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The Phantom Tollbooth | Norton Juster
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This one has been on my want-to-reread list forever, so having it be a #Roll100 pick this month gave me that final nudge! While some parts of this story feel a little cluttered, overall it's just such a fun little story with some delightfully memorable characters. Feiffer's illustrations really add so much.

PuddleJumper 🎉🎉 4d
Librarybelle I‘m amazed I‘ve yet to read this! 4d
Booksblanketsandahotbeverage This book is one of my childhood favorites 4d
Ruthiella I only first read this a few years ago as an adult. I remember it being in the school library in elementary school but I never picked it up. I think I thought it was about math. 😆 4d
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Crocodile on the Sandbank | Elizabeth Peters
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I've been wanting to reread this series for quite some time, so I was pleased when the first book was chosen as this month's read for the #BakerStreetIrregulars, giving me an excuse to kick off the series reread!! This book was just as funny and entertaining as I remember, with just delightful characters and a romp of a mystery. I remember reading that Peters wasn't intending this to be a series originally, so this one ends with a HEA epilogue ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) but I'm definitely planning to reread the other 19 books in the series as well. Is it because I'm using this as an excuse to slowly purchase all of them in these gorgeous editions? No comment 😂

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TheSpineView Fantastic!🤩📖📚 7d
mabell Those are great editions! 7d
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CatLass007 It‘s always a pleasure to tempt someone into doing something they already want to do. 7d
PuddleJumper ❤️❤️ 6d
StayCurious I love those editions! 6d
Hooked_on_books What a pretty stack! 6d
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The Artsy Smartsy Club | Daniel Pinkwater
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The conclusion to The Hoboken Chicken Emergency is just as ridiculous and fun as the first two. Nick and his two friends are bored in the summer heat and decide to try creating art. They make new friends, participate in an art contest, and visit a museum under the chaperonage of a giant chicken dressed as a nun. 😂 Somehow Pinkwater makes it work.

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TheSpineView Great job! 4w
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The Hoboken Chicken Emergency | Daniel Manus Pinkwater
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Either you find Pinkwater's snarky, offbeat humor to be hilarious, or you find it to be completely bizarre and not particularly funny. I'm in the pro-Pinkwater camp and while this isn't as funny as The Snark-Out Boys and the Avocado of Death, it's still great fun.

TheSpineView Fantastic! 4w
UwannaPublishme This Jersey girl loves to see any book that mentions Hoboken! 😁 4w
TheAromaofBooks @UwannaPublishme - So many of his books take place in and around Hoboken!! He's lived there a long time. Even when he doesn't specify Hoboken, you still get that feeling haha 4w
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The Lost Man | Jane Harper
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I think I'm in the minority here, but this one just wasn't for me, despite having really enjoyed some of Harper's other books. This story was just relentlessly depressing. With a strong focus on abuse and how that reverberates through a family even when the abuser is gone, plus some bonus content regarding rape, divorce, community ostracizing, depression, suicide, isolation, etc. I was just honestly sad the entire time I was reading this. ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) I did really care about these characters and there is a (mostly) happy ending, but it was a long slog through a morass of sadness to get there. Plus, while I was interested to find out what happened to Cam, this book wasn't particularly suspenseful. It's really about a sad, lonely, depressed man trying to make sense of his life and figure out what happened to his brother. Not a bad story, but not remotely a nail-biter. 1mo
Yuki_Onna Oh my... How brave of you to get through this!👏 1mo
Lauredhel I hear that -- I really struggle to read grim books these days. 1mo
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This book gets full marks for being absolutely lovely, with tons of beautiful photographs. However, while the theme was good, the material was very repetitive. They gave the steps for planning a garden (found in virtually any gardening book: hardscape, focal points, anchor plants, filler plants, groundcover), then said, “you can replace any of your regular plants with edible plants!!“ and then covered the same steps for your front yard, back yard⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) and containers, so they ended up saying the same things a lot. There were a few interesting ideas, but these authors are also from SoCal, so while they threw out some little possibilities for those of us who live where the land freezes half the year, it definitely felt like the focus was on people who can garden pretty much year round. A nice book to page through, but it didn't really bring anything unique to the table for me. 1mo
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Clouds of Witness | Dorothy L. Sayers
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When I was ambivalent towards the first Lord Peter book, I had SO many people tell me that the series gets better as it goes along, so I've had the second book sitting about for quite some time waiting for me to pick it up. I did enjoy this one more (and found Lord Peter less annoying), but I also thought the mystery was a little weak. Still, I'll get around to book 3 one of these days. Soft pick.

TheSpineView Great job!🤩📖📚 1mo
Yuki_Onna Wow! 🤩 1mo
Librarybelle I love that cover! 1mo
BarbaraJean The series does indeed get better as it progresses! Books 4 and 5 are where it really hits its stride, I think. I keep slotting these into my #192025 list! 1mo
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Wow, reading the GR synopsis made me realize that my 1931 edition is LITERALLY an entirely different story from the later version! Maybe that's because this one didn't have a super cohesive mystery. It's mostly Nancy and her friends riding around mountains getting almost eaten by wild animals 😂 I was cracking up at the way some of the situations resolved themselves at the end (wife of husband with amnesia perfectly happy he's coming home with a ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) random little girl he adopted who is also an heiress and is going to have no complications or difficulty establishing who she is and I guess they'll just hand over the kid and all her money to this couple?!?!!? LOL)

BUT it's still great fun, even if I apparently missed out on a great phantom horse mystery in the later edition!!

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Librarybelle That sounds so different from the 1960s version! 😮 1mo
bookandbedandtea I've been thinking the same thing! Others have mentioned aspects of the story that bear no relation to what I'm reading! I'm hoping to finish this today and then read the 60s version real quick. 🤞🏻 @Librarybelle 1mo
BarkingMadRead Oh wow! I have the 60s version, that‘s crazy! 1mo
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American Royals IV: Reign | Katharine McGee
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So in the end, the first book was my favorite of the four, but this was still a satisfying conclusion. There was one plot gimmick that mildly annoyed me (see spoiler), but these books are so ridiculous that I just kept rolling with it haha 100% absurd, shallow melodrama that I totally was into 😂

TheAromaofBooks Having Beatrice wake up with amnesia meant that we literally just had her redo all the growth she had already experienced in the first three books, except compressed into one book. It just felt like McGee had run out of ways to make Bea's life complicated, so she had her start over. I actually would have been totally happy with this book being Bea and Teddy working together happily! 1mo
TheSpineView Fantastic! 1mo
Yuki_Onna Woohoo (to speak with your words 😉😎)! Also, #coverlove 1mo
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The Dean's Watch | Elizabeth Goudge
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I've had mixed results with Goudge's books, but this one was a win for me. She tends to write books that are more like interconnected character sketches for the first half of the story, so it's a slow start. But she also writes compellingly realistic and relatable people. Religion plays a big part here, but her characters don't use it as a crutch or a bandaid or an excuse. ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) She also writes about struggling with depression (at a time when that “wasn't a thing“) in a way that just kind of rips your heart out, in a good way lol And when one of the characters dies in the end, it doesn't feel remotely gimmicky or manipulative, but a genuine reflection on that also being a part of life.

Highly recommended, especially if you've ever clung to faith in a dark time.
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TheAromaofBooks “Why should we always want a light? [God] chose darkness for us, darkness of the womb & of the stable, darkness in the garden, darkness on the cross and in the grave. Why do I demand certainty? That is not faith. Why do I want to understand? How can I understand this great web of sin and ugliness and love and suffering and joy and life and death when I don't understand the little tangle of good and evil that is myself? I've enough to understand.“ 1mo
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BarbaraJean Ohhhhh, I need to read this. It‘s been on my list for so long! It sounds so good, and I‘ve heard it‘s set in (or that the setting is based on) the cathedral town I lived in as a child. This cover most definitely features that cathedral! 1mo
willaful I don't think I ever encountered this one. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @BarbaraJean - It's a very quiet story. I didn't love it as much as The Scent of Water, which lowkey changed my life, but I still found this one to be so beautiful. Some of her books I've been quite ambivalent towards, but then I read one like this and it just hits a chord for me. 1mo
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