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mesquite
Dark Wind | Tony Hillerman
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I mainly picked this up because of the adapted television series on AMC. It takes some getting into, the book and the book series as a whole. His description of the Native American life and cultures, Navajo and Hopi Indians were authentic and endearing. Definitely something I need to start from the beginning.

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TEArificbooks
Shutter | Ramona Emerson
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This was an unexpected gem. I can see why it is on the National Book award long list. I loved the prose. Trigger warning: graphic body horror. The book itself was incredibly heavy even though it is under 300 pages. I will definitely get anymore books by this author though.

SamAnne Loved this one too! Looking forward to watch she writes next. 3w
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TheAromaofBooks
Skeleton Man | Tony Hillerman
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Book 17 of the Leaphorn & Chee series and Hillerman has long ago found his stride. I really love the characters in this series, and the pacing for this mystery was excellent. I didn't realize it, but I only have one more book written by Tony before the series is taken over by his daughter. I'm interested to see what she does with these characters. I've had mixed results with the next generation inheriting an ongoing series, so we'll see!!

TheSpineView Great job! Hope you enjoy the rest if the series! 3w
Clwojick Great job! ❤️❤️ 3w
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 I still need to read this author. 3w
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TheAromaofBooks
Skeleton Man | Tony Hillerman
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#WeeklyForecast a little late since I was busy yesterday being lazy and playing video games 😂 I actually already bailed on Save the Date when I found out how part of it was going to end. Frederica is my #LMPBC book this month so it is high priority this week. I am hoping to read the next three Leaphorn and Chee books for the #BacklistReadathon although after I got them from the library I realized that this is where we switch to Tony's daughter ⬇️

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) so the third one isn't technically Hillerman backlist. However, I'm sticking with it because the books are already here!! Overall would like to read 7 books for the #JoyousJanuary readathon - the four mentioned, Bambi for the #ChildrensClassicRead, Not That Kind of Guy for the #TBRbyColor challenge (January is pink), and hidden behind Bambi is the next book in the historical mystery series I'm reading with my sister, Murder ⬇ 3w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) at the Piccadilly Playhouse. I should be home a lot this week, but have TONS of projects I am trying to check off, plus a new addictive video game for the evenings, so we'll see how far I get!!
@Cinfhen @Clwojick @Andrew65
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Clwojick Oooo. What video game are you playing? 3w
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TheAromaofBooks @Clwojick - Wytchwood... you literally run around collecting things to craft them into things and take them to people who want other things 😂 It is not for everyone, but I kind of love resource games so I'm into it. Puts my husband right to sleep if he tries to watch, though! 😆 3w
Cinfhen That video game actually appeals to me 🥰Carry on 😘😘 3w
Andrew65 Have a great week. 😁 3w
TheAromaofBooks @Cinfhen - It's so right up my alley!! Even though there are critters that will attack you, if your character loses all her hearts, she just goes back to cottage. The whole game is SO low-stress for me that I can't stop playing 😂 3w
Cinfhen It sounds perfect!!! Im glad you‘re enjoying this stress-less game! And who doesn‘t love critters 3w
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TheAromaofBooks
Skeleton Man | Tony Hillerman
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Oh look, somehow I'm hosting another reading challenge! 😂 Feel free to join @Clwojick and me for a monthly, week-long #BacklistReadathon !!! The idea is that each month you pick an author whose backlist you've been meaning to read, and focus on their books for a week!! For me, this is definitely going to tie-in to my #SeriesLove2023 goals, but you could also focus on a specific author's standalones as well.

I'm hoping to get through the next ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) three books in Tony Hillerman's Leaphorn & Chee mystery series - I'm ready to read the tagged book, which is no. 17!!

Let us know which author you'll be focusing on for the week - looking forward to reading with all of you as usual!! 😁
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Bookwormjillk Love this! Count me in! 1mo
Cupcakesbookishreviews This sounds so fun! 1mo
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Kimberlone What a great challenge idea! I will try to join in but I probably won‘t be consistent for the whole year 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @Kimberlone - This is a great readathon to bounce in and out of as it fits your reading schedule!! 1mo
Kimberlone @TheAromaofBooks yep and I will probably combine with BookSpin to double up! 1mo
Laughterhp This sounds like so much fun! I‘m hopefully in. 1mo
Clare-Dragonfly Did you steal this idea from my reading goals/#bookspin for the year? 😂😂😂 1mo
julieclair Great idea! I'm in! Like you, for most months, I will probably tie this in with my #SeriesLove2023 goals. 👍 1mo
CSeydel Oh! I think I spent 2022 doing this, but I didn‘t know it had a name 😂 I‘m in!! 1mo
CSeydel Ok but dumb question because I‘m not super knowledgeable about publishing - how old does a book have to be to be considered “backlist”? And does the author have to be still actively publishing? I was thinking about reading an installment of Wheel of Time, would that count? 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @CSeydel - for this challenge, we're considering “backlist“ to be anything a specific author has written that you haven't read yet, regardless of when it was published or whether the author is still writing. For instance, one month I will probably do Naomi Novik because I really want to read the Scholomance trilogy, even though the final book was just published in 2022. 1mo
CSeydel @TheAromaofBooks awesome!! Ok another dumb question: what is #serieslove2023? I swear, I need a glossary of hashtags. I tried scrolling back through the tagged posts but … I gave up 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @CSeydel - haha this is why I ended up creating a book challenge notebook, just to keep track of this stuff! 😂 #SeriesLove2023 is hosted by @TheSpineView and @Andrew65 and is a loose challenge where you just read books that are part of a series that you've been meaning to read!! You set your own goals within those parameters, and tag them when you read a book from a series!! 4w
Andrew65 @CSeydel Be great to have you with us on #SeriesLove2023. Two ways of playing along, either just post any books you read in a series with the tag, or as many people have done choose a few series you want to target in the year, post these and then tag us when you have read any books in the series. It is a very relaxed, fun and informal challenge. 4w
CSeydel @Andrew65 @TheAromaofBooks Thanks! Excellent, I will definitely be participating. I have 2 or 3 series that I plan to read more of in 2023 4w
Andrew65 @CSeydel That‘s great, look forward to seeing your progress. 4w
Morr_Books @TheAromaofBooks I have some authors in mind but unfortunately won't be able to start this until next month. Looking forward to it though! 4w
TheAromaofBooks @Morr_Books - This is definitely a challenge you can jump whichever months work best for you!! 4w
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cosmicgoddess
A Thief of Time | Tony Hillerman
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This book was very easy to read. Every chapter added a new piece of evidence to the story, letting you try and put those pieces together, before tying them all to each other in the end. Tony Hillerman was a talented author, and I will keep thrifting these books for a good quick read.

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Megabooks
Shutter | Ramona Emerson
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I liked a lot of the elements of this debut, but in the end it was #GoodNotGreat. I‘ll be on the lookout to see what she does next though.

Rita grew up in the Navajo Nation and now works as a crime scene photographer for the Albuquerque PD. All her life, she‘s been able to see ghosts of the dead. When a particularly persistent ghost grabs her attention, she unwittingly becomes involved in a high-stakes investigation of multiple homicides.

Cinfhen I bailed but I can see the beginnings of a good storyteller are there just needs a bit more time. I‘ll look out for her next book 1mo
SamAnne I agree with your review. I loved the background and the scenes she creates. I bet in her next books she will create a tighter plot. 1mo
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Suelizbeth
Shutter | Ramona Emerson
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This is not a ghost story. That being said, this book is filled with ghosts. They are souls that cling to Rita Todacheene, begging her to solve their deaths. She is a forensic photographer and is almost too good at her job. If she doesn‘t solve this murder, she may be next. I love the details about her Navaho family and life on her reservation. I hope we will hear more from Rita and from Ramona Emerson. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

jlhammar Me too, I'd love a second book! Great review. 1mo
Suelizbeth @jlhammar Thank you! 📚❤️ 1mo
SamAnne Yes. Really enjoyed this one 1mo
Suelizbeth @SamAnne 📚❤️ 1mo
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SamAnne
Shutter | Ramona Emerson
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Enjoyed this debut novel. Set in Albuquerque, N.M. And the Navajo reservation. Navajo forensics photographer sees ghosts, from her past and some of the victims she photographs. They help her solve a string of connected murders. Great setting and writing, great characters. I will read future books by Emerson!

bnp Glad you liked this. It's on my list. 2mo
Jolynne This is the next book up for my spouse and I to share on audio. 2mo
SamAnne @Jolynne I think it will work really well as an audiobook. 2mo
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Moonprismpower
Shutter | Ramona Emerson
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Quick read. It has a paranormal plot but I‘m the protagonist‘s ability to see ghosts actually didn‘t play any true part in solving the crimes she witnessed. But the ghosts she encounters do want peace and I did enjoy the story. There‘s a mystery man and a lost loved one who returns and i want more! If there was ever a sequel I‘d read it. I‘d like to know what happens next.

SamAnne Just started it this morning! 2mo
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