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Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea | Jules Verne
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ravenlee
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Mehso-so

Woohee…the book itself is ok. You know how sometimes a character asks a question just so someone else can show off in their answer, to show off how smart the author is? Welcome to this book. “I‘m Jules Verne and I did tons of marine research for this book so here it is” info dump, over and over. The voyage itself was actually interesting, but it was maybe 20% of the book. No idea how this is a “classic,” TBH. 👇🏻

ravenlee This audio version specifically is a mess. Chapters out of order is the least of it. Worst narrator ever. She mispronounced everything! Including salmon, incomparable, and Glasgow 😳. Also, for some inexplicable reason she gave Ned Land, Canadian, specifically from Quebec, this weird hillbilly accent?! I can‘t even… 5mo
ravenlee My biggest complaint about the book itself is the ending. Very much like Verne couldn‘t figure out how to get out of the corner he painted himself into regarding Nemo, so he just…didn‘t. Irritating. 5mo
ravenlee #dannyboy #catsoflitsy Cat tax, as Danny‘s the most interesting thing around me at the moment. 5mo
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dabbe Hello there, Darling Danny! 🖤🐾🖤 5mo
Ruthiella I agree. I must have read an abridged version as a child because when I reread it as an adult, I was so BORED by the endless description… I remember liking Mysterious Island a lot, which is kind of a sequel (to Nemo‘s story, not the Professor‘s). (edited) 5mo
Crazeedi Love kitty's white paws! 5mo
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Yuki_Onna
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20000 Leagues under the seas is the book I'm currently reading.

And - NO. I don't relate to any of the characters in this book. In fact, I passionately dislike most of them. It doesn't matter to me all the characters in this book are men so far. (Wow, I just realised not a single woman showed up or was even only mentioned in this book yet... Talk about patrialism in the 19th century 😅)
But that alone wouldn't matter to me. ⤵️

Yuki_Onna I'm not that feminist usually - I normally can relate to male characters as well. I don't care about the sex of people/characters to be able to relate to them.
Males can be positive & wonderful and females can be awful & terrible. Being a man doesn't make you a repressive backwards person & being a woman doesn't make you a wonderful progressive beautiful person by default, as so many radically feminist people nowadays seem to believe. ⤵️
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Yuki_Onna I've met many beautiful clever wonderful & supporting men in my life and a few absolutely obnoxious repressive women, ugly from the inside (and outside sometimes) who had their part in abusing me and who nearly ruined all my life - I still struggle with overcoming their horrible impact on me.
So I'm not that firm a believer in feminism - at least not in the notion that 'old white men' should be inferior and more backwards to women by default. ⤵️
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Yuki_Onna THAT book, though... It is the epitome of backwards patriarchy and of male supremacy theories.
So far, again, not a single female has even been mentioned! 🫠
And the characters in this monstrous tome - I cannot relate to a single one of them. Not because they are all male, but because they are all so righteous. And boring. And backwards. And bigoted. And full of themselves and their importance.😑☠
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Yuki_Onna And Captain Ahab - whom every reader apparently is supposed to adore - is the most bigoted hypocrite of them all. I absolutely loathe him with a vengeance.

So - after a long rant😅 - no!!! I do not relate to any of the characters in this book. It doesn't matter whether they are male or female, even if they were asexual aliens or some kind of rock species.
They are all so arrogant and know-it-all and above everybody else it just sucks. 🤮
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Yuki_Onna #SundayFunday #classics #patriarchy
@ozma.of.oz Thank you Krysta for giving me the opportunity to vent my anger about this peace of world literature I seem to not particularly enjoy! 🤣👏
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BookmarkTavern LOL That was a fun rant to read! I‘d recommend giving this tagged book a try. It‘s middle grade, but it‘s a modern sequel-ish to 20,000 Leagues and it is delightful. Thanks for sharing! (edited) 6mo
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ravenlee
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What the hell?

Just went from Pt 1 Ch 19 to Pt 2 Ch 3, and from here on out the chapters bounce all over the place.

I tried a different audio version, and the narrator was great! But there was no table of contents so no way to jump to where I left off and I am absolutely not starting over. 😫

IndoorDame 😵‍💫😵‍💫😵‍💫 6mo
Ruthiella That‘s happened to me before too. I can‘t remember what book, though. 😢 6mo
LiteraryinLawrence Weeeeeird 6mo
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ravenlee

Continuing with this audiobook, the narrator has also mispronounced aquatic (sounds like a duck in the middle), echinoderm (with a sh- instead of a -k), and I suspect multiple marine species but can‘t confirm any of them. How can a narrator of a book about undersea voyaging mispronounce aquatic? A lot of this is just rolling past my ears at this point, but to be honest it probably would anyway. 🤷🏻‍♀️

julesG 😖🙉 7mo
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ravenlee
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I‘ve been reading this as an audiobook while I get some chores done, so the first time I opened my print copy to figure out where I am I was pretty surprised to see the difference in translations, just in the table of contents. I hope when I pick it up it won‘t be too hard to switch.

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AroundTheBookWorld
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The year 1866 was marked by a strange event, an unexplainable occurrence which is undoubtedly still fresh in everyone‘s memory. Those living in coastal towns or in the interior continents were aroused by all sorts of rumors; but it was seafaring people who were particularly excited.
#20000LeaguesUmderTheSea #JulesVerne #CaptainNemo #firstline #openingline #Classics #ScienceFiction #Fiction #Adventure #Fantasy #France #Literature #Steampunk ❤️‍🔥🦑

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ravenlee
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I‘m trying out this audiobook (I‘ve read very few audiobooks but I‘m still trying) to get some stuff done while kiddo is at dance camp.

At the 20% point, the narrator has mispronounced the composers Wagner and Weber, Senegal, comparable, and, most egregiously and frequently for this particular book, mollusk. It‘s driving me slowly insane.

NatalieR 😅 I totally understand your pain! 7mo
TheAromaofBooks Oh dear. This seems like it would be a rather ponderous audiobook in the best of times - when I read it in physical form I'm able to skim through all the paragraphs that say things like, “we were at 40* 38' west of the French toast current“ 😂 7mo
ravenlee @TheAromaofBooks I will admit to a certain amount of zoning out so far, then snapping back in with a little anxiety, only to realize we‘re still talking about the tropic of Cancer or whatever. 7mo
Clare-Dragonfly OK, I had to go look up “mollusk” to see if I‘ve been pronouncing it correctly, and now that I know I have… how on earth is this narrator pronouncing it?! 7mo
ravenlee @Clare-Dragonfly muh-LUSK, and apparently it shows up all. The. Time. In this book. 7mo
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Super_Jane
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Panpan

2.75/5 🌕🌕🌖🌑🌑 #classic #sciencefiction

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Astroneman
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IuliaC A classic 12mo
Astroneman @IuliaC yes I love classic books 12mo
IuliaC @Astroneman me too 😊 they're classics for very good reasons 12mo
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TheNeverendingTBR
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Panpan

Very slow, with minimal action.

In other words, this was an absolute snoozefest.

youneverarrived Love this review 😂😂 12mo
TheNeverendingTBR @youneverarrived I guess I just assumed this was going to be something else entirely. 🥴 12mo
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bookish6
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I always thought this book was about a giant squid 😅
It was not my type of book but definitely interesting.
Kind of makes you feel claustrophobic

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Oryx
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Book mail! A freebie from Penguin bookmarks - I love the cover of this 🎐 One I read as a teenager and really had fun with it. Nice to have such a gorgeous copy.

BookwormM Pretty 2y
Caroline2 Oh nice! That really is a lovely edition. I choose Middlemarch which is also hugeeeeee!! 😆 (edited) 2y
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gilroyc

Also reading this ebook

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Christyco125
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Bailedbailed

I tried for a few weeks but in the end I gave in. I made about 50% and realized I had a completely different expectation of the book that it just wasn‘t meeting. So I‘ll need to go back to drawing board for the #Booked2022 Nautical Adventure prompt.

Cinfhen Ugh. Sorry it didn‘t work 😓u can still count it towards your challenge 2y
Christyco125 @Cinfhen Thanks. I‘m a completer so DNF are extra hard. 2y
Cinfhen I hear you!! 2y
Smarkies I bailed on my nautical book as well. I think I have a new one picked out. 2y
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Christyco125
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The year 1866 was signalised by a remarkable incident, a mysterious and puzzling phenomenon, which doubtless no has yet forgotten.

#FirstLineFridays

Taking on a classic to knock one of the #Booked2022 prompts out.

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Johnanthonymiller
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Pickpick

An old classic well worth the read. A great story with fascinating scientific details

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VioletMoonBooks
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Did I not also live this unnatural life for ten months? Thus, to that question asked six thousand years ago by Ecclesiastes, “That which is far off, and exceeding deep, who can find it out?” only two men now have the right to answer: Captain Nemo and myself.
#20000LeaguesUnderTheSea #JulesVerne #lastline #closingline #book #books #bookvibe #bookvibes #bookvsfilm #bookvsmovie #bookbag #bookbags #bookbeau #Classics #ScienceFiction #Fiction 💝💝💝💝

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Christyco125
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📖 I‘m reading Sanditon with the #Pemberlittens but I also read a Jane Austen book every year.

📖 I‘m looking forward to reading the tagged book for a prompt for #Booked2022

#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

Want to play:

TheSpineView Good choice for #Booked2022. Thanks for playing! 2y
rwmg It depends on your definition of classic, I suppose. I'm going to say Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's “The Sign of the Four“.

For one I would like to read, I am going to choose “The Adventures of Roderick Random“ by Tobias Smollett.

2y
Christyco125 I like the sound of Roderick Random. I‘m going to have to look that one up @rwmg 2y
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MariaW
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Mehso-so

Finally finished this one - a classic everyone knows, but only a few have read. I‘ve read the original translation which made it difficult sometimes (the German language changed a lot ever since). In general, every chapter is mini adventure on the Nautilus, which I liked. But there are a lot of descriptions of the underwater flora and fauna, sometimes too many and too detailed. And the ending was very aprupt and left questions open.

Ruthiella The details were too much for me too when I re-read it a few years ago. I strongly suspect that I read an abridged version as a kid! 2y
MariaW @Ruthiella Me too 😊 2y
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MariaW
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This “original” (now original ebook) version comes along with a lot of illustrations which help the reader to imagine the characters and the events. 😊

catsuit_mango I loved the illustrated hardback editions of Verne novels as a kid, so glad the library had a nice edition 2y
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yoavshai
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#BookCoverChallenge
Day 59.
Here I will note 365 books (or as many as I will have before I get tired) that have shaped my taste in literature. No explanations, no reviews. Just the cover of the book.
I do not challenge anyone. You are all welcome to take part.

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devil_number3
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"The sea was distinctly visible for a mile all round the Nautilus. What a spectacle! What pen can describe it? Who could paint the effects of the light through those transparent sheets of water, and the softness of the successive gradations from the lower to the superior strata of the ocean?"
I'd started re-reading it, leaving it here. The first time I read, I missed not a word. I was eleven and understood only some of the complicated terms in it.

devil_number3 I never finished re-reading because I realised that I remember most of what happened 2y
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bookishbitch
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I'm listening to this on Spotify because it's a classic I've always been interested in. I'm considering DNFing though because I'm bored. However, maybe the next half is better? I only listen when I'm washing dishes though so at least I'm not wasting time.

SpaceCowboyBooks The sequel is really good 3y
bookishbitch @SpaceCowboyBooks I had no idea there was a sequel. Thanks for the info! 3y
SpaceCowboyBooks You're welcome. It's called Mysterious Island. There's a fum movie version too, with effects by Harryhausen 3y
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VioletMoonBooks
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Nich
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"Mobilis in mobili"

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Paperback.Propensity
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Pickpick

What an adventure! Jules Verne has yet to disappoint me.

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Eggs
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Written in 1870, this is the story of Captain Nemo and his submarine Nautilus, as seen from the perspective of Professor Pierre Aronnax after he, his servant Conseil, and Canadian harpoonist Ned Land wash up on their ship. #underwater #scifiseptember @Klou

Klou This is a story I've heard of but haven't read. I remember when this story came into the TV show 'Once Upon a Time', I was so confused when the character Nemo wasn't a clown fish 😂😂😂 looking it up led me to the book. 3y
Eggs 🤗😂😊 @Klou 3y
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Sarahreadstoomuch
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Bailedbailed

The last prompt I need to read for #bbrc is #middlegrade #realclassic. I‘ve tried to finish this over the past 2 or 3 months and I just can‘t! I‘ve tried audio, print, even this abridged print and I just can‘t stick with it AT ALL. Hopefully can find something else in the next couple weeks before the challenge ends!

Sarahreadstoomuch Also curious @LibrarianRyan , will you be doing this again? Do you need some help? 4y
LibrarianRyan I hadn‘t really decided. I can. I really like it. Some section like picture books I plan to keep. Maybe require they be reverse reads. It‘s on my to do list for the weekend. If you want to help we can do it together. 4y
LibrarianRyan BTW I understand the 20,000 thing. It took me FOREVER to finish. It was so much slower than I thought. The movie is much better. 4y
Sarahreadstoomuch @LibrarianRyan I‘m happy to help! This really has been my favorite challenge.. I really appreciated getting back in touch with children‘s books again! But I understand that hosting something like this is a lot, so really, I‘m happy to help. I think I have your email... 4y
LibrarianRyan @Sarahreadstoomuch I have to take my brother in law shopping so I‘ll have a lot of down time in between stops (first stop glasses which is when I was going to get started. My email is missryanaf@gmail.com 4y
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Shemac77
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Pickpick

Jules Verne was ahead of his time. Great read.

wanderinglynn Beautiful edition! 😍 4y
Seekingtardis I‘m gonna need this edition too!! 😍😍 4y
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BooksAndTea97
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https://booksandt.home.blog/2020/04/16/magical-readathon-o-w-l-s-2020-weeks-1-an...

I finally wrote another blog post. Here I'm writing about my progress on the Magical Readathon. Please check it if you'd like. I tried to keep it short haha

#bookblogger #magicalreadathon

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ravenlee
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Thanks for the tag @TheAromaofBooks
#Ispy wild animals on book covers.

@Worley-B @rakeshpm @elissadickey my newest followers, if you‘re interested - can you find books with hands on the cover?

TheAromaofBooks Lovely! And I love that edition of Call of the Wild! 4y
elissadickey This is so cool! Thanks for the tag! 4y
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Shemac77
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Most beautiful version I‘ve seen...so far

vivastory Coraline Bickford Smith's penguin designs are stunning. I have the Don Quixote as my phone wallpaper. 4y
Shemac77 @vivastory I absolutely adore these penguins but the paint comes off when you read them. I don‘t want to ruin the design but I want to read my book! I wish there was a way to keep the paint looking the same 4y
vivastory It's a big problem. I usually keep my copies for display and get a mass market to read. 4y
Shemac77 I think I might do the same. They‘re just too beautiful to ruin. @vivastory 4y
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LibrarianRyan
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Pickpick

4 ⭐
I listened to this book. And while it was a bit slow, and sometimes boring as they describe the various sea creatures, overall it was a great story that I would listen to again. And to think it was written almost 150 years ago. Jules Verne knows or guessed more about the depths of the ocean than many modern scientists. This book has held the test of time, and I think that 100 years from now it will still be considered relevant
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TheAromaofBooks My dad is a huge Verne fan, so I grew up reading his books - I started getting along with this one much better when I started skipping all the paragraphs with latitude and longitudes in them! 😂 Definitely recommend reading The Mysterious Island as a follow-up to this one! 4y
LibrarianRyan @TheAromaofBooks I totally get the skipping thing. 4y
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CrowCAH
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#ItsASmallWorld Day 24: #Nemo
#DisneyWorld #Epcot

This was such a fun ride, where the projections were on the aquarium‘s glass, with real fish inside! 🐠

Captain Nemo?! Yup, he‘s the captain of the Nautilus; on an expedition to see the deep wonders of the ocean. He also battled a giant squid 🦑 Nope, not the Kraken, but very similar.

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VioletMoonBooks
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Verba Docent
Pickpick

Definitely a classic of science fiction. It can be frustrating to get through some of the long lists of fish or the overly precise coordinates given and the action is a little underwhelming. However there is a sense of adventurous travel and camaraderie with the characters that make the book endearing by the end.

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catsuit_mango
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I found those great scarves perfect to show your bookworm style every where : the white one has a quote from pride and prejudice on it (about the need of libraries) and the blue one a quote from twenty thousand leagues under the sea (about the sea). My two loves books and the sea. Found them on literati club :)
And only here am I really sure people will understand the joy of it :)

TrishB They‘re lovely 😊 4y
writerlibrarian My kind of fashion statement. 💜 (edited) 4y
catsuit_mango @TrishB and @writerlibrarian like this I can be a book geek even when dressing up for work ;) 4y
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Rothdell
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Well... you could say I‘m disappointed. Zoophytes, cetacea, sturgeons, oxyrhynchi-blah blah blah! The story was told from the perspective of a scientist, but man, he droned on and on and on about fauna for ongoing paragraphs, which lead to pages. It felt more like homework than an engaging novel. Did I still like premise? Yes. Were the characters interesting and unique? Yes. Was the book super boring and wouldn‘t end? ABSOLUTELY.

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Rothdell
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas | Jules Verne, William Butcher
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“We now come to the second part of the journey under the sea.” Adventure books are some of the most intriguing reads! I especially love ones that talk to you, almost as if they are self-aware they wrote a book about said adventures. It makes it feel so lively and real.

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Rothdell
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I forgot to post about the new book I‘m reading! Jules Verne is someone so close to my heart and simultaneously, someone I‘ve never knew. (I watched Around the World in 80 Days + Journey to the Center of the Earth without knowing it was a book by this man).

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enoyus
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Adventure awaits

CoffeeCatsBooks I love the Word Cloud series. I have to tell myself I cannot keep buying multiple copies of books I already own! 4y
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Fairchild1
Mehso-so

A quick read. Enjoyable

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umbrellagirl
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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

I‘m thinking of a TV show and it is Octonauts!

I‘d like to be under the sea in an octopus‘s garden... I know, I know, it‘s really a squid.

#manicmonday

JoScho 💛🦑💛 5y
SexyCajun SpongeBob 5y
umbrellagirl @SexyCajun my son watches that one also. 5y
SexyCajun @umbrellagirl my kids are grown and out the house but I still love some SpongeBob 😂😂 (edited) 5y
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thereadingowlvina
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📚 Tagged book
🎥 Pirates of The Caribbean
🎶 Ocean Man by Ween

Thanks @JoScho for the fun #ManicMonday #EmojiMadness 👍🙂🦑🦑🦑

JoScho Thanks for playing 😊🦑💛 5y
TK421 Wow! I had forgotten that Ween existed. Now I'm going to have to dig through my old CD boxes to find one of their albums.☺ 5y
thereadingowlvina @TK421 Ha! Cool! I hope you find them 😁👍 5y
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i.z.booknook
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Ahhh I missed getting it bang on 20,000 😩😂 But yay! I reached 20,000! Thank you everyone who follows me! ❤️❤️❤️

Crazeedi Yay!!! Congrats!!👏🍻🎶 5y
gradcat Yes! Congrats!! 🎊🎉🎈 5y
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