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Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes
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(thru ch14) Hey friends!! Sorry I haven't posted earlier. This turned into a very bizarre week. But don Quixote and his faithful Sancho are back on the road. The beginning of this volume was very dull with lots of conversation, so I was excited to finally get to bit of action today!

Cervantes is really leaning into this whole “I discovered this book that someone else wrote and now I'm just telling you what it said“ thing, which as a narrative ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) device can be a little confusing but entertaining. I'm still overall enjoying this one, but I'm also in a weird headspace this week lol What do you all think? Are you keeping up okay? #RandomClassics

@BarkingMadRead @Librarybelle @Smarkies @wanderinglynn @TheBookHippie @SamAnne @BarbaraJean @BookingitwithSandra @Daisey @janeycanuck @meshell1313 @jenniferw88 @LaraS @Cuilin @eeclayton @readingrainb0w @Bluebird @Larkken
Librarybelle I‘m a day behind, but will hopefully catch up today! 2d
Cuilin I‘m a bit behind. I do wish he had a done just a little self editing. It can get rather tedious. Looking forward to more adventures. 2d
TheBookHippie Catching up today this needed a wee bit of an edit 🙃🤣😅 am still enjoying it though! 2d
Daisey I am working on catching up today as well and agree with the comments so far. 2d
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BookSpinBingo | Untitled
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Yay!! Time for another #BookSpinBingo card (our final card of 2023! How!) I am quite pleased by the way the free spots got scattered this time, and as a holiday gift the BookSpinBingo fates generously granted you all #BookSpin and #DoubleSpin in the same line!!! 😁

For those playing along with WinterGames this year, remember that any book you read that is on your bingo board counts for readathon points (10pts/hr), and then as you score bingos ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) those are also worth bingo points (20pts/bingo; bonus 100pts if you clear the board).

Thank you all SO MUCH for playing along with me this year!! I love seeing the different ways you all find to make this challenge work for you as we read down our TBRs with one hand and pile it even higher with the other 😂

Below are my usual monthly comments/explanations. Happy reading, everyone!!!
TheAromaofBooks Here's the #BookSpinBingo card! First, I put our official numbers (15 & 18) back in the mix. Then I drew them all out & wrote them down as I went, meaning the official numbers are just mixed into the card with the rest! As you can see, 21-25 are both labeled with their numbers & also as free spaces, so you can use them to match however you wrote your list. To score a bingo, just read books (in any order) that are in any row or column!! MORE INFO ⬇ 1w
TheAromaofBooks 1 - I don't tag anyone on this post except for @LitsyEvents but anyone is welcome to play along!!
2 - Remember – NO PRESSURE!!!! If this starts to stress you out, just take that page right out of your journal and pretend it never existed!! This challenge is to encourage you to read, not to make you feel like reading is a chore!!!
3 - FREE SPACES can be filled with any book that is NOT already on your list!! ⬇
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TheAromaofBooks 4 & final - As a reminder, only the “official” BookSpin/DoubleSpin numbers will count towards giveaway entries. I don‘t want the giveaway to be stacked against people who aren‘t able to read lots of books each month. So basically there is still a maximum of 2 entries possible per month no matter how many books you read from your list. This bingo card is just for fun & glory! 😁

Thanks for playing & happy reading!!!
claudiuo Thank you for doing this every month! 1w
Clwojick Woop woop! ⭐️👏🏻👻 1w
Bookwormjillk Looks promising! 1w
bthegood Thanks!! 6d
Karons1 Wonderful thank you again and happy 😃 December reading 📖 will post ✉️ my list tomorrow x x x x 😍 6d
BookishMadHatter Quick question lol. I made my board and included a series that I was told I'd love but I'm nearly done with the first one and know I don't want to read the rest. Is it better to mark the other three as bail or replace them with other books I could potentially finish? 19h
TheAromaofBooks @BookishMadHatter - Totally up to you!!! Like I would personally probably replace them, but that's mostly because it is what sounds more satisfying to me haha But if just marking them off as bailed works better for you, then feel free to do that. 4h
BookishMadHatter @TheAromaofBooks thanks! I was thinking of replacing them because I'd rather have something I have a chance of finishing instead also. I'll pick another few later today and update now
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Start Spinning | Maggie Casey
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Good morning, everyone! The moment you have all been waiting for!! Our official #BookSpin number is FIFTEEN! Our official #DoubleSpin number is EIGHTEEN!! I have thoroughly enjoyed looking at everyone‘s lists & am really looking forward to seeing your reviews!!

My next post will be the #BookSpinBingo card. I am NOT tagging anyone on that post!! If you want to bingo, please just check my profile for the card. This saves me having to double tag ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont‘d) everyone/keep track of who wants to bingo and who doesn‘t!!

I use the same tag list for the entire year, so if you would like to be added or removed, please just let me know. It takes me a while to tag everyone (there are over 200 of you!!!) so I will add “FINISHED” to the last tag batch so you know whether or not I missed you. If I did, it was completely inadvertent. Sometimes I just spell someone‘s username wrong. ⬇
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) As always, the link to the masterpost about how this challenge works can be found on my profile or here - https://thearomaofbooks.wordpress.com/bookspin-bookspinbingo-litsy-challenge/ - and the link to the Google Form where you can track your reads for the end-of-the-year-giveaway can be found here - https://forms.gle/tc6U17AuVw4ssG2v8

Thanks for playing, everyone!! Please know that I read EVERY comment on this post but don't always ⬇
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) have time to reply to them all!! Thank you all so much for your enthusiasm and for making this challenge SO much fun!!

I'm going to post the Bingo board, and then come back and start the tag list on this post. Happy reading!!!

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Librarybelle It looks like mine is The Impersonator and Digging Up Daisy! 1w
AmyG Yay!!! 1w
LeslieO Woohoo! 1w
claudiuo Awesome! Thank you so much! 1w
TheAromaofBooks @Seeking_Serenity @theokiereader @kaykay521 @Gissy @TieDyeDude @Lin3han @Simona

Finished!!! I've tagged everyone on my list, so if you didn't get tagged and would like to be, please let me know!!!
GinaKButler Sarah, this is something I look forward to every month…thank you so much for continuing to host bookspin and bookspin bingo!! I love getting that gentle nudge to pick up something that‘s been sitting on my TBR! I hope you have a wonderful holiday season! 📚 1w
TheAromaofBooks @GinaKButler - Thank you so much!!! Hosting this challenge is genuinely such a joy. I hope your holiday season is lovely as well!! ❤ 1w
vlwelser Thank you! 🤗😘 1w
Soubhiville Yay! Thank you @TheAromaofBooks. I still need to finish my Nov. doublespin, but for December I‘ve got BS The Overdue Life of Amy Byler and DS 1w
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Looks like I'll ideally be starting a new series on my TBR with Etiquette & Espionage and joining the #naturalitsy folks for Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, which I tossed on because I own it. 1w
bookandbedandtea Yay! Thanks, Sarah! 💕 1w
BarbaraJean So, last month, my DoubleSpin was Don Quixote Volume 1. This month, my BookSpin is… Don Quixote Volume 2. 😂😂😂 And this month‘s DoubleSpin is the second half of the tagged Chunkster. The BookSpin fates are very insistent about me finishing the long books! 1w
DGRachel I have to laugh. I actually started the book spin choice yesterday, hated it, bailed, and returned it to the library. My double spin is one I can‘t review or promo until the boycott on St Martins Press ends, because it‘s a NetGalley digital arc of one of their books. 🤦🏻‍♀️ 1w
TheAromaofBooks @BarbaraJean - I'm determined that you'll suffer through Don Quixote with me, no matter what!! 😂 1w
BarbaraJean I knew it! These spins are rigged!! 😂😂 1w
Clare-Dragonfly A. R. Capetta and Emma Donoghue! 1w
Singout Memory Police, this month‘s #SheSaid book! 1w
dabbe #woohoo! 🩵❄️🩵 1w
julieclair I have two fun “December Fluff” reads… Lady Cavendish‘s Christmas Caper and Let It Snow. ❄️🎄❄️ 7d
SpookyMazeOfBooks @TheAromaofBooks will so be doing this next year 6d
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Paper Chains | Nicola Moriarty
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#BookChain is a challenge I created last year on StoryGraph, and I've updated/shuffled the prompts for 2024!! I'm tagging the people who expressed interest last year, but anyone can play along if you like. Let me know if you have any questions, and feel free to tag me as you progress!!


Librarybelle This sounds intriguing! I‘m going to sign up and see how I do! 1w
yourfavouritemixtape This sounds fun! 1w
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claudiuo Thank you so much for doing this again next year! I still have 5 more prompts to go but even if I don't finish it, I enjoyed it a lot. 1w
PuddleJumper Joined! I don't think I'm going to finish this year's! 1w
peanutnine This is such a cool idea! This will make for a fun year long challenge. Joined! ☺️ 1w
Booksblanketsandahotbeverage Joined :) This will help encourage me to finish The City of Stardust by its pub date… 1w
CSeydel Oh yeah, book chain! I got absolutely stuck last year when I hit “takes place at a different time of year than the previous book” - my book hadn‘t taken place at one particular time of year and I didn‘t know how to proceed after that 😂 1w
TheAromaofBooks @CSeydel - I guess I always think of it as being things that are either opposites or similarities, so you can bend it to make it work whichever direction it's supposed to go. So in that case, a different time of year when Last Book was pretty vague about the time of year, I would make New Book have a very distinctive time of year, like people really talk about it being summer or fall or Christmas or whatever haha 1w
Deblovestoread Joined…I didn‘t think I needed another challenge but this sounds fun. 😍 1w
gossamerchild This looks so fun. I also don't need any more challenges, so of course I signed up! 1w
CSeydel @TheAromaofBooks Oh definitely! And … I thought of that, but I just never went back and added a Next Book 🤦🏻‍♀️ 1w
CSeydel I‘ll definitely start again this year and see if I can stick to it! 1w
RainyDayReading Joined! 1w
TheAromaofBooks @Librarybelle @yourfavouritemixtape @claudiuo @PuddleJumper @peanutnine @Booksandblanketsandahotbeverage @CSeydel @Deblovestoread @gossamerchild @RainyDayReading - I like challenges that work with books you're already reading, so hopefully this will be a fun, low-pressure way to see if books you're reading match for the next link!!! 1w
julieclair Love this challenge! Going to StoryGraph to join now. Thanks for bringing it back for another year. I got stuck in 2023 due to my own strict “rule-follower” interpretation of the prompts, but for 2024 I‘ll just plan to (or at least attempt to!) be more flexible. 7d
Kristy_K Love this challenge! I just joined. 🙂 6d
julesG I was thinking about this challenge the other day and hey-presto you've created a StoryGraph challenge. I'm in. 6d
bekakins Oooh this looks interesting! 6d
Lauredhel Oh dang, I wasn't going to decide on my challenges til the last week of the month, but this looks like fun! 11h
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Just a reminder - here is December's #ISpyBingo board!! You can use this for WinterGames or just for fun!! The same book can score multiple prompts - you are looking for these items on the cover of whatever book you are reading!! Enjoy!!


TheSpineView Thanks! Hoping for a black out! 1w
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The Backlist | Frank Zafiro, Eric Beetner
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Hey friends!! @Clwojick and I are BACK with the #BacklistReadathon !! We kind of fell of the bandwagon a little in 2023, so we are loosey-goosey-ing the rules to accommodate our sometimes complicated lives! 😂 Hopefully one of these methods will help you all catch up on an author's backlist (or several!). I'm planning to pick an author a month and try to read three backlist books from that author throughout their month. Anyone is welcome to join!!

Clwojick ❤️❤️❤️ 1w
willaful I like the new options! Option 2 will work much better for me. 1w
Megabooks Yes! Since it‘s more relaxed I want to try next year! 1w
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TheAromaofBooks @willaful @Megabooks - I loved the concept but never seemed to actually pull it together to spend a whole week on one author 😂 I'm excited about the options Cassandra came up with - it feels more doable this way!! 1w
Pageturner1 interested 1w
AnneCecilie Does it need to be 12 authors or more? Can it be less? I can‘t plan now what authors I‘ll read in 2024. 1w
TheAromaofBooks @Pageturner1 - There is no formal sign up, so feel free to jump in whenever works for you and tag us when you do!! 1w
TheAromaofBooks @AnneCecilie - Absolutely pick however many authors work best for you!! Last year, I did the same author for three months in a row, working my way through a backlist series. You can choose ahead of time, or decide each month which author you'd like to read!! 1w
AshleyHoss820 Ooo! I think I‘ll count myself in on this one too! ☺️ 1w
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Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes
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Woohoo!! We made it to the end of Volume 1!!! Which actually puts a little over halfway for the entire book!

My goodness, the end of this volume was a whirlwind of romantic entanglements! I was honestly cracking up by the time we got to the inn with this entire parade of people! Did any of these stories strike you particularly (other than all the coincidences? 😂) My understanding is that Cervantes was actually held in Algiers awaiting ransom,⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) so some of those aspects of the story were somewhat based on his experiences, and some of the people he mentions were real-life individuals that he met. It kind of felt like don Quixote himself got a little overshadowed by all these other stories for a while. What do you think about his neighbors‘ plan to basically kidnap him and force him to return home? Do you think DQ is harmless or a danger to himself and others? ⬇ 1w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) On that note, I have to share the footnote my translation had concerning DQ whacking another character with a loaf of bread – “This is clearly not Wonder bread. I know from experience that Manchegan bread can be heavy, hard crusted, and with jagged points on the top, a weapon to be feared in close combat.” And now I‘m wondering if I should start carrying a loaf of bread for self-defense!! ⬇ 1w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) Thank you SO much for sticking with me this far, friends!! We‘ll start Volume 2 on Friday. My understanding is that a few years passed between Cervantes‘s publication of Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, and in the meantime someone else published their own sequel!! So I guess some of Vol. 2 is Cervantes setting the record straight LOL

Side note: Vol. 2 also has an author‘s prologue, and we will be reading that on December 1, along with chapters 1-2.
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BarkingMadRead I‘m still playing catch up! I‘ll check back when I‘m caught up! 1w
Cuilin That was a whirlwind and a whimper. Not sure I‘m enjoying all the extra stories. As for the incel goat herder. 😖 1w
Librarybelle For awhile, I had a hard time keeping track of the various side stories, the love entanglements, and then the solutions to everything. Ready for volume 2! 1w
TheBookHippie I cooked for a literal week! I am almost caught up but am loving it! (edited) 1w
Daisey I‘ve had a hard time staying focused sometimes. A few times I‘ve been listening and suddenly realized I have no clue what is happening, so I have to go back a chapter. So many rather random stories! 1w
janeycanuck I‘m SOOOO behind… here‘s hoping I can catch up!! 1w
jenniferw88 I'm very behind and in Vienna... without the chunkster of the book 😆 Will catch up Monday/Tuesday! 1w
Meshell1313 Just finished part 1! I love how they all meet up and I can‘t wait to see if he returns home. He is absolutely a danger to himself and others and needs to just stay home with his books! 🤣 So interesting about the publication of part 2 years later! Can‘t wait to see how this ends! 1w
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Lovelight Farms | B. K. Borison
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Here's your #SnowedIn reading list @Laughterhp !!! I picked a mixture of books I was already planning to read in December and books that I've now added to my TBR 😂 I checked the tagged book out of the library last week and the librarian told me that I needed to hurry up and read it because when she saw it, she put it on reserve! 😆 Happy reading!!!

@PuddleJumper - thanks for organizing!!!

Laughterhp Yay! Thanks! That one is on hoopla for me from the library! 2w
melzen I will need to make my list as well for december 2w
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My actual conclusion about this book is that Pym just isn't for me. I've tried a couple of her books, and I just find her writing to be a little too cynical for me - her humor has a bitter undertone to it that just doesn't work for me. I know a lot of people love her and find her funny, but she just isn't a match for me. This book was... fine. I didn't really like anyone. And I think the reason that everyone on this cover is spilling stuff is ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) because none of them appreciate the glasses of blessings they've been given - they're too busy wishing they had someone else's glass.

Still, it's always a pleasure to read with the #HashtagBrigade and our fearless leader @BarkingMadRead !!
peanutnine Wow I love that interpretation of the cover! Makes so much sense! 2w
kspenmoll I too love your cover interpretation.😂I have not read the book so I cannot comment on it 2w
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BarkingMadRead You‘re totally right! I don‘t mind reading her stuff, but I wouldn‘t reach for it on my own! 2w
Ruthiella She is a bit of an acquired taste, isn‘t she? But I love her. 2w
willaful I feel the same. I don't require mushy sentimentality but I'm not fond of cynicism. 2w
Jinjer That doggie face!!!!! 2w
Gissy I see a lovely doggy 🐶🤎🖤🤎🖤 2w
Gissy I see a lovely doggy 🐶🤎🖤🤎🖤 2w
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BookSpinBingo | Untitled
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Hey friends!!! Okay wow, this year is going WAY too fast!! But since I can do nothing to slow time, I'll just have to continue trying to wedge in as much reading as possible 😂 So!

First off, there is less than a week of November left!! So if you want to jump in for December's #BookSpin and/or #BookSpinBingo, now is the time to be thinking about your lists (or congratulating yourself for already doing so!). For those participating in ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont‘d) WinterGames, a reminder that any book read for BookSpin, DoubleSpin, or BookSpinBingo counts for readathon points (10pt/hr). Your BookSpinBingo card also counts for Bingo points (20pts/bingo, bonus 100pts for clearing the card). If you are NOT participating in WinterGames, no worries!! This challenge will still be the same as usual, so just do your regular thing!! ⬇ 2w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) Secondly, I am planning to continue this challenge into 2024!!! Sometime in mid-December I will post a sign-up post. At that time, anyone who wishes to be on 2024‘s tag list can sign up. I like to start a fresh tag list every year so that people who have become inactive can be passively removed haha ⬇ 2w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) Thirdly, as a reminder, there IS a giveaway associated with this challenge!! As in years past, I will be choosing five random participants to each receive a book!! If you would like to be entered in the giveaway, you MUST complete the giveaway form!! I will also be creating a post specifically to get into giveaway details, but in the meantime, here is the link to the Google Form, which also has a lot more information if you click on it ⬇ 2w
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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) Here is the link: https://forms.gle/tc6U17AuVw4ssG2v8

Okay, that‘s enough overexplaining for one day!! 😂 I can‘t wait to see everyone‘s lists for this month and hear your plans for 2024. As always, let me know if you have any questions!! Happy reading!!!
Bookwormjillk So glad you‘re planning to continue in 2024. My favorite challenge! 2w
OriginalCyn620 Yay! So glad to hear that #bookspinbingo is on for 2024! It‘s such a great reading challenge and I look forward to each new month. Thank you, Sarah, for all the work you do in hosting! ❤️😊 2w
Mollyanna Woohoo! One of my favorite challenges. Glad to hear it‘ll be back next year. Thank you for hosting and all the work that goes into hosting. 2w
Sarahreadstoomuch Thank you for everything you do, keeping this challenge going. It‘s so much fun to do - I look forward to it every month…. But it‘s all because of you! Thank you! 2w
Nessavamusic Woohoo! 2w
Librarybelle Hooray! Thank you for organizing and offering this challenge! ❤️ 2w
LeslieO Yay! So glad to hear my favorite challenge will be back for 2024. Thank you! 2w
DGRachel Woohoo! Thank you for hosting! 2w
AmyG Yay! Thank you so muvh for hosting this fabulous challenge! 2w
Suet624 I didn't realize just how much I needed to see that you would be continuing this until I saw this post. Thank you so much ... I've been immersed in several reading challenges so haven't participated in Bookspin recently but I jump in and out of it and it always helps me move more books off my shelf. (edited) 2w
staci.reads Yay! Thanks for keeping this going. I'm sure it's a lot of work! I look forward to the picks every month, and it makes a big dent in my tbr shelf 😂 2w
AnneCecilie I‘m so happy you‘ll continue in 2024, and thank you for organizing this every month. 2w
bookandbedandtea Yay for continuing #BookSpin for another year. I always look forward to the 2nd of each month. 😊 2w
claudiuo Thank you so much for continuing this challenge! It's what I look forward to each month. I know it's a lot of work and I really appreciate it! Thank you! 2w
Daisey Thanks so much for continuing BookSpin! I love organizing and keeping track of my reading with this. I especially love the flexibility that lets me use a general list of all my other challenges and goals. 2w
Megabooks Best news of the day!!! Thanks Sarah!! 🫶🏻💜 2w
Eggs Sarah , deep appreciation for all the work you do to continue this year long tradition❤️❤️❤️, especially commenting on every post I‘ve ever tagged you in with an encouraging word. You‘re the best🥰🤗😘 2w
Kristin_Reads You are amazing! Thank you for continuing to host this!! I always look forward to it every month. 2w
yourfavouritemixtape Thank you so much! I am already looking forward to it!! 2w
MallenNC Thank you for organizing this for us! I look forward to”my numbers” every month. 2w
Allylu Please count me in! Look forward to #BookSpinBingo day every month! 😊💕📚 2w
marleed Count me in. I love BookSpinBingo! 2w
PuddleJumper Yay! This challenge is so much fun! Thanks for carrying it on 2w
Deblovestoread Thank you for keeping it going! It is my favorite 💜💜💜 2w
robinb 🎉🎉🎉 #BookSpinForever !! 😂 Thanks so much for hosting, Sarah! 2w
BarbaraJean Woohoo!! I‘m looking forward to December and am so glad you‘re continuing this for 2024. I look forward to BookSpin Day every month! 2w
Yuki_Onna Oohh, how cool! This is my favourite reading challenge! Itvhelps me so much and I look forward to #Bookspin every year. Thank you so much, Sarah - I don't know what I'd do without it! 2w
dabbe Count me in! Thanks for being the excellent host again, Sarah! 🩶🩵🩶 2w
candc320 So excited!!! Love me some #bookspinbingo ! 2w
Lin3han So excited!! I‘ll make my list tonight. Thanks for being an amazing host!! 2w
Librariana Hoping 2024 is a better, more focused reading year for me 😊 Will be looking forward to your mid-December post to sign up so I won't be amongst the removed 😭 And as always, thank you for your hard work and dedication to this challenge 🥰 2w
bekakins Yayyyy!! Thank you so much for continuing into 2024 - I love book spin! 2w
Gissy 📚📚📚🙌❤️❤️❤️❤️ 2w
DieAReader @hp-lover9000 2w
willaful Yay! This has been the best challenge for me! 2w
julieclair Yay! So glad we‘ll all be spinning together for another year. Thank you, Sarah! 🥰 2w
LeafingThroughLife Yay! Glad to see my favorite challenge coming back for another year! Thank you for being the hostess with the mostest! 😁 2w
Julsmarshall So happy to see this! Thanks so@much for all you do! 2w
Read4life Yay!! I love this challenge and how easily readathons and other challenges can be incorporated into it. Thank you, Sarah!! 🤓 2w
kwmg40 Thank you so much for continuing to host this great challenge! 2w
Sargar114 Yay and thank you for all you do! 2w
Chelsea.Poole 👏 thanks for hosting! I‘m with everyone here—love BookSpinBingo! Looking forward to 2024 2w
MaleficentBookDragon YAY! I'll be back in 2024. I love making my lists every month. Thank you for hosting it! 2w
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I haven't even peeked at the November numbers, hoping I'll make a list & some headway. 🤣 Thanks for all you do with this challenge. You rock! 2w
Bklover Thank you Sarah, for all you do!!❤️ 2w
LeticiaToraci I have been through a reading slump and haven't yet finished my September book, but I hope to have new energy to continue my reading challenges in 2024. 2w
bthegood Thank you!! 2w
LaraReads Such good news! Can‘t wait for 2024 2w
BookishMadHatter This week has kicked my butt and I didn't read hardly half of what I wanted to but my December list will ve ready for the beginning of the month. Also, looking forward to playing again in 2024. Thanks so much for organizing this 2w
gossamerchild I love this challenge, so thank you! 2w
Grrlbrarian I‘m in for December and 2024 as well. Thank you ❤️ 2w
SpookyMazeOfBooks Will definitely be doing 2024 one 1w
Weisubei So excited for 2024, i'm totally in for 2024 1w
KristiAhlers I will be back! 1w
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Lord Sidley's Last Season | Sherry Lynn Ferguson
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Mailing updates...

OUT: Lord Sidley is headed to @mabell
Let Me Lie is headed to @bookandbedandtea

IN: Received Jeeves from @julieclair last week!!

#LMPBC @Jerdencon @robinb @Chrissyreadit

julieclair Glad Jeeves arrived safe and sound! I forgot to tell you he was coming. 🤪 3w
bookandbedandtea Yay! I just finished Celine so I'm ready for it! 3w
mabell Looking forward to it! 3w
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Also, the #WinterGames #PromptMaze is back!! This one does lean towards romance prompts, but there are plenty of genre-neutral ones as well. There are more instructions on the actual document. I will say that this is the same prompt maze that I used a couple of years ago, but it should still be good to go 😂


TheAromaofBooks I don't have a tag list for this, so I am just tagging a few people who have participated in the past - if I didn't tag you, it's because my memory isn't great, not because you aren't welcome to join 😂 Anyone can play along!!

@AmandaBlaze @peanutnine @OriginalCyn620 @Bookwormjillk @Lizpixie @Clwojick
peanutnine Woohoo! My favorite ☺️ 3w
AmandaBlaze Yay! Thanks for the tag! 3w
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OriginalCyn620 Awesome! Loved the #scarathlon #promptmaze so I‘m looking forward to this! 3w
julieclair Yay! My goal in life is to someday complete a promptmaze! 🥴 3w
Allylu My prompts aren‘t showing up. Can you help? I made a copy. 3w
Allylu @TheAromaofBooks Never mind. I fixed it - or I found what I needed. Thank you so much for putting this together. It‘s so much fun!! 🥳📚💕🎄 3w
TheAromaofBooks @Allylu - Yay!! Glad you got it to work! Technology is so hit or miss for me 😂 3w
willaful @julieclair I actually pulled it off for scarathlon! I was shocked! 3w
Read4life Love this! Thank you. 3w
PuddleJumper Yay! Thank you for doing this! I really enjoyed the spooky one 3w
Clwojick Woohoo! 3w
julieclair Proud of you, @willaful ! You are my hero! 🏆😀 2w
willaful @julieclair 🦸🏻‍♀️ 😂 2w
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Bingo! | Rosemary Wells
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#BingoParty part 7 and final (for now 😂) #WinterGames

willaful Ack! Are you trying to kill me?! 😂 3w
PuddleJumper ❤️❤️ Amazing! 3w
5280reader Thanks for all these! You are appreciated! 2w
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Bingo Love | Tee Franklin
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Bookwormjillk Hi Sarah. Happy Thanksgiving. What does Pick mean in this card? 2w
TheAromaofBooks @Bookwormjillk - I was thinking along the lines of when you post a review on Litsy you can choose Pick, So-So, Pan, or Bail. So it would be one that you would label a Pick, even if it isn't necessarily a 5* read haha And Happy Thanksgiving to you as well!! 2w
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Word Bingo | Donn Byrne
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#BingoParty Part 3 (and yes, I'll admit these are somewhat leaning towards the romcom aspect of holiday reading, because those are my favorites 😂 ) #WinterGames

Bingo's Run | James A. Levine
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Soooo literally my favorite part of #WinterGames - and my favorite way to get points!!! - is with bingo cards!! I've made up a handful of my own (seven, to be exact 😂) and thought I would share them!! These aren't associated with a specific challenge, so you can use one book to fill multiple prompts, and if you clear a card, you can start it over!!


Bookwormjillk Love these! Thank you!! 3w
Captivatedbybooks This is my first winter games, so this card any person/team can use correct for the Bingo portion? 3w
Deblovestoread Love these! Thank you! 3w
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tdrosebud Hooray for Bingo boards!! 3w
TheAromaofBooks @Captivatedbybooks - Yes!! All seven of the ones I posted today are just “for fun“ - anyone can use them to score bingo points. (20 points per bingo, 100 bonus points for clearing a card.) Bingo cards are my favorite way to rack up points so I like to have several going at once. 😁 Glad you are joining us for the fun!! 3w
Captivatedbybooks thank you for explaining! i appreciate it 3w
Read4life Thank you! I‘m always up for a good bingo board…or 7!! 🤓 3w
Nelnjali These are great! Thanks! 3w
Larkken Omg!!! Thanks so much! 2w
peanutnine Love these! Bingo boards are the best! Thanks for sharing ☺️🎄❄️❤️ 2w
candc320 This is great! Thanks for sharing! 2w
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Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes
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I am posting this a little early so we can chat about whether it works for everyone haha We will be finishing Volume 1 on November 27, with 28-30 as catch-up days. I am thinking we can start Volume 2 on December 1, continuing with our 2 chapter/day method, but taking a little break for Christmas and then having two catch-up days at the beginning of January. I don't know about all of you, but my life does get a little crazy over those two weeks!! ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) This will have us finishing the entire book mid-January. So let me know if you think this is too much time off, not enough off, or if you don't care, you just want to finishing this crazy book someday 😂

Speaking of which (thru ch. 38), any thoughts? We've had a lot of complicated romances going on these last few chapters! 😆 I will admit that I have skimmed over some of the more lengthy speeches. The whole story with the friend having⬇
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) having his friend flirt with his wife definitely had a Shakespearean tragedy flavor to it! I can't say that I'm loving this book, or that I'll read it again, but it's entertaining in spots and overall more readable than I was anticipating from my past attempts. However... sometimes it is still rather boring!

Let me know how you all are doing, and how you feel about this December schedule!!
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Cuilin Same on all points. It gets a giggle out of me every now and then and I definitely speed read through certain parts. Overall I enjoy it. 3w
Meshell1313 I think the schedule for part 2 sounds perfect! I‘m excited that we are almost done with part 1! I‘m laughing out loud at many parts but reading it together with this group has definitely made it more manageable. I would not be able to get through it without you all! 3w
BarkingMadRead Sounds good to me!! 3w
Librarybelle Sounds good to me! 3w
Smarkies Works for me. I will definitely need the catch up days!😅😅 3w
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Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes
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(thru ch24) - Is everyone keeping up okay? I am finding 2 chapters a day pretty manageable at this point. Poor DQ can't seem to catch a break, although a lot of his misadventures are because of his own wacky way of viewing the world 😂 I appreciated in this chapter that his love for books is what got him into trouble LOL

A few footnotes about “discrepancies“ in the text. In ch 19, when DQ busts up the funeral procession, the man who broke his ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) leg very clearly rides away, yet on the next page he suddenly tells DQ that he's excommunicated for attacking a holy person. My footnote says that in the original, there is no notation of the fellow returning, he just reappears, says his line, and then is gone again. Do you think this is carelessness on Cervantes's part, or is he just messing with his readers?

Ch23 starts what is apparently one of the big controversies of Cervantes's ⬇
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) book - The Mystery of When the Donkey Got Stolen 😂 According to my footnotes, when DQ and SP camp for the night towards the beginning of the chapter, the SECOND edition states that one of the freed criminals comes back and steals the donkey. Yet in various other places in this chapter, the donkey is mentioned. So my question is - do your editions mention the donkey being stolen in ch 23?

Any other thoughts on this genuinely fun but ⬇
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) ridiculous story? I have found some of it a little repetitive, but the smaller chunks are actually helping me stay with the story. I think I would be more aggravated with DQ if I was trying to read this book all in one go.

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Bookwormjillk I‘m going to bail on this one. Just not my thing. Thank you though! 4w
CatLass007 I had to bail on this one also. I found the first couple of chapters amusing but as chapters progressed I just started feeling sad. DQ is described as a 50 year old man, which makes him 11 years my junior. He is obviously suffering from some mental illness or maybe dementia. We have a history of mental illness in my family and I was caregiver for my mother who had late onset Alzheimer‘s. It‘s just not good for my mental health to continue DQ. 4w
Cuilin I‘m loving it. It‘s definitely a lesson in letting stuff go. I just read the text and let it flow. I think I‘m a day behind but home sick so should catch up. I think it‘s interesting to see the world through DQ‘s mad mind and Sancho trying to reveal reality but his powerlessness means he can‘t affect change. 4w
TheBookHippie I‘m only a day behind catching up today but enjoying it! I‘m doing better this go round I‘m confident I‘ll stick with it. It is ridiculous but I find it easy to manage this way and to take it as it is. I‘ll report back about the donkey. So far nothing. 4w
eeclayton I'm going back and forth between two abridged versions I found, one of them mentions the stolen donkey, the other one doesn't.
I agree that the 2 chapters/day pace is well suited to this book, but I guess you all read much more than I do, because at points, my copies simply summarise a chunk of text in a few sentences, and move on. Even so, this amount of DQ is perfectly enough for me 😁
Larkken I‘m still behind but that‘s ok! Mmmm I want a blizzard now too. 4w
Librarybelle I‘ve not read today‘s section yet. I‘m liking it, not as laugh out loud at the moment as it was earlier in the book. 4w
Meshell1313 Ok just catching up- the 2 chapters a day is great and makes catching up easy if I fall a day or 2 behind! And yes- my version‘s footnote explains how Gines does steal the donkey and says it might not be mentioned in the 1st edition due to the book printer error? So crazy! 4w
Meshell1313 But I‘m still loving it- I mean throwing up in each others mouths?? I‘m dying! I‘m really hoping there are scenes coming up where he meets the lady who he does everything in her honor for. It‘s just a series of unfortunate events! (edited) 4w
Meshell1313 Also, my favorite quote of the whole thing so far that really explains DQ‘s delusions is when Sancho explains what an adventuring knight is: “an adventuring knight is someone who is beaten and then finds himself Emperor.” 🤣🤣🤣 4w
Smarkies Am plodding along though I have a feeling that this may not be one of my favourite classic book. It is a little repetitive in the last few chapters but I am holding on... trying to have faith that cervantes would shake it up soon. 4w
TheAromaofBooks @Bookwormjillk @CatLass007 - No worries, not every book works for every person!! 4w
BarbaraJean So interesting—there‘s no mention of them camping for the night or of a stolen donkey in my chapter 23. And there are plenty of mentions of Sancho riding the donkey! The 2 chapters/day pace is working well for me; the chapters are usually so short. But it is getting repetitive/formulaic and I‘m eager for something new to happen! 3w
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Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes
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(thru ch16) - Had a crazy few days at work, so I am just getting caught up on some Litsy stuff!!!

I feel like don Quixote gets beat up a lot 😂 But how about Marcela's speech?? It felt pretty progressive for 1605! Any other highlights? I'm hoping that don Quixote and poor Sancho get a little bit of rest before their next beatdown!! 😆


Larkken I'm not caught up yet, and I'm already impressed by the number of beat-downs! 1mo
Bookwormjillk Jumping on his bruised ribs made me curl up in a ball. Ouch. 1mo
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TheBookHippie I love her. Marcela. Love love love. 1mo
TheBookHippie @Bookwormjillk holds self while reading 😵‍💫🥴 1mo
Cuilin @TheBookHippie that speech could be copied and read out today to men who think they‘re entitled to women‘s bodies. Amazing. 👏 Cervantes! 1mo
TheBookHippie @Cuilin I was thinking the same thing!!!! 1mo
BarbaraJean @TheBookHippie @Cuilin Marcela is my new hero. SUCH a good speech and still so relevant—unfortunately!! 1mo
TheBookHippie @BarbaraJean SO RELEVANT ! 1mo
Cuilin @BarbaraJean Agree. 1mo
Bklover I am so far behind could you just drop me from this one? I am so sorry - if I catch up at some point I will let you know 😕❤️ 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @Bklover - No worries!! We'll have some scheduled catch-up days at the end of the month, so if you end up wanting to jump back in for Part 2, just let me know!! 1mo
Bklover I will do that!! 1mo
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Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes
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(thru ch10) - So just to clarify, we are reading Part 1 this month, but Part 1 is also subdivided into four parts 😂 So we finished Part 1 of Part 1!

I find Cervantes mixture of “I'm the author“ and “I discovered this stuff already written“ to be slightly confusing but still entertaining. I'm also remembering that the reason I've bailed on this book in the past is partially because of all the names he throws at us, of various heroes, authors, ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) poets, etc. - people who don't actually have anything to do with the story directly but are just being used for reference. While I don't read all my footnotes concerning these names, it helps to have them there just because it reminds me that, in a weird way, this name isn't really important, if that makes sense!

We've finally picked up Sancho, too!!

Cuilin I‘m loving it. Sancho saying “this is going to be worse than the windmills” made me lol and also the the footnote that said the the chapter introduction is wrong. This is the lighthearted read that I need right now. 1mo
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Bookwormjillk Yeah I skimmed some of those name dropping parts but glad to see Sancho. 1mo
Librarybelle I‘ve enjoyed it so far! 1mo
BarkingMadRead This is hysterical, I‘m loving it. How did I not know this was funny? I feel like I would have read it sooner 🤣 1mo
TheBookHippie I‘m enjoying this and laughing a ton -also is this the original name dropper???? 1mo
dabbe At least the name-dropping (so far) is pretty much literary. In THE ILIAD, all the name-dropping were either people getting slaughtered or people in their clans lining up for the next battle. I remember students would get frustrated and ask, “Do we need to know all these people?“ And I'd say, “If they're introduced and die within the same stanza, NO.“ 🤩 1mo
Cuilin @dabbe 🤣🤣🤣 1mo
Bklover @dabbe 💛🤣💛 1mo
Bluebird @dabbe 😂🤣😂🤣 1mo
Meshell1313 @BarkingMadRead totally agree! I‘m laughing out loud and had no idea that‘s what we were in for! 1mo
dabbe @Cuilin 🤩🤣🤗 1mo
dabbe @Bklover 🤩🤣🤗 1mo
dabbe @Bluebird 🤩🤣🤗 1mo
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Winter Games | Kyell Gold
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YAY!! I'm so excited that #WinterGames are back!! While I understand how much work it is and didn't begrudge them getting cancelled last year, I did miss this event a lot. I'm super stoked for some holiday reads and already seem to have accumulated a small pile 😂

Check out @Clwojick or @StayCurious 's posts for the sign up link!!

JenReadsAlot Me too!! 1mo
sblbooks I have so many Christmas books to read, and I found more today. 1mo
Clwojick Yay! Thanks for sharing! 1mo
DieAReader Fantastic!🥳🥳🥳 1mo
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Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes
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(thru ch6) - Oh dear, poor don Quixote, stranded in the road like a turtle on its back! 😂 And on a more serious note - I don't think there are words to describe how nuclear I would go if someone went through my library and started throwing out and burning my books!!!!!!! Not cool!!!

But now that he has been “officially“ knighted, I'm curious to see where don Quixote goes next!


Cuilin I wanted to rescind my invitation to the book burning!!!! DQ is only going to be crazier. I know I would be if somebody went and burnt my books. Giving a guy a hard time because he wants to cosplay. (edited) 1mo
Librarybelle Not the books!!! 😭 1mo
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TheBookHippie NOTTHEBOOKS 😭😭😭😭 1mo
TheBookHippie @Cuilin I‘d lose my ever loving mind…😵‍💫 1mo
Cuilin @TheBookHippie though it was funny how many the priest did not want to burn 🤔 1mo
TheBookHippie @Cuilin 😂👀😂👀 1mo
BarkingMadRead Omg the burning of those books had me raging 🤣 1mo
BarbaraJean I vacillated between hilarity and indignation about the books!! Some of the commentary was so funny. My footnotes pointed out that they suggest giving one of the books a laxative (“a dose of rhubarb“) because its 2nd, 3rd, and 4th parts needed to be “purged of overflowing biliousness“ 😂 I started wondering what these might correlate to with contemporary books--what would they make of the library of a crazed Twilight fan? 😂 1mo
Bookwormjillk Never burn someone‘s books. So wrong 😑 1mo
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Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes
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(thru ch2) - Oh my gosh, I am actually loving this book so far! Highlights for me include a man who reads so many books that he is selling his property so he can buy more books 😂

So, how do you all feel about footnotes? I have mixed feelings about them. Sometimes it just feels like they interrupt the flow of the story, but other times I appreciate the added context. My edition definitely loves them, but so far I have found them engaging. ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) For instance, Quixote, thinking about some of his favorite books, says that he “wasn't at all comfortable with the wounds that don Belianis inflicted and received, because he thought that no matter how great the doctors were who treated him, his face and body would have been covered with scars.“ My footnote helpfully explains that don Belianis was the hero of four books, who received 101 serious wounds in the first half of his saga ⬇ 1mo
BarkingMadRead Each page of mine is half footnotes 🤣 I‘ve been avoiding them, they mess with the flow. If I feel like I need them, I‘ll read them, though 1mo
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janeycanuck I‘m reading on Scribd so the footnotes are at the back and there‘s literally hundreds and hundreds of pages of them. The novel ends at page 1435 but the book has 2200+ pages. I don‘t know how much longer I‘ll keep clicking them. 1mo
janeycanuck I was laughing out loud a few times as I read. The scene where he was eating with his helmet stuck on his head?! So good!!! 1mo
Bookwormjillk Mine doesn‘t seem to have footnotes, but I wouldn‘t read them anyway. They annoy me. I‘m enjoying the read so far. 1mo
TheBookHippie I don‘t read footnotes til the end 😂 1mo
TheBookHippie This is supposed to be sarcasm yes? 1mo
dabbe On a side note, I started reading the author's prologue, until important plot events were given. I stopped and went right into the book. So far, so good! Quixote reminds me of Sir Pellinore in THE ONCE AND FUTURE KING who also had to have his helmet on on the time, and he and his horse kept running into trees and whatnot. I feel like we're on an adventure just for the fun of an adventure! Let's go! 🤩 1mo
AlaMich I took a Spanish class that included a man who was learning Spanish for the sole purpose of reading this in the original. (edited) 1mo
Librarybelle I‘m not really paying attention to the footnotes, though I guess with my edition they‘re endnotes. If they were on the page with the text, I‘d probably read them as I was reading the story. 1mo
BarbaraJean My mileage usually varies when it comes to footnotes. I like commentary or explanation if it‘s interesting or helpful, and not intrusive—so far it‘s been a mix of helpful and annoying! I love all the little ironic side comments from the narrator, though. And of course the cardboard helmet that DQ can‘t take off because he doesn‘t want to ruin the ribbons it‘s tied on with 😂 1mo
Smarkies I am picking which footnotes I read I.e. if it seems interesting enough. 😂 l love that the book has started at a brisk pace. 1mo
Bluebird I‘m reading by audio, so wasn‘t aware there were footnotes. I have an ebook also, so I may take a peek after I finish each chapter…or maybe not. 😂 1mo
Cuilin Yes it‘s fabulous. Skimming the footnotes. 1mo
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BookSpinBingo | Untitled
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Here's the #BookSpinBingo card! First, I put our official numbers (9 & 17) back in the mix. Then I drew them all out & wrote them down as I went, meaning the official numbers are just mixed into the card with the rest! As you can see, 21-25 are both labeled with their numbers & also as free spaces, so you can use them to match however you wrote your list. To score a bingo, just read books (in any order) that are in any row or column!! MORE INFO ⬇

TheAromaofBooks 1 - I don't tag anyone on this post except for @LitsyEvents but anyone is welcome to play along!!
2 - Remember – NO PRESSURE!!!! If this starts to stress you out, just take that page right out of your journal and pretend it never existed!! This challenge is to encourage you to read, not to make you feel like reading is a chore!!!
3 - FREE SPACES can be filled with any book that is NOT already on your list!! ⬇
TheAromaofBooks 4 & final - As a reminder, only the “official” BookSpin/DoubleSpin numbers will count towards giveaway entries. I don‘t want the giveaway to be stacked against people who aren‘t able to read lots of books each month. So basically there is still a maximum of 2 entries possible per month no matter how many books you read from your list. This bingo card is just for fun & glory! 😁

Thanks for playing & happy reading!!!
Bookwormjillk Yay! I forgot it was BINGO day. Thank you for making getting out of bed on this cold dark day worth it! 1mo
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claudiuo Bingo card, the next best thing to start a month and forget the year is almost over. Thank you so much! 1mo
bthegood yay!!! Thanks for hosting! 1mo
Clare-Dragonfly I really need to update my Google form… 1mo
Karons1 Thank you 🙏 once again 🙂 1mo
DieAReader ❤️‍🔥❤️‍🔥❤️‍🔥 1mo
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Spinning Around | Catherine Jinks
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Good morning, everyone! The moment you have all been waiting for!! Our official #BookSpin number is NINE! Our official #DoubleSpin number is SEVENTEEN!! I have thoroughly enjoyed looking at everyone‘s lists & am really looking forward to seeing your reviews!!

My next post will be the #BookSpinBingo card. I am NOT tagging anyone on that post!! If you want to bingo, please just check my profile for the card. This saves me having to double tag ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont‘d) everyone/keep track of who wants to bingo and who doesn‘t!!

I use the same tag list for the entire year, so if you would like to be added or removed, please just let me know. It takes me a while to tag everyone (there are over 200 of you!!!) so I will add “FINISHED” to the last tag batch so you know whether or not I missed you. If I did, it was completely inadvertent. Sometimes I just spell someone‘s username wrong. ⬇
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) As always, the link to the masterpost about how this challenge works can be found on my profile or here - https://thearomaofbooks.wordpress.com/bookspin-bookspinbingo-litsy-challenge/ - and the link to the Google Form where you can track your reads for the end-of-the-year-giveaway can be found here - https://forms.gle/tc6U17AuVw4ssG2v8

Thanks for playing, everyone!! Please know that I read EVERY comment on this post but don't always ⬇
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) have time to reply to them all!! Thank you all so much for your enthusiasm and for making this challenge SO much fun!!

I'm going to post the Bingo board, and then come back and start the tag list on this post. Happy reading!!!
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Allylu It‘s #BookSpin Day! #9 Pineapple Street (starting it today), #17 The Diamond Eye by Kate Quinn (looking forward to that!) 1mo
Librarybelle It looks like I have a NetGalley nonfiction read and an Aardvark read this month…hooray!! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Finished!! This is everyone I have on my tag list. If you didn't get tagged and would like to be added, please let me know!!

@Seeking_Serenity @theokiereader @kaykay521 @Gissy @TieDyeDude @Lin3han @Simona

Soubhiville Yay! Thank you! I‘ll be reading Iron Flame as soon as it‘s in my greedy little hands, and Flight which has been in my TBR since I bought it in January. 😁📚🩵 1mo
Lcsmcat Varina and Accordion Crimes! 1mo
claudiuo Thank you so much, just what I was waiting for! Both my reads are random choices, I will decide them in the next few days. Thank you! 1mo
LeslieO I love #bookspin #doublespin number day! Thank you! 1mo
bookandbedandtea Woohoo! Yay for the 2nd of the month! 💜 1mo
RaeLovesToRead Gallow's Court and Britney's autobiography! 1mo
Eggs Thank you Sarah. I‘m a bit behind this month… 1mo
BarbaraJean Hahahahaha… my DoubleSpin is Don Quixote part 1! 😂 Extra motivation for your buddy read! BookSpin is tagged—one of three novellas we‘re reading for my IRL book club this month. Guess I‘ll have to choose my own for Nonfiction November! 1mo
Singout Hmmm…almost the only books that aren‘t on my Reading the Americas list: “The Sleeping Car Porter” and “Pure Colour.” 1mo
Booksblanketsandahotbeverage I can‘t believe it‘s already November 😱 1mo
melissajayne I got Finding Audrey and The Happily Ever After Playlist 1mo
Clare-Dragonfly Dan Wells—good! I have one more book in a trilogy left by him and Philip Pullman—not so good! I think I need to reread the whole trilogy before I start the new books! And I haven‘t been counting rereads. 1mo
VeganCleopatra Hi! I posted late due to continuing internet issues but it doesn't seem to like my tagging of you so I'm not sure you'll see it. Just wanted to let you know. 1mo
Caryl Thank you for doing this every month! My #bookspin is All Thirteen (nonfiction by Christina Soontornvat) and my #doublespin is The Tattooed Potato and Other Clues (Ellen Raskin — I‘m reading all of her children‘s novels before re-reading The Westing Game). 1mo
DieAReader ❤️‍🔥❤️‍🔥❤️‍🔥 1mo
lauraisntwilder I didn't get tagged, but I think I'm on your list. Just checking! Thanks, Sarah. 😊 1w
TheAromaofBooks @lauraisntwilder - Hmmmm you ARE on my list, so that one may be Litsy being its wonky self 😂 I'm glad you still found the post, though!!! 1w
lauraisntwilder @TheAromaofBooks Oh, weird, this is last month's post anyway. And I just got notified of this month's tag. Something is definitely wonky...but it might be me! 🤣 1w
TheAromaofBooks @lauraisntwilder - LOL I didn't even notice that it was last month's post 😆 Litsy's tag system is MESSING with us today!!! 😂 😂 😂 1w
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Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes
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(thru the prologue) Well! Even though we've barely started, I'm encouraged by the sense of humor already presenting itself. Definitely sounds like Cervantes isn't taking himself terribly seriously 😂

What translators do your editions have? Mine is Tom Lathrop, and I really enjoyed reading his introduction as well. He says that Cervantes's “advertised objective“ was to “imitate and make so much fun of the ancient romances of chivalry ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) ...that no further ones would be written,“ which in and of itself is a fantastic goal haha Lathrop also got into a bit about the inconsistencies in the text and the (scholarly) controversy surrounding them - was Cervantes a sloppy writer, or did he create the errors on purpose to add to the atmosphere/mockery of the chivalrous romances he was parodying? Lathrop falls into the “on purpose“ group, and also points out that some ⬇ 1mo
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) translations choose to correct these errors/“errors“ so it may be interesting to see if we come across any such conflicts as we go along.

Tomorrow we start for real with chapters 1 and 2, and I'm genuinely excited to see where this #RandomClassic goes!!
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CatLass007 My audiobook doesn‘t list the translator. It may be an older edition because it‘s included in my Audible subscription. Thanks for sharing the comments of your translator. 1mo
Bookwormjillk My translator is John Ormsby. I didn‘t notice any errors but then again my kids had me up way too late last night and I read first thing in the morning so… 1mo
LaraS I have the Edith Grossman one, apparently my library has “unlimited copies” on the Libby app, which is very cool. It also has another introduction by Harold Bloom but I skipped that one - I have been burned before on serious spoilers on intros in classics! I may come back to it at the end. Also, I may have stayed up well past my bedtime squeezing in a few more hours on the #scarathlon, so there‘s only so much reading my brain can handle today 😆 (edited) 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @Bookwormjillk - I think the errors are supposed to be later in the text. The introduction didn't go into much detail, but said it was things like a secondary character's name changing, that sort of thing. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @CatLass007 - It's such an old book, there are LOADS of translations!! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @LaraS - I actually usually skip the introductions to classics as well - so many times they are basically just a synopsis of the plot! Why would I want that?! 😂 But this one was more about his philosophy behind his translating and that sort of thing. 1mo
BarbaraJean I'm just about to dive in! Mine is the Burton Raffel translation. In his Translator's Note, he proclaims “I have been scrupulously careful not to mute Cervantes's dazzling irony, nor have I consciously suppressed, bowdlerized, or altered anything.“ I don't think Cervantes takes himself seriously at ALL, but this translator maybe does. 😂 As I recall, this is pretty hilarious in parts. Looking forward to the ride!! (edited) 1mo
wanderinglynn I have a 1983 Penguin Classic edition that is a reprint of the 1950 version translated by J.M. Cohen. And I‘m already behind! This might end up being a multi-month read for me since this is also NaNoWriMo. Or I might try to read most of it during Thanksgiving week since I‘m off that week. But I‘m going to try to keep up! 1mo
Bklover Mine is the Edith Grossman translation. Like @LaraS , I too skipped the introduction. 😊😊 1mo
jenniferw88 Haven't even got my copy yet... for some reason, I thought we were starting in January, so I'll probably end up sitting this out unless I can get a copy in the next few days! 1mo
eeclayton I'm having trouble finding a translation. Since English isn't my mother tongue, I'm looking for one in my native language, Hungarian (though I read a lot in Eng, I don't want to be two languages away from the original and risk any distortions). However, the versions I've found seem to be reworked rather than translated, and some of them are way shorter (200-400p!) Started to read the longest copy, but still searching for sg closer to the original. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @BarbaraJean - When I was reading my translator's introduction, it was honestly cracking me up because I realized that there are people out there whose LIFE is this book! I love it 😂 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @wanderinglynn - I'm not sure if you saw the schedule I posted earlier this week, but we are only trying to get through Part 1 this month, with the last three days of November “officially“ set aside for catch up days. But I totally understand if there are too many other commitments going on to keep up with this one!! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @Bklover - You definitely have to be careful with those introductions!!! They always seem to assume that you've already read the book 😑 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @jenniferw88 - Oh no!!! Sorry for the confusion!!! We are only trying to get through Part 1 this month, so hopefully you can still catch up with us!! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @eeclayton - What an interesting problem! I'm always intrigued by what books are considered “important“ enough to be translated. This is SUCH an old book, so it appears that a lot of people have had different ideas of what Cervantes was trying to say. I hope you're able to find one that works!! 1mo
jenniferw88 @TheAromaofBooks I've given in and ordered one from Amazon - it's coming tomorrow! 1mo
Meshell1313 I‘m also reading the Edith Grossman version and I‘m loving it! So funny and sarcastic. I liked reading the intro and about her struggles with the translation. 1mo
janeycanuck I've got the Edith Grossman, as well. I laughed right out loud a couple of times already this morning, I think this is going to be a fun read!!
TheBookHippie I‘m looking at three to decide for now I‘ve read Walter Starkie Edith Grossman and John Rutherford 😂 generally I don‘t read intros for multiple reasons but this one was very interesting. 1mo
Larkken Hi! I‘d love to join y‘all for this I think, please! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @Larkken - Yay!! We would love to have you along!! I'll tag you on the schedule post so you can see where we are!! 1mo
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AUTUMN CHILLS | Agatha Christie
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Second Half #Scarathlon points: 27,335!!! #SpookyGhostClub @Clwojick

Some great reads during this past week-ish. Knocked off several books from my #Roll100 list - I'm not going to get all 100 read by the end of the year, but I am hoping to focus on that list for November and get a BUNCH checked off!! Lock Every Door was my first Sager, and I'll definitely be on the lookout for more. The Queen's Nose is one of my all-time favorites and was a ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) delightful reread. I was also excited to read Will Henry's latest collection of Wallace the Brave comics - I really love those!!

Thanks to all the challenge and readathon hosts - I've had a great time reading and tracking this month!!

#FangtasticReadathon @Catsandbooks
#20in4 @Andrew65
#FinalStretchReadathon @LiseWorks @StayCurious
#Rushathon @Andrew65 @DieAReader @GHAB14ROSES
#31by31 @Catsandbooks
#Spookoween @TheSpineView
Andrew65 A brilliant total, well done 👏👏👏 1mo
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Clwojick His books are a little hit or miss for me (3* or 5*), but this is definitely my favourite. 1mo
Librarybelle Hooray!!! 1mo
TheSpineView Great job! 1mo
AnnR Yay!!! 🎃👻📚 1mo
Catsandbooks Yay! 👏🏼 🧡🖤 1mo
DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 1mo
DebinHawaii Woot! Awesome job! 👻🖤👻 1mo
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Time for another #ISpyBingo board!! Here is November's challenge. @Clwojick and I are planning to continue this challenge in 2024, and since we're a little crazy, it's probably going involve some bonus mini-boards as well as the regular monthly ones 😂 As always, you can use a single book to check off multiple prompts, and we're not terribly strict on the interpretation of some of these 😆 The challenge, with all of this year's prompts, can ⬇

BarkingMadRead Woohoo so much fun! 1mo
kezzlou85 This looks fun. So do you just find and read books that match the various prompts to get a line and a house? 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Yes!! These can be anywhere on the cover, and the same book can cover multiple prompts. So if you read a book where they are baking on the cover, two people with different faces, one of them has red hair, and the title is in all capital letters - you can check off ALL those prompts. 1mo
aperfectmjk @Clwojick will you be updating StoryGraph with the November prompts? 1mo
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Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes
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Woohoo!! It's almost time to tackle this one!! We are going with two chapters a day; however, the author's prologue is about as long as two chapters, so I gave it its own day to start, with two chapters going forward. We'll end part one towards the end of November, so giving ourselves a few days to catch up feels reasonable. We should also have an idea by then of whether this pace feels too slow, too fast, or just right!

Genuinely, I don't ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) ANYTHING about this classic, except I think there are some windmills, right?? So hopefully we can all learn (or be completely confused) together! 😂 Really looking forward to this!!!

If anyone else wants to read with us for this #RandomClassic, just let me know!!
BarkingMadRead I know about as much as you do 🤣 1mo
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Daisey I don‘t know anything about it either, except that I‘ve heard good things from those who have read it. Looking forward to tackling it together! 1mo
jenniferw88 I need to find my copy! Or try the charity shops 😂 1mo
Cuilin Can I be tagged?. I have my copy ready to go. Thanks. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @Cuilin - Absolutely!!! Sorry I missed you!! 1mo
CatLass007 Thanks for posting this. Could you please add me to your tag list? I only know as much about it as I saw on Quantum Leap when Sam Leaped into John Cullum‘s character during a production of Man of La Mancha. And I do have the original Broadway cast recording with Richard Kiley. 😉 1mo
Librarybelle Yeah…I just know about the windmill! 😂 Looking forward to it! 1mo
Bookwormjillk I saw the play in high school which is another way of saying I don‘t know anything either 😀 1mo
CatLass007 Actually it was John Cullum‘s character‘s understudy. I hope you can forgive my senior moments. I am listening to the audiobook. The author‘s preface is 17:53 long, not long at all. It doesn‘t seem like any of the chapters are very long, it‘s just that there are so many chapters. Hopefully the short chapters in the 39+ hours long novel will make this a relatively easy book to read. So far, I like the narrator and I already enjoy the (cont) ⬇️ 1mo
CatLass007 humor in the preface. The nuns always hated it when I read ahead but I just wanted to get the “flavor” of this book. I‘m going to do my best to stick to the reading schedule, although the last couple of months it‘s been easier for me to read one book at a time, so I‘ll figure it out. I‘m really looking forward to reading/listening to Don Quixote with y‘all. 1mo
Meshell1313 Love the schedule! Can‘t wait to dive in! 1mo
Bklover Thanks for the schedule, Sarah! I‘m ready to go! For some reason I think someone told me there are funny parts to this book?! 1mo
eeclayton Please add me to the tag list. This has been on my radar forever, can't wait to read it with you all ☺️ 1mo
reading.rainb0w May I be added to the tag list, please? This is exactly the type of accountability I need, and I've been wanting to read this! 😊 1mo
SamAnne I‘m in for this one. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @eeclayton @reading.rainb0w @SamAnne - You are all on the list!! We are going to conquer this one!! 😁 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @CatLass007 - I've add you to the list as well!! No worries if you decide to read ahead, just don't give spoilers for those of us who are sticking with the schedule!! 😁 Excited to read this one together!!! 1mo
CatLass007 I absolutely promise no spoilers!!🤝 1mo
janeycanuck I‘ve got my copy ready to go! But it‘s great to see a break at the end of the month, I‘m pretty sure I‘ll need it to catch up!! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @janeycanuck - That's kind of what I'm thinking!! We will see how everyone feels; we may take a lil Christmas break as well! 😂 1mo
CatLass007 I want to make sure I‘m reading what everyone else is reading. Since mine seems to be an older audiobook the author‘s Preface is labeled Chapter 1. Chapter 2 in my audiobook should be chapter 1 for most of you. That is the chapter with the sonnets, which the narrator read in such a manner that I was snort-laughing. Then my Chapter 3 is the chapter in which he names his horse, himself, Sancho, and Dulcinea. Am I where I‘m supposed to be? 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @CatLass007 - It sounds like your chapter three is my chapter one. Both the prologue and the sonnets were included in my prologue together, then chapter one is titled, “Which deals with the lifestyle and pursuits of the famous hidalgo don Quixote de La Mancha,“ and in that chapter he chooses his name and cleans his armor, etc. Today we also read chapter 2 (“which deals with the first expedition that the ingenious don Quixote made“) 1mo
CatLass007 Thank you so much for straightening things out for me. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @CatLass007 - Do your chapters have titles at all? Hopefully they match up what we're reading going forward!! 1mo
CatLass007 I don‘t know. I‘m going to go back to my chapters 3 and 4, which are your chapters 1 and 2. 1mo
Bluebird Please add me to the list. Getting a late start but I hope to catch up. I know little about this, other than my Dad playing the musical record Man of La Mancha alot when I was little and we used to have fun singing the title song. 1mo
CatLass007 I just checked and my chapters do have titles. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @Bluebird - Yay!! Glad to have you join us!! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @CatLass007 - Excellent!! If you feel like you're not in sync with us, just let me know and we can compare chapter titles!! 😁 1mo
CatLass007 Okay. Thank you. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @Larkken - Here's the schedule!! The chapters are actually pretty reasonable, so hopefully you can catch up with us!! 1mo
Larkken @TheAromaofBooks I was looking for this but couldn‘t find it/was distracted by other shiny Litsy things. Thanks so much!! 1mo
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@maggie4483 created this fabulous graphic to go with our #GroupE for the next round of #LMPBC !! We're hoping to read books about food - I've tagged one of the books from my list that I'm considering, but I was surprised to see that I have several options on my TBR 😂 We would love to have you join us, so check out @suvata's profile for the link to the signup!!

November Storm | Robert Oldshue
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Oh my WORD, how is it the end of October???? Absolutely unreal!

That means it's time to start thinking about important stuff, like your November #BookSpin/#BookSpinBingo lists!! 😁 Some of you have already posted yours, but for the rest of you, this is your reminder that somehow November 2 is only a week away!!

We are also getting close to the end of the year (!!!) so I will be making a few posts next month explaining how the giveaway works in ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) more detail. For those of you who are new here, every BookSpin/DoubleSpin book you've completed throughout the year counts as one entry for my end-of-the-year giveaway!! I choose five people at random and send them a book!! This giveaway is open internationally if Blackwell's ships to your country. (RIP Book Depository!😢)

As always, the “rules“ and more giveaway info can be found on my blog here - https://thearomaofbooks.wordpress.com/⬇
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) And the link to enter the giveaway, which you can also use to track the Spins you've read, can be found here - https://forms.gle/tc6U17AuVw4ssG2v8

Feel free to let me know if you have any questions, and be sure to tag me when you post your November lists!!!

Thank you all so much for your participation and enthusiasm. I love seeing everyone's lists and reviews!!!
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TheSpineView Yikes, November!! So not ready. Need to get a move on. 1mo
OriginalCyn620 My list is almost done! 1mo
Librarybelle Hooray!! I‘ve been thinking about this! 1mo
Bookwormjillk 😱 1mo
claudiuo It is unreal, so true! I'll be getting my list ready soon. Thank you! 1mo
bookandbedandtea I'm not ready for it to be November. 🫣 I do have my list ready though. 1mo
Eggs Thank you Sarah🧡🧡 1mo
Soubhiville I haven‘t even thought about this yet! I guess it‘s time to start considering. 1mo
Lcsmcat Aaaarggg 😱 Time is going too fast! 1mo
DieAReader A goal for this weekend! Thanks for the reminder Sarah!! 1mo
BarbaraJean Whyyyyy is the year almost over?? 😩 I always welcome a new BookSpin month and list, but how is this the next to last one for the year?? 1mo
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm I‘m not ready!! Don‘t take my favorite month away!!!! 😭 1mo
CloakNQuill I may or may not opt out for this and next month. I‘ll be in Australia mid Nov to mid Dec. (edited) 1mo
AllDebooks I'm not ready for October to be over! Such a fun month on Litsy 1mo
AshleyHoss820 I was just talking about this with my husband! Where did this year go!? 😱 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @CloakNQuill - Ooooo how fun!!! Just let me know if you want to be removed from the tag list. Otherwise, participate however works for your schedule!! 1mo
Bookzombie This hadn‘t even clicked for me. I‘m going to participate but cheat a little by trying to stick to shorter books in hopes of catching up some. 😊 1mo
Bklover Thanks Sarah!!🧡🤎🧡 1mo
Simona Can you add me to tag list, please? 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @Simona - Absolutely!! 1mo
Simona Thank you 🙏 1mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick My reading time had dwindled, so the good news about that is that it shouldn't take much effort to make next month's list. 🤣 1mo
Clare-Dragonfly Oh jeez, it‘s the first already… I think I can just use last month‘s list again 😅 1mo
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The Scarlet Letter | Nathaniel Hawthorne
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I don't exactly mind if an author wants to teach me a lesson or point out problems in society, but I need an engaging story to back it up, and that's where Hawthorne was lacking for me. I just found this one to be SO boring and rather anticlimactic. I know others in our reading group like this one, but it just wasn't for me 😂

Any final thoughts for this #RandomClassic ? Did you all make it to the end?

Lindy I loved this book when I was about 12. I reread it 7 or so years ago and liked it less. 2mo
Librarybelle I‘m finishing it later today! There are definitely some slow moving parts to this. 2mo
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Across the Miles | Lucy Maud Montgomery
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Okay #LMPBC #GroupT - Despite reading mysteries and thrillers off of my own shelves for the entire month, it will come as no surprise to find out I still have more 😂 Do any of these sound especially good or especially not-good? I've read and enjoyed books by all these authors except Koepp (he's the wildcard haha). Let me know what you all think!!!
@bookandbedandtea @robinb @Jerdencon

Jerdencon I‘ve read the Lost Man (it was excellent!) but all the rest sound good for me. 2mo
bookandbedandtea I've Akari read The Lost Man (and thought it was fantastic!) but I've not read any of the others. 2mo
robinb I haven‘t read any of these but have read one by Mackintosh that I enjoyed. They all sound good! 👍 2mo
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5feet.of.fury I‘m not in your group but I really liked Let Me Lie 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @Jerdencon @bookandbedandtea @robinb - I think I'll go with Let Me Lie because it's a paperback and those seem to travel better 😂 I'm stoked about our choices!!! 1mo
robinb @TheAromaofBooks 👍👍 Looking forward to the entire lineup! 1mo
bookandbedandtea Sounds great! I'm looking forward to all these books. 1mo
Jerdencon Sounds good to me! 3w
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The Book of Cold Cases | Simone St. James
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I read some fun books last week!! I really enjoyed all of these. Up to No Gouda was my least favorite of the batch - it was okay, but maybe it is just my suspicious mind talking - I had trouble discerning who was supposed to be “ominous“ and who was supposed to be a good guy 😂 She would say things like, “I met his gaze and felt a little uncomfortable. He had been coming in for lunch every day“ except then it turns out she's uncomfortable ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) because she thinks he's cute and nice and actually has a crush on him 😆 I don't usually read ghost/paranormal stories, but I really enjoyed The Book of Cold Cases which was paranormal without being horror. The Dead Romantics was also ghosty, and while I loved the romance, it was honestly just such a lovely book about grief and moving forward. Of course Roberts pretty much always delivers - The Collector wasn't a new favorite, but it was⬇ 2mo
TheSpineView Great job! 2mo
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Andrew65 An excellent week. If you‘ve not read it I‘d also recommend The Broken Girls by Simone St James. 2mo
AnnR Well done! 👏🎃 2mo
DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 2mo
Read4life Fantastic! 🍁👻🎃 2mo
AmandaBlaze Great job! 2mo
Catsandbooks 🙌🏼🦇🧡 2mo
Soubhiville Whoa look at all those challenge hashtags! 2mo
Clwojick I second The Broken Girls! @Andrew65 2mo
Marmie7 Awesome reading! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @Andrew65 @Clwojick - I'll definitely add it to the list!!!! 1mo
Karons1 Iv just purchased the dead 💀 romantics after listening to the recco on reading 📖 through life podcast with Mia and Sarah which I highly recommend. All of them look great 👍 1mo
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My birthday is tomorrow, and even though this weekend is looking a little crazy, I'm still hoping to read a bunch!!! Feel free to tag me this weekend for my spontaneous #BirthdayBashReadathon It can be extra Scarathlon points, but you don't have to be participating in Scarathlon to join me!!

I really want to finish at least two books this weekend. I just started The Book of Cold Cases and I already don't want to do anything but read it! 😂

PuddleJumper Happy birthday for tomorrow! 2mo
kwmg40 I hope you have a great birthday tomorrow! 2mo
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Bookwormjillk Happy birthday 🎂 2mo
vonnie862 Happy early birthday!!! 2mo
Librarybelle What a great way to celebrate your birthday! ❤️ 2mo
TheSpineView Happy Birthday and many more! 🥳🥳🥳 2mo
Bookworm54 Happy early birthday! 🎂 2mo
JenReadsAlot Hope you have a wonderful birthday!! 🎉🥳🎈 2mo
wanderinglynn Happy, happy (early) birthday! I hope you have an amazing birthday long weekend! 🎉🎂🥳 2mo
Larkken Happy early birthday! I hope it goes better than the one in the tagged book lol 2mo
julesG Happy early Birthday!!! 🥳🎂 2mo
MaidaMalby Advance happy birthday! 🥳🎈🎂📚🎊🎉 2mo
DieAReader Happy Birthday weekend!!! 2mo
mabell Happy Early Birthday! 🎂🎉 2mo
julieclair Happy Birthday Weekend, Sarah! I hope you get many happy hours of reading in. 📚📚📚📚📚 Thanks for hosting this fun chance to gain extra Scarathlon points. 😀🎉🎉🎉 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @MaidaMalby - Thank you, too!! Somehow I missed you when I was typing in the reply tags!! 😂 2mo
MaidaMalby @TheAromaofBooks you tagged me twice! I feel so special. 🤩 2mo
LeahBergen Happy Birthday! ❤️📚❤️📚 2mo
curiouserandcurioser @TheAromaofBooks Hope you have a wonderfully happy birthday!:) 2mo
peanutnine Happy birthday!!! Reading as much as possible is a lovely way to celebrate ☺️📚🥳 2mo
GHABI4ROSES And her actual birthday weekend is in a month- do not let her get away with just this one hahahah @Andrew65 @DieAReader AND HAPPY FRIDAYYYY 🙌 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Thank you so much, friends!!! I am having a fabulous birthday weekend so far!! @LeahBergen @curiouserandcurioser @peanutnine 2mo
Jari-chan Happy happy birthday!!! 🎉❤️ 2mo
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The Scarlet Letter | Nathaniel Hawthorne
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(thru ch17) The story continues, albeit not quickly lol Have any of you studied/taught this book in school? What theme(s) do you usually draw from it in a classroom setting? I'm honestly struggling to figure out what point Hawthorne is trying to make. The story itself isn't exactly enthralling haha I don't hate it, but I also don't feel like much is happening. Thoughts??


BarkingMadRead I barely remember this from school, they probably meant it as a cautionary tale 🤣 2mo
Librarybelle Hawthorne felt the Puritan society was so quick to judge and took great lengths to capitalize on any perceived sins. It is a cautionary tale of sorts, @BarkingMadRead , because it shows how a woman with independent thought in a Puritan community would in essence be judged. I think the book was written to make people gasp - especially in New England and Massachusetts, Hawthorne‘s state and the bed of Puritanical ideals. ⬇️⬇️⬇️ 2mo
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Librarybelle Hope that doesn‘t sound too authoritarian! I was not an English major, but I had to read this book a few times for various classes in various contexts, including history. Hawthorne was so anti-Puritan. In a way, this could be his attack against society for the Salem Witch Trials (Hawthorne‘s ancestor was a judge, and Hawthorne lived in Salem in the 19th century). I love it, even if it is so slow going - so 19th century 😂 - ⬇️⬇️⬇️ 2mo
Librarybelle But I think I love it knowing some of the context of it. Rumor is it is based on a real woman, who is buried in Boston. There are a couple of different women‘s stories I have found to be the “inspiration,” but the one I‘m more familiar with is Elizabeth Pain, who does have a placard by her grave in Old King‘s Churchyard that indicates her Scarlet Letter connection. 2mo
Librarybelle I‘ll be quiet now! 😂 2mo
dabbe To piggyback on what @Librarybelle said, Hawthorne's ancestor who was a judge and chief interrogator spelled his name HATHORNE. Nathaniel purposely changed the spelling to hide his family's dark past. This past and horrific shame Hawthorne felt is seen in many of his works to show that we all sin no matter what, and society does not necessarily have the right to determine an individual's morality. #mytwocents 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @Librarybelle @dabbe - Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts!!! They totally make sense. 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @BarkingMadRead - Maybe that's why this is such a popular high school text 😂 😂 😂 2mo
dabbe @TheAromaofBooks If ever there was a book for angst-ing, this is it! 🤣 2mo
jewright I always think it‘s a study of guilt and its impact on people, as well as how we judge others. Hawthorne seems to write a lot about hidden sin. “The Minister‘s Black Veil” is one of his short stories that follows those same ideas. (edited) 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @jewright - That interpretation makes a lot of sense to me. It's interesting to watch the way guilt eats at the minister for his unconfessed sin/hypocrisy and how that is slowly breaking down his mind. 2mo
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I haven't had much time to get on Litsy between work and family shenanigans (why is all my out-of-town family visiting during my busiest time of year?! Get it together, people! 😂) BUT I have still been reading quite a bit, which is great because I really felt like my mojo was lacking for a couple months. This week was a mix of #LMPBC, #LOTRChapteraDay, #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead, and some random books for #Scarathlon. All were enjoyable but ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) besides The Two Towers, none of them were exceptional. However, I've participated in loads of challenges and readathons, so I'll be getting into an excessive amount of hashtags below! Thank you to all the lovely hosts of these fun challenges. I'm really enjoying them, even if I don't always post about them!! 2mo
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Lauredhel Goodness me and I thought I was overdoing the challenges! Lol 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @Lauredhel - Any excuse for another spreadsheet 😂 Most of these are just for Scarathlon. My year-long challenge list is significantly more reasonable!! 2mo
TheSpineView Great job! That is a lot of stuff to keep up with! 2mo
Lauredhel @TheAromaofBooks so you just pretend your hobby is reading; it‘s actually Excel 🤣 (edited) 2mo
PuddleJumper 😲 2mo
AnnR Well, kudos to you for participating in so many challenges. 🍂📚🎃🍁 2mo
DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 2mo
BookwormAHN Nice 🐈‍⬛ 2mo
Read4life Thanks for participating in #Falling4Books 🍁👻🎃 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @Lauredhel - You have no idea how on-target that assessment is! 😂 😂 😂 2mo
Catsandbooks 🙌🏼🦇🧡 2mo
JazzFeathers Why is family always in the way of our reading? 😂 1mo
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Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes
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Look at this chonky book!!! Okay friends, we are going to try and tackle this one starting November 1. On the 1st we will read the prologue and any introductory material you choose to read (I think I'll read my translator's notes). After that, we will be reading 2 chapters per day. When we get a little closer, I'll post a schedule because those always help me stay on track!! We'll assess as we get towards the end of November to see if we need ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) a few catch-up days or how the overall pace is working out. I will not be working as much so hopefully I will be able to post somewhat regularly to check in!!

I'm tagging everyone on my master list, plus any additional people who expressed interest. Please let me know below if you definitely want to be on the tag list (at least to start haha)

This one has always intimidated me, so I'm hoping we can get through it together!!!
BarkingMadRead I‘m terrified. Let‘s gooooo 2mo
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Lcsmcat I read this as my Chunkster in 2022. Enjoy the ride! 2mo
Librarybelle Is it weird that I‘m looking forward to this??? I‘m so ready! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @BarkingMadRead @Librarybelle - I'm feeling weirdly optimistic about this one with my new translation. I read part of the translator's introduction in the bookstore before I bought it, and he seemed like he had a sense of humor??? Which seems critical to actually enjoying this book 😂 So I guess I have optimistic terror? Terrified optimism? Or something 😆 2mo
Smarkies Please do tag me as well! Definitely trying to read at least one chunkster this year. 😅 2mo
wanderinglynn Will you include me? This has been on my TBR forever! 2mo
Bookwormjillk I‘m in! At least to start 😁 2mo
Bookwormjillk Just found a kindle version for $.49. I got the Grossman translation. Will be interesting to see what differences we see depending on the translation. 2mo
julieclair Chunksters terrify me. But I would like to read one. In 2024. 😂 So I‘m a “no” on the Don. 😉 2mo
janeycanuck @Bookwormjillk Ooh! I‘ll have to check for that. I haven‘t found the Grossman for less than $15 anywhere 2mo
TheBookHippie Digging mine out today to see how small the print is 😂😂😂😂 2mo
SamAnne I think I‘m in on this one! 2mo
AnneCecilie I‘ve already read this, so I‘ll pass. Maybe the next one? 2mo
BarbaraJean I definitely want to be on the tag list! Perhaps against my better judgment since I have another Chunkster on deck for Nov/Dec, but I also have buddy read FOMO. 😆 I have the Raffel translation—my Norton Critical edition from grad school days, so I can benefit from any helpful or unhelpful notes I may or may not have made 20 years ago! (edited) 2mo
TheBookbabeblog84 I have been meaning to read this. 2mo
BookingitwithSandra It definitely is a big read!! Sometimes those make the best books! At least Stephen King believes that…😉 (edited) 2mo
Read4life I‘m skipping this one. I didn‘t like it in school and I‘m not ready to give it another chance. 😊 2mo
Daisey I‘m absolutely in for this one! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @BarkingMadRead @Librarybelle @Smarkies @wanderinglynn @Bookwormjillk @TheBookHippie @SamAnne @BarbaraJean @BookingitwithSandra @Daisey - Yay!!! Glad to have all of you along!! If at any point in time you decide you're over this book and don't want to be tagged any more - no worries!! 😂 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @julieclair - I feel that!!! I've waded through a few fat books this year and they are a challenge for me!!! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @janeycanuck @TheBookbabeblog84 - Are you two planning to read along as well? I don't want to miss tagging you if you want on the list, or annoy you if you don't 😂 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @BarbaraJean - I have been having a SERIOUS buddy-read problem this year! I can't stop! Books I never planned to read and I just go for it! 😂 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @Read4life - No worries, I get it!! I have you on the master tag list, so I'll check in with you in December!! 2mo
Cuilin I must admit I‘ve read some of the introductory stuff. So looking forward to this. 2mo
janeycanuck @TheAromaofBooks yup, definitely in! 2mo
BarbaraJean @TheAromaofBooks Meeeee toooo!! But I've managed to read SO many classics/chunksters that way this year, so it seems to be working out! 2mo
Bklover @Librarybelle I‘m excited too! Have my book ready to go. Can‘t wait! 2mo
Bklover @TheAromaofBooks Yes! I‘m ready to go! 2mo
Bklover @BarbaraJean I definitely have a bad case of buddy read fomo. And this is such a great way to get through these classics! When it gets tough going misery loves company! ❤️❤️ 2mo
Meshell1313 Ready!!!! Yay!!! 2mo
LaraS May I crash you party and join in? don‘t usually do buddy reads nor gravitate towards classics but this has been on my TBR for so long I think this might be the way to do it! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @LaraS - Absolutely!!! Anyone is welcome to read along!! I added you to the tag list!! 😁 1mo
LaraS Thanks! ❤️ 1mo
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Across the Miles | Lucy Maud Montgomery
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Hey hey, time for another round of #LMPBC !!! For this round, I'm wondering if anyone would like to join me for some mystery/thrillers? They don't have to be “cozy“ but also not really graphic... I can't deal with gore!! 😂 Not a lot of participation so far this round, so plenty of options for starting your own group, too. Check out @suvata 's profile for the sign up link!!!

bookandbedandtea I'm interested but it's also out of my comfort zone- I've never written in a book in my life! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @bookandbedandtea - I totally get that!!! But it's a lot of fun when you get into it - a way to “chat“ with everyone by sharing your thoughts as you go long!! Sometimes people prefer to use sticky notes or to include a separate notebook for writing notes instead, which also works. 2mo
bookandbedandtea @TheAromaofBooks Thanks for the encouragement! I'm going to sign up and start out with sticky notes. 😊 2mo
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robinb I‘m in! Looking forward to reading with y‘all! 😊 @bookandbedandtea (edited) 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @bookandbedandtea @robinb - Yay!!! Looking forward to reading with you both. I hope you enjoy the new experience of (almost) writing in books, Paula!! 😁 2mo
robinb @bookandbedandtea Paula, I had a hard time with it too at the beginning. 😱🫣 2mo
bookandbedandtea @TheAromaofBooks @robinb I'm excited to try this and apologize in advance if the efforts in my first book are a little lame as I get used to it! 2mo
robinb @bookandbedandtea There is no wrong/right way. Just whatever feels comfortable for you. 👍😊 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @bookandbedandtea - Like @robinb said, you can do this however works for you!! I like to think of it as just writing down all the parts I usually just say in my head (like, “Why is she doing that?????“) And when you get a book from someone else where they have already written something, you can add your thoughts and notes to theirs!! It's a fun time and I'm excited to read with both of you!! 2mo
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The Mystery of the Empty Room | Augusta Huiell Seaman
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I think my favorite part about this book may be the absolute HORROR on the faces of the girls on this cover as they face THE EMPTY ROOM!! 😂 This is pretty typical old-school Scholastic Book Club fare. Originally published in 1933, orphaned sisters move to very small town (no electricity) in rural New Jersey to stay with their “uncle“ who seems to be rather eccentric. Mildly entertaining, but nothing to write home about. Soft pick.

TheSpineView Well done! 2mo
DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 2mo
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AmandaBlaze Nice! 2mo
swynn Coincidentally, that is exactly the look on my face when I see a room with no books. The fear is real. 2mo
Read4life 🍁👻🎃 2mo
Catsandbooks 🙌🏼🎃🖤 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @swynn - It all makes sense now!!! 😂 😂 😂 2mo
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The Scarlet Letter | Nathaniel Hawthorne
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(thru ch8) - How are you all enjoying this one? I'm honestly... kind of bored?? Hawthorne is kind of rambly without saying a great deal. I also feel like he's more interested in dunking on the Puritans than actually telling a story. It's not a bad story so far, but we're halfway through and it hasn't really grabbed me at all. Have the rest of you been enjoying it more? Any thoughts?


BarkingMadRead I feel pretty much the same, like each chapter is one page of actual plot and the rest is drivel 🤣 2mo
CatLass007 That‘s a gorgeous new cover! But I guess after reading your remarks “you can‘t judge a book by its cover” once again proves true. 2mo
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Bklover I‘m so sorry - I bailed. This, along with Tess, was just too much! 2mo
CatLass007 @TheAromaofBooks @BarkingMadRead @Bklover The three of you make me glad I chose to skip this one. (edited) 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @BarkingMadRead - I'm glad it's not just me 😂 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @CatLass007 - So many pretty covers for this one, actually!!! I love all the dramatic “A“s haha 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @Bklover - No worries, I actually didn't even try Tess this month even though it's been on my radar. I knew I wasn't going to have the headspace for it!!! 2mo
Librarybelle I‘m not quite to chapter 8 yet…I honestly hated it the first time I read it but absolutely loved it the second time I read it. The over-descriptions and lack of forward movement does not bother me. I am loving the reread of this so far; maybe it‘s because I know Hawthorne wrote this as a commentary against the Puritan ways. He was that against Puritans that he changed his last name to disassociate from an ancestor‘s role in the Salem Witch Trials. 2mo
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Chasing Fire | Nora Roberts
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Another busy week at the orchard, plus my brother is visiting from out of state, so not a lot of spare reading time! However, I did read this romantic suspense. The main characters are smoke jumpers, helping put out wildfires in Montana and around the western US. I'm always impressed by the amount of research Roberts puts in to writing about extremely random professions 😂 I really liked the main pair in this story, but the thriller aspect ⬇

PuddleJumper 🖤🧡🖤 2mo
Read4life 🍁👻🎃 2mo
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AsYouWish Thank you!!!!!💙💙💙💙 2mo
DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 2mo
TheSpineView Fantastic! 2mo
Clwojick Well done! 2mo
Catsandbooks 🙌🏼🦇💜 2mo
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Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes
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Okay, friends, here is a VERY TENTATIVE list for #RandomClassics This schedule may be adjusted or changed as needed 😂 USUALLY we will be reading one chapter a day until a book is completed, even if this means the book carries over into the next month (which means sometimes two books are going at the same time, as I always start the new book on the first). For some we may kick up the pace haha Don Quixote we are going to do two chapters/day ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) and it will still take a little over two months at that pace!!

So literally I have an ever-changing list of classics/“books everyone should read“ and use a random number generator to decide which one is next. Some I have never read, some I haven't read since I was a young lass. Anyone is welcome to join for any book. I don't post daily, just sporadically throughout the month to check in. ⬇
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) I would like to create a master tag list for this group, so if you would like to be tagged each month to “check in“ and see if you are interested in that month's book, please let me know below!! I am tagging everyone who participated in at least one book this year (or is planning to participate in an upcoming book). 2mo
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Lcsmcat I‘d like to be tagged please. There are 3 or 4 on that list I might join in for. 2mo
Bookwormjillk I‘d like to be tagged (but don‘t know if I‘m brave enough for Don Q. to be honest 😁) 2mo
BarkingMadRead Woohoo looks great! 2mo
AnneCecilie I would love to be tagged 😊 2mo
Read4life I‘ll be joining. May skip some months. 2mo
BarbaraJean I‘d like to be on the master tag list! I‘m in for DQ and Uncle Tom, but might be persuaded to pop in for others as well depending on other reading commitments (you know how that goes!). 2mo
Clare-Dragonfly Sure, put me on the master list! I definitely think I‘ll be reading Uncle Tom. 2mo
SamAnne Looking forward to some of these reads! 2mo
TheBookHippie Looks good. 2mo
Meshell1313 Yes add me to master list please! I‘ve decided on the red cover Edith Grossman translated Don Quixote! She‘s the first female to translate! Excited! 2mo
Cuilin So excited to start Don Quixote!! I bought a new translation for me. Yay!! Fingers crossed I finish this one. 2mo
Librarybelle Awesome!! And, please include me on the master tag list! (edited) 2mo
julieclair Please add me. Several of these have been on my TBR forever! 2mo
Bklover I‘m in!!!!! 2mo
eeclayton Please add me to the master list, thank you 2mo
janeycanuck There are a few on here I may join for, please put me on your list! 2mo
BookingitwithSandra I'd love to participate in this one too! Looks like a great list so far!
ChelseaM6010 I would like to be tagged! There are a few on the list I wanna join in for. 1mo
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Ack, so caught up in #BookSpinBingo and Scarathlon that I forgot to post October's #ISpyBingo card!!! As always, one book can fill multiple prompts, and we're a little loosey-goosey with interpretations 😂 Anyone can play along just for fun, or to try and score some additional Scarathlon points!!

TheAromaofBooks This challenge (including the prompts from the previous months) is available on StoryGraph!! https://app.thestorygraph.com/reading_challenges/265c3ab9-c799-4d41-857c-d991e83...

Whollybologna I was looking for this one and I was worried I missed it! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @Whollybologna - Sorry about that!! 😂 Cassandra posted it at a more reasonable time, I just totally spaced on reposting it!! Do you want me to add you to the tag list so you'll get notified whenever it first gets posted? 2mo
Whollybologna @TheAromaofBooks nah, I don‘t mind the wait. And October is crazy enough 😜 2mo
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The Scarlet Letter | Nathaniel Hawthorne
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Greetings, #RandomClassics friends! I know at least several of you have started this because you tagged me on the first. 😁 But how is everyone getting on? Have any of you read this one before? I have never read this book and honestly have only the vaguest idea of what the story is about, so I am going in almost completely blind.

Thru ch3 - Not much has happened so far, although we now have a mysterious man on the edge of the crowd to consider!⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) At this point anyway I do feel like it is the sin of adultery that is being condemned, not Hester for being a woman - like if they knew who the dude was, he would be in just as much trouble, I think. Would you tell who the father was if you were under this kind of pressure??

Anyway, feel free to share any thoughts you have so far. I'll try to check in sporadically as we go!!
Librarybelle I have my copy ready to start - hopefully today! I have read this before, a couple of times for various classes. It‘s one of my favorites, since it‘s Hawthorne‘s commentary on Puritan society. I‘m looking forward to diving in again!! 2mo
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BarkingMadRead I haven‘t read this since high school, but I‘m enjoying it so far. In so much as I‘m swearing at the women and men in town and wanting to beat them with my book 🤷🏻‍♀️ I‘ll be in Boston and Salem this week, I‘m looking forward to reading it there! 2mo
Teresereading Yes to start, I have copy somewhere but I might need library ebook as an interim measure 😉 2mo
Teresereading @BarkingMadRead I‘d love to go to Salem! 2mo
jewright I teach this book to juniors, so I read it every year. It‘s one of my favorite classics, but it tends not to be very popular with high school students. 2mo
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An Evil Heart: A Novel | Linda Castillo
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First book completed for #Scarathlon is the 15th installment of the Kate Burkholder series. Set in Ohio's Amish country, Kate grew up Amish, but left the community and became a police officer. In the first book, she returns to her hometown as the chief of police. I really, really like this series. Kate is such a human, likable character, and watching her progress as a person has been delightful. Through the books we've learned more of her ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) backstory, and have also seen her begin to mend fences with her brother and sister (who are still Amish). Castillo writes the Amish community so well, presenting them neither idealistically nor cynically, but simply as people trying their best to live life the way they believe it should be lived.

This book, like the others, is pacy and engaging. It does start with a rather gruesome murder, and there are themes of sexual assault, so ⬇
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) keep that in mind. While I highly recommend starting this series at the beginning and reading it straight through, this one can be read on its own as well. I'm hoping Castillo still has a lot of plans for Kate's story, because I really look forward to reading a new one every year!!

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#WickedWords - Criminal @AsYouWish
#SeriesLove2023 @TheSpineView @Andrew65
#ReadySetRead @Bookwormjillk
#20in4 @Andrew65
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Gissy That is the #15 in that series. I still will like to read maybe a couple of books first to see who is this character. Sounds good🤗 2mo
Bookwormjillk I think I put a book from this series on my list when you posted about it before. Thanks for the reminder. 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @Gissy @Bookwormjillk - I definitely recommend starting at the beginning of this series because Kate really does grow as a person!! That said, the earliest books are my least favorite - maybe because I feel like I've gotten to know Kate better as the series goes on? Or are they really not as good? 😂 2mo
Andrew65 Love this series. Well done 👏👏👏 2mo
DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 2mo
intothehallofbooks I love this series! I‘m on the 10th book, so I have a little ways to go to catch up to you, but I love Kate and the other regular characters. 2mo
Gissy @TheAromaofBooks If you have continue with the series is that Kate is like Kate “fictional friend” where the relationship has grown 😄 2mo
TheSpineView Great job! 2mo
Catsandbooks Yay! 🦇🧡 2mo
Clwojick Woohoo! 🖤👻🖤 2mo
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BookSpinBingo | Untitled
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Here's the #BookSpinBingo card! First, I put our official numbers (19 & 10) back in the mix. Then I drew them all out & wrote them down as I went, meaning the official numbers are just mixed into the card with the rest! As you can see, 21-25 are both labeled with their numbers & also as free spaces, so you can use them to match however you wrote your list. To score a bingo, just read books (in any order) that are in any row or column!! MORE INFO ⬇

TheAromaofBooks First off, please note that if you are participating in Scarathlon, BookSpinBingo counts as a readathon and you can earn your 10pts/hr for reading any book on your bingo board. You can also use this board to score the bingo points as well!! (20pts per bingo/bonus 100pts for a cleared board)

Regular housekeeping below⬇
TheAromaofBooks 1 - I don't tag anyone on this post except for @LitsyEvents but anyone is welcome to play along!!
2 - Remember – NO PRESSURE!!!! If this starts to stress you out, just take that page right out of your journal and pretend it never existed!! This challenge is to encourage you to read, not to make you feel like reading is a chore!!!
3 - FREE SPACES can be filled with any book that is NOT already on your list!! ⬇
TheAromaofBooks 4 & final - As a reminder, only the “official” BookSpin/DoubleSpin numbers will count towards giveaway entries. I don‘t want the giveaway to be stacked against people who aren‘t able to read lots of books each month. So basically there is still a maximum of 2 entries possible per month no matter how many books you read from your list. This bingo card is just for fun & glory! 😁

Thanks for playing & happy reading!!!
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BarkingMadRead Hooray!! Thank you! 2mo
vlwelser I love that you used Halloween colors. 🎃 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @vlwelser - The leaves are starting to change here and it's my birthday month!!! I always LOVE October!! 😁 2mo
vlwelser Love this for you. Fall is my fav. 2mo
Clare-Dragonfly Yay October! Yay birthday month and fall leaves! Yaaaay BookSpin! 🥳🎂❤️🎃🍂 2mo
Read-y_Picker Thank you!!! 2mo
willaful This has always felt too complicated for me to try but now I'm doing the #Scarathlon what's a little more complication? 😂 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @willaful - That's the spirit!! 😂 Do let me know if you have any questions!! 2mo
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