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TheAromaofBooks
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Very Heyer-ish in tone and humor, this book was a great deal of fun, with a likable heroine and tons of fun side characters. It got a little melodramatic at the end, but I was still here for it. 😂

Can't wait to hear whether the rest of you enjoy it!! @mabell @Chrissyreadit @julieclair

Librarybelle Sounds delightful! 2d
mabell I‘m looking forward to it! 10h
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TheAromaofBooks
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I have this thing where I enjoy Steinbeck's writing more than I enjoy his stories, so I thought I would give this one a try, his account of driving a little camper trailer around the country ~1960. First off, this book will definitely make you want to get a little camper trailer and drive it around the country - how fun does that sound??

I overall did enjoy this one, although more in the beginning than towards the end. I liked the scenes where ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) he actually talked with people, but parts where he just described not so much (long sections talking about CA & TX without really saying anything, I thought). I genuinely appreciated that he never sounded like he thought he was better than any of the people he met, from truckers to hitchhikers to migrant workers, people he agreed with and people he didn't, it felt like he gave everyone a fair chance to say their piece. This is one of ⬇ 3d
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) those too short/also too long books for me - I wanted more details about some things and less about others lol Overall, though, a read I've enjoyed meandering through this month - I'm not sure if I would have liked it as well if I had just sat down and read it straight through, but 10-15 pgs a day has been really enjoyable.

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Suet624 Love this review. 3d
Librarybelle Great review! 2d
Clwojick Great job! Love the cover. 2d
dabbe You said what I have been trying to say. I love his style of writing but not always the plot. He sounds to me like an old Western rancher, telling tales of the farm country in Salinas. What did you think about Charley and the bears? 🤣 2d
TheAromaofBooks @dabbe - That story cracked me up! Mild-mannered Charley really lost it with those bears! 😂 2d
Soubhiville I‘d love to take an extended road trip like this. 🚌 2d
UwannaPublishme Love this book and your review! Can you believe the camper truck he drove is on display at the John Steinbeck Center in northern CA? 🚚 Gotta plan a road-trip to see that! 9h
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On the Banks of Plum Creek | Laura Ingalls Wilder
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Finished a few days early because I couldn't resist reading to the end yesterday!! I really enjoyed this reread from my childhood. While there wasn't as much “how to“ as in the earlier books, there were still plenty of adventures. I felt like we also got to see Laura learn some lessons in maturity as well. This book scarred me up on the subject of grasshoppers when I was a kid, and the discomfort is still with me - so icky! I always loved the ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) cover of this one. I'm sure actually living in a dugout would not be that great, but it always sounded so cozy to me. Thanks so much for hosting the buddy read @Ann_Reads !! Looking forward to our next book @megnews !!

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Ann_Reads So glad you enjoyed the book and the discussion. I had fun hosting for this book. 🙂 Although I was a little creeped out by grasshoppers when I was a kid, tomato hornworms grossed me out the most. Ugh! Yuck! Eeeew! (edited) 3d
TheSpineView Not a fan of bugs in general. Great job getting through this one to despite the grasshoppers. 2d
TheAromaofBooks @Ann_Reads - I'm not exactly scared of grasshoppers, but they do weird me out. But you're definitely right about those tomato hornworms!!! I still can't stand to touch them 😂 I think it's because they are SO big but also so hard to see!!! I pick the stem they are on and throw the whole thing to the chickens so I don't have to touch them! 😆 2d
Andrew65 Excellent 👏👏👏 2d
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The Sweetest Thing | Jill Shalvis
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I enjoyed book 2 in the Lucky Harbor book more than the first, although I found the love triangle to be rather unnecessary. There was already plenty of drama just with Tara and Ford working through their past, plus the reappearance of the daughter they gave up for adoption 17 years ago. Still a bit too sexy for my personal tastes, but at least these two had known each other longer than 48hrs!

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Simply Irresistible | Jill Shalvis
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I am having a very slow reading week - lots of other projects going on - but FINALLY finished my first book for the #BacklistReadathon !! This wasn't my favorite Shalvis book by a long shot - it's borderline so-so for me. I liked the actual story and the characters, but way too much of this was just Maddie and Jax lusting for each other and acting like it's a horrible betrayal that the other hasn't shared all their deep-dark secrets despite the⬇️

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) fact that they've known each other TWO WEEKS. Seriously, they start making out the DAY they meet. Like you do you, but I think it's ridiculous to be mad about someone not sharing everything about their past immediately. And it's hard to have good conversations when you literally just take each other's clothes off every time you're together 🙄 I did like the set up for the series so I'm reading book 2, but this one was a little too ⬇ 7d
DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 6d
TheSpineView Awesome! 6d
Nessavamusic Great job! 6d
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The Prize | Julie Garwood
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This was March's #LittensLoveRomance read, and while it was okay, it wasn't really my style. I just never could particularly like either of the main characters. Nicholaa had kind of ridiculous mood swings, and Royce was never wrong about anything 🙄 They had a lot of conversations, but never felt like they were communicating. Not a bad read, but not my favorite.

@StayCurious thanks for hosting!!

peanutnine Your point about their communication is so true! They never seemed to quite hit on what they meant to say to each other 7d
DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 6d
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Murder is Easy | Agatha Christie
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Also published as Easy to Kill, this is another great Christie standalone. For once, I remembered who the murderer was, but that didn't stop me from enjoying this reread - I love watching her plant the clues and red herrings. This one does drag a bit here and there as Luke spends a lot of time hashing and rehashing the possibilities, but still a solid mystery.

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The Runaways | Elizabeth Goudge
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Gah, this book is so freaking adorable! I love everyone in it, even the bad guys. The children are fantastically written and I would marry Uncle Ambrose if I had the chance 😂 There are definitely some predictable aspects of this story, and I wish that Lady Alicia's husband and son had been missing for a more reasonable amount of time (30 years is WAY too long), but on the whole this one is just a delight.

TheAromaofBooks Hoping the rest of my #LMPBC group feels the same way haha @inthegreensandblues this one should be heading to you later this week!! @deblovestoread @maggie4483

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Andrew65 Excellent 👏👏👏 2w
rubyslippersreads This is one of my very favorite books, although I know it as 2w
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DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 1w
LeahBergen I love it, too! 1w
willaful Me here thinking, wait there's a Goudge children's book I don't know? OH, it's Linnets and Valerians! 1w
inthegreensandblues I'm excited to read it! 1w
TheAromaofBooks @rubyslippersreads @willaful - Yes!! I'm not sure why the title was changed for this edition. 1w
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The Black Stallion | Walter Farley
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Easily on my Top 10 Childhood Favorites list; I read this one over and over again growing up. I actually owned the beautifully-illustrated Big Black Horse originally, which ends when Alec and The Black make it home, so the first time I read the full novel I was astonished to find that the story continues with the epic match race. Is the story full of coincidences and basically impractical in every way? Yeah, absolutely, but it's still a fabulous ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) story that combines two of my favorite childhood-story-tropes: wilderness survival and HORSES 😂

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Suet624 Loved this book and read it often as well. 2w
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 2w
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TheBookHippie ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️ love love love this!!! How fun. 2w
DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 2w
Librarybelle Look at all of these challenge prompts completed! 2w
Clwojick Way to go! 2w
rubyslippersreads I just realized I read the kids‘ version rather than the full book. I don‘t know if I still have it, though. 😕 Thanks for bringing back that memory. 5d
TheAromaofBooks @rubyslippersreads - It's definitely worth reading the full novel if you get a chance. After Alec and the Black make it back home, he finds a way to prove that the Black is the fastest horse in the country and it's quite exciting!! 5d
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The Roundhill | Dick King-Smith, Sian Bailey
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Mehso-so

Dick King-Smith, most famous for his book Babe the Gallant Pig, was an incredibly prolific author of 75-110pg-long children's books. I own a BUNCH of them, many unread. He's a bit hit or miss - someone who has written this many books pretty much as to be - but some of them are such wins that it's worth the effort of sifting through them. This one was right in the middle. I liked the concept, but the story didn't really go anywhere. I also didn't ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) like the way Evan treated his cousin, and I felt bad for old-Evan who says he wants to believe in God but can't. There's a weird sadness to this book that just didn't work for me. But it was only 84 pages long, so it wasn't that long of an investment - but not a King-Smith book I'll probably pick up again.

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