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Joined April 2018

Reader, Musician, Crocheter, Super Aunt, Christian
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Arsenic and Adobo | Mia P. Manansala
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My name is Lila Macapagal and my life has become a rom-com cliché.

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

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Arsenic and Adobo | Mia P. Manansala
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Joining in! Hope to have the tagged book finished and at least halfway through Project Hail Mary by the end of this readathon!
#20in4

@Andrew65

Andrew65 Great to have you with us 😊 15h
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Snow | Walter de la Mare
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Went to only one store this Black Friday: Werner‘s Books! It‘s a first and second hand bookstore near my parents, and I was able to get these 5 books for #wintergames2021 for less than $15! Merry Christmas to me! 🎄 🧑‍🎄 🤣

The tagged book has such wonderful illustrations…I can‘t wait!

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#throwbackthursday

When I was younger, I loved this book! It was actually my favorite, outside of the first book, of the Narnia series. Posting this makes me want a re-read!

AmyK1 This is my favorite too ❤️ 2d
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Early Bird | Toni Yuly
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Clwojick Woohoo!!!! ❤️‍🔥 2d
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Getting ready for #wintergames with team #MistletoeManiacs and @Clwojick as well as #bookspinbingo with @TheAromaofBooks

I really want to try and finish the #BOTM reading challenge for 2021 as well, so I had to add some non-holiday books to my list. Super excited to be part of this year‘s games, and the tagged book that I just found on my mom‘s shelf!

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TheSpineView Great list!🎄 2d
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!!! Good luck!! 2d
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Well Matched | Jen DeLuca
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The premise of this series, backdrop of a Renaissance Faire, is what snagged my attention. The first two books were great. I love the first person POV, as it usually lends to less frustration for me. The MC in this just had too much second guessing of herself for me to really enjoy this entry. Gotta love Mitch though!!Here‘s hoping the next one is better! 3.5 stars

TheAromaofBooks April was definitely my least-favorite heroine from this series so far. I found her constant gloating about how she was finally an empty-nester to be so insensitive to her daughter, who isn't even 18 yet and it just going to college, not truly moving out! But I absolutely loved Mitch! 2w
keys_on_fire Yes to everything you said! Her daughter showed WAY more maturity than I expected. @TheAromaofBooks 2w
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I really enjoyed listening to Ree tell the story of how she and her husband found each other. Took me back to my days of dating bull riders 🥰😂
If you are already a fan, I would highly recommend the audiobook, as Ree does the narration and it just takes the stories to another level.

EvieBee I read the physical book and adored it. I should listen to it as part of a reread. 1mo
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The Phantom Film Crew | Nancy K. Robinson
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Read this because it was mentioned in #paperbackcrush

This is a very quick read. I read a lot of YA, but this just seemed very juvenile. The way the characters interact reminded me of the Dick and Jane readers. People just don‘t talk the way these people do. There are 2 more books in the series, and I own them, but I don‘t know if I‘ll be reading them. 😕

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The Old Man and the Sea | Ernest Ernest Hemingway
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My first completed book for #deweys24hourreadathon. This is a very easy story to read, and feels like a story that would have been told from generation to generation, like the old bards would do.

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Untitled | Unknown
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When you read by the fire and there is a #deweys24hourreadathon #bingo prompt that says to read with your family for an hour and post a pic of your pet to social media, you get out the playpen to keep your best friend safe!

heelsnglitter Gorgeous! I may be more than a little jealous. 😉 1mo
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Pie Iron Recipes | Darren Kirby
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This is probably not a recipe from the tagged book, but I tried a new pie iron recipe for breakfast their morning: Sausage & Cheese Omelet sandwiches. They were spectacular!!
#deweys24hourreadathon
#bingo

BkClubCare Huh - I have never heard the term “pie iron” before. Interesting 1mo
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I like to probe the darkness at the edges of our nation‘s history.

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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Created this double bingo board layout in my reading journal. Will shade in the squares with the color assigned to each book I plan to read, and left room for some notes as well. The books can be used for either bingo board. Getting excited! Tomorrow is going to be perfect weather for reading beside the campfire too! 🔥 🏕 📚 #deweys24hourreadathon

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I found out about Audrey and this book after watching a show on Hulu called Naked: A History of Nudity in the Movies. Audrey Munson was America‘s first supermodel and a lot of the sculptures she posed for are still widely known (think New York Public Library, for example). Sadly, there is a lot in the book that doesn‘t really have to do with Audrey; stories about people she may have had contact with that seemed to be there just to fill the pages.

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Bed of Roses | Nora Roberts
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Of the four books in the Brides Quartet, this is my least favorite. However, I still really like it and would recommend it to anyone who wants a likeable romance with a set of strong female characters that support each other. This series is the first I had ever read of Nora Roberts, and I have reread it several times.

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Poetry is probably my least read genre, and maybe if I had read some books like this when I was younger I would have explored it more. Fun, fantastical, and a quick read!
#newberywinner

Birdsong28 This looks interesting. I love William Blake 😍 I will have to check this out. 📚📖 2mo
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I really liked this book. There were typical things that happen in a romantic novel, but the main characters really endeared themselves to me & caused me to root for them. I typically get ticked off at romance main characters and find myself yelling at them because I can see the things they need to do to be together. With this book though, I just wanted to find out how they would come to their own conclusions.

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This was an amazing insight into how much influence one person can have just by never giving up. It is disturbing how easy it was for husbands to discard their wives by committing them as insane. For me, this was a heavier subject than Radium Girls and took me longer to get through, but I really love Kate Moore's ability to tackle such a tough subject with compelling storytelling.

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Girls with Rebel Souls | Suzanne Young
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This series caught me off guard with the first book, intrigued me with the second book, and came to a unexpected conclusion with this book. The story is compelling and, at times, surprisingly thought-provoking. Not since The Hunger Games have I devoured a dystopian trilogy so quickly. These will definitely stay on my re-read shelf!

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Girls with Rebel Souls | Suzanne Young
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#steamygiveaway @BennettBookworm

Had to take a pic with both sides of my@mug, because they are equally cool 😆
Thanks for the giveaway!!

BennettBookworm Thanks for entering!! Love the mug :) 4mo
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Ramona Forever | Beverly Cleary
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#throwbackthursday

I loved all the Ramona books as a kid, and I loved this one the most (except for the tin can stilts in Ramona and her Father!) I remember feeling bittersweet, because at the time, this was the last book in the series. Probably the first series I read where a felt like the main character was one that I would have loved to meet in real life and rereading was like visiting them again!

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Hoping that my August #bookspinbingo list is a little more successful than last month. 🤞🏻

Last month I had a row with three free spaces in it and I STILL didn‘t get a bingo. Too many outdoor activities right now, I guess!
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Looks great!! 4mo
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A Good American | Alex George
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Finished my #doublespin for July with 10 minutes to go before midnight! 😂

Read this for one of my book clubs, and even got to chat with the author on Thursday of this week. I enjoyed the story overall, although there was a section about 2/3rds of the way through that just didn‘t feel like it fit with the rest of the narrative. It was fun to travel through the 20th century with this family!
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 4mo
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A Good American | Alex George
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How Lucky: A Novel | Will Leitch
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Hahaha! I love this…ahhhh wishful thinking!

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The Perfect Girl | Francine Pascal, Kate William
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Super quick read (just over an hour) about Robin Wilson‘s battle to stay thin. Pretty serious topic for SVH, and kind of reads like an after school special.

Just needed something quick to get back in the reading groove.

JenaJenkins Whoah - flashback! I read (devoured) a gazillion of these back in the day as a 1980s sixth grader. This book is one of the storylines that still sticks in my memory. 4mo
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The Four Winds: A Novel | Kristin Hannah
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This was my first Kristin Hannah book, and I absolutely loved it! I really came to care for the characters, thought the reminder of resilience inherent in looking back at the Depression/Dust Bowl was spot on, and almost cried at the end! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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#throwbackthursday

I haven‘t reread this recently, so I can‘t say if it would hold up in regards to the use of stereotyping, but I remember this being my first exposure to mystery and a culture outside of my own. My mother still had the copy she read as a kid and gave it to me on a day I stayed home sick from school. Wonder if I still have that copy somewhere?

rubyslippersreads I think I still have at least one of my dad‘s Bobbsey Twins books, along with 4mo
Becker This brought up great nostalgic memories. 4mo
keys_on_fire @rubyslippersreads That‘s so cool! 4mo
keys_on_fire @Becker Oh yay! 4mo
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Garage sale find! Scooped this up for $2 at a garage sale a few minutes ago! Published in 1889 by a popular Presbyterian minister of the time

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A Good American | Alex George
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#bookspin is How Lucky
#doublespin is A Good American

I love when one of my spin books is one of my book club books!!!

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 5mo
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Allydanielle88 I like the way this is set up. 5mo
keys_on_fire @Allydanielle88 Thank you! I cut out pics of the books I read and paste them onto the squares as I complete them :) 5mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! I do something similar with my board, although lately I have been printing the book covers onto some sticker paper I have that I normally use for printing mailing labels. My own little book cover stickers!!! 5mo
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keys_on_fire @TheAromaofBooks I love that idea! I need to try and find something like that to use! 5mo
TheAromaofBooks I got half-sheet ones like this - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B076DRV77M/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?i... - that I use for mailing labels for my Etsy shop. I print the book covers in “Contact Sheet“ size & they work great. The only thing is sometimes I have to do half one way & then half the other way, otherwise one column gets printed on break between the two half sheets lol 5mo
keys_on_fire @TheAromaofBooks Thank you! I‘m gonna try them out! 5mo
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Super excited about the tagged book, as I LOVED Radium Girls, which this author wrote. Ordered it from Barnes and Noble today and got the Nicola Yoon book for $5!!

AileenRR LOVE The Sun is Also a Star 💖 5mo
youneverarrived Tagged book sounds so good! The Radium Girls is one of my favourites 💚 5mo
keys_on_fire @AileenRR I‘ve heard it‘s good, so I couldn‘t pass up that deal! 5mo
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tpixie This book, The Woman…, is a must read! @youneverarrived @keys_on_fire (edited) 5mo
keys_on_fire @tpixie I‘m starting The Woman next!! 5mo
tpixie @keys_on_fire awesomeness! 5mo
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This was a perfect book to take with me on my beach vacation. We even went through the tunnel that goes under Chesapeake Bay, which is mentioned (the bay) in the book! Nice continuation of the story begun in Sea Swept, with what seems to be some good nuggets being built for the next book in the series. Will be adding that one to next month‘s list!
#bookspin - May 2021
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Skeebies05 Jealous! Have the best time! 5mo
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From This Moment On | Shania Twain
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Shania‘s music was the soundtrack to my late teens/early 20‘s, so I knew I would eventually have to read her book. The story she tells is in depth, and I think some would think it‘s an overly long book. I appreciated it by the end though, and I could tell that she had not had a ghost writer. I‘m so glad she didn‘t, because it makes this more raw. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
#doublespin - June 2021
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This is one of the strangest books I‘ve ever read. It was a runner up to the Newbery, so it‘s supposed to be a children‘s book. While I could see that a child might like the high fantasy and swashbuckling parts of the book, it‘s pretty dark in places. It‘s obvious to see that what was once acceptable to talk about casually with children is no longer the case, ie: smoking tobacco and others (don‘t want to spoil) 🔻

keys_on_fire I finished the book, but not one I would ever read again. It just seemed all over the place and I just didn‘t enjoy it. 6mo
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This isn‘t a perfect book, but I liked it very much. I enjoyed the two timeline stories and how they interwove with each other. I think the ending reveal could‘ve been tied up more neatly, but reading about libraries and books is always interesting to me and helped to soften that disappointment. I want to go visit this library in person now!
#bookspin - June 2021
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While the concepts in this book were not necessarily new to me, having taken some trainer certification classes before, where I think this book excels is in giving an extensive list of examples to use when trying to incorporate the different teaching styles into presentations. I think this short but effective book is one that I will refer back to regularly!

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BkClubCare Thank you. Will check it out. 😊 6mo
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Trying a new layout style this month. It was previously a two page spread: page one was the list and page two was the board. I tracked page counts read on the list, but didn‘t have anywhere to track books that ended up squeezing in that weren‘t for the bingo board. Hoping to use page two of the layout to capture pages read and meaningful quotes!
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TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Looks great!!! 6mo
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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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I highly encourage anyone who has yet to read this book to listen to the audiobook or do a tandem audio/print reading. The layers that the cast brings to this was such a great addition to a book I was already enjoying.

#doublespin - May 2021
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 6mo
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@TheAromaofBooks Here is my #bookspin list for June!

I‘m really looking forward to a bunch of the ones on here, and I have several trips planned to get away and read!

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!!! 6mo
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Malibu Rising | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Been off the grid for a few days and came back to my BOTM selection day. I can‘t believe how many good books/authors for this month. I actually added two books because I couldn‘t choose and there was STILL another book I wanted!

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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Having been in a band before, this book is speaking to me in all kinds of ways! The audiobook is stunning! I mean, Benjamin Bratt playing Graham, Jennifer Beals as Daisy, and Judy Greer as Karen??

But this quote? 💯

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About to settle down in front of a crackling fire (even if it‘s fake!) and a book 🥰

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Legally Blonde | Amanda Brown
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Definitely one of those rare instances where the movie was better than the book!

mdm139 I had no idea it was a book 7mo
sudi @mdm139 same, I just found out this was a book 😂 7mo
keys_on_fire @sudi @mdm139 I can‘t remember when I learned, but I‘d been trying to get my hands on the book for years! 😂 7mo
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I got to about 30% with this book club pick and am tucking it into the DNF pile. It may just be timing for me, but I think I was expecting something different and the types of anecdotes that are present are just not compelling me to keep reading. I know this is going to be an #UnpopularOpinion, as even the other members of my book club have loved it. Oh well. Maybe another time...

TheAromaofBooks Oh that's a shame! This is an old favorite of mine, but not every book is for every person!! 7mo
mcctrish You should watch the ( new) show on PBS (BBC) I‘m addicted to that and can‘t wait for season 2 7mo
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Untitled | Anonymous
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Summertime reading has got to be my fav!

Aims42 Yes!! 🙌🏻☀️📖 7mo
JenReadsAlot Yummy cider too! 7mo
Bookwormjillk Same! 7mo
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I‘m really excited about this month‘s #bookspin, #doublespin and #bookspinbingo list for May! I have several books already started because of #deweys24hourreadathon last week, so I have a good shot at getting some bingos!!

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TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Good luck!! 7mo
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Mary Anne has to write her autobiography. I liked the premise of the book, as it allowed a glimpse into the life of the BSC girls before the timeline of the main series. This was a library hold that finally came in, but nice to read something quick for a change!

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Untitled | Anonymous
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Anyone else having trouble adding books to their lists? Trying to add one to currently reading and it just kicks me completely out of the app. I actually have to log in each time it happens! It wouldn‘t even allow me to attach it as the book for this post

OutAndAbout Not this morning but it has done that to me before. I deleted the app from my phone and reinstalled which fixed it for me. 7mo
OutAndAbout Not this morning but it‘s done it before. I deleted and reinstalled the app from my phone which fixed it. 7mo
Lcsmcat I‘m having trouble posting comments this morning. I hope it‘s fixed soon. 7mo
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OutAndAbout I can‘t seem to comment? 7mo
Cinfhen I tried to add a book to my TBR and it wouldn‘t let me either 🤷🏼‍♀️ 7mo
keys_on_fire @Lcsmcat @OutAndAbout @cinfhen Sorry you all were having trouble too, but it was good to know I wasn‘t the only one! About an hour ago, I was getting notifications that you were commenting, but nothing was showing up. Finally seems to be back to normal! 7mo
Cinfhen I‘m literally on eggshells every time I try to post or comment.... 7mo
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