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Julsmarshall

Julsmarshall

Joined March 2016

I like big books and I cannot lie.
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Hester: A Novel | Laurie Lico Albanese
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So I think #BOTM sent me one of the wrong books. But, I couldn‘t decide between Hester and The Family Game so maybe it was a sign of what was meant to be? Either way, they are both such pretty covers and I can‘t wait to read them!

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Georgie, All Along | Kate Clayborn
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This latest from Kate Clayborn was a delight! I loved Georgie and Levi and their sweet, tender and messy relationship. With multiple moments that made me laugh out loud and even more that made me smile, this love story is layered, thoughtful, and real. Clayborn has become a favorite author of mine because she always makes me laugh, swoon, and think. Releases in January, 2023, highly recommend! #Bookspin #ARC @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2d
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Georgie, All Along | Kate Clayborn
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#October #Bookspin #Bingo card. Even though I‘ll be working a lot this month, I hope to make some progress on my bingo card this month. @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Looks fantastic!!! 3d
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When Women Were Dragons | Kelly Barnhill
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This was amazing!! I loved every minute of it and highly recommend! Especially on #audio. Inventive premise, powerful point of view and a story I‘ll be thinking about for a long time. I went into it not knowing much and I think it was the perfect way to approach this book so that is all I‘m going to say. Just read this compelling, original, feminist story-with dragons! ❤️🐉

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Enjoyed this #ARC and nice to get to read the 4th in the series right after the 3rd. I loved this pair and their relationship though I might have preferred to learn a bit more about them together outside of the bedroom. Definitely on the spicy side!

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Pack Up the Moon | Kristan Higgins
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My September #BookspinBingo card. 6 bingos!

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I think this was my favorite of the series yet! The characters and their intertwining relationships are so compelling, sharp, and full of emotion. I‘m not usual a fantasy reader, but these are so well written, they keep me coming back for more. Are they a little predictable? Sure. But I love them all the same! And this is my 200th book of 2022 and a 699 pg one at that! And gave me my 6th #BookspinBingo @Thea

Areader2 Wow 200 books 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 5d
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The Family Game: A Novel | Catherine Steadman
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I‘m a sucker for a rich people doing bad things thriller. #BOTM got me again! And I couldn‘t resist this sequel :) And I wanted 3 more!

OriginalCyn620 I picked the exact same books! 7d
papascott33 Me too! Sounds like it‘s going to be great! 2d
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Pack Up the Moon | Kristan Higgins
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This was a gut punch of a book! Love, loss, and grief is explored from multiple family perspectives when a young woman and new bride dies of a terminal illness. So many beautiful parts of this story, really had me thinking about life, blessings, and how we show up for the people we love. All the CW about death, but if you are in the right place for this one, it is amazing. #audio #BookspinBingo This fave me my 4th #bingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 1w
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On Turpentine Lane | Elinor Lipman
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This was a delightful surprise! Quirky, a little mysterious, a little romantic, a little snarky. I will definitely read more by Elinor Lipman!

Dragon I have a soft spot for screwball comedy- stacking! 💚🐉 2w
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Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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What an epic story! This beautiful novel spans multiple generations and brought to life so many memorable characters. I loved it! I‘ve owned it in hardback forever but finally listened on #audio and it was lovely. Deeply thoughtful, honest, and with gorgeous prose, I‘ll be thinking of this one for a long time! #chunkster #BookspinBingo

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An Impossible Impostor | Deanna Raybourn
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1w
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Bet on It | Jodie Slaughter
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This love story really packs a punch. Both characters are on challenging mental health journeys and are struggling to find their way. I love how open an vulnerable they are with each other and the small town setting is charming! And the Bingo meet cute was a high point. I wouldn‘t call this a light romance but it is an enjoyable one.

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Book 3 in this series was a ride! I liked the grumpy/sunshine, witty banter, NYC setting and feminist lens. Great escapist fun! And got me a #bingo #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2w
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Funny, light and spicy, loved this romcom from Tessa Bailey. It is one of her earlier ones I think, and maybe a little trope-y, but a lot of fun. And I love the trio of dudes, so I‘ll probably read the next one too :)

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Arsenic and Adobo | Mia P. Manansala
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What a delightfully modern and fresh cozy mystery! I loved the characters, the food and the solid whodunit. Can‘t wait to read installment #2!

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Finding Me: A Memoir | Viola Davis
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This book was powerful, painful, and brilliant. Viola Davis is a treasure and her story is heartbreaking, resilient and, ultimately transcendent. Gorgeous on #audio, read by the author, I highly recommend this one!

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Tackling this doorstop! #currentread #chunkster

Soubhiville Great color combo on the cover. It‘s a beautiful reading outside day here in the “nearATX!” 3w
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The Stand-In | Lily Chu
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Well, I read ahead and finished this #littensloveromance but I didn‘t love this one. No spoilers, I liked the writing but the story lacked depth-or maybe the characters did? Or maybe I just wasn‘t in the right mood. I love the cover though! @StayCurious

StayCurious You win some you lose some…good for you for finishing though! 3w
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All the Best Nights | Hanna Earnest
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This was just okay for me. I liked the premise of 2 musicians finding each other but the secret felt contrived, the pace was slow and the story fell short. #Bookspin #Doublespin @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 3w
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Another wonderful installment of Gamache‘s world. Loved it, can‘t wait to dive into the next one!

JamieArc Glad you liked this one! I feel that it‘s one that people like least, but it‘s the book that got me into the series because I‘m always intrigued by Gregorian chant. 3w
Deblovestoread This is one of my favorites of the series. 💜 3w
jlhammar I need to get back to this series! I read through the fifth (The Brutal Telling) so far and this is the one I'm most looking forward to. (edited) 3w
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Book 2 of the Hell‘s Belles series is even better than the first! Adelaide and Henry‘s love story is a delight and the banter is amazing. I love how the Belles show up for each other and the undercurrent of feminism, strength, and perseverance. These women are bad assets and their men love them for it. And the peek at Imogen and Tommy‘s story at the end? Chef‘s kiss!

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I'm Glad My Mom Died | Jennette McCurdy
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A raw , spare, heartbreaking book of mental, physical and sexual abuse by an over the top stage mom. McCurdy is a talented storyteller and is so brave to share her story with the word. Really powerful on #audio as read by the author, you could hear her break up at times 😢

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One's Company: A Novel | Ashley Hutson
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This novel was inventive, strange, and surprising in so many ways. What a debut! Hutson is definitely one to watch,

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This book was not for me. The writing was fine, Stone captures the voice of Shuri from the movie, I just couldn‘t get invested in the story. Maybe another time? #authoramonth @Soubhiville

Soubhiville Great cover art though! 1mo
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This was a strange book. A bit slow, confusing and disturbing but compelling and thought provoking too. Quite unlike anything I‘ve ever read.

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Pleasantville | Attica Locke
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Back from vacay so I can finally post my August #BookspinBingo stats. 4 bingoes, 25 books read, both #Bookspin and #Doublespin books read. Both #Roll100 books read too :) @TheAromaofBooks @PuddleJumper

PuddleJumper Brilliant! 4w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Fabulous month!!! 4w
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robinb I‘ve got to get to this series! 1mo
StayCurious Lovely view! 1mo
DisneyFan Where is this incredible view? 1mo
Julsmarshall @DisneyFan Oahu, Hawaii, the beach just past Halena Blowhole. So lovely! (edited) 1mo
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Pleasantville | Attica Locke
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Finished this a couple of days ago but failed to review. Loved this modern noir mystery, Locke always delivers! This would make such a great movie! #BookspinBingo #August @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1mo
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Only When It's Us | Chloe Liese
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Solid romance, little predictable but the challenges that the main characters had to overcome, the loss of a parent and adult onset healing loss, made the story compelling and their connection worth rooting for. My first book by the author, definitely not my last!

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Pleasantville | Attica Locke
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An #audiowalk feels different on vacation. The views in Honolulu are surprising-you turn down the next block and find a view like this! #BFC22 @wanderinglynn #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

DHill What a gorgeous view! 1mo
5feet.of.fury Wow! Gorgeous view! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks So amazing!!! 1mo
UwannaPublishme 😍😍😍 1mo
ncsufoxes The mountains in Honolulu are amazing. They just go on forever & so green. We went to Kualoa ranch when we went there & it was so beautiful. Have fun! 1mo
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Love on the Brain | Ali Hazelwood
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Loved this one from Ali Hazelwood! Maybe more than the Love Hypothesis ❤️❤️❤️ Great characters, rich backstory and so much swoony goodness! #romantsy

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Love on the Brain | Ali Hazelwood
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I ❤️ vacation reading! #travelingreader

Chelsea.Poole Same! Enjoy! 1mo
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One by One | Ruth Ware
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8 hour flight to Hawaii? Finished 2 books! Loved this one, she does such a great job of a new twist on a must in a unique setting and this is a good one! And since I finished it and the flight attendant asked if I liked it and shared that she loves a good mystery, I passed it along to her so now I don‘t have to haul it all over for the next week. Win, win, win! #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

Soubhiville Have an amazing trip! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks I love little bits of book magic like that!!! Enjoy your trip!! 1mo
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The Paper Palace: A Novel | Miranda Cowley Heller
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Great questions @TheSpineView ! read a lot of great books in August, but (1) The Paper Palace was my favorite (2) because I loved the writing and the complex emotional lives of the characters. #Two4Tuesday

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 1mo
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Go Hex Yourself | Jessica Clare
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I enjoyed it this one: the dual perspectives, the witchy setting, the quirky aunt. A little insta-love for me but the humor and unique characters made up for it. The first I‘ve read from this author but won‘t be my last. #littensloveromance #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks @StayCurious

TheAromaofBooks This one was a little spicy for me, but I would probably still read a sequel about Penny 😂 1mo
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My #BookspinBingo list for September! How is it September?? @TheAromaofBooks #Roll100 @PuddleJumper

PuddleJumper I know?! It's going so fast 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! I felt like this summer FLEW by! 1mo
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Marriage and Murder | Penny Reid
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Loved this second book in the Solving for Pie series, a spin off of Reid‘s Winston Brothers universe. Cletus has always been my favorite and these mystery crossovers are great fun!

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This was okay but fell a little short for me. It had a lots of elements I really liked but the pace felt too rushed for me and I needed a little more depth from the characters. I may give her another try with book 2. It may also have been that I #listened on #audio. #authoramonth @Soubhiville #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! I really enjoyed this one, but I kind of like info-dumping-ish books haha I haven't read the second yet... I kind of wanted to wait until the third one came out and then read them all together! 1mo
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Husband Material | Alexis Hall
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Wonderful! Laugh out loud funny, these fellas have a lot to work through to find their happily ever after and I loved cheering them on all along the way. There are some difficult themes, grief, homophobia, parental strife. I‘ll miss Lucien and Oliver and their madcap group of friends.

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Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN (Bookstore)
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Finally able to come see this iconic independent bookstore owned by Ann Patchett while in Nashville for work. So lovely and the staff were so nice! And a few books may have followed me home 😉 #indiebookstore

EJG31 I'll be there in October, hopefully I'll be able to stop in too! 1mo
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Love and Other Words | Christina Lauren
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So good! Heartbreaking, tentative, a love story for readers. ❤️❤️❤️

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Mysteryscape | Overland Park, KS (Bookstore)
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Ooh, these are hard questions for #Two4Tuesday
1. Mystery, I think. Or maybe classics so I can cheat and read many of them?
2. If I‘m reading mystery, I‘m going to have to go for the last half.
@TheSpineView @EadieB thanks for the tag!

EadieB You're welcome! 2mo
TheSpineView Thanks for playing 2mo
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This was just so-so for me. Maybe too many characters? Though I did like seeing some past characters back in that mix. And just a smidge to slow for me, the whole will they are won‘t they just went a little too long. I did love Maggie (quirky landlord) and the pets were adorable. I‘ll read more from her, also could have been the narration. #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks #AwesomeAugust @Andrew65

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Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 2mo
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Ship Wrecked | Olivia Dade
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A great finale for the Spoiler Alert series, Maria and Peter‘s love story was the funny, smart, and the slowest of the #slowburn romances. I was so happy to receive an #arc of this book which will release in November. The thinly veiled references to the Game of Thrones series (and terrible ending), homage to fanfic, and body positive undercurrents make this book shine. I‘ve fallen in love with the entire cast of characters and you will too!

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Daisy Darker | Alice Feeney
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My goodness this book was dark, twisty, and fantastic! If And Then There Were None was about a family, it would be this book. Kept me reading, guessing, gasping, and flipping back the chapter before. I want to say more but don‘t want to spoil it. Dinner will be late because I had to finish this book-and that is quite the recommendation! #AwesomeAugust #BookspinBingo @Andrew65 @TheAromaofBooks

Dragon You have me interested- stacking 💚🐉 2mo
Andrew65 Loved this book and you are right you cannot say too much without spoiling it. 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Stacking!! 2mo
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Daisy Darker | Alice Feeney
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I have to work some today, after an already really long week, but at least I got my swim in early and had the pool all to myself! A few minutes of trading to reward myself, then back to the grind. #BFC22 #goals #AwesomeAugust #readathon @wanderinglynn @Andrew65

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks How is this one? I‘m debating starting it today! 2mo
Julsmarshall @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Bit if a slow start but about a third of the way in, I was hooked! 2mo
wanderinglynn 🙌🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
Andrew65 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I really enjoyed this one. 2mo
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Pleasantville | Attica Locke
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I‘m in this time! I travel for work starting on the 20th, but I‘ll do my best between now and then. My goals are to get 3 bingoes on my #BookspinBingo board. Always love an @Andrew65 #readathon !#AwesomeAugust

Andrew65 Best of luck 😁 2mo
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I loved this installment of the Gamache series! Happy to be back in Three Pines and I loved the art world tie-in. So great seeing Clara come into her own. This is the 7th in the series and honestly, it just gets better and better! Even though there may be a bit of a formula, they are so good, I don‘t care! And I want a happy ending for Beauvoir so badly! I need to get my hands on the next one 😄 #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

JamieArc Have you seen that she just released the cover of the newest installment, out in October, I think? 2mo
Julsmarshall @JamieArc I haven‘t ! I‘ll have to check it out. 2mo
kspenmoll Love her books!!! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
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I love this quote from the author‘s acknowledgments, I had to share: “One if life‘s most important challenges is determining what to hold onto and what to let go of. Don‘t be fooled into believing that you do not know which is which. Follow the feeling, follow it all the way home. ❤️❤️❤️