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dixi_e

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Zone One: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Bailedbailed

Struggling to get into this one and after reading so many weak reviews, I‘m not wasting any more time. #toomanybooks

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#lifeinshanghai is composed of long, exhausting days & busy weekends. My work-life balance has been severally compromised since moving here &, even before now, adjusting to this new life has been hard. I‘m struggling to see the positives now that my family & I are #stuckinshanghai but trying to focus on books, challenges & journaling, hobbies that help me grow but which have been too long neglected. #soberinshanghai #currentlyreading #readinggoals

mdhughes72 What brings you there? When did you arrive? How long are you going to stay? 3w
TrishB They work very long hours in China, culturally I can see work/life balance would be hard. 3w
MommyWantsToReadHerBook That sounds very tough! 3w
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“... alcohol is the only drug you have to explain not using.” (70)

Funnily enough, since moving to Shanghai I‘d been drinking less but I also feel I‘m in overlapping cultures (China, foreigners) that have socialization foundations grounded even MORE in drinking. And that‘s obviously only heightened since #startingsober

#lifeinshanghai #seriouslysober

megnews Wow! Never thought of it in that way but so true. I have 2 grandfathers, 2 great aunts, a great grandfather and his 7 brothers and their dad who were all alcoholics. I rarely to never drink and always find myself having to explain. I think I‘ll use this line next time. 4w
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As I look to be more honest about my ‘not-a-problem-but-its-caused-problems‘ relationship with drinking I came across this book and author. McKowen‘s openness is encouraging & enlightening as I struggle to accept my worth despite my shame. I‘m really glad there are books and voices and woman who have the courage to be so vulnerable in sharing their stories. May I too, be counted among them, no matter how minor. 🙂

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Really enjoyed this book and the insight into one aspect of the self. It‘s helping me better understand my own identity in all its roles and my actions and responses in those roles. It‘s also helping me realize how I can better interact with others whom I sometimes struggle to communicate well with....

Definitely highly recommend it.

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The Wild Robot | Peter Brown
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Finally reading this popular book and reading it with one of my favourite kids. 🥰 The short chapters are exactly what he needs to be motivated to move from more graphic novels / short text to more sustained reading. #proudmama #familyofreaders #booksbindus

Tamra This is a special book here! 💜 3mo
LaurenReads The second book is just as good as the first so far! 3mo
dixi_e @Tamra I‘m looking forward to sharing it with him. Think its also the right time for him to be considering some of the larger ideas it shares. 3mo
dixi_e @LaurenReads Good to know. He already discovered the sequel as he was checking out the number of chapters. He‘d barely stared this one but was very excited at the prospect of there being a continuation. 😆😄 3mo
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This book is already speaking so deeply to me. And I‘m piqued and ready to actively listen. 😍

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Imagine that? 🙄

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I‘m very 😎 with this 🌅 Keep it coming #mothernature ☀️ #canadianspring2019 #moosemoose

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SamAnne So true. 9mo
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Curiosity peaked. #currentlyreading

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Y.E.S.

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Missing Mike | Shari Green
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Loving this book. It looks like it‘s going to be my first book finished in 2019... 😳🤯😬🙃

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Missing Mike | Shari Green
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Agree.

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Starlight | Richard Wagamese
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🙏🏻🙍🏻‍♀️🤬

BookishTrish We miss you - hope all is well! Xo 14mo
dixi_e @BookishTrish All good! It‘s an interesting quote to have left Litsy on.... thanks for reaching out! Hoping my reading slump is about to be kicked... 11mo
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Starlight | Richard Wagamese
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🤞🏻this is the book that pulls me out of my summer-long reading slump. 🙏🏻 #currentlyreading

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Flights | Olga Tokarczuk
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I‘m having all sorts of feels related to this.

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There is such brutal honesty in this book and I love it. This has me thinking of all the “why didn‘t she just leave him?” questions/attacks and the damaging reality of how hard it is for woman to do so.

CouronneDhiver Sad. I‘d much rather have genuine conversations 1y
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Eager to start this one. I‘ve never read this author before but I feel as though she‘s someone I‘m going to admire. #currentlyreading

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@BookishTrish Sorry for the late post and thanks but we went off camping just after this parcel of #moosemoose fun arrived! What a lovely gesture. The ‘moose mints‘ have been a great hit and the mug is adorable.

BookishTrish So glad the mug arrived in one piece!!! ❤️ 2y
dixi_e It did.... it‘s so lovely! Thanks, again. 2y
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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Seriously, this has gone from great to brilliant.

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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I am loving this book and while this chapter was violent, the final violence was well earned; this final line was well played.

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Mehso-so

I enjoyed the read and I was curious to see how this would unfold but I wasn‘t gripped by the mystery or the characters.

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It‘s been a long time coming.... #currentlyreading

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What?? Second page in??? And in a pivotal plot forming note (I‘m assuming)?? 🙈

LiteraryinLititz About the typos in “you‘re” and “financal”? I assume it‘s intentional... right? 2y
dixi_e I hope so... it just wasn‘t pointed out soon so I‘m all 🤪😆 2y
tournevis I would read these mistakes are intentional. 2y
dixi_e I know but... the character‘s failure to comment on it is irking me and still makes me wonder. I feel that anyone literate enough would, at some point, at least shake their head at the ridiculousness. 2y
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Sometimes I like her books, sometimes not. But they‘re easy read nature + my reading slump = a hope that this pulls me back into my TBR. #timetoturnoffthenews #readmore #currentlyreading

Reviewsbylola This is my favorite book of hers so far! I didn‘t think her first two were anything special but the gothic vibe in this one was perfect. 2y
JackOBotts This is my next read, too! 🤞🏼 2y
dixi_e @Reviewsbylola Good to know! Was not one I enjoyed but I did like 2y
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dixi_e @Reviewsbylola Good to know! The Woman In Cabin 10Was not one I enjoyed but I did like 2y
dixi_e @JackOBotts Agree! 🤞🏻 2y
jillrhudy Wow. As a librarian I‘m fascinated by the sticker/circulation concept. 2y
dixi_e @jillrhudy How so?? The timeline? The fine? The audacity to limit reading times? (🙃😆) 2y
jillrhudy All of it but especially the fine! 2y
dixi_e @jillrhudy Well, this fine is only for Express Reads and Express Reads are those books deemed popular and hard to keep on the shelf. And if it happened that someone couldn‘t pay, my experience with the library is it would be waved. How does your library manage popular reads? 2y
jillrhudy We have a leased collection called Lucky Day that you can‘t reserve—only people who walk in can get them. 2y
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One of these is very, very good. 🍻 #localbrews #canlit #currentlyreading #moosemoose #lmpbc

tournevis Not the book... 2y
FantasyChick I agree with @tournevis .....it must be the drink 🍻 2y
BookishTrish I‘m guessing beverage too! 2y
dixi_e It was indeed the IPA! I‘m mailing the book out today.... glad I finally read Pyper and even more glad I did it with you all but, I won‘t be picking up his work any time soon. 2y
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I‘ve read and taught some of his poetry and background but that‘s the extreme of my interactions with his work. However, I don‘t disagree with this claim. 😎🚗✈️🚶🏻‍♀️

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#moosemoose I‘m so sorry!! I‘m way behind and haven‘t even finished this yet 🙈. @FantasyChick I hope you‘re not 🤬 me out right now. I‘ll have it mailed out early next week. Promise!

FantasyChick Take as much time as you need. No rush! I still haven't the the book back to @tournevis yet because my car is still in the shop so I'm in a similar boat haha 2y
dixi_e Phew! Thank you! Have any of you read Pyper‘s (edited) 2y
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Plaza Requiem: Stories at the Edge of Ordinary Lives | Martha Btiz, Martha Beatriz Btiz Zuk
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Not a bad spot for a good read. #currentlyreading

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Plaza Requiem: Stories at the Edge of Ordinary Lives | Martha Btiz, Martha Beatriz Btiz Zuk
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Unfortunately, this seems appropriate for many of today‘s places / climates. At what point does complacency = guilt of involvement?

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Plaza Requiem: Stories at the Edge of Ordinary Lives | Martha Btiz, Martha Beatriz Btiz Zuk
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River read #2. I can‘t remember why I picked this out but I‘m keen to dive in.

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River of Teeth | Sarah Gailey
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Loved this thin treasure of outlaws, inclusion and hippos! A fun read starring my favourite animal, what more could one ask for?!?

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River of Teeth | Sarah Gailey
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Perfect reading for a long weekend 🇨🇦 on the (hippo free) river.

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River of Teeth | Sarah Gailey
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SO excited to start this! #hugehippolover

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That Time I Loved You | Carrianne Leung
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Mehso-so

This is collection of interconnected stories, revolving around families in a newly built suburban neighbourhood. This is one of those books that I find hard to review; the stories are entertaining enough to keep me reading yet they‘re also somewhat blasé. I enjoyed the book but wouldn‘t go out of my way to pick it up now that I‘ve experienced it.

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That Time I Loved You | Carrianne Leung
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Not great, not horrible but nearly late. Gotta finish it but mostly because I‘m 2/3 of the day through it and it‘s not bad enough to warrant leaving it incomplete.

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Motherhood | Sheila Heti
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I‘m not sure what I think exactly but I have a lot of thoughts. Enlightening read. Would have liked to have the insight and strength to wrestle with this, like this, earlier; happy to have them now. 😊

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Motherhood | Sheila Heti
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It‘s the ‘thinking aloud‘ of all the thoughts so many (all?) woman have over the course of their existence that is 🤯 as I read this book. And more personally, it‘s me connecting with this quote and book as a single parent whose path to parenthood was externally motivated. Regret is pointless and changing the past is impossible so how do I reconcile the life I want to live with the life I have (which is a ? deeper than just mothering)?

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Motherhood | Sheila Heti
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🤯😳🤔

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Motherhood | Sheila Heti
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Powerful or pathetic? #truth

Echo Ugh. Both. Motherhood is hard. 2y
dixi_e Her she seems to be speaking to her future self, giving forgiveness for NOT becoming a mother. She was examining hat long old debate of “But what if I regret my childless choice and it‘s too late?” 2y
dixi_e (And yes, motherhood is hard!) 🤪😡😍 2y
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Nimona | Noelle Stevenson
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Really though, why aren‘t they?

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Nimona | Noelle Stevenson
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FINALLY reading this. #currentlyreading

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Pink Is for Boys | Robb Pearlman
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Lovely illustrations, dull narrative. It seems overly simplistic, pushing it into pointlessness. But that‘s my opinion. Will see what my kids think when they get home.

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Motherhood | Sheila Heti
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So excited to be starting this.

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And now I feel old. 🤠 🎶

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Me.🙋🏻‍♀️🇨🇦

Penny_LiteraryHoarders But the peanut ones not the ones with raisins. 😬😬 2y
tournevis My father 2y
GrilledCheeseSamurai I do! 🖐️ 2y
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Jabberwocky Me but only the raisin ones! (edited) 2y
dixi_e @Jabberwocky they‘re the best! 2y
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Started this a long while back and am finally returning to it. Reread the opening story and loved it as much as the first time. So much danger and love and reality in the simplicity of young adolescent childhood portrayed. 🐎

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