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Dec 6, 2023Liked by Caroline Donahue

A just finished A Marvellous Light and have started A Restless Truth! Loving being immersed in the gay magicians in love world 😁 I already don’t want the series to end and I’ve still got almost two entire books left 😆

I’m currently crocheting little Christmas gifts for my family. I struggle to complete big projects like sweaters or blankets, so amigurumi and little crochet goodies like that are more my thing. I like to crochet while watching tv but recently I did crochet while listening to an audiobook with my kiddos from a series we’re reading together and I enjoyed that a lot!

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Gay magicians in love is the best world there is. When I finished A Marvellous Light it was the only book out, so I just read it a second time, back to back. I cannot say enough about how good the audio productions are. I suspect you’s be in crochet bliss with them!

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Dec 3, 2023Liked by Caroline Donahue

Oh my god YES to gay magicians in love as a genre!! I am currently also reading An Unbound Power and it is so good I cannot bare for it to finish. Have you read anything by KJ Charles? She has a series called A Charm of Magpies (first book is The Magpie Lord) which firmly fits in this genre and the audiobooks are also very good!

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Dec 3, 2023Liked by Caroline Donahue

*A Power Unbound, I got so excited I said the name wrong 😅

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I totally get it- I forget these titles all the time- I think of them as the Robin and Edwin book, the Violet and Maude book and the Hawthorn and Alan book 🤣

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Dec 3, 2023Liked by Caroline Donahue

Yes! That's exactly it plus colours and patterns on the covers. I never go by the actual title 😂

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Exactly- this is why my books are sorted by color. Yes it looks pretty, but then I can actually FIND them.

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I LOVE colour organised bookshelves but my wife can't stand it, the compromise is that she gets to alphabetise all our books, and in return I get to buy as many books as I want 🤣

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PS I read the Charm of Magpie books rather than listening-- that‘s a great tip to try the audio version. Thank you!

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Dec 3, 2023Liked by Caroline Donahue

I read them as ebooks first, then when I was in a reading slump I listened to them and it was a very easy transition. I know exactly what you mean about switching formats as I tend to have my own voices for each of the characters but when it's done well it's easy to switch.

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Exactly- I have the whole Simon Snow series in hard copy and audio. They are a bit like a security blanket and when, in a panic, I pondered getting them all in ebook as well for a trip, my husband was like "Why don't you wait and see if you actually want to read them on the trip." I was, shockingly, ok. Hahaha

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Dec 3, 2023Liked by Caroline Donahue

I've only ever read them in physical format but you might be convincing me to try them out in audio too!

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DO IT!

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Hahaha. It is the best genre of all, right? I love KJ Charles and the Charm of Magpie series was divine. (and hot, right? 🔥) A Power Unbound is sooooo good. I promise listening through the audiobooks of the series is excellent consolation, and a testament to Marske‘s writing- there are so many references to future events in the later books even back in A Marvellous Light. We can only hope she returns to this world again with more books. There is also a standalone coming next year... ✨

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Dec 3, 2023Liked by Caroline Donahue

SHUT THE FRONT DOOR, a standalone...😱😍

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Oh yes! It looks really good, too...

https://freyamarske.com/books/swordcrossed/

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Dec 2, 2023Liked by Caroline Donahue

I love this post so much. I have a hard time with audiobooks--my attention drifts--but I’m inspired to try again. I am also a terrible sweater. Knitter because, as with my current one, I mess up slightly in the shoulders, decide it’s fine and keep owing, and by the time I reach the bottom hem, I hate the whole thing. Kinda like another craft we know of...

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hahaha. I used to skip swatching until I got the correct gauge. I‘d do one square and adjust, then dive in without confirming. Barry ended up with a bathrobe-sized cardigan. Now I test multiple times and I like what I make. And audiobooks are the most joyous accompaniment- definitely excellent company during the long stretch of stockinette I have now… Let me know

how it goes!

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RemovedDec 11, 2023Liked by Caroline Donahue
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Hahaha - it's so wonderful when you can do both at the same time, right? I am finishing the body of a sweater currently and the needle I need for the sleeves hasn't arrived yet, so progress has ground to a halt. It's making me nuts. I think I may start some socks just so I can keep listening to my current audiobook (A Restless Truth, Freya Marske) because it's so damn good, but the weather is vile and I don't want to go for a walk to listen. Did you like the Silo series on Apple? We've been pondering watching it as we lie around and do nothing at Christmas. Total bliss.

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Also, am swooning over this hat pattern: https://ysolda.com/products/cepes-beret 😍

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I am indeed a weird OCD monogamous knitter. I have been trying to psych myself up to have socks on the go at the same time as the sweater and I hit a wall. Truly weird. Thanks for the link- I do love hats as well. Have knit 3-4 sweaters this year bizarrely- I do stress knit like a pro.

And yes- bring on the cozy Christmas telly marathon!

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