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Sacred Clowns | Tony Hillerman
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I was pretty excited to pick up the next installment of the Leaphorn & Chee series. There was good pacing here, and even though there was still a bit too much of Chee mooning over what to do about Janet, I really enjoy exploring his desire to balance his religious beliefs with his police work. At one point, he is trying to explain to Janet how he defines the Navajo concept of “hozho,“ a sort of state of harmony and balance. He says ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) “[an example] - terrible drought, crops dead, sheep dying. Spring dried out. No water. The Hopi, or the Christian, maybe the Moslem, they pray for rain. The Navajo has the proper ceremony done to restore himself to harmony with the drought.“

Chee's genuine belief in the traditions and ceremonies of the Navajo are balanced by the more pragmatic Leaphorn who, while not scornful, is definitely skeptical. I'm really enjoying this series ⬇
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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) and am already looking forward to the next!!

#Pantone2022 @Clwojick
#RoadTripUSA2022 - Arizona @megnews
#19822022 @Librarybelle
#JoysofJune (final book!!) 2159/2000pgs @Andrew65
#NoShameReadathon22 - Detective Novel @Nessavamusic
#BookSpinBingo
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Librarybelle Hooray!! Lots of prompts! 3d
Clwojick Great job! So many prompts checked off! 3d
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Something Wilder | Christina Lauren
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This one was another soft pick for me, but honestly I think it's partially because the book just went a direction I wasn't expecting. I might enjoy it more the second time around with a better idea of what is going to go down. There's a big plot twist about 100pgs in that isn't even vaguely hinted at in the synopsis, and it kind of threw me off balance. I guess in a way this book was a little... sillier? than I was expecting, with some situations⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) purposefully over-the-top for fun. It was an entertaining read, but not exactly what I was anticipating haha

Pictured with some of the rocks we've collected from various hikes over the years. Love me some rocks. 😁

@Read4life - I feel like you wanted to know my thoughts on this one LOL
#RoadTripUSA2022 - Utah @megnews
#RoaringWolf - Heat Wave @Roary47 @LittleWolf1
#WickedWords - May (May) @AsYouWish
#BookSpinBingo
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Roary47 Yay! I like that you label your rocks. I‘ve never thought about doing that. 💛 2w
Read4life I did! Thank you. Now I‘m intrigued to discover that plot twist! Hopefully my hold comes in soon. 🤓 2w
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Graywacke I love your rocks too! 🧡 2w
UwannaPublishme I always knew you rocked! 😆 2w
TheAromaofBooks @Roary47 @Graywacke @UwannaPublishme - Thank you!! You'd be amazed at how much time we have spent finding THE ROCK to bring back from some of our hikes! 😂 2w
TheAromaofBooks @Read4life - You'll have to let me know what you think!!! 2w
BennettBookworm Fully agree with this analysis! Such a strange turn of events for a CL book! 6d
TheAromaofBooks @BennettBookworm - I feel like even hinting at it in the synopsis would have made me better prepared. I don't always mind plot twists, but I don't usually expect them at that level in my chick lit!!! 6d
BennettBookworm Exactly! 6d
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Book Lovers | Emily Henry
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I really loved Henry's first book, Beach Read, but was pretty ambivalent towards People We Meet on Vacation, so I approached Book Lovers not sure what to expect. I ended up really enjoying this one just so much. I can't remember the last time I so wholeheartedly shipped the main couple of a romance. I absolutely LOVED Nora and Charlie together. The snark, the banter, the tension, yes - but also I felt like they genuinely knew and appreciated each⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) other and loved the support and encouragement they found together. Whenever I finish a romance I think “will they still be together in ten years?“ and here my answer was YES. Not a perfect book for me, I could do without casual swearing throughout, I wasn't completely behind the “message“ regarding career vs love, and I'll literally never understand city people, but this one was just tons of fun and made me laugh more than once. Not my ⬇ 3w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) favorite book ever, but if you're looking for lighthearted and snarky, pick this one up.

#RoadTripUSA2022 - North Carolina @megnews
#Pantone2022 - it really matches the spine, which I forgot to include in my picture! 😂 @Clowjick
#WickedWords & #RoaringWolf - Summer for both!! @AsYouWish @Roary47 @Littlewolf1
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Roary47 I keep hearing about this one. I might have to check it out! 😊💛 3w
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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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#BigJuneReadathon @Clwojick
@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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julieclair
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Very enjoyable trips to two new states in May - Maine and Alabama!
Hoping to visit at least 3 new states in June. 🤞

#RoadTripUSA2022 @megnews

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Untitled | Unknown
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In May, I added Massachusetts and Tennessee to my #RoadTripUSA2022 journey.

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TheAromaofBooks
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I'm so behind on reviews!!! And life, really 😂 At any rate, this one is a twofer as it includes both The Heart's Victory and Rules of the Game, two of Roberts's 80s romances. They were both... not awesome haha Heart's Victory is about a woman who was raised by her older brother, a racecar driver, so she grew up on “the circuit“ and always had a crush on her brother's friend. Now she's back on the circuit on assignment as a photographer and ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) sparks fly. This one had a little much of the “grabbing and kissing until she gives in“ routine that was so popular in the early 80s and made a really weird jump in the middle of the story where they suddenly decide to get married and now all their issues are about her settling in with his rich family?? It felt like two stories in one and was a bit confusing.

Rules of the Game the protagonist directs commercials and her new client is an⬇
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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) up & coming baseball star. This one wasn't too bad, it just didn't really go anywhere. There wasn't really any reason that the two of them couldn't be together, other than the female MC being all “I don't do commitments“, which felt underdeveloped. Both of these were fine for one-off reads, but they definitely aren't shining stars of Roberts's writing!

However, both qualify for #19822022 (1982 & 1984) @Librarybelle
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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) Heart's Victory also took me to Indiana for #RoadTripUSA2022 @megnews and checked off the Automotive prompt for #Fourfoursin22 @lauredhel

So at least they got some prompts taken care of!! 😂
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Librarybelle Awesome!!! 3w
rockpools Your first two sentences- I feel! Great job on the prompt-filling though! 3w
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Ramona the Pest | Ramona Cleary
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1. I don‘t think it registered with me that these books were set in #Oregon when I read them as a child…
2. I‘ve only really passed through the state, but the whole coastline looks like a nice place to visit.
#RoadTripUSA2022
#TravelTuesday

megnews I reread a few of the Ramona books in the last couple years and still didn‘t recall they were set in Oregon! They seem like those books that could be set in Anywhere, USA. 1mo
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Kids of Appetite | David Arnold
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Sometimes I read a book and immediately add it to my reread list - this was one that I read back in 2018 and have been meaning to reread ever since. I enjoyed it just as much this time around. It's a story that “should“ annoy me, but I found myself once again completely rooting for this mismatch group of kids. Vic's journey to find some semblance of peace with the death of his father could have been cheesy and eye-rolly, but instead is genuine ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) and thoughtful. Arnold's decision to give Vic a rare physical condition is another aspect that could have come through as gimmicky, but instead is presented so well that it made me want to look up more about it. I'm old-fashioned so I'm still not a fan of swearing in YA, and I would have liked to have understood at least a little more from Vic's mom's perspective, but I also felt like the concluding conversation between Vic and his ⬇ 2mo
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) mom set them on a believable path of reconciliation. An excellent coming-of-age novel that deals with grief so very well, this one is staying on my shelves.

TW: We know there's a murder at some point from the first chapter. While short and not intensely graphic, I did find the actual murder later in the book to be somewhat disturbing. However, it's a very short scene.

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CoffeeNBooks I have a copy of this book in my classroom library, but I've never read it- I guess I should! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @CoffeeNBooks - I think it would also be a really interesting book for a group discussion. Definitely worth a read!! 2mo
Roary47 Got to love books worth re-reading. 🥰💛 2mo
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Death on Tap | Ellie Alexander
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1. This is an entertaining mystery set in a brewpub on the eastern side of the Cascade mountains in #Washington State.
2. The Cascades are beautiful. So are the San Juan Islands, which are best seen by boat.
#ROADTRIPUSA2022
#TravelTuesday