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Kimberlone

Joined May 2016

hp⚡️ twain⚓️ shakespeare🕯beatles💎 alaska🏔 | GR: www.goodreads.com/kimberlone | IG: @readerlykimberly | Storygraph: @kimberlone
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Chain of Thorns by Cassandra Clare
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Bleak House by Charles Dickens
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Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
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Walden by Henry David Thoreau
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Joining in late for #IndependentWomen! I unfortunately didn‘t get to reading the tagged book (Feb was a terrible reading month for me).

Posting a pic from my bachelorette party a couple weeks ago - I have to say, building a strong group of female friends has been such an important part of my late 20s and really value those relationships as I‘ve matured into my 30s.

I‘ve been continuously adding to my Girl Power playlist on Spotify for years:

Crazeedi Great looking group of ladies! 3w
Reggie Love the purple hair! 3w
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vivastory Looks like you had a great time! Congrats on the upcoming wedding 👏 3w
ElizaMarie Congrats! Having a group of powerful women in your corner is so important! So happy for you :) Also, such a beautiful photo! 3w
Bookzombie I love the shades of purple you are all rocking! 3w
BarbaraBB Nothing beats a group of close friends! Happy for you! Thanks for sharing that awesome playlist!! 3w
Cinfhen Congrats on your upcoming wedding 🎊love the photo and the playlist 💜 3w
bthegood congrats on your upcoming wedding 💕 3w
kspenmoll Congratulations! Women friends are the best! 3w
TheBookHippie Congratulations!!! Love this pic!! 3w
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Back to using all my unread #BOTM books for my #BookSpinBingo.

#Bookspin: The Silence of the Girls
#DoubleSpin: The Giver of Stars

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3w
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Chain of Thorns | Cassandra Clare
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I was a bit optimistic in thinking I would finish Chain of Thorns before the end of the month, but my reading got off track in the latter half of February. So I did not finish my #BookSpin (Anne of Manhattan) or #DoubleSpin (Chain of Thorns). Hopping for better success in March!

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Still great progress!! Some months just don't follow the plan 😂 3w
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Infinite Country: A Novel | Patricia Engel
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This is a hard book for me to review. As the child of a Colombian immigrant, and someone who has spent more time in Colombia traveling than anywhere else, I appreciated the realistic but loving depiction of the country. This slim story incorporates themes of immigration, family separation and reunion, and the elusive American Dream. However, as much as I was emotionally moved at times, I also felt very frustrated by some of the plot contrivances.

Kimberlone Additional thoughts: my main criticisms of the book involve the naïveté of the adult characters in the book (the decisions made by the adults, Mauro and Elena, were so frustrating), the over the top depictions of trauma (racism, bullying, and assault), and the both overly convenient and far-fetched plot contrivances that separate and then reunite the characters. The multiple POVs would also have benefited from a longer more developed book. (edited) 3w
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Saga #62 | Brian K. Vaughan
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I finished both of the new issues of Saga during February. So far, these have been a huge improvement over the installments that were released in 2022, which I overall did not love.

I‘m enjoying seeing Hazel and Squire grow and mature, as well as the adult characters‘ continued struggles, and I‘m looking forward to seeing where the plot seems like it is going in this story arc.

The_Book_Ninja I need to jump on this. Everywhere I look people are loving it 3w
Kimberlone @The_Book_Ninja did you read the issues that came out in 2022? So far, the new story arc is really exciting me after I was pretty underwhelmed by what came out last year. 3w
The_Book_Ninja @Kimberlone no I‘ve never read any issues but I‘ve never seen a bad review. I might get an omnibus 3w
Kimberlone @The_Book_Ninja well then I definitely recommend! It is a fantastic space opera; I barely read any comics/graphic novels and I‘ve loved this series! 3w
The_Book_Ninja I shall definitely try it then! 🙌🏼 3w
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Infinite Country: A Novel | Patricia Engel
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February was not a great reading month. Between my bachelorette party, coming down with food poisoning, and a shorter than average month, it was never going to be great.

I finished 6 titles total; two of those were the new issues of Saga and one was a

tpixie Congrats on your engagement. Suck you were sick!! Great job getting some of your TBR read! 4w
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Weyward: A Novel | Emilia Hart
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I was off Litsy all weekend due to being sick with food poisoning, but gonna catch up on some scrolling through my feed today.

I was pleasantly surprised to see an email in my inbox that the March picks were up! I debated adding on something, but decided to hold off.

BeeMagical Ooo this was my pick too!! 1mo
Megabooks I hope you‘re feeling better. Food poisoning sucks! 1mo
Kimberlone @Megabooks thank you! Yesterday was much better and I almost feel back to normal and today. My SO got it way worse and still feels like garbage today. It was an unpleasant Saturday night/Sunday 😩 1mo
vivastory Sorry to hear about the food poisoning! 4w
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On Saturday, my friends (including @hclaird ) hosted a bachelorette party for me. The theme was all purple and the the background of this pic includes a piece of the decorations I kept. During the day we had some extra time in between activities, so I had time to go to the bookstore with @Saknicole and @Bummler and picked up this stack. Bottom 3 from my local used bookstore and the Penguin cloth bound was from B&N.

Saknicole ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
Kimberlone @Saknicole impromptu book store visits 💜 1mo
AvidReader25 That copy of S&S is one of my favorites! 1mo
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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Cannot wait for March!!

The series adaptation of Daisy Jones comes out March 3rd, and Shadow & Bone season 2 comes out March 16th. Then March 23rd my fiancé and I are getting married!

jamield1993 I can't wait. Sam Claflin is one of my mega celeb crushes 🤣😍 1mo
Ruthiella Which event are you most excited about… 😂 1mo
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Mehso-so

Who knew it was possible to write such a boring book about one of the most fascinating rock bands of all time creating one of the most successful albums of all time?

If you‘re interested in the technical minutiae of sound engineering/music production, then you might enjoy this. But the unnecessary tangents about Caillat‘s dating life, humblebragging about his daughter, and frankly unbelievable recall of conversations contribute to its failure.

Suet624 Good to know. 1mo
Pikathulhu That's disappointing; if well-written, this book would have been right up my alley! 1mo
Kimberlone @Pikathulhu I recommend Gold Dust Woman as a counterpoint…biography of Stevie Nicks that definitely gets into the making of Rumours. It was much better and I also listened to the audiobook. 1mo
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Pikathulhu @Kimberlone Thanks for the recc, I'll add it to my TBR! 1mo
Saknicole You are so into the music memoir/ docs. Maybe we should get one for momma. She‘d probably like them too. I just get so bored. Dillon and I die during like the third random documentary of Joe Cocker during holidays 😂😂😂 1mo
kwmg40 Too bad about the book. I've always loved the Rumours album! 1mo
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Happy V-Day! Thankful my SO comes home from work tonight, so we‘ll get to celebrate together 💞

Gissy Yes!!! 1mo
AlaMich Wait, why can‘t you have chocolate AND books? Seems an ideal combo to me! 😄 1mo
Kimberlone @AlaMich both totally valid! I personally don‘t have a big sweet tooth so I‘d prefer the books! 1mo
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Six of Crows | Leigh Bardugo
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Recent acquisitions…

Six of Crows duology from my local used bookstore Title Wave.

Boys in the Boat and Walden (only 10 cents each!) from a local thrift store Bishops Attic.

Clockwork Angel (I hate these covers but this copy was like new!), A Tale of Two Cities, and (yes…another copy of) Walden from Goodwill.

#bookhaul

Saknicole Have you read A Tale of Two Cities? Read it and talk to me about La Guillotina! (I may have liked Great Expectations more in the end though) 1mo
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I am using this new shelf in our spare room to offload books from my overflowing main bookshelves. Decided to fill with all my #BOTM books. Only the bottom right shelf has non-BOTM books.

TEArificbooks Looks pretty 2mo
BarbaraBB Looks so nice! 2mo
Caroline2 Lovely 🥰 2mo
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Saknicole 😍😍 so cute! 2mo
IndoorDame Looks amazing 🤩 2mo
Meshell1313 Ooh pretty!! 😍🙌 2mo
Kimberlone @TEArificbooks @BarbaraBB @Caroline2 @Saknicole @IndoorDame @Meshell1313 thank you! I tried to do a rainbow 🌈 but I didn‘t have enough colors lol 2mo
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February #BookspinBingo card set up!

Tried to focus on romance from my #TBR for #Loveathon2023.

BookSpin: Anne of Manhattan
DoubleSpin: Chain of Thorns (currently reading!)

BarbaraJean We‘re reading Anne of Manhattan for the #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead this month! You‘re welcome to join us if you‘d like! 2mo
Kimberlone @BarbaraJean good timing! Thank you for letting me know! 2mo
Clwojick 💗💗💗 2mo
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Saknicole I still don‘t understand any of these bookspins or bingos or whatever else. I am so bad at forcing myself to read particular books (unless I have children to teach the next day). I am impressed you do it all though! Kudos chica! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! I'm reading Anne of Manhattan this month as well. I'll be interested to hear your thoughts!!! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @Saknicole - Hello!!! I host the BookSpin challenge, so if you're interested, there is more information here - https://thearomaofbooks.wordpress.com/bookspin-bookspinbingo-litsy-challenge/ - a lot of people choose to put in categories for their list (like mystery, green cover, book from the living room shelf, BOTM backlog, etc) to accommodate mood reading. No worries if it isn't your thing, but I thought I'd let you know the details!! 😁 2mo
Kimberlone @Saknicole yes, what @TheAromaofBooks said! I think most people use it as motivation to clean up their TBR. To be honest, I rarely make much of a dent on the bingo card but I do try to at least finish the picked numbers! Most months I just fill up with my BOTM backlog and hope I‘ll get to a few. 2mo
Kimberlone @TheAromaofBooks yay, I am also aware now that there‘s a buddy read going on this month, so I will try to join in! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Yes!! I've been really enjoying the Kindred Spirits Buddy Reads - we've gone through pretty much all of Montgomery's books and this year we're reading some nonfiction and retellings like this one. 2mo
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January reading stats via Storygraph. I finished 7 books, 3 of which I already owned. A big goal for 2023 is to actually read more books I own from my physical and kindle TBR.

Tagged book was my highest rated read (4.5 ⭐️) and Saint was second highest (4⭐️), but overall kind of a meh month.

Saknicole Realllllly. Saint? Like the YA one? I read Fable and didn‘t care for it much. Was it better or was that the only one you read. Saint looked more mature; Fable was definitely very YA. 2mo
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Infinite Country: A Novel | Patricia Engel
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January #BookSpinBingo card - I almost completed one bingo line, but didn‘t quite get there. I finished my #Doublespin (Upgrade), but didn‘t quite finish Infinite Country. It‘s hitting a bit too close to home for me, so I‘m gonna need to take that one slow, even though it‘s very short.

Excited to post my February card soon; since I‘m participating in #Loveathon, it‘s going to be full of romance from my #TBR!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Fantastic month!!! 2mo
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Age of Vice: A Novel | Deepti Kapoor
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Decided to skip this month. I was curious about Georgie, but it‘s currently available for free on Hoopla, and there weren‘t any other options I was too excited for.

Also due to a shipping error, BOTM had to send me a new January box, so I am still waiting for Age of Vice to arrive.

ChaoticMissAdventures I am skipping too. I am curious about Maame it is Jenny Lawson's bookclub pick and she normally picks interesting things so I may go back for that later. 2mo
Kimberlone @ChaoticMissAdventures I will probably try to find a few of them from the library but didn‘t want to use a credit on any of the options 2mo
Laughterhp Yeah, I wasn‘t too excited about these picks either. 2mo
vivastory I had a couple of credits, so I selected The Writing Retreat so that I could add The Shards to my box. Otherwise I would have skipped. 2mo
Kimberlone @vivastory if The Shards had been a main pick I probably would have grabbed that (edited) 2mo
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Upgrade: A Novel | Blake Crouch
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Light pick - a bit underwhelmed by this one. Crouch (like Andy Weir) has a talent for explaining complex scientific ideas in a way non-science people can understand. Unfortunately, I think this was his least successful book (following Dark Matter, which I thought was brilliant, and Recursion, also very good). The premise of upgrading human genes to create a superhuman was interesting enough but the character motivations were not conveyed as well.

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Icebreaker | Hannah Grace
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Nope, this was god awful. The Cutting Edge premise described in the blurb amounts to 2 training scenes total that don‘t happen until 50% in and is quickly abandoned. Dialogue was so cringey and the sex scenes gratuitous. The epilogue betrays what little character development occurs. Only reason I didn‘t DNF is it felt wasteful since I purchased the Kindle version.

1 ⭐️ for the cute cover and .5 ⭐️ for getting me to hate read the entire thing.

Kimberlone Can anyone explain to me why this book is so popular on social media? I had to go deep into the Goodreads reviews before finding comments on the same things that bothered me from this book. This book has 4.14 ⭐️ rating on Goodreads w/115k ratings 🤯 Really obvious case of the marketing does not match the content. 2mo
IndoorDame Lol. Didn‘t know it had a book, but I‘m guessing it‘s popular on social media because it was a decent 80s movie that got remade several times in the last 20 yrs as a whole series of increasingly terrible movies with increasingly bigger named pop stars. 2mo
Kimberlone @IndoorDame it‘s not directly based on the movie but the blurb makes it seem like the main plot is basically The Cutting Edge but in college (hockey player becomes partner of pairs figure skater) but the book is really just about interpersonal drama and gratuitous sex scenes. The entire plot point based on the movie is only about 2 scenes in a nearly 500 page book. 2mo
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sisilia That‘s the reason why I‘ve been avoiding new releases in the past few years 😅 2mo
Kimberlone @sisilia I have been so disappointed with the newer romances I‘ve read recently. I usually try to be skeptical of too much hype but this book really hooked me with the promise of The Cutting Edge at college, and it did not deliver! 2mo
IndoorDame @Kimberlone wow. 500 pages of filler is a pretty terrifying idea. 2mo
Kimberlone @IndoorDame even the movie it‘s claiming to rip off is only like 90 min 🤣 2mo
IndoorDame @Kimberlone 😂😂😂 2mo
KristiAhlers I bailed on this one. Didn't even bother marking it here. Totally confused why so many think it's so good to be honest. 2mo
Kimberlone @KristiAhlers good to know I‘m not the only one! I wouldn‘t have finished it if I hadn‘t paid for it. 2mo
KateKintail Oh noes! I was planning on reading this! Thank you for the review and warning!!!!! 2mo
Kimberlone @KateKintail just doing the lord‘s work around here 2mo
KateKintail @Kimberlone much appreciated! 🥰🤣 2mo
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Age of Vice: A Novel | Deepti Kapoor
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👀 coming soon…

Side note, still haven‘t received my January box due to a USPS delivery error, so they had to send me a new box, which is still not set to deliver until Feb 6-8 at the earliest. 🫤

Trashcanman 😶 2mo
TheBookHippie 👀🤐💌 Oy 2mo
Gissy Whaaat? Well, it will be like a pre-San Valentine‘s box❤️A positive way to see it🤗 2mo
Megabooks Boo! Hope it gets there quickly. 2mo
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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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New teaser trailer AND “Regret Me” single released! I need the full soundtrack, like, right now.

Trailer: https://youtu.be/W0ywkDC9rEo

Regret Me: https://open.spotify.com/track/5a8U9oin9Xh6kM5B2EsONK?si=sYKnWz1URCCOfI9E12t4_Q

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The subtitle A LOVE STORY says it all. This slim novel (

Kimberlone I made lots of annotations, so I may post some select passages I underlined later on. 2mo
Saknicole You‘ve sold me 2mo
Kimberlone @Saknicole you would definitely love it! The exact opposite of the other book I was telling you about 🤣 2mo
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Kimberlone @Saknicole same author as The Atlas Six. If you like her writing you will like this one for sure. 2mo
Saknicole @Kimberlone I‘m familiar… #dramione 2mo
Kimberlone @Saknicole oh yeah so you already know! She writes morally grey characters so well! 2mo
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My fiancé and I have been trying to do more reading rather than tv watching at night. I read about 50 pages last night. Hoping to finish this before the end of the week.

ChaoticMissAdventures This is my number 1 response when people ask me how to read more! Turn off the TV. Hope it is working! 2mo
Kimberlone @ChaoticMissAdventures I actually can do both (read and watch tv) at the same time, but he can‘t. But reducing screen time no matter what is good for both of us! 2mo
paulfrankspencer @ChaoticMissAdventures It's as simple as that. "I wish I read more." Oh? Then go ahead and do it. 2mo
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vivastory @paulfrankspencer @chaoticmissadventures I HATE when people are like, “I just don't have time to read...“ & after talking to them you find out that they are following so many current tv shows, lol. 2mo
Kimberlone @vivastory @paulfrankspencer agreed! It‘s just a matter of prioritization. I prioritize reading time, others prioritize video games, tv, etc. if you want to read more you just gotta do it! I have similar conversations with students all the time who say they want to be better readers, but don‘t like my advice that there‘s no trick to becoming a better reader other than reading more and reading more challenging texts! 2mo
Saknicole Get it girllllll. I think about my books all day. Like I read during the day with the kids but I‘m always thinking about the books I want to read 😂 that‘s my life 2mo
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Untitled | Untitled
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Anyone else appreciating the Storygraph app update? So many great improvements to the user interface and dark mode looks damn good!

Even though I‘m not planning on abandoning Goodreads entirely (it‘s conveniently tied to my Kindle/Amazon account and allows me to see what more of my IRL friends are reading), I‘m so glad there is a (superior, imo) alternative now!

You can add me @Kimberlone (same username) if you want to connect on Storygraph!

wanderinglynn I love SG! All the graphs, the reading challenges, and now dark mode. ❤️ I sent you a friend request 2mo
RamsFan1963 I love the dark mode! 2mo
Enchanted_Bibliophile Also loving the new features 😍 2mo
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SamAnne I‘m starting to get into StoryGraph. There‘s a few things I‘m out fond of and I don‘t want to,spend more time on reading apps than I do reading! But I love an alternative to Goodreads. 2mo
BekaReid Yes! I love dark mode and SG and so excited when the feature was added 🙂 2mo
TheRiehlDeal I sent you a friend request! You can stay up to date on upcoming features here: https://roadmap.thestorygraph.com/ 2mo
fredamans Added. 2mo
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Sugaring Off | Gillian French
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I made an Instagram reel featuring all of the Goodreads giveaways I‘ve won that I want to try to read in 2023!

You can view and follow my #bookstagram
@ readerlykimberly

Laughterhp How do you win so many giveaways?!?! 2mo
Kimberlone @Laughterhp honestly I just enter a lot! I was surprised once I started trying, it was easier than I thought and I won way more than I expected to! 2mo
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Light pick. I was really intrigued by the mysterious religious cult investigation plot line, but it ended up being a total dud! While I love all the main characters, the introduction of Moriarty‘s estranged daughter didn‘t really add anything for me. The relationship development between the main characters was a strength, especially Charlotte & Lord Ingram. The ending saved the plot for me, and after reading the blurb for the next, I am excited!

Saknicole I need to catch up now! 2mo
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Morning plans…I have a LOT of housework to do today, but I‘ve already done some errands out of the house, so I don‘t feel too bad about taking a coffee/musubi/new book break!

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Oops…I went to Target yesterday and couldn‘t resist. Now I need to carefully remove those awful stickers!

BooksNBowls A hair dryer is my favorite way to remove stickers! Comes off like a band-aid! 2mo
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I always listen at least 1.2x speed, but occasionally crank it to 1.5x. My fiancé can‘t follow anything above 1.1x, so I‘ll slow it down if we are listening to something together.

At night I often will throw on the sleep timer for 10-15 min or end of chapter and let myself doze off to narration.

My fiancé and I do a few long road trips to go camping every summer and we always pick out an audiobook to listen to. We‘ve been through several SKs.

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The Stand | Stephen King
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The Stand was SO LONG. #audiblestats

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Did anyone check their #AudibleStats? Will be posting some more highlights for me…

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Poster Girl | Veronica Roth
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Interesting premise: main character is the titular former “poster girl” of this society‘s previous dystopian government (1984 + iPhones), living in a prison ghetto with other adults who were part of the ruling class and given the opportunity for freedom if she can right a wrong from the past.

The ending was a bit anticlimactic for me, despite several twists. Overall effect felt closer to Divergent than The Handmaid‘s Tale.

Light pick - 3.5 ⭐️

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Saint | Adrienne Young
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I had a slow start to January reading, but I finished 2 books this past weekend; Saint is my first finished book of 2023.

I really enjoyed Young‘s Fable duology, so I was excited for this prequel.

Similar magic/fantasy/pirate elements as is present in Fable. The main characters were well drawn, but there was no clear antagonist. Female MC Isolde escapes and is on the run from her mother, but that conflict is completely off page.

Saknicole Ok, I found your post on this. Interesting that you were more into Fable than me. It was pretty meh for me. I didn‘t even think about starting the second book. If it better than the first? 2mo
Kimberlone @Saknicole i definitely preferred Fable over Namesake, but I did enjoy this prequel. Overall I like the world/premise (sort of pirate fantasy), the romance is good, although the villains in all the books do not have good characterization. 2mo
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Infinite Country: A Novel | Patricia Engel
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Better late than never…

Here‘s my #BookspinBingo card. #Bookspin is Infinite Country and #Doublespin is Upgrade.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
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Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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My top 22 reads in 2022! Although my overall average rating was only 3.7, I still read a lot of amazing books this year.

Not only was Sea of Tranquility my favorite book I read in 2022, but I also think it was one of the best new releases of 2022. Other worthy 2022 fiction releases include: Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, Lessons in Chemistry, The Candy House, Trust, and The Diamond Eye.

#top22of22

ChaoticMissAdventures Sea of Tranquility was my top read of 2022 also! Just so gorgeous and I love how she intertwines the storylines. 3mo
Kimberlone @ChaoticMissAdventures me too! It also made me appreciate The Glass Hotel more. I wonder if she is going to keep writing in this interconnected universe or if she‘s moving away from that? I feel like Sea of Tranquility wrapped things up perfectly though… 3mo
BkClubCare Wow! I have read and enjoyed most of these. But I don‘t think I know Diamond Eye - off to look 👀 for it. 3mo
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Suet624 Love your choices. I‘ve read about half of them and totally agree with you. 3mo
Megabooks Agree re: the glass hotel. Great choices!! 3mo
Kimberlone @BkClubCare definitely recommend all of Kate Quinn‘s historical fiction! My favorite is 3mo
Kimberlone @Suet624 @Megabooks thanks although there were so many I didn‘t get to this year! 3mo
Saknicole 😍😍😍 3mo
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Finally getting around to compiling my 2022 reading wrap-up. I posted a bunch of stats from Goodreads and Storygraph on Jan. 1st, but I wanted to make a cuter graphic highlighting some major stats.

Top 22 in 2022 coming next!

*This is my first attempt at making graphics in Canva for my Bookstagram! I think it turned out cute :)

wanderinglynn Awesome! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
Gissy Great!📚📚📚📚📚🤩👏👏👏👏 3mo
Saknicole I love the vibes of this one. Did you use Canva? Pretty 😍 3mo
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Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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I only rated 8 books 5 star reads in 2022. Not a very accurate stat, though, since I rate genres differently. For example, I judge literary fiction much more harshly and that genre gets very few 5 stars.

vivastory Nice House On the Lake🤘 3mo
Kimberlone @vivastory that one was such a surprise. Loved it! 3mo
Saknicole I need to read the ones I haven‘t of these. I always take your 5 stars very seriously. Also…. We need to chat Sea of Tranquility. I loved it! 3mo
Kimberlone @Saknicole you should look at all my 4-5 star ratings…they were kind of inconsistent ratings so there a bunch more I‘d also recommend. Going to post my 22 in 2022 later! (edited) 3mo
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True Biz | Sara Noviac
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This includes physical books (mostly BOTM hardcovers), Kindle purchases, and audiobooks from Audible.

Ruthiella Well done! 👏👏👏 3mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I am amazed by everyone ready with 2022 statistics already. I'll be calculating mine for the next 10 days. 🤣 3mo
merelybookish Congrats! I know how good that feels! 3mo
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Kimberlone @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick these are just screenshots from Goodreads and Storygraph, but it did take some time to decide what info to post and add captions! 3mo
Kimberlone @merelybookish hoping to do better in 2023! 3mo
DivineDiana Fantastic! 👏🏻📚👏🏻 3mo
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I was surprised by this series stat! Also I‘m still salty about the fact that this is only Vol. 1 of 2 (and who the f knows when GRRM is going to finish another book).

Some of the other series I started, finished, or revisited: Red Rising, Infernal Devices, Last Hours, ACOTAR, Saga, STEMinista, Lore Olympus, Heartstopper, Cormoran Strike, The Atlas, etc.

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I‘m always pretty stingy with my 4-5 star ratings. A book has to be really good to warrant 4 or above and be basically perfect, in my opinion, to deserve 5 stars.

On the other end of the spectrum, I rarely finish books that are going to be rated below 3 stars (what‘s the point?). If I do, it‘s turned into a hate read, is part of a series I want to finish, or I am hoping it will get better before the end.

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Mimi Matthews and Cassandra Clare were new to me authors this year.

I read all of the Infernal Devices series and started The Last Hours (although I don‘t ever see myself going back to the The Mortal Instruments). I am looking forward to Chain of Thorns being released in 2023!

I bought a Kindle deal for a Mimi Matthews book, and fell down the rabbit hole of her historical romance series. I recommend checking her out if you like that genre!

Saknicole Cassandra Clare was my #1 for the year! 3mo
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The Stand | Stephen King
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Interesting that Storygraph has The Stand as my longest book, but Goodreads has The Ink Black Heart. Both were overly long, but overall I think The Stand warranted the epic length more.

Cazxxx I just started this the other day. Hoping it‘s worth the long read! 3mo
TheNeverendingTBR @Cazxxx it's my favourite book of all time. ❤️ 3mo
Kimberlone @Cazxxx I found it to be a bit overly long (but that‘s most Stephen King books). Still an essential entry in the SK oeuvre. I hope you like it! 3mo
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Some more interesting stats from Storygraph!

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I am always surprised by how many books that are classified as romance since it feels like I read a good variety of genres, but I can‘t help if I want a HEA for a mood booster more often than not!

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My reading was up and down all over the place this year. A very chaotic graph 😵‍💫

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Interesting graph! One of my favorite features of Storygraph are tracking the moods of the books I finish. Looks like my year started out dark and got lighter in the summer (makes sense!).

Bookzombie My graph showed I got darker, lol 3mo
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Thoughts on the Storygraph wrap-up compared to Goodreads?

I‘ve been really enjoying using Storygraph more in 2022. I won‘t be giving up Goodreads, but I‘m glad there is a legitimate alternative option now, and the statistics/data and infographics really set it apart.

Follow me on Storygraph: @Kimberlone

CoffeeNBooks I've decided I much prefer Storygraph to Goodreads. 3mo
BookNAround I really like StoryGraph. I never did manage to do anything with Goodreads since I‘ve been on LibraryThing since the beginning. 3mo
CBee Just looked through mine and WOW I love SG‘s wrap up so much more! Love all the graphs and charts and such 😊 3mo
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Bookzombie I gave up Goodreads at the end of 2021. I really like Storygraph. 3mo
IndoorDame At this point I‘ve pretty much given up on goodreads and moved over to StoryGraph. I tend to leave star rating but not reviews on there, use it to track my challenges and get some of my recommendations from there 3mo
WJCintron 😃🎉🙏🥳👏👏👏 3mo
BekaReid I've never used Good Reads but started StoryGraph last year and absolutely love it! All the stats with the charts and graphs are fantastic, and of course, the ease of tracking. 3mo
fredamans 👏 👏 👏 3mo
TheNeverendingTBR Well done, Kim! 😁 3mo
Kimberlone @CoffeeNBooks @BookNAround @cbee @Bookzombie @IndoorDame @BekaReid I agree that Storygraph has some really great features especially compared to Goodreads. I will still use both since I‘m not so anti-Amazon, but I think it‘s great that there‘s a superior free alternative to Goodreads for those looking to avoid the Amazon Industrial Complex. 3mo
peanutnine I love storygraph! I stopped using goodreads this year just cause I didn't feel like tracking on both. Love all the stats 😍 I sent you a friend request, I'm sglance9 ☺️ 3mo
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All of my 2022 reads!

Will post my more detailed Storygraph stats next!

tpixie Cool! 3mo
WJCintron So cool! Beautiful 🤩🙌 3mo
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The Ink Black Heart | Robert Galbraith
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Honestly, I wasn‘t blown away with the newest issues of Saga that were released this year. It felt like nothing much really happened and I wasn‘t emotionally gutted like I have been in the past.

The Ink Black Heart was WAY too long, and was definitely my least favorite of the Cormoran Strike series so far. It was only worth it for the Robin/Strike relationship.

swishandflick I feel like, at this rate, we'll have to wait for book 10 of the series before she *considers* throwing us a bone with the Robin/Strike tension, haha 3mo
Kimberlone @swishandflick ugh that‘s what I‘m worried about too! 3mo
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Incoming barrage of 2022 wrap up posts…

I was hoping to finish at least one more book while on vacation this past week, but ended up being too busy and/or tired to devote any time to reading. Will be getting 2023 started strong on two flights today, though!

Follow me on Goodreads: @Kimberlone

vivastory Happy New Year! I hope you had a nice vacation. 3mo
wanderinglynn Awesome! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
Gissy Amazing! 📚📚📚📚🎉🎊👏👏👏👏 3mo
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