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DogMomIrene

DogMomIrene

Joined October 2016

INFJ with passion for science-fiction, fantasy, non-fiction, & YA. Find me on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/5123231-irene-mchugh
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DogMomIrene
Zero Day | Jan Gangsei
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Panpan

Reads like a book whose premise may have been heavily workshopped. Opening chapters were promising. Then the whole story gets muddled with cheesy dialogue and ridiculous plot points. I finished the book just moments ago and I can‘t summarize the resolution because I don‘t care. I‘m actually a bit mad at myself for finishing this one. I should have moved on many hours ago.

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Bailedbailed

I downloaded this #ARC anthology of essays from the Read Now section of #NetGalley and I did find the first essay really interesting. I‘d probably love this book if I knew what fandoms she analyzes in each essay so I could avoid SPOILERS! In the first essay she gives away major plot points to The Boys, which I haven‘t even started, but have on my Amazon watchlist. Bailing to preserve a spoiler-free enjoyment of future fandoms.

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Here's an online clock that gives you the time in the form of a literary quote. I've watched it for the past few minutes and the clock does swear, so be careful with those screens. But how cool is this?

https://literature-clock.jenevoldsen.com

Graywacke How fun! 2w
DrexEdit Neat! 2w
LiteraryinLawrence What a cool find! 2w
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Itchyfeetreader This is a fun link thanks for sharing 2w
Leftcoastzen Great stuff . 2w
Billypar Really cool! It sounds like the literary equivalent of this film: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Clock_(2010_film) 2w
bthegood Thx for sharing, just sent it on to my sister (american lit teacher - she'll love it )- I've never heard of such a thing 🙂 2w
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Throne of Glass | Sarah J. Maas
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😲❤️ These book covers alone! Depending on how much focus gets placed on the love triangle, I may get weary of the characters over time, but for book 1 in this series, I had so much fun watching these characters show their true personalities. And while some plot points were easier to figure out, the story moved along so quickly I didn‘t care. #TeamCaleana

behudd It is a very fun series for sure! 2w
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Throne of Glass | Sarah J. Maas
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Throne of Glass | Sarah J. Maas
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Forget the love triangle! Caleana + Nehemia = #KindredSpirits

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Throne of Glass | Sarah J. Maas
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Loving many of Caleana‘s observations.

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Throne of Glass | Sarah J Maas
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Really enjoying this YA fantasy. Even though the love triangle is obvious, it‘s not overpowering. I‘m much more invested in Caleana, the champion contest, and the Wyrd marks mystery.

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Forgot to actually post my new #bookspinbingo board for June. Read 5 books in May, which is a lot for me with “regular” reading that‘s actually pretty sporadic. Trying a new schedule for June where I‘m carving out a dedicated reading hour every day, so I‘m curious to see how this change may affect how many books I can get through🤔

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In May I stumbled with IF for 10 days😞 And I didn‘t improve with wearing my ankle weights. So I‘m trying something different for my June #BFC2022 goals. Each activity above = 1 pt. I‘ll be using a habit tracker for my daily score. My goal = score a daily average of 8 for the month.

I downloaded this planner from Heart Breathings and I like her set up, which includes this process. Looks like she was inspired by tagged book, which I loved reading.

wanderinglynn Way to refocus and adapt your goals. 🙌🏻 I like the layout too. 4w
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Got my list ready for #BookSpinBingo and #Doublespin for June. Still need to finish coloring in my board for May, but I read 4 or 5 books, which is really good for me.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4w
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Godzilla says, “Listen to this book narrated by Wil Wheaton!” Such a fun science fiction story set during the pandemic, just on Kaiju Earth. At some point I‘ll be listening to this one again. There are just too many LOL moments that I‘d love to hear again.

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Jamie also lifts things🤣

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Throne of Glass | Sarah J Maas
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Enjoying this fantasy, but this quote hit me tonight. Going to try to lose track of time within these pages. Wishing you peace🕊

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I cancelled my library hold on this one for the physical book when I saw that Wil Wheaton narrates Scalzi‘s latest novel. Already I‘m laughing… at a story that opens in New York City at the beginning of the pandemic. I just love John Scalzi, and I love his stories even more when Wil Wheaton reads them to me. Geek heaven over here🤓

Megabooks He‘s such a great narrator! 1mo
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Long Way Down | Jason Reynolds
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Gut wrenching story of the downward spiral of cyclical violence superbly illustrated for additional layers of context.

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Long Way Down | Jason Reynolds
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💔 The Rules: No crying. No snitching. Take revenge. I remember learning about these rules from my students in Las Vegas. Thank the Maker for sending Jason Reynolds. I hope my former students have found him.

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Long Way Down | Jason Reynolds
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Just started the graphic novel edition of Long Way Down and I‘m already blown away by the imagery from Danica Novgorodoff.

Tamra It‘s amazing! 1mo
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Impact Winter | Travis Beacham
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Mehso-so

Meh. The ensemble cast of actors, and audio effects were excellent, but nothing really original happened. Seemed like a typical vampire story. Us versus them. Hierarchy of vampires with rebel vampires going rogue. A resolution that leaves ya hanging. Oh, and 28 minutes left of End Credits. Maybe something else happened like Marvel movies, but I wasn‘t listening to 28 minutes of credits for some tiny tidbit😔

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Wowza! I bought this ebook on sale back when this story was buzzing. I knew it was post-apocalyptic, one of my favorite world types. I knew someone stole a dog and that action would forever change lives. I knew that I *really* loved the cover art. Reading this story had me twisting and turning throughout. Fletcher‘s end of the world scenario felt authentic. If you like dystopias, I think knowing less about this story is the way to go.

Bookzombie Great review! I really enjoyed this one also. I read it in 2020. 1mo
DogMomIrene @Bookzombie Thanks! When I posted on GR, I saw Fletcher has a new book coming out in July. May be bumping that one on the TBR. 1mo
Bookzombie @DogMomIrene I didn‘t know that. I looked it up and it sounds interesting. Thanks! 1mo
DogMomIrene @Bookzombie ☺️🙃just one Litten encouraging another to buy, borrow, read, and breathe in more books😉 1mo
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Loving this story, but the more Griz tells me, the more I get a bad feeling, like seriously bad feeling, about how this story ends. I keep thinking, *Please don‘t let any dogs die* but it‘s a dystopia😩

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I‘m getting a strong feeling that things are not going to turn out well for Griz, and I really like this kid☹️

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Probably will ☹️

perfectsinner 😭💔 2mo
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Made these nuts coated in an everything bagel seasoning. Recipe says these will stay fresh for a week. No way are these lasting a week! 😋

Tamra 😆👍🏾 2mo
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Started a bit slow for me, and the gruesome crime details were hard to listen to, but the pace quickly picked up. I was wondering how the story would turn out until the last sentence sealed Vince Gilmer‘s fate. Ben Gilmer narrates the audiobook, which conveys how much he had invested in this fight for justice. This saga makes a solid case for reforming US prisons and justice system.

Megabooks Great review! 2mo
DogMomIrene @Megabooks Thanks! Litsy challenges me to share the most important highlights or thoughts. 2mo
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This book has grabbed me. Enjoying the set up for this post apocalyptic world. And Griz the MC is super sympathetic to me. I‘m just 17% through it and I‘ve already teared up twice when this boy shares his feelings about his dogs. So many quotes like this one, though, have me more than a little scared about how all this will turn out though since #dystopia

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Keeping the same goals for #BFC2022 for May. I‘m most excited about getting in regular reading time with a new schedule/routine I created for myself. I think I‘ve reached an age where reading before bed may help me relax, but it doesn‘t get many pages accrued each day🥱😴 I‘m scheduling my reading time earlier in the day now.

JamieArc Do you listen to the Intermittent Fasting Stories podcast? I liked listening to them while walking. 2mo
DogMomIrene @JamieArc I don‘t, but I‘ll be checking it out. Thanks! 2mo
wanderinglynn 🙌🏻 great goals! 2mo
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My late #BFC2022 April update.

📚 Adjusting my schedule didn‘t work for reading time
🍽 Intermittent fasting is going well. Lost a few more pounds
🍪 Cookie allowance has helped tremendously
👟 I‘m walking 2-3x/day with the pups. I just don‘t like putting the ankle weights on🤦🏻‍♀️
⌚️ I closed all my circles. April 3 was a day I charged my watch at an odd time and forgot to put it back on🥴
🛁 Love these nights

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
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Since I read just one book during April, I'm using the same list for my May #bookspinbingo board.

I started a new book today and I'm seriously happy that it's really grabbed me. Given the state of the world, I need a good distractor. #bookspin #doublespin

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Mehso-so

Such potential. Compelling topic. Author did solid research, but his snark was too much. He couldn‘t contain his loathing for the woman who brought us Go Ask Alice and Jay‘s Journal. His narrative was also disjointed in places, making me wonder where he was going. But he consistently made disparaging remarks about Beatrice Sparks. Just give me the facts. They‘re outrageous enough to make me dislike her. Don‘t need your adjectives hammering away.

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Had this delicious salad for lunch today. I used a basil-infused olive oil and raspberry vinegar. Quick to make and so yummy! 😋

Tamra I love these books! When I bought the first I wasn‘t paying attention to the title theme. I was more interested in how tasty the recipes seemed. 😋 2mo
DogMomIrene @Tamra Oh excellent! Based on your posts, I think you cook more than I do. But if all of her recipes are this tasty, who knows what could happen! 2mo
Tamra @DogMomIrene the terrific thing about her recipes is they are pretty quick & easy! Yay! 2mo
DogMomIrene @Tamra Good to know. Quick and easy sets me up for success.😊 2mo
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More books for more projects. Can‘t even keep up with current projects, but these books just keep finding me🤣 #tbr #mountTBR

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Been projecting more, so reading less. I just started to get into one nonfiction book and the husband reveals these beauties. Totally distracted now😂 Starting with the Meal Prep book, but looking forward to trying many of these recipes. #tbr

sprainedbrain Omg I am a Skinnytaste fanatic. So many great recipes in those books! 2mo
DogMomIrene @sprainedbrain Excellent! I had never heard of these before, but everything looks so yummy! 2mo
Lauram I cannot resist a cookbook! I‘m going to see if the library has digital copies. Be sure to share what you make! 2mo
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Kangaj1 We have some of these and love them! 2mo
DogMomIrene @Lauram Will do! Already have one grocery list made. 2mo
DogMomIrene @Kangaj1 I can see why. I got through the Meal Prep book last night and I‘ve got a bunch of recipes flagged. 2mo
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#BookSpinBingo board for April📚

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Looks great!!! 3mo
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Mehso-so

Beautiful photos. 45 activities. Some easier than others. Sadly, in two places the debunked alpha dominance theory gets promoted😡 I won‘t be adding this book to my collection.

If you‘re looking for a fun book of inspiring activities to try with your dog, I recommend Chew This Journal instead.

Thank you to #NetGalley and Chronicle Books for providing me with this ARC in exchange for my honest review.

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❤️❤️❤️ What I found particularly meaningful throughout this book was how the authors tied human health and canine health together. Chock full of actionable ideas for any budget. If you have a dog, you should read this book. My only pet peeve was their random use of measurements. Sometimes they‘d use Metric, other times Imperial, and sometimes both.

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💚💚💚 Dr. Karen Becker and one of her friends developed this pledge for dog parents. After reading The Forever Dog, I‘m hooked. Bernie and LIzzie, I‘m a longevity junkie. Our first batch of mushroom broth is cooling now.

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😂😂😂 #Truth

AlaMich The only thing I‘ve ever seen my greyhound NOT eat was a SweetTart he found on the floor. He promptly spit it out. 😆 3mo
WJCintron 😂 😂 😂 3mo
DogMomIrene @AlaMich Oh dang! I bet that did taste really weird to him. 3mo
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BethM My labs don‘t prefer carrots and won‘t eat them at all raw but that‘s it 😂 3mo
BethM Our Nova managed to get the pancakes off the counter for herself last weekend- she didn‘t share with her dog brother either 😂 3mo
DogMomIrene @BethM Sounds like a smart girlie! If my Lizzie snagged some pancakes she wouldn‘t share with her brother either😂 3mo
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I bought The List last spring when we were getting ready to move to Canada. I needed to find a fresh food option available in BC. A couple years ago, I also purchased the annual access to the Petsumer Reports database at The Truth About Pet Food. Highly recommend both resources for anyone trying to find better food options for your pets.

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Just heard this author on Real Time with Bill Maher. Eagerly waiting for my next Audible credit. At 528 pages, I‘m thinking listening to this one will work better for me.

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March recap for #BFC2022:

📚 Read more than 4 books
⏰ IF going well, so I‘m adding a new goal to reduce daily sugar intake
👟 Walking: I miss some days with ankle weights but with DST I‘m walking 2-3x/day so room for improvement with weights
🥘 Preparing slow cooker meals is a habit now, so I‘m changing that goal to closing my rings
🛁 Weekly spa nights are going so well I need to order more bath bombs😂

wanderinglynn Awesome! 🙌🏻 Keep making great progress! 3mo
DogMomIrene @wanderinglynn Thanks! I was pleased that I lost more weight last month than February. #SmallSteps 😊 3mo
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#bookspinbingo for April. I‘m ahead of schedule for my 2022 reading goal. I know it‘s because Litsy challenges like this and #BFC2022 keep me motivated, encouraged, and on track. Looking forward to knocking some of these titles off my TBR.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
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No bingos for me, but I‘m super excited at how much more I read this month. Hoping to finish The Forever Dog by tomorrow.

#bookspinbingo

suvata But you were oh so close 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Fantastic month!! 3mo
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Difficult book on an important topic that needs even more light. Krakauer presents the stories of a few different rape victims with particular focus on one trial and one sentencing hearing for a plea bargain. Listening to the attorneys and various testimony was infuriating at times, but the audiobook format really worked for me. With his ability to empathize with subjects, Krakauer tells another highly engaging story.

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Squeee! Not book related, but I‘m super excited. Just picked up this Etsy shipment of cards. I decided to buy a bunch and organize them by occasion so I‘m always prepared.

BkClubCare Wow. I am so jealous! 3mo
DogMomIrene @BkClubCare These are my favorite cards. Every time I give one out, people gush over how cute they are🤩 3mo
wanderinglynn How cute are these cards! 😍 3mo
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DogMomIrene @wanderinglynn I know, right? As I get older the more I like animals on my cards🐾 3mo
BkClubCare @DogMomIrene - where!? From?! 3mo
DogMomIrene @BkClubCare The Etsy shop is called APaperAffaire run by Holly. 3mo
BkClubCare @DogMomIrene - lovely 💕 Thank you. ✍️ (Though, I put myself on a stationery purchasing ban. It‘s just as bad as it sounds, like a book-buying ban. 😔 3mo
DogMomIrene @BkClubCare I totally get it! 3mo
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I‘m loving this book! I‘m actually pausing reading because I want to make a grocery list of new foods for my two dogs to try, especially as training treats for our walks. But there‘s so much great information here. I foresee a spreadsheet in my future!

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Listening to the trial of Jordan Johnson, where Pabst served as his defense attorney. What a piece of work. Decided to pause the audiobook and look up where Kirsten Pabst is now. She‘s still the Missoula County Attorney🤮 I guess selling out rape victims because poor football players were having their reputations damaged really paid off for her career.

Jas16 I was horrified by her when I read this too. 3mo
DogMomIrene @Jas16 I saw an article from the Missoulian about how she tried to delay the publishing of this book. The newspaper uses a paywall so I‘m going to keep searching out those details. 3mo
Leftcoastzen Yikes! 3mo
WJCintron 😱 I didn't know about that! 3mo
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Started this audiobook and it‘s brutal. Also highly engaging. Normally I only listen to audiobooks when I‘m driving, but I‘ve been finding projects all day to keep listening. Taking a break now…

Suet624 Awful. 3mo
DogMomIrene @Suet624 Yes. The accounts of the rapes are worse, and then there‘s the victim blaming. I‘ve had this on my TBR for a while and I finally feel like I can listen carefully. 3mo
readordierachel Such a tough read 3mo
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Just now starting Part III of this book that dives into what pet parents can do to nurture a forever dog.

🖊🖌Highlighters lined up
🗒👩🏻‍💻Evernote standing by to capture new lists
🐶🐶Pups prepared for snuggle wuggles

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We just sent off 💩 samples to Animal Biome in San Francisco for both our dogs. Our new vet told us about this start up who‘s generating some good buzz in vet circles. So far the buzz centers around anecdotal evidence, but over time it seems like there could be some solid data. Was thrilled to see Habib and Becker specifically mention Animal Biome in this book as one resource for pet parents.

Megabooks I‘m a vet, and I watched a CE last year that was about doing an in-clinic fecal transplant. It was interesting! 3mo
DogMomIrene @Megabooks Yes, they mention this in the book! A dog version of what human doctors do with C-diff patients. We actually got our reports back from Animal Biome last night. It‘s got a ton of data in it. I‘m going to have to re-read it carefully and send it off to our vet. 3mo
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