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I just tallied it up: over the past two months of my reading life I devoted 8,979 pages to Outlander. The whole eight-book series.  

You all have been recommending them—albeit with plenty of caveats—for years. But it was a friend who finally got me going on them. (More about that here.) 

I burned through the whole series in a couple of months. 

8,979 pages later, I feel like I know so much more:

  • I finally get why so many of you love these books. And why some of you don't. 
  • I have a much better understanding of how to keep a great series from ruining my life, thanks to all the hands-on experience I've had lately. 
  • I get why so many of you picked Jamie and Claire as your favorite fictional couple
  • I understand why the words "highlander" and "Scot" appear with alarming frequency in Amazon's Kindle romance listings. 
  • I'm a whiz at toggling back and forth between the book and audio versions of 1400 page novels.  

Because you asked: it's hard to choose a favorite book, but if pressed, I'm going with Voyager. My least favorite was Drums of Autumn. (Such a good story, but the writing sagged a bit for me in that one.)

There are two ways to read a great series, and there's no doubt about which camp I fall into. I loved getting lost in the world of Outlander for two months. 

But it has its downfalls: 8,979 pages later, I feel behind on all my other reading. I returned countless library books—reserve items I've been waiting for!—unread. and I have a ton of podcasts to catch up on.

And worst of all, now I'm stuck with all you other Outlander fans, waiting years for the next (and final?) book to come out. 
  

(If you're thinking about giving Outlander a try, Book 1 is $2.99 for Kindle right now. And I highly recommend the audio series read by Davina Porter. If you've never tried Audible, get a free trial here.)

Take a look at some of the most popular Christmas posts on the blog, because it's almost that time again...
39 stocking stuffers that will actually be appreciated, don't feel like a waste of money, and won't be broken/destroyed/forgotten by New Year's

I wanted to call this "39 stocking stuffers that are way better than the usual cheap disposable crap," but Will talked me out of it.
What I'm not buying my daughter for Christmas

An update: Lucy has one of these on her Christmas wish list, and we're probably going to get it for her. 
10 unusual gifts for kids

Because the best gifts don't come from the toy aisle. 
The minimalist's guide to stocking stuffers

How we fill our kids' stockings with things they want AND need, and that we'd honestly probably buy anyway.  
5 things I love about shopping online, and 3 things I wish I'd learned sooner

I love to shop local, but there are some things I'd rather buy online—especially during the holidays. These are the tricks I always use now and wish I'd known about ten years ago. 
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The best Christmas gifts to find on Craigslist. (Seriously.)

Simplicity, productivity, and the personal uniform

What would Victoria Beckham do? It's not like Posh and I have a lot in common. But that's kinda the point.  

On showing up. People don't need as many casseroles as you think, but they do need you to be there. 

It's 17 degrees. Let's go to the park. How I'm (sorta) making peace with winter this year.  

How to make a latté at home without an espresso machine. 
Wishing you and yours a wonderful Thankgiving week, 

Anne
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