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Zuhkeeyah

Zuhkeeyah

Joined May 2021

Guilty of eating the last cupcake. Always talking about books. StoryGraph: zeebookdragon. Goodreads: Zuhkeeyah. Instagram: cozywithbooksandtea
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The Matzah Ball: A Novel by Jean Meltzer
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An intense retelling of Romeo and Juliet that takes place on the turbulent streets of Shanghai during the 1920s. But there‘s a twist. A literal monster, scales and all, is roaming the streets spreading madness in a population already being squeezed to a breaking point. Juliette and Roma are much more cutthroat than the original Shakespeare characters but there is still something innocent about their love.

CW: gore, gun violence, death

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Crying in H Mart: A Memoir | Michelle Zauner
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A story of heartbreak, regrets, and finding connections to our loved ones no matter the distance. Michelle Zauner takes you through the struggle of taking care of a dying parent and how deeply that loss is felt. She goes into delicious detail about the food that bound her and her mom together.

This will book break your heart and make you crave all the comfort foods of your childhood at exactly the same time.

EvieBee I really have to pull this off my shelf! 2d
Zuhkeeyah @EvieBee This was a perfect weekend read 20h
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Iron Widow | Xiran Jay Zhao
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Wow. I couldn‘t put this book down from page one. All my to do lists were ignored because I couldn‘t stop reading. The heroine, Zetian, sets out to avenge her sister and finds herself labeled as an Iron Widow when she turns gender norms upside down. So many truths about why women are often forced by society to conform to a system that gives them little freedom. I may have clapped a few times when Zetian delivered scathing rebuttals to commanders.

Zuhkeeyah Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨ I‘m already excited for the next book. 2d
DrexEdit I'm totally down for an asian-inspired space fantasy that makes you ignore all your to do lists! 😊 👍 2d
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For the last month I‘ve been seeing these beautiful reading journal spreads all over social media. I had this idea I would make my own, but I realized this week that I just don‘t have the time to dedicate for set up. So, I went to Etsy and found a lovely digital reading journal. I already love it. Especially the page for library borrows. I always forget when my book (physical or digital) is due. 😅

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The Personal Librarian | Marie Benedict, Victoria Christopher Murray
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First five star read of 2022.

Belle is passing as a white woman in the early 1900‘s when she lands the job as head librarian of J.P. Morgan‘s personal library. Her constant fear that discovery of her deception would erase all her achievements was frustrating to read. Not because it was harped on, but because it was true. Belle built a library full of wonder despite the odds being doubly against her as ⬇️

Zuhkeeyah A woman and as a Black person living through Jim Crow. The authors admitted to taking some license when writing the life story of Belle de Costa Greene, filling in details of meetings and interactions. I love how they captured her. They highlighted her wit, her desire to stand equal with the men of the artistic world, her deep love and protection of her family. This will definitely be a reread. (edited) 6d
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I could not put this book down once the investigation started rolling. That said, the narrator was driving me nuts. Though it kind of makes me laugh considering this is Dame Agatha‘s impression of what goes on inside the mind of a upper class young man. Basically not much. The mystery was absolutely fantastic and I already want to dive back in to find the clues in real time. Thank you a great first #nwyd22 @MatchlessMarie 😁! ⬇️

Zuhkeeyah I‘m going to spread out my #nywd22 list throughout the year. @monalyisha 1w
RaeLovesToRead Haha, yeah Captain Hastings is so much more irritating in the books than on TV 😄 1w
monalyisha Fun! And yeah — you‘ve met the January requirement! Your list is yours to do with as you wish. I‘m glad you like it enough to continue! 1w
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White Smoke | Tiffany D. Jackson
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There were was so much happening in this book but the author did a fantastic job of not letting it overwhelm you. It certainly lived up to the thriller description. I made the mistake of reading most of this book at night. Scared myself a few times. A lot of heavy topics were delved into. I appreciated that not all problems had a pretty resolution. This was a great read. It missed the four star mark because some of the ending felt rushed.

Zuhkeeyah CW: drug abuse (past), anxiety 1w
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White Smoke | Tiffany D. Jackson
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#weekendreading @Andrew65

I have a physical copy of White Smoke that‘s already overdue at the library that I really want to finish this weekend.

AMCE is technically due back tomorrow but will probably just not connect my kindle to wifi for a few days so I can finish 🙃

Taking my time with The Personal Librarian. It‘s a fascinating glimpse into what it was like to cross the color divide in America.

I have an ambitious weekend of reading ahead!

Andrew65 Look good choices. 1w
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Hope today has more sunshine than shadows! #Thinkpositivebepositive @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Thanks for the tag @damselsgotballs 😁

damselsgotballs You're welcome!☺️ 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love this one 🌞🌻 2w
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White Smoke | Tiffany D. Jackson
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✨My 2022 goal is 100 books. I also really want to complete StoryGraph‘s genre challenge this year. (Along with all the other challenges I signed up for.)
✨Ambitious. I have big dreams for this year.
✨Started the tagged book last night and really like it so far. I have a feeling the creepiness is going to get to me at some point 😅

@MoonWitch94

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The Dating Plan | Sara Desai
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This was a cute romance that spoke to the importance of family. Daisy‘s family was too nosy and Liam‘s family just didn‘t seem to know how to connect. As someone with a big nosy family, I felt Daisy‘s mix of love and frustration towards her relatives. I also really appreciated her deep love of the Marvel movies.

CW: physical and emotional abuse (past memories), abandonment

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Lucky | Marissa Stapley
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This was the perfect read to distract me from the stress of traveling via airplane this weekend (my flight was delayed twice). Though Lucky was a skilled grifter her heart was way bigger than her track record implies.

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A Shadow in the Ember | Jennifer L. Armentrout
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My #bookspinbingo card is ready! I forgot to indicate my #nywd22 on the original bookspin list for January so it is noted here. So excited to start filing it out.

@monalyisha @thearomaofbooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Looks great!!! 2w
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Untitled | Anonymous
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2021 was a year full of change (new job) and discovering the bookish community here on Litsy. I did not expect to lap my reading goal with all the events of the year. My plan is to aim a little higher in 2022 and push myself to read more books outside of my comfort zone. Cheers to everyone as we step into the new year with our reading goals!

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The Dating Playbook | Farrah Rochon
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Last #bookspinbingo of 2021. I did not follow my list and ran out of free spaces and it was marvelous. The library in my hometown is better stocked with new reads than my current city so that was literally the first stop after the airport 😅. No bingo but I definitely still won.

Reads not pictured: A Marvellous Light, It Happened One Summer, The Dating Playbook

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The Personal Librarian | Marie Benedict, Victoria Christopher Murray
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Ready to start 2022 off strong with my January #bookspin list!

Thank you for hosting another year @thearomaofbooks!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3w
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One Last Stop | Casey McQuiston
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Here is my #Top21of21! This was both easy and hard to make. So many great reads but then I had to narrow it down. The tagged book (One Last Stop) squeaked by “Instructions for Dancing“ as my favorite book of the year. Both gave me all the feels.

Thank you @DrexEdit for the tag!

DrexEdit Looks like an awesome year of reading! 😊👍 3w
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Plain Bad Heroines | Emily Danforth
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Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️✨

Well this book genuinely freaked me out. I heard a buzzing in my kitchen from a random bug and my first thought was “Wasp!”. This book keeps a steady level of tension. The deflation of that tension was too abrupt for me. I wanted more. I wanted to know what was real and what wasn‘t. Still recommend as a great horror read.

#doublebookspin complete @TheAromaofBooks

shanaqui I had this experience too -- I felt like it was building up really well, and then it kind of fizzled out and didn't do anything with the tension... 3w
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Untitled | Anonymous
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👉🏾paperback because it‘s easier to carry around
👉🏾fiction
👉🏾meet my favorite character (though I‘d never be able to decide who is my favorite 😅)
👉🏾not allowed to buy new books (no room in my apartment for more)
👉🏾series
👉🏾fantasy (with some romance)
👉🏾enemies to lovers
👉🏾library

Thanks for the tag @damselsgotballs 😁

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Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I couldn‘t put this book down. The story told is one of strength and perseverance to a degree I cannot even comprehend. The first chapter made me do a full stop when the process of painting the watch dials with luminescent dye containing minute amounts of radium was explained in detail. These women fought their bodies and the legal system for justice.

Highly recommend to all.

December #bookspin complete!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
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“That was the tragedy. Radium had been known to be harmful since 1901. Every death since was unnecessary.”

The final line of the book (seen above) was as powerful as the first chapter. All events in the book take place after 1915. All of the pain and heartache could‘ve been prevented.

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Plain Bad Heroines | Emily M Danforth
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“It‘s a terrible story and one way to tell it is this: two girls in love and a fog of wasps cursed the place forever after.”

Halfway through and fully creeped out. I heard a buzzing in my kitchen last night thanks to a random beetle but my first thought was a wasp.

@ShyBookOwl

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I‘m ready for another round of #bookspinbingo.

I probably won‘t get a bingo due to the craziness of the holidays but it‘s always fun to try. Happy reading everyone!

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Furia | Yamile Saied Mndez
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November wrap up!

Despite a hectic work month, I managed to finish 16 books. A good number are audiobooks I listened to while training for my half marathon (which I run on Dec 4th 😬).

Favorite read of the month goes to The Crown of Gilded Bones. I plan to keep rereading my favorite parts (which is 90% of the book) until my loan is up.

EvieBee Wow! Impressive! 2mo
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December #bookspin is ready!

Can‘t believe it‘s the last one of the year. I spent way too long figuring which reads I wanted to end the year with. Thanks to the long weekend, I now have most of the library books sitting on my digital shelf in preparation.

Final list of 2021 @TheAromaofBooks 😊

Photo from unsplash by Aaron Burden

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 2mo
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Mysterious Affair at Styles | Agatha Christie
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Thanks for a great #newyearwhodis list @MatchlessMarie 😁

As a fan of mystery novels I‘m embarrassed to admit I‘ve never read any Agatha Christie though it‘s always on my classic reading TBR. With that in mind, I think my first read will be A.C..

Thanks for setting everything up @monalyisha

monalyisha You‘re welcome! I hope you have fun! 2mo
MatchlessMarie It was my first time too! Been meaning to pick it up for a long time. I am a big fan of Richard Armitage as a narrator though which is what I think finally pushed me to read it. 😅 2mo
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3.75 ⭐️

This book tells the tale of war crossed lovers from multiple viewpoints including that of a fig tree. To my surprise I quite enjoyed this RBC pick. I enjoyed the all the different angles that were used to gently build up to the big reveal. As a biologist, I soaked up all the chapters describing Cyprus‘ landscape. The author‘s writing style is beautifully evocative. I could almost feel the air on my skin.

Soubhiville I‘m looking forward to this one! 2mo
Nag1 Loved it 2mo
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“Part 1: Because that is what migrations and relocations do to us: when you leave your home for unknown shores, you don‘t simply carry on as before; a part of you dies inside so that another part can start all over again.”

I relocated last year for a job and I really felt this quote. I‘m glad I took a chance and moved, but sometimes I miss being back in my hometown.

It‘s a slow, steady read but perfect for a lazy day.

EvieBee I agree. Recently relocated and it‘s tough sometimes. 🤗 2mo
BiblioLitten Oh! This hit so hard. I can‘t even… Thanks for sharing 2mo
Nag1 So beautiful 2mo
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How To Fail at Flirting | Denise Williams
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4.5 ⭐️

This gem popped up on my instagram feed in a stack by one of my favorite bookstagrammers. I immediately borrowed it. I was not disappointed. Naya, the heroine, picks up a guy at a bar in attempt to find herself again. The nerdy humor is adorable and I loved the slow build of her self confidence returning after an abusive relationship. It was a relationship that felt genuine to me. Full of real life messy.

TW: domestic abuse

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#thoughtfulthursday

🍁My co-workers/friends are the best entertainment on a daily basis. I‘m always amazed how well we all multitask through ridiculous discussions.

📚Plot inaccuracies drive me nuts. I cannot stand when an author makes rules for their world then later break them.

Thanks for the tag @MoonWitch94 😊

Wanna play? @damselsgotballs @BookDadGirlDad @Nute

damselsgotballs Thanks for the tag! ❥︎ I agree with you you on the pet peeve.🤔 2mo
Nute Thanks for the tag!💕 2mo
MoonWitch94 Thanks for playing 🍁📖🍂 2mo
MoonWitch94 And plot inaccuracies drive me BONKERS!!!! 2mo
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4 ⭐️

Quite a testament to the strength one finds when there are no other options. My favorite takeaway was the concept that though people may not remember us, the ideas formed in our company will linger long after we‘re gone. A fleeting moment that lasts forever.

#doublespin @TheAromaofBooks

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The Perfect Find | Tia Williams
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Another bingo in October! This may have been one of the easiest bingos so far. All my library holds were available and all nicely grouped together. I finally finished The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue thanks to it being my #doublespin. Sorry for the late post but the end of October got a little hectic. I did read The Perfect Find this week but wanted to include it anyways.

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Fabulous month!!! 2mo
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Love Hypothesis | Ali Hazelwood
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This book hit all the feels for me. The science jokes were on point. Grad student reality was almost too real. As a science nerd this book was the perfect romance novel that I didn‘t know I needed. (Second only to A Princess in Theory.) The only part I had an issue with was Dr. Carlsen‘s insistence he was criticizing his grad students‘ science not them personally. When you live and breathe school there is often little separation between the two.

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Spinning Silver | Naomi Novik
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Forgot to post my #bookspinbingo card! Here it is in all its glory. I‘m excited about my spins this month because they‘re books I started months ago, really liked, then never finished. I have no doubt I got distracted by a shiny new read. Anyway, this is a great incentive to finally complete them. Wish me luck!

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Looks great!!! 3mo
Nute Good luck!🍀 2mo
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Witch Please | Ann Aguirre
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Final September #bookspinbingo with another bingo! I finished Where the Crawdads Sing in the final hours (will post thoughts another time) and I was so happy I completely forgot to post my bingo card 😅. I had an additional read that couldn‘t fit since I used all my free spaces: Witch Please by Ann Aguirre. Another solid month of reading topping out at 15 books.

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Fabulous month!!! 4mo
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A slightly spooky themed October #bookspin. A couple of the books are not yet available at my library (14 & 15) but putting them on the list anyway in the hopes they‘ll appear soon. Added a few magical reads for the month that I‘ve been saving for Halloween season.

Will post September #bookspinbingo results soon. 3 hours of Where the Crawdads Sing stand between me and bingo.

Thank you for hosting the book spin fun @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
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The Sweetness of Water | Nathan Harris
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Sweetness of Water: 3.75 stars

I‘m always a touch wary of the emotional toll that is sometimes exacted when a story deals with slavery. This one had some unexpected champions battling the predictable foes. A constant theme in this book was understanding what defines bravery. Should it be determined by whether you stand your ground or concede defeat? There is often strength in both.

Nute Nice review! 2mo
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Thanks for the tag @damselsgotballs 😊

1. Love cerulean blue. Even painted a bookshelf that color.

2. The cover doesn‘t affect my decision to read but it will entice me to at least check out the blurb.

@TheSpineView

damselsgotballs You're welcome! 4mo
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Library book haul! It was nice to wander around the library without a book goal. Just being among the shelves is incredibly relaxing. I‘m Excited to read Redemptor (I squealed when I saw it on the shelf), curious about the Ruin of Kings (a random selection), and hoping Good Luck Charm is a cute, light read.

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Dune | Frank Herbert
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Since it‘s midway through September thought I‘d post a #bookspinbingo update. If the trend continues this will be another big reading month!

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The Chicken Sisters | KJ Dell'Antonia
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⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

Two sisters are pitted against each other in an episode of Food Wars. This book was like reading a terrible reality tv show. I wanted to like this book because I enjoy those terrible, predictable reality tv shows but I could not stay invested in the storyline. The behind the scenes of recording parts were great. Drama between the sisters was genuine and frustrating. The social issues the author tried to squeezed in were a turn off.

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The Heart Principle | Helen Hoang
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⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

I loved the relationship between Anna and Quan. Amid chaos they built a solid foundation for themselves. The biggest takeaway for me was the nod to the struggles of caregivers. The emotional toll exacted to provide round the clock care. As someone who has been a caregiver, I appreciated how Helen Hoang handled describing a tough situation. Highly recommend. Make sure to grab some tissues though.

#bookspin done! @TheAromaofBooks

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The Heart Principle | Helen Hoang
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September #bookspinbingo is ready to go! Still a little giddy that the book I have been eagerly awaiting all summer is my #bookspin this month. Happy reading everyone!

Thank you for setting up @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Good luck!! 4mo
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Spinning Silver | Naomi Novik
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Ready for September #bookspin! As a #borrownotbuy reader, sometimes it‘s a challenge to have access to the books on my list. This month will be when a lot of my holds finally become available and I cannot wait to get to some long awaited reads.

@TheAromaofBooks

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Sanatorium | Sarah Pearse
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BINGO! Bingo bingo bingo. I had my best reading month of the year. Rather proud that I almost had two bingos. Already looking forward to September @TheAromaofBooks #bookspinbingo #bookspin

EvieBee Yay! 🎊🎉🍾 5mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay bingo!!! Fabulous progress!! 5mo
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Sanatorium | Sarah Pearse
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⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 The plot was great and I was consistently wrong guessing who the perpetrator was. I didn‘t give more stars just because I‘m not a huge fan of fragile female characters. I struggle to relate to them and fully engage with the story. Still would highly recommend if you‘re in the mood for solid thriller.

Books read: 72/60

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Absolutely loved this book. I will always love a heroine who can, quite literally, defend herself. The constant tension between heroine and hero always had me guessing what was going to happen next. Already cannot wait to reread this epic story of adventure and self discovery.

Books read: 71/60

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Thanks for the tag @damselsgotballs 😊

1. 3 books (2 favorites for a late night reread and 1 current read)
2. All the books
3. Jacqueline Carey and Talia Hibbert
4. A job that lets me make my own hours

Wanna play? @Chelleo @BacklistReader @Graciouswarriorprincess

#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

Eggs Thanks for joining in 🤗📚 5mo
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My first tag! Thanks, @damselsgotballs

1. Nope and I love that I‘m always in for a surprise.
2. The All Souls Trilogy and Kushiel‘s Universe
3. Love triangles, enemies to lovers
4. The thunderstorm rolling through so I don‘t have to worry about watering the garden

Wanna play? @TheAromaofBooks @EvieBee @BookDadGirlDad

TheAromaofBooks Thank you for the tag!!! Lots of rain here today as well!! 5mo
Eggs Great responses 👍🏼 Thanks for playing 📖🤗📚 5mo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

A fantastic thriller full of twists and turns. Very glad I listened to the audiobook for this one since it kept me from speed reading through the tense moments. Also, my co-workers probably think I‘m a little bit crazy now because I would offer random out of context updates when I got too excited about a plot twist (because of course I was listening at work) 😅

#doublespin complete @TheAromaofBooks

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