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tholmz

tholmz

Joined February 2016

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I listened to this on audio which was the best part — Tom‘s soothing voice. The stories were fine, some drastically better than others, but I think I made the right call to listen rather than read.

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I am a big Lindy fan so understandably enjoyed this. Funny, insightful, relevant.

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Great collection of actual diverse experiences regarding #metoo.

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In the Dream House: A Memoir | Carmen Maria Machado
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This book was so hyped up and it still somehow exceeded my expectations. I couldn‘t stop reading it. I dreamt about it. A powerful, beautiful, unique read.

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Absolutely infuriating and upsetting but very strong and well researched. I have a lot of personal connection and investment in oral healthcare in America and wish I could make it all better.

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Greatest Love Story Ever Told: An Oral History | Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally
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Not sure how this would actually read on a page but the audiobook was like a long podcast with two nice, sweet, funny people. Not the most amazing book of all time but one that will make you feel warm and good.

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Under the Bridge | Rebecca Godfrey
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Mehso-so

I didn‘t like it and then I did and then it was so hard to read because it‘s just such an awful, senseless crime and it‘s so violent and weighted. This is a paperback re-release and I know the book was written in 2005 so some of the more problematic language can maybe be excused but overall, fascinating story, just really disturbing more than anything.

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In Pieces | Sally Field
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I listened to the audio and hearing her sweet voice for 10 hours was a real treat. I love Sally Field and had no idea what she survived both as a child and an adult. What a kind, strong woman, and a beautiful memoir.

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Unfollow | Megan Phelps-Roper
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Very interesting and tough to read at times. I was not raised any kind of religious and consider myself an atheist but I am always fascinated at how religion — especially extremism — even happens or how people stick with it. This is thoughtfully written and sad and brave and lots of other things.

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Mehso-so

I don‘t read a lot of plays and this one was good, though it was confusing at times. Ultimately, a great reveal at the end.

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One of the most shocking and interesting memoirs I‘ve ever read in my life. It reads like fiction, some of it is just so tough to imagine being true. (I do believe it, of course.) What a story! One of my favorite of the year.

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The Last Black Unicorn | Tiffany Haddish
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(I‘m behind in updating and will catch up all at once!)

I listened to the audio of this and I think Tiffany has a great sense of humor and has overcome a lot. I didn‘t LOVE this but I appreciated parts of it very much.

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Know My Name: A Memoir | Chanel Miller
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‪Cried openly in public finishing Chanel Miller‘s “Know My Name.” I let the tears be free, didn‘t try to suppress them because I was in public. She wrote this for us, shared so much of herself with the world when she never should have had to. ‬

kaysworld1 This is my November read. I am looking forward to it x 1mo
tholmz @kaysworld1 hope you like/d it! 4w
kaysworld1 @tholmz I'll be honest it's a heavy book and very close to home! I'm taking it slow. 4w
tholmz @kaysworld1 no shame in that ❤️❤️❤️ 3w
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Wedding Party | Jasmine Guillory
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Loved this one the most of the series!

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Jane: A Murder | Maggie Nelson
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Beautiful. I read The Red Parts last year and was eager to read this one too. I was not disappointed. Interesting format and such a sad and well told story.

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This was an incredibly well-researched book. I absolutely loved it and knew nothing about Northern Ireland‘s struggles until reading this and now I have a new interest.

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Just absolutely beautiful. Lovely prose, incredible heartbreak, honest through and through.

Cathythoughts Lovely review 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
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Speaking of Summer | Kalisha Buckhanon
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Absolutely not what I expected, but somehow more. Rich and beautiful and poignant.

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Very Nice | Marcy Dermansky
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Mehso-so

I am giving this a so-so because it was interesting enough to breeze through but also what the hell — this is a very weird book and the ending is very soap operaesque. Not great writing, lots of cliches.

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The Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides
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This really isn‘t the kind of thing I‘d usually read but it was am enjoyable little mystery.

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Interpreter of Maladies | Jhumpa Lahiri
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First time reading Jhumpa Lahiri and I am completely smitten.

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Feel Free: Essays | Zadie Smith
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I‘m biracial and this collection had one of the best essays I‘ve read on being biracial. It also had stuff I did not connect to, but it was very good overall, and is definitely a book I‘ll return to in the future.

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This is probably not for everyone but I really enjoyed it and find myself motivated to talk to my family about what they want at the end of their lives.

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Trick Mirror | Jia Tolentino
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I adore Jia‘s writing. She is so smart, personal, and introspective. This is a great exploration into my generation — yes, the dreaded millennial — and really does a great job detailing just what my generation has experienced from the birth of reality tv and chat rooms to scams like student loan debt and the 2008 recession.

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I did not expect to like this as much as I did but it was just beautifully written. I feel attached to each of the animals Sy Montgomery told a story about. I even cried!

DrawingSustenance I'm going to read this book now. 4mo
tholmz @julietbooks I hope you love it!! 3mo
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Black Queer Hoe | Britteney Black Rose Kapri
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Quick and powerful.

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Fleishman Is in Trouble | Taffy Brodesser-Akner
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I am a big fan of Taffy Brodesser-Akner‘s writing style and I wasn‘t sure how that would translate into fiction but WOW, did it ever. I loved this book. It was so honest and funny and realistic and sad and unexpected.

Anna40 What is it about? 4mo
tholmz @anna40 in short, it‘s about a couple whose marriage is falling apart, but it‘s written in such a smart, funny, honest way! 4mo
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I absolutely adore Keah Brown and think her voice is just what we need. Funny, smart, and so informative, Keah educates the world on how to better treat disabled people as they should be treated while also being so entertaining. She‘s the best. She‘s the pretty one.

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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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Just an absolute delight.

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Proposal | Jasmine Guillory
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I love to just suspend reality and live in the worlds that Jasmine Guillory creates. Cheesy in the best way, but also sharp, smart, and funny. I adored this one.

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I am not a Christian, in fact, I‘m an atheist and have been since I was 14. But I read Rachel‘s blog from time to time and after her (tragic, abrupt, unfair) passing, a friend gave me a copy of this. Searching for Sunday speaks, I imagine, to any Christian who has questioned their faith in the wake of injustice and inequality. (And this was pre-Trump.) To me, it was a reminder that not all Christians are judgmental and blind. Thank you, Rachel.

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Panpan

I thought this was one of the worst celebrity memoirs I‘ve ever read. Busy is petty, immature, and an awful writer.

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I really admire Emily Nussbaum and thought this was a great collection of her thoughts on specific television shows (some that I love, some I‘ll never watch, some I will start immediately) and the medium as a whole.

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Mostly Dead Things | Kristen Arnett
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I absolutely loved this one. Funny, dark, unique, and a big focus on family relationships.

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Intense and beautiful and honest and smart.

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Waiting for Tom Hanks | Kerry Winfrey
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This book was adorable and light and an absolute blast.

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The Far Field | Madhuri Vijay
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Really unique and fascinating and honest and good.

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Queenie | Candice Carty-Williams
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I really liked it, I didn‘t LOVE it.

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Thick: And Other Essays | Tressie McMillan Cottom
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Smart and sharp and powerful. I love Black women.

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Incredible story and beautifully told.

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Bluets | Maggie Nelson
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Maggie Nelson is such a goddamn good writer.

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I thought this story was rich and unique and fascinating and sad and beautiful.

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I enjoyed the combination of humor and education this book gave us. I found the first two parts much more interesting than the third, but that‘s a total preference thing.

BeADragon3 It's crazy how much our gut impacts us. Recently started using a product to help increase good bacteria and reduce bad bacteria to help get my gut in line. 7mo
tholmz @beadragon3 yes me too!! 6mo
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Tales of the City | Armistead Maupin
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I can‘t believe I never knew what a phenomenon this book is. I really enjoyed it!

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Tin Man | Sarah Winman
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Mehso-so

I liked this book but I didn‘t super love this book. It was an interesting premise but I was disappointed in some of the choices with the characters.

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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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This is one of the best books I‘ve ever read in my life.

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The Body Papers | Grace Talusan
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I was out of town and then got way behind on my reads so pardon me as I over-post.

I loved this book so much. Really specual and powerful and strong.

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Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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I adored this tiny fast read that touched on patriarchal bullshit, capitalism, and being a cog in society. Brilliant, funny, sad, and somehow so hopeful.

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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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Mehso-so

It hit a bit close to home for me and I‘m not sure if that‘s what made me dislike it or if it was just kind of boring but that being said, I enjoyed it enough to finish.

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Absolutely fascinating, inspiring, and beautiful.