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The Sixth Extinction
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History | Elizabeth Kolbert
ONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW'S 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEARA major book about the future of the world, blending intellectual and natural history and field reporting into a powerful account of the mass extinction unfolding before our eyes Over the last half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. This time around, the cataclysm is us. In The Sixth Extinction, two-time winner of the National Magazine Award and New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert draws on the work of scores of researchers in half a dozen disciplines, accompanying many of them into the field: geologists who study deep ocean cores, botanists who follow the tree line as it climbs up the Andes, marine biologists who dive off the Great Barrier Reef. She introduces us to a dozen species, some already gone, others facing extinction, including the Panamian golden frog, staghorn coral, the great auk, and the Sumatran rhino. Through these stories, Kolbert provides a moving account of the disappearances occurring all around us and traces the evolution of extinction as concept, from its first articulation by Georges Cuvier in revolutionary Paris up through the present day. The sixth extinction is likely to be mankind's most lasting legacy; as Kolbert observes, it compels us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human.
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Insanitys_Chemist
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"The current extinction has its own novel cause: not an asteroid or a massive volcanic eruption but 'one weedy species'."

I've finally managed to come back to Litsy after a gap of almost an year. Plan to pick up from where i'd last left off. The current goal is to finish reading a book a day during the winter (semester-end) break. Will post the TBR list soon.

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Vivlio_Gnosi
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Clwojick +1pt 1w
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HotMessJess
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Today I learned a valuable mom lesson:

Beckett had been playing on the floor with his toys. I always put books out for him. I wanted to finish this book up especially because it had been stuffed under the couch for who knows how long (lol, oops)

I look up and B has abandoned his toys and is playing with a book.

Today I realized that kids truly do learn from Mom & Dad and what we model is what they‘ll replicate.

#RaiseReaders #BeckettsBooks

Reagan-reads 100% 2w
erzascarletbookgasm Yes ❤️ 2w
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Zoes_Human
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The Kindle edition is on sale for $2.99 right now. I found this work of nonfiction to be both interesting and entertaining. It has an excellent balance of personal anecdote mixed with science and history.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EGJE4G2/ref=as_li_tf_il?ie=UTF8&tag=rnmgdea...

DePaepe I read this for a Climatology class a few years ago. It is both horrifying and informative. 2mo
Zoes_Human @DePaepe Agreed. Also, did you steel my brother-in-law's face?! You look so much like him. This plus the book connection makes me feel well-disposed towards you. 2mo
DePaepe Haha you would be surprised at how many people say I look like someone they know. 2mo
Zoes_Human @DePaepe OMG, you're my people. I also look like someone everyone knows. I have lengthy conversations almost weekly full of “No. I never lived there. No. I never worked there. No, don't do that. Seriously, I don't leave my house except for food and books. Did you ever work at a place that sold food or books? No? Then no, probably not.“ 2mo
DePaepe Nice to meet a fellow doppelganger ☺ 2mo
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Mehso-so

For the subject matter this book was easy to read. Extinction events, especially those potentially occurring in the near future (and affecting us!) can be spoken about in a bunch of ways - I confess that as someone who reads mostly fantasy and historical fiction, I was hoping for more excitement and drama. What I got instead were well-organized, matter-of-fact summaries of how certain species went extinct and why we should care! Not bad at all.

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CorinnaBechko
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Wow, this book! Despite the subject matter, an easy read. And such an important one! Truly puts context to the massive multi-layered crisis we're facing. #naturalhistory #extinction

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batsy
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I need to read this! But I am also terrified. I feel like all I've been doing the last few months is avoiding nonfiction that reveals the truth about our current condition 😞

#TheEnd #MayMovieMagic @rohit-sawant @Cinfhen

AthenaWins It's definitely hard to get through without being angry about the things we've done and continue to do to our planet. But I think it's something everyone should read. I'm glad I did. 6mo
Cinfhen I have this stacked too!!! 6mo
readordierachel This sounds so interesting! And yes, terrifying. 6mo
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Tanisha_A I agree. It's comforting being ignorant at times. 6mo
Kimberlone I had a student recommend this book to me! 6mo
batsy @AthenaWins @Cinfhen @readordierachel @Kimberlone Something I need to get to sooner rather than later! 6mo
batsy @Tanisha_A I hear ya 😭 6mo
rohit-sawant Man, this sounds as depressing as it's informative and vital. So true @Tanisha_A 6mo
GingerAntics I know how you feel. There is only so much you can take before the sense to take action turns into a sense that it‘s all too big and nothing you do will be enough. It‘s a delicate balance. 6mo
RamsFan1963 @batsy Its well worth the read. Along with The Uninhabitable Earth, it's one of the best books I've read about our current ecology and climate dilemma. 6mo
zezeki I feel the same way! 6mo
Centique I feel ya on that too! @batsy @Tanisha_A I think some self preservation is def necessary. I know people doing a lot of good with their lives that get burnt out. 💕💕 6mo
batsy @GingerAntics @Centique Yes, that balance is certainly key. I'm glad that I'm not alone ❤️ @zezeki 6mo
batsy @RamsFan1963 I'm happy to hear that! And thanks; I'll add The Uninhabitable Earth to the TBR, as well 🙂 6mo
Reggie After Rising, this is next but, I need some time because of everything you said. 6mo
batsy @Reggie Yes, Rising is on my list thanks to your review. I've noted the rec above for The Uninhabitable Earth as well, not sure if you've read it yet. 6mo
Theaelizabet @batsy @Reggie It‘s sobering, but also an utterly fascinating read. Really first-rate nonfiction. Rising is still sitting next to my bed. (edited) 6mo
GingerAntics I don‘t know how these people do it that only read about climate change and human extinction. One, where is the joy in their lives? Don‘t these folks read for fun? Two, how are they not homicidal or something worse? 6mo
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zezeki
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It's been a while since I treated myself with a new book! 😁😁 I also have a weakness for notebooks, I have about 20 empty ones that I'll probably never use, cause they're just so pretty! 😅😅 📚📓 #bookhaul #nonfiction

Crazeedi I love notebooks and have many started and not filled up but just love having them around!! 5mo
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Amiable
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Completed for the “something about survival” category for #nonfiction2019. The book is actually more of a question of whether life on earth will survive what humans are doing to it. Reading this made me sad, depressed, angry, determined, anxious, scared, and then sad again. What the hell are we doing? Are we on a crash course with our own extinction?
Also cross-counted as book 2 for #LPMBC #GroupM.

@Riveted_Reader_Melissa

Suet624 Humans are so shortsighted. 7mo
AmyG 😪 7mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa It‘s a great book, one I‘ve been thinking about re-reading again too! 7mo
mreads Glad you 'liked' it 7mo
Amiable @mreads Especially the chapter about Neanderthals! That was my favorite. 7mo
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Amiable
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There‘s nothing quite like early Sunday morning, when everyone else is still sleeping and the house is quiet and the tea has just finished steeping and I can settle into the couch with my book. Ahhh.

kspenmoll Perfect quiet here too! Heavenly! Enjoy your tea & book. 7mo
emmalouise1 Nice and quiet here in my garden as well :) happy reading :) 7mo
Amiable @kspenmoll @emmalouise1 Enjoy the quiet reading time in your spaces, too! 🙂📚 7mo
Liz_M And what an excellent book to be contemplating. 7mo
Amiable @Liz_M Truth be told, it‘s making me very anxious. I feel like I should turn off the heat to avoid burning oil. And maybe hold my breath periodically to reduce the amount of CO2 I‘m releasing into the air. 😬 7mo
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mreads
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Well this is not a very exciting picture 😁.

@Amiable the book is on the way to you, should arrive on Monday. #LMPBC #GROUPM

Amiable Yay! It‘s exciting to me! 😀 (edited) 8mo
jmofo I really enjoyed the writing style and I have been struggling to read this year. Thank you for picking it. It was recommended to me but I don‘t know I would have ever picked it up on my own. 5mo
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CorinnaBechko
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Rough week so we went to the bookstore and... sorry, TBR pile!

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mreads
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Has the sixth extinction started? Is this the end of the human race? Maybe and we'll pretty much only have ourselves to blame.
#LMPBC #GROUPM @Amiable @donnalyy @jmofo
I'll be getting my final thoughts together this weekend and the book out early next week to @Amiable

Also #nonfiction2019 something with history @Riveted_Reader_Melissa

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I read this book in 2016, I really liked it...I found it to be a very important read. (edited) 8mo
mreads @Riveted_Reader_Melissa makes me want to read more books about natural history. So many books so little time 😀 8mo
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Abbeybee
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Humans are the worst species on our entire planet.

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Awk_Word_Smith
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Just a little lite reading at work today.

RamsFan1963 Wonderful book, very sad but enlightening 8mo
Awk_Word_Smith @RamsFan1963 The Introduction alone will keep me up at night worrying for my 16-month old son. 8mo
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Abbeybee
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What I‘m reading on this rainy Sunday 🌧📚

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Bookzombie
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This is a fascinating and horrifying look at the history of extinctions and what humans have wrought upon the earth. I listened to this on audio and I‘m not sure I loved the narrator. Even so, Kolbert‘s ability to write about the horrible things that are happening to our planet was engaging. #readingwomenchallenge #abookaboutnature #nonfiction2019 #somethingwithscience #LLB19 #fromyourownLitsyTBR

Reggie This is gonna be a dumb question but is it super depressing? Or more fascinating? I always see this one but am always in the fence with it. 9mo
Bookzombie @Reggie That is not a dumb question at all. When I started it, my husband was like “why do that to yourself?” It was a mix of both for me. The author includes some levity throughout via her personal experiences, but some of the info is just sad. Also, I don‘t recommend the audio. I think the narrator wasn‘t the right choice and I wish I had switched to print. 9mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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On kindle sale today! This is a great book about climate and environmental change, I highly recommend it if you haven‘t read it yet.... I myself should reread it again.

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TracyReadsBooks
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A fascinating, sobering look at humans, our interactions & interconnectedness with the natural world, & our role in what many scientists believe to be the sixth mass extinction (of the previous 5, the most well known is the one that wiped out the dinosaurs)—spoiler, it‘s us! By turns heartbreaking, humorous, inspiring, & thought-provoking (always), this is a great read. The author does a great job making sense of & writing about a complex subject.

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TracyReadsBooks
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My next nonfiction read.

Schnoebs Excited to hear your review on this! I‘ve heard some mixed reviews on this 10mo
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taraWritesSci
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My stack on the left, my daughter's on the right. We hit up a new indie bookstore that I didn't know about but supports local authors, and then went to the big indie, Powell's. We're quite spoiled around here.

MicrobeMom I use the sixth extinction is my with my ecology class every year. Such a great book! 10mo
Tamra Blood Water Paint!! 10mo
taraWritesSci @MicrobeMom Oh that's good to hear. A lot of the science books with the biggest impact I learned from various courses over the years. 10mo
taraWritesSci @Tamra Yes! Thank you for posting about it, I've been dying to get to the bookstore to pickup a copy. 🤗 10mo
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underground_bks
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I decided to finally read this acclaimed history of the idea of extinction and analysis of the current ongoing extinction event because I asked for it for Christmas last year! I found it absolutely absorbing, hard to put down, and even funny at times, and I think that says a lot because I‘m not a science or nature person, though I highly respect both! This is a must read.

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MicrobeMom
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My fall semester is over and this is the fifth year in a row that used this book in my Ecology class. The students love it and always say they learned so much. They also loved Kolbert‘s writing and narration. Until next year to this excellent book! #goodbooksinscience #teachingwithbooks

Trashcanman My friend says we're like the dinosaurs
Only we are doing ourselves in
Much faster than they
Ever did
We'll make great pets!
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MicrobeMom @Trashcanman 😂😂 you friend might be right but I sure hope not! But it is not looking good. 11mo
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BillyH
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Book 3/381 for #onebookaday Finished this book a little early so I‘ll start another! Today‘s book was the sixth extinction and I think this is a very important book. A good and eye opening account of homo sapiens effect on the ecology and earth as a whole. Definitely worth reading.

Tove_Reads It is a good one! 11mo
Kaye Thanks for the Follow ♥️ 11mo
JulietBoydAuthor Sounds interesting. 11mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Excellent book! 10mo
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HotMessJess
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Happy Sunday Funday! I had a burst of energy and got out of the house with a book I need to finish. We are 31 weeks and I‘m at officially DONE with being 🤰🏼

CouronneDhiver A few more to go. Baby is getting cuter and cuter each day 😉 12mo
HotMessJess @CouronneDhiver I hope so because right now it feels like there‘s an alien in there! 12mo
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RamsFan1963
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Book: The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert
Author: John Scalzi
Movie: Stand By Me
Food: Spumoni

#manicmonday #letterS @joscho

JoScho Thanks for playing 😊 12mo
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mklong
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This is a fascinating book about evolution and mass extinction and the role that humans play in extinction events and evolutionary paths. Kolbert has a very conversational and anecdotal style that certainly appealed to someone like me, who on no level could consider myself a scientist.

I managed to finish this one on my lunch break. Just in time for book club tonight!

RaimeyGallant Sounds interesting. 13mo
ClairesReads Great review I‘m looking forward to this one 13mo
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HotMessJess
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While I am deeply enjoying The Circle, I had to take a break. I‘m 1/2 way through and it‘s all getting a little silly for me. I really don‘t like the main character... I said it! I‘ve tried to only read one book at a time, but with all the silliness in The Circle I needed a nice change of pace with some nonfiction. No regrets.

KathyWheeler Mae is the worst! 14mo
Cinfhen I HATED 14mo
HotMessJess @KathyWheeler SHE IS SO HELPLESS AND STUPID. I want to fight her. @Cinfhen I have no idea why it is going the way it is! I was SO into it the first 200 pages and then suddenly it‘s just nosediving. The writing is all changed and everything. It‘s really disappointing. 14mo
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Cinfhen I agree with @KathyWheeler Mae sucks!!!!!! And I think Dave Eggers does too!!!! This book was so infuriating and the movie looks 10x worse🤬😖😠🤭Rant over 14mo
KathyWheeler @Cinfhen The movie is terrible! 14mo
Cinfhen No surprise there @KathyWheeler as I read the book I was trying to imagine Tom Hanks and it just wasn‘t happening 🙄 14mo
KathyWheeler @Cinfhen I had read the book before the movie was announced and was surprised when I read they‘d cast him in that role. It wasn‘t a good fit at all. 14mo
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MicrobeMom
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Giving an exam gives me time to review the required reading for my book discussion in my Friday Ecology class! #moreunderlining

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RamsFan1963
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1. George R.R. Martin. My life would be epic and end in some gruesome bloody way.
2. Tagged
3. 6'1"
4. Arnold Palmer (half lemonade/half unsweetened ice tea)

#sundaysurvey. @alisonrose

alisonrose I love that drink! Perfect on hot days ☺️ thanks for playing! 1y
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KimM
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Fascinating, informative and a little terrifying. Loads of science 🔬

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SarahSaysRead
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Us homo sapiens are MONSTERS. I mean for the most part we don't mean to be, but still. Basically we're living through an extinction event, if you don't already know somehow. I feel like I learned quite a bit from this book (I had no clue about ocean acidification), but it did feel a bit jumbled. Still with the read tho. 🌏🦕🐚👍🏻

#climatechange #massextinction #science #nonfiction #Obamarecommended

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Mehso-so

I enjoyed learning about certain species in this book but I found myself wanting more information and less story for much of the book. Worth a read if youre interested in any of the other mass extinctions or how humans are altering the world in amazing and terrifying ways. #educational #savetheanimals

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BookArt
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What a bad ass name! That is all. #scientist #educational

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collegecatlady
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I learned A LOT reading this book. Anyone interested in environmentalism should pick this up! #8intwo

MicrobeMom I use this book in my Principles if Ecology course. On my course evals it is their favorite thing about the course. It is so good and well written. Not like many science books. 1y
LauraJ My book club loved it. 1y
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collegecatlady
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My stack for the #8intwo readathon!

Beachesnbooks I'm really curious about the Caitlin Kiernan book! I read a few others of hers and really enjoyed them 1y
tammysue 👍🏻😁 1y
LauraJ Good choices 💕 1y
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LibraryCin
Pickpick

I quite liked this, but I have to admit (and maybe it‘s – at least in part – due to listening to it rather than reading it), I‘m afraid I won‘t remember most of it before too long. The information was not really surprising to me, but I did find it very interesting while I listened, even if I‘m not sure how much I will remember..

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Conservio
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I‘ve been avoiding this book ever since I first heard about it... why is pictured above. As a biologist, I‘m well aware of the extinctions happening around me.. but seeing detailed accounts and photos is heart breaking. U.S bats are currently being decimated by a fungus from Europe. The death toll is in the millions.

#extinction #bats #teamnative

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Conservio
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😂😂 I don‘t know why but just the idea of a bird getting pissed off at a camera and then... ureating? Guanoing? On it cracks me up. Sounds like something a swan would do.

#gannets #iceland

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Conservio
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For a book club I started! We are focusing on reading under represented women

#science #women #bookclub

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wanderinglynn
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#LitsyApocalypseGiveaway

Congrats to @Cinfhen on 2yr #Litsyversary!!! 🎉🎇🎆🥂
And thanks for doing this awesomely named #giveaway!

Tagging @Dana1084 & @MelAnn because they‘re my newest GR friends! 🎉📚

Dana1084 😊 2y
MelAnn Thank you for the tag! 2y
Cinfhen Yay!!! Thanks for sharing and good luck 💚🍀 2y
wanderinglynn Thanks @Cinfhen! 🍀📚 2y
wanderinglynn My pleasure @MelAnn! 2y
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EricaReads
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My view of my husband and son playing at the beach while I read my book today. 😎

BookaholicNatty Ohhhhh that looks so nice!!!! Wish I could join you. Beach is one of favorite places to read! We are expecting a foot of snow here on the east coast!😆 2y
EricaReads @BookaholicNatty Brr! I‘m from the east coast of Canada, and much prefer the weather here in Hainan 😍😎 2y
JoScho Sweetness 💕 2y
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EricaReads
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Pickpick

My biology nerd side (a very large part of me) loved this detailed look at species that have gone extinct or are endangered because of humans. #popsugar #favoriteprompt2015 #nonfiction

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HotMessJess
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It took less than a second to decide this bottle of wine was going to get purchased.
#wellread #wineandbook

Grrlbrarian But such a GREAT snap decision 👌 2y
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laurencjay
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Loved this book. Learned so much about the impact humans are having on the environment. A must read for science-y and non-science-y folks alike!

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This feels nostalgic now

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HotMessJess
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Shout out to the most wonderful husband: surprising me with a best friend, a trip to Monterey with the best friend, and for buying me books on the trip #california #weekend

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled 😍😍😍😍 2y
dreadamara My best military assignment was being stationed in Monterey. Such a beautiful, fun, relaxing place. Loved the aquarium. 2y
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laurencjay
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Treating myself to a relaxing lunch out of the office

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Lynnsoprano
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#riotgrams The first thing that came to mind for #hotbooks although there‘s nothing about the cover that would trigger the association 😊

Lindy 🔥 🌍 2y
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Bookchipmunk
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Hour 12: "Beginnings, it's said, are apt to be shadowy." After getting side tracked by a trip to the beach for a bottle release at my favorite brewery, we are getting started. #24in48 #readathon #DogsofLitsy

suvata I don‘t know about the book but, I love the dog. 2y
BookMaven407 🐶💕 2y
UwannaPublishme Your pup is adorable! 😍💕 2y
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