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PuddleJumper

Joined December 2019

“We are the sum of all we have done added to the sum of all that has been done to us.“ Robin Hobb
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The Book of Candlelight by Ellery Adams
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Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah
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Dracula by Bram Stoker
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Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch
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Dirty Magic by Jaye Wells
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Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs
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Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski
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I don‘t read as much during the summer as I hate the heat and just want to sleep or watch TV. I‘ve tried to select easy reads or leaving it open to whim

I‘ll still go for #bookspin #doublespin and #bookspinbingo @thearomaofbooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3d
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Roll the Dice | Wayne Avrashow
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July #roll100 sticking with the 3 rolls as that seems to be working

Going for a red/pinky theme this month with Cherry Crystal, Raspberry Smoothie and my Rainbow metal dice I never get to use because they dent my desk!

Roll 1 = 13
Roll 2 = 75
Roll 3 = 44

As always tag me @puddlejumper so I can snoop on what everyone is reading

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JW1108 Awesome, I love those rainbow dice! And one of the rolls was for Wuthering Heights, which I was trying to fit in anyway! 3d
PuddleJumper @JW1108 That's lucky! 3d
thereadingpal Thank you for the tag! I'll do it asap 3d
SpookyMazeOfBooks Thanks for the tag and I love the three rolls . 3d
TheAromaofBooks Nice!! I have two vintage reads that have been on my shelf for years, plus an OwlCrate read I haven't gotten to yet!! 3d
claudiuo Thank you so much, love these rolls. That's cause I love 13 but also because I've already read 13 and 44 😁 And 75 (tagged) is on my list since forever. Thank you! 2d
Read4life Absolutely love those rainbow dice. Once again, thank you for giving us the numbers early. Now I can finalize my July #BookSpinBingo list. 2d
Clwojick Woohoo! Can‘t wait to see what books I‘ll be reading in July. 💗 2d
Chrissyreadit 🙌🎉🙌 2d
Smarkies Some really good rolls this month for me. I am about a month behind my roll100 books. Hoping to catch up soon. 😄 1d
SusanLee Thanks 🙌🏻 19h
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Pickpick

Really great book for readers young and old. The action was fast paced with good character moments. I loved it! I hope there are more with these characters

I also appreciate that the teenage padawans acted like teenagers and had the character growth felt organic

#StarWarsBuddyRead @BookwormAHN

BookwormAHN This was a really good one 😺 6d
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Pickpick

A fun YA sci fi book. It has quite a few YA tropes but I felt that they were handled well and added to the story rather than detracted from it

Looking forward to the rest of the series

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! I really enjoyed these. So much snarky banter; I was totally here for it 😂 1w
PuddleJumper @TheAromaofBooks It was a fun book, I've already ordered the second one from the library 😅 7d
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Even If We Break | Marieke Nijkamp
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Panpan

I really wanted to like this but it fell flat for me. The character voices are all very similar which made it so confusing, the book is written in first person from different characters perspectives

The gaming world created was way more interesting and fleshed out than the actual plot

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Mehso-so

This is the weakest of the books so far. Setting it in London didn't work for me, it was more focused on the setting and less on the characters which I didn't enjoy

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Pickpick

This is a heartbreakingly relatable book. It's both wonderful and tragic and makes me want to burn the world.

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Light of the Jedi | Charles Soule
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Mehso-so

This is my first novel in the new Star Wars universe and it was a bloated nightmare of a book. There were too many characters, too many pov changes, half the time I wasn't sure who was who. It felt more like a jumping point for other books which would focus on the characters

I liked how different characters viewed the force, that was nice to see. Some of the characters were great and the plot was interesting, there was just too much

booksellerofyourdiscontent I have tried this book multiple times and I just can‘t get in to it. I have been so saddened by my complete lack of interest in most of the new canon. But I am very happily watching “Obi Wan Kenobi,” so there is hope! Do you have any suggestions of books that you have enjoyed? 3w
TheAromaofBooks Great review!! 3w
PuddleJumper @booksellerofyourdiscontent Anything by Timothy Zahn is usually a safe bet. He's written in both the old and the new universe I think. I've not really read much in the new universe (not a big fan of some of the more recent films so haven't read novelizations around them) 3w
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Felix Ever After | Kacen Callender
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Wonderful book about identity and learning to love yourself

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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4w
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Sci Fi month! This is great, these books need to go back to the library soon so this is an incentive to read them

#bookspin Light of the Jedi

#doublespin Aurora Rising

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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! I really loved the Aurora books when I read them last year! 4w
PuddleJumper @TheAromaofBooks That's good, I picked it up on a whim because the cover looked cool 😂 4w
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Pickpick

I really enjoyed this second volume. The transitions from character to character were sometimes a bit abrupt but it wasn't a big deal

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Completed May #bookspinbingo @thearomaofbooks

I got 1 bingo and read my #bookspin and #doublespin Pretty happy with this month, I read some really great books ... and some not so great!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Fantastic month!!! 4w
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Storm of Locusts | Rebecca Roanhorse
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Another amazing book! I liked this one more than the first one, I felt that the pacing was better.

One of my library books for #BigJuneReadathon @Clwojick

Clwojick Way to go!! 💛 4w
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Favourite book for May was My Brother's Husband

#readingbracket2022

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Blackout | Ragnar Jonasson
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Bailedbailed

This is not my kind of book. I didn't enjoy the writing style or the content but it is well written, well paced and if you like darker scandi crime books then you'll probably enjoy this.

Another random book I bought and forgot about. Glad I gave it a try

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The Last Paper Crane | Kerry Drewery
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Parts of this book worked really well and other parts fell flat. The haikus written by the granddaughter character were lovely.

The main issue is the prose section set in 1945. It doesn't read authentic to the time period or the location. The romance was contrite and underwhelming.

I would not recommend this book.

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First two books in the Thrawn Ascendancy series are 99p on the kindle

#starwars

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The Dry | Jane Harper
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Such a good book, I read it in one sitting because I didn't want to put it down

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#BigJuneReadathon is a month long readathon run by @Clwojick

I'm going to keep it simple and aim to read the library books I have out. I've got 9 books out and would like to read 4 or 5

Clwojick Great goal! Thanks for sharing! 🌼 1mo
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June #bookspinbingo

Mostly library books and recent TBR pile additions

Going to try for #bookspin and #doublespin again this month with the realistic expectation of maybe getting one!

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1mo
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Rogue Protocol | Martha Wells
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Absolutely loving this series, each book just gets better and better

charl08 Lover murderbot! 🤖 1mo
StaceGhost Same! Just started strategically rereading them 1mo
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Go on holiday and buy books (and games)!

These are books I've wanted for awhile but weren't at my local library and I could only buy them through Amazon which I'm reluctant to do

Found a lovely sci-fi/fantasy book shop in Edinburgh called Transreal Fiction. Well worth a visit, they had a great range of books

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I read 3 library books and 1 book off my shelves

Also picked up some thin books to take on holiday with me. I'm pleased! 🤣

#marvellousmay @Andrew65

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Given, Vol. 1 | Natsuki Kizu
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I'm not that into music but I really enjoyed this book, it was a combination of cute and sad. Looking forward to the rest of the series ... If my library gets them in! Had this on hold for nearly a year before it came in

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Panpan

This book sounds better than it is. There are no citations and no critical interrogation of the sources that they do mention.

I am being harsh because this isn't and doesn't claim to be an academic book but I still think you need to be mindful. It also covers the 'ancient world' which is Greece and Italy over several centuries and doesn't really place the jobs in a historical context beyond ancient world

PuddleJumper This was one of my May #roll100 and I'm glad to get it off my shelves! Books like this were a staple gift when doing my degree and I just held onto them even though I wasn't interested 1mo
charl08 Fabulous title though! 1mo
PuddleJumper @charl08 🤣 It is a great name 1mo
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The Good Son: A Novel | You-Jeong Jeong
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I have mixed feelings about this. It was really well written and an intense read, very much a psychological thriller.

It was what it was, if that makes sense, there were no twists and no surprises and it was quite a tough book to get through

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Roll the Dice | Wayne Avrashow
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June #roll100 going up really early because I‘m travelling on and off the next few weeks

May rolls are still active!

I‘ve gone with an orange/golden theme with Athens, Muninn and my Caleb Widogast set

Roll 1 – 56
Roll 2 – 15
Roll 3 – 62

Let me know what you are reading by tagging me @puddlejumper

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ozma.of.oz Woohoo! 🎉 1mo
claudiuo Thank you so much for posting the picks. Hope you have great fun trips! 1mo
Bookworm54 Enjoy your travels! ☺️ 1mo
Read4life Love those dice! Thanks for posting early. It really helps me get my TBR set. Safe and happy travels, @PuddleJumper 1mo
Airykah13 Thank you! Have a wonderful trip! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Thank you for taking the time to do this even when life is busy!! Two out of three of my books have the word “escape“ in the title, and the third book is “Lost Lake“ so I'm not sure about this month's subliminal messaging! 😂 1mo
MeganAnn You have the prettiest dice! Thanks for posting early and safe travels! 1mo
PuddleJumper @Bookworm54 Thank you! 1mo
PuddleJumper @Read4life That's good to know! I always think I post too early 1mo
PuddleJumper @TheAromaofBooks 😂 That is so strange! 1mo
PuddleJumper @MeganAnn Thank you! 😃 1mo
Chelsea.Poole Thanks!! 1mo
SusanLee Thank you 😘 1mo
claudiuo Just got to update my #Roll100 list with these picks and to my surprise I saw that I've already read 2 of them: #2 is in my list the great Silver In The Wood by Emily Tesh (tagged) which I finished back in January and #3 is Courage (Omega Queen book 3) by W J May which I finished a few days ago.
Normally I will replace them with other books in adjacent spots but I am so much behind that I will just take these and rejoice 😁
Thank you so much!
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PuddleJumper @claudiuo Haha take the win! 1mo
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm The ones on top are GORGEOUS!! ❤️😱❤️ 1mo
PuddleJumper @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Thanks! That was a lucky Etsy find 1mo
Whollybologna I‘m still working my way through my list, but I still have 6 books from the last 3 rolls to get through! 😆 1mo
PuddleJumper @Whollybologna I'm super behind too! 😅 1mo
thereadingpal Hi :) I'm new to Litsy and seeing a lot of challenges... may I ask how this one works/if there is a masterpost explaining it? 3w
PuddleJumper @thereadingpal Hi, welcome to Litsy! Here is the original post: https://www.litsy.com/web/post/2314575 3w
PuddleJumper @thereadingpal It's super relaxed, basically list 100 books you want to read and then every month I roll some dice and you read those books. I wanted a fun way to clear down by TBR 3w
thereadingpal @PuddleJumper thank you!! I signed up and will make a list asap. I have so many books in my TBR 😅😅😅 3w
PuddleJumper @thereadingpal Mine keeps growing! 😂 I'll add you to my list. You can join in with June or wait until July, up to you. It's very much about what you want to do 3w
thereadingpal @PuddleJumper I'll see what ends up on the list and will see :D i have two upcoming exams so i have to see if i can make it in June ahahah 3w
PuddleJumper @thereadingpal Good luck with your exams! 3w
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Mehso-so

A police procedural set in modern China. The cultural and historical aspects of this book were really interesting but unfortunately the murder plot was rather dull

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Arrived early to teach my class. Thankfully the venue let's me in and doesn't charge me so I'm going to have a good thirty minutes of reading time

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Had the house to myself for like the first time in 3 years and I've binge watched so much tv, ate so much crap food, and went outside once. I have not read anything 😅

I'd like to read at least one book from my library haul for #MarvellousMay

@Andrew65

Viji That sounds amazing 😄 1mo
Andrew65 Good luck 😊 1mo
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The Gravity of Us | Phil Stamper
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Mehso-so

This book lost its way somewhere around the middle. There was a great premise, compelling characters and dynamics and then it just fizzled

This book would have been much better without the romance element. The insta love took away from interesting parts of the plot and nothing would have been lost if it was cut

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Pickpick

I'm glad I read the two volumes back to back as they are a continuous story. Really enjoyed it!

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My Brother's Husband | Gengoroh Tagame
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Fantastic book! The story is sweet and a little sad and approaches cultural differences, prejudices, and expectations in a very gentle way

Would definitely recommend and I'm looking forward to the second volume which I also got out the library! 😄

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Mehso-so

Fluff. Stories were a bit too simplistic and lacking in depth.

The art work was nice and the stories enjoyable, very easy reading

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My city had decided to close a few libraries despite the outage it caused. They've been doing an audit about possibly closing a few more

I have no shame about my #libraryhaul and using the inter library loan system. Several of the books I put on hold have been 'lost' since the other libraries have been closed which sucks

Doing the no buy 2022 has really shown me how great my local libraries are

DivineDiana I am sorry to learn about the Library closings. 😔 2mo
PuddleJumper @DivineDiana It sucks. I don't think my local one will close which I'm very thankful for! 2mo
Bookwormjillk It‘s always sad to hear about library closures. They are so important to communities. 2mo
PuddleJumper @Bookwormjillk They really are. The ones they've chosen to close are in smaller, out of the way areas which need those community spaces 2mo
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Mehso-so

This series has run it's course for me. I didn't enjoy this one as much as others, the mystery was a bit dull and Daisy was very annoying ... More annoying than usual

One of my #shelfofshame books because I swear I've read the first 3 chapters multiple times and then stopped reading

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Bloodline | Jordan L. Hawk
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Great book even if Whyborne was a bit stupid

May #roll100

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Dracula | Bram Stoker
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#draculadaily starts with Jonathan Harker wanting every recipe ever and criticizing the local women for being "clumsy about the waist"

I really want to know what that means! How do I know if I'm clumsy about the waist?

Dilara I *had* to look it up! It looks like it's a euphemism. The women have large - or non-corsetted - waists. I don't know about you, but I would definitely fall in that category! 2mo
PuddleJumper @Dilara Amazing! I love in yoga bras and joggers so yeah I think I would too! 🤣 2mo
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May #bookspinbingo

#bookspin is an impulse read and #doublespin is one of my #roll100 books

Pretty blank board this month as I've got some traveling and don't want to be carrying around big books

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
Ruthiella What‘s the difference between the donkey and the cat on your board? 🤔 2mo
PuddleJumper @Ruthiella The donkey is happy to see you and the cat is disappointed 🤣 Donkey is impulse reads and cat is free spaces 2mo
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Artificial Condition | Martha Wells
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Another great installment!

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Mehso-so

An easy high school mystery book. It isn't as good as the first and the reveal was a bit lacking but it's a diverting read

Counting this towards my May stuff since I've already posted my April stuff 🤣🤣

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Darius the Great is Not Okay was my pick for April. Really enjoyed the book.

Black Sun still wins out though. It was difficult to pick as they are different genres but I think Black Sun was much more impactful

#readingbracket2022

KristiAhlers What a fun way to track favorite reads. This would though drive me insane trying to pick the overall favorite 😂. I‘m like yes, yes, yes, all the books 2mo
PuddleJumper @KristiAhlers 🤣🤣 I get that. I have to think about the books otherwise my default would be the book I read most recently and enjoyed 2mo
Laughterhp Loved Black Sun! Can‘t wait to read the sequel. 2mo
PuddleJumper @Laughterhp Not long until it comes out! 2mo
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April #bookspinbingo

No bingos this month but I did finish my #doublespin and one of my #roll100 books

Probably one of my lighter reading months which I'm blaming on taxes because that stuff is hard when you're self employed! 😅

@TheAromaofBooks

KristiAhlers Oh I think you‘re going to like Persephone‘s Station when you get around to it. 2mo
PuddleJumper @KristiAhlers That's encouraging! I pre-ordered the paperback and forgot about it until it turned up 😅 2mo
KristiAhlers @PuddleJumper I legit hate when I do that 🤣 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Great month!!! 2mo
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The Tea Dragon Festival | Katie O'Neill
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Another wonderful book

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Five minutes in and I already love it. Makes me want to read it from the beginning

Nutmegnc Soooo gooooddd!!! 🥰🥰🥰🥰 2mo
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Doing 2 rolls again for #roll100

Roll 1: Orgy Planner Wanted: Odd Jobs and Curious Callings in the Ancient World by Vicki Leon

Roll 2: Bloodline by Jordan L Hawk

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Roll the Dice | Wayne Avrashow
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May #roll100 is here with a green theme: Cthulu, Fossegrim and Canis Minor

Roll 1 = 54
Roll 2 = 85
Roll 3 = 96

We had 85 last month too so if you've read the book already then read 84 or 86

Sticking with 3 rolls this month. If anyone wants an extra roll let me know and I'll do another one

Tag me at @puddlejumper so I can be nosey

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ozma.of.oz Woohoo! 🎉🎉🎉 2mo
Kenyazero Exciting! I'll have to check and see if I ever got around to reading my April rolls 🤔😏 I have a sneaking suspicion that I didn't. 2mo
PuddleJumper @Kenyazero I read one and I think I've still got a March one to read 😂 2mo
claudiuo Yay, thank you so much for posting the numbers! Not that I read a lot, until now one roll-read a month was the best I could do but I love to have something to strive for. Thank you! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! I still haven't read my 85; I read my 54 for another challenge (Ivanhoe ended up being my BookSpin earlier this year), so I think I am going to focus on 96 and catching up on some backlog books!! It's a short one that I spontaneously bought from Book Outlet a while ago - 2mo
JackOBotts I‘m quite behind on my challenges for April, but my May roll (54) will be a read c/o my pen pal @BekahPat 2mo
PuddleJumper @claudiuo You're doing great! If it gets you reading and clearly down the TBR pile then that's amazing 2mo
PuddleJumper @TheAromaofBooks I'm so behind on all my challenge books 😆 Sounds like a great goal 2mo
PuddleJumper @JackOBotts What a lovely idea! I'm behind as well so you are in good company! 🤣 2mo
Clwojick Woohoo! Can‘t wait for another month of reading plans! 2mo
Nessavamusic Yay! I hope I like these better then my last months. 😁 2mo
MeganAnn Yay! This has made reading from my shelves so much more fun! 2mo
Read4life Loving this! 2mo
Chelsea.Poole Thank you!! I‘m reading this from April‘s list next, so I guess it can do double duty! 🌊 2mo
PuddleJumper @MeganAnn I'm so glad! 2mo
PuddleJumper @Chelsea.Poole Sounds like a good plan! Happy reading 2mo
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May #bookspinbingo

Bit of a weird month with traveling so didn't want to include any of my nice books because I ruin them in my bag 🤣

Its going to be a lot of library books, ebooks and hopefully catch up on some challenge books I haven't read

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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Panpan

This was such a boring slog of a read. There was no dramatic tension, there was no tension full stop. Things were introduced then immediately resolved.

Too much nothingness