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Joined October 2016

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#IMomSoHard | Kristin Hensley, Jen Smedley
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Sometimes dads need mommy pep talks too. Btw, I CAN do that High School Musical dance.

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Ball Lightning | Cixin Liu
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Trying to sneak a few pages in at work. Making the best out of no-shows.

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Collapsing Empire | John Scalzi
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“...you don‘t listen to the story. You listen to the pattern.” Words to live by!!!

rretzler I really enjoyed this book! 1mo
alvingregorio @rretzler I am having a blast with this one. Highly recommended. 3w
rretzler The next one is good too! 3w
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Hamilton: The Revolution | Lin-Manuel Miranda
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Emptied the kitchen sink while starting to listen to this one. Makes chores go by quicker!

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Collapsing Empire | John Scalzi
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2:30pm. Still in my PJs. Avoiding the pollen.

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Collapsing Empire | John Scalzi
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Loooong day at work. Collapsing with "Collapsing."

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I‘m crushing on this book hard! 🥰

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The Consuming Fire | John Scalzi
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That moment when starting a new book then realizing it's the second in the series. 🤦🏽‍♂️

LibrarianJen Been there, done that. 😳 2mo
alvingregorio @LibrarianJen the worst. I went to the library today to get the right one! Phew! 2mo
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Elevation | Stephen King
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I‘ve been in a book slump and had to turn to Stevie to rescue me. I can always count on him to get me out of the dumps. This novella is a snapshot of the lives of a few people in a short period. It‘s amazes me how much can be packed in less than 200 pages. It‘s not epic by any means, but heartfelt and human.

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Elevation | Stephen King
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Gonna finish this one then start a new one, while I wait at Starbucks for my car in the shop.

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Mehso-so

This book was required reading for an EMDR course I‘m about to take. I‘m still skeptical but looking forward to include this as a part of my practice. The book has a good overview about trauma and EMDR and lays out good arguments and support. The examples were helpful but I felt there were way too many.

JenReadsAlot I've had this on my shelf for years and still haven't read it. 2mo
alvingregorio @JenReadsAlot it‘s worth the read. You‘ll get the point halfway through, then it just repeats. 2mo
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Elevation | Stephen King
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Tough week. Almost over. Book slump. Wine. Steve.

CouronneDhiver I feel that 🍷 2mo
alvingregorio @CouronneDhiver read 20 pages then took a nap! 2mo
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Mehso-so

More of the same from her original book. A great pep talk and empowering. A heavy emphasis on “Universal Intelligence” and laws of attraction, but a more realistic and grounded perspective. It takes work and she is not shy to remind you of your active role in your self-improvement.

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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Panpan

Made it halfway through this book before deciding to DNF it. The writing is beautiful and evocative, but the story was too passive for me and read like a drab diary.

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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Visiting my new niece and starting this one on Audiobook. Perfect way to sneak in a few minutes here and there during naps!

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*keeps nodding through the introduction * 🙌🏽 I already know I'm going to like this book.

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Bailedbailed

Just from the intro and first chapter, I know this is not the book for me. It is academic but not in a good way. I was hoping for more of a love letter to music listening, but feels more like PhD dissertation.

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Crying at a Starbucks. *sigh*

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Pickpick

Joking, not joking. In 3 easy steps, he shows how you can parent with the same outcome but with less stress. There are more truths and wisdom in than I expected, and would actually classify this as a legit parenting book rather than parenting humor book. Skip all the inset graphs (they‘re not that funny) and you can read this in one sitting.

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Poppy War | R F Kuang
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Umm...yeah....so this is AMAZING! Just when there was a lull and I was considering DNFing, the story punched me in the face.

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The Virgin Suicides | Jeffrey Eugenides
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This is my new favorite Eugenides book, though the only other one I read was Middlesex, of which the bar was set so high. The music, the sadness, and the intimacy were captivating. In reading the dust jacket, I expected the plot line to be boring and mundane. The pace was perfect and satisfying.

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Frantically updating all my read books before the year ends! I‘m months behind!

JoScho 😂😂😂 5mo
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Mehso-so

Live long, die fast. Yes that‘s another book, but same message. When I first started reading this book, it felt defeatist. As I read it more it became more realistic. When I finished the book, I came out of it feeling more balanced in the way I see aging, death, and dying.

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*In Jon Hamm‘s voice* REEEEETTTAAAAA! I liked Retta from Parks and Rec, but knew her only as much as the show let out. This memoir felt so humble, intimate, and so down-to-earth that I feel like she‘s one of my good friends. I listened to the audiobook (recommended) which added another layer of closeness, like we were chatting on the phone.

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Mehso-so

Impulse pick up at the library. It‘s probably safe to say that I‘m not the target demo for this book. I take inspiration and motivation from any source I can and this book gave some. It didn‘t break any new ground, but makes it more digestible for Millennials.

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Well of Ascension | Brandon Sanderson
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This was missing the excitement of the first book. Maybe because the novelty of the amazing world building wore off. Or maybe the absence of the “will they or won‘t they” of Vin and Elend toned down some needed tension (The Office went downhill after Pam and Jim got together). Don‘t get me wrong, I‘m still enthralled by the Mistborn world and will read further.

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A sample of the many gems in this hilarious book!

RebL I have used this technique. I‘m not saying it‘s appropriate, just that I‘ve done it. 5mo
alvingregorio @RebL Everyone has done it. That's what makes it funny! We gotta do what we gotta do. Parents unite! 5mo
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I was just talking to a friend about this regarding when I went I went back to my hometown for my 20th high school reunion!

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Supposed to be studying. Even went to a cafe. Jeff is much more interesting.

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...yo self! I'm dying! This is hilarious!

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Pickpick

He is so delightful. A refreshing blend of old- and new-school values. Audiobook is highly recommended. Hearing him giggle makes this a winner.

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Bailedbailed

Least favorite Pollan book. It didn‘t even feel like he wrote it. Not very convincing and boring.

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Mehso-so

For what it was (a pep talk), and its length (really short) I would say give it a read! Good motivational article.

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Outsider | Stephen King
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Mehso-so

Disappointing. The story was phenomenal until the supernatural elements were introduced. I know that‘s sacrilege to say that about an SK book. It was a good enough murder mystery that was unfortunately ruined by the unbelievable.

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Just started and already loving it.

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Less: A Novel | Andrew Sean Greer
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Never heard of this book before I randomly picked it up at the library. Pulitzer Prizes for fiction are hit or miss for me. This one was a miss. It wasn‘t as funny as other reviews make it out to be. The love story is sweet, but does it deserve the hype? Not for me.

TrishB I didn‘t even finish it! 7mo
alvingregorio @TrishB i should have DNF‘ed it too 7mo
rachelk I started out filled with hope for this but bailed halfway through, was thinking of going back to it some time...but maybe not. 7mo
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alvingregorio @rachelk not worth it 😕 7mo
BooknerdsLife Prizes Winner Books have always been a hit or miss for me too. (Mostly a missed I'm afraid) This one is taking me forever to finish...Still struggling lol 7mo
alvingregorio @BooknerdsLife I recommend you pass this one. 7mo
BooknerdsLife @alvingregorio 😅OK...Will see how it goes...But will probably DNF 🙈 7mo
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3 library holds came at the same time, including this one. 😟 Well of Ascension and Less are the other ones. Which to drop???

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Less: A Novel | Andrew Sean Greer
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Excited to start!!!

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The Shining | Stephen King
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I nearly crapped my pants when I turned around and saw this at the corner of my eye, while at the he Barnes and Noble clearance bin.

saresmoore 😅 8mo
alvingregorio @saresmoore Come play with us, Danny. Forever… and ever… and ever. 8mo
Chelleo 🤣😂😭 8mo
alvingregorio @Chelleo 👬😈 8mo
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Warcross | Marie Lu
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Mehso-so

I didn't think I would make it through this one. I kept wanting Emika Chen to have more sass. I almost DNF'ed it, but glad I didnt because the end was good. Not great, just good.

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Trish Trash #2 | Jessica Abel
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Panpan

Disappointing. I wasn't that impressed with the first one but was hopeful that this one would be better. Not going to continue with this series.

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Mehso-so

It was Oh Kay. Interesting story, but thin. Surprising because it's obvious that there was a lot of effort in it's world building.

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Am I a snob for refusing to buy a Halloween costume for my kid because it's the wrong house?!? The lack of Ravenclaw gear is appalling. Bad parenting or good role model?

tjwill 👍🏽👍🏽 8mo
saresmoore Great role model! They did have some house specific robes via Amazon last year. 8mo
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My first ARC. 😎

Jess7 Awesome! I want to read this one! 8mo
umbrellagirl Stacked 👍🏻 8mo
Birdsong28 First of many. If you read kindle books try #Netgalley 📚📖 8mo
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The Virgin Suicides | Jeffrey Eugenides
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Started this one on the Bay Bridge.

TobeyTheScavengerMonk Great book! Great movie! 8mo
alvingregorio @TobeyTheScavengerMonk so far so good! I'll check out the movie after the book. 8mo
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Latest Target run!!!

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Being old enough to die is an achievement,not a defeat

batsy This picture makes me feel so content 💚 9mo
alvingregorio @batsy it was from a day trip to Santa Cruz. Magical place in the redwoods. It was so peaceful. 🌲🌲🌲 9mo
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Crazy Rich Asians | Kevin Kwan
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I avoided this book for awhile, because it‘s not the kind of story I gravitate towards and I usually get bitter quickly about rich people problems. It was more about integrity and being real despite your surroundings, which was more relatable to me.

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Haven't heard much about this one, but it seemed interesting.

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Calypso | David Sedaris
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Finally! Sedaris has been missing the mark for me in his last several books. “Dress your family...” was the last one that I could remember that was pure gold. That was in 2004! This one has reached that level, but quite surpasses it, in all its bittersweet glory.

mandapants I feel the exact same way. So happy to hear he's got a new one out and it's back to the Sedaris I love. Can't wait to read it. 9mo
alvingregorio @mandapants feels like coming home! 🤣 9mo
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