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Stardust | Neil Gaiman
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Reviewing this actually catches me up on reviews!!

This was a #Roll100 pick from April that I finally got around to. This was an engaging fairy tale that I enjoyed overall, but somehow didn't love the way I wanted to. Gaiman's writing is quite good and I actually did like the ending, but I found it difficult to connect to the characters. Still, a solid pick

I actually received this back in December 2020 for the #ElfSwap from @LibrarianRyan !!

Clwojick Woohoo! ❤️ 3d
Chelsea.Poole Lovely coneflowers! 3d
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Librarybelle Awesome - another great use of prompts! 2d
TheAromaofBooks @Chelsea.Poole - Thank you!! I love coneflowers so I just let them reseed themselves around the garden freely 😂 2d
Chelsea.Poole @TheAromaofBooks same here! I planted some last year and seeing a bit of expansion in them this year, which I love! 1d
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The Copenhagen Connection | Elizabeth Peters
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If you're looking for a book to take seriously, give this one a miss. But if you're just looking for a fun, slightly ridiculous romp around Copenhagen with plenty of tongue-in-cheek tropes, this may be the book for you. I've been slowly working my way through Peters's backlog and while this wasn't a new instant favorite, it was a genuinely fun time.

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CarolynM While I agree it‘s not her best, I reread it on a flight to Copenhagen a few years ago, then had fun relating things back to the book (like Queen Margrethe‘s tomb (supposedly😆) and the carousel in the Tivoli Gardens) Have you got to my favourite standalone yet - that‘s great fun for comparing with the real world 2d
TheAromaofBooks Not yet, but it is on the list!! I fell in love with her writing via Amelia Peabody. So far I've enjoyed her writing under this name more so than the novels she wrote under the name of Barbara Michaels - those seem to be a lot more melodramatic 😂 2d
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Lies | T. M. Logan
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So I'm obviously behind on book reviews - expect a few of them today 😂

It had been a while since I picked up a thriller, and I had forgotten how addictive they can be. This one was quite pacey and engaging, and it wasn't until I was done reading that I looked a few things askance! While the twist at the end technically fit, I'm not sure I buy it based on the personalities of the people involved - it felt like a stretch to literally just say ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) “well this person was really good at acting.“ 🙄 Still, I did enjoy this one while I was reading it and even though Joe kept doing dumb stuff that made him look even more guilty (why, Joe, why) I still found myself rooting for him.

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DivineDiana
Modern Lovers | Emma Straub
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New audio read. Using the combo method- audio+print copy to move it from my stacks. #mttbr #pridemonth

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TheAromaofBooks
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Originally published in 1876, The Randolphs is a religious story following four adult siblings as the brother, Tom, starts a hotel that - gasp! - doesn't serve alcohol!! The story can be a little preachy from time to time, but overall I did enjoy this gentle story of a young man trying his best to put his faith into practice. His sister Maria is sturdily independent and disinterested in the "crutch" of religion, and the author does a lovely job ⬇️

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) softening her character towards Christianity without making her lose herself. This one probably won't appeal to those who don't believe in Christianity, but it's an interesting story from its time. Pansy, the pen name for Isabella Alden, was the aunt of Grace Livingston Hill. Alden was a prolific writer of religious stories. My copy was included in an anthology of Hill's stories, so instead of a picture of the book, I've posted a photo ⬇ 2w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) of a beautiful UP forest service road. 😁 I was quite entertained while reading this when one character hailed from “Out West“... aka Michigan!

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Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 2w
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TheAromaofBooks
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This was my #BookSpin for this month, a book I've been meaning to read for years! It was one of Dad's favorites when he was a kid, and while it was dry in places, I can still see the appeal for 12-year-old Dad, who went on to become an engineer haha

In the 40s, the author, who was living on a Polynesian island at the time, theorized that instead of those islands being originally populated from Asia, the could have come from South America. He ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) based his theory on many oral traditions and stories of the native people he had met. Determined to prove that it was at least a possibility, he and five others built a raft out of balsa logs, using only materials that would have been available at the time, and actually did sail from Peru to a Polynesian island just east of Tahiti - 4300 nautical miles in 101 days. They were mostly carried by trade winds and the Humboldt Current. ⬇ 2w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) Since this book was published, this theory has fallen out of favor, because genetic testing has shown that “most“ of the native people of Polynesia did have ancestors from Asia. However, even the article I read that was incredibly dismissive of Heyerdahl, both as a person and of his theory, admitted that genetic testing had also shown that that some people were descended from South Americans as well. I'm a little confused as to why it ⬇ 2w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) can't be both, but I'm just a layman haha This book was published in 1950 so there are a few things that jar with modern sensibilities, but for the most part Heyerdahl has a great respect for the native peoples both in Peru and the Polynesian islands. As a story, this is great fun, even if the author does tend to somehow make even very exciting moments a little dry - just collecting the logs for the raft was quite the adventure! ⬇ 2w
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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) This is a bit of a soft pick. It was fun to read and it's honestly crazy that they did this at all, but it didn't become my new favorite or anything.

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Roary47 I‘m interested in this collecting logs scene now. Great job! 🥰💛 2w
5feet.of.fury I‘m always fascinated by how people went about trying to figure things out before modern science as we know it. 2w
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DivineDiana
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My current strategy to attack the ridiculous #MtTBR stack is to choose a book that also has an audio available to borrow. I was also looking for a book to celebrate #Pridemonth. This one is my choice.

Julsmarshall I‘ve been using that method for awhile now and it is helping me move through them much quicker! And I enjoyed this book, hope you do too! 2w
DivineDiana @Julsmarshall Glad I finally figured it out! 😂 I am enjoying it! 🙂 2w
Karisa Oooh, I‘ve been meaning to read that one forever too and just finished a book. Bumping it to the top of my list. 😊 2w
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DivineDiana @Karisa Sounds like a good idea! 😊 2w
Tamra I liked this one quite a lot! Worth a reread in fact. (edited) 2w
DivineDiana @Tamra I am liking it too! 2w
jlhammar I thought this was really good. Very moving. Hope you enjoy! 2w
DivineDiana @jlhammar Thank you for letting me know. I am sensing that I am soon to have my heart broken.💔 2w
BookwormM Loved this book 2w
DivineDiana @BookwormM I‘m happy to hear that! 🙂 2w
Tera66 This is one of top favorites of all time, wish I could read it for the first time all over again. 2w
DivineDiana @Tera66 I am captivated! 2w
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Magic for Marigold | L.M. Montgomery
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It's been a long time since I read this one but this month's #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead encouraged me to reread it. This one is a light pick and reading it again reminded me of why it was one I felt rather ambivalent about. The book is episodic, with each chapter its own little adventure of Marigold's. They were fun little stories but there isn't really an overarching plot to tie them together other than Marigold needing a friend. Considering ⬇️

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) I felt like Marigold's search for a friend was kind of theme of the book, I felt like the ending was a little odd. Still, I did enjoy this one. It's full of typical Montgomery tropes, including a large and rambling “clan“ and there are plenty of funny moments and adventures. Marigold herself is a likable character, although since the book ends when she is 12 she doesn't exactly have a lot of depth. This is a perfectly pleasant book but ⬇ 3w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) definitely middle-of-the-pack for me when I'm rating Montgomery's bibliography.

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Gone with the Wind | Margaret Mitchell
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Oh my gosh, I can't believe I am FINALLY finished with this one, which I started back in April as my #BookSpin pick for that month. This book gave me SO many mixed feelings and made me feel so many things that I have to give it a Pick even though I'll never read it again and I despised Scarlet. I'm not sure I've ever read a book where the heroine was so thoroughly self-absorbed and self-sabotaging. I did have a (very) reluctant admiration for ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) her grit and determination, but then in the next paragraph she would do something so stunningly stupid that I just wanted to wring her neck. Also, Margaret Mitchell, what the heck was up with killing off those last two people in the last 50 pages?!?! I marked multiple passages/quotes in this story, found the writing to be incredibly compelling, absolutely fell in love with Melanie, heart and soul, and was thoroughly intrigued by this ⬇ 3w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) perspective of the Civil War and its aftermath. Although I found Scarlet to be brutally unsympathetic as a character, the writing here was so amazing that I stuck it out and finished all 959 pages. Glad to have this one off my list. Even though I definitely didn't love, I do think it thoroughly deserves its place on the Classics list.

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@Cinfhen just because you've been listening to me whine about this one for weeks! 😂
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thereadingpal It's a book I feel the pressure to read but won't read anytime soon 😂 glad you managed to finish it though! 3w
TheAromaofBooks @thereadingpal - Well, it took me a long time to get to it!! I've been trying to read more classics this year. I'm not sure I would have gotten through this one if I hadn't just been reading one chapter a day for most of it. That was about as much Scarlet as I could take! 😂 3w
thereadingpal @TheAromaofBooks 😂 she does seem annoying from your review! But good job. Also, most classics are intimidating but I should get into them too 3w
Chrissyreadit I did love this book 25 years ago- but also do not feel like I need to reread ever. The writing was stunning. 3w
Amiable Hooray! Congratulations for completing it! 3w
rabbitprincess Awesome work! I watched parts of the movie but have not felt tempted to read the book 😂 3w
Ruthiella Congratulations on completing this controversial chunkster! 👏👏👏 3w
Clwojick Congrats! Awesome job! 3w
UwannaPublishme I love your reviews! They crack me up. 🤣 Glad you can finally check this one off your list. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2w
TheAromaofBooks @UwannaPublishme - Thanks!! This one was rough going! 😂 I am really trying to work on reading some classics this year, though. My brain needs some exercise!!! 2w
UwannaPublishme Applause to you for all the classics you‘ve read this year! And I guess the sequel Scarlet is off your list???😱😉🤭😂 1w
TheAromaofBooks @UwannaPublishme - There's a SEQUEL!?!?!? 😵 1w
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My final review as this will finally catch me up!! Woohoo!!

I really enjoyed these short stories, but I think it's because I read them in their recommended order scattered throughout the series instead of just sitting down and reading them all in one go. Interspersed, they added background and depth to the main books. As a collection, they aren't in any order that I can tell and I think they would lose a lot of their impact. I especially enjoyed⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) the final story, set after the Wires & Nerve graphic novels, that serves as an epilogue for the series and was really fun. There is also a retelling of The Little Mermaid that I liked a lot. All in all, I absolutely loved the Lunar Chronicles and am glad I've been adding these to my permanent library as I go along - I'll definitely be rereading them sometime!

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Clwojick Woohoo! Another brilliant match! 3w
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TheSpineView Excellent! 3w
Susanita I need that paint color somewhere in my imaginary house. 3w
Nessavamusic Great job! I loved the first couple in this series. 3w
thelastmabelcorn Love this series!! 3w
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