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quietlycuriouskate
Matson Library | Gloucester, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom (Library)
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I am buzzing! I took my harp to my library's social group (we're taking it in turns to "do a thing"). So nervous beforehand I thought I might have to change my name and leave the country but I was canny and made sure I'd primed the holds shelf!
I played with shaking hands but it went well: somehow I seem to have enchanted everyone! Feeling happily overwhelmed now and full of gratitude. ?

TheBookHippie How lovely!!! A harpist (my cousin) played at our wedding -I love it so. Yay for getting through!!! ✊🏼♥️ 9h
AmyG I bet it was beautiful. I would have been enchanted too! 9h
TrishB Sounds like you were fabulous ♥️ 9h
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Soubhiville Oh wonderful! The harp is such a unique instrument. I‘d love to hear you play 🙂 9h
Tamra 👏🏾👏🏾 take a bow! 7h
BarbaraBB Such a beautiful instrument! You must have been wonderful 🤍 7h
squirrelbrain Oh, I bet you were wonderful! ❤️ 7h
RaeLovesToRead Well done 🥰 3h
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#5JoysFriday @DebinHawaii
Reading goes without saying, right? 😄

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quietlycuriouskate
The Doll Factory: A Novel | Elizabeth Macneal
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Read for library book group: at last, something I could get my teeth into!

Set in the Victorian London shark-tank (that the Tories are intent on dragging us back to), artist's model and aspiring painter Iris seeks to live on her own terms, within the cultural corsetry that is the male gaze.
Personally, I could have done without the romance, but then we'd not have seen how similar Louis's attentions were to Silas's (just a difference of degree?)

Bookwomble Ugh! "Sick Note Culture" now! Do you think that the electorate will finally see that the Tories are abusive gaslighters? ?‍♂️ 2d
quietlycuriouskate @Bookwomble Oh, I dearly hope so! Though my fear is that they will prove to be invulnerable to any mortal weapon. 1d
Bookwomble Perhaps bell, book and candle 🔔📓🕯️✝️ would work or, if not, garlic, a heavy hammer and a wooden stake! 🧄🔨🪵🧛🏻‍♂️😄 1d
quietlycuriouskate @Bookwomble Holy water, perhaps? Not that I move in the right circles to have access to that... I wonder if chlorinated pool water might substitute. 😄 1d
Bookwomble @quietlycuriouskate Something antibacterial would be good, as long as it's not produced by one of their friend's PPE companies! 🦠😷😅 1d
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In the Dream House: A Memoir | Carmen Maria Machado
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It feels wrong to use the word "enjoyed" of a memoir of queer domestic abuse but I loved the writing and the framing of her experience through the lens of an exhaustive array of genres. It's as if she's holding it up to the light, to make sense of what was happening to her in the absence of a ready frame of reference. Does this lessen the emotional impact? Possibly. It's awful she endured the abuse. I'm glad she could make this book of it.

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This was waaay too relatable at times: not the domestic squalor, nor the accidentally getting a job in a church, I mean, but the stuff that goes through Gilda's mind. Severe anxiety, depression, and intrusive thoughts are to the fore throughout but I found it affirming rather than triggering. The dark humour made me snort my tea and cackle (not at the same time)!

If there is such a thing as an anti-villain, I nominate toxically positive Giuseppe.

Suet624 Hmmm. I think I have this on my shelf. I‘ll have to look for it. 1w
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#5JoysFriday @DebinHawaii

Love this tag!
It's been a challenging week mental health-wise but these things have all lifted my spirits.

DebinHawaii What a wonderful list of joyful things! 💛💛💛 I‘m glad these things lift your spirits! I was journaling about sounds that make me happy this weekend & birds singing in my backyard was one of them! 🐤🐝💛 Thank you for joining in! Hope things feel better soon. 🌼 1w
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quietlycuriouskate
Matson Library | Gloucester, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom (Library)
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Today's modest #libraryhaul , at book group.
"The Doll Factory" is next month's book.
"Day" was waiting for me on the holds shelf.

Wholly illogical, I know, but the fact that both covers are my favourite colour seems to bode well! ?

squirrelbrain I‘ve just finished the first part of Day - enjoying it so far. 2w
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And just like that the author knocks all the air out of my lungs.

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Bailedbailed

Well, that was a frustrating experience! The cringey title should have told me it would be problematic. There is plenty of useful info here... but there are also multi-page digressions with little to add, and awkward phrasing throughout that became a major distraction.

English is not CL's mother-tongue and she says she's too much of a control freak to work with a translator. Her book suffers for it and is *badly* in need of a good editor.

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quietlycuriouskate
The Switch | BETH. O'LEARY
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Mehso-so

Read for library's book group.
It's a lemon meringue pie in book form: a tang of sharpness under a mass of sugary fluff.
I couldn't care less about the romance aspect and, as a whole, it was a pleasant but formulaic read.
I'm not saying it's a bad book: I'm saying it's not to my taste.

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Mehso-so

I've been veggie since I was 15 and vegan for 3 years. There's good stuff here but I think it would be of greater benefit to those more socially-oriented than me (so, most people, then? ?).

I found the quasi-religious language off-putting, and if I never hear the phrase "animal flesh and fluids/secretions" again it will be too soon.

Most troubling was the assumption that "vegangelism" is a must: so private acts of conscience are insufficient?

quietlycuriouskate My own "activism" takes the form of feeding my people good, delicious food, and sharing recipes with those who express an interest. 3w
Caroline2 Yeah we‘re all veggie here and my husband is vegan (I‘m trying but struggling giving up milk in my tea and coffee) but I hate it when people get all preachy about it. I don‘t think that‘s the way to convince people to eat less meat. 3w
quietlycuriouskate @Caroline2 Agreed! I admit it took me a *while* to get used to plant milk in tea and coffee. I think the only thing I really miss now is the occasional fresh baguette with proper butter! 😋 3w
Caroline2 Yeah I miss butter and cheese! I‘m not keen on the fake cheeses or milks. Think I‘ll just go black. 👍 3w
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Published in 2007 (and bought used for 1p!), these days it has rather a cultural historical vibe. Written/made by multiple contributors, it's an art zine in book form: kind of a grown-up version of the things my sister and I used to make in the school holidays ?. I don't really like that messy, mixed media look, but there are several projects I plan to try (and many another that are more "why on Earth would I want to make that?!"). A curiosity!

Caroline2 Gorgeous cover! 🥰 3w
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Panpan

Thank God that's over! It pains me to pan a book but I did not enjoy this one little bit.

Anna is going round the bend with writer's block and keeps multiple concurrent notebooks whilst sleeping with a succession of increasingly dreadful men and agonising over whether to leave the communist party or not. Maybe it's an insightful document of its time but I was in WTF?! mode for most of it.

#sundaybuddyread @TheBookHippie

Balibee146 Read it at uni..... 🤮🤮🤮 4w
quietlycuriouskate And then, the Golden Notebook itself, that was supposed to somehow pull everything together? She gave it to that monstrous man-child to write a successful novella in! (Consider the camel's back definitively broken.) 4w
quietlycuriouskate @Balibee146 You have my sympathies! At least I wasn't required to write essays about it. 4w
AmyG YOU DID IT! 👊🏻 4w
BarbaraBB Love your review though. And I‘ll donate my unread copy to a free library 😀 4w
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quietlycuriouskate
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I'm so glad the library had this in audio: the memoir of queer, Muslim, drag queen Glamrou (with brief detours via marine biology and Eton), it felt only right to hear their story told in their own voice. It's courageous, moving, inspiring, and dark with flashes of humour.

This is what's great about reading: 45+ years with a book in my hand and still I get to be surprised by the paths they lead me along.

Suet624 Your last paragraph: I feel the same way. It‘s pretty amazing. 1mo
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quietlycuriouskate
Children of Ruin | Adrian Tchaikovsky
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Oh, this book! 😍 Evolutionarily-accelerated spiders and octopuses in space, you say? Yes, and I loved it! It's exciting, wildly imaginative, and a proper thinky book to get the synapses firing. What more can you ask? A prominent neuro-divergent human character (Senkovi ❤️)? A third book in the series to look forward to? There's that, too. 🕷️🐙💫

Aimeesue I loved this one! 🕷️🐙 (edited) 1mo
Caroline2 Oh I‘ve got the first book on my kindle, sounds like I need to move it up the pile! 👍 4w
quietlycuriouskate @Caroline2 Do: the first one is fabulous, too! 4w
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quietlycuriouskate
Matson Library | Gloucester, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom (Library)
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I forgot to post this week's #libraryhaul
The top one is for book group. The other two are my own choosing. (We're not going to talk about the 20 or so books I currently have on hold. 🤐)

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quietlycuriouskate
Life Between the Tides | Adam Nicolson
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The seashore is my happy place and AN always writes lyrically and with precision about sea-related matters. This turned out to be a rhapsodic compendium of natural history, the tides, geology, social history, philosophy... it's all in there! Some might prefer a sharper focus on the creaturely goings-on (which is what I was expecting it to be) but I found it an absolute delight.

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quietlycuriouskate
Unsettled Ground | Claire Fuller
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Well it certainly unsettled me! It's a powerful reminder of how rapidly everything can unravel, in an inescapable disaster-cascade, for people who are already marginal. (The fact that Jeanie and Julius are exactly my age upped the anxiety, too.) I do think it tipped into bathos about three quarters of the way through, and I'm not sure how I feel about the ending, but otherwise it was a top-notch read.

Tamra I loved this one! I thought the title was perfect. 👌🏾 (edited) 1mo
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Landlines | Raynor Winn
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Another series I'm reading out of order: I've yet to read the second one.This is one of those books that has me in awe of "ordinary" individuals and in despair at the human race as a whole. Mercifully, the book lands firmly on the side of hope.
RW is not religious but I was reminded of something Mother Teresa said about knowing God would never give her bigger challenges than she was able to bear: "but sometimes I wish He didn't trust me so much".

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quietlycuriouskate
Tom Lake: A Novel | Ann Patchett
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Well, if you're going to write a pandemic novel it's a good thing to be Ann Patchett, I guess. Oh, you know, the apparent *ease* of the thing!
I was afraid this would be a little too sweet for my taste but there were enough sharp cherries amongst the harvest that I ended up loving it. 🍒
(I especially loved Emily!)

kspenmoll Love your “ sharp cherries among the harvest”! 2mo
Reggie Yes to Emily! I loved her a lot in here. 2mo
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Dave Myers! 😢
May he feast in foodie Valhalla.

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quietlycuriouskate
Oh William!: A Novel | Elizabeth Strout
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Oh, I love her quiet books! Due to the vagaries of library stock availability this is the first of the Lucy books I've read: it's fine as a standalone but I look forward to looping back for the others.

The minimal plot and deep dive into the hearts of her characters are a welcome respite from the diet of thrillers the library's book group has me on.

ES's books make me more kindly disposed towards people. That has to be a good thing, surely!

squirrelbrain This was my least favourite Lucy book (not that I didn‘t like it - just slightly less than the others) so you‘re in for a treat when you get to the rest. 2mo
BarbaraBB Lucy and William are such wonderful characters! 2mo
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Oof, I found this provocative, humbling, reassuring, and very timely: I am well and truly in the midlife chrysalis!
It's very Jungian, which is fine but it does mean that his one strategy is to get a good therapist.
Hmm... I'm going to be doing a lot of journalling and thinking-walks. 😊

Caroline2 Ohhh 😮 this sounds veryyyyy interesting! 2mo
Suet624 I think I might be in the third part of my life. (edited) 2mo
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https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd8dX_2Udab9QKk4CXiI0CeScJNjf-HWh1gTYH8...
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quietlycuriouskate
Matson Library | Gloucester, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom (Library)
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Today's modest #libraryhaul 😊
I'm focusing on reading my owned books this year but the library gets me out of the house, so what's a girl to do? 🤷

sarahbarnes I‘m trying to focus on that this year, too. But the lure of the library still gets me as well. 2mo
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quietlycuriouskate
Deep State | Chris Hauty
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Is there a Library Service division of the Deep State? I don't know how else to account for this being their book of the month.
I gave it the 50-pages test. Can't. Won't. Nope!
I wasn't thrilled: I was bored.
Maybe pick this up if you fancy an easy game of bad-writing bingo.

dabbe #hailthebail! 🤩🤩🤩 2mo
quietlycuriouskate @dabbe I find it SO hard to bail on a book: not this time, though! 2mo
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Oh, I say!
I enjoyed "Gentleman Jack" with the excellent Suranne Jones but rather assumed they'd spiced it up for the sake of drama. Not a bit of it! If anything, it was toned down: Miss Lister apparently withheld nothing from her diary. I can't say that I like her much - she's a snobbish social-climber, and less than honest in her dealings with the women she's after (poor Mrs Barlow!) - but she's certainly a strong and fascinating character.

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All Among the Barley | Melissa Harrison
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Set on an arable farm in the 1930s, MH's nature-writing is marvellous (as expected!). She got me invested in Edie's coming of age story. I would have loved to see more of Ada's experience and perspective, too. (Constance made my hackles rise from the get-go!). The ending was abrupt and, for me, the epilogue fell flat. In conclusion, I loved it, save for the final 20 pages which fell somewhere between "harrumph!" and "hnnh?".

quietlycuriouskate Do excuse me: I am clearly not at my articulate best today! 😂 2mo
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Deep State | Chris Hauty
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#libraryhaul
I really didn't want to go to book group today (feel more like hiding in my room and not talking to anyone for the rest of the year). But... my books were due back and library fines make me feel like a criminal. 🤣 So, off I went, like a dutiful citizen.
Tagged is next month's book. The Raynor Winn just leapt into my arms.

Bookwomble I hope book club was bearable in the end, Kate 💖 2mo
quietlycuriouskate @Bookwomble Actually I'm glad I went. They are pleasant people and none of us much liked the book so we did some good old-fashioned British bonding over our disgruntlement. 🤣 2mo
Reggie Yay, I‘m glad you showed up and it worked out. 2mo
TrishB Glad it was better than anticipated! 2mo
Bookwomble 😊👍🏻 2mo
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Oh William!: A Novel | Elizabeth Strout
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#hyggehour
All the little everyday things have been getting me down this week. I'm thankful, then, that my BorrowBox hold came through. I've had a lovely quiet hour drinking chamomile tea with Elizabeth Strout!
@AllDebooks @TheBookHippie @Chrissyreadit

monalyisha It has for sure been a week! My coworker & I settled on the perfect word (for this year, so far, really): “slog.” Hope your chamomile helps a bit! 2mo
AllDebooks Hope you feel better for relaxing x 2mo
TheBookHippie It‘s been A WEEK 😵‍💫. Glad you got some me zen. 2mo
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Graywacke I enjoyed this one. Wish you a great week to make up for last week. 2mo
sarahbarnes 💕💕💕 2mo
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Pilgrim Bell: Poems | Kaveh Akbar
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Been pondering how to review this. I enjoyed his previous collection (tagged 👇) but this one? Not so much.
Written by a practising Muslim living in an Islamophobic culture, and a recovered addict (thus no stranger to self-annihilation/grandiosity) I ended up concluding that a long conversation with him about the themes and ideas behind the poetry would be fascinating. But the poems themselves? Sadly for the most part I found them baffling. 😕

quietlycuriouskate His previous collection 2mo
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All Among the Barley | Melissa Harrison
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It's an arable farm. Why to goodness would they be making their own butter and cheese?!

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Falling Animals | Sheila Armstrong
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What a lovely surprise!
Thank you, @TrishB ; this sounds great! ❤️

TrishB Hope you love it 😘 I did! 3mo
squirrelbrain I loved it too! ❤️ 3mo
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Feeling utterly frazzled earlier by the unending, inescapable human noise of the day. What a relief to have a thoughtful book to immerse myself in!
#hyggehour

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Birthday #bookhaul (from yesterday). ?
Birds and dinosaurs were well-represented in the non-book category, too! My nerdy self is delighted ?
Thank you, @Caroline2 for "North Woods", and @squirrelbrain for "Water" (the bookmark is spot on!). I look forward to diving into them! ?

squirrelbrain Lovely gifts! ❤️ 3mo
Tamra The Sparrow ❤️ 3mo
quietlycuriouskate @Tamra I know! I read it on Kindle a few years back and still think about it, so asked for a print copy. My husband delivered! I must say he took my delighted cry of "Emilio!" very well. ? 3mo
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Tamra @quietlycuriouskate 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 That‘s a sure sign of a great book. I had a couple last year like that and need to get them on my shelves! ❤️ Did you read the sequel to The Sparrow? I was disappointed, but that‘s not a surprise. Tough act to follow. 3mo
Caroline2 Oh interesting looking haul!! I hope you had a lovely day. 😘 3mo
quietlycuriouskate @Tamra Yes, I overcame my reluctance and eventually read the sequel last year. I went in with modest expectations, so actually enjoyed it, though it doesn't have the resonance of The Sparrow. 3mo
quietlycuriouskate @Caroline2 Thank you, I had a super day! 🎂🎁📚 3mo
Caroline2 Oh good! And I just got Sparrow for 99p on my kindle! It sounds fab, thanks for the recommendation! 😉 3mo
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The Bean Trees | Barbara Kingsolver
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BK's first novel? It's safe to say she hit the ground running!
I love how she writes her characters and shows how interdependent they all are on each other.
Others of hers I've read (and loved) do tend towards the didactic: here, the surprise was humour.
Despite the horrible, horrible things that happen off the page, it's a book that restores my faith in people (which is no mean feat!) My book of the month, for sure.

squirrelbrain I‘ve read most of Kingsolver‘s books, but not this one. Sounds great! 3mo
Jas16 Amazing progress! 3mo
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Caroline2 Oh I‘ve had this on my kindle for agesssss. I need to move it up the pile!! 3mo
SamAnne I read this 20, 30 years ago? Need to revisit. 3mo
kspenmoll This was such a wonderful read. My son my son had to read it in high school and I re-reread it then. 3mo
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She was preaching to the choir with me on this and yet, of the three books of hers I've read, this is the one I've felt the least engaged with. I enjoyed the Water section best. Sometimes her writing really sang and at others it, and the structural device, just felt clunky and laboured. She's convinced me (not that I needed convincing) of the importance of everyday wonder, but... And? What next? (I'll still happily read everything she writes.)

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Mouthwatering recipes but a bit of a stretch for those on a tight budget. (I've made whole dinners for less than the price of a jar of Belazu harissa.) I like the approach of making base recipes, to be dressed up or down in various ways as desired, so as to cook once and eat twice. I want to do more of this.

Plentiful vegan yum to keep me happy but it's for special occasions unless I can come up with some cheaper workarounds.

#mtcookbook

Tamra Oh, that‘s a beautiful cover! I agree about expensive single dish/use ingredients. Hard to justify. 3mo
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I completed my first knitting project! 😃
I don't know any babies these days, so I gave it to the pebble we use as a doorstop. (Figured if I was going to the trouble of making a bobble, I might as well go big!)

TheBookHippie Omg 😍😍😍😍 3mo
squirrelbrain I love that you made a hat for your doorstop! 🤣 3mo
quietlycuriouskate @TheBookHippie @squirrelbrain How long do we reckon it'll be before it also acquires a pair of googly eyes? (Husband has already begun to call it Bob! 🤣) 3mo
TheBookHippie @quietlycuriouskate Bob is a right proper name for him and eyes are a must…. 😅👀 3mo
julesG 😍😍😍 Love all about this. 3mo
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BOSH!: Simple Recipes * Amazing Food * All Plants | Ian Theasby, Henry David Firth
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Nice book of sound, plant-based recipes but sadly of limited use in my kitchen:
1. Lots of avocado = heckin' expensive
2. Leans heavily on mushrooms and aubergine, which daughter won't touch with a 50ft barge pole
3. Breakfasts chapter: breakfast is, and shall always be, tea and porridge 😆
4. Cocktails chapter: I'm not interested in hosting parties, just want to feed my family
Still, I look forward to trying some things I bookmarked.
#mtcookbook

Ladygodiva7 Agreed on all points!! 😂 3mo
Tamra Sure looks inviting though! 3mo
Caroline2 Yes!! Soooo many vegan recipes rely on mushrooms and I‘m allergic. 🙄 I‘ve had this book for over a year now and I‘ve still not tried one recipe yet!! 🤦‍♀️ 😂 3mo
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Three Perfect Liars | Heidi Perks
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Another fast-carbs binge of a read for library's book group. It's not a book I would have chosen for myself but I'm realising this sort of thing is enjoyable so long as I can wolf it down! I wouldn't have wanted to spend any longer in these characters's heads, and it began to depress me how the three capable women were intent on taking each other down, when flabby-natured Harry was at the epicentre of their woes. (Ugh, internalised misogyny! 😒)

TrishB I know what you mean! Junk food books. 3mo
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Once I got past the entitled assholery of the title, this was surprisingly good! I knew there's ample grudging obligation in my days but the depth and pervasiveness of my "shoulds" was shocking.

She (un)covers motivation, shame, self-worth issues, how to get going on the things you want to do but can't get started... and offers strategies for still getting the chores done.

It's early days but I'm enjoying tentative experiments of my own. ?

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Matson Library | Gloucester, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom (Library)
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Post library book group haul.
Next month's book. Plus, I am still auditioning knitting books suitable for newbies.

Librarian Kim ran a tight ship this afternoon, so I enjoyed it much more than last time... even if we were discussing the plausibility or otherwise of nuclear-apocalyptic human behaviour.

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The Last | Hanna Jameson
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Read for library book group (tomorrow: eeek!).
A post-nuclear apocalypse, coupled with an amateur investigation into a child's murder, this was an "interesting" choice for a festive read! ? The Shining-esque shenanigans were an unnecessary distraction but I read this like I was bingeing on fast carbs. (The unsatisfying conclusion only reinforced this impression.) I enjoyed it, is what I'm saying, but now I want something more nutritious.

BarbaraBB You describe it so well! I know exactly what you mean and often feel that way after finishing thrillers like these (which I enjoyed too by the way). 3mo
Tamra Great review! I love the junk food analogy - it‘s fun to consume until it‘s over. 3mo
Reggie Hope you have a great time discussing it. 3mo
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I'm not familiar with FB's stand-up (and haven't a clue what Taskmaster is). This was yet another of my autism memoirs. Maybe I didn't get the joke but this struck me as unrelentingly bleak, and frequently alarming. It is important to share the experience of non-posh ND women, and kudos to her for being so open on the subject of meltdowns. Wish I could say I loved it but, ironically, it left me feeling overwhelmed (and not in a good way). 😩

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My first completed read of 2024 is a 5🌟!
Oof, this book! It feels wrong to say I enjoyed 900+ pages about inter-generational trauma but I loved the many hours I spent with the various members of the Jashi family. And though it is a mighty tome, the only thing that slowed me down was trying to bench press it in bed of a night.

It's primarily set in the Caucasus/USSR throughout the 20th Century: you can probably supply your own trigger warnings.

squirrelbrain I loved this too when I read it! 4mo
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Here is my #24in2024 list. @Jas16
Yes, there are more than 24 books here because I am a mood reader, ... and I think we all know this list is but the tip of the iceberg. 😆

Jas16 My list is as well. I can easily see there being. 25in2025 and so on 4mo
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What he said 👆.
With chapters on social situations, access to general healthcare, education, work, public transport, PW explores autistic experience and makes suggestions which with a little thoughtfulness and care have the potential to massively decrease the daily nervous system overload. Things that NT people stand to benefit from, too (flickering fluorescent lighting, anyone?)
Aimed at the NT majority, I read it for self-affirmation reasons.

quietlycuriouskate The school chapter was particularly stressful to read... even after 30+ years. 4mo
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Pickpick

This was nice but not, I think, the stuff of life-changing epiphanies. Will I remember the particulars in a month's time? I doubt it. Was it a feel-good listen? Absolutely!

(I'll rate it a pick as I need all the encouragement I can get to treat myself with greater compassion, and I don't suppose I am alone in this.)

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Yesterday was lovely! ❤️
I did rather well out of it, all told. 🎄🎁📚

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Happy Christmas, dear Littens! 🎄🎁📚
I've just been enjoying a quiet moment of gratitude and anticipation with my pretty tree (there looks to be a few book-shaped items in that mighty haul! 😆).
Wishing you all a marvellous day! 💞

Balibee146 Happy Christmas 🎄🎄 4mo
julesG Happy Christmas! 🎄💖 4mo
dabbe MC! 💙❄️💙 4mo
LeahBergen Happy Christmas!! 🎄🎄 4mo
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