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Our panel‘s Booker predictions are out. Check them out and let us know what you think we got right and what we missed.


Simona Interesting lists! 6mo
BarbaraBB Super excited for this. You all predict so many good ones!
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ValerieAndBooks Good article, thanks for sharing. The men I know tend to gravitate towards non-fiction, so maybe that‘s partly a factor. 6mo
BarbaraBB It‘s true I guess. At least I‘m always pleasantly surprised when I see a man reading a woman author. Idiot! 6mo
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The Yield | Tara June Winch
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Getting ready to make my Booker Prize predictions for our blog‘s shadow panel. Starting this one today. What are your thoughts? Which books will make the list? I‘m still finalizing my list. Publisher lists as Jan 2021 date but my book says 2019. So not clear if it‘s eligible

JenP Can anyone clarify whether this is eligible. I think the UK publication date is 2021 6mo
CarolynM It was published in Australia in 2019, I don't know the UK publication date. It has its good points, but (#unpopularopinion) I was disappointed by it. 6mo
JenP @CarolynM that is the publication date in my copy but it keeps popping up in the Booker lists. Weird. Sorry to hear you didn‘t like it as much as you wanted to 6mo
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BarbaraBB Excited to see your choices for your shadow panel! 6mo
BarbaraBB I am rooting for this one to make it to the longlist 6mo
BarbaraBB But they will probably choose some books by acclaimed authors like Klara and the Sun and Whereabouts (edited) 6mo
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Chronic City | Lethem Jonathan

I rarely find books I can‘t finish. This was one of them. I didn‘t care for the characters. I felt nothing for them other than utmost indifference. The writing was good but the plot was like a pretentious laundry list of inane events involving boring people. I tried to read this with my partner and neither of us could make it through more than the first quarter.

The Sympathizer | Viet Thanh Nguyen
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Book #3. Being in a long distance relationship during covid times when neither of us can travel into the other‘s country has sucked. But finding a partner with whom to read and discuss books is priceless. We alternate book picks and this month is my pick.

JenReadsAlot I'm in a long distance relationship as well! Same country but still a challenge!! 10mo
JenP @JenReadsAlot it is. Traveling anywhere right now is challenging. Hopefully things open up soon - in a safe way 10mo
BarbaraBB That must be frustrating indeed but it also sounds quite romantic! Does he live in Canada? 10mo
JenP @BarbaraBB Norway. Don‘t know why I couldn‘t fall for someone within driving distance 😂 10mo
BarbaraBB Norway! That is wonderful but also complicated. I hope you both will be able to travel soon 🤍 10mo
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Need your help. Trying to pry my kid off screens and into books. She made a video asking for book recommendations. If you have any ideas please suggest them to her. Ask questions to help. It‘s on my Instagram below. A winner will be selected to win autographed copy of Nikel Boys.


JenP She is 10. Likes funny books, realistic fiction, graphic novels. Been somewhat of a reluctant reader so looking for anything that will be engaging. We will pick 10 books from your submissions and a lucky winner will get the whitehead signed book. To participate, just comment under the Instagram link 10mo
Tamra My daughter is 10, 11 next month. She loves the Babysitters Club series of graphic novels, the Dork Diaries series, and most recently Patterson‘s Katt vs. Dogg. 10mo
Tamra By the way, she also loved using the reading journal you tagged a few summers ago. I should get another! 10mo
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JenP @Tamra drop her a comment if you‘re on Instagram with the recommendation. She‘s read all of the first two series you‘ve mentioned so I suspect you‘re on the right track 😁 10mo
JenP @Tamra that‘s great! 10mo
Tamra @JenP I don‘t use Instagram, but I will ask my daughter when she gets home for her suggestions! 10mo
JenP @Tamra thanks! I rarely use it any more but she wanted to create a video. Litsy is better 10mo
Tamra My daughter recommends: the puppy/dog story series by Bruce Cameron, Nat Enough graphic novels, Jackie HaHa graphic novel by Patterson, Terri Libenson graphic novel series, Word of Mouse by Patterson. 10mo
JenP @Tamra thank you! And please thank her too. I‘ll let her know if her books make my daughter‘s summer list 😊 10mo
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HMS Ulysses | Alistair MacLean
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Read this as a joint read with my partner. Definitely not a book I would have chosen for myself and while I struggled with the level of nautical and military detail, I was surprisingly engaged. This book gives a very realistic look at life a ship that is part of an arctic convoy during WWII. Military operations, weather conditions, and crew dynamics are all described in a lot of detail. Men pushed to their breaking points

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Little free library hunt. You can sign up for free and search to see if you have one in your area

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Has anyone tried this subscription package? Thewordytraveler.com. Combines travel and reading in one subscription but a bit pricy so I‘m trying to decide if I should be tempted 😅

wanderinglynn You do get a lot in the box and it sounds like an interesting concept. I like that you can choose either fic or nonfic. But I agree that it‘s still quite pricy. I think I‘d just rather have the book. But I have to laugh that it‘s a Japanese box and yet the tea is from Ohio. 😆 11mo
JenP @wanderinglynn yeah, I noticed that. They do say the won‘t be from the actual place in small print 😂 11mo
Amandajoy Cool concept. I might consider it if they featured a new country every quarter. 11mo
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Cinfhen Hi 🙋🏼‍♀️ I always think of you this time of year....#MarchMadness 💚Hope all is well with you 11mo
JenP @Amandajoy they do. I think next quarter is eygpt 11mo
JenP @Cinfhen hope all is well with you too! I hope next year to run one again! Unless I magically manage to get my grant in tomorrow 😂 11mo
Kdgordon88 I tried this one last year and was not impressed. I gave it 3 boxes and there was never a wow moment. The books were paperbacks that had been out forever and most of the corresponding items were pretty cheap and cheesy. Not worth the money in my opinion. 11mo
Cinfhen Fingers crossed for magic 🪄 💕 11mo
JenP @Kdgordon88 thanks, that‘s helpful. I get so many books that I worry about subscription services that will basically duplicate books I already have 11mo
BarbaraBB The idea is so appealing and I love that they support local charities but I am not impressed by the content of the box (old book, Ohio tea, traditional tourist stuff), which would make it a no for me. And that price! 10mo
JenP @BarbaraBB I agree. For that price they need to be new books bc ive already read the old ones 😂 - most likely 10mo
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Utopia Avenue | David Mitchell
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Does anyone (US based) want this? I got 2 so want to give this to someone who would appreciate it. Hopefully a David Mitchell fan who has read his other books. I will mail it to someone in the US. The book is brand new.

Chili I love David Mitchell!! 🙋🏻‍♀️ I would love it. 12mo
JenP @Chili PM me your mailing address. I think you have my email but if not let me know 12mo
JenP @Chili sorry got delayed but it‘s on its way to you! 11mo
Chili @JenP No problem. Thank you!!! 11mo
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HMS Ulysses | Alistair MacLean
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My partner and I are doing a joint read. He lives in Norway so we are trying to be creative with our time since we can‘t travel. This is his pick (we finished Norse Mythologies last week - my pick). It‘s pretty far out of my reading comfort zone. The sheer detail about military ship operations isn‘t my favorite but the story is starting to pick up. We‘ll see...

Larkken My hubby and I have tried to do read alongs, but our reading paces are too different for it to work. I hope it works better for the two of you! 13mo
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Yes, I‘m alive. The last year or so has been a disaster and I read maybe one book. Got divorced, had multiple family members really ill with Covid, high school friend died, job issues, started dating someone new long distance (Norway-US), mom got diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, and more. Some days I could barely bring drag myself out of bed let alone read. My bf likes to read so we are doing joint reads this year. Hoping to get back to it. Happy NY

JenP I‘m pretty sure I owe people some books. Can‘t promise to log in regularly yet but will make an effort. Have missed this community 13mo
slategreyskies Sending you love & light!! 💕✨ 13mo
Kalalalatja I‘m so sorry to hear all you have been trough. Hope 2021 will bring good things 💕 13mo
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego That sounds like a very difficult year, I'm so sorry. Wishing you all the best in 2021! 13mo
Chrissyreadit You‘ve been through a lot. ❤️❤️❤️ 13mo
Simona ♥️♥️♥️ 13mo
vivastory I'm sorry to hear about everything you've had to deal with! Fingers crossed for a better New Year! 13mo
CaitZ Wishing you all the good things for 2021 13mo
JenP Thanks everyone. Many good things have happened too just been a lot of changes to manage in one year. With each difficult event, I‘ve also had good events. I‘ve definitely missed all of you and all the books. 13mo
Librarybelle It‘s good to hear from you! Sorry you have been through so much, and I hope this year is a much better year for you ❤️ 13mo
JenP @vivastory thanks. I‘m pretty sure you‘re one of the people I owe a book to. Best wishes for you and your New Years too! 13mo
vivastory I don't remember it if you do. No worries! 13mo
britt_brooke Happy to see you @JenP ! 13mo
batsy Sorry to hear about all that you had to deal with. It's great to see you back. 13mo
emilyhaldi Welcome back- wishing you a happy and healthy 2021!! 🎊 13mo
TheRiehlDeal I‘m sorry you‘ve been through so much this past year. Things will get better. Glad to see you back! 🙂 13mo
BookwormM OMG you are really back so glad to see you and let‘s hope 2021 is better all round 13mo
JenP @BookwormM hope so. I am trying to get back to reading. My uncle died a few days ago. Combo of covid and other health issues. Sad but he was older and struggling with his health for months (poor quality of life) so in some ways his passing brought some peace. 12mo
JenP @britt_brooke thank you! Good to see you and others still active here! 12mo
JenP @TheRiehlDeal thank you! 12mo
JenP @emilyhaldi thanks! 12mo
JenP @batsy thanks! Nice to be back 12mo
JenP @Librarybelle thank you! I know it‘s been a rough year for many. Hope we all have a good 2021 12mo
Cinfhen Wow, that is a lot. I‘m so sorry you had so much on your plate. I was just thinking about you and was so happy to see you‘re back💕 11mo
BarbaraBB Wow Jen, I just saw your like on my post and couldn't believe my eyes. You're back! I moved over to your thread and only now saw your posts. I am so sorry to hear of all you went through last year and I do hope 2021 will be a lot better. You have been reading again I notice, I am glad to see that. I am very happy you are back and hope to stay connected! 💝 💝 10mo
JenP @BarbaraBB thank you! I‘ve missed you all. Things going slightly better this year. Fingers crossed! Little by little I‘m getting back to reading. Glad to see you are still active here. I‘ve definitely missed this community 10mo
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3 more hours to fill out tour brackets before you get locked out. If the link on the blog isn‘t working for you, send me an email jenlane3[at]yahoo[dot]com and I will email you a different link.

Instructions and link to book bracket are here: https://thereadersroom.org/book-march-madness-2019/

Avanders 👋🏽 ♥️ 3y
Sweettartlaura When does the reading period end? I don‘t see that in the link. Thanks! 3y
JenP May 15. Sorry will update on the blog tomorrow 3y
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Kalalalatja Hi Jen, hope everything is well with you! Where do we post our final score for the challenge? ☺️ 3y
Cinfhen Hey Jen!!! Just thinking of you this morning. Hope you‘re well❤️ 2y
vivastory Hi Jen, I hope everything is going well for you and your family. Hope to see you again on Litsy. 2y
BarbaraBB Hi Jen, still missing you here on Litsy 💚 2y
Cinfhen Hi @JenP hoping all is well with you and the family 💕 2y
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Brackets have been posted. If you want to play for prizes, make sure you fill out your basketball bracket on CBS sports. All teams are paired with books. Full instructions:


Kalalalatja Let the planning begin! @BarbaraBB are you playing again? 😄 3y
BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja Yes, I am! You too?🙌 3y
Kalalalatja @BarbaraBB yes! Just finished my bracket and put a lot of books on hold at the library 👍 3y
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BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja For me there are not so many books that I‘d like to read. Or I‘vr read them already. 🤨 3y
Kalalalatja @BarbaraBB that‘s too bad! I haven‘t read that many new releases the last year, so most of them are on my tbr list, so hopefully I can get to some of them 🤞 3y
JenP @BarbaraBB remember you can alsways sub out a book if you‘ve read it 3y
BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja I had that last year, that‘s great! And you‘re right Jen, I‘m going to find some good ones for the ones I‘ve read. And my winner I definitely want to read! 3y
jhod I can't see where the books are that are matched to the teams? Am sure I'm being stupid... I've filled my bracket out though! 3y
jhod Ignore me - have found it! 3y
sprainedbrain I asked on the blog, but does anyone know: when does the reading period end? I‘ve got several on hold at the library, but depending on the end of the reading period I may need look for other copies! 3y
JenP @jhod great! 3y
JenP @sprainedbrain let me get back to you. I think end of April. 3y
sprainedbrain @JenP ok thank you! Should I ask about subs here or on the blog? I have two that I have read and will need to sub for (if the teams do as well as I hope). 😃 3y
JenP @sprainedbrain either place. I was having trouble logging Into Wordpress yesterday so saw your question but couldn‘t respond 3y
sprainedbrain @JenP No worries! I would like to use this book as a sub for Circe (I‘ve read both of Madeline Miller‘s books). I‘ve read that it‘s similar to Circe, and it‘s about the same length. Is it ok? 3y
sprainedbrain Also, I‘ve read Children of Blood and Bone and would like to sub this one if I can: 3y
Shadowfat @JenP I couldn't get the link to the bracket on CBS to work, it said it was expired :( 3y
JenP Send me an email with your email let address for challenge and I will email you a link. Jenlane3[at]yahoo[dot]com @Shadowfat (edited) 3y
JenP @sprainedbrain those are both fine (edited) 3y
JenP @Shadowfat I resent email to your gmail address. Check and see if that works 3y
Shadowfat Thanks for sending the link again, it worked and I was able to sign up. 3y
hes7 Would it be possible to substitute The Astonishing Color of After with Saints and Misfits and Children of Blood and Bone with The Belles? 3y
sprainedbrain Ok thanks! one more (I think): could I substitute this one for I‘ll Be Gone in the Dark, since I‘ve read it? 3y
sprainedbrain Sorry if this has already been asked: Spring by Ali Smith is the book that goes with Duke, but it‘s not released until 4/30, which is when the reading period ends. Do we get extra time for that one? 😬 3y
JenP @hes7 yes 3y
JenP @sprainedbrain I will extend reading period until May 15 3y
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Okay, life has been insane but yes, I am alive and trying to put this together last minute due to many requests that we do this again. I will be posting full instructions on the blog by end of day. But for now...

Submit your book nominations today in comment section. Book must have been published march 2018- march 2019.

Books will be added to book bracket which I will release tomorrow. Then everyone who wants to play can sign up!

Kalalalatja Glad to see you back! 🙌 3y
JenP @Kalalalatja thanks! I will try to do a bit better now that I‘m back reading again. I‘ve missed all of you 3y
BookwormM Yay glad you‘re back I have been lonely 👍😃 3y
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Kalalalatja And I would like to nominate this 3y
jhod Yay! Good to see you back. I nominate 3y
JenP @merelybookish thanks! 3y
JenP @jhod thanks! 3y
JenP @Kalalalatja great! 3y
JenP @BookwormM I have been a bad, bad blogger 😭 I am eternally grateful to you for keeping things running 3y
BarbaraBB Wow, there you are 💕So happy you‘re back. I hope your life is a bit quieter now! Thanks for organizing!! I‘d like to nominate 3y
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen she‘s back! 🙌 3y
Cinfhen Hi, Jen!!!! I‘m not going to participate but I‘m so glad you‘re back😘😘 3y
Cinfhen Thanks for the tag @BarbaraBB 😃🙌🏻💚 3y
Liz_M Welcome back! ☺ 3y
sprainedbrain So excited! I nominated on the blog post. 😃 3y
CafeMom Good to see you again. I have missed you over at Goodreads. 3y
KatieB Soooooo excited to do this again! 3y
Sweettartlaura Let‘s see if I can get any further this time 🤗. Not sure how many books you have altogether, so I‘m gonna nominate a couple - use what you like 💁🏻‍♀️ 3y
Simona Welcome back❣️ 3y
batsy Nice to see you back! 🌻 3y
JenP @Cinfhen thanks! And nominate a book anyway. You can still win a prize if your book wins 3y
JenP @KatieB nominate another. That one has been picked already! 3y
JenP @Sweettartlaura you can only nominate one since the person who nominated the winning book gets a prize 3y
JenP @Sweettartlaura so let me know which of your choices you prefer 3y
Cinfhen Yay!!! I‘m gonna list a few books and u can choose whichever u like. Thanks,Jen 💋 3y
BarbaraBB @emilyhaldi Are you in?! 3y
JenP @Sweettartlaura sorry, I didn‘t get your response in time so I selected at random 3y
JenP @Cinfhen sorry, didn‘t see in time. But I will put you down for becoming since I added that one to fill and you mentioned it 3y
Cinfhen Thanks, Jen ❤️ 3y
Sweettartlaura No problem, @JenP - thanks 🙏🏻 3y
emilyhaldi Ugh @BarbaraBB I wish 😭 I‘ve been traveling for work with no time to read or even look at the March madness bracket!!! Im going to miss it this time around. I‘ll have to live vicariously through you!! 😉 3y
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#backpackEurope participants- please make sure your scores are updated on the blog. I will be announcing winners this Sunday. I hope you had fun!

mabell Definitely! ❤️😄👏 3y
Cinfhen Hi!!!! Where have you been???? Hope all is ok??? Happy Thanksgiving 🧡 3y
sprainedbrain Jen! Missing your posts... hope all is well with you! ❤️ 3y
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JenP @sprainedbrain @Cinfhen one day my life will get back to normal and I can post again. All is good. It so insanely busy with work I am barely staying afloat with other things. Hoping the new year brings some down time. I haven‘t read a book in months 😭 3y
Cinfhen I‘m sorry that you haven‘t been reading but glad to know you‘re ok. Sending best wishes for a peaceful holiday season xx miss you and look forward to seeing you back on Litsy 3y
BarbaraBB Me too. I hope you‘ll have some down time in December to read and spend with your family. Missing you! #booktwins 💜 3y
Cinfhen Just my monthly check in!! Hope things are quieting down and you‘re getting ready to enjoy the holidays xx 3y
LeahBergen I‘ve been missing you! 3y
Cinfhen Hi!!!!!! Happy New Year....hope you‘re doing alright ❣️❣️❣️ 3y
BarbaraBB Happy new year Jen, hope you‘re doing well 💜 3y
Avanders Just dropping by and saying hi 👋🏽. I know life gets crazy — hope all is well with you!! ♥️♥️ 3y
Cinfhen Hi Jen! Was thinking of you today😊Hope all is well ~ miss u 3y
Cinfhen It‘s me!!! Thinking of you xx Hope life has quieted down and all is well 2y
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I thought I‘d hate it but I loved it. Beautifully writing, dazzlingly original, and haunting. A dark book but one worth reading. One of my favorites so far #manbooker2018

Our full reviews are here: https://thereadersroom.org/2018/09/13/2018-man-booker-longlist-the-long-take/

BarbaraBB Yay, we‘re in sync again 😀 3y
JenP Yay! @BarbaraBB (edited) 3y
Emilymdxn I felt exactly the same!! I wasn‘t convinced from the blurb but from page 2 I was in love! 3y
BarbaraBB Hi Jen! You‘re okay? Just checking😘 3y
JenP @BarbaraBB yes. Got a new phone and had problems with my account. I thought i had lost my Litsy account. Eek. I‘m good though and better now I figured it out 3y
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I thought I‘d hate it but I loved it. Beautifully writing, dazzlingly original, and haunting. A dark book but one worth reading. One of my favorites so far #manbokker2018

Our full reviews are here: https://thereadersroom.org/2018/09/13/2018-man-booker-longlist-the-long-take/

Warlight: A novel | Michael Ondaatje
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I loved this book. I had dreaded reading it and was pleasantly surprised. Our shadow panel posted our reviews today. Check them out and let us know with whom you agree most.


Lindy I‘m with you @JenP on this one. 😊 3y
vivastory This is high on my TBR, as is The English Patient. 3y
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JenP @vivastory I hope you like it 3y
JenP @Lindy yay! I‘m glad to hear that 3y
BarbaraBB This will be my next, once I finish The Overstory. Glad you liked it! 3y
Cinfhen Hi 👋 haven‘t seen much of you all summer ~ hope all is well 3y
JenP @Cinfhen yes! Insanely busy but all is good! Should be back to normal again soon! (edited) 3y
Cinfhen Glad to hear 💕 3y
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Milkman | Anna Burns
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Not gonna lie, I‘m struggling with this one #manbooker

A week after starting I‘m still on page 27

squirrelbrain Oh dear! And the cover is so pretty.... (shallow, me?!) 3y
Bklover Just read the other Litsy reviews and this doesn‘t sound like my cup of tea. I think you‘d have to be in just the right mood for this one! 3y
JenP @squirrelbrain the cover is beautiful 3y
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JenP @Bklover the writing style isn‘t for me and I think that is what will make it or break it for people 3y
Reviewsbylola After a week, I‘d for sure bail. But I‘m weak. 😂 And fickle. 3y
tstan It really does get better about a third of the way in. 3y
BookwormM I am at the 31% mark. I don‘t mind the writing style as I like the narrator but so far not a lot has happened. 3y
Abailliekaras I‘m struggling! @tstan I‘m nearly at the one third mark so here‘s hoping it picks up. 🙏🏼 3y
BookwormM I am finished and for me it never actually picked up I could have quite happily done without the last chapter which just dragged things out 3y
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Mars Room | Rachel Kushner
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Our Shadow panel reviews are posted: https://thereadersroom.org/2018/08/14/2018-man-booker-longlist-the-mars-room/

I thought it was pretty solid but certainly not one of my favorites. Stop by and let us know who you most agree with from the panel. Comments on the blog are appreciated 😊

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Man Booker Prize | Frederic P Miller, Agnes F Vandome, John McBrewster
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Man Bookering. I almost have the full set. Only missing Normal People. The others I have as ecopies.

Sorry been a bit quite her lately as I attempt to read them all before shortlist is announced. But I am reading all your posts 😊

Emilymdxn I‘m doing my best but no idea how I‘ll get through them all before the shortlist is released 😱 3y
JamieArc I‘m making my way through as many as possible before the shortlist is announced. Everything Under just arrived today and I‘m in love with the cover 😍 3y
ReadingEnvy I'm stalled on Milkman so I need to move to another one I think 3y
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JenP @JamieArc yes, beautiful! 3y
JenP @Emilymdxn good luck! 3y
JenP @ReadingEnvy I‘ve heard great things about it but also heard that it‘s all about the narrative style and that the style won‘t work for everyone 3y
Simona Enjoy 😊 3y
BookishTrish Wow! 3y
AnneCecilie Who's your favorite(s) so far? 3y
JenP @AnneCecilie I‘m waiting until we post all our reviews to reveal my favorites. But I‘ll tag you when I am ready to post them 😬 3y
BarbaraBB Tag me too please 😘 3y
JenP @BarbaraBB will do! And tag me in your reviews too! 3y
BarbaraBB I will. I just started my fourth book, The Water Cure. 3y
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#backpackEurope participants. Updates have been posted on the blog. No traveler delays this week!

Mini challenge with 3 stages is a culinary challenge. Check it out: https://thereadersroom.org/summer-2018-reading-challenge-backpack-across-europe/

KellyHunsakerReads This takes me to the post but without an update for this week. 3y
JenP @Hunsakermountain thanks. For some reason it didn‘t save. Let me fix it 3y
JenP @Hunsakermountain so weird, I copied and pasted it from the blog for goodreads but it must have reverted back to an old edition. I think it‘s fixed 3y
KellyHunsakerReads Jen you may want to change date also or people may not read on. 3y
VeganCleopatra I agree, the date made me initially think it wasn't updated. 3y
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Everything Under | Daisy Johnson
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This cover ❤️💚💜

Emilymdxn Ikr it‘s SO lovely! 3y
JenP @Emilymdxn yes! The photo doesn‘t do it justice either. 3y
Emilymdxn I read this one on kindle like I do most books (easier on my weak wrists, cheaper, less space when I live in a single room) but this was one of the ones that REALLY made me wish I‘d bought the pretty book 3y
mrozzz And signed! 👌🏻 3y
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The Mars Room: A Novel | Rachel Kushner
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#manbooker2018 book number 3.

bobregina I absolutely love this cover 😍 3y
celtichik Great book! 3y
LibraryCin I was also going to comment that i like the cover. 3y
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Cinfhen Curious to hear your thoughts ~ I was a little underwhelmed 3y
JenP @Cinfhen I am about halfway through. It‘s okay but I‘m not absolutely loving it 3y
Cinfhen Hi Jen!!! Haven‘t seen u on Litsy ~ hope all is well 💕 3y
JenP @Cinfhen yes, frantically reading for our Man Booker challenge. Also check the blog - you are delayed this week for #backpackEurope 3y
Cinfhen Ha!! Good thing I checked in with u! Glad all is well 3y
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Sabrina | Nick Drnaso
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I may need a magnifying glass to read this

DGRachel 😮 3y
Debiw781 Hmmm... this was on my list to buy but that‘s teeny tiny print 🤔 3y
Phlamboyant Whoa. 3y
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JenP @MaGoose @debiw781 I think it‘s a good one to read but the print was a struggle for me. Some pages are gray which makes it even harder to read. 3y
MaGoose Hunh. I have always wanted to read a graphic novel, but I guess it won't be this one. With print like that I would need a magnifying glass as well as my reading glasses. 3y
BarbaraBB That book looks super unattractive. I just ordered it though 😂 3y
Kalalalatja @BarbaraBB I‘m with you, and I‘m not that big of a fan of the artstyle. But if it gets enough good reviews I might pick it up 😄 3y
BookwormM Eek I ordered the Kindle version as the book had 4-6 week lead time this is going to be fun 3y
JenP @BarbaraBB most pages look like the bottom 4 boxes. I think it‘s a good graphic novel. But overall I‘m not a huge graphic novel fan. So I thought it was good but hard to compare it to full length literary novels 3y
JenP @BookwormM well I think at least with the kindle copy you can zoom in 3y
JenP @Kalalalatja I think it‘s worth reading. The art style isn‘t my favorite but it does match the tone/theme of the book 3y
KGlibrarian I just heard this talked about on the NYTimes Book Review podcast and put it on my TBR list. As a librarian I like reading graphic novels to be able to advise readers about all types of books—my only problem with them is the small print! 3y
Cinfhen Yea; that will NOT work for the over 40 set 😁😂😜 3y
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The Overstory: A Novel | Richard Powers
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#manbooker2018 my first book of the longlist and I really enjoyed it. Beautifully written and clever, this is a book is a call to action and lovely exposition on trees and their importance.

Full review on the blog for the shadow panel.

readingjedi I read this as a NetGalley ebook (and loved it!) so didn't get to see the cover. It is gorgeous and perfect 🌳🌲🌳🌲🌳 3y
tstan I started listening today. I have to say the first section, set on an Iowa Farm, touched me quite a bit. Can‘t wait to listen to the rest! 3y
BarbaraBB Beautiful pic. Looking forward to this one! 3y
charl08 Love your photo. Hope to read this in time for the SL announcement. 3y
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Sabrina | Nick Drnaso
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Book #2 for my Man Booker longlist shadow panel: first ever graphic novel nominated for the longlist.

To follow our shadow panel reviews you can follow the blog. I just finished Overstory and will be reading this next.



Adventures-of-a-French-Reader I've read only Beverly by him, but I really like his style. Often graphic novels are looked down upon (a lot of people think they are the same as comics), and I hate it at Barnes and Noble when they put graphic novel among comics... I love graphic journalism and graphic memoirs. If you haven't read Beverly, read it! It really made me uneasy. 3y
JenP @JulietteGF I haven‘t read it. Will check it out 3y
tstan Waiting for this one to come. Should have ordered it when I heard of it...🙄 3y
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Harry Potter: fun book | J.K. Rowling
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I need this in my life.

saresmoore I‘m resisting the urge to buy every set and hoard them until Christmas. Not well, but resisting. 3y
JenP @saresmoore ha ha. Me too 3y
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Overstory | Richard Powers
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Loving this one

arubabookwoman My favorite book of 2018 so far, and my only 5 star read of the year so far. 3y
JenP @arubabookwoman I‘m about halfway done. It is fantastic 3y
Cinfhen Totally stacking based on both of your comments @JenP @arubabookwoman 3y
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Trying to pick just two winners for creativity points is practically impossible. This week I couldn‘t decide so I picked three excellent entries. You each get 1 extra point:
@mabell @Hunsakermountain and Diane - https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/19373257-the-other-diane-s-european-1001-to...

Check out their #backpackEurope posts

mabell Thank you!! ❤️😊 Congratulations @Hunsakermountain and Diane! 🎉 3y
hilded Congrats ladies :) @mabell & @Hunsakermountain 3y
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mabell Thank you @Simona and @hilded ! ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
KellyHunsakerReads Thanks! After being runner up last week it was nice to be picked this week. 3y
Cinfhen Congrats guys! 3y
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#backpackEurope July 23 update

Travel Hub: Hungary
Weather delays: Italy and Austria (if you are located in one of these two, you may finish your book by have to wait until next Monday to move to next country. These 2 are blackout out for the week so no new visitors until 7/30
Player delays: @Kalalalatja and Diane (goodreads member) are both delayed this week. You may finish your current book but then must wait until next Monday to move forward.

Kalalalatja Too bad, I‘ll just have to extend my stay in the Netherlands then 😉 3y
JenP @Kalalalatja bad luck 😢 3y
Itchyfeetreader Whoops I finished my Austria book 12 hours ago and had already moved to Florence! Guess impact is the same, although my TBR has more than one Italian book so I might see if I can hitchhike from Florence to Venice when I am done! Is that allowed? 3y
JenP @Itchyfeetreader is what allowed? Reading two books for the same country? You only get points for your first visit to a country but you are welcome to read a second one for pleasure 3y
Itchyfeetreader @jenp a girls got to do something when she is trapped by the weather! 3y
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The Similars | Rebecca Hanover
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An elite high school is thrown into a tailspin when 6 cloned students are invited to attend the school. These students‘ “originals” are attending as juniors and seniors at the school. When they turn into each other, it sparks all kinds of mayhem

This was highlighted as a buzz worthy YA book at BEA. Honestly it was all rather silly and way too predictable. The premise is interesting but so predictable as to send me into fits of eye rolling.

JenP I will say that despite the fact that is was painfully lacking in subtlety, I still felt entertained at times. It probably will be a blockbuster 3y
Cinfhen Great review!! Well done 😄you‘re making early progress #booked2018 #impressed ❣️ 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Interesting premise. Too bad it was still a pan! 3y
BookHoarder32 I agree, the entertainment value lay in the ridiculousness of it all. 3y
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Happiness | Aminatta Forna
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This book I ordered just arrived and it smells like lavender. Like really strong lavender scent. 🤔

LeahBergen That‘s strange! 4y
JenP @LeahBergen I guess I should be thankful that it smells like lavender and not something else. 😂 (edited) 4y
BarbaraBB Gorgeous cover though! I hope it‘ll make the longlist, then I am allowed to buy it too 😉 4y
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JenP @BarbaraBB it didn‘t make the list 3y
BarbaraBB Did you do well with your predictions? 3y
JenP @BarbaraBB nope 😂 3y
BarbaraBB @JenP it is an impossible job I think 😉 3y
JenP @BarbaraBB I‘m usually happy if I get 2 right. Last year I got half right. This year I had 2 from my list make it and 2 more were on my extended list. The others hadn‘t even crossed my mind 3y
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These are photos of my real trip to Avignon (I traveled back in time) during the festival top left are about half the tickets I collected. There were plays, concerts, dance performances in every barn, theatre, public venue, etc throughout the entire festival. Wonderful experience - and lots of wine (my friend and I drank many delicious bottles).

I‘m still in Ireland for my virtual trip. Hoping to make it to France by tomorrow

JamieArc Avignon is beautiful. I have fond memories of my trip there ❤️ 4y
JenP I loved it! Glad you have good memories too 4y
Kalalalatja Awesome! 4y
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hilded So nice seeing real pictures, seems like a great holiday ☀️ 4y
mabell How cool! Love the skateboarder photobomb 😂 It sounds like an amazing trip. 4y
Cinfhen Fabulous photos!! 3y
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Man Booker Prize | Frederic P Miller, Agnes F Vandome, John McBrewster
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The Man Booker longlist will be announced Tuesday. Here are a few of the books we (our shadow panel) predict might make the list. See our full list on the blog here: https://thereadersroom.org/2018/07/20/2018-man-booker-longlist-our-predictions/

Did we leave off your favorite? Which books do@you think will make the list?

Quirkybookworm Never heard of them but am intrigue! 4y
KellyHunsakerReads I have only read Warlight and Sing Unburied Sing and agree about both. 4y
JenP @Hunsakermountain Warlight wasn‘t on my prediction list but I think several other panel members picked it for the longlist. Glad to hear you liked it. I haven‘t read it yet 4y
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BarbaraBB Great blogpost. I love this time of year but I really don‘t have a clue about what the longlist will be. Love your predictions! 4y
JenP @BarbaraBB thanks! This year was really hard for me. Too many good options. I‘ll be happy if I get a couple correct 4y
BarbaraBB I‘ve been avoiding Sing Unburied Sing but according to you it may come so far that I must read it after all 😉 4y
JenP @BarbaraBB I think it will make the longlist but I‘m not sure it will move to the shortlist 4y
BarbaraBB And I was thinking of maybe 4y
JenP @BarbaraBB I considered that one. I haven‘t read it yet though 4y
BarbaraBB ... it‘s a debut, and a good one! 4y
Simona Interesting lists and I have read only two (Winter and Eleanor Oliphant) ... 4y
BookwormM I left Winter off my prediction as I thought Autumn was a stronger book and that was nominated last year @Simona 4y
Simona @BookwormM I absolutely agree with you. For me Winter was the same story as Autumn, only with different characters ... 4y
Cinfhen Going to check out your blog - like your prediction stack 3y
JenP @BookwormM look at our blog. Under drafts: man Booker longlist 3y
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Arriving in Avignon: A Record | Paul F. Vincent, Danil Robberechts
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#backpackEurope participants - are you lucky enough to be in France?

A mini challenge has been posted on the blog challenge page. Instructions a bit too long to post here so Check it out — https://thereadersroom.org/summer-2018-reading-challenge-backpack-across-europe/

JenP I‘ve actually attended this festival and it was amazing. If I can find some photos I will post them! 4y
mabell Cool idea! And I can get to France this week, yay! Next to figure out what performance to "attend" ... ? Post photos, if you find them! 4y
JenP @mabell i will dig through my photo album and see if I can find some photo and I think I kept some playbills too 4y
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RachelN Jen does a TV show count as a show? 4y
JenP @RachelN yes 4y
Cinfhen Oh, lucky me...I‘m currently in Paris 😍 and was planning on checking out a film or maybe visiting Moulin Rouge (would that count???) Hope you‘re having a good trip 💕 4y
JenP @Cinfhen yes! 4y
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Asymmetry | Lisa Halliday
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I know this book gets tons of critical acclaim but if you need to essentially read a literary analysis to understand it then that‘s a problem.

Very meta. Told as two separate novellas and a coda, 90% of this went over my head. I didn‘t understand how the two novellas were connected until I read the reviews. Story 1 is a relationship between a young woman, Alice, & an older writer (inspired by the author‘s relation with Philip Roth). Story 2 👇🏼

JenP Is about an American-Iraqi man who is being detained at UK customs and looks back on his life. The coda is an interview with the Philip Roth character. I will say the way the two novellas are related is clever but I didn‘t catch the connection until I read the reviews. I enjoyed this book more on reflection than I did while reading it (edited) 4y
Rcoco Sounds like a writers‘ kind of book. Nice review! 4y
JenP @Rcoco yes, definitely 4y
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Creativity points: This week there were so many great posts that it was virtually impossible to pick winners. This week‘s winners are...

@hilded for creativity in the face of being stuck. Honorable mention (but no points) goes to @Hunsakermountain

@mabell who updated here and on her blog. You can see her posts here: http://www.graymyrtle.com/book-blog/2...

Congrats ladies! Hilde and Mabell you both get 1 extra point.

mabell Thank you! This is so much fun! I love seeing all fellow travelers' amazingly creative posts; it feels truly immersive! 4y
mabell Thanks @Hunsakermountain ! Your posts have been so entertaining! 😄 4y
hilded @jenp Thank you, that is so nice :) I love seeing all the great posts and books that are being made and read for this challenge 😍It was fun being stuck in Sweden with you @Hunsakermountain #BackpackEurope (edited) 4y
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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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I just finished this book while sitting at my daughter‘s gymnastics practice and I‘m a mess. We follow 12 Native American characters as they all prepare for and attend a Powwow. All characters have different reasons for going all reflect different perspectives of the urban indigenous community.

It‘s brilliant and heartbreaking and one of the best books I‘ve read this year.

BarbaraBB Okay, that‘s settled. #stacked 4y
LiteraryinLawrence Yup, I‘m stacking it too! 4y
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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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#backpackEurope Weather/event delay: Monaco and Turkey

I don‘t think anyone is in either of these two places but if you are, you will be delayed for a week. These are now blackout locations for the week so if you wish to visit them, you must wait until next Monday.

Traveler delays: please check blog. I can‘t tag people yet. Bookandcat and Parzival are delayed this week.

JenP Once I‘m able to tag again, I will announce the creativity points since this week‘s winners are both here on Litsy. 4y
BookaholicNatty @JenP I‘m having fun watching this!!! I wasn‘t exactly sure how it all worked so I decided to just watch this year but next year I‘m definitely going to be playing!!!! I do think it takes good planning. I‘m having so much fun seeing all the creativity and photos!!!!! How many years have you all been doing this?? 4y
bookandcat Womp womp :-( my first week and already delayed lol 4y
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JenP @bookandcat I know. That was bad luck. You can however finish your current book (edited) 4y
bookandcat Quick question - to count for a country, do the books need to be by an author from that country, or set in that country, or paetially set there, or what? So far mine have all been by authors and set there, but I have books on my tbr set in some countries but the authors might live elsewhere. 4y
JenP @bookandcat either is fine. 4y
JenP @BookaholicNatty this is just the second year. The challenge goes through sep if you want to join. I‘ve not been too organized in my travels but rather have just gone wherever the mood strikes. 4y
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Untitled | To Be Announced
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This week‘s travel Hub: Italy #backpackEurope

Turns out Italian airlines are having a massive sale. If you arrive here before the end of the week, you will be able to buy a discounted air travel ticket to any European country you wish.

Itchyfeetreader Exciting this is where I am trying to head by the end of the week! 4y
Cinfhen I‘m trying to get there as well @itchyfeetreader 4y
Itchyfeetreader @cinfhen and then I realised my Austria book has 600 pages! 4y
Cinfhen Hope you‘re a fast reader @itchyfeetreader 4y
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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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Loving this book so far

Chelsea.Poole I‘m reading this one too...same here, loving it! 😊 4y
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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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Here‘s a shot of the full quilt I posted about earlier. Gifted to my father-in-law for his medical work on the Pine Ridge Reservation in the 1970s. The colors appear a bit faded in this photo bc my bedroom was dark. The colors are much more vibrant in person. Also the quilt is huge. Fits a king size bed

AmyG Wow. Beautiful. 4y
DivineDiana Fabulous! ❤️ 4y
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Reviewsbylola ❤️❤️❤️ 4y
Kalalalatja Awesome! 4y
DGRachel Beautiful. I love that pattern, but it has Y seams and I totally can‘t do Y seams. 😭😭 4y
Kimzey Beautiful quilt! 4y
JenP @DGRachel that beats me. I‘d like to learn how to quilt — even the basics 4y
tdrosebud That is so beautiful! 4y
Suet624 Gorgeous!!! 4y
Quirkybookworm Bellissimo !! 4y
saresmoore That is really incredible! 4y
britt_brooke Wow, it‘s beautiful! 4y
Pamwurtzler That‘s gorgeous! 4y
batsy It's so beautiful. 4y
Wife 😍 4y
Cinfhen Amazing 4y
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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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We are the memories we don‘t remember...

I‘m only on the prologue but I‘m already crying

peacegypsy Cannot wait to get this one. ❤️ 4y
ErikasMindfulShelf It‘s amazing. 4y
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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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Next up...
The quilt underneath was made by Oglala Lakota people in the 1970s and gifted to my father-in-law who worked for several years on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation as a pediatrician. We have a collection of beautiful quilts that were given to my in-laws.

Suet624 Beautiful quilt! Beautiful gift! And yay for Powell‘s subscribers! 4y
Aimeesue Wow! Gorgeous. And what a great quilt story. 4y
AmyG Beautiful! 4y
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erzascarletbookgasm That‘s a beautiful quilt. ❤️ 4y
batsy That's beautiful. And the history behind it 🧡 4y
Chelsea.Poole Gorgeous quilt! 4y
ephemeralwaltz I've heard such amazing things about this one. Beautiful! 4y
Reviewsbylola The quilt is beautiful and I love the story behind it! 4y
sprainedbrain That is beautiful! 4y
Kdgordon88 The quilt is an amazing treasure. 4y
arubabookwoman That is a beautiful quilt, and it‘s hand-quilted too! 4y
JenP @Suet624 @aimeesue @amyg @erzascarlettbookgasm @batsy @chelsea.poole @ephemeralwaltz @reviewsbylola @sprainedbrain @kgordon88 @@arubabookwoman thanks all. It‘s certainly one of our treasures. I posted a photo of the full quilt so you can see the whole thing. 4y
Cinfhen Stunning photo 🧡💛❤️ 4y
JenP @Cinfhen thanks! 4y
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The Sparsholt Affair | Alan Hollinghurst
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I really enjoyed this book and the way the author captures the lives, relationships, and experiences of gay men in Britain over a 70+ year span. The writing is amazing and while the plot does drag in a few places, I still loved it.

Book is decided into 5 sections (section 1 is by far the best) and each section jumps ahead about 10 years to follow the Sparsholt family.

JenP @BarbaraBB I did really like it but I haven‘t read any of his other books so I had no comparison. I do get some of the critiques but overall a really enjoyable read for me 4y
rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 4y
BarbaraBB Thanks for this review. It moves up my tbr now despite my friend‘s opinion. I‘ve loved two other books by him, so I csb‘t go really wrong I think! 😘 4y
Cinfhen Oh God! If section one is the best I don‘t think I‘m going to like this book. It‘s already dragging for me at page 78 3y
Cinfhen Hi Jen!!!!! Miss u!!!!! 3y
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The Sparsholt Affair | Alan Hollinghurst
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Trying to cram in a few more books before I make my 2018 Man Booker longlist predictions. Each year on the blog our panel of judges reads and reviews the entire longlist. But before we begin we make predictions on which books will make it.

Do you think this one will make the longlist? I‘m only a few chapters in. Monday we post our predictions

Samplergal I will look forward to the predictions. I usually read a few of them. 4y
ReadingEnvy I always love seeing your thoughts! 4y
ReadingEnvy This particular one, I thought the first section was strongest. 4y
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JenP @ReadingEnvy I love following your thoughts too. Which is your top pick for the longlist? 4y
JenP @Samplergal I look forward to discussing the list with you! 4y
JenP @ReadingEnvy my list of predictions is mostly done but I am reading a few more to try and see which ones will snag my last few prediction spots 4y
ReadingEnvy @JenP I have a much harder time now that it includes USA now. Is there a master list somewhere? I wonder if Circe by Madeleine Miller might make a showing. 4y
JenP @ReadingEnvy no, no master list. It can be any book published in UK between oct 2017-sept 2018. There is a goodreads list for voting but it‘s not a comprehensive list and based on the books nominated by members of that group. 4y
JenP @ReadingEnvy what do you think of overstory? 4y
ReadingEnvy Well if Overstory counts it's a definite yes for me. It's gorgeous so far and helpful that it's a previously nominated author. Ooh maybe Winter by Ali Smith or maybe that was on last year. 4y
JenP @ReadingEnvy I‘m trying to read that one next -overstory. Here‘s the list: https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/115479.Man_Booker_Prize_Eligible_2018 (edited) 4y
ReadingEnvy I have this on my shelf but hear consistent good things 4y
ReadingEnvy I hope this one isn't selected because I would hate to see it take a spot from someone else - 4y
BarbaraBB Interesting predictions on the GoodReads list. I always look forward to the Man Booker Longlist. I don‘t think the Hollinghurst will make it there, but my predictions are mostly wrong😊 4y
JenP @BarbaraBB have you read this one? Didn‘t like it? I‘m loving it so far but only a little way in. Yeah the goodreads list is interesting and I don‘t agree with many of the top ones. And Pullman‘s book is high up on the list which is bizarre to me. 4y
BarbaraBB @JenP no I haven‘t read it yet, so I don‘t really know but I heard little about it. On the GoodReads list I see many I don‘t agree with too. But there are a lot there too that I haven‘t even heard of! 4y
BarbaraBB A good friend of fine was disappointed by this Hollinghurst (while she is a big fan) so I have postponed reading it. I hope you‘ll like it, then I am motivated to pick it up too! 4y
Liz_M I love the bookmark! ♥ 4y
JenP @Liz_M one of my favorites! 4y
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