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TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks

Joined May 2019

Main Book Blog: http://www.thearomaofbooks.wordpress.com I read a bit of anything and everything all the time. Living the good life in a small midwestern town with a husband of awesomeness, two obnoxious border collies, and a flock of hens with old-fashioned names.
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Collateral Damage | Lynette Eason
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Pretty decent #bookreport this week. Read the checked books, and am halfway through Collateral Damage and almost finished with Living With Color (not pictured).

I'm sitting at 35hrs 36mins for #JumpStart2020, and 15 books completed. My goal was 15 books and 34 hours, so I am feeling pretty good about that!! Still two days left, so I am going to see how close to 40 hours I can get.

@Clwojick @LizPixie @Cinfhen

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Although I didn't have much reading time yesterday, it was enough to send me over my goal of 34hrs for #JumpStart2020!!

I've been spending some time soaking in this gorgeous book. Everything about it makes it SUCH a pleasure to read and handle. While I am fond of my Kindle, I can't imagine trying to read a book like this on it.

@Clwojick @Lizpixie

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Cogheart | Peter Bunzl
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This was an engaging and fun read with plenty of adventure and action and likable main characters. There were times when the continuity of the world-building stuttered a little, but overall a fun pick.

This was another #NewYearWhoDis pick, so thanks for the recommendation @Cupcake12 & for the match @monalyisha !!

TheAromaofBooks This also checked off the Debut box for #JanuaryBookBingo and the Non-Human Characters box for #TurningPagesBingo! 2d
Cupcake12 Moon locket is next in the series 😉 2d
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Collateral Damage | Lynette Eason
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1. This has been a pretty regular week, which honestly may be the best part about it! 😆
2. My husband has been building two cabinets & I think they will be ready for me to stain/paint while he works on the bookshelf that is going on top of the one. The remodeling never ends!!
3. Tagged & also Living With Color
4. Consider yourself tagged!!
#ThoughtfulThursday @MoonWitch94

MoonWitch94 Regular, plain weeks are so rare, aren‘t they? Thanks for playing! ☺️ (edited) 2d
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Two novels in one volume - both were fun. The Playboy Prince wrapped up the ongoing terrorist storyline in a satisfactory manner. Cordina's Crown Jewel was my favorite of the series, skipping to the next generation of characters and unexpectedly taking me to Vermont for #ReadtheUSA2020 and #SeparatedbyaPondTour
@Andrew65

Andrew65 Thanks, need to start researching some US states. Just finished a book for Virginia. 3d
TheAromaofBooks @Andrew65 - I figure for a few months I'll just read like normal and see which states I can check off that way. I should be able to get a lot done just from books I own!! 3d
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Beartown: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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1. Eclectic, tactile, happy.
2. Everywhere all the time haha In the winter, husband and I tend to settle on the couch in the evenings and read. ❤
3. Tagged is best new read; The Blue Castle is best reread; Not the Girl You Marry is the worst (DNF around 50%).
4. Totally loving seeing what three words people choose!!

#WondrousWednesday @Eggs

Eggs Great responses! I love the words too👏🏻❤️ 3d
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The Blue Castle | L.M. Montgomery
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1. That sense of connection that makes me want the book to last forever - almost impossible to define based on ingredients, because I've read books with all the right ingredients that still didn't hit that magical spot for me. Tagged an old 5* favorite I recently reread.
2. I rarely reread unless I genuinely loved the book, so my rating doesn't usually change. I do sometimes go up or down a while after reading a book though, depending on ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) what has stuck with me.
#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView
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TheSpineView Thanks for playing! Happy Tuesday! 😊 4d
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Untitled | Unknown
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As of bedtime last night, sitting at 29hrs 46mins for #JumpStart2020, which is well ahead of my 2hr/day goal. I've also completed 11 books!! Today I am starting page two of my tracking!

@Clwojick @Lizpixie

Lizpixie Well done! 🎉 You‘re doing so much better than me🙌 4d
Cinfhen 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 4d
TheAromaofBooks @Lizpixie - January is usually my best reading month, honestly. I work at an orchard in the fall and at a greenhouse in the spring, and have a large garden in the summer. January and early February are my quietest times of year, so I try to soak it up!! 4d
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hes7 Way to go! 4d
Clwojick You‘re killing it! Way to go 🔥 4d
UwannaPublishme Wow! 👏🏻👏🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻📚📚 3d
Curiouser_and_curiouser Fantastic progress! You're getting ahead in leaps and bounds. Do you really track your reading hours? 2d
TheAromaofBooks @Curiouser_and_curiouser - I don't regularly, but have been specifically for this challenge. I have a stop watch lol 2d
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The second book in the series - another enjoyable Roberts romance with a dash of suspense. While these books somewhat lack the friendship-building of some of Roberts's later books, they are still good fun if you are looking for a semi-mindless romantic retreat!

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Also had to post a pic of the cutest LFL we found today - a door on each side opening onto a different shelf! So fun, and held way more books than any of the others we visited.

Beatlefan129 I‘ve never seen one like that before, it‘s adorable 😊 5d
SaturnDoo How neat and cute❤❤❤ 5d
ljuliel Isn‘t that a clever idea ? 5d
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Deifio Very cute! Say is it "the best nest" for books? ? 5d
TheAromaofBooks @Beatlefan129 @SaturnDoo @ljuliel @Deifio - Plus they had it organized! The lowest shelf had children's books, the next shelf had middle grade & YA, and the top two shelves were adult! Adorable and practical! 5d
tracey38 Wow, what a unique way of putting together a Free Little Library! And a wonderful way to organize it! 5d
SaturnDoo @TheAromaofBooks how cool is that. I just visited my LFLs a week or so ago and dropped off quite a few books and picked up a few 🤔 I didn't need to acquire anymore, but I couldn't resist 😂 3d
Princess-Kingofkings That is fascinating! 2d
TheAromaofBooks @Princess-Kingofkings - I totally meant to tag you in this post because I thought you would be especially interested!! 2d
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Went Little Free Library hopping with my sister this morning - got rid of about two dozen books, and came home with 8 new ones! Especially excited about the tagged book as I have been meaning to read it for quite a while. Also @Clwojick is it too early to be collecting Christmas books for next year's #WinterGames?? 😁

SaturnDoo Oh that little penguin is adorable 😊😂 sorry, I'm supposed to be looking at your books, which is a nice haul❤❤ but the penguin caught my eye!!! 5d
Clwojick Definitely not too early! 🙈😆 5d
TheAromaofBooks @SaturnDoo - haha my favorite part of Christmas is still the stockings Mom gives us! That was one of the little gifts!! 5d
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I have a lot of love for Smith's first book, The Nesting Place. I didn't love this one as much, but if you have always felt that minimalism equals cold & sterile (and cozy equals cluttered), this is a good place to start. Smith doesn't introduce anything groundbreaking, but does take the reader step by step through setting up a room. If you already love your house & feel comfortable with your decorating style, give this one a pass. But if ⬇️

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) you start to hyperventilate every time you look at paint samples, this may be a good place to start, as Smith's writing is friendly and welcoming.

I'm using this for my Self-Care Square for #WinterBookBingo, as there is a lot of information about the importance of making your home a place that makes you feel safe and comfortable. @Honeybeegirl
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After a lot of intense/emotional reading, I was ready for something a little fluffier. I've had this Nora Roberts series sitting around for a while - a quartet of books about a (fictional) royal family. Relaxing, gently entertaining, and nothing stressful - just what I was looking for! Not her best work, but still enjoyable. And who doesn't enjoy a good family tree?

Challenge prompts below ⬇️

TheAromaofBooks Letter A for #LitsyAtoZ @bookishmarginalia || Protagonist in Their 20's for #JanuaryBookBingo || Part of Series for #TurningPagesBingo || Royalty for #RomanceBingo 5d
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#WeeklyForecast - top and bottom books are my current reads. Needed something a little lighter after last week's intensity!! Collateral Damage is an ARC that needs read this week. Around the World is my #BookSpin book, and Cogheart and Moonlocket are for #NewYearWhoDis, and the other Roberts book is the sequel to my current one - so many books, so little time!!
@Cinfhen

Cinfhen Love the globe!!!! We use ours a lot and it always makes me happy 😁 6d
TheAromaofBooks @Cinfhen - I have a bit of a thing for maps of all kinds. I love that globe because it's brown instead of blue! 6d
Chrissyreadit @TheAromaofBooks me too! I love maps, globes and clocks. 6d
TheAromaofBooks @Chrissyreadit - yes!! We have all of those everywhere, including a giant map of the US on the bedroom wall that I LOVE. 5d
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Beartown: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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This was the first Backman book I've read, and the writing was stellar. I still can't get over how he was able to portray so many different people and perspectives in a way that made each decision - even the horrible ones - at least somewhat understandable. This is a book that will stick with me for a long time. Not sure if I have the emotional stamina for book 2, though!!!

Challenge qualifications below. ⬇️

TheAromaofBooks As of bedtime last night, sitting at 24hrs15mins for #JumpStart2020 @Clwojick @LizPixie || #AuthoraMonth @Soubhiville || Sweden for #ReadingEurope2020 @LibraryBelle @BarbaraBB || Nordic square for #Jennyis30 @jenniferw88 || Millennial Author for #Booked2020 @cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @barbarathebibliophage (barely - born 1981!) || Hooked With the First Line for #JanuaryBookBingo || More Than 400pgs for #TurningPagesBingo 6d
Librarybelle Nice stacking of challenges! 6d
Cinfhen You‘ve been BUSY!!!! Well done 👍🏻 and I agree, this book is wonderful ( my favorite of all the ones I‘ve read by him😁) 6d
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ljuliel Wow, you are so organized ! Doing so many challenges and keeping track of where all you can use the book. Good for you. 👍🏼 6d
marleed If I were to name my favorite book with a pile of characters, this would be it - each was integral to the story. 6d
TheAromaofBooks @Librarybelle - thanks!! It's easy in January when there are so many blank spaces to fill! 😁 6d
TheAromaofBooks @Cinfhen - have you read the sequel? I'm conflicted about whether or not I want to, since this one left me feeling so emotionally devastated! 6d
TheAromaofBooks @ljuliel - I love organizing and tracking books almost as much as I enjoy actually reading them, so it's been fun to create a little journal where I write down all my challenges and keep track of them!! 6d
TheAromaofBooks @marleed - at first I was a little overwhelmed by the number of people being introduced, but he really did a good job keeping all the balls in the air once they were circling. A book over 400 pages long, and I didn't feel like a single word was wasted. 6d
Soubhiville Logged 📚 6d
Cinfhen I was disappointed by the sequel/ I felt like it was written strictly for pocket money & it wasn‘t necessary. But most readers loved it 🤷🏼‍♀️ 6d
TheAromaofBooks @Cinfhen - The reason Beartown was originally on my TBR was because another friend had loved it so hard, but she had similar feelings to yours about the sequel, which is why I'm on the fence about reading it. I still have it from the library, so I may just give it a few days and see how I feel. 5d
Cinfhen If u have the library copy already there is no harm in starting it and seeing where it goes 🧡☺️ 5d
Andrew65 A great book, and I really enjoyed the sequel too. 4d
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Beartown: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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Stoner and Beartown in the same week?? It's like I am TRYING to commit emotional suicide. Don't mind me, I'm just quietly sobbing in the corner. Beartown review tomorrow if I've recovered.

teainthelibrary I‘ve been wanting to read Stoner for AGES - might be time to finally pick it up! 6d
ljuliel Must be a couple of depressing stories. I own them both, but think I‘ll hold off awhile. Right now, I‘m trying to read things that veer off sad subjects. 6d
TheAromaofBooks @teainthelibrary - I'm a happy-book kind of girl, so I didn't love Stoner (which is a downer no matter how you cut it), but the writing was incredibly beautiful and thoughtful. I don't ever see myself rereading this one, but I'm glad that I read it once. 6d
TheAromaofBooks @ljuliel - Both books were excellent reads that I definitely recommend, I'm just not sure I would recommend reading them back-to-back! Stoner is sad, while Beartown is just... so well done, but hard to read nonetheless. Definitely worth keeping on your list, but if you're looking for some uplifting reading right now, these probably aren't the ones!! 6d
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The Blue Castle | L.M. Montgomery
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Not a bad #bookreport this week - Besides the checked books, I also read the tagged book, and am halfway through Cozy Minimalist Home (by Myquillyn Smith). How to Stop Time, Stoner, and Beartown are all very emotional reads. Need to find something more lighthearted for next week!

Beartown is my first Backman ever, and I honestly am not sure I like it, but it's incredible writing. Busy weekend ahead so we will see how much reading gets done!!

mabell How is Cozy Minimalist Home? 7d
TheAromaofBooks @mabell - love it! Her first book (The Nesting Place) is still a book I'll just pick up and read a few random paragraphs from, so I'm happy to have another book from her. This one is a little more practical/hands on than the first book (which ended up being a lot about attitude/perspective), so that's fun, too. 6d
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Beginner's Guide to Bobbin Lace | Gilian Dye, Adrienne Thunder
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So I am trying to learn some new skills. Here is my first bobbin lace bookmark!!! I definitely need some more practice 😆 The tagged book is super helpful with lots of colored pictures. There are some things I wish were explained a little more clearly, but overall a good introduction. Plus it fills the #LiveandLearn slot for #Booked2020 !!
@Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

BarbaraTheBibliophage That‘s really cool! ♥️📚👊🏻 1w
SaturnDoo Wow, that's really neat ❤❤❤ 1w
robinb I‘m impressed...keep on bobbin‘ 🤣🤣👍 1w
Cinfhen Very cool 😎 💗 1w
TheAromaofBooks @Barbarathebibliophage @SaturnDoo @robinb @Cinfhen - thanks!! I saw this once in a museum years ago and was fascinated by the method at the time - only recently thought about how I could probably learn how to do it myself 😆 Still need a LOT of practice!! 1w
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Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Special Edition 2017 | Scholastic, Ripley's Ripley's Entertainment Inc.
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So I saw this advertisement on Instagram to buy “decorative books“ from Wayfair. Out of curiosity, I checked to see how much they were. Anyone want to guess how much one linear foot of color-coordinated books (random titles, published from 1980-present) costs? Keep in mind these are “gently used“ and obviously sans jacket covers. The photo is from Wayfair's site, so you have an idea of what you're getting.

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TheAromaofBooks NINETY-NINE DOLLARS!! YES!! $99.00 USA DOLLARS!!

I am OBVIOUSLY in the wrong business! I should be selling bundles of used books on ebay for a mere $50 - bargain prices!
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TheAromaofBooks Like theoretically I suppose this is only $10/book. This still seems like a lot for completely random titles of used books.... 1w
laurenslibrary That's ridiculous! Anyone could make this for less than $20 1w
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Princess-Kingofkings Absolutely ridiculous! 1w
Crazeedi @TheAromaofBooks whaaaatttttt??? Ridiculous!! On wayfair no less 1w
TheAromaofBooks @laurenslibrary @Princess-Kingofkings @Crazeedi - honestly can't stop laughing about it. Also, that's the price for the 1980-present books. If you want older books, it gets even more expensive! 🙄 1w
robinb 😳😳😳😵 1w
TheLudicReader Re-donk-u-lous! 7d
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The Secret Quest | Margaret Sutton
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@Clwojick is feeding my book challenge addiction! Yesterday she found one on Goodreads that is a reverse A to Z challenge - read a book WITHOUT each letter in the title. To make it more challenging, I am doing this one in alphabetical order (which I decided after I had filled some in, hence the whiteout lol). So I can't continue down the list until I read a book without an E in the title. If you want to join me, use #BackwardsAtoZ & tag me as we⬇️

TheAromaofBooks race through the alphabet! (Maybe I can even complete this challenge multiple times this year?? Who knows!) 1w
Lifeisasnap Oh, sounds fun!! I want to give it a go! Thanks for sharing. 1w
LiteraryinLititz Cool idea! 1w
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ravenlee Sounds challenging. Dracula, maybe? 1w
Clwojick Hahaha! The challenge addiction is real! 1w
TheAromaofBooks @Lifeisasnap - as you can see, I retroactively used titles I have already read this year, so if you want to start with whatever you read first in 2020 and work from there, feel free. (Obviously, feel free to do it however you want haha there are no real rules in this lawless challenge!) 1w
TheAromaofBooks @Clwojick - I'm having SO MUCH FUN with challenges! 1w
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1. I literally don't remember a time in my life that I wasn't reading just for fun! Tagged book was one of many childhood favorites.
2. The Gulf War always comes to mind, because I had a cousin who fought in it.
3. I have a mom who loves to fuss over you when you're sick, so we were always bundled up & given lots of orange juice & rest time. Honestly, getting sick was kind of fun because Mom would fix up a special bed on the couch & completely ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) pamper you!!
3. I haven't heard much from @SaturnDoo lately - hope all is well!! ❤
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The Blue Castle | L.M. Montgomery
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This is a book that I have loved too long to provide any kind of objective review! I love everything about Valancy's journey of self-discovery and romance. This book is both funny and thoughtful, and even though I have read it dozens of times, I still enjoy every page.

This year, my mom, sister, and I are rereading one of our favorites together every month, and this is our January book. Still love it so much. ⬇️

TheAromaofBooks When my grandparents went to Prince Edward Island back in 1999, they asked what I wanted them to bring back as a souvenir, and I asked for this book! I still haven't made it to PEI myself, but at least I have a little piece of it with me. (Although, funny story, this is one of Montgomery's few stories that does NOT take place on PEI!)

Challenge fulfillments listed below...
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TheAromaofBooks First off, forgot to update my #JumpStart2020 time yesterday! As of last night I was at 19hrs 17mins, so still ahead of my overall goal for 34hrs. I've completed 8 of 15 books, so I am making progress there as well!! @Clwojick @LizPixie

The Blue Castle is filling in the Family square for #Jennyis30 (the numerous uncles, aunts, and cousins are what MAKE this book) @jenniferw88 - it is B for #LitsyAtoZ @bookishmarginalia - ⬇
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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) and is Ontario for the #SeparatedbyaPondTour @Andrew65 - as well as a Book that Was a Gift for #WinterBookBingo @Honeybeegirl - Read With a Buddy for #JanuaryBookBingo & a Reread for #TurningPagesBingo !! 1w
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Lifeisasnap What a treasure!! Lucy Maude Montgomery is my favorite author! I haven‘t made it there either. It would be the trip made of dreams. So glad your grandparents could go and get this book for you. 😍 1w
Bookwormjillk That‘s so cool! 1w
TheAromaofBooks @Lifeisasnap - Right?? I have always wanted to go, although I'm also a little scared to go because it's so perfect in my imagination! 😂 1w
TheAromaofBooks @bookwormjillk - I read an article in some “serious“ magazine the other day talking about how people shouldn't write in books because it “devalues“ them - it's literally what makes all of my books extra fun and precious to me. It's a huge family tradition for us all to write in the books we gift one another, and notes like this always make me feel so happy inside. ❤ 1w
Lizpixie That‘s a wonderful idea! I‘d love to do that but my hubby‘s not a reader, I don‘t talk to anyone from my side of the family anymore & our children are always too busy to read. That‘s why I love Litsy so much, it fulfils my inner extrovert bibliophile cravings.🗣📱 1w
Lifeisasnap @TheAromaofBooks no, i totally get that. I feel the same way. We were supposed to go about 10 years ago and a family emergency came up so we didn‘t. I was heartbroken and yet, weirdly relieved. I am sure it‘s built up commercially and home wise than what L.M. saw and presented to our souls. (edited) 1w
Clwojick I‘ve always wanted to visit PEI as well. 💕 1w
Andrew65 @TheAromaofBooks Thanks, I‘ll have to remember her books. 1w
robinb I think it‘s so neat that you, your mom and your sister are doing a book club of rereads each month...how cool is that?! 👍👍👏👏👏 Reading time + Family time = Priceless 1w
TheAromaofBooks @robinb - it was my sister's idea!! We all read at completely different paces, so we aren't a great match for a more traditional buddy read, but since we're doing rereads of books we've all read lots of times, we can't accidentally spoiler anyone else!! We're also going to try to get together at the end of each month to do some refection/journaling, so I'm excited about that as well. 1w
robinb @TheAromaofBooks love this!!! 💕💕💕 Do you all live in the same city? I‘m about 4 hours from most of my family. 😩 (edited) 7d
TheAromaofBooks @robinb - we do live close. Until this fall, my sister was actually also my neighbor - just two doors down. Now she's 20mins away and I miss her so much!!! Four hours would be unbearable!! 6d
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The Blue Castle | L.M. Montgomery
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1. Six, plus a DNF
2. So many! One I haven't mentioned here (I don't think) is a monthly buddy read with my mom & sister, revisiting some of our old favorites - tagged book is January's choice!
3. I rarely look ahead to future releases - just take them as they come!
4. Overall, for this to be a year of finding healing & joy.
5. Everyday adventures with the people I love most. ❤
#ThursdaySurvey @laurenslibrary

laurenslibrary Thanks for playing! 1w
Butterfinger I love the buddy read with family idea. I think I may ask my mom and sister. 1w
TheAromaofBooks @Butterfinger - reading has always been such a big part of my family's culture, and even though my sister & I are 10 years apart, we still share a lot of reading memories. We read at really different paces, so we are just picking one old favorite a month & reading it sometime that month. Another goal we have for the year is to get together at the end of each month and have a day of reflection/journaling/bonding -& discussing books!! ❤ 1w
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How to Stop Time | Matt Haig
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This was a book that I liked but didn't love. The premise was engaging and I really liked the MC, but overall the tone was rather melancholy, although that could be because I was reading Stoner at the same time!! 😆 Still a pick, but not necessarily a book that made me want to dash out and see what else Haig has written.

This was my 2nd read for #NewYearWhoDis @Cupcake12 @monalyisha

More challenge check-offs below ⬇️

TheAromaofBooks This one checked off the Blue Cover square for both #WinterBookBingo and #JanuaryBookBingo ! I think it's going to complete one of the London blanks for the #SeparatedbyaPondTour but I'm not sure exactly of the difference between the City of London and Greater London??
@Honeybeegirl @Andrew65
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monalyisha That‘s a shame because I much prefer another of his! Don‘t give up on him yet! 1w
TheAromaofBooks @monalyisha - I will check it out! I don't like to write off authors after just one book (lots of authors I love wrote a book I don't like super well - what if I had read that one first and never gotten to the amazing ones??) so this sounds like a good second chance!! 1w
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Stoner | John Williams
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This was an #LMPBC book, and not one I would have read on my own. I can't say that I enjoyed it, exactly, because frankly it's depressing as hell, and I am a happy-book kind of girl. Nonetheless, I'm glad I read it. The language is beautiful and the story well told. Stoner essentially lead a life of passivity, so in a weird way this book was a reminder to me to fight for myself and what/who I love.

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TheAromaofBooks Also have to say that reading the thoughts/comments of @lele1432 and @bookwormjillk really helped me get through this one!! ❤ 1w
Bookwormjillk Excellent point about remembering to fight for yourself 1w
TheAromaofBooks This one filled the Literary square for #Jennyis30 - completed Missouri for #ReadtheUSA2020 & #SeparatedbyaPondTour - one-word title for #ReadWithMrBook , #WinterBookBingo , #TurningPagesBingo - & new-to-you author for #JanuaryBookBingo
@jenniferw88 @Andrew65 @MrBook @Honeybeegirl
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TheAromaofBooks @Bookwormjillk - this one really did give me a lot of feelings & left me with a lot to think about. I'll let you know when I get around to writing my actual review on WordPress, because I'd be interested in your thoughts on my thoughts! 😁 1w
lele1432 Yay I‘m so glad that although you didn‘t quite enjoy it, you were still able to get through it and appreciate it! I love the point you make about it being a reminder to stand up for yourself. He truly did live a life of passivity. 💙 1w
Cathythoughts Loved this one 1w
Andrew65 @TheAromaofBooks Great multitasking. 👏👏👏 1w
MrBook 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🙌🏻 1w
BkClubCare I am so glad to have read this. It was so immersive and weirdly unsettling. Maybe just a surprise. now
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I've been reading Stoner and How to Stop Time since Sunday - I would really like to finish at least one of them today! Both are rather heavy going. As expected, Stoner is depressing the bejeebers out of me haha

Just started the tagged book as well - LOVED Smith's first book (The Nesting Place) but somehow missed this one when it came out. Her writing is so friendly and accessible. Also loving the way my current reads match! 😁

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TheAromaofBooks As of last night I was at 12hrs31mins for #JumpStart2020 - still on track for my 34hr goal!! @Clwojick @Lizpixie 1w
Cupcake12 How are you finding How to stop time? 1w
Lizpixie Well done!🙌 1w
TheAromaofBooks @Cupcake12 - I like it! It's a really intriguing premise. However, it's a bit on the sober side, so I didn't plan well to read it at the same time as Stoner because now everything I'm reading feels quite serious lol I just feel so sad for Tom all the time!! 1w
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Finally got around to posting my 2019 Rearview Mirror on my book blog. If you're interested in this year's highs, lows, and reading stats, be sure to check it out and let me know what you think!!

https://thearomaofbooks.wordpress.com/2020/01/08/rearview-mirror-2019/

wanderinglynn Great wrap-up! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1w
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@Clwojick shared some bingo cards last night, including one for each month from bookishfirst & now I am creating all sorts of unreasonable goals & rules for my life (WHICH I LOVE DOING). I think I am going to try to get a bingo for each month during that month & then try to fill the entire card by the end of the year, but the year starts on the first of that month. So a February bingo between Feb 1-29, 2020; full February by Jan. 31 2021. ⬇

TheAromaofBooks She also shared bingo cards for a few different genres, including Mystery, Romance, and Fairy Tale Retellings, plus a random card from PenguinBooks. I'm going to try to complete the Mystery one and the one from Penguin by the end of the year as well - I can post them if anyone else wants to play along! I definitely do NOT have a book bingo problem!! 😁
#bookishbingo #MerryReaders
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Clwojick No way! There‘s no addiction or problem here 😅😅😅 I didn‘t just set aside 25+ pages in my bujo for 2020 reading challenges 😂 1w
TheAromaofBooks @Clwojick - at least you haven't actually created an entire journal JUST for reading and reading challenges! 😂 1w
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Clwojick I might have to do that next year though 😁😅 1w
SaturnDoo I have a lot of these bingo cards from Bookishbingo from last year that I never used, so I'm going to use them this year just as prompts for fun to help me stay motivated in reading. I was looking at @Clwojick page and oh my I saw some reading challenges I want to try. I need to 🙈 because I will never finish them all 😂🤣 1w
TheAromaofBooks @SaturnDoo - I downloaded all the bingo cards that Cassandra had and am just going to do them for fun throughout the year - I mostly do them backwards, reading what I was planning to read anyway and then seeing if they fit the challenge. I have them, of course, in my bullet journal where I can check them off with stickers. 😁 1w
SaturnDoo @TheAromaofBooks I'm doing a lot of challenges and bingo cards just for fun/on my own. I didn't officially sign up for many of them. I'm doing the same basically, reading what I want and then fitting the books in. Some of the prompts I will look for books to fit just to find/read something different/new. I'm looking forward to seeing your progress through the year 😊 7d
TheAromaofBooks @SaturnDoo - I starting to lose track of which challenges were “official“ and which weren't 😆 They're all good fun. I know when I get close on some bingo cards, I'll switch and start looking for books that specifically fit what I need, but we'll see what happens. Side note: I finally wrote back to you yesterday!! Letter should go in the mail tomorrow!! ❤ 6d
TheAromaofBooks @lele1432 - this is the edition of January Book Bingo that I have. @Clwojick actually found Book Bingos for every month of the year, so let me know if you want the rest and I can email them to you!! 5d
Clwojick @SaturnDoo Also, I DMd Sarah already, but I just wanted to let you know I didn‘t forget about you. Lol. I took some time to actually go through some of my scrapbooking materials and I have your package all ready to be mailed out whenever I can get to the post office. I wanted to pick thru and find some PL journalling cards and things I thought you might actually use, but time just got away from me with this new job. 💥 5d
lele1432 @TheAromaofBooks Ah yes that would be great, thank you!!! 5d
lele1432 @Readage here it is!! Most of them look the same, just in different squares, but a couple may have been changed. (edited) 5d
Readage @lele1432 Awesome, thanks!! 😉🎉 5d
TheAromaofBooks @lele1432 - trick move, I don't think I have your email lol Would you mind emailing me at itsthegoodlife15 at gmail? And then I can send you the rest of the Bingo cards as pdfs. @Readage if you would like copies of them, feel free to email me as well!! 5d
Readage For sure!! abarilone@hotmail.com 5d
TheAromaofBooks @Readage - sweet!! It will probably be later today when I get to it. Cassandra also gave me fun ones for a few different genres, like mystery and romance, so I will just send the whole kit and caboodle!! 5d
Readage @TheAromaofBooks Great, thanks!! 😉 5d
lele1432 Okay emailing now! 5d
SaturnDoo @Clwojick no worries😊 wow you're awesome!!! Thank you. I am super excited to see what you hand picked for me!!!! 3d
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How to Stop Time | Matt Haig
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Not sure how I feel about this book overall, but this paragraph is perfect.

UwannaPublishme 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2w
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Birthday gift I got for my husband came today. This book is gorgeous!!!

#bookmail

ImperfectCJ Ooh! That's a nice looking one! I might need to put that on my son's wishlist... 2w
TheAromaofBooks @ImperfectCJ - Obviously the history is very general because the book literally covers pretty much everything you could think of, but there are SO MANY maps that it seems like a great supplemental read to other historical studies, as well as a fun way to find the next time/region of history to read. I'm a sucker for maps, and a sucker for DK's glossy, colorful, engaging reads, so this was a no-brainer... luckily my husband likes maps, too 😁 2w
ImperfectCJ @TheAromaofBooks My son is super into maps and history, so I'm always on the lookout. We have a couple of kid ones he really likes, but he's starting to want a little more than they offer. Atlas of World History (tagged) is quite good, but it looks like the maps are larger (and maybe easier to read) in the one you have. 2w
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TheAromaofBooks @ImperfectCJ - oh, he would probably like this one. It's about 12“ x 14“, and the maps/info cover a full page spread, so they are pretty easy to read/see. It's also interesting because the book is divided up into rough eras, but covers world history. So, there's a map of dwindling Native American territory, and then the next page is a map of the French Revolution - it puts events side-by-side that you don't necessarily think of as concurrent. 2w
TheAromaofBooks @ImperfectCJ - thanks for tagging the other book. I'm always on the lookout for atlases of all types!! 2w
Andrew65 😍😍😍 1w
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Winter Holiday | Arthur Ransome
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I've been seeing this bingo card around and keep forgetting to look it up! My understanding is it started Dec. 21, so filling in with books I have read since then means I already have a good start!!
@Honeybeegirl just let me know if I misunderstood and there was a different start date!! ❤️
#WinterBookBingo

Honeybeegirl Yeah! It‘s the winter season! There is a google forms link on my page somewhere to sign up if you want a chance to win a little something at the end for having 1 bingo and a full board! 2w
TheAromaofBooks @Honeybeegirl - thanks!! I'm excited to play along... since I joined Litsy, I've kind of become addicted to the bingo challenges - my new fave! 2w
Sunraven So ... many ... challenges ... 🤣 2w
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TheAromaofBooks @Sunraven - This is my first January on Litsy. I may be going overboard. But oh my gosh, I really am loving all of these challenges!!! 😆 2w
TheAromaofBooks @Sunraven - Also using bits of washi tape to mark my completed squares! 😁 2w
Sunraven Ooh, you just made me realize that I could use up some of my excessive sticker stash if I had these cards printed out on actual paper. The pressure mounts! 😉 2w
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Sophia and Augusta | Norma L Clark
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Nothing stunning or innovative, but still a fun, relaxing, entertaining little read with likable characters.

Completing this one puts me at 4/15 books and 9hrs 26mins/34 hrs for #JumpStart2020 as well as completing the #Regency square for #Jennyis30 and C for #LitsyAtoZ

@Clwojick @Lizpixie @jenniferw88 @BookishMarginalia

Lizpixie You go girl!🙌 2w
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Stoner | John E. Williams
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A hefty stack for this #weeklyforecast - we will see how far I can get!!

Pictured on top of the cabinet my husband has been building - hickory boards from the orchard where I work. ❤️

@Cinfhen

teainthelibrary I read Beartown at the end of last year! It was excellent - enjoy it 🙃 2w
TheAromaofBooks @teainthelibrary - I have heard a lot of good things, so I'm interested to read it. I haven't tried anything by Backman before, but he is the #authoramonth for January, so I decided it was a good time to give him a whirl! 2w
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The Secret Quest | Margaret Sutton
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I've been reading this series off and on for months, but this is the last one I own, so the end for now! Judy is, as always, a likable protagonist, and I'm a bit sorry to see the end of these books.

Finishing this book put me at 6hrs14mins fo #JumpStart2020 (and 3rd book completed). It's Pennsylvania for #ReadtheUSA2020 & #SeparatedbyaPondTour (that I've unofficially joined haha), as well as #FinishinaDay for #Booked2020 AND S for #LitsyAtoZ !!

phatsallylee Wow! One book so many prompts! 2w
TheAromaofBooks @phatsallylee - I think early in the year it will be easy to fill in multiple prompts with one book, because basically none of them have been completed yet... I probably won't have as much luck quadruple dipping in, say, July! 😁 2w
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Lizpixie Well done!👏👏👏 2w
Andrew65 It‘s great to have you with us, and I‘m making it official 😂 The latest Payne and Jones book is likely to take me to Pennsylvania, tend to be global books but home base is in Pittsburgh. It‘s sat on my bedside table waiting. (edited) 2w
TheAromaofBooks @Lizpixie - thank you!! 2w
TheAromaofBooks @Andrew65 - I anticipate it taking me a couple of years to complete the tour, but I do genuinely love maps, and I have read so many books set in the UK that I'm looking forward to paying more attention to where they actually are!! Pittsburgh is about 3hrs from here - lovely city, but a nightmare to navigate. We definitely got trapped on the wrong side of a river last time we were there! 😆 2w
4thhouseontheleft You‘re a #promptQueen today! 🙌🏽😄 That‘s one of the fun parts of January, an empty slate on all the challenges. 2w
Andrew65 @TheAromaofBooks Think it‘ll most probably take me the same time frame too. I‘m look forward to exploring the US more through these challenges - need to extend my knowledge. Pittsburgh does sound a nightmare! 2w
mabell I have the Judy Bolton series! I had collected a few here and there from thrift/antique shops, and one Christmas my parents surprised me with the whole set! It‘s been at least 15 years since I‘ve read one. I‘ll have to get those out! I don‘t remember very much about her story now. 😬 2w
TheAromaofBooks @Andrew65 - rivers and tunnels everywhere! 😲 2w
TheAromaofBooks @mabell - I used to come across them pretty regularly in thrift/antique stores, but never seem to find them any more! I have the majority of the collection (books 1-30, and then this one, #33). I was thinking about buying them one at a time for the rest, but they run around $15/ea, and I'm just not sure I can justify that just to complete my collection!! For some reason the later ones in the series are much harder to find than the earlier ones. 2w
TheAromaofBooks @mabell - anyway, they are pretty fun. I first started collecting them because even though they were Nancy Drew-ish, the characters actually moved through time, got married, moved around, did things with their lives, which felt so much more realistic to me! After this reread: still in love with Peter. 😁 2w
TheAromaofBooks @4thhouseontheleft - right?? January is making me feel super accomplished! 😁 2w
mabell Oh my! I didn‘t remember there being so many! My set is residing at my parents (my house will only hold so many books and allow us to live here as well 😆) I will have to check and see how many I have - I may not have all of them. I experienced the same thing with Trixie Beldens. The later ones are very hard to find! 2w
mabell And now I remember a little about how the story grew! Very different from Nancy Drew, you‘re right. I will have to bring back a few and jump back in! 2w
BookishMarginalia I loved Trixie Belden! 2w
TheAromaofBooks @mabell - Ohno, it sounds like you need a bigger house! 😁 The last time we moved my family said it was literally the LAST TIME they were helping me move, because everyone is over carrying my books around (even me haha) (although moving six times in five years was a bit much). Anyway, YES Trixie Belden is definitely the same way. I have a bunch of those as well, but, like you, have had trouble getting a hold of the newer ones. My sister & I ⬇ 2w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) were just saying the other day how we had a crush on Mart when we read those books back in the day. 😍 Really want to get around to a reread of those. Also, really need a BFF who is super nice, really rich, has horses, & lets me date her brother. 😆 @BookishMarginalia - I meant to tag you at the beginning of the first comment, whoops. Yes, so much Trixie Belden love!! 2w
Linsy Pretty pic! 2w
TheAromaofBooks @Linsy - thank you!! We have a giant wall map, so it seems appropriate for the background for some of my #ReadtheUSA2020 books!! 2w
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Stoner | John E. Williams
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Hey @Bookwormjillk I got this #LMPBC book in the mail today. Still a little scared of it because it sounds depressing but at least it will fill the #ReadWithMrBook prompt!! And I am interested in seeing thoughts from you & @lele1432 !
@lover.of.the.classics @hes7 did both of your receive the #LMPBC books I sent your way?

Daisey It may not be a very cheery book, but it is so good! 2w
Bookwormjillk Don‘t worry it‘s more thoughtful than depressing 2w
TheAromaofBooks @Daisey @Bookwormjillk - I have heard a lot of good things about this book, so I do think it will be worthwhile to read, even if it's outside my normal comfort zone. I think having some thoughts from fellow Littens scattered throughout will help me through as well!! 2w
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lele1432 I hope you enjoy it! 🤗 2w
lover.of.the.classics Yes I got the Call of the Wild 😜 2w
hes7 I won‘t be home for another week, but I can have my roommate check. 2w
TheAromaofBooks @lover.of.the.classics - thank you!! That means it not only arrived safely, but I also sent you the right envelope! 😆 2w
TheAromaofBooks @hes7 - if you think of it. If not, no big deal. USPS claims it got there... they just aren't always truthful with me! 😬 2w
hes7 It‘s right! It‘s waiting for me. 😃 2w
TheAromaofBooks @hes7 - thank you so much for checking on that for me! I'm more paranoid now that I'm mailing other people's books around!! 😁 2w
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The Secret Quest | Margaret Sutton
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Well this week's #bookreport didn't follow last week's forecast at all! I did finish Northern Lights & read The Storm Keeper's Island. But then I decided to read The Man in the Brown Suit for #agathachristieclubr2 . I had also kind of forgotten that I had an ARC to read (Off Balance) & wanted to read the first book before I read that (Off Planet). I just wasn't in the mood for The Starless Sea & it had to go back to the library. I'm reading ⬇

TheAromaofBooks The Secret Quest right now & there is a good chance I'll finish it today. Then I actually do need to figure out what I'm reading next week, because I have a lot of January commitments to stay on top of!! Also have to say that I really love doing the forecast/book report because it's fun to see where my reading actually takes me from week to week!
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Cinfhen I was off course this week too but still managed to read a good amount! 2w
TheAromaofBooks @Cinfhen - I always seem to read, it's just intriguing to see what weeks I read on schedule and what weeks go completely off road! 😁 2w
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Off Planet | Aileen Erin
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This review is actually for the sequel to the tagged book (not in the system yet), Off Balance. Overall an enjoyable read, altho' the MC did seem self-absorbed at times. Totally in love w/ the love interest, though, & SUPER glad there was no love triangle! A 3.5* read - if you liked the first book, you'll like this one. A lil slow in spots but overall a decent lite sci-fi.
Sitting at just shy of 5hrs for #JumpStart2020, so way ahead of schedule!

TheAromaofBooks This was an ARC provided by the publisher, Ink Monster, that I received for free, which didn't impact my review. 2w
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Vietnam: A history | Stanley Karnow
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1. Met my husband in April 2010 & got married that July. Almost ten years later & he is still the best part of every day ❤
2. So many, but among the goals, I would REALLY like to finish the tagged book!
3. German - pork & sauerkraut. You have to eat at least one bite of sauerkraut if you want good luck.
Young'uns every year: “It's gross! I ate it last year & my luck was terrible!“
Gpa: “Think how bad it would have been if you hadn't eaten it!“

4thhouseontheleft 3 🤣🤣 I have a similar childhood memory. I make braised cabbage instead as an adult. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2w
julesG Sauerkraut is not that gross. You should just have it more often. 😁😁😁 2w
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TheAromaofBooks @4thhouseontheleft @julesG - I really hated sauerkraut as a kid, but now I'm more just ambivalent towards it - once a year is still plenty, though! 😁 2w
Deifio My hubby would really enjoy this tradition! He really loves his pork sausages, mashed potatoes and sauerkraut 😄 2w
UwannaPublishme I‘m not a fan of sauerkraut at all. But if it will change my luck, I may indulge. 😬 Maybe... Not. 🤣 2w
TheAromaofBooks @UwannaPublishme - Right?? We were given zero choice when we were young. 😆 2w
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Off Planet | Aileen Erin
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If you like your sci-fi on the lite side, this could be for you. It has a fun dystopian plot, with the MC as a half-alien on an Earth that has decided that all Aunare must die. The middle does drag a little bit, but overall I enjoyed rereading this one in preparation for reading the ARC of the sequel that I just received. ⬇

TheAromaofBooks Finishing the last couple chapters of this book this morning puts me at 19mins for #JumpStart2020 My goal is two hours a day and a total of 15 books, so we will see what happens!! @Clwojick @LizPixie (edited) 2w
TheAromaofBooks In order to complete even some of the challenges I'm trying this year, I need a lot of double-dipping!! This one is going to count for O in #LitsyAtoZ and also New Mexico for #ReadtheUSA2020 I was hoping she would be a millennial author as well, but I can't seem to find her age around the interwebs, so oh well. @bookishmarginalia - do you want to be tagged for all of the AtoZ posts? 2w
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Off Planet | Aileen Erin
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1. My sister came over, & she, my husband, & I played games, got slightly tipsy, & watched some episodes of The IT Crowd.
2. I don't have a hard number, usually 25ish books/month.
3. Two words this year - healing & joy. A lot of very crappy stuff happened last year & some is still ongoing. I can't always control my circumstances, but I can control how I respond. Time to let go of some things so healing can start & face the new year with joy!

wanderinglynn For no. 3, that‘s a fantastic response. 💚💙 I wish you much healing & joy in the new year. ❤️ 2w
MoonWitch94 3️⃣ is very powerful. It is the best thing you can do for yourself. I hope 2020 brings you joy, peace & laughter (the best medicine). Thanks for playing 🎉💙🎆♥️ 2w
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Cupcake12 No. 3 is very poignant. ❤️ 2w
TheAromaofBooks @wanderinglynn @MoonWitch94 @Cupcake12 - Thank you! It's easy for me to get into negative thought patterns, but objectively I have far more good things/blessings in my life than bad, and I want to practice focusing on those. 2w
ljuliel I liked your number 3. A very important lesson , which I need to work on. I wish you great success. ♥️ 2w
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A few days ago I introduced my personal challenge for the year - a monthly #BookSpin ! The concept is simple - make a list of 20 books languishing on your TBR. On the 2nd of every month, I draw a number, & you read that book sometime during the month!

January's number - 18!! I get to read the tagged book! Be sure to tag me with the book you get to read, and let me know when you read it!
@imyril @llwheeler @Lcsmcat @Butterfinger @mabell

TheAromaofBooks And just a reminder - sometimes books linger on the TBR because, deep down, we don't really want to read them. Please don't feel like you have to force yourself to read the book you drew. The challenge is to give the book a chance! If your review of the book is to say you bailed on it for any reason, that is A-OK. No pressure here. A DNF still means the book is off your list, and that's the goal. Happy reading!! ❤ (edited) 2w
ljuliel Good idea, and good luck 👍🏼🍀 2w
robinb Great idea! Have fun! 😊 2w
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veritysalter What a great idea @TheAromaofBooks I have an out of control TBR pile and am too much of a mood reader. I shall definitely give this a go. 2w
TheAromaofBooks @veritysalter - I would love to have you join! I'll be sure to tag you when it's time to post February's 20 books!! And if you want to join this month, you still can - just count off books on your shelf until you get to 18, or something along those lines. 😊 2w
veritysalter @TheAromaofBooks I‘m ok for January; I‘ve just started European Travels for Monstrous Gentlewomen, it‘s 700 pages, so I may be a while. 2w
TheAromaofBooks @veritysalter - oh my goodness, that is a SERIOUS chunkster!!! Good luck! 2w
llwheeler Woohoo! I'm excited for my Jan read - hope you enjoy Around the World! I read it as a kid and liked it - I think it was an abridged edition though. 2w
mabell I couldn‘t be more happy with my #18! (Though I only chose 20 books I would be excited to get to, so no matter what it will be a win-win 😄) 2w
TheAromaofBooks @llwheeler - My dad is a big fan of Verne, so I read several of his books growing up, but somehow never got to this one. It's also been years since I've read 20,000 Leagues, so I'm hoping to get to that one this year as well. 2w
TheAromaofBooks @mabell - I like your strategy!!! 😁 2w
LaraReads This is a really great idea! 2w
TheAromaofBooks @LaraReads - thanks!! We'll be doing another spin on February 2, so you can feel free to jump in if you like!! 2w
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Final #WinterGames post!! Watched Bachelor Mother with the family today - it's one of our #sharedtraditions for New Year's as well! This is truly a hilarious romp of a film that I highly recommend. The casting is spot-on and it's just so, so funny.

I've had a great month with everyone - here's to a lovely new year with loads of good books!!

#MerryReaders @Clwojick @StayCurious

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Winter Holiday | Arthur Ransome
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1. 30
2. 15!!
3. Yes, RaeAnne Thayne was a definite win
4. Beyond the fun of getting to know a delightful group of Littens even better, I really loved the Guess the Book challenge. Exchanging Christmas cards and chatting with the team on Slack has also been super fun.

Thank you SO much for creating/hosting #WinterGames @Clwojick @StayCurious and Cassandra, you've been a brilliant Team Captain!!

Clwojick 21 pts! and you are so SO welcome! 2w
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Swallows and Amazons | Arthur Ransome
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Thanks for the tag @4thhouseontheleft !
1. Puttering about this morning, then pork & good-luck sauerkraut for lunch with the fam. Probably watch one of our traditional New Year's movies today (High School Musical, While You Were Sleeping, & Bachelor Mother are the options!) while napping.

2. Hard to choose, but the tagged book is definitely high on the list.

3. @texreader @Butterfinger @aeeklund - thanks for following!

#WondrousWednesday @Eggs

Texreader So happy to follow you! And dinner sounds amazing. Here in TX good luck food is black-eyed peas. Yum!!! 2w
Beatlefan129 I love While You Were Sleeping, such a cute movie 2w
TheAromaofBooks @Texreader - who knows - maybe sauerkraut is only good luck food because Grandma wanted to trick is into eating it when we were kids? 😁 2w
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TheAromaofBooks @Beatlefan129 - right?? It's a family favorite. So many great quotes! 2w
Eggs Happy New Year and thanks for joining in ❣️ 2w
Butterfinger In NC we have to eat black eye peas, fried cabbage, and pork. Thanks for tagging. I'm getting my tbr list ready. 2w
4thhouseontheleft Are you PA Dutch by chance? I grew up eating pork and sauerkraut with mashed potatoes on New Year's! I don't like sauerkraut, so as an adult I make braised cabbage instead. And I add in black-eyed peas since we live in NC now. 2w
TheAromaofBooks @Eggs - thank you, and the same to you!! I really love your Wondrous Wednesday posts!! 2w
TheAromaofBooks @4thhouseontheleft - not PA Dutch, but I do think that is a German combo, and I was born a Wagner!! 2w
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Off Planet | Aileen Erin
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My final time for #24b42020 - so close to my goal of 15hrs!! But my sister came over last night to ring in the new year, and we spent the final hours of 2019 playing games and introducing my husband to The IT Crowd. 😁 Great evening and great readathon. Thanks for hosting @Andrew65 @jb72 @TheReadingMermaid

Andrew65 Great time, well done. 👏👏👏🙌🥳🍾🎯😍🎆 Happy New Year. 2w
TheAromaofBooks @Andrew65 - thanks, and Happy New Year to you as well!! 2w
Clwojick way to go ! 1 pt 2w
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The Storm Keepers Island | Catherine Doyle
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Okay, apparently I lied - THIS is my last book of 2019! This MG read totally sucked me in, at the expense of a lot of other chores I was supposed to get done this afternoon! 😁 Still, it put me over 14hrs for #24B42020 and is another #TBRread for #WinterGames PLUS my first read for #NewYearWhoDis !
#MerryReaders @Clwojick @StayCurious @Andrew65 @jb72 @TheReadingMermaid @Cupcake12 @monalyisha

monalyisha Hooray! Glad you had a successful first (/last) read! ✨🎉 3w
UwannaPublishme Yay! 😁 Happy New Year! 🎉🎉❤️ 3w
Andrew65 That‘s a good lie! 😂🥳 Happy New Year. 3w
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Cupcake12 That‘s great! There is a sequel too! Happy New Year ❤️🥳 2w
TheAromaofBooks @Cupcake12 - I saw that!! Sadly my library doesn't have it, so I will have to dig around for it a bit more. I would like to know what happens next!! 2w
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The Man in the Brown Suit | Agatha Christie
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One last #TBRread for #WinterGames - I love Christie so much, and this is on of my faves. It's just so over-the-top, a genuinely funny, entertaining romp of a story. Read for #agathachristieclubr2 and also just because I love it!

Still racking up some #24b42020 time, too!!

#MerryReaders @Clwojick @StayCurious @Andrew65 @jb72 @TheReadingMermaid @ferskner

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mabell This is one of my favorites, too! I read once or twice a year - such a fun adventure. And of course Sir Eustace ❤️😂 3w
TheAromaofBooks @mabell - a little in love with Sir Eustace 😆 3w
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The Man in the Brown Suit | Agatha Christie
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@BookNAround - My #LastFirst reads!!

Looks like the tagged book - The Man in the Brown Suit - is going to be my last of the year - always good to go out on classic Christie! For my first book, I think I'm going to pick up The Storm Keeper's Island by Catherine Doyle, my first read for #NewYearWhoDis !

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Everyone needs another challenge for 2020, right? I've done book spins elsewhere, & always enjoy having the decision taken out of my hands! I'm hoping to do this once a month, so by the end of the year I'll have 12 of those pesky, lingering tomes checked off! There may be prizes along the way if I get really carried away, so I hope you'll join me!

#BookSpin

More info & my list below ⬇

TheAromaofBooks Personally, I always find myself procrastinating on one thing: nonfiction. Nonfiction & really long books. Two! Two things! Nonfiction, really long books, & classics. Three! Three - AMONGST THE THINGS I PROCRASTINATE ARE:

Well, you get the picture. 😁 Feel free to come up with your own list - mine is below - & me sure to tag me so I can tag you back when I draw the number on Thursday!
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TheAromaofBooks 1. David Copperfield
2. Kon Tiki
3. Hammer of the Gods
4. Sense & Sensibility
5. The Hidden Hand
6. Raven Boys series
7. Autumn of the Black Snake
8. The Robe
9. Don Quixote
10. The Pickwick Papers
11. 1984
12. Fahrenheit 451
13. Of Mice and Men
14. Frankenstein
15. Uncle Tom‘s Cabin
16. Treasure Island
17. The Three Musketeers
18. Around the World in 80 Days
19. Forest Rose
20. Heidi
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walkwithabook Love this idea... I have lot & I even have books I started & didn‘t finish in 2019. 3w
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mabell Fun idea! 3w
TheAromaofBooks @walkwithabook @mabell - thank you!! I hope you'll join me!! 😊 3w
imyril What a fab challenge! I‘m in :) 3w
Lcsmcat Count me in! This sounds like fun. 3w
Butterfinger What a wonderful idea. Thanks! 3w
Chrissyreadit This is a great idea! I may not get to use it right away but I will keep an eye out for it in future months! Do you want your post shared? 2w
TheAromaofBooks @Butterfinger - thank you!! I hope you can join - just tag me if you decide to post a list!! 😊 2w
TheAromaofBooks @Chrissyreadit - thank you!! Definitely feel free to share - the more the merrier!! Would you like me to tag you when I post the reminder for February's spin? 2w
Daisey Great idea! I would consider this, but I already do a similar TBR challenge with a Goodreads group. 2w
TheAromaofBooks @Daisey - thank you! It's just all about working together to read books!! 2w
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David Copperfield | Charles Dickens
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I actually have loads of goals for this year. I'm trying some reading challenges, my mom, sisters, and I are doing some buddy reads of all favorites, and I'd like to read some old classics - the tagged book is definitely on the list. I'm super excited about another year on Litsy!!

#WinterGames #MerryReaders @Clwojick @StayCurious

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