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MommyWantsToReadHerBook

MommyWantsToReadHerBook

Joined September 2016

Mom, translator, editor, always reading something. https://www.goodreads.com/Salome_Smith 🇿🇦
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Continuing the comfort that sci-fi and fantasy has lately been providing with a reread of the Cosmic Trilogy (I think the Space Trilogy sounds awful, I'm sorry, American friends!). CS Lewis has meant more for my faith than many, and the imagination of the worlds in the first two books never ceases to take my breath away. I typically don't reread books often but his works are a huge exception! Happy Saturday!

wordslinger42 I feel the same way about CS Lewis 💙 I read a great devotion once called CS Lewis and the Call to Create - you might enjoy it! I've never read Out of the Silent Planet, but I'll have to give it a try! 3d
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @wordslinger42 that sounds lovely, will have to see if I can find it! Don't know if sci-fi with amazing theology is your jam but if it is, you must read the Cosmic Trilogy! 3d
wordslinger42 @MommyWantsToReadHerBook It's not my usual thing, but I'll give it a try!! 😊 1d
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The Last Battle | C. S. Lewis
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I've been needing easy, comforting reads lately and remembered that all the Narnia books are on my Kindle. I can never really pick a favourite... I enjoyed this one so much again, got all emotional again. Just beautiful.

Clare-Dragonfly I‘ve been rereading the Narnia books too. They‘re perfect for before bed because they‘re so familiar and comforting. ❤️ 3d
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Mietjie soek haar ma | Philip D. Eastman, Pieter Willem Grobbelaar
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I love reading my kids books that I loved as a child. My youngest is into Are you my mother? in its delightful Afrikaans translation (I've never read the English) right now and I'm enjoying it too!

KBlackScan One of my childhood faves too!!! 5d
Readswithcoffee I loved this when I was a child. 5d
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We had our first proper shower of the season at the farmer's market this morning, though it was short. Now it's raining softly but steadily and it's so wonderful - it's been so dry!!

Freespirit Dry here too....hoping for rain. Glad your getting some. 2w
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The Drunken Forest | Gerald Durrell
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An enjoyable read that made me laugh out loud! A bit dated and condescending in places... ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ I loved this just as much as the first two! I really applaud Becky Chambers for creating 3 books about different sets of characters but doing it so well. I'm so sad it's finished but it was such an awesome ride! The only, only thing I didn't love about this book was the discussion of purpose and the "realization" that nobody in these books believe in a higher being... Very thankful for my faith.

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I've been working so hard to rather read than Netflix when I need to relax/escape. This has been a great book for that! What am I going to read next that will compare and have the same effect? 😩😭

Jesstifies I felt the same way! I really enjoyed those books. If you‘re into a little light steampunk fantasy I‘d recommend the Parasol Protectorate. Def fun and a delightful escape. Also has like 5 or so books in the series!! #1 tagged. 1mo
rwmg Did you know she has a new book out? 1mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @rwmg I'm not sure... Which book are you referring to? 1mo
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MommyWantsToReadHerBook @Jesstifies thanks for the recommendation! 1mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @rwmg thanks, I already read it 😭 1mo
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I agree with the criticism of others that this book is dated and often condescending, but I'm still glad I read it. I have personal reasons for reading quite a bit about Islam right now and I feel I learned a lot that can guide me in future reading. I'd love something vaguely similar that is just more recent, although I guess preferably written by a Muslim woman rather than a Westerner.

batsy I found this an illuminating read. She doesn't pander to anyone and makes her political views clear, but her depiction of the varied lives of Muslim women in Muslim societies was very interesting 1mo
Centique @batsy oooh that looks good too. Stacked 🙏 1mo
Chrissyreadit @MommyWantsToReadHerBook I think the other consideration may be one of culture not religion. Muslim women vary significantly just like Christian Women. I‘ve worked with women and families who embrace different views of Islam based on their personal history . 1mo
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MommyWantsToReadHerBook @batsy thanks for the recommendation! 1mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @Chrissyreadit definitely. I enjoyed most the fact that she gave portraits from several different cultures. 1mo
Reggie I think you might like this one which is an essay collection of 19 Arab female journalists. 1mo
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I bought this on a whim as a Kindle deal, but it was really a good read! I learned so much I didn't know and as always appreciated an honest, well-rounded portrait who was remarkable but still had his faults. I laughed quite a few times and thought the writing was generally good, although the kindle edition was full of odd mistakes 3.5 - 4 stars.

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Halloween Party | Agatha Christie
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This was between a pick and a so-so for me. Even when my sister and I were students in Pretoria and were buying our own Agatha Christies at secondhand bookshops, Hallowe`en Party was one that remained on my mom's shelves and that I (as I thought) read quite a few times over the holidays, back when I still had student holidays. I must be getting old because I remembered nothing and the fanciful writing wasn't my favourite Christie style...

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Halloween Party | Agatha Christie
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Haha, very true!

CogsOfEncouragement lol Loved this one a couple Octobers ago and remember that quote! 2mo
Linsy 😆 1mo
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This was a slow, intense read for me that put down in favour of other print reads all the time. Nevertheless, I thought the writing was masterful. The sex got a bit much for me at times but I think her exploration of emotions and her characterisations are incredibly interesting. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Megabooks It‘s definitely an interesting book. Very well written. 2mo
Cathythoughts Loved this one 2mo
emilyhaldi This book seems to be very polarizing but I LOVED it! 2mo
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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ This was so good!

BarbaraJean Ohhhh, I need to read this!! 2mo
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Funny Girl | Nick Hornby
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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ I loved this book so much! It was laugh out loud funny, but also has characters that you become truly fond of. The last bit bummed me out... But that's Hornby - he can be so funny but also not afraid to write about serious matters. An incredibly fun read overall.

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Lessons in Husbandry | Shaida Kazie Ali
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I loved this book and not just because she's a South African author. Her style is a bit sparse but she pulls it off well. This book is lighter than her first, which contains a lot about apartheid atrocities. This one is more personal, with a great romance (not something I look for in books). I love the Muslim feminism that` thrown in. I can't wait for her next book, but as she told her nephew, "She's a bitch and she'll come out when she's ready.“

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I saw my spiritual director this morning and she lent me this book. So far I've dipped into a few random psalms and I love these paraphrases! I'm hoping they will focus my mind as I try to spend time with God in silence especially in this time that I need to make a big decision. Life has been crazy lately but hopefully I can have a short rest before the next project.

Crazeedi I hope as you seek and ask, you will find, God bless 2mo
Suet624 Best wishes to you. Listening and surrendering are hard to do but so meaningful. 2mo
quirkyreader I hope everything works out. 2mo
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How To | Randall Munroe
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And husband's Christmas present sorted out.

Hestapleton Oh my husband would LOVE THIS. 3mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @Hestapleton I've bought my husband both Randall Munroe's orher books, they're lots of intellectual fun! 3mo
keepingupwiththepenguins Ha! This sounds awesome! 2mo
xxjenadanxx I read and enjoyed his What If? Maybe check that one out too! 2mo
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The Dutch House | Ann Patchett
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A new Ann Patchett and a new Emma Donaghue coming out, and I'm not nearly caught up with so many books I still want to read! Feeling overwhelmed but in a good way 🙂

Follow.my.read I pre ordered this! My friend read the ARC and loved it! 3mo
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The Troll | Julia Donaldson
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Reading in the car while the eldest is doing gymnastics. Lira has been wanting to read The Troll a lot lately!

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Lovely sentiments from such a "holy" guy... I know those were the times, but still...

SamanthaMarie Puke. 3mo
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A Closed and Common Orbit | Becky Chambers
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I loved this so much and am so sad I'm done with it! I didn't know going into it that it would be so different from the first book, but I thought it was so well done and engrossing. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

BarbaraJean 💜I love these books so much and I‘m so glad you‘re loving them, too! I feel like the third is different still—more of a “slice of life” kind of book—but still with the same lovely themes of community running through. 3mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @BarbaraJean I can't wait to read it. I was waiting for the price on the last two to come down a bit, think this one was $7, which is a bit more than my usual limit but so worth it... Now I'm itching to buy the third, but also don't want it to end! 3mo
BarbaraJean I know the feeling!! I‘m hoping she‘ll continue writing more in this world. 3mo
rwmg Congrats to the author for getting the Hugo for Best Series for this. 1🥂 3mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @rwmg that's so cool! 3mo
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A Closed and Common Orbit | Becky Chambers
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My reality today! A big thesis to edit and of course, since I've been working until 10, 11 at night, I have a cold... Think of me/pray for me 🙂 Enjoying the tagged book when I have a few moments!

Cathythoughts Thinking of you 👍🏻♥️ 3mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @Cathythoughts thanks so much ❤️ 3mo
shanaqui Remembering my (not too long) dissertations... Much luck! And enjoy this book whenever you get chance; Becky Chambers' books are great. 3mo
JennyM As a fellow thesis writer...I am with you! You can do it, one word at a time! Sending lots of good wishes 😘 3mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @JennyM luckily I didn't write it, just the editor, but my deadline is so tight! 3mo
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Anatomy of a Scandal | Sarah Vaughan
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This is popular fiction and I had some issues with the writing, but it was still a pretty well crafted, entertaining novel with a satisfying conclusion.

Cathythoughts I thought it a good read 👍🏻♥️ 3mo
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Not a Fairytale | Shaida Kazie Ali
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So I know the author's nephew. I loved this book although it is also a harrowing look at the indignities of the apartheid era, this time from an Indian Muslim perspective. It tells the stories of two sisters in the two halves of the book and though there is much unhappiness, there is also the innocent happiness of children and plenty of humour. Knowing that the events in this book all happened to real people made it come alive for me. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Anatomy of a Scandal | Sarah Vaughan
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So if you'll forgive me for being pedantic, this is a really, really random way to make someone die in a novel. And safari park isn't even a term - if you want to do big game hunting, you go to privately owned game farm, and in the case of a foreigner it's likely canned hunting... But she could have also just said rifle accident. Anyway, moving on...

Clare-Dragonfly I thought this was a reference to the Delia Owens poacher controversy. But this is a totally different book and apparently that was in Zambia. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3mo
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Anatomy of a Scandal | Sarah Vaughan
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The writing isn't absolutely amazing but this is a decent distracting read - except for those times that nothing is able to fully distract me from the drama that is my life right now! I'm looking forward to seeing how everything comes together (in the book. In my life too, I guess).

JennyM Sending you lots of good wishes. Sorry to hear things remain hard. Thinking of you xx 3mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @JennyM thank you, that means a lot ❤️ 3mo
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Finally finished this one! Wow, this was really good although of course upsetting at times. Ann Rule did a really good job.

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Sunday afternoon chill while waiting hungrily for our meat being barbecued.

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This has been an eye-opening read for me, especially in this particular time in my own marriage. Man, we really are taught nothing about conflict resolution and communication... I highly recommend this book to all who are married or want to be - and preferably read it before you become unhappy in your marriage!

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Tea and Tea Drinking | Claire Masset
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I'm pretty sure some tea-loving littens will understand why I'm posting this picture of the cast-iron teapot I bought today. I'm not usually this impulsive but we were at a restaurant with this cute little shop nearby, and I've been going through a hard time and need some beauty in my life... Plus I'm nearly 38 and have never owned a proper teapot.

Cathythoughts Beautiful tea pot 😍 4mo
Karkar Love it!!! 4mo
ravenlee Sounds like it‘s time for some book and tea self care! 4mo
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LauraBeth That‘s lovely! 4mo
TheSpineView Lovely! 4mo
Chelsea.Poole Precious tea pot! 4mo
Naj So pretty!! 4mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @ravenlee definitely... But I'm working 😢🤮 4mo
Tamra A beauty! 4mo
xicanti It‘s beautiful! 4mo
batsy It's so pretty! 4mo
sudi 😍 4mo
BarbaraJean I love it! Such a pretty tea pot!! 4mo
Trashcanman Thank you 4mo
KBlackScan It‘s beautiful 5d
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The Lost Man | Jane Harper
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This was a really enjoyable read! Well crafted. I agree with others that it's even written better than the Aaron Falk books.

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I got the most amazing gift today from someone who knows I love MO!

Cathythoughts Lovely gift ✨✨✨✨✨ 5mo
JennyM How are you doing this week? Look after yourself 5mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @JennyM I'm exhausted from working late nights and I and my littlest are sick! I'm definitely run down. And the complicated situation continues... Thank you for thinking of me ❤️❤️❤️ it means so much 5mo
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JennyM @MommyWantsToReadHerBook I‘m sorry things haven‘t eased for you. Hope your little one gets better soon and you can get a bit more rest to deal with it all. Take care 😘 5mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @JennyM thank you so much ❤️ I think we're both quite a bit better. Emotional turmoil not so much... 5mo
BarbaraJean 💜💜💜 Love Mary Oliver! Been thinking about you & continuing to pray for you. Hope things are getting better! 5mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @BarbaraJean thank you my dearest friend. Things are hectic... I spoke to Cathy today and that helped so much. I'll tell you when the time is right what is going on... ❤️ 5mo
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Look what the library had for me - after I requested it in October, I think!

I'm going through a tough time. Sitting down with my tea for a few minutes before I have to get up and keep going, not to mention pretend....

RatherTooFondofBooks I‘m sorry that you‘re going through a tough time. I hope your book gives you a bit of an escape for a while. 5mo
Freespirit Hope things get better for you🌷 5mo
JennyM Sending you good wishes and hugs 🤗 5mo
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cobwebmoth *hugs* 5mo
BarbaraJean Praying for you, friend! 5mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @BarbaraJean thank you. I need it so badly! 5mo
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🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 This was a really excellent read! I though I was fairly clued up, but I learned a lot! Highly recommended.

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I'm really enjoying this book, which was recommended by a new friend. Humour doesn't always work for me (in fiction and non-fiction) but this guy has had me laughing out loud a few times.

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The Snow Child | Eowyn Ivey
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This book was just gorgeous. I loved, loved, loved everything about it. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Jeannineth I loved it. It was atmospheric and the magical realism was so well done. 6mo
LeeRHarry Loved it too 😊 6mo
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The Little Library | Kim Fielding
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Look what is at my favourite pizza restaurant! This is the first time I've seen a little library in Pretoria or anywhere in South Africa!

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The Snow Child | Eowyn Ivey
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I'm cheating on my NF reads... So far this book is beautifully written, and isn't catawampus just the most delicious word? 😊

Amiable I love that word. It‘s in my top 10 favorites! 😀 6mo
JoScho Love that word! 6mo
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RIP dear Rachel. You helped me become a progressive Christian and I will always be grateful!

Karisa Gone way too soon. 😥 6mo
Susanita 😢 6mo
DaveGreen7777 😞😢 6mo
TheBookHippie Same 6mo
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The Immortalists | Chloe Benjamin
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I wasn't sure if I'd like this one, but I ended up loving it. Every word wasn't perfect, and sometimes the writing is a bit too flowery, but there were just all these little moments of beauty that I just loved. The characters just absolutely crept into my heart.

bedandabook I listened to this one on Audible and absolutely loved it too! 6mo
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The Immortalists | Chloe Benjamin
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Today is a public holiday, autumn is in the air and I have a cold 😭. Breakfast is in the oven and I've been sitting on the couch in my pyjamas reading while my children have been angelic except for a bar of soap that was a bit destroyed - what luxury! I was reading this so sparsely but now I'm really into it.

Cathythoughts I hope your cold gets better. Breakfast in the oven sounds good ♥️👍🏻 6mo
julesG Hope your feeling better soon. 6mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook Thanks @Cathythoughts and @julesG, really hoping I can nip it in the bud! 6mo
TheLibrarian Feel better soon! 6mo
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Loving his take on evolution, fuzzily remembering what I've read about emergent evolution in the past... His writing is so clear and easy to understand and I love his idea of Spirit, self-transcendence and creativity driving the universe 🌌

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Fellow RHE fans, did you see this? Crazy. She's a bit younger than me, I think, her little boy is still pretty young... Really keeping her in my prayers! There is no more recent update.

CBee I saw this yesterday 😢 Hoping they can figure out what‘s wrong. She‘s wonderful. 7mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @CBee she is a kindred spirit. Really hoping they figure out the cause soon as well. 7mo
CBee @MommyWantsToReadHerBook 🤞🏻🤞🏻♥️♥️ 7mo
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MommyWantsToReadHerBook Speaking of praying for people... @Trashcanman what's up with your empty profile? You okay? 7mo
Trashcanman @MommyWantsToReadHerBook It matches my soul. 7mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @Trashcanman oh George, I'm so sorry. Of course nothing I say can make a difference but sending you much love nevertheless. 7mo
Trashcanman @MommyWantsToReadHerBook I appreciate your prayers, truly. Kindness is never meaningless. You are a kind soul and I'm thankful to know you. 7mo
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Loving this... Sunday afternoon reading while the kids play.

Cathythoughts Loved this book ♥️👍🏻 7mo
bedandabook Ooh, I really loved this one. Enjoy! 7mo
enidkeaner I‘m glad you‘re doing enjoying it! 7mo
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I wanted to read this years ago but would have had to borrow a friend's copy for ages. Got it on Kindle for $3.44 if anyone is interested!

Aimeesue Thanks! 7mo
Cathythoughts Ken Wilber .... totally out there ! I love some of his books ... With some excellent thinking .... I love most of all his theory about how love started... the atom was lonely & attracted ( ? The bits floating around it ) the start of love & community 7mo
Cathythoughts What an interesting thinker ... cerebral 👍🏻♥️with heart ♥️ 7mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @Cathythoughts my friend is a huge fan, his reputation is amazing... Don't know much about his ideas yet but looking forward to this! 7mo
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The Immortalists | Chloe Benjamin
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1. The Immortalists - Chloe Benjamin
2. We are not doing much, today was very quiet and tomorrow we may braai (BBQ) if it doesn't rain. Nice to see a bit more of my husband over the long weekend but it doesn't mean that he does no work.
3. Yes to hardboiled eggs 🥚
4. Freya, maybe...
5. Done!

#friyayintro
@howjessreads

RadicalReader I‘ve never heard of a bbq called baei before so cool 7mo
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Man, this book ended up taking me months to finish! At first, I found his writing so refreshing and different from all the Reformed authors I used to read. Then his style started to downright annoy me and I was literally gleaning what I could from the book while not always enjoying the writing. I did feel it got better towards the end and feel that I gained a lot from this book and it would probably be great as a Bible study book.

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Miffy in the Snow | Dick Bruna
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My sister has been coming by a bit more often lately on days she isn't at work (the life of an academic). The girls are obsessed with their little cousin and my eldest just always wants to read to him (she has mad reading skills for someone who turned 6 in January). Miffy in the Snow in Afrikaans is one of the most precious books from my childhood.

Suet624 Sooooo sweet. 7mo
BarbaraJean 💜💜💜 7mo
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Thanks for the tag, @GlitterGirl !

1. Also a lot of memories looking at the charts. I'm going to go with 3 songs that actually make me think of my matric year: Britney Spears Baby one more time, Eagle Eye Cherry Save Tonight and Cher Believe.

2. Leo

3. Barbara Kingsolver ❤️

@enidkeaner

RainyDayReading I‘ve got Believe stuck in my head now 🤣 7mo
SilversReviews Too long ago, but probably a Beatle song. 😊 (edited) 7mo
Eggs Thanks for joining in 💗🤗💗 7mo
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The Portrait | Antoine Laurain
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I concur with other Litsy readers - a really well done short book! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 for skill in crafting this book, working out the intracacies without getting bogged down in details.

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