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Patricia Wrede's 5 Lyra novels are on sale for 2.99!

https://www.amazon.com/Lyra-Novels-Daughter-Witches-Thyssel-ebook/dp/B0092G1BOC

and

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-lyra-novels-patricia-c-wrede/1112725415

I don't know about elsewhere.
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The Five Senses set [3 books] is 1.99!
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-five-senses-set-andre-norton/1127119442 and
https://www.amazon.com/Five-Senses-Set-Mirror-Destiny-ebook/dp/B075L2YWRR

I don't know about elsewhere.
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This other Pratchett favorite is 1.99 as well!

https://www.amazon.com/Wee-Free-Men-Discworld-Book-ebook/dp/B000R33QWY and
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-wee-free-men-terry-pratchett/1118916886

Squee!
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I know it's 1.99 at these links; I don't know about elsewhere.

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/going-postal-terry-pratchett/1100549276

https://www.amazon.com/Going-Postal-Discworld-Book-33-ebook/dp/B000W965QM

Squee!
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Terry Pratchett--Going Postal [Mark Reads reread]
Kameron Hurley--”Glottal’s Gift”
Rose_Milburn--All On A Frosty Night [LMB fanfic]
Linda O. Johnston--Teacup Turbulence
Jana Deleon--Hurricane Force
Jana Deleon--Fortune Hunter
Patricia Polacco--Mrs. Katz And Tush
Gwynne Powell--”Just Another Family Dinner” [Bujold fanfic]
Kristine Kathryn Rusch--”The Moorhead House”
Zanda Myrande--”The Treasure Of Squire Batty”
M.C.A. Hogarth--”Bone Magic”
Linda O. Johnston--Bite The Biscuit
Bzarcher--”A Fitting Legacy” [Bujold fan novella]
Bzarcher--”All True Wealth” [Bujold fanfic]
Annelise Ryan--Board Stiff
Catherine Lloyd--Death Comes To The Village
Kristine Kathryn Rusch--”Three Wishes Before A Fire”
Agatha Christie--”The Adventure Of The Christmas Pudding”
Linda O. Johnston--Fine-Feathered Death
Mandy M. Roth--Once Hunted, Twice Shy
Kristine Kathryn Rusch--”The Last Christmas Letter”
M.C.A. Hogarth--”Season’s Meaning”
Zanda Myrande--”Oh, Hum It & I’ll Play For You, My Son” [reread]
Kristine Kathryn Rusch--”Christopher’s Crummy Christmas”
Elizabeth Barrette--”If You Have Almost Nothing” [long poem]
Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff--”The White Dog”

Several novels, & a good variety of short stories and books. If I'm reading all these things, why do the stacks of library books never seem to diminish?
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A friend sent me a lovely e-card and wish this morning. The art reminded me a bit of Marguerite de Angeli's _Door In The Wall_ [which won the Newbery]. I highly recommend all her books. The music reminded me of "Julian Of Norwich" by Sydney Carter [who wrote "Lord Of The Dance"]: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=julian+of+norwich+sydney+carter+ The hope is appropriate for the day.

Happy New Year, one and all!
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When I first became diabetic, over two years ago now, I was freaked out and scared death, so I was fairly careful. After starting out on 4 pills a day, I quickly got down to 3, and then 2 pills a day. I was doing very well on those, with lots of morning readings in the 80s and 90s. My a1c had been in the 5s for several months, getting down as low as 5.5.

I began to wonder if I could reduce the pills further, maybe even eliminating them altogether. At the end of March, I accordingly went down to one pill a day, and continued to have good numbers in the mornings, mostly 90s, with some 80s and 100s. I thought things were going great and was very excited about the whole thing. The catch was, at the next check-up, after a couple of months of one pill, my a1c had jumped to 6.4. Eep!

Although I went back on 2 pills a day instanter, I still have not gotten back where I was earlier in the year. The next time, it was 6.1, and the most recent is 6.2. Thanksgiving and Christmas will do that, I guess. It's not just that, however.

I think it's more that I'm not as scared as I was. Having figured out I'll live, the first panic is over, and, as the third year of being diabetic starts, I've become more complacent. That extra treat won't kill me. It's starting to get scary again. After weighing the same for well over a year, at my first FKO, I put on 3 pounds I haven't been able to shake. [I blame Canada.] Even with doing at least one extra walk a week all year, I've added a few on top of that. Not so bad, if it goes away, but ominous if it stays & brings friends, as such things are all too prone to do. Of course, we had several out-of-town trips this year. There won't be nearly as many next year, so it'll hopefully be easier to lose at-con weightgain, if there's more time between cons.
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Ever since high school, when I gave blood for the first time on a forged permission slip, giving blood has been important to me. After becoming diabetic a couple of years ago, I waited a year to stabilize, before giving blood again. I gave blood 3 times in the last year, each time with a bad reaction. The last time was especially bad, in spite of all my precautions [hitting Waffle House several hours before the appointment, etc.]. On the up side, my hemoglobin that day was 14.5!

Yet, just two months later [November], when I went to donate again, my number was only 12.1. I exclaimed, "Hormones!" [in the same tone in which Cordelia imprecates, "Barrayarans!"] Early this afternoon, during lunch, I got an email about a blood drive today. In spite of the short notice, I was able to get a good lunch, make an appointment, and go give blood. In spite of previous experience, this time things went well. My blood pressure was low, 112/68 with a pulse of 78. Best of all, the hemoglobin was 13.5, much more the thing.

So now, after 3 bad reactions, I've had one donation with no problems. Hopefully, this trend will continue.
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M.C.A. Hogarth--Coracle [Book 1]
Kristine Kathryn Rusch--”Children”
Rose_Milburn--An Armsman’s Honour [LMB fan-novella reread]
Rose_Milburn--A Flower Of The Vor [LMB fan-novel]
Antoine de Saint Exupéry--The Little Prince [Mark Reads]
Jacques Prévert & Mordicai Gerstein--How To Paint The Portrait Of A Bird
Kristine Kathryn Rusch--”On The Trail”
Linda O. Johnston--Oodles Of Poodles
M.C.A. Hogarth--”Bleach”
Nancy Coco [Nancy Parra]--To Fudge Or Not To Fudge
Sarah Gailey--”Bread And Milk And Salt”
Kristine Kathryn Rusch--Coolhunting
L. A. Kornetsky [Laura Anne Gilman]--Collared
M.C.A. Hogarth--”Veterans”
Amanda Flower--The Final Reveille
Cory Doctorow--”Sole And Despotic Dominion”
John Scalzi--”Automated Customer Service”
Kristine Kathryn Rusch--”Pudgygate”
Mollie Cox Bryan--Death Among The Doilies
Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, Jack Cohen--The Science Of Discworld II: The Globe [Mark Reads]
Deborah Donnelly--Bride And Doom
Annelise Ryan--Lucky Stiff
Kristine Kathryn Rusch--”The Space Between Hope And Dreams”

In among the fanfic novels, there were lots of good cozy mysteries, too.

After 3 decades of me burbling about _The Little Prince_, ze spouse and I followed along with the Mark Reads videos. Although I imprinted on it so hard in high school, I'd never read it in English, so that was some interesting cognitive dissonance. Mark read it so fast, my spouse may have wondered what the fuss was about. We did enjoy Mark's reactions, though, so now ze spouse gets some of why I'm so enthused about Mark's videos.
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https://www.goodreads.com/author_blog_posts/17745685-new-lakerwalker-novella-impending

Squee!
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and Wondrous Winterthings, to one and all!
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Kristine Kathryn Rusch--”Strangers At The Room Of Lost Souls”
Sharon Lee & Steve Miller--”Revolutionists”
Zanda Myrande--”The Angel On The Campanile”
Jan Brett--The Mermaid
Talia Hibbert--Mating The Huntress
Kristine Kathryn Rusch--”The Women Of Whale Rock”
Annelise Ryan--Scared Stiff
a_t_rain--”A Bit Too Much Good Work” [LMB fanfic novel]
a_t_rain--”On A Cold Planet” [LMB fanfic novella]
Jackie Mims Hopkins & SG Brooks--The Three Armadillies Tuff
Rachel Isadora--A South African Night
Gavin Curtis & EB Lewis--The Bat Boy & His Violin
Jo Walton--An Informal History Of The Hugos
Jo Walton--What Makes This Book So Great
Wallace Tripp--Wallace Tripp’s Wurst Seller
Lynette Hall Hampton--Jilted By Death
Kristine Kathryn Rusch--”At Witt’s End” [Spade & Paladin story]
Jana Deleon--Soldiers Of Fortune
Kristine Kathryn Rusch--”Trick Or Treat” [Spade & Paladin story]
Lynette Hall Hampton--Echoes Of Mercy
Susannah Hardy--Killer Kebab
Linda O. Johnston--Nothing To Fear But Ferrets
Annelise Ryan--Frozen Stiff
Tessa Dare--The Duchess Deal
Kristine Kathryn Rusch--”Fumes”
Linda O. Johnston--Hounds Abound

_Wallace Tripp’s Wurst Seller_ had enough bad puns to make even this filker wince. Great visual humor! I've enjoyed all his books I've read.
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Linda O. Johnston--The More The Terrier
Linda O. Johnston--Sit, Stay, Slay
Annelise Ryan--Working Stiff
Helen Lester & Lynn Munsinger--Batter Up Wombat
Canon_is_relative--Unseen Stars [MWT fanfic]
Rose_Milburn--Another Innocent Bystander [LMB fan-novel]
Rose_Milburn--Ivan And The Armsmen [LMB fan-novel]
Rose_Milburn--An Armsman’s Honour [LMB fan-novella]
Kristine Kathryn Rusch--”The Tower”
Diana Pharaoh Francis--Putting The Fun In Funeral
Barbara Seuling & Gail Roth--Boo The Ghost & The Robbers
John Langstaff & Feodor Rojankovsky--Over In The Meadow
Mercer Mayer--Liza Lou And The Yeller Belly Swamp
M.C.A. Hogarth--”Leadership Lessons” [Alysha story]
Agnes Lester Brown--Unmasked
Kristine Kathryn Rusch--”Oathbreaker”
Terry Pratchett--A Hat Full Of Sky [Mark Reads]
Elizabeth Hunter--Ink: A Love Story On 7th & Main
Kristine Kathryn Rusch--”Dix” [Diving Universe novella]
Seanan McGuire--”Falling’s Free, Gravity Costs”
Jana Deleon--Gator Bait
Susannah Hardy--Olive And Let Die
Nancy Coco--All Fudged Up
Diane Duane--The Book Of Night With Moon [Mark Reads]
Wendy Tyson--A Muddied Murder

A lot of longer books. _A Hat Full Of Sky_ was absolutely mind-blowing. Mark Oshiro's always a delight, but especially on that one.
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Kristine Kathryn Rusch [Kristine Grayson]--”The Charming Way”
Zanda Myrande--”By A Brother’s Hand”
Zanda Myrande--”Barry Meets His Match”
M.C.A. Hogarth--”Arihiir”
Zanda Myrande--”An Adverse Reaction” [reread]
M.C.A. Hogarth--”Disengage” [a Liolesa vignette]
M.C.A. Hogarth--”Jackal Chest”
Donald Davis--Jack And The Animals
Kristine Kathryn Rusch--”At The Crossroads”
Kristine Kathryn Rusch [Kristine Grayson]--Wickedly Charming
Kristine Kathryn Rusch--”Standing Up For Grace”
Kristine Kathryn Rusch [Kristine Grayson]--Tiffany Tumbles
Kristine Kathryn Rusch [Kristine Grayson]--Crystal Caves
Kristine Kathryn Rusch [Kristine Grayson]--Brittany Bends
Kristine Kathryn Rusch--”Say Hello To My Little Friend”
Kristine Kathryn Rusch--”Detail”
Jana DeLeon--Swamp Team 3
Gayle Leeson--Silence Of The Jams
India Ink--Scent To Her Grave
Maddie Day [Edith Maxwell]--Grilled For Murder
Carol Ann Martin--Tapestry Of Lies
Lynette Hall Hampton--The Calendar Clan
Carrie Vaughn--”Amaryllis”
Zanda Myrande--”The Stone”
Kristine Kathryn Rusch--”My Real Cousin Ruby”
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Sally Goldenbaum--Patterns In The Sand
Jeremy Whitley--Princeless-Raven: The Pirate Princess Book 1
Mark Twain--”The War Prayer”
Kristine Kathryn Rusch--”Shadows On The Moon”
J. C. Eaton--Booked 4 Murder
Gayle Leeson--The Calamity Café
Allyson K. Abbott--Murder On The Rocks
Andy Runton--Owly & Wormy: Friends All Aflutter
Jana DeLeon--Swamp Sniper
Lucille Clifton & Ann Grifalconi--Everett Anderson’s Goodbye
Ellery Adams--The Secret, Book, & Scone Society
Kristine Kathryn Rusch--”The Silence”
Maddie Day [Edith Maxwell]--Flipped For Murder
Leighann Dobbs--A Mew To A Kill
Mary Robinette Kowal--”Rocket’s Red: A Lady Astronaut Story”
Patricia Polacco--My Rotten Red-Haired Older Brother
Kristine Kathryn Rusch--”FoL”
Naomi Kritzer--”Cat Pictures Please”
Fran Stewart--A Wee Homicide In The Hotel
Terry Pratchett--Monstrous Regiment [Mark Reads reread]
Carol Ann Martin--Looming Murder
Tomie dePaola--Bill And Pete Go Down The Nile
Consuelo Udave--Down By The Bay
Jennifer Jacobson--The Storytelling Club
Margaret Mahy--Simply Delicious
Carmen Agra Deedy & Laura L. Seeley--Agatha’s Featherbed
Jana Deleon--Dead Man Talking
Kristine Kathryn Rusch--”Heading West”
J. C. Eaton--Ditched 4 Murder
Linda O. Johnston--Beaglemania [reread]
Terry Pratchett--”The Sea And Little Fishes” [reread]
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Kristine Kathryn Rusch--”The Museum Of Modern Warfare”
Leighann Dobbs--A Spirited Tail
Julie Seedorf--The Penderghast Puzzle Protectors
Kristine Kathryn Rusch--”Cat Nap”
Rich Larson--”Meat And Salt And Sparks”
Rebecca Adler--Here Today, Gone Tamale
Julie Chase--Cat Got Your Secrets
Fran Stewart--A Wee Dose Of Death
Kristine Kathryn Rusch--”The Best Defense”
Diane Duane--Interim Errantry 2: On Ordeal [Mark Reads]
Seanan McGuire--”Rise Up, Rise Up, You Children Of The Moon”
Gini Koch--”Cup Of Joe”
Octavia Cade--”Portobello Blind”
Kristine Kathryn Rusch--”Little (Green) Women”
Susan Palwick--”Recoveries”

more Three Quarter Ale [our favorite RenFaire band]--https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dix3sl3u328 , https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3uNm3xfn00
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Kristine Kathryn Rusch--”Spirit Guides”
John Chu--”Selected Afterimages Of The Fading” [Mark Reads]
Diane Duane--”Roshaun: On Ordeal” [Mark Reads]
Susannah Hardy--Feta Attraction
Kristine Kathryn Rusch--”Sales. Force.”
Rob Thurman--”Impossible Monsters”
Jim C. Hines--”Hunter, Healer”
Seanan McGuire--”Sleepover”
Tanya Huff--”If Wishes Were”
W. Gilbert Beers--The House In The Hole In The Side Of The Tree
Elizabeth A. Reeves--Baehrly Breathing
Kristine Kathryn Rusch--”Her Mother’s Secrets”
Katarina Bivald--The Readers Of Broken Wheel Recommend
Kristine Kathryn Rusch--”Ghosts”
Nin Harris--”Violets On The Tongue”
Aimee Pichi--”50 Ways To Leave Your Fairy Lover”
Margaret Ronald--”Silence In Blue Glass”
Margaret Ronald--”A Death For The Ageless”
Margaret Ronald--”Sweet Death”
Margaret Ronald--”Murder Goes Hungry”
Margaret Ronald--”A Serpent In The Gears”
Margaret Ronald--”Salvage”
Margaret Ronald--”The Governess And The Lobster”
Margaret Ronald--”Letters Of Fire”
Maree Kimberley--”Five Thousand Squares” [Mark Reads]
Margaret Ronald--”Dragon’s Eyes”
Margaret Ronald--”The Guilt Child”
Margaret Ronald--”A Family For Drakes”
Diane Duane--”Mamvish: On Ordeal” [Mark Reads]
Terry Pratchett--The Wee Free Men [Mark Reads reread]
Michaeline Duskova--”The Golden Years Of Nixie Voss”
Jenn McKinlay--About A Dog
Ian McDonald--”The Guile”
Nicola Bayley & William Mayne--The Patchwork Cat
M. C. A. Hogarth--”Healing Waters”
Nancy Atherton--Aunt Dimity And The Duke [reread]
Jana Deleon--Lethal Bayou Beauty

Well, that's a lot of short stories and novellas [Diane Duane!], and not so many books. Note the Jana Deleon; that Miss Fortune series is lots of rollercoaster, rollicking fun!

a tasty treat from Three Quarter Ale--https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eJ54ojGoB0
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Dr. Seuss--If I Ran The Zoo
Ann McGovern & Simms Taback--Too Much Noise
Terry Pratchett--Night Watch [Mark Reads reread]
M.C.A. Hogarth--Dreamstorm
L. Rowyn--The Moon Etherium
Kristine Kathryn Rusch--”Spinning”
C. Drew Lamm & Allen Davis--Cottontail At Clover Crescent
Sharon Lee & Steve Miller--”Guaranteed Delivery” [reread]
Sharon Lee & Steve Miller--”Kin Ties” [reread]
Jim Hines--”On The Efficacy Of Supervillain Battles In Eliciting Therapeutic Breakthroughs”
M. C. A. Hogarth--”Improved Cubicle Door”
Ruth Sanderson--Papa Gatto
James Mayhew--Katie’s Sunday Afternoon
Tomie dePaola--Mice Squeak, We Speak
PerryVic & shewhoguards--”This Is How The Universe Ends” [Capt. Jack Harkness & Discworld Death fanfic] [Mark Reads]
Jana Deleon--Louisiana Longshot
Gerald Hausman & Ramon Shiloh--The Otter, The Spotted Frog, & The Great Flood
Lois Duncan & Shonto Begay--The Magic Of Spider Woman
Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld & Steven James Petruccio--Manatee Winter
Jane Yolen & David Shannon--Encounter
Patricia C. McKissack & Jerry Pinkney--Mirandy And Brother Wind
Jeanne Titherington--Where Are You Going, Emma?
Nonny Hogrogian--One Fine Day
Juliet & Charles Snape--Frog Odyssey
Rivqa Rafael--”Two Somebodies Go Hunting” [Mark Reads]
Eryn Scott--Literally Dead
Jessica Beck--Powdered Peril
Fran Stewart--A Wee Murder In My Shop
Julie Chase--Cat Got Your Cash
James Clavell--”The Children’s Story”
Margaret Killjoy--”Into The Gray”
Bogi Takacs--”Given Sufficient Desperation” [Mark Reads]
Hope Larson & Brittney Williams--Goldie Vance Vol. 1
Zanda Myrande--To Love The Dragonborn [novel-length Skyrim fanfic]

Sometimes, in the evening when ze spouse is watching a story or segment I'm not interested in, I'll read a kid's book [before listing it on paperbackswap.com]. I seem to have read several here, in between mystery novels. _Louisiana Longshot_ in particular was a free e-book that was so addictive, I read it on my desktop that day & am still going on the series. It's fun to look back over these lists & re-savor the delights.
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So, here we go with those end-of-year posts.

Seanan McGuire--”Now Rest, My Dear”
Jessica Beck--Drop Dead Chocolate
Spider Robinson--”Two Heads Are Better Than One” [reread--Mark Reads]
Diane Duane--”Meetings On The Stair” [Mark Reads]
Louise Borden & Mary Kay Kroeger--Fly High! The Story Of Bessie Coleman
M.C.A. Hogarth--Spots The Space Marine: Defense Of The Fiddler
Kristine Kathryn Rusch--”Skating In Time”
Liza Baker & David McPhail--I Love You Because You’re You
Laura Numeroff & Felicia Bond--If You Take A Mouse To School
Brendan Wenzel--They All Saw A Cat
Nnedi Okorafor--”Mother Of Invention”
Charlie Jane Anders--”The Minnesota Diet”
M.C.A. Hogarth--Earthrise [Her Instruments Book 1]
Seanan McGuire--”Velveteen Vs. The Isley Crawfish Festival” [Mark Reads reread]
Robin McKinley--Sunshine [Mark Reads reread]
Kristine Kathryn Rusch--”The Voodoo Project”
Lesley Leadbetter--Harold The Owl Who Couldn’t Sleep
Bobby & Sherry Norfolk, Baird Hoffmire--Anansi And Turtle Go To Dinner
Jonathan London--Froggy Goes To School
Jonathan London--Froggy Gets Dressed
Jackie Mims Hopkins & Henry Cole--Prairie Chicken Little
Lunik--”Mister Vimes’d Go Spare!” [Terry Pratchett fanfic]
GriegPlants--”Windows” [Terry Pratchett fanfic]
cloudymagnolia--”A Good Enough Reason” [Terry Pratchett fanfic]
M.C.A. Hogarth--Rose Point [Her Instruments Book 2]
M.C.A. Hogarth--Laisrathera [Her Instruments Book 3]
M.C.A. Hogarth--A Rose Point Holiday [Her Instruments Book 4]
M.C.A. Hogarth--”Stormfront”
Kristine Kathryn Rusch--”Flower Fairies”
Corinne Duyvis--”And The Rest Of Us Wait” [Mark Reads]
Catherynne M. Valente--”Two And Two Is Seven”
Leighann Dobbs--Ghostly Paws
Stephanie Gunn--”To Take Into The Air My Quiet Breath” [Mark Reads]
Seanan McGuire--”Something In The Rain” [Mark Reads]
Tansy Rayner Roberts--”Did We Break The End Of The World?” [Mark Reads]
Jennifer Crusie--Getting Rid Of Bradley [reread]
Dirgewithoutmusic--”The Small” [Tortall fic--Lalasa] [Mark Reads]
M. C. A. Hogarth--”Precious Things”
M. C. A. Hogarth--”Field Research”
Mary Clay--Bike Week Blues
Mary Clay--Murder Is The Pits
Fiona MacDonald--Knights And Castles
Diane Duane--Games Wizards Play [Mark Reads]
Kristine Kathryn Rusch--”Still Life, With Cats”
Sally Goldenbaum--Death By Cashmere
Elinor Caiman Sands--”In The Sky With Diamonds” [Mark Reads]

Wow, that's a lot; talk about "en masse!" That may well have been my reading-est month this year. No surprise; since I didn't go to spring training with ze spouse, that was 10 days of uninterrupted reading time. It looks like I binged on Mark Reads Patreon videos and M.C.A. Hogarth. I got her _Spots_ novel in an e-book bundle. It was such compelling reading, I spent the whole day reading it on the desktop and then ordered the print edition. Fun!
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9P30ckBf1wk

I'm very sad to not be able to share this with Michael or Harold, but it's still a very cool video. I love the captions.
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