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bekakins

bekakins

Joined January 2017

Shameless book addict
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The Trespasser | Tana French
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I‘m a little sad to have finished the Murder Squad series… absolutely loved all the books in the series! Love getting to know a different D with each book!

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#doublespin - 5 short stories … this one was DARK!! Short & sharp, would recommend if you‘ve got 5 minutes!

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Beyond the Barrier | Damon Knight
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#bookspin for May… very weird 60s sci-fi novella with a pretty good twist at the end!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3w
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The Editor's Wife | Clare Chambers
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Really enjoyed my book club pick this month! Nice, serendipitous story with some really funny one-liners!

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May Day: Poems | Gretchen Marquette
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Here‘s my #bookspin #doublespin #bookspinbingo for May! Here‘s hoping I get a few more books read!!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! So are the colors a code, or just for prettiness? 1mo
bekakins @TheAromaofBooks I use a different colour each month… books stay on my list till read & then I tick off with the colour for the month I read it… so a code of sorts but I mainly started doing it for prettiness 😆 4w
TheAromaofBooks I like it!!!! 4w
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Children of Dune | Frank Herbert
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This book was batshit crazy… can‘t decide if I like it or if it was all a bit too much!

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Thief of Time | Terry Pratchett
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Really enjoyed this… some very funny passages as usual & also pretty thought provoking with some interesting musings on the philosophy of time / history… #doublespin for April done!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1mo
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#bookspin for April done! This was a really bleak read, but very interesting. None of the characters were particularly likeable, which made it pretty heavy going, but well constructed and interesting.

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 2mo
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A Thousand Ships | Natalie Haynes
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Really enjoyed this alternative telling of the Trojan War, through the eyes of the many affected women. The classicist in me had a total nerd out and nice to revisit some great myths! Makes me want to re-read some of the old tragedies 👀

And my #bookspinbingo board!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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April's Rainbow | Cathryn Hein
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Roar | Stacy Sims
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Extremely interesting. I‘m definitely going to try and implement some of the recommended techniques and strategies into my training! Recommended for any female athletes (or anyone interested in fitness & physiology).

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The Valley of Fear | Arthur Conan Doyle
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#doublespin done! Think this is my favourite Holmes story to date… my favourite bit being the flashback in the second half which didn‘t include Holmes or Watson at all 🙈 I guessed the twist, but still a god western romp!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
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Snowblind: A Thriller | Ragnar Jonasson
Mehso-so

#bookspin done… I‘m not a massive fan of a mystery that the reader is unable to solve due to not being given all the facts! I will read the next one on the series though to see if things improve as I nipped the setting…

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 3mo
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I can see why this has divided opinion, but I really enjoyed it! Some really fascinating insights…

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Use of Weapons | Iain M. Banks
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Really enjoying the culture series! Great plot, excellent character development & some really funny sections too (as well as some seriously dark sections!)

Pic is #bookspin #doublespin #bookspinbingo for March!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
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I struggled with this at first (I really disliked the footnotes and the sarky teen tone), but I was into it by the end, and I will read the rest of the trilogy so I will rate it a pick. It was a slow burn though!

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A Tale of Two Cities | Charles Dickens
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#doublespin done! This took me a while to get into, but really got into it at the end!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
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A Room With A View | E.M. Forster
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#bookspin complete! I always feel like novels from this era pass me by a bit… I always miss the scandal (ie; the kiss in the violets) 🙈 and then have to backtrack to figure out what everyone is freaking out about! Predictable but some good dialogue and some pretty funny one-liners.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
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You Exist Too Much | Zaina Arafat
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I really enjoyed this meandering novel. Very interesting! And my #bookspinbingo board!

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The Secret Place | Tana French
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This wasn‘t my favourite Murder Squad novel, but it was still pretty bloody good. Teenage girls are scary… I‘m so glad my parents didn‘t send me to our local all girls school when I asked them not to!

And here‘s #bookspin #doublespin #bookspinbingo for Feb! I got a line in Jan so fingers crossed for the same!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! I also can't imagine surviving an all-girls school 😂 4mo
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No Honour | AWAIS. KHAN
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Really interesting book, makes me really sad that this is still reality for lots of women 😞 this is my book club read this month, I‘m looking forward to hearing everyone‘s thoughts at our meet tomorrow!

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Not much luck with book spin this month! This was my #doublespin & it was ok… I MUCH preferred 7 1/2 deaths though, & thinking I was expecting something more similar in theme (eg; more weird, alternate universe style)… I did like the ending though!

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 4mo
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No One Is Talking about This | Patricia Lockwood
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Think I missed something with this one 🤷🏻‍♀️ really didn‘t enjoy and came very close to bailing! Onto the next one!

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Alcohol Explained | William Porter
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Interesting. But nothing ‘new‘ as such IMO. #bookspin for Jan!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 5mo
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The Dud Avocado | Elaine Dundy
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This was funny but lacking in plot and didn‘t quite do it for me 🤷🏻‍♀️

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The Truth | Terry Pratchett
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I think this is my favourite Discworld yet! Really funny take on journalism, corruption, broadsheet vs tabloid, very very good!

And here‘s #bookspin #doublespin #bookspinbingo for Jan!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 5mo
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Murder in Midwinter | Fleur Hitchcock

Super late and covers week 3+4 but pts = 554 🎄

#WinterGames2021 #TeamGameSleighers

StayCurious Great job! 5mo
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American Dirt | Jeanine Cummins
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#wintergames2021 #teamgamesleighers

I've been rubbish this week at updating on progress so will tot up both weeks points tomorrow!

This was a really uncomfortable read... Not overly festive! But enjoyed it nonetheless. Interesting to read some of the criticism also.

Chelsea.Poole Love your bookmark 🔖 5mo
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Did not like this. I found it boring and obvious, and just lacking in actual story. Oh well, it‘s more points for #WinterGames2021 #TeamGameSleighers

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The Serpent's Shadow | Rick Riordan
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#doublespin for December completed! This was the best in this trilogy, but still feel a bit flat, and not a patch on Percy Jackson!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 5mo
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The Christmas Dog | Melody Carlson
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Week 2 pts 97 😃 #WinterGames2021 #TeamGameSleighers

Plus… my dog met Santa yesterday 😆😍

StayCurious aw so cute! 5mo
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In the High Valley | Susan Coolidge
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#bookspin for December done! This was a wholesome conclusion to the Carr family series…. These books are good for if you are feeling down at the state of the world as the Carr family must be the nicest people ever written!!

TheAromaofBooks I read this series earlier this year and fell in love with everyone! I actually wanted this one to be longer! 6mo
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Great start to #WinterGame2021 #TeamGameSleighers

This book was delightful… definitely going to become a regular December read!

315pts for week 1!

StayCurious Great job! Did you count each story separately for points? If they‘re holiday themed you‘d get 25 points each 6mo
bekakins I sure did 😊 6mo
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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!!! 6mo
StayCurious Looks great! 6mo
MartinaLove Looks great! 6mo
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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 6mo
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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!! 6mo
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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!! 6mo
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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! 7mo
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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!! 7mo
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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!!! 7mo
StayCurious Great job! 7mo
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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!! 7mo
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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!! 7mo
bekakins @TheAromaofBooks it was absolutely terrifying and made me want to remove all technology from my life 🙈🤣 7mo
TheAromaofBooks I think about that all the time 😂 7mo
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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! 8mo
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