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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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Rubbish Pet Portraits by Hercule Van Wolfwinkle
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A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction by Christopher Alexander, Sara Ishikawa, Murray Silverstein
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Yesterday marked the passing of a true master of the short story, and winner of the Nobel. Alice Munro was 92. Her birthplace & later the home she lived in with her second husband are both very close to me in Huron County, Ontario. I can honestly say I did not appreciate her work as a teenager however I grew to love it in my 30s. Actually, I adore it. The tagged is my favourite of her collections, although all of them are good. #alicemunro

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The Princess Bride | William Goldman
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1. Shawshank Redemption
2. Crazy Rich Asians
3. The Princess Bride
Runner up: The Great Gatsby

#tlt #threelistthursday @dabbe

RaeLovesToRead Yes on Princess Bride! 3mo
DebinHawaii I listed The Princess Bride too & Crazy Rich Asians is right up there! 👍🏼👍🏼 3mo
dabbe Runner-up: Redford or DiCaprio? 🤩🤩🤩 Thanks for sharing. 💚🩷💚 3mo
CuriousG @dabbe DiCaprio - I'm a huge Baz Luhrmann fan, so I love the completely over the top everything in that one. It suits the themes so well. That being said, I also like the Redford version. 3mo
dabbe @CuriousG Agree 💯! 3mo
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There are more that were very close to ties, but there were two that I honestly can't say I have even the slightest preference.
@monkeygirlsmama #thisorthat

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I'm too exhausted from lack of sleep to focus on reading my physical books, so audiobook it is! Decided to do a disturbing one.

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Merry Christmas to those who celebrate, and happy Stat holiday to those who don't but still have time off work 😊
I hope you are all able to find some time to do something that brings you joy. I'm chipping away at getting books onto shelves, although there is a bit of a snag and trim pieces need to come off and be reworked. All will be done eventually.

AnnR Looks great! 🎄📚 6mo
Hooked_on_books That‘s so pretty! 6mo
CuriousG @AnnR @Hooked_on_books Thank you 😊 Building the murphy bed and shelves has been a labour of love. Just some trim pieces to make/paint and it will be all done! 6mo
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We Meant Well: A Novel | Erum Shazia Hasan
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It's been a busy day, but I'm so excited to sit down and read all evening now. This amazing pairing of chocolate and book was sent by @TheKidUpstairs - I'm so glad to hear you loved it. I'm very excited to get going on it tonight! Happy Jolabokaflod ❤️
#jolabokaflodswap #jolabokaflodswap23 @MaleficentBookDragon

TheKidUpstairs I'm glad you like it! Merry Christmas! 6mo
CuriousG @TheKidUpstairs Merry Christmas! And those chocolates were amazing - thank you so much 6mo
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Thank you so much for the *amazing* #yuleswap package @DinoMom - I love how much thought you put into this and really appreciate it. I'm headed outside now to burn the "yule log" I created (more like a cedar bundle. Lol) and read a bit more about yule from the book you sent. Again, thank you for your generosity and thoughtfulness!

@BookwormAHN @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Fantastic! Happy Yule! ❄️ 6mo
BookwormAHN 🩵🤍🩵 6mo
DinoMom Glad you like it. Weird question were the candle in the package? I had a couple sets and found on the floor behind my desk and hoping it didn‘t fall out of your box? 6mo
CuriousG @DinoMom No there weren't any candles in the box. You already sent so much though. Truly, I love it! 6mo
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My #jolabokaflodswap23 has arrived! @MaleficentBookDragon

I'm not sure if it is wrapped inside so didn't want to open it and I didn't see a Litsy handle written on the outside so I can't tag the sender.

#jolabokaflodswap

CuriousG Think maybe it is from @TheKidUpstairs (just based on pics people tagged when they were sending things out)? 6mo
TheKidUpstairs It was me! I totally forgot to write my tag on it 🤦‍♀️ The Book is wrapped, but the chocolate is not. 6mo
CuriousG @TheKidUpstairs no problem - the challenge to try and find out is fun too 😄 6mo
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#yuleswap package has arrived. Can't wait to open this in 2 weeks!! @wanderinglynn @BookwormAHN @DinoMom

wanderinglynn Yay! ❄️ 7mo
DinoMom Yay! 7mo
BookwormAHN Fantastic 🤍 🩶 🤍 7mo
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My second Amelia Bedelia book arrived today! I am reliving my love of the Amelia Bedelia classics so ordered these two (tagged one is an original from decades ago). Poo-Dunit is making an appearance in the background and gets an honorable mention...it is also amazing. ❤️

LiteraryinLawrence I loved Amelia Bedelia! I remember “filing” the papers and heating up a “can” of soup. 😋 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great photo ❤️ 7mo
CuriousG @LiteraryinLawrence So many funny things that stick in my head from Amelia Bedelia books - I think the one that always made me laugh as a kid was when she would 'pitch the tent' 😄 6mo
PaperbackPirate I loved Amelia Bedelia too. Thanks for the walk down memory lane! 6mo
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Starlight | Richard Wagamese
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This book felt close to a masterpiece even with being unfinished. Not having an ending was okay for me; I actually like ambiguity and being able to imagine what might come next, and it felt like enough pieces had come together. Truly beautiful extension of Medicine Walk. Knowing there will never be more Wagamese books is a loss, however I'm grateful I've read out of publishing order and still have several I can go back to before I run out.

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Starlight | Richard Wagamese
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My birthday celebration this year is settling into my reading chair to immerse myself in the wonderful natural world created by Richard Wagamese in Starlight. Still have to stare at empty shelves in this room until Boxing Day before I can trust the paint enough to fill them, so trying to be patient. Have my husband working on the wooden mountain backdrop for the centre section though. This is the best birthday/Christmas present I ever received.

AmyG Fabulous! 🙌🏻❤️ 7mo
Chelsea.Poole Lovely space! 7mo
dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 7mo
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AnnCrystal 👏📚Wow🤩👍. 7mo
Anna40 Wow! Looks great! 7mo
bthegood Beautiful reading space!! 7mo
CuriousG @AmyG @Chelsea.Poole @dabbe @AnnCrystal @Anna40 @bthegood Thank you! I am truly spoiled. It's nice that my guests will now be able to sleep in this wonderful space too as before they had to be in the basement which is livable, but certainly not ideal. 7mo
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@thebacklistbook Most of your items for the #jolabokaflodswap are coming via Canada Post (and all those items inside are wrapped), there is one thing coming through Amazon and it should arrive by Wednesday. This one is small and will not be wrapped inside. Just a heads up 😊 I'll tag you in a comment on my other post re: this and #yuleswap
@MaleficentBookDragon

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So the stars aligned and I have the same person for both of these swaps. I've sent everything in one package, but don't worry, I've wrapped things inside in two different colours and have a card with instructions inside. All should be clear. 😊 Package is getting dropped off at post office in the morning, but I didn't want to forget to post this.
#jolabokaflodswap23 #jolabokaflodswap @MaleficentBookDragon
#yuleswap @wanderinglynn @BookwormAHN

wanderinglynn Yay! ❄️ But what a crazy coincidence! 7mo
BookwormAHN Nice 🩶 7mo
AmyG Too funny. 7mo
CuriousG @thebacklistbook As you can see, you have 2 different swaps on the way from me 😊 Package was sent yesterday in a flat rate box coming from Ontario. Would guess you will have it by Friday. 7mo
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Practicing Patience | Jennifer Law
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Bookshelves painted and primed - just touchups and the inside of the murphy bed yet to paint. Now to wait 30 days for it to fully cure before I can fill these shelves. Patience is not something I have, so this is going to be a challenge! 🙃

Avanders Beautiful! 7mo
julesG 🥳🥳🥳 Looks awesome! 7mo
AnnR Lovely! 7mo
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tpixie It has turned out great! I didn‘t know about the 30 day cure issue! 7mo
CuriousG @tpixie it depends on the paint how long the cure time is. This participate one is 28 days so I'm rounding up to an even 30. I know of someone who paid a lot of money to get bookshelves done and didn't listen and only waited a few weeks, and now they are paying to have their new shelves refinished. 7mo
CuriousG *particular* (darn autocorrect) 7mo
CuriousG @Avanders @julesG @AnnR thank you! This has been the dream for 20 years and through several houses, so it's very exciting! 7mo
dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 7mo
tpixie @CuriousG oh my! 7mo
tpixie @CuriousG funny! I read it the way you intended! Particular! 7mo
AnnCrystal 🎉👏🤩👍. 7mo
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Moon of the Turning Leaves | Waubgeshig Rice
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Just finished this and must say I was not prepared. I was expecting an ending somewhat like in Moon of the Crusted Snow, however this one required some tissues. I wont give much away beyond saying it was both hopeful and also more emotional than I expected. Character development is still a little lighter than I usually want, however definitely more than the previous novel, and the story was beautifully crafted. A solid pick.

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Built-Ins Cabinets and Shelves | EDITORS OF FINE HOME
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Doesn't look like much was done, but actually accomplished a lot. What was just sitting roughed in, is actually nailed in now, backs are in the upper shelves, and crown molding is in place. Now to start on the custom trim for sides and facing. Then a whole lot of painting is in my future 🤦‍♀️

TheKidUpstairs Looking great! 7mo
Smrloomis This is so beautiful 😍😍😍 7mo
CuriousG @TheKidUpstairs @Smrloomis thanks! It is certainly a labour of love, and soon to be swearing during the painting phase. Lol 7mo
bthegood looks great ! 7mo
CuriousG @bthegood thank you! 7mo
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Bookcases, Cabinets & Built-ins | Fine Homebuilding and Fine Woodworking, Taunton Press
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@tpixie This has been the journey so far with the murphy bed/bookshelves. A lot of painting and trim work yet to go, but we'll on their way!

tpixie Amazing! Where did you get the “pattern” for the Murphy bed? 7mo
CuriousG @tpixie we got the hardware and instructions kit for the bed from LeeValley. My father-in-law built it. Wallpaper came from Spoonflower. 7mo
tpixie @CuriousG it‘s going to be so wonderful! Great teamwork! 7mo
CuriousG @tpixie thanks! 7mo
AnnCrystal How exciting 👏. Wonderful job 🙂👍. 7mo
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Bookcases, Cabinets & Built-ins | Fine Homebuilding and Fine Woodworking, Taunton Press
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Partway through the rough in of the floor to ceiling bookshelves around the custom murphy bed. I must admit this project, although expensive, is actually a lot of fun. Hoping by the winter break we can have all the backs in and shelves painted so I can start filling the shelves on my time off work. Was beginning to think this whole thing would never happen, but it's getting exciting!

dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 7mo
tpixie Amazing! 7mo
tpixie Keep posting! And tag us!!! 🩷🩷🩷 7mo
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Chelsea.Poole So lovely! 7mo
AnnCrystal Brilliant 🙂👍. Those foldaways save a bundle of room. I'm considering building one with a desk underneath. Love the flower design. (edited) 7mo
CuriousG @AnnCrystal it is a really small room, so if we put a regular bed there I would have had to give up my special reading chair and rotating bookshelf that we made a few years ago. I was unwilling to do that, so this seemed like a good solution. Now if we have a guest I just need to move the chair for a few nights. 😊 7mo
CuriousG @AnnCrystal the ones where people make desks are great! 7mo
AnnCrystal @CuriousG Perfect DIY. It looks amazing 🤩. 7mo
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Best Stress Relievers are:
1. Card games (euchre, crib, etc)
2. Snuggling my dog while drinking a coffee or chai
3. Camping/hiking/outdoor time with my husband & dog
#TLT @dabbe

dabbe All sound lovely, especially 2 and 3. Thanks for sharing! 🧡🖤💜 7mo
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No wonder I've always found the concept of Paganism confusing, there are so many different things that fall under this umbrella, but this book is helping me start to sort out the differences. Not quite 50 pages in so I still have lots of learning to do.

wanderinglynn Yeah, pretty much anything that fell outside what the early Christians felt wasn‘t Christian, particularly polytheism, was deemed paganism. Today it‘s kind of morphed to encompass anyone who believes that nature is sacred and that the natural cycles of birth, growth and death observed in the world around us carry profoundly spiritual meanings. 7mo
Cuilin @wanderinglynn perfect definition regarding nature and cycles. 😍 7mo
wanderinglynn @Cuilin thanks. Although I can‘t take credit for it. I read that in a book once. (I just can‘t remember which one.) But the thought stuck with me. 7mo
CuriousG @wanderinglynn I'm still trying to wrap my head around how much/little of the deity part is tied in (vs the more generic celebrating the natural world as seasons/cycles), but hoping this helps clarify a bit. 7mo
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Make sure you sign up for #YuleSwap - hosted by @wanderinglynn and @BookwormAHN

Sign-ups close soon, so don't wait!

wanderinglynn Thanks for sharing! 7mo
BookwormAHN Thanks for sharing 😺 7mo
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"I am my silence. I am not the busyness of my thoughts or the daily rhythm of my actions."

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Ragged Company | Richard Wagamese
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My husband is not a reader (aside from hunting regs & articles 😄), however he fully supports the fact that reading is not enough for me, I need to own/write in my own copies. I'm a re-reader & like to revisit the best passages that I have underlined & annotated. Anyway, he did some early shopping for my birthday & came home with these. I'm so excited - I've had Ragged Company on my TBR for so long!! And how beautiful is that Embers cover?! 😍

AnnCrystal Sweet 💐📚 😉👍. 8mo
AmyG How nice! And youhave beautiful plants 🪴 8mo
CuriousG @AmyG thanks! I've kept them alive for a whole 9 months now, which for me is shockingly long. Lol 8mo
AmyG They look very healthy and happy! Good job! 8mo
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I decided to skip my usual Halloween Eve/Halloween movie nights to read this #HHS23 book I received. Some sections I loved, some irritated me, but overall still a pick for me. The blog sections were written in a very annoying voice (which I'm guessing was intentional), but they just didn't land for me. The rest of it hit the super weird, screwed up, vibe I go for at Halloween, so they were perfect!

ShyBookOwl Yeeeaaahh.. this was a tough one for me. I had mixed feelings about it throughout, but disliking the end tipped the scale towards pan for me. Loved the premise though! 8mo
Tkimsal On my tbr list. 8mo
CuriousG @Tkimsal if you like something a little over the top with an unreliable narrator, this will check those boxes. The ending could be a bit much for some people, but it definitely had the shock factor. I usually skew towards more realistic things, but during my creepy fall reading I'm all in for this! 8mo
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The day I've been looking forward to for way too many days (months?) - #HauntedHollowSwap opening day!!! @ShelleyBooksie - this is an amazing package full of spooky goodies. You are so good at this. The fact that you even found the little brain that matches my brain candles. So, so good. Thank you for including something from an author local to you - can't wait to experience a new to me author. #HHS23 @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Love it! 🎃🖤👻🧡 8mo
ShelleyBooksie Yay!!! So glad you like it ♡♡♡ I had so much fun shopping for you. 8mo
CuriousG @ShelleyBooksie I absolutely love all of it! 8mo
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Professional development day at work today. Had 45 minutes at the start of the day for a wellness activity, one of which was lounging in the library and reading. Took the opportunity to dig deeper into this one. It was absolutely glorious way to begin a day. And to all the book purists out there, I'm not even the tiniest bit sorry about my underlining and folded pages, (it's my copy.)

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An amazing find at the visitor centre gift shop while I was camping over Thanksgiving! #poodunnit

CatLass007 I really want to rush out and get this book as a gift for my mom. But she passed away in 2018. I‘m not feeling sad or being morbid, I just know that Mom would have laughed so hard when she saw it. And I‘m sure she‘s reading over my shoulder and laughing right this minute. 8mo
CuriousG @CatLass007 I know exactly what you mean. I think my brother would have absolutely cackled if he had seen me buy this. He died 11 years ago, but I can still hear his laugh and see the way he would throw back is head when he laughed. 8mo
CatLass007 @CuriousG “Cackled” is the exact word I was thinking, but I wasn‘t sure if anyone else would know what I meant. But, yes, Mom definitely would have cackled! 8mo
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CatLass007 And I took a screenshot of your post to text to my brother, who would understand also. (edited) 8mo
CuriousG @CatLass007 ❤️❤️❤️ 8mo
CatLass007 My brother enjoyed the picture very much. 8mo
CuriousG @CatLass007 I'm so glad! I read it out loud to my husband and my dog last night and they seemed to like it 😄 8mo
CatLass007 😆🐶 8mo
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The Sentence | Louise Erdrich
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It's a coffee and candles kind of reading morning here. Not up to much new stuff today, so just rereading sections of The Sentence.

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The Sentence | Louise Erdrich
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I can't put in words how much I loved this. At one point my husband asked me what it was about and I said, "Prison; a bookstore; Covid-19; ghosts; Indigenous communities; and George Floyd." Then he laughed because he thought I was just saying random words to mock him. ? Now I'll add trauma/inner demons; systemic oppression; necessary uprisings; balancing harm with benefit; friends/family; shame/regret; and reckoning, to the list. Masterful.

SamAnne Okay, I‘m moving this up,higher on my TBR. Been trying to get to this one for awhile. 8mo
CuriousG @SamAnne it sat on my shelf since the day the paperback version was released. I knew it would be good but just didn't get around to it until now. One of my god-daughters is in an Indigenous Literature course in high-school so I thought I'd read some Erdrich to discuss with her (I've read the whole reading list for her course already.) The course is Canadian authors only but Louise Erdrich is brilliant, so I'm bringing her to all the kids I know. 8mo
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Snail Brings the Mail | Russell Punter, Mairi Mackinnon
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Sorry this is late getting posted, but I received my #HHS package in the mail on Friday! I was on my way camping for the Thanksgiving weekend when I picked it up and had *zero* service the entire time. No matter where I walked and how high in the air I held my phone, no dice. Lol
I think it is from @ShelleyBooksie but I didn't see a Litsy handle on the box. I was scared to open in case it wasn't wrapped. @wanderinglynn #HHS23

wanderinglynn Yay! 🎃👻🧡 8mo
ShelleyBooksie It's from me!! Yay 8mo
ShelleyBooksie PS - it's wrapped ♡♡ 8mo
CuriousG @ShelleyBooksie I can't wait to open this - so excited! 8mo
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The Sentence | Louise Erdrich
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Was camping this weekend and the book sleeve that I got from @ShelleyBooksie during #HHS22 is the perfect way to prevent my book from being a total dirty mess when I have to set it down, and also have those spooky fall vibes. That being said, I use this year round. Lol

Clwojick Such a stunning pattern! 🖤 9mo
CuriousG @Clwojick Right?! I love it 9mo
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The Sentence | Louise Erdrich
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National Truth & Reconciliation Day and although I forgot to bring among 21 Things You Didn't Know About The Indian Act, which I was going to spend the day rereading, I did at least remember to bring a few other books by Indigenous authors. Thought this one has been sitting on my shelf long enough - time to start it!

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My #HauntedHollowSwap package was sent out this afternoon and is on its way! Likely arriving by early next week. @wanderinglynn
#HHS #HHS23

wanderinglynn Yay! 🎃👻🧡 9mo
wanderinglynn Did you receive your #HHS box? Your match mailed it on Sept 30. 8mo
CuriousG @wanderinglynn I was just about to post about that! I received it on Friday but was on my way camping for Thanksgiving weekend and had literally no cell service the entire time so my attempts to let you know failed. 8mo
wanderinglynn No worries! As long as you got it, that‘s all that matters. 🎃 8mo
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Halloween Tree | Ray Bradbury
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1. Wolf (really just want an all black German Shepherd)
2. Anything creepy, but I often revisit my non fiction one on serial killers
3. Bride of Frankenstein
4. Yes. (8.5 womens)
5. Beetlejuice
6. All of them except candy corn
#HauntedHollowSwap #HHS23 #HHS @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn 👻🎃🙌🏻 9mo
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Dealing with the ongoing nature of ambiguous loss, too many deaths of family members and friends, and other trauma, undoubtedly does live in the body. Anticipating this will be a mixture of fascinating, tough, and hoping meaningful as well.

AnnCrystal 🙏❤️‍🩹😢😘. 9mo
CuriousG Thank you @AnnCrystal 9mo
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Stocking up on candles by ordering early so that I can set the mood when reading my spooky October books this fall. Between these and my #HauntedHollowSwap #HHS23 shopping, I'm really getting in the Halloween mood. Is it October yet?

ShelleyBooksie The brain one is cool and disturbing at the same time. 9mo
CuriousG @ShelleyBooksie definitely! My husband has a brain injury, so I'm partial to things that are brains. We even have a brain cake mold 😄 9mo
CuriousG @ShelleyBooksie we use dark humour to express our affection for functioning brains...and understanding for ones that don't want to cooperate (which definitely includes mine) 🙃 9mo
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Fun #HauntedHollowSwap this or that 🎃👻
#HHS #HHS23

wanderinglynn 🎃👻🙌🏻 10mo
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Cabin Porn: Inside | Zach Klein, Freda Moon
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Needing something to force me to clean all the junk off of my coffee table was a great excuse to buy this book. I don't have a cabin and don't ever plan on having one (I love the flexibility of having a travel trailer and going different places), but I *LOVE* the idea and feel of cabins so am obsessed with the origonal Cabin Porn book. Now also obsessed with Cabin Porn: Inside.

ICantImReading I got both of those books for my husband for Christmas this past year - they‘re beautiful! As is your coffee table 😍 10mo
CuriousG @ICantImReading Thank you! We were forced to cut down a beautiful maple tree that I absolutely loved, and it broke my heart, so we cut up the trunk so we could at least make some useful furniture for ourselves and some family/friends ou 10mo
ICantImReading @CuriousG oh wow, I love that, that makes it extra special! 💚 (although I am sorry it had to be cut down!) (edited) 10mo
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The Shining | Stephen King
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In terms of movies I love for October, here are the ones I've watched multiple times, despite the fact they sometimes cause me to lose sleep 😬
I've included candies I love, but the reality is I love pretty much any candy, I'm not super fussy; the only exceptions are candy corn and black licorice.
#hauntedhollowswap #HHS #HHS23 @wanderinglynn

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego We watched The Descent last night. And almost 20 years later, it still holds up. 10mo
wanderinglynn Your scare level is much higher than mine! 👻 10mo
CuriousG @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Hands down one of the scariest movies I've ever seen, especially as I'm slightly claustrophobic and the idea of just being in a cave is terrifying to me. I have no ide why I've tortured myself by watching this movie so many times. Lol 10mo
CuriousG @wanderinglynn Somrtimes I regret my choices after the fact, but I continue to do the same thing so I must like being 😱 10mo
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Spooktacular! | Sienna Mercer
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I'm super busy with last minute prep for the start of school tomorrow (yes, procrastination is something I do well and I'mrunning out of time 🤦‍♀️) but since I want to get a #hauntedhallowswap collage posted I'm just going to reuse a few from last year. Maybe later this week I'll have time to make a new one. This one is good at summing up the fact that I lean towards a creepy vibe. (Candle pics from LadyGreen Beeswax)

#HHS #HHS23 @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Those candles are awesome! 🎃 10mo
CuriousG @wanderinglynn agreed - she makes the best spooky candles! I haven't seen this year's spooky collection yet but am looking forward to when it comes out. 10mo
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"The thing you can count on in life is that Tennessee will always be scorching hot in August."

#firstlinefridays @ShyBookOwl

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So my pup's face kind of represents how I'm feeling right now. This novel was an experience! If you are not a fan of any of the following, skip this one: unsympathetic characters; complex nature with no clear protagonist/antagonist; emotional & unsettled ending; slow burn towards end result. It is a pick for me, but I can see how many people would absolutely hate it. Virtually all content warnings I can think of apply.

CuriousG I would love to read some sort of companion novel that has alternating sections from Nadi and Esmail. When it comes down to it, they are really the only two characters I liked in any way. I was able to find things about all the characters I could sympathize with and feel empathy for how hard it can be to make good decisions when it feels like life is beating on you, but I certainly didn't *like* Kathy, Lestor, or Mr Behrani. 10mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m happy you enjoyed!! I absolutely hated it 😂😂 10mo
CuriousG @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I wouldn't say "enjoyed", but I did think it was very good. I can totally see why people would absolutely hate it though - so much about it that is uncomfortable, annoying, or outright unpleasant. 10mo
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dabbe Hello there, sweetest pup! 🖤🐾🖤 10mo
catiewithac Is this an English springer spaniel? 10mo
CuriousG @catiewithac Bernese Mountain Dog - he was the runt of the litter though, so on the small size for a Berner 10mo
CuriousG @dabbe Meelo says hello! 🙂 10mo
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CuriousG
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Chipping away at this one. I was too caught up in my university craziness to read this when it first came out, but it's been on my TBR for the last decade or so and finally got around to it. Just a constant shifting of opinion as to who I think is more sympathetic, or more accurately, less abrasive and making the least terrible decisions. I like it, but definitely not sure yet where I will fall on opinions of characters.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I read this years ago and couldn‘t get into it. 🤦🏻‍♀️ 10mo
Tkimsal Lol! My book club still argues about this book and some of the choices made by the characters in it many years after we read it. I loved it. 10mo
CuriousG @Tkimsal I'm into Part II now, and of the opinion that 99.9% of the choices made by everyone are terrible. Lol. I'm still enjoying it because humans really are messy and make a lot of terrible choices, so I guess that part isn't inaccurate. I feel like they are all past the point of salvaging anything though. I guess I'll see! 10mo
CuriousG @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I am into it. First I enjoyed the tension of feeling like 2 imperfect people, but both in situations I can sympathize with, then the building of both making increasingly questionable decisions and making them less sympathetic. At this point I'm not sure I like any of them. I can see how the style and dynamic is definitely not everyone's cup of tea though. It is frustrating! 10mo
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CuriousG
Haunted Halloween | Sue Fliess
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Posting this again so more people see it. I've just signed up - make sure you do too! Go to original post by @wanderinglynn for details and link to form

#hauntedhollowswap #hhs #hhs23

wanderinglynn Thank you! 🎃👻 I am also planning on reposting a few times to make sure everyone has a chance to see it. 👍🏻👍🏻 10mo
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CuriousG
Haunted: A Novel | Chuck Palahniuk
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It's getting to that time of year - the #HauntedHollowSwap is coming up!

Go to @wanderinglynn 's page to check out original post and find link to sign up.

#HHS #HHS23

wanderinglynn Thanks for sharing! 🎃👻 10mo
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CuriousG
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Finally was able to visit my favourite used bookstore again. Bearly Used Books (located in Parry Sound, Ontario) is 4 hours away from me so I only get there once every few years, but love wandering through all the rooms for hours on end. Wasn't specifically looking for these books, but they caught my eye. #bookhaul #bearlyusedbooks

dabbe I love when those eyes get caught! 👀 10mo
CuriousG @dabbe Me too - the surprise aspect is nice. I was hoping to stumble across some Murakami or Morrison to expand my current collection, but those are like gold and rarely sit on the shelf long enough for me to find them 🤷‍♀️ 10mo
dabbe @CuriousG You still snagged a great haul! 🤩 10mo
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CuriousG
Tom Lake: A Novel | Ann Patchett
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I absolutely loved the experience of reading this novel, helped by the fact that I was sitting next to a river as I read the many descriptions of rural landscapes. A nice reflection on how our plans, our loves, & our lives, rarely take the course we had wanted, but the journey can still lead us to the best imaginable places.
This random paragraph about the fair has little to do with plot, but I love it because it rings so true to childhood.

TrishB Lovely review ❤️ 10mo
Chelsea.Poole I‘m so excited to read this! 10mo
CuriousG @Chelsea.Poole I hope you enjoy it! It wasn't earth shaterring insights, but I loved it because I just felt it was a nicely paced novel and I really enjoyed going along for the ride and seeing how things would play out (pun intended). 10mo
ShelleyBooksie Just started this on audio. My first Patchett. 10mo
CuriousG @ShelleyBooksie I hear the audio is wonderful! This novel is more laid back in terms of emotional connection compared to some of her other work, but I still really enjoyed it. 10mo
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CuriousG
Skippy Dies: A Novel | Paul Murray
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1. School starts the first Tuesday after Labour Day in Ontario (September 5th this year), so I'm working that day. This year for some reason it is a PD day in our district though, so kids don't start until September 6th.
2. I'm not a huge school setting fan in novels as I spend so much time in one, but I really did like Skippy Dies.
#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

Tagging another Canadian to play along @janeycanuck

TheSpineView Happy Tuesday and thanks for playing!🌞 10mo
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CuriousG
Tom Lake: A Novel | Ann Patchett
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Perfect spot to start reading a new book. I've heard great things about Tom Lake, so starting with it.

dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 10mo
SamAnne ❤️❤️❤️ 10mo
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