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Seven Steeples | Sara Baume
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Couple Bell and Sigh move to an isolated cabin and withdraw into their own world with their two dogs. Not a lot of plot but plenty of gorgeous writing to keep you turning pages. Another #toblonglist selection that I preferred to many in the shortlist.

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Cyclorama | Adam Langer
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#unpopularopinion While this was a propulsive read and I flew through it, I found the characters to be one dimensional caricatures which really made it difficult for me to connect. #toblonglist

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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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Flight | Lynn Steger Strong
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Three adult children come together with their families at Christmas after their mother dies, all with different ideas of what to do with her house. I enjoyed this exploration of family while listening to it, but I‘m honestly already starting to forget it. I do love the cover, though. Low pick for me. #toblonglist

squirrelbrain I was looking forward to this, but now it‘s sliding down my list a bit; there‘s just too many other books to read! 1mo
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Plainsong | Kent Haruf
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I am quite happy with how things ended up with my #bookspin and #doublespin.

Plainsong, which I have owned since 2015 🫣, is on @Emilymdxn ‘s #ALSpine list, and I started it this morning before the draw. Only a couple of chapters in, but I‘m really enjoying it!

Seven Steeples is a bargain book find that just happened to be on the #toblonglist, so I‘m excited to read it too!

jlhammar Plainsong is wonderful. Hope you enjoy! I‘m looking forward to Seven Steeples. Planning to get to it in March. 1mo
Cinfhen I LOVED plainsong and the entire series 1mo
Soubhiville I‘m another Plainsong fan. I love everything I‘ve read by that author. 1mo
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
Jess Looking forward to seeing what you think of Seven Steeples. I had it in my hand the other day, put it back but am still thinking about picking it up. 1mo
Emilymdxn I really hope you love it!! Just letting you know, I‘m super excited to read tomorrow & tomorrow & tomorrow but I have a big masters deadline on the 9th so I‘ll be starting it when that‘s handed in 🥳 1mo
Megabooks @Emilymdxn yes! I‘ve found 4 from your list I hope to read this month. I‘m about to finish Head Full of Ghosts on audio (great gothic tale!), Will and Testament on audio, then Plainsong and The Bell Jar in print. Please don‘t feel you have to read that many from my list! Good luck meeting you deadline! Grad school can be tough and time consuming for sure. I hope you enjoy Tomorrow x3 as much as I did! 👍🏻 1mo
Megabooks @jlhammar @Soubhiville I‘m really enjoying plainsong! Fantastic characters! 1mo
Megabooks @Jess I‘ll tag you in my review if you want. I‘m excited for it! 1mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen would it work for #PartOfaTrilogy? And also, I think Babel would work for #GaslampFantasy because it‘s set in Victorian times?? What you you think #Booked2023 organizer?? I‘m really enjoying Plainsong. 👍🏻💜 1mo
Cinfhen Yessssss!!! Wonderful choice for trilogy and I think Babel would work for #GasLightFantasy 🙌🏻❣️brilliant thinking 😘 1mo
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Very excited for my first #Bookspin #BookspinBingo of 2023! This list is heavily influenced by challenges and other fun stuff: #toblonglist #tob shortlist (5-10), #ALSpine (16-17), #roll100 (1), #botm (12-13) #aardvark (14-15), #ReadingTheAmericas2023 (14, 18), and #authoramonth (2) as well as some gifts (5, 18-20).

Happy New Year y‘all!! 🎉🥳🎉🥳

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
Cinfhen I know!!! Can‘t wait for tomorrow 🤗🤗🤗 1mo
Deblovestoread Happy New Year, Meg. 🍾🎆🥂 1mo
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Megabooks @Deblovestoread thanks! Happy New Year to you too! 1mo
BookLineNSinker I need someone to help me get started with #bookspin #bookspinbingo. I understand the concept but I don't what I need to do to get started or how to find the prompts 3w
Megabooks @BookLineNSinker sure! @TheAromaofBooks runs it, and if you head to her page on litsy, she has a link to her blog post that explains everything. Sarah‘s great about answering questions and can probably explain it better than I! 3w
TheAromaofBooks @BookLineNSinker - I happened to see your post from earlier and commented on it, so just let me know if you have any questions!! 3w
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The Birdcatcher | Gayl Jones
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I put this audiobook on hold at my library when the #toblonglist came out and probably should have read the Litsy reviews first. I like the writing but nothing else came together for me- the plot, the characters. Gayl Jones is an author I have been told I must try again, and so I will, but this book did not work for me.

Monarch: A Novel | Candice Wuehle
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This book is weird AF. The second half was better than the first, but I think the larger societal points Wuehle was trying to make were obfuscated by the quirkiness.

Jessica was a childhood pageant queen, who longs to reconnect with a girl she loved. Her father is a professor of Boredom Studies and performs odd experiments on people and animals. When she flips out at college and her father disappears, she must find out the truth about her family.

Megabooks I‘m glad I read this #toblonglist choice. And I was looking for something weird, but she tried to make these larger points about abuse and conditioning that just weren‘t done well. 🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️ @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain @Suet624 @sarahbarnes @Hooked_on_books @MicheleinPhilly @Ruthiella @Addison_Reads @RebelReader @Aimeesue @BkClubCare @merelybookish @batsy 1mo
Suet624 The description of the book makes it sound like something they could make into a movie. 1mo
Megabooks @Suet624 yes, for sure. I wouldn‘t call the writing cinematic, but the plot definitely was! 1mo
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ImperfectCJ Your description reminded me of this one a little 1mo
Megabooks @ImperfectCJ yes, I can see that! I apparently stacked Calamity Physics at one point. 👍🏻 Monarch was trying to do some commentary on domestic violence that I think it would‘ve been stronger without. 1mo
Ruthiella Sounds like it was an ambitious attempt. I‘ll see if the universe allows it to wash up on my shore again but for now, I‘m probably going to pass. 1mo
BarbaraBB It does sound good to me somehow but I trust your opinion and won‘t hurry to read it! 1mo
Cinfhen If it turns up on #Scribd I‘ll give it a chance but I won‘t be using my Audible credit! GREAT review 1mo
Cinfhen Creepy cover! 1mo
Hooked_on_books Interesting! This is one that jumped out at me from the longlist, so I‘ll definitely still read it, but will for sure keep your thoughts in mind when I do. 1mo
squirrelbrain Hmm, I‘m not sure I‘ll hurry to read this, plus it seems to be difficult to get hold of over here anyway…. 1mo
TrishB Professor of Boredom Studies sounds awesome though 😁 1mo
batsy This is an intriguing combination of themes! But it makes sense that it all might not come together, as your review describes. 1mo
MicheleinPhilly That synopsis sounds like A LOT. 1mo
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Ocean State | Stewart O'Nan
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I‘m with @squirrelbrain that this is a bit straightforward for the #toblonglist, but I‘m really glad it was put on my TBR because of it. Do yourself a favor, read the first line and then see if you can put it down. Despite knowing who committed the murder on the first page O‘Nan did a FANTASTIC job of building tension. The wrap up at the end was very satisfying.

@Cinfhen thank you for sending this!! 😘 Snow goes away today.

Megabooks @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB while I really enjoyed this, it didn‘t remind me of high school at all. I don‘t remember things being that dramatic (nor having a murderer in the mix 😂). My friends just weren‘t that dramatic…that I remember. 🤷🏻‍♀️ (edited) 1mo
squirrelbrain Lol - I hope your high school wasn‘t that dramatic! 😬 1mo
Ruthiella That‘s some challenge! 😂 Accepted! I will read the first line and see if I can stop! 1mo
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Cinfhen It reminded me of the intensity of my relationship with the boy I thought I loved and the dramas my relationship caused around my girl friends!!! So MUCH DRAMA!!!! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen @Megabooks Lots of drama for sure in high school but the book didn‘t remind me of that specifically (edited) 1mo
Hooked_on_books I look forward to this one. Your snow is so pretty! 1mo
CarolynM Already stacked or I would have done from your review🙂 1mo
Aimeesue I love O'Nan! 1mo
Megabooks @Aimeesue this is my first and I definitely want to read him again! 1mo
Megabooks @CarolynM I hope you do read it! 💜 1mo
Megabooks @Hooked_on_books thanks! I enjoyed the week we had it because now our front yard is a big ol‘ bog from the melted snow. 1mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen interesting. I was a cold-hearted aro even then 😉…I had a serious boyfriend. Well, he was serious about me, but I dumped him on a plane from Atlanta to Boston when we were supposed to spend the summer together. Don‘t ask me about the guy I met after that either…😂 (edited) 1mo
Megabooks @Ruthiella very curious about when you‘ll read it! 1mo
Megabooks @squirrelbrain let‘s say I didn‘t feel that dramatic. Can‘t guarantee the same about everyone else! 😂 1mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks @Cinfhen I‘d love to hear more about that 😀😘 1mo
Cinfhen @BarbaraBB that‘s for a wine date 😁hopefully one day!!!! xxxx 1mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Yes it is 🤞🏽🤞🏽😘 1mo
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Ocean State | Stewart O'Nan
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Snowed in with my favorite dog and a really great book! Thank you for the gift @Cinfhen 💜😘 Another #toblonglist book that‘s better than the shortlist. What were they thinking???

Megabooks And I‘d like to add, it sucks being snowed in an hour away from the 50% off BN hardcover sale!! 1mo
Cortg Enjoy your snow day! 1mo
LeslieO I love StewartO‘Nan! I‘m looking forward to this one. 1mo
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Cinfhen Hahaha 😂 that‘s a TRUE #BookNerdProblem - glad you‘re liking this one 😃 1mo
AmyG I have this one so looking forward to your review. Enjoy being snowed in with books! 1mo
squirrelbrain I‘m nearly halfway through this, on Scribd, and loving it so far. 1mo
RebelReader I‘m currently listening to this one too. It‘s good. 1mo
Megabooks @Cortg thanks! It‘s been pretty fun so far! 1mo
Megabooks @LeslieO just finished! I think you‘ll really enjoy it. 1mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen just finished! Agree with you and @BarbaraBB that it should‘ve been on the shortlist! Thank you so much for sending it! 🥰😘 1mo
Megabooks @AmyG thanks! 💜💜 1mo
Megabooks @squirrelbrain it‘s a really solid book! Great writing. I really appreciate the tension he wove in. 1mo
Megabooks @RebelReader agree! Just finished and it was great! 👍🏻👍🏻 1mo
Cinfhen I can‘t say why exactly but I just LOVED this book. I felt 16 again 1mo
BarbaraBB It really is a book that brings back memories of teenage years! 1mo
sarahbarnes Right?! I need to check this one out I think. 1mo
Branwen I loved this book! And it was definitely one of those books that I can't exactly pinpoint WHY I loved it so much, just that I did! 😂📚💕 1mo
Cathythoughts Sounds good. Stacked 1mo
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