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keys_on_fire

Joined April 2018

Reader, Musician, Crocheter, Super Aunt, Christian
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Murder Makes Scents | Christin Brecher
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This is my favorite time of year, and this might be my favorite layout for #bookspinbingo yet! With #deweys24hourreadathon later this month, I‘m sure to read more than last month. As I read my themed list of books (cozy and spooky), I‘ll turn these pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns!

#bookspin - Tagged Book
#doublespin - 15 Minutes of Flame

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peanutnine Such a cute idea! 🎃💛 3d
Ash.on.the.line I love this idea! 🎃 3d
keys_on_fire @peanutnine @Ash.on.the.line Thank you both!! 3d
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Looks fantastic - and I can't wait to see the finished board!!! 2d
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The Bride Test | Helen Hoang
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Didn‘t get as much reading done this month as I‘d hoped. I got a new position in my company and a lot of days I was just DONE with mental tasks when the work day was over. Tagged book was my #doublespin for September.
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks I had a crazy work month as well - I've been spending evening time in Stardew Valley to wind down!! 2d
keys_on_fire I‘ve never played that one! @TheAromaofBooks (edited) 2d
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The Hotel Nantucket | Elin Hilderbrand
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This was my first Elin and I really enjoyed it! The combo of beach read, mystery and ghost story had me intrigued the entire time. Some of the vernacular gave me pause though; regional words or am I just not around people who use these terms? 🤔
#bookspin for August 2022 @TheAromaofBooks

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Updates for August coming soon, but this is my #bookspin list and #bookspinbingo card for September! I started off making 🏈 , but some of them looked nice and others looked deflated 🤣🤣
Tagged book is my bookspin and The Bride Test is my #doublespin.
Plan to color the helmets in when I complete a book. Gonna be a fun month!!
@TheAromaofBooks

KristiAhlers Love your board! And your tagged book is one of my favorites by that author! Happy reading!!! 1mo
keys_on_fire @KristiAhlers thank you so much! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! I love it!!! 1mo
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The third book in this series was one of last year‘s Halloween OUABC choices & I never got around to it. I figured I could read this in August, #2 in Sept, & #3 in October this year. Cozy mysteries are, despite the topic, usually light & easy reads. This book was different than others I‘ve read in that it seemed more detailed. At the same time, silly phrasing and choices made it hard to suspend disbelief at times.

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The Reading List: A Novel | Sara Nisha Adams
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Mukesh and Aleisha are an unlikely pair of friends, but they become so due to a list of books left behind in the library. I so enjoy reading books about books, and this one showed the importance of reading and books to our lives and learning in such a lovely way. I‘ve only read one of the books in the list, so I need to make this a goal for 2023!!

KathyWheeler While I‘m liking this book, so much of the things about libraries are just wrong. As a librarian, that annoys me, so this book has been slow going for me. 2mo
keys_on_fire @KathyWheeler Ugh, that so frustrating! 2mo
KathyWheeler @keys_on_fire Yes, it is, especially since I like it otherwise. 2mo
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The Hotel Nantucket | Elin Hilderbrand
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My #bookspin for August is the tagged book and my #doublespin is Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow.

I was waiting to post my August bingo layout until I had a finished book in order to illustrate the theme better!
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! So adorable! 2mo
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June‘s pick was Tell Me S‘more and July‘s pick is Instructions for Dancing. I had to give the edge to Invisible Women for the next round, as the impact it had on me was profound and I‘ve been extolling its virtues to anyone who will listen!
#2022ReadingBracketChallenge @chasjjlee

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The Reading List: A Novel | Sara Nisha Adams
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I got one BINGO and was so close to a second! Was halfway through the tagged book (which was square 5) when the month ended.

Super fun theme this month! #bookspinbingo
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TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Fabulous month!! I love the way your stars turn into fireworks for the read books!! 2mo
keys_on_fire @TheAromaofBooks Aw thanks! I decided to do a similar theme for august…circles that will turn into suns!! Was holding off on posting until I had my first book read… 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Oh my gosh, I love all your ideas!!! 2mo
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Reading Up a Storm | Eva Gates
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So far, this is my least fav of the series. I hope this doesn‘t continue, but there seemed to be a lot of repetition that took away the enjoyment of the story. I imagine that has to be hard for authors; how to give enough backstory for readers who just picked up this book without alienating the people who‘ve been reading all along. Looking forward to OBX at Halloween, which is the theme of the next in the series!

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Yearbook | Seth Rogen
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I listened to the audiobook and the amount of actors and people from his life that performed on this was staggering. I enjoyed listening to Seth and hearing about his life, but was disappointed that he didn‘t talk more about the movies he made. There were a lot of stories that involved drugs, so between those two things there just wasn‘t enough for me to really connect with him.

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I loved this book! 🥰 The mix of reality and magical is compelling and the use of different communication methods to move the story along was clever. I‘m actually sad I didn‘t read this book sooner!

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Beautiful Ruins | Jess Walter
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Such a layered experience! Stories within stories, non-fiction within fiction, and some twists! It took me a minute to get into it, and I expected it to be a ‘beach read‘ but it turned out to have more depth than I thought it would. Lovely surprise!
#bookspin for July @TheAromaofBooks

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Broken Hearted | Francine Pascal, Kate William
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Team Todd or Team Jeffrey? That‘s really the dilemma of this whole book. Elizabeth as a character needs a shakeup, so Todd Wilkins moves back to Sweet Valley. Some folks will commiserate with her dilemma, and others will think her conflicts to be very out of character. 3 star rating for me on Goodreads.
Which team are you on? 😉

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The Nineties: A Book | Chuck Klosterman
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Overall, this book is a pick. The actual reading of it went in waves; certain chapters were fascinating and others really were a drag. I am part of the core demographic that this book was talking about and so there were a lot of insights that were fun to look back and reflect on that new perspective. I‘m curious how someone who didn‘t live through the 90‘s would receive this book.
#bookspin for July @TheAromaofBooks

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My Evil Mother | Margaret Atwood
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I typically shy away from novellas, as they rarely satisfy me. I picked this to complete a kindle challenge, and it did NOT disappoint. Fun and quick read that held me captivated throughout.

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Teacher Crush | Francine Pascal, Kate William
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This was definitely not my fav SVH read. I know I had crushes on teachers as a teenager, but rereading as an adult just made me feel creepy. Some of the SVH books have aged better than others, and IMO, this one did not.

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The Nineties: A Book | Chuck Klosterman
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My July #bookspinbingo layout! As I read the books, I will add to each square to turn the star into fireworks. Super excited about this one!!

Tagged book is my #bookspin for July. @TheAromaofBooks

Maria514626 I love your board! 🎉🎉🎉 3mo
BarkingMadRun This is fabulous! 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Looks great!! Can't wait to see your fireworks!! 3mo
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Beautiful Ruins | Jess Walter
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I tried to get a bingo at the last minute by starting my #doublespin on the 30th, but that didn‘t happen. I can‘t believe I let a bingo with 3 free spaces go by!!
Still proud of this month considering all that I had going on. On to July!!
#bookspinbingo

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This is the second Emily Henry book I‘ve read and I really like her writing style. I also think it‘s a testament to a good book when you start it thinking it‘s going to be one type of story and it turns out to be something different but keeps you interested anyway. This was also my #bookspin for June. @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
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I‘m really enjoying this cozy mystery series, primarily because it‘s set in the Outer Banks at a library. I think this is just as good as the first book and I‘m looking forward to reading the third. It will be interesting to see when Lucy has to decide between her two male suitors!

JamieArc I read the first one right before vacationing in the Outer Banks and visiting the actual lighthouse. Sadly, there is not a library there. Still fun to see in real life! (edited) 3mo
keys_on_fire I was just there the week of June 20th, but couldn‘t get anyone in my group to go to the lighthouse with me!! Next time for sure!! @JamieArc (edited) 3mo
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BooksTattosCoffee What is bookspin? 3mo
keys_on_fire @BooksTattosCoffee Bookspin is just a fun way to cross off something from your TBR. You make a list of 20 books that you‘d like to read, and on the 2nd of the month, @TheAromaofBooks randomly picks a number and you read that book. There‘s also #doublespin (which is just a second picked book) and #bookspinbingo where the numbers are randomly placed on a bingo board. Super fun and super casual! 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
TheAromaofBooks @BooksTattosCoffee - If you're interested in learning more about the challenge, I made a post explaining how it works here - https://thearomaofbooks.wordpress.com/bookspin-bookspinbingo-litsy-challenge/ - or just feel free to ask if you have any questions!!! 3mo
BooksTattosCoffee Thank you! 3mo
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I picked this to read on vacation, and at first I was wondering if I made the right choice. The book starts in a very sad place, but slowly weaves the story around to a satisfying conclusion. The backdrop of Positano and Capri really made the story come alive for me, and I need to start planning a trip to visit! Enjoyable, quick and easy read!

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This series was so much fun for me, and the last book did not disappoint! The first 3 books are told from GiGi‘s perspective, and this was told from the male lead‘s point of view. Done badly, this could have been a boring repeat of things the reader already knew. Instead, I thought the author did a great job of giving enough to ground the reader and recall memories while giving new insight. Satisfied!!

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It just wasn‘t what I wanted, which was a story where the Queen escapades and thoughts were the central focus. Instead, this was primarily about the supporting characters and their efforts to find her. Just not my cup of tea…

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Me | Elton John
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I almost gave up on this one because the book wasn‘t what I expected after watching the movie. I started listening to the audiobook, performed by Taron Egerton and that really turned it around for me. What an interesting life!

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Reading about a summer vacation while on summer vacation at the beach! This is close to heaven!

EvieBee Nice! 4mo
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I love when words invoke both auditory and visual imagery!

Book about OBX and pic taken by me at sunrise in OBX last summer 😊

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I am so excited that the tagged book ended up as my #bookspin for the month, as that will be perfect to either pump me up for or read while on my beach vacation later this month! Even my #doublespin is a vacation vibes book!! It‘s gonna be a good month!
@TheAromaofBooks

Eggs Loved Beautiful Ruins ❤️❤️ 4mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! I really enjoyed Beach Read. 4mo
JenReadsAlot Both are great! 4mo
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Dragon Beautiful Ruins is a great vacation to Italy 🇮🇹 💚🐉 4mo
keys_on_fire @Eggs @TheAromaofBooks @JenReadsAlot I am so excited to read both of these, especially with the glowing reviews! @Dragon Have you ever read I Love Capri by Belinda Jones? It‘s one of my fav ‘getaway‘ books set in Italy :) 4mo
Dragon Thanks @keys_on_fire I‘m going to add it to my TBR list 👍💚🐉 4mo
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I had a really good May and I‘m taking a vacation this month so I‘m not sure how wise my choice is, but my goal for this #BigJuneReadathon is to read 50 hours. I‘d like to get 3 bingos on #bookspinbingo as well. Most of my books are from BOTM, so that will help me get some off that bookshelf as well.
@Clwojick

Clwojick Woohoo! You‘ve got this! 4mo
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Took the suggestion of @TheAromaofBooks and made June‘s bingo board all about butterflies! Right now they‘re all caterpillars, but as I read I will add their wings! #bookspinbingo #bookspin

I am excited about so many of these books this month!!

JackOBotts Such a cute set up idea. Looking forward to seeing the final metamorphosis at the end of the month! 😉 🐛 🦋 4mo
Julsmarshall So much fun! 4mo
TheAromaofBooks Oh my gosh I'm so excited! 😂 4mo
keys_on_fire @JackOBotts I see what you did there, and I love it!! I‘ll try to remember to tag you in my updates! 4mo
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I recommend this book to anyone, and plan to buy one for my workplace library. My sense of fascination compelled me to finish this quickly, and I recommend the audiobook as the narrator makes the stats very digestible. This is something we need to stand up against, and that means more people need to be made aware.
2 Bingos for #bookspinbingo this month, and 12 books read. Yay!!
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Fantastic month!! 4mo
Bookwormjillk Invisible Women was so good 4mo
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Finished this earlier in the day for my second bingo!
This is totally getting me in the mood for my OBX trip in June. It‘s so neat to read a book where you recognize places that you‘ve been to. I plan to read the next two in the series before I go!

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I started listening to this book while driving to my parents on Friday, and continued listening on my way home today. Ironically, most of what I heard today was about how cars are tested with male dummies and how many more women are severely injured than men because they have to adjust everything just because they are women. Now reading this chapter about medicine is just flooring me.

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My book ‘garden‘ is really starting to bloom! One bingo accomplished, & I‘ve already started book 17 (tagged) so that will be next! I even accomplished all of my #marvellousmay goals!! @Andrew65
#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

BookNAround This is adorable! 4mo
keys_on_fire @BookNAround Thank you! It‘s been a really fun and motivating layout! 4mo
wanderinglynn What a fun way to do a bingo board! 💜🌻 4mo
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keys_on_fire @wanderinglynn Thank you! I‘m trying to come up with something for June now. I think I‘ll do fireworks for July, but I may have to be basic for June 😆😆 4mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Looking fabulous!! This might be too complicated... but maybe butterflies for June? Little chrysalises that hatch?? 😂 4mo
keys_on_fire @TheAromaofBooks That could work! I could make the caterpillar in the center, with the number inside it and then after I read it add the wings! I love it! Thanks!!! 4mo
BkClubCare Clever! 🪴 4mo
Linsy Love the garden idea! 🪴 4mo
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TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 4mo
julieclair Love this! So creative! 4mo
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Kaikeyi: A Novel | Vaishnavi Patel
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #marvellousmay #bookspin

The style or speaking voice of the author/translation felt very formal at first, but as I got deeper into the story, I felt that it fit the character of Kaikeyi so well. I loved the imagery of a world I‘m not familiar with, and the development of the MC was compelling.

@TheAromaofBooks @Andrew65

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Eleanor and Park | Rainbow Rowell
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #marvellousmay @Andrew65
I really enjoyed this book and rooted for Eleanor and Park the entire time. I did not have the same scenarios that either of the characters did, but I had some things about my family that were different enough to be picked on, so I felt the connection to the story. I even listened to the songs mentioned while I was reading!

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Joining! @Andrew65

Ironically, I decided to go solo camping this weekend to get away and read, without even knowing this was happening. Got quite a bit done already, so here‘s what I hope for the rest of the week:
1.) Finish: Kaikeyi (#bookspin)
2.) Finish: Eleanor & Park
3.) Start & finish: Perfect Shot (#doublespin)
4.) Start: The Magdalen Girls (book club pick)

Andrew65 Good luck. The camping sounds perfect. 😊 5mo
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Love in Lockdown | Chloe James
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I almost put this book down because of the prologue, but I‘m sure glad that I didn‘t! I thought the story was interesting and did a good job of portraying that life kept going during the pandemic without getting heavy. Having had juvenile epilepsy as a kid, I had never read a book of fiction that had an MC with it. That was definitely something that snagged my attention. Super quick read!

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I won this in a giveaway.There were some good stories and ideas think about, but I still left the experience wondering exactly what the purpose or point was. Because of this, I think this is very dependent on being in a place of need for these sentiments. I hope that when I need some life encouragement, I will remember to pull out this book and reread it.
Book 9 - #bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

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Kaikeyi: A Novel | Vaishnavi Patel
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The first half of Kaikeyi is my #bookspin and my #doublespin is Perfect Shot - SVH No. 53 (part of my #paperbackcrush challenge)

Looking forward to a productive reading month in May!
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My favorite April read was the tagged book. It was a super fun, colorful fantasy story that I spent time reading/viewing all of the little details.

I also thought it deserved to make it through the next round, even over Will, which was a fantastic book. I just think the originality and humor edged out the nostalgia from the Will book. This was a tough decision, and I can‘t imagine what the rest are gonna be like! #2022ReadingBracket @chasjjlee

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May Flowers | Louisa May Alcott
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I think this layout for May is going to be my fav so far! I will write the numbers for bingo in the flower pots and as I read the books, the flowers will grow and bloom! 🌹 🌺 🌸
#bookspin #bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

Prairiegirl_reading Cute layout!! 5mo
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Against the Odds #51 | Francine Pascal
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Finished the tagged last night and it was my #bookspin for April. Typical SVH fare, and although it was nice to see some other characters featured, it made Jessica and Elizabeth seem even more like caricatures.

Somehow, didn‘t get a bingo this month. Number 14 was really my only hope, and although I started it yesterday, Kaikeyi is over 400 pages so that didn‘t happen. Still proud of my month though!
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Great month!! I love your eggs!!! 5mo
keys_on_fire @TheAromaofBooks working on my May list now. I‘m growing flowers this month! 😆🥰 5mo
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Across Five Aprils | Irene Hunt
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After dinner enjoyment x 2! 📚 & 🍺
#deweys24HrReadathon

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Out of Reach | Francine Pascal, Kate William
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Kaikeyi: A Novel | Vaishnavi Patel
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Starting this one now, which I don‘t anticipate finishing during the readathon, as I like to mix it up and will want to get some other books finished up as well. Hoping to get at least halfway through today!
#deweys24hrreadathon

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This was a super fun start to #deweys24hrreadathon! I found myself chuckling on almost every page. The illustrations reminded me of the Where‘s Waldo books, and the character comments were more interesting than the story itself. Will probably purchase this for my nephews at some point!
Also, this book completed all of the prompts for the #booklyenchantedreadathon

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Inner Harbor | Nora Roberts
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Book 3 of 4 in the Chesapeake Bay series. This brought a lot of the plot points from the first two books together, so it will be interesting to see in what direction the 4th book will travel. I didn‘t connect as much to the lead couple in this book but, so far in my Nora Roberts experience, there is usually one story that is not as compelling. All in all, a fun, sexy, beachy read!

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Since I couldn‘t be with my family this Easter, I decided to spend some time reflecting on some of the women in the story. I read the Women of Christmas not too long ago, and this is just as insightful. It‘s amazing to me how trained our brains are to see the women in the stories as background, when in reality they had some of the most key story points.

BookBabe Yes, I‘ve noticed that too! #stacked 🙌🏻 5mo
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