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BarbaraBB

Joined June 2017

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The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
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Gravel Heart by Abdulrazak Gurnah
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Booth | Karen Joy Fowler
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I wasn‘t really interested in John Wilkes Booth, who I hadn‘t heard of before. Also he and his family didn‘t really come to life for me. But I did enjoy reading about the historical context of the American civil war even though the book could have done with some editing. It felt very repetitive at times.
A light pick, definitely not worth the #BookerPrize2022

squirrelbrain Yes, it was a strange nomination wasn‘t it? 2h
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain It was indeed. I liked it but really don‘t see why it was nominated! 2h
rmaclean4 It was not a favorite of mine! 2h
charl08 Yes, one I was glad I could borrow from the library! 2h
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Where You Come From | Sasa Stanisic
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#WeeklyForecast 40/22

I hope to finish Booth this week. Still enjoying it. I also started Gravel Heart for #ReadingAfrica2022 and because I have wanted to read Gurnah ever since he won the Noble Prize. The tagged book has won major European literary prices and feels like a book I need to read. So these are my plans!

Cinfhen Looks promising 😻 1d
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Trust | Hernan Diaz
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This was much more fun than I expected. I enjoyed the story in the story in the story and although I guessed the final twist early on this still was an enjoyable read about the American financial market in the fist quarter of the 20th century.

It wouldn‘t have made my #BookerPrize2022 shortlist though!

BarbaraBB Also I used this one for the Duology prompt in #pop22. Not sure what a duology is but I think I could use two books with a similar title. @KarenUK @RaeLovesToRead @Cortg @Laughterhp @Cinfhen @Megabooks @squirrelbrain 1d
Megabooks Yes! This was a favorite from the list and an excellent audiobook. Great review!! 1d
Megabooks A duology as far as I know is two-book series 👍🏻 1d
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BarbaraBB @Megabooks Oops then this is foul play 😃 1d
sarahbarnes Agreed - I liked this one more than I expected for sure. It was a fun read. 1d
squirrelbrain I liked this one too, but it‘s not really stayed with me since reading it. 1d
Cinfhen I liked this one but it hasn‘t made such a lasting impression…honestly only a handful from the longlist have and NONE made the shortlist 🤪 1d
jlhammar I'll put this in the “maybe someday“ category. My husband read and disliked Diaz's debut, In the Distance, so much that I've been scared off of him. Great review! 1d
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain @Cinfhen It won‘t be really memorable I think. My fave on the shortlist is The Trees I guess. I also loved Oh William but it doesn‘t feel like a Booker winner 🤷🏻‍♀️ 24h
Cathythoughts I‘m nearly finished Trust. I actually Love it. I loved In the Distance too. I‘m looking forward to The Trees. 5h
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My #pop22 update for Q3. Just eight books in three months and six more to go to finish the challenge. Quote positive I‘ll manage it, I have even planned those six reads.

RaeLovesToRead I think I've only done about 8 prompts 😬 Oh well, I still love taking part! 1d
BarbaraBB @RaeLovesToRead It‘s fun anyhow! 1d
RaeLovesToRead What did you read Decagon house for? 1d
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BarbaraBB @RaeLovesToRead Set in the 1980s! 1d
Cortg I still have probably 15 to go. I most likely won‘t finish, but that‘s ok. I‘m currently making my way through 3, so maybe! 1d
squirrelbrain Great choices! I think I have about 6 or 7 left too…I‘ll have to check my spreadsheet. 😁 1d
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain Lots of updating to do I guess after your reading retreat without spreadsheet 😉😘 1d
Cinfhen I‘ve got one left!!! Hugo Award Winner!! 1d
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen That‘s a tough one, I need that one too. I planned to read 1d
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#BookReport 39/22

I had a great reading week. Three of these books were really excellent. The Rabbit Hutch and Africa is not a Country the favorites, followed closely by The Employees.

TrishB Good week 👍🏻 2d
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September | Rosamunde Pilcher
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#SeptemberStats #SeptemberWrapUp

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨
Kokoro
The rabbit hutch
Africa is not a country

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Ik nog wel van jou (Dutch)
The lost man
The employees

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Let me lie
Tokyo Express
The keep
An ordinary man

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Run time
Ghosts
Notes from the blockade

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After Sappho

Tonton Very nicely selected stack🌟😎❣️ (edited) 3d
squirrelbrain A pretty good month! (I didn‘t like After Sappho much either…) 3d
merelybookish A great month of reading! 3d
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The 22th century. A group of people and very human-like humanoids is sent into space. They are employees on a unknown mission.
We get to know them a bit and learn what‘s happening on board by their recorded statements. Or we think we do. Nothing is clear, the book is much more about questions than answers.
Big questions, regarding themes like humanity, affection, and transience.

It‘s a tough little book and it packs a punch. I‘m very impressed.

sarahbarnes Yes! I really liked this one, too! So bizarre and good. 3d
batsy I thought it was pretty brilliant, too. 3d
Ruthiella I liked this book too. The blank spaces worked for me. They gave me lots of room to make up my own connections. 3d
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nathandrake1997 I loved this book ❤️ 3d
Megabooks Stacked!!!!! 3d
BarbaraBB @Megabooks you should. Look at those recommendations above! ❤️❤️ (edited) 3d
BarbaraBB @nathandrake1997 I reread your review and your comments @batsy and I knew I was in for something special. 3d
BarbaraBB @sarahbarnes @Ruthiella I feel fortunate to be in such be in such awesome company ❤️❤️ 3d
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Africa | David Petersen
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Three more books for #ReadingAfrica2022 in September but it‘s getting more difficult each month!

🔸 Rwanda: An ordinary man
🔸 Tunisia: In extremis
🔸 Eritrea: Africa is not a country (but this book probably fits all African countries)

TrishB Doing brilliantly! 4d
squirrelbrain You‘re not far off! 4d
Librarybelle So close! You can do it! 4d
jenniferw88 Yeah... you won't be surprised to learn that I've practically abandoned this challenge! My problem is that I sign up for too many at the start of the year 🤣 oh well there's always #readingtheamericas2023 🤣🤣🤣 One of these days I will actually complete it! 4d
BarbaraBB @jenniferw88 I know exactly what you mean 😂 4d
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Notes From the Blockade | Lydia Ginzburg
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An intellectual in Leningrad struggles to survive during the German siege of his city from 1941 to 1944. He tries to keep sane by taking notes. Gradually, however, hunger takes over everything else. The fear of bombs, the cold, human dignity, it‘s nothing compared to the hunger, which dominates everything.

#19822022 #1988

LeahBergen Autumn on the canals! 🥰🥰 4d
TrishB Gorgeous pic ❤️ 4d
Librarybelle ❤️❤️❤️ 2d
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Faloyin wants to break stereotypes of modern Africa in this book and wow, he does. I felt ashamed reading certain parts. For the colonial past in which my country participated actively, for never really listening to the lyrics of Band Aid, for museums with collections based on stolen works, etc. Like @thereflectiveflaneur says in his review, this book should be required reading for everyone.

Tagging my #ReadingAfrica2022 pals 🇪🇷

Cinfhen Sounds powerful! #stacked 6d
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen And very readable and funny too, it‘s so well written! 6d
Andrew65 Thanks for the tag, will search this one out. 6d
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Bookwormjillk Thanks, I'm going to look for this! 6d
Cinfhen Which countries does it cover? 6d
Cinfhen lmk if you still need a copy of Lucy By the Sea! Im happy to get it for you when I‘m in the states 6d
Itchyfeetreader Thanks for the tag - I have failed this challenge badly this year but still will@persevere over next as well! 6d
Texreader Thanks for the tag!! 6d
Hooked_on_books Sounds interesting! I think this one came out pretty recently and I thought it might be too similar to one I‘ve already read, but now I may need to revisit that decision. 6d
Ruthiella I want to rewrite the lyrics to “Do They Know it‘s Christmas” every time I hear it. 6d
Sophronisba Ooh, my library hold on this one just came in. 6d
KristiAhlers Oh wow. Thanks for sharing. I‘m totally going to look for this one 6d
Librarybelle I snagged an arc from the publisher but have not had a chance to read it…I need to move this up my tbr list! 6d
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen many are mentioned but it really counts for all of them. 6d
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen That is so kind! You have so much on your mind, please take care of yourself and your family. I will get a copy of Lucy soon, I‘m sure ❤️😘 6d
BarbaraBB @Itchyfeetreader it certainly is no failure! 6d
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books It was published quite recently indeed. I really think you‘d like it though I don‘t know if it will be similar to the one you are referring to 6d
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella I was so young back then and never paid much attention but they are exactly what the author means by stereotyping. And completely beside the truth 🤦🏻‍♀️ 6d
Vansa Really want to read this book! Lovely review 6d
DisneyFan Oh, I‘ll add this to my list. Thanks for sharing. 6d
Cinfhen Don‘t order it Barbara- it‘ll be an early bday present 😘 5d
thereflectiveflaneur @BarbaraBB I am soooo glad you loved this text!!!! If you like this one I wonder if you have read Arundhati Roy‘s ‘My seditious heart”? That collection of her non fiction essays is life changing!!! Truly the literature (non fiction) equivalent of drop the mic! 5d
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Thank you dear Cindy, I won‘t ❤️. Thinking of you and your family 😘 5d
BarbaraBB @Vansa @DisneyFan I hope you‘ll love it when you get to it 🤍 5d
BarbaraBB @thereflectiveflaneur I will definitely check that out, I loved her ages ago when she wrote 5d
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I hope it is not too late but my sister bought me a copy 🤞🏽🤞🏽 Just got it. ❤️ 3d
Velvetfur Thank you for the tag, that book sounds so good! I'll definitely check it out one day 😂 2d
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I loved this book but it‘s hard to review. Various storylines, various extremely intriguing characters. What they share is The Rabbit Hutch, a run-down apartment building in Vacca Vale, a city in decay.

There are rabbits, but there‘s so much more. There are mystics, there is this great love affair, there is a woman editing obituaries, there is a famous dying actress and her estranged son… ⬇️

BarbaraBB …., there are the three boys out of foster case who are sharing one of the apartments, there‘s a goat. Maybe there is bit too much but I loved this debut and can‘t wait to see what Tess Gunty comes up with next! 1w
squirrelbrain Great review! I tried this but I think I was reading too much all at once, so I bailed pretty quickly. I may try again one day, but it‘s not top of my list! 1w
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain I think you‘s like it but it‘s not a book to read in combination with others indeed so I see why you bailed! 1w
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Megabooks I just picked this up on audio during the audible sale! Looking forward to it! 1w
TrishB I enjoyed it- a bit bonkers and busy. But I‘ll definitely try another one by the author. Great review 👍🏻 1w
MicheleinPhilly I really want to pick this one up but I hate the cover SO MUCH. I may just have to suck it up and get it from Waterstones. 1w
Ruthiella Definitely super curious about this book! Your review has added to my excitement. I have it on hold at the library. 😃 1w
BarbaraBB @TrishB I read it because of your review! 1w
BarbaraBB @MicheleinPhilly @Megabooks @Ruthiella I honestly thought of the three of you while reading this book. I so think you‘ll love it. Ignore the cover Michele, I‘ve known them much uglier 🤍 1w
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Notes From the Blockade | Lydia Ginzburg
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#WeeklyForecast 39/22

I actually finished The Rabbit Hutch after I took this pic. Review to come up soon. I loved it!
Booth is in progress, I am enjoying that one too. I am about to start the Africa book for the challenge and have the tagged one lined up too. Ambitions!

Cinfhen Glad you‘re enjoying 1w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I hope you‘ll enjoy it as much as I did 🤍 1w
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Liz_M Any thoughts, news on Reading2023? I'm going to a book festival soon where Indy and small press publishers will be promoting their books. It's usually a great resource for translated literature. 1w
BarbaraBB @Liz_M You mean #ReadingTheAmericas2023? We‘re definitely going to do that but @Librarybelle and haven‘t formally announced it yet! But go ahead and get those books ❤️❤️❤️ (edited) 1w
Liz_M So south and central America as well as north America? Exciting! 1w
Megabooks Did you order The Rabbit Hutch on audio @Cinfhen ? 1w
Cinfhen I ordered the physical book @Megabooks 1w
BarbaraBB @Liz_M Yes! But the US just counts for one country because we already did #ReadingUSA2019 in which we read each state. This will be Canada, US, Central and Latin America and the Caribbean! Looking forward to it too! 1w
Suet624 Glad you're enjoying Booth. I found some of the historical information about Lincoln and what the citizenry was doing at the time so reminiscent of today but on steroids. 1w
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The Keep | Jennifer Egan
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#BookReport 38/22

Just finished these two this week, both were very engaging. Completely different though. I am having two books in progress too, so I did read a bit more than the picture implies!

Megabooks Great week! Glad you enjoyed The Keep 💜 1w
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Now that October is nearing, we are happy to remind you of the #FearfulFall weekend we have planned from 21-23 October 🖤🖤

We‘ll be having three days of sharing scary memories, partying to ghostly music and of course we‘ll be reading Horseman!

So add the book to your October reading plans and let‘s have some #HappyHorror times! 💃🖤📚🖤👻🖤🕺

Love @BarbaraBB & @Cinfhen

If you want to join in just tag us below ❣️

BarkingMadRun Sounds fun, count me in! 1w
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BarbaraBB @BarkingMadRun We will! Thanks for joining! 1w
DGRachel I can‘t wait! 1w
TheBookHippie 🧡🧡🧡🧡🧡🧡🧡yaaaaas!!! 1w
vonnie862 Yay!!! 1w
AmandaBlaze Sounds great! 1w
Megabooks Ready to scare! 👻 1w
Emilymdxn I‘d love to join! 1w
MatchlessMarie My hold came in the other day! 👻 📖 1w
BarbaraBB @Emilymdxn We‘ll add you, happy you‘re joining in! 1w
BarbaraBB @DGRachel @TheBookHippie @vonnie862 @AmandaBlaze @Megabooks @MatchlessMarie When we voted for it, autumn seemed so far away but now I have to hurry to get my copy in time! Time flies! 👻 1w
CarolynM Thanks for the tag. I think I'll sit this one out. I'll enjoy seeing everyone's posts over the weekend, though🙂 1w
bthegood It's added, audiobook is downloaded - looking forward to it! Thanks 1w
batsy Thank you for the tag! Being such a mood reader these days, this book isn't really one I'm drawn to. I'll be sitting this one out but look forward to your posts! 👻🎃 1w
Librarybelle Thanks for reminding me! I need to snag a copy of this. Looking forward to it! 1w
Chelsea.Poole Spooky isn‘t my thing typically, but I had such a fun time with our summer read! So I‘m looking forward to this. And I‘ve heard great things about Christina Henry! 👻 1w
BookwormAHN My audio copy is ready to go 👻 1w
BarbaraBB @CarolynM @batsy We‘ll miss the two of you 🤍 1w
BarbaraBB @bthegood @Librarybelle @Chelsea.Poole @BookwormAHN It will be completely different from our June romance I guess but we are looking forward to another fun weekend! 1w
Bookzombie Thank you for the reminder. Need to get my hands on a copy. 🎃 1w
BarbaraBB @Bookzombie I hope you‘ll succeed in getting one 🤞🏽 1w
Gissy Yes!🧙🏼‍♀️👻💀🔪🪓⚰️🧟‍♀️🧛‍♀️ 1w
MoonWitch94 Yay!!! I got my copy & I‘m ready. 🖤 6d
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An Ordinary Man: An Autobiography | Paul Rusesabagina, Tom Zoellner
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The genocide in #Rwanda in 1994 made a deep impression at the time but after reading this book I realize how much I didn‘t know or understood. 800,000 people (mostly Tutsi‘s) were literally slaughtered in 3 months time 😨.
The author of this book managed to safe more than 1,000 people by offering them refuge in the hotel he was manager of.
An impressive book that opened my eyes once again.

#ReadingAfrica2022 🇷🇼

Libby1 I believe the movie Hotel Rwanda is based on this book. 2w
Texreader Great review. I recently put it on my tbr list 2w
Texreader @Libby1 It‘s a great movie 2w
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LeahBergen Is the Kokeshi doll from your latest trip? ❤️ 2w
Megabooks Utterly devastating time for Rwanda. I love your shelves though. 2w
Librarybelle So impactful 2w
BarbaraBB @Libby1 It is! He mentions it in the book. 2w
BarbaraBB @LeahBergen Yes! I‘m so happy with it! 2w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks Thank you ❤️ 2w
thereflectiveflaneur Have you read We did Nothing by Linda Polman - highly recommend! 1w
BarbaraBB @thereflectiveflaneur I haven‘t but I am very interested in the subject. This author has a lot to say about the role of the UN too 1w
Suet624 800,000. Unimaginable. Heartbreaking. 1w
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An Ordinary Man: An Autobiography | Paul Rusesabagina, Tom Zoellner
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So true!

Megabooks Great quote! 2w
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An Ordinary Man: An Autobiography | Paul Rusesabagina, Tom Zoellner
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#WeeklyForecast 38/22

I just started Seven Moons for the #Bookerprize2022. It looks challenging. If there‘s time I want to start the tagged book for #ReadingAfrica2022.

Cinfhen I have Seven Moons too but im just not inspired to read it!!! Curious to see how you get on with it!! Your NF looks good 😊 2w
Megabooks Great picks for the week! 2w
BookwormM I really enjoyed 7 moons hope you do 🤞 2w
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BarbaraBB @Cinfhen @BookwormM I bailed after only 20 pages… I just couldn‘t do it. So many pov‘s, names, I had no clue what it was about and am not in the mood to find out 🤷🏻‍♀️ #hibernation 2w
Vansa I'm not surprised 😂I find Karunatilaka quite unreadable, honestly, and some of his metaphors are so idiotic, I'm baffled an editor let them through.A lot of modern novels could do with extensive editing,in my opinion,and authors should be told not to be so self indulgent! 2w
Cinfhen I fear I‘m gonna be in the same headspace as you, Barbara!!! And I agree @Vansa some editors are really preening to their authors 2w
BookwormM Oh no that is a shame maybe when the headspace is right … 2w
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The Keep | Jennifer Egan
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It‘s a rainy Sunday and the first day that feels like autumn. A perfect day to curl up with this modern gothic novel. Egan is an excellent writer. I can visualize the medieval castle where the book is set vividly. There are two storylines, coming together nicely in the end and leaving much space for interpretation, which I like.
Thank you for sending me this book Meg, I knew nothing about it before diving in and it was a wonderful surprise 🖤

RaeLovesToRead I really liked this book. It was weird, but I liked it! 2w
squirrelbrain Great review - stacked! 2w
Megabooks Oh fantastic!! Glad you loved it too! 😁💜 2w
batsy Nice review! I really enjoyed it, as well. It got under my skin in a way I didn't expect. 2w
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Kokoro | Natsume Soseki
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#BookReport 36/22 and 37/22

I am back home. These are the books I read during my trip. I chose many pageturners which I spent a good time with, yet the two that stood out are the ones the least easy to read, the Japanese ones: the tagged one and Tokyo Express. Japanese fiction might well be my favorite genre.

robinb Glad you‘re safely home. 😊 I‘ve enjoyed your travel pics. ❤️ 2w
Ruthiella The books that make me work while reading often become favorites! Welcome home. 😃 2w
LeahBergen What a great stack of holiday reads! Your trip looked fantastic. 2w
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BarbaraBB @LeahBergen Thank you! It was 🥰 2w
BarbaraBB @robinb Thank you Robin 😘 2w
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella Thanks. And I agree! 2w
Cinfhen Welcome home!!!! Your trip looked fabulous and how cool that you can now visualize some of the places when you read Japanese thrillers 2w
TrishB Lovely stack of reads and looked like you had a great trip. 2w
Megabooks You got a lot of reading done! It really sounds like an amazing trip! 💜💜 2w
Suet624 I really enjoyed seeing your beautiful travel photos and I'm doubly glad you made it home safe and sound.
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BarbaraBB @Suet624 Thank You my dear friend. I am glad too. It‘s time to face the things I‘ve been avoiding and running away from and I think Japan strengthened me for that 🤍 1w
Suet624 💕💕💕 1w
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Ghosts | Dolly Alderton
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Nina is in het thirties and single while almost all of her friends are getting married, have babies and move to the suburbs. While they chat about diapers and sleepless nights, Nina is having a rough time herself, with her father suffering from dementia and being ghosted in the world of online dating. A fun read; chicklit with a bit more depth.

Pic: Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan

LeahBergen Beautiful photo! 3w
squirrelbrain Lovely photo… shame the book wasn‘t as fab as the pic! 😁 3w
LeeRHarry Fab photo - I felt the same about this book. Love Dolly Alderton and the podcast she had with Pandora Sykes - the High Low - hope they bring it back at some point 🤞 3w
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CarolynM It is indeed a fabulous photo😍 I don‘t mind a bit of superior chicklit from time to time. I‘ll have a look at this one. 2w
BarbaraBB @CarolynM I didn‘t mind either, I had a long flight back and the book was excellent companion. I wouldn‘t necessarily recommend it though! 2w
Megabooks I think I enjoyed this more because I found it relatable. Great photo!! 2w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I can see why it worked better for you and I‘m sure it also depends on when you read it / what state of mind you‘re in. I read a lot of “light” reads and I think this one was just one too much! 2w
merelybookish Just catching up on your trip. Looks like it was fantastic! 1w
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Tokyo Express | Seicho Matsumoto
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This is an old-fashioned crime novel. The two detectives are not so much worried about who did it as with how did he do it? The main problem are the time tables of the train. As a reader you follow their detective work in 1957 Japan and it all makes for an engaging read.

Pic: Nezu Shrine, Tokyo, Japan

vivastory I hope you are having a wonderful time in Japan! 3w
jlhammar This sounds good! Loving the photos from your travels. 3w
squirrelbrain Lovely photo, as always! ❤️ 3w
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BarbaraBB @vivastory @jlhammar @squirrelbrain Thank you I am having the time of my life and this shrine was one I had been so looking forward to. A real highlight! ⛩ (edited) 3w
AvidReader25 This photo is gorgeous! 2w
BarbaraBB @AvidReader25 😊 thank you 2w
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Tokyo Express | Seicho Matsumoto
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Japanese lunch and a Japanese book in Japan. Nothing more to wish for 🥰

TrishB Fab pic 😁 3w
IuliaC Excellent match! 😃 3w
CarolynM Lunch looks yum! Enjoy! 3w
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Emilymdxn Looks incredible! 3w
batsy Perfect combo. Lunch looks delish! 3w
EvieBee You are a “lucky bastard”! 🤣🤣 Love it!! (edited) 3w
Simona Looks very delicious 🤤😋 3w
LeahBergen Yum! 3w
youneverarrived Ahh perfect 😍 3w
Megabooks Yum! 3w
tpixie How amazing!! 2w
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Run Time | Catherine Ryan Howard
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I loved her other books so bought this one as soon as I heard of it, but my expectations were too high. This one about an unemployed actress asked for a role in a horror movie set in the woods of Ireland, is too far-fetched for me and in the end not that interesting.

Pic: Kanazawa, Japan

TrishB Sorry you didn‘t enjoy- the sun it‘s within sub plots took away some of the impact I think. And a bit of a lame ending. 3w
RaeLovesToRead I love the picture ☺💕 3w
batsy Yes! Love the photo 💜 3w
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Leftcoastzen Beautiful photo !The moon is amazing! 3w
Cinfhen Too bad the book didn‘t live up to your expectations- I find that happens too often with me 🤷🏼‍♀️Thank Gd, Japan isn‘t disappointing!!!!! Looks like you‘re having an amazing time 😍 3w
BarbaraBB @TrishB I loved your review and I liked the twists but a lot was predictable indeed because of the sub plots. 3w
Suet624 I love how much you travel. 3w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I am having the best of times! Enjoying every minute! But your right about books that don‘t live up to my expectations, especially thrillers. There‘s nothing like a real good thriller for me but too often they are a bit disappointing! 3w
BarbaraBB @Suet624 Thank you, me too. I feel so lucky to be able to. This trip is for work too but it doesn‘t feel so at all! (edited) 3w
BarbaraBB @Leftcoastzen just like yours 😉💛 3w
Megabooks Good to know! 💯 agree about what you said about most thrillers being predictable, unfortunately. So glad you‘re enjoying Japan!! 💜💜 3w
Hooked_on_books I‘ve loved her books that I‘ve read, so good to know I should lower my expectations for this one. But, as usual, fabulous picture! 3w
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books I would if I were you. It‘s okay but not in the same league as, for example, 3w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I do, so much! And I wouldn‘t hurry to read this one, maybe #borrownotbuy 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3w
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Not one English book but I loved browsing here anyway. More manga than I had ever seen before 🇯🇵

TrishB Lovely ♥️ 3w
Simona I was this summer in Slovakia and browsing through books (also no English books) was surprisingly fun … looks beautiful 🤩 3w
charl08 Yeah, I like doing this too. Also much more cost effective than typical bookshop visit! 3w
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batsy Fab! A branch has just opened locally and it's beautifully set up. 3w
Chelsea.Poole Gorgeous 😍 3w
squirrelbrain Beautiful! ❤️ 3w
BarbaraBB @Simona @charl08 Yes! It‘s very comfortable browsing there, knowing that you won‘t buy anything! How is Slovakia? I‘ve never been there yet! (edited) 3w
BarbaraBB @batsy A branche if this store in Malaysia? That is cool! 3w
batsy Yes! I was super excited to check it out 😆 3w
Megabooks I was hoping for a bookstore picture! Love it! 😍😍 3w
Simona I was only in Bratislava for the week, so for the rest of the country I can‘t say. The old part of the city is beautiful, vibrant and, most important for me, walkable. 3w
BarbaraBB @Simona Nice! I hadn‘t realized how close it is to Vienna. A friend of mine lived there for a while. I visited him twice but never made it to Bratislava unfortunately 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3w
Simona Yes, it is 30 min car ride! I was on wine/culinary tour with the local guide, and she said that majority of tourists are those who are visiting Vienna and realising how near Bratislava is. 3w
BarbaraBB @Simona such a tour sounds great. I hope people will find their way to Bratislava without needing Vienna first! 3w
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Panpan

Well this is a bit of a cheat. I am going to use this one for #Tunisia only because Marie Colvin stayed in Tunis to interview Arafat. Now that I‘ve come this far I‘ve had enough of the book. So much information, so fast, so boring. #ReadingAfrica2022 🇹🇳

Pic: Zen Musuem, Kanagawa, Japan

Librarybelle That‘s a shame! But your scenery is gorgeous! 3w
squirrelbrain I haven‘t read it but I expected this book to be really good 🤷‍♀️ 3w
Liz_M For Tunisia, maybe see if this Europa title is available? 3w
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Liz_M Or this book: 3w
BarbaraBB @Liz_M Thanks! I‘ll look them up! 3w
Megabooks Well, at least the trees are pretty… 3w
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Kokoro | Natsume Soseki
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To read this book while arriving in Japan and spending the night in a ryokan (Japanese inn) with all its traditions, certainly has added to the experience. But I loved this book about a special friendship between a student and an elder man in the early 20th century. The quietness, the simplicity of the writing style and all that it stands for, the Japanese culture and history. A real gem. #1001books

Pic: Ryokan in Kanazawa, Japan

Leftcoastzen So beautiful! 4w
TrishB Great synchronicity 😁 4w
batsy How wonderful! From Korea to Japan... Sounds amazing. Hope you're having a fantastic time. 4w
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LeahBergen Oh, wonderful! 👏👏 4w
BarbaraBB @batsy My boyfriend had to go to Japan for with, me to Korea, so we decided to combine things but you‘re right, it‘s amazing. 🥰 4w
Megabooks I‘m so happy that you‘re finally in Japan! It‘s been such a long wait for you! 💜💜 4w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I am extremely happy to be here 🤍 4w
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The Lost Man | Jane Harper
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Set in the Australian Outback this is such an atmospheric book again by Jane Harper. When one of three brothers is found dead in the middle of nowhere, it raises many questions. How did he end up there, without his car or supplies? The small community starts suspecting each other. A very good psychological mystery!

Megabooks Great photo! I keep meaning to read more by her. 4w
CarolynM This is my favourite Jane Harper. I‘m looking forward to the next week🙂 3w
BarbaraBB @CarolynM I‘ve enjoyed all three books by her too! 3w
CarolynM That was supposed to be “I‘m looking forward to the new one next week” 🙄 3w
AvidReader25 Loved this book! Also I‘m loving checking out photos from your trip. 😊 2w
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Ik nog wel van jou | Elke Geurts
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A good novel about a Dutch woman my age, married with children, living a similar kind of life in the city I live mine.
Then, unexpectedly, her husband wants to leave her. What follows are sharp and witty observations of herself, her husband and the remains of their marriage.

(Pic: Busan, South Korea: plastic surgery everywhere, just like in If I Had Your Face 😨)

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One-day Trip In Korea | Lee Han-kyu
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Bosu Book Street, an alley in the Korean city of Busan, filled with books. I am happy to have been able to visit it before a serious typhoon will hit the city tomorrow morning 😨🤞🏽

JamieArc Oh no! That‘s so sad! 1mo
batsy I was reading about it. I hope it's not as bad as predicted 😓 Stay safe! 1mo
DisneyFan This looks incredibly charming! Stay safe! 1mo
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erzascarletbookgasm Oh dear! Stay safe! 1mo
squirrelbrain Looks amazing! Stay safe tomorrow. 1mo
AnneCecilie Stay safe. The store looks great. 1mo
Simona Stay safe! 1mo
Cortg Yikes! Glad you got to see it! Now take cover and stay safe! 4w
BarbaraBB @batsy @DisneyFan @erzascarletbookgasm @squirrelbrain @AnneCecilie @Simona I am fine! I think it wasn‘t as bad as expected. A bit of damage but no casualties 🙏 4w
CarolynM Glad it wasn‘t bad🙏 4w
IndoorDame I hope you were able to miss the worst of it and that everything is okay! I just saw pictures of the flooding there. Very scary! ❤️ 4w
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After Sappho | Selby Wynn Schwartz
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This was not for me. It felt flat and repetitive and I skimmed the pages more than I read them 🤷🏻‍♀️

#BookerPrize2022

(Pic: Busan, South Korea)

rmaclean4 Good to know! I will read it if it is on the short list. 1mo
Ruthiella Another amazing photo! 😍 1mo
charl08 Oh no, I loved this. Please don't throw it our the window...🤣 1mo
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squirrelbrain Great photo! I agree with you complexity; pretty much skimmed my way through this one; it‘s right at the bottom of my list I‘m afraid! 1mo
BarbaraBB @charl08 Lol, I won‘t. I read your review and I hoped I‘d love the@book as much as you did but unfortunately I felt like @squirrelbrain about it! 1mo
JamieArc I pretty much bailed on this one too, for now. I‘ll pick it back up and finish it later. I had high hopes for it, unfortunately. 1mo
Megabooks You‘re high up! Cool! Sorry the book was disappointing though. 1mo
Cinfhen View is fabulous sorry the book wasn‘t 1mo
MrsK I think my expectations were too high when I read this…or actually…bailed before I was halfway through 😁. I felt more like disconnected short stories too me. 3w
BarbaraBB @MrsK Yes and a bit repetitive 3w
Graywacke Bummer. The title is a draw. 2w
BarbaraBB @Graywacke Don‘t mind me. Many people loved it. 2w
Graywacke @BarbaraBB i definitely appreciate, and like having, your impression. It might help me get in the right mental space when I start. 🙂 2w
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Man Booker Prize | Frederic P Miller, Agnes F Vandome, John McBrewster
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#BookerPrize2022

I just bailed on After Sappho and I won‘t be able to finish Booth before the announcement of the shortlist so here are my favorites for that shortlist.

Note: I haven‘t read Trust, Glory, and The Seven Moons yet but out of all others these are my favorites. My ultimate vote for now would be for The Colony.

I hope the judges agree with me!

jlhammar That‘s a great favorites stack! I think mine will include 4 or 5 of the same. Still working on finishing Nightcrawling and Booth. 1mo
BarbaraBB @jlhammar Looking forward to your choices! 1mo
Cinfhen Gorgeous photo ♥️I like your picks and think a few will definitely be on the shortlist 1mo
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Cinfhen How was your flight???? 1mo
Megabooks Great photo!! I enjoyed many of these, and I‘m excited to get to the colony. 1mo
squirrelbrain We have 4 the same, so I hope the judges agree with you / us too! 1mo
batsy Lovely stack. I got nowhere close to even attempting the whole longlist, but a few of those are on my TBR regardless of whether they make the shortlist. I'm interested to see what makes the cut. 1mo
Ruthiella Can‘t wait to find out what made the shortlist! I 1mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I took a sleeping pill (which I never do) and that helped to pass the time enormously 🤣😴 1mo
Hazel2019 Colony is in my top 2 along with Trust. Can‘t wait for the shortlist announcement! 1mo
BookwormM Nearly the same as my predictions 1mo
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Let Me Lie | Clare Mackintosh
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For travelling this book was fitting, it‘s the kind of thriller you want to keep on reading. Fast paced with many twists.
Anna‘s parents have both committed suicide but a year later Anna receives an anonymous note saying: “Suicide? Think twice.”
A light pick.

Pic: Seoul, South Korea

TrishB Great pic ❤️ 1mo
LeahBergen You‘re in Seoul now?? You‘re killing me! ❤️❤️ 1mo
merelybookish Love this pic! 1mo
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BarbaraBB @LeahBergen Yeah I‘m a lucky bastard. Fantastic city ❤️ 1mo
CarolynM I love travelling vicariously through your photos😍 Enjoy your trip😘 1mo
Liz_M Wow. 😍 1mo
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A Long List | Cindy Leaney
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Our stats wizard Helen kept track of all your votes for the #CampLitsy longlist.

We thought that upon leaving camp we‘d surprise you with a goody bag containing the 8 titles that followed the six we read. We know now that we Littens have excellent taste so they are probably wordt reading too, if you haven‘t already.

If you have, recommendations are very welcome.

That‘s it. We‘re breaking up Camp for now!

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TrishB Thanks 👍🏻 have taken a screenshot. 1mo
squirrelbrain I‘ve read 4 already, thanks to having the long list spreadsheet to hand! 🤣 In particular I think Sea of Tranquility would have been an interesting comparison to How High, which would have led to some fascinating discussions. 1mo
Ruthiella Thanks so much! I already have a copy of Flamingo and am definitely going to keep reading the longlist books that have the most appeal. 🙏 (edited) 1mo
jlhammar The Swimmers is among my favorites this year. Love Otsuka! Also enjoyed Sea of Tranquility. I‘m interested in Flamingo. The US release is currently set for Nov 15. 1mo
Megabooks So glad you shared this, Barbara! I have read 6/8 and am also eagerly awaiting Flamingo @jlhammar ! The US release has been pushed back several times, but it‘s been on my radar since it was on the longlist for the Women‘s Prize. Of course I loved the Mandel but I also enjoyed Trust and the Kawakami! I still haven‘t checked out Free Love. I told Barbara and @squirrelbrain that my favorite from the longlist that was new to me was actually 1mo
Soubhiville Thanks for sharing! I‘m going to make sure these are all on my TBR now 😁📚 1mo
Chelsea.Poole Ooh nice! Thanks!! 1mo
Cinfhen Thanks for sharing!!! Im already signing up for next year!!!! It‘s been great fun and im so glad with the winner @squirrelbrain @Megabooks @BarbaraBB you guys made a fabulous team 🙌🏻📚💕 1mo
batsy Very cool! Thanks for sharing 💜 1mo
Deblovestoread Thanks for this! @Megabooks I loved The Midcoast! 1mo
KarenUK Thanks for this! Read 3, loved all 3!(sea of tranquility, swimmers, Olga) Have all the rest on my TBR! Thanks again for a great summer of reading! 1mo
BarbaraBB I have read and enjoyed Swimmers, Sea and All the Lovers. I will read Trust for the Booker longlist and also still want to read Mothers, Flamingo and Free Love. Olga somehow doesn‘t appeal 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1mo
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August | Judith Rossner
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#AugustStats #AugustWrapUp

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Colony

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨
Chandelier

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Nightcrawling
A Single Rose
Walking the Nile
Maps of Our Spectacular Bodies
Case Study

⭐️⭐️⭐️✨
Either/Or
Our Wives Under The Sea

⭐️⭐️⭐️
China Room

⭐️⭐️✨
Amos Ku Ta Manda
A Fish Caught in Time

⭐️✨
Treacle Walker

TrishB I‘ve brought The Colony for my reading weekend away as it has such good reviews! 1mo
squirrelbrain A pretty good month! 1mo
BarbaraBB @TrishB I think it‘s an excellent choice! Enjoy the weekend! 1mo
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BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain Yes! The Booker really added to that! 1mo
Megabooks I‘ll have to read The Colony now!! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks You‘re right. You must 😊 1mo
Megabooks You‘ll never believe it, but your package just arrived!! 😮🤯😮🤯😮 about to open it! 1mo
BarbaraBB Really!! I can‘t believe it! @Megabooks (edited) 1mo
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#CampLitsy

We have a winner. Thank you all so much for joining in this wonderful summer. It‘s been so fun, we‘ve read some great books and we‘ve loved all discussions.

@squirrelbrain @Megabooks and I hope to welcome you again in camp next year! ☀️

Oryx Definitely coming next year! 1mo
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Oryx Was the vote close? 1mo
TheKidUpstairs Thank you so for hosting! 1mo
Bookwormjillk This was fun. Thanks hosts! 1mo
Kitta Thanks so much! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Oryx This time Tomorrow followed closely but Either/Or stuck behind 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1mo
batsy A worthy winner! I had great fun at #CampLitsy 💕😁 1mo
squirrelbrain Thanks so much for joining in everyone - looking forward to next year! 1mo
Chelsea.Poole Thank you all so much! I loved this book also; but This Time Tomorrow just struck a chord with me. Can‘t wait to camp 🏕 again next summer! 1mo
squirrelbrain Fascinating fact… our winner actually received the most nominations from our original long list. We Littens clearly know our own minds! Look out for another post from @BarbaraBB soon about the books that didn‘t quite make the shortlist…. (edited) 1mo
Suet624 Yay!!! Thanks so much to you all for hosting. 1mo
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain That is an interesting fact! And you can post the other thing if you like? Do you still have the tag list? 💛 (edited) 1mo
squirrelbrain I‘m going to reply very shortly @barbarabb 😁 1mo
TrishB I never would have read this one without #camplitsy 1mo
KarenUK Not my pick, but I did really like this one…. Deserved winner! 💕 Thanks everyone! 1mo
jlhammar Had a great time! Look forward to next summer! @squirrelbrain That is really interesting. 1mo
BkClubCare This really was great- the book, the camp, the whole slate, the discussions… 🤩 1mo
Megabooks @squirrelbrain yes! I was hoping you‘d post this was the original top vote getter and so interesting that it won in the end too. I always feel so behind on emails with y‘all because of the time difference! Had a great time this summer and counting the months until we compile another longlist!! 1mo
Megabooks Just sent you both an email. Can you let me know if you got it because my phone is acting weird?? @squirrelbrain thank you!! 😘 1mo
Ruthiella A worthy winner! I really enjoyed my time at #CampLitsy. Both the shortlist and the longlist made me explore a lot more contemporary fiction than usual, which is great. 😃 1mo
squirrelbrain @Megabooks - sorry only just seen this…yes, we got your email and replied, and you‘ve replied again as well so it must be working OK! 1mo
Hooked_on_books This was such a fascinating book—I‘m glad to see it win! (We do so much better than the official tournament.) I can‘t wait to come back to camp next year! 1mo
AnneCecilie I had so much fun. Thanks for hosting and I‘m already looking forward to next year. 1mo
Suet624 @TrishB same. 1mo
Larkken I didn‘t manage to get all the books at the right times, but I very much enjoyed the virtual buddy read atmosphere even after the fact! I still need to read one, and then I‘ll have to see how my own personal vote tallies up! 🤨😂 thanks for hosting! 1mo
cariashley Thank you SO MUCH for hosting @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain @Megabooks !!! While life got in the way of my active participation, this was so so fun - hopefully next year I‘ll have more time! 1mo
TrishB @Suet624 always a good thing 😁 1mo
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Africa | David Petersen
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Another three countries for #ReadingAfrica2022 but like @Cinfhen mentioned, it‘s getting tougher to find books - and to enjoy them 🤷🏻‍♀️. My August additions:

🔸 Guinea-Bissau: Anos Ku Ta Manda
🔸 Uganda: Walking the Nile
🔸 Comores: A fish caught in time

Megabooks Doing awesome!! 👍🏻👍🏻 1mo
Librarybelle So incredible!!! 1mo
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Case Study | Graeme Macrae Burnet
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A psychological drama, totally up my alley. A very unreliable narrator meets an anti-psychiatrist for some psychiatric sessions in which she wants to discover if he drove her sister to suicide.

I was very much engaged by this book, but not sure yet if it‘ll make my shortlist for the #BookerPrize2022

TrishB Great pic 😁 1mo
squirrelbrain Love the pic - it totally fits with the book! I agree with you - I liked it but, as you know, it didn‘t make my shortlist. 1mo
Cinfhen Fabulous photo!!!!!!!! My copy arrived but I‘m not sure my vacation brain is ready for this one 1mo
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Ruthiella Love the photo! I think this will be entertaining enough when and if I get around to it! 1mo
jlhammar I finished this one the other day (still need to get my review posted) and I felt much the same. Love the pic! 1mo
charl08 I'm wondering if I even noticed the eye on the cover when I read it. 🤣 Great pic. 1mo
Chelsea.Poole Lovely photo 😍 1mo
Megabooks Sounds really interesting and I love the photo! 1mo
LeahBergen Fab pic! 😆 1mo
BarbaraBB @LeahBergen You‘re back! Hope you had a great time! 1mo
Hazel2019 Yea! Love the picture!! 1mo
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Gravel Heart | Abdulrazak Gurnah
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#WeeklyForecast 35/22

I am in the middle of Case Study, which I am enjoying a lot (and I LOVE the cover 💙). Next will be the tagged one for #ReadingAfrica2022. I have been meaning to read this since the author won the Noble Prize, so it‘s about time. The thriller is for during an extremely long flight to South Korea on Friday. I hope it is good and will make me escape for some hours!

Smrloomis Hope the flight is smooth. Travel safely! 1mo
TrishB Safe travels! Work or pleasure? 1mo
squirrelbrain Nothing like a good thriller on a long flight… safe trip! ✈️ 1mo
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batsy South Korea! How exciting... Safe travels! I love the Case Study cover, as well. Glad to hear that you're enjoying it. 1mo
Cinfhen Wow-!!!! This Friday already!!! How many hours is your flight??? Safe travels/ can‘t wait to see your photos 😄 1mo
aa_guer2021 That sounds like an exciting flight! Safe travels & I hope the book helps pass the time!! 1mo
BarbaraBB @TrishB Both. My boyfriend has to go and I could travel along and combine it with a visit to my own partner agency in Seoul. We‘ll go to Tokyo as well, where I‘ll ‘work from home‘ while my man is visiting his project over there! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen 20 😱. Have you arrived safely? Busy already? 1mo
Cinfhen OMG!!! 20 hours!!!! I thought 14 hours was long…yes, arrived great flight but it‘s raining in Miami ☔️ BOO!!! So annoying but we‘re heading out soon to visit M‘s dad. 1mo
TrishB Enjoy! I would love to go to both. 1mo
TrishB @Cinfhen glad you arrived safely 😘 1mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen You hate the rain! That is disappointing but it won‘t last I‘m sure! 1mo
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Booked | Kwame Alexander
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With these books I finished the third quarter of #Booked2022:

13- Includes a recipe
14 - Set in a Canadian province
15 - Involves an exploration
16 - About sisters
17 - New in 2022
18 - Set in a hotel

Favorite is Subdivision, the least one is Our Country Friends.

Cinfhen Woohoo 🙌🏻 we‘ll get back to you soon with the #ThirdQuarterLink for our drawing 💜📚🥳 1mo
squirrelbrain Well done! 1mo
Megabooks Yay! 🙌🏻 1mo
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Ruthiella You‘re taking me back to the March 2022 ToB! Fond memories. 😃 1mo
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella Yes I had those memories too when I made the collage 🤍 1mo
alisiakae Nice! 1mo
Cinfhen Q3 Form is ready! Here‘s the short link: https://forms.gle/bAMN41GcdRfrHWTQ9
Thanks to @BarbaraTheBibliophage for making it happen 💕
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China Room | Sunjeev Sahota
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I enjoyed this book, but I have some problems with it too. I wanted to know so much more about how Mehar and the rest of her life. She wanted so much from life, I can‘t imagine she spent it obediently. And then the approaching Partition, with all its consequences for Punjab. I‘d gladly exchange knowing more about this storyline for the one set in 2019. I didn‘t really see the point of that one...
So, a light pick!

#Booked2022 #AboutSisters

BarbaraBB @Megabooks I had a lovely day with this one. Thank you for sending me this addition to my humble #botm collection! 1mo
Megabooks So glad you enjoyed it! I agree that the 2019 storyline was weak and not as interesting as the past. 💜 1mo
squirrelbrain Yes I agree too about the later storyline. It would have been better to go deeper into the more interesting, earlier story. 1mo
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Our Wives Under the Sea | Julia Armfield
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The final question, let‘s discuss this weird genre bending book and the many questions it leaves us behind with.

Tomorrow we‘ll choose our August winner and afterwards the all over #CampLitsy winner!

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Bookwormjillk Like Either/Or I surprised myself by liking this one even though nothing ever seemed to get resolved. 1mo
TrishB I enjoyed it enough to finish. I find the romance label not very apt- it may be a love story but it‘s not romantic, IMO. I thought the ending was very satisfying. 1mo
MicheleinPhilly I would classify it as psychological drama. I don‘t think a thriller or horror label is apt and certainly not romance. I found the ending incredibly sad but appropriate. 1mo
Ruthiella Overall it didn‘t work for me because I wanted/expected weird horror and didn‘t get enough of it. It is, in part, a love story but not a “romance “. I agree with @TrishB and @MicheleinPhilly that the ending was very strong. It made me tear up. 1mo
Addison_Reads I agree with both @TrishB and @MicheleinPhilly because I too felt this wasn't romance and it wasn't horror. The love story in this book I found very compelling and exploring those boundaries of caring for someone you love after a tragedy were handled very well. I also feel it is best labeled as a psychological drama with elements of other genres weaved in. 1mo
Addison_Reads I found myself enjoying this far more than I expected and the ending and unanswered questions only made me like the book more. 1mo
squirrelbrain I also agree with @TrishB and @MicheleinPhilly - it‘s certainly not romance. I also agree with @Ruthiella that it isn‘t horror either. I‘m not sure we could call it suspense, because we didn‘t find anything out and, to me, a lot of suspense is in the reveal. I think the book suffered from too many genres, all done with a light touch and none done quite well enough. I didn‘t like the ending, mainly because of the unanswered questions @Addison_Reads 1mo
Deblovestoread I went into expecting horror (which I don‘t read) figuring I‘d stop if it got to be too much. It certainly wasn‘t that. I agree psychological drama probably works best. The ending was touching but I wanted a few more answers. 1mo
Liz_M What @Ruthiella said. The main focus on the book was between the relationship between Miri and Leah, with secondary stories the relationships between the Leah and her co-workers. I don't think changing Leah's occupation (to say a combat veteran with ptsd) would change the story much. 1mo
KarenUK I loved this book… in a way, because it so hard to categorize. Partly a story of love, a bit of body horror, and definitely unsettling. 1mo
BarbaraBB I enjoyed the book more the further I read. The first half was so vague and I had no idea what to expect. The horror didn‘t do much for me but I was engaged in Miri‘a and Leah‘s changing relationship. I like @MicheleinPhilly classification as “psychological drama”. 1mo
BarbaraBB @Bookwormjillk @TrishB like both of you I enjoyed it more than expected - especially the ending. 1mo
Leniverse New Weird adjacent, perhaps. A bit of Cosmic Horror, some Psychological Drama that doesn't quite reach Psychological Horror. But the horror elements etc, including the body horror, are there as a means of exploring grief. (It would never occur to me to classify it as romance. Who does that? Is it marketed as a romance? 🤣) 1mo
Soubhiville I agree @MicheleinPhilly I‘d call it Psychological Drama fits. I didn‘t feel any romance here either. It also had the kind of bizarre tension buildup that gothic stories often have, an unresolved dissatisfaction for me. I didn‘t enjoy this at all. 1mo
Megabooks @Kdgordon88 I also went in expecting (and wanting) horror, but I like the psychological drama label @MicheleinPhilly and @TrishB 1mo
Megabooks @Liz_M interesting point. I think there‘s definitely trauma at the root of the story like there would be with a combat veteran. 1mo
jlhammar It really is a strange/unique mix, but I think psychological drama works well. Good call @MicheleinPhilly ! Overall, I was a little surprised how much I liked it. I wasn't sure it would be for me given the way it was marketed, but I enjoyed the writing and found it quite moving. Also loved how Leah had a lifelong love/obsession and feeling of belonging in water so the end felt like both she and Miri were returning home (though in different ways). 1mo
Hooked_on_books It‘s funny that some of you are saying it‘s definitely not horror, since I definitely saw horror elements! 😂 That creeping dread the author engenders is total horror for me. But I do like the psychological drama label. I quite liked it. I wanted more from the end but at the same time thought it was brilliant that there wasn‘t more. And @jlhammar I love your idea that they were both returning home. I didn‘t see it but I think you nailed it. 1mo
BarbaraBB That is an insightful thought @jlhammar of both of them returning home. The mother storyline makes more sense too then. 1mo
Christine I don‘t know what genre it is (esp. after reading these comments 🤣), but I thought the writing was lovely and really enjoyed it. 1mo
Kitta I haven‘t read any horror so I didn‘t know what to expect going in but it still seems like a kind of psychological horror/drama to me but I‘m not super familiar with that genre. I noticed Goodreads has it listed as Gothic which I didn‘t read this as, but I can see the label. No way is this a romance, but where did it say that it was? Like @Leniverse I‘m confused about that one. 1mo
Kitta @Liz_M I‘m not sure it would be the same for me if she was a combat veteran because like Leah I love the deep ocean and the mysteries down there. But I see your point, a similar novel could be written like that. I actually thought both Leah and Miri probably had PTSD from the experience and were dealing with the trauma in different ways. 1mo
jlhammar @BarbaraBB A big thank you for hosting this month! I've loved our discussions (was sad to have missed last week, but enjoyed reading what everyone had to say). And thanks again to @Megabooks and @squirrelbrain - #CampLitsy has been a blast and greatly enriched my summer reading! 1mo
batsy I loved it despite the lack of resolution & the open-endedness. I think one aspect that was scary is that it felt very much like life; the experience of seeing someone you love transform either through degenerative brain disease or mental illness. You don't get clear answers. Something else was going on with Leah, but the grief & confusion that Miri experienced was relatable. I will say that I wanted it to get more weird/creepy, but the ending 💔 1mo
squirrelbrain You‘re welcome! @jlhammar We really appreciate all of your contributions. 1mo
Megabooks You‘re welcome @jlhammar ! So glad you joined us at camp this summer! (edited) 1mo
Sparklemn I didn't finish this one but I wanted to chime in to thank all of the #camplitsy hosts. I really enjoyed it! 1mo
BarbaraBB @jlhammar @Sparklemn Thank you both! We are really happy you joined us and made #CampLitsy such a fun and insightful event! 1mo
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Our Wives Under the Sea | Julia Armfield
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Our second question is about what seems to be a sideline in the story: the relationship between Miri and her mother. #camplitsy

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Ruthiella I didn‘t quite get the reason for it myself so will be interested in hearing what others interpret. Maybe it was to understand why Miri was so passive? 1mo
squirrelbrain No, I agree @Ruthiella - I‘m not sure why this additional story line was there. Miri worried that it was a hereditary illness so maybe there was a connection between her worries and Leah‘s sickness but I couldn‘t quite connect the dots and didn‘t understand the significance of returning to the house at the end. Maybe where she lost both her mother and Leah? 1mo
Addison_Reads I think Miri's loss of her mother to a disease that took her away slowly is used to parallel the loss Miri is feeling with Leah. The woman she loves is physically there, but almost a shell of the person she fell in love with. I think the two relationships are used to further explore grief and loss on two different levels. 1mo
Addison_Reads I think returning at the end was her way of facing everything in order to be able to move forward. 1mo
Liz_M I don't remember anything about Miri's mum, so I'm going to have to say it played no part in the book. 😆 1mo
Kitta Well Miri has to care for them both and their illnesses change her relationships with them. For her mum it made them closer but with Leah it seems to push them apart. I thought there was an interesting comparison drawn to Leah‘s fathers death and the death of Miri‘s mother. 1mo
Kitta For the ending, I thought Leah was turning into the sea and becoming one with the thing she loved. Some others suggested she became a sea creature but when her eye explodes into water, I saw it more as her disintegrating and dissolving than turning into something else. I think they both accept she‘s dying and Miri allows the sea to take her. Although I was horrified Miri never calls a doctor or takes her to the hospital! 1mo
BarbaraBB I think it was there for the same reason @Addison_Reads, to show how she slowly lost another person with that person still being there. I don‘t know why we needed the storyline however, without it I would have understood too that Miri was grieving for a loved one still alive. 1mo
BarbaraBB I am ashamed to say I don‘t remember Leah‘s father @Kitta ☺️. I guess neither do you @Liz_M ?! 1mo
Leniverse I think the storyline with Mira's mother helps explain Mira's behaviour. She's a hypochondriac and very anxious. She feels guilty about not being there that much for her mother, but leaving her to the hospice/hospital, so she barely leaves Leah's side and doesn't insist on calling a doctor. And in the end she brings Leah to the ocean she loved at the property Mira's mother loved. 1mo
Soubhiville I agree with @Addison_Reads and @BarbaraBB , to show how Miri has experienced slow loss and dealt with it before versus how she coped with Leah‘s bizarre decline. And her passive helplessness in both situations. 1mo
Megabooks @Addison_Reads 💯💯 agree with your interpretation! I also agree with @kitta that it was a major change in both cases. Caring for my dad after his stroke has definitely changed our relationship in a lot of ways. 1mo
jlhammar Yes, agree with what you all have mentioned - the parallel, the explanation for behavior and decisions. We all cope with this kind of tough stuff in life so differently. Getting the bits about her mother helped me to understand Mira better and why she may have dealt with the Leah situation the way she did. For me, it also made the ending all the more heartbreaking. That's a lot for a person to go through and to lose. 1mo
Christine Such a great conversation! Agree that all the stuff with Miri‘s mom provides some context for how she reacts re: Leah. Am I making this up, or was there a brief section that mentioned Miri‘s mom (back in the day) deliberately not being expressive with her face to slow the signs of aging? Wonder how that could have affected Miri‘s development/choices! 🤔 1mo
Kitta @BarbaraBB Leah‘s father dies earlier in her life and when Miri is dealing with her moms decline she asks Leah how she dealt with her fathers death, then admits it‘s different because her mom hasn‘t actually died yet. It made me this of losing someone slowly like she does with Leah later in the novel. The father isn‘t mentioned much! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Kitta I‘m starting to remember that conversation now! 1mo
batsy Yes to what @Addison_Reads said; I think it was to draw parallels between the type of slow deterioration that Miri experienced seeing in both her mother and later on, her wife. The worry about inheriting her mother's disease perhaps also contributed to Miri's anxiety about not trusting her own eyes and perception, hence her sort of passivity in her response to what was happening to Leah. 1mo
ImperfectCJ Not really a response to the question, but here's a thought I had: what if Leah never actually came home? What if the whole crew was lost and this is how Miri is dealing with her grief, like the wives on the fake husbands in space forum? Didn't she say delusions were part of her mother's illness and it was an illness that's hereditary? I mean, until Jenka's sister, no one saw Leah after she got back, right? 1mo
BarbaraBB @ImperfectCJ That is a mindblowing thought but it could be possible. I was wondering about the meaning of the forum. And the title of the book suggests it too now that I come to think of it. Wow! I have to tag some people 💛 @Megabooks @squirrelbrain @batsy @Kitta @Christine @jlhammar @Addison_Reads @Soubhiville @Leniverse @Liz_M @Ruthiella @merelybookish @MicheleinPhilly @TrishB 1mo
squirrelbrain Wow! You‘re right @BarbaraBB, it all seems to fit. What a clever thought @ImperfectCJ ! 👏 You may have just answered *all* of our questions… 😁 1mo
TrishB Wow 😯 that is mind blowing! 1mo
batsy Yeah @ImperfectCJ I never thought of that! That's intriguing considering Miri's parallels or anxiety rather about inheriting what her mother had. 1mo
Leniverse @ImperfectCJ Yes! That would explain why Jenka's sister takes everything in stride too. Mira just has some of Leah's clothes in the bath, and the sister recognises it as an extreme grief management thing and just goes with it. Or... Since Leah is dissolving, did the Centre releases her dead body? 😬 But... What about the couples therapist? She saw Leah for a couple of sessions. 🤔 1mo
Soubhiville @ImperfectCJ @BarbaraBB That‘s certainly plausible. 1mo
Kitta Interesting theory, but I think @Leniverse is right about the couples therapist having seen Leah and Miri‘s friends seem to know she‘s home. Or maybe those were both delusions on the part of Miri? I was also confused by the title saying “Our wives” instead of “my wife” since Jelka‘s sister is the one suffering and we don‘t hear about any partner of Jelka‘s. Plus Matteo isn‘t a woman. 🤔 Maybe Miri is also under a sea of grief? 1mo
Ruthiella @ImperfectCJ Love that idea! It‘s a way to totally rethink the whole novel. 1mo
ImperfectCJ @Kitta @Leniverse Good point about the couples therapist. It's Kafkaesque, the way the Centre acts, and I'm not sure if it's the Centre acting in a way that makes one think one (or Miri, in this case) is unhinged, or if Miri actually is experiencing delusions and the Centre is part of that. Having observed stress-related psychosis a few times in the past, Miri's reactions seem to fit the hypothesis, but I could also be doubting her unfairly. 1mo
Christine That‘s a super interesting theory that I‘m so glad you shared, @ImperfectCJ ! 🤔 1mo
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Our Wives Under the Sea | Julia Armfield
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We‘ll discuss the second part of our last book today. Let‘s start with thinking a bit more about what happened under the sea. #CampLitsy

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Bookwormjillk Honestly I have no idea. Either some weird creature with a big eye or maybe the creepy center‘s psychological experiment camera. It was frustrating that we never found out, but that was probably the author‘s point. 1mo
TrishB @Bookwormjillk agree- we are supposed to fill in the gaps. 1mo
MicheleinPhilly @Bookwormjillk @TrishB At first I did think it was some type of creature, but I do think it was some type of surveillance camera placed by the Centre. They were shady AF and obviously engineered the entire expedition. 1mo
TrishB @MicheleinPhilly I think they now - because of the rest of the book! Author never had to explain because that wasn‘t really her focus I think. 1mo
Ruthiella I like to think there was some undiscovered creature down there. Maybe other human/fish hybrids from previous experiments or maybe some sentient being as old as the earth … But for sure the author left it open to reader interpretation. (edited) 1mo
Kitta I thought it was supposed to be a giant squid eye, they live down there. Most are found dead washed up on shores. It didn‘t occur to me it could be a surveillance camera! Interesting theory! @Bookwormjillk @MicheleinPhilly 1mo
Addison_Reads I think it was always the Centre and the mind games/experiments they were playing out under false pretenses. It might not have helped my thinking that I was also watching Squid Games while reading this book. 😂 1mo
squirrelbrain I too thought that she‘d seen something to do with the Centre @Bookwormjillk @MicheleinPhilly and it was all some kind of experiment, as you say @Addison_Reads but we are led to believe it was something horrific and I can‘t think what she could have *seen* that was that bad. 1mo
Addison_Reads @squirrelbrain Learning that I was being watched and experimented on would terrify me far more than a giant sea creature. But I do love that the author left this open for the reader to interrupt while planting those "creepy" moments that make everyone think something slightly different because we all have different phobias and fears. 1mo
Deblovestoread Surveillance never occurred to me. I assumed some never seen before deep sea creature. The author certainly left it wide open for interpretation. 1mo
Laughterhp Ah! I‘m totally slacking this month! I‘m only 70 pages into this book! 😬 Struggling to find time to pick it up. 1mo
Liz_M For me, whatever is supposed to have happened was too undefined. I wanted more dread and fear, but the author was not focused on that aspect at all -- there wasn't enough hints for me to have a theory, so I was was left just not believing in/invested in Leah's story. 1mo
BarbaraBB @Addison_Reads I think that was what she did, confronting us with our various fears, open to fill in the ending. Like you, @Bookwormjillk @MicheleinPhilly and @squirrelbrain I thought she saw a camera, with someone from the Center watching the experience. It might even have been Jinka, the co-worker that left halfway through 😱 (edited) 1mo
BarbaraBB @Liz_M I think I was so focused on that aspect that I didn‘t even needed the author 🤣 1mo
BarbaraBB @Kitta You‘re a deep sea diver, it shows 🦑 1mo
Leniverse The guy in the jeans that was referred to as "The Boss" at the going away party had a ring with an eye symbol on it. And there was an eye symbol on the dashboard of the sub. Communication cut out before the other instruments, they had full life support and food for six months. Yes, the Centre def orchestrated the whole thing, but for what purpose I can't guess. 1mo
Suet624 I‘m sorry, Barbara. This was a book I could never get my hands on so I‘ll have nothing to contribute. 😩 1mo
Soubhiville @Liz_M I agree it was too ambiguous for me too. BUT that said, I guessed it was either a deep sea creature or maybe that Jinka also had gone through a bizarre transformation, just earlier, and maybe she was transformed and still hanging around outside the sub. @Bookwormjillk @TrishB @MicheleinPhilly @Ruthiella @Kitta @Addison_Reads @squirrelbrain @Kdgordon88 @BarbaraBB 1mo
squirrelbrain @liz_m I think you‘ve hit the nail on the head. The total lack of even the smallest hint meant that it was left too wide open. 1mo
squirrelbrain Ooh, you spotted so much! @Leniverse 1mo
squirrelbrain Interesting! @Soubhiville Maybe Jinka had transformed and Leah therefore knew what was coming in terms of her own transformation. 1mo
Chelsea.Poole Good points from everyone — I wasn‘t convinced one way or another, that there was a creature down there or that The Centre was watching. Also could she just have gone off the deep end after being stuck down there for so long?? I mean I‘d be beside myself on day one 😬 or a combination of horrors? 1mo
Megabooks @Leniverse omg, that is such a good catch!! Wow!! 1mo
Megabooks I too agree that it was The Centre. I already thought they were up to no good, but now I wonder were they really under the sea because how could they have the supplies for so much extra time. I can‘t remember if that was addressed well. If they weren‘t under the sea, it reminds me of another recent book, but I won‘t say which because it‘s a MAJOR spoiler. @squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB @Bookwormjillk @MicheleinPhilly @TrishB @Ruthiella @Kitta 1mo
Megabooks @Addison_Reads @Kdgordon88 ⬆️ sorry I‘m late to the party y‘all! Everything is breaking in our home and I spent all morning at a furniture store an hour away. Got home with the recliner and one of our club chairs broke while dad was sitting in it! Crazy times here. Guess we‘re heading back to the furniture store soon. 🙄 (edited) 1mo
jlhammar I love all of these theories! I really liked that she left it open and that they are all plausible. The not really knowing made it creepier in a way. 1mo
BarbaraBB @Soubhiville That is such a scary thought. I didn‘t think of that but it sounds plausible too 😱 1mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I am extremely curious now to what book you are referring! Also, they had supplies for six months aboard, which is suspicious in hindsight - as if the Center knew they‘d be gone such a long time! 1mo
Megabooks That is indeed suspicious! Why six months? Spaces is so tight on submarines! 1mo
Ruthiella @Soubhiville Excellent theory…totally could have been Jinka! @Megabooks I think I know the book you mean! 1mo
Deblovestoread @Soubhiville I didn‘t even think of Jinka! 1mo
Deblovestoread @Megabooks Hope your dad wasn‘t hurt! 1mo
Hooked_on_books I figured it was a creature like whatever she then turned into. @Soubhiville That‘s brilliant—Jinka never occurred to me! And @squirrelbrain that could be why Leah seemed relatively unperturbed by what was happening to her, if she already saw Jinka. Maybe she even wanted to change. 1mo
BarbaraBB That makes sense @Hooked_on_books ! 1mo
Megabooks @Kdgordon88 he wasn‘t, fortunately! 1mo
Kitta I read it as the eye was too big to be Jinka‘s although that certainly would be scary and I was expecting Leah to see her body out of the window. @Soubhiville although I hadn‘t considered that she‘d undergone a transformation tbh. I just assumed she‘d be crushed and died. 1mo
Kitta Haha thanks @BarbaraBB I do love diving and deep sea creatures. 🦑 🐙 🐠 🐟 🐡 🦈 🐋 🪸 🐚 🌊 😍 1mo
batsy I'm with @Ruthiella I prefer to think there was a creature. I also think Jinka underwent a transformation of sorts and that's why Leah perhaps saw what was coming in terms of her own life. The Centre maybe knows that something is up deep down, but uses its scientists as guinea pigs to find out what's happening. I'm not sure if that makes total sense but I just really want that eye to belong to an actual creature. It's the X-Files lover in me 😅 1mo
Ruthiella @batsy Have you ever seen The Abyss? I think that movie might also have been influencing me. 🤔 1mo
batsy @Ruthiella No, it's something I've always meant to watch though. I really should. 1mo
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The Colony | Audrey Magee
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#BookReport 34/22

The fish was okay for me but the other two I adored. I am really digging the #Bookerprize2022 longlist. The tagged one is my favorite so far - I think.

Safe travels Cindy!

TrishB Good week 👍🏻 1mo
squirrelbrain Glad you loved the 2 Booker books! 1mo
IndoorDame Cool! The tagged book is on my list for next month! 1mo
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Suet624 Are you going to try reading 1mo
BarbaraBB Yes I think so @Suet624 I‘ve heard good things! What‘s your favorite so far? 1mo
BarbaraBB @IndoorDame I hope you‘ll enjoy it too! 1mo
Suet624 I was so-so with Trust but I know you‘re trying to read the long list. There have been so many good ones on the list this year - I guess my standouts would be The Colony, Maps, and the Trees. Working on Booth now. Haven‘t read them all but I‘ve enjoyed these. 1mo
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Pantone: Colors | Pantone
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I added #CoffeeQuartz #SudanBrown #Basil and #IcedCoffee for the #Pantone2022 challenge. Just two more to go!

Clwojick Woohoo! Way to go! 1mo
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A Fish Caught in Time: The Search for the Coelacanth | Samantha Weinberg, Fourth Estate
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I had never heard of the coelacanth but it‘s a fascinating story, a deep dive in prehistoric times. This book is the non fiction account about Smith and his quest to find them in the #Comores.

#ReadingAfrica2022

squirrelbrain I bet that wasn‘t easy to find a book for! 1mo
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain Everyone is reading The same book for Comores so I just followed along 😀 1mo
Bookwormjillk I love the thought of a large group of Littens becoming semi experts on an obscure fish found near a small African country. 1mo
Librarybelle Totally agree with @Bookwormjillk ! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Bookwormjillk @Librarybelle Lol That is quite funny indeed! What books can do! 1mo
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The cancer is back. Lia‘s dying. She must come to terms with her past, with this harsh present and she must prepare her teenage daughter for a future without her.
It‘s a heartbreaking story told in a most unusual way. Timelines interweave and the cancer‘s got its own say in the story. It‘d be funny if it weren‘t so tragic.
It took some time for the book to grow on me but when it did I cried for Lia, Harry and Iris. #BookerPrize2022

Bookwomble Your first sentence have me a shock! I was relieved to read that it was about the book 🥲 1mo
MicheleinPhilly I just got this from the library. I‘m scared. 1mo
Ruthiella Wow! I am super curious about this one. Non-human narrators don‘t always work for me. 1mo
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BarbaraBB @Bookwomble I am sorry about that, I wrote it down quite harsh indeed. The book is shocking though. 1mo
BarbaraBB @MicheleinPhilly @Ruthiella I don‘t think it‘s for everyone. It‘s quite experimental and the subject is heartbreaking. Both main storylines (the past and the present) are so good though. I hope it‘s for you! 1mo
Cinfhen I don‘t regret my decision to bail but I will say your review is giving me a bit of #FoMo 1mo
Cinfhen Also, gorgeous photo 😍 1mo
squirrelbrain Glad you ‘liked‘ it… I was getting worried as I seemed to be the only one! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen It is very hard to read at times, especially when the subject hits home. I could just handle it but I definitely think it‘s not for everyone and I understand your choice 🤍🤍 1mo
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain I was happy to see your review too. It is a beautiful but heartbreaking story 💔 1mo
batsy Lovely review. I'm very interested but also a tiny bit afraid. 1mo
Suet624 I‘m going in. Just picked it up at the library. 1mo
Suet624 And I want to be where you are in this photo. 1mo
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The woman in white | Wilkie COLLINS
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#AlphabetGame Letter W

One of the gems I discovered on the list of #1001books. This gothic novel is fantastic!

erzascarletbookgasm I loved reading this! 1mo
batsy It was so much fun! The first time I read it I was a bit creeped out 😅 1mo
jlhammar I still need to try Wilkie Collins! I‘ve got this and The Moonstone on my shelves waiting patiently. 1mo
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ravenlee I really enjoyed this one, and have The Moonstone lined up for…someday. 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing 🙌🏻📚 1mo
BarbaraBB @jlhammar I‘d start with huis one if I were you! 1mo
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The Colony | Audrey Magee
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With the arrival of painter Lloyd and linguist JP on a small island off the Irish coast, everything changes for the few inhabitants. While we learn by short press notices of the ongoing Troubles on the mainland, life-changing choices and conflicts become the center of their lives. Magee‘s writing is subtle, the tone poetic, the result devastating.

My favorite of the #BookerPrize2022 longlist so far.

(Pic: Little Mermaid, Copenhagen, Denmark)

Ruthiella Great review (and photo as always!). So far this one and The Trees seems to be the favorites. 1mo
julesG Beautiful weather! 1mo
BarbaraBB @julesG Still summer! 1mo
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BarbaraBB @Ruthiella I loved The Trees too! Have you read this one yet? 1mo
julesG Hopefully not in the 30C range though. 1mo
CarolynM Great review! Stacked🙂 I loved my week in Copenhagen - enjoy💕 1mo
Ruthiella Not yet! I‘m waiting to see what makes the shortlist. I‘ve been reading so many contemporary novels this year (thanks to #CampLitsy), I need to balance it out with a few backlist titles. 😃 1mo
Cinfhen Gorgeous photo and fabulous review!! This & Trust are my 2 favorites right now. 1mo
ju.ca.no Great review! Stacked! Also love the photo💙 1mo
squirrelbrain Great review! This is one of my favourites too. Also, as everyone else has said, gorgeous photo! 1mo
charl08 I want to be beside the sea too - it looks beautiful 😍 Juat found out my work has added this book on their libby ebook /audio system, so now I have a choice: eye read paper, ebook or listen. 1mo
TrishB Great review, I know I shall probably read this one! 1mo
jlhammar So glad you enjoyed this one as much as I did. What a perfect background for this book photo! I could just stare at that water and blue sky all day. Really hoping we see this one on the shortlist. 1mo
JamieArc One of my favorites as well. I‘d be surprised if it didn‘t make the shortlist. 1mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen O really? I am having Trust still lined up! 1mo
BarbaraBB @JamieArc @jlhammar @squirrelbrain I‘d be so disappointed if it didn‘t make the shortlist. It was so good and original. 1mo
BarbaraBB @charl08 I read it in print and that really worked wel. To be able to longer over some sentences for example. I hope you‘ll enjoy the book too. 1mo
BarbaraBB @TrishB @ju.ca.no @CarolynM It is really excellent. I hope you‘ll read it! (edited) 1mo
BarbaraBB @julesG 24 degrees. Perfect! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella I know what you mean! I‘ve read more contemporary fiction this year than ever. I‘d be extremely disappointed if this book wouldn‘t make the shortlist though. 1mo
Deblovestoread Beautiful pic and I loved this book, too. 1mo
kspenmoll Love your review. So now I want to read! 1mo
BarbaraBB @kspenmoll You must! It‘s good! 1mo
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Very Nice | Marcy Dermansky
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#AlphabetGame Letter V

This was really the right book at the right time: it was such a funny read and exactly what I needed when I read it, thanks to @Megabooks

Megabooks 😘😘😘 this was such a fun read! 1mo
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