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Hyggescence

Hyggescence

Joined April 2016

Reader, writer, web designer, agitator, lover of 📚 🐶 and ☕️
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When trying to adopt a new habit, don‘t reward yourself for sticking with it. A reward frames the habit as something unpleasant that we have to endure, when really establishing the habit is its own reward. Instead, allow yourself certain treats. A treat can be sitting down for 15 minutes with a cup of coffee to start your day. A treat can be taking a long walk outside. As Rubin says, when we give more to ourselves, we can ask more from ourselves.

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One of the best things about doing author websites is connecting with so many authors! Ellen Clary‘s debut novel comes out on July 9. It‘s a sci-fi thriller — with dogs — and her website was so fun to work on. Check it out at ellenclary.org. #webdesign #authorwebsites

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Getting some steps in while being inspired by Cecile Richards

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I thoroughly enjoyed this. I tend to like anything that has to do with creating healthy habits and living intentionally. Although much of this was anecdotal, there were a lot of good takeaways, and listening to the audio felt like having a conversation with a friend.

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“No matter how sexy my shoes, I am full-on trash.” Tan France is a beautiful and hilarious human.

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City of Girls | Elizabeth Gilbert
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Have been looking forward to this since last autumn when Elizabeth Gilbert spoke about it at the Brave Magic workshop. At first I wasn‘t sure a novel about showgirls in the 1940s was really my thing, but the more she spoke about it, the more I wanted to read it. A book about women who unapologetically own and explore their sexuality and aren‘t ruined by it? I‘m here for that. #cityofgirls #newrelease

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Sometimes I Lie | Alice Feeney
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Mehso-so

This was kind of a mess. It‘s okay I guess if you want a mindless quick read.

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Things You Save in a Fire | Katherine Center
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Did I blow off some work assignments and stay up until midnight to finish this? Yes. This is my 2nd Katherine Center book and I loved them both. I did have some minor issues with the plot and the ending but nothing that ruined the reading experience for me. Thanks #stmartinspress for the ARC! #arc #advancecopy

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This was excellent. I have long been pro-choice, but my understanding of reproductive justice has evolved in recent years. The new abortion bans being passed now are nothing more than an attempt to control women and limit our choices. Dr. Parker, an abortion provider and a Christian, compassionately explains why religious objections to abortion are misguided and why everyone benefits when women have control over their reproductive health.

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I only recently learned about this underground network that helped woman get abortions in Chicago in the 1970s and I am so here for this. #keepabortionlegal

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Things You Save in a Fire | Katherine Center
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I was so excited to get this ARC in the mail today. I‘m not even sure how I got it LOL. Obviously I requested it at some point but didn‘t realize it was on the way. I loved Katherine Center‘s last book and I can‘t wait to read this!

BookFreakOut I got one today too!!! I vaguely remember entering something online a while ago, but had no idea it was coming! 2mo
Hyggescence @BookFreakOut surprise book mail is always awesome!! 2mo
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The Farm: A Novel | Joanne Ramos
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Happy Mother‘s Day to me

Tamra 👏🏾 2mo
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Reading about gratitude and feeling grateful for time to myself on a rainy Saturday morning with a cup of coffee and my dog on my lap. ❤️ 📖 🐶☕️

JanuarieTimewalker13 Heaven on Earth, really! 2mo
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My husband is on a canoe trip and I have to wait to watch episode 5 until he gets back. Hopefully this will fill the void until then.

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I will go to pretty much any event where a book is included with my ticket. Bonus points to local authors. Sarah is a yoga instructor and chiropractor who had some really interesting things to say about the health-promoting effects of daily and seasonal rituals.

rather_be_reading awesome! and go you for supporting local! 2mo
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Priestdaddy: A Memoir | Patricia Lockwood
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This is hilarious and bonkers. I remember when it first came out, I kept hearing how you have to do this one on audio because her narration makes it even funnier. I just started but so far the audio does not disappoint.

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This came in the mail today! Can‘t wait! 😍

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Lost and Wanted: A Novel | Nell Freudenberger
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Mehso-so

Book of the Month said this was a “very challenging read.” I just thought it was kinda boring. 😔 I was totally here for a story about friendship and loss and grief, but this really didn‘t do anything for me.

JanuarieTimewalker13 I‘m on p125, and I‘m feeling the same way. Tempted to bail. 2mo
Hyggescence @JanuarieTimewalker13 oh no ... I hate bailing when I‘ve invested that much time into a book, but I can‘t really say that this one gets better. 2mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Ok, I guess I‘ll power through bc I invested $14.99. I‘m not connecting to characters. 2mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 I‘m starting to warm up a bit to this book, bc it has some truisms and I love the science!! 2mo
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Love Warrior: A Memoir | Glennon Doyle Melton
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Even though Doyle ultimately divorced her husband and has since remarried, that doesn‘t take away from the impact of this story. It‘s a powerful memoir of a woman choosing love over fear, choosing honesty and authenticity over pretending, choosing faith over doctrine, learning to listen and trust what is true for herself instead of continuing to believe the stories that are given to us by culture and religion. I couldn‘t stop listening.

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Mehso-so

I loved her first book. This one felt a little more phoned in, although she still made me LOL at times. Also her endless hashtags and abbreviations get to be a bit much. It‘s cute though on the audio where she ad libs and then kind of giggles at herself.

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Got to hear a little bit today about my alma mater‘s anti-slavery and underground railroad history #history #undergroundrailroad #authorevents

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So enjoyed listening to Ta-Nehisi Coates discuss his book the other night! #authorevents

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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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This was as good as everyone says and beautifully written ... though the level of abuse and gaslighting was often disturbing and difficult to listen to.

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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I‘ve read / listened to some great memoirs so far this year but it had been a minute since I read a really great novel. This was gorgeous. I‘d put off reading it because mythology isn‘t really my thing, but I loved this story of a woman coming into her power.

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This was excellent on audio. I loved all the different voices Noah uses and the way he blends in elements from the different languages he speaks. The stories of his childhood were fascinating... I wanted to hear more about his career path but maybe that will be in his next book?

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Books read in March. Hibo Wardere‘s memoir is excellent. #marchbooks #bookbingo2019

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Books read in February #februarybooks #bookbingo2019

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Chocolate Chip Waffles | MacKenzi Eisenbraun
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My niece published a short story on Amazon. While I do think her writing has some room for improvement, I think it‘s awesome that she‘s trying different things and is brave enough to put herself out there.

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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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I have some catching up to do so here are all the books I read in January. Becoming was probably my favorite but I enjoyed most of the others. But I am just not a Kristin Hannah fan. I‘ve tried. #januarybooks #bookbingo2019

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For some reason I stopped posting on Litsy at the end of 2017. I‘m glad to see it‘s still going strong. I‘ve been reading lots of wonderful things this year. This is the latest. I love Martha Beck. I actually got to attend a seminar with her earlier this year and it was fantastic. Now I want to read everything she‘s written. I actually did this one on audio but then ordered the paperback so I could refer to some of the exercises.

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Ginny Moon | Benjamin Ludwig
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Forgot to post this yesterday. I just barely hit my stretch goal of 52 books for 2017. Why does Goodreads send out the year-end email on Dec 13?? We need those last 2 weeks. 😆😆 I plan on reading some long books in 2018 so am setting my reading goal to just 40. #readingchallenge #goodreads

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This Is How It Always Is | Laurie Frankel
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This was by far my favorite book of 2017. Maybe my new favorite book of all time. I‘m sad that it‘s over but I‘m glad I finished it this year because now I‘ve hit my stretch goal of 52 books! 🙌🏼

Soubhiville What a pretty bowl! 2y
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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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I‘m so glad I decided to read this instead of saving it for next year because now when people ask me what was the best book I read this year, I have a good answer. Just read it.

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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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I‘ve read some pretty good fiction this year but I don‘t really feel like I‘ve read anything that‘s blown me away. Maybe this will be it. This has the highest average rating out of everything on my TBR and I‘ve heard nothing but amazing things.

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Bel Canto | Ann Patchett
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This just didn‘t work for me. A very slow first half and abrupt ending just left me feeling dissatisfied.

Reecaspieces 🐶🐶🐶 2y
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Bel Canto | Ann Patchett
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December TBR. Trying to wrap up books I‘ve already started so I can start fresh in 2018! if I can finish all these, that will be 52 for the year. The nutrition book is sloooooow though. I started it way back in April! 😩

Libby1 Oh my. Your cat is gorgeous. 😻 2y
DebinHawaii Pretty kitty! 🐱❤️ 2y
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I love this book and it‘s making me want to go to Copenhagen!

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The Wanderers | Meg Howrey
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Mehso-so

Holy cats this book took me forever to get through. It's gorgeous but it's so slow. 🐢 I loved the writing and the characters but there isn't much of a plot and I just couldn't read more more than a few pages at a time.

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It's like Gretchen Rubin can see right into my soul. 😆#Rebel #fourtendencies

kiminreverse I'm a Questioner but I have so many rebel qualities! 2y
Hyggescence @kiminreverse they overlap! I'm a Rebel leaning towards Questioner! 2y
Suet624 I too am a rebel leaning toward a questioner! 2y
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The Wanderers | Meg Howrey
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#octoberTBR These may change (they usually do), but I'm close to finishing the top 2 and pretty excited about the others! The Wanderers is gorgeous but slooooow. 🐢 😞 I've been wanting to start MAD since it came out in August! 😫 Also I am getting The Power from #BOTM so who knows, I may decide to jump into that one! #TBR

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What We Lose | Zinzi Clemmons
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September reads! Hard to pick a favorite, these were all so different, but I'm glad to have finally read The Underground Railroad. The Walter Mosley was short but great. I was psyched to finish 6 books. I'm still on track for one / week, so I've officially upped my 2017 reading goal to 52! 📚👊🏼

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The Power | Naomi Alderman
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This month's box was a no-brainer. This sounds amazing. #botm #bookofthemonth

BekahB This one looks so good! 2y
rachaich It was ace! I believe there's going to be a mini series made too. 2y
Reviewsbylola I'm excited for this one. I hope my expectations don't let me down! 2y
Hyggescence @Reviewsbylola I know, I'm always worried I'm choosing the wrong thing! 😆 2y
ReadingEnvy I've been waiting for this to come out in the states! 2y
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Can't believe Half Price Books had this already. Excited to read it. (I already know I'm a rebel!)

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Got this in the mail today. Looks like something I can knock out in one sitting so maybe I'll do that over the weekend. It looks like it might be fairly basic but that's okay if it motivates me to get some writing done!

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The Wanderers | Meg Howrey
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Gonna try to get back into this. I set it aside a couple of months ago when I went on vacation and never picked it back up. That's generally not a good sign but I'm not ready to officially abandon it yet.

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Lies She Told | Cate Holahan
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This was a fun read. As a writer, I enjoyed the story-within-a-story structure, although sometimes it was hard to keep the 2 characters straight. The ending didn't pack quite the punch I was hoping for (I figured much of it out about halfway through), but there were a few surprises.

MinDea @Jess7, yeah, if you read the reviews on here people are liking it. I really did not... totally up to you on giving it a try or not! I might be in the minority of not liking it. 2y
Hyggescence @MinDea I saw your review. I will say that neither storyline would stand up on its own. I thought it was fun how they worked together. But the whole whodunnit wasn't exactly a surprise. 2y
MinDea Yeah, I think that what I was most disappointed with was that it took to page 189 to get through what was on the dust jacket and the book is only 279 pages. I also feel like the dust jacket tells you exactly what happened. That was very disappointing to me. I liked the story she was writing at first but then found both stories to be frustrating and just not well written. Also, there were so many grammar and misspellings. 2y
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Love this. Writing is like breathing. ❤️

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What We Lose | Zinzi Clemmons
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I'm giving away my copy of What We Lose. Head over to my Instagram account @have.a.namaste to enter to win this gorgeous book and some bookish accessories!

Jess7 Entered with my booklover7733 instagram 2y
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What We Lose | Zinzi Clemmons
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A gorgeous examination of grief, nationality, and identity. I loved this book, but the non-traditional structure might not be for everyone.

Reecaspieces 🐶🐶🐶 2y
EvieBee Oh. My. Goodness. Gorgeous! 2y
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Books read in August. Despite getting off to a slow start this month, I'm still averaging one a week. Bleaker House was my absolute favorite!

britt_brooke Cuuuute pup! 2y
BookHermit Your dog is perfection! 2y
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