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A Tangled Web | Lucy Maud Montgomery
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July's #BookSpinBingo list includes a bunch of free spaces for backlogged challenge reads. My catch for giving myself the extra free spaces is that I have to fill them in in order instead of picking the one that is most advantageous for a bingo!

Tomorrow is the big reveal, so still plenty of time to post your lists!!

julieclair I‘m with you on the backlogged challenge reads. They are piling up. 10h
TheAromaofBooks @julieclair - Thankfully, I'm not someone who gets stressed about them. I know some people get overwhelmed by challenges, but I love trying them all even if there is zero chance of actual completion!! 😂 10h
AllisonM89 I want to know tomorrow's picks! I'm finishing my july book club book today and want to know what i should start next lol 10h
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melmes My July list is as last month 8h
julieclair @TheAromaofBooks I agree… I love to try them all, even though I know I don‘t have a prayer of reading them all in any given month. But a girl can dream, lol! 📚📚📚📚📚📚📚📚📚 8h
TheAromaofBooks @AllisonM89 - I know!! So close!!! 29m
TheAromaofBooks @melmes - Sounds good!!! 29m
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Okay, Littens, a mystery to solve that may, in fact, be unsolvable haha My husband remembers reading, in the late 70s, a series of scifi books that were probably for younger readers, but he may have actually stolen from the adult/YA section 😂 All he can remember is that they were about aliens on the moon who were going to blow up the earth and sent someone to reconnoiter and the books were this person going back & forth. Any thoughts???

keys_on_fire I didn‘t read these, but I did a little searching cuz this question intrigued me. Is it the Space Pirate series by Henry Bamman? The link is to the first book, but you can see the whole series too. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4601432 2d
myellenbee I'd be interested to read something like that. 2d
Ruthiella @swynn @RamsFan1963 Do either of you have any idea? You both read a lot of older sci-fi. 🤔 2d
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TheAromaofBooks @keys_on_fire - Thank you for your suggestion!! Tom says he doesn't think those are the ones, though. He says they were “regular“ chapter books (not necessarily MG, apparently) and didn't have pictures. He's very vague on the details 😂 Memory is such a weird thing!! 2d
swynn Sorry, I don't recognize this. Although I'm curious, and hope somebody else does! 1d
TheAromaofBooks @swynn - It was a shot in the dark at best 😂 I told Tom he's going to have to try to remember SOMETHING specific LOL 11h
swynn @TheAromaofBooks Well, I did think of something that is almost certainly wrong, because the books are illustrated and I don't remember any plans to blow up the earth. But if he happens to be misremembering some details, then the series could be Jerome Beatty Jr.'s Matthew Looney series, which moon-people who visit Earth. 5h
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Jane Austen at Home | Lucy Worsley
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I got behind on the chapter-a-day read with the #PemberLittens but did finish this one eventually!! I found this to be an informative and interesting overview of Austen's life, and I liked the way that Worsley tied it to the different places that Austen lived, which somehow kept the biography grounded. I did mark a few passages where it felt like Worsley went way overboard on her interpretations of what Austen said in her letters - for instance, ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) Worsley quotes a letter from Jane to her sister where Jane is teasing a bit as she updates Cassandra on small things at home - 'Our dinner was very good yesterday, & the Chicken boiled perfectly tender, therefore I shall not be obliged to dismiss Nanny on that account,' is the quote Worsley gives us, which she immediately follows with her own interpretation: ⬇ 3d
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) “The message is that this was trivial, that it wasn't her role; that she shouldn't have to be doing it. She would rather be writing.“

I'm just... not sure how you got that from sentence about chicken dinner?? Worsley falls into this multiple times, where it felt like she was really extrapolating to make sure we get the vision of Jane that she wants us to see, even while complaining about the way Jane's family “reimagined“ Jane after her⬇
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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) death, making her more the way they thought she should be.

Still, this was a pick for me. I really did enjoy learning more about Austen and her life. This biography was very approachable and easy to read, so for someone like me, who only had a very sketchy idea of Jane's life, this was a great place to start.

Thanks for hosting @jenniferw88 !!
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jenniferw88 I THINK Lucy's point about the chicken dinner is that Jane's always joking, there's probably some hidden meaning behind it and that everything she writes about shouldn't be taken at face value. 3d
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I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as the first book. It took me a long while to warm up to Charlotte, who is, frankly, a crank, but I loved Alex and Charlotte grew on me eventually. This book has a lot more sexy times than book one, and combined with the plot dragging a bit in the middle meant that parts of this book felt a little more slog-y. There were also times that the zany absurdity that was fun in the first book felt a little forced ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) here. (Here's your random parallel for the day - it reminded me of the scene in the movie Groundhog Day where the first walk in the snow is magical and perfect, but then when he tries to recreate it it just feels clunky and awkward. This wasn't quite that bad, but almost.)

I did still enjoy this one and will pick up the third book when it appears, but this is definitely a softer pick for me than Wisteria Society.
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Tera66 I love this cover! 2d
TheAromaofBooks @Tera66 - Right?? Both this one and Wisteria Society have fabulous covers. 2d
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I actually read this one last year for #LMPBC and really enjoyed its absolute zaniness, snarky humor, ridiculous adventures, and sassy characters. I decided to give it a reread before picking up the newly-published second installment in the series, and enjoyed it possibly even more this time around since I was actually ready for this book to have magic in it, unlike the first time when I was a little blindsided by it haha This one is completely ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) ridiculous, but a great deal of fun. 3d
julieclair What a pretty table cover! Did you make it? Or maybe inherit it? 3d
TheAromaofBooks @julieclair - Thank you!! Actually, my brother brought that back from a trip he took to Scotland, way back in the mists of time of the late 90s! 😂 3d
julieclair How fun! I love beautiful things with stories behind them. 3d
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If you ignore the books piled to the right, which may or may not be (part of) July's TBR already lurking nearby, I've actually made good windowsill progress!! My #weeklyforecast is to finish the tagged (not pictured) (only a few chapters left), then my only “have to“ book is The Color of Dragons for #LMPBC. After that I'll see how many random draw books I can fit in before that new pile gets added in on Friday!!

@Cinfhen

Cinfhen Yesssss, you REALLY have made awesome progress 🥳🥳🥳 5d
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Stardust | Neil Gaiman
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#BookReport - Solid week. I finished the checked books, plus the tagged book which I think may be hidden behind Wanderers in this photo haha Wanderers and Break-Up Book Club ended up DNFs for me this week, although I haven't decided if they are forever DNFs or temporary ones 😂 Currently reading The League of Gentlewomen Witches, which I'm hoping to finish today. Sacred Clowns was probably my favorite read of the week.
@Cinfhen

sherrisilvera I enjoyed Sacred Clowns also. You reminded me to look back at Hillerman. 6d
TheAromaofBooks @sherrisilvera - I'm working my way through the series quite slowly, but really enjoying these books a lot. I really like the contrast between Leaphorn and Chee and their life-perspectives and detective methods, how they are so different from each other yet both still bring a valuable perspective to the situation. 6d
sherrisilvera I had read only a few and so long ago. Have you tried the Longmire series? Those components are there as well. 6d
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Cinfhen Woohoo!!! Progress!!!! And how is it even possible that it‘s almost time to add your JULY books?????? 6d
Gissy I thought Wanderers was good, is in my old tbr😳 6d
TheAromaofBooks @sherrisilvera - No!! I haven't even heard of it - I'll definitely look them up!! 6d
TheAromaofBooks @Cinfhen - To clear the windowsill I only need to read 22 books by Friday, so that's totally doable, right?? 😂 6d
TheAromaofBooks @Gissy - I just don't think I was in the right headspace for it!! The concept does sound really interesting, so I might come back to it. 6d
Gissy @TheAromaofBooks Then, there is hope!☺️ 6d
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July | Kathleen Ossip
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Today I looked at my calendar and ONLY ONE WEEK UNTIL JULY! NEXT WEEKEND is 4th of July weekend! Already! What is happening! Halfway through the year 2022, which still sounds fake because it doesn't start with a 19. 😂

ANYWAY, setting aside my minor existential crisis, this means it's time to start thinking about your July #BookSpin & #BookSpinBingo lists!! With my new 2022 system, I am using the SAME TAG LIST all year so if you are tagged on ⬇

TheAromaofBooks on this post, you already automatically on the tag list for July. If you would like to be ADDED or REMOVED from the tag list, please just let me know!!

Below are the basics of challenge, plus the link to the very rambly explanation of the rules of the challenge, plus the link to the Google Form where you can enter your BookSpin & DoubleSpin reads for the end-of-the-year giveaway!!

Can't wait to see your July lists!! ⬇
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TheAromaofBooks 1/5 - The rules for this challenge can be found by reading my masterpost on my blog (off Litsy) - https://thearomaofbooks.wordpress.com/bookspin-bookspinbingo-litsy-challenge - but the basics: if you want to play, make a list of 20 books you've been meaning to read & tag me when you post it!!

2/5 - You do NOT have to participate in the Bingo part of the challenge if that isn't your thing!! You can just read the ⬇
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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) BookSpin or DoubleSpin or however many books works for you! Basically, choose a reading level that fits your life, and feel free to change it from month to month!!
3/5 - 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. Some people struggle with super specific lists & prefer to go with categories (i.e. library book, Netgalley, mystery, from the ⬇
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TheAromaofBooks cont'd) living room shelf, etc.), which is also fine! You can make separate lists for BookSpin & DoubleSpin so that you read one book from each. This year, I have a list of challenging books that I am using to read the BookSpin number from each month, but then make a list of my month's TBR to use for the bingo part. Make this challenge work for you!! Just ask if you have questions about whether something is “allowed“ - most of the time the ⬇ 1w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) answer is yes!!

4/5 - Remember, if you didn't finish your June BS/DS, you can still check it off at any point in 2022. If you wish to participate in the end-of-the-year giveaway, each completed (or DNF'd) BS/DS read counts as an entry!! This year, everyone is in charge of tracking their OWN ENTRIES for this giveaway!! This is being done via Google Form. You are also welcome to use this form even if you don't want to enter the ⬇
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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) giveaway, just don't put in your name/address. I won't be looking at these forms until the end of the year, so you can either add your entries throughout the year, or add them in one big batch in December, whatever works best for you!! The form can be found here - https://forms.gle/X57ePKzuHpsqLjE5A - please remember that once you start a form, you need to SAVE THE LINK that Google will email to you so that you can edit your form!! ⬇ 1w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) 5/5 - Thank you all SO MUCH for your participation and enthusiasm!!! I LOVE seeing everyone's posts and hearing about how this challenge is helping you tackle the neverending, ever-growing TBR!!! As always, please just ask if you have ANY questions!!! You all are the best!!! ❤ ❤ ❤

I will post FINISHED at the end of the tag list, so if you haven't been tagged by then & want to be, let me know!!!
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PuddleJumper Wait, what?! That came so quickly. I need to roll some dice 😂 1w
TheAromaofBooks @PuddleJumper - Right?! June went by like snap!! Looking forward to those dice, though!! 😁 I even actually COMPLETED one of my #Roll100 books this week! 😂 1w
thereadingpal Damn. I haven't read my bookspin or Doublespin because I got some ARCs to read 😭 July, definitely July. I can do it 1w
SiameseCatsRead I so need to catch up on my reading. Does walking to the library, but not reading the book you got count lol?!? 🤔 🤣 1w
IamIamIam Thanks so much!!! I'm going to take July off to see if I can catch up on my leftovers & pick up in August 1w
Maria514626 I need to replace some of my bingo squares with “ARC.” 😬😆 1w
MallenNC Every month I seem to be surprised when the end of the month approaches! 1w
Allylu Yikes! I can‘t believe it! Are you sure? LOL 🤫 1w
TheAromaofBooks @thereadingpal - it's amazing how many shiny new books appear whenever you set a goal to read a couple older ones 😂 1w
TheAromaofBooks @SiameseCatsReads - I'm going with partial credit, for sure. 😂 1w
ravenlee I‘m torn between “isn‘t it already July?” because it‘s been about 100 degrees for two weeks and all my momming is centered on next month, and “it can‘t possibly be the end of June because the year just freaking started?!” I will be working on my list early next week. 1w
Bookgoil I started a July list already because my June list was a bit of a you‘re crazy 🤣 I‘ll post soon anyways cause we‘re moving on the 30th and I need to have a plan for audios to pack and unpack right now so I‘ve loaded up 1w
BayouGirl85 I‘m in 1w
SpookyMazeOfBooks I'm in , I'll post my new list in a while 1w
Eggs I‘ll be joining again of course!! Keeping track of it all on the Google thing. Thanks Sarah. Will pu together this weekend ❤️ 1w
bthegood Time has flown this month, thx for the reminder. 1w
marleed Oh fun. Finger crossed this will be my annual BookSpinBingo Blackout month! I‘ll post next week because if I‘m lucky I have a couple free spaces still to choose for June. 1w
vonnie862 I was just talking about how fast time is going with my husband. *sigh* Anyways, I'm in again! 1w
robinb I agree…what happened to 19 something??!! Gosh, am I THAT old??! 😳😳🤣🤣 Thanks for the reminder, Sarah…working on my list now. 😊 1w
Cinfhen Woohoo 🎉 i 1w
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Time flies! I just went to my 25th high school reunion last weekend and I refuse to believe I'm that old! Also, I stil have a few book- and double spin selections I haven't read yet so I'm thinking December might be filled with all the books I really meant to read...🤣 1w
kellyann28 I feel massively behind 😂 1w
KristiAhlers I need to figure out my list! I‘ll work on that today when I get home from visiting dad at the hospital! Because of him being in the hospital for over 2 weeks I was able to finish my board. I need to get that posted! 1w
julieclair I pulled out my calendar to double check, because I was SURE you were wrong about next weekend being July 4th. You weren‘t. 😂🤪🇺🇸🎆🎇 1w
TheAromaofBooks @julieclair - This morning my husband said a coworker asked when he was doing for the 4th & my husband was like “I dunno, that's like a month away“ and the coworker was like... not really... and when he told me this story I was horrified because I also thought it was about a month away 😂 1w
julieclair @thearomaofbooks Guess it‘s time to make some picnic/barbecue/fireworks plans… 1w
rabbitprincess Omg what! This year is going by so fast 🙃 1w
Kdgordon88 In for the spin! I‘ll start working on my list. 😊 1w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I still think 2022 sounds like a futuristic sci-fi book/movie date…so I feel your pain. 😉 1w
Bookwormjillk I‘m working on my list today! 1w
HufflepuffGirl90 Still can‘t believe June is almost over, but I have my lost for July almost done lol 1w
DisneyFan Is there a link to how you play? I think I want to join for July. At the very least , making a list of books sounds like something I would love love love to do!!! 1w
Grrlbrarian I‘m in for July. Off to make my list! 1w
TheAromaofBooks @DisneyFan - Here's the link!! https://thearomaofbooks.wordpress.com/bookspin-bookspinbingo-litsy-challenge It goes to my book blog off Litsy, since I can ramble as much as I want over there without pesky character limits! 😂 Just let me know if you have any questions - I'll add you to the tag list!!! 1w
Librarybelle Woohoo! 1w
DisneyFan @TheAromaofBooks Thank you! I‘m in! I‘m so excited!! 1w
OriginalCyn620 Need to finish my July list! 1w
bookandbedandtea I'm in! 1w
Bookzombie I‘m in! I also can‘t believe June is almost over. 7d
Crazeedi I'm going to jump back in!! 7d
CaitZ Yikes! Already? I'll get my list together before the 2nd. 7d
Tera66 I was just picking out what books to add today. 7d
Ednica Times flying. I will definitely revamp my list! 7d
Clwojick My list is almost ready! Woohoo! 💗 7d
Lcsmcat I can‘t believe it‘s almost July!! 7d
AllisonM89 Please add me to the tag list! 5d
TheAromaofBooks @AllisonM89 - I can't believe you weren't already on my list! 😂 4d
AllisonM89 @TheAromaofBooks i disappeared from litsy for a few months... 4d
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Hey friends!! Below is the link for the next round of #PromptMaze !!! It's the same Google Doc except updated, so Q1 and Q2 mazes are also included. If you're like me, you get lost in all of them at the same time 😂 After tagging everyone who asked to be tagged this round, I'll post a little more info/how to play in case anyone new is interested in jumping in!! As always, thoughts/questions/improvements are welcome!!

Link below!!

TheAromaofBooks Anyone is welcome to enter the #PromptMaze !! Basically, it's a spreadsheet, and each cell contains 3 prompts. Depending on which prompt you complete, you get sent to another cell. So for the first step, if you read a book that starts with “A“ you'll go to cell B1 and then try to complete a prompt from that cell, working your way through until you find the finish!!

In order to use the Google spreadsheet, you'll need to open the link above, then⬇
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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) go to File and select “Make a Copy.“ Once you've saved your own personal copy, you can edit it however you like. I've saved the Maze with all the cells blacked out, because I like to only reveal a cell if I “land“ there. However, you are welcome to un-black-out them all if that works better for you!! I usually choose a color to “mark my spot“ of wherever I am in the maze, leaving the cells I've visited white, and the unvisited cells ⬇ 1w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) black. In order to change the color of the cell, click on the cell(s) you want to edit, and then locate the paint can in the icons along the top bar. Click on that, and then you can choose whichever color you would like the cell to be. Picking any color than black should allow the words to appear!!

As always, just let me know if anyone has questions and whether or not you'd like to be added to the tag list. This is 100% for fun, no ⬇
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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) prizes or anything, so you can complete this challenge however you like - one book per cell, or let one book take you as far through the maze as it can. You can plan ahead, or read a book and then see if it matches. Whatever works!!! If you get stuck and realize you'll never complete any prompts, make your own or skip to a different cell!!

I love seeing how people are progressing, so feel free to tag me with updates!!
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claudiuo Thank you so much for Q3! I am still working my way through Q2 - instead of reading for the “finish“ prompt when I had the opportunity, I chose a different one and now I am on 2nd pass through several cells 😁 I'll work on both for a while. Thank you! 1w
TheAromaofBooks @claudiuo - I really enjoy going through all of them at the same time, because I read books and then see if they match any prompts. I decided to restart Q1 and Q3 this time, but still have not found the finish for Q2 despite reading 34 books that qualified for various prompts 😂 so I'm going to keep battling my way through until I finally find the ending!!! 1w
JamieArc This looks fun! And I‘m a sucker for anything having to do with a spreadsheet, lol 1w
claudiuo @TheAromaofBooks I do exactly the same thing: I don't even check if a book matches a prompt until I finish it. That was one of the reason I didn't finish Q2 when I could: reading the prompts in advance was breaking my “rule“ and in the end decided to not do that 😸
Plus, going through the maze is the fun part, finding the way out is overrated 😂
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julieclair @claudiuo @TheAromaofBooks Glad I‘m not the only one who waits until I‘ve finished a book to see if it fulfills a prompt. I like the idea of keeping all the quarters in play until I finish them. I‘ll try that! (edited) 1w
Mollyanna I am the same @claudiuo @julieclair @TheAromaofBooks Which is probably why I‘m still working on Q1 😄. I have so much fun with it though… 1w
janeycanuck @Mollyanna I‘m still working on Q1, too! 1w
Mollyanna @janeycanuck 👍🏻. Glad I‘m not the only one 🤣 1w
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Stardust | Neil Gaiman
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Reviewing this actually catches me up on reviews!!

This was a #Roll100 pick from April that I finally got around to. This was an engaging fairy tale that I enjoyed overall, but somehow didn't love the way I wanted to. Gaiman's writing is quite good and I actually did like the ending, but I found it difficult to connect to the characters. Still, a solid pick

I actually received this back in December 2020 for the #ElfSwap from @LibrarianRyan !!

Clwojick Woohoo! ❤️ 1w
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Librarybelle Awesome - another great use of prompts! 1w
TheAromaofBooks @Chelsea.Poole - Thank you!! I love coneflowers so I just let them reseed themselves around the garden freely 😂 1w
Chelsea.Poole @TheAromaofBooks same here! I planted some last year and seeing a bit of expansion in them this year, which I love! 1w
LibrarianRyan I get that. I am not the biggest fan of Gaiman. I always want to love his books, but just like them. But I love this movie? 4d
TheAromaofBooks @LibrarianRyan - This is only the second Gaiman book I've read. The first was a picture book/short story, The Sleeper & the Spindle, which I didn't care for at all. He may just not be for me haha I may have to find the movie for Stardust, though, because I really did like the overall story/concept. 4d
LibrarianRyan @TheAromaofBooks The movie was fantastic. I read the book after I had seen the movie. I also read the Graveyard book and still don't get the fanfare, and i agre about the Sleeper and the Spindle. I tried the Ocean at the end of the lane in audiobook, nope. Boring. But the Movie that goes with stardust is so fun. 4d
TheAromaofBooks @LibrarianRyan - I definitely have some authors where I love their ideas/concepts more than their actual books, and Gaiman may be one of those. I had forgotten that I also read the Graveyard Book until you mentioned it as it was quite long ago, but I was rather ambivalent towards it at the time as well. 3d
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I've been slowly plowing through this nonfiction for quite a while now. While interesting, it was a bit dry, and I can struggle with nonfiction in the best of circumstances haha While I didn't walk away with specific names and dates memorized, this did give me a good overview of Middle Eastern theater in WWI, a topic I knew pretty much nothing about going in. I was especially struck by the end of the book, seeing the foundations for many of the ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) current-day problems in that area being laid. Unless you're actually interested in the topic, it isn't a book I'd particularly recommend, but I did find it interesting and informative, and it gave me a new layer of perspective for the Great War.

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Across the Miles | Lucy Maud Montgomery
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My #LitsyLoveSummerSwap package arrived safe and sound!! Super excited to open it - thanks so much @Hazel2019 !!

@kdgordon88 @rsteve388

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The #20in4 Readathon starts tomorrow!! Anyone can join, just set your own goals and go for it!!

I'm aiming for 1000pgs over the course of 4 days, and will probably be starting with the tagged book as I should finish my reread of the first book in the series today (it's just as ridiculously fun the second time around). Thanks for hosting @Andrew65 !!!

Andrew65 Good luck 😊👍 1w
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Sacred Clowns | Tony Hillerman
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I was pretty excited to pick up the next installment of the Leaphorn & Chee series. There was good pacing here, and even though there was still a bit too much of Chee mooning over what to do about Janet, I really enjoy exploring his desire to balance his religious beliefs with his police work. At one point, he is trying to explain to Janet how he defines the Navajo concept of “hozho,“ a sort of state of harmony and balance. He says ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) “[an example] - terrible drought, crops dead, sheep dying. Spring dried out. No water. The Hopi, or the Christian, maybe the Moslem, they pray for rain. The Navajo has the proper ceremony done to restore himself to harmony with the drought.“

Chee's genuine belief in the traditions and ceremonies of the Navajo are balanced by the more pragmatic Leaphorn who, while not scornful, is definitely skeptical. I'm really enjoying this series ⬇
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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) and am already looking forward to the next!!

#Pantone2022 @Clwojick
#RoadTripUSA2022 - Arizona @megnews
#19822022 @Librarybelle
#JoysofJune (final book!!) 2159/2000pgs @Andrew65
#NoShameReadathon22 - Detective Novel @Nessavamusic
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Librarybelle Hooray!! Lots of prompts! 1w
Clwojick Great job! So many prompts checked off! 1w
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The Copenhagen Connection | Elizabeth Peters
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If you're looking for a book to take seriously, give this one a miss. But if you're just looking for a fun, slightly ridiculous romp around Copenhagen with plenty of tongue-in-cheek tropes, this may be the book for you. I've been slowly working my way through Peters's backlog and while this wasn't a new instant favorite, it was a genuinely fun time.

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#JoysofJune - 1854/2000pgs @Andrew65
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CarolynM While I agree it‘s not her best, I reread it on a flight to Copenhagen a few years ago, then had fun relating things back to the book (like Queen Margrethe‘s tomb (supposedly😆) and the carousel in the Tivoli Gardens) Have you got to my favourite standalone yet - that‘s great fun for comparing with the real world 1w
TheAromaofBooks Not yet, but it is on the list!! I fell in love with her writing via Amelia Peabody. So far I've enjoyed her writing under this name more so than the novels she wrote under the name of Barbara Michaels - those seem to be a lot more melodramatic 😂 1w
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Lies | T. M. Logan
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So I'm obviously behind on book reviews - expect a few of them today 😂

It had been a while since I picked up a thriller, and I had forgotten how addictive they can be. This one was quite pacey and engaging, and it wasn't until I was done reading that I looked a few things askance! While the twist at the end technically fit, I'm not sure I buy it based on the personalities of the people involved - it felt like a stretch to literally just say ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) “well this person was really good at acting.“ 🙄 Still, I did enjoy this one while I was reading it and even though Joe kept doing dumb stuff that made him look even more guilty (why, Joe, why) I still found myself rooting for him.

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In many ways, this was a pretty standard romcom setup - workaholic Dawn gets jilted by her fiancee just before the wedding, and goes on the already-paid-for-honeymoon with her mom instead of her husband. Dawn and her mom have always had a slightly rocky relationship because Marnie tends to be spontaneous and free-spirited vs Dawn's obsessive Type-A planning tendencies. Widowed almost a year, Marnie has also had a recent bout of breast cancer that⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) has left her more shaken than she likes to admit. Marnie falls in love with the small town on the Cape where she and Dawn are “honeymooning“ and spontaneously purchases a rundown ice cream parlor, determined to follow her husband's dream of owning one. Dawn, of course, sees only the problems and setbacks, and ends up staying to “fix“ her mom's situation.

I did overall enjoy this book quite a bit. It was way more about Dawn and her mom -⬇
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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) the romance was definitely secondary, almost to the point that it felt like it shouldn't have even been there. There were a few things like that. There were some good thoughts on cancer and how everyone deals with it differently, etc., but it felt like there could have been more. Dawn felt almost stereotypical in her work obsession - yet is willing to take off an entire summer even though it means she definitely won't get her promotion? ⬇ 1w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) Honestly my biggest question mark was the fact that this small town is only 2hrs away from where they live, but they literally never go back home to like, get some clothes??? It was weird.

I could nitpick this story, but honestly on the whole it was warm and sweet and I enjoyed it. Supposedly there will be more books in this series to come, and I can definitely see myself reading the next one as well.

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Bookwormjillk I love Cape Cod and its ice cream parlors. I‘ll have to look for this. 1w
Clwojick Oooo great color match! 1w
TheAromaofBooks @Bookwormjillk - Their business plan was completely unrealistic, but I was willing to ride with it 😂 1w
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The Girl on the Boat | P. G. Wodehouse
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Yay!! #LMPBC #GroupL for Lighthearted!! I am super excited about sharing some fun fiction with you all this round!! Here are some Wodehouse to consider. The solid blue one is the tagged book. They are all stand alones except for Full Moon, which is a Blandings Castle book but, like the Jeeves stories, can be read independently. Let me know if you have already read some of these or if one strikes your fancy. I will say that Wodehouse story ⬇️

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) synopses never seem able to actually capture what is going to happen 😂 Just assume there will be shenanigans, aunts, secret identities, inheritances, and people engaged to the wrong people. 😆

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Chrissyreadit I am soooooo excited. But willing to let you all pick ❤️❤️❤️😘 2w
mabell Excellent nutshelling of the classic Wodehouse story. 😂 I don‘t think I‘ve read any of these! Girl on a Boat sounds extra interesting - an ocean liner! - but whichever you think would be the best fit for the group is fine! 2w
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Sacred Clowns | Tony Hillerman
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Nothing urgent for my #weeklyforecast - I am just using my random draw to decide which windowsill book is next!! Started the tagged book this morning, but other than that, this is a wildcard week!! I am down to only two chapter-a-day reads so that is opening up some more reading time. Can't believe we have already passed June's halfway mark!!
@Cinfhen

Cinfhen #WildcardWeek ….I feel like I‘m a contestant on a game show 😂😂 2w
Maria514626 @TheAromaofBooks Would you add me to the bookspin list? I filled out the form and I‘m working on my list of 20. Thank you! 1w
TheAromaofBooks @Maria514626 - Absolutely!!! Glad to have you along!! 1w
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The Copenhagen Connection | Elizabeth Peters
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#BookReport - Solid reading week, as I also finished several of my chapter-a-day reads this week as well!! It's been good to get some things checked off the list, although I'm behind on my reviews as usual. Really enjoyed the tagged book yesterday - silly but fun. Lies was a solid thriller that kept me glued to the pages. The next Percy Jackson was great fun. The Sweet Life was more novel-y than romance-y which I wasn't exactly expecting but it ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) was still quite enjoyable. Just started (finally) the next installment of the Leephorn & Chee series!! However, it's almost time to start thinking about what books are getting added to this windowsill for July! 😂

@Cinfhen
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Cinfhen How can we be thinking about July!??!! 2w
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Wow, I had some mixed feelings about this one!! A GR review I saw said something like "I respected this novel more than I enjoyed it" and I think that really captures my sentiments as well. The story Anne has written here is powerful and engaging, and thinking about how daring it was to publish a story about a woman standing up for herself and bailing on her husband (/owner) in 1848 makes it all the more powerful. I also appreciated Helen's ⬇️

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) strong moral code and commitment to her religious beliefs. She was an amazingly strong character whose unwillingness to compromise her conscience meant that her life was harder in the short run, but I never felt like she “deserved“ what was happening to her, despite opportunities to change her path. I really admired Helen, even if she did get a bit preachy from time to time. I did feel like the ending dragged on a bit too long ⬇ 2w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) (mild spoiler below) and I did feel like there wasn't a single genuinely GOOD man in this entire story - Gilbert made me roll my eyes constantly at how sensitive, spoiled, and whiny he was about EVERYTHING. Helen's brother was SO smug and self-satisfied all the time that I just wanted to sock him in the nose (I honestly didn't blame Gil for that one!).

All in all, this was a really worthwhile read. This is only my second venture into ⬇
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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) Bronte territory, but this definitely gets my vote over Wuthering Heights! However, it's not a book I see myself rereading.

Thanks for the pick #PemberLittens - I am really enjoying reading these classics, and having the whole gang along helps keep me on track and engaged in books I otherwise might not finish!! @sprainedbrain @BarkingMadRun

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TheAromaofBooks Honestly not over the part where Gilbert thinks Helen is going to marry someone else and is all like, “How could she leave me??“ Bruh, you haven't contacted her in over a year????? Is she literally just supposed to pine for you forever??? If you want her, DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT you whiny little whiner! Oh my GOSH! 😂 2w
REPollock I felt the same way about it. ✊to Anne for the mettle to write it but I felt awful for women trapped in those societal circumstances. 2w
BarkingMadRun That quote is perfection 2w
sprainedbrain Excellent review!! 2w
ravenlee This was my favorite of all the Brontës I‘ve read, but as I hate Wuthering Heights and just don‘t get the appeal of Jane Eyre it‘s definitely a qualified win! ? 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks LOVE this photo!! ❤️ 2w
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 2w
TheAromaofBooks @REPollock - Exactly! Like I really appreciated her boldness in calling out the problems she saw, but it doesn't make for very “fun“ reading material!! 2w
TheAromaofBooks @BarkingMadRun - As soon as I saw that line, I knew that was EXACTLY how I felt about this book, and I think it's why I kept reading it, despite note really enjoying it. I felt like Anne was sharing a powerful message, almost liked I owed it to her to hear what she had to say. 2w
TheAromaofBooks @ravenlee - Right? With Wuthering Heights as its only competition for me so far in Bronte-reading, being the first-place winner isn't exactly a rousing endorsement! 😂 2w
TheAromaofBooks @AlwaysBeenaLoverofBooks - Thank you!!! Those dried flowers came out of a bouquet I received years ago and they still somehow look nice!!! I got really excited because I thought they matched the book so well!! 😂 2w
Daisey @ravenlee This is my first time reading this one and I‘m not sure which I like more between it and Jane Eyre. I had a much harder time with the love story of Jane Eyre when I read it so they might just be tied now. I thought this one had a much better message than the others. 1w
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The Scarlet Pimpernel | Emmuska Orczy
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Hey #GroupV ! I'm excited about reading some classics this round as I've really been trying to delve more into them this year! Here are several from my TBR that I don't THINK are too chunky (I don't own all of them so for some I'm going off of GR page counts lol) Let me know if any of these appeal to you, or any of them you definitely don't want to read, or you've already read, etc. And I'm interested to see what books you all have on your radars!

fredthemoose I haven‘t ready any of these, so any work for me! The only classics I have copies of are Lolita and The Souls of Black Folk, I‘m happy to get my hands on another. I‘ll check out the GR list! 2w
jimfields3 I have The Scarlet Pimpernel on my TBR (it‘s even a #bookspinbingo choice this month), and I‘m open to any of these others as well. 2w
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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks I have The Picture of Dorian Gray on my list too! 😀 I would read that! I‘ve read some of the others, but The Pearl, Kidnapped, Crusoe, and Pimpernel would work for me! 2w
fredthemoose Picture of Dorian Gray would be great! 2w
jimfields3 I should have seen these comments before commenting on another post. I‘d be glad to read Dorian Gray, too. 2w
TheAromaofBooks @fredthemoose @jimfields3 @BeckyWithTheGoodBooks - Yay!! I think I'll go with Dorian Gray. I found a copy of it at library discard sale last month so I've been meaning to read it ever since!! 2w
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @fredthemoose @jimfields3 @TheAromaofBooks Yes!! Dorian will be a double whammy for me in terms on getting off my TBR list, so I am excited for this pick! 🥳 2w
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Joy in the Morning | P. G. Wodehouse
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So would anyone be interested in doing a group of just Wodehouse books?? This is kind of random so I didn't want to take up a whole group if no one else was even interested 😂 I also thought about trying to label it something like “happy fiction“ - Wodehouse, Georgette Heyer, just books that are feel-good and happy but not necessarily ROMANCE, if that makes sense?? Let me know if anyone is interested in something like this, as there are still ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) some blank spaces where I can start a new group! 2w
mabell As a Wodehouse super fan, 🙋‍♀️! Also, Heyer super fan and of happy fiction in general 😆 2w
TheAromaofBooks @mabell - Okay, I created the group (Group L) even if it ends up just being the two of us! 😂 2w
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mabell Oh yay! I‘ll sign up right away! This is my first time participating, and it sounds fun! 😊 2w
willaful *waves hand* oooo, me, me 2w
TheAromaofBooks @willaful - We still have two slots left, so feel free to join us!! The link to the sign-up for #LMPBC can be found on @suvata 's page as she is the one who so kindly sets all this up!!! When you go to the link, just scroll down to Group L!! 2w
TheAromaofBooks @mabell - Woohoo!! Sometimes I just need to read something that is just the right amount of silly! 😆 2w
mabell Exactly! (Which for me pretty much all the time 🤣) 2w
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Another fun installment in the Percy Jackson series. I am really enjoying these, although I am not sure I will ever reread them. They are fun and creative adventures, but I just haven't bonded with these characters all that much. Still, this was an entertaining ride and I'm excited to see what happens in the final book!

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#BigJuneReadathon @Clwojick
#JoysofJune - 762/2000pgs @Andrew65

Andrew65 Can‘t beat Percy Jackson Books. Well done 👏👏👏 2w
TheSpineView Awesome! 2w
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Clwojick I‘ve still only read the first book in the series! Maybe I need to do a series Readathon with this one! 2w
melmes Never read this series, probably need to start it sooner than later 2w
TheAromaofBooks @melmes - It's been on my radar for years and I am just now getting to it!! Since they are more MG/YA reads, they do go pretty quick once I actually pick one up! 😂 2w
melmes Oh well, I hope I get the chance to read it as well 2w
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National Velvet | Enid Bagnold
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First off, I can't believe I never read this book growing up. I was a classic horse-book girl, and this one is pretty famous! But the sad truth is that I probably would never have picked it up if it wasn't this month's #childrensclassicread! I'm glad I did as I did enjoy this story a lot, but I also found it to be quite odd. I think maybe because it didn't actually feel like a horse story at all. Training, and even most of the big race, happened⬇️

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) off-page. We rarely see Velvet's thoughts and I honestly never understood why she was so passionate about racing The Pie because we only saw incredibly rare glimpses of her interacting with him on-page. This was a fun story as a slice-of-life tale - I fell in love with the entire Brown family, and some of Bagnold's wry observations made me smile. I loved the complete and utter lack of romance between Velvet and Mi, and the utter ⬇ 2w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) randomness of Donald's wild stories. But for all that, it's still just a soft pick for me - not one I see myself rereading. The actual story was odd and disjointed and frequently felt like it was going nowhere. We spent significantly more time on the aftermath of the race than the race itself. I felt completely ripped off that the race wasn't from Velvet's perspective! There's an entire side story with all these other horses that felt ⬇ 2w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) odd and unnecessary. So, on the whole, a perfectly engaging story, but one that I wouldn't particularly label as a genuine Horse Story, despite the presence of multiple horses, and not one that I see myself rereading time and again.

Thanks so much for this pick @TheBookHippie - I'm genuinely so glad that I finally read this one!! I've been meaning to for decades! 😂
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Leftcoastzen Love the old Breyers! 2w
Andrew65 A true classic, well done. 👏👏👏 2w
rubyslippersreads I think I‘m the only person who can‘t stand Donald. 😏 2w
UwannaPublishme @rubyslippersreads You can count me in your club. He‘s been bugging me too! 🙄 2w
TheAromaofBooks @rubyslippersreads @UwannaPublishme - I have to admit that the spit jar was too much for me 😂 2w
TheAromaofBooks @Leftcoastzen - Thank you!!! I had a huge collection when I was growing up but gave many of them to my younger sister when she was old enough to start playing with them (I always thought of them as toys rather than collectibles haha) but I retained several of my very favorites for my permanent collection. 😁 2w
rubyslippersreads @TheAromaofBooks @UwannaPublishme Yep, the spit jar was the last straw for me. 🤢 2w
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Treasure Island | Robert Louis Stevenson
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This was my #BookSpin for May, and another classic checked off the list!! Despite genuinely loving the Muppet version of this story, I had never read the original. It was a lot of fun, even if completely implausible, and I can see why it kept young lads in 1883 glued to the pages! Personally, I like the Muppets better - Stevenson's version is sadly lacking in catchy musical numbers. Still a fun read!!

This edition includes The Ebb-Tide, which I⬇️

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) haven't read yet. Another tale for another time, as I do enjoy Stevenson's writing a lot.

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jimfields3 Woohoo! 😁 2w
Liatrek I love the Muppet version too!!! I really need to read this one. 2w
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5feet.of.fury Cute cover! And agree, everything is better with muppets 2w
Clwojick Such a pretty edition! 2w
Andrew65 Another classic complete 👏👏👏 2w
TheAromaofBooks @Liatrek @5feet.of.fury - Even though the Muppet version didn't follow the story 100%, they definitely did a fabulous job capturing the essence of the plot and characters. I'm definitely due for a rewatch now that I finished reading the original!!! 2w
TheAromaofBooks @Clwojick - I'm kind of in love with collecting these Penguin editions when it's a classic that I don't own yet but am ready to add to my library. The covers are such fun, the spines are fabulous, and they're those “flopping“ paperbacks that stay open really well when you're reading them! 2w
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Originally published in 1876, The Randolphs is a religious story following four adult siblings as the brother, Tom, starts a hotel that - gasp! - doesn't serve alcohol!! The story can be a little preachy from time to time, but overall I did enjoy this gentle story of a young man trying his best to put his faith into practice. His sister Maria is sturdily independent and disinterested in the "crutch" of religion, and the author does a lovely job ⬇️

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) softening her character towards Christianity without making her lose herself. This one probably won't appeal to those who don't believe in Christianity, but it's an interesting story from its time. Pansy, the pen name for Isabella Alden, was the aunt of Grace Livingston Hill. Alden was a prolific writer of religious stories. My copy was included in an anthology of Hill's stories, so instead of a picture of the book, I've posted a photo ⬇ 3w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) of a beautiful UP forest service road. 😁 I was quite entertained while reading this when one character hailed from “Out West“... aka Michigan!

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Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 3w
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Something Wilder | Christina Lauren
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This one was another soft pick for me, but honestly I think it's partially because the book just went a direction I wasn't expecting. I might enjoy it more the second time around with a better idea of what is going to go down. There's a big plot twist about 100pgs in that isn't even vaguely hinted at in the synopsis, and it kind of threw me off balance. I guess in a way this book was a little... sillier? than I was expecting, with some situations⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) purposefully over-the-top for fun. It was an entertaining read, but not exactly what I was anticipating haha

Pictured with some of the rocks we've collected from various hikes over the years. Love me some rocks. 😁

@Read4life - I feel like you wanted to know my thoughts on this one LOL
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Roary47 Yay! I like that you label your rocks. I‘ve never thought about doing that. 💛 3w
Read4life I did! Thank you. Now I‘m intrigued to discover that plot twist! Hopefully my hold comes in soon. 🤓 3w
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Graywacke I love your rocks too! 🧡 3w
UwannaPublishme I always knew you rocked! 😆 3w
TheAromaofBooks @Roary47 @Graywacke @UwannaPublishme - Thank you!! You'd be amazed at how much time we have spent finding THE ROCK to bring back from some of our hikes! 😂 3w
TheAromaofBooks @Read4life - You'll have to let me know what you think!!! 3w
BennettBookworm Fully agree with this analysis! Such a strange turn of events for a CL book! 2w
TheAromaofBooks @BennettBookworm - I feel like even hinting at it in the synopsis would have made me better prepared. I don't always mind plot twists, but I don't usually expect them at that level in my chick lit!!! 2w
BennettBookworm Exactly! 2w
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This was my #BookSpin for this month, a book I've been meaning to read for years! It was one of Dad's favorites when he was a kid, and while it was dry in places, I can still see the appeal for 12-year-old Dad, who went on to become an engineer haha

In the 40s, the author, who was living on a Polynesian island at the time, theorized that instead of those islands being originally populated from Asia, the could have come from South America. He ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) based his theory on many oral traditions and stories of the native people he had met. Determined to prove that it was at least a possibility, he and five others built a raft out of balsa logs, using only materials that would have been available at the time, and actually did sail from Peru to a Polynesian island just east of Tahiti - 4300 nautical miles in 101 days. They were mostly carried by trade winds and the Humboldt Current. ⬇ 3w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) Since this book was published, this theory has fallen out of favor, because genetic testing has shown that “most“ of the native people of Polynesia did have ancestors from Asia. However, even the article I read that was incredibly dismissive of Heyerdahl, both as a person and of his theory, admitted that genetic testing had also shown that that some people were descended from South Americans as well. I'm a little confused as to why it ⬇ 3w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) can't be both, but I'm just a layman haha This book was published in 1950 so there are a few things that jar with modern sensibilities, but for the most part Heyerdahl has a great respect for the native peoples both in Peru and the Polynesian islands. As a story, this is great fun, even if the author does tend to somehow make even very exciting moments a little dry - just collecting the logs for the raft was quite the adventure! ⬇ 3w
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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) This is a bit of a soft pick. It was fun to read and it's honestly crazy that they did this at all, but it didn't become my new favorite or anything.

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Roary47 I‘m interested in this collecting logs scene now. Great job! 🥰💛 3w
5feet.of.fury I‘m always fascinated by how people went about trying to figure things out before modern science as we know it. 3w
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#WeeklyForecast is still looking pretty busy. I am finally through all the newly-published books that all came in at the library at once & all had to be read and returned ASAP 😂 So now it's back to the TBR! The only “urgent“ read I have is the tagged book, which I received from the publisher for review, so it will probably be next up. Other than that, I'm letting my random number draw decide what happens - no bad options, so that helps!! @Cinfhen

SilversReviews Nice books. Loved LIES by T. M. Logan. Enjoy all of these. 3w
TheAromaofBooks @SilversReviews - Lies has been on my TBR since 2018! 😂 3w
SilversReviews @TheAromaofBooks 😊 Enjoy when you read it!! 3w
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#JoysofJune started yesterday and I forgot to post my goals!! I'm aiming to hit 2000 pages this week. It's supposed to be incredibly hot (~100*) through the middle of the week, so I'm thinking that since working outside isn't going to be a thing, I may be able to make some extra time. On the other hand, we did just get Gran Turismo 7 so I'm kind of busy building my racing career/car collection. 😁

Thanks for hosting @Andrew65 !!

Andrew65 Great to have you with us, good luck. 😊 3w
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Something Wilder | Christina Lauren
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So I actually had a pretty good reading week, although I'm behind on reviews!! I finished Magic for Marigold, Book Lovers, and Something Wilder, as well as two of my chapter-a-day reads, Gone With the Wind and Kon-Tiki. I bailed on one of my #22booksin22 Kindle reads (The Missing) because it was just plain ridiculous. I also read the first chapter or so of Book of Night and decided to send it back to the library because (a) it wasn't clicking for⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) for me and (b) I found out that it has a cliffhanger ending and is going to be the first book in a series so no, thank you haha Reviews for Something Wilder and Kon-Tiki to come soon, but today is a very beautiful/productive day here at home (Bathroom progress! Garden progress! YAY!) so it will have to wait for later! @Cinfhen @jb72 3w
jb72 Great job! 3w
thereadingpal great job! 3w
Cinfhen Yay for home project progress!!! And for clearing some room on the windowsill xxxx 3w
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Magic for Marigold | L.M. Montgomery
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It's been a long time since I read this one but this month's #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead encouraged me to reread it. This one is a light pick and reading it again reminded me of why it was one I felt rather ambivalent about. The book is episodic, with each chapter its own little adventure of Marigold's. They were fun little stories but there isn't really an overarching plot to tie them together other than Marigold needing a friend. Considering ⬇️

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) I felt like Marigold's search for a friend was kind of theme of the book, I felt like the ending was a little odd. Still, I did enjoy this one. It's full of typical Montgomery tropes, including a large and rambling “clan“ and there are plenty of funny moments and adventures. Marigold herself is a likable character, although since the book ends when she is 12 she doesn't exactly have a lot of depth. This is a perfectly pleasant book but ⬇ 3w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) definitely middle-of-the-pack for me when I'm rating Montgomery's bibliography.

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Roary47 Yay! 3w
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Book Lovers | Emily Henry
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I really loved Henry's first book, Beach Read, but was pretty ambivalent towards People We Meet on Vacation, so I approached Book Lovers not sure what to expect. I ended up really enjoying this one just so much. I can't remember the last time I so wholeheartedly shipped the main couple of a romance. I absolutely LOVED Nora and Charlie together. The snark, the banter, the tension, yes - but also I felt like they genuinely knew and appreciated each⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) other and loved the support and encouragement they found together. Whenever I finish a romance I think “will they still be together in ten years?“ and here my answer was YES. Not a perfect book for me, I could do without casual swearing throughout, I wasn't completely behind the “message“ regarding career vs love, and I'll literally never understand city people, but this one was just tons of fun and made me laugh more than once. Not my ⬇ 4w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) favorite book ever, but if you're looking for lighthearted and snarky, pick this one up.

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Roary47 I keep hearing about this one. I might have to check it out! 😊💛 4w
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Gone with the Wind | Margaret Mitchell
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Oh my gosh, I can't believe I am FINALLY finished with this one, which I started back in April as my #BookSpin pick for that month. This book gave me SO many mixed feelings and made me feel so many things that I have to give it a Pick even though I'll never read it again and I despised Scarlet. I'm not sure I've ever read a book where the heroine was so thoroughly self-absorbed and self-sabotaging. I did have a (very) reluctant admiration for ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) her grit and determination, but then in the next paragraph she would do something so stunningly stupid that I just wanted to wring her neck. Also, Margaret Mitchell, what the heck was up with killing off those last two people in the last 50 pages?!?! I marked multiple passages/quotes in this story, found the writing to be incredibly compelling, absolutely fell in love with Melanie, heart and soul, and was thoroughly intrigued by this ⬇ 4w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) perspective of the Civil War and its aftermath. Although I found Scarlet to be brutally unsympathetic as a character, the writing here was so amazing that I stuck it out and finished all 959 pages. Glad to have this one off my list. Even though I definitely didn't love, I do think it thoroughly deserves its place on the Classics list.

#MtTBR
#RoadTripUSA2022 - Georgia @megnews
#Fourfoursin22 - Unstoppable @lauredhel
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TheAromaofBooks #ChunksterChallenge @Amiable
#BookSpin - April
#BookSpinBingo
#BigJuneReadathon @Clwojick
@Cinfhen just because you've been listening to me whine about this one for weeks! 😂
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thereadingpal It's a book I feel the pressure to read but won't read anytime soon 😂 glad you managed to finish it though! 4w
TheAromaofBooks @thereadingpal - Well, it took me a long time to get to it!! I've been trying to read more classics this year. I'm not sure I would have gotten through this one if I hadn't just been reading one chapter a day for most of it. That was about as much Scarlet as I could take! 😂 4w
thereadingpal @TheAromaofBooks 😂 she does seem annoying from your review! But good job. Also, most classics are intimidating but I should get into them too 4w
Chrissyreadit I did love this book 25 years ago- but also do not feel like I need to reread ever. The writing was stunning. 4w
Amiable Hooray! Congratulations for completing it! 4w
rabbitprincess Awesome work! I watched parts of the movie but have not felt tempted to read the book 😂 4w
Ruthiella Congratulations on completing this controversial chunkster! 👏👏👏 4w
Clwojick Congrats! Awesome job! 4w
UwannaPublishme I love your reviews! They crack me up. 🤣 Glad you can finally check this one off your list. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3w
TheAromaofBooks @UwannaPublishme - Thanks!! This one was rough going! 😂 I am really trying to work on reading some classics this year, though. My brain needs some exercise!!! 3w
UwannaPublishme Applause to you for all the classics you‘ve read this year! And I guess the sequel Scarlet is off your list???😱😉🤭😂 2w
TheAromaofBooks @UwannaPublishme - There's a SEQUEL!?!?!? 😵 2w
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Magic for Marigold | L.M. Montgomery
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Well as you can see from my #WeeklyForecast picture, the windowsill is full again! I know I say this every week, but I am still genuinely excited about every book here!! I actually finished Book Lovers yesterday and decided to send Book of Night back to the library unread since it looks like it ends on a cliffhanger and is going to be a series. That leaves Something Wilder as my only non-TBR book here, so hopefully this week's reading will ⬇️

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) “feel“ productive LOL Out of the books here, one each for February & March challenges, six for April, five for May, eight are either non-challenge TBR or the next books in series, and the rest are June prompts. I don't know why I love sorting, labeling, and planning books as much as actually reading them, but here we are! 😂 I started the tagged book last night for this month's #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead - haven't read it in YEARS so I'm ⬇ 4w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) excited. I need to read The Sweet Life this week as it is an ARC for review, but beyond that it's back to the random number draw to decide what comes next!! Chapter-a-day books are continuing and I FINISHED Gone With the Wind yesterday!! I only had about a hundred pages left and just wanted it to be DONE! 😂 Review to follow after I'm done watering the garden. 😁 @Cinfhen I know you're looking forward to my thoughts on Scarlet 😆 4w
Read4life Let me know what you think of Something Wilder. It‘s on my TBR. I love your windowsill pic! 4w
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TheAromaofBooks @Read4life - Thanks!! I have had mixed results with the Christina Lauren author duo, so I never know what to expect from one of their books 😂 But I have found enough wins from them that I always give them a chance. 4w
rabbitprincess Haha I think planning what to read is a separate hobby from actually reading (I love planning too) 🤣 4w
willaful Not starting Book of Night for that same reason. My rule with fantasy, never start until the series is finished! Also I still have tons of her YA to read. 😁 4w
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Book Lovers | Emily Henry
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#BookReport is a little weak this week haha Nevernight is the only book I completed, but it was over 400pgs so not too bad. I currently also have EIGHT books that I'm reading a chapter-a-day(ish) - a nonfiction about the Ottomans during WWI, Gone With the Wind (STILL! Scarlet! WHY!), Jane Austen at Home and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall for #PemberLittens (although I'm technically behind on them), Treasure Island (May's BookSpin), Kon-Tiki ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) (June's BookSpin), National Velvet (#ChildrensClassicRead - why haven't I read this before?? It's DELIGHTFUL), and of course #DraculaDaily . June books got added to the windowsill this week, so tomorrow's picture has MORE books instead of fewer, but that's the way life goes when you're a book addict!! 😂 @Cinfhen 4w
Clare-Dragonfly Eight?! At least Dracula Daily isn‘t every day 😂 4w
thereadingpal I have a bunch of books I'm reading too. I loved Nevernight when I read it, and can't wait to read more books from the same author 4w
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Wandering Wild | Jessica Taylor
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Hey #PromptMaze friends!! So you all have been lost the maze for a while and it's almost time for me to come up with a new one for Q3. Do you have any thoughts on how to improve the experience? Ideas for prompts (individually or in sets of three)? Is three the right number of prompts per square or should it be more or fewer? I'd love to hear some thoughts from all of you if you have any on how to make this challenge even better!! I tried to make⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) it harder to get stuck in one spot in Q2 but I still have a few times haha I'm open to any ideas, thoughts, or prompts, so let me know what you're thinking!!!

@julieclair @Addison_Reads @AmandaBlaze @peanutnine @suvata @Bookjunkie57 @Mollyanna @claudiuo @janeycanuck
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julieclair Three is the right number of prompts.👍 How about: Written before the year (or maybe decade)you were born. Written the year/decade you were born. Written after the year/decade you were born. 1mo
julieclair Flower on the cover. Animal on the cover. Building on the cover. 1mo
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AllDebooks I think 3 prompts is perfect. Revisiting a favourite read from childhood, teen, adulthood 4w
AllDebooks Can't sleep, so a few more suggestions - 1) Anthologies - poetry, plays or essays; 2) Fiction or non-fic on - feminism, black lives matter or LGBQT+; 3) Historical read - fiction, non-fic period you know little about, non-fic favourite period; 4) Hobbies/interests - fiction or non-fiction 5) Classic poetry collection - Greek, Roman or Romantic 4w
AllDebooks 6) A source of inspiration - person, place or time period. I can't seem to switch my brain off, send help 🙃 4w
TheAromaofBooks @julieclair @AllDebooks - Great suggestions, thank you!!! 4w
julieclair Required read. Mood read. Buddy read. 4w
suvata Sorry, I totally forgot to keep up with this. I loved it and if you do another quarter I will happily join in again. 4w
janeycanuck Hahaha! I‘m not out of Q2 or Q1 yet! But I‘m still loving it. 3 prompts is the right number. Since I‘m still wandering, you may have already gone down this path but first in a series? Sequel? Different countries of where the author is from? Reread? And I think it‘s okay to reuse prompts, too - just shuffle them around! 4w
BennettBookworm I did two rounds on Q1 so now I‘m excited to check out Q2! 😂 2w
BennettBookworm The way I‘ve been doing the mazes is actually mapping out my path ahead of time, like planning all the books I have that fit the prompts, and then reading them out of order 🤷🏻‍♀️☺️ it prevents me from getting “stuck” I guess! 2w
TheAromaofBooks @BennettBookworm - I'm giving Q3 a little test drive this week but am hoping to have it up sometime next week, so I'll be sure to tag you!!! 2w
BennettBookworm I‘m so pumped! 2w
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New American Standard Bible | Foundation Publication Inc
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--I love rituals and routines; just having them brings me a lot of comfort. Morning Scripture reading genuinely helps me set my tone for the day and I notice a difference in my attitude the days that I miss.
--Most of the time, but not usually IN bed haha
--I prefer mostly quiet with the fan running for white noise. I also like it to be quite dark.
#ThoughtfulThursday @MoonWitch94
Want to play @Nessavamusic @TrishB @Laughterhp ?

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I have to have white noise too 🤍 1mo
MoonWitch94 Many of us have fans going! Morning rituals really do set the day on the right course. Thanks for playing 🌙📖🙂 4w
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Nevernight | Jay Kristoff
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This was my May #LMPBC read. It took me a little while to get into - the book starts slow and Kristoff uses copious footnotes in Part 1 so a LOT of tiny print!! But after that the pace began to pick up and I found myself really invested in these characters and what was happening. The world-building was vivid and engaging and I found the concept of sand krakens to be delightfully terrifying. This is a little darker than my usual fare and I'm not ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) sure I'll finish the trilogy, but it was still a solid pick. Keep in mind this is definitely adult fantasy rather than YA.

@Laughterhp I'll let you know when this one is headed your way!!

@Chrissyreadit @BookwormAHN

#Booked2022 - Dark Academia @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @Barbarathebibliophage
#NoShameReadathon22 - Sword & Sorcery @Nessavamusic
#BookSpinBingo
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Cinfhen Woohoo 🎉 🤓 1mo
thereadingpal OH I LOVED this series so much! 1mo
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Nessavamusic Nice! I think I read that one a while ago, but I‘m not sure, may call for a reread. 1mo
Chrissyreadit I agree- I doubt I will finish the trilogy but glad I read it. The footnotes irritated me a little bit. 1mo
BookwormAHN I was torn between thinking they were entertaining and ridiculous. 1mo
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I Love You, Bingo | Jacky Davis
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Here's the #BookSpinBingo card! First, I put our official numbers (9 & 8) 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! My tag list is a constant work in progress, so please just let me know if you want added or removed!! ⬇ 1mo
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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Megabooks Thank you so much, Sarah, for continuing to run this fun event!! You are much appreciated!! 1mo
Bookwormjillk This month looks good!! 1mo
Eggs Thanks Sarah! 1mo
Julsmarshall So excited! Thanks Sarah! 1mo
claudiuo Thank you so much, I will have my card ready soon! 1mo
vonnie862 Yay! 1mo
Roary47 Yay! 1mo
GinaKButler Yay! Thank you! 1mo
Bookzombie Thank you! 1mo
Librarianaut Thank you! 1mo
KristiAhlers Thank you! 1mo
AllDebooks Thank you x 1mo
Clwojick Thanks for the tag! 1mo
Crazeedi Sorry I've been gone so long, I'll try to join in next month 1mo
Onioons @thearomaofbooks thank you! Read 9 books in May and still didn't manage a row! Looking forward to June 😊 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @Crazeedi - No worries, you know BookSpin is here for you whenever you're ready!! ❤ Hope you are doing okay!! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @Onioons - Those bingos can be amazingly elusive!! 😂 1mo
melmes Amazing 🤩 1mo
MatchlessMarie The odds of all those free spaces touching lol 4w
TheAromaofBooks @MatchlessMarie - Right?? And I fill them in left to right, top to bottom, so it's not like I drew them out in a row, I just managed to draw every five times!??! 😂 4w
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Taking a Spin | Emily Arrow
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Good morning, everyone! The moment you have all been waiting for!! Our official #BookSpin number is NINE!! Our official #DoubleSpin number is EIGHT!! 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!!!

My tagging/tracking system has changed this year, so if you didn't get tagged PLEASE let me know so I can add you to the (semi) permanent ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont‘d) tag list! I will post “FINISHED“ when I post the last batch of tags so you can tell if you have been missed!!

Below are a few housekeeping items that I would really appreciate if you took a few moments to read. As always, my new masterpost about both #BookSpin & #BookSpinBingo can be found on my blog - https://thearomaofbooks.wordpress.com/bookspin-bookspinbingo-litsy-challenge - & this link is always available in my profile as well. ⬇
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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!! ⬇ 1mo
TheAromaofBooks 2. I do have a giveaway at the end of the year. Every BookSpin or DoubleSpin book completed counts as an entry!! In the past, I have tracked these myself, but for 2022 YOU are in charge of tracking your own entries!! To help with this process, I have created a Google Form that can be found here - https://forms.gle/X57ePKzuHpsqLjE5A - You can use this Form two different ways: You can update it throughout the year OR you can wait and fill in ⬇ 1mo
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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) all the information at the end of the year. If you want to be entered in the giveaway you MUST use this form. However, if you do NOT want to be entered in the giveaway but still want to use the form for organizational purposes, I have set it up so that the personal info/address blank is OPTIONAL - so you can use the form without submitting your name/address. If you do not care about the giveaway you do NOT have to use this form at all ⬇ 1mo
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) There is more information about how the form works when you click on the link and go to the form because I LOVE overexplaining things!!! You are also ALWAYS welcome to ask me questions!!

4. Even though I don't HAVE to see your reviews I love reading them!! So please feel free to tag me in any and all BookSpin reivews!!

5. For the giveaway, DNFs do count!! The goal for #BookSpin is to get a book off your TBR, so if you decide not to ⬇
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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) finish it, it's still off the TBR and still counts as a completion in my book!!

6. 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 sometime in 2022!! There is space in the form for you both to put down what book you are SUPPOSED to read & then to check off which books you DID read! ⬇
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TheAromaofBooks 7. Everyone is welcome to join this challenge!! If you wanted tagged & I missed you, it was completely inadvertent!! Please just let me know that you want to be added to the tag list. You can also let me know if you want to be removed - no hard feelings!! Feel free to jump in & out of this challenge as needed. Also, obviously, getting tagged doesn't mean you HAVE to actually participate!!


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TheAromaofBooks 8 & final (FINALLY) - 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!!! 1mo
4thhouseontheleft Yay! My 8&9 are a YA duology! Should be able to complete both this month! 1mo
mollyrotondo Unbury Carol and Harlem Shuffle! Two I‘ve been excited to read for a while now! Thanks! 1mo
Singout A Long Way Gone, from Sierra Leone, and Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments. 1mo
staci.reads #Bookspin is tagged. #Doublespin is Black Cake! Excited for both! 1mo
Librarybelle Yay! I have Summer Hours and The Lost Man 1mo
Allylu Yay! It‘s #BookSpin Day! #BS is Hound of the Baskervilles, and #DS is Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmerer! 🥳 1mo
Lcsmcat Thanks so much for doing this. I got The Lost Man and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. I hope I can get to both! 1mo
DrexEdit Yay!😊 1mo
i.besteph Wooohoo! 1mo
Bookwormjillk Thank you! 1mo
bookandbedandtea Oops I already read number 9 on my list and apparentlyforgot to take it off. 😳 Guess I'll read 10 instead. 1mo
claudiuo Indeed what I was waiting for. My BookSpin is Valis by Philip K. Dick which was on my shelf for a very long time. Thank you so much! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @bookandbedandtea - LOL Sometimes life happens!!! Swapping in book 10 sounds like a great solution. 1mo
ravenlee Ooh, I got Wide Sargasso Sea (also a #roll100 for the month) and Notes from a Small Island. Thanks for starting my day so well! 1mo
robinb Thanks Sarah! I got Swiss Vendetta and Namesake. Looking forward to them. 1mo
Zuhkeeyah I have The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and The Jasmine Throne. Excited to read both! 1mo
marleed I got lucky - thank you! BS=ItEnds With Us. DS=The Lioness (AuthorAMonth) 1mo
Bookzombie Always excited to see the picks! Mine are 9. All The Pretty Horses and 8. The Thorn Birds. Thank you! 1mo
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks Yay! My bookspin is All The Names They Used For God and my doublespin is tagged! 1mo
Librarianaut #9 = Tilly and the BookWanderers. Woot! 1mo
UwannaPublishme Yay! Thanks for making the 2nd of the month...the Best Day Ever! 🙌🏻 1mo
KristiAhlers Yay! Good books for these two numbers! 1mo
AllDebooks Yes, 2 hits from my reading challenges and looking forward to both. 1mo
kellyann28 My bookspin will be 1mo
Clare-Dragonfly 2 books I already have downloaded and waiting on my Kindle! Excellent! Making good progress on that reading goal. 1mo
Clwojick Double spin 1mo
thereadingpal Hello, I've seen this around a lot... Can I join for next month? 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @thereadingpal - Absolutely!! I'll add you to the tag list!! And you're also welcome to play this month, too, if you want - all you need is a list of 20 books, or count off books on your shelf, or whatever works!! Just let me know if you have any questions - either way, I have you on the list for July!! 1mo
thereadingpal @TheAromaofBooks i think I'll join this month as well actually. I made a list of books I want to read the other day (longer than 20 books but eh) and the books that came out with those numbers are pretty short. I'm gonna make a post about it 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @thereadingpal - Perfect!! Feel free to tag me whenever you make a BookSpin-related post!! I also have an end-of-the-year giveaway and all BookSpin & DoubleSpin completions count as entries!! There is a Google Form where you can track your entries if you're interested, which is linked in one of the first comments on this post. 😊 1mo
thereadingpal @TheAromaofBooks idk if i can enter the giveaway because I'm Italian, but I'll participate in the fun! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @thereadingpal - As long as The Book Depository will ship to your country, then you're eligible!! I just have the winners send me a shortlist of books they wish they owned, and pick one of them and have it shipped to them directly so that way the giveaway can be international as well!! 1mo
thereadingpal @TheAromaofBooks Oh perfect, then! thank you :D 1mo
melmes Perfect! So exited :) 1mo
tokorowilliamwallace I mostly listed out one pick from each of the recent hauls I've made recently (which is a lot) so I can get relatively caught-up in what I buy/acquire and reading moods I should get to already and focus on. Lots of quotes from the book I started yesterday coming. 3w
VeganCleopatra I just realized I didn't post my list when I thought I had! Is it ok if I still just take the numbers from the list I made or do you want a late list posted? 🤦‍♀️ 2w
TheAromaofBooks @VeganCleopatra - It's never too late to BookSpin!!! You are definitely welcome to use these numbers. You can post your list if you want to or not if you don't feel like it - no worries!!! 2w
VeganCleopatra Thanks! I can't believe I forgot to post it. I'll post now just for continuance. 2w
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My final review as this will finally catch me up!! Woohoo!!

I really enjoyed these short stories, but I think it's because I read them in their recommended order scattered throughout the series instead of just sitting down and reading them all in one go. Interspersed, they added background and depth to the main books. As a collection, they aren't in any order that I can tell and I think they would lose a lot of their impact. I especially enjoyed⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) the final story, set after the Wires & Nerve graphic novels, that serves as an epilogue for the series and was really fun. There is also a retelling of The Little Mermaid that I liked a lot. All in all, I absolutely loved the Lunar Chronicles and am glad I've been adding these to my permanent library as I go along - I'll definitely be rereading them sometime!

#SeriesRead2022 @TheSpineView
#NoShameReadathon22 - Space Opera @Nessavamusic
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Clwojick Woohoo! Another brilliant match! 1mo
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TheSpineView Excellent! 1mo
Susanita I need that paint color somewhere in my imaginary house. 1mo
Nessavamusic Great job! I loved the first couple in this series. 1mo
thelastmabelcorn Love this series!! 1mo
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Better Than the Movies | Lynn Painter
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In some ways, this felt like a YA story written for adult audiences, if that makes sense. Not in a bad way, but the MC's mother has died several years before the story opens, so the MC stays close to her memories through the movies and music they shared - which is more from my generation than the current batch of YA readers. But maybe I'm wrong and YA audiences these days are way into 90s romcoms and are familiar with Beastie Boys and Radiohead? ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) This was another soft pick for me. It was a nice story but at times a little too into movie/music references for my taste. There is also a scene that involves someone throwing up and I really have trouble with vomit in general, so multiple pages involving color, texture, temperature, etc. was TOO MUCH 😳 A fun little read, but one I'm glad I checked out of the library.

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Bookzombie Wow, multiple pages and temperature! That seems a bit much. 1mo
Mollyanna That sounds like over the top! As a sympathetic vomiter that could be problematic for me 🤢 1mo
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TheAromaofBooks @Bookzombie @Mollyanna - She gets thrown up ON at a party, so it's several pages of her cleaning up and I couldn't DEAL! 1mo
Mollyanna Oh goodness. I‘d have to skip those pages… 1mo
KathyWheeler Multiple pages on vomit? Ugh! I have such trouble with vomiting that my husband was always the one to clean up after our kids when they got sick. The few times I had to, I inadvertently added to the mess. I couldn‘t read pages about it. 1mo
willaful That's a total cliche now, the author who writes young adults who are all somehow into 90s romcoms and music. 😂 Though I guess if this isn't intentionally YA, we can't get too annoyed about it?

Amusingly, while my own young adult has been unable to go to college for the past few years, we've been giving her a crash course in pop culture, including many a 80-90s classic, like “Heathers.“ Last night's movie was, in fact, “Edward Scissorhands.“
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willaful cont. I wouldn't say she *prefers* them to the movies of her own generation. Or our music either. (My husband has also been giving her a crash course in that. We really should arrange some kind of transfer credit for her. 😂 ) 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @willaful - I remember the first time I watched Edward Scissorhands - it was with my brother and his best friend and we were all together at a house where I was housesitting. The house was kind of isolated and I was going to be there ALL ALONE after they left (I was probably 19ish) and on their way out they said, “Remember! He can unlock doors with his HANDS!!“ And then they laughed fiendishly leaving me alone with a half-blind dog and a chestful⬇ 1mo
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) of terror! Then they had the nerve to come back around 2am and scratch at the bedroom windows. I didn't think I was going to ever recover! 😂 1mo
4thhouseontheleft Eww! I have emetophobia (fear of vomiting) and just your description made me gag. 🥴 I definitely couldn‘t read that! @KathyWheeler I‘ve always been lucky that my hubby has not been on call during the rare instances our daughter got a stomach virus. 1mo
4thhouseontheleft As for the movies though, my daughter LOVES certain 90s ones. Edward Scissorhands, Mean Girls, Heathers, Legally Blonde, etc. She‘s currently obsessed with Friends. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @4thhouseontheleft - I didn't even know emetophobia was a thing!! Sorry I made you uncomfortable! 😬 When I was thinking about this book later regarding the movies/music, I did realize that when I was a teen in the 90s I was way into books and music my parents had liked when they were my age, so maybe teens would connect with this story in that way. 1mo
willaful ACK! I would have been a total mess! I would *still* be a total mess! Though I don't think I would be afraid of Edward. I wouldn't let him close to me, though -- what the heck were they thinking?! He even accidentally hurts *himself*! 1mo
willaful I also really liked my mom's books and music, but I think that's kind of unusual. The typical teens wants to separate themselves, or so I've heard. Mine sure doesn't. 😂 (She is far from typical, however!) 1mo
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Meet Me in the Margins | Melissa Ferguson
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A soft pick, this one was fun but not particularly memorable. The MC works for a small publisher that focuses on serious, educational books, but is secretly writing a romance novel that she wants published. Through a series of events, someone else finds her manuscript and starts leaving editorial notes that actually are helpful, and soon she is working with her mystery editor. It's a romcom, so it's pretty obvious who the mystery editor is. I was⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) hoping for more of the back and forth notes, but we don't actually get a lot of them, and a lot of the time it's just the MC summarizing what they shared. This was fun if you like this kind of story, but nothing outstanding. Also, spoiler below as I found part of the ending to be a bit unrealistic, which brought down some of my overall enjoyment of the book.

#Pantone2022 @Clwojick
#RoaringWolf - Yellow (June) @Roary47 @Littlewolf1
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TheAromaofBooks In the end, the publisher's owner sells out to a larger publishing house. It just seemed really unlikely that that meant no one was going to get fired, but they acted like this was a 100% happy ending where not only would everyone keep their jobs, but they could even move to the “fun“ areas of publishing if they wanted to. I didn't quite buy the “big happy family“ ending, despite the reassuring epilogue 😂 1mo
Clwojick 💛🌼 Great match! 1mo
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Another double review, as these two graphic novels are really parts one and two of the same story. I really enjoyed these “coda“ books that take place after the Lunar Chronicles. We get to see some of the complications facing everyone now that Cinder is queen. I have mixed feelings about stories where AI becomes basically human, so that part left me thoughtful haha Fun artwork with plenty of story to keep things going - however, not sure if ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) these would make sense if you haven't read the rest of the series.

#SeriesRead2022 @TheSpineView
#19822022 - the first volume is 2017 @Librarybelle
#BookSpinBingo
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Librarybelle Yay for another year checked off the list! 1mo
TheSpineView Awesome! 1mo
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I'm so behind on reviews!!! And life, really 😂 At any rate, this one is a twofer as it includes both The Heart's Victory and Rules of the Game, two of Roberts's 80s romances. They were both... not awesome haha Heart's Victory is about a woman who was raised by her older brother, a racecar driver, so she grew up on “the circuit“ and always had a crush on her brother's friend. Now she's back on the circuit on assignment as a photographer and ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) sparks fly. This one had a little much of the “grabbing and kissing until she gives in“ routine that was so popular in the early 80s and made a really weird jump in the middle of the story where they suddenly decide to get married and now all their issues are about her settling in with his rich family?? It felt like two stories in one and was a bit confusing.

Rules of the Game the protagonist directs commercials and her new client is an⬇
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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) up & coming baseball star. This one wasn't too bad, it just didn't really go anywhere. There wasn't really any reason that the two of them couldn't be together, other than the female MC being all “I don't do commitments“, which felt underdeveloped. Both of these were fine for one-off reads, but they definitely aren't shining stars of Roberts's writing!

However, both qualify for #19822022 (1982 & 1984) @Librarybelle
#BookSpinBingo
#MtTBR
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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) Heart's Victory also took me to Indiana for #RoadTripUSA2022 @megnews and checked off the Automotive prompt for #Fourfoursin22 @lauredhel

So at least they got some prompts taken care of!! 😂
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Librarybelle Awesome!!! 1mo
rockpools Your first two sentences- I feel! Great job on the prompt-filling though! 1mo
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Nevernight | Jay Kristoff
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Okay, @Clwojick 's #BigJuneReadathon has challenged me already to assess where I am with various challenges/goals for the year. I'm doing pretty well at some of them - I'm steadily working my way through classics via #BookSpin and have checked quite a few 600pg+ books off as well. I've been pretty committed to #Roll100 and my #TBRDeckofCards but realized that where I am getting bogged down is SERIES! Somehow I'm already in the middle of five, and⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) my “on deck“ books include the first books in eight more!! So the windowsill pile is reduced both because I did finish seven books on vacation, but also because I removed those eight “first“ books because I won't start them until I finish another series. My #WeeklyForecast involves finishing the tagged book for #LMPBC, and also prioritizing Book Lovers and Book of Night as those are both due back at the library. My #BigJuneReadathon 1mo
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) goals are to finish two series and to complete my reading goals from past months, excluding all the first books. This week I'm also hoping to get back on track with my chapter-a-day reads - I abandoned them all when I was out of town (especially you, Scarlet!) but am ready to get back on the bandwagon and see what happens!! More books coming to the windowsill for next week - I can't believe June is Wednesday!!
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Cinfhen Woohoo!!! #Goals 🍾🙌🏻🥳 and I CAN see out the window!!! 1mo
Clwojick Great goals! Series are such a tough one for me. I‘m so bad at starting new series on the daily, and never going back to finish old ones. 🤭 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @Clwojick - I get a little obsessive about reading the series in order, so I get frustrated when I have too many on the go at once! 😂 1mo
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Winter | Marissa Meyer
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This is the technical conclusion of the Lunar Chronicles (although there are also two graphic novels and some short stories) and although it was 823pgs, it didn't feel too long as there was SO much going on. I felt like the build-up to the rebellion was realistic in both the setbacks and successes. Reading Fairest before this book really did work, because I felt more connected to Levana and her choices as well. Overall, I 100% recommend this ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) series. I loved the fairy tale echoes and also fell in love with basically every character haha

#SeriesRead2022 @TheSpineView
#Pantone2022 @Clwojick
#BookSpinBingo

Also, a waterfall just for fun!! 😁
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TheSpineView Awesome! 1mo
Yuki_Onna Another perfect colour match! How do you keep doing that? 1mo
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TheAromaofBooks @Yuki_Onna - It's honestly pure luck 😂 I read a book and then flip through the color choices and sometimes it works!! 1mo
Yuki_Onna Yeah, but you always get them so perfectly! 🤩 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @Yuki_Onna - Well thank you!! I think it helps that I read a lot of romances and YA - they tend to have fun colors on the covers!! 1mo
Clare-Dragonfly There are 2 graphic novels?! I‘m pretty sure I‘ve only read one… 1mo
Clare-Dragonfly Now that I see it‘s just “volume 2” I‘m not certain whether I‘ve read it, but I‘ll find out when I pick up my hold 😁 1mo
Clwojick Great match! 💜 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @Clare-Dragonfly - Yes, they are volumes 1 & 2 and are definitely two parts of the same story. The second book starts with a little sum-up of what happened in the first book, so you could probably read it on its own? But together they are pretty fun to see things happening to all the characters. 1mo
Yuki_Onna 🤩🤗 1mo
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Meet Me in the Margins | Melissa Ferguson
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So instead of some checkmarks, I just thought I would post a pic of the pile of books read this week for my #BookReport 😂 I finished the Lunar Chronicles, including the two graphic novels and all the short stories in Stars Above - absolutely LOVED this series!! The Nora Roberts book included two novels she wrote in the early 80s that were pretty lame but checked off two years for #19822022 so there's that LOL The tagged book was fun but ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) somewhat forgettable. Definitely have some book reviews coming!!!

Also pictures of the amazing Kitch-Iti-Kipi spring. The pictures do not do it justice; it was SO magical. We got there early in the morning and were the only ones there so we just floated about watching fish in the incredibly clear water forever.

However, glad to be home - so many good things happening here - loads of gardening to catch up on!!!

@Cinfhen
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Cinfhen Yay for the fabulous week!!! Welcome home 💕 1mo
Kayla.Adriena Wow! The only place I've been in the UP is Tahquamenon Falls during winter 1mo
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TheAromaofBooks @Kayla.Adriena - We went there as well!!! I bet it's amazing in the winter! I think it would be fun to spend a winter someplace where they get “real“ snow for the whole season, although I'm not sure I would want to LIVE someplace where they get real snow forever 😂 1mo
Bookzombie Great week and beautiful photos! 1mo
AUDIOBOOKINGWITHLEAH I went to Kitch-iti-kipi last fall. It was super cool, I know for sure that pictures don't do it justice. Are you from Michigan? Just wondering, since I am...also it feels like I may have asked you this before. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @AUDIOBOOKINGWITHLEAH - I'm actually in Ohio, southeast of Columbus, so we had about a 10hr drive to where we stayed south of Munising in the UP. I really love northern Michigan - I've also been along the west coast around Traverse City and it was gorgeous as well. Are you somewhere in the mitten part of the state? 1mo
AUDIOBOOKINGWITHLEAH @TheAromaofBooks Yes, I'm near Grand Rapids. 1mo
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