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Smrloomis
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“Who you are now is who you‘ve always been. You didn‘t wake up today as someone else. You are a single, talented, rare, unrepeatable human being.” 💕

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I‘ve just started reading this and so far it‘s good and constructive.

Blueberry I liked it. Gave it 4 of 5 ⭐ 3d
Smrloomis @Blueberry awesome, glad to hear it! 3d
kspenmoll Just the chapter titles are a great list of reminders to live by. 3d
Smrloomis @kspenmoll very true! 2d
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Panpan

Oh that was a slog. I guess you could read this if you don‘t know anything about North Korea, but the author is so incredibly dense that I could barely finish. It took him forever to realize that the people around him were hungry and at the mercy of their leaders. He just came off as a real a-hole.

RaeLovesToRead I've been reading some of the reviews for this on Goodreads and some of the passages quoted are just... yikes 😬 If you want to read an excellent book on North Korea, I recommend Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick. It's a great work of journalism. (Also, In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park is well worth reading, but very upsetting.) 4d
Smrloomis @RaeLovesToRead Thanks, I agree that Demick‘s book is fantastic and a very humane exploration of people‘s lives there. I‘ve read a few others from N Korea, but not In Order to Live, thanks for the suggestion. This book though… ugh. 4d
RaeLovesToRead I definitely won't be reading this one! And I'm glad I saw your review because it's just the sort of thing that I'd pick up, so thanks. 4d
Smrloomis @RaeLovesToRead I also thought the Great Successor was interesting if you haven‘t read it already. 4d
RaeLovesToRead Stacked! 4d
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Hmm, this seems like a heavy-handed opening but I‘m curious to see what this is like.

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Shadow Life | Hiromi Goto
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Pickpick

A really good read 😊

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“There are so many things to love about living here… no freeway…no clowns” Sounds like my kind of place!

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Catching up on Queer Eye and what, Jonathan cross-stitches??? Love it 💕💕💕

GondorGirl Jonathan is a gift to us all. 🧡🧡 2w
Smrloomis @GondorGirl Yesssss so true! 🥰🥰🥰 2w
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Will | Will Smith
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Ok not sure when I‘m getting to this one but figured I‘d just give in now 😂 and get a copy

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New Year, New You | Steve Pacer
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I am having the hardest time leaving 2021 behind. For lots of reasons, I can‘t concentrate or make the usual fresh start that I always love about the new year (part of this is definitely a lack of good sleep and some other “life issues” shall we say). So I‘m going to try accepting that I‘m in a crap mood and listen to this book. It looks happy, right? Ok, seriously though, I think I‘m going to agree with her a lot so let‘s see.

bnp Sorry life is difficult right now. 2w
Deifio Hope you feel more balanced soon! And lack of sleep always plays a part in my bad moods too 2w
Smrloomis @bnp thank you 😔 I really appreciate that. 2w
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Smrloomis @Deifio I know! I feel like fixing that will make a huge difference - hopefully soon 🤞🏽 2w
KellyK Sending good thoughts to you. 2w
IuliaC Sending good vibrations your way 😊 2w
Smrloomis @KellyK @IuliaC Thank you both 👍🏽 2w
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On to the next book I haven‘t read yet in the series - book 2.

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Pickpick

Enjoyed this short prequel to the Professor Molly cozy mysteries set in a fictional town in Hawai‘i. Needed something light and short - and this fit perfectly!

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I still can‘t decide! I wrote this but still haven‘t picked one to do. What are you all doing for 2022? https://bookriot.com/2022-reading-challenges/ Feel free to drop me a comment here if you‘re doing a challenge in 2022 😊

Singout I‘m only doing Litsy ones: #Nonfiction2022 and #Booked2022, which I both did last year, and #ReadingAfrica2022. I also have done some of the group reads in @Riveted_Reader_Melissa‘s #SheSaid list, and joined the #1619 group. (edited) 2w
Smrloomis @Singout ooh thanks for posting those! They all look good 😍 2w
jessjess Read Harder 21 introduced me to "There May Be Some Collateral Damage" by Metizket which is now my absolute favourite crossover fic. It's a bleach/hp mix that asks what would happen if Ichigo had to go to Hogwarts and what an absolute disaster that would be. 2w
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jessjess So thisbyear I'm doing RH again as well as the popsugar challenge. 2w
jessjess I haven't found one on #litsy itself I'm really drawn to so I'll keep an eye out but for now just those two. 2w
Smrloomis @jessjess I‘ve never been organized enough to do Read Harder but am thinking about it for this year. Feel like I have to decide soon 😂 I like that there‘s a RH newsletter this year! 2w
jessjess @Smrloomis yes I like having a newsletter this year too! Sometimes it's a struggle to break out of a certain genre or subject so a challenge is good. 2w
Smrloomis @jessjess Yes! Except of course I‘m already behind on reading the newsletters 😂 Oh well. It‘s just for fun in my case so it‘s ok! 2w
Singout I forgot to say #NYWD22! Sorry, @Amiable (who is a great partner)! I only did Booked and Nonfiction, with some of SheSaid, so adding Africa and NYWD is a lot (but fortunately it's all flexible and there's lots of overlap). I've even, um, created a chart.
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Amiable @Singout I wasn‘t sure if I should list it as a challenge because it isn‘t challenging at all —it‘s a joy! 🙂 2w
Smrloomis @Amiable @Singout awesome! Definitely yes to a chart 😅😅😅 2w
BarbaraBB Thanks for writing and sharing this. I am doing a couple of challenges, among which #ReadingAfrica2022. Your crosslink to Taleaway is fantastic! 2w
Smrloomis @BarbaraBB Thank *you* for reading it! Always glad to help others grow their TBRs even more 😂🥳 2w
WJCintron I'm doing the Popsugar challenge, but I'll be checking now the link you attached to this post! LOL to see if I can fit some of the books I couldn't fit on the PS Challenge!! Thanks for sharing!! 😃 2w
Smrloomis @WJCintron Awesome. Glad to be of help 😉 2w
WJCintron @Smrloomis 😃 🙏 2w
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I want to complete Booked2022, PopSugar, and the 52 Book Club. I've got Read Harder and a few others that I hope to finish/participate in. 2w
Smrloomis @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick That‘s great!! I‘m thinking about getting 52 in but I‘m already behind 🤦🏻‍♀️😅 2w
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I found out about the 52 books 2021 challenge in late May/early June and so many I had already read fit prompts so I applied them and finished the challenge. 🤣 2w
Smrloomis @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick 😂 Oooh I love it! I‘ve tried writing out a list for 2022 but found what I picked not quite the inspiration I was hoping for 🤷🏻‍♀️ I think I‘ll try again and see if a different version is more appealing… (edited) 2w
WJCintron @Smrloomis 😁 👍 Go for it!!! 2w
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Pickpick

I read this on Scribd so I liked it probably more than if I had paid for it as a separate title…

BookBabe Wow, yes! 🙌🏻 2w
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I don‘t have any pumpkins handy but I really want to know if this works!

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😊 Starting this now …

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Book Love | Debbie Tung
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Enjoyed this 🥰

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So true ❤️ 4w
Smrloomis @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I know, right? 😊 3w
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Book Love | Debbie Tung
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Starting this now 😊

bnp Did this last night for a trip to visit family. 4w
Smrloomis @bnp I think it‘s always better to take more 😂 3w
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Pickpick

Loved this 😍

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Love her Dad 😂

Reggie Lol 4w
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😂

KathyWheeler I love this! 4w
Smrloomis @KathyWheeler it‘s good so far 😂 4w
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Can‘t sleep so I‘m starting this 😊

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Reading Quirks | Javier Garcia del Moral, Andres de la Casa Huertas
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Just read this & enjoyed it 😊

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Augustown | Kei Miller
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I don‘t know how to describe this book except that it‘s amazing and I plan to read more from this author. Seriously, that‘s all I can say!

Ruthiella I also really enjoyed this book. 1mo
Reggie I also liked this book. 1mo
Smrloomis @Ruthiella yes!!! How did you hear about it? 1mo
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Smrloomis @Reggie 💃🏽💃🏽💃🏽 Did someone recommend it to you? Just curious … 1mo
Ruthiella I heard about it from the Tournament of Books 2018 longlist. 1mo
Smrloomis @Ruthiella ah, cool 👍🏽 1mo
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Augustown | Kei Miller
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I have no idea if any of this is true, but I love the idea and think it seems completely plausible to me!

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Just got a copy of this for myself and I‘m excited to start it!

Soubhiville @alysonwrites I thought you might be interested when I saw this. 😊 1mo
alysonimagines @Soubhiville Ooh thank you! (edited) 1mo
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Pickpick

This is a bad picture of a darn good book. A bit darker than his previous books (or what I can remember of the others I‘ve read) but still an interesting mix of race, Asian-American history, and historical fiction set in Seattle. Content warning for female infanticide and for sexual assault.

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“But fresh humanity, that is still the ultimate commodity.”

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So bummed I‘ve already read these… wish I could use this credit 😂

BehindthePages I got this same email 😂 1mo
Smrloomis @BehindthePages so so disappointed that I can‘t use it! 😂 1mo
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Pickpick

Finally finished this. It‘s definitely longer than it needs to be and a little overblown (he compares his methods to sharing a cure for cancer!). However it‘s worth borrowing and reading I think. Good ideas here and lots of variations should you need that.

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Mehso-so

I have mixed feelings on this. There is some valuable perspective here on a certain type of American parenting, but it is obscured (for me at least) by the author‘s focus on a privileged bubble. It was tiring to read about unrealistic expectations that seem to be fueled by that bubble, but it wasn‘t all useless. Worth skimming but skip over the first 1/3 to 1/2 and read the rest if you don‘t live in the same kind of community as she does.

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“Your ability to ignore self-criticism and embrace feeling good about your successes will ripple out into your life…” That sounds good to me 😄

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Ugh! “Study what you love and the rest will follow” is far too simplistic for me. I guess this book is thought-provoking but really, that‘s your advice to undergrads? I just don‘t think that‘s good enough to be honest.

TheKidUpstairs Honestly, it seems like pretty dated advice. From a time where just having a degree meant something. (Sorry, I'm apparently feeling very pessimistic this morning) 2mo
MaureenMc I agree. With how modern economies are developing, this advice just doesn‘t hold up, I‘m afraid. 2mo
Smrloomis @TheKidUpstairs @MaureenMc Thank you, that‘s what I think too 🤯! I‘m surprised since it was only published in 2015, which seriously feels like yesterday to me. 2mo
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“…chores in childhood is an essential contributor to success later in life…Chores matter a great deal” I thought this might be the case but hadn‘t read about it until now. It makes sense.

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More than ready for this part. She could be right that some of this overparenting she‘s worried about is more widespread than I had thought. However I‘m not sure I‘m ready to throw everything out when it comes to parenting. Let‘s see what this section proposes…

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This is actually not from the author but from Madeline Levine, a psychologist, who suggests we unwittingly cause harm when we “do for our kids what they can already do for themselves,” “do for our kids what they can almost do,” and when our parenting is “motivated by our own ego.”

wanderinglynn That seems like common sense but maybe not? 🤷🏼‍♀️ Maybe my parents were odd for making me do things on my own and allowing me to learn from failing and and then making me try again. 2mo
Smrloomis @wanderinglynn yeah, I know. A lot of what the author complains about - rightly I think - seems to be restricted to a very small elite group who do their kids‘ homework and keep “helping” them well past a reasonable age. 🤷🏻‍♀️ I‘ll see. I‘m only a 1/3 of the way through. 2mo
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Hmm I‘m finding this much less persuasive than I had hoped so far. I‘m 75 pages in and found the first section to be just ok. Let‘s see what the rest is like…

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Reading Challenge | Lesley Yates
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Know any good reading challenges for adults? I‘m doing a roundup post and am looking for things like Book Riot‘s Read Harder challenge or the Read Caribbean month http://bookofcinz.com/readcaribbean/. What else is out there besides the PopSugar one? #readingchallenge

Smrloomis If anyone wants to find this list above from 2021 (written by someone else I mean - not me!), it‘s here https://www.girlxoxo.com/the-master-list-of-2021-reading-challenges/ 2mo
rockpools August is Women in Translation month. Think they usually do a bingo challenge or something https://www.womenintranslation.org 2mo
Smrloomis @rockpools awesome, thank you! 2mo
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Laughterhp I think a lot of podcasts do challenges, like the Reading Women Challenge, Reading Glasses and Professional Booknerds Podcast. Those are the 3 I know of. 2mo
BarbaraBB And I am looking forward to the Pop Sugar 2022 reading challenge! 2mo
Smrloomis @Laughterhp ooh good idea, thanks! I will poke around. 2mo
Smrloomis @wanderinglynn Thanks, that‘s one of the ones I‘ll definitely look at! 2mo
Smrloomis @BarbaraBB Thanks for the ATY and the PopSugar suggestions 👍🏽 2mo
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Appreciated her acknowledgments to her teachers in Kansas public schools too: “Thank you to the English teachers…who told a child from a family of laborers that she was a writer who deserved to be heard…” She goes on to list them by name. We owe them a debt of gratitude for this book too.

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This book was not at all what I expected. It was memoir and social commentary woven in with personal experience in a way I hadn‘t anticipated. But once I got used to her writing, I found it incredibly moving and a deeply worthwhile read. Highly recommended.

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Forgot to add a review: overall I liked the practical approach and the way the advice was presented. I found this pretty helpful and look forward to using these techniques as often as I can 🤞🏽

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This brought tears to my eyes…

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I‘m 90 pages in and don‘t know what to say. I expected this to be a tough read but I still think I underestimated how bleak I would find it. Planning to finish but not sure I will have much to say after I do…

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Open Water | Caleb Azumah Nelson
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Finished this just now and loved it. Highly recommended!

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Open Water | Caleb Azumah Nelson
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“Perhaps that is how we should frame this question forever; rather than asking what is your favorite work, let‘s ask, what continues to pull you back?” I love this sentiment even though I am not by nature a re-reader.

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The Same Earth | Kei Miller
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One of the characters in Open Water is reading this book and now I‘ve got to read it next!

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Overall this was a very eye-opening and infuriating listen. Packed full of examples of how women are not considered the norm and how this negatively impacts us (and everyone really). Very good read. Highly recommend it.

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Open Water | Caleb Azumah Nelson
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Got off on the wrong stop on the metro because I was so engrossed in this… loving the style.

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Enjoying this so far…

Smrloomis I tried using a silly voice to get some little people to do something they were refusing and it worked like a charm 😀 3mo
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This was a very moving read. I couldn‘t do this kind of work - or anything near it - and I have the utmost respect for those who do. Glad I finished this despite a lot of tears!

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I keep reading this in public and then wondering why I‘m blubbering. The first half was alright but I must say the second half is really getting to me. Alright, I guess I will have to finish this at home! A good read though.

Crazeedi I can't wait to read this 3mo
Smrloomis @Crazeedi it looks like other readers haven‘t liked the essay structure or style but I‘ve really enjoyed it. I think it‘s well done. 3mo
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