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The Gifts of Reading | Robert Macfarlane
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From the acclaimed author of The Old Ways and Landmarks -- an essay on the joy of reading, for anyone who has ever loved a book Every book is a kind of gift to its reader, and the act of giving books is charged with a special emotional resonance. It is a meeting of three minds (the giver, the author, the recipient), an exchange of intellectual and psychological currency, that leaves each participant enriched. Here Robert Macfarlane recounts the story of a book he was given as a young man, and how he managed eventually to return the favour, though never repay the debt. From one of the most lyrical writers of our time comes a perfectly formed gem, a lyrical celebration of the transcendent power and humanity of the given book.
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The Gifts of Reading | Robert Macfarlane
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I‘ve finally gotten my reading area outfitted with smart plugs! It‘s the little things! 💡💙📚

Seekingtardis I love my smart plugs! So nice to not get out of bed to turn the lights off!! 3mo
Megabooks @Seekingtardis I‘m really excited to try them out tonight!! 3mo
wanderinglynn Love my smart plugs! I named my bedroom lamps Gracie and Burns so I can tell Alexa to “say goodnight Gracie” and it turns them off. 3mo
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Megabooks @wanderinglynn That is wonderful!!! 🤣🤣 3mo
REPollock And here I was feeling all smug for installing the Alexa Skill called “Fart Machine”... 3mo
Megabooks @REPollock Hey, I have “Poop Detective!” 3mo
REPollock OMG @Megabooks what does Poop Detective do?? 3mo
REPollock (Fart Machine just makes fart noises.) 3mo
Megabooks @REPollock It asks you questions about your bowel movements and lets you know if they‘re normal, and if they‘re not, what might be wrong. It‘s fairly accurate, if sort of vague. 3mo
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Such a cute story about reading, the joy of books and the joy of giving books to other people. 😍 #24b4Monday @Andrew65

@scripturient thank you for this little gem 😍😍😍😍

mreads Cute pillow ❤ 5mo
scripturient Glad you liked it! :) 5mo
Andrew65 Another book finished. 👏 5mo
Sarah83 @Andrew65 a short one indeed, but it is still a book 😍 5mo
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Trying to survive the heat... 🤒😭 Another two reads for #24b4Monday @Andrew65

Andrew65 Hopefully your reading will help you keep cool. Amazing how hot Europe has been when been a cool and wet Summer so far for the U.K. (edited) 5mo
Sarah83 @Andrew65 enjoy the cool as long as you can. It's not nice to sweat everyday. 🤪 5mo
Moony Oh the heat is so horrible. Today my circulation is also not the best. 🙄 5mo
Sarah83 @Moony ich könnte einfach schreien 5mo
Andrew65 @Sarah83 No I remember last year when we had that. 5mo
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Day 11 Gift


Jee_HookedOnBookz Yes! The best gift! 13mo
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You could say my August TBR is ambitious, yeah.

Liatrek Very 😊 Good luck 🎉 1y
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Also, a thank you to Laurie @miralunasbooknook for this lovely little surprise. It sounds sweet and I‘m interested to see what it is about. Thank you for thinking of me sweetie! #bookmail #litsyisthebest #gifts #nonfiction #booklover #bookblogger #bookish

laurenbescoby So glad it arrived 😄 it's short and sweet, but a wonderful read. Enjoy! ❤ 2y
Sophoclessweetheart @miralunasbooknook Thank you so much! I‘ll let you know my thoughts as soon as I finish it x 2y
ephemeralwaltz Oh this book looks so interesting! Excited to hear your thoughts. 2y
Sophoclessweetheart @ephemeralwaltz I‘ll be sure to share my thoughts x 2y
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This package of goodies couldn‘t have come at a better time because I needed a little pick me up! You are so thoughtful @LeahBergen and always pick just the right gifts. I‘m already into the tea. 😁 I did not know you made those cool bookmarks? LD ❤️ ! And the cat page markers and the beautiful journal! 😻😻😻 thank you for the sweet surprise! 😘

TrishB Lovely 💕 2y
youneverarrived How lovely 😍😍 2y
LeahBergen You are so welcome! 😘 Are the dogs mad about the “black cat” theme? 2y
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Mdargusch The dogs are mad about the black cats in general! 😂 @LeahBergen 2y
Reviewsbylola Wait is the LD thing a bookmark!!?? 2y
Mdargusch Yes! It has magnets. @Reviewsbylola 2y
Reviewsbylola Omg is that the one you made?!? @LeahBergen I freaking love it!!!! I may have to steal it next time I‘m at your house mom. 😂 2y
emilyhaldi @LeahBergen you give the best gift! So thoughtful 💗 tell me more about these bookmarks?!?! 2y
CouronneDhiver David‘s Tea is awesome! 2y
LeahBergen @Reviewsbylola @emilyhaldi Well, the bookmarks are still very much in the experimental stage. 😂 I took photos of the front cover, back cover, and spine (of my copy) and then got my husband to shrink them down and line them up nicely (he‘s better at that sort of thing!) on his laptop. I printed and laminated it and added magnets. LD‘s spine is too thick though - it turns out better with thinner books! 😆 2y
Cathythoughts Oooohhh such beautiful gifts 💕 2y
Reviewsbylola That is such a cool idea! I am so impressed. @LeahBergen 2y
Mdargusch I am very impressed @LeahBergen ! I will treasure that LD bookmark! ❤️ 2y
Mdargusch I won‘t be telling you which book it‘s in @Reviewsbylola 😆 2y
emilyhaldi So cool!!! @LeahBergen I love it! And good for your husband for helping 😉💗 2y
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THIS is completely fabulous, and my favorite part of the package of love from @britt_brooke for #2018nfbe. How great is it to have a title book next to my heart all day long? I can‘t wait to wear it and show it off! Thank you so much for everything! I positively adore the books, the necklace and all the goodies. 💞

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RachelO That's beautiful! 2y
BethM This is gorgeous! @britt_brooke do you sell these? 2y
Chrissyreadit Wow!- yes @britt_brooke do you have a shop? 2y
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intothehallofbooks I love this!!!! 2y
Mollyanna That‘s beautiful! 2y
Cathythoughts What a lovely gift 💕💕💕 2y
Tianarose Gorgeous!😍😍 2y
LitsyGetsGraphic Beautiful ❤️ 2y
LauraBrook That‘s really beautiful! 2y
britt_brooke This makes me so happy!! Making jewelry is one of my hobbies and I love making stuff for family and friends. ☺️💚😘 2y
britt_brooke @BethM @Chrissyreadit You all are so sweet! ☺️💚 I don‘t have a shop anymore. I did many years ago, but now I just make stuff sporadically. 2y
BethM @britt_brooke damn it! 😅 2y
LeahBergen That‘s wonderful, @britt_brooke ! 2y
britt_brooke @LeahBergen Thanks! ☺️ 2y
heikemarie That is amazing! Love! 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Lovely lovely gift @britt_brooke ! So talented! 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @britt_brooke We went out to dinner tonight and, of course, I wore my new necklace. Although I did have to tuck it away at one point so I didn‘t get BBQ sauce on it! 😎❤️❤️😎 2y
Jenny So cute! 2y
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What an amazing bundle of #2018nfbe love was inside those gorgeous packages! I am completely excited to read both books, especially knowing @britt_brooke enjoyed them too. And G & T chocolate? That‘s pretty wild! Thanks ever so much for the care and kindness in each git, my friend. You are awesome!

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Jadams1776 Love the thought cloud sticky notes! 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Jadams1776 Me too! They are so cute! 2y
AmyG Two wonderful books! 2y
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britt_brooke I‘m so happy you like the book and goodies! I was excited when I found out you were my match! It was fun shopping for you. 💚 2y
britt_brooke @Booksnchill You know it! 🙌🏻🙌🏻 2y
Booksnchill @britt_brooke and I love world market as well🤫 2y
britt_brooke @Booksnchill I could seriously just move in there! 2y
LeahBergen Lovely! 2y
Jenny Love those post its! 2y
Moray_Reads I used to live round the corner from Coco in Edinburgh. It was very dangerous and one of the real losses since I moved across the city! 7mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Moray_Reads Oh, I can only imagine! 😢😱🍫 7mo
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Here‘s a peek at the amazing wrapping job @britt_brooke did for my #2018nonfictionbookexchange gifts. I literally opened the green print packages with a knife, sliding carefully along the tape, so that I can save the paper. It‘s positively gorgeous! #2018nfbe

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erzascarletbookgasm The wrapping papers are pretty! 💚 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @erzascarletbookgasm I know ... I‘ve got to start finding better paper! 2y
britt_brooke ☺️☺️☺️ 2y
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Happy (pre-)Valentine's Day, @Nitpickyabouttrains ! Your box of books and goodies is on it's way (the kind people at the Post Office tell me it should arrive by Wednesday 🤞 or Thursday)! 🎁 #cupidgoespostal #valentinesgiftexchange

Nitpickyabouttrains I‘ll keep an eye out! 2y
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These are the books I‘ve gotten for family members so far. I‘d really like to pre-read a few of them but I doubt I‘ll have the time.

Redwritinghood Looks like a few people are going to have a good Christmas! 😉 2y
TricksyTails Can you adopt me? 🙋🏻 2y
Rachel.Rencher Jealous of your family! 2y
99problemsbutabookaint1 it looks like the Christmas presents I got for my family. my teenager is receiving 10 books just from me and just as many from my mother. it's going to be a great christmas! 2y
BookMaven407 Nice! 2y
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