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triplem80

Joined October 2016

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My January #Bookspin list -- a lot of these are unread from December, so hopefully I knock some of these off in the new year!

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Just in the nick of time -- I finished my #bookspin read for December! I'd say that overall, I enjoyed it, but the suspense subplot felt a little out of place to me. Am I the only one?

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CarolynM I didn't mind the "what really happened to X" (can't remember her name) plot line but I thought the attack on the MC was unnecessary and undermined the impact of the rest of the story. 2w
triplem80 @CarolynM Yes! Definitely agree. 2w
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Hell of a Book | Jason Mott
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My #doublespin read for December! It's hard for me to describe this one, but I guess I'd call it a slightly surreal look at the experience of being black in America (including the issue of police brutality). I thought it was a good read, and I particularly enjoyed the writing. Definitely a pick for me!

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 1mo
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My final #bookspin list of the year! Excited to finish strong!!

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 2mo
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Bingo! | Rosemary Wells
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It came down to the wire, but I got another #bookspinbingo this month!! Maybe I'll make it three in a row in December?

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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Fantastic month!!! 2mo
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The Turner House | Angela Flournoy
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My November #bookspin! I've had this on my Kindle for way too long, and after hearing so many good things about it, I finally checked it off my list. But...I was underwhelmed. It's not that I disliked the story -- I just found myself feeling pretty apathetic about it. I think this could be a hit for a lot of folks, but for me, it was just okay.

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 2mo
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My final #Booked2021 prompt (#Blackjack21) was also my November #doublespin pick (yay for two birds, one stone!). I enjoyed this one, but do be warned -- it's a book about suicide. I actually put this down after a really fast start as a cautionary measure because of some stuff I was going through -- but it wasn't really necessary. There is hope in here!!

@cinfhen @barbarathebibliophage @4thhouseontheleft @TheAromaofBooks

Cinfhen Woohoo!!! Congrats on completing #Booked2021 🎊🙌🏻📚❣️ Here's the link for final quarter of #Booked2021 🎊♥️🎊♥️

https://forms.gle/dsgdzAv3TxV79wbMA
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
triplem80 @Cinfhen Thank you!!!!
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BarbaraTheBibliophage Great job on finishing, even if the book wasn‘t super happy! 👊🏻 1mo
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This was an interesting read, BUT it didn't quite work for me. It seemed like three separate books that were only loosely connected, making the storytelling feel disjointed (and it felt much longer than it really was!). Also -- if you are looking for a book about Harper Lee, only part three really fits the bill.

#NonfictionNovember

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Pretty Little Liars | Sara Shepard
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To fulfill the #frenemies prompt for @Booked2021, I chose this “classic.“ Admittedly, I've never seen the show -- too much teen drama and scandal for me. Don't get me wrong, it was entertaining -- just not so entertaining that I had an overwhelming desire to keep reading the series. (I totally cheated and read the Wikipedia entry to figure out the answer to the my biggest unanswered question!)

@cinfhen @Barbarathebibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

Cinfhen Hahaha, that‘s probably the review I would have written if I read this book!! Loved how you used Wiki to get the answers you needed!!! That was heads-up thinking 😍🤓🙌🏻 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I hear you with the teenage angst. It‘s one reason I struggle with any YA book. 🤩 2mo
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My November #bookspin list! Not sure how this month is going to go -- there's so much going on!

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Bingo! | Rosemary Wells
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I actually got a #bookspinbingo this month!! This never happens! 😄

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BookwormAHN 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay bingo!!!! 3mo
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This book has been on my shelf for too long, but since it was my #doublespin pick this month, I was motivated to finally read it! I saw myself reflected in so much of this -- it was nice to feel like maybe it's okay to be the observer in a crowd. And I thought the chapter on relationships was particularly interesting.

Bonus: this satisfies a #booked2021 prompt: #Jewishauthor

@TheAromaofBooks @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Cinfhen Awesomeness!! This book has just been nominated for my IRL bookclub - I read it years ago but I wouldn‘t mind a re-read 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3mo
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Definitely an appropriate Halloween read, with spooky stories based in places I'm somewhat familiar with! And with just 34 ratings and six reviews on Goodreads, I'd say it definitely qualifies as a #lesserknownbook for #Booked2021!

@Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Cinfhen Yay!! Good choice 👍🏽 3mo
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This book was absolutely delightful! A really fast read, and laugh-out-loud funny (at least if you have a twisted sense of humor, like I do). It was the pick-me-up I didn't know I needed!

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“ 'The least Charles could have done,' Constance said, considering seriously, 'was shoot himself through the head in the driveway.' “

Harsh! Yet also hysterically funny! (Or is that just my twisted sense of humor?)

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Just finished this month's #bookspin pick! I liked this book, but not as much as her previous books. I'm not sure if it's because it was more serious/less funny, or because I was just annoyed by some of her hot takes! Still, it's a good listen, especially if you're a fan.

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Plenty of interesting books on my TBR this month! I'm excited to see how many I knock off the list, especially since I'll be busy at work AND trying to sell my home from a distance!

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My #bookspinbingo card for September -- I've gotten REALLY good at reading a fair amount of books without getting a bingo! Although...if I plop the August #bookspin and #doublespin picks (which I read in September) into the free spaces, that WOULD count as a bingo. It feels like cheating though...so oh well. It's all for fun anyway! Excited to see what happens this month!

@TheAromaofBooks

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My last read of September was my August #bookspin (just a month late -- oops!). It was really fun and definitely worth checking out if you're into movies and/or pop culture. A love for action flicks and mobster movies will not hurt!

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Catching Jordan | Miranda Kenneally
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Happy to finish my #bookspin pick for the month! If you enjoy the typical teenage romance (and don't mind some sports talk!), then this is worth reading. But if you're frustrated by fickle teenage girls (or REALLY hate football -- personally, I enjoy it a lot), then definitely skip this one.

@TheAromaofBooks

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Dear Zoe | Philip Beard
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This is told from the perspective of a teenage girl writing to her baby sister who died on 9/11 – not in the terrorist attacks, but after being hit by a car. Among other things, it's a story about family dynamics and how we deal with grief. Unfortunately, I just didn't really connect with the protagonist; while it wasn't a bad book, I wasn't that enthusiastic about it.

#Booked2021 #Relatedto911
@cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @barbarathebibliophage

Cinfhen Sounds really sad and depressing 😔treat yourself to a happy read next!!!! 4mo
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"I think life always provides reasons to not die, if we listen hard enough."

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Later | Stephen King
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Finished my #doublespin pick last night, and for the most part, I enjoyed it. Definitely less gory than a lot of Stephen King's books (and much shorter too!). But the end...yikes!!!

@TheAromaofBooks

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Later | Stephen King
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I got a kick out of Stephen King quoting himself! (I'm easily amused...) 😂

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I know I'm super late to the party, but I finally read this after having it on my bookshelf for YEARS. And, wow, I really loved it! I'm not an animal person in general (or a dog person specifically), but this book really tugged at my heart strings, and made me want to get a pet of my own. (I won't though, for reasons.)

And this was my August #doublespin pick, so yay for knocking if off that list!

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My #bookspin list for September! Hoping for a healthier, more productive month!

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My #BookSpinBingo card for August -- again, no bingos! Even worse, I didn't finish my #BookSpin OR #DoubleSpin (soon though!). Honestly, it wasn't a bad reading month, especially considering I lost several days to illness (including on my birthday 😔) -- if I'm too sick to read (or even watch TV), that means I'm REAL sick! Hopefully, this month will be better (and the doctors will finally have answers for what's been ailing me!)

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melissajayne Great job! 👏🏻 5mo
TheAromaofBooks Still great progress!!!! Hope you continue to feel better!!! 4mo
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This was my second Riley Sager book, and I still don't know how I feel about him. On the plus side, this was definitely a page-turner (particularly after the halfway mark). But I find his characters ridiculous and storylines/plot twists a bit far-fetched at times. So while I didn't think this was a great book, I did find it to be a fun diversion — and sometimes that's all you need or want!

BookishTrish I find them fun as long as you don‘t think too hard about them 5mo
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S. | J. J. Abrams, Doug Dorst
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This was a pick for me, but only because of the format, NOT the content/story. Truthfully, I found the central story in this book within a book pretty boring, and the secondary story somewhat (but not a lot) better. But I really enjoyed the experience of it (including the ephemera incorporated throughout). If you like unique formatting in your book, this is worth checking out!

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In my world, every day is Book Lovers Day!

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#Bookspin list for August -- as always, there are too many books I'm looking forward to reading, and not nearly enough time to read them!

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TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 6mo
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My #bookspinbingo card for July -- once again, I've managed to knock off a ton off my TBR without a single bingo! 😂

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TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Great month!! 6mo
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I missed posting this one earlier -- it's definitely worth checking out if you're into true crime. I didn't know much about this event, but when I discovered it happened right in my former backyard (just a couple years before I moved there), I had to read it. It was fascinating reading about locations I was familiar with, never knowing that this had happened there!

#booked2021 #containsphotos

@Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

BarbaraTheBibliophage For a minute I thought this was a cozy. But it sounds like the exact opposite. Gasp! 6mo
triplem80 @BarbaraTheBibliophage It is definitely the opposite of a cozy! And some of the photos included are from the crime scene! 6mo
Cinfhen I‘ve been curious about this one!! Thanks for putting it back on my #ReadersRadar 🧡 6mo
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A Little Life | Hanya Yanagihara
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I still haven't decided how I actually feel about this book. After a slow start, I couldn't put it down in the second half. This is definitely a dark, disturbing read and not for the faint of heart -- and yet, it did not evoke the ugly cry I was promised (am I heartless?). So while I liked (is that even the right word for this book?) it, I didn't love it.

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TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 6mo
TheNerdyProfessor This is one of the best reads I've ever read ... It really sticks with you. 6mo
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This was such a fun listen -- definitely a must if you're a fan of The Princess Bride! I would definitely recommend the audiobook, especially since many of the actors from the movie voice their own sections.

OutAndAbout This is high on my tbr! Good to hear it‘s worth it. 6mo
GondorGirl This might be my favorite celebrity audiobook. It was so good! 6mo
vonnie862 One of my favorite audiobooks! 6mo
wanderinglynn Ooh, I read the book but have not listened to the audio. I‘m going to go check it out! 6mo
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The Inheritance Games | Jennifer Lynn Barnes
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Oops! I finished this #bookspin pick last week -- how did I forget to post about it?

Overall, I enjoyed it -- it was fast-paced and held my attention. I'd heard it touted as a YA version of the The Westing Game -- unfortunately, it is definitely NOT that, but still good. I actually was uninterested in the romance element, which is odd for me. Still debating whether to check out the sequel later this year.

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TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 6mo
Smrloomis Really liking this - except the romance element which is completely boring to me! 6mo
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The Good Sister: A Novel | Sally Hepworth
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So glad I was able to find a relaxing spot to do some reading!

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I know this is a dramatic classic, and there's some deep meaning, but I just didn't get it, and honestly, didn't care to get it. Maybe if I actually watched the play instead of reading it, I'd have a different opinion?

Another #Booked2021 prompt completed: #under150pages

@Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

Cinfhen I love an honest review!!! 6mo
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Greenlights | Matthew McConaughey
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I was surprised by how much I really enjoyed this book! I'm not a Matthew McConaughey fan -- not that I dislike him, just a little ambivalent? But this was an incredibly entertaining listen. It made me laugh out loud multiple times (although I'm not sure he's being intentionally funny). It was just what I needed for a hellish commute!

Also, knocks off the #colorintitle prompt for #Booked2021!

@Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

Cinfhen I‘m not an uber-fan either, but I‘m definitely going to listen to this one…nice choice😄 6mo
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My #bookspin list for July! I'm excited to see how many I can knock off this list -- and how many “other“ books I get distracted by!

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TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 7mo
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No bingos for me this month, but I did finish more books than I expected, so I guess that's good. And again, I finished my #bookspin and #doublespin picks! Now if only I can commit to reading books that I actually own! 😂

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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Great month!! 7mo
Viji What did you think of Cack-handed? I watched one of her standup shows recently and thought she was really funny. 6mo
triplem80 @Viji I liked it (didn't love it). I think if you go in expecting it to be just like her standup, you'll be disappointed -- although there are elements of that in her storytelling, it's definitely not strictly comedy. 6mo
Viji I think I‘ll try it. 6mo
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A Burning: A novel | Megha Majumdar
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I meant to finish this last night, but what can I say -- it's been a rough week!

This was a really good read -- short and quick, but with a lot of depth. I especially appreciated how well the author was able to give each main character their own distinct voice.

Yay for checking off a #Booked2021 prompt: #setincountrywithUNpeacekeepers

@Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

Cinfhen Woohoo ? Don‘t forget that we are now tallying completed prompts with a form submission? You have until midnight, **July 3** to fill out the second quarter form? ?
https://bit.ly/3b7rK1E
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BarbaraTheBibliophage Aww. Sorry you had a rough week. Hope it gets better (more reading, right?) soon!! 7mo
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Yay for finishing my #doublespin for the month! I liked this book, but didn't love it -- I think I get too easily aggravated when people do REALLY stupid things (and yes, I realize there would be no plot without these dumb mistakes being made!). But still, I enjoyed it overall.

@TheAromaofBooks

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I got a kick out of this quote...this definitely set the tone for the rest of the book!

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Firekeeper's Daughter | Angeline Boulley
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This is a great example of not judging a book by its cover! I'd seen this all over social media and immediately thought, “Nope! Not for me!“ It definitely looks like something I would NOT enjoy. But when one of my favorite podcasters pointed out that it's a YA mystery (rather than a fantasy of some sort), I thought I'd give it a try...and I'm glad I did!

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That Summer: A Novel | Jennifer Weiner
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Trying to get into this book, and the timeline on the very first page has me confused. She is asked in May to be a mother's helper for the summer...but one of her methods she uses to coerce her father for his permission is a Christmas present? So she's being asked to do this an entire year in advance?? 🤔

britt_brooke I‘m reading this now, too, and early on found some of the timelines confusing, but this looks like poor editing to me. The whole Christmas present thing doesn‘t fit at all. (edited) 7mo
ReadingEnvy There are several errors like this, and also with food details, drove me crazy. 6mo
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I thought this book was good, but not as good as I wanted or thought it would be...honestly, it was a bit of a slog for awhile. That said, it's still a pick for me. Plus, it's my #bookspin read for the month AND knocks off a #booked2021 prompt: #musicalinstrumentonthecover

@TheAromaofBooks @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

Cinfhen Yeah, it did draggggg in parts. I had similar feelings about this book 7mo
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My #bookspin list for June. I'm hoping a few of these titles will get me out of my reading funk -- and now that I'm moved into my new place, I should have more time to get some reading in!

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It was close, but no #bookspinbingo this month! I was happy to knock a few books off my list though -- it was rough reading for awhile! Looking forward to better reads in June!

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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Fabulous month!! 8mo
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I've been listening to this over the past several days, and have had mixed feelings about it...but ultimately, I think I liked it. I certainly didn't find the author particularly likeable -- there were so many times I thought, "Just grow up!" But there were also a lot of her thoughts and feelings I could relate to; I just deal with them in a different (and not necessarily healthier) way.