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Joined March 2016

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A Stitch in Time | Penelope Lively
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Grabbed up my #BookSpinBingo with the tagged! It‘s one of the best depictions of what it‘s like to be an only child from a young perspective. There‘s not a big narrative drive here, but it feels like what it is: a holiday to Lyme Regis from the perspective of a curious child. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3/4. I‘ve also picked up my #Bookspin and #Doublespin. Onward!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! You're making fabulous progress!!! 7d
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The Last Hours | Minette Walters
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Bummer deal. I‘ve enjoyed mysteries by Minette Walters, but this combo of historical fic and mystery is poorly written all round. The characters are static & wooden, there‘s tons of info-dumping, and the mysteries just… aren‘t. I do love a well-written Plague novel but my #Bookspin isn‘t it. Better luck next time. ⭐️1/2

TheAromaofBooks I'm not sure why, but I'm always extra disappointed when a book with a beautiful cover doesn't work out 😂 2w
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Rolling in the Deep | Mira Grant
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Oh boy, @PuddleJumper 🎉 Can‘t wait to start these #Roll100 picks. #24 on the left, #49 on the right. Bring them on!!!!

PuddleJumper Happy reading! 3w
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The Hunting Party | Lucy Foley
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Happy New Year, all y‘all!!‘ I am calling this #BookspinBingo for December. Picked up my #Bookspin and #Doublespin along with a couple of #BookspinBingo completions. I started The Hunting Party this morning and finished it this afternoon. Foley knows how to create a suspenseful atmosphere with morally grey characters. Her endings feel a little too pat, but I enjoyed this virtual visit to Scotland for New Year‘s Eve! ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Gissy Happy New Yearn 🎉🎊🥂🍾 3w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Fabulous month!!! 3w
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Spinning | Tillie Walden
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I‘m still hard at work on my December #BookSpinBingo but wanted to post my January list before I forgot 😉 #Bookspin #Doublespin I‘ve also got my #Roll100 spots in there. Stoked to knock off a bunch of my TBR!

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 3w
PuddleJumper Whooo! 3w
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Spinning | Tillie Walden
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My #BookspinBingo list for December is UP! Super excited to learn the #Bookspin and #Doublespin numbers. Ready to get cracking on these 🎉

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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Meticulously researched, even-handed exposition of many cultures in North, South, and Central America prior to the arrival of Columbus, Pizarro, Cortes, and others. Fascinating and dense enough to require careful reading. So so worth it: an outstanding antidote to the oversimplified, incorrect BS I was taught in school. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Calling my #Bookspin for #Spooktober! I managed three bingos as well as my #Bookspin and #Doublespin. I found Schiff‘s book thorough in detail but too prone to repetition and scattered musing. Trimming unnecessary ‘what-ifs‘ and digressions would have greatly improved the book. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ I‘ll be skipping the November #Bookspin to concentrate on a handful of longer nonfiction. Let‘s hope they read a little better than The Witches!

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Great month!!! 3mo
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Ophie's Ghosts | Justina Ireland
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Jack and I LOVED this middle-grade ghost story I read for my #BookSpin Justina Ireland interwove issues of racism and violence into a cracking supernatural yarn guaranteed to enthrall all ages of readers ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

megnews #MGBuddyRead is discussing this this Saturday if you‘re interested. 3mo
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Spinning | Tillie Walden
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#bookspin #doublespin #bookspinbingo list is UP! Super excited for these spooky reads! 👻💀🎃

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 4mo
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I‘m calling my #bookspinbingo for the month, though I hope to also finish the tagged book today. A couple of bingos as well as my #Bookspin and #Doublespin, though I was hoping to knock out a few more But next: It‘s #Spooktober, my fave reading month of the year. List to follow soon! 🎃

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Great month!!! 4mo
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Tender Morsels | Margo Lanagan
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Finally got my #BookspinBingo with the tagged! It‘s a powerful retelling of Snow White and Rose Red. The writing is beautiful with fascinating world-building, but OH: Every trigger warning 😳 I respect the achievement of the book, but it was horrifying. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Recommended only for those who like their fairy tales ink-dark and full of graphic sexual violence.

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 4mo
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Finished my #Bookspin! Intriguing tale of a tween boy who kills his mom (not a spoiler, it‘s on the jacket flap). The book explores whether he was insane, acted alone or had an accomplice, and what became of him afterward. There‘s little suspense here but a fascinating peek at criminal justice for children tried as adults for serious crimes in Victorian Britain. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ #BookSpinBingo

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 4mo
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The Last Kids on Earth | Max Brallier
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Snatched up my #Doublespin with this perfect middle-grade graphic novel. (Zombie apocalypse + unstoppable kids + monster dogs + hijinks) x great art = JUST THE BEST. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
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Superstar | Mandy Davis
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Opened my issue of American Libraries to find this celeb. Congratulations, @PatriciaU 🎉🎉🎉

PatriciaU Thanks @Grrlbrarian & @TiredLibrarian! That was a total surprise to me when I was contacted about it last Spring. (edited) 4mo
Mavey Congratulations @PatriciaU !💝 4mo
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Tender Morsels | Margo Lanagan
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Breakfast is fully booked. 👌

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Bingo! | Rosemary Wells
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A good month! Fave read: Hmm, a tie between Ninefox Gambit and City of Djinn. A Deadly Education was 🙌 too #bookspin #doublespin #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Fantastic month!!! 5mo
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Spinning | Tillie Walden
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Before I forget AGAIN: My September #Bookspin #Doublespin #BookspinBingo list! 🎉🍎

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 5mo
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Afternoon of the Elves | Janet Taylor Lisle
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Got my second #BookSpinBingo with the tagged. It was PUTRID. It was essentially a horrid after-school special about a bullied poor girl with a mentally ill mom - and her witless privileged friend. Roald Dahl could tell a more interesting story filling in his tax return.

Megabooks Yikes!! 5mo
TiredLibrarian @Grrlbrarian But how did you really feel? 😅 5mo
TheAromaofBooks Oh my! Fabulous review! 😂 5mo
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Holy crow! I binge-read my #Bookspin in one day and totally disregarded my bedtime and forgot my phone was in my lap. This magical school is deadly, Galadriel is a brilliant student who just might go (be?) bad despite her best intentions… and I hope there‘s a sequel. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

BarbaraJean Ohhhh, I loved Deadly Education!! And there IS a sequel—to be released in September! 6mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! I really enjoyed this one, too. And yes, the sequel is out in September & I'm SO excited!!! 6mo
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Spinning | Tillie Walden
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Pardon my messy scribbles. #BookspinBingo list is finally up! #bookspin #doublespin

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 6mo
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Bingo! | Rosemary Wells
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Well, I got one #BookspinBingo at least. Also picked up my #Bookspin and #Doublespin. My fave graphic novel of the month: El Cazador. Bring me all the gorgeously illustrated pirate tales!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Great month!!! 6mo
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Nubia: Real One | L L McKinney
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Snagged up my #Bookspin with this excellent graphic novel. Please bring me more Nubia, LL McKinney: I‘m here for all her kickass stories!!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 7mo
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Bingo Love | Tee Franklin
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June‘s #bookspinbingo went well. You know you made a good list when you‘re bummed you didn‘t get to them all! 😉 #Bookspin #Doublespin

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Fabulous month!!! 7mo
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Spinning | Tillie Walden
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July #Bookspin #Doublespin #BookspinBingo list is up 🎉

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 7mo
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Clark and I just finished this book about the economics of the global drug trade and how to run a cartel. I was riveted and rated it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. Clark found it... a snooze 😴😂

Copwithabook Oooo sounds super interesting 7mo
Grrlbrarian @Copwithabook With your line of work, you would find this compelling for sure 🙌 7mo
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Knocked out my #DoubleSpin with the tagged! It was fascinating to read about the current way to look for new dig sites as well as how to find evidence of looting using satellite imagery, LIDAR, and other technologies. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #BookSpinBingo

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 7mo
MayJasper I saw a documentary about her and her work. Would love to know more. 7mo
rwmg Wishlisted 7mo
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Well gosh if that isn‘t my #BookSpinBingo! And yesterday I finished my #BookSpin. I loved this narrative nonfiction about rescue donkey Sherman, who found strength, healing, and equine friendship in training for the TOTALLY BANANAS Leadville Burro Race. (There were some people in the book too 😏). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Fabulous progress!! 7mo
Gissy 👏👏👏👏👏 7mo
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Spinning | Tillie Walden
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June #BookSpinBingo list is UP! Can‘t wait to learn the #BookSpin and #DoubleSpin numbers ✨✨

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 8mo
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A Taste for Monsters | Matthew J. Kirby
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Finished up my May #Bookspin with this cracking yarn. It wasn‘t a good reading month - too busy - but I managed to eke out my #Bookspin #Doublespin and a couple of #BookspinBingo lines. On to June! 🌞

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Fabulous month!! 8mo
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Finally knocked out my #DoubleSpin. I was riveted by this historical true crime account of serial killer Joseph Vacher, whose case still raises questions about psychopathy, insanity, and legal responsibility. If you like Kate Summerscale, pick up this book as well. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! 8mo
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Snapdragon | Kat Leyh
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My favorite #BookSpin so far 🙌 Witches, skeletons, good dogs, great moms, acceptance, animal ghosts, hand-raising baby opossums. AND THE ART. Perfection. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 9mo
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Rounded out my April #BookSpinBingo with the tagged. The book provides helpful background on the history of US immigration and applicable laws, as well as the underlying supremacist, nativist agendas then and now. Cohen definitely sounds the alarm that Border Patrol and immigration have too much law enforcement latitude and little oversight or correction. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

kspenmoll Fantastic!!! 9mo
TheAromaofBooks Fabulous month!!! 9mo
Gissy Amazing! 📚📚📚📚📚👏👏👏👏 9mo
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Spinning | Tillie Walden
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It took me days to decide on my #BookSpinBingo list for next month. But here ‘tis! #BookSpin #DoubleSpin

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! 9mo
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Virtual trip to NOLA and breakfast for supper? Yes please! 😍😋

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The Last Unicorn | Peter S. Beagle
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Got my #BookSpinBingo with the tagged! This tale knows itself, showing consciousness of fantasy tropes while telling a fresh (and poignant) story. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

TheAromaofBooks Yay bingo!!! 9mo
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Picked up my #DoubleSpin with the tagged!

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 9mo
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17 books read and three #BookSpinBingo rows achieved. Knocked out my #BookSpin and #DoubleSpin too. Not bad!

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Fabulous month!! 10mo
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Spinning | Tillie Walden
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Incoming #BookSpinBingo! Per usual, I can hardly eait to start my new list 😍 #BookSpin #DoubleSpin #BookSpinBingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 10mo
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Second #BookSpinBingo with the tagged. I loved this history of the development of European Egyptology, complete from Champollion through Howard Carter. Nota bene: If you enjoy the Amelia Peabody mysteries, you‘ll find the ‘real folks‘ behind them here. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! I may have to check this one out as I was a huge fan of the Peabody series - right after I read those, I read a different book about Egyptian archeology & honestly kept half-expecting the eminent Emersons to pop up 😂 10mo
Grrlbrarian Right @TheAromaofBooks ? I internalized many of their thoughts about other Egyptologists too, especially the French ones 😂😂😂 10mo
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That‘s a #BookSpinBingo with the tagged! The latest by Emma Donoghue is a cracking tale of the 1918 flu pandemic in the maternity ward of a Dublin hospital. It reads like a thriller as Nurse Power (!) fights to save lives big and small. Compulsively readable ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! 10mo
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Caliban's War | James S.A. Corey
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Just finished my #BookSpin! And WOW SO GOOD 🙌 This is book 2 in The Expanse series, and it‘s every bit the ripping yarn that Leviathan Wakes was. Tip: Read them in order for maximum comprehension & enjoyment. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 10mo
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Spinning | Tillie Walden
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Ready for my March #BookSpin, #DoubleSpin, and #BookSpinBingo 🍀

Singout My grade 13 independent study was a comparison of the Narnia books and the Susan Cooper books! If you don‘t know, they get better after “Over Sea Under Stone.” 11mo
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Winter Counts: A Novel | David Heska Wanbli Weiden
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I came close to filling my whole #BookSpinBingo card this time 💪 The last book: Winter Counts. The dialogue can be a touch clumsy, and sometimes an agenda rather than mystery seems to drive the plot in a fairly obvious way. But lots of action and interesting detail of life on the Rosebud Rez nonetheless. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Fabulous month!!! 11mo
Soubhiville Wow that‘s impressive! 11mo
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Ghost Boys | Jewell Parker Rhodes
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Fifth #BookSpinBingo with the tagged. This might be my last #Bookspin this month 🤔 This realistic fiction centers on the narrative of a middle school black boy murdered by a policeman. The victim tells his story both before and after death, bearing witness to the senseless loss of himself and other ‘ghost boys.‘ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

TheAromaofBooks Fabulous progress this month!!! 11mo
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Snagged my third #BookSpinBingo with the tagged. I‘m not sure WHAT to think of this book. It‘s a middle-aged actress unraveling. It‘s nihilism and maybe, yearning toward a memory that‘s not even real. Guess that‘s middle age for everyone - steeping in regret. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

TheAromaofBooks Fabulous progress!!! 11mo
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Space Between Worlds | Micaiah Johnson
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Just got my first #BookSpinBingo with the tagged. This grim yet hopeful tale delivers a version of alternate realities unlike any other I‘ve read. The character development crossing worlds fascinates, while the plot takes love, danger, and revenge in new directions. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

TheAromaofBooks Yay bingo!!! 11mo
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Pulp | Ed Brubaker
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Knocked out my #BookSpin this morning and my #DoubleSpin tonight with the tagged. This story evokes the ugly truth beneath the old West legends, but sometimes even immoral people stand up for justice. The art suits the story‘s two timelines PERFECTLY. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 12mo
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Ancestral Night | Elizabeth Bear
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Just got a fourth #BookSpinBingo with the tagged. It‘s a compelling hard SF, though the length feels excessive in places. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Looking forward to my stack of February reads!

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! What a great month!!! 12mo
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Spinning | Tillie Walden
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My February #BookSpin #DoubleSpin #Bookspinbingo list. Making these lists gets me downright excited for next month‘s reading! ❤️

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 12mo
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