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Joined January 2019

I need fewer books I want to read and more time for books I need to read.
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A Man Called Ove: A Novel by Fredrik Backman
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Pinball, 1973 by Haruki Murakami
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Three Women | Lisa Taddeo

First book finished for 2020.

Looking forward the next #BOTMBuddyRead discussion. The questions are good.

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Three Women | Lisa Taddeo
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I cheered when I read this. 😭 It's four words coming from someone who has grown used to shrinking herself for others.

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Last report for #JumpStart2020. Didn't reach any of my goals, but having managed to stay on top (or even ahead) of the assigned chapters for two books is a lot to thank for. So, thank you for this readathon!

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No longer Wednesday but I like doing this tag. #wondrouswednesday

1. Not sure how unique since I've not delved much into writing style, but it's Virginia Woolf. Her Mrs Dalloway is a play on varying views. I think I want a comic version of it with thought bubbles and lots of panels.
2. Norwegian Wood. It's my second Murakami book and I didn't like the first Murakami I read, Sputnik Sweetheart.
3. @rather_be_reading @CaseyLea

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Three Women | Lisa Taddeo
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I know this is nonfiction but... I can't get my head around Maggie's story. It's turning out to be unreliably conveyed for me. I'm really looking forward to the Sunday #BOTMBuddyRead discussions. Maybe things will clear up then.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Can‘t wait for discussion!! 2w
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#JumpStart2020 Well, I've been neglecting my personal picks. 😅 I'm done with Week 1 assigned chapters for both A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and Three Women. I'm really happy about that.

And I'm not really looking for life lessons in Ove, but those lessons are possibly in every chapter of the book. This might be one of the reasons people like it.

Next week will be the real reading challenge as work's regular pace resumes.

greenreads I'm a bit disappointed that I couldn't maximise my reading hours while work was still a bit light. 2w
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A Man Called Ove: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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"She had a way of folding her index finger into his palm, hiding it inside. And he always felt that nothing in the world was impossible when she did that. Of all the things he could miss, that‘s what he misses most."

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#JumpStart2020 Progress - Jan 3

A good enough start for me. Almost done with assigned chapters for A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and Three Women. Three more chapters read with A Man Called Ove. I wasn't confident with juggling a lot of books but I seem to be handling it alright.

Clwojick I love A Man Called Ove♥️ Hope you enjoy it, and good luck. 2w
cirrusrider I really enjoyed A Man Called Ove, and Beartown even more, such an insightful writer. Good luck! 2w
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I'm using Boosted app on Android to help me track my reading hours for #JumpStart2020. My goal is to finish at least two books from my current reading list or have 24 hours of reading done.

Thanks for hosting this
@Clwojick @Lizpixie

Lizpixie Good luck lovely! And you‘re very welcome❤️ 3w
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A Man Called Ove: A Novel | Fredrik Backman

Two chapters in and I'm thinking that Ove will not like me at all, especially the coffee aspect. 😂

On another note, an old man's daily routine and somewhat OCD reminds me of that Jack Nicholson movie, As Good As It Gets (?).

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So. I'm in Part 1, chapter 1 and it is wordy. Not the kind of wordiness that is concise or precious, but the kind of wordiness where I begin to think "so what?" or "get on with it". I'm also already thinking that if the whole point of this book is to present strategic thinking skills, then I might be better off with another book.

greenreads But, I also am familiar with books that have unlikeable or weak introductory parts but have strong and concise concepts later on. So maybe I can skim some parts and dwell more on other useful parts. (edited) 3w
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Very happy to have read for an hour today! Made good progress with ? A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and started on ?Three Women. I don't know how buddyread discussions work on Litsy so... I'll just do blurbs here.

I'm also thinking of joining Classics Challenge, but I have to check if I actually have some copies for the rest of the year. (Also, not sure how defined "classics" are- American, British, other countries' or local?)

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Gerald's Game | Stephen Book

Annnnd the movie was absolutely delicious. Got my thrill, blood, and hungry dogs. ❤️👏🏻🎉

Not sure if I'm going to read the book now, though. Some scenes I don't want to know in detail. While movies have their unforgettable scenes, books have those memorable drawn-out or intimate details that will absolutely make you want to not have read it ever.

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Gerald's Game | Stephen Book

Watching this on Netflix right now. And oh my, my, my. Haven't read this so... good luck to me. 😂

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#GreenReads2020 for January

📕 A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman [AuthorAMonth]
📕 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith [BuddyRead]
📕 Three Women by Lisa Taddeo [BOTMBuddyRead]
📚 Pinball by Haruki Murakami, The Art of Logic by Eugenia Cheng

That's five books set for this month. Luckily I own copies so they all count for #MountTBR. I'm also joining #JumpStart2020 for reading boost! ☺️

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This is the best source for new bullet journal users or enthusiasts to get the basics of the method down. It does not overwhelm you with colors, lettering, and layout hacks/tricks. It can serve as a comfortable reminder for when wanting bujogram-worthy layouts hinders you from getting the most of your three-in-one (planner, tracker, diary) notebook.

greenreads It's also outlined neatly so you can just go to the section you need some help with. If you need hacks, though, a quick search on your fave engine will serve you better. 3w
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The Sirens of Titan | Kurt Vonnegut
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Beautiful. I haven't been enthusiastic in reading its first half, but the last parts - the buildup for the revelations, the revelation itself, and that breaking point until its end - they are all beautiful.

One of my fave chapter openings which I am not exactly sure why I find them pretty:

"The planet Mercury sings like a crystal goblet. It sings all the time."

And this book is Mercurial.

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#24B42020 Read List

An attempt on completing 24 hours of reading before the year ends. I'll just tag the books I've finished on the comments, if that's okay.

Thanks for hosting this @TheReadingMermaid

total time so far: 03:45:31

greenreads Only needed 6 or so minutes to finish this. I'm counting it, because reading time is reading time. 4w
greenreads Well I won't be able to hit that 24-hour mark. ☹️ I'm halfway on Vonnegut's book, and I don't know why Rumfoord did what he had done. It's like he has God-mode. (edited) 3w
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greenreads Completed, 03:45:31 spent. 3w
TheReadingMermaid I think you did a great job sweetie. Remember, while yes the goal is to try to hit 24 hours within the time span, the main goal is just to read and have fun. That's truly what this read-a-thon is all about. I think you did a wonderful job and I hope to see you again next month honey ❤️😘❤️ 3w
greenreads @TheReadingMermaid Thank you so much! ☺️ I look forward to trying again on next month's readathon. 3w
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This is a good essay collection from writers who value knowledge and the expression and collection of it. Virginia Woolf, Leigh Hunt, EM Forster, Charles Dickens, and George Eliot share their book-related views. Most distinct, for me, is Leigh Hunt's "My Books" for it includes poetry.

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In the last chapter of this collection, EM Forster admires The London Library — its foundation and continued existence that helps those "creatures who are trying to be human."

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💭 Leigh Hunt's introspection about his books and his love for them touches on his admiration of the authors who also loves books. I feel he'd also be founder of #bookloverswhowrite fanclub. ☺️

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"I love an author the more for having been himself a lover of books. The idea of an ancient library perplexes our sympathy by its map-like volumes, rolled upon cylinders." -Leigh Hunt

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Happy Christmas!

And I'm ranting so I'm tagging this as spoiler. It's a tiring and frustrating day. The boys are all excited for their gifts. They are also very moody. It seems the "spirit of giving" has skipped us. One doesn't want to share his toy with his brothers. The eldest doesn't want to wait for me to finish assembling the youngest's building site set. The other two just won't stop fighting then crying.

shanaqui Ugh, that sounds nightmarish. Best of luck settling everyone down! 4w
greenreads @shanaqui Thanks! They calmed down with a movie and fell asleep mid-watch. 4w
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#JoinIn

How does this work?

Soubhiville I believe it‘s a way for folks to connect and support each other through the holidays. Specifically for anyone who is alone or lonely or with family who are unsupportive. We are a loving, accepting community and want everyone to know they are important and we are here for each other. Since the holidays can be a really rough time for some folks. 4w
greenreads Oh. I mean, do we simply jump in and have a talk? Is that okay? What do we talk about? 4w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @greenreads anything you want to... ❤️ 4w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @greenreads you‘re welcome!! 4w
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I must confess that I haven't read any George Eliot despite my desire to read more Classics. But, her work included in this book, her voice in discussing authorship and what distinguishes a well-taught writer from an ill-taught writer, is strong and engaging. Also, Dickens' admiration of her work is a new thing I've just learned.

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Haikyu!! | Haruichi Furudate
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Reading this again because it's one of the #sports manga that has cheered me up. Holidays are difficult especially when you have four nephews (age 7 being the eldest) to care for. Reading also becomes a chore. So manga or graphic novels can be very relaxing.

And it's definitely a pick with the wonderful lines and character developments.

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Seems that I really cannot stay away from nonfiction and just commit to a fiction book. Found this and just started reading when I saw Virginia Woolf in it. Her essays were my source of comfort from all the formulaic school essays I had to write. Emulating her style is really difficult even when I don't have a word count/page count limit to follow.

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"If we could banish all such preconceptions when we read, that would be an admirable beginning. Do not dictate to your author; try to become him." - Virginia Woolf

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#GreenReads2020 #ReadingGoals

1️⃣ Read 24 books for MountTBR
2️⃣ Complete ReadingWomenChallenge
3️⃣ Participate in BotMBuddyRead
4️⃣ Participate in AuthorAMonth
5️⃣ Complete a Trilogy or a Series

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The Sirens of Titan | Kurt Vonnegut

I'm a slow reader. Which means that I haven't gotten that far. In any case, I thought the name bit will just be some wordplay but it does have a meaning... that, of course, the character is fully aware of and is the one to relay the meaning. Hmm. I hope the name isn't part of any prophecies.

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The Sirens of Titan | Kurt Vonnegut

Been a while since I read a Vonnegut or even a sci-fi novel. I hope this novel will relieve me from the research-filled or self-help works I've been consuming lately.

I've read good to great things about this book. And while I've only read few passages then put it down after succumbing to the allure of other books, I'm hoping to enjoy this fully this week.

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Mehso-so

This is a quick and easy valuable read. But, there's something I feel is lacking. I'm unable to pinpoint what it is. Perhaps another read is in order or maybe another book that tackles the same topic will help in pointing out what lacks in this book.

In any case, I think that a so-so is valid for when a book leaves you dissatisfied despite an enjoyable start.

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“This book represents a humble attempt to explain what current scientific research tells us about visual attention," Stefan Van der Stigchel writes in the acknowledgments.

And it is a good book to read. It surely does not tell you how to *fix* your attention deficits, but it does provide good introduction to "how attention works".

greenreads And I think the subtitle-blurb (?) "Finding Your Way in a World Full of Distraction" does not capture the fun materials this book provides. Could be along the lines of "Why You Get Better at Hidden Objects Games Over Time", maybe? ? ? I just think the former sounds more of a self-help book... 1mo
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I like how it takes a step back at times and points out that this or that study may not be as reliable as it claims. It checks on the studies it includes in the book and points out the limitations of each despite the claims of the studies.

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“This is why searching in a haphazard manner is so inefficient: you are never able to recall all of the individual locations that you have already searched.”

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I do this well enough on wordsearch games but I keep forgetting this stuff when it comes to searching for things I misplaced.
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1. a reasonable excuse to have one more cup of coffee
2. Factfulness by Hans Rosling - it's a recent read
3. ...to the first, least crowded space I can see
4. 🙇🏻 @MySharonaK @shanaqui
Have a #wondrouswednesday ! Thanks!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💗📚💗 1mo
MySharonaK Thank you for the tag! And haha it‘s my excuse for another cup of coffee as well 💙 1mo
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I find myself scrolling through people's read list before following them to see if they can add to my reading experience. Then I peek at mine and 😳 There isn't much in there at all. Too lazy to add the books I had read or dnf . Hopefully by end of next year I can scroll through a lot longer on my own list.

Glad that Litsy doesn't require much categorization. Simply add and rate/review. It'd be nice if we can view our own posts first, though.

shanaqui I'm really glad about Litsy's simplicity in that sense too. I've burnt out on being obsessive about cataloguing; I think it stole a lot of my fun away! 1mo
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This is taking me a while, but I'm glad that I haven't dropped it yet. Excluding the articles on attention economy and the few "Brain Games" episodes I've watched, I have no good lesson about attention. I think this one is a good introduction about attention.

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I'll join in the challenges next year - #ReadingWomenChallenge and #AuthorAMonth. Might also try some of #ReadWithMrBook theme and sign up for #MountTBR first level. I'm pretty sure I've not yet read a woman's fiction this year.

#GreenReads2020

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People constantly and intuitively refer to their worldview when thinking, guessing, or learning about the world. So if your worldview is wrong, then you will systematically make wrong guesses.

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This is apparently the last book Hans Rosling worked on before he died in Feb 2017, and it should be read many times over for the message to sink in. His fact-based perspective (he calls himself a "possibilist") encourages you to reconsider your thoughts and to not let your instincts dictate your actions or drive you to complacency.

"The world cannot be understood without numbers. But the world cannot be understood with numbers alone."

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Its merit mostly lies on the controversy it caused and perhaps the rarity of any material inquiring on sexual desires and sexual awakening of the Japanese youth of the time. Although the way the story unfolded is not to my liking, it does have a story worth reading. It is interesting how the thoughts and struggles of young Kanai have transformed into the life of old Kanai.

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Mehso-so

Read this in one sitting so that's a plus for me. It's kept itself on point about what to do and how to do it. It doesn't share too much information that you'll end up asking "and so?"

The processes/methods on how to design your day is well-selected and I can see how it can seem easy to apply. Time management when you're working under other people's orders... how do you do that?

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Mehso-so

It feels like a long read for me especially when I lost interest midway through the 'less but better' reiterations and then the 'options vs choice' stuff that didn't impress me. I mean, 'options' and 'choices' are nouns, 'opt' and 'choose' are verbs. For a book about Essentialism, it could have been "less but better" as well.

But, I read new things here: the Nora Ephron anecdote was good.

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Has good points. But I'm not stretched too thin. I'm just... preoccupied with desiring time for meaningful or worthwhile activities? I can't even envision my future self. I don't know what my problem is.

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I remember this being in a #bujo spread. Something useful for weekly reviews... 😭 Sorry but I cannot stop myself from reading planning-related/life management books. Let's just say this last quarter is about planning.

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Mehso-so

Huh. I really like the flowchart.

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This should make sense. Really. The flowchart seems to be the core of the whole book. But at some point, I just want to be done with reading this because I don't have good vision at all.

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Though my reading time is lost

(I couldn't even make for a five minute read.)

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As this year closes, I find myself lured in by productivity/time management/self-help/planning books. This is the third book already. Not sure if it's simply wanting to make 2020 a better year or if it's just a desire to know how and why people have their head together. In any case, I hope to stop with this one.