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Andrea4

Andrea4

Joined March 2017

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That love is a mystery and that love is the mystery that makes things happen.

💜love always comes back💜

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Seven Years | Peter Robinson
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Started & finished this #audiobook this morning. Entertaining, good pacing, not really expected twist and yet did not so great of one as to be completely unbelievable.
For any #classicists you may get a kick out of the Classics Prof as the main sleuth.

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I hardly read non- fiction and so this was a step out of my comfort zone that was *SO* worth it. I promise you, even if you don't care to practice any of what he suggests you will find the contents of this book and the author highly amusing! And you will nod along at certain points recognizing your own or others actions! Plus, ok, maybe some cool party tricks at the end. 😉
Also only audiobook that I've skipped back in and relistened to.

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Now he's talking about pendulums! And I love that I feel so backed up by a possible scientific reason (which in fact is how I explain them) when I've always trusted my pendulums even in serious situations. But his description!!! "Patchouli scented things that henne-dyed hair hippies use!" ???
I may love patchouli and I may dye my hair with henna....

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🤣🤣🤣 @llwheeler when we made mincemeat pies did we fill them idiotically??!!

llwheeler 😂😂 5d
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? the beginning of this chapter made me feel better about my flirtatious personality as he says this is really just building directed rapport and natural/good for social animals.
Then he mentioned "flirting" classes where they teach to "caress with your eyes" and lick your lips a lot! My reaction was disgust, which I know b/c he taught me that face earlier on ????
FYI he is not teaching that.
PS. Have I mentioned how funny this author is!?

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Here we go, guys! How we flirt, how we are flirted with and, generally, how we all miss these signs! ?
Most of the time I'd consider myself a "flirtatious" person in the sense that society considers someone who talks easily (has that banter) with a lot of people so. But I feel when I'm interested in someone I am the. Most. Obvious. Person. In. The. World! And conversely that no one is interested in me so this will be amusing....

Prairiegirl_reading I‘ve been married for a long time so the flirting game is rusty to say the least but I was never flirty. Mostly I‘m just awkward. 6d
Andrea4 @Prairiegirl_reading maybe you just need a helping hand reading those signs 😉😉 haha 5d
Andrea4 @Prairiegirl_reading also, everyone is awkward or feels that way at least! 5d
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Why had we learned to hurry through every day when every day was all we had?

💗💔💗

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Beginning my 3rd reread. 💜😍
I can hear Winterson's voice and I love it.
I agree with what she says here: we don't lose past associations, those come with us but if we are lucky reinvention *is* an option.
I love the Christmas season with all my heart and part of that means accepting that it has not always historically been so easy, pleasant, joyful, or filled with loved ones *but* it did not remain that way either.
💜💜
#bookclub @llwheeler

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Dealing with difficult bosses/coworkers, trying to make new friends, or date?
I work in a field where communication is key, sorry, where *good* communication is key (altho arguably so does everyone) but recently I've had multiple convos about the various modes in which others communicate I.e. difference between being honest vs forthcoming.
This will be interesting. We already do this but we are going to do it *better*.

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I love the extras in these special editions. I love getting a look at the creative process, the extra artwork, and the add- in stories.

Who hasn't fall in love with the Lumberjanes?

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My first in the Harry Hole series and I quite enjoyed this!! I've already got the movie lined up to watch haha!
Was it completely a surprise? No. Did I fall for every moment of "oh no, please not that/her/him" etc. 100%
On the verge of ??? at least one good time (anyone who has read this knows what I'm talking about!). Anyway, pretty sure I'll continue reading in series which is kind of impressive as I'm not one to do series.

vivastory I actually think the movie is better than a lot of people seem to 2w
Eggs Murder and Snow — what‘s not to like ?? 🔪❄️ 2w
Andrea4 @Eggs so timely right?! Clearly it works for a Christmas read 🤣 2w
Andrea4 @vivastory well I'm hopeful 😊 2w
Bklover I liked this one! 2w
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Mehso-so

A sort of whodunnit, classic remote house full of guests & mystery, strong connection to WWI, with seances & spiritualists.
I liked Kate & Donovan and the supernatural element but it didn't quite come off like I would have hoped. Maybe too much WWI trying to be connected for me? 🤔

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The Near Witch | V. E. Schwab
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Loved the #audiobook narration and really enjoyed the story; I found it had a Gaiman feel to it. To me the nature of these witches was a different take and it really made it for me.

The extra story about the ash born boy was fun but did any one else find all the constant names confusing? Maybe I'd have followed it better in print lol.

wanderinglynn I just ordered that book from BookOutlet because I needed $5 more to get free shipping! Glad to know you liked it. 👍🏻 1mo
Andrea4 @wanderinglynn perfect! Hope you enjoy!! 1mo
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@FantasyChick only doorstep when I arrived home just now. Some little critter definitely tried to poke his head in the bag because look at this amazing candy haul!!! Woo Halloween in Disney and now Halloween at my door! So spoiled!!! Thanks ☺️☺️

#LMPBC #groupx #teamcanada
@StayCurious @BookishTrish @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego

FantasyChick Yay!! It made it safely! Hope you had a blast on your trip. Halloween at Disney sounds amazing 🖤 2mo
Andrea4 @FantasyChick it so was!!! Thank you! 1mo
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Bring Me Back | B A Paris
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I enjoyed the narration and listened to this in about 3 main chunks so I would say I obviously found it compelling. I had 2 possibilities for the end result and my 2nd choice turned out to be correct. I liked Finn because I found him to be complicated and not completely likeable, nor necessarily reliable.

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The Shape of Water | Guillermo Del Toro, Daniel Kraus
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I love the movie, I love Del Toro, so of course I love this book!!!
I enjoyed the multiple POV, I loved how everyone's story was both separate and connected. The invitation is there, connect your individual story, become part of the living picture; we are all one, we are all everything and nothing. Love is love 💙💙💙

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The Shape of Water | Guillermo Del Toro, Daniel Kraus
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We will love these small, unhappy trees...

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Coincidentally @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I also just finished #LMPBC pick for this month and I'll be sending it out tomorrow! @StayCurious
LOVED IT😍😍😍😍😍for so many reasons!
#teamcanada #groupx @FantasyChick @BookishTrish

StayCurious Got it today thanks! 2mo
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The Broken Girls | Simone St James
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Finished this #audiobook while #audiocleaning #audiowalking #audiocooking and importantly EATING! lol
I'm on an elimination diet (no gluten, dairy, or added sugar) so this was a "what can I throw together because my GF pancake mix has dairy I need to eat now" kind of dinner sans recipe. Conclusion: like rice pasta, that was actually a lot of spinach, yay I finally used the xanthan gum i bought ages ago!

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I enjoyed this quick audio read (narration was great btw!)!
Many review this as being darkly humorous but, oddly, I didn't find myself chuckling too much- here and there sure but I found it more just straightforward. I found less darkness in the murders than in what motivated them and perhaps, still the question of justification.
This is another Nigerian set novel I loved- culturally, I adore seeing the differences.

janeycanuck I didn‘t laugh much either! 3mo
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Look what I spotted in a local bookshop! Definitely on my TBR now!!!

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Dracul | Dacre Stoker
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Well I LOVED it and it was a quick read even though it's a bit of a chunkster!!! And I had to kick my ass in gear this week to get it done (mmmm lately I've been a wee bit of a social butterfly- I think I made a comeback from being stood up😉😂). Anyway, needless to say, curling up with a great book for a quiet evening in has well been on my to-do list!
Thanks @FantasyChick it should makes it way to you soon @StayCurious

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This book is getting returned today because I know 2 people who want to check it out of the library! Lol
You know a recipe book is good when your coworkers comment every day on how good/healthy your food looks and smells and demand recipes. I copied a bunch of the recipes at work yesterday and every coworker that walked by the book snapped a photo or two!

janeycanuck Ooh, looks good - just put it on hold at my library! Any recipes you recommend? 4mo
Andrea4 @janeycanuck all? LMAO um the banana bread bowl one for morning. Double broccoli bowl (made that with brussel sprouts for the dish but broccoli for the pesto and damn that pesto!), the tahini sauce, maple sriracha sauce...yes that's a good start 4mo
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Dracul | Dacre Stoker
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Well, my dear littens, it seems (unless some excuse is coming) I got stood up today. So I decided, if no one else is going to take me out, I'll do it myself. Didn't do my hair and put make up on on a Sunday to not go out.
At least Dracul is entertaining, interesting, mysterious- guess it makes up for a date 🤷‍♀️

Tamra Sounds ideal to me! 4mo
llwheeler Looks delicious. Hope you enjoy! 4mo
GrilledCheeseSamurai A good book will never stand you up! 🤘 4mo
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BlameJennyJane Sounds like someone did you a huge favor by screening themselves out for you! Hope you had a fabulous time solo! It‘s one of my favorite things to do! 4mo
BookishTrish Unexpected solo dates are a silver lining! 4mo
Andrea4 @Tamra it's pretty good 4mo
Andrea4 @llwheeler it was decent. It's a breakfast cookie so not overly sweet 4mo
Andrea4 @BlameJennyJane you may be right, thanks for the support!! 4mo
Andrea4 @BookishTrish ☺️thanks for the support 4mo
MellieAntoinette Totally been there. Turns out the book is always better! 🤣🤗 (edited) 4mo
Andrea4 @MellieAntoinette thank God I'm not the only one. I felt a bit like a fool. Luckily I wasn't actually meeting the person anywhere so I was a fool in my house. 4mo
MellieAntoinette @Andrea4 In public isn‘t so bad! But it‘s harder to shake if that makes sense. I think you should be pretty proud of yourself for this post alone! Honestly, that‘s there own insecurity showing and we are all worth so much more than silence! It takes a brave heart to do what you did here! I personally applaud you for it! 4mo
Andrea4 @MellieAntoinette 💗💗💗💗💗💗 thank you! It was a difficult post but I've realised that the more you isolate the worse it is. I thought if I shared I might hear others have been through the same and then I wouldn't feel like this has only happened to me. So thank you, really!!! 4mo
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The The Last of August | Brittany Cavallaro
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As good as the 1st? Maybe not but still good. I liked the complexity of the relationships- especially between Watson and Holmes. But every relationship was complicated and different from one another which is more true to life.
Of course an unexpected ending, Holmes-style.

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Dracul | Dacre Stoker
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#LMPBC #teamcanada #groupx
@FantasyChick well about to dive in to this chunkster!!! So excited!!!

FantasyChick Yay!!! I hope you enjoy it! 😊😊 4mo
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Dracul | Dacre Stoker
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@FantasyChick
😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍
THANK YOU!!!!!!

FantasyChick 😘😘😘 4mo
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I've decided I love the way Capote writes, this paragraph being an example of why.
Ranking the stories in this collection:
1) Breakfast at Tiffany's
2) A Christmas Memory
3) House of Flowers
4) A Diamond Guitar

Basically all these stories will break your heart. 💗

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The The Last of August | Brittany Cavallaro
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Started yesterday as my hold came in over the long weekend- anyone else find it oddly appropriate/satisfying that it came in for August? Haha

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Los Versos Del Capitan | Pablo Neruda
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And your soul that I awoke
So that it could go on
Singing until the end of life.

💗💗💗💗💗💗
#poemaday #NerudaEveryDay I know I was slack in this for a long time but finally finished this little book and oh how I adore it! It truly is a love story in poem form.

Gissy Precioso! ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
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Goddamn.
Punch. In. Gut.

Review of just this story - hella high!

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Sometimes this feels so true. Other times, I wonder if it should be.

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Oof, I wish I could tell people to get off their effin high horses with as much poise.

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#LMPBC #teamcanada #groupx
@FantasyChick @BookishTrish @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @StayCurious
Finished and going to send off soon! I'll be including a little something in the package too 😘
I won't say much here but I enjoyed this (if even I found it a little chronologically jumpy at times) & now I want to create a wall of witch depictions for fun lol

StayCurious I got the book and I‘m excited to dig in! Also thank you for the lovely tea🤗 4mo
Andrea4 @StayCurious yes! Perfect timing!!! And you're welcome :) last bookclub I did, I chose a tea for each book, this was slightly more confined Haha. Hope you like it! 4mo
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The Refrigerator Monologues | Catherynne M. Valente
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What's the difference btw being dead & having a boyfriend? ....Death sticks around.

I cannot describe how much I loved this and wished it would continue, telling all these women's stories!! I'm a sucker for retellings, especially those from the overlooked POV. I loved Polly's story b/c it was chilling; is getting someone to like her for 5 min a superpower or is it a sad reality that it is that easy to manipulate the tropes that surround a woman?

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The Refrigerator Monologues | Catherynne M. Valente
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It didn't feel so bad. Human contact is a terrible drug.

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Yes! This banana bread bowl is like if a hug had a flavour!!!!
I used steel cut oats instead of brown rice and my toasted pecans from last night.
Good morning, Litsy!!!

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Really enjoying this recipe book so far! I love "bowl" meals and being somewhat accidentally, primarily vegetarian it's quite useful. I also love recipe books that emphasize the idea of "use what you have on hand" and "make it your own"! Anyway, these pecans smells delish and the maple-sriracha sauce is extremely good! As was the tahini sauce recipe.

StayCurious Looks great! 5mo
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Yes, we call that anxiety now.

#bookclub @llwheeler

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Like many people with a bold fondness for volunteering intimate information, anything that suggested a direct question, a pinning-down, put her on guard.

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...it was still a place of my own, the first, and my books were there, and jars of pencils to sharpen, everything I needed, so i felt, to become....

#bookclub @llwheeler

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FantasyChick I'm actually really excited to read this! 5mo
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Omg my library has this adorable reading challenge - one for July and one for August. So, these will check off 2 of 6 necessary. @llwheeler did you know?
#bookclub

llwheeler I didn't see this! Wpl has a challenge based on astronauts... I didn't look too closely, it seemed a bit complicated lol 5mo
Andrea4 @llwheeler that seems random. Particular reason for astronauts this month? 5mo
llwheeler @Andrea4 I dunno. There's like teams for different Canadian astronauts. Like I said, didn't look closely 5mo
Andrea4 @llwheeler that does sound involved. 5mo
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Broken Monsters | Lauren Beukes
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Finished this morning. I enjoyed the first half or 3/4 and then the supernatural element just made me feel like I was really missing something. I generally enjoy supernatural twists and inexplicable events but in this particular book, it made it hard to get through the climax and muddied the otherwise compelling stories (IMO).

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Broken Monsters | Lauren Beukes
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#audiobook #ontario #beachday
Yay!☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️

BookishTrish Happy beach day! 5mo
llwheeler Nice! 5mo
Andrea4 @llwheeler lol after 1.5hr of baking I dipped in the water. Now I'm sitting shivering on the beach lmao😂😂😂 5mo
llwheeler @Andrea4 Haha that does sound like an Ontario beach day! 5mo
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Broken Monsters | Lauren Beukes
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How morbid is listening to an #audiobook about a serial killer in a cemetary??

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Broken Monsters | Lauren Beukes
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Did this book seriously just ruin my desire for a septum piercing?! Goddamn it! I don't know if I should be upset by that or happy I won't end up spending that money?! Lol

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Broken Monsters | Lauren Beukes
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Soaking in this long weekend summer sun ☀️🇨🇦☀️
Started this #audiobook this week and the very beginning made me make this face 😬😬 so, you know it's good. Lol

vivastory It's a great book. I also really liked her book 5mo
Andrea4 @vivastory I'll have to look into that one! 5mo
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Glass Beads | Dawn Dumont
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I RARELY bail on a book but honestly my loan on this is expiring in less than a day and I'm just over half way through and I honestly don't care how the story turns out. I really thought I'd like this book so this is a shame. I don't mind the quilt-like quality of the chapters, I think the characters bother me- I just find them too flat. Maybe it's the structure & the turning point will come but I think I've given this all the attention I can.