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BarbaraJean

BarbaraJean

Joined May 2016

READ ALL THE THINGS! www.goodreads.com/barbarajanette www.commonplacehope.wordpress.com
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The New Annotated Dracula | Bram Stoker, Leslie S. Klinger
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Got to church early tonight, so I‘m sitting outside reading Dracula and enjoying the sunset. I‘m also enjoying the fact that I‘m reading Dracula in the church parking lot. While watching the cross on the roof silhouetted against said sunset. 😁

Texreader Sounds perfect to me!! 3w
Slajaunie Love it! That is a beautiful picture. 💙 3w
TheSpineView Beautiful! ❤ 3w
AmyG Hahaha. I was thinking how ironic that you are reading Dracula in the church lot.....and then I read what you wrote. 3w
batsy Haha, love it! 3w
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I am the rest between two notes
which, struck together, sound discordantly,
because death‘s note would claim a higher key.

But in the dark pause, trembling, the notes meet,
harmonious.
And the song continues sweet.

kindergartenkat Rilke is amazing. This quote is amazing. 4w
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My only complaint about this collection of poems from Rilke‘s Book of Hours is that it‘s too brief. I didn‘t realize how tiny it would be (both in length & trim size) when I placed my library hold! In spite of how short it was, I loved Rilke‘s “love poems to God”—crammed full of intense & unique images, and so rich for reflection. I‘ve been running into Rilke‘s poems everywhere lately—need to get myself a more lengthy edition of these poems, soon.

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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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I so enjoyed this journey through the history of the Los Angeles Public Library. It‘s partly a history of the library itself, partly an account of the 1986 library fire that destroyed 400,000 volumes and countless other resources from the library‘s collection, and partly digression after bookish digression on libraries and their history & impact on society. I loved all the digressions, and I can‘t wait to go visit the LA Public Library for myself.

TheBookHippie I was here in April did all the tours and explored it myself ..it‘s so cool! 4w
BarbaraJean @TheBookHippie That‘s awesome! I live ~20 miles away—can‘t believe I‘ve never been (and knew so little about its history)! Will be rectifying this omission soon. 😊 4w
TheBookHippie @BarbaraJean I took more than one tour-each guide tells different stories!! and I had a lengthy talk in the languages department librarian and the teen librarian ..so good. 4w
mrp27 Great place to see! Glad I finally went and got my library card. Worth the drive. 4w
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Final check-in for #bookfitnesschallenge #BFCR4! I‘m finishing out the challenge strong with my highest average steps of all 6 weeks.🙌🏼This round of #BFC has been about giving myself credit for habits I‘ve built/things I‘m already doing. I‘m broadening my view of what “counts”—recognizing activities that are in place & building on those instead of adding too much extra stuff. Thank you to @wanderinglynn and my awesome #runningonreading team!

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 Fantastic week! 4w
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Put out my eyes, and I can see you still;
slam my ears to, and I can hear you yet;
and without any feet can go to you;
and tongueless, I can conjure you at will.
Break off my arms, I shall take hold of you
and grasp you with my heart as with a hand;
arrest my heart, my brain will beat as true;
and if you set this brain of mine afire,
upon my blood I then will carry you.

MayJasper Blimey, a bit OTT 4w
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Even he who loves you and discerns your face
in darkness, when he trembles like a light
you breathe upon,—he cannot own you quite.
And if at night one holds you closely pressed,
locked in his prayer so you cannot stray,
you are the guest who comes,
but not to stay.

God, who can hold you? To yourself alone
belonging, by no owner‘s hand disturbed,
you are like unripened wine that unperturbed
grows ever sweeter and is all its own.

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The Precious One | Marisa de los Santos
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Marisa de los Santos‘ books are pure comfort. Every book of hers, I just want to hug when I finish reading. Her characters are usually a little too idealized, the dialogue a little too sparkling & perfect, and I totally don‘t care because I love them so much. This was no different. I loved seeing Taisy & Willow—unlikely sisters—grow through past & present pain and step into healing, building a broader family for themselves & for each other.💜

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BarbaraJean @Nute Aw, thank you!! 1mo
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Another good #bookfitnesschallenge week for #BFCR4! I‘ve been mostly hitting my goals, with just a couple days missed here and there. I finally got back to the gym this week, which felt good. And another pseudo-fitness-related plus: I won a $50 gift card at the wellness fair at work! 🎉

Books completed this week:
🌸Vinegar Girl
🐞The Precious One

How‘s my #runningonreading team? Hope you had good weeks! Can‘t believe we only have one week left!

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 1mo
Crimson613 what is BFCR4? 1mo
BarbaraJean @Crimson613 It stands for Book Fitness Challenge Round 4. @wanderinglynn has been organizing 6 week-challenges combining reading and fitness, and this is the last week of the 4th round. Set your own goals and the Litsy community helps cheer you on! 1mo
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Crimson613 @BarbaraJean ohhhh, so can ppl join whenever? Is there a link to more info? :0 this sounds fun! 1mo
Crimson613 @BarbaraJean Nvm found it :D 1mo
BarbaraJean @Crimson613 Oh, good! Glad you found it! 1mo
wanderinglynn @Crimson613 Round 4 is almost done. We‘re planning a round 5 after the New Year so stayed tuned! 1mo
Caterina This is fantastic!! 🙌🎉😊 4w
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Vinegar Girl | Anne Tyler
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I was so excited about this one, but it just didn‘t work for me. A contemporary retelling of Taming of the Shrew is difficult, but the scenario seemed workable: father pushes daughter to marry his lab assistant so said assistant can get a green card. But Kate was too passive, there wasn‘t enough snap between her & Pyotr, & the plot made NO sense as to what these characters would actually do. It wrapped up sweetly enough, but I just didn‘t buy it.

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The Keep | Jennifer Egan
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Both surreal & puzzling, this wasn‘t what I expected—but I really enjoyed the ride. At first, we follow Danny as he arrives in Eastern Europe to help his cousin renovate a castle, their reunion bringing up memories of childhood he‘d rather forget. There‘s a framing narrative woven throughout that made me question the first narrative, and the way both stories twist & turn, then wrap around & collapse into each other, is fascinating & so well done.

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I started this on audio this week, and I am SO enjoying having Neil Gaiman chatting to me about books as I drive to work!

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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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Just starting this one (a library book copy of The Library Book!). I hadn‘t noticed the FIC label on the spine when I picked up the copy I had on hold. ⁉️ I see books misclassified in used bookstores all the time, nonfiction shelved as fiction, and vice versa, but how does that happen at a library?! Upon initial processing, wouldn‘t it have to be entered into a catalog, which would have certain details, like the fact that the book is nonfiction?!

SilversReviews It is very interesting. 1mo
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It was a great week for the #BookFitnessChallenge #BFCR4! I missed my gym day due to SoCal wildfires—not close enough to be a threat, but close enough to shut down a freeway near work. I took my boss‘s advice to leave early before traffic got re-routed to side streets—which kept my drive time from being doubled, but also kept me from the gym (which is at work). But I‘m happy with my progress—getting consistent in all three areas! #runningonreading

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 1mo
hermyknee Awesome!!!! (Not about the wildfires, but about all the gains you‘ve made!) (edited) 1mo
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“There are plenty of psychological and even medical reason why our images of God matter. Scholars have found correlations between the ways a person imagines God, on the one hand, and, on the other hand, eating disorders, shame, and alcoholism. People who primarily imagine God to be distant and judging, as opposed to intimate and loving, tend more toward psychopathology and have a higher rate of gun ownership.”

Totally makes sense, but also—😂

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Fangirl: A Novel | Rainbow Rowell
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Rainbow Rowell can really write the heck out of certain female characters. And Cath in Fangirl is a prime example. I found her to be both incredibly frustrating, and so relatable. Her struggles as a writer resonated with me, and so did her relational insecurities and immaturities. While I Iiked Cath‘s fangirl obsession, I felt the “excerpts” from Simon Snow and Cath‘s fanfic fell a little flat. But that may be my only criticism here. Loved this!

TheDaysGoBy I completely agree! I loved everything but her fanfic excerpts. Each time one popped up, I just wanted to get back to Cath and her life 1mo
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The Watcher in the Shadows | Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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I‘d never heard of this, but picked it up because I‘d enjoyed Zafón‘s Shadow of the Wind. And I loved it! It‘s definitely MG/YA, with a more simplistic plot than the Cemetery of Forgotten Books series. But with a gorgeous French seaside setting, a mysterious old house named Cravenmoore, filled with fascinating & creepy automatons, and an enigmatic old man who has no shadow—this was an absorbing tale with just the right amount of spooky for me.

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The New Annotated Dracula | Bram Stoker, Leslie S. Klinger
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My eclectic Sunday afternoon reading material...

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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Stories | Robert Louis Stevenson, Jenny Davidson
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Reading the original story of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde was so fascinating! I was surprised it was narrated by an outside observer, rather than a third-person/limited omniscient narrator. It kept the suspense of what was actually going on with Jekyll & Hyde (well, it would have if I weren‘t familiar with the concept from other adaptations!). So many interesting ideas—the divided self, how what‘s hidden can consume us—made for a great book discussion!

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Mehso-so

This was fun, but a little disappointing. I love the idea of weaving found photos into the story, but that element was hit or miss in its execution. So many of the photos felt forced into the narrative, rather than letting the story emerge from the images. Honestly, I think the movie was stronger because its story wasn‘t tied to specific static images. I did enjoy the book overall & may pick up the sequels—I do want to know what happens next!

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October Reading Stats:

📚Fiction: 2 🔍Mystery: 1 🚀SFF: 1 👧🏽Kids/YA: 5 ✒️Poetry: 1 🗯Graphic Novel: 1

📚Print: 8 🎧Audio: 3 🖥 eBook: 1

🏫Library: 8 📚TBR: 3 ♻️Re-read: 1

Favorite: Where the Crawdads Sing

This was a fun reading month! LOTS of good books. I did try to work in the seasonal reads, including a few spooky-enough-for-me (which isn‘t very) books. And I‘m suuuuuuper behind on reviews, so... hoping to catch up on that this weekend!

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“By listening we will understand who we are in this holy realm of words.”

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”—we are holy with hope.”

Sometimes you come across a line of poetry that just resonates, and lingers through the rest of your day. Or week. This was one of those for me.

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Bless the poets, the workers for justice, the dancers of ceremony, the singers of heartache, the visionaries, all makers and carriers of fresh meaning— We will all make it through, despite politics and wars, despite failures and misunderstandings. There is only love.

Crinoline_Laphroaig I really should read her. Especially since she's from Oklahoma. 1mo
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The Keep | Jennifer Egan
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I completed my Goodreads challenge when I finished this book last night! I showed it to my husband and he said: “Oh, that‘s a bummer. You‘ve maxed out and now you can‘t read any more books till January.” 🤪🤣

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🎊🎉🙌🏻 1mo
TheLibrarian Congrats!! And that sounds like something my husband would say! 1mo
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Daisey Congratulations! 🎉 1mo
Chrissyreadit Congratulations!! 1mo
JoScho 🥳💜🥳💜🥳 1mo
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#BFCR4 #BookFitnessChallenge Weekly update! I‘m not where I‘d like to be with my exercise goals, but otherwise this week went pretty well. I finished four books: 🙌🏼
🌑The Watcher in the Shadows
⚡️Fangirl
👹Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
🎃 Pumpkinheads

We‘re halfway through, #BFC friends!! I want to get on top of my exercise goals this 2nd half of the challenge (it helps that the weather is finally cooling down). How‘s my #Runningonreading team doing?

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 And 4 sessions of exercise is pretty great to me! 2mo
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This is hilarious! Apparently I should be a goth New Yorker cartoon for Halloween. 😂 Although I‘m dying to go as a Were-Thesaurus instead. 😁 What should your literary Halloween costume be?!

If the above image is too small to read, check out the article on Electric Literature: https://electricliterature.com/plan-your-literary-halloween-costume-with-our-han...

Come-read-with-me @BarbaraJean I should be a Ghost Kirkus Review 🤓 2mo
lazylokistarkthorcaptain I should be a Vampire E-reader 2mo
LauraJ Sigh...sexy MFA student. 2mo
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Owlizabeth Steampunk Sonnet??? 2mo
BarbaraJean @LauraJ - You have the same birthday as my sister! Who would also not be thrilled to dress up as a sexy MFA student. My niece also has an October birthday--but her birthday offers the costume option of the sexy Joan Didion tote bag, which I find far more hilarious and less offensive. 😂 2mo
LauraBrook Ironic Wife of Bath! 2mo
BookNAround Goth MFA student. Somehow I think this shouldn‘t be a costume as it might qualify as cultural appropriation. 😂😂😂 2mo
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Pumpkinheads | Rainbow Rowell
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This was the sweetest! A charming ode to friendship and all things fall—including endings and new beginnings, which are both tied up with how the season feels to me. And goodness, I wanted ALL THE FALL SNACKS after reading this. I mean, Pumpkin Bomb? 😋 Yes, please! 🎃 💣😍

gibblr It was so cute right? And I know what you mean about all the food it talked about 🤤 2mo
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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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Compared to Handmaid‘s Tale, this was a bit disappointing. I enjoyed discovering more about Gilead, as well as the resistance movement & the world beyond. But it felt like a YA sequel in places & I don‘t think Atwood got the voice quite right for the two girls. I found the Aunt Lydia sections most compelling, especially the chilling flashbacks to the beginning of Gilead. The depth & complexity of Aunt Lydia‘s character was, I think, the best part.

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My #BFCR4 Week 2 totals are much better than last week!
💧Water intake: 5/7
🏃🏻‍♀️Exercise: 5/7
🙏🏼Spiritual practice: 6/7
📚Books completed: 3 (Lots of YA: The Interrupted Tale, Miss Peregrine‘s Home for Peculiar Children, and a re-read of HP & the Sorcerer‘s Stone—illustrated edition!)

I‘m heading into week 3 with a lot more energy, which I‘ll need since temps are supposed to be in the 90s all week. 😩 #runningonreading #bookfitnesschallenge

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌 A great week! 2mo
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Great idea, @JoScho !

❤️Between L.A. & Orange counties, in Whittier, California
🧡41
💛Technical Writer at a credit union
💚Married 5+ years
💙She/her
💜A friend in college used to call me Barbara Jean, and I like the sound of it (even though Jean is not my middle name)

#gettingtoknowyou

Tagging my newest followers: @RiverKScottWrites @Catlover23 @Hazel2019

RiverKScottWrites Fun! Thanks for the tag! 2mo
JoScho Thanks for joining in 😊❤️ 2mo
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“Jumble means chaos...pandemimimum... pandeminiac... oh, havoc.” Cassiopeia covered her face in shame at forgetting how to say pandemonium. Which, to be fair, is not an easy word to pull off without practice.
“Now, now, a little mayhem never hurt anyone, Alexander said, and patted his sister on the shoulder.
“The children have a knack for synonyms,” Penelope explained modestly.

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There are those who genuinely admire “Pirates on Holiday,” never mind all the dreadful reviews in the London papers. “Pirates on Holiday Is Lost at Sea” was one of the kinder headlines. “Somebody Sink this Show Quick” was another. Those of you with hearts stony & cruel enough to grow up to be theatre critics are free to imagine the rest for yourselves.

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It was an ancient Greek scholar named Archimedes who first shouted “Eureka!” He was in the bathtub when it happened. Coincidentally, his discovery had to do with how water in a bathtub rises when an ancient Greek scholar is bathing in it...Most of us will never need worry about the volume of old Greek men in the bath. What is important is that shouting “Eureka!” is both enjoyable and
a spur to productivity.

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#BFCR4 Week 1 check-in! This was an inauspicious start to the challenge, since I was fighting a cold. I had such low energy—I only managed 2 walks & didn‘t make it to the gym. And I counted a lot of herbal tea as water intake! I did complete the tagged book & also realized that it‘s okay to give myself credit for things I‘m already doing (i.e. the herbal tea!) instead of always trying to add on more to do. #runningonreading #bookfitnesschallenge

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌 A great first week especially considering you're fighting a cold. I hope you're feeling better. And, yes, it's definitely okay to give yourself credit for things you're already doing. 2mo
hermyknee That‘s awesome. Listening to your body is also super important ♥️ 2mo
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I didn‘t enjoy this as much as I hoped. I loved the premise—two researchers go back in time to befriend Jane Austen & recover a lost Austen manuscript. There was a wonderful attention to the details of/preparation for time travel, but overall it just felt too serious. I would have preferred a lighter tone—more Austen-ish, to be honest. I‘m not sure if I had too-high expectations, or if I just prefer my time travel lighter & perhaps less realistic!

BarbaraJean The voice of the main character also felt uneven to me—I realize some of this was her shifting between herself and her 1815-era character, but several times I felt pulled out of the story by a sudden F-bomb or a reference to Liam‘s ass... or his johnson. 🤦🏻‍♀️🙄 2mo
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Three Act Tragedy | Agatha Christie
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I really enjoyed this one. Poirot is a little bit of a deus ex machina, with only a cameo appearance or two until almost the end, when he applies his little gray cells, unravels the mystery, and unmasks the murderer. But I enjoyed following the clues through the eyes of the three amateur detectives. This has a satisfying conclusion—one that I kind of anticipated but kept talking myself out of until it was revealed!

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I‘ve had a slow start to #BFCR4. Since Sunday, I‘ve felt like I‘m coming down with a cold that hasn‘t materialized. I‘ve had little to no energy, so I‘ve been taking a pass on my exercise goal. Above is my plan for today: books & herbal tea with honey! Other goals: daily spiritual practice has been great, and I‘m counting all the herbal tea toward my water intake goal! And I finished one book on Tuesday—👍🏼 #runningonreading #bookfitnesschallenge

wanderinglynn Sounds like a good plan👍🏻☕️ Way to adapt & I hope you feel better! 2mo
Caterina I hope you feel better soon!! That tiredness when you're sick is so hard. It sounds like you're taking great care of yourself, yay! That's what BFC is all about. ❤️😊 2mo
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I started this last night, and two pet peeves from the first book reared their heads rather quickly: a rocket-launch double entendre (my pet peeve) on the third page, and a martini reference (my husband‘s pet peeve) on the fourth page. 😬 I wonder if keeping a running tally of these (or playing a drinking game) might be in order? 😂

valeriegeary Drinking game... Definitely🍸 2mo
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The Tiny Journalist: Poems | Naomi Shihab Nye
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I love the way Nye‘s work highlights moments of humanity & connection. This volume does that, but feels different from her poems I‘m familiar with. There‘s a thread of grief & anger, at times a voice of outrage. The “Tiny Journalist” refers to a Palestinian girl who began documenting anti-occupation protests at the age of 7. Nye‘s identity as a Palestinian-American, as a daughter of a refugee, provides a powerful voice for these much-needed poems.

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The Tiny Journalist: Poems | Naomi Shihab Nye
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Advice

My friend, dying, said do the hard thing first.
Always do the hard thing and you will have a better day.
The second thing will seem less hard.

She didn‘t tell me what to do when everything seems hard.

Graywacke 😢 2mo
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The Tiny Journalist: Poems | Naomi Shihab Nye
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No Explosions

To enjoy
fireworks
you would have
to have lived
a different kind
of life

Cathythoughts ♥️💔good quote 2mo
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I wanted so much to like this more. I think my frustrations were largely due to length. If Chambers had fleshed this out with another 100 pages or so, it might have made the difference. The majority of the book didn‘t build up to the ending effectively for me—the body didn‘t match the conclusion. I didn‘t mind the end, but I wished its ideas had been woven more consistently throughout the whole book. When is her next full-length novel due out? 😏

batsy I haven't read any of the Wayfarers series yet but was curious about checking this out since it's a novella. But would it be better to read this after I've read the other books? 2mo
BarbaraJean @batsy I‘d say Wayfarers first, but that‘s just because I love them so much! And your mileage may vary with this one—lots of people have loved it, but it just felt uneven to me. It is a stand-alone, not in the Wayfarers universe, so reading this first doesn‘t matter from a series standpoint. 2mo
batsy Oh OK! Thank you! I do definitely want to get around to the Wayfarers books soon; a lot of love for it on Litsy :) 2mo
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“I wadn‘t aware that words could hold so much. I didn‘t know a sentence could be so full.”

Goodness, I loved this book. Beautifully written and heartbreaking—just lovely. And this quote!😍 I‘ve seen criticism that the book is too contrived, or the mystery too predictable. Maybe I have a too-willing suspension of disbelief—but I bought into it all & loved it. I finished it over lunch and struggled to keep it together so I could go back to work!😭

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I‘m excited to get back into the #bookfitnesschallenge for Round 4! My goals are:
🙏🏼Mental health/wellness: Daily spiritual practice
🏃🏻‍♀️Physical fitness: Exercise 7 times/week (walks in my neighborhood & at work + 1 gym workout)
💧Nutritional: 84 oz. water daily + TBD food goal
📚Books: 15

Today‘s the last day to sign up: https://forms.gle/uAoYtmJEkWjwcZxx5
Check in with @wanderinglynn for more info!

#BFC #BFCr4

wanderinglynn Great goals! 🙌🏻 And thanks for sharing! 2mo
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Here‘s my hypothetical #OctoberTBR! In the stack: top 3 are from my shelves—ones I meant to read in September before I got distracted by incoming library holds. The bottom four are ones from my shelves that felt appropriately October-y. Then we have a book club pick (Dr. Jekyll), a poetry collection (Joy Harjo), current reads (Agatha Christie & Crawdads), and one remaining library hold I haven‘t started yet (Fated Sky). Will see how far I get!

Freespirit Fabulous October reading! 2mo
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September reading stats:
🚀SFF: 4
📚Fiction: 3
👧🏽Kids/YA: 2
📕Nonfiction: 1
🖋Poetry: 1
🔍Mystery: 1

🏫Library: 10
📚TBR: 2

📚Print: 9
🎧Audio: 3

💜Favorites: Pastrix, Stay With Me (both #MakeMeReadIt picks!)
❌Least favorite: The Alchemist

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I finished this over a week ago & LOVED it...now my husband is reading it & is SO frustrated with it that my enthusiasm has waned a bit.😂 I loved the combination of alternate history, female empowerment in the face of rampant sexism, and its examination of stigma toward mental health treatment/anxiety...all with a Hidden Figures vibe. I HATED the poorly-written sex scenes—if I have to read one more rocket-launch double entendre, I will scream.⤵️

BarbaraJean Some of my husband‘s frustration is that he was expecting sci-fi and found that to be only a minimal backdrop. But he‘s also annoyed by the sexism of the time (I told him that‘s because he‘s never had to live through any sexism), and by the writing—he feels like the author shoehorns in every possible reference to making casseroles & drinking martinis (“I get it—it‘s the 50s!!”). It should be an interesting book club meeting tonight!! 2mo
cherinium I have to admit, sometimes I'd prefer to not hear the opinion of others if I really love a book. I can be very impressionable and sometimes, I lose some of my joy when I hear of someone's dissenting opinion. This is one thing that keeps me from talking books (or anything) that I love too much. (I know, I shouldn't care what others think, but it's a hard habit to break when you are a people pleaser. 2mo
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Sword and Pen | Rachel Caine
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I enjoyed this ending to a fun series—even though I didn‘t like how certain things wrapped up. This book was particularly full of tension & worry (on my part!) for this set of beloved characters. It was fantastic seeing Morgan & Khalila come into their own and demonstrate their skill & power. I also appreciated the (belated) resolution for Jess in sorting out his complicated family past. I still like the 1st book best—but do recommend the series!

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Friyay!: Blank Line Journal | Hunter Leilani Elliott
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1. Goodreads challenge: 106/120, poetry goal: 11/12 (one poetry collection/month). Haven‘t made much progress on reading my own TBR or finishing series, though!
2. My name‘s written on a ceiling beam in a cathedral in England (not graffiti!)
3. Indie/folk
4. Almost EVERYTHING is in March: wedding & first date anniversaries, my birthday & my husband‘s (also my mom and a niece & nephew). But my engagement anniversary is Sept. 17!
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#friyayintro

BarbaraTheBibliophage We were also engaged in September and married in March! 🙌🏻 3mo
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