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TheAromaofBooks
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I just love these comics. I am especially fond of Wallace's parents. And there is an entire storyline with a bowling ball that absolutely cracked me up. This is the fourth collection so you get a little more backstory if you read the other books first, but these are definitely worth picking up.

TheSpineView Awesome! 2w
Chrys I follow the artist on Instagram , always look forward to his updates (edited) 2w
DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 2w
Lizpixie 🎉🙌 11h
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julieclair
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Now I know why everyone loved this book. I did, too!
#ReadTheUSA2023 #Maine @aperfectmjk
#TrappedOnAnIsland (February) #SayMyName #2023ReadySetRead @Clwojick

Clwojick Glad you enjoyed it! 2w
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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 😂

#ChildrensClassicRead @TheBookHippie
#ReadtheUSA2023 - Illinois @aperfectmjk
#ReadtheRainbow @Clwojick
#WickedWords - Patrick @AsYouWish
#100YearsofBooks
#192025 - 1941 @Librarybelle
#MarchMadness - Published Before I Was Born @Andrew65 @DieAReader @GHABI4ROSES
#MarvelousMarch (Book 4)
#BookSpinBingo
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Suet624 Loved this book and read it often as well. 3w
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 3w
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TheBookHippie ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️ love love love this!!! How fun. 3w
DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 3w
Librarybelle Look at all of these challenge prompts completed! 3w
Clwojick Way to go! 3w
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. 1w
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!! 1w
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Under Currents | Nora Roberts
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Earlier this week I went in town to run some errands, errands that would involve waiting about in my car, and - brace yourselves - I forgot my book!!! The ONLY solution was to pick up a random Nora Roberts paperback from Meijer's discount rack, right? RIGHT.

I really enjoyed this one but it's not going to be for everyone. The content was quite dark at times, especially in Part 1, as the main character is abused as a child. It's terrifying and ⬇️

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) intense and I could barely put it down. I really fell in love with the characters in this book, and despite the themes of spousal and child abuse, felt like Roberts balanced it out with good, healthy, happy relationships being portrayed as well. The story explores how difficult it can be to get out of a bad, even life-threatening, situation because most abusers do such a fiendishly good job of isolating and intimidating their victims. ⬇ 3w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) The book was a little overly-long, which meant that it slowly spilled into over-the-top territory... the number of people seeking revenge on the main characters started to feel a little ridiculous, and I think the story would have made more sense if it had ended after the plot with Zane's dad was wrapped up at the end of Part 3. However, I was way into these characters and their lives, so I didn't mind the uneven pacing, and was willing ⬇ 3w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) to forgive the fact that it got a little ridiculous towards the end.

I feel like several of Roberts's more recent books have been very character-based, tracing a character's childhood into adulthood. With some writers I probably wouldn't like it, but Roberts manages to hook me every time, and Under Currents was no exception.
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TheAromaofBooks Oh! And also pictured! My fancy new bedroom shelves my husband built this week. I was VERY excited to stain them and get books on them!!! The bedroom is the current remodel project and it seems to mainly consist of building shelves... this one is 2 of 4 installed so far 😂 3w
Ruthiella Love the shelves! Now that I have the kindle app on my phone, it‘s rare for me to be caught out without reading material, but I 💯 support your impromptu Nora Roberts buy! 👍 (edited) 3w
Bookzombie I love your shelves! Sometimes you have to do what you have to do. 🙂 3w
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julieclair
The Tourist Attraction | Sarah Morgenthaler
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Totally adorable. All the sweet romcom feels. Grumpy guy, cute but nerdy girl, sweet dog, adventurous mishaps, gorgeous Alaska setting. Fun!
Thanks for choosing this as one of my #TrappedOnAnIsland picks, @Clwojick !
#Loveathon2023 #Booked2023 #ReadTheUSA2023 #Alaska #2023ReadySetRead #WickedWords #ISpyBingo #BigFabBeatles

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! I've had this one on my TBR forever!! 1mo
Cinfhen Sounds FUN 🤩 1mo
CSeydel Love it! 1mo
Clwojick So glad you enjoyed it! 💖 1mo
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julieclair
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Heads up- once you have finished the book, be sure to read the Author‘s Note at the end. It “made” the book for me! This book had more depth than I was expecting. We watch the main character, 50-year-old Sonny, struggle to come to terms with a tragedy from her childhood that has haunted her all her life. It is ultimately a hopeful story, and Sonny is fortunate to have a wonderful mom and friends who help her on her journey. ⬇️

julieclair Sonny is a TV meteorologist, and I really enjoyed learning about her job. I also enjoyed learning about Traverse City, Michigan, where the book is set. Now I want to visit there! It‘s now on its way to you, @Jerdencon ! 😀 #LMPBC Round 16 #GroupW #JumpStart2023 #Booked2023 #ReadTheUSA2023 #Michigan 2mo
Clwojick This one sounds right up my alley! Saving. 💖🙌🏻 2mo
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TheAromaofBooks
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Short and an easy read, filled with Lawson's delightful illustrations. I clearly remember watching the Disney version of this story. According to this biography of Benjamin Franklin, many of that man's inventions and diplomatic decisions were made with the aid of this book's narrator - Amos the mouse, who spent much of his time living in Ben's hat. Obviously ridiculous but still a great deal of fun. I especially enjoyed when other famous ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) historical people had mice of their own! I really enjoy Lawson's writing and illustrations, and it was a pleasure to read this 1951 edition that I picked up almost 20 years ago.

#TrappedonanIsland @aperfectmjk @ETALTON
#ReadtheUSA2023 - Pennsylvania
#ReadySetRead - Birthday Celebration @Clwojick
#100YearsofBooks
#192025 (originally published 1939) @Librarybelle
#MtTBR
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Librarybelle Hooray! 2mo
Daisey I remember reading and loving this book as a kid! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @Daisey - I also have Captain Kidd's Cat by the same author, but still haven't read it. And I just found out there is one “written“ by Paul Revere's horse!! I need them all!! 😂 2mo
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julieclair
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Humorous essays about author Bill Bryson‘s move back to the USA after 20 years abroad. First published in 1999, so some of the essays are a bit dated (particularly the ones about technology), but are still good for a chuckle. And there are a few actual laugh-out-loud moments. Originally written as newspaper columns, the pieces are short and quick to read. Great to keep on hand for a brief, uplifting humor break during a busy or stressful day.

Clwojick Sounds great! I‘ve heard tons of great things about this author. 2mo
dabbe I am not lying. I laughed so hard I peed reading A Walk in the Woods. And if you grew up in the 50s-60s, The Thunderbolt Kid is for you. His book on Shakespeare was fascinating as well. LOVE this guy. 🤣❣️🤣 2mo
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julieclair @Clwojick @dabbe I definitely want to read more of his books. I had no idea he had a book on Shakespeare! 2mo
dabbe @julieclair I didn't either until a teacher told me about it. It's titled Shakespeare: The World as a Stage, and it was informative and funny (a Bryson trademark!). 2mo
julieclair @dabbe Thanks for the heads up about Shakespeare. I‘ve added it to my TBR stack. 👍 2mo
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This Tender Land: A Novel | William Kent Krueger
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Wow. What great storytelling. A sad, but ultimately hopeful tale about the desperation of life during the Great Depression, the resilience of the human spirit, and the importance of found family. The story highlights that there are good people to be found even in the worst circumstances, but the descriptions of those circumstances definitely tug at your heartstrings. ⬇️
#Booked2023 #ReadTheUSA2023 #ReadYourTBR #NoBuyReadingChallenge

julieclair An excellent book club selection, with many topics to discuss, including the relatively unknown and tragic story of the Native American boarding schools. 2mo
Cinfhen Wonderful review/ so glad you enjoyed this book. It was really sad 😔 2mo
julieclair @Cinfhen Thank you. I‘m so interested to hear what my book club has to say when we meet on Thursday evening. 2mo
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The Godmothers: A Novel | Camille Aubray
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Fantastic pick by @TheBookHippie for #SundayBuddyRead. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Historical fiction about 4 smart, strong women who are sisters-in-law, and part of a mob family. They all have secrets - big ones. And, they all have a fierce love and loyalty to their family. The characters are fictional, but many of the gangsters with whom they interact were real. Fascinating.
#Booked2023 3 Generations
#ReadTheUSA2023 NewYork
#NoBuyReadingChallenge Audio

Cinfhen Great choice 2mo
Cinfhen I loved this one too😉 2mo
julieclair #ISpyBingo Hand. #2023ReadySetRead Author‘s Last Name Starts with A, Hand on Cover, Face on Cover, New to Me Author 2mo
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AmyG Yes, this was a wonderful choice. 2mo
TheBookHippie ♥️🖤♥️ 2mo
Clwojick Great job! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
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