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Mazes and Labyrinths | Adrian Fisher
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Hey friends!! Thanks so much for your comments on my other post - so glad you all are enjoying the #PromptMaze challenge, even if some of us are hopelessly lost in there! 😂 I realized after I posted it that I've done these quarterly and technically Q4 doesn't start until OCTOBER 1, not September. But since I (a) already created the Q4 maze and (b) am hoping to have a separate #Scarathlon maze for October anyway - here's the Q4 maze, quite early!⬇

TheAromaofBooks Anyone is welcome to join this just-for-fun challenge (I'm tagging the regulars). Just click on this link - https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1XzUxq7VU8jZt4TzOB-cQIOLgYr9NG5CZ--xoKsdr... - and when the document opens, click File and then Make a Copy. This will give you your own copy that you can edit, which will allow you to un-black-out the cells. This link includes all four of the prompt mazes that I have made so far. ⬇ 1d
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) I like to play all the mazes at once, and as I read a book, I just see if it fits anything for my current cell, and I only un-black-out cells as I get to them, but feel free to play however works for you - you can uncover them all and strategize, or whatever!! All the cells are just “filled“ in black, so to uncover them, highlight the chosen cell, click on the little paint bucket, and then choose the color you'd rather have. I keep ⬇ 1d
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) completed cells white and my current cell teal, but make up whatever system works best for you!!

Happy reading!!

@julieclair @Addison_Reads @AmandaBlaze @peanutnine @suvata @Bookjunkie57 @Mollyanna @claudiuo @janeycanuck @Read4life @AllDebooks @BennettBookworm @JamieArc
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AllDebooks Thank you for giving us this fun game x 1d
Read4life Thank you! 1d
claudiuo Thank you so much! 1d
Bookjunkie57 Sweet. Thanks! 1d
GirlNamedJesse Thank you! 1d
julieclair Thank you! More maze fun ahead! 8h
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Lost in the Corn Maze | Precious McKenzie
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Hey there #PromptMaze friends!! Hopefully you aren't as lost as I am! 😂

I'm working on the Q4 Maze and will hopefully have that ready in the next few days!! I am also thinking that there will be a bonus Christmas/holiday maze that will match up with all the #WinterGames reads that I have planned, which also kind of got me thinking about a bonus maze for #Scarathlon - they probably won't be as long as the quarterly ones, but still!!

Let me ⬇

AllDebooks I love these, I'm defo in for more. I'm on my last book for Q1, still playing catchup! 4d
claudiuo Love them! Still making my way thru Q3 but always up for more. 4d
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PuddleJumper I'd be interested in doing any bonus ones 4d
Mollyanna I love the idea of a holiday maze. Woohoo! I am slowly working my way through Q1 and am taking them one at time. I hope to be on to Q2 shortly. Thanks for putting these together. They are so fun. 4d
claudiuo @TheAromaofBooks forgot to mention that I got a bit stuck on A5 in Q3 since I've not read anything in a series lately but my next read will fix that 😁 4d
Read4life I‘m in for more! I‘m still working through Q3. Loving it. 3d
julieclair I love the idea of holiday mazes. 👻🎄I‘m in! Still working my way through Q2 and Q3, and having lots of fun! 3d
Addison_Reads I haven't finished any mazes yet, but I'm still having fun with them. I will try any new ones you want to make. 3d
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For my #WeeklyForecast the Windowsill of Optimism isn't looking too different from last week 😂 Out-of-state family goes home Tuesday evening, so things should calm down around here a bit after that. Peaches are still going strong, but last week should have been our high-water mark with those for the season as well. Currently reading the tagged (funny so far). I should have one more week of random-draw reads before I start panic-reading all the ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) books I “have“ to read for August!! I think The It Girl is due back at the library week after next, so it will probably have a high priority this week. I can't believe how fast August is slipping by!!!

@Cinfhen
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Cinfhen Enjoy the rest of family time. I was t crazy about this one. So im curious to see what you make of it?!! 4d
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This has been a week of chaos!! Work is insane, family is in town, and things are a lil crazy! 😂 It looks like I've read more this week than I actually have, since 2 1/2 of these books I read last weekend haha Not a lot of reading happening, but overall life is pretty good and it's hard to complain. Really enjoyed both Mrs. Kip and The Hidden One. The tagged book I read for #TrappedonanIsland and liked it a lot - my biggest complaint was that ⬇

Cinfhen Glad you‘re having fun with family!!! 4d
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) there were a few things that it felt like the MC took FOREVER to realize, to the point that it kind of annoyed me haha But it was still a super fun read that I was glad to check off. So overall not the world's most productive #BookReport but I've also spent some great time with my family and sorted roughly 500 million peaches, so there is that!

@Cinfhen @Clwojick @aperfectmjk
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HeyT I say this with love but whenever I feel bad about my BookSpin backlog stack I remember how insane your windowsill has gotten and feel a little bit better lol. 4d
TheAromaofBooks @HeyT - I totally get it!! 😂 I have found so much reassurance here on Litsy that I'm not the only person with piles of books I'm DEFINITELY PLANNING TO READ VERY SOON going on!! 😆 4d
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Pickpick

I absolutely love the Kate Burkholder series, and book 14 did not disappoint! I'm always a bit sad when Kate's investigations take her away from Painter's Creek and the crew we have gotten to know there, but really, it makes sense since how many murderous Amish can there really be in one small town?? 😂 It's not absolutely necessary to read this series in order, but I highly recommend it, as Kate's backstory and character are developed so well⬇️

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) throughout the series. The mystery here kept me engaged, and even though I had guessed some of it, I didn't guess it all.

As a side note, I'm in love with Tomasetti 😂

#SeriesRead2022 @TheSpineView
#RoadTripUSA2022 - Pennsylvania @megnews
#BookSpinBingo
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mabell That‘s how I felt when Jessica would leave Cabot Cove! I‘m assuming for the same reason - only so many murders in a small town can be “plausible” 😆 2w
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This one is a little difficult to describe. Clara Kip is 79 and had just found out that not only does she have cancer, it is so advanced that she only has a week or two to live. With no living relatives, she enters hospice care. Meanwhile, 22-yr-old Aidyn Kelley is a cub reporter for the Kansas City Star, wanting to do more than fluff pieces and research for the senior reporters. When she makes a mistake, she's "punished" by being sent to ⬇️

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) interview Mrs. Kip and write her obituary. But there is more to Mrs. Kip than meets the eye, and for a seemingly normal elderly woman, she has lived a very full life, including helping refugees from the Vietnam War.

If you aren't a Christian, this book may not be the best match for you. A lot of the story revolves around Mrs. Kip's faith, and how her beliefs inspired her to live the way that she lived. Her faith is also what is giving ⬇
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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) her confidence and comfort as she rapidly approaches death. For me, Mrs. Kip rode the line between inspiring and sounding fake, but I think that Brunsvold overall pulled it off. There is obviously a lot of conversation about death and dying in this book, including discussions about how our bodies shut down as we approach our final hours, so if that makes you uncomfortable, be aware. It's handled SO well, though, and I genuinely ⬇ 2w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) appreciated the way this book reminded us of the care and dignity everyone deserves during their final days.

While this wasn't a book that I'll read again and again, I did enjoy it, and honestly it made me cry in the end. I loved these thoughts from Aidyn about Mrs. Kip -
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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) “A woman who hadn't fought a war or influenced the law of the land or won a major game, but rather, with quiet courage and immeasurable compassion, had helped ensure that refugees were not left to their own devices. The everyday woman who befriended and loved complete strangers, who stood in the gap between two clashing cultures not ready to wholly trust each other.“

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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) people next to us, and Mrs. Kip's life illustrates how powerful it can be when we accept that and wholeheartedly pursue the opportunities around us to help the people around us. 2w
TheAromaofBooks @MaureenMc - Hey!! I saw you stacked this one... if you live here in the States, I would be happy to mail you my copy now that I'm done reading it!! 1w
MaureenMc @TheAromaofBooks That‘s so kind of you! Based on your review, this book sounds right up my alley. 😊 Yep, I live in the ol‘ US of A. 😄 1w
TheAromaofBooks @MaureenMc - If you're comfortable giving me your address, just email me at itsthegoodlife15 at gmail and I'll pop it in the mail sometime soonish!! 😁 1w
MaureenMc @TheAromaofBooks Will do! Thanks so much! 1w
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@Cinfhen - Trick move, yesterday's post was last week's photo. HERE is the current status of the Windowsill of Optimism! 😂 Although I took this yesterday morning and have already finished two of the books pictured, including the tagged!! So progress!! #WeeklyForecast - nothing here is urgent (yet) so it should be a week of random draws. I just started Ten Thousand Doors last night and we'll see where we go from here!!

5feet.of.fury I just started that Laura Dave last night, it‘s good so far! 2w
Soubhiville “Windowsill of optimism,” 🤣 I love it! I hope you have a great reading week! 2w
LitStephanie Windowsill of Optimism is a wonderful description. 2w
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Cinfhen Hahaha, I KNEW that windowsill looked too orderly xxxx 1w
TheAromaofBooks @5feet.of.fury - That is one of my #TrappedonanIsland books this month - there are five books pulled for that challenge and I wanted to read at least one, so we'll see if that one is the lucky winner 😂 It sounds so good, though!! (edited) 1w
TheAromaofBooks @Soubhiville @LitStephanie @Cinfhen - Thank you!!! So many good books, never enough time!!! 😆 1w
5feet.of.fury @TheAromaofBooks was The Obsession one of them too? I can vouch for that one also! 1w
TheAromaofBooks @5feet.of.fury - Yes it is!! I'm always up for a Nora Roberts romantic thriller!! 1w
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Hey #LMPBC #GroupV - Just checking in as I haven't heard anything in a while!! I haven't received a book from @jimfields3 yet and thought I would make sure that it hasn't gone astray!! I know that @Fredthemoose received the tagged book, but wasn't sure where all the rest were in the process 😂 @BeckyWiththeGoodBooks

fredthemoose I sent Slaughterhouse Five off to Becky a week or so ago and got through Dorian Gray faster than expected so will get that out soon as well. 2w
jimfields3 I‘m behind but will send out Scarlet Pimpernel in the next few days. Sorry! 😬 2w
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks I‘m behind as well! I‘m sorry! I will send out the The Bell Jar in the next few days. 2w
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TheAromaofBooks @fredthemoose - Thank you for the update!!! @jimfields3 @BeckyWithTheGoodBooks - No worries, I just mostly wanted to make sure no books were lost in transit, which has definitely happened to me with #LMPBC books before!!! 1w
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @fredthemoose @jimfields3 @TheAromaofBooks I am so sorry, friends, but I have Covid (for the second time), and am in insolation through Sunday. I will plan to mail The Bell Jar on Monday as long as I‘m feeling better. 😞 6d
TheAromaofBooks @BeckyWithTheGoodBooks - No worries!!! Life happens, especially with Covid 😑 Hopefully you are on the mend!!! 5d
jimfields3 I wish you a speedy recovery, @BeckyWithTheGoodBooks !! 5d
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D-E-F for the #AlphabetGame - A Dog for Davie's Hill is one I picked up a book sale based on the illustrations and the fact that I love border collies. The story is a little disjointed, but still a pleasant story, especially for younger readers who may not be as distracted by the complete lack of plot haha

Emily's Runaway Imagination is classic Cleary and one of my favorites. I love this old library discard edition.

Forever is the third book ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) in Stiefvater's Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy(ish). I actually weirdly enjoyed these books, even though they're kind of outside my usual wheelhouse, and I LOVE the covers for these editions.

Not sure how on top of this challenge I'll stay, but I'll try to keep jumping in!!

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing 📚 2w
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Afraid to Ride | C.W. Anderson
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I've seen the #AlphabetGame bouncing around Litsy and thanks to a tag from @AmyK1 decided to jump in! I always have a lot of trouble playing these games because I'm terrible at remembering books under pressure. 😂 So I thought I would just start at the beginning of my shelves and go through until I found a book with A... and then keep going until I found a B... etc!

Afraid to Ride is by one of my all-time favorite author/illustrators, C.W. ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) Anderson. His most famous books are the children's books featuring Billy & Blaze, but I love all of his stories, including this one about a girl who takes fall from a horse and needs time to get her courage back, which she does by helping a horse that's also afraid.

Brown Sunshine and Cinnabar are both by another childhood favorite author, Marguerite Henry, who wrote many famous horse books. Brown Sunshine is okay, but like a lot of ⬇
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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) Henry's later books, feels a little thin on character development, and of course lacks Wesley Dennis's magical illustrations (he had passed away by the time this book was published). A fine story, but not one I love.

Cinnabar is about a foxhunt - from the perspective of the fox! The hunters include George Washington, so there is a tiny smidge of historical fiction to it. Cinnabar ends up safe and sound, of course. The illustrations are ⬇
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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) delightful and the story fun, although it's been quite a few years since I read this one. It's definitely due for a reread!!

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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eeclayton I'm also terrible at remembering anything under pressure, so I find myself browsing my shelves (both 3D and virtual) again and again for this challenge so I don't end up forgetting an important title 😂 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing 📚🙌🏻 2w
mabell Ha! I just put Brown Sunshine in a little library! I found a couple of library discards, so I gave one to my mom (who loves Marguerite Henry and horse stories in general) and the second one I put in the little library TODAY! 🤯🤣 2w
Leftcoastzen C.W.Anderson!👍👏Yay! 2w
TheAromaofBooks @mabell - I noticed with a few of Henry's later books (Misty's Twilight also comes to mind) that she tries to cover several years in one short (~100pgs with illustrations) children's book. It makes it difficult to connect to the characters. It's still a fine story, it just lacks the heart that many of her earlier books had in spades. I'm with your mom, though - always been a horse story girl!! 😁 2w
TheAromaofBooks @Leftcoastzen - I love his books so much!!! I remember being little and going to the Columbus library for the first time, which is probably 10x bigger than our local library, and realizing that there were MORE ANDERSON BOOKS! It was SO magical! 2w
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#BookReport is a little weak this week 😂 As anticipated, orchard work is going a bit crazy, plus my niece is in town (staying at my parents') for only two weeks so my days off have been full of family shenanigans. I DNF'd two of my Kindle books for the #22booksin22 challenge - I may have to check and see, but I'm pretty sure I've DNF'd almost all my books for this challenge so far, which means I was really bad at picking out free Kindle books ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) circa 2016 😆

I also finished the Percy Jackson series!! Another series actually COMPLETED for #SeriesRead2022 instead of started!! I did enjoy these books, but not enough to jump right into the spinoff series. Maybe someday. Or not lol

Currently, I'm reading five books at a chapter-a-day-ish pace, which hogs up a lot of my daily reading time. I'm also reading the tagged book, which is a bit odd but not bad. Today, husband and I are ⬇
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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) both recovering from insanely busy work-weeks, so I'm planning to get in some reading time and hopefully a nap!! It's been SO HOT all week, plus random thunderstorms all over the place, and I'm definitely ready for a little rest time. Supper is already in the crockpot, so the rest of this day is set up for CHILL 😂

@Cinfhen @jb72 @TheSpineView
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ShelleyBooksie Hope you get some relaxation in :) 2w
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TheAromaofBooks @ShelleyBooksie - Thank you!!! So far, so good! 😁 2w
Cinfhen Hahaha 🤣 My track record with those free kindle books isn‘t very good either 😆 2w
Cinfhen Windowsill is looking more manageable than I imagined 💗🙌🏻 2w
jb72 😂 hey at least the DNF books are now off the list! And that‘s a step in the right direction. It‘s been raining here in KY like a monsoon. Many places are flooded. 2w
TheSpineView Way to go! 2w
TheAromaofBooks @jb72 - I'm honestly sometimes excited about DNFs - off the list with a lot less fuss 😂 We are getting the northern edge of your Kentucky storms here in central Ohio - hopefully you aren't in any of the major flooding areas. Friends of ours have relatives in those areas who have lost everything - SO scary! 2w
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The Mystery of Edwin Drood | Charles Dickens
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Reading old books is always entertaining because of the way words change over the years. I absolutely lost it during this scene where they are talking about how it's the birthday of Drood's fiancee, whom he has nicknamed “Pussy“ 😂

Ruthiella Yes! The words “ejaculate” and “intercourse” were also used differently in the past which often takes me aback! 😂 2w
TheAromaofBooks @Ruthiella - Every time someone ejaculates in conversation in an old book I get my middle school giggles on 😆 2w
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The Obsession | Nora Roberts
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@Clwojick stranded me with some solid reading - these are the books with me while I am #TrappedonanIsland !! I am hoping to read at least two of them. For now, they are all going on my Windowsill of Optimism and we'll see which ones get drawn to actually read!!

Thanks for this super fun challenge @aperfectmjk !!!

Cinfhen Great stack, fabulous photo 2w
TheAromaofBooks @Cinfhen - Thank you!! The windowsill is looking a little crazy now 😂 2w
Cinfhen Can‘t wait to see that windowsill 😁🤩 2w
Clwojick Woohoo! 🖤 2w
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The Mystery of Edwin Drood | Dickens Charles
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I never actually posted my own #BookSpin list!! I have two lists - one that I use for my actual #BookSpin book, comprised of classics and other hefty tomes I've been meaning to read. Then I make a #BookSpinBingo list, which is all the books I want to read for the month. I've been leaving myself a lot of free spaces for backlog/catch up, but my trick is that I have to fill them in in order - I can't just choose the one that makes a bingo! I'm ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) not sure which of my two #TrappedonanIsland books I'm going to read, so I just left those open for whichever two end up getting checked off!! I'm always excited about a new month, even if I am involved in way too many challenges and buddy reads! 😂 2w
jimfields3 I like the creative use of the bingo board! 2w
UwannaPublishme Hope you find some extra reading time for all those books on your plate! ☺️ 2w
TheAromaofBooks @UwannaPublishme - I'm going to need about a month of nonstop reading to catch up 😂 2w
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Bingo! | Rosemary Wells
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Here's the #BookSpinBingo card! First, I put our official numbers (3 & 14) back in the mix. Then I drew them all out & wrote them down as I went, meaning the official numbers are just mixed into the card with the rest! As you can see, 21-25 are both labeled with their numbers & also as free spaces, so you can use them to match however you wrote your list. To score a bingo, just read books (in any order) that are in any row or column!! MORE INFO ⬇

TheAromaofBooks 1 - I‘m tagging everyone on my BookSpin tag list because my life is out of control 😂 Anyone is welcome!! If you actually didn't want to do Bingo & I tagged you, just ignore it - so sorry to bother you! If you genuinely do not want to be tagged for the bingo part, please let me know and I will highlight your name and try to remember not to tag you next month!!! ⬇ 2w
TheAromaofBooks 2 - Remember – NO PRESSURE!!!! If this starts to stress you out, just take that page right out of your journal and pretend it never existed!! This challenge is to encourage you to read, not to make you feel like reading is a chore!!!

3 - FREE SPACES can be filled with any book that is NOT already on your list!! ⬇
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TheAromaofBooks 4 & final - As a reminder, only the “official” BookSpin/DoubleSpin numbers will count towards giveaway entries. I don‘t want the giveaway to be stacked against people who aren‘t able to read lots of books each month. So basically there is still a maximum of 2 entries possible per month no matter how many books you read from your list. This bingo card is just for fun & glory! 😁

Thanks for playing & happy reading!!!
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Bookwormjillk Yay!! 2w
TheAromaofBooks @SiameseCatsRead @Maria514626 @DisneyFan @AllisonM89 @The.Great.Catsby @Moll @Kristin_Reads

That's the whole tag list!!! Let me know if I missed you!! Happy reading everyone!!!
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Clwojick Woohoo! 2w
Eggs 🧡💛🧡 2w
claudiuo Thank you, thank you, thank you! 2w
Zuhkeeyah Love when the free spaces are grouped together! 2w
AllDebooks Yay, thank you. I love how much this is helping me plan my reading, I'm tearing through my tbr pile. Although tbf, I've added double on reading others lists. What is it about a book list that makes me so happy? 🤔 2w
TheAromaofBooks @AllDebooks - I literally love making lists, organizing my books, and tracking my reading just as much as actually reading! 😂 2w
TheAromaofBooks @Zuhkeeyah - The free spaces really did us a favor this month lining up with #BookSpin!!! 2w
AllDebooks @TheAromaofBooks I've defo caught that bug since joining Litsy 🙂 2w
ozma.of.oz So excited! 🎉🎉 2w
NikkiM5 Woohoo Blaze and Emergency Skin for me 😎 2w
CoverToCoverGirl How exciting!🥳 2w
Julsmarshall Always love the 2nd of the month! 2w
Maria514626 🥳🥳🥳 2w
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Spinning Around | Catherine Jinks
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Good morning, everyone! The moment you have all been waiting for!! Our official #BookSpin number is THREE!! Our official #DoubleSpin number is FOURTEEN!! I have thoroughly enjoyed looking at everyone's lists & am really looking forward to seeing your reviews!

My next post will be the #BookSpinBingo card!!!

My tagging/tracking system has changed this year, so if you didn't get tagged PLEASE let me know so I can add you to the (semi) permanent ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont‘d) tag list! It takes me a while to post all the tags because I have to do it in multiple comments and then my computer gets very thoughtful 😂 I will post “FINISHED“ when I post the last batch of tags so you can tell if you have been missed!!! ⬇ 2w
TheAromaofBooks (cont‘d) Below are a few housekeeping items that I would really appreciate if you took a few moments to read. As always, my new masterpost about both #BookSpin & #BookSpinBingo can be found on my blog - https://thearomaofbooks.wordpress.com/bookspin-bookspinbingo-litsy-challenge - & this link is always available in my profile as well. ⬇

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TheAromaofBooks 1. Remember, this is a no-pressure challenge!! You can read one or both of these books. You can bail on them. You can bail on the whole challenge and try again next month. Whatever works!! This is supposed to be fun not stressful!! ⬇ 2w
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TheAromaofBooks 2. I do have a giveaway at the end of the year. Every BookSpin or DoubleSpin book completed counts as an entry!! In the past, I have tracked these myself, but for 2022 YOU are in charge of tracking your own entries!! To help with this process, I have created a Google Form that can be found here - https://forms.gle/X57ePKzuHpsqLjE5A - You can use this Form two different ways: You can update it throughout the year OR you can wait and fill in ⬇ 2w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) all the information at the end of the year. If you want to be entered in the giveaway you MUST use this form. However, if you do NOT want to be entered in the giveaway but still want to use the form for organizational purposes, I have set it up so that the personal info/address blank is OPTIONAL - so you can use the form without submitting your name/address. If you do not care about the giveaway you do NOT have to use this form at all ⬇ 2w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) There is more information about how the form works when you click on the link and go to the form because I LOVE overexplaining things!!! You are also ALWAYS welcome to ask me questions!!

4. Even though I don't HAVE to see your reviews I love reading them!! So please feel free to tag me in any and all BookSpin reivews!!

5. For the giveaway, DNFs do count!! The goal for #BookSpin is to get a book off your TBR, so if you decide not to ⬇
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TheAromaofBooks cont'd) finish it, it's still off the TBR and still counts as a completion in my book!!

6. If you do not finish your #BookSpin/#DoubleSpin book this month it is STILL ELIGIBLE for a giveaway entry as long as you complete it sometime in 2022!! There is space in the form for you both to put down what book you are SUPPOSED to read & then to check off which books you DID read! ⬇
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TheAromaofBooks 7. Everyone is welcome to join this challenge!! If you wanted tagged & I missed you, it was completely inadvertent!! Please just let me know that you want to be added to the tag list. You can also let me know if you want to be removed - no hard feelings!! Feel free to jump in & out of this challenge as needed. Also, obviously, getting tagged doesn't mean you HAVE to actually participate!!


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TheAromaofBooks 8 & final (FINALLY) - While I don't have time to reply to all of the comments to this post, I do read every one and love seeing which books got picked for you!! I do respond to any direct questions or confusion, so please feel free to ask away if something doesn't make sense or you need some clarifications. Thank you all so much for your enthusiasm, and happy reading!!!

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rmaclean4 Thank you so much!! 2w
TheAromaofBooks @SiameseCatsRead @Maria514626 @DisneyFan @AllisonM89 @The.Great.Catsby @Moll @Kristin_Reads

That's everyone I have on my tag list!!! If you didn't get tagged and would like to be added, please just let me know!! ❤
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BkClubCare Thank you! 2w
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick The Culture Smart Japan overview and The Roommate Equation! Woohoo! 2w
TheSpineView Will you please add me to the list. Thanks 2w
Eggs 💙💚💙 2w
claudiuo Indeed, what I was waiting for, my highlight of each start of the month! Pretty cool numbers, too bad is not Pi day today 😁 My reads are The Calculating Stars (also a July #Roll100 pick that I started but only read about a third) and a random library book (plenty to choose from). Thank you so much for doing this every month! 2w
TheAromaofBooks @TheSpineView - Absolutely!!! 2w
BarbaraJean Oh, this is fun—one from each half of my list! The BookSpin is a specific book (People of the Book) and the DoubleSpin is a shelf to choose from. 🎉 2w
Librarybelle Mine is Other Birds and Heartbreaker! 2w
kellyann28 Yay! My book spin is 2w
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks My #bookspin is Greenwich Park and my #doublespin is tagged! 2w
CaitZ Mine are both cozy mysteries. I listen to those while out walking. 2w
robinb Yay!! Two mysteries with a little romance thrown in on one. 😊 Thanks Sarah! 2w
julieclair Hooray! Mine are The Lincoln Highway and The Book of Cold Cases. 2w
willaful I'm pleased to have gotten two specific titles this month. I need the direction. :-) 2w
willaful D'oh. Which are Masquerade by Laura Lam (yay, finish a series!) and Parallel Play, nonfiction memoir. 2w
Chelsea.Poole Thank you!! Both my books are ocean-themed 🌊 2w
tokorowilliamwallace I have mostly categories for my list, so I have the freedom of mood reading; and also since each category could be a grouping of TBRs themselves, it could help me make progress. So my category picks this month are to read a book I plan on donating back to a little free street library after finishing, one of my picks from an earlier Ollie's haul. So it's a matter of deciding or coming into a mood for something that qualifies. Pessl/Choi? 2w
Karons1 @TheAromaofBooks thanks so much for doing this 🙂Iv edited my list because I have tons of library 📚 books to get through 😂so my no.3 is the fell by sarah moss and no.14 is cloud street by Tim winton - happy 😃 reading 📖 2w
Maria514626 Thanks for the spins! 3 is a stinker of an audio #arc that I‘ve been dragging my feet on. This is the kick I need to finish it — including for the #augustarcreadathon. @Clwojick 2w
Bookzombie Thank you as always! My BS is The Devil in the White City and my DS is The War Wagon. 2w
staci.reads #Bookspin is Song of Solomon and #Doublespin is Forest of Stolen Girls. Looking forward to them both! 2w
Clwojick @Maria514626 Woohoo! You can do it! 2w
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Black Beauty | Anna Sewell
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@aperfectmjk - here are the books that washed up on the shore with you!! These are all books I've enjoyed, although for entirely different reasons haha Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on at least one of them!!!

#TrappedonanIsland

aperfectmjk Thanks @TheAromaofBooks I can't wait to knock some of these off my TBR... I've been trying for years! 🤣 2w
mom2bugnbee Great choices! 2w
TheAromaofBooks @aperfectmjk - I know that feeling!!! 😅 2w
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Lost Lake | Phillip Margolin
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This wasn't my favorite Margolin thriller, but it was still a solid read. Ami is a struggling single-mom attorney who rents her over-the-garage apartment for extra income. Her current boarder seems friendly and kind, but during a Little League game he loses control and almost kills two men with his bare hands. Ami finds herself sucked into the situation more and more as the man tells her a story that sounds unbelievable, of a special secret ⬇️

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) group of government special operatives working under the radar, combined with evil misdeeds and directions from a powerful man now running for president. Is Carl's story legitimate? That's the crux of the story, and honestly, Margolin had me going until the very end as he does a fabulous job of presenting information from Carl and Vanessa (another character who believes Carl's story) that had me convinced that the General was the evil ⬇ 3w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) mastermind they claimed, followed by a situation where the General gives perfectly reasonable explanations for everything they're saying, making me doubt them once again. The actual action of the story isn't very fast-paced, especially compared to other Margolin stories that I've read, and some parts felt repetitive as we would hear the same story from both Carl and Vanessa's perspective. There is also a big courtroom scene that recaps ⬇ 3w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) everything and consequently felt a little bogged down. But on the whole, this was an engaging story that genuinely did have me going back and forth about the veracity of Carl's claims.

This was one of June's #Roll100 picks!! @PuddleJumper
#RoadTripUSA2022 - Oregon @megnews
#MtTBR
#20in4 - 227/1000pgs @Andrew65
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PuddleJumper Awesome! 3w
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 3w
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The Last Olympian | Rick Riordan
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Oh dear, adding the August books to the windowsill has created a bit of a traffic jam! 😂 Plus I still have to find out what my August #TrappedonanIsland read(s) will be!! This also doesn't include the six chapter-a-day(ish) books I'll be reading as well because I definitely do not have a problem!!

For the immediate #WeeklyForecast - I actually have DNF'd two Kindle books since yesterday, so those are slowly getting cleared out. Starting the ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) tagged book this morning, which will finish another series!! 🎉 Hoping to read The Railway Children for #ChildrensClassicsRead sooner rather than later this month as Exposure is supposedly the same story except from the POV of the adults, so I'm quite intrigued to read it. The Extraordinary Deaths of Mrs. Kip is an ARC review due soon, so that will probably be this week as well. The Hidden One is Castillow's latest Kate Burkholder ⬇ 3w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) mystery from the library and will be due soon, so it's also fairly high on the priority list. Otherwise, I'm just continuing my random draw from this pile to see what comes next!! We picked, sorted, and sold about 350 pecks of peaches plus a million blackberries last week and are anticipating even more this coming week, so things are busy at the orchard!!

@Cinfhen @TheBookHippie
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Cinfhen For some reason seeing your monthly windowsill warms my heart 💜 3w
TheAromaofBooks @Cinfhen - It's like seeing a picture of optimism 😂 3w
marleed I love your windowsill of hope! 3w
TheAromaofBooks @marleed - Thank you!! If I just had nothing else to do I'm confident I could read all of these in like three days, right? 😂 2w
willaful I love The Railway Children! And there's a wonderful movie of it from the 70s -- on Kanopy, if your library has that. 2w
TheAromaofBooks @willaful - Ooo thanks for the tip!! I read The Railway Children many years ago and loved it, but can't remember anything about it now! 2w
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Lost Lake | Phillip Margolin
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First full week back at the orchard and my #BookReport for this week reflects it 😂 I finished the final Bridgerton book - fun and fluffy, like the whole series - and bailed on two different books. A Lesson Vengeance just wasn't vibing for me, and Ocean of Storms was sooo boring. I'm going to skim ahead and find out what was on the moon, though! Currently better than halfway through the tagged book, which is okay but much more slowly paced than ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) other books by this author that I've read in the past. Hoping to finish that one today and maybe start another. I have a bridal shower to attend, so I'm not sure how much of my day will be spent there!!

Tomorrow's windowsill pic will include all of August's books... there may be a space problem!! 😂

@Cinfhen
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Cinfhen I‘m eagerly awaiting the August photo 😜 3w
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The final Bridgerton book was more of the same, really - perfectly pleasant with likable characters but nothing mind-blowing. Sometimes that's exactly what I want, though! I enjoyed the series overall but do think they are somewhat over-hyped as I am not convinced that they are particularly superior to other historical romances. I won't avoid Quinn in the future, but also don't feel a burning need to add her other books to the TBR.

TheAromaofBooks #MtTBR
#192025 - 2006 @Librarybelle
#SeriesRead2022 @TheSpineView - here's a novel concept, I used this challenge to FINISH a series instead of starting a new one! 😂
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Weisubei Which one is your favorite @TheAromaofBooks ? 3w
TheSpineView Fabulous! 3w
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julesG Love your buttons jar. 😁 I have one, too. 3w
TheAromaofBooks @Weisubei - I really enjoyed It's in His Kiss a lot. That one and The Viscount Who Loved Me are probably my favorites. 3w
TheAromaofBooks @julesG - I have a thing for buttons... that isn't the only button jar in my house 😂 3w
Librarybelle Yay for finishing a series!! 3w
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Ocean of Storms | Christopher Mari, Jeremy K Brown
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Somehow, it's already the end of the month!!! Which means it's time for July's #20in4 readathon. I'm going with a goal of 1000pgs for the weekend as I'm not exactly sure what is going to go on the next couple of days. I'm also trying to decide if I want to finish or bail on the tagged book. I want to find out what's on the moon, but I'm at 28% and it's still just blah blah blah setting things up and SO boring!! It may be time to skim to the end!😂

TheAromaofBooks Thanks for hosting @Andrew65!!! 3w
Andrew65 Great to have you with us. Good luck with the goal. 3w
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Oh my gosh, what the heck, we're only a week away from AUGUST?!? This summer has been busy but good. The peach harvest has officially started, so we are rolling into my busiest time of year - orchard time!! 😁 I've thoroughly enjoyed seeing what you all have been reading this month & am looking forward to your lists for August!

Remember, I'm using the same tag list all year, so just let me know if you want to be added or removed. Challenge info ⬇

TheAromaofBooks 1/5 - The rules for the #BookSpin & #BookSpinBingo challenges can be found by reading my masterpost on my blog (off Litsy) - https://thearomaofbooks.wordpress.com/bookspin-bookspinbingo-litsy-challenge - but the basics: if you want to play, make a list of 20 books you've been meaning to read & tag me when you post it!!

2/5 - You do NOT have to participate in the Bingo part of the challenge if that isn't your thing!! You can just read the ⬇
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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) BookSpin or DoubleSpin or however many books works for you! Basically, choose a reading level that fits your life, and feel free to change it from month to month!!
3/5 - Just a reminder that the rules here are pretty loose!! If you have a huge/challenging book, feel free to let it take up more than one square. Some people struggle with super specific lists & prefer to go with categories (i.e. library book, Netgalley, mystery, from the ⬇
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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) living room shelf, etc.), which is also fine! You can make separate lists for BookSpin & DoubleSpin so that you read one book from each. This year, I have a list of challenging books that I am using to read the BookSpin number from each month, but then make a list of my month's TBR to use for the bingo part. Make this challenge work for you!! Just ask if you have questions about whether something is “allowed“ - most of the time the ⬇ 3w
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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) answer is yes!!

4/5 - Remember, if you didn't finish your July BS/DS, you can still check it off at any point in 2022. If you wish to participate in the end-of-the-year giveaway, each completed (or DNF'd) BS/DS read counts as an entry!! This year, everyone is in charge of tracking their OWN ENTRIES for this giveaway!! This is being done via Google Form. You are also welcome to use this form even if you don't want to enter the ⬇
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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) giveaway, just don't put in your name/address. I won't be looking at these forms until the end of the year, so you can either add your entries throughout the year, or add them in one big batch in December, whatever works best for you!! The form can be found here - https://forms.gle/X57ePKzuHpsqLjE5A - please remember that once you start a form, you need to SAVE THE LINK that Google will email to you so that you can edit your form!! ⬇ 3w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) 5/5 - Thank you all SO MUCH for your participation and enthusiasm!!! I LOVE seeing everyone's posts and hearing about how this challenge is helping you tackle the neverending, ever-growing TBR!!! As always, please just ask if you have ANY questions!!! You all are the best!!! ❤ ❤ ❤ 3w
Cinfhen How can it be??? It‘s gonna be pumpkin season soon 😱 3w
TheAromaofBooks @SiameseCatsRead @Maria514626 @DisneyFan @AllisonM89 @The.Great.Catsby @Moll

This concludes my tag list!! If you haven't been tagged and want to be, please just let me know!!
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ozma.of.oz Yay! I‘m so excited! 🎉 3w
FelinesAndFelonies July was a slumpy month for me but I am planning on reading my BOTM backlog in August for my #bookspin board. 3w
Allylu Working on it right now! 😊📚🎶 3w
AllDebooks July has been an awesome reading month for me. Very productive and enjoyable, not been able to do much else due to heatwave. I am soooo relaxed, lol 😆 3w
rsteve388 Super excited for August. I am actually feeling better lately, enough to participate in this month 3w
RaeLovesToRead August already?? How did that happen?! 3w
vonnie862 How fun! I hope you have a good peach season! 3w
Librarybelle Yay!! 3w
BayouGirl85 I‘m in 3w
bookandbedandtea Yay for peaches! I'll get my list ready. 😊 3w
claudiuo It can't be August already but... it is. I'm in! Still working on finishing a couple reads so I'll be late with my list, as always. Thank you and hope you have a great harvest! 3w
Kdgordon88 I think my list is ready. July has been a great reading month! 3w
Bookwormjillk I‘m working on my list today! 3w
candc320 Yay for harvest time!!! I love peaches 🤤. Working on my list today! 3w
KristiAhlers I‘ve got to create my list yet. But I think I‘ve got enough to flesh it out. This has been a great reading month for me. 3w
Bookgoil I was just thinking it‘s too soon!!! I need to make an official list I have ideas but nothing written 3w
RainyDayReading Looks like another month of library books for me 😅 someday I‘ll read the books I actually own….. 3w
bthegood I've got my list ready😊 3w
UwannaPublishme Aack! Already? Happy Harvesting! 🤗 3w
BarbaraJean August?!? Don‘t mind me, I‘m just over here racking up the unread BookSpins… 😩 I think August‘s list will basically be the same as July‘s list, which was pretty much the same as June‘s list… 😆 (edited) 3w
kellyann28 🥲🥲🥲 Thanks for the reminder 3w
julieclair I love making my list each month! I have yet to get a bingo, but hope springs eternal and I always enjoy my reading. I hope your peach harvest goes smoothly. 🍑👍 3w
Singout I just saw Ontario peaches in the store today… Time for peach and rum jam making! 3w
Clwojick still working on a tentative list, but I‘ll post it once it‘s finalized and in my bullet journal ❤️ 3w
CarolynM 👏👍 3w
SpookyMazeOfBooks Me i'm back in 3w
Karons1 Hi 👋🏻 sorry 😣 I missed June and july due to covid ! And hols but whoop whoop 🙌 I‘m back 😆 3w
Susanita I think I‘m going to pause the spinning for a while. I love the idea, but I‘m spending more time managing my lists than actually reading! 3w
TheAromaofBooks @Susanita - I totally get it!!! Would you like me to take you off the tag list for now? Or you can stay on but just not participate until you're ready, whichever works for you!! (edited) 3w
Susanita I think take me off the list for now. 3w
TheAromaofBooks @Susanita - Sounds good!! Just let me know if you ever want to jump back in. And if you read any of your BookSpin/DoubleSpin at any point this year, you're still eligible for the giveaway!! 3w
Grrlbrarian I‘m in for August! Off to post my list 😊 3w
tokorowilliamwallace I just updated my list of categories. 2w
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A Tangled Web | Lucy Maud Montgomery
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This month's #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead was one I hadn't read in probably 15-20yrs. It wasn't one of my favorites growing up, but I enjoyed it a lot more as an adult - I found myself relating to some of the storylines that bored me when I was 20. There are a lot of characters here, and I still enjoyed some stories more than others, but overall this is one I liked. It's interesting to see some of Montgomery's personal tropes assimilated into this⬇️

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) one, like the Pilgrim's Progress edition, a “Big“ and “Little“ name whose sizes don't actually match the nicknames, and even cats named First and Second Peter. The story with the Sams was always my least favorite anyway, and it still makes me sad that that's how the whole book ends, as that random bit of racism on the last page does leave a slightly sour taste for a book that actually is old-fashioned but not overly so for the most part.⬇ 3w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) This edition is a very old library discard that I absolutely love. I'm not sure when they stopped printing library editions of books like this, but I miss them.

@BarbaraJean
#192025 - 1931 @Librarybelle
#MtTBR
#BookSpinBingo
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Chrissyreadit I agree I loved those covers. 3w
Librarybelle LM Montgomery! Yay!! 3w
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Fall is Here! I Love It! | Elaine W Good
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#FallingForFallSwap is back!! I absolutely ADORE autumn, so this is one of my favorite swaps of the year!! Check out @Avanders 's page for more details and the link to the form to sign up!!

Avanders Yay!! Thanks for the repost! ♥️😘🍂🎃🍁 3w
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Treasure Island | Robert Louis Stevenson
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I'm super excited about participating this challenge, hosted by @aperfectmjk !! You create a GR shelf labeled “trapped on an island“ and then get matched up to someone else, picking books from their list that they “have“ to read that month because those are the “only“ books that survived the shipwreck and washed up on the island with them! 😂 Looking forward to both picking and reading books for this one!! #trappedonanisland

mabell That‘s creative! 4w
Sharpeipup I started a list so hoping to join next month! 4w
aperfectmjk @Sharpeipup do you want to join for August? 3w
Sharpeipup @aperfectmjk yes please 3w
aperfectmjk @Sharpeipup okay, great! Just be sure to post a link to your shelf by Aug. 1st. 3w
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A Lesson in Vengeance | Victoria Lee
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It's been a hot minute since I posted a #weeklyforecast as I was sick last weekend and gone the weekend before!! The windowsill is still pretty full, especially considering there is only one week before August's books go up (!!!) but I actually have been reading quite a lot lately. I'm down to the final books in both the Bridgerton and Percy Jackson series, so hopefully both those series will get checked off soon. Three of these are 2022 books ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) so they'll be read soon either because they are due for review or due back at the library!! I still seem to have a miscellaneous pile of books from past month challenges as well, and weirdly my Kindle books never seem to get drawn in my random-number pull, so the sticky-note list is growing! I started the tagged book today and am also still reading The Hidden Hand for July's BookSpin. We started picking peaches Friday, though, so life ⬇ 4w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) is about to get a lil crazy!! Still, this summer has not been as busy as last year, so I feel a little better prepared rolling into orchard madness. I started pulling August books off the shelf yesterday - looking forward to finding out what I'm (not 😂) reading for #Roll100 #BookSpin and #TrappedonanIsland next month!!

@Cinfhen @PuddleJumper @aperfectmjk
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Excellent Women | Barbara Pym
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I got behind on the chapter-a-day read and then just bolted ahead and finished it 😂 I wasn't sure what to expect of this one, having never read Pym before, but I found it surprisingly enjoyable. I was slightly let down by the sitcom-like ending where things all return to basically the way they were at the beginning, but can also see how that fits into the overall theme of the story. I can see myself trying another Pym in the future.

LeeRHarry I‘m in the middle of tagged book atm having read and enjoyed Excellent Women previously. 😊 4w
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Librarybelle I plan to use this for the #192025 challenge too! 4w
rabbitprincess My MIL‘s book club picked this as one of their reads for the coming year (they run September to June), so I should really read it! 3w
staci.reads I also got a late start on it (yesterday 🙄) amd will probably finish it up tonight 😂. 3w
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Nightwork: A Novel | Nora Roberts
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Roberts's latest book seemed to hit a different tone than many of her earlier stories. A much slower pace than most of her books, this one is more about Booth as a person than it is about romance or the thriller aspect of his being a thief. I actually did enjoy it because I liked Booth and also enjoyed a lot of the descriptions of places (this book made me want to visit New Orleans), but I can see why a lot of people didn't care for it. ⬇️

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) This story starts with Booth as a little boy, who feels like he has to steal to make ends meet as his single mother suffers from cancer. The book follows his life story as he grows to adulthood, frequently changing his name and cover story as he moves from place to place, thieving as he goes. Despite his career choice, there isn't a lot of action, and even the big final shebang feels a little flat heist-wise. I honestly wouldn't call ⬇ 4w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) this romantic suspense, because the suspense isn't super suspenseful, but I enjoyed this one nonetheless, even if it isn't my new favorite Roberts novel.

#RoadTripUSA2022 - Virginia @megnews
#192025 - 2022 @Librarybelle
#BookSpinBingo
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Librarybelle I have a copy of this…hoping to get to it soon! 4w
kimmypete1 I also liked this one, enjoyed the different feel that it has. 4w
TheAromaofBooks @Librarybelle @kimmypete1 - Once I got into the groove of this “just“ being a story about Booth's (admittedly intriguing) life, I really enjoyed it a lot. 4w
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The Girl on the Boat | P. G. Wodehouse
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Not my all-time favorite Wodehouse but still a lot of fun. I don't know how he makes me totally roll with loads of coincidences and nonsense, but I do, and I love it. There is just no other author out there whose writing relaxes and entertains me the way his does.

This is for my other #LMPBC group and is heading your way today @mabell !!
@Chrissyreadit @julieclair

Ruthiella I love his ridiculous humor too!😂 4w
mabell Yay! I‘m in the mood for a cruise 😄 4w
julieclair Looking forward to a fun read! 4w
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Read this classic for #LMPBC and it was a really interesting one. A lot to ponder here on what "sin" really is and how self-absorption can change us. I felt like Wilde asked a lot more questions than he answered, but he would probably tell you that his job is to ask questions, not answer them lol
@fredthemoose this one is heading your way today!!
@BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @jimfields3

#MtTBR
#BookSpinBingo

KristiAhlers I really enjoyed this read. I picked it up years ago when I was watching Penny Dreadful on what was it showtime? Anyhow, I‘d realized I‘d never read it so did. It was very thought provoking. 4w
fredthemoose Hooray! I‘ll get mine out next week! 4w
eeclayton I enjoyed this one, too. And what a gorgeous copy! 😍 4w
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TheAromaofBooks @eeclayton - I was so excited to find this edition at the library discard sale earlier this year!! Can't beat a lovely hardcover for a quarter!! 4w
fredthemoose I got it today! Thanks!! 3w
TheAromaofBooks @fredthemoose - Glad it arrived safely!! Thank you for letting me know!! 3w
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Black Hills | Nora Roberts
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Last review for now - I actually really enjoyed this romantic suspense, although I definitely wanted an epilogue as it felt like everything got wrapped up really fast. I had some quibbles with both the main characters - I felt like Lil was really hanging onto the bitterness for what happened when they were both 19, for pete's sake, like she never once said something like, “OMG we were literal CHILDREN so maybe I should be a little more ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) understanding“ !??!? Instead she just pouts constantly about how he broke her heart blah blah blah Cooper had this weird thing where he was an absolute jerk when he first came back, then all of a sudden is Mr. Friendly-You're-the-Love-of-My-Life-and-I'm-Not-Going-Anywhere??? Him being a total grump at first didn't really fit the rest of the story and left me feeling a little confused about his personality.

BUT despite my usual whining, ⬇
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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) I quite liked the setting and honestly just wanted more about all the big cats because I love them 😂 Not a perfect book, but perfectly enjoyable romantic suspense that FINALLY checked South Dakota off my list after trying to read the USA for three years!!

#MtTBR
#RoadTripUSA2022 - South Dakota @megnews
#BookSpinBingo
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This one had two of Roberts's early-80s novels in one book, and they were both pretty terrible haha

Her Mother's Keeper was definitely for you IF you prefer a lot of grabbing and aggressive kissing over actual communication. Island of Flowers I enjoyed more, but the fact that she wouldn't just tell her dad what had happened really annoyed me, and why was Dillon such a dick like all the time?? Not the hero for me. Still, this was good ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) I've-been-sick-and-just-want-to-read-mindless-fluff reading 😂

Her Mother's Keeper -
#MtTBR
#19822022 & #192025 - 1983 @Librarybelle
#WickedWords - Stars @AsYouWish
#BookSpinBingo

Island of Flowers -
#MtTBR
#RoadTripUSA2022 - Hawaii @megnews
#192025 - 1982 @Librarybelle
#BookSpinBingo
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marleed I enjoy mindless reading summer days! 1mo
Librarybelle Wow…1982! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @Librarybelle - Ancient, right?? 😂 4w
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This may have been my favorite of the series so far. I absolutely loved Hyacinth and Gareth together, and Gareth's grandma is such a fave. There was enough snark and banter to make me laugh but not so much that it felt like they didn't actually like each other. My only complaint was that the entire diamonds storyline felt so contrived and unrealistic - and also unnecessary - but that's just me lol

TheSpineView Awesome! 1mo
Librarybelle Pretty background! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @Librarybelle - Thank you!! That's a cardinal flower and it comes back every year - I just love it!! 4w
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When I don't feel well, I want fluff, so I picked up the next book in the Chesapeake Shores series. In the first three books, about three different siblings (of six) the background story is the parents, who have been divorced for a long time, slowly getting back together, and this book focused on them. I did enjoy it, but also didn't feel like the whole situation with Megan's gallery was very well resolved. That's really been my overall issue ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) with this series - a character will have a valid issue and then in the end it's just like “oh love solves everything, yay!“ instead of actually addressing them?? And it really aggravates me. Still. A soft pick.

#SeriesRead2022 @TheSpineView
#Pantone2022 - Innuendo @Clwojick
#192025 - 2010 - @Librarybelle
#RoaringWolf - Christmas in July @Roary47 @Littlewolf1
#BookSpinBingo
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Clwojick I hate when an author does that! They make a point of introducing a legitimate concern/situation, and then just fluffs over it so it can end with a happy ending. I‘m like where is the resolution? Why are they still not communicating? Lol 1mo
Librarybelle Yeah, that‘s a disappointment! But, yay for fluff reading! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @Clwojick - Right?? What's the point of creating this concern if you aren't going to have the characters address it?? This author seems to make a habit of doing this, so I'm not sure if I want to finish the series lol 4w
TheSpineView Way to go! 3w
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Mehso-so

A small review binge upcoming...

I'm not sure if it was me, the stories, or the fact that I was starting to get sick when I was read them, but they just didn't hit the spot for me. I don't get on with short stories very well, but I always think I'll read a collection like this to see if a new author tickles my fancy. While there were some interesting concepts here, they were really mostly too insta-love-y for me. I also didn't realize that ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) these were all YA stories until I started reading them, so part of it was that that just wasn't really my mood.

#TBRDeckofCards (June) - 6D @Clwojick
#MtTBR
#WickedWords - Pool @AsYouWish
#BookSpinBingo
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Returned | Jason Mott
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Hey friends!! Ended up being unexpectedly offline for several days, but I'm back!! Lots of notifications to catch up on, so sorry if anyone was feeling ignored!! I also have loads of book reviews to post, but we'll see when that happens. 😂 In the meantime, here's a picture of the side garden... it's actually gotten even crazier than this the last few days as it's been dumping rain for three days!

BarbaraTheBibliophage At my house we call rain “weed juice.” Have fun out there! 🌿🌿 1mo
Leftcoastzen So beautiful 1mo
SamAnne Record rains in June has made our Inland NW property a jungle like never before! 1mo
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UwannaPublishme 😍😍😍 1mo
Ruthiella I love the lush green of it. Here in So Cal much goes brown and dormant in the summer. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @BarbaraTheBibliophage - “weed juice“ is right!! I was just down in the main veggy garden and it's turned into an absolute jungle! 😂 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @TheAromaofBooks Welcome to my garden situation! Since I was incapacitated for the spring, everything went wild. Now I‘m trying to get it in shape again … so much weed pulling! Still, it‘s fun to see the progress. 1mo
ferskner That is PERFECTION. 3w
TheAromaofBooks @ferskner - Thank you!!! We've decided to lean into the “nature's garden“ style 😂 3w
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BOOKSHOPS | Jorge Carrion

Just a note - this may already be floating around Litsy since I haven't been on much this week - but bookshop.org has free shipping through today!! Their shipping costs actually do keep me from purchasing from them sometimes, so today is a great time to stock up!! 😁

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Rilla of Ingleside | L.M. Montgomery
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Thanks for the tag @Eggs @TheSpineView
1. I'm not sure about “the most“ but I have read this book probably 20 times and it does make me cry every time.
2. This is tough - I read all over the place. Romance, I guess??
3. There are so many that I love and revisit. LM Montgomery is on my mind, though, so at this exact moment I may go with The Blue Castle 😂
#WondrousWednesday
Want to play @eeclayton @Kimberlone @swynn ?

TheSpineView You're welcome! 1mo
Eggs Thanks for playing and sharing 🥰💗👏🏻 1mo
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Harbor Lights (Original) | Sherryl Woods
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I have mixed feelings about this series. I really love the fun, obnoxious family and the setting, but sometimes the "drama" feels so contrived, and in this book it just seemed like the main characters went in circles and I never was convinced they actually went forward (spoiler below). I own some of the later books in this series which is why I started it, but I think it gets one more chance before I throw in the towel!

TheAromaofBooks The whole story MMC wants to take things slow & FMC is basically like “no, I want sex now,“ which felt awkward. I constantly felt like the MMC was being harassed by his family and by the FMC to just “get over“ his issues. THE FINAL CHAPTER he again says he thinks they should take things slow; FMC says “fine then it's over“ and then HE PROPOSES?!?!?! “Oh I have the ring right here, totally ready for commitment!“ It just felt awkward & unrealistic. 1mo
Librarybelle Yikes! I‘ve not read anything by Woods, but the ending sounds a bit unrealistic. 1mo
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TheAromaofBooks @Librarybelle - There was a conversation where the MMC is basically like, “Sex isn't casual to me & I don't think it should happen without a genuine, committed relationship“ & the FMC was like “well we're both adults & I think we should have sex while being friends & if you don't like it we're over“ & I just kept wondering how that would read if the M/F roles were reversed?? I really felt like the MMC concerns were blown off because he was a guy😕 1mo
Librarybelle 😮 Wow! 1mo
TheSpineView Fabulous! 1mo
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I feel like this is the Swanson book everyone recommends, and I finally got around to reading it. While not as frenetic as some of his other stories, the pacing was still excellent and kept me turning the pages. My only real eye-roll with Swanson's writing in general is that literally every character he writes is somewhat obsessed with/primarily motivated by sex, which gets old to me. Still, a great thriller with some fun twists.

TheAromaofBooks #192025 - 2015 - @Librarybelle
#MtTBR - I've summited Mt. Kilimanjaro (60 books), and have only counted books that were actually on my TBR before January 1!!
#BookSpinBingo
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Librarybelle Yay for your #MtTBR achievement! 1mo
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When He Was Wicked | Julia Quinn
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Pickpick

Finally got to the next Bridgerton books. I really enjoy these while I am actually reading them, yet never feel that push to pick up the next book right away. I liked Francesca and Michael, although it took a little too long to actually get them together. A fun fluff read, but nothing here that felt especially memorable. Soft pick.

#SeriesRead2022 @TheSpineView
#19822022 AND #192025 (2004) @Librarybelle

MoonWitch94 Julia Quinn says she meant each siblings novel to stand alone, but I think in some ways that made the younger siblings‘ books a bit boring to me. That‘s why I‘m not compelled to run through the end of the series. 1mo
robinb This one stands out for me from the rest as I remember it being a lot steamier than the others…especially one scene. 1mo
Librarybelle I need to read these! 1mo
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TheAromaofBooks @MoonWitch94 - My favorite part of the earlier books was the sass between the siblings, but in this book and the one before it that's been really lacking, as the stories for both Francesca and Eloise take place away from London/majority of the family. So they're okay as romance, but don't have the fun family interaction that drew me to the original books. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @robinb - It has been a few months since I read the last book, so I was wondering if it was just my poor memory, or if this one was significantly spicier than the others! Wasn't expecting it!! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @Librarybelle - They've been fun fluff reads, but I'm not sure they are significantly more readable than most historical romance, despite all the buzz they have gotten 😂 I'm not sure I see myself purposefully reading through the rest of Quinn's backlog, 1mo
Librarybelle True! I did read a couple a few years ago and found one of them way better than the other. Fluff is good for escaping from reality! 1mo
robinb @TheAromaofBooks I agree. In fact to me it seemed so different in several ways to the rest of the series. 1mo
MoonWitch94 @TheAromaofBooks I agree that the siblings banter is the best part! I‘m reading Eloise‘s book now and I‘m struggling to get through it at the same rate as the previous 4 books. 1mo
TheSpineView Fantastic! 1mo
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Celebrate!: Cookbook | Sheila Lukins
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Apparently it's Litfluence giveaway week!! 😂 Fabulous achievement hitting 100k @Nessavamusic - congratulations!!! Thanks for hosting a #100kGiveaway !!

Can't wait to see what fabulous books you read during your next 100k!!!

Nessavamusic Thank you & Good Luck! 1mo
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Party Time! | Anh Do
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Woohoo!! Congratulations on hitting 25k @Hazel2019 !! Thank you so much for having a giveaway as well!! #Hazel201925K

Can't wait to see what you read during the next 25k!!

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Escape from Warsaw | Ian Serraillier
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Pickpick

After purchasing this book for a dime back in 2008, I decided it was finally time to read it 😂 It was a sort of odd little story. A Warsaw family is separated during WWII when the father is sent to a prison camp and their mother is sent to Germany to work on the farms. The children escape and live on the streets. When the father manages to escape prison and make his way back to Warsaw, he can't find his family but leaves a message that he will ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) meet them in Switzerland at his wife's family's home. Most of the story is the children trying to get from Warsaw to Switzerland at the very end and just after the war. Along the way they have picked up another orphan, Jan, who is completely obnoxious and a thief having lived by his wits for so long. It wasn't a bad story, but it was rather disjointed and frequently forwarded by major coincidences. The author says he made up the ⬇ 1mo
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) characters but based his story on true ones, and it does have a feel that he pulled together episodes from several different families and rolled them into one. An interesting one-off read, but I don't see myself revisiting it.

My first July book completed, which means my first slot filled for #192025 (1956) @Librarybelle !!
#Pantone2022 @Clwojick
#Roll100 (June) @PuddleJumper
#MtTBR
#BookSpinBingo
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PuddleJumper Brilliant! 1mo
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Eggs I have this book, it was one of the first chapter books I bought from Scholastic classroom book orders in 3rd or 4th grade around 1960–agree it was a bit disjointed but it‘s a sentimental object for me 🧡🧡 1mo
Librarybelle Yay! I cannot wait to see the older titles selected for this challenge!! 1mo
Clare-Dragonfly Huh, I think I read this as a kid! Maybe a road trip audiobook? It‘s a very shadowy memory… 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @Eggs - I know exactly what you mean!! I definitely have books that are extra special because of the connections I have with when I purchased and/or read them. I also think younger readers might enjoy it more because there are a lot of exciting adventures to keep them engaged!! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @Librarybelle - I'm also interested to see what everyone reads!! I'm actually weirdly excited about this challenge 😂 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @Clare-Dragonfly - I thought that I had read it as a kid as well, but none of it seemed familiar to me! 1mo
Clare-Dragonfly The cover and title aren‘t familiar but you mentioned the obnoxious orphan named Jan and suddenly I remembered everything else 😆 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @Clare-Dragonfly - I tried to be sympathetic towards him since he is just a child and went through a lot of trauma, but wow he was obnoxious! 😂 1mo
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Paladin's Grace | T. Kingfisher
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Happy 4th of July and Happy #LitsyLoveSummerSwap opening day!! @Hazel2019 thank you so much!!! I'm so excited about all three of these books!!! The card is gorgeous, snuggly socks are always a win, and the bookmarks are so pretty and unique - I especially love the ginkgo one, which ironically got cut out of the picture haha And 50 bags of tea! YAY! Thank you so much!!!

And thank you for hosting @kdgordon88 @rsteve388 - such a fun swap!!

Hazel2019 Yay! Glad you like it! Happy reading! 🙂 1mo
Kdgordon88 Great box 💜💜💜 1mo
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By Your Side | Kasie West
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This was a #TBRDeckofCards draw from April that I finally checked off!! I didn't enjoy this one as much as some of West's other books. It's been a while since a YA read made me feel so old! 😂 Autumn gets locked in the library and immediately starts panicking about being BORED. IN A LIBRARY. So I wasn't sure if I was going to like her from the get-go. There were a few things I found confusing (aren't public buildings set up so that you can ⬇️

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) always exit them??) but I was willing to ride with most of it. On one hand, I felt like some aspects of Autumn's anxiety was handled well (I found her parents/family to be really supportive), but I really feel like we, as a society, need to work on people being able to just say “no thank you“ to attending an event instead of having to explain why they don't want to go. Autumn shouldn't have felt pressured to share her personal issues to ⬇ 1mo
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) everyone in her friend group just so they would stop trying to make her come to every single social event under the sun. On the other hand, that's high school, and it's part of what made me feel old while I was reading this, because I'm way past the age of worrying about people being mad at me if I don't go to a basketball game 😂

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This one was on my shelf for four years, so glad to get it checked off and heading to a new home!!

@Clwojick
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Tineke Ha, I was once locked up in a library as an older child. Did not realize the lights were off. But I also think I intentionally kept quiet. Anyway, proceeded to try to phone out, did not work. Then I raided the pantry and ate marshmallows. Didn't panick at all. The housekeeper saved me. Library staff was very apologetic, but I kinda liked being there after closing time. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @Tineke - That's amazing!! When I was growing up our library was kind of castle-like and so magical and I always wanted to get locked in there, although I can also imagine it being rather scary in the dark!!! 1mo
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When He Was Wicked | Julia Quinn
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#WeeklyForecast - the windowsill is full again, thanks to the influx of July challenge books!! I'm currently working on my June #LMPBC book (The Color of Dragons), and need to read the tagged book this week as it is due back at the library. Beyond that, I have my #BookSpin (The Hidden Hand), the #PemberLittens' buddy read (Excellent Women), July #LMPBC (A Picture of Dorian Gray), and a nonfiction read (Nudges) all on the go at a chapter-a-day-ish⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) I'm still reading my terrible paranormal romance series on KU because my brain has decided it's on summer vacation 😂 Only a couple of weeks left before peach season starts and my life gets a lot busier, so I'm trying to soak up the flexibility of my current schedule while I can!!

@Cinfhen
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LitStephanie I have totally been reading terrible paranormal romance series, too! Glad to hear I am not the only one enjoying completely turning my brain off lately. They are so bad yet reel you in. I find them as addictive as my mom's generation found soap operas. 🤣🤣 1mo
LitStephanie Also, peach season? Do you have an orchard? 1mo
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TheAromaofBooks @LitStephanie - For real! They're my indulgence reading, along with terrible P&P variations, also found on KU 😂 Just like, oh my gosh, when will they realize they're TRUE MATES!??! 😆

I actually work at an orchard - this will be my 7th season - just down the road. It's a small one and I've become good friends with the owners, so I put in a lot of hours, especially at the beginning of the season when we don't have a full crew yet. Not a job ⬇
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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) where I get rich, but I do get a lot of free fruit, so that helps 😂 Peaches & blackberries start at the end of July, then apples August-October, then I work until we sell out of apples, usually in January. We also press our own cider & I drive the delivery truck for our wholesale route. I really love it, except when it's 95* and I'm covered in peach fuzz 😆 1mo
LitStephanie @TheAromaofBooks that is awesome! You are rich in fresh delicious fruit. I bet the owners are super greatful. I know in my corner of the world, it is hard to get skilled seasonal pickers. 1mo
Cinfhen Peach season really sounds blissful!!! I can‘t believe it‘s a new month!!!! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @LitStephanie - We're really blessed to have a few solid pickers who come back most years, two or three of them work third shift at their regular job, then come pick in the mornings, and then go home to sleep. I can't imagine!! I'm a bit scared of ladders so I'm not a good picker 😂 But I help sort, sell, press/jug cider, and drive my lil truck around. It's nice because it's close enough that I can come home for lunch, which my dogs love haha 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @Cinfhen - It's funny because the peaches are SO different from the apples because the peaches don't store at all - you have to sell them as fast as you can, so it's a bit more chaotic. But eating peaches that have tree-ripened will forever ruin you for anything else. They're SO GOOD!!! 1mo
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By Your Side | Kasie West
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With all the #BookSpin excitement yesterday I neglected to post my #BookReport ! A pretty meh reading week for me, a combination of house projects, racing cars on the PlayStation, and getting sucked in to a terrible paranormal romance series on Kindle Unlimited 😂 I did read the tagged book, finished the Jane Austen at Home buddy read, and also read The League of Gentlewomen Witches, which for some reason isn't in my picture. I also DNFd an ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) old Kindle book - I'm not doing great at staying on top of my #22booksin22 challenge, which I'm using to read the 22 oldest books on my Kindle, but I'm slowly chipping away at them... mostly by bailing on them 😆 1st of the month meant starting a lot of chapter-a-day reads, so I seem to have a half-dozen books on the go again!!
@Cinfhen @jb72
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jb72 Hey DNFing them gets them off the TBR! 1mo
Cinfhen Absolutely!!! #AllHailTheBail 🙌🏻🤩😁 1mo
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Here's the #BookSpinBingo card! First, I put our official numbers (12 & 15) back in the mix. Then I drew them all out & wrote them down as I went, meaning the official numbers are just mixed into the card with the rest! As you can see, 21-25 are both labeled with their numbers & also as free spaces, so you can use them to match however you wrote your list. To score a bingo, just read books (in any order) that are in any row or column!! MORE INFO ⬇

TheAromaofBooks 1 - I‘m tagging everyone who specifically said they wanted to participate in the Bingo aspect of the challenge, but ANYONE IS WELCOME. So if you posted a #BookSpin list and now you think the Bingo looks fun – just jump right in!! If you actually didn't want to do Bingo & I tagged you, just ignore it - so sorry to bother you! My tag list is a constant work in progress, so please just let me know if you want added or removed!! ⬇ 2mo
TheAromaofBooks 2 - Remember – NO PRESSURE!!!! If this starts to stress you out, just take that page right out of your journal and pretend it never existed!! This challenge is to encourage you to read, not to make you feel like reading is a chore!!!

3 - FREE SPACES can be filled with any book that is NOT already on your list!! ⬇
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TheAromaofBooks 4 & final - As a reminder, only the “official” BookSpin/DoubleSpin numbers will count towards giveaway entries. I don‘t want the giveaway to be stacked against people who aren‘t able to read lots of books each month. So basically there is still a maximum of 2 entries possible per month no matter how many books you read from your list. This bingo card is just for fun & glory! 😁

Thanks for playing & happy reading!!!
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Megabooks I think this is the first time we‘ve had a free space in the middle…possibilities…🤔 2mo
BkClubCare ❤️ 2mo
FelinesAndFelonies Thank you! 🤗 2mo
bthegood Thank you - 2mo
Bookwormjillk Yay!! 2mo
Julsmarshall Good looking board! 2mo
Maria514626 👍👍👍🎉🎉🎉 2mo
DisneyFan Woohoo! So excited! 2mo
kricheal I've seen this going around for awhile.. what is book spin bingo? 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @kricheal - Hey there!! So I made a post on my blog explaining this challenge - https://thearomaofbooks.wordpress.com/bookspin-bookspinbingo-litsy-challenge/ - the bingo is a spinoff of my original challenge, BookSpin. For BookSpin, you make a list of 20 books you've been meaning to read & every month I draw 2 numbers (BookSpin & DoubleSpin) and everyone tries to read those numbers from their list. The Bingo was created because some people wanted⬇ 2mo
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) to read more than just 2 books from their lists. Each month I shuffle all the numbers onto a bingo board & you score bingos by reading the books that match those numbers from your list. If you'd like to join, just make a list and go for it!! Tag me when you post your list and I'll add you to my tag list each month. If you read my blog post, it also explains about the giveaway that I have at the end of the year!! 2mo
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