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jen_the_scribe

jen_the_scribe

Joined June 2019

There's a time for everything. By everything I mean books. https://scribingandbooks.wordpress.com
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Good Omens by Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
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American Gods by Neil Gaiman
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Good Omens | Gaiman, Neal

"And the road to Hell is paved with good intentions.*

*This is not actually true. The road to Hell is paved with frozen door-to-door salesmen. On weekends many of the younger demons go ice skating down it."

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The Luminaries | Eleanor Catton
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My mini book haul for today. Can't wait to dive in 😁

Emilymdxn I loved at the existentialist cafe so much! 1w
BarbaraBB And I The Luminaries! 1w
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Good Omens | Gaiman, Neal

"It is said that the devil has all the best tunes. This is broadly true. But heaven has the best choreographers."

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Witches Four | Marc Brown
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This is not one of my children's books. It's mine lol. I have read it with my kids, as I wanted to share it with them. But I keep it with my own books. It was one of my favorites as a kid. I was fascinated by all things magic and witches. Does anyone else have a special "bond" with a book from your childhood?

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Good Omens | Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
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My next read and I'm excited about it. Haven't read anything else by Terry Pratchett but I love Neil Gaiman.

Scochrane26 Love this one. 3w
Aims42 I read this as my first ever Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett book. I totally fell down the rabbit hole for both authors as a result, and have zero regrets 😆 Hope you enjoy it!! 3w
jen_the_scribe @Aims42 Thank you! I've only recently fallen down the rabbit hole for Neil Gaiman so I have no doubt it'll be the same for Pratchett 😁 3w
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Book of Speculation | Erika Swyler
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Erika Swyler's writing style is the kind that has you yearning for her words. I craved this story whenever my responsibilities called and I was forced to put it down for a while. A lonely librarian makes for an intriguing protagonist especially as he searches for answers down a long line of family tragedies. There's a profound sadness to this story, but there's magic sprinkled in.

Scochrane26 You should definitely read her Light from Other Stars. It‘s sci-fi, but I focused on the relationships in the story. 3w
jen_the_scribe @Scochrane26 I like sci-fi so it sounds perfect. Adding it to my wish list now! 3w
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Book of Speculation | Erika Swyler

"Because there are things you do for people you've known your whole life. You let them save you, you put them in your books, and you let each other begin again, clean."

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Book of Speculation | Erika Swyler

"We carry our families like anchors, rooting us in storms, making sure we never drift from where and who we are."

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Book of Speculation | Erika Swyler

"We would bury ourselves in books until flesh and paper became one and ink and blood at last ran together."

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I like both exploring woods and staying in, anything that doesn't involve crowds really lol. But I went with my mood. You can find a blank copy on @rather_be_reading 😊

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Book of Speculation | Erika Swyler
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My husband thinks I have a problem, but I'm loving my growing book sleeve collection. Most are from Book Beau, but the galaxy one up top and the one most to the bottom are both from a lovely Etsy shop called Fabric Bound.

#booksleeveobsession

TheLibrarian I have a bunch of booksleeves too. Love them! 3w
jen_the_scribe @TheLibrarian Other than books, it's probably what I'll splurge money on the most lol 3w
erzascarletbookgasm Your book sleeves are gorgeous, especially the galaxy one! I love collecting them too. 3w
jen_the_scribe @erzascarletbookgasm Thank you! That's my newest one and I think my favorite so far 😊 3w
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Book of Speculation | Erika Swyler

"'My family is a little dark,' I say. 'But even Pandora's box had hope.'"

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I love looking through these two books when I need inspiration for my writing.

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Book of Speculation | Erika Swyler

"Despite my memories and their flashes of warmth, the picture shows my mother was not a happy woman. Not something on which I ever dwelled. It's brutal to realize that someone might find a life with you in it unbearable."

Oh, my heart.

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Book of Speculation | Erika Swyler
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Enjoying my book in a rocking chair out on the patio. It's been a rainy day too. The perfect Saturday.

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American Gods | Neil Gaiman
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And this is my next listen. It's a long one so it'll keep me occupied for a while. My first time listening to an audiobook performed by a full cast, and I'm excited about it. I love Neil Gaiman's voice though, so I hope he's still in it lol.

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Book of Speculation | Erika Swyler
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Tackling my stack of books, I decided to start with this gem. I thought about what Stephen King says about the first line in a story, and the first line in this one intrigued me the most.

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I've read quite a few nonfiction books over the past couple of months. I'm ready for my fill of fiction, but what to read first? Decisions, decisions...

Scochrane26 I haven‘t read any of those besides Good Omens, which I think is really funny. I did read Erica Swyler‘s Light from Other Stars for book club & really liked it. 1mo
jen_the_scribe @Scochrane26 Good to know! 1mo
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Probably the most interesting nonfiction book I've read this year. The author seemed unbiased to me, as he delved into all sides. The facts/historical tales are probably my favorite bits, although history can be horrifying. The various theories were interesting as well, although I don't agree with all of them. The theories about the future in particular/what geneticists are working on was probably the most terrifying thing to read before bed lol.

Trashcanman If you like this you might like Guns, Germs and Steel 1mo
jen_the_scribe @Trashcanman It does look interesting! Added to my TBR list, thanks for the suggestion! 😁 1mo
4thhouseontheleft I took one of his classes on Coursera a few years ago, before his books were translated into English, and really enjoyed the course! 1mo
jen_the_scribe @4thhouseontheleft Interesting! Did not know he has courses on there! 1mo
4thhouseontheleft I‘m not sure if he still does, this was about 5 years ago. But he does, I definitely recommend it! 1mo
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I loved this listen. Especially the chapters on parenting. I deeply felt the lessons in this one: steering away from scarcity and shame and focusing on self-compassion and worthiness. I needed a reminder that I should allow myself to be seen. She takes real experiences and her research and shows you why. Some wholehearted and funny moments are involved too.

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"Each year the US population spends more money on diets than the amount needed to feed all the hungry people in the rest of the world. Obesity is a double victory for consumerism."

This was a bit of a wake up call to read. We spend more than we need to, and then spend even more to solve the problem it caused.

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Harry Potter | JK Rowling
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Happy to get McGonagall! Which Harry Potter witch are you?

https://bookriot.com/2019/10/15/harry-potter-witch-quiz/

madamereadsalot1 I got Fleur. 1mo
Scochrane26 I got mcgonagall, too. 1mo
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Historic Haunts of Savannah | Michael Harris, Linda Sickler
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The ghost stories were very interesting and often times creepy, but these seem to be the usual tales told on tours throughout Savannah and some have been featured on television shows. Each chapter focused on a different ghost story, with one chapter focusing on specific graves and Victorian era superstitions. I enjoyed it but found it a bit repetitive.

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Historic Haunts of Savannah | Michael Harris, Linda Sickler
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This is one way to start my morning 😬👻

TheLibrarian Sounds good. Enjoy! 1mo
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Bob | Wendy Mass, Rebecca Stead
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As I mentioned in another post, my 10 year old LOVED this book and insisted that I read it. I'm glad I did, not only do I get to share this with my daughter but it was such a lovely read. I read picture books all the time with my 6 year old, but I realized I need to read children's chapter books now and then. It makes me feel like a kid again, and they're rather magical.

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Don't mind me, just discussing spooky books and sharing a cuppa joe with my pal Grimm. I plan to read these (finally, they've been sitting on my shelf for over a year) this month in honor of Halloween. I got these when I lived just outside of Savannah, but kept reading other books on my TBR list. Any recommendations for other spooky books?

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I love this collection and plan to get a few more of his books. I'll be rereading these every year. I can't explain how I felt reading them. His words were simple and seemed like common sense, but why couldn't I understand these concepts before? I think the answer is in these very pages, that I was believing what society taught me. It's going to take time, but I'm putting the Four Agreements to practice.

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Happy October! I'll be using my pumpkin mug until December lol. Now I'm about halfway through the final book in my Toltec Wisdom collection. These books will be ones that I come back to again and again.

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Readers and Reading | Andrew Bennett
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Another reason I love Litsy, I actually have fellow bookworms to talk to now lol

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The Toltec Wisdom collection is probably in my top spiritual books. His simple words just clicked for me.

Stacypatrice This is a lovely book 💕 2mo
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Bob | Wendy Mass, Rebecca Stead
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My 10 year old got this book at her school's book fair on Thursday evening and already finished it. She's been talking about it nonstop. Then she handed it to me and said I just HAVE to read it. So I will 😁 I love her enthusiasm.

LibrarianRyan ahhhhh 2mo
eri.reads Awww, her enthusiasm has me wanting to read it too! 2mo
TheBookHippie Ohhh it‘s so good! 2mo
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I don't read many comics, but I've read a few graphic novels here and there. Neil Gaiman and the artists here didn't disappoint. Probably my favorite comic series so far, horrific and imaginative.

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My kind of Friday night 😁

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"Love is not about concepts; love is about action. Love in action can only produce happiness. Fear in action can only produce suffering."

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"Your truth is not the truth for anyone else, and that includes your own children or your own parents."

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Hurricane Dorian is painstakingly inching toward us here in FL, but I have plenty of unread books and so do my kiddos.

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Made myself a little reminder after finishing this one. It was such an easy read, so simply written. But I felt it was a powerful read all the same.

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I Read where I Am: Exploring New Information Cultures | Mieke Gerritzen, Geert Lovink, Minke Kampman
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Not my photo but it's totally something I would do lol.

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No offense to any Catholics (most of my family is Catholic, I'm not). But I thought it was funny. Out of context it looks very snarky, but he was comparing homo sapiens to the other species of humans from a very long time ago. Basically, homo sapiens have been the only species to form such complex languages and being able to tell stories, which is a theory as to why we were the only species to survive this long.

Velvetfur I loved this book! I know exactly what you mean about it being funny due to the comparisons, but I can also see how this book could be offensive to practicing religious people. I think I mean I can see the 'for's and the 'against's throughout 😊 3mo
jen_the_scribe @Velvetfur Yes! I definitely don't want to offend anyone and I can see why this was such a controversial book. But it's so interesting! 3mo
Velvetfur @jen_the_scribe Yes I agree, and my main takeaway from it was when the author points out that if something is possible, it is natural. That will be something very hard for certain people to get their heads around, like people who are against certain practices and proclaim them 'not natural'. 3mo
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Listening to this audiobook. So far it's a gamechanger for me and I'm still early on in the book. Especially the parts on scarcity (I'm not enough, there's not enough time, etc.), and the differences between vulnerability with boundaries, attention seeking, and weakness...

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I was able to finish this one while on a road trip this weekend for a wedding. It had some slow parts, but I enjoyed the rawness and humanity I felt with these stories and characters. You hated some, you loved others. But one thing it does imply is that everything is not black and white. Subtle themes revolving around racial and socioeconomic divides. I loved the way this author tackled one character's art and how artists can be so misunderstood.

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I've been looking forward to this one!

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One of my current reads. I've heard great things and already feel like this is going to be a life-changing read.

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This was my kind of book, with a magical manuscript, a long line of strong witchy women, and beautiful descriptions of the unfathomable. A few creepy moments were a plus.

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Week 2 check in for #BFCr3 is not that great but I'm slowly getting back into the groove of things after a hectic couple of weeks. Gotta keep going!

@AprilMae @wanderinglynn #teambeat

AprilMae Hey anything is better than not trying right? Keep up the momentum and you'll be rocking it this next week!! 3mo
jen_the_scribe @AprilMae Very true! Thanks 😊 3mo
wanderinglynn One step, one day at a time. You‘re making good progress! 🙌🏻 3mo
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My kind of Saturday 😊📚❤

brit91 Mine 2!😍📚 3mo
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Making the most of the wait in the car line to pick up my kiddos. I'm loving this one so far!

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I'm going to begin this one today. It's one of the ones in my stack that I've been most excited about.

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I really wanted to like this one, an award winning novel. But I just could not get into it. I got almost halfway and it became a painstaking read, to be honest. I found most of the characters unlikable and couldn't relate to any of them. And despite how far I got, I'm not sure what the plot was aiming for. Plus, I did not like the way he put several words together like "whatsitsname," and that's just one example.

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My next audiobook. It has great reviews.

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