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  13. Wow, your Christmas shopping done... my Black Friday was spent collecting oysters and then having an oyster roast in the evening.

    www.thepulpitandthepen.com

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    1. Your Black Friday sounds a lot better than mine! I spent most of the day shopping online and cleaning the house.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  14. Ooh! Lots of great food you got for Thanksgiving! Glad you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    Here’s my Sunday Post!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog and join in this week’s Book Photo Sundays and Cover Spotlight!

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  15. I laughed so hard when I read Nicole's Spamming post! Your mom dropped the turkey?! Lol! There's an episode of Everybody Loves Raymond where Debra drops the turkey and it's hilarious! Glad it tasted good, though. 3 second rule, right? :)

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    1. Haha, yes, three-second rule. I remember that episode. Now I want to re-watch it. My mom’s turkey drop was much less dramatic than Debra’s.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  16. I am so jealous that all of your Christmas shopping is done. I have so many people that are impossible to buy for. And that turkey sounds yum! (minus the part where it got dropped on the floor)

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    1. Haha, just rinse it off and re-season. It was okay. Good luck with your shopping! I also know a few people who are impossible to buy for.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  17. Wow, all of your Christmas shopping done? I'm happy that I started already! lol I never used to like pie. Seriously. But I made a pumpkin and pecan pie for Thanksgiving and I actually liked the pecan! Have a great week!

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    1. I love pecan pie. It’s one of my favorite pies. Good luck with your shopping!

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  18. The Road to Jonestown is on my TBR but it's SO LONG! I hope you make it through. And hurray for pie!

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    1. I have less than 100 pages left! If I get my butt in gear tonight, I can probably finish it.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  19. A maple bacon turkey---now that sounds yummy! Thanks for sharing my spam post!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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  20. I watched a show last week about Jim Jones and Jonestown, it was interesting. Hopefully your wrist will hold out until you finish the book. Maple bacon turkey, sounds yummy, I showed my husband the picture you posted on IG, he likes anything with bacon. Have a lovely week.

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    1. I think I saw advertisements for that show. I thought about watching it, but after reading a massive book, I’m slightly burnt out on Jonestown. The turkey was good and had tons of bacon all over it.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  21. Your Tuesday post sounds like it will be interesting. My weekly update

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  22. Maybe you can get the audiobook? SAVE THOSE EYES!

    I'm happy you could join along for the readathon, my Friday was busy too. But I did what I could.

    And whoa, a whole Turkey? I now before you!

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    1. Thanks for hosting the readathon! I’m hoping to finish the book tonight. I’m so close!

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  23. Maple bacon turkey? That sounds amazing. Your mom - LOL. I hope you guys got a good laugh about it. I'm always so afraid of doing that.

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    1. Yeah, I laughed hard when she dropped the turkey. I dropped cookies once. That was a mess. The dogs liked it, though.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  24. Blogger love is the best disease, lol.

    Sorry you had a rough reading week! I hope your next reads will be better off, and I'm sure you'll get The Road to Jamestown done eventually!

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  25. Ohh, your post for reviews of two books with excellent death and destruction sounds like it will be fun to read. I'm looking forward to that one!

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  26. Trading isn't buying so you're ok there! I'm now officially on my 5 week book ban but just realised that it'll exclude me from the Amazon Boxing Day and New Year sales! Mind you, the Black Friday book sale was a huge let down!

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    1. Haha, that’s what I keep telling myself. Trading isn’t buying, so it doesn’t count. Good luck with your ban. I’ll be on one of those for the first half of next year.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  27. Your Christmas shopping is DONE????? I've barely started.

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    1. I don’t have many people to buy for, so it only took a few hours. Good luck with yours!

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  28. Yeah - Christmas shopping done?!? My goal this week is to fill the kids advent jars. They're baby-food jars and they open one each day in December... Presents are barely on the radar - hopefully in two weeks at payday! ;) Also LOL at your description of trying to hold the Jonestown book. :D

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    1. Those jars sound fun. I’ve never had an advent calendar. I remember my friends in school getting candy every day in theirs.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  29. Wow - yay for being done with your Christmas shopping!! I feel like I have barely scratched the surface. :(

    And congrats on your turkey! Being dropped as it is being put into the oven seems like a classic Thanksgiving holiday movie move. :) Have a great week!

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    1. Dropping the turkey was really funny. It does seem like a classic Thanksgiving mishap.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  30. YAY for pie! I love pie so much as well. And lucky! you're already done with your Christmas shopping, I haven't started just yet, I dread this time always haha. :)
    I hope you'll have a wonderful week! :)

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    1. I dread shopping, too, but I have a small family, so it wasn’t too difficult this year. I knew what I wanted to get everybody.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  31. wow, yes that Jim Jones thing looks intense!! My post is here: https://wordsandpeace.com/2018/11/26/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-nov-26/

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    1. It is intense. Reading it is depressing, and holding it is hurting my wrists. I’m so close to done, though!

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  32. Slater sounds awfully judgey and that would have turned me off - even if the other parts were good. Yikes, that Jonestown book is a chunker. I’m interested to read your thoughts on it... one day. LOL All your Christmas shopping is done? Wanna come do mine. =D

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    1. Haha, no, I’m very happy to be done with shopping. The Slater book was disappointing, but the Jonestown book is pretty interesting.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  33. I saw your turkey on twitter and it looked good! I think bacon makes anything better and you did such a great job! I'm really excited to see the two books you'll be reviewing on Thursday that cover "death and destruction, I need some of that in my fiction life lol. Good to see your blog again :)

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    1. I was so proud of the turkey that I posted it everywhere. Bacon does make everything better. It’s one of my favorite foods. :)

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  34. Sounds like a great Thanksgiving! Mine was quiet but also good. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  35. I love your description about the Road to Jonestown. lol I'm happy you had a nice Thanksgiving. No pie for us. I haven't figured out GF pie yet. I made apple crisp which was really good. Wow - all you r Christmas shopping complete - good work. Anne - Books of My Heart

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    1. I hope you’re able to find a good pie recipe. Everybody needs pie in their life.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  36. Your turkey sounds yummy. So do those pies. Yum! Have a great week!

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  37. Oooh all that pie though!! Pie is absolutely LIFE and I'm glad thanksgiving went well for you! My nieces/nephews are half American so their parents did a bit of a thanskgiving which I totally am all for because I love the food 😂 And woah, good luck with that book with the tiny font!!

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    1. I hope your Thanksgiving was good! It’s one of my favorite holidays because I get to eat all day. Every holiday should be like that.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  38. Happy belated Thanksgiving! I love pie, too. With only 2 of us in the house, I only did one pie (and I cheated and got a frozen Mrs. Smith's pumpkin pie.) But I love it when we are with extended family and have several kinds of pie. And it occurs to me that I didn't make an apple pie this fall... I must remedy that.

    You got ALL YOUR CHRISTMAS SHOPPING DONE?!! You are a goddess. I've barely started mine.

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    1. Good luck with your shopping! I love pie so much that I get a few of them no matter how many people I’m feeding. More pie for me!

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  39. Mmmm, maple bacon turkey sounds incredible. I love pie too. I actually wish we had made more pies because we ran out of pie yesterday and I'm in withdrawals, lol.

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    1. I’m out of pie, too. I have to wait for Christmas to get more. :(

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  40. Thank you for sharing my link! <3 Oh congrats on making your first Turkey! I haven't attempted that on my own yet :) And congrats for getting all of your shopping done!! I have a couple more things to snag for my hubby, but then I'm done!

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    1. Good luck with your shopping! I already know what kind of turkey I want to make next year. I guess I’m prepared!

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  41. Pumpkin pie, yes please! That turkey sounds interesting.

    Jealous of the Christmas shopping. It'll be December 24th and I'll be pushing it. D:

    Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

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    1. Haha, that’s usually how I operate. Save all the shopping for the last minute.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  42. I've never cooked Turkey or pie. Pictures of both look yummy.

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    1. I’ve never made a pie. I always just buy those. Maybe someday I’ll make one.

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  43. My parents are Italian immigrants and my mom has never cooked turkey or pumpkin pie but she can make some killer gnocchi and ravioli. Yes, I read the dedication page of every book I read. The acknowledgements too.:-)

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    1. I’d happily eat gnocchi and ravioli for Thanksgiving. I love Italian food.

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  44. Sounds like a great week, AJ - hapPy reading now that shopping's all done !!

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  45. Congratulations on getting all your shopping done. I'm pretty far along this year; better than in the past. I might finish early, which would make my whole December go better. Your turkey sounds yummy. Thanks for visiting my blog.

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    1. December will be busy enough without having to go shopping. Now I have to hope that everything gets here before Christmas. Usually there’s something that takes forever to ship.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  46. I usually read the dedication of books, I like to see who the author has that special reason for doing so. Adds that bit of warmth to the book.

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    1. I read them, too. Some authors get very creative with their dedications.

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  47. I've thought that The Road to Jonestown book sounded like it would be interesting, but after your description, I think I'll need to skip it. It sounds painful. Where are the Cliff Notes when you need them?

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    1. Haha, I’m mostly enjoying it, but it’s very dense. I guess the author was thorough with his research.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  48. Yay for the cooking of the turkey - an accomplishment. I've never cooked a full turkey myself, and now that I no longer eat meat I don't foresee myself doing so, but it looks like a mission. Haha! Go you!

    Sounds like you've had a good week all in all; I hope that continues into this new one.

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  49. Ugh too bad that author was so judgmental and self-centered! It could have been a good book! And yay for the turkey!



    Right now, I’m reading The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple by Jeff Guinn. OMG, guys, this book is dense. It’s 500+ pages of tiny font. Trying to hold it is breaking my wrists. I’ve been reading it for over a week, and I’m not close to done. I’m pretty sure I’ll still be reading this book when I die of old age. I’m not giving up, though. I’m going to finish it.

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  50. Wow, Lauren Slater's book sounds terrible!
    Now I can't stop thinking about pie! Thanksgiving sounds like such a fun, warm and cosy tradition that I'm jealous we don't have it over here. I can't wait to celebrate Christmas! Still need to do all my shopping, though...

    I hope you'll have a wonderful week!

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  51. congrats on your Christmas shopping being done!! And congrats on making an awesome turkey. I haven't been able to participate in any Readathons this year, but well see what December brings.

    Tori @ In Tori Lex

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  52. I am glad your turkey worked out. We had pork since I didn't feel like cooking a turkey. I do know the feeling when a book seems to go on forever and progress is slow. I hope it picks up for you. Have a great week!

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  53. The cover to the Skinner's Box book cracks me up ever time I see it. 😂

    I will be hopping over to read Nicole's spam post. I love weird spam. 😁
    PIE. 😍😍😍

    I am happy you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I hope this week is going great for you, too. 🌞

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