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Saltus | Tara Gereaux
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Heart-wrenching, beautiful, hopeful. This got right into my heart & pulled all the strings. Set in small-town rural Canada in the 1990s, this short novel delves deeply into a set of characters linked by their connections to a teen denied gender-affirming care. It‘s a quiet story exploring discomfort and transition & sometimes surprising connections—some fleeting, but all transformative. I loved this. It will likely end up on my best-of this year!

BarbaraJean Thank you @monalyisha for the #AuldLangSpine rec! 1w
monalyisha Wasn‘t it incredible? I can‘t believe it didn‘t garner more attention! 1w
BarbaraJean @monalyisha Seriously amazing. Not sure HOW it flew so far under the radar. I was glad that my library had it, although it was only available via hoopla. 1w
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JamieArc Oh yay. This was on my #AuldLangSpine list for @monalyisha So glad the love for it is getting passed along ❤️ 1w
monalyisha @JamieArc is a book-finding godsend! 😇 1w
BarbaraJean @JamieArc @monalyisha I love the way Auld Lang Spine lists keep paying it forward! 1w
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Disappearing Earth | Julia Phillips
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Not enough “wows” for this one - absolutely brilliant!! Read to familiarize myself with her work because Bear is a #CampLitsy24 choice - and @BarbaraBB loved it so I thought I might too ♥️ Beautifully written, and each story came together seamlessly. Learned a lot about a place I know nothing about. Best part was the ending, just incredible!

Soubhiville Agreed! I thought this was an amazing book. Really looking forward to Bear. 2w
CBee @Soubhiville me too 👏🏻 2w
BarbaraBB Thank you for trusting my opinion 😊. I am glad you loved it too and am looking forward to reading Bear together 💕 2w
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CBee @BarbaraBB ♥️♥️♥️ 2w
sarahbarnes I‘ve been wanting to pick this up too since we picked Bear for camp and I haven‘t read this one. Glad to see you and @BarbaraBB liked it! 2w
LeeRHarry Just seen I‘ve already stacked this already - maybe I should check if my library has it. 😊 2w
Deblovestoread So glad this was on a prior year #AuldLangSpine list…so good! 2w
Amiable I really liked this book, too! Went to a local book club meetup where they were discussing it—when the majority of attendees started trashing on the book because they didn‘t like the structure (ie different character viewpoint in each chapter), I knew this wasn‘t the book club for me. 😄 2w
CBee @Amiable I wouldn‘t fit in at that book club either 😂 2w
CBee @sarahbarnes hope you like it when you get to it 😊 2w
CBee @LeeRHarry hope you like! 2w
CBee @Deblovestoread I saw that you loved it too, we have such similar tastes 😊 2w
SamAnne So good. I need to put this on the list for a reread. 2w
CBee @SamAnne definitely one that I‘d consider rereading at some point 😊 2w
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Sadly, this one didn‘t work for me. I think it was mostly because I tried to read it during a super busy time and I needed to dedicate more attention to the nuances in the three separate timelines. These three interconnected stories feature women who are at the mercy of the men in their lives, and take place over centuries. I may revisit this sometime since it was an #auldlangspine pick from the trusted @TheKidUpstairs

Ruthiella I‘ll definitely keep timing in mind when I read this. I really liked her previous book 2w
TheKidUpstairs I'm sorry this one didn't work for you! I love Evie Wyld, but she is definitely one you have to be in the right mood and headspace for. 2w
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My #MayTBR Honestly, I doubt I‘ll get to all of these. I have a big work trip with long flights that may/may not help because of all the work around them. Nonetheless I‘m loading my Kindle & joining in on #SundayBuddyRead #ChildrensClassicRead2024 #NancyDrewBR #SheSaid #BobWhiteBuddies #Naturalitsy #FoodAndLit #Roll100 & #SeasonalCozies I‘m also reading a book for virtual foodie book club, a book for the work trip, some #SeriesLove2024 titles & ⬇️

DebinHawaii …one from my #AuldLangSpine list too. And a couple “just because” titles. We‘ll see what happens & what ends up sneaking in the mix. 📚📚🤷🏻‍♀️📚📚📚 3w
TheSpineView I love long flights. I can get tons of reading time in. 3w
Librarybelle Good luck! 3w
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julieclair You have lots of good choices here! 👍 3w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Enjoy!! 2w
Suet624 I fall asleep and can't stay awake on long flights :) 2w
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Restless Dolly Maunder | Kate Grenville
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#BookReport 19/24

Bitter Herbs (Het bittere kruid) is fantastic, a Dutch classic rediscovered and an absolute gem. I also loved Mrs Caliban and want to read more Ingalls. Dolly Maunders I am still thinking of even though I didn‘t like the book that much. What‘s left of me is yours was enjoyable too but one I won‘t remember for long.

DebinHawaii Mrs. Caliban does not get enough love! I was turned onto it a few years ago for #AuldLangSpine & still think about it & recommend it! Stacking Bitter Herbs & the tagged book. 💛 (edited) 3w
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Aprilly | Jane Abbott
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Such a crazy week! I‘m still putting together my May TBR but here is my April recap. Surprisingly, I finished 18 books this month. The fact that several were short novellas or children‘s books helped.😉

I took part in #SundayBuddyRead #JaneAdjacent #ChildrensClassicRead2024 NancyDrewBR #BobWhiteBuddies #SheSaid #TravelingStars2024 & #SeasonalCozies I also finished all 3 of my #Roll100 books & read several #SeriesLove2024 books & one from my ⬇️

DebinHawaii #AuldLangSpine list & knocked out a couple of challenge prompts. While I didn‘t get around to a couple of books/challenges I wanted to, I feel great about the month. I enjoyed most of what I read but standouts were Zorrie, The Second, Saving Mr. Rochester, A First Time for Everything & the final 2 1/2 books in The Naturals series. 3w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3w
TheSpineView Fantastic! 3w
Librarybelle Awesome reading month! 3w
PuddleJumper Amazing! 3w
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Talking at Night | Claire Daverley
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#ReadAway2024 #AwesomeApril #readathon

Finished the last chapters on the plane yesterday but as I was 3/4 done, I‘m counting it as an April book. This was on my #AuldLangSpine list from @Itchyfeetreader (I‘m trying for one per month) & while I didn‘t love it as much as the others I‘ve read from the list, it gets a pick. The writing is gorgeous but pensive, even a little depressing & I found myself wanting to shake both MCs, a pair of somewhat ⬇️

DebinHawaii …star-crossed lovers who just can‘t get on the same page at the same time & as much time as they spend talking, don‘t communicate all that well. Since I have never found a true romantic soulmate, this probably bugged me more than it might others . Despite it all, it was still worth the read for the quality of the writing & a soft pick. 3w
DieAReader 🥳Great! 3w
Andrew65 Excellent 👏👏👏 3w
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BookSpinBingo | Untitled
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It‘s gonna by May! #BingoBoard time!

#BookSpin NetGalley read, #DoubleSpin The Grace of Kings

#Roll10 The Kitchen God‘s Wife, Beasts made of Night, The Grace of Kings

#PratchettPosse Eric

#AuldLangSpine Pandora‘s Jar, Hester

#ClassicLSFBC Snow Crash

#LitsySciFiBookClub The Three Body Problem

#SeasonalCozies Fudge & Jury

#QueerBC Darius the Great Is Not Okay

Trixie Belden Read The Red Trailer Mystery

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Looks fabulous!! 3w
Suet624 Amazing! 2w
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Good morning, everyone! The moment you have all been waiting for!! Our official #BookSpin number is EIGHTEEN! Our official #DoubleSpin number is FOUR!! 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. I am NOT tagging anyone on that post!! If you want to bingo, please just check my profile for the card. This saves me having to double tag ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont‘d) everyone/keep track of who wants to bingo and who doesn‘t!!

I use the same tag list for the entire year, so if you would like to be added or removed, please just let me know. It takes me a while to tag everyone (there are over 200 of you!!!) so I will add “FINISHED” to the last tag batch so you know whether or not I missed you. If I did, it was completely inadvertent. Sometimes I just spell someone‘s username wrong. ⬇
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) As always, the link to the masterpost about how this challenge works can be found on my profile or here - https://thearomaofbooks.wordpress.com/bookspin-bookspinbingo-litsy-challenge/ - and the link to the Google Form where you can track your reads for the end-of-the-year-giveaway can be found here - https://forms.gle/4kTBMWAsCa9Cvmqs6

Thanks for playing, everyone!! Please know that I read EVERY comment on this post but don't always ⬇
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) have time to reply to them all!! Thank you all so much for your enthusiasm and for making this challenge SO much fun!!

I'm going to post the Bingo board, and then come back and start the tag list on this post. Happy reading!!!
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Bookwormjillk Yay!! 3w
Librarybelle Hooray!!! Mine this month are a library book and Ceremony in Death! 3w
TheAromaofBooks @CoffeeK8 @rachelsbrittain @LaraReads - Finished!! If you weren't tagged and wish you were, just let me know!! 😁 3w
RaeLovesToRead C'mon May! Let's do this!! 😁 3w
CoffeeNBooks Yay! 3w
Soubhiville I‘m excited for my books this month! Thanks Sarah 🩷📚 3w
TheSpineView My BookSpin is an impulse read and my Double Spin is my BOTM. I got this... 6 think😋😆 3w
kelli7990 Yay! 3w
claudiuo Thank you so much! Both my books are TBD, I'll pick them soon. May officially starts now. 😊 3w
CoffeeK8 Thank you! Yay! 3w
BarbaraJean 🎉🎉BookSpin is something from the 1920s-30s for #192025, and DoubleSpin is this month‘s IRL book club pick (tagged)—super helpful that they‘re “required” reading for the month! Now to peruse the bingo board… 3w
Sace So I‘ll be reading another Nancy Drew (4) and something from my kindle (18). Woohoo! 🎉 Thanks for creating such a fun way to pick my next reads! 3w
bookandbedandtea Yay for #BookSpin Day! Thanks Sarah 💜 3w
AmyG Manhattan Girls and Mad Honey! Thanks Sarah!!! 3w
julieclair My BookSpin is The School of Mirrors for #LiteraryCrew, and my DoubleSpin is a book from my #AuldLangSpine choices! Yay! 3w
Eggs Thx 🙏🏻 3w
robinb I‘m excited about my books this round! Play Dead is the next Kim Stone in series, and Miss Moriarty, I Presume? is the next Lady Sherlock for me. I‘m behind on both series so it‘ll be nice to be moving forward. 😊👍 Thanks Sarah! 🩵 3w
TieDyeDude Thanks for organizing! I think I'll be able to catch up on this year's bookspins this month, head strong into summer 😁 🌼 3w
CSeydel Thanks Sarah! 🩷 My bookspin is Tender at the Bone (memoir) by Ruth Reichl & doublespin is Rebecca Wait‘s 3w
willaful My Name is Lucy Barton and I Was Born for This for me! 3w
Clare-Dragonfly Two baking cookbooks. In a month when I‘ll probably be too weak from surgical recovery to bake much 😂😅 3w
staci.reads The tagged is my #Bookspin, and The River We Remember is my #Doublespin! 3w
UwannaPublishme Yay! Best day of the month! 🤗 3w
Bookbuyingaddict Thank you thank you 🙏 I‘m late as Wev been away so I will post my list this weekend much love ❤️ and happy 😃 reading 📖 x x x 3w
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Two total opposites. My bookspin is Lumberjanes Volume 10, and DoubleSpin is the non-fiction book Come As You Are (and it's not about the band Nirvana). 2w
tokorowilliamwallace I just made my spring list, and one of my draws was BOTM backlist, which is interesting because last night I just started one of my BOTM picks from April. 2w
tokorowilliamwallace @staci.reads Nice nonfiction pick you got; it suits Taurus season, too. 2w
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