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mollyrotondo

Joined February 2020

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Lady Susan | Jane Austen
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This was such a fun novella! It reminded me a little bit of Dangerous Liaisons. It has the deception and love triangles but a lot of humor that Austen does so well! So happy to have read this with the #pemberlittens earlier this month!

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Malibu Rising | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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⭐️⭐️ This was not my favorite by this author. It was too dramatic for me. I liked the sibling relationships but I really hated all of the romantic relationship drama. It just wasn‘t for me.

Sargar114 Agree it isn‘t her best; I‘m still looking forward to the new one though! 24h
mollyrotondo @Sargar114 oh what‘s her new one? I‘m behind in the book news 🙈 24h
Sargar114 @mollyrotondo a spin off of this one 21h
mollyrotondo @Sargar114 oh about the girl Brandon was cheating with? Hmm. I do recognize the cover. 13h
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I listened to this one on Hoopla and it was so fun. The narrator made classic voices for each family member. And the RL Stine intro was a perfect touch! Enjoying reading some of these again as an adult 😂

Sargar114 Oh man. I remember reading these over and over again…this one especially 1w
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Black Buck | Mateo Askaripour
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I really enjoyed this satire on racism in the workplace and the bullying at tech startups. Very dark but balanced the humor and honest, serious topics so well. I also really loved how the main character gave the reader sale tactic advice throughout his telling of his story. Very well written. Definitely recommend.

Ruthiella This had been on my TBR list ever since it was first published! I just need to find the time! 1w
mollyrotondo @Ruthiella I got it in my BOTM box last year when it came out and I finally got to it! I made a point to select it for a book club I‘m in since it was my turn to pick 😆 1w
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A Spindle Splintered | Alix E. Harrow
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Loved this retelling of Sleeping Beauty. I don‘t want to give too much away but this story really gives the Sleeping Beauty character so much agency. I can‘t wait for the follow up story.

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Wow what an excellent book about the public health system. Dr. Wen talks about the accomplishments and struggles she has faced during her career in public health. The inequalities and the new methods to try to reach people who have been lacking in health resources. Really important for us all to be aware of and to support health for ALL.

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So I‘m a bit behind lol I‘m posting my May #bookspin now since I just got back from vacation and went back to my office today for the first time in two years and my brain is all over the place 😂 I will check the picks now! I‘ve been holding off from looking all day 🤪

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North and South | Elizabeth Gaskell
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I‘m so glad I finally read this classic. I had steered clear of it but thank you #pemberlittens and @MicrobeMom for picking this one and leading a great discussion these past two months. This was an excellent book giving me insight into the industrial revolution in England and the parallels between country living and city dwelling. Very detailed and pretty depressing. Very different style from Austen but she was writing later than Austen

MicrobeMom Great review! So glad you enjoyed! 1mo
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The Enchanted April | Elizabeth Von Arnim
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Absolutely loved this month‘s #sundaybuddyread ! The humor was written so very well! The thoughts and struggles of each of the women were so real and honest and still relevant today 100 years this book was written. The descriptions of the Riviera were so vivid and enticing it made me feel like I was there even though it‘s been cold all month where I live lol. Excellent read and I hope to read more by Von Arnim soon.

AmyG I am looking forward to finishing! 1mo
mollyrotondo @AmyG I spent my whole day off catching up and finishing! Can‘t wait to read everyone‘s thoughts on Sunday!! 1mo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ This was a pretty good classic fantasy story. I liked it but didn‘t love it. I think I liked an article I read about this book more than the book. I‘m looking forward to discussing this at book club because sometimes the group makes the book sound better lol

nichollinlove Is it related to the film? It was a favorite as a kid but I had no idea a book existed. I'm so curious! 1mo
mollyrotondo @nichollinlove there was a cartoon movie made. I‘ve never seen it but was going to try looking for it lol 1mo
nichollinlove Oh, yes! That's it! It was made in the 80s, before I was made in the 80s 😆 so it's really old. But as a kid, I adored the movie. I want to read the book just to see how it stacks up. 1mo
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Wayward Son | Rainbow Rowell
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Second book in the Simon Snow trilogy takes us out of England to the U.S.! They travel to Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Nevada, and California hitting all states for #RoadTripUSA2022. I really love all these characters and loved watching them grow a little stronger after book one. Their encounter with magic and vampires in the U.S. was very intriguing. Another fun read! On to book 3!

megnews I love a road trip! 1mo
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Sunflower Sisters: A Novel | Martha Hall Kelly
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So I apparently never posted this last month lol Sunflower Sisters took place in Maryland as well as New York. Maryland is checked off of my #RoadTripUSA2022 challenge!

megnews Yay! I used this for Maryland too. 1mo
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Squeeze Me | Carl Hiaasen
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I‘ve never read a book by Hiaasen before but now I want to read all of his books 😆 I really loved this satire on the former president, his followers, and how this country abuses and takes advantage of wildlife. It was fun yet handled serious topics with respect. Really enjoyed this one.

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ So #overduepod is reading Goosebumps as their next longreads project #90snostalgia This book really highlights the selfishness of parents and how that can be extremely dangerous and unhealthy for their children. Also gaslighting. A lot of gaslighting going on in this one. Reading this one reminded me how great R.L. Stine is!

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I wish Jane Austen was able to finish this story! She set up such interesting characters and a very different setting compared to her other novels. I wish we knew what she intended for Charlotte and Sidney and Edward and Clara. But the “another lady”, Dobbs, told a very Austenesque story and I very much enjoyed it! I started the show on PBS Masterpiece and I really liked the first episode! #pemberlittens

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April's Rainbow | Cathryn Hein
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This is my April 2022 #bookspin list! I am using February‘s list but replaced spots 5 and 10 since I completed those #bookspin #doublespin picks!!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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Luck of the Titanic | Stacey Lee
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Another fantastic book by Stacey Lee! She‘s becoming one of my favorite historical fiction writers! This one highlighted the discrimination against the Chinese passengers of the Titanic. Yet another example of why I cannot think of the Titanic as a glamorous ship. I see more disgusting flaws than I do beauty. Definitely recommend this one. Thank you #sundaybuddyread and @TheBookHippie for a great discussion!!

TheBookHippie ♥️♥️♥️ 2mo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This signed copy has been on my book shelf for a few years and I‘m so happy #doublespin has pushed me to finally get to it. It was a very well written YA mystery with a lot of twisty turnings near the end. I really liked the main character Mac and his growing confidence. I also loved the support of the community that we see more towards the end. I definitely recommend. This was my February #doublespin No. 10 pick.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
BookDragonNotWorm Great review! I really liked this one - surprised it doesn't get more press/attention. 2mo
mollyrotondo @BookDragonNotWorm I agree! I was surprised to see so little reviews on Litsy. But I really liked it. I‘d like to check out his other books now! 2mo
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Carry On | Rainbow Rowell
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I loved this book! It was fun and charming and romantic and adventurous. I love Baz and Simon! I love how smoothly the story played out. I thought the Chosen One tropes were written very well. I had a blast reading this! Should I read the second one? Is it as good as this one? Please let me know! Also this book fits the #almostachunksterchallenge at 517 pages 😆

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Great work checking off another almost chunkster!! 2mo
TracyReadsBooks Yes, you should definitely read the second and third books. You can never get too much Simon and Baz!!! 2mo
mollyrotondo @TracyReadsBooks excellent! Thank you! I‘m going to pick up the second book from the library! I enjoyed these two characters so very much! 2mo
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Sunflower Sisters: A Novel | Martha Hall Kelly
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Final book in the Woolsey/Ferriday family trilogy. Excellent trilogy about really strong women. I liked this one about the Civil War just as much as the first two books. Definitely recommend Kelly‘s books! This was my February #bookspin book 😅 a little behind over here lol This also fits the #almostachunksterchallenge at 499 pages lol

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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Sunflower Sisters: A Novel | Martha Hall Kelly
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So does anyone have this mistake in their copy of Sunflower Sisters? Jemma ends up in Hagerstown, Maryland a few chapters earlier, but Chapter 26 labels the location as in the wrong state. Did anyone else notice this typo? 🧐

LiteraryinLawrence Weird! That‘s a pretty big error! 2mo
mollyrotondo @LiteraryinLawrence I know the story is moving toward Gettysburg. I‘m wondering if she just got ahead of herself 🤔 2mo
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Less: A Novel | Andrew Sean Greer
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This was my second time reading this book. I really enjoyed this story and found myself really choking up at some of the relationship moments and moments when other people put down Less‘s writing career. The reflections on how other people would define Less or define his feelings but never would let Less define himself also really spoke to me. Book club discussion was also excellent!

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Just catching up on #RoadTripUSA2022 from February reads. I only read one hitting another state. The Map of Days, Book 4 in the Miss Peregrine‘s Home for Peculiar Children series, mostly takes place in Florida. I‘m hoping to travel to at least one more state this month but I still haven‘t made my way over to the west coast yet.

coffeewithbooks I‘m from Flordia didn‘t know that book was set there so cool 2mo
mollyrotondo @coffeewithbooks yeah books 4-6 are supposed to all take place in America. The first three books took place in Wales 2mo
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This is my March 2022 #bookspin list! I am using January‘s list but replaced spots 8 and 15 since I completed those #bookspin #doublespin picks!! I‘m still working on February‘s picks but I‘m determined to keep up!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
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Good Omens | Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Once again this book was a delight to read. I loved it when I read it about 10 years ago and I had a blast reading it again. I can‘t wait for the second season of the tv show to start!

wanderinglynn I‘m so excited about season 2! 3mo
shanaqui I'm a little nervous about season 2 since obviously it goes beyond the book... But I trust Gaiman/Tennant/Sheen a long way! 3mo
mollyrotondo @shanaqui @wanderinglynn so excited to see everyone work together again! I know it goes beyond the book but I trust Gaiman so much! 3mo
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The History of Love | Nicole Krauss
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️For beautiful writing
⭐️⭐️⭐️For story layout
This book was beautifully written and of course I teared up at the end. But I did feel like the story felt a bit too confusing for me. I think some things could have been made clearer earlier on in the story. I can‘t wait to discuss the ending with #sundaybuddyread this coming Sunday!!

TheBookHippie 💙🤐🤫me too! Cannot wait! 3mo
Sargar114 Completely agree with everything you said! 3mo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ I think 33 essays was a lot 🙈 There were too many pretentious essays that I zoned out reading. But the ones I did find very interesting were the essays written by C.S. Lewis, Donald Greene, Amy Heckerling, and A.S. Byatt & Ignes Sodre. Thank you @jenniferw88 for hosting this buddy read with the #pemberlittens !!!

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Mailbag, Volume 2 | Anonymous
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Thank you so much for the Valentine‘s Day card @TheBookHippie !! Happy Valentine‘s Day to you too! It‘s always so nice receiving #litsymail !!

TheBookHippie ♥️ 3mo
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A Map of Days | Ransom Riggs
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I love this series lol. It‘s been a while since I read the first three books, but this fourth book was excellent. It starts a bring new adventure with Jacob and the peculiar children but this time in America. Very fast paced and deals with many social issues in the U.S. The was my January #doublespin No. 15 pick and fits #almostachunksterchallenge at 480 pages lol.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! I've had the first book on my TBR for so long that it wasn't actually a series when I added it 😂 3mo
mollyrotondo @TheAromaofBooks that‘s a riot 😂 I always praised the first three books. I‘ve had 4, 5, and 6 on my TBR for a number of years now. Now since I‘ve finished 4, the goal is to read 5 and 6 without delay but let‘s see how I do 😆 3mo
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The Cat I Never Named: A True Story of Love, War, and Survival | Laura L. Sullivan, Amra Sabic-El-Rayess
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Excellent memoir about the Bosnian war and genocide geared toward YA readers but perfect for adult readers too. Educational for all ages on Bosnia, genocide, execution, hate. And book club got to speak with the author which was an incredibly eye opening experience as well. Highly recommend this for young and adult readers.

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I liked this one more than some other comedies we‘ve read but the ending was your typical Shakespeare let‘s-wrap-things-up ending. I loved Silvia so much throughout. She was a strongly written female Shakespeare character but he doesn‘t follow though at the end. But I overall liked this one. Can‘t wait to watch a performance. #shakespearereadalong

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So far I‘ve only finished two books that take place in the United States 🤔 Sparks Like Stars is mostly about Afghanistan but does eventually end up in NY! And A Flicker in the Dark takes place in Baton Rouge, LA! The rest of the books I finished in January took place in different parts of the UK 🥸 We will see where I end up in February!

#RoadTripUSA2022

megnews I read a lot of WWII fiction last month so I was all over Europe. 3mo
mollyrotondo @megnews I think I have more books set in the U.S. on my list for February (even though the book I‘m reading now takes place in Bosnia 🙃) 3mo
Addison_Reads Being from Louisiana, A Flicker in the Dark is a great choice for it. The descriptions of the setting are pretty accurate for the area. Enjoy. 😀 3mo
mollyrotondo @Addison_Reads oh wow perfect! That‘s good to know because I have never been to Louisiana. The book was really really good. 3mo
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Wuthering Heights | Emily Bront
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I absolutely loved the drama in this book! This was my first time reading and it‘s everything I love about a gothic novel. The characters are detestable but a story like this could not work any other way. Heathcliff is probably in my top cruelest book antagonist list and Catherine is just 🙄 so happy I got to read this with the #pemberlittens !!!

#wanderingthroughwutheringheights

TheBookHippie I love it -but I‘ve been reading it for four decades 😂😂😂😂😂 I‘m so glad you enjoy it too! I loved the reread this time so much fun to see everyone‘s reactions!! 3mo
mollyrotondo @TheBookHippie ? I know so many who have read it multiple times but a lot of these classics have slipped past me all these years ? I‘m so glad I finally read it! I haven‘t read any of the Brontë sisters‘ books so I‘m very interested to compare them now! It was a blast reading everyone‘s comments. Those we liked it and those who didn‘t lol always a joy reading together!!! 3mo
TheBookHippie @mollyrotondo I love the reading together. Jane Eyre is my favorite book of all time. 3mo
mollyrotondo @TheBookHippie I voted for Jane Eyre for our next #pemberlittens read but it got outvoted lol next time! 3mo
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The Other Side of Midnight | Simone St. James
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Another excellent Simone St James ghost story mystery. So many twists and a very satisfying ending. Don‘t want to say too much since our last #sundaybuddyread discussion is this week but I definitely recommend! Can‘t wait to discuss!

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February Fever | Jess Lourey
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I‘m excited for February #bookspin!! I finished my January bookspin pick and started my doublespin pick today so I‘m proud that I‘m keeping up so far 😅 I created a new list consisting of books sitting in a different part of my house 😂

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! And for some reason, physical book location seems to be a theme in BookSpin lists this month 😂 4mo
mollyrotondo @TheAromaofBooks oh wow that‘s crazy! Glad I‘m not the only one with unread books piled up all over the house 😂 I‘ll have to look through the lists 😆 4mo
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Ariadne | Jennifer Saint
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Absolutely loved this one. I loved how the author writes about how women are too often punished for men‘s crimes. Beautifully written and taught me many Greek myths that I never learned about myself. This was my #bookspin No. 8 pick!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
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Pericles | William Shakespeare
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⭐️⭐️ Very behind on posting my review of this #shakespearereadalong play from last month 🤦🏻‍♀️I was so intrigued while reading this play because this is one that has been reported to have only been partially written by Shakespeare and boy does it show. It just does not read like Shakespeare at all. I loved this edition because it really pointed out each line and word that Shakespeare would not have used and why. Still need to read the intro

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The Seventh Bride | T. Kingfisher
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I really loved this adaption of the Bluebeard story. The author did an incredible job describing each wife including the wife who aligns herself with her abuser. Really well written fantasy story. The only part I did not like was Rhea‘s treatment of a swan on the beginning of the book. It turned me off her character. But the other wives ended up redeeming the book for me.

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Really great historical fiction book about the coup in Afghanistan in 1978. I learned a lot and really loved the beginning and the end. I did think some of the scenarios dragged on too long in parts and it could have been edited down, but I overall very much enjoyed this read. I‘d like to read another book by this author.

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A Flicker in the Dark | Stacy Willingham
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ First book of 2022 done! Really enjoyed this literary thriller. The writing was excellent and I will definitely read this author‘s next book!

Sargar114 This is my doublespin this month and I‘ve seen lots of good reviews on it! 4mo
mollyrotondo @Sargar114 I really liked the writing. Let me know what you think! 4mo
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I am back for #bookspin January 2022! I fell off in the second half of 2021 but it want to get back to this challenge to help me through my TBR. I am going to start off slow and skip the bingo board. But hopefully I can read the #bookspin and #doublespin books! Thank you @TheAromaofBooks !!!

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! So glad to have you along!! I'll be tagging you towards the end of the month with a post that will be the official 2022 sign-up post so I know who to tag for next year!! I'm really excited about my new system, which means I should just be able to enjoy reading everyone's posts without trying to do so much paperwork! 😂 5mo
mollyrotondo @TheAromaofBooks Perfect! So happy the system will be easier on you next year because you put in so much work on this challenge. Thank you and I can‘t wait! 5mo
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If you love sci-fi, horror, The Twilight Zone, and The X-Files, check out L.I.O.S. wherever you listen to podcasts! The first four episodes are available now.

#horror #scifi #monsteroftheweek #literary #mystery

https://open.spotify.com/show/1nYACavaWcMm0qPoiSsgVl?si=3rPxdNNiSwe8pfxPoLzq6Q

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My August #bookspin list. I will also participate in #bookspinbingo. Thank you!

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This author writes very beautifully and I will read whatever she comes out with next. But I could not get behind this Gatsby story told from Jordan Baker‘s perspective. I think she was trying to make Jordan sound like Nick Carraway but instead of sympathizing with Gatsby, Jordan is on Daisy‘s side. There‘s too much Daisy analysis. And she makes Gatsby seem like a jerk. I love Gatsby too much so I can‘t deal with any negative portrayal. Bailed.

TheAromaofBooks Sometimes a book just isn't the right fit!!! 10mo
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Of Women and Salt | Gabriela Garcia
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This book was beautifully written. I really liked reading about each generation‘s female experience as an immigrant in America and living in Cuba contrasted with a mother and daughter illegal immigrants and their experience with deportation. My favorite sequence was home with the panther. Recommend. This was my #bookspinbingo No. 24 pick.

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 10mo
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The Broken Girls | Simone St James
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I cannot express how much I love this author! This is another fantastic ghost story mystery. The ghost is creepy, the mysteries in the present day timeline and past timeline were perfect, and the villains were excellent despicable characters. Thank you #sundaybuddyread for pumping this up. Can‘t wait for our August St. James pick! This was my July #bookspin No. 20 pick! Recommend!!!

TheBookHippie YAY!!!!!! I just love her books!!! 10mo
mollyrotondo @TheBookHippie me too! And I‘m now so pumped to start our August pick tomorrow afternoon!! She just writes an excellent ghost story and mystery. 10mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 10mo
Sargar114 This one is probably my favorite St. James, so delightfully creepy! 10mo
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The Comeback | Ella Berman
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ This one moved a little too slowly for me. I really liked the beginning, but then the book dragged. I very much enjoyed discussing this book with the #sundaybuddyread as always! One more discussion on Sunday!!

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⭐️⭐️⭐️ I liked the concept of friends going on vacation together. The “they are friends but secretly in love with each other” plot device is so played out that I wish it was really just about two friends. I of course was rooting for the couple though. I got annoyed that the story puts a conflict close to the end so that they have to fight and makeup. I‘m tired of that too. It was a somewhat enjoyable read for book club but just not for me.

mollyrotondo This was my #bookspinbingo No. 22 pick. 10mo
TheAromaofBooks Yeah, I enjoyed this one but didn't love it. I was also way over Poppy dogging on Ohio nonstop since that's where I live haha 10mo
mollyrotondo @TheAromaofBooks awww 😆 I totally get it. It gets so annoying when I book continuously rags on your home state. Oh goodness. I felt like it could have avoided certain contemporary romance tropes like having a conflict close to the end and the characters have to make up, but she drove right into it like every other romance. The conflict already happened before the book started. We didn‘t need yet another “break up” moment. 10mo
TheAromaofBooks Yes, exactly! I did enjoy this one, but definitely as a one-off read, not one I'd pick up again. However, I liked Henry's first book better, so I'll probably still check out whatever she writes next. 10mo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ For my birthday, my boyfriend got me this amazing classic sci-fi book that I have had difficulty finding over the years ❤️ It was so amazing! I loved how we go from picturing this small town as perfect to the characters finally starting to see how much the town is dying making it easy for an invader to take over. I also learned about the Mattoon Maniac from this book. Really great sci-fi read! Recommend!

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This was a fun middle grade read. It takes a lot from Alice‘s Adventure in Wonderland. It is pretty dark, has a very likable female lead character, has a fun cast, and an interesting “villain”. I enjoyed this one.