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thebluestocking
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#bookreport #weeklyforecast

I‘m not getting a lot of reading done lately because of work and Christmas prep. But last week I did finish Invisible for #lmpbc. And this week, I should finish The Bear and the Nightingale for #bookclub and Trust Exercise on audio for the #toblonglist (unless of course the #tob short list comes out in the meantime and TE doesn‘t make the cut).

BarbaraBB I keep planning around the shortlist too. Let‘s hope they‘ll publish it tomorrow! 🤞 1mo
thebluestocking @BarbaraBB Yes! I‘m really hoping it‘s released tomorrow. The deadline for the reader judge submissions was the 12th or thereabouts right? So tomorrow seems doable. 💙😉🤞 1mo
Cinfhen You and @BarbaraBB with the shortlist!!! And probably @merelybookish too ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
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BarbaraBB @Cinfhen @thebluestocking I think @merelybookish just reads the whole longlist 😀 1mo
BarbaraBB Yes, tomorrow seems doable, last year it was December 15! 1mo
Cinfhen Hahaha / I just wait for the shortlist ( which isn‘t even that short !!!) @BarbaraBB 1mo
merelybookish @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I'm excited for the short list but I love the long list! It feels like more room to play. 1mo
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Megabooks
Very Nice: A novel | Marcy Dermansky
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Pickpick

A tri-state Peyton Place, this novel brought the summer heat back to cold Kentucky.

Zahid is a celebrated writer that‘s in a pickle for housing and love and comes between a mother and daughter. Meanwhile, there‘s a larger web with dad, a pilot, overachieving twins, and Zahid‘s editor.

But all the plot lines are clear and weave seamlessly. This book has the best ending scene of any I‘ve read this year! 4.5⭐️

#ToB #ToBlonglist

BarbaraBB Great great review. Definitely TBR 😘 1mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I hope you enjoy it! 💜 I just started Ducks, Newburyport 😬 so far, it‘s really good, but I‘m not usually one for 1000 page books! Have you read it? 1mo
BarbaraBB No I don‘t dare. 1000 pages, 8 sentences... I only will if it is shortlisted 😊 1mo
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Megabooks @BarbaraBB I had some credit for ebooks on Amazon, and thought heck, why not? I‘m feeling the need to challenge myself. I‘m hitting a real low on bedrest both physically and emotionally. Maybe taking on an intellectual/endurance challenge will bring me out of my slump?? 🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️ 1mo
batsy Nice review! Of the books on the #ToB longlist, this is one is high on the TBR. 1mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks It must be so tough, your bedrest. I hope the book will ligt your spirits and that it won‘t be too long before you be up again. Wishing all the best for you 💜 1mo
Megabooks @batsy I was surprised how much I enjoyed it! 1mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB thank you dear friend! It‘s harder than I expected or it sounds. And it‘s more isolating, especially in winter. They said I could switch to a soft collar a couple of weeks ago but my neck was still 56 cm around! Four weeks after surgery! (Most collars only take up to 50 cm.) now I‘m down to 48 cm, but still noticeably swollen! 🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️ 1mo
BarbaraBB I can‘t imagine how isolated it must be. I feel for you my friend. I hope you can wear the soft collar now?? 1mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB it‘s still very tight, so for now I‘m continuing to wear the hard collar. 🙁 1mo
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thebluestocking
Girl, Woman, Other | Bernardine Evaristo
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I love a good character study, and this book supplied at least a dozen. Evaristo managed to create rich portraits of inner lives that left me both satisfied and wanting more. At first, I tried really hard to connect everything and everyone, but then I just went with the flow. (I would love to see some kind of relationship chart though!) I adored this. #toblonglist #tob

TrishB Great review, I loved it too. 1mo
BarbaraBB Great review! I am going to read it soon I hope! 1mo
Suet624 I can‘t wait to read this! 1mo
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thebluestocking
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A novel/memoir about the writer‘s mother and his grandmother who both left Vietnam after the war. The language is beautiful and poetic. And the story is brutal and visceral. #toblonglist #tob

Jee_HookedOnBookz I enjoyed this too 2mo
thebluestocking @Jee_HookedOnBookz So good, right. But hard to read sometimes. The monkey... 2mo
Suet624 It will be a long time before I forget about the monkey. 1mo
thebluestocking @Suet624 Me too. 😳 1mo
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Megabooks
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These are the six I hadn‘t read/looked into already that I liked on the #Toblonglist. I was surprised/happy to see Nothing to See Here on the list. That was a real sleeper hit with me.

I checked out the tagged book from my library. I was honestly surprised they had it. Thanks for the tag @merelybookish 👍🏻📚😁

#tournamentofbooks #tob

Are you judging this year @L_auren ?

readordierachel I started and abandoned Oval. It left me a little cold. 2mo
merelybookish I also checked out what was available and was pleased to find at least 10 titles. I downloaded the audio of 2mo
Megabooks @readordierachel Thanks for the heads up! Some of these definitely sound different. 2mo
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Megabooks @merelybookish Jami is usually a buy for me so I‘m waiting for Christmas gift cards to buy hers in hardcover. What do you think of it? 2mo
BarbaraBB Another great post! Some of these six caught my eye too. I made a promise not to but any more books this year.. so I‘ll wait for the shortlist, I hope! 2mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB Thanks 😊 Yes! The long list is really long! I‘m going to see what my library has until the shortlist comes out. 2mo
L_auren @Megabooks I wish! Though I‘ll be forever the reader judge in my heart, lol. The long list had a lot of intriguing titles! I‘m waiting for the short list to really dive in. Has not been an impressive year for books for me. Been disliking nearly all of the National Book Award noms so far... 2mo
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susanw
The Book of Joan: A Novel | Lidia Yuknavitch
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The good: well written, and excellent world building.

The bad: I was totally confused. I was unsure of the timeline. It seemed on one hand, to be a story from childhood to adulthood, but the state of the world and the genetic changes in humans seemed to be hundreds of years. The myth around Joan also seemed to be ingrained over generations, yet..not? The second book in a row, where I feel I‘ve missed something in my reading. #ToBLonglist

Cinfhen Thanks for the insightful review 😊 2y
Kristy_K Great review. I almost bought this yesterday, but am now glad I didn‘t. 2y
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susanw
Shadowbahn | Steve Erickson
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I think I need this glass of wine to help me understand wtf is going on in this crazy book. One minute I love it, the next I don‘t get it at all. Here hoping the second half explains something. #ToBLonglist

merelybookish Let's chat when you're done! I *think* I liked it? 🤔 2y
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susanw
The Woman Next Door | Yewande Omotoso
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A little morning reading in bed. And that is how you do Sunday!! #ToBLonglist

BookMaven407 That looks so nice. Hope you have a great day. 2y
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The Woman Next Door | Yewande Omotoso
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susanw I‘m reading this one right now too! Love the ToB for discovering books I would never find on my own. 2y
BarbaraBB @susanw Looking forward to both your reviews. I love the ToB list as well to choose from. 2y
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Reggie
Exit West: A Novel | Mohsin Hamid
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I feel like there were a lot of zombie literature parallels in this book. Anyways, I thought this book was great. Nadia and Saeed leave their unstable, not named country, through a door, one of many, that leads elsewhere. Mohsin was brilliant at showing the creeping horror of instability that leads to migration to the uncertainty of a new country to all the changes it means for a person‘s self. He covers so much, beautifully. #TOBLonglist

rohit-sawant Wonderfully put! 2y
Cinfhen Great review and a #bestbook2017 for me 💚 2y
Ms_T Nice review! I‘ll be reading it this month 👍🏻 2y
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Reggie @rohit-sawant @Cinfhen Thanks, he managed to pack so much in such a short book. I love his writing. 2y
Reggie Thanks @Ms_T I hope you like it. 2y
Cinfhen I agree, Reggie!! I really loved this one 2y
readordierachel Great review! I loved this book. 2y
Lindy I‘ve been narrowing down my favourites of 2017 and this is one of them. @ReadingEnvy wants to know about just one, but I‘m stuck at my top 13. 😐 2y
Reggie @Lindy lol, yeah, that top thirteen can be rough. I had about 5 favorites I read this year but there are some books that talk to me every couple days that I read months ago. And they keep talking to me and make me think about them. Do any books talk to you still more than the others? 2y
Lindy @Reggie I LIKE the way you describe that phenomenon. It‘s the books that stay with me that I value most. 2y
ReadingEnvy @Lindy if you're recording, it's everything you can fit into five minutes ;) 2y
Lindy @ReadingEnvy That‘s good to know, thanks. My project for today. 😊 2y
Reviewsbylola I wanted to love this but it just didn‘t work for me. 2y
Reggie @Reviewsbylola why do you think it didn‘t work for you? 2y
Reviewsbylola I just didn‘t connect with the writing style and I didn‘t like the magical realism aspect. But I generally hate magical realism. 2y
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