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Northanger Abbey | Jane Austen
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I can‘t remember if I‘ve read this or not. I could‘ve sworn I read it at university, but that‘s been 20+ years, and the details are fuzzy, so it will feel like reading it for the first time. This is the cover of the kindle version I picked up.

#PemberLittens @sprainedbrain

sprainedbrain Love it! ❤️ 2d
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In A New York Minute | Kate Spencer
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Okay, I‘m swooning already. Do any people actually smell like this? I‘d feel like I‘d died and gone to scent heaven!

#romantsy

BeeMagical For this alone, I‘ll add it to the TBR📚 5d
Meshell1313 I love this! 😂 4d
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love this ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 5d
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The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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I loved this book so much that I can see myself rereading it every summer. It felt like a little gem. I settled into it, not expecting it to go anywhere, but just to meander along for a while, and it was the perfect book for me. #Reading1001

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Book 30/1001

RobES I loved this book 💛 6d
Tamra Me too! 💙 6d
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The Greenhouse | Auur A. lafsdttir, Brian Fitzgibbon
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Book— tagged
Author— Natalie Goldberg
Movie/TV— Gilmore Girls
Singer/Band— The Gaslight Anthem
Song— Girl From the North Country by Bob Dylan and Gone Again by The Indigo Girls

#ManicMonday #LetterG

I‘m a week behind, but I‘ll post H soon! :)

CBee Possibly one of my favorite Dylan songs ♥️ 7d
AmyG @CBee I was just going to say the same thing. 7d
CBee @AmyG I got to see him in concert once! I love him ♥️♥️ 7d
AmyG He used to play with the Grateful Dead so I got to see him a bunch of times. He is a legend. @CBee (edited) 6d
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I have a huge book hangover from this book. Set in San Francisco in the mid 1950s, it tells the story of Lily, a 17 year old Chinese American girl. It‘s a powerful story that kept me on the edge of my seat toward the end of the book. Don‘t skip the afterword/author‘s notes. Highly recommended!!

Book two for this month‘s #TrappedOnAnIsland. So glad this book was chosen as one of my five books! :)

aperfectmjk Well I'm sold. Stacked! 1w
jenniferw88 There's a sequel coming 1w
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I‘ve been on the fence about picking up this book for months. I finally ordered it a few days ago, and it came in the mail today. Let me just say: I didn‘t expect it to be this heavy. It‘s a tome! Also, I didn‘t expect there to be so many books I‘ve never heard of included in the list. I don‘t have the total that I‘ve read yet, but I‘ll post it later. I‘m considering tucking the book jacket away somewhere. It‘s getting in the way. #1001books

slategreyskies Update: apparently, I‘ve read 29 out of 1001. That‘s depressingly low! Ha!! There were about 15 that I may have read but didn‘t count because I wasn‘t certain. But I *am* certain that I haven‘t read more than 50 of these. 2w
BookwormM We have a group on Goodreads Reading1001 where we are working our way through all editions the English version is now 1315 books of which I am have read around 575 2w
slategreyskies @BookwormM thanks for the tip! I joined today. Looking forward to reading through these! 575? Wow!! :) 2w
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Daisey Something I‘ve realized as I‘ve read from this list is it‘s not necessarily just the “great” books. Often it‘s books that are considered the beginning of something different in literary trends. 2w
BarbaraBB I‘ve discovered some of my favorite books ever through this list. 2w
slategreyskies @Daisey I suppose that makes sense. It would make the book quite significant in terms of its influence, even if the book itself wasn‘t maybe as great as ones that came after. 2w
slategreyskies @BarbaraBB I‘m really excited about discovering some new favorites myself! I was really surprised by how many unfamiliar books were on the list. So many possibilities. 2w
BarbaraBB For some inspiration just follow the #1001books hashtag and you‘ll find reviews by some of us who are reading the list! 2w
slategreyskies @BarbaraBB okay, great! Thanks for the tip! :) 2w
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Highly recommended! Naomi Shihab Nye is a treasure. 🥰

#poetry ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

BarbaraJean She is wonderful and this is such a great collection!! 2w
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“There‘s a place in this brain where hate won‘t grow.”

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Untitled | Anonymous
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This makes me happy. I don‘t think I‘ve read so consistently ever. The days in a row would be quite a bit higher, but I missed one day in the middle somewhere. I really do love my kindle. I‘m glad my husband got it for me, even though I insisted I wouldn‘t use it. 🤣

Suet624 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 2w
UwannaPublishme Way to go! 🙌🏻 2w
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I‘m still working my way through the random entries in this book. The most recent entries have been on the following topics: the color blue, vampires, lapis lazuli, foxes, badgers, hair, letters, hops and thyme. The one thing that‘s consistent about this book is its theme of randomness. My goal is to review it next month sometime, but I haven‘t read enough of it yet to review it now.

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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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#SuperSeptember #readathon

I‘m joining in! My goal is to read Last Night at the Telegraph Club as well as Everything Comes Next by Naomi Shihab Nye. In addition to those two books, I‘ll try to finish Interesting Women, which is a book of short stories.

Andrew65 Good luck 😁 2w
IndoorDame I loved Last Night at the Telegraph Club! Enjoy! 2w
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I‘m just starting this today. I have high hopes, since Naomi Shihab Nye is a favorite of mine. #poetry

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I started this one last night for #TrappedOnAnIsland. I‘m really enjoying it so far! Thanks for choosing it for me, @Littlewolf1 ! :)

slategreyskies @aperfectmjk I‘m really enjoying participating in #trappedonanisland this month. Such a cool challenge idea, and I‘m getting some books read that I‘ve been meaning to read for months. :) 2w
aperfectmjk I'm so glad you're knocking out your TBR. I think it's fun to go back and visit books that we added to our TBR and consider why we added them to the list in the first place. 2w
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The Stand-In | Lily Chu
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This book was so much fun! I loved the escape it gave me from the everyday stress. I really liked the characters too. CW for Alzheimer‘s.

#romantsy

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The Flatshare: A Novel | Beth O'Leary
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Book— The Flatshare by Beth O‘Leary
Author— Frances Hodgson Burnett
TV Show— Friends
Singer/Band— Florence + the Machine
Song— Fields of Clover by the Box Tops & Ferry Cross the Mersey by Gerry & the Pacemakers

#ManicMonday #LetterF

CBee Thanks for playing 😊 3w
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The Stand-In | Lily Chu
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I picked this up on Kindle today for $2.99. I‘m excited, because now I won‘t have to worry about returning my library book late. This one‘s up next for me for #LittensLoveRomance!

#romantsy

StayCurious That‘s a great deal! 3w
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A book about found family, about belonging, about the little kindnesses that pull people together and about how we need each other, how we shouldn‘t go through life alone. I adored this book. So much love. I want to press it into the hands of everyone I know, especially those I know who‘ve been alone or lonely. Highly recommended. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️!!

persephone1408 I was just checking this out on audible 3w
slategreyskies @persephone1408 I was really surprised at how much I loved it. I wasn‘t expecting it to be that good. 3w
persephone1408 @slategreyskies I guess I'll try it! Thanks 3w
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Untitled | Anonymous
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I didn‘t realize I was reading that much romance! Current genre chart from #StoryGraph.

gossamerchild I love the stats on the Storygraph! 3w
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I‘ve never read anything by Nora Roberts before. Not sure if this will be a good starting point or not, but the trilogy was on sale today for $1.99, so I figured I‘d give it a go. They look vaguely witchy, and I like witchy, so we‘ll see. :)

LiseWorks I read the first one, it's pretty good. I will read the second eventually lol 3w
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Untitled | Anonymous
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DivineDiana This is very touching. ❤️ Would you kindly share the book title? 3w
slategreyskies @DivineDiana I did a search for you, since I don‘t own this book. Apparently it‘s in Bonfire Opera. It was also published in The New York Times in September of 2019. 3w
UwannaPublishme Love this! ❤️ 3w
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On sale today on Kindle in the US for $1.99, in case anyone hasn‘t read it yet and wants to pick up a copy. :)

MartinaLove I bought it the other day. 📚 3w
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I don‘t know why I thought this was a romantic comedy. It wasn‘t. While there was an aspect of romance to part of it, the book focused on finding a sense of belonging, of being hurt and unable to trust and learning how to move through the pain of the past into a better life. Learning how to trust and to be vulnerable are key themes in this book about belonging and found family. I really loved this one. 🥰

CW: death of parents

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This was my first book for #TrappedOnAnIsland, and I loved it! I didn‘t want to put it down, and I got so many ideas for my own writing from reading this book. Overall, it‘s a feel-good story, but it‘s not all sunshine and fluff. It has heart and depth, and I didn‘t want it to end. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨

#romantsy

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Eternity's Woods | Paul Zweig
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Book- Eternity‘s Woods by Paul Zweig
Author- Emily Henry
Movie- Ever After
Band- El Ten Eleven
Song- Earth Angel by the Penguins

#ManicMonday #LetterE

CBee Yay! Didn‘t see this before I commented on your D post 😊 1mo
slategreyskies @CBee I was playing catch up. I must‘ve missed it last week somehow. :) 1mo
CBee @slategreyskies I will tag you next week then - I try to tag random folks who‘ve played so you‘re next 👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
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Book- Darius the Great Is Not Okay
Author- Emily Dickinson
Movie- Dave (with Kevin Kline)
Singer- Ani DiFranco
Song- Dancing in the Moonlight

#ManicMonday #LetterD

CBee I have letter E up for today too 😊 1mo
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Starting this one for #TrappedOnAnIsland. I‘m two chapters in, and it‘s really enjoyable so far. Thanks for choosing it, @Littlewolf1 !

#romantsy

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💛💛💛 1mo
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Meet Me in the Margins | Melissa Ferguson
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This one was a lot of fun, but I found myself critiquing the writing style quite a bit as I was reading. I kept editing out sentences in my head. Also, I didn‘t like the spelling of some character names. Clyve was a big one. Also, when I read Gabriel, I think of a man‘s name, not a woman‘s. Mostly, my complaints were little ones, because overall, I had fun with this. Part of it was listening and part was on my kindle.

#romantsy

LiteraryinLawrence I completely agree. I started this and bailed early due to the writing. 4w
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Untitled | Anonymous
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CBee I love this. Turning the negative “what ifs” into positive ones ♥️ 1mo
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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I forgot to post this yesterday. I finished four books for the #20in4 readathon. Thanks for hosting, @Andrew65 !! I had fun! :)

Andrew65 Fantastic, thanks for playing along. 👏👏👏🥳🍾🥂😍 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m love SVH!! I have some of my collection, but lost many. 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It would be cool to read them all again ! 1mo
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Meet Me in the Margins | Melissa Ferguson
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I swear this book is saving me as I‘ve been listening to it and #audiocleaning. I really hate cleaning the bathroom, but this has made the time go by almost painlessly. We‘re getting our bathroom taps replaced, and the guy who‘s going to replace them needed pics of under the sink, which meant I ended up sweeping and mopping and scrubbing the sink, the floor, the mirrors. Well, at least one bathroom is mostly done. On to the next!! :)

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick That is my least favorite cleaning job, too. 1mo
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The Bean Trees | Barbara Kingsolver
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@HeathHof Congratulations, you made it to the island, and here are the five books that made it with you! I hope you have fun with them!!

#TrappedOnAnIsland

HeathHof Ohhh you hooked me up with some good ones! Thank you! 1mo
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Sarahland: Stories | Sam Cohen
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This book is bizarre. It‘s definitely one of the weirdest books I‘ve ever read. That‘s not necessarily a bad thing, though. It‘s just really weird. CW for a story about sex workers and one with rape. This is a queer/lesbian/trans friendly book. Lots of Jewish references as well. I‘m glad I read it, but I‘m not sure I‘d recommend it. It‘s a soft pick for me. ⭐️⭐️⭐️!!

rockpools I‘m quite intrigued! 1mo
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The Greenhouse | Auur A. lafsdttir, Brian Fitzgibbon
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I liked the slow pace of this book, how the narrative slowly spooled out from inside the main character‘s head. It felt like a really unique way to see the world, and I really liked it. It‘s made me consider writing in first person more myself, which is the way that comes easiest to me, I suppose. It‘s interesting that the country he spent most of the book in is never identified. It could be one of several different countries.

#Two4Tuesday

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 1mo
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Sarahland: Stories | Sam Cohen
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A book with a dedication made for me? Yes, please!! 🥰

sarahbellum 😍😍😍 Clearly, I need to read this! 1mo
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Untitled | Anonymous
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I read to escape, because sometimes life hurts too much.

I started reading as a kid to survive being abused. I wouldn‘t have lived through it otherwise.

It varies. Usually during the day, but I‘m trying to start reading at night too instead of worrying for hours in the middle of the night.

#littenswanttoknow

QuietlyLaura ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
Librariana I'm so very sorry that you experienced something so difficult. I'm glad reading was able to provide you with comfort and escapism 💜 1mo
CBee Just over here sending you all my love ♥️ 1mo
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marleed Ohh, I‘m sorry. Thank goodness for books and a virtual escape. 1mo
julesG ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
TrishB I‘m glad you found reading ♥️ hopefully it‘s a happy place now. 1mo
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slategreyskies @Librariana thank you. That means a lot to me. Yes, I‘m glad for reading too. ❤️ 1mo
slategreyskies @CBee love to you too!! ❤️ 1mo
slategreyskies @marleed yes, I agree. The world needs books. ❤️ 1mo
slategreyskies @TrishB it‘s mostly a happy place now, yes. Nothing like it once was, and I‘m so grateful for the changes and the safety. ❤️ 1mo
slategreyskies @QuietlyLaura ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks We have lots in common 💔 1mo
slategreyskies @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks oh, I wish that weren‘t true. For both of us. Sending hugs and love to you, my friend. 💔 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @slategreyskies right back at you ❤️🤗 1mo
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I‘m torn between a so-so and a pan on this one. There were some serious issues with the behavior of one of the characters, and I think this book really sends a bad message about what sort of behavior is acceptable. Basically, it reads like a high school soap opera. It was marginally entertaining, but there was so much drama. I was glad when it was over.

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The Greenhouse | Auur A. lafsdttir, Brian Fitzgibbon
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I really liked this one quite a bit. This is my second book by this author, and I‘m already looking forward to the next one. I really like her writing style. This book was written in first person, and I liked having the internal monologue of the main character. This book is slow-paced and very much focused on his internal life, his rambling thoughts. If you‘re looking for a book with a quick plot, look elsewhere. Otherwise, enjoy this one! 4 stars

Tamra Sounds like my kind of read! 😊 1mo
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Two Brown Dots | Danni Quintos
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For me, this was a soft pick. I liked how the book was divided into sections. The first section focused on her childhood, and I think those were probably my favorite of the poems, but all the sections were good. She puts a lot of pop culture references into this book, and parts of it read like a memoir. The story of her life in poems. All in all, I‘d say it was well done, and I intend to use a few of her ideas as inspiration for my own. ⭐️⭐️⭐️!!

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My plans for the end of summer readathon!! Should be fun! Thanks for hosting, @Andrew65 !! :)

#readathon #20in4

Andrew65 Great to have you with us, good luck 😊 1mo
PaperbackPirate Aw Sweet Valley High! Have fun! 1mo
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Zero | Tom Leveen
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I read this years ago and gave it four stars, but I actually don‘t remember reading it. Still, I think it‘s the only Z book I‘ve read in the past few years.

This post completes the challenge. This is the only A-Z challenge I‘ve ever completed. So, yay!! :)

#LetterZ #AlphabetGame

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great job!! Thank you for playing! ❤️ 1mo
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The Year of Blue Water | Carl Phillips, Yanyi
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This was the last Y book I read. Apparently, I rated it four stars in 2019. Honestly, I don‘t remember reading it, but I must‘ve thought it was good to give it four stars. #poetry

#LetterY #AlphabetGame

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1. The Woman In the Purple Skirt
2. Butterflies In November
3. NYC, the Outer Banks and the Okavango Delta in Botswana

#WondrousWednesday

Eggs Love NYC 🍎 1mo
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The Poet X | Elizabeth Acevedo
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I love this one!! :)

#LetterX #AlphabetGame

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Miss Iceland | Audur Ava lafsdttir
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1. No, but I take lots of screenshots. It‘s how I take notes these days. Just out of curiosity, I checked my phone to see how many screenshots there are. 1,733!! I think maybe I need to go through them and delete some. 🤣

2. Either the tagged book or The Dead Romantics. I haven‘t decided which I‘ll go with next.

#Two4Tuesday

ShelleyBooksie I do the same with screen shots!! 1mo
TheSpineView That's a lot of screen shots! Thanks for playing 1mo
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Untitled | Anonymous
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My anxiety is off the charts today. Barely hanging in there. Trying to not stress, but some days it‘s hard.

#ThinkPositiveBePositive

wanderinglynn 💚💚💚 {hugs} I just watched a brief clip from Bialik Breakdown with a neuroscientist. He suggested that taking a deep breath, then immediately taking another short inhale, then exhaling helps relieve anxiety. Maybe worth a try? Here‘s the clip: https://www.instagram.com/reel/Chmt80CAJ1-/?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y= 1mo
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ShyBookOwl I know the feeling all too well. I wish I had useful advice but honestly, only we know what works for us and what doesn't, so I'm sending positive vibes instead 💌 I hope tomorrow is better. 1mo
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slategreyskies @wanderinglynn thank you for that. It‘s definitely worth a try!! (((Hugs))) 1mo
slategreyskies @ShyBookOwl that means a lot to me. Thank you. ❤️ 1mo
Sleepswithbooks A therapist suggested to a patient at the hospital I work at this morning to squeeze a stress ball as a way to relieve stress… I heard, “F*** your stress ball! Bring me a piece of cake,” right before the stress ball came flying down the hallway. So maybe have a piece of cake? I hope your anxiety has lessened by the time you read this 💛 (Petting something soft helps me with my anxiety. Slow in a dimly lit room) Xo (edited) 1mo
slategreyskies @Sleepswithbooks oh, that was just about the perfect thing to say. Cake does actually sound good, and I have this doll with soft hair that might work for the petting thing, since I don‘t have a pet. Thanks for the tips! I still kinda wish I had a stress ball to throw too! 🤣💕 1mo
Sleepswithbooks @slategreyskies I have a weighted stuffed sloth that is amazing pet or lay on me (instead of a blanket) when I‘m anxious. It was a gift. You can find them on the internet. 1mo
kspenmoll I hope today is better for you. Everyone‘s suggestions are good ones. 💕💕 1mo
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“Become richer by buying only what you need.”

I thought this was an interesting saying. Oddly, in this book, there are quotes or sayings at the end of each entry, but the quotes aren‘t related to the entries. The theme of this book seems to be randomness, which isn‘t entirely a bad thing. Today I‘ve read entries on brass, fairies, snakes, catnip and soulmates.

Keeping with the theme of randomness, this pic is unrelated to the book. 🌷🌙✨

Leftcoastzen That‘s beautiful! 1mo
slategreyskies @Leftcoastzen I think so too. I really want to make one for my front door. :) 1mo
KristiAhlers I love that wreath! 💜 1mo
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This was a book recommendation in another witchy book I read. I forget which one had this in its recommended reading list. So far, it‘s only so-so to me. It‘s kinda like a devotional with an entry for each day of the year, but the entries seem a bit random to me so far. I imagine it could be challenging to come up with 366 different blurbs. So far, I‘ve read entries on carnelian, sheep, fennel and the color orange.

#witchy

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I‘m stretching a bit on this one to make a V option. I really didn‘t have many that I‘ve read that start with V, but Mary Oliver‘s Volumes One and also Two will do nicely, I think.

#LetterV #AlphabetGame #poetry