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kuhkuhbird

kuhkuhbird

Joined June 2016

Professional aunt, stoic, L4 bad-ass elf rogue thief, baker, cinephile. And I read things. Lots of things.
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The Indian in the Cupboard | Lynne Reid Banks
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1. Indian in the Cupboard--bluffed my way through a 4th grade book report. Please don't tell Mrs. Hayes. But I have enjoyed reading it with the young people in my life.
2. B&W Star Wars tee
3. Barry on HBO
4. Faun (Shout-out to Mr. Tumnus)

#friyayintro @howjessreads

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🚙 Road trip to the original #McKaysKnoxville as part of my mom's birthday. It was so crowded browsing was near impossible. We're tucked into the hotel for duration of the storm. And back at it again tomorrow.

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The Vietnam War: A Graphic History | Dwight Jon Zimmerman, Wayne Vansant
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Solid, high-level history that should serve as a 'jump point' for further reading on the war that continues to shape our nation. I appreciate the a-political approach that only military men seem to provide. Great suggestions for further reading in the back.

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Bailedbailed

I like Jillette's magic and brand of libertarianism but this book was too rambly for me. Too many thoughts too fast and they all seem to be about sex. Was hoping for a more fun read.

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The companion book to 'First, Break All the Rules', StrengthsFinder is a must read for teams and leaders of people. After reading this, I don't know how you couldn't change how you relate to your co-workers and friends, even. It's much more fun to compare notes with people who know you best; but an interesting solo exercise as well.

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Our CEO's selection for summer book club is a book of good intentions that I quickly bailed on. This business language is exactly what's wrong with corporate speak. Can we not just go back to caring for one another?! #bookclub

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Mehso-so

Neil Gaiman's Batman makes me sad. 😢 Beautiful concept and well written. Just a different take on the best DC character and his demise. #linebaugh #library #graphicnovel

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The Secret Lives of Color | Kassia St Clair
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Loving this book by Kassia St. Clair. I was originally intrigued by after listening to the podcast by 99% Invisible: https://play.google.com/music/m/Dprkes2cosbnkpqfzvxcggwvpzi?t=340_The_Secret_Liv...

Easily my favorite read so far this year!

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Bailedbailed

I couldn't find any redeeming qualities and ultimately quit looking. The books are unimaginative and inauthentic. Might work for someone else but I can't share these with the young'uns in my life. They are too smart and much better options out there.

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Batman: Year One | Frank Miller, David Mazzucchelli
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"Hey kid! Ever dance with the devil in the pale moonlight?" Frank Miller's work has no equal. And his Batman is forever my Batman. Year One is an origin story for all of Gotham's iconic character: Jim Gordon, Selena Kyle, Alfred, Bruce...

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Finally a useful business leadership book. The author's conversational style helped this reader digest the 'Seven Essential Questions'. And while my habits aren't quite there, I do hope that my team of 26 see a difference. Much more enjoyable read because it's less about concepts (looking at you, Simon Senik) and more about doing.

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Hindsight is a conversation between Justin and the reader. The connection is instantaneous. He speaks plainly and with passion as he relates events in his young life. Amid his stort telling, he drops wisdom which bespeaks an old soul. The photography herein is stunning. And while I'm sad the pictures outnumber the words, it's no less a fun read for JT and general music fans alike.

SarahHarts_books I'm sold! My kids hate how much I love JT. 😍😜 LOL 6mo
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Mehso-so

Verbose historical read about The Dakota. Can't see this be appealing to many but history buffs. The author is in incredibly long winded and gets off on tangents that make the story less fun.

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Reading this book was an exercise in perseverance. Unless you prescribe to Gilbert's notion of 'Big Magic'--the mystical kinetic energy that flows in and around you waiting for you to acquiesce--this book reads of nonsense.

I don't believe it's the author's intention to be self-aggrandizing but my goodness! Her creative 'plights' and name dropping become insufferable.

Gilbert is a relatable fiction writer. Not a life coach.

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I've got a scared of everything 8yo in my life right now. I'm struggling to connect with him on some level and I'm hoping this will help. My first pass was solo just to see what we're getting into. Positive and wonderfully realistic help enveloped in a sweet story between a nephew and an uncle.

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Patrick Lencioni's business leadership books are very approachable. This one is no different. I find the knowledge herein much tough to turn into useful tools. Still, an overall thoughtful book for a new leader. #audible #audiobook # business #leadership

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Struggling to get through this book. Then I read this. I needed to hear this today. Maybe you did too.

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The Rains: A Novel | Gregg Hurwitz
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Solid apocalyptic read with less zombies and more terrifying gore. The sci-fi lean provided the interest to the end. Written as entries in a journal, the author advances the story at a nice clip while creating characters to love and hate. Didn't see the cliffhanger of an ending coming... kinda bummed I don't have the next book in hand already.

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Big fan of Elizabeth Gilbert. She makes this interesting point about killing fear. This resonates with me; however, I'm conflicted. She wants the reader to invite fear in to co-exist with creativity. 🤨

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Bailedbailed

I tried. I wanted to like this book for four months. I do like this book. Sorta. Macy gets too far into the weeds and killed me with inane details that didn't advance the real story...a man's quest to save craftsmanship, his town, and the American Way.

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Eye of the Needle | Ken Follett
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You had me as 'ocular'. 🤓 Thoroughly enjoyed this read. Easily may favorite fiction of the year, so far. I haven't ever rooted for the enemy this much. Follett created a suspenseful world of espionage that hooked me and left my heart racing at the end. Thought the epilogue wasn't neccessary. I mean if you didn't see Bloggs and Lucy coming, I can't help you. I wanted Faber to win.

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Eye of the Needle | Ken Follett
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Putting it down only refill my teacup. This Follett guy might make something of himself. 😄 #fridaynightreads

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Can't receive these issues fast enough. Been enjoying the long time coming union of Mr. And Mrs. X. Not largely interesting material, but fun all the same. #remyandrogue4eva

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"Neon, argon, and the others on the rights side of the periodic table are the Emily Dickinsons and Nikola Teslas of the atomic world: brilliant, productive loners."

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How does this book not have a cover already?! Vol 1. finds my favorite X-Men on their honeymoon and then Kitty calls. Seriously, right now?! #marvel #gambitandrogue4eva

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The author is quick to say this is more of a detective story than a music bio. I am quick to say this is a must hear for fans of country music, Johnny, cultural or social history, or Nashville. Well worth the time investment!

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Enjoyed this #audiobook Read by the ghost writer and with Goggins' commentary at the end of each chapter, it's part podcast, part audiobook. Goggins' story is one of a kind. He is the harbinger of owning your shit. Not a popular opinion but certainly thought provoking. I did find the audiobook a little long in the tooth and found my interest waning toward the climax. Mad respect for Goggins, though.

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Lucado breaks out John 3:16 for the first 100 pages and follows up with some daily devotionals for new believers. Lucado and I have some fundamental disagreements that I can't get past. Books like this I have to trash because I can't in good faith spread misinformation.

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So...I'm paraphrasing Aurelius' original quote but text is true. This rings particularly true for my life right now. The struggle is real.

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Bailedbailed

Where the Amazon original series fails, I had hoped the book would deliver. I'm so disappointed. Life is too short to read a bad book. I love the idea--this surmises the Reich had won the war--the US is divided between Japan and Germany. The Amazon series has plot holes to drive a Mac truck through. Phillip K. Dick annoyingly verbose. #nope #canteven

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Great 'on the go' resource that I found encouraging. As much as we try to 'tidy up' the outside (homes, cars, work) peace starts on the inside Joseph Prince and God's word reminds us. #audiobook

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Today's #bookhaul brought to you by BAM. I swear I just went in for a calendar.

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Freddie Mercury: A Life, in His Own Words | Freddie Mercury, Greg Brooks, Simon Lupton
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When he gets me, he gets me. #reallove

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Story of my life. Fun little read with annoyingly spot-on cartoons of adulting IRL.

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Highly enjoyable Pride and Prejudice variant. In this one, Mr. Collins and Mr. Darcy swap bodies after being struck my lightning. Typical yarn of mistaken identities interwoven with the memorable names of Mr. Wickham, Lady Catherine and Mrs. Bennett.

Enjoyed this variant much more than others because of the well thought out story and lack of insipid dialogue.

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Who Is Mark Twain? | Mark Twain
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Unpopular opinion alert!🚨 I've always found Twain to be boorish and insufferable. Imagine the possiblity to learn about someone through the food they eat. Enter Twain's Feast. This was a lovely #audiobook that explored Samuel Clemens and Twain through the lens of the food he loved.

While exploring prairie chickens, raccoon, oysters, and cranberries, you get to know the man and his legend.

Wonderful idea! Bring Dostoyevsky's Feast!

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Siddartha | Hermann Hesse
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I like this Siddhartha dude...

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Though dated, I enjoy all versions of this plant-based apocalypse. The 2009 TV series, the 1962 film (by far my favorite), the radio drama, etc. When most of the world is blinded by a meteor shower, this crazy ass plant decides to take over the world.

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This has been on my TBR list for years. On a Sunday afternoon and with the smell of pot roast beginning to fill the house, I begin.

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Mehso-so

If you have an impulse to act on a goal, you must physically move within 5 seconds or your brain will kill the idea.

The book around Mel's five second rule is really a lot of fluff. Her TED Talk is more succinct and successful, IMO. It's simple enough. Just not easy.

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The struggle is real. Strangely, it's almost comforting to know that the difference between great leaders and me is only our attitudes when we get out of bed.

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The Wonder | Emma Donoghue
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It's a wonder I finished this book. The primary protagonist is straightforward Nightingale Nurse that doesn't suffer the religious leanings of the Irish. As expected, the climax leads much to be desired as the author gets bogged down (pun intended) in making everything/one as unlikable as possible. Bold move. Unless your interest is already present, I can't recommend this to anyone.

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The Wonder | Emma Donoghue
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And boy did it. Nurse Wright went to the committee with less than desirable results. She shifted herself and hatched a plan to extricate young Anna from this religious nonsense. I haven't shifted much on my opinion on this book, though.

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The Wonder | Emma Donoghue
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Oh!! It is on now. Nurse Wright best better blow the whole charade up at tonight's committee meeting. Oh the things people do in the name of their God!

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The Wonder | Emma Donoghue
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That what's I feel like reading this book. Lib has finally confronted the young chit of a girl. It was the mother! However, I'm perplexed by Anna. Why would she choose to stop taking manna as the watch began? Nothing untoward was spoken... unless their is some guilt around Pat?! As I see it, this book won't end in any way that will please me.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I hate that feeling! 12mo
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The Wonder | Emma Donoghue
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Wish Lib would advance faster and put an end to this charade by young Anna. Clearly, something is amiss. My bet is on the priest and his poppycock notions.

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The Wonder | Emma Donoghue
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I do love how Emma Donoghue writes. Never compared kids to lunatics. Puppies maybe. But never lunatics.

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The Wonder | Emma Donoghue
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I'm watching the oven as oatmeal raisin cookies bake. With the weather as dreary IRL as in this book, I'm nearly hoping they taste like sunshine. No, I will not be sharing them with Anna. The annoyingly pious 11 year old. Something's amiss. I'm staunchly supporting Lib's assessment at the moment.

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The Wonder | Emma Donoghue
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Nurse Wright is a rather contrary character but I suppose it's necessary in her profession. I imagine her with the poise and snap of Dame Maggie Smith. 11 year old Anna and her entire family, quite frankly annoy me. Donoghue writes such unlikable characters.

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#truthbomb "Where you invest your time you invest your life." - Mumford Seems like to me you have to find ways to shorten tasks, eliminate rework, etc. Do less or work faster.