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Penny_LiteraryHoarders

Joined May 2016

The 🇨🇦 1/2 of the Literary Hoarders
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Having to put Daisy Darker aside to get reading the entire Shortlist of the #GillerPrize for my #ShadowGiller duties. First up is the book I actually own, I bought since it sounds so like a book I‘ll love, I just hadn‘t read it yet! @Lindy

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Daisy Darker | Alice Feeney
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I love how Feeny writes! “She is a walking frown.” “My sister stinks of perfume and entitlement.” There have been dozens of these already!

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Daisy Darker | Alice Feeney
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It‘s a rainy, overcast day here today - nothing at all like the horrifying weather those in the East Coast of Canada are experiencing though - but a perfect kind of day to begin this book. It‘s what our book club picked. One complaint - I hate the shitty and cheap quality of paper these paperbacks are being printed on these days. ☹️

Andrew65 Agree about the paper they are using. Loved this book though. 2w
merelybookish Doing ok here in NB,. although no power. Much worse in PEI and Cape Breton! 2w
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @merelybookish I‘m seeing pictures! Truly terrifying! Glad you‘re doing okay!! 🤗 2w
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Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Andrew65 I loved Rock Paper Scissors and have been anticipating this one! Can‘t wait to really settle in to it! 2w
Andrew65 @Penny_LiteraryHoarders I think this is even better than Rock, Paper, Scissors. 1w
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Andrew65 ooooooh!!! Okay!! Thank you! 1w
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A Minor Chorus: A Novel | Billy-Ray Belcourt
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Should this book make the #Giller Shortlist (which I fully expect) dare I say it could very well be the winner? I say this after only reading 4 of the 14 on the Longlist. #ShadowGiller @Lindy

Lindy Could make the shortlist… That‘s good to hear! I‘m picking up my copy today. 2w
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A Minor Chorus: A Novel | Billy-Ray Belcourt
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It is difficult to live in a world that corrodes freedom.

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A Minor Chorus: A Novel | Billy-Ray Belcourt
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Next up for #ShadowGiller reading. @Lindy

Lindy Fingers crossed that it‘s a hit. I‘ve got a copy waiting for pickup at Glass Bookshop in downtown Edmonton. (edited) 2w
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Lindy I hope so too! I think this is the shortest one? 2w
Lindy @Penny_LiteraryHoarders How long is it? I‘ve just finished Mouth to Mouth, which is 179 pages. 2w
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Lindy huh! So is A Minor Chorus! 179 pages! I thought Mouth to Mouth was much longer for some reason. 2w
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Avenue of Champions | Conor Kerr
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I fully expect to see this thought provoking collection of interconnected stories on the #Giller Shortlist. #ShadowGiller @Lindy

Lindy I don‘t know. It‘s definitely got some bumpy first novel awkwardness, yet there‘s an emotional honesty that really shines. I will be happy if it makes the shortlist but I‘m not sure it will. 2w
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Lindy I agree with you on the first novel awkwardness for sure Lindy! I liked the characters, and again it was the ending made it stand out for me. I mean, I‘ve only read 3 or 4 from the Longlist so who knows! I have to look again at the full Longlist, but I wouldn‘t be disappointed to see this one advance. 2w
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Avenue of Champions | Conor Kerr
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Up next for my #ShadowGiller reading. @Lindy

Lindy Awesome! 3w
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All the Quiet Places: A Novel | Brian Thomas Isaac
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A book that haunts after the final page. The last quarter of this one had the most impact for me and that ending. Oh that ending. #ShadowGiller @Lindy

Lindy We are such different readers, Penny. I thought the first half was stronger than the second! 3w
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Lindy 😊 I liked the beginning, yes, it was the middle that was long for me, but that ending. 😔 3w
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All the Quiet Places: A Novel | Brian Thomas Isaac
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Next up for my #ShadowGiller reading. @Lindy

Lindy Woot! 4w
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What We Both Know | Fawn Parker
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It‘s pretty dry. Kind of dull and plodding. My first of the #Giller Longlist though so I‘m not weighing in on whether or not it will make the Shortlist. Although right at this moment I would hope not. 😬 #ShadowGiller @Lindy

Lindy Good luck with the next one on your list, Penny. I hope I will like this one better than you did. 🤷‍♀️ (edited) 4w
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Lindy ☺️☺️ I‘ve started All the Quiet Places. This one wasn‘t bad - it was just kind of dull to me. 🫣 4w
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What We Both Know | Fawn Parker
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Official #ShadowGiller duties begin!! The announcement of yesterday‘s Giller Prize Longlist sees me reading What We Both Know to start. Many books on the list are short, almost novella-length for some so I should be able to get through some before the shortlist announcement. @Lindy

Penny_LiteraryHoarders This is an apple pie bar. Delicious! Fall is coming!!! 4w
Lindy @Penny_LiteraryHoarders I‘m glad there are many short books this time. Looking forward to your thoughts on this. 4w
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Lindy I just picked up 3 more from the library! I hope to get through as many as I can in the short short period before the Shortlist is announced! 4w
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The Foghorn Echoes | Danny Ramadan
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Jumped the gun completely by adding this to my Giller Longlist wish list. I made that list before picking this book up and actually reading it. Silly. I based my guess solely on the premise of the story and that it would be from a Syrian-Canadian perspective. It‘s mainly dialogue. It‘s not very literary in my opinion and I‘d be disappointed or surprised, but maybe more disappointed if I see it on the Longlist on Tuesday. ☹️☹️ @Lindy #shadowgiller

Lindy I‘m going to be including genre fiction in my longlist, because I decided to include every eligible book that I‘ve rated 5 stars. Literary schmiterary. 1mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Lindy I would truly love to see Susanna Kearsley‘s book on the list because I loved that one so! But this one —- it wasn‘t what I thought it was going to be - I guess I expected more. It‘s just ….whatever. It‘s okay but it‘s not shatteringly great, deserving of accolades you know what I mean? 1mo
Lindy I know what you mean. Lots of books are perfectly enjoyable without being stellar. 1mo
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Say This: Two Novellas | Elise Levine
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My #CanLit reading for the next bit in advance of the Giller Prize Longlist announcement on Tuesday. #ShadowGiller @Lindy

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The Foghorn Echoes | Danny Ramadan
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Back to some #ShadowGiller reading. The Giller Longlist announcement is on Tuesday! I blindly put this one on my prediction list but now we‘ll really see if this is actually a strong contender. @Lindy 😊😊

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Good read! A little dragged out with very abrupt ending for both characters Hannie and Benny in the two different timelines. But a great piece of history to read about.

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“Books built my identity.”

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Haven | Emma Donoghue
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I‘ll be terribly annoyed if I see this in the Giller Longlist. I was bored silly reading it. #ShadowGiller @Lindy

Cortg ED was on NPR talking about this book. I‘ve read two of hers and didn‘t care for either. Thanks for letting me know I won‘t miss much by passing on this one 😊 1mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Cortg I don‘t think you will!! Dry and dusty! 🥱🥱💤 1mo
Tamra Oh that‘s too bad! I‘ve really enjoyed her other novels. 1mo
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Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Tamra ☹️ I have so many marked to read, but this was the first I read of hers! I will try the others. 1mo
Tamra @Penny_LiteraryHoarders I hope it‘s a fluke! 🤞🏾 1mo
Lindy @Tamra @Penny_LiteraryHoarders I liked Haven. It‘s a quiet novel, but I didn‘t find it dry. I think a person needs to be in the mood for nature writing and an exploration of religious power dynamics. 1mo
Tamra @Lindy good to know - sounds right up my alley! 1mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Lindy I love quiet novels, but this one (clearly) didn‘t do it for me. 🤗 1mo
Lindy We are having very different experiences with the Giller possibilities, aren‘t we? I couldn‘t finish Martha Batiz‘s collection because I disliked her writing style so much. 1mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Lindy oh no! 😆😆 well the surprises awaiting us will be highly anticipated won‘t they??? 1mo
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Perfect book at the right time. I‘m really enjoying this series! Part of what I loved here was some of the story was told by an old badger 🦡.

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First sentence: “For me my mother was a scent.” Just sounds like something I want to read right now.

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Not bad but I think if the Giller judges will pick a book with a feminist bent it should be When We Lost Our Heads by Heather O‘Neill. Not bad but a disjointed and a book I never really felt too compelled to pick up and always be reading. #ShadowGiller @Lindy

Lindy I‘m sorry this didn‘t work for you. I‘m still excited about reading it. 😊 2mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Lindy 👍 it wasn‘t bad, but nothing great for me either and I just don‘t think it will appear on the Longlist. 2mo
Lindy @Penny_LiteraryHoarders Seems like there aren‘t many standouts this year. 😐 2mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Lindy I‘m anxious about the Longlist, I put a little wish list together but I have no idea! 2mo
Lindy @Penny_LiteraryHoarders Out of the 29 eligible books I‘ve read so far, I‘ve got a lot of 3- and 4-star books. Only 6 5-stars. I decided to buy Alexander MacLoed‘s stories because my library doesn‘t have copies yet. (Picking it up tomorrow.) 2mo
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Interesting so far! Not very far into it, but I sense it‘s going to be a good one! #ShadowGiller #CanLit

Lindy I loved Etta and Otto and Russell and James, so that‘s another promising thing for her new book. Fingers crossed. 2mo
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The Making of Her | Bernadette Jiwa
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Quite lovely Binchey-esque Irish story about a mother and her two daughters. The title of the book is quite perfect for it‘s about these women claiming their agency and in some cases their identity.

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Francie's Got a Gun | Carrie Snyder
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Some of this sounded in some ways like the Giller longlisted book from last year, Astra. “surrounding Francie is a chorus of friends and family, each person with a different view of her….a fractured portrait of the girl emerges…”. So, similar to Astra, however the structure and writing style of this one fell very flat for me. Bummer. #ShadowGiller

Lindy Too bad this one was disappointing. I really liked one of Snyder‘s earlier books. 2mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Lindy yes, I was fully expecting a better read!! 2mo
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The Vanished Days | Susanna Kearsley
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So good! Mystery, treachery, history, love…really loved it!

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Bought this one yesterday. Kind of think maybe, perhaps it might appeal to the Giller judges? I‘m usually wrong, but the book looks completely up my alley anyway so I bought it. 😚 #ShadowGiller

Lindy I definitely think this is up your alley, Penny. Not so sure about the Giller judges, but I would be pleased to see it on the longlist. 2mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Lindy have you read it already? 2mo
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Lindy @Penny_LiteraryHoarders Yes, scroll down for my review and quotes. 😊 2mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Lindy oh duh! I even liked them! 😜 2mo
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Nothing But Blue Sky | Kathleen MacMahon
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I loved her The Long, Hot Summer and I couldn‘t find this one anywhere here so Book Depository to the rescue!

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Open Your Heart | Alexie Morin

This doesn‘t come out until September 27 - well after the Longlist announcement but this book, translated by Aimee Wall (Longlisted for Giller last year) - sounds like a contender no? Something about it makes me think we‘ll be seeing it again. ? #ShadowGiller It says it‘s an auto-fictional feminist memoir but listed as fiction. French awards in 2019, 2020. I‘m just trying to get a feel/think for what may pop up?

Lindy I‘ve got my eye on this one too. I decided not to pay much attention to books that aren‘t released until after the longlist announcement because… powerlessness. 2mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Lindy I know! I find it so frustrating! I was just looking through the Craving CanLit page (again!) and saw this one…. 2mo
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Francie's Got a Gun | Carrie Snyder
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Just picked this one up from the library for my continued #ShadowGiller reading.

Lindy This sounds good! 2mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Lindy it does! I‘m quite anxious to get to it! 2mo
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This is just simply a nice story of a marriage with some moments of lovely writing inside. The book that will always be considered the best for me about this is Dear Evelyn by Kathy Page. In terms of this one making the Longlist for the Giller Prize, I would be very surprised. While it‘s a very nice story I doubt it would be one that catches the judges‘ eyes. #ShadowGiller

Lindy “Nice” is not the adjective that points to a Giller book, is it? 2mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Lindy 😘 no. 😁 2mo
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The Vanished Days | Susanna Kearsley
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I‘m feeling this one more right now than I am about returning to the library one I‘m supposed to be reading. This one is listed on the Craving CanLit site as eligible for the Giller, but these kinds of stories rarely make the Longlist. #ShadowGiller

Lindy What exactly about this novel do you think makes it the kind that‘s unlikely to make the Giller longlist? 2mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Lindy Susanna has commented before on this type of novel not catching the judges‘ eyes like they once long ago did. It would be the kind I would love to see but know it won‘t. I guess they feel it‘s too mainstream, too much romance perhaps. So far it‘s wonderful - it‘s my kind of story where I‘m going to be swept away by it but not the style that is typical for the Giller. 2mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Lindy I looked at the Craving CanLit site the other day. I feel hopeless at even trying to guess which books will end up on the Longlist. I also haven‘t been reading enough of them lately to make an informed guess. 😛😛 therefore I‘m completely anxious for this Longlist announcement! 2mo
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Lindy I wondered if it might be the romance aspect, because we‘ve seen historical fiction and books set outside Canada on previous longlists. 2mo
Lindy My top picks so far (out of the 23 I‘ve read): Buffalo Is the New Buffalo and My Volcano. Except My Volcano isn‘t the sort of book that makes a Giller list either (too weird). Personal Attention Roleplay and Coupland‘s Binge are in 3rd and 4th place. I have high hopes for Alexander Macleod‘s collection, as yet unread. (edited) 2mo
Lindy Other possibilities for the longlist: When We Lost Our Heads; Sea of Tranquility; All the Quiet Places; This Is How We love; Dandelion; Avenue of Champions; and We Measure the Earth with Our Bodies. (edited) 2mo
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A Tidy Ending | Joanna Cannon
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A bit drawn out, not sure how I feel about it overall. Clever sentences and moments sometimes, but I wasn‘t overly into it most times. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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Have to switch my attention to this one. It has holds on it so can‘t be renewed, the other book I started does not so…. A Tidy Ending it is for now!

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Going to return to some #ShadowGiller reading now. I‘m thinking, without really starting it, this is a long shot for a Giller nomination? We shall see!

Lindy You are probably a better reader for this than I am because I cannot muster any enthusiasm for it after reading the blurb. 🙃 (edited) 3mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Lindy I of course will let you know once I‘m finished with it!! 😊 3mo
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Belle Greene | Alexandra Lapierre
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Extraordinary! Such an excellently written history - fictionalized - of Belle Greene! Enthralling from beginning to end.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Cool cover ❤️🖤 3mo
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A Tidy Ending | Joanna Cannon
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Two library books came in for me yesterday!

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While Paris Slept | Ruth Druart
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Bought this on a whim yesterday! Looks really good.

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Belle Greene | Alexandra Lapierre
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Starting this fascinating sounding book tonight. Belle Greene sounds like an incredible woman. Loved that the author included this in her note: To The Reader

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The Spoon Stealer | Lesley Crewe
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The blurb on the front cover from Amy Spurway (another Canadian author) says this book just may steal your heart. Did it ever! Something so wonderful to read when the news in the last weeks has brought nothing but despair this was something special to read. Loved it. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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The Spoon Stealer | Lesley Crewe
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Switched to reading this one because I needed something with heart and humour. It‘s also our book club book for July. It‘s a delight already!

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I feel sorry for any book that follows Horse by Geraldine Brooks, but today is overcast and dreary making it a perfect day to read! Here‘s to hoping it‘s a good read for me.

Penny_LiteraryHoarders It‘s not something I‘m getting into at the moment. Will return it to the library for now. 3mo
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Horse: A Novel | Geraldine Brooks
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Loved it. One of the best books I‘ve read this year so far.

jlhammar Now I‘m even more excited! Planning to dive in this week. 3mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @jlhammar enjoy! I thought it was wonderful!! 3mo
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Goodwill Bookstore had a 30% off coupon today. All of these for under $20. 😍

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Horse: A Novel | Geraldine Brooks
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I only have 7-days to read this 400-page highly anticipated book. It gives me People of the Book vibes and I‘m so hoping for an excellent reading experience!

Cinfhen Im SOOO excited for this book!!! Can‘t wait to start seeing reviews 4mo
jlhammar Me too! Love Geraldine Brooks. My copy is due to arrive sometime in the next few days. 4mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Cinfhen yes!!! Same!! I can‘t wait to dig in. 😍 4mo
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Penny_LiteraryHoarders @jlhammar I was so surprised it was here! I thought it was going to be in the Fall. But yay! 4mo
BookBr Really looking forward to this one!! 4mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @BookBr it‘s so good! 4mo
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Heritage: A Novel | Miguel Bonnefoy
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Not only because this followed Toibin‘s The Magician, so it would be hard to follow anything with that, but compressing a saga of three generations into 150 pages doesn‘t give it the depth that I would look for in a saga. But there were some beautiful passages inside.

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It is an absolutely beautiful day outside! Enjoying it on the patio.

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The Magician | Colm Toibin
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What a remarkable piece of art. Gorgeous book. Seriously what a beautiful literary accomplishment. Loved it and it‘s so deserving of all the awards!

BookwormM Loved this I really need to read more Mann 4mo
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No Stars in the Sky | Martha Btiz
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If this collection isn‘t on the #Giller Longlist in September I will be bitterly, bitterly disappointed. #ShadowGiller

Lindy Stacked so fast! 4mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Lindy 😁 I‘ve got the one you gave 5-stars to on hold. Hope to read that one soon! Today Heidi Jacobs said that MacLeod‘s was the best collection she‘s ever read so we‘ll see how many and who of the many eligible collections make the Longlist. 4mo
Lindy @Penny_LiteraryHoarders I‘m pretty excited about getting to Macleod‘s too. 4mo
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This Is How We Love | Lisa Moore
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A lovely work of Canadian literature. A story about mothers, sons, family. While this story wholly appeals to me for a literature prize, I don‘t think the actual Giller jurors may agree. It remains to be seen if this would make the Longlist this year. #ShadowGiller

Nute I like the look of the book, the watercolor abstract and the title. The story sounds like something I would enjoy as well.🙂 (edited) 4mo
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No Stars in the Sky | Martha Btiz
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My second collection of short stories eligible for the Giller Prize. #ShadowGiller

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