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TheJOMOreader

TheJOMOreader

Joined August 2016

📍Nashville. Librarian. JOMO: Joy of Missing Out. I‘d rather be home reading.
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“Being black can get you killed. Being gay can get you killed. Being a black gay boy is a death wish. And one day if you are lucky your life and death will become some artist‘s new project.”

This book is honest, and funny, and important.

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So many books! So many apps!

rather_be_reading rather.be.reading1 2mo
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Toil & Trouble: A Memoir | Augusten Burroughs
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Augusten Burroughs is no stranger to the revelatory memoir, but there is one thing he‘s failed to mention until now: he‘s a witch. Go ahead, scoff. He wouldn‘t believe him either, except he‘s willing to offer proof. Enter Toil & Trouble. This is old school Burroughs - tough truths told with the sharpest of wits and the keenest of observations . I loved Running With Scissors and Dry, and this book reminded me why. He‘s just so freaking funny.

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White Bird | R J Palacio
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Please fucking vote.

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White Bird | R J Palacio
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No one: People don‘t cry reading graphic novels.
Me: Hold my beer.

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Oof. Needed that one. Probably 20 years ago, but I‘ll take it now.

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Sag Harbor: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Colson Whitehead‘s got a new one coming this year, which makes this a perfect time to dig into the backlist. This story of a summer in Sag Harbor is told simply, but includes such vibrant minutia and hilariously honest observations, that the book is so much more than a snapshot of summer

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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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I listen to a lot of non-fiction audiobooks, and never ever have I been so drawn into a narrator. Listening to this audiobook feels more like sitting down with a friend who is telling you a 19 hour story. Except that it‘s awesome!

TheWordJar ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Six more hours on the book I‘m listening to now. Then I can dig into Becoming!! 1y
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Getting a popular hold from the library the day it‘s released is a special kind of victory.

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All We Ever Wanted | Emily Giffin
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Just diving in to this one, & there are so many social issues to unpack. The haves vs. have nots; the ways we use social media; politics-& that‘s just the start. So I don‘t mean to make light of the serious topics, but I‘m reading this less than a mile away from Nashville‘s Ensworth Academy-one of a handful of private schools that I assume make up the composite of this book‘s Windsor-and I can pretty much put a face to each character. So do tell.

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Hamilton: The Revolution | Lin-Manuel Miranda
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NEVER do I re-read or re-listen to books. I mean to, and I have favorites, but there are just too many books for me to repeat anything. BUT after 2+ years of having this soundtrack on repeat, I‘ll be seeing HAMILTON (my phone autocorrected to all caps, per texting history, I‘m sure) at the end of the month. So for this, I‘ll make an exception to the no-repeats practice. Knowing the story behind this story takes my breath away.

LiteraryinLititz It‘s so exciting that you‘re going to see the show!! I love it as well but haven‘t seen it yet. 2y
jenniferw88 I'm seeing it in London in December! 2y
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The Last Mrs. Parrish | Liv Constantine
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I couldn‘t turn this one off! Reminiscent of Big Little Lies but absolutely stands in its own. It‘s the winning combination (for me) of a peek into the never-as-they-seem lives of the uber-rich, and a detestable main character.

KateFulfordAuthor Lindsay: If you like twists & turns, may I recommend you take a look at my debut? /Kate 13mo
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Tiger Woods | Jeff Benedict, Armen Keteyian
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You do not need to be a fan of golf or sports to find this book fascinating. The comprehensive research and narrative writing results in a story of unbelievably high standards, overbearing parents, the psychology of success, and more. I‘m only about a quarter of the way through, but I cannot stop listening.

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House of Broken Angels | Luis Alberto Urrea
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Such a unique look back at one‘s life, all while the now swirls around a family patriarch. So well done!

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Speak No Evil | Uzodinma Iweala
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A scene in this book just stole my breath in a way no story ever has. I can‘t say any more without ruining someone else‘s experience, but read this.

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Brass | Xhenet Aliu
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The excitement I felt when the badass, awesome aunt in this book is A PUBLIC LIBRARIAN made me squeal right out loud. It‘s how I want my nieces and nephews to think of me, but I‘ve misused slang and danced in front of them one too many times.

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How to Be Safe | Tom McAllister
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A book couldn‘t be more timely. A stark commentary on the state of our nation that is also darkly funny, wise, and an uncomfortable mirror for today.

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Improvement | Joan Silber
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This is shaping up to be a one-sitting read, err, listen. I love multiple storylines with casually intersecting characters. It gives me the feeling that I‘m a tiny speck in a large, busy world.

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A fresh take on true crime. While the typical whodunnit thread is intricately researched and compassionately reported, the glimpse into the author‘s life is such a great addition to this story. Knowing that the author passed away so young, there are revelations she makes that just punch you in the gut. Absolutely lives up to the hype.

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Surprise Me | Sophie Kinsella
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Sophie Kinsella has a style and character type, and if you‘re a fan, you‘ll love Surprise Me. I am a fan, and enjoyed the familiar quirk of main character Sylvie, but also appreciated the marriage issues, parenting questions, and real-life heartache and resilience in this book. And a perfect cover for Valentines Day!

Jess7 Love this cover!!! 2y
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Beartown: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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This book about a hockey team is so much more. It‘s small town politics and priorities. It‘s both the huge fish and the minnow in a small pond. And it‘s sexual assault.
In this #timesup & #metoo time, there‘s a lot of talk about how women can‘t do this ourselves, we need the voices of good men. The compassion shown in the few compassionate characters, & the characters who stand up for what‘s right makes me think Backman is one of those good men.

AF_AF The rape culture portrayed in the town was scary. I liked the tone in the end, though. Change can happen if people work to change the culture. 2y
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Favorite Sister | Jessica Knoll
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Such a perfect lazy Sunday. I am only a little ashamed to admit that I‘m a total sucker for The Real Housewives of Anywhere, so I‘m loving this new Jessica Knoll book (thanks, #netgalley) that follows the stars of a Housewives-esque tv series. Handsome is more interested in his nap.

MrBook 😻😻😻 2y
Ashley_Nicoletto Loving your rug. ❤️ 2y
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Such an interesting scandal! It go into detail, but that title pretty much sums it all up.

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This book details the horrible and abusive childhood that results from having FLDS leader/convicted child molester as a father. The tale is horrifying, and the resilience displayed in actually breaking free is a toughness I‘ll never know. With that being said: the author narrates the audiobook, and her childlike tone and stilted cadence made me nervous I was being put into a trance.

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Thank you #netgalley for the opportunity to read this beautiful, poignant, heartbreaking, important story. I have to catch my breath after this one.

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Bought this 15 years ago when I was bound and determined to study abroad in Australia. That never worked out, but we‘re leaving next month for a sunburned country vacation, so I‘m finally getting around to reading it!

annalibris I hope you like it. It‘s one of my all-time favorites, and so funny! 2y
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The Visitors | Catherine Burns
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The creep factor in this book snuck up on me, then stayed with me. It also made me compile a mental list titled “Library Patrons Who Are Probably Keeping Women in Their Basement,” which I‘ve been diligently updating while finishing this book.

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This audiobook is compulsively listenable. A fascinating true crime tale of a serial arsonist in a small Virginia town. Typically, true crime follows a murder, but Hesse does such a great job of establishing the setting as a character of this story, it's not a stretch to say the systematic burning of this place is indeed a murder mystery.

Jess7 I‘m excited for the December #botmbuddyread @MinDea 2y
MinDea I am so excited for this one! @Jess7 I think it's going to be fantastic! 2y
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"Ted Cruz is the Dwight Schrute of the Senate."

Direct quote from this book. If this doesn't make you pick this up (or listen - the audio book is ?) I can't help you.

ReadingSusan 🤣🤣 2y
LauraBrook 😂😂😂 2y
JenP 😂😂 2y
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These books are so good, and easy to devour quickly. An interesting glimpse into Asia's super rich, family drama, love stories, and always a hint of mystery. Extra props to the narrators who nail a vast array of accents.

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When a book you can't get enough of mentions your city!!

Side note: reading this book is like getting punched in the face while said puncher is cracking you up. Funny and crude (a total compliment!) but also honest, dark, and so very real.

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What Happened | Hillary Rodham Clinton
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37% check in. Still crying.

Gezemice 🤗 2y
No_One I just read how Amazon had to delete ~900 fake (and very negative) reviews on Friday, for this book! 😮 2y
CatLass007 @No_One #45's fans are up to no good.😂😳 2y
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TheJOMOreader @CatLass007 @No_One I was just saying today that she may have won if she put out this book before the election (I know that makes no sense, but you know). She seems so real, relatable, and heartfelt. But never mind. (Some) People are the worst! 2y
No_One @CatLass007 apparently a lot of those fans' reviews were rife with misspellings. 😂😂😂 2y
No_One @LibrarianAF hmmm, I might check it out. As a Canadian, I was so hoping she would win. We are forever heavily affected by what happens in the U.S. 2y
CatLass007 @No_One I believe you. @LibrarianAF There's a reason I like animals better than people. 2y
mrozzz @No_One same on Goodreads.... I don't understand why people waste their time going out of their way to bad mouth something they have no interest in.................🤔 2y
aschermetz I'm reading this too and can't stop crying. 🙈I really like her as a person. 2y
No_One @mrozzz agreed! Attention-seekers is all I can think. 2y
Jess7 Heads up: #HRC will be speaking live on CSPAN beginning at 7 pm EST about the 2016 presidential race and her book #WhatHappened 2y
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Whoa! I was JUST debating whether or not I should have a second piece of break room fudge when I turned the page. How could I ignore such a creepily timed message??

No_One Have the fudge! Have some for me. I work from home and there is no fudge here. 🙁 2y
TheJOMOreader @No_One Consider it done! It was worth it! 2y
No_One @LibrarianAF heck ya!!! 👍 😀 2y
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What Happened | Hillary Rodham Clinton
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The dedication has already made me cry. This may be a rough one.

Jess7 😍 2y
mrozzz Totally. And you have the audio? How is that? 2y
TheJOMOreader @mrozzz It's so good. It's honest and charming, so far. Although where you fall on the political spectrum will totally affect how you feel. 2y
No_One @LibrarianAF hahahaha!!! Best handle ever!! 😂😂 2y
Jess7 Heads up: #HRC will be speaking live on CSPAN beginning at 7 pm EST about the 2016 presidential race and her book #WhatHappened 2y
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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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Such a cute shelf talker in our teen section!!

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...so far. A great book, but I'm a little more than a quarter through, and the experience of this family isn't what I was expecting.

TheJOMOreader Aaand disregard. Shit has since gotten REAL. 2y
ReadingEnvy Ha that's what I was thinking. Just hang in there. Is this the one with the Mitt Romney connection? 2y
TheJOMOreader @ReadingEnvy Ohhhhh, no Mitt yet, but I'm intrigued! 2y
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ReadingEnvy @LibrarianAF (my bad, thinking of a different book) 2y
TheJOMOreader @ReadingEnvy That one is on my TBR list. I'll bump it accordingly. Thanks for the hot tip! 2y
Kappadeemom The Sound of Gravel was amazing and horrifying all at the same time. I thought about it for weeks after reading it! 2y
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I just quit the book about a quarter through, but I'm willing to give the audio a try. I'm just not fully invested. Is there anyone giving this the hard sell? Do I just need to stick it out a little longer?

RaimeyGallant Hi! We're playing #LibrariansForTheWin today. :) 2y
robinb You've been #smittenbylittens! It's #LibrariansForTheWin Day 😊 2y
TheJOMOreader @RaimeyGallant @robinb Yay!! Litsy's the best!! 2y
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robinb 👍👍👏🙌👊😊 2y
RaimeyGallant @robinb I love that you verbed the hashtag. 2y
robinb @RaimeyGallant Thanks! Just wanted to spread the ❤️. 😉 2y
Misanthropester I'm finding this tedious--the story is going nowhere & the prose is kinda ugly 2y
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Smile | Roddy Doyle
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First in line for this hold! We read The Woman Who Walked Into Doors in high school, & it's stuck with me ever since. I am thankful (in retrospect) to have gone to a school with teachers who pushed the envelope with required reading, & believed the students could handle tough material. I didn't realize until I looked it up TODAY, though, that TWWWID was only about a year old when we read it. I just assumed all assigned reading was old stuff. Oops!

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A Kind of Freedom: A Novel | Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
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This is my favorite book of the year, so far. A multi-generational look into one family and both the love and struggles that seem to be stronger then the passage of time. The characters are so real, you'll feel like they're your own family. As I reader I stood by, knowing a screw up was on the horizon, and already thinking that we'd all do better next time. We'd figure this out together.

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A Kind of Freedom: A Novel | Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
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Just shy of 2.5 hours into this audio, & I'm hanging on every word. The book starts w/the story of 2 people falling in love in New Orleans, 1944. Chapter 2 fast forwards to 1986 where we meet their daughter who's fallen on rough times. I haven't gotten there, but their grandson will narrate the next chapter in 2010, and then skip between times and narrators. This family is so real, and I'm already cheering so hard for them.

mrozzz Oh good! This is on my Audible wishlist 😊 2y
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I agree with the middle-of-the-road reviews on this one, but it also reminds me of a (watered down) marriage of Lionel Shriver's Big Brother and We Need to Talk About Kevin, so I'll happily listen through.

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You have my attention.

TobeyTheScavengerMonk There is an alternate reality where I will go the rest of my life without having read that. Yargh. 2y
mrozzz 😆👏🏻 2y
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Unravelling Oliver | Liz Nugent
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This book begins with a punch in the face, and continues with a span of narrators, years, and clues. It's a fascinating and troubling look into a marriage and life gone terribly wrong. I'm a sucker for a book with multiple narrators, all adding a piece to the puzzle.

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The Locals: A Novel | Jonathan Dee
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Oh Jesus. Here I go again on another 33%-er.

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Caucasia | Danzy Senna
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I need this book to be 100 more pages. Phenomenal writing.

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Ptl: The Rise and Fall of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker's Evangelical Empire | John Wigger, Professor of Us History John Wigger
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I am a Kindle Paperwhite true believer. However. These two non-fiction books are not available as eBooks from my library, and their narrow margins, small font, and general density is throwing me off. I really want to read them but I also really like adjustable fonts and not knowing how much book I have left. Sooo I'll just sit here and watch Big Little Lies instead.

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The Cutaway: A Novel | Christina Kovac
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Just getting started on this, but into it so far. It seems like a solid mystery/thriller. I love Litsy, but I think the so-so rating results in an unfair shake to titles sometimes. I get being lukewarm on a book, but 33% is a failing grade!! This poor book probably studied so hard and just had a bad day! It didn't sleep the night before! It respectfully requests extra credit.

Clwojick 😂😂😂 I forgive the failing mark, and stack it simply based on your hilarious review. 😂😂😂 2y
Shortstack @Clwojick same 😂 2y
TrishB 😂😂 2y
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Gather the Daughters | Jennie Melamed
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There's something about dystopian novels where the underlings (in this case, women) are forced to submit to the horrible whims of the men in power that are extra terrifying these days, right? This Handmaid's Tale read-alike lives up to the hype.

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Spoonbenders: A novel | Daryl Gregory
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An honest, funny look at a family doing their best to make things work - a family who happens to have an array of supernatural abilities. A great pick for those who prefer their realistic fiction with just a hint of magic. And the audiobook narrator nailed it!

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Listening to this audiobook & it's brutal. The narrator uses abhorrent slurs for every group of people that aren't straight white men. A lot of people seem to bail on this one because of the language, and that is fair, especially if you've been on the receiving end of these words. But I'm going to plug on, cringing all the way, b/c turning these people off & pretending they don't exist is partly how we arrived to our current state of affairs.

TobeyTheScavengerMonk I haven't heard of this one. Do you think the slurs represent beliefs the author holds, or is he using them to illustrate characters' points of view? 2y
TheJOMOreader @TobeyTheScavengerMonk Absolutely for the character. The narrator is a Vietnam vet who just cannot stand his liberal son's beliefs (and honestly, points out some valid hypocrisies, albeit crudely). The language is hard to get past, but the narrator honestly believes he's right, and isn't as vile as his language makes him seem. 2y
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