Home Feed
Home
Search
Search
Add Review, Blurb, Quote
Add
Activity
Activity
Profile
Profile
quote
Smrloomis
post image

“Your ability to ignore self-criticism and embrace feeling good about your successes will ripple out into your life…” That sounds good to me 😄

quote
Smrloomis
post image

Ugh! “Study what you love and the rest will follow” is far too simplistic for me. I guess this book is thought-provoking but really, that‘s your advice to undergrads? I just don‘t think that‘s good enough to be honest.

TheKidUpstairs Honestly, it seems like pretty dated advice. From a time where just having a degree meant something. (Sorry, I'm apparently feeling very pessimistic this morning) 1w
MaureenMc I agree. With how modern economies are developing, this advice just doesn‘t hold up, I‘m afraid. 1w
Smrloomis @TheKidUpstairs @MaureenMc Thank you, that‘s what I think too 🤯! I‘m surprised since it was only published in 2015, which seriously feels like yesterday to me. 1w
51 likes3 comments
quote
Smrloomis
post image

“…chores in childhood is an essential contributor to success later in life…Chores matter a great deal” I thought this might be the case but hadn‘t read about it until now. It makes sense.

blurb
Smrloomis
post image

More than ready for this part. She could be right that some of this overparenting she‘s worried about is more widespread than I had thought. However I‘m not sure I‘m ready to throw everything out when it comes to parenting. Let‘s see what this section proposes…

quote
Smrloomis
post image

This is actually not from the author but from Madeline Levine, a psychologist, who suggests we unwittingly cause harm when we “do for our kids what they can already do for themselves,” “do for our kids what they can almost do,” and when our parenting is “motivated by our own ego.”

wanderinglynn That seems like common sense but maybe not? 🤷🏼‍♀️ Maybe my parents were odd for making me do things on my own and allowing me to learn from failing and and then making me try again. 2w
Smrloomis @wanderinglynn yeah, I know. A lot of what the author complains about - rightly I think - seems to be restricted to a very small elite group who do their kids‘ homework and keep “helping” them well past a reasonable age. 🤷🏻‍♀️ I‘ll see. I‘m only a 1/3 of the way through. 2w
44 likes2 comments
blurb
Smrloomis
post image

Hmm I‘m finding this much less persuasive than I had hoped so far. I‘m 75 pages in and found the first section to be just ok. Let‘s see what the rest is like…

44 likes1 stack add
blurb
Smrloomis
Reading Challenge | Lesley Yates
post image

Know any good reading challenges for adults? I‘m doing a roundup post and am looking for things like Book Riot‘s Read Harder challenge or the Read Caribbean month http://bookofcinz.com/readcaribbean/. What else is out there besides the PopSugar one? #readingchallenge

Smrloomis If anyone wants to find this list above from 2021 (written by someone else I mean - not me!), it‘s here https://www.girlxoxo.com/the-master-list-of-2021-reading-challenges/ 2w
rockpools August is Women in Translation month. Think they usually do a bingo challenge or something https://www.womenintranslation.org 2w
Smrloomis @rockpools awesome, thank you! 2w
See All 10 Comments
Laughterhp I think a lot of podcasts do challenges, like the Reading Women Challenge, Reading Glasses and Professional Booknerds Podcast. Those are the 3 I know of. 2w
BarbaraBB And I am looking forward to the Pop Sugar 2022 reading challenge! 2w
Smrloomis @Laughterhp ooh good idea, thanks! I will poke around. 2w
Smrloomis @wanderinglynn Thanks, that‘s one of the ones I‘ll definitely look at! 2w
Smrloomis @BarbaraBB Thanks for the ATY and the PopSugar suggestions 👍🏽 2w
46 likes10 comments
quote
Smrloomis
post image

Appreciated her acknowledgments to her teachers in Kansas public schools too: “Thank you to the English teachers…who told a child from a family of laborers that she was a writer who deserved to be heard…” She goes on to list them by name. We owe them a debt of gratitude for this book too.

review
Smrloomis
post image
Pickpick

This book was not at all what I expected. It was memoir and social commentary woven in with personal experience in a way I hadn‘t anticipated. But once I got used to her writing, I found it incredibly moving and a deeply worthwhile read. Highly recommended.

review
Smrloomis
Pickpick

Forgot to add a review: overall I liked the practical approach and the way the advice was presented. I found this pretty helpful and look forward to using these techniques as often as I can 🤞🏽

quote
Smrloomis
post image

This brought tears to my eyes…

blurb
Smrloomis
post image

I‘m 90 pages in and don‘t know what to say. I expected this to be a tough read but I still think I underestimated how bleak I would find it. Planning to finish but not sure I will have much to say after I do…

review
Smrloomis
Open Water | Caleb Azumah Nelson
post image
Pickpick

Finished this just now and loved it. Highly recommended!

58 likes3 stack adds
quote
Smrloomis
Open Water | Caleb Azumah Nelson
post image

“Perhaps that is how we should frame this question forever; rather than asking what is your favorite work, let‘s ask, what continues to pull you back?” I love this sentiment even though I am not by nature a re-reader.

blurb
Smrloomis
The Same Earth | Kei Miller
post image

One of the characters in Open Water is reading this book and now I‘ve got to read it next!

49 likes1 comment
review
Smrloomis
post image
Pickpick

Overall this was a very eye-opening and infuriating listen. Packed full of examples of how women are not considered the norm and how this negatively impacts us (and everyone really). Very good read. Highly recommend it.

71 likes3 stack adds
blurb
Smrloomis
Open Water | Caleb Azumah Nelson
post image

Got off on the wrong stop on the metro because I was so engrossed in this… loving the style.

blurb
Smrloomis
post image

Enjoying this so far…

Smrloomis I tried using a silly voice to get some little people to do something they were refusing and it worked like a charm 😀 4w
52 likes1 stack add1 comment
review
Smrloomis
post image
Pickpick

This was a very moving read. I couldn‘t do this kind of work - or anything near it - and I have the utmost respect for those who do. Glad I finished this despite a lot of tears!

66 likes1 stack add
blurb
Smrloomis
post image

I keep reading this in public and then wondering why I‘m blubbering. The first half was alright but I must say the second half is really getting to me. Alright, I guess I will have to finish this at home! A good read though.

Crazeedi I can't wait to read this 1mo
Smrloomis @Crazeedi it looks like other readers haven‘t liked the essay structure or style but I‘ve really enjoyed it. I think it‘s well done. 1mo
57 likes3 stack adds2 comments
review
Smrloomis
post image
Pickpick

Enjoyed this a lot. One small issue: pretty sure no one should breathe in incense or other smoky things like that. I‘m not a medical professional or anything, but yuck! Otherwise I thought this was good and useful - and also funny ❤️

rubyslippersreads Also, don‘t buy yourself lilies if you live with cats. They are deadly to felines. 😿 2mo
Smrloomis @rubyslippersreads I didn‘t know that! Thanks for adding that in. 2mo
72 likes2 comments
review
Smrloomis
Sweet Bean Paste | Durian Sukegawa
Pickpick

Forgot to post a review but I loved this. I returned it to the library and then promptly tried to get someone else to borrow it 😂. It didn‘t work but I‘m sure someone will pick it up. I hope more people read this book!

bookaholic1 Sounds good 2mo
Smrloomis @bookaholic1 it was! 😍 2mo
55 likes2 stack adds2 comments
blurb
Smrloomis
Sweet Bean Paste | Durian Sukegawa
post image

And now for something totally different from what I just finished…

AutumnRLS I just looked this up on Amazon and the other two they recommend to buy with it are Convenient Store Woman and When the Coffee Gets Cold. Both of which I loved. Sold! Can't wait to read it. 2mo
Smrloomis @AutumnRLS Yesss! I‘m loving it so far! 2mo
70 likes4 stack adds2 comments
review
Smrloomis
post image
Pickpick

This was very moving, even though it was very hard to read at points. Trigger warnings for sexual assault & violence, child abuse, and child murder. Her story is phenomenal as is her courage. It took guts to do what she did and even more guts to write about it. I‘ll be watching the rest of the adaptation soon & plan to read her second memoir when I get a little distance from this one.

quote
Smrloomis
post image

She goes with her husband for marriage counseling and this is the rabbi‘s reaction after he hears their history together. At least someone finally had a reasonable response to what she went through instead of pretending everything was fine!

quote
Smrloomis
post image

“I feel as if I have no physical refuge. What a curse it is to not feel safe in one‘s own body…” I am amazed at the courage it took to write all this, let alone live it. Trigger warnings for something I can‘t quite put into words: maybe the difficulty of seeking medical help for something others only think is in your head? And also TW for sexual assault and trauma in case you need a heads up.

32 likes1 stack add
quote
Smrloomis
post image

This is so sad…

EvieBee You‘re making me want to read this right now! 3mo
Smrloomis @EvieBee it‘s really good! I can‘t put it down! 3mo
smalldogs_bigbooks2419 Is this the story that was made into a Netflix series? 3mo
Smrloomis @smalldogs_bigbooks2419 yes! And I‘ve started watching that too and it‘s different somewhat but still good. 3mo
50 likes4 comments
quote
Smrloomis
post image

quote
Smrloomis
post image

“The librarians always smile when they see me, silent encouragement in their eyes…I wish that I could [take books home], because I feel so extraordinarily happy and free when I read that I‘m convinced it could make everything else in my life bearable, if only I could have books all the time.”

46 likes2 stack adds
blurb
Smrloomis
post image

Just started this…

review
Smrloomis
post image
Pickpick

This was a clear guide to the stages of moving into a UX role and I appreciated the overview. I don‘t know much about this area and I‘m glad I started here to get a general sense of what Zenobi views as the process (after she switched away from anthropology and being more academically focused).

quote
Smrloomis
post image

Zenobi is actually quoting another author Herminia Ibarra here. This struck me as particularly insightful.

blurb
Smrloomis
post image

Just listened to this author being interviewed on NPR and she handled this delicate topic so well I thought. https://www.npr.org/2021/03/09/975304605/inside-the-right-to-die-movement

review
Smrloomis
post image
Pickpick

This was engrossing and moving despite the craptastic way I read it (on my phone without any way to enlarge, ugh!). Very much lived up to its reputation.

CollapsingLibrary Bechdel has become one of my must read authors, though I must confess that I feel like I miss a lot of the nuance and fullness to her work. I read this with a friend and she pointed out so many details in the graphics I completely missed that added more depth and humor to the novel 3mo
Smrloomis @PurrfectFeministPerspective I really enjoyed it despite finding it very dark in places. I may have missed the humor entirely and felt a little lost in the literature stuff but overall I thought it was pretty incredible! 3mo
63 likes1 stack add2 comments
quote
Smrloomis
post image

I‘d much rather be reading this on paper but oh well. In good news, so far it has grabbed me and won‘t let go.

Ruthiella One of the few graphic memoirs I‘ve read, but I really liked it. 3mo
GondorGirl There is a Broadway musical of this memoir (same title) that was surprisingly stellar. 3mo
Smrloomis @Ruthiella It really is amazing 3mo
See All 9 Comments
Smrloomis @GondorGirl wow, I don‘t know if I could handle a musical version but that‘s interesting to know! 3mo
Ruthiella @Smrloomis @GondorGirl I‘ve also seen the musical and didn‘t think it could work, but it did for me. Ring of Keys brings me to tears (in a good way). 3mo
GondorGirl @Ruthiella Yes! That song is absolutely brilliant! @Smrloomis you should at least go on YouTube and watch the Tony performance of 'Ring of Keys'. 3mo
Smrloomis @GondorGirl @Ruthiella Cool I‘ll have to check it out once I finish the book! 3mo
Smrloomis @GondorGirl @Ruthiella Thanks for commenting on that because I just watched it and Ring of Keys is phenomenal! 3mo
Ruthiella Yay! 😀 3mo
53 likes1 stack add9 comments
blurb
Smrloomis
post image

I‘ve somehow never read this so I‘m looking forward to it.

Leftcoastzen I thought it was great. 3mo
WanderingBookaneer It‘s so good! 3mo
See All 7 Comments
AmyG Very good book. 3mo
Smrloomis @AmyG 😄 3mo
SamAnne I just got this one from the library! 3mo
Smrloomis @SamAnne let me know what you think. It sounds really good! 3mo
60 likes7 comments
blurb
Smrloomis
The Hole: A Novel | Hye-young Pyun
post image

Ok this also gets mixed reviews on here. It sounds good to me though.

blurb
Smrloomis
post image

This looks interesting but gets low reviews on Litsy - hmm.

blurb
Smrloomis
post image

My TBR recommendations are here 🥳

DivineDiana Who does the recommendations? 3mo
Smrloomis @DivineDiana it‘s from Book Riot and they assign you someone who reads your profile and sends you titles they pick for you. I always love getting my letter https://mytbr.co 3mo
DivineDiana Thank you! I will try it! 👏🏻📚❤️ 3mo
Smrloomis @DivineDiana 🥳😄 3mo
41 likes4 comments
review
Smrloomis
The Train | Jodie Callaghan
post image
Pickpick

This book is very moving. I highly recommend it if you are looking for something accessible for younger readers that explains some of the great tragedy of residential schools (in this case in Canada although similar histories exist in the US too).

59 likes1 stack add
quote
Smrloomis
post image

Ok this seems do-able - either change your prompt or make the behavior easier to do

quote
Smrloomis
post image

So far, this sounds good 🤞🏽

blurb
Smrloomis
post image

Finally starting this one …

review
Smrloomis
post image
Pickpick

Fascinating and worth the read I think. Didn‘t love the political interludes but was engrossed otherwise. Highly recommended if this seems like your thing.

review
Smrloomis
post image
Pickpick

I loved this book but I can‘t read the preview of his next one because then I‘ll want a copy immediately 🤦🏻‍♀️😂 #bookwormproblems

DuchessMerry I loved this book as well. My fave read of the year by far 4mo
peanutnine Lol I feel the same about previews! 4mo
Smrloomis @DuchessMerry it was really lovely. Glad I finally read it! 4mo
Smrloomis @peanutnine I know, right? 4mo
66 likes4 comments
blurb
Smrloomis
post image

Oh no I have to know what Linus knows now and it‘s bedtime 🤦🏻‍♀️😅😅😅

Aims42 Such a great book!! 4mo
Smrloomis @Aims42 I know 🥰 It‘s so good! 4mo
Mrs_B Chauncey!!! 😍😍😍 4mo
Smrloomis @Mrs_B 👍🏽🥰🥰🥰 4mo
53 likes4 comments
review
Smrloomis
Shoko's Smile: Stories | Choi Eunyoung
post image
Pickpick

Overall I loved this collection even though I felt like it ripped my heart out and stomped on it at certain points. A good read.

review
Smrloomis
The Inheritance Games | Jennifer Lynn Barnes
post image
Pickpick

This was fun! Except the romance angles which were boring to be honest 🤷🏻‍♀️but the mystery was pretty fun 😄

blurb
Smrloomis
The Inheritance Games | Jennifer Lynn Barnes
post image

Hmm… good so far… 😉

35 likes1 stack add
blurb
Smrloomis
What Happened to You? | James Catchpole
post image

I‘m looking forward to reading this 😄

52 likes1 stack add