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CuriousG

CuriousG

Joined April 2016

Living books since the day I first filled my crib with them.
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How to Do Nothing by Jenny Odell
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Conversations with Octavia Butler by Octavia E. Butler, Conseula Francis
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The Sparrow: A Novel | Mary Doria Russell
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"...it was rather gratifying to believe that the world might incidentally have gained some respect for the athletic abilities of short, fat asthmatics "

I reread this novel every year or two and this line makes me smile every time. Not sure why I find it so amusing ?‍♀️

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Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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I love this so far, but wish I had more time to spend reading it. Pretty sure I could plow through it all in one sitting if I had the chance to read for more than 10 minutes a day!

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Good Company | Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
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After snow last weekend, I have a chance to actually enjoy reading in the yard today. Supposed to snow again next week, so better enjoy it while I can!

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Love in the Time of Cholera | Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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1. Love In The Time Of Cholera
2. Both! Although Covid work craziness has meant my brain needs more chill time and less new information I need to track, so it is more podcasts for the last few years.
3. Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed (I've read this in print a million times and my copy has so many annotations and dog ears it is practically falling apart)
#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

BkClubCare Tiny Beautiful Things *IS* awesome. 2mo
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Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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So I'm having a doozy of a semester at work, and this week and next are even worse than the previous 2 months (which is pretty hard to beat)...but coming home to this new arrival absolutely made my day!! My life is anything but a sea of tranquility, so I thought the juxtaposition of this tranquil cover against my wild cutting board was a fitting representation. I can't wait to read this, even though I suspect I won't have time until July 🤦‍♀️

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The Dry | Jane Harper
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Made a quick stop at a new (to me) used bookstore and found these 3 that have been on my list to acquire for quite some time. #bookhaul #usedbooks

janeycanuck The Dry is SO DAMN GOOD and Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows went in a direction I never expected. Hope you enjoy them! 2mo
CuriousG @janeycanuck I'm looking forward to all of these (for very different reasons). I really like Force of Nature so figured The Dry should be a solid one too. And Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows has been on my list since it came out 🙂 2mo
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1. The Book of Delights; Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History
2. Pride and Prejudice
3. Uncle Tom's Cabin

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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Today's delight is reading this and watching my pup with his chewy stick 😊

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"Despite the thirty-five-year existence of government regulatory agencies and their guiding laws in the United States, including the Toxic Substances Control Act, only five chemicals have ever been banned." p. 98

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I wish I could justify my job with success on average of one every 7 years! So frustrating. 3mo
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"Funbags. Boobsters. Chumbawumbas. Dingle bobbers. Dairy pillows. Jellybonkers. Num nums."

@ShyBookOwl #firstlinefridays

jlhammar I'm not sure anything can beat that for first lines today! Hilarious. This book sounds really interesting though. 3mo
RaeLovesToRead I think you've just won First Line Friday 🤣🤣🤣 3mo
keithmalek That's odd. I saw this post, so I went back to see what I posted about this book after I read it two years ago. And even though I read it and posted about it, I never actually recorded it as a read book in Litsy. I guess that's what breasts do to the male brain. 🤣😛 3mo
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CuriousG @keithmalek Maybe they have that effect on all brains - I've seen a few women go astray because they were distracted by them too 😄 3mo
CuriousG @jlhammer It is the best opening to a book I've read in many years! I vaguely recall the book Naked At Lunch having a pretty amazing first few pages, but I don't think it 3mo
CuriousG @jlhammar ...don't think it had as good of an impact in just a few lines. 3mo
CuriousG @RaeLovesToRead 😄 It is a pretty good one! 3mo
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Love Anthony | Lisa Genova
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A little #weekendreads fun @rachelsbrittain

1. Love Anthony (Lisa Genova); Think Again (Adam Grant)
2. The Sparrow (Mary Doria Russell) + the sequel, Children of God. I have read them both at least 3 times.
3. Breasts: A Natural And Unnatural History (Florence Williams) is currently sitting in an online shopping cart but haven't pulled the trigger yet

jlhammar Yes, loved The Sparrow! Have yet to read the sequel. Need to remedy that. 3mo
CuriousG @jlhammar I was very nervous to read the sequel as I didn't want it to potentially ruin my love of The Sparrow. Fortunately, I also love Children of God. 3mo
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Love Anthony | Lisa Genova
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Taking my first day off of work in almost a month so naturally I'm curling up with a book. Have loved everything I've read from Lisa Genova so hoping this is the same.

bnp First day off in a month? Enjoy! hope reading redcharges you. 3mo
CuriousG @bnp I really shouldn't complain as I had taken a semester off of work in the fall, but the return to work has been rough! The reading and relaxing today is definitely helpful though. 3mo
RedxoHearts The best way to spend an off day and relax! Cute dog too :) 3mo
CuriousG @RedxoHearts Thanks - he is pretty adorable 😊 3mo
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The Piano Man's Daughter | Timothy Findley
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Following the lead of @TracyReadsBooks and sharing one of my favourite signed books. I stumbled across this copy of The Piano Man's Daughter 10+ years ago. A family member gave it to me and told me to just pass it along when I was done with it...she didn't even realize that having a signed copy was a big deal! Needless to say, I pulled a selfish on this one and did *not* just send it on down the line. #FavoriteSignedBooks #FavouriteSignedBooks

CuriousG I should note that I did offer to give it back to the person, but she didn't want it 🤷‍♀️ 4mo
PurpleyPumpkin This is one book I‘d be keeping forever!😉 4mo
TracyReadsBooks I love this story! The delight in finding a signed book unexpectedly is real, isn‘t it? 4mo
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CuriousG @PurpleyPumpkin Right?! It also happened to come to me at a time when I was working at the Stratford Festival and his play Elizabeth Rex premiered. I knew what I had in my hands and wasn't letting it go! I was only a bartender, but working there was maybe the coolest job I've had in terms of exposing me to people, ideas, and art I would not normally have been around. Amazing how much you can glean behind a bar. Lol 4mo
CuriousG @TracyReadsBooks It absolutely is! 4mo
PurpleyPumpkin How amazing that you worked at the Stratford Festival! What an experience that must have been.😀 4mo
CuriousG @PurpleyPumpkin It definitely had its perks. I would love to have free access to theatre now! 4mo
kwmg40 What a treasure! I had the privilege of hearing Timothy Findley do a reading in before he passed. I also live close to the Stratford Festival and have been attending regularly for the past 35 years. How cool that you had worked there! 3mo
CuriousG @kwmg40 growing up nearby, and going to Stratford for school, I had no idea how amazing it was to have something like the Festival Theatre right there. Now I can actually appreciate it and can't wait to actually set foot in the new Tom Patterson Theatre this year! 3mo
kwmg40 I‘m looking forward to seeing the new theatre too! 3mo
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About 175 pages in and have really enjoyed this so far. I feel like there needs to be something big coming though in order to carry the story another 300 pages. I'm spending a few minutes pondering what that might be, then back to reading to see how correct (or off base) I was. 🤔

IuliaC I really enjoyed this one 😊 3mo
CuriousG @IuliaC I also really enjoyed it! I can't believe I let it sit on my shelf for so many years before teading it. 3mo
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"Alma Whittaker, born with the century, slid into our world on the fifth of January, 1800."

@ShyBookOwl #FirstLineFridays

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This book has sat on my shelf for at least 5 years, maybe more, yet it has never quite felt like the right time to read it. I was browsing my shelves last night and so many of them I can't bring myself to start because I'm so hypersensitive to trauma and current events right now. I needed something to completely immerse me in a different time/place, and this has turned out to be the ticket. 50 pages in and loving it!

AvidReader25 This has been on my TBR for a long time too! 4mo
CuriousG @AvidReader25 I often second guess myself when I let a book sit on my shelf so long and think I'll never actually get excited about it, but always seem to come back to them at just the right time. I'm really glad I kept this one...I almost gave it away when I moved a few years ago and was scaling back my collection. 4mo
AvidReader25 @CuriousG Sometimes it just needs to be the right moment. 4mo
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Hieroglyphics | Jill McCorkle
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I took my time with this one because there is a lot to chew on, if you want to. I feel like I will continue to reflect on these characters and their experiences for quite some time. Might try and get my mom to read this as I feel like it would be a good one to discuss with a parent.

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Hieroglyphics | Jill McCorkle
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"A story is easier to fall into than your own life" (p. 226)

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To Paradise | Hanya Yanagihara
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Finally was able to pick up my copy today!!! I don't think I'm going to be able to invest the time into it in the near future so will likely need to wait until summer, but I needed to know it's waiting on my shelf 😊

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Heart Berries: A Memoir | Terese Mailhot
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"I feel dormant watching you live fuller than I can. I worry I am a cavern."

I feel this book needs a reread sometime when I'm better able to dive into the intense emotional journey. Excellent, just a bit of overwhelming for me right now.

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Snail Mail | Samantha Berger
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What a great mail surprise today! As with several pieces of mail I've got recently, this one appears to have taken the long route to get here, but it made it. Post mark says it's been over a month since travels began. Lol

Thank you so much for the bookmarks. #litsylove folks truly are the sweetest people around! @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @TheBookHippie

TheBookHippie Oy!!! I sent you a Christmas card did you get it? 😱 4mo
CuriousG @TheBookHippie It hasn't arrived, but I'm sure it will. I received one card that took an accidental detour through the British Virgin Islands for some reason, and it still made it here eventually. Lol 4mo
Ddzmini Happy birthday 🎁🎂🎉🎊🎈🥳📖 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Wow!! That‘s crazy! I‘m happy it got there!! 4mo
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To Paradise | Hanya Yanagihara
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So I just stumbled upon the news that Hanya Yanagihara has a new novel being released in just a few days. I don't know if I'm ready for what is bound to be an emotional immersive experience, but I pre-ordered it the second I saw it!

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Still a long way to go, but got a start roughing out my lending library today. Going to chip away at it over the next few months so it is ready to go for spring when the ground thaws enough to put in the support post.

LiteraryinLawrence That is so exciting! 5mo
MariaW 😍 5mo
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Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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Overall, the vast majority of my read books this year were remarkable. I only read 32, yet picking a top five was incredibly difficult. All very difficult subject matter but so necessary. I encourage everyone to read these if you haven't already. #endofyear #top5 #top5of2021 #2021 #2021roundup

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Well, this made me giggle today. Received a lovely card today from @Librarybelle (thank you!) and apparently it took a vacation on its way. Came to Canada from the US, by way of a detour through the British Virgin Islands. At least something is able to travel right now 😄 #litsylove

Librarybelle That is hilarious! Glad it arrived! 5mo
SRWCF Haha! That's awesome! Who doesn't want to take a trip to the British Virgin Islands right about now?! 5mo
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I have so many good books I could dig into right now (thank you everyone for the great gifts/swaps!!), but I feel this is the one for me right now. My cousin gave it to me in the summer and I never quite got to it. She passed from cancer a few weeks ago and we are all heartbroken. This might break me to read it now, but I feel like I need to be broken. Not even sure that makes sense.

BkClubCare Yes, it makes sense; so sorry for your loss. I hope reading this book is a meaningful experience. 5mo
PaperbackPirate I‘m sorry your cousin lost her battle with cancer. This is a beautiful book and it will definitely break you. Feel those feelings, I say! 💙 5mo
CuriousG @PaperbackPirate thank you. As her husband said, cancer didn't win. It wasn't able to take her joy, love or faith. 💙 5mo
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PaperbackPirate @CuriousG She sounds amazing. 💙 5mo
MrsMalaprop Oh that‘s so sad. This is a wonderful book. 5mo
CuriousG @MrsMalaprop It was a devastatingly beautiful book. I needed a good cry and it delivered for me. 5mo
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Heart Berries: A Memoir | Terese Mailhot
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Just settling into what is sure to be an amazing evening of reading and snacking on chocolate (to be fair, I've already started on that part 😄). Amazing #jolabokaflodswap package @TheLudicReader - what great choices and thank you for the extra goodies as well! Happy #Jolabokaflod everyone!

TheLudicReader I am so pleased you like everything. Merry Christmas. 5mo
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Happy Christmas Eve | Jackie Ladbury
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Dough for pecan sticky buns is rising by the fireplace (unconventional, but works. Lol), movie on, and counting down the hours until I can sit back and open my #jolabokaflodswap package. For now there is even some snow on the ground to make it feel festive. Not looking forward to the rain later washing it all away though.

Take care everyone - I know the holidays aren't always happy for everyone. 🤗

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Picking out my holiday baking projects. Can't wait to make the pecan sticky buns for Christmas day brunch! LOVE baking in my cast iron, so this book is my jam ❤

janeycanuck I have this but I‘m not sure I‘ve ever actually made anything from it! Would love to hear about any you‘ve tried. 4mo
CuriousG My favourite is the Pecan Sticky Buns. Quite time consuming, but so good! 4mo
CuriousG I also like the Peach Skillet Cake (not a traditional cake, more like a custard base) and the Cranberry Orange Upside Down Cake. I've 4mo
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CuriousG The Buttermilk Biscuits is a pretty good recipe, but I have a different one that I use more often. I've tried more of the baking recipes in this book than cooking, but need to start using those too. 4mo
CuriousG @janeycanuck I forgot to tag you, but see previous comments 😊 4mo
janeycanuck @CuriousG ooh, lovely - I‘ll take a look at these! 4mo
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Paradise | Toni Morrison
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#Paradise is a shelf full of Toni Morrison ❤📚❤ #tonimorrison

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The Sentence | Louise Erdrich
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Rearranging my bookshelves based on my recent acquisitions. Louise Erdrich shelf is shaping up nicely! #louiseerdrich

BkClubCare Nifty bookshelf 5mo
CuriousG @BkClubCare Thanks! Had some family members build it for me since I was short on space. It's a round, rotating shelf. 🙂 5mo
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Trying to distract myself from unpleasant realities right now, so an audiobook and gift wrapping for all my special littles it is. Looking forward to seeing my nephews and God children over the next few weeks - they always make me smile.

BkClubCare This book is phenomenal 5mo
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Mailbag, Volume 2 | Anonymous
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#LitsyLove folk truly are the best. My pup Meelo says thank you - I love walking to the post office boxes every day to check 🙂

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awww meelo 🐶 5mo
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Happy Christmas Eve | Jackie Ladbury
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So excited that my #jolabokaflodswap package has arrived! Can't wait to cozy up under a blanket on Christmas Eve and open it.

Thanks for organizing @MaleficentBookDragon

TheLudicReader Yay. Glad it has arrived safe and sound. (edited) 5mo
TheLudicReader I should have also said, everything is wrapped inside. 😁 (edited) 5mo
CuriousG @TheLudicReader Thank you! Going to have to start a countdown to Jolabokaflod 😊 5mo
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Feeling the love - thanks #LitsyLove friends!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️💌📪 5mo
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Isolating waiting for Covid test results (fingers crossed for a negative so I can have freedom to roam again!) In the mean time, enjoying digging in to this book. I've had it on my shelf for at least 10 years and somehow never started it. It is so good!

TrishB Fingers crossed 🤞🏻 and it‘s a great read! 6mo
Soubhiville 🍀🤞 6mo
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Swap | Megan Shull
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FantasyChick Ooooh yay!!!! Looking forward to it 🥰🥰 6mo
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The Night Watchman | Louise Erdrich
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My husband does such a good job at picking birthday presents. Can't wait to get started on this!

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Spending my free time today brushing up on my #Moiracabulary 😄 #moirarose #bestwisheswarmestregards #schittscreek

StayCurious Love this! 6mo
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Mister Sandman | Barbara Gowdy
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Managed to walk this guy far enough that he will be passed out long enough for me to fit in a chapter or two before he needs more attention. Lol

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Such a Fun Age | KILEY. REID
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Really enjoyed this one. I loved that it managed to walk the line between light moments and really serious topics that would be great for discussion. Not sure if it will hit my reread list at any point, but it was definitely worth taking the time to read it. 100% recommend!

mom2bugnbee Your dog is precious! I love him/her! 7mo
CuriousG @mom2bugnbee Thank you! He is pretty much always right beside me so he makes it into a lot of my pictures. 😊 7mo
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I could not possibly be more excited about this book! I rarely watch TV, but I am OBSESSED with this show. Hoping for some great behind the scenes nuggets in here.

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Such a Fun Age | KILEY. REID
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Been debating whether or not to buy this one for quite some time, but finally stumbled across it at a thrift store for $2. Score! The pup approves of the first 50 pages - can't wait to keep reading!

EvieBee I love finds like that! 😍 7mo
CuriousG @EvieBee Me too! I was both shocked and excited when I also saw two different copies of Beloved by Toni Morrison at the same thrift store. I already have two copies so didn't buy them, but was excited for whoever picks them up and gets to experience it for the first time! 7mo
EvieBee I know exactly what you mean, although I‘ve been known to buy books I already own lol! Book collector problems. 7mo
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RedxoHearts So cute! 7mo
CuriousG @RedxoHearts That is Meelo - he's my reading buddy. He requires a lot of human attention so he is generally stuck to me like glue every moment that he's not outside playing 😊 7mo
RedxoHearts Aw my mini dachshund is that way as well. I call her my shadow dog. The other two prefer their space though 7mo
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The Princess Trap | Talia Hibbert
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I don't often read romance, but every so often I really appreciate the change of pace. This is a new author for me but I'm really glad I took the chance. Within the first few pages I was already in love with the general tone. Can't wait to see how it progresses.

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Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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I could read an entire book about every single character in this novel. Wouldn't that be an amazing body of work by Gyasi?! Since that's unlikely to happen, I'll just have to be content with how much I enjoyed being taken on the interconnected journeys of so many different people. If you somehow haven't read this yet, you absolutely must!

TheSpineView Your rug looks familiar. I think I have the same one in my family room. 7mo
CuriousG @TheSpineView Is yours a Ruggable? Mines a bit dirty right now...time to throw it in the washing machine! 7mo
EvieBee Yes! So well said! Such a good book. I find the subject difficult to read so I appreciate that she cut things off just as they were getting unbearable. (edited) 7mo
TheSpineView @CuriousG I have no idea. I bought it so long ago I can't remember. 🤷‍♀️ 7mo
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Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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"...if we go to the white man for school, we will just learn the way the white man wants us to learn. We will come back and build the country the white man wants us to build. One that continues to serve them. We will never be free."

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Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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On my last camping trip of the year and finally getting back to this one. I tried reading it quite a while ago but had too much going on in my life to concentrate and enjoy it. Now seems like the perfect time to dive back in.

EvieBee That‘s a good one! I hope you enjoy it. 8mo
CuriousG @EvieBee About halfway through - love it so far! 8mo
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HIDDEN VALLEY ROAD. | ROBERT. KOLKER
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Another week long camping trip means lots of hikes and sneaking reading time between activity. Having all the feels about this book. How terrifying for every single person in this family, all for different reasons. Just wow!

Jeannineth It was on my top 10 books last year. Can you imagine the life they lived in that family ? 8mo
CuriousG @Jeannineth I can't even begin to imagine how it would have felt to live in that home. 8mo
EvieBee I‘m getting the courage up to read this. I hear it‘s heartbreaking. 8mo
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Gogobooks Among my top books for the year! 8mo
CuriousG @EvieBee It is heartbreaking, but so worth reading. Lots of trigger warnings for every kind of abuse, as well as domestic violence and if you are sensitive to descriptions of severe mental illness. Even so, I think it's worth reading if you're able to. Felt triggered while reading it, but always able to stop and take a step back and come back to it. So glad I made it through the whole thing! 8mo
CuriousG @gogobooks Mine too! 8mo
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As today is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada I made the decision to only purchase books or products that are created by/support Indigenous persons. In addition to the other reading I am doing to further my understanding, I purchased this to add to the queue.

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Today is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada. I am committing all of my spare time today to reading this very important book. I have read many books, both fiction and non-fiction, by Indigenous authors recently and am making an effort to continue to learn.