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llwheeler

llwheeler

Joined September 2016

sff writer, all around booknerd
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All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
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The Swimmers by Julie Otsuka
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Eclipse the Moon: A Novel by Jessie Mihalik
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Hidden Cities by Daniel Fox
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The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
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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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Dune by Frank Herbert
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All the Birds in the Sky | Charlie Jane Anders
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Oct #roll100 picks! All the Birds in the Sky and Gardens of the Moon - that's 6 and 71 for me... I do have a book for 100, but I messed up and put the 2nd in a series, when I haven't read the first. Plus it's a Brandon Sanderson and the odds of me reading 2 Sanderson books even by the end of the year are not high 😅
So I'll focus on the other 2 picks, and if I have time catch up Too Like the Lightning and Unspoken Name from previous months

PuddleJumper You're doing great! 2w
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Gallant | V.E. Schwab
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#fourfoursin22 circumference (the cover art) @Lauredhel

I do enjoy a good gothic creepy house with secrets book. I'm also late to Schwab's work, this is my first book of hers. Won't be the last!

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The Embroidered Book | Kate Heartfield
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#fourfoursin22 embroidery (the title) @Lauredhel

I enjoyed this! It's been a while since I've read alternate history, so that was fun. A different portrayal of Marie Antoinette than I've encountered before (not just cause of the magic). If you like magic with your historical fiction, I recommend this.

Lauredhel Oh, it's pretty! 1mo
llwheeler @Lauredhel yes I like the cover! 1mo
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The No-Show | Beth O'Leary
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#fourfoursin22 volunteering (one of the main characters volunteers at a charity shop) @Lauredhel

The Flatshare is still my favourite of O'Leary's books, but this was good. I'm always interested to see what O'Leary writes next. I think I was just in the mood for more of a romcom right now, which isn't the book's fault at all.

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Conventionally Yours | Annabeth Albert
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#fourfoursin22 automotive (despite the title, the majority of the book takes place on a road trip) @Lauredhel

Very much enjoyed this enemies to lovers, forced proximity romance.

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I'm a terrible #whartonbuddyread participant, as I didn't have time for the discussion last weekend and now I've ignored the schedule and finished it. Really enjoyed this one!

Also, fairly sure whoever did the cover for this ebook edition didn't read the book... Who are those girls supposed to be? Presumably one is Undine, but the other?

Lcsmcat Good question! 2mo
CarolynM I‘ve just finished Book 2 and I‘m just shaking my head. What a piece of work is Undine? You‘re right about the cover, not a reflection of the story at all. 2mo
llwheeler @CarolynM she's definitely an unlikable character 2mo
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#roll100 is really helping me knock down my ebook tbr! August picks are great - a Cat Sebastian romance (❤️), a novella, and a short story collection. I didn't wait for the month to start once the numbers were called so I've already finished 2 and have the 3rd started. Then I'll catch up some from previous months.

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PuddleJumper Yay! I'm glad it's helping! 2mo
Ruthiella I‘m also sneakily reading a few #Roll100 books even if they aren‘t called. 🤭 2mo
llwheeler @PuddleJumper such a fun challenge, thank you! 2mo
llwheeler @Ruthiella haha nice 😁 2mo
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Eclipse the Moon: A Novel | Jessie Mihalik
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I felt the need for a #selfcare #bookhaul and chapters obligingly had a buy 3 get the 4th free sale last weekend, so these pretties came home with me 😍
Super excited for all of them, and yes that's a bookmark sticking out of Eclipse the Moon already.

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Swordheart | T Kingfisher
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#fourfoursin22 unorthodox (taking this prompt as unconventional/unusual... I'd say a romance where one of the people is trapped in an enchanted sword is unusual) @Lauredhel

I've wanted to read this for ages and I'm so glad I finally did cause I loved it. Great standalone fantasy romance. I liked the romance but also loved the worldbuilding and secondary characters.

MadelineMcCrae I loved this book too! It took me forever to get to it but I‘m glad I did :) 3mo
llwheeler @MadelineMcCrae same! I don't know why I waited so long 3mo
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Fevre Dream | George R. R. Martin
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April #doublespin done! @TheAromaofBooks

A good vampire book, I enjoyed it. It's no fault of the book that I hibernated it for like a year... Glad I finally picked it back up and finished it. (sadly this doesn't even begin to catch me up with #BookSpin, but hey, it's something)

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
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The Reef | Edith Wharton
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Finished this ahead of the #whartonbuddyread so won't say too much here. I liked this one - solidly in the middle of her books we've read so far for me, not my favourite but I liked it more than a couple of the others. Love her writing.

Graywacke Congrats and thanks for no spoilers. I‘m really curious how this plays out. 4mo
llwheeler @Graywacke I was too, part of why I read ahead and finished early! (and partly cause I have some busy times coming up) 4mo
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Gulliver's Travels | Jonathan Swift
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(challenge catch up post, I finished this in May)
#fourfoursin22 canonical - a classic @Lauredhel
#roll100 - April and May

My #roll100 list is my kobo ebook tbr, but when I started the copy of this I had, I realized pretty quickly it was abridged. So, deleted that one and got a copy from the library instead. Either way, another one off the tbr! Can't say it's one of my favourite classics, but parts were interesting.

Graywacke Cool and kudos. Not a classic i see people actually reading all that often. 4mo
llwheeler @Graywacke I can see that. I found it got a bit repetitive, each new place he discovered sort of followed the same formula. And I also felt a lot of satire was probably going over my head cause I lacked his social context (I didn't bother to do any supplementary reading or research) 4mo
BiblioLitten I read this ages ago. Not sure how I would feel about it now. 3mo
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Hunt the Stars | Jessie Mihalik
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(challenge catch up post, I finished this in May)

#fourfoursin22 renewable - a library book @Lauredhel

Really enjoyed this one! My first time reading Mihalik, and if my library had any others on Libby, I'd prob already be reading them. I'll keep an eye out.

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Hidden Cities | Daniel Fox
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I'm excited for the June #BookSpin picks! I've got Hidden Cities, which is great cause I'm already reading it and it finishes a series, and The Hundred Secret Senses which I'm really looking forward to.

Once again I'm doing the bingo with my monthly tbr.

Thanks @TheAromaofBooks! 😁

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The Reef | Edith Wharton
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May wrap up. Didn't read my #BookSpin or #doublespin (again) but I did get a bingo!

For #20in4 I got about 12 hours. I only finished 1 book during the readathon, but then finished 4 the next day that were all almost finished 😅

And I still have too many books on the go...

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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! I'm also have a “books on the go“ problem... nine with bookmarks in them right now! 😂 4mo
llwheeler @TheAromaofBooks oof! I think I have about that many with bookmarks too, but I'm only actively reading probably about 5... Only lol... 4mo
TheAromaofBooks Most of them are intentional chapter-a-day reads, but I still may have overcommitted on the buddy read/challenge aspect in May and it is carrying over into June! 4mo
llwheeler @TheAromaofBooks good luck with them all! 4mo
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The Reef | Edith Wharton
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I'm in for another #20in4 readathon! Thanks for hosting @Andrew65 !

I'll try and get the 20 hours, and 3 books finished. Up to half an hour so far, finishing up this week's section of the tagged for #whartonbuddyread

Andrew65 Good luck, great to have you playing along. 😊 4mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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Thanks for the tag, @Amiable 🙂
#thoughtfulThursday @MoonWitch94

1. Reading, yoga, cross stitch, getting lots of sleep...

2. Bought myself the supplies to start a new cross stitch pattern and I'm soo excited about it

MoonWitch94 Ohhhh cross stitch is so fun! Enjoy! 🌸☺️📖 5mo
llwheeler @MoonWitch94 thanks 😊 5mo
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The Stone Angel | Margaret Laurence
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May #BookSpin plans! Overall the theme this month for me is catch up 😅

My #BookSpin this month is Stone Angel again, so I'll definitely try to get to it this time. And my #doublespin is the 3rd book in a series, books 1-2 were pulled in March and April. So I'll try to catch up that series completely.

Thanks @TheAromaofBooks !

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Good luck!!! 5mo
HeyT I feel you I‘m two months behind as well. 5mo
llwheeler @HeyT we can do it! 5mo
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The Unbroken | C. L. Clark
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A slightly late April #BookSpinbingo wrap up... Once again, I knocked off quite a few books without reading my #BookSpin or #doublespin or getting any bingos. #failingsuccessfully ! @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Still a great month!!! Amazing how sometimes having a goal immediately means the literal opposite happens! 😂 5mo
llwheeler @TheAromaofBooks 😂 So true! 5mo
shanaqui Hahaha, this kept happening to me at first too. 5mo
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llwheeler @shanaqui oh well, it's still reading! I am going to try harder for a bingo this month though haha 5mo
shanaqui @llwheeler Good luck! I got six lines last month and of course I'm competitive with myself so this month I'd like to get seven... 😝 But tbh I'm happy if I just get some reading done. 5mo
llwheeler @shanaqui good luck, that sounds ambitious! 5mo
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Gulliver's Travels | Jonathan Swift
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The May #roll100 numbers gave me 2 new series starts, and Gulliver's Travels again (which is handy since as predicted I haven't started it yet). So I think May's focus will be catching up the books I still have unread from earlier months, and then if I still have time, start a new series. They might get pushed to the summer sometime.

Thanks @PuddleJumper!

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#fourfoursin22 alternating (alternating povs) @Lauredhel
2nd #roll100 done for April

Loved this one! (have I read a KJ Charles that I haven't loved?) great m/m historical romance.

shanaqui I think the closest to one I didn't like was Jackdaw, and even that had aspects I enjoyed... 5mo
CarolynM She's really good💖 5mo
llwheeler @shanaqui I haven't read Jackdaw yet, though I hope to get to it someday 5mo
llwheeler @CarolynM so good! 5mo
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First #roll100 book done for April.

I enjoyed these short stories and discovering another older #CanLit author I hadn't encountered before. The stories did get sort of same-y (themes, style, predictable after a few), but I only read one or two a day so I didn't mind that as I probably would have if I'd read this straight through.

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A Desolation Called Peace | Arkady Martine
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#fourfoursin22 diplomacy (full of political intrigue, the main chars are ambassadors, envoys, etc) @Lauredhel

Definitely not a standalone book, but if you read book 1 and liked it then I think you will like book 2 as well. I sure did. Like the first book, lots of importance on language and with a lot to say about dominant cultures, colonizing empires, identity... One of my favourite books so far this year.

Lauredhel I keep meaning to read these books and never getting to them 6mo
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Fevre Dream | George R. R. Martin
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#BookSpin day! Thanks @TheAromaofBooks 😊

I didn't get to my #BookSpin burning bridges in March, but the next book was called this month, free falling. So that will be my next series to focus on. And my #doublespin Fevre Dream has been in hibernation for ages, so I'm glad it got picked for me to get back to it.

Once again I'm doing the bingo with my monthly tbr list too.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 6mo
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Victories Greater Than Death | Charlie Jane Anders
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#fourfoursin22 unstoppable (series title is Unstoppable) @Lauredhel
March #roll100

This was a fast, action-packed YA sci-fi. Very enjoyable!

(unrelated picture of crocuses in my garden because it's snowing again today and just look at that cheerful yellow)

Lauredhel Oh I want to read this one! 6mo
llwheeler @Lauredhel it was very good! 6mo
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Jade Man's Skin | Daniel Fox
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#fourfoursin22 familiar (a reread) @Lauredhel
February #doublespin done @TheAromaofBooks

A reread of book 2 so I can read book 3 and finally finish this series! I'm using it for the "familiar" prompt bc it's a reread, but aside from the first few chapters, I remembered very little of this... Anyway I enjoyed it again and this time I won't wait 10+ years before reading the next book!

TheAromaofBooks This series sounds intriguing! I'm stacking the first book!! 6mo
llwheeler @TheAromaofBooks I hope you like it, if you get to it! 6mo
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Victories Greater Than Death | Charlie Jane Anders
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I managed to read an awful lot from my March #BookSpinbingo board, without reading my #BookSpin or #doublespin or getting a bingo... #skills

Excited for April's numbers tomorrow!
@TheAromaofBooks

rockpools That‘s impressive! 6mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Fantastic month... even if you did kind of fail successfully 😂 6mo
llwheeler @rockpools @TheAromaofBooks haha yesss failing successfully! 6mo
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#20in4 wrap up

I read for 10h15m and finished 2 novellas. Got up to 75% in the tagged audiobook, 30% in my ebook and have only 100p left in my print book. So pretty good progress, and hopefully I'll finish all 3 of those before the end of the month.

Sleepy cat pic just cause #catsoflitsy

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A small #20in4 update, but mostly an excuse to show off my new #audiostitching project. New-ish, this is almost 3 weeks of work. I'll be doing it for a while but I love it so that's ok.

I'm at 4h45m for the readathon so far. Definitely won't hit 20 hours but I've got 2 novellas finished, and up to 50% in the tagged audiobook.

Johanna414 Beautiful!! 6mo
readordierachel So pretty! 6mo
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It's #20in4 time again!

My goals are to hit 20 hours (who knows, maybe this time I'll make it) and finish 4 books. And make some good progress on my cross-stitch and the tagged audiobook.

Thanks @Andrew65!

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#roll100 picks for next month! I'm intrigued by the 3 rolls, gonna try picking 2 and using the 3rd as a stretch goal/bonus.

49 - Thanks for Listening, a short story collection I got cause I needed one story from it for a course I took. Glad for the push to read the rest of it.
100 - The Gentle Art of Fortune Hunting, my newest ebook acquisition and one I was gonna dive into asap anyway!
3rd in comment ⬇️

Thanks @PuddleJumper 😊

llwheeler 85 is Gulliver's Travels, which I'm leaving as a stretch goal cause I still haven't read The Moonstone (one of my Feb picks) so that'll be the next classic I pick up. And I might not even get to it in April, let alone two classics... 6mo
PuddleJumper Sounds like a great idea! Good luck! 6mo
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Machine (White Space, #2) | Elizabeth Bear
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#bookhaul! I am sooo excited for all of these! I'm still working my way through the Nebula finalists but as soon as I finish that, I'll be diving into one of these.

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Burning Bridges | Laura Anne Gilman
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Mid-month #BookSpinbingo update... Making good progress! Largely thanks to a bunch of quick reads from the library that I stuck in all the free spaces, but I'm feeling good about this month.
I should go for the tagged book next since it's 19, one of this month's numbers and all I need for a bingo, but... I probably won't 🙃

Also yay for using up planner stickers I never use haha

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TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Looking great!!! 7mo
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The Fruit of the Tree | Edith Wharton
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Finished for #whartonbuddyread

I'm still giving this one a pick, but I think it's my least favourite Wharton so far. I never seemed to really invest in the characters or the plot... Not sure how much of that is my mindset and being busier/distracted right now though. And I still enjoy her writing.

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Woohoo, I finished the ornament finally! On to the next #audiostitching project - and the next audiobook too, as I also finished the tagged one.

Alfoster So cute!👍 7mo
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kwmg40 I love that! 7mo
llwheeler @kwmg40 thanks! 7mo
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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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A very solid batch of stories; I enjoyed almost all of them.

This was one of my #roll100 picks from January - I'm almost caught up!

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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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I'm supposed to be doing my daily yoga, but this one fell asleep on my lap and is now snoring 😂😍

So basically I have no choice but to read. #catsoflitsy

GondorGirl Yeah, you're stuck there until she moves. 😂 7mo
llwheeler @GondorGirl yep I sure was 😆 7mo
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Burning Bridges | Laura Anne Gilman
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#BookSpin day! Thanks @TheAromaofBooks 😁

My #BookSpin and #doublespin this month were both pulled last year, and I didn't get to either then. Not sure I'll get to them this month, but definitely this year! Burning bridges and part 1 of the Faded Sun trilogy.

I've also decided to try #BookSpinbingo this month with a separate list of my March tbr. Yes, it's still half blank - placeholders for the Nebula finalists when they're announced.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! The two-list system is working SO well for me this year! I love it!! 7mo
llwheeler @TheAromaofBooks I'm totally copying your idea, thank you!! If it works for me I might keep doing it other months too 🙂 7mo
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I know #20in4 goes til the end of today this time, but I'm calling it at 4 days, the end of Monday, anyways. It just fit so nicely with the end of the month.

Very pleased with my progress this time. 5 books finished (even though 3 were almost done before the readathon started) and read for 10.5 hours. Looking forward to next month's! Thanks as always @Andrew65!

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#fourfoursin22 vegetation (cover art) @Lauredhel
January #doublespin done @TheAromaofBooks

A good setting and character driven book. The ending felt a little rushed/abrupt to me, but still overall a pick.

Lauredhel Oh I love that cover! 7mo
llwheeler @Lauredhel me too! It's totally why I picked this book up in the first place. 7mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 7mo
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Read just over an hour yesterday for 3:30 so far in the readathon, but more importantly, I finished my assignment so now I can focus on #20in4!

Starting today with some #audiostitching to the tagged. I'm getting close to the end of this ornament finally! Still a lot of backstitching to go.

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Soulstar | C. L. Polk
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#fourfoursin22 glaciation (the cover, and winter storms are a major feature in the worldbuilding) @Lauredhel

I really enjoyed the final book in the Kingston cycle. Witchmark is still my favourite, but this was a solid conclusion. Also, so much cover love 💖

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Day 1 of #20in4 and I've got barely 2:15 hrs read, but also finished 2 books and am almost a third into this (so far very enjoyable!) one. I didn't have much left in either book I finished, still satisfying.

I'd love to hit 20 hours but I've also got an assignment to work on this weekend for a course I'm taking, so I doubt I will. Hopefully I'll finish 2 more books though, trying to clean up some of my on the go ones before the end of the month.

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Victories Greater Than Death | Charlie Jane Anders
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March #roll100 numbers are up! Thanks @PuddleJumper!
5 - Victories Greater than Death (extra pleased this came up, cause I'm using it for #fourfoursin22 as well)
28 - Truthwitch... On my tbr long enough I'd honestly forgotten about it, so looking forward to finally reading it!

Still working on one each from Jan and Feb, too, but I'll get there.

PuddleJumper Looks good! 7mo
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Soulstar | C. L. Polk
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I have a hundred pages left in this book, a warm drink, and an hour til I have to feed the cats. Let's see how far I get 💖

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Game Changer | Rachel Reid
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#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

Thanks for the tag, @RamsFan1963

1. Nope. My husband and I don't do valentine's day. I did buy the tagged romance for myself last week though, as a treat since it was on sale. Hopefully I'll like it!

2. Fake dating/engagement!

TheSpineView Fake dating is a good one! Thanks for playing! ❤📘 8mo
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First February #roll100 done!

I really enjoyed this one, not sure why it took me so long to continue this series. I could have read a lot more about the moors and their time there, but the novella length was great for the fairy tale tone.

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I finished this Jan #roll100 pick yesterday, with about 7 mins left in Jan 😆

Very much enjoyed, it's been a while since I read Chadwick or much historical fiction. This covers a good part of William Marshal's life, so there are quite a few time jumps and some parts are covered pretty quickly. I'll have to check out her other books on Marshal.

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A Snake Falls to Earth | Darcie Little Badger
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#20in4 wrap up post!
Somewhere around 12 hours read... Just a guess since my timer reset partway through and I didn't bother starting it again. That's ok, I didn't set a time goal anyway.
3 books finished, and lots of #audiostitching progress to the tagged book.
A fun readathon weekend, thanks as always @Andrew65!

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I haven't finished either of my Jan #roll100 books but I'm still excited about the numbers for Feb! (I'll prob finish The Greatest Knight today, but the tordotcom short stories will definitely carry over.)
36 - Down Among the Sticks and Bones... apparently I messed up and put this on the list twice so it had slightly better odds lol
90 - The Moonstone
Looking forward to both! Thanks @PuddleJumper 🙂

PuddleJumper You're doing great! 8mo
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