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The Postcard | Anne Berest
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New month, new list! I did NOT do great at #bookspin and #roll100 challenges in January, lol, and I‘d like to do better this time… We‘ll see how I do while I try to keep on track with the #ToB and #LitsyToB lists… maybe I should join more challenges instead? 🫣

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3w
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1984 | George Orwell
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There's a scene from Bones that I recently watched where she punches a men's rights activist after he says she should be muzzled, and it's super clunky, and so despite agreeing with the sentiment, I watched the scene fairly dispassionately. 1984 comes off much the same. I can agree with the warnings and find value in the message, but still come out of it without really caring what happens to Winston. Let's see if I feel the same about Julia.

AllDebooks What's Nick Offerman got to do with 1984? 😅 1mo
Larkken @AllDebooks ha! Sorry forgot to talk about the picture. One of the more prolific covers for the novel that is supposed to be of Big Brother makes me think of Ron Swanson - and a search on Reddit of “Ron Swanson big brother” seems to indicate that others are being driven a bit crazy by it too lol https://www.audiobooks.com/audiobook/1984/103069 1mo
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Librarybelle Nice choice for the two prompts! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1mo
Hooked_on_books I plan to use the same 2 books for these 2 prompts. I‘m curious to see how I do with this one. 1mo
Larkken @Librarybelle @Hooked_on_books I‘m usually so bad at these kind of paired prompts but this year I‘m inspired! It was either these two or Huck Finn + James. A wealth of choice for once. 1mo
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A group of famous writers (Melville, Beecher Stowe, Twain, Douglass etc) are brought together at a writers‘ conference in 1883 with lively discussions occurring as a result. I really enjoyed seeing these various historical figures interact, but I wanted to see a bit more of a wrap up at the end of the book and it just kind of stopped. #tob24

squirrelbrain You‘re doing well with the #ToB 1mo
BarbaraBB Echoing @squirrelbrain! Any favorites yet? 1mo
Hooked_on_books @squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB I am! I have 2 left to read for our tournament and 2 for the official one (though there‘s 3 there I won‘t be reading, including Helen‘s favorite, Brainwyrms). My favorite in the official one is Chain-Gang, which I absolutely loved. For ours, Let Us Descend and Idlewild are my biggest standouts. I think we picked a fun mix as a group! 1mo
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squirrelbrain I just can‘t seem to get into Chain-Gang @Hooked_on_books 😔 So many Littens love it but I‘ve tried a few times and it‘s just not grabbing me. 🤷‍♀️ I can‘t believe you‘re not reading Brainwyrms though. 🤣 1mo
AmyG I couldn‘t get into Chain-gang either. You‘re not alone @squirrelbrain 1mo
Suet624 The idea of Chain Gang scares me. 1mo
Hooked_on_books @squirrelbrain @AmyG @Suet624 Chain-Gang is decidedly not a book for everyone. My mom is a big reader (where I get it from) and she would hate it. I think for those it works for, it‘s an incredible book. But yeah, definitely not a universal one. And Helen, as soon as I get through my TBR, I‘ll give Brainwyrms a chance. 😉 1mo
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The Guest: A Novel | Emma Cline
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First book finished this New Year. We only know Alex in her present life … She loves the water and swimming. She is in summer , on Long Island. Her past life can only have been madness, as is her present. She tested my patience and my understanding. But , it wasn‘t so much the mc or the story , it was the writing , how she told it , suspenseful insightful writing , I will read Emma Cline‘s The Girls now, and I will look out for her future books.

Tamra Cathy 💙♥️ Happy New Year! So happy to see you! 😊 2mo
Cathythoughts @Tamra Happy NewYear ♥️ 2mo
squirrelbrain Hi Cathy, lovely to see you! 😘 2mo
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rockpools Hi Cathy, Happy New Year! 2mo
batsy I thought this was really intriguing too! I think my main issue was the ending. (Happy to see you back 💜) 2mo
Ruthiella Happy New Year Cathy! 🥳 2mo
Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain @rockpools @Ruthiella Happy New Year ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
Cathythoughts @batsy The ending was strange.. I didn‘t mind it too much, I enjoyed the journey.. and I was warned by many reviews that the ending would be annoying. Hope your well X🩷 2mo
BarbaraBB Happy new year Cathy! Very happy you‘re here again 💜 2mo
MaureenMc Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! So glad to see you again. 😁 I loved The Girls but have been hesitant to pick up this one. Your review has me thinking that maybe I‘ll try it. (edited) 2mo
Cathythoughts @BarbaraBB Happy New Year Barbara 🩷 2mo
Cathythoughts @MaureenMc Happy New Year Maureen. X .. and you loved The Girls , good the hear 👍🏻 I‘m looking forward to trying it. 2mo
merelybookish I read The Girls when it came out and loved it, although I don't remember much about it now. I was planning to read this for our #tob but now your review has me more interested in it. 2mo
Cathythoughts @merelybookish Yes , likewise, I think The Guest is a book I won‘t remember much about in the future, but I did enjoy reading it. Good to hear you loved Girls, I will get to it soon. I‘ve just started Wellness and it‘s very long !! And very good so far👍🏻 2mo
quietlycuriouskate It's lovely to see you here again, Cathy! ❤️ 2mo
LeahBergen There you are! So glad you‘re back. 😘 2mo
Cathythoughts @quietlycuriouskate Thanks Kate 🩷 2mo
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen Hi Leah 😘🩷 looking forward to Persephone. 2mo
Lesliereadsalot Every day for the narrator was such an adventure. And I felt sorry for her page after page, wondering if she was ever going to get it together. I suppose we‘ve all had times in our lives when we couldn‘t get it together! 2mo
Cathythoughts @Lesliereadsalot I know , I think we‘ve all had difficult times. She was an interesting character, she used everything she had to survive…living on the edge. 2mo
TrishB Hi Cathy- happy new year 😘 and lovely to see you back. 2mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB Happy New Year to you Trish 🩷X 2mo
andrew61 Happy 2024 Cathy, I hope you john and your family are all well. 2mo
Cathythoughts @sndrew61 Thanks Andrew, we are all good thank god. I wish you and your family a Happy New Year. 2mo
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The Rachel Incident: A novel | Caroline O'Donoghue
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#12DaysOfChristmas #12BooksOf2023

In November I started reading the #ToB longlist which is every year a huge source of inspiration. I have discovered so many fantastic books and authors this way. This year The Rachel Incident is such a discovery and, cliffhanger 😉😂, my final book tomorrow, will be a ToB- longlisted book as well!

Andrew65 Looks a good choice. 2mo
Megabooks 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉 2mo
Suet624 This book was such a surprise. So unassuming. (edited) 2mo
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I haven't set any reading goals for 2024, but have identified a few reading directions. I'd like to do more re-reading, dig into fairy tales, and tackle the unread books on my shelf. (A Book outlet order is enroute as I write. 🙈)
I used those 'directions' to create my January 2024 #bookspin list. I have lots of #TOB books to get to as well.
Here's to kicking off another great year of reading!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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Songs for the Missing | Stewart O'Nan
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Stewart O‘Nan is another author I wouldn‘t have known without the #ToB. I have started reading his backlist after enjoying Ocean State.
This one is good too, the horrible reality of a missing girl and how her family tries to find ways to cope with her disappearance.
I preferred his other books though. A light pick.

(Photo: Chatel, France)

AmyG He is one author I have been meaning to read. Have fun skiing!⛷️ 2mo
TrishB Great pic 👍🏻 2mo
LeahBergen I love that you have a book with you on an actual ski run. 😂😂 2mo
BarbaraBB @LeahBergen What if I get stuck in the ski lift?! 2mo
LeahBergen True. I hadn‘t thought of that. 😆 2mo
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Another #ToB book that might just make my favourites of 2023.

I listened to Blacktop Wasteland recently, and loved it, but this one was even better. These #ToB brackets are going to be ever so difficult to decide!

I definitely need to read the author‘s other books now, which I already have on Kindle, but can I wait until June for #aam?!

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ChaoticMissAdventures I love SA Cosby what makes his books even better is that he is a genuinely nice guy. I loved Razorblade Tears the most. 2mo
CatLass007 I‘ve been looking forward to this one for a while. 2mo
MicheleinPhilly This is definitely making my tops list! 2mo
JenReadsAlot I'm looking forward to this one! 2mo
Ruthiella I‘ve never read any Cosby so I‘m really looking forward to having this excuse to try his work. 2mo
Deblovestoread Loving this one so far and Razorblade Tears is sooo good. 2mo
RebelReader Both of these would make my top 23 list. 2mo
AmyG I loved this one. 2mo
Gissy I need to read this one! 2mo
BarbaraBB This one is so good indeed. As are so many others on our shortlist 😇 2mo
Hooked_on_books Cosby is so good! He‘s just the real deal in constructing a great story and balancing it emotionally so very well. I‘ll read anything he writes. 2mo
JamieArc My spouse gifted this to me for Jolabokaflod! Glad I have it ready for me to get to in January. 2mo
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The Rachel Incident: A novel | Caroline O'Donoghue
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I went into this expecting it to be Sally Rooney-esque but it‘s so much more than that. (I don‘t dislike Rooney but I find her characters a bit whiny and unlikeable). This was nothing of the sort - it was sharp and funny and, even though the MCs did some slightly iffy things, I couldn‘t help loving them.

I‘m now debating whether this makes my #top23of23 (along with another #ToB book I just finished!) which is why I haven‘t posted it yet!

AmyG This is my next ebook after Happiness Falls. Everyone seems to say they like it. 🤞🏻 2mo
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CatLass007 Wow! Great review. I look forward to reading it for #LitsyToB24. 2mo
MicheleinPhilly I feel like I may need to re-read this as we get closer to LitsyTOB. I need to not read any novels featuring 20-somethings for a bit beforehand. 2mo
sarahbarnes I‘m starting this one today! So many great reviews. I‘m glad you liked it so much! 2mo
Ruthiella OMG thank goodness this wasn‘t like Sally Rooney. 😂 I also don‘t hate her books but yeah, they somehow annoy me. I liked this one a lot. 2mo
Deblovestoread I am hoping this is under the Christmas tree. 🎄🎁 2mo
BarbaraBB Great review. I loved some of Sally Rooney‘s books as well but Rachel? Wow 🤩 2mo
Hooked_on_books @AmyG Quite frankly, I hated the first half of this book, but the second half is much better. 2mo
Kristy_K I‘ll be reading this next month and have high hopes for this one! 2mo
BkClubCare 👏 yay! (But yikes, not fond of this cover. ) (edited) 2mo
batsy This seems to be very popular! 🙂 2mo
Well-ReadNeck I really don‘t like Sally Rooney but loved The Rachel Incident. I think u nailed the difference- these characters were deeper and more sympathetic. 2mo
Megabooks This was much better than expected. Agree! 2mo
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Funky Turkeys | Benjamin Zephaniah
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Following the official #ToB, we too share our brackets today for #LitsyToB24. We hope you like them! Thoughts?

For now this is all you need to know, we‘ll get back to you before the start of the Tournament on March 6. Then we‘ll ask you to vote for your preferred winner of each bracket and for your Zombie vote.

We wish you some quiet and relaxing end-of-year days with hopefully lots of time to read the shortlisted books! 🦃 🦃

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TheBookHippie ♥️🦃 2mo
Megabooks Yay! Turkey time! 🦃 2mo
CatLass007 Zombie vote? 2mo
Megabooks @CatLass007 yes, there will be a zombie vote closer to tournament time! (edited) 2mo
Bookwormjillk 🦃🎉 2mo
Suet624 Thank you sooo much. 2mo
CatLass007 Okay, what, exactly is a zombie vote? 2mo
Megabooks @CatLass007 when we get down to the final two, each will face a zombie before the true final contest happens. The zombies will be the two most voted for books (in the specific zombie vote) that have previously been eliminated in the tournament. Hopefully this makes sense! 2mo
CatLass007 🤷‍♀️🤣 2mo
Ruthiella Looks fantastic! Thanks for all the hard work! 👏👏👏😃 2mo
BkClubCare Sweeeeeet 🍬 2mo
CatLass007 @Megabooks I guess I‘ll understand when the contest starts in March. 2mo
Deblovestoread Fantastic! Thank you to our hosts! 2mo
Larkken Looks great! 2mo
BarbaraBB @CatLass007 You will! Basically you just bring out a vote for your two favorite books. When they leave the tournament early they can return (as a zombie!) when enough people have voted for them. 2mo
CatLass007 @BarbaraBB Oh. That makes sense. 2mo
BarbaraBB @CatLass007 It‘s quite easy, we‘ll explain all about in on the vote form we‘ll share in February! 2mo
Megabooks Apparently I‘m bad at explaining!! 🤣🤣 @CatLass007 @BarbaraBB 2mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks Lol not at all, you just forgot to mention that we vote for the zombies ourselves - I think 🙃 2mo
CatLass007 @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain @megabooks You ladies are so generous with your time and energy. I appreciate you so much! (edited) 2mo
Hooked_on_books I can see some of these are going to be tough decisions! Lots to think about. 🤔 2mo
squirrelbrain It took me a long time to get my head round the zombie thing @CatLass007 @Megabooks - but it makes sense when it happens! 2mo
squirrelbrain All of the books are so good @Hooked_on_books - that‘s the issue! 2mo
CatLass007 I want to read them all, but I‘m not sure that‘s financially possible and even if it turns out that I can do it, is it humanly possible? 2mo
BarbaraBB @CatLass007 It doesn‘t matter if you haven‘t read all the books. The ultimate goal is to read some good books and talk about them. You can vote for the ones you read! 2mo
TrishB Looks great 👍🏻 2mo
BarbaraBB @TrishB are you in?? 🤞🏽 2mo
rockpools Very belatedly- please could I be added to the tag list? Not sure how much I‘ll be able to join in - my library has 8, from 6 brackets, and my reading is only just picking up after MONTHS of nothing - but I‘d like to follow along at least. @BarbaraBB @Megabooks @squirrelbrain 2mo
squirrelbrain Of course, Rachel @rockpools - we‘ll add you in! Looking forward to what you think of the books. 2mo
rockpools @squirrelbrain Thanks Helen. I‘ve been looking through the reviews, and there are some fab ones in here! 2mo
squirrelbrain There certainly are @rockpools - hopefully the 8 that you can get hold of are all the good ones. Although, in fact, they‘re all good as we voted for them. 🤣 Better than the real shortlist! 2mo
BarbaraBB Glad you‘re joining @rockpools 💜 2mo
Megabooks @rockpools yay! Glad to have you! 2mo
BarbaraBB Here you go @BkClubCare ! 3w
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