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Joyfulmimi

Joyfulmimi

Joined May 2016

Life is a sacred adventure.
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The story of my life these days...I want to stay home and finish this book, a memoir feeling like a novel, building up to a climax...

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Pickpick

I loved this little book. It has no chapters, feeling like a long, extended conversation with someone in our reading “tribe”. One of the greatest pleasures of reading is connecting with others who cherish the reading life as much as we do. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Pickpick

About last night...I became so enthralled with this “big ole book” that I skimmed it from cover to cover. I learned a lot of different things including: I definitely will not and do not want to read all of these particular books; I even decided against some classics I thought I was gonna read; found books I had not heard of that I can‘t wait to read; reading 1 page book reviews is fun. It‘s really worth going through it, I think. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

vivastory There are a few people on here who are reading their way through the list. I have a couple of the editions. I love it. 1w
Joyfulmimi Some things I cannot read about and enjoy because triggers. I was happy to find lots of new books that I did not know about @vivastory 1w
BarbaraBB I am working my way through this list but are definitely not going to read all of them. It has led me to some great discoveries though, books I never would have learned about otherwise! 1w
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Read what gives you delight-at least most of the time- and do so without shame.

(What a great little book!)
(Art: via Pinterest)

SW-T 😊😊😊 2w
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Pickpick

Since this book basically recommends total positivity and no criticism, I will refrain from that in this review. I actually do think it‘s a great book, inspirational with lots of practical tips for helping one become a “fully functioning person”. It‘s a quick read and well worth it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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So very inspirational and motivational! I want to stay home and read this! I really needed it! Truly, reading can be therapeutic!

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Pickpick

I like Dani Shapiro, really relate to her on different levels, and plan to read her other books that I have not read. However, I found this one to be mediocre for me. She was repetitive in a number of essays which comprised this book which left me wanting more. I think it‘s worth a read though for those interested in writers and writing. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Fill your ears with the music of good sentences. Reading great work is exhilarating.

UwannaPublishme 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 1mo
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Hey Book Lovers and Littens: I have been missing you over my sickness the past two weeks. Came out to the library and the Book Angels gifted me with finding the perfect book for my self. Even recommended by my Book Concierge @Liberty @bookriot

Lindy Glad you‘re feeling better. 🌻 1mo
rubyslippersreads This looks interesting. Glad you‘re back and feeling well. 😊 1mo
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megnews I loved her novel, Z, and this sounds right up my alley. Stacked. 1mo
Joyfulmimi Thanks! I will check on Z @megnews 1mo
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Maid to Match | Deeanne Gist
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This book was really putting a cramp in my reading. Rather than try to read it, I stopped reading for awhile and that can‘t happen. I skipped to the back to see how it ended and I‘ll just say I would really have been upset if I kept going. I love Biltmore but definitely not this kinda novel.

Soubhiville I love Biltmore! I accidentally sampled a little too much wine at my first ever wine tasting there 😳🍷🤣. Worth it! 2mo
Soubhiville But I totally support your bail! There are too many good books available to spend time with ones that don‘t click for you! 2mo
Joyfulmimi The wine tasting is definitely awesome and the wine as well @Soubhiville 2mo
Joyfulmimi I don‘t think the book does justice to the awesomeness of Biltmore and all the research she said she put into it @Soubhiville 2mo
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Maid to Match | Deeanne Gist
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I am going to try to keep going with this but it may be too much. I just want to hear about Biltmore and not his hands touching her spine. 🤣🤣🤣

megnews I‘ve had this off and on my tbr for this reason. 2mo
Joyfulmimi I so understand @megnews 2mo
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Maid to Match | Deeanne Gist
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She had no idea backs even had muscles.

(Wait a minute! What did I just read?)

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Maid to Match | Deeanne Gist
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I hereby declare myself a reformed book snob. I am enjoying this book so very much that I cannot open it unless I have lots of time available. I need more of such frivolity and romantic energy in my reading life. It certainly helps that it is a highly believable look at behind the scenes of Biltmore House which I recently visited.

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The caption captures how I feel about this book. I‘m a Sarton fan & still plan to read all her books.I relate to much of her life perspective & the journal includes gems of wisdom. But, her behavior during this year bothered me. She seemed to lack insight into her actions, doing the same things over and over that bothered her & then complaining about it. Guess she was honest but I wanted to pull her aside & say: “Why do you keep this up?” ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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I love her and want to reach out and offer her some advice as I am reading this.

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To remain in the flow of my thought process about my age and stage and to remain in the company of an intriguing woman, I decided to read this. It was such a great choice. It is so delightful.

BookNAround I love May Sarton. 3mo
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I can‘t write a review precious enough to capture what this book has done for me. Although an avid reader, few books have touched me emotionally like this one has. Mary Pipher has been like a dear sister having a sacred conversation with me. She really, really understands this 64 yr old woman, as I truly understand her, especially since we are both psychologists “Let us embrace everything...as we navigate this last stretch of the river”⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

mcipher I haven‘t thought of her in years, but I remember one of her books being so precious and life changing for me! 3mo
Joyfulmimi Such an awesome woman and book! @mcipher 3mo
Suet624 We‘re the same age! Can‘t wait to read this. 2mo
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Joyfulmimi You will love it, I think @Suet624 2mo
Suet624 Your review sold me. 😁 nice work. 2mo
Crazeedi I'm 63 so this might resonate !! 2mo
Joyfulmimi I think it will. It surely did with me! @Crazeedi 2mo
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In this life stage, what saves most of us is love.

SW-T 🙂❤️ 3mo
Joyfulmimi Our granddaughter is so amazing and it is just as amazing to experience my Mr. as a grandfather @SW-T 3mo
Aimeesue Beautiful pic!❤️ 3mo
SW-T That picture radiates love ❤️ It‘s nice to see love in action these days 😊 3mo
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Yep, pretty much...carrying the book and journal around in my car.

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Pickpick

Wow! What an interesting story and a delightful read! Kiernan, by way of her beautiful writing, in-depth research and excellent perspective made what could have been a dry, boring story extremely captivating. It‘s especially awesome that I recently visited Biltmore House. I highly recommend both the book and a tour. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

ReadingEnvy I recently read a book which takes place there, from a different approach 3mo
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ReadingEnvy @Joyfulmimi oh cute!! 3mo
ReadingEnvy I live an hour from there so it's easy to visualize in my head ... Makes for a rich reading experience. 3mo
CouronneDhiver Super curious about this one 👍🏽 3mo
Joyfulmimi Well worth the read @CouronneDhiver 3mo
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“...the china boasted a gold and burgundy border, and when the flames emanating from one of the hall‘s three fireplaces were just right, the Baccarat crystal would catch their reflection.”-

Kiernan‘s writing is poetic. So delightful...

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My Reading Life | Pat Conroy
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Hey! Don‘t judge! I am a “Bibliophile”. When I get the opportunity, these purposefully chosen books are going into a huge bookshelf I just purchased. They will be classified according to the Dewey Decimal System. Came on here to share how I have have been disappointed with myself this morning, came in here and fiddled around with my books and I feel lots better. They are a great mood enhancer for me...Happy Valentine‘s Day, Book Collection

SW-T @Joyfulmimi Visiting my books makes me feel better too! That and going to the library are instant mood enhancers 💕 (edited) 3mo
Joyfulmimi Same with me exactly @SW-T 3mo
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To the right of the main hall was the Palm Court...The sunken space offered endless light and sky through its wood and glass dome and promised a sunny respite from winter‘s chill.

SW-T Love the photo😊 3mo
Joyfulmimi Thanks @SW-T 3mo
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“The season‘s star was the banquet hall...with three fireplaces at the one end and an organ gallery at the other”
(So fun reading this book after a visit to Biltmore.)

Erofan Beautiful picture! 3mo
Joyfulmimi It‘s beautiful there @Erofan 3mo
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It‘s such a delight reading this book after my visit to Biltmore Estate a few days ago.

Lauram I bought the book soon after my visit to the Biltmore a few years ago. I can‘t wait to read it and go back to my memories of this gorgeous estate. 3mo
Joyfulmimi It will be such a pleasure for you @Lauram 3mo
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My Reading Life | Pat Conroy
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Went to Biltmore House today and learned that George Vanderbilt had a lot in common with many of us bibliophiles. He kept a list of books read and even took one along, pictured, on his honeymoon.

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Pickpick

Books and reading are my go-to for everything. This was a perfect read as I begin to work diligently on our nonprofit in 2019. Her tips were detailed, yet presented simply, and extremely helpful. Along with that, the book was highly inspirational. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Pickpick

Thoroughly eye-opening, informational and inspirational. I have a thirst for more and more...I have been so clueless and misinformed. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

RebL Clueless & misinformed? I‘m guilty too. But working on it. 4mo
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I also am currently obsessed with studying my family history. Learned that my great-grandfather was a fireman on the ACL Line which was a prestigious position for a “colored” man in his time.

SW-T How awesome! Good luck with your genealogy search. Finding records can get complicated. 4mo
Slajaunie Love family history! Mine is scandalous! 4mo
RebL How did you learn that? I‘ve been fortunate to hear a lot from my great-grandmother. Some cool stuff, but also, like @Slajaunie, scandalous stuff too. 4mo
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Joyfulmimi His death certificate on Ancestry @RebL Thanks @SW-T @Slajaunie I have a scandalous theory about something I am researching 4mo
Slajaunie People think everything was wholesome back the but we have found quite a few secrets. 4mo
Joyfulmimi Exactly @Slajaunie 😉 4mo
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One of the current life goals...

SW-T Sounds like an interesting book! 4mo
Joyfulmimi I may not read it right now but I just recently purchased it @SW-T 4mo
SW-T @Joyfulmimi Hope you enjoy it whenever you find time to read it. (edited) 4mo
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Pickpick

This book was depressing, difficult to read, but true and real. Cudjo‘s reports of incidents and his thoughts and feelings are no different than other slave narratives that I have read. Sadly enough, some of these things are still occurring in different ways. What else can I say? Why did all this happen? This is a question for which there is no answer. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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“I‘m not sure there was ever a harder read than this”-Alice Walker, “Foreword”

(My heart is already heavy with lots of feelings for my ancestors.)

TrishB Just brought this on my kindle 👍🏻 4mo
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I have been trying real hard not to brag about finding this beautiful Anne Lamott at Goodwill today for $1.39. 🎉

merelybookish Brag away! 😉 4mo
HannaPolkadots Anne Lamott is amazing! Definitely brag-worthy 👍😍👏 4mo
LauraBeth Great find! 4mo
sprainedbrain I think that‘s completely brag-worthy! 4mo
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Complete Crochet Course | Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby
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Welcome again to “My Reading Life”! Had some free time, came to the library for “fun”, checked out these books, I‘ve always wanted to learn to crochet, it‘s a “Complete Crochet Course”. What about those books I have at home? I did finish one last night. At least, it‘s not a Friday “Happy Hour”; well, not in the usual sense of a happy hour. However, I do feel like I‘m leaving the bar and may go to Goodwill later to scavenger hunt for books.

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Read the comments under this post of yours and I was speaking about needing the Littens in childhood. Explains my post from yesterday

Cinfhen Yes!! I remembered and I commented on your post right away. That image was perfect 💛 4mo
Cinfhen Hope you had a good holiday ~ happy new year 😘😘 4mo
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Rules of Magic | Alice Hoffman
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She was always embarrassed to be anything but normal

Cinfhen Great imagery!!!! 4mo
Joyfulmimi I don‘t know if you recall but we had a little discussion about this issue awhile back @Cinfhen 4mo
Cinfhen I‘m sorry....I don‘t. Can you please remind me, because now I‘m very curious to know the deeper meaning. 4mo
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Joyfulmimi I will look back and try to find it. I think it was you @Cinfhen 4mo
Cinfhen My memory is awful but I usually have some context ...WAIT- was this about how you LOVED reading as a child and you didn‘t feel normal for it?!?! Could it be that I quoted something from A Tree Grows In Brooklyn (edited) 4mo
Cinfhen Yes!!! I think that‘s it 4mo
Cinfhen This is perfect 👌🏽 4mo
sprainedbrain Love this photo! 4mo
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The Poisonwood Bible | Barbara Kingsolver
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One only has a life of one‘s own...I have my own story, and increasingly in my old age it weighs on me...I stir in bed and the memories rise out of me like a buzz of flies from a carcass. I crave to be rid of them, but find myself being careful, too, choosing which ones to let out into the light.

TrishB This is a great read 👍🏻 4mo
Joyfulmimi Yes! I absolutely loved it @TrishB 4mo
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Poisonwood Bible | Barbara Kingsolver
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This was definitely my favorite of 2018. Each of the characters was complicated and intense, psychologically, and remained true to their diverse natures and personalities although struggling through the same traumatic events. Kingsolver brilliantly gave me interesting perspectives on human nature and people, although fictionalized, will be unforgettable.

Cinfhen One of my favorites from last year too. She‘s such a gifted writer 🙌🏻 5mo
RebL Oh my, the 🐜 🐜 🐜 🐜! 5mo
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LauraBeth One of my all-time favorite books 💕 5mo
violabrain I loved this book! I read it years ago, but I still continue to think about it. 5mo
youneverarrived My fave of last year too! 4mo
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My Reading Life | Pat Conroy
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“Hey guys” ( in my granddaughter‘s voice), I really have not been here in a long time and I only need a calendar. For real! 😀

Jazruiz.2014 Only need a calendar but you got Starbucks, got lost inside, walked around 2hrs, and came out with more than a calendar...?? 😂🤪 4mo
Joyfulmimi I really, really only got a calendar!! @Jazruiz.2014 🥰 4mo
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Its a question that I have often asked myself. I read, buy and think about books compulsively as many others here do. I loved Lesser‘s perspectives on this question. She eloquently captures in thought-provoking ways our book love and acknowledges how difficult it is to understand and explain. A major treat is leaving this book with a new booklist of works of which I am not familiar. This book was a delight. ⭐️⭐️⭐️🌟

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Reading is, to a certain extent, a compulsion.

MrBook Aye, that! 😎🙌🏻 5mo
RebL I admire how the upper shelves are orderly and the bottom shelf is like whatever. 5mo
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Anna Karenina | Leo Nickolayevich Tolstoy

It takes a literary work, sometimes to force us to peer closely at human behavior, to consider slowly and seriously why people act the way they do toward each other and towards themselves.-Wendy Lesser, “Why I Read”
(This quote captures why I love Anna Karenina which seems to look so closely at many facets of “human behavior”)

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There is no such thing as purely impersonal reading. We bring ourselves to whatever we do, and the more honestly and seriously we do it, the more we bring along the whole of ourselves.

Art: liveinternet.ru

Becker Such a pretty picture 5mo
Joyfulmimi Yes! I am always on the lookout for pretty pictures on Pinterest and Instagram @Becker 5mo
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Why am I doing this? I am devouring this book for some reason. I bet most might think it would not be all that good...and I have some reports I have to get done for work by tomorrow morning 🤦🏽‍♀️

MrBook Ooooh! 5mo
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“Nothing takes you out of yourself the way a good book does, but at the same time nothing makes you more aware of yourself as a solitary creature, possessing your own particular tastes, memories, associations, beliefs.-Wendy Lesser, “Why I Read”
Photo: Pinterest

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“Reading has the virtue of being one-to-one. It‘s just you and the book, enclosed within a private space; in some ways that means it‘s just you, alone with an inert object that you are temporarily bringing to life.”

Photo: Pinterest (A perfect childhood memory; the inner child that still exists.

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My Reading Life | Pat Conroy
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I read the most books in one month in June (10) because I was not working that much then. Even though I will be busier in 2019, my goal is to read 100, about 2 a week. I need time to #readallthebooks #bibliophile #drjoyfulmimireads #drjoyfulmimi2019 #bujonewbie

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My Reading Life | Pat Conroy
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So happy and thrilled to have: read 69 (as of now) books this year, started Bullet Journaling and discovered Stoicism, the philosophy. These three things have been major in making this a great year. However, the birth of my granddaughter was the most epic and greatest thing.

Jazruiz.2014 I‘m going to do this in the new year. 5mo
Joyfulmimi Great @Jazruiz.2014 5mo
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This book is sooo good, the best of what I love about reading. Daniel Klein and I are exactly on the same page at this time in our lives. I so wanted to read it through in one sitting but I had to get up early this morning. Certainly will finish by the end of today.

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I think this book is worth a read to gain his perspective of death. However, since these are letters of condolence to a variety of people, the reading becomes monotonous. The best Rilke, for me, was “Letters to a Young Poet” because he was developing his ideas over time rather than being repetitive. ⭐️⭐️⭐️