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The Mummy Case | Elizabeth Peters
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While I am always delighted to visited Amelia and Emerson, this isn't my favorite of the series. Their son Ramses is, frankly, obnoxious. The mystery is a little shaky. And every ten pages we have to listen to Emerson expounding on why he's more intelligent than anyone who has ever believed in any religion. But outside of those annoyances, there is still so much to enjoy. The setting, the non-Ramses characters (in fairness, Ramses matures and ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) becomes one of my favorite characters later in the series), and Amelia's sparkling narration are all just so fun. A softer pick than some of the others in the series, but a pick nonetheless.

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CarolynM I‘ve always thought you need to have known Ramses as a child to fully appreciate him as an adult😆 2w
TheAromaofBooks @CarolynM - This is the one where she gives him that speech impediment... I literally never have issues LISTENING to someone who has a lisp, stutter, or other issue with speaking out loud, but there is something about READING it that just really gets annoying 😂 I think she's trying to remind readers that he's only five or whatever, but either way I can't deal with how they just let him do whatever he wants/think he's clever for finding loopholes. 2w
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TheAromaofBooks @CarolynM - But I do genuinely enjoy seeing the way his love for Egypt and its history is from a very early age onward 😂 And you can see where he gets his penchant for adventure and sneaking about!!! 2w
TheSpineView Fantastic!🤩📖📚 2w
Ruthiella I feel that Ramses has as a child displays the worst characteristics of his parents! 😂 But he does become more tolerable as he gets older and it occasionally allowed to finish a sentence. 2w
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Pedigree Unknown | Dorothy Lyons
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It's no secret that I'm a lifelong lover of horse stories of all kinds. I've read one or two other books by Lyons, so I was interested to read this one. However, it just didn't work for me. Jill breaks off her engagement with Hadley because he's a jerk, but then decides that actually she is going to show him that he was wrong about what he said, and of course he'll admit that, and then he won't be a jerk, so it will all work out. Except that's ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) dumb because he's obviously a jerk forever. Plus, it never even felt like Jill particularly liked, much less loved, Hadley, so her whole “I want him back“ schtick seemed unrealistic. The book would have definitely read better if she had just wanted to prove him wrong without actually “winning him back.“ Of course, in the end she finally realizes he really is a jerk and goes with the not-jerk guy, but by then it was too late - I'd already⬇ 3w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) lost all my respect for this girl haha Other parts of the book - the bits about the actual horses - were interesting, but Jill just made me feel tired all over. This one is off to the giveaway bin.

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Crazeedi If you live horse books did you read 3w
TheAromaofBooks @Crazeedi - I haven't read that one!! Most of my horse books are from the 50s-70s haha but I will check this one out!! 3w
PaperbackPirate Love the cover but sorry the story didn‘t live up to it. 🐴💙📚 3w
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George Washington's World | Genevieve Foster
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I LOVE Genevieve Foster's “parallel history“ books. I remember reading these in middle school and realizing for the first time that even though America History and World History were two separate courses in school, the history itself all happened at the same time, and what was going on in France, China, Australia, etc impacted and influenced what was happening here and vice versa. It was fun to revisit this one. And her illustrations are adorable.

Hooked_on_books That binding just makes me smile 🙂 3w
TheAromaofBooks @Hooked_on_books - My great-grandmother was an elementary school teacher in the 40s/50s/60s and this was one of her classroom books!! A first edition from 1941 and has “Property of Mrs. Wilson, Cedar Heights Elementary“ stamped inside!! It's kind of crazy to me to think of her going out and buying this brand new for her class! 3w
Hooked_on_books Oh my gosh, that is so special! It was clear that this book had a story and I love that you know what it is and that it‘s so personal. What a treasure! 3w
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Ceremony in Death | Nora Roberts, J. D. Robb
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This series has really grown on me. I love Eve and Roark together. They balance each other so well. Eve is a fantastic MC and all the support characters are also so well-drawn. Reading this right after finishing the Amelia Peabody book had me wondering if Robb was giving Elizabeth Peter's heroine a nod by naming Eve's sidekick Peabody 😂

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Librarybelle I am really enjoying this series too! So glad I‘m finally reading them. 3w
TheAromaofBooks @Librarybelle - I didn't completely enjoy the first book, but I'm super glad that I stuck it out and tried the next one, because I've enjoyed every book more than the last!! 3w
TheSpineView Sounds like a great series!❤️📖📚 3w
robinb I need to catch up on this series…I think I‘m 4 or 5 behind. I remember when I discovered it at the library and thought it would take me FOREVER to get through them…then I couldn‘t put them down. 😂 6d
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The Curse of the Pharaohs | Elizabeth Peters
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Rereading Crocodile on the Sandbank last month gave me the momentum I needed to start rereading this whole series. I really enjoyed this book even more the second time around. Amelia and Emerson are just a fantastic couple, and Amelia's narration is hilarious. The historical detail is also excellent. And maybe by the time I'm done rereading this series I'll remember whether it's spelled pharoah, phaoroh, or pharaoh. 😂

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Old Bones the Wonder Horse | Mildred Mastin Pace
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A short paperback I picked up years ago because of the illustrations by Wesley Dennis. Enjoyable but not groundbreaking, a story about Exterminator, who won the Kentucky Derby in 1918, despite being virtually an unknown. However, my camera wanted to focus more on Robert Plant in the background than the cover of the book. You'll have that 😂

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The Honeymoon House | Grace Livingston Hill
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A collection of short stories by GLH, these were much more focused on religion than romance. Some were heavy-handed allegories, while others were just straight stories about someone realizing something important. If you're not a Christian, you probably won't enjoy these. However, I found it quite interesting to see how many of the issues Hill saw within the church almost a hundred years ago are still areas of controversy today, and I actually did⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) find these making me think about aspects of my own life and faith. I appreciate that she doesn't try to pretend that these aren't exactly what they are: short, simple stories to make her Christian readers think.

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This was a fun book if you're a fan of the show. Porter worked for “New Top Gear“ as the script editor during all the seasons that Clarkson, May, and Hammond were the presenters. The book is roughly linear but divided into very short chapters that each kind of read like their own little essay, so at times it felt a little abrupt, but also meant that it was easy to delve in and out of. As you'd expect, the writing is a bit snarky and entertaining⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) Porter presents his coworkers, including the three famous presenters, with a fairly even hand, and the book feels genuinely informative/entertaining and not like its trying to cash in on scandalous memoirs, even when he discusses the abrupt ending of the show (in that incarnation). I'm not British, so some of the references went over my head (TV shows “everyone“ watched or people more famous there than here), but overall this was ⬇ 1mo
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) readable and enjoyable - if you like the show, you'll probably find this engaging as well.

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lil1inblue Stacking as a gift idea for my husband. He loved this iteration of Top Gear. 1mo
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InkedBookworm13 This is awesome. I just ordered it for my husband. We used to watch the original Top Gear all the time. 😍 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @lil1inblue @InkedBookworm13 - My biggest issue with the book was that Porter seems to assume that I already know who some people are (i.e. famous racecar drivers, actors, British politicians) so some of his stories kind of went over my head. But overall there is a lot of fun stuff here and an interesting perspective. 1mo
Jari-chan Oh, we had so much fun with Top Gear 😁 1mo
Roary47 I‘ll have to get this for my husband to not read, and then read it for him. 😅 1mo
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Rebecca | Daphne Du Maurier
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It had been about ten years since I last read this book, and I was surprised at how many details/scenes had slipped my mind. While there are things about this book that I don't like, the writing somehow grips me every time, despite a third of it being the unnamed narrator's imagination instead of things that are actually happening. Creepy, suspenseful, twisty - this one is just SO good.

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BarkingMadRead I am so glad you liked it! Your copy is 😍 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @BarkingMadRead - Thank you!!! Can you believe I got it used for a dollar?? It has that delightful amount of age to it where the pages are all soft on the edges from being read so many times. It only has the original 1938 copyright in it. I don't THINK it's from that year, but it has to be close. LOVE old library editions. The date-stamp card in the back has check-out dates from 1947!! 2mo
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BarkingMadRead Ahhhhhhh that‘s so cool!! 2mo
IndoorDame A dollar!!!! Used books are amazing! And this one is stunning 🤩 2mo
AvidReader25 I love this book so much and your edition is gorgeous! I can‘t believe it was only a dollar! 2mo
lazydaizee That looks like an old book, is it a first edition? 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @lazydaizee - I'm not completely sure!! It only has the 1938 copyright in it. It's an old library discard, and some of the check-out dates are from 1947!! 2mo
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Top Horse of Crescent Ranch | Howard L. Hastings
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This was fairly typical “horse fare“ from the era, and which I have always collected because something about the semi-predictability of these simple stories draws me in. Hastings's book is a bit more about teaching readers about various aspects of ranching life than it is about an actual storyline, but it was still an interesting (although not thrilling) read.

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Librarybelle That‘s interesting - teaching about ranch life 2mo
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