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Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick
Kindred | Octavia Butler
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Consider time-travel. Do you view it as dangerous to the future and fear changing history, and possibly even your future? Perhaps you think about it more frivolously and want to experience a large event. Do you wish you could go back and take a different life path? Regardless of what you imagine, are you imagining the possibility of that trip being physically dangerous and life-threatening? Likely not, but that's what Butler has done here, ⬇️

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick weaving the "now" of 1976 and the "then" early 1800's. I didn't LOVE it, but it was pretty darn good, if infuriating at times.
October official #bookspin book #bookspinbingo @TheAromaOfBooks #LittensDressedInBlood @MidnightBookGirl #Screamathon @4thHouseOnTheLeft #pop21 #GenreHybrid #52Books #DualTimeline
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3mo
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OriginalCyn620
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I‘ve seen all the hype here on Litsy, and for me, the book lived up to it! Such a great story and characters. Schwab is a great writer. This is only the second book of hers that I‘ve read but it won‘t be my last!

#bookspinbingo
#pop21 #genrehybrid

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 8mo
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ferskner
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I had been optimistic about this scifi, which is not my genre, because it was heavy on the history. But world building plus no quotation marks meant that I never really felt engaged in the story, just struggled to figure out what was going on. Not for me.

@TheAromaofBooks this is my #doublespin pick! (Does it still count of I didn't finish my #bookspin?)

(Gratuitous picture of Fern #hamsteroflitsy)

#pop21 #genrehybrid

Ericalambbrown Fern is adorable 🥰 9mo
ferskner @Ericalambbrown thank you! I'm very fond of her. 9mo
TheAromaofBooks I do not understand the no quotation marks!! Why do authors do that?! And yes, you are always welcome to read BookSpin or DoubleSpine or both - however it best works out that month!! 9mo
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KarenUK
Twin Spins! | Sienna Mercer
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My #bookspin & #doublespin picks.....
A Netgalley #ARC and my #genrehybrid pick for #pop21 .....
Thanks so much @TheAromaofBooks
I‘m excited! 💕📚

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 10mo
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Cinfhen
Sugar: A Novel | Bernice L. McFadden
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BarbaraBB You are a reading machine! You should slow down or we have to come up with new challenges for you by the end of March 😉❤️ 12mo
BarbaraBB That might be quite fun I realize, all three of us making a bingo card especially for you. It‘d give you 75 more books to read 😉😀 12mo
Cinfhen Hahah that‘s hilarious @BarbaraBB 💕💕💕I‘ve literally been on lockdown since I returned from the States....I think we had 3 weeks where stores were open since November 😫 12mo
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TrishB Wow 😳 12mo
BarbaraBB I agree reading circumstances are perfect 😉 12mo
rockpools 😯😶🎉🎉🎉Wow! 12mo
squirrelbrain 😲🤗🥳 12mo
Cinfhen Let‘s see what I manage in February @squirrelbrain @rockpools @BarbaraBB @TrishB 😊😜 12mo
KarenUK Just amazing! 💕 12mo
Kalalalatja So impressive! And I‘m all for @BarbaraBB idea of a personalized bingo board for you 😂 12mo
Soubhiville Yes! 📚📚📚 12mo
Megabooks Wow!!!! You are doing excellent!!! #impressed 12mo
Crazeedi Holy moly you are killing it! Great job!! 12mo
britt_brooke Daaaaaang! 🙌🏻 12mo
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4thhouseontheleft
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Saadawi has written a powerful novel on the trauma and grief that engulfed Iraq, esp Baghdad, following the 2003 American invasion. This is a witty and satirical tale, using the gothic horror Frankenstein as inspiration.

Amid the unending car bombs, al-Qaeda, sectarian violence, and US actions, we see how daily trauma impacts the lives of everyday citizens. The inclusion of astrologers, djinn etc gave it a magical realism feel.

Highly recommend!

Librarybelle Great review! 12mo
Cinfhen I‘ve been meaning to read this... thanks for putting it back on my #ReadersRadar ♥️ 12mo
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BarbaraBB Great review. I read it but you made much more out of it than I did 12mo
4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraBB it was a tough one for me because I feel like there is the surface story (Frankenstein created out of body parts of bombing victims), and then this whole sub layer. The character Elishva really struck me. And then you have the characters that act like vultures in war-torn areas (like Faraj, and the magazine editor to an extent). 12mo
KarenUK Awesome review 👍 12mo
ChasingOm This one went on my TBR when it was published, then immediately got buried... 🤦🏻‍♀️ 12mo
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Cinfhen
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Sometimes a book lands in your lap and you didn‘t even know you were looking for it. This is a #genreHybrid part memoir, part cookbook, part self-help. Beth Ricanati, shares the beauty of Judaism, its traditions & beliefs and how the art of preparing & baking challah ( traditional Friday night Sabbath bread) is good for your mental & physical health. I‘m looking forward to actually trying her recipe/method for making challah. 👇🏼

Cinfhen This was gifted to me by my son Eric, who had the pleasure of sharing a Shabbat dinner with Dr. Beth Ricanti. Book also works for multiple challenge prompts 🙌🏻♥️ 12mo
Freespirit What a lovely son you have Cindy💕 12mo
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Cinfhen THANK YOU 💕💕💕💕He‘s a sweet guy @Freespirit I‘m proud of the young man he‘s become. 12mo
Kalalalatja Sounds like a lovely book, and the story behind only makes it more special! ❤️ 12mo
Cinfhen Thanks @Kalalalatja ♥️♥️♥️ 12mo
Blaire Oh this sounds great. I‘m going to read and recommend it to my mom. 12mo
Cinfhen It‘s such a wonderful gift @Blaire I hope you both enjoy it💕It does seem that Beth grew up in privilege, so u need to sort of look pass that 🙄 12mo
CoffeeAndABook I‘ve heard so often that baking bread is good for your mental health, really therapeutic. And maybe even more so if it‘s imbedded in an age-old and/or religious tradition. If you know your ancestors centuries ago did this same thing at the end of a long trying week. I have yet to try it myself though 🙈 12mo
KarenUK This sounds lovely..... Stacked! 💕🥖 12mo
CoffeeK8 This sounds wonderful! Stacking this so fast! 💕 12mo
Cinfhen I think everyone can gleam something from this book @CoffeeAndABook @KarenUK @CoffeeK8 and if the result is the delicious aroma of fresh bread even better😊 12mo
CoffeeAndABook @Cinfhen did you bake a challah from the book? Is it as good as I imagine? 12mo
Cinfhen No, @CoffeeAndABook I need to work up my courage... baking challah intimidates me 12mo
CoffeeAndABook @Cinfhen I am intimidated by baking anything more sophisticated than brownies or chocolate chip cookies 😂 so I totally understand!! 12mo
CoffeeAndABook @Cinfhen ... but my brownies and choc chip cookies are to die for - so it‘s not a total write-off!!! 😃 12mo
Cinfhen Yum!!!! Two of my FAVORITE desserts @CoffeeAndABook 12mo
CoffeeAndABook @Cinfhen wish I could invite you over for a 🍪 & ☕️!! 💓 12mo
Reviewsbylola Glad you had a good choice for this prompt! 12mo
Cinfhen That would be SO AWESOME @CoffeeAndABook ❤️ 12mo
Cinfhen Thanks @Reviewsbylola I wasn‘t expecting to enjoy it as much as I did 💕 12mo
Centique Awww what a lovely gift from your son. I can see how baking bread - with the extra depth of culture and religion - would be therapeutic. I have tried to bake bread three times with no success but then I read a bakers blog about the different types of yeast - so I‘ve bought a different type now and hope that helps me!! 🤞🤞 12mo
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Lizpixie
The Iliad | Gareth Hinds
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Lizpixie The classic Greek Myth about the kidnapping of Helen, Wife of Menelaus, by Paris, Prince of Troy & the subsequent siege of Troy by Menelaus, his brother Agamemnon & the Greek armies. Of course it ends in bloodshed, tears & many deaths before the fighting is done. All over one silly woman.🙄🏺🛡🗡 12mo
dariazeoli You‘re on a roll‘b 12mo
wanderinglynn Great progress! 🎉 12mo
Lizpixie I can‘t believe I missed it, but this was my #Bookspin book for January @TheAromaofBooks 8mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 8mo
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Cinfhen
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Well that was probably the quickest #NonBuddyRead I ever participated in😉I think my expectations were overly inflated for this slim book. While it does pack a solid punch and makes lots of really compelling and infuriating observations about modern Korea, it wasn‘t the read I was anticipating. Interesting blend of facts ( told in footnotes) and fiction. Parts of this book reads like a memoir, so I‘m using this for #PoP21 #GenreHybrid 👇🏼

BarbaraBB So we tackled the same pop prompt on the first day of the year. What are the odds! I agree with your review. Good not great! 13mo
Cinfhen Thanks @BarbaraBB we‘re off to a GREAT start xxxx 13mo
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Cinfhen Anyone looking to #SwapMe ?!?!?? 13mo
Librarybelle Wow! Off to an amazing start! 13mo
4thhouseontheleft You‘re on 🔥with checking off the prompts! 13mo
rockpools 👏👏👏 I was waiting til I *actually* started before I read your review. Not what I was expecting either - it‘s a strange one- but I‘m loving the detail. And that I‘m going to cross off some prompts 😸 13mo
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BarbaraBB
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Mehso-so

I could have known I am not the audience for this book. I never read seasonal and it‘s for a reason. I am not cozy and not religious and I don‘t believe in Santa.
I did like a few of the stories though, my favorite being The Mistletoe Bride (the one without the happy ending 😉).

However, by finishing this book I am able to tick off the first prompts for 2021s reading challenges!

#Booked2021 #BakedGoodsOnCover #Pop21 #GenreHybrid

KarenUK That‘s one of the hardest prompts! Sorry it was a bit bit of a dud! Happy new year lovely friend! 💕💕 13mo
4thhouseontheleft Sorry it wasn‘t a great read, but you do get to be the first person to ✔️ off a prompt in 2021! 🙌🏽🙌🏽🎉 Happy New Year! (edited) 13mo
Megabooks Happy new year Barbara!! 🎉🥂💜 13mo
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readordierachel Happy new year! (Those flowers are lovely) 13mo
batsy Gorgeous backdrop! Happy new year and here's to an easier year ahead ❤️ 13mo
Cinfhen Way to go 🙌🏻💕and GORGEOUS table!!! I‘m obsessing over those dishes (edited) 13mo
BarbaraBB @KarenUK Happy new year Karen, make it a good one 🍀💚. I am glad I‘ve got my first prompt but I would have loved to read the tagged one for this prompt. Hopefully I can fit it in somewhere else! 13mo
BarbaraBB @4thhouseontheleft Thanks Alissa, I feel honored 😉, have a very happy 2021 🤍🤍 13mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Thanks my friend, they are for special occasions since they don‘t fit in the dish washer 😂 13mo
Simona Happy New Year 🥂🍾 13mo
IuliaC Happy New Year 2021! 🥂🎆 13mo
BarbaraBB @IuliaC Happy new year to you too 🥂🤍 13mo
KarenUK @barbarabb maybe #oxymoron 🤷‍♀️❓ 13mo
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