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An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth
An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything | Chris Hadfield
Colonel Chris Hadfield has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly 4000 hours in space. During this time he has broken into a Space Station with a Swiss army knife, disposed of a live snake while piloting a plane, and been temporarily blinded while clinging to the exterior of an orbiting spacecraft. The secret to Col. Hadfield's success-and survival-is an unconventional philosophy he learned at NASA: prepare for the worst-and enjoy every moment of it. In An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth, Col. Hadfield takes readers deep into his years of training and space exploration to show how to make the impossible possible. Through eye-opening, entertaining stories filled with the adrenaline of launch, the mesmerizing wonder of spacewalks, and the measured, calm responses mandated by crises, he explains how conventional wisdom can get in the way of achievement-and happiness. His own extraordinary education in space has taught him some counterintuitive lessons: don't visualize success, do care what others think, and always sweat the small stuff. You might never be able to build a robot, pilot a spacecraft, make a music video or perform basic surgery in zero gravity like Col. Hadfield. But his vivid and refreshing insights will teach you how to think like an astronaut, and will change, completely, the way you view life on Earth-especially your own.
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Caroline2
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Pickpick

I really enjoyed this! It‘s great fun to learn about what it‘s like to be an astronaut and go to space. Plus it‘s life affirming for anyone suffering with anxiety...”Astronauts are trained to immediately jump to worse case scenarios.” Ergo, I‘m an astronaut!!! 👩🏻‍🚀

JennyM 😂 I think I might be an astronaut also 😂 3mo
Caroline2 @JennyM yay! 😁 3mo
Talewaggingreads Stacking! 📚 😍 your bookshelf. 🤗 3mo
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Melissa_J
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Chris Hadfield is Canada‘s favourite #Starboy 🚀✨

#TimbitTunes #CanadianAuthor 🇨🇦

Cinfhen I didn‘t know he was Canadian 😜 5mo
Melissa_J @Cinfhen yup, and he went to the same high school as I did (although I was a few years after him) 😊 5mo
Cinfhen That‘s really cool!!! 5mo
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SG2014
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Best used book sale find ever!! 😀😀😀🤩 I didn‘t even realize what I had until I cracked it open this weekend.

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Ryo112358
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Why is it we seem to learn a thing's value only after we've left it behind? 🧐 #chrishadfield #astronaut #earth #happiness

Chelleo Welcome to Litsy! Hope these #Litsytips by @RaimeyGallant http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU are helpful. 5mo
RaimeyGallant Welcome! 5mo
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Caroline2
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TrishB A great pick 👍🏻 7mo
nikirtehsuxlol The author reads the audiobook. I really liked it. 7mo
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CarolynM
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1. Sometimes
2. Probably about 95% fiction to 5% nonfiction
3. Biography
4. The Silent Woman by Janet Malcolm about Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes and the things that have been written about them
5. An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield read last month for my IRL book group.

wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 😀 And what did you think of the Hadfield book? 10mo
CarolynM @wanderinglynn I found the stuff about the training and space travel and life on the space station really interesting. I wasn't convinced by his conclusions about how his experiences apply in ordinary life.I also thought he got really lucky with his wife, a lot of women wouldn't have her fortitude or forbearance. Have you read it? 10mo
wanderinglynn @CarolynM No. I just read some articles about him. Seems like an interesting guy. Plus, I loved his rendition of Bowie‘s Space Oddity. 10mo
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CarolynM
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Pickpick

Although I like looking at the stars as much as the next person, space and space exploration have never held that much interest for me. Nevertheless I found this book fascinating in its details about the training that astronauts do, the experience of space travel and the realities of life in space. I'm not sure I entirely agree with all of his conclusions about how it all applies to life on earth, but they're worth considering.

Melissa_J I enjoyed this one. I went to the same high school as Chris Hadfield (not at the same time, however, as he‘s older) and have followed his career. I think he‘s a great role model. My daughter loved watching all his videos from the Space Station. 11mo
CarolynM @Melissa_J I enjoyed it too.🙂 11mo
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emilyesears
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Mehso-so

This is a self-help guide that details Chris Hadfield‘s journey to becoming an astronaut and then his training & trips to space. I found the first part of the book slow and rather misleading in a way—Chris kind of glosses over his challenges. But the 2nd part of the book is his 2012 ISS trip and I found that really engaging. I read the last 100 pages in one night. I think this might be great on audio so you can speed through the boring bits.

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RandomBrunette79
Mehso-so

I really wanted to live this book as I'm a little bit of a space geek but only ended up liking it. While I felt that I really got to know Chris and really enjoyed his experiences in space (and on earth) I also felt the book dragged (if that's the right descriptive word) in places and could maybe have had a bit more pace.

I would definitely still add this to the recommend list though as it's still a good read.

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Skyfullofzoes
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Tbh I don‘t have much to say besides this was pretty boring

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Anxious.Canadian
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1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
2. Honey Graham cereal, served with a cup of English Breakfast tea ☕
3. An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth by Commander Chris Hadfield
4. @QuietlyLaura @cobwebmoth
#TuesdayTidbits @JenlovesJT47

QuietlyLaura Thanks for the tag! ☺️ 14mo
cobwebmoth Thanks for the tag! 14mo
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sudi
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TK-421 👏👏👏 I really want to read this book! 1y
sudi This Quote isn't actually from the book, it's from a reddit "ask me anything", although the book was amazing. I've been a fan of his youtube videos, they were fun and entertaining. I really liked this quote when i first read it and when i saw random, this quote came to my mind. ? 1y
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Annl
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I love, love my gifts from @Elle_Skeldon ! You did such a good job putting together my love of all things space and Canadian! I cannot wait to start them both. Thanks @inwhichHeikereadsharder for putting this exchange together. #nonfictionbookexchange2018 This is such a wonderful community! Thanks again Elle.

Elle_Skeldon You are so welcome!! I didn‘t realize that even though it was a 2 book swap people still sent goodies anyway!! I feel kind of bad I didn‘t add anything extra to the mix. I hope you enjoy the books though! 1y
Annl There was a choice to sign up for goodies or not. I signed up just for books, so no worries. Your gifts were perfect! 1y
Annl @Elle_Skeldon read the comment above. 1y
Elle_Skeldon That makes me happy!😀 1y
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Oryx
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Going to see Chris Hadfield tonight! Very excited to hear him speak. Loved the tagged book.

Daisy models two of his books. #dogsoflitsy

Caroline2 Oh exciting!!! I've got that book on my TBR shelf! 👍🏻 1y
Christine11 So cute !! 1y
LauraJ Loved them both too ! 1y
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Crystallinegirl
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1. Funniest Home Videos, maybe? I don't really remember.
2. Chris Hadfield's Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth, or Khizr Khan's American Family.
3. Spaghetti. Also chili.
4. Not being broke.
5. Uhhhhh

SpeculativeFemale I miss the Bob Saget days of AFV. The later host just never compared. 1y
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sethduncan
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Recognizing that everyone is motivated by slightly different things, this book was one of the most convicting and motivating non fiction books I've ever read.

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RachelO
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#AnotherNightOnMars. Well, on the International Space Station, which is good practice and closer than most of us will get. This is the first book I ever bought on Audible, so of course I haven't listened to it yet 😐

Wishing you a happy and peaceful Thanksgiving if you're celebrating today, and a happy and peaceful Thursday if you're not.

#tuneintonovember @Cinfhen @Robothugs

BarbaraTheBibliophage Have a lovely Thanksgiving! 🦃💛🧡 2y
RachelO @BarbaraTheBibliophage Thank you. And you! 2y
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ssravp
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Pickpick

Another space book? Yes another space book! Give me all of the space books! This is a wonderful account of Chris Hadfield‘s journey to becoming, and time as an astronaut.

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SeeJaneRead
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Ok so I normally don't post pics that aren't about the book because - this is Litsy, I got instagram for that shit - BUT I got to go to JPL last week and I was reading this book and it was one of those life / book *moments* that was dope AF. Space exploration reminds us all there's something bigger in the beyond and I'm 100% here for it. This book is very sincere and earnest but it's written by a Canadian so that suits. 🚀

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CuriousG
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Can't get any better than this for the first day of #septembowie - Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield singing Space Oddity in the International Space Station. Loved this audiobook (which he narrated himself) #canadianskickass #magicalmusicmoment #spaceoddity

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TheKidUpstairs
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So excited for #Septembowie!!!
Day 1 - #spaceoddity
Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield brought science and space down to earth with videos of science experiments and more. He routinely checked in via videos and letters with classrooms across the country. Basically, he's awesome. And then he went and covered Bowie from the ISS, so he's also a bit of a rock star. His book is part of my kobo #TBRBingo

Melissa_J Great choice 😉 2y
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Melissa_J
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Photo from tagged book ☝🏻 While serving as Commander of the International Space Station, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield broadcast his rendition of #SpaceOddity back to earth. It was the first music broadcast from space 🚀#Septembowie

Happy September!

Cinfhen That's awesome 😍thanks for sharing 👍🏻 2y
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Marchpane
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Chris Hadfield singing #spaceoddity on the ISS is legit one of the best things ever. I mean, covering this song while ACTUALLY floating round a tin can, far above the world? That's boss.

I've had his book on my nightstand for a while now, really must get to it soon.

#septembowie

Foxyfictionista I loved this book! 2y
TrishB Great choice 👍 2y
Melissa_J Ha ha - we are all picking the same thing! 👍🏻 2y
Melissa_J PS - the book is fantastic. I hope you get to it soon. 2y
Marchpane @Melissa_j Great minds! 🤜 2y
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tea.n.books
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I was having a crappy day today, so I swung by B&N on my way home from work. I walked out with four #space books and two knitting books from the sale section. AND THEN when I got home The Stone Sky and my new shoes had arrived in the mail!! 😊😊

RanaElizabeth Stone Sky!!!!!! 2y
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Crystallinegirl
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Pickpick

I woke up far earlier than I wanted to today, so I grabbed one of my nonfiction books, expecting it would put me back to sleep. Three hours later I am 2/3 done with this book and enthralled. I don't know why I'm surprised, I loved Commander Hadfield when he was filming things in the ISS. LOVE this book. #canadianbookchallenge

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Crystallinegirl
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My #libraryhaul today, including two books for the #canadianbookchallenge.

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EllieDottie
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I love the skateboard on this cover! #walkingonthemoon #rockinmay

Cinfhen That is such an awesome image 🙌🏻😍 2y
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Nerdy_chic
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My lunch is always comprised of a cluttered desk, packed lunch (Paella today!), and some good read! Got some good words of wisdom from this one here, I just had to share it: "It's probably not going to happen (my dream), but I should do things that keep me moving in the right direction, just in case-and I should be sure those things interest me, so that whatever happens, I'm happy" ~Chris Hadfield

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Jilljemmett
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May the Fourth be With You #sciencefiction

#maytasticbooks17 (In A Galaxy Far Far Away) - Carve The Mark

#bookishmayflowers (Science Fiction) - The Doctors Are In

#rockinmay (Heaven) - Gods Behaving Badly

#maybookflowers (In A Galaxy Far Far Away) - An Astronaut's Guide To Life On Earth

#bookstagram #bookblogger

Cinfhen You're on a roll🎲🎲 2y
Jilljemmett @Cinfhen I'm tryin! 👍🏼📖 2y
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EllieDottie
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A space book from my tbr, so this is technically the same Galaxy... But I don't read much sci-fi (or Star Wars) so this is all my brain could come up with tonight! Doesn't anyone have recs for good books for a sci-fi beginner? #inagalaxyfarfaraway #maybookflowers

PatienceFortitude I would love to help with good starting #scifi! Want character driven? Funny? Scary? I'm not an expert but I can help. Is YA okay? Have you seen Star Wars at all? 📚🤗 2y
EllieDottie @PatienceFortitude I think I would like something on the lighter funnier side to start... Definitely not scary. YA would be great!! I have only ever seen the first Star Wars movie (episode 4)... I know it's a pop culture sin. Thank you for your help!!! 2y
PatienceFortitude Ok then my next question is: do you find British humor funny? 2y
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EllieDottie @PatienceFortitude that sounds awesome! I've though about reading it for a while but you recommendation definitely leads me to pick it up! 2y
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KeeWee
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A must read! Great details about what it is like to be in space and lessons we can learn in our daily lives.

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JennaRoot
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Pickpick

I just finished listening to the audio through Playster and thought it was great! I don't particularly have an interest in space and I didn't even really know about the Space Odyssey video he made but his book made me want to find everything I could on the internet and I might even buy his stunning book of pictures at B&N tomorrow! I highly recommend!

Nicohlay I tried to browse through the options of audiobooks on the playster website to see if it would be something I'd want to spend money on but everything kept coming up blank. Do they have a large selection? Are the books well known or obscure? 2y
JennaRoot @nicholay be careful how you search, sometimes you have to put in the whole title exactly. I have 20 books new and old saved so I haven't had too much trouble. I think Born a Crime is the only one I remember not seeing. I listened to Amy Schumer and they have Gloria Steinem and lots of history my library didn't have plus YA like Dumplin' 2y
JennaRoot @nicholay you might get a better feel doing the 30 day trial. My library doesn't have much but I also didn't want to be buying books on audible so this was a good balance for me 2y
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mariejoechahine
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This was such an insightful and interesting listen. Narrated by the author/astronaut himself, Chris Hadfield brings us all sort of lessons and funny (often scary) stories he has gathered from his successful and hard earned life as a Canadian astronaut.
Very Recommended!

Oryx This was a great book. Aim to be a zero. 😀 2y
mariejoechahine @Oryx Exactly! 😍 2y
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Melissa_J
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#autobiography is not usually my thing, but Chris Hadfield's account of his journey to become an astronaut and his time as Commander of the International Space Station is not to be missed. #ReadJanuary ⭐️✨

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TheCanuckReader
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kspenmoll Your cat looks so cozy! Love how they curl up. #catsoflitsy # littenkittens 3y
TheCanuckReader Rainy dark day here in NS. She's charging up her batteries to keep us awake all night 😆 3y
stargazerblue49 @TheCanuckReader My kitty does that, too! Just sleeping the day away to start the mischief when the sun goes down! Lol 3y
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Dragon Cute kitty 🐱 3y
Bookzombie 💕🐱 3y
WoodyWoodson 🐱💤 3y
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Mudman
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Good to get a perspective that is out of this world.

TheCanuckReader Amazing photo! 3y
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ComradeMao
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2016, Book 27 "Many people object to "wasting money in space" yet have no idea how much is actually spent on space exploration. The CSA's budget, for instance, is less than the amount Canandians spent on Halloween candy every year, and most of it goes toward things like developing telecommunication satellites and radar systems to provide data for weather and air quality forecasts, environmental monitoring and climate change studies."

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Hoopiefoot
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Lunchtime reading.

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Kirstin
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So, today I flew Chris Hadfield to Greenland. ✈️😱😍You know, no biggie.

Ellsbeth That is so cool! ❤️🚀 3y
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Kirstin

So, today I flew Chris Hadfield to Greenland. ✈️😱😍You know, no biggie.

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rabbitprincess
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A great book by a great guy. Canada's space program has an excellent ambassador in Chris Hadfield and I hope his book inspires the next generation of astronauts (and astronaut supporters). Excellent messages about teamwork and mutual support.

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rabbitprincess

Another useful lesson from this book: in space, jam has a tendency to float off your toast and splatter everywhere. (Hee hee, Space Jam.)

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kaylaraeintheway
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
A fascinating look into life as an astronaut, and lots of insightful advice on how to live a good life here on Earth. I want Chris Hadfield to be my best friend

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rabbitprincess
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Preach it, Haddie!

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rabbitprincess
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I agree with this philosophy. I also agree with the astronaut's penchant for envisioning worst-case scenarios.

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kaylaraeintheway
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Whoooooo victory lap!! While I may not have reached a full 24 hours of reading, I'm still super stoked about how much I read! Most of all, I had a lot of fun checking out everyone's reading, entering contests, and generally having a great bookish weekend 😊
#24in48 #readathon

BarbaraTheBibliophage Wonderful job! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3y
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kaylaraeintheway
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Took a break from reading to go see Star Trek Beyond (two thumbs up!) and now I'm feeling spacey! Going to read this for a little bit
#24in48

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Ellsbeth
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Fun Friday Photo w/ @Liberty 🇨🇦 Favorite Canadian Authors! This is a throwback photo to when I started this great book by Col. Hadfield on Pluto Day last July. I got this on my first visit to Powell's. Other Canadian authors I absolutely love: Margaret Atwood & Yann Martel. Happy Canada Day!

Ellsbeth And Emily St. John Mandel! 3y
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UltraVioletRosie
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Chris Hadfield is one wise man!! I LOVED this book and completely devoured it! Lessons learned from Colonel Hadfield, I will take with me throughout life!

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UltraVioletRosie
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Kind of hard to read when you hear, "hey mom, guess what? "
"Hey mom???"
"MOM LOOK AT THIS!!!"
❤️❤️❤️ you know I wouldn't change a thing.