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TheAromaofBooks
The Family Upstairs | Lisa Jewell
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Okay, last review for this morning. Another mixed-feelings read. I did like this one, although it's more “can't look away from the upcoming train wreck“ than it is thriller. There were a few things that just didn't jive for me. But the pacing was good - Jewell has a definite knack for making me think I should read just another chapter... or five. However, I'm not sure I'll pick up the sequel.

#Roll100 @PuddleJumper
#BookChain
#BookSpinBingo

Librarybelle On my to read list! 2d
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TheLudicReader The sequel is garbage. You won‘t be missing anything if you don‘t read it, especially since you didn‘t love this one. 2d
TheAromaofBooks @TheLudicReader - That's what I gathered from other reviews - worth reading if you thought this book was really great, maybe not so much if you felt ambivalent towards this one. And since I'm in the latter category... I just went and found some spoilers instead 😂 2d
TheAromaofBooks @Librarybelle - Do you have a copy? I'd love to send you mine if you don't!! 2d
TheLudicReader I actually loved this one @TheAromaofBooks and the sequel was a big disappointment. 2d
Librarybelle I do have a copy! I think I heard her talk about it virtually and bought it from the bookstore sponsoring the talk. Thanks for the offer! 2d
MatchlessMarie Awesome! I started this one last year I think but it‘s in what I call library purgatory now 😂 might need to return to the train wreck at some point this year lol 17h
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TheAromaofBooks
Upgrade: A Novel | Blake Crouch
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I had mixed feelings about this one. Overall, it was engaging and interesting, but the pacing felt off sometimes. I also didn't care for the ending exactly (spoiler below). The author also seemed to feel like he had to mention that climate change is killing everyone on basically every page. Okay, I get it already. Sheesh. Still a fun thriller and I can see myself trying Crouch again sometime. Soft pick.

TheAromaofBooks Literally the entire book is telling us about how genetic engineering is sketchy and has unintended results, yet his solution was... genetic engineering?! Releasing a “virus“ out into the world without telling anyone or giving them option?? “it's a good virus that makes everyone a better person!!!“ ... a good option you've known about for like 2 seconds have no idea what the long-term results are?? It just felt SO hypocritical! 2d
Zuhkeeyah @TheAromaofBooks I had a similar issue with the ending. After decrying all the manipulation mankind is doing…he goes and does he same. It was still a fun read though. 2d
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julieclair Yay! Glad you have read it, and are now sending out into the world to find a new owner. 😆 2d
bookandbedandtea I had the exact same thoughts at the end! How hypocritical and irresponsible! 1d
MatchlessMarie 💯❤️ 17h
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willaful
Exquisite Corpse | Pnlope Bagieu
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Fun graphic novel revenge fantasy, taking a sly swipe at literary men.

#BookChain

willaful 10. New Book published in a different decade than Last Book. Here For It

11. A name of New Book's main character starts with the same letter as a name of Last Book's main character. Hockey Girl Loves Drama Boy

12. New Book longer than Last Book. Love and Other Scandals by Caroline Linden

13. New Book is the same format as Last Book. Every Time I Fall by Lexi Ryan (ebook)
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willaful 14. New Book's cover has something the same or similar as Last Book's cover. Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh. Both have “bestselling author” on the cover.

15. New Book is a different genre from Last Book. Still Missing by Beth Gutcheon. Humorous memoir/thriller

16. New Book is set in a different time period from Last Book. Between, Georgia by Joshilyn Jackson. 1970s/present day
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willaful 17. New Book's page count is within 20 pages of Last Book's page count. A First Time for Everything by Dan Santat

18. New Book's title starts with one letter above or below the first letter in Last Book's title. Exquisite Corpse
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TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! You are flying through this challenge!!! 3d
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Lauredhel
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A superb graphic memoir by a political artist who escaped Cuba with his family as a child. Rodriguez tells a compelling personal tale, and sounds a timely warning about authoritarianism. I didn't know going in that he was the Rodriguez who had done THAT art, so that was an enjoyable surprise.

Memoir by someone I admire #booklistqueenchallenge24
Under the radar in 2023 #readharder2024
No 19 #BookChain #BookChain2024 @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 4d
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Lauredhel
Time of the Cat | Tansy Rayner Roberts
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I submitted an add request for Team Queen a few days ago, but it's still not in the database, so I've tagged a different book by Tansy. Team Queen is a rather lovely little book of essays and stories about queens.

#BookChain 18, #BookChain2024 @TheAromaofBooks
Blue eyes and fog, #ISpyBingo @Clwojick @TheAromaofBooks

julesG I like your graphic. 4d
TheAromaofBooks Wow, you are flying through this challenge!!! 4d
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willaful
Untitled | Untitled
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I vaguely remember dreaming about the #BookChain challenge last night. 😂 I was reading and something extremely 80s happened -- wish I could remember what -- and I realized, oh no, it's the same decade as my last book and I can't use it! 🙀

(Which was actually my last prompt and already done but brains are weird.)

TheAromaofBooks LOL Gotta watch out if those book challenges start feeling like homework! 😂 2w
willaful @TheAromaofBooks It's been known to happen! 2w
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IndoorDame
Electric Arches | Eve L. Ewing
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I‘m thinking of using the tagged book for #BookChain #14. My thoughts are both covers have human-ish central figures w text above & below & spiky things in the background.

You think:
A. This makes sense, I should go ahead & add this one to the chain
B. I‘m nuts, these covers look nothing alike, I should add the other book I‘m currently reading to the chain which has zero graphic similarities but also has entirely white & yellow text.

TheAromaofBooks haha I say go for it!!! 2w
Ruthiella Works for me. Do it! 😃 2w
IndoorDame @Ruthiella Done, thanks! 😃 2w
julesG A!!! You see three similarities - I only saw the human/human-bot-construct similarity. 2w
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Deblovestoread
Bingo! | Rosemary Wells
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February #BookSpinBingo board. BookSpin is The Rachel Incident which will also work for #TBRTarot and DoubleSpin is a #192025 book, Farmer Boy 1933, which will also work for #BookChain.

Librarybelle Awesome!! 3w
CBee Patiently waiting on my Libby hold for Rachel 🤷‍♀️🤦‍♀️ 3w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Looks fantastic!! 3w
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TheAromaofBooks
BookSpinBingo | Untitled
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I tried to use this pink marker, but my lighting was weird. Ah well 😂 I can't decide if I like it better when the free spaces are scattered or together. BS and DS are in the same row, though, so that's always fun!!! Can't wait to see everyone's boards!! ⬇

TheAromaofBooks Here's the #BookSpinBingo card! First, I put our official numbers (13 & 2) back in the mix. Then I drew them all out & wrote them down as I went, meaning the official numbers are just mixed into the card with the rest! As you can see, 21-25 are both labeled with their numbers & also as free spaces, so you can use them to match however you wrote your list. To score a bingo, just read books (in any order) that are in any row or column!! MORE INFO ⬇ 3w
TheAromaofBooks 1 - I don't tag anyone on this post except for @LitsyEvents but anyone is welcome to play along!!
2 - Remember – NO PRESSURE!!!! If this starts to stress you out, just take that page right out of your journal and pretend it never existed!! This challenge is to encourage you to read, not to make you feel like reading is a chore!!!
3 - FREE SPACES can be filled with any book that is NOT already on your list!! ⬇
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TheAromaofBooks 4 & final - As a reminder, only the “official” BookSpin/DoubleSpin numbers will count towards giveaway entries. I don‘t want the giveaway to be stacked against people who aren‘t able to read lots of books each month. So basically there is still a maximum of 2 entries possible per month no matter how many books you read from your list. This bingo card is just for fun & glory! 😁

Thanks for playing & happy reading!!!
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GinaKButler Thank you so much for hosting, Sarah! 3w
ShananigansReads Fun fact: three of the FREE spaces are in the same place they were last year. 3w
TheAromaofBooks @ShananigansReads - Seriously?? That's so hilarious. I promise I really do pull them out at random 😂 3w
ShananigansReads @TheAromaofBooks I only notice because I use the same boards every year and just update them. It doesn‘t happen often but it really happened this time. 😂 3w
IndoorDame Random question. I‘m trying your #bookchain challenge for the first time… I‘m wondering if I use an audiobook for #7 do I just look up the page number in the print equivalent to move onto #8 (which is fewer pages than last book) or do I need to wait until an appropriate print book comes along for #7 (which is about publication year)? 3w
CoffeeNBooks Thank you so much for doing this! Happy February reading! 3w
TheAromaofBooks @IndoorDame - Honestly, there are no hard and fast rules for that challenge, since it's just for fun. So I would do whichever one you feel like fits your situation better/is easiest, because those both sound like valid options to me!! 3w
IndoorDame @TheAromaofBooks cool, thanks!!! 3w
Karons1 Hooray 🙌🏻 thank you 🤩 reading 📖 time 🕰️ 🤓😍🥰😘 3w
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Deblovestoread
Bingo! | Rosemary Wells
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January Wrap Up: I read 23 books with 1 DNF and 8 Bingos. My best reading month in memory. I finished 7 books off the #LitsyTOB list, completed 17 prompts for #52Bookclub24, 7 #Bookchain prompts, 3 years off #192025, and 4 books off my #AuldLangSpine list. The 23rd book, not pictured, is my favorite nonfiction of the month Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? But all 4 nonfic books were fantastic. Favorite fiction: All the Sinners Bleed

Julsmarshall Woohoo! 3w
TheBookgeekFrau I Love your bingo board!! 😍😍 3w
Gissy What???? 23 books???📚📚📚📚😱🤩That was splendid👏👏👏❤️❤️ 3w
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Amazing month!! 3w
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