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Soscha

Joined May 2016

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Bambi by Walt Disney
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Nuclear War: A Scenario by Annie Jacobsen
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Vanity Fair by William Thackeray
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Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare
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King John by William Shakespeare
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Roughing it by Mark Twain
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Tao Te Ching by Lao-Tzu
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Kosa by Darklit Press, John Durgin
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Odyssey of Kostas Volakis by Harry Mark Petrakis
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Traces of Enayat by Iman Mersal
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A Girl Returned by Donatella Di Pietrantonio
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When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro
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Pangu's Shadow by Karen Bao
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Runt by Craig Silvey
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Sevastopol by Emilio Fraia
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Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle
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Don't Let in the Cold by Keely Parrack
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Night Realm by Annette Marie
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Ozma of Oz by Eric Shanower
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Hotel Dare by Terry Blas
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Psychopath's Prey by V. Mason
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Twilight Guardians by Maggie Shayne
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The Warden by Anthony Trollope
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Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
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Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
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Relentless in Texas by Kari Lynn Dell
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Caged by Ellison Cooper
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Tempest Rising by Tracy Deebs
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Chromosome 6 by Robin Cook
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Beloved by Toni Morrison
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The Vivisector by Patrick White
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No Exit: A Novel by Taylor Adams
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The Year of Return | Ivana Akotowaa Ofori
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Statue is “Vicissitudes”, Jason deCaires Taylor, off the coast of Grenada

Book setting is Ghana, where to ghosts of slavery‘s victims of the Middle Passage return as “Coasters”, floating above the coast to land

The horror here is the horror of the Middle Passage, the pain, the fear, the despair

It's a hard read for that reason. Do you wish you could have witnessed, to have experienced it?

No, you really don't.

An electric, effective novella.

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Hard to rate this one. It‘s a fun & often perplexing read.

Ends in a serious cliffhanger, no idea how many volumes are forthcoming.

This was the latest read for the Bookish Swifties group on Fable.

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Deadly Class 1: Reagan Youth | Rick Remender, Wesley Craig
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Adults only, please.

Gen X vicious graphic urban horror tale. If you read the book blurb troubled teens get offered an education in becoming assassins.

There will be blood & murder. Beatings, allusions to sexual abuse.

That tale takes place over 12 volumes. I‘ve already picked up the compendium. All 1368 pgs of it. 😳

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Skyward | Brandon Sanderson
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Mehso-so

Sanderson is a much beloved writer b/didn‘t do much for me

For one: Not veg*n friendly. 🐀

The sentient spaceship was a plus b/endearing smartalecky feels so Murderbot which came a year earlier than Skyward.

READ MURDERBOT

Spensa likes to swear frequently only its a much-repeated “scud”.

The enemy Krell. What are they? Crablike? Crabs flying armored spaceships 🦀 🚀

That‘s sorta cool. I like sentient crabs as all crabs are sentient, right?

Soscha I do mean that about sentient crabs. And lobsters. And squid & octopus. I can‘t hurt my friends. 🦀🦞🦑🐙 🌱 2w
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The pic breaks your heart.

No real answers in the book. The *why* probably doesn‘t have a good answer.

Richard Allen has been arrested; he apparently confessed to his wife repeatedly on a jail call. (Yes they record those, dummy)

RIP Abby & Libby, still together, forever. Eternity awaits you both. 🌈🦋🦋🦋🏵️

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Can you kinda guess where I‘m going with this one from the pic?

This is a dystopian & rather disturbing as it seems entirely too probable.

Morally-lacking gourmands. If you‘re a foodie you could well get into this prose, just not if you‘re a veg*n.

Hey! You leave those mammoths alone! 🦣

dabbe 😱😱😱 4w
Lindy 😳🤪🤔😐 I don‘t think this book is for me. 3w
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Need I say more?

Just give me happy stuff, okay? Yes, yes love hurts & women in love are stoopid & most hot guys are untrustworthy cads. 🤷🏼‍♀️

CatLass007 In Living Color! Awesome choice. Did you watch the competing Super Bowl Halftime show? I think it was 1992. Two snaps, a twist, and a kiss!💋 1mo
TheKidUpstairs Sorry the book was no good, but LOVE your image choice! Three snaps in a zed formation!!! 1mo
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I had no idea the protagonist was to be an also-ran Marvel superhero I knew nothing about.

Her distressing background is mentioned but that‘s about it. She *does* use her superpowers a few times but overall she‘s just who she is, a detective

There are two timelines and two separate sources of no-good to be aware of

Life lesson: it‘s 2024; all the Zoomers want to be influencers. Influencers: easy money but moral value is certainly questionable.

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This was a great read. The only thing that made me question the credibility…(edited out for spoiler reasons.)

Great characters, suspense. It will keep you guessing, keep you reading.

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Game On | Seressia Glass
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This one gets pretty spicy & listen—I read fet erotica but the happy times scenes here made me blush.

Sweet & inclusive & the plot is only too *real* for Black women & women gamers.

Seriously, add it; read it. 🎮🤎🤍🩶

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Cord Lockwood encountered a Sasquatch in his youth and the event still haunts him.

He grows up to become a cryptid hunter but minimal proof. However he would rather not present the film & footage he‘s compiled to keep the creatures safe.

Truth though: some of the cryptids mentioned are new to me.

This is a fun short novel. I would definitely read any sequels that get released but while truth—Wouldn't you rather see this as a miniseries?

Soscha Pukwudgie, that‘s one that was new to me. It‘s a Wampanoag pixie. 2mo
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Red River Road | Anna Downes
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How dangerous is it for women to travel alone in Australia? If you've seen "Wolf Lake" you'd probably be cautious and I'm not sure "Red River Road" would console you.

The twists & turners will have you reevaluating everything you've read.

Some deets—Katy‘s younger sister Phoebe vanished while van-life touring so Katy tries to follow her tracks to find her.

THEN hitchhiking Beth sneaks into her van. Who‘s lying? Can they solve it together?

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"No hair and no teeth, she's covered in scars. No fingers, no leg-"

Well-done if disturbing & violent. They're 17th Century pirates, what you gonna do?

Based on a historical character; god rest her soul. Those were violent times especially for a Black lesbian woman; yet Jacquotte, she fights, she conquers.

You can count this as an #ownvoices by a queer, disabled author. Check, check if you try to keep track of those things. ?‍❤️‍?‍??‍☠️

Gissy And great picture👌 2mo
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Look In the Mirror: A Novel | Catherine Steadman
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Oh boy. I don't want to give up any spoilers but this is one dark & disturbing read.

Not a mystery, suspense, yes.

Outright scary, yes.

Will you come to fear & doubt the rest of humanity?

Perhaps.

Worth your time but buckle up for the ride. 😨

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Mehso-so

Famous Italian 11-volume of YA adventure. Cliched as you‘d assume from 1883–+

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Black Paradox | Junji Ito
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Scary, weird & sad…It‘s Junji Ito!

This is a single-shot entry I believe. I‘m not sure I‘d WANT to follow these characters.

No heroes in horror manga, sorry!

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1. Read, then probably read some more once I think I‘m done reading. 📖📚

2. A veterinary. I‘ve always loved animals & reading. Both still sing in my soul. 🐩🐾🐈

3. What are these things you call “holidays”? I‘ve no 🤑 nor family. Atheist. I‘ve nothing to celebrate & no one to celebrate them with. 🤷🏼‍♀️

4. 🦌

#MotivationalMonday @Cupcake12

Cupcake12 The same on no.2, thanks for taking part x 3mo
Jari-chan I also wanted to be a veterinarian when I was a kid 🤭❤️🐶😸 3mo
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The Rescuers | Margery Sharp
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I‘m always behind bookclub reads; be patient with me!

I‘d assumed “The Rescuers” would follow the same plot & structure of the Disney movie. It does not!

There are some genuinely scary parts in the book. I much prefer the book & these characters.

I‘d adored the movie when I was younger! I rewatched it recently & got bored! If you‘ve watch this with your brood what did they think?

(The seagull & Evinrude are highlights imo!)

Megabooks I remember being scared by this movie as a kid. I was probably a wimpy 7 year old. 😂 😂 3mo
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Dwellings | Jay Stephens
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Exquisite art of horrible things!

Cartoon dementia!

Demons! Demon birds! Demon children speaking Polish!

Great graphic that puts the "graphic" in graphic!

I do like Oni Press. Cute art but not for kiddos. ?? ?

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What I liked? Femme-centered! But also a bit-rape centered but given the subject matter thats the territory.

What didn‘t work me—main character Chelsey outclassed as a detective—younger than she should. Ellie—more mature than likely to be at 19.

I personally saw it coming but then again I‘m a power-reader—I can tell given what‘s be said & what‘s not where your “twist” is.

Frankly I‘m over the “big twist” ubiquitous trope in thrillers.

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All I See Is Violence | Angie Elita Newell
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⭐️🌟✨🌟✨

🪶

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All I See Is Violence | Angie Elita Newell
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This is an amazing read

Different time periods & characters

One is George Armstrong Custer

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I'd requested this ARC before the October
attack on Israel

It is & remains gut-punch history. Yes it's a
good read but if you are now or remain
unaware of the hows, whens & whys of the
Jewish diaspora this would be a great
starting point.

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This is a painful read.

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SONG OF SPHERES - Walker Larson

“As an indie author, it's hard to stand out from the crowd. Your reading of the book is a real help. Song of Spheres will appeal to those who like a philosophical/theoretical edge and a character-focused style to their adventure stories. It grapples with questions about our place in the universe and how scientific theories can impact human life. Slow build in first half, action-packed in the second.”

Soscha This isn‘t in the system yet. You can likely pick up a free copy on StoryOrigin or Goodreads. 7mo
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You all may appreciate my review:

These are some dark and twisted tales, rotting bodies, copulation with demons, every form of fornication you can imagine. Disease and desiccation, festering rot.

It gives new meaning to going medieval on someone‘s ass.

You have to be in the mood for it but with that it‘s pretty brilliant.

Do enjoy, heathens. 😈

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This book is on its way but I HATE that cover.

I look at it & my mind immediately screams “You put that baby down!!”

🦖

#veganAF #dinosaurs #paleontology

Soscha The baby survived by the way. T-Rex went vegan after I gave her some tofu nuggets with Cajun sauce. 🌱 7mo
slategreyskies Now I want tofu nuggets with Cajun sauce. lol 3mo
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This one isn‘t in the catalogue yet.

Marshall Luthi, indie horror. He‘s always got great cover art.

An ARC I gotta get going on.

Soscha Story Origin, you can probably pick up a free copy. 7mo
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The Bridge Home | Padma Venkatraman
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Mehso-so

My wishes on the ending were not granted,

I‘m at a bit of a loss on the rating. As this is YA I wouldn‘t recommend it for that audience—kids got it rough enough already; don‘t make it harder on them.

I choose this pic for the dog (“India street dog 😢)

I could not, would not *ever* sell my dog. CA Mega Millions is currently $159 Million.

I win it, first thing I‘m gonna do is GET MORE DOGS! 🐕

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The Bridge Home | Padma Venkatraman

This book better have a happy ending.

An unbelievable Deus ex machina ending, with return of dog.

TheBookHippie I‘ve read all this authors books and love every one. 7mo
Soscha I think her own background was the basis of elements of this book? Don‘t know the details though. 7mo
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Starfish | Lisa Fipps
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Excellent read that deserves an audience. Unfortunately it may bring up a lot of pain & anger, outrage.

Just be kind. Being kind is free to you but you can‘t even imagine how much value it brings to others around you.

slategreyskies Agreed. 💕 3mo
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Starfish | Lisa Fipps
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This book is a painful read, full of miserable characters that I would never, ever forgive when I became an adult.

Her family? 🚮

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Under the Lilacs | Louisa May Alcott

I‘m finally getting to this one, on audio.

I‘m getting sads though, the casual mention to animal death & abuse. 😢

rubyslippersreads I‘m sure I must have read this as a child, but based on your review, I think I‘ll skip it this time. I just can‘t handle animal abuse. 12mo
Soscha It‘s not over-the-top but casual mentions to throw things at loose dogs, feeding a mouse‘s nest of babies to a cat, as a jolly “revenge” thing. (edited) 12mo
Soscha This was the way our country used to work though. 12mo
DivineDiana I too found those parts of the story upsetting. ☹️ 10mo
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Steel Kiss | Jeffery Deaver
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1. The book I‘m commenting on so NYC.

2. Not really but my state of the moment is Maine.

3. Deep Deep Woods (Yes, Raggedy Ann & Andy)

My tagging minus @Eggs is completely random.

Do you want to play a game? 🙀

Eggs Thanks for joining in 👍🏼 12mo
Soscha Quite welcome but I‘m afraid none my my tags are active on the app anymore. 💧 12mo
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Apologies to anyone that dug still. Different strokes, etc etc.

This is a favorite genre of mine though.

Ruthiella “Instagross” 🤣 13mo
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Fable | Charles Yu

Just wondering, is anyone else over on Fable?

I am, loving it. I can make comments as I‘m reading without the fear of spoilage.

Come see me if you join! (Also good for book recommendations.)

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Somebody is killing Priests!

Oh noes! Who could it be? What might be the motive? 🕵️‍♂️

Nothing much new covered here but it‘s a decent listen on Hoopla Free Borrows.

Pic is Giovanni Bonsi, Saint Nicholas, ca. 1365-70. Tempera on panel.

You can listen to a quick talk about it from The San Diego Museum of Art‘s Masterpiece Minute Podcast, where you can also view this piece.

Wesleypaker Hello how are you doing today ? 1y
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The Enigma Rising | Breakfield, Burkey
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It pains me to leave this review but there are serious issues.

Mexican bad guys do not say “gringo” and “federales”. If you‘re going to set a story with these characters, you need to get that right, do some general research before coming off as you‘ve done none.

For audio: Yes, your narrator can talk like they think Mexican people, Chinese people, East-Euro people sound. You do the entire book like that as it comes off as racist cosplay.

IamIamIam Oh no!!! "We don't need no stinking badges!" 1y
SamAnne Oof. Sounds pretty bad. 1y
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The Enigma Factor | Charles V. Breakfield, Roxanne E. Burkey
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I read, I learn!

This is the first ever billed “techno thriller” I‘ve read. This is a field so not my forte so a good bit of it surely lost me.

I picked it up particularly to get the first in the series to be able to follow “The Enigma Rising
(The Enigma #2)”.

Maybe I‘ll be able to pick up some knowledge along the way? 🧐

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#WonderousWednesday

🌨⛷

Did the author a month challenge, starts in Jan, I think? Winter Readathon, #bookbingo as well, I believe. I need to stop overcommitting though!

❄️☃️

I‘ve never associated much joy with Christmas. As ever being single & childless is a lonely life.

I do remember being an 👼🏻 several, several times in my *small* rural Iowa Lutheran church.

Trinity Lutheran? A miraculous memory accurate. The church in the mid-80s.

Soscha Left out…That church ceased to exist in the 80s. Very elderly membership list, no one pupping out kids for the Christmas pageant. 1y
Eggs ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 1y
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The Plot | Jean Hanff Korelitz
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Still from “It‘s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”!!!

It‘s hard for me to accurately rate this as I absolutely hate books that end the way this one did.

The plot is indeed twisty/turny. Hence the still.

But is it worth reading? Yes.

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Untitled | Unknown
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#winterreadathon 🎄🎅🤶🌨⛷⛄️

 @Ann_Reads

I‘m not very good with upload editing. 🤷🏼‍♀️

Please tag yo selves!!

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I don‘t generally read Regencies but a Hoopla Free Borrow audio says I do.

I remember more early ‘70s romances, dating already dated Regency. This one is 2019, never heard of the author but it‘s a good book, usual Regency tropes, spies, smugglers, rich relations.

Pic is “Where there‘s a will…” by Edmund Blair Leighton, painted 1892.

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#bookspin

1. Revenge by Yöko Ogawa

2. The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two
Teenagers and the Crime…by Dashka Slater

3. The Centurion Immortal by C. Thomas Lafollette

4. Hidden Pictures by Jason Rekulak

5. The Golden Lion of Granpere by Anthony Trollope

6. Twilight Guardians (Wings in the
Night: Reborn, #1) by Maggie Shayne

7. Art World City: The Creative Economy of Artists and Urban…by Joanna Grabski

Soscha 8. The Chestnut Man by Soren Sveistrup

9. The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World by Michael Pollan

10. Whisper Down the Lane by Clay McLeod Chapman

11. Luck of the Titanic by Stacey Lee

12. The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom by Tobias Smollett

13. Solito by Javier Zamora

14. The Way We Never Were: American Families and…by Stephanie Coontz
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Soscha 15. A Time to Die: The Untold Story
of the Kursk Tragedy by Robert Moore

16. I Gotta Be The One You Love by Latoya Nicole

17. Novelty: A History of the New by Michael North

18. The Andromeda Strain (Andromeda, #1) by Michael Crichton

19. Dark Fae (Ruthless Boys of the Zodiac, #1) by Caroline Peckham

20. The Eyes of Darkness by Dean Koontz

20. Isle of Winds (The Changeling, #1) by James Fahy
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Soscha Hope I did this right! 2y
Soscha Nope, didn‘t! #14 “The Way We Never Were” is now #14. Isle of Winds (The Changeling, #1) by James Fahy
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! I added you to the tag list, so you'll get tagged when I post the numbers on Friday!! 2y
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Question: How does Book Spin work?

Do you choose titles yourself or are they chosen for you?

Is this a completion read you can win? #bookspin

RaeLovesToRead Hey! So every month you write down 20 titles on your TBR and tag @TheAromaofBooks in the post. Each month 2 x numbers are drawn (#bookspin & #doublespin) and then a Bingo board is made with all of the numbers! It's great fun even if (like me) you never get a bingo). 2y
TheAromaofBooks Hey there!! I host the challenge - @RaeLovesToRead did a great job explaining!! If you'd like to play, you can join any time - I draw the numbers on the 2nd of every month. Just post a list and tag me!! I also have a post with more details (if you like things over-explained like me 😂) - https://thearomaofbooks.wordpress.com/bookspin-bookspinbingo-litsy-challenge Feel free to let me know if you have any questions!!! 2y
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This one confused me. I‘m not sure why. It clearly has a following & the writer has worked on Lumberjanes so, Cool! Lumberjanes!

As you can see we have several mythical creatures working in a coffee stop. The centaur loses his centaur 🍑 to an evil ghost magician & can‘t stop crying over his great centaur 🍑.

Okay then. Just doesn‘t work for me but take your chance & try it.

It‘s currently a Hoopla Free Borrow.

slategreyskies I‘ve totally been post stalking you. I clicked on one of your posts and then just fell down the rabbit hole of them. Okay, I‘ll stop now. lol 3mo
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Artifacts was a Hoopla Free Borrow this month so I thought I‘d give it a try. It‘s a Top Cow title, which I don‘t know much about & for good reason.

No capes! Plenty of cyborgs, defrocked priests, big-titty pretty ladies, fantasy guns, violence…

Boring. It is the line that did Witchblade if you dig Witchblade. Top Cow had long runs with Rob Liefeld, which also makes sense & so not for me.

Anyway, enter at your own risk.

My verdict: Boring.

DaveGreen7777 I‘ve never heard of this series, but I see it‘s written by Ron Marz, so I‘m not surprised by anything you said. Ron Marz has never exactly been a top ten writer for me… or even a top ten-thousand for that matter! 🙄 2y
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Batman: Noel | Lee Bermejo
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The art here is exquisite. Yes, it‘s an update on A Christmas Carol, y El Señor Murciélago no es el heroe. ?

Dark, but it‘s Batman ffs. ?

plemmdog Thanks for posting! I now know what to get my Batman aficionado work colleague for Christmas 2y
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Very well done, with much to think about.

What you think you know may not be accurate…but…my trial verdict 👎🏻

Q84 I'll have to check it out. 2y
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This was recommended to me, other wise I would have passed. Sacrilege, I know…but I‘m just not a superhero person, and who‘s the biggest superhero of them all?

Booorriing…🥱

Anyway, here‘s Clark & Lois‘s son, Jon. “…landmark moment in comic book history, Jonathan Kent “…the son of Clark Kent, aka Superman, and Lois Lane — is coming out as bisexual.”

So there‘s a continuity change.