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llwheeler

llwheeler

Joined September 2016

sff writer, all around booknerd
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The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron
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Some of the Best from Tor.com: 2019 Edition: A Tor.com Original by Mary Robinette Kowal, Seanan McGuire, S. L. Huang, Elizabeth Bear, Karin Tidbeck, Laurie Penny, JY Yang, Annalee Newitz, John Chu, E. Lily Yu, Greg Egan, Erinn L. Kemper, Christopher Rowe, Rivers Solomon, Kathleen Ann Goonan, Kj Kabza, Rich Larson, Mimi Mondal, Lis Mitchell, Brenda Peynado, Siobhan Carroll, Carole Johnstone, Silvia Park, M. Evan MacGriogair
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A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley
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Medieval Romances by Roger Sherman Loomis/Loomis, Laura Hibbard Loomis
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Idylls of the King and a Selection of Poems by Alfred Tennyson Baron Tennyson, Alfred Lord Tennyson
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Fevre Dream by George R. R. Martin
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Dune by Frank Herbert
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Castle of Wizardry | David Eddings
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January #BookSpin done! @TheAromaofBooks

This was one of my bookspins last year that I didn't get to, so I was happy it was pulled again this month.

I found the pacing a little odd, but despite that this is probably my favourite of the Belgariad so far. Only one more book to go! Hopefully I'll get to it next month.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 18h
wanderinglynn I love this series! ❤️ 18h
llwheeler @wanderinglynn I'm sad I never read it when I was younger, but better late than never! 17h
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I finished my Jan #BookSpin last night (review soon) so today I'm starting my #doublespin. Looking forward to it!

@TheAromaofBooks

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First book finished for #fourfoursin22 - Australia @Lauredhel

Another great Miss Fisher! I'm really enjoying getting to know the book version of the characters, as I know the show very well. I'll definitely be continuing the series.

Lauredhel Not an Aboriginal author but that was only a strong suggestion! I'll pay it :) 1w
llwheeler @Lauredhel who knows, I may still get to one this year 🙂 1w
Lauredhel @llwheeler I have plenty of recs, also see Anita Heiss' Black Books list 1w
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llwheeler @Lauredhel I see Kim Scott is on it, I loved True Country when I read it in university. I'll keep my eye out for others 1w
Lauredhel @llwheeler I have heard particularly good things about Taboo, but haven't read it yet 1w
llwheeler @Lauredhel stacked! 🙂 1w
Lauredhel @llwheeler ❤️💜💚💙 1w
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Madame de Treymes | Edith Wharton
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Another #whartonbuddyread finished, and I really enjoyed this short novella. Her prose is gorgeous as always, and her depictions of people navigating different societies and cultures are deft.

Graywacke Agree about her prose. Glad you enjoyed! 6d
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#fourfoursin21 completed! Just a wee bit late, I didn't finish the 2 in green until the new year.

Now, on to #fourfoursin22! I have ideas for a few of the prompts already...

Thanks for hosting a fun challenge, @Lauredhel!

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My last book for #fourfoursin21 (late but oh well) for the epistolary prompt, as this book is entirely an epistolary novel. @Lauredhel

I really enjoyed this, though almost all the men are terrible (hello patriarchy) and at times I found Evelina's discomfort with the situations she's in pretty uncomfortable to read. I'd never read Burney before and will give her others a try.

Also this is the 100th book I've read from the #1001books list 🎉

llwheeler *for the correspondent prompt, bc the book is epistolary 2w
readordierachel 100 books from the list! Well done 👏🏼 2w
llwheeler @readordierachel thanks! 🙂 2w
Lauredhel Maybe you're not eligible for the prize, but still congratulations for finishing! 2w
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I didn't finish #fourfoursin21 in 21, but still finished the last two prompts this week. This was for centenary (century is in the subtitle) @Lauredhel

This has been on my library wishlist for long enough I couldn't remember why I put it on there... I think to give true crime a try (not a genre I have read) with a non-violent crime. It was a compelling read, parts very upsetting for human destruction of nature via exotic animal trade. However ⬇️

llwheeler I'm skeptical that what the author presented as the story of the heist itself is true... He didn't sell me on his sources or information. (as I said, though, not a genre I'm familiar with). Still a pick for the larger historical context of exploitation of rare birds for their feathers for fashion. 2w
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Madame de Treymes | Edith Wharton
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Starting the next #whartonbuddyread!

Lcsmcat Nice mug! 2w
llwheeler @Lcsmcat thanks 🙂 2w
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A slightly belated #20in4 wrap up: got to 16 hours, finished 3 books, and read from 3 others. One of these times I'll hit 20 hours!

Thanks for hosting @Andrew65!

Graywacke That kitty! 3w
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Tallied up my 2021 stats and I'm pretty happy with them. My focus for 2022 will definitely be reading down the tbr! At least it did go down this past year...barely haha. (I just keep track by +/- acquired/read, total numbers are too intimidating lol).

Tagged my last read of 2021 which is one of my favourites of the year - ended on a strong note!

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My first (print) read of the new year, though I started it yesterday.

Happy new year!

Ruthiella Happy New Year! 3w
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More #audiostitching for #20in4! I'm about two thirds through the tagged audiobook and now up to about 9h15 total for the readathon.

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Some of the Best from Tor.com: 2019 Edition: A Tor.com Original | Mary Robinette Kowal, Seanan McGuire, S. L. Huang, Elizabeth Bear, Karin Tidbeck, Laurie Penny, JY Yang, Annalee Newitz, John Chu, E. Lily Yu, Greg Egan, Erinn L. Kemper, Christopher Rowe, Rivers Solomon, Kathleen Ann Goonan, Kj Kabza, Rich Larson, Mimi Mondal, Lis Mitchell, Brenda Peynado, Siobhan Carroll, Carole Johnstone, Silvia Park, M. Evan MacGriogair
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Although I haven't gotten around to signing up for it, I did make a list for the #roll100 challenge a little bit ago. My list is the entirety of my ebook tbr (and actually only goes to 99 atm but let's face it, I'll probably add to it sooner rather than later) so I'm excited about using this challenge to work down my ebooks! First pick for Jan is tordotcom short stories, 2nd is tagged in comments.

Thanks for a fun challenge @PuddleJumper !

llwheeler The second pick is an Elizabeth Chadwick that I'm really looking forward to! 3w
PuddleJumper Looks good! Hope you enjoy the challenge! 3w
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My starting stack for #20in4! Plus 2 audiobooks. Hoping to finish 4-5 books and hit 20 hours.

@Andrew65

Andrew65 Love the cup! Good luck. 😊👍 3w
Librarianaut Love that mug!! 3w
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I'm having a lovely afternoon with apple cider, audiobook, and cross stitch. It's been a while since I did any #audiostitching but I'm looking forward to quite a bit of it over the next couple days.

Megabooks Looks fun! 3w
wanderinglynn I was just thinking that I need to do some cross stitching. Great idea! 3w
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1. The Kitchen God's Wife, Amy Tan (print) and Light from Uncommon Stars, Ryka Aoki (audio)
2. The Shop Around the Corner, and The Holiday
3. I just finished A Christmas Gone Perfectly Wrong yesterday and I liked it

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

rachelsbrittain I loved Light From Uncommon Stars! 4w
llwheeler @rachelsbrittain your review was one of the ones that made me check it out from the library 🙂 4w
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It's been a while since I read Amy Tan, and I'm enjoying this one so far. Hoping to read a good chunk of it today.

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Eat A Peach: A Memoir | David Chang
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#fourfoursin21 comestible @Lauredhel

Finished this a few days ago, and I did enjoy it overall. The focus is much more on his mental health, and less on food, than I was expecting. Which isn't a criticism.

Time to catch up on his Netflix shows.

Cathythoughts That‘s a great cover 👍🏻 1mo
llwheeler @Cathythoughts I agree, I love the cover 1mo
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Foucault's Pendulum | Umberto Eco
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My dad was pruning his bookshelves, so #bookhaul for me 😀 My tbr reduction goal for the year is now in jeopardy but oh well!

LeahBergen Lovely! 1mo
batsy Nice! The Penguin Sutcliff 😍 1mo
batsy Puffin, rather 😁 1mo
llwheeler @batsy that's actually the only one in the stack that I've read already 🙂 loved it as a kid, looking forward to rereading sometime 1mo
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The Red Files | Lisa Bird-Wilson
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#fourfoursin21 indigenous @Lauredhel

Poetry primarily about residential schools. Overall, I thought the poems were well done, though of course some worked better for me than others. Obviously, this is hard subject matter to deal with and to read about.

Lauredhel I'm wrapping up the #fourfoursin21 #readingchallenge ! If you have completed it, please email me lauredhelhoyden@gmail.com with your list of reads by the end of the year. I'll randomly choose a winner, and email you your prize questionnaire. 1mo
llwheeler I'm still working on it, 2 more prompts to go! (and one just finished that I haven't posted yet) hopefully I'll finish by the end of the year. Thanks for a fun challenge! 1mo
llwheeler @Lauredhel forgot to hit reply, see above 🙂 1mo
Lauredhel @llwheeler no worries - easy to finish! You can always pick up a picture book or comic or novella... 1mo
llwheeler @Lauredhel very true! Though I already have books in mind for the prompts (not short ones either haha), and I am stubborn, so we'll see! 1mo
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Eat A Peach: A Memoir | David Chang
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Another day, another apple cider, and starting a new book. I've been looking forward to this one.

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#fourfoursin21 education (bc of the title) @Lauredhel
November #doublespin done (only like a week late!) @TheAromaofBooks

The 4th book in the series, so I feel like if you've read this far by this point you know what to expect from the series, and this installment delivers that. An enjoyable, quick read.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
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It's an apple cider and book kind of afternoon. Let's see if I can finish this today.

SilversReviews I taught typing….this sounds fun. 2mo
Tamra My favorite feel good series! 💜 2mo
llwheeler @SilversReviews @Tamra it's a very enjoyable series! 2mo
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The House of Mirth | Edith Wharton
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#fourfoursin21 artificial @Lauredhel

Finished this last week, only getting around to posting now. Another one done for #whartonbuddyread and I enjoyed it. I could've gone into essay mode easily on this one, if I'd had to read it in school, lots to unpack. Wasn't expecting to be able to use it for #fourfoursin21 but the artificiality of high society turned out to be a major theme so I'm slotting it in there.

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Sweet Bean Paste | Durian Sukegawa
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Do two books count as a #bookhaul? I think so.

It's been a while since I treated myself to some new ebooks (non-freebies, at least, though these were on sale) and I'm excited for both of these very different books!

Jari-chan Sweet Bean Paste is on my TBR list too 😊 2mo
llwheeler @Jari-chan it looks really good 2mo
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#fourfoursin21 discovery (bc of the many archeological discoveries described) @Lauredhel

I really enjoyed this look at four "lost" (or not really lost) cities and what they can tell us about urban patterns of living over the years. I had a bit of trouble with the audiobook narrator at the start, but increasing the play speed slightly fixed that for me.

Lindy Playback speed can make all the difference. Glad you enjoyed this too. 2mo
llwheeler @Lindy it really can 2mo
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Castle of Wizardry | David Eddings
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Sooo... I said I was gonna skip #BookSpin this month, since I'm behind on my challenges and it's starting to cross to the wrong side of the fun! vs making-reading-feel-like-a-chore line.

But I checked this month's numbers on my list anyway, and I'm in! They're both books on my must read pile that I'm looking forward to reading.

Thanks @TheAromaofBooks for such a fun challenge 🙂

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Hopefully they stay on the fun side!! 3mo
llwheeler @TheAromaofBooks I'm sure they will 🙂 I've cut down the list of books I still want to finish for challenges this year, so that makes it a lot easier 3mo
BookwormM Love both those series 👍 3mo
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The Virtuoso | Grace Burrowes
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#fourfoursin21 virtuoso @Lauredhel

I wanted a light palate cleanser after some of my last reads, and came across this one browsing the library. My first time reading this author, and overall it fit the bill, though I was more interested in the first half than the second half, as the conflict could have been resolved much quicker. Maybe I actually only needed half a palate cleanser. A light pick.

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September #doublespin done! @TheAromaofBooks

I enjoyed continuing on with this series. A large part of this book is the characters travelling, so it has a bit of a slower pace, but I don't mind that. Looking forward to the next book!

Also using for the #fourfoursin21 elevation prompt, as I realized belatedly partway through book 2 that flying dragonback definitely gives some elevation... @Lauredhel

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! I really want to get to these!! 3mo
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Sanctuary | Edith Wharton
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Another one done in the #whartonbuddyread and I enjoyed this novella. Very strong emphasis on morality and consequences of decisions... There are no heroes here, only humans making choices.

Also using for #fourfoursin21 sanctuary prompt @Lauredhel

(this was another unphotogenic Gutenberg ebook so please enjoy a random pic of my cat charging in a sunbeam)

Graywacke Only humans - yes, that. Glad you enjoyed. 3mo
BiblioLitten Thank you for the picture 😍 3mo
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Free Fall (Original) | Laura Anne Gilman
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I was going to keep the same #BookSpin list for October as last month, then decided at the last minute to update it. That gave me Free Fall and Hidden Cities, both of which are sequels to previous months' #BookSpin picks that I haven't gotten to yet. I guess the numbers are telling me to get a move on. 😅

Can I get to all 4 this month? Probably not, but we'll see.

Thanks @TheAromaofBooks!

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A Desperate Fortune | Susanna Kearsley
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#14books14weeks2021 update: I made it almost exactly halfway through my list, currently reading the 8th book from it. Nowhere near finishing my stack, but it was a fun challenge anyways, as always.

Thanks for hosting @TheHeartlandBookFairy !

TheHeartlandBookFairy Thanks for joining in! 😊 5mo
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A Master of Djinn | P. Djeli Clark
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Me: hmm with this month's bookspins added, my owned-tbr "must read/read soon" pile is a bit intimidating. I'll focus on owned books this month!

Libby: yeah, totally. good idea. oooor...

Me: *hits borrow so fast*

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Darkspell | Katharine Kerr
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#BookSpin day! 🎉

These are my September picks - I'm especially looking forward to continuing with Temeraire.

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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Good luck!! 5mo
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How is it September?

Anyway, got very close to a bingo for August despite only reading 5 books from my list (and of course none of them were my #BookSpin or #doublespin).

September list is ready to go! Thanks as always for hosting @TheAromaofBooks!

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March #doublespin done! (I'm slowly catching up...)

I loved this! Napoleonic war + dragons = right in my wheelhouse. And I knew that all along, so why did I leave it sitting on my shelves for years?! Ah well, happy I've gotten to it now.

#seriesread2021
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Readergrrl I enjoyed this book so much! 6mo
TheSpineView Great job! 👍📖📚 6mo
TheAromaofBooks This one is on my shelf as well!! I really need to get to it!! 6mo
llwheeler @TheAromaofBooks I hope you enjoy it when you get to it! 6mo
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Jade Man's Skin | Daniel Fox
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It's #BookSpin day! 🎉 Thanks @TheAromaofBooks!

My #BookSpin is Jade Man's Skin, another reread that I can't remember anything about, so I can finish the series. Looking forward to it.
My #doublespin is part 2 of the Faded Sun trilogy. Part 1 was my June #BookSpin and I haven't read it yet, so who knows when I'll get to this.

I wasn't going to do bingo this month, then i thought... Why not! Let's see if I can get a bingo.

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Secret Daughter: A Novel | Shilpi Somaya Gowda
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July #doublespin done! @TheAromaofBooks

I've been wanting to get to this one for a while now, so I was pleased it got pulled for #BookSpin this month. I enjoyed it and would read more by this author. It was a total cover buy, nice when that works out... love those colours.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 6mo
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Sarong Party Girls: A Novel | Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan
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1. Sarong Party Girls (print); The Haunting of Hill House (ebook); In Praise of Walking (audio)

2. Morning for non-fiction, night for fiction

3. Hmm... I think Heartstopper would make a pretty good beach read

@rachelsbrittain #weekendreads

rachelsbrittain Heartstopper is such a fun graphic novel! And I love that you separate morning and night reading by genre 6mo
llwheeler @rachelsbrittain it is! And it just works out that way since my concentration for non-fiction is usually better during the day 6mo
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#ReadCanada PEI - somewhat cheating for my PEI selection, as this is a cookbook and covers all the Atlantic provinces not only PEI but whatever.

Not a cookbook I feel the need to own as there were only a few recipes I could see myself actually making, but neat to flip through. The mini-essays (on cod, lobster, etc) were well done and added good context. Mostly it made me want to road trip east again and eat all this food, rather than make it.

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The Art of the Wasted Day | Patricia Hampl
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#fourfoursin21 woolgathering @Lauredhel

I think this book suffered a bit from a case of right book, wrong time for me. I can see all the elements I would normally enjoy, and I did like it, but I guess I wasn't quite in the mood. But it did make me want to journal more. So a qualified pick.

BookishMarginalia Sounds right up my alley — #stacked! 6mo
llwheeler @BookishMarginalia hope you enjoy 🙂 6mo
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The touchstone | Edith Wharton
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I enjoyed this short read. Having read a few of Wharton's later works, I can see some of the themes she's interested in already. And I just love her prose.
I'm looking forward to reading through her work and seeing the progression with #whartonbuddyread!

(unrelated garden pic bc Gutenberg ebooks, though an amazing resource, are not the prettiest of things)

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Secret Daughter: A Novel | Shilpi Somaya Gowda
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July #BookSpin list ready to go!

@TheAromaofBooks

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Remote Control | Nnedi Okorafor
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#20in4 wrap up! Almost 16 hours, and more #audiostitching puffin progress 😊

Read from 8 (I need to stop starting more books ahh) and finished 3.

BookishMarginalia Puffins! 💜💜💜 7mo
Jari-chan They're so lovely 😍 7mo
llwheeler @Jari-chan thanks 🙂 7mo
MelissaSue81 Oh my gosh. This is adorable!! 7mo
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Heartstopper: Volume 2 | Alice Oseman
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This #20in4 readathon brought to me by Libby... This is the 4th hold I've gotten in this weekend. Diving into this one right away, so much for reading my own books 😅

I'm up to 12 hrs 20 mins, which is already better than my last time 🎉

Nutmegnc It‘s so good!!! 😍😍😍 7mo
llwheeler @Nutmegnc it is! I finished it already 😁 7mo
Nutmegnc Three is also good. Can‘t wait for 4!!! 🥰🥰🥰🥳 7mo
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llwheeler @Nutmegnc good to know! I still have a bit of a wait before my hold for vol 3 will come in, and then I'm sure I'll be eagerly waiting for vol 4 too! 7mo
Nutmegnc I just looked and the publisher will let me lend my copy of vol 3 for 14 days, even if you don‘t have kindle. Just need your email. Wish we could send private messages. Mine is nutmegnc at gmail if you want to send it. If not, no worries. Not trying to be a creeper 🤣 just trying to share the heart stopper love. 7mo
llwheeler @Nutmegnc aww, thanks so much for the offer, that's so kind of you 🙂 but I'm okay with waiting. Thanks again though! 7mo
Nutmegnc No worries 7mo
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The Vanishing Point | W. O. Mitchell
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What timing for the #20in4 readathon this weekend! What else am I to do in weather like this but read? (clean my house? Does not compute.) If that wasn't enough, Libby also dropped two of my library holds on me this morning.

I'm aiming for the full 20 hours again. Haven't made it yet, but maybe this time!

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Heartstopper: Volume 1 | Alice Oseman
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#fourfoursin21 - illustrated @Lauredhel

What a cute, quick read this was. I see why it gets so much love. Thoroughly enjoyed it and have put the next two vols on hold at the library.

Lauredhel Oh I love Heartstopper! Enjoy the next volumes 7mo
llwheeler @Lauredhel thanks, I'm sure I will! 7mo
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BC for #ReadCanada

This was a good book and good audiobook. The political rhetoric made me mad, as I think it was intended to. I appreciated the emphasis on the intergenerational nature of trauma and the way that trauma gets repeated through history. No easy answers here.

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It's been a while since I posted an #audiostitching update. My puffins are coming along!

I'm almost finished the tagged book, which is excellent but is making me mad.

tricours Great puffins! 7mo
Cathythoughts Puffins !!! ❤️ 7mo
Cazxxx I don‘t know how anyone can stitch whilst doing anything else it takes all of my concentration and I still make mistakes without distractions 😅 7mo
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llwheeler @tricours thanks! 7mo
llwheeler @Cazxxx I don't listen, or I pause, when I'm doing a section I find tricky. But I get you, there are some things that I can't do while listening at all. I just do what works for me 🙂 7mo
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Dragon in Chains | Daniel Fox
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May #doublespin done! @TheAromaofBooks

Actually I finished this a bit ago, but keep forgetting to post. This was a reread so that I can finally finish the series, and I'm happy that I loved it just as much as the first time.

TheAromaofBooks This one sounds intense!! 7mo
llwheeler @TheAromaofBooks haha, it does have the big stakes of epic fantasy 7mo
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