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ReadingRachael
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This short novel in translation tells the story of Reverend Pearson and his teenage daughter (who travel for Pearson to evangelize throughout the Argentinian countryside). When their car breaks down they end up being the temporary guests of a mechanic and a teenage boy who goes by the name Tapioca. Definitely character-based. Philosophical. Reminds me of the US “Southern Gothic” genre. A lot to reflect on in just 124 pages.

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ReadingRachael
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By turns beautiful and heart-rendering this is easily one of the most moving poetry collections I have ever read. The collection is so so well crafted too. In these poems, Warsan Shire gives snapshots of moments in the lives of refugees and immigrants, especially the experiences of women and girls from Somalia. Highly recommend. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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ReadingRachael
Home Body | Rupi Kaur
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Rupi Kaur is able to pack so much punch into just a few words. I could physically feel so many of these poems. I am grateful to her for being willing to share her journey through trauma towards hope, healing, and self compassion. (Please know that strong trigger warnings apply here)

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ReadingRachael
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My May #BookSpinBingo Yay!!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 5mo
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ReadingRachael
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@ShelleyBooksie Hughie is curious if there might be something else for him in the #litsylovesanimalsswap 😂 He loves his new toy Shelley ❤️ Thank you!!!

DinoMom He is so sweet! 5mo
ReadingRachael @DinoMom Thank you! He always has a way to make me laugh and lift my spirits….at 1 1/2 he is still very much an endlessly curious puppy 🐶 5mo
ShelleyBooksie He is adorable!!!! 5mo
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ReadingRachael
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@ShelleyBooksie Hughie loves his new toy from the #litsylovesanimalsswap

ShelleyBooksie He is so adorable. I love that he loves his toy ❤️❤️❤️ 5mo
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ReadingRachael
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Shelley, @ShelleyBooksie Thank you so much for all my goodies!!! I love them all and I definitely feel very spoiled too! Hughie loves his new toy (I will post a separate picture ❤️). The little fox bracelet is so cute, the socks made me laugh, and I am excited to read the books. Everything was so beautifully wrapped. Thank you so much! #litsylovesanimalaswap

ShelleyBooksie I'm so glad that you and Houghie enjoyed the package :) 5mo
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ReadingRachael
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This lovely #LitsyLovesAnimals box arrived a couple days ago from @ShelleyBooksie and I forgot to post 😬 Thank you Shelley!
Thanks for hosting @DinoMom and @ShelleyBooksie

ShelleyBooksie Yay!! Glad it arrived. 6mo
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ReadingRachael
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On its way to New Brunswick for the #LitsyLovesAnimals Swap!!!
Thanks for hosting @DinoMom and @ShelleyBooksie

ShelleyBooksie Yay!!! Yours should arrive any day now if it's not there already @ReadingRachael 6mo
ReadingRachael @ShelleyBooksie Oh gosh, sorry! It has arrived 😃!!! It has been crazy week as I am finishing up a course and my brother was visiting from Portland, Oregon, so I completely forgot to post 😬 Thank you!! I love all the cute stickers 💕 I had fun putting your box together! 6mo
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ReadingRachael
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Written in an unpretentious conversational tone “Cultish” is interesting, informative, and well referenced, with added bits of humour that keep it from feeling too heavy. The central theme of the book is the use of language by cults (and cultish groups) for influence and control. Montell shares how to recognize and question problematic language (for example gaslighting / language that encourages you not to trust yourself.) Really enjoyed this one

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ReadingRachael
The Lumberjack's Dove: A Poem | GennaRose Nethercott
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This is easily one of the most unique books I have ever read….and unique in a good way! I think one way you could describe it would be that it is a bit of a mashup of narrative poetry, folklore, philosophical psychology, and “choose your own adventure book.” It left me reflecting on life, loss, change, and how we have come to be who we currently are. Would highly recommend!
Thanks @DinoMom for this #JolabokaflodSwap

DinoMom It intrigued me when I saw it on your TBR but now I think I need to read it. Glad you enjoyed it. (edited) 8mo
ReadingRachael @DinoMom I would definitely recommend it if it sounds like something you might like. It prompts personal reflection in such an unusual way. I don‘t do a lot of rereading, but this is one I know I‘ll come back and dip into again 8mo
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ReadingRachael
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I‘ll give this a pick but with caveats. This book covers the timely subject of how information is gained, vetted, and knowledge established in society. It has lots of important “food for thought,” however, I was disappointed by the author‘s discussion of the concept that words are not violence, they don‘t hurt you, other than perhaps your feelings (and people need to toughen up.) In my opinion, he fails to properly address ⬇️

ReadingRachael ….that it is words that insight violence, and it is words that lead people to discriminate. I wonder his viewpoint on this is, in part, due to the safety that comes from not being a “visible” minority and therefore not having experienced violence and discrimination from total strangers based on appearance alone? I wish this subject was better addressed as the book left me at times saying but…..but…..but…. 8mo
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The Lumberjack's Dove: A Poem | GennaRose Nethercott
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Thank you so so much for these beautifully wrapped gifts @DinoMom ! I‘m excited to try the chocolate (I‘ve already received sharing requests too 😂) and am looking forward to curling up with my new poetry book and my pup! 🎄🐶Thank you @MaleficentBookDragon for hosting the #JolabokaflodSwap ❤️

CBee I love your cute little snow people ♥️ 9mo
ReadingRachael @CBee Thank you! They were made by Great Grandmother 😊 They are kind of a family tradition. Mom would put them in the tops of my siblings and my stockings. I being the eldest, had the largest snowman in the top of my stocking 😂 9mo
CBee @ReadingRachael what a lovely tradition ♥️♥️ 9mo
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ReadingRachael
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@FantasyChick Your #JolabokaflodSwap seems to be travelling the Country for some reason 😕 That tracking is still saying it will arrive yesterday, and that it was processed in Richmond, BC on the 18th (it was sent by me on the 8th from Hamilton, ON.) I am so sorry it is taking so long and pushing it so close.

ReadingRachael I‘ll just add that I double checked the address in the picture I took before mailing and that looks to be correct… 9mo
FantasyChick Lol No worries! I know how crazy Canada Post is right now. Thank you for the update 😊 9mo
ReadingRachael @FantasyChick My hopes for your swap package arriving today are dimming. 😬😕 I‘m sorry about this, Canada Post tracking is now saying “item delayed, stay tuned for updates.” The tracking number is: GD 008 161 825 CA I hope you have some other books and goodies to get cozy with tonight ❤️🎄 9mo
FantasyChick That's OK! It will be a good surprise when it shows up. There's nothing better than a random package in the mail 😊 My night is so busy I haven't even had time to open anything yet anyway so it's all good! Hope you have a great Christmas 😘😘 9mo
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ReadingRachael
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It‘s off and on it‘s way!!!!! #JolabokaflodSwap

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Yay!!! My #JolabokaflodSwap arrived, thanks @DinoMom !!!

DinoMom Yay! 10mo
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ReadingRachael
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Maybe I‘ll have my first #BookSpinBingo this month???
2021 has not been the greatest reading year for me (unless I count all the reading I‘ve been doing for my course work.)😂
Thanks for hosting @TheAromaofBooks
#BookSpin #DoubleSpin #BookSpinBingo

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Looks great!!! 11mo
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ReadingRachael
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“Chaos is his element…” My pup decided to grab a hold of my book yesterday while I was reading on the porch 😂

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ReadingRachael
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2021 Has not been a stellar reading year for me….hoping to do a little better this month. Here‘s my September #Bookspin #Doublespin. #BookspinBingo attempt!!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Good luck!! 13mo
Librariana Looks fantastic! 13mo
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ReadingRachael
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Here‘s my May 🌺🌷🌸
#BookSpin #DoubleSpin #BookSpinBingo

Zoes_Human I really enjoyed Anxious People! 1y
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 1y
SamAnne Great list. Loved Overstory. 1y
ReadingRachael @Zoes_Human I am looking forward to this one as I love the humanity Backman brings to his characters. 1y
ReadingRachael @SamAnne Excited to read The Overstory as it has been sitting on my TBR for far too long.😬 My sister in law then moved it up near the top of my list when she sent a copy to me for Christmas saying that it is some of the most beautiful writing she has read 🌿 1y
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ReadingRachael
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1. This is a beautiful, intimate, and humane love story to the spirit of everyday life in NYC and a moving tribute to the author‘s late partner Oliver Sacks.

2. Although not technically a genre, I love nature writing. Some of my favourite authors include Richard Wagamese, Terry Tempest Williams, and Mary Oliver

3. I read mostly non-fiction so I have so many 😂, Kay Redfield Jamison, Ibram X Kendi, Isabel Wilkerson...

Thanks @Eggs for the tag!

Eggs Well done❣️ Thanks for joining in 👏🏻📚👍🏼 1y
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ReadingRachael
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Hello April! 🌷☂️ 🤓
Here‘s my #BookSpin #DoubleSpin #BookSpinBingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2y
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ReadingRachael
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“It is a danger to the species and to the planet to have this depth of unexamined grievance and discontent in the most powerful nation in the world.”
Isabel Wilkerson has made a compelling argument that the US operates (and has operated since its founding) on a caste system in this wise, heart wrenching, but ultimately hopeful work of non-fiction. She is a brilliant researcher and engaging storyteller. I cannot recommend this highly enough. 5🌟

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ReadingRachael
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March #BookspinBingo board is ready to go!
* Marks my #Bookspin for the month
** Marks my #DoubleSpin

Thanks for the fun @TheAromaofBooks !

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Looks great!!! 2y
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ReadingRachael
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I have eagerly awaited Allie Brosh‘s follow up to Hyperbole and a Half and this didn‘t disappoint. She (the author) so deftly and poignantly explores the dark and light, heartbreaking and humorous times in life. Her openness makes me feel less alone.
#doublespin

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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Happy March!!! Here‘s my picks for this month‘s #bookspin #doublespin #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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ReadingRachael
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Here‘s my #bookspin list for February!!!

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 2y
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ReadingRachael
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❄️Here‘s my December❄️
#BookSpin #DoubleSpin #BookSpinBingo
Thanks! @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2y
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ReadingRachael
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November was a slow reading (or at least completing) month but I did manage to complete and throughly enjoy my November #bookspin Ross Gay‘s unique poetry collection “The Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude.” Would definitely recommend it if you‘re looking for poetry that veers away from the common themes of falling in love and out of love/heartbreak.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Great month!! 2y
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This beautiful little book is full of so much wisdom. In it, the author shares many of the lessons taught to him by his grandfather, Mahatma Gandhi, during the time he spent living at his grandfather‘s ashram (starting when he was 12)

Nute Stacking! 10mo
ReadingRachael @Nute I really enjoyed this! I liked how the author (Gandhi‘s grandson) wrote about how he perceived his grandfather as a child (he lived with his grandfather for a period of time) and then later as an adult. Lots of wisdom as well as gentle humour. 10mo
Nute I bet that this provides great insight to Gandhi, the kind that can only be obtained from familial relationships. Looking forward to the shared wisdom. 10mo
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TheAromaofBooks Looks fantastic!! I love your flowers!! 2y
readordierachel Wow, this looks like a great reading month! 2y
ZoeJane620 Wish I had your handwriting! 2y
ReadingRachael @TheAromaofBooks and @ZoeJane620 Thank you! I admit that I wrote the titles in pencil first and then went over them with marker....otherwise they would not look nearly as neat lol 😂 2y
ReadingRachael @readordierachel Yes, I'm really excited to read a lot of these! 2y
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TheYankeeIrregular I have Caste on my List too! Hoping it's one of my numbers so I can read it right away! 2y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2y
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ReadingRachael @TheYankeeIrregular and @SamAnne

I've heard that both “Caste“ and her other book “The Warmth of Other Suns“ (which is also on my TBR) are excellent, so I am very interested in reading them both.
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SamAnne @ReadingRachael I‘ve read Warmth and it is excellent. 2y
TheYankeeIrregular @ReadingRachael @SamAnne I've started the Warmth of Other Suns previously. Something about the cover on Warmth that draws me to it. I'm really into book covers. Is that odd? I'm glad you mentioned it, now I can use it for one of my free space books or put it on next month's list! 2y
ReadingRachael @TheYankeeIrregular I don't think it's odd at all! I am the same way - a book's title really draws me in.....such as “The Warmth of Other Suns,“ or “On Earth We Are Briefly Gorgeous“ and “My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises“ which I think is sold in the US under the title “My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry.“ 2y
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ReadingRachael
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This is a brave, moving, and hopefully empathy building collection of poems on the refugee and immigrant experience by an extremely talented group of young writers. In their courage to share, they beautifully illuminate our joint humanity as well as the fear and pain caused by racist and nationalistic rhetoric. Highly highly recommend (Although this is technically classified as YA I would recommend it equally as much to adult readers)

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ReadingRachael
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Ross Gay writes this collection of musings about everyday delights occurring in his life with humour, insight, and gentleness. I love that he regularly turns the reader‘s attention toward our joint humanity, and operates from the vantage point of presuming the best of others. Reading this was such a breath of fresh air. Highly recommend

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ReadingRachael
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Enjoyed this short collection of reflections on life, change, uncertainty, and our common humanity. The essays are very current as they reflect on how our lives have changed and perhaps how we see the world has changed since the onset of Covid-19. I especially liked the essays “Suffering Like Mel Gibson” and “Screengrabs.”

Sparklemn Mel Gibson was my favorite essay as well. 2y
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ReadingRachael
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This is an excellent and informative overview of the ongoing history of impoverishment of the “global south” by the countries of the “global north,” be it through colonialism, political meddling, or economic policy. It argues that the idea of wealthy nations sending “aide” to the global south is absurd, given that far more wealth and resources have been and (still) are being plundered by the very nations that are supposedly offering “aide.”

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Looking forward to reading these! I began some of these titles for last month‘s #BookSpinBingo and am excited to see if I can finish them up. It has been a slow reading year for me but it certainly hasn‘t been due to lack of good books 🤓😂

TheAromaofBooks Yay! I love your washi tape! 2y
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Here‘s my September list for #bookspin and #bookspinbingo

There‘s quite a bit of carry over from August, but a few new titles too. Still needing to post about the August titles I did manage to complete!

Thanks again for organizing @TheAromaofBooks 😀

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2y
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Happy Monday! @joscho

Book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Author: Kurt Vonnegut
Movie or TV Show: ??? (I'm drawing a blank!)
Singer or Band: Vertical Horizon
Song: Video Games (Lana Del Ray)

#ManicMonday #LetterV

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ReadingRachael
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My August List for #BookSpin #DoubleSpin #BookSpinBingo
Thanks for the fun @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2y
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Kindred | Octavia E. Butler
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Let's see....

Book: Kindred, (tagged above)
Author: Rupi Kaur
TV Show: Keeping up Appearances
Singer/Band: Keane
Song: Karma Police

#ManicMonday #LetterK @joscho

vivastory Good choices! 2y
JoScho Thanks for playing 🖤☺️ 2y
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ReadingRachael
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1. Most any poetry on nature, I really enjoyed the tagged by Mary Oliver.
2. Couldn‘t think of anything right off, so I‘ll say driving....I was terrified as a teen and tried to convince my parents that I could go anywhere I wanted with public transit....glad I learned though
3. Yes, but I have trouble getting anything started as I can‘t decide what I want to do...lol
4. I think it was Karma Police, by Radiohead

#FRIYAYINTRO

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ReadingRachael
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Been in a bit of a reading slump so I didn‘t do too well for my April #bookspin .... but going to give May‘s #bookspinbonanza shot anyway:) I have chosen some shorter books in hopes that I can get myself moving and motivated.

TheAromaofBooks Short books for the win!! Good luck!! 2y
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This poem needs to be read from the top to the bottom and then from the bottom to the top.

readordierachel 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 2y
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ReadingRachael
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Appreciated this collection of poetry, especially the final two sections “Gathering Strength” and “To Summon Hope.” It is a heavy collection of poems surrounding issues of human suffering due to war, racism, poverty, etc that would hopefully move the reader to work for social justice and peace. It is not however, a collection to bring comfort in times of crisis if that is what you need at the moment. Many powerful pieces in this collection.

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Realized I still needed to post my #bookspin #doublespin and #triplespin
Now what to read first 🤔🧐. Thanks for the fun @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Looks like an interesting selection this month!! 3y
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Thanks for the tag and the invite to play! @thespineview
Here are my purple books 😊 I was suprised how few purple books I had! If you'd like to play I will tag @CBee and @NeedsMoreBooks. It would be fun to see your purple books too!

NeedsMoreBooks Thank you for the tag, Rachael! Have posted posted my purple books 💖 (edited) 3y
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Trying my first #bookspin, #doublespin, #triplespin Hoping to get some reading done in April! Thanks @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Glad to have you along!! 3y
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Girl, Woman, Other | Bernardine Evaristo
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1. Girl, Woman, Other......maybe a couple of the other Booker Prize nominees from last year (Lost Children Archive, 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World)

2. Flying by the seat of my pants is my norm 😂 I‘ve had trouble deciding what to read and sitting down to read it over the past couple of weeks though.....decisions are not my forte even under normal circumstances. So perhaps I need to change my norm #Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! Looking forward to your thoughts on the Booker Prize nominees. 3y
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