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claudiuo

Joined August 2019

Cats, books and coffee, not necessarily in this order
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@TheAromaofBooks @PuddleJumper

My May update:

- #BookSpin: The Dysasters: The Graphic Novel by Kristin Cast and P. C. Cast
- #DoubleSpin: Gone For Good by Harlan Coben
- May #Roll100 pick: The Dark Horse by Craig Johnson

One #BookSpinBingo

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Looking great!! 4w
PuddleJumper Wahoo! 3w
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My May card

Thank you, @TheAromaOfBooks!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Looks fabulous!! 2mo
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April wrap-up

@TheAromaofBooks Finished both my April spins: The Guest (#BookSpin) and A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World (#DoubleSpin).
Also finished a couple older spins: Murder at the Royal Ruby (March #DoubleSpin) and The Missing Children (Jan #BookSpin).
A couple months too late finished the Jan #RandomClassic: Uncle Tom's Cabin.
And got a #BookSpinBingo. 😀

Until done with my May list, here is the April final #BookSpinBingo board.

claudiuo @PuddleJumper Finished 2 #Roll100 Apr picks: A Prayer for the Crown-Shy by Becky Chambers and Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee, and a Feb pick: The Maple Murders by Micol Ostow. 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Fantastic month!! 2mo
PuddleJumper Amazing! Well done 2mo
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My April board, Thank you, @TheAromaOfBooks!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Looks fantastic!! 3mo
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March wrap-up

@TheAromaofBooks Finished my March #BookSpin and got a #BookSpinBingo but no #DoubleSpin: The Backbone of the World Stephen Graham Jones

@PuddleJumper Did better with my #Roll100 picks:
- The Undead Pool Kim Harrison #Roll100 March pick;
- Still Life Louise Penny #Roll100 February pick;
- Children of Time Adrian Tchaikovsky #Roll100 March pick.

Until done with my April list, here is the March final #BookSpinBingo grid.

PuddleJumper Yay! That's great! How did you find the Louise Penny book? I really like her stuff but have to take breaks in between them 😂 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Fabulous progress!! 3mo
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A few days late, hope it still counts 😉

“Eleven months after her husband Arthur swerved around a stopped school bus and mowed down two first graders and got sentenced to twenty years, Millie Two Bears went to war against the prairie dogs.“

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ShyBookOwl 😳😬 ouf! That's quite the opening line! 4mo
claudiuo @ShyBookOwl Yeah, I thought so too, that's why I had to post it, even if it's not a Friday! 😁 4mo
ShyBookOwl @claudiuo Glad you did! 🤗 4mo
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Not many February achievements: finished the #BookSpin (Foundation) and the #DoubleSpin (The Tale of Despereaux) and one #Roll100 Feb pick (Shades of Milk and Honey), but no #BookSpinBingo.

Attached my March list, hope to get to read more next month.

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The Undead Pool | Kim Harrison
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“How does the man make checkered shirts and pastels look good?“

#FirstLineFridays
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My #BookSpinBingo February board, thanks again @TheAromaOfBooks for doing this every month!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Looks fabulous!! 5mo
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#BookChain @TheAromaOfBooks Didn't do very well this month, hope for a better February

Also my top read for the month: Hell is Empty by Craig Johnson

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! I'm stuck on #BookChain right now 😂 5mo
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PuddleJumper 🎉🎉 5mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 5mo
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@TheAromaOfBooks The tagged book got me a #BookSpinBingo, also finished my January #DoubleSpin: Westlake's Cops and Robbers🎉 Too bad I couldn't also finish the #BookSpin, I won't even try though, I need to catch up with Uncle Tom's Cabin, I'm way behind.

@PuddleJumper Very happy I got all #Roll100 picks for January: Zombie by Joyce Carol Oates, Strange Attractors stories by Jaine Fenn and another Longmire story: Hell is Empty by Craig Johnson💯

TheAromaofBooks Yay bingo!!! Looking great!! 5mo
PuddleJumper Well done! 5mo
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@TheAromaOfBooks @PuddleJumper

December recap:
- 2 #BookSpinBingo
- A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers: #castthedie
- The Way of All Fish by Martha Grimes: #Roll100 Mar, Apr #BookSpin and May #DoubleSpin
- Mars vol. 13 by Fuyumi Soryo: Dec #DoubleSpin
- Love, Lies, and Hocus Pocus: Beginnings by Lydia Sherrer: Dec #BookSpin

Also, finished my 2023 #ReadingBracket.

Missed 2 of my #Roll100 picks this year, which I call it good enough 😉

PuddleJumper That's amazing! 💙💙💙 6mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 6mo
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“My oshi was on fire.“

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

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“If you ask six different monks the question of which godly domain robot consciousness belongs to, you'll get seven different answers.“

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

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Run Away | Harlan Coben
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“Simon sat on a park bench in Central Park--in Strawberry Fields, to be precise--and felt his heart shatter.“

#FirstLineFridays

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In totally unrelated news: I finally finished #BookChain 2023 edition. Thank you so much, @TheAromaOfBooks! 😬

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Glad you made it through the challenge!! I really enjoyed it 6mo
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My December #BookSpinBingo list, top highlighted 12 being my #castthedie list.

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PuddleJumper ❄️🌲 7mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 7mo
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November stats: finished 10 books, one of them being the November #DoubleSpin (The Angel Maker by Alex North) and got one #BookSpinBingo.

Still working on some spins and #Roll100 reads from past months and on my December #BookSpin and #castthedie lists.

@PuddleJumper @TheAromaOfBooks.

PuddleJumper 🎉🎉 7mo
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The Giver | Lois Lowry
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It was almost December, and Jonas was beginning to be frightened.

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

ShyBookOwl One of my favourites since I first read it in 6th grade!!! Love love love it 8mo
dabbe Ooh, what a book! 🤩 8mo
claudiuo @ShyBookOwl @dabbe Indeed, a great book! 8mo
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@TheAromaOfBooks My November bingo card

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Looks fantastic!! 8mo
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@TheAromaOfBooks My November list

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 8mo
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The Wrap-Up List | Steven Arntson
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October wrap-up: quite a few short reads but I'll take the bingos anyway😁

@PuddleJumper #Roll100 picks
- Jan: Mars 11 by Fuyumi Soryo
- Feb: Parable of the Sower Graphic novel
- June: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
- July: In Bloom by Paul Tremblay
- Oct: Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

@TheAromaOfBooks Oct #BookSpin: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky and 2 #BookSpinBingo 🎉

PuddleJumper 🎉🎉 8mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Fantastic month!!! 8mo
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Parable of the Sower | Octavia E. Butler
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Prodigy is, at its essence, adaptability and persistent, positive obsession. #FirstLineFridays

ShyBookOwl Love Butler, but never made it through this one for some reason 🤔 8mo
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Parable of the Sower | Octavia E. Butler
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Due to a StoryGraph challenge I finally got to read a book by this great writer. Had no idea what to expect going in, just what a friend told me: it is dark. Dark? Extremely dark! It's the darkest dystopian book I've ever read: kept hoping things are getting better, but did they ever? What made the book bearable were the Earthseed verses at the start of each chapter, bringing some hope.

Definitely a pick!

@PuddleJumper alt #Roll100 October pick

PuddleJumper ❤️🩷❤️ 8mo
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Mooncakes | Suzanne Walker
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A visually stunning graphic novel about love, family, and witchcraft, a delightful story that celebrates diversity and inclusion. Nova is a deaf witch who uses hearing aids and non-verbal spells, and Tam is a bisexual werewolf. The two girls fall in love as they work together to save their town, and their relationship is one of the highlights of the story. And more, Nova has two grandmas in a relationship with each other, too.

Loved it!

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I'll be traveling quite a bit next month so in addition to some books I really want to get to, I added a lot of random reads to the list, since I may pick up books here and there on my trips.

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Me, Antman and Fleabag | Gayle Kennedy
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September was pretty good for my reading, got 2 #BookSpinBingo and read both spins and a few #Roll100 picks:
- The Mystery of Grace by Charles de Lint: Sept and August #Roll100;
- Me, Antman and Fleabag (tagged): June #Roll100 and Sept #BookSpin;
- The Witcher: Of Flesh and Flame by Aleksandra Motyka: Sept #DoubleSpin.

Big thanks to @TheAromaOfBooks and @PuddleJumper that are pushing me to read more with the BookSpin and Roll100 challenges.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 9mo
PuddleJumper Amazing! 9mo
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@TheAromaOfBooks Thank you so much for posting the spin numbers and the card tonight!

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Looks fantastic!!! 10mo
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@TheAromaOfBooks @PuddleJumper

August reads:
- Falling Bodies by Rebecca Roanhorse: #Roll100 July pick
- Die Trying by Lee Child: #Roll100 May pick and August #BookSpin
- Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson: July #DoubleSpin
- Mars vol 8 by Fuyumi Soryo: August #DoubleSpin
- Witch King by Martha Wells: #Roll100 Feb pick

September list attached

PuddleJumper Ooo my library is ordering Witch King, can't wait to read it! Hope it's good 10mo
claudiuo @PuddleJumper I got it from the library as well, I was lucky I placed the hold as soon as I heard the library is ordering it, I still had to wait a couple months😃 I liked it, hope you do too. 10mo
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@TheAromaOfBooks @PuddleJumper

Quick July update: didn't finish a lot of books but was able to read the tagged book (my July #BookSpin) and MARS Vol. 7 (a #Roll100 July pick) and also get a #BookSpinBingo.

Here is my August list as well.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 11mo
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My July #BookSpinBingo card

Thank you, @TheAromaOfBooks!

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This Is Where It Ends | Marieke Nijkamp
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@TheAromaOfBooks @PuddleJumper

Didn't read a lot this month but still had a few wins:
- both spins: Randomize by Andy Weir (#BookSpin) and The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (#DoubleSpin);
- a #Roll100 pick from back in March: Saints of the Shadow Bible by Ian Rankin;
- a #BookSpinBingo 🎉

A special mention to the tagged book, an emotional, powerful, tough to read in parts fictional account of a school shooting.

Can't believe half of 2023 is gone...

PuddleJumper It feels like we're speed running 2023 12mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Fabulous month!!! And 2023 is RUSHING by!!! 12mo
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My July list #TheAromaOfBooks

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Kinda strange that my first Ian Rankin read is book #19 in the John Rebus series but I loved it and I will go back to the start of the series now so I guess I can be forgiven 😁

@PuddleJumper One of my March #Roll100 picks.

PuddleJumper 🎉🎉 13mo
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Loved it! I didn't expect such powerful writing about such a delicate and sad subject. A pick! April #Roll100 pick.

And since it is almost end of May, here are my other “accomplishments“, all picks:
- Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu: May #Roll100 pick;
- Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng: another April #Roll100 pick;
- Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger: May #BookSpin and Feb #Roll100 pick

and 2 bingos 😁

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Fantastic month!! 13mo
PuddleJumper Brilliant! 13mo
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All the Birds in the Sky | Charlie Jane Anders
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“When Patricia was six years old, she found a wounded bird.“

I kept putting this book aside for a while now, not sure why, now that I started it, I love it.

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May bingo card - thank you, @TheAromaOfBooks!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Looks great!! 14mo
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Girl, Woman, Other | Bernardine Evaristo
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April recap: quite a few good and great reads this month, most notable:
- the tagged book: loved it - a Feb #Roll100 pick and my April #DoubleSpin;
- A Blade So Black: a great YA Fantasy, first in a series - helped my #BookChain get unstuck (stuck again now 😁);
- The House of Silk - great Sherlock Holmes mystery, my Feb #BookSpin.

No bingo to show but just discovered the 2023 reading bracket, so here is mine.

@TheAromaOfBooks @PuddleJumper

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 14mo
PuddleJumper 🎉🎉 14mo
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Thanks a lot, @TheAromaOfBooks!

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Looks fantastic!! 1y
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@TheAromaOfBooks My March update and April card.

Update: I didn't read a lot but was able to get a #BookSpinBingo (see above) which included both March #BookSpin (Castle In the Air) and #DoubleSpin (Never Let Me Go), both very good reads.

Made some progress in #BookChain with Castle In the Air and Caprice of Fate (audiobook), I am now stuck on the 10th prompt.

@PuddleJumper No news on #Roll100 reads, really need to get better in April.

PuddleJumper You're doing great! I haven't read any of my picks since January 😅 1y
claudiuo @PuddleJumper same here, only read Jan #1 and #2 picks 😂 (edited) 1y
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Great progress!! 1y
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My March #BookSpinBingo card, thank you @TheAromaOfBooks!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1y
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@AllDebooks Thanks for making me read an interesting book. Finally got to finish my first #Naturalitsy read, I really enjoyed it, learned a lot not only about eels but also marine research, Rachel Carson, Swedish society and more. Very interesting idea to alternate chapters about eels with writer's personal life. A pick!

@TheAromaOfBooks Finally ready now with my March #BingoSpin list.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1y
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@TheAromaOfBooks @PuddleJumper

Finished reading:
- the tagged book (not the first time reading it, I love Douglas Adams): #Roll100 #1 pick for January and #7 in #BookChain;
- A Comedian Walks Into A Funeral Home done: my February #DoubleSpin.

These 2 reads helped me get a #BookSpinBingo for this month, I think it is the earliest I was able to do this.

PuddleJumper 🎉🎉 1y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1y
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Gideon the Ninth | Tamsyn Muir
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Confusing and hard to follow in some parts but still a great read. I have to admit, I started it once and it didn't really draw me in but gave it one more chance and ended up liking it a lot. A pick!

@TheAromaOfBooks This was my #BookChain read for 5th prompt.

claudiuo @TheAromaOfBooks Talking about #BookChain... After reading this book I was stumped as far as prompt 6: title with half as many letters as this book. I thought I will be stuck here for a while. Serendipity at its best: The book I was reading to celebrate Black History Month was Passing... I realized it has a 7 letter title just now 😻 1y
TheAromaofBooks Nice!!! I am stuck there myself. I definitely already have some ideas for improving prompts for next year 😂 1y
PuddleJumper I'm stuck on 6 too 😂 1y
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My #BookSpinBingo February card is ready. Thank you, @TheAromaOfBooks!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1y
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My February list

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Novelist as a Vocation | Haruki Murakami
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Just finished it and I enjoyed it a lot: a very cool view into the mind of a great writer about writing novels, publishing, readers, literary awards, and more. A pick.

This read also helped me get a #BookSpinBingo for this month.

@TheAromaOfBooks I was trying hard to find a book with a title starting with N for my #BookChain challenge, only when I finished it I realized this was it 😃

TheAromaofBooks Yay bingo!!!! I'm stuck in my BookChain because I finished a book over 400 pages and have to read a book that's even longer for my next link!! I have one in my February pile, but it's going to be a hot minute before I get to it lol 1y
claudiuo @TheAromaofBooks Oh, I have to watch for that one... I rarely read something over 400, if I do that just before this prompt, I'd be toasted... I was going to take the prompts one at a time, but it seems I need some planning 😃 1y
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Lapvona: A Novel | Ottessa Moshfegh

Last couple weeks I finished both spins and a roll100 pick:
- Ms. Marvel Vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson (#Roll100 pick#2): a great start of a new series for me;
- The Last Conversation by Paul Tremblay (Jan #BookSpin): another good entry in the Forward series;
- Lapvona by Ottessa Moshfegh (Jan #DoubleSpin): so-so pick: good writing but with a lot of scenes not quite necessary in the context of the book, IMO.

@TheAromaOfBooks @PuddleJumper

PuddleJumper Great job! 1y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
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