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Allylu
The Shadow Sister | Lucinda Riley
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Finished this one a few minutes ago. I love this series. Star‘s story is complicated but wonderful. I love the accents by the narrator, especially Star‘s French one. Having Beatrix Potter involved was great, too. I am happy to have this long audiobook finished before diving in to #Scarathlon2022 in October. #90 #BookSpin #BFC22 #AlmostAChunkster at 513 pages #SERIES2022 #SuperSeptember

TheSpineView Great job 👏 👍 1w
Andrew65 Love this series, well done 👏👏👏 1w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1w
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CaitZ
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This is my new favorite book of the year. It‘s an epic fantasy inspired by the Chinese myth of Chang‘e - the Moon Goddess, filled with princes, warriors, demons, love, betrayal, and quests. #Booked2022 #MythologyRetelling #AlmostAChunkster (512 pages) First book finished for #JubilantJuly @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage @TheAromaofBooks @Andrew65

Andrew65 Sounds great. 2mo
Cinfhen Yay!!!! And it‘s such a striking cover 🤩 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Love it when you find that new favorite!! 2mo
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Tera66
Queen of the Night | Alexander Chee
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#AlmostAChunksterChallenge📚
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This is a really good long book. I fell in love with Alexander Chee's writing, his descriptions of the MC's dresses alone had me obsessed👗💃. I did feel like the book was wrapping up a few times, then a twist or turn would happen and off we would go to another part of the story. I'm glad I read this book broken up by a few months, I loved extending the experience.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Another one off the #AlmostaChunkster list! 😂 3mo
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rockpools
Lethal White | Robert Galbraith
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I enjoyed this a lot more than book 3 - less graphic, several fun situations (bugging the House of Commons, anyone?) & much more Robin and Corm. As always, Robert Glenister does an amazing job with the audio.

But I‘m stepping away from this series now before it starts to annoy me. This one was overlong as it was - afraid 900 pages of less-than-comfortable reading in print because I don‘t use audible any more is just not happening. So long, C & R!

Cathythoughts I really liked Robin and Corm in the one I read … but tooooo long. Too time consuming. 3mo
rockpools @Cathythoughts Exactly that. It‘s a great dynamic - but in all honesty, I‘m not that bothered about the murder storylines, certainly not 23-hours-bothered, so… Onwards! 3mo
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erzascarletbookgasm It‘s been so long since I last finished book 3, I‘ve sort of forgotten the complex relationship between Robin and Cormoran. I don‘t know if I‘ll pick this up 🤔 3mo
rockpools @erzascarletbookgasm I did enjoy it. But feel like I‘m ending on a high note, stopping here. 3mo
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TheAromaofBooks
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Wow, I had some mixed feelings about this one!! A GR review I saw said something like "I respected this novel more than I enjoyed it" and I think that really captures my sentiments as well. The story Anne has written here is powerful and engaging, and thinking about how daring it was to publish a story about a woman standing up for herself and bailing on her husband (/owner) in 1848 makes it all the more powerful. I also appreciated Helen's ⬇️

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) strong moral code and commitment to her religious beliefs. She was an amazingly strong character whose unwillingness to compromise her conscience meant that her life was harder in the short run, but I never felt like she “deserved“ what was happening to her, despite opportunities to change her path. I really admired Helen, even if she did get a bit preachy from time to time. I did feel like the ending dragged on a bit too long ⬇ 3mo
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) (mild spoiler below) and I did feel like there wasn't a single genuinely GOOD man in this entire story - Gilbert made me roll my eyes constantly at how sensitive, spoiled, and whiny he was about EVERYTHING. Helen's brother was SO smug and self-satisfied all the time that I just wanted to sock him in the nose (I honestly didn't blame Gil for that one!).

All in all, this was a really worthwhile read. This is only my second venture into ⬇
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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) Bronte territory, but this definitely gets my vote over Wuthering Heights! However, it's not a book I see myself rereading.

Thanks for the pick #PemberLittens - I am really enjoying reading these classics, and having the whole gang along helps keep me on track and engaged in books I otherwise might not finish!! @sprainedbrain @BarkingMadRun

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#JoysofJune - 1235/2000pgs @Andrew65
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TheAromaofBooks Honestly not over the part where Gilbert thinks Helen is going to marry someone else and is all like, “How could she leave me??“ Bruh, you haven't contacted her in over a year????? Is she literally just supposed to pine for you forever??? If you want her, DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT you whiny little whiner! Oh my GOSH! 😂 3mo
REPollock I felt the same way about it. ✊to Anne for the mettle to write it but I felt awful for women trapped in those societal circumstances. 3mo
BarkingMadRun That quote is perfection 3mo
sprainedbrain Excellent review!! 3mo
ravenlee This was my favorite of all the Brontës I‘ve read, but as I hate Wuthering Heights and just don‘t get the appeal of Jane Eyre it‘s definitely a qualified win! ? 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks LOVE this photo!! ❤️ 3mo
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 3mo
TheAromaofBooks @REPollock - Exactly! Like I really appreciated her boldness in calling out the problems she saw, but it doesn't make for very “fun“ reading material!! 3mo
TheAromaofBooks @BarkingMadRun - As soon as I saw that line, I knew that was EXACTLY how I felt about this book, and I think it's why I kept reading it, despite note really enjoying it. I felt like Anne was sharing a powerful message, almost liked I owed it to her to hear what she had to say. 3mo
TheAromaofBooks @ravenlee - Right? With Wuthering Heights as its only competition for me so far in Bronte-reading, being the first-place winner isn't exactly a rousing endorsement! 😂 3mo
TheAromaofBooks @AlwaysBeenaLoverofBooks - Thank you!!! Those dried flowers came out of a bouquet I received years ago and they still somehow look nice!!! I got really excited because I thought they matched the book so well!! 😂 3mo
Daisey @ravenlee This is my first time reading this one and I‘m not sure which I like more between it and Jane Eyre. I had a much harder time with the love story of Jane Eyre when I read it so they might just be tied now. I thought this one had a much better message than the others. 3mo
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Bookworm54
The Book Thief | Markus Zusak
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It took me a while to get into the writing style, but I was fully invested by about 1/4 of the way through!

I really enjoyed the characters and the way the story played out. Of course parts were sad, and parts were happy. I felt it had a mostly satisfying ending overall.

This was my May #DoubleSpin :)
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
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Cress | Marissa Meyer
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Yay!! I finally finished this #AlmostaChunkster !! I absolutely loved it, so my slow reading speed was definitely not a reflection of my enjoyment! This series is really picking up momentum. Meyer does a fabulous job balancing the different characters and their stories. I am not even sure who I love the most. (Okay, probably Thorne haha) I also think that she captures the themes of each fairy tale so well. Finishing this one wash main goal for ⬇️

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) #MarvellousMay so everything else this week is just gravy 😂 I am hoping to finish at least two more books, but we will see how the week unwinds!! Next up, a random draw from the windowsill before reading Fairest - even though it was published after the rest of the series, I've seen a lot of recommendations to read it between Cress and Winter to get the full background of Levana, so I'm going for it!

#SeriesRead2022 @TheSpineView
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TheSpineView Fantastic! 5mo
melmes I can‘t wait to get around this book 📖 5mo
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Clare-Dragonfly Isn‘t Thorne great?! Swoony AND a great character arc 😆 5mo
TheAromaofBooks @Clare-Dragonfly - No surprise, it turns out that I'm very attracted to men with a snarky sense of humor 😂 5mo
Clare-Dragonfly Hahahaha! Same! 😂 4mo
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Bookworm54
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Finally finished this #AlmostAChunkster for #FoodAndLit #Cuba

It wasn‘t what I expected. It felt like a cross between a Jane Austen novel, Moll Flanders, and Gone with the Wind?

Set in nineteenth century Cuba, young Mulatto Cecilia (of unknown parentage, though we know straight away really) falls in love with a rich white man Leonardo. It is regularly remarked upon that she looks like his sister Adela. This is not a coincidence… 👇🏻

Bookworm54 The blurb also kind of gives the final couple of chapters away. I expected it to play more of a role in the story! Regardless the book is full of dances, intrigue, class politics, scheming, and despite often leaning towards listing notable people and their clothing, was an interesting read. Some of the interludes between masters and slaves were quite difficult to read however. 5mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 5mo
Texreader I am so impressed!! Congratulations on making it through this one for Cuba!! 5mo
Catsandbooks Interesting! 🇨🇺 5mo
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Scarlet | Marissa Meyer
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I am really enjoying the Lunar Chronicles and can't believe I have waited so long to read them!! I found Meyer's suggested reading order that includes where to read all the short stories in Stars Above, so next I am going to catch up on those before jumping into Cress. This one was a little slow in spots/overly long, but that could have also possibly been because I am reading six other books in the chapter-a-day method, which really does eat into⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) my reading time overall. But I'm totally engaged in this story/world/characters and looking forward to seeing where things go!!

#SeriesRead2022 @TheSpineView
#AlmostaChunkster (snuck in at 452pgs lol)
#Pantone2022 @Clwojick (Dragon Fire looked redder on my print out...)
#BookSpinBingo
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TheSpineView I have the books and haven't read them yet. I'll get to them one day! 5mo
BarbaraJean @TheSpineView I haven‘t read these yet, either—it‘s nice to know I‘m not the only one late to the party! 5mo
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TheSpineView @BarbaraJean 👍🌞📚📚📚📚 5mo
Ruthiella I normally am allergic to romance, but I totally fell for Wolf in this book. The third book is probably the best. But if you thought Scarlet was over long, just wait till you get to Winter! 😂 5mo
TheAromaofBooks @TheSpineView @BarbaraJean - Sometimes it's kind of nice to wait until later to read a series like this - now I can read the short stories interspersed where they are suggested to read, and I've seen several people recommend reading Fairest before reading Winter, even though it was published later. 5mo
TheAromaofBooks @Ruthiella - I'm already half in love with Wolf and can't wait to see how his character grows during the rest of the series. And I noticed that Winter is quite the chunkster! We'll see what happens!! 😂 5mo
Clwojick Fantastic match! 🧡 5mo
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wanderinglynn
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Wow! I wasn‘t sure what to expect + I was a bit hesitant because of its size (656 pages) as I feared there‘d be a lot of filler. But this is an immersive, dark, sweeping epic fantasy where not one page is wasted. What I liked best was the grayness of the story—who is a villain, who is a hero, who is a monster? I was constantly questioning the characters‘ motivations. I can‘t wait to see where Moro takes this trilogy.

#almostachunkster #ARC

wanderinglynn Thanks to Flatiron Books for providing me this ARC. 5mo
wanderinglynn @KatieDid927 I really enjoyed it! 5mo
KatieDid927 @wanderinglynn Thanks for the tag! I‘m definitely intrigued by this one. 5mo
TracyReadsBooks This is high on my “I want to read right now” list. Super excited to see you really liked it! 5mo
wanderinglynn @TracyReadsBooks I didn‘t know really what to expect. But it kept me turning pages! I‘m interested to see where Miro takes this story. 5mo
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