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Dayswork: A Novel | Chris Bachelder, Jennifer Habel
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Immediately intense, provocative. Exquisite and daring! I really did enjoy this odd ODD list of stuff about Melville and other literary darlings, all somehow intoxicated with Melvillocity, in some way or another. Got a tad wearying, perhaps in the same way as some Melville scholar yapping too much, but that isn‘t right. Like bafflement and then awe and then,… what?! I learned a lot, I laughed quite a bit, and I am glad that I‘ve read Moby Dick.👇

BkClubCare (If you know “enough about” Moby Dick, should be sufficient.) 1d
BkClubCare I am trying to tag everyone but I can‘t get the copy/paste to work?! This/thus we need hashtags… #TobFOLLOWERs (edited) 1d
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BkClubCare @squirrelbrain - I can‘t seem to tag or copy/paste all the at-sign Litsians who might want to see this. How do you do it? 1d
Megabooks Hey! I‘m just now listening to this, and as someone who has not read Moby Dick, I‘m not as enamored as you, but the writing is very good! 1d
BkClubCare I heard that audio is NOT the best way to go with this - UNLESS, as the book is so evident— you want to share the interesting tidbits. Good luck. It‘s enough to know that Moby Dick is about chasing the whale and how much SO MANY (so many) people give it the GAN label. (GAN = Great American Novel) (edited) 1d
Suet624 I always have trouble tagging these TOB postings. 1d
Hooked_on_books This is one of a handful on the longlist that just didn‘t appeal to me at all. I‘ll give it a try if it makes the shortlist, but otherwise I don‘t plan to read it. It‘s great that it worked for you! 19h
squirrelbrain I‘ve never read Moby Dick, and this is a difficult one to get hold of over here, so I may wait until the shortlist. 18h
squirrelbrain I‘ve not add an issue with tagging anyone recently, although I know Litsy can be glitchy some (a lot!) of the time. Are you trying to tag on your main post - that‘s how I do it? Although when we do #camplitsy there are so many Littens to tag, we have a crib sheet and just copy and paste into the comments section. 18h
BkClubCare @squirrelbrain TY, I am sure it is me 🤪 Thinking it should be easier makes it take twice as long. LOL 14h
BkClubCare @Suet624 - soul sisters! 👯‍♀️ 14h
BkClubCare @Hooked_on_books - 🥹 I didn‘t even look at what it was about. Nothin. If I get my hands on it, I try it. Crazy, huh? Tho, Bachelder as author gave me pause because I didn‘t really care for The Throwback Special, on the other hand, Haber is a poet so that intrigued me. ☺️ (edited) 14h
BkClubCare @squirrelbrain - between the two of us, we might get them all sampled. (Probably not, I don‘t read that fast! But I was shocked to be the first to review this. 14h
Hooked_on_books Quite frankly, I think that‘s a great way to be! 8h
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August Blue: A Novel | Deborah Levy
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I‘m not sure I really got this, but I enjoyed reading it. The whole doppelgänger part just went right over my head. This was #7 in votes for #CampLitsy23, and I think our campers probably would‘ve helped me get it. Low pick.

Elsa, a piano virtuoso who was adopted at a young age by her instructor, broke down and left the stage. She travels through Europe trying to make sense of this breakdown until she is called to her instructor‘s deathbed.

squirrelbrain I really liked it, but not sure I understood it either! 🤦‍♀️ You‘re right - it would have been a great one for #camplitsy discussions. 2w
BarbaraBB Still need to read it. Maybe it‘ll make it to the ToB! 2w
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Happy Friday! Although I left it so late that it‘s already Saturday for most of you. Who‘s up for a #bookishquestion of the week? This week‘s question is: what‘s a a book you read based on Litsy posts? #BookTalk #blameitonlitsy

Ruthiella So many! The first one that comes to mind is 2mo
CSeydel @Ruthiella ooh, how was it? 2mo
Ruthiella @CSeydel It was very good! 👍 2mo
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TheBookgeekFrau Quite a few 😁 The two most recent: The Book of Lost Things; and Days at the Morisaki Bookshop. 2mo
julesG Lots! One of the most recent was 2mo
TrishB Sooooo many! 2mo
Amiable I‘ve gotten several from posts by @CBee ! Most recently 2mo
mabell So many! One in particular - 2mo
CBee @Amiable I read Midwives partly because you mentioned you loved it 😊 (edited) 2mo
CBee #Camplitsy introduced me to some good ones over the summer! 😊 2mo
Tamra Most! 😅😅 2mo
Amiable @CBee Litsy is one big mosh pit of book love! 🙂 2mo
CBee @Amiable true, except not quite as sweaty and crowded 😂😂😂 2mo
CBee @TrishB I‘m reading The Ferryman right now partly because of your review 😊 2mo
Amiable @CBee 🤣🤣 2mo
CSeydel @Tamra haha true! How did I ever know what to read before Litsy? 2mo
CSeydel @Amiable @CBee Yes, a quiet and comfortable mosh pit of book recommendations! 2mo
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Romantic Comedy | Curtis Sittenfeld
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I liked, but did not love this book. Read along with #CampLitsy in August.

It had a great premise: female MC is a Tina Fey-esque writer for an SNL-esque comedy sketch show whose insecurities continually sabotage a potential romance with a super-famous musician. Clearly inspired by the Pete Davidson/Ariana Grande or Colin Jost/ScarJo relationships, I was fascinated by that aspect of the plot, but the FMC‘s attitude/behavior was a huge turn off.

Birnam Wood | Eleanor Catton
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Forgot to take a photo of this one before it went back to the library but wow what a ride - it started off fairly slow as we‘re introduced to the characters and then it went somewhere I wasn‘t expecting. I would have loved to have discussed this one with #camplitsy as there‘s a lot to it. Really enjoyed it.

Suet624 I was disappointed with the ending. 2mo
squirrelbrain Ah, it‘s a shame you couldn‘t read it for #camplitsy - we had some great discussions. It‘s one of my favourites of the year. 2mo
youneverarrived @Suet624 I read it a while ago and actually forgot how it ended - but I googled it and yeah, I was disappointed with it too - probably why I forgot 😆 2mo
youneverarrived @squirrelbrain I bet! All my holds seemed to come in a few weeks after the camp litsy books had been read 😐 2mo
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Tagging my first fav read of the summer, but i think I had a pretty good reading season ( thanks in part to #camplitsy, it seems! ).
If you want to play, consider yourself tagged! I'm enjoying adding to my tbr 🙂

Cinfhen So happy to see your picks!!! We have a few crossovers which means I MUST add some of your other favorites 💗😁 3mo
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It‘s September and we‘re closing up #CampLitsy23 by announcing our winner. It was a VERY close call but this year‘s #CampChamp is The Bandit Queens!

Thanks to nominations by @Eraderneely @Megpiegem @Jenniferw88 @CSeydel @ImperfectCJ and @Read4Life the book was shortlisted for #CampLitsy23. With 15 votes it was our number 3 on the shortlist (behind Birnam Wood with 16 and Yellowface with 21 votes).
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BarbaraBB So Yellowface was our favorite contender (thanks for the stats, Helen!) yet The Bandit Queens turned out to be our winner! No doubt reading and discussing it among Campers added to the book and that‘s why we love Camp so much! Meg, Helen and I and want to thank you all for joining us! We see you next year at #CampLitsy24! 3mo
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Ruthiella That so much to the counselors @BarbaraBB @Megabooks @squirrelbrain 👏👏👏 You did an awesome job organizing. 3mo
Magpiegem Thank you camp counsellors!! And I think The Bandit Queens is a very worthy winner… I loved it, although it was the only camp book I managed to finish on time! Xxx 3mo
TrishB Thanks @BarbaraBB @Megabooks @squirrelbrain I think this was probably the least polarising of the books! Loved all the discussions and look forward to next year ❤️ 3mo
DebinHawaii So much thanks to our counselors! I hate a great time & loved that I probably would not have read some of these books without camp. It was such a close vote (at least the last time I looked) & I would have been just as happy if Yellowface won even though Bandits was my ultimate pick. 3mo
Cinfhen Yay!!! Even though it wasn‘t my top pick I loved this book and im so glad it was so beloved!! Thanks again #CampLitsy23 for a great summer 😁 sign me up for next year @BarbaraBB @Megabooks @squirrelbrain you three make a great team 😘😘😘 3mo
squirrelbrain Hooray for Bandit Queens! It was such a close-run vote though, and Yellowface would have also been a great winner! Looking forward to #camplitsy24 already…. 😃 3mo
CatLass007 Thanks to our marvelous counselors. You and all of our #CroneGirls made this so much fun!!! 3mo
Jess Thanks everyone. This was so fun. Looking forward to next year! 3mo
Caroline2 Ha! I think it was my least favourite overall 😆 So crazy how we all have different reactions to different books! Thank you all so much for hosting! It has been a fab summer and I‘ve thoroughly enjoyed reading all the books together and the discussions have been so fascinating!! I can‘t wait for next year!! 😁 3mo
Suet624 Thank you so much for this year‘s selection of books and all the work involved in keeping camplitsy going. Greatly appreciated. 3mo
batsy How surprising! I didn't expect this to win but I'm very glad it did. Birnam Wood was tops for me but this was probably my 2nd fave 💜 3mo
Bookwormjillk Thanks so much counselors. I had so much fun, and I‘m going to miss it! Can‘t wait for next year. I didn‘t mesh with Bandit Queens, but June was a stressful month for me. I‘ll have to give it another try. 3mo
Chelsea.Poole I‘m glad I read The Bandit Queens with you all! I learned so much more through our discussions. Thanks for compiling results! Thanks to you three for hosting! @Megabooks @squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB !! I‘m already looking forward to camp next summer. 🏕️ 3mo
CBee Can‘t wait for camp next year, this has been a blast! Thanks ladies 😊 3mo
TheBookHippie Thanks for all your hard work! 🏕️ 3mo
AmyG Thank you so much for Camp Litsy!!! It was so fun. 3mo
JenReadsAlot Thanks @BarbaraBB @Megabooks @squirrelbrain I enjoyed books I probably never would have read! Looking forward to next year! 3mo
Meshell1313 🙌 So fun! Thank you so much for hosting! Those were 6 great books that I‘m glad to have read and discussed with everyone! Can‘t wait to see what next year‘s camp brings! 3mo
Larkken Thanks for hosting and facilitating the discussions! So much fun! 3mo
merelybookish I will have to read it! It's one of the books I missed. Thanks again for all your hard work making #camplitsy rock! @Megabooks @squirrelbrain 3mo
julieclair Hooray for the Bandit Queens! And 3 big cheers for our awesome Camp Counselors! 👏🙌👏Looking forward to #CampLitsy24! 🏕️ (edited) 3mo
JamieArc A big thanks to our camp counselors for hosting! A few of these will be on my top of the year list, and I‘m sure I wouldn‘t have read most of them (this soon) if not for Camp Litsy! 3mo
Bklover I loved that book!! 3mo
ChaoticMissAdventures Yay!!! I froze and then forgot to vote when I couldn't decide between this and Yellowface 😂 I liked them both so much! 3mo
GatheringBooks Thank you for being such awesome hosts! This is the one book I did not manage to read - but got myself a copy - will be sure to read it soonest! 🙏🏼💕📚 3mo
peaknit Thank you for a wonderful camp! 3mo
Hooked_on_books No way! I was so sure Yellowface would win. I liked both, but am delighted to see this win! Thanks to you, Helen and Meg for another fun year at camp! @squirrelbrain @Megabooks 3mo
dabbe Thanks for being such excellent hosts, @BarbaraBB @Megabooks @squirrelbrain
BkClubCare Yay for books and yippee for book friends!! Thanks again to our counselors and everyone! 🌟 3mo
Megabooks This book definitely had the best and, as @TrishB put it, least polarizing discussion, and, like Barbara, it really gave me a new appreciation for the book. We read some really great books this summer, and I adore my co-counselors Barbara and @squirrelbrain ! Only 9 months until #CampLitsy24!! 🏕️😎 (edited) 3mo
yourfavouritemixtape Thank you so much to all of you for hosting this! It has been my first year and I read so many books I would have never picked up without Camplitsy! 3mo
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**SLUMP ALERT 🤣** Seriously hit a reading slump after the wonderful Tom Lake. I‘ve started four different books and made it halfway, but I keep finding myself not reaching for my current read. I‘d love to hear the last book I got you out of a slump!

ICantImReading @AvidReader25 ugh, I‘m sorry! I‘ve heard some people say re-reading a favorite can help! Or, I don‘t know if you‘ve read it yet or if you would like it, but “Fourth Wing” is such a buzzy book this summer that was easy to escape into! My favorite read this month was “Happiness Falls” by Angie Kim. Hope you find something that captures your attention soon 🙂 3mo
ICantImReading @AvidReader25 it occurred to me as I just wrote my review for “Shark Heart”… maybe you would like that one? It‘s VERY different than Tom Lake, but weirdly, the male character is a high school drama teacher and is directing “Our Town”! It‘s written in short sections that are easy to get into. It‘s a really unique book in the sea of same-old stories! 🦈 3mo
AvidReader25 @ICantImReading Oh that looks so interesting!!! I‘m definitely going to check it out and maybe reread a favorite too. 3mo
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Kitta I was in a major reading slump trying to finish Ninth House. Took me months! Reading along with #camplitsy got me out of the slump! I believe the first book I read afterwards was 3mo
AvidReader25 @Kitta I‘ve heard Yellowface is good! 3mo
Kitta @AvidReader25 it‘s a quick easy read, great for getting out of a slump! 3mo
AvidReader25 @Kitta perfect! 3mo
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How to Build a Boat | Elaine Feeney
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Jamie is neurodiverse and his Dad worries about him starting secondary school. For good reason, as it turns out, as the school has little understanding of Jamie‘s needs.

Two teachers come to his rescue (or do they rescue each other?) and a boat is built, although not the one that Jamie had in mind.

This was warm and (thinking of #camplitsy discussions yesterday!) empathetic without being cloying or mawkish. I *think* it should make my top 6.

BarbaraBB Happy to know this was a pick for you too. Looking forward to it! 3mo
BookwormM I enjoyed this one although it really reminders me of Bewilderment so it lost points for originality 3mo
ClairesReads Totally agree with this review- I really liked this one 3mo
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