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Julsmarshall

Julsmarshall

Joined March 2016

I like big books and I cannot lie.
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Weyward: A Novel | Emilia Hart
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So good! Thrilling, magical, beautifully plotted and the prose just sings! I didn‘t know much going in and loved being surprised so I won‘t say much. But if you like witchy, feminist, nature-filled stories, pick this one up! #BOTM #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

LeeRHarry Loved this one too. 😊 3d
ShyBookOwl Gorgeous cover 3d
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Weyward: A Novel | Emilia Hart
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Is there anything as lovely as reading on a rainy day?

KateReadsYA Perfect book for a rainy day :) 3d
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Lilith: A Novel | Nikki Marmery
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Not for me. I liked the concept and the writing was strong, just felt a bit disjointed and messy. Good news, giving it a try earned me a bingo and one more off #MountTBR. #hailthebail #BookspinBingo

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Absolutely fantastic! This dark novel tells the story of Doc Ebersole, a broken down addict scraping together an existence on the wrong side of San Antonio in the 60s. Haunted by the ghost of Hank Williams, to whom he may have administered his fatal overdose, he encounters a young woman who changes the course of the lives of everyone around her. The prose is raw, revealing, and gorgeous. I listened on #audio, read by the author/actor. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Loved this 3rd in a series set in Rebel Blue, a beautiful Wyoming ranch. I love this family of vibrant, funny, and quirky characters and am always sad when it is over. Highly recommend! Releases Nov 5th! #netgalleygroup #ARC #BookspinBingo @AllDebooks @TheAromaofBooks

peanutnine I love the style of these covers! 5d
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Julsmarshall So beautiful, @peanutnine ! 4d
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The Turnout | Megan Abbott
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Mehso-so

This was okay, not my favorite from the author. I like the ballet studio setting and complicated family dynamics but it took a bit too long for the story to get moving for me. #BookspinBingo #ReadorDonate @TheAromaofBooks @julieclair

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 5d
julieclair Glad you got it read and off the shelf! 👍😘 3d
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Kingdom of Flesh and Fire | Jennifer L Armentrout
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While a bit long winded, I really enjoyed this second book in the series, even more than the first. The characters continue to grow and the complicated relationships and world building is compelling. I love seeing how all the various communities have formed and the ways they are different and alike. And the intrigue, Im all about the intrigue! She is a #chunkster and I counted her as 2 squares for #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

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This was okay, interesting enough that I kept listening but I‘m not sure it will stay with me. I liked the stores but I wanted a little more oopmh from the characters. #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks #audio

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Midnight Library | Matt Haig
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Does anyone use libib.com (also an app) to catalog their personal books? My sweetie got me a scanner for my birthday a few months ago and I‘ve nearly got everything scanned in. It is great because I have a record of everything I have so I‘m less likely to buy a second copy. And it is like playing grown up librarian!

charl08 I do the same on librarything (without the scanner). 2w
Karkar I use Libib. I love it! I have two libraries on mine one for my books and one for my Mom. 2w
Ladygodiva7 Cool! I don‘t have it, but I did the same thing with BookBuddy+ app, I scanned the ISBN with my camera phone. (edited) 2w
everlocalwest I definitely keep a list of books I'm collecting so that I don't buy dups but I am consistently adding to and culling my collection so my list on librarything is woefully out of date and I fear I'm going to have to start over. Kudos to you on your journey!! I love cataloging! 2w
MaureenMc Another Libib user 🙋🏻‍♀️ 2w
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Delightful to step into Eloisa James‘ regency world again. Her vivid novel follows the story of a grumpy viscount who has just become the guardian of his wayward sister‘s twins. All 3 are struggling to find their way and then the sister of the Viscount‘s betrothed enters the picture to blow everything up. Fun, steamy, & engaging, I recommend this to all romance fans! Releases 7/22 #netgalleygroup #ARC #BookspinBingo @AllDebooks @TheAromaofBooks

TheBookHippie I met her once at a book thing years ago! She‘s so much fun. 2w
Julsmarshall Love to hear that, @TheBookHippie ! 2w
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Thanks for the link, @CrowCAH So much fun! It may not look much like me but I love the setting!

CrowCAH Same, I love the Regency time period! I hadn‘t seen that dress before in the options. 2w
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Love, Naturally: A Novel | Sophie Sullivan
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Mehso-so

This was okay but kept wanting more. The characters felt one dimensional and the story kinda meh. #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

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This was a good business book about finding your joy in work, working style, and how to make the most of your team and their strengths. I was a quick listen but was engaging and thought provoking. #BookspinBingo #Doublespin @TheAromaofBooks

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One-Star Romance | Laura Hankin
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I ♥️ #bookmail !

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️📚❤️ 2w
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Loved this final installment (I think) of this delightful regency series. Lighthearted and fun, great on #audio . #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

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The Paradise Problem | Christina Lauren
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Is this my favorite CLo novel ever? Maybe! The romance between Anna and Liam was sweet and spicy and I loved the Succession-like setting complete with terrible family members, financial intrigue, and a private tropical island. The perfect summer read! #20in4 @Andrew65 #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! I'm really looking forward to this one!! 3w
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Loving this cookbook my sweet daughter got me for Mother‘s day. I‘ve made several recipes from it so far and tonight‘s was Lasagne Alla Vodka and it was delicious!

Ruthiella Yum! 😋 3w
Tamra 😍 Looks fabulous! 3w
Texreader Well that title makes it sound amazing!! Hmmm…. 3w
Meshell1313 🤤🤤🤤 3w
mcctrish I love HBH cookbooks - never a bad recipe ❤️❤️ 3w
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It was a great reading month! These are all the books I read or listened to in May (except for the ebooks). I enjoyed so many of them including Herc, The Guncle Abroad, The Bandit Queens, Red River Girl, Funny Story, Black Chameleon and, of course, my re-read of Romancing Mr. Bridgerton.

Texreader Holy smokes! That‘s quite the stack! 3w
Gissy Impressive 📚📚📚📚🤩👏👏👏 3w
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Herc | Phoenicia Rogerson
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So good! Witty, queer, unique, and funny, I‘ve never read anything quite like it. Telling the story of Hercules from various perspectives of everyone but Hercules himself, it is equal parts enjoyable and thought provoking. If you like mythology, check this out! #20in4 @Andrew65

BookmarkTavern Oooo! Sounds interesting! 3w
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Herc | Phoenicia Rogerson
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Hope to finish this today for #BookspinBingo though it will be a stretch. I really need a #readathon in my life right now, so thanks @Andrew65 for the push! Happy reading, all! #20in4

Andrew65 Great to have you with us, good luck 😊 3w
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Kiss the Girl | Zoraida Cordova
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Absolutely fantastic! Loved this installment of Disney‘s Little Mermaid imagined for grown ups. Ariel, one of 6 sisters in a world renowned girl band, meets Eric, an up and coming musician who loves music, except for hers. Mistaken identity, forced proximity, quirky bandmates, and an adorable guinea pig make for a charming story full of life and heart. Great on #audio. #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

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This nonfiction book is so compelling and fascinating that it reads like a thriller. Tina Fontaine was the young Indigenous woman whose death set off the firestorm of news coverage in 2014 about the missing and murdered Indigenous women across Canada. The journalist did an amazing job bringing Tina‘s story to light as well as that of the detectives and police squad. While tough to read at times, I highly recommend this one! #BookspinBingo

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This was a fantastic debut! Compelling and layered, this unique love story between two unlikely characters is full of angst, longing, and heart. I‘m not surprised that Kuang has been a screenwriter and show runner in the past and I can‘t wait to see how she has adapted Emily Henry‘s forthcoming adaptations. #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks #BOTM

LiteraryinLawrence Oooh, that sounds great! 4w
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Totally worth the hype! Funny, raw, and compelling, this snarky feminist gem was fantastic! I enjoyed it on #audio as well. #BookspinBingo

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Heartbreakingly honest, this unflinching memoir of neglect, sadness, pain, and addiction has beautiful prose that stops you in your tracks. It was hard to read but I‘m so glad I did. I understand why it is considered a classic. #BookspinBingo #Roll100 @AllDebooks @TheAromaofBooks

Ruthiella Yes. This was really hard to read at times. I have her subsequent two memoirs on my shelves but haven‘t read them yet. 4w
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The Paradise Problem | Christina Lauren
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Barnes & Noble Memorial Day sale was worth the trip! Double rewards points and much of the store on sale.

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Bookshops & Bonedust | Travis Baldree
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June (how is it possible?) #BookspinBingo list! Bring on summer reading! @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Not ready for June!!!! 4w
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Solid thriller, interesting perspective from a small town girl accused of killing her best friend and the podcaster that is trying to find the truth. Unexpected family dynamics and abusive relationships complicate matters as the story unfolds. I really liked the unlikable MC. #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

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The Lost Library | Wendy Mass, Rebecca Stead
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“The only thing you absolutely have to know is the location of the library.” -Albert Einstein

This was such a delight! A little free library, a guard cat, and a little boy trying to solve a mystery make for a sweet, compelling and thoughtful story. So many special gems inside like a Mary Oliver poem, talking mice, and I‘ll let you discover the rest. Highly recommend! #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

Karisimo I agree! It‘s a gem 💎 1mo
tpixie Thanks! Sounds delightful! Stacked! 1mo
tpixie Oh ! On Goodreads I see I read another book of ‘s! My review said to run and read it!! 1mo
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Loved this latest thriller featuring Lily Kintner and Henry Kimball. They are such compelling and conflicted characters and this was another great page turner. So happy to have a sneak peek at this #ARC that releases on June 11th. Highly recommend, though it is helpful if you‘ve read the first two in the series. #netgalleygroup @AllDebooks #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Stacked! I loved The Kind Worth Killing! Are there others with these characters? 1mo
vivastory @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I haven't read it yet, but I believe this is book 2 in the series 1mo
KathyWheeler Thanks for the heads up. My husband and I both loved the first two books. 1mo
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Julsmarshall Yes, @alwaysbeeenaloverofbooks, @vivastory is right, that is the second book and this one is the third. So good!
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Good, dark, smart, twisty. #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

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Powerful, evocative, mythical, and smart, this mixture of essays and poetry will have me thinking for a long time. Mouton is the Poet Laureate of Houston and she shares stories of her time there but also growing up in Los Angeles and Michigan. There is a real sense of place and memory in this book and the #audio is fantastic, narrated by the author. #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

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Wild Love | Elsie Silver
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A sweet, funny, steamy romance set in a small Canadian community that is comforting and relaxing. Can‘t wait to read the next one in this new Elsie Silver series.

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Late Bloomer: A Novel | Mazey Eddings
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This was sweet and fun, I loved all of the flower pieces and the setting on a flower farm. Two complicated women find themselves living together on a flower farm aa they struggle to keep it, and themselves, afloat. The friends of one and sisters of the other form a strong (and hilarious) friend group that is a joy to be around. Great fun! #BookspinBingo #audio @TheAromaofBooks

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Tangled Up in You | Christina Lauren
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This was the most delightful, charming fairytale retelling-maybe the best I‘ve ever read! Christina Lauren have reimagined Tangled in a modern, realistic way with complicated characters that you can‘t help but fall for. This releases June 25th and I can‘t wait until everyone reads it so we can all fan girl over it. Now I really want to watch Tangled! #BookspinBingo #netgalleygroup @TheAromaofBooks

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Darling Girls: A Novel | Sally Hepworth
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This was a great thriller, kept me guessing and great twist at the end! I appreciated how well the three sisters loved each other, even while they were all dealing with difficult issues stemming from their painful childhoods and their shared history with the same abusive foster parent. #BOTM #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

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The Guncle Abroad | Steven Rowley
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Rowley does it again and manages to recreate the same magical combination of heart and humor. We rejoin Patrick a few years later as he takes his niece and nephew on an European adventure. Great to be along for the ride and experience all the special joys of travel with GUP and the kids, laughing all the way. A snarky teenager, family wedding, a Launt (what!), a little bit of heartbreak and a happy ending make for the perfect summer read!

Julsmarshall This releases 5/21 and the photo is from my conference last month when he was one of our speakers. Just as lovely and funny in person as you‘d think! 1mo
TheBookHippie Oh how fun!!! 1mo
Gissy Nice😃👌 1mo
Dragon So happy to hear about a Guncle sequel 💚🐉 1mo
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This was a delightful surprise! I loved Jenkins‘ authentic history, perspective, & voice. Getting to know him as he navigates his relationship with his loving mom who struggles with his identity as a gay man & her strict Christian faith. Jenkins‘ parents had a moment of fame in the 70s as they walked from Louisiana to Oregon, capturing national attention, & he & his Mom are retracing their steps and examining their relationship. #BookspinBingo

TheBookHippie This is on my list. 1mo
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Snarky, pointed, and laugh out loud funny, this dark comedy was a thrilling take female friendship. Filled with secrets, humor, and murder, and a cast of relatable characters that will keep you guessing until the very end. The various bridal settings were fun and the send up of influencers and ridiculous social media culture had me giggling. And the yoni eggs? Hilarious! #netgalleygroup #BookspinBingo @AllDebooks @TheAromaofBooks

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PurpleyPumpkin Sounds like fun! Stacked!📚 2mo
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So good! I‘m so ready for season 3 of Bridgerton on May 16! #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks #Bookspin

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The Teacher | Freida McFadden
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This was ok. Dark and twisty with several big surprises at the end that were . . . not that surprising. Maybe I‘ve read too many others where the characters felt more fully formed and less formulaic? Was a great listen, hard to put down, and I will try another of hers for sure. Just didn‘t blow me away. #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

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Bookzombie I just started this one by her, my first. I‘m not sure I love the narrator. 2mo
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Funny Story | Emily Henry
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Perfect heartwarming read!
Sweet children‘s librarian ✅
Scruffy and kind winery barkeep ✅
Fake relationship and forced proximity ✅
I loved every minute of these earnest sweethearts finding each other. Sigh 😍 Henry does it again and I‘m here for it! #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! I need to get my hands on this one - I've really enjoyed Henry's other books. 2mo
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Got to check out the Charles Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa with my sweet sister @Ireadkidlit her kids and my son and had a ball! Highly recommend if you are ever in the area!

Ruthiella Do you know this museum @dabbe ? 2mo
dabbe @Ruthiella Oh, yes, I do! I've never been there though but hope to someday! Was it as incredible as I hope it is? 🤩🤩🤩 2mo
dabbe Lovely picture, too! 🤩🤩🤩 2mo
Julsmarshall Yes, @dabbe it was amazing! 2mo
dabbe @Julsmarshall #someday 💙🩵💙 2mo
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So unique and funny. I loved the set up-a reality show that gives two strangers 6 weeks to convince their families they are in love and getting married. And they have to plan a wedding at the same time. Shenanigans ensue and LGBTQ+ vibes abound. I get the hype! #pride #ownvoices #BookspinBingo Finished this just under the wire for 3 bingoes! @TheAromaofBooks

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dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 2mo
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Robin | Dave Itzkoff
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Wow! This epic story captures all of the layered elements of Robin Williams‘ expansive talent, unique personality, and special heart and exceeded all expectations. The author spoke with Robin often over the years and many of his friends and family spoke with him to about their relationships with Robin and it brought so much life and understanding to the biography. Beautifully written, I highly recommend it for comedy fans. #Roll100 #BookspinBingo

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So good! I loved this sapphic love story about a farrier and a city girl who fall in love while trying to save the family business. With horses! Thoughtful and sweet with a light amount of spice, it left me wanting to visit Dugan‘s world more and hoping for another book set here-Lochlan and Tyler‘s perhaps? And how great is that cover?! #BookspinBingo #ARC #netgalleygroup @TheAromaofBooks @AllDebooks

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Treehorn Books | Santa Rosa, California (Bookstore)
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This was a charming little bookstore!

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Last Call at the Local | Sarah Grunder Ruiz
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So good! Dark in places but the characters are so earnest and lovable that you root for them that whole way. I leaned a lot about OCD and intrusive thoughts and it made me think about how you never know what others are going through. #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

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Finally got my May #BookspinBingo done. April has been a light reading month due to work but I‘m looking forward to a banner reading month in May! @TheAromaofBooks

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