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AllDebooks

Joined February 2022

I'm a voracious reader with an appetite for all genres. #naturaLitsy https://www.instagram.com/alldebooks
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The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen
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Fairy Tale by Stephen King
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Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
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Villette (Revised) by Charlotte Bront
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The Fox and the Star | Coralie Bickford-Smith
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#Midwintersolace

What are your personal or family traditions for the holidays? What helps you relax? Any favourite books you can recommend?

TheBookHippie We read different picture books every day for the season winter, Christmas, Hanukkah solstice …etc with cocoa right before bed -anyone can come by and join in. None of us are little except my grandson but we all enjoy it! I always read Little Women in December as I did with my grandma for 42 years while I had her. We make red hots cinnamon applesauce and gingerbread cookies and puppy chow every week 😂♥️. now
AllDebooks @TheBookHippie your post makes me so happy. Got a little flash of nostalgia there, for baking with my Gran 😍 Lovely traditions for all the family ❤️ now
TheBookHippie @AllDebooks ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️ now
Bklover I wished I lived near you! I‘d be there every night! @TheBookHippie I‘d bring my Christmas book collection (and cocoa). now
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Hi @jenniferw88 thrilled to be paired up with you for #ALSpine
I'm 53 from Derbyshire, UK. I have 2 daughters and twin sons. All teens now

I was a nurse working in oncology for 18 years, pre-kids. Retrained to work in early years education.

The ginger ninja is Ronnie, after Ron Weasley.

I love family, nature, being outdoors, books, gin, movies, travelling, music and festivals. I'm interested in everything but particularly politics, ⬇️⬇️⬇️

AllDebooks Cont. Environmentalism, conservation/regeneration, activism, education, health care, equality, LGBTQIA+ rights, circular economics. Like I said, everything!! 13h
AllDebooks You're very good at matching people @monalyisha thank you. If you like the same book, it's like the book recommending a friend 😊 13h
IndoorDame I love that! - it‘s like the book recommending a friend 11h
monalyisha @IndoorDame @AllDebooks Yes! What a perfect turn of phrase. 🥰 9h
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Braiding Sweetgrass | Robin Wall Kimmerer
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#Naturalitsy

Our final week of reading Braiding Sweetgrass, part 5 - Burning Sweetgrass.
Discussion thread will be posted on Saturday

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#Naturalitsy

We have a winner. Our Jan/Feb read is The book of eels. Funnily enough, there are 2 books with the same title. What are the chances? We're reading the tagged copy.

Thank you all for your votes. It was a very close run between the top 3

Bookwomble I've got the other one! 😄 14h
AllDebooks @Bookwomble lol, so have I 🙄 14h
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AllDebooks This may be difficult to get hold of out of USA. No ebook available in UK. The cheapest I could find it for was in the following link 14h
Dilara Yay! That's the one I voted for - simply because it's available on scribd! 13h
AllDebooks @Dilara oh, I checked on there. Not available here in UK. Just the Tom Fort book 😔 12h
Dilara @AllDebooks That's disappointing. 10h
Chelsea.Poole Looking forward to this read! Hope you all can get ahold of it. 9h
Graywacke Hopefully everyone can get the book. Thanks @AllDebooks for holding the vote. 9h
Graywacke Is The Gospel of Eels the same book? 7h
Graywacke I can‘t find confirmation but i think they are the same book. So you might search out both titles. 6h
jlhammar @Graywacke I think you're correct. Looks like Gospel of the Eels is the UK title (it is listed as a different/alternate edition in Goodreads). Look forward to reading this with you all! 6h
AllDebooks @Graywacke great detection work, thank you 😀 6h
Caterina Yay! This one sounds great, and it's available both as audio and as ebook on Hoopla! 4h
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Time to get planning January's readlist for my participation in #AuldLangSpine
Thank so much for all your hard work organising this @monalyisha I have a perfect match in @jenniferw88 I've already read 1, 2, 4 & 12. The majority of the rest are on my tbr list. 😊 The tagged is a definite January read. I've been meaning to read it .... forever!

jenniferw88 Ooh, good starting book - ideal with a hot chocolate! I read it in September but think it will be a brilliant winter read. 16h
jenniferw88 And I have you and #naturalitsy to thank for #12 - it gave me the push I needed to finally read it, as I've had it on my Kindle since December 2020! 16h
AllDebooks @jenniferw88 lol, I'm the same, had it for years and never got round to reading it! 15h
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#Midwintersolace #NaturaLitsy

As the end of our 1st week draws to a close, I just wanted to check in with you all. How's everyone holding up?

Do you have any tips to help cope with this time of year? Be that for SADS, overwhelm, dealing with family and obligations? What soothes you?

I'm always happy to chat if anyone is struggling. X

Catsandbooks I focus on gratitude a lot. Reminding myself of the happy things I have in my life and what I'm grateful for. I also call my sister and talk to her a lot. Therapy helps too. (edited) 2d
Dilara I try to go for a walk outside. I have to remind myself that I can go out, even when it's grey and wet and dark, and that I'll feel better afterward. There is something exhilarating about walking in the wind and the rain. Ideally, I'd go before sundown to get some vitamin D, but my work schedule doesn't always allow it. 2d
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AllDebooks @Catsandbooks that's really interesting, I have a friend who practices this. She writes in a gratitude journal, 3 things to be thankful for at the everyday. 2d
AllDebooks @Dilara I find being outdoors in nature, particularly the woods, very restorative. I do struggle with the short days. I use a SADS lamp which works wonders. 2d
wanderinglynn @Dilara that‘s awesome. I get too lazy to get outside, especially when it‘s gray and wet! 1d
IndoorDame I try to reframe the things that are upsetting me. Because everything could be worse. And once you start looking at things from enough different angles you can actually genuinely turn the worst parts of your day into your gratitudes. 1d
wanderinglynn I love looking at the Christmas lights. I hang some up in my apartment & keep them up most of the winter. Of course, I dive into books and I also do crafts. 1d
bnp My goal this month is to get outside at least three days/week. I may walk or do some yard work. Movement + being outside makes me feel good. 1d
Soubhiville I‘m a fan of quiet time to deal with anxiety. Some stretching, deep breathing, and pet snuggles can help me. Sometimes a bath with essential oils. 1d
rockpools Random fact @AllDebooks - All of our libraries now have a SAD lamp for customers to use while they‘re visiting (although we struggled to find an appealing place for it, so I‘m not sure anyone‘s using it yet). And I agree @Dilara ! I‘m a bit rubbish at doing it, but I actually love being out in Weather, and feel a whole lot better for it. 1d
AllDebooks @bnp it's the best kind of tonic 1d
AllDebooks @Soubhiville Absolutely, I'm all for a little quiet time, in which to relax and reflect 1d
AllDebooks @rockpools I love that the lamps are in libraries, that's such a wonderful idea 1d
BookwormAHN I try to go for a walk daily for exercise and relaxation, which are two things I never thought I would use in the same sentence 😸 1d
sebrittainclark I try to journal every day. Getting everything out of my head gives me better perspective and I find the act of journaling in general very relaxing. 1d
Allylu I‘m specifically making time to spend with our family - my daughter‘s birthday was on the 2nd and we went to our town‘s Christmas parade with our son and his family, including my 2 1/2- year old granddaughter, then up to Great Grandma‘s for a pizza party & cake. It was wonderful. 1d
TheBookHippie Yoga is life. I also journal daily. I also try to go outside and get that fresh air 🥶🥶🥶in my lungs! I rewatch favorite shows drink lots of warm liquids and listen to music. I love this time a year if only we had no extended toxic family 👀… ugh. 1d
TheBookHippie @sebrittainclark Me too. Journaling is such a gift. 1d
TheBookHippie @BookwormAHN 😂👋🏼SAME. 1d
TheBookHippie Although reduce caffeine … never 😂 I should state I have the opposite reactive so caffeine calms me. 1d
Ann_Reads I cut back on my household 'chores' last week, as I needed a little break. I'm not nearly as disciplined with my yoga practice as I used to be before the pandemic basically shut down all in-person classes at our local studio, though I'm quite capable of doing it on my own. Sometimes the motivation is lacking or I get busy with other things. 1d
SamAnne @rockpools that is so great your library has a sad lamp!!! 1d
SamAnne I am being treated to 11 days in Florida starting tomorrow. And end of January 10 days in Hawaii. Inbetween I am doing 4 weeks of radiation, 5 days a week, for breast cancer. I usually love the snow in my colder climate home, but really looking forward to adventures at the front end and being able to recover from treatment in Hawaii at the end. 1d
AllDebooks @sebrittainclark I really need to try this. I did start with a book journal last year. It's really concentrated my reading time, making me use my time much more productively 1d
AllDebooks @Allylu that sounds like a really lovely day 😍 1d
AllDebooks @TheBookHippie I love walking outdoors on crisp, frosty winter days. 1d
AllDebooks @Ann_Reads it's easy to forget to schedule time for things we know will make us feel better. I'm terrible for it, always find something else 'needs' to be done 1d
AllDebooks @SamAnne oh I'm so sorry to read this. Wishing you a relaxing break before treatment. Sending love and best wishes for a good recovery x 1d
TheBookHippie @SamAnne Oh @SamAnne sending you all the light and healing vibes. 1d
Ann_Reads @SamAnne Sending good wishes for the next stage of your treatment. May you have an eventual return to normalcy in 2023. In the meantime, take good care of yourself. (edited) 19h
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Braiding Sweetgrass | Robin Wall Kimmerer
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Graywacke Morning all. I‘m getting back in tune with the book. I liked the last essay, in the rain, a lot. 2d
Deblovestoread I really enjoyed this last bunch particularly because I know of the places she wrote about, Mary‘s Peak, Burnt Woods, etc. I will look at them with different eyes in future visits. 2d
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AllDebooks @Graywacke I am glad you're enjoying it more. I really enjoyed the student's field trip harvesting cat-tails 2d
AllDebooks @Deblovestoread it's always fun to read about somewhere you recognise, isn't it? 2d
Aimeesue @AllDebooks I loved the field trip and Kimmerer's descriptions of how they put things to use. I listened to the last essay this morning while walking my dogs through the woods in the rain, which was perfect. I only wish I'd found some moss up high so I could look at the drops 💦 (edited) 2d
AllDebooks @Aimeesue that sounds like bliss 😍 2d
Aimeesue @AllDebooks Except for the part where I had to wrestle the Pibble into her raincoat pre-walk, it definitely was! (edited) 2d
Chelsea.Poole Loved “Wal-Marsh”!! 😆 this was a fun chapter — joking around with the students in the field. 2d
AllDebooks @Aimeesue 🤣🤣 2d
TheBookHippie @Chelsea.Poole I kept thinking WalHell what we call Walmart! 🤦🏻‍♀️ 1d
TheBookHippie @AllDebooks I loved picking cat tails up north when I was younger by the channels of the lake . 1d
Chelsea.Poole @TheBookHippie oh yes it is!! I avoid at ALL COSTS! 1d
TheBookHippie @Chelsea.Poole SAME! Oy. 1d
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Hygge | Louisa Thomsen Brits
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#Midwintersolace

What are your self-care plans today?

I'm planning a relaxing day with my daughters, decorating for Christmas. Then we'll make dinner together, all set for a Christmas movie night. 🎬 ❄️❤️🎄🫕

Smrloomis Where I am it‘s National Day weekend so most people are out and about. So I think I‘ll stay in 😂 and have a little readathon. But what to do about snacks? I‘ll have to figure that out… 3d
mrsmarch I‘m going to a Scandinavian Yuletide festival today! Snacks and shopping! 2d
AllDebooks @mrsmarch that sounds amazing 😍 2d
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AllDebooks @Smrloomis lovely and snuggly with hot chocolate on tap? 2d
IndoorDame I‘m going to do a little housework in between lots of breaks for tea and books (also my longer hair kitten is in dire need of a bath but neither she nor I are keen on the idea, so I‘m ignoring the problem and maybe by the time I‘m done with my todo list it‘ll have disappeared?) 2d
bnp @IndoorDame Does she like being brushed? 2d
IndoorDame @bnp she likes it for like 60 seconds, then she starts trying to eat the brush once she gets bored, or you try to brush her stomach or something… she‘s only 6 mo and was super skittish when I got her so we‘re still working on getting her used to grooming. (Slower than ideal but I‘m recovering from Covid so all the nonessentials have taken a backseat recently) 2d
bnp Going for a walk this morning, and hanging out with a friend this evening for crafts, food & tree and menorah lighting in the town I live in. 2d
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Emily Dickinson: Poems | Emily Dickinson
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Reggie This is awesome! 2d
AllDebooks Isn't it wonderful, I love it! 2d
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#Naturalitsy #Netgalley
Publisher - HarperNorth Pub date - 19/01/23

The presentation of the book is absolutely stunning, both the cover artwork and title are beautiful. This memoir of Caro Giles is written in such a tone that you can't help but fall in love with her family, the moon and the landscapes of Northumberland. The author writes endearingly about the most heart-breaking times for her and her family. All of this covers the time of global

AllDebooks crisis during the pandemic. She evokes the lives of her 4 daughters, The Mermaid, The Whirlwind, The Caulbearer and The Littlest One with honesty, compassion and clarity. In fact, the calm and chaos of their lives mirror the ebb and flow of the tides and the lunar cycle beautifully. The nature descriptions of landscape, sea and sky are breathtakingly realistic.
I found this memoir very relatable, poignant and ultimately, quite uplifting.

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AllDebooks Netgalley #NaturaLitsy #Lunar #memoir #naturewritingbywomen #naturewriting #britishlandscape

Publisher - HarperNorth
Publication date - 19/01/23
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#Midwintersolace

A little word search game, just for fun. I really enjoyed these for #scarathalon
Where could you find the most words? I reckon a book on hygge would hit the jackpot? 🤔😁

Ann_Reads I'll be sure to check when I read Hygge: A Beginner's Guide to Celebrate Life the Danish Way. The Children's Book of Christmas Stories seems like another possible candidate. 🙂 3d
AllDebooks They should be a good start 🤞 3d
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#midwintersolace

What would you recommend to each other?

Do you have any seasonal favourites or reading traditions?

Where is your favourite place to read?

My recommendations are -

🌲 Advent - The mistletoe bride & other haunting tales- Kate Mosse
🌲 Midwinter - tagged
🌲 12 days - The goblin market - Christina Rossetti
🌲 Solstice - Spinning Silver - Naomi Novik

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#Adventrecommends 1st December

This was a highly informative read that declares a way forward in land management and conservation. It was the winner of the Wainwright prize for writing on global conservation in 2020.
#NaturaLitsy

https://wainwrightprize.com/previous-winners/rebirding/

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My #midwintersolace research homework for tips & tricks for those who struggle this time of year. It ain't candy canes and tinsel for all of us. We need to take extra special care of those in need.

"I thought finding some common ground in the feelings that these sort of tough times spark, might be helpful to others.......I wanted to talk..about those similarities, & how we might band together to navigate really hard days, weeks and months" ⬇️

AllDebooks "Becauseif we can't share the most fragile and human bits of ourselves - to bolster and support each other - then what are we even doing?" 5d
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#Naturalitsy #midwintersolace

Hygge is very much a mindset rather than a lifestyle. It's all about comfort, not just physical but also emotional and psychological comfort. Focus on what brings you comfort in life, the people you spend time with, fave activities, food & drink.
Most importantly, do what you gotta do to take care of yourself. Own your mood and embrace it for what it is x

Yuki_Onna This is so beautiful... 4d
AllDebooks @Yuki_Onna I think so too 😌 4d
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#NaturaLitsy

Hi 👋
I'm so very excited to start off our very 1st #Midwintersolace event. The aim is to spend the next 20 days in the run-up to solstice in good company, relaxing, connecting & having fun. I'm so thrilled you've joined me & can't wait to get to know you all better.
Please leave a little introduction to yourself below, including how you feel about the holiday season, be honest. This is a space for warmth & support. ❤️❄️🎄⭐️😊☕️❤️

AmandaBlaze I'm closing in on my one year Litsy anniversary in January. I'm also part of LitsyLove, but I'm way behind in letters. My spare time is usually spent at the dojo, or local library. I'm uncertain about the holidays this year. My mom is at a physical rehab care center, and we don't know if she'll be home for Christmas. 5d
BookwormAHN @AmandaBlaze I'm also behind on LitsyLove and I have Christmas cards to do now as well 🤦🏼‍♀️ I hope your mom can make it home for Christmas. I know how it is to spend Christmas in those places from both of my Grandmothers, hugs. 5d
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BookwormAHN I will be celebrating both the Solstice and Christmas. The Solstice for me and Christmas with the family. Hopefully it will go smoothly but I have a feeling there is some Pennsylvania Dutch eggnog in my future 😸 5d
AllDebooks @AmandaBlaze I discovered Litsy this year too, so happy I did. I'm sorry to hear your Mom is needing rehab. Hope she makes a good recovery to make it home. 5d
AllDebooks @BookwormAHN December sounds like fun, family time for you. Smoothly or not, it's all about creating great memories 🙂 5d
TheBookHippie I am in year seven of Litsy! (I've been on 6.5 years) I celebrate Hanukkah, Solstice and Christmas as we are a multi-faith house. I spend joyous holidays with chosen family, a night with my brother and his family and hope to all things that are good that I don't have to see any in-laws. That's honest. I actually love the season! My little readers are pure joy this time of year. I try to give them all a golden book! 5d
sebrittainclark Hi there! I really enjoy the holiday season. This will be my 9 month old's first Christmas which is already making everything more wonderful and way, way more exhausting. 5d
julieclair I love the Christmas season, but I definitely have to battle the overwhelm that comes with it. My husband calls it “Christmas Panic”, lol! I love that this group will be a support in my efforts to have a more Hygge holiday season! 5d
ozma.of.oz Hello! I am of two minds over the holiday season. I love the celebrations, giving gifts, decorations, the baking, everything so much! But I also work for the post office and this is our busiest time of year, so I always end up spending less time with my family than I want. I‘m hoping to focus and enjoy the time I have with the people I love. 5d
rockpools Hi. I‘m looking forward to this year‘s holiday season, but…! It‘s my first year back in a public-facing library, so that‘ll be fun (I need to find/create a Christmas jumper by tomorrow 🤶🏼). But my family are split between those who LOVE Christmas and want to go all out, and someone who suffers extreme anxiety around visitors/occasions, and will resist anything festive - so it‘s always a bit fraught and a balancing act 🫤. 5d
IndoorDame Some years I celebrate Hanukkah Christmas and Solstice, some I don‘t don‘t particularly celebrate at all. This season I‘m making attempting to invite the holiday spirit in, but make it about self care and self awareness, not about family parties and dinners with friends, so #midwintersolace couldn‘t have come at a better time 5d
AllDebooks @TheBookHippie Lol, the in-law dodging us honest! 🤣 It is a busy time of year for all. It's important to spend the time with those you love, for enjoyment, not just obligation, imo. 5d
AllDebooks @sebrittainclark oh happy days ahead for you. Having a little one to make it all exciting for is an absolute blessing. Mine are all teens now and not so bothered, unless there's cold, hard cash 🙄 5d
AllDebooks @julieclair I hear you. Reducing the overwhelm side of things was exactly what I had in mind when planning this. 5d
AllDebooks @ozma.of.oz it is an insane time of year. I hope you have relaxing evenings and hang onto your Christmas spirit. I swear if I worked in retail, I would lose my s**t over the Christmas songs day in day out 5d
AllDebooks @rockpools that is a balancing act!!! I think anxiety levels have soared since the pandemic. It does make it difficult to socialise 5d
AllDebooks @IndoorDame that's great to hear. I hope we can all get each other through the hols with sanity intact 🤪 Who knows, sprinkled with a little fun & frivolity too, for good measure 😉 5d
AllDebooks I'm a single parent to 4 teens and it's their year with their Dad, so Christmas will be x 2 this year. One for me and my family, another when my kiddos are home. I do love this time of year and can't wait for them to finish school. I also have my eldest child's birthday, so lots to celebrate 🍾 💗 🎉 5d
wanderinglynn I‘m an attorney in DC & this is my 7th year on Litsy. I mixed feelings about the holiday season. On the one hand, I love the decorations, the feel, the joy, the giving spirit, the lights. On the other, I dislike the crass commercialism, all the ads, and outshines to buy things. I also dislike it getting dark at 5. I‘m single (no kids) so that does make it easier—I can do as little or as much as I wish. 4d
Dilara I've been on Litsy for 2-3 years. I like the idea of Christmas (“hygge“, decorations, quality family time, chocolate on tap 😜) more than its real-life avatar, which involves too much running around and consumerism. I think our Christmasses are low-key, especially compared to what some Americans and Brits get up to, but I live with an anti-Christmas curmudgeon who claims I overdo it. I get most of my Christmas fun online, to avoid setting him off. 4d
bnp I'm single, living near Atlanta, GA USA. I have mixed feelings about this holiday. I usually try to enjoy one concert. I enjoy the light decorations, and wish it wasn't dark before I get home. My father died this spring & due to scheduling issues my family is gathering on New Years, so I am feeling a little lonesome. I won't spend the day alone, I'll be with friends for dinner/afternoon, but . . . 4d
ElizaMarie Hello. I have been so fortunate to have found Litsy (no concept of time, so I don't know how long it's been but a few years at least). I have been using my time to engaging calm, quiet, and rejuvenation. I moved away from my family (so it's just my husband and me some 30 hours north of our family), so our lives are all about our fur babies and us. It's very low drama at home. 4d
ElizaMarie @bnp I am so sorry you are feeling lonesome this holiday season. When I did travel nursing (and spent the holidays alone), I would spend time trying to remember some traditional things I remembered from my childhood. Or ... watching silly cartoon movies. I hope you find something that makes you feel warm and cozy. 4d
ElizaMarie @ozma.of.oz Ooo, I can't imagine how busy you must be this time of year! But... it's like you are a real-life Santa helper! (edited) 4d
Ann_Reads With my current profile, I've been on Litsy since June 2022. I had joined when Litsy first started, but the app for Kindle didn't work well and there wasn't a web version available.

As with most holidays there are parts of the Christmas season I enjoy and others I don't. I think between Halloween and New Year's can be stressful for various reasons. Sometimes I'd like to see less focus on materialism and more focus on chilling-out and being kind.
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Blackink_WhitePaper Hi thank you @AllDebooks for this great idea. 💐 it feels good to connect with right minded ppl😍 I am in Litsy from past 3 years. I am from India. Here we don‘t have actual winter / cold ,and no holidays. But we enjoy Christmas time & esp new year. December is my fav month , bday month. I enjoy reading about your winter adventures looking forward to it 😻 4d
AllDebooks @wanderinglynn I agree, the commercialism really makes me queasy. I refuse to buy stuff that no-one needs, or get into debt to make sure everyone has a present. That's not what the holidays are about at all. For me, it's about doing what makes you happy, with people that make you happy and not piling pressure on each other. 4d
AllDebooks @Dilara this did make me giggle. The yin and yang of Christmas spirit, as it were. I sympathise, my Dad is very similar and doesn't bother with any of it. 4d
AllDebooks @bnp I'm so very sorry to hear about your father. That does make for a difficult time. I do believe it's important to acknowledge your grief and his absence. I still do this for my mother and she died 20 years ago now. Just because she's gone, doesn't mean she's forgotten or not present in our thoughts and memories. I hope you have plenty of family and friends to take care of you and each other. x 4d
AllDebooks @ElizaMarie I love the sound of your calm, rejuvenating pastimes. Fur babies are life, very much at the centre of family life. There is nothing more relaxing and calming than snuggling up to a beloved pet imo. 4d
AllDebooks 💯@Ann_Reads one of the main reasons I wanted to do this was because I know how conflicting this season can be for some. Not just all the festivities and obligations but weather, short days, SADS, etc. It's a lot to deal with. It was important to me to reach out and bring a little light and fun to distract from all the other stuff going on. Being kind is my mantra. 💯 agree with you on the materialistic nonsense. 4d
AllDebooks @Blackink_WhitePaper it's been an absolute joy to plan all this. It's certainly kept me busy and out of trouble. Warm weather sounds lovely. Please excuse my ignorance, but do you celebrate anything like a winter or summer solstice in India? So glad you're joining in the celebrations and enjoy the month. 4d
ozma.of.oz @ElizaMarie Seeing the Santa letters come through is definitely one of the highlights of my job. ❤️ 4d
Blackink_WhitePaper @AllDebooks In India we follow lunar & solar calendars. Therefore we have festivals for all the changing seasons. In Jan we ve a festival to celebrate solar cycle transition. Winter esp in NoV & Dec v celebrate Festival of Lights where we use earthen lamps. School holidays falls in summer, (April onwards till June) This is the best part of the year for kids, & coincides with Hindu new year. We stay in South India & blessed with optimum weather😅😇 4d
Catsandbooks Christmas is my favorite season! I love the lights, joy, and magic of it. But it also makes me a bit sad because I'm far away from family and don't have any children. I always try to make the most of the season with my husband and my furbabies and enjoy the traditions we have. I wish we had a child to share it all with though. It's been almost 5 years of trying. I think sometimes I try to plan a lot to distract myself from this missing piece. 4d
AllDebooks @Blackink_WhitePaper celebrating all the seasons seems very apt. I might take that up. I do love Diwali, it's so pretty 😍 3d
AllDebooks @Catsandbooks that does sound tough. Mixed feelings about the holidays do seem to be quite a common thread. X 3d
ElizaMarie @AllDebooks My husband and I just adopted a cute little black kitten. He isn't ready for cuddles yet, but I am hoping that he will join me in bed with the doggies and books soon enough 2d
AllDebooks @ElizaMarie oh I love black cats, bet he's a beauty x 2d
TheBookHippie @Catsandbooks oh my love. I have been there and I‘m sending you all the love in the world!!!!! ♥️♥️♥️♥️ now
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A Christmas Carol | Charles Dickens
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December plans are gonna be busy and fun
#autumnbingo hosted by @Ann_Reads 3 books left to complete the board
#adventrecommends hosted by @emilyrose_x
#wintercosy hosted by @PuddleJumper
@winterreadathon hosted by @Andrew65 @GHABI4ROSES @DieAReader
All the above will fit nicely into my #midwintersolace
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Finishing up with #acaroladay hosted by @Linsy rereading a beloved favourite, tagged book

TheBookHippie I‘m excited for it all! 5d
Andrew65 Plenty going on. Have a great month! 😁 5d
Ann_Reads Awesome, with only three books to go! 👍🙂👏 Have fun with all your December challenges. 🎄 5d
PuddleJumper 🎉🎉 5d
DieAReader A fun packed month!!! Enjoy & happy reading🤓📚 5d
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This looks like a lovely event hosted by @emilyrose_x Count me in. We're all gonna have groaning tbr lists by Christmas day. Here's hoping we hit the jackpot with Santa.

https://litsy.com/p/ZTljWGpOSVRk

emilyrose_x Thank you for sharing! 🥰 5d
AllDebooks @emilyrose_x you're welcome, I'm looking forward to it. 5d
AllDebooks @emilyrose_x I was thinking of recommending the books I've listed for my #midwintersolace event. But I don't want to hijack your event. Is it ok if I share a few among my fave reads of 2022. 5d
emilyrose_x @AllDebooks That's absolutely fine! 😊 5d
AllDebooks @emilyrose_x thank you, I'll be sure to tag you in on all shares x 5d
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#bookspinbingo

My last lists for 2022. 😍❄️🥂🎄 I've drawn up 3, as I'm planning on lots of mood reading for the #midwintersolace and #winterreadathon events.
List 1 - Anthologies for all those busy days
List 2 - Fiction to bring warmth, comfort and joy
* List 3 - Non-fiction to keep the brain ticking over and curiosity

I've included all remaining challenge books to round up 2022

@TheAromaofBooks @Andrew65 @GHABI4ROSES @DieAReader

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 5d
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Stay Another Day | Juno Dawson
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#bookspinbingo

My last lists for 2022. 😍❄️🥂🎄 I've drawn up 3, as I'm planning on lots of mood reading for the #midwintersolace and #winterreadathon events.
List 1 - Anthologies for all those busy days
* List 2 - Fiction to bring warmth, comfort and joy
List 3 - Non-fiction to keep the brain ticking over and curiosity

I've included all remaining challenge books to round up 2022

@TheAromaofBooks @Andrew65 @GHABI4ROSES @DieAReader

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 5d
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#bookspinbingo

My last lists for 2022. 😍❄️🥂🎄 I've drawn up 3, as I'm planning on lots of mood reading for the #midwintersolace and #winterreadathon events.
* List 1 - Anthologies for all those busy days
List 2 - Fiction to bring warmth, comfort and joy
List 3 - Non-fiction to keep the brain ticking over and curiosity

I've included all remaining challenge books to round up 2022

@TheAromaofBooks @Andrew65 @GHABI4ROSES @DieAReader

DieAReader Love it! Good luck📚🤓♥️ 5d
TheAromaofBooks Nice!!! I also made three lists, because I have no self control 😂 5d
AllDebooks @TheAromaofBooks nice to be along good company x 5d
AllDebooks @DieAReader Thanks, I'm gonna need it. That or a time turner necklace 😅 5d
DieAReader @AllDebooks 🤣🤣You got this! I‘m also very much a mood (& moody🤪) reader, no further explanation is needed😉 After all, it did take me all day to triple check 1 list, make a digital book list & throw up 1 post on Litsy for my TBR🤷🏻‍♀️🤫😂 Now, it‘s all a matter of sticking to the list (that‘s my problem🙄😬 usually)📚♥️🤓 5d
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#naturalitsy

This guy really has a way with words. Check out his blog for weird nature

https://www.cryptonaturalist.com/

Chelsea.Poole Love this! 5d
AllDebooks I thought others might like it too. It's a very eloquent way to state fact 5d
BookwormAHN Fantastic 🧡 5d
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#Naturalitsy

Please vote for your preferred title on the form below. The winner for our 1st read of 2023 will be announced on the 5th December.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdDxZT2apaShddkGzQXbpHAJCWQI83dXxevei3Q...

TheBookHippie ♥️ need access♥️ 6d
AllDebooks @TheBookHippie thanks for letting me know. I'm not sure why, but I'm working on it. 6d
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AllDebooks Is it working now? lesson learned not to do it on phone again 🤔 6d
TheBookHippie Yay!!!! It works!!! 6d
AllDebooks @TheBookHippie phew!! Now the tags aren't working, no connection. I'll try again tomorrow. My apologies if you get tagged 25 times 🙄 I'm off fir a gin!! 6d
TheBookHippie @AllDebooks 🥃cheers! 6d
AllDebooks As always, newcomers welcome. Just say hi and I'll add you to the tag list. Please do let me know ifyou wishto be removed from the list 6d
BookwormAHN Done ✔️ 6d
rockpools Yep. Still want to read all of them! 😁 6d
ErinSueMreads ✔️✔️✔️✔️ 6d
AllDebooks @rockpools lol, me too. Even more so now 😁 6d
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Voted! Apologies for my absence on the discussions lately. My first holiday season with a baby is proving a bit overwhelming. 😅 6d
jlhammar Just voted! I'll be happy with whichever one we land on. They all sound excellent! 6d
Soscha Tough field! 6d
Graywacke Yay, new list! Voted 6d
Blackink_WhitePaper Done ✔️ 6d
PageShifter Voted the one my library has (and it's actually even on my TBR pile!) 6d
AllDebooks @Liz_M thanks for the tag. I wasn't sure if it was appropriate to tag voting posts 6d
AllDebooks Wow, 20 votes out of 36 people not tagged. Thank you for all your enthusiasm. Spoiler alert ... it's been a consistent draw from the get go!!! Let's see if that changes over the rest of the week. 😊 6d
AllDebooks @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm babies are the best but it's tough at times. Been there, done that worn the T-shirt x 4. Try and make time for yourself, even if it's just 5 minutes to smell your cold coffee you didn't get time to drink. 6d
Caterina Oh all of these look lovely. 😍 Please tag me in all the things! I'm so excited about this and the 2023 bingo card! 😊 And hopefully I'll catch up on Braiding Sweetgrass soon 😅🤞 5d
AllDebooks @Caterina Yay, always great to greet new nature lovers. Welcome to #NaturaLitsy 😊 5d
sebrittainclark I'd love to try joining in 2023. I want to do a little more non fiction reading next year. 4d
AllDebooks @sebrittainclark that's great, glad to have you join us 😀 4d
AllDebooks #Naturalitsy Anyone else wishing to vote, you have until 10pm (GMT) tomorrow 2d
AllDebooks Voting is closed 15h
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#Naturalitsy #Midwintersolace

Do you choose your decor to match your book or your book to match your decor? Guess which one I went with? 😁

I hope you're getting as excited for our midwinter event as I have been preparing it. 2 more sleeps before we start on the 1st December 😍🌲🥂😌❄️🌟🫕

Edit - I got so carried away I was a day ahead of my self .. lol. It's 2 sleeps, Debs, 2 sleeps 😆

Ann_Reads Very pretty! 6d
AllDebooks @Ann_Reads thanks, it makes me very happy 😊 6d
Aimeesue I love this book! 6d
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AllDebooks @Aimeesue 😍 Nigel Slater is my god, this is my favourite of his books 6d
AllDebooks @Aimeesue I always enjoy a similar book by Jeanette Winterson 5d
Aimeesue @AllDebooks I love that one as well! I have a hard copy AND a digital edition. Winterson's one of my favorite writers. ❤️❤️❤️ 5d
AllDebooks @Aimeesue Me too, well met, friend x 5d
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#WinterReadathon

I'm going to fill the holiday season with heaps of cosy books, short stories and fairy tales. All snuggled up in comfy blankets with a fave tipple and scented candle. Planning a very hygge-ish holiday season. Plus games with my kiddos and everyone on here doing #midwintersolace

The tagged is one of my favourite reads

@Andrew65 @GHABI4ROSES @DieAReader

Andrew65 Sounds perfect, and great to have you with us 😁 I‘m looking forward to getting struck into some winter themed romances and cozy mystery books. 1w
DieAReader Happy to have you with us! Your plan sounds wonderful📚🤓♥️ 7d
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#NaturaLitsyBingo2023

A reminder of our great nature-inspired reading challenged for 2023. A relaxed and fun challenge, categories can include non-fiction, fiction, poetry, short stories and you can double up. It's your challenge to set your own goal and participate.

See original post for sign-up

https://litsy.com/p/cFhvTklwTVFv

@LitsyEvents

TalesandTexts This is so cool. I‘m doing a Nat Geo article challenge to read one article a day everyday for November. Its going great. I will use these prompts for the December reading. 😄 7d
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Braiding Sweetgrass | Robin Wall Kimmerer
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#Naturalitsy

Week 4 reminder - Part 4 - Braiding Sweetgrass

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Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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#NovelNovember #Readathon

A successful readathon although I did get distracted by The Giant Dark, so good.
🌲 Fairy tale is still in progress
🌲 Ladyparts 3⭐️
🌲 Braiding Sweetgrass progressing nicely for #NaturaLitsy
🌲 Twelve moons completed 4⭐️ Published in 2023.
🌲 Bonus - listened to The breath of a whale on audiobook. 4⭐️ Review posted.

Great weeks reading with a pretty eclectic mix.

Thank you @Andrew65

Andrew65 That‘s brilliant. Thanks for playing along 👏👏👏🙌🥳🍾🥂😍 6d
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#Wintercosy #Cosybingo hosted by @PuddleJumper is the perfect companion for my #NaturaLitsy #Midwintersolace event

Can't wait to hibernate!!

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#NaturaLitsy

I've learned so much from this enjoyable read. Calvez discusses her experience following and researching these magnificent creatures. The coverage of the beginning of captive whales for 'entertainment' broke my heart. Reminded me of the documentary film 'Blackfish'.
Highly recommended

jlhammar Sounds good! I almost nominated a different whale one for our next #naturalitsy group read. 1w
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#Naturalitsy

Closing voting by 10pm GMT. Please add any recommendations here or on original post. Many thanks.

https://litsy.com/p/ZVVzcjBTQmh1

AllDebooks @Larkken I did have this down for a challenge but never got round to it. Thanks for the suggestion. I can add you to the tag list, if you'd like to join us 1w
Larkken @AllDebooks sure! I‘ve been lurking, not sure if I am active enough for challenges, but I can always try!! 😅 1w
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AllDebooks That's great, welcome. Don't worry, it's all very relaxed and participate as and when you wish, cos you know... life! 😊 1w
AllDebooks Thank you for comments, closed for recommendations now. Voting post will be up soon 😁 1w
AllDebooks @Larkken hi, I'm just setting up the voting form and can't find the book you've tagged. Which one would you prefer me to list? Patrik Svensson has The Gospel of the eels- a father, a son and the world's most enigmatic fish. There is also another author's book with the same title as your initial tag 6d
Larkken Weird! It is the Svensson book, but it had a dif title in Libby! Sorry about that 6d
Larkken @AllDebooks weird! It is the book by Svensson. I swear the book I checked out from Libby had the other title, but I‘m sure it‘s the same! 6d
AllDebooks @Larkken my bad, sorry!! I was only looking on kindle books instead of amazon homepage. I've found it. 😁 6d
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"I am interested in how the tiny moments in someone's life can get lost, but when pieced together they are something unique and remarkable, how the mundane, repetitive acts add up to a life well lived"

p 55 #Netgalley #BOTM

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Braiding Sweetgrass | Robin Wall Kimmerer
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BookwormAHN My copy from the library finally came in. I've just started it but so far it's really beautifully written. 1w
AllDebooks @BookwormAHN It really is so descriptive 1w
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TheBookHippie The start of this part reminded me of I love you sounds like : Are you hungry? Have you eaten? Text me when you get home…. I‘m enjoying this so much more now that I look at it as short stories. Also I highly agree with gardening even it‘s a small herb plant in your house. 💚🌱Some of the stories really hit some are just beautifully written. It‘s an interesting read. I don‘t think I‘d enjoy it if I wasn‘t reading with pauses. 1w
AllDebooks @TheBookHippie I agree, I started to enjoy it once I changed my perception, reading as individual essays/stories rather than a book. I just keep dipping in and out now 1w
TheBookHippie @AllDebooks I do as well, it‘s quite lovely that way. 1w
Aimeesue I loved the Honorable Harvest chapter, especially the part re looking at purchases and what went into making them (actual cost, as opposed to the $$ price.) And I liked that Kimmerer encouraged people to do what they can, like buying one "green" thing a week if that's all you can do. There's often so much pressure to go all out and give up all meat/ bike everywhere/ grow all your own food. It's overwhelming. Every little bit helps. 1w
Aimeesue @TheBookHippie Once we settled down, (military family, lots of moves) I decided to curate an "edible yard." We stared with rhubarb and raspberry bushes, added hostas and tulips, and grew lettuce, chives, and strawberries in window boxes. This year we replaced azaleas with blueberry bushes. It's a fun project. ? Not everyone has the time/space/$$ for that, of course, but as you mentioned indoor herb growing is great – easy and delicious (edited) 1w
TheBookHippie @Aimeesue I agree it‘s the little things, all or nothing is too difficult. I always tell people even Walmart has basil and mint plants a couple bucks it‘s very satisfying. I thrift mostly and it‘s fun as well as helps the Earth. 1w
CaitZ After reading Honorable Harvest, I went to lunch with my brother. He works in a university greenhouse growing plants for scientists & students. He said they just started growing rice because a scientist thinks he can get more rice from a plant. I'm trying to understand the contradiction between the two viewpoints. Kimmer encourages only taking what you need & respect for plants while the scientist is trying to modify the plant to feed the world. 1w
AllDebooks @Aimeesue I thought Honourable Harvest was an excellent discourse on consumption and sustainability. Important to note this book is over 10 years old, so such concepts were sadly dismissed rather than embraced 1w
AllDebooks @CaitZ I find it so frustrating. The more we back off from nature and leave it alone, the better it does. All the answers so well known, tampering and modifying are not the solution 1w
AllDebooks @Aimeesue I did this too and it brings me so much joy. My garden was barren with very little wildlife. Now have over 22 species of bird visiting and more diversity with every passing year. I'm so thrilled by this. 1w
Graywacke I‘m in conflict with Kimmerer. I‘m sorry, a bit of bitter counter-post. I do like much of what she says. But I‘m tired of a few things - mainly of the subtext that the solution to 8 billion humans on earth lies in a owning property in rural upstate NY and growing a garden. 1w
AllDebooks @Graywacke that's actually a fair point. I admire her for advocating more traditional harvesting but do appreciate this is a complex subject that will need so many more changes. Both from an individual, local, national and global level. 1w
Aimeesue @TheBookHippie Thrifting is my favorite sport! I live in a pretty affluent area so there's a lot of quality stuff donated. I've found 7 down blankets in the past year or so (I won't buy new down unless it's ethically sourced, and a pillow when needed is about it,) cashmere sweaters, and 95% of our clothes. We are extremely fortunate to live near so many great thrift stores! (edited) 1w
Aimeesue @AllDebooks I love that! We reseeded the lawn with low growing clover and now we get bunnies! And it definitely doesn't require mowing as often as before. 1w
TheBookHippie @Aimeesue How fun!! Our clothes are 90 percent thrifted as well. I love a good thrift find!! 1w
Aimeesue @TheBookHippie I think a lot of it is the thrill of the hunt. I get so much satisfaction out of finding great pieces for very few dollars. 1w
Aimeesue @CaitZ Maybe Kimmerer's point is less literal when it's on a global scale? A big driver of global warming is rice production, so one tactic for reducing that impact is looking at ways to increase yield so you need to plant fewer rice plants. Drawdown (Paul Hawken, Ed) lists that as one of the top 25 ways to stop global warming. (edited) 1w
TheBookHippie @Aimeesue Oh I so agree! We have a fun thrift store here that all the profits go to the animals in the humane society where all the strays are kept so it's a win win! 1w
CaitZ @Aimeesue I hadn't heard of the book Drawdown. It sounds interesting. I'm adding it to my TBR list. Thank you 1w
Chelsea.Poole Everyone brings up great points here. I agree that not everyone is privileged enough to grow their own food, but I think that many need a mindset shift and an awareness of where our food comes from. I loved the part about a student reflecting on her grandmother‘s instruction to “kiss the rice” and how horrified she was at the food waste in America. We had Thanksgiving tonight and I wanted to thank the plants and animals that made up our meal. 1w
Chelsea.Poole Also, I LOVE thrifting @TheBookHippie @Aimeesue I usually have something I‘m hunting — currently a deviled egg platter lol. 1w
TheBookHippie @Graywacke I think more of how to do it in everyday life. Who can get property and time to do these things? Also would it really work? Living communally and ethically about resources is more important to me. Growing even one thing for mental health that may help you not buy it over produced is a small gift. Communally is really what I think has been lost, old hippie here…. That cuts on consumption quickly. 1w
TheBookHippie @Chelsea.Poole I love a good thrift hunt! 1w
Chelsea.Poole @AllDebooks yes!! I‘ve seen him before and I love it! 1w
Graywacke @TheBookHippie I should think more that way. Maybe it would help if the contrast wasn‘t so extreme - the terrible-world followed by very world-insignificant (but personally meaningful) action. The small action may answer a personal need, but it definitely does not address the terrible-world problem that it seems framed against. I do appreciate small things can add up, but maybe I don‘t appreciate it enough. I‘m having trouble seeing it here. 1w
TheBookHippie @Graywacke I have to think this way I‘m an activist 😂😵‍💫 or I‘d lose it, which doubt still happens! My Grandma always would say one percent of France was in the resistance during WW2 & only made it to 3 percent, but look what they did and who they saved. I use this and many raindrops make an ocean and many pebbles a mosaic. I think this author is an extreme of how to do things, ordinary people if they all just did one thing? Miracles. Happen. 1w
Graywacke @TheBookHippie well, I‘ll take this comment to heart moving forward. 🙂 1w
AllDebooks @TheBookHippie this is my way of thinking too. If I didn't, I would go crazy 1w
AllDebooks Did John in the black ash segment, remind anyone else of the Lorax? 1w
ErinSueMreads I'm honestly overwhelmed by all the amazing discussion on these posts. I haven't even commented because I just don't even know where to start 6d
AllDebooks @ErinSueMreads they really are stimulating discussions. Please don't feel overwhelmed. Everyone's opinion matters x 6d
ErinSueMreads @AllDebooks it's totally a good overwhelmed! It's just amazing seeing so many different people's takes on it 6d
Blackink_WhitePaper @AllDebooks Sorry again I am late to join the discussion. I enjoyed reading all the comments. We have custom where we ve to say ‘Annadaatha sukhi Bhava‘ meaning those who are providing me with this food let them be happy. I m surprised how the same concept of gratitude is followed almost in the other part of the world! 4d
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#NaturaLitsy

When you've been on a self imposed book ban and crack. A handful of books bought over the last 12 months instead of the usual 20+ per month. I decided to treat myself and went a bit crazy. Thankfully Postscript books had an amazing sale. What a #bookhaul I'm so happy right now ☺️

Soubhiville Yay! 1w
jlhammar What a fantastic haul! They all sound so good. 1w
AllDebooks @jlhammar Ikr, I'm ridiculously pleased with myself. 😅 1w
TheBookHippie Oooooooo!! 1w
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#Naturalitsy #Midwintersolacegames
@LitsyEvents

Sign up on the link below and join in the fun as we head into holiday season. Speaking of which, Happy Thanksgiving 😊

Lots planned to help us relax, unwind, support and take care of each other in the run-up to midwinter solstice. Please feel free to share.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSff8aJjA8moOG3LdqMKFgFHZ6y35SdUiJ55ret7...

wanderinglynn Love it! 2w
Dilara Thank you for organising this! I've signed up 👍 2w
AllDebooks @wanderinglynn @dilara so glad you're joining us. I'm getting so excited now it's nearly time to start 🙌 2w
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IndoorDame Are the books you choose meant to be related to nature? Self care? Xmas? Solstice?…trying to decide if this fits in with my Dec reading plans 1w
AllDebooks @IndoorDame it's pretty relaxed interpretation, whatever makes you happy. The aim is to help us unwind and connect with others. 1w
IndoorDame @AllDebooks that sounds lovely! count me in! 1w
Allylu I signed up! Sounds wonderful. 1w
Caterina Signed up 😊 5d
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Pickpick

#NaturaLitsy
This was an amazing read, I enjoyed it immensely. It's a definite best read of 2022. The book is split into different parts, nostalgia, progress and utopia. Each part examines the different methods of farming in the UK. Nostalgia was very reminiscent of my own childhood, found this very moving.

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Ladyparts: A Memoir | Deborah Copaken
Mehso-so

Some elements are interesting and thought provoking. Her personal history is traumatic to read. I did find myself triggered by some parts. I found the writing to be quite repetitive and this caused me to lose interest and empathy.

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#Naturalitsy

Time to choose our next read for Jan/Feb 2023
We had so many themes last time, it was difficult to make a decision! This time I suggest 1 theme - Water. This is completely open to interpretation. You can choose water bodies, water wildlife, ice, glaciers, weather, preservation etc. There are so many of us now, I do suggest we each have 1 recommendation only.

I'll close the comments on Sunday for voting next week.

Over to you...

AllDebooks Tagging all who have shown an interest in #NaturaLitsy. If you wish to be removed or added, please do let me know. All newcomers welcome to our lovely group x 2w
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Soscha I‘d love to be added, thank you! 🐳🌊 2w
AllDebooks @Soscha oh yay 🤗 a warm welcome x 2w
AllDebooks I'm choosing an older book from 2009 but one that's been on my tbr since then 2w
AllDebooks @Soscha use the #naturalitsy tag to follow our other events. We started in late August and choose a book to read over a 2 month period. Our first was Finding the Mother tree by Suzanne Simard. We are currently reading 2w
PuddleJumper Is it non-fiction books? 2w
LeeRHarry I‘m not above a shameless plug for a friend‘s book 😏 2w
Yuki_Onna Recommending the following: One of the few non-fiction/memoir/adventure/travel books I thoroughly enjoyed when I first read it. It's not only about catching a Greenland Shark (for scientific reasons (mostly)), but also about life at the Norwegian coast, marine life, living on an island etc.
Its German title translates as 'The book of the sea' - and I got tons of fun interesting sea facts from it.
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AllDebooks @PuddleJumper not necessarily. Most of what we recommend is non-fiction but there are a huge number of fiction and poetry books with nature themes at their core. 2w
Blackink_WhitePaper There 2 books on my TBR on water. First priority is A long walk to water. Have heard it is a must read book. But since it is a short book I also suggest the another one 2w
rockpools I want to read ALL of these suggestions! The Edge of the Sea is one of my all time favourites, but I‘m going to put forward another Rachel Carson book. I‘ve never read this and her writing is gorgeous. 2w
rockpools Also, it seems to be more readily available now than last time I posted about it 🫣 2w
AllDebooks @rockpools me too, all great suggestions. It's going to be a tough choice to choose one. I suppose we could squeeze a few into the challenge 🙂 2w
AllDebooks Thank you for all the amazing recommendations so far. I'm leaving this post open until Sunday for anyone else wishing to make suggestions. 1w
ElizaMarie Please add me. I am thinking about my next year's reads/plans/goals etc. This might be something right up my alley. 1w
AllDebooks @ElizaMarie that's wonderful, welcome. We're also having a #Naturalitsybingo challenge running through the year. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfCeL7nB2SWTai9iJst9ZiVjyBeYX5MRm4sQ1X8... 1w
AllDebooks Original post, will be posting more about this in next few weeks https://litsy.com/p/UFhMOERDM0NI 1w
AllDebooks Thank you for comments, closed for recommendations now. Voting post will be up soon 😁 1w
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Braiding Sweetgrass | Robin Wall Kimmerer
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#NaturaLitsy

Week 3 reminder - Picking Sweetgrass
I'll post a discussion thread on Saturday. Wishing you all a great week.
I'm just going to tag you in the discussion threads as don't want to get annoying 😅

Also I'll be posting about our Jan/Feb reads later this week. So keep em peeled 👀🤔

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Ladyparts: A Memoir | Deborah Copaken
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#NovelNovember #Readathon

Those autumnal colours are like fire 😍
Goals
📙 Read Fairy Tale - Stephen King
📙 Finish Ladyparts for #SheSaid
📙 Continue with Braiding Sweetgrass for #NaturaLitsy
📙 Read and review a #Netgalley choice

@Andrew65

Andrew65 Great to have you with us and good luck 😁 2w
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Braiding Sweetgrass | Robin Wall Kimmerer
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Graywacke I enjoyed these five, what I‘m calling essays. I reclassified the book in my head as a collection of personal essays, and that seemed to help how I read them. They seem to be really about Kimmerer and her thinking, experiences and culture. That may explain the freedom of wandering focus. And it seems loneliness is a quiet theme - divorced, empty-nest, rural, restoring a pond no one will really use. Hazel seemed to accentuate that. 2w
Deblovestoread I enjoyed these chapters and @Graywacke sums them up perfectly. 2w
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AllDebooks @Graywacke that is a perfect summary. It does make more sense to think of essay format. I found the Hazel story touching. I'm also empathetic to the stories of her daughters growing up and starting college. I'm coming up on that stage now and it's tough 2w
TheBookHippie @Graywacke I agree the mind shift to essays makes the reading more . The loneliness is accentuated for sure it‘s actually helped me understand my friend more, she struggles with being alone. I‘m the opposite, I love it. I am enjoying the reading. 2w
Graywacke @TheBookHippie I have been thinking about this. I have a fear of being alone because I just imagine it, well awfully lonely. I was discussing with a friend who said being disconnected from a person around you (someone close) feels really lonely in a difficult way. But they found living alone quite lovely. I admit I was surprised, in a good way. (Hopefully no tmi here) 2w
AllDebooks @Graywacke Not too much tmi. I love being alone since seperating from my ex 6 years ago. Not sure I would have felt the same when younger. 2w
Graywacke @Deblovestoread thanks ☺️ @AllDebooks my daughter is a high school senior. My son a sophomore. So it‘s coming. (All marriages are all different, but it‘s a lot harder these days. I think we just change.) 2w
TheBookHippie @Graywacke I love being alone. People really get mad that I love being alone. (My daughter is almost 34 my son just turned 16 my grandson is 8.) I never wanted to be domestic or married -however it was important to Mr BookHippie -so here we are three decades later, we are both fiercely independent and most people who were are perturbed by our relationship are now not together with their partner. 😂 Glad you do find joy in it, it‘s very zen. (edited) 2w
TheBookHippie @AllDebooks I‘ve fought to have alone time my entire life. Everyone who knows me -family,friends, kids, I mentor -what gift do we get Miss Christine it‘s all unison “a day by herself” 😂. I travel alone for a week once a year it‘s pure zen. But I make it a priority weekly. 2w
Chelsea.Poole Loved the pond descriptions — we have a small pond with more scum than anything else and I visualized it while she described cleaning it out, as it so happened, for no one. I really felt those parts about the empty nest; my sons are 5&7 and I‘m very needed. I‘ll be heartbroken setting them out on their own 😭 2w
Chelsea.Poole @TheBookHippie I admire your commitment to alone time! I‘m a fan as well but my kids have changed my life so I‘m not sure how I feel now that they‘ve been such a huge and constant presence. I haven‘t been alone for 7 years! 😂 2w
TheBookHippie @Chelsea.Poole I‘ve been actively raising a child in my home for 34 years, straight, I have 3 to go. I‘m more than ready to not parent daily. This makes most people uncomfortable until they realise I‘ve been patenting longer than they‘ve been alive and when my son graduates it‘ll almost be 40 years. Don‘t get me wrong I love my children (and my grandson). I am just looking forward to the next phase. 5&7 are fun ages! Enjoy it! ♥️ 2w
LeeRHarry Still enjoying a lot - the thought of what might be lurking at the bottom of the pond! 😱😏 2w
rockpools Another book that‘s so different to how I imagined - although I did expect to enjoy it! I‘m finding her take on reciprocity between humans and the natural world really interesting and kind of encouraging. 2w
Ann_Reads Sorry all, it seems the consensus is everyone is loving the book but I've actually decided to bail on it. For whatever reason, I just couldn't mentally transition to the idea this is more a book of personal essays more than anything else. It's fine for what it is but not really what I was expecting. Perhaps I'm not in the right frame of mind to read this now. I've posted a review. Enjoy the remainder of your discussion here. 🙂 2w
AllDebooks @Ann_Reads sorry to hear you're not enjoying it but sometimes we hit a book like that. Took me years to be ok with bailing on a book. You have too, life's too short. X 2w
Ann_Reads @AllDebooks Thanks for understanding and you're right, sometimes it's just best to move onto another book. A few years from now, maybe it will be the right time to revisit the book that was set aside. I'm often a mood reader, so that's especially important for me to take into consideration. 🌞 2w
Aimeesue I loved this section - especially tapping the maple trees. I'm originally from Western Mass, near Vermont, so it was very maple-y area. My fifth grade class tapped trees and had a pancake breakfast at the end of the season, so it brought back a lot of memories. I totally get that "missing the blaze of maples" in the fall too - every single year. 2w
AllDebooks @Aimeesue This is so sweet, pardon the pun. I love that this book evoked so many wonderful memories for you. Thank you for sharing them with us x 2w
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The Wonder | Emma Donoghue
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Anyone else stuck for book to movie category of #Autumnbingo
This helped me, reading the tagged then watching the irrepressible Florence Pugh in Netflix adaptation. Although Catherine, called Birdy looks amazing too.
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https://www.panmacmillan.com/blogs/literary/the-best-book-to-film-adaptations?fb...

Ann_Reads Looks like a good choice, especially for anyone who subscribes to Netflix. 👍 3w
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Untitled | Unknown
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I am such a book nerd. I absolutely love these picture puzzles from National Book tokens (UK). This is going to be driving me nuts for a few days🤔 😅

https://caboodle.nationalbooktokens.com/hiddenbooks/default.aspx?utm_medium=emai...

Ann_Reads That looks much harder than it seems at first glance. Have fun! 3w
AllDebooks @Ann_Reads Lol, I have 12, now I'm stuck 🤔 3w
AllDebooks Cracked it, first time I've ever done this in a day and without help. (Well maybe a little Google-ing) 3w
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#Naturalitsy

Robin Wall Kimmerer has contributed to Chapter 5 about biodiversity, indigenous knowledge and climate action.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m001ddw5?partner=uk.co.bbc&origin=share-mobile

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Braiding Sweetgrass | Robin Wall Kimmerer
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#NaturaLitsy

Week 2 reminder - Part 2 - Tending Sweetgrass

Thank you for all your insightful comments on Part 1.

Let's see what this week's reading brings.

Wishing you all a great week. 🙂

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“Life meanders like a path through the woods. We have seasons when we flourish and seasons when the leaves fall from us, revealing our bare bones. Given time, they grow again.“

Sign up form for #NaturaLitsy planned #Midwintersolacegames starting 1st December. All welcome to join in, let me know to tag you in the lists.
#Litsyevents

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSff8aJjA8moOG3LdqMKFgFHZ6y35SdUiJ55ret7...

AllDebooks Sorry, misspelt your tag x @Yuki_Onna 3w
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ozma.of.oz Looks great! 💙 3w
AllDebooks @Ann_Reads it's very much a be involved as much as you like. No pressure. Sorry, forgot to change setting on fiction 3w
Ann_Reads @AllDebooks Thank you. I was just editing my prior comment and messed up in the process, tapping the wrong button, so I'm adding a new comment here. 😊

Since I cannot redo the Google form for fiction, maybe Letters From Father Christmas by JRR Tolkien? That's a really fun book! For the nonfiction section, I initially meant to put in The Little Book of Hygge. I think that would fit your theme better than my other choice. 🙂🎄
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rockpools Sorry, I‘m being dim today, and I‘m not sure I understand! Are the answers on the form for what we‘re intending to read, or group suggestions, or to complete when we‘ve read them? Please tag me anyway and I‘ll join when I can - love the idea. 3w
AllDebooks @rockpools Great, glad to have you join. It's to fill in as and when you choose a book. Mainly so people can doubleup with challenges etc. Braiding Sweegrass would fit the non-fiction prompt and we're scheduled to finish that the 1st week in December 3w
rockpools @AllDebooks Perfect- thank you 😊 3w
Ann_Reads @AllDeBooks Oh gosh. I've totally misunderstood too. I thought we needed to fill in the form in advance and they were group suggestions. Can you delete my entry so I can start over again later? Sorry for the extra work. Thank you for the further explanation. I'm glad @rockpools asked the question. 3w
TheBookHippie @Ann_Reads HA I did the exact same thing OOOOPS 3w
BookwormAHN Fun Idea. I'm signed up 😺 3w
AmandaBlaze Yeah, I got it wrong too. I thought it was an either/or type of thing. 3w
AllDebooks I'm sorry for any confusion. Don't worry, I'm sure you can edit the form. I've amended the info on the sign up form. 4 categories of books - fiction, non-fiction, poetry and short stories; you can double up; fill in intended reads or as and when you read them. 3w
Readergrrl I‘m really excited to try this out!! I‘ve got a few books in mind already! 3w
AllDebooks @Readergrrl glad you're joining us, I've added you to the tag list 3w
MittenGirlPeach What a terrific idea! I‘m in. Thinking of books. 3w
AllDebooks Yay, glad to have you join us. This is going to be fun! 3w
Readergrrl Thank you!! I‘m not 💯 sure how this works, but I listed some books on the Google Form that I‘m going to try tackling in December. 3w
Linsy This looks great! I'd love to join in! 2w
ElizaMarie Not sure how this works... but I am totally in favor of doing something that incorporates self-care and time for reflection this season. I haven't signed up yet as I am not sure what to put in any of the categories yet. 2w
AllDebooks @ElizaMarie @Linsy welcome, I have high hopes that this is going to so good. The form is to help me see who's joining in. The books can be added as a tbr list or later as and when you read them. It's going to be very relaxed and hopefully soothing. Which is very much needed at this crazy time of year! 2w
ElizaMarie @AllDebooks please tag me on these. I am working on the Google Form soon :) 1w
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rockpools I haven‘t read the whole section yet, but I am loving this so far. It‘s the perfect book to read after Mother Tree - the Interconnectedness of things, the complex nature of plant communication, the importance of stories. Her writing style is very natural, and feels optimistic. Think this will be a good one! And I‘m liking the concept of mast years - I didn‘t know that was a thing. 3w
Chelsea.Poole I texted my friend to say I was reading another “life-changer” with this one. She‘s already touched on so many topics…removal of children from the families/communities/identifies…theft of land..the real meaning of “Indian giver”….”pecan” from the word “nut”…language as identity and the practices the US gov took from tribes…heartberries (strawberries) reminds me of the book with the same title which is heartbreaking. (edited) 3w
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TheBookHippie When the book starts out with the questioning of people and nature together reminds me of how different I was perceived as Mother Earth to a hippie is to be revered and earth is a our gift, nature is home. In parochial school this was taught as a big sin. Made me think of the alt right religious who deny climate change and don‘t respect nature at all. There‘s a cause and effect! love the writing style it feels like Story-Time around a camp fire. 3w
TheBookHippie Our treatment of Native Americans and the erasure of them and their way of life is unforgivable so much lost, there‘s no words for it. We should have adopted their way on their land. No forced ours in such cruel and evil ways. I love the message we are getting and the education. I knew quite a bit but to see it written this way is a gift. 3w
TheBookHippie @rockpools I agree. It‘s a great follow up. And everything else you said! 3w
TheBookHippie @Chelsea.Poole I agree with all of this! Thanks for the book recommendation ! 3w
Ann_Reads I really liked the first chapter and the story of Skywoman Falling. The writing is gracefully descriptive. I know Ms Kimmerer is a trained in Environmental Biology but there is less science in her conversation than I expected. Sometimes I cannot tell if she is pro or anti science. 3w
Deblovestoread When she wrote about the gathering of the original speakers being a circle of 9 it was a gut punch. Unthinkable that we have stole so much and made it extinct. Appreciate the comments and insight @rockpools @TheBookHippie @Chelsea.Poole Great book choice. 3w
Graywacke Such a mixed bag of promises. Mindset, science, Native American history, circumstance and philosophy. Which way will she take us? All? None? Well, definitely the philosophy part, I guess. It‘s a lot less science than I expected. ( @Ann_Reads !) I relate to each aspect differently. Unfortunately I‘m finding the native philosophy the least interesting part. I just see unaddressed problems everywhere there. But some observations are insightful. 3w
TheBookHippie @Deblovestoread Gut punch is the correct word for sure. 3w
Graywacke The part that stuck me most was when she asked her students to rate the _positive_ interactions between people and the land, and most of her students said, “none”. I hope she follows up on that. (edited) 3w
Graywacke @Deblovestoread really sad about having only 9 native speakers living. (edited) 3w
Deblovestoread @Graywacke that part struck me, too. Is it none because we don‘t recognize nature as the source of our survival or is none because we do recognize that and see how it is being mistreated or ignored. 3w
Graywacke @Deblovestoread for me personally it‘s because I‘m so attuned to the idea that every natural problem was caused by us. The more isolated a place is from humanity and our impact, the healthier it seems. I would love to see more of our group‘s answers to that question. (edited) 3w
AllDebooks @rockpools Mast fruiting was new to me too. I found it to be beautifully written so far. There seems to be a real juxtaposition between science and indigenous knowledge. Not certain which she favours, maybe room for both? 3w
LeeRHarry I‘m really enjoying this one so far - it is a lot less dense than I was expecting which is a plus. Found the part about goldenrods and asters and colour association fascinating. I‘m learning a lot but not in a preachy way which I appreciate. (edited) 3w
Aimeesue @Ann_Reads I think she's not so much pro/anti science as exploring the stories that science tells, in contrast to the way traditional wisdom tells those stories. Each are useful, but science leaves out the social/emotional/spiritual connections that are the heart of traditional wisdom. Yes, we need hard science to know how to deal with viruses and other threats to health/safety, but we also need to understand connections btw us & them. 2 lenses. 3w
AllDebooks @Chelsea.Poole the history of Indian removal politics and the Trail of Death are very shameful. Settlers did their best to annihilate an entire peoples. So very wrong and saddening. 3w
AllDebooks @TheBookHippie camp side stories is exactly the perfect summary!! That's an interesting point you make about the cause and effect of different perceptions. Why do the most damaging ones seem to be cyclical. We never learn, by that I mean collectively (gov, etc) rather than individually 3w
AllDebooks @Ann_Reads I'm really enjoying the indigenous folklore. 3w
AllDebooks @Graywacke I was frustrated too by this lack of follow up. In what context do the students see no positive interaction. I really hope this is expanded on. Seems such a huge scope of questioning to give 'none' as an answer. 3w
AllDebooks @Deblovestoread absolutely floored me too. So much knowledge, history and experience lost 3w
Aimeesue I adore Kimmerer, and I love her narration of the book - she's got a great voice. She recently won a MacArthur Genius Award too. She did an interview with Krista Tippett for On Being a few years ago and one of the quotes Tippett used to introduce her was “Science polishes the gift of seeing, Indigenous traditions work with gifts of listening and language.” ❤️ 3w
Aimeesue One of the big points for me was the viewpoints/philosophies of Europeans and Indigenous peoples when colonization started up. Common land vs. parceled out lots that were "owned" because you put work into them to "improve" them. of course, your "improvements" might ruin the land of your downstream neighbor, but that wasn't a huge concern at the outset, but it would have to be if land is held in common. (edited) 3w
AllDebooks @Deblovestoread that's a fascinating question and like @Graywacke I'm curious to see other opinions. Imo, the majority of people just don't see how dependent our existence is within the natural world. While every materialistic needs are met from the stores, why think about where food comes. Or if everyone has enough water, food, shelter. Saying that I think there has been a seismic shift as people become more attuned to the fragility of ⬇️⬇️ 3w
AllDebooks Our natural world. Hopefully this gains momentum in time to halt further damage and destruction. 3w
Aimeesue @AllDebooks Water is likely to become a HUGE issue over the next decade. I recently read a(10 year old) book about water systems and scarcity. It was somewhat scary - look at all the recent issues, Flint, CA droughts, Jackson, MS - but it also outlined some ways we can avoid issues. (edited) 3w
AllDebooks @LeeRHarry that really was beautiful. Initially I understood the professors reaction to her honesty. But as she explained more, I understood her pov. Critical science data is necessary but it should be acknowledged that the beauty and connections we feel are important too. Not sure how I feel about the animate points, could see why it threw her students 3w
AllDebooks @Aimeesue it is all very scary and so frustrating. All could have been avoided. It makes me so angry at the disregard for life from decades of global governments focused on capitalism 3w
TheBookHippie @Graywacke me too I hope there is follow up. So sad. 3w
TheBookHippie @AllDebooks @Graywacke I am always amazed people do not see correlation between what they do and how it affects earth,nature, the cycle of all life. I don‘t like how I‘ve always been dismissed “oh you‘re a hippie that‘s why you …..” no we should all care and realise cause and affect. And also what we‘ve taken from people and earth that cannot be replaced it‘s on us. 3w
jenniferw88 I really appreciated her thoughts on language (although 'apple it is' reminded me of Yoda 😂), and how (nearly) everything is animate. I also liked the mention of our reluctance to learn foreign languages, so much could be improved if we did - not just in terms of nature but in (for example) race, queer and disability perspectives too. 3w
jenniferw88 Just remembered - the bit about our reluctance to learn foreign languages reminded me of Pocahontas, which is probably good with the indigenous bit of the book! It's very 'colours of the wind' https://open.spotify.com/track/1OYOLWqKmhkFIx2KC9ek1a?si=zKooOVWLQZa5zUIhF6AuYQ&... 3w
TheBookHippie @jenniferw88 such a good point!!! Thanks for the link! 3w
MilesnMelodies I read the first couple chapters.amd I didn't care for how it was written. The design of the hardcover is beautiful though. 3w
rockpools @jenniferw88 Yes, the language section was fascinating, and you make such good points. We don‘t often recognise how different worldviews play out through language, especially as English is so prevalent. Even thinking about Welsh concepts of ownership- you wouldn‘t say ‘I have a cat‘, you‘d say ‘There‘s a cat with me‘ (I think) - much more relationshipy than possessiony. 3w
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm @Deblovestoread Yes, I was blown away by the surviving speakers being only 9, and I appreciated the optimism of her teacher in trying to keep the language alive. I can only imagine how much we humans have lost to time because of our vindictive ignorance. 😢 3w
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm @Graywacke I have similar thoughts on the “none” answer of her students. One could argue that the only time humans have a positive interaction with nature is after we‘re trying to reverse the damage of one of our previous negative interactions. And even then, sometimes we just exacerbate the issue… 3w
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm @LeeRHarry I‘m thoroughly enjoying the tone and beautiful descriptions as well. 3w
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm I‘m enjoying this book quite a bit. I‘m not a spiritual person, but I appreciate the benefit of thinking more about the spirit or soul of everything we come into contact with. I can‘t help but wonder how different our collective view would be. I also think it has a lot to do with how certain cultures believe this world to be a finite place, a passing through point to get to the real destination rather than a home to be cared for and passed on to⬇️ 3w
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm future generations. It reminded me of a conversation I had with my mother when I was explaining why I was choosing to use reusable diapers for my son. I told her how it takes hundreds of years for disposable diapers to decompose and her response was, “Well, I won‘t be around, so I don‘t care.” I said, “That kind of thinking is why we‘re in a lot of the messes we‘re in right now!” 3w
Graywacke @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm “a passing through point” - it‘s an ultimate justification for doing nothing, right? That‘s a human mindset - I don‘t want to deal, so how can I rationalize that? 3w
CaitZ "The land knows you, even when you're lost." That sentence spoke to me. I was also sad that so few people felt they had a positive interaction with nature. One of the main reasons I bought my house was because of the park 1/2 a block away. Although it's not big when I get frustrated or anxious I can walk among the trees and feel refreshed. 3w
CaitZ I liked that she started the book with the story of Skywoman. I find origin stories intriguing and think you can learn so much from them about the culture they represent. 3w
AllDebooks @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm you make a valid point about cultural differences and passing through! Our personal experiences define ourselves and beliefs. I spent a lot of my childhood with my Gran. She taught me to garden and love the natural world. Her organic methods were very different to my parents use of chemicals. I thought about the knock on effect of all those chemicals and never used them. My parents pov was similar to your Mum's 3w
AllDebooks @CaitZ I know so little about Native American folklore, so am loving these little vignettes 3w
Blackink_WhitePaper @Ann_Reads I had the same thoughts. It is hard to find people acknowledging both science & customs / culture. 3w
Blackink_WhitePaper @Aimeesue completely agree with you 👏👏 3w
Blackink_WhitePaper @AllDebooks I am bit late to join the discussion. Book started off greatly with the folklore story. It reminds me of many story from Hindu mythology as well. I wonder how people from different parts of the world are similar in certain way! I am learning many hard facts about Native Americans which I was ignorant otherwise . I like the fact that it is not only science but spiritual, emotional. M listening to the audio & her voice is soothing. 3w
AllDebooks @Blackink_WhitePaper so glad you're enjoying it. I'm loving learning anout indigenous knowledge. I may switch to audio as listening to her read a section of Greta Thunberg's book was very soothing, as you say. Even tho the subject was not!! https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m001ddw5?partner=uk.co.bbc&origin=share-mobile 3w
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The Nature of Winter | Jim Crumley
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#NaturaLitsy

Sadly #wintergames has been cancelled this year. I'm putting out the feelers to see if anyone would be interested in a hygge, nature inspired winter challenge. It would run from 1st - 21st December, ending on the solstice. Who knows, if there is interest I may do a summer solstice one too.
Please comment below and I'll start brainstorming over the weekend. It would be called #Midwintersolace

AllDebooks @Clwojick @StayCurious would you both be ok with me setting up this event? It would only be a gentle challenge, nothing at all like your scarathalon/wintergames events. I don't want to be overs 3w
AllDebooks Overstepping or treading on any toes, as it were. Just looking for something fun to do in the run up to the holidays. 3w
ozma.of.oz This sounds like a lovely idea! 💙 3w
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Ann_Reads I might be interested. Would it be possible for you to give a few more details? Does it involve reading, or posting nature photos, or????

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AllDebooks @Ann_Reads I'll get back to you tomorrow with more certain ideas. It would be something very gentle and fun. Extremely busy time of year, so was thinking of self care, comfort, hygge, nature inspired theme 3w
AllDebooks @ozma.of.oz Thank you, hopefully it takes off 😊 3w
AmandaBlaze @AllDebooks Thanks, I finally found it. Yes, I would be interested, especially if there are word searches. Don't know why I like finding words in a book, but I do. lol 3w
Ann_Reads @AllDebooks Oh, that sounds nice! I'll look forward to your post. I was envisioning a nature scavenger hunt or something, which would be incredibly fun but I probably wouldn't follow through with doing that in December. 3w
SamAnne This is a wonderful idea. I‘m in. 3w
TheBookHippie In!!! 3w
Clwojick @AllDebooks Of course we‘d be okay with it, and it looks like you have some interest already which is great! I always say the more reading events the better, so there‘s something for everyone. ❤️ Enjoy! 3w
tdrosebud I would be interested 3w
Catsandbooks I'm interested! 3w
Nelnjali I'm interested:) 3w
AllDebooks This is great, thanks all for your response. I'll get planning, I have so many ideas. I'll post later today. Keep em peeled ❄️👀❄️ 3w
AllDebooks @Clwojick thank you so much. I completely agree about the more the merrier. Literally, tis the season, almost x 3w
Yuki_Onna That definitely sounds lovely! 3w
BarkingMadRead Sounds fun! 3w
PuddleJumper I'm interested, it sounds fun 3w
AllDebooks Thanks again for all your enthusiasm. Here's the link to the #Midwintersolace games info with the signup 3w
julieclair Just signed up! This sounds lovely. 5d
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Clare describes dealing with depression and SADS in British winters. The nature writing is eloquent and so perceptive. It's not too much of a stretch to find yourself gulping in gasps of cold air as you stamp your feet on the hoary grasses. The author does hold your hand and a torch, as it were, to shine light on the darkest of winter days.

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#Naturalitsy

This is madness!!! It's November and all the seedheads left for wildlife are sprouting new life. These should be dormant rn. I have never seen anything like this, have you?

This is why we need to make as much protest as possible against climate change. Our seasons are disappearing into a year long calamity where anything goes.

MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm That is crazy and very scary! I‘ve never seen it happen. Poor things. 😢 4w
StaceGhost Say 👏it👏louder👏! I‘m with you!!! 4w
Ann_Reads That's frightening! The plants are confused. (Our apple trees sprouted new leaves and flowered when they should be going dormant.) Thank you for posting that @AllDebooks. Everything feels so stressful right now. IMHO the powers that be, who could make the most impactful changes, aren't doing a whole lot or at least not enough. (I'll get off my soapbox. I'm totally freaked out about the US election outcomes right now.) #climatechangeisreal (edited) 4w
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Ann_Reads By the way, nice photo. 🙂 🌿 4w
AllDebooks @Ann_Reads it's terrifying. I don't understand the indifference of world leaders. Can't make all the money when everything's gone. 4w
AllDebooks @StaceGhost YES GIRL X ✋️ 4w
AllDebooks @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm I've tried to save them, planted all in seed trays to overwinter. It's the knock on effect that worries me. No habitat/food for hibernating insects, less food for birds and their chicks come spring. 4w
SamAnne Oh no. It's so hard to predict what each season will bring these days. In the Intermountain West of the U.S. where I live we are having colder than usual temps and have about 5 inches of snow on the ground. But who knows what will come next. 4w
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