Book Reviews

Tattoo—Journeys On My Mind:  A sampling of book reviews:

…an excellent, vividly written travel memoir in which its narrator the many trips she’s taken in her life, most on a shoestring budget but still full of adventure and memories. As someone who is passionate about travel and seeing a lot of the world, this book was right up my alley! The vignettes are also very honest—not every thing in every country is great and magical, and the author writes with humor and wit about her experiences that were less than satisfying. I also really liked how the author emphasized that she is from a working class family and didn’t get to travel because she is rich—instead, she used a lot of preparation and strategy to get the best trip for her money. If you dream of travel, love travel and like to read of others experiences, or just enjoy memoirs, I recommend ‘Tattoo: Journeys on My Mind.”

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Refreshing read. I would put this book somewhere with Chicken Soup for the Soul kind of book. I liked her writing style and it was smooth to read. You could get to know the author through her stories. Sometimes people exaggerate stories but even in some of the more surprising situations, she makes it all sound so believable.

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Its fun to read about her own journey, along with trying to come up with a bucket list of your own based on what she has seen and been through. What I loved best is that her adventures across the different Countries didn’t just teach her about specific locations; they also taught her about herself as well. I would highly recommend this one! It’s a fun read.

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A truly entertaining read she has had a pretty interesting life and this will give you an insight on not only what shes come across but also may give you a few ideas of what to add to your own bucket list for either activities to do or places to go. Also, it may add a few places to avoid. A great read for those who enjoy traveling or different life experiences written through a mostly humorous slant.

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What a great read! I love the author’s laid back style. Whether you are well traveled or UNtraveled you will find this book a delight as the author takes you around the world with her to places you’ve heard of & places you’ve not. You’ll feel the searing heat or, perhaps, a much needed, gentle breeze; hear the waves, taste the local fare, get to know the animals & meet the natives as she so articulately delivers her experiences. I so enjoyed the detail she goes to length to convey about her travels. I could feel the bumpy, fast-paced sled dog ride, the fear, frustration & anger that arises when the locals try to force you to buy their wares or pay more than is due. She had some CLOSE calls! I don’t know if I would have the courage to do what she does, but Tina Marie Lamb has helped me to experience many people, places & things that I may never get to on my own by writing about her travels.

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It was very straight-forward which is really interesting. I thought its going to be stories but it turned out to be much more like summary but in the meantime we could feel her adventures. How adventurous this book was? You met an alligator in the first chapter! She literally went to everywhere, Southern Africa, India, US, Vietnam, Egypt and much more.

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Though the book reads as the authors memories of different countries and adventures, I felt that I as the reader got to see the author discover herself and who she really was. She describes herself as being timid and not at all adventurous, and then tells you a story of how she swam in the Nile river or how she pet a lion. To me, this is not something that a timid and non-adventurous person would do.

The book comes across as both a learning experience and good for a laugh, and Lamb does a great job at describing her experience to the reader.

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I love travel writing but a lot of the time it can sound…rehearsed. Tatoo: Journeys on my mind is just the opposite. I loved how the story jumped from place to place and that the author was reading her own work. It gave an authentic feel to the whole thing. On top of that she is witty, fun to listen to, and has a great cadence to her voice.

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…a fun and enlightening listen. I enjoyed hearing about Tina Marie’s journeys, and it was even narrated by her as well. If this was a mid-life crisis, it was an adventurous one. It would be a blast to travel and visit these awesome places during life’s prime. I did cringe a little at the ear cleaning in Viet Nam.
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…a beyond interesting book the things that occur seem so spectacular or amazing that there were times where I had to check if this was a fiction or non-fiction book. I really enjoyed learning about eh life of Tina Marie L. Lamb. The things she has done in her life are amazing. The way the book was organized and led from one adventure to another was perfect and really kept me interested.

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…a gorgeous collection of stories that the author describes as stories of her midlife crisis, beautifully written and gripping. The author takes readers through her adventures in life, involving a Carolina Tree House that harbors snakes and spiders, to being a captive to a Ganges River boatman and a lot more.

These stories are the author’s adventures that allow her to come into contact with herself and to re-discover her zest for life. The stories are thrilling, filled with adventure, but what is interesting is that they are purposeful and each story unveils a layer of the authors/ narrators personality.

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I enjoyed listening to this audio book, my children did as well, when they were in the car with me.

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I appreciate how the author included food into her experiences along with her daily interactions with people from vastly different life styles and religions.

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This is an amazing travel memoir! Lamb tells stories of inconveniences in Nepal, navigating Russian theatres, visiting caves in New York, going to cattle auctions in the western U.S., trying traditional Chinese dishes in Beijing, and many more. I never wanted it to end. I’m officially inspired to begin detailing my travels in a journal and visiting more underrated travel destinations. And the audiobook is narrated by the author, which gets an A+ in my book!

For the full texts, see the comments section on this ABOUT THE BOOK page.

Click on TRAVELER’S TALES for the Table of Contents.  Click on TRAVELER for author information.

GET the audio book (7 hours, 13 minutes) at Nook Audiobook or Google Play or Chirpbooks or Kobo or AudiobooksNow or Downpour or The Podcast App or Scribdor Overdrive or Apple or Storytel or Libro.FM.  On iTunes, click on audiobooks and search by author.

GET the paperback (232 pages) or e-book at Barnes and Noble, at Apple Books or at Amazon.  The ebook is also at Smashwords.

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