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I think I share the same views as many Littens on this book from the #tob shortlist. I loved the language / linguistics elements (how clever to be able to dream up such a storyline?!) but found the colonialism debate rather heavy-handed.

It did feel a bit YA in places to me, despite all of the deaths, so I‘m not sure it deserves to be on the shortlist. I did thoroughly enjoy it though, which I didn‘t expect to do!

squirrelbrain #pop23 #abooktokrecommendation - I did a search in case this was on #booktok as I don‘t have a clue about such things and yay - it is! https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/sep/08/babel-the-booktok-sensation-that-m... (edited) now
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BarbaraBB I‘m using it for Booktok as well. Great review. I agree about the YA. It reads abut like Harry Potter with a lot more violence and deaths now
Ruthiella I‘m almost finished with it and my assessment mirrors yours: clever but heavy handed. 👍 now
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The Passenger | Cormac McCarthy
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Saturday night = icing the broken foot, 90 Day Fiancé HEA trash on low (anyone else think Ed and Liz should just break the F up??), and trying again with The Passenger. #tob

My TV tastes may be low brow, but at least I read! ??

Suet624 You have a broken foot???? 16h
MallenNC Sorry about your foot! 16h
Dragon Sorry to hear about your foot. Wishing you a speedy recovery 💐 16h
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CBee Oh no!! I‘m so sorry you broke your foot!! 😔 16h
marleed Oh ow! You deserve to watch anything you want - she types while reading with the Saturday Night hallmark Chanel movie playing in the background ;) 16h
TheBookgeekFrau 🙋‍♀️Me! I definitely think Ed and Liz should break the F up already. They are ridiculous 😆 15h
wanderinglynn So sorry to hear you broke your foot! Hope it heals well & quickly. 💚 15h
Ruthiella Oh no! Hope you recover quickly! 14h
ChaoticMissAdventures Ouch! So sorry, hope you heal quickly. 14h
batsy Oh no! Wishing you a swift recovery. 13h
Sungirl79 Oh no!! Wishing you a speedy recovery!! 13h
peaknit Hope you have a smooth recovery! 12h
JamieArc I don‘t watch 90 day fiancée (yet ?) but I definitely have low brow watching tastes ?. Glad I‘m not alone there! 12h
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Well shit! That's no fun. Wishing you a speedy recovery! 12h
squirrelbrain Wait! How did you break your foot?! Hope it gets better soon. 😘 11h
Cinfhen Oh no!!! The foot is still acting up!!! Is this a new break??? 10h
BarbaraBB I am so sorry about your foot. I‘d think you should pamper yourself. Not sure the book is going to do the trick 😳, I do hope I am wrong though ❤️ 10h
LeahBergen You broke your foot?? 😮 10h
Bookwomble I hope you're feeling more comfortable soon 💖 9h
Chelsea.Poole Oh no, so sorry to hear about your foot!! 6h
Meshell1313 I too love trashy TV! Hope you feel better soon! Don‘t even get me started on Angie and Mike. 3h
Megabooks @Meshell13 “delete your Instagram Michael!!” 🙄 if I hear about that one more time!! 😝 30m
Megabooks @Chelsea.Poole @Bookwomble @LeahBergen @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick @peaknit @Sungirl79 @batsy @ChaoticMissAdventures @Ruthiella @wanderinglynn @marleed @CBee @Dragon thank you each so much for the good wishes!! 🙏🏻🤞🏻 it heals soon and maybe I‘ll get some answers as to why it keeps happening to this foot. 💜💕💜 26m
Megabooks @TheBookgeekFrau ridiculous!! I wasn‘t overly fond of most of the HEA cast. There wasn‘t really anyone I wanted to stay together. 🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️😬 hopefully the TOW cast is better, but that‘s my least favorite one usually. 23m
Megabooks @marleed thanks! Sometimes it‘s good to veg out, as my mom calls it. 💜 22m
Megabooks @squirrelbrain @Cinfhen same foot it happened to last year. 👎🏻👎🏻 we‘re going to see if my underlying connective tissue disorder has anything to do with why it keeps happening. Thank you both for checking in! 20m
Megabooks @BarbaraBB my dear friend, you said EXACTLY what I needed to hear in your email. I am so lucky to have you as a friend!! I will write back soon!! 💜😘 see what I said to H and C above about my foot. I am enjoying the passenger more in print than audio, but I think what helped most was reading reviews by McCarthy fans. That helped my frame this in his wider collection. 17m
TheBookgeekFrau @Megabooks Yeah this season was kind of blah and same ol' same ol'. I'm hoping TOW will be better. BTW - Ed and Liz are together 🙄 ANDD some of the 90 Day gossip sites posted pics of Ed's ex-wife and Liz looks Exactly. Like. Her! 😲 now
BarbaraBB ❤️❤️ now
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Yellow Wife: A Novel | Sadeqa Johnson
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I liked that this was fiction ,but based on a real woman who lived on the Devil‘s Half Acre. Good audio too. Needed something different from all these #ToB books I‘ve been reading. 😃

Mouth to Mouth: A Novel | Antoine Wilson
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Meh. This was…okay. The airport conceit was completely unnecessary. I‘m rather perplexed as to why this made the shortlist. It wasn‘t bad, it just wasn‘t fantastic or terribly memorable. #TOB2023 @Ruthiella @Cinfhen @Suet624 @sarahbarnes @thebluestocking @Mindyrecycles @vivastory @kwmg40 @squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB @amyrabbitt @MicheleinPhilly @Hooked_on_books @cariashley @batsy @Chelsea.Poole @Addison_Reads @RebelReader

Ruthiella I‘m right there in the middle with you on this one! 4d
Suet624 There was an interesting discussion about this way back when on one of the posts. It made me question some things about the story itself. Maybe those discussions will take place again when the TOB judges discuss it. 4d
MicheleinPhilly @Suet624 At the very least, I‘m hoping the judges indicate what they saw in this! 4d
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batsy I agree! Felt like I was missing something... 3d
squirrelbrain I quite liked this, but I‘m not sure it was ‘enough‘ of anything to make the shortlist. 3d
BarbaraBB I liked it a lot although the airport setting didn‘t add to the story indeed. But he needed someone to talk to for a longer time. 3d
RebelReader I really liked this one. I didn‘t mind the airport concept because it‘s a place you could run into someone and there‘s nothing to do but talk, unless you‘re a reader. 🤣🤣 The best thing about the #tob is all the diverse opinions. 3d
MicheleinPhilly @RebelReader If someone tried to yack my ear off in an airport like this, I‘d be screaming back through security. “Change my flight! NOW!” 3d
RebelReader @MicheleinPhilly 🤣🤣🤣🤣 3d
Cinfhen 💯!!! It was #GoodNotGreat 2d
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Meh, another so-so one from the #tob shortlist. I know there‘s been lots of discussion around the MCs ‘face blindness‘ and I think it‘s to do with the disorientation of being a continually displaced refugee. However it made it very difficult to follow the storyline, particularly on audio when you can‘t flick back a few pages to remind yourself what‘s going on.

What were the judges on when they picked this shortlist?!

Ruthiella I‘ll definitely try to get this one in print. I know that the ToB organizers don‘t read all the books on either the short or longlist. So that‘s why we get a mixed bag o‘ books! 1w
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rmaclean4 Thinking of skipping this one. I think I will wait and see if it makes it past the first round. 1w
sarahbarnes Another reassurance that I‘m probably going to skip this one. I really agree with you on the shortlist this year. 1w
Hooked_on_books They were smoking something strange, I think! And I thought the face blindness was bizarre since it was only for women. That felt sexist to me, as though women aren‘t important enough to recall. 😠 1w
LaraReads Sorry you didn‘t enjoy it. But great use of the prompt! ⏰ 1w
Megabooks Excellent review! 1w
jlhammar Hmmm, I've got this one checked out from the library, but not sure I'll get to it in time. We'll see. Maybe I'll just try a few pages and see if I want to commit. I've got Mouth to Mouth on audio up next. 1w
azulaco I feel this way about the #ToB shortlist every year. And yet I keep hoping that *this* is the year the judges make better choices. 1w
Cinfhen It‘s an interesting choice but not sure worthy of a shortlist placement 1w
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Coming Up Next | Penny Smith
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So this is what I‘m thinking for print books for the rest of the month. 🤔🤔 I‘ve almost finished My Volcano, but I really don‘t know where I should head tomorrow…

Also under consideration, but not pictured, are Factory Girls from #aardvark and Seven Moons from the #tob shortlist. Thoughts??

vivastory Scattered!! 😃 2w
Megabooks @vivastory very excited for that one. I‘ve been reading a lot of eco dystopian/horror lately. 😬😬 not the best on a 61 degree day in January. 2w
vivastory Haha, yeah just a couple of weeks ago around Xmas I had to literally let all of the faucets drip so they wouldn't freeze for nearly a week & it was 50 degrees today. *sigh* 2w
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Cinfhen EVENTIDE!!!! What are your thoughts on this one??? It‘s on my #WeeklyForecast too but not sure I‘ll get to it this week 🤦🏼‍♀️ 2w
BarbaraBB I am reading My Volcano too. Halfway through and I‘ve been enjoying it but I now have a bit enough of it. 2w
BarbaraBB I‘d read Scattered ❤️ 2w
squirrelbrain The only one I‘ve read is Haven, which I loved. Enjoy, whichever order you read them in! 2w
ImperfectCJ I found An Uninterrupted View of the Sky to be excellent but bleak/heavy. Definitely a book to read with something lighter as a chaser. 2w
vlwelser Another vote for Scattered! But, also curious about Haven. I haven't read that one yet. 2w
sarahbarnes I was just reading about How to Turn into a Bird. It sounds intriguing! 2w
Megabooks @vivastory @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain @ImperfectCJ @vlwelser @sarahbarnes I ended up starting both how to turn into a bird and scattered all over the earth. I‘m enjoying both. Scattered has a bit more plot, so it has the edge atm! We‘re having spring storms in winter and the internet is out, so I‘m going to try to get some reading in. 🤞🏻 we don‘t lose power. It feels like April today!!! 2w
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Dinosaurs | LYDIA. MILLET
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Not my favorite and I‘m glad it was short. 🤪
It seems like I either really like these #ToB23 books or they leave me cold.

Cinfhen I thought this was good, not great and yes….loved the length 😁 2w
squirrelbrain This is on the top part of my own personal #ToB shortlist, but maybe that‘s because there‘s so many meh ones…! 2w
Hooked_on_books I liked this, but not as much as many others had. I agree that it‘s a weird list this year. 2w
Ruthiella Another so-so! Now I‘m super curious to see where I land! 2w
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Seven Steeples | Sara Baume
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I‘m going to go ahead and call my #doublespin a hibernate (possibly bail). It‘s a novel in prose verse, which is something I‘m not in the mood for right now. 🤷🏻‍♀️ This is on the #toblonglist. Unsure if anyone else attempted it??

Cinfhen Love the photo 😍but I‘ll be passing on this book. I don‘t remember seeing ANY REVIEWS yet 😬Hope you‘re feeling a bit better today xxx 2w
sarahbarnes I have it on my library pile right no but so far I haven‘t been inspired to pick it up, 2w
TheAromaofBooks Another lovely cover, but prose verse rarely works for me 2w
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merelybookish I read this back before it was a #tob pick. I liked it...listened to it on audio. It was kind of trance-like, life captured in small details, almost a novel about the passing of time. Totally my cuppa! But definitely not for everyone. 2w
Ruthiella I‘ve not yet tried it, but I did enjoy another one from her which was largely plotless and introspective and a lot about art 2w
squirrelbrain I tried this a little while ago, I think when it was rumoured for the Booker Longlist but I didn‘t get past the first few pages. I would have tried again if it had made the #ToB shortlist, but not as it was ‘only‘ on the longlist. 2w
Megabooks @squirrelbrain I‘m glad I‘m not the only one who struggled with it. 2w
Megabooks @Ruthiella yes, this seems very introspective about loneliness. I think I have to be in the right mood for her. 2w
Megabooks @merelybookish that‘s for the input. 👍🏻 I think I‘m going to have to be in the right mood. 2w
Megabooks @TheAromaofBooks yes! It is a fantastic cover. 2w
Megabooks @sarahbarnes I‘m interested to read what you think when you do. 👍🏻 2w
Megabooks @Cinfhen thanks friend! 🥰 still struggling with screens today, but I‘m hanging in. Thanks for the email! 💜 V excited that your trip is soon!! 🎉🎉 2w
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