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TheAromaofBooks

Joined May 2019

Main Book Blog: http://www.thearomaofbooks.wordpress.com I read a bit of anything and everything all the time. Living the good life in a small midwestern town with a husband of awesomeness, two obnoxious border collies, and a flock of hens with old-fashioned names.
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While the two stories in this book were ultimately kind of forgettable, they were super relaxing and fluffy, which was exactly what I wanted. I'm not sure I will ever reread this one, so if you are interested in it, let me know and I will be happy to send it your way!!

Samplergal Great summer reads! 4h
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1. Tagged - after an intense thriller, I needed something fluffy!
2. I told Dad to read Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None!
3. Twenty checked out, one on reserve waiting to be picked up. Six of the twenty have already been read and are ready to go back. I am WAY into using my library, especially since our interlibrary loan allows me access to almost all the libraries in central Ohio!!

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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Uprooted | Naomi Novik
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I'm always a day behind on these!! :-)

1. I'm actually a dryad, & I loved this book.
2. Puffy!
3. I see more sunsets, so sunrises seem more magical when I do catch them.
4. Probably vacation - westward as usual!
5. In 4th grade I met my best friend, got my first bunny, & got a new brother!!

#friyayintro @howjessreads

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The Eyes of Tamburah | Maria V. Snyder
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Although there were times that the slightly frenetic pace made some of Bruce Willis's movies seem sedate by comparison, overall I enjoyed the characters, world-building, & plot of this one. All in all, I recommend this one. I think it's a great start to a new series, & also did an excellent job of wrapping up enough threads in this book that I didn't feel gypped, while leaving plenty of things open for the second book.

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Across the Miles | Lucy Maud Montgomery
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Receiving #LitsyLove is honestly making me so happy!! I sent out my first response today, with several more to write. Thank you everyone for being so welcoming!!!

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The Eyes of Tamburah | Maria V. Snyder
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Soooo excited about this piece of #bookmail that came today!! I conveniently just finished a book right before walking to the post office, so I think I will jump straight in!!

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Went to see Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience last night. Fantastic concert, and the closest I will ever get to hearing LZ live!! It was an outdoor concert, and listening to Stairway to Heaven under the stars was pretty magical. Everyone in the band is excellent, but the guitarist was unbelievable. The tagged book is a must if you are Zeppelin fan!

TK421 Awesome show! 1w
TheAromaofBooks @TK421 - Have you seen them perform?? I was really impressed. 1w
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Vision in White | Nora Roberts
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1. Close Case by Alafair Burke
2. The Bayern books by Shannon Hale - excellent
3. Nora Roberts's Bridal Quartet is my go-to for a happy, relaxing, romantic series - the first book in the set is the one I've tagged. I really love the group of friends at the core of the story.
#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

Sunraven I love Shannon Hale! Random fact: She has the same birthday as I do. 😆 1w
TheAromaofBooks @Sunraven - I went on a serious Shannon Hale kick a few years ago and read a BUNCH of her stuff! I really love the Bayern books and the Princess books. Austenland is fantastic, but I thought the sequel was honestly rather terrible haha I haven't read some of her children's books or Dangerous, although I keep meaning to. 1w
Sunraven I‘ve only read The Goose Girl and the first two Princess Academy books — I somehow zoned out and missed the other Bayern books and the third Princess Academy book, I think, haha. Need to get my butt back and gear and read the others. I kept meaning to read Austenland, too, but obviously that got derailed. Time for a visit to the library ... 😉 1w
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TheAromaofBooks @Sunraven - I haven't read the third Princess Academy book, either, which I really want to as I quite liked the first two. I really enjoyed Austenland and have read it a few times. My sister (/best friend/chick flick partner haha) and I watched the movie Austenland a while back, and it was one of the few occasions where I had trouble deciding which I liked better ... 1w
TheAromaofBooks @Sunraven - since the movie was adorable and fun and so was the guy who played the lead love interest haha In the end, I actually wrote a post for my book blog detailing in which areas I thought the book was the winner and which areas I thought the movie was. Both are pretty fun, though. 1w
Sunraven Well, now I‘ll have to watch the movie someday, too! Another thing in the queue, haha... 1w
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The second book starring Deputy DA Samantha Kincaid is another solid entry with an engaging mystery and likable characters. I also love the PAST tense first person narrative - present tense first person makes me want to bang my head against the wall. Overall enjoying this series and looking forward to book three!

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II got my first piece of #LitsyLove mail today!!! I am so excited about becoming a part of this community!!

TheAromaofBooks Thank you for the warm welcome @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks !!!

I tried to tag you in my original post, but for some reason Litsy wouldn't post what I typed!!
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yay!!! It got there fast!! 💗😘 2w
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Judgment Calls | Alafair Burke
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This was a little slow to start, but once it had me hooked, I really wanted to see how it was going to come together, and stayed up late finishing! I didn't realize that this was Burke's debut book - a pretty solid start. Looking forward to more of Samantha Kincaid's adventures in the second book. Also read 7 for #20BooksofSummer!

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1. It was finally dry enough to get some outside painting done!
2. San Juan Mountains in Colorado

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Judgment Calls | Alafair Burke

Apathy is grossly undervalued and never there for me when I need it. I was already sucked in.

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Always My Hero | Jennifer DeCuir

Legit question... if someone steals the deed to a building, and then SELLS the building and skips town with the money... who now owns the building?? The original owners OR the person who bought it from someone who had no authority to sell the building?? I was sooo confused by the plot twist in this one, where the “new owner“ is like... “Oh well... sucks to be you, but it's my building now.“ ????

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IN LOVE with 20th Anniversary editions! I wish I could afford to buy all the houses!! I especially love the map. Every book should be required to have a map!

Sunraven Now I have this urge to draw maps for books that don‘t have them and leave them inside the books for other people to find. 😆 2w
TheAromaofBooks @Sunraven - that is actually a fabulous idea. Now I just need to hone my map-making skills... 2w
Sunraven It‘d be like Free Art Friday, but with maps!

I‘ve toyed with the idea of doing a series of maps using Surrealist techniques ... That‘s what happens whenever I‘ve tried entopic graphomania, so it seems like I should just go with it. ☺️
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TheAromaofBooks @Sunraven - well be sure to post them on here as you create them so I can admire your handiwork!! 2w
Sunraven @TheAromaofBooks: If I do it, I surely will share them! 💖 2w
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The Hobbit | J.R.R. Tolkien
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1. French toast w/ strawberries! Also breakfast sandwiches: bagel, bacon, hash browns, egg, cheese: so delish. We're actually big into breakfast around here. :-D
2. Nothing leaps to mind...
3. Basically always, mostly because I read while doing almost everything.
4. I'm pretty content with any chocolate/pb combo!
5. Interested to see what everyone else has to say!! :-)

@Eggs #wondrouswednesday

Eggs Yum #1 ! Thanks for playing 👏🏻🤗 2w
TK421 I could go for one of those sandwiches right now. 😊 2w
TheAromaofBooks @Eggs - with your user name, a breakfast theme seems appropriate!! :-D 2w
TheAromaofBooks @TK421 - the secret to a good breakfast sandwich is all in adding some crispy hash browns!!! :-D 2w
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The Raven Ring | Patricia C. Wrede
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1. Tagged - I've been reading this series all week & am on the final book.
2. My favorite drink for all seasons is Lemonade/Tea Monster Rehab. I don't have an addiction!!!
3. “Now, where were we?“

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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Caught in Crystal | Patricia C. Wrede

I am really enjoying the fact that the heroine in this fantasy novel is a 36-year-old widowed mother of two who has been retired from active questing for fifteen years. This is the kind of diverse representation that I'm looking for!! :-D

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Shadow Magic | Patricia C. Wrede
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Reading a Kindle omnibus is the worst! How much longer will this particular book last?? No idea!

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Swallows & Amazons | Arthur Ransome
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I was in a weird reading mood all month and read lots of rather terrible paranormal romances on Kindle Unlimited haha it was kind of like eating an entire bag of Skittles, and now I am feeling like getting back into my more regular reading for July!!

Bklover I love this description! I will now think of some of my “lighter” reads as Skittles👍👍 2w
TheAromaofBooks @Bklover - I especially think of them that way as I tend to binge on them until I feel a little nauseous! :-D 2w
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Dealing with Dragons | Patricia C. Wrede
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I always seem to be a day behind on these!!

1. Honestly, probably Anne of Green Gables, but I have a huge soft spot for the Enchanted Forest Chronicles, which are just so funny.
2. Does horseradish count?? At a church dinner a long time ago they had delicious strawberry jello & I put a big dollop of what I thought was whipped cream on it - only to find out it was horseradish!!
3. Spiders!
4. 3 younger bros & 3 younger sis.

#FriYAYintro

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See Them Die | Ed McBain
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This book was a little polemic, but McBain handled his thoughts on racism & gangs well enough that I didn't mind. I wasn't expecting to get smacked in the feels by this story, but I totally was. One of my faves in the series so far.
Side note: my library only has LP editions, which make me feel like I am FLYING through the story!!!

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Spindle's End | Robin McKinley
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1. I love doing rereads of old favorites on vacation. It means I'm a lot more willing to set down my book and do the next vacation thing, & I also know that I'm not going to be disappointed in my choice! For some reason, the tagged book is one that has gone on a LOT of vacations with me ever since I bought it on vacation in 2003!
2. ALWAYS. Now that I have a Kindle, I load that up, too!

Thanks @TheSpineView for creating #Two4Tuesday !!!

TheSpineView Glad you enjoyed! Thanks for playing!😍 4w
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See Them Die | Ed McBain
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Not much reading time yesterday as we had an unusually busy Sunday. Short paddle around a local lake - lots of herons, but no fish. Afternoon/evening at the Outlaw Country Music Festival - Avett Brothers, Willie Nelson, Allison Krauss, & Old Crow Medicine Show. Old Crow's energy was amazing; they were my faves for the evening! Today should be quieter & back to regular life!

Daisey Sounds like a great day! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @Daisey - It was, thank you! :-) 1mo
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The Heckler | Ed McBain
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This was one of my favorites of the series so far. Solid pacing and a delightfully complicated villain. I can't believe this is my first time reading through the 87th Precinct books. They are just so much fun.

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The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator: Manual (1962) | Isabel Briggs Myers, Katharine C. Briggs
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@rretzler shared this link/image, and mine was also spot-on! I go between INTJ and ISTJ - and mysteries and history are kinda my jam. :-D Check it out!!

https://www.bustle.com/p/the-genre-of-book-you-need-to-be-reading-based-on-your-...

rretzler 😁👍🏻 1mo
TrishB Mine is way off and says mine should be non fiction! Which I hardly ever read 🤷‍♀️ 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @TrishB - in fairness, they had a good chance of hitting it right for me since I read a little bit of almost everything :-D 1mo
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The Heckler | Ed McBain
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1. Very small town - when we moved here, the mayor proudly told us it's the second-highest point in the county, because that's apparently the best aspect of living here haha Husband & I still joke about it every time it rains - no flood worries here!
2. Long days & no shoes!!
3. Anything on the grill, fresh veggies from the garden, & peaches!
4. Print, although ebooks are so convenient for traveling!

#friYAYintro @howjessreads

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Despite the way the cover looks, the name of the book is NOT Ed McBain #petpeeve Anyway, I have been reading through the 87th Precinct books and thoroughly enjoying them. Quick reads with a large dose of humor. A bit "of the time" in the racism/sexism department, although McBain plays it rather tongue-in-cheek than seriously. All in all, good fun with likable characters.

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@megzlynn - a #shelfie for you! :-) My husband built these four houses ago, and they have been moved and painted multiple times. I wanted something that would hold a lot of books, but also have spaces for other odds and ends. This room also has a table/chairs & a comfy chair + windows & plants - it's absurdly happy in here.

I've tagged one of my favorite books on home decorating as well!!

PS And no, those aren't all the books!!!

jchawkins 😍😍😍 1mo
Ronda ❤❤❤❤ 1mo
megzlynn That‘s beautiful. I adore the shelves. That‘s for the book recommendation. I‘m a newly wed and this is our first house so it‘s a brand new experience for me! 1mo
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TheAromaofBooks @jchawkins @Ronda Thank you!!! 🎉 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @megzlynn Aww congratulations on your marriage!! We are celebrating anniversary #9 next month, & still thinking getting married was the best idea ever! :-D Originally we built the shelves to fit in a wide hallway in a house we were renting, so we weren't really thinking of them as forever shelves, but I loved them too much to leave them behind! They're just painted pine 1x6, so fairly inexpensive. The book is one that really inspired & …. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @megzlynn ….encouraged me. The author is a Christian, but even if that isn't for you, I think her overall message of joy & contentment will resonate with anyone. Best wishes as you nest in!! :-) 1mo
megzlynn @TheAromaofBooks Happy early Anniversary. I‘ve loved married life so far! I love that the author of the book is Christian was we are also. 1mo
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Swallows & Amazons | Arthur Ransome
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Reading this book was like eating homemade bread - wholesome, cozy, and delightful. I enjoyed every page and can't wait to read the next book!

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Swallows & Amazons | Arthur Ransome
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1. I met my friend Becky at a 4-H meeting back in 1992!
2. When we were in the Keys, I loved how everyone dropped everything in the evenings to watch the sunset.
3. Diesel fumes, honestly - I was in a tractor club that I loved as a kid, and grew up in a farming community.
4. Tagged - this book was an absolute delight.

#wondrouswednesday @eggs

Mitch Tractor club! Take my subscription now! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
Eggs Awww farm country smells! Sounds like my daughter‘s home-horses, sheep, cows, 4-H, and tractors 🚜 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @Mitch - It used to meet every week in January and February, at various implement dealers around the county. Theoretically, we were learning about maintenance and repair, but there were plenty of shenanigans haha 1mo
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TheAromaofBooks @Eggs - it's a good life in the wilds of farmland Ohio :-D 1mo
Mitch @TheAromaofBooks last year I went to a Tractor Racing event it was amazing! Fast, customised mean machines! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @Mitch - lol at our county fair every year we have a combine demolition derby - so combines (minus the headers) smashing into one another until only one is left standing. It's honestly the funniest thing ever. 1mo
Mitch @TheAromaofBooks OMG - I‘m adding that to my bucket list! I HAVE to go! We have something similar which is a caravan demolition derby! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @Mitch - okay, that also sounds awesome. I need to see that! 1mo
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Just ordered a signed copy of this book!! Can't wait for its arrival next month.

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The Villa | Nora Roberts
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Hey fellow Littens! These are some books that were just one-off reads for me, & I would be very happy to send them your way if you want any/some/all of them! Please email me which book(s) you would like - first come, first serve! If you're first, I'll reply & ask for your mailing address. My email is itsthegoodlife15 @ gmail dot com

Full list of titles/authors in comments. #giveaway

TheAromaofBooks -The Villa by Nora Roberts
-The Kingdom Beyond the Waves by Stephen Hunt
-Carousel of Hearts by Mary Jo Putney
-Heaven and Earth by Nora Roberts
-Up From the Sea by Leza Lowitz
-Made to Kill by Adam Christopher
-The Telling Pool by David Clement-Davies
-Playing House by Patricia Pearson
-Six Months Later by Natalie RIchards
-Becoming Bonnie by Jenni Walsh
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A pet pic for @clwojick - although you seem like more of a cat person, Paisley would win you over with some gentle licks. :-) Hopefully today is better than yesterday. Tagged is one of the few audiobooks I've listened to, although it definitely isn't a short one!!

PS Paisley isn't a morning dog, so she always looks mopey before 8am!

wanderinglynn What a cutie! ❤️🐶 1mo
Clwojick I am an animal person all around. I have two cats, but I would love a pup ( specifically a golden or a burnease mountain dog) if we had a yard for them to run in. Your 🐶 is stunning! They‘ve won me over already! ☺️☺️Thank you for the post. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @wanderinglynn - thank you!!! Most of the day she is full of pep, but in the mornings she pretty much looks like she is waiting for a cup of coffee haha 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @Clwojick - I was SO excited when we finally moved to a house where we could have dogs!! Someone in the neighborhood has a Bernese Mountain Dog and I see them walking around the block sometime - sooo beautiful!! 1mo
Clwojick Jealous! I don‘t think I‘ve seen any in my city for over 10 years. They sure are stunning! But if im being honest, I would take any rescue pup that would sleep at the end of my bed, go for hikes with me, and get along with my 2 house panthers. ♥️ 1mo
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Shadow Magic | Patricia C. Wrede
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Here are picks 6-10 for #20BooksofSummer

I'm intrigued to read Shadow Magic, as I have loved Wrede's other books. The Lyra novels are her first, and I have heard they are weaker than her later books, but I still think they will be fun.

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Foolish Hearts | Emma Mills
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My first five picks for #20Books of Summer:

-Cliff's Edge - 3*
-Foolish Hearts - 4*
-Dreamology - 3*
-A Portrait of Emily Price - Bail
-A Noise Downstairs - 4*

Foolish Hearts was definitely my fave. I really need Emma Mills to write about a thousand more books.

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A Noise Downstairs | Linwood Barclay
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This definitely kept me glued to the pages, but it was one of those thrillers that felt like it went one twist too far to stay somewhat realistic. Still a 4* rating for a book I had trouble putting down.

Fourth book for #20BooksofSummer

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Dreamology | Lucy Keating
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This was a fun concept that didn't end up working for me. The plotting felt a little sloppy and I liked the "wrong" guy WAY better than the "right" one. A fun one-off, but it didn't really inspire me to see if Keating has written anything else.

Third read for #20BooksofSummer

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Lunar Court | Aileen Erin
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I only review a few ARCs a year, since I overall find that whole culture quite stressful!! But this was a good one to pick - I've really enjoyed this series, even though it's outside my usual reading parameters. While Lunar Court was a little darker than earlier books, I still thoroughly enjoyed watching Chris & Cosette work through their otherworldly obstacles to be together! Full review on my blog; link in bio.

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Foolish Hearts | Emma Mills
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To me, this is perfect YA - fun, snarky, enjoyable characters, and just enough angst to remind you that they're teens! I appreciate that Mills is willing to give some of her characters a good home life with loving family members, too. This isn't a book that will change the world, but it's a happy, engaging read that had me snorting with laughter more than once. And it's my second read for #20BooksofSummer !

rubyslippersreads ❤️ the vintage typewriter! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @rubyslippersreads - thank you so much!! It's kind of random, but my sister collects typewriters! And I thought my book collection was heavy! This one is on permanent loan to me because there are times that I really enjoy the tactile and auditory experience of a typewriter. 1mo
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Cliff's Edge | Meg Tilly
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Mehso-so

This was a book I wanted to like more than I did. I think it would have benefited from focusing on the romance, which was fun and well-written, and dumping the thriller aspect, which felt clunky, especially since most of the thriller part was the bad guy being sexually aroused thinking about kidnapping Eve - that got old fast! Alright read, but not stellar. First book for #20BooksofSummer !

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Foolish Hearts | Emma Mills
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I've been in a bit of a reading slump lately, but Mills's combination of snarky humor and sharp insights is pulling me out of it.

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Cliff's Edge | Meg Tilly

She's stayed in the relationship longer than she should have, trying to save him. One day, after he'd surfaced after a three-day bender, she'd realized the only person she could save was herself.

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An Old-fashioned Girl | Louisa May Alcott
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1. A lot of really wonderful, small moments of happiness with various family members this week. Sometimes it's a challenge to remember to take time to enjoy those moments!
2. I have a lot of comfort reads, but the tagged book is definitely towards the top of the list. Polly was a real role model for me growing up.
3. Not much of a sports girl, although I've married into a Browns family!
4. A Tale of Two Cities.

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The Last Camel Died at Noon | Elizabeth Peters
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1. Long story, but - “Burrito“ haha
2. Tagged - & the title is also the literal premise of the beginning of the book. :-D
3. I try to balance reviews by random people with reviews by people I know/trust, so rarely.
4. Super important, especially if I'm on the fence about buying a book! Not a fan of books that just have a person on them, or where the author's name is huge and the title is tiny. I'm way into artsy covers!
#wondrouswednesday

Eggs Thanks for playing 🤗 I do agree about covers 2mo
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Cliff's Edge | Meg Tilly
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Here are my first five reads for #20BooksofSummer - I'm especially excited about Foolish Hearts, as I have really enjoyed the other two Emma Mills books I've read. Also interested to read my first Linwood Barclay book!

RaimeyGallant I met Linwood last year at an award gala. :) 2mo
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Indiscretion: A Novel | Jude Morgan
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Some May stats!!!
#bythenumbers

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Becoming Alpha | Aileen Erin
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I really enjoy certain paranormal fiction, but so much of it is sexually, rather than plot, driven. The Alpha Girl series manages to embrace the "true mate" trope without throwing the main characters into the same bed immediately! Tessa is a likable protagonist, and the story is well-paced. Rereading this series in anticipation of an ARC read of the newest addition!

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1. Debbie - a black and white cat.
2. Currently have two border collies, Waylon and Paisley. We also have ten laying hens: Margaret, Penelope, Esther, Elsie, Henrietta, Penny, Wilma, Josie, Isabelle, and Mabel.
3. A Guernsey cow.
4. There is basically no limit to the weirdness of our two dogs who, in typical border collie fashion, are constantly devising new and exciting ways to keep us on our toes.
5. Love to hear from others!!

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Forest Born | Shannon Hale
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This is a great conclusion to the series. In a lot of ways, it feels like Hale is tying up loose ends in her world-building as much as she is with her characters. I loved watching Rin grow into herself. Recommended!