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RebelReader

Joined July 2017

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Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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The Summer Wives: A Novel by Beatriz Williams
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Villa America by Liza Klaussmann
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The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
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Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo
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The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough
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The Party by Robyn Harding
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The Good People by Hannah Kent
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When We Were Strangers: A Novel by Pamela Schoenewaldt
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The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
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Caroline: Little House, Revisited by Sarah Elizabeth Miller
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The Authentics by Abdi Nazemian
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The Absolutist by John Boyne
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Tenth of December: Stories by George Saunders
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The River at Night by Erica Ferencik
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1984 (School & Library) by George Orwell
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The Turner House by Angela Flournoy
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Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
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Queen Sugar: A Novel by Natalie Baszile
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Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes
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The Wife Between Us by Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks
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Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones
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BookSpinBingo | Untitled
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I just cannot get this to fit. 17 is The Unhoneymooners and 18-20 are Library Holds. I‘m moving so I‘m a bit discombobulated!
#bookspin

TheBookgeekFrau Good luck with your move! 🍀💕 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3mo
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BookSpinBingo | Untitled
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Here‘s to another month of reading! 🥂

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 4mo
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The Survivors | Jane Harper
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Mehso-so

This is the third Jane Harper I‘ve read and was my least favorite. I almost bailed at one point, but glad I finished it as I did like the ending. Next up: The Lost Man to wrap up #authoramonth for March.
Think it‘s appropriate to be reading this title as March Madness is all about survivors. Purdue to win it all I hope!

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Kindled Love | Steve C. Roberts
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I only read one in February so basically the same list again in March!
#readyourkindle

CBee One is great! I‘m still working on my 2nd 🤷‍♀️ 5mo
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BookSpinBingo | Untitled
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#bookspin list for March.
Happy Reading everyone!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 5mo
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BAILED OUT | Rebecca Zanetti
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I‘ve given Lauren Groff a the old college try. In the past I‘ve tried three times to read Fates and Furies and bailed every time. I thought I‘d try her again for #authoramonth. I tried both of these, but neither grabbed me. She is just not my cup of tea. Too many books to read to struggle through on those that aren‘t enjoyable. #Hailthebail

Tamra I don‘t think she‘s for me either. 5mo
RebelReader @Tamra I‘m glad I‘m not alone. I wanted to like her, but we just don‘t have chemistry. 😂 5mo
TheBookHippie @Tamra I bailed on everything I tried. @RebelReader 🤷🏻‍♀️ she‘s not for me. 5mo
Soubhiville Totally understandable. Hope the next author is better for you! 5mo
RebelReader @Soubhiville March will be better. I love Jane Harper! 5mo
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Pickpick

New author for me and I loved this one. Old secrets abound. I‘ll definitely be reading her backlist!

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BookSpinBingo | Untitled
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Here we go again! #bookspin

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 6mo
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Building Your Book for Kindle | Kindle Direct Publishing
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#readyourkindle

It‘s messy, but I got it done!

CBee Looks great to me 😊 6mo
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Doctors and Friends | Kimmery Martin
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Finishing this one up while I wait for my daughter in physical therapy. It‘s in the 50‘s here in Minnesota in January! I have my window down!
It‘s so hard to believe this was written before COVID! Another good one from auldlangspine list I got from @CBee There are so many more of yours I want to read so I will be sprinkling them in all year.

CBee I was also amazed it was written before Covid - she even writes about that in the author‘s notes. I‘m glad you liked this one too 😊👏🏻 6mo
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This is the first Jane Austen book I have ever read. I didn‘t realize it was her last. I loved Anne, but it seemed much longer than 257 pages. I had good intentions of reading more, but ran out of time this month.
#Authoramonth

IndoorDame I love these editions! I‘ve never seen them before! 6mo
Soubhiville I haven‘t seen these editions yet either. Pretty! 6mo
RebelReader @IndoorDame @Soubhiville I got them at Half Price Books for like $3 a piece 6mo
IndoorDame @RebelReader good score! Love it when that happens! 6mo
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Small Mercies | Dennis Lehane
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OMG! That Mary Pat was a badass Southie Broad. I hadn‘t read any Lehane besides Mystic River, but this I may have to put him on my list of authors to look for at used book sales. Another pick from @CBee and her #auldlangspine list.

Tamra 👏🏾👏🏾🙌🏾 6mo
CBee Wasn‘t she?? Loved her and this book was intense!! Pretty plant too, is that a pothos? 🪴 🤓 6mo
RebelReader @cbee yes it‘s a pothos. I need to repot it! When it gets dry it wants to tip over. 🤣 6mo
CBee @RebelReader I have one that desperately needs a repot. I‘ve already gotten two more plants from the original, it exploded! 6mo
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An academic scandal, a gay uncle, a free spirited mother, a mystery father and some unusual family friends earn this: #dysfuntionalfamily
First time reading this author, but I might have to check out his backlist. More TBR!!!

AmyG Stacked, my favorite….dysfunctional family books! 6mo
RebelReader @AmyG Me too!! 6mo
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My first #auldlangspine read from @CBee ‘s list! I loved this book because it told Ansel Parker‘s execution story through the women involved in his life. Even though you know how it ends it was still riveting. ( Yes, I‘m supposed to be working, but I had to finish this one. 😜)

tpixie Sounds interesting! 🤔 6mo
CBee So glad you liked it 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 Definitely riveting! Also, I fully support you playing hooky to read 😁😁😁 6mo
RebelReader @CBee Thank goodness I work from home so no one is the wiser. 😄😄😄 6mo
CBee @RebelReader your secret is safe with me 🤐 😂 6mo
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Rouge | Mona Awad
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I had to stop reading Fourth Wing and read this one because it needs to go back to the library before it turns into a pumpkin. Arghhh! I didn‘t get the spa scenes at all, but I plugged along because I wanted to know how it would end. I doubt I‘ll be running out to read her backlist. 🤣🤣🤣
#listytob24

RebelReader BkClubCare, Flaneurette, Jess, Megabooks,
Hooked_on_books, Decalino, Jas16, cariashley, Well-ReadNeck, MicheleinPhilly, Larkken, Suet624, Deblovestoread, batsy, Readerann, Bookwormjillk, Chelsea.Poole, kwmg40, squirrelbrain, RebelReader, Liz_M, jlhammar, Addison_Reads, Ruthiella, sarahbarnes, ImperfectC, Yuki_Onna, Catheyb, Karisoma
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Ruthiella Maybe try Bunny later some day. It‘s better than Rouge IMO. 7mo
RebelReader @Ruthiella I might if it comes my way at a library book sale. I‘ll remember your recommendation! 7mo
BarbaraBB I was lost too in the spa scenes 7mo
Hooked_on_books I keep trying to like her books, but I just don‘t. I won‘t be reading this one. 7mo
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BookSpinBingo | Untitled
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Here‘s my first stack of 2024! I have 3 recommendations from @CBee waiting for me at the library to put in my free spots on my bingo card later. I read 177 books in 2023! A personal record for me and #bookspinbingo definitely pushed me to read more. Happy New Year everyone! 🥳🥳🥳

CBee Hooray! I also really liked Amazing Grace Adams 👏🏻👏🏻 7mo
Bookzombie Happy New Year! 🎆 7mo
Tamra Happy 2024 Reading! 😄 7mo
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CBee @RebelReader Julie, I went back and looked at my old emails because I wanted to find the book you sent to me - it was A Little Life! PHEW that one wrecked me and I still think about it 💔 7mo
RebelReader @CBee I don‘t remember sending it, but there was a time I sent out alot of books. I‘m glad it stuck with you like it did me. I can even remember I read it in AZ visiting my sister. It was a big one to travel with but so worth it. 7mo
CBee @RebelReader it was back in 2018 or 2019 I think. I remember starting it and being overwhelmed, so I came back to it later and just, WHOA 😩😩😩 7mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 7mo
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@CBee This list is fantastic! I got lucky again this year. I‘ve read Signal Fires and Clover and I enjoyed them and if I had listed 20 they probably would have made my list too. I bailed on Bandit Queens. 😫 I will probably read the rest of your list throughout the year. I‘ll start with what I can get from my library and my TBR shelves.
#auldlangspine2024
@monalyisha

CBee Yay! You picked some fantastic ones to start with, I‘m a little jealous you‘ll be reading some of these for the first time 😊 @RebelReader 7mo
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The Apology | Jimin Han
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I‘m a sucker for a good family drama full of secrets so this was a definite pick for me. Coincidentally, I‘ve been reading several books with afterlife plots. Maybe because a book group of mine read Pema Choedron‘s book How You Live is How You Die recently. A wise woman once told me “Everthing is connected!” #tob24

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BkClubCare, Flaneurette, Jess, Megabooks,
Hooked_on_books, Decalino, Jas16, cariashley, Well-ReadNeck, MicheleinPhilly, Larkken, Suet624, Deblovestoread, batsy, Readerann, Bookwormjillk, Chelsea.Poole, kwmg40, squirrelbrain, RebelReader, Liz_M, jlhammar, Addison_Reads, Ruthiella, sarahbarnes, ImperfectC, Yuki_Onna, Catheyb, Karisoma
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BarbaraBB This is one I‘ve been very interested in. Glad you finally read a review! 7mo
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The crimes were gruesome in this one, but I‘ve read some twisted stuff in the past and so it didn‘t put me off that much. Sheriff Titus is flawed and a bit broken, but I fell a little bit in love with him and couldn‘t help rooting for him. I think this is Cosby‘s best so far. #tob24

RebelReader BkClubCare, Flaneurette, Jess, Megabooks,
Hooked_on_books, Decalino, Jas16, cariashley, Well-ReadNeck, MicheleinPhilly, Larkken, Suet624, Deblovestoread, batsy, Readerann, Bookwormjillk, Chelsea.Poole, kwmg40, squirrelbrain, RebelReader, Liz_M, jlhammar, Addison_Reads, Ruthiella, sarahbarnes, ImperfectC, Yuki_Onna, catheyb, Karisoma
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AmyG Agreed. He gets better and better. 7mo
Hooked_on_books I love his books and read them as soon as they come out. This one was great! 7mo
Megabooks This was at once dark and stunning. Excited to read more from him during #authoramonth 7mo
RebelReader @Megabooks I liked all of his so far! @AmyG is right he just gets better and better. 7mo
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Five Decembers | James Kestrel
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Here‘s my last #bookspin of 2023. Displayed in order as they await to be placed on the bingo board. This challenge has helped me read more books than ever before and so many off my TBR shelves. Thanks @TheAromaofBooks for doing this every year!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 8mo
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BookSpinBingo | Untitled
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#bookspinbingo

October wrap up. My favorite was Banyan Moon. Otherwise another mediocre reading month.

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Fantastic month!!! 9mo
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#bookspin #bookspinbingo

Here is my list…in order…1-20!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 9mo
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October, October | Katya Balen
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Here‘s my list for October…..Less Library holds and more off my TBR shelves!
#bookspin

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 10mo
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Not a bad month for quantity, but most were just okay. My favorites this month we‘re The Winners and Everything Here is Lying and Zero Days
#bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Fantastic month!! 10mo
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The Winners | Fredrik Backman
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1. The tagged book

2. My trip to Asheville, NC

#Two4Tuesdays

TheSpineView Enjoy your trip. Thanks for playing 10mo
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Hanging out at Fall Softball Tournament. Two hours until our next game? No problem! Grandma brought a book. One more win and we‘re in the Championship! Go Rangers!

RebelReader Update: We won and are 10U Fall State Champions!!! 🥎🥎🥎🥇🥇🥇🏆🏆🏆 10mo
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September | Rosamunde Pilcher
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Here‘s my list for September. #bookspin

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 11mo
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Safe from the Sea | Peter Geye
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I had read all Peter Geye‘s books and didn‘t know this one existed until someone on Litsy ( I can‘t remember who said this one was her favorite.). I concur, I loved it! September reading wrap up. Other highlights: The Collected Regrets of Clover and When Women Were Dragons.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 11mo
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When Women Were Dragons | Kelly Barnhill
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I have a super busy weekend. Two softball games, one football game in Iowa on Saturday and the Minnesota State Fair on Sunday, but I have book group on Monday night so I must finish this book. That‘s my modest goal for this readathon.

AmyG You got this! 11mo
Mollyanna Have a great time at the fair. I miss the Minnesota State Fair! I need to head back home for it soon. 11mo
RebelReader @Mollyanna I haven‘t been in about 6or 7 years and the weather is gonna be only about 80 with low humidity so I figured the stars have aligned and I desperately want a pronto pup! 😋 11mo
Mollyanna Now I want a pronto pup! 😋 11mo
Andrew65 Best of luck 😁 Sounds a very busy weekend. 11mo
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The Majority: A Novel | Elizabeth L. Silver
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Can‘t sleep again so I‘m diving into this one. When I was younger my kids kept me up, now it‘s 2 nights no sleep and one night good sleep. At least I have my books to distract me. 😴😴😴

Tamra Oh, I can‘t imagine! I wish you many winks. 11mo
RebelReader @Tamra Thanks my friend! 😀 11mo
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Here is what I finished or bailed on this month. Very so-so month except for The Border and Yellowface.

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Fantastic progress!!! 12mo
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I can‘t believe tomorrow is August 1st! My mom will turn 80 years old and here‘s what I‘ll be trying to read.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Happy birthday to your mom!!! That's a major milestone!! 12mo
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I‘m struggling with this book so I thought I‘d hit the porch at CoffeeSmith and see if some treats and a beautiful morning could help me enjoy this book.

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July, July: A Novel | Tim O'Brien
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These two shelves are my #bookspin choices in order (1-20) for July. Lots of carry over from last month, but I‘m trying to read down the books on my shelves. I have to move next spring again so I don‘t want a ton of books to move.

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 13mo
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Very mediocre reading month… The best were Blacktop Wasteland, The Housemaid and Any Other Family. My book spin and double Bookspin we‘re just okay.

LiteraryinLawrence It‘s like an S! 13mo
RebelReader @LiteraryinLawrence I didn‘t notice that, but it is. 😄 13mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Fantastic month!! 13mo
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Surviving Summer Vacation | Willo Davis Roberts
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Here is how I‘ll be spending a good portion of our week at the cabin. I justify this big bag full because of #hailthebail! You just never know. 😝
Floating and reading! That‘s all I need…..oh and snacks!

Soubhiville Sounds like a great week! 13mo
Mollyanna Sounds wonderful. Enjoy! 13mo
AmyG Have fun!!! 13mo
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Tamra I wish you a sunny mosquito free week! 🌞 We‘re headed up to Minoqua, WI and I have the same decisions to make today. It‘s the one time I truly appreciate my Kindle. (edited) 13mo
RebelReader @Tamra Nice! Hopefully we will both be mosquito free this week! We are headed to Remer, MN. Our favorite lake and we are the only cabin on the lake. 13mo
kspenmoll Hope your week has been wonderful! 13mo
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Trying to get a few pages in between games. Go Rangers!

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Junebug | Alice Mead
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No time to make it pretty as I‘m heading out of town for my birthday weekend!!! I‘m happy to say 11 of these are from my TBR shelves!

#bookspin

Tamra Have a wonderful time! 🎉🎈 14mo
Cinfhen Happy birthday weekend 🎊🎊🎊 14mo
RebelReader @tamra @Cinfhen Thank you! We are going with our besties so it‘ll be a blast! 14mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Happy birthday!!! 14mo
Cinfhen That‘s the way to celebrate!! With people you love 💕 😁 14mo
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There are a few really good ones here, but The Covenant of Water just stole the show. Black Cake is excellent as is Beyond That, The Sea and We Are Not Like Them and of course Fresh Water for Flowers. Excellent reading month and 5 Bingos!

#bookspin
# bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Fabulous month!!! 14mo
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The Covenant of Water | Abraham Verghese
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I‘m already predicting that CoV will be my book of 2023. It‘s gonna take quite a book to beat it in my mind.

Tamra Wow, can‘t wait to read. I‘m trying to hold out for the paperback. 😅 14mo
RebelReader @Tamra I was first on the library hold list because I requested it before Oprah announced it as her pick. I was super lucky! 14mo
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The Covenant of Water | Abraham Verghese
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This is my idea of heaven…..a beautiful morning with the birds singing and me and a book soooo good. I‘m 300 pages in (almost halfway and I already give it 5 stars!). Happy Sunday Littens! I haven‘t cut the hangers off my plants yet but I will after I finish this book! 🤪

monalyisha What bliss! 1y
Mollyanna That looks wonderful 😊 1y
Tamra I was saying to friends yesterday we pay for this kind of weather 10 months out of the year. Perfection! Enjoy the day! ☀️ 1y
jlhammar Beautifu! Loving this book so far. 1y
RebelReader @Tamra. That‘s so true! We have a savor every minute! 1y
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The Covenant of Water | Abraham Verghese
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She is twelve years old, and she will be married in the morning.
#Firstlinefridays

Amiable I‘m reading this right now, too! I‘m about 70% done. It‘s so good. 1y
RebelReader @Amiable I‘m only 130 pgs in, but I‘m so hooked! I loved Cutting for Stone too. 1y
Amiable @RebelReader I loved that one too, but my absolute favorite of his is this nonfiction book—it‘s phenomenal: 1y
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Yellowstone | W. G. Sweet
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1. Yellowstone and 1923-I can‘t wait for the next episodes. I‘m behind on everything else because I‘m reading instead of watching TV. 🤪

2. Any lake! I love being on the water.

3. Wordle and Mahjong

Eggs Thanks for playing 🥰 1y
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Good enough to keep reading, but it wasn‘t good enough to be a pick for me. Too predictable for me, but a good commentary on the power of social media and how it can take you down just as quick as it builds you up. This was my #bookspin book as well.

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 1y
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Almost | Elizabeth Benedict
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Almost a blackout for the month! I blame the cold weather for allowing me to hole up at home with a book many days. Not sure spring is ever coming here 😏. Maybe this week we may see some 60 degree days.

JenReadsAlot Ugh same here 😞 1y
Monica5 Wow! You did amazing! 1y
Julsmarshall Amazing!! 1y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Fabulous month!!! 1y
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The choices are getting harder and harder to make. It‘s shaping up to be a great book year. 😍

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May Day | F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Here is my list for May. I bailed on Sea of Tranquility during the #Tob23, but my IRL book group picked it of course so now I need to revisit it. 😝
Happy reading everyone!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
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The Cartel | Don Winslow
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This is number two in the trilogy. I think The Power of the Dog was better. I wonder what it says about me that I would keep turning the pages (over 600) on a book so violent and just downright nasty??
However, in my defense I‘m learning a lot about the real “war on drugs”. I will definitely be finishing this trilogy in May with The Border.

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Gone Camping: A Novel in Verse | Tamera Will Wissinger
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First time camper! Here are my picks. I can‘t wait to see the longlist

#camplitsy2023
#camplitsy

Megabooks Oooo fantastic! Some new ones!! Welcome to camp! 😁🏕️ 1y
squirrelbrain Welcome to camp! I have the Rosen on NetGalley - it sounds fascinating! 1y
Cinfhen Very exciting suggestions! 1y
BarbaraBB The new Lorrie Moore 💙💙 1y
jlhammar Can't wait for the new Lorrie Moore! 1y
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It‘s Friday for me and it‘s sunny and 84degrees in Minnesota in April! Finished this one on my balcony. It‘s my #bookspin book and I‘m continuing to move through my #AwesomeApril stack.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
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