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I really enjoyed this! To me, the fact that it easily could have been titled ‘Me & My Girls‘ & wasn‘t, only proves the love and devotion that Todd continuously showed towards & in regardsr to HIS Girls even after their deaths. My🎩 goes off to you Sir.

This is my January #BookSpin (#8 ebook😉)

CoverToCoverGirl Such an abundance of fame and talent in one family. 15h
DieAReader @CoverToCoverGirl Insane abundance! Loyal and fiercely protective as well🥰♥️ 15h
AkashaVampie Great job... also if u are doing #TheSupernaturalYear, this could count for Family prompt. 15h
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DieAReader @AkashaVampie Thanks hun♥️ Haven‘t been much into tv of any kind in over a year so, unfortunately I‘ll have to skip this time. 11h
AkashaVampie @DieAReader ur welcome hun. And that's totally fine. 5h
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 5h
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Kindred | Octavia Butler
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Read Harder Challenge #8: Read a classic by a POC author
5 stars/⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story | Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Company
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I've imported the survey questions into Survey Monkey.
Part 1: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YVHR75G
Part 2: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Y9LC7GQ

Teaching Hard History Report found here (questions from Appendix 2):

I'll post the answers below.

4thhouseontheleft Part 1 answers: 1. Indentured servants were freed at the end of their term 2. The journey across the Atlantic of Africans stolen for the slave trade 3. Armed groups of white men who rode at night to prevent enslaved people from meeting or traveling 4. Silk 5. Was legal in each of the 13 colonies 6. Northern banks, industries and shipping profited from slavery 7. Reserving a majority of seats on the Supreme Court for southerners ⬇ 1w
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4thhouseontheleft Part 1 answers, cont'd: 8. Harshly restricted the behaviors and actions of enslaved people 9. Increased restrictions on slaves and expansion of southern militias 10. Slaves who escaped captivity. 1w
4thhouseontheleft Part 2 answers: 1. Violent armed rebellion 2. Ability to always keep families intact 3. Express dreams and frustrations 4. Their children were raised by the plantation owners‘ wives 5. This minority exercised tremendous economic and political power 6. The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution 7. To preserve slavery 8. Black people were naturally industrious and hard-working 1w
TheKidUpstairs I did pretty well, I think I only got one wrong on each. But I will say that the majority of this knowledge did not come from school, but rather from my own reading. I'm also Canadian and our lessons on slavery are probably different, but not necessarily a more even, thorough approach. Lots of information about the Underground Railroad and how it often led to Canada, but nothing else. So all very much a hero myth education. 1w
IndoorDame I did so-so. I got 1 wrong, and would have guessed right for a lot of the ones I left as not sure, but not being in school anymore I figure there‘s nothing to be gained by guessing. Sadly, a lot of my answers also came from my adult reading, and not from school. 1w
megnews On the first one I got them all right except the one about the Supreme Court. 1w
megnews I‘m scratching my head on survey 2, numbers 4 & 8. Maybe I didn‘t pay enough attention to the way the question was worded. 1w
MallenNC I missed two of the questions in the second set, but like others, what I knew was primarily because of reading I've done as an adult, not from school. 1w
IndoorDame @megnews ditto on #4 1w
4thhouseontheleft @megnews @indoordame I feel the same about 4 or 8, I don't fully understand the way those were worded. 1w
4thhouseontheleft @megnews actually 4 I do get, after rereading a few times. It's saying that when a child was born to someone who is enslaved, the child was not given to the plantation owner's wife to raise. I mean, most plantation wives didn't even raise their own children. Number 8, I'm still confused though. 1w
megnews Ok, then I completely mis read #4. I was reading it that the wife raised them and thinking the same as you, they didn‘t raise their own. #8 I can‘t recall exact wording but I took it to mean why they believed in white supremacy and I chose the answer that had something to do with the belief Africans were less than human. The answer about being hard working (or what they would consider to be “beasts of burden”) would work if the other 👇🏻 (edited) 1w
megnews Wasn‘t there but I felt it made more sense. Also it always strikes me as hypocritical/ironic to have that type of thoughts toward an entire group for so long and then have the audacity to turn around and call that group lazy later including down to this day. 1w
ravenlee Surprisingly, I think I got them all right - but as so many have said, it‘s due almost entirely to my own reading as an adult and working hard to balance my “education” with reality. 1w
IndoorDame @megnews it‘s certainly ironic. but I never worry too much about hypocrisy and racism since it‘s not actually the same individuals as the ones who subscribed to those beliefs back then, and more importantly, if we could cure racism with logic we‘d be living in a very different world 1w
Chrissyreadit I wish I had written my answers down now. I think I had most of them correct- but honestly because I homeschooled my children and we loved history, and I was determined to do a better job than the one I had. 1w
Butterfinger I missed three. The Supreme Court answer. I thought the Constitution ensured the same amount of free vs states that were proslavery. I was thinking of the Westward expansion. I got the violent armed resistance wrong. I chose feigning illness because I was thinking 400Souls talked about rebellions (in addition to Nat Turner -pretty violent) that were quickly brought down and everyone was lynched, but maybe it was right after Civil War when the freedmen we're protecting their new settlements. 1w
Butterfinger I also got#8 wrong. It just shows I need to continue learning and not assume I know. 1w
Chelsea.Poole I did ok on each, missing a couple on both. Definite gaps in my education. 1w
Kdgordon88 I missed the Supreme Court question and at least two on part 2. The majority of what I know has been from my own reading not from any history lessons in school (I‘m 62). I am excited by all the new opportunities to read and grow. 1w
Catsandbooks I got them all right on the first one. And 2 wrong on the second one. Like others said this was a mix of school (especially AP History) and my own exploration. 1w
Singout I got many of them right, although some felt like educated guesses (and I wonder if a couple could have had two right answers) Like @TheKidUpstairs I'm Canadian, so what I learned in high school in the 80s about enslavement was centred on the Underground Railroad and how heroic we were...history that's being clarified now. 1w
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Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston
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This novel was beautifully written. Janie tells her neighbor about her relationships with her three previous husbands. This classic novel had me feeling so many emotions throughout. 💕

This was my #BookSpin being #8 on my list 😁📚 @TheAromaofBooks

LitStephanie Love this book. Heartbreaking. 2w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1w
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My January #bookspin2022 landings as 8 & 15. I've been meaning to read some political context & theory, but I might take the Hillary Rodham off the list for this challenge because of its size and my inability to focus in general. Updated my list slightly for more freedom.


#8 Stiegler pharmakon & the societal psychological impact of the 20th century

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! And sometimes I have to spread those more challenging books over multiple spaces to make it feel like it's “worth“ reading 😂 2w
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The Darkness Outside Us | Eliot Schrefer

#bookspin I'm going to take it easy (despite my brain being like "oooh a challenge") and only think about one book at a time. #8 is this book, so I've got started! I've had it around for ages without actually ever getting in the mood to pick it up.

So far, obviously suspicious of the AI. Always be suspicious of the AI.

Spinning in Time | Joselyn Ignacio
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Good afternoon, everyone! The moment you have all been waiting for!! Our official #BookSpin number is EIGHT!! Our official #DoubleSpin number is FIFTEEN!! I have thoroughly enjoyed looking at everyone's lists & am really looking forward to seeing your reviews!

My next post will be the #BookSpinBingo card!!!

My tagging/tracking system has changed this year, so if you didn't get tagged PLEASE let me know so I can add you to the ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) (semi) permanent tag list!!

Below are a few housekeeping items that I would really appreciate if you took a few moments to read. As always, my new masterpost about both #BookSpin & #BookSpinBingo can be found on my blog - https://thearomaofbooks.wordpress.com/bookspin-bookspinbingo-litsy-challenge - & this link is always available in my profile as well.

TheAromaofBooks 1. Remember, this is a no-pressure challenge!! You can read one or both of these books. You can bail on them. You can bail on the whole challenge and try again next month. Whatever works!! This is supposed to be fun not stressful!! ⬇ 3w
TheAromaofBooks 2. I do have a giveaway at the end of the year. Every BookSpin or DoubleSpin book completed counts as an entry!! In the past, I have tracked these myself, but for 2022 YOU are in charge of tracking your own entries!! To help with this process, I have created a Google Form that can be found here - https://forms.gle/X57ePKzuHpsqLjE5A - You can use this Form two different ways: You can update it throughout the year OR you can wait and fill in ⬇ 3w
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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) all the information at the end of the year. If you want to be entered in the giveaway you MUST use this form. However, if you do NOT want to be entered in the giveaway but still want to use the form for organizational purposes, I have set it up so that the personal info/address blank is OPTIONAL - so you can use the form without submitting your name/address. If you do not care about the giveaway you do NOT have to use this form at all ⬇ 3w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) There is more information about how the form works when you click on the link and go to the form because I LOVE overexplaining things!!! You are also ALWAYS welcome to ask me questions!!

4. Even though I don't HAVE to see your reviews I love reading them!! So please feel free to tag me in any and all BookSpin reivews!!

5. For the giveaway, DNFs do count!! The goal for #BookSpin is to get a book off your TBR, so if you decide not to ⬇
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) finish it, it's still off the TBR and still counts as a completion in my book!!

6. If you do not finish your #BookSpin/#DoubleSpin book this month it is STILL ELIGIBLE for a giveaway entry as long as you complete it sometime in 2022!! There is space in the form for you both to put down what book you are SUPPOSED to read & then to check off which books you DID read! ⬇
TheAromaofBooks 7. Everyone is welcome to join this challenge!! If you wanted tagged & I missed you, it was completely inadvertent!! Please just let me know that you want to be added to the tag list. You can also let me know if you want to be removed - no hard feelings!! Feel free to jump in & out of this challenge as needed. Also, obviously, getting tagged doesn't mean you HAVE to actually participate!!

TheAromaofBooks 8 & final (FINALLY) - While I don't have time to reply to all of the comments to this post, I do read every one and love seeing which books got picked for you!! I do respond to any direct questions or confusion, so please feel free to ask away if something doesn't make sense or you need some clarifications. Thank you all so much for your enthusiasm, and happy reading!!! 3w
AmyG Thank you! I am reading the book I most wanted to read on my list (edited) 3w
Librarybelle Yay! My BookSpin is Body and Soul Food, and my Double Spin is Flipped for Murder. Cozy mysteries for the win! 3w
wordslinger42 Yay!! My spin is The Monsters and the Critics by Tolkien (for grad school) and my double spin is Henry and the Guardians of the Lost by Jenny Nimmo! 3w
rsteve388 My #8 BookSpin is Seek You a Graphic Novel about Loneliness and My Double spin is Unfuck Yourself. Looking forward to reading these books. 3w
Lcsmcat Matrix and Vox! A fun month ahead. 3w
vlwelser My BookSpin is a random library book and my DoubleSpin is a book from my Netgalley backlist. 🤷 3w
HufflepuffGirl90 #bookspin is City of Dod and #doublespin is You. This‘ll be a great month! 🧡💛💚 3w
Roary47 Nice! My BookSpin is The Land of Stories which is also my #FairyTaleReading Challenge. And my #DoubleBookSpin is one of those 2015 reads I need to do. 😂 3w
Allylu Yay! Hope you had fun last night!! 3w
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Brazen & Cleopatra. Both have been on my TBR for a couple of years and are the ones I likely would've bumped for others this month. 3w
mollyrotondo Hi! It doesn‘t look like I was tagged in this post but I would like to be on the list. Thank you for all you do! 3w
Soubhiville Yay! Thank you! My Bookspin is Cantoras and my Doublespin is Piranisi. (Now I just have to get my bookclub books read first 😅📚) 3w
TheAromaofBooks @mollyrotondo - Thank you for checking in!!! I know I missed people with my new tagging system, so I'm still tweaking the list 😂 3w
robinb Yay!!! I‘m excited to read both A Deadly Education and An Old, Cold Grave. 😊👍 3w
eeclayton My BookSpin is The Historian and my DoubleSpin is The Pillars of the Earth. Yay! ☺️ 3w
mollyrotondo @TheAromaofBooks I definitely understand! Just looking forward to participating! Thank you! 3w
TheAromaofBooks @robinb - I really enjoyed A Deadly Education, but I think I'm going to wait and read the second book when the third comes out. I can't deal with all these cliffhanger endings!!! 3w
staci.reads My Bookspin is The Personal Librarian and Doublespin is And So We Read On! 3w
rmaclean4 Bookspin is Hot Milk and Double Spin is Catherine House. Excited for both!! Thanks for all you do. 3w
MatchlessMarie Never realized how cute your spin bowl is! 💙💙💙 3w
Crazeedi @AmyG hahahaha!! You and I are reading the same book, it's my doublespin!! 3w
Crazeedi My Bookspin is the book for #FoodAndLit! Yay!!! I'll probably do the buddy read book 3w
kimmypete1 I got missed, please add me to the list!❤️ 3w
ChaoticMissAdventures I would like to play this year (wasn't tagged)! Thank you for all your hard work I hope this year with the new system is more fun for you.
I love your personal new system with the 2 list and am totally going to copy it.
Suet624 My bookspin is Eden, a freebie I got from LibraryThing. I'll be reading my December bookspin first though. Thank you for doing this again this year. 3w
robinb @TheAromaofBooks Glad to hear it‘s a good one, and I know what you mean…sometimes the suspense can kill you! 😂😂 3w
BooksNBowls Winter Garden and All Fall Down I‘ve already started Winter Garden yesterday, what a coincidence it‘s number was pulled! 3w
bookandbedandtea I've got Invisible Women and Arctic Fury. Looking forward to both! 3w
Traci1 A Keeper by Graham Norton and Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes. Yay! 3w
TheAromaofBooks @MatchlessMarie - I have a serious weakness for adorable bowls 😂 Thank you!! 3w
TheAromaofBooks @kimmypete1 @ChaoticMissAdventures - I got you both added to the tag list... I'm definitely going to be more on top of things for February 😂 3w
IamIamIam I have The Ickabog, right on the heels of the Harry Potter anniversary reunion, and potentially 3w
MeganAnn Bookspin is Sigh, Gone which is one of my #newyearwhodis reads from @JackOBotts 🎉 Doublespin is a #roll100 title. They both align with things I need to read this month! ❤️ 3w
TheAromaofBooks @LitsyEvents - I'm not really sure what/if any aspects of BookSpin you would like to repost. The reminder post each month? The numbers when they are drawn? The bingo card? Nothing? 😂 If you let me know, I can put you on the tag list or not, whatever is best!! 3w
claudiuo So happy the numbers are in, thank you so much!
My #BookSpin is The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian and #DoupleSpin is Kitty and the Midnight Hour.
Singout Mine is A Great Reckoning: the next of the Louise Penny books. It will be lighthearted compared to my other reads this month! 3w
Pigpen_Reads Whoo! My #bookspin is The Chosen by J.R. Ward. My #DoubleSpin is Columbine by Dave Cullen 3w
CaitZ My bookspin is Fortune Favors the Brave and my double spin is an arc I should've reviewed a while ago-History of the Chicago Portage 3w
candc320 Yay!!! My coke this month are The Attic on Queen Street and The Pull of the Stars! 3w
Caryl Hooray! I‘ll be reading Barbara Kingsolver‘s The Bean Trees and Kate DiCamillo‘s The Beatryce Prophecy. 💖 (edited) 3w
Kangaj1 Yay! My bookspin is Regina Anderson Andrews: Harlem Renaissance Librarian (also for #TBRDeckotCards) and Voyager, which I am almost done with on audio! 3w
Kangaj1 (doublespin is Voyager!) 3w
Zuhkeeyah Yay! My bookspin is A Shadow In The Ember and doublespin is A Memory Called Empire. The second book is a buddy read so a true double win. 3w
kellyann28 Thank you! My Book Spin will be Uprooted! 3w
ChasingOm Hahahahaha — my bookspin is The Curie Society which….I read last night! Success!! 😄 3w
Bookzombie Yay! My bookspin is Dangerous Women and my doublespin is Last Chance Rodeo. 3w
Moll @TheAromaOfBooks Yay!! Thanks for posting😍 Quick question: If we keep the same board for more than 1 month (just swapping out books when we read them), can we still apply any new BookSpin numbers to that same board? I hope that makes sense😂 3w
SusanLee Thanks!!! 3w
AshleyHoss820 I‘m joining in this year, if you‘d like to add me to your list! I‘ll skip bingo for this year as school always dampens my reading time. 😕 My bookspin is Beasts of No Nation and my double spin is The Nix! 😊 3w
Chelsea.Poole Thank you!! 🌀 3w
Bookwormjillk Thanks! 3w
night_shift How did I repeat books all through my list and still not manage to get them for both 😂 bookspin a library hold and double spin is 3w
TheAromaofBooks @Moll - I'm not 100% sure I understand your question, but all 20 numbers are in play every month. So as long as you have a book assigned to each number, you are good to go!! 3w
CarolynM Thank you🙂 3w
vonnie862 Sweet! My Book Spin is A Discovery of Witches (I need to finish this one!) and by Double Spin is Native Country of the Heart. 😄 3w
rockpools Thank you - and Happy New Year! My Bookspin is something for #ReadingAfrica2022 - I‘m going to try the tagged. My doublespin is anything off my own shelves - I‘ll decide later in the month. 2w
Chelsey_5 Yay!! Happy new year! Please tag me in the #bookspin and #bookspinbingo. Thanks for all you do!! 2w
CSeydel Heyyyyy I‘m late but I‘d like to join! My bookspin is Ether Day and my Doublespin is The Lincoln Highway! Woot! 2w
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The Long Call | Ann Cleeves
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#12booksof2021 #8 #August
Ann Cleeves introduces a compelling new detective, Matthew Venn of North Devon. As always, she creates an atmospheric setting. Venn is unexpectedly confronted with his past when he investigates a murder. I just got the 2nd in this series from my local library. I cannot wait to start reading it!

Crazeedi An author I haven't read but @EadieB gifted me a couple books , so I need to dive in to a new author this year! 3w
EadieB Glad you enjoyed it! 3w
Andrew65 @Crazeedi Wo many treats ahead, a favourite. 3w
Andrew65 Loved this. 3w
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#12BooksOf2021 My 12 favorite books of 2021, in no particular order. #8