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Read4life
The True Love Experiment | Christina Lauren
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Pickpick

I couldn‘t believe there was no wait for this audiobook on Libby. (There is now)
I‘m happy Fizzy got her own story. It was great seeing Jess & River again, too.
#BookSpinBingo #ISpyBingo #fireworks

Clwojick Great job! 4d
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! This one just came in for me at the library!! 3d
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TheAromaofBooks
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Speaking of June - the new #ISpyBingo board dropped this week as well!! We have some good ones for this month. While there are a few tricky ones, these in general feel a little easier than some of our earlier months!! 😂

@Clwojick

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LitsyEvents
Untitled | Anonymous
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repost for @Clwojick:

With June just around the corner, we figure it‘s time to post the new #ISpyBingo board! There are some super fun ones on here! Can‘t wait to see what everyone finds for “Wild animal found in your region”.

StoryGraph challenge has been updated!
https://app.thestorygraph.com/reading_challenges/265c3ab9-c799-4d41-857c-d991e83...

original post:
https://www.litsy.com/web/post/2588238

Clwojick Thanks for sharing! 1w
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Clwojick
I Spy | Claire Kendal
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With June just around the corner, we figure it‘s time to post the new #ISpyBingo board! There are some super fun ones on here! Can‘t wait to see what everyone finds for “Wild animal found in your region”.

StoryGraph challenge has been updated! https://app.thestorygraph.com/reading_challenges/265c3ab9-c799-4d41-857c-d991e83...

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TheAromaofBooks
The Sweetheart Deal | Miranda Liasson
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Pickpick

Isn't it annoying when the last 40 pages aggravate you so much that it brings down your overall feeling for the book?? This was a 4* read for me until the final misunderstanding, which left it as a borderline so-so. The main story employs a marriage of convenience, which is pretty much my favorite trope. Tessa and Leo are both likable characters, although I would have liked more from the supposed decades-long feud between their families. In the⬇️

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) end, there's a misunderstanding that Tessa blows WAY out of proportion, accusing Leo of some pretty terrible things. This would have made sense at the beginning, but now they've been living/working/talking together for months, so for her to still act like he would do this stuff felt really unreasonable. There's a big fight and they both say mean stuff, yet for some reason it's all Leo's fault. We get the absolutely infuriating ⬇ 2w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) “she doesn't want to talk to you because you were sooooo mean“ when Leo wants to apologize the next day (despite it honestly NOT EVEN BEING HIS FAULT), and of course HE has to make a grand gesture because Tessa “deserves“ someone who will “treat her like a princess!!“ No, Leo, YOU deserve someone who doesn't flounce off to pout for days instead of having an adult conversation. 🙄 So yeah, despite actually enjoying this book for the ⬇ 2w
IndoorDame I hate that! I‘m sorry 😣 2w
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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) most part, the ending aggravated me a LOT.

#ReadtheUSA2023 - Indiana
#Pantone2023 - Skylight @Clwojick
#TrappedonanIsland
#WickeWords - Flowers @AsYouWish
#ISpyBingo - Deck, Lamp, Suburb, Table, and Animal That's an Emoji!!! Maybe my best cover ever! 😂
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Clwojick Crushing that iSpy! And I agree! I know there‘s always going to be something towards to end of a romance to potentially tear the couple apart, but I HATE when it‘s just one person being an untrustworthy ass-hat. 2w
Bookwormjillk Yes!! Drives me nuts. Not so easy to find an Indiana book though. 2w
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TheAromaofBooks
The Lies I Tell | Julie Clark
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Panpan

I am on the struggle bus with time lately!! Not sure why things feels way busier the last couple of weeks. Partially it's the good weather - lots of outside stuff starting to happen. I just haven't been reading as much lately. So I was actually a little excited to take a car in for a tire rotation/balance because it meant some uninterrupted, guilt-free reading time!!! Unfortunately, I ended up really disliking this one but I was trapped with no⬇️

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) other books!! 😂 In the end, this turned into kind of a hate-read for me, and I ranted about it AT LENGTH on GR. But the short version? I first off hated the way this book was a constant, incessant reiteration of how all men suck, all men are predators, all men are gaslighters, all men are manipulators, no man can be trusted, no man actually works (because he just gets stuff automatically because he's a man), on and on and on and on. ⬇ 2w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) I could have gotten behind the premise of a woman conning unsavory men in a Robin Hood style if those stories had been balanced by literally even a SINGLE good male characters, but there were NONE. All men suck, and every woman is either a victim or one who has figured out how to manipulate the men in her life to get what she “deserves“ because the system is SO RIGGED that there is no POSSIBLE way for a woman to get ahead honestly. ⬇ 2w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) Combined with what I found to be genuine plot holes (oh, I've known you two weeks, and you think I should give you $300k to “hold“ for me and then give back after my nasty divorce so my ex can't get it? What a great idea, I'll write the checks!!), I just was so aggravated the whole time I was reading this. Plus, there's the part where I feel like the blurb really misrepresents the story anyway because the reason Kat blames Meg for ⬇ 2w
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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) ruining her life... literally makes no sense. In what world is this Meg's fault?!?! When I finally found out what Meg “did“ I genuinely couldn't believe that this was the source of all Kat's angst. (Like, the event itself was obviously traumatic, but blaming Meg was nonsensical.)

Moral of the story: Always bring TWO books when you get your tires rotated!!
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marleed Oh this is on my physical TBR and thinking I might get to it with prioritizing October mystery/thrillers later this year. Maybe not! I feel your review. When I read a book I‘m not liking, it‘s faults just start piling up and up. I actually think it helps me to read through a disliked book once in a while. It helps confirm my reading tastes. 2w
PuddleJumper I always have a book to go on my phone as well as a physical book just in case. Too many times I've been trapped and finished a book 🤣 I've been struggling to read this month, I'm very restless and don't want to sit still 2w
5feet.of.fury I did enjoy this book for the fleeting moment I read it, barely remember anything about it at this point bc it was not that memorable, but I remember that Kat blaming Meg was BS. It was preposterous. 2w
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Gissy
Ayesha at Last | Uzma Jalaluddin
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I enjoyed this novel, because it was so interesting to know about these immigrant Muslim families , how some of them integrated themselves better to a new culture without leaving their religious beliefs and traditions. Khalid and his mother were more traditional. I liked Ayesha, Nana popular/literary wisdom and Nani. Love the quotes and Ayesha poem and glad that the work discrimination was discussed and resolved. But⬇️

Gissy (Cont.) after I read some #Pemberlittens comments, I agree that some characters and actions were almost unreal but because this supposed to be a rom-com, it didn‘t bothered me. I read it as something funny “I chose to live (read) in a comedy, not a tragedy”. 😂I can‘t say how similar or not this novel is to Pride and Prejudice, I haven‘t read it, I have tried but is not my time yet to see myself finishing this novel😳🤷🏽‍♀️But I loved this one⬇️ 3w
Gissy I think this is a good start/motivation to read the original novel. I enjoyed @Staycurious comments/posts and questions. It is really interesting to read others opinions and reactions even when I read the novel late, after the assigned date. For me, I enjoyed it 3.8/4⭐️

#Pemberlittens (April) @Staycurious
May 2023 #BookSpinBingo #DoubleSpin (#12) @TheAromaOfBooks
#ISpyBingo prompt-cover looks painted-well the letters look like painted😜⬇️
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Gissy #AsianReadathon YouTuber @WithCindy prompt #4 featuring Asian character that is focused on identity and self discovery (Khalid)
#AsianAuthor Asian heritage (India)
First book read during #MagnificentMay @Andrew65

Book is from my old tbr since 2018. I found gifts were so practical and beautiful; the mug, the journal is beautiful, it has a quote inside “Ayesha, when I think of you, I see my future”😍

My romantic mood was up when I read it😂
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Gissy
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Mehso-so

Mixed feelings with this novel. I liked the “fortune” folklore/myth/story and the dynamic of this family. But sometimes characters actions/behaviors seemed to me like short stories/chunks without a well story integration, as a whole. It has some funny scenes but also some scenes were like “forced” to be funny. But it seems that this is an unpopular opinion with this novel🤷🏽‍♀️ 3⭐️

Gissy May 2023 #BookSpinBingo #BookSpin (#5) @TheAromaOfBooks

#AsianReadathon YouTuber @WithCindy prompt #5-book featuring an Asian who is either a hot mess famous or eccentric (all members in that family 🤣)

#AsianAuthor (Vietnamese)

#ISpyBingo cover seems like a suburb?🤷🏽‍♀️Maybe? 😜 @Clwojick @TheAromaOfBooks
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Gissy May 2023 #BookSpinBingo #BookSpin (#5) @TheAromaOfBooks

#AsianReadathon YouTuber @WithCindy prompt #5-book featuring an Asian who is either a hot mess famous or eccentric (all members in that family 🤣)

#AsianAuthor (Vietnamese)

#ISpyBingo cover seems like a suburb?🤷🏽‍♀️Maybe? 😜 @Clwojick @TheAromaOfBooks
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! And it looks very suburb-y to me 😂 3w
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Gissy
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Mehso-so

Unpopular opinion, this one didn‘t work for me. It has hilarious scenes but it was too political with a real politician which didn‘t work that combination for me🤷🏽‍♀️ But most people enjoyed it. 2.5/3⭐️

#CBBC @mommamanzi
#ISpyBingo May animal that was made into an emoji (cat) #TheAromaOfBooks @Clwojick
#BooKSpinBingo (#1) @TheAromaOfBooks

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 3w
Traci1 I didn't care for this one either. 3w
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