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Glory | NoViolet Bulawayo

What exactly is this meeting that is, from the look of it, the great grand mother of all meetings, about? Thinking What kind of gathering is it that takes place at such a time of witches and strange monsters? Thinking. Have my feet accidentally brought me in the middle of something here? Thinking, Why is it just dogs at this meeting, as if they're the only animals in the Seat?

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The Colony | Audrey Magee
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#Booker22 #Longlist
This was such a compelling read for me.

Set in the late 1970s, an English artist moves to an isolated Irish island to paint for the summer: but it's not quite as isolated as he hoped. The Island is not cut off from the news of death after death as the Troubles roll on.

BarbaraBB My favorite so far! 3mo
Ruthiella I think this one is the most popular among Littens so far from the longlist! I put it on hold at the library, but the wait time is months, not weeks! 3mo
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Cinfhen Great review and gorgeous photo - I think this is my favorite too!! @BarbaraBB @Ruthiella 3mo
charl08 @BarbaraBB @Ruthiella @Cinfhen I think for me it's a really tough call - I'd be pleased if this won, it's a wonderful book - but I'm leaning towards Keegan's book as my "most favourite". (But I might still change my mind!) 3mo
Cinfhen I enjoyed that one too but it was a bit too slim. Although I wouldn‘t be disappointed if it took the prize. It‘s an exciting longlist 3mo
squirrelbrain This is in my top 3, and could be my favourite but I just can‘t decide between the 3…. (This one, The Trees and Maps) 3mo
JamieArc @charl08 While I loved this one, I adored Small Things Like These and think that tops my list so far too. 3mo
jlhammar Keegan, Everett and this one are my top 3 so far. Really hoping they all make the shortlist! 3mo
charl08 @Cinfhen so exciting! And I still have plenty to read. 3mo
charl08 @squirrelbrain ooh interesting. I still have the Trees to read. 3mo
charl08 @JamieArc I have my fingers crossed for it to do well. 3mo
charl08 @jlhammar I'm going into The Trees with high expectations. 3mo
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Case Study | Graeme Macrae Burnet
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#Booker22 #Longlist
On the face of it, this is the diary of a mostly unpleasant young woman going to see a therapist after her sister kills herself. This is interspersed with an account by "the author" of the controversial life of the therapist, supposedly a 60s counterculture rebel.

I'm not a fan of McRae Burnet: I didn't enjoy his last (also award nominated) or feel that I "got" this one either. ?‍♀️?‍♀️

jlhammar The diary of a most unpleasant young woman indeed 😂 I‘m finding her kind of amusing though. She clearly has issues. I‘m around the halfway mark. Eager to see where it‘s all headed. 4mo
squirrelbrain I liked it, but have no idea why it made the long list it just didn‘t seem special enough or different enough…. Or enough of anything! 4mo
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Ruthiella I didn‘t love his last book which was shortlisted either 4mo
AnneCecilie I wasn‘t a huge fan of his latest either, and take it from your review that I don‘t need to rush to this one either. 4mo
BarbaraBB I love your photo but I am not so much looking forward to the book after your review. I did like His Bloody Project though. (edited) 4mo
charl08 @jlhammar I never felt I understood where it went! 4mo
charl08 @squirrelbrain I read a review which talked about multiple selves and identity: but I didn't feel the book made me think about that in new ways. I'm probably missing something. 4mo
charl08 @ruthiella or me. I think I'll leave him for others to enjoy in future. 4mo
charl08 @AnneCecilie I wouldn't have picked it up if not for the longlist, so... 4mo
charl08 @BarbaraBB if you liked his last perhaps this will work too? Photo is from visit to RHS Bridgewater: gorgeous garden. 4mo
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Oh dear, it appears I collected even more reservations from the library yesterday, to add to the eleventy-two I already have! From this pile, I‘ll read Trespasses this week, as someone else has already reserved it.

I‘ve just started the Hart, which I think I‘m going to enjoy. Maps, on audio, is so good but a tough listen so can only do a bit at a time.

Then it depends what makes the Booker #longlist….

TrishB A lovely pile 😁 5mo
Cathythoughts You are going great Helen 👏🏻 I‘ve fallen behind, I‘m waiting for the list to come out now and I‘ll decide what I can do then 👍🏻😁 5mo
Cinfhen Oh right!! The long list is announced this week!!! Exciting 🤗🤗🤗 5mo
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squirrelbrain Ah, but I haven‘t read (m)any yet @Cathythoughts…. And I‘m sure the ones that I have read won‘t even be the right ones! 🤣 4mo
Cathythoughts Oh stop ! 😂 the flipping stress of it all …. Im sure your ones will be in there. I havnt even touched the surface… I‘m just waiting now ( 2 days. ) excited to see what comes up. (edited) 4mo
squirrelbrain I know @Cathythoughts - at least I‘ve got a huuuuge library pile of ‘possibles‘ and, if they‘re not on the list, I‘m sure some will go back unread… 4mo
Cathythoughts I love the excitement/ drama of it all. ♥️ 4mo
BarbaraBB I‘m waiting eagerly for the longlist too. Not sure if I will read them all but at least I can make up my mind then! 4mo
squirrelbrain It depends what they sound like doesn‘t it @BarbaraBB but, you know me, I‘m sure I‘ll try to read them all, regardless! 🤷‍♀️ 4mo
BarbaraBB You will! And you will pull me in probably 😉 4mo
Caroline2 Oh I have Trespassers and Devotion too if ya fancy a buddy read?? 4mo
squirrelbrain You know I‘m always up for a buddy read! @Caroline2 The only issue is that I‘ve already started Trespasses - about 70 pages in but not that much time to read at the mo so you‘ll probably catch me up! 4mo
Caroline2 @squirrelbrain Okey dokey, I just finished a book last night. I was gonna catch up on my chunkster but I can squeeze in Trespasses. 😉 4mo
Megabooks I‘m reading Trespasses this week as well! I‘m only 15 pages in though. 👍🏻 4mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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I‘m *totally* blaming this on you @JamieArc 🤣 After your post yesterday I totally fell down a Booker prediction rabbit hole this morning….

These are from the library, with a few more on order. (Either/Or is for #camplitsy)

I also requested about 10 on #netgalley, some of which have come through already.

I certainly won‘t read them all in 3 weeks (if at all!) but at least I have them in my sticky little paws if they do get nominated.

JamieArc Sorry….not sorry for helping put some potentially good books on your radar 🤣. I keep seeing this one come up and will probably go ahead and order it. 5mo
squirrelbrain That‘s one I couldn‘t find for ‘free‘ ie it‘s not in the library, BorrowBox or Scribd. I may try that on audio as I can get it on Audible, or I‘ll definitely buy it if it is on the longlist. @JamieArc 5mo
TrishB Wow 😯 great haul! 5mo
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Megabooks Interested to se what you think of Wahala because I 💯💯 think it is NOT worthy of anything Booker-related! 5mo
sarahbarnes I cannot wait for the list to come out!! And great stack! 🤩 5mo
CarolynM Great stack! I loved Elizabeth Finch, but it‘s probably not everyone‘s cup of tea. 5mo
squirrelbrain I may not even get to it @Megabooks - I borrowed it as ‘insurance‘ so no-one else can snaffle it if it does make the list. I‘ve not heard great things though… so it is likely to go back unread…. 5mo
Cathythoughts Oh no! This is exciting… I‘ll have to look up a few ( I mean get a few ! ) or I‘ll get that fear of missing out 😳📕 5mo
batsy Nice stack! 5mo
squirrelbrain I‘m sure these will be completely wrong @Cathythoughts - the #longlist will probably be books that none of us have heard of! 5mo
vivastory I haven't heard...when are they announcing the Booker long list? Excellent stack btw! 5mo
squirrelbrain @vivastory - it‘s the 26th July for the longlist…. 5mo
vivastory Thanks! It'll be interesting to see what is on the list. 5mo
Caroline2 Oh I loved Goon Squad so it‘ll be interesting to hear what you think of Candy House. 👍 5mo
squirrelbrain Yes, I loved Goon Squad too @Caroline2 but can‘t remember much about it… 🤔 5mo
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For the mostpart, this was a decent drama with a cast of unlikeable but intriguing characters. For the first 3/4 I was at a loss as to why the reviews were so universally lukewarm.

The last quarter, however, was a complete slog. The set up wasn't strong enough to support the meandering, messy, incoherent, dull and rambling denouement. It disappeared up its own arse and cemented itself a so-so rating from me.

⭐⭐⭐ 3 stars

Cinfhen Great idea for prompt and I totally agree, this book was #MoreMehThanYeah 5mo
BarbaraBB I was disappointed too! 5mo
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RaeLovesToRead @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB The ending was such a slog to get through. It's a shame because there was a lot that I liked about the first 3/4. Also, what was with the black truck? I feel I must have missed the explanation for that (amongst other things). Writing was quirky but clumsy, I would say. 5mo
BarbaraBB I remember that black truck but not sure about its function. And yes, the beginning was okay but later on it got boring. 5mo
Ruthiella The black truck was Chekhov‘s proverbial gun. Only it didn‘t go off. I agree with you, this book disappointed me too. 5mo
RaeLovesToRead @BarbaraBB @Ruthiella Trying too hard to be clever, I reckon. I still like Shteyngart as a writer. He's got an unusual way of writing that I generally enjoy. 5mo
squirrelbrain I was going to read this as it was on the #longlist for something - Booker maybe? I couldn‘t get hold of it cheaply enough so didn‘t bother and I‘m glad I didn‘t! 🤣 5mo
RaeLovesToRead @squirrelbrain Would you like my copy? I can bring it to Gladstone's? (Not that I've been selling it very well 🤣🤣) 5mo
squirrelbrain That‘s a very kind offer, Rae, but I‘ll pass this time….I haven‘t seen many (any?!) good reviews for this one. Thanks anyway! 😘 5mo
Megabooks Def disappointing! 5mo
Ruthiella I haven‘t written him off yet. I definitely still want to try 5mo
KarenUK I was definitely lukewarm on this too… 5mo
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Lovely book, managing to be both full of grief and hopeful about the future. I know little or nothing about the civil war and partition of Cyprus, so hope this book will prompt me to do more reading too.

#WomensPrize #Longlist

YasmiNova Ooh stacking this one definitely! I grew up in Cyprus and have been wanting to read something by Elif Shafak for a while now, so a twofer! 😁 7mo
charl08 @YasmiNova hope you like it! I keep recommending it. 7mo
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Creatures of Passage | Morowa Yejide
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Seven books in and I liked them all well enough to think they deserve a shortlist place. This has *never* happened to me before (that I can remember).

#FabulousFiction #WomensPrize #Longlist

squirrelbrain I agree - so many good books on the long list this time. I loved Great Circle, but actually don‘t think it is ‘different‘ enough to make the shortlist. Oh, and I bailed on Creatures of Passage. I‘m on my last long list book now - Remote Sympathy, which I think you‘d also really like. 8mo
charl08 @squirrelbrain you've done so well - I'm not going to get to them all (but have had fun reading as many as I can).📚 8mo
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Creatures of Passage | Morowa Yejide
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The wolf watched the people at the picnic, busy with distraction....most of all, he'd always wondered, down through the ages and in different realms how these creatures of passage could be so careless.

How could they see and not see something so precious as their young?

ChaoticMissAdventures I just started this one, it seems interesting 8mo
charl08 @ChaoticMissAdventures one of the things I have really liked about the #longlist so far is how distinctive and original the books are. 8mo
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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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