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Rouge | Mona Awad
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I probably should have “Panned” this, but it had me intrigued for a while. I became less and less enamored and felt the ending meandered around, trying to find its way. You warned me, @BarbaraBB !
#LitsyToB24

BarbaraBB Haha, I know what you mean 😀 1w
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The Rachel Incident: A novel | Caroline O'Donoghue
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This started off slowly, but it became a real page-turner! Rachel herself is a bit of a train wreck, but you can‘t look away. 🤣 #LitsyToB24
Spoiler: the only thing that bugged me was Rachel “running into” Carey as her London physiotherapist. Come on!

BkClubCare I loved this reading experience (audio) and I will support it !!! 😁 1w
Readerann @BkClubCare I wish I‘d had the audio available! 2d
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I found this gem on the #ToBLonglist and it‘s right up my alley. I‘m quoting a blurb from the GR description because it‘s perfect:
“Fernandez braids astronomy and astrology, neuroscience and memory, family history and national history into this brief but intensely imagined autobiographical essay.”

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Let Us Descend | Jesmyn Ward
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A soft pick. If I think of it as poetry, it makes a real impact. As a novel, too much magical realism for my taste.
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Ruthiella This is going to be the last #LitsyToB24 book that I read because I think I will feel the same way. I didn‘t like the writing in Sing, Unburied Sing and I generally don‘t like magic realism in novels…🤔 2w
BarbaraBB I wasn‘t too fond of this one either 2w
Readerann @Ruthiella Yeah, a little magical realism goes a long way! 2w
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Readerann @BarbaraBB It‘s one of those books I really WANTED to like more. 😕 2w
SamAnne Perfect review. I reqd everything Jesmyn Ward writes. Love her. But this one was also a soft pick for me and you hit the nail.on the head. 2w
Readerann @SamAnne Thanks! I have only read Sing, UnBuried, Sing by her, but definitely liked that more. (edited) 2w
Kitta Agreed! I just finished this and much preferred 2w
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I do love my British murder mysteries.

BarbaraBB I just read my first James! 3w
Readerann @BarbaraBB And I‘m betting it won‘t be your last! 2w
BarbaraBB I really liked it indeed!! 2w
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Julia | Sandra Newman
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I‘m in the minority on this one, but I was still surprised to see the 100% pick on Litsy. I felt there was nothing to really sink my teeth into. (Omg - I can‘t believe I just used that phrase. I apparently can‘t get my brain beyond Room 101.) Retelling a classic is a daunting task and this just didn‘t work for me.
#LitsyToB24

BarbaraBB I still have to read this one.. I am a bit scared I‘ll feel the same! 3w
Readerann @BarbaraBB I literally seem to be the only one here who didn‘t like it, so I‘ll be curious to hear what you think! 3w
Megabooks Sorry this didn‘t work for you! 🙁 3w
Readerann @Megabooks Yeah, the premise fascinated me and I WANTED to like it. Oh well, you win some… 3w
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My Name Is Barbra | Barbra Streisand
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Yes, it was long but as a fan I found most of it very interesting. The audio book is 48 hours, but Babs talks SO slowly you can easily listen at 1.5 speed. I do recommend the audio since there are “extras” and music.

UwannaPublishme Loved the audio version too! But now I need to get the book so I can see all the exclusive photos 😊 1mo
Readerann @UwannaPublishme Yes, you do need to see the photos! 3w
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The Rachel Incident: A novel | Caroline O'Donoghue
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When most of your library holds come in at the same time…😩
#Litsytob24

squirrelbrain Ooh, lovely! But also 🤯 1mo
BarbaraBB That is a little frightening lol 😃 1mo
Megabooks Great stack though! 1mo
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Ruthiella I feel you! 1mo
Readerann @squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB @Megabooks @Ruthie Thanks for the sympathy! I have about an hour a day to read right now. 😩 again. 1mo
BarbaraBB I‘d be in no hurry to read Rouge 😉 1mo
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The Great Believers | Rebecca Makkai
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Powerful and heartbreaking.

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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I‘m not much of a mythology fan, but this was so beautifully written I became totally absorbed.

LoverOfLearning Very easy 5 star read! 3w
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The Circle | Dave Eggers
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Pretty scary at how spot on Eggers was with the direction in which social media is going. There were some eye-rolling moments which weakened the book‘s effect on me, so it‘s just a soft pick. My last completion in a somewhat dismal reading year. 😞
#1001books

BkClubCare The movie freaked me out. Especially since I had just started an HR job 😳 2mo
Readerann @BkClubCare Yeah, I think I‘ll be giving the movie a miss. I feel “unsettled” enough from the book. 😳 2mo
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I found this clever and entertaining, but it‘s not one that will stay with me too long. I don‘t see it winning the #ToB24.

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I‘m going to look for more books from this publisher after reading this short little gem. The back cover says: “Storybook ND: the pleasure of reading a great book from cover to cover in an afternoon”.

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Tom Lake: A Novel | Ann Patchett
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It was totally worth the library wait to listen to Meryl Streep read this. (I like to also have a hard copy of the books I listen to.)

Ruthiella I also prefer to have a print or ebook version when I listen on audio. Sometimes I use it to re-read sections or check things. Having only audio makes me feel a little untethered. 3mo
Readerann @Ruthiella Untethered! Exactly. 😁 3mo
marleed Same - I love a stereo experience of print and audio! Oh, and I get a writing lesson when listening to audio and reading an ARC simultaneously! 3mo
Readerann @marleed I also like that I can switch back and forth depending on my mood or if my eyes are tired, etc. 3mo
Blaire Agree. The audio really added to the story 2mo
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I am really in the minority on this one. Although I can appreciate dark humor, it didn‘t work for me here. I thought the light-hearted treatment of the serious subject matter crossed the line into silliness.

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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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The stack is ready to go for #DeweysReadathon this Saturday (10/21)! It starts at 8:00 a.m. EST (6:00 a.m. for me). I can‘t wait to ‘unplug‘ for a day. 😀
#Deweys24hourreadathon

Bklover Bandit Queens was so good!! (Particularly the second half) 4mo
Readerann @Bklover Good to know! The title is intriguing. 4mo
BkClubCare The Great Believers! A tie in #ToF2023 - thoughts? I am perfectly fine with it. I would choose LaRose but that could possibly be Recency Bias. I liked Makkai‘s latest, too! (edited) 4mo
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BkClubCare Circe good, too. 4mo
BkClubCare Whereabouts was odd and odd-but-lovely transportive. Hope all is well. Happy November 4mo
Readerann @BkClubCare I haven‘t read the ToF judgments yet because I‘m still in the middle of three of them! (Reading time has been sparse lately.) I‘m still enjoying Great Believers, Circe, and Bandit Queens. I did like Whereabouts. It‘s hard to believe Lahiri wrote that in Italian, then translated it herself! And now it‘s ToB time! *Sigh* It‘s still comforting somehow to know there are thousands of books out there I want to read. 🤣 (edited) 3mo
BkClubCare @Readerann - I know it is thrilling and upsetting all at the same time. But somehow, I end up reading at light speed! No slumps til April 🤣 3mo
Readerann @BkClubCare “Thrilling and upsetting all at once.” Exactly! I WISH I could read at light speed. I‘m too old to change my compulsion to read every single word. 🤓 3mo
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Maybe reading this just now wasn‘t the best idea as I am feeling overwhelmed at how evil people can be. I plan to see the movie, but am wondering how 2 hours can do justice to this complicated story. By-the-way, the book is very good!

currentlyreadinginCO I just got tickets and it's actually 3.5 hours 😲 going to be hard to stay focused haha 4mo
CSeydel @currentlyreadinginCO I wish they would bring back intermission! (edited) 4mo
Bklover @CSeydel Heck yeah for intermission!! Oh, the good old days 😉😊 4mo
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RebelReader We are planning to go tonight, but 3.5 hours???? I‘ll need at least one potty break if not 2. 😝 4mo
Tamra @RebelReader I think I‘m going to wait for streaming! I do want to read it first. 4mo
RebelReader @Tamra I might wait for streaming too. I read the book when it first came out. 4mo
Readerann @currentlyreadinginCO Oh wow. I had no idea it was that long! I‘m glad you prepared me. 😬 4mo
Readerann @CSeydel @Bklover @RebelReader @Tamra I really want to see it, but am just not sure I can sit that long. I have a hard enough time with just 2 hours! 4mo
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The Covenant of Water | Abraham Verghese
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Oh my, this swept me off my feet. I don‘t always love Oprah‘s picks, but this was a winner.

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I enjoyed this tale of a brilliant young woman fighting to practice medicine in the early 19th century.
A local library “group read”.

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The Ambassadors | Henry James
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This was my 4th James and the toughest one to get through. It felt like too much work to figure out the complicated, dare I say shallow, relationships and aspirations of the characters.
#1001books

BarbaraBB Kudos for reading so many James! 5mo
Readerann @barbarabb I liked (not loved) the others, but this one was a different kettle of fish! 😗 5mo
BarbaraBB I haven‘t dared to pick it up yet. I have that same edition. 5mo
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The Secret Pilgrim | John le Carre
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I‘ve been working my way through the Smiley novels and I think this is my favorite. In addition to his stellar writing, I appreciate le Carré‘s unflinching look at the world of espionage. No sugar-coating here.

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The Golden One | Elizabeth Peters
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It‘s always fun spending time with Amelia Peabody and crew. Also, Barbara Rosenblat might be my favorite narrator.

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This book is indeed a strange new thing. I like Faber‘s writing but my overall judgment is still unclear. I‘m 70% done and I think I know what‘s going to happen, but I hope it doesn‘t. 😗

Update: I‘d have to give it a so-so. After finishing, still not quite sure how I feel about it.

BkClubCare Had you heard that Faber wrote this while his wife was battling cancer? Knowing this colored how I perceived the marriage in the story. Fascinating stuff. 5mo
Readerann @BkClubCare Oh wow - I didn‘t know that. That does indeed put a different spin on things! 5mo
BkClubCare @Readerann - and even more so, with some distance from it. He just couldn‘t relate to her world, the lack of control, how time stops and reality is distorted— so many things to think about. 🤗 5mo
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Larose | Louise Erdrich
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Not my favorite by this author, but still a solid 4*. Native American culture fascinates me, and Erdrich is a masterful storyteller. (She also has a lovely reading voice.)

BkClubCare We were probably reading this at the same time! I read it for the goodreads group who follow the TOB - is that why you read it? 6mo
Readerann @BkClubCare Yes! I kind of lurk around there and am trying to finish the few “Tournament of Favorites” books I haven‘t yet read. Have you read them all? 6mo
BkClubCare Horse is underway right now; my last one. 6mo
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Yellowface | R F Kuang
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I read most of this in one day - couldn‘t put it down. There were a few things that bothered me but after this and Babel, I‘m adding everything Kuang has written to my TBR.

currentlyreadinginCO Completely agree with all of this! I binged this & Kuang has me forever now, but yeah, I had some questions 🤣 7mo
Readerann @currentlyreadinginCO Yeah, not sure how much I would have liked this if it had been written by anyone else! 7mo
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Lovely essays about the importance of maintaining our close ties to the natural world.

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Trust | Hernan Diaz
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I wasn‘t sure how I felt about this until I finished it. I thought about it…then I thought some more. And I decided the structure and all the layers were really kind of brilliant (imho). Another winner from the #Tob2023longlist #Pulitzer

BkClubCare Same!! The ending and how it all fell into place OMG 8mo
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Demon Copperhead: A Novel | Barbara Kingsolver
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SO good. Barbara Kingsolver is a master at combining sadness and beauty.

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🤔 The writing is impressive, but I‘m giving it a tepid “pick”. I read the whole book with a sense of uncomfortable anticipation - like watching what you suspect might become a horror movie.

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I seem to have found yet another Japanese author I like. Plus, I learned a lot about sustainable forestry. 🌲 🌳

sarahbarnes I love Japanese fiction! I‘ll have to check this author out. 10mo
rwmg Have you read this by the same author? My favourite book about Japanese lexicographers (alright the only book I've read about Japanese lexicographers). Great characters and the translator did a really good job so even as someone with no knowledge of Japanese I could follow the characters' discussions. (edited) 10mo
Readerann @sarahbarnes I learned about this one from the annual World Book Day list on Amazon. I usually love those books. 10mo
Readerann @rwmg I haven‘t read that one yet, but I definitely will! 10mo
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Life After Life: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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I finally got to this after 10 years (!) on my TBR. It‘s very good, although by the end I was a little weary of the time jumping.

BkClubCare I keep saying I will read more by this author since I loved this and I still haven‘t. (It‘s been 10 years?!?) 8mo
Readerann @BkClubCare Time sure flies when you have hundreds of books on your TBR! Haha. 😆 (edited) 8mo
BkClubCare @Readerann - Don‘t we know it! 😂😩😥 8mo
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The Last Cuentista | Donna Barba Higuera
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Books like this clever sci-fi thriller (middle-grade) remind me why I continue to read the Newbery winners. The audio was wonderful.
#Newbery

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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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Reading all day. Yessss!!!
#deweysreadathon

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As usual, I‘m enjoying ToB longlist books more than some on the shortlist. Historical fiction may be my favorite genre, and this one has great characters and atmosphere. Even though the narrative jumps back and forth in time (that seems to be a trend for authors these days), I didn‘t have trouble following it.

Ruthiella I love Historical Fiction! I‘ll check this out. 👍 10mo
BarbaraBB I have this one in my shelves. Thanks for the heads-up! 10mo
Readerann @Ruthiella @barbarabb Hope you like it! 10mo
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It was time to mix it up, and jump into Smiley‘s world for a while. I think I‘ll try to finish up this series. I‘d forgotten how good Le Carré is.

BarbaraBB I‘ve had this one on my shelves for ages. Glad to hear it is good. (edited) 11mo
Readerann @BarbaraBB It took me a few Smiley books to get into the “flow”, but I think they have a style all their own. 11mo
BarbaraBB Ah, you‘re on a Smiley roll! 11mo
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The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida | Shehan Karunatilaka
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An ambitious novel, which I thought flowed really well. I also appreciate there were some glimmers of hope amongst all the tragedy. An apt summary from a blurb on the back: “Imagine a mash-up of Stranger Things and Salman Rushdie”. 🤔
#ToB2023 (I do realize the tournament is over - hashtag is for my reference 😁.)

BarbaraBB Glad you liked it. I should change the hashtag though to #ToB2023 😉 11mo
Ruthiella I like this one more now that it is far behind me. Though maybe that‘s a testament to the writing. I should probably go back on Goodreads and add a star! 11mo
Readerann @BarbaraBB Oh, whoops. Thx! 11mo
Readerann @Ruthiella Definitely an “uncomfortable” read. 11mo
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The Violin Conspiracy | Brendan Slocumb
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I won‘t finish this before the start of the tournament (100 pages in), but I am so disappointed. I love mysteries and I love the violin, but I do not love this writing. I‘m surprised the book made the shortlist. Oh well. Expectations were too high.
#ToB2023 #ToB23 #LitsyToB23

BarbaraBB It‘s an okay read but for me not shortlist worthy either! 12mo
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While I didn‘t love this as much as “A Constellation of Vital Phenomena” (it certainly didn‘t flow as well), I‘m a sucker for meticulously researched historical fiction with interesting characters. I grew up in Utah and didn‘t know about German Village!
#ToB2023 #ToB23

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This story had the perfect author to tell it. I think I will try some of Wilson‘s short stories next. I‘ll bet he comes up with some interesting stuff.

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Writers & Lovers | Lily King
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This was just the book I needed right NOW. I couldn‘t put it down - was awake half the night finishing it on audio. 😁

Ruthiella I liked this one too. And its depiction of restaurant work was spot on. 13mo
Readerann @Ruthiella I‘m lucky enough to not have personal experience. Poor Casey had quite a miserable time of it! 13mo
BkClubCare I like her writing 🙌 12mo
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I have to let this percolate for a while, but my first impressions are: great writing and character development, although there were periods where I didn‘t like either Sam or Sadie much. I‘m not a gamer, so that maybe kept me from LOVING the book. I will also have to read some other reviews to see if I can get a handle on the purpose of a particular plot twist.
Overall, I did enjoy it.
#ToB2023 #ToB23

BkClubCare So many layers to this 13mo
Ruthiella Yeah, often neither Sadie or Sam were nice…they needed Marx to regulate the friendship. 😢 (edited) 13mo
Readerann @BkClubCare Agreed. I‘m not totally sure what I think yet. 13mo
Readerann @ Ruthiella Exactly. Marx being such a great guy made Sadie and Sam appear even more unlikeable. 13mo
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I liked this a lot, despite never having a full grasp on the powers of a match-pair. 😬 Also a tad long.
#ToB2023 #ToB23

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Weird and fascinating and I‘m loving it so far!
#ToB2023 #ToB23

BarbaraBB I am reading this one too now and am pleasantly surprised so far! 14mo
Readerann @BarbaraBB Me too! I was afraid it might be a slog. 14mo
BkClubCare I‘ve still got HOURS to go on this and am losing enthusiasm (audiobook) 13mo
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Readerann @BkClubCare I‘m thinking this is better in print. Some sections I race through, but others I like to ponder a bit. 13mo
BkClubCare @Readerann - and yet, the footnotes!! I assume there are footnotes? These are done REALLY well in the audio and I super-appreciate the pronunciations 😊 13mo
BkClubCare I bet the print + audio might be the best way to get through this 🤣 13mo
Readerann @BkClubCare I‘m actually reading it on Kindle (the only library format available). Luckily, I can just touch the footnote to read it. 13mo
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Michelle inspires me to do better and be better.

Bklover ❤️❤️❤️ 14mo
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Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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I‘ve always enjoyed books about time travel and this is an especially intelligent one. An extra plug: it‘s on Pres. Obama‘s best-of-2022 list!
#ToB2023 #ToB23

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Cold Comfort Farm | Stella Gibbons
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Especially delightful on audio. 4 1/2*
#1001books

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My emotions were all over the place with this one. Memorable for sure. Gunty has some impressive writing chops. In the end, I‘d have to say I admired it more than “enjoyed” it. #ToB2023 #ToB23

Ruthiella Agree. The plotting was a little too loose for me, but the writing was great. 1y
BarbaraBB Glad it was a pick for you! 1y
Megabooks I can see what you‘re saying 👍🏻 1y
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I‘m giving this a pick because I like Hamid‘s writing so much. Like others, though, I was left unsatisfied. Sometimes less is more. In this case, less is just…not enough. Will be surprised if it makes the shortlist.
#ToB2023 #ToB23

SamAnne Agreed. Good review. 1y
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Here is my current TBR of #ToB2023 longlist books. I have a few more on hold at the library. Hoping at least a few of them make the shortlist, so I‘ll have a chance at becoming a “completist”. #ToB23

Cathythoughts Very nice! I read and loved Sea of Tranquility, and Trust 👍🏻👍🏻 1y
BarbaraBB Such a great haul! I loved 1y
Ruthiella Fantastic stack! Good luck on becoming a completist this year! 👍 1y
Megabooks Sea of Tranquillity entered my best all time and I enjoyed several others. I hope you enjoy them too! 1y
BkClubCare I absolutely loved Trust and it needs to be finished before you weigh in! #justsayin‘ (payoff at the end, is what I mean) 1y
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New Kid | Jerry Craft
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Lovely book. This reminds me why I will continue to read the Newbery winners.
#ReverseReadathon #Deweys #Newbery