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Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick

Joined September 2016

I enjoy reading a bit of everything. 2021 begins my Read the World adventure. Overextended on challenges but will likely join more.😉
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Learning about Afghanistan and I come across this picture. The book says this is Abdur Rahman but all I see is DJ Khaled. 🤣🤣🤣

#ICantUnseeIt
#foodandlit @butterfinger @Texreader @Catsandbooks

bthegood 😂 😂 2d
Sapphire That is too funny 2d
Texreader I had to look that name up but yep! 2d
TheBookHippie 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 1d
Catsandbooks Accurate! 😂 1d
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Bingo's Run: A Novel | James A. Levine
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Another month without a bingo. Only eight books read last month and none reviewed yet, but I'm happpy with what I finished considering it was a busy month.
April #bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Great month!! 2w
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Lost Among the Living | Simone St. James
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I've got about 90 minutes of waiting in the car for my guy to finish up at a doctor's appointment. It's quiet and cool enough that I can read while the birds sing me a song.
Let's do this! #sundaybuddyread

AmyG Enjoy! 2w
Sargar114 Your pic reminded me of one I forgot to post earlier this week. I too was reading it in my car 😂 2w
Nute I actually love reading in my car!😆 5d
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Bingo Love | Tee Franklin
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Excited to see how many boxes I can complete this month!
#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

ozma.of.oz Love the look of your board! 💙 3w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Looks great!! That font is super fun!! 2w
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On Saturday I treated myself to some new audiobooks from Libro.fm to support my local indie shop. Tagged is the bottom right one that's hardest to read. See anything you liked?

EvieBee Nice! I‘ve been wanting to read Celestial Bodies. 3w
Nute Wonderful. I did a lot of follow up history searches after reading In the Time of the Butterflies. 5d
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Spinning | Tillie Walden
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Finally! My May BookSpin List. I turned off my notifications so I wouldn't be tempted to cheat. Now, let's see what I may or may not actually read this month! 🤣

#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3w
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DDPYoga Program Guide | Diamond Dallas Page
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After about 5 weeks of slacking off, I need to get back into the swing of things. My muscles & joints feel a bit tight already from all my inactivity. I found a few 30-Day challenges to target arms, abs, thighs, and booty so I'll see how far I get with that. I'm realistic that I may skip a day here & there as I get used to the moves so if I can get 20 days completed I'll be happy.
#BFC2022 @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 for getting back into the groove. It‘s always hard to restart after a break – I‘m facing the same challenge! Where did you find the 30-day challenges? I need some too. 3w
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick @wanderinglynn I found them on Blogilates.com and she has a lot of different toolstvideos for free. I am starting with the challenges but then might try other workouts. Good luck getting back into it. 3w
wanderinglynn Thanks! I‘ll check into that. 😀 3w
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The House with Chicken Legs | Sophie Anderson
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Thank you @Bookgoil @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Professional_Book_Dragon for this surprise happy in my mailbox this week. It came at the right time! We just buried my guy's abuela at 101 years young that same day.
#LitsyLove

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks You‘re welcome!! I‘m sorry for your loss 💔 3w
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The Thief of Time | John Boyne
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Starting this today with the little reading time I have this weekend.

Shortly after we got Watson, he must've felt that books took attention away from him (or he was just an inquisitive little puppy). He went to the bottom shelf of a bookcase, pulled this book from its shelves, and tore the back cover into little pieces. He wasn't a chewer, just a ripper. It was a fun afternoon putting this puzzle together.

#dogsoflitsy #authoramonth

Soubhiville That‘s some dedication, putting it all back together! 4w
EvieBee My Boston Terrier, Henry, used to do the same thing! Just the books, the things I hearted as much as him lol! I miss that guy. 4w
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I've extended my #FoodAndLit stay in Greece a little longer to finish this rom-com while eating Spanakopita. A late dinner but when in Greece...🤣
Sure, it's from Trader Joe's but I've been garbage about the food portion so it totally counts.
#LetsJustPretendItsMarch44th
@Butterfinger @Texreader @Catsandbooks

Catsandbooks Yum!! 1mo
Texreader Heck yes it counts! Whoohoo! I stayed in Greece a little longer too because of the food 1mo
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RECAP: the human benefit | Savita Bailur
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@wanderinglynn March started off great but fizzled. My work trip threw off my mojo & zapped my energy. I didn't workout, per se, but I was on the go so much more.
Only 11 workouts, no new lunch recipe, but I did read 13.5 books.
I am also having phone issues so I can't access my usual yoga app. I am looking to figure out goals for the second half of the month this week. Maybe I need to get a new phone or a tablet.
#BFC2002

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 Travel has thrown me off too, so I get it. Keep making great progress! 1mo
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The Enchanted April | Elizabeth Von Arnim
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Starting a week late but hopefully I can play catch up on our #sundaybuddyread by Monday.

Today we celebrate abuela's 101st birthday! I have some data entry to do later. Tomorrow I'm being brave and taking my niece out to practice driving.
But first?! Coffee and a book.

AmyG Wow 101! Have a wonderful celebration. And I thought this book read quickly so you should have no problem catching up. 1mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick @AmyG The first chapter was slow going but the next 4 were fairly quick. One more for week 1 but I paused to celebrate. I'm not certain she knew what was happening half the time, but she downed a few ounces of merlot and was looking for more. My "MIL" threw out the corks so I took one for the team & drank half a bottle of sauvignon blanc from the bottle. It's a good day. ? 1mo
AmyG Ha! Always good to be a team player! 🤣 (edited) 1mo
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TheBookHippie WOWIE 101! So wonderful! I love your input as always! AND next month quite frankly we need you for Simone! HA. 1mo
Smrloomis Wow 101! 🥳 And also yes, you‘re brave 😳😂 Hope it went well! 1mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick @TheBookHippie Never fear! I skipped The Broken Girls for some reason, but I'm on board for all the Simone! I pulled my book out and placed it nearby so I have no excuse to get started in a couple weeks. I will come with bells on and wild theories! 1mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick @Smrloomis My niece has been out with the school instructor and my brother a few times. I thought I'd get her to just park a lot and make a bunch of k-turns so she feels confident. She is...not good. I think she'll either be failing or rescheduling her test. 1mo
TheBookHippie @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick 🎉🎉🎉🎉🤣🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉 1mo
Smrloomis @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I have a lot of sympathy for her. I hated learning to drive and frankly am still not good! 🤦🏻‍♀️ Hope she‘s able to her some good practice in while still being safe 🤞🏽 1mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick @AmyG @TheBookHippie @SmrLoomis It's good we celebrated abuela's 101st birthday with the close family. She was put on hospice Monday and passed away yesterday. My guy and his family are of course sad, but after a century of life, it wasn't a surprise so they're all doing OK. 1mo
TheBookHippie @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Awe. What a wonderful life. May her memory be such a blessing and live on in all of you. 1mo
Smrloomis @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick glad you all got to celebrate before she went 🥳💗 1mo
AmyG I am so sorry. But, yes, what a long, full life she must have led. How special you all got to celebrate with her. 1mo
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Mister Mchottie | Pippa Grant
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This was a fun enemies-to-lovers/second chance romance. Told in alternating POVs, this spicy tale tells us about Ambrosia & Chase then and now. Then: a semi-public sex scandal. Now: a lingering penchant for semi-public sex. Chase used to be BFFs with Ambrosia‘s brothers, so he calls her “Bro”. In her current life, she prefers “Sia”, leaving Ambrosia behind. My biggest gripe is that any way you cut it, the heroine‘s name feels cheesy. ⬇️

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I appreciated that the reason they‘re enemies was a result of a legitimate shitty encounter and not just someone taking the other‘s parking space or some dumb contrived reason to hate one another. Chase id now a billionaire & bought the company Sia works for, thrusting them back into each other's lives. There‘s some witty banter between the two, some of it kind of weird, but it was a fun way to spend a few hours.

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I'm not generally a poetry fan, unless it's Poe. At a used book sale a few years ago, this psychedelic cover won me over. Since many of you are participating in #nationalpoetrymonth I figured it's a good time to pull it out of the closet and give it a go. With about 120 poems, I can read a few a day and finish in a month or so.

Fingers crossed I find a few to enjoy. 🤞

SRWCF That is a pretty neat cover! 2mo
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Bingo's Run | James A. Levine
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Bingo Board Design Day is my favorite day of the month! I've got a little #foodandlit #Cuba (my guy is 1st-gen Cuban American so I can't phone it in here!), a bit of YA April, a couple #AAM I've owned far too long, and lots of challenge prompts to check off. Let's do this!

@TheAromaofBooks

MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Love your board! 😍 2mo
LeslieO Such a pretty board. I wish I could be more creative with mine. 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! This looks gorgeous!! 2mo
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Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick @LeslieO Thank you! I use free website Canva to make them. I find it's easier to use on a computer, but can be done on a smartphone, too. Not every picture or font is free, but there are so many to choose from and you can always upload a pic to use. If you want to play around with it, search for a bingo template. 2mo
LeslieO @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Thanks! I‘ve tried Canva but I find it clunky on my iPad. Maybe I‘ll try on a computer. 2mo
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#Booked2022 Quarter 1 Recap: Five books

❄ 4 The Shadow of the Wind #WeatherTermInTitle

❄ 6 The Mercies #NonPatriarchalSocietyOrEcoFeministNovel

🌸 7 Cleopatra: A Life #AboutARealOrFictionalRoyal

🌸 12 Death on the Nile #AMurderMystery

🍁 22 The Song of Achilles #MythologyRetellingOrSetInAnAncientCivilization

@Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

BarbaraTheBibliophage Loved 4 - 6 - 22! Great job! 👍🏻 (edited) 2mo
Cinfhen Well played 🙌🏻Thanks for sharing 2mo
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Another fun murder mystery from the Grand Dame Agatha Christie. I wasn't certain who-dun-it, but I had my suspicions and I was correct. If I learned anything from trying The Mysterious Affair at Styles on audio, it is that I need to actually read these books to help keep the people straight. Sure, I needed a cheat sheet early on to help me remember who each person was in relation to the others, but it all came together for me ⬇️

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick about 1/3 of the way into it. Hercule Poirot is smart with a bit of jaded sass that I find quite enjoyable. I can't say this gave me a good sense of place within Egypt since we're on a boat and all, but it was an interesting journey down the Nile.

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Cinfhen You‘re doing such an AWESOME job with the #Pantone22 matches 🙌🏻 2mo
Cinfhen And all your other challenges too 🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! I can't imagine listening to Christie (or any mystery, really!) on audio! I would get lost sooo fast! 2mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick @Cinfhen Thanks! Not gonna lie...I may have swatches saved on my phone and open my art app to make collages and check for matches. 😁 2mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick @TheAromaofBooks Christie on audio wasn't one of my finest ideas, but we live and we learn! 🤣 2mo
Clwojick Great match! 2mo
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The Mercies | Kiran Millwood Hargrave
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I liked this, but didn't love it. While it was atmospheric and the remote setting was like its own character, ultimately I wanted a little more than what we got. When the village's men are taken by the sea, the women must step up to ensure their people can carry on living. Add to it men who just can't imagine women will do just fine on their own and considering those with different customs as witches, well...it all makes me a little stabby. ⬇️

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick As you would expect from a society without many men of a marriageable age, there is a little bit of sapphic love here.

What I learned: That Salem, MA wasn't the only place where witches were hunted. I don't know why I assumed it was just a puritanical USA-thing.

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Cinfhen Well played and excellent review 2mo
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Cinfhen And awesome color match!!! 2mo
Librarybelle So many prompts completed for this one! I‘m glad this gave you the nudge to read it! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 2mo
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Spinning | Lou Aronica
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Here we go with my ideal TBR for April but I'll be lucky if I get to half of these. For the books that didn't make the cut, there's always Free Spaces and May (and June and...). 🤣

I'm getting some strong spring/The Enchanted April vibes with this graphic. Now if Mother Nature would just act like it's spring here in NJ, I'd be a lot happier.
#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
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The Shadow of the Wind | Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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2022 is the year I will read the entire Cemetary of Forgotten Books series. I remembered some details but not all, so I gave this one a listen to refresh my memory on the more secondary characters.

Still just as good, perhaps better the second time around.
March #bookspinbingo Free Space @TheAromaofBooks #SeriesRead2022 @TheSpineView #booked2022 Winter 4 #WeatherTermInTitle @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

TheSpineView Awesome! 2mo
Cinfhen I‘ve heard this series gets even better with each book! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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Well, even reading 13.5 books doesn't get me a bingo nor my bookspin or doublespin completed this month! 🤣 Oh well, maybe in April.

@TheAromaofBooks #bookspinbingo

Gissy So pretty that bingo board!😍 💚 🍀 🇮🇪 🌈 2mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick @Gissy Thanks! I love putting it together each month. 2mo
WJCintron 👏You did a great job!! 👏 2mo
Bookzombie Great month! I didn‘t get a bingo either. 🙂 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Fabulous month. It's amazing how elusive those bingos can be!! 2mo
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Zorba the Greek | Nikos Kazantzakis, Carl Wildman
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I only made it 43% through this before bailing. The reader's voice was scratchy & weathered, which may suit the unnamed narrator, but wasn't exactly great to listen to at length. Add to it nothing much happens and I didn't find Zorba's constant philosophizing entertaining, just annoying. You can be a womanizer, but you have to be interesting, too, Zorba. Sheesh.
#foodandlit @butterfinger @texreader @catsandbooks

Texreader Ha! Great review! Sounds like things I couldn‘t have tolerated for very long either. 2mo
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Ramn and Julieta | Alana Quintana Albertson
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"When fate and tacos bring Ramón and Julieta together on the Day of the Dead..."

Honestly, all I needed to know about this contemporary romance was tacos & Day of the Dead. While in San Antonio, I found myself at the old Pearl Brewery site and The Twig Book Shop. Book, black cherry scented sugar skull pen, and bookmark are from there. The necklace (India) & honeybalm (Zambia) are from Ten Thousand Villages, a non-profit fair trade shop. ⬇️

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick They are an organization that markets handcrafted products made by disadvantaged artisans from more than 120 artisan groups in more than 35 countries. They are online if you aren't near a store and are interested in checking out some products while supporting some of the #foodandlit countries we have/will read about. www.tenthousandvillages.com 2mo
slategreyskies I love Ten Thousand Villages! :) 2mo
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I'm traveling for work this week (hello San Antonio!) and it's super easy to skip my workouts BUT I won't. I may need to adapt since I'm not lugging a yoga mat around, but I won't be deterred. I want to be healthier and that won't happened if I lay in bed all night. Don't get me wrong, I'm totally finishing Well Matched all in one day thanks to the plane ride, but first...movement.

You can do it, too! Whatever it is, keep going.

BookNAround I needed to see that right now! 2mo
Gissy Yes! You can do it!💪 It is so important to do some exercises. 2mo
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wanderinglynn Love it! You got this! 🙌🏻 2mo
Soubhiville If you can while you‘re there, check out Nowhere Bookshop! 2mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick @Gissy @wanderinglynn Thank you! I did it! @Soubhiville Thanks! I knew there was one around here. I may be coming down every couple months so if not on this trip, next time for sure. 2mo
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This was available as a Bonus Borrow on Hoopla last month so before they disappeared, I snatched this up. At only 2h41m, I was interested to see what sort of advice this beauty maven had to bestow on the world, and I was pleasantly surprised. Leslie Blodgett is the creator of makeup brand bareMinerals, which apparently got started on home shopping channels and used the early internet to interact with customers to share makeup knowledge and ⬇️

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick get feedback from customers. Read by the author, this was a light little read and Blodgett seems like a rather light-hearted person, much more interested in building personal relationships and helping others to feel good about themselves and their style than about telling you to stop wearing this or that and to only eat kale and drink water.
Leslie wants you to Take on a 9-year old Mentor, try her Look Fab in Leggings Breakfast, Find Yourself ⬇️
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Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick a Pen Pal (it‘s all about making the time, finding cool stamps, and sharing yourself with others), How to Receive a Compliment, 3 Easy Ways to Look Older Than You Are, and Be Like Sophia Loren. This isn‘t going to change your life, but if you do listen or read this, perhaps you‘ll take away a few nuggets of advice, apply them to your life, and make the world a little bit better. 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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Luck of the Titanic | Stacey Lee
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Cozied up on the couch with this month's #sundaybuddyread and coffee. Hope to finish this week's section this morning since we have a game night with my brother & his family later.

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Holy crap! A review in the same week I finished the book?! 😲
When elderly Bernandette Locke dies, Vicky goes from being a dog-walker with an Etsy store to having the ownership shares in a billion dollar company when Smuckers is left to her care in Bernadette‘s will. Sure, it‘s the adorable maltese who technically owns the shares, but Bernadette also insisted that Vicky was a Dog Whisperer, and thus she becomes the mouthpiece for Smuckers ⬇️

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick in the business world. Bernadette‘s estranged son Henry and the other employees at Locke Worldwide are convinced Bernadette was out of her mind and that Vicky is nothing more than a scheming grifter, out to take over the company.
This was a fun rom-com bringing both the laughs and the heat. Besides, just picturing an adorable maltese running the show and hearing the name Smuckers would make me giggle. This enemies-to-lovers romance had ⬇️

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Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick good pacing and a rather believable set of circumstances, besides Smuckers as the CEO. Told from dual POVs (Vicky & Henry, no deep thoughts of Smuckers here, sadly) both narrators were good. There was one point post-sexy time where there was a little misunderstanding/mishap that literally made me crack up when I realized what happened.
March #BookSpinBingo @TheAromaOfBooks #52Books #AWealthyCharacter

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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! This one sounds fun. Sad that you don't get Smuckers's POV though 😂 3mo
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Just thought I'd share this with you all. I am a visual planner and while this may look like complete & utter chaos to some, it makes perfect sense to me! I have been taking a little time after work this week to review my year's reading so far & see where they fit into challenges. Each challenge has a color & the sticky notes let me reassign a book to a different prompt if necessary. Now if I could just figure out what to say about the books...

GondorGirl This is such a neat insight into your brain! I use a bullet journal and two notebooks to plan/track all my reading stuff. I'm sure we all have our weird ways of organizing. 3mo
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Bingo Love | Tee Franklin
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March's bingo board is designed and ready to go. I've already finished one of these books! Yay!
Bookspin: One Summer in Santorini for #foodandlit and #mounttbr Kindle Edition
Doublespin: Split-Second Courage, a book for which I attended the release party last month with my niece.

#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

julieclair Love your bingo board! ☘️ 3mo
Tera66 Another adorable board!😍 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick @julieclair @Tera66 Thank you! I swear that designing my bingo board is the one creative thing I make sure to do each month because it's so much fun for me. 3mo
julieclair @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Isn't amazing how such a relatively small thing can bring so much enjoyment? 3mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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I've settled on these books for March. Thank goodness for the wiggle room of the Free spaces!
#bookspin #bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

Clwojick Ring Shout! 💥💥💥 3mo
Texreader Whew! I‘m happy if I make it through 3 or 4 a month!! 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick @Texreader I've been getting to 8 the last couple months but with some travel this month, I'm going for 12. 3mo
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Bingo's Run: A Novel | James A. Levine
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February was a good reading month but I didn't read with a bingo in mind.
#bookspinbingo without a bingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Fabulous month!!! 3mo
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In March, I hope to increase the amount of time I workout, either by adding a fourth day each week or combining yoga programs with targeted workouts. I am leaving the types vague so I can adapt during work travel.

12 books as I have a few short ones on my TBR to tackle & 8 hours on airplanes.

I've increased my dinner repertoire so now it's time for lunch. I can't keep eating salads or soups at work.

#BFC2022 @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Great goals! 🙌🏻🍀 (and soup or salad is pretty much what I have for lunch every day during the week 😆) 3mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick @wanderinglynn It's so easy so unless I have leftovers or treat myself to something, it's what's for lunch. I think I deserve a little more variety. 😂 3mo
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#foodandlit friends, time got away from me & I missed a few months. I'll prepare the missed 2021 countries if you're interested. Here's Egypt:

Egypt is the second most populous country in Africa; home to 82 million people, who call it Omm Eddunia, Mother of the World.🇪🇬 Since most Egyptians live along the Nile River, and half of them in urban areas, Egypt has one of the highest population densities in the world. 🇪🇬 Egypt frequently changed ⬇️

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick roles from being a dominant empire to an exploited dependency throughout its history. 🇪🇬 Good personal relations are at the core of the Egyptian value system. People are more important than time or money. 🇪🇬 The Nile River supplies water to the entire country. 🇪🇬 The Library of Alexandria was the world's first state-funded scientific institution. 🇪🇬 The Hellenistic Period, which coincides with the ruling of the Ptolemaic dynasty, saw ⬇️ 3mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick many Greek immigrants arrive in Northern Egypt, combining with the wealthy Egyptian class. This allowed the Greek-speaking elite to dominate cultural life in the northern cities. 🇪🇬 In 1258, Baghdad was destroyed by the Mamluks, leaving Cairo as the First City of Islam, and in the fourteenth century Cairo was the largest city in the world.🇪🇬 From1805-1852, Egypt's absolute ruler was Muhammad Ali, who was certainly not a boxer. 🇪🇬 ⬇️ 3mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Isma'il Pasha, one of Ali's successors, had such terrible financial management skills, Egypt was forced to sell its shares in the Suez Canal to Britain for a very low price only six years after its opening in 1869. Despite these measures, Egypt was still declared bankrupt. 🇪🇬 Mohamed Naguib, elected the first President of Egypt in 1953, was the first ethnic Egyptian to rule since pharaonic times. At a mere 17 months, his rule was ⬇️ 3mo
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Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick short-lived due to his unwillingness to make sweeping political changes the Free Officers wanted.🇪🇬 In 1854 Egypt built Africa's first railway line. 🇪🇬 Egypt's first-ever presidential election took place in 2005. Then President Hosni Mubarak won his (re-)election resoundingly, though would later be ousted for his corrupted regime. 🇪🇬 Egypt is the second-largest recipient of aid from the USA. 🇪🇬 A large percentage of the country's labor ⬇️ 3mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick force is employed in farming. Egypt is the world's largest exporter of cotton. ??Egyptian Arabs value dignity & don't like to be put on the spot or embarrassed. Someone may guess at directions when asked instead of just saying "I don't know".?? It is more polite to Egyptians to say "I will try to come" than say "no" or "I can't come". Yikes! Imagine trying to plan a party there?! ?? The group is more significant than the individual here.⬇️ 3mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick As a result, there are no single-portion meals in supermarkets and studio apartments are rare. 🇪🇬 Egyptians realize that their attitude to times, dates, and appointments is vagie. They laugh about it and call it the IBM syndrome: Insha'allah (God willing), Bukra (tomorrow), Ma'lesh (never mind!). 🇪🇬Egyptians are friendly, cheerful, hospitable, and renowned for their sense of humor. They are also resilient, often taking multiple jobs to ⬇️ 3mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick make ends meet. ?? The word "fellah" means peasant and is thus derogatory in Egypt. ?? People from all segments of society are generally superstitious. They believe that if someone is envious of you they can cause your good luck to disappear by casting the evil eye on you. For this reason, Egyptinas can be quit discreet about good things. ?? Handshakes between men need to be strong and firm, as limp handshakes are considered insincere. ⬇️ 3mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick 🇪🇬 Public displays of affection are unacceptable, even between husband and wife. (Well, that's disappointing. Nothing like a spontaneous round of grab asses to keep up morale on on your vacation!) 🇪🇬 It is rude to see an acquaintance and not greet them, even they seem busy or engaged in conversation with someone else. A distant wave is considered rude. each year 700,000 new graduates compete for 200,000 jobs, leading many young adults ⬇️ 3mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick to look for work opportunities abroad. 🇪🇬 Military service is compulsory for males between 18 and 35 who are physically and mentally fit. An only son is exempt. Those with university education must serve one year, while those without must serve three years. 🇪🇬 Women keep their family name after marriage. 🇪🇬 Sending flowers for a funeral is a faux pas as it would suggest that the funeral is a happy occasion. 🇪🇬 All movies must pass ⬇️ 3mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Egypt's censor: scenes involving sex, extreme violence, or anything considered blasphemous will be cut out.🇪🇬 Many Egyptians have a conflicted relationship with belly dancing. On one hand they consider it a national art & hire performers for weddings but they are also considered loose and their world sleezy.🇪🇬 Bread is eaten with every meal. 🇪🇬 Driving and even walking on busy streets sounds like a nightmare! Focus on what's ahead of you, 3mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick ignore traffic signals, and hope for the best!🇪🇬 Cairo's underground train, The Metro, is clean and effieicient. While women are welcome on all train cars, they reserve the first car for women only. 🇪🇬 There are Tourist Police tasked with protecting tourists' safety. They may stop you and ask questions but it is standard procedure. 🇪🇬 Avoid swimming in the Nile. It is a habitat for parasite, notably one that causes Bilharziasis. The End.
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Texreader I love this so yes please continue when/if you have time 3mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick @Texreader I missed the entire second half of 2021 minus Guatemala. 😬 I think I took pictures of every page I highlighted if I didn't already type it up. I'll see what I can put together over the next few weeks. 3mo
Catsandbooks I appreciate any time you do this ❤️ 3mo
Texreader @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick oh heavens I thought you meant this year! Only do what you feel like doing. And thanks so much. I do love these 3mo
bthegood thank you - I love reading these - 🙂 3mo
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The Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller
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I think I read The Iliad in high school, or at least pretended to read it & discussed it in class, but you know what I certainly remember? Brad Pitt in a leather mini-skirt so the movie Troy was playing in my head alongside this audiobook. I can see why Patroclus is in love with Achilles, and thus why we get his account of Achilles, but Patroclus felt a bit one-dimensional to me. This was enjoyable & a nice reminder of the bones of the myth ⬇️

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick surrounding Achilles. Hell, I had to remind myself that he wasn‘t a real man from history. On audio, a few of the people got a little muddled up to me, but overall this was well narrated, interesting, and definitely a love song to Achilles. 3mo
Cinfhen Great review!!! I need to check out the Brad Pitt film 🥰 3mo
Cinfhen I LOVED this book!!! My favorite from all the re-telling I‘ve read 😊 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
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I‘m going to be honest…I am already rather stingy with the f*cks I give, but when two friends recommend a book, you read it. There were a few good points in here, but nothing that I haven‘t heard before in some form. You are not special. Give a f*ck about things that are truly worthy of your time. I work in a hotel and while I am not nearly delusional enough to think that the rooms and staff are perfect, I can tell when someone stays up ⬇️

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick half the night trying to think of something to complain about. Why? Because they have nothing better to give a f*ck about. This isn‘t perfect. Some of the author‘s hot takes might be a little sexist and he references his f*ckboy past often, but I find f*ckboys somewhat amusing, if ridiculous. I think I‘ll refer to this as I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell for it‘s now, hopefully, more mature audience.
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3mo
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Cleopatra: A Life | Stacy Schiff, Schiff
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Everything we know about Cleopatra is as it relates to the men in her life. Schiff has done a good job of going through the surviving documents to put together a portrait of a woman that is more than just a sexual temptress. We learn how this Macedonian woman came to rule such a wealthy kingdom and that Egypt was very strong under her rule, but we never truly understand the true motivations behind her actions. If the time period is ⬇️

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick interesting to you, this is a great resource and you‘ll likely learn something, however, you won‘t learn what made Cleopatra tick or deep, dark secrets about her. I also found that this painted a good picture of ancient Egypt and what life might have been like for the Egyptians of the time. 3mo
Cinfhen Definitely seems like an interesting read. Cleopatra is a fascinating woman. 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
TheBookHippie I loved this book! We read it awhile ago with the Shakespeare peeps. 3mo
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DDPYoga Program Guide | Diamond Dallas Page
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❌I did a little better in February. I didn't do 12 yoga sessions due to transferring a property to another DOS and a strained muscle, but 7 were completed plus a few other days to try routines to focus on legs/abs & arms.
✔9 books finished YAY!
✔2 new recipes (Eggplant Parm and Chicken & Spinach lemon Skillet with penne) & we made a few minor tweaks to a newish recipe by adding garlic ro the tortellini dish. All yummy.
#BFC2022 @wanderinglynn

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I'll need a day or so to contemplate March's goals as I'll be traveling for work. 3mo
Gissy 😋 3mo
wanderinglynn Great month! 7 sessions is fantastic! Keep up the great progress! 🙌🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
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I suppose I should start reviewing January's books!

This was a fun way to learn about 30 rebel ladies through history, including Hedy Lamarr and the recently deceased Betty Davis. After each profile there is a double page spread of related artwork and they might have been the best part. This would be a cool gift for the young ladies in your life, just make sure they are mature enough for the adult situations a few of these women endured.

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Thanks for the tag @hannah-leeloo

1. According to my list here, it's the tagged.

2. Nope, not yet.

3. 🎧 I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
📖 The Mercies

If it's still Wednesday, you like Wednesdays, or even just survived a Wednesday and would like to play... go for it!
#wondrouswednesday @eggs

Eggs I‘ve heard about this book - chilling Austin TX history 😳 4mo
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Bingo Love | Tee Franklin
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Today was a very hectic workday but I took a 30 minute mental health break to make my board. I don't even care if I get any bingos, I just want to make the boards. 🤣

TheBookHippie ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️ 4mo
eeclayton I agree, I enjoy making my bingo board even when I know I have zero chance of a bingo 😂 4mo
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Spinning | Lou Aronica
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My February #Bookspin List. Will this be the first month in a while I get a bingo? Probably not, but I'm excited to see where the numbers land and make my board. Here's to Argentina, Black History Month, and romance. 🥂

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Bingo's Run: A Novel | James A. Levine
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I still need to review my books but here's where I finished January. I read my #bookspin and #doublespin books and with less sleep or an extra couple days, I would've had a bingo. Maybe next month.
@TheAromaofBooks

Like the stores, I'm bringing the Valentine's Day vibe to you before February. 🤣

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Fantastic month!!! 4mo
Tera66 Another beautiful Bingo card!! 4mo
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DDPYoga Program Guide | Diamond Dallas Page
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January threw me a few curveballs: mild Covid that zapped my energy & focus more than anything else; that cancelled a work trip so I had to remotely train a returning coworker, & my guy's car was in the shop so my days got longer as I played chauffeur & ran all the errands. I only did 8 yoga workouts, but took extra dog walks. No brand new recipes but I did eat more salads & veggies. With 40 pages left of book 8, I'm calling that a goal achieved.

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick @wanderinglynn #BFC2022 I'm keeping the same goals for February in hopes that things get back to my normal schedule. 4mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻💜 Keep up the great progress and I hope February is a little less exciting for you 😉 4mo
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A little #litsyhumor for your weekend!

Ruthiella 😂😂😂 4mo
Tera66 😆 4mo
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The Complete Stories | Clarice Lispector
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It's time for #two4tuesday on Wednesday! @TheSpineView
Thanks for the tag @Blackink_WhitePaper

1. The tagged for Brazil's #foodandlit month. Luckily it was a collection of stories so it felt less daunting. About 650 pages.

2. I absolutely put them off. The "longest book on my TBR" was one of two prompts I didn't finish last year. I like the joy of reading 3 books/stories more than one long one. Anything over 550 feels especially daunting.

TheSpineView Wednesday is a good day also! Thanks for playing! 4mo
Blackink_WhitePaper Even I doubt myself to pick a book above 550 pages 🤓😬 thanks for playing 💐🥰 4mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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On this #wondrouswednesdayI was tagged by our fabulous host @Eggs

1. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

2. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou. I'll finally read it next month to find out why (and promptly disagree with the haters)

3. Murder Mystery (Death on the Nile) and Literary Fiction (The Song of Achilles)

 @RamsFan1963 @AnneCecilie @Cupcake12 Want to play?

ravenlee I read Angelou‘s memoir for the first time last year. It wasn‘t at all what I expected (though I don‘t know what I did expect). It was so much better! 4mo
Eggs Some great books here!! And you are fabulous too🤗 4mo
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Thanks for the tag @EadieB

1. Sometimes, but my phone is perpetually full of photos & memes so I am more likely to stream audiobooks.

2. My Amazon Fire Tablet. It's cheap, colorized, and about the size of a physical book page.

@BooksNBowls @MatchlessMarie @MilesnMelodies Want to play?

EadieB You're welcome! Thanks for playing! 4mo
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Thanks for the tag @RaeLovesToRead & @Bklover

📚 Book goals: 96 books, read more from my stacks, and complete #booked2022 #pop22 and #52books as well as participating in other challenges
Personally to drop about 20 pounds and get healthier/more fit.

⏳Hopeful

📖 I like it. Two friends recommended it but must not have realized that I am already pretty good at not giving a 🤫.

#thoughtfulthursday @moonwitch94

RaeLovesToRead Yay for #pop22 😊 4mo
Smrloomis 😂 I really like that you have that skill covered! 4mo
sprainedbrain Not giving a f*%£ is an important skill! ? 4mo
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Snowed In | Rachel Hawthorne
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Thanks for the tag @Eggs & @MoonWitch94

1. Tagged, a cute YA romance

2. Improve my fitness level & lose about 20 pounds.

3. Throat lozenges and my guy who went out at midnight to get them. The lingering cough/scratchy throat is just annoying at this point.

Care to play? @sprainedbrain @gissy @peacegypsy

Eggs Great goal👏🏻👏🏻 4mo
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2021 was my best reading year by far. I more than doubled my goal of reading 60 books and I didn't even include a few children's books or short stories in the final tally.

Thank you hosts! @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen @Butterfinger @Texreader @Catsandbooks @Soubhiville @TheBookHippie @Charityann @Velvetfur @Annie1215 #booked2021 #foodandlit #authoramonth #sundaybuddyread #FairyTaleReadingChallenge #thatsclassic

Texreader Way to go!! 4mo
Butterfinger Great stats!!! 4mo
Velvetfur Wow that's amazing!! Thank you for tagging me, I actually gave up on my own reading challenge as I ran out of time for it, haha! I just thought I'd carry it over to this year instead....thank you for participating though! And congrats on such a good reading year 👏🏻 🎉 📚 4mo
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TheBookHippie Wow!!! Yay. As you know I love your discussion points!! Makes the read so much more! 4mo
Catsandbooks So impressive!! 🙌🏼 4mo
Charityann That‘s awesome!😊 4mo
Cinfhen AMAZING ♥️🙌🏻🎉 what an incredible achievement 4mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Fantastic!! 4mo
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