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The Book of Form and Emptiness
The Book of Form and Emptiness: A Novel | Ruth Ozeki
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Heart-breaking and heart-healingThe Book of Form and Emptiness is a triumph. Matt Haig, New York Times bestselling author of The Midnight Library A brilliantly inventive novel about loss, growing up, and our relationship with things One year after the death of his beloved musician father, thirteen-year-old Benny Oh begins to hear voices. The voices belong to the things in his housea sneaker, a broken Christmas ornament, a piece of wilted lettuce. Although Benny doesn't understand what these things are saying, he can sense their emotional tone; some are pleasant, a gentle hum or coo, but others are snide, angry and full of pain. When his mother, Annabelle, develops a hoarding problem, the voices grow more clamorous. At first, Benny tries to ignore them, but soon the voices follow him outside the house, onto the street and at school, driving him at last to seek refuge in the silence of a large public library, where objects are well-behaved and know to speak in whispers. There, Benny discovers a strange new world. He falls in love with a mesmerizing street artist with a smug pet ferret, who uses the library as her performance space. He meets a homeless philosopher-poet, who encourages him to ask important questions and find his own voice amongst the many. And he meets his very own Booka talking thingwho narrates Bennys life and teaches him to listen to the things that truly matter. With its blend of sympathetic characters, riveting plot, and vibrant engagement with everything from jazz, to climate change, to our attachment to material possessions, The Book of Form and Emptiness is classic Ruth Ozekibold, wise, poignant, playful, humane and heartbreaking.
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HettyG
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I was just chatting with a friend about this book and realized I hadn‘t put it in Litsy! I LOVED this book. It can be a challenging read! Highly recommend reading it with others. I have not stopped thinking about this book, it‘s one I feel will be with me for a long time. 💜

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Robotswithpersonality
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Mehso-so

That was...messy. Which I THINK was the point - Ozeki was trying to make A LOT of points, too many to summarize here. Not sure how the mental health community received this book; would not recommend for anybody with anxiety around hoarding/clutter/claustrophobia. Sadly, not the enchanting tale of a book which converses, and objects that can talk, that I thought it would be. Perhaps useful as an in-depth look at grief/trauma manifestation.

BarbaraBB I completely agree! 2mo
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Robotswithpersonality
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Suet624
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A terrible photo even though I was 3 rows back. Ozeki was wonderful. Of course she did a reading but she also talked quite a bit about how meditation allowed her to get to her characters, hearing voices, how Tale for the Time Being was a cousin to this book, and how much she disliked the audio version of this book. She hopes to re-record it herself. Her responses to questions were warm and generous, taking the time to have a bit of a conversation.

Penny_LiteraryHoarders She narrated A Tale for the Time Being and it was phenomenal! It truly made that big the big fat awesome one it was because of her narration. 2mo
Suet624 @Penny_LiteraryHoarders that‘s how the discussion came about. An audience member commented on how beautiful a Tale for the Time Being audiobook was. Ozeki agreed and said she had had no real authority at the time to request that her latest book (Form) be read by her, but she was now trying to make changes and record all of her books herself. 2mo
BarbaraBB So interesting! Great you could meet her! 2mo
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Suet624 @BarbaraBB me too! I‘m so glad I did. 2mo
jlhammar That does sound wonderful! I love her and she did such a wonderful job narrating A Tale for the Time Being. I was kind of disappointed that she didn't also read her latest so that is very interesting. 2mo
Suet624 @jlhammar Right? She became very animated about it. 😀 2mo
DivineDiana How interesting! I did a combination read( audio + book) of a Tale for the Time Being. Agree that it was her beautiful narration that I remember most. I hope she is successful in reissuing it with her voice! 1mo
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vlwelser
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Any thoughts I had that this shouldn't have won the Women's Prize have totally evaporated. This book is next level. And good luck carting this chunkster around. Might I suggest the ebook?

#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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Cazxxx
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This was a wonderful audiobook with such well written characters and an interesting storyline. Both sad and heartwarming at the same time, it was an excellent listen

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bekakins
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What a beautifully written book. Simultaneously heart breaking and uplifting, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Rissreads
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I read this whilst glamping down south. The weather was cold and rainy, perfect for reading! This book held my attention and contained some great characters but I anticipated more form the Women‘s prize for fiction winner 2022. It didn‘t have the ‘Wow‘ factor I was expecting.

Aims42 That view 😍🤩 3mo
BittersweetBooks This looks like the perfect setting for reading all day long! 3mo
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Kristin_Reads
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📖 8-23-22 || This chunkster is my #DoubleSpin pick for the month. Loved it! A mother and son experience grief and mental illness and ultimately finding healing through stories and friendship. There are several unique and loveable, relatable characters along the way, too!
#BookSpin

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3mo
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Leniverse
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Not my favourite from the Women's Prize shortlist, but I guess I can see why it won. I dunno. I liked it, but I found a bit... cute and trite rather than gripping and profound. A tiny bit overbearing with the whole zen thing. It's still a pick. I really enjoyed the library and the Marxist poet hobo and the Borgesian performance artist. I think it was just... the tone? Or I expected something more? Yeah, super helpful and clear review. 🙄🤦🏻‍♀️😂

TrishB 😂😂 4mo
merelybookish 🤣 4mo
LeeRHarry 😂 not a hit for me unfortunately- although I loved Annabelle (edited) 4mo
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Leniverse
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Two down 2/3 of one to go. Will have to take the 10p per day fine for this one and keep it an extra day or three to finish it. (Two not being an option, since the library is closed on Wednesdays.)
Also, the publisher is being a bit sneaky here. Or am I the only one who assumed at first glance that this particular book is Booker prize shortlisted (as opposed to some previous book of the author's)?

BarbaraBB You are probably right. We‘ll find out today! 4mo
Cathythoughts Sounds really good. I love the David Mitchell quote on the cover. Stacking 👍🏻♥️ 4mo
Leniverse @Cathythoughts It did win the Women's Prize, so definitely worth reading! 4mo
Leniverse @BarbaraBB Yes, longlist today! Maybe the cover/I am presentient. 😄 4mo
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perfectlywinged
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This years women‘s prize for fiction winner! I absolutely loved this; it is definitely a book for book lovers. The tone felt playful and whimsical and was giving me Neil Gaiman vibes.

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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Oh goodness this came up on my reading list at the wrong time.
This was the winner of the 2022 #WomensPrizeForFiction and it is well deserved. Complex but interesting and easy to follow storyline, deep creative characters, a look at mental illness that doesn't demonize. This is an excellent book. I am going to recommend it to many.
Unfortunately for me it hit me right in a sci/fi mood and it took me ages to get through.

Kristin_Reads This is next up for me… can‘t wait! 5mo
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Sapphire
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This May be the best book I have read in a long time, and it‘s been a year of pretty good books. I get how it might not be for everyone and Ozeki is already one of my top 10 fav authors. But explaining what mental illness looks like from the inside by using a book as the narrator is ingenious. Plus I totally got sucked into the is she/he real or not twists without feeling duped. So so good! Ozeki tackles hard topics in fresh and inventive ways.

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indiaro
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This is my stack of all the books I read in June (except The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer which I read as an ebook). I‘ve really enjoyed reading more than usual this month and I‘m glad I read so many great books.

I especially enjoyed The Book of Form and Emptiness, and the getting to meet Ruth Ozeki at the Women‘s Prize event. I‘ve got a couple more books to read from the Women‘s Prize shortlist to kick off my July reading.

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JillR
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I‘ve got mixed feelings. Whilst I liked and sympathised with the main characters, to me their story was one of a spiral into grief and mental ill health and for much of it I struggled to understand the talking inanimate objects and just felt frustrated I wasn‘t getting it. The last 100 pages turned it around and left me feeling surprisingly teary and nostalgic for a book I just finished and hadn‘t really enjoyed! The great weirdness of reading!

squirrelbrain Great review Jill! Kind of how I felt too…it was my least favourite from the #womensprize shortlist (and of course it won!) but it almost redeemed itself at the end. 5mo
JillR @squirrelbrain thank you 😊. I didn‘t fancy this one from first seeing it, but when it won I felt I owed it a read! My least favourite from the shortlist so far too. I‘ve just got The Bread the Devil Knead left from the list to read now, what did you think of it? 5mo
JillR @squirrelbrain *the shortlist, I don‘t think I‘ll make it through the longlist! 5mo
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squirrelbrain I loved The Bread! I had Sorrow and Bliss at the top of my list, but Bread came a close second and, actually, has stayed with me for longer. 5mo
JillR @squirrelbrain I‘m out book shopping tomorrow so it‘s going on the list! Great Circle is top for me so far, followed by Sorrow & Bliss 5mo
Kristin_Reads Just finished this and I got teary, too! 3mo
JillR @kristin_reads how did you find the book generally? 3mo
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Sapphire
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I have been sick with a virus (Covid neg) for a week now. With all the rest and fluids, I had hoped to read more. But alas a stuffy head does not cooperate. First actual full day off work and am finally making progress. Ozeki is profound but reads easy. She remains one of my favorite authors, yet each of her books is so different from the rest.

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Sapphire
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Not a bad way to pass airport time.

Tamra No indeed! 5mo
tokorowilliamwallace I prefer a glass of whiskey or a pint at the airport pub with some themed food. Charlotte airport has a lot of great venues. I saw one sandwich cafe which has a full wall of books to read (I can't remember if they were just to read or available for purchase or not). 5mo
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Lindy
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I‘m pleased to see Ruth Ozeki win the Women‘s Prize! 🇨🇦

Prairiegirl_reading I don‘t know why but I‘m surprised by this. 5mo
TheKidUpstairs I planned to read the short list before the announcement. I managed to read all but one - and of course this is the one I didn't get to! 🤣🤣🤣 5mo
Lindy @TheKidUpstairs Of course! 😂 Hope you have a chance to get to it soon. 5mo
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Lindy @Prairiegirl_reading I‘m surprised too… and also very pleased. 5mo
Hooked_on_books Oh that‘s great! I loved this book! 5mo
Lindy @Hooked_on_books Me too 😊 5mo
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Music or madness. It‘s totally up to you.

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Cinfhen
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This is a hard book to review. I liked parts of it but overall it landed on more of a miss for me. I think the author tried to tackle too many topics, it was wayyyyy too long, it veered into whacky territory at times and it was VERY depressing, although there were moments of levity. Im glad I gave it a try but #MoreMehThanYeah and Im so happy it was a #BorrowNotBuy

BarbaraBB I think I‘ll wait a bit longer! 6mo
Cinfhen Yeah, I wouldn‘t rush to buy/read @BarbaraBB 6mo
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AnneCecilie This didn‘t exactly push it up the tbr, maybe even further down 6mo
Cinfhen It‘s really out of my reading comfort @AnneCecilie I don‘t usually like magical realism so maybe take my review with a grain of salt ☺️ 6mo
Megabooks I loved this, but I was very unsure whether it would work for you, but still, I‘m glad you tried. 6mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I think you‘d like this more if you haven‘t read Ozeki yet. One of the narrators/MC is a Japanese teen so it has that feel, which I think would resonate with what you enjoy. 6mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I listened to that one on audio and that didn‘t really work. I think print would have been better. 6mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I bailed on this on audio. I don‘t think her books work in that format. 6mo
Cinfhen Yeah @BarbaraBB @Megabooks audio wasn‘t great , but I‘m not sure I would have liked this book better in print🙁 6mo
Chelsea.Poole Thanks for tagging me. I suspect it wouldn‘t work for me, which was my initial impression. Also, I would probably do the audio and since @Megabooks says they don‘t work in that format, I will pass. 6mo
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Cinfhen
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Now I remember why I was so reluctant to pick up this book…it‘s a #Chunkster 😝audio is 18+ hours & while im enjoying…. its really LOOOOOONG!!! I‘m at the 50% mark and I still have another 9 hours to go😅

Simona I just quit my 42 hours long audiobook … 15 hours was enough. From now on I‘m going to avoid audiobooks longer than 12 hours. Lesson learned 🤗 6mo
Cinfhen Congrats for making it that long!!! I wish I would have noticed the length of this one before I started @Simona it‘s good but really TOO long!!! 6mo
Simona I have ebook, but I have to be in the right mood for magical realism. 6mo
Cinfhen It ended up being a so-so for me @Simona 🤷🏼‍♀️it was too long - and I didn‘t care for all the quirkiness 6mo
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Cinfhen
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I can‘t believe I didn‘t want to read this book, it‘s amazing. I‘ve been avoiding it for so long. And the magical realism, which I normally detest , completely works in this story 🥰 Audio narration is fantastic 🎧🎉🧡

Addison_Reads Love this one! I'm so glad you decided to give it a chance. 6mo
Sapphire I bought this the weekend it was released but haven‘t gotten to it yet. It is my June Goal! 6mo
Sapphire Ruth Ozeki is one of my favorite authors 6mo
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Cinfhen I‘m so glad I finally picked it up too @Addison_Reads @Sapphire ❣️❣️❣️ 6mo
Cinfhen I started it once, a long time ago but it wasn‘t jiving with me @AnneCecilie but I think it might be time to try again 😄 6mo
BarbaraBB I need to pick this up too!! 6mo
Cinfhen It‘s better than I expected @BarbaraBB but it‘s starting to veer into “quirky” territory, which I don‘t necessarily enjoy too much😬however, I‘m really glad I picked it up and im looking forward to reading/ listening to more tomorrow. Thinking of you xx 6mo
Chelsea.Poole I‘ve also been avoiding this 🫣 but so many great reviews make me question my decision…as does this post! 6mo
BarbaraBB Thanks 🤍 6mo
Cinfhen I think we have similar reading taste @Chelsea.Poole so the things that are bothering me about this book may bother you as well, however it‘s definitely worth a borrow!!! And the parts that I‘m loving, I think you will too 🤞🏽 6mo
Megabooks So glad you‘re loving it!! 💜💜 6mo
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Cinfhen
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Woohoo 🥳 my library hold came in before the #WomansPrizeForFiction22 has been awarded 📚🍾 🥇 This is my last read from the shortlist.

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Tonton
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For once in my life managed to get to Kinokuniya on the first day of their foreign foreign book sale (20% off!) Can‘t wait for the weekend🌟❣️🌟

BarbaraBB Wow! 6mo
erzascarletbookgasm 👏Happy reading! 6mo
batsy Nice! 😍 6mo
Tonton @BarbaraBB @erzascarletbookgasm @batsy thank you, still awed myself at the budget splurge🌟 6mo
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rachaich
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What a whirlwind of a book.
Very different to what I expected, in a good way!
Sad at times, about expectations and families and assumptions. But also warming about friends and unexpectedness.
Her books always provide such a different outlook.

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rachaich
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Oooh, managed to get a copy of this from the Libby app 😊😊😍😍.

A talking book, a grieving family and excellent prose.

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KristiAhlers
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I belong to 4 different book clubs and this is a book choice for one of them. I found this to be an emotional and amazing read. I truly enjoy how this author crafts her characters and her storylines in such a way you honestly don‘t want to put the book down. This is the second of her titles I‘ve read in two weeks. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ easy #bookclubread #readingchallenge2022

EmilyM Currently reading and enjoying! 7mo
Addison_Reads I get so excited when I see others who loved this book too. It's a favorite of mine. 💚 7mo
charl08 4 book clubs? Wow. I am in two, one online and one at work, and they *always* seem to clash, leading me to scrabble to finish on time! 7mo
KristiAhlers @charl08 I find if I dedicate myself to one book at a time I can normally get them all in. But, if a book doesn‘t speak to me I opt out for the month. That‘s happened a couple of times. 7mo
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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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While I wasn‘t reaching for it every chance I got, I always love how Ozeki tells a story. So inventive.

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charl08
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I really liked this one. For me, the magical realism was the perfect way to express psychotic episodes, and I liked the library setting and the Book as narrator.

#WomensPrize #Longlist (Six down!)

Addison_Reads One of my favorite reads this year. 8mo
charl08 @Addison_Reads that's a vote of confidence! I wonder if it will make the shortlist. 8mo
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charl08
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Oops.

This kind of deadline presses all my "Don't tell me what to read" rebellion buttons.
(Even though I really want to read it.)

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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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I started this one just as the library hold for ‘Listening Still‘ came in. I was already completely enjoying it so I‘m happy to be able to get back to it!

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charl08
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Among the young trainee monks were a number of artists and writers and musicians and political activists... a young monk named Daikan... got the idea of starting a jazz band.

To their surprise, the abbot agreed. Buddhist temples in Japan were struggling to survive ... The abbot thought jazz playing monks might garner media attention and attract more young people to the temple.

They called the band Thelonius.
🤣

#womensprize

bnp You've made this sound more intriguing. 8mo
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mjdowens
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“When you read these words on a page, what happens to them, when they become you?” 😳🤯😳🤯

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Brimful
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That‘s what books are for,after all, to tell your stories,to hold them and keep them safe between our covers for as long as we‘re able. We do our best to bring you pleasure and sustain your belief in the gravity of being human. We care about your feelings and believe in you completely.

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BarbaraBB
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Today was a close call for us. No One vs The Book of Form of Emptiness. The latter won in our tournament; Ann and Cassie see their favorite book continue to the semi-finals while it didn‘t even make in to the quarter finals in the real #ToB22.
For now (Zombies are coming!) Cindy, Helen, Sarah and Jessica have to say goodbye to their favorite in our tournament. However in the real #ToB22 Lockwood did beat When We Cease. That'll cheer them up!

sarahbarnes Yesss! I cheered out loud in my office when I saw today‘s verdict in the real tournament! 🤩 8mo
Addison_Reads I was worried about both outcomes today, but I'm very pleased that my favorite book lives on here and that the Lockwood is moving on in the real tournament. 8mo
ImperfectCJ I loved Headley's comments in the actual ToB, both the content and the tone. I saw a conversation between her, Madeline Miller, and Emily Wilson back in 2020 that was really fun/interesting, and now reading this review/commentary, I really want to read more by Headley. I need to pick up her Beowulf. 8mo
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Cinfhen Im bummed about our tournament but I‘m SO glad Lockwood moves on in the real tournament! And now I need to pick up Form if our group thought so highly of it. 8mo
merelybookish @ImperfectCJ I enjoyed her ruling as well. I like it when the reviews of the books are grounded in a larger discussion. 8mo
Hooked_on_books I‘m shocked! So many people seem to rave about the Lockwood (which I didn‘t much like) that I was sure it would be moving on for us. I loved the Ozeki so I‘m happy to see this result. I assumed Lockwood would move on in both places, so I‘m unsurprised by today‘s official TOB result. I appreciate the judge‘s write up even if I have a few quibbles with it and wanted the opposite outcome. 8mo
thebluestocking @ImperfectCJ I totally enjoyed the judgment today too. I loved both of these books, but I thought Headley was spot on about the masculinity issues in When We Cease. 8mo
thebluestocking @Cinfhen my thoughts precisely, Cindy! 8mo
Megabooks Both were top 5 for me, so I‘m happy! 8mo
Cinfhen @thebluestocking Thanks, Jessica 💕 8mo
cariashley Whew, I‘ve been dealing with work insanity and a sinus infection and was just able to catch up on all three judgments this week (six including ours!) and I‘m surprisingly pleased with all of them. I really appreciate how today‘s judge called out the rampant onanism in When We Cease, because blecch! 8mo
Readerann Yay for our tournament! I‘m not informed enough to comment on the ‘real‘ one today. 😁 8mo
BkClubCare “Strange laundry, in a dark room” ❗️(Am I recalling that correctly?) ❤️❤️❤️ 8mo
kwmg40 I'm glad Ozeki's book moves on in our tournament but I am really sad to see the end of the Labatut book. It was one of my favourites from this year's list. 8mo
BarbaraBB @kwmg40 I enjoyed When We Cease too! 8mo
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BarbaraBB
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Today was another close call. With just one vote to spare, today's winner is The Book of Form and Emptiness. It's Ann's and Cassie's favorite this year, so they'll be thrilled.
We go a different path again from the official #ToB22 in which We Cease to Understand the World is today‘s winner. Half of us will be glad with that outcome!

Megabooks Wow! I loved Form and Emptiness. I need to go read the official judgment, but When We Cease was a really frustrating read for me. 8mo
Suet624 @Megabooks I‘m with you. 8mo
Addison_Reads Although unlike others, I actually liked When We Cease, but I absolutely loved Form and Emptiness. This is my first time following the ToB and after reading other judgements I had a feeling that When We Cease would move on today. It seems the more a book plays with the traditional format of the novel, the better chance it has of advancing. Form and Emptiness just gave me all the feels when reading, so I'm happy it's moving on here. 8mo
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Ruthiella I love it when our group goes in a completely different direction from the official TOB! I preferred When We Cease more that the Ozeki because it really made me think. But both were worthy, challenging contenders. 8mo
thebluestocking The Ozeki is the one shortlist book I haven‘t read. But I loved When We Cease. I went into it completely blind and it totally sucked me in. It‘s one of my favorites from the whole list. 8mo
sarahbarnes I‘m finishing up When We Cease right now and am surprised how much I‘m enjoying it. I didn‘t love the Ozeki. So fun to see how the parallel universes evolve! 8mo
BkClubCare I do enjoy judgements that find a common thread to explore. I much prefer when both books are worthy and one just edges or tilts the scales a bit. Conversely, I dislike when a judge has to put the loser down for some quality or effect. 8mo
Cinfhen I REALLY LIKED When We Cease!! I‘m thrilled it moves on in the real tournament. I haven‘t read the Ozeki but now im curious to pick it up 8mo
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella @thebluestocking @sarahbarnes @Cinfhen I enjoyed When We Cease too, it‘s a ToB worthy book I think. I haven‘t read the Ozeki but heard good things about it so I feel I should read it too! 8mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks Because you are a scientist yourself! You know too much 🤍 8mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB truth 🙌🏻😆 8mo
Readerann Yay for our group on picking the Ozeki, but I‘m sad it‘s out of the main tournament. Disclaimer: I haven‘t read the other book (I‘m saying that a lot this time around. 😚) 8mo
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella @Readerann We‘re such a cool group 😉🤣 8mo
Hooked_on_books I really liked both of these books, so I struggled with which to vote for. Thus, I‘m digging the split decision! It‘s good to see both books live on in different places. I voted for the Labatut here and made the Ozeki one of my zombies so I could kinda vote for both. 😬 8mo
Mindyrecycles Yay us this round! Boooooo (TM)ToB! 😉 8mo
Chelsea.Poole I‘m with you @Cinfhen — read and enjoyed When We Cease and long ago decided not to read the Ozeki but this challenge has really expanded my reading life and I‘ll probably give it a go too since so many speak so highly of it ☺️ 8mo
kwmg40 I loved both books so I'm fine with the split decision! 8mo
cariashley I‘m super disappointed the Ozeki is out of the main tournament, but not shocked. I continue to be surprised about favorable opinions on When We Cease since I absolutely loathed it, and I so rarely have that kind of extreme reaction. 8mo
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KatieB
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I‘m in between jobs next week and I‘m going to go for it. Would 7 books be too ambitious?! I‘d be really happy with 5 but I‘m also in the middle of a couple so I‘ve got a head start! I want to get the tagged book finished at a minimum - I‘m finding it a slog and it‘s slowing me down. #marvellousmarch

Andrew65 Great to have you with us, good luck 😊👍 9mo
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Cindyelizavaz
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Accurate! The opening will either reel you in or… make you go meh.

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kwmg40
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I loved the cast of characters (which includes sentient books) in this #ToB22 novel that explores grief and mental illnesses. The novel has a number of very painful moments, but Ozeki also injects a lot of humour into the story.

Currently at 5 hours and 40 minutes for the #20in4 readathon.

#BookSpinBingo #sharreadathon
@TheAromaofBooks @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Andrew65

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 9mo
Andrew65 Good progress 👏👏👏 9mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 9mo
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kwmg40
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I finished the #FabulousFebruary readathon yesterday and started the #sharreadathon in memory of our Litsy friend sharread by doing some urban cross-country skiing while listening to Ozeki's #ToB22 book on audio.

Very happy with my #FabulousFebruary result, as I finished 5 books (though they were short ones).

#BookSpinBingo
@Andrew65 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @TheAromaofBooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks That‘s awesome!! 9mo
Andrew65 Brilliant 👏👏👏🙌🥳🍾🥂😍 Thanks for playing along. 9mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 9mo
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thebluestocking
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01. The Book of Form and Emptiness; Nudge
02. The Confession of Copeland Cane, by Kennan Norris
03. The New Jim Crow

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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Hooked_on_books
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I forgot to post this the other day. This is a character‘s T-shirt. I love it!

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thebluestocking
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“A book must start somewhere.”

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

merelybookish True! 😀 9mo
ShyBookOwl Love it 9mo
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janeycanuck
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Pickpick

Mixed feelings on this one - the writing is very engaging but I found some aspects of the story difficult to connect with and some of them just plain difficult to read about. I think maybe Ozeki is for me but not this particular one.

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Readerann
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Let me just say I loved the first two pages. Expectations are high now! #ToB2022

ETA: It DID meet my expectations!

Megabooks Loved this! 9mo
Readerann @Megabooks Good to hear! 9mo
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Hooked_on_books
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Pickpick

This book is an exploration of two people, mother and son, as they each struggle alongside one another with mental illness and grief. Oh, and sentient books, which I thought was fabulous. Overall, I thought this was a fantastic read, zeroing in deeply on these two characters. My complaint is that the ending felt a bit sudden and pat. I‘m glad this is a TOB book, as I‘m not sure I would have read it otherwise, and I would have missed out.

Megabooks I agree re: missing out. Very glad I read it. 9mo
Ruthiella I like to think that the end wasn‘t really the end...that Annabelle and Benny will continue to struggle some, but less so now that they have people around them and can better communicate. Like in real life, there usually are no easy solutions, but slowly humans can learn and improve with practice... 9mo
Hooked_on_books @Ruthiella I think all that‘s true, but I just mean 15 pages from the end, she was getting evicted, losing her son and her job. Then all of a sudden two of those things aren‘t the case. I don‘t have an issue for where it ended, just how quickly it got there. It took so long for the wheels to come off for them, so the rapidity with which it turned around felt false to me. 9mo
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jspoelker
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A unique topic of a family that meets adversity through death and mental illness featuring a mother and son wading through the aftermath of Kenji‘s death. Also, The reader is able to take the perspective and know the thoughts and feelings of inanimate objects including books. The universal theme of seeking love & acceptance is pervasive and describes a journey of mentally ill person as they live through real and relatable issues.

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Addison_Reads
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I can't believe I read this many books this month, but with all the drama and stress lately books have been my therapy. 💚

I tagged my favorite book this month. Apparently I read a lot of dark, mysterious, emotional, and adventurous books.

cariashley Wow, well done!! This was also my top read of the month, by the way 💛 10mo
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ImperfectCJ
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Pickpick

My spouse researches schizophrenia as part of his work, and one of our ongoing conversations is about whether hearing voices is in itself a thing that needs to be cured (or at least medicated away). This novel explores this idea in depth, along with issues of personal responsibility, cultural influences on mental well-being, the potentially insidious nature of self-help books, and the pros and cons of corporeality. My 3rd read for #ToB2022

wanderinglynn Someone looks like they want attention! What a cutie! ❤️🐱 10mo
Megabooks Great review! 10mo
ImperfectCJ @wanderinglynn That's definitely his "hands are for chin scratches, not holding your phone so you can take pictures of me" look. 10mo
Suet624 Love this review. 10mo
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