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Sargar114

Joined July 2018

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Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
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How to Walk Away | Katherine Center
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Starting my oldest BOTM…we‘ll see how much I get through before the next Bookspin pull and where it ends up on the board if I continue…or how good it is…lots of good buzz from what I‘ve seen

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Unknown Book 4475976 | Unknown Unknown
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While I‘ll probably start one tomorrow likely wouldn‘t get enough completed to count it until November anyways so here we go with #bookspin #doublespin:
December goals in this order (hoping for overlap)
-Complete BOTM challenge: 3 books (1-16)
-Complete buddy reads: #sundaybuddyread & #obamabuddyread (20-21)
-Get a #bookspinbingo (one of my goals of the year, still have yet to hit)

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1d
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Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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I‘d like to thank the internet for not spoiling this one. Most of the (positive) reviews I have read advised best to go in knowing nothing and I absolutely agree! That was part of the appeal to me. The negative reviews I can see, the first two sections were rough, a bit confusing, and felt repetitive. However, if you can get through those you‘re in for a wild, a little sad, but beautiful ride.

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Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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Bad News: woke up with a stomach flu on Thanksgiving
Good News: got to read since my husband, parents, and in-laws did the cooking while I rested #silverlining

BookNAround The getting to read part is good but the stomach bug, not so much. Hope you‘re better quickly. 6d
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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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When I was on maternity leave, I found myself googling all sorts of things and stumbled upon the various places you can send birth announcements and possibly get responses. My boys were born in 2016 so I managed to send this out under the wire and so thankful I will forever have this momento for them. Anyway the husband got me this book 3 years ago when it came out, so finally picked it up in anticipation for #obamabuddyread 🔽

Sargar114 I have no idea why it took me so long to read because she is an amazing human being. I loved her rawness and vulnerability as well as her focus and determination. I didn‘t realize all she had accomplished and learning her roots makes that even more interesting. 🔽 (edited) 7d
Sargar114 I also read a little more than half and did audiobook for the rest of it as I was worried cause non-fiction can be tough for me to read and wanted to finish by December. But it wasn‘t really an issue and was happy to absorb this one in any format. 7d
Chrissyreadit How fun! I had no idea about birth announcements- amazing. 7d
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What a gem this ended up being. I did not expect to like this one as much as I did. The story of Margot (an only child raised by a single Korean immigrant mother) and her investigation into her mother‘s life as well as her own heritage. I loved LA as a character and the food descriptions had me salivating! Read for #sundaybuddyread and was my #bookspin for October

AmyG Agree to all of this! 1w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1w
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Anxious People: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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This book gave me all the feels. I‘m not kidding, I started out hating it and ended up absolutely loving it! A story about people and the impact we have on each other whether we know it or not…and second chances. #bookspin for November 🧡💛💙🧡💛💙

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! This one is still on my shelf!!! 2w
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Anxious People: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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This book started out as almost a bail, I‘m so glad I pushed through because now it‘s nearly impossible to put down.

Prairiegirl_reading I haven‘t gotten to this one yet but I felt the same way about beartown. I‘m so glad I didn‘t bail on that one. 3w
Sargar114 @Prairiegirl_reading good to know! I would definitely read more by him, it seems like his style. But man everything has clicked together beautifully 3w
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Anxious People: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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My #bookspin and #doublespin this month. Actually starting the Bookspin…it has been picked 3 times this year but never got to it. I think the universe is telling me to read it, so 3 times a charm I guess.

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Good luck!!! 4w
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One by One | Ruth Ware
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A friend lent this to me and I quite enjoyed it. My first Ruth Ware and can see the appeal. A locked room mystery that was a touch cliche but very suspenseful and the final show down is super exciting. A good payoff, would definitely read others by her.

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When your children have terrible taste in shows…taking the opportunity to start #sundaybuddyread

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Not doing so great for October, which is par for the course. Really would love to try and get a bingo, maybe the birthday month will be the one 🤷🏼‍♀️ #bookspin #doublespin #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Good luck!! 1mo
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Mehso-so

I started out not really loving this; but I think that it‘s because I was expecting a retelling of Romeo and Juliet and that‘s NOT what this is. It‘s more a monster story based on the characters from the play set in 1920s Shanghai. When my perspective changed, the story improved for me. I‘ll likely read the sequel because I want to find out what happens to the characters…I‘ll just have to put up with monsters I guess. #sundaybuddyread

Sargar114 This is what happens when you gotta finish the book but also have to parent. Luckily this kiddo prefers sleeping with the light on. 1mo
slategreyskies I have this one on my list. I‘m glad to hear you say that it‘s not a close retelling. I think that actually makes me want to read it more. 1mo
Sargar114 @slategreyskies A lot of our Buddy read really enjoyed it, I hope you like it! (edited) 1mo
TheBookHippie SAME!!! 1mo
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Malibu Rising | Taylor Jenkins Reid

Forgot to mention, this was my #doublespin for September

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
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Malibu Rising | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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TJR does it again! I quite enjoyed this one, even if it made me want to re-read Evelyn Hugo again. I agree with some other reviews I saw that the first half was stronger than the second, but I could also see the party translate to a movie, especially with the blurbs of ancillary characters and their happenings. I also loved the last blurb as it perfectly captured the entire story.

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Got my #bookspinbingo board filled out! Tagged is my #sundaybuddyread. My plan is to try for the top row since it has the Buddy read and my #doublespin (Anxious People) and a book I‘ve borrowed from a friend. But it‘s a lofty goal since it also includes the last quarter of Anna Karenina…so I‘m not holding out hope. But it‘ll be fun trying as usual!

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Looks great!!! 2mo
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I stayed up past my bedtime to finish this one. While this is a reread for me, since so much time has past, it was just as riveting (maybe more so!). As an adult this quote stands out so much more to me now. Thank you @Linsy for hosting #potteraday

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Spinning | Tillie Walden
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September was a bit of a dud…so let‘s see how October fares #bookspin #doublespin #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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This one started off strong and has some important topics to address, but it really went sideways and was a bit scattered. While it somewhat found it‘s way back, it ultimately was a meh. Read for #sundaybuddyread

Karisa Exactly! 💗 2mo
fredthemoose Totally agree! 2mo
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Catching up on my buddy reads #sundaybuddyread #potteraday

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A section behind in #sundaybuddyread and my book is due today, and there‘s a couple of holds. I‘m really enjoying this, but just in a slump. Gonna try and read the section this week before I return it and try and find it elsewhere for the end. 🤞🤞🤞

TheBookHippie 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻 2mo
Sargar114 @TheBookHippie update: the mister put a hold on it at another library. That‘s true love 😍😍😍. Looks like we‘re library hopping today! 2mo
TheBookHippie @Sargar114 TEAMWORK!! 2mo
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If it wasn‘t for the last minute, nothing would get done! Last chapter before #sundaybuddyread discussion. Meeting a friend for a book swap and she forgot so is running late…I‘m not mad about it tho #treatyoself

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Malibu Rising | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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“Malibu catches fire.”
🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
#firstlinefridays
#doublespin

slategreyskies Oh, I just finished this one last week. Enjoy! :) 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3mo
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Spinning | Lou Aronica
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Here‘s my #bookspin, #doublespin, #bookspinbingo

This book is all physical books, so dedicating most of my free pics to my chunkster e-book. 🤞🤞🤞

I‘m pretty happy with my August results, completed both BS and DS. Pretty close to caught up on my two buddy reads. And got a start on my chunkster, but not enough (in my opinion the check it off)

Sargar114 @TheAromaofBooks I realized I forgot to tag you 🙈 3mo
TheAromaofBooks haha well I'm glad you found the post anyway! 😂 3mo
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New library card, who dis‘

Ready for #sundaybuddyread

AmyG Yay! 3mo
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Salt to the Sea | Ruta Sepetys
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This was so good! I knew nothing of the event this was based on, which isn‘t terribly surprising given the atrocities the Germans committed in WWII; don‘t really want something that may make you feel sympathetic towards them. The story she told was great though. Almost 5 stars but I don‘t really love her writing style, which I‘ll explain why ⬇️. Meanwhile, this was my #bookspin for August.

Sargar114 Her style is definitely more directed at a YA audience, the short chapters made it take a while to engage with the characters and when you get dropped into the story with no build up, it makes it hard to figure out who‘s who and what is going on. Once I did however, it was quite difficult to put down! Thank you to those in #sundaybuddyread that told me to give this author another shot. I‘m glad I did, as this one was wonderful. (edited) 3mo
Sargar114 My other problem was Alfred was terrible (intentionally), and I felt gross reading his sections. When he ended up being as terrible as I expected, I wasn‘t surprised or happy about it. 3mo
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Kimberlone I haven‘t read this one but I loved another by the same author. It also leaned more in to the YA genre (mostly because of the ages of the characters, though), but I thought it was also a fantasy historical fiction about a period I knew very little about : 3mo
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Sargar114 @Kimberlone I read that one too but enjoyed this one much more! 3mo
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Salt to the Sea | Ruta Sepetys
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“Guilt is a hunter.” #firstlinefridays

Karisa Oooh, such a good book! 3mo
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Silence for the Dead | Simone St. James
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A very good ghost story with a creepy setting of an isolated mental institution on an island in England in the 1920s. This is probably my favorite of St. James from this time period; 2nd overall from her. She is a must read for me! Looking forward to the final discussion for #sundaybuddyread.

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💚💚 Dumbledore might be one of the greatest 💚💚
#potteraday

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Salt to the Sea | Ruta Sepetys
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Starting my #bookspin since will have a somewhat lazy day with a sick kiddo. First chapter and this is gonna be gut wrenching. But also based on the style of her last book I read may be a quick one with the short chapters.

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Wild Seed | Octavia E Butler
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Finished this epic tale of two immortals who have found each other and are in a constant battle of love and hate. It was a little slow to start, but intriguing enough to continue and I‘m so glad I did. A fantastical take on historical fiction. I‘ll definitely be continuing the series. My first read from Octavia Butler and I absolutely buy into the hype. Beautifully written. #doublespin for August

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 4mo
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Wild Seed | Octavia E Butler
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Some lakeside reading of my #doublespin

Nute Pretty spot! Nice photo! 4mo
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Silence for the Dead | Simone St. James
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In flight reading #Sundaybuddyread

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The Comeback | Ella Berman
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I finally finished! This was a slow burn for me; and to be honest not in a good way to start. I don‘t do well reading self destructive behavior especially when it seems there is no one looking out for the mc. Ultimately I‘m really happy this one was chosen for #sundaybuddyread. Like others said, it‘s not one I would have picked up on my own. But I loved how it played out in the end.

kspenmoll Nice review/reflection. I was slow to warm up to this book as well, & probably would not have finished or even chosen it as s book to read! In the end, glad I read & discussed it with others. Enriched the experience. 4mo
Sargar114 @kspenmoll thanks. I was sorry to miss the discussion, just read through it and looked really great. I‘m blaming the terrible book the month prior and I was late to start this one and couldn‘t catch up. 4mo
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#bookspin #doublespin #bookspinbingo Since this is my vacation month…I had this on the ready for a while now!!! Nearly all are e-books other than my #sundaybuddyread and my #potteraday. Leaving 21-25 as free spaces. Needless to say I think this will be my best chance at actually getting a bingo! @TheAromaofBooks

slategreyskies I like the idea of breaking a bigger book into smaller chunks! I may have to do that too. :) 4mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! I'm trying to decide if I want to tackle one of my chunky books this month, too haha 4mo
Sargar114 @slategreyskies I think that‘s the only way I will actually get a bingo haha. Also… I stole the idea from @TheAromaofBooks so it‘s allowed lol (edited) 4mo
TheAromaofBooks Oh totally allowed!! And sometimes I do it more based on a book that “feels“ like a chunkster because of the topic or how it's written. It genuinely helps me tackle books I otherwise put off because it feels like it's “worth“ as much as the other books on the list haha 4mo
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Silence for the Dead | Simone St. James
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Made a stop at the library today and saw next month‘s #sundaybuddyread was available so picked her up! Especially since I won‘t finish this months in time for the discussion. 🤷🏼‍♀️

TheBookHippie YAY!!!!!!!! I am looking forward to the ghosts! 4mo
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Ended up not being too terribly behind for #potteraday after all. This is a heartbreakingly good one and I know it only gets better/worse.

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Happy Litsyversary! | Special Events
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Three years of social reading!!! I have expanded my reading so much in this time, thank you Litsy!!! 😘😘😘

BookishMarginalia 🎉🎉🎉 4mo
Chelsea.Poole 📚 👏♥️ 4mo
fredamans Happy Litsyversary!!! 4mo
bthegood Happy Litsyversary 😊 4mo
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Only Woman in the Room | Marie Benedict
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Finished on this hot summer evening. What an amazing story. I knew a little about the life of Hedy Lamarr, but learned even more by reading this. She led an incredible life, and while this is one small part of that life, it made a huge impact on the world. If you are at all interested in her, World War II, or feminism, I would absolutely recommend. Writing was a bit meh for me, but the story alone carries it. #bookspin for July

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Starting my #bookspin today and loving the inner cover!

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This one was hard to put down at times and hard to pick back up at others. Hence the mediocre rating. I admire Christie‘s bravery in being so vulnerable and telling her story. I won‘t be critical of her story other than to say it wasn‘t for me. Read for #sundaybuddyread and can‘t believe how late I finished, the end just dragged for me.

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Spinning | Tillie Walden
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Here‘s my July #bookspin & #bookspinbingo. I got bogged down in May and June with moving so here‘s hoping July is a little better.

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This started out as kinda meh for me but ultimately ended up being a pick. I didn‘t love Hannah or the way she approached Rachel. However the story and issues it brings up are important and really well developed. I liked how the two main stories ended up being intertwined and even the resolution (while somewhat predictable) was satisfying. This was my #bookspin for June.

chelsearae1988 I agree! The beginning was boring but eventually I started to enjoy it. 5mo
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The Sun Down Motel | Simone St. James
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TheBookHippie Well let‘s go! 😬 5mo
bthegood this is cool 😊 5mo
Nute Oh, that‘s super cool! 5mo
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This one is looong…but man what an ending. Knowing what happens gave me anxiety up until the maze, but boy did it deliver again. Got behind on #potteraday but I don‘t know if I could handle the anxiety slowing down starting from the maze. Now to catch up on Order of the Phoenix

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Finished this chunkster and let me tell ya, it is so much better as an audiobook. A fantastic story full of characters and details that bogged me down when I was reading but really was able to engage while listening. Probably helped that January LaVoy is amazing in all the different voices. Will definitely listen to the rest of the series.

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My #audiobook ing view last evening

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At the point where I bailed last time and enjoying it much more in audio format. January LaVoy is a fantastic narrator!

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Getting settled in to the new place 📚

LiteraryinLawrence Looking great!! 6mo
Nute Nice! 6mo
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It‘s that time of month again... #bookspin #doublespin #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 6mo
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