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tome.fries

tome.fries

Joined June 2018

Where are my tome fries at? tomefries.com
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Have you ever struggled with a friend lending you books they love, but when they ask what you think you're like 😬😬😬 These were definitely not my style.
Vampirates was definitely a ⭐.
Shakespeare Undead gets ⭐⭐ only because the plot obscured under the vampire erotica would have been good.

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Early Riser | Jasper Fforde
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⭐⭐⭐⭐
Finally finished this #botm pick. It was definitely unique! What did you think? Did you read it?

Addison_Reads I just started this one today. I'm only 100 pages in. I like it so far, but I really have no clue where the story is headed, which is fun. 4mo
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WARNING: this book discusses sexual violence

A truly unique and inspiring story and one that much more fit my experiences than any other book on the topic. It takes a lot to forgive, & it's not for everyone, but for those who can find reconciliation, it can be transformative. The amount of self-awareness and accountability in this book is astounding. It is the first book on rape that has given me, a violence prevention educator, hope.

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The First Folio of Shakespeare | William Shakespeare, Charlton Hinman, Folger Shakespeare Library
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I know I've been a bit AWOL, but this got me super excited! Finally splurged on a copy of the first folio. It is absolutely stunning! ❤❤❤

#shakespeare #firstfolio #1623

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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Definitely not a light read, but incredibly important. We live in a farce of a democracy, but is it possible to have a "true" democracy where the people do rule? Taylor looks at the contradictions and struggles of democracy.

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What do you do when your to-read pile keeps growing and growing and growing but you're also super into Broadchurch?? 😫 I need a vacation just to read.

GingerAntics Oh Broadchurch is worth not reading for, though. Just saying. 10mo
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Even though I couldn't stand the main character for the vast majority of it, it was still an excellent, intellectual Sci-Fi mystery with some social (media) commentary thrown in.

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Anya will do anything to make Sarah her best friend. Anything.

I thoroughly enjoyed this very fashionable thriller.

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Setting & Keeping Your Reading Challenge Goal 📚📆

So I decided to write a blog on how to set and keep a Goodreads reading challenge goal, since I've killed it the last two years.

☢Warning: For those with the inability to understand satire or who have a disease where you die if you laugh, this article may be hazardous.☢

Tomefries.com

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As a terrible American, I admit I only really knew Matt Lucas from his appearances in Bridesmaids and Doctor Who. But after reading his autobiography (and YouTubing clips from Little Britain), I have a great appreciation for his comedy. This book was quirky and humorous throughout!

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Thank goodness the holidays are almost over! I have had no time to read in weeks and I have all these to catch up on!

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Into the Light | L. B. Simmons
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These books took me way too long to get through. Honestly, I skimmed the last one just to finish. These were not my cup of tea. They were typical of dollar store romances. 🙄🤮🤭

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This graphic novel is absolutely beautiful. It's a great intro into the world of racism and the end of the apartheid in South Africa. It gives hope especially today. The world needs more men like Nelson Mandela.

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Historical murder mysteries are not usually my thing, but this one was fantastic! Loewenstein has a gift for writing. The scenes and characters practically blew off the page.

Get your copy starting October 2nd.

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Fame | Justine Bateman
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Fame is such a desirable idea that so many of us crave, but is it really that great? Justine Bateman shares her experiences with gaining and losing fame.

Full review at www.tomefries.com

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The Dinner List | Rebecca Serle
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If you could have dinner with any 5 people, who would you pick? 👈
I'd choose John Stewart, Stephen Hawking, Carrie Fisher, Bill Nye, and Mahatma Gandhi. Just to hear them all talk about science, ethics, and all things nerd.

The Dinner List (🌟🌟🌟🌟) takes this question and turns it into a story about forgiveness and coming to terms with loss.

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I plan to read more in September, I swear! 😂

#toberead #tbr #tbrlist #iswear

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The Water Thief | Claire Hajaj
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Free book alert! Thanks #OneworldPublications for the #ARC

It took me longer than normal to get through this one... although back to school may have contributed ... but it definitely a good read. It's a great reminder that sometimes our good intentions can do more damage.

US release date is September 11 but it's now available in the UK!

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Took just a small break from book reading for some comic book reading!

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The Insatiables | Brittany Terwilliger
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Thanks to Amberjack Publishing and Brittany Terwilliger for this ARC! I absolutely loved it! It followed Halley Faust as she tries to move up the corporate ladder. But things don't exactly go the way she expected.
Release date is August 28th!

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Happy Doomsday | David Sosnowski
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Normally I love a good apocalypse, but my interest in this one died at about the same time as 99% of the population. The characters were different, but wishy-washy. And there was so much sudden animal death. It's definitely not one you want to read while eating... trust me.

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The Insatiables | Brittany Terwilliger
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Here's book mail
It never fails
It makes me want to wag my tail
When it comes I want to wail
Booookkk Maaiiiillll
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Went away for a week and came back to find this awesome stack of advanced reader and free copies to review. Looks like the rest of my August is set!

#bookmail #tbr #whateverhappenedtosteve

Nerdgirl_Ms_Sorrells blues clues!💙 1y
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The Tenth Island | Diana Marcum
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This book was definitely interesting although it made me realize how my educational experience was sub par in the geography department. I had never even heard of the Azores before, but they sound incredible; full of rich culture and wonderful people.

⏭full review at tomefries.com⏮

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Happy Doomsday | David Sosnowski
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Yesterday I turned 30 and it felt like an impending doomsday. 🎂 I always thought my life would be totally different by now. But, I'm trying a new way of looking at things, including reading.

Read more on my blog at www.tomefries.com

GingerAntics I had that feeling when I turned 30, too. I thought I‘d be in a completely different place in life. 1y
Nerdgirl_Ms_Sorrells Happy Birthday 🎂 1y
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A Life Without Consequences | Stephen Elliott
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I read this as part of my #dontjudgeabookbyitscoverchallenge in August and....unfortunately I was right in my judgement. It wasn't terrible, but not my style. The writing was very clipped and simplistic.
Hopefully my next book with a bad cover is better.

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A Life Without Consequences | Stephen Elliott
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Do you prefer the crisp, white pages of a book fresh off the press or the ratty, yellowing pages of one that's had many previous owners?

I'm guilty of being a book snob sometimes so this August I'm doing a #DontJudgeABookByItsCoverChallenge where I read books I wouldn't normally pick up because of the cover.
I'm starting the month off with A Life Without Consequences.

Are you a cover snob too?

Lauram Yes, I am a cover snob. A pile of brand new books makes me happy. 1y
candority I‘m a cover snob, but mostly because I‘m afraid of the musty smell that some really old and well used books get. I buy the vast majority of my books used, but I always look for the ones in the best condition (and always do a sniff test) 😳 (edited) 1y
tome.fries @candority I know what you mean, that smell can be overpowering! 1y
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The Hobbit | J.R.R. Tolkien
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I'm a little embarrassed that it took me this long to read The Hobbit. Especially because I was obsessed with LotR in high school (well....Legolas mostly).
This was such a fun, little (ha!) adventure. The resolution wasn't what I felt it built up to and it ended rather quickly, but otherwise I enjoyed it.

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Me Talk Pretty One Day | David Sedaris
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David Sedaris is hilarious. After Calypso I had to get several more of his books. When having a bad week, this is the perfect book to make you feel better.

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Go | Kazuki Kaneshiro
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This has been sitting on my kindle for a while because I don't usually read ebooks (and my kindle was dead for months). But I finally read it. The story was okay, but not for me. It was your usual teen story. What I did like about it was learning about the struggles and discrimination Koreans living in (and even born in) Japan face. For that, it was worth the read.

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Today was super rainy and ugly out, a perfect day to curl up and finish a book. I had a difficult time getting into this one, and the flow didn't quite suit me, but the story was good. It is a deep-thinking read with a hint of controversy.

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Me Talk Pretty One Day | David Sedaris
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#BookHaul from Better World Books. I love this site although it keeps making my #TBR grow out of control. Where's your favorite place to get used books?

britt_brooke Heavy on the Sedaris, I love it! I like to buy used books from Goodwill and occasionally from McKay‘s in Nashville. 1y
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Ghosted: A Novel | Rosie Walsh
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I'm not usually a romance person, but this one intrigued me because.... well... - total honesty moment here, you guys - I'VE GHOSTED! However usually after a first date that was awkward (and sometimes creepy) instead of "seven perfect days."

So, what did I think of Rosie's ?ed?......?????????

Totally ?????

#botm ⏭full review on tomefries.com⏮

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I can't believe I never read this before. As someone who loves food and meditation, this was right up my alley. I would love to spend a month in an ashram to become connected with the universe. #bucketlist

Full review at www.tomefries.com 😉

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 👍📚 1y
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I picked this up at a used bookstore because the title piqued my interest. What I found inside was a quick, delightful read. I've read several books written in epistolary style, but this had to be the best. It never skipped a beat. In fact, it just skipped all the superfluous fluff and focused on the essential pieces of the story.

CoffeeNBooks I just finished reading this recently and loved it! 1y
ErinSueMreads I am finishing this one now! It‘s one of my recent favorites!!! 1y
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Dark Chains | LaTasha Braxton
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Devastating. That's what trauma from abuse and neglect is: devastating. Braxton's narrative of her life filled with emotional and physical neglect and abuse is heart-wrenching. You want to reach into the pages and pull out that sad, lonely girl and just hug her.

Suet624 💕💕💕 1y
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I adored these stories and they really make you think about choices and consequences. From the woodchuck who keeps sending letters to the family who had her relocated from their yard to the ethics columnists who engage in very unethical behavior, all these stories are delightful.

Suet624 This sounds great! Nice review. 1y
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Flatland, by A. Square | Edwin Abbott Abbott
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What are your favorite books of all time? Obviously excluding Harry Potter, these are mine:

1. Flatland
2-4. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series (really anything by Douglas Adams)
5. Slaughterhouse Five (or anything by Kurt Vonnegut)
6. The Great Ship of Knowledge
7. Blink
8-9. Go Set A Watchman (and To Kill A Mockingbird but someone is borrowing my copy)
10. Cloud Atlas (the movie was not good, but the book is amazing)

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I heard great things about All The Lights We Cannot See and it was, indeed, a good book. Everything about it was well done: the writing, the characters, the plot, the historical components. The only problem was that I wasn't that into it. That's not to say I didn't enjoy it, there just wasn't that click. (It's almost like going on a date and being like, 'Listen, you're sweet and I had a great time, but I'm not feeling it.')

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The Lost Continent | Bill Bryson
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Granted, Bill Bryson is funny. He's snide and judgmental, but comedic tone can only get you so far. His commentary on the towns he passed through were all the same. "This place is too touristy" or "This place isn't touristy enough!" It got old very, very quick.

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6/5 stars, hands down! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Definitely the best book I've read this year, or even this century! ? It made me laugh out loud repeatedly (often in public ?), tear up a bit during the serious parts, say "thank god someone else gets it," and even want to buy a few dead raccoons.
Even Frank loved it. ?
Full review coming soon to a tomefries.com near you.

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I finished The Signature of All Things last night and enjoyed it until the end.
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It reminded me a lot of Jane Austen with the style of writing, but with a very different kind of love story. I give it ⭐⭐⭐⭐.

Full review coming soon to www.tomefries.com

RaimeyGallant Pretty cover. 1y
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What's better than baking and reading? 📖 Made banana chocolate chip muffins and am half way through The Signature of All Things. 📚🍪 Do you have a favorite thing to bake? I love making chocolate chip cookies but I had a bunch of bananas to use.

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I did a thing!

I started a blog for my reviews so I could actually type out whole thoughts. Check it out at tomefries.com! You can search my reviews by genre, check out my top 10 favorite books of the year, and even sign up with Facebook or Google to follow me.

CarolynM Welcome to Litsy👋 1y
Wife Welcome to Litsy!🌹 1y
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Gone Girl | Gillian Flynn
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I heard some glowing reviews so I had to see for myself. It was definitely a fun, roller coaster ride with ups, downs, twists, and loops. The plot was complex and fast, but easy to follow. The beginning was a bit rough and the ending felt like you were dumped off two stops before the actual end, but overall it was good. The only thing I really want to know is did they really let a cat alone in a house that was an active crime scene??

NotLiketheRoad You should try Sharp Objects by her. It‘s excellent! 1y
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I got this book having no idea what it was about, but thought it looked cool. Holy cow, was I in for a shock. I read all 356 pages in one day; I couldn't put it down. There was never a dull moment as Erich Linden discovered this new world and questioned morality. Fair warning that it is very dark and gruesome. It is not for the squeamish. I loved it from an uncle becoming stepdad, hermaphrodite brother, naked Indians, and more.

RaimeyGallant Interesting! And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 1y
Chelleo Hi and welcome! 1y
tome.fries Thank you both. I've been on LibraryThing for years but never heard of Litsy until they acquired it. It seems like the official Bookstagram. 1y
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Calypso | David Sedaris
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I had heard of David Sedaris before but never had the privilege of reading his books. I got this one for my June Book of the Month Club pick and I loved it. His writing is funny, deep, a little off kilter, and honest. His stories about his life and family are weirdly delightful. I know I'll definitely be ordering his other books soon.

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The Invention of Wings | Sue Monk Kidd
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I usually get worried when white people (like my ghostly self) try to write about slavery, but Sue Monk Kidd clearly did her homework. It was very well written and it wasn't until the end that I realized that many of the characters are based on real abolitionists and women's rights activists.