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Sorry, this book title cracked me up 😂 Forget the lottery, friends - come play March Madness AKA #BookSpin with me next month instead!!

If you'd like to play along, now is the time to be getting your list together!! I can't believe that we're almost done with February already!

Link to How This Challenge Works (can also always be found in my profile) - https://thearomaofbooks.wordpress.com/bookspin-bookspinbingo-litsy-challenge/

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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) Remember, every Spin you read counts as en entry for my end-of-the-year giveaway!! But ONLY if you track it!! Here's the link - https://forms.gle/Cb63LhTodq5CoRhHA - you can track as you go through the year, or all post them all at once in December, whatever works for you!!

Thanks so much for reading along with me. As always, let me know if you have any questions. I'll be back next Saturday with the picks and a fresh bingo board!!
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DGRachel How can it already be time for the March list? 😭😭😭 21h
Librarybelle Hooray! I have to think about my list! 21h
Elizabeth2 Gah! Is it time already. 😂 21h
TheSpineView I'm ready! ❤️📖📚 20h
Lcsmcat I‘ll get my list together! 20h
BarkingMadRead I made my list yesterday!! 20h
CoffeeNBooks I was just getting ready to post my list this morning! 20h
BookmarkTavern Yay! I just started thinking about this yesterday! 20h
Bookwormjillk Lol love that book title. At least I won‘t lose money on #Bookspin 20h
vonnie862 It's madness all right. I'll get my list together. 20h
kelli7990 I want to play next month. I need to make a list and my Bingo board. 20h
JackOBotts I was thinking about this when I woke up this morning! 🤣📚 20h
bookandbedandtea I'm pretty sure my list is ready 🧡 19h
Deblovestoread Woo hoo! Will get my list posted before the 2nd. 💜 18h
BeeCurious Yay! 👍 I posted my list yesterday. 🙂📚 18h
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I started thinking about it yesterday. One of the library books I was going to snag suddenly has a 7 person wait list! Whoops! Time to pivot & plan ahead. 17h
willaful @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I'm afraid that's going to happen to me as well. I pre-emptively put holds on the book but it might be wishful thinking. 16h
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick @willaful I am trying to read more from what I own, but for a challenge, there's a K-Pop prompt that I most definitely don't own. I think the library highlighted the book and it suddenly has a list. I have time to get to it, but it just won't be during South Korea month with Food & Lit. I need to look ahead for a few others now. 16h
PuddleJumper Where did February go?!? 14h
Bookzombie I was just thinking about this yesterday. I can‘t believe it‘s nearly March. 8h
jessicamichelle This month flew by! 7h
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The Last Word: A Novel | Taylor Adams
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Hey friends, here are a few options... I have roughly half a million more, so if none of these suit, I'll post another batch 😂 Let me know what you think!! #LMPBC
@Jerdencon @robinb @bookandbedandtea

bookandbedandtea I've read The Writing Retreat but the others sound good. 19h
Jerdencon All sound good - but if I had to pick one I‘d say I have some questions for you. (edited) 17h
robinb I am good with any of these! 👍 Do you have a preference, Sarah? 6h
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The Family Upstairs | Lisa Jewell
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Okay, last review for this morning. Another mixed-feelings read. I did like this one, although it's more “can't look away from the upcoming train wreck“ than it is thriller. There were a few things that just didn't jive for me. But the pacing was good - Jewell has a definite knack for making me think I should read just another chapter... or five. However, I'm not sure I'll pick up the sequel.

#Roll100 @PuddleJumper

Librarybelle On my to read list! 2d
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TheLudicReader The sequel is garbage. You won‘t be missing anything if you don‘t read it, especially since you didn‘t love this one. 2d
TheAromaofBooks @TheLudicReader - That's what I gathered from other reviews - worth reading if you thought this book was really great, maybe not so much if you felt ambivalent towards this one. And since I'm in the latter category... I just went and found some spoilers instead 😂 1d
TheAromaofBooks @Librarybelle - Do you have a copy? I'd love to send you mine if you don't!! 1d
TheLudicReader I actually loved this one @TheAromaofBooks and the sequel was a big disappointment. 1d
Librarybelle I do have a copy! I think I heard her talk about it virtually and bought it from the bookstore sponsoring the talk. Thanks for the offer! 1d
MatchlessMarie Awesome! I started this one last year I think but it‘s in what I call library purgatory now 😂 might need to return to the train wreck at some point this year lol 14h
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Magic Burns | Ilona Andrews
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I enjoyed the second book even more than the first. I'm getting better at skimming over the gory bits 😂 Basically, I love every character in this series. Even the sketchy ones. The concept for this world is so creative and engaging.

#SeriesLove2024 @TheSpineView @Andrew65
#100YearsofBooks (2008)
#GottaCatchEmAll - Woman in Charge @PuddleJumper

TheSpineView Awesome! 2d
LiseWorks Great series 2d
ravenlee I recently started a reread using the Graphic Audio of the first book, and it‘s so fun! I was so excited to find it on Hoopla. 2d
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The Mystery at Lilac Inn | Carolyn Keene
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Nancy Drew, Girl Wonder, can do it all!! Even scuba dive!! 😂 Guys, I love these books. Rereading them has been FABULOUS. Thank you for hosting @Librarybelle !!!

#SeriesLove2024 @TheSpineView @Andrew65
#ISpyBingo - Flowers, Blonde
#FourFoursin24 - Floral Laurel @lauredhel
#GottaCatchEmAll - Flowers @PuddleJumper

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Upgrade: A Novel | Blake Crouch
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I had mixed feelings about this one. Overall, it was engaging and interesting, but the pacing felt off sometimes. I also didn't care for the ending exactly (spoiler below). The author also seemed to feel like he had to mention that climate change is killing everyone on basically every page. Okay, I get it already. Sheesh. Still a fun thriller and I can see myself trying Crouch again sometime. Soft pick.

TheAromaofBooks Literally the entire book is telling us about how genetic engineering is sketchy and has unintended results, yet his solution was... genetic engineering?! Releasing a “virus“ out into the world without telling anyone or giving them option?? “it's a good virus that makes everyone a better person!!!“ ... a good option you've known about for like 2 seconds have no idea what the long-term results are?? It just felt SO hypocritical! 2d
Zuhkeeyah @TheAromaofBooks I had a similar issue with the ending. After decrying all the manipulation mankind is doing…he goes and does he same. It was still a fun read though. 2d
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julieclair Yay! Glad you have read it, and are now sending out into the world to find a new owner. 😆 2d
bookandbedandtea I had the exact same thoughts at the end! How hypocritical and irresponsible! 1d
MatchlessMarie 💯❤️ 14h
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Past Perfect Life | Elizabeth Eulberg
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Sometimes the problem with a book is your expectations going into it. The blurb made this book sound thriller-y. It's not. Ally DOES find out that her whole past is different from what she thought, but we know right away why, who, and how. This is really a book about her adjusting to that and working through the complications of knowing she's been lied to for so long. I liked Ally and felt like she was realistic. Her mom, however. Oof. Soft pick.

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The Elusive Pimpernel | Baroness Orczy
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I'm slowly making my way through all the Pimpernel books in chronological order. They're definitely rather same-y, which is why they're fun to read about once every couple of months 😂 This one was a little slow on action and a little long on everyone contemplating potential action, but I still enjoy the absolutely ridiculous melodrama. Published 1908. If you're looking for some fist-shaking villains and a hero who would rather die with honor ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) than live without it!!!! - then you should check out this series. Definitely start with the original, though.

#SeriesLove2024 @TheSpineView @Andrew65
#WickedWords - Letters @AsYouWish
#GottaCatchEmAll - Set During a War @PuddleJumper
TheSpineView Fantastic! 2d
bookandbedandtea I looove the original book (for the melodrama!) but have never read any of the rest of the series; you're inspiring me to seek them out. 18h
TheAromaofBooks @bookandbedandtea - They are definitely similar in vibe. I've been reading them in chronological rather than published order, so I've already read Sir Percy Leads the Band, I Will Repay (which didn't seem to have as much Pimpernel??), and The League of the Pimpernel (short stories). They can be a little repetitive, so I'm spreading them out. 😂 16h
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Wolf Gone Wild | Juliette Cross
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100% stacked this book originally because of that fabulous cover. Gifted to me back in 2022 for a Swoonathon Swap by @Nessavamusic it only took me two years to read it, so not bad! 😂 I really liked the characters and world-building in this one, the group of badass magical sisters - great fun. I did read the next few books in the series, but didn't like them quite as well. It felt like they got more focused on the spice and less focused on ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) on story. Plus, I believe demons are real and evil, so whenever paranormal world-building decides to throw in “demons are actually sweet and misunderstood“... I'm pretty much out lol

But this first book was just great fun if you're looking for sexy paranormal nonsense.

#SeriesLove2024 @TheSpineView @Andrew65
#ReadtheUSA2024 - Louisiana
#ISpyBingo - Moon, Paw Prints, Cat
#GottaCatchEmAll - Guilty Pleasure @PuddleJumper
TheSpineView Fabulous! 2d
Traci1 Love that cover 2d
Nessavamusic A very fun book. So glad you enjoyed it @TheAromaofBooks ! 1d
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I'm going on a bit of a review binge this morning. Sorry for the spam! 😂

I read this series back in 2019-2020, and loved every page of every book, so I'm rereading them!! My original review of this book said that it was like being wrapped in a loaf of warm, homemade bread, which is kind of a mixed metaphor, but you get my point. It's cozy, wholesome, and delicious. I think this book is practically perfect. All the stars.

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Across the Miles | Lucy Maud Montgomery
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Well, the time has come - #LMPBC is going to be retired! 😢 I'll miss this, but everything has its season. I've created a group for mystery/thrillers, there are other options also open, and plenty of slots if you want to create your own group as well, so check out the sign-up sheet and come read along!!


Thank you so much for hosting @suvata !!

Clare-Dragonfly Oh, no! Now I‘ll never live my dream of having True Crime (on the) Group W (bench) 😔😂 5d
Bookwormjillk @Clare-Dragonfly lol 4d
TheAromaofBooks @bookandbedandtea @robinb @Jerdencon - Yay!!! I'm so excited to be reading with you all again!! I'll have to rummage about for some choices for the next round. I enjoyed all our picks this past round - I'm halfway through Celine and LOVING it!! 4d
bookandbedandtea @TheAromaofBooks @robinb @Jerdencon I'm so glad we're going to be reading together again! I'm going to come up with some ideas this weekend. 4d
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(thru 2.5) My word, Book 2 has started with quite the swirl of events!

First off, I literally can't get my head around Captain Mirvan. Is this man insane?! What is his deal!?!? What a psychopath! There's just no other word for someone who delights in tormenting someone else like this. Ugh.

Today's letters were also quite the bombardment of emotion. That letter from E's father was - whew. Cold.

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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) present him as a kindly old gentleman, wanting the best for E, but Madame Duval and E's father do seem united in their portrayal of him as a bad guy - although I'm not sure exactly why?? Because he took in E's mother when she had been abandoned by them both???

I'm enjoying the actual story of this book, but laboring through the passages of teasing and torturing Madame Duval I find very wearing.
BarkingMadRead My copy isn‘t separated into books. The pages also aren‘t numbered 🤣 anyway….. this thing with the Captain is super disturbing! I‘m thinking the Rev is a nice old man and the other two don‘t like him because he knows their truth. Just a theory, though! 6d
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Librarybelle Captain Mirvan is horrible! I think there is nothing wrong with Villars…the others are stirring up trouble, not wishing to admit any wrongdoing on their part all of those years ago. 6d
AnneCecilie I have no words for the Captain, how could he not only put Madame Duval through that, but also Evelina. And what about the man that claims to be courting? @BarkingMadRead same. So I‘m interested in seeing how my reading goes with just the chapters to guide me. @Librarybelle I think you‘re on to something, I have a feeling we don‘t know the entire truth about what happened in the past 6d
Clare-Dragonfly I agree with everyone else! And my copy doesn‘t have chapters either so I don‘t know how behind I am 😅 Sir Clement is such a creep! I‘m glad Mrs. Mirvan warned Evelina against asking him for a favor. He would have tried to wrangle much more out of her than she wanted to give. 5d
TheAromaofBooks @BarkingMadRead @Librarybelle @AnneCecilie @Clare-Dragonfly - So are your letters not labeled at all??? My book isn't divided into chapters, but each letter is labeled “Letter One“ “Letter Two“ etc. And then then book is divided into three parts. Now I feel bad for creating a schedule apparently no one can follow but me 😂 5d
Librarybelle Mine are labeled by letter! Isn‘t that funny how the editions are different? But, your schedule corresponds to my edition, at least. 5d
BarkingMadRead Mine are labeled by letter but there are no parts. It is all just one long group of letters. It‘s also got no printing on the spine and no page numbers. Definitely low class 🤣🤣🤣 5d
AnneCecilie The letters are numbered, but there‘s no volumes. So I try to remember how many letters to read 5d
Clare-Dragonfly Mine are labeled with Roman numerals, but the book isn‘t divided into parts. The brusque letter from Dad is letter XXXV. I‘m using Serial Reader so I‘m just reading along with its schedule now! 4d
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While not a perfect book, this one still packs a punch over 150 years later. As a story, there are times where the narrative bogs down a little while Stowe allows her characters to converse/debate about different aspects of the slavery system. There are a few too many coincidences, especially at the very end. And obviously there are aspects, even from Stowe's forward-thinking-for-her-time perspective that still don't sit right with modern readers⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont‘d) But the flip side of that is a gripping tale, showing many of the layers and complexities of slavery, all while following the fortunes of a man trying his hardest to live his life as a good man and a good Christian. Stowe is biased, but up front about those biases: she believes slavery to be evil on every level; she‘s strongly religious; and she sees no possibility of Christians being able to Biblically justify the system. ⬇ 1w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) That‘s the whole reason she wrote her book, and she methodically addresses many of the defenses given for slavery at the time by providing examples of the inherent evils of the system, appealing to the shared humanity between us all. This book had me in tears more than once. A beautiful, heartwrenching story that, despite so much sadness and despair, still managed to leave me feeling hopeful and inspired. ⬇ 1w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) For those of you who have been reading along with me, how did you feel about the ending? Any final thoughts to share? I was intrigued to read about how so many of Stowe‘s stories were based on real life, including Eliza‘s dash across the ice floes! Thank you all so much for reading this with me. It was wonderful to revisit this one after so many years, and hearing all of your thoughts really enriched the experience for me. ❤ 1w
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Librarybelle Well said! There‘s so much to unpack in this one. I think too, out of so many books published in that time, this is still being published and discussed. That‘s a testament to its staying power. 1w
Librarybelle And the ending…I think she had in mind to end it the way she did, just to show the degrees of slavery but also the evidence of hope and how some born in a slave society could potentially change their minds. 1w
TheAromaofBooks @Librarybelle - I completely agree!! I actually think George Shelby's decision to free everyone worked well with his character and was a natural development. The coincidences that had me a little side eyes were more that Cassy happens to be Eliza's mother and the woman on the boat happens to be (slave) George's sister and George S, who happens to know where everyone is, happens to be on the same boat haha But it worked for tying everything up. 1w
BarkingMadRead There were far too many coincidences in the end, and I‘m not mad about it. This was heartbreaking, and I couldn‘t put it down 1w
Librarybelle @TheAromaofBooks Yes! It was like she had to add some sort of coincidental HEA ending after the tragic death of Tom. 1w
CogsOfEncouragement Reading with a Christian point of view, since she was a Christian author, I thought she made Uncle Tom a missionary at both places he was sold to. Tom went to death in peace knowing he was a good and faithful servant. George showing up in time to say goodbye and bury him was a blessing for such a servant. Cassy was also a Christian (who has a prodigal son arc due to her horrific abuse) & is blessed with freedom/reunion to her family. I feel Stowe 1w
CogsOfEncouragement made her black characters more human to readers that needed convincing by giving them a happy conclusion in which to take action. They deeply loved and cared for their family. They were forgiving. They sought out education. They looked for ways to help others. They chose where to live based on serving others. 1w
TheBookHippie @TheAromaofBooks I had problems with the religiosity, naive at times on her part- in my opinion, but I understand why she wrote this way and the end was tidy- if you‘re searching for hope and trying to show it -this was the only way to end the story. She wrote the right book for the right time. To get people to think. It was good to reread this. I thank you for pushing us. I‘d not remembered much of it from college. 1w
mrp27 Thank you for hosting! I failed to keep up with a chapter a day but this finally got me to pick up the book. I do hope to finish it. 1w
Clare-Dragonfly @Librarybelle Yes! I felt like I could accept the coincidences because they sort of balanced out the coincidental deaths 😆 1w
Clare-Dragonfly I was really glad to see George in the end really doing the right thing and freeing his slaves. It feels sort of selfish to want to see that, though—wanting to see a decent white person after all those awful ones (there were the Quakers who helped Eliza and George, but they felt far away by that point). 1w
TheAromaofBooks @CogsOfEncouragement - I was so glad that Cassy was able to find some closure and healing at the end. It can never erase the horrific injustice and abuse she suffered, but she did find peace eventually. 1w
TheAromaofBooks @TheBookHippie - I definitely think that Stowe was especially angered by complacency and hypocrisy she saw in churches/Christians around her, at a time when most people attended church, even if it was just socially. So for her this was a twofold challenge: she shows them an exemplary example of Christianity - except he is a slave, not a white man - and then shows them repeatedly that the evils of slavery can NOT be brought into harmony with true ⬇ 1w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) Christian beliefs. In some ways, it's a narrow audience window, but I think that it is an audience that was much wider at the time she was writing. 1w
TheAromaofBooks @Clare-Dragonfly - I think she was once again emphasizing that even one person can make a difference, a start, in turning the tide. So it's definitely both an encouragement and once again a challenge. 1w
TheBookHippie @TheAromaofBooks I agree. It‘s of the time. 1w
UwannaPublishme Harriet once said, “There is more done with pens than with swords.” I love this quote because her words sure did shake up the world then. And she‘s still shaking us awake! Her writing style was over the top and a little too tidy at times, but she did what she needed to do so her voice would be heard. I applaud her for standing strong in her convictions. Thanks Sarah for hosting this buddy read and everyone for sharing all your thoughts. 1w
UwannaPublishme It was a much richer and deeper reading experience for me. And I can finally take this classic off my TBR list. 😊 1w
ChelseaM6010 Well said + thank you for hosting! 🙂 4d
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March's #RandomClassic is Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson. I've never read this one, but I'm anticipating something similar to his other novels - quite a lot of rollicking adventures meant to appeal to young lads in the 1880s, with a splash of history thrown in. There are 30 chapters, so we'll read a chapter a day starting March 1 and actually finish by the end of the month for once!!

Let me know if you're interested in reading this one!!

BarkingMadRead I‘m in! 2w
CatLass007 Please include me. 2w
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Librarybelle I think I‘m going to pass on the next two months, but will be back in May! 2w
Lcsmcat Count me in please. 2w
TheBookHippie I‘m out for March! See you in April! 2w
Read4life I‘m in. It‘s time to give it another shot! 1w
Crazeedi The Robe is such a great book I read in 6th grade, the librarian let me read from the teachers library 1w
julieclair I‘m in! 1w
TheAromaofBooks @Crazeedi - I read it many years ago and remember loving it. It's been on my reread list for quite some time, so I was excited when it came up on the draw haha it's not for everyone, but I remember finding it gripping. 1w
TheAromaofBooks @BarkingMadRead @CatLass007 @julieclair @Lcsmcat @Read4life - Woohoo, have you all down for Kidnapped in March!! 1w
Crazeedi @TheAromaofBooks it wouldn't be for everyone, but it was so good for an 11 year old girl! 1w
ChelseaM6010 I‘m in for March! 3d
TheAromaofBooks @BarkingMadRead @CatLass007 @julieclair @Lcsmcat @Read4life @ChelseaM6010 - Okay, so now I'm a little paranoid since I found out my copy of Evelina isn't labeled/divided the same as other editions - does EVERYONE have 30 chapters in their copy of Kidnapped?? 😂 3d
BarkingMadRead I will check 🤣 3d
Lcsmcat @TheAromaofBooks Mine has 30 chapters. 3d
Read4life Mine has 30. 3d
BarkingMadRead Mine has 30…. 3d
julieclair There are 30 chapters in my Serial Reader version, spread out over 34 “issues”. But the chapters are clearly marked, so it will be easy for me to just read one whole chapter per day. 2d
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(thru Letter 1.31) - And so ends Volume 1!! I've overall enjoyed this book, but the passages where Evelina is recounting arguments between the Captain and Madame Duval tend to wear on me. They're both SO dreadful. But I'm definitely interested to see where this story goes next!!

Tomorrow and Friday are catch-up days for anyone who may be behind. Letter 2.1 is very short, and 2.2 rather long, so I combined them both across two days ⬇

Librarybelle Yay!! It‘s fun revisiting this one! 2w
janeycanuck The audio I have doesn‘t number the letters AND the chapters break randomly so I‘m flying by the seat of my pants. I think I‘m close to the end of volume 1, I‘m quite enjoying it! 2w
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AnneCecilie I‘m enjoying myself and interested in seeing where this is going. But the men and Mrs Duval are pushing my patience at times. 2w
Daisey So, I read the first few days and then completely got behind! I‘m trying to finish another book before it returns to the library so I can focus on catching up with this one this weekend. 2w
rubyslippersreads I‘m happy to have a couple of catch-up days. 2w
ChelseaM6010 I‘ve fallen so far behind on this one! Life + illness got in the way of it. Will do my best to catch up 2w
Clare-Dragonfly I‘m a little behind (Serial Reader had me a little ahead at first so I held back, but I guess I shouldn‘t have) so glad for the catch-up days! I agree regarding the Captain and Mrs. Duval… 1w
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Together We Burn | Isabel Ibaez
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This one was a disappointment. Look at that gorgeous cover!! The premise sounded so interesting - an AU Spain where people fight dragons instead of bulls. But the pacing was just terrible and the world-building scattered. I clocked the villain the second he appeared. I dragged myself through this one, hoping that it was going to get better, and it just never did. I've enjoyed other books by this author, but this one didn't click for me.

PuddleJumper Aww that sucks 2w
peanutnine That's a bummer. It definitely has an interesting premise 1w
TheAromaofBooks @PuddleJumper @peanutnine - I will say this book has received many positive reviews, so maybe I just wasn't in the right headspace for it!! 1w
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(thru ch41) Wow. I just. I'm so glad George made it in time to say his goodbyes, but what a heartbreaking ending for Uncle Tom! As a Christian, I can't tell you how inspiring Tom's faith truly is.

I originally read this book back in high school. Over the years, I've heard the term “Uncle Tom“ used derisively to basically describe people willing to pander, especially in situations where race dynamics are in play. I didn't remember Tom as a weak ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) character at all, but figured maybe I just wasn't remembering him clearly, or that my (white) teenage brain didn't register his true attitude. During this reread, though, I've been puzzled. I don't think Tom comes across as weak or pandering ever. He stands strong for his beliefs, and times that he “knuckles under“ to his owners are virtually all to protect someone else, like his acceptance of being sold away from his family at the ⬇ 2w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) beginning of the book.

So it was with interest that I read this interview from NPR. It's from back in 2008, but I was genuinely intrigued to see this perspective, how Uncle Tom's story and character were basically stolen and twisted during a time when if someone wanted to make a play out of a book, they could do it without permission or approval from the author. ⬇
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) How horrible must it have been for Stowe to see her hero so misrepresented?? Let me know your thoughts - https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=93059468

Only a few chapters left. Isn't Cassy's plan absurdly clever? It would take some serious nerve to do what she's doing!
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Librarybelle It was definitely twisted and misrepresented in some circles. What a powerful political piece! 2w
Deblovestoread An interesting article. I knew there was some negative connotation attached to the novel but not the particulars. While I struggle with my faith or lack thereof, I admired Tom so much. His quiet strength to do the right thing always. I saw no weakness just surety in his belief of a better place. 2w
Clare-Dragonfly I had been wondering about the “Uncle Tom” term, too—the character doesn‘t seem to fit it at all, though it upsets me that he says all he wanted at the end of his life was to see George, though he left a wife and children and is not reunited with him in life. Thanks for sharing the NPR piece—I‘ll listen to it soon. 2w
Clare-Dragonfly Cassy is a stone cold badass! I love her! 2w
Clare-Dragonfly Having listened to the NPR piece, it seems like the plays just took the Uncle Tom name and created a whole different character?! No wonder he has such a bad reputation. 2w
UwannaPublishme Tom‘s unwavering faith and his loyalty to help protect Cassy and Emmeline amid all that senseless brutality moved me beyond words. Hard to believe and utterly appalling and heartbreaking that underhanded marketing and greed robbed Tom (and Harriet) of his true nature and character. Ugh… 2w
TheAromaofBooks @Clare-Dragonfly - I think for Tom, seeing George meant that his family hadn't forgotten him or their promises to him, and that is why it meant so much, not necessarily that he cared more about George than his wife and children or that he wouldn't have preferred to see them. 2w
TheAromaofBooks @Librarybelle @Deblovestoread @Clare-Dragonfly @UwannaPublishme - I was just so intrigued by that article! Another case of the book being better than the movie/play 😂 But it seriously did explain to me why Uncle Tom has become such a derivative term, when the original character is actually the exact opposite of weak and pandering. He's a powerful character in this book at a time when basically no one would have expected a black person to have ⬇ 2w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) what were considered to be “white“ traits - noble, self-sacrificing, heroic, protective, etc. 2w
Clare-Dragonfly @TheAromaofBooks That‘s a good point—I‘ll try to think of it that way! I do hope we get to find out how his family fares in the end. 2w
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Uncle Tom's Cabin (Enriched Classic) | Harriet Beecher Stowe
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(thru ch37) - I'm SO glad we finally got to see what happened with George and Eliza!! In a way it was a little anticlimactic after all the action from earlier, but I was glad to see things go smoothly.
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TheAromaofBooks “What is freedom to a nation, but freedom to the individuals in it?... To your fathers, freedom was the right of a nation to be a nation. To [George], it is the right of a man to be a man & not a brute; the right to call the wife of his bosom his wife, & to protect her from lawless violence; the right to protect & educate his child; the right to have a home of his own, a religion of his own, a character of his own, unsubject to the will of another 2w
TheBookHippie Exactly. And WHEW. 2w
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BarbaraJean Yesterday I saw that today‘s chapter went back to the George and Eliza storyline, and I HAD to read it then! Such a relief after the turns the rest of the book has taken!! 2w
CogsOfEncouragement I wondered how it was decided to place this chapter here. It certainly doesn‘t fit in the timeline. Was it to give us a break from the despair for a moment? 2w
TheAromaofBooks @TheBookHippie @BarbaraJean - SUCH a relief. It makes me want to do some more reading about what happened with slaves who made it to Canada. Were there groups of people there willing to help them get on their feet? Where did they stay? After the war, did any of them come back to the States? I don't really know much about that part of history. 2w
TheAromaofBooks @CogsOfEncouragement - It did feel a little random. I get the impression that Stowe is getting ready to ramp up to a big conclusion, so I guess she wanted to tuck this in where it wouldn't disrupt the flow of the final chapters. But it also felt like we could have had this chapter much earlier, before multiple years had passed in the Uncle Tom timeline. 2w
UwannaPublishme After those harrowing chapters with Tom, I was relieved to finally learn about Eliza and George too. WHEW is right! 2w
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(thru Letter 16) Oh my WORD, what is WITH Captain Mirvan?! I can hardly believe how dreadful and rude he is! Reading these last couple of letters has been torturous for my secondhand embarrassment! 😂 If I had been Mrs. M. I would NOT have rushed up to London to see this guy!!

I'm a little perplexed by what Madam Duval hopes to gain. I'm assuming money, somehow??

Librarybelle The Captain is such comedy fodder! I cannot believe that someone of his rank would behave in such a way publicly, yet Burney must be making some sort of point with it. As for Willoughby…OMG! The guy is just too much, and my creep vibes go off every time he gets near Evelina. 3w
Clare-Dragonfly Goodness gracious, what a jerk! And the French stranger was such a jerk back to him that I guessed a few pages early what her name might be 😂 Maybe she really feels bad about how she neglected her daughter and is hoping to make up for it? Or is hoping for the appearance of making up for it… 3w
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BarkingMadRead Yikes, he‘s a disaster! 3w
TheBookHippie 😵‍💫 I keep saying it wouldn‘t be written IF it wasn‘t true of someone the writer witnessed- which is probably so 😵‍💫 YIKES. 3w
AnneCecilie There‘s several terrible characters here, the Captain, Willoughby and the French guy. My first thought when I saw the name Willoughby was that‘s a character in Sense and Sensibility too, wonder if Austen was inspired? 3w
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Friends, I have searched for literal years for a tool that would let me organize and track my ridiculously huge personal library. This app is AMAZING. It does everything I want and more!! I bragged about it at length (with screenshots) on my recent blog post - https://thearomaofbooks.wordpress.com/2024/02/06/random-post-the-bookshelf-app/ - Just in case any of you are looking for something similar. I've entered over 500 books so far. And while ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) there is a paid Pro upgrade, everything I need is available in the Free version. I can't recommend it highly enough!! 3w
Meshell1313 Sounds amazing!!! 3w
monkeygirlsmama Must check this out! Thanks for sharing. 🙂 3w
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CoffeeNBooks Looks great! Thanks for sharing this!! 3w
mjtwo Had a quick glance and I agree with your assessment - this seems to be perfect for cataloguing home libraries. I also like to keep track of why I bought a book (ie Booker longlist, NYT, recommendation) and the tag system is perfect. 3w
mabell This sounds fabulous! (I have a few Robin Kanes too 😄) 3w
TheAromaofBooks @mjtwo - It's just such a user-friendly option that still lets me enter a lot of random details that I want to know. 3w
TheAromaofBooks @mabell - Of course you do 😂 I think there were only six, so I have all of them. They aren't exactly AMAZING, but I was sooo drawn to the horses when I was growing up, and for some reason I just love the artwork on those covers, so I'll never get rid of them haha 3w
bookandbedandtea Thanks for the recommendation. I've been wanting a way to organize my huge kindle library and have been wishing for a tagging system (why can't Amazon build that in?? 😫) and this sounds great! 3w
CatLass007 I found an app called iCollect. It allows me to catalog my books, CDs, DVDs, and vinyl. I got rid of my 8-tracks years ago, but somewhere I still have a large collection of The Capitol Steps audio cassettes. At this time I am deaccessioning my library because I downsized to a house of my own instead of my parents‘ house, where I lived and cared for them. I‘m keeping what I would call coffee table books, graphic novels, crochet and other (cont)⬇️ 2w
CatLass007 craft books. There still are some books that are not available in audio format with which I don‘t want to part. 2w
CatLass007 Thanks for sharing! I plan to check it out to see if it does more than the app I‘m using. 2w
CatLass007 I have 332 books already catalogued in the app I use. I really need to get more unpacking done so I can add the rest. I have made a small dent in my CDs and DVDs as well. I think I‘m going to think about the app you posted about but I probably will not switch. I was noticing that I had downloaded a number of apps to catalog books and did some experimenting to see which I preferred. This was several years ago. (edited) 2w
Karkar Libib also is a good app and I have all our books movies and cds in it. We have over 2000 in it so far. If those would like to try it. 2w
TheAromaofBooks @bookandbedandtea - Amazon's lack of Kindle organization is just sooo stressful to me! I know you can sort them into folders, but that's time consuming and clunky. I'm working on my physical books first, but I'm really excited about adding my Kindle books, too. I'm hoping to eventually be using this database to pull books for challenge prompts and the like, so that should make the Kindle books more a part of system!! 2w
TheAromaofBooks @CatLass007 @Karkar - There are so many different options out there, so it's always exciting when you find the one that “clicks“ and fits your situation the best!! 2w
jessicamichelle I‘ve used Calibre for many years and I love it. 💜 Just sharing another alternative. There‘s a slight learning curve, but it‘s the most versatile one I‘ve found. (it‘s for personal computers, but there are companion mobile apps that can sync to it). (edited) 2w
UwannaPublishme Great info. Gotta check this out! 2w
TheAromaofBooks @jessicamichelle - Oooo thanks for the info! I'm always interested in options that I can work with on my computer - I'm much better with an actual keyboard than I am with my phone! 😂 2w
IndoorDame This looks great! It does seem excessive to add a 3rd book cataloging apps, plus Litsy and ALL my reading apps, but they all do something different 😂 I‘m definitely going to try this out! It looks perfect! And I really don‘t have anything that does this, so I‘m constantly trying to shelf read my own house to figure out if I own something which makes me feel ridiculous 2w
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(thru Letter 13) Okay, honestly this book has been pretty adorable so far. While Evelina is borderline-annoyingly young, she still seems genuinely sweet. I was about ready to throttle that obnoxious jerk who kept following her around at the assembly! Oh my WORD!

I caught a glimpse of the heading for tomorrow's letter, though, and it doesn't look like Evelina is heading back to the country as soon as she hoped!!

Clare-Dragonfly I am enjoying this so far, though it feels very slow! I like Evelina‘s naïveté and how she is able to laugh—she makes a good narrator for those of us who are similarly unfamiliar with the social rules of her place and time. (edited) 3w
TheBookHippie It is sweet, but I‘m enjoying it quite a bit! 3w
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Deblovestoread I'm liking it so far. All the rules that were in place at that time would be hard to navigate exorbitant if you didn't have a clue. 3w
rubyslippersreads I‘m really enjoying this. But does anyone else see Berry Hill and read it as Beverly Hills? 🤣 3w
BarkingMadRead That guy at the assemble was so obnoxious and she is so sweet! 3w
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(thru ch34) Honestly, I don't even have words for the direction this story has taken. The story Cassy told today was just heartbreaking. A “quadroon“, as I'm sure you all know, is a (now obsolete/offensive) term for someone who was 3/4 white and 1/4 black, but that 1/4 was all that mattered. And we knew what was going to happen to poor Emmeline but the dark hints we're getting - and she's only 15...!!!!

I so admire Uncle Tom for his strength and⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) his faith. He's literally willing to be martyred for his beliefs. Beyond the story of the evils of slavery, Uncle Tom's faith in the face of indescribable pain and injustice is both inspiring and somewhat daunting - my life is about 5000 times easier, but I seem to find plenty to whine about!

I'm so eager to find out how this story ends (not confident it's going to be happy), and are we EVER going to hear about what happened with ⬇
BarkingMadRead I miss George and Eliza! I have hopes for Legree, none of them good for him 🤣 3w
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CogsOfEncouragement Hard reading about a (based on truth) character that used up people and didn‘t care because he could just buy more. I was thinking about George and Eliza too, and figured if we don‘t hear about them again, we are to assume they got to freedom. I understand Stowe would not want to give any more clues about the underground railroad than she maybe already did. 3w
Deblovestoread Tom is so strong in his faith when he has every reason not to be. 3w
BarbaraJean I don‘t know what I expected about where this story would go—but I didn‘t expect it would get so dark. I think the early sections with George and Eliza made me think it would be more of an inspiring escape story—wishful thinking on my part, no doubt! I see why Stowe had to show the despair that is narrated here, but even Tom desperately, barely hanging on to his faith is absolutely heartbreaking. 3w
TheAromaofBooks @BarkingMadRead - Why can't HE die young and unexpectedly!? 😂 3w
TheAromaofBooks @CogsOfEncouragement - You know, I hadn't really thought about the fact that the Underground Railroad was actually operating when Stowe wrote her book (even though it's kind of obvious haha) That's a great point!! 3w
TheAromaofBooks @Deblovestoread - There have been so many good passages in this book about faith and suffering and their ability to coexist. 3w
TheAromaofBooks @BarbaraJean - I think Stowe has done such an amazing job taking the reader through different aspects of slavery/slave owners. Despite the titular character, it feels like this story has been more about women/mothers. I wonder if she anticipated more women reading her book than men, since a woman was writing it? 3w
BarkingMadRead @CogsOfEncouragement so true! It was nice to see it in action in a book of that time, regardless. I wish it wasn‘t such a small part of it, but it makes sense as well 3w
BarbaraJean @TheAromaofBooks She really has. I‘m impressed at all the perspectives on slavery she includes, so naturally—and she absolutely takes down each one. I do think she had a woman reader in mind (especially given her direct address to mothers in one of the early chapters). The story largely follows Tom, but he encounters so many women/mothers along the way. I wonder if there will be more significance to the “cabin” or if we will ever get back to it! 3w
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(thru letter 3) Well, we're off to an intriguing start. I had to pay close attention to get some of these people sorted - at first I didn't realize that Madame Duval was the grandmother and I got confused 😂 But now we have the tragic background squared away. Somehow, I don't think Mr. V is going to let his ward head off to London, no matter who asks!

How do you all feel about these opening letters?

Clare-Dragonfly I had to reread parts of the first two letters to get all the people straight! I think I‘m following now though. And I can only assume that Madame Duval‘s granddaughter, who is Rev. Villars‘s ward, is the titular Evelina since no one has used her name yet… (edited) 3w
TheBookHippie Book just arrived!! Catching up today. 3w
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Librarybelle We‘re setting the scene! And yes, @Clare-Dragonfly , you‘re correct! 3w
AnneCecilie I feel like I just landed in the middle of the action and I‘m trying to figure it out. 3w
rubyslippersreads @AnneCecilie I read somewhere that it gets more interesting when you get to Evelina‘s letters. So I think, like @Librarybelle said, these preliminary letters are to set the scene. 3w
AnneCecilie @rubyslippersreads I think so too, and get some backstory 3w
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BookSpinBingo | Untitled
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I tried to use this pink marker, but my lighting was weird. Ah well 😂 I can't decide if I like it better when the free spaces are scattered or together. BS and DS are in the same row, though, so that's always fun!!! Can't wait to see everyone's boards!! ⬇

TheAromaofBooks Here's the #BookSpinBingo card! First, I put our official numbers (13 & 2) back in the mix. Then I drew them all out & wrote them down as I went, meaning the official numbers are just mixed into the card with the rest! As you can see, 21-25 are both labeled with their numbers & also as free spaces, so you can use them to match however you wrote your list. To score a bingo, just read books (in any order) that are in any row or column!! MORE INFO ⬇ 3w
TheAromaofBooks 1 - I don't tag anyone on this post except for @LitsyEvents but anyone is welcome to play along!!
2 - Remember – NO PRESSURE!!!! If this starts to stress you out, just take that page right out of your journal and pretend it never existed!! This challenge is to encourage you to read, not to make you feel like reading is a chore!!!
3 - FREE SPACES can be filled with any book that is NOT already on your list!! ⬇
TheAromaofBooks 4 & final - As a reminder, only the “official” BookSpin/DoubleSpin numbers will count towards giveaway entries. I don‘t want the giveaway to be stacked against people who aren‘t able to read lots of books each month. So basically there is still a maximum of 2 entries possible per month no matter how many books you read from your list. This bingo card is just for fun & glory! 😁

Thanks for playing & happy reading!!!
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GinaKButler Thank you so much for hosting, Sarah! 3w
ShananigansReads Fun fact: three of the FREE spaces are in the same place they were last year. 3w
TheAromaofBooks @ShananigansReads - Seriously?? That's so hilarious. I promise I really do pull them out at random 😂 3w
ShananigansReads @TheAromaofBooks I only notice because I use the same boards every year and just update them. It doesn‘t happen often but it really happened this time. 😂 3w
IndoorDame Random question. I‘m trying your #bookchain challenge for the first time… I‘m wondering if I use an audiobook for #7 do I just look up the page number in the print equivalent to move onto #8 (which is fewer pages than last book) or do I need to wait until an appropriate print book comes along for #7 (which is about publication year)? 3w
CoffeeNBooks Thank you so much for doing this! Happy February reading! 3w
TheAromaofBooks @IndoorDame - Honestly, there are no hard and fast rules for that challenge, since it's just for fun. So I would do whichever one you feel like fits your situation better/is easiest, because those both sound like valid options to me!! 3w
IndoorDame @TheAromaofBooks cool, thanks!!! 3w
Karons1 Hooray 🙌🏻 thank you 🤩 reading 📖 time 🕰️ 🤓😍🥰😘 3w
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Taking a Spin | Emily Arrow
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Good morning, everyone! The moment you have all been waiting for!! Our official #BookSpin number is THIRTEEN! Our official #DoubleSpin number is TWO!! I have thoroughly enjoyed looking at everyone‘s lists & am really looking forward to seeing your reviews!!

My next post will be the #BookSpinBingo card. I am NOT tagging anyone on that post!! If you want to bingo, please just check my profile for the card. This saves me having to double tag ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont‘d) everyone/keep track of who wants to bingo and who doesn‘t!!

I use the same tag list for the entire year, so if you would like to be added or removed, please just let me know. It takes me a while to tag everyone (there are over 200 of you!!!) so I will add “FINISHED” to the last tag batch so you know whether or not I missed you. If I did, it was completely inadvertent. Sometimes I just spell someone‘s username wrong. ⬇
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) As always, the link to the masterpost about how this challenge works can be found on my profile or here - https://thearomaofbooks.wordpress.com/bookspin-bookspinbingo-litsy-challenge/ - and the link to the Google Form where you can track your reads for the end-of-the-year-giveaway can be found here - https://forms.gle/4kTBMWAsCa9Cvmqs6

Thanks for playing, everyone!! Please know that I read EVERY comment on this post but don't always ⬇
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) have time to reply to them all!! Thank you all so much for your enthusiasm and for making this challenge SO much fun!!

I'm going to post the Bingo board, and then come back and start the tag list on this post. Happy reading!!!
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TheAromaofBooks Finished!! That's everyone on my tag list - if you'd like to be added (or removed, no hard feelings haha) just let me know!! 3w
AllDebooks Thank you x 3w
TheSpineView I'm ready! 3w
Librarybelle Yay! Mine are Sprinkle with Murder and The Sign of Four! 3w
JamieArc What do you know? My BookSpin is the book that I tagged for my list that I really need to get through! 3w
Julsmarshall Mine are a #Roll100 pick and a #ReadorDonate pick! So fun, @PuddleJumper and @julieclair ! 3w
claudiuo This is gonna be a SciFi months as both picks are Random SciFi Fantasy in my list 😉
Thank you so much!
Littlewolf1 This is crazy because I had started both these books last night 😁 3w
julieclair @Julsmarshall Yay! Happy reading and/or donating! 😀 3w
julieclair Mine are Evelina and a #ReadYourKindle pick! @CBee 3w
CBee @julieclair woot! I‘m totally learning as I go - for some reason I was thinking the numbers would have to match on both lists 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️ I hope I didn‘t confuse anyone lol, I‘m such a newbie and non numbers person 😂😂 (edited) 3w
bookandbedandtea Both of mine have been on my list so long I don't remember either of them by title. 🤪 Off to investigate! 3w
Suet624 Yippee! I‘ll finally read Lenny Kravitz‘s (edited) 3w
Crazeedi Whoohoo! Mine are audiobook and kindle book!! That will be very helpful, thanks so much!! 3w
BarbaraJean Yay!! I have the tagged from my Auld Lang Spine list, and one for #192025 (1920s—1940s)—which I am determined to pull from my own TBR shelf! 3w
CSeydel Woohoo! Mine are The Pursuit of Happyness and Coronation Year. 3w
julieclair @CBee I don't think anyone was confused. We were all just so happy you thought of such a fun idea! 😘 3w
CBee @julieclair oh good 😅 Thank you for the boost ♥️ 3w
UwannaPublishme There are over 200 of us? Wow! You deserve a medal for all that tagging! 🤩❤️🙌🏻🏆🥇 3w
CoffeeNBooks Yay! I woke up this morning looking forward to finding out what these numbers would be! 3w
RainyDayReading Ah it‘s the second! I wrote my list and completely forgot to post it. Off to figure out what my books are! 3w
robinb Yay!! Both of mine are series I need to catch up on! 🎉 3w
Soubhiville Sweet! Thanks Sarah 😁 3w
TheAromaofBooks @UwannaPublishme - Technically, I think that was last year's number. 2024's list is currently sitting at a mere 193 😂 3w
willaful My BS is Catfishing on Catnet, which has been on my list for well over a year! And DS is System Collapse, which could not be more perfect because my hold on it just came in! 3w
Deblovestoread Happy 2nd! Still my favorite day of the month 🥰 3w
Pageturner1 yeah! here we go!! 😁 3w
Karons1 Yiphee thank you 🙏 so much 😘happy bingo-ing 3w
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick The Things We'll Never Have & my New Zealand Overview. I have a head start on the first one, but this is my push to finish and not let it fall 3w
jessicamichelle Hi @TheAromaofBooks ! First time doing this challenge. If it‘s not too late to sign up for February, I‘d like to be added to the list. I‘ll post my list today. ;) 2w
TheAromaofBooks @jessicamichelle - Never too late to BookSpin!! Glad to have you along. I'll add you to the tag list so you'll get notified when I draw the new numbers each month!! 2w
jessicamichelle @TheAromaofBooks Awesome. Thanks a lot!! 2w
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Hey friends!! Here is February's #ISpyBingo board!! Just a reminder that all of this year's boards (plus a few bonus ones!!) can be found in this folder: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/194F-B5hCHpDSBfHiO5KnbYxoQmXgKJl-?usp=sha... You're welcome to do one per month or work on all twelve all year long!! This is also set up as a Storygraph challenge (link below) if you want to use that for tracking. Good luck!!!

TheAromaofBooks SG Link: https://app.thestorygraph.com/reading_challenges/9f959770-56cc-4791-83ca-78ad595...

(I've listed the full year of prompts there, but not the bonus boards.)
willaful Bare chest, that one should be easy. 😏 3w
kspenmoll Please add me- I participated a couple of years ago but not last year, so I‘m not sure if I‘m knew or just you have to renew me. Thanks. 3w
TheAromaofBooks @kspenmoll - We haven't been tagging everyone each month - we just made the boards available to download at any time, and then I post around the 1st of the month just as a lil reminder 😊 3w
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(thru ch31) Just a reminder, tomorrow and Friday will be catch-up days, and then we'll start Saturday (Feb 3) with chapter 32.

WHEW things are really happening! I'm really impressed with Stowe's ability to take us to so many different types of slave-owners, showing how each one is evil, period. I think it's interesting that she started with “good“ owners first, but I think things are really getting ready to take a turn. And even though she isn't⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) explicit, she also doesn't shy away from what is likely to happen to a young girl as beautiful as Emmeline. I'm so scared for her!

Legree's absolutely heartless statements about how it's cheaper to let sick slaves die and then replace them - wow. How can you even get your head around something so repulsive?
Librarybelle It‘s so sad! 4w
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TheBookHippie It‘s so very sad. What a brave thing to write this has been my thoughts this week. 4w
TheAromaofBooks @TheBookHippie - Yes! Especially since this isn't a book that really makes anyone feel complacent about their views on the topic. She challenges not just “bad“ slave owners, but literally the entire population of the country! She does an amazing job showing that you can't just be neutral about this. 4w
BarbaraJean Yes! I‘m so impressed at the range of people/views she includes, demonstrating how basically everyone is complicit. That conversation on the boat—“…it is you considerate, humane men, that are responsible for all the brutality and outrage…if it were not for your sanction and influence, the whole system could not keep foothold for an hour…it is your respectability and humanity that licenses and protects his brutality.” 🔥🔥 3w
BarbaraJean Also, when I saw the name “Simon Legree” I got a sinking feeling inside, like: “Oh, THIS is where that name comes from!!” and not in a good way! I was already worried about both Tom and Emmeline, but even more so now. 3w
UwannaPublishme I‘m nodding my head in agreement as I read all your comments. So so very sad and heart wrenching. Must admire Stowe for her bravery as @TheBookHippie said in writing such impactful words. The more I read, the more I can feel her intense convictions deep in my bones. Whew… 3w
ChelseaM6010 This is so sad! 3w
BarkingMadRead I‘m finally ahead instead of behind, not that these chapters are giving me any sort of joy! 3w
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(thru ch29) - Oh NO! I did NOT see that coming! 😢 I can't believe St. Clare died and left everyone in the charge of his horrid wife! I also don't remember ever hearing about actual places to send your slaves to have them whipped for you! That honestly shocked me. Poor Rosa! At least Topsy is safe thanks to Ophelia's forethought. I can't imagine being Tom, so sure that you were at last going to be free & able to go see your family again and then⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) to have it snatched away! I'm so worried about everyone. While reading this, I try to think about what it would be like to read it at the time that it was published. I was really struck by Stowe calling out the northerners in ch.28 via St. Clare talking to Ophelia - “We are the most obvious oppressors of the negro; but the unchristian prejudice of the north is an oppressor almost equally severe.“ This was a theme when I read Gone With ⬇ 4w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) the Wind last year, too - that the soldiers who came from the north to occupy Georgia hated and despised the blacks even more than the southerners who used to be their owners.

Tomorrow's chapter is titled, “The Slave Warehouse“ and I'm a bit terrified to find out what is going to happen!

And what about George and Eliza?!?!?
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Librarybelle This last section of the book is the hardest for me to read. And Stowe is not inventing any of this! Years ago, I read this book with the narratives from formerly enslaved - Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs being 2 of the more recognized - and it‘s devastating. I like how Stowe uses this to also show that it‘s not just the slaveholders who are to blame or should feel ashamed for what is happening; the North also needs to take action. 4w
TheBookHippie @Librarybelle @TheAromaofBooks I think that‘s the part ppl miss. For instance my hateful town only voted democratic once - against Lincoln because they were FOR SLAVERY. 🤦🏻‍♀️ Oy. But yes this last bit always hits your heart .. 4w
Librarybelle @TheBookHippie My part of PA was very sympathetic to the pro-slavery viewpoint. They were also not Lincoln supporters. I‘m also very near the Maryland border, so that does explain the sympathies, but still…ugh! 4w
TheBookHippie @Librarybelle 😵‍💫😵‍💫😵‍💫 4w
Deblovestoread As I have read more and more this has been one of the hardest lessons. You hear a lot about the north being anti-slavery and feeling superior due to that rather than the reality of their prejudice. 4w
CogsOfEncouragement I was afraid that Ophelia urging Augustine to sit down and take care of Topsy‘s paperwork right then was foreshadowing. 4w
Clare-Dragonfly This just makes me mad. I kind of saw it coming from Augustine dragging his feet on freeing Tom but signing Topsy over when Ophelia insisted. How come he couldn‘t just dash off the paperwork for Tom like he did for Topsy? Ugh. 😡 It‘s still a good book but I feel like Augustine dying before Tom could be freed is just unnecessary angst. 4w
UwannaPublishme I didn‘t see that coming either. Oh my! I‘m almost afraid to continue to the next chapter. 😳💔 4w
BarbaraJean @CogsOfEncouragement @Clare-Dragonfly I felt the same way!! When Ophelia started pushing to settle things about Topsy, and Augustine kept putting off settling things for Tom, I thought: “Crap, he‘s going to die with everything unsettled!” But I didn‘t expect it to happen so quickly! (edited) 4w
BarbaraJean @TheAromaofBooks @Librarybelle @Deblovestoread I thought those discussions between Ophelia and Augustine about the prejudice in the north were so fascinating. I‘ve been impressed with how Stowe calls out so many aspects of slavery and racism, not just the obvious—I understand now why this book has endured as a classic! 4w
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Naked in Death | Nora Roberts, J. D. Robb
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I liked the concept and some of the characters, but this was overall a so-so read for me. The Evil Conservative trope got really old. And I just wasn't a fan of the way some of the storyline played out. I'm still planning to read the second book on the strength of how well I like Roberts's other writing, but we'll see how that books goes before I decide if I'm going to wade through the whole series.

TheAromaofBooks Thanks for hosting #IDLR @StayCurious @LiseWorks !! I've had these books on my TBR forever, so I'm honestly super glad for the nudge to pick them up!!

@robinb it appears you gave me this book back in March 2021 so I finally read it 😂 One book down for #AcquiredViaLitsy @MatchlessMarie !!

#SeriesLove2024 @TheSpineView @Andrew65
LiseWorks Don't forget when this book was written. And thanks for joining us. We will see you for the next book. This is one of my favorite series from Nora Roberts. Eve and Roarkes characters get better as the series continues. 4w
StayCurious Yes I think as the series goes on, you‘ll grow attached to a lot of the side characters too 4w
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TheSpineView Great job for finishing. 💜📖 4w
TheAromaofBooks @LiseWorks @StayCurious - Oh yes, I can definitely see several of the side characters developing. And I gave Roarke a lot of leeway for his grab'n'go kissing method considering the era 😂 4w
robinb That‘s so funny! I had forgotten. 🤣🤣 I do hope you will give the series another chance. I think it might grow on you. 4w
MatchlessMarie 💚 you did it! 🙌 4w
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NIGHTTIME IS MY TIME | Mary Higgins Clark
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This was actually one of my favorite MHC books I've read, although a lot of other reviews found it too jumbled. I liked the way that every time I thought I knew which person was the bad guy, someone else said something that made me give him the side eyes instead.

#BacklistReadathon @Clwojick

monkeygirlsmama I haven't read a MHC book in years. Stacking! 4w
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The Geography of You and Me | Jennifer E. Smith
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I kept waiting for something to happen, but nothing did.

#ReadtheUSA - New York
#ISpyBingo - City Skyline

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A Study in Scarlet | Arthur Conan Doyle
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A soft pick. I enjoyed, but didn't love, this one. This was my first time reading a Sherlock Holmes book, and it was super fun to see how he and Watson met, get Watson's backstory, and see how things unwound. I'm really looking forward to continuing through the series.

Thanks for hosting @dabbe @Cuilin - I've been meaning to read these books for years, so this was a great nudge!!

Gissy Pretty edition😍 4w
dabbe IMHO, SCARLET is not his best. Even Doyle doesn't pick it as one of his favorites. More great ones are coming! 🤩😍🤗 4w
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The Karamazov Brothers | Fyodor Dostoevsky, Ignat Avsey
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Okay, friends, I'm afraid that I'm going to get lost as we continue to read this book because some of the upcoming chapters are looonngg. So I wrote out the schedule. This takes us almost to the end of the books (five chapters carry over). This whole different books/restarting the chapter numbers thing is messing with my head 😂 Hopefully I got them all in the right spot!! Feel free to share if you think anyone would be interested @BarkingMadRead

TheAromaofBooks This is starting February 1 and then going through March 31, in case that isn't clear from the context haha 1mo
Librarybelle Thanks for this! 1mo
Booksblanketsandahotbeverage Y‘all are so brave! I read modified chapters of this in college and it was still daunting.. 1mo
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dabbe Thank you! 💜🩶💜 1mo
TheBookHippie Thank you!!! 1mo
IndoorDame Thank you!!! 1mo
BarkingMadRead This is amazing! 1mo
Daisey Thanks so much! 1mo
Cuilin I love this, thank you. 🙏 1mo
Bookwormjillk Thank you for this! 1mo
Bklover This is great! Thanks!! 1mo
Deblovestoread I have gotten behind and am so glad I happened upon this while looking for the Evelina schedule. Thank you! 2w
TheAromaofBooks @Deblovestoread - I hope it helps!! I was looking at how long some of these chapters are and knew the odds of me falling behind and getting hopelessly confused were HIGH 😂 2w
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Received my #NoPlaceLikeHolmes packet of goodies on the same day that I got my next installment of my Sherlock Holmes Penguin Library collection, so that felt like kismet!!

Thanks for the fun and for organizing our readalong @Dabbe @Cuilin !!

Cuilin 💜💜💜 1mo
AnnR That's awesome! 👍 1mo
dabbe @Cuilin 🤩💜🤩 1mo
dabbe @AnnR 🤩💜🤩 1mo
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Hey friends!! Here's our schedule for finishing up Uncle Tom's Cabin next month. I went ahead and gave us two catch-up days, but we should still be done by the 16th.

These recent chapters have been pretty sad. I think it's interesting that having a “perfect angel“ child die and/or a rapscallion child is ill or injured and learns to be a better, more patient/thoughtful person as a result was such a common motif in books from this period. Was it ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) a reflection of reality at the time, when so many children DID die? We were discussing on a different post how so many illnesses were fatal at that time, or led to health difficulties that eventually would kill you because there weren't good ways to manage it (i.e. Beth's scarlet fever weakening her heart in Little Women). Do you think a child in Eva's position would be as gracious and accepting as she is in real life? (edited) 1mo
BarkingMadRead I‘m a little bit behind, maybe 2 chapters now? I‘ll catch up soon! Evelina is my fave, she‘s so sweet! 1mo
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Librarybelle So many children did die in that time period, so it was a combination of leaning into the sympathies and IRL sorrows of readers. In the case of Stowe, she‘s writing not only from a moral standpoint but also a political standpoint. She‘s also staunchly religious and uses her Christian beliefs to run parallels between some of these characters. Eva is an angel (and I think she uses Eva to tell readers if a child gets this whole kindness thing, why ⬇️ 1mo
Librarybelle ⬆️ can‘t you). I don‘t want to say spoilers for later in the book, but there are arguably really strong connections to other Christian doctrines later with a certain character (sorry…I‘ve said before I‘ve read this numerous times, with some deep dive analysis in historical context. Hopefully I‘m not overstepping!). I think that‘s why we also have Stowe‘s direct address in the narration - readers need to know what really happens to the enslaved. 1mo
julieclair I‘m glad for the two catch up days…. I am waaayyyy behind. 😕 1mo
BarbaraJean Thank you for this schedule—it‘s easy to keep track when the dates correspond to the chapter numbers—not so easy when we start a new month 😆 @julieclair Meeee toooo!!! (edited) 1mo
CogsOfEncouragement Oh, this is too too sad. I like Marie even less, didn‘t think she could show more selfish behavior, but she sure did. We‘ve all come across old souls. I think Eva is a representation of that. So kind and wise and outspoken. 1mo
Deblovestoread Little Eva. The embodiment of who we should be as human beings. Kind, thoughtful…. 1mo
Clare-Dragonfly I absolutely do not think that any real child would be this perfectly Christian and good—but Eva is more of an angel and a symbol. I enjoyed her story (in a sad way) regardless. I think her attitude of choosing to love everyone is a great one for Stowe to hold up for everyone to aspire to. You make a great point about how often children died at this time in history. 1mo
UwannaPublishme Oh yes, this book is so very sad and heart wrenching. Stowe is really hitting us with everything she‘s got. I want to believe there are kids out there who are compassionate and led by their hearts. I still have a glimmer of hope despite our crazy world. (edited) 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @Librarybelle - I totally agree!! I think at this time, more people would say that they were Christians/religious than not (although for many it was more a social standing/the “right“ thing to say than a personal conviction), so Stowe is definitely pointing out hypocrisies and inconsistencies between what people said they believed and what they were actually doing/allowing to happen. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @julieclair @BarbaraJean - My brain doesn't work when the chapters stop matching the days, so I am all about having a reference sheet 😂 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @CogsOfEncouragement - Every time I think Marie can't get worse, she does. Ugh! The way she treats Mammy really gets me! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @Deblovestoread @Clare-Dragonfly @UwannaPublishme - I do think Stowe gives us Eva as an ideal but an attainable one. Her reminders to put others first and to focus on our life in the perspective of eternity are always relevant, and those themes and others like them are part of what make this story still so readable over 150 years later, I think. 1mo
ChelseaM6010 I‘m so happy there are catch up days! I need them. I‘ll catch up soon! 1mo
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Just Like February: A Novel | Deborah Batterman
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Well! It both feels like January has lasted forever, and also like I can't believe we're already heading into the second month of 2024 😂 Regardless of my feelings concerning the weirdness of time, if you want to Spin in February, it's time to start thinking about your lists!!

As always, the rules for this challenge can be found at the link in my profile - https://thearomaofbooks.wordpress.com/bookspin-bookspinbingo-litsy-challenge/

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) I'm using the new 2024 tag list, so if you don't get tagged and want to be added, just let me know!! Looking forward to seeing everyone's lists.

I've had several people talking about using categories to make their lists, and looking for ideas for that. I was wondering if those of you who do so would be interested in tagging your lists #looseygooseylist so people who are looking for ideas would have a specific tag to search? Let me know⬇
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) what you all think about that!!!

As always, thank you all SO much for reading with me, and I'll be back on the 2nd with numbers and a fresh bingo board!!!!
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Librarybelle Hooray!!! I‘ve been thinking about my list the last few days! 1mo
IndoorDame Totally with you about the weirdness of time this month! 😆 1mo
BarkingMadRead How is it time already?!? 1mo
JenReadsAlot Longest month ever... lol 1mo
TheQuietQuill Yay! Can‘t wait for the next spin ❤️ 1mo
bookandbedandtea It has been a very long month and yet I've accomplished very little on the reading front 😵‍💫 1mo
PuddleJumper I was just thinking how fast it went! 🤣 1mo
Bookworm04 Ohhh yes read 5 books so far. List done for feb :) will write new card out when u post bingo one to. Ready :) 1mo
ImperfectCJ I'm not ready! Could I have one more week of January, please? (This month has seemed very short to me. I feel like I'm just getting settled into it!) 1mo
DieAReader Looking forward to making my list this weekend❤️‍🔥 1mo
Bookwormjillk Yes, a very long AND short month. I'll post my list this afternoon. I think I'm almost ready. (edited) 1mo
Crazeedi My list is posted!! Whoohoo! 1mo
candc320 What a month 😵‍💫! Excited to make my list and see what February brings! 1mo
Zoes_Human If it helps you to know, I'm leaving Litsy (nothing wrong with Litsy, but I need to readjust the digital to analog ratio in my life) so you needn't tag me any more. Thank you so much for hosting this marvelous game. It has been a delight and actually kept me on Litsy almost a year longer. 💜 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @Zoes_Human - Oh, sad for us as you will be missed!! I understand the need to get life in balance, though. So many different demands on time. If you ever find that Litsy fits back into your life, you know where to find me!! 1mo
CSeydel @ImperfectCJ saaaaaaame 1mo
Whollybologna I‘ve barely put a dent in this month! Lol 4w
Airykah13 Ohh, are we supposed to make a new list every month? Since I just have genres on my list I was going to use the same one for the year 4w
TheAromaofBooks @Airykah13 - It's totally up to you!! Some people prefer to make a new list every month, others just swap out what they read for something new, and others keep the same list for the whole year. Whichever way fits your reading method best is good with me!! Just be aware that all 20 numbers are always in play for the draw, so we may read the same number on the list more than once. 😁 4w
Airykah13 @TheAromaofBooks ok good! I was just going to switch or add a new genre once that number was used and just keep doing that for the year. 4w
TheAromaofBooks @Airykah13 - Yes, that totally works!! 4w
andreadmw Can I be added to this please!? 4w
TheAromaofBooks @andreadmw - I added you!! 😁 4w
VeganCleopatra I put up my list for February but the tags are not working for me no matter how many times I try, so I just wanted you to be aware. 3w
TheAromaofBooks @VeganCleopatra - Litsy's tag system definitely goes on strike sometimes 😐 Thanks for the heads up!! 3w
Karons1 @TheAromaofBooks good morning Sarah any book spin bingo board or numbers so to chase you 🥹I‘m just dying to get my list going 😆👍🥰😘x x. X thank you 🙏 in advance x x. X x 3w
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Cotillion | Georgette Heyer
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It had been several years since I read this one, and I had forgotten how 100% perfect it is. This may be my favorite Heyer. As usual, the cover picture has nothing to do with the actual story, though.

#192025 (1953) @Librarybelle
#ISpyBingo (Ribbon, Smile, Earring, Necklace, Teeth, Curls) @Clwojick

Librarybelle I keep saying I need to get back to her books! 1mo
mabell Same opinion completely!! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @Librarybelle - I can't recommend this one highly enough!! 1mo
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julieclair @TheAromaofBooks @mabell @Chrissyreadit I have set up the StoryGraph Readalong for our next book. The link is in the “Other/Final Thoughts” section of our Cotillion Readalong. Or you can search for the book‘s title and then click those 3 dots just like you would to add the book to a challenge. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @julieclair - Oooooo nice!!! I just got my copy from the library!! 1mo
mabell Thanks Julie! @julieclair 1mo
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18 months ago, Lainie killed her ex-boyfriend in self-defense, when he showed up in her home and attempted to murder her. But now, she's seeing him again, and he seems determined to have his revenge. Is it really him? If not, who else would be stalking her? Throw in a bit of romance from her best friend's brother, now a good-looking cop, and you have a pretty standard Eason thriller. This one was a bit of a soft pick because the motivations ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) of the bad guy seemed a little odd to me, and any time you have a “he wants you dead!“ but then he bypasses multiple opportunities to make her dead... it mildly annoys me lol But I did really like the characters, and I always appreciate that Eason works Christianity into her stories in a way that feels natural. I'm sure I'll pick up the next book in this new series.

#SeriesLove2024 @TheSpineView @Andrew65
TheSpineView Fantastic! 1mo
Librarybelle All of those prompts!! 1mo
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I had some mixed feelings about this one. With dual timelines, we are following the life story of a young Indian woman who was born in 1900. In 2011, an American actress is part of a movie set in Devonshire and is staying at the historic estate where they are filming. In 2001, a young Indian man is too busy with work to attend his great-grandmother's funeral. Ten years later, he is having a life crisis and finds himself caught up in reading the ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) life-story she has left him.

I was 100% engaged in this book for the first 2/3 or so. The pacing is excellent, and I loved all the characters in both timelines. Riley captures India well, and also does a wonderful job with the tumultuousness of the first half of the 20th century. Where things fell off for me a bit was the way she chose to end some of these storylines. I knew that it was going to be sad because of what we're told in the ⬇
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) beginning, but it felt like she just decided to unnecessarily double-down on a lot of it, and it went from being reasonably sad/bittersweet to downright tragic/multi-generational trauma. I also felt like the ending of the modern timeline (re: Anthony) was a weird direction to go - it felt unnecessary.

However, I'll also admit that “A Novel“ isn't usually my thing - I like my happy endings - so I can definitely see this book having an ⬇
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) appeal for people who enjoy this type of book more than I do. I loved pretty much every character in this story and couldn't look away from the train wreck I saw coming.

#52BookClub - More than 40 Chapters
#ISpyBingo @Clwojick
#JoyousJanuary - 5/6 books @Andrew65
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Okay, here is the schedule I have worked up for Evelina, starting February 1!! We probably could have done this whole book in a month, but I have a lot of books on my plate right now and tried to keep this more to 10-15pgs/day, so it will carry over into March. I've given us a couple of catch-up days after each volume because some of the letters are long!!

Tagging those who said they were interested; all are welcome!! #RandomClassics

Librarybelle Sounds good!! 1mo
julieclair Perfect schedule! 👍 1mo
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CatLass007 You do know that there are only 28 days in February, right? So letters 22-31 probably won‘t be read on February 29, 30, and 31. (edited) 1mo
AnneCecilie This schedule looks great. Could you keep me on the tag list for this? Also, if anyone else wants to join, it‘s available through the Gutenberg Project 1mo
TheBookHippie Looks fine to me it‘s leap year so maybe I‘ll read extra that day 😂🙃 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @Librarybelle @julieclair @AnneCecilie @TheBookHippie - Here is the UPDATED schedule because as @CatLass007 so rightfully pointed out, February does NOT have 31 days 😂 1mo
TheBookHippie @TheAromaofBooks but January has 456 days it seems 😂😂😂🤦🏻‍♀️ 1mo
rubyslippersreads I‘d like to try this one. Could you please add me to the tag list? 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @TheBookHippie - FOR REAL 😂 😂 😂 1mo
CatLass007 @TheBookHippie Is this a leap year? I must think it‘s still 2023.🙄 January really does feel like it‘s 456 days long. 1mo
TheBookHippie @CatLass007 yes it‘s Leap Year 1mo
CatLass007 @TheBookHippie Now I know.😁 1mo
TheBookHippie @CatLass007 😂it‘s been a long year I mean month…. 1mo
Deblovestoread Thanks for the schedule and the reminder! 1mo
BarkingMadRead I‘m in!! 3w
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(thru ch22) Sorry gang, lots of life going on so I haven't been posting regularly!! I feel like this book has somewhat lost steam. The last few chapters have felt really lecture-y. What is going on with George and Eliza?!?!?! I do feel like Stowe has made some good points, but you also see the way that racism impacts even her (for the time) open-minded perspective. Some of these stories, though! 😢


TheBookHippie I do think the heart was in the right place, realising your own biased prejudice is difficult and sometimes if you ignore it it‘ll show -as it does here. I don‘t think it‘s malicious. It‘s privilege. Many good passages especially for the time it was written. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @TheBookHippie - I completely agree. It's obvious that Stowe recognizes and values the humanity of the slaves, which is already far ahead of many of her contemporaries. I don't think she sees her generalizations as negatives. 1mo
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Clare-Dragonfly Yeah, there‘s a fair amount of “noble savage” stuff going along here. But I do appreciate how she shows a variety of biased views, with Miss Ophelia displaying a different kind of racism than the slave owners. I‘m wondering what‘s been going on with George and Eliza, too! Tom has been with St. Clare for two years! Did they make it to Canada?! 1mo
CogsOfEncouragement I‘m really enjoying this. I had to smile at how Topsy gets back at those who do her wrong. My friend has three children, the youngest would bide his time and get back at his siblings possibly weeks later. Kids. 1mo
Clare-Dragonfly Does Marie remind anyone else of Mrs. Bennet? 😂 1mo
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Soft pick. This series has been on my radar for a while, and I finally got around to reading the first book. I really like the characters and the world-building was unique. However, it was a bit more gruesome than I generally prefer. Despite that, I see myself picking up book 2 to see where these characters go next - but I'll probably #borrownotbuy

#SeriesLove2024 @TheSpineView @Andrew65
#ReadtheUSA - Georgia

TheAromaofBooks #ISpyBingo (Weapon, Brown Eyes, Animal) @Clwojick
#FourFoursin24 - Meaty Treaty @lauredhel
#GottaCatchEmAll - First in a Series (Rookidee) @PuddleJumper
#JoyousJanuary - 4/6 books @Andrew65
Lauredhel Congrats on the challenge progress! 1mo
LiseWorks Oh this is such a good series. The grosseness is nothing to me, and boy I do enjoy a good sword fight. 1mo
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ravenlee I love this series so much! I will say it gets better around book three, when the story arc changes from episodic to continuing. But it‘s pretty gruesome throughout. 1mo
TheSpineView Fantastic! 1mo
5feet.of.fury I agree with @ravenlee the series is one of my faves, the first book is clunky but it get better as it goes. It has gross & gruesome moments here and there. 1mo
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Vanish with the Rose | Barbara Michaels
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Barbara Michaels is a pen name for Barbara Mertz, who also wrote as Elizabeth Peters. I've tended to enjoy her books written as Peters more (they're more humorous, I think?) and have found her Michaels books to be a little hit or miss. They tend towards the melodramatic. Here, Diana has shown up to the home of a rich couple, while pretending she is a landscape architect. We don't find out why she's trying to sneak into their household until ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) about a hundred pages in, I think because Michaels was trying to get the reader hooked before revealing just how incredibly weak this plot point is. It worked, because I did want to see how things played out, but overall there were a LOT of holes in this one, and I didn't like the characters well enough to make up for it. Not terrible, not great.

#ReadtheUSA - Virginia
#WickedWords - Caretaker @AsYouWish
TheAromaofBooks #ISpyBingo (Grave, Rose, Pink Font) @Clwojick
#JoyousJanuary - 3/6 books @Andrew65
#GottaCatchEmAll - Oldest Book on TBR (Cursola) @PuddleJumper
PuddleJumper 🎉🎉 1mo
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In the Weeds | B. K. Borison
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Soft pick, but I do love this cover! This is the sequel to Lovelight Farms and focuses on Beckett and Evie. I wanted to like this book more than I did, but I got a little bored of these two just constantly lusting after each other without actually having real conversations. It felt unrealistic/eye rolly that shagging for two nights, no real talking, has left them both pining for a year. I liked both these characters but wanted more from their ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) relationship than I got. That said... I'll still read book three 😂 But I'm glad I went with #borrownotbuy for this series.

#SeriesLove2024 @TheSpineView @Andrew65
#ReadtheUSA - Maryland
#GottaCatchEmAll - Farmer (Wooloo); Flowers (Combee); Instant Connection (Karrablast) @PuddleJumper
#JoyousJanuary - Book 1/6 @Andrew65
TheSpineView Fiction is like that sometimes. You like but have to do a bit of eye rolling 1mo
PuddleJumper 🎉🎉 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @TheSpineView - Exactly, sometimes you have to decide if you're going to just go with it or not 😂 1mo
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 1mo
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(thru ch14) - A lot has been happening!!! I really appreciate Stowe's snarky use of the word “property“ in her chapter titles, which then go on to tell of something so agonizingly human that I can barely bear to read it. I was especially struck in ch11 when the men are standing around the pub talking and one is complaining about “aggravating and saucy“ young slaves who wouldn't “have“ to get beaten and branded if they would just behave themselves⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) To which another fellow replies, “That is to say, the Lord made 'em men, and it's a hard squeeze gettin' 'em down into beasts.“ Just. Wow. That really hit me.

I think it's interesting that Stowe has chosen to tell a story of one slave 100% accepting his lot in life and trying to live to his truest beliefs by being a “good“ slave, while the other half of the tale is a young family trying to escape. Both are, in a way, seeking freedom. ⬇
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) I know that later being “an Uncle Tom“ becomes a very negative connotation but I don't think that Stowe is, in any way, encouraging slaves to stay slaves. But her religion was very important to her, so I think that in some ways Uncle Tom is more an example of what she believed genuine Christian piety should be than he is an example of how slaves should behave, if that makes sense.

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BarkingMadRead I wish that Eliza and George could stay with the Quakers forever! 1mo
Clare-Dragonfly This book is heartwrenching! I knew when the young lady with the baby sat staring at the river she was going to end up under it 😭 @BarkingMadRead Yes—they are such good people. True examples of Christianity. 1mo
CogsOfEncouragement Stowe pointing out the horrific irony again in chapter 12:
…beautiful boat…floating gayly down the stream…the stars and stripes of free America waving and fluttering overhead…Hayley‘s gang, who were stored, with other freight, on the lower deck…
Librarybelle So many feelings reading this book! 1mo
Deblovestoread I‘m behind but am fully invested in this story. 1mo
mrp27 I‘m behind as well and I‘m struggling with Stowe‘s writing of the accents. I almost have to read it aloud to get all the words. Other than that what a propulsive story. 1mo
ChelseaM6010 I‘m fully invested in this story! 1mo
BarbaraJean Haha—I noticed Stowe's snark with “property“ as well—she's using all the techniques to reinforce her message! At this point, it doesn't feel as heavy-handed—or I've just gotten used to it. Those conversations in the tavern & then on the boat were 💯 I've been struggling with Tom's passivity, but appreciate getting a different perspective due to his very different & separate journey. His story allows Stowe to include a wider variety of views, then⬇ (edited) 1mo
BarbaraJean (cont'd) counter different arguments naturally within the narrative. I'm interested to read the source of the “Uncle Tom“ term (maybe also concerned as to its implications in the story!). I appreciate the idea that she might be using Tom more as an example of piety than how slaves should behave. There are so many overtones of racial essentialism (“their kindly race“ etc) and white savior/paternalism, so I‘ve been wary of his characterization. 1mo
UwannaPublishme Stowe certainly drives some heart wrenching realities. The kindness for all humanity shown by the Quakers warmed my heart. 1mo
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We have officially finished Don Quixote🎉 and are working our way through Uncle Tom's Cabin. Stowe's book will carry over into mid-February (45 chapters), but on February 1 I will be starting the next #RandomClassic - Evelina! I know nothing about this book! How did it end up on my classics TBR? Why did I put it there? Who recommended it? What list did I see it on? NO IDEA 😂 So feel free to join me! I don't have my copy yet, but GR says 455pgs ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) We will see how that looks as chapters. In the meantime, I'm tagging my Master List of people who thought they might be interested in reading some of these books with me. If you're interested in reading Evelina specifically, please comment below as I'll be creating a tag list for just that book!! 1mo
Cuilin Apparently it was one of Jane Austen‘s favorite novels. I led a group read during the pandemic with some of the #pemberlittens it was a fun read. Enjoy. 1mo
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CatLass007 Please tag me for Evelina. Thanks! 1mo
janeycanuck Tag me for Evelina, I think? I‘ve always wanted to read it but I‘m not sure I have room on my dance card for Feb. We‘ll see… I still have to finish Don Quixote, I‘m super behind again!! 1mo
Librarybelle I‘m in! I read this years ago for a book markup group and never got mine back, so I‘ll look for another copy. I loved it the first time!! 1mo
Daisey I‘d like to be on the list for this one. It‘s also on the #1001books list. Not sure how well it will fit alongside my other reading, but I‘m going to try. 1mo
Lcsmcat I Hope you enjoy it! Like @Cuilin said it influenced Austen‘s writing and as I read it I kept thinking “so that‘s where Jane got that idea.” 1mo
Clare-Dragonfly I‘m interested. I hope it‘s on Project Gutenberg—can‘t get the site to load at the moment! 🤔 1mo
Deblovestoread I‘d like to read along and be tagged please. Thank you 😊 1mo
julieclair Please tag me! This has been on my TBR for awhile. 1mo
TheBookHippie It‘s on hoopla for me - but I may purchase it. I‘ve always wanted to read all three ladies by this author, no idea what list I got it from either. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @CatLass007 @janeycanuck @Librarybelle @Clare-Dragonfly @Deblovestoread @julieclair @TheBookHippie - I have you all on the list!! As always, no hard feelings if it ends up that you don't want to read it after all 😂 I'll post a schedule when I get my copy!! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @Cuilin - That may have been when I added this one to my list!!! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @Lcsmcat - Thank you!! I'm looking forward to it!! 1mo
Clare-Dragonfly If anyone else is looking for a free version, it is on Serial Reader! Hopefully it‘s the same schedule. 1mo
CatLass007 Thank you! 1mo
julieclair @Clare-Dragonfly Thanks for the heads up about Serial Reader! 1mo
ChelseaM6010 Tag me for Evelina please. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @ChelseaM6010 - Absolutely!! 1mo
BarbaraJean I read this one back in grad school, and I'm so tempted to join, but I'm trying to exercise buddy read self-restraint this year!! Keep me on your general tag list, though--I'm sure you can talk me into another one later in the year 😁 1mo
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Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes
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Well! It will be weird to eat breakfast without don Quixote's company tomorrow, as he has been my steadfast companion for that meal since the beginning of November! I didn't exactly enjoy this one, but I'm glad to have read it. I definitely preferred Vol. 1 where more of DQ's adventures were from his own imagination than Vol. 2 where it just felt like everyone was making fun of him constantly. In the end, I liked DQ himself and that's what got ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) me through. I'm glad to have read it... but it's a soft pick. I don't see myself ever tackling this one again!!

Thank you all SO MUCH for reading with me!!
@BarkingMadRead @Librarybelle @Smarkies @wanderinglynn @TheBookHippie @SamAnne @BarbaraJean @BookingitwithSandra @Daisey @janeycanuck @meshell1313 @jenniferw88 @LaraS @Cuilin @eeclayton @readingrainb0w @Bluebird @Larkken
Cuilin Thanks for hosting, it was my third attempt and I finally finished it!!! Yeah, soft pick for me too. 1mo
janeycanuck I‘m so behind!! But also confused… I‘ve got something like another 74 chapters but I‘m on 40 already. Did you speed read the second part? 1mo
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Librarybelle Yay!! 1mo
Meshell1313 Thanks for hosting! We did it! What did you think of the ending?? I was quite sad about it! I didn‘t expect it to end with his death even after all that! 1mo
TheBookHippie I‘m glad I did it but WHEW the Opera is better the musical is better and I think I‘d recommend an adapted version which is so unlike me… 1mo
Smarkies Thanks for organising this @TheAromaofBooks . I don't think I would have had the drive to get through it if not. 😅 1mo
Bluebird I fell off the wagon…too many other books were calling out to me. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @janeycanuck - According to the “official“ schedule we should have been through chapter 52 (of volume 2) by the end of the year. But I only had 74 chapters in Vol. 2 altogether. I had someone else tell me they had a different number of chapters in Vol. 2 than I did, so I'm not sure what that means 😅 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @Cuilin @Smarkies - Reading it with the group really did keep me going!! This was my third attempt as well and I'm pleased to have finally conquered!!! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @Meshell1313 - I was expecting his death only because of the chapter title lol But I was really sad that in the end he renounced everything and agreed that he'd been crazy to pursue his dreams. I didn't feel like his life was a waste, but it seemed like that was what he thought about himself on his deathbed, and that made me sad. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @Bluebird - No worries!! This was a tough one!! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @TheBookHippie - I feel the same way! It's rare for me to think “I should have read an abridged edition“ but I did think about it for this one 😂 The only other book I've really felt that way about was freaking Moby Dick - I barely survived that one, too! 1mo
Meshell1313 @TheAromaofBooks that‘s exactly it- after over 900 pages it was all for nothing? I wanted a happily ever after for him. 1mo
janeycanuck @TheAromaofBooks Hmmmm… I really fell off the wagon somewhere, then, because I‘m only about 1/3 of the way through. But I have a First Part (consisting of Parts 1-4) with 52 chapters and a Second Part with 74 chapters (but no Parts). So confusing! I‘m enjoying, though!! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @janeycanuck - I also think different translations may be editing things differently or something. Along similar lines, I have two copies of Robinson Crusoe, one of which has chapters and the other just... doesn't??? They SEEM to be the same text, but I'm so confused! 😂 1mo
janeycanuck @TheAromaofBooks I guess I should have just learned Spanish to read the original!! 😂🤣😂 1mo
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On the whole, I was way into the conclusion to this trilogy. There were some great twists that still made sense within the world and I genuinely like El. That said, there were also some writing choices I didn't like and that I felt didn't fit with character development from the last two books. I also need more books set in this world!!

TheAromaofBooks #SeriesLove2024 @TheSpineView @Andrew65
#BacklistReadathon @Clwojick
#52BookClub24 - Sticker on Cover
#FourFoursin24 - Mortal Portal @lauredhel
#GottaCatchEmAll - Toxic Relationship (Koffing), Possessive/Possessed (Polteageist), Includes a Journey (Lapras) @PuddleJumper
Librarybelle Gorgeous sprayed edges again! 1mo
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TheSpineView Great job!🤩 1mo
Bluebird Nice! You zipped through the trilogy quickly! Love when a series hooks you like that! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @Librarybelle - I'm forming an unfortunate addiction to special editions 😂 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @Bluebird - I read the third book slower than the other two because I didn't want it to end!! 1mo
Bluebird @TheAromaofBooks Lol, I get like that too. I read my first Naomi Novik book a few months ago and loved it-the first in her Temeraire series. Will need to add this trilogy to my TBR list 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @Bluebird - This is VERY different from the Temeraire books, but not in a bad way. I'm still working my way through that series (I've read the first four). 1mo
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Love and Let Bark | Alanna Martin
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I don't have a Book Outlet problem, YOU have a Book Outlet problem! 😂 All of my goals re: TBR reduction seem to be... not working already 😆

IndoorDame I have also had more books arrive from Thriftbooks this year than I‘ve read from my shelves (like I intended) 🤫🤣 1mo
Bookwormjillk Maybe you just didn‘t have the right books on your TBR and these will be the ones you read? 😁 1mo
TheLudicReader There is no such thing as a BookOutlet problem. #enabler 1mo
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ju.ca.no January is basically last year, so it doesn‘t really count for 2024, right? 😂😂 1mo
merelybookish Lol. That is not helpful @TheLudicReader 😂 1mo
TheLudicReader @merelybookish the problem is that I spent my snow day putting so many books in my Bookoutlet cart…and I like the comfort of knowing I have kindred spirits. 1mo
BarbaraJean Book Outlet is a terrible and wonderful place! I was proud of myself this year—while Christmas shopping, only one book for me snuck into my Book Outlet cart.🥇Also, I bought The Time of Green Magic from Book Outlet in a previous binge, so: solidarity! 😁 1mo
marleed They are like tiny kittens in a box out side a grocery store - you have to save them! 🐈📚 1mo
Gissy I wish I could buy in bookoutlet as I used to do for a couple of years, not anymore 😩They have amazing prices. Buying books and reading them are two different activities because we are book collectors📚😜 1mo
MaureenMc Y‘all are my people. 😂 1mo
janeycanuck Is that a series I see? Only counts as one book! You‘re doing great! #bookmath 1mo
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Goodness, how are we already approaching January's halfway point?! Which means it is time for 2024's first monthly readathon!!

I am hoping to complete six books, including the tagged which is my #LMPBC read for this month.

Thanks for hosting as always @Andrew65 !!!