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#ReadingTheAmericas2023

With a jumpstart in December last year I now have read 6 books for the challenge:
▪️USA - Ocean State
▪️Puerto Rico - Olga Dies Dreaming
▪️Paraguay- H(a)ppy
▪️Mexico - My Volcano
▪️Greenland - An African in Greenland
▪️El Salvador - The She-Devil in the Mirror

So I‘ve made a first dent in the 48 countries to be read!

squirrelbrain Yay! I need to post my January reads soon…. 4m
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Manny‘s restaurant The Lobster has to shut down. Today is the last day it‘s open. It‘s snowing hard and Manny wonders whether his staff will turn up. Or any customers, for that matter. Yet he still goes about his business like it‘s just another day at The Lobster. Very touching and so well-written.

#52Booksclub23 #SetInWorkplace #pop23 #TakesPlaceInOneDay

mcctrish I read this ages ago and I‘m so thrilled you enjoyed it ( I loved the title, that‘s why I bought it back in the day ) 🦞❤️ 23h
BarbaraBB @mcctrish I recently enjoyed this other book by him (tagged) and wanted to read his backlist. So glad I chose this one! 23h
squirrelbrain Sounds fab, and two great prompts too… I just bought a used copy for just over Q9. ? 23h
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BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain that‘s a very good price! You won‘t be disappointed! 22h
mcctrish Oh I want to read that one, thank you for reminding me about Lobster, I really should read more by him 22h
Librarybelle I need to read this! 22h
Suet624 Thanks for reminding me that I wanted to read more by him. I enjoy his writing. I read this one a number of years ago and liked it: 19h
Suet624 it's also funny because I rated Ocean State so-so, but I think I did that more because I thought it was too simple for TOB. It was a good story though and kept me reading and interested. 19h
LeahBergen What a gorgeous photo! 17h
BarbaraBB @Suet624 Thanks, I was thinking about which of his books to read next! And I felt the same about Ocean State and the ToB (edited) 14h
BarbaraBB @LeahBergen Thanks! A cozy Sunday ☺️ 14h
Cinfhen I definitely want to check out more O‘Nan 13h
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I was thinking of you indeed since you liked Ocean State so much! 13h
KarenUK Sounds lovely. And great pic 💕 8h
sarahbarnes Looks like a great evening! 6h
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Pantone: Colors | Pantone
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My first four #Pantone2023 matches and again with appealing color names: #BlazingYellow, #CherryTomato #FieryRed and #LoveBird 🌈
Thanks for organizing this fun challenge again Cassandra!

CBee I love how you did your collage 😍 1d
BarbaraBB @CBee Thanks!! 1d
Megabooks Love these collages from you!! 1d
BarbaraBB @Megabooks Thanks! Great new pic of Molly 😍 (edited) 1d
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#WeeklyForecast 05/23

Ambitious plans… I am still reading Babel for the #ToB23, switching between audio and print. It‘s an enjoyable read. My next one for the tournament will be The Passenger 🤞🏽 but first I am starting Last Night at the Lobster. I enjoyed Ocean State and wanted to read another book by O‘Nan and then @DreesReads called it one her best reads of ‘22 on Instagram (still missing her on Litsy!). The tagged book is my #Roll100.

RebelReader I loved Ocean State so I‘m anxiously awaiting your review on Lobster! I‘ve been eyeing it as my next read by this author. 1d
squirrelbrain I‘m doing the same as you with Babel, although actually it‘s mor reading than listening as I haven‘t driven far this week. I‘m getting quite bear the end…. 1d
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain I have another 100 pages left. It‘s still an interesting read. Will you finish today, while ironing? 1d
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BarbaraBB @RebelReader I‘ll let you know! 1d
squirrelbrain I hope so Barbara. 🤞 How about you? (And I just noticed the appalling typos in my last message - work is *really* getting to me! 🤣) 1d
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain I hope to finish it later this week. I have to drive quite a bit (working on a project in the south of the country) and it‘s been a good companion while driving! 1d
BkClubCare I‘ve had Last Night at the Lobster on my tbr for…. years. Looking fwd to your review 1d
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Olga Dies Dreaming | Xochitl Gonzalez
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I recently read only disappointing reviews about this book so went in with low expectations but I really loved it. Sure there‘s a lot going on but to me it made sense. I loved Olga as a character, was very interested in reading about the historical injustices committed to #PuertoRico, and enjoyed the romance part and the Latino atmosphere throughout the book. So definitely another #ToB23 pick!

#ReadingTheAmericas2023 🇵🇷

CarolynM This was my Well Read subscription book a few months ago. Your review makes me think I should get on to it soon🙂 1d
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Suet624 I got this book from the library twice and couldn‘t bring myself to open the book because of the reviews. I‘m so glad to hear you liked it. Maybe I‘ll give it another go. 1d
KarenUK I loved it too…. Olga is a great character, I really enjoyed spending time with her. 💕 1d
Hooked_on_books This is one of two I have left to read on the list. I have low expectations but your review gives me hope. I‘m so glad you liked it! 1d
Librarybelle I may have to try this one! 1d
Cortg I‘ve heard great things about this one and I found a copy in a Little Free Library recently. I‘m really looking forward to it! 1d
Chelsea.Poole So glad to see you liked this one! I‘m hoping to get to the audio soon 😊 1d
Cortg I just looked at Litsy reviews. Weird. I‘ve heard good things. We‘ll see 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1d
RebelReader I own this one (along with Rabbit Hutch and Babel)so I‘m waiting for my library pile to go down. I‘m making a dent! 😃 1d
rmaclean4 I have been putting this one off. I think I will listen to the audio book next after your review! 1d
squirrelbrain I liked this one too @CarolynM @Suet624 @KarenUK @Hooked_on_books @Librarybelle @Cortg @Chelsea.Poole @Cortg @RebelReader @rmaclean4 I know lots of Littens didn‘t like it and it did have a few minor faults, but it‘s in the top half of my shortlist for sure. 1d
BarbaraBB @Suet624 @Hooked_on_books @Chelsea.Poole @Cortg @RebelReader @rmaclean4 I have to admit I knew little about US attitude towards PR so that added a lot for me but it is biased and I didn‘t mind that but it may be something that can influence your opinion about the book if you know more about relations between the two countries. (edited) 1d
BarbaraBB @RebelReader You have some good ones waiting for you! 1d
sarahbarnes I‘ve had the exact same experience as @Suet624. But I‘m glad to see you liked it and my give it a try! I am very interested in the relationship btw the US and PR. 1d
merelybookish I'm glad it worked for you and agree Olga is a great character! I just felt she got bogged down by a lot of other stories and characters that were not as well-realized. 1d
Ruthiella I read this last year and never posted it. I‘m with you. It was a bit uneven, sure. But I liked Olga as a character and didn‘t mind the info dumps about Puerto Rico. 1d
BkClubCare I read this soon after it was published and enjoyed it; learned quite a bit. One of my bestest friends ever has a connection to the author and recommended it. I guess I hadn‘t realized it had many negative reviews. 1d
BarbaraBB @BkClubCare Lots of so-so reviews lately here on Litsy. When I scroll a bit more though I am glad though to find a lot of picks as well - among them yours! 1d
Cortg @squirrelbrain Good to know! 1d
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Lucy by the Sea: A Novel | Elizabeth Strout
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#BookReport 04/22

Work is killing me. And when I‘m not working I‘m too tired to read. Every time I do read, I can‘t keep my eyes open. Today is a Sunday though without any plans so I hope to spend it reading.
The two books I did finish were both gorgeous by the way!

Cinfhen This week was definitely Quality vs Quantity!!! You did read TWO MAGNIFICENT books 😊 2d
Cinfhen I‘m having an amazing time but Wi-Fi is terrible 😞 in truth, it‘s better. Less distractions 2d
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen It probably adds to the experience! Can‘t wait to hear about them but for now just enjoy them ❤️ 2d
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TrishB I know that feeling! I‘m literally struggling to stay awake when I open a book. Hope you get some quality reading time today. 1d
LeeRHarry Hope your Sunday is relaxing and that you enjoy your reading 😊 1d
Cathythoughts I know the ‘too tired to read feeling‘…. I hope you read well today. 1d
CarolynM Hope you have a lovely Sunday, Barbara 😘 1d
BarbaraBB @TrishB @LeeRHarry @Cathythoughts @CarolynM Thanks friends, I am having the best of times with you around, my book and a rainy day outside! 1d
RebelReader You have two good ones there!!! 1d
squirrelbrain I hear you about the work thing! I‘ve given up work for the day, need to do the ironing next (Babel on audio!) and then I‘m going to enjoy choosing my next book(s) to read. 1d
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain I hope you are enjoying your Sunday! I am, making a dent in Last Night at the Lobster, which is very good! 1d
Megabooks I hope you were able to get some rest today!! 💕💕 1d
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I read a whole book! A short one but I am very content! And I can highly recommend it! 24h
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I just stacked it! Glad you had a great day! 😘 23h
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Foster | Claire Keegan
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Claire Keegan drafts her story so carefully and tenderly that I was pulled in from the start. A father drops his daughter at the farm of an aunt and uncle she hardly knows. She has no idea how long she will have to stay and is very scared. However from the first moments onwards the couple just show her love and tenderness. The girl learns about life, trust and grief. Keegan manages to do so in as few pages as possible. Perfection.
Thanks Cindy💖

squirrelbrain Ooh, good choice for the #52books23 prompt- I may have to use this one for the same prompt. 6d
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BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain It‘s so good. You‘ll love it! 6d
LeeRHarry @squirrelbrain ooh yes me too😊 6d
TrishB Sounds great 👍🏻 6d
sarahbarnes Beautiful review. 💙 I‘m excited to read this one and even more so now! 6d
KarenUK So excited for this. 💕 6d
Librarybelle I definitely need to read this! 6d
Cinfhen So glad you loved it!!! 6d
BarbaraBB @TrishB @sarahbarnes @LeeRHarry @KarenUK @Librarybelle It really is so good. In under 100 pages Keegan knows how to build a story so well. And it lingers on a long time afterward. Thanks again for choosing this one for me @Cinfhen ❤️ 1d
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Lucy by the Sea: A Novel | Elizabeth Strout
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It‘s another 5⭐️ read for me, this Lucy. She is just someone I like so much. How she approaches life, her past, her daughters and, very carefully, her maybe new future in Maine during the pandemic. I hope Elizabeth Strout will continue writing so beautiful about her and her wonderful family. Thank you for this gorgeous signed edition Helen 🤍

#Booked2023 #AboutAPandemic #52bookclub23 #FinalBookInASeries #pop23 #RecommendedByAFriend
#Roll100

Cinfhen Great photo and wonderful review 😘 7d
Ruthiella Great review! 👍😀 7d
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squirrelbrain Glad you loved it; I think this is my favourite of all the Lucy books. 7d
Cathythoughts Lovely review and picture ♥️ 7d
Blackink_WhitePaper Beautiful photo & review 🥰 7d
CarolynM I will get to this one… eventually… 6d
batsy What a gorgeous view! 6d
KarenUK Lovely review. Do you have to have read them all, to read this one? 6d
Librarybelle Such a great review! 6d
BarbaraBB @KarenUK not necessarily but I would if I were you. You‘ll love them. Start with 6d
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain Mine too but only because of the predecessors ❤️ 6d
BarbaraBB @CarolynM I truly hope so! 6d
BarbaraBB @batsy Thanks! First signs of spring in a winter landscape 😀 6d
Cortg I have the first one on my bookshelf waiting to be read! I did read Olive Kitteridge and enjoyed that one. 6d
BarbaraBB @Cortg Lucy is even better if you ask me 😀 6d
Megabooks Yay!! So glad it lived up to your hopes. Thank you for introducing me to her. 💕😘 5d
BarbaraBB @Megabooks You‘re very welcome 💜 5d
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Foster | Claire Keegan
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#WeeklyForecast 04/23

I am reading and cherishing Lucy at the Sea and listening to Babel on audio. I do have a copy too but the audio is very good and easy to listen to. Babel and Olga are for the #ToB23 and Foster I just want to read asap 😀

Cinfhen Sounds like a wonderful week!! Although I wasn‘t a fan 1w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I haven‘t high hopes for it either 1w
squirrelbrain I really liked Olga, although I listened to it on audio. I‘ve just started Babel too, on digital print and audio. Have a good week! 1w
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kwmg40 Olga isn't as strong as some of the other #ToB2023 contenders I've read but I did enjoy the story a lot. 1w
TrishB I‘ve been looking at Foster, will await your review. 1w
youneverarrived I might go the audio route for Babel too! 1w
Sophronisba Olga Dies Dreaming was one of my favorite books last year, and I am loving Babel so far. 1w
ETALTON Olga Dies Dreaming and Babel are on my TBR for this year! So excited to read them. 1w
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain @kwmg40 @Sophronisba @ETALTON Love all your opinions and encouragement about the ToB books ❤️ very curious to see where I‘ll end up! 1w
BarbaraBB @TrishB It is very short, I hope to finish it soon! 1w
BarbaraBB @youneverarrived audio is really the way to go here I think 1w
Megabooks 💕💕💕 Lucy 💕💕💕 Have a great week B! (edited) 1w
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#BookReport 03/23

An eclectic week again. Loving that!

TrishB Always the best ones 👍🏻 1w
Cinfhen Great photo 😍and fun choices 1w
squirrelbrain Looking forward to My Volcano! 1w
Megabooks Yay!! 🫶🏻 1w
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My Volcano | John Elizabeth Stintzi
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A light pick because of its originality. The book is bonkers! A volcano arises in the midst of Central Park and it seems connected to Mount Fuji. All over the world volcanos are acting up and weird things start happening everywhere. Unimaginable things. I don‘t watch many movies but I‘d make an exception if this book would be made into one.

#ToB23 #ReadingTheAmericas2023 #Mexico 🇲🇽 #52Booksclub23 #FirstWordIsThe #pop23 #FirstTimeAuthor

Cinfhen Hoping to pick this up over the weekend!! Awesome photo 😁looks like a gorgeous sunny day 😎 2w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen sunny but cold! Curious what you‘ll think about this one 🌋 2w
squirrelbrain I can see I may have to get this one soon! 🤔 2w
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Megabooks I finished this up last night and agree. It started out a strong pick but got a little too fantastical to stay one. I still enjoyed it though. I‘m also using it for #booked2023 #transcharacter. 👍🏻👍🏻 (edited) 2w
Hooked_on_books A movie made out of this would be like an acid trip! But, frankly, the book kinda is, too. I really responded to the volcano as metaphor for gun violence. It‘s this huge thing staring us in the face and we just shrug and look away (in my country, that is). I really liked that message, as it‘s so true. 2w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I already used another one for that prompt 2w
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books I never thought of gun violence but I never do in real life either. I agree that it is different when you live in the US and guns are everywhere. You might be right about the volcanos being a metaphor. What do you think @Megabooks ? (edited) 2w
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I love the cover. 2w
Megabooks Barbara @Hooked_on_books I read it as climate change. That was what has popped up everywhere and can have multiple outcomes depending on how we react. (I kinda liked how the book had multiple outcomes for the characters, but it was a bit confusing!) I can see gun violence too. This was an interesting one. (I forgot you read manhunt this year, not last, B. 👍🏻) 2w
Hooked_on_books @Megabooks @BarbaraBB I think there are many metaphors in this book and climate change is one as well. Every so often in the book, there‘s a date, a name, and how the person or people died, and all but one are deaths by gun violence. The names are otherwise unconnected to the rest of the story in the book, so that‘s how the metaphor revealed itself to me. 2w
Ruthiella I like bonkers! I‘m looking forward to this one. 😜 2w
LaraReads Gorgeous photo! And what I wild sounding book. Love the cover too. 2w
Librarybelle Gorgeous photo! 2w
batsy Great review and excellent photo, as always! 🙂 2w
AshleyHoss820 Now I know why this has been on my TBR! Sounds awesome! Love this review! 2w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks @Hooked_on_books I read it as climate change too and how we look away while the sighs are everywhere. I kept wondering about the mentions of real people killed by gun violence. I thought they were killed due to gender or sexuality. I think I made that up because almost all narrators are lgbtqi+ 2w
BarbaraBB @AshleyHoss820 @squirrelbrain @Ruthiella I can‘t foresee if you‘ll like it or not, I guess you probably will 2w
BarbaraBB @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick @LaraReads It‘s a gorgeous edition too, format and paper quality are 👌🏽 (edited) 2w
BarbaraBB @Librarybelle @batsy Thank you. The church tower Anne Frank could see and listen to is in the background (edited) 2w
Cinfhen I love this sidebar conversation- it‘ll help me as I start the book @Megabooks @Hooked_on_books @BarbaraBB And I agree, the physical quality of this book feels really special. I love the size & format. And how cool about the church tower. 2w
squirrelbrain I agree @Cinfhen - this book sounds rather bonkers so understanding the metaphors before one starts may be rather useful and insightful. Thank you @Hooked_on_books @Megabooks @BarbaraBB 2w
Hooked_on_books @BarbaraBB I do see a focus on LGBTQ+ people killed being mentioned, but I think Philando Castile was included and as far as I know, he was not queer. But of course I could be wrong about that. And I do think the author intended the volcano to be a metaphor for many of the ills of society that we simply choose to ignore, which is part of why I thought this book was so good. It has a lot of depth. 2w
Cortg Sounds like a fun read! I may have to check it out! 2w
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books It‘s a very powerful message and metaphor, and brought to us by the author in a complete new and original way. It‘s very good, I agree. I now appreciate it more thanks to our discussion! 2w
kwmg40 I have this out from the library and looking forward to it, especially after reading the discussion here. 1w
BarbaraBB @kwmg40 I‘ll be very interested to hear your thoughts about it 1w
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Look Cindy what arrived so very fast! You chose two fantastic books for me. I am so glad I‘ll be able to join in the hype regarding Foster and the tagged Ken has been on my wishlist for a very long time. It‘s about Japan… totally my kind of book. Thank you for sending me these wonderful books 💖💖

Cinfhen WOW!!! That was soooo fast!!! I read the tagged book and it was good, I think you‘ll like it ☺️there‘s still one more from BD heading your way xx 2w
squirrelbrain Ooh I have the tagged book on my physical TBR shelf so I‘ll be interested to hear your thoughts. 2w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen can‘t wait! Your choices are so good! 2w
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Cinfhen Thanks @BarbaraBB but I honestly can‘t remember what I else I chose 🤪 2w
Megabooks Lovely gift!! 2w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen It arrived today and it is this one, another one from my TBR, more Japan! I am super happy and grateful, thank you so much!! 2w
Cinfhen Yay!! No way I ever would have recalled that one💛Enjoy xxx 2w
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I am listening to this book and am surprised by how readable it is and how much I am actually enjoying it, especially the bits about translation seen in a historical (read: colonial) context. I am at 40% now, and hopeful I‘ll end up with a pick! #Tob23

Chelsea.Poole I need to get to this soon! Glad to see it‘s working for you 😊 2w
squirrelbrain Yay - glad it‘s working for you; I‘m looking forward to it much more now. 2w
sarahbarnes This makes me even more eager to have this one come in for me at the library! 2w
BarbaraBB @Chelsea.Poole @squirrelbrain @sarahbarnes I hope you‘ll like it too. It‘s definitely not my favorite but I am glad it‘s so engaging! 2w
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In 185 super short chapters, all based on a dictionary entrance, we read about the many phases of falling in love and being a couple. Beautiful written, gorgeous quotes, often recognizable. The book made me smile, nod and think. I hope they‘ll stay together forever 💖Thanks so much for sending me this book @KarenUK

#52bookclub23 #BookWithASubtitle

KarenUK I‘m so glad you liked it! It‘s such a unique little book… a favorite of mine 💕 2w
Librarybelle Sounds very intriguing 2w
Cinfhen I was gifted this book wayyy back in the early days of Litsy by @WanderingBookaneer Hi Jamie!!! Hope all is well ♥️It‘s such a great book ❣️ 2w
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triplem80 Loved this one! 2w
squirrelbrain Sounds lovely! ❤️ 2w
britt_brooke This is such a cute read! 2w
Chelsea.Poole I read this years ago and it remains one of my favorites! 2w
CarolynM I thought it was a lovely book❤️ 2w
Megabooks I loved this too! 2w
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My Volcano | John Elizabeth Stintzi
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#weeklyforecast 03/23

I am reading The Lover‘s Dictionary, a wonderful little book sent to me by the lovely @KarenUK . Next will be the tagged one for #ToB23 (just like you Cindy!) and I hope there‘ll be time to start American War!

TrishB Good week ahead 👍🏻 2w
Cinfhen Can‘t wait to see what we make of 2w
Ruthiella I bought a copy of My Volcano in print since it was the only ToB book I couldn‘t get from my library. I hear it is a trip! 🤪 2w
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella It is a beautiful published edition. I hope the content is as good 😉 2w
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The Loser | Thomas Bernhard
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After piano virtuoso Glenn Gould dies, the unscrupulous narrator (alter ego of the author) and their friend Wertheimer are free to blame him for the fact they haven‘t become piano geniuses themselves.
After Wertheimers suicide, Bernhard as usual doesn‘t hold back. Again he pours out tons of criticism about Austrian society, and he mocks and taunts both of his friends with demonic pleasure. It is a pleasure to follow his linguistic brain.

Cinfhen This one doesn‘t really appeal to me but I‘m glad you enjoyed it xx 2w
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squirrelbrain Doesn‘t sound like my thing either but good job on the prompts! 2w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen @squirrelbrain It‘s a typical #1001books author and I really enjoy getting back to him once in a while after I‘ve read many contemporary books. 2w
Megabooks Sounds cool! 👍🏻 2w
Librarybelle Hooray! 2w
Cortg Nice job with the prompts! I love reading older books that I missed along the way. This one sounds good! 2w
batsy This sounds so good! I really must read Bernhard. 2w
BarbaraBB @batsy He is totally up your alley! 2w
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Harriet | Elizabeth Jenkins
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#BookReport 02/23

Just those two. The Persephone was very good, as usual. 2 AM was just an okay read for me, though I had some new insights thanks to @Megabooks and @Hooked_on_books Always happy for our bookish talks!

Hooked_on_books I think I get more out of talking about a book I didn‘t like than one I did like. I think it‘s because there‘s more to explore. 2w
Chelsea.Poole Agreed @Hooked_on_books …always more to discuss about a book I didn‘t enjoy so much. @BarbaraBB I love the different perspectives from you all here…I nearly always have a new takeaway from the chats here. Litsy has the best readers! 2w
Cathythoughts I have Harriet stacked 👍🏻 2w
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TrishB @Chelsea.Poole agreed 👍🏻 always love the different perspectives! 2w
squirrelbrain At least we‘re having some great #tob discussions already, before the tournament-proper even starts…! 2w
Cinfhen Agreed, all the chatter amongst us is better than any commentator 🤓 2w
Megabooks I‘m really enjoying our tob discussions too. So many diverse ideas! And I agree with @Hooked_on_books that sometimes the best discussions come from mediocre books. (edited) 2w
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books That is so true, about the books I didn‘t like. I love all our opinions and it happens regularly that I add half a star just because a book or author is able to raise such a discussion @Megabooks 2w
BarbaraBB @Chelsea.Poole @TrishB @squirrelbrain @Cinfhen It‘s definitely one of the things I like most about Litsy, that we can discuss books, listen to and learn from one another and that it is no problem at all to disagree ❤️❤️ 2w
BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts I think you‘d like it! 2w
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Like most others I enjoyed the first part of this book. The collapse of the US, the people seeking refuge in other countries: it is an intriguing and disturbing premise. However in the second part strange things start happening to Ron, the narrator of the story. I didn‘t get if he is just unreliable or if his circumstances are. Too vague, too disconnected to my taste. #ToB23

#TBRtarot #52Booksclub23 #TimeInTitle #pop23 #PetCharacter

CBee Hooray! Sorry it wasn‘t a winner but glad it met some challenges 😊 2w
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BarbaraBB @CBee Sure! It was a fun prompt! 2w
Cinfhen Excellent review and photo 😁 2w
squirrelbrain This is up next for me (on audio)…at least it‘s relatively short! 😁 2w
Ruthiella I‘ll keep my expectations low. I‘m not even sure if I‘ll be able to get it from any of my libraries. 🤫 2w
sarahbarnes Great review! I‘m not sure I‘m going to read this one… 2w
Megabooks Fantastic review! The whole seeing different faces on women was an odd angle for sure. 2w
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain @Ruthiella @sarahbarnes Look at us, ToB fans, we‘re not even eager to read the books anymore! It‘s gonna be a weird tournament! At least we‘ll have a winner we‘ll root for! 2w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks Exactly that. I didn‘t understand that. Didn‘t he recognize faces, or did they really change, or did he just not recognize them?? 2w
Megabooks My thought is that it was to symbolically show his confusion and disorientation in his new surroundings, how he felt alienated from both the locals and other refugees, as well as a maternally embodied longing for his motherland. It‘s almost like he wanted to see America or his hometown in each woman‘s face but kept coming up short. Hopefully I‘m remembering correctly, but I‘m probably reading too much into it. 🤔🤷🏻‍♀️ (edited) 2w
BarbaraBB I think you‘re right about him wanting to see America is each woman‘s face, I thought of that too, but why? I felt I knew too little about his past to feel connected to this. 2w
Hooked_on_books @Megabooks @BarbaraBB I agree with you on that choice. It felt gimmicky to me, especially since he didn‘t seem to have a problem recognizing men‘s faces, just women. Which to me just devalues women. 2w
Megabooks @Hooked_on_books Barbara, I can see your point Holly. It is odd that it‘s just women, but I read it literally as he was looking for his motherland. I didn‘t feel particularly sympathetic towards him nor did I really under why he was running, B. The author hinted that he was in a conflict zone. I wonder if he was making it vague so we could see ourselves or refugees in our communities as the MC. 2w
Librarybelle I‘ll probably pass on this one 2w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks @Hooked_on_books That is an interesting thought Meg. If he wanted to write about refugees‘ feelings however, he didn‘t really succeed imo. He had to add this condition of not recognizing women and, like you stated: why was he running? Too much didn‘t make sense for me to connect to this possible meaning. 2w
kwmg40 I'm happy to read the comments here, as I too didn't understand fully all that was going on, and reading the interpretations is making me ponder these ideas further. I'm glad I read the book, even though it was frustrating and tiresome at times. 2w
BarbaraBB @kwmg40 I always feel that discussing the book makes me appreciate it more! 2w
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Harriet | Elizabeth Jenkins
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Harriet is a young woman with a small fortune. A mental disability makes her an easy target for the handsome and unscrupulous Lewis Oman. After winning Harriet's love, Lewis, along with his brother and mistress, sets in motion a cruel plan to get his hands on her money.

A very good, shocking story, not in the least because it is based on a true one from 1877

#Roll100 #pop23 #IndependentBookstore #52Booksclub23 #FeaturingOneOfTheSevenDeadlySins

Deblovestoread Sounds great! Stacked 📚 3w
Librarybelle Based on true stories books are always interesting! 3w
LeahBergen Great review! I‘m looking forward to this one later in the year with #PersephoneClub. 3w
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JenniferP I‘ve read all my Persephones! Maybe I‘ll put some more on my birthday wish list - this sounds great! 3w
AshleyHoss820 Sounds good!! Love the picture, as usual! ☺️ 3w
BarbaraBB @LeahBergen I‘d have liked to read this with you but my challenges decided otherwise 🤣🤷🏻‍♀️ 3w
BarbaraBB @JenniferP they are always such a comfort to read. Every couple of years I allow myself to buy six of them, of which Persephone sends me one a month: it feels like a gift when another arrives! 3w
Cinfhen This does sound interesting!!! Perfect for GREED 😊Also love the photo 😘 3w
squirrelbrain This sounds so good! 3w
Cathythoughts Sounds like another good one. Stacked. 3w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Greed indeed! 3w
JenniferP @BarbaraBB I did this a few years back, but I believe they stopped this service to the U.S. Sad! 3w
PuddleJumper Brilliant! 3w
BkClubCare Love Persephone Books 3w
thewallflower0707 Love Persephone Books, I visited their bookstore in 2019, before they had to move. Did you get the chance to read A Town Called Solace yet? 3w
BarbaraBB @thewallflower0707 That is so cool, that you‘ve been there. I‘d love to go to Bath one day to visit their new shop. I haven‘t read your book yet, but I will soon! I will keep you posted! Am looking forward to it! 3w
BarbaraBB @JenniferP That is sad indeed. It is hard to Netherlands too these days, thanks to Brexit. 3w
thewallflower0707 @BarbaraBB that‘s great! It was nicely decorated too, and right around the corner from Gay‘s the Word, a beautiful LGBTQ bookstore with lots of history. Shame they had to move. 2w
BarbaraBB @thewallflower0707 Absolutely. That sounds great. But I want to visit Bath one day anyhow, so much history there! 2w
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The Loser | Thomas Bernhard
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#WeeklyForecast 02/23

I am having the Persephone one, Harriet, in progress. Next will be another shortlisted book from the #ToB23 which I can use for #TarotTBR as well. When there‘s time I‘d like to start the tagged book by Thomas Bernhard. Not a light read probably but the man can write!

squirrelbrain I‘m going to listen to the #tob one on audio soon… perhaps the week after next? Have a good week! 3w
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain Thanks! You too! 3w
Megabooks Have a great week B! 😘 3w
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Cinfhen I‘m hoping to listen to this #ToB shortlisted book this week 3w
Cinfhen Lots of people didn‘t care for 2am but I didn‘t mind it - it worked for me on audio but not sure how I would have felt in print. I‘ll be curious to hear your thoughts 3w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I still need to read that one too. 3w
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The She-Devil in the Mirror | Horacio Castellanos Moya
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Olga Maria has been killed and her best friend Laura must find out who did it. In a manic and chattery account she tells about her investigation in possible suspects and she reveals about corruption and impunity in #ElSalvador. As her anger and panic grow, Laura talks faster and faster. It is kind of funny if it weren‘t so sad.

#pop23 #shortestTBRbook #52Booksclub23 #Under200pages #Booked2023 #GiftedByAFriend #ReadingTheAmericas2023 🇸🇻

BarbaraBB Thank you for sending me this one @Liz_M a real memorable read! 😘 3w
batsy This sounds good! I also have Senselessness on the TBR. 3w
AshleyHoss820 Your photos are always so great! ☺️ This read sounds interesting! 3w
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BarbaraBB @batsy I think you‘d like it. I will check out Senselessness out too now. 3w
BarbaraBB @AshleyHoss820 Thank you! We were at the beach and my man jumped into the picture lol 3w
squirrelbrain Love your photo! And the book sounds good too. 😁 3w
Liz_M Fun photo and glad you enjoyed the book! 😊 3w
Librarybelle Yay for all of the challenge prompts filled! 3w
LeahBergen Great photo! 3w
Cinfhen Sounds promising!! Fun photo 3w
sarahbarnes Love this photo! 😊 3w
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#BookReport 01/23

In this first week I read two #TOB contenders. I liked the tagged one but both aren‘t worth the Rooster imo. The Finlay was delicious: suspenseful and filled with twists. Overall a good start of the year!

squirrelbrain There are so many books that we don‘t think deserve the Rooster! 😬 3w
Cinfhen Agreed about the #Rooster and the Finlay 3w
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Rissreads What is this rooster?🐔 3w
BarbaraBB @Rissreads It is the prize for winning the Tournament of Books (#tob23) that‘ll start in March. 3w
Rissreads So next question is 🤣 What is the #tob23 please? 3w
BarbaraBB @Rissreads It is a tournament in which sixteen books compete with each other. A couple of us read those books and choose their own winner. I‘ll add the announcement: https://themorningnews.org/article/the-2023-tournament-of-books-shortlist-and-ju... 3w
Rissreads It sounds interesting! Go the rooster! 3w
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Manhunt | Gretchen Felker-Martin
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If there were no other books waiting for me I would have spend more time with this one but since there are a zillion books out there calling my name I read this one diagonally. I think I got the point anyhow. Revenge indeed and a lot of anger. And that repeating and repeating.

#pop23 #QueerLead #Booked2023 #TransPerson #52Booksclub23 #SurvivalStory #ToB23

sarahbarnes I do think I‘m going to skip this one… 3w
Chelsea.Poole Agreed. Repetitive…and I was only 17% in when I bailed! 3w
britt_brooke Skipping this one based one that hideous cover alone. 3w
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BarbaraBB @Chelsea.Poole I reread your review and couldn‘t agree more! Life‘s too short! 3w
BarbaraBB @britt_brooke I didn‘t realize what I was looking at until I started the book 🤣 3w
BarbaraBB @sarahbarnes There are people who enjoyed it so I would surely read their reviews too! 3w
batsy I'm both intrigued and wary by the mixed reviews. A most Marmite book, it seems like! 3w
TrishB I have never been drawn to this one yet! 3w
BarbaraBB @batsy definitely a marmite book. But if I don‘t automatically think it is your kind of book 3w
BarbaraBB @TrishB I guess you won‘t ever be and never mind! 3w
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I'm glad I didn't pick this up last week on my shopping trip. Perhaps I'll see if the library has it, just to give it a try. 3w
Deblovestoread Everything I‘ve seen makes it a hard no for me. Too many books I‘d rather read. 3w
Ruthiella I‘m super curious now to see what the TOB commentariat makes of this in March! It really does seem to be a marmite book. 3w
squirrelbrain Oh dear…! 😬 I‘ll see how far I get when I eventually get round to listening to it. 3w
Liz_M How do you read diagonally? 3w
Suet624 @Liz_M I had the same question. Clearly not the same as reading horizontally. 🤪 3w
Suet624 This was a no-go immediately but thanks for trying. 3w
merelybookish Haha. It is definitely one note! And yet, maybe I appreciated just how unapologetic it was about that. Like a campy B movie. 3w
Hooked_on_books This book disappoints me. I loved the beginning of it and feel like it could have been a nuanced exploration of gender vs biological sex and to stop defining people by their parts. But sadly it missed out on doing that. 3w
BarbaraBB @Liz_M @Suet624 omg It is probably a Dutch expression that I translated literally into English. In college we needed to read many, many books and we read them “diagonally” which meant we read just enough to get the point and to know what was important to remember for an exam… does that make sense????? (edited) 3w
BarbaraBB @merelybookish I hoped I would feel the same but unfortunately I didn‘t 3w
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books Yes! I liked the start but it never got beyond that 3w
RidgewayGirl Well, I am a ToB completist and I think the cover art is brilliant, but I can't say I'm looking forward to this one. 3w
RidgewayGirl Well, I am a ToB completist and I think the cover art is brilliant, but I can't say I'm looking forward to this one. 3w
merelybookish @BarbaraBB I will say it doesn't belong in the TOB! That is for sure. 3w
BarbaraBB @RidgewayGirl I will definitely read your review! How are you doing with the shortlist? Any favorites? I read so many good ones that were longlisted but not shortlisted that I am a bit disappointed with the shortlist to be honest 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3w
RidgewayGirl @BarbaraBB I really liked Sea of Tranquility, Mouth to Mouth and Dinosaurs. I'm listening to Babel now and I think I like it more as an audiobook than I would as a paper book - it's very straight-forward and the characters are almost YA in their simplicity. But there's interesting stuff about translations and the impact of colonialism. Also reading Rabbit Hutch now and it's ok but not great. 3w
Librarybelle Yikes! The wine looks good, though! 😂 3w
Liz_M @BarbaraBB ? I was wondering if it was an autocorrect error or a Google translate error. ? I think the expression is equivalent to "I skimmed the book" in American. (ie to read really fast, "skimming the surface"/ speed-read) 3w
Megabooks I love that Dutch expression!! Agree with @Liz_M about the (American) English equivalent. I think you and @Hooked_on_books made good points about this being a revenge fantasy more than something more nuanced about gender, which is more what I‘d expect from a tob contender. It‘s still a pick for me though. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3w
Suet624 The translation makes total sense and I kind of dig it. 3w
BarbaraBB @RidgewayGirl your three favorites are mine as well along with The Rabbit Hutch, that I loved! But I still have 8 more to read, one of them being Babel. 3w
BarbaraBB @Liz_M @Megabooks @Suet624 It is skimming indeed! When I tried to explain it to you I was looking for that word but it didn‘t came to mind! 3w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks The revenge point came from @Hooked_on_books and I agreed completely. I had hoped for a bit more nuance too, it now was almost predictable in its absence of it. I am glad it is a pick for you and @merelybookish , it makes for a more interesting Litsy ToB! (edited) 3w
Cinfhen I love that it knocked off so many prompts for you!! I was stuck on a transatlantic flight without too many options so I finished this one but it wasn‘t enjoyable. 3w
RidgewayGirl @BarbaraBB I don't know if you do audiobooks, but Babel works very well on audio since it's a straightforward, chronologically told story with a strong, but not complex plot and the characters are sort of YA in their simplicity. 3w
BarbaraBB @RidgewayGirl That is a good idea. I might just do that. 3w
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Touch | Olaf Olafsson
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My favorite of December is this one, a wonderful story about a man traveling the world on the brink of the pandemic in search of a woman he used to know.

Cathythoughts Sounds wonderful ♥️ I have it stacked already. 4w
Andrew65 Looks a great choice. Thanks for playing along, it‘s been a good way to review the year. 4w
Megabooks So glad you loved it! 💜 4w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I did. Very much. I wanted to travel with him every step of the way 🥰 4w
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Based on its cover I‘d never had expected this book to be so dark. But it is. At times. And I loved it. My favorite read of November.

Suet624 Well of course I need to stack it. 4w
Andrew65 No you‘d never get dark from that cover. 4w
BarbaraBB @Suet624 You do 🤍 4w
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Cathythoughts I really enjoyed this too. 4w
Megabooks Thank you so much for sending this. I loved it too. 🫶🏻 4w
BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts @Megabooks It was such a surprising good read 4w
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The Night Shift | Alex Finlay
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(Just one last pic of my Christmas tree 😉)

Two massacres, fifteen years apart. Two survivors, a suspect on the run, police and FBI seeking the truth. All these ingredients make for a very, good fast-pacing read. So many twists. I can‘t wait for the next Finlay. Great gift @TrishB, thanks ❤️!

#pop23 #SongLyricAsTitle #52booksclub23 #chapterswithcliffhangers #booked2023 #UsingTheWordTwist

Cinfhen Woohoo 🙌🏻 I thought this was fun too❣️ 4w
Librarybelle This looks very good! 4w
LaraReads Goodness your tree is gorgeous! 😍🎄 Adding this to TBR now! 4w
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batsy Beautiful tree! 4w
batsy Beautiful tree! 4w
squirrelbrain Great prompt choices! 😁 4w
Reggie I love the tree! 4w
TrishB Glad you enjoyed 😁 4w
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick A beautiful tree. 🤩 This book is set in a town about 6 miles from where I live. I'll have to give it a read to see if it mentions any real life places. 4w
BarbaraBB @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick you should! There are many references to places in NJ though I don‘t know if they are really existent. It‘s an entertaining book anyhow! 4w
Cortg Gorgeous tree! I still haven‘t finished a book yet this year 🙄 3w
BarbaraBB @Cortg Thank you! It is weekend, maybe you‘ll find some time to read! 3w
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Gravel Heart | Abdulrazak Gurnah
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My favorite book in October was this one, written by the Nobel Prize winner. It‘s the story of boy looking for his place in the world. An emotional read for #ReadingAfrica2022.

Andrew65 Sounds a good read. 4w
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Kokoro | Natsume Soseki
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I read way too few classics in 2022 but I am so glad that I did read this one. It is fantastic. And it‘s Japanese of course, which I always seem to enjoy just a bit more!

Andrew65 Looks good. 1mo
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I love StoryGraph to keep track of my reading, for the reading challenges and of course for their stats. My 2022 stats really do show me who I am 😀

MatchlessMarie I think using StoryGraph might be one of my goals this year. I made an account a while back but never really fiddled with it. 📊📚 1mo
ChaoticMissAdventures Our pie charts look similar! Love a dark, reflective, challenging read. 1mo
Amiable I love the Storygraph stats, too! And I feel validated when I see others who also lean so hard into the dark, challenging and emotional books. 😀 (edited) 1mo
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BarbaraBB @MatchlessMarie It really is very cool, though not very social (there is no interaction possible) but I don‘t mind that! 1mo
BarbaraBB @ChaoticMissAdventures @Amiable I wasn‘t aware before that I tend to read so many dark books 🤓 1mo
Megabooks Great year!! 4w
Suet624 Okay,I signed up a year ago. I guess I‘ll try to be consistent with it this year. 4w
Suet624 Do I have to pay extra to get the graphs that you are showing on Storygraph.? 4w
BarbaraBB @Suet624 No you don‘t have to pay extra for these stats. You find them when you click on your name. 4w
Suet624 Okey doke. Thanks!! 4w
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Manhunt | Gretchen Felker-Martin
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#WeeklyForecast 01/23

Another year, new challenges! I am about to start The Night Shift because I really want to and I can use it for many challenges. The tagged one is for the #ToB23. I need to read one a week to finish them all in time.
The She-Devil is for #ReadingTheAmericas2023.

Happy new year 📚 📚📚📚

Cinfhen Night shift was a fun thriller and I can‘t wait to hear what you‘ll make of 1mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I keep my expectations low 😉 1mo
TrishB Enjoy 😁 1mo
squirrelbrain Have a great week! 1mo
Megabooks I‘m with @Cinfhen re: Manhunt! 4w
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2022 is a wrap. Here are the books I read: 12 months, 12 shelves.

julesG Wow! 1mo
sarahbarnes Incredible! 😍 1mo
marleed That‘s a great display! 1mo
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youneverarrived Amazing 😍 1mo
Ruthiella Love that visual representation of your 2022 reading! 👍 1mo
Megabooks Congratulations! What a great year!! 👏🏻👏🏻🎉 1mo
jlhammar Love this! So cool to see the monthly stacks all together. 1mo
squirrelbrain What a fab picture! ❤️ 1mo
Deblovestoread Great year! 1mo
Gissy Wow! Impressive📚📚📚👏👏👏👏👏👏 1mo
LeahBergen Wow! 👏👏👏 1mo
Leftcoastzen Great year , love the photo! 1mo
Aimeesue Excellent photo! 1mo
Suet624 Love this photo. Great way of showing what you read. 4w
Centique This is a fabulous photo! 3w
Cinfhen Oh wow!!! This is AMAZING!!!!!! 3w
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I enjoyed this book but I don‘t think it should be shortlisted for the ToB with so many better ones on the longlist.
The coming of age story of Sally, who loses her sister and best friend by a car accident, is a compelling one. The only one who understands her is Billy, her sister‘s boyfriend and the one who drove the car. An emotional yet humorous story.

#52bookclub23 #funeral #booked2023 #LoveTriangle #ToB23

Pic: Stuttgart, Germany

Cinfhen Love the photo💜I‘m looking forward to this one although my expectations are in check ✔️ 1mo
swishandflick I'm with @Cinfhen - great pic! 📸 1mo
squirrelbrain I had high expectations for this, but they‘re reducing every time a Litten posts a review! 🤣 1mo
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Cathythoughts This sounds good enough to try ! Stacked 1mo
RebelReader @squirrelbrain I feel the same way, but my library hold came in so I will be tackling it this week. 1mo
squirrelbrain It‘s very expensive here in the UK @RebelReader so I‘m going to wait a while…. 1mo
Cinfhen @swishandflick Happy New year, Ashley 💕🎉 1mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen @squirrelbrain @Cathythoughts @RebelReader @swishandflick If you‘re expectations are not too high it‘s a good enough book I think! 1mo
sarahbarnes I‘m picking this one up at the library next week and will be interested to try it! 1mo
Ruthiella Going in with tempered expectations! Great review! 👍 1mo
Suet624 So yeah, good story, not great. Interesting enough. Glad we agree. :) 1mo
BarbaraBB @Suet624 Of course we do ❤️❤️ 1mo
Megabooks Lovely pic! Yeah, there were so many better stories on the longlist. Personally I liked OS better as far as the “dead teens” choices, but I think there were better choices than both on the longlist. (edited) 1mo
Hooked_on_books I look forward to this one. And I‘ve said it before, but you have the best pictures! 1mo
Aimeesue @BarbaraBB Keeping my expectations mid- range! Thanks for the tip 😋 1mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I agree, I liked Ocean State better too. Both are good not great I think. 1mo
BarbaraBB @sarahbarnes @Ruthiella @Aimeesue Looking forward to your reviews and how this book will go in our tournament! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books Thank you so much. My photos are kind of a visual diary to me 🤷🏻‍♀️😘 1mo
rmaclean4 Just started this one yesterday. Feels like it will be a quick read. 1mo
Librarybelle Sounds intriguing…the cover alone sparks my curiosity every time I see it 1mo
BarbaraBB @rmaclean4 It is! It‘s an easy rather fun read despite the subject 1mo
BarbaraBB @Librarybelle I love the cover too! 1mo
LaraReads Agreed! Awesome cover & pic! 🎡 1mo
Deblovestoread Starting this one today as Libby hold came in. 4w
BarbaraBB @Deblovestoread I hope you‘ll enjoy it! 4w
merelybookish It's not a bad book but it's no standout. But John Warner, one of the TOB commentators, is a big fan. 4w
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The Colony | Audrey Magee
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My August five ⭐️ read. Happy new year!

TrishB Must get to….. 1mo
AnneCecilie I loved this one too. Happy New Year 🎆 1mo
Andrew65 This looks good. Stacked. 1mo
Suet624 Loved this too. 4w
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This might very well be my favorite book of the year. I read it in July, a month after my father died, and I loved the father/daughter parts in the book. I cried my eyes out but it felt good.
A perfect example of the right book at the right time.

Librariana I'm glad this book found you at the right time. I do hope it was able to bring a bit of comfort 💜 1mo
BarbaraBB @Librariana Thank you 🤍 it certainly did! 1mo
Megabooks 🫶🏻 1mo
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Favorites | Garret Mathews
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Here they are, my #Top22of22! Not my best reading year, few five stars reads, but these 22 I can recommend wholeheartedly!

DGRachel SEED!!!! 😱😱 1mo
BarbaraBB @DGRachel My second Ahlborn and I loved it again! 1mo
DGRachel I read it in 2012 and am still traumatized by it. 1mo
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sarahbarnes So many of my favorites here, too! And a few I still hope to get to! Great list!! (edited) 1mo
squirrelbrain Great list - I can see some that will be on my list too… and some that I still need to get to! 1mo
TrishB Screenshot 👍🏻 1mo
jlhammar Love your picks! Can‘t believe I haven‘t read The Burgess Boys yet! I love Strout so must remedy that. I‘d really like to try Togawa sometime too. Touch sounds really good as well. 1mo
Deblovestoread Great list! A few I‘ve not heard of which is awesome 😊 1mo
Megabooks We read so many of the same books! Great choices! 📸 1mo
batsy Intriguing picks, as always. I agree with The Master Key, Heaven, and Elena Knows being among my top reads this year. 1mo
Cinfhen Wow!!! We have a few in common and a few I read but didn‘t enjoy quite as much as you!! I love how the same book can be felt so differently ♥️ 1mo
Reggie Lol I love that Seed made it in here. Happy New Year! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Reggie Happy new year to you too! Seeing Seed again makes me eager to read another Ahlborn! 1mo
Suet624 Okay, I read 6 of these and agree. HAd to take a screenshot so I can find the others. 💕 (edited) 4w
BarbaraBB @Suet624 I love that! We‘ve got such similar taste! 4w
Centique I have screenshot this too! I always love your choices and now my TBR is looking huge but exciting 😝 3w
BarbaraBB @Centique Thanks Paula! We often have similar taste so I hope you‘ll love the ones you haven‘t read yet! 3w
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Recitatif | Toni Morrison
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This was a thought provoking short story, the only one Morrison ever wrote. The concept of writing a story without racial coding about two girls (Twyla and Roberta) of different race for whom race is vital makes for an interesting experiment.

I read somewhere that apparently you can tell the race of the reader by what race they think Twyla is. An interesting thought!
Also, Zadie Smith‘s introduction is excellent.

Teresereading I heardLe Var Burton read it on his podcast a while back. Engrossing. 1mo
Megabooks So glad you like your booksleeve! 💜😘 1mo
BarbaraBB @Teresereading It makes for a good discussion I think! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I love it! I hadn‘t owned one before but it‘s perfect for traveling! 1mo
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Oh William!: A Novel | Elizabeth Strout
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I didn‘t read much in June and don‘t remember much of the books I read that month. The tagged one I do remember though and it‘s always comforting to read Strout. Looking forward to Lucy by the Sea!

Cinfhen Im pretty confident you‘re gonna LOVE Lucy 😘 1mo
Andrew65 A popular author, but I‘ve not read this one. 1mo
Megabooks So excited to see what you think of Lucy by the Sea! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen @squirrelbrain @Megabooks It‘ll be one of my first reads in the new year! 1mo
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Unfortunately I didn‘t like this book as much as I expected. It is a slow read, and it takes so long to get to the point. A point that was obvious from the beginning. So, more than fiction, the book was about exploring class in Maine. And this could have been much more interesting without the plot and half of the characters. So it felt like a mixed bag to me.

squirrelbrain Oh no, I had high hopes for this one! 1mo
Cinfhen I liked this one but it didn‘t make my #Top22of22 list 1mo
Cinfhen Great photo 🧡 1mo
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Ruthiella Yes, I was also a little let down as I expected a mystery. 1mo
Megabooks Too bad. I‘m sorry it wasn‘t a winner for you. 😔 1mo
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain Me too. But it didn‘t really work for me. Many people loved it though. 1mo
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella I knew it wouldn‘t be a real mystery thanks to some reviews but I couldn‘t figure out what it was instead. Maybe it should have been NF 1mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks Don‘t be sorry! I am reading so many winners thanks to you! 1mo
batsy Nice review! If I give it a try I'll know to adjust my expectations 🙂 1mo
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#12BooksOf2022

My May favorite was my favorite #ReadingAfrica2022 read as well. I loved that challenge and highly recommend the book!

Andrew65 Not read this one. Stacked. 1mo
Deblovestoread Highly recommended = stacked! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Andrew65 @Deblovestoread Thanks for trusting my judgment. It really is very good. 1mo
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Andrew65 Now frantically trying to research books for #ReadingTheAmericas2023 1mo
Currey Loved this book also! 1mo
PaperbackPirate Such a good book! 1mo
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Elena Knows | Claudia Pieiro
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My April favorite was undoubtedly this one. A unique book about the relationship between a mother and daughter, navigating between dependence, hate and love, but also about aging and Parkinson‘s disease. A very sad and beautiful story.

Cathythoughts Very good. I see I have this one stacked already. 1mo
batsy Excellent choice. Definitely one of my top reads this year! 1mo
rockpools I still think about Elena. 1mo
Andrew65 Sounds an impactful read. 1mo
jlhammar Great choice! This will be on my tops for the year as well. 1mo
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Is this a thriller? Certainly no whodunnit because we know from the start who did it. He‘s on death row, hours before his execution. So maybe no thriller, but definitely one of the best books I read this year. Is it possible to pity a serial killer? Danya Kukafka made me in what is best described as a psychological drama. Wow.

(Pic: French Alps)

cariashley Nice view! 🤩 1mo
squirrelbrain Great review - looking forward to this one. And fab pic! 1mo
vlwelser Great pic. Her other book is also quite good. 1mo
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LeahBergen Great review! Don‘t fall off an Alp taking a Litsy photo. 🤣🤣 1mo
Cinfhen Amazing photo💚This book was excellent and yessss, totally #TeamAnsel 💔 1mo
youneverarrived What a view 😍 and I‘m looking forward to reading this. 1mo
Suet624 I hope I can find this one. Glad to see that you liked it. 1mo
TrishB Great pic 👍🏻 need to get to this one. 1mo
BarbaraBB @vlwelser That is good to know. I will check it out! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Glad you feel the same. I wondered if I was allowed to! 1mo
BarbaraBB @youneverarrived @Suet624 @TrishB @squirrelbrain I really hope you will find a copy one day. It is absolutely worth the read 1mo
TrishB I checked my kindle and I already have 😁 1mo
BarbaraBB @TrishB I hope you‘ll have time to read it soon! I think you‘ll really enjoy it! 1mo
Hooked_on_books I was a little surprised this one didn‘t show up on the TOB longlist. 1mo
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books It deserved to be on the list! 1mo
batsy Great photo! Though I had the same concern as @LeahBergen 😆 1mo
BarbaraBB @batsy @LeahBergen Haha, I was safely seated in a chairlift ⛷️ 1mo
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The Burgess Boys: A Novel | Elizabeth Strout
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#12BooksOf2022

I am a fan of Lucy Barton but this stand-alone novel (although the Burgess boys are playing a role in Lucy‘s novels as well) by Strout is easily just as good. I loved the family dynamics in this book and the always present New England setting.

Andrew65 This is an author I need to read. 1mo
Cinfhen Love this author!!! 1mo
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Subdivision: A Novel | J. Robert Lennon
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Catching up on #12booksof2022.

The tagged book is my favorite January book and will probably be an all-time favorite. According to my stats Priestdaddy was my favorite of February but to be honest I hardly remember anything about it.

Cinfhen I guess I should try subdivision again - I bailed the first time!! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I‘d say you should but I know, so many books…😀 1mo
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Ruthiella I loved Subdivision too, but read it in 2021, so I can‘t count it for this year! (edited) 1mo
Vansa I had this problem of not remembering books I liked,which is why over the last few years I've been diligently reviewing them on Goodreads,so I can go back and read and remember 😀 1mo
BarbaraBB @Vansa I should do that too but I am not so good at it and happy with the short reviews on Litsy 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1mo
Vansa @BarbaraBB yeah, I meant that, just jot down something about the book, anywhere ?I find it a real problem otherwise! "what did you like about the book" ,and I go completely blank!!!? 1mo
BarbaraBB @Vansa lol 😂 I really feel that way too many times, sometimes even a few weeks after I‘ve finished a book 🤦🏻‍♀️ 1mo
Andrew65 These look great choices. 😁 1mo
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Touch | Olaf Olafsson
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I loved this book. The plot, the setting and the style.
A student from Iceland meets a Japanese girl in Londen in the early 1970s. They fall in love until she suddenly disappears. Many years later they reconnect on Facebook, just when Covid hits the world. It is another gorgeous read from the #toblonglist. Many thanks for sending me this one Meg, it‘ll make my #top22of22 🤍

Megabooks Fantastic! So glad you loved it! The blurb sounded perfect for you, and I enjoyed it too. 💜 1mo
Chelsea.Poole Ooh. Adding this to my list! 1mo
Ruthiella Another positive review! 👍 1mo
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Suet624 Stacked!! 1mo
Hooked_on_books I look forward to this one! 1mo
squirrelbrain This one sounds so good! ❤️ 1mo
Cinfhen Great review and fun photo 😘im saving this for #Booked2023 #PandemicStory 1mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks Yes it is totally my kind of book. I loved all the descriptions of Japanese food and of Hiroshima ❤️ 1mo
Cathythoughts Sounds great! Stacked. 1mo
Reggie This sounds great! Stacked. 1mo
BarbaraBB @Chelsea.Poole @Suet624 @Hooked_on_books @squirrelbrain @Cinfhen @Cathythoughts @Reggie While the author is not Japanese, the book has those vibes of a Japanese book in which each word is meant to be, a kind of minimalism and no drama that I love. 1mo
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#WeeklyForecast 52/22

The last forecast of yet another year! I chose four book I am looking forward to but I am not sure how much reading time I‘ll have, staying with a group of 12 in a holiday home in the French Alps. I don‘t complain though, it‘s wonderful to have these people around!
In progress I am having Touch, which I am LOVING!

Happy holidays everyone ❤️❤️

Cinfhen You do have 4 EXCELLENT books but they can‘t trump 12 friends - enjoy 😘 1mo
The_Book_Ninja Look forward to checkout 19 review. I have it but not read it yet. 1mo
CarolynM Merry Christmas Barbara🎄💕😘 1mo
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Crazeedi Merry Christmas Barbara!!❄ 1mo
Megabooks I‘m glad you love touch too! Merry Christmas B!! 🫶🏻🎄 1mo
squirrelbrain All 4 of these are ones that I really want to read too! Merry Christmas! 🎄 1mo
Suet624 Merry Christmas!! 1mo
Deblovestoread Merry Christmas 🎄 1mo
Eggs Merry Christmas! 1mo
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We Spread | Iain Reid
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Penny is an elder woman, she starts forgetting things, has an aching knee, doesn‘t take care of herself very well. When she moves to Six Cedars, a small housing facility for the elder, all seems to go better for a while. Penny is a lovely unreliable narrator, does she forget things or is time playing tricks on her? And what about Shelley, who manages the place? A disturbing read about aging, typically Iain Reid.

Picture: Kronberg, Germany

Soubhiville Great setting! 1mo
TrishB Great pic 👍🏻 1mo
KarenUK Lovely! 😍 1mo
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Megabooks Sounds interesting! 1mo
LeahBergen What a gorgeous photo! 1mo
batsy Love the photo and the book sounds very interesting. 1mo
Cathythoughts Lovely pic. I have this one stacked already 👍🏻♥️ 1mo
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Cyclorama | Adam Langer
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"We don‘t need the Nazis to destroy us; we‘re destroying ourselves”. Otto Frank said it in WWII, but it is as true in America in 2016, when Trump gets elected. It‘s the central message of this book, that is centred around Anne Frank‘s diary. The first half is set in the 80s, when the diary is turned into a high school play by the kind of sexist teacher that was quite normal in the 80s. We follow all cast members. ⬇️⬇️

BarbaraBB The second half is set in 2016 when we learn what has become of the cast in a USA where Trump could become president, racism is nothing to be ashamed of, walls are being erected, illegal immigrants are betrayed and #metoo is something new. An interesting premise and a very readable book. No five stars but definitely a pick! (edited) 1mo
Cinfhen Great review & photo😘 1mo
Megabooks You and the photography B!! Just beautiful! 🤩 this definitely belonged on the shortlist. 1mo
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squirrelbrain Gorgeous picture, and glad you liked the book! 1mo
BarbaraBB I‘d have preferred this one to various others on the shortlist I think! And the photography is easy, center of Amsterdam is quite photogenic! It is close to where Anne Frank stayed as a matter of fact. @Megabooks ❤️ (edited) 1mo
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain It is a good one, I hope you‘ll enjoy it too 🤍 1mo
IuliaC Great photo, I love the contrast! 1mo
BarbaraBB @IuliaC Thank you 😊 1mo
jlhammar What a perfect picture! Just gorgeous. You all are really making me want to give this one a try. 1mo
CarolynM Lovely picture, as always🙂 My daughter is in Amsterdam right now, I‘m looking forward to seeing her photos. 1mo
BarbaraBB @CarolynM She is? I hope she‘s having a good time, despite the weather 🥶 1mo
CarolynM She's been travelling around with some friends, they've only just arrived in Amsterdam. She says its very cold and they can't get used to it getting dark at 4pm😆 They're loving the snow and all the Christmas lights. 1mo
Cathythoughts Lovely picture 💫 1mo
Freespirit Wow..Amsterdam is so picturesque ❤️ 1mo
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As children in rural France after WWII, Fabienne and Agnès live in their own private world, needing nothing or no one. Until Fabienne comes up with the plan to write a book together with Agnès as its official author. This is the beginning of the end of their perfect little world. I am not sure of the meaning of the book, I feel like I missed something (see spoiler below), but it is an atmospheric and intense read. #ToB2023

BarbaraBB I don‘t get why their friendship had to end after Agnès returned to Saint Remy. Anyone?? 1mo
squirrelbrain I‘m looking forward to this one. I sneaked a peek at your question and will let you know when I get to it. 😁 1mo
Cinfhen Gorgeous tree 😍and fantastic review 💕💕 1mo
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Cinfhen I think Fabienne wanted a romantic relationship and Agnes wasn‘t able to give that to her. So Fabienne chased her away to protect herself🤷🏼‍♀️ 1mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I was thinking about that too but is that not a bit too dramatic? On the other hand, they are still so young so you might be right! 1mo
Ruthiella Looking forward to this one since other Littens like it. I‘ll come back and check out your spoilers once I‘ve read it. 1mo
Cinfhen Yeah, the ending was the low point but I did enjoy the beginning of this book 1mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I did enjoy the whole book but it‘s not among my favorite shortlisted books (edited) 1mo
Cinfhen Like we‘re all saying….the long list has been more enjoyable than the shortlist 🤷🏼‍♀️ 1mo
sarahbarnes Great review. I‘m interested to try this one 1mo
Megabooks The more reviews I read, the more intrigued I am! 1mo
batsy Love the gorgeous cover and backdrop! I'm very interested in this. 1mo
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Cyclorama | Adam Langer
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#WeeklyForecast 51/22

Four books I can‘t wait to read! I am in the middle of The Book of Goose and enjoying it. I hope to finish it soon but of course there is the soccer finals later today.

Three more days of work and then I have time off until the end of the year. Plenty of time to read these beauties and some more that I‘ll take with me on a vacation across Germany and Switzerland to France where we‘ll be skiing for a week 🙏

Cinfhen Your covers look gorgeous together 💗 excited to read all your reviews 🫶🏼 1mo
JamieArc Have fun! I lived in the French Alpes for a year and it was a dream ❤️ 1mo
BarbaraBB @JamieArc Really? I believe you! Where did you live? We‘ll be staying in Chatel, which is very close to Switzerland 1mo
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Megabooks I hope you enjoy Cyclorama and Touch!! And you‘re so close to vacay! 🙌🏻🙌🏻 1mo
Suet624 I kind of love your life. 1mo
BarbaraBB @Suet624 I am lucky I know. I have always chosen to work just to be able to travel. 1mo
Suet624 What a great plan. 💕💕 1mo
JamieArc @BarbaraBB Your recent ost of the Alps reminded me I never responded. I lived in Voiron, between Grenoble and Lyon, so not exactly right where people ski, but it is still part of the Alps. I had a balcony and loved staring out at the mountains. It felt a bit of a sun that I wasn‘t a skier 😂 I hope you are having a wonderful time! 1mo
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Cult Classic: A Novel | Sloane Crosley
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#BookReport 50/22

A good week. So many good books at the end of the year and with the ToB longlist in the back of my mind. The tagged and Grown Ups didn‘t make it to the shortlist but are good nevertheless, especially Grown Ups. Dinosaurs did make it to the shortlist and rightly so. I loved it. Happy is a fun #1001books read, fantastic designed.

TrishB A good week 👍🏻 1mo
Cinfhen Love this photo😊‼️nice to still be reading excellent books at this time of the year🙌🏻 1mo
squirrelbrain I‘m loving Dinosaurs so far, and looking forward to Grown Ups, which I‘m saving for next year. 1mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Finally no strings attached lol. #freechoice 😂 1mo
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain glad you love Dinosaurs too. I think it‘s wonderful. You‘ll enjoy Grown Ups too I am sure. 1mo
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