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After Sappho: A Novel
After Sappho: A Novel | Selby Wynn Schwartz
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An exhilarating debut from a radiant new voice, After Sappho reimagines the intertwined lives of feminists at the turn of the twentieth century. The first thing we did was change our names. We were going to be Sappho, so begins this intrepid debut novel, centuries after the Greek poet penned her lyric verse. Ignited by the same muse, a myriad of women break from their small, predetermined lives for seemingly disparate paths: in 1892, Rina Faccio trades her needlepoint for a pen; in 1902, Romaine Brooks sails for Capri with nothing but her clotted paintbrushes; and in 1923, Virginia Woolf writes: I want to make life fuller and fuller. Writing in cascading vignettes, Selby Wynn Schwartz spins an invigorating tale of women whose narratives converge and splinter as they forge queer identities and claim the right to their own lives. A luminous meditation on creativity, education, and identity, After Sappho announces a writer as ingenious as the trailblazers of our past. This book is splendid: Impish, irate, deep, courageous. . . . Brava!Lucy Ellmann, author of Ducks, Newburyport
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Aimeesue
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My top 20 reads from 2022. I'm kinda all over the place 😂

TrishB It‘s good to be varied 👍🏻 4w
jlhammar Love your mix! So many good ones. I‘m happy to see Five Little Indians and Thistlefoot on here since I own both, but haven‘t read them yet. 4w
Aimeesue @TrishB Honestly, I'd be bored otherwise. I think you reach a saturation point eventually, with most genres. You can see the "twists" coming and it's not very much fun when stories get predictable. Am beginning to realize why us old people tend toward NF in our later years - been there, read that ? 4w
Aimeesue @jlhammar i really enjoyed both of those! "Enjoyed" is probably the wrong word for Five Little Indians, but it was very good! 4w
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Aimeesue
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"She shut the insistent voices of her family inside the house and went up her tree. From a haven of leaves she looked out over the cemetery. The tombs of poets were wreathed in laurel and etched in glorious verses, while the graves of the ordinary listed as their only accomplishments the names of children produced or a spouse bereaved. So many dead in childbirth, she observed, and so few by shipwreck.

TheBookHippie This has been on my list!!!! 2mo
Aimeesue @TheBookHippie Really enjoying it! 2mo
TheBookHippie @Aimeesue Good to know!! I am excited to read it! 2mo
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batsy
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Mehso-so

This was a weird reading experience for me, because in theory it seems like exactly the kind of novel I would love. Yet reading it felt strangely laborious, almost like a chore. After a point it read like a series of biographical sketches & details thrown together; it felt disjointed without a way for me to enter the text, so to speak, & I got very little out of the writing & language in terms of beauty & pleasure. I was relieved to be done.

vlwelser Everyone seems to be panning this. Thank you for adding to the reasons that I do not need to hunt this one down. 4mo
jlhammar Good to know! I don't think I'll be making this one a priority. I've had enough laborious reading to last me for a while thanks to Glory and Seven Moons. 4mo
batsy @vlwelser I thought the idea behind it was admirable, but somehow it didn't quite come together for me. 4mo
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batsy @jlhammar I haven't read those two & this one seems pretty different in style, but yes the "a chore to read" aspect of it was pretty strong for me. I was hoping to hit it off with this book! 4mo
nathandrake1997 Something about this book spoke to me in a manner books seldom do. Also, I'm a sucker for fragmented literature. Brilliant review as always ❤️ 4mo
batsy @nathandrake1997 I remember your lovely review! I'm so glad it worked for you; am somewhat disappointed it wasn't quite for me. 4mo
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nathandrake1997
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I recently wore a pair of shorts that I thought were mine and I felt so comfortable in it in a way I haven't felt wearing any article of clothing in a while. I walked into the dining area and was immediately laughed upon by my folks for accidentally wearing my sister's pair of shorts....(continued in comments)

nathandrake1997 ....While I felt embarrassed by the slip up at the moment, it also made me realise that this was one of my first instances of cross dressing, a desire I have always harboured, and in a way it made me smile. I always wanted to try my sister's wardrobe in some point.... 4mo
nathandrake1997 ....A few months back, I was at my aunt's place. My niece was playfully applying nailpolish on everyone's fingers. While every one else feigned irritation, I was actually looking forward to my turn and honestly, my niece is quite adept at applying an exquisite shade of nailpolish..... 4mo
nathandrake1997 .... I wish I had clicked pictures of my hands back then as a keepsake. While I got laughed upon by my aunt as well as all my relatives whenever they saw my nails adorned with nailpolish, the sight of those nails brought a fleetingly rare smile on my face.... 4mo
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nathandrake1997 ....My mom has exquisite taste in selecting clothing, especially sarees. Whenever she selects a great piece of clothing, my first thought is "wish I could try that someday!". Well, life has taught me that wishes are pipe dreams, but I guess in a fairer world, this would be a harmless wish.... 4mo
nathandrake1997 ....One of my friends affectionately called me "Didi" (English translation: elder sister) for a while and I don't know if she knows it, but it immediately brought a smile to my face..... 4mo
nathandrake1997 ....The male gender, a gender I have been assigned to in birth, is something I have never felt comfortable in. I once remember having a conversation with a friend and mentioning my desire to transition.... 4mo
nathandrake1997 ....Selby Wynn Schwartz's AFTER SAPPHO is about trailblazing feminists gloriously embracing womanhood and sapphism while shattering the shackles imposed by patriarchal stereotypes..... 4mo
nathandrake1997 ....It is not merely stereotypes that get the razor's edge of Schwartz's gloriously sharp satire, Selby also flings some much needed barbs at the problematically patriarchal inner workings of a suffocatingly archaic bureaucracy.... 4mo
nathandrake1997 ....Written in the form of fragments that segues from one iconic feminist to another, the form feels fitting, especially in context with the fact that although Sappho's poetry survives in fragments, the echoes of those fragments continue to echo from generation to generation and even though patriarchy does its laughable worse to stifle these echoes, the echoes then reverb with an even more resounding clarity.... 4mo
nathandrake1997 ....AFTER SAPPHO is a masterwork meant to be read, re-read, passed on to family and acquaintances and just like Selby echoes Sappho's voice through taking the work of trailblazing feminists in context, it is our jobs as readers to take Selby's trailblazing work and let it shout its glorious echoes.... 4mo
nathandrake1997 .....It is an absolute shame that this formally dazzling and thematically rich feminist masterpiece was not included in this year's Booker Shortlist, because this is not only a book that deserves to be on that shortlist, it is one that deserves to win..... 4mo
nathandrake1997 ....AFTER SAPPHO is a novel that I'll forever be indebted to for giving me the courage to embrace my inner womanhood ❤️ 4mo
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Abailliekaras
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I loved this eccentric novel. It‘s a playful biography of women in arts & culture from the 19th & 20th centuries told in short pieces. The narrator (‘we‘ a chorus), the women‘s encounters with each other & the influence of Sappho give it cohesion & narrative drive. She brings the women to life with clean prose that is strong & poetic without being showy. I loved the infusion of myths into their stories. Wes Anderson-esque light tone & vignettes.

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AnneCecilie
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A work of fiction about women not confirming to society‘s expectations of them. Set between the 1880s and the 1920s, and mostly in Italy and France but later also in England.

Some of the women in this I had never heard of like Lina Poletti, Anne Kuliscioff, Eleonora Duse and Natalie Barney. While others was more familiar like Sarah Bernhardt, Virgina Wolf and Colette.

In a side note I had no idea there were so many words for a lesbian

AnneCecilie And the comment made by a lord about not having heard of this Greek chap Clitoris they are talking about is just too funny. 5mo
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AnneCecilie
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But which books should we read? asked one girl very seriously, twisting the ends of her plaits. Virginia Woolf replied, If a novel bores you, leave it. Try something else. Poetry is too like fiction to be a change. But biography is a very different thing. Go to the bookcase & take out a life of anybody.

Suet624 But…but…I can‘t seem to leave a book. I just keep plodding along hoping by the end I will have gotten something from it. 5mo
Cinfhen It seems like you‘re getting on well with this book 😁🎊💕 5mo
AnneCecilie @Cinfhen I‘m loving it, but this was already on my radar before the longlist, so I would have gotten it even if it wasn‘t there. A book about women always gets me interested. 5mo
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AnneCecilie @Suet624 I completely understand. I still don‘t DNF my own books. I find it easier to bail on library books, maybe because they are more maybe books and Longlisted books I wouldn‘t have read otherwise. It is more likely that not all of them will be for me. 5mo
Suet624 That‘s a good way of going about it. 5mo
charl08 A fan of this one. Hope to reread. 5mo
AnneCecilie @charl08 I do get that. I think I would get even more out of it on a second read. It‘s so dense and full of information. 5mo
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AnneCecilie
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First of all, Eleonora Duse said, Italy was indisputably a monopoly of men. Of course women wanted to be human beings instead of little dolls who danced for the pleasure of their husbands, dutifully bore children, and annihilated themselves. Who would not want what half the population had just by being born? Furthermore, Eleonora Duse went on, if ever a woman wants to work, to write, to think for herself, to take action, to love another woman, she

AnneCecilie is immediately derided as unnatural and perverse for expressing the very qualities that men hold dear for themselves. It is no wonder, Eleonora Duse concluded, that women in Italy are burning and burning with a dry rage against the long tyranny of men. 5mo
AnneCecilie (Picture is of Eleonora Duse) 5mo
Suet624 Burning and burning with a dry rage. ❤️ 5mo
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AnneCecilie
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All through the century of Eleonora Duse‘s birth, Ibsen noted, every actress in Scandinavia fainted on the same side of the stage every time. If there was a dramatic moment, the handkerchief went to the left hand, the actress to stage left, and then there was a fainting.

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BookwormM
After Sappho: A Novel | Selby Wynn Schwartz
Mehso-so

#BookerLonglist2022 Book12

Not really one for me as it reads like interconnected short stories and I am not a short story fan.

The book is well researched, very academic, I enjoyed the Virginia Woolf references but suspect a lot more went over my head.

Full review here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4950145447

MrsK I had the same thoughts when I read this…or actually…bailed before I was halfway through 😁 5mo
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BarbaraBB
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This was not for me. It felt flat and repetitive and I skimmed the pages more than I read them 🤷🏻‍♀️

#BookerPrize2022

(Pic: Busan, South Korea)

rmaclean4 Good to know! I will read it if it is on the short list. 5mo
Ruthiella Another amazing photo! 😍 5mo
charl08 Oh no, I loved this. Please don't throw it our the window...🤣 5mo
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squirrelbrain Great photo! I agree with you complexity; pretty much skimmed my way through this one; it‘s right at the bottom of my list I‘m afraid! 5mo
BarbaraBB @charl08 Lol, I won‘t. I read your review and I hoped I‘d love the@book as much as you did but unfortunately I felt like @squirrelbrain about it! 5mo
JamieArc I pretty much bailed on this one too, for now. I‘ll pick it back up and finish it later. I had high hopes for it, unfortunately. 5mo
Megabooks You‘re high up! Cool! Sorry the book was disappointing though. 5mo
Cinfhen View is fabulous sorry the book wasn‘t 5mo
MrsK I think my expectations were too high when I read this…or actually…bailed before I was halfway through 😁. I felt more like disconnected short stories too me. 5mo
BarbaraBB @MrsK Yes and a bit repetitive 5mo
Graywacke Bummer. The title is a draw. 4mo
BarbaraBB @Graywacke Don‘t mind me. Many people loved it. 4mo
Graywacke @BarbaraBB i definitely appreciate, and like having, your impression. It might help me get in the right mental space when I start. 🙂 4mo
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RaeLovesToRead
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Bookspin for September 🙃 Will this be the month that I get a Bingo? Looking at it now I'm thinking I should be able to get TWO or THREE Bingos 😆💕

Ah, the optimism of a new month..

#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Good luck!! 5mo
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Kimberlone
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Yesterday‘s #bookmail! I won both of these as Goodreads giveaways :)

IndoorDame Awesome! 5mo
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RaeLovesToRead
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I've had a super-dreadful week, so have bought a big stack of books to cheer myself up 😀🥰

Four from Five Leaves 💕
Two from Page 45 💕
Two from Waterstones 💕

And I don't feel bad because I'm supporting independent bookstores and keeping myself in reading material 🙃😀

Hope you're all having a fab weekend!

Soubhiville Hope your upcoming week is an improvement. Enjoy your new stack! 5mo
squirrelbrain Oh no, sorry you‘ve had a tough week. Hopefully things will improve - helped of course by your wonderful stack of books! 5mo
TrishB Hope you have a better week! I love Five Leaves- used to visit when daughter was at uni. 5mo
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Bookwomble I hope you get the Bank Holiday off, and that it gives you some respite from the bad stuff 💖 5mo
AnneCecilie Lanny is amazing. I wish I could read it for the first time. 5mo
DaveGreen7777 Hope the coming week is a much better one for you, Dr. Rae! 5mo
RaeLovesToRead @Soubhiville @squirrelbrain @TrishB @Bookwomble @AnneCecilie @DaveGreen7777 Thank you, my friends 💙 I feel like I've mentioned quite a lot of bad weeks this year - usually along the theme of one heartbreak or another... time to focus on myself and escape into some good books! Onwards and upwards 🤗🙃 5mo
BiblioLitten I hope you have better weeks ahead 💕 5mo
Branwen Uggggh, so sorry about the dreadful week, my friend! *hugs* Books are always the best way to cheer yourself up! 5mo
RaeLovesToRead @BiblioLitten @Branwen Thank you both 💕 Hopefully the naff weeks will start getting further apart soon 😅 5mo
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ClairesReads
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Mehso-so

Schwartz is certainly innovating here, and I am always interested to read stories about womanhood. But unfortunately I loved the concept but I did not really like the execution. Structurally I never really got “into” the story that Schwartz is constructing here, and voices that I‘d expected to move me kept me at a distance.

squirrelbrain Great review - I pretty much felt the same about this one. 5mo
JamieArc I am about 25% in and feel pretty much the same way, wondering where it‘s going to go. I‘ll keep reading, but I‘ll probably just pick it up slowly over the next month or two. 5mo
ClairesReads @squirrelbrain thanks! Always good to know it‘s not just me. I kept waiting for her to bring the characters alive but it ended up just reading like fragmented biographies for me 5mo
squirrelbrain Yes, it was almost like reading a feminist encyclopaedia or similar! 5mo
ClairesReads @squirrelbrain that‘s such an apt description 5mo
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charl08
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After two books I was quite "meh" about, so pleased to read a #Booker22 longlist I loved.
(Apologies for the quote-bombing)

Schwartz pulls together disparate queer women's lives to create a patchwork of protest: for equality and the freedom to be both artists and themselves.

@Cinfhen @squirrelbrain @MicheleinPhilly @batsy @vivastory @rmaclean4 @Cathythoughts @JamieArc @BarbaraBB @jlhammar @Ruthiella @sarahbarnes @Hazel2019 @Brimful

JamieArc Glad to see a positive review. From the few pages I‘ve peeked at, I‘m hoping to like this one too. 6mo
rmaclean4 Sadly this is not scheduled to be published in the US until 2023. Looking forward to reading it when I can! 6mo
DivineDiana Beautiful rose! That color! ❤️ 6mo
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humouress Stunning photo, beautiful flower 6mo
Ruthiella Excellent! Glad to hear you liked it! 6mo
BarbaraBB I‘m glad you enjoyed it. I hope to get to it too. 6mo
Cinfhen Gorgeous photo and lovely review!! Another book I wasn‘t looking forward to but you‘ve swayed me into wanting to picking it up 6mo
charl08 @JamieArc I hope you enjoy it too. 5mo
charl08 @rmaclean4 2023?! Oh I hope they put that forward now its been nominated. 5mo
charl08 @DivineDiana I am very proud of having taken a cutting from the original rosebush. I've not managed to repeat it though... 5mo
charl08 @humouress I love this new phone's zoom. 5mo
charl08 @Ruthiella I would like to see what she writes next. 5mo
charl08 @BarbaraBB hopefully the nomination is a positive for such a small publisher. 5mo
charl08 @Cinfhen I hope you like it, one I want to keep on the shelves (and also, press on other people). 5mo
JamieArc @rmaclean4 I‘m in the US and ordered it from Book Depository. It is owned by Amazon, but if that doesn‘t bug you, I always enjoy ordering from them for UK versions of books. (edited) 5mo
rmaclean4 @JamieArc Thank you! When I get back from holiday I will check it out. 5mo
Ruthiella @rmaclean4 @JamieArc Blackwell‘s also is a good source for UK editions if you want to avoid Amazon. They were previously an independent chain but recently were purchased by Waterstones. Prices are good, includes shipping and their delivery times are better than The Book Depository IMO. 5mo
JamieArc @Ruthiella Thanks for that suggestion! I‘ll check it out! 5mo
sarahbarnes I may have to order a copy of this one from Blackwell‘s/Book Depository. It sounds so intriguing. 5mo
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charl08
After Sappho | Selby Wynn Schwartz

...reading that book was like lying in the arms of your lover...

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Readers according to Colette were like lovers. The best were attentive, intelligent, exigent, and promiscuous. She urged us to read widely and well, to seek out precisely the novels prohibited to us and lie down for hours in bed with them. We should read to gorge and sate ourselves, Colette enjoined us; after a good book we should lick our fingers. We should especially read the lives of women, for example...

BarbaraBB So true 💯 6mo
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charl08
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Romaine painted the moment that belonged to Renata alone, before sound takes form...

#Booker2022

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charl08
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On the rue de l'Odéon were the two bookshops we frequented so assiduously that Gertrude Stein would say, I have almost a country there!

.... It was a small but marvellous realm where we encountered books on every imaginable subject. Leather-bound volumes we could not afford to purchase from La Maison des Amis were lent to us, wrapped in glassine paper, for a fortnight.

#Booker2022

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charl08
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In 1899 there were many Italian books instructing young ladies on proper comportment. Girls were to be noble, nice, industrious, modest, devout, quiet, self-sacrificing, and above all free of vice. Anna Vertua Gentile, who wrote dozens of these books, published How Ought I to Behave Myself? just as Eva Palmer arrived in Rome. Eva did not read it.

#Booker2022

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charl08
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The eminent Doctor Laycock of York, writing on the nervous disorders of women, could not help but notice that the young women consorted with each other, the more excitable and more indolent they became.

.... no sooner were girls reading in bed than they were reading in bed together. What might look like sisterly affection...ought to be diagnosed as the pernicious antecedent of hysteric paroxysms

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jhod
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Pleased with my postcards :-) #galleybeggarpress

BarbaraBB Wow! 6mo
charl08 I love these! Were they a special for supporters? 6mo
jhod @charl08 no, just if you order direct from them! 5mo
charl08 @jhod ooh, what an incentive. If only I'd known! 5mo
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squirrelbrain
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Mehso-so

I‘m afraid this is a case of ‘it‘s not you, it‘s me‘! I can see why this book was nominated for the #booker2022 but I struggled with it.

The fragmented style, vignettes telling of the lives of Sapphic women, meant that it didn‘t form a coherent novel.

The first-person plural narrative (extracts from Sappho as a kind of chorus) also didn‘t work for me, but did in another Booker nominee, Maps.

This one is bottom of my list so far. 😞

BarbaraBB Sorry to hear that but one must be. You‘ve read so many good ones! 6mo
Cathythoughts You read it though ! Well done. I‘m very slow this year , so I‘ll be leaving this one out 👍🏻♥️ 6mo
Cazxxx I didn‘t enjoy it much either 6mo
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Cinfhen This is one that didn‘t really interest me so unless it makes the short list I‘m happy to take a pass 😊 6mo
squirrelbrain Glad it wasn‘t just me! @Cazxxx 6mo
Ruthiella I typically need a strong plot or strong character development…but I could be pleasantly surprised! 6mo
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IndoorDame
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This fun thoughtful quiz tells you what to read off this year‘s Booker Prize Longlist. I loved the results so much I actually preordered this which is pretty rare for me!

https://thebookerprizes.com/the-booker-library/features/quiz-which-2022-booker-l...

ShelleyBooksie Thank you for sharing 6mo
Caterina Fun! I got Treacle Walker - time to see if my library has it 😊 6mo
IndoorDame @Caterina nice! I‘m interested in about half the list this year, but there‘s only a few titles I can actually get right now 6mo
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Ruthiella I got The Colony…🤔 Maybe I‘ll check it out! 6mo
IndoorDame @Ruthiella I thought that one looked cool! 6mo
batsy That was such a well-done quiz. I got Treacle Walker, which was already on my TBR 🙂 6mo
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JamieArc
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Wanting to know where to start or what to read next on the #Booker2022 Longlist? Visit the Booker website to take a quiz. Apparently, After Sappho is what I should read next. It‘s fun that they created this.

jlhammar Fun! My result was Small Things Like These which I‘ve already read and loved. 6mo
charl08 Interesting idea! I've just started 6mo
rmaclean4 Fun quiz! I got The Trees which I am taking on vacation with me next week. 6mo
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TheBookHippie Well I‘ve added this to my list. I love Sappho ! And this looks very interesting ✊🏼. 6mo
squirrelbrain I did it (just for fun as I‘ve read a lot of them anyway!) and got The Colony which is nearly my favourite! 6mo
Deblovestoread Guess I‘m on the right track as it chose The Colony. 6mo
vlwelser Mine picked The Trees. Which just went to the top of my list (it may have been there already). 6mo
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JamieArc
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My first #Booker2022 #bookhaul has arrived! I‘ve never been so excited to read so many of the Booker Longlist titles. Currently, I‘m flying through Nightcrawling and The Colony.

Deblovestoread I loved Small Things Like These. Up next is The Colony on audio. 6mo
JamieArc @Kdgordon88 I am really liking The Colony. The prose is beautiful. I imagine it makes for a great audiobook. 6mo
BarbaraBB That looks fantastic! I am reading Nightcrawling too at the moment. 6mo
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batsy Nice! 😍 6mo
Megabooks Great haul!! Lots to look forward to! (edited) 6mo
charl08 Looks good. I'm really tempted by 6mo
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Cazxxx
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Trying to read a few from the Booker prize longlist as I always do. This is number 3 and it‘s not bad but not my favourite. Have you read any from the list? Which did you enjoy?

charl08 Reading this one, but I think @squirrelbrain has read most of them! 6mo
Cazxxx @charl08 This is the only one I don‘t want to read as illness is something I can‘t read about 6mo
jlhammar I loved The Trees, Small Things Like These and Oh William. Planning to read Booth, The Colony, Maps, Treacle Walker and Case Study over the next few weeks. 6mo
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Cazxxx @jlhammar Case study is the one I‘m planning to read next, it sounds the most interesting to me 6mo
squirrelbrain Not quite all of them yet! @charl08 I‘ve just finished number 8 @Cazxxx - I‘m about to start After Sappho next. I really wouldn‘t read Maps if you don‘t like illness, although it‘s one of my favourites from the list. 6mo
Cazxxx @squirrelbrain oh you‘ve read a lot! My library doesn‘t have them all and a few I have to wait for. Yes I‘m not reading maps due to my Illnesses. What‘s been your favourite so far? 6mo
squirrelbrain So sorry - forgot to answer your question! My top 3 are The Colony, The Trees and Maps. 6mo
Cazxxx @squirrelbrain Thank you 😊 The trees has caught my eye also 6mo
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squirrelbrain
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#bookmail number 1

I was only reading about this yesterday as there‘s some #bookerchatter around it, so I was rather surprised when it turned up today!

I have a subscription to #galleybeggarbooks which has turned out to be wonderful so far. The books are signed and always include a bookmark and, this time, some postcards.

This book sounds fascinating - a re imagination of the lives of a number of feminists at the turn of the 20th century.

AnneCecilie This book is on my wishlist. It sounds so interesting. 6mo
BarbaraBB And now it‘s nominated for the Booker prize! You‘re so on par 😉😘 6mo
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