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bekakins

bekakins

Joined January 2017

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#TeamGameSleighers #WinterGames2021

Here‘s my TBR for December 😁 tagged book is my book club read… can‘t wait to get cracking!

Also #bookspin #doublespin #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 7d
StayCurious Looks great! 6d
MartinaLove Looks great! 5d
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Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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Wonderfully weird… devoured this one! Reminded me of Annihilation in some ways as you are completely immersed in the world with no explanation… also reminded me of Room in some ways… loved it!!

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Shuggie Bain | Douglas Stuart
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Super depressing, but absolutely brilliant. You‘re rooting for Shuggie the whole way through, beautifully written.

Cathythoughts 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻❤️💔great book 1w
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The Startup Wife | Tahmima Anam
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Enjoyed this satirical read! Really interesting concept of a social media app that incorporates elements of religion or spirituality. And Asha is a badass..

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The Lady With The Dog | Anton Chekhov
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Final short story for #doublespin this was an enjoyable little read!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3w
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#bookspin for November… a niche read but I loved it! I‘m doing my first ultra (100k 😳) next year and this has definitely inspired me (and terrified me in equal measure)!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3w
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Beautifully written, but very melancholy. Looking forward to discussing this one at my book club next week!

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This one was a slow burn for me but got into it by the end… I liked the alternating POV chapters & was interesting to rarely get the perspective of the central characters. Depressing though!

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Ghostbusters | Richard Mueller
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Final week of #Scarathlon!! 497pts 🎃

Skeleton Crew (18 stories), Warm Bodies #TeamRead with readathon hrs for both #bookspinbingo & #20in4

5 x morbid podcast
1 x Stranger Things
Child‘s Play
Dogma
Ghostbusters

Grand total for #Scarathlon2021 : 1166 pts
#TeamHendrix

StayCurious Amazing job! 1mo
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Warm Bodies: A Novel | Isaac Marion
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Really liked this! Very unique take on a totally overdone trope… second team read for #teamhendrix and another 3 hrs for #20in4 … think I‘m going to have to go by chapters and call it a success that way 🙈

#scarathlon2021

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Skeleton Crew | Stephen King
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A fun re-read for Halloween… I especially enjoyed ‘Mrs Todd‘s Shortcut‘, ‘Word Processor of the Gods‘ & ‘The Ballad of the Flexible Bullet‘

A whopping 4.5 hrs reading for #20in4 🙈 and here‘s my list for #bookspin #doublespin #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1mo
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This was fascinating! And now I can tell everyone that I‘m improving my health by always making sure I get 8 hrs sleep ❤️ #doublespin complete for October!

Plus weekly update for #Scarathlon2021 #TeamHendrix

Red Pyramid : 56 pts (supernatural, 4 hrs reading)
Why We Sleep : 66 pts (6 hrs reading)
x 4 spooky stories from Skeleton Crew : 50 pts (2 hrs reading)
x 3 ep Morbid podcast : 15 pts

Total : 187 pts

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
StayCurious Great job! 1mo
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The Red Pyramid | Rick Riordan
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Maybe I‘m biased towards the Greek gods, but this just wasn‘t as good as Percy Jackson IMO. I will read the rest of the series though so let‘s see if things get better!

Scored #bookspinbingo and points for #TeamHendrix a this was def supernatural in theme! #Scarathlon2021

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Looking great!! 1mo
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This would have been a pick until the last chapter… then too many inconsistencies in some of the statistics for me! #bookspin done!

Week 2 #Scarathlon2021 summary #TeamHendrix
Red Screen +16
Definitely Dead +56
The Four +56

Podcasts/TV/Film +55 (morbid podcast x 3, Zombieland 2, Sabrina x 3, AHS, Stranger Things, Servant x 2)

Total: 183 pts

TheAromaofBooks Looks interesting!! 2mo
bekakins @TheAromaofBooks it was absolutely terrifying and made me want to remove all technology from my life 🙈🤣 2mo
TheAromaofBooks I think about that all the time 😂 2mo
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Definitely Dead | Charlaine Harris
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These books are trashy but addictive 🙈 found this one confusing until I discovered that Hadley‘s tale was told in a short story not one of the previous novels… thought I had blacked out on a massive chunk of plot!
#TeamHendrix #Scarathlon2021 (x2 more episodes of morbid podcast, & also watched zombie land 2)

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Fun little read from the master, released via humble bundle to raise money for charity… I enjoyed this short little supernatural story!

And listened to an episode of Morbid podcast last night, it was even a Halloween special!

+21pts for #TeamHendrix

#Scarathlon2021

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Really enjoyed my book club read for October… so unusual take on an important subject.

Also week 1 #Scarathlon2021 scores (inc readathon hrs for #bookspinbingo)🎃
Early Bird +51
Americanah +35
Southern Book Club +91
7 Husbands +66
Vanishing Half +56

Total : 299 pts
#TeamHendrix

StayCurious Great job! 2mo
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Loved it! Something about TJR‘s writing style really draws me in… couldn‘t get enough of this!

+5 pts for #TeamHendrix #Scarathlon2021

StayCurious Don't forget every post gives you +1 participation point:) 2mo
bekakins @StayCurious I had forgotten that! So my week 1 total is 299 🙌 2mo
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Back on grid and updating all the books I‘ve read… all one of them 😂 #BuddyRead for #TeamHendrix done! I really enjoyed this, I liked the juxtaposition of cosy southern drama vs VERY gory vampirism. Would not recommend reading the scene with the rats when you are staying in a secluded cabin in the middle of nowhere though 🤯🤯

#bookspinbingo #Scarathlon2021

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 2mo
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Here's my October list... For many different things! I have a week off next week (after running London marathon😬) so excited to make some headway in this list!!

#bookspin #doublespin #bookspinbingo #scarathlonTBR #TeamHendrix #scarathlon2021

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
StayCurious Love how artsy this list is! +50 early bird points! Good luck on the marathon:) 2mo
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Heroes | Stephen Fry
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Nice to read about about Greek mythology with this one 🤓 the parts on Medea gave me flashbacks of my dissertation! 😆 Look forward to reading the next installment...

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I enjoy a meandering book full of beautiful prose that doesn‘t really have a gripping plot from time to time… really enjoyed this can definitely see Sally Rooney maturing as an author in this novel. And a beautiful box from Books That Matter too!

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The Inimitable Jeeves | P. G. Wodehouse
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#doublespin a Jeeves ‘novel‘?? But more like a series of loosely connected short stories. Enjoyed it, just felt a bit weird in the way it was structured…

TheAromaofBooks I could be wrong, but I think this is one of the earlier Jeeves books - Wodehouse wrote a lot of short stories about the pair before his first novel with them as the stars. 3mo
bekakins @TheAromaofBooks yes I think you‘re right… I don‘t know if I had misinformation or something as I had it billed as ‘the first full-length Jeeves novel‘, and it definitely didn‘t hang together like a novel. Once I accepted it as a series of short stories I enjoyed it a lot more!! 2mo
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#bookspin done! I enjoyed this… but not as much as Sapiens & Homo Deus. Has made me want to get back into meditation though!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
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When you have ~100 pages left of your book club book… and book club is tomorrow 👀🙈

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Urgh. I think I would have enjoyed this more if I hadn‘t read so many other books on the same theme… lonely old man finds friendship & companionship after thinking that part of life is over.

One down for #bookspinbingo though!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
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Borne: A Novel | Jeff VanderMeer
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Seriously weird speculative fiction (not sure why that came as a surprise after reading the southern reach trilogy!), very enjoyable. Would like to read more about this universe.

Plus #bookspin #doublespin #bookspinbingo for September (1 book still TBD)

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
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Alexi Pappas is seriously inspiring. I loved this book and had definitely given me some things to think about relating to my own dreams and goals! Plus, #bookspinbingo 😁

TheAromaofBooks Yay bingo!!! 3mo
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The Player of Games | Iain M. Banks
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LOVED. This. Perfect balance of hard sci-fi, allegory & some great tongue in cheek humour. Looking forward to reading the rest of the Culture series!

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His Only Wife | Peace Adzo Medie
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Really enjoyed this months choice from Books That Matter. I found it hard to relate to Afi at first, but was an interesting look into life in Ghana, a country I don‘t know too much about!

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#doublespin done! Another fun read from the Sookie Stackhouse series… these are great when your brain is not functioning at its best!!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 4mo
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Such a Fun Age | KILEY. REID
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Really enjoyed this! Light in tone and an easy read but covering some pretty serious subjects and very thought provoking. Also included some really cringey ‘white woman‘ moments which made for pretty uncomfortable reading!

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Dune Messiah | Frank Herbert
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I didn‘t enjoy this quite as much as the OG Dune, but still a fun sci-fi read… lots of political intrigue!
#bookspin for august complete!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! I got the original Dune in a swap box last year but still haven't tackled it!! 4mo
thanek @bekakins yeah I feel the same way 1mo
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Dog Days of August | G F Gorman
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It‘s my 1 year #bookspin anniversary 🥳 thanks to @TheAromaofBooks for organising… has helped me power through my TBR (not that the pile is getting any smaller 👀)

Here‘s my list for august! #doublespin #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!!! 4mo
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How to Build a Girl | Caitlin Moran
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So true 😆

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#bookspinbingo 🙌 this was a fascinating read, really interesting to think about how I could make my introvert tendencies work to my advantage!

TheAromaofBooks Yay bingo!!!! 4mo
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Glass Hotel | Emily St John Mandel
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Really enjoyed this! Very different, centred around a weird& wonderful host of characters on the periphery of a Ponzi scheme.

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Broken Harbour | Tana French
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LOVE this series 🤩🤩

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The Lagoon | Joseph Conrad
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I‘ve never really gotten the hype around Joseph Conrad… clearly something is passing me by! #bookspin done and good to read a few more short stories! The anthology I‘m reading is on chronological order and to be honest I‘m looking forward to reading some more modern tales soon!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 5mo
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Desiree's Baby | Kate Chopin
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My #bookspin for July is 5 short stories out of a mammoth book of 100… this was number 3 and was brilliant! Great sting in the tail 😱😱

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 5mo
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The Fifth Elephant | Terry Pratchett
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#doublespin down! This might be my favourite Discworld book yet! Loving Uberwald, and Captain Carrot has got to be one of my favourite characters in the whole series!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 5mo
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The Code of the Woosters | P. G. Wodehouse
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#bookspinbingo just in the nick of time 😅 I enjoyed this more than Thank you, Jeeves, some good one liners!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! This is one of my favorites. 5mo
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July Jitters | Ron Roy
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Really enjoyed this months selection from Books That Matter! A very different perspective on gold rush America, and an excellent choice for pride month! 🏳️‍🌈

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#doublespin done! I absolutely loved this…. Highly recommend for any fans of running or travelling!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 6mo
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#bookspinbingo board for June 🤩

Yes I made a mistake on one of the squares 🙈 devastating!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Looks great!!! 6mo
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A Million Junes | Emily Henry
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Book spin easy for June! ☀️☀️

#bookspin #doublespin #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 6mo
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The Art of the Body | Alexander Allison
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This months subscription pick. I would never have chosen to read this but really enjoyed it. Although very uncomfortable at times.

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Voices of the Lost | hoda barakat
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This months Books That Matter choice was gorgeous. Interweaving stories of unnamed characters confessing to various awful things in a series of letters. Beautiful writing, although some difficult subject matter.

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*Disclaimer* the tagged book is NOT the book I read, just cos something with the same author name as looks like the ISBN isn‘t on Litsy yet. This read definitely gets better throughout... started life on a podcast so there‘s not much development in the first few chapters... the story matures and the writing gets HEAPS better in the back half so persevere!