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Joined June 2017

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The Amusements by Aingeala Flannery
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Tuesdays Like That | Carina Taylor
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“There's a world outside,
And I know 'cause I've heard talk.
In my sweetest dream,
I would go out for a walk.
But I don't think I'm ready yet.
I'm not feeling up to it now.
Just not that steady yet.
And I don't need you telling me how.”

These lyrics read like a book and I love the album artwork. This Eels song is so sad and creepy. Love it!

https://open.spotify.com/track/33ui1NJRBO8ExaJncNGvXJ?si=1NyN1YF5S5-m7blSXI6Xvg

TieDyeDude Good stuff! Thanks for sharing. 20h
Deblovestoread I like this. Look forward to exploring more of his music. 🎶 16h
Jess Wow. Haven‘t listened to this in some time. Thanks for the reminder. 16h
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Dark Across the Bay | Ania Ahlborn
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Poppy has booked a desolate getaway for her husband Ezra, daughter Lark, and son Leo on a small island in Maine to salvage their relationships. They are surrounded by their own demons, as well as some new ones. Within the odd rental house, nothing is what it appears to be.
It is gory, it‘s a thriller, is it horror? It definitely is Ania Ahlborn. Not her best one but engaging nevertheless.

Megabooks I‘ve never read her! 22h
youneverarrived Lovely photo 😍 the book sounds interesting! 21h
BarbaraBB @Megabooks She‘s one I got to know by @vivastory ! 21h
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vivastory @Megabooks She can really get under my skin! If you want to be creeped out, I recommend starting with either Seed or The Devil Crept In 15h
vivastory I haven't read this one yet. I have a copy signed by Ahlborn & Josh Malerman (he did the intro in my edition). I recall it being compared to Cape Fear. 15h
BarbaraBB @vivastory It definitely has Cape Fear vibes! 14h
Cathythoughts Nice review. I‘ve never read this author. But I‘m going to try one 👍🏻❤️ I‘m not a fan of horror though. Maybe some of her books aren‘t too horrific 🤞🏻😁 (edited) 11h
Reggie I‘ve been curious about this one. 8h
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Dark Across the Bay | Ania Ahlborn
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#WeeklyForecast 22/24

Looking forward to all three of these. I already started The Amusements, which is engaging from the start. A new Ania Ahlborn is always a treat and it‘s time to start reading our first #CampLitsy24 book so @Megabooks @squirrelbrain and I can think of some questions for our discussion about it on June 8 and 15 (plenty of time, I know, we just can‘t wait 😀).

squirrelbrain I already finished Clear, but not posting my review of course! 🤪 2d
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain Can‘t wait to hear it! 2d
Megabooks I just posted that it‘s a pick for me, but no more. 🤫🤫 23h
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Parkeren in Hilversum: roman | Detlev van Heest, Detlev Helge Hans Heest
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This is the 3rd installment in a Dutch autobiographical series about a cynical man who feels like a failure in life. He is intelligent yet he doesn‘t manage to find a real job. He despises the system and ends up as a parking attendant. He sardonically enjoys giving fines and discussing with the drivers about all their excuses for not paying the parking costs in the first place. It sounds boring I guess, but I enjoyed it.

LeahBergen What a fantastic photo! 😍 3d
BarbaraBB @LeahBergen Thank you Leah 🙏 3d
Cathythoughts Yes , great photo 👍🏻♥️ 3d
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BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts Thanks 🩷 3d
batsy This sounds really interesting! A dash of Dostoyevsky about it. 2d
BarbaraBB @batsy Yes, you‘re right! 2d
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The Wall | Marlen Haushofer
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#BookReport 21/24

I was underwhelmed by the Trickster but enjoyed the tagged one a lot and I LOVED Is Mother Dead. So I had a very good week!

sarahbarnes 🎉🎉🎉 3d
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Is Mother Dead | Vigdis Hjorth
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Johanna is back in Norway after a long absence. She hasn‘t been in touch with her family for years but now that‘s she‘s back the past catches up with her and she wants to talk to her mother. It becomes an obsession, she continuously imagines what goes in on her mother‘s mind but can‘t understand why her mother doesn‘t want to reconnect. ⬇️⬇️

BarbaraBB Johanna is an unreliable narrator yet we only have her point of view. We don‘t know what‘s true and what isn‘t, just how big the impact is of a mother on her daughter and vice versa.

A fabulous sad read that I‘ll be thinking of for a while.
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Cathythoughts Great review ❤️ I have it stacked already. 1w
BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts You‘ll definitely love it. @batsy and @sarahbarnes did too 😀 7d
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sarahbarnes Oh gosh yes, I loved this one. I‘m glad to see you did, too. It really had an impact on me. Great review. 🩵 7d
batsy @BarbaraBB @sarahbarnes So good and will stick with me for a long time. @Cathythoughts 6d
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Bailedbailed

There are so many books I‘d rather read than this #womensprize longlisted books in which some short stories are rather artificially sold as a novel. Too far fetched, maybe entertaining but man, why this nomination? There are so many books much, much better than this one. It‘s a fast easy read but I just don‘t bother enough to finish it.

squirrelbrain This did get better as it went along, but I can see why you would bail. 1w
ChaoticMissAdventures I wish I would have bailed. It was so disjointed, I kept waiting for the stories to build on each other or connect in some way, and they (in my opinion) didn't. I think it had potential but the way it was laid out diminished the impact. 1w
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain I was more than halfway through and I did like some stories but I was annoyed by the disjointed chapters, like @ChaoticMissAdventures 1w
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Deblovestoread You didn‘t miss much. I finished but remember next to nothing. So many better books out there. 1w
dabbe #hailthebail! 🤩🤩🤩 1w
vivastory I saw a review of this several days ago and was intrigued but after your review & the consensus on the comments I think I'll be sitting out this one 1w
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The Amusements | Aingeala Flannery
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Thank you so much Sarah for sending me this book! I have no doubt that I‘ll love it, our taste in books is so similar! Can‘t wait to read it! You made my day 💕

LeahBergen This does sound good! 1w
squirrelbrain A lovely gift! ❤️ 1w
sarahbarnes So glad it made it! 😃 I‘ll be interested to hear your thoughts when you get to it! 🩵 1w
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Tuesdays Like That | Carina Taylor
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#TuesdayTunes

This Tuesday I am listening to jazz saxophonist David Sanborn who passed away yesterday. I used to listen to this album a lot. Especially this song, featuring Marcus Miller on bass guitar. I LOVE the bass!

https://open.spotify.com/track/26QE9Tvw8lhsXRBz2VPfq2?si=1F73adQeTdKLt7xtW_KkTg

Megabooks I saw that on Insta. Very sad. 1w
TieDyeDude One of those guys who you don't know how much you know him until you look up what he's done. Thanks for sharing! 1w
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Is Mother Dead | Vigdis Hjorth
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#WeeklyForecast 21/24

I didn‘t get to the Old Trickster last week but am reading it now. I also started the tagged book and am loving it. The third one is by a favorite Dutch writer.

lauraisntwilder Your tagged book is in a giant stack on my bedroom floor. I hope to get to it soon! 1w
BarbaraBB @lauraisntwilder I know what you mean, it‘s been on mine for a while too. But I am very glad I picked it up! 1w
batsy Loved the tagged book. It brought up so many feelings! 1w
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The Wall | Marlen Haushofer
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A woman in the Austrian Alps is suddenly surrounded by an invisible wall. Behind the wall the world seems to have come to an end. She lives on in her own little world, surviving with her animals. Despite the apocalyptic setting this book felt somehow soothing. I loved how the woman lives with nature and her animals. Thanks for bringing this to my radar @batsy

sarahbarnes Great review. I loved this one too and felt the same. 🩵🩵 1w
BarbaraBB @sarahbarnes I loved your review and couldn‘t wait to read it too! 1w
BarbaraBB #52BookClub24 - Land-locked country #ATY24 - Relates to “Raining Cats and Dogs” (edited) 1w
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Hooked_on_books Oooo, that sounds good! 1w
Lcsmcat Sounds intriguing. Stacking. 1w
Librarybelle Sounds interesting! 1w
Tamra I enjoyed the screen adaptation. 1w
BarbaraBB @Tamra I need to check that out 1w
Cathythoughts Sounds good. Stacking. 1w
Anna40 I love Haushofer! She also wrote short stories. I even translated one but the Austrian publisher didn‘t want to give me permission to send it to a literary magazine for publication. Unless they translate her whole collection it will probably remain untranslated :(. She was brilliant. 1w
batsy Nice review! Yes, there was something soothing and ultimately hopeful about it in a way. Happy you liked it. 1w
BarbaraBB @Anna40 That is so cool! And such a pity you couldn‘t publish it. I‘d love to read more by her. 1w
jenniferw88 This was my #blinddatewithabook book last year from Gladstones! 1w
Rissreads I think I‘ll bump it up my list! Great review! 5d
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Wild Dark Shore | Charlotte McConaghy
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Still so long until McConahgy‘s new book 😬

ErikasMindfulShelf I didn‘t know she was coming out with a new book!!! You made my day. 1w
BarbaraBB @ErikasMindfulShelf I am so looking forward to it as well! 1w
squirrelbrain That‘s a LONG time! 1w
Hooked_on_books What a great cover, though! 1w
sarahbarnes Oh wow, I didn‘t know this and am very glad to hear it. 4d
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The Good Samaritan | John Marrs
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#BookReport 20/24

An eclectic mix of books this week. A thriller, A literary novel, a horror/ true crime and a historical fantasy! It felt good to stir things up a bit.
This weeks favorite is Six Stories.

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The Infatuations | Javier Maras
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This is a book with very little plot and lots of stream of consciousness. A woman is intrigued by a couple she doesn‘t know but meets every day in a breakfast place in Madrid. One day the husband is killed and she can‘t stop herself from talking to the woman.
Not much more happens yet it is an engaging read with some interesting thoughts.

#FoodAndLit 🇪🇸

Librarybelle Hooray! I‘m still contemplating what to read for this prompt 2w
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Texreader Interesting. Not sure this one is for me. 2w
Dilara I am reading A Heart So White by the same author - there are definitely similarities in themes... 2w
Catsandbooks Fantastic! 🇪🇸 2w
Hooked_on_books Sounds really interesting! 2w
sarahbarnes This sounds very intriguing. I remember reading another book by the author years ago, and now can‘t remember the title. 2w
BarbaraBB @Dilara I tried that one once but it is such a chunkster and I didn‘t dare to continue! 2w
Dilara @BarbaraBB My version has 360 pages, so not too bad but still a commitment. I did have to push myself a little bit to finish it though 😚 2w
BarbaraBB @Dilara i must be remembering another of his books then 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2w
eeclayton I read this a few years ago but hardly remember anything 😐 2w
youneverarrived Sounds like my kind of book. Stacking 🩷 2w
BarbaraBB @eeclayton I think I won‘t either! 1w
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Six Stories | Matt Wesolowski
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Right up my alley, a book in the form of a true crime podcast, a cold case set in the woods and marshes of England. Throw in some folklore and a great twist and you have a great read. At least I think so. Thanks for the heads up @Reggie 🖤

Suet624 You and Reggie recommend? Stacked. 2w
BarbaraBB @Suet624 you know what you‘re getting yourself into right 🤣?! 2w
Librarybelle Looks like a lovely reading spot! 2w
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Suet624 👍👍🙏🙏 2w
sarahbarnes Beautiful pic! 2w
jlhammar Sounds like one I‘d enjoy. Adding it to my to-get list! 2w
BarbaraBB @jlhammar I think so! 2w
vivastory I love the twist in this 1w
Reggie I‘m so glad you liked it. That whole last section I was like whaaaaaaaaat?!!!! Lol 6d
BarbaraBB @Reggie @vivastory That twist was unexpected!!. I‘ll be definitely reading the next one! 6d
vivastory @BarbaraBB There are a few entries in this series that really creeped me out. I esp remember Changeling & the last 2 Deity & Demon being especially good 4d
BarbaraBB @vivastory Thanks. Are they all stand alones or should I read Hydra first? (edited) 4d
vivastory They're all stand alones. There is one plot point that happens in one book that is referenced in later books, but IMO it's not necessarily significant enough to have to read them in order. I read them in order & I did enjoy the others, but #1, 3, 5 & 6 were my personal favorites. 3d
BarbaraBB @vivastory Thanks for taking the tuneup share all of this. I will remember when reading the series 3d
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Mehso-so

France, 1714. When Adeline LaRue has to marry someone she doesn‘t want to, she begs for a life of freedom. Her wish comes true, but at a price. Addie will live forever, and is doomed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.
She travels across continents and through centuries and learns to live an invisible life. Until someone remembers her. That changes everything.

It‘s a sweet read. A bit too much so to my taste.

TieDyeDude I loved this story, but I've seen a lot of mixed reviews, and I understand how it wouldn't appeal to everyone. 2w
sarahbarnes I‘ve suspected this and your review confirms it. 2w
Suet624 Yeah, I agree with the so-so rating for the same reasons 1w
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Tuesdays Like That | Carina Taylor
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Well, it is Eurovision 🇪🇺 time so I think I should share the Dutch contestant 😃. It is a ridiculous song called Europapa. Tomorrow are the semifinals, let‘s see if Joost makes it to Eurovision on Saturday!

https://open.spotify.com/track/0uHrMbMv3c78398pIANDqR?si=XD4sRfOCT5ycQsrPAjkqSA

ChaoticMissAdventures I love Eurovision time!!! Windows95Man cracks me up and the more I listen to No Rules! The more it grows on me 😂. I cannot decide my favorite, I love Ireland's Bambie Thug, and SABA from Denmark. 2w
BarbaraBB @ChaoticMissAdventures My favorite is Italy I think, maybe followed by Croatia. I haven‘t heard them all but will watch tomorrow! 2w
TieDyeDude That's fun. As an American, I think I am unfortunately ingrained with a US-centric world view, and in this world of always being connected, it's kind of refreshing to be reminded that there is this major international competition that I had zero awareness of until this post 😅 2w
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BarbaraBB @TieDyeDude you didn‘t miss much, not knowing about it but it is something I grew up with and that seems to get bigger each year! 2w
CarolynM I‘m disappointed that Australia missed out on the grand final🤣🤣🤣 2w
BarbaraBB @CarolynM Yes, that‘s a shame! Now you can support Netherlands though 🤣 2w
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Clear: A Novel | Carys Davies
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Exactly a month from now we‘ll go camping! In #CampLitsy24 we‘ll kick off with Clear, our first June read. As always we‘ll discuss the books over two weekends, even when it‘s as thin as this one!

On June 8 we‘ll discuss chapter 1 to 23, on June 15 chapter 24 to the end.
I‘ll be your host for the June reads and will post some questions to discuss sometime during these days.

We are looking forward to a summer of reading and chatting with you!

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squirrelbrain Hooray! I can‘t wait for camp to start! Now, where did I put those marshmallows?! 2w
PuddleJumper This has 13 holds at my local library 😅 Don't think I'll get it in time! 2w
TrishB Can‘t wait 😁 2w
BarbaraBB @PuddleJumper 😟 Oh no! Is it that popular? I had no idea! 2w
TheBookHippie It‘s on hold!!! I‘m number 3 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻 2w
Jess Can‘t wait to start this one! 2w
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain we‘ll need a lot of them 😀 2w
Suzze I was #10 on the hold list, so I bought the Kindle book. After using points is was $2 2w
BarbaraBB @Suzze I am so glad you‘ll be able to join us! 2w
sarahbarnes Like many others I‘m also on the hold list and still only 16 in line. I‘ll be purchasing a copy for camp. 😃 2w
Leniverse My hold is number 11. Which is still much better than Butter (21) 😂 I guess I'll be doing some book shopping. 2w
ChaoticMissAdventures LoL I was 64th in line at my library, so I got it from the bookstore, but I think I got either a bootleg copy or an unlabeled arc because it is paperback and seems to be 20 pages shorter than it should be according to GRs.... Excited to see if I am reading a different story! 2w
Oryx Yay! I have my copy ready to start 2w
Graciouswarriorprincess I just placed a hold. Please include me in the Camp Litsy. @BarbaraBB (edited) 2w
AmyG Thank you! 2w
Deblovestoread Can‘t wait! 2w
Meshell1313 Hooray! ⛺️🎉 2w
jlhammar Looking forward to it!! 2w
Prairiegirl_reading I‘m ready!! 2w
Soubhiville Book discussion on my birthday! Woo hoo sounds like a fun way to celebrate! I‘m looking forward to this one. 2w
Bookwormjillk Yay!! 2w
CBee Thanks @BarbaraBB 😊 Glad Clear is first as I‘m having trouble getting ahold of Butter! 2w
Texreader Great! I‘ve out put it on hold. Still might not get it in time! 2w
peaKnit Picked up my hold 🥳 2w
Larkken Looking forward to it! 2w
BarbaraBB @CBee We thought we‘d start with the short one to ease into it 😀. I hope you‘ll find your copies in time 🤞🏽@TheBookHippie @sarahbarnes @Leniverse @Graciouswarriorprincess @Texreader 2w
BarbaraBB @ChaoticMissAdventures I am curious about your copy too. Does it have chapter 24 as the halfway point as well? 2w
sblbooks I got my copy yesterday, it sounds really good. 2w
monalyisha Exciting! I‘ll be in the midst of a Bachelorette Weekend on the 8th (which, tragically, leaves me no time for a book discussion). But I‘m hoping to read and join the talks for the second half! 2w
Megabooks Glad to see so many people excited for camp!!! 🎉🎉 2w
BookWrym Library has this so I will join you guys 😀 2w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks Me too, we are with so many!! (edited) 2w
BarbaraBB @BookWrym that is good news! Welcome to camp! @squirrelbrain @Megabooks 2w
Megabooks So glad to have you @Graciouswarriorprincess and @BookWrym ! 🎉🏕️ 2w
julieclair I found an audio copy on Everand. Looking forward to starting camp! 2w
ChaoticMissAdventures @Megabooks Chapter 24 is half way! Pg 97 of 185 the spine is just black tape but it looks sturdy and like I am not missing any pages. 😂 2w
BookWrym @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain @Megabooks thanks for the welcome looking forward to camp 😀 2w
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The Good Samaritan | John Marrs
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Another delicious twisty thriller by John Marrs. Although the main characters sometimes act a bit too convenient for the sake of the book, I couldn‘t put it down.

Laura volunteers at a suicide helpline where she listens to callers and encourages them to end their lives.

Suet624 Well that's rude!! 2w
Bookwomble Having previously volunteered at a suicide support line for many years, I find the premise unlikely. Everyone who volunteered was passionate about the work and put a lot of time, compassion and emotion into it. I know it's fiction, and I'm having a personal reaction - I don't mean to be a wet blanket 🙂 2w
BarbaraBB @Bookwomble It is very unlikely indeed and that‘s one of the weak points of the book. It must be very emotional to do this work and I‘m sure selection procedures are hard, yet this woman could fool all her colleagues. 2w
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Centique Beautiful photo! 2w
Cathythoughts I have this one stacked. 👍🏻 Yes , lovely photo. ❤️ 2w
Bookwomble @BarbaraBB The charity I volunteered for is called Samaritans, so it feels too close for comfort. An eight week training process followed by several months of mentoring identified many for whom it wasn't an appropriate role. Anyway, as I say, a personal reaction which I hope doesn't spoil the enjoyment for others of a book I'll never read 😄 The tagged is a truer, if dated, account. 2w
emmasm08 @BarbaraBB it‘s a good read ! A while since I read it but I remembered enjoying it ! 2w
BarbaraBB @Bookwomble That procedure sounds similar to the one described in the book. But I definitely wouldn‘t read it if I were you! Thanks for the recommendations, The Listeners sounds good. 2w
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Six Stories | Matt Wesolowski
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#WeeklyForecast 20/24

I am reading The Good Samaritan and it is as engaging as I expected. Next will be Six Stories because of @Reggie ‘s review. And I have one more book to read from the #womensprize longlist. I haven‘t heard much about it but it does sound good.

Reggie I hope you like it! 2w
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Restless Dolly Maunder | Kate Grenville
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#BookReport 19/24

Bitter Herbs (Het bittere kruid) is fantastic, a Dutch classic rediscovered and an absolute gem. I also loved Mrs Caliban and want to read more Ingalls. Dolly Maunders I am still thinking of even though I didn‘t like the book that much. What‘s left of me is yours was enjoyable too but one I won‘t remember for long.

DebinHawaii Mrs. Caliban does not get enough love! I was turned onto it a few years ago for #AuldLangSpine & still think about it & recommend it! Stacking Bitter Herbs & the tagged book. 💛 (edited) 3w
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I‘ve been rereading my Paul Auster reviews and the tagged one is the one I enjoyed the least of his books. All others were four stars or more for me. I still have 4321 to read. So sad there won‘t be any new ones coming.

Leftcoastzen Love your post! I currently do not have a copy of New York Trilogy, every time I meet someone who seems interested in it , I give it to them and say you must read this !😄 3w
sarahbarnes The only book I‘ve read by him is 4321, actually, but I have been meaning to pick up The New York trilogy. This news made me sad. 2w
Billypar Great tribute! I have complete booknesia for Moon Palace - I couldn't say a thing that happened in it, and I rated it a little lower on Goodreads. The only other one I was lukewarm on was Travels in the Scriptorium, but I haven't read any that I outright disliked. 2w
Centique I have got 4321 and must get to it. Very sad news 💔 2w
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In a podcast I heard of this book, which I read in high school only because it is slim. I reread it now and it blew me away. Published in 1957 it is the story of a girl who loses her complete family during WWII. During the war she misses them but she lives her life, surviving and expecting them to come back, because why not? The innocence….
With our knowledge now and the times we‘re living in this book broke my heart in just 90 pages.

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Restless Dolly Maunder | Kate Grenville
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Dolly‘s was the transition generation. Dolly Maunders is born at the end of the 19th century, just when things were starting to change for women and their possibilities in life. Dolly wants to grasp them all, there‘s always something better, somewhere. Her restlessness is understandable but has its bad sides. She‘s never quite happy with what she has and it makes her a rather cold, dominating mother. ⬇️⬇️

BarbaraBB This is an interesting portrait of a real woman but the story in itself is a bit repetitive and except for Dolly all other characters have not really been worked out which seems a missed opportunity. A light pick for this #womensprize book. (edited) 3w
Jas16 Just starting the audiobook today. A light pick seems to be the consensus. 3w
Hooked_on_books I thought this book was fine but that‘s about it. I‘m disappointed it made the shortlist over books I thought were much better. 3w
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books I think maybe the fact that is was do different (an ambitious but not very sympathetic mc with zero interest in the people around her) made it stand out ? 3w
Hooked_on_books That could be. I thought she was a great character, but I just didn‘t find the book all that compelling. I think it‘s the writing. Clearly the judging committee disagrees! 3w
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Tuesdays Like That | Carina Taylor
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Tonight I went to a show by Wende, a Dutch singer who you obviously won‘t know but I‘ve been listening to to get in the mood. She was awesome. You won‘t understand the lyrics, which is a shame. It‘s poetry!

https://open.spotify.com/track/2de9hFWcbbWM8AiDwg3wvd?si=NuW_ULVqQAqu7SrFC8yIUw

TieDyeDude Yay for live music! Hope you had fun 3w
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April | Gabrielle Lord
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#AprilStats #AprilWrapUp

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Brotherless night
A trace of sun
Christ on a bike
River east river west
The last thing to burn
Mrs Caliban

⭐️⭐️⭐️✨
The vacation
Luister (Dutch)

⭐️⭐️⭐️
The maiden
Mrs S
And then she fell
What‘s left of me is yours

⭐️⭐️✨
Nightbloom

DNF
The wren, the wren
The wild laughter
The future

Gissy 🤩📚📚📚👏👏👏👏 3w
Suet624 So much reading ... :) 2w
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Mrs. Caliban: A Novel | Rachel Ingalls
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A suburban housewife starts an affair with a green frogman.
Is he real or just her imagination, her escape from a bleak reality in which she is mourning the death of her child and has become estranged from her husband?

I guess this is exactly what Rachel Ingall wants us to wonder about and maybe it doesn‘t really matter: she starts questioning her life and the world.

What an impressive novella. One that will stick with me. That ending…

rubyslippersreads I‘ve been wanting to read this because I 💚 The Shape of Water. 3w
BarbaraBB @rubyslippersreads I haven‘t read that one but will now! 3w
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squirrelbrain Sounds….different. 🤔 3w
LeahBergen On my shelves! 3w
BarbaraBB @LeahBergen your kind of book too, I think! 3w
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain It‘s good! 3w
Jas16 I really loved this one. 3w
vivastory I'm so glad that you liked it! Del Toro claims that he didn't read it before he made Shape of Water, but I'm a bit skeptical! Def recommend 3w
Cathythoughts Sounds unusual ! Not sure 🤔, but stacking. 3w
rubyslippersreads @BarbaraBB I actually haven‘t read the book (although I own it), but I loved the movie. 3w
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Pantone: Colors | Pantone
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I am adding four more colors to #Pantone24: Mushroom, Northern Droplet, Charlock and Watercress. I have eight more colors to go but those will be more difficult I guess.

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An interesting story about a “wakaresaseya”, a person hired by a spouse to seduce their partner to gain grounds for a divorce. The setting in Japan added much to the book. I think the book could have done with some editing and a hundred pages less but it is still a pick.

#52BookClub24 - Apostroph in title

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Mrs. Caliban: A Novel | Rachel Ingalls
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#WeeklyForecast 19/24

I am still reading What‘s Left of me Is Yours, which is set in Japan and I am enjoying. I have another #womensprize book lined up, the one on the shortlist I hadn‘t read yet. Mrs Caliban I am going to read because of @vivastory ‘s review.

squirrelbrain I‘ll be interested to hear what you make of Dolly. Have a lovely week! 3w
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain Will let you know! Have a good week too! 3w
vivastory I'm looking forward to your thoughts on the Ingalls! Hope you have a great reading week! 3w
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#BookReport 18/24

I loved the tagged one and bailed on both others. I feel so restless. Excited about the #CampLitsy love and also anxious about the state of the world.

TheKidUpstairs The Future is definitely one that needs full focus. It would be so hard to get into it if you're focus is all over the place! I've had a number of bails recently, too. Many that I'm sure would be great reads at another time. 4w
BarbaraBB @TheKidUpstairs Your review of it made me want to read it and I am sure I‘d loved it if I would have been more focused! 3w
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Let's Go Camping! | Jan Mader
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Meg, Helen and I are so glad you are as thrilled as we are about #CampLitsy24: 74 people voted, which is a new record!
@Chelsea.Poole was it so CLEAR that Clear would be one of the selected books 🤣? You were right: it will be our first June read, followed by Butter. We hope you‘re happy with these first books!
I‘ll be your host in June & will get back to you with the reading schedule. Tomorrow check Meg‘s thread: she‘ll announce the July reads!

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ChaoticMissAdventures @BarbaraBB Excited! Getting on those library lists! 4w
Prairiegirl_reading This is great! I already got Clear just because of the long list! I‘m excited to read it! Thanks for taking the time to encourage me to join! 😊 4w
BarbaraBB @Prairiegirl_reading And there‘s more to come. We‘ll be reading some great books and it will be so fun to discuss them during Camp! Glad you‘ve joined! 4w
sarahbarnes Very excited for these choices! I just learned that a friend‘s daughter was the editor for Clear so now I‘m even more excited to read it. 4w
batsy Nice! Very keen to read both 😍 4w
Leniverse Oh! Yes, super happy. I voted for both of those, and I'm especially looking forward to Clear ❤️ 4w
BarbaraBB @Leniverse Did I tag you twice again?? 4w
BarbaraBB @sarahbarnes @batsy @Leniverse Glad you like them! We‘re happy too! Littens do have great taste 😀 4w
RaeLovesToRead Ooh! Not surprised by Butter... not investigated Clear yet though! 💕💕 4w
Leniverse @BarbaraBB Yes, you did 😂 4w
ImperfectCJ I didn't have the bandwidth for voting this time, but I'm totally comfortable having put myself in y'all's capable hands. 😀 Quite excited to read these! 4w
TheBookHippie I‘m in for Clear. 🙃 4w
Kitta So excited for these! I voted for Clear so glad to see it up there 4w
BarbaraBB @Leniverse 🤣 I‘m sorry! 4w
BarbaraBB @ImperfectCJ I missed your votes but you are right, you will enjoy the books votes for! 4w
BarbaraBB @TheBookHippie 👍🏽👍🏽 4w
BarbaraBB @RaeLovesToRead It‘s a short one. I read an earlier book by the author and that one was very readable! 4w
BarbaraBB @Kitta Glad you like them! 4w
Deblovestoread Excited to read both of these! 4w
BarbaraBB @Deblovestoread Yay! I thought you would! 4w
TrishB Brilliant ❤️ look forward to it. 4w
monalyisha Hooray! Thanks for all of your work! 4w
julesG This is what I like about Camp Litsy, it drags me out of my comfort zone. 😉 I had neither book on my radar; well, apart from the nominations. 4w
TheBookHippie @julesG SAME!! It‘s never a book I‘d read 😅 4w
JamieArc Woohoo 🎉 Glad for an excuse to hit the bookstore this weekend to pick them up! And looking forward to what @Megabooks has for us tomorrow! 4w
Suet624 Thank you so much!!! 4w
CBee Thank you ladies ♥️♥️ 4w
jlhammar Yay! I already have Clear and Butter sounds great. Can‘t wait! 4w
kspenmoll Thanks! 4w
Caroline2 Yay! Very happy these two got selected. Can‘t wait!! 😃 4w
AmyG Ooooooo thank you! So excited! 4w
youneverarrived Fab! Look forward to reading them ❤️ 4w
BarbaraJean So excited!! Clear was one of my top choices, but I marked Butter with an “eh” ranking 😂 I‘ve put it on hold anyway and will give it a shot if I can get it in time! 4w
Megabooks Clear just came in at the library for me!! 4w
peaKnit Got my holds placed! 4w
KateReadsYA Yayyy! I voted for Clear. I've placed my hold at the library (: 4w
Soubhiville Woohoo! Can‘t wait to read with you all! 4w
BarbaraBB @TrishB @monalyisha @julesG @TheBookHippie @JamieArc @JenReadsAlot @Suet624 @CBee @jlhammar @kspenmoll @Bookwormjillk @Caroline2 @AmyG @youneverarrived @BarbaraJean @peaKnit @KateReadsYA @Soubhiville I was out tonight, it‘s our King‘s Night, a big celebration where I live, and when I came home I read your reactions and they warm my heart! Looking forward to Camp with you all🤍 4w
TheBookHippie @BarbaraBB my annual summertime snark 😅😘🤭🤷🏻‍♀️ I‘m looking forward to reading with you all!!! 4w
Megabooks @JamieArc idk 😏🏕️🤔🤔🚣🏿‍♀️ 4w
Chelsea.Poole A CLEAR favorite! Glad to see it make camp! Pretty surprised about Butter, but very much looking forward to it as well 🧈 4w
Chelsea.Poole @TheKidUpstairs I feel like Clear is such a you-book!! 4w
TheKidUpstairs @Chelsea.Poole you're so right! I already own a copy (I had it pre-ordered). I was about to start reading it, but then I saw there was a lot of camp interest! Can't wait to read it with everyone 4w
TheKidUpstairs @BarbaraJean I had the same reaction to Butter. But that's one of the great things about camp, it paid you to try books you might pass up otherwise. Who knows, it could be a total hit! 4w
Roary47 I‘m excited to try these out with everyone. 🥰 4w
Hooked_on_books I read about Clear shortly before it came out and knew I had to read it immediately, so I did so when it showed up at my library. It‘s slim but I think there‘s a lot to talk about. I know almost nothing about Butter, so we‘ll see what I think about it when my hold comes in! 4w
Bookbuyingaddict Amazing. 🤩 I purchased clear in London yesterday and already ordered butter 🧈 from the library 📚 thank you ☺️ for organising this #camplitsy24 which do we read first ? @BarbaraBB 4w
Meshell1313 Hooray! Sounds great!! 4w
BarbaraBB @Bookbuyingaddict Such coincidence! I hope you‘ll like them. We‘ll read Clear first (edited) 4w
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The Future | Catherine Leroux
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I don‘t think I‘ve ever bailed on so many books as this month. This is another one that started out great (a woman looking for her two granddaughters who went missing after their mother was murdered). Unfortunately it turned into a mix of dystopia, fantasy, and magical realism 😵‍💫
It was an audioread and maybe my English isn‘t good enough but I completely lost track of the storyline and frankly, I didn‘t bother, I just wanted it to be over.

Caroline2 It‘s CampLitsy syndrome. 😂 I‘m so excited about all the new books to look forward to that I‘m struggling to concentrate on my current reads. 4w
BookWrym All the things you don‘t like make me want to read this 🤣 4w
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BarbaraBB @Caroline2 That could very well be it 🤣🤣 4w
BarbaraBB @BookWrym I know! I like all those genres too but this mashup was too much for me. But it‘s probably me, the book won the Canada Reads! (edited) 4w
Susanita Sometimes too much is TOO MUCH. 4w
squirrelbrain Definitely sounds too much! 4w
Suzze I started reading it because it was set in Detroit (where I live) and it won this year‘s Canada Reads (we get CBC tv here). I started it three months ago and am only 11% in. It never calls me. 4w
BarbaraBB @Suzze It has all the ingredients to be fantastic and I know many people do think it is so it is probably my/our state of mind 😀 4w
BennettBookworm I set a personal goal this year to DNF any books that weren‘t keeping my interest… and so far I have DNF‘d a LOT! 4w
Suet624 You‘re my bailing hero. 4w
BarbaraBB @Suet624 I always feel so stupid, bailing… 4w
Suet624 I know. I get that. But sometimes it‘s just gotta be done. 4w
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When I started I was sure this would be a personal #womensprize favorite, but it isn‘t. I have very mixed feelings about it. I love how Alicia Elliott makes me feel (contrary to many others I liked Steve and I think he really loved Alice and she just didn‘t talk! He couldn‘t know half of the things she was thinking of and if they made sense. Does that make me naive or even racist? I certainly hope not but the author is messing with my mind!)⬇️

BarbaraBB But I didn‘t enjoy the second part, the magical realism took over and I lost track and wanted it to be over. 4w
Librarybelle It‘s a shame when books start out strong and then kind of fizzle out in the end. 4w
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jlhammar So curious to see what I make of this one. I think I‘m going to go for Dolly and Enter Ghost first since they‘re on the shortlist. 4w
squirrelbrain I loved the first part, but lost interest in the second part (due to the magical realism) so started skim reading and then didn‘t really understand what was going on. 🤷‍♀️ 4w
Leniverse I loved it all the way through. I'm not sure I see it as magical realism though. I liked the ambiguity of "is it all in her head?" 4w
BarbaraBB @Leniverse You are probably right. I really had an increasing“WTF is happening” mindset and wasn‘t sure any longer 4w
BarbaraBB @jlhammar I would indeed! 4w
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Luister | Sacha Bronwasser
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“Listen” is a Dutch book that has won many literary prizes and I read as an audio. It‘s about a Dutch girl who becomes an au-pair in Paris in the early ‘90s. We also know it‘s a story about 2015, the year Paris was shook up by the Charlie Hebdo attack at the beginning of the year and suicide bombers in November. We know this but not what‘s the connection between them. An engaging read, I hope it will be translated!

Cathythoughts Nice review 👍🏻❤️ I hope it‘s translated too. 1mo
squirrelbrain What @Cathythoughts said! ❤️ 1mo
youneverarrived Sounds great! 1mo
Suet624 Sounds great! 4w
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Tuesdays Like That | Carina Taylor
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#TuesdayTunes

“When I was younger
Oh the path it seemed so clear
I followed the music
And the path it appeared”

Today I am listening to this song by First Aid Kit, a Swedish folk duo. I love their music and this song reminds me of Fleetwood Mac.

https://open.spotify.com/track/5yqkThJqc4Btvc19Qbrlk4?si=Hd5tVDB4QJyPMbPoxlDXIA&...

Caroline2 I loveeeeee First Aid Kit ❤️ 🎶 🧡 1mo
TieDyeDude @CSeydel was jamming to them a little while ago! Good stuff. 1mo
AmyG Their music is just so beautiful. 1mo
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CSeydel This is one of my favorite songs of theirs!
🎶 I hold my arms out to you 🎶 😭
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BarbaraBB @Caroline2 @TieDyeDude @AmyG @CSeydel So glad we all agree on this one 🎶 1mo
Billypar I haven't listened to them in years, but an indie rock radio program I used to love would play the song The Lion's Roar a lot. I just listened and got some nostalgia- thanks for reminding me of them! 1mo
lauraisntwilder I love them! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Billypar That‘s great! 1mo
BarbaraBB @lauraisntwilder Lots of love here for them. I‘m surprised! 1mo
Bookwomble I'll join in the chorus of love for First Aid Kit. "The Big Black and the Blue", and "Stay Gold" are probs my favourite ? 1mo
Suet624 Another band I know nothing about! 4w
BarbaraBB @Suet624 You‘ll like them. I guess 4w
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I am in the middle of And Then She Fell. I loved it immediately but now I am not so sure anymore. So for now I stick to these six favorites for the #WomenPrize shortlist (which I know is exactly the same as yours, Helen!). If I change my mind again after a few more chapters of ATSF and before the announcement on Wednesday morning, I‘ll add it and remove Enter Ghost (with pain in my heart).

jlhammar Love your bookends! I‘m for sure rooting for Brotherless Night and Ordinary Human Failings. Have yet to read the others on your shortlist. 1mo
BarbaraBB @jlhammar Your kind of books I think! 1mo
squirrelbrain Great minds think alike! #booktwins 1mo
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain 🤍 👯 🤍 1mo
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A super addictive read about a Vietnamese refugee held hostage by a man in the UK. They are even married but he controls every move she makes and she wants out. So scary and pageturning! It gave me The Collector vibes. The ending felt a bit hurried but I spent some pretty intense hours with this book. Recommended!

ChaoticMissAdventures Ohhh I love The Collector, a book that not enough people talk about. 1mo
BarbaraBB @ChaoticMissAdventures Then this one‘s definitely for you! I loved The Collector too! 1mo
quietlycuriouskate The Collector properly freaked me out! I read it 25 years ago and haven't forgotten. 😱 1mo
BarbaraBB @quietlycuriouskate I read it a long time ago too but it made a lasting impression! 1mo
Suet624 Ugh. The collector. Freaked me out. 4w
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#WeeklyForecast 18/24

I am trying to read one more longlisted book (the tagged one) before the #WomenPrize shortlist will be announced on Wednesday.
But first I‘ll finish The Last Thing to Burn which has had me hooked this weekend!
What‘s Left of me Is Yours is the third one I hope to get to.

Rissreads Good luck! 🤞🏼 1mo
Leniverse Ooh, the shortlist announcement is Wednesday, not Tuesday. That's a relief, gives me an additional day to get my predictions out. 😅 I've just finished your tagged book. It blew me away completely, but it was really heavy, emotionally. 1mo
BarbaraBB @Leniverse I thought Wednesday but now I am now sure any longer. Glad you “enjoyed” the tagged one. I dreaded it a bit but now I am hopeful! 1mo
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Leniverse I checked. 24th. And that's definitely wednesday. 😂 1mo
TheLudicReader I couldn‘t put The Last Thing to Burn down. 1mo
BarbaraBB @TheLudicReader Neither could I! What a ride 😱 1mo
Cathythoughts The Last Thing To Burn sounds like a stack for me 😁👍🏻 1mo
BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts I do indeed think you‘ll like it (although there‘s little to like about it 😱), especially in the bailing phase we‘ve both been experiencing! 1mo
Cathythoughts 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻😁 1mo
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Christ on a Bike | Orla Owen
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#BookReport 17/24

I enjoyed the tagged book a lot and loved River East River West. Both others I bailed on. I feel guilty about that but I couldn‘t concentrate on the style and language of both books and lost track and motivation. Maybe one day I‘ll try again.

TrishB Perfectly acceptable bails 😁 1mo
BarbaraBB @TrishB Thanks! I thought so too 😀 1mo
Rissreads Too many other books waiting, possibly fabulous ones! I give a book a 100 pages and if I‘m not enjoying it then I will move on! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Rissreads Yes I do that too now. Life‘s too short 😀 1mo
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It took some time getting into this book but then it gave me all the feels. I rooted for Lu Fang throughout the book, the Chinese man who falls in love with an American woman living in China. Her daughter Alva, who‘s coming to age is another storyline, I found extremely annoying: how many wrong choices can a 15-year old make? Set in China from the 80s until 2009 makes for an interesting setting! ⬇️⬇️

BarbaraBB I knew so little about China after Mao.
An emotional read and yes, it will make my personal #WomenPrize shortlist.
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Amor4Libros I really liked this one, too! 1mo
Hooked_on_books I loved it, too! I would love to see it on the shortlist. 1mo
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squirrelbrain This one is on my shortlist too! ❤️ 1mo
Deblovestoread I rooted for Lu Fang, too. Alva was a mess but her parent sure didn‘t help. 1mo
BarbaraBB @Deblovestoread You‘re right. Het mother was a mess too 😀 1mo
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Another bail.. I have a hard time concentrating on books (am very busy at work and a bit hyped about that #CampLitsy24 longlist) and this one just didn‘t make sense to me. Great writing, great scenes but they lacked connection I think and I had not really and idea what or whom I was reading about. Maybe I‘ll give it another try when I am a bit more relaxed.

#WomenPrize

sarahbarnes I have seen mixed reviews on this one and haven‘t been drawn to it yet. Although I really liked The Gathering. 1mo
TheKidUpstairs I've been on a run of bails, too. Can't seem to focus on anything long enough to get past the first 50 pages or so. 1mo
Cathythoughts I‘m bailing too , and not finishing , I‘m hoping to find ‘ the book ‘ soon now 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻 1mo
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LeahBergen Such a pretty photo for a bail. 😆 1mo
charl08 I liked this more than you did, but not enough to shortlist 🤷‍♀️ 1mo
squirrelbrain What @charl08 said. And also, gorgeous photo! 1mo
Tamra Love the blooms! 1mo
BarbaraBB @sarahbarnes I liked that one too. And I think this one‘s good too in its own way. Just not for me at the moment 1mo
BarbaraBB @TheKidUpstairs exactly. Me neither. Frustrating. 1mo
BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts This same book? Such a coincidence. I am thinking about another Marrs to break the bailings! 1mo
BarbaraBB @LeahBergen @Tamra @squirrelbrain Thank you. Tulips all over the place in the Netherlands right now 🌷 1mo
BarbaraBB @charl08 @squirrelbrain I haven‘t read any reviews who thought it shortlist worthy. We‘ll see next week! 1mo
Suet624 Bailing is a bummer but tulips are a joy. 😍 1mo
Cathythoughts No , not the same book. Just generally in an unsettled bailing frame of mind 🙄 it should end soon 👍🏻❤️ 1mo
BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts It should. I need my books to escape from reality but it‘s hard at the moment 1mo
Hooked_on_books I wasn‘t a fan of this one, so I don‘t blame you. 1mo
Centique I‘m in a bailing frame of mind too @Cathythoughts @TheKidUpstairs Cant handle reading anything tense at the moment. 💕 Had to give up on Prophet Song - for the time being anyway. 1mo
Centique Thats such a fabulous photo of the book and the tulips @BarbaraBB 😍 1mo
BarbaraBB @Centique I fortunately just finished a book. A good one. I hope that breaks the bailing mood! 1mo
jlhammar I started this on audio and wasn‘t feeling it. 1mo
BarbaraBB @jlhammar I started on audio too, then changed to print but it didn‘t help! 1mo
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Tuesdays Like That | Carina Taylor
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#TuesdayTunes

“Oh, would you help me? I don't understand. Is it over? Am I losing solid ground?”

I love Michael Kiwanuka‘s voice and melancholy. So good!

https://open.spotify.com/track/3aLq93pLZHx25jcFhfbEee?si=ZiRp3tSaQAC74JBMiFVPGw

AmyG He has a beautiful voice. 1mo
TieDyeDude Yes! I have Love & Hate on vinyl. I haven't seen anything new from him lately, which means something should be coming soon, right?! 😅 1mo
Megabooks I just posted another song by him!! I‘d never listened to him until last night. So glad to find a Barbara (and @TieDyeDude )-approved artist! 1mo
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BarbaraBB @TieDyeDude I do hope so! He will be touring the festivals in Europe this summer so I hope this means he‘ll have new music! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks Love it how we think alike! 💕 1mo
Suet624 What a beautiful voice. I‘ve never heard him before. Thanks for the introduction! 1mo
vivastory I had never heard of him, but I love this song & will def be checking out the album! 💙 1mo
BarbaraBB @Suet624 @vivastory This is such a great way to discover new music! #TuesdayTuned 1mo
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The Wild Laughter | Caoilinn Hughes
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It might be the excitement around the nominations for #CampLitsy but I can't get invested in this book and am putting it aside for now. The language, the fact that nothing much happens in the first 100 pages.. I call it quits for now.

#ATY24 - Sound related word in title

JenReadsAlot All the posts are exciting and distracting!! 1mo
squirrelbrain I can‘t concentrate either… 🤣🤪 1mo
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#WeeklyForecast 17/24

I am reading The Wild Laughter, not sure what to think yet. Next will be the tagged book and last but not least, the Iris Murdoch is my #Roll100 book.

TrishB Oh I have the tagged one! Look forward to your review. 1mo
Ruthiella Ooh! A new (to you and me) Iris Murdoch title! 1mo
ChaoticMissAdventures I am about half into River East will be curious what you think. 1mo
squirrelbrain I liked River East - it may make my shortlist… 🤔 1mo
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella I always love her books! 1mo
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The Nomination | Frederick Williams
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Here are my nominations for #CampLitsy24

If you don‘t know what I am talking about but are intrigued, read my earlier post.
If you do know and are as excited as I am about this, post your own 4 nominations, use hashtag #CampLitsy24 and tag me and my co-hosts @Megabooks and @squirrelbrain
Hope to see you at camp 🏕️ 🧡

ChaoticMissAdventures I love that people nominate things I don't have anywhere on my radar! These all look so interesting. 1mo
BarbaraBB @ChaoticMissAdventures I‘ve been googling today lol! Three are by authors who I enjoyed before, one is Japanese cult because I love it! 1mo
squirrelbrain The TBR is getting longer and longer! 🤪 1mo
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batsy I've got my eye on Butter, as well! 1mo
BarbaraBB @batsy Seems our kind of book! (edited) 1mo
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain Best time of the year 😉 1mo
sarahbarnes Yes to Butter and Exhibit! 1mo
Bookwormjillk Ohhhh a new Julia Phillips 1mo
Jess Yes to Julia Phillips! 1mo
AmyG Ooooo Bear. 1mo
Megabooks So excited for all of these!! Teddy Wayne is so underrated!! 1mo
Addison_Reads I have an ARC of Bear, and I can't wait to start it. Great choices. 1mo
CBee Bear looks so great 😀 1mo
JamieArc The Winner looks like a perfect summer read. 1mo
BarbaraBB @JamieArc Yes! That‘s why I added it and Wayne is a great writer. 1mo
BarbaraBB @Jess @Bookwormjillk @AmyG @CBee @Addison_Reads I loved the tagged so had to add this one! (edited) 1mo
CBee @BarbaraBB ooooo, that one looks GREAT too 😊😊 1mo
BkClubCare I almost nom‘d Bear! I had the wrong pub date in my head and didn‘t think it was eligible. Oooops 1mo
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Let's Go Camping! | Jan Mader
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We are pleased to announce a new edition of Camp Litsy 🏕️ 📚

We're opening nominations for the longlist now. We invite you all to suggest 4 books to read this summer. Post your choices on Litsy with #CampLitsy24 and tag @Megabooks, @squirrelbrain and me. The nominated books need to be published in 2024 and by 15 June so campers can procure the final choices.

Nominations are open until 21 April. Then we‘ll publish the longlist for voting ⬇️⬇️

BarbaraBB You can vote for 6 longlisted books and the 6 books with the most votes will be our contenders. We'll read 2 books each month in June, July and August. Each weekend one of the counsellors will post discussion questions about that week's book. Campers choose their favorite book each month and the monthly winners will face off to find the Camp Litsy favorite. Everyone is welcome to nominate and join us on Camp. 1mo
BarbaraBB Tagged are participants from earlier years. If you want to be added or removed from the taglist please let us know below. 1mo
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Caroline2 Oh yayyyyyy!!!! Sooooo excited!!! 👏 🥳 1mo
BarbaraBB @Caroline2 😂😘 1mo
TheKidUpstairs Yay! So exciting! 1mo
TheBookHippie Yay!!! My yearly challenge!! 😘 1mo
AmyG Camp already???? 🙌🏻 Thank you for tagging me! 1mo
sarahbarnes Yay! Thanks for hosting again! 🏕️ 1mo
JenReadsAlot Woohoo! 1mo
ChaoticMissAdventures Yay!!!! I am so excited for this. Thanks for hosting 🎉 1mo
Read4life I‘m looking forward to this. Thank you for hosting 💙💙💙 1mo
squirrelbrain So exciting! ⛺️❤️⛺️ 1mo
Roary47 Can you please tag me? I‘d like to join! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Roary47 Yes of course! Welcome to camp! You can post and nominate four books 💕 @squirrelbrain @Megabooks (edited) 1mo
Oryx Yay! Camp time! 1mo
Suet624 Yippee!!! 1mo
monalyisha Thanks for including me! Even if I don‘t participate (summers are SO hectic for me at work), I absolutely adore seeing which books are nominated! I‘ll have a think. 🩵 1mo
Jess This was so fun last year! Can‘t wait for this year‘s nominations. Thanks for hosting again this year. 1mo
BarbaraBB @monalyisha Take all your time. You can also participate without nominating or just join in for one or two books. All is fine. If you want to be untagged, let me know 💕 1mo
BarbaraBB @Jess Happy you‘re joining again! 1mo
yourfavouritemixtape Yayy! I am so looking forward to this! I participated for the first time last year, so I have a question regarding the nominees: is it fiction only? 1mo
Ruthiella Awesome! I will start thinking about potential candidates. 1mo
BarbaraBB @yourfavouritemixtape No you can add NF as well. Last year a NF read was included in the summer reads! (edited) 1mo
JamieArc Oooh! I had fun with this last year, and actually read all the books! Looking forward to it! 1mo
Ruthiella @AmyG I know! It feels like winter is just over and summer is still so far away to me. 😃 1mo
Deblovestoread Yay for camp! 1mo
Bookwormjillk I am sooooo excited for this and summer in general 1mo
Suet624 I‘ll definitely be joining. 1mo
Read4life I‘m definitely joining 🤓 1mo
batsy Fun! 1mo
Chelsea.Poole So excited for this! 🏕️ 1mo
Cupcake12 This will be my first time joining in 1mo
Kitta Yay!! 1mo
Kitta Are there any other guidelines for nominating books? Is nonfiction okay? 1mo
BarbaraBB @Cupcake12 You‘re very welcome! We‘ll tag you from now on! @squirrelbrain @Megabooks 1mo
BarbaraBB @Kitta Just the rules mentioned in the post. NF is definitely okay! 1mo
dabbe Some fun in the ☀️! Count me in! 💙🩵💙 1mo
BarbaraBB @dabbe Will do! Glad you‘re joining! 1mo
CBee Yay! I‘ll have to think about my choices 🤓 1mo
DebinHawaii I had such a blast last year & really enjoyed all the books! Can‘t wait to do it again this year! 🎉🏕️ 🎉 1mo
Karisimo I‘m in! 1mo
youneverarrived Exciting! 😁 1mo
Hooked_on_books Oh wow, time for camp already! I‘ll have to work on coming up with some nominees. 1mo
Soubhiville Oh yay! I can‘t wait! I‘ll have to find time to peruse new/summer release lists. Thanks for continuing to host! 1mo
Meshell1313 I loved it last year! Excited that you are hosting again this year! Can‘t wait! Count me in! 1mo
Meshell1313 @KateReadsYA - in case you want to join summer camp this year!!!! 1mo
peaKnit Looking forward to this! 1mo
julieclair Yay! Looking forward to camping again with my fellow Littens! Thanks so much for hosting this fun tradition again this year. 😃🏕️ 1mo
KateReadsYA @Meshell1313 Thanks for the tag @Meshell1313 I'm definitely joining 🤗 1mo
BkClubCare Yay! 🏕️ 🔥 📚 1mo
CatLass007 I enjoyed Camp Litsy so much last year! I adored The Bandit Queens and would love to read more books like it. Not likely this year. I don‘t have anything I‘d like to nominate but I‘m definitely in! 1mo
BkClubCare Goodness! How long is the longlist going to be?! 🤣 Bring it! 1mo
BarbaraJean Please add me to the tag list! I remember seeing all the Camp Litsy posts last year and wishing I had joined in! 1mo
TheBookHippie @kspenmoll here it is! These lovely peeps run this fun summer reading! We all vote off a huge list that we‘ve all had input on- listing four- and then all read the same books. They will post which books we read and when discussions are! It‘s very fun and it‘s ALWAYS books I‘d never read, so I grow every year! 🤣🤭🤭😊 1mo
Nessavamusic Love to be added! Somehow I have missed this in the past, but sounds very fun! I‘ll post my picks soon. 1mo
kspenmoll @TheBookHippie Thanks so much! I will add my 4 tomorrow! 1mo
kspenmoll Count me in!!! 1mo
BarbaraBB @CatLass007 You‘re very welcome again! Hopefully we‘ll discover some new gems together! 1mo
BarbaraBB @BkClubCare we already brought it down from 6 to 4 books for nominations 😅🤣 1mo
Bklover Ohh please keep me in! I may not read them all and won‘t nominate, but I will participate as much as I am able. Thanks again @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain @megabooks Makes it feel like summer is coming! (edited) 1mo
BarbaraBB @BarbaraJean @Nessavamusic @kspenmoll So glad to have you all joining! Welcome to camp 🏕️ 🧡 @squirrelbrain @Megabooks 1mo
BarbaraBB @Bklover We‘re happy to have you again and please join whenever you want! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Can't believe it's time to start thinking about this again!! I never seem to actually read the books, but I really enjoy browsing the long list and seeing everyone's thoughts, so do keep me on the list 😂 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Also, I can't remember, are there “rules“ for the nominated books regarding when they were published? 1mo
BarbaraBB @TheAromaofBooks you‘re very welcome to browse or norminate or vote and/or read. The books are from 2024, pubslished in the US and UK before June 15! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Thank you!! I couldn't remember the exact restrictions!! 1mo
BarbaraBB @CBee @DebinHawaii @Karisimo @youneverarrived @Hooked_on_books @Soubhiville @Meshell1313 @peaKnit @julieclair We‘re happy you all want to join in again! Let‘s make this as good as last year 🙌🏽 1mo
PuddleJumper Can I be added to the list? I'm not sure if I can read everything but I've been enjoying seeing the books people are recommending 1mo
BarbaraBB @PuddleJumper We‘re happy to have you, welcome to Camp! @squirrelbrain @Megabooks 1mo
CatLass007 Please remind me of what happens once the voting is done and the books have been announced. Two books a month, in June, July, and August? Or am I remembering it wrong? 1mo
BarbaraBB @CatLass007 That‘s right! Two books a month and a weekly discussion of half a book! 1mo
CatLass007 Thank you! 1mo
Larkken 😫 I'm having the hardest time narrowing down to four!! Can't wait for the long list though! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Larkken It will be long again I‘m afraid 😉 1mo
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Christ on a Bike | Orla Owen
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Cetus inherited a significant fortune from a total stranger but she is legally unable to share it with anyone else. This is a reality with which she has to deal while enjoying her inheritance. It‘s a compelling setup and the book raises so many questions about greed and wealth and happiness. Quite an original plot! Thank you for bringing it to my attention @TrishB !

#ATY24 - Going for the gold

slategreyskies I‘ve never heard of this book. It sounds really good! 👍 1mo
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Megabooks Lovely pic! I hope you‘re having a good weekend! 1mo
Hooked_on_books Quite an original title, too! Sounds really interesting. 1mo
squirrelbrain Looking forward to this one. 1mo
julesG Sounds interesting. 1mo
Suet624 I‘ve already stacked it. Can‘t wait to find it! 1mo
TrishB I‘m glad you liked it 😁 I thought it was really original too. 1mo
Librarybelle That definitely does sound like an original plot line! 1mo
Cathythoughts Nice review. I thought it was good too. I liked it , as we say , but didn‘t love it 👍🏻 1mo
BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts I didn‘t know you read it too! I liked it a lot, love? No I guess I didn‘t love it either 💕 1mo
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Mrs. S | K. Patrick
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Two #WomenPrize reads this week and the tagged one. I was disappointed by Nightbloom because my expectations were high but both others I enjoyed.

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How am I the first to post about this book while it‘s on the #WomenPrize longlist??
Anyhow, it deserves to be there. It‘s a powerful read. Cilla leaves her homeland Grenada to make money in the UK. She leaves her son Raef behind and it takes 7 years before she can afford his ticket and for him to reunite with his family. Things don‘t go well however and Cilla blames herself. Told by mother and son alternately the book packs a punch.

squirrelbrain Oops, must have forgotten to post when I read it! 🤪 It sounds like you liked it better than me - I felt it was a bit long in places. 1mo
Leniverse It's the cover. It's putting everyone off 🤪😆 1mo
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BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain It‘s long indeed but it felt like a fast paced one to me. 1mo
BarbaraBB @Leniverse That is absolutely true!! I dreaded reading it too! Don‘t let it put you off though! 1mo
Leniverse It's one of only three longlist books that I haven't been able to get through the libraries or on a kindle deal, so I've been leaving them for last in case an offer turns up. But of the three I feel the least drawn to this one so I'm glad to hear you liked it! 1mo
Gissy Great! It‘s in my Amazon shopping cart. I will order it then today🤗I‘m buying them online because I only found one book from the list in one of my local bookstores and I don‘t like to read digital 🤷🏽‍♀️ 1mo
BarbaraBB @Gissy Me neither! I buy them online or get them in the library. Sometimes I do audio but I prefer holding a real book in my hands 🥰 1mo
sarahbarnes Very good to know you liked this one! 1mo
ChaoticMissAdventures I have it waiting! I had to buy it so I am racing through my library loans and some of the shorter ones first. So glad to hear that you liked it and found it worthy. 1mo
BkClubCare What a pretty setting. 1mo
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