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jen_the_scribe

Joined June 2019

There's a time for everything. By everything I mean books. https://scribingandbooks.wordpress.com
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American Gods by Neil Gaiman
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Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler
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Book of Speculation | Erika Swyler

"Despite my memories and their flashes of warmth, the picture shows my mother was not a happy woman. Not something on which I ever dwelled. It's brutal to realize that someone might find a life with you in it unbearable."

Oh, my heart.

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Book of Speculation | Erika Swyler
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Enjoying my book in a rocking chair out on the patio. It's been a rainy day too. The perfect Saturday.

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American Gods | Neil Gaiman
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And this is my next listen. It's a long one so it'll keep me occupied for a while. My first time listening to an audiobook performed by a full cast, and I'm excited about it. I love Neil Gaiman's voice though, so I hope he's still in it lol.

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Book of Speculation | Erika Swyler
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Tackling my stack of books, I decided to start with this gem. I thought about what Stephen King says about the first line in a story, and the first line in this one intrigued me the most.

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I've read quite a few nonfiction books over the past couple of months. I'm ready for my fill of fiction, but what to read first? Decisions, decisions...

Scochrane26 I haven‘t read any of those besides Good Omens, which I think is really funny. I did read Erica Swyler‘s Light from Other Stars for book club & really liked it. 5d
jen_the_scribe @Scochrane26 Good to know! 5d
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Probably the most interesting nonfiction book I've read this year. The author seemed unbiased to me, as he delved into all sides. The facts/historical tales are probably my favorite bits, although history can be horrifying. The various theories were interesting as well, although I don't agree with all of them. The theories about the future in particular/what geneticists are working on was probably the most terrifying thing to read before bed lol.

Trashcanman If you like this you might like Guns, Germs and Steel 5d
jen_the_scribe @Trashcanman It does look interesting! Added to my TBR list, thanks for the suggestion! 😁 5d
4thhouseontheleft I took one of his classes on Coursera a few years ago, before his books were translated into English, and really enjoyed the course! 5d
jen_the_scribe @4thhouseontheleft Interesting! Did not know he has courses on there! 5d
4thhouseontheleft I‘m not sure if he still does, this was about 5 years ago. But he does, I definitely recommend it! 5d
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I loved this listen. Especially the chapters on parenting. I deeply felt the lessons in this one: steering away from scarcity and shame and focusing on self-compassion and worthiness. I needed a reminder that I should allow myself to be seen. She takes real experiences and her research and shows you why. Some wholehearted and funny moments are involved too.

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"Each year the US population spends more money on diets than the amount needed to feed all the hungry people in the rest of the world. Obesity is a double victory for consumerism."

This was a bit of a wake up call to read. We spend more than we need to, and then spend even more to solve the problem it caused.

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Harry Potter | JK Rowling
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Happy to get McGonagall! Which Harry Potter witch are you?

https://bookriot.com/2019/10/15/harry-potter-witch-quiz/

madamereadsalot1 I got Fleur. 7d
Scochrane26 I got mcgonagall, too. 7d
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Historic Haunts of Savannah | Michael Harris, Linda Sickler
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Mehso-so

The ghost stories were very interesting and often times creepy, but these seem to be the usual tales told on tours throughout Savannah and some have been featured on television shows. Each chapter focused on a different ghost story, with one chapter focusing on specific graves and Victorian era superstitions. I enjoyed it but found it a bit repetitive.

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Historic Haunts of Savannah | Michael Harris, Linda Sickler
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This is one way to start my morning 😬👻

TheLibrarian Sounds good. Enjoy! 2w
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Bob | Wendy Mass, Rebecca Stead
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As I mentioned in another post, my 10 year old LOVED this book and insisted that I read it. I'm glad I did, not only do I get to share this with my daughter but it was such a lovely read. I read picture books all the time with my 6 year old, but I realized I need to read children's chapter books now and then. It makes me feel like a kid again, and they're rather magical.

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Don't mind me, just discussing spooky books and sharing a cuppa joe with my pal Grimm. I plan to read these (finally, they've been sitting on my shelf for over a year) this month in honor of Halloween. I got these when I lived just outside of Savannah, but kept reading other books on my TBR list. Any recommendations for other spooky books?

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I love this collection and plan to get a few more of his books. I'll be rereading these every year. I can't explain how I felt reading them. His words were simple and seemed like common sense, but why couldn't I understand these concepts before? I think the answer is in these very pages, that I was believing what society taught me. It's going to take time, but I'm putting the Four Agreements to practice.

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Happy October! I'll be using my pumpkin mug until December lol. Now I'm about halfway through the final book in my Toltec Wisdom collection. These books will be ones that I come back to again and again.

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Readers and Reading | Andrew Bennett
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Another reason I love Litsy, I actually have fellow bookworms to talk to now lol

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The Toltec Wisdom collection is probably in my top spiritual books. His simple words just clicked for me.

Stacypatrice This is a lovely book 💕 1mo
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Bob | Wendy Mass, Rebecca Stead
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My 10 year old got this book at her school's book fair on Thursday evening and already finished it. She's been talking about it nonstop. Then she handed it to me and said I just HAVE to read it. So I will 😁 I love her enthusiasm.

LibrarianRyan ahhhhh 1mo
eri.reads Awww, her enthusiasm has me wanting to read it too! 1mo
TheBookHippie Ohhh it‘s so good! 1mo
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I don't read many comics, but I've read a few graphic novels here and there. Neil Gaiman and the artists here didn't disappoint. Probably my favorite comic series so far, horrific and imaginative.

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My kind of Friday night 😁

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"Love is not about concepts; love is about action. Love in action can only produce happiness. Fear in action can only produce suffering."

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"Your truth is not the truth for anyone else, and that includes your own children or your own parents."

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Hurricane Dorian is painstakingly inching toward us here in FL, but I have plenty of unread books and so do my kiddos.

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Made myself a little reminder after finishing this one. It was such an easy read, so simply written. But I felt it was a powerful read all the same.

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I Read where I Am: Exploring New Information Cultures | Mieke Gerritzen, Geert Lovink, Minke Kampman
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Not my photo but it's totally something I would do lol.

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No offense to any Catholics (most of my family is Catholic, I'm not). But I thought it was funny. Out of context it looks very snarky, but he was comparing homo sapiens to the other species of humans from a very long time ago. Basically, homo sapiens have been the only species to form such complex languages and being able to tell stories, which is a theory as to why we were the only species to survive this long.

Velvetfur I loved this book! I know exactly what you mean about it being funny due to the comparisons, but I can also see how this book could be offensive to practicing religious people. I think I mean I can see the 'for's and the 'against's throughout 😊 2mo
jen_the_scribe @Velvetfur Yes! I definitely don't want to offend anyone and I can see why this was such a controversial book. But it's so interesting! 2mo
Velvetfur @jen_the_scribe Yes I agree, and my main takeaway from it was when the author points out that if something is possible, it is natural. That will be something very hard for certain people to get their heads around, like people who are against certain practices and proclaim them 'not natural'. 2mo
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Listening to this audiobook. So far it's a gamechanger for me and I'm still early on in the book. Especially the parts on scarcity (I'm not enough, there's not enough time, etc.), and the differences between vulnerability with boundaries, attention seeking, and weakness...

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I was able to finish this one while on a road trip this weekend for a wedding. It had some slow parts, but I enjoyed the rawness and humanity I felt with these stories and characters. You hated some, you loved others. But one thing it does imply is that everything is not black and white. Subtle themes revolving around racial and socioeconomic divides. I loved the way this author tackled one character's art and how artists can be so misunderstood.

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I've been looking forward to this one!

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One of my current reads. I've heard great things and already feel like this is going to be a life-changing read.

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This was my kind of book, with a magical manuscript, a long line of strong witchy women, and beautiful descriptions of the unfathomable. A few creepy moments were a plus.

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Week 2 check in for #BFCr3 is not that great but I'm slowly getting back into the groove of things after a hectic couple of weeks. Gotta keep going!

@AprilMae @wanderinglynn #teambeat

AprilMae Hey anything is better than not trying right? Keep up the momentum and you'll be rocking it this next week!! 2mo
jen_the_scribe @AprilMae Very true! Thanks 😊 2mo
wanderinglynn One step, one day at a time. You‘re making good progress! 🙌🏻 2mo
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My kind of Saturday 😊📚❤

brit91 Mine 2!😍📚 2mo
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Making the most of the wait in the car line to pick up my kiddos. I'm loving this one so far!

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I'm going to begin this one today. It's one of the ones in my stack that I've been most excited about.

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Bailedbailed

I really wanted to like this one, an award winning novel. But I just could not get into it. I got almost halfway and it became a painstaking read, to be honest. I found most of the characters unlikable and couldn't relate to any of them. And despite how far I got, I'm not sure what the plot was aiming for. Plus, I did not like the way he put several words together like "whatsitsname," and that's just one example.

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My next audiobook. It has great reviews.

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Stardust | Neil Gaiman
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This fairy tale for adults is teeming with magic. I was not expecting what Tristan found when he searched for a fallen star to impress his crush. Once again, Neil Gaiman's genius shines through and his narration is well done.

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Here are my goals for #BFCr3 For some reason, tracking my exercise by hour seemed more daunting to me so I'm tracking it by day this time around.

@wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Great goals! 🙌 And definitely track your goals in whatever way works best for you. 👍 3mo
Dawnrod1970 Awesome goals! 3mo
AprilMae Great goals! 3mo
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1. Really loved this one!
2. My father called me Tita (short for chiquita = little girl)
3. Onion rings with campfire sauce (Red Robin)
4. Just family time and reading 😊
5. 2 - English and Spanish

@howjessreads #friyayintro

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The Line | J. D. Horn
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There were many twists and turns, dark scenes, and magical elements in this. The narrator was fun and did different voices, making it easy to decipher which character was speaking. The vivid descriptions took me back to Savannah while also making it seem like I was involved in a part of the town I didn't know existed. Makes you wonder every step of the way who can and can't be trusted. Already downloaded the second book in this series.

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Not exactly where I want to be for #BFCr2 but better than the last couple of weeks. Getting back on track in time for round 3 coming up! #FitWizards

@wanderinglynn @Clwojick @audraelizabeth @Lova @Peddler410 @thereadingunicorn @RainyDayReading @Mynameisacolour

Peddler410 Nice work! 3mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 You‘re making great progress! Definitely celebrate what you accomplished. 🎉 3mo
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The Line | J. D. Horn
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I lived by Savannah, GA just last year, so I was intrigued by this book's setting. A perfect setting for a family of witches. Their matriarch is one of the witches who protects the line between our world and the one of magic. The line was moved to rid the world of magical creatures, the only way to banish demons. Mercy was born without powers. After getting herself involved with a hoodoo witch, she inadvertently leaves the line vulnerable.

wanderinglynn Ooh, I love Savannah! And witches! Stacked. 👍🏻 3mo
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Got another book sleeve from Book Beau. I love them so much 😁

Macker11 I love these ! Where are they from? 3mo
jen_the_scribe @Macker11 bookbeau.com ❤ 3mo
Macker11 So cute! Thanks 3mo
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jen_the_scribe @Macker11 No problem! They're my current obsession lol 3mo
Megabooks Pretty! I collect them, too! 3mo
jen_the_scribe @Megabooks Cool! I want several in different sizes/designs. 3mo
Megabooks I have 3 smalls, 3 mediums, 2 larges, 2 XL from several different shops on Etsy. 3mo
Megabooks To say I‘m obsessed is putting it mildly!! 😁🤣📚 3mo
jen_the_scribe @Megabooks Ooo I'll have to check them out on Etsy! 3mo
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This is unlike any other "self-help" book I've read/listened to. He gets really tough with his audience, but it's tough love. He hones in on happiness being internal, while also focusing on your actions in comparison to your thoughts. Basically, you are bound to have negative thoughts. But ultimately, it's your actions that truly matter. Gary John Bishop really forced me to call myself out on my own nonsense.

RaimeyGallant Sounds inspiring. 3mo
jen_the_scribe @RaimeyGallant It really was! 3mo
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Stop buying yourself off. Stop letting your internal condition dominate the quality of your life. Take back the wheel.

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You don't have to feel like today is your day, you just have to act like it is.

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Your future is not the answer to your present.

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Don't act on your thoughts, act on what's in front of you.

brit91 I'm loving all these quotes!💖💖📚📚 3mo
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Onto the next audiobook! So far it's about how the kind of self-talk you use affects your life and goals. I'm definitely guilty of negative self-talk, so this is an interesting listen.

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