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TheAromaofBooks

Joined May 2019

Main Book Blog: thearomaofbooks.wordpress.com Host #BookSpin every month - master post about it here - https://www.litsy.com/web/post/1989556
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Across the Miles | Lucy Maud Montgomery

@kshakal - Thought I should let you know that so far your package has gone from Rushville to Columbus to Indianapolis to Minneapolis to Saint Paul to Indianapolis to Columbus to Akron and back to Columbus... !!!!!!!!! I have literally no idea what is happening, but supposedly it left Cols at 6:25 this morning “in transit to the next destination“... wherever that may be!! 😂 #WinterSolsticeSwap

Kshakal Thanks for the update!! 17h
TheAromaofBooks @Kshakal - Looks like it's in Chicago now, so hopefully actually going the right direction. I wasn't going to bother you with an update originally, but was absolutely cracking up when I realized it had gone to Columbus THREE TIMES! 😂 8h
Kshakal @TheAromaofBooks it is definitely going to be a well traveled package!! 7h
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A Princess for Christmas | Jenny Holiday
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A soft pick here, although that may be more me than the book. When I pick up a book that looks/sounds like a fluffy Christmas read, I'm not mentally prepared to be bombarded with "fucks" every other page. I liked the story and characters just fine, I just felt like the author was trying too hard to make Leo the "poor uneducated Bronx guy" with all the swearing. I get it, he's tough. A fine read, but not one that makes me want to pick up the ⬇️

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) sequel, especially since this one also checked off “all our problems can be solved with a kiss“ square on my family's Christmas book/movie bingo board 😂 A lot of issues were resolved very quickly and neatly in the last chapter!! 2d
Jadams1776 🎁👍🏻🎄🎉🎅🏻 2d
Roary47 Awesome! That one looks cute! 😍 1d
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Combo #WinterGames points post and #BookReport -

13,613 points for week one, mainly because of this crazy word search! The tagged book netted me 723 words just on its own!!

I read the pictured books, plus The Christmas Escape, which I already returned to the library. I think that one was actually my favorite for the week - a nice balance between Christmas fluff and some real issues, while still staying festive and fun. Five books in five days⬇️

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) puts me ahead of my page goal for the month and has brought me back up to only four books behind on my GR goal for the year, so I'm feeling really good about catching that up before December 31. I did DNF two books that were on my #BookSpinBingo board - A Season for Second Chances just didn't jive with me (despite enjoying The Twelve Dates of Christmas so much last year that I'm rereading it this year), & The Christmas Room was just... ⬇ 3d
OriginalCyn620 Awesome! 3d
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) not Christmasy?? I was over a hundred pages in and still no sign of Christmas and I honestly didn't really like anyone. Seriously, when the dude meets the chick for the first time (not a first date, their first time EVER TALKING) he asks her if she's still a virgin!? The whole book just had this weird vibe that wasn't for me, so I gave up a little over a hundred pages in & sent it off to a new home via Paperback Swap.

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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) I will have as much reading time this next week (I was home all of last week after a Covid contact... all is well), but am so enjoying my month of mostly lighthearted reads, plus seeing what all everyone else is into.

I'm not posting an official #WeeklyForecast this month... I have my list of potential reads for the month & am letting the random number generator decide which one comes next!!

@Clwojick @Cinfhen
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Cinfhen That‘s good 👍🏽 letting the fates dictate your reads 😛Sorry two of your books were duds 😖 3d
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Forest of Souls | Lori M. Lee
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Took a break from the Christmas reads to pick up one of my #LMPBC books for the month. I actually ended up really enjoying this one, although who includes an 8-page glossary but no map?!?! Still, decent world-building and some interesting concepts - definitely seeing myself finishing this trilogy when the third book is released next summer. Great pick @Laughterhp !!
#GroupC @HOTPock3tt @Chrissyreadit

TheAromaofBooks Despite not being Christmasy, still checked off some readathons for #WinterGames #MistletoeManiacs @Clowjick
#AVeryMerryReadathon - 1673/9300pgs @TheSpineView
#WinterCosy - 5/40bks @PuddleJumper
#AVeryMerryBingo - Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer @Jadams1776
#WrapItUpReadathon - 5/29bks @keys_on_fire
#BookSpinBingo
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Laughterhp Oh good! I‘m glad you liked it! Yeah, I didn‘t even look at the glossary lol 3d
PuddleJumper Maps are the best bit! 🤣 3d
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keys_on_fire Progress indeed! 3d
TheSpineView Great job! 3d
Jadams1776 🎄🎉🎄🎅🏻🎁 2d
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Christmas Angels | Nancy Naigle
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A soft pick for this one. It started well with a woman buying her grandparents' old inn that has been out of the family for a while. Surprise, surprise, it needs a bunch of work and there JUST SO HAPPENS to be a hunky contractor in town!!! But somewhere around 3/4 through it's like Naigle decided she needed MORE DRAMA so even though Liz has been over-the-moon excited about this whole inn thing, when she trips and breaks her ankle all of a⬇️

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) sudden she does a complete about-face and decides that it must be a “sign“ that she's supposed to give up the whole project. It was a real plot-jolt that didn't feel like it fit in with everything else. Just focusing on getting the inn up & running and rediscovering all the fun Christmas stuff connected with her childhood would have been a lovely story - the extra drama just didn't work for me. Still, I really did enjoy this one overall ⬇ 4d
TheAromaofBooks I'm heading to the post office this week, so if someone would like me to send this one their way, please let me know!!! I'd love to send it off to a new home!! 4d
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ravenlee Sounds like the author didn‘t meet the page count with the original storyline and added a section for padding. 4d
TheSpineView Great job! 3d
Jadams1776 👍🏻🎁🎄 2d
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Across the Miles | Lucy Maud Montgomery
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Received my #WinterSolsticeSwap from @Kshakal and also my #LittleChristmasSwap from a Litten whose username I didn't see on the box. Super excited!!! Thanks for hosting @Chrissyreadit @sprainedbrain @bookish_wookish !!

PS Amy I have what I need to mail to my Little Christmas Swap match so it should go out Monday or Tuesday!!
PPS it looks like my WinterSolsticeSwap package has only made is as far as Akron since Nov.26! 😑

bookish_wookish Perfect!! 🎄 4d
Kshakal I am so glad it arrived!! 4d
TheAromaofBooks @Kshakal - Hopefully yours at least makes it out of Ohio someday soon! 😂 I mailed another package to Nevada the same day and it's already there. Sometimes the postal service makes NO sense to me lol 4d
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Kshakal @TheAromaofBooks I will keep my fingers crossed! 🤞🤞 4d
Judybskt @TheAromaofBooks the #littlechristmasswap package is from me!! I thought I had my full name on there - sorry about that!! 🎄🎄 3d
TheAromaofBooks @Judybskt - Yay!!! Your name is on the return address, but not your Litsy name haha I'm super excited - thank you!!! 3d
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Last year I read Snowflakes at the Little Christmas Tree Farm by this author (who apparently struggles to use fewer than ten syllables in her titles) and was pleasantly surprised by the likable characters, fun shenanigans, and the hunky Scottish Christmas tree farmer. So when I saw this one for 99c I went for it. If you're looking for in-depth character development, surprising plot twists, or a new take on the holiday season, this is NOT the ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) book for you. But if you're looking for some relaxing fluff and complete predictability, you'll love this one. This filled a lot of those “Scrooge character“ kinds of prompts on my bingo boards. I will say that it was SO obvious who James really was that it felt borderline ridiculous that Nia didn't figure it out, but still I really enjoyed this one overall and can see myself rereading it next year. 5d
Allylu I'm reading Snowflakes at the Little Christmas Tree Farm this year! 5d
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Roary47 Gotta love predictable Christmas fluff. 🥰 5d
TheSpineView Love the cover. 👍📖📚 5d
keys_on_fire Pretty sure this is one that I snagged this year too! Great review! 5d
Jadams1776 🎄🎉👍🏻🎅🏻🎁 4d
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I have a few Christie books on the list this winter to break up my romances a bit. This collection includes short stories from other sources, so most of them were vaguely familiar to me. "Midwinter" is a but of a stretch since some of these barely mention the word snow, but they were still great fun, and a bit like eating a bag of chips since they were so short that I kept reading just one more!! Also IN LOVE with these special editions!!!!

Jadams1776 🎉🎄🎅🏻🎁👍🏻 6d
PuddleJumper Lovely book cover! 6d
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TheSpineView Awesome 🎄📖 6d
Clwojick So pretty! 6d
Patchshank Does it have the adventure of the Christmas pudding? I just read that one in the tagged book and I found it fun. 6d
TheAromaofBooks @PuddleJumper @Clwojick - HarperCollins has been releasing two Christies a year in these new hardcovers and they are so perfect I can hardly bear it! 😂 Gorgeous covers and beautiful end papers and they just feel so nice in your hands when you read them!!! 6d
TheAromaofBooks @Patchshank - It wasn't in the collection I just read, but this year's special Christmas edition is the collection where that story was originally published, so I am hoping to get to it this month, along with the five other stories included!! (I don't think the tagged book is specifically the special edition.) 6d
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The Christmas Escape | Sarah Morgan
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First book read for #WinterGames #MistletoeManiacs and a lovely way to kick things off. This is the third Morgan book that I have read and I really love the way that she writes married couples working through their differences instead of writing each other off, and her emphasis on the importance of friendship and forgiveness. I almost wanted this one to be a little longer as it felt like some issues were skimmed a bit, but overall a lovely read.

TheAromaofBooks Also apparently I need to schedule an additional half hour every time I finish a book so I can figure out which bingos and challenges it fits!! 😂
@Clwojick
#AVeryMerryReadathon - 228/9300pgs @TheSpineView
#WinterCosy - 1/40bks @PuddleJumper
#AVeryMerryBingo - Jingle Bell Rock @Jadams1776
#WrapItUpReadathon - 1/29bks @keys_on_fire
#BookSpinBingo
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TheSpineView Great job! 🤩📖📚 7d
PuddleJumper 🤣 Same 7d
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Jadams1776 🎄🎅🏻🎉👍🏻 7d
keys_on_fire Hahaha, I know what you mean! I can‘t wait until I have a no-work day to really make some progress! Great job! 6d
Andrew65 I loved this one too. 6d
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Here's the #BookSpinBingo card! First, I put our official numbers (10 & 14) 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‘m tagging everyone who specifically said they wanted to participate in the Bingo aspect of the challenge, but ANYONE IS WELCOME. So if you posted a #BookSpin list and now you think the Bingo looks fun – just jump right in!! If you actually didn't want to do Bingo & I tagged you, just ignore it - so sorry to bother you! ⬇ 7d
TheAromaofBooks 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!!!
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TheSpineView Awesome! Thanks for hosting another round of this fun challenge! 🤩📖📚 7d
melissajayne Haven‘t been tagged yet 7d
claudiuo Yay, bingo! The highlight of each month. Thank you! 7d
TheAromaofBooks @melissajayne - I'm SO sorry - it was COMPLETELY inadvertent!! I handwrite a list of everyone who wants to be tagged and then copy it over and every month I miss a few names at some step in the process!! This is part of the reason that I am switching up how I track this next year - way too much space for my errors the way I'm doing it now!! You are very welcome to join in and I'm super sorry that I missed you!! 7d
Librarybelle Yay…cannot wait to make my card! Thank you!! 7d
OriginalCyn620 Yay! Gonna make my board now! 7d
Zuhkeeyah Thank you! These always make it way more fun to tackle the TBR list. 7d
Allylu The day I anticipate each month! Thank you, Sarah! 💕🎄😊📚🤶🎶 7d
Grrlbrarian Hurrah! Thank you!!! 7d
Elizabeth2 #Bookspin and #Bookspinbingo were among of my first thoughts when I woke up this morning and thought about the date! 😆 7d
Nelnjali Oh boy, thank you, @TheAromaofBooks ! I really appreciate you hosting this each month. 7d
kellyann28 Thank you @TheAromaofBooks ! I thought BookSpin was BookSpinBingo and I didn't realize they were separate 😂 #LearningCurve I'm going to participate in this also! 🥰 7d
Kdgordon88 Thank you! I will post my bingo card tonight. 7d
jessjess Excellent now I definitely have to read The Last Wish, that's my #10! 7d
TheAromaofBooks @kellyann28 - Yes, the bingo part is basically a bonus challenge... I have a giveaway at the end of the year & BookSpin/DoubleSpin book reviews are the entries, but lots of people wanted to read more than just 2 books from their lists each month, so the Bingo aspect was born!! So you can join in for as much or little as works for you each month!! 7d
ozma.of.oz I‘m so excited for this month! 7d
Moll Woopee! 6d
CoverToCoverGirl Hurray! 6d
tokorowilliamwallace So one has to get a bingo from completing the numbers you have drawn for each month? And the bingo card + the numbers drawn are both changed each month? 6d
TheAromaofBooks @tokorowilliamwallace - Yes!! The original challenge was just me drawing 2 numbers each month (BookSpin & DoubleSpin). A lot of people still choose to read just those 2 books. But some people wanted to read more than 2 books from their lists, so I added the bingo part. It also changes every month. You can try to score a bingo, or blackout the card, or just read the BookSpin book - however much or little works for you!! 6d
TheAromaofBooks @tokorowilliamwallace - That's always why there are five free spaces... my actual BookSpin challenge chooses from a list of 20... but to make a bingo card you need 25. Some people fill in all 25 numbers with books, while other people leave all five of those as free spaces. It's whatever inspires you!! 6d
bthegood I think I will try this in January, after #WinterGames2021, it looks like a fun way to stay motivated between "thons"? thx 5d
TheAromaofBooks @bthegood - I will add you to the tag list for January!! Even though I run the challenge every month, a lot of people come & go as suits their life haha 5d
bthegood @TheAromaofBooks thx, I made a list of books for it😊 4d
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Good morning, everyone! The moment you have all been waiting for!! Our official #BookSpin number is TEN!! Our official #DoubleSpin number is FOURTEEN!! 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!!!

Just a few quick housekeeping items that I would really appreciate if you would take a moment to read!! I know I'm rambly so sorry!! ⬇

TheAromaofBooks 1 - Remember, this is a no-pressure challenge!! You can read one or both of these books. You can bail on them. You can bail on the whole challenge and try again next month. Whatever works!! This is supposed to be fun not stressful!! If you can't remember exactly how this challenge works, please check out my master post here https://www.litsy.com/web/post/1989556 or just ask!! ⬇ 7d
TheAromaofBooks 2 - I am planning to have a giveaway at the end of the year. Entries are reviews of #BookSpin & #DoubleSpin books, but I will only know about them if you tag me, so please tag me whenever you read & review your book for the month. DNFs count! The goal for #BookSpin is to get a book off your TBR, so if you decide not to finish it, it's still off the list, so tag me & tell me why you bailed. 2021 DEADLINE IS JANUARY 3!!! ⬇ 7d
TheAromaofBooks 3 - I am tagging everyone who posted a list THIS MONTH (my tag list changes every month!!), so if you posted a list & you do not get tagged here, please let me know! It means I either accidentally missed your original #BookSpin post OR I wrote down your username wrong. Either way, I'm really sorry. Everyone is welcome to join this challenge, so if I missed you it was entirely by mistake - just let me know!! ⬇ 7d
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TheAromaofBooks 4 - If you do not finish your #BookSpin/#DoubleSpin book this month it is STILL ELIGIBLE for a giveaway entry as long as you complete it by January 3, 2022!! Whenever you review it, just tag me as usual be sure to let me know which month it is for - there is a maximum of 2 entries per month, so if you don't let me know it's for a different month, it may not count. ⬇ 7d
TheAromaofBooks 5 & final - While I don't have time to reply to all of the comments to this post, I do read every one and love seeing which books got picked for you!! I do respond to any direct questions or confusion, so please feel free to ask away if something doesn't make sense or you need some clarifications. Thank you all so much for your enthusiasm, and happy reading!!! 7d
TheAromaofBooks PS I ALMOST FORGOT: For those of you participating in #WinterGames ALL books read for #BookSpinBingo count towards your readathon points PLUS you can score bingo points by scoring bingos!!! 7d
Bklover Thank you my dear! You are amazing as always!!❤️ 7d
TheSpineView I'll be reading A Holiday by Gaslight and Merry Happy Valkyrie 7d
Kristelh Thank you! 7d
OriginalCyn620 Yay! Thank you so much, Sarah! 😀 7d
keys_on_fire I‘ll be reading Christmas in Ardmore and The Christmas Contest. Thanks for all you do! 7d
SusanLee Noted with thanks 😘 7d
rmaclean4 Let the reading fun begin!! 7d
melissajayne Haven‘t been tagged 7d
mrsmarch OH THIS IS GLORIOUS. I started a book in November and just finished it last night. Since I knew I was going to finish it in December, I put it on my bookspin board in case I was going to get credit for it -- what are the chances that out of 20 titles, it would be chosen? 5%, obviously. It randomly landed in spot 10 and I finished it last night while River was in dance class. 1 down 1 to go!! 😁 7d
claudiuo Thank you so much: I have this book on my list for so long and I keep reading about how great it is... Thank you! (edited) 7d
AmyG Thank you! I will be reading (edited) 7d
melissajayne Why have t I been tagged? I put out a list!!! 7d
melissajayne WHERE‘S MY TAG?!?! 7d
melissajayne You are deliberately ignoring me!!!! 7d
TheAromaofBooks @melissajayne - So sorry!!! For some reason I commented on your list but then forgot to actually write you down on MY list!!! I'm really sorry!!! 7d
Librarybelle Hooray! It looks like I have Sigh, Gone and The Final Girl Support Group! 7d
DrexEdit Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! This is going to be good! Can't wait to get started! Woot! 7d
Zuhkeeyah Oh man. Both my picks are hefty. Radium Girls and Plain Bad Heroines. Thankfully I‘ve already started PBH and it‘s good but definitely going to take a minute to finish. Challenge accepted. 7d
BarkingMadRun Ohhhhh a Christmas Carol is my #bookspin and I‘ve started it already, woohoo! 7d
Grrlbrarian So so excited to get reading!!! 🎉 7d
Cinfhen Yay!!! I almost forgot what today‘s date was!!! I have a Kindle pick and one from my NetGalley cue ….hmmmm, choices 💕🎊🤪 7d
Lcsmcat And double spin is 7d
ravenlee I‘ve got The Matzah Ball and Reading Lolita in Tehran - the two books I‘ve already started! The book gods want me to finish them. 7d
BarbaraJean I‘ve got The Eye of Zoltar by Jasper Fforde for my #DoubleSpin, and The Last of the Spirits for #MGBuddyRead for my #BookSpin! However, I‘m beginning to despair over whether Last of the Spirits will ever come in for me at the library. I may have to swap that one out for something else if it doesn‘t materialize before I go out of town on the 14th. 😩 7d
Julsmarshall Woohoo! My #bookspin is East of Eden which is a chunkster I've been meaning to read for years! It will be a good pairing with all of the holiday reads I have planned. Thanks, @thearomaofbooks ! 7d
kellyann28 Thank you for organizing! My number 10 was 7d
Suet624 So thankful that be encouraged to get this off my shelf. 7d
Kdgordon88 Yay! #Bookspin in A Very Nantucket Christmas and #Doublespin is 7d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Work has kicked my butt this week and I missed it! January for sure!! ❤️ 7d
maich I got 2 audiobooks which I really want to read. No. 10 is winter FF romance which is new subgenre for me. 7d
TheAromaofBooks @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks - No worries!! There is always next month!! Hopefully things calm down for you! ❤ 7d
maich No. 14 is YA which I adore to read/listen. Can't wait to start it. 7d
UnidragonFrag 😲 I got the buddy read for winter games and an Xmas fluff book, which so works - yay! 7d
ozma.of.oz Woohoo! Can‘t wait to get started! 7d
CaitZ No.10 is my team read - Let It Snow and No.14 is On Christmas Day 6d
Bookzombie My bookspin is Mean Spirit and my doublespin is A Holiday by Gaslight. I‘m excited to get to both! 6d
Clare-Dragonfly Yay! I don‘t really think I‘ll get to it but my spin for December is 6d
Soubhiville Yay! Persephone Station and The Meaning of Birds for me 😁. Excellent. Thank you Sarah! (Of course I‘m still working on my November DS too. The holiday season is so busy for me at work. Hopefully I‘ll have some catch up time this weekend.) 6d
robinb My #BookSpin is An Invincible Summer; #DoubleSpin is The Ippos King. The first is a contemporary romance, the second a fantasy romance. The Ippos King is third in a series. The first two I read years ago...I'm going to be TOTALLY lost. 😵 😲 😂 (edited) 6d
NikkiM5 Yay #bookspin Free #doublespin The Song of Achilles. 6d
Eggs Thanks ❤️❤️ 6d
CarolynM Thank you Sarah💕 6d
Crazeedi Thanks Sarah!! 6d
TheAromaofBooks @robinb - I read the third book in a series in November and it had been a minute since I had read the first two, and I genuinely appreciated the fact that they had put a little “when we last saw our intrepid heroes...“ at the beginning, kind of rehashing who the main players were and what was going on. I wish they all did that!!! 6d
robinb @TheAromaofBooks Totally true!!! It depends on your perspective. It is a lifesaver when you've forgotten key parts of the previous plot, but it also tests my patience when I want to move on in a plot that I'm very familiar with. LOL 5d
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@ozma.of.oz is hosting a set-your-own goals #Adventathon for this month. For this challenge, I'm going to focus on books I own, as I frequently get distracted by library and Kindle Unlimited books this time of year!!

ozma.of.oz Good luck! ❤️ 1w
TheAromaofBooks @ozma.of.oz - Thank you!!! I started with a library book so I'm not off to a great start 😂 (edited) 1w
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The Christmas Escape | Sarah Morgan
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I am always very enthusiastic about challenges and whatnot at the beginning of the year (have I already been working on my 2022 journal? Yes, yes I have LOL) but sometimes December comes & I still have some I want to wrap up!! My main focus for this month is hitting my Goodreads goal - I'll need to read 29 books this month to make it happen!!! Thanks for hosting the #WrapItUpReadathon @keys_on_fire !!!

thegirlwiththelibrarybag I need to read 18 this month 😅 good luck to both of us! 1w
HeyT omg and i was feeling bad about needing to finish 8 for my challenge commitments. 1w
TheAromaofBooks @thegirlwiththelibrarybag @HeyT - I definitely need to lower my goal for next year as I have several really long books I have genuinely put off this year because of them not aligning with my GR goal, which is honestly ridiculous haha 1w
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ju.ca.no @TheAromaofBooks same! I put of so many chunksters, just so I can make my goal😅😅 1w
TheAromaofBooks @ju.ca.no - Right?! I also procrastinate on my nonfiction reads, because they take me longer to read than fiction of the same length. Even though that GR goal is not actually important, I still want to hit it - so I'm going to knock it way down next year and hopefully get some of these fat books off my list!!! 1w
ju.ca.no @TheAromaofBooks exactly! I also am planning on setting the goal waaaay lower next year, so I can read what I feel like, not what‘s fast😅 1w
HeyT I usually hit my goodreads goal every year because I have to have them match so every year I pledge 50 and end up going over now that I don't have school reading to get in the way like I did when i first started the challenge. The 8 I need to read are my content challenges like book club back list and double spin picks. 1w
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Have I mentioned lately how much I love @LitsyEvents ?? I was able to find three December readathons this morning that I would have missed just by checking out their page!! It's so awesome to have this info in one place!!

@Patchshank is hosting this readathon for mysteries, ghost stories, horror, etc., and may also win the prize for best graphic because I freaking LOVE this! 😂 I actually have several Agatha Christie books on deck this ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) month, including the tagged book which is the latest special edition (soooo gorgeous!!!) that just came yesterday (and that I also forgot I had ordered and thus isn't actually on any of my lists LOL). Can't wait to see what else I find that fits for the #HolidayHorrorsReadathon !!! 1w
Yuki_Onna Woohoo!!! How cool is this?!? Thanks for bringing this to my attention - right up my alley! (Oops, that reminds me I still need to post my #bookspin December list... Let's get going...) 1w
Suet624 Yes, many thanks to whoever is behind the @LitsyEvents page. 1w
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TheAromaofBooks @Yuki_Onna - Yes!!! I love when there are readathons that focus on different genres or ideas!!! 1w
TheAromaofBooks @Suet624 - I think several people are running it together, which is a great way to do something like that, as it's a lot of responsibility for one person!! There used to be another page (LitsyHappenings maybe?) that seemed to fade away, so I'm super stoked that there is a new place to find it all!! I don't always have time to scroll my whole feed, and especially this time of year there are so many challenges & readathons to join!! 1w
Suet624 I wondered what happened with LitsyHappenings. But did I offer to help? Nope. Oh well, thankful to those who do the work. (edited) 1w
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Hercule Poirot's Christmas | Agatha Christie
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@TheSpineView is hosting #AVeryMerryReadathon and for this one I'm going to be tracking my pages for the month. I'm going for an average of 300 pages/day (LOL) which would be 9300 pages for the month!!!

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Kayla.Adriena I was thinking of giving it a try, how do you track your pages? 1w
TheAromaofBooks @Kayla.Adriena - Well, I get weirdly into tracking everything about my reading, so I already write down my page totals for each day just in general - I write the date, the title, how many pages for that book, my overall total for the day, and my running total for the month. When I'm tracking for a readathon, I make a chart on grid paper where each square on the paper = 25pgs, then color them in as I got so I can see my progress!! But to clarify ⬇ 1w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) this readathon is one where you set your own goals, so you can do pages, number of books, hours spent reading, checking certain books off your list, etc. Whatever inspires you to read more!! 1w
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The Birds' Christmas Carol | Kate Douglas Wiggin
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It's the last day of November, which means #WinterGames start tomorrow!!!! Time to set some goals for a couple of the month-long readathons!!

To hit my GR goal for the year, I need to read 30 books. And because I like being ridiculous, I've decided to up the goal to 40 books for this readathon. A lot of the books I have on my TBR for the month are on the short side (like the tagged) so this doesn't feel completely unreasonable!!

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TheAromaofBooks @PuddleJumper - Thank you!!! 1w
guinsgirlreads Awesome! 😎 1w
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In a Holidaze | Christina Lauren
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Okay, so I will admit that my #WinterGames TBR is a smidge ambitious...so much so that I went ahead and made two #BookSpinBingo lists! 😂 I don't see myself reading 50 books this month, but I have so many fun and fluffy reads to choose from that I decided to include them all!! The left list is comprised of Kindle books (starred titles on Kindle Unlimited for those interested) & physical books are on the right. However, my remaining free spaces⬇️

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) can be either physical or ebooks. I just got another book in the mail from Paperback Swap that I forgot I had ordered so that's how this is going so far!!

If you want to join in for #BookSpin this month, there is still plenty of time to post a list!! Don't forget to tag me when you do - if I haven't commented on your list, please tag me again because I may have missed the notification!! I'll be back Thursday with the winning numbers!!
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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks My #bookspin and #wintergames2021 lists are also very ambitious, but it will be so fun trying!! Happy Holidays! 🎄 1w
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tdrosebud Haha! I tried this method last year having one board for Nook books and one for Kindle. I didn't read any of them and only filled in the free spaces! Good luck! 1w
TheAromaofBooks @BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @tdrosebud - Well, if I don't score #WinterGames points I won't be able to use “I didn't have anything to read“ as an excuse!! 😂 1w
LitStephanie Just a smidge, LOL! My list will be about 1/10 the size of yours for winter games, I think! 1w
TheAromaofBooks @LitStephanie - I like to keep my options open and I've been collecting (used) Christmas books all year... I may have gotten a little carried away!! 😂 1w
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Across the Miles | Lucy Maud Montgomery
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Two swap packages sent off this afternoon!!! I have everything for the other two but need to get them packed up. But #JolabokaflodSwap and #WinterSolsticeSwap are winging their way to new homes!!

@sprainedbrain @Chrissyreadit @MaleficentBookDragon - Thank you all for hosting!!!! I love swaps and genuinely appreciate all the work you put in to making them happen!!

Chrissyreadit 🥳😍❤️🎉👏🙌🤍❄️ 2w
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Taking a Spin | Emily Arrow
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Hey friends!! So sorry to keep tagging everyone this week - I THINK this will be my last #BookSpin post until the 2nd! LOL This is your official reminder that, believe it or not, it's ALMOST DECEMBER. D E C E M B E R !!!!!! I'm not ready for 2021 to already be over, but here we are!!!

If you want to play for December, it's time to start thinking about your lists!! As a reminder, for those of you also participating in #WinterGames, any books ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) read for #BookSpin/#BookSpinBingo count as readathon points!!

Below is just an outline of the basic challenge/reminder of the “rules“ (hint: they're SUPER FLEXIBLE), etc. As always, please just ask me if you have any questions. Please remember that I create a NEW TAG LIST EVERY MONTH so if you want to join for December, even if you aren't making a new list, please either comment below or tag me when you post your list so you will ⬇
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TheAromaofBooks (cont‘d) get tagged on the 2nd!!

Also, the 2021 Giveaway is coming up, so see my post earlier this week for the rules!! Most of you already have a few entries, because you're AWESOME at reading #BookSpin books!!!

Below: Basics/Housekeeping/Rambling ⬇
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TheAromaofBooks 1. The rules for #BookSpin & #BookSpinBingo can be found at my masterpost that I created here - https://www.litsy.com/web/post/1989556 - but the basics are that if you want to play, make a list of 20 books you've been meaning to read & tag me when you post it!!
2. You do NOT have to participate in the Bingo part of the challenge if that isn't your thing!! You can read just the BookSpin or just the DoubleSpin or both, or however many books work ⬇
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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) for you. Basically, choose the reading level that fits your life!! And feel free to change it from month to month!!

3. A NOTE ABOUT HOW I TAG PEOPLE: I have a rotating tag list, not a permanent one. So I'm tagging all of Nov's participants today, but today I am starting a NEW tag list. This means that if you would like to be tagged for Dec, either post your list (PLEASE tag me as I sadly do not have time to go through the hashtag!!) ⬇
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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) OR let me know on this post that you still want tagged. I know some people don't make a new list every month, so please just let me know that you'd still like to be tagged. I know it's a little confusing, but it's my way of making sure I'm not tagging people who no longer wish to participate. Basically, you have to renew your #BookSpin subscription every month! 😂 ⬇ 2w
TheAromaofBooks 4. If you want to take a month off but be tagged with the January reminder post, that's fine, too - just let me know & I'll make it happen!!

5. When you post your list, please let me know if you also want to be tagged in the #BookSpinBingo post specifically.

6. Just a reminder that the rules here are pretty loose. If you have a huge/challenging book, feel free to let it take up more than one square (I gave Moby-Dick five slots last year!) ⬇
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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) Some people struggle with having a super specific list & prefer to go with categories (i.e. library book, NetGalley, mystery, etc), which is also fine!! I have a participant who wants to makes sure she reads one physical book & one audiobook, so she makes a list of each & reads the #BookSpin number from the first list & #DoubleSpin from the second. Make this challenge work for you!! ⬇ 2w
TheAromaofBooks 7. There is still plenty of time to get some books checked off your November lists, too!! And remember, if you didn‘t finish your “official” BS/DS books this month, you are welcome to finish them at a later date & still get credits for the giveaway – when you review the book, just let me know that it‘s from an earlier month. Remember, the deadline for 2021 is January 3, 2022!! ⬇ 2w
TheAromaofBooks 8. If you read your book(s) but just haven‘t gotten around to the reviews, you can still get credit – just comment on this post & let me know. I know the reviewing aspect is where some people get hung up, but I care more about the fact that you actually read it, not that you reviewed it!! ⬇ 2w
TheAromaofBooks 9 (& final, geezy). Thank you all SO MUCH for your enthusiasm & for reading my rambly posts & for taking this challenge & making it your own. I LOVE seeing all the different ways people are making this challenge work for them!! Whether you use it to check off one book a month or 25, it's always fun to see at least a tiny dent in the never-ending TBR!! You all are THE BEST & I can't wait to see your lists for December!!!

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MittenGirlPeach Looking forward to it as always! I have my list nearly finished . . . 2w
kimmypete1 Thank YOU for hosting both the book spin and the book spin bingo. LOVE putting my list together each month. 2w
DrexEdit December!? That's unpossible! 😂 2w
Librarybelle Yay! Looking forward to this! 2w
rsteve388 Thanks.for all your hard work please keep tagging me. 2w
IamIamIam Thanks for everything this year, Sarah! I'm skipping December but I'll definitely be in for next year!! 2w
jessinikkip I'm in for December! I need tobread hard at the end 2w
Megabooks Still deciding about bingo, but I‘m definitely in for bookspin/doublespin. Go ahead and keep me on the tag list for both. Thank you Sarah! Happy thanksgiving!!! 💜🦃 2w
Lcsmcat I‘m working on my December list. I‘m in! 2w
EadieB I‘m in for December and 2022! 2w
BookDadGirlDad Dang. Is it really almost December?? I'm in at least for bookspin/doublespin 2w
Chrissyreadit I‘m going to focus on cozy mysteries for December. Can‘t wait to see what the spinner chooses 2w
Pigpen_Reads I'm so in for December bookspin!! 2w
rmaclean4 Thank you so much!! I am in for December. 2w
DivineDiana Where does the time go!?! I am going to pass on December, but looking forward to 2022! Thank you for everything! This challenge has really helped me read my stacks! Happy Thanksgiving! Grateful for you and the wonderful Litsy community! 🍁📚🧡 (edited) 2w
reading_rainbow Im in for December! I think I will be taking a few months off at the beginning of the new year but will definitely keep in touch and stalk your page monthly when I have time to join in again! 🧡🧡🧡 (edited) 2w
IndoorDame I‘m in for December and 2022! Please keep me on the tag list. 2w
staci.reads I'm in for December! 2w
FelinesAndFelonies Ugh.... I'm excited for December but nowhere near ready!! 2w
TheAromaofBooks @Hooked_on_books @Argon - Whoops!! Forgot that you two asked to be tagged in the December reminder post!! 2w
TheSpineView Almost ready for December. 🎄🎄🎄 2w
Bookgoil Shoot I didn‘t get tagged so tag me 🤣 I‘m participating in November and December too (edited) 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you 💛 2w
TheAromaofBooks @Bookgoil - Thank you for telling me this... I realized I skipped an entire batch of tags 😂 WHOOPS 2w
Bookwormjillk I caaaan‘t hear you. Just kidding I‘m in for Bingo. Thanks! 2w
TheAromaofBooks @PuddleJumper @RainyDayReading @claudiuo @Nessavamusic @Allylu @mrsmarch @Cinfhen @DivineDiana @marleed @hissingpotatoes @rockpools @Clare-Dragonfly @rabbitprincess I am SO SORRY if you all get tagged more than once - Litsy is not being friendly about this batch for some reason!!! 2w
TheAromaofBooks @LeslieO @Daisey @Elizabeth2 @Jari-Chan @BookNAround @Singout @Tera66 @Clwojick @Ash.on.the.line @Bookgoil @Eggs @CarolynM @vonnie862 @SusanLee @LeticiaToraci I am SO SORRY if you all get tagged more than once - Litsy is not being friendly about this batch for some reason!!! I had to split it in two!! 2w
bookandbedandtea I'm in! Though I haven't even started on my list. 🙈 2w
Bookgoil @TheAromaofBooks no worries luckily I was scrolling for once lol 2w
BookwormAHN I'm in for December 😺 2w
SusanLee I‘m in! Thanks 💪🏻 2w
Elizabeth2 I‘m in! Thanks, as always, for your hard work and dedication setting this all up! ❤️📚 2w
Nessavamusic I‘m in! Already posted my December holiday book filled tbr☃️ 2w
BennettBookworm Yes I‘m in! ☺️ 2w
rockpools Hm. I wonder if I can finish October‘s bookspin before December. Or September‘s, come to that. I‘m in for December anyway 😄 2w
candc320 So excited to end the year strong!! 2w
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Yaaaay!!!! I‘m only three books away from hitting my book goal for the year! Very excited to finish out a good year. ❤️ 2w
JamieArc Time to figure out which Christmas books I want to get to 😁 2w
rabbitprincess I‘m in, and making an extremely light list with a lot of categories rather than individual titles 🤣 2w
Ash.on.the.line Getting a list this weekend hopefully! Thanks for all the hard work and may 2022 be easier than all this tagging! I get exhausted just looking at the tags! 😮‍💨😂💜💜💜 2w
BayouGirl85 I‘m in 2w
vonnie862 December is coming too quick! I will need to create my list this weekend. Thanks for all the hard work you do! 2w
CarolynM I'm in again, thank you Sarah😘 2w
Prairiegirl_reading How is this possible? Where did November go? 2w
BarbaraJean I‘m in for December! This has become one of my favorite reading events… thank you so much for organizing! 2w
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks I‘m in!!! 2w
wordslinger42 I'm definitely in for December! 😊 2w
claudiuo I'm in, still working on my list. Thank you so much for doing this every month! 2w
SpookyMazeOfBooks Will be posting my new books in a few , question what is the wintergames 2w
peanutnine So excited for December! I've already posted my list 😀 2w
ravenlee I‘ll be compiling my list this weekend, waiting to see how much reading I can get in around the cooking and eating. 2w
robinb I‘m in for December. Will post list soon. 😊 2w
Singout I‘m in! 2w
Daisey Not sure when I‘ll get my list posted, but I do want to participate in December! Thanks again for all of this! 2w
CaitZ I'm in for December. I'll post my list soon 2w
llwheeler I'll keep my same list for next month. Thanks! 2w
Eggs I‘m in for December and for 2022 as well🥰🥰 Thank you Sarah 2w
CoverToCoverGirl Yes to everything! I‘m in. 😁📚 Thank you! 🥰 2w
Bookzombie I‘m in for December. I already made a list but I‘m waiting to post in case I knock one off over the weekend. 🙂 2w
Cinfhen Thanks, Sarah!! I‘ll be back for #BookSpin & #DoubleSpin 🧡and I‘m looking forward to joining you in 2022 😊I‘m pretty sure I‘ve read, reviewed, tagged & posted you each month this past year with my completed books. If you‘re missing any / no worries!! I know how hard it is to track everything and you are the SUPERSTAR!! Thanks for providing this fun, monthly challenge!! It‘s been great for my reading😘Happy Family Shenanigans Day!! 2w
Yuki_Onna Sarah, as everything is calming down and getteing better, I'd like to give my December reading a try. So please add me on the #bookspin/#bookspinbingo list!
And please most definitely put me on the 2022 list! 😚
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bekakins I‘m in! 😊 2w
jenniferw88 Just in for #bookspin and #doublespin this month, as mood reader is taking over! And please tag me for 2022. 2w
Crazeedi I'm in for December and 2022 for sure! Happy Thanksgiving Sarah, many blessings 🧡 2w
Kristelh I‘m in, working on my list 2w
sharread Count me in! ❤🎄🥳 2w
hissingpotatoes I'm in for bingo, BS, and DS! 2w
Zoes_Human I'm in for all the bookspin things! 2w
Monica5 I'm in for Bookspin and Bingo 2w
Julsmarshall Can‘t wait! 2w
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick You know I'm in! 2w
jessjess I can't believe December is here already! 2w
Tera66 I'm only putting Christmas books on my list for December, can't wait! 2w
kellyann28 I've never done a BookSpin before but it sounds fun, can I jump in and make a list for December? 2w
TheAromaofBooks @kellyann28 - Absolutely!! Anyone can jump in (or out haha) for any month. Just tag me when you post your list & I'll tag you with the winning number next week!! 2w
kellyann28 Thank you!! ❤ 2w
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I read several of Thayne's books last year and really enjoyed them, so I was excited to read her newest, which happens to be Christmasy!! This one was due back at the library so I had to read it before #WinterGames begin, but it was actually just the piece of relaxing fluff that I need. I would definitely recommend this one if you enjoy romances that don't make you think too much 😂 It was also clean, which I like, plus it took me to Wyoming ⬇️

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) for both #SeparatedbyaPondTour and #ReadtheUSA2021 !! @Andrew65

This one checked off loads of prompts for my family's giant Christmas bingo card (13x13... we're filling in prompts with books and movies LOL) so it would definitely be a good pick for WinterGames as well!!
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Lizpixie I‘m so happy I‘m on the same #WinterGames2021 team, the #MistletoeManiacs🎄💚❤️💚❤️ 1w
TheAromaofBooks @Lizpixie - Yay!!! I'm getting SO stoked!! 1w
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Giveaway: A Novel | Steve Fisher
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I apologize for tagging everyone in two big posts today, but I‘ve been meaning to get these done before we all get swept into the delights of the holiday season (and #WinterGames!!). As most of you know, if you completed any of your #BookSpin or #DoubleSpin books this year, you are now entered in the giveaway!! And the more you finished – the more entries you have earned! There is a maximum of two entries per month, ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) so if you started in January and read both books throughout the entire year, you can earn 24 entries. At this exact moment in time, 407 of you have entered for a total of 3179 entries!!! I wish I could send a book to each and every one of you, but sadly that just isn‘t in my budget this year. (But I'll keep it in mind for the next time a distant, childless relative I‘ve never met passes away and leaves me her fortune! 😂) ⬇ 2w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) HOWEVER I am going to give away FIVE books to five different participants!! This will be an international giveaway – if Book Depository ships to your country, you are good to go!! My plan is to draw the names, choose a random book from your Litsy TBR, & have it shipped directly to you. You will also have the option to provide me with your top five books and I will choose one of them to send to you.

SO! Here is what I need YOU to do! ⬇
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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) 1. If your Litsy handle has changed in the last year, could you please let me know? I know there are a few of you, and a couple I even have written down, but it would be great if you could let me know your old username so I can make sure my list is updated!!

2. As you all may recall, you do not have to finish a #BookSpin read in the month it was drawn in order to qualify. In other words, if you know which book was your #BookSpin book ⬇
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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) for May but you haven‘t read it yet, you can STILL read it & get an entry for May! HOWEVER this will only work if you tell me WHICH MONTH your book review is for!! Because there are a maximum of two entries possible per month, if you tag me in five book reviews this month & don‘t let me know that they aren‘t November books, you‘ll only get two November entries instead of all five entries for whatever months they are for. ⬇ 2w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) 3. Obviously there has to be a deadline, and that deadline is JANUARY 3, 2022!! If you haven‘t posted your reviews by then, I‘m afraid that it‘s too late!! I am hoping to draw the winners on either January 4 or January 5.

4. If I have not COMMENTED on your review, it means I didn‘t see it, so please feel free to tag me again!!

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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) year, that is perfectly fine. You are NOT obligated to post individual reviews for each book you read, as long as you read or DNF‘d them and let me know!

6. (& FINAL 😂) As always let me know if you have ANY questions!! I‘m excited to have this little giveaway!! I‘m super excited about this giveaway and about carrying this challenge into the new year. You all are the BEST and I can‘t thank you enough for spinning along with me!!!
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BarkingMadRun I‘m at 10/12 right now, hopefully you don‘t draw numbers for the two longest books on my December TBR 🤣🤣🤣 2w
MatchlessMarie You are awesome! Thank you for creating and hosting this challenge. The 2nd of every month has become my favorite day. And good luck with that distant unknown relative 😂💰 2w
Chrissyreadit 🤍🤍🤍🤍🤍 2w
Mollyanna Thank you for your generosity and creating this challenge! I always look forward to the 2nd of the month. 🥳 2w
claudiuo Thank you, thank you so much! We should send you a prize instead of you having a giveaway for us 😃
Quick question: not sure how to DM you, please let me know if I could give my entries to someone else? Not that there too many anyway... Thank you!
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Bklover You are the best! Thank you for all you do for us!❤️ 2w
PuddleJumper I didn't even know there was a giveaway aspect 😅 That's an extra level. Thank you so much for all your work 2w
TheAromaofBooks @claudiuo - That is very thoughtful of you!!! If you are chosen, you definitely have the choice to decline (I'll draw someone else at random) or pick someone you would rather have receive your book!! 2w
claudiuo @TheAromaofBooks That sounds great, thank you! 2w
Kristelh That is so great, thanks for all the work you do. 2w
vonnie862 There's a giveaway?! 😲 How fun! 2w
Librarybelle Thank you!!!! 2w
I.be.Stef It‘s a been a while since I joined you but thanks for all your hard work! 💯♥️ 2w
Jari-chan That's so kind of you! 2w
peanutnine Thanks for your hard work organizing this! It's become such a fun part of my reading life ☺️ 2w
BookwormAHN Thank you 😺 2w
Pigpen_Reads You are awesome!! 2w
jb72 Thank you! 2w
RaeLovesToRead Thank you for Bookspin... it's awesome!!!! 😊 2w
reading_rainbow How exciting!! 2w
SpookyMazeOfBooks Thank you for doing this 2w
DrexEdit Do you ever feel like #bookspin is spinning out of control? Haha! See what I did there!?😂 But seriously this is an amazing thing you've started. Definitely my favorite Litsy challenge. Thank you so much for all the work you put into this! 💜 2w
candority You‘re the best! Thanks for all you do! 2w
AmyG Thank you!!! 2w
IamIamIam You are absolutely wonderful, Sarah, and thank you so much for all your hard work and your generosity!!! 😁 2w
Gissy Thank you so much for all your effort, dedication, commitment to this extraordinary activity! You are even doing a give away when you don‘t have to it but thank you! 🥰❤️❤️❤️ 2w
ravenlee You‘re awesome! 2w
fredthemoose I LOVE BookSpin Bingo—I‘ve probably doubled the amount I read since I started participating over the summer. Can I Venmo you money to help with the buying/shipping if giveaway books?? 2w
Cinfhen Whoa!!! Im exhausted just scrolling through this list!!! You ROCK ❣️❣️❣️Thanks for being such a wonderful host💕Happy Thanksgiving/ 2w
UnidragonFrag You're seriously the best! 😭 2w
UwannaPublishme You are a Rock Star and a gift to us! 🤩🙌🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻Thank you for all you do and for making the 2nd day of the month our best day ever! ❤️ 2w
jessjess Bookspin Bingo is honestly the most fun I have reading, and it's definitely motivated me to create and stick to a plan. 2w
Catsandbooks You're so wonderful! Thanks for all your hard work! ❤️ 2w
MehoLovesReading Thank you so much honestly you're the best 2w
LeeRHarry Thank you! 😊 2w
TheAromaofBooks @fredthemoose - That is so thoughtful of you!!! I appreciate the offer, but that's totally not necessary. But thank you so much for thinking of it!!! 2w
TheLudicReader You know how you want to watch something & then spend an hour scrolling through Netflix? I love #bookspin for that very reason. 😘 2w
Nessavamusic Thank you! 2w
Zoes_Human Bookspin is the reason I maintain my Litsy account. 2w
Charityann Thanks for hosting this challenge! I enjoy participating. 😄 2w
BarbaraBB You‘re a hero! It sounds like a fulltime job! But it must be rewarding I hope, so many of us love it! 💖 2w
dainarmb So excited! 2w
Soubhiville Yay! Thanks for all that you do 😊 2w
Eggs Thanks so much Sarah -you are APPRECIATED 💗❤️💗❤️💗 2w
Crazeedi Sarah I don't know how you do it, but I'm so grateful for you, you're one of the reasons litsy is so important to me. Even though I was out of touch for a couple months due to my own issues, I missed my friends here every day. So I know there is 2 or 3 months I didn't play. But I think I'm good on the rest. And I have to get my c 2w
Crazeedi #doublespin done this week ! Thanknyou for being just the very best kind of person💕💕💕 2w
Clare-Dragonfly I‘m looking forward to the Google form for 2022 since I‘m quite sure I have not kept good track of my spins for each month 😆 2w
Jinjer Wow! Thank you for ALL that you do running these fun events! I really appreciate you! 2w
DieAReader I changed my username (from Squidget) earlier this year😁 Thanks so much for all the reading fun!! (edited) 2w
audraelizabeth I finished my march bookspin today. 2w
Bookgoil You‘re so sweet! I have to see where I‘m at for my November books and whatever I‘ve missed this year 😅 2w
CarolynM Sounds like a good plan. I admire your dedication to the task over the last couple of years.😘 2w
Allylu I just finished my #DS for November and I‘m reading my #BS. I hope to get it read before Nov 30. Thank you for administering this challenge. I can‘t tell you how much I look forward to the 2nd day of the month when the numbers come out. My daughter does as well. I think of you as my friend even though we have never met and isn‘t that what Litsy is all about. You are a gem and I ❤️ you! If there is anything I can do to help, please let me know. 📚 2w
bookandbedandtea You are amazing for keeping this fun challenge going. Thank you so much! 2w
Bookgoil Would you purchance save me scrolling and let me know the numbers pulled in July 😅 I guess I failed to even check what I read that month 2w
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The Almanac 2022 | LIA. LEENDERTZ
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Hello, friends!! If you are tagged in this post it‘s because you asked to be tagged at least once for #BookSpin in 2021, and the vast majority of you completed at least one of your BookSpin books – excellent work!!! I cannot begin to tell all of you how much I enjoy hosting this challenge. I‘m overwhelmed by how many of you enjoy it and participate every month. Reading your lists, reviews, and thoughts brings me a great deal of happiness ⬇

TheAromaofBooks and I‘m SO honored by how many of you are using my simple challenge as a way to work through your TBRs!! I have a few announcements about the 2021 Giveaway and what will be happening with BookSpin/BookSpinBingo in 2022. Since I‘m so rambly, this will be two posts – this one is about the 2022 updates, and I‘ll be tagging everyone in a second post about the 2021 Giveaway. ⬇ 2w
TheAromaofBooks So yes, I am going to continue this challenge in 2022!! I honestly can‘t imagine stopping now haha It‘s become an integral part of my Litsy experience!! However, when I started this challenge, I never dreamed that there would be a couple hundred of you participating each month, so my (extremely) old-fashioned method of tagging and tracking everyone has become far too time-consuming for me to justify it 😂 So, starting in 2022 there will be two ⬇ 2w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) big changes: (1) In January, I will post a link to a Google Form where each participant can track their own entries throughout 2022. Once you complete (even partially) the form once, you will have to use the email Google will send you to access your form again. This means that you can either choose to edit/update your form throughout the year or complete it all at once at the end of 2022. ⬇ 2w
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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) (Note: I will be providing the link every month, but if you click on the new link, you will start a new form, so you‘ll need to save the email from the first time you fill it out in order to edit it throughout the year.) There will be more details about this when the time approaches, but the short(ish) version is that everyone is going to be in charge of tracking their own entries. ⬇ 2w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) This will save me a bunch of time – I love being tagged in everyone‘s posts and seeing what they‘re reading, but every time I‘m tagged I have to figure out if this counts as an entry for the giveaway or not, and that‘s become rather arduous! This way I can just enjoy reading everyone‘s posts without worrying about whether or not it counts as a checkmark!!

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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) Instead, I‘ll just keep the same tag list, &everyone can ask to be removed or added throughout the year as needed. If I don‘t hear from you, I‘ll just assume you want to continue being tagged, so basically the opposite of what I‘ve been doing haha Creating the new tag list each month was also my way of making that month‘s giveaway checklist. Since I won‘t need to do that anymore, hopefully the whole tagging process will be streamlined. ⬇ 2w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) And as a side note – a big thank you to all of you who helped me experiment with various forms and gave your opinions on which ones you thought worked better. That was a HUGE help to me and I genuinely appreciate it so much!!

I will be tagging all of you (plus anyone who joins for December) in my initial 2022 post. At that time, you can request to stay on the 2022 tag list, and we will go from there. ⬇
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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) Again, thank you to all of you for your enthusiasm and participation. I‘m not gonna lie, I still get a little thrill when I see #BookSpinBingo trending on Litsy‘s tag list!!

Next post will be about the 2021 Giveaway, so stay tuned!!
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Chili Thank you for all your work hosting!! You are awesome!! 2w
AnneCecilie Looking forward to next year. I love this way of reading my tbr 2w
Roary47 Awesome! Sounds good to me. 😊💛 2w
vlwelser 🤗😘 2w
AsYouWish This sounds amazing!!!! 2w
Laughterhp Thanks Sarah! Sounds good. 😊 2w
PuddleJumper Sounds good! Anything that helps you. I really enjoy the challenge, thank you for continuing to host it! 2w
mollyrotondo Thank you for all of your hard work! I can‘t wait to get back to this challenge in the new year! 💜 2w
candc320 You are amazing!! Thank you so much for all you‘ve done and continue to do with Bookspin Bingo. I have so loved it and really think it‘s helped me read more…I always really want to get those bingos 🤣. Can‘t wait for next year!! 2w
bookandbedandtea Thank you for doing this! 2w
wideeyedreader Sounds like this new method will be so much easier for you! 2w
Librarybelle Yay! Thanks for hosting this! I look forward to 2022! 2w
BayouGirl85 Thanks for all you have done with book bingo. It has upped my reading game. I understand how it could get overwhelming. Happy to hear you have figure out a solution. 2w
TheKidUpstairs Amazing, so glad you're continuing and doing so in a way that is easier for you to manage 😁 I dip in and out, and I love seeing everyone's lists each month! 2w
rmaclean4 Thank you for all your hard work. So glad I have found this opportunity to read down my TBR! 2w
BarkingMadRun You know I‘m always in! Can‘t wait for 2022! 2w
TheSpineView Love this challenge! Looking forward to 2022! Thanks for being a wonderful host! 2w
Tera66 Thank you for all you do, I'm glad this is easier for you.😊 2w
SeaToSkyes I haven't been participating the past few months but I'll be ready to start back in 2022! Can't wait! 2w
bekakins Amazing!!! Thanks so much for doing it can‘t believe how many more books I read when I have the incentive of scoring a bingo line 🤣🤣 2w
mrsmarch This is so exciting! You‘ve done an amazing job with this challenge and I‘m happy you‘re finding ways to keep it going without it getting overwhelming! 2w
bibliobard Keep me on the list please — love that this is growing and expanding. You are doing great! 2w
Yuki_Onna You are the best! Thank you for hosting this fun, uplifting challenge and for all the hard work you do!
Even as I couldn't be that active in #bookspin and #bookspinbingo this year because of health reasons (and NO, sadly I don't qualify for the Giveaway this year...), you often brought a smile on my face with your #bookspinbingo posts and announcements.
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claudiuo Thank you so much for keeping at this all this time when it's clear it is so much work. Every beginning of month I am looking forward to the numbers but on the other hand I think how much effort it is for you to keep the lists updated. Using a form is a great idea.
Thank you for finding a way to keep the challenge going for all of us! You really are amazing!
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Bookwormjillk Yay, so glad you found something that works for you! I love this challenge 👏 2w
wordslinger42 Thank you so much for all your hard work! It's such a fun challenge and I'm excited to participate again next year 😊 2w
swynn 👍 Thanks for continuing the challenge, and for finding a way to do it that is sustainable for you. Sounds brilliant! Looking forward to 2022. 2w
Chrissyreadit Thank you!!! This has been such a fun litsy activity and in my head a full time job! I can‘t imagine how you have kept up! I‘m so glad you are continuing and streamlining for you 🤍🤍🤍🤍🤍 2w
OriginalCyn620 You are a rock star, Sarah! Thank you for continuing book spin bingo in 2022. I‘m glad you found a way to make it easier for you. I‘m sure it‘s a lot of work, and we all appreciate what you do! 2w
coffeewithbooks Thank you for hosting . Excited to be part next year 2w
IndoorDame Thank you for all the effort you put into this! #bookspin and #bookspinbingo have become an integral part of the Litsy experience for me and so many other Littens. I was so excited to hear you are continuing in 2022! 2w
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick So happy you've found an easier way up track things. Think about all that extra reading time you'll get back! 2w
rsteve388 I support you making this easier on yourself and am.glad to be involved in this awesome Litsy event every month. Thank you so much for all your hard work. 2w
Johanna414 Can‘t wait for next year! 2w
Kristin_Reads You and this game helped me clear my TBR shelf this year. I have a new shelf for 2022 and can‘t wait to continue. Thank you so much! 2w
Lcsmcat Thank you for making the 2nd the best day of the month, and for encouraging us all to shrink our TBR lists! 2w
Reagan This is great! I really lost steam this year but excited to pick up in January! 2w
vonnie862 I haven't been doing much reading but the Bingo is encouraging me to read atbleast one book. Thank you so much for all the hard work! I am looking forward to next month and the start of 2022! 2w
Lucy_Anywhere Thank you so much for organising this every month! It‘s helped me tackle my backlist and crossing off a book on the bingo grid is always very satisfying, even if I‘ve never gotten a bingo in the months I‘ve been doing this 😂 2w
Monica5 @TheAromaofBooks Thanks for continuing this, with a few tweaks, that will make it easier one you. I love doing it and it has helped me get through some books I have had for awhile. I so appreciate all your hard work this past year. Looking forward to continuing in 2022❤️😊 2w
Jari-chan Thank you so much for this awesome challenge! 2022 can come! 2w
I.be.Stef This is perfect! 2w
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Woot! Very excited to continue with the bingo!! Glad you‘ve found an easier plan for you. ❤️ 2w
Pigpen_Reads Thank you!! 2w
BookwormAHN Sounds good 😺 2w
jb72 I really look forward to making my list each month. Thank you so very much for hosting and organizing this wonderful challenge! 2w
Grrlbrarian Thank YOU!! I‘ve gotten many books off my TBR & physical shelves due to #BookspinBingo ❤️I‘m back in for December & excited!!! 2w
reading_rainbow I‘ve loved participating!! Thank you for all the hard work 🧡🧡🧡 it has really helped me with my TBR 2w
SpookyMazeOfBooks Can't wait to do this once again in 2022 , and will be looking to see if I want to keep the same list or make a new one 2w
candority Thank you! The form will be great! 2w
Bookzombie Thank you so much for all you do to keep this fun challenge running. 💗It sounds like a lot of hard work. I‘m kind of excited about the form. 🤓 2w
AmyG Thank you so much for allyou have done and will dofor Bookspin. I love this challenge so much and happy to see it will be co ti ued in 2022! 2w
NikkiM5 Thank you and the new format is an awesome idea! I look forward to this every month! 💕 2w
ferskner I think this is sooooooooooooooooo smart. Thank you for doing so much work! 2w
BrittanyReads THANK YOU SO MUCH for all of the hard work you've put into this! It's been a load of fun! Looking forward to participating more in '22! 2w
AUDIOBOOKINGWITHLEAH This sounds great, I've often wondered how much you spend organizing this. A Google form sounds perfect, especially since I already use them for detailed book tracking. I'm looking forward to 2022. 2w
llwheeler Sounds great, looking forward to it! Thanks for all your work!! 2w
aa_guer2021 I finally loaded the comments. I like the new plan, especially if it will be easier for you! 2021 has been weird. For the months that I was able to participate, it helped me organize my books, get through more than I would have otherwise and helped me stay positive. Thank you for everything you do! It also gives me a thrill to see #BookSpin trending. ❤️ (edited) 2w
Kdgordon88 You are the best! So glad you found an easier way to keep track of all of us! Thanks for all you do! 2w
Gissy Thank you! I definitely will continue. I hope I can understand this new way to track what we are going to read because I‘m not so good understanding things related with systems🤣 2w
JamieArc This way will actually help me out too 😊 I am sure I‘ve completed several double books pins but don‘t keep track, so this will get me to keep track. Glad you‘ve found a solution that makes it easier for you and allows us to keep participating! 2w
BennettBookworm Such a great idea! Thanks for all you do! 2w
ChaoticMissAdventures Love this!! Thank you for all your work and I am so glad you found a way to take some of the busy work off yourself!! 2w
Skygoddess1 Excited to continue into next year and I‘m glad that you‘ve found a way that will take the heavy load of your shoulders 2w
Read4life Thank you, Sarah! It has been such fun watching this go from “would you be interested” to dozens to HUNDREDS!! Wow. Excited to keep participating. 💙 2w
melissajayne I‘m confused as to what is going on; can someone please explain to me in as simple terms as possible what the changes are? (edited) 2w
Larkken Thanks so much for hosting! This challenge has made me be more mindful about what I am reading each month and I love it 🥰 2w
melissajayne @JamieArc I don‘t understand what is going on; can u explain it to me? 2w
Suet624 Thank you so much. I was consumed for awhile by my library books but want to get back to my TBR in 2022. Please keep tagging me each month. I‘ve never been interested in the giveaway so i think I‘m all good with that aspect of things. 2w
rabbitprincess Woo hoo! Looking forward to more bookspinning in 2022! Glad to have helped with testing the form—anything that makes your life easier for the challenge, happy to help!! 2w
BkClubCare Happy Thanksgiving 🦃🍁 2w
robinb So happy to hear about the changes for next year. To be honest, I had often thought about and worried how much work this must be for you while we had so much fun with it. Glad some of the tedious stuff will be off your shoulders. Thanks for all you do, Sarah! 2w
rockpools @melissajayne Sarah will send out a form in January, which we can update (if we want to)to keep track of our own bookspin/doublespin titles next year, and mark off when we finish them. It‘ll mean she doesn‘t have to note down every comment and tag that comes through. 2w
rockpools Yay! Thanks @TheAromaofBooks I honestly don‘t know what a I‘ve read this year, so I don‘t know how you‘ve kept track of 200 of us! 2w
EadieB Looking forward to 2022! Thanks for all your hard work! 2w
UnidragonFrag This will so streamline things for you - happy you're still going, can't wait until 2022! 2w
jessjess Love this idea and thank you for all you hard work! 2w
BookNAround I love this challenge so much and am delighted it‘ll continue next year with tweaks that will be easier on you. 2w
DogMomIrene Thank you! I‘ve been off Litsy for months and I‘ve really missed it. I always liked seeing all the #BookSpin posts. I think participating in #BookSpinBingo may be one of my 2022 goals. 2w
MehoLovesReading Thank you so much for all your work and effort. This challenge helped me to keep reading even when I don't have the time or don't want to read. Reading is my hobby, but sometimes I lost passion and you helped me reignite this passion and keep it for the while year. 2w
Catsandbooks Thank you for continuing this awesome challenge and for all the hard work you've put into it! 💖 2w
TheAromaofBooks @melissajayne - I'm sorry this was confusing - I get so rambly sometimes that I lose the thread!! @rockpools did a great job summing up, though - I'll be having everyone fill out a form throughout the year (I'll provide the link in January) to track their own BookSpin/DoubleSpin reads. This will help reduce the paperwork on my end!!! 2w
staci.reads That all sounds great! Thanks so much for continuing to do this! 2w
marleed This has been my best challenge for addressing the books I own and doing so in a way that I enjoy them along with bright, shiny new library reads. 2w
Hooked_on_books You‘ve created something amazing here! Your streamlining plans for 2022 sound very smart. I look forward to continuing with the new plan! 2w
Nessavamusic Thank you for all your work! This has been such a great way to put small dings on my tbr! 2w
dainarmb Yesss I am all here for 2022! Love BookSpinBingo! 2w
sprainedbrain Thank you for all you do! ❤️ 2w
Eggs Thank you Sarah!! Having everyone track their own #s is a great idea 💡 and I hope some of the burden is alleviated for you. You‘re the best❣️ 2w
Crazeedi So glad you came up with a way to lighten your load a bit. I can't imagine how you do it!! I'm definitely in for 2022 and will certainly keep track of my nooks for the entries. Thank you Sarah for making this challenge so fun and one I actually feel like I can accomplish! Much love, and Happy Thanksgiving!! 2w
melissajayne @rockpools ok; thanks 2w
RainyDayReading Wooo! Thank you so much for continuing to do this challenge! 2w
Q84 Thanks for keeping us motivated! I know it's a lot of work. I plan on creating a new system for my bingos and reading this year so I can't wait to see how it works out. 2w
Clare-Dragonfly I am continually astonished by and grateful for how much work you put into this utterly delightful challenge. I‘m excited for the 2022 version! 2w
Jinjer Whatever makes it easier for u works for me! Thanks for continuing the events in 2022! 2w
Bklover Thanks for being you!!! 2w
Reviewsbylola Looking forward to a wonderful 2022! 2w
DieAReader Looking forward to jumping back into it come January! Thanks for all your hard work and dedication @TheAromaofBooks ♥️♥️ 2w
IamIamIam ❤❤❤ 2w
Sargar114 A Huge Thank You for all the work you do! Look long forward to continuing on in 2022! 2w
Bookgoil Yay excited for 2022! 2w
GinaKButler Thank you so much for hosting! Honestly, participating is truly the prize for me...it‘s my favorite thing about Litsy! Happy Thanksgiving! 2w
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks This is great! Thank you for continuing this and I‘m looking forward to 2022! 2w
CaitZ This sounds great. Thank you for all you do. I enjoy playing every month. 2w
MaleficentBookDragon Thanks for doing this. I look forward to making my lists and seeing everyone else‘s. I appreciate all your hard work in it. 2w
triplem80 Thanks for all that you do...this is definitely my favorite thing on Litsy! 2w
megnews I‘m glad you‘re making this easier on yourself. Self care is important! Also glad you‘re continuing. I‘ve enjoyed it since I joined a few months ago and looking forward to another year 2w
Ash.on.the.line I think this is great! Can‘t wait for 2022! 2w
ErinSueMreads What a good problem to have though! I have been off the bandwagon for a couple months but I'm jumping back on in 2022! 2w
kwmg40 The new plan sounds good to me! Thank you for hosting! 2w
EliNeedsMoreShelves Sounds great! I'm ready to get back on track for 2022! 2w
VeganCleopatra I love the Google form idea! 1w
imyril You are amazing - thank you for keeping this going, and I‘ll (ahem as always) try to do better next year - altho hooray for crossing 3 books off my TBR :D 18h
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Murder in Mesopotamia | Agatha Christie
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#WeeklyForecast is a little vague, but here are some guesses haha Finishing You Lucky Dog for #LMPBC. I'm about halfway & it's not bad but also...nothing is really happening?? It's kind of an odd book. Undecided as to whether I will read the sequel or not. Sleigh Bells Ring is due back at the library this week, so it will be a #WinterGames preview read. My sister, brother, & I created a 13x13 bingo board for Christmas movies & books & our ⬇️

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) family contest started yesterday, so at least I should be able to score some prompts for that!! I have some random TBR books to get to, & I'm only planning to read the tagged book from Spies Among Us, which has four volumes in one - Murder in Mesopotamia is November's #AgathaChristieClubR2 read. I still want to read Shadow in the Wind, but every time I read the first paragraph, it just doesn't seem like the right time, so it keeps ⬇ 3w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) getting pushed further down the shelf - I'm probably not going to get to it this month after all. Someday!! Lots of family shenanigans going on this week + work, so I'm not sure how much reading time there will be, so we'll see how far I can get!! @Cinfhen

I've spent some time this morning organizing my #WinterGames TBR & I'm SO EXCITED. I'm ready for a month of fluff!!!!
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Cinfhen Family shenanigans! Relatable xx good luck 🍀 3w
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Cinfhen I forget it‘s Thanksgiving 🦃 3w
TheAromaofBooks @Cinfhen - Yes, my favorite holiday!! Nothing to do but cook, hang out with family, watch football, and wash dishes - I love it!! But we are also helping my aunt move next weekend, so at least we will be exercising off some of that pie!! 😁 3w
Cinfhen Enjoy!!!!!! 3w
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You Lucky Dog | Julia London
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Well, I did check three books off the list for my #BookReport this week, but then went completely off the rails by reading The Prepper's Pantry Handbook and then the just-shy-of-500-page Aurora's End, neither of which were part of my game place last Sunday! 😂 The Shadow of the Wind should be my next read, but I'm still feeling like something fluffy, so I picked up the tagged last night instead, my Romance #LMPBC that starts with a dog mixup! ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) Still hoping to get a few books checked off the TBR before I slide into nonstop Christmas/holiday fluff for #WinterGames!!

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Cinfhen It‘s good to read off course sometimes 🥳 3w
TheAromaofBooks @Cinfhen - It's true, sometimes you just have to wander where the intrigue takes you!! 3w
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Aurora's End | Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
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The conclusion to this trilogy came in at the library this week and I jumped right in as I have been yearning to find out how everything comes together!! This was one of those books that flirts with the "this is way too complicated to make sense" line, but I think they overall pulled it off haha I love the characters and the snark and definitely plan to reread this series someday!!

Ruthiella It‘s so satisfying to finish up a trilogy! 😀 3w
TheAromaofBooks @Ruthiella - Yes!! Especially when everything comes together in a way that I, personally, like! 😂 3w
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I love this idea!! The #Pantone2022 challenge is all about finding covers that match Panton's spring/summer colors (fall/winter pallet coming later in the year). Check out @Clwojick's page for more details!!

Clwojick Thanks for sharing! The more I look at it, the happier I get. Such fun colours. 3w
TheAromaofBooks @Clwojick - I definitely didn't find each of these colors as a separate jpeg so I could print them out and create a multi-page spread in my 2022 bullet journal 😂 3w
Just_reading What a clever idea! 2w
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Randomize | Andy Weir
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@Puddlejumper is hosting a #Roll100 challenge for 2022!! Make a list of 100 books & see which number gets rolled each month!! Check out her page for more info & a sign up sheet!!!

PuddleJumper Thanks for sharing! Hope you enjoy the challenge! 3w
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Surely I am not the only one who browses the book rack at Tractor Supply and then takes pictures of the books I find interesting so I can check them out of the library later?? 😂 This one caught my eye the other day, but while there is some good info here, it was a #borrownotbuy read for me. At only around 150pgs, this isn't a book intended to delve into the depths of prepping, but if you find yourself wishing you had some emergency food ⬇️

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) on hand and aren't sure where to start, Rowinski does a great job covering the basics. The word “prepper“ has frequently been associated with wild-eyed conspiracy theorists in hidden bunkers, but I think we've all seen over the last couple of years how fragile many of supply chains are, and how a sudden weather event can knock out the power and cause a lot of trouble. Having shelf-stable food on hand that isn't dependent on keeping the ⬇ 3w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) refrigerator running, and, more importantly, knowing how to actually cook it even if power isn't an option, are practical plans for helping keep you and your family safe during emergencies. I really liked how Rowinski suggested starting with just a three-day plan. Focusing on menus/meal planning at first helps beginners to get their heads around keeping the pantry balanced & stocked with the things that you and your family actually like ⬇ 3w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) to eat. There are some really convenient charts here for assessing your pantry and making sure you have balanced food groups (for instance, I definitely need more beans/protein). The recipes are pretty simple and I noted a few that I want to try. I've been working on slowly building my skills “pantry“ as well by learning to bake bread, can, etc. Rowinski isn't a doomsday writer suggesting that you prep for an apocalyptic fallout. ⬇ 3w
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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) Instead, her book focuses on simple and practical steps to help families be prepared for if the power goes out for more than a day, or something happens that prevents you from getting the supplies you need. I appreciated how she pointed out that having more food on hand also makes you more able to help neighbors and others during those emergency times as well. All in all, not a book I need to own, but a great starter for those who ⬇ 3w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) aren't sure where to start.

I'm out of free spaces, so this one can't go on my #BookSpinBingo board (I am doing a really bad job staying focused on my list this month!!). However it does go towards my #NovelNovember goal - I'm at 1561pages for the week!! @Andrew65
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Laughterhp I didn‘t know tractor supply had books. I usually just go there to use their dog washing station. 3w
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 3w
TheAromaofBooks @Laughterhp - haha our Tractor Supply doesn't have a dog wash station, so maybe they all have something different to offer?? Ours just has one rack of books, so not a large section. They're mostly about homesteading, gardening, and animal husbandry. 3w
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Not Like the Movies | Kerry Winfrey
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After enjoying Waiting for Tom Hanks, I jumped right into this one about Annie's best friend, Chloe. I didn't like this one quite as well, mainly because Chloe's adamant, borderline-aggressive, horrified-at-the-mere-thought attitude towards marriage and having children did grate on me after a while. Like I get it. Marriage isn't for you. Now maybe quit hating on it and move on?? There were many aspects of Chloe's life that I empathized with, ⬇️

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) and it really made me miss our coffee shop A LOT, but this one was more of a soft pick for me, just because Chloe felt like such a self-destructive person in so many ways. It was still a lot of fun, though, & this one did feel like a more realistic romance, if that makes sense, than the first book. Still a pick, but I'm not as sure I see myself rereading this one. 3w
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Party Time! | John Cabell
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Feeling overwhelmed? Missing out on random events & readathons because you didn't see the post? Follow our new town hall account @LitsyEvents to see what's happening, & tag them if you decide to host something fun!!

I'm really excited about this because even though I follow a lot of people who host stuff, sometimes I miss posts because I don't always have a lot of time to scroll my feed.

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bibliobard OMG same! Glad to see a one stop shop for event postings 3w
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Swallowdale | Arthur Ransome
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Through a series of events, I ended up with TWO beautiful, hardcover editions of this book. I would genuinely love to send this copy on to someone - I hate to just chuck it in the giveaway box if there is someone here in Litsy Land who would like it!! Let me know if you are interested in having me send it your way!!

curiouserandcurioser @TheAromaofBooks i would be happy to give it a new home:) also happy to pay for the shipping:) 3w
TheAromaofBooks @curiouserandcurioser - Is your address in the #LitsyLove document accurate? As long as you don't mind it shipping media mail, I'm happy to send it to you at no cost. I know it's silly, but I'm scared if I send it to Goodwill, I will next see it on some horrifying YouTube video where they destroy beautiful old books to make some craft! 😂 3w
curiouserandcurioser @TheAromaofBooks i believe its accurate-i havent moved, so it should be:) i do not mind media mail at all-its so kind of you to send it to me!! Its not silly to feel that way -i would feel the same way, absolutely!! Thank you again for your kindness and generosity💜 3w
TheAromaofBooks The document has you living in Oak Harbor, so if that's correct, I will send it your way - north of me, as we're southeast of Columbus. 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 📚❤️📚 2w
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Waiting for Tom Hanks | Kerry Winfrey
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I have some mixed feelings about this one, and am not even sure I can explain why haha What I loved - the humor, the side characters, the warm friendships, the PG-13 rating, and of course the setting of German Village in Columbus, referencing so many places (including the Book Loft!!) that I know and have visited. What I didn't like? I guess the MC's tendency to assume the worst of the male MC. Like she starts hating on him immediately with ⬇️

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) literally NO reason to do so, because he was never anything but friendly & nice. He said ONE teasing thing to her & she takes it completely out context & turns it into a reason to completely distrust him - it honestly was super aggravating to have to listen to her complain about him when he actually has done NOTHING WRONG. But I enjoyed everything else (including having our skyline on the cover) so much that this has to get a pick. 3w
TheAromaofBooks #33by33 - Hope you had a lovely birthday @MatchlessMarie !!! I didn't hit my overly-ambitious goal, but I did read 1408 pages during your readathon!!!

#NovelNovember - I'm sitting at 846/3000pgs @Andrew65 - I have some lighter reads lined up this week so I'm hoping to hit my goal!!
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Andrew65 Brilliant 👏👏👏 3w
MatchlessMarie Thanks for reading along with me!! 🧁 2w
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Defending the Galaxy | Maria V. Snyder
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#WeeklyForecast - halfway through the tagged and should finish it today as I need to know what happens!! Tom Hanks has been on my tbr for quite sometime, and if I enjoy it, the sequel is on deck! The Shadow of the Wind is for #AuthoraMonth & again the sequels are ready if I want them. Hoping to also get to You Lucky Dog, which is my romance #LMPBC pick this month!! @Cinfhen

BeckyWithTheGoodBooks The Shadow is the Wind is my favorite book of all time. I hope you love it! 4w
Cinfhen It‘s fun to have sequels ready on deck… 3w
TheAromaofBooks @BeckyWithTheGoodBooks - It's been on my TBR a long time so I'm excited to finally get to it!!! 3w
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I want to try the bookspin! I‘m terrible at planning what I read next!! Can you tag me in the information and instructions? ❤️❤️ 3w
TheAromaofBooks @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks - Yay!! I would love to have you along. Here is a link to my master post about the challenge - https://www.litsy.com/web/post/1989556 - but the basic concept is that you make a list of 20 books you've been meaning to read. On the 2nd of the month, I draw 2 numbers (BookSpin/DoubleSpin) & everyone tries to read those numbers from their lists. Some people decided they wanted to read more than 2 books, so I added the bingo ⬇ 3w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) part - I shuffle all the numbers into a bingo card, & you score a bingo by reading books from your lists that match those numbers in rows/columns. So basically you can decide how much of a commitment you want it to be, anything from reading just BookSpin, to clearing the bingo board, whatever works for you!! Just let me know if you have questions - I'll add you to the December reminder tag list!! 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you Sarah!! I was looking at my shelves yesterday thinking how am I ever going to decide what to read next and how will I ever read all of these books!!!!! 💞💞💞 3w
TheAromaofBooks @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks - If you want to play along for November, you can pick a shelf and count off to books 6 & 20 - those are November's numbers!! 3w
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The Ghost Bride | Yangsze Choo
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Kind of a slow reading week for my #BookReport - the tagged book, while enjoyable, bogged me down early in the week. I finished the first two Sentinels of the Galaxy books in the last couple of days and started Defending the Galaxy this morning. Can't wait to find out how Snyder wraps things up!! So even though it was a slow reading week, I enjoyed them all, so that helps!! @Cinfhen

TheAromaofBooks PS All the apples are in at the orchard - we had a record-breaking year, and actually there are still apples on the trees, which felt so wasteful, but we just don't have any place to put them/won't be able to sell them! So the deer also get a banner year of snacks! 4w
Cinfhen Yay for the deer, apples and enjoyable reads!!! 4w
Teresereading Love The Ghost Bride 4w
TheAromaofBooks @Teresereading - It was one of those weird books that I enjoyed it when I was reading it, but had trouble picking it back up when I set it down. 4w
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You Lucky Dog | Julia London
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#NovelNovember starts today!! I'm hoping to read 3000 pages for this readathon, including the tagged book for #LMPBC. Thanks for hosting @Andrew65 !!!

Moll 3000 pages! Amazing!!❤ 4w
Andrew65 Go for it! Good luck 😊👍 4w
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Chasing the Shadows | Maria V. Snyder
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The #AnyWayYouReadathon started yesterday!! I was super busy and didn't have much Litsy time, but I'm planning to read as much as I can this weekend. For this readathon, I'm hoping to finish four books - I checked the tagged book off last night, and it was a great second book in a trilogy. Often those second books seem to get kind of laggy, but this one kept the pace up and I was totally engaged. Can't wait to see what comes together in book 3!

Eggbeater Glad to have you join us! 4w
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Navigating The Stars | Maria V. Snyder
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Okay #LMPBC friends, I have good news and bad news. The good news is that I really enjoyed this one a lot. The bad news is that it's definitely first-book-y, so even though it doesn't end on a cliffhanger, it does leave plenty of loose threads to be tied up during the rest of the series. So my question is, do you still want me to use this one for our round, or should I do my second-place book, Shadows by Robin McKinley? Let me know what you think!

Chrissyreadit Do you think it‘s so good you can‘t wait for the next one? Im ok with that, are you going to read the Robin McKinley anyway? And decide which one from there? Honestly Im ok if you do this one and save the other if you want to do another round of fantasy too. 4w
Laughterhp I‘m okay doing this one. I have the same question as Chrissy. Is it so good you can‘t wait for the next one? If so, sounds like a good book. But I‘m also okay if you want to switch. 4w
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TheAromaofBooks @Chrissyreadit @Laughterhp - I already finished the second book and started the final book today 😂 I really enjoyed this book a lot, I just don't want you all to finish reading it and feel gypped because there are still some story arcs left unresolved. If I felt like everyone would have time to read them, I'd send the whole trilogy around haha 4w
Chrissyreadit I admit I‘m slow these days- I still have to read the Novik book to send @Laughterhp and I never received Ariadne. But my bookeyes are always bigger than my bookstomach 4w
HOTPock3tt I‘m happy to stay with this one ☺️ @TheAromaofBooks 4w
TheAromaofBooks @HOTPock3tt @Chrissyreadit @Laughterhp - Okay, I will send it around, and it will come with the recommendation to read the next two books as well!! Thanks for sharing your thoughts with me!! 4w
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Navigating The Stars | Maria V. Snyder
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@MatchlessMarie is celebrating her 33rd birthday with a #33by33 readathon!! Her goal is to read for 33 hours by November 15. Playing with that riff, I've decided to see how close I can get to 3300 pages LOL Since that's an average of almost 700pgs a day, I don't think I'll actually hit that, but I'm hoping that stacking this readathon with #AnyWayYouReadathon & #NovelNovember will help inspire to read in the evenings instead of riding the range ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) on Red Dead Redemption 2 😂

First step - finishing the tagged book, which I'm thoroughly enjoying!!

Happy Birthday, Marie!!!
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RaeLovesToRead RDR2 is awesome though! 😁🤠 4w
TheAromaofBooks @RaeLovesToRead - What's crazy is that my husband played through once & I literally watched the entire thing like it was a movie, like we were SO invested in the story. Then we played through together, he did most of the shooting & I did most of the wandering-around-on-horseback bits. Now I'm playing AGAIN, very slowly, & he's been hanging out with me while I do, & we are STILL finding stranger missions/convos we missed before!! 4w
RaeLovesToRead That's amazing!!!! I think I got like 97.5% complete or something ridiculously close in the end. After using the guide to find all the dinosaur bones (for very little payoff!) I decided enough was finally enough! 😅😅 Amazing game! Also, the soundtrack is so beautiful. Highly recommend it as soothing background music 🥰 4w
MatchlessMarie Yes! 🎉 4w
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1. Oh, soooo many, but it would be hard to pass up a chance to visit Narnia!!

2. Our neighbor died suddenly this past weekend & it's really had me thinking about how every day with my husband & other loved ones is such a blessing. You really never know how long you have with someone - you assume you're both going to live long & healthy lives, but no one can say that for sure. Waking up next to my amazing husband every day & acknowledging that ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) that isn't a given honestly sets me up for a more grateful attitude all day.

Sorry, that got a little bit of a downer... point is, hug someone you love today, and be glad that they're still with you. ❤

Thanks for the tag @Eggs !!

Would you like to play (don't have to be as morose as me haha) @BarkingMadRun @BoleyBooks @CarolynM @Teresereading @Linsy ?
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Eggs I can relate to this… my hubs died when our youngest was 12. We do take living for granted… 1mo
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The Ghost Bride | Yangsze Choo
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Do you ever read a book where it's interesting enough that you don't want to bail on it, but not so interesting that you want to pick it up instead of doing other mindless activities like playing Two Dots on your phone?? 😂 I did like this book overall. The concept was really interesting and I liked the MC. I also felt like the author did a good job explaining parts of the afterlife on a way that felt organic to the story. ⬇️

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) But somehow, it just was kind of a slow story?? It never felt very urgent, and even though it was only 350 pages, it took me almost three days to read, which is a pretty slow pace for me. It was a book I enjoyed whenever I was reading it, but never particularly wanted to pick up when I wasn't. However, it's been on my TBR since 2014, so it's nice to finally get it off the list!!! A soft pick for me, mostly for the unique concept. 1mo
LitStephanie I know exactly what you mean about interesting enough to read but not enough to compete with anything. Also, I can't believe there days to read a book is slow for you. 😆 1mo
LitStephanie Three days not there days 1mo
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TheAromaofBooks @LitStephanie - haha everyone reads at a different pace. I tend to wedge a lot of reading into other more mundane tasks, like folding laundry LOL 1mo
Clare-Dragonfly I felt similarly about this book! 1mo
bookandbedandtea I know just what you mean! The book I'm reading right now engages me while I'm reading it but I don't have any interest in it once I've put it down. I need to get it back to the library, though, so I need to push through. 1mo
bookandbedandtea I do not know how my previous comment ended up marked as a spoiler. 😒 Guess I'm more tired than I realized. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @Clare-Dragonfly - It wasn't bad it just... I don't know, I would forget how interested I was when I wasn't actually reading it haha 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @bookandbedandtea - Actually, this one was also due back at the library, which was part of the reason I finally read it. I've had it checked out for way too long! 😂 Also, since the button to post comments is right next to the button for spoilers, I have definitely posted spoiler comments that weren't spoilery at all from hitting both buttons at the same time somehow lol 1mo
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Book Loft | Columbus, OH (Bookstore)
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Thanks for the tag @TheSpineView !!

1. Tagged is the closest indie store to me... still about an hour away but always worth the drive!!! A rabbit warren of rooms and passageways all filled with books!!
2. Not usually. I actually go the other way. I have a small, pocket-sized notebook that has a lot of the books I already own written in it so I don't double-buy LOL Mostly series that I am slowly collecting, like the Amelia Peabody books, or ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) everything written by PG Wodehouse. Sometimes I can't remember which ones I've already purchased, and which ones I've just read from the library but don't own yet!!

#Two4Tuesday

Do you want to play @AnneCecilie @megnews @Lizpixie @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick @Victoriahoperose ?
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TheSpineView You're welcome and Thanks for playing! ❤📚❤📚❤ 1mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I went to The Book Loft when I was in Columbus for work in Feb 2020. I'm going to get back in the new year, if not sooner. Thanks for the tag! 1mo
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The Ghost Bride | Yangsze Choo
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Totally forgot to post my #weeklyforecast yesterday!! I'm reading the tagged and have mixed feelings but I'm sucked in now haha I chose Navigating the Stars for my fantasy #LMPBC pick this round but am scared it's going to be too first-book-y so I am going to read it next just in case I need to pick a back up book (orrrr send the whole trilogy around to everyone LOL). After that, it's on to random TBR books!! We are finally done picking apples⬇️

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) so things should be calming down somewhat. Now it's time to catch up on all the home projects I've been putting off for since August!! 😂 @Cinfhen 1mo
Cinfhen Are u still working on that bathroom??? 1mo
Cinfhen I think I saw somewhere that Ghost Bride is gonna be a Netflix series. 1mo
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TheAromaofBooks @Cinfhen - Great question!! Are we WORKING on the bathroom, or are we PROCRASTINATING on the bathroom?? 😂 LOL There is still much bathroom to be done, but we haven't made much forward progress recently. Too many other things going on!! But hopefully we can get back in the groove this month! I yearn for my new bathtub!!! 1mo
Cinfhen You KNOW that‘s my buzz word these days…PROCRASTINATION 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @Cinfhen - It's just so much easier than actually doing the thing!! 😆 1mo
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Is this the last post about #BookSpin tracking for 2022?? I make no promises 😂 Once again, all of you have been SO helpful and I really appreciate it!!! Here is Google Form v.3 - https://forms.gle/MYw8yZiYZd1Voe6z7 - this combines the checklist & the short answer into one haha From reading everyone's comments, my idea is that you can fill in the Spin titles/authors as they are drawn, then go back & check off the ones you actually finish. ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) So my big question for this one - is this too complicated? (I have a tendency to overcomplicate things; it's a hobby haha)

Also, if you feel like it, it would be amazing if a few of you could just fill in random stuff. That way, I can see how the info would translate into a spreadsheet on the back end.

I'm totally here for comments & critique - you all have been genuinely so helpful and I really appreciate it!!!
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Bookwormjillk Just did a test for you. One thing I noticed is that you can check you finished bookspin but then fill in for double spin. Not sure how you‘ll use it on the backend or if it even matters. 1mo
Soubhiville I got silly with one. I think this is smart, a good way for folks to remember what their sound were if they don‘t finish in the correct month. If you care you may want to ask that people use or leave off the @ in the Litsy handle, as most swap forms do. Don‘t know if that matters to you at all. 1mo
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MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm I‘m late to the party on this, but I‘d say I don‘t mind this form at all. I can see how accessing this at the end of the year would hugely simplify your life and am all for that! 1mo
Soubhiville I do not find it too complicated. It might make it slightly easier for users if you don‘t ask for author, just for title. A bit less typing. 1mo
Amandajoy I thought is was easy to use. Some people specify whether or not they want the @ with your Litsy handle - that‘s the only thing I would change. 1mo
SeaToSkyes I like this form! I'm hoping to get back onto the #BookSpin wagon next year 1mo
Daisey I like the combined form a lot in that it lets us track the books that are chosen and then completed separately. If I kept up with it monthly that would save me the searching for numbers I‘ve had to do a few times this year. 1mo
Librarybelle I think it looks straightforward and easy to use! In the end, it‘s whatever is easiest for you and for your needs. Any participants (myself included) will adapt to whatever you need from us! 1mo
Clare-Dragonfly 👆🏻👆🏻👆🏻What @Librarybelle said! 1mo
kimmypete1 Love it! ❤ ❤ ❤ 1mo
HeyT Looks good! 1mo
CoffeeNBooks It looks great! 1mo
sprainedbrain Love this! I did a sample for you and it works great. 1mo
Mollyanna It looks great! As @Librarybelle said, we will adapt. Whatever makes it easier for you. I love this challenge. 1mo
JamieArc I like this! It‘s simple. Seems like it would make things a lot easier for you! 1mo
rabbitprincess I like it! And excellent idea to state “completed or DNF‘d”! I‘ll test out the form later on my computer (typing on my iPad is a pain haha) 1mo
AmyK1 I like this one but I also agree with @Librarybelle We will be good with whatever works for you. 1mo
swynn 👍 1mo
CaitZ I like this as long as it's easy for you. It was simple to fill in from my phone. 1mo
IndoorDame Looks great! 1mo
BookDadGirlDad This is easy to fill out. I did it for a test run. Is it your intent to do this monthly, yearly, or leave it to us? 1mo
ozma.of.oz Love it! If it works well for you, I vote this one! 👍🏻👍🏻 1mo
MeganAnn This works beautifully from our end! I basically filled out the whole year for 2020 (minus December) so you could see how those translate to your back end spreadsheet. Took me about 10 minutes and that‘s mostly because I had to flip back through my journal and find the right titles for each month which took longer than actually typing them in. Also got the email in my inbox which took me right back to my form if I needed to make edits. ❤️✔️ 1mo
Kdgordon88 If it works for you, it works for me 😀 1mo
Bookzombie I filled it out for the test, except I didn‘t have the authors on my notes. I will fix that if you want us to fill it out for real. It‘s handy to be able to put what our picks were for the month as we go along. Ultimately I want you to do what works for you though. 💗 1mo
Larkken Oh man, I totally commented on@the first post before I saw that you had posted an update 😂 looks good to me! I‘ll put in some random data tonight to play with it 🤘🏻 (edited) 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @BookDadGirlDad - My idea is that participants can update their own form throughout the year, but would need to have all their info locked in by the end of the year. Then I would only need to pull the information once for my giveaway!! 1mo
rockpools Only just saw this - works beautifully for me (my favourite of the 3). I have filled it with random rubbish, though… And totally happy with whichever works for you. 1mo
Singout Filled it in: I hope it works! Keep us posted! Are we supposed to find our own list when we click on the above link, though? When I click on it I just get taken back to another blank form. (That was what confused me about the Africa Reads form too.)
Never mind: I just figured out that I can access it through the email I got.
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TheAromaofBooks @Singout - Yes, you can edit your own list via the email link. This form is a prototype for 2022's #BookSpin challenge. For the rest of this year, I'll still be tracking everyone's books manually. But next year I am going to try having everyone track their own & let me know at the end of the year what they've read!! 3w
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Tracking the Tempest | Nicole Peeler

Okay everyone, thank you SO MUCH for all of your input and help!!! I genuinely appreciate it so much!! Originally I was thinking it would just have a checklist, but then someone suggested actually having blanks where participants could fill in the books they had read for each spin. SO I am now providing you with two links. For those interested (literally NO PRESSURE) please feel free to look at both of these and tell me if there is a format you ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) like better and also let me know if there are things I should change!!

Checklist Option: https://forms.gle/ogV8qnNkM8tYSKPv8

Short Answer Option: https://forms.gle/LMdeQE3iFVLSx74Y7

Hopefully my links work... that may be the first thing I need to fix 😂 Thanks again - you all are amazing & I really appreciated all the thoughtful responses!!!!

Tagging those who commented on my first post (now you're my test subjects LOL)
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Johanna414 I would happily fill out either of those forms if it made things a little easier on your end. Great idea! 1mo
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Soubhiville I prefer the short answer form, just because I like to see what title I read for each at the end of the year. 1mo
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks I don‘t have a preference. I could easily do either of these forms if it made things easier for you! 1mo
Soubhiville Also, typo in your post- “I am not providing you with”. It‘s funny this way, but you might want to fix it . 1mo
sprainedbrain I like the Short Answer one best, but will do whichever you go with. 😃 1mo
fredthemoose Either would be fine with me. Are these forms that we should just wait to fill out at the end of the year (vs. at the end of each month)? 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @Soubhiville - LOL thank you for pointing that out 😂 My favorite is when my typos turn my sentence into the exact opposite of what I'm saying haha For #Authoramonth I think you could have a similar form, with a “question“ for each month. Participants could either just put in a number, or could put in the titles of each book they read? Or it could even be two questions per month: January - Number of Titles; January - Titles Read ...?? 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @fredthemoose - I'm thinking that I would provide the link starting in January, but would leave the form editable for the entire year. So participants could either update their form as they go along, or wait and fill it all in at the end of the year. 1mo
Chrissyreadit I will do whichever. 1mo
bookandbedandtea I have a preference for the short answer version but will happily fill out whichever is the winner 😁 1mo
Daisey I prefer the short answer option as I like seeing the titles as well. Additionally, it could be used in checklist form by those that prefer a simpler option by just typing in an X or other symbol for each completed. 1mo
sebrittainclark I like the short answer option. That way I don't forget what I already read when I fill it out each month. 1mo
staci.reads I also like the short answer version, and I like the idea of sharing it in January and keeping it editable all year. But truly, I'm good with whatever makes it more manageable for you. Either way, I'm still in. 1mo
BookDadGirlDad I think the short answer option would be better if you decide to spot check. I don't think people here would be dishonest in their answers but it keeps the integrity of the challenge. At minimum, you can always verify the "winner" did indeed review and tag you. The emails may get a bit overwhelming. Do you want us to actually do a test by filling out the form for you? 1mo
candority I think either is fine, but I like the short answer one more! 1mo
AmyK1 I also like the short answer option. 1mo
ravenlee I like both options but prefer the short answer. It makes a lot of sense to streamline things, with as big as #BookSpin has gotten! Also, if leaving it editable all year doesn‘t work, doing a quarterly check-in (like #Booked does, I think) might be an option. 1mo
Librarybelle I like the short answer option the best, but either form works! 1mo
FantasyChick I meant to throw my two cents into the ring earlier but I got busy and lost the post lol. I like the short answer option best. I use a similar format for my #bujo so it will be super easy to copy it over at the end of the year! I'm good with whatever is best and easiest for you though 😊 1mo
MeganAnn I also like the short answer version so we can add the titles. It‘d be fun to see the list of all those titles at the end of the year. And like @BookDadGirlDad mentioned that would give you a way to double check if need be. 1mo
kimmypete1 I like the short answer option as well. :) 1mo
kimmypete1 Not sure if you did this, cause I can‘t tell on my end of form, but you can make it editable and only one response per person (which will make the edit responses more obvious). 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I like number 2 for all the reasons everyone listed above. But I‘d change 2 things to sort of combine them and the other part of your challenge. List what your book spin double spin was each month. Then Read when (month answer, so you know if it was read that month or later in the year). Then did you participate in bingo this month Y/N or Did you get Bingo if you participated in that this month. Maybe something like that. People can keep ⤵️ 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa ↪️ track all year long and post as they go, but you‘ll have it all in one place at year end. (edited) 1mo
IndoorDame I prefer the short answer option as well. I think it‘s fun to look back and see all the titles. But I‘m okay with filling out either. 1mo
Lovesbooks87 Of course I would do this! I can‘t even imagine having to track everyone‘s tags each month! I would prefer the checklist but would do either one. I also think it would be a good idea to send out the google forms at the beginning of each year so people can add the books each month. 1mo
Lcsmcat I‘m fine with either - whichever makes your life easier. 1mo
rockpools If you do share it in January, the form just existing will make me more organised, no matter which version you use! (I haven‘t tracked my bookspins at all this year 🤫). Either would be great, but I‘d prefer the short answer option, so I could see if I‘d actually managed to read stuff off my own shelves! 1mo
wideeyedreader I agree with almost everyone else—I really like the short answer version! I just think it‘s cool to see what everyone is reading! 1mo
ozma.of.oz Totally agreeing on all the reasons for the short answer form! 👍🏻👍🏻 But in the end, it‘s what will work best for you! We‘ll adapt! 😉 1mo
Addison_Reads I like the short answer form personally. 1mo
Kdgordon88 Short answer would be my choice. I love that you are going to do this! 1mo
rabbitprincess I like both forms but really like how the checklist states “I have completed” for every month. With the short answer form, the instruction to fill in completed spins appears only at the top. Some people may not see the instruction if it‘s only at the top and thus may fill in the form to keep track of their spin books even if they have not completed them. 1mo
rabbitprincess So maybe you could do it as the checklist form but also include a text field for them to enter the title of the book. 1mo
reading_rainbow Either one I‘m ok with but I do slightly prefer the short answer option 📝 1mo
Bookzombie Both forms are great. I would think the checklist format would be simpler for you unless you want to see what each person has read on the form. I definitely need to track better next year as this year I had to go back and hunt what mine were, lol. 1mo
marleed Whatever makes things easiest for you is great. Honestly for me, it‘s all about creating a list of 20 books, finding out on the 2nd of each month which two I‘m committed to, and then finding out throughout the month how close I get to a bingo or blackout. If you did nothing beyond the 2nd I‘d still work my list the same way! 1mo
HeyT I think the short answer form works best for personal tracking of completed spins. Especially if it's editable all year. Having been behind on doubles for the past couple months I had to make a list of what book went with which month and I feel like the short answer form is similar to what I have as a cross reference. 1mo
Yuki_Onna Since again, fellow Littens have already said everything I might have had to say, I second @Johanna414 and @marleed ! 1mo
Zuhkeeyah I like the short answer form. I like riveted_reader_melissa‘s suggestion to have a space to track bingos. Honestly, both will work great so please choose whichever option would be simplest for you. 1mo
Larkken I like either! It could be a lot of emails, is it possible to have google update you in a sort of roll up or digest once a month or so? Otherwise you could change over to an editable spreadsheet where each user can make their own row, and you wouldn‘t have the email barrage but could still check in on everyone‘s progress. Just a thought… 1mo
Tera66 I like both options. 😊 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @Larkken - I can choose to receive an email every time someone fills out a form, or I can manually go in and see if people have filled it out. I can also download all the info into a spreadsheet!! So my idea is everyone can update their form as much as they like throughout the year, but would need to have their info locked in by the end of the year. Then I only have to go in once to download the spreadsheet for my giveaway!!! 1mo
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Just Ella | Margaret Peterson Haddix
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#BookReport - Not a bad week of reading, but also not fantastic. I didn't care for Rosaline Palmer, which was sad because it's an #LMPBC read. Absolutely loved Sam in the Suburbs. Holdfast ironically did not hold my attention so I think it's going in the giveaway box after taking up shelf room since 1997 😂 The tagged book was okay - a Cinderella “sequel“, but it was meh enough that I decided to pass on the other two books in the trilogy. ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) Currently reading Homeport, which I'm thoroughly enjoying, but not moving super fast because (1) work was busy yesterday, (2) I've been spending my evenings playing Red Dead Redemption II (again), & (3) I'm a weird nerd who has also been spending spare time playing with a book tracking spreadsheet for next year 😂 We'll see how much progress I can make this weekend!! @Cinfhen 1mo
kimmypete1 @TheAromaofBooks yesssss get that spreadsheet ready!❤️❤️ 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @kimmypete1 - Currently working on the honestly absurd subcategorization of pulling stats for each month 😂 1mo
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Tracking Game | Margaret Mizushima

Hey friends!! I am looking for some input. I absolutely love hosting #BookSpin/#BookSpinBingo & am planning to continue the challenge for 2022 (woohoo!); however, the most time-consuming part for me is tracking whether people have read their picks for each month. I'm thinking about having everyone fill out a GoogleForm where they would check off what picks they read that month (i.e. in March I read March BookSpin & caught up January DoubleSpin) ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) What I'm wondering is (a) Does this seem like too much to ask people to do? (b) If I did, would it be better to have everyone fill it out monthly (i.e. what they read that month) or wait until the end of the year & have everyone fill out in December what they read for the whole year?

I'm thinking the form would be a list of check boxes, two for each month, & you would just check off what you read. I appreciate any & all thoughts!!!!
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TheAromaofBooks Secondary question - is there a way for people to edit their same form each month?? Like I remind them and they go to their own form & update it as they go?? I'm not super familiar with GoogleForms, so any thoughts about it would be very helpful!! 1mo
HeyT From a tracking standpoint it would probably be easier on you if you just did one form at the end of the year. If you had people fill out monthly you'd still have to pour through the data and double check which months are for who over multiple forms. 1mo
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wideeyedreader I know people can fill out a form more than once, but I agree that one end-of-the-year form might be easier for everyone 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Ask @BookishMarginalia she started the #LitzyAtoZ challenge which has a tracking form and I believe you can go in and change your answers at any time throughout the year, but she only needs to look at the end of year forms (edited) 1mo
bookandbedandtea I agree that it would be easier for you if we all filled it out once at the end of the year. As @HeyT mentioned, if we all submit monthly forms that still seems like a lot of tracking for you. 1mo
Lcsmcat I think that‘s a good idea, and like @Riveted_Reader_Melissa said, @BookishMarginalia is a great resource for this. I know you can go in and edit your form as you go. I just don‘t know what she saw/did on her end. 1mo
BookDadGirlDad I'm not sure what you do to track now. I understand we are to tag you for each read in the challenge. I think a massive year end form would be crazy to get thru if you are verifying the reads thru the tagged reviews. I suggest 1) Monthly sheet filled out by the participant. 2) Chosen reads must be read in that month. No backtracking, thus simplifying tracking. 3) Get an assistant!!(Not volunteering) 1mo
sharread Could we at the end of every month check off out bookspin card the books we read. Some do that already. Post the Book Spin card finished with squares xed off of finished books then #finishedbookspinnovember ❤❤❤❤ 1mo
kimmypete1 Love the idea of a google form. You can make it editable for the people filling it out. But it might be easier to post a monthly form that people can fill out. Make one form, and each month as it happens (if that makes sense). I can help with the spreadsheet on the back end to make that part easy to go through. 1mo
kimmypete1 I don‘t know as much about forms as I do about spreadsheets, but happy to help, email me! 1mo
fredthemoose Happy to do whatever works for you! Honestly I care much less about any potential giveaways than the community of it in real time. But I think it‘s totally reasonable to ask people to do their own accounting at the end of a month or year through a spreadsheet or form. Thank you for doing this! 1mo
Susanita I‘m okay with a google form on whatever timeline works for you. It will help me stay on track too! 1mo
Soubhiville Good luck! I concur with #AuthorAMonth tracking is kind of a pain. I keep a spreadsheet in Google Sheets, but I do have to go in at the end of each month to update it. I ask everyone to record their totals in one post, so I don‘t have to search a bunch of back-posts. Will you include me in your conversation if you take it off-Litsy? I‘d love to find an easier way too. 1mo
DivineDiana Agree with @fredthemoose. I just try to get a Bingo. It is helping me read my shelves! 1mo
rockpools Definitely not too much work for us to do - I don‘t know how you‘ve kept up til now! @BarbaraBB and @Librarybelle - is this what you do with the GoogleForm for Reading Asia? We can go in and update as and when (but I don‘t know what that looks like from behind the scenes…) 1mo
IndoorDame I think it‘s totally fine for us to do our own tracking. It would be easier for me to track as I go, but you can definitely create Google forms that we can edit all year long and you don‘t have to look at till they‘re done in December. So I‘m pretty sure people could choose to do it monthly or at the end of the year on the same form. 1mo
swynn (a) No, it's not too much to ask. (b) I am ambivalent about monthly vs. annual reporting, and support whatever approach works best for you. 1mo
Yuki_Onna I absolutely second @swynn 's opinion. a) It's not too much to ask at all and b) supporting any choice you make. :D 1mo
reading_rainbow Not too much! Do what‘s easiest! 1mo
Librarybelle @rockpools You‘re right! It‘s super easy for anyone who uses the Google form to go in and update as needed. As the admin for the form, I have the choice to be notified when someone responds (I do not have that selected), but I can go in at any time and see what has been reported. The participants just need to save the form link in their inbox or on their computer, as I cannot send their specific results to them through the form. @BarbaraBB 1mo
cwarnier Yes you can make a Google form that can be edited later. Maybe just set it up for us to put in the book title ( spin and double spin) for each month and and have access all year to edit this. If you need help setting it up just let me know, I have done an editable form before 1mo
AmyK1 I‘m good with whatever you go with but think it may be easier to have a form we can edit every month so we don‘t have to try to remember what we‘ve read for the year in December. But maybe it‘s just me with the bad memory 😉 1mo
TiminCalifornia Definitely not too much to ask the participants to help track. I say do what works for you-monthly or end of year. Google forms work well. 1mo
staci.reads Not asking too much at all! Do whatever it takes to make it sustainable for you, monthly, yearly, whatever. I appreciate you and the others who host these challenges so much. It adds such flavor to my reading life. 1mo
MeganAnn I think this is a great idea! A google form can be made editable. One thing to do when setting it up is make sure you have the box checked to send an email copy of their responses. Then they have a copy in their email with a quick link to edit which takes them directly back to their page. Otherwise I think people have to make sure they are logged in every time to access what they‘ve already filled out. I‘d be happy to help set one up for you! 1mo
Larkken Yes! Great idea! 1mo
DrexEdit I‘m totally on board with a form. Whatever is easiest for you! I‘m only in it for the intrinsic rewards though. It feels good to check off books as read that have been sitting around too long! 1mo
Zuhkeeyah A form would be great. Choose whatever is easiest for you. If you need a hand with sorting through everything give me a shout. I‘d be happy to help out. Thank you for doing the book spins! It‘s really helped me move through my TBR list in a fun way. 1mo
Caryl I am pro whatever makes it easier for you! I‘m astonished by your energy and commitment each month. I love this challenge; not in it for the drawings, but for the fun and camaraderie. Thank you so much for all you do! 1mo
rabbitprincess Oh yes I‘d be happy to fill in a form to help you out! I imagine it would be easier if people could fill it in as they go rather than at the end of the year. 1mo
Megabooks However is easiest for you works for me! So glad you are continuing this!!!!! 💜 1mo
Kdgordon88 This is a great idea for you! I am all for making it easy. @BookishMarginalia uses a Google form for #LitsyAtoZ tracking and it‘s a piece of cake to go in an update my form when I‘ve finished a book. 1mo
Daisey I think a year long form that can be continually edited and updated is a great idea, and I agree from my previous experience that it is pretty straightforward to use. 1mo
ozma.of.oz You put an enormous amount of effort in to making this a fun and engaging challenge! Whatever you want to change to make it easier for yourself is something I‘m 100% in support of! ❤️ 1mo
Prairiegirl_reading @ozma.of.oz yep totally agree ☝🏼 1mo
Bookzombie I want you to do whatever makes this easier for you. I really enjoy the process of coming up with a list each month, trying to knock out the picks, and seeing other‘s posts. I appreciate the time and effort you put into this challenge. 💗 1mo
Chrissyreadit I‘m just happy with the spin part! You do what works for you! 1mo
sprainedbrain Absolutely NOT too much to ask. I don‘t do BookSpin to win anything, I just love it for the challenge and fun. I‘d be happy to fill out a form! 1mo
sebrittainclark I super appreciate all the work you do to make bookspin happen, and I don't think this is too much to ask at all. Whatever makes this more sustainable for you is a great choice! Like others said you can set up a Google form that everyone creates at the start of the year and edits throughout the year. Everyone just needs to save their form link after they get an email with it from Google. 1mo
mrp27 Just grateful that you host book spin and the prize is getting books off my tbr. If need be, I have no problem with filling out a form. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @kimmypete1 - Thank you for offering to help with the spreadsheet part haha So I believe I can download the responses into a spreadsheet, but it does seem like it puts all of the respondent's answers into one cell?? I'm going to email you the link to what it looked like when I put it into Sheets. @Soubhiville - I would be happy to share the spreadsheet with you as well if you're interested, just email me itsthegoodlife15 at gmail !! 1mo
kimmypete1 @TheAromaofBooks you know I can‘t resist a good spreadsheet! I will look at it in the morning. (edited) 1mo
Soubhiville @TheAromaofBooks I think I did know you could make a Google form fill in a Google sheet, but I don‘t know how. I‘ll email you, thanks! 1mo
coffees Not sure if someone has mentioned it but you can make a public spreadsheet where people who want to participate fill in their name on it, then have them check in every month, you can also have them leave their links, lmk if you want me to kind of send you an example of what i mean, glad to help :) 1mo
CarolynM I'm happy to go along with whatever is easiest for you. As always, I'm grateful for all you do.😘 1mo
Tera66 Yes, let's make it easier on you! I'll do whatever you want. 1mo
Roary47 If a form is easier for you. Excel document works when I do the #roaringwolf challenges. I can show you what we have if you like. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @Roary47 - If I'm honest, I have a weakness for spreadsheets and seeing how people use them LOL So I would love to see yours even if it doesn't end up working for what I'm doing. Would you like to email me? itsthegoodlife15 at gmail. 4w
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Across the Miles | Lucy Maud Montgomery
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Since @erzascarletbookgasm made this handy visual for both these swaps, I decided to steal it!! 😂 I love both these swaps since they involve one book + one sweet. Straightforward, simple, & budged friendly. Checking out @MaleficentBookDragon & @bookish_wookish for more details & sign-up forms!!
#JolabokaflodSwap #LittleChristmasSwap

Blerdgal_Fenix @bookish_wookish where do I sign up? 1mo
bookish_wookish Check my last post it has the link! @Blerdgal_Fenix 1mo
hannah-leeloo Are any UK based please? 1mo
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Cupcake12 @hannah-leeloo #jolabokaflod I‘ve signed up for a UK match 🎄I took part last year and it was so nice to have something to open up on Xmas Eve for me!! (edited) 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Steal awayyy! 😆 Yes love these budget friendly ones! 1mo
hannah-leeloo Thank you @Cupcake12 maybe we'll finally get matched lol 1mo
hannah-leeloo I'm interested @MaleficentBookDragon please for me, @TheWolfbehindTheEyes and @CymbaX13 if she wants please we're all UK based 1mo
BookBosomed1 Excited for these! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @hannah-leeloo - Here is the link to @MaleficentBookDragon 's post with the signup link - https://www.litsy.com/web/post/2299850 - her signup has all the details!!! 1mo
hannah-leeloo @CymbaX13 the Christmas swap website is above if you wish to join 1mo
Blerdgal_Fenix All signed up !! Woohoo 1mo
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Across the Miles | Lucy Maud Montgomery
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Yay!!! I really love the #JolabokaflodSwap even if I have to always doublecheck to make sure I've spelled it right. 😂

One book, one chocolate - simple and perfect!! Check out @MaleficentBookDragon 's page if you're interested!!!

PS Are there any other holiday swaps going on? I haven't been on Litsy much and would love to do another December swap if one is around!!!

guinsgirlreads Yay - thanks for posting! I‘m curious too on others. (edited) 1mo
Laughterhp I think @Chrissyreadit is running a holiday swap. 1mo
Chrissyreadit @guinsgirlreads @bookish_wookish and @teebe also. Sign ups close tomorrow or Sat for #wintersolsticeswap 1mo
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bookish_wookish Ill be posting the #littlechristmas signup shortly! 1mo
Aims42 @bookish_wookish Yay!! (Kermit flailing arms) Your swap is another favorite of mine 😊 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @Laughterhp @Chrissyreadit @bookish_wookish - Thank you for the updates!!! I will definitely be checking these out!!! This time of year just puts me in the mood for swaps! 😂 1mo
bookish_wookish 😂 love the kermit arms! @Aims42 1mo
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Sam in the Suburbs | P G Wodehouse
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Oh Wodehouse, everything you write is gold.

LeahBergen Lovely edition! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @LeahBergen - Thank you!!! It's a first edition from 1925. Crazy to me to read a book that's physically almost a hundred years old, thinking about how many other people have read that exact same copy. 1mo
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Wow #Scarathlon2021 was a wild ride!! I was honestly not expecting to enjoy participating as much as I did, but I had an absolute blast and read over 2000 more pages in October than I did in September, due in large part to wanting to earn all the reading points!!! I finally finished the 87th Precinct series, read the first half of the Shetland Island series, made progress on the Leaphorn&Chee series, checked seven stand alone thrillers off my ⬇️

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) shelves, plus read a handful of other books. I enjoyed it so much that I created my own personal points spreadsheet for my November reading! 😂 My total for week four was 1346 points. I didn't participate in any of the games or extra stuff, so my grand total score was 5220.

Thank you SO much for hosting @Clwojick and @StayCurious - I had a great time as a part of #TeamSlaughter and can't wait for #WinterGames! 😁

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TheAromaofBooks Pictured: Our little bit of autumnal woods, including our pellet gun range & my husband's bow target, plus a mysterious (and sadly empty) safe that the previous owners of this house decided they should just roll down the hill LOL 1mo
Clwojick Congratulations on your brilliant reading month! You did fantastic this month, and I can't wait to read with you during the WinterGames! Thank you so much for joining us! 1mo
TheSpineView Great job! 1mo
StayCurious Glad you enjoyed the event! 1mo
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