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“One school of thought holds that life in the tent so numbs the intellect that the only literature capable of sustaining interest is simple-minded, shallow stuff, heavy on the action: science fiction, pornography, thrillers.” - Krakauer, on what to read when mountaineering weather dictates you spend days upon days trapped in your smelly tent 😂

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Our National Parks | John Muir
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1. Life stresses me and I manage it by reading alot.
2. A full rainbow and National Parks. My first full rainbow was in Yellowstone National Park. 💚

@NataliePatalie @Eggs

Eggs Thanks for the thoughtful responses 💗💗 1w
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Right before I started listening to Into the Planet for #AuldLangSpine, a friend tried to convince me to get scuba-certified alongside him. This coincidence was enough to give me pause. Was the universe trying to tell me something? Was diving a part of my future? My destiny, even? Heinerth‘s memoir quickly disabused me of that notion. If the universe was trying to tell me anything it‘s that diving is NOT for me — or, at least, not cave diving.👇🏻

monalyisha 1/7: Heinerth‘s writing style was also not strictly for me, nor was the tale she told. Though it was present, wonder was not the dominant theme (as I expected); her story was more about danger, adventure, risk, grief, and discovery…which isn‘t *typically* how I prefer to encounter my nature writing. But that‘s because it wasn‘t nature writing; it was an adventure story (and autobiography). (edited) 1w
monalyisha 2/7: The expectations I held versus the reality of this memoir reminded me of an experience I had in college. I‘d signed up for a course entitled “American Naturalism,” expecting to find Transcendentalists like Thoreau and Emerson on the syllabus. (edited) 1w
monalyisha 3/7: Instead, I was assigned to read titles such as “An American Tragedy”, “Barren Ground”, and “Blood on the Forge.” I‘d had no idea that American Naturalism is the idea that “nature doesn‘t care about you.” (edited) 1w
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monalyisha 4/7: Similarly, Heinerth‘s memoir was a lot sharper and harsher than I anticipated. She does find meaning and awe in her work, however — work which has led to important scientific discoveries and has contributed enormously to water conservation and environmental education efforts worldwide. (edited) 1w
monalyisha 5/7: I thrilled at listening to her detail an excursion to Antarctica where her whole team almost died before even arriving at the iceberg they‘d planned to cave dive *inside of.* She‘d had to lash herself to the deck of her ship (to avoid going overboard) with a baseball bat. Her task was to break-up the rapidly forming ice so the ship wouldn‘t become too heavy and drown. 1w
monalyisha 6/7: It was incredible! Informative! Novel! Still, I have to admit that I‘m happy to be done reading. Ultimately, I wanted less about her gear, oxygen levels, and problem-solving skills, and more about the creatures and waters she encountered. I‘m now looking forward to reading a water-based memoir about another female bad-ass — one with (what I expect to be) a different tone: Wild Woman Swimming by Lynne Roper and Tanya Shadrick. (edited) 1w
monalyisha 7/7: Thanks for bringing this book to my attention, @JamieArc! Though it wasn‘t exactly my jam, I appreciated the learning experience. I do plan to find her documentary! I‘m also sure I‘ll recommend it to others in the future who are, temperamentally, a bit less dreamy and gentle than I am. Because I recognize the appeal of this story for others (and didn‘t suffer through it by any means!), I‘m giving it a “pick” rather than a “so-so” rating. (edited) 1w
JamieArc Wild Woman Swimming sounds right up my alley, so I stacked it. I think this one made my list because it was my foray back into non-fiction, and I liked being a voyeur into a world that terrifies me - deep, dark, enclosing spaces. I found her bravery and experiences fascinating. 1w
JamieArc Also - I‘m impressed with how many of my list you are reading! I am a slower reader than I intend to be (eyes are bigger than stomach sort of thing). I will have Wayward and Foster done by the end of the month, but I‘m honestly not pressing myself because I genuinely want to read every single book from your list that I haven‘t yet read. 1w
monalyisha @JamieArc It was definitely captivating! Interestingly, she‘s from the same part of Canada as my stepmother, so I was also fascinated by their similar accents. 😅 I did find myself constantly observing, however, “WOW. These are *not* my people!” I think I would have found many of her life-partners (whether friends or lovers) overwhelmingly abrasive. Still, I‘m glad we seem to have left her in a good place! She‘s a remarkable individual. 1w
monalyisha @JamieArc That sounds great! I‘d rather you read them at a pace where you can really get a feel for them rather than rush to finish them in January. The month/when of it all is arbitrary to me. 😊 I think the chunk of time I had off for my birthday helped me finish more titles than I otherwise would have. And I fly through romances! 😉 1w
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I *hate* spoilers with a fiery passion and NEVER seek to learn the result of something before a writer wants me to. That being said, I just googled to see if Jill Heinerth and her husband, Paul Heinerth, were still together.

I‘m at the point where she reveals to him that she has The Bends, a sickness that could end her career &/or her life. He responds, “No shit, Sherlock.”

I want to END HIM. 🤯😤🤬

#AuldLangSpine #ALSpine @JamieArc

JamieArc I think my brain purposefully forgot about him… 3w
Maria514626 I love that sign! And your last sentence! 😄 (edited) 3w
Soubhiville Yeah, he was an ass. 3w
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Into the Wild | Jon Krakauer
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At the front of the bus, Billie picks up a pair of Chris's patched, ragged jeans and, closing her eyes, presses them to her face.

Suet624 💕💕 3w
Maggie_Reads Loved that book! Outside of my regular reading genre but I was hooked. Cried a few tears over it too. 3w
RayHallucinogen @Maggie_Reads the movie had a soul, and told the story beautifully. The book on the other hand, gave us this bigger picture that it wasn't only Chris's story. Way too many people left the society to find their tragic death in the wilderness. 3w
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This is from an American point of view, so some of the things in here weren't relevant to me.

There wasn't much to be learned here either for me as I've read most of the things in other books.

When I bought this book, I knew nothing about it, I bought it because of the title.

After buying it though, I quickly found out that it was first printed in 1905, so it's severely outdated and only some of it was transferable.

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Last night, I started my first #AuldLangSpine pick. I‘ve gotta say…I could have chosen better, given my current timeline. 🙈

As a way to talk about how she‘s learned to embrace fear, Heinerth tells the story of a break-in at her first apartment & a face-to-face, violent encounter with the intruder. My husband‘s band is going on (a short) tour. I‘m going to be home alone for a few nights. Hi. I won‘t be sleeping. 😅 Thank God people live above me?

JamieArc Oh no! 😂. I listened to this while on a summer lake trip and it put a little curiosity (fear) about what was below me. As much as I‘m a swimmer, I have a fear of deep waters, so this book was a safe way to engage with deep waters. 1mo
Amiable Oh, man. I feel you. My husband is a firefighter who works 24-hour shifts at a time. I had to give up reading any true crime or anything that includes intruders or break ins a long time ago. Otherwise I'd be sleeping with the lights on until he retires! 1mo
Amandajoy You can buy little alarms from Home Depot that will go off if someone tries to get in if that helps. 4w
monalyisha @AmandaJoy That‘s good to know! Have you used them? 4w
monalyisha @Amiable Totally understandable! My stepdad is a homicide detective; early in his career, he worked a schedule that was two-weeks days, two-weeks nights, so my Mom often had to fall asleep alone. It‘s so tough! 4w
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Why is my first read and review for 2023 a total bomb? This was terrible. It's going to be the Friday post clocking it at nearly 500 words. I wanted a fast read so I could schedule early (hahaha yeah buffer's gone again), and this was my punishment.

Pro tip: do not, in fact, let your children forage for mushrooms. 😑

shanaqui ...Yeah that seems like a terrible idea. Children are not known for their caution and observational skills. 1mo
Faranae @shanaqui The best part is when she says they should check their picked mushrooms with an adult and that morels have no toxic look-alikes. ☠ 1mo
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A Walk in the Woods | Bill Bryson
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I also started on this one yesterday. I hope I remember what to do next since my daughter won‘t be here when I get out the actual colors. #LitsyCrafters @Catsandbooks

Catsandbooks I'm sure you'll do a great job!! 💕 1mo
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I added this to my TBR when I saw @JamieArc reading it. The audio is great, read by the author. The stories of going to Antarctica to dive into an iceberg had me on the edge of my seat.

I found the part at the end about the genetic makeup of thrill seekers fascinating. I definitely don‘t possess that gene, but I‘m glad I get to read about people who do!

Clwojick This sounds intriguing! Adding it to my radar for NonFics! 1mo
JamieArc Glad you liked it! I find myself still thinking about Jill and her dives. 1mo
Hooked_on_books I loved this one. I can‘t even imagine doing what she does. 1mo
Soubhiville @Hooked_on_books me either! But it‘s incredible to hear about and I love seeing photos of underwater caves. I think the mortality rate would drive me away if nothing else- that kind of heartbreak would be hard to bear. 1mo
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