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Lost Lake | Phillip Margolin
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This wasn't my favorite Margolin thriller, but it was still a solid read. Ami is a struggling single-mom attorney who rents her over-the-garage apartment for extra income. Her current boarder seems friendly and kind, but during a Little League game he loses control and almost kills two men with his bare hands. Ami finds herself sucked into the situation more and more as the man tells her a story that sounds unbelievable, of a special secret ⬇️

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) group of government special operatives working under the radar, combined with evil misdeeds and directions from a powerful man now running for president. Is Carl's story legitimate? That's the crux of the story, and honestly, Margolin had me going until the very end as he does a fabulous job of presenting information from Carl and Vanessa (another character who believes Carl's story) that had me convinced that the General was the evil ⬇ 1w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) mastermind they claimed, followed by a situation where the General gives perfectly reasonable explanations for everything they're saying, making me doubt them once again. The actual action of the story isn't very fast-paced, especially compared to other Margolin stories that I've read, and some parts felt repetitive as we would hear the same story from both Carl and Vanessa's perspective. There is also a big courtroom scene that recaps ⬇ 1w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) everything and consequently felt a little bogged down. But on the whole, this was an engaging story that genuinely did have me going back and forth about the veracity of Carl's claims.

This was one of June's #Roll100 picks!! @PuddleJumper
#RoadTripUSA2022 - Oregon @megnews
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#20in4 - 227/1000pgs @Andrew65
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PuddleJumper Awesome! 1w
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 1w
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TheAromaofBooks
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The final Bridgerton book was more of the same, really - perfectly pleasant with likable characters but nothing mind-blowing. Sometimes that's exactly what I want, though! I enjoyed the series overall but do think they are somewhat over-hyped as I am not convinced that they are particularly superior to other historical romances. I won't avoid Quinn in the future, but also don't feel a burning need to add her other books to the TBR.

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#192025 - 2006 @Librarybelle
#SeriesRead2022 @TheSpineView - here's a novel concept, I used this challenge to FINISH a series instead of starting a new one! 😂
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Weisubei Which one is your favorite @TheAromaofBooks ? 2w
TheSpineView Fabulous! 2w
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julesG Love your buttons jar. 😁 I have one, too. 2w
TheAromaofBooks @Weisubei - I really enjoyed It's in His Kiss a lot. That one and The Viscount Who Loved Me are probably my favorites. 2w
TheAromaofBooks @julesG - I have a thing for buttons... that isn't the only button jar in my house 😂 2w
Librarybelle Yay for finishing a series!! 2w
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TheAromaofBooks
A Tangled Web | Lucy Maud Montgomery
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This month's #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead was one I hadn't read in probably 15-20yrs. It wasn't one of my favorites growing up, but I enjoyed it a lot more as an adult - I found myself relating to some of the storylines that bored me when I was 20. There are a lot of characters here, and I still enjoyed some stories more than others, but overall this is one I liked. It's interesting to see some of Montgomery's personal tropes assimilated into this⬇️

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) one, like the Pilgrim's Progress edition, a “Big“ and “Little“ name whose sizes don't actually match the nicknames, and even cats named First and Second Peter. The story with the Sams was always my least favorite anyway, and it still makes me sad that that's how the whole book ends, as that random bit of racism on the last page does leave a slightly sour taste for a book that actually is old-fashioned but not overly so for the most part.⬇ 2w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) This edition is a very old library discard that I absolutely love. I'm not sure when they stopped printing library editions of books like this, but I miss them.

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#192025 - 1931 @Librarybelle
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Chrissyreadit I agree I loved those covers. 2w
Librarybelle LM Montgomery! Yay!! 2w
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TheAromaofBooks
Excellent Women | Barbara Pym
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I got behind on the chapter-a-day read and then just bolted ahead and finished it 😂 I wasn't sure what to expect of this one, having never read Pym before, but I found it surprisingly enjoyable. I was slightly let down by the sitcom-like ending where things all return to basically the way they were at the beginning, but can also see how that fits into the overall theme of the story. I can see myself trying another Pym in the future.

LeeRHarry I‘m in the middle of tagged book atm having read and enjoyed Excellent Women previously. 😊 2w
Crinoline_Laphroaig Your Welcome! 2w
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Librarybelle I plan to use this for the #192025 challenge too! 2w
rabbitprincess My MIL‘s book club picked this as one of their reads for the coming year (they run September to June), so I should really read it! 2w
staci.reads I also got a late start on it (yesterday 🙄) amd will probably finish it up tonight 😂. 2w
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TheAromaofBooks
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Read this classic for #LMPBC and it was a really interesting one. A lot to ponder here on what "sin" really is and how self-absorption can change us. I felt like Wilde asked a lot more questions than he answered, but he would probably tell you that his job is to ask questions, not answer them lol
@fredthemoose this one is heading your way today!!
@BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @jimfields3

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KristiAhlers I really enjoyed this read. I picked it up years ago when I was watching Penny Dreadful on what was it showtime? Anyhow, I‘d realized I‘d never read it so did. It was very thought provoking. 3w
fredthemoose Hooray! I‘ll get mine out next week! 3w
eeclayton I enjoyed this one, too. And what a gorgeous copy! 😍 3w
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TheAromaofBooks @KristiAhlers - I really had no idea what to expect. My version had what I felt like were a reasonable amount of notes as well, which was helpful - the editor mostly was pointing out differences between the original publication in serial form and what Wilde changed a year later when he published the book as a whole, which turned out to be quite interesting. 2w
TheAromaofBooks @eeclayton - I was so excited to find this edition at the library discard sale earlier this year!! Can't beat a lovely hardcover for a quarter!! 2w
fredthemoose I got it today! Thanks!! 2w
TheAromaofBooks @fredthemoose - Glad it arrived safely!! Thank you for letting me know!! 2w
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Black Hills | Nora Roberts
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Last review for now - I actually really enjoyed this romantic suspense, although I definitely wanted an epilogue as it felt like everything got wrapped up really fast. I had some quibbles with both the main characters - I felt like Lil was really hanging onto the bitterness for what happened when they were both 19, for pete's sake, like she never once said something like, “OMG we were literal CHILDREN so maybe I should be a little more ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) understanding“ !??!? Instead she just pouts constantly about how he broke her heart blah blah blah Cooper had this weird thing where he was an absolute jerk when he first came back, then all of a sudden is Mr. Friendly-You're-the-Love-of-My-Life-and-I'm-Not-Going-Anywhere??? Him being a total grump at first didn't really fit the rest of the story and left me feeling a little confused about his personality.

BUT despite my usual whining, ⬇
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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) I quite liked the setting and honestly just wanted more about all the big cats because I love them 😂 Not a perfect book, but perfectly enjoyable romantic suspense that FINALLY checked South Dakota off my list after trying to read the USA for three years!!

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This one had two of Roberts's early-80s novels in one book, and they were both pretty terrible haha

Her Mother's Keeper was definitely for you IF you prefer a lot of grabbing and aggressive kissing over actual communication. Island of Flowers I enjoyed more, but the fact that she wouldn't just tell her dad what had happened really annoyed me, and why was Dillon such a dick like all the time?? Not the hero for me. Still, this was good ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) I've-been-sick-and-just-want-to-read-mindless-fluff reading 😂

Her Mother's Keeper -
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#19822022 & #192025 - 1983 @Librarybelle
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Island of Flowers -
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#RoadTripUSA2022 - Hawaii @megnews
#192025 - 1982 @Librarybelle
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marleed I enjoy mindless reading summer days! 3w
Librarybelle Wow…1982! 3w
TheAromaofBooks @Librarybelle - Ancient, right?? 😂 3w
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TheAromaofBooks
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A small review binge upcoming...

I'm not sure if it was me, the stories, or the fact that I was starting to get sick when I was read them, but they just didn't hit the spot for me. I don't get on with short stories very well, but I always think I'll read a collection like this to see if a new author tickles my fancy. While there were some interesting concepts here, they were really mostly too insta-love-y for me. I also didn't realize that ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) these were all YA stories until I started reading them, so part of it was that that just wasn't really my mood.

#TBRDeckofCards (June) - 6D @Clwojick
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#WickedWords - Pool @AsYouWish
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DivineDiana
The Lying Game | Ruth Ware
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New audio/ physical book combo. #mttbr

marleed I love combining the two formats - esp when I can adjust the speed of the audio! 3w
DivineDiana @marleed It does speed up finishing the book! 🙂 2w
marleed Yes it does! I also find that when I read and listen simultaneously, I‘m fully absorbed in the book. It like some sort of reading shield stat prevents my brain from allowing IRL thoughts and lists into my head! 2w
DivineDiana I have not tried reading and listening at the same time. Something to o consider! 🤔 2w
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DivineDiana
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This has been on my shelves for years! I am putting it to good use! #foodandlit #france #booked2022 #takesplaceinahotel #mttbr

Cinfhen Woohoo 🥳 hurray for reading challenges 🫶🏼 3w
Texreader Yay!! 3w
BarbaraTheBibliophage Ahh .. France. Yummm 3w
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