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MicheleinPhilly
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Pickpick

I suspect this won‘t be most folks‘ cup of tea - I nearly bailed after the first SENTENCE - but I found it to be a quirky, deeply felt meditation on abandonment and attachment issues. Frances is a hot ass mess and while I was often exasperated with her actions, I was able to empathize with her A LOT. The basic set-up is rather farcical and isn‘t 100% successful, but this was a pleasant surprise. #TOB23Longlist #TOB2023

Cinfhen It‘s a quirky longlist!! I wonder how many of these books will go through though?? 2mo
MicheleinPhilly @Cinfhen I‘m trying to be judicious with my reads that weren‘t previously on my radar. I only chose this because it was relatively short and immediately available from the library. I‘m glad I did though, regardless of whether it makes the shortlist. 2mo
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Cinfhen That‘s a good way to approach the long list. So far everything I read too, im happy with . I had read 18 previously and I think I like the “newer” books more. Im not sure I can predict what will move on but i have a few im rooting for!! (edited) 2mo
BarbaraBB Sounds good Michelle! 2mo
Addison_Reads Great review. Thanks for the tag. 2mo
RebelReader Great review. I will probably give it a go in January! I‘m “booked” up right now! 🤣 2mo
sarahbarnes Great review! I‘m definitely curious about this one and this kind of makes me want to check it out. 2mo
squirrelbrain Great review! I can get this from the library system but need to order it in to my local library. I may wait for the shortlist as I have waaay too many books to read right now! 🤦‍♀️ 2mo
Ruthiella I was interested is this even prior to the TOB. I am drawn to the female version of the WMFU novel. Not sure what this says about me? 😂 2mo
Hooked_on_books The first sentence, eh? 😂 I‘ll give this a try if it makes the tourney, but I‘m not drawn to it otherwise. Glad you enjoyed it! 2mo
Megabooks Great review! I think this is only on my radar if it makes the shortlist, but I really appreciate you giving it a go for all of us. 👍🏻👍🏻 2mo
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MicheleinPhilly
Wahala: A Novel | Nikki May
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I initially bought this months ago based on the cover and a comparison to SATC. It is so much more authentic and lived in than that superficial mess. A group of Anglo-Nigerian women and their partners and families, navigating love and careers and parenting (or not) and above all, friendship. #TOB23Longlist #TOB2023

Ruthiella I read this earlier this year and really enjoyed it. I get the SATC comparison but plot wise it reminded me more of Liane Moriarty books. 2mo
MicheleinPhilly @Ruthiella Agreed. I doubt it will make the shortlist as it seems a bit too “frothy” for TOB but I enjoyed it thoroughly. 2mo
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BarbaraBB Fab review, it sounds very good! 2mo
Cinfhen If I remember correctly @Megabooks didn‘t like this one but your review makes me want to give it a try!! 2mo
squirrelbrain I was just about to say exactly the same thing @Cinfhen - I‘d already marked it not to read, based on @Megabooks review, but now I‘m not so sure. Although I have precisely zero time to read right now, so may park it until the shortlist. 2mo
Cinfhen It‘s on #Scribd so I might borrow before shortlist is announced @squirrelbrain assuming I don‘t get distracted by other titles!!! 2mo
MicheleinPhilly @Cinfhen @squirrelbrain I really will be surprised if it makes the shortlist. If you‘re on the fence, I would say wait. 2mo
RebelReader That cover is magnificent! ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
dariazeoli I think this epitomizes “cover buy” - it‘s so pretty! 2mo
Hooked_on_books I really enjoyed this one when I read it. It‘s definitely worth a read whether it makes the tournament or not, in my opinion. 2mo
Megabooks Yeah, I hated this. Like truly hated it. But a great cover though! Glad you enjoyed it. 👍🏻 2mo
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MicheleinPhilly
Ocean State | Stewart O'Nan
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I was definitely too scatter-brained and frazzled to really do this justice. I was also confused about a major perspective element and had to look at everything from a different lens once I had sorted that.

Still giving it a light pick because I always love O‘Nan and think he is a remarkably talented chronicler of small town life.

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BarbaraBB I have purchased this one. Loved the premise. I will read it soon. 2mo
Ruthiella I‘ve never read any O‘Nan. Where should I start? 2mo
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Cinfhen I‘m all in for small town life!!! 2mo
squirrelbrain I‘m too frazzled to do any books justice at the moment…. 😬 I can get this on Scribd though so will give it a go soon. 2mo
Chelsea.Poole Also love some small town life!! I had high hopes for this and it didn‘t live up to expectations…in fact I don‘t even remember much about it now. 🙁 2mo
Hooked_on_books I read one of his years ago and it‘s still with me. I don‘t know why I haven‘t read more of him, because I need to. 2mo
Megabooks Excited for @Cinfhen to send this after she finishes!! Great review! 2mo
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BarbaraBB
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Mehso-so

Hamid‘s books are always a hit or miss for me and this one clearly was a miss. I couldn‘t connect to the style of the writing, the endless meandering sentences. And I did not really get the meaning of the book.
A man wakes up and his skin has turned dark and then all pale people turn dark. An interesting starting point for what could have been a poignant novel, but it felt detached and it didn‘t touch me the way it could have.

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vivastory Too bad it didn't work for you. I have read only one Hamid book, which I did like: Exit West. Were you at the theater today? 2mo
squirrelbrain Hmmm, I‘ve seen lots of mixed reviews for this. At least I‘m not planning on buying it, but I‘ll have a think about whether I actually want to read it…. Thanks for tagging me! 2mo
sarahbarnes Thanks for your review of this one. I‘ve been on the fence about reading it and this makes me think I might hold off. 2mo
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BarbaraBB @vivastory I liked Exit West too and The Reluctant Fundamentalist. I was at the movie theater. There was an international documentary festival, very interesting! 2mo
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain @sarahbarnes I read some raving reviews too so it might just be me but it really did nothing for me! 2mo
Megabooks Yes, yes, yes to that second paragraph! Great review! I wanted to love this but couldn‘t connect. 2mo
Megabooks Also, I‘d love to go to an international documentary film fest with you! #FriendGoals 💜 2mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I even found it hard to concentrate, imagine! And YES 🙌🏽 to #friendgoals ❤️ 2mo
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Cinfhen
The Hero of This Book: A Novel | Elizabeth McCracken
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Mehso-so

So Elizabeth McCracken insists this book is fiction but…
this memoir, not a memoir, but really IS a memoir, left me unmoved. The writing was really good and the right elements were all there yet, the story of a daughter mourning the passing of her mother didn‘t leave any kind of impression. Meh ? Note to EM: "If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck."? ? #JustSayin

TrishB 😂😂 2mo
Cinfhen I‘m perplexed @TrishB 🥹😁😘 2mo
BarbaraBB 🤣🤣 Great review! I won‘t read the book! 2mo
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Cinfhen It‘s definitely a #BorrowNotBuy in my opinion @BarbaraBB but I bet it‘s gonna be on the #ToB23LongList 🙃 2mo
BarbaraBB Really? Oh well, as long as it won‘t be on the shortlist 🙃 2mo
Megabooks I‘m curious what I‘ll think. Your review has my curiosity piqued! I picked this up at Parnassus. 2mo
Cinfhen I‘m really curious to hear your thoughts when u get to it @Megabooks 2mo
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Chouette | Claire Oshetsky
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My #BookSpinBingo is Chouette! VERY EXCITED to finally get to this. It has possible #TOB23LongList opps (not sure how exactly but it has shown up on some recs).

Cathythoughts Sounds good and what an amazing cover 💫 10mo
BkClubCare @Cathythoughts - I think it is going to be intense. 🙀 10mo
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