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Dinosaurs
Dinosaurs | LYDIA. MILLET
The stunning new novel from the author of the National Book Award-finalist A Children's Bible.
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Sophronisba
Dinosaurs | LYDIA. MILLET
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Pickpick

After a slow start, I ended up finding this pretty compelling. I really liked the characters and the writing was beautiful. The themes of community and loneliness are well-handled and give the reader a lot to think about.

BarbaraBB I loved this one. You‘re doing good with the shortlist! Will you be joining us again for our #LitsyToB23? 1w
Cathythoughts I really enjoyed this one too ♥️ 1w
BarbaraBB 👍🏽❤️ 1w
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Erinreadsthebooks
Dinosaurs | LYDIA. MILLET
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Panpan

I‘m DNF-ing at over halfway through…and that says a lot. “Boring” is not a descriptor I use often but seems spot on for this one. Character driven is my jam, but I could care less about Gil. Millet‘s other book (which oddly isn‘t mentioned in her author‘s blurb 🤔) didn‘t work for me either, so I can officially cross her off my list.

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cariashley
Dinosaurs: A Novel | Lydia Millet
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Mehso-so

Eh. This struggled to hold my attention on audio, although it was read really well. As others have said, it felt a bit flat to me and never really pulled me in. #tob23

BarbaraBB That‘s a pity. I enjoyed this one a lot. 2w
cariashley @BarbaraBB I see that. I don‘t think I was in the right headspace for it. And print would probably have been better than audio. 🫤 2w
squirrelbrain I really liked this one too, on audio, but I feel like I was in the right headspace for something ‘quiet‘. 2w
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BarbaraBB Print did work good indeed. Well, at least it‘s another one completed for the #TOB23! 2w
Megabooks Sorry it wasn‘t a win for you. 2w
Ruthiella Bummer. I‘m still looking forward to it because I didn‘t like the previous two books that I read from her. This will be the 3rd strike if I hate it. 😂 2w
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RebelReader
Dinosaurs | LYDIA. MILLET
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Mehso-so

Not my favorite and I‘m glad it was short. 🤪
It seems like I either really like these #ToB23 books or they leave me cold.

Cinfhen I thought this was good, not great and yes….loved the length 😁 2w
squirrelbrain This is on the top part of my own personal #ToB shortlist, but maybe that‘s because there‘s so many meh ones…! 2w
Hooked_on_books I liked this, but not as much as many others had. I agree that it‘s a weird list this year. 2w
Ruthiella Another so-so! Now I‘m super curious to see where I land! 2w
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Erinreadsthebooks
Dinosaurs | LYDIA. MILLET
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I‘m trying…and hoping it starts keeping my attention a little better. 🤞

Tamra The blurb is very intriguing. 2w
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Cathythoughts
Dinosaurs | LYDIA. MILLET
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I really enjoyed this listen. I liked , even loved Gil, who is finding his way through a painful breakup, who is still and I imagine always will be, figuring out what life is all about. There are some nice characters in this book. I loved figuring out in my mind why it‘s called Dinosaurs. There was a welcome softness in the writing and the story. I must look up more by Lydia Millet 👍🏻

squirrelbrain Gil was so lovely! ❤️ 2w
Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain He really was ! ♥️ 2w
Ruthiella Great review! I‘m looking forward to this one! 2w
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Cathythoughts @Ruthiella Looking forward to your thoughts! It‘s a thought provoking book ♥️💔 2w
LeahBergen “A welcome softness”. I like that! Lovely review. 2w
Megabooks Great review! 2w
Tamra Titles are often such a puzzle - I don‘t always have a good guess. I‘m curious as to how often publishers pick the titles over authors. 🤔 2w
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen Thanks Leah. I think the softness comes mostly from the MC Gil ❤️ 2w
Cathythoughts @Megabooks Thanks Meg X 2w
Cathythoughts @Tamra The meaning is beautifully revealed at the end , but I loved puzzling over it as I read. I imagine you‘d like this one ❤️ 2w
Tamra @Cathythoughts I will stack! I hope my library has the audio version. 🤞🏾 2w
Cathythoughts @Tamra By the way , I started watching Three Pines Series on Tv. So good. I needed a good Tv show to go to .. delighted 👍🏻 2w
Tamra @Cathythoughts yay! I think the casting is quite good, especially Gamache. I burned through the episodes during my lunch breaks and now have to wait. 😩 I don‘t recall the details of the novels sufficiently to say how closely they align, but it wouldn‘t bother me if they didn‘t. 2w
Tamra @Cathythoughts I put a hold on the audio edition and the blurb sounds really good. 😊 2w
jlhammar Wonderful review! I also enjoyed this audiobook. 2w
Cathythoughts @jlhammar Thanks! It‘s so good ♥️ 1w
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sarahbarnes
Dinosaurs | LYDIA. MILLET
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Pickpick

I really enjoyed this endearing book. Quiet and careful, the narrative style very much embodies the essence of the MC. I too was drawn into the lives of these characters. A win from #ToB2023!

merelybookish This might be my favourite that I've read! 2w
sarahbarnes @merelybookish it‘s right up there for me, too! 2w
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Cinfhen This was a pleasant read - from the shortlist it‘s on the better side ☺️ 2w
sarahbarnes @Cinfhen right?! 😳 2w
Ruthiella Who knows? Maybe this one will take The Rooster 🐓? 2w
sarahbarnes @Ruthiella I think I would be on board with that based on the ones I‘ve read so far! 2w
jlhammar Great review! It really was endearing. Glad you enjoyed it. 2w
Megabooks Agreed! Great review! 2w
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jlhammar
Dinosaurs: A Novel | Lydia Millet
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Pickpick

Really good listen. My first Millet so wasn‘t sure what to expect. Gil is a great character and it was a pleasure to spend time with him. I also dig the title (birds being descendants of dinosaurs) and the various ways you see it reflected in the story. Is Gil a dinosaur among birds? Does it speak to his (or our collective) journey changing, growing, adapting, surviving? I‘m sure there are more layers I‘ll be thinking about in the days to come.

jlhammar The Book of Goose is still my current #ToB23 favorite, but I have several left to read so who knows where I'll land (Babel, Tomorrow and Mercury Pictures are the ones I'm most excited to get to). 4w
BarbaraBB Great update on where you stand. Looking forward to our tournament! 4w
batsy I'm excited about Babel and The Book of Goose! 4w
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Hooked_on_books
Dinosaurs | LYDIA. MILLET
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Gil is an independently wealthy man meandering his way through life, trying to do good things for others but otherwise lacking focus. We see his current life in Arizona and his past in NYC as well as how they intersect. There‘s a bit of a melancholic tone here in this interesting character study. #tob2023

BarbaraBB Yes to all of this! 4w
Ruthiella I‘m so curious to see how I get along with this considering I mildly disliked the other two Millet novels I previously read for the TOB. 4w
BkClubCare @Ruthiella - this one is my favorite yet. 4w
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Chelsea.Poole Great review! 4w
sarahbarnes I picked this up at the library today and I‘m really excited to try it! Great review! 4w
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella I did too but this one is the most straightforward until now and therefore way better imo 4w
Cinfhen This was rather a simple story but it left a big impression!! 4w
squirrelbrain I agree about the melancholy, there was a sad edge throughout. Great review! 4w
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merelybookish
Dinosaurs | LYDIA. MILLET
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Pickpick

Finished my last book of 2022 last night at 11:30 pm, and what a book! How to describe it? About a guy who just wants to do good in the world. One of those books that reminds you how small acts can make a difference. Also people are messy and complicated and that's okay. I was smitten! A new fave for #tob23
Brought my year-end total to 125 books! Maybe my best year ever!
Happy New Year Littens! Here's to more good books in 2023!

Cathythoughts Happy New Year ♥️ I just started this one on audio.. sounds good. 1mo
squirrelbrain I loved this one too! 1mo
batsy 125! That's amazing 🙌🏾 Happy New Year! 1mo
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sarahbarnes Wow, great work! And great review. I‘m excited to pick this one up at the library next week. 1mo
Ruthiella 125 books is awesome! Happy New Year to you! 🥳 1mo
Megabooks Fantastic!! 🎉🎉 I loved this too! 1mo
jlhammar Awesome! Happy New Year! I‘m in line for this audiobook. Hoping I get a chance to listen before the tournament. 1mo
Reggie Happy New Year! 1mo
AnneCecilie Happy New Year 🎆 1mo
BarbaraBB Happy new year! I loved this one too 1mo
LeahBergen Happy New Year! 1mo
merelybookish @Cathythoughts I listened to it too. I hope you enioy! 4w
merelybookish @batsy Thanks! I credit Canadian winters! 😄 4w
merelybookish @sarahbarnes Thanks! Look forward to your take! 4w
merelybookish @Ruthiella Thank you! It's a personal record. 4w
merelybookish @Megabooks Yes, I hope it goes far! 4w
merelybookish @jlhammar It's a great read! I hope it comes through in time. 😀 4w
merelybookish @BarbaraBB I think it could be a contender! Or I hope so. 4w
BiblioLitten That‘s a great total! Happy New Year and happy reading. 📚😃 4w
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ManyWordsLater
Dinosaurs | LYDIA. MILLET
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Might be my last book haul of 2022.

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BkClubCare
Dinosaurs | LYDIA. MILLET
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Loved this. LOVE ❤️ 💕 💗 🐦 🦅 🛹 🦕

#TOB23 #QuietProfound #LitPie

Ruthiella Yay! 😃 1mo
BarbaraBB Me too! 1mo
Megabooks Same! 1mo
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BkClubCare
Dinosaurs | LYDIA. MILLET
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“It was a peach 🍑 pie” 🥧
#TOB23 #iLovePie #CaresPieShow #PieinLit #LitPie

BkClubCare Millet creates such interesting people. 1mo
BkClubCare I am LOVING this. 1mo
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BookishTrish
Dinosaurs | LYDIA. MILLET
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Is cozy literary fiction a genre? If so - this book is it.

BkClubCare Cozy yet evocative. 1mo
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Deblovestoread
Dinosaurs: A Novel | Lydia Millet
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#BookReport #PlayingCatchUp

Still loving the Gaslight murder mystery series and a big change has happened at the end of this one. Secret of Snow was good for #LMPBC, enjoyed Matzah Ball and Mouth to Mouth. Favorite of the bunch is the tagged book. Working my way through the TOB23 short list, still on the fence about my two current books. Ariadne is last book for #Booked2022.

Cinfhen Amazing week!!!! And im curious to hear what you‘ll say about 2Am in Little A & 1mo
Cinfhen I really liked 1mo
Cinfhen We read so many of the same books!!! 1mo
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BarbaraBB
Dinosaurs: A Novel | Lydia Millet
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What a gem of a book. Gil is a wealthy man who hasn‘t been happy in NY. He decides to give it all up, walk all the way to Arizona and start afresh. It‘s not easy but he tries. He is such a kind and good man. I rooted for him all 230 pages. Beautiful and touching! #ToB2023

Ruthiella I hope I like it as much as you! I‘m skeptical of Millet! 😂 1mo
Cathythoughts Sounds interesting! I think I might try on audio 👍🏻 1mo
Hooked_on_books Nice! My copy is waiting for me at the library, but I may not be able to get it until after Christmas. I look forward to it! 1mo
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Chelsea.Poole I rooted for Gil too! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella I was too, but this is unlike her others. It is quite straightforward and reminds me a bit of Strout 1mo
BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts Please do. I think you‘ll love it too! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Chelsea.Poole He is so kind to everyone! Admirable 🤍 1mo
Cinfhen I did this one on audio @Cathythoughts it was great‼️Enjoy ♥️ 1mo
squirrelbrain Ooh good, looking forward to this one! I‘m going to listen on audio too @Cathythoughts @Cinfhen 1mo
Cinfhen It‘s a quick pleasant listen @squirrelbrain 😊 1mo
JamieArc Ooh I can‘t resist reading about longs walks. Stacking this. 1mo
sarahbarnes Great review! I‘m on hold for this at the library and I‘m looking forward to it. 1mo
Megabooks Glad you enjoyed this too. V different than 1mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks very different. I liked this much more. I also preferred it to 1mo
BarbaraBB @JamieArc the book is not really about the walk. I was disappointed about that too but it really is a great book nevertheless 1mo
CarolynM Stacked🙂 1mo
Suet624 We end up reading some pretty grim books so it was lovely to read a book about a nice man that you can root for. 1mo
BarbaraBB @Suet624 Exactly! It feels good between all unreliable narrators 😉 1mo
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ImperfectCJ
Dinosaurs | LYDIA. MILLET
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Pickpick

Although I found the ending a little disappointing, overall I thought this novel was excellent. It's an honest portrayal of mid-life, when even those of us who thought we were paying attention open our eyes one morning and realize that 1) we're mortal in a more urgent way than we'd felt it before, and 2) we went a little sideways when we thought we'd been following the path to happiness and fulfillment and aren't where we thought we were. #tob2023

BarbaraBB I have not finished yet so don‘t know about the ending but I am loving it so far! 1mo
rmaclean4 So looking forward to this book! 1mo
Megabooks Great review! 1mo
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Suet624
Dinosaurs | LYDIA. MILLET
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This is the 3rd book I‘ve read by Millet. I‘ve liked every one of them. This might be the most “normal” of the three. I listened to the audio and was interested the entire time which rarely happens with audio-fiction. Gil was a lovely character, overcoming the recent loss of a partner and long-ago loss of his parents. Watching as he developed relationships in a new location was a lovely experience. #TOB23.

BarbaraBB I am reading this one too at the moment. Just a few chapters in and I am enjoying it very much. 2mo
squirrelbrain Looking forward to this, especially now after your review. I‘ll be listening on audio too. 2mo
Megabooks 💯 agree with your review! 2mo
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Suet624 @BarbaraBB I'm sure you've read the other reviews on this. It's surprisingly quiet but engaging. 2mo
Suet624 @squirrelbrain I hope you like it! 2mo
Suet624 @Megabooks I saw that you liked it. Hard to put my finger on why it resonated so much with me. Maybe I'd like to think I am more than a little like Gil. 2mo
sarahbarnes I have this one on hold at the library and am excited to get it after your review! 2mo
Hooked_on_books I‘m curious to see what I think of this one. My library hold should be in soon. 2mo
Suet624 @sarahbarnes I found the book very moving but I can't exactly tell you why. Still trying to figure it out myself. I look forward to hearing what you think. 2mo
Suet624 @Hooked_on_books I look forward to hearing what you think. 2mo
Cinfhen Exactly- it‘s a quiet novel but leaves a big impact 🥰 2mo
Ruthiella Looking forward to reading something more normal from this author! 😂 (edited) 2mo
Suet624 @Cinfhen I was really looking forward to reading this after seeing your review 😍 (edited) 2mo
Suet624 @Ruthiella Hahaha. 2mo
Cinfhen Awwww xxx thanks!!! Glad you enjoyed it!! 2mo
batsy I've had Millet on my TBR for so long! I was interested in this because of the unique title—turns out it's not about prehistoric creatures, as such 😂 I'm looking forward to it. 2mo
Suet624 @batsy LOL. Nope, no dinosaurs as such. 😂😂 2mo
BkClubCare Ty! A friend loaned me her hardcover. (Good to know audio is excellent) 2mo
Suet624 @BkClubCare I hope you have the same experience with the book as I did. 2mo
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Chelsea.Poole
Dinosaurs | LYDIA. MILLET
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Gil, raised by his grandmother, now a grown man, has strong moral character. His grandmother was absolutely horrid, in my view. He walks across the country and ends up in Phoenix where he becomes involved with his neighbors‘ lives, who happen to live in a literal glass house. Gil begins to notice birds that have been shot dead in his area which he finds out for despicable. Not big on plot, but meaningful scenes make it a pick.
#ToB23 long list

Chelsea.Poole Also, who are the dinosaurs? Gil? The birds? People in general? 2mo
BarbaraBB Intriguing review. I have this in my shelves. 2mo
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Ruthiella Another I‘ll probably only read if it makes the shortlist. I‘ve read two other from Millet (also because of the TOB) but didn‘t love them. 2mo
Chelsea.Poole oops--forgot to mention this was also my #doublespin @thearomaofbooks 2mo
Megabooks Excellent review! 2mo
Megabooks And yes, v odd title! 2mo
Readerann Hmmm. Will probably read if it makes the shortlist. 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
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Megabooks
Dinosaurs | LYDIA. MILLET
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@Cinfhen wrote a great review about how this book is full of small moments w/ big impacts. So true. This is a satisfying book to read.

Gil, an independently wealthy New Yorker, needs a shake up and walks all the way to Phoenix where he buys a house next to a family. As he becomes more involved in their lives, he begins to open up about what brought him to Phoenix so suddenly and finds the community he‘s been longing for. As I said, v satisfying!

Megabooks This is a kind of straightforward book for a usual #toblonglist pick, but I really enjoyed it. Available on #hoopla in the US. @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain @Ruthiella @sarahbarnes @Suet624 @Hooked_on_books @Chelsea.Poole @Addison_Reads @RebelReader @MicheleinPhilly I hope I‘m not missing anyone! 2mo
Kimberlone I won a Goodreads giveaway for this one but haven‘t touched it yet. Good to know that you and @Cinfhen recommend it! It will probably have to wait until the new year but now I am more motivated to get to it soon! 2mo
Ruthiella Actually I am glad it was straightforward. I‘ve read two books from Millet and they were not favorites. Not terrible but not my cup of tea. Sweet Lamb of Heaven and 2mo
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sarahbarnes Great review! I‘ve got this one on hold and am interested to check it out. @Ruthiella I didn‘t realize this is the same writer who wrote A Children‘s Bible. 2mo
Addison_Reads I was a fan of this one too, but I also have enjoyed other books by this author. 2mo
Megabooks @Kimberlone fantastic! I hope you enjoy it. Free books are wonderful! 2mo
Megabooks @Ruthiella that‘s where I recognized her name! I enjoyed children‘s Bible, but I‘d hardly believe this is the same author. Other than a semi-weird friend who loves birds and the initial walking, this is a very normal book. 👍🏻👍🏻 (edited) 2mo
Megabooks @sarahbarnes yes! Me either. I hope you like it. 2mo
Megabooks @Addison_Reads I‘m so glad you enjoyed it. You and I usually agree. I can almost always count on liking the ones you positively review! 😁 2mo
Cinfhen This did feel VERY different from her previous books - excellent review @Megabooks - it‘s a slim story, which I very much appreciated but it does leave a long impression. It‘s quiet. I think you‘ll like it @sarahbarnes @Kimberlone I listened on audio via #Hoopla too!!! 2mo
Cinfhen @Addison_Reads I really LOVED this one, but it was WHACKY, right @Reggie 😉 2mo
Reggie I put this on Xmas lists family members wanted us to make, and I‘m gonna sound like that girl from Willy Wonka, but I better get it. Lol jk. I loved Mermaids and the biblical one that just came out last year. Can‘t think of the title. 2mo
BarbaraBB I wasn‘t a real fan of both her other books so I am glad with your review, because I couldn‘t resist buying a copy of course 🤦🏻‍♀️ 2mo
Chelsea.Poole I‘m relieved to see the “straightforward” description 😅 I‘m looking forward to this one. 2mo
Suet624 I really liked the children‘s bible so I‘m glad to see this one is well received by you all. 2mo
Megabooks @Reggie I hope it‘s under your tree! I think the biblical one is this, which I loved too. 2mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I hope you end up enjoying it! 2mo
Megabooks @Chelsea.Poole 😂😂 yes, definitely different than the other book of hers that I‘ve read, but quietly quite beautiful. 2mo
Megabooks @Suet624 I hope you enjoy this if you are able to get to it. 2mo
Suet624 Thanks for letting me know it's on Hoopla. I found it! 2mo
Megabooks @Suet624 great, especially since it made the brackets! 2mo
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Cinfhen
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#ToB23 long list - After a breakup, Gil an independently wealthy New Yorker leaves the city and walks his way to Phoenix to begin a quiet life in the wilds. Instead he becomes enmeshed with his neighbors & rural community life. This book lacks BIG moments but it‘s small everyday life experiences creates BIG impacts. A definite pick! Audio #Hoopla

Addison_Reads I really enjoyed this one too and was happy to see it on the list. 2mo
Cinfhen I‘d like to see this one advance @Addison_Reads !!! 2mo
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BarbaraBB It sounds good! Thanks for tagging me! 2mo
Megabooks I‘m reading this right now. Thanks for the heads up that it was on hoopla! 2mo
Cinfhen I‘m glad you picked it up @Megabooks !!! 2mo
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Cinfhen
Dinosaurs | LYDIA. MILLET
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I bailed on this earlier in the month but since it‘s now on the #ToB23 long-list I thought I‘d give it a second chance. It‘s actually good. Millet has a way of effortlessly writing the inner lives of highly moneyed privileged New Yorkers. Gil is an interesting character. Audio #Hoopla

Ruthiella Ooh! Good to know to give it a second chance if at first it doesn‘t flow! 2mo
Megabooks Didn‘t realize it was on hoopla. I‘ll check it out! 2mo
BarbaraBB Good to know. I bought a copy of it! 2mo
squirrelbrain I‘m planning on listening to this on Audible, as I can‘t seem to get it anywhere else. 2mo
Cinfhen This ended up being a pick & it went deeper than I originally thought but it‘s a quiet story. No real BIG moments but still engaging @Ruthiella @Megabooks @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain 2mo
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Addison_Reads
Dinosaurs | LYDIA. MILLET
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#NetGalley #AudioARC

I really love Lydia Millet. Like some of her previous books, this one has that beautiful connection between humans and the world around us. The way she writes about nature and the impact we have on it, while also telling a story is so impressive to me.

This follows a lone man who moves and becomes friends with the family next door. The story makes you ponder our existence and what makes us as people good.

Reggie Have you ever read her Mermaid book? The last 5 pages is so bonkers but it goes along the lines of when you say she writes about the good in us. I loved that book. 4mo
AllDebooks Oooh, I have not heard of her before. One for us? #naturalitsy 4mo
Addison_Reads @Reggie That's one of hers I haven't read yet so I'll have to find it. 4mo
Addison_Reads @AllDebooks Her books are fiction and dystopian based mostly, but she does focus a lot on the connection humans have with the natural world, and how we are destroying it. Her most popular book is probably this one, 4mo
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ErikasMindfulShelf
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I really liked this novel. It‘s about friendship and grief and will stay with me.
Put it on your tbr. Out October 11.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the advance copy.

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PNWBookseller85
Dinosaurs | LYDIA. MILLET
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I devoured this book. It‘s one of those books in which not much happens plot-wise, but you fall madly in love with the characters and never ever want it to end. It‘s also an elusive goldmine of ideas and philosophy. Subtle and wise and lovely. Comes out in October.

Addison_Reads Stacked. I love her writing. 6mo
Cinfhen Ohhh, I love this author…#stacked and tagging my mermaid buddy @Reggie 6mo
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akaGingerK
Dinosaurs | LYDIA. MILLET
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It took special effort to get this ARC for the store, so I felt I‘d better read it immediately. I enjoyed it, but I don‘t know how to describe it? POV character Gil is odd but slowly charmed me over the course of the book. I‘d say very little happens: except I gasped and nearly cried. A little beauty in the sentences reflecting the natural beauty that drew Gil to AZ. A little sorrow, as current loss tangles with older grief. And a little hope.