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Kangaj1

Kangaj1

Joined April 2016

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Mehso-so

This was my May #bookspin. It started strong, but then it seemed to swirl lightly without a goal. The ending was predictable. Meh. @thearomaofbooks

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 1y
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Litsytestbook004 | Litsytestbook004

I got a new phone and Litsy didn't copy over like all of the rest of my apps. Went to the Google Play store and it is not there. Sent a message to Litsy on FB this morning, but no word yet. I hope I can continue to keep up with this site on the web (if I remember!) until the app is available again!

gossamerchild Oh that sucks. I hope it comes back soon. 1y
TrishB Litsy isn't currently available on the Play store, though we are working to get it back up. Let your friend know that Litsy web is always available: https://www.litsy.com/web/home. This was the response on another thread. (edited) 1y
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Here's my May stack for #bookspin #doublespin @TheAromaofBooks

My focus is multi-colored spines, and this was a prettier way to show it than my list. A couple got cut off - Under a Dark Sky, The Shadow King, and the tagged book.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
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The Craftsman | Sharon Bolton
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Bailedbailed

I abandoned my #doublespin tonight after about 50 pages. Onto the next one. @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Sometimes it feels good just to get a book off the list!! 1y
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The It Girl | Ruth Ware
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Mehso-so

I read this one for #AuthorAMonth @Soubhiville

It started out well and was just meh by the end. I did not like the twist.

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Legendborn | Tracy Deonn
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This was my #bookspin for April and I loved it! It took a turn in the middle that I was unsure about and normally avoid, but I am so glad I stayed with it. This turned into a 5⭐ read for me! Now to get the next in the series...
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
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Here's my #bookspin and #doublespin list for April. @thearomaofbooks

My focus is black spines on my shelves with authors last names A-J. I did find a number of these available on audio through Libby, so I will not be reading all of these in print. The #roll100 and Netgalley books are all on kindle.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
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The Tenant | Katrine Engberg
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This was my #doublespin for @TheAromaofBooks

I really liked this twisty, slow burn mystery and have book 2 on hold.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1y
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I have loved almost every Steinbeck I have read. This was fun, though some of his thoughts would be frowned upon nowadays. I loved his description of Wisconsin, where I live. The audio was read by Gary Sinese.
Thrilled that this was my #bookspin for #AuthorAMonth
@Soubhiville @TheAromaofBooks

JenReadsAlot I started this one today! Looking forward to the WI description now. 1y
Kangaj1 It's in Part 3 I think! I read it out loud to my husband this morning! 1y
Christine Oh man, now I have to read this one! I usually read Steinbeck for his take on my current state (CA), not my childhood one (WI)! 1y
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Kangaj1 WI only got a few paragraphs, but they are spot on. He does spend more time on CA I think. 1y
gossamerchild I remember really enjoying this when I read it a while ago. 1y
TheAromaofBooks I've been reading this one this month and really enjoying it. 1y
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The Gifted School | Bruce Holsinger
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My #bookspin for Feb was The Gifted School, and I finished it tonight. I tried it on audio first but there were so many characters to keep track of, so I switched to print. A fascinating mess of a community. @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
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Feb wrap-up:
First 2 books were 5⭐
Rest of row 1-2 were 4⭐
Row 3 were 3.5 ⭐
Bottom row were 3⭐

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Here's my March list for #bookspin #doublespin @thearomaofbooks

I still have to read my Feb #bookspin, and I have a bunch of library books not on this list, so who knows. March is mostly made up of green spines from my shelves.

Lcsmcat I see some good titles there. 1y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Love the green spine theme!! 1y
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The Very Nice Box | Eve Gleichman, Laura Blackett
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This was my #doublespin for Feb - rated it 3.5 stars. Not as genre bending as I wanted, and I guessed the twist. @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
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Got most of these at a used bookstore today for $29 (plus three more for hubby), and the bottom two are from a friend's LFL.

Gissy Wow! Great sale📚👌 1y
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This was my #doublespin for Jan, finished this weekend. It's a deep dive into data analytics of literature - classics, modern, popular fiction, fan fiction. Really engaging and surprisingly funny. @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1y
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Here are my Feb plans for #bookspin #doublespin. I am reading the tagged book now, so I may finish that before the end of this month. Most of these are beige or pink spines on my shelf.
@thearomaofbooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1y
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Birthday book haul from B&N - with a gift card from work kudos points + my birthday coupon, I got all for $25 tonight!

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The Sentence | Louise Erdrich
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Just finished this one for #AuthorAMonth @Soubhiville
Loved this book so much. And interestingly, this month I have read or am reading a bunch of other books in conversation with this one: Braiding Sweetgrass, Caste, The Gilded Years, Take It Back...

Soubhiville I love when a bunch of books I‘m reading kind of align, especially when it‘s accidental. I absolutely love Braiding Sweetgrass! 2y
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A Man Called Ove: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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I didn't enjoy this one the first time I read it, but I want to go see the new movie and it has been a while. After falling in love with his writing since, esp the Beartown series, I like this much more this time. #bookspin @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
tpixie I‘m hoping to go Friday. I‘ll ask my irl bookclub if anyone wants to go. I‘m starting the Swedish movie. I‘d like to do a re-read, but I don‘t know that I have the time this week with bookclub commitments 💝 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I need to read it again… I don‘t remember there being 4 suicide attempts. I‘m seeing lots of articles warning about this.. 1y
Kangaj1 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I reread it just before seeing the movie, and that is accurate. 1y
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Demon Copperhead: A Novel | Barbara Kingsolver
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Lots of great reads in Dec!

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A World of Curiosities | Louise Penny
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Could not narrow it down as I read around 185 with over 100 4 ⭐ and 5 ⭐ reads...

jlhammar Yes! Tell Me Everything was in my Honorable Mentions as well. So good! 2y
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Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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Hard to pick a favorite here, but I did read the tagged book twice...

jlhammar I‘ve got Lessons in Chemistry and Babel on my shelves. Hope to get to them soon! 2y
Kangaj1 @jlhammar you have some great reading ahead of you! 2y
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The Question of Red | Laksmi Pamuntjak

For Jan #roll100 @PuddleJumper my books are:
44: The Question of Red (tagged, on Kindle)
84: Finding Mrs. Ford by Deborah Goodrich Royce (audio)
96: A Twist in Time by Julie McElwain (print or Kindle)

PuddleJumper Interesting choices! 2y
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The Hero of This Book: A Novel | Elizabeth McCracken
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B&N 50% hardcover sale

EvieBee Nice haul! How long is the sale? 2y
Kangaj1 @EvieBee Thanks! Through tomorrow. 2y
Megabooks Lots of great choices! 2y
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Demon Copperhead: A Novel | Barbara Kingsolver
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Here's my bookish Christmas gifts today. I'm starting Demon Copperhead now!

gossamerchild I have that one on my very soon #tbr, too. You'll have to let me know how you like it. 2y
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Roll the Dice | Wayne Avrashow

I am participating in #roll100 in 2023. I am not posting my list here, but right now there are about 75 Kindle books on it with room to add more as I get more. Also doing #booked2023 and #bookspin and #doublespin. My main task will focus on different colors of spines on my owned TBR for each month, but these challenges will be nice add-ons. January will be purple spines, and I have some great books lined up!

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Hench | Natalie Zina Walschots
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Bailedbailed

I thought I would love this one, and I stuck it out almost halfway before I admitted to myself I was done. Final #bookspin for 2022 @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks At least it's off the list!! 2y
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Bailedbailed

This was my Dec #doublespin #bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

I really like his writing, but I don't love the violence and tension and pacing. I got 170 pages in and bailed. I did read Blacktop Wasteland, and while I think he has talent, his books are just not for me.

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! Sometimes you just have to appreciate that an author is talented but also not for you haha 2y
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A World of Curiosities | Louise Penny
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The tagged book was my favorite - probably a 4.5 and maybe a fave of the series.

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Here's my #bookspin #bookspinbingo for December - trying to finish a couple challenges and read what I received around this time last year! Looking forward to extra time off at the end of the year to read. @thearomaofbooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2y
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Bailedbailed

I abandoned my #doublespin tonight - not for me right now at least. @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Sometimes a book just isn't the right fit!! 2y
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Mexican Gothic | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Here's my list for #bookspin #doublespin #bookspinbingo @thearomaofbooks

Hoping to get to #AuthorAMonth #TBRDeckofCards (from Oct!) #Roll100 (for Oct and Nov) and finally finish my #Booked2022 that have been hanging out there awhile.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Good luck!! 2y
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Hello, Transcriber: A Novel | Hannah Morrissey
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This was my #doublespin for #bookspinbingo
I liked it a lot, and it was really different from mysteries I have read. I have her next one queued up on Netgalley, so I really wanted to get through this first. Beautiful writing, very unique story.

 @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2y
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Uncultured: A Memoir | Daniella Mestyanek Young
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This was my #bookspin for October and I finished it last week and forgot to post. This is a fascinating cult memoir describing her life in the Children of God cult and then in the US Army. I got an autographed copy, and the author inscribed, "what cults are you a part of?" @TheAromaofBooks

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This weekend's book haul from the Wisconsin Book Festival and my library book sale. I grabbed an extra copy of Nerd for my son.

NovelGirl82 Nerd is on my tbr! So looking forward to that one! 2y
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Bailedbailed

This was my #doublespin for Sept and just did not work for me. Sadness, because I adored Nothing to See Here. I was pretty bored with it. @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks I'm always sad when the second book I read by an author doesn't vibe like the first one. 2y
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Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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I did not get any bingos this month for #bookspinbingo, and I still have not finished my #doublespin, but it's stacked for next month. I am currently reading the blue squares (plus one more not on this board). @thearomaofbooks

I absolutely loved Fairy Tale. I picked it up at the last minute and it was my only 5 star read in Sept.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Great month!!! 2y
tpixie Wow! Lots of books! 2y
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The The Round House | Louise Erdrich
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@thearomaofbooks #bookspin #doublespin #bookspinbingo

#TBRDeckOfCards #Roll100 #covertocover

Here's my October list. I've been thinking about how I want to structure my reading next year. I am planning to limit my challenges and read either spines of a certain color each month from my shelves or focus on one shelf per month. I did not read near enough of my owned TBR and I am hoping this will help!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2y
SamAnne Loved Round House! 2y
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Dear Martin | Nic Stone
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I finished my #AuthorAMonth read today and thought it was well done, especially on audio! @Soubhiville

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Our Missing Hearts | Celeste Ng
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#bookspin @thearomaofbooks
Thanks to Netgalley and Penguin Press for the opportunity to read this book prior to publication. I was eagerly looking forward to Celeste's new book, as I adored her previous works. This new one is dystopian! Bird and his father live in Cambridge, where his dad, a former linguistics professor, works at the library at Harvard. PACT laws preserve American culture in this world, where Asians are not to be trusted,

Kangaj1 children can be removed from dissident parents, and unpatriotic books are removed from circulation. Bird's own mom had to flee the family due to PACT, and the rest of the story involves Bird's puzzle to find her again. The setup took a while, but about about 30-40% in I could not put this down and finished the rest in one day. I loved the discussions of linguistics, storytelling, poetry, and bad-ass librarians. 2y
Kangaj1 This book is terrifying and heart wrenching, and I will be thinking about this one for a long time.
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Bingo! | Rosemary Wells
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I cleared the board again for #bookspinbingo @thearomaofbooks

I actually completed 14 books in August and DNFed a lot. All the ones I read were 4-5 stars, and 4 of my books were rereads this month.

Julsmarshall Woohoo! 2y
tpixie Amazing! Congrats! 2y
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Fantastic month!!! 2y
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A River Enchanted | Rebecca Ross
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Here's my list for #bookspin #bookspinbingo #doublespin @thearomaofbooks

Also includes books for #Roll100 #TBRDeckOfCards #covertocover #Booked2022 #AuthorAMonth

@clwojick @cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @barbarathebibliophage @Soubhiville @PuddleJumper

I didn't get through all of these challenges in August, so some will go back on the shelf. Looking forward to starting fresh!

Cinfhen Good luck and happy reading 🍀🍂🍁 2y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2y
PuddleJumper Nice! 2y
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Finished this #doublespin in two days - needed that after all my DNFs lately! This was excellent and I am looking forward to her next book queued up on netgalley...
@TheAromaofBooks

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Spinning Silver | Naomi Novik
Bailedbailed

I have already bailed on my #bookspin for August. I was 2.5 hours in on audio and just did not care. I am planning two other #AuthorAMonth books by this author, so I am hoping something sticks! @TheAromaofBooks @Soubhiville

TheAromaofBooks I had mixed feelings on this one. I appreciated the writing, but I found the story itself to be kind of a downer. 2y
Soubhiville I didn‘t care for this one either. 2y
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1Q84 | Haruki Murakami
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Here's my #bookspinbingo board for July. I finished 12 books, which is low for me, but we had a lot going on around here. I was DNFing books left and right.
I read the tagged book as a buddy read that started in late June, and really liked it a lot!
@thearomaofbooks #Roll100 @PuddleJumper #TBRDeckofCards @clwojick #Booked2022 @cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @barbarathebibliophage #AuthorAMonth @Soubhiville

PuddleJumper You're doing amazing! 2y
Cinfhen Woohoo 🙌🏻 amazing progress 2y
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Fantastic month!! 2y
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Station Eleven: A novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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Here is my list for #bookspin #doublespin #bookspinbingo @thearomaofbooks

I am not sure I will read all of the #AuthorAMonth listed @Soubhiville, but they are placeholders so I can see if I like them.

Also listed #TBRDeckOfCards @clwojick - I already ruled one other one out this week.
#Booked2022 (almost done with this one!) @cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @barbarathebibliophage
#Roll100 @PuddleJumper

Cinfhen Ohhhh, I almost forgot/ it‘s time to think about #BookSpinAugust !!!! Hi @TheAromaofBooks 👋🏽♥️ 2y
PuddleJumper Awesome! I forgot about #bookspin too, gotta make my list! 🤣 2y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! @Cinfhen @PuddleJumper - I'm just getting ready to post the reminder post for AUGUST! 😲 MIND. BLOWN. 😂 2y
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Bailedbailed

#bookspin @thearomaofbooks
I wanted to love this one, but I was so bored after 42%.

TheAromaofBooks Always sad when a book just isn't the right fit!! 2y
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My Name Is Jason. Mine Too.: Our Story. Our Way. | Jason Reynolds, Jason Griffin
Mehso-so

I read the new version of this that came out this year. It was just fine, IMHO. I liked Ain't Burned All the Bright much better. #AuthorAMonth @Soubhiville

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Dead Scared | Sharon Bolton, S. J. Bolton
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#doublespin @TheAromaofBooks
I finished this one tonight. I liked her first one in the Lacey Flint series more, and I read 1.5 and this one this month. This was good, but there were a few things that bugged me. Still, pressing on in the series because I heard they get better.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2y
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Ghost | Jason Reynolds
Mehso-so

I love Jason Reynolds, but this one was not my favorite. I listened to this on audio and the narrator was not all that. Still, one of my kids is in track and cross country, so it was fun to get a peek into this world. @Soubhiville #AuthorAMonth