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Hugoreads

Joined July 2016

Reading omnivorously since 1958!
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M Train | Patti Smith
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No words, just emotions about this poetic treasure. How I delighted in this book! I want to hang out with Patti Smith and Maira Kalman (The Principles Of Uncertainty) and just walk around together.

8leagueboot This and Just Kids were turning point books for me. I had the enormous pleasure of seeing her speak at "Writers on a New England Stage" and it was simultaneously humbling and inspiring! 3y
Hugoreads I am late to the party for these books. She was in my town too and I didn't know how much I would her writing. 3y
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So excited to start this today. Here is my special tree friend. A 115 year old White Pine I call "Sister".

Merethebookgal Beautiful! 3y
slhbooks I'm a bit of a tree-hugger🌳Love this pic! And this post reminded me to add this book to my stacks📚📚📚 3y
Hugoreads @slhbooks I am loving this book! It is validating with science many of the thoughts and feelings I have always had about trees. They have such powerful energy! 3y
slhbooks @Hugoreads I can see this is a 'buy the book!!' type of book for me❤️🌳📚 3y
Hugoreads Yes @slhbooks. It's a beautiful book. 3y
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My vow to buy no books in October lasted 7 days. How was I to know Bill Ayers would be on NPR and in Boston talking about this awesome book?

Hugoreads Also The Invention of Nature came out in paperback. NoBooktober on pause! 3y
Posemn Ha! 7 days is great. Way to be strong @Hugoreads! 3y
Hugoreads Thanks @Posemn ! I had to dig deep into my well of strength to make it to day 7! I am thinking of writing a book about my ordeal. 😂😂 3y
Posemn 🤗💕👍 3y
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The Jungle | Upton Sinclair
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Wanted!! For reading banned books. Having some fun at the library today.

Suzze Cute idea! I'll bet my library has something going on. 3y
Cobscook Love this! 3y
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I had to take a short Litsy break as I was just amassing books but not doing much reading! I was at the bookshop yesterday and realized I already have all the books I wanted to get! Time for me to settle down!! (Cross stitch by me!)

Posemn That proves it. Litsy IS an addiction! I suspected that. I love the crosstitch and the frame. 3y
Annl Love the cross stitch 3y
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An interesting blend of Traditional Asian medicine and Western research. I love this stuff! At 750 pages it lands in the TBFB category. (Too Big For Bed).

jdtchicago How Not To Die is another book that promotes a plant based diet. 3y
Hugoreads Yes, that's an excellent book. Full of information. I am a plant-based reader! 3y
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As requested @Posemn , here is a pic of the Beer and Lime Roasted Cauliflower Tacos. They were very good. Labor intensive but that's mostly because I make my own tortillas.

Eyelit Yum!!! 🍴👍 3y
MrBook Check it out, @BookBabe ! 3y
Megabooks Yum!!! 3y
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Churchlady Looks great! Homemade tortillas are worth the effort! 3y
Hugoreads @Churchlady Yes, they are! I love my tortilla press. 3y
Posemn Wow! Those look delicious! I really need to check out this book now. Thanks so much @Hugoreads. 3y
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I can see where my day is going. Four pages in and hooked!

Hugoreads If my blood boils and my heart pounds like it is now (page 6) throughout the rest of the book... I might be dead by page 100. 3y
Suzze @Hugoreads I had to close the book now and again to breathe again. 3y
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Thanks to my mail carrier for delivering this at 8:20 am! 🎉 I am curious...do you all read hardcovers with the dust jacket on or off? I tend to remove them because I find them an encumbrance. Especially when reading in bed.

PurpleyPumpkin I always remove them because I don't want to ruin them while reading. Which is somewhat ironic as they're meant to protect the book! Yes, I'm a little persnickety about my books. 😉 3y
hallsfair Dust jacket on, but does anyone ever use one flap of the dust jacket as a book mark? 3y
Carol I'm always afraid I'll damage it so I remove it while reading. Except library books. I've never understood people who cut the attaching tape and remove the Mylar-covered jacket and return it to the library scotch taped back together. It's like dude, it's covered in Mylar. Chillax 😁 3y
PrezBookster I take it off too! I agree with Carol though on the library books! 3y
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How times have changed! The book on the left is my mother's 1947 copy and was her cooking bible. The book on the right is my current fave. I love the two tag lines!

Marchpane My how times have changed! 😅 3y
Churchlady Any favorite Thug Kitchen recipes? 3y
PurpleyPumpkin Big difference!!😂 3y
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Hugoreads @churchlady I just got the book but this is one of those in which EVERYTHING looks great! Think I will start with the roasted cauliflower tacos so I can use my tortilla press. 3y
Churchlady Yum! 3y
Posemn Oh yum. Roasted cauliflower tacos really sound delicious. Keep us updated, please, @Hugoreads 3y
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As a vegetarian I know parts of this will disturb me but as a "pretentious food jerk" I'm going to love it!

LauraBeth 😂😂😂 3y
queerbookreader Hello fellow vegetarian 🖖🏽🌱 3y
Hugoreads Hello @lemonlime799 !🍎🌽 3y
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Just got this from the library. Love her columns in The New Yorker. Plus she uses the word 'empurple ' in the first chapter. 👍🏼

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To read this book is to be humbled and have your mind and heart opened. I am reading it with tears in my eyes and both joy and pain in my soul. You cannot be unmoved by this work of beauty. Dr. O'Connell writes with deep respect and compassion for our homeless sisters and brothers.

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Horrorstor: A Novel | Grady Hendrix
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Thanks to @JaimitaPR I found the perfect book to break my reading slump!

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0hhh... I have a very bad case of RRS...Restless Reader Sundrome. I start a book..it doesn't grab me...start another...order a few..get a stack at the library. Suddenly I am surrounded by books with bookmarks at about page 80. And still yearning for the "perfect" read! Hopefully I will find comfort and sanity in a reread of my faithful companion Anna K. How does anyone else handle this 'disease'?

CarrieScott Short stories until I need more substance 3y
Bette Keep opening another book, read reviews until something sticks. 😉 hope you hit a good one soon. 3y
BookishMarginalia Go for engrossing and entertaining instead of deep and literary. 3y
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CherylDeFranceschi I do a re-read of an old favorite. That usually helps. 3y
Hugoreads Thanks for the ideas! @BookishMarginalia I think you are right...going to try The Martian. I usually do short stories @CarrieScott but even that didn't work this time. Thanks @Bette and @CherylDeFranceschi ...I can tell you feel my pain!🤓 3y
CherylDeFranceschi Getting into a slump is so frustrating! It's like being given a giant helping of your favorite dessert and having a tummy ache. 3y
8leagueboot I use those slumps to go for a book that I've been saving for just the right moment- maybe, if nothing else is grabbing me, then it IS the right moment! 3y
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NOS4A2 | Joe Hill
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Today's library haul. Plans are to do dinner and movie with friends tonight but I really want to stay home and read!

GinaAnderson Ah, the bookworm's dilemma. Go see your friends, the books will wait. 3y
Hugoreads Thanks @GinaAnderson , you are right. But of course I will probably bring all these in the car..."just in case"...? 3y
GinaAnderson @Hugoreads Well you wouldn't want to be foolish about it. 😉 3y
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Hugoreads Aside from the fact that one of these is due in 7 days...which of the fiction books would you all recommend first?? 3y
CarrieScott Good haul 3y
CarrieScott Imagine Me Gone. 3y
CherylDeFranceschi Nice haul! 3y
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I love poetry...Mary Oliver...Jane Kenyon...William Stafford...and of course Robert Frost. I even have poetry on my daily walk in the Botanical Garden at Wellesley College. #augustphotochallenge

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The Secret Wisdom of the Earth | Christopher Scotton

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Dark Matter | Blake Crouch
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My initial enthusiasm for this book was dulled by the amateur writing and repetitiveness. A fun and page-turning tale but the author's background as a screenwriter was overbearing. All I kept thinking was that he wrote it with 'movie options$$' in mind. Just a fun but forgettable story with lots of running, a love story that felt weirdly misogynistic and a multiverse of one-dimensional characters. Yet I couldn't stop reading!

GinaAnderson I think that a fair criticism and very astute. From the acknowledgements it sounds like the movie is underway. 3y
BookHermit I laughed when I read the acknowledgements because this was so obviously a movie. I agree about the writing but I quite enjoyed the premise. The multiverse! *shudders* 3y
KimM I couldn't figure out what I didn't like about the love story but I think you nailed it. 3y
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KimM Plus wasn't it weird that Amanda just conveniently disappeared 3y
Hugoreads Yes @BookHermit , I also loved the premise and I did enjoy the adventure. But the writing 😖 3y
Hugoreads Right, @KimM? Amanda just went away...and the premise of all those dudes assuming they could "have" Daniela. Creepy. 3y
BookHermit Lol. I kept thinking Daniela wasn't seeing the value in having an extra husband--or ten!--around the house. She could have made them fight for her love Hunger Games style 😜 3y
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#augustphotochallenge Here I am with Maira Kalman again. This simple little book with her spunky illustrations and Michael Pollan's "rules" inspired me to go vegan and make this cross stitch.

LauraBeth This is one of my all-time favorite books that I recommend to anyone who wants to start eating healthier but doesn't know where to begin. I say this mantra to myself almost daily along with "eat half, walk double". 3y
Hugoreads Those are both great mantras @LauraBeth ! I made one of these for my Doctor and she hung it up in her exam room. 3y
PurpleyPumpkin And on to my #tbr list it goes! Lovely cross stitch, BTW. 💕 3y
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SusanInTiburon Lovely! 3y
DebinHawaii Love it! I use those little mantras all the time! Love the cross stitch too! 👍❤️ 3y
Posemn I have the book and still haven't read it. I need to change that. I love the cross stitch. Very nice. 3y
BookishFeminist This is beautiful! What a clever idea. So great to cross stitch mantras for around the house, though my mantra is a bit different. I have one that says "Give me all the bacon and eggs you have." LOL. Hardly vegan. ? 3y
SusanInTiburon @LauraBeth are: "eat half" did you read Memento Mori? 3y
LauraBeth I haven't read that one @SusanInTiburon but it sounds interesting - do you recommend it? 3y
SusanInTiburon *are = re: 3y
SusanInTiburon @LauraBeth Actually, yes, it's funny and spooky ... But - oops - the book I had in mind is a different Muriel Spark, A Far Cry from Kensington, in which the main character loses weight by telling herself to "eat half." 3y
LauraBeth I'll read that @SusanInTiburon - sounds interesting! I got that mantra from my grandmother many years ago who used to always tell me that (and she lived to be pretty old) 😀 3y
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Dark Matter | Blake Crouch
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Oh my goddess...this book! And I have to go to work😱

8leagueboot That's the worst! 3y
8leagueboot Not the book, but the having to go to work haha 3y
Hugoreads Yes @NorthEastofEden, I will be taking a lot of extra breaks tonight!🤓📖 3y
hallsfair This is such a great book, I don't read too much horror, but this was a masterclass! 3y
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I posted my unique fact yesterday but just had to share this one. I live 2 blocks from my town's amazing library so I can walk there anytime! Even in a blizzard. Maybe not so unique but so fortunate. Love libraries💜

ScorpioBookDreams I would love to live near a library like that! A lot of our libraries in the UK are closing or reducing in size. It's such a shame 3y
Hugoreads Oh @ScorpioBookDreams that is a tragedy😩 3y
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LauraBeth You're so lucky (even though my library is only 7 miles) - I'd love to live closer to my library 3y
Posemn I can walk to my library too! I love it! 3y
peaknit I now know when I move one day I must live by the library, I can't believe I never thought of it!😱 3y
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Beloved Dog | Maira Kalman
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#augustphotochallenge A peach book and a 'peachy' dog...my beloved buddy Hugo🐾❤️

Yournewfriendsams So cute! 3y
SusanInTiburon Aww fuzzy lil sweet guy = 🍑 3y
TheSpinecrackersBookClub Huge is a real cutie!!! 3y
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Dark Matter | Blake Crouch
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"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious." Albert Einstein. (page 151). This book is quite an adventure, so far!

Yournewfriendsams I'm waiting for my book mail containing this one, so excited! 3y
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Dark Matter | Blake Crouch

I couldn't resist. Had to join the party on this one. I'm hooked!

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Dark Matter | Blake Crouch

I couldn't resist. Had to join the party on this one. I'm hooked!

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Dark Matter | Blake Crouch

I had to join the party! Very intriguing so far.

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Dark Matter | Blake Crouch

I had to join the party! Very intriguing so far.

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Dark Matter | Blake Crouch

I had to join the party! Very intriguing so far.

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Dark Matter | Blake Crouch

I had to join the party! Very intriguing so far.

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Journey of the Imagination: The Art of James Christensen | James C Christensen, Renwick St James
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Like @CherylDeFranceschi I enjoy leaving little random surprises for people to find. I sometimes leave a book on a park bench with a note to take and enjoy. Last year I made little fairy friends and left them on hiking trails on tree stumps or stream beds. Once I copied out lines of poetry pertaining to various foods and left them around the grocery store. Great fun for me and I hope for the discoverers. #augustphotochallenge

SusanInTiburon Blessings! 3y
TheSpinecrackersBookClub Wowie! This absolutely fantastic 💫 3y
Bette Wow! ✨💖 3y
BookishMarginalia 💜💜💜 3y
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Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood
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Another one that I read when it first came out (1986) and am re-reading now.

BarbaraTheBibliophage I'm feeling due for a reread on this one. I didn't have enough life experience when it first came out in '86 3y
Hugoreads Yes @BarbaraTheBibliophage , and how different the world is now. I find my desire for "freedom to" when I was younger has been replaced with the joy of "freedom from" as I get older. Actually...aging brings both! 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Hugoreads It does! I generally feel quite positive about being in my 50s. 😎 3y
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Hugoreads I'm 62 and this is the best time of my life! (So far...🤓) 3y
PrezBookster ❤️ 3y
GinaAnderson @BarbaraTheBibliophage I feel the same way now that I'm in my 50s. I especially long for the freedom from making anyone dinner. 😜 3y
McFarchie ❤️ 3y
Hugoreads That is truly a liberation @GinaAnderson. When I no longer had to cook for anyone else I became a vegan. Love it!! 3y
GinaAnderson @Hugoreads One day... 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @GinaAnderson I'm a lucky girl - my husband is our dinner chef. He's retired and I have a business, plus he's a great cook! 3y
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The Sympathizer | Viet Thanh Nguyen
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As the song goes "War, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing." This powerful book leaves the reader painfully aware of this truth. Using poetic language and an intense plot, Nguyen engages the intellect and the heart in this story set after the U.S. exodus from Saigon. An emotional and rewarding read with just enough satire and insightful cultural observation as well. A total experience.

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Life doesn't frighten me | Maya Angelou, Jean Michel Basquiat, Sara Jane Boyers
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Life doesn't frighten me | Maya Angelou, Jean Michel Basquiat, Sara Jane Boyers
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Jean-Michel Basquiat left us too soon on this day in 1988.. One of my treasures is this book of his work paired with poetry by Maya Angelou. I hope they are both in a place of beauty, poetry and peace.

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Odes to Common Things | Pablo Neruda
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#augustphotochallenge. Bookish siblings...these two marvelous collections of Pablo Neruda poetry. Also beautifully illustrated.

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My current stack and I just received a $200. Amazon gift card at my job! Happy Happy-Joy Joy!

britt_brooke Awesome! 3y
LauraBeth Wow - that's awesome 😀 3y
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The Sympathizer | Viet Thanh Nguyen
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#augustphotochallenge This book continues to engage, delight and amaze me. Definitely political...great satire...very insightful.

GinaAnderson This book is excellent. 3y
alisahar On my list to read- what a great quote. 3y
Hugoreads @alisahar This book is so full of great lines and paragraphs I could highlight something on nearly every page. 3y
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Anna Karenina | Leo Tolstoy
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#augustphotochallenge Favorite all-time book is Anna Karenina. I always say you can learn everything you need to know about life in this book. I have owned multiple copies, read it once a year and never tire of it. As a matter of fact I think I will start re-reading it right now!

Lacythebookworm I've only read it twice, but it is magnificent! 3y
BookishTrish Agreed! I should reread it too 3y
paige84 I've never read this but I've always heard great things about it. 3y
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Karen3 I have several copies but have never actually taken the time to read it. Must make that change. 3y
TheSpinecrackersBookClub I've wanted to read this since I can remember. 3y
LitHousewife I love that cover! 3y
Hugoreads @LitHousewife It looks good on my purple yoga mat!😉 3y
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This book makes me smile...the book that launched a lifetime of loving poetry. I got it when I was 6 or 7 years old circa 1960! My pastime was to memorize as many of the poems as I could and all these years later I still have the book and can recite many of the poems. #augustphotochallenge

SusanInTiburon Having poetry in one's head is a gift beyond price. 3y
Hugoreads Yes, @SusanInTiburon , it truly is! Poetry is nourishment for my soul. 3y
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Best friendship book..Tom Ryan and his canine companion Atticus. Sadly, Atticus is no loner living but he will live forever in this beautiful story. @TheSpinecrackersBookClub #augustphotochallenge

TheSpinecrackersBookClub Oooh! I don't know this one. 3y
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The Sympathizer | Viet Thanh Nguyen
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The Sympathizer | Viet Thanh Nguyen
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Some books can go on for hundreds of pages and never 'touch' your heart. Others, like this wonderful Pulitzer Prize winner, grab the reader's heart, soul and imagination right from page 1. The language is stunning and the story is captivating. Book slump officially ended!

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The Sympathizer | Viet Thanh Nguyen
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Because yes, I really needed to start yet another book right now!

BookBabe Of course! 😉 3y
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Put me anywhere with my collection of Mary Oliver poetry and I will be happy. #augustphotochallenge

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The Fireman | Joe Hill
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I was feeling a book slump coming on so I turned to The Fireman for help.

RealLifeReading Hope it's working! 3y
DivineDiana On my pile! Yes, let us know if it is the elixir! 3y
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Eileen: A Novel | Ottessa Moshfegh
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By page 100 this was feeling like an abusive relationship that needed to end. So I bailed. Buh-bye Eileen.

ReadingEnvy I think that's where I'm going to end up too! 3y
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Kripalu Yoga: A Guide to Practice On and Off the Mat | Richard Faulds, Senior Teaching Staff KCYH
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Yoga is a sport if it makes you sweat...right? #augustphotochallenge

TheSpinecrackersBookClub This is so cute! Loving your dog and yoga definitely is a sport 😋 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage I picked yoga as my sport also! 3y
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Eileen: A Novel | Ottessa Moshfegh
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Not supposed to read at work but I just couldn't wait!

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My only goal for today was to get my Litfluence up to 300. Do I still have to go to work or can I stay home and read?

LauraBeth I ❤️ your cat 😻 3y
MrBook Lol, love it. 😻😻😻 3y
MrBook And congrats at reaching your goal!!! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3y
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Sue #litsygoals !! Great job!! 3y
Hugoreads A small goal but so fun to get there! 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage You did it!! Hope work was okay too ... 😎 3y
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