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CuriousG

CuriousG

Joined April 2016

Living books since the day I first filled my crib with them. Don't expect detailed reviews - I won't ruin even the littlest parts of the book for you.
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Conversations with Octavia Butler by Octavia E. Butler, Conseula Francis
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A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction by Christopher Alexander, Sara Ishikawa, Murray Silverstein
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How awesome is this library program?! Not only can you sign out fishing gear, but you can sign out a day pass to local parks. Amazing!!!

annahenke Love this idea! 1w
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About to make this surprisingly comfy chair at the library, my reading home for the next hour or so #chairlove

TheEllieMo I want a chair like that as my reading chair 2w
CuriousG @TheEllieMo I want one for home too! Looks good, and comfy to boot 2w
CouronneDhiver Looks cozy 2w
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At the library waiting on a student. Little bit of wanderlust setting in. Lol

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While reading about stress & trauma may be intense, this is the perfect, relaxing place to do it ❤

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The Memory Palace | Mira Bartok
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So I was wandering around the library this morning while waiting for a student. Happened upon this book and thought I should give it a shot. Anyone read this one? (I know, I'm 7 or 8 years behind the times)

hermyknee I started this one years ago and what I read was wonderful, but I think it was while I was in grad school and never finished! I‘m adding this one back to my list! Can‘t wait to hear what you think! 4w
CuriousG @hermyknee I'm only 30 pages in, but so far so good. I'm a sucker for a memoir about strained familial relationships and the influence of mental illness, so feel like this will be right up my alley 4w
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Resource of the day - this is a great way to engage the more active/outdoorsy types, in an English classroom. Gets them reading and also provides great discussion points around what makes a good infographic and how to write thorough instructions (the book does not always succeed at this) #resources #teacherlife #engagement

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It's finally that time of year again - have moved the chairs out to the reading shed (AKA she-shed) and can sit reading, basking in sunlight. This is just the first of many evenings I plan to spend here.

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Today's resource is for some of my older students (and who am I kiddding, me too!) It covers so many different things, from getting a job/keeping it, dressing like a grown up, financial literacy, personal health, and so much more. Great to have students read small sections (relevant to their current life) as reading comprehension exercises. Learning + real life info = a huge win #resources #teacherlife

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A Little Life: A Novel | Hanya Yanagihara
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I knew from the start this book was going to rip my heart out & tear it into tiny pieces, yet I still was not prepared for the grief I'm feeling. A truly amazing novel that shows the best & worst of mankind, & everything in between. The 4 friends, & extended cast of characters, were all fascinating & wouldn't let me quit, even when the going got tough (which it did frequently.) Trigger warnings - any conceivable trigger is covered at some point.

Reggie Oof, this book. Be prepared not to feel like yourself for a couple of days. 1mo
Davor I've had this book in my TBR pile for a while. I can't wait to get to it and feel like an emotional wreck 😅 1mo
CuriousG @Reggie I'm feeling pretty heavy today - I think you're right about it following me around for a few days (or longer!) 1mo
CuriousG @Davor I had it sitting on my shelf, literally for years, waiting for the right moment to be emotionally devastated. Definitely worth it though! If you haven't read People in the Trees, it is also completely devastating and yet brilliant 1mo
Davor @CuriousG I haven't read it, I'll check it out. Thanks for the rec! 1mo
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The Once Upon a Time Map Book | Barbara G. Hennessy, Peter Joyce
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One more for today...a book I use with my secondary students, despite its obvious target being much younger. I love how fun it is to explore a story in map form. It is a great way to get students thinking about not just setting, but how the characters *interact* with the setting over time #genius #notjustforkids

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Today's resource book is Better Now - a discussion on how we could further improve our health care system in Canada. This book is particularly helpful for anyone teaching the HSB4C/4U Challenge & Change course in an Ontario secondary school #healthcare #roomforimprovement

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A Little Life: A Novel | Hanya Yanagihara
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It's been a hard slog, but in the last 100 pages now. Somehow I feel like all the swearing in the world is not going to make this last bit any easier #gutwrenching

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Today's nerd out over professional resources is this fascinating book relating to Russian Mennonite history, culture, and food. I have a very diverse population of students, and this is culturally relevant for many of them. #culture #food #history

Heideschrampf I loooove Zwieback! It's a food you get when you have a tummy ache or feel sick as a child round here, so maybe that's why it says 'HOME' for me 1mo
CuriousG @Heideschrampf I've never actually had Zwieback, but going to try making it now! 1mo
Heideschrampf I've never known anyone to actually MAKE it. There's this one brand that's the epitome of Zwieback in Germany. When they changed the child on the cover after 50yrs or so it was a whole thing: public outcry, petitions and i think ultimately a contest for the new coverboy/girl 🙈. 1mo
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Heideschrampf If you email me your adress i'd be happy to send you some ;) just hang an @gmail.com onto my nickname! 🍞 1mo
CuriousG @Heideschrampf Oh my - quite the uproar! There is a recipe in the book and I think I might give it a shot the next time I have a free day and need something to do 😊 1mo
Heideschrampf Sounds like a great plan. It would be great if you'd share a picture when you get round to it. I'd love to see it 1mo
CuriousG @Heideschrampf It might be awhile, but I will definitely share a pic when I manage to make it! 1mo
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Bridges Out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals and Communities | Ruby K. Payne, Philip E. DeVol, Terie Dreussi Smith
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More geeking out over professional resources. This is one of my favourites in terms of expanding my understanding of the situations and context of how my students live. If anyone has the chance to attend a Bridges Out of Poverty workshop, you absolutely should attend!

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A Little Life: A Novel | Hanya Yanagihara
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Still too cold to sit and read outside, but going to sneak in 30 minutes of reading next to a sunny window before resuming today's chores #priorities #readingwins

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I am such a nerd, but I LOVE a good resource book for school, and this one is fantastic. Teaching the art of debate and critical thinking skills, and then translating it into writing. So good for all those students who love to argue, but think that they aren't able to write

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A Little Life: A Novel | Hanya Yanagihara
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After years sitting on my shelf, I finally worked up the courage to start this one. I know it will break my heart, but I am ready.

AmyG It that good. 2mo
kelseynicburke It‘s worth it I promise 2mo
CuriousG @kelseynicburke I sure hope so! 2mo
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A Little Life: A Novel | Hanya Yanagihara
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After years sitting on my shelf, I finally worked up the courage to start this one. I know it will break my heart, but I am ready.

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Gone Fishing | Tamera Will Wissinger
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Just found this sticker at one of my local libraries - absolutely LOVE that their lending programs are branching out and now include a connection to Tackle Share! #libraries #notjustforbooks

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The Rosie Effect: A Novel | Graeme Simsion
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The God-children are toast in their beds, so it's just me and the puppers for a few hours. Perfect time to get back to this book

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Just about to sit down with the book my uncle Hans wrote. He rarely talks about the war (he was a young child during WWII) and I am so excited to finally learn a bit more about his life. I do know he had to leave his parents home for several years due to the bombings in his hometown. This will likely be very eye opening!

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The Rosie Effect: A Novel | Graeme Simsion
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While my husband is busy packing to go away on his first bear hunt, I'm planning how to best utilize the extra reading time I'll get while he's gone. Seems like a win/win to me! Continuing on with The Rosie Effect as a start 😊

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The Rosie Effect: A Novel | Graeme Simsion
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Lately audio is all I've managed, but really miss sitting down with a physical book. Going to see if this is the book to break my reading slump

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I may be in a slump that prevents me from physically reading a book, but listening to Jennifer Lewis on audio? I could do this all day! #slumpbuster

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Duma Key: A Novel | Stephen King
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Fell asleep listening to this last night and had some *weird* ass dreams. Of course, I didn't learn my lesson and plan the same for tonight. Lol

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Waiting rooms suck, but a bag with half a dozen books is the way to go. My mind definitely matches the title today!

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Well, we're taking the plunge and getting a puppy! Won't likely be bringing a pup home until August, but might as well start the reading now while I'm still rested enough to do it. Figured this book was a good place to start - surely if he can train the tiger from The Hangover, he can teach me how to train my pup 🤣

LiteraryinLititz Congrats on your decision! 3mo
CuriousG Thanks @LiteraryinLititz It's been a year since we lost our two dogs, and I'm finally at peace with the idea of another one. Bring on the puppy training madness! Lol 3mo
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Duma Key: A Novel | Stephen King
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Spring has officially arrived now that the sidewalks are clear enough to lace up my sneakers, instead of winter boots, for my audiobook walking sessions! 🌼🌿

Clwojick I freaking love those shoes so much 😍 3mo
CuriousG Check out @anamariadessin on Instagram (or anamariadessin.ca) - she makes them herself and the fabric for these is from recycled pop bottles! 3mo
CouronneDhiver Same! I just posted a pic of my new sneakers too 👣 3mo
CuriousG @CouronneDhiver LOVE the sneaker weather! 3mo
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An American Marriage | Tayari Jones
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I'm so grateful that my morning routine usually includes sneaking in a few pages of reading before I go to work. Excited to finally get started on this book!

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Sula | Toni Morrison
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Wish I could say this was true, but sadly just squeezing in a few minutes of reading and some coffee. Have my performance appraisal at work today, so not adulting isn't actually an option 🙃

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Sula | Toni Morrison
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Tonight's reread is just one of the many amazing novels by Toni Morrison. Although not quite my favourite one, I am really fascinated by many of the heavier ideas & events in it #sula

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Cannot praise this one enough. What could have been simply depressing or shock value, was written with care and poignancy. A look at a life both remarkable and tragic at the same time. Listening to this I cheered Sandra on, was frustrated by her actions, and wept for her. Ultimately I grew to love her spirit, as I hoped she would rise above her own trauma and interact differently with loved ones.

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A Widow for One Year | John Irving
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Feeling I can only handle re-reads at the moment. Haven't picked this one up in at least 10 years - looking forward to some John Irving again.

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Adulthood Rites | Octavia E. Butler
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It might only be 5 degrees above freezing, but that's warm enough to cook ribs over the fire. First fireside read of the year 🙌🙌

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I can't begin to explain how hard hitting this was. Highly recommended! Can't sum it up, so here's a quotation to help

"The years have been quick; the days have been long and messy. Dawn till dusk trying to find our way back to ordinary, wondering every day why our existence must be so much more effort than it was before. Our tragedy will not be our crutch. We will not let it keep us from having a fully lived life. And yet we are so damn tired."

CuriousG "In the end, all we can do is live. And in the process, let the life we've been given seep into our souls as we lean into the heartache, the suffering, and the almost intolerable grief of being alive...To survive, we must simply live. To love, we must love hard." 3mo
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Had a wonderful, and busy, day chasing the god-children around. Finally home & have a chance to ice my injured knee (well...frozen mango it. Lol) and dive back into this memoir. If only I was eating the magos instead, it would be the perfect day 😊

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Dawn | Octavia E. Butler
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Taking a break from the hard hitting Maslin memoir, to enjoy listening to the first Octavia Butler novel I ever read. My first time round I read on ebook, this time on audio. Quite enjoying the audio, although if I was not already familiar with the plot and names, it might be a bit tough to keep straight #octaviabutler #dawn #xenogenesis #lilithsbrood

ShyBookOwl This would be interesting on audio because I've read the book twice and I'm not sure I pronounce the names correctly in my head lol 2mo
CuriousG @shybookowl It was definitely interesting getting to hear how the names were pronounced, but I feel like the narrator was guessing a bit too. I would have had difficulty with this book on audio if I hadn't physically read it years ago. 2mo
ShyBookOwl @CuriousG ooooh. That makes sense. I'm curious about it though. 2mo
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"It's all a mind-fuck - a roller coaster barreling from peaks of gratitude to valleys of seething anger and resentment...Eventually though, I must learn to quiet the anger that...leaves me screaming inside...If I don't...I know I will harden - losing my balance and everything else I'm trying to protect."

#abi #tbi #caregiver

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Spending my morning crying as I continue this book. So many things were different in terms of the medical/situational details, yet those same feelings were all there. Even the quotations she includes almost tear my heart out, knowing how much I experienced them on a gut level after my husbands injury #gutpunch

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There are few things I love more than lighting a new beeswax candle, and sitting down to a good book. Happy reading tonight everyone!

Louise The natural scent of a beeswax candle is so soothing! 4mo
CuriousG @Louise I couldn't agree more 4mo
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Just cried my way through the first 35 pages of this gem. Not sure that everyone would find it quite so emotional, but it took me back to my hours spent waiting for my husband to have a craniotomy done due to a head/brain injury. This is going to be a *tough* read, but I love everything she writes on her blog, so it will be totally worth it! #abi #tbi #hardlove #loveeverysecond

8little_paws Wow this book sounds intense! 4mo
CuriousG It certainly will be for me. I think anyone will find it interesting and emotional, but I know it will trigger me to a much greater extent. Not sure exactly how the book will go (in terms of writing style,) however I think it would be an amazing thing for people to read. The ways brain injuries change families are definitely intense. 4mo
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8little_paws I read another memoir about TBI in a marriage. This may interest you as well. 4mo
CuriousG I've actually never heard of that one @8little_paws - thanks for telling me about it! 4mo
8little_paws You're welcome! 4mo
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Rabbit: a Memoir | Patricia Williams
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Sun is streaming in through the windows, and scent of beeswax candles is in the air. Perfect winter morning to sit and read ❄☉❄

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Still in a slump and not able to handle much new content. Re-reading/listening to this one as I was thoroughly entertained the first time round #reread #hygge

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Mind of My Mind | Octavia E. Butler
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Not sure if I like this more or less than Wild Seed, it needs to percolate in my mind for a bit longer, but I do know that Octavia Butler is a genius. I could easily live for many years reading nothing but her writing. She takes something like eugenics, & discusses it in such a way that at times you almost forget it's happening. I find myself being swallowed up in the characters & then all of a sudden being hit again with the enormity of the topic

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Planning jewelry while listening to The Great Courses Death & Dying lectures. Bizarrely effective combination

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Mind of My Mind | Octavia E. Butler
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The only thing better than staying home reading Octavia Butler, is reading with the subtle, and beautiful, scent of beeswax candles #moodlighting

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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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This audiobook is one of the best I've ever listened to. Both heartbreaking and inspiring, this is a memoir about not only the prisons others try to keep us in, but the ways we imprison ourselves. The most incredible part is the lack of bitterness that often accompanies memoirs in this vein. Truly remarkable

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Wild Seed | Octavia E. Butler
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Can't even begin to explain how weird and wonderful this one is. Octavia Butler manages to paint the most intricate portraits of her characters, without ever resorting to flowery prose. And the subjects she tackles - wow! I'm left with a total love-hate relationship with Doro, & the feeling that his son Isaac and Sam Hamilton (from East of Eden) woud be great friends #brilliant #octaviaforthewin

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Wild Seed | Octavia E. Butler
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Loving this book, but really struggling to put my finger on why it reminds me of East of Eden. In many ways Isaac reminds me of Sam Hamilton, but it's definitely more than that. I might drive myself crazy trying to figure it out - too bad I can't just let it go because then it would probably come to me in a second. Anyone who read this and got the same feeling I have?

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O.M.G. - my new fav bedtime routine is going to be listening to Matthew McConaughey. Thank you Calm app! #calm #bedtimeheaven