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Julsmarshall

Julsmarshall

Joined March 2016

I like big books and I cannot lie.
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Autumnblings | Douglas Florian
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#AutumnPlease #Cobwebs I don‘t have a lot of of cobwebs in my decorations (intentionally, lol) but I did find these! My 22 year old daughter made it back in her high school floral design class and it makes me smile every year when I pull it out 😻 @Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love it!!! 🖤🧡 8h
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Autumnblings | Douglas Florian
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#AutumnPlease #Cobwebs I don‘t have a lot of of cobwebs in my decorations (intentionally, lol) but I did find these! My 22 year old daughter made it back in her high school floral design class and it makes me smile every year when I pull it out 😻 @Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

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The benefit of being sick for the last 4 days? A bit of book reading! This was a delight-small town romance, a little suspense, all the fall feels, sexy farmer, and a little spice. Great kick off for October! #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! This one sounds fun!!! Hope you are feeling better!! 16h
RobES Oooh, this just came in my Amazon package today 🧡 9h
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#BookspinBingo card complete for October! Feel like it will be a great reading month! @TheAromaofBooks

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Chain-Gang All-Stars: A Novel | Adjei-Brenyah, Nana K
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Extraordinary! Somehow both violent & tender with prose, characters, & pacing that keeps you reading even while your heart breaks. A unflinching view of American incarceration & the ways that we celebrate and punish violence and death, often based on race/privilege. Everyone should read this book-it encourages & informs a more complex dialogue of crime and punishment and we can all benefit. Absolutely brilliant. Book 1 of October and 200 of 2023.

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The Sweetness of Water | Nathan Harris
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#AutumnPlease #OrangeStack Even though it will be 92 degrees today, I‘m excited for fall! @Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Eggs Perfection 🎃🧡🍁 1d
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The physical #TBR books I read in September! Not bad. My faves were Shark Heart and Demon Copperhead.

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Scoundrel of My Heart | Lorraine Heath
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I enjoyed this, my second from Lorraine Heath. I enjoyed the setting, characters, and the independent heroine and resilient hero. The ways they took care of each other and placed the other‘s wishes above their own-so lovely. #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

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Like a Sister | Kellye Garrett
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This one has been on my #TBR for a long time! A little predictable (which isn‘t great for a mystery) but I liked the perspective of an young woman going to great lengths to avenge the death of her estranged sister. #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

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Great #BOTM picks this month. I got 2 thrillers and my plush prize :)

LeslieO Ooooo I didn‘t see Bright Young Women or I would have added it! 3d
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West Heart Kill: A novel | Dann McDorman
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Mehso-so

Interesting mystery that tips it‘s hat and pays homage to the best mystery writers through history. It has an unique 4th wall format going on but it was a bit too cute and pretentious for me, it kept pulling me out of the story. Pretty bold for a debut though so I will definitely read more from him. Releases October 24th. #netgalley #ARC #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

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These Is My Words | Nancy Turner
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Really good! Hard to put down once you start reading it, this quiet yet powerful story of a young surprised me. Her strength and independence, her intelligence and grit. Loved hearing about these settlers in the territories, though the times were hard and heartbreaking in so many ways. I understand all the love for this book! #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks #roll100 @PuddleJumper

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 1w
intothehallofbooks One of my all-time favorites!!! Have you read My Name is Resolute by the same author? 1w
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Like a Sister | Kellye Garrett
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For Never & Always | Helena Greer
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This was fun and angsty, I enjoyed how it reimagined some common tropes and how the Jewish community served as the stories‘ backbone. What was less fun was how self indulgent the 2 main characters were and how their lack of perspective slowed their growth to a crawl. I nearly gave up a few times. I‘m glad I didn‘t but there was a fair amount of eye rolling. #ARC #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

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Demon Copperhead: A Novel | Barbara Kingsolver
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Powerful, riveting, heartbreaking. Kingsolver at her best, absolutely fantastic, every sentence is gorgeous with nothing extra and nothing missing. I read this in hardback, and listened on #audio so it could go with me wherever I went. Loved both! #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

DivineDiana I am doing the same now! 🙂 2w
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Checked out the newest #Austin Texas bookstore: First Light Bookshop. Delightful! A great curated collection of books-bestsellers, classics, and a couple unique and unfamiliar books I had to bring home.

Soubhiville It‘s cool that it‘s a former post office! 2w
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For Never & Always | Helena Greer
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Loving this #ARC and some cooler weather!

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Done and Dusted | Lyla Sage
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Cute, sweet western romance. ADHD rep, brother‘s best friend, delightfully tropey and a great escape. #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

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Loved this installment in the Armand Gamache series. We have followed Gamache to his new job, commander at the Surete (police) academy and there is corruption, mystery, and murder afoot. The cadets, their backstories, and a Three Pines WWI mystery make this one really special. #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

CogsOfEncouragement I‘ll start The Nature of the Beast in a few days. I plan to read A Great Reckoning in November. Great series. 3w
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This was just okay. Good story, characters you wanted to cheer on but felt pretty derivative. And it was supposed to be set in Martha‘s Vineyard but the characters used very UK vocabulary which was distracting. #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

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This unusual story of love and loss, heartbreak and joy, is truly unlike anything I‘ve ever read. In a world where humans sometimes mutate into animals, Habeck somehow makes it seem real and somehow inevitable. The love and connection that this couple has for each other changes everyone are them, and the reader too. My goodness I loved this book. 2 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ reads in a row! #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

LiteraryinLawrence Initially the description sounded too out there for me… but yours and other reviews make me want to maybe try it! 3w
DinoMom Stacked… sounds interesting! 3w
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#currentread This starts off so compelling, I don‘t want to put it down!

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Migrations: A Novel | Charlotte McConaghy
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Amazing! This heartbreaking ecological odyssey considers a near future world where most animals are extinct and shares a personal journey of love, loss, and redemption. The characters are complex, difficult, and unforgettable. 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

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IuliaC Great book! 3w
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She Lies in Wait | Gytha Lodge
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So good! Loved this first in a series. Can‘t wait to read the rest! #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

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Hooked | Emily McIntire
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This was okay. Didn‘t live up to the hype, the characters were either flat or terrible, not much to appreciate. But, my curiosity is quelled. @TheAromaofBooks #BookspinBingo

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Fangirl Down: A Novel | Tessa Bailey
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Quintessential Bailey! Funny, engaging, and entertaining with quite a bit of spice. Features a golfer that has lost his love for the game and the one fan who still believes in him. I loved that the heroine was independent and self assured even though she is going through a challenging time. I also love that she has a chronic medical condition but it didn‘t define her or run her life. Delightful and delicious! #arc #netgalleygroup @AllDebooks

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Flowers from the Storm | Laura Kinsale
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This was pretty meh for me. I‘ve always heard so much about this one-that it is a formative version of the genre but it didn‘t hold up well for me and was sooooo long. I almost bailed a few times and didn‘t find the characters at all. #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

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This was so much fun! Especially on #audio-it is like sitting down to chat and laugh with a dear friend. I would love to be one of Helen Ellis‘ friends 👯‍♀️ #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

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Flowers from the Storm | Laura Kinsale
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#BookspinBingo board! Bring on fall! @TheAromaofBooks

Bookishlie I need to do mine! September snuck up on me:) 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Looks fantastic!!! 1mo
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Nothing to See Here | Kevin Wilson
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This has been on my list for so long and it did not disappoint! Funny and strange, I loved these quirky characters with my whole heart! Great on #audio! First #Bookspin for #September! @TheAromaofBooks

rachelk I loved this book! 1mo
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julieclair I loved this on audio, too! 1mo
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Fourth Wing | Rebecca Yarros
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My physical #TBR is slowly but surely shrinking. Read some great books this month!

Ruthiella Well done! 👏👏👏 1mo
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Wow! I‘ve seen mixed reviews for this one but I thought it was well plotted, compelling and the right parts mysterious and thrilling. So good! #BookspinBingo #BOTM @TheAromaofBooks

BkClubCare Me, too! So interesting how she crafted and constructed the plot. 1mo
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SamAnne I‘m really looking forward to this read. 1mo
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Would You Rather: A Novel | Allison Ashley
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Adorable! Sweet and thoughtful, perfect book for a stressful, busy time. #romantsy

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Loved this middle grade story collection by a who‘s who of world class authors. With every story written by a Black man, this celebration of boyhood has an authentic, diverse, and exceptional perspective. Highly recommend! #ownvoices #middlegrade

ravenlee I just ordered this as part of the restocking effort for my friend‘s library. Glad to know it‘s good! 1mo
Julsmarshall @ravenlee Thank you for helping to restock her library! 🥰 (edited) 1mo
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Weekend in Paris | Robyn Sisman
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September #BookspinBingo list. A little vague, a little specific, a lot I‘m looking forward to!

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You, Again | Kate Goldbeck
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Witty and sharp, this will they or won‘t they, enemies to friends to . . . was a little infuriating and a little wonderful. I hung in there but it was touch and go-she was pretty crass and he was pretty awful that I nearly DNFed this one. I‘m glad I finished it, the pay off was worth it. Part of me wanted this to be more polished, but in the end, the messiness was part of its charm. Release date: 9/12/23 #ARC #netgalleygroup #BookspinBingo

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AkashaVampie Is it me, or does that guy kinda look like Hugh Grant? 1mo
Julsmarshall @AkashaVampie I can see that! I was thinking he looked like Adam Driver. Either would make a great grumpy chef. 1mo
AkashaVampie @Julsmarshall I can see Adam alittle bit too. 1mo
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Laps done, new pool book begun . . .

KathyWheeler Your pool looks so pretty. I think it‘s been more than a year since I swam; I need to get back to it. 1mo
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So good! I was a little lost at first since this was the 5th book in a series but I caught up quickly and this was a great, twisty thriller with a fascinating cast of characters. The DNA genealogy was clever, the setting interesting, and police procedural elements compelling. Released earlier this month. Now to go and read the 1st in Lodge‘s series! #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks #arc #netgalleygroup.

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The Roommate Pact | Allison Ashley
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Delightful! Loved every minute!

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Fruit of the Drunken Tree | Ingrid Rojas Contreras
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A difficult time and place to read about (Pablo Escobar and his reign of terror in Columbia) but the writing is inspired and the story deep and full of meaning. I loved learning about the challenging interpersonal connections through the perspective of a young girl. #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

marleed This book sits on my shelves long awaiting my reading - one of these days! 1mo
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This one was slow to build but worth the wait. A quiet librarian in a small town in Idaho lives measured and contained life. What happens when she encounters a grumpy elderly library patron who challenges everything and tells it like it is? So lovely to see a story explore platonic love and connection between a whole group of people-a true found family. #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks #Doublespin

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Saturday laps = Saturday reading!

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Luka and the Fire of Life | Salman Rushdie
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I likes this middle grade story, filled with magic and mythology from so many cultures and beliefs. While charming and unique, it was a little flat at times and felt like it was moving at a snail‘s pace for much of the book. The end was great, I do plan to read the other book in the series. #authoramonth @Soubhiville #BookspinsBingo @TheAromaofBooks

Teresereading I haven't heard of this series 1mo
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This was a little meh. I was hoping for a deeper peek into where everyone was now but it was mostly recap, very surface, and not much going on-even for a novella. #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

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Fourth Wing | Rebecca Yarros
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My goodness. Worth all the hype. Suspenseful, plot and pace on point. So freaking good. Hermione Granger plus Katniss Everdeen kicking butt in college with dragons. Dragons! 🐉🐉🐉So good! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Powerful, impactful, and important. Even better on #audio, read by the author. #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

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Fourth Wing | Rebecca Yarros
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Diving in!

Dragon Enjoy! 💚🐉 2mo
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Forget Me Not | Julie Soto
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Loved it, finished in a day! Plucky wedding planner and a grumpy florist-one loves weddings, the other not so much. Great banter, lots of angst and plenty of 🌶️🌶️🌶️.

AkashaVampie I've been wanting to read this. I have been seeing it everywhere. 2mo
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This was good! I love a peek into the lives of the rich and how they move through the world. This family is fascinating, full of quirky characters that are interesting and exasperating. I appreciated that their lives weren‘t perfect and they (most of them) grew to see their privilege and a couple even managed to make the world a better place. Thoroughly enjoyed on #audio. #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

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Christine Great review! I enjoyed this one too. 2mo
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