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llawela

llawela

Joined August 2019

love talking about books as much as reading them. Canadian/Brit in the US. expect lots of puppy photos.
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Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa
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On the Move: A Life by Oliver Sacks
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Vox | Christina Dalcher
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Mehso-so

I loved the premise-- USA votes in a govt that literally takes away women's voices and rights. A what-if extreme Christian fundamentalism ruled.
The MC and her children were fascinating to read.
And then, the book just turns into a poorly written and unbelievable action sequence.

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#bfc3 weekly check-in.
Overall, pulled off balance by short deadlines. Which, I know, I know, is when practicing healthy habits is most valuable.
Yoga... Maybe 1 or 2 out of 6. Blah.
Hikes... Moreso walks, but at least an hour each. Keeps the back from getting too stiff. Yay!
Reading... Well, that's a win.
Creative projects are completely sidelined. Boo.

@Hestapleton #bookdragons

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Salt to the Sea | Ruta Sepetys
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Pickpick

A heartbreaking, terrifying, stress-inducing, and important tale of four (and thousands) WW2 refugees. I couldn't put it down.
Sepetys likes to end chapters with a short punchy line, which felt a bit on the nose. But that's a very minor complaint.

"Abandoned or separated from their families, they were forced to battle the beast of war on their own, left with an inheritance of heartache and responsibility for events they had no rile in causing."

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Asymmetry | Lisa Halliday
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Bailedbailed

Couldn't finish it.
Cold, and maybe too clever for its own good.

LWagoner This was a tough read for me as well...hard to get into and figure out. Maybe that‘s the asymmetry of it all?? 3w
llawela @LWagoner perhaps. Maybe I should have tried the second section, too. But... Onwards! 3w
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Asymmetry | Lisa Halliday
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Last week was about making do.
Wasabi had a frightening cartwheel down the stairs, but was ok except for 2 stitches in the front leg. Hiking was out. As soon as she seemed back to her chaotics, we did some long walks.
I'll call it 2/3 hour long hikes.
Yoga... Back to being disciplined this week. 4/6 yoga's.
Finished 2 books... met my bfc goal.

And from photo above, clearly, "ironing sheets" isn't a goal....

#bookdragons @Hestapleton

Hestapleton Way to work around a crazy week, but I‘m glad Wasabi is back to his crazy, usual self, and you can make your way back to normal. 1mo
llawela @Hestapleton "normal". Lol thx 1mo
mhillis Wasabi is so cute!! 1mo
Caterina Glad Wasabi is okay, and this is such a sweet picture! I'm just dying to pet that sweet head! 😍 4w
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Prostitute Laundry | Charlotte Shane
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A friend sent me this book, and I finally started it today.
#kickstarter

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Pickpick

Caveat: I've not read YA fiction in ages.
As everyone is saying, John Green does an amazing job at allowing us to empathize with the MC's obsessive thoughts. How heartbreakingly sad it is.
The mystery was wrapped up quickly and really not that interesting, but I guess the book wasn't about that.
And are all YA teen characters so wonderfully articulate, funny and erudite?
Def recommend a read, and check out John's youtube channel.

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The Power | Naomi Alderman
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Pickpick

Much like how watching Black Mirror can be deeply uncomfortable, but smartly so.

collegecatlady I‘m currently reading the tagged book and it makes me feel the same way. I‘m so angry reading it but it makes me want to take action. 1mo
llawela @collegecatlady yeh, every time I "WTF'd", I remembered that this is happening to women right now. 1mo
collegecatlady Yes, definitely. I loved The Power and I highly recommend Vox as well. I‘m nearly done with it and it is spectacular. I‘m not sure why it has such mixed reviews. 1mo
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Riddley Walker | Russell Hoban
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Very, very overlooked. A genius work of linguistics and wordplay. A coming of age tale in post apocalyptic England. I've given away so many copies of this over the years. Some folks can't get past the language... Let it sing in your inner voice, i say. Like poetry.

" The littl shynin man, the Addom he runs in the wud."


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The Power | Naomi Alderman
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Week one of my first ever #bfc is off to a good start:
- 3 hour or more long hikes with Wasabi. Check.
- 6 yoga sessions because wtf is going on with my hip. Check.
- 1.3 books of 3 read.
- Making furniture project is started... Ordered materials , designed some cuts for experimentation.

#bfcr3 #bookdragons @Hestapleton

Hufflepuffle What a great start! Well done you! 🌼 1mo
LauraJ Bravo 👏🏼 1mo
Hestapleton Woohooo!!!! 1mo
IndoorDame Yay! 🙌 1mo
mhillis Great picture! 1mo
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Mehso-so

Really love the findings in this book (and so great to see science confirm that how ive been living is better off in the long term)
It's so close to a Pick, but I found myself skimming through all the examples. Heavily researched. You'll have tons to talk about with friends.

#internationalcatday Happy intl cat day to Zucchini, my dear little buddy.

brit91 Cute kitty!😻 1mo
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"To better understand your strengths, weaknesses, and interests, you actually have to try stuff."

2nd of 3 hikes for the week.#bfc #bfcr3 Nice views back down to home. #bookdragons #dogsoflitsy #wasabi

brit91 Beautiful dog!💖💖💖 1mo
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Every day
I see or hear
something
that more or less

kills me
with delight,
that leaves me
like a needle

in the haystack
of light.

Mary Oliver, Mindful

"What you see, Wasabi?" I asked just as a giant teradactyl-shaped shadow passed over us.

We both stood quietly for awhile, watching two bald eagles circling over the cliffs.

1/3 hikes done for #bfc #bfcr3. (Hackensack mtn, 2hrs).
#bookdragons

Hestapleton This is beautiful! Way to get out there! 1mo
llawela @Hestapleton 🥰🥰 1mo
DivineDiana Love this photo and the experience! 🦅 1mo
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IndoorDame Great goals! Welcome to the team! 1mo
Hufflepuffle Wonderful goals!! Welcome to our team! 😊 1mo
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Never Let Me Go | Kazuo Ishiguro
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A pick from a book club I'm in.
I really struggled through this. I just didn't care about any of the characters, and the time spent reading teenaged banalities ... I mean, I get it, and once you realise the context , the banalities become absurd.

This review helped me with perspective, https://electricliterature.com/kazuo-ishiguros-never-let-me-go-is-a-masterpiece-...

But still. A tough read.

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The House of Broken Angels | Luis Alberto Urrea
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"if only the dominant culture could see these small moments, they would see their own human lives reflected in the other.”

BarbaraBB Great quote. One of my favorite books this year. 2mo
llawela Urrea is interviewed by Kristen Tippett on her onbeing podcast. He's hilarious, and intelligent and charming. 2mo
llawela @BarbaraBB I have so much of this book underlined :) thx 2mo
JamieArc @llawela I love Krista Tippett and Urrea, so that sounds amazing. I‘ll have to check it out. 2mo
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All My Puny Sorrows | Miriam Toews
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Have one of those families that manage to laugh during difficult times? Yeh, read this. The audio book is really, really good-- she captures the teen voices perfectly.

Cathythoughts ♥️ 2mo
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Women Talking: A Novel | Miriam Toews
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in a Jezebel interview with the author, she answers why she chose a male narrator (in addition to the fact that the women are illiterate):

"August represents all men in that now it‘s his turn to sit and to listen, and the women will talk and the women will decide and the women will act. He can sit and listen and learn."

BarbaraBB That is a good enough reason. Thanks for sharing. 2mo
llawela Thanks. 2mo
Augustdana This is good to know. Even after, towards the end of the book, it‘s explained why he was asked in the first place. 2mo
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Bailedbailed

I don't understand all the internet love here. One of the most un-feminist reads. Juvenile. And the fact that using witchcraft deserved bad fate undermines the whole premise. Haven't been so disgusted by a book in awhile.

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Autobiography of Red | Anne Carson

“Reality is a sound, you have to tune in to it not just keep yelling.”

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