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Robinson Crusoe | Daniel Defoe
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Oh my word, we are already more than halfway through June!! So it's time to see who would like to read along for July's #RandomClassic - Robinson Crusoe!! I've been wanting to reread this one for years.

In a trick move, I have two editions of this book. They seem to be the same text, but one is divided into 20 chapters, and the other isn't! So if you are planning to read along, let me know whether or not your book has chapters and we will see ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) what kind of schedule we can draw up haha

Originally published in 1719, some people consider this the first English novel. Defoe was a Puritan, so while there is plenty of adventure in this story, you can also expect some moralistic preaching, along with thoughts and themes that may not jive with our modern sensibilities.

Tagging my master list, and you can let me know if you'd like to join me in July!!
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BarkingMadRead I‘m in! 5d
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Lcsmcat I‘m in, and my version has 20 chapters. 5d
BarkingMadRead I will check my version later and let you know how many chapters are in it! 5d
Cuilin Have my copy!! I‘m in. 5d
Read4life Mine has 20 chapters. 5d
wanderinglynn I tried Robinson Crusoe but just couldn‘t finish it. I DNF‘d it. But I‘d like to join in August for Fahrenheit 451. 5d
ChaoticMissAdventures I can't join for July but would love to be tagged in this group if possible? I love 451 and would join in August! 5d
CatLass007 I‘ll be listening to the audio version. The version I‘ll be using is broken up into 39 chapters. 5d
Librarybelle I won‘t be able to join for July, but I‘ll be back for August!! 5d
TheAromaofBooks @BarkingMadRead @Cuilin @Lcsmcat @Read4life - Woohoo!! I have you all down for this one. I think we're going to read a chapter a day based on the 20-chapter division, but I'll draw up a schedule that gives us a sentence or two to show where we should be each week, so we can hopefully stay together 😂 4d
TheAromaofBooks @wanderinglynn - I feel you!! I'm hoping the slower pace makes it easier to read haha But I'll see you in August - I haven't ever read Fahrenheit 451 and am weirdly looking forward to it. 4d
TheAromaofBooks @ChaoticMissAdventures - Yay!! I'll add you to the master list - I tag everyone each month, and you can opt in or out for that month's book. In general, we read a chapter a day until we finish the book, so sometimes a book will carry over into a new month - for instance, right now I'm still finishing May's book (East of Eden) while also reading June's book (Puck of Pook's Hill). 4d
TheAromaofBooks @Librarybelle - Sounds good!!! 4d
nanuska_153 Can you add me too? I bought this one in a second hand shop years ago and I haven't read it yet. Pretty sure I read it as a child but I just have a very faint memory of some images 3d
TheAromaofBooks @nanuska_153 - Definitely!!! Would you like to be added to the master list (if you're interested in any of the future books) or just for Robinson Crusoe? 3d
nanuska_153 @TheAromaofBooks add me to the master list in case I'm tempted to join other books please! 2d
TheAromaofBooks @nanuska_153 - Yay!! I tag everyone each month and then everyone decides if they want to opt in or out for that book. Then as we're reading, I try to post every Monday to check in. It's suuuper chill and mostly a way to keep myself accountable so I actually read these books 😂 2d
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East of Eden | J. Steinbeck
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(thru ch 49) Honestly, I've been totally hooked on this book during the last week or two. What is going to happen with the twins?? Is Cal going to give into the darkness within himself? Is Aron going to break? Is Kate going to destroy their lives somehow?

It's also been kind of interesting to read a book set during WWI; I feel like most books are set during WWII. The story about everyone making the life of the man with the (German??) accent ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) miserable - so sad. :-(

How do you feel about Steinbeck writing himself into the story? Supposedly the Hamiltons actually are based on Steinbeck's maternal family, while the Trasks are fictional.

Today's chapter ended a little ambiguously - do you think Cal took Aron to see their mother?

We actually only have one week left!! Monday should be our last chapter!! I haven't exactly enjoyed this book, but I've found it intriguing.
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BarkingMadRead I finished this over a week ago 🤣 I‘m afraid to comment in case I have a spoiler or something in it! 5d
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BarkingMadRead Let me see if I can do this without spoilers 🤣 i really hope Cal doesn‘t take Aron to meet his mother, it would likely destroy him! He‘s been trying so hard to be good, but he might fail! 5d
Librarybelle It‘s interesting that Steinbeck includes himself in the story. I‘m not sure if it adds any real value, though it does make this a bit more of a personal story for Steinbeck, like it lends credence to the story since his family is tangentially related to it. As for Cal…I feel so sad for him and hope this doesn‘t lead him to be “bad.” 5d
TheAromaofBooks @BarkingMadRead @TheBookHippie - Now that we're in the final week, I will probably be reading more than a chapter a day to find out what happens 😂 4d
TheAromaofBooks @Librarybelle - it is somewhat jarring to me, especially because it happens so infrequently that I kind of forget that he's supposedly narrating his own family history. But it did finally make me look up to see how much of this book really was based on his family, so there's that 😂 4d
BarbaraJean @BarkingMadRead @TheBookHippie I had to finish it yesterday! Once I get down to the last 20-30 pages, chapter-a-day tends to go out the window 😆 @Librarybelle I feel the same, that it doesn't seem to add anything. It pulled me out of the narrative every time! 7h
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Puck of Pook's Hill | Rudyard Kipling
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Hmmm. More history. It's not... terrible?? But it's not very exciting and it's not what I expected haha I'm pretty much dragging my way through this one. Are any of you enjoying it more than me? Any thoughts? I'm mostly being reminded of how little I know about “ancient“ British history 😂

#RandomClassics @BarkingMadRead @julieclair @TheBookHippie

BarkingMadRead Exactly!! It‘s very slow, and not at all hat I expected by the cover art 🤣 5d
TheBookHippie It‘s so slooooooow. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 5d
TheAromaofBooks @BarkingMadRead @TheBookHippie - I'm afraid it's become what I call a “blahblahblah“ book, because that's pretty much all I'm getting out of it 😂 It's funny because I actually usually really enjoy Kipling, but I can reassure you that I will NOT be rereading this one!! 4d
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TheBookHippie @TheAromaofBooks we‘ve read a few with my children‘s classic reads group over the years … they were better 🤣👀🫣😝. I‘ve taken to reading it aloud to my dog 🤣 4d
julieclair I want to like this book. I keep trying to like this book. I‘m just not connecting with it. But I‘m going to keep trying, because I think I really ought to like this book. @TheBookHippie @BarkingMadRead 3d
TheBookHippie @julieclair This is my working theory as well 🤣🤷🏻‍♀️ 3d
BarkingMadRead @julieclair I‘m at that point where I‘m so close to being done that I can‘t justify stopping 🤣 3d
TheAromaofBooks @julieclair @TheBookHippie @BarkingMadRead - Same!! I'm like... I usually like Kipling (ish)... I usually like historical fiction... WHY AM I STRUGGLING!? 😂 This book isn't even that long!!! Christine, I'm picturing you reading to your dog and him wondering why you're putting him through this, too 😂 😂 😂 3d
TheBookHippie @TheAromaofBooks 🤣🐶 also this book has a follow up and I‘m so not reading it 🤣😬 3d
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The Passengers | John Marrs
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I have roughly five million thriller/mysteries on my TBR, so if none of these click, it's not hard to find some more options 😂 But here are a few that I keep meaning to get to - I've enjoyed other books by each of these authors. Let me know what you think @Jerdencon @robinb @bookandbedandtea

bookandbedandtea I've read the Marrs (loved it!) and the McIntosh but the other two are new to me and sound good. 5d
Jerdencon I haven‘t read any - all sound good. 4d
robinb Haven‘t read any! 😊👍 4d
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TheAromaofBooks @bookandbedandtea @Jerdencon @robinb - I think I'm going to go with the Lisa Jewell book for this round then - even her books that I've read and didn't find as good as the others have still been compelling reads, so I'm hoping this one will be a win 😂 4d
bookandbedandtea @TheAromaofBooks Sounds great! I agree that I've generally been happy with her books so can probably expect this to be good. 4d
robinb Great! Shockingly enough, I‘ve never read a Jewell book. 😱😱🤯 Why do I feel sort of embarrassed to admit that??! LOL 🤷🏻‍♀️ 4d
Jerdencon I‘ve read a couple and they are good page turners - looking forward to this one 3d
TheAromaofBooks @robinb - I was late to the party as well and still have a lot of her backlist books to read. She's one of those authors that I get done and think, “Wait... that kinda didn't make sense...“ but her pacing is so good that I rarely notice when I'm actually reading 😂 3d
robinb @TheAromaofBooks 😂😂😂 I totally understand you!! Sometimes it almost feels like certain authors throw in a BUNCH of convoluted stuff to steer you off track of…”Hmmm…I‘m not sure that‘s feasible/possible/accurate”. And my poor brain just usually gives up and goes with the flow. 🤯🤯🤯 3d
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A day late, but here is my #WednesdayWanderings post!! My husband and I love to hike and most of our vacations center around doing so, although we are day hikers, not backpackers haha We visited the Lake Placid region back in 2016 and climbed Algonquin Peak. It's not a terribly long hike, but these are photos of the TRAIL - so much of it was just scrambling up rocks! Which meant coming down was just as hard as going up. I would like to say that ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) we got a payoff in a beautiful views, but actually the fog closed in the higher we climbed, so our view was not great 😂 It really became more of a stubbornness thing - we were SO determined to conquer this one!! Every once in a while you take a hike that actually changes you as a person, and this was one of those for us haha

@AllDebooks @TheBookHippie @Chrissyreadit @jenniferw88 #MidsummerSolace
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TheAromaofBooks PS Have to say the best part is there was a peak ranger at the top hanging out to make sure people were in trouble and said he climbs the mountain every day that he's on duty, so usually 4-5 times a week. He must have legs of IRON!!! 😂 1w
AllDebooks Love this. ❤️ Wow, that ranger myst be at peak fitness!! 1w
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IndoorDame Love that you finished! Park rangers are so bad ass! 1w
tpixie Great memories! And the rocks are pretty to LOOK at! 1w
kspenmoll So beautiful!!!! 1w
TheBookHippie Oh what an accomplishment !!!! Stubborn pays off!! 1w
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Puck of Pook's Hill | Rudyard Kipling
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Okay, is it me or is this book BORING?? 😂 I mean, it's okay, I guess, but I have definitely been more plowing my way through than particularly looking forward to picking this book up. Would it be more interesting if I was more familiar with British history?? Let me know if any of you are enjoying this more than me haha

#RandomClassic @BarkingMadRead @CatLass007 @julieclair @TheBookHippie

BarkingMadRead It‘s….. interesting? Not at all what I was expecting when Puck first showed up 🤣 2w
TheAromaofBooks @BarkingMadRead - I'm like, isn't Puck supposed to be mischievous?! This one just seems to be a history teacher 😂 2w
TheBookHippie I thought Puck was supposed to be naughty 🤷🏻‍♀️ it‘s better read in the morning 👀🫣when my brain is working full capacity. 🤣 2w
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CatLass007 It didn‘t really interest me so I‘ve decided on an early bail #hailthebail! 2w
TheAromaofBooks @TheBookHippie - I agree! I have to concentrate way more than I should for a children's book 😂 2w
TheAromaofBooks @CatLass007 - Makes sense to me!! Do you want me to take you off the tag list for this one, then? 2w
CatLass007 Only if it‘s easy for you to do and easy for you to put me back on the list for next month. 2w
TheAromaofBooks @CatLass007 - I keep a master list where I check every month and see who wants to read the next book, and then individual lists for each book. So it is no big deal to add or remove you!! 😁 2w
CatLass007 Then please remove me from the tag list for Puck and add me back for Robinson Crusoe. 2w
CatLass007 💗 1w
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East of Eden | J. Steinbeck
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(thru ch 41) I feel like we've gotten more actual story this week, so that's been interesting. Cal's character is really developing in a direction I wasn't expecting. Once again, Steinbeck seems to be emphasizing the concept of choice. Aron is turning into a bit of a prat, though 😑

The chapter focusing on Cathy/Kate was another interesting twist of her character as well. I'm a bit fascinated by what she considers “trapped“ vs her control. ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) I'm scared that her paranoia is going to somehow end up harming Adam and/or the boys.

Any thoughts from you all this week?

#RandomClassic @BarbaraJean @BarkingMadRead @Bklover @Librarybelle @Read4life @SaceReads @SamAnne @TheBookHippie
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BarkingMadRead Kate scares me, I feel like she‘s going to lash out of the boys somehow! Kyle interest me the most, because he knows that he has those bad tendencies but he wants to be good. I do not like the turn that Aron took, he seems to have a bit of an obsessive personality. Poor Abra! 2w
TheAromaofBooks @BarkingMadRead - Aron definitely seems not as bright, one of those people who just decide what they like/want/are/think is good or bad and then stubbornly insist on sticking to that opinion no matter what else they learn. If Abra can get him focused in a decent direction so that he just keeps plodding along the way she wants him to go, she might be able to make it work 😂 2w
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Librarybelle I get chills down my spine reading about Cathy/Kate. We have about 20% of the book to go, according to my Kindle app. It‘ll be interesting to see how this turns out! 2w
TheAromaofBooks @Librarybelle - It's been interesting to watch C/K become more and more pitiful as time passes - always looking for the worst, always willing to destroy anything that gets in her way (even when it's not actually a bad thing or an actual threat), constantly manipulating and assuming everyone else is doing the same thing - it was always sad, but as she's getting older it's becoming pathetic and tragic as well. Such a waste! 2w
Librarybelle Completely agree, @TheAromaofBooks ! 2w
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Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm | Kate Douglas Wiggin
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The first half of this book was a pick. The second half really fell off and felt like Wiggin couldn't really decide where she wanted to take the story so it didn't go much of anywhere. However, I was glad to finally read this classic and enjoyed discussing its influence on Anne of Green Gables with the #KindredSpirits Is it plagiarism if you write it a million times better than the original? 😂

@TheBookHippie @BarbaraJean

TheBookHippie 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣💚💚💚💚💚 I do so agree!!! 3w
BarbaraJean Hahaha—improvement is not plagiarism! I love that copy of this!! 😍 3w
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Untitled | Untitled
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Originally published in 1953, I've had this library edition for years and years. A middle grade read with delightful illustrations by Lisl Weil, it's a story about twins getting ready to celebrate their 10th birthday and also getting ready for a hobby show at school. It's a simple little story but super cute.

#BookChain
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marleed Oh so sweet! 2w
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This rating is definitely an “it's me not you“ kind of thing. I actually loved the concept of this book - a woman doesn't know anything about her birth mother, who died when she was young. Now that her father has passed away and her stepmother has dementia, she is going through their things and comes across a photo of her mother and a few other people. She posts on a forum, wondering if anyone can help identify the others. This leads to a ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) correspondence as she and the son of one of the men pictured try to piece together their parents' pasts. Most of the book is their letters and emails. Interspersed are descriptions of the photos that they are finding. The book isn't terribly long and was a very fast read, which is why I ended up finishing it haha However, the more they discovered, the sadder the story got. Even though they get a technically happy ending, all of the ⬇ 3w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) stories they discover are somewhat tragic and sad, and since everyone is dead now, there isn't any hope for reconciliation or change.

And as a side note, it felt like actually including photographs instead of 2-3 pages describing each one would have actually worked much better and added a higher level of emotional impact to the story.

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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) it was well-written, but it just wasn't the right fit for me. Real life is sad enough right now, I need happy fiction haha

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Soubhiville It actually sounds like a book I might love 🤣. At least it was short! 📚 3w
TheAromaofBooks @Soubhiville - It has many positive reviews on GR, and I actually did overall enjoy the story. It just got so sad!!! But I know a lot of people don't mind or even sometimes enjoy that bittersweetness, so I can definitely see this being a more enjoyable read for many 😂 3w
Gissy I concur with @Soubhiville sounds interesting🤷🏽‍♀️I stacked it😳☺️I don‘t know if I used the word grammatically correct (edited) 2w
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The Mummy Case | Elizabeth Peters
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While I am always delighted to visited Amelia and Emerson, this isn't my favorite of the series. Their son Ramses is, frankly, obnoxious. The mystery is a little shaky. And every ten pages we have to listen to Emerson expounding on why he's more intelligent than anyone who has ever believed in any religion. But outside of those annoyances, there is still so much to enjoy. The setting, the non-Ramses characters (in fairness, Ramses matures and ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) becomes one of my favorite characters later in the series), and Amelia's sparkling narration are all just so fun. A softer pick than some of the others in the series, but a pick nonetheless.

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CarolynM I‘ve always thought you need to have known Ramses as a child to fully appreciate him as an adult😆 3w
TheAromaofBooks @CarolynM - This is the one where she gives him that speech impediment... I literally never have issues LISTENING to someone who has a lisp, stutter, or other issue with speaking out loud, but there is something about READING it that just really gets annoying 😂 I think she's trying to remind readers that he's only five or whatever, but either way I can't deal with how they just let him do whatever he wants/think he's clever for finding loopholes. 3w
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TheAromaofBooks @CarolynM - But I do genuinely enjoy seeing the way his love for Egypt and its history is from a very early age onward 😂 And you can see where he gets his penchant for adventure and sneaking about!!! 3w
TheSpineView Fantastic!🤩📖📚 3w
Ruthiella I feel that Ramses has as a child displays the worst characteristics of his parents! 😂 But he does become more tolerable as he gets older and it occasionally allowed to finish a sentence. 2w
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East of Eden | J. Steinbeck
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(thru ch34) - Well, quite a few people have kipped over since our last check in! Poor Tom! I did a little research to try and figure out what actually killed Dessie. Most people seem to think appendicitis, but I couldn't find out why the salts would have made it worse (or even what they were for - to make her vomit? As an antacid?). Also would appendicitis last so long? She's already complaining of the pain when she first goes to stay with Tom. ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) So all that to say, I don't know but I'd love to hear anyone else's theories haha

I'm worried about Adam and his sons moving so close to where Cathy lives. That seems foolish. Aren't there any other towns where he could take his sons to go to school??

The end of ch30, where Cal is trying to do better, wants to do better - wow, that really got me. I hope that he doesn't turn into a terrible person like his mother! At least he isn't a ⬇
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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) total psychopath!

Today's chapter was short but poignant. I'm still thinking about the line: “if you or I must choose between two courses of thought or action, we should remember our dying and try so to live that our death brings no pleasure to the world.“ I remember back when I was an early teen recognizing how when some people walk into a room, everyone is glad to see them, but with others everyone seems to sort of heave a deep sigh ⬇
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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) and bear it. I wanted to be one of the happy ones. I don't want to be the cranky person that when someone gets home they tell their spouse, “ugh I had to deal with SARAH today, you wouldn't BELIEVE what a pain she is!“ So all that to say, I think the parts of this story that appeal to me are the parts about choice. That we choose if we want to do good or not, if we want to add or take away.

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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) hypothetical child at the beginning of ch34... “What's this story about?“ 😂

Please share your thoughts!!!

#RandomClassics @BarbaraJean @BarkingMadRead @Bklover @Librarybelle @Read4life @SaceReads @SamAnne @TheBookHippie
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Librarybelle I think, too, that this is a story about choice, a story about good versus evil. Some choose the path of good, others evil. We all wrestle with our own demons, who affect the way we respond to situations. There are definite chapters of rambling and meandering! 3w
shortsarahrose Appendicitis can be chronic! 3w
BarkingMadRead Poor Dessie, I wondered at first if it was stomach cancer, but then I was thinking it was appendicitis and that it burst at the end. Poor Tom, he has so much guilt and it wasn‘t his fault! 3w
TheBookHippie I do think it‘s about choice. I agree lots of rambling on… 3w
BarbaraJean I‘m finally caught up!! I‘m with @BarkingMadRead - at first I thought cancer, but once the doctor is called and he knows exactly what it is, appendicitis seemed more likely. It seems odd that it went on for that long, though. I felt SO bad for Tom. That letter to Will—😭 I was also so frustrated that Dessie never consulted a doctor about the pain. 3w
BarbaraJean I don‘t understand Adam moving so close to Cathy, either. It does show how he‘s moved on, but it‘s just SO easy for the boys to find out. And that part with Cal is heart wrenching! He can see so clearly how he is vs. how Aron is—he understands people‘s motivations. But he also wants so desperately to be different. That sets him apart from Cathy. Like Adam tells her, she can‘t even fathom there could be good in people. Cal can, and he wants that. 3w
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A gloomy day here, so I think it's a perfect day for reading!!! Our BookSpin number conveniently got slotted into a line with TWO free spaces!! 🎉 Also, when I was making this post, I realized that the BookSpinBingo “book title“ has over 2000 posts! I just want to thank all of you again for participating in this challenge and reading with me. It's SO fun to see how all of you make this work for you. I love it!!!

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TheAromaofBooks Here's the #BookSpinBingo card! First, I put our official numbers (17 & 6) 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 ⬇ 3w
TheAromaofBooks 1 - I don't tag anyone on this post except for @LitsyEvents but anyone is welcome to play along!!
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 Woo hoo! 3w
triplem80 I'm not gonna lie...even though I don't spend a lot of time (or post often) on Litsy, the release of the #bookspin numbers and #bookspinbingo is always one of the highlights of my month! So thank you!! 3w
TheAromaofBooks @triplem80 - Thank you so much!!! 💕 3w
BarkingMadRead So excited! I had three “almost bingos” last month 🤣 I‘m determined to get one in June! 3w
claudiuo This is the highlight of my every month. Thank you so much! 3w
BookmarkTavern Woohoo! 3w
PaperbackPirate The draw was kind to me this month! Thank you! 😊📚 3w
bthegood Thank you! 3w
Bookbuyingaddict Thank you ☺️ 3w
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Spin of Fate | A. A. Vora
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Good morning, everyone! The moment you have all been waiting for!! Our official #BookSpin number is SEVENTEEN! Our official #DoubleSpin number is SIX!! 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. I am NOT tagging anyone on that post!! If you want to bingo, please just check my profile for the card. This saves me having to double tag ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont‘d) everyone/keep track of who wants to bingo and who doesn‘t!!

I use the same tag list for the entire year, so if you would like to be added or removed, please just let me know. It takes me a while to tag everyone (there are over 200 of you!!!) so I will add “FINISHED” to the last tag batch so you know whether or not I missed you. If I did, it was completely inadvertent. Sometimes I just spell someone‘s username wrong. ⬇
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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) As always, the link to the masterpost about how this challenge works can be found on my profile or here - https://thearomaofbooks.wordpress.com/bookspin-bookspinbingo-litsy-challenge/ - and the link to the Google Form where you can track your reads for the end-of-the-year-giveaway can be found here - https://forms.gle/4kTBMWAsCa9Cvmqs6

Thanks for playing, everyone!! Please know that I read EVERY comment on this post but don't always ⬇
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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) have time to reply to them all!! Thank you all so much for your enthusiasm and for making this challenge SO much fun!!

I'm going to post the Bingo board, and then come back and start the tag list on this post. Happy reading!!!
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This is the end of my tag list!!! If you didn't get tagged and would like to be added, please just let me know. Happy reading!! 💕
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Librarybelle Yay! I have a library book and 52 Steps to Murder! 3w
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gossamerchild Both my #bookspin and my #doublespin are just generic “library book“ choices this month. I might actually get to both of them! :-D 3w
willaful Mine are My Lucky Star by Joe Keenan -- have tried and failed to finish it several times and The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai ( a chunkster!) 3w
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PaperbackPirate Mine are Cress by Marissa Meyer and 3w
CSeydel Thank you! 3w
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick The final 30% of The Labyrinth of the Spirits and my #foodandlit selection, Burial Rites. 3w
SpookyMazeOfBooks Sorry I haven't been posting , going to make a hole new list and re join in July 1w
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Puck of Pook's Hill | Rudyard Kipling
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Okay #RandomClassics friends, here is the schedule for Puck of Pook's Hill!! It seems that this is a collection of short stories and poems. So the main title for each bullet point is the story, and the parenthetical titles are the associated poems. Each story is about 25-30pgs, so 2-3 a week feels doable. We'll see how it goes!!!

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BarkingMadRead Sounds like a plan! 3w
julieclair This sounds interesting! 😀 3w
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The Obsession | Nora Roberts
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Another soft pick. This one starts strong with 12-year-old Naomi discovering that her dad is actually a serial killer and rescuing his latest victim. It's super creepy. Adult Namoi has changed her last name and tried to put her past behind her. She's a successful and somehow stupidly rich photographer and purchases a very rundown but beautiful old house in Washington state. That's where this book got muddled. I actually didn't mind the ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) “boring“ parts with her shopping for stuff for her house, painting, getting to know the neighbors, etc. But Roberts tries to introduce a second serial killer into the story and it just didn't mesh. The story needed to be either more focused on this killer or less, because I honestly just found him a distraction from the pleasant little romance story we had going on lol

So, a fine one-off, but not one I'll reread.
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Pedigree Unknown | Dorothy Lyons
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It's no secret that I'm a lifelong lover of horse stories of all kinds. I've read one or two other books by Lyons, so I was interested to read this one. However, it just didn't work for me. Jill breaks off her engagement with Hadley because he's a jerk, but then decides that actually she is going to show him that he was wrong about what he said, and of course he'll admit that, and then he won't be a jerk, so it will all work out. Except that's ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) dumb because he's obviously a jerk forever. Plus, it never even felt like Jill particularly liked, much less loved, Hadley, so her whole “I want him back“ schtick seemed unrealistic. The book would have definitely read better if she had just wanted to prove him wrong without actually “winning him back.“ Of course, in the end she finally realizes he really is a jerk and goes with the not-jerk guy, but by then it was too late - I'd already⬇ 3w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) lost all my respect for this girl haha Other parts of the book - the bits about the actual horses - were interesting, but Jill just made me feel tired all over. This one is off to the giveaway bin.

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TheAromaofBooks @Crazeedi - I haven't read that one!! Most of my horse books are from the 50s-70s haha but I will check this one out!! 3w
PaperbackPirate Love the cover but sorry the story didn‘t live up to it. 🐴💙📚 3w
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The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. | Neal Stephenson, Nicole Gallan
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Since I actually finished this 700pg book, you would think that I would have strong feelings about it. But I weirdly don't. There's a lot here that I enjoyed. It's a time-travel book, which isn't always my thing, but it's handled here in a way that actually did (mostly) make sense to me. I actually enjoyed the format, which is a mixture of journal entries from various characters, plus other documents, notes, transcripts, etc.

This book was ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) just tooooo long. There are a lot of sections where nothing is really happening. Part of this is kind of the point, how this little organization gets caught up in so much red tape and government bureaucracy/bloat, so I get it... but it still makes for some boring reading in various sections. There's a lot of action right at the end, which weirdly made this entire book feel like it was a big long prologue for book two. Like it doesn't ⬇ (edited) 3w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) end on a cliffhanger or anything, but it kind of felt like “we've got the band back together and now we're off to take on the world... and this book was all the story of how we got here.“

So a soft pick here, and the sheer length makes me hesitate to recommend it. I do have book 2 from the library and may get to it... someday haha

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YAY!! Another fabulous outing with Trixie and Honey!!! This one definitely feels like Part 2 of the first book. While I 100% enjoyed this, some of it felt genuinely ridiculous, but in that fun, campy way that I love. And as a kid I still felt like these were adventures that could happen to me. So many characters running around in the woods in this book!! 😂 I honestly loved how the girls were terrible at directions and didn't always make the ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) right choices.

Side note: These girls should NOT own dogs!!! 😂 😂 😂

How did you feel about this one? Was the ending too over-the-top? I liked that the author at least TRIED to make it feel reasonable for the Wheelers to adopt Jim out of no where by saying they used to know Jim's dad... but it still kind of feels like it's out of nowhere haha

Favorite scene was probably Honey trying to be a gangster 😆 ⬇
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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) Do let me know what you thought. Did anything stick out to you? Anything you thought was especially ridiculous or especially clever? Did the story and characters work for you, or did it feel too unlikely?

Next month we are on to The Gatehouse Mystery and I THINK Trixie's brothers come home from camp. Brian was definitely my crush in this series, so I'm looking forward to his return 😂

Thanks for reading with me #BobWhiteBuddies !!!!
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Read4life I‘m just enjoying rereading these. I agree that the girls aren‘t great at keeping up with the dogs! 😂 I liked how Honey‘s mom was portrayed at the end of the book. 3w
lauraisntwilder Mine has a misprint and page 225 is repeated in place of 235, so I don't have the second-to-last page! I'm pretty sure they all made it back to Sleepyside though. This was such a fun book! I loved Trixie and Joeanne separately getting tangled in branches and vines. They should've left the dogs at home! 😂 Yes, there are some far-fetched plot points, but after reading a few Nancy Drew books, this one feels almost pretty reasonable. 3w
TheAromaofBooks @Read4life - I loved that, too!! The part earlier in the book where Honey said she thought her mother would have loved her if she had been a boy 😢 That made the ending even sweeter when her mother was so genuinely happy to see and hug her. 3w
TheAromaofBooks @lauraisntwilder - Oh no!! 😂 Truly, let me know if you want me to scan the last page and email it to you because I totally can!! Those dogs were NOT a good match for this trip haha I think growing up that made Honey and Trixie feel more realistic to me, though. Their mistakes always felt relatable lol 3w
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East of Eden | J. Steinbeck
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(thru ch 29 because I haven't finished today's chapter yet haha)

Well, I can't say I was sad to leave creepy Cathy behind and check in on some other characters this week. Mr. Hamilton though 😞 He and Lee are literally the only two people I even like in this book!

I was so glad that Adam finally got some closure with his psychopath wife and can move on, but I definitely get the feeling that his lies to his sons about their mother will come ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) back to bite him.

At this point, I just want Lee to get out of there and open his bookstore. THAT is a story I would enjoy reading!!!

I don't like this book at all, but I do find myself continuing to read with a kind of fascinated horror. My husband said he had to read this in his sophomore English class. It's not even that this seems like inappropriate high school material (although it does), it's more like - POINTLESS high school ⬇
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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) material?? Like why???? At least Grapes of Wrath has some historical context and insights into the struggles of the Great Depression. Frankly, I've found this book to be just kind of dumb and pointless. Sometimes I swear they pick high school reading material with the idea of discouraging kids from reading on their own.

ANYWAY are any of you enjoying this more than me?? I realize that just because I don't like a book doesn't mean that⬇
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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) no one does, so please feel free to express conflicting opinions in the comments 😂

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BarkingMadRead I‘m not minding it 🤷🏻‍♀️ I won‘t say I love it, because it‘s very disturbing, but I like it. I‘m wondering if these boys are Adam‘s? Charles? One of each? I‘m voting Charles, Cal is sincerely creepy. Lee needs to hightail it out of there. But not in that car 🚗 (edited) 3w
TheAromaofBooks @BarkingMadRead - I have to say that I loved the car scene. And also... not sure if I would enjoy driving if I had to go through so many steps every time I started mine!!! 3w
Librarybelle I agree with @BarkingMadRead …I like it, not love it. Some of the chapters seem to meander too much for me, but then others are absolutely horrifying. I have a feeling we‘ll see Cathy again. She‘s a bad penny. 3w
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George Washington's World | Genevieve Foster
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I LOVE Genevieve Foster's “parallel history“ books. I remember reading these in middle school and realizing for the first time that even though America History and World History were two separate courses in school, the history itself all happened at the same time, and what was going on in France, China, Australia, etc impacted and influenced what was happening here and vice versa. It was fun to revisit this one. And her illustrations are adorable.

Hooked_on_books That binding just makes me smile 🙂 4w
TheAromaofBooks @Hooked_on_books - My great-grandmother was an elementary school teacher in the 40s/50s/60s and this was one of her classroom books!! A first edition from 1941 and has “Property of Mrs. Wilson, Cedar Heights Elementary“ stamped inside!! It's kind of crazy to me to think of her going out and buying this brand new for her class! 4w
Hooked_on_books Oh my gosh, that is so special! It was clear that this book had a story and I love that you know what it is and that it‘s so personal. What a treasure! 4w
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Ceremony in Death | Nora Roberts, J. D. Robb
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This series has really grown on me. I love Eve and Roark together. They balance each other so well. Eve is a fantastic MC and all the support characters are also so well-drawn. Reading this right after finishing the Amelia Peabody book had me wondering if Robb was giving Elizabeth Peter's heroine a nod by naming Eve's sidekick Peabody 😂

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Librarybelle I am really enjoying this series too! So glad I‘m finally reading them. 4w
TheAromaofBooks @Librarybelle - I didn't completely enjoy the first book, but I'm super glad that I stuck it out and tried the next one, because I've enjoyed every book more than the last!! 4w
TheSpineView Sounds like a great series!❤️📖📚 4w
robinb I need to catch up on this series…I think I‘m 4 or 5 behind. I remember when I discovered it at the library and thought it would take me FOREVER to get through them…then I couldn‘t put them down. 😂 1w
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The Curse of the Pharaohs | Elizabeth Peters
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Rereading Crocodile on the Sandbank last month gave me the momentum I needed to start rereading this whole series. I really enjoyed this book even more the second time around. Amelia and Emerson are just a fantastic couple, and Amelia's narration is hilarious. The historical detail is also excellent. And maybe by the time I'm done rereading this series I'll remember whether it's spelled pharoah, phaoroh, or pharaoh. 😂

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The Recovery Agent: A Novel | Janet Evanovich
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Another soft pick. This one had the right ingredients but somehow just didn't quite jive for me. The writing was weirdly wooden and scenes that should have felt suspenseful and engaging just... didn't. I liked the characters and the concept was great, but for me the writing kept getting in the way of the story.

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RamsFan1963 It was a soft pick for me too. I expected more of a Lara Croft adventure, with intricate puzzles to solve. It all seemed to come so simple for them, without much effort or mental gymnastics 4w
TheAromaofBooks @RamsFan1963 - it was weird to me how un-suspenseful this ended up feeling. All the snakes should have had me all squicky and instead it was just sort of ho-hum haha 4w
robinb Hey all! Remind me where we are on our #LMPBC books? 😂🤷🏻‍♀️ Did we finish…? I‘ve totally lost track. @TheAromaofBooks @Jerdencon @bookandbedandtea 1w
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bookandbedandtea @robinb I believe we're reading our last books now. I've got The Recovery Agent, which I'm pretty sure originated with you, Robin. Not gonna lie, I'm bummed that this is nearly over. @TheAromaofBooks @Jerdencon 1w
robinb @bookandbedandtea OK. 👍 I currently don‘t have one…was there one that got lost in the mail? 1w
TheAromaofBooks @robinb - I think it's @Jerdencon 's book, Fragile, that got lost when I mailed it to @bookandbedandtea . I know it's not my fault but I feel really bad because I misplaced the tracking info so I don't even know where it went astray 😢 So I believe that is the book you would have read this month. I have Murder on the Tracks this month. 1w
TheAromaofBooks @robinb @Jerdencon @bookandbedandtea - Absolutely no pressure here, but even though LMPBC isn't going to officially be a thing any more, I've really enjoyed our mystery/thriller group, so if you all would be interested in another round, I would totally be down for it. If Denise can trust me with one of her books again 😂 1w
bookandbedandtea @robinb Sorry Robin, I should have let you know at the beginning of the month that I didn't have one to send to you this time around. Now that I think of it I'm not sure you were part of the messages where we talked about the missing book. 1w
bookandbedandtea @TheAromaofBooks @Jerdencon @robinb I'd love to continue on with this group! 🩷 Totally understand if anyone is tired of doing it though. 1w
robinb @Jerdencon @bookandbedandtea @TheAromaofBooks No worries! And I think I was included on your posts…just wanted to double-check that I hadn‘t missed anything. 👍 I‘ve also enjoyed reading with you all! I‘m up for the general consensus about continuing. 😊 1w
Jerdencon Sorry - just saw this - no worries on the book @TheAromaofBooks I‘ve had books lost before too… it happens… I am up for continuing this too - I‘ve enjoyed all our books. Right now I‘m almost done with the Only survivors which I think is the last book. @bookandbedandtea @robinb (edited) 1w
robinb If everyone is in for it, do we want to start another round in July? First week of? Later? I‘m up for whenever. 😊 @bookandbedandtea @Jerdencon (edited) 6d
TheAromaofBooks That's what I'm thinking @robinb - read our own picks in July, and then mail in August? But I'm also fine with taking a month off if anyone needs to catch up. @bookandbedandtea @Jerdencon 6d
Jerdencon I can do read in July and mail in August . I‘ll start coming up with some choices @bookandbedandtea @robinb 6d
bookandbedandtea @Jerdencon I can read in July and mail in August. 😊 I'll post some ideas tonight. @robinb @TheAromaofBooks 6d
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One of those random paperbacks someone gave me years ago because I “like to read“ haha Soft pick. A group of random citizens have to decide whether or not the town should sell a historic but ramshackle house. However, someone doesn't want them rooting around in the house's history. I enjoyed the characters and the way they became a little family unit of sorts, but the actual reveal/secrets didn't really jive for me. Spoiler below.

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One of the few Nancy Drews I don't own for myself, so this one came from the library. Another enjoyable outing with Nancy, George, and Bess - and, finally, Ned!! ❤ ❤ ❤

Thanks as always for hosting @Librarybelle !!

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Librarybelle Yay…we finally meet Ned!! 4w
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Old Bones the Wonder Horse | Mildred Mastin Pace
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A short paperback I picked up years ago because of the illustrations by Wesley Dennis. Enjoyable but not groundbreaking, a story about Exterminator, who won the Kentucky Derby in 1918, despite being virtually an unknown. However, my camera wanted to focus more on Robert Plant in the background than the cover of the book. You'll have that 😂

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The Honeymoon House | Grace Livingston Hill
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A collection of short stories by GLH, these were much more focused on religion than romance. Some were heavy-handed allegories, while others were just straight stories about someone realizing something important. If you're not a Christian, you probably won't enjoy these. However, I found it quite interesting to see how many of the issues Hill saw within the church almost a hundred years ago are still areas of controversy today, and I actually did⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) find these making me think about aspects of my own life and faith. I appreciate that she doesn't try to pretend that these aren't exactly what they are: short, simple stories to make her Christian readers think.

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Tribute | Nora Roberts
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Soft pick from an author I generally enjoy. While I really did like the characters, some of the “bad guy/thriller“ aspects didn't really work for me. Enjoyable for a one-off, but I'm glad I only paid a dollar for it 😂

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June Moon | Kathleen Souza
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Ack! June is less than a week away! WHAT IS HAPPENING?! 😂 Don't mind me, just having my monthly existential crisis LOL

Anyway, hope everyone has had a lovely spring!!! Summer is upon us!! (Well, around here anyway; I have trouble getting my head around the fact that June is December in other place haha) The garden is mostly in, and the list of summer projects is LONG so we will see how things go!!

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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) time to start thinking about your lists. Some of you have already posted yours, which is part of what made me realize that May is actually almost over! My word. Looking forward to seeing what everyone is thinking about reading!!

As always, if you need more details on the challenge, please just ask or check out my master post (on my book blog) found here - https://thearomaofbooks.wordpress.com/bookspin-bookspinbingo-litsy-challenge/
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PuddleJumper Nope, nope, nope it's still February!!! 4w
claudiuo June already?!🙀 I'll work on my list soon. Thank you! 4w
TheSpineView I need to get going on my June lists. 4w
BarkingMadRead May flew by! 4w
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm YAY!!!!! ❤️ 4w
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick May is flying by! I have hardly read this month so I'll likely just use most of the same list. Life keeps getting in the way. 4w
GinaKButler Already? Maycember got me! 🤪 4w
CoffeeK8 May just flew by!! 4w
Librarybelle Time flies! 4w
Allylu I know, I know. I was just working on it! 😊💕📚 4w
Sace May was excruciatingly long but that's the nature of the school year, but I'm going to wake up tomorrow and it's going to be August 😂 4w
Eggs Thank you Sarah🧡 Time flies when you have fun 🤩 4w
kelli7990 I‘m still working on reading books from my May list but that‘s okay. I‘ll keep carrying the books over until I read them but at the same time, maybe I need to choose some new books. I have mood reading prompts on my list this month so I can read books that aren‘t on my list but I seem to be struggling with finding books I‘m in the mood to read or if I‘m in the mood to read what I pick, I end up not liking it. 4w
Soubhiville I was thinking about my list this morning. Time flies! 4w
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The Wind in the Willows | Kenneth Grahame
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It was just an absolute delight to revisit this old favorite. Mole abandoning his spring cleaning because the weather outside is so amazing is a definite mood, and I was here for it 😂 Loads of fun adventures and delightful characters make this such a fun read. I have vivid memories of Dad reading this one out loud to us because at one point Toad becomes enamored with a car whose horn (according to him) goes “poop poop“ and as kids we thought ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) our very proper dad saying “poop“ was absolutely hilarious 😆

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Puck of Pook's Hill | Rudyard Kipling
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June's book is Puck of Pook's Hill, which should, if nothing else, be a contrast to East of Eden 😂 I have several of Kipling's books on my list because I enjoyed the two Jungle Books and Just So stories so much, but I don't really know anything about this one. I don't have my copy yet, so I'm not sure how many chapters there are, either!! If anyone would like to read along, let me know!!

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Librarybelle I‘m planning to set out June and July but will be back for Fahrenheit 451 in August! Have fun reading June and July! 1mo
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CatLass007 It‘s currently available for free on Audible so I plan to join in. 1mo
TheBookHippie It‘s on hoopla for next month! 1mo
julieclair I‘m going to try! Thanks for the heads up about Audible, @catlass007 ! 1mo
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(thru ch 21) So APPARENTLY this book is about a psychopathic prostitute! Who knew!

But seriously, what the HECK is going on?! I don't actually enjoy reading about Cathy/Kate and am much more interested in what is going on with Adam and the twins, and the Hamilton family. But also I can't help reading these chapters with a kind of horrified fascination. Any thoughts from you all??

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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) about just giving up on life. He said, “You're going to pass something down no matter what you do or if you do nothing. Even if you let yourself go fallow, the weeds will grow and the brambles. Something will grow.“ I don't know why, but I just really liked that quote.

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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) find none.“ What an apt description!

Love to hear everyone's thoughts on this book. A much crazier ride than I was anticipating, if I'm honest 😂

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Librarybelle I had no clue! None. I‘ve seen none of the adaptations and had only read The Grapes of Wrath in high school. There is the struggle of good versus evil in this, but I did not realize how psychologically terrifying this would be. Geez…but, I‘m liking this way more than I liked Wrath (or remember liking it…it‘s been awhile). 1mo
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BarkingMadRead This woman is nuts! And yet I can‘t look away 🤣 1mo
TheBookHippie It‘s like watching a train wreck I‘m so intrigued I keep reading… 1mo
TheBookHippie Also no clue going in we‘d be on this type of reading adventure. 1mo
BarbaraJean “Horrified fascination”—YES!! She‘s fascinating exactly because of how horrifying she is. And because she‘s such an anomaly in this story—pretty much all the other characters are good-hearted and well-intentioned in their own ways. And then there‘s Cathy, basically a hollow void of humanity. 😬 1mo
BarbaraJean I also loved that quote from Sam to Adam. It feels like such foreshadowing for the twins—what is Adam going to pass down, what will grow in them, what will be the results of their heritage? 1mo
Read4life Exactly like a train wreck, @TheBookHippie . I can‘t look. I can‘t look away! 🫣 1mo
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(thru ch 14 - I haven't finished today's chapter, but wanted to post this before I leave haha)

Sorry I missed Monday's check in!! Is everyone keeping up? Some of these chapters have been DARK and consequently a bit of a struggle for me. What do you think of Cathy? She's an interesting juxtaposition to the other women mentioned so far.

The chapter where he goes off on a tangent about Olive/narrator's mother felt super random, but the story of ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) her in the airplane WAS pretty entertaining.

Any other thoughts? I still have no idea where this story is going, what the point is, or even who the main characters are supposed to be 😂

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BarkingMadRead I can‘t wait until we settle in to the actual storyline 🤣 Olive in that plane was priceless! Cathy is one messed up chick and I‘m wondering who the baby daddy is 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1mo
Librarybelle Oh yes, some parts are really dark. Cathy is horrible! 1mo
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TheAromaofBooks @BarkingMadRead @Librarybelle - Why do you think she's so against being in California with Adam? It seems like she has everything she wants - he's super rich and worships the ground she walks on. I'm a little confused about why she wants to get away so badly/what she is looking for? 1mo
Librarybelle @TheAromaofBooks @BarkingMadRead Maybe it‘s a control thing. She did not have the idea, so she doesn‘t want to do it. She always felt trapped by her parents, which to me was weird because they let her do whatever, but this is a situation where she could not manipulate Adam to do what she wants. The way Steinbeck describes her…yikes! He calls her a monster from the first introduction, and he certainly portrays her as one. 1mo
BarkingMadRead @Librarybelle @TheAromaofBooks I definitely think she likes being in control, I also think she liked the idea of leading on both brothers at the same time 1mo
BarbaraJean Ugh, Cathy!!! I remember Cathy being fascinatingly creepy--one of the most chilling characters I've ever read. I agree with @Librarybelle and @BarkingMadRead that she's against being in California partly because of control--it wasn't her choice, and it narrows her options. I think she only married Adam as a short-term measure and going to California means she's stuck in the marriage for longer. I also think she's pretty clearly a sociopath! 1mo
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Even though this is my first time participating, I really love seeing everyone's #5JoysFriday posts so I thought I would jump in. Thank you for the tag @Debinhawaii !!!

It's finally spring here!!! So my joys include being able to get out into my garden this week. Dirt, sunshine, rain, flowers, fish pond - so happy!!! Also, my uncle-in-law mowed the grass so I didn't have to. YAY!! 😂

Feel free to play along - Deb has a blank template available!

Sace I love your list and your garden! It‘s gorgeous. 1mo
LiseWorks Yay when someone mows the lawn for you 1mo
TheBookHippie It‘s so lovely!! 1mo
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DebinHawaii A wonderful list of joys! 💛💛💛 Your garden is so lovely! 🪴 Thanks for joining in & spreading the joy this week! 🤗 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @Sace @TheBookHippie @DebinHawaii - Thank you!!! It's my happy place. By late June it's just EXPLODING with flowers and colors and it's soooo pretty!!! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @LiseWorks - For real!!! We have a yard that is just small enough to make buying a riding mower feel like a dumb investment haha We had an old one someone gave us and it finally exploded last year, so now I have to push mow - but Uncle Jeff has been popping over from across the street and using his riding mower and it's been amazing!! With all this rain the grass is going crazy!! 1mo
UwannaPublishme Just saw this! Your garden is gorgeous! 😍😍😍 4w
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Jewell always manages to hook me in. While the ending made this one a soft pick for me, the pacing was great. I appreciated that Alix's ignoring of major red flags felt like a natural progression here - she's just too far into the story to back down now. I like my fiction tied with a bow, so some of the ambiguity at the end annoyed me (plus one major plot point wasn't how I would have gone so), but overall I couldn't stop turning pages.

PuddleJumper ❤️💜❤️ 2mo
vlwelser Everyone on my work team (4 people) shared a 21 day library loan for this. Such a page turner. 2mo
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julieclair Glad you enjoyed it! Mostly. 😉 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @vlwelser - Oh what a fun idea, to all read the same book. Gives you something to talk about at work 😂 She's a great author for that. I feel like she creates situations for her characters that really leave you wondering what you would do if you were in that position - bad choices are made, but they feel like reasonable bad choices. 2mo
vlwelser All of the bad choices. Who knew there could be SO many. I swear my intern spent that entire book gasping and swearing at it in Spanish. We often pass a book around. This was the first time it was a library book. I highly recommend it if you end up with a group of readers you spend a lot of time with. 2mo
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This was a fun book if you're a fan of the show. Porter worked for “New Top Gear“ as the script editor during all the seasons that Clarkson, May, and Hammond were the presenters. The book is roughly linear but divided into very short chapters that each kind of read like their own little essay, so at times it felt a little abrupt, but also meant that it was easy to delve in and out of. As you'd expect, the writing is a bit snarky and entertaining⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) Porter presents his coworkers, including the three famous presenters, with a fairly even hand, and the book feels genuinely informative/entertaining and not like its trying to cash in on scandalous memoirs, even when he discusses the abrupt ending of the show (in that incarnation). I'm not British, so some of the references went over my head (TV shows “everyone“ watched or people more famous there than here), but overall this was ⬇ 2mo
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) readable and enjoyable - if you like the show, you'll probably find this engaging as well.

This was my #BookSpin for April 🎉
#100YearsofBooks
#BookSpinBingo
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lil1inblue Stacking as a gift idea for my husband. He loved this iteration of Top Gear. 2mo
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InkedBookworm13 This is awesome. I just ordered it for my husband. We used to watch the original Top Gear all the time. 😍 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @lil1inblue @InkedBookworm13 - My biggest issue with the book was that Porter seems to assume that I already know who some people are (i.e. famous racecar drivers, actors, British politicians) so some of his stories kind of went over my head. But overall there is a lot of fun stuff here and an interesting perspective. 2mo
Jari-chan Oh, we had so much fun with Top Gear 😁 2mo
Roary47 I‘ll have to get this for my husband to not read, and then read it for him. 😅 2mo
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The Robe | Lloyd C. Douglas
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Oof, what an ending! Did you find it satisfying? I wish I had gotten more details on what happens to Demetrius next, but at least he's safe for now. I really enjoyed this book and found it more gripping than I anticipated. I felt like Douglas was respectful of Jesus and His followers while still writing a compelling story. Any final thoughts?

@BarkingMadRead @julieclair @Lcsmcat @UwannaPublishme #RandomClassics

BarkingMadRead The ending felt so abrupt! I hated not knowing what happened to Demetrius but I loved this book! 2mo
UwannaPublishme I thought it was a powerful ending and I was happy that Marcellus and Diana stood together in their faith. I also loved that they ended with the Robe headed into the hands of the Big Fisherman. I‘m wondering if the story of Demetrius may continue in the next book about the Big Fisherman. I hope so! 2mo
UwannaPublishme Thanks so much for hosting #RandomClassics and choosing this book, Sarah. Despite the loooong chapters, I really enjoyed reading it with you and @BarkingMadRead ! 2mo
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TheAromaofBooks @BarkingMadRead @UwannaPublishme - I'm hoping to pick up The Big Fisherman sometime - I think I've never gone on to read it because it feels a little weirder to write an entire fictional book completely focused on such an important church father, if that makes any sense haha But now I'm wondering if there will actually be more about Demetrius and his life, so I'm curious!!! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @BarkingMadRead @UwannaPublishme - Actually, after I typed that, I was like, “I should just go LOOK at my copy of The Big Fisherman and flip through it so see if Demetrius is mentioned. And would you believe that it goes backwards in time?! It's actually about Peter before and during his time with Jesus! Which is fine, but not really a SEQUEL haha So Demetrius's future remains unknown... 2mo
UwannaPublishme Ha! I‘m surprised that Douglas left us hanging about the future of Demetrius. Good news though: There are the 2 movies to check out. The sequel to The Robe is Demetrius and the Gladiators. I‘ll be watching both DVDs so I‘ll keep you posted. I can even pass them along to you. I haven‘t seen Demetrius yet, but The Robe is a great film. 2mo
UwannaPublishme I just Googled Demetrius to see if there were other books about him. There‘s one called Demetrius: Sacker of Cities. Too bad Douglas didn‘t devote a book to him. 🤔 2mo
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East of Eden | J. Steinbeck
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(thru ch 6) I think this is the part of the program where I remind all of you that I'm just a random person reading a random book, and actually know nothing about this book or its cultural impact, so these will literally just be my opinions, not, like, insightful commentary from a literature professor haha

So, disclaimer out of the way - what do you all think? I feel like the first six chapters have literally just been introductions! I finally ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) got out a piece of paper and wrote down all the Hamiltons, goodness. And found it quite interesting to discover that our narrator is Samuel and Liza's grandchild. I didn't realize that this was going to be a more personal story, rather than just a straight third-person account.

As always, Steinbeck's writing is beautiful and depressing. The entire (LONG) chapter recounting Adam's childhood, whew.

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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) line about Samuel's son, Tom - “He was born in fury and he lived in lightning.“ What a description.

I feel like Steinbeck always presents religious people has being dour, repressed, hateful, etc. and it does annoy me. “Idleness was a sin ... she was suspicious of fun whether it involved dancing or singing or even laughter. She felt that people having a good time were wide open to the devil.“ I just... yes, many religious people are ⬇
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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) strict/grim, but many are also full of joy, love, kindness, and generosity, and it would be nice to get some of that representation on the page as well.

So, let me know any of your thoughts!! I feel like we don't have much of a story yet, just lots of character sketches. Does anyone jump out at you? I honestly don't even know who the main character is supposed to be at this point haha And literally still have no idea what this book is ⬇
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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) about, so that's fun. We'll see how the next week goes.

Also, is a chapter a day too much reading? Let me know if we need to cut back to five chapters a week instead.

#RandomClassics @BarbaraJean @BarkingMadRead @Bklover @Librarybelle @Read4life @SaceReads @SamAnne @TheBookHippie
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Librarybelle I‘m fine with a chapter a day! Adam‘s childhood chapter was so sad. It is beautiful writing. 2mo
BarkingMadRead It‘s working so well, I think k a chapter a day is great. I saw the movie as a teen in my James Dean obsession days and I still don‘t know what this book is about. I barely remember the movie! I‘m loving it so far, though! 2mo
TheBookHippie The evangelical religious people here are hateful, spiteful, repressed, rigid and legalistic so that read true. My experience and of course that isn‘t all people - just the ones I know and experience, I hear it is different in other parts of the country/world. Chapter a day is good. The writing is better than I remember from this author and I can‘t really remember the movie either. 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @Librarybelle @BarkingMadRead @TheBookHippie - We'll probably stick with the chapter a day pace for now then. We may take a break around Memorial Day weekend depending on life 😂 May have to look the movie up when we're done if it means James Dean!! 😁 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @TheBookHippie - Well, I would consider myself to be an evangelical Christian, so I would hope that being a dreadful person is not a universal requirement lol 2mo
SamAnne I‘m slow starting but very much looking forward to finally reading this classic. 2mo
TheBookHippie @TheAromaofBooks One would hope😵‍💫 I work with many Protestants in Chicago in a charity that I support that are very kind and loving. But in my town there‘s no hate like Christian love is a daily occurrence. It‘s generational and they don‘t know another way. It‘s sad. Look at the joy they‘re missing. 2mo
BarbaraJean @TheBookHippie @TheAromaofBooks It's SO interesting to note the “joyless“ depiction of anyone religious. I hadn't clocked that; maybe because I'm used to seeing that depiction of “religious“ Christianity without much faith or heart behind it. I've also met a lot of those joyless people (both when I was in evangelical churches and at my (Episcopal) church now!), so in many ways it rang true for me as well. It's sad--there's so much more to faith. ⬇ 2mo
BarbaraJean Honestly, it's a lot easier to depict any religion based on negatives: narrow-minded, rule-following, repressed, etc. It would be nice to see some nuance instead of that stereotype. But Steinbeck isn't usually about joy, so...😂 What stuck out to me was how the women receive very little page time, and those he does focus on are in that negative, joyless (religious!) category.

I'm interested to get into the story as we get out of “intro“ mode.
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BarbaraJean I remember so little of the story from reading this before, so I don't know who the main character is, either!! When Steinbeck went back to the Hamiltons after the Charles and Adam chapter, I said: “Wait, who are the Hamiltons again??“ 😂 Adam definitely sticks out as a main character, but the grandchild comment and the return to the Hamiltons threw me off, and I'm not sure where the focus will land. 2mo
TheBookHippie @BarbaraJean Is he following the I write what I know? Or are women supposed to be background 😬 I agree joy not a word for this author😅 I usually get in trouble with my stance on religion and religiosity -I‘ve never met anyone that is kind or joyful. Faith and spirituality an entirely different thing -lots of hope generally and joy. I can‘t wait to see the rest of this story panned out. It‘s intriguing. 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @BarbaraJean @theBookHippie - He does seem to use “religion“ as a shorthand for letting you know someone is a grump 😂 I hadn't thought about the correlation between that and all the female characters so far. His women are all very “small,“ very narrow-minded, very uninterested in life outside their own four walls. It will be interesting to see if all the women characters stay that way as the story progresses, or if that will be a continuous theme 2mo
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The Red Trailer Mystery | Julie Campbell
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Hey friends!!! @BookmarkTavern came up with a great hashtag for us to use!!!! Thank you!!!

I THOROUGHLY enjoyed rereading The Secret of the Mansion last month and can hardly wait to pick up book two!!! Hope you all will be able to join me!!!

#BobWhiteBuddies

@curiouserandcurioser @BookmarkTavern @DebinHawaii @Read4life @lauraisntwilder @MaleficentBookDragon

BookmarkTavern Aw! Yay! I‘m so excited to continue this adventure! ❤️ 2mo
Read4life Looking forward to it. 🤓 2mo
curiouserandcurioser @TheAromaofBooks I cant wait to start the next adventure! This is so much fun:) 2mo
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DebinHawaii Great job @BookmarkTavern ! Love the # ! 💛💛💛 Looking forward to the next book! 2mo
kimmypete1 OMG THE BOOKS OF MY CHILDHOOD! 2mo
RedxoHearts I loved the Trixie Belden books growing up! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @kimmypete1 @RedxoHearts - Come read them with us!! 😁 2mo
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This month is a bit of a mixed bag. BS is set up well with two free spaces next door, but DS is sort of hanging out all by itself haha I'm excited about starting a new board!! Thank you all so much for playing along with me. There is something so fun about getting a fresh start each month and seeing where it goes!! April was really stressful for me, so I'm ready for some spring weather and good books!!!

My usual text below ⬇

TheAromaofBooks Here's the #BookSpinBingo card! First, I put our official numbers (18 & 4) 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 ⬇ 2mo
TheAromaofBooks 1 - I don't tag anyone on this post except for @LitsyEvents but anyone is welcome to play along!!
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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MaGoose Thanks for coordinating this! This is my first time participating, and I look forward to enjoying it. 2mo
BookishMadHatter Here's to another fun reading month! Thanks so much @TheAromaofBooks for organizing this fun challenge 2mo
kelli7990 Yay! I‘m looking forward to making my Bingo board for this month. 2mo
claudiuo Yay! Thank you so much! 2mo
Bookbuyingaddict Thank you thank you ☺️ looking forward to a better bingo month 🥰😀😘x x x 2mo
bthegood Thank you !! 2mo
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Good morning, everyone! The moment you have all been waiting for!! Our official #BookSpin number is EIGHTEEN! Our official #DoubleSpin number is FOUR!! 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. I am NOT tagging anyone on that post!! If you want to bingo, please just check my profile for the card. This saves me having to double tag ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont‘d) everyone/keep track of who wants to bingo and who doesn‘t!!

I use the same tag list for the entire year, so if you would like to be added or removed, please just let me know. It takes me a while to tag everyone (there are over 200 of you!!!) so I will add “FINISHED” to the last tag batch so you know whether or not I missed you. If I did, it was completely inadvertent. Sometimes I just spell someone‘s username wrong. ⬇
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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) As always, the link to the masterpost about how this challenge works can be found on my profile or here - https://thearomaofbooks.wordpress.com/bookspin-bookspinbingo-litsy-challenge/ - and the link to the Google Form where you can track your reads for the end-of-the-year-giveaway can be found here - https://forms.gle/4kTBMWAsCa9Cvmqs6

Thanks for playing, everyone!! Please know that I read EVERY comment on this post but don't always ⬇
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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) have time to reply to them all!! Thank you all so much for your enthusiasm and for making this challenge SO much fun!!

I'm going to post the Bingo board, and then come back and start the tag list on this post. Happy reading!!!
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Bookwormjillk Yay!! 2mo
Librarybelle Hooray!!! Mine this month are a library book and Ceremony in Death! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @CoffeeK8 @rachelsbrittain @LaraReads - Finished!! If you weren't tagged and wish you were, just let me know!! 😁 2mo
RaeLovesToRead C'mon May! Let's do this!! 😁 2mo
CoffeeNBooks Yay! 2mo
Soubhiville I‘m excited for my books this month! Thanks Sarah 🩷📚 2mo
TheSpineView My BookSpin is an impulse read and my Double Spin is my BOTM. I got this... 6 think😋😆 2mo
kelli7990 Yay! 2mo
claudiuo Thank you so much! Both my books are TBD, I'll pick them soon. May officially starts now. 😊 2mo
CoffeeK8 Thank you! Yay! 2mo
BarbaraJean 🎉🎉BookSpin is something from the 1920s-30s for #192025, and DoubleSpin is this month‘s IRL book club pick (tagged)—super helpful that they‘re “required” reading for the month! Now to peruse the bingo board… 2mo
Sace So I‘ll be reading another Nancy Drew (4) and something from my kindle (18). Woohoo! 🎉 Thanks for creating such a fun way to pick my next reads! 2mo
bookandbedandtea Yay for #BookSpin Day! Thanks Sarah 💜 2mo
AmyG Manhattan Girls and Mad Honey! Thanks Sarah!!! 2mo
julieclair My BookSpin is The School of Mirrors for #LiteraryCrew, and my DoubleSpin is a book from my #AuldLangSpine choices! Yay! 2mo
Eggs Thx 🙏🏻 2mo
robinb I‘m excited about my books this round! Play Dead is the next Kim Stone in series, and Miss Moriarty, I Presume? is the next Lady Sherlock for me. I‘m behind on both series so it‘ll be nice to be moving forward. 😊👍 Thanks Sarah! 🩵 2mo
TieDyeDude Thanks for organizing! I think I'll be able to catch up on this year's bookspins this month, head strong into summer 😁 🌼 2mo
CSeydel Thanks Sarah! 🩷 My bookspin is Tender at the Bone (memoir) by Ruth Reichl & doublespin is Rebecca Wait‘s 2mo
willaful My Name is Lucy Barton and I Was Born for This for me! 2mo
Clare-Dragonfly Two baking cookbooks. In a month when I‘ll probably be too weak from surgical recovery to bake much 😂😅 2mo
staci.reads The tagged is my #Bookspin, and The River We Remember is my #Doublespin! 2mo
UwannaPublishme Yay! Best day of the month! 🤗 2mo
Bookbuyingaddict Thank you thank you 🙏 I‘m late as Wev been away so I will post my list this weekend much love ❤️ and happy 😃 reading 📖 x x x 2mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Two total opposites. My bookspin is Lumberjanes Volume 10, and DoubleSpin is the non-fiction book Come As You Are (and it's not about the band Nirvana). 2mo
tokorowilliamwallace I just made my spring list, and one of my draws was BOTM backlist, which is interesting because last night I just started one of my BOTM picks from April. 2mo
tokorowilliamwallace @staci.reads Nice nonfiction pick you got; it suits Taurus season, too. 2mo
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When Dimple Met Rishi | Sandhya Menon
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I always feel like such a grumpy old woman when I so fervently dislike a book that everyone else seems to love. I ranted about this one a lot on GR. My main issue probably comes down to finding Dimple irredeemably unlikable. Just because someone is a strong female character interested in computers doesn't mean she also needs to be an absolute ass who goes off on everyone who doesn't 100% agree with her, ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) physically punches her boyfriend when she disagrees with what he says (and then when he says that it hurts tells him that she's “not like other girls“... guess that makes it okay??), and talks down CONSTANTLY about every other female in the story because they don't want what Dimple wants, which obviously means that what they want is wrong/bad. Look, I also don't wear makeup or get super girly, and I didn't in high school either, but that⬇ 2mo
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) doesn't make me somehow morally superior to girls who do/did. I hated the “getting married ruins everything“ vibe (like I am not saying 18-year-olds should all get married straight out of high school, but acting like getting married at any point in her 20s would mean her life is OVER was just so ridiculous). Also, nothing about this coding camp she was at made sense to me, mostly because they literally never seemed to be doing ANY app ⬇ 2mo
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) development at ANY point in this book lol I had other issues, but that's enough whining for now. There were cute moments in this book, and I liked Rishi a lot, but overall this book just didn't work for me.

#ISpyBingo
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LiseWorks Oh my! I love it when a book gets emotions running. I love that rant. 2mo
thegreensofa Great pan review. I think I would probably agree with you if I read it, so you saved me and I‘m not going to read it! (sorry for your experience though). 👍 2mo
batsy Go forth and pan with abandon! I had fun reading this review 😁 2mo
Susanita Tell us how you really feel! 😂 2mo
BookishMadHatter I love this rant because I finally found someone who said what I've been thinking about a bunch of books ive read lately. I find that whenever someone tries to make a "strong" female character, they turn her into a total unbearable b!t@h. It's even made me not want to read books with females as the lead 2mo
BarbaraJean Hahaha—YES. This book annoyed me so much. Great concept, terrible execution. Especially the stupid pretext of a coding camp at which they did literally no coding. And I hated the writing, too: things like “his heart was like melted chocolate” and other terrible comparisons. #fanofthepan 😁 2mo
Anna40 Love the rant too 😝 2mo
TheLudicReader I hate loads of popular books. You are not alone. 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @LiseWorks @thegreensofa @batsy @Susanita @dabbe @Anna40 @TheLudicReader - Thank you for making me feel better about all my whining 😂 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @BookishMadHatter - I think what really frustrates me about this “strong=bitch“ attitude is that then the implication is that the flipside is also true - if you're a nice/kind person that means you're a pathetic doormat. I'm not here to say that women/people should just roll over and take it when someone is mean to them, but to act like kindness, empathy, patience, and a willingness to explain your position reasonably somehow makes you weak ⬇ 2mo
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) really frustrates me. It seems especially harmful in YA, to teach girls that being rude, obnoxious, and cruelly snarky is what will get you forward in life and prove that you're “strong.“ 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @BarbaraJean - I was just like... what is the point of this camp?! Do they have classes? Workshops? Scheduled lab sessions? ANYTHING?! The entire talent show made zero sense (what does this have to do with coding?!?!?!) I was confused about the talent show prize's implication that each team is funding their own research, since that $1000 goes towards that?? Or something?? And apparently if you win you get everything, but if you don't win you ⬇ 2mo
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) you don't even get, I don't know, feedback on your project?? A chance to share it with someone else?? A little show-and-tell session where your parents/random people who are interested in app development could come see the projects?? ANYTHING?! I loved the concept of this camp, but it NEVER felt like they were actually at one, so it just seemed like a plot device to make sure we know how SERIOUS Dimple is about IMPORTANT stuff 🙄 2mo
BarbaraJean Seriously!! The author could have at least MENTIONED them attending workshops, classes, SOMETHING! The setting was clearly only a pretext for her premise of girl-who-likes-tech meets sensitive boy. The huge focus on the talent show instead of any, you know, ACTUAL CODING seemed to indicate the author had not only done little to no research about the entire setting, she literally did not care about continuity, plausibility, or even good writing.😩 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @BarbaraJean - The initial little “get to know you“ run around with the photographs felt like a natural part of the camp, but the talent show definitely felt like a plot point instead of something that would actually happen. We're super serious about developing this app and you have very limited time to do it and some people even stay up all night because time is so tight... so we're going to spend hours and hours preparing for a talent show!? 😑 2mo
BarbaraJean 😂 😂 YES. So. Dumb. 2mo
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Rebecca | Daphne Du Maurier
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It had been about ten years since I last read this book, and I was surprised at how many details/scenes had slipped my mind. While there are things about this book that I don't like, the writing somehow grips me every time, despite a third of it being the unnamed narrator's imagination instead of things that are actually happening. Creepy, suspenseful, twisty - this one is just SO good.

TheAromaofBooks Absolute delight to read with the #HashtagBrigade @BarkingMadRead - the daily memes/pictures/comments really added so much to my reread this time around!!

#100YearsofBooks
#BookSpinBingo
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BarkingMadRead I am so glad you liked it! Your copy is 😍 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @BarkingMadRead - Thank you!!! Can you believe I got it used for a dollar?? It has that delightful amount of age to it where the pages are all soft on the edges from being read so many times. It only has the original 1938 copyright in it. I don't THINK it's from that year, but it has to be close. LOVE old library editions. The date-stamp card in the back has check-out dates from 1947!! 2mo
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BarkingMadRead Ahhhhhhh that‘s so cool!! 2mo
IndoorDame A dollar!!!! Used books are amazing! And this one is stunning 🤩 2mo
AvidReader25 I love this book so much and your edition is gorgeous! I can‘t believe it was only a dollar! 2mo
lazydaizee That looks like an old book, is it a first edition? 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @lazydaizee - I'm not completely sure!! It only has the 1938 copyright in it. It's an old library discard, and some of the check-out dates are from 1947!! 2mo
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The Robe | Lloyd C. Douglas
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(thru ch25) - Sorry I missed my Monday post, friends! This week has been a bit more chaotic than I initially anticipated haha

So much happened in these chapters!!!! Demetrius and Marcellus both become Christians. Marcellus is very reluctant, but watching Stephen be martyred changes his entire perspective. I found it so interesting that watching someone die for his faith is what made Marcellus believe, instead of turning him off of it completely.⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) Now Marcellus is back with the emperor, and is receiving an intense test of his new faith.

I'm genuinely impressed by the way Douglas has handled many of the scenes from the early church. I love how he doesn't gloss over their struggles, but while he makes people like Peter seem human, I never feel like he trivializes their importance, or has them act in a way that conflicts with how they are recorded Scripturally.

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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) finish this week and have a final post on Monday. Any thoughts from any of you on this week's chapters? How do you feel about the book/story on the whole?

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UwannaPublishme I was also fascinated by Marcellus‘ conversion. By watching the expression on Stephen‘s face at the moment of his death, Marcellus seemed to somehow know in his heart that his friend was in the presence of Jesus. Very powerful! 2mo
UwannaPublishme I‘m still anxious to see how Marcellus‘ relationship with Diana will unfold. Will she become a believer? And what‘s in store for Demetrius‘ future? Really looking forward to these last chapters. 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @UwannaPublishme - Yes!! I'm worried about Diana!! I don't think she's going to understand, and she's in a bad position with the emperor right now. 2mo
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Top Horse of Crescent Ranch | Howard L. Hastings
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This was fairly typical “horse fare“ from the era, and which I have always collected because something about the semi-predictability of these simple stories draws me in. Hastings's book is a bit more about teaching readers about various aspects of ranching life than it is about an actual storyline, but it was still an interesting (although not thrilling) read.

#192025 - 1942 @Librarybelle
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Librarybelle That‘s interesting - teaching about ranch life 2mo
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The Secret of the Mansion | Julie Campbell
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I had SO MUCH FUN rereading this and am not sure I want to stick to only one book per month 😂 I remember now how I found Trixie to be a much more relatable heroine than Nancy Drew (although I love Nancy very much) - closer to my age when I was reading these, a big family with lots of brothers, parents who make her do chores, her yearning for a horse, her enjoyment in being outside, etc. Trixie's adventures always felt more like something that ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) almost COULD happen in real life haha

Friends, we need a hashtag for our little reading group!! I'm open to suggestions - something with Bobwhite???

Did you enjoy your reread? Were there parts that you hadn't remembered or that surprised you? Was there anything that surprised you in a bad way?

I had forgotten that Trixie is kind of mean to Honey at first - thinks she's a wimp and laughs at her. I enjoyed seeing Trixie soften as the ⬇
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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) story went on. It felt like their friendship developed well.

One thing that seemed weird to me on this reread - Trixie has so much love and respect for her parents that it honestly felt a little odd that she wouldn't trust them with Jim's secret. I understood why, but I honestly feel like in real life she would have confided in them for help. What do you think?

I was a bit shocked by the entire stray/“mad“ dog storyline. Why did this ⬇
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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) dog keep chasing them!? And Jim just SHOOTS it?!!? My goodness!

I also hadn't realized that this book was originally published in 1948. My edition is 1977. I couldn't find any information as to whether these books got rewrites like Nancy Drew and some of the others did, but I think maybe no? Or not dramatically?

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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) still felt sudden.

As an adult reader, I'm now somewhat interested in the adults in the story. What do you think of Trixie's parents, Honey's parents, and Honey's substitute parents aka Reagan and Miss Trask?

I honestly could talk about this book all day and how much I enjoyed it, so please let me know your thoughts and feel free to ask questions of your own!! There are only six of us, so when you comment, do tag everyone else who ⬇
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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) has commented so we can keep the conversation going 😁 And let me know if you have any hashtag ideas 😂 #BobwhiteBash? #TrixieTroubles? Should we just be #BobwhitesoftheGlen?

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TheAromaofBooks Oh, and my actual hashtags for this book's review...

#192025 - 1948 - @Librarybelle
#100YearsofBooks
#WickedWords - Athlete @AsYouWish
#ISpyBingo - Blue Eyes, Front Porch
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#SeriesLove2024 @TheSpineView @Andrew65
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Librarybelle Oh wow! 1948! 2mo
TheSpineView Fantastic! 2mo
MaleficentBookDragon I ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ these as a kid! My parents would buy me a new one for birthdays, doing chores, good grades, etc. BUT, never fast enough for my reading speed. I actually just donated my collection to the library and kind of regret it.😞 2mo
MaleficentBookDragon @TheAromaofBooks 1948?!?! I too thought they were written in the 70s. Can I join? 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @MaleficentBookDragon - I would love to have you along!! We are planning to read one book a month with a discussion around the 30th of each month. 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @MaleficentBookDragon - My understanding is that the same person wrote the first six books, which were published in 1948 and then throughout the 50s. Then, similar to the way Nancy Drew, etc., were written, the rest (33 more books!) were written by several people under the name of “Kathryn Kenny“ in the 60s through the 80s. I also always thought of these as more 70s books (maybe because of my editions) and hadn't realized they started so early! 2mo
lauraisntwilder My mom read these when she was about the same age as Trixie, which would've been in the early 60s. She told me the first one she got was the 3rd one and she spent Christmas day reading it and was "no help to anyone." ? I don't know what happened to her books though because I've never read them. I can see why she liked them though! I understood why Trixie didn't tell her parents about Jim. It wasn't that she didn't trust them, but that she ⬇️ 2mo
lauraisntwilder (Cont'd) wanted Jim to trust her. He asked her not to tell & she didn't want him to doubt her. I was surprised at how many things went wrong. A snake bite, both girls being thrown from horses or nearly being run over on a bike, the mad dog, a plane crash, a house fire, & I don't think that's everything! Trixie feels much more like a real person than Nancy Drew, who can do everything. @curiouserandcurioser @BookmarkTavern @DebinHawaii @Read4life 2mo
BookmarkTavern #BobwhiteBuddies ? I hadn‘t realized just how much happens in just one book! But I totally got Trixie‘s hesitance. Making real solid friends for the first time, and then being trusted with their secrets? I would have kept my mouth shut too. 😄 And I love how the parents aren‘t stupid, evil, or absent. Except Honey‘s parents. 😅 @lauraisntwilder @DebinHawaii @curiouserandcurioser @Read4life (edited) 2mo
curiouserandcurioser @TheAromaofBooks @BookmarkTavern @DebinHawaii @Read4life @lauraisntwilder @MaleficentBookDragon I had forgotten how much I LOVE Trixie!:) i also love Nancy Drew so much, but I think Trixie is probably much more relatable! Even though Trixie was kindof mean to Honey at first, I really enjoyed how their friendship developed. I also wouldnt mind reading more than one each month!❤ 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @lauraisntwilder @BookmarkTavern @curiouserandcurioser - There were definitely a LOT of adventures in just one book 😂 I loved how while Trixie was a “natural“ at riding a horse, she still wasn't perfect right away and made mistakes. And like Krysta said, I really like how Trixie's parents seem like regular, kind, reasonable parents. I can definitely remember Trixie feeling more like a real person to me because she also had to do chores and ⬇ 2mo
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) and babysit her little brother!! I'm already so excited about reading the next book!! 2mo
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The Secret Garden | F. Burnett
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It had been several years since my last reread of this one, and this spring it just felt right to pick it up. There is SO much to love about this delightful book, and I loved revisiting it. I will say that at one point it feels like Burnett kind of gets a little weird about “the Magic“ but overall this is still a heart book.

Pictured with some of the flats of annuals I purchased today... getting ready to get my own garden going!!!

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julieclair Lovely book, lovely flowers! 2mo
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When @BarbaraJean reviewed this one last year I knew I had to read it because LOOK AT THAT COVER 😂 Overall, I loved this book - with the exception of the ending which felt strangely, almost disorientingly, abrupt. I felt that I had become very attached to these characters and their journey, and was left with a lot of unanswered questions about their future. I mean, it wasn't a cliffhanger. It just didn't tidy up. But the rest was delightfully ⬇

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BarbaraJean The cover is what sold me as well!! Well, that and Hilary McKay in general 😁 I remember wanting more from the ending as well. But I do love McKay's messy, lovable families! Have you read any of her Casson family books? 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @BarbaraJean - I haven't read any of her other books, but I will definitely be checking some of them out because this book had SO much that I really liked!! 2mo
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Sourcery | Terry Pratchett
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Pratchett has been on my radar for quite some time, but I've never actually jumped in. So when @julesg said that the #OokBookClub was starting over, this seemed like a great time to give his writing a whirl. I enjoyed but wasn't mind-blown by this one, but the consensus seems to be that it isn't his best, and this was still an easy pick. I'm looking forward to working through some of these, as I found the characters, world-building, and humor ⬇

Librarybelle Nice! I‘ve yet to read anything by Pratchett! 2mo
BarbaraJean Ohhh, I hadn't seen that #OokBookClub was starting over... I may have to jump into that! Because I need more buddy reads 😂 I've only read Pratchett's Tiffany Aching series, and then Mort--and I loved all of them. 2mo
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TheSpineView Great job! Currently working on this book. Maybe will finish tomorrow. 2mo
Andrew65 Excellent 👏👏👏 2mo
julesG @Librarybelle you can always join us for a book or more 😉 2mo
Librarybelle Thanks, @julesG ! Maybe someday I will pick up the book… #somanybookssolittletime 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @BarbaraJean - Yes, and that group runs from the 8th of the month to the 8th of the next month, so if you want to join you still have over a week to read the first book!! 😁 2mo
BarbaraJean @TheAromaofBooks My thought exactly!! I just checked it out on Hoopla…😁 2mo
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