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TheAromaofBooks

Joined May 2019

Main Book Blog: http://www.thearomaofbooks.wordpress.com I read a bit of anything and everything all the time. Living the good life in a small midwestern town with a husband of awesomeness, two obnoxious border collies, and a flock of hens with old-fashioned names.
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#GIVEAWAY

This post is marked spoiler because it is a photo of some of the CDtH swag I got in the special OwlCrate box, just in case someone is still waiting for theirs. Here's the thing, though - I love OC book editions, but don't have much use for most of the swag. So if you would like the gear posted in the this photo, please email me and I will send it your way! First come, first served! itsthegoodlife15 at gmail.com.

Cinfhen So sweet of you to share the goodies!! I‘m passing but wanted to say thanks anyway 18h
erzascarletbookgasm So lovely of you. 💕 18h
michellelav So nice!! 😊 18h
TheAromaofBooks @Cinfhen @erzascarletbookgasm - finding good homes for books & bookish goodies is a great part of Litsy, I think!!! 11h
Cinfhen Absolutely!! Hope these went to someone who appreciates them 💜#LittensAreTheBest 11h
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#GIVEAWAY

Next post is marked spoiler because it is a photo of some of the CDtH swag I got in the special OwlCrate box, just in case someone is still waiting for theirs. Here's the thing, though - I love OC book editions, but don't have much use for most of the swag. So if you would like the gear posted in the next photo, please email me and I will send it your way! First come, first served! itsthegoodlife15 at gmail.com.

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Birthright | Nora Roberts
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A lot of strands coming together in this story, and I loved the way Roberts pulls it all together. She manages to be thoughtful about subjects like adoption, nature/nurture, second chances, and what family means, all with a dose of good humor and a bit of murder mystery thrown in. Never a huge fan of the sex scenes, but I know how to skim. :-D

Anyone interested in this copy? I'm happy to mail it to you - just leave a request in the comments!

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They Shoot Canoes, Don't They? | Patrick F. McManus
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Here's my #weeklyforecast - eclectic as usual! Currently enjoying the tagged book, which I haven't read in years. Swiss Family Robinson is an #lmpbc read for #GroupC so I am looking forward to it.

@Cinfhen

Cinfhen Pretty photo and a lovely stack of books💕 2d
Eggs Beautiful photo 1d
TheAromaofBooks @Cinfhen @Eggs - thank you! I'm not usually very good at taking book pics, but the top of the desk suddenly struck me as an excellent spot to use. :-D 1d
Cinfhen With the natural light coming from behind its perfect 👌🏾 1d
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#bookreport for the week - pretty much everything from my forecast post, other than the McManus, which I started this morning. Tagged book was my fave for the week, but Birthright was also a very solid read.

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Vietnam: A history | Stanley Karnow
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#Bfcr4 check-in...

Do you ever have a week where you just feel like hiding in a closet?? Paisley here gets it!

This past week has been incredibly difficult. This week my focus is on bringing some order back into my home and actually making supper every night. Also hoping to get through the next chapter of the tagged book.

@wanderinglynn @Jerdencon @KathyWheeler @sharread

Jerdencon Too cute! Hope this week is better for you! And good job on making dinner every day! 2d
Crazeedi Yep, but I'd have a hard time getting into mine, lol! Need to start tossing things! 2d
PaperbackPirate Omg your doggy is too cute! I hope you have a better week. 2d
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wanderinglynn What a cutie! ❤️🐶 And I feel him. There are times I‘d love to hid in the closet. I hope this week is better. 💚 2d
TheAromaofBooks @Jerdencon @wanderinglynn - thank you!! Trying to focus on positives and go forward from here. 2d
TheAromaofBooks @Crazeedi - in fairness, Paisley is a lot smaller than me, so I may not fit in my closet, either :-D 2d
TheAromaofBooks @PaperbackPirate - thank you!! Paisley is a border collie with a ridiculous amount of personality. She also HATES the air compressor, so whenever my husband is building something (which is a lot; we're remodeling), she runs to the closet! Some days I want to join her! 2d
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Birthright | Nora Roberts
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1. Tagged
2. “Then immediately she picked up the phone again to put the plan that had formed in her mind into action.“
3. Sadly, I have a morning addiction to Lemonade/Tea Monster Rehab...

@RachelsBrittain #weekendreads

LoverOfLearning Question do I just screenshot this list of questions then repost it? 2d
TheAromaofBooks @LoverofLearning - yes! Or, if you use a computer like I do, you can save the picture and then upload it as a new post. Most posts like this have a # and @ on them as well, so when you answer the questions, be sure to use those so the original poster can see your responses. :-) 2d
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This is the second book with Aaron Falk as the main character. The pacing was fantastic, with just enough flashback information to keep the story moving. I was totally hooked! I really like Aaron as a character, & enjoy that his job isn't what you would normally associate with detective work, yet it totally flows. Just like The Dry, Australia itself feels like an active character as well. Here's hoping Harper has more in store for this series!

LapReader Australia definitely is a character. It‘s a dust bowl here at the moment! 4d
erzascarletbookgasm Yes, I hope she‘ll write more. I liked The Lost Man better than this. 4d
TheAromaofBooks @Lapreader - have to admit that Australia scares me a little bit!! :-D 4d
TheAromaofBooks @ezrascarletbookgasm - I have only read this one and The Dry, but definitely want to see what else Harper has written as these have been thoroughly enjoyable. 4d
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I don't have #bookmail posts very often because I am more of a library girl, but look at this stack of goodies!! Swiss Family Robinson and The Prenup are for my #lmpbc groups (Classics and Romance). The tagged book was a pre-order - James Breakwell makes my day better regularly. The last book is what happens when the eBay description doesn't match what they sent! (I need Winter Holiday; this includes that & the original book in one volume).

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For those of you who have asked about my Grandpa, thank you! After almost three weeks in the hospital, he was moved yesterday to a local hospice home. It is a small, peaceful facility that is much closer to our family than the hospital. Grandpa isn't expected to live much longer as his kidneys have failed, but we are cherishing our last days with him.

Here are my current reads than I am working on whenever Grandpa is napping!!

TheAromaofBooks Also pictured: Waylon and Paisley in the background doing goofy border collie stuff haha 5d
Bookwormjillk 🤗hugs to you. Condolences to you and your family, but I‘m glad you can be with him. 5d
sharread That's good news ❤ 5d
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twohectobooks I must‘ve missed your initial post about this. Glad things are going (relatively) well. 5d
TheAromaofBooks @Bookwormjillk @sharread @twohectobooks - thank you!! He is comfortable and peaceful, which definitely makes a difficult thing a little easier. 4d
UwannaPublishme Sending hugs and 🙏🏻 and ❤️ to you and your family. Glad you are cherishing these precious moments. 3d
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Joy in the Morning | P. G. Wodehouse
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Thank you so much for tagging me @UwannaPublishme & @Jerdencon !!
1. Sooo many, but I think P.G. Wodehouse has to be pretty high on the list.
2. I really don't have questions for him; he just seems like a super fun guy to adopt as a fun uncle & have come to all the family shenanigans.
3. Over a thousand. I have a neverending project to reread all of them & jettison the ones I'm never going to read again, but....! :-D

#WondrousWednesday @Eggs

Eggs Yay thanks for joining in 📚👍🏼👏🏻 5d
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Untitled | Unknown
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I have been really enjoying reading everyone's thoughts!!
1. I love how friendly and welcoming the community is here. I also appreciate that, for the most part, this site stays away from politics. It's so nice to have a happy place!
2. I'm not too fussed; I just scroll on by. I'm the kind of person who picks unliked toppings off of pizza without worrying about it, you know? :-D
3. So Litsy shows me posts that it thinks I will like or that are ⬇

TheAromaofBooks related to books I've read or have on my TBR. I actually really like that BUT it would be GREAT if there was a Follow+/Followed button next to the poster's name, as it can be difficult for me to remember the user names of people who don't post often. It would also be awesome to be able to bookmark individual posts so that I can find them later.
4. I pretty much always go through my feed daily, and try to post every day as well.
5. I'm not big ⬇
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TheAromaofBooks into Readalongs, but enjoy participating in other things when I have time.
6. Not exactly sure how to differentiate this from No. 3. Overall I really love the community here SO much.
I can't remember who posted this originally, so if someone else knows, please feel free to give that user a tag for me!! :-D
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Kaylamburson I love the "follow" idea next to people I don't already follow that show up there because of books I've stacked! 5d
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Kaylamburson Tagging @ljuliel for you! 😊 5d
TheAromaofBooks @Kaylamburson - I don't know if I'm just weirdly OCD about it or what, but not knowing at a glance whether I'm already following someone who has posted is really the only thing that actively aggravates me on this site haha 5d
TheAromaofBooks @Kaylamburson - and thank you for tagging @ljuliel - I couldn't remember the username for sure!! 5d
Kaylamburson Haha, no I agree! And I never think to double check. Since they're in my feed I assume I'm following them, but that means I'm missing out on posts from many lovely Littens! 5d
ljuliel Thanks for the tag @Kaylamburson . And thanks for posting your thoughts. A marker to keep track of a particular post so you can find it later would be good. I just screenshot it so I can hunt it up later that way. @TheAromaofBooks 5d
TheAromaofBooks @lujliel - I do also “share“ posts to myself via email so that I can find them later, which does work. It just seems like it would be handy to have them in one place to scroll through, especially when it's a post where I'm just interested in keeping track of the conversation and that sort of thing. 5d
ljuliel Good idea @TheAromaofBooks I never thought of mailing the post to myself. I‘ll try that now 😊 5d
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Shotgun | Ed McBain
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I have been reading the 87th Precinct books in 5-book batches for a while now. While they read independently, it's been fun to watch characters change, come, and go. In this one, a plot line from several books ago that had been mostly resolved was revisited, which I really enjoyed. McBain is snarky and entertaining, and always a good read.

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Pass It on | Sophy Henn
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Day 18 at the hospital with Grandpa, and life is a bit difficult. But it never ceases to amaze me that when things seem dark, someone can reach out and brighten your day - a total stranger paid for my lunch today, and it somehow made all the burdens feel lighter.

Grandpa is excited that he got some spiffy green socks.

ljuliel Amazing how a small act of kindness can give you a better outlook on life. Tell your Gramps that his socks are cool. 1w
hannah-leeloo Prayers for your grandpa 🙏❤️ 1w
Eyelit 💚💚💚 1w
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego ❤ to Grandpas! 1w
TheAromaofBooks @ljuliel @hannah-leeloo @Eyelit @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego - thank you ❤️ His prognosis is not very good, so we are working through a lot right now. 7d
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Fuzz | Ed McBain
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A little late but here is my #weeklyforecast ! I'm in the midst of my next batch of the brilliant 87th Precinct books. Looking forward to rereading the McManus book, as he is an old family fave. I just read The Dry last week and really enjoyed it so I am also looking forward to the sequel. And Nora Roberts is usually a win as well, so hopefully a solid reading week ahead!!

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Peter Duck | Arthur Ransome
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I didn't love Peter Duck as much as the first two books in the series, mainly because this one didn't feel as plausible. Still, it was a fun and lively adventure, and my 1947 edition has a fabulous #bookmap

BookNAround Ooooo. Look at that map! 1w
TheAromaofBooks @BookNAround - Right?? I love me a good book map! 1w
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Vietnam: A history | Stanley Karnow
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@Jerdencon @KathyWheeler @sharread @wanderinglynn
#bfcr4 check-in - With Grandpa still in the hospital, my goals were drastically different this week. I have been working on using the stairs, taking a brisk walk twice a day, and eating salad. I don't have the emotional stamina to read Vietnam right now, so that goal is on hold.
I think my biggest frustration with this round has been that part of my overall goal for BFC is to form good habits,⬇️

TheAromaofBooks but that has not really been possible with my erratic schedule. I know that's beyond my control, but it still can be frustrating. In the meantime, I'm exploring the hospital, which has different pictures/color for each bank of elevators. Only yellow left to find... 1w
wanderinglynn 💜 Do what you can. My thoughts are with you & your family. 💜 1w
sharread I'm sorry to hear about your Grandpa, hope all will be well soon. My goals are all a mess too, hard to keep track of the days right now. ❤ 1w
TheAromaofBooks @wanderinglynn @sharread - thank you for your encouragement!! 1w
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In The Forests Of Serre | Patricia A. McKillip
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I have read several of McKillip's books. Some of them I've loved, some I didn't even finish, and others I enjoyed even if I didn't quite "get" them. Her books frequently read like epic poetry except not actually poems, if that makes sense!! I liked this one, but found it a little strange. In fairness, though, my LIFE is a little strange right now, so that may have impacted my perspective!

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In The Forests Of Serre | Patricia A. McKillip

Still at the hospital with Grandpa, reading the tagged book. Unfortunately he took a turn for the worse and is in critical care now. @UwannaPublishme obviously I definitely didn't open the box you sent me already, and I definitely haven't been opening one package a day in the evenings when I feel sad, but if I was, your small gifts would be one of the best parts of my day!! ❤️ Thank you, and your package will be coming soon!!!

Librarybelle So sorry to hear. Sending positive thoughts! 2w
ljuliel Thinking of your family ♥️ 2w
wanderinglynn Thinking of you and your family. 💚 2w
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Chrissyreadit ❤️sending you hugs. 2w
UwannaPublishme Oh, I‘m so sorry to hear this news. Sending many more healing hugs and prayers to your Grandpa and you. And if you need to open any contents in the package earlier to feel better, go right ahead. I won‘t tell anyone. 🤫😉❤️❤️🙏🏻🙏🏻 2w
TheAromaofBooks @Librarybelle @ljuliel @wanderinglynn @Chrissyreadit - thank you so much. We are in a bit of holding pattern for now, so time will tell. He has been fighting Stage 4 cancer for quite some time now, so he has already exceeded expectations. 2w
TheAromaofBooks @UwannaPublishme - thank you!! Your little packages have genuinely brighten my life the last few days. ❤️ 2w
kezzlou85 So sorry to hear about your grandfather. Thinking of you all. ❤ 2w
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1. I'm the reliable one. :-D
2. @Chelleo was the very first Litten to welcome me when I created my first post. :-)
3. This is a week that is going to involve a lot of sitting about, so I am going to make sure to get up and walk for twenty minutes every day, even if it's just around the building.

Thank you for setting up this giveaway, @wanderinglynn !!!
#BFCgiveaway

wanderinglynn Thanks for entering! 💜 2w
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Vietnam: A history | Stanley Karnow
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#bfcr4 check in!

This has been a week. Grandpa has been in hospital so the whole week has been rather chaotic. One silver lining is the amazing salad bar in the cafeteria there, so I actually have been eating pretty healthily! However, not much progress with my tagged book, despite the encouraging dedication from the brother who gifted it to me. :-D

Grandpa is doing better but not getting out any time soon, so I am adjusting goals to accommodate

Jerdencon Hope your grandfather is better soon! ❤️ 2w
wanderinglynn Healing thoughts & positive energy to your grandfather and your family. 💚 2w
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UwannaPublishme Sending healing hugs and 🙏🏻❤️ 2w
TheAromaofBooks @wanderinglynn @Jerdencon @UwannaPublishme - thank you! Grandpa is doing much better today. Forward progress is a very good thing! 2w
sharread Hope all will be okay. ❤ 2w
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Across the Miles | Lucy Maud Montgomery
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Look at all this #LitsyLove !!! I finally got myself organized last night so I can do some letter writing here in the hospital when things are quiet. I can't tell you all how happy and encouraged all these birthday cards and letters have been!!

UwannaPublishme Wow! 💌📬👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2w
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Friday is definitely not too late for some #WondrousWednesday action, right?!
-May 2019
-It was on my radar because of LibraryThing, which I ironically don't use but am on their email list. Once it was something I could access via desktop & not just an app (I don't really like apps), I was eager to give it a try.
-About the same, but the community aspect is AMAZING
-I read about anything that leaves me feeling happy/satisfied inside

Thanks @Eggs

Eggs It is never too late to celebrate a wondrous Wednesday!! 💕📚👏🏻🤗 3w
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I know I'm super late to the #gettingtoknowyou party, but this is the first time I've been on Litsy on my desktop in several days!
-I've lived in Fairfield Co., Ohio, for my entire life.
-Just turned 37 last Sunday!!
-I work seasonally at a local orchard. And I try to keep the expense of my habit reasonable by using my library a LOT
-Married for 9 years
-I originally chose it for my blog on WordPress, although I can't remember exactly how.

TheAromaofBooks (I do enjoy smelling books, though :-D) 3w
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Across the Miles | Lucy Maud Montgomery
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@UwannaPublishme - my package came today!! My post office lady said I wasn't allowed to open it until Nov. 25, per the box. When I said I wasn't sure I could wait that long, she threatened to mark it delivered but keep it behind the counter until then! 😆 I will TRY to resist temptation, but I am super excited!!!
Incidentally, the smaller box in the pic is actually a goody for YOUR box - it came today, too!!!
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UwannaPublishme Yay! That package flew over to you in record time. And I LOVE your postal lady. She‘s a hoot! 😆👍🏻 What fun that we‘re Swap Buddies! We‘ll just have to resist those temptations. Maybe...kinda...sorta. 🤣📦 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love her!!! Can she move here and work in Mississippi?! Tell her we love her!!! 3w
TheAromaofBooks @UwannaPublishme @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks - where I live, our town is so tiny that we don't get home mail delivery and instead are required to have a PO box, so the post office is very literally the hub of the village for gossip and news, and our PO lady, who single-handedly mans the place, is a serious character and fabulous at her jobs - officially sorting mail, unofficially keeping everyone in line! :-D 3w
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UwannaPublishme Your postal lady ROCKS! I‘m going to be tempted to write notes to her on your future letters! 😆😆😆 3w
TheAromaofBooks @Uwannapublishme - oh my gosh, that would crack her up. Her name is Robin. :-D Also, side note, I just found a letter to you that I wrote, addressed, and sealed... maybe last week?? Now I don't remember when and don't remember what I wrote, but I'm dropping it in the mailbox tomorrow anyway! It could contain anything!! 2w
UwannaPublishme Oh, we‘re gonna have fun with Robin! I can‘t wait to send you another letter. 😆😆😆 Also looking forward to your cryptic letter. 🤔❤️ 2w
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Well, Grandpa has been in the hospital a week, but the silver lining is all the reading time...

I'm afraid I am very behind on all my #LitsyLove so if you have sent me a letter recently, rest assured that I haven't forgotten you!!

This book is another solid addition to the series. I really like the main character and the WWI setting a lot.

TheBookHippie No worries about the mail. Sending love. Grandpas are such special people. 3w
TheAromaofBooks @TheBookHippie - Thank you. :-) We are just taking things one day at a time right now. 3w
UwannaPublishme Hope Grandpa is doing better. Sending healing hugs and 🙏🏻❤️ 3w
TheAromaofBooks @UwannaPublishme - thank you!! He seems to be holding steady right now. His ailment is mysterious. :-/ 2w
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This is the second book in the series, and both have been quite enjoyable. I like the WWI setting - it has always fascinated me more than the second - and Bess is a likable character: strong without being obnoxious. I love that she loves and respects her parents, and that they love and respect her and her decision to serve as a frontlines nurse. The mysteries have been engaging without being overly convoluted. Overall - pick!

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Across the Miles | Lucy Maud Montgomery
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I have been so genuinely touched by the #LitsyLove and birthday greetings I have received from fellow Littens this month. Becoming a part of this community has been such a joy. Thank you to everyone who sent a card, a small gift, or warm wishes my way. October has been a weirdly stressful month, but all of you have done so much to lift my spirits.

UwannaPublishme Wishing you a calmer month and lots of reading time! 🤗❤️ 3w
TheAromaofBooks @UwannaPublishme thank you!!! Hopefully things will slow down a little soon!!! 3w
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Vietnam: A history | Stanley Karnow
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#bfcr4 check-in!!!

As you can see, I am still working on my goals with mixed results. I am really trying to increase the number of veggies in my life! That is going to be my main focus for week 3. Vietnam is coming along, and I am hoping to complete through chapter 13 by next week, so we will see what happens!!
@wanderinglynn @Jerdencon @KathyWheeler @sharread

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 You‘re making great progress. 3w
KathyWheeler You‘re doing a great job! 3w
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sharread Nicely detailed, I like it and want to try it. Great progress! 3w
Jerdencon Great job! I tried to do a chart this week and lasted one day! Lol 3w
TheAromaofBooks @sharread Thank you!! 3w
TheAromaofBooks @Jerdencon - having things to check off is what keeps me going :-D 3w
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1. Tagged, plus the neverending saga of Vietnam: A History :-D
2. I think A Duty to the Dead by Charles Todd.
3. Arabella by Georgette Heyer

#weekendreads @RachelsBrittain

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Your Perfect Year | Charlotte Lucas
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I think this was a classic case of the book just not being what I was expecting. The description makes it sound like a lighthearted romcom type of story, but it's actually quite serious and even very sad in places, with a suicide forming one of the central storylines. The romance felt somewhat contrived and hasty, and while not a bad story, it had a weirdly overall down vibe that just isn't my preference - I'm an upbeat kinda girl!

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I ended up enjoying this book a lot more than I anticipated, despite the fact that Vivi made a lot of opposite-than-I-would choices. In a lot of ways, this is a story about secrets and how often keeping them hurts the people we are trying to protect. While I did enjoy this one, I doubt I will read it again, so let me know if you would like me to mail you this copy!!

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The Big Book of Less: Finding Joy in Living Lighter | Astrid Van Der Hulst, Irene Smit, Editors of Flow magazine
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Oh my goodness! I came home from a long, damp, chilly day at work to find a completely unexpected bit of #LitsyLove in my mailbox! @Kaylamburson thank you SO MUCH for this lovely birthday gift! It genuinely made my whole day better! I am super excited about delving into this!

Kaylamburson Awwww, yay!! Happy Birthday!! I'm so glad it made your day, and it arrived safely. Stay warm for the rest of the evening. It is super gross out. 📚🥳💜 4w
TheAromaofBooks @Kaylamburson - thank you!!! I already have the space heater blowing on toes while I'm scrolling through Litsy. :-D 4w
Kaylamburson That sounds so lovely!! 4w
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Kaylamburson Good thing you stayed in. There was sideways rain over here and I'm soaked! Excited to climb in bed and read 😊 4w
TheAromaofBooks @Kaylamburson - the rain is moving on, but the chilly weather is staying. I complained about it being super hot a couple weeks ago, but I'm not sure I'm ready to wear this many layers to work already!! Hopefully your day involves a minimal amount of sideways rain. ;-) 4w
Kaylamburson Hahaha, right?? Today will be the chilliest so far. Less rain, but winds up to 45 mph 😱. Stay warm and safe!!! 4w
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1. Not sure how I feel about this one yet, since the main character is quite annoying.
2. Thirteen books checked out with ten more on reserve.
3. I usually turn to either rereads of books I love, or do a month of Kindle Unlimited reading nothing but brain candy! :-D

#weekendreads @RachelsBrittain

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Vietnam: A history | Stanley Karnow

#BFCr4 check-in post!! Super busy day helping my sister move, so I don't even have the energy to take a picture to go with this post haha

I did great on my reading goal, getting through another two chapters of the tagged book. I really think I'm going to actually finish this beast by the end of the challenge. However, my exercise and dieting goals didn't go so well. I'm contemplating how to adjust them to make them still useful yet -----

TheAromaofBooks ----more realistic for my currently very busy schedule.

Great work this week teammates!! @Jerdencon @KathyWheeler @Sharread @wanderinglynn
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Jerdencon Day by day - you got this! 1mo
sharread Wow! Moving takes tons of calories. 👍❤ 1mo
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wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌 Moving is hard work! And sometimes it takes a week or two to tweak your goals to work. Just keep adapting them until you find what works for you. You got this! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Thank you @wanderinglynn !!! I do need to make some adaptations, but I also need to discipline myself a little more, too lol Good luck with your goals this week, too!! 1mo
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Julie's Wolf Pack | Jean Craighead George
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Thank you for the tag @Jerdencon !!!

1. No, it's funny but I have just never been into costumes for anything haha
2. I'm that annoying person who dresses as things like “a regular person on her way to run some errands.“ :-D
3. I'm an apple girl!! I know everyone is about pumpkins in October, but I love apples.
4. It's a day late, but if someone is like me & hasn't done #WondrousWednesday yet, feel free to jump in!!

@Eggs

Eggs Thanks for playing 🍏🍎🍏 1mo
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Her Every Fear: A Novel | Peter Swanson
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This was a solid thriller that kept me wondering what was going to happen next! I really appreciated the third person perspective throughout, which allowed the reader to see what was happening with multiple characters. I am always creeped out by stories where someone is in your house and you don't know it... Thoroughly enjoyable.

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@Librarybelle - congratulations!! What a landmark!!

I've been meaning to read the tagged book for YEARS, but it just hasn't happened yet...

Thank you for having a giveaway to celebrate. :-)

#200KGiveaway

suvata Congratulations 🎉🎊🎈 1mo
Librarybelle Thank you! Great choice! 1mo
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Dear Aaron | Mariana Zapata
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Hey there @robinB @hes7 @LovesBooks87 - do any of these sound good for #LMPBC ? I always seem to be behind on reading new romances, so if everyone has already read these, I can choose a few more options from my never-ending TBR (see: I'm always behind on reading new romances haha) Let me know what you think!!

hes7 I‘ve read The Hating Game, but I‘d be up for one of the others. 1mo
Lovesbooks87 I have read the hating game too. But I am okay with any of the others. 1mo
robinb I‘ve read The Hating Game too 🤣. But any of the others are fine with me! 😊👍 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @hes7 @Lovesbooks87 @robinb haha well NOT The Hating Game it is!! :-D I think I'm going with Dear Aaron! 1mo
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Hey there #GroupC friends! I'm kind of leaning towards choose a children's classic for my contribution. Any thoughts on these? They are actually all old favorites of mine rather than something new. I'm not completely sure that The Code of the Woosters counts as a classic, but it should, because it's the funniest book ever written. :-D I'm tagging the rest of the books in the comments!
#LMPBC @lele1432 @lover.of.the.classics @bookwormjillk

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Bookwormjillk Any of these would be good. Swiss Family Robinson might be good for a group because it‘s just so out there. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @Bookwormjillk - I was kind of leaning towards that one as well. I haven't read that one for literal decades and only vaguely remember it. Someone rode an ostrich at one point, I think haha 1mo
lover.of.the.classics @TheAromaofBooks yes I am good with the Swiss Family Robinson!!! 1mo
lele1432 I absolutely love Anne of Green Gables, but I'm all for a tale of being shipwrecked on a tropical island too, so Swiss Family sounds good to me! 1mo
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Vietnam: A history | Stanley Karnow
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I have been out of range all weekend so I'm just getting around to posting my goals for #bfcr4 ! This is my second time participating in BFC, but my first time on a team. This week is the busiest week of the year where I work, so my goals are pretty modest to start! I really want to finish the tagged book during this round, spend more time stretching & walking, & focus on healthier eating habits!

@wanderinglynn @Jerdencon @KathyWheeler @sharread

wanderinglynn Great goals! 🙌🏻 1mo
sharread Great goals. We can do this. 👍 1mo
Jerdencon Great goals!! I like your chart!! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @Jerdencon - thank you! I do better at accomplishing things if I can check them off with a flourish! 1mo
KathyWheeler I have a spreadsheet, but I love the checkboxes! Good goals. 1mo
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A reread of an old favorite for the #agathachristieclubr2 - it's so funny to read the first appearance of this timeless duo. October's read should be The Secret Adversary, one of my very favorite Christie stories, so feel free to join!

Life continues to be extremely busy and VERY HOT but cooler weather is heading our way, just in time for a weekend of reading and relaxation in our ancient RV - I'm stoked!!

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Oh Hastings!

LiteraryinLititz One of my favorite duos in literature! 1mo
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Clover | Susan Coolidge
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While this story was perfectly pleasant, what I really enjoyed was reading about life in an 1870's Colorado town, written in 1888 by someone who experienced it! I really thought I had read these books in the past, but this one wasn't remotely familiar to me, so maybe not...

I've discovered that there is a fifth book in the series as well, so I ordered a copy and am looking forward to spending a smidge more time with the Carrs!

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What Katy Did Next | Susan Coolidge
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Books from this era that tell a story of someone going abroad to Europe always intrigue me and also somewhat embarrass me, because if I went to Europe I would be significantly less knowledgeable than most of these book characters, plus I don't speak a single word of French! This was another enjoyable, although quiet, entry in the Katy Carr series.

twohectobooks This is the only Katy book I‘ve read and I‘ve always been a bit curious about the others. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @twohectobooks - if you enjoyed this one, you would enjoy the rest, which are along similar lines of rather gentle family stories. The first book is about the Carrs as children, and details Katy's accident that led to her being an invalid for a while and turned her into the paragon of virtue she is in this book, and the second book is about when she and her sister Clover went to boarding school. They're pretty adorable. 1mo
twohectobooks That sounds right up my alley! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @twohectobooks - yesterday I finished the fourth book, Clover, and it was sooo interesting because Clover and her brother go stay in Colorado for the brother's health and reading about life in the Rockies in the 1870's was just great fun. Apparently there is a fifth book that I've never read, so I ordered a reprint of it - should be here soon! 1mo
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Across the Miles | Lucy Maud Montgomery
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Well, I did not quite achieve my goal for #24b4Monday BUT I did read 536 pages and 3 1/2 of the 4 books I was trying to read - pretty solid. Plus, I finally got a bunch of #LitsyLove letters written - I got behind when I was out of town. I still have a few to write - this penpal club really brightens my life!!

TheAromaofBooks @Andrew65 @jb72 @TheReadingMermaid @AlwaysBeenaLoverofBooks (I tagged all of you in the original post, but sometimes the app just decides that my tags don't count!) 1mo
TheReadingMermaid That's a great accomplishment to finish that many books over a weekend! That's awesome sweetie congratulations! 🎉🎉🎉 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So awesome 💗💗💗 1mo
Andrew65 @TheAromaofBooks Yes a great accomplishment, I was gutted to only get to 16 hours, usually get to the 24 hours. Well done on what you did achieve. 👏👏👏🥳 1mo
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What Katy Did at School | Susan Coolidge
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Such a happy little school story, although nothing thrilling. I thoroughly enjoyed it and now am almost done with the third book in the series as well. Still hoping to finish all four of these books for #24b4Monday !!

@Andrew65 @jb72 @TheReadingMermaid

Andrew65 Going well. Good luck. 👏👏👏 1mo
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What Katy Did at School | Susan Coolidge
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1. Tagged - almost done though.
2. I reread the Bridal Quartet by Nora Roberts for about the fifth time - I especially love the concluding book, Happy Ever After.
3. I'm clearing some older, random books off my personal shelves - making a real effort to read every book I own and ditch the ones I'm never going to reread, while at the same time actually rereading ones that I know I love!!

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

UnidragonFrag I really need to do that with the books I own. I know there's probably a few I won't reread that are just sitting there taking up space unread... maybe I'll name that a goal next year! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @UnidragonFrag - I've honestly been working on it off and on for a few years... I seem to have accumulated over a thousand books! :-D 1mo
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What Katy Did | Susan Coolidge
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I haven't been tracking my time for this round of #24b4Monday but am trying to read the first four books in Susan Coolidge's Katy books. Finished this one last night and am almost done with the second - 245 pages so far!! I also need to reread The Mysterious Affair at Styles for #agathachristieclubr2 !!

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Vietnam: A history | Stanley Karnow
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I'm super excited about #BFCr4 , which will be my second time participating. This time I've signed up to be on a small team as well!! I really want to try and finish the tagged book - I'm almost halfway through. Also looking to try and start walking every day and make some healthier adjustments to my diet! Check out @wanderinglynn for more details. I've copied @TheSpineView 's pic since she included the link you need to sign up!!

TheSpineView I too signed up for a team this time. Hoping the addition motivation will help keep me on track. Good luck with your goals! 🤩 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @TheSpineView - thank you!! Same to you!! I didn't do a team last time - I like to ease my way into things lol but I think that the increased accountability will be good for me!! 1mo
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