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CampbellTaraL

CampbellTaraL

Joined March 2018

I'm here for books as a reader. I write about Science, Technology, and Disability over here: https://taralcampbell.com
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Overall: good, helpful info. The subtitle is inflated, however. The first two chapters explain attachment theory and the importance of friendship. The rest of the book is all about making and keeping friends. It uses many anecdotal stories to explain the science, making it accessible to a general audience. Take away: tighten up your bonds with friends, the loose "friend" habits of social media are a detriment to your health.

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A wonderfully weird story with deep, revealing layers. Surface level: a contemporary fantasy and sci-fi that at times goes off the rails but is pulled back just in time by strong character development. Digging in: the misery unsupported transgender youth endure, long-standing sexism excused by "tradition", and the ever present racism underlying it all. The book does a lot but it's successful with it's charm and honesty.

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Mehso-so

I liked this one but it did lean more textbook than general reader engagement. If you're interested in learning about neanderthals, you won't be disappointed with the information packed into this book. If you're picking it up on a whim, it's slow material with a lot of details and footnotes.

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The Great Book Swap | Alan Mitchell
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#BasicWitchSwap opening day, and a big thank you to @LibrarianRyan ! A great selection of goodies, I adore them all. 🧹📚

@sprainedbrain Thanks again for hosting! 🖤🐈‍⬛

LibrarianRyan yeah, I'm glad it made it unscathed. I was worrying about that pestle breaking. 1mo
sprainedbrain Lovely! ❤️ 1mo
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Bailedbailed

It's really weird how much I loved A Man Called Ove but can't stand this book. Something about the petulant too-smart kid trope just grated my nerves. I got 20% in and decided this wasn't a book for me.

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Post-menstruation is primetime. We need to fight back the notion that it's "cozy, settle into irrelevance" time that is all too common in youth-obsessed society. Respect the many advantages that a brain without reproductive focus has to offer. The transition is rough but the other side is a whole life of exploring, building, and guiding.

Hello, business acumen...

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CampbellTaraL Some things didn't resonate with me. I object to the idea that men only feel love & connection through sex. Sure, there are plenty who do, but I think it has more to do with societal norms priming that belief by equivocating sex with romance and love. Reducing men to the sum of their reproductive organ is as destructive as valuing women only in terms of their reproductive viability, the whole point of this book. I still highly recommend this book. 1mo
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I've been on a beginner's sewing kick and short of having physical swatches, the Mood guide is helpful for understanding garment materials. I really liked the forward by Tim Gunn and the humble beginnings of Mood Fabrics.

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Choices | Mercedes Lackey
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1. Both
2. Lord of the Rings
3. Both
4. Both
5. Both
6. Both
7. Both
8. Both
9. Both
10. Both

Okay, 90% of the choices are situation-dependent!

#ThisOrThat

ozma.of.oz Lol! Both was mostly my response too! 😆 2mo
CampbellTaraL @ozma.of.oz 🤭 2mo
tpixie Lol yes! 1mo
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@LibrarianRyan @sprainedbrain - Received my #BasicWitchSwap package safe and sound!

LibrarianRyan yeahhhhh!!!! 2mo
sprainedbrain Woohoo! 🎉 2mo
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Just in case there's one person who doesn't already get Bookshop.org notifications...

Free shipping today and tomorrow (10/11-12)!

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The Witch's Heart | Genevieve Gornichec
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I started this with cursory, pop-culture level of knowledge on Norse mythology and ended with a newfound appreciation because the story isn't centered on the popular cluster. This is the story of Angrboda and it's a fantastic telling. I loved the modernized dialogue which included lots of humour, wit, and heart.

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Untitled | Unknown
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@sprainedbrain Heads up that my swap package was sent out today via UPS. 🧹📚🎉

#BasicWitchSwap

sprainedbrain Yay!! 2mo
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Bailedbailed

Subtitle should be: I found what works for me and now I'm proselytizing it for all. The author is a freelance writer, not a doctor, not a scientist, not even a science writer. The book is a memoir that uses selected science articles to build a case supporting her way of life. Her self-centered, judgemental outlook doesn't do any favors, and I gave up at ch 8.

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A solid nonfiction narrative about the obsession, loathing, and politics of the reintroduced Yellowstone wolves. The journalist was respectful in the portrayal of rural norms on hunting and trophy killing, and I'm anti-trophy killing for any reason. I enjoyed the wider lense on Rick McIntyre, the long-time ranger who has spent over 40 years watching wolves. I recommend McIntyre's wolves trilogy in addition to this one.

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Bailedbailed

The first 20% was a bit of a slog and the setting was yet another modern day southern belle story centered on strife with the rogue hot guy. I tried to push through but it's really hard to ignore the eye roll elements when I couldn't get behind the setup. I really wanted this to be about circus witches, instead it took far too much time dawdling with a privileged beauty and her missing bad boy.

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A slow burn in the first half that was at first frustrating but then forced me to slow down and not try to read it straight through. For me, going one chapter at a time with space between to absorb the events made a difference to my sense of the story. The book is 100% character development, and it's good. My heart was squeezed so tight throughout; my idea of connection is validated in this beautiful story.

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2nd ed: Re-entering the sewing world, I picked up this book to learn more about fabric types, and wow, did not disappoint! This edition also had a section in the intro about sustainability and the environmental impact of the clothing industry. It's sickening, to be frank, and hence my interest in understanding fabric/textiles better. Organized well, a lot of information in concise, easy to read chunks w/great photography.

CampbellTaraL Also, natural fibers are not the surefire way to go: There is a ton of waste, pollutants, and land usage to factor in to sustainability. Plus it isn't consistently recyclable. I'm not advocating for plastics everywhere but we need to be a lot more mindful about how many articles of clothing we really need. If we can't give up consumerist low-use habits, at least go for synthetics that can be recycled easily. 3mo
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The Tobacco Wives | Adele Myers
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Fiction drawn from historical accounts of the 1940s when wealth, stability, and community was built around tobacco. A compelling story that illustrates the many social struggles with a world war layered on top: poverty/income disparity, racism, sexism, media manipulation, etc. A few times the story hit contrived notes, and it seemed hard to believe the protagonist was 15, but they were different times and overall the story worked.

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For anyone feeling stuck or wanting to get in touch with their creative side, this is a good place to start. The author/practitioner relies heavily on a handful of known creators (maybe a bit too heavily) for anecdotes and hits the (my) skeptical nerve a bit, see ch8. But overall the practice and thinking guides are helpful. Before you runaway from yet another mindfulness meditation plug, he does offer alternatives.

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I was not expecting the emotional one-two ending; it was so good. The story is about a Yellowstone wolf pack's leaders, 21 (alpha male) and 42 (alpha female), and their lifelong bond. There is a lot that unfolds, all based on the careful observations of the author and many others over the course of the late 90s, early 00s. Beautiful storytelling that merges science objectivity and human compassion.

CampbellTaraL @jlhammar Thank you for sharing this one, I'm adding it to my TBR list right now! 3mo
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1. Yellow
2. I'm extremely scentsitive (eh, eh? I'm a relentless punster)
3. The Lost Queen by Signe Pike (story of Merlin's twin sister)
4. Um, is there one with goblins? I 💛 goblins
5. Garnet (birth stone), opal (they're interesting)
6. Dark chocolate
7. See response to 2
8. Celebrating the end of harvest season and welcoming the darker/restful/creative half of the year

#BasicWitchSwap

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The Winds of Winter | George R. R. Martin
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Oh man, I just checked my GR account and.... The Winds of Winter, George R.R. Martin, added: 12/21/2013

I feel like this is a thing. I don't know what kind of thing, but it's a thing.

#LittensWantToKnow
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So many and so little time!! 3mo
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A must read. Not an easy read, but the US was founded on the premise of acquiring land through genocide and war. The process was developed and perfected long before arriving in the Americas, and continues today with a saturated US military presence throughout the world. "Freedom" is a palatable justification but it's not the truth.

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A Master of Djinn | P. Djeli Clark
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A 1920s fantasy Cairo where djinn live alongside humans in a delicate balance between magic and non-magic life. An investigating agent solves supernatural crimes while navigating misogyny, conflicting ideology, racism, and the lingering effects of colonialism. A wonderful tale that has me looking forward to the next book in the series.

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I'm so excited to participate in #BasicWitchSwap ! It's been a few years since my last swap but now that I'm moved and settled, I'm ready. None better than Basic Witch to kick off swap season. 🧹📚

Thank you @sprainedbrain for organizing!

sprainedbrain Yay! Thank you for sharing! 🖤 3mo
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The Stand | Stephen King
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Bailedbailed

I tried, I really really tried to push through but I'm done having only managed to reach the end of book one (unabridged version). Honestly? It's a shit lit version of the 90s shock jock; just gross.

And before I'm accused of being sensitive or just not "getting" his work, I absolutely loved The Green Mile.

LoverOfLearning Still to this day I have not read a Steven King book... crazy 4mo
RamsFan1963 It might be heresy, but I prefer King's short story collections like Night Shift, Nightmares & Dreamscapes or Different Seasons to his massive tomes like It or The Stand. 4mo
BarbaraBB I read various King‘s but never really like them! 4mo
CampbellTaraL @LoverOfLearning Ha! As much as I really liked The Green Mile, I can't say you're missing out. 4mo
CampbellTaraL @RamsFan1963 I haven't read any of those but I'm a few years, if the inclination hits, I'll keep this in mind. 4mo
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I'll read anything by David Quammen, he's one of my favorite science writers, and this lovely collection of some of his work was a delight. Switch out your morning doomscroll session with an adventurous or heartfelt story from this book, I promise you'll have a much happier start to your day.

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Gold Diggers: A Novel | Sanjena Sathian
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4/5 ⭐ I did not like the protagonist for most of the book, found him petulant and insufferable. But the underlying causes, the unreasonable community and familial expectations put on immigrant kids along with the general hardship of adolescence, explain many of his behaviors and poor decisions. An eye opening and well-crafted story.

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Hello Lighthouse | Sophie Blackall
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July hasn't been great for reading--I can't stand The Stand, and I'm stuck with the unabridged version to get through for August bookclub in two weeks. Help!

Today I took a short trip to a nearby town that had nothing going for it at the seaside other than an adorable lighthouse and passageway via ferry to a popular island.

(No idea who the person is in my photo but they help with scale here.)

julesG That's a very cute small/short lighthouse. But I'm assuming it's on a cliff, so can/could be seen from sea. 4mo
CampbellTaraL @julesG I'll have to go back to find out more about it's purpose but this is located at sea level. Kind of odd the more I think about it. 4mo
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Recommend. Not a fun read, and the people who should read it, I'm not sure they would; too busy competing with each other in order to maintain their status. The parallels between historical events and now is distressing: we're sliding right into the very thing our (US) country set out to correct. Economic inequality is the baseline problem that must be solved before we have a chance at doing anything substantial with all the other crises we face.

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"But the widespread belief that every political issue comes down to personal choices and actions we make as individuals is one of the delusions of inequality. It is a way of disempowering the public by replacing active citizens with passive consumers."

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Probably not the best choice to read right now, but it was a hold from the library that finally came in, and the compounding crises don't appear to be slowing down anytime soon. Why not add "gouging my own eyes with a spoon" to the pile?

TieDyeDude Uuuuuugggggghhhhhhh... 5mo
CampbellTaraL @TieDyeDude Yup. Halfway through chapter one and can tell already that the people who need to read this book, won't. 5mo
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Mehso-so

Title should read: Mastering Community *In the Workplace*. The subtitle "the surprising ways coming together moves us from surviving to thriving" adds to the misleading idea that the book is about building community in general; it's not. If you have to come together on a daily basis, ie: the workplace, the book's info is relevant. But if you picked it up thinking this is great timing for pandemic-stricken and broken communities, eh, not so much.

CampbellTaraL The pre-reqs needed to implement the strategies depends on power (management, authority) and people routinely forced to come together (the workplace). 5mo
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Fevered Star | Rebecca Roanhorse
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A strong second book in the series with the lens pulled back to view the deeper political conflicts driving the characters. I was a little confused here and there on some of the characters' motivations, but it didn't negatively impact the story. Overall though, I enjoyed the book and can't wait for the third.

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Dune Messiah ( Dune #2 ) | Perfection Learning Corporation
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Mehso-so

The author's son addresses the extensive shift in theme and character which helped me stick through to the end. The subject matter was interesting and I liked the way the character realistically morphed according to the influence of political and religious zealotry; it's sobering how relevant it is for today's world. I just couldn't help but hope for the book to hurry up and end. I definitely need a long wait before tackling the next.

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An interesting analysis on top sellers and classics performed by the author. Data is tricky because it is easily manipulated to tell any story depending on your angle. In this case, I doubt there was anything intentionally misleading but it is good to keep in mind the fact the author is a journalist/writer, not a data scientist or professional. Still, there were some interesting takeaways and the book was a quick, easy read.

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The Bromance Book Club | Lyssa Kay Adams
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Another bookclub flop... What's happening?! 😬

Not bad writing but this book wasn't for me. I'm also not one for most conventional contemporary romance books either.

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1. Eh, no not really.
2. One that lacks humor and involves dark, brooding characters.

Thanks for the tag @Ddzmini! Adding some random tags to the tagalong: @CupcakesAndCoffee @Vocabulous @Hicebu @PrezBookster @QuartaPynt

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Lily and the Octopus | Steven Rowley
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An unexpected twist to the story right from the start, I finished with a sense of complete satisfaction. The protagonist is grating but as the story unfolds, you're able to understand why and appreciate the amount of growth that happens. Charming, irritating, confusing, and heart wrenching, the story has it all and delivers in a great way.

MyNamesParadise I listened to the audio of this and actor Michael Urie did such a brilliant job narrating it! 7mo
CampbellTaraL @MyNamesParadise No way! Augh, this is legit the first time I'm bummed I didn't go for the audiobook version first. Thanks for this, I'll add it to my "re-read next year" list that just popped into existence. ? 7mo
Suet624 You may have just inspired me to walk to the library. I see it‘s available. 7mo
CampbellTaraL @Suet624 Aaaaw! I hope you like it 💛🤗 7mo
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Bailedbailed

I tried it for book club but I dumped the book halfway through and hit up a summary site to know how it ended. Definitely not my jam. Vapid narcissists with the luxury of time and money having to work around their sexual lusting after each other only to end up back with their original partners. The end.

rockpools I absolutely don‘t need to read this now. Thank you! 7mo
CampbellTaraL @rockpools I felt a twinge of guilt thinking I was being harsh, then I re-read the synopsis and nope, nothing at all intelligent about this group of characters. Saving readers prescious reading time! 🤪 7mo
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The Eidolon | Libby McGugan
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Panpan

I tried to finish but this book just wasn't for me. I got to 88% and gave up. The premise was interesting, but the execution felt like it was a YA style in need of refinement: choppy writing, sudden jumps to conclusions, and cliche dialog. The digital version was also full of line edit mistakes. I wouldn't dismiss this author entirely, though, good potential in future work.

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Third Place Books | Lake Forest Park, WA (Bookstore)
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I joined an in-person bookclub last weekend and this is the book the group had selected for next month's discussion. I'm excited to finally be in an IRL bookclub!

This book is not something I would normally read, in fact the from the blurb alone I'm sure this is not my thing, but I'm going to read it anyway. Who knows, might not be that bad. I'm purposely hiding the Litsy rating from myself, trying to be open minded.

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A good book but dark themed with unlikeable characters who are definitely flawed. Translated from Norwegian, this is the third book of fiction based on our environmental crisis but each one is independent of the others so you can pick up any one to get started. In this case, the story is three different timelines of people doing what they can to preserve the Przewalski horse.

ErikasMindfulShelf I absolutely loved all 3 books in this loosely connected series. 7mo
CampbellTaraL @ErikasMindfulShelf great to hear! I'm definitely going to check out the other two books. 7mo
Tamra @ErikasMindfulShelf I am interested! What are the other two titles? 7mo
ErikasMindfulShelf @Tamra The History of Bees and The End of the Ocean. 7mo
Tamra @ErikasMindfulShelf thank you! 7mo
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Language bias, it's a thing. And as the book points out, it's often unconscious, but worse, uncontested as far as discrimination goes. I didn't know that multilingualism is viewed by many as a detriment to intellect (a false and persistent myth). I also didn't know how deeply linguistics set us up for in/out grouping behavior. A lot of information in this book from babies to race to the legal system.

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I really like this book. It's a collection of short stories that intertwine to make a bigger narrative based on a modern take of Japanese mythologies. The stories flow but there's no big finale or story resolution which is fine because it just works. My only criticism is the bland cover; it doesn't do anything when there's so much it could draw from the stories.

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Okay, everyone talks about agriculture and economic systems as big drivers of advancing civilization. Turns out that we have collectively forgotten the biggest influence dating well before "civilized" existence: Textiles.

There are so many things covered in this book throughout the ages that my short blurb just won't cut it. You'll give your jeans & t-shirt a respectful not by the end. Some parts get dry and technical but still worth reading.

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Sno-Isle Libraries (Lynnwood Branch) | Lynnwood, WA (Library)
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😲 maybe this is standard elsewhere but this is the first time I've come across anything like this from a library. Super cool!

brittanybooks That is AWESOME!! I can‘t imagine what my total would be for all time library savings 🧡 8mo
LiteraryinLawrence My old library did that and I think it‘s a great idea! 8mo
CampbellTaraL @brittanybooks Ha! That'd be an eye opening monthly or yearly statement... 8mo
CampbellTaraL @LiteraryinLawrence Definitely love this feature. I mean, imagine investing all that money instead of the impulse book buying 😬 (maybe don't imagine that) 8mo
Ruthiella One of my libraries does that and I love it! 8mo
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Added to my To Buy, Already Read list.

Premise: We the people must stop viewing the US Federal government in the same lense we use for our individual, business, city, county, and state budgets. The US is a fiat system, it issues currency, and therefore cannot run out. No material dependency is tied to our currency. Taxes only serve to keep inflation in check. The book dives deep into the way government money works and it's worth everyone's time.

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A pretty good read. I struggled to get into it but then found the rhythm and enjoyed the way the story was woven together.

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Mehso-so

A decent backfill story that wasn't bad but it didn't grab me either.