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jmofo
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“That‘s what we‘re going to discover again and again and again. Nothing is what we thought.”
I own this book, I don‘t know how. Was it a gift? Did I buy it for myself (unlikely but not wholly impossible)?
My therapist said some of it might be helpful. I am reluctantly facing some stuff. I want to face these things…
My friends, acquaintances, strangers: therapy is hard I hope you can stick with it and advocate when it should be different.
💜🖤

Leftcoastzen I love her work & find it helpful. I‘m a big fan of whatever works/helps . 5mo
TiredLibrarian @jmofo I have this and another of Pema Chodron's books. I love them & find them full of wisdom, but it works best for me to just dip into them and read a little at a time. As @Leftcoastzen says, go with whatever works for you. 💐 5mo
jmofo @Leftcoastzen & @TiredLibrarian Thank you. I‘m also a big fan of using what works when it works. This quote, though is breaking my heart any time I sit with it. So often it‘s the timing of the simplest observations that really make something hit. I‘m chasing it with my “steady as she goes” in an effort to open my heart and not drown. 🖤 5mo
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Anxious and unable to sleep, listening to the author read one of my favorites

Bookwomble Hoping you don't see this comment for a few hours 😴💖 5mo
jmofo @Bookwomble thanks! I got some sleep now off to work. I hope you have had a fine day! 5mo
Bookwomble @jmofo Good to hear, Jessie 😊 5mo
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I was intimidated by this book even though it‘s got nearly #allthethingsifellforasayoungerreader …I read some reviews and someone said they really struggled until they read the wiki article on the book. My young self would be ashamed to admit it but I‘m not: I read the wiki. I don‘t think it took away from my enjoyment (?) of the book knowing wth.
This photo is a bit irreverent for the subject matter but appropriate on a few levels.
Lots of cw‘s

Butterfinger Great review. 5mo
jmofo @Butterfinger thank you! It‘s a tricky one to review with such little space and not wishing to spoil for our friends! 5mo
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“There were about a dozen watches in the window, a dozen different hours and each with the same assertive and contradictory assurance mine had, without any hands at all. Contradicting one another. I could hear mine, ticking away inside my pocket, even though nobody could see it, even though it could tell nothing if anyone could.”

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The Fire Next Time | James Baldwin
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An incredible human‘s birth day is just an excuse to post this photo of him being the icon he was, beautiful and not having it. So grateful he was in this world and I was able to read his writing and see videos of him speak. His work led me to read others and still teaches me.

Karisa 😍 6mo
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Many reviews say this book is dry, possibly due to the detailing of the bureaucracy that was behind the forceful removal of whole communities from the land they called home. I was appreciative of that Saunt laid out the cultural and political climate and how closely tied the atrocities of slavery and the genocidal approach to native communities were, albeit different. The section about cholera was moving. I‘m glad I read it. I am good with dry.

GingerAntics Saunt can be a bit dry, but he‘s a good scholar. 6mo
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I‘m taking advantage of a rare weekend day off to start listening to this account of my nation‘s past.

GingerAntics Good luck in there. 7mo
jmofo Thanks. Any time spent with Andrew Jackson and his ilk is not a good time. (edited) 7mo
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The Woodlanders | Thomas Hardy
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I‘ve been slow, so slow reading lately. Listened to this book on Audible and it coaxed me to sleep countless nights (which meant it took all the longer to read). I love Hardy‘s care with describing landscapes and the glimpses into the inner lives of his characters.
I stan Marty, if I had read this in my twenties, she would have been one of my many literary crushes.

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I‘m late in posting…finished this for a reunion of a previous postal book club. I‘ve had this book for years but shied from reading it because I thought it might be a war book as it‘s about a veteran. There‘s much more to it and I am so glad to experience this amazing author‘s prose finally. So many of the themes are things I love thinking about. Also bonus points for challenging me re: one of my storytelling bugbears.

Hooked_on_books I read this book many years ago. I have no recollection of the story or details, but I remember it being remarkable and just loving it. I‘m so glad people are still finding it. 7mo
JamieArc I‘m reading this right now, and honestly it‘s taking me forever. I have loved everything else of Silko‘s though, and my attention is terrible lately, so I know it‘s definitely a case of “it‘s not you, it‘s me” for why I don‘t love it. Always love to see posts about Silko‘s books, and this is a beautiful edition! 7mo
sprainedbrain I‘m so glad you loved it! I‘m looking forward to it. 7mo
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jmofo @Hooked_on_books I know that feeling! 7mo
jmofo @JamieArc I started it and put it down for about a month after reading her intro and the first few pages. I read most of it on two days out of town… It‘s a real mood so it can be tough to hang with when you‘re not in it. I‘m looking forward to reading more of her work. 7mo
jmofo @sprainedbrain I‘m glad! We got a solid little group! 7mo
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I‘m making progress through this book but it has been months. I‘m enjoying it but not retaining much...for me these days reading isn‘t the escaping or devouring, it‘s the company a book provides and the all too soon forgotten moments of new understanding.
This is an inventory of my bottles of ink for my fountain pens. It‘s a project I‘ve been meaning to get to and an audiobook and winter weather helped.

GingerAntics I love fountain pens!!! You have a lot of ink options. I‘m guessing you use the converters and ink pots instead of ink cartridges. My pens only use cartridges and they drive me nuts. 10mo
jmofo @GingerAntics 💜 I have a pen that‘s so small I have to use cartridges. Most of my pens are filled from bottles. One of the reasons I got into fountain pens was the refill factor (I use a syringe to fill recycled cartridges from bottles). I‘m moody and changing colors for my journalling cheers me up so I like to have options. 🤓 If you‘d like me to send you some ink, I‘d be happy to! 10mo
LiteraryinLawrence What you said about the book serving as company resonated with me. Well said! 10mo
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GingerAntics @jmofo you can refill the cartridges? Really? I really want to get a refillable one (one of the pens with a converter) because the cartridges seem to make a mess when I change them. Whenever I change them, they seem to have problems changing colours and I end up with ink all over my hands just from writing. It‘s annoying. 10mo
jmofo @LiteraryinLititz Books and reading have been important to me my entire life but how has changed over the years and I need to remind myself to be open to those changes. I hope you‘re enjoying some excellent company. 10mo
jmofo @GingerAntics yeah, refilling cartridges can be messy. Cleaning pens can be messy...I enjoy the process though. If you‘re comfortable with it, mail me jessiemorford at yahoo I‘d love to send you something! 10mo
jmofo @GingerAntics 👏🤓 10mo
GingerAntics @jmofo sent! I think I got your email in correctly, otherwise someone is going to be very confused. Let me know if you don‘t get anything. 10mo
jmofo @GingerAntics Thank you! I had to go to bed. Replied this morning. 🤓 10mo
GingerAntics @jmofo sleep is always required. I responded this morning as soon as the WiFi was back up and running. 10mo
Mavey Your words speak so much to me!😢Absolutely relate to it! Sending you lots of love!💝💕💕 4mo
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I‘m searching for phonetic guesses of other languages. Al Hakam (?) reaches Mehrgarh and reports to Khalif Omar:
“He got a less than enthusiastic report: ‘It is a land whose plains are mountains,...whose only fruits are poor quality dates, whose enemies are heroes, whose prosperity is little, whose evil is long-lasting. What is much there is little. What little is there is nothing. As for what lies beyond, it is even worse.‘”

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I haven‘t been reading. I have been reading, just not making progress. Yesterday morning, I did something I haven‘t done in months, almost a year, I grabbed a warm beverage and a cosy blanket and learned about another time and learned about places I‘ve never seen.
I missed that feeling. I missed that intention. I feel like I haven‘t been myself for so long I was a new self who didn‘t read.
This book, I am glad to report, isn‘t just about Europe

arubabookwoman Glad to see you posting. @sprainedbrain @Butterfinger and I would like to do another progressive read of 20th Century Classics like we did before. Would you like to join in? 11mo
jmofo @sprainedbrain @Butterfinger @arubabookwoman I would love to! I would hate to disappoint folks with being such a slow and inconsistent reader these days. I really enjoyed that selection of books, everyone was so interesting and engaged. 💜 I‘ll see if I can find an old email. Is there a timeline? 11mo
sprainedbrain @arubabookwoman I would love to! I‘m also not reading fast right now, so if we wanted to take a couple of months per book maybe that would work? @jmofo @Butterfinger 11mo
arubabookwoman Great! I am sending an email to the email addresses I had from before. If you don‘t receive the email, tag me here. We can update addresses. I am fine with 2 months per book. @sprainedbrain @Butterfinger 11mo
Butterfinger @arubabookwoman @sprainedbrain @jmofo I am so excited to be working with all of you again. I replied to the email today. I know Mann and Borges because of you. 11mo
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It wasn‘t until I started listening to this did I know this book was geared toward the YA audience. So far, it‘s delightful, moving, honest, with some fun anectodotes and tales of abuse. This cover art is lovely.
I do wish his reading style didn‘t feel as rushed but I am enjoying hearing his voice.

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August‘s #bookspin is How Music Works &
#doublespin is How to Be an Antiracist
I botched the Bingo sheet but I‘ll try to read the two books I transposed so it won‘t matter...
Thank you @TheAromaofBooks for organizing this!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Looks fantastic!!! 1y
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#bookspin #doublespin quick & dirty list for August...posting before I look up the numbers and Bingo layout

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This book comes from Taylor‘s experience, so it has the limits that come with that but there is no denying this an ambitious work with a surprisingly simple and unifying premise. Very self-help-y but impressive with its intentent. I don‘t think I‘ve ever read a book so self-help-y with the tangible goal of empowering people to love themselves as well as others.
I have a great deal of respect for how this woman thinks and the future she imagines.

jmofo #bookspin #doublespin I believe I can get another book in by the end of the month, but no Bingo. I‘m totally okay with that and will still make a bingo sheet in August, because why not!? 1y
TheAromaofBooks I didn't get a bingo in August, either, but it's just so fun trying haha Great progress!!! 1y
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A tightly focused collection of interviews & speeches connecting intersectionality, the militarization of police, the prison system, the education system, and making change while recognizing the work of the past, this is my introduction to this amazing woman. She is commits to challenging ideas (we are catching up to her) &delights praising the hard work of others, I am looking forward to reading more by Davis
#bookspin bingo🖤

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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Mehso-so

This is a Sedaris book. There was one story that had me laughing aloud but, by and large, it was more of a chuckle-inducer. Still, he seems somewhat magical to me, that he has the life he has.
#doublespin book complete, now let‘s see if I can get a bingo. @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 2y
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This is a whirling, gripping, vulnerable, and powerful collection of essays (of which some felt more like short stories).
There‘s a broad range of writing from a openly feeling human, talking about his pain and owning the pain he caused others.
Kiese Laymon‘s reading is engaging and his work is moving and amazing. I‘m grateful for this and looking forward to reading more of his work.
#bookspin @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Great review!! 2y
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#bookspin & #doublespin bingo
@TheAromaofBooks thank you for organizing this! As a mood reader, I‘m excited to see where this leads me

TheAromaofBooks Love it!!! 2y
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#bookspin and #doublebookspin for July
I didn‘t participate in June, it took me all month to finish two books which were from the craziness of May. Updating this list helped me feel a bit better since I had read a number of books in May, I just didn‘t spend much time social-media-ing.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Did you find my post with July's numbers? I posted them yesterday!! 2y
jmofo @TheAromaofBooks yep! I just finished my bingo sheet too! Thank you for taking the time to do this! 2y
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#bookspinbonanza
welp, I thought this was book. It was more of a miniseries that followed up (?) on the tagged book, which I think I might read. Interesting but quick to draw sweeping conclusions for an audience who likely does not need convincing, I got this free from Audible and it‘s short so I guess I can‘t be mad about it. 🤷🏻‍♂️
It‘s fine and it‘s also finished. Continued leap-frogging bookspin for the audio/paper combo I usually maintain

TheAromaofBooks I do like the brain-shaped tree, though! 2y
SkeletonKey Just checking up on you. Hope all is well, I know grocery store life must still be stressful. Hugs. 2y
jmofo Hey @SkeletonKey thanks for checking in. I am doing okayly. I haven‘t been super active here for a month, as I haven‘t been reading much. I‘d like to hear how you are, you okay with me sending you an email? 2y
SkeletonKey @jmofo - of course! 2y
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I found out about this book from a podcast I was listening to while my roommate drove us across Wyoming. I knew it would be interesting but I was not looking forward to how depressing it would have to be. It‘s a balanced book of portraits of beekeepers, some light science, some light history. It reads like a long magazine article. The book sheds light in an accessible way on many of the assorted reasons for the imported honey bee‘s challenges.

jmofo Audiocleaning and completing #triplespin or #bookspinbonanza ? Both? Who knows!? I leap-frogged a bit because I typically have at least one paper book and one audiobook going at once. 2y
TheAromaofBooks Great review!! And good progress on the bonanza!! 2y
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“He was tired of wearing sombreros, he told me, and suggested that we trade places. I‘ve never been one to say no to a complication, so I put on the sombrero, and he put on the headband with the feather. The producers didn‘t notice or didn‘t care. ‘Just stand among the appliances‘ they told us, ‘and wish everyone a merry Christmas. In your own language.‘”
It‘s a beautiful day and this book is a great read so far
May‘s #doublespin is a joy.

TheAromaofBooks Yay! So glad you are enjoying it!! 2y
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I enjoyed this #bookspin which is part memoirish, part historical ponderings, part commentary. I was hoping for something drier, more academic, I guess, 🤷🏻‍♂️ but it was an enjoyable read. This is one of those times when I wished I had read a book before another because I‘m always chasing the books I already love but different. The behind the scenes historical farm anecdotes were delightful.

jmofo The quote above cracked me up. My roommate (who introduced me to the BBC historical farm shows) and I have a “drinking game” (I usually drink water) wherein one of the many drink prompts is “Alex talks while Peter works very hard in the background”. Alex puts in the work, but he‘s always got something to say. 2y
TheAromaofBooks haha I'm definitely better at talking the craft myself! 😂 2y
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On haymaking:
“...in an act of mock knowingness, testing its sweetness between my teeth.”
As I have posted before, I love the BBC historic farm shows and so I am acquainted with Alex‘s delight in imagining and supposing and theorizing. Some criticism of this book has come to bear (ableist, limited view, romanticizing the past) but I knew what I was in for when I opened this book. It‘s not what I hoped for but it‘s 💯 Alex. #bookspin underway!

TheAromaofBooks This sounds like an intriguing one. I'll be interested to hear what you think when you finish! 2y
Litsi Please ignore the criticism. One could do that to any work. Science fiction can be seen as silly escapism, faux science. Romance as approved porn. Fantasy as not realistic. Read and enjoy the world as it is and isn‘t- which is the entire point of fiction in my book. 2y
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I am a fan of the BBC Historical Farm programs. I also like trains with a childlike enthusiasm and similar knowledge base. So this book was bound to be a winner with me. Enjoying Peter and Ruth‘s reading voices (in character but also a bit different from their tv presenting) was a bonus. This book offers fun history, some repetition, clearly explained developments and relationships between technology and the lives of individuals.

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Fresh Complaint | Jeffrey Eugenides
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Mehso-so

#doublespin
Welp, I guess I am glad I‘ve read this book, although I am overwhelmingly ambivalent about it. I loved Middlesex but I haven‘t read anything else by him until now. There were moments when the writing snuck up on me.
I felt something deeply but it was usually anxiety or shame. (Whether the writing is responsible for this, I cannot know.) That‘s all of April #bookspin read just in time.
Thank you @TheAromaofBooks for organizing it!

TheAromaofBooks Sorry this one wasn't a stellar read, but it's always good to get one off the shelf!! 2y
jmofo @TheAromaofBooks I‘m okay with books that aren‘t my favorite because I learn more about writing by reading them. I‘m just bummed because I had suggested a buddy of mine read this book with me (witness the markdown!). It evens us out, though, as he suggested I read The Boys comics some years ago and I wasn‘t into those 💁🏻‍♂️ 2y
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Fresh Complaint | Jeffrey Eugenides
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Making my way through #doublespin book for April...I am not yet sure how I feel about this collection of short stories. I got distracted by the last slice of Flaugnarde I made earlier this week with fresh blueberries. (I like to make the traditional version with cherries with pits but my roommate doesn‘t like having to eat around the pits and, besides, it‘s too early for cherries.) @TheAromaofBooks

Blueberry Looks yummy. Blueberries are my favorite. 2y
jmofo @Blueberry makes sense! 😃 they are lovely! 2y
TheAromaofBooks Books & dessert are always the perfect combo! 2y
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#bookspinbonanza list!
I admit there are no chunksters in this list. This month is a mix of audio books and paper-based books since this month‘s a little different.
Thank you @TheAromaofBooks for organizing this! Now back to my #doublespin for April...

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Great list. I'm thinking about making my list all books I've been meaning to reread. 2y
jmofo Oooh! @TheAromaofBooks that‘s a fun idea! I love to reread too many chunksters to attempt that! Best of luck! 2y
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A Damsel in Distress | P. G. Wodehouse
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If you‘re familiar with PG W, you know what to expect. Predictable, clever adventures of peerage and the “upper crust” in Edwardian England. Lighthearted and palatable in times of stress, and lovely borrow from Overdrive, this book was just what I needed. I‘ve only read some of the Jeeves books so it‘s nice to branch out a bit but looking forward to reading more of those soon, possibly.

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Dune Messiah | Frank Herbert
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Dune is a favorite, I marvel at how well-crafted it is each reread. Like the first book, there‘s a mix of philosophy, political and religious commentary, strong character-development (albeit male-centric) that I find engaging. Messiah deepens our knowledge of political forces in interesting ways. Otherworldliness is the landscape and character and the outliers, while seen as freaks within the world, are the most compelling for the reader.

jmofo @wanderinglynn Reporting for #bhc 24/28 days of meditation 5/6 books! Thank you for organizing this, it definitely helped me to remember to slow down and breathe and take care of myself. 2y
jmofo @TheAromaofBooks #bookspin complete! Looking forward to #doublespin I‘m finishing these in a mixed-up order. Thank you for running this. I‘m already thinking about next month 😬 2y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo! I've had Dune on my list for YEARS and still haven't gotten to it! I'm reading my #bookspin books out of order this month as well lol And it's never too early to start planning the next list!! 😁 2y
wanderinglynn Way to go 🙌🏻 Great job! 2y
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The Grip of Film | Richard Ayoade
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You‘re told early on not to read straight through but I did. 🤷🏻‍♂️
An alphabetical collection of quips, sneaky one-liners, puns, uncomfortable farce, sad truths, and even some insights, it‘s an odd film book with an uncommon premise.
Having familiarity with Ayoade‘s work on Dark Place & Ayoade On Top helps make this sentence salad rewarding. On Top rewards the reader with Ayoade‘s humanity while Grip is his searing cleverness and critique.

jmofo Picture is unrelated to the book, just Ayoade in a bubble on Travel Man. This is book 4/6 for #BHC and my #triplespin for April (still working on my #bookspin and I haven‘t opened my #doublespin yet) @wanderinglynn @TheAromaofBooks (edited) 2y
jmofo And here are a couple samples, if you‘re curious: “I am as frustrated with this as you are about to be” “The head is just a fancy funnel” 2y
SW-T Love Ayoade! 🥰 2y
zezeki I love Ayoade, but I still haven't read any od his books. 😅 2y
DrexEdit Richard Ayoade is awesome! I've been watching Travel Man clips on YouTube. Need to find his books but they are not in my local library. 👍💜 2y
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The Secret Garden | Frances Hodgson Burnett
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It‘s a snowy day so here‘s a picture from days ago...that‘s Colorado weather for you.
I loved this book. It‘s a book for young‘ns which was good for me as there was just love and companionship and respect, no crushes or love triangles. (Do I need to save myself some heartache and not read the sequel?)
I loved how compassionately the author dealt with children who are not well-mannered and the feelings of adults who are hurting.
Beautiful & sweet

jmofo @wanderinglynn book 3/6 for #BHC still going strong with the meditate (just missed three days so far) I am wondering if I can finish 3 books before the 18th... this has been good for me, regardless, thank you for loosening up the challenge! It was good timing and a lot less intimidating! 2y
wanderinglynn If you can‘t finish 3 books, then adapt your goal. 😉 And great job 🙌🏻 2y
Hooked_on_books I spent 10 years of my childhood in CS and totally remember the changeable weather. Beautiful picture! 2y
jmofo @wanderinglynn thanks for the support! And thank you @Hooked_on_books the Colorado sky‘s so photogenic! 😬 2y
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Dune Messiah | Frank Herbert
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Started my #bookspin yesterday before work. I realized I didn‘t read all of Wednesday because I thought I should be reading this book but didn‘t want to take it to work. Had a little extra time before work to start it Thursday and I‘m enjoying it so far.
Also, keeping up with the meditating for #BFC only missing three days so far.

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 2y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Good luck!! 2y
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The Secret Garden | Frances Hodgson Burnett, Jan Fields
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#audioyardwork Well I am enjoying this book more than I thought and parts of the story are coming back to me.
Today‘s a day off for me and I am grateful for it. I‘m clearing leaves and some old, dead growth from last year (should have done it already but last fall into winter was dominated by health stuff) and putting peas in pots on the deck. Peas are one of my favorite things to grow; it‘s a lovely day, getting those in.💚

zembla That purple is absolutely beautiful. 2y
jmofo @zembla Indeed! I have a weakness for the variegated purple crocus. 💜 I am always so happy to see them come back every year! 2y
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The Secret Garden | Frances Hodgson Burnett, Jan Fields
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I don‘t know what I‘m doing. I think I loved this book when I was a kid but I also didn‘t reread it...I have a weird feeling about it, like, by reading it as an adult I‘m going to stumble upon some trauma I‘ve forgotten. I don‘t know but, what the heck, eh?
Stopped reading one book because of end of the world vibe and, through indecision, jumped into this one with serious illness as a part of the setting. So... 🤷🏻‍♂️

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Works of P. G. Wodehouse | P.G. Wodehouse
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While the workday wasn‘t AS terrible as ones earlier this week and I am tired but not ragged, I can‘t let go of the worry and anxiety about not doing my job well enough. The meditate today was good, though, and I have a little energy now to find some Wodehouse or something fun to get lost in after a DNF (for now) today.
#BFC

wanderinglynn Way to stick with the meditation. 💜 I hope you can find some stress relief. 2y
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Welp, I think I might enjoy this but now is not the time. I need reading to be an escape since everything at work is so anxious-making. I loved Last Confessions so much, she‘s such an enigmatic writer but hiding in a house with the world going sideways in a terrifying way isn‘t feeling like escape right now.
Also, the Overdrive app annoys me because I can‘t tell how long I have been listening and how much I have left...so bye-bail for now!

Megabooks I bailed on this as well. It just wasn‘t right for me. 2y
jmofo @Megabooks It took me a long time to be okay with bailing...then GoodReads came along and I regressed because of their dang blamed challenge that isn‘t measured in hours but books finished. But I‘m back to thinking a book tried is still reading and while I think I could love this, I need something a little less on the nose atm. Thanks for sharing! 2y
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Dune Messiah | Frank Herbert
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#bookspin for April is Dune Messiah (it‘s slightly unbelievable I haven‘t read this, given how much love I have for Dune)
#doublespin is Fresh Complaint. (An impulse buy... Middlesex is a favorite book of mine, I thought, “ooo short stories!!!”)
& what the heck, why not
#triplespin is The Grip of Film (I have long loved Ayoade and only this year discovered he‘s an author!)
A good mix, I am excited!
Thank you for organizing this @TheAromaofBooks 👏

Megabooks Fresh Complaint is good!! 2y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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The Endless Tide | Iain R. Thomson
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#bookspin #doublespin
This looks like a fun idea...here are my books for April
I‘m looking forward to reading any of these, but sometimes timing‘s a real jerkface.

TheAromaofBooks Glad to have you along!! 2y
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Panpan

I am fine with the series ending...I think I was looking for what I wanted instead of what these books had. If you‘re not in love with the preceding books and not a completist, I recommend just not reading this one. Patrick Stewart read the audio and did a ton of voices so that was interesting.
Book 2/6 for #BFC
Still doing okay with the meditate, having napped one day instead. Giving myself some time outside before facing work today.

wanderinglynn Great progress! 🙌🏻 2y
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Welp, I got only about fifteen minutes of reading in today...work is really exhausting. I am glad to have Sunday off, at least. The meditate today for #BFC was tricky, I might‘ve fallen asleep for a minute or three. This book starts in a super unappealing way. Not into the mean-ape-picking-on-the-donkey show. It‘s too much, Clive Staples Lewis.

wanderinglynn I hope you can take some recovery time. 💚 2y
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On Being Ill | Virginia Woolf
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@Bibliogeekery I hope you recover quickly! I also hope this link works. They are on the west coast, so the video‘ll be better when it‘s not nighttime there! https://www.vanaqua.org/visit/live-cams-jelly-cam

Bibliogeekery You are so kind! Thanks so much for this, it's amazing! 2y
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#BFC 1st book finished. Out of 6, I forgot?
I realize I‘m calling all of these as picks even though I just really like parts of each these books. But I‘m reading and that‘s something when I feel like all I am doing is working, cleaning, and cooking while being tired and anxious. So, for an unchallenging read, these are fine as long as I don‘t think about the elitist nonsense in the books.
I skipped the meditate yesterday and took a nap instead.

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Ah! Day 2: audiocooked & audioplanted after journaling after first phone appt with my therapist in this time of social distancing. I‘m about to do a meditate before I shower before bed.
Day 1: forgot to post yesterday, I was so tired from my extra shift. Sat outside and meditated on the wind and cold after work. Enjoyed some of Linda Hogan‘s writing before work. It‘s a struggle at work (I am grateful but tired) and the meditating is much needed

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 You‘re off to a strong start 🎉 2y
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The Silver Chair | C. S. Lewis
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@24in48 A decent showing for the day, with cleaning and cooking and journalling. I‘ve been called in to work tomorrow, which was to be a day off, so I‘m not going to make it 24 hours... it‘s all right, though, as I read a grip yesterday as well. When I was thinking I‘d read these books this year, I thought it would take months...

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I am a silly person and thought #24in48 started today. Did a bit of audiocleaning then audiopuzzling this morning because I mislaid the book I meant to read.
I enjoyed Prince Caspian, even if a bit more violent and many of the characters of Narnia felt a bit more flat (but w/ excellent names!). I really enjoyed the Lemony Snicket meets Mr Rogersness of TLTW&TW and there was less of it in this book, clearly written for slightly older children.

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Earlier this year I was thinking about ole Lewis. I couldn‘t remember how many of these books I read as a kid. I thought I might read them all this year. 🤷🏻‍♂️ I‘m not a big fantasy fan, but I do love fantasy adjacent stuff.
This book was a jaunt, compared to LOTR & I wonder why it hasn‘t taken off like the potterverse maybe I‘ll find out.
This picture I took while getting carts from the parking lot at work, this is some sloppy winter weather

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Morgan Jerkins is strong and vulnerable in this work, transparent in her self-reflection and direct and honest. I hadn‘t read anything by her before listening to this. I admire her. It took a bit for me to get into her reading style, as it feels almost as though she‘s racing to the end. Admittedly not for everyone, explicit sexual content. I am glad this book exists.

Megabooks I can‘t wait for her new book later this year! 2y
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