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Hoping to be able to get to the post office sometime this week or early next to post this off for the #jolabokaflodswap . It does not have far to go so it should get there on time. 😁
@MaleficentBookDragon

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My #top10ofthedecade #nonfictionedition . These are some of the books I read that were published during the 2010 - 2019 period. I have shifted to reading more non fiction in these last few years.
@Cinfhen

Bookwormjillk I keep seeing books I forgot to put on my list. Quiet is one 23h
Smarkies @Bookwormjillk one of the books that shaped me- helped me be at peace with my introverted-ness. 😁 23h
Cinfhen I‘ll have to checkout Cheryl Strayed book ~ it‘s on so many lists!!!!! 22h
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Bookwormjillk @Smarkies me too which is why it‘s weird I forgot about it! 22h
Cinfhen And I‘ve been meaning to read Oliver Sacks 22h
Smarkies @Cinfhen Gratitude is a fairly small book. Strayed's book was one of my favourite reads last year. 😄 21h
RachelO I‘ve been meaning to read this for SO long! now
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Pickpick

More of a memoir than a how to guide. But it was quite encouraging to hear her story and her triggers and reactions to them.
I am trying to become a more mindful consumer in general as I find that I am a bit of a compulsive shopper. 😂😂 hopefully this book is the jumping off point for me. Noting this as #somethingyoupick
#nonfiction2019

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Smarkies
The Sourdough School | Vanessa Kimbell
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Pickpick

A fairly intermediate bread baking book - though I think that most sourdough books are intermediate bread baking because of the natural yeast aspects of it.
I lived with a year of flat loafs until I found a "method" that worked with our humid climate and my timings. Hopefully I will be able to convert some of the recipes noted here into something that works for me.
#nonfiction2019
#somethingwithscience

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Smarkies
The Sourdough School | Vanessa Kimbell
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Working my way through this as I have time to refresh my starter. I bought it more for the science-y part and not so much for the recipes but I think I will try a couple next year.

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Mehso-so

I wanted so much to love this book because it is about rescue dogs. Some parts had me tearing up, but the book felt a little static for me.
#nonfiction2019
#somethingwithanimals

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Bikram Yoga | Bikram Choudhury
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Watched this documentary about the founder. There is also another excellent podcast which discusses the same topic - ESPN's 30 for 30. It is shocking what people in "power" sometimes do.
#NFNov
@rsteve388
@Clwojick

fleeting About to watch this one too! 2w
Clwojick 6pt 2w
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Celebrating the fact that I finished one row on the #nonfiction2019 bingo card with the tagged book which marked off the "something from another country" as she writes about their life in Iran and then in the US.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa This book is sitting on my TBR shelf! I really need to get to it soon! 3w
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This book is queued up for my next audiobook. Hoping that I can get some tips from it to help me reduce my hoarding tendencies. 😂
#NFNov
@rsteve388
@Clwojick

rsteve388 1 pt 3w
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Pickpick

Had the audiobook of this and enjoyed the author's narration of it as she does her family's accents 😂😂
Also noting this book as #somethingfromanothercountry for #nonfiction2019
#NFNov
@rsteve388
@Clwojick

rsteve388 6 pt 3w
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Smarkies
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Finished watching this documentary on Netflix. I am not sure how I feel about the backlash against eating meat products but there seems to be a lot of chatter about it now.
#NFNov
@rsteve388
@Clwojick

Slajaunie I gave up eating meat after watching documentaries about how the U.S. gets their meat. Also watched on how people‘s health becomes vastly improved by being Vegan. I am one of those people. 3w
Smarkies @Slajaunie well done on making that leap. 😄 3w
rsteve388 6 pts 3w
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Smarkies
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Spending some time on a plane soon so have loaded up some audiobooks. This one is up next.
#NFNov
@rsteve388
@Clwojick

rsteve388 1 pt 3w
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Smarkies
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Trying to swot for an upcoming exam. As it approaches I wonder why I am doing this to myself at my age. 🤦🏽‍♀️🤦🏽‍♀️🤦🏽‍♀️
#NFNov
@rsteve388
@Clwojick

GatheringBooks never too old to learn! 3w
Smarkies @GatheringBooks but too old to take tests! 😂😂😂 3w
rsteve388 1pt 3w
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Smarkies
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Marking off this book as #somethingwrittenbyawoman for #nonfiction2019

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Smarkies
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Pickpick

A charming memoir about living in many states in the US with a loving family. It is also shows how food and cooking has helped to bind the family together and move past grief.
#NFNov
@rsteve388
@Clwojick

rsteve388 6 pts 3w
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A quick update on my #nonfiction2019 bingo card. The tagged book goes under "something that made me laugh" and for "something inspirational", that honour falls to "Steal Like An Artist"
@Riveted_Reader_Melissa

Texreader Looking great! I‘ve read lots of nonfiction to try to fill this card but there are too many to go for me to finish. So pleased to see you are doing so well!! 4w
Smarkies @Texreader I think I will only get 2 - 3 more done until end of year. Hopefully will at least get to finish off one row. 😄 4w
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Smarkies
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Pickpick

A short punchy book with lots of good advice.
#NFNov
Also ticking off the #somethinginspirational box for #NonFiction2019 as this book has inspired me to just do the art. 😄
@rsteve388 @Clwojick

rsteve388 I loved this book. It was the advice I needed at the time. 4w
Clwojick This sounds fun! Stacking! 6 pt. 4w
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Smarkies
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Getting in some reading at a local tea cafe.
#NFNov
@rsteve388
@Clwojick

Clwojick 1 pt. 4w
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Smarkies
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My current progress on the #NFNov bingo card. I am not sure if I can complete this but still giving it a go. 😄
@rsteve388
@Clwojick

Clwojick 1 pt. 1mo
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Smarkies
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Pickpick

10 sections with recipes at the end of each done with wit and humour.
I also finished reading it just as my loaf of sourdough bread was coming out of the oven. This is the best my loaf has ever looked. 😋
This book also counts towards the #somethingthatmadeyoulaugh for the #nonfiction2019
#NFNov
@rsteve388
@Clwojick

Tamra Oh my gosh, I want to eat the whole loaf! 1mo
batsy Looks scrumptious! 🍞 1mo
TheBookHippie I love bread! Yum 1mo
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Kdgordon88 Bread is my candy and that looks delicious! 1mo
Clwojick 6pts. 1mo
NeedsMoreBooks Was just thinking of reading this 1mo
Smarkies @NeedsMoreBooks give it a shot. I liked it. 😄 1mo
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Watched this documentary (Little Miss Sumo) about a woman in her endeavour to get sumo recognised as a women's sport in Japan. I seriously did not know that women were involved in this sport. #TIL
#NFNov
@rsteve388
@Clwojick

Texreader Wow. Learn something new everyday 1mo
Smarkies @Texreader exactly! 😄 1mo
Clwojick 9 pts. 1mo
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Watched this documentary (Street Fighter) after I heard him mention it on a recent interview.
Politics is not an easy business to be in especially if you are the underdog....
#NFNov
@rsteve388
@Clwojick

Clwojick 6pt 1mo
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Minimalism | David Batchelor
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Watched this documentary for #nfnov . I am trying to curb my hoarding tendencies so this was helpful. 😂😂
@rsteve388 @Clwojick

rsteve388 6 pts 1mo
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Smarkies
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Starting off #NFNov with this treat. It says to read the book with snacks on hand so I am doing so with a slice of cake and a cup of matcha + cocoa ( my first time trying this and it is surprisingly good! 😄)
@Clwojick @rsteve388

RachelO That‘s an interesting-looking drink there! You‘ll be ready to take on the world afterwards 😁 1mo
julesG Interesting drink. That would make a good drink on St Patrick's Day. They could draw a clover on it. 1mo
Soubhiville That sounds yummy, I‘d like to try it! 1mo
Smarkies @Soubhiville @julesG @RachelO first time I have ever seen it on a menu so I thought - why not? 😂😂 1mo
rsteve388 1 pt! 1mo
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Smarkies
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Reading this whilst the monsoon is happening outside...
#lettery

batsy Happy monsoon reading! ⛈️ I'm reading The Other while it's pouring outside, seems appropriate 😂 2mo
Smarkies @batsy the rains have been kinda brutal these last few days.... But as long as I am indoors with a book - something small to be thankful for. 😁 2mo
batsy @Smarkies Yes, brutal is the word. The weekend was spent patching up leaks! But you're right, indoors with a book is a blessing 🙂 2mo
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Smarkies
Victoria | Daisy Goodwin
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Pickpick

Generally a historical romance and an easy read. I am sure some sections of it ( especially the Lord Melbourne and Queen Victoria relationship) has been made larger than life but the book does follow the rest of history (or at least what I know of it) fairly accurately. This book is supposed to be what the television series is based on so am looking forward to watching that.
#letterv
#litsyatoz

Linsy I loved this one! 2mo
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Smarkies
Whose Body? | Dorothy L. Sayers
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Some Lord Peter Wimsey with a side of fish and chips.

batsy Ooh, perfect! I love everything in this picture 🙂 2mo
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Pickpick

A book that is ideal to be dipped into. I preferred the second section of the book to the first as some of the letters in the first tried a bit too hard to be funny.
Overall a decent read with occasional chuckles and a definite increase in my TBR.
Tagging this as my #somethingyousawonlitsy for #nonfiction2019

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Victoria | Daisy Goodwin
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A page of my tracking for #litsyatoz
I have V, X and Y to go. Next read is the tagged book for the letter V.

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The Jane Austen Book Club | Karen Joy Fowler
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Pickpick

Decent read. Though in this case the movie may trump it as the cast in that is kinda brilliant.
#letterj

LeeRHarry Definitely think the movie is better - one of my faves that I have rewatched many times 😊 2mo
Smarkies @LeeRHarry I have started watching it again as the book prompted me to do so. The plot is a lot more concise and the actors really do bring the characters to life. 2mo
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Pickpick

This was between a pick and a so-so. I appreciate the points that he put forward. However, I somehow feel that Seth Godin is generally better in small short doses vs an actual book as his points are short and succinct. The book basically reiterated similar points over and over again - good points but a tad bit overdone.
This is my pick for #somethingthatsbeenonyourtbrforover1year for
#nonfiction2019

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Smarkies
In Patagonia | Bruce Chatwin
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Mehso-so

Unfortunately not what I hoped for... I think the saving grace of this was that I listened to it on #audiobook and the narrator kept me interested in the different travelogues. But it still could not keep my interest. 😞
Counting this as #somethingwithhistory for #nonfiction2019 as some history of Patagonia was woven in with Chatwin's travelogues.

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Admissions | Henry Marsh
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Walked into a bookshop to get a pen.... Walked out with that and a book. 😂😂

Cinfhen Happens ALL THE TIME 3mo
Smarkies @Cinfhen I know. I don't even try and fight the urge anymore. 😂😂 3mo
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While waiting for lunch.

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This came in the mail today! Thank you @catebutler ! So many! 😍
#bookmarkswap
@LibrarianRyan

LibrarianRyan Those are adorable. And you got the coloring Book Depository. Jelly 3mo
catebutler Yay! I‘m so glad they arrived! Thank you for being patient with my international package. 💓 3mo
Smarkies @catebutler I totally understand the perils of international mail. 😁 Thank you so much for this lovely package! 3mo
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Pickpick

Raised in Asia, this form of upbringing is not alien to me... Though Amy Chua may have taken it up a notch.
Tagging this as #somethingaboutsurvival as this is how parents teach their children how to "survive" in Asia.
#nonfiction2019

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Smarkies
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One of my #bookmarkswap packages arrived! Thank you @BookNAround ! Love them! 😘
@LibrarianRyan

BookNAround I‘m so glad they finally arrived. I felt terrible that they didn‘t fly fast enough to make it by the opening date. 4mo
Smarkies @BookNAround no worries! I know how the post is sometimes. I am not even sure if mine are on course. 😞 4mo
LibrarianRyan Yeahhh. As for yours there is at least one not yet delivered. 4mo
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Smarkies
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These "letters" are being sent out tomorrow for the #bookmarkswap . Hope that they make it to the recipients on time. ?
@LibrarianRyan

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Smarkies
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Mehso-so

A nicely illustrated simple book on the travails and joys of being an introvert.
Counting this as #somethingpersonal for #nonfiction2019 as well as #letterq for #litsyatoz

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Sending off some long overdue mail for #jb

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Have been clearing out my bookshelves. Found a place near my home that I can donate some books to - a community book hub. Donated 24, walked away with 3. 😂
It is all about incremental reduction.🤣🤣

julesG 😁😁😉 5mo
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A little late but I wanted better light for the photo.😁
Thank you so much Jessie @erzascarletbookgasm for the very generous #summersantagoespostal package. I love every thing in it including the lettering book and the little summer related add ins. 😘😘
Thank you @BookishMarginalia for organising this. 😄

RaimeyGallant So many goodies! 6mo
Smarkies @RaimeyGallant @emz711 I know, right? 😁 6mo
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erzascarletbookgasm Hope you‘ll enjoy everything 🙂 6mo
Smarkies @erzascarletbookgasm definitely! 😄 6mo
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To tell you the truth, I only bought this book because of the cover. 😂😂

ferskner I would too! 6mo
batsy It's a great cover! 6mo
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Smarkies
Have His Carcase | Dorothy L. Sayers
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I love me some Lord Peter Wimsey. 😄

batsy Same! 😁 6mo
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Smarkies
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Pickpick

Not as eye-rolling as I thought it would be so this was between a Pick and a so-so for me.
She has her view point and even though I do not think I will be implementing all of them, I am trying to keep an open mind and try it "her way" to curb the hoarder in me. ?
Filing this under "Something Written by a POC".
#somethingwrittenbyaPOC
#nonfiction2019
#letterl

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Next #audiobook lined up. Not too sure about this but hopefully I won't roll my eyes too much. 😂😂

gradcat I desperately need to read this book!! 😂 6mo
Smarkies @gradcat I think I need it too but hopefully it won't be too frou frou. 😂😂 6mo
gradcat 😂🤣🤣😂😅 6mo
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StayCurious There‘s a great James Corden sketch where he goes into a couple‘s house with John Claude Van Dam. Anything that doesn‘t bring the couple joy is destroyed in a hilarious way😁 6mo
Smarkies @StayCurious oooh I should look that up. 😂😂 6mo
BiblioLitten @StayCurious The video has been stacked! 😁 6mo
Smarkies @StayCurious that video is hilarious! 6mo
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Pickpick

A quick #audiobook made more enjoyable with the author's narration.
I am counting this as "something with music" as Lauren Graham talks about and sings some of her Broadway bits and the theme song of the Gilmore Girls in the audiobook. ?
#nonfiction2019
#somethingwithmusic

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It's arrived! Thank you @erzascarletbookgasm ! Can't wait to open it!
#summersantagoespostal @BookishMarginalia

erzascarletbookgasm 👏😀 6mo
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Pickpick

The first book of the series - a light filler kinda read.

Jee_HookedOnBookz This is such a pretty picture! And is that your handwriting? It's gorgeous! ❤️ 6mo
Bookartbookmarks Gorgeous photo! 6mo
Smarkies @Jee_HookedOnBookz the hand writing is my attempt at something called "built up capitals" - my real life hand writing is not as neat. ?? 6mo
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Smarkies @Bookartbookmarks thanks! 😘 6mo
rubyslippersreads Lovely photo! I would read this just for the cover. 😊 6mo
erzascarletbookgasm Just to give you a heads up that the next book for the #24HRR will only be sent out to you end of the month. 🙂 6mo
Smarkies @rubyslippersreads I think that is the reason why I picked out the book. I looked at the other cover option on GR and I definitely would not have bought that one. 😂😂 6mo
Smarkies @erzascarletbookgasm thanks Jessie. No worries. 😁 6mo
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Next #audiobook in line. I can't seem to land on a physical book to read (am currently flitting between 3) but I seem to be in an audiobook mood.

I hope this is a good one cos I love her! 😊