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claudiuo

claudiuo

Joined August 2019

Cats, books and coffee, not necessarily in this order
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Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart
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At the Old Haunted House by Helen Ketteman
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VALIS by Philip K. Dick
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A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain
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Walkaway by Cory Doctorow
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Station Eleven: A novel by Emily St. John Mandel
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The Queen's Poisoner by Jeff Wheeler
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One update to rule them all...
- I just finished Trejo: My Life of Crime, Redemption, and Hollywood and I really liked it. I always liked Danny Trejo but had no idea he has such an amazing life story. This read got me a #BookSpinBingo.
- I failed [again] to read my #BookSpin choice for June but I put together the list for July, hope I'll do better.
- A quick update with all the books read for #PromptMaze Q2 since my last update.

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It was time for another great Discworld read, and this book was it. As always loved Sir Terry Pratchett's comments dressed in humor, this time on the subject of Gods and religion. A pick!

@PuddleJumper This was my #Roll100 #2 pick for both April and May - yay, one read, two picks 😁

What best to get a taste of this book than by some quotes.

“Gods don't like people not doing much work. People who aren't busy all the time might start to think.“ ⬇

claudiuo “The Ephebians believed that every man should have the vote (provided that he wasn't poor, foreign, nor disqualified by reason of being mad, frivolous, or a woman).“

“Humans! They lived in a world where the grass continued to be green and the sun rose every day and flowers regularly turned into fruit, and what impressed them? Weeping statues. And wine made out of water!“ ⬇
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claudiuo “The figures looked more or less human. And they were engaged in religion. You could tell by the knives (it's not murder if you do it for a god).“

“Around the Godde there forms a Shelle of prayers and Ceremonies and Buildings and Priestes and Authority, until at Last the Godde Dies. Ande this maye notte be noticed.“ ⬇
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claudiuo “All libraries, everywhere, are connected by the bookworm holes in space created by the strong space-time distortions found around any large collections of books.“

“Anything was possible last night. That was the trouble with last nights. They were always followed by this mornings.“
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PuddleJumper Yay! That's great! 3w
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The Song of Susannah | Stephen King
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Another great story in the Dark Tower series, this time as the title shows main character being Susannah, or better said Susannah/Odetta/Mia. A pick!

@TheAromaOfBooks This gets me to C2 in the #PromptMaze v2 which has one of the prompts “Finish a series - Go to J5“ that is the end, Was not planning but now I'm tempted to read last Dark Tower book and exit this awesome maze, just to get ready for v3 😃

And here is my #BookSpingBingo card too.

TheAromaofBooks Haha it's tempting when you see that finish line ahead! 😂 I started a new round of the Q1 maze in March as well and haven't found my way out of either of them haha 4w
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Come Tumbling Down | Seanan McGuire
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This is the 5th book in the Wayward Children series and I loved it, maybe even more than some previous ones. Another (mostly) Jack and (some) Jill adventure in the Moors, this time with a lot more development of this strange world.

It was my 3rd #Roll100 pick for May and one more step in #PromptMaze v2 which is really great: I keep adding titles and not finding the exit (here is a not so clear map of my progress).

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PuddleJumper That looks complicated! Is that the maze? 1mo
claudiuo @PuddleJumper Yes, it is. I mean, I placed each cover in the corresponding cell in the maze and the arrows try to show the order of reads. I think @TheAromaOfBooks' original post was here https://www.litsy.com/web/book/553765/A-Long-and-Winding-Road and pointed to this doc: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1XzUxq7VU8jZt4TzOB-cQIOLgYr9NG5CZ--xoKsdr... (edited) 1mo
TheAromaofBooks haha I LOVE your maze progress! I have read 29 books and still haven't found my way out! 😂 It's almost time to put together the Q3 maze!!! I'm going to post something soon asking if any of you who have been playing with it have suggestions for prompts, so be thinking!!! 4w
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My June #BookSpin list, a bit last moment, I was hoping I will finish one more book but it didn't happen.

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Sharp Objects: A Novel | Gillian Flynn
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My May #BookSpin landed on “A book on my actual TBR shelves“ and I chose a book I wanted to read for a while, A Perfect Blank by Rye Duran, a SciFi dystopian YA novel in verse. I would've liked more attention paid to the trans personality of the main character but even so, I enjoyed it. A pick!

Since the above is not in the Litsy database, I tagged instead Sharp Objects: finished a few days ago it got me a #BookSpinBingo.😉

@TheAromaOfBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay bingo!!! 1mo
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A great start of another urban fantasy series by the awesome Seanan McGuire. Looking forward to next in the series. A pick!

@PuddleJumper: This is a March #Roll100 pick for me, a bit late but happy to clear one more of my long list of unread picks.
@TheAromaOfBooks: #15 read in the #PromptMaze v2 list (F2).

PuddleJumper Whoop whoop! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
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My May #BookSpinBingo card, showing a lot of “debt“ from previous months, quite a few unread #Roll100 picks and BookSpins. Hope to do better this month.

PuddleJumper I've got a few I didn't read 😅 Gotta take it at your own pace. No fun when it becomes an obligation 2mo
claudiuo @PuddleJumper You are so right, not fun if forced to do it. In my case though, I want to push myself because a) I am a slow reader and I know I can do better and b) I keep getting distracted by shiny books I find at little free libraries and all the really great books I want to read get pushed lower and lower in the TBR stacks. Roll100 and BookSpin are awesome and both you and @TheAromaOfBooks are helping me a lot. Thank you! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Looks great!! I left extra free spaces on my bingo board this month for “catch up“ book as well. I'm excited about all of them but keep reading other things!! 😂 2mo
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The Wolf Wilder | Katherine Rundell
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Beautiful book, so happy I found it in a little free library. The writing is great, a bit rough in parts for a children's book, also a little implausible in parts but for a children's book, that's ok. Apparently there is a version with some beautiful illustrations, I may have to find it. Definitely not my last read by Katherine Rundell.

And with this read I finally got a bingo and I can now get ready the #BookSpin list for May.

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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! This one sounds delightful - I'm stacking it!! 2mo
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I simply loved this book. It was beautiful, not sure how else to say it. I would like to say more but don't want to spoil it so I will just say that the way a monk and a robot try to help each other understand the world, themselves and their purpose is really really beautiful and inspiring.
It instantly became a favorite of mine that I will not just have to own but it will be one I will gift every time I can.

Nute This author is very talented. Her books are pretty much on auto buy for me.🙂 1mo
claudiuo Totally agree. Looking forward to read second books in both The Long Way... and this one. 1mo
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Recursion | Blake Crouch
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Not making a lot of progress with my #BookSpins so I chose to read a #Roll100 pick instead (almost a pick, the #1 pick was 49 but I already read that in January and this was no 48). And I loved it.

The premise is confusing and in some parts quite unclear IMO, but this is what a great SciFi book is for me: start with an idea more or less explained and use it to explore characters' actions and inner lives and the impact on the society. A pick!

PuddleJumper That's great! 2mo
Nute I have purchased all of his books and haven‘t read any of them yet. I think that I am worried that they might not live up to the hype.🥴 1mo
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My #BookSpin list for April.

@TheAromaOfBooks: Hope I am not too late as it is April already 😃

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! No worries, I don't post the new numbers until the 2nd. And besides, it's never too late to BookSpin!!! 3mo
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To wrap up my reads for this month, instead of showing by #BookSpinBingo card (I got a bingo, but that's about it) I decided to show my #PromptMaze progress: not a very beautiful rendering but hopefully good enough.

I am going twice through the Q1 version (top 2 rows) because I got stuck at some point and decided to try another way, now I have to follow both 😁

As always, big thanks to you @TheAromaOfBooks for coming up with this great idea!

TheAromaofBooks Nice!!! I don't know why, but I am totally into the #PromptMaze 😂 And I finally read a book with yellow letters on the cover today to get myself unstuck!! 3mo
claudiuo @TheAromaofBooks Yeah, me too 😁 I used to be torn between choosing next read for bingo or bookspin, now first choice goes to satisfy the next maze cell. 3mo
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Stone Sky | N K Jemisin
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Took a little bit to post my #BookSpinBingo card because through some sheer luck both #BookSpin and #DoubleSpin were books I started a while back, with only a few chapters left each and wanted to get them done and marked. It's probably the only time ever when I will finish both in a month 😁 Stone Sky - great conclusion to The Broken Earth trilogy (#Roll100 February pick) and The Beekeeper's Apprentice. Both picks!
@TheAromaOfBooks @PuddleJumper

PuddleJumper You're doing great! 4mo
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And here is my #BookSpin list for March.

As always, thank you so much, @TheAromaOfBooks!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
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Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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With 2 more books finished late this month, I finally got a #BookSpinBingo:
- Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson: a beautiful novel-in-poems, about a 11 year-old boy trying to make sense of life through poetry;
- Piranesi by Susanna Clarke: a great book about a man living in a House which is a labyrinth full of rooms, with an ocean trapped in the basement and a lot of life-like statues. Loved her writing!

Both picks!

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TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Fantastic month!!! 4mo
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After reading a few months ago The Strange Library, I bought Kafka on the Shore
but decided to try some short stories first. I've seen his work characterized as surrealism and magical realism and some of the stories are in that realm (and reminded me of a great Romanian writer that I love, Mircea Eliade) but others are different; all have in common a great sensibility and beautiful writing. Add to this his love of jazz and I'm sold. 😃
A pick!

claudiuo @TheAromaOfBooks Interestingly enough, this book is making me go back to the start of the maze (and since this is my second pass through the maze it is also the 3rd time here - so cool!):
A2: A Spindle Splintered -> D3: Batman: Overdrive -> E2: Transmission -> F2: First Person Singular... and back to A2 😁
Thank you so much for coming up with such a great idea!

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TheAromaofBooks I'm so glad you're enjoying the maze!! I set it up so that each space had 3 spaces that could send you there... so there are three different prompts that tell you to go to D3, three different prompts that can send you to E2, etc. But somehow I have ended up at H3 three times 😂 I've been to 14 different squares but not a single on in C or D! I'm so intrigued about where I go in my own maze LOL 4mo
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Hero of Ages | Brandon Sanderson

Just finished what I thought was last in the Mistborn series, but it turns out it was only book 3 of 7 (not counting a short story and a novella). As everything Brandon Sanderson I've read, this book was great: a lot of action, magic, unexpected twists and turns, great characters (both good and bad) and quite a lot of emotional moments. Loved it!

@PuddleJumper - my #Roll100 February #2 pick!

PuddleJumper Brilliant! 4mo
Nute One of my favorite reading experiences is one of his smaller non-series books. 1mo
claudiuo Can you please let me know which one? I just bought the first book on the Stormlight Archive series and can't convince myself to start it. Over 1200 pages. For a slow reader like me that is a very long book. I love his writing and of rather read a shorter not part of a series book. 1mo
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A Spindle Splintered | Alix E. Harrow
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First book in a new series, Fractured Fables, by Alix E. Harrow and I really liked it (like everything I've read by her until now). A retelling (more like a re-imagining I would say) of The Sleeping Beauty, complete with multi-universe and a real princess. Also a critique to the way princesses are presented in fairy tales, and especially in this one. A pick!

@TheAromaOfBooks This is my first read in the newly restarted #PromptMaze.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 5mo
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Posting my #BookSpin list kinda late because I really wanted to finish one more book before that: Space is Just a Starry Night by Tanith Lee. Loved these short stories! This is my first Tanith Lee but I enjoyed her writing so much that I already added one of her novels to my next month list! A pick.

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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 5mo
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Memory Called Empire | Arkady Martine
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A great space opera that won Hugo Award in 2020 about an ambassador from a small station to the Teixcalaan empire, caught in the middle of the empire's succession crisis. I really enjoyed Arkadi Martine's writing and while it doesn't mean anything about her craft, I was happy to hear she is married with Vivian Shaw, another author I like a lot, of the Greta Helsing series. A definite pick!

And with this I get my #BookSpinBingo for this month!

claudiuo @TheAromaOfBooks As always, I am so grateful to you for pushing me to read more. I had this book on my TBR list for over a year, now I needed to get to it in order to score a bingo. Thank you so much! (edited) 5mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Fabulous progress!!! 5mo
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Another series by the awesome Seanan McGuire that doesn't let down. Quite different than Wayward Children series which I love but still a great read: a blend of mystery and fantasy, non-stop action that doesn't let down, great world and character building. A pick!

@PuddleJumper: this is January #49 #Roll100 pick on my list.
@TheAromaOfBooks: I was able to advance in the #PromptMaze with this read.
Thank you both for awesome challenges!

PuddleJumper Oh, that does sound fun! Glad you enjoyed it 5mo
claudiuo @PuddleJumper Thanks for this challenge, it makes me try to read more! 5mo
TheAromaofBooks Yes!!! I've advanced three spaces and and have been stuck for there for the last couple of books. I don't know what I was thinking with some of these prompts 😂 5mo
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claudiuo @TheAromaofBooks I only moved 2 squares but I enjoy every move. It's such an original idea, I love it! 5mo
ozma.of.oz I love this series! ❤️ 5mo
claudiuo @ozma.of.oz I'm getting the second book soon but I'm also curious about the InCryptid series, so I think I'll make a detour first. 😊 5mo
TheAromaofBooks I'm going to see how it goes. I may come up with a second one for the second half of the year. Or I may still be stuck on square 3 by then 😂 5mo
ozma.of.oz Yay! I also love the Incryptid books! I hope you enjoy them! 5mo
claudiuo @TheAromaofBooks What? I just finished the maze! I thought there is something wrong and last square sent me to I5 cause there is no I5; except there is and it is the ending 😁 It seems I was very lucky and the selections I made took me there in 3 steps: A2 -> A5 -> F5 -> I5.
I will retrace my steps, read another book for an already done cell and go in a different direction!
Thanks a lot for the fun!
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TheAromaofBooks Nice!!! That is awesome!! I wasn't sure how many steps there are... the only “planning“ I did was to try and make sure there were same number chances to get sent to each cell (so I think I ended up with 3 as the magic number - of course - so three different cells send you to A2; 3 cells send you to A3; etc). That's awesome that you found the finish!!! 5mo
claudiuo @TheAromaofBooks I love the fact that you provided for more than one possibility in each cell, it makes for more fun. Now that I finished by starting with a nonfiction in A2, I will start all over with either a Fairytale retelling or a Romance and see where that gets me. I really love it! Thank you so much! 5mo
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One more #litsyrecommends, the #DoubleSpin for this month was a really enjoyable #urbanfantasy. Great writing, a bit more rough and gruesome than I expected though. A pick!

Using this opportunity to post my #BingoSpin board for this month.

@TheAromaOfBooks - I already marked it on the form, I love the new way of keeping track of the Spin reads. Thank you!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! I'm so glad the form is working!! It's sooo much fun to just look at everyone's posts and not have to spend time interpreting whether it's an ACTUAL BookSpin or “just“ a bingo review 😂 I love it!! 6mo
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My #BookSpin list for January.

I really didn't want to say January 2022 because then I had to ask myself where did 2021 go and didn't wanna go there but since this is more than likely my last post this year, I have to do it, if only to wish everyone a great New Year, full of happiness, health, everything you desire and of course, a lot of great books!

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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! I also can't believe we're already almost to 2022... I'm still trying to figure out what happened to like 2006 😂 6mo
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Happy to report that I finished a few great books in the last couple weeks and got a #BookSpinBingo:
- Wrath of Empire by Brian McClellan;
- The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers;
- The Starlings & Other Stories - an anthology by the so-called Murder Squad and their Accomplices, edited By Ann Cleeves.

All authors I will read more from and all great book picks!

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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Looking great!! 6mo
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Thieves Dozen | Donald E. Westlake
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Here is a great collection of stories written throughout the years by the great Donald Westlake, just in case one doesn't have enough of Dortmunder or wants some fun with him and his gang in smaller doses. Most of the stories are good, some are really great. I loved the fact that there are eleven stories, I guess this is what makes a thieves' dozen 😁 A pick!

@TheAromaOfBooks This is my October #DoubleSpin (I know, took me a while...)

claudiuo The photo is of one of the best little free libraries around, that I got to visit a couple days ago and see it in Holiday attire. Loved it! 6mo
Nutmegnc That‘s the best!! 6mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! And that library is adorable!! 6mo
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Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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Another book I found out about on #Litsy that was a good read. Beautifully written, maddening in parts when so aptly presenting the “shackles“ society sometime imposes on all of us. Don't remember who I have to thank for finding about it, either @Erin.Elizabeth10 or @thegreensofa so thank you both! A pick!

@TheAromaOfBooks: this was my #DoubleSpin for this month: it's been a while since I had one! Also making progress towards a bingo. Thank you!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 7mo
claudiuo Have to share this quote: “The normal world has no room for exceptions and always quietly eliminates foreign objects. Anyone who is lacking is disposed of.“ 7mo
thegreensofa I did enjoy this book, and it started me off on a bit of a Japanese novel bent for a bit 😁. I‘m so happy you enjoyed it too! 💞 7mo
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Erin.Elizabeth10 @claudiuo I‘m so glad you read it and enjoyed it!! It definitely make me think about things a little different. 💞📚 7mo
claudiuo I think it's gonna be the same for me, @thegreensofa .Already started a Haruki Murakami that I found at the library this weekend 7mo
thegreensofa Oh wow, I just googled him and there‘s heaps! 🤳🏻🤩 7mo
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This month was a blur, unfortunately didn't get to make a noticeable dent in my TBR list so my #BookSpin for December is almost identical to the November one.

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Another standalone funny and really great Terry Pratchett novel that I enjoyed quite a lot. I've seen comments that it is really not a Discworld novel at all but The City Watch was mentioned so that is good enough for me to make it part of Discworld. A pick!
As a side note, when I submitted my November bookspin list I had Last Light on it but as soon as I started it I found out it was not my kinda read so replaced it with this one.
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claudiuo @TheAromaOfBooks I found out that the bingo is really helping me read more every month so again, thank you so much for all you do! 7mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Looking great!!! 7mo
SolaRaynor I love Terry Pratchett's books :) 7mo
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I love Star Trek and Picard so I'm happy I finally got to read it but I was a bit disappointed. Una McCormack's writing is great, she has a great ability to make characters and action come alive. But I found some of the plot pieces all over the place, and major action threads treated superficially without enough details; also, some characters' actions and even presence were not justified for me. Still a pick, it's Star Trek and Picard after all 😁

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Hooked on Bingo | Alice Andrews
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Forgot to post my list for November but here it is my #BookSpinBingo card, which is derived from the #BookSpin list anyway 😁

Thanks again for all you do and for making me read more, @TheAromaOfBooks!

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Looks great!!! 8mo
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The Wife Between Us | Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks
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My #BookSpin for this month, a good read but not great. Quite a few twists and an unexpected ending but overall I felt it had a lot of parts that could have been omitted and made it shorter and more dynamic, I would have enjoyed it more as a novella. Still a pick, barely one though.

I was also able to finish a #BookSpinBingo, here is my board. Thanks @TheAromaofBooks for pushing me to read more, can't tell you how much I appreciate it!

TheAromaofBooks Yay bingo!!!! 8mo
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Another Swedish noir author I've never read before and enjoyed a lot. For once I started with the first book in the series, but that was just lucky, I didn't even know there is a series featuring Chief Inspector Van Veeteren, who's style is pretty different than other Swedish detectives that I know of, like Wallander, Beck or Bäckström, just to name a few. A pick.

@TheAromaOfBooks This is my September #DoubleSpin, finished just a bit late.

claudiuo And here is my October bingo card since I didn't post it before, with 2 other books I finished this month: the great Watchmen comic novel and a short novella by Gillian Flynn. 9mo
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@TheAromaOfBooks Here is my #BookSpin list for October. Can't want for the 2nd. Thank you for always making this fun!

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No BookSpin finished yet but I am happy to report a #BookSpinBingo instead that I achieved by finishing these reads, all picks for me:
- To Be Taught, if Fortunate by Becky Chambers: a beautiful space exploration novella;
- Heart of darkness by Joseph Conrad: a harder to read but excellent classic novel about European colonialism and ivory exploitation taken to extremes;
- Lewis Carroll's excellent Alice's Adventures in Wonderland; ⬇

claudiuo - The fairies of Sadieville by Alex Bledsoe: the final Tufa novel;
- Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor 1: Revolutions of Terror by Nick Abadzis, Elena Casagrande, Arianna Florian: my first Doctor Who comic and definitely not the last one.
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My first Roderick Alleyn book, in fact my first Ngaio Marsh, this is #26 in the series. A little free library find, way at the end of the series but it didn't feel like I really should have started with book 1 (in any case, I already ordered the first book to start in order). In my opinion, some views were a bit dated, especially about women but the plot was good and it happened in Rome (as obvious from the title) so overall I enjoyed it.

claudiuo @TheAromaOfBooks This was my July #DoubleSpin and first check on my September #BookSpinBingo card. 10mo
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I kept waiting to post this hoping that I get to finish my #BookSpin read but it didn't happen. At least I am happy I got a #BookSpinBingo after finishing a few more great books, like Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Anne McCaffrey's Decision at Doona and Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer. Last 2 are each 1st in 3-book series that I may continue reading sometime in the future.

Also posting my reading list for September.

Thank you, @TheAromaOfBooks!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Great month!!! 10mo
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Skyward | Brandon Sanderson
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Just finished another great Brandon Sanderson, my #DoubleSpin for this month and I loved it. First in a 3 book series, looking forward to next ones.

Also finished a couple more books started in July, both great: The Midnight Library by Matt Haig and Leonard Cohen's Book of Longing.
All of them picks.

And since I didn't post my #BookSpinBingo card yet, here it is now.

As always, thank you @TheAromaOfBooks!

claudiuo I have to post at least one quote from The Book of Longing by Leonard Cohen whom I love a lot, for his poetry and music:
“Only one thing made him happy and now that it was gone everything made him happy.”
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Very late as always, here is my #BookSpin list for August.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 11mo
BookDadGirlDad Sanderson and McCaffrey!!! 2 favorites of mine. 11mo
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First book in the Easy Rawlins series, didn't disappoint. I love Mosley's Leonid McGill series and now I love this one too, looking forward to next book already. My July #BookSpin. A pick!

Also finished third book in Seanan McGuire's Wayward Children series, Beneath the Sugar Sky, and the second in The Singing Hills Cycle by Nghi Vo, When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain. Both great reads.

And I got a #BookSpinBingo 😏 @TheAromaOfBooks

SamAnne I read this one last year and am looking forward to diving into the entire series. 11mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay bingo!!! 11mo
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My #DoubleSpin for back in May, just finished now and I am happy I did. This was such a great read: using as background a very unlikely walk of six hundreds of miles, with no proper equipment or planning or anything, we get to see deep into Harold's memories, with all the regrets, loses, never spoken thoughts and more. It rung so true to me, it was painful in parts. A pick!

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Finished a few more books on my quest to get a bingo ⬇

claudiuo Down Among the Sticks and Bones - another great book in the Wayward Children series by Seanan McGuire;
God Save the Mark - a funny mystery story by Donald E. Westlake, enjoyed it but not as much as I like his Dortmunder series;
Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom by Lynda Blackmon Lowery and others - a great informative and emotional introduction to the Civil Rights Movement for younger readers.
All picks!
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Beautiful novella, I really loved the story and how it unfolded, in separate talks between the 2 main characters. Great writing! Thanks for TOR free ebook program, I already got the second book in The Singing Hills Cycle, I will start it soon.

Also finished last installment in the Murderbot series, Fugitive Telemetry; this series keep going strong and I love it.

Here is my #BookSpinBingo board

@BookishMarginalia #LitsyAtoZ

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Here is my list for July, I am participating in both #BookSpin and #BookSpinBingo. Thanks again and again for organizing this, @TheAromaOfBooks!

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With not much time left in the month, I was able to finish this book which was my #DoubleSpin and with it also get my first #BookSpinBingo in a while.

I love Ann Cleeves' Vera and Shetland series, I've seen this book at the library and thought it was a standalone, only halfway through it I found out it is actually the third novel in the Inspector Ramsay series. I liked it a lot so now I need to find the first 2.

Thank you @TheAromaOfBooks!

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Once and Future Witches | Alix E Harrow
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You were right @AllisonM89, I just finished my #BookSpin for June and it was such a great and beautiful read! Rather than I, better let some quotes talk:

“Books and tales are as close as she can come to a place where magic is still real, where women and their words have power.”

“Maybe magic is just the space between what you have and what you need.”

“A witch is just a woman who wants too much”⬇

Thanks @TheAromaOfBooks!

AllisonM89 So glad you enjoyed it!!! 12mo
claudiuo Also: “Behind every witch is a woman wronged.” 12mo
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My June #BookSpinBingo card.

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My #bookSpin list for June

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R L'S Dream | Walter Mosley
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My @DoubleSpin for April, finished just now, was great. Not all the story was great but the parts about blues, how it came to be, playing it, what it means deep down were great, and if you love blues, like me, then even awesome. A pick!

I also finished this week All In, the Prequel to The Sagittan Chronicles by Ariele Sieling which helped me get my first #BookSpinBingo in a long while.

Thank you @TheAromaOfBooks and @BookishMarginalia #LitsyAtoZ

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Yellow Star | Jennifer Roy
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My #BookSpin for May - it was great! An amazing look into a dark time in world's history, so many heartbreaking events seen through the eyes of a little Jewish girl, one of the only 12 children that survived the Lodz ghetto in Poland. Definite pick!

Found it in a little free library a few months ago, I wanted to read it since and @TheAromaOfBooks made it possible this month: Thank you again and again!

Also my Y for #LitsyAtoZ @BookishMarginalia

claudiuo I haven't posted in a while so here are my other reads for this month, all picks:
- White Bird - it complemented Yellow Star very well, my son recommended it to me;
- The Code of the Woosters - another very funny Jeeves book;
- Only the End of the World Again - another awesome story from Neil Gaiman and P. Craig Russel;
- Charlie Mackesy's beautiful book: The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse - big thanks to @DebbieGrillo for mentioning it.
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TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Great progress. And The Code of the Woosters is one of my favorites. 13mo
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My #BookSpin from way back in December is now done read. Yay! It took a while but it was worth as all China Mieville's books I've read. I have to be honest, some stories were a bit too complex/strange/abstract for me, but others were simply awesome, his imagination is amazing. A pick!

And since today is the best day of the month when the #BookSpinBingo card is revealed, here is mine, Thank again for all you do @TheAromaOfBooks!

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