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RainyDayReading

Joined June 2017

Tolkien Geek ☘️Dog Mom 🐶
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Horror Hotel | Victoria Fulton, Faith McClaren
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I can see the appeal of this. It reads quick and it has the creep factor. But it really missed the mark for me. This is basically a supernatural retelling of the actual true crime case of Elisa Lam and the similarities between that and this book are too close for comfort for me 👇🏻

RainyDayReading Hearst Hotel is nearly a complete copy of the Cecil Hotel, the characters weren‘t distinct enough so I often forget which POV I was in and all the romantic drama took over a majority of this already short book. Perhaps if the influences of the true crime story were disguised a little better, or at the very least not fully copied from the case, this book may have been more bearable. 1w
RainyDayReading But overall it‘s not one I would recommend. @TheAromaofBooks #bookspinbingo 1w
TheAromaofBooks At least it's off the list!! 1w
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Pickpick

New favorite! As someone who got a very America centric education regarding WWII, I enjoyed this immensely. Giving personal stories of those that survived The Blitz, depicting life while at war, providing glimpses into the life and family of Churchill, it made this book difficult to put down. It still includes major events involving Britain and Germany, but it focuses on the human element that is so easily missed when looking back at history.

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The Book of Cold Cases | Simone St. James
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Bailedbailed

Alright I‘m calling it. I‘ve made it 60% through this and I have no desire to continue. The beginning had me but now…I‘m bored. It reads quickly but I don‘t feel compelled to pick it up. It‘s unfortunate because I really loved the previous books I‘ve read by this author! But this is really underwhelming and just not working for me. I might try to get it from the library again in the future and finish it…but for right now it‘s a DNF.

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Junebug | Cherie Doyen
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I promise I‘m still alive! Just been busy with work and not doing as much reading as I‘d like. In any case, here‘s my #bookspinbingo list for June! @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4w
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May Day: Poems | Gretchen Marquette
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Life has been busy. Almost forgot to post my #bookspinbingo list. Again, more library books this month. Eventually I will read the books I own…just not this month 😅 @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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April's Grave | Susan Howatch
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How is it already almost April? Here‘s my #bookspinbingo list that is once again full of library books 😅 Someday I will go back to reading the books I already own…but not today. #bookspin @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
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Activation Degradation: A Novel | Marina J. Lostetter
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Hoping to get through a handful of titles. We‘re almost halfway through the month and I feel like I haven‘t finished anything 😪 Hoping to finish:
-Wylding Hall by Elizabeth Hand
-Elder Race by Adrian Tchaikovsky
-Monstress Vol. 2 by Marjorie Liu
-American Afterlives by Shannon Lee Dawdy
-Activation Degradation by Marina J. Lostetter

I‘ll have some down time at work so hopefully that‘ll help me get through the list.
#marvellousmarch @Andrew65

Andrew65 Great to have you with us. Good luck 😊👍 4mo
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Illuminae | Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
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Here are my #roll100 #tbrdeckofcards and #bookspin picks for the month. A Shadow in Summer and King‘s Dragon are both for #roll100. You Bet Your Life and American Afterlives are my #bookspin and #doublespin and Illuminae is fulfilling the ‘big book‘ prompt I pulled this month for #tbrdeckofcards. I also pulled a card for a Kindle book, but haven‘t decided which one I‘m going to read yet. @TheAromaofBooks @Clwojick @PuddleJumper

PuddleJumper Looks awesome! 4mo
Clwojick Looks great! ❤️💖 4mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Good luck!! 4mo
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Well, I‘m back on my library book bullshit 😅 All these are books I‘ve got out at the moment and I am attempting to get through these and then return to reading books I own…that‘s the hope at least. So far the library books have been wining 🤣 #bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks It always seems like the library should help me save money and get books off my list... but somehow it doesn't! 😂 4mo
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Proof of Murder | Lauren Elliott
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Bailedbailed

Not for me. While I love a locked room mystery, I wasn‘t a big fan of the main character we are supposed to be following. She had none of the charm I‘ve come to expect from cozy mysteries and I don‘t see myself rooting for her which (at least for me) is important. So off the TBR it goes! #bookspinbingo #tbrdeckofcards @TheAromaofBooks @Clwojick

TheAromaofBooks At least it's off the list!!! 5mo
Clwojick Agreed! I don't always need to love the MC, but for cozies it's a bit plus! 5mo
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The Bone Season: A Novel | Samantha Shannon
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Between #tbrdeckofcards #bookspinbingo and #roll100 I‘ve got quite the stack for the month. The Bone Season and The Goblin Emperor are my #roll100 picks. Among Thieves and Half Lives are my #bookspin and #doublespin for the month and finally for #tbrdeckofcards I have Hyde for ‘Retelling‘ and Proof of Murder for ‘Mystery/Thriller‘. @Clwojick @TheAromaofBooks @PuddleJumper

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 5mo
Clwojick Looks like a great stack 💖 5mo
PuddleJumper Looks great! 5mo
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Low pick. I enjoyed my time with this one, but not sure I‘d call it a new favorite. But I‘ll probably continue on with the series just so long as Agent Nichol isn‘t in them because she was awful and I hated reading the scenes she was involved in. Gamache is charming and while I guessed the killer early on, I had the wrong reason. Overall not a bad mystery with engaging characters. #NewYearWhoDis @monalyisha @lou.reads.a.lot

PuddleJumper She is in other books but I don't remember her having a big part in any of them 5mo
RainyDayReading @PuddleJumper As long as it‘s not a big part. She really just got under my skin and my tolerance for annoying characters is rather low at the moment 😅 5mo
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1st book down for #20in4 and it‘s a new favorite! Full of mini essays regarding some of society‘s more gross and taboo topics (like eating bugs, autopsies etc.) if you‘re a fan of micro histories, medical history, or stuff that‘s just plain weird, highly recommend. #bookspinbingo #tbrdeckofcards Mood Read @TheAromaofBooks @Clwojick @Andrew65

Clwojick Way to go! 💖 5mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 5mo
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 5mo
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I‘m still not sure how I feel about this. I enjoyed the second half more than the first. The characters are engaging and I love the dynamic, but I wish there was a little more explanation for the world because it sounds so cool! This is very much a larger story shoved into a novella (complete with time jumps). I wish this was a full length book! There‘s a lot of really wonderful things in this, just not enough to make it a favorite. Low pick.

RainyDayReading @TheAromaofBooks This was my #bookspin for January 5mo
RainyDayReading Also used for #tbrdeckofcards 1st in a series @Clwojick 5mo
Clwojick Brilliant! ❤️💖 5mo
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TheAromaofBooks I really like that cover!! 5mo
RainyDayReading @TheAromaofBooks It really is a beautiful cover, even more so when you get all 4 novellas in the series lined up next to each other 5mo
TheAromaofBooks Oooo I love it when a series looks bonus-good when you put them all together!!! 5mo
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I really enjoyed this! I think having seen the film before reading this helped me visualize what was going on. It‘s a little heavier on technical jargon than I can normally comprehend, but it didn‘t detract from my enjoyment of it. So glad I finally got around to reading this one! #NewYearWhoDis Also a #roll100 title for January. @monalyisha @lou.reads.a.lot @PuddleJumper

PuddleJumper Brilliant! 5mo
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February | June Makle
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Finally got my #bookspinbingo list done for February. Originally this was going to be the last few library books I had plus a mix of my own books…but now I‘ve got even more library books 😅 so I may be switching things up on here, we‘ll see. #bookspin @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 5mo
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Getting in on this a little late since work has been a little extra this week. So I‘ll be doing this Saturday once I‘m off through Tuesday as @Andrew65 wonderfully suggested. I‘m hoping, at the very least, to read 20 chapters. Though I‘m going to be aiming for finishing:
Gory Details
Still Life
The Savage Kind
And both starting & finishing:
The Man Who Died Twice.
Ambitious, and way more than 20 chapters, but we‘ll see how I do. #20in4

Andrew65 Good luck 😊👍 Some good book choices. 5mo
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I work part of this weekend, so most of my reading will be confined to one day. But I‘m hoping to finish the tagged novella for #bookspin and either finish The Martian or start and finish The Man Who Died Twice. Not sure which I‘m going to go for. Funny how even though I work surrounded by books, I have so little time to actually read them now 😅
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Andrew65 Loved The Martian. 5mo
RainyDayReading @Andrew65 I‘m almost halfway through and really loving it! 5mo
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What a ride this was! Short chapters, multiple povs, with a plot that moved along at breakneck speed made it hard to put this down! While the ending was a little abrupt,there is room for a sequel, though this books story arc is complete at the end. Though there were a few plot points that were confusing/unnecessary, I enjoyed reading this too much to truly care. The world is fascinating and I enjoyed the characters, particularly Shell and Salvo.

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This was a book I didn‘t know I needed to read. Written plainly in an easy to understand style, this book was mind opening, well thought out and humorous at times. I‘ll definitely be looking into more titles regarding mindfulness. I really enjoyed how every point that was brought up in this book was backed up by science and scientific studies. First book finished from my #NewYearWhoDis list and it‘s a hit! #NYWD @monalyisha @lou.reads.a.lot

monalyisha 🎉🙌🏻 6mo
lou.reads.a.lot I'm so glad you read this one and enjoyed it!! 6mo
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It‘s finally my weekend! I‘m hoping to finish the tagged book at the very least and make some progress on one of my #bookspin/doublespin options. I‘m not going to be super ambitious because I‘m getting my booster shot tomorrow and I got really ill with the 2nd dose. Fingers crossed I don‘t get nearly as sick this time and can get some reading in. @Andrew65

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Reposting for those who may not have already seen it.

If you‘re like me and miss out on half of all readathons, swaps and events that happen on Litsy because you didn‘t know about them, you should give @LitsyEvents a follow!

“LitsyEvents is a sort of Litsy town hall, managed by a group of thoughtful Littens who want to be sure no one misses any of the awesome community activities available.”

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Mehso-so

I don‘t know how I feel about this. I guess I was expecting something different. The characters were flat and the writing was unclear at times. The plot seemed to be going one way but ultimately doesn‘t make sense. Seemed like it couldn‘t decide what to be, a ghost story or a comment on horror movie tropes. The whole story was just meh.Loved the idea and use of Japanese mythology, but fell flat otherwise. #bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 6mo
Kappadeemom That cover though!😳 6mo
RainyDayReading @TheAromaofBooks Thanks! I‘m hoping to keep the momentum going 😁 6mo
RainyDayReading @Kappadeemom Right?! Love the cover, but unfortunately it‘s the best thing about the book 😅 6mo
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Gingerdead Man | Maya Corrigan
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This was quite fun! I really enjoy Val and Grandad as main characters, they feel like real people which can be hard to do at times with cozies. The mystery was intriguing and the ending solution surprised me. Definitely one of the higher quality cozies I‘ve read. Looking forward to the next installment! #bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 6mo
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My first #bookspin and #doublespin of 2022 are The Black Tides of Heaven and Assassin‘s Orbit! I also pulled the first 2 cards from my TBR Deck of Cards and wound up with Mood Read and 1st in a series. Overall, not a bad start. I‘ll probably focus on the card prompts the second half of the month since nothing is immediately jumping out to me for either prompt. @TheAromaofBooks @Clwojick

AshleyHoss820 Oh, how creative!! I love it! 😊 (edited) 6mo
Clwojick Awesome! 6mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Good luck!! 6mo
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It was hard to narrow down, but I‘ve managed to pick some reads for #NewYearWhoDis 😁 I already owned Killers of the Flower Moon, Queen of the Tearling and The Martian. So I‘m taking it as a sign that now is the time to read them since they appeared on the list! I‘ve got the tagged book out from the library and have Still Life by Louise Penny on hold! Can‘t wait to get started! @lou.reads.a.lot @monalyisha

monalyisha Wow! I think your match of circumstance just might naturally be a perfect one! 🍀 6mo
RainyDayReading @monalyisha I think you‘re right! There were a couple other books on their list that I‘d already read and enjoyed, and there‘s a book I put on my list that they were going to put on theirs! Don‘t think our impromptu match could have gone better if we tried! 😁 6mo
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Nearly forgot to post my #bookspinbingo list for January. Hoping to kill off the last books I have out from the library and then turning to focus on the books I already own….at last that‘s the plan 😅 @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 6mo
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#12booksof2021 #1stbookof2021 #January

This was hands down my favorite book from January 2021. One of my favorite books for the full year actually. Highly recommend. Especially if you‘re into subjects that are slightly weird/macabre.

The image isn‘t great, but it says: Dark Archives-A Librarian‘s investigation into the science and history of books bound in human skin.

@Andrew65

Andrew65 This does sound weird / macabre 🤣 6mo
RainyDayReading @Andrew65 It‘s so good though! It has more to do with medical history and science than most would believe. Such a fascinating book. 6mo
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Traci1 The Girl Who Drank the Moon? 6mo
Traci1 Yay! 6mo
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Moony It is The Three Body Problem Trilogy Book 1 by cixin liu, right? 6mo
RainyDayReading @Moony Yes it is! 6mo
Moony It is still on my tbr list 😂 6mo
RainyDayReading @Moony It‘s still on mine too 🙈 I keep thinking that I‘ll get to it soon and just…haven‘t 😅 6mo
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A fun, quick read about some of history‘s deadliest/most notorious female killers featuring illustrations of said murderesses. Many of these I knew about, some I didn‘t. Fans of true crime would probably enjoy sitting down with this one. It doesn‘t go super in depth, but it gives you enough to peak your interest. At the very least, it serves as a reminder that you shouldn‘t underestimate women!

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Low pick. This was entertaining. Reminds me of a Poirot novel where he has all the answers and reveals them right at the end. If you‘re looking for a classic British mystery vibe I would give this a shot. Snowbound train/quickly abandoned house and our cast of characters have to figure out the mystery whether they want to or not. #wintergames #mistletoemaniacs

Andrew65 Has a very 1930s feel. 6mo
RainyDayReading @Andrew65 It was originally published in 1937/38! Definitely gives off those vibes. 6mo
Andrew65 Hey I was spot on, 🤣 6mo
RainyDayReading @Andrew65 Yes you were! 😁 6mo
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This is a little tricky. I‘ve posted this the last couple years and no one has managed to guess it. Perhaps third times the charm? 😁

#guessthebook2021 #wintergames #mistletoemaniacs

PuddleJumper I don't think it is but 6mo
vivastory I know what it is🙂 6mo
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RainyDayReading @Linsy you got it! 6mo
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