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Reading update

This is a combined reading update and unread shelf project update. … Mostly it’s a reading update as I haven’t made much progress on my unread books. Guys! I finally finished the ebook I’ve been reading for 3 months! Halle-freaking-lujah! … Continue reading

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This past weekend …

This past weekend was an odd one, weather-wise. Saturday was gloriously sunny and warm, but Sunday was grey and colder by the hour. Not realizing that the weather was going to change so drastically, I decided to do a big … Continue reading

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Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

I’m not entirely sure what made me decide to pick up this book last year. I like to write, but I don’t want to be an author. I guess I was just curious to read the book because I kept … Continue reading

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Vacation photos

My vacations with my family are always pretty interesting. We don’t do anything touristy and tend to spend most of our time hanging out, reading (so many bedtime stories), and just being together. Highlights of my vacation include: Being goofy … Continue reading

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This weekend

It’s gross and snowy right now. But, Saturday was gloriously sunny and spring-like. Even better than that, I spent a bit chunk of the day with one of my all time favourite people (she’s so smart, interesting and lovely, and … Continue reading

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The unread shelf project: general update

I’ve decided to shift how I complete and account for my unread shelf project. I skipped my March update partly because I was on vacation and partly because I didn’t finish a single book from my unread shelf. I was … Continue reading

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Book review: The Strays by Emily Bitto

“More than thirty years later, the scars still sleep on my wrists.” I seem to really love fiction relating to art and artists and The Strays, by Emily Bitto, was no exception. I loved the story, I loved the language, … Continue reading

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Rediscover yourself?

I’m (slowly) reading Michael Harris’ Solitude: A Singular Life in a Crowded World. It’s about the benefits of embracing solitude and how difficult that can be in Western society. It’s quite interesting and I’ve highlighted enough quotes and ideas to … Continue reading

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Hope brings things

I made this note months ago: Re. minimalism: Hope brings things you hope you’ll use things, you hope you’ll have friends over for games nights, you hope you’ll sew the pattern, etc.  But those hopes may not be who you … Continue reading

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Book review: Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

Manhattan Beach is about Anna, a young woman who works in the Naval Shipyard factories and who is determined to become a diver, an idea that is laughable to the men in charge  (this is during the WWII era, when … Continue reading

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