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Wintering: How to Survive When Life Is Frozen | Katherine May
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This is wintering. It is the courage to stare down the worst parts of our experience and commit to healing them the best we can. Wintering, the dormant periods in our lives, the dark moments we endure - which can be brought about through myriad of ways; from the death of a loved one to a sudden change in circumstances or mental health issues - can be lonely, damaging and catch us off guard. Katherine May recounts her own year-long journey through winter, and how she found strength and inspiration when life felt frozen. Part memoir, part exploration of a human condition, Wintering explores the healing nature of the great outdoors to help us overcome and embrace our own wintering experiences, and how, much like nature, we can learn to appreciate these low periods, and what they have to teach us, before the ushering in of a new season.
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ICantImReading
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5 ⭐️! This sparkles with the magic, wisdom, and transformation of winter seasons in nature and the human experience. May‘s writing is gorgeously poetic and evocative. I loved her musings on how animals and cultures endure winter, the cyclical meandering of life, the liminal space of sleep, respecting the honesty and function of sadness, and the joy and hope of singing. May we all be kind to each other and ourselves during the grasshopper years.🎧

IuliaC Great review! I loved this one too! 2d
ICantImReading @IuliaC thank you so much! 🤍❄️ 2d
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In_the_stacks
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⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 1/2
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#LitsyAtoZ #W
#19822022 #2020
#52Books -nonfictionbestseller

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ncsufoxes
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I finished this the other day but this week has been extra busy. As I am finishing grad school & preparing to work again I am working to find a balance between home/kids, work, & everything else. I really appreciated the author‘s perspective & getting through difficult times. I enjoyed the information about how other countries, cultures, & animals try to prepare for restful periods. We live in a culture of go, go, go and the pandemic slowed us

ncsufoxes some but I definitely feel the business of life again. This is my first #booked2022 reading challenge book (weather term in title) & another #bookspin book 2w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2w
Cinfhen Beautiful review!! Good luck as you return to school 💚and welcome to #Booked2022 😁well played💕💕 2w
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IuliaC I really enjoyed this one! 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I sent you a little something! I hope it makes it there safely! 2w
ncsufoxes @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks thank you! I‘ll keep an eye out for it 😊❤️ 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love this cover 🧡 2w
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brittanybooks
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This #firstreadof2022 couldn‘t have been more timely for this “season” in my life and for the literal timing of winter in New England.

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youneverarrived
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Book, bath bomb and pretendy wine 🍷 my Christmas Eve tradition (usually with real wine lol)

Hope you all have a lovely Christmas 🎅🎄

LeahBergen That looks perfect. Merry Christmas! 🎄❤️🎄❤️ 1mo
vivastory Merry Christmas 🎄🎁🍷 1mo
rubyslippersreads What a festive bathtime! 🍷🛁🎄 Merry Christmas! 1mo
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AmyG Merry Christmas 🎄 1mo
BarbaraBB No real wine this year? I wonder why 😃? Merry Christmas 🎄 💚 1mo
batsy Perfect! Merry Christmas! 🎄❤️ 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Merry Christmas! 🎄😘 1mo
Cathythoughts Happy Christmas 🎄❤️ 1mo
youneverarrived @BarbaraBB baby on the way 🤰♥️ Happy Christmas 💚 1mo
DivineDiana Lovely tradition! Merry Christmas! Take care!!❤️ 1mo
BarbaraBB I guessed so but I didn‘t know! Congratulations, that is great news!! When are you due? 🤍 1mo
youneverarrived @DivineDiana Happy Christmas ❤️ 1mo
youneverarrived @BarbaraBB thank you! 😘 I‘m due in June. Alfie will be just over 2 so hopefully a nice little age gap between them ♥️ 1mo
BarbaraBB Time flies. Alfie will be 2 then already! Perfect! 1mo
readordierachel Merry Christmas and congratulations 🎄 1mo
youneverarrived @readordierachel thank you! Happy Christmas 💕 1mo
Megabooks I hope you had a great Christmas! 💚🎄 1mo
youneverarrived @Megabooks we had the best day 🥰 hope you‘ve had a lovely day 🤍 1mo
rockpools Congratulations Katie- and happy new year to you and the family 😊 1mo
youneverarrived @rockpools thank you 🥰 hope you had a lovely Christmas 1mo
Lesliereads “pretendy wine” 😁 4w
youneverarrived @Lesliereads 😄 it‘s nice, but can‘t wait to have a proper glass 😂 4w
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Kdgordon88
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Tanya! What a wonderful box you put together for me! I am so excited about the books and love all the goodies! The book sleeve is beautiful and I love the Jim Shore snowman. Everything is perfectly me. Thank you for your thoughtfulness. Happy Winter Solstice to you and our hosts. ❄️🌲❄️

Kdgordon88 @melissajayne I am sorry you are disappointed in your package however your post is quite unkind. I am sure your match did the best they could. These swaps aren‘t about getting everything we ask for but about sharing a generosity of spirit and kindness. Not everyone has the resources to spend a lot of money and our hosts spend a lot of time and effort trying to make matches that would compliment each other. @Chrissyreadit @sprainedbrain 1mo
melissajayne @Kdgordon88 I got NOTHING edible. And why can‘t I complain if I don‘t like my swap package? I‘m not expecting everything that I wanted; just that my requests be followed. And if I asked for two brand new books, I should at least get that and that I be sent something edible. I got no chocolate/candy; I wanted chocolate/candy, not bath salts. 1mo
melissajayne @Kdgordon88 one can surely get inexpensive brand new books from the grocery store and put in a package of Christmas candy/chocolate 1mo
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Chrissyreadit I love Wintering! This looks lovely. And thank you for your thoughtfulness in response above. ❤️ 1mo
tdrosebud I'm so glad you like everything! I'm at work and am anxious to get home and open mine. That Victoria Thompson series is a favorite of mine, so when I saw it on your list, I had to send it. I hope you like it. I don't yet have the other book I mentioned in my note, but I checked tracking of it last night and it is now in my state being turned over to usps, so hopefully it will arrive soon and I can send it on its way to you. 1mo
JamieArc I really liked Wintering when I read it last winter, and will probably read through bits of it this year. 1mo
julesG Very thoughtful response, Debra! 👍 1mo
Chrissyreadit Just want to say I appreciate you ❤️ 1mo
Kdgordon88 Thanks @Chrissyreadit the feeling is mutual! 1mo
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Andrea313
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I'm only 30 pages in, and I already think this may be the most important book I've read all year. I'm a chronic workaholic and despite telling myself to slow down, to step back, I can never quite seem to release myself. This book is already reminding me, even gently chiding me, to remember that we all need to retreat sometimes. #CurrentlyReading

JamieArc I really loved it last year, and will probably pull it out this year. The author was recently interviewed on the On Being radio show. I haven‘t listened to it yet, but am looking forward to it. 1mo
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MeganAnn Yay!! I can‘t wait for opening day! 🎉✨❄️🌲🔥 1mo
Chrissyreadit 🤍❄️🤍❄️🤍❄️ 1mo
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TheBookHippie
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@Chrissyreadit 🤍🤍🤍🤍
❄️such a beautiful surprise!!!

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Chrissyreadit 🤍😘🤍 1mo
BookBosomed1 Loooooveee that book! 1mo
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peacegypsy
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Really hopeful about this one!

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IuliaC
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She writes beautifully, I savoured every chapter. I admire her capacity to inspect her deepest emotions and frame them in simple and wise words which bear profound meanings.

It may be or not a coincidence that I read this book exactly at the beginning of winter in my hemisphere.

She has voiced many of my concerns and I identified many of the struggles I've been through while experiencing the winters of my soul.

Lesliereads I got my copy of this book after hearing the author on an episode of “On Being” - but just because the seasons were transitioning [in the U.S.] between winter and spring, I think I opted to read other things instead (*shrugs). I‘ll try again this winter. ❄️ 2mo
IuliaC @Lesliereads I perfectly understand, I added this book to my stack sometime in spring if I remember well a put off reading it for some time and in the meanwhile it was translated into my language. I believe its impact is more powerful if read in winter 2mo
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IuliaC
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🤍 For my own part, they [rituals] open up a space in which to host thoughts that I would otherwise find silly or ridiculous: that voiceless awe at the passing of time. The way everything changes. The way everything stays the same. The way those things are bigger than I am, and more than I can hold.
🤍 To get better at wintering, we need to address our very notion of time. We tend to imagine that our lives are linear, but they are in fact cyclical

zezeki Love that cover!! 2mo
IuliaC @zezeki to me it looks like "autumn meets winter" ? 2mo
zezeki @IuliaC Love it, it really does feel like that! 2mo
IuliaC @zezeki 🤍🤩 2mo
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Palimpsest
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I read this a few weeks ago and am behind with Litsy reviews, so I also don‘t remember exactly what I was going to say about it as it was a library book I‘ve taken back. The sections the author wrote about being in nature and animals resonated with me a bit more than the more memoir ish sections, but I did like confirming that it‘s okay not to be okay all of the time as we all have highs and lows with physical and mental health.

BkClubCare The cover design is exquisite 3mo
Palimpsest @BkClubCare I agree! 3mo
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Sparklemn
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This book was powerful. I love the author‘s honesty about what a “winter” can feel like and that sometimes you just need to let it happen and take care of yourself. That‘s a lesson that will stick with me. I listened to the audiobook and found the narrator to delightful. I‘ll buy this for friends when they‘re struggling with their own winters. 💙

Cathythoughts Gorgeous pic & review ❤️ 4mo
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Booksbymybed
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Wintering came to me just in time for my own strong desire for pause and hibernation. Reading of author‘s journey was comforting, I can certainly relate to a lot of the struggles.I‘m looking forward to the actual winter and embracing the winter within. Marked a few chapters to reread later.

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BookBosomed1
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1. Quebec City, Colorado, Puerto Rico. 2. Holding true to my boundaries & not apologizing for them 3. Tagged. 4. Working from home. I ❤️ being home. . @Eggs #wondorouswednesday

Eggs 🇨🇦📚👏🏻 🇵🇷🤗 5mo
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Chrissyreadit
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My July goals: yoga 2 times a week, finish reading Wintering, continue vegan anti inflammatory diet.

wanderinglynn Great goals! 🙌🏻 7mo
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JennyM
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‘This is a crossroads we all know, a moment when you need to shed a skin. If you do, you‘ll expose all those painful nerve endings, and feel so raw that you‘ll need to take care of yourself for a while. If you don‘t, then that old skin will harden around you. It‘s one of the most important choices you‘ll ever make‘.

🙌💫❤️🙌

Rissreads You have sucked me in! Stacked! ♥️ 8mo
rockpools Already stacked, but I agree with @Rissreads ! And the cover‘s gorgeous 🌾 8mo
JennyM @rockpools @rissrreads it‘s a lovely, meditative read, and exactly what I need at the moment! 8mo
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Tanisha_A Gosh! I didn't need another book to be added to my immediate TBR. 😭❤️ 8mo
Tamra Love that cover! 8mo
JennyM @Tanisha_A 😂🤣😂😘 8mo
JennyM @Tamra it‘s beautiful isn‘t it?! I feel restored just looking at it 8mo
DivineDiana That quote speaks to me. 💗 8mo
JennyM @DivineDiana it came to me at the right time, too. A really lovely read x 8mo
DivineDiana Stacked! 🙂 8mo
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Erynecki
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I gulped down this book. In our slow emergence from COVID, there were so many pieces about depression, illness, and anxiety that really spoke to me. A bit of memoir wrapped in with a bit of nature writing, history, mythology, and literature, it reminds me of pieces of I Am, I Am, I Am, The Salt Path, and Why We Swim.

MayJasper I hope you are well 9mo
Erynecki @MayJasper I‘m fine but it‘s been a strange 12+ months! 9mo
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KimM
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This book found me at the right time and was just what I needed to deal with multiple family crises during a worldwide pandemic. 😵

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Kitta
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Reading for a bit on the balcony even though it‘s a bit cold!

You can just see the hostas starting to sprout in the background.

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AvidReader25
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Mehso-so

The writing is beautiful but it feels disjointed. There are sections on parenting, depression, cold weather, etc. It reminded me of The Year of Living Danishly, but lacked the humor of that book. It was sparse and bleak, which was appropriate considering the subject matter, but had less of an impact on me personally.

“(Wintering) is a fallow period in life when you‘re cut off from the world, feeling rejected, sidelined, blocked from progress.”

SamAnne I got this from the library but after reviews decided to pass on it. Too many other books in my TBR pile. 10mo
AvidReader25 @SamAnne In my opinion it‘s not a must read. 10mo
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merelybookish
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Here's my #bookspin stack for March. I managed to read:
🌷Dependency
🌷Wintering (#bookspin)
🌷No One Belongs Here More than You (#doublespin)
🌷100 Year-Old House
🌷1/2 of Ducks, Newburyport
I also finished:
🌷The Greenglass House
🌷Tarka the Otter
🌷Henry VI, Part 2
For a total of 7 1/2 books for March. Not bad considering how busy I am with other things these days.
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Megabooks And half of Ducks is longer than a lot of books!! 10mo
merelybookish @Megabooks Very true! I just passed the 500 page mark. 🦆🦆🦆 10mo
EvieBee Yay!!! 🥳 10mo
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Ruthiella Go ducks 🦆! 10mo
TheAromaofBooks YAY!! Fabulous month!! 10mo
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Julsmarshall
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Quiet, contemplative and sad in places, this book made me think about my own episodes of winter in my life. May expertly draws us in to her story, her exploration of the times in all our lives that feel cold and dark and the way in which we can survive them a d come out stronger on the other side. A particularly relevant book in our current time when so many are uncertain, sad or hurting. This book brought me peace. #DoubleSpin @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yes! I'm a huge believer in the idea that life is seasonal & one way to embrace contentment is by accepting your seasons as they come. Sometimes the winter seasons have to happen - but I love remembering how spring is just as inevitable & impossible to stop. 🌷 10mo
TheAromaofBooks Yes! I'm a huge believer in the idea that life is seasonal & one way to embrace contentment is by accepting your seasons as they come. Sometimes the winter seasons have to happen - but I love remembering how spring is just as inevitable & impossible to stop. 🌷 10mo
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Tamra
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This is a pick because I really enjoyed May‘s excursions into nature writing and her honesty. I was a a tad distracted by what felt like pretension or perhaps it was a self conscious writing style. I can‘t quite put my finger on it.

GingerAntics This is one of my next reads. I‘m so glad other people are reading it. I stumbled upon it a few months ago and wasn‘t so sure. You guys have convinced me, though. 10mo
Tamra @GingerAntics if you like reflection, you‘ll enjoy it. 10mo
GingerAntics @Tamra oh that sounds lovely! 10mo
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kathedron
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I'm no stranger to wintering, (though my own fallow seasons tend to occur over summer). I think this is an important book and I liked it, especially the chapter on voice and singing, and the rest from relentless positivity was greatly appreciated (shouting COPE! while spraying perfume to make it seem nice, is how she puts it). I did feel, though, that she was keeping me at a distance throughout. Mind you, had she over-shared I'd have backed away!

GingerAntics “Rest from relentless positivity” sounds lovely. It gets to a point that it‘s just trite and in no way genuine. I wasn‘t sure about this book before, but I think I‘m going to read this book now. 10mo
cozypunk One night, I borrowed this audiobook when I was trying to fall asleep. Except the tragedy in the beginning left me even more WIRED that night. 😳 I'll try it again next fall. Glad to hear that you liked it! (edited) 10mo
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merelybookish
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We are quite literally wintering today so the timing seems right to start my #bookspin selection. @TheAromaofBooks

sarahbarnes I keep hearing about this book! Will be interested to hear what you think. 10mo
merelybookish @sarahbarnes I'm not far but feeling mixed about the writing, so we'll see. 10mo
Leftcoastzen 😻😻awww! 10mo
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TheAromaofBooks I haven't heard of this one, but I am definitely a proponent of embracing seasons of rest & rebuilding. 10mo
merelybookish @Leftcoastzen This pic makes it look like they actually get along. 😺 10mo
merelybookish @TheAromaofBooks Yes, the premise of the book is relevant. 10mo
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Augustdana
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I realize spring is upon us, but I‘m finding a lot of similarities to what we‘ve been going through in the last year.

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rmaclean4
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A wonderful and comforting read during this time of uncertainty. I did long to know a bit more about the author's personal struggles. There were times in the book that I felt that she was holding the reader at an arms length. 3.5 🌟

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CuriousG
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Just one of many things that hit home for me. Myself having a condition that will never go away, I felt this so deeply. For the most part the book stays away from the medical field and explores everything from how bees survive the winter, to polar swims in the ocean, to the experience of sauna, & so much more. It felt like a warm hug when you need it most - not solving anything but showing solidarity & reminding you that this too will pass.

charl08 Sounds like what I need right now. Thank you! Off to find a copy. 11mo
CuriousG @charl08 It seems like the kind of book the whole world needs right now. Hope you find and enjoy it! 11mo
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Julsmarshall
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Book haul for Valentine‘s day! My sweetie and I braved the cold to shop together for new books. Bottom 2 for him, top 3 for me 😍

LeahBergen What a pretty little edition of Emily Dickinson! 11mo
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rmaclean4
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Bought myself a book for galentine's!

CuriousG I'm about 20 pages from being done this one - perfect for this moment in time and the season 11mo
rmaclean4 @CuriousG glad to hear! 11mo
Lesliereads I SO want to read this. I enjoyed the author‘s talk with Krista Tippett (“On Being”). 11mo
rmaclean4 @Lesliereads I will have to look up that interview! 11mo
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CuriousG
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Wintering this very frosty morning, with mismatched pj's and a nice warm coffee ❄

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Librarybelle
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I started with this book for #24in48 , and I am so glad I did! This has been on my radar since it came out, and it lived up to my expectations. May writes a candid and thoughtful look at self-acceptance. For those who suffer, this is for you. Learn how to cope and, most importantly, accept your “winter” times and know how to best receive the tools you need to “weather the storm.” It was a comforting read, and one I desperately needed. So good!

Crazeedi I definitely know about 'wintering' I've been there, recognize and actually sometimes I just go with the flow and accept!! 12mo
LeeRHarry Just requested it from my library 😊 12mo
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Librarybelle @Crazeedi Yes! It‘s so important to know how to work with your wintering periods and not let those who say “it‘ll get better” or “just snap out of it” push you down. 12mo
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TheBookDream
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This one is all the stars. I can‘t recommend it enough. It was exactly what I needed to read right now 🌟 💜

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BookBosomed1
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This book spoke to my soul. The msg is that w/o sadness we wouldn‘t know happiness. We must lean into both. Life is both soft & hard; we need to take the time to heal through the experience by reflecting on what appears. Reading this book felt like that first sip of a cuppa warm tea - a deep sigh of relief. The author doesn‘t set out to have the right answer. Rather, she aims to prompt reflection. This book will be a shelf staple.