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cariashley

cariashley

Joined May 2016

Reader, traveler, eater, New Yorker 📚🛫🍷🍝🗽🐱
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The Mirror & the Light by Hilary Mantel
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One by One by Ruth Ware
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The Mirror & the Light | Hilary Mantel
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Starting this doorstop today and regret putting it off for so long. The writing is just *chef‘s kiss*. The first line: “Once the queen‘s head is severed, he walks away.”

(Also, check out the insane pollen build up on my outdoor table 😬)

DrexEdit If you can't speak the truth at a beheading, when can you? 💜 4h
jlhammar So good! Loved this trilogy. 4h
cariashley @DrexEdit love that line too!! So good! 3h
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Crooked Kingdom | Leigh Bardugo
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What a ride - I loved this one the whole way through but the ending disappointed me. I‘m conflicted because some of the threads were tied up beautifully while others felt abrupt. It also really feels like there‘s more to explore with these characters and the storyline; I hope the rumors of a third book are true!

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Cocktail Bar | Isabella May
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One more pic from my trip - this is the bar at our hotel in Paris, the Library Bar 😍 Basically the bar of my dreams. The hotel cat even popped in one night when we there to nap on one of the comfy chairs!

RaeLovesToRead 😲😲😲😲 1d
RaeLovesToRead I have decided that I am going to go to Paris and I am going to stay here!!!! 💕💕💕💕 1d
julesG @RaeLovesToRead I'd move in if I could afford it. 1d
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RaeLovesToRead @julesG It looks amazing! 😊 1d
LeahBergen Beautiful! 1d
BarbaraBB That looks fantastic! 1d
cariashley @julesG @RaeLovesToRead I really did NOT want to leave!! 3h
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Daunt Books - Marylebone | London, United Kingdom (Bookstore)
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Photo from my favorite London bookstore, Daunt Books, from this past Saturday! I squeezed in a visit between a work trip and a wedding (plus a 12 year anniversary celebration because the timing was just too perfect). So glad I made it there! I limited myself to one book purchase to save on packing space ☺️

LiteraryinLawrence I was there in 2019! It was delightful! 4d
Leftcoastzen Lovely! 4d
Hooked_on_books It‘s gorgeous! 😍 4d
Chelsea.Poole Ohh I love it! 4d
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Shakespeare and Company (Paris) | Paris, France (Bookstore)
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There was a LINE at Shakespeare and Company in Paris today - I‘m so glad that the shop is doing well! I guess it could be Covid protocols too, but it seems like Europe is very much over that 😜🇫🇷

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Paris, France | Gertrude Stein
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Am in Paris celebrating my anniversary and loving all the bookstores throughout the city 🥰

Smrloomis Ooh have a lovely (and delicious) trip! 5d
Cinfhen Enjoy!!! Congrats 🍾🎉 beautiful photo 5d
squirrelbrain 🇫🇷❤️ Enjoy! 5d
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marleed Have fun! I would love to see the Paris bookstores! 4d
cariashley @marleed they‘re seriously everywhere! It‘s so great to see! 4d
marleed @cariashley Maybe you can find a French translation of one of you favorite books. My son and DIL bought me a French version of the Wizard of Oz - the interpretation in French cover art is just the best! 4d
tpixie Oh! How lovely! I‘m hoping to go in Sept! I will need tips from you!! 😊 (edited) 3d
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Apples Never Fall | Liane Moriarty
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I liked this more than I thought I would! It was light and entertaining, and dramatic in a low stakes way. It could have used some editing - the end especially was massively dragged out, and it would have been really frustrating in print. Audio was a great medium, though.

merelybookish It is was definite too long but I enjoyed it too. Couldn't help but love Joy. 2w
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Just me holding back sobs on the subway home tonight, listening to one of the later essays in this book about the last remaining Kaua‘i o‘o bird. It just gutted me. This whole collection is excellent, so sharply observed and true. Highly recommend the audio.

Chelsea.Poole Right there with you!! Loved this book and gutted over this loss and so many others happening around us 😭 2w
Bklover Oh I agree! It was heartbreaking to listen to the bird call. 💔 2w
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This was hard - I‘ve stayed up way too late figuring out my picks for #CampToB2022 but here they are! Am so interested to see what books end up on the slate, this will be fascinating. And excited for another summer round with all of you. 🥰

squirrelbrain Great list! I really want to read your top 3, and I have the Straub on my list too. I don‘t know anything about the other 2 - off to check them out now…. 3w
Cinfhen I feel like we could run our own #Camp22 with all of these fabulous options!!! I need to investigate a few titles too @squirrelbrain 😄 3w
Ruthiella @Cinfhen @cariashley We could totally do our own version of this. There‘s already quite a bit of overlap in everyone‘s lists so far! 3w
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BarbaraBB @Ruthiella @cariashley @Cinfhen It‘s tempting to create our own tournament! I now want to read so many of the books that were nominated today! 3w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen @Ruthiella @squirrelbrain @cariashley We could make a longlist based on all suggestions we all made and let participants vote for the shortlist (6 books). Those six we can read in the months #CampToB takes place. What do you think??! 3w
sarahbarnes I‘m adding school for good mothers to my list! 3w
squirrelbrain Sounds like a wonderful plan @BarbaraBB ! Would you like a hand with pulling together the longlist? I‘ve never done Google forms before though, so you may need to teach me….. 3w
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain An excel would be fine, we can upload that on Google and share the link. I could make a Google form where people could name their six favorites for Camp? 3w
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain Do you really want to help? That would be great of course!! 💝 3w
Cinfhen Yes!!!!!! Do it!!!! I love that idea #CampLitsy @squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB 3w
squirrelbrain Yes, I‘d love to help @BarbaraBB - I‘ll send you an email. 3w
cariashley @BarbaraBB @Ruthiella @Cinfhen @squirrelbrain brilliant idea!! I love this. Let me know if there‘s any way I can help out! 3w
cariashley @squirrelbrain the Celt is one I found randomly going through The Millions book preview list, that just looked good/interesting. I‘ve been following Grant Ginder on Twitter forever and he‘s so entertaining, but I‘ve never read any of his actual work! 3w
BarbaraBB @cariashley Thanks! For now, @squirrelbrain is helping our! I sent you an email too Helen! 3w
squirrelbrain Replying very shortly! @BarbaraBB 😀 3w
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Waiting for Novik to write something that isn‘t practically flawless! Second books in a series are always tough, but this one nailed it. It went in an unexpected but wholly satisfying direction (until that last paragraph - GAHHH 😩). Recommend this for anyone who enjoys a dark, introspective fantasy that pulls no punches, emotionally or otherwise. Really going to struggle with the wait until September for the last installment!

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Yearbook | Seth Rogen
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This was just a delight! A great car listen for my husband and me to both enjoy. It‘s obviously funny, but what makes it is the vast voice cast that Rosen got to participate.

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Loving this book but know it‘s going to absolutely destroy me at the end. Finally warm enough to be back outside at my very favorite reading spot 😎🍇🍷 #vineyardreads

Cathythoughts Looks lovely where you are ♥️ 4w
cariashley @Cathythoughts no complaints ☺️ 4w
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I‘ve been running consistently for just over 4 years and it‘s been an absolute lifesaver for my sanity, especially during the dark days of Covid. And as a big Murakami fan, I can‘t believe I didn‘t pick up this short memoir sooner. I really enjoyed listening to his musings on running and writing, even when I couldn‘t relate to them - I‘m not a distance runner and have no interest in marathons. Extra fun to listen to this while running ☺️🏃🏼‍♀️

HeatherBlue I‘ve been (slowly) getting into running. This looks like a great read!! 1mo
cariashley @HeatherBlue good for you - the hardest part was creating the habit, running is not naturally easy for me! 3w
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Motherhood | Sheila Heti
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I can see that this book wouldn‘t be for everyone, but it spoke to my deepest anxieties and ambivalence about having children in a way no other book has. Highly recommend for anyone in their 30s still wrestling with this. Just don‘t expect this “novel” to feel traditional in any way - there‘s really no plot, it‘s straight auto fiction and stream of consciousness. Worked very well on audio.

BarbaraBB Beautiful review 🤍 1mo
cariashley @BarbaraBB thank you Barbara. This was a very personal read for me 💛 1mo
BarbaraBB It shows. And I hope the book was of help to you 😘 1mo
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Skinship: Stories | Yoon Choi
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Really wonderful collection of stories about the Korean American immigrant experience. This book deserves more hype!

Megabooks This does sound good. 1mo
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Billy Summers | Stephen King
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Not my favorite Stephen King, but still a good Stephen King. I thought it was a bit long and meandering. The ending was pretty great though.

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Skinship: Stories | Yoon Choi
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I have never ever read a book that mentioned where I grew up (Bayside, Queens). Though there is one reference to Bayside on a Seinfeld episode 😆

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The Candy House | Jennifer Egan
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Squeeee my preorders finally arrived!! 🤗🤗 I‘m so, so excited for both of these!

ErikasMindfulShelf Sea of Tranquility was really good! 2mo
Megabooks I enjoyed both!! Have fun 🤩🤩 2mo
Sophronisba I am loving Sea of Tranquility. 2mo
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When He Was Wicked | Julia Quinn
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Ooh, one of the better Bridgerton novels so far - I loved Francesca and Michael‘s story. I understand why she‘s in the background up until now, especially in the show, goodness there are enough siblings to keep track of! #romantsy

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A very good listen - eye opening and real. A totally different New York City childhood than the one I had in the same era. It made me sad that I had no appreciation for lives lived like this when I was a kid.

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Completely smitten with the new season of Bridgerton - am not a binger but watched it in a few days with my husband (who surprisingly and wonderfully loves the show). And am treating myself to a rewatch which I NEVER do 😅 Their chemistry is just great and I love Jonathan Bailey. I read the book long enough ago to not notice too many of the differences and just appreciate the overall justice this series is doing to the romance genre ❤️

Dragon Totally agree- great chemistry 💚🐉 2mo
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The Golden State: A Novel | Lydia Kiesling
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Really liked this novel about a young mother‘s calm unraveling. I read another review that this book is all about the voice, and that‘s true - the flow is meandering and sometimes harrowed with lists of words jumbled on top of one another with no commas. It all worked well for me, and was really impressive for a debut. As I don‘t have kids, I worried I‘d get turned off by all the baby/motherhood content but it was surprisingly tolerable.

BarbaraBB I thought this book surprisingly good! 2mo
cariashley @BarbaraBB me too. There was just so much going on there! 2mo
BookBabe Pretty view! 2mo
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Excited about this one - I really liked Girl At War, and this looks so unique! Quickest I‘ve ever picked a #BOTM.

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The Paris Apartment | Lucy Foley
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This was good and fairly mindless, although the completeness recklessness of the main character was a little annoying (and not offset by several other characters calling her reckless at various points). I didn‘t see the main twist coming halfway through, and predicted only some of the (many) twists at the very end. #BOTM

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A delight, as expected. I‘m not inherently an outdoorsy person (am very much a city mouse) but I can certainly understand the appeal. Offerman‘s narration for the audiobook is entertaining as always.

BookBabe Sounds interesting! I moved from NYC to a mountaintop forest about 7 years ago and love the fresh air and nature surrounding me 🤍 2mo
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Like a Bird | Fariha Risn
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Serious disappointment from my Strand fiction subscription. I got halfway through and realized I was skimming and had to just put it down. The narrative is disjointed and the dialogue alarmingly stilted and unrealistic. Surprising since the author is apparently a published poet. I held off reading it for a long time because of the bad reviews, and now I see why. #percycat

Leftcoastzen 😻 2mo
Bette ❤️🐱 2mo
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“Once the people have become doubtful about the truth of anything, all kinds of things will be open to us.”

I know it‘s a highly intentional parallel to the current state of the world, but still shuddering at this line from one of the villains midway through this book. I‘m liking it even as I recognize the criticisms from many reviews, not to mention finding it to be pretty heartbreaking.

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So impressed by what the author was able to do here as I have to imagine her source material was limited. I really liked how this wasn‘t just an uncovering of Mildred‘s story, but so many other figures in the resistance who were in her orbit.

jlhammar Yes, this one was really interesting! 3mo
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Vladimir | Julia May Jonas
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An interesting concept and voice but I felt it dragged on too much for a short book. I never fully understood the narrator‘s obsession and it goes a bit batshit there at the end. #BOTM

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Bailedbailed

I almost never bail, but I just do not have the mental capacity or patience for this right now. Not a fan after the first 20% and based on reviews, it‘s not going to get any less abstract. A somewhat disappointing way to finish off my #tob22 reading but I‘m incredibly proud of myself for reading all 18 books this year (counting this one even though it was only an attempt!) 🥳

Cinfhen 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻I didn‘t even bother with this one. 3mo
Ruthiella I didn‘t care much for this one either. Congratulations on finishing the shortlist! 🥳 3mo
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Saying Goodbye | Mike O'Mary
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My husband and I had to say goodbye to a true legend today, our Sullivan. He was my reading buddy and a true lover of books (to sleep on). I‘m devastated - he was only in this world for 13 years and it just wasn‘t enough. Even during his treatment for cancer the last few months, he never lost his spirit. ❤️ #sullivancat

Between this and the awfulness in Ukraine, I‘m really struggling to read right now.

Jas16 I am so sorry 3mo
Librarybelle So sorry for your loss 3mo
Suet624 I‘m so very sorry. 3mo
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Prairiegirl_reading I‘m so sorry for your loss. 💔 3mo
michellelav I'm so sorry for your loss.. 3mo
JenReadsAlot I'm so sorry for your loss. 3mo
Tamra 😢 Hugs to you 3mo
JessClark78 So sorry for your loss. 💔❤️ 3mo
wanderinglynn I‘m so sorry for your loss. 💔🐱🌈 3mo
BarbaraBB I am so sorry for you 🤍 3mo
BookNAround I‘m so sorry for the loss of your beautiful boy. 3mo
peanutnine So sorry for your loss. He looks like a sweet boy 💕 3mo
DebinHawaii I am so truly sorry for your loss. It‘s hard to lose a beloved member of the family. 💜💜💜 3mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego ❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
TiminCalifornia Losing an animal companion is so hard. Very sorry he had to go so soon. 3mo
Ruthiella I‘m so very sorry.💔 ❤️ 3mo
LeahBergen Aww, I‘m so sorry to hear this! 💔 3mo
TrishB So sorry 💔 3mo
squirrelbrain Sorry for your loss 💔 3mo
Cathythoughts So sorry. You will miss him ❤️ 3mo
batsy I'm so sorry 💔 3mo
Liz_M I'm so sorry. 3mo
Hazel2019 I‘m so sorry. He looks just like my Ballie 💕 3mo
Billypar Very sorry for your loss - he sounds like an amazing cat. 3mo
RaeLovesToRead Rest in peace, beautiful Sullivan 💕 So sorry for your loss 💔 3mo
Simona I‘m so sorry … 💔 3mo
CarolynM I'm sorry for your loss💔 3mo
EvieBee So sorry. Hugs and kisses. 💕 3mo
sprainedbrain So sorry. 💔 3mo
Nute Beautiful Sullivan! It is so difficult to lose our animal family members, our sweetest companions.💔 Thinking of you at this time of loss. Sending many hugs! 3mo
cariashley @Nute thank you ❤️ 3mo
BkClubCare So sorry. Beautiful cat {{{hugs}}} 2mo
cariashley @BkClubCare thank you so much ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
BookBabe So sorry for your loss. He was a gorgeous kitty ❤️ 2mo
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Absolutely wonderful, a real delight to listen to. Tucci is equal parts charming and entertaining about his family and upbringing, his love for Italy and Italian-American traditions, and above all, food. He‘s also incredibly generous in his praise for those who have influenced him. His writing about his struggle with cancer was also incredible. Highly recommend.

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The Trees: A Novel | Percival Everett
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Incendiary is how I would describe this book. It‘s aggressive, disturbing and uncomfortable in a most necessary way. It‘s an incredibly effective method to convey the urgency of the message. And the (many!!) character names are absolutely brilliant. A strong contender for #tob22! 17 of 18 done for me.

ClairesReads Great description! I thought this was incredible also! 3mo
jlhammar Such a great book! I would not be sad if this won the tournament of books. 3mo
Ruthiella Incendiary! 🔥 This is my pick to win. 3mo
4thhouseontheleft This is my pick to win! 3mo
Megabooks I think this is the only book everyone has liked! 3mo
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Such a great voice but I struggled with this on audio and found it hard to follow - it was just a little all over the place. I‘ll be devastated if The Sentence doesn‘t beat this and Our Country Friends in the play in round of #tob22! Book 16 of 18 done 😊

BarbaraBB I think most us root for The Sentence in the play-in round! 3mo
Megabooks I liked this more than the sentence when I read them, but I find myself reflecting on the sentence often, so I hope it wins. 3mo
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Intimacies | Katie Kitamura
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Loved the style and punch of this quietly stunning novel. I‘ve seen lots of criticisms about how nothing really happens but I found it surprisingly hard to put down - it was almost hypnotic. There‘s so much seething between the lines here and the tone really worked for me. Excited to read more of Kitamura.

Book 15 of #tob22 and my second favorite behind The Sentence.

Professional_Book_Dragon I just borrowed it from the library! I‘m excited to start it! 3mo
BarbaraBB Great review and glad you loved it so much. I found it a bit hypnotizing too. 3mo
Readerann I‘m 2nd in line at the library for this one! 3mo
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Megabooks Great review! Totally agree 3mo
cariashley @BarbaraBB thank you! I kept thinking of you while reading it given the Dutch setting ☺️ 3mo
cariashley @Megabooks thank you! 3mo
BarbaraBB The book felt really authentic, except for that neighborhood in The Hague where her friend lives. She describes some kind of ghetto, which don‘t exist in The Hague, a small and wealthy city. I think I know which neighborhood she‘s referring too and there are crimes there for sure but it‘s not like it‘s permanently unsafe there, not at all. Other than that I kept wondering if she might have lived here! 3mo
BkClubCare @BarbaraBB - but, -if I may-, “bad” neighborhoods are often a matter of perception! I thought it very understandable how it was presented 3mo
BarbaraBB @BkClubCare Of course you may! I just don‘t think there even are neighborhoods in The Hague that you can describe as “bad”. It is a small wealthy city. But of course it is a matter of perception, you‘re absolute right about that! 3mo
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Subdivision: A Novel | J. Robert Lennon
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Am behind on my #tob22 reviews! I finished this one last weekend and really liked it. Super weird and clever with an ominous tone, I liked how things unfolded and became (sort of) clearer as the story went on. It reminded me of the WTF feeling of Piranesi but against an initially familiar suburban backdrop, though it becomes less and less normal pretty fast.

Book 14 of 18 of the shortlist.

Ruthiella I really enjoyed the puzzle aspect of this book. 3mo
BarbaraBB It left me with so many questions but I loved it! 3mo
Billypar I just picked this one up last week- definitely sounds intriguing! And in a fun, coincidental fashion, @merelybookish 's poem that comes up next on my Litsy feed also has a jigsaw puzzle theme 🧩🧩🧩 3mo
merelybookish @Billypar Those little coincidences are always fun. 😁 3mo
cariashley @Ruthiella @BarbaraBB same and same 😊 3mo
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The Sentence | Louise Erdrich
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I didn‘t think I was ready for books set during Covid, so I can‘t believe how much I loved this one. But it‘s about so much more than just the pandemic - grief, trauma, social injustice, family, difficult histories, the power of books to save us. I don‘t quite understand how she managed the range.

Book 13 of the #tob22 done and definitely my favorite to win.

Ruthiella Absolutely, there‘s a lot packed in this one novel, but it never felt out of balance for me. 3mo
cariashley @Ruthiella same, it was truly masterful. 3mo
BarbaraBB Wow, your favorite! I enjoyed it a lot too, it felt so realistic! 3mo
thebluestocking I liked this one a lot too! I really hope it wins the play-in round. 3mo
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I‘m with others on this one - it was meh. I was initially excited about a pandemic book, with New Yorkers! Escaping from the city for a cosseted stay in the country! As a New Yorker who basically did just that in 2020, I thought this would be at least a little relatable, but wow no. There was a laugh out loud sex scene that I thoroughly enjoyed, though.

Book 12 of #tob22, as an audiobook. I doubt this one will move past the play in round.

Ruthiella I also felt the premise was great but didn‘t jive with the results. 3mo
BkClubCare I was looking at all the brackets entered, and saw some one had this losing in the final round. 😲 3mo
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Matrix | Lauren Groff
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Groff is one of my favorite writers; I‘ve read all of her books. Matrix is so different and ambitious - it reminded me of Hilary Mantel. Mysticism and spiritualism aren‘t really my thing, but feminism and power dynamics are, so I liked this a lot (although maybe it‘s fairer to say I was impressed by it). A historical novel without any men in it is really quite the feat.

Book 11 for #tob22 and my second favorite, behind Ozeki.

BarbaraBB Wow! Quite a recommendation! 4mo
kwmg40 I liked this one too, and good point about historical novels without any men in them! 4mo
thebluestocking Good point about impressed. I didn‘t love it but I was certainly impressed. Lauren Groff is an amazing writer. 3mo
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The Sentence | Louise Erdrich
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This is the second time today I‘ve come across a reference to St. Lucy, in two different books. I‘m always weirded out by these odd reading coincidences. Lucy was actually the name I chose for my confirmation, and not that I remember anything about her, but nothing in either reference sounded familiar to me at all! 🤷🏼‍♀️ In any case, just started this Erdrich and liking the quirky narrator so far. #tob22

Ruthiella I love Tookie. 4mo
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Early Riser | Jasper Fforde
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This was my first non Thursday Next read by Fforde and I loved it! It was wholly its own thing but maintained the whimsy, wit and heart that I love from the Next books. A very good listen and appropriate for this time of year!

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Vladimir | Julia May Jonas
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#BOTM for February ordered! I usually hem and haw a lot more but just went for it this time. The cover is indeed ridiculous, can‘t wait to see my husband‘s reaction when I take it out of the box 😆

marleed Haha - you‘ll have to report back! 4mo
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In Concrete | Anne Garreta
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What a weird, zany little book that pushes the limits of what words can do in fiction. I thought the story was a little thin and it lost me at times, but I‘m glad I read it. The translator‘s note at the end is absolutely fascinating - what a feat that must have been! Book 10 done for #tob22.

Hope all are enjoying the weekend as much as I‘m enjoying this cheese plate, which features smoked Gouda on smoked Gouda triscuits 😁🧀

Megabooks Cheese 🤤🤤 4mo
Cathythoughts Oh I love cheese ❤️ (edited) 4mo
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Fiona and Jane | Jean Chen Ho
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I found the first couple chapters to be very strong, but it got weaker from there. I wanted more depth out of the characters and their relationships. The vignette structure was just a little too superficial. #BOTM

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Early Riser | Jasper Fforde
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Current view of Gramercy from my window here in NYC. Very happy to not go outside today. Planning on making banana bread, cuddling with the cats and listening to this audiobook, which has a very fitting winter theme!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty ❄️ 4mo
AmyG Beautiful. I miss NYC so much. 4mo
Cathythoughts Beautiful 👌 4mo
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squirrelbrain So beautiful! 4mo
LeahBergen So pretty! 4mo
marleed Oh wow! 4mo
BookBabe Great photo! What a lovely view. 4mo
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Oof where do I start? I feel like the fact that I didn‘t like this book is a personal failure. It‘s an NYT top 10 and an Obama pick!! Maybe I shouldn‘t have done it on audio, maybe I‘m not smart enough. It seemed like such a great concept, but it was just not for me. Tagging one more nit as a spoiler in the comments.

Bottom of the #TOB22 list for me.

cariashley And WHY was there so much male masturbation?!? Sorry, but ugh. 4mo
Megabooks Truth re: spoiler. I wasn‘t a fan either for different reasons 4mo
Ruthiella Just got this from the library. I‘ll see if I agree with Obama or you! I‘ll try to keep an open mind. 4mo
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cariashley @Megabooks glad I‘m not totally alone! 4mo
cariashley @Ruthiella I hope you have a better experience than I did! 4mo
thebluestocking I‘m sorry you didn‘t like this one! I don‘t think it‘s a personal failure. 💙 It‘s a weird little book. (And I did feel like the audiobook narrator was intense.) 4mo
cariashley @thebluestocking thank you for saying that! I hate feeling like I missed something. 4mo
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Pickpick

I adored this big-hearted, heartbreaking book. Sure, it could have been a little shorter, but I really didn‘t mind and hope no one is put off by its size. It‘s a very unique story that says so much about grief and mental illness, but even more about kindness and compassion. This is my favorite of the #TOB22 so far - book 8 of 18 down.

Suet624 I‘m so glad I finished this one. The ending made it all worth it. 4mo
cariashley @Suet624 totally agree! 4mo
thebluestocking I‘ve got this one on my shelf. I‘m looking forward to it, but the size is a little daunting. 4mo
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I liked most of this quite a bit but felt the ending really faltered. I was expecting more. The narrator was great, though!

EvieBee My thoughts exactly. 4mo
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Station Eleven: A novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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I‘m 4 episodes into the show and I couldn‘t stop myself from getting out my copy to reread some of my favorite parts. Page 228 wrecked me when I read it the first time. It‘s amazing how viscerally strong of a reaction I have to the show when it‘s been ~6 years since I read it - rare but some books just have that impact. Just a phenomenal book, and the show is actually doing it justice.

Dragon Loved this book - 💚🐉 4mo
peanutnine I love this book ❤️ I want to watch the series but don't want to pay for HBO max 😔 4mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I just finished the series, I'm going to have to do a reread myself. 4mo
Kimberlone Also loved the book, and I thought the show was excellent. I appreciate that the show is its own thing, though, and I‘ll be able to revisit the book just for itself. 4mo
Breanne1 Having you say the show does it justice has helped me want to watch it now. I was so worried it would ruin a book I loved. 4mo
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These Precious Days | Ann Patchett
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Did not disappoint in the slightest. I just love Ann Patchett so much, and would read her grocery list (or whatever she‘s writing down on the pad on her nightstand, which she talks about in one essay). This had me tearing up multiple times and the audiobook is wonderfully read by her.

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