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janerzy
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Such a good book! Love, loss, death, hope. Holding on and letting go. The future holds a lot of possibilities for us, just as we always have the power to choose our response. In our response, lies our growth and freedom. So is truth in Romain Rolland‘s words, “There is only one heroism in the world: to see the world as it is, and to love it.” 💜
#everyalleywayisway #unknown

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janerzy
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I chuckled and thoughts provoked already, with just one chapter in. Good sign.

suvata I really liked this book too. Some parts were so funny I laughed right out loud. 3w
janerzy @suvata How wonderful! Am looking forward to reading on 😍👍🏽 3w
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Something in the Water: A Novel | Catherine Steadman
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I couldn‘t put it down! The storyline is familiar. But the author did fantastic job storytelling and navigating you thru the thrilling twists. The writing is clever, daring, and gripping. And it‘s ended like a good movie. You know, the kind that ends with an open ending and provokes questions...the kind that leaves traces and makes you wonder...what was actually going on with him, and what‘s next for her. #somethinginthewater

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janerzy
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Pickpick

Malcolm Gladwell is one of my favorite authors, and no surprise his stories and case studies in this book again make you think. The book is eye-opening and interesting. And Gladwell is a master of describing the intricacy of the subject in reorienting your purpose and direction. As what Oprah said about this book - “It will actually change not just how you see strangers, but how you look at yourself”, I sincerely agree.

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janerzy
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Mehso-so

While this book is better than the last one “Wash Your Face” because it has more action plans laid out behind the concepts she went over, it is still a meh for me. It‘s a book with all the ideas and implementation plans largely borrowed from other good books and then mixed and mashed into this one. The Excuses part is authentically from the author. But I‘ve already heard enough of them from her last book. Let‘s have something NEW.

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Something in the Water: A Novel | Catherine Steadman
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OMG, am hooked! This writing, is like playing a thriller film scene by scene in my head! #somethinginthewater

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janerzy
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It‘s human nature that, many out there who are good at heart and sincerely want to do the right thing often end up making selfish choices with far-reaching effects, when personally affected by the issues. Yet, “how and how often we justify it to ourselves when we cross moral lines? Where do we follow the rules and where do we justify breaking them? Do our pasts determine what we deserve in the future? And is it possible to leave your past behind?”

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My Own Words | Ruth Bader Ginsburg
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“As society sees what women can do, as women see what women can do, there will be more women out there doing things, and we will all be better off for it.”
#wearedifferent #weareone #RBG

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janerzy
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“You can increase your performance by priming yourself in a positive mood prior to important work that involves problem solving and creative thinking. Equally important is to avoid a negative mood. In the interest of uping your performance, try to avoid people, places and things that may put you in a negative mood especially preceding meaningful work.”

So true! Indeed my recent practice at work. Good to know science proves it. 👍🏽 #performance

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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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Mehso-so

It‘s a great story. But I wish the later part of the book especially from the street protest till the ending could have the power of conflicts and characters‘ emotional evolvement transformed onto paper in a more powerful way...I like the screenwriting from the movie version better on those parts...
#thuglife

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janerzy
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New read!

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Vacation now starts! So is for a new book! ✨

rather_be_reading so good! 6mo
janerzy @rather_be_reading 😊👌🏽 6mo
SarahHarts_books I've been wanting to read this book for so long! I lokks really good! 😊 6mo
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janerzy @SarahHarts_books Same here. I‘ve heard really good things about this book so am bumping it up from my TBR list! 😁 I‘ve got to know this author from the other book she wrote which was also really good. 6mo
SarahHarts_books @janerzy I have that one on hold so hopefully I get it soon. I feel like I really need to read it. I haven't read anything else by her but I also have Everything I never Told You on my TBR. AHH I feel like my TBR keeps growing longer and longer! Lol 😆 6mo
janerzy @SarahHarts_books my TBR is getting longer and longer too! Everything I Never Told You is a good one! 6mo
SarahHarts_books Haha yes! I feel like everytime I actually finish a book, I just find like 3 more to add to my TBR stack. So it's a never-ending cycle!! 😂😂 but these two are definitely up there! I have to run to the library today maybe I'll see if I can find one of them or both 😁😁 6mo
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janerzy
Mehso-so

I should‘ve just waited for the movie......With the good built-up in earlier chapters, I‘m rather disappointed with the ending (flat and no climax). But the part whining about Seattle (and even bits of Canada) is quite resonated! 😂

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My eyes moistened when reading some of those heartbreaking loss/tragedy, imagining what if it happened to me or my family (how I‘d feel and what I‘d do), and being inspired by the hope, courage and strength in those stories. For us to grow stronger, we ought to build and strengthen our resilience, within and among community.

Reach out for help, is a sign of strength to recognize when you don‘t have the skills to do something and want to improve!

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Currently reading: This is a book reminding us how to become more resilient when facing adversity.
Since I identified “Resilience” as one of my top 5 values, I enjoy getting as many information on this topic as possible. Btw, Brene Brown‘s The Call to Courage on Netflix is another great one on this topic!

“Let me fall if I must fall. The one I become will catch me.” 💪🏽 #resilience

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I confess...I can‘t stick with one book from start to finish, I have to switch things up. So am constantly reading multiple books at the same time.
Just suffered the first 31 chapters of Kevin Hart‘s book (Each chapter is super short and that‘s only 1/4th of the book) and things are finally looking up!
And, got myself more books...There‘s too much to read and too little time, between work, play, and hustle! 🥺

baes I am the same way, unless it sucks me in from the start. Usually at the halfway point of a book is where I begin to devote my time to finishing that book. 6mo
janerzy @baes 👍🏽😂 6mo
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janerzy

What makes a top performer? It‘s not about the experience, but the amount of deliberate practice they put in. Practice doesn‘t make it perfect. Perfect practice makes it perfect.
What makes a perfect practice? Top performers actively seek out just-manageable-challenges, setting practice goals that barely exceed their current capabilities. The other half: deep concentration, in mastering a particular skill during the practice, be FULLY PRESENT👍🏽

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“The best kind of stress, what we‘d call it just-manageable-challenges, manifest when you take on something that makes you feel a little out of control. When the task handed is a bit beyond your skills, you are in the sweet spot to stretch your limits. For the capabilities you wish to grow, you should regularly seek out just-manageable-challenges that take you out of your comfort zone and force you to push at the point of resistance for growth.”

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Mehso-so

If you‘d be bored with details of psychology studies/ explanations, go with the TED version.

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The Impersonal Life | Joseph Sieber Benner
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Elvis Presley likes this but not me...It‘s a bit too abstract for my liking to make sense out of it

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Girls and Boys | Dennis Kelly
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Gut-wrenching piece and phenomenal performance from Carey!

As the character (she) conversationally folds in evidence that is academic as well as anecdotal, sociological as well as personal, to answer the question she posed about violence, though, do the answers add up? The story was written as powerful one side of telling. But for the devastating subject, I wish both sides of the story were presented to unfold how a life is torn asunder.

janerzy There are another 2 brilliant one-man theater pieces that I highly recommend! Harry Clarke, and Lilian. Available on Audible. 6mo
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janerzy
Defectors: A Novel | Joseph Kanon
Mehso-so

I really enjoy a good spy story especially the ones during the Cold War era. And I expected more out of this book...Not enough strong & complex characters conflicts or tensions or unexpected twists for me.

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Untitled | Unknown
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WOW. Anyone who likes Adam Grant‘s work or wants to be a better leader needs to listen to this (only in audio)! There are key notes on responsible use of power, women leadership, empowerment, culture change, etc. And more importantly, how we need to invest now and teach our young generation that they too have the power to drive changes, that they have a role to play, and can make our world more just and peaceful. 🌟 #adamgrant #moralimagination

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janerzy
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Picking up a new book per recommendation from my badass runner coworker. Who doesn‘t want to have sustainable peak performance, both physical and mental! #peak #performance #whatsthesecret

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janerzy
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Mehso-so

This book is all about what made her how she is, and how she gradually came to the realization of that by working with a therapist - It‘s guaranteed not the Chelsea you thought you knew! And oh, those hilarious stories about her dogs!! #Chelsea #dogfight

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janerzy
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Pickpick

Sharp, candid, funny. Even thou this may reflect particularly to the kitchen & chef scenes in the 90s era, it‘s still a good read that opens your eyes how that world works. Oh how I‘ve missed Anthony Bourdain! #kitchen #confidential #insider

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janerzy
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Pickpick

I can‘t put this book down...It‘s #warm, #heartbreaking, and #funny! I laughed at Eleanor‘s quirks, cried at her darkness and sadness, and was touched to see her slowly opened herself to the unfamiliar and allowed light & friendship to go thru her, and finding her own voice. She is indeed, completely fine. Honeyman has such a fine way of story telling and I hope to read more from the author soon! #E

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janerzy
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Pickpick

It‘s short & sweet. Not lots revolutionary new stuff but rather a good summary of songs that‘s meditation to your heart. To get the most out of it, I‘d suggest you grab the audio version of the book. I just enjoy listening to Oprah. And it‘s good to hear the original interviews where these quotes in the book took place, to pick up their good energy. 😊 #Oprah #whodoesntlikeoprah

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“There are scars on my heart, just as thick, as disfiguring as those on my face. I know they‘re there. I hope some undamaged tissue remains, a patch through which love can come in and flow out. I hope.”
Currently on this (and liking it so far!), with piano playing in the background. What a #quirky & #charming read

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How Hard Can It Be? | Allison Pearson
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Kate Reddy is back - this time shows us how working mom does it all again, dealing with teenagers syndrome, aging parents, career comeback, and partner‘s midlife crisis. I can‘t relate to all this. But as all women in general juggling all the balls in life and thriving to make a statement or living, it‘s worth it to recognize that sometimes, we have the right also to choose life & love, not just duties. And the British humor is gravy ☺️ #katereddy

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Untitled | Unknown
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Drama lovers? This is a #brilliant #play! If you didn‘t get to see it in NY, you can find it on audible! And with bonus track from the author David Cale performing his own Tony Award-winning play, Lillian. #amazing

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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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“Let‘s invite one another in. Maybe then we can begin to fear less, to make fewer wrong assumptions, to let go of the biases and stereotypes that unnecessarily divide us. Maybe we can better embrace the ways we are the same......There‘s power in allowing yourself to be known and heard, in owning your unique story, and using your authentic voice. And there is grace in being willing to know and hear others. This, for me, is how we BECOME” ❤️❤️❤️

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janerzy
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Science that tries to understand and explain the world and eventually us (the brains) is, after all, interconnected and accorded with philosophy. Isn‘t it.

Nature is our home, and in nature we are at home.

Smart, simple, beautiful. In the midst of everything “hurry up and offense” around me, am so glad I picked up this book, sat down, and found great joy.

#physics #wearemadeupofthesameatoms #wearenature #philosophy #smart #beautiful #joy