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Larkken

Larkken

Joined September 2016

She/her Grad school survivor & chronic fantasy and speculative fiction reader. On Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/11989434-larkin
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My bucketlist for #scarathlon has 25 things on it - you know what that means! There‘s a bingo in my future! (I totally #blameLitsy for making me into a bingo fiend!)

Less than one week, #teamslaughter! #gofall

Clwojick Can‘t wait to see the pet costumes! 6h
Clwojick hahahaha! Bingo boards! Good call! I might have to make one too! 6h
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While I love horror books, I am a big wimp when it comes to scary movies 😬 and pretty much the only recurrent Halloween-esque movie I watch is The nightmare Before Christmas! For this year‘s #scarathlon, I promise to try and keep one eye cracked for the #teamslaughter buddy watches of Scream. I can try! @Clwojick
Early bird posts complete!

Texreader I‘m with you. I don‘t do scary movies (anymore). My daughter assured me Scream isn‘t scary. Well we will see… 4d
Larkken @Texreader I‘m worried! We‘ll have to hang out in the back and watch through our fingers 😂 (edited) 4d
Clwojick Agreed @Texreader Scream is more campy/slasher then eerie or scary. (edited) 4d
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Low pick. I can‘t help but feel that if the author wanted to write a book about the actual native people who were/are active in exploration culture, they should have done so instead of writing yet another glowing biography of Burton & shoehorning Bombay into the afterword.

Photo from https://www.rgs.org/CMSPages/GetFile.aspx?nodeguid=fafd5305-a83d-4083-90e0-3d456... (Royal Geographic Society) where there is a small bio of Bombay.

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Horrorstor: A Novel | Grady Hendrix
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Thanks to #trappedonanisland, my #scarathlontbr is more organized than ever! If you're interested, @aperfectmjk is hosting this challenge on her litsy page. See their original post for details, but in brief, add books you're interested in reading for the month to a goodreads shelf for others to peruse 🕷️ mine has all the thrillers and horror novels I've bought and stuck, languishing on my kindle 🧛‍♀️ and some possibles from the library 🎃

Larkken Tagged is for #aam, and list doesn't include the #teambuddyread because I'm not sure which I'll pick. I'm leaning towards the cozy this year, hbu? Go #teamslaughter @Clwojick #scarathlon +20 pts ☺️🔪👻 1w
Larkken And here's aperfectmjk's post on Litsy
https://litsy.com/p/Nnk4MzI3RFJj in case you missed it and want to join #trappedonanisland! 🏝️
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Clwojick Oh my gosh! I would have a hard time choosing only five, if I was chosen to pick yours! So many good ones! 1w
Larkken @Clwojick haha, I know! I was excited to have someone else pare down my long list for once 😂 7d
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Screamland | Harold Sipe, Hector Casanova
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Reposting as an official member of #teamslaughter: there‘s still time to sign up for #scarathlon2022! Join us 🎃🕷️🧛‍♀️! @Clwojick @StayCurious

10 pts! 😘

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScrAKF_4P5QR-kJDU9lrhzW7PQata8xPbqkHpE7...

Clwojick Woohoo! Thanks for the repost! 🖤🦇 1w
StayCurious Thanks for sharing! 1w
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The choices for “books featuring a feline” on my library home page made me laugh today! I guess feline shifters count… 🤔😂

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Libertie: A Novel | Kaitlyn Greenidge
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Already finished tagged book! On a roll! Figuratively only, however, as #roll100 choices are postponed until October since 2/3 were spooky books 😂

PuddleJumper Haha that's a good idea! 3w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3w
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Our Wives Under the Sea | Julia Armfield
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17 books for August and 2 bingos for #bookspinbingo! Oddly, the books I liked best this month are all in the top bingo row 🤔
Also complete: #doublespin and May‘s #bookspin -eternally playing catch-up, that‘s me! … or prioritizing holds for spooky season 😅

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Cold brew🧋keto cupcakes🧁and a nice morning catching up with my latest comfort-read of octogenarian crime solvers! I hope very much to be as much of a battle axe as Elizabeth someday.

Has anyone else seen a movie with a bunch of aging superhero‘s set in a nursing home? I cannot remember the name, but it has similar vibes to TMC. I wonder if osman watched it while writing?

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Uprooted | Naomi Novik
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August #bookspin and #doublespin list! Mostly challenges on the list for this month… I‘ve already read a number of this month‘s #aam pick‘s books, but thought a reread via audiobook sounded like a nice start for August 🥰
Good luck, fellow players!

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No One Is Talking about This | Patricia Lockwood
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Oh, no. I didn‘t read the trigger warnings, so this is on me; this book is about both modern life being at the mercy of social media, and also about a terminal pregnancy. Be warned, folks, and don‘t read in public!

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No One Is Talking about This | Patricia Lockwood
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My kitty and I are listening to this on the back porch and watching the rain. The meta-ness and the feeling like I‘m listening to a series of twitter posts is a bit mind-bending. I‘m impressed by the format but unsure if I have the attention span for so much randomness! It‘s interesting…

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Happy #wonderouswednesday everyone @Eggs ! It has been a while since I played 😍

1. 5⭐️ reads this year includes The Sentence, Overground Railroad, the Ballad of Perilous Graves, and the tagged novella with such delightful world building and discussion of the intersection of myth, history, and memory.

2. Enjoy this pic of my sansevieria - I was so surprised when it bloomed!

I hope all are having a good week 🏖

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Argonauts | Maggie Nelson
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New month, new list! Looking forward to many of this month‘s #bookspin #aam #roll100 and #camplitsy picks 🥰

I found the tagged book on a list of books about fertility struggles, and found it extremely moving. So much so that I was surprised to read mixed reviews about it on goodreads, honestly! Haha 🫣 If anyone has any book recommendations on the topic for me to add to my list, I‘d love to hear them 📚

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Two bingos for June!! A few books that I ended up loving snuck in towards the end of the month; tagged is my favorite.

I‘m happy to be working my way slowly through old challenges! Yay for #roll100 #bookspin and #booked for keeping me trying new things. Next to catch up on will be #camplitsy - the library wait lists for these have been bonkers, so I read ahead with Either/Or and will do what I can with the rest 😁

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The Night Strangers | Chris Bohjalian
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I fear I‘m in a bit of a rut this month! I tried the tagged book for #aam and it did not click with me - there seemed to be two competing storylines and I hated the end - however I also slogged my way through Death in Her Hands by Moshfegh, Notes from a Young Black Chef by Top Chef alum Onwuachi, and The Paradox Hotel by Rob Hart and rated them bleh to middling. I feel like there should have been variety enough there … so maybe I‘m just in a mood?

Larkken The pic is from my just-finished outside yoga session. Here‘s hoping it cleanses my mood and get me ready for #camplitsy - I confess I‘ve been too scared to try How High We Go, given my reactions to other books lately! (edited) 3mo
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The Book of Cold Cases | Simone St. James
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Oh no, I‘m running behind on June #bookspin already 😅
After figuring out my list, I‘ve plugged it into #bookspinbingo, realized I need to get started on #camplitsy, and discovered at least half of my board is made up of catch-up #roll100 #bookspin or #doublespin picks! Haha, I guess I‘ve got some work ahead of me 😂 silly me reading mostly “free” space books last month!

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Between the pundits this week and my complicated relationship with Mother‘s Day, I have been mostly self-isolating and spending time with my dog 🐶♥️ and this book was a help in both regards! I was pleasantly surprised at how psychological this was - it isn‘t the murder(s) but instead the mental decline of the characters that provides suspense and I was enthralled! Fun #aam choice 👍🏻 #authoramonth2022

BkClubCare Puppy!! 4mo
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The Sentence | Louise Erdrich
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My favorite read for the first quarter of 2022 is Erdrich‘s The Sentence! This process is inspiring some angst, however 😅 so many good books, and it‘s so hard to choose between books of different genres and styles!
Thanks to @chasjjlee for the idea and template!

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The Cruel Prince | Holly Black
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April was a good reading month (1 bingo! Yay!), and I seem to have kept up pretty well on #aam, #roll100, and #bookspin/#doublespin! Favorite challenge read was, surprisingly enough, the tagged YA politics and fantasy set in a faerie realm. I didn‘t love the formulaic YA-ness of it all, but the resolutions and reveals in the last half were slightly unexpected and therefore interesting. I would read the next in the series, and I didn‘t expect that!

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The Daughter of Doctor Moreau | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Ready for May? I don‘t know yet 😂
I‘m most excited for the new, tagged NetGalley to read! What‘s everyone else most excited about?
Not sure about my #roll100 picks this month… I‘ve been stalled out on Heart-Shaped Box for a couple years 😬 guess now‘s my chance!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 5mo
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Ladder to the Sky | John Boyne
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#audiowalked this #aam book, and have to say it wasn‘t a total success for me, although it did make me think more about issues of plot ownership and how much the talent of the writer stands on its own when asserting ownership of a story than did the fairly similar The Plot.

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The Sentence | Louise Erdrich
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Omg, I loved this novel! Like a big warm post-pandemic hug that still manages to be unflinching about the social pressures against/around POC, especially indigenous. I kindle highlighted ALL the books listed so I could read them later. Pic from the NYT review.

squirrelbrain Great picture! I loved this book too. 6mo
Tamra It is such a great read for the personable characters! 6mo
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Billy Summers | Steven King
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I don‘t know what to think about King‘s latest novel, a one-last-job homage, war story, and straight-up thriller. I can‘t tell if it was any good, or if King‘s writing is good enough to keep me reading no matter the subject matter. What do you all think? Was it good?
I did enjoy all The Shining references, I guess…

JoyBlue I wasn't a fan of this one. See my August 2021 review here, if you'd like: https://debbybrauer.org/#billy-summers 5mo
Bigwig Narrator: “Larkken was correct. It was not good.” (edited) 3d
Larkken @Bigwig I guess there are bound to be a couple flops! 2d
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What Moves the Dead | T. Kingfisher
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I made March tough on myself by starting a number of books without paying attention to their due dates. So many disappeared from Libby when I was partway through, it was embarrassing!😅
so a lot of these are back on my April list… but I did finish #aam, one #roll100, & #doublespin 🤷🏻‍♀️
Tagged is my favorite read from this month - a great short Poe retelling with passing nods at Mexican Gothic and Star Trek. Love it. Bring on more horror!

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Come Tumbling Down | Seanan McGuire
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I guess I‘m done mulling next month‘s list. Such hard decisions!🤪
#bookspin #doublespin #roll100

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Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston
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I started #booked2022 on a whim in January and am surprised to say that I‘m actually being successful! I rather like the quarterly format 😊 Here‘s to winter being completed ✅
1. About a cult or religion - Nine Perfect Strangers
2. Title repeats itself - There There
3. Set in China - Supernova Era
4. Weather Term in Title - Frost Burned
5. From a Black-owned imprint - Their Eyes Were Watching God
6. Eco-feminist novel - Migrations

Cinfhen Yay!! Amazing 🤩 You have until Midnight April 3 to submit all books read between Jan 1-March 31🧭 use link below to enter the #FirstQuarterdrawing:

https://forms.gle/dccxLGKSdpfxVPc26
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Cinfhen I‘m enjoying see everyone‘s choices!! Thanks for sharing ♥️ 6mo
Larkken @Cinfhen thank you! 6mo
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Everything about the February part of this bracket was hard! I am not good at determining between fiction and nonfiction on my own arbitrary “what is better” scale. In the end, Overground Railroad won out bc it was such an impressive mix of heartfelt anecdote, detailed historical research, travel and Americana, and footwork. It builds an incontrovertible case for the surprisingly detrimental effects of desegregation and the war on drugs. Read it!

ReadingOver50 Where did you get your bracket template? I love it. 7mo
Larkken @ReadingOver50 oh man, I totally forgot to credit it! Much thanks to @chasjjlee for the idea and template. If you scroll her feed, she was nice enough to share! 7mo
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Dead Silence | S.A. Barnes
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New month, new #bookspin, #doublespin, #bookspinbingo, #AAM, and #roll100! New list! (Oh, and a few repeat titles… February was slow for me.) Let‘s Go, March!

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Slow reading month in February, comparatively. Which might make joining NetGalley a bit of a misstep 😂. The tagged was one of the arcs I got and enjoyed: it‘s an anthology with lots of submissions of varying mood that all use classic monster characters or themes as jumping off points. Lots of great stories! Except for Manzetti‘s, so I‘ll be avoiding him in the future.
Finished #bookspin, doublespin, and one bingo! 🎉
Only finished one #roll100 😔

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Prodigal Summer | Barbara Kingsolver
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January was a good reading month according to the #bookspinbingo board! 🎉 My average ratings were low, however, and one of my #bookspin bingos is by virtue of dnfs 😳
Good news, though, is that I think the #aam pick (tagged) was my favorite of the month, and Kingsolver is a new author for me. I also finished my bookspin, doublespin, and #roll100 picks! Yay 😁

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Certain Dark Things: A Novel | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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#bookspin # doublespin and #bookspinbingo list for February!
I'm trying to actually finish some reading challenges this year, and many of the books on the list may apply to #pop22 #readharder22 or #booked22
Book 1 has been on my list since my in-person book club chose it for "up next..."Last October ? no one else managed to read it either, though, so I'm in good company! Lol
Nos. 2 and 3 are #roll100 and I actually remember buying them! Amazing.

PuddleJumper I'm so glad other people forget buying books too 🤣 8mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 8mo
TheAromaofBooks @PuddleJumper - I literally started a spreadsheet with “New Arrivals“ to note down incoming books and where I got them, because otherwise they just seem to disappear into my shelves, never to be heard from again 😂 8mo
Larkken @PuddleJumper @TheAromaofBooks I just started a list for kindle books, and it‘s shocking how much I must buy daily deals and never look at them again after! Def need to up my spreadsheet game. I could do roll100 many times over 😳 8mo
TheAromaofBooks I made my #Roll100 AND a #TBRDeckofCards all of physical unread books! And still had some left! 😂 That doesn't even touch my Kindle - those free and 99c books are sooo hard to resist!!! 8mo
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So, this book describes a piece of classical music each day of the year, and I‘ve been following along with YouTube videos as a kind of morning meditation… and this was the album cover showcased on the video today 😂 So much like a romance novel cover! So dramatic! Y‘all, I just couldn‘t do it for a whole 8 min 🤪

JamieArc Who knew a clarinetist could be so sexy? 😂😂 (I used to play clarinet) 8mo
wanderinglynn A clarinet has never been so sexy! 😍😆 8mo
LeeRHarry I‘m following this book this year too 😊 that cover is too funny 😏 8mo
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Larkken @JamieArc @wanderinglynn I don't know if I've listened to much of it before, and very much liked it! after I changed the YouTube video, anyway. I tend to like watching live performances.... I suppose I'd really be in trouble if there's a video of that man playing soulfully on some windy moor, somewhere... 🤣 8mo
Larkken @LeeRHarry it's proving to be a lovely, meditative way to start my day! Hope it's working for you too 🙂 if so, I just figured out that the author just wrote a follow-up: 8mo
JamieArc @Larkken 🤣🤣 8mo
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Migrations: A Novel | Charlotte McConaghy
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Omg, so, so sad. I enjoyed this more than the wolves book, though both have a hopeful note, at least.

Did anyone catch how the sea captain knew her married name?

Good audio, too - lots of accents all performed well. And it let me do some damage on this knit kit I got for Christmas 🧶! Hello fellow #litsycrafters!
@Catsandbooks @curiouserandcurioser

curiouserandcurioser @Larkken that looks beautiful-love the colors:) what are you making? 8mo
Catsandbooks Those pops of color are so fun! 8mo
Larkken @curiouserandcurioser it's the "toucan" cowl and mitts set ? we'll see if I finish it in time to use it this winter, haha 8mo
Larkken @Catsandbooks I'm looking forward to seeing it all knitted up! 😍 8mo
curiouserandcurioser @Larkken be sure to post pics of your progress-would love to see it:) 8mo
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A little over halfway through January, and I have a bingo! And finished both book spin and double spin reads! 😋 it‘s been a strange month so far - two DNFs already, and January isn‘t over, when last year I DNFed only 3 altogether… it‘s ok, 2022, there‘s still time, haha #bookspinbingo #bookspin #doublespin

TheAromaofBooks Yay bingo!!! 8mo
Ruthiella Congratulations! 8mo
Larkken @TheAromaofBooks @Ruthiella 🤗I‘d like to thank the academy… no but really, I‘m so close to making a bingo that doesn‘t have a DNF in it-I can‘t stop now! 8mo
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This fictionalized witch hunt based on a historical witch trial gave me anxiety 😰
I can see where there is satire, and the narrative is extremely clever, but the pure accumulation of spite against an old woman wore on me anyway. So, #unpopularopinion here, I think. Anyone feel like trying to win me over?

Ruthiella Often I feel that way about books too when the plot or characters make me too anxious. But I liked this book on the whole. I may have checked on Wikipedia first to make sure Katerina wasn‘t burned at the stake. 😬 9mo
Larkken @Ruthiella ooh I definitely do this too. Even if the outcome is sad or what I didn‘t want to happen, waiting to find out about it can be way worse. And this is why I mainly watch cooking shows on tv… 😅 9mo
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Sandman Slim: A Novel | Richard Kadrey
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#roll100 - I don‘t remember buying either of these, lol! It seems that the tagged book might work for #pop2022 popsugar challenge (afterlife) so that‘s serendipitous, and the cover on the other is just lovely!

MadelineMcCrae The Broken Circle is so good! 9mo
PuddleJumper I don't remember buying so many of my books 😅 9mo
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Blaming my lateness for #wintergames2021 on road trips! Sorry @Clwojick !

My combined total for weeks 4 and 5 ( I missed posting for week 4) is 6217 🎉

Thanks for hosting, @Clwojick and thanks for the fun fellow #mistletoemaniacs! Hope I did you proud.

Clwojick woohoo! 😍 Way to go! Thank you for joining us! 9mo
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One bingo for December! Pretty good 👍🏻🤩 #bookspinbingo #wintergames2021
Tagged was my favorite from this month, I think!

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Meddling Kids | Edgar Cantero
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Happy 2022!
The Hubs and I just finished a 2-day road trip, so I have some catching up to do. *hides fromthe #wintergames crew - don‘t worry, I need to tally points, I didn‘t forget, this last week was just too much for me!*
First up is my January #bookspin #doublespin #bookspinbingo
I am trying very hard to actually finish some of my yearly challenges this year… we‘ll see how that goes, haha!

MatchlessMarie I loved Eight Perfect Murders. 9mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 9mo
Larkken @MatchlessMarie ooo good. Just starting it now! 9mo
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I forgot to post this back when everyone was doing their #worstof21 😂 good idea, though! The razzies are always fun. Some of these were mistakes to even start as I should have known they are not my speed. Oops!

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A Christmas Carol | Charles Dickens
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Cold cold COLD 🥶 and all I‘m interested in doing is listening to audiobooks while sitting as close as possible to space heaters. So, after reading Afterlife of Holly Chase, the OG sounded perfect. This version was read by Jim Dale, and it was great.
Let‘s see if I can pack in any more #wintergames books!

RaeLovesToRead Gorgeous picture! ❤ 9mo
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Long Winter | Laura Wilder
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It‘s been a while since I read any “little house” books, so I picked this up for #wintergames2021
Interesting to read as an adult! I marveled at the depiction of life in the old west in the winter, though all the blizzards made me feel even colder than ever 🥶 (I‘m not ready)
Plus, my hubby and I completed our annual gingerbread house competition, so here‘s our holiday baking AND our holiday crafting for the competition! #mistletoemaniacs

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The Week 3 total for #wintergames2021 is 8780! Not too shabby.
#mistletoemaniacs @Clwojick

Clwojick Way to go! Woohoo! ❤️💚❤️💚 9mo
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My #top21of21 best books of the year
I‘m currently trying to narrow this down to 9 but it‘s difficult 😣
If you haven‘t posted yet, I‘d love to see your picks!

Chelsea.Poole Thanks for sharing your favorites! I am looking forward to this one next month for #newyearwhodis 9mo
Cinfhen The Guncle wins for my MOST HEARTFELT read in 2021! Loved it 9mo
Larkken @Chelsea.Poole braiding sweetgrass was so lovely and hopeful! I found the audiobook to be both moving and meditative, like a big hug. I hope you enjoy it! 9mo
Larkken @Cinfhen oh, man, that book had ALL the feels! Also such a thoughtful depiction of grief and healing ❤️‍🩹 9mo
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Summer Sons | Lee Mandelo
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Elf and a sploot to make up for the fact that this tbr read is definitely out of season 😲😂
But I‘m a sucker for a southern gothic, and this one has infernal inheritances, negotiations of queerness amid toxic masculinity, and a low-key indictment of higher education, and I am here for it!

I‘m other news, I cleared 12561 points last week for #wintergames2021 #mistletoemaniacs 👊🥰

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Ripper | Isabel Allende
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I am nope-ing so hard on this. It some how reads like a man from the 1970s ghost-wrote this as Allende. What the heck is going on? Is it just that this serial killer thriller is way outside Allende‘s usual genre? I chose it for #authoramonth because I thought I‘d try something different from her as she‘s not my favorite. Hah. I guess it was an easy one to check off my list, at any rate! And 15 pts for #wintergames2021!

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In a Holidaze | Christina Lauren
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This was a fun, light, holiday-themed romance. Good pick for the buddy read, #mistletoemaniacs! #wintergames2021
Kinda funny to read something set in a ski destination where no one did any skiing!
This was also the #bookspin pick for December for me.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! I read this one yesterday, too!! 9mo
Clwojick Awesome job! ❤️💚❤️ 9mo
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Hi fellow #wintergames2021 folks! One of the Agatha Christie‘s on sale today on Amazon is a collection of winter-themed short stories ripe for stacking up points!

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5310 points for #mistletoemaniacs
Not as many as some posts I‘ve seen, but I‘m trucking along 🎄👍🏻
Thank goodness for the search function on kindle!
#wintergames2021

Clwojick You‘re going fantastic! ❤️‍🔥💚❤️‍🔥 10mo
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