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A Town Called Solace | Mary Lawson
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I‘m getting annoyed with this lady‘s creepy obsession with someone else‘s child. I understand it to some level, but it‘s going too far. Perhaps the author has me right where they want me. Time will tell, 77% done.

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I listened to this while on a trip this weekend and really enjoyed it. I loved hearing how she sorted through the things that had happened in her life. She writes thoughtfully and with conviction.

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Golly, I‘m on chapter 5 and concerned for the plight of deer. They can never feel safe, must always be on edge, even in joyful moments, must be watchful. Their fathers don‘t acknowledge their existence and their mothers can only hope they make it to adulthood. Where are the deer psychologists to help them work through these awful childhood traumas?

Who knew Bambi would provoke such thought and concern? #ChildrensClassicRead2023

TheBookHippie I am loving this read so much! 3w
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Age of Vice: A Novel | Deepti Kapoor
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How many books can I start at the beginning of this year? I left the kids at home to drive through and get dinner (no kids means audiobooks). This book drew me in today when I finished Sea of Tranquility, it‘s an audiobook day cuz I‘m preparing for a trip.

Real life will start again soon and I won‘t have time to look for one more good book, until then, I‘m enjoying the season!

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On my way to Los Angeles for Christmas part III. This is my #bookspin for January, time to finally finish this one. I read AJ Fikry at least once a year so I was thrilled to see this book and waited for it to be released, but for some reason I haven‘t finished it. 🤷🏽‍♀️

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Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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January #bookspin I spent the day working on my new journal and book plans and challenges, which are an impossibility as far as completion goes, especially if I‘m reading this Stephen King novel for the rest of my life.

Anyway, I‘m trying out paper for my planner again, I don‘t know who said we should go digital, but paper is more fun. I‘ll let you know in 2024 if I was successful!

Clwojick I adore my bookish #bulletjournal and find that the paper copies tend to motivate me more, since I love checking or scratching things off a list 😂 Here‘s to hoping it works well for you! ❤️❤️ 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! I am hoping to post some pics of my bujo spreads today - I have been having so much fun getting my 2023 challenges together! Although I also know the feeling of being stranded in a chunkster of a neverending book 😂 1mo
TheSpineView I still love writing stuff out. I think the act of putting pen to paper solidifies things in my mind.❤️🖊 1mo
mamareading @TheAromaofBooks yes, please! We‘d all love to see your designs 1mo
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First time having Covid so it‘s audiobooks and basically still handling everything in the household but now it‘s with a mask. Still gotta be mom.

TrishB Hope it‘s a mild one! 1mo
Megabooks Get well soon! 1mo
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Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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The Goodreads Choice Awards inspired me to read new genres and this one was my #bookspin for December. Obviously I ordered it for same day delivery!

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BookSpinBingo | Untitled
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I often feel pressured to read books that I think I should, but I think I‘m going to try to overcome that. Life in a household of ten is full of should and have to dos, reading is no longer going to be one of those! My list this month is only books I would be happy to pick up, I‘m not trying to prove anything to anyone!

This community is so full of delight in reading, this won‘t be hard to do. ❤️ #bookspin

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! I definitely consider my reading to be for relaxing/me time. Last year I started reading classics one at a time, a chapter a day, and worked through several that way without it feeling too overwhelming, but on the whole I'm here for happy getaway reads!!! 2mo
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A Christmas Carol | Charles Dickens
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We like this version of A Christmas Carol with the beautiful illustrations by Brett Helquist. We‘re reading through it slowly while we do our daily countdown to Christmas after school snack time.

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Signal Fires | Dani Shapiro
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I had a magnificent and terrifying dream last night, I believe it was from reading this book before bed! I was hoping to sink into a good story this past weekend, as my final book of November, this was a perfect pick for that.

There were some scenes that were more detailed than I wanted to read and sometimes it dragged on, jumping from character to character, but as a whole it was a quick read that held my attention which was all I asked for.

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I couldn‘t finish this one. I felt like the author wasn‘t in touch with her own feelings enough to describe them so they fell flat. I could only tolerate the daily monotonous routine of describing vague feelings, monkey drama and sitting for hours next to Pumas for so long. I came to the point where I wondered why I was continuing. See how this review has dragged on? That‘s how this book was to me.

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This book was delightful. I switched between audio and library book. Stanley reads the audio and it‘s well done. I enjoyed hearing his story and learning new recipes. My family is going to have to endure my new obsession with Italian recipes!

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Bestseller | Olivia Goldsmith
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This month I‘m either going to follow my #bookspin list plan and finish a bunch of books I‘ve already started OR I‘m going to continue chain reading every current bestseller that comes across my path!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
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Hallowe'en Party | Agatha Christie
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Getting ready for the movie, production begins October 31st!

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Songbirds | Christy Lefteri
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This was simple and sometimes preachy, not as good as Beekeeper of Aleppo, but I still enjoyed it. It felt like a book with an overstated purpose, which in the end took away from the story resulting in the purpose having less impact.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty cover 💛📚 4mo
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Finishing up some September books and working on my shelf for October. I‘m hoping to need to buy the book for this month 😂 You know, so it can be a TBR book for bookspin!

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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
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I‘m hoping something starts happening in this story soon? Librarians are riding horses and carrying books, there are miners working in a mine… I‘ll give ya 100 more pages of my time!

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The It Girl | Ruth Ware
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It took me a little while to realize it wasn‘t the I.T. Girl, apparently she‘s not in networking. Who knew? Haha, oops. This book was good and too long and sometimes unbelievable. It kept me captivated and engaged the whole time even when I didn‘t love it. As you can see, I have mixed feelings but I can‘t deny that I read it all the way through quickly and stayed up to finish it.

Megabooks Lol!! 5mo
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Bookman Books | Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan (Bookstore)
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Jumping in this morning real quick! @TheAromaofBooks my first one this year I think! #bookspin

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 5mo
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Reading this as a buddy read with my son. He‘s practicing reading aloud and improving his English so he reads in Braille and I in print. We just randomly jumped in at book 8 because that‘s what was available in Braille. I think I might actually like the story, we‘ll see, it‘s not my usual genre!

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I‘ve been enjoying this book a lot, here in the middle Dawn is starting to bug me because she‘s so judgmental about those she cares about, but I think that‘s the point, she‘s going to learn to love even without controlling. At least I hope. Her heart is in the right place. See! She has me invested!

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Look, I know this book is popular, but is it just the most boring book ever? I have tried reading it in book format and I‘m 35% into the audiobook and I really just don‘t care what happens. I don‘t know if part of is that I have two blind sons and so that part is just lost on me or if I need to give it more time… It‘s been years since it came out, everyone has read it and I can‘t do it!

kspenmoll I bailed on it! Just did not grab me. 13mo
mamareading I‘m relieved to hear that @kspenmoll ! 13mo
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Christmastime | Alison Jay
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#bookspin for December. I was so happy with my success in November, I‘m ready to begin the next round!

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 1y
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She‘s been like this for days, speeding through this series.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💗💗💗 1y
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A Million Things | Emily Spurr
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Ok, I know you all are finishing books in two days all the time, but I don‘t. I‘m a slow reader and a busy mom, I spend too much time on the internet to read books fast. But this book - I couldn‘t put it down. I liked it, a lot. The characters, the pain, the loss and uncertainty, it drew me in and I had to know how it turned out.

EvieBee Sold! I‘m a slow reader too, so I gotchu. 😉 1y
TheNerdyProfessor I just purchased this one! 1y
Victoria_Clyne I'm a busy Mum/slow reader too. And I'm contemplating making myself even busier this year, missing time to read is one of things I'll miss. 13mo
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A Million Things | Emily Spurr
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My November is looking amazing! My spin is A Million Things and it‘s sucked me in this morning. My double spin is The Lincoln Highway which I won‘t let myself purchase until I finish this first one. It‘s coffee and books for me this month!

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Once There Were Wolves | Charlotte McConaghy
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This one was just alright. It was good enough to finish, but it was just so over the top. It‘s one of those you couldn‘t recommend to a friend without a little bit of embarrassment or at least a word of warning that it leans toward the sensational.

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November is nearly here and I‘m ready to find out what I‘m reading next! #bookspin

Crazeedi You have a great list 1y
Crazeedi I've read 8 of them, cant wait to read Lincoln highway 1y
mamareading @Crazeedi everyone is raving about it!! 1y
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 1y
Crazeedi @mamareading his previous books were 5 stars!! 1y
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Once There Were Wolves | Charlotte McConaghy
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“When we were eight, Dad cut me open from throat to stomach.”

#firstlinefridays

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks How is this one? It‘s on my list! 1y
mamareading It‘s drawn me right in. I saw a review that said it turns out not as good, but I‘m ignoring that for now, especially since my Libby borrow time ended and I just spent $$ on it. It‘s going to be good! 1y
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The Reading List: A Novel | Sara Nisha Adams
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This was a fun book, it‘s heartwarming and simple. There were some parts that were written extremely well, the stress and emotion of the characters could be felt, were plausible and relatable.

I think I felt like a lot of people have, it‘s not too deep and the end wraps up all too easily (kinda goofy). Still, it was a fun and gentle story and what I needed right now.

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The Reading List: A Novel | Sara Nisha Adams
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Snuck in some before school drop offs reading. I‘m loving this book already. It includes a library, a book list, a woman who loved to read drawing her loved ones into her world. I‘m all in.

I‘ve recently discovered that I enjoy reading hardback novels… 🤦🏽‍♀️ Don‘t tell the paperwhite I just bought

EvieBee I just realized the same thing! There‘s something about hardcovers. 1y
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Do I already have Little Women? Yes.
Did I need this cute little copy of Little Women? Also yes.

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Finally going to read this one!!

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Spin with Me | Ami Polonsky
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I‘m excited to jump back into #bookspin in October, it‘s been too long.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1y
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What Comes After: A Novel | JoAnne Tompkins
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I‘m enjoying this one a lot, but I‘m kind of wondering why because it‘s actually moving fairly slowly. I like some of the characters and I‘m wishing them well, I think that‘s why I‘m still here if though a lot of this feel mundane.

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Ordinary Grace: A Novel | William Kent Krueger
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I enjoyed this one, gave it four stars and bought it for a friend!

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The Four Winds: A Novel | Kristin Hannah
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This has been my favorite Kristin Hannah book so far

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This book was a birthday gift and I find myself enjoying it more than I thought I would. It‘s also nice to read books in book form rather than ebook and audio for a change. Is it summer yet???

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Help! I‘m going on a trip (leaving my 10 kids at home!) and I would like a fun easy read in the sort of feel of The Storied Life of AJ or Anxious People/A Man called Ove or Eleanor Oliphant, you know, a witty, kinda odd, fun whimsical book. Any suggestions, Litsy friends?

britt_brooke I‘m stuck on the bookshop setting. 😂 2y
mamareading @britt_brooke I‘m liking the direction you‘re taking! 😉 I‘m looking these up, thank you! I‘ve seen Nina Hill popping up here and there 2y
britt_brooke @mamareading Sure thing! 🤗 I hope you find something good, and enjoy your kid-free trip!! 2y
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Midnight Library | Matt Haig
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This was a fun book. Predictable? Yes. It was very much It‘s a wonderful life complete with, “I want to live again!” For me it was fun to explore various lives because I‘m someone who would like to have been a great many things.

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Spin | Robert Charles Wilson
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I started a community college course this week: Survey of Young Adult Literature! I‘m excited about that, but still have plenty of time to #bookspin

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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I wasn‘t expecting this one to hit home so much. If you haven‘t read it, I recommend you add it to you list for 2021

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This Close to Okay: A Novel | Leesa Cross-Smith
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Feeling off, realizing a lots been going on the last few weeks. I‘m thankful to have all 10 kids home for Christmas, even though with my parents & siblings it was outdoors & very different. We had to rehome our pup this week & the big kids took off on a New Year‘s Eve hiking trip. Times are changing... On the bright side, my greenhouse arrived today & I‘ve written my Bookspin list so I‘m getting the house in order & enjoying the passing of 2020!

TheAromaofBooks This time of year often seems to be about changes and readjustments!! Hopefully yours all fall into place. 2y
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American Dirt | Jeanine Cummins
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I‘m not supposed to be reading this right now, but a library hold suddenly came available and this book drew me in quickly! I know it got mixed reviews, but I‘m loving it so far.

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Fathers and Sons | Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev
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This book took me a long time to finish, the entire pandemic thus far... it was slow but I did enjoy it. It picks up midway.

December #doublespin

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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Tattooist of Auschwitz | Heather Morris
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I wanted to enjoy this book more. I felt that it was sort of flippant in the way it was written, it didn‘t draw me in. It was a true story, otherwise I‘d say it was unbelievable.

This was my December #bookspin

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 2y
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I have big ambitions on this second day of December, we‘ll see where I end up!

#bookspin #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Love the beginning-of-the-month optimism!! 2y
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Jack | Marilynne Robinson
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I made it!! #Bookspin list for December!!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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It‘s finish up November reads between taking kids to swim practice and dogs to dog parks, switching to audiobooks on the elliptical kinda Monday. Now to settle in with some tea and a book while ignoring laundry!