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The Soul of an Octopus
The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness | Sy Montgomery
Another New York Times bestseller from the author of The Good Good Pig, this “fascinating…touching…informative…entertaining” (Daily Beast) book explores the emotional and physical world of the octopus—a surprisingly complex, intelligent, and spirited creature—and the remarkable connections it makes with humans. In pursuit of the wild, solitary, predatory octopus, popular naturalist Sy Montgomery has practiced true immersion journalism. From New England aquarium tanks to the reefs of French Polynesia and the Gulf of Mexico, she has befriended octopuses with strikingly different personalities—gentle Athena, assertive Octavia, curious Kali, and joyful Karma. Each creature shows her cleverness in myriad ways: escaping enclosures like an orangutan; jetting water to bounce balls; and endlessly tricking companions with multiple “sleights of hand” to get food. Scientists have only recently accepted the intelligence of dogs, birds, and chimpanzees but now are watching octopuses solve problems and are trying to decipher the meaning of the animal’s color-changing techniques. With her “joyful passion for these intelligent and fascinating creatures” (Library Journal Editors’ Spring Pick), Montgomery chronicles the growing appreciation of this mollusk as she tells a unique love story. By turns funny, entertaining, touching, and profound, The Soul of an Octopus reveals what octopuses can teach us about the meeting of two very different minds.
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Kelican17
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I think the relationships in this book made me love it so much. Between humans and animals, humans and humans, young and old. As in any relationship there are moments of joy and pain, growth and loss. This book explores all of it and more! 💚🐙💚

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wanderinglynn
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#30junebooks wild books

Some of my wild(life) books. 🐙🦍🐊🐒

Bklover Loved Soul of an Octopus! 🐙 3w
wanderinglynn @Bklover 👍🏻👍🏻 3w
fleeting Yes!! 😍😍😍 3w
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quietjenn
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Thank yo so very much, @heikemarie for my #summersantagoespostal package! I'm so very pleased with everything you sent and it's hard to keep myself from diving into everything at once. (although it doesn't all quite show up in the pic) Never have I been so glad that I let a library book get overdue, either 😄 I really appreciate your thoughtful box. Happy summer! @BookishMarginalia

quietjenn @heikemarie p.s. you are an excellent wrapper! 4w
heikemarie Thank you! so glad you like! When I saw you had it out from the library I was sweating 😂 enjoy and happy summer! 4w
monalyisha Smashmallows are one of my absolute FAVORITE snacks! 😍 4w
quietjenn @monalyisha they're so good! 4w
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teainthelibrary
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Now that the Pet Sematary induced heart pounding has stopped, I‘m opting for a bit of relaxation tonight: a hot bath, some Malbec and this lovely gem of a book 😍🍷

TrishB Looks like a nice relaxing time! 2mo
DGRachel I really enjoyed that book. Looks like a perfect evening! 2mo
whippoorwill815 I feel like we are the same person right now 😂 I do a ton of reading in the bathtub and really need a bath tray thing like you have !! 2mo
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teainthelibrary @whippoorwill815 haha i think we are! 😂 i noticed you were reading pet sematary also anddd i just picked up 11.22.63 from the library! Great minds think alike, right? 2mo
whippoorwill815 Yes!! I'm a big Stephen King (and bubble bath) person and own/have read the vast majority of his books, but its been quite a while since I've read a lot of them! I've been experimenting with re-reading them via audio as audio is my worst format but I find I do much better when its a book I've enjoyed previously. And my library has a ton of SK audio. Hence Pet Sematary and 11/22/63 recently 😃 2mo
teainthelibrary @whippoorwill815 I‘m going to get a lot of heat for this but Pet Sematary was basically my first King book! I read Carrie about a decade ago but that was it. I feel a little bit obsessed now and I‘m struggling not to hoard all of his books 😂 I totally feel you on the audio front too - I usually just can‘t get into a book while listening but sometimes, albeit rarely, it happens! (edited) 2mo
whippoorwill815 Oooo that is exciting though! He has so many good ones! The Green Mile is probably my all time fave. 2mo
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jamicuns
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3.5 stars. The writing style was a bit too poetic for my taste but the information regarding the intelligence of octopuses was beyond fascinating. I stopped reading several times so I could search up octopus videos on YouTube because I kept learning such amazing new information. It‘s worth reading if you don‘t know much about octopuses bc they are fascinating.

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Palindrome
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I have issues with anthropomorphism and was hesitant to pick up this cute little hardcover. While none of the featured octopuses hum Ringo Starr‘s aquatic masterwork, they do communicate and behave in strangely wonderful ways. They sense with their suckers! Taste with their skin! Eat with their armpits! Shift shapes and change colors at will! The author‘s enthusiasm for cephalopods is infectious... we‘re along for a bilaterally symmetrical ride.

CrowCAH Welcome to the Litsy family!!! 📚 3mo
Smrloomis Welcome! 🥳 Great review, thanks for posting it. 3mo
Tonton Welcome! I haven‘t eaten octopus since I read this book. 3mo
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Palindrome 😀 3mo
Palindrome If you liked the pig, you‘ll like the octopus! 3mo
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taraWritesSci
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Woops, some books fell into my hands! 😜

Also! Package arrived safe and sound, @faelinwolf -- love the stickers, I'll share on opening day. 💛

faelinwolf Yay!!! My package came yesterday! Can't wait for opening day!! It's so far away! 3mo
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inmegslibrary
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A cozy weekend trip is not complete without a book, a blanket, and a nice drink. The view is a plus.

monalyisha Wow! So cozy! Where are you? 4mo
LoverofLit Very pretty! 😍 4mo
JennyM That looks perfect! 4mo
Freespirit That snow is amazing! 4mo
BiblioLitten So cosy! 😍 4mo
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hermyknee
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Jody! This is so kind and thoughtful of you 💜💜💜 I have been wanting to read this book for a while - I have heard such wonderful things about Sy Montgomery‘s writing 💙💙💙 Definitely a much needed pick me up. I‘m hoping to read this one over Spring Break! A much much needed Spring Break. You are so thoughtful 💖💖💖 #LitsyPenPals #TeachersOfLitsy #Kindness #KindredSpirits

JoScho Yay! So glad you like it. Hoping tomorrow is better ❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
hermyknee @JoScho today was a pretty good day at work! 4mo
JoScho @hermyknee yay! Mine wasn‘t awful. At this point not awful is a win! 😂 4mo
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hermyknee @JoScho I‘m the exact same way! Not awful is what I meant by pretty good. No nervous breakdown today 😬😅 4mo
JoScho @hermyknee that‘s a win! A big fat win! 4mo
valeriegeary I just checked this out from the library! 🐙 4mo
Tonton I stopped eating octopus after reading this book! 4mo
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Rj6578
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Fantastic book. It‘s a simple read but gives so much info about these fascinating creatures. I‘d love to see these types of books in schools so kids can get a view of what other jobs there are in the world besides being behind a desk.

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baristadistrict
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What a delightful book! I'm so glad I read The Soul of an Octopus. Every couple of pages introduced me to amazing tidbits about octopuses and marine life, as well as a great group of humans.

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speljamr
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What an incredible journey and experience this author had. Octopuses are the most fascinating of the intelligent species on this planet. This book makes me want to commune with one.

This book is ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

#octopus #marinelife

nudibranch I LOVED this book. Octopuses are my favorite animal and these stories were amazing. 6mo
Soubhiville I loved this too! 6mo
SqueakyChu I want to read this book! 6mo
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Laura317 Have you seen the video of the baby octopus playing with the diver? It‘s adorable! 6mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders I listened to this one and she spoke with so much enthusiasm and love. I found it so fascinating! 6mo
CaitZ This is one of my favorite books. It was so fascinating. I never knew octopuses could have so much personality. 6mo
Dragon I saw an octopus open a jar , I swore I would never eat octopus 🐙 (edited) 6mo
MichaelK I've been wanting to check this out! 6mo
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speljamr
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Potato Latke, Applesauce, and a good book. #kidfreenights #freedom #BookNDinner

BookishTrish That sounds heavenly ❤️ 6mo
Megabooks Nice, but I‘d choose sour cream! 😉😊 6mo
Kaye I‘ve never tasted that and not sure what it is but it sure looks tasty. 6mo
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speljamr @kaye Basically, potato pancakes. 6mo
Kaye Oh ! I make potato cakes. They don‘t look like that but they taste doggone good. Do you use gravy ? 6mo
tournevis @kaye Usually with latkes, you have sour cream or ☝️ apple sauce, but potato pancake recipes around the world have other things. For instance, Acadians put butter and molasses. 6mo
Kaye Interesting @tournevis We‘re used to gravy in our neck of the woods. Puts hair on your chest. 6mo
JoScho Man I love a latke but I prefer sour cream to applesauce even though my in-laws always serve them with applesauce. 6mo
Lauram Your dinner looks amazing. 6mo
LondElle89 I would love to try latke with applesauce, but I'm allergic to apples and it makes me sad. But I am curious to try it with gravy. 6mo
scowler1 Haven't made latkes in ages. Hungry now. 6mo
CorinnaBechko Oh man, perfect dinner! 6mo
AyaOfSiwa Like the pic. Perfect dinner! Me and my family love it. Made it last week, two times. 6mo
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Soubhiville
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This was the most engaging non fiction I‘ve read in a long time!

As an animal lover, I loved reading about the author‘s special relationships with several octopuses at The Boston Aquarium. Each of the amazing animals had her own unique personality. The author also describes swimming with and studying octopuses in the wild.

I highly recommend this book! I‘ll read others by Sy Montgomery as well.

A second 5⭐️ read already this year!

GondorGirl This one is on my library list! Your review makes new want to bump it to the top of ther list! 6mo
LauraBeth I‘ve been wanting to read this one! 6mo
Suet624 I‘ve heard such great things about this book. 6mo
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speljamr
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Bahahahaha!!!!!

myers85 That made me smile! 6mo
Naj Good one! 6mo
Cathythoughts 👍🏻♥️ 6mo
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speljamr As someone post divorce going through the late 40s dating experience I could not help but laugh out loud when I read this. 6mo
Soubhiville I‘m loving this book! Some of the most engaging nonfiction I‘ve read in a long time! 6mo
speljamr @Soubhiville Agreed. The prose is so well written it just draws you right in. 6mo
suzisteffen Loved this book! Made me want to read so many more books about octopuses and also about the ocean. (May I recommend Spineless? So good.) 6mo
speljamr @suzisteffen Thanks for the recommendation; I've added it to my 'To Read' list 6mo
suzisteffen @speljamr you are certainly welcome! Science books are my jam this year (Currently listening to The Marsh Builders by Sharon Levy and learning a LOT about sewage engineering and its issues. 😂) 6mo
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ChrisBohjalian
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On my nightstand.

DGRachel I adored this book! 6mo
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PatienceFortitude
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I learned so much, and really enjoyed her prose. Lovely and evocative. This is my favorite kind of nonfiction: reads like a novel. Also, I just got a massage today so I feel like a nice, boneless octopus right now. 🐙

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Soubhiville
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The opening part where the author talks about her first face to face meeting with Athena the octopus had me tearing up a little. I‘d love to get to meet and touch an octopus some day! Thanks Holly, I‘m only a few chapters in but I love the writing and I feel like this is going to be a really great read!

Penny_LiteraryHoarders I thought this was so interesting! I listened to it and she read it with so much passion and enthusiasm. 6mo
Hooked_on_books You‘re welcome! I loved this one—the author‘s joy and delight comes through on every page. 6mo
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PatienceFortitude
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Having a lazy morning with coffee and book. Hoping to get this finished soon so my mom can take it on vacation next week

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Nebklvr
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The wonder the author conveys is contagious even to a land lover like me. I found the information on the Pacific octopus fascinating. Her immersion in the lives of mollusks and humans alike at the aquarium is reminiscent of a chatty letter from a small town friend. It was a joy to listen to this book.

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Mynameisacolour
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Part of this year's Christmas book haul. So far it is very interesting and a perfect, calming right before bed book. 💙🐙💙

Nebklvr Listening to this on audio. Fascinating 7mo
Abby2 I loved this book. I became obsessed with octopuses for quite awhile. 7mo
Mynameisacolour @Abby2 abby2 I can see how that could happen reading this! 7mo
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jb72
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4 🌟🌟🌟🌟 #octopus #socute

RaimeyGallant Nice prop! 6mo
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ConfessionofaBookaholic
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This was a fun insight into the authors experience learning about and getting aquatinted with octopuses. As an octopus enthusiast myself I thought this book was the perfect balance of informative and adventurous. 🐙

Bklover I read this and loved it! It was a #litsyrecommends for me- way out of my normal- but I found it fascinating! 7mo
ConfessionofaBookaholic @Bklover same! I picked it up on a whim but really enjoyed it! 7mo
TheBookKeepers This book has always interested me! I need to pick it up soon 7mo
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Hooked_on_books
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Montgomery is an author and naturalist who writes of her experiences with octopuses (the correct plural) mainly at New England aquarium but also in the wild alongside fascinating facts. Her enthusiasm overflows the page, making you want to interact with these amazing creatures yourself. I found this books completely delightful. 🐙🐙🐙

#dogsofLitsy #Gunther

LazyDays I never finished ...or really started this one. But I did thoroughly enjoyed the first few chapters. Your review has got me thinking of finishing ☺ 8mo
Dragon 💙 🐙 8mo
LeahBergen Hello, Gunther! 😘 8mo
Hooked_on_books @LazyDays If you enjoyed the first chapters, you‘ll definitely enjoy the rest. Go for it! 8mo
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jb72
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#friyayintro #selfie #petsoflitsy

My puppy Scout (TKAM) - best dog ever. My favorite genres to read are horror and nonfiction. I have four turtles and 15 chickens along with my puppy Scout and my cat Mallie.

monalyisha So many chickens! We have 4 (which actually belong to my landlord). 8mo
jb72 @monalyisha chicken math dictates that chickens always multiple when the husband isn‘t looking. I had about 20 but someone stole three one night and another died. I would have 100 if I had a big enough coop. 8mo
JaclynW Awww! Great photo! 8mo
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jb72 @JaclynW Thanks! He‘s always up in my face. He‘s spoiled for sure. 8mo
AceOnRoam Great shot jb 💗❤❣ 8mo
jb72 @AceOnRoam Thanks! 8mo
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jb72
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Jee_HookedOnBookz 😂😂😂The shirt!! 8mo
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jb72
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VOTE - don‘t forget to exercise your right to vote on Tuesday. #vote

I‘m so far behind on my book challenges and reading for this month (November). My fiancé is running for a local office and it is stressful and time consuming. Thankfully - one more day until it‘s all over. Then I can play catch up on everything in life.

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jb72
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#LMPBC #groupN #nonfiction
My first time in #LMPBC. I‘m super excited as group N will be reading nonfiction. I can‘t wait to see everyone‘s choice.

parttimedomestic Awesome, looking forward to reading this one! 8mo
jb72 I‘m a sucker for ocean related books. 8mo
bookcollecter Panopticon 8mo
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jb72
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1. I have 7 novels on my November TBR list. 🤞🏻
2. I don‘t think I‘ll be participating this year; although, I have plans to put together an outline for the next year.
3. I love making a turkey dinner. Mashed potatoes are my favorite! 🦃
4. Happy November @AceOnRoam @Erin7 @Jess_Read_This

Thanks for the tag @bookcollecter

wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! ☺️🧡 8mo
AceOnRoam You write? 8mo
AceOnRoam Always surprising me @jb72 8mo
jb72 @AceOnRoam Well I try sometimes to put words on paper. I hope to work on an outline this month, and some of the poetry I‘ve been throwing around. 8mo
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jb72
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Hi Guys! I got an email stating we were paired for the nonfiction #LMPBC! I am super excited, but frankly I‘m not totally sure how this works as it is my first time in the postal bookclub. I definitely love nonfiction - science nerd 🤓 and several other sub genres.

bookcollecter Hey thanks for message. I sent an email to all the members if Group N...1111starseed@gmail.com 8mo
TheReadingMermaid I'm so happy you decided to take part in one of these. You will enjoy it it's really fun! 8mo
jb72 @bookcollecter Great! I have searched my email and the junk email, but I can‘t find an email from you. jljaded@gmail.com if you want to send it again so I can be on the lookout for it. 8mo
jb72 @TheReadingMermaid Thanks for the suggestion! It sounds like such fun! 8mo
parttimedomestic @jb72 Excited to get started on our round together! Basically this month we all just read the book we pick, if you want guidance from the group on what they may want to read, you can post a few opinions to choose from! 8mo
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BookInMyHands
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I really enjoyed this audiobook. I took my time with it over a few months, listening to other books in between, but in the end I felt like the author and I were friends chatting over coffee.

I‘ve always been fascinated by octopuses and this was a fascinating look into an intelligent being.

Ye_Mighty_Andy_Spare This might be in @Squidapus wheelhouse. Has he read it? 8mo
Squidapus @Ye_Mighty_Andy_Spare I've actually been meaning to buy that! Saw it at the book store but it was gone the next time I swung through. 8mo
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Tamra
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Mehso-so

I‘m not sure how to rate this book. I am deeply divided about keeping any animal in captivity, despite the very best of intentions. I understand the arguments and consequences. When the author recounted a beloved octopus desperate to escape the confines of her enclosure and dying I almost bailed. I appreciate her enthusiasm, but all in all I would rather creatures be studied in their habitats.

MommyWantsToReadHerBook Oh no, I've been wanting to read this for a long time, but I didn't know the octopus in question was in captivity! Animals in captivity really upset me. 9mo
Tamra @MommyWantsToReadHerBook I won‘t deny I learned a lot and the creatures are fascinating, but their intelligence makes it all the more difficult for me. Sorry!! 9mo
Wife I listened to the audiobook and actually felt a sense of anxiety for the octopuses in captivity. It felt like I was hearing about a person in captivity. Definitely makes me rethink about zoos and aquariums. 🖤 8mo
Tamra @Wife I agree. 😔 8mo
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jb72
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#TBR #hugyofriendsgiveaway

The Soul of an Octopus is on my #TBR stack. My plan is to read it next month. @Whimsical.Curiosity is hosting a great giveaway. Check out her post. And thank you to her for all of her wonderful posts. The hugs went to my dog and cat. They always need hugs. 🐶🐱

Whimsical.Curiosity Yay good luck!! 9mo
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razmanda
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Bizarrely compelling deep-dive (pun intended) into the mind of the octopus. And on a day like today, an important respite from the news.

#readharder2018 Book about Nature ✔️

Tamra I just started this audio and it is captivating! 9mo
Hooked_on_books Incredible picture! 9mo
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Wife
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Some Fascinating info! But I didn‘t connect with the reader and probably would‘ve enjoyed it more in print. After listening, I am convinced that octopuses (and many other animals) should not be kept in captivity for our entertainment. 3/5🐙s

Megabooks Agreed 💯 10mo
Tamra Agreed. I could not finish H is for Hawk for the same reason. 10mo
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Owlizabeth
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Woke from an anxiety dream in the middle of a panic attack. Hoping this audiobook and the Klonopin let me get back to sleep. I love octopuses so this has been on my radar for a while! I even have an octopus friend to cuddle!! 🐙🐙🐙

RebL Hope the snuggle buddy heightens the efficacy of the meds & book. Eight arms provide plenty of opportunity for hugs. 11mo
CouronneDhiver I‘m sorry... that‘s no fun at all. Something that helps me at night is an ABC game. Pick a topic (food, animals, countries) and go through all the letters: “A is for apple, B is for banana...”. I find it‘s a good distraction method to calm yourself and get back to sleep. 💕 11mo
Tamra @CouronneDhiver that‘s a good tip! 11mo
Owlizabeth @RebL @CouronneDhiver thanks y‘all, the meds and book did the trick! @Tamra it is! I‘m gonna try it next time my anxiety is out of control - maybe using book titles! 11mo
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MStew
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This is honestly the most anticipated book I have right now and since I'm on an ocean kick, I wanna devour everything I can on the creatures living in it.

Octopuses are so unbelievably smart . They are masters of the mind! I can't wait to read this!!🐙

If anyone has any good nonfiction recommendations on the ocean etc please send my way!!!

KerryLibME I loved her book The Good Good Pig! 11mo
trioxin_sematary Sounds like an interesting read! 😘 11mo
MStew @KerryLibME adding it to my Tbr! 11mo
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MStew @trioxin_sematary It really does babe 😘 11mo
vivastory I spy Geek Love. One of my favorite books of all time! 11mo
DGRachel I loved this book! Enjoy! 11mo
mdm139 I loved this book too 11mo
MStew @vivastory haha you spy right! It sounds crazy good 11mo
MStew @DGRachel thanks!! 11mo
MStew @mdm139 I have this and wanna get to it soon!! Thank you 11mo
jmofo I think you‘ll totally dig Other Minds!!!! I enjoyed the book you have a good deal, especially the parts talking about the volunteers at a specific aquarium. Other Minds was amazing in a different way (less human-centric), more sciencey (taught me mad respect for ebola). I think you‘ll totally dig it! 11mo
MStew @jmofo thank you!!!! That has been on my radar looks so good 11mo
Tonton Stopped eating octopus sushi / sashimi after reading this! 11mo
Cspen113 I really loved this one! 11mo
Grrlbrarian This is the Audible deal of the day I believe! 11mo
CaitlinR Try SPYING ON THE WHALES (Pyenson) next. I think you‘d like the book. 11mo
MStew @CaitlinR thank you!!😃 11mo
Trollkonstnaren Sounds super interesting! For recommendations, I have only Moby Dick. Never read myself, but I will :) 11mo
MStew @Trollkonstnaren thank you😄😄 11mo
TieDyeDude This wasn't my favorite read (I was looking for less memoir and more science), but still great info about jellyfish and current changes and threats to the ocean 11mo
MStew @TieDyeDude I've had my eye on spineless😄thanks for recommending 11mo
Herschelian Sitting on my TBR pile...must get to it. 11mo
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mjdowens
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Pickpick

This book. You will not only learn about octopus, but also the contemplation of life, the soul and complete acceptance of other living forms of life. I laughed and cried like a baby. I devoured this book today and was sad when it ended. This will definitely be a reread.

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nfm
Pickpick

Beautifully written book that has forever changed my perception of octopuses. (And I also now know that's the correct pluralization thanks to Sy Montgomery). Really enjoyed the combination of the scientific facts together with her personal journey.

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janeycanuck
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What an unexpected delight. I picked it up for Book Riot‘s #ReadHarder challenge based on Josh‘s recommendation on the podcast, not expecting much but it was really enjoyable. I wouldn‘t recommend the audio - the author reads it and is a little too expressive, making the truly remarkable parts blend in to the less remarkable, but after a while, I got used to it.

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janeycanuck
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Pitter patter, let‘s get at her! Kicking my #24in48 off with some audio booking while I gear up for the day!

Aimeesue Octopuses are my favorite. They are the amazing ninjas of the sea! 12mo
Aimeesue Also, the physical copy of this book has a page-flip octopus on the bottom outside corners of the pages. It's pretty awesome. 😄 12mo
janeycanuck @Aimeesue I‘m enjoying it so far, though, the author is maybe a little too expressive in her narration, which is a bit distracting. I‘ll have to look for a physical copy next time I‘m at the library or bookstore, that sounds really cool. 12mo
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janeycanuck
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Pulled my stack together for #24in48. The bottom three are the must-reads - my last July #readmyowndamnbooks book, a hold from the library and my #girlybookclub book. The top three are for my #13books13weeks challenge. And the tagged book will be my go-to audio for the weekend.

Who else is doing #24in48 this weekend? I just need snacks and then I‘m ready!

RealLifeReading I want to know what snacks! 😀 12mo
janeycanuck @RealLifeReading I try very hard to keep my snacks healthy since I won‘t be very active by covering all 4 food groups. So, I‘ll be covering Dairy with M&Ms & milk chocolate covered sponge toffee, Fruits & Vegetables with Runts and chips & dip (dip technically dairy, as well), Grains with cupcakes & cheezies, and the final most important food group, Wine, with a nice light white. I‘ll also likely allow myself one treat in the form of gummy bears. 12mo
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Tonton
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No more octopus sushi/sashimi! Montgomery conveys her amazement and excitement with scientific data and IRL communing with them in aquariums as well in the sea. Are you

Oryx Yeah I can't eat octopus anymore agree reading this. Or squid, just to be on the safe side. Incredible beings. 12mo
Oryx *after reading this 12mo
Tonton @Oryx I know! 12mo
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Nisi
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Fun, beautiful read... made me want to dust off my scuba certification and go exploring!

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tysephine
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The title makes it sound like this is a science book on octopuses and whether they have consciousness. It's more like the author's memoir of her relationship with specific octopuses and the people who worked with them at the aquarium in Boston. The author does a very good job of relating her enthusiasm for octopuses and she does explore consciousness at the very end.

Enjoyable on audio, but gets a titch repetitive around hour 8 or so.

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Pickpick

i have a sudden urge to go to the aquarium. and grow six more arms. 🐙🐙🐙🐙

BethFishReads I just recommended this on the AudioFile Magazine blog! 1y
auntie_jenn @BethFishReads oh yay! i loved Sy‘s sweet mother-y narration. 1y
auntie_jenn @BethFishReads have you read the one about the pig? putting it on my TBR 1y
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JHgotham
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I‘m a terrible multi book reader 🤦🏽‍♀️but I looove this quote. I love thinking animals have feelings and thoughts just like us.

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BrisketNewsletter
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I finished this over the weekend and haven‘t stopped thinking about how octopus consciousness might separately reside in each of their eight arms. Also, about how they can squish through tiny spaces. That too.

RaimeyGallant Okay, now that's in my head too lol. :) And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. 1y
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BrisketNewsletter Thanks so much @RaimeyGallant @Chelleo @Bostonmomx2 ! Excited to join this community! 1y
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“Just about every animal,” Scott says—not just mammals and birds—“can learn, recognize individuals, and respond to empathy.” Once you find the right way to work with an animal, be it an octopus or an anaconda, together, you can accomplish what even Saint Francis might have considered a miracle.”
― The Soul of an Octopus

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Bailedbailed

I wanted to love this but it made me sad, so sad. On the one had really emphasising the intelligence and individuality of each octopus...on the other raising no issues about their captivity :-(