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451Degrees

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Pickpick

Another pick for the series. Once again I never read these as a young kid and decided to pick them up for easy reading and have been enjoying the lighter take on some epic adventures! Ended on a surprising note so onward to book three!

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I‘m chipping away at this fantastic read but I just had to share this quote. I am often obsessive about end of life decisions and prepping and telling others to think about it too! This just resonated so much with me that we as a society just don‘t understand that there‘s so much more to dying than just prolonging it to the point of suffering!

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Buried Giant | Kazuo Ishiguro
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We finished our last discussion on The Help last night in our book club and it was my turn to pick sooooo…. Here it is! Hopefully it‘s a good pick!☺️ They have beautiful covers for the book and the audio!

Readergrrl I really enjoyed this novel. Yes, some parts are meandering and a bit foggy, but that‘s the point of the novel, so…. It was a lick for me and I still think about this one! 3w
451Degrees @Readergrrl that‘s a relief to hear! It seems like people either hate or or love it so it‘ll be an interesting read! 3w
Readergrrl That should say “pick” and not “lick”!! 🤣 3w
Readergrrl I liked it. It‘s a quiet read, but worth the time, I think. It reminded me of This Census Taker by China Miéville. (edited) 3w
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A great classic take on a futuristic dystopian society. The title itself has always pulled me in to read this novel and honestly I was pleased with this story. If you‘re a fan of Blade Runner it was a great way to see where the ideas came from but don‘t expect the book to be anywhere near the story of the movie! A look into what it means to live and who is truly alive!

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The Help | Kathryn Stockett
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A spectacular read by Stockett! A book that sparks all the emotions! You hope, pray, and laugh alongside them as they themselves go through their own struggles and triumphs. A book you don‘t want to put down till you get to the end!

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I hate giving this book a so-so😔 I have so much respect for the women in the dial painting industry for without them I would not have the protections I would probably have as an X-ray tech. But I just don‘t like how the author put the story. It felt redundant and confusing at times with way too many characters involved without much differentiation. Still a fascinating and horrific read about occupational hazards and workers rights!

Booknerd222 I really enjoyed this book but I wish there was more story vs so many facts thrown in. 1mo
451Degrees @Booknerd222 I agree😫 I was really suckered in for the first third of the book and then it just felt like it kept going and going. I got lost a bunch and just didn‘t really like how the writing came out of it. I think with a different author it would have been a knock out of the park. Besides a good chunk of the book was just references. Just felt too stiff almost (edited) 1mo
Booknerd222 I felt the same way lol 1mo
Megabooks Excellent review. You put succinctly why I bailed. 1mo
451Degrees Thank you @Megabooks ! It feels harsh since I have so much respect for the subject matter but it really was a bit of a struggle 1mo
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House of Sky and Breath | Sarah J. Maas
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So so many unexpected happenings in this book!! It all led up to some extremely shocking events and knowledge near the end of the book which makes the the anticipation of the third book all the more intense! A must read for Maas fans!

LitStephanie So better than the first one? 1mo
451Degrees @LitStephanie I think so! It takes a bit again to get into the story. Maybe a third of the book. I was wary of the first one too but this one is really solidifying how much I like where it‘s going! 1mo
LitStephanie @451Degrees ok I will try it. There were things I really didn't like about the first one. 1mo
451Degrees @LitStephanie I totally understand your reservations. For me it was totally worth getting to the end of this book but I agree about the first book completely 1mo
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Haven‘t checked in in a bit but hope everyone is having a wonderful day! Been reading this for my work book club, a group of X-ray techs💀💀, and this book is extremely harrowing! All that these women went through! Can‘t seem to put it down🧪🧪

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Mehso-so

I wanted very much to absolutely love this book but I have to admit I felt disconnected to the minor characters through the letter format. It ended a bit suddenly and I felt there was still things that were left undone. With that being said I still did find it worth the read! A very charming read of post WWII in a little town called Guernsey in the Channel Islands.

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The Help | Kathryn Stockett
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And for book club number one we are onto The Help after finishing 1984! Can there ever be a more night and day book reading one after the other?😆 I had to make myself stop reading this one tonight to not get ahead of our section because IT IS SO GOOD!! So excited to get more into it!❤️

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Juliet gets it…📖📖 a couple of my coworkers decided to create a book club and this is our first read together! Love how all the characters are into reading❤️ a wonderful story so far in letter format. Also longest title ever!! Happy reading!

Dragon Love this book 💚🐉 3mo
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1984 | George Orwell
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A book that still shocked me even reading it a second time. A read that will have the wheels in your head turning! I find it so interesting that Orwell published this book the year before he died and didn‘t get to see the impact this book had on societies around the world. Even enough for some to ban his work. Such an standout read and must be on everyone‘s tbr!!

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1984 | George Orwell
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Alright all bit of a weird one here. Myself and my book club were trying to figure out what Orwell meant about this armchair. Out of general curiosity does anyone have any input on why he might have decided to use this word?

TrishB I think at the time Orwell will have meant unclean/dirty? 3mo
Bookwomble What @TrishB said. Slut originally referred to a woman who did not do her domestic chores well and kept a dirty, slovenly house. It was still misogynistic slut-shaming, though. 3mo
451Degrees @TrishB @Bookwomble I think this is a good interpretation. I couldn‘t believe it was in there and of all things describing an armchair🤦🏻‍♀️ 3mo
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Bookwomble Well, there's always a book about it, whatever the incongruous juxtaposition, for instance: "The Curious Sofa: A Pornographic Tale by Ogdred Weary" by Edward Gorey ? 3mo
TrishB @Bookwomble Orwell not known for his feminism 😁 Much as I appreciate his socialism. 3mo
Bookwomble @TrishB It's funny how a political philosophy of equality can so often be embraced by some who are blind to the inequality inherent in the system (sorry, I heard myself turning into Michael Palin's oppressed serf in Monty Python and the Holy Grail 😁). 3mo
TrishB @Bookwomble 😁😁 tbh there were those in the suffragette movement that just wanted the educated, middle class women to have the vote. Not the great unwashed working class. We battle on for inclusion! 3mo
Bookwomble @TrishB And transphobic and racist feminists 🤷🏻‍♂️ We do battle on, and winkling out our own unquestioned assumptions being part of it 🙂 3mo
swynn The Oxford English Dictionary agrees with @TrishB: “sluttish, adj. ... 2.a. Of a thing: unclean, dirty, grimy; untidy. Now somewhat dated.“
Interestingly, the oldest attribution in the OED has the word referring to a man: in Chaucer's “Canon's Yeoman's Tale“ (1405): “Why is thy lord so sluttish?“, apparently referring to the lord's untidy dress or habits.
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House of Earth and Blood | Sarah J. Maas
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So I‘ll be honest this was a bit of an uphill climb for the first half of this book. I was motivated to read it since I‘m currently home with COVID😷 I will say that it was a clever book with many unexpected twists and turns that made the second half easy to read through (took me two days!) I am gonna make this a pick because I did enjoy it outside some nitpicking that I have about the writing style.

Bookzombie Hope you are feeling better! 3mo
451Degrees @Bookzombie thank you! Feeling much better! I was lucky that it wasn‘t so severe🙏🏻☺️ 3mo
Bookzombie @451Degrees So glad to hear that! 💕 3mo
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Been reading this for about a week and I don‘t know if it‘s just me but did anyone else have a problem with the point of view shifting mid dialogue from one main character to the other without a break? It‘s not gonna make me stop reading this but it‘s something that has just stuck out to me😬 enjoying it otherwise though!

Kimberlone I‘ve seriously been listening to the audiobook off and on since October…still at 50% Barely understand the plot ☹️ 3mo
451Degrees @Kimberlone oof😬 I couldn‘t imagine listening on audio with this book. Have to go back to see who‘s thinking what a lot. I heard the end gets better!😬🙏🏻 3mo
Hestapleton It definitely took me about 300 pages to figure out who (and what) everyone was and establish the world. Then it started flowing better. 3mo
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Kimberlone @451Degrees I haven‘t listened in awhile but I do wAnt to give it another chance and finish it eventually 3mo
BookBelle84 I'm struggling with this one too! 3mo
451Degrees @Hestapleton @Kimberlone @bookbelle We will get there!!! I‘m sure the second one will be worth getting through the first one😆 3mo
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A Court of Silver Flames | Sarah J. Maas
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Wowza is there a lot to unpack with this book! I initially was a bit wary of it because of my dislike of Nesta but as expected she very much redeemed herself and even became likable💙 And boy were there indeed flames in this book!🔥 very spicy😏 There is still much left unsaid in this book which means hopefully there will be another book coming along! I look forward to continuing on with this story!

BookLove4Ever I loved this one so much! 😊 4mo
451Degrees @BookLove4Ever it took me a while to get really into it but it‘s definitely one of my favorites from the series so far! 4mo
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1984 | George Orwell
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New book club book! I‘m so incredibly excited to be reading this in an environment where there will be discussion! I never read it in school and have read it on my own time but so excited to hear about other people‘s opinions and thoughts!😍 #bookclubbook #bookclubreading

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Roadside Picnic | Arkady Strugatsky, Boris Strugatsky
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I wanted very much to like this book. But I found that I wasn‘t all that entertained. And perhaps this book isn‘t about entertainment but about hardship and work and taking care of your family no matter what during a dangerous and hazardous time. I honestly had a hard time with the main character but know that he did what he did out of his best intentions. Not a book for easy reading but definitely one of survival.

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A Court of Silver Flames | Sarah J. Maas
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I am in love with this series but this is the first time I‘m actually hesitating while reading these books. This one is from the perspective of Nesta and I have SUCH a hard time with her. I know the author will probably turn my opinion on her with this book but I can‘t say I‘m not struggling with the beginning😬😩

SilverShanica I found this one to be quite redeeming for Nesta. You just have to get through a lot of her issues first. And it‘s good to recognize that she uses sex as a distraction and coping mechanism, so it happens a lot. 4mo
451Degrees @SilverShanica that‘s a great way to look at it! I‘ve heard that she gets redeemed in this book! It‘s great the author is bringing some of these coping mechanisms to light and hopefully how to fix them! 4mo
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Another lovely short addition to the Court series! Covered post war Night Court and how all characters are learning to cope through their nightmares and daily struggles. But also shines through with hope for the future!✨

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A great way to end the first part of this series! So many feelings and sitting on the edge of my seat throughout the whole book! Onto the next one!

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Can I just say book husband or whaaaat❤️‍🔥❤️‍🔥😍

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A Court of Mist and Fury | Sarah J. Maas
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Guys I‘m cruising through this series so quickly that I forgot to do a review of this one! I‘m already half ways through the next one😆😩 mostly just have to say if you‘ve been thinking about reading this series just do it already!!❤️

Read4life I agree! I‘ve just started the series and I‘m on to book 3. Don‘t know why I put it off so long, but I‘m glad I‘m reading the series now. 4mo
erinreads This one is the best one! 4mo
451Degrees @Read4life right?! My coworker has been trying to get me to read it for at least a year and now I‘m trying to pace myself 😂 4mo
451Degrees @erinreads right?! So many things happen!! 4mo
LitStephanie Ooh, I had been eyeing the first book in the series on my library app. Sounds like I should just check it out! 4mo
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A Court of Mist and Fury | Sarah J. Maas
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Happy Christmas all!! I hope for a wonderful day for everyone and that you get all the books on your lists❤️❤️ spending the day reading and traveling home to see my family! #airportreading #pdxcarpet #pdx

Bookzombie Happy Christmas!🎄 5mo
451Degrees @Bookzombie ❤️❤️ 5mo
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A Court of Mist and Fury | Sarah J. Maas
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Stuck at work and wishing I was back to my reading spot😩 Is the work day over yet!!?

RaeLovesToRead That looks like a cosy spot!! 5mo
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A friend of mine has been trying to get me to read this series for MONTHS and I finally gave in. YA is seriously a guilty pleasure of mine, I hate to love it but this series has me by both hands and we are running through the books quite quickly! A take on Beauty and the Beast with a little bit of spice😏🔥

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Roadside Picnic | Arkady Strugatsky, Boris Strugatsky
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New book club book! Anyone heard of or read anything about this book?? #bookclubreading #bookclub

Vansa Yup, the basis for Tarkovsky's absolutely excellent Stalker! 5mo
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What a delight of an American Classic novel❤️ Ray Bradbury‘s novels have always changed my outlook on reading and how words can transform the way things can be written and seen in life. This was no exception! A story of friendship, and conquering your deepest fears. #bookclubreads #bookclub #bookclubpick

Suet624 Darn it.. I‘d forgotten all about this book. I need to find it. 5mo
451Degrees @Suet624 you won‘t regret it! 5mo
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The Beautiful Christmas Tree | Charlotte Zolotow
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Book Christmas tree year seven🎄📚💙😍 no other way to make a Christmas tree in my opinion 💁🏻‍♀️😊 #obsessed #booktree #bookchristmastree #bluelights #stackobooks #christmasdecor

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How lucky we are to travel and live many lives through reading!❤️📖

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A Thousand Splendid Suns | Khaled Hosseini
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I am constantly astounded by this book every time I get a chance to listen to it. We were on the topic of horror tonight in my book club and I was brought back to this book constantly within our discussion. This novel is not by any means the definition of a horror story. But I feel that sense of shock and unbelief as Mariam‘s story goes on. It‘s truly heart wrenching and raw. Glad to be reading it even if it‘s difficult.

Soubhiville I have loved all of his novels. 6mo
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Anyone else feel this way about 0300?? Love how Bradbury writes❤️😩

RaeLovesToRead Ha! I'm at my most awake and alive between 1200am-3am 😄 6mo
451Degrees @RaeLovesToRead that‘s crazy! I used to work swing shift and would get home around one but would always be asleep before three! Do you work a night shift? 6mo
RaeLovesToRead Nope... just nocturnal... I am not a morning person though and if it gets as late as 4am/5am I'll be exhausted! Usually it'll get to midnight and I'll suddenly be wide awake 😅 6mo
451Degrees @RaeLovesToRead that‘s probably frustrating at times!😬 I‘m definitely not a morning person either😆 6mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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Y‘all who‘s showing up at your door?!😍😱
Personally I‘m hoping for Jamie Fraser😏

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Alrighty Littens! This is my pick for our book club. I love Bradbury but I‘m a little nervous about this one since it‘s dubbed as a bit of horror-esque. Hoping I picked an ok one! Onward!

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Tuf Voyaging | George R. R. Martin
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What a read! I tried before to read the Game of Thrones series by Martin and didn‘t honestly like his writing. I was honestly nervous when the book club suggested this book but have been pleasantly surprised by the story and the writing that was done for this book. Stories of space voyages, ecological engineering, and most importantly cats!

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New bedside table book! Got this one for my birthday and it looks absolutely fascinating. Gonna dive right in!✨

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Another excellent read from Pat Barker! Without saying it I am beginning to believe this is some form of trilogy following Briseis‘ timeline. I highly suggest reading Silence of the Girls before this one since there were many references to that story in this book. And I can definitely tell her story is not quite over…

Cinfhen Super excited for this book!! Glad to hear it was a pick 7mo
451Degrees @Cinfhen it‘s definitely a good one!! 7mo
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The Lightning Thief | Rick Riordan
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As a kid I never actually got around to reading this series. Decided to give it a try! Although clearly meant for a younger audience there was a surprising amount of adult humor thrown in here and there. The story was quite fun and easy to follow. Probably woulda been more head over heels for it as a younger person but was still entertained!

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Untitled | Unknown
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This happens all the time when people ask about book recommendations. Like do you want a title from each genre, do you want my top five, do you just want one genre?? Be ready for the title wave of word vomit! 😝

GondorGirl I've been known to walk strangers around bookstores as their potentially unwanted personal shopper. 7mo
451Degrees @GondorGirl that‘s amazing 😂 7mo
Johanna414 Lol anytime on of my Facebook friends ask for book recommendations... "Can you give me a genre or two so I don't go totally nuts and list 30 books?" 7mo
451Degrees @Johanna414 amen there!! 7mo
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Tuf Voyaging | George R. R. Martin
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Hear hear!😆

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Little bit of daytime reading in between my night shifts at the hospital💀 really enjoying the flow of this story! Cozy cat 1 and 2 accompanying me😻 #theyreactuallymycats #jinxcat #finankitten #catsoflitsy

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New bedside table book! Since I finished Bomber Mafia this one was sitting right under it! Loved Pat Barkers Silence of the Girls so I have high hopes for this one! Happy reading all!❤️📖

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I love Gladwell‘s work. There‘s something about his writing that makes you feel like he‘s telling the story just to you and that he is just as astonished and fascinated as you are while you‘re reading his writing! As someone who loves WWII history and more specifically aviation during WWII this was a great read for me! And those who are also interested in these subjects!🙂

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Tuf Voyaging | George R. R. Martin
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New favorite book character? It‘s a possibility 🤔😆

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Tuf Voyaging | George R. R. Martin
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Alrightyyyyyy now that the book club is done with Snow Crash we are going onwards to this one! I again have no idea what this is gonna be about except it‘s sci-fi which seems to be the pick for all of us in the book club so far this round!😂 excited to start! #bookclubreading #bookclub #scifi

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Snow Crash | Neal Stephenson
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I really wanted to love this book and there were many parts and aspects of the story that I really enjoyed. But too much of this book really kinda drug on to the point that I didn‘t even read those sections and skipped to the next part. And I don‘t think I really missed out on anything. Also there were parts of the plot that never got wrapped up🤷🏻‍♀️ Very interesting sci-fi concepts but overall so so for me!

RamsFan1963 I never cared for it. I don't understand its status as a modern classic in sci-fi lit. 8mo
451Degrees @RamsFan1963 absolutely agree! I was enjoying it at the beginning and then it just kinda seemed to fall apart as it went on. 8mo
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Such a fun read! Gave many ideas on how to improve the hygge in your home🙂 definitely gonna try a few tips❤️

AkashaVampie Ok a weird question.... but what the hell is Hygge??? Haha 9mo
451Degrees @AkashaVampie it‘s hard to define but it‘s like a sense of comfort that‘s influenced by your surroundings and experiences. It‘s very popular in Scandinavian countries. For example a warm and oversized sweater is considered hygge or candles instead of overhead lights! 9mo
AkashaVampie @451Degrees oh ok. Thanks sweetie. I have seen the word around before but never got to look it up. I will have to check the book out. 9mo
451Degrees @AkashaVampie oh yes of course! It‘s a great read if you‘re looking to make your home space a bit more comfy and welcoming! 9mo
AkashaVampie @451Degrees we don't really have people over... we mostly stick to ourselves (and this was before covid too), but it would be fun to try and change things up. 9mo
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No better place to read this book! #wahclellafalls #hikesandbooks

CuriousG This might be one of my favourite books ever! And I also enjoy reading outdoors 🙂 9mo
TiredLibrarian @451Degrees @CuriousG I loved that book. I'm going through some of those issues with my 90 year old mother, and it really changed my perspective in many ways. 9mo
451Degrees @CuriousG there‘s definitely something different about reading outside!❤️ 9mo
451Degrees @TiredLibrarian I can only imagine😕 it‘s been an enlightening and tough read. I haven‘t experienced any of this yet but I‘m glad I‘m getting to read it now! Wishing you the best with your mom❤️ 9mo
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The Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
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Been in a bit of an audio slump lately. Decided to try this one read by the amazing Jim Dale! We‘ll see how it goes…

PurpleyPumpkin Oooh, Jim Dale! Love him! Enjoy. 😉 9mo
LitStephanie The preface reminds me of Something Wicked This Way Comes. 9mo
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Project Hail Mary | Andy Weir
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Another exquisite read from Andy Weir!! I was pleasantly surprised at how invested I got into this book and story line. Excellent characters and structure of the book. Must read everyone!! #teamearth #teamerid

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I have to buy some more books soon, and this one is just calling to me! 10mo
451Degrees @Riveted_Reader_Melissa it‘s a must buy! I definitely lost hours of sleep trying to get this book read😆 10mo
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