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Girl, Woman, Other | Bernardine Evaristo
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Well, the Man Booker Prize was just announced! Breaking the official rules, the judges awarded it to two books, The Testaments and Girl, Woman, Other.

Both of these are on my TBR list!
#manbookerprize #manbooker #bookerprize

Reviewsbylola Both fantastic covers! I have Testaments but haven‘t read it yet. 2mo
thebluestocking @Reviewsbylola I agree about the covers! 💙 2mo
BarbaraBB I wish Evaristo would have been the only winner. The whole buzz created around the Atwood I don‘t think is Booker worthy! 2mo
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Cinfhen Totally agree @BarbaraBB I‘m a little pissed that Atwood won. Evaristo earned the win!!!!!!! 2mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I saw your 5 stars. I immediately preordered the paperback! 2mo
thebluestocking @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I agree. I think the rules prohibiting a tie are there for a reason, and this circumstance did not seem to necessitate the breaking of them. I am going to have a hard time waiting until GWO comes out in the US! 💙 2mo
Cinfhen I didn‘t realize it‘s not available yet in the states @thebluestocking !!! It‘s SO GOOD @BarbaraBB (edited) 2mo
thebluestocking @Cinfhen It won‘t come out here until December. 2mo
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Ducks, Newburyport | Lucy Ellmann
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Zing! I‘m intimidated but intrigued by Ducks, Newburyport, and finding this on the Instagram feed from Text Publishing in Melbourne, Australia, I now think I might owe it to Lucy Ellmann to read her book.



Librarybelle I might have to read this one now, too! What a great response! 2mo
jillrhudy 🎤 ⬇️ 2mo
Susannah @Librarybelle and @jillrhudy I know! I would have loved to be in the room when she gave that answer. (edited) 2mo
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The Wall | John Lanchester
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I don‘t usually love man booker nominees, and expected this to be slow and dry, but found it quite the opposite. Dropped in a world ravaged by climate change, I was completely engrossed in the story and all the questions I had - who are The Others? Where is the setting? What happened? - drove me to read ahead. Even though many questions went unanswered, I found this a very satisfying and enjoyable read. #manbooker

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Lost Children Archive | Valeria Luiselli
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Amazing...I see why it has gotten so much attention. So layered yet I really connected with all the characters. I listened to this on Scrbid and read the physical book. Great to hear the sound recording that are described in the book and get to see the pictures referenced. This is a text I would love to study. 4.5 🌟

Samplergal I just was looking at this and left it in my cart. Going back and buying it. Thanks. #manbooker 4mo
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Korede sure has a lot of patience ...bc having 3 sisters myself, I sure as hell wouldn‘t stand for the bat-shit-crazy behavior of her serial killer sister 😆 (please note: @Meredith3 @AnnieD @Reviewsbylola ). I loved the gradual reveal of the sisters‘ dark childhood, which ultimately reinforced their special bond... and fostered some unhealthy behaviors 🔪 Entertaining? Yes. #manbooker worthy? Hmm, I suppose there‘s a reason I‘m not a judge 😜

HardcoverHearts I agree that‘s it was fun but I can‘t see it as a Booker Award finalist! 4mo
JennyM Totally with you, Emily. Good read, but list-worthy, I‘m not so sure 4mo
Cathythoughts I bailed on this one. I think I‘m missing something... @JennyM I don‘t understand how it‘s on the list ... I‘m not sure either 4mo
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Kalalalatja Couldn‘t agree more! 4mo
Megabooks So I want to know, which one of you is most likely to be a serial killer?? Who do I need to worry about? I know Steph reads a lot of true crime... @Reviewsbylola @AnnieD @Meredith3 just kidding 🤣🤣 4mo
Megabooks And I‘m totally with you. I enjoyed it, but I don‘t think it will make it to the finals, much less win! 4mo
BarbaraBB It won the Tournament of Books, which I completely understand. But I don‘t think it will take away the Booker. 4mo
Mdargusch I‘ve been wanting to read this! 4mo
Reviewsbylola Which one of us would be the most obvious choice for a serial killer? 🤔 4mo
Reviewsbylola Hahaha great minds! @megabook. You‘ve gotta watch out for @meredith3 too. She did an art show with portraits she pained of Charles Manson. 🤣🤣 4mo
MrBook Great review! 😁 4mo
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The Wall | John Lanchester
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This book is as dull and monotonous as the endless concrete wall at its center. The dystopian plot is not well thought out nor clever- climate change has caused water levels to rise, walls are built surrounding Britain to exclude “The Others” from being able to enter, while the world seems to somehow continue otherwise unaffected- no food shortages, a persevering economy, etc. What the plot lacks is not offset by the writing... (cont. 👇🏻)

emilyhaldi Lanchester overexplains every thought or action of the narrator to the point that it could pass for a YA novel. I‘m confounded as to why this book has been chosen for the #manbooker long list. 5mo
Megabooks Blech! 5mo
Cathythoughts Interesting!!! Some of these Booker books ... I don‘t get it 5mo
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TrishB And I had been tempted by this one. I‘ve found I like them less and less each year. (edited) 5mo
Kalalalatja Well, I‘m in no hurry to get to this, then 😅 5mo
Redwritinghood Agree. This is definitely not the strongest of the Booker contenders this year. One thing that bothered me was how he said they produced all their own food, but they kept drinking tea and coffee. I was so distracted thinking “there‘s no way they could grow tea and coffee in England” every time a character drank tea or coffee. It was annoying. (edited) 5mo
batsy I love an entertaining pan like this one 😆 Nice review ! 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm I wasn‘t drawn to this one when I read the synopsis..🤷‍♀️ Nice review 👍 5mo
emilyhaldi Right! @Redwritinghood So many details that didn‘t correspond with the narrative. 5mo
emilyhaldi Glad to be of service 😆 @batsy 5mo
Reviewsbylola You‘re not a dystopian fan tho so why did you read this? 😆 4mo
BarbaraBB I did like this one but I recognize all you say about it. I think I liked the premise and was maybe not very critical. 4mo
emilyhaldi @BarbaraBB and I, on the other hand, tend to hate dystopian plots, so I was hyper-critical 😆 since this made the long list I thought I would give it a try but I need to stop trying to make dystopian fiction happen!!! 🙅🏻‍♀️ 4mo
BarbaraBB Haha. I do like dystopian sometimes. Do you hate them all? 4mo
emilyhaldi @BarbaraBB my hate for them grows with every additional one I read 😆 feels like the same trope to me each time. 4mo
Mdargusch Yuck. I never would‘ve picked this up. #justsaynotodystopian 4mo
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An Orchestra of Minorities | Chigozie Obioma
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I went on a bit of a #manbooker binge at the library. Which to read first??

Clare_Riley I‘m listening to The Wall at the moment and really enjoying it. I‘ve read My Sister and I liked it very much, but I am puzzled as to why it‘s making it on to so many of these book award long lists - I do think that there are other books out there that could be do with the exposure as well. Obioma‘s book is on my tbr list, it looks really interesting! 5mo
Cathythoughts Exciting! Look forward to your thoughts- I only tried Serial Killer & bailed #unpopularopinion for sure 5mo
emilyhaldi @Clare_Riley I ended up starting the Wall yesterday. While it‘s pretty entertaining and a quick read, I do NOT understand why it‘s on the long list... the writing isn‘t impressing me 🤷🏻‍♀️ 5mo
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emilyhaldi @Cathythoughts I‘ve had some reservations about that one which is why I put it off for so long. But seeing it on the long list motivated me to give it a try... we‘ll see! 🤞🏻 5mo
Cathythoughts Just started Orchestra... better than I thought , more readable... early days, we‘ll see. I look forward to your thoughts whenever you get there 👍🏻 4mo
emilyhaldi That's good to hear!! @Cathythoughts I think I'm putting that one off til last bc of its size 😅 but hoping I can get to it soon... 🤞🏻 4mo
Reviewsbylola Serial Killer is good and quick! 4mo
BarbaraBB Echoing @Reviewsbylola , Sister is really good! 4mo
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There we go again. No longer the #manbooker but still the #bookerprize. This year‘s longlist looks really exciting I think!

LauraJ Oh no! More books to read 📚 5mo
Ruthiella I love book prize long lists! I‘ve only read two (both thanks to the TOB)🎈 5mo
Kalalalatja I haven‘t read any of these! But I own the Obioma book, so hopefully I‘ll get to that soonish 🤞 5mo
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Simona O yes, looks quite challenging! 5mo
jhod I think its a great list, though I'm scared about the doorstop! 5mo
Cathythoughts Yes! I‘m looking at that door step too ..... 1000 pages 5mo
AnneCecilie I haven‘t read any of these. So I‘ll start with the one I already own, Lanny. Then I‘ll see if my library has any of these. 5mo
jhod @Cathythoughts just read the goodreads reviews and they make me want to read it! 5mo
Cinfhen Need to investigate 🤓 5mo
Severnmeadows I thought Girl, Woman, Other was a brilliant book, I really enjoyed it. 5mo
BarbaraBB @Severnmeadows Thank you! It‘s one of the most appealing to me! 5mo
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The Stranger's Child | Alan Hollinghurst
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I was sure I would love this book. Hollinghurst is such a good writer and I love his English-ness and his plots. At least I did in In the Line of Beauty and The Swimming Pool Library.
So I didn‘t want to give up but halfway through this one I had to admit I wasn‘t in the least interested in the parade of characters that came and went. It is more a portrait of England in the 20th century than a novel I think. For me that didn‘t work. #manbooker

BarbaraBB I read this book for #ATY2019: book by an author who has more than one book on your TBR. 7mo
TrishB I‘m hoping to get to In the Line of Beauty soon! 7mo
saresmoore Good to know! I really liked The Line of Beauty, too. 7mo
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erzascarletbookgasm Bummer :( 7mo
Cathythoughts I got a sample ( my new plan .. ) of In The Line Of Beauty last night @TrishB ... I‘ll get it for holls if I like it 👍🏻 7mo
NikkiRobson73 I also bailed for some reason I wasn‘t feeling Any of the characters 4mo
BarbaraBB Exactly. I was just bored by them! 4mo
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Man Booker Prize | Frederic P Miller, Agnes F Vandome, John McBrewster
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