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bekakins

bekakins

Joined January 2017

Shameless book addict
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Bingo!! #bookspinbingo this was a very well written, well researched book, and I‘m so glad we ended up with a happy ending (albeit after the book was published)

Leftcoastzen 👏🐶 21m
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The Lip | Charlie Carroll
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A beautiful, haunting novel, I really enjoyed this. Very evocative of the Cornish wilderness too.

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#doublespin down! An interesting read on dog intelligence and behaviour (probably only interesting if you‘re a dog lover 😉)

DogMomIrene This one has been on my TBR furever! #DogLover 🐶🐾😂 1w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1w
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Whiteout | Ragnar Jonasson
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#bookspin done… I‘m not really sure what I think about this series, it‘s all a bit meh. This book got wrapped up very quickly, I will persevere with the series but def not my favourite. 📸 of my #bookspinbingo board

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 3w
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What a weird little book of short stories… enjoyed it very much!

And I made it to the end of #PromptMaze 🙌

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Halloweenland | Al Sarrantonio
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#Scarathlon final score #2060 pts 🎃🎃
#TeamMonsterMash
Roll on 2023!

StayCurious wow great job! 3w
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Femlandia | Christina Dalcher
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My favourite of Dalcher‘s books for sure. This was dark AF. Really interesting spin on Herland, and felt all too possible, particularly the apocalyptic event being an economic crash 😬😬😬

#Scarathlon #TeamMonsterMash #PromptMaze

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The Axeman's Jazz | Ray Celestin
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BINGO! Scored a line door #bookspinbingo with this fun read based on the true crime (unsolved) Axeman murders. Enjoyed it, but having listened to a podcast about these murders, I was really craving a more extended author‘s note on how much research he did, how much of the story was based on real theories etc…

#Scarathlon #TeamMonsterMash #PromptMaze

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Halloweenland | Al Sarrantonio
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Week 3 #Scarathlon - 590 pts for #TeamMonsterMash … more spooky reads, watches and listens, and should score a line in #bookspinbingo this week, and hopefully work my way out of a dead on #PromptMaze

bthegood yay team!! 1mo
StayCurious great job! 1mo
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#doublespin done! As Les Mis is 786467 pages long I‘ve broken it out into 5 chapter chunks… October‘s portion complete! Although #scarathlon has taught me I can fit in a short burst of reading before I start work, so I may continue reading a chapter of this a day so I don‘t lost momentum..

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! I have had great success plowing through some classics this year by sticking to a chapter-a-day schedule. I'm not sure I'm ready to tackle this one, though!! 1mo
bekakins @TheAromaofBooks it‘s a bit of a beast! At this rate I might be done by this time next year 🤣 1mo
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Jack of Shadows, 23 | Roger Zelazny
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70s sci-fi is so bonkers 😂 weird little book about an alternate Earth which is stuck on its axis - one side perpetually light & led by science, and one in constant darkness, governed by magic. Enjoyable. Plus #ScarathlonDailyPrompt (magic) and more pts for #Scarathlon #TeamMonsterMash Has also got me into a perpetual loop on #PromptMaze but hoping my next book gets me out of it 😬

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The Last Dog on Earth | Adrian J. Walker
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Really enjoyed this - definitely one for dog lovers (or dystopian/apocalypse fiction lovers)… in some ways felt like a little window into my dogs stream of consciousness! #Scarathlon #TeamMonsterMash #PromotMaze

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Go Hunt Me | Kelly Devos
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#ScarathlonBuddyRead for #TeamMonsterMash #Scarathlon - I struggled reading this a section at a time to be honest, think I would have enjoyed it more by devouring in one sitting! Like some others, I guessed the twist about halfway through, and was great this morning to fly through the back 1/4 of the book, very enjoyable!

StayCurious Sometimes it's hard to read a book slowly! I agree it was better read quickly 1mo
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Brownie Points | Jennifer Coburn

#Scarathlon points for week 2 #TeamMonsterMash = 365

Not quite as much as last week but making good progress with my TBR, #bookspinbingo , #PromptMaze and enjoying the team read too!

StayCurious great job! 1mo
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Dead and Gone | Charlaine Harris
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A book with fall colours for #PromptMaze … but I‘ve worked myself into a dead end with it 😭 definitely not my favourite Sookie novel… felt very rushed at the end but I did rattle through it at pace so am rating it a pick… another spooky read for #Scarathlon #TeamMonsterMash

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Neverwhere | Neil Gaiman
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REALLY enjoyed this - interesting to discover this was originally a TV script that became a novel. I really like Gaiman‘s writing style, and his very British (and Pratchett -esque) humour! This got me a little further in #PromptMaze and I‘m including as a theme read for #TeamMonsterMash as definitely filled with nasty creatures! #Scarathlon

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In Defence of Dogs | John Bradshaw
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This is why I love #bookspin ! This has been on my TBR for probably over 2 years, and now finally read as was my number 9 on my list for Oct! Really interesting read, made me want to hug my dog a little closer… but he wouldn‘t like that 😂🙄 not really spooky, but also got me some readathon hrs for #Scarathlon #TeamMonsterMash

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
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Flesh and Blood | D. A. Fowler
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Couldn‘t find the actual book on Litsy but this was a great little zombie-esque read for #scarathlon #TeamMonsterMash it‘s a sequel, and you definitely need to suspend disbelief for certain coincidences that occur, but overall really enjoyable. Especially for me as it is primarily set in Manchester so great to be able to properly visualise the setting! #PromptMaze #BookSpinBingo

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God Emperor of Dune | Frank Herbert
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Well that was… weird. I enjoyed it though, more so than children of dune, and interested to see where the saga goes next.

Also, as it‘s about a man-worm, I‘m taking it as a theme read for #TeamMonsterMash as Leto II was per monstrous to me!

Plus knocked off a novel written in the decade I was born for #PromptMaze

#Scarathlon

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Week 1 total: 595 pts

Only upside of Covid is that I have read a LOT! And watched A LOT of spooky stuff… including the #teamWatch #scarathlon #TeamMonsterMash

Fr. spooky dog and spooky leggings 🎃🎃

StayCurious feel better soon! Amazing job on the points! 2mo
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Go Hunt Me | Kelly Devos
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Matching my leggings to my reading today 🧛‍♀️

Feel like we‘ve just reached the turning point in this book where things are going to escalate….

#scarathlondailyprompt #scarathlon #scarathlonbuddyread #TeamMonsterMash

bthegood love the leggings !! 2mo
StayCurious Cool! 1mo
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I was super pleased this was the #teamread for #TeamMonsterMash as it‘s one my all time favourites and I‘ve been thinking about reading the Vampire Chronicles from the start again. Beautifully written, with some very dark passages.

Also first square down in #promptmaze

#scarathlon

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Go Hunt Me | Kelly Devos
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#bookspinbingo card! Also working on #promptmaze for #scarathlon … and the one good thing about Covid is I have watched a TON of spooky stuff!! OG IT, AHS, what we do in the shadows, ghosts to name but a few! Also enjoying the #scarathlonbuddyread although I‘m reading a section per day (I can‘t stop reading in the middle of a chapter it just feels wrong 🤣) so I‘m slightly out but enjoying reading everyone‘s comments once I get to the right bit!

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Does this count as a black cover 🤔 #scarathlondailyprompts starting my weekend feeling sorry for myself with Covid, but enjoying re-reading this classic as one of the team reads for #TeamMonsterMash and planning out some spooky watches for this afternoon…

StayCurious absolutely it counts! Sorry you're sick! Feel better soon! 2mo
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Stone Blind: A Novel | Natalie Haynes
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Really amped this, love Haynes‘ approach to classical mythology and how she puts her own little (feminist) spin on them.

Also Perseus. What a d!ck 🙄

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Here‘s my #bookspin #doublespin #bookspinbingo for October and also my TBR for #scarathlon #TeamMonsterMash (although the aim is to get a few more Halloween themed books!)

StayCurious Looks great! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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Sorrow and Bliss | Meg Mason
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This was a brilliant book. A really excellent portrayal of a young woman suffering with mental illness, and the impact on her life, relationships & those around her.

Plus, bingo! #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Fabulous progress!!! 2mo
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Sorrow and Bliss | Meg Mason
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Love this! I‘m all for drinking the champagne if you‘re feeling blue 🥂🍾

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Probably pretty niche but as a keen runner I really enjoyed this one…. The end chapters talking about finishing London marathon made me a bit emotional too after running it last year! Recommended for anyone with an interest in running out endurance sports generally.

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Kicking off my #doublespin (5 short stories) with the shortest short story I think I‘ve ever read 🤣 but it was actually pretty profound!

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 3mo
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#bookspin for Sept… I was a little disappointed in this one. Some funny elements, but I didn‘t like the twist, and the MC didn‘t really have any redeeming qualities, so just didn‘t quite feel balanced.

TheAromaofBooks At least it's off the list!! 3mo
bekakins @TheAromaofBooks very true! You can‘t win them all! 3mo
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The Last Hero: A Discworld Fable | Terry Pratchett, Paul Kidby
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A nice little return to Rincewind in this Discworld instalment- although I was a little disappointed the Luggage only got a cursory mention!

Ready for #bookspin #doublespin #bookspinbingo !

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
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What a beautifully written book. Simultaneously heart breaking and uplifting, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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The Doors of Eden | Adrian Tchaikovsky
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#bookspinbingo 🤩 first line for a few months!

This book was BANANAS. Basically the multiverse, I found it really gripping at the beginning and end but did struggle a bit in the middle. Overall still a pick for me.

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 3mo
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I really enjoyed this very different take on a zombie novel, told primarily from the POV of a housebound, morbidly obese young man.

This was from my trial box if The End of the World Reading Club- an interactive box with related gifts to open at certain points throughout the book - such a cool concept!

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Book Lovers | Emily Henry
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Enjoyed this spin on the traditional holiday romance! Easy to read good character development all round.

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Uprooted | Naomi Novik
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#doublespin for August! I don‘t know if I‘m being unkind with this one… I was really into it at first, but for me I just lost interest in the plot and it became a bit of a slog. I was more interested in the characters development and I felt like that was lacking a bit at the expense of a lacklustre (and confusing!) plot.

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 3mo
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#bookspin done! I have finished all the Sherlock Holmes novels now, so I have 3 x short stories as a permanent fixture on my book spin list until I get through them all 🤯

Enjoyed these short stories, some were a little obvious, but I enjoy ACD‘s writing style, and the little humorous touches.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
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Really interesting - I would like to read a longer book exploring these ideas of women & power including throwback to Greco-Roman times.

Plus #bookspinbingo board for August!

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LOVED. THIS. Really great collection of short stories, some super funny, some really sad, all thought provoking. Would definitely recommend.

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DARKDAWN. | JAY. KRISTOFF
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Think this was actually my favourite instalment of this trilogy which is unusual for a concluding book! Some real gut wrenching moments!

And here‘s my #bookspin #doublespin #bookspinbingo for August! And it‘s my 2 year anniversary of doing book spin- thanks so much to Sarah for putting it on!!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Thanks for coming along for the ride for so long!! 4mo
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The Shadow of the Wind | Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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#doublespin for July - absolutely loved this! A book about a book, and a story within a story, gorgeous writing style and a great plot (lots of coincidences but just suspend disbelief & enjoy!)

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
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#bookspin for July!

I really liked parts of this… but most of it I found difficult to follow and unnecessary. To be honest, I‘m mainly glad it‘s over and I can read something a bit easier!

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 4mo
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Spinning | Tillie Walden
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Last Sunday morning finishing this off! I found this book a bit disjointed, lots of different plot lines going on and seems to just be a ‘set up‘ for the next book. Still, an easy read and some entertaining sections!

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#doublespin for June… this was a really interesting read… I‘m not sure I was totally won over by his arguments but it was definitely compelling and I definitely agree with the sentiment re: western diet. I‘d like to read a bit more of the research in this area for sure!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 5mo
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#bookspin for June- really interesting and witty read… I was upset to have a non fiction choice 🙈 but this was really enjoyable!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 5mo
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Junebug | Cherie Doyen
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Here‘s my #bookspin #doublespin #bookspinbingo - I actually started reading no. 13 this month but not got very far so keeping it on in the hope I can get it finished by end of June!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 6mo
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The Trespasser | Tana French
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I‘m a little sad to have finished the Murder Squad series… absolutely loved all the books in the series! Love getting to know a different D with each book!

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#doublespin - 5 short stories … this one was DARK!! Short & sharp, would recommend if you‘ve got 5 minutes!