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I read several of Thayne's books last year and really enjoyed them, so I was excited to read her newest, which happens to be Christmasy!! This one was due back at the library so I had to read it before #WinterGames begin, but it was actually just the piece of relaxing fluff that I need. I would definitely recommend this one if you enjoy romances that don't make you think too much 😂 It was also clean, which I like, plus it took me to Wyoming ⬇️

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) for both #SeparatedbyaPondTour and #ReadtheUSA2021 !! @Andrew65

This one checked off loads of prompts for my family's giant Christmas bingo card (13x13... we're filling in prompts with books and movies LOL) so it would definitely be a good pick for WinterGames as well!!
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Lizpixie I‘m so happy I‘m on the same #WinterGames2021 team, the #MistletoeManiacs🎄💚❤️💚❤️ 1w
TheAromaofBooks @Lizpixie - Yay!!! I'm getting SO stoked!! 1w
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Well Matched | Jen DeLuca
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After a month of thrillers and mysteries, I was in the mood for something fluffy. The latest book in the Well Met series had come in for me at the library, so it felt like the time was right!! While I did enjoy this one, I have to say it's a soft pick for me, mainly because April is sooo bitchy about everything and everyone. I felt frustrated with her because she kept going on about how excited she was to "finally" be an empty-nester and how ⬇️

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) she couldn't wait to sell her house and get out of the small town where she's lived for the last almost-18 years raising her daughter. Like I get that you weren't expecting to be a single mom and that you've had to sacrifice a lot to give your daughter a good life, but it felt SO insensitive to her daughter, Cait, who actually isn't even 18 yet and is just leaving for college, not genuinely moving into her own house or anything, to be ⬇ 1mo
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) basically gleeful about selling the house, moving out of town, while still reassuring your daughter that you'll make sure your new place has a “guest room“ for her when she's home on breaks!? For someone who claims to be so close to her daughter yadda yadda yadda, April's attitude about “finally“ being free really got on my nerves. There were also multiple conversations between multiple adults in this story about how none of them EVER ⬇ 1mo
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) wanted children because children just cramp your style and ruin your life and it's cool for other people but not for us because we've got this awesome life and don't want it getting all messed up - it really rubbed me the wrong way.

BUT I still gave this a pick because I absolutely loved Mitch, really enjoyed the fake relationship aspect, liked the way things were handled between Cait and her dad, and enjoyed revisiting the characters ⬇
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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) from the earlier books. These books are fun, fluffy, and sexy, and even if I don't always agree with some of the background philosophy (for lack of a better word haha) I still enjoy reading these stories and love the Renaissance Faire background a lot. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks #Scarathlon2021 #TeamSlaughter @Clwojick - not even remotely a themed read haha
#SeriesRead2021 @TheSpineView
#ReadtheUSA2021 - Maryland
#Screamathon - 7550/8000pgs @4thhouseontheleft
#Spookoween - 26/25bks @TheSpineView - I'm into bonus books for my goal!!!
#24in4 - 3/4bks @Andrew65
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Andrew65 Looks fun 👏👏👏 1mo
TheSpineView Fantastic 1mo
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Here's another updated challenge #ReadtheUSA2021 from the beginning of the year. Added Rules of Prey and Pieces of Her so these will also be added to my #Scarathlon2021 numbers for #TeamSlaughter.

I don't think I'll get this one finished. I'll have to try better next year.

@TheAromaofBooks @Clwojick

TheAromaofBooks Last year I managed 38 states, and this year so far I have hit 36, so probably won't visit all 50, but may manage to beat last year's record!! 1mo
Clwojick You've got this! 1mo
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Needful Things | Stephen King
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GHABI4ROSES I cannot remember if I have read that one. Do you love it? I have my copy right here, just waiting... 1mo
TheSpineView Haven't read yet. Hope you enjoy 1mo
Addison_Reads This is a favorite of mine that I'm currently rereading. I can't wait to see what you think. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Good luck!! 1mo
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The Third Victim: A Novel | Phillip Margolin
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Good news: I finished another book. Bad news: Apparently I also accidentally started another series 🤣 This was a decent read. Margolin always keeps me engaged & for once I didn't have to get out a note card to keep track of all the characters. Despite enjoying this one, it somehow didn't hook me as hard as his writing usually does...but this didn't stop me from reserving the rest of the series at the library!

FINALLY got a #BookSpin BINGO!!!

Bookzombie I have accidentally started series several times. It‘s sort of annoying, but not annoying too. Lol. 1mo
TheSpineView Fantastic 1mo
Clwojick This cover looks so familiar. I think I almost downloaded it, but realized it was part of a series. I might have to start a series challenge in 2022 😅 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @Clwojick - SAME! How did I end up in the middle of so many!? 1mo
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The Ex Hex: A Novel | Erin Sterling
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This really was just the perfect bit of fluff to read between mysteries. Don't worry too much about the world-building or major character development, just go along for the ride. Snarky, sexy, and sassy, I overall enjoyed this one even if I don't see myself reading it again. I also could have done without all the casual f-bombs; I'm not a huge fan of being bombarded with vulgar language in my fluff reads.

Clwojick 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
aroc Haha! I was shocked my the amount of f bombs too! 2mo
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TheAromaofBooks @aroc - I know everyone has their personal preferences, but I just don't enjoy it in my fluff reading especially, and these were multiple times per chapter, not just moments of intense emotion lol Ah well, still a fun little read!! 2mo
marleed I agree. I can picture this series being adapted as a PG - PG13 effort - that‘s really where the fun parts of this story existed for me. A Hocus Pocus for the 2020s. 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @marleed - Yes!! I would totally be into that. Goodreads says that this is the first book in a series, but a second book isn't listed yet. I would definitely be interested to see where the author goes with the concept, though! 2mo
kimmypete1 This is my next print read. Can‘t wait to dive in! 2mo
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @kimmypete1 - It was just the relaxation I needed after reading five detective novels in a row haha 2mo
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Yours Truly, Thomas | Rachel Fordham
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I enjoyed this clean romance for the most part, but it was, frankly, a bit on the boring side. The ending also got rather melodramatic. But if you are just looking for something relaxing & sweet, this one should fit the bill. And it also knocked off Iowa for #ReadtheUSA2021 & #SeparatedbyaPondTour @Andrew65

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TheAromaofBooks
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This one wasn't especially on my radar, but it was August's pick for #thatsclassic and seeing as it is quite short, I thought it was a great time to add another beautiful Penguin paperback to my collection!!

This is definitely a book that had me wondering how I would have felt about it if I hadn't known the spoiler. The writing is super atmospheric & I loved it. Stevenson is one of those authors that every time I actually read one of his books⬇️

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) I really enjoy it, yet I don't seem to go out of my way to find them!

This edition also includes a second short story called The Bottle Imp. I really liked that one, too, plus it took me to Hawaii (of all places) for #ReadtheUSA2021 and #SeparatedbyaPondTour ...as long as it counts that I “went“ there before Hawaii was actually a state!!

@Annie1215 @Andrew65
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LitStephanie Thanks for posting a review! I have seen a play of the story but never considered reading it before now. 3mo
robinb Beautiful edition! 3mo
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TheAromaofBooks @LitStephanie - It's a super fast read, too - less than a hundred pages. 3mo
TheAromaofBooks @robinb - Thank you!! Lately, as I've been reading classics I don't already own, I've been purchasing a copy when I can do so reasonably, and I'm kind of in love with these Penguin paperbacks. The spines are pretty, too!!! 3mo
robinb @TheAromaofBooks can I ask where you get yours? At a bookstore? Online? 3mo
LitStephanie @TheAromaofBooks wow, that makes me want to read it more! 3mo
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 I‘ve not read this yet. 3mo
TheAromaofBooks @robinb - I got it from Book Depository. For some reason, I find their website easier to navigate when I am looking for a specific edition. They also sell the UK editions of books, since that is where they are located, & I think these Penguin editions are all UK, not American, although I could be wrong on that one haha 3mo
robinb @TheAromaofBooks I‘ve never shopped with them before. I‘ll have to look them up and browse. Thanks! 3mo
TheAromaofBooks @robinb - It's my go-to for when I'm looking for a UK edition. Why does the UK get all the beautiful covers??? 3mo
UwannaPublishme Great review! Now I really want to read this one. Hope you‘re enjoying your summer, Sarah! It‘s going by too fast! 🤗 3mo
TheAromaofBooks @UwannaPublishme - Thanks, Donna!!! Our summer is great but soooo busy!!!! I'm a million years behind on all my penpal writing, too! I really love how summer is full of outdoors & garden stuff, but also am looking forward to the slower, cozier pace of winter. I'll try to write soon - I miss you!!! 3mo
UwannaPublishme Ha! I think I‘m as far behind as you are! I‘m still answering letters from July! 😁 Miss you and #Bookspin! I may catch up this month. 🤞🏻❤️ 3mo
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Listening Woman | Tony Hillerman
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New petition to force all books to include a book map! How hard is it, especially when it involves real places?! Finally printed off my own map, only to discover little tidbits like Mexican Water is actually a town and Lake Powell is REALLY far away from Albuquerque. I'm overall enjoying this series, whose MC is law enforcement for the Navajo nation. This one was published in 1978 & involved the AIM, which I only had a vague knowledge of. It's ⬇️

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) somewhat frustrating because since it's more or less current history to when Hillerman is writing, he doesn't give a lot of explanations, which led to even more research for me haha These are kind of odd mysteries - Joe Leaphorn is the MC, but after three books I know literally nothing about his personal life, despite the fact that we're told repeatedly that family is incredibly important to the Navajo people. I'm not even sure if he's ⬇ 4mo
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) married or where he lives since he seems to spend most of his time wandering around and camping out of his truck. The mysteries themselves are decent & there are some interesting bits about Native American culture but the overall impersonal writing style is a little odd for me. However, I'm still planning to read the next few books in the series.

#SeriesRead2021 @TheSpineView
#ReadtheUSA2021 & #SeparatedbyaPondTour - Utah!! @Andrew65
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eeclayton I'd definitely sign that petition. I usually look up places on google maps, but it'd be so much nicer and way more convenient to just flip to an automatically included map page in the book! 4mo
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TheSpineView Awesome! 👍📖📚 4mo
PhyllisH 📚🗺👍🏻 4mo
audraelizabeth Im obsessed with maps in books. 4mo
TheAromaofBooks @eeclayton @audraelizabeth - the other book I'm reading is about a road trip on Route 66 - doesn't a map seem like a natural fit for a story ABOUT A ROAD TRIP!?!? I neeeeed maps!! In the Hillerman books, half the story is about where this guy is going & the lack of map meant I had zero concept of how far he's traveling. You can see that it's an immense amount of land. Just telling me he went from Window Rock to Tuba City isn't very informative! 4mo
audraelizabeth @TheAromaofBooks Exactly and fantasy novels not set on this planet need a map. 4mo
bookandbedandtea I read about half of the Tony Hillerman books when I was in high school and enjoyed them. I should definitely revisit them. I totally agree about book maps, btw! 4mo
Smarkies Agreed! I would sign that petition. I have really bad sense of direction and map helps put things into perspective. 😂😂 4mo
TheAromaofBooks @bookandbedandtea - I'm on the fourth one now and really enjoying the unique setting/culture (especially now that I've printed off a map haha) They're strangely impersonal reads, but that may change as the series continues. 4mo
Andrew65 I support you in this, love maps in books. 4mo
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The Ghost of Marlow House | Bobbi Holmes, Anna J McIntyre
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Danielle Bodeman has just an inherited a house from a great aunt, a house that she didn't know existed. Upon her arrival, she finds a ghost who can't leave and some mysteries on her hands. First she is trying to find out how her ghost died, he's adamant he didn't kill himself. The other, an unknown, has people breaking into her house. Can she solve them? I enjoyed this audiobook. The only gripe I had was that some chapters seem to end abruptly.

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