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triplem80

Joined October 2016

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Demon Copperhead: A Novel by Barbara Kingsolver
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Wash Day Diaries | Jamila Rowser, Robyn Smith
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This graphic novel was a quick, fun read that took a snapshot of the lives of four black women -- including their hair routines! I usually like a little more dialogue with my graphic novels, but the illustrations did a good job of celebrating the concept of “wash day.“

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My February #bookspin list! I try to stick to Black authors for the month of February (although there are a couple holdovers from last month that don't fit), and there are so many books in this stack that I'm excited about!

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Kristendontleave Black authors are so inspiring!!! 3w
ChasingOm I should have put Chain Gang All Stars on my list as an excuse to buy it! 😂 Luckily, I don‘t *need* an excuse… 😏 3w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3w
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I didn't finish all the books I was working on this month, but I DID get a #bookspinbingo. (Woohoo!) I also knocked off my #bookspin pick, and am just a chapter away from finishing my #doublespin. But there are so many books I'm ready for in February!!

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TheAromaofBooks Yay bingo!!! Fabulous month!! 3w
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From the marketing copy: “A lonely, lovable, queer mountain lion narrates this star-making fever dream of a novel.“ Indeed!

This was a really fast read -- even though I had to go back and re-read a few sections because I was so confused about what was going on! If you're looking for conventional storytelling, this is definitely not for you, but if you're open to something outside of the box, it's worth checking out.

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This was an enjoyable listen. No startling revelations (like many celebrity memoirs have), but Henry Winkler seems like a genuinely good guy, and I liked getting to know more of his story.

#52bookclub24 - Prompt 21: #writtenbyaghostwriter

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This was a YA book tackling the topic of racism and discrimination at a (fake) Ivy League institution. While I thought the story was good, the writing fell a little flat for me -- I prefer authors like Angie Thomas and Nic Stone. That said, it wasn't bad, just a little disappointing.

#52bookclub24 #morethan40chapters

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I had mixed feelings about this. “Scattershot“ is definitely an appropriate title, because Taupin gets easily sidetracked in his storytelling, jumping from one anecdote to another without any clear transition. It's also very name-droppy, so if that bothers you, skip this.

On the other hand, it's obvious what a lyrical writer he is, and if you're a fan of his and Elton John (or music from that era in general), the stories are pretty interesting.

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It was a quick listen, and a good choice for fans of the Colbert Report. Unfortunately, I like the real Stephen Colbert much more than his alter ego. 😆

Used this to fill the #PublishedbyHachette prompt for #52bookclub24.

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This was a hilarious read, and great on audio. If you liked “Here for It,“ definitely check this out!

Using this to fill the #52bookclub24 prompt for a cover without people on it.

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First #bookspin list of 2024 -- with a lot of holdovers from 2023. Excited to start a new year (including all the new reading challenges!!).

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Word Bingo | Donn Byrne
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No bingos for the last #bookspinbingo of the year (I went off the list too much), but that just means more books to carry over into 2024!

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TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Fantastic month!! 2mo
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Ordinary Notes | Christina Sharpe
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My December #bookspin was definitely one of the best books I've read this year. I tend to read a lot of nonfiction dealing with issues of race, but in this unique format, Sharpe offered some observations about being Black that I haven't encountered before. I appreciated the new perspective -- it definitely made me think!

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TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 2mo
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My final #bookspin list of the year! It'll be a scramble to finish some of the challenges I've set for the year (and to be honest, challenges from previous years, too!) -- but I'm looking forward to a hopefully productive month of reading.

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Word Bingo | Donn Byrne
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TWO whole bingos this month (and I was SOOO close to a third) for #bookspinbingo! If only I had been able to read on the long train ride to NYC -- I was so tired I couldn't keep my eyes open -- I might have finished even more. No complaints though!

@thearomaofbooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Fabulous month!!! 3mo
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Kindred | Octavia Butler
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I was a little worried about the Octavia Butler prompt for the #52bookclub challenge. I'd previously read Parable of the Sower, and was not a fan. But I'm so glad I chose this book! While it can obviously be difficult to read (it does address horrors of slavery, after all), it was incredibly well-written and engaging -- I didn't want to put it down. Definitely worth picking up!

GondorGirl This book was STUNNING (and also what I re-read for that exact challenge prompt)! 3mo
Librarybelle I think this is the one I would like to read for this prompt - hopefully I can get to it by the end of the year! 3mo
BarbaraBB Such a good book 3mo
squirrelbrain Well done! 3mo
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How to Be Eaten: A Novel | Maria Adelmann
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When I picked this up at the library, I couldn't remember why it put it on hold (podcast rec, possibly?). The librarian mentioned that she had tried it and put it down after 20 pages, so I was worried. I didn't need to be.

If you like a darkly humorous fairy tale retelling set in modern times (and don't have too many triggers), this one might be for you too.

Plus it was my #bookspin pick this month!

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My #bookspin list for November!

I can't believe there are only two months left in the year, and I have so many reading goals left to finish. I know I won't get to them all, but hopefully I finish the year off strong!

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I've become very good at ALMOST getting a #bookspinbingo -- but not quite! Still, it was a pretty productive reading month with 17 books finished (two that aren't shown here).

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TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Fabulous month!!! 4mo
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I had to do some serious winnowing down of my TBR for October (even though there's no way I'll get through them all!), but here's the list I came up. We'll see how much I stick to these -- or go off script!

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Word Bingo | Donn Byrne
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Yay for getting a #BookSpinBingo in September! It was a fairly productive reading month, but still have a lot I want to finish before the end of the year.

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TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Fantastic month!!! 5mo
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It's been a LONG time since I've posted one of my #the52bookclub23 prompts, but I'm trying to do better!

This book was well-written and well-researched; I'd definitely recommend this to history buffs or anyone interested in learning about the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Unfortunately, my interest was marginal -- since my grandfather was born there, I feel like I should know more about “where I came from“ -- so it started to drag near the end.

BarbaraBB Love your graphic 😍 5mo
jenniferw88 @BarbaraBB they're downloadable from the website. 5mo
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squirrelbrain Great choice for the prompt! 5mo
BarbaraBB @jenniferw88 I didn‘t know! Will remember for next year! Thanks! 5mo
Librarybelle I‘ve heard a lot of good things about this one! 5mo
Cinfhen I‘ve been meaning to read this one for ages!‘ It‘s sitting on my shelf staring at me 😁 5mo
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My Murder | Katie Williams
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So I enjoyed this for the most part -- I didn't predict the twist, but it was definitely in the set up (if you're paying close attention). However, after having my home broken into last weekend, there was one scene in particular that made me uncomfortable. Perhaps I need to take a break from thrillers!

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Temporary | Hilary Leichter
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I heard about this on one of my favorite podcasts, and I was so excited to read it. A story about a temp whose jobs include Chairman of the Board, a murderer's assistant, and a pirate! Sounds fun!

I thought it was funny at times, and definitely a little quirky -- perhaps a little too quirky (and a little too fantastical) for me? It definitely had Piranesi vibes -- which I didn't like. If you DID, then maybe you'll enjoy this one too!

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I thought this was a fun and enjoyable listen. I probably would have liked it even more if I was actually a parent!

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New month, new #bookspin list! Lots of the same names, a few new ones to tackle, so we'll see what I manage in September.

On an unrelated note, using Litsy has become so much more challenging now that it's unavailable in the Google Play Store. 🙁 Still, I'm hoping to do better posting about my books throughout the month, and not just at the end!

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And YES I am SO disappointed that Litsy is apparently just... not coming back to Android at all??? I use my computer for most of my Litsy posting anyway, but the app was very handy for book reviews and such. But I lost my phone in May, so I know the app has been gone from the store for at least that long. I still check periodically. 😕
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My completed #bookspinbingo board for August. No bingos, but still an okay reading month, so no complaints! Bring on September!

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TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Fantastic month!! 6mo
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Word Bingo | Donn Byrne
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No bingos in July, but I can't complain too much considering how much time I was spending packing and moving (now I'm just UN-packing!). Half of my books (all of the Free spots, in fact) were on audio, which is not my preferred way to read. But sometimes that's what you have to do!

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TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Looks fantastic!!! Moving can be overwhelming, but I also kind of like the feeling of getting rid of stuff I don't need any more and finding new homes for the things I've decided to keep. My husband and I spent our first five Christmases together in five different places 😂 But now we've been in the same place since 2014 and I am starting to feel like I should PRETEND I'm moving to get rid of some of these barnacles!! 😆 7mo
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I meant to post my August #bookspin list last night, but I fell asleep before I could. Moving is exhausting! 🤣

I'm interested to see what I manage to finish this month...I'm hoping to have more time for reading, but who knows??

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I had issues posting yesterday, so I'm a little late, but here's my July #bookspin list! Looking forward to seeing what I can do in the middle of a move!!

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Quietly Hostile | Samantha Irby
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I was glad this came up as my #doublespin this month, because I was super excited to listen! I know Samantha Irby is not everyone's cup of tea (she is the queen of TMI), but I always find her hilarious (and often relatable).

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This month's #bookspin list! I'll be spending the next couple of months purging and packing for an upcoming move, but hopefully I'll still have some time to do some reading (and maybe get a few books off my shelves??).

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Bingo! | Rosemary Wells
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I'm excited to say that I got a #bookspinbingo this month (yay for generously placed Free spots!)...AND I even finished my #doublespin. Most books were pretty short, but a win is a win! 😁

In other news, I'm kind of irritated that I've been unable to log on to Litsy from the web (my preferred way to post), so I skipped some of my intended posts. Maybe I'll catch up later?

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TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Fantastic month!! And there are definitely some Litsy issues going around - I've seen a couple people who have had to set up new accounts because they couldn't log into their old ones!? 9mo
triplem80 @TheAromaofBooks I'll consider myself lucky then! I guess I just have to make sure I never log off on my phone! 😄 9mo
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Here's my May #bookspin list!

Confession: I haven't finished a #bookspin or #doublespin since February, so I'm hoping to end the drought this month! Hope I can maintain my sanity enough to do so!

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LeeRHarry I‘m not sure I‘ve completed a book spin this year yet 😬 so you are definitely ahead of my game 😆 10mo
triplem80 @LeeRHarry Thanks for making me feel better! 😄 10mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Good luck!! 😂 10mo
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Definitely no #BookspinBingo this month! I actually finished 13 books, but too many were not on my TBR. Still, my reading felt a little better, maybe because I let myself go with my mood.

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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Fantastic month!! 10mo
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My April #bookspin list!

The past couple months have been super slumpy for me -- several of these books I've already started, but haven't finished for one reason or another -- so I'm hoping I can knock some of these off the list this month. Fingers crossed for some outstanding reads!

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There are probably at least 30 books I want to read this month, so I had a hard time narrowing it down to 20. Hopefully I can knock a few off this list! #bookspin

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TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 12mo
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February was not a great reading month for me...not because of the number (I'm okay with 10), but I just wasn't that excited to read. But I did manage a #bookspinbingo and finished my #bookspin pick, so yay!

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Fantastic month!!! Sometimes I just have to let my brain do other things besides reading - have to remind myself that it's a fun hobby, not a job 😂 12mo
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I put this list together before the #bookspin numbers came out (I swear!), but didn't have a chance to post. As usual, my goal for February is all black authors (though I'll make a single exception). Looking forward for some good reads!!

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I'm late posting, but I did manage TWO #bookspinbingos in January AND read both my #bookspin and #doublespin picks. I have a feeling this month may be a bit slower (I may have burned myself out!), but we'll see.

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TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Fantastic month!!! 13mo
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Librarybelle I need to read this! 13mo
Bluebird Love the title! 😂 13mo
squirrelbrain I really liked this one too. 13mo
LaraReads Awww….how cute! 13mo
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I may have mentioned before that I've been listening to a lot of celebrity memoirs lately -- well, here's another one!

I don't know a lot of Jimmy O. Yang's work (I've never seen Silicon Valley), but I did watch his stand-up special -- and honestly, that's probably why I didn't enjoy this book more. While it was funny, several of his stories/anecdotes appeared in his special as well. I didn't dislike the book -- it just felt repetitive.

Librarybelle You‘re doing well with this challenge! 13mo
squirrelbrain I was just about to say the same thing! @Librarybelle - have you nearly finished, Melissa?! 13mo
triplem80 @squirrelbrain 🤣 Not at all! I'm just fortunate that just about everything I'm reading right now happens to fit into a prompt. That probably won't last much longer! 13mo
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This book was really good -- and really uncomfortable. Definitely targeted towards women (though men can read it too!), it attempts to get across the point that we are all completely normal JUST AS WE ARE. I'm not gonna lie, I cried at several points in this book, because it hit on some of my personal insecurities and traumas. To me, it was about more than just sex, but also self-acceptance. Totally worth a read.

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The Measure | Nikki Erlick
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Overall, this was an entertaining read for me. I enjoyed reading the multiple perspectives, and the pace was enough to keep me turning the pages -- although some of it I found fairly predictable. I think it would be a great book for discussion, not tackling questions about whether you would want to know how long you have left to live, but also addressing the themes of discrimination woven throughout the book.

britt_brooke Loved this one! 13mo
Librarybelle Hooray! 13mo
squirrelbrain I really liked this one too, and agree it would make a great book club discussion. 13mo
SomedayAlmost I agree. The characterization was a bit disappointing to me, & the lack of description, but the social issues the author raised were fascinating! 13mo
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The Awakening | Kate Chopin
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I first read this WAY back in high school (more than half a lifetime ago!), and I didn't remember much other than the fact that I liked it. I wonder now if that was in comparison to most of my required reads (I don't like a lot of classics), or if I *actually* enjoyed it. On the re-read, I was most bothered by Edna's immaturity -- which probably wouldn't have stood out as much back then. Still, I enjoyed it more than most classics!

Librarybelle This is a classic I could not really get into, and maybe it is because of some of her attitude. Perfect choice for this prompt! 13mo
Cinfhen I also struggle with classics!! Great choice. 13mo
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triplem80 @Cinfhen Awesome! I will add them to my list. 13mo
squirrelbrain You‘re doing so well! 13mo
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I really liked Rachel Dratch on SNL, so I thought this would be worth a listen (I've been oddly addicted to celebrity memoirs over the past few weeks). I'd say this was good, but not great -- entertaining enough, but not super memorable. I still enjoyed it though.

Librarybelle Hooray! 13mo
Cinfhen I love the graphics you‘re using!!!!! This was ok for me too but I do listen to a TON of celebrity memoirs so I get a bit picky😂 13mo
triplem80 @Cinfhen Thanks! The graphics are taken from the 52 Book Club website! 13mo
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Spare | Prince Harry the Duke of Sussex
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I generally don't care much for the royal family, but still checked this out from the library the day it came out! It was interesting to hear Harry tell his story (keeping in mind that there's more than one side to every story!), and it's obvious how much his mother's death traumatized him.

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With the Fire on High | Elizabeth Acevedo
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I generally don't read fiction on audio, because I have a harder time following along, but listened to this one for a library challenge. Although I would have preferred a physical read, Elizabeth Acevedo narrates her own work wonderfully and I really enjoyed the story!

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Here was another really good book to start off the new year. It gave me happy vibes similar to The House in the Cerulean Sea -- although there was more magic than I would have liked. Yes, I know, I'm a little odd, but I can't help it -- I'm just not into magic (it's one reason I generally avoid fantasy). It was still pretty delightful though, so if you DO like magic, it's definitely worth a read (if you haven't already!).

Librarybelle I have this on my to read list! 13mo
Deblovestoread Looking forward to this one. 13mo
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LiteraryinLawrence I‘m not really into magical books either! 13mo
Cinfhen Im not a huge fan of magic either but the cover art looks delightful 🤩 13mo
squirrelbrain I agree, I‘m not really into witchy / magical stuff either, but this sounds good! 13mo
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This was the second book I finished this year, and the first that I locked into a #52bookclub prompt (I often wait to shift things around). I'm a pretty stingy rater, so just know that four stars means a pretty great read! I listened to this on audio -- I find Michelle Obama's voice comforting, and considering this book read like a pep talk (not just a memoir), I think that's appropriate!

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Time to post my January #bookspin TBR list! I can't wait to see how my reading life starts out in 2023!

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TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 14mo
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