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CuriousG

CuriousG

Joined April 2016

Living books since the day I first filled my crib with them. Don't expect detailed reviews - I won't ruin even the littlest parts of the book for you.
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How to Sit by Thich Nhat Hanh
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Conversations with Octavia Butler by Octavia E. Butler, Conseula Francis
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A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction by Christopher Alexander, Sara Ishikawa, Murray Silverstein
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Might be my favourite food book right now. Not only does it have fantastic ideas for charcuterie boards that I never would have thought of, but it has a great recipe section at the back for things like preserves, beet hummus, and so much more!

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While the contractors are sanding drywall, I'm getting my first chance to sit and read in a long time. Not a bad deal!

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Children Of God | Mary Doria Russell
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Meelo's finally napping (yes - he sleeps upside down), so time to sneak in a few pages!

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Children Of God | Mary Doria Russell
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This pup and associated lack of sleep/downtime is making it impossible to concentrate on new info, so I've decided to dip into familiar stories/characters instead. Let's hope his nap lasts long enough to make it worthwhile!

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The new furball has meant a serious drop in reading time, but taking advantage of his naptime to squeeze in some audiobook time 😊

janeycanuck 💕💕💕 There is nothing sweeter than a sleeping puppy! 4mo
CuriousG @janeycanuck Exactly! It doesn't hurt that when they're sleeping, they aren't getting into trouble. Lol 4mo
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Not book related in the least, but can't help it...we picked up our new puppy Meelo today!! He's a 14 week old Bernese Mountain Dog. Love him to pieces already ❤

PurpleyPumpkin What a sweetie! Congratulations. 💜 4mo
CuriousG @PurpleyPumpkin Thanks - we're really excited! 4mo
Beatlefan129 So handsome! 4mo
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CuriousG @Beatlefan129 Awe, thanks. I think he's pretty cute 😊 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awww 💙💙💙 4mo
LiteraryinLititz Congrats on your new addition! 4mo
UnidragonFrag 😍 cute!! 4mo
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Puppies For Dummies | Sarah Hodgson
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Last day to brush up on my puppy knowledge before the little guy (Meelo) arrives! Final day of dog free living for us, so I'm reading as much as I can while I have time #puppytime #meelo #bernesemountaindog

kstadt929 We have a 3 month old Beagle and a 5 month old German Shepherd/Great Pyrenees mix. They sure keep us busy and we love them to pieces!! Enjoy your new addition!! 4mo
CuriousG @kstadt929 Wow - that is quite the handful you have! Our little guy is actually already 3 months old, so not super little, but will still definitely keep us on our toes. Can't wait for tomorrow to get here! #onemoresleep 🤣 4mo
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The Memory Palace | Mira Bartok
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Have persisted with this one, despite the lull I was feeling in the middle. Have a bunch of driving to do today, so this audiobook will be keeping me company. Should finish it by tonight

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View from my reading chair this afternoon. Hubby fishing for dinner; I read. #summerreading #sunshineandbooks

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The Memory Palace | Mira Bartok
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Although I'm really enjoying the story, I can't help but feel this memoir would have benefited from a heavier editing hand. It is starting to feel like it is dragging on a bit, and I hate that because I really like the writing style. Hoping it picks up a bit soon.

Amiable A friend of mine raved about this book so I gave it a go, but I ended up bailing before the end. I had the same thoughts about it as you do. 4mo
CuriousG @Amiable I want so badly to love it, but it just isn't driving me to keep reading like similar memoirs have 😔 4mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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After struggling to read even 10 hours during the #24in48 #readathon (far short of my goal), I'm taking a step back from reading and getting caught up on podcasts. If you haven't heard of Annotated, it is a treasure for fans of book adjacent content.

janeycanuck The Agatha Christie episode is my favourite! 5mo
CuriousG @janeycanuck That definitely was a good one! I really liked the Books Behind Bars ones too 5mo
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So this helped me to break out of my reading slump and I finished it in less than a day. The family dynamics are bizarre and at times really sad, but this kind of memoir is my kryptonite. I can say it was not quite as good as my favs (Educated, and The Glass Castle), but definitely a pick if you are into disturbing family of origin stories #24in48

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Saga Vol. 9 | Brian K. Vaughan
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Having trouble concentrating, so flipping back and forth between Saga and North of Normal #24in48 #24in48readathon #notevencloseto24

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Taking a 20 minute break from reading to do a bit of journaling #refresh #24in48 #24in48readathon

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I'm a sucker for odd family of origin dynamics told in #memoirs - bought this while listening to The Memory Palace on audio. Plan to give the audio a rest for the evening and start in on this one! I am WAY behind for the readathon, but trying my best to log some hours
#24in48 #24in48readathon

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The Memory Palace | Mira Bartok
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Listened to The Memory Palace today while driving to, and wandering around in, the bookstore #familydynamics #memoir #24in48 #24in48readathon

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Although I don't totally buy into the fact that specific crystals are able to do everything attributed to them, I do know that I love having these gorgeous crystal clusters around and plan to grow my collection of them. For anyone interested, this is a beautiful reference book and it is nice and small, unlike traditional coffee table books #crystals #pinktourmaline #greenapophyllite

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So the pup isn't even born yet, but we have the dog crate built and I am continuing my pre-puppy reading about training. Need to fit all my reading in while I have time! #summerreading #puppytraining

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The Mermaid Chair | Sue Monk Kidd
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"...there's a release in knowing the truth no matter how anguishing it is. You come finally to the irreducible thing, and there's nothing left to do but pick it up and hold it. Then, at least, you can enter the severe mercy of acceptance."

Lady_Tigana_20 I loved her THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES. I just found a copy of this at a Goodwill this past weekend. 5mo
CuriousG @Lady_Tigana_20 I would say this is not as good as The Secret Life of Bees, but I still enjoyed it. There was a lull midway through and I considered DNFing it, but I'm really glad I didn't do that. Some very interesting things happen in the last 1/4 that make it worth it! 5mo
Lady_Tigana_20 Good to know. I‘ll know to push through. :) 5mo
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East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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Beating the heat with a campfire to read next to #summerreading

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Reading by the water while the hubby goes fishing. Perfect start to a sunny day ☉ #summerreading

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It just started raining, so I'm under the awning and watching the campfire from a distance. Still a perfect spot to drink my coffee and read Caffeinated! #summerreading #summerholidays

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Change of Heart | Sonali Dev
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If you need me, I'll just be reading in the meadow for the afternoon #sunshineandbooks #summerreading #happyCanadaDay 🇨🇦

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How awesome is this library program?! Not only can you sign out fishing gear, but you can sign out a day pass to local parks. Amazing!!!

annahenke Love this idea! 6mo
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About to make this surprisingly comfy chair at the library, my reading home for the next hour or so #chairlove

TheEllieMo I want a chair like that as my reading chair 6mo
CuriousG @TheEllieMo I want one for home too! Looks good, and comfy to boot 6mo
CouronneDhiver Looks cozy 6mo
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At the library waiting on a student. Little bit of wanderlust setting in. Lol

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While reading about stress & trauma may be intense, this is the perfect, relaxing place to do it ❤

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The Memory Palace | Mira Bartok
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So I was wandering around the library this morning while waiting for a student. Happened upon this book and thought I should give it a shot. Anyone read this one? (I know, I'm 7 or 8 years behind the times)

hermyknee I started this one years ago and what I read was wonderful, but I think it was while I was in grad school and never finished! I‘m adding this one back to my list! Can‘t wait to hear what you think! 6mo
CuriousG @hermyknee I'm only 30 pages in, but so far so good. I'm a sucker for a memoir about strained familial relationships and the influence of mental illness, so feel like this will be right up my alley 6mo
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Resource of the day - this is a great way to engage the more active/outdoorsy types, in an English classroom. Gets them reading and also provides great discussion points around what makes a good infographic and how to write thorough instructions (the book does not always succeed at this) #resources #teacherlife #engagement

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It's finally that time of year again - have moved the chairs out to the reading shed (AKA she-shed) and can sit reading, basking in sunlight. This is just the first of many evenings I plan to spend here.

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Today's resource is for some of my older students (and who am I kiddding, me too!) It covers so many different things, from getting a job/keeping it, dressing like a grown up, financial literacy, personal health, and so much more. Great to have students read small sections (relevant to their current life) as reading comprehension exercises. Learning + real life info = a huge win #resources #teacherlife

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A Little Life: A Novel | Hanya Yanagihara
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I knew from the start this book was going to rip my heart out & tear it into tiny pieces, yet I still was not prepared for the grief I'm feeling. A truly amazing novel that shows the best & worst of mankind, & everything in between. The 4 friends, & extended cast of characters, were all fascinating & wouldn't let me quit, even when the going got tough (which it did frequently.) Trigger warnings - any conceivable trigger is covered at some point.

Reggie Oof, this book. Be prepared not to feel like yourself for a couple of days. 7mo
Davor I've had this book in my TBR pile for a while. I can't wait to get to it and feel like an emotional wreck 😅 7mo
CuriousG @Reggie I'm feeling pretty heavy today - I think you're right about it following me around for a few days (or longer!) 7mo
CuriousG @Davor I had it sitting on my shelf, literally for years, waiting for the right moment to be emotionally devastated. Definitely worth it though! If you haven't read People in the Trees, it is also completely devastating and yet brilliant 7mo
Davor @CuriousG I haven't read it, I'll check it out. Thanks for the rec! 7mo
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The Once Upon a Time Map Book | Barbara G. Hennessy, Peter Joyce
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One more for today...a book I use with my secondary students, despite its obvious target being much younger. I love how fun it is to explore a story in map form. It is a great way to get students thinking about not just setting, but how the characters *interact* with the setting over time #genius #notjustforkids

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Today's resource book is Better Now - a discussion on how we could further improve our health care system in Canada. This book is particularly helpful for anyone teaching the HSB4C/4U Challenge & Change course in an Ontario secondary school #healthcare #roomforimprovement

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A Little Life: A Novel | Hanya Yanagihara
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It's been a hard slog, but in the last 100 pages now. Somehow I feel like all the swearing in the world is not going to make this last bit any easier #gutwrenching

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Today's nerd out over professional resources is this fascinating book relating to Russian Mennonite history, culture, and food. I have a very diverse population of students, and this is culturally relevant for many of them. #culture #food #history

Heideschrampf I loooove Zwieback! It's a food you get when you have a tummy ache or feel sick as a child round here, so maybe that's why it says 'HOME' for me 7mo
CuriousG @Heideschrampf I've never actually had Zwieback, but going to try making it now! 7mo
Heideschrampf I've never known anyone to actually MAKE it. There's this one brand that's the epitome of Zwieback in Germany. When they changed the child on the cover after 50yrs or so it was a whole thing: public outcry, petitions and i think ultimately a contest for the new coverboy/girl 🙈. 7mo
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Heideschrampf If you email me your adress i'd be happy to send you some ;) just hang an @gmail.com onto my nickname! 🍞 7mo
CuriousG @Heideschrampf Oh my - quite the uproar! There is a recipe in the book and I think I might give it a shot the next time I have a free day and need something to do 😊 7mo
Heideschrampf Sounds like a great plan. It would be great if you'd share a picture when you get round to it. I'd love to see it 7mo
CuriousG @Heideschrampf It might be awhile, but I will definitely share a pic when I manage to make it! 7mo
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Bridges Out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals and Communities | Ruby K. Payne, Philip E. DeVol, Terie Dreussi Smith
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More geeking out over professional resources. This is one of my favourites in terms of expanding my understanding of the situations and context of how my students live. If anyone has the chance to attend a Bridges Out of Poverty workshop, you absolutely should attend!

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A Little Life: A Novel | Hanya Yanagihara
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Still too cold to sit and read outside, but going to sneak in 30 minutes of reading next to a sunny window before resuming today's chores #priorities #readingwins

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I am such a nerd, but I LOVE a good resource book for school, and this one is fantastic. Teaching the art of debate and critical thinking skills, and then translating it into writing. So good for all those students who love to argue, but think that they aren't able to write

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A Little Life: A Novel | Hanya Yanagihara
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After years sitting on my shelf, I finally worked up the courage to start this one. I know it will break my heart, but I am ready.

AmyG It that good. 7mo
kelseynicburke It‘s worth it I promise 7mo
CuriousG @kelseynicburke I sure hope so! 7mo
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A Little Life: A Novel | Hanya Yanagihara
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After years sitting on my shelf, I finally worked up the courage to start this one. I know it will break my heart, but I am ready.

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Gone Fishing | Tamera Will Wissinger
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Just found this sticker at one of my local libraries - absolutely LOVE that their lending programs are branching out and now include a connection to Tackle Share! #libraries #notjustforbooks

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The Rosie Effect: A Novel | Graeme Simsion
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The God-children are toast in their beds, so it's just me and the puppers for a few hours. Perfect time to get back to this book

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Just about to sit down with the book my uncle Hans wrote. He rarely talks about the war (he was a young child during WWII) and I am so excited to finally learn a bit more about his life. I do know he had to leave his parents home for several years due to the bombings in his hometown. This will likely be very eye opening!

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The Rosie Effect: A Novel | Graeme Simsion
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While my husband is busy packing to go away on his first bear hunt, I'm planning how to best utilize the extra reading time I'll get while he's gone. Seems like a win/win to me! Continuing on with The Rosie Effect as a start 😊

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The Rosie Effect: A Novel | Graeme Simsion
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Lately audio is all I've managed, but really miss sitting down with a physical book. Going to see if this is the book to break my reading slump

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I may be in a slump that prevents me from physically reading a book, but listening to Jennifer Lewis on audio? I could do this all day! #slumpbuster

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Duma Key: A Novel | Stephen King
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Fell asleep listening to this last night and had some *weird* ass dreams. Of course, I didn't learn my lesson and plan the same for tonight. Lol

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Waiting rooms suck, but a bag with half a dozen books is the way to go. My mind definitely matches the title today!

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Well, we're taking the plunge and getting a puppy! Won't likely be bringing a pup home until August, but might as well start the reading now while I'm still rested enough to do it. Figured this book was a good place to start - surely if he can train the tiger from The Hangover, he can teach me how to train my pup 🤣

LiteraryinLititz Congrats on your decision! 8mo
CuriousG Thanks @LiteraryinLititz It's been a year since we lost our two dogs, and I'm finally at peace with the idea of another one. Bring on the puppy training madness! Lol 8mo
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