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I went into this with a lot of trepidation after reading a lot of mixed reviews, but I really liked it. Although it was definitely a bit meandering, most of the characters were so well-written I found myself just enjoying the tour. A strong contender for #tob23! #BOTM

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#BookReport 05/23

Four books, all good. I finished two more for the #ToB23, one of O‘Nans backlist and the surprisingly good horror novel for #Roll100. A very satisfying reading week 👌🏽

squirrelbrain A fab week! 19h
Cinfhen Great!!! 17h
TrishB Great week 👍🏻 17h
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The Passenger | Cormac McCarthy
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Not too hopeful but I am giving it a try… #ToB23

squirrelbrain Good luck! 🤞 1d
Graywacke Oh. Curious over here. I really want to read this. 1d
batsy I love this cover. Captures the vibes of the book. 1d
Suet624 Bless you. Good luck! 21h
Megabooks I hope you like it too! 12h
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I really liked this debut novel. Great writing, some of it absolutely brilliant. It follows one week in the lives of 4 teenagers who have aged out of the foster care system, who are roommates in a cheap apartment in a town that doesn‘t have much to offer them.

#TOB23 #Pantone23 #Skylight

Clwojick Ooo great match! 2d
BarbaraBB A favorite of mine! And the match is 👌🏽indeed! (edited) 2d
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The Passenger | Cormac McCarthy
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Wow. Thank you @batsy for getting me to give this another try because I loved it. It took 200 pages for it to really click, but I totally would go back and read it again. There is not much coherent plot, and you don‘t get answers to some plot-based questions. But it was a very clever way for the author to grapple philosophically with life, the way your past comes back to haunt you, and what you have to give up to move forward. #tob23 Ice storms!

Megabooks Sorry if I missed anyone on the tag list! I‘m a bit foggy brained today, but I‘m already 19% into Stella Maris and enjoying it too! 2d
BkClubCare Awesome. I admit, I found it quite readable but couldn‘t quite reconcile the WTF-ness with liking it! I will read Stella Maris. Someday. 2d
MicheleinPhilly 200 pages to get into it?? I‘m too old for that. 😉 2d
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Ruthiella @MicheleinPhilly 👍💯% 😂 2d
BarbaraBB Kudos for trying again! I am starting it as we speak but I tend to think like @MicheleinPhilly and @Ruthiella , 200 pages?! 2d
squirrelbrain Still don‘t think I‘ll try it again…. 2d
Cinfhen Glad it worked for you but I don‘t have the patience to get to 200 pages….😅 2d
Megabooks @BkClubCare SM is much more straightforward. I hope you like it! 2d
Megabooks @MicheleinPhilly lol! 😂😂 2d
Megabooks @Ruthiella 🤣🤣 2d
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I‘m very interested to read what you think! I had to grapple a lot, but it was worth it. 2d
Megabooks @squirrelbrain fair enough 👍🏻 2d
Megabooks @Cinfhen 😂😂 we‘ve been feeling so differently about books lately, I‘m not even sure what to recommend to you! 😬😬 not this though! 2d
Cinfhen Hahaha - noted!! 2d
batsy I'm super glad to hear it!! ❤️? I agree with you, it's not easy to say what is "about", but it's certainly about a lot! If that makes sense. Lol. 2d
BkClubCare @Megabooks - grapple! 💯 2d
Megabooks @Hooked_on_books and @Chelsea.Poole sorry I missed you!! #brainfogsucks 2d
Chelsea.Poole @megabooks -- totally ok... I just tried to tag everyone in a recent post but experienced multiple malfunctions....also, I can never remember who exactly to tag, so most of the time I just leave it off all together. However! I'm on a mission here to read many from the TOB this month, so I thought I'd do some tagging lol. Also, you make me curious about this book (I had previously written it off). Have you tried audio for it? 2d
Chelsea.Poole also, great photo! 2d
Megabooks @Chelsea.Poole thanks! Yes, I tried audio initially, but despite two great narrators (Whelan and Macleod Andrews), the format didn‘t work for me AT ALL. V hard to follow, so I went back with the ebook. 2d
Chelsea.Poole Ok, very helpful! I hope to get around to this before the tournament! 2d
Hooked_on_books It‘s so great that you ended up liking this! 2d
Megabooks @Hooked_on_books I‘m so pleased. I think I feel opposite of you. I prefer this to SM (I‘m almost done), but I‘m definitely going to read more McCarthy. I have a $69 credit at the used bookstore, and I‘m thinking of picking up one by him. 👍🏻 1d
Hooked_on_books That‘s interesting how our opinion are opposite! I really liked the ruminating on science and philosophy in SM. I also appreciated this article that talks about distinct phases in McCarthy‘s career. It might be useful for picking your next read from his books: https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/books/story/2022-12-02/cormac-mccarth... 1d
Hooked_on_books I should also say, regarding SM, that I really appreciated seeing a man write not just a brilliant and complex female character, but then dedicate an entire book to her. That just doesn‘t happen very often. 1d
Megabooks @Hooked_on_books that is an excellent point about SM with a female protagonist in STEM! That said, both books tied me up in knots as far as difficulty, but I preferred the changes in locales and multiple conversation foils in TP. It just read more dynamic. I read the article you suggested before I went to the used bookstore. I think I‘d like to read his southern books because of my connection to Knoxville. 10h
Megabooks @Hooked_on_books and I would love to see more men with that excellent an insight into female characters. I love how he expressed her breakdown and suicidal ideation. 9h
Hooked_on_books He painted a very convincing portrait of her. I really appreciate the care he took in doing so. 7h
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I liked this a lot, despite never having a full grasp on the powers of a match-pair. 😬 Also a tad long.
#ToB2023 #ToB23

Dinosaurs | LYDIA. MILLET
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This is why I wanted to read the #tob23 shortlist titles- a book I likely never would have read otherwise and absolutely adored. Second book in a row without a lot of plot but I loved reading about Gil, a genuinely good guy doing the best that he and trying to make real connections. I could see myself reading this again.

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I enjoyed this book more than I expected. In fact it felt a bit like reading Harry Potter to me, with the main character and his friends, college, the teachers and a bit of fantasy. The main difference is this book‘s focus on colonialism, and all its horrible implications. For colonized nations, and especially for linguistics. I enjoyed the latter parts the most, and I learned a lot. A surprising #ToB23 read!

sarahbarnes I just started this last night and am really pleased to see you liked it! 5d
Chelsea.Poole I‘m reading this one now…only 6% in the audiobook but I don‘t hate it so far! 5d
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BarbaraBB @Chelsea.Poole I expected to hate it too but it‘s really readable! 5d
Ruthiella I‘m glad you liked it! I certainly became attached to Robin and his cohort. I don‘t think you‘re the first person I heard compare it to HP. 5d
Hooked_on_books I‘m the odd one out! 🤷🏼‍♀️ 5d
squirrelbrain We have pretty much the same opinion on this book - glad you liked it too! 5d
britt_brooke I keep hearing about this one, but yours is the first review that makes want to stack it! 5d
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books That‘s what makes the #ToB so nice: all those different opinions! 5d
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain I thought so too when I read your review. Not a favorite for the Rooster but a solid pick! 5d
BarbaraBB @britt_brooke I hope you‘ll feel the same if you get to it. It‘s not as much fantasy as you might expect (I did). 5d
Cortg I'm looking forward to this book! 5d
Deblovestoread Great review! Starting it this evening and hoping to love it. 5d
Megabooks Great review B! 👍🏻 5d
thewallflower0707 I loved this book, and it also motivated me to pick up her trilogy The Poppy zwar again, which blew me away. 5d
Amor4Libros I‘m a translator and I was curious about this book. Read it last year and loved it! 4d
BarbaraBB @thewallflower0707 Is it better than this one? I am gonna check it out, thanks for bringing it up! 4d
BarbaraBB @Amor4Libros Which language do you translate? 4d
BarbaraBB @Amor4Libros I thought so, according to your handle! 4d
Amor4Libros @BarbaraBB 😅 I knew you‘d figure it out! 4d
Librarybelle So many pick reviews for this one! 4d
MicheleinPhilly I managed to snag this for 99p the other day so I think I‘m going to give it a shot. Your review makes me hopeful! 🤞🏼 4d
RebelReader I‘m looking forward to getting into this one! 4d
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It‘s a tale of two #tob23 #tobshortlist books! I think I am in the minority with really liking the tagged book that follows a motley bunch of refugees that all become part of a WWII-era movie production company. It lacked focus, but the language was lovely (sometimes slightly overly constructed) and the story(ies) were poignant. BUT am I am really struggling with the next tob shortlist on my list, The Violin Conspiracy!

Larkken Am I right in thinking most of y‘all #tobcrew really liked this one? I‘m trying to decide if tob is reason enough to keep slogging. Or if the fact I wasn‘t excited about it to start with is spilling into my enjoyment while reading? 6d
Ruthiella I read it last year but didn‘t post about it. I thought it was an okay book Like you, I enjoyed his descriptions about playing and interpreting music. But if you are finding it a slog, I wouldn‘t say it “gets better”. It‘s more of the same. 6d
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Mouth to Mouth: A Novel | Antoine Wilson
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Hmmm, kind of torn on this one so I‘ll round up to a pick. I didn‘t find it particularly shocking or twisty and I don‘t really care about the world of the rich, famous and ambitious. Jeff struck me as having no personality (by design, I‘m sure). I did appreciate its brevity though and the many questions it leaves you with. Could definitely see this being a good one for discussion so it will be fun to see what the #ToB23 judges make of it.

lele1432 I meant to read this while traveling on some long flights internationally last month but didn‘t get to it. Curious what I‘ll think of it, but I have a feeling it will be at least a bit sentimental to me as it‘s my last Literati book I got before they ended their adult book club. 7d
Suet624 I think this book could inspire some interesting discussion. 6d
kwmg40 Good review and I agree this will be a good one for tournament discussion. 5d
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