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text 2017-06-27 02:33

I've had a crazy week or so - we took the kiddos to Disneyland, so I've been absent from BL and GR for days!


I did finish The Circular Staircase, but sort of petered out on the buddy read because my internet access was so sketchy. I ended up enjoying it a lot - I would definitely read more by Rinehart! I'm going to try to put my thoughts together in the next day or so!


I've been ignoring booklikes-opoly as well, but will likely roll again tomorrow!


I hope everyone had as much fun as I did last week!

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text 2017-06-26 03:42
Buddy Read Open Invite
The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World - Andrea Wulf

LillelaraBrokenTuneSusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady, and myself are all going to participate in a buddy read of The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World by Andrea Wulf starting on July 15th (or very close to - subject to library availability).


The acclaimed author of "Founding Gardeners "reveals the forgotten life of Alexander von Humboldt, the visionary German naturalist whose ideas changed the way we see the natural world and in the process created modern environmentalism. 

Alexander von Humboldt was an intrepid explorer and the most famous scientist of his age. In North America, his name still graces four counties, thirteen towns, a river, parks, bays, lakes, and mountains. His restless life was packed with adventure and discovery, whether he was climbing the highest volcanoes in the world or racing through anthrax-infected Siberia or translating his research into bestselling publications that changed science and thinking. Among Humboldt's most revolutionary ideas was a radical vision of nature, that it is a complex and interconnected global force that does not exist for the use of humankind alone. 

Now Andrea Wulf brings the man and his achievements back into focus: his daring expeditions and investigation of wild environments around the world and his discoveries of similarities between climate and vegetation zones on different continents. She also discusses his prediction of human-induced climate change, his remarkable ability to fashion poetic narrative out of scientific observation, and his relationships with iconic figures such as Simon Bolivar and Thomas Jefferson. Wulf examines how Humboldt's writings inspired other naturalists and poets such as Darwin, Wordsworth, and Goethe, and she makes the compelling case that it was Humboldt's influence that led John Muir to his ideas of natural preservation and that shaped Thoreau's "Walden." 

With this brilliantly researched and compellingly written book, Andrea Wulf shows the myriad fundamental ways in which Humboldt created our understanding of the natural world, and she champions a renewed interest in this vital and lost player in environmental history and science.


We'll sort a tag out sooner to the start, and I'll post a reminder about a week beforehand. If anyone would like to join us, we welcome everyone.   :) 

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review 2017-06-25 14:23
Review: The Bravest Thing by Laura Lascarso
The Bravest Thing - Laura Lascarso


Brilliant!! Loved this.

This book is still working through me. Some books will do that to me. They'll keep me thinking about it. So as a review I'll just leave some amazing quotes here;

Sometimes the bravest thing you can do is be honest with yourself about who you are and who you love.


Sometimes some people are bad for us. And Seth was toxic for Hiroku.

"There’s no air in the room when you’re around, no space in my mind for my own thoughts or will. You make me hate myself. And if you really love me as much as you say you do, why would you want that for me?”

~~ Hiroku about Seth



The two dragons inside me are always battling. One wants darkness and pain; the other wants goodness and light.



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text 2017-06-24 13:32
Reading progress update: I've read 77%.
The Bravest Thing - Laura Lascarso


You don't get what you deserve.

You get what you think you deserve.


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text 2017-06-24 13:12
Reading progress update: I've read 72%.
The Bravest Thing - Laura Lascarso


I reach under my shirt and trace the tender skin, feeling bitter and confused all at once, thinking about how the scars you can't touch are just as dangreous because of how easy it is to forget they're there.


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