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PuddleJumper

Joined December 2019

“We are the sum of all we have done added to the sum of all that has been done to us.“ Robin Hobb
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Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells
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Dracula by Bram Stoker
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Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch
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Dirty Magic by Jaye Wells
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Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs
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Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski
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Go on holiday and buy books (and games)!

These are books I've wanted for awhile but weren't at my local library and I could only buy them through Amazon which I'm reluctant to do

Found a lovely sci-fi/fantasy book shop in Edinburgh called Transreal Fiction. Well worth a visit, they had a great range of books

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I read 3 library books and 1 book off my shelves

Also picked up some thin books to take on holiday with me. I'm pleased! 🤣

#marvellousmay @Andrew65

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Given, Vol. 1 | Natsuki Kizu
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I'm not that into music but I really enjoyed this book, it was a combination of cute and sad. Looking forward to the rest of the series ... If my library gets them in! Had this on hold for nearly a year before it came in

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Panpan

This book sounds better than it is. There are no citations and no critical interrogation of the sources that they do mention.

I am being harsh because this isn't and doesn't claim to be an academic book but I still think you need to be mindful. It also covers the 'ancient world' which is Greece and Italy over several centuries and doesn't really place the jobs in a historical context beyond ancient world

PuddleJumper This was one of my May #roll100 and I'm glad to get it off my shelves! Books like this were a staple gift when doing my degree and I just held onto them even though I wasn't interested 1w
charl08 Fabulous title though! 1w
PuddleJumper @charl08 🤣 It is a great name 1w
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The Good Son: A Novel | You-Jeong Jeong
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Mehso-so

I have mixed feelings about this. It was really well written and an intense read, very much a psychological thriller.

It was what it was, if that makes sense, there were no twists and no surprises and it was quite a tough book to get through

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Roll the Dice | Wayne Avrashow
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June #roll100 going up really early because I‘m travelling on and off the next few weeks

May rolls are still active!

I‘ve gone with an orange/golden theme with Athens, Muninn and my Caleb Widogast set

Roll 1 – 56
Roll 2 – 15
Roll 3 – 62

Let me know what you are reading by tagging me @puddlejumper

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ozma.of.oz Woohoo! 🎉 2w
claudiuo Thank you so much for posting the picks. Hope you have great fun trips! 2w
Bookworm54 Enjoy your travels! ☺️ 2w
Read4life Love those dice! Thanks for posting early. It really helps me get my TBR set. Safe and happy travels, @PuddleJumper 2w
Airykah13 Thank you! Have a wonderful trip! 2w
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Thank you for taking the time to do this even when life is busy!! Two out of three of my books have the word “escape“ in the title, and the third book is “Lost Lake“ so I'm not sure about this month's subliminal messaging! 😂 2w
MeganAnn You have the prettiest dice! Thanks for posting early and safe travels! 2w
PuddleJumper @Read4life That's good to know! I always think I post too early 2w
PuddleJumper @TheAromaofBooks 😂 That is so strange! 2w
PuddleJumper @MeganAnn Thank you! 😃 2w
Chelsea.Poole Thanks!! 1w
SusanLee Thank you 😘 1w
claudiuo Just got to update my #Roll100 list with these picks and to my surprise I saw that I've already read 2 of them: #2 is in my list the great Silver In The Wood by Emily Tesh (tagged) which I finished back in January and #3 is Courage (Omega Queen book 3) by W J May which I finished a few days ago.
Normally I will replace them with other books in adjacent spots but I am so much behind that I will just take these and rejoice 😁
Thank you so much!
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PuddleJumper @claudiuo Haha take the win! 1w
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm The ones on top are GORGEOUS!! ❤️😱❤️ 2d
PuddleJumper @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Thanks! That was a lucky Etsy find 2d
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Mehso-so

A police procedural set in modern China. The cultural and historical aspects of this book were really interesting but unfortunately the murder plot was rather dull

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Arrived early to teach my class. Thankfully the venue let's me in and doesn't charge me so I'm going to have a good thirty minutes of reading time

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Had the house to myself for like the first time in 3 years and I've binge watched so much tv, ate so much crap food, and went outside once. I have not read anything 😅

I'd like to read at least one book from my library haul for #MarvellousMay

@Andrew65

Viji That sounds amazing 😄 2w
Andrew65 Good luck 😊 2w
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The Gravity of Us | Phil Stamper
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Mehso-so

This book lost its way somewhere around the middle. There was a great premise, compelling characters and dynamics and then it just fizzled

This book would have been much better without the romance element. The insta love took away from interesting parts of the plot and nothing would have been lost if it was cut

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Pickpick

I'm glad I read the two volumes back to back as they are a continuous story. Really enjoyed it!

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My Brother's Husband | Gengoroh Tagame
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Fantastic book! The story is sweet and a little sad and approaches cultural differences, prejudices, and expectations in a very gentle way

Would definitely recommend and I'm looking forward to the second volume which I also got out the library! 😄

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Mehso-so

Fluff. Stories were a bit too simplistic and lacking in depth.

The art work was nice and the stories enjoyable, very easy reading

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My city had decided to close a few libraries despite the outage it caused. They've been doing an audit about possibly closing a few more

I have no shame about my #libraryhaul and using the inter library loan system. Several of the books I put on hold have been 'lost' since the other libraries have been closed which sucks

Doing the no buy 2022 has really shown me how great my local libraries are

DivineDiana I am sorry to learn about the Library closings. 😔 3w
PuddleJumper @DivineDiana It sucks. I don't think my local one will close which I'm very thankful for! 3w
Bookwormjillk It‘s always sad to hear about library closures. They are so important to communities. 3w
PuddleJumper @Bookwormjillk They really are. The ones they've chosen to close are in smaller, out of the way areas which need those community spaces 3w
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Mehso-so

This series has run it's course for me. I didn't enjoy this one as much as others, the mystery was a bit dull and Daisy was very annoying ... More annoying than usual

One of my #shelfofshame books because I swear I've read the first 3 chapters multiple times and then stopped reading

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Bloodline | Jordan L. Hawk
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Great book even if Whyborne was a bit stupid

May #roll100

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Dracula | Bram Stoker
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#draculadaily starts with Jonathan Harker wanting every recipe ever and criticizing the local women for being "clumsy about the waist"

I really want to know what that means! How do I know if I'm clumsy about the waist?

Dilara I *had* to look it up! It looks like it's a euphemism. The women have large - or non-corsetted - waists. I don't know about you, but I would definitely fall in that category! 3w
PuddleJumper @Dilara Amazing! I love in yoga bras and joggers so yeah I think I would too! 🤣 3w
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May #bookspinbingo

#bookspin is an impulse read and #doublespin is one of my #roll100 books

Pretty blank board this month as I've got some traveling and don't want to be carrying around big books

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4w
Ruthiella What‘s the difference between the donkey and the cat on your board? 🤔 3w
PuddleJumper @Ruthiella The donkey is happy to see you and the cat is disappointed 🤣 Donkey is impulse reads and cat is free spaces 3w
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Artificial Condition | Martha Wells
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Another great installment!

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Mehso-so

An easy high school mystery book. It isn't as good as the first and the reveal was a bit lacking but it's a diverting read

Counting this towards my May stuff since I've already posted my April stuff 🤣🤣

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Darius the Great is Not Okay was my pick for April. Really enjoyed the book.

Black Sun still wins out though. It was difficult to pick as they are different genres but I think Black Sun was much more impactful

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KristiAhlers What a fun way to track favorite reads. This would though drive me insane trying to pick the overall favorite 😂. I‘m like yes, yes, yes, all the books 4w
PuddleJumper @KristiAhlers 🤣🤣 I get that. I have to think about the books otherwise my default would be the book I read most recently and enjoyed 4w
Laughterhp Loved Black Sun! Can‘t wait to read the sequel. 4w
PuddleJumper @Laughterhp Not long until it comes out! 4w
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April #bookspinbingo

No bingos this month but I did finish my #doublespin and one of my #roll100 books

Probably one of my lighter reading months which I'm blaming on taxes because that stuff is hard when you're self employed! 😅

@TheAromaofBooks

KristiAhlers Oh I think you‘re going to like Persephone‘s Station when you get around to it. 4w
PuddleJumper @KristiAhlers That's encouraging! I pre-ordered the paperback and forgot about it until it turned up 😅 4w
KristiAhlers @PuddleJumper I legit hate when I do that 🤣 4w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Great month!!! 4w
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The Tea Dragon Festival | Katie O'Neill
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Another wonderful book

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Five minutes in and I already love it. Makes me want to read it from the beginning

Nutmegnc Soooo gooooddd!!! 🥰🥰🥰🥰 1mo
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Doing 2 rolls again for #roll100

Roll 1: Orgy Planner Wanted: Odd Jobs and Curious Callings in the Ancient World by Vicki Leon

Roll 2: Bloodline by Jordan L Hawk

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Roll the Dice | Wayne Avrashow
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May #roll100 is here with a green theme: Cthulu, Fossegrim and Canis Minor

Roll 1 = 54
Roll 2 = 85
Roll 3 = 96

We had 85 last month too so if you've read the book already then read 84 or 86

Sticking with 3 rolls this month. If anyone wants an extra roll let me know and I'll do another one

Tag me at @puddlejumper so I can be nosey

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ozma.of.oz Woohoo! 🎉🎉🎉 1mo
Kenyazero Exciting! I'll have to check and see if I ever got around to reading my April rolls 🤔😏 I have a sneaking suspicion that I didn't. 1mo
PuddleJumper @Kenyazero I read one and I think I've still got a March one to read 😂 1mo
claudiuo Yay, thank you so much for posting the numbers! Not that I read a lot, until now one roll-read a month was the best I could do but I love to have something to strive for. Thank you! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! I still haven't read my 85; I read my 54 for another challenge (Ivanhoe ended up being my BookSpin earlier this year), so I think I am going to focus on 96 and catching up on some backlog books!! It's a short one that I spontaneously bought from Book Outlet a while ago - 1mo
JackOBotts I‘m quite behind on my challenges for April, but my May roll (54) will be a read c/o my pen pal @BekahPat 1mo
PuddleJumper @claudiuo You're doing great! If it gets you reading and clearly down the TBR pile then that's amazing 1mo
PuddleJumper @TheAromaofBooks I'm so behind on all my challenge books 😆 Sounds like a great goal 1mo
PuddleJumper @JackOBotts What a lovely idea! I'm behind as well so you are in good company! 🤣 1mo
Clwojick Woohoo! Can‘t wait for another month of reading plans! 1mo
Nessavamusic Yay! I hope I like these better then my last months. 😁 1mo
MeganAnn Yay! This has made reading from my shelves so much more fun! 1mo
Read4life Loving this! 1mo
Chelsea.Poole Thank you!! I‘m reading this from April‘s list next, so I guess it can do double duty! 🌊 1mo
PuddleJumper @MeganAnn I'm so glad! 1mo
PuddleJumper @Chelsea.Poole Sounds like a good plan! Happy reading 1mo
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May #bookspinbingo

Bit of a weird month with traveling so didn't want to include any of my nice books because I ruin them in my bag 🤣

Its going to be a lot of library books, ebooks and hopefully catch up on some challenge books I haven't read

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
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Panpan

This was such a boring slog of a read. There was no dramatic tension, there was no tension full stop. Things were introduced then immediately resolved.

Too much nothingness

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Pickpick

Phenomenal book! I found this incredibly emotional to read. The main character, Darius, has chronic depression and the book is from his point of view so you see his life and thoughts through the lens of his depression.

I wasn't diagnosed with depression until my mid twenties but I definitely had it from a very young age. Many parts of this were uncomfortably familiar because I remember thinking the same kinds of things.

GondorGirl There's a sequel to this book that is equally as good. 1mo
PuddleJumper @GondorGirl Yes! I'm waiting for my library to get it in 1mo
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The Diabolical Bones | Bella Ellis
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A great sequel that added in a bit of supernatural flavour without letting it overwhelm the book

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Next campaign setting after Descent into Avernus.

I was going to run a homebrew/Theros inspired world but we are potentially rotating through 3 GMs as we keep getting burnt out. I thought this would be more modular and easier to interrupt when we want to swap GMs and campaigns

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All Systems Red | Martha Wells
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First book in a space opera about a security robot.

I really enjoyed this. Murderbot is a delightful narrator and I'm looking forward to reading more in the series

SeaToSkyes Love Murderbot!! 1mo
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Pantone: Colors | Pantone
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Clwojick Perfect match! Way to go! 1mo
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The Black Flamingo | Dean Atta
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Beautiful book

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Been hit by an unexpected and painful period which knocked me out for several days. Managed to get a bit of reading done which I'm pleased about!

✔️ Finished The Cardigans by Cole McCabe
✔️ Read Gentlemen's Guide to Getting Lucky
✔️ Ignored my challenge books to play a modded out Skyrim!

#AwesomeApril @andrew65

Andrew65 I‘ve had bad headaches that have stopped my reading almost totally for a few days, so can sympathise. (edited) 1mo
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Pickpick

A lovely little interlude that deals with relationship anxiety and communication

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Hmm I might need to reevaluate how much I think I read because I thought 50 books was going to be achievable but like I'd hit in it October/November not April

KristiAhlers Yeah I had to bump mine up. I read so much now that I‘m not working and staying home and taking care of my dad. Not complaining he‘s self sufficient but he doesn‘t drive so I‘m his taxi to appointments. We moved him in with us last year after my mom passed. I don‘t have to drive to California anymore and I have time to read. Winning 2mo
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Pickpick

A bit more graphic than my usual cosy murder books. This one reads like an episode in a cop show which I really enjoyed.

I'm liking the characters and I hope the side characters get a bit more love in the other books because what I've seen so far is really interesting

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Work is slowing down again due to Covid concerns so I think I'd like to escape reality into some low stacks books 😂 Good timing for #AwesomeApril @andrew65

📘 Maybe finish The Cardigans by Cole McCabe (not exactly light)
📘 Read Gentlemen's Guide to Getting Lucky
📘 Start one of my challenge books or ignore them completly and play Mario Kart

peanutnine I love your last goal 😂🎮 2mo
PuddleJumper @peanutnine Mario Kart is king 😅 2mo
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A new month long reading challenge #MayMovieMadness hosted by @clwojick

Combine films and books

Go to the original post for more information
https://www.litsy.com/web/post/2391040

Clwojick Thanks for sharing! 2mo
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Pickpick

Everything about this book is delightful

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I really enjoyed the book so decided to binge watch the show. Divorced from the book it's an ok teen murder mystery but it's a bad adaptation of the book. I read that all the changes were okayed by the author so figured it was a choice to make it different and unexpected but I thought the changes made everything worse

It was still a fun Sunday afternoon

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April #bookspinbingo Cat is free spaces and sheep is impulse reads. I'm going to see how this works out

#bookspin Sorcerer to the Crown

#doublespin an impulse read

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Susanita What a great free space! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Love it!!! 2mo
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Pantone: Colors | Pantone
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Clwojick Woohoo! 2mo
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Mehso-so

If you are interested in a particular conflict featured in this book then these letters add a human element.

Personally, I did not like the format of this book. I would have preferred more letters including letters from soldiers on the other side of the conflict (that may be a sourcing/translation issue).

April #roll100

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Favourite book in March was A Matter of Oaths by Helen S Wright. I read some other really good books this month but that one stood out for me

#readingbracket2022

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Clwojick Nice match! 💙 2mo
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Mehso-so

I didn't enjoy this as the first book - it was still an enjoyable read but I don't think I'll carry on with the series

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April #bookspinbingo I've got a lot of impulse reads because I don't know what I want to read, figured this would give me some wiggle room

Going to try for both #bookspin and #doublespin this month

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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Bingo!! #bookspinbingo

I'd like to read at least one more book this month and it's likely to be Flash Fire or Diabolical Bones because I need to return them soon

I own my #doublespin so might push that back until April, same for one of my #roll100 rolls

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TheAromaofBooks Yay bingo!!! 2mo
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