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triplem80

Joined October 2016

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Librarybelle I need to read this! 5d
Bluebird Love the title! 😂 5d
squirrelbrain I really liked this one too. 5d
LaraReads Awww….how cute! 4d
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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! 5d
squirrelbrain I was just about to say the same thing! @Librarybelle - have you nearly finished, Melissa?! 5d
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! 4d
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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! 5d
Librarybelle Hooray! 5d
squirrelbrain I really liked this one too, and agree it would make a great book club discussion. 5d
SomedayAlmost I agree. The characterization was a bit disappointing to me, & the lack of description, but the social issues the author raised were fascinating! 2d
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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! 1w
Cinfhen I also struggle with classics!! Great choice. 1w
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triplem80 @Cinfhen Awesome! I will add them to my list. 1w
squirrelbrain You‘re doing so well! 1w
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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! 1w
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😂 1w
triplem80 @Cinfhen Thanks! The graphics are taken from the 52 Book Club website! 1w
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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! 3w
Deblovestoread Looking forward to this one. 3w
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LiteraryinLawrence I‘m not really into magical books either! 3w
Cinfhen Im not a huge fan of magic either but the cover art looks delightful 🤩 3w
squirrelbrain I agree, I‘m not really into witchy / magical stuff either, but this sounds good! 3w
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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!

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 1mo
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My three selections for January's #Roll100:

- Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson
- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
- Pet Sematary by Stephen King

Hopefully I can knock all of these off my TBR list!

@PuddleJumper

PuddleJumper Good luck! 1mo
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Bingo! | Rosemary Wells
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For my final #bookspinbingo of 2022, I actually got a bingo! I also finished my #bookspin pick and caught up on a couple others (Last Summer on State Street for my October bookspin and Salvage the Bones for my November doublespin), so all in all, not a bad month!

While I didn't quite complete all of my yearly challenges, I finished 170 books for the year (WAY more than expected). I'm looking forward to a great 2023!

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Fantastic month!!! 1mo
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Definitely a "don't judge a book by its cover" pick for me! Based on the title and cover alone, I never would have picked this up...but I'm so glad I did. It was a delightful read, and a needed lift from my recent run of disappointing books.

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The Golden Season: A Novel | Madeline Kay Sneed
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I was interested in the premise: a young woman raised in a conservative West Texas town (that values faith, football, and family above all else) grapples with how to come out without losing the community she loves. I thought the book was good (though infuriating at times), but found myself let down by the ending.

Works for the #booked2022 #comingoutstory prompt, AND my #rolldecember list!
@Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @alisiakae @PuddleJumper

Cinfhen This sounds really good- too bad the ending was disappointing 😣 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Nice review—sorry the ending didn‘t live up to your hopes for it! 1mo
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Suitable Boy | Vikram Seth
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Y'all. I have been reading this book for over a year, and FINALLY, I've finished! To put it mildly, we have been on quite the journey together! I have mixed feelings about the book. It's such a huge, sweeping story that I often had trouble keeping the characters straight (obviously, my lack of consistent reading didn't help that). There were parts of the book that kept my interest, but others were a total bore. I don't regret it though!

IndoorDame Congratulations! I tried with this one once, but didn‘t get very far. So intimidating! 2mo
triplem80 Definitely intimidating! Some huge books feel shorter than they are. This was definitely not one of them! 😄 2mo
jlhammar Wow, that is quite the accomplishment! I've had this sitting on my shelves for many years, waiting patiently. 2mo
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I don't often read middle grade books, but I thought this one was fantastic. As a former librarian, book banning/censorship is an issue close to my heart, and this book tackled the issue beautifully. Definitely recommend this one!!

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This book was so, so, so good! I'm not a huge audiobook lover, but listening was a great way to take in Kiese's story. Hearing it told in his own voice (literally and figuratively) was fantastic. He tackles some pretty tough issues in his life ("heavy" topics, you could say), but the telling was almost poetic. Glad I finally read this!

Even better, it knocks off a book on my #rolldecember list (so glad I found you, @PuddleJumper !).

PuddleJumper Brilliant! 2mo
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OK, here's my final #bookspin TBR of the year! I've already started seven (!) of these, so hopefully I can finish at least a few. 😂

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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Well, November was my worst reading month in a while. Of course, I have so many partially read books going, I'm bound to finish a few (or several!) in December!

#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Still great progress!!! 2mo
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My November #bookspin list! Now the question is: how many of these will I actually read, and how many will I choose from elsewhere???

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
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I'm not sure how I managed to NOT get a bingo this month, even with such a wonderfully drawn board (those free spaces should have set me up perfectly!!). Alas, I managed it. 😁

I've also fallen woefully behind on my #bookspin and #doublespin picks, so I'll try to catch up this month. This year my reading vibe has definitely been “I do what I want!“ or “What's due at the library next??“ 😄

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Fantastic month!! 3mo
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A new month, a new #bookspin list! As usual, I'm sure I'll end up reading books that aren't on the list, but there are some good ones on here I'm really looking forward to!

@thearomaofbooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 4mo
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Well, September was an interesting reading month -- some really good books and some not-so-good. I loved my #bookspin pick (you can't go wrong with Taylor Jenkins Reid!) and DNF'ed my #doublespin (I hate to DNF, but that book was a SLOG). And I even managed a #bookspinbingo!

@thearomaofbooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Fantastic month!!! 4mo
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The Trees: A Novel | Percival Everett
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I'm a little late on this, but just had to say -- this book was fantastic!! A five-star read for sure (and I almost never give five stars). Funny and frustrating, it reminded me a little of reading Paul Beatty's satire. I'm not sure how I've managed to not read Percival Everett before, but I definitely need to remedy that! #bookershortlist

Aimeesue I thought of Beaty, too 3mo
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September, September | Shelby Foote
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Another month, another #bookspin list! I've already started almost half of these books (yes, I read way too many books at the same time!), so hopefully I'll finish several. Of course, I'm sure I'll let myself be distracted along the way...

@thearomaofbooks

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Bingo! | Rosemary Wells
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How was my month of reading in August? Well...

YAY #1: I finished 24 books overall (which is definitely a lot for me)! 😮
YAY #2: I actually got a #bookspinbingo!! 🎊
BOO #1: I did NOT finish either my #bookspin or #doublebookspin. They're not DNF...just haven't finished them yet. 😕

Looking forward to what September brings!

@thearomaofbooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Fabulous month!! 5mo
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Panpan

I was so very disappointed by this one. I fancy myself a pretty big #booknerd, so a book about books sounds perfect to me! But I just found the author so pretentious. The subtitle doesn't seem to fit -- she doesn't come across as a “common reader“ at all! I almost bailed on this one, but I figured I might as well stick it out since it's pretty short. I did relate to her essay about being a lunatic proofreader, but otherwise...meh.

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White Smoke | Tiffany D. Jackson
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I find it fitting that I finished my 100th book of the year on #NationalBookLoversDay!

For the most part, I enjoyed this one -- although I was a little frustrated by the ending. I love that Tiffany D. Jackson gave a shoutout to R.L. Stine (who was blurbed on the cover) -- I was such a fan of YA horror when I was in high school (Christopher Pike was another fave), but I rarely read horror as an adult.

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My first completed book of the month! This was a fairly lengthy listen, but absolutely worth it. Lots of history (history that we aren't always taught), but it certainly wasn't dry or boring.

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My #bookspin list for August! I'm not gonna lie -- I'm excited about this month's reading! I'm optimistic that I'll knock some (even several) off this list -- and maybe even catch up on some previous #bookspin and #doublespin reads.

@thearomaofbooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 6mo
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Bingo! | Roger Caron
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How is it that another month goes by without a single bingo?? 😆 No complaints though...I did finish 20 books overall (which, honestly, I don't think I've done since I was in high school!), so it was a good reading month.

#bookspinbingo @thearomaofbooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Fantastic month!!! 6mo
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Why, yes, I have been reading this delightful book during my stay in the ICU. My focus isn't completely there, but I know I'll zip through it when I leave the hospital! So far, it's definitely worth the hype.

LiteraryinLawrence Hope you‘re getting good care there and glad you have your book! 7mo
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Another month, another exciting list of books to tackle! As always, we'll see how much I stick to the list and how much I stray. 🤣

@TheAromaofBooks #bookspin

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 7mo
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I had so much fun reading this book! It wasn't just the story and the storytelling though -- I have to admit that I appreciated the scenes set at Duke University. It definitely had me feeling nostalgic for my beloved alma mater!

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Bingo's Run | James A. Levine
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So...12 of the 17 books I read this month WEREN'T on my TBR -- so while it should have been easy, no bingos for me. Oops! Still had a productive reading month though (including my #bookspin pick for June).

@thearomaofbooks #bookspinbingo

JenReadsAlot My month was pretty similar! 7mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Fantastic month - sometimes you just gotta follow the bunny trails right off the TBR! 😂 7mo
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My #bookspin list for June! Looking forward to seeing how many I knock off the list this month. And yes, my TBR continues to keep growing...and growing...and growing...

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 8mo
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Bingo! | Rosemary Wells
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No bingos, no bookspin, no doublespin -- but considering the month I had (including a bout with COVID!), I'll take it! I ended up listening to a lot of these on audio -- not my favorite way to read, but sometimes it's absolutely necessary. I'm excited for summer reading to officially get started!

@TheAromaofBooks #BookspinBingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Great month!!! 8mo
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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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My last finished book in May...I enjoyed it even more than I expected! Definitely worth checking out if you love libraries.

rachelk I loved this book! 8mo
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My May TBR! Fingers crossed that May is a more satisfying reading month than April was!

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 9mo
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Bingo! | Rosemary Wells
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My “completed“ #bookspinbingo card for April -- not gonna lie, April was a rough reading month. Not just the numbers (which are on the low side for me), but I had a really hard time finding anything that interested me. I also didn't have a lot of time to read (moving, new job, other transitions), so that certainly didn't help. Hoping I find a way out of this slump!

@TheAromaofBooks

melissajayne I got one book completed 9mo
TheAromaofBooks Some months are a struggle! The weather here has also been damp and chilly - not inspiring. 9mo
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Alrighty! Here's my #bookspin list for April. I'm in the midst of packing all my books for a move, so a lot of these are library books I have to finish and/or books I have on my Kindle. I'm looking forward to knocking out at least a few of these!

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 10mo
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Bingo! | Rosemary Wells
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I've gotten so good at getting REALLY close to Bingo without actually getting a bingo! I actually read 19 books total this month, but most of them weren't actually on my TBR. Oops! Also, missed the #bookspin for the second straight month (but got my #doublespin). We'll see if I can catch up in April (despite moving across the state and starting a new job!).

@TheAromaofBooks #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Fabulous month!! Good luck with your move!!! 10mo
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Will Grayson, Will Grayson | John Green, David Levithan
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I can't believe it took me so long to read this! I wouldn't say this is the best work of either John Green or David Levithan, but still enjoyable. And it helped me knock off another #booked2022 prompt: #titlerepeatsitself

@cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @barbarathebibliophage

Cinfhen Nice choice! Glad the challenge pushed you to pick it up 🌻🌻🌻 11mo
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The Liar's Daughter | Megan Cooley Peterson
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I thought this was a little predictable, but I still enjoyed the fast pacing. For me, it was a good choice for #Booked2022 #cultorreligion

@cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @barbarathebibliophage

Cinfhen That cover 😳it‘s unsettling 11mo
LoverOfLearning I loved this audiobook!! Kept me so tuned in. Was a 5 star from me. 11mo
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Bingo's Run | James A. Levine
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So very close, but no bingos in February -- I ended up reading more books that WEREN'T on my TBR than ones that were! 😀

I knocked off my #doublespin (but not my #bookspin) and had a rare DNF. And unfortunately, I didn't stick to only black authors for Black History Month, but seven isn't too bad, right?

CaitZ Seven is good. Great going 11mo
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Recitatif | Toni Morrison
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This was a phenomenal story! And the introduction by Zadie Smith was outstanding as well. Pro tip: definitely read the introduction AFTER the story.

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Time for this month's #BookSpin list! Some of these have been on my list for a while, so it'll be interesting to see how things go in March!

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 11mo
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I'm not sure why it took me so long to read this, but...wow! It was a rare five-star read for me. Such a powerful story, and so engaging. I highly recommend this one!! #mustread #blackhistorymonth

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My #bookspin list for February! As is my custom, all the books on my TBR were written by black authors, in honor of #BlackHistoryMonth. I know I will end up reading some books that don't fit the theme, but I'm still super excited about all of these great books to choose from!

@thearomaofbooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 12mo
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