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TommieMarie74

Joined December 2017

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Favorite Socks | Ann Budd
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@debthmpsn Thank you so so much for my #sockswap package. I‘ve been out of town and had to rip into the presents the second I got home. I‘m so excited to read The Invisible Library and my boyfriend has already tried to steal my Woodstock journal. (Don‘t worry, I fought him off. That journal is MINE!) And the kitty astronaut socks? They are my new favorites! Thank you again! What a great way to start my first day home!! ❤️

JPeterson Awesome package!! 13mo
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I‘ve been MIA lately, thanks to school and job hunting, and I have a million book reviews to add (and hopefully good news to report) soon. But I‘m the meantime, @Eggs your #sockswap package headed out on Tuesday and should be at your doorstep in a day or two. In my hurry to get it to you, I forgot to take a picture of the package but it has definitely been sent. 😊

Eggs Thanks @TommieMarie74 ! Excited to know that❣️❣️❣️ 14mo
Eggs @TommieMarie74 The #sockswap package arrived safely today ❣️❣️ 14mo
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I finished this book a couple weeks ago but wasn‘t quite sure how I felt about it. I have very mixed emotions, even now. The writing was stellar, truly beautiful, but I often felt that it wasn‘t the voice of a 17 year old even though it was supposed to be. Additionally, there were moments in the book that I felt were unnecessary to the story line and turned me off. But the desperation and obsessive behavior of an infatuated teen were captured ⬇️

TommieMarie74 well. I think, overall, this was a lovely book and I‘m glad I read it. I don‘t believe it will ever be considered a “classic” because of the couple of overly graphic scenes but I do believe we will co to us to see great things from Aciman. 1y
tammy_sue Great review! 1y
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So I‘m trying to read, and I‘m really into my book, but I have a little visitor. I got my hair colored and she loves the smell of it so she keeps rubbing her face in my hair. #distracting #catsoflitsy

tammy_sue 😻😂 1y
QuietlyLaura 😍😂 1y
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mdm139 My cat actually will chew on my hair 1y
Bookzombie 😂 1y
AriThomas My cat does that every time i dye mine too! 1y
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Thank you @CareBear for hosting a #happytaxdaygiveaway! I hope your tax day (and your husband‘s) is happier than it sounds. 😓 No matter how bad my day is or how frustrated I might be, these two always make me smile. Every day with them is special. ❤️

#catsoflitsy

CareBear They are beautiful! 😻 thanks for entering! 1y
tammy_sue 😻😻 1y
rohit-sawant 😻😻 1y
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Congratulations @BarbaraTheBibliophage on such a cool Litsy milestone...Thanks for hosting the #2468giveaway! 😍

Head on over to Barbara‘s page to learn how to enter!!

BarbaraTheBibliophage Thanks for sharing! 1y
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Better Late Than Never | Jenn McKinlay
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A little late but better late than never, right? 😊 #friyayintro
1. Oldest
2. I always wanted a sister.
3. Just one brother.
4. Probably Jem and Scout Finch.
5. @TheDaysGoBy

raelaschoenherr I‘m the oldest and just have one brother too :) 1y
TommieMarie74 @raelaschoenherr Are you close with your brother? We are close now but he drove me mad as a kid. I mostly wanted to trade him in for a sister. 😆 1y
raelaschoenherr @TommieMarie74 We are super close! We “got along” as kids—bickered all the time and drive my mom crazy but when she suggested that we play separately we never wanted to 😆 I actually never wanted a sister...I liked being the daughter in the family, but I had girlfriends over to play all the time so they kind of felt like sisters! 1y
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Ethan Frome | Edith Wharton
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I‘m using the re-read of my favorite book as an opportunity to share a photo of my new bed. It‘s so pretty! Reading Ethan Frome is like curling up in bed, cozy and familiar. I love the descriptive nature of Wharton‘s writing and the simple beauty of this novel. It says so much but seems effortless.

Mommamanzi Love the color! 1y
dsfisher Beautiful! 1y
Ddzmini Love it 😍 1y
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LiteraryinLititz Beautiful! 1y
TaylorMay Ooh looks so cozy. I definitely need to do a re-read of this one I haven't read it since high school 1y
Tamra So comfy! 1y
tammy_sue Lovely! 💙 1y
SandyW Gorgeous bedding! 1y
stephfafahh Looks so gorgeous and comfy!! 1y
Simona I love color combination (looks very cozy and inviting), and I loved this story, as you said - it‘s simply beautiful 😍😍😍 1y
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Friendless | Grace Cooper
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I have a friend who is new to Litsy! Please help me welcome @ReadingRebecca to our awesome community and show her some Litten love! ❤️

dsfisher @ReadingRebecca Welcome to Litsy! 1y
ReadingRebecca Thank you! 1y
Grrlbrarian Welcome, @ReadingRebecca 🎉🎉🎉 1y
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callielafleur Welcome @ReadingRebecca!! ❤️ 1y
JoScho Welcome @ReadingRebecca I hope you love Litsy 💕 1y
BeckyB Welcome! 1y
Jas16 Welcome to Litsy @ReadingRebecca 1y
wanderinglynn Welcome @ReadingRebecca 🎉👋🏻📚 1y
Elle_Skeldon Welcome to Litsy @ReadingRebecca !!📚🤓📚 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks (edited) 1y
ReadingRebecca Awesome Ill check it out! 1y
BookNerd1975 Welcome!! 1y
vkois88 Thank you for the tag, @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤ Welcome to the #LitsyFamily @ReadingRebecca ! I hope you love it here as much as I do 🤗 1y
Lmstraubie Welcome to the group @ReadingRebecca! It's a wonderful place to be! 1y
JessClark78 Welcome to Litsy @ReadingRebecca 🙂📚 1y
Eggs @ReadingRebecca Welcome to Litsy 👋🏻❣️👋🏻👏🏻 1y
ReadingRebecca Thank you everyone cant wait to explore everything 1y
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Ethan Frome | Edith Wharton
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#MeetTheLittens

1. I grew up in North Platte, NE (the home of Buffalo Bill Cody!).
2. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
3. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
4. Heathers, Despicable Me, Little Miss Sunshine
5. Of all time, Gilmore Girls. Right now, The Good Place. I also love The Walking Dead.
6. The Cure
7. Turquoise/teal
8. Sci-fi although I love all genres
9. I‘m finishing my MSE at KU
10. 2 cats, Daisy (age 12) and Finch (age 5)

Ingerella I loved Heathers and The Cure! I saw them play at Great Woods in MA a million years ago. 1y
SaturnDoo Wow, I know where you're from 😁 I used to live in Lexington and Overton NE 1y
Crewgurl You are the first person I have ever heard say they like Ethan Frome 😂😂 1y
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TommieMarie74 @Ingerella I saw them in 2008 and 2016. I‘m hoping I won‘t have to wait 8 years to see them again. 😊 1y
TommieMarie74 @SaturnDoo You weren‘t very far away at all! Have you been back? 1y
TommieMarie74 @Crewgurl I know I‘m weird but I love it. Such a tragic love story. I feel so bad for Ethan in many ways but he is so flawed and could have done things much differently. He is a very human character. 1y
SaturnDoo @TommieMarie74 yes. I went back a couple years ago to pick up some stuff I left with a friend to store for ne but not since then. 1y
SaturnDoo @Crewgurl I liked Ethan Frome too. 😁 1y
Crewgurl Oh goodness, two people!!! 😂 @SaturnDoo 1y
TommieMarie74 @saturndoo Yay! Maybe there is a correlation between Nebraska life and liking Ethan Frome? 😊 1y
inthegreensandblues I got my BA at KU. 😊 1y
TommieMarie74 @inthegreensandblues That‘s awesome!! I‘m working on my MSE there right now (after working there for 10 years). Rock Chalk!!! 1y
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The Mystery Bookstore | Gertrude C. Warner
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I was in Kansas City today for a doctor‘s appointment and while driving around, I stumbled upon both an Urban Library (a little free library in an old newspaper machine) and an awesome used bookstore with creaky wood floors crowded with shelves to the ceiling and a spiral staircase leading the a basement floor with more books. I can home with a nice little stack and a book-buying buzz. 😊📚

RaimeyGallant Love! 1y
somebooksaround 🙌🙌📚 1y
Carolhreads Great haul!!! Cute little shop too!!! 1y
Skeebies05 That place is wonderful!!! 1y
TommieMarie74 I wanted to take pics of the inside but didn‘t want the owner to think I was crazy. 😊 I plan to take some on my next trip. 1y
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I‘m looking for help from my fellow Littens. I‘ve taken an unusual route to teaching and am finishing my MSE without teaching certification. Meaning I am teaching high school English this fall on a restricted alternative license. So while I study for the Praxis and finish my final semester, I‘m thinking I should reread some classics in preparation for August. I could really use your recommendations for books currently being taught in HS English.

DebbieGrillo I'd suggest reading everything by Penny Kittle, Kelly Gallagher and Allison Marchetti & Rebekah O'Dell instead. I mean you can't go wrong with To Kill a Mockingbird, Of Mice and Men, 1984 and The Scarlett Letter. But if your district is progressive at all there might not be whole class novel required reading. The best practice favors self selected reading, with teacher guidace. Popular and literary fiction and non-fiction. #teachersoflitsy 1y
Redwritinghood My kids have been reading To Kill a Mockingbird, Lord of the Flies, Catcher in the Rye, Brave New World, and Fahrenheit 451 in English this year. 1y
ofclumsywords My English teacher once did a project splitting the class into groups of two or three kids and had a handful of classics (In Cold Blood, Old Man and the Sea and so on) and let each group pick which book they wanted to buddy read together and had weekly quizzes on each book and then had each group did a presentation once they were finished (edited) 1y
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Pamwurtzler One of my daughters spent an entire semester on To Kill a Mockingbird. I seem to remember this as well- 1y
CSeydel To Kill a Mockingbird, Of Mice and Men, Lord of the Flies, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, A Midsummer Night‘s Dream 1y
TheBookStacker To Kill a Mockingbird, Night by Eli Wiesel, The Bell Jar. Those are a few that have stuck with me evern through college (edited) 1y
AmyG 1984, Grapes of Wrath. I remember my kids reading The Power of One - Bryce Courtenay. I loved that book (I used to read what they read). 1y
Meeko93 The Great Gatsby, To Kill a Mockingbird, Of Mice and Men, Romeo and Juliet, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.. those are one I can remember and proety by Emily Dickinson. 1y
Blaire I don‘t know what‘s currently being taught - but we read hamlet, the odyssey, huckleberry Finn, brave new world, pride and prejudice, gatsby, go down Moses, the crucible, a dollshouse, one day in the life of Ivan denisovich, 1y
JoScho I took an alternate route too! 1y
AndreaReads I absolutely agree with @DebbieGrillo Penny Kittle and Kelly Gallagher just released a book they wrote together and it takes you through the 180 days we have with our kids. These two are experts about reading and they only read two whole class novels a year. Everything else can broken into Book Clubs and you typically have a little more freedom with Book Club choice! Good luck! You have a whole bunch of help here if/when you need it! 1y
Johanna414 I‘m also going to chime in with the recommendation to look up Penny Kittle and Keely Gallagher- I went to one of Penny Kittle‘s workshops recently and it was awesome! 1y
TommieMarie74 Thank you SO MUCH everyone! This is so helpful, you have no idea. Some of these I read in high school or college but there are some new ones here too. My summer will be busy, just making sure I‘m prepared! @Redwritinghood @Ofclumsywords @Pamwurtzler @CSeydel @TheBookStacker @AmyG @Meeko93 @Blaire 1y
TommieMarie74 I love the idea of limited class novel reading and using a “book club” format. Kansas is a Common Core state so I don‘t know how that will affect teaching HS lit but I‘m going to check out 180 Days, as well as Penny Kittle and Keely Gallagher, and hope that this type of class dynamic is a possibility. Thank you!! @DebbieGrillo @AndreaReads @Johanna414 1y
TommieMarie74 @JoScho That‘s awesome!! I‘d love to get your take on the process (and words of wisdom) sometime. 😊 1y
JoScho @TommieMarie74 of course. I called it teacher boot camp. We went for two weeks in the summer and of course had to pass all of the praxis exams and then were tossed into the classroom. Then we were on yearly contracts for the next three years until the end of the program and we became fully certified teachers. 1y
Meeko93 Another I thought of was Speak. 1y
TommieMarie74 @JoScho That sounds very similar to this program. You have to pass the Praxis tests and then find a job teaching. Once you have a job offer, you are officially enrolled in the program, attend a 4 day intensive training, and go right to the classroom. 😳 The program lasts two years. Not terrifying at all! 1y
TommieMarie74 @Meeko93 That‘s a good recommendation. I‘ll add it to the list. Thanks!! 1y
JoScho Very similar and it was terrifying at first because I felt unprepared and I am currently on year 13 teaching. I felt like I was being thrown to the wolves. You can do it! 1y
AndreaReads @TommieMarie74 Utah is a Common Core state as well (but we don‘t call it Common Core because it has a negative connotation and parents flipped). 🙄 Book Club format works really well because you can use individual books to teach the skills you need. Of course a lot of this depends on the school you end up with! I am happy to help you with anything you need! This is my tenth year and I have taught grades 7-12! 1y
TommieMarie74 @AndreaReads I did a little research and while Kansas is Common Core, they changed the name to the Kansas College and Career Ready Standards. Parents here flipped too and apparently the school board sent a letter out last fall announcing the “new” standards but the actual standards are the same. 😐 I‘ll feel a little better when I know where I‘ll be school- and grade-wise. But it helps to know I have people like you and @JoScho to turn to. ❤️❤️ 1y
JoScho Anytime! 😊 1y
CoffeeNBooks 1984, Lord of the Flies, Frankenstein, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Importance of Being Earnest, Anthem, Macbeth, Hamlet 1y
TommieMarie74 @CoffeeNBooks Thank you so much! I‘ve added these to my list. 😊 1y
CoffeeNBooks @TommieMarie74 I teach 12th grade English and AP Literature- let me know if you ever have any questions. ☺ 1y
staci.reads I will 2nd (or maybe 3rd) those that are suggesting you read Gallagher, Kittle, etc. I have taught English for 23 years, high school the last 18, and I have never had the success of getting kids to read as I have with the combo of whole class novels and book clubs. In addition, my independent reading component (Kittle's Passionate Readers Or Donalynn Miller's Book Whisperer) has turned my students into readers. Good luck! 1y
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I love seeing new Little Free Libraries pop up around town. ❤️

#littlefreelibrary

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Phantom of the Opera | Gaston Leroux
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1. Phantom of the Opera. Such an amazing novel and Andrew Lloyd Weber (who I love) does not do it justice.
2. The Cure. Robert Smith is my idol and I believe that, in the event of an apocalypse, he will save us all. ❤️😍❤️
3. There‘s been so many but, I would have to say Linkin Park.
4. There is a lot of these too but one that stands out in my mi d this morning is The Middle by Jimmy Eat World. Just a really great sing. 😊
#ManicMonday

JoScho That is a great song! 1y
Bkwrm7 And now I'm singing The Middle in my head and I just want to dance to it! Good thing I'm at home.... 😊 1y
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The Giveaway Box | Michael Dostillio
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Congrats, @BookaholicNatty on 25k! What an awesome milestone!! And thank you for hosting such a generous giveaway!

The top 3 books on my TBR are Educated, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, and Memoirs of a Polar Bear.

#Nattys25kGiveaway

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Congrats @Chasing_Pages on your 10k milestone and thank you for hosting this awesome giveaway! 😊💕

1. I write and have published poetry, I trained to sing opera but gave up performing, and I was an extra in a Wild West PBS movie as a teenager.
2. My spring is devoted to working on my thesis and finishing my last class so I can graduate.
3. My top 3 are Educated, Memoirs of a Polar Bear, and Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine.
#Ks10kGiveaway

Chasing_Pages Early congratulations on graduating 🎉 Thanks for entering! 1y
TommieMarie74 Thanks!! 😊 1y
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You're All My Favorites | Sam McBratney
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1. Turquoise/teal and violet
2. Literary fiction
3. Cats and goats
4. Bookmarks, Momiji resin dolls, and gnomes
5. Anything lemon. Also all cookies.
6. Popcorn
7. I like all three but usually prefer tea. But no caffeine allowed.
#myfavoritethings

Tanisha_A Ooh high 5. Lemony flavour! 😀 1y
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The Langoliers | Stephen King
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1. Cleaning the cat box.
2. My BF has zero cooking skills. But if he had a signature dish, it would be salad. He makes a mean salad.
3. Same
4. I‘ve read some short novels in a couple of hours over the years but the shortest book is probably The Polar Express with my nephew.
5.
6. 100+
7. I‘ve tried romance again recently; there‘s some I‘ve really enjoyed.
8. A “Short King book” is an oxymoron. Ha! My fave story is tagged.
#saturdaynightspecial

TommieMarie74 Question 5 is hard. I love so many genres. Probably the Children‘s section. 1y
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Bookstore Cat | Cindy Wheeler
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Congrats @vivastory on your amazing milestone, and thank you for hosting such an incredible giveaway. My favorite local bookstore is a used books store called The Dusty Shelf. There I can find so many treasure as well as spend with THE Dinah, who much prefers perusing books with us to waiting by the rabbit hole for Alice.

#vivabookstore #catsoflitsy

Louise What a gorgeous cat! 😍 1y
JazzFeathers 😍😍😍 1y
jenniferw88 😻😻😻😻 1y
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vivastory I haven't been inside there in far too long. I'm definitely due for a visit. 1y
mdm139 Dusty is my favorite too, but I have no pictures since I moved so far away so many years ago. I am glad they are rebuilding the other store. 1y
TommieMarie74 @mdm139 Me too. It was so sad when the fire happened. Luckily no one was hurt. 1y
revenge4porgy I reached a milestone I think of a litfluence of 100. How long before my next milestone? 🤔 1y
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Such a great paragraph. ❤️

“I was a partner to the quiet and I felt at home... I roamed the shelves alone, the only friend to all the books. Finally, I had thoughts to fill my head other than my own.”

#booklove #introvertlife #libraries #travelbybooks

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If it‘s on, you will only see what the Litsy app wants to show you.

asiriusreader Thank you!! 1y
MiyakoBunny That‘s helpful to know Thank you 😊 1y
Kshakal Super helpful! 1y
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tammy_sue Thank you!😊 1y
ReviewsbytheMrs Done ✅ 1y
aeeklund THANK YOU!! 1y
JacqMac Thank you! Will share. 1y
swishandflick I think you still see every post in chronological order. I understood this to mean that if the Litsy account "features" a post that they want to make sure everyone sees (i.e like with the server migration), that post would display up top. Not that they restrict the other posts you're seeing. 1y
jfalkens @swishandflick I had it on before, that's what I thought it meant too. I could have been wrong tho, sometimes for following thousands of Littens my feed was short. 1y
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I just signed up for this awesome swap hosted by @JPeterson ! Check out her sign up post at #sockswap to join!!

Plus, it‘s international too!!

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“It has wings. It‘s the Batmobile.”

The beauty of a child‘s logic. #batmobile #bestquoteever #childlogic

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Apocalypse Cow | Michael Logan
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@Cinfhen is offering an amazing giveaway, and is a great litten to follow (also, my autocorrect keeps changing “great litten” to “grey kitten” 😆). #LitsyApocalypseGiveaway

Cinfhen 😻😻😻💋 1y
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As I stated in my review of volume one. I just wasn‘t feeling this comic despite some good qualities. I think I‘ll leave this series for someone else to enjoy.

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Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur | Brandon Montclare, Amy Reeder
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I read the first two volumes of this comic. There is a lot to like about it. It has a strong, smart girl who becomes a sort of hero and gives girls the opportunity to see that they can be strong and smart too. The artwork is cute and who doesn‘t love a dinosaur that says “mroo?” That being said, I just couldn‘t get into this comic. Moon girl is often whining about things liked her intelligence and I just had no patience for that.

dragondrool I tried to read the first volume as bout a month ago. I got about halfway through, but never did gain any traction with it. 1y
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I finished this just over a week ago and really liked it. It had a brisk pace and the characters had good dimension. It had some technical jargon that I didn‘t know but was able to get with context; I blame that on this being written by someone who is a CIA agent first and an author second. The main characters were flawed but likable and the good vs evil was very blurred at times. I‘ve never read a spy novel before and have been wondering how ⬇️⬇️

TommieMarie74 realistic some of it was. Are there spies among us all the time and we don‘t know? Is espionage really going on all the time? How would we ever really know? I also saw the movie last weekend and enjoyed it as well. I would say it was about 15% similar to the book. Most of it deviates greatly, from major changes to characters, relationship dynamics, and the ending. It made some scenes seem gratuitous when they were very important in the book. 1y
LMJenkins Great review - agree with everything. Just listened to this recently and liked it a lot. Haven‘t seen movie yet. Thinking of reading the second in the trilogy soon. 1y
TommieMarie74 @LMJenkins Thanks! Based on the alternate ending, I‘m guessing there won‘t be more movies. The book also showed Putin in a not-so-good light and that was missing in the movies. That also leads me to believe the movie will be a stand alone. But I could be completely wrong. 🤷🏻‍♀️ I hope to start book two soon. (edited) 1y
Dragon You‘ve got me interested, stacking 👍 1y
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Throne of Glass | Sarah J. Maas
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Anyone else hear the song Walking on Broken Glass by Annie Lennox playing in their head whenever they see or think about the book Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas?

No? Just me, huh? 🤦🏻‍♀️

GripLitGrl Now it will 😄😄👍 1y
TommieMarie74 @GripLitGrl Then my job here is done. 😆🤭 1y
rwmg Now I can't get Blondie's Heart of Glass out of my head 1y
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RaimeyGallant Now I do. 1y
Avanders 👆🏽👆🏽 yep 😆😆 1y
Craftylikefox Thanks for the ear worm! 😆 1y
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Please read and share!! 😊

rather_be_reading 😲😠 1y
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The Lady and the Unicorn | Tracy Chevalier
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#humpdaypost
1. These are my book club Momiji dolls (and a couple of their bookish friends).
2. I‘ve had this on my shelf for at least 5 years and just keep passing it over for other books. Thanks to this post, I now realize I have several that have been waiting a long time.
3. Probably pizza.
4. #catsoflitsy and #mounttbr
5. Jaws

https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/entertainment/g3656/most-popular-book-year...

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Official Bob's Burgers Coloring Book | Loren Bouchard, The Creators of Bob's Burgers
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#litsyisthebestUS

@callielafleur Congrats on your milestone!! And thanks for this fantastic giveaway! You are awesome!!! ❤️💕❤️

callielafleur Bob's Burgers is so good!! 1y
PenguinInFlight Hahahaha, I love Bob‘s Burgers. 🙌🏻💜 1y
SomedayAlmost I know! My friend David from writing group always kills off the protagonist‘s love interest in his novels! Breaks my heart every time.. (edited) 1y
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TommieMarie74 @SomedayAlmost I think David may need an intervention. That‘s just cruel!! 1y
Tera66 😂😂😂, said every game of thrones fan ever. 1y
Meeko93 Yes 1y
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I don‘t know if I should be flattered or terrified. 😳

https://www.buzzfeed.com/connorrdunlap/everyone-has-a-harry-potter-wand-that-per...

Quasifesto I got the same thing. I guess we‘ll have to share, since there‘s only one 😁 1y
TommieMarie74 @Quasifesto Maybe we can come up with a shared custody arrangement. 😆 1y
SandyW Yikes. Perhaps I should unfollow you and @Quasifesto 😱😱😱 #HesBack 1y
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TommieMarie74 @Sandyw At lease @Quasifesto and I both have lovely looking noses. 👺👃🏻 1y
SandyW 😂😂🐈 1y
SandyW Not sure how that cat emoji got in there...? 1y
TommieMarie74 @sandyw Cats already find a way to put their noses into the fray. At least mine do. 😆❤️ (edited) 1y
jmtrivera I got the same as well! 😨 1y
TommieMarie74 @jmtrivera @Quasifesto I think something‘s fishy. This quiz must be rigged! 😱 1y
jmtrivera @TommieMarie74 Or perhaps reading widely makes us more likely to be fearless wand masters! 1y
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@tonyahoswalt This is Finch!! 😊 My reading buddy and Simon‘s long lost “litter” brother. #catsoflitsy

ju.ca.no Beauty! 1y
CoffeeCatsBooks Gorgeous! 😻 1y
Kaye Beautiful kitty. I love grey cats. 1y
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TommieMarie74 @ju.ca.no @CoffeeCatsBooks @kaye Thanks! He is the sweetest kitty too. 1y
tonyahoswalt Oh he's a cutie! 1y
Jinjer Beautiful! 1y
TNbookworm 😻 1y
Bookzombie 💕🐱 1y
tammy_sue Beautiful! 😻 1y
ladym30 Adorable! 1y
rohit-sawant 😻😻 1y
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Every Last Word | Tamara Ireland Stone
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This book really spoke to me. As someone who has struggled with anxiety and depression since grade school, I felt the protagonist‘s pain in many of the situations. I also found writing to be a form of catharsis for me and have remained an avid poet since I was 14. This book also opened my eyes about OCD. The author put a great deal of research into the diagnosis and gave a very vivid picture of the pain caused by this disorder. My father has OCD⬇️

TommieMarie74 and, while I‘ve watched his struggle for decades, I don‘t think I really understood what it meant. This book made me see my father in a new light. And it‘s made me want to learn more about this side of him that causes him such great pain. 1y
TommieMarie74 Also, look at this beautiful bookmark!! Thank you @Babiesandbooks !! ❤️ 1y
corycatelyn I loved this book as well 😊 1y
tammy_sue Glad you enjoyed it, and just love that bookmark! 💕 1y
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This Or That?: Quiz Book | Emma MacLaren Henke
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I love to bake, not a fan of cooking but sadly I‘m the only cook in the house. I am lucky that my BF does all the clean up afterwards.

#thisorthat
@RealLifeReading

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This Or That?: Quiz Book | Emma MacLaren Henke
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I‘m not a fan of Twizzlers, Red Vines, or any kind of licorice. 🤢

#thisorthat
@readherwriteher

readherwriteher @TommieMarie74 Really? I‘ve never had Red Vines, but I don‘t mind red Twizzlers. I can‘t do black licorice of any kind. 🚫🤢 1y
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The Sparrow: A Novel | Mary Doria Russell
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This is one of the most thought-provoking, amazing books that I've ever read. I happened to see it while wandering around a book store and thought it sounded interesting. I had no idea. It's been a couple of years since I read it but I find myself still telling people about it and urging them to read it. It's too hard for me to give a good synopsis about the book without giving away the whole thing so I'll suffice it to say that this book is ⬇️

TommieMarie74 about a group of people that learn the true meaning of love, perseverance, survival, adversity, and faith. They discover that the truth of a person is what is inside of them and that there is great beauty in those different from yourself. I think what I most took away from this book is that all lives are full of beauty and full of suffering but that it‘s how you survive the latter that makes you appreciate the former. Pick up this book. 1y
Becker It‘s been on my TBR for years. Maybe this is my sign to bump it up. ⬆️ 1y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled This book scrambled my brain for a while, in a good way! 1y
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KathyWheeler I loved this book! I liked its follow up, Children of God, as well. (edited) 1y
TommieMarie74 @Becker I definitely think so! 1y
TommieMarie74 @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Me too! I never expected what happened and I was so submerged in the story and the world, it was hard to go back to normal life. 1y
TommieMarie74 @KathyWheeler Me too! It was good to see how the main character was doing after all that happened. 1y
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The Sparrow: A Novel | Mary Doria Russell
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While I have many favorites, these three books left me speechless and...and...I can‘t even put it into words. They were amazing and I‘ve read them again and again. They definitely have #alltherightstuff. ❤️

Thanks @robinb for hosting the #alltherightstuffgiveaway. It was fun thinking back on some of my best reads over the years!

robinb Thanks for entering/sharing! Wow, these sound like heavy-hitters....thanks for the recs! Glad you enjoyed the look back...meanwhile, my TBR is exploding! 🤣🤣👍😊❤️ 1y
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Red Sparrow: A Novel | Jason Matthews
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So my back is still a mess and I‘m COMPLETELY overwhelmed with school and my Master‘s project (how can I possibly finish this project in 8 weeks?). Luckily, the tagged book is giving me a small reprieve each evening, and tonight I have the additional comfort of my “F*ck off I‘m reading” socks and Finch‘s company. #catsoflitsy

AmyG Necessary socks. I have them, too. 1y
mcipher Feel better! Sometimes a break is what you need to power on through all the crap. 🤗 1y
cobwebmoth Sending positive thoughts! 1y
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Jas16 I am so sorry. I hope you feel better soon 1y
megt Hope you‘re feeling better soon! 1y
tammy_sue Hang in there! 💗 1y
LitsyOwl One day at a time and those flipping socks 🧦 will give you the power 💥 1y
TommieMarie74 @AmyG Right?!? They are awesome. 1y
TommieMarie74 @mcipher @cobwebmoth @Jas16 @megt @whatshesreadingnow @LitsyOwl Thanks! I‘m so thankful for all the support I get from you all, my fellow Littens. I need all the support I can get! 😊❤️ Here‘s hoping these socks can power me through. 1y
amyrohn I have those socks too! They're my favorite to wear when I need some extra sass. 1y
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3. My favorite Jane Austen relationship is Emma and Mr. Knightley. They are friends for many years and familiar with each other. They each had their quirks and appreciated those quirks in each other.

#JaneAustenGiveaway

GypsyKat 💗💗💗 1y
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2. Deciding on a favorite JA character was hard. I think I have to go with Mr. Knightley. His kindness, sharp wit, and down-to-earth nature make him a great character. And he could somehow see the goodness deep within Emma despite her silly, spoiled exterior.

#JaneAustenGiveaway

GypsyKat 💗💗💗 1y
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1. Emma is my favorite Jane Austen novel. I‘ve always loved the hilarity of Emma‘s matchmaking skills, or lack thereof, and the constant switching of mismatched couples when one doesn‘t work out.

#JaneAustenGiveaway

GypsyKat 💗💗💗 1y
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Manic Monday | Robert Michael
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1. YA contemporary (like Sarah Dessen or John Green)
2. First full-time, adult job was legal secretary
3. It was Patient Advocate until I was terminated in December so right now I guess it‘s full-time grad student.
4. SPED Transition Specialist for students with cognitive disabilities.
5. Both, but usually I end up getting coffee. I don‘t drink caffeine so my coffee is just for show. Lol.
#manicmonday

JoScho Love your dream job 😊 1y
Betty #4 requires lots and LOTS of IEP writing and meetings. That I know because my job the last ten years before I retired was Transition Assessment Co-ordinator at a state school for the Deaf (edited) 1y
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TommieMarie74 @Betty That is my dream job. I‘m completing my MSE in High Incidence Disabilities as well as Transition Services certification right now. I graduate in May. Any pointers or suggestions for finding a position? 1y
Betty @TommieMarie74 start applying now. Have you done any internships? Apply there too. 1y
TommieMarie74 @Betty I applied for one job but wasn‘t selected for an interview.I have a couple I‘m applying to this week. I also found one for a school registrar at the school that‘s the highest ranked for SPED and I thought it might be worth submitting there just to get my foot in the door. My biggest issue is I don‘t have teaching cert. I did the non-teaching track program. They made it seem like it wouldn‘t be an issue. Now, I‘m not so sure. 1y
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Finch is not a fan of homework. He thinks it‘s unnecessary. He‘d rather we lay in bed reading today. If only my professor agreed. #catsoflitsy

tammy_sue Great name! 1y
LauraBeth What a cutie 😻 1y
TNbookworm Smart kitty😻 1y
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AmyG He‘s a beauty. 1y
ju.ca.no Beauty! 1y
corycatelyn My cats feel the same way 😂 1y
Tera66 How do you say no to those eyes??? 1y
TommieMarie74 @whatshesreadingnow Thanks, it‘s in honor of To Kill a Mockingbird. 😊 1y
TommieMarie74 @LauraBeth @TNbookworm @AmyG @ju.ca.no Thanks! He‘s a total sweetie too. 1y
TommieMarie74 @corycatelyn They think homework is the devil, apparently. Lol. 1y
TommieMarie74 @Tera66 It‘s so hard. That‘s why he‘s so darn spoiled. 1y
Tera66 @TommieMarie74 I get it, i got 3 furbabies as rotten as can be.💗 1y
Faibka Cutie! 😸 1y
ladym30 Adorable! 1y
Dragon 😻 1y
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Weekenders | Mary Kay Andrews
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1. This one‘s hard. I read most of the Harlequin books that were out when I was in grade school (thanks, Grandma). Does that count?
2. Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, and House of Night
3. Shelve it if I love it, trade it for bookstore credit if I don‘t, and if I really want someone to read it I buy them their own copy. I‘ve been burned too many times loaning my books.
4. I don‘t but wish I did. I haven‘t found any around here.
#weekendchat

TommieMarie74 Actually, the longest series I‘ve read would Anne of Green Gables. I read all the way through her adult years and the books about her daughter, Rilla. 1y
KatColmer Longest series would have to be Maggie Stiefvater‘s Shiver series. Only 4 books@and that was a while ago. 1y
KatColmer Series I gave up on ... I am number 4 Pitakus Lore. I think I got to the third and lost interest. 1y
KatColmer I‘m a librarian so I tend to borrow most off my books and shelf them back in the library 😉 1y
KatColmer I used to belong to a book club but sadly don‘t have the time anymore 😢 1y
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Congratulations: You Did It! | Katherine Kim, Ariel
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Congrats @Jess7 for such a cool milestone, and for hosting this awesome giveaway. Head over to her page to learn more. #77777giveaway

Jess7 Thanks for entering! 1y
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corycatelyn The same 😊 (also one of my favorite books and movies) 1y
TommieMarie74 @corycatelyn Mine too! 😊 1y
readherwriteher I got The Book Thief. It was spot on for me. 👌🏻 1y
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Ddzmini 😍😍😍 1y
KarenUK The book thief 👍💕 1y
hgrimes I got that one too! 1y
GatheringBooks my husband got this one, and we had a good laugh out of that - mainly because he‘s the least #tfios person we can ever think of. 1y
ooomeooo Fifty Shades of Grey 😱😱😨 1y
TommieMarie74 @Gyldholm Oh my!! 😳😳😳 1y
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Yoga Cats | Daniel Borris
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Congrats on your 50k milestone, @TheLibrarian ! And thank you for hosting #50kgiveaway2. These are my reading (and everything else) buddies, Daisy (orange) and Finch (grey). ❤️

CatLass007 😻😻😻😻😻 1y
TheLibrarian Thanks!! How sweet 😻😻😻 1y
tammy_sue 😻😊 1y
MissAimz_55 😍 1y
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Stolen | Lucy Christopher
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1. Motherless Daughters by Hope Edelman
2. Stolen: A Letter To My Captor by Lucy Christopher
3. I had this really goofy book called The Thingamajig Book Of Manners. It had gross-ish, funny, troll-like characters that showed what you shouldn‘t do....like fart at the dinner table. I was obsessed with that book (I still have it) and I‘m guessing my first lessons came from it.
4. @Babiesandbooks @ReadingOver50

Thanks @GarthRanzz
#TrivialThursday

GarthRanzz I need to hunt down that book for my nephew. He‘s just about the right age for those lessons. 😊 1y
TommieMarie74 @GarthRanzz I hope you can find it. I loved that book. 1y
SilversReviews Nice dress up of the photo. 1y
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Untitled | Unknown
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Thank you @Liatrek for such a fun and generous giveaway! I love all of these books so much but I would have to say that Jane Eyre is my favorite. #ClassicGiveaway