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sarahbarnes

Joined May 2018

“Books mean all possibilities.” - Ali Smith
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My Work by Olga Ravn
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Sociopath: A Memoir by Patric Gagne
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Possession by A. S. Byatt
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The Alternatives: A Novel | Caoilinn Hughes
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Last week in NYC and I‘m flying through this #CampLitsy selection for next month. I‘m loving it and looking forward to the discussion!

Cathythoughts Sounds good 👍🏻❤️ 3d
squirrelbrain Glad you‘re enjoying it! 3d
Hooked_on_books That‘s great! I‘m more than halfway through it and not loving it, so I‘m glad it‘s working better for you. 3d
BarbaraBB Glad you‘re loving it! 3d
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Westsider Used and Rare Books | New York, NY (Bookstore)
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Very fun and successful used book hunting with @merelybookish ! I‘m most excited about one of the Lennons - his first novel and a signed copy. 🤩

merelybookish We did some damage! ie we did our part to support NYC's used bookstore! ❤️ 3d
Billypar Glad you both did so well! I don't think I've ever been to Westsider before, but I'll have to check it out at some point. @merelybookish 3d
BarbaraBB Sounds fab! Happy you had such a good time! And those Lennons, wow 🤩 3d
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sarahbarnes @merelybookish we really did! And I agree - all in the spirit of support the local book ecosystem. 🩵 3d
sarahbarnes @Billypar it‘s a great one! Books up to the ceiling and a bit of a jumble. A great place for a treasure hunt. 3d
sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB I know! Have you read either of them yet? 3d
Cuilin Oh you got some good ones. I just recommended “ the Little Stranger”. 3d
sarahbarnes @Cuilin I just finally read Fingersmith this summer and immediately had to get my hands on another of her books! 3d
Cathythoughts Great stack 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3d
squirrelbrain ❤️❤️❤️ 3d
BarbaraBB I loved Black Wings and Offshore but haven‘t read the Lennons yet. I think @vivastory recommended 3d
youneverarrived Some fab books there 😍 3d
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James: A Novel | Percival Everett
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Another fantastic #CampLitsy selection! I will say that I didn‘t enjoy this one as much as the other Everett novels I‘ve read. But it was very good and his brilliance at subtle satire and storytelling comes through. I look forward to my next read of his!

squirrelbrain Interesting that it‘s your ‘least favourite‘ of Everett‘s - but that bodes well for me as I still have to read most of his back-list. 2w
AmyG @squirrelbrain Same here. This was a great introduction for me as I have read none of his other books. 2w
sarahbarnes @squirrelbrain @AmyG I feel like I‘m just getting started with his books! I really liked Telephone. 2w
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Possession | A. S. Byatt
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Getting some reading time in a beautiful setting today while I wait for a glimpse of my partner in the Triple Bypass bike race in Colorado. I‘m glad to be the one sitting here reading. 😂

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Cathythoughts Wow ! Enjoy the read ❤️ 2w
AmyG Enjoy the beautiful scenery. 2w
sarahbarnes @Cathythoughts @AmyG it‘s a lovely excuse to sit outside and read. 🩵 2w
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AmyG Have fun in Vail…that‘s near where I live. 2w
sarahbarnes @AmyG fun! I live in Denver and get up here as often as I can! 2w
Graywacke Kudos to your partner… but i‘d rather be reading. 🙊 ( #byattbuddyread ) 2w
Chelsea.Poole Lovely views! 2w
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I wanted to read this after enjoying House of Doors and I have to say this one blew me away. The layers of this story, the questions left unanswered, the complexities of the characters and their relationships to one another. I loved the switching back and forth in time as Yun Ling puts down the story of her past.

squirrelbrain I haven‘t read this yet, despite loving House of Doors. It‘s on my TBR list…. But we all know what that means! 🤪 3w
BarbaraBB Yes!! This one is so good, a solid 5⭐️ read for me. I also loved 3w
sarahbarnes @squirrelbrain oh yes! 😂 If only I could read books on my TBR as quickly as I add them! 3w
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sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB I‘m not surprised! 🩵 👯 I definitely want to read The Gift of Rain now. 3w
BarbaraBB 👯 🤍 to be honest I loved House of Doors the least! 3w
sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB I definitely liked this one much more! 3w
BarbaraBB Then I‘m sure you‘ll love The Gift of Rain too! 3w
Centique @sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB yes!! Totally loved this one- and much more than House of Doors. Sounds like i need to read Gift of Rain too! 2w
BarbaraBB @Centique You absolutely do 😀 2w
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Strand Bookstore | New York, NY (Bookstore)
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Used book finds (so far) at Strand Books. 📚

merelybookish Pond!! 💚 3w
sarahbarnes @merelybookish yes! I really liked Checkout 19 and this one has been on my list. 3w
Liz_M The Strand! 💖 3w
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kspenmoll Yay for the Strand- you can stay there all day!!! 3w
Leftcoastzen Nice ! Love 💕 The Strand 3w
LeahBergen Brookner! 🙌 3w
vivastory Great haul 📚📚 Liike the new profile pic! 3w
BarbaraBB Nice! You are in NYC! Enjoy! 3w
BarbaraBB Also, interested in Pond! 3w
sarahbarnes @LeahBergen I know! I always look. 😁 3w
sarahbarnes @vivastory thanks Scott! 😊 3w
sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB yes! Here for a few weeks while my daughter does a summer ballet intensive. It‘s been great so far! And I was happy to find the copy of Pond! 3w
Liz_M @sarahbarnes a few weeks? I hope you get a chance to go to the tagged place! Within walking distance there is also a fabulous branch of McNally Jackson and Greenlight Bookstore. 3w
sarahbarnes @Liz_M that looks amazing! I‘ve been to a few bookstores so far, but none of these yet, and the Center for Fiction looks not to be missed. Thanks for the recs! @merelybookish we should do this when you‘re here! 3w
merelybookish Absolutely! I can't wait!!! 3w
sarahbarnes @merelybookish 🎉🎉🎉 3w
BarbaraBB @sarahbarnes @merelybookish You‘re meeting up? How wonderful!! 3w
merelybookish @BarbaraBB Sarah and I became friends when I lived in Colorado (because of Litsy) but we haven't seen each other in nearly 3 years..so very exciting! 3w
squirrelbrain Ooh, I‘m jealous! Have a fabulous time, and how lovely that you‘re meeting up with @merelybookish ! ❤️ 3w
sarahbarnes Yes @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain very excited for the chance to see @merelybookish again! 3w
BarbaraBB That is such a great story, that you‘ve become friends. I didn‘t know that by can totally see why ❤️😍 3w
sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB ♥️♥️♥️ 3w
Centique I loved that Brookner! Hope you have a wonderful catch up together @merelybookish 2w
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Disappearing Earth | Julia Phillips
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I read this in anticipation of reading the author‘s new book for #CampLitsy. I really loved the surprising and subtle ways the storylines connected in the book. The various stories weighed heavily on me for much of the time, but it was very good.

BarbaraBB I loved this one. My expectations for Bear are so high based on that but I have a feeling I should temper them. 3w
sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB I feel like perhaps I should, too… 3w
Suet624 I‘ve thought of this book so often that I feel like I should reread it. 2d
sarahbarnes @Suet624 it was so captivating. 2d
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192 Books | New York, NY (Bookstore)
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This won‘t be my last trip to this bookstore this summer! Amazing inventory in this small indie bookstore.

BarbaraBB 🤩 4w
vivastory Hey, Sarah do you by chance listen to the Mookse & Gripse podcast? 4w
sarahbarnes @vivastory I haven‘t heard of it! What is it? Should I be listening? 4w
vivastory It's an informal podcast that airs twice a month. One of the co-hosts lives in Colorado & he had mentioned in a recent episode that he had recently started volunteering at a new indie bookstore. I think in Denver. It's a great podcast, they usually focus on themes rather than authors but their topics tend to be pretty far ranging 4w
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Fingersmith | Sarah Waters
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I can‘t believe I waited so long to read this book. It was phenomenal. So many twists and turns and as much as I tried to anticipate what would happen, it kept me guessing. So dark and so compelling. As a bonus, I really hoped for a certain ending and I got it. 😁

Ruthiella Yes! Love this book. It was the second one I read from her, but this one made me a her number one fan. 1mo
sarahbarnes @ruthiella I can‘t wait to read another of her books! Is there another one you really enjoyed? 1mo
Ruthiella @sarahbarnes My second favorite is Affinity. The first one I read was 1mo
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Amor4Libros I‘ve read so many good reviews about this book, need to check it out! 1mo
youneverarrived She‘s a brilliant author 🩵 1mo
sarahbarnes @Amor4Libros I highly recommend it. 😁 1mo
sarahbarnes @youneverarrived I‘m now very excited to read more of her. 1mo
sarahbarnes @Ruthiella very good to know! 1mo
BarbaraBB Great review. I loved this one too! I still have A Little Stranger by her waiting for me. And I loved (edited) 4w
vivastory I have read only one book by Waters but loved it and plan on reading more! 4w
sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB very glad to have another of hers that you recommend! 4w
sarahbarnes @vivastory which one did you enjoy by her? 4w
vivastory I liked Tipping the Velvet 4w
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All Fours | Miranda July
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I liked this one very much. It spoke to my soul and I‘m looking forward to the #CampLitsy discussion in July!

kspenmoll That‘s good to know! I plan to read it in July. 1mo
sarahbarnes @kspenmoll I will be interested to hear what you think of it! 1mo
squirrelbrain Good to know - going to read this soon. 1mo
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youneverarrived I‘m really looking forward to reading it! 1mo
sarahbarnes @squirrelbrain @youneverarrived very much looking forward to your thoughts! 1mo
BarbaraBB Oow exciting! My bff loved it and after your review I am sure I will too! 4w
sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB I hope you like it! I‘m looking forward to hearing what you think. 4w
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Not the outcome I was hoping for the Tattered Cover Bookstore. 😔 Definitely feels like the end of an era.

Aimeesue Oh, my. That is astounding. 1mo
BarbaraBB So disappointing. On the other hand, it‘s still books. It could have been fast food or Chinese cars (which are taking over my city center). 1mo
vivastory I thought of you when I saw this headline. I'm glad that B&N has not gone the way of Borders; I will be curious to see what becomes of their local events bc I know that they were a big draw. 1mo
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sarahbarnes @vivastory yes, I‘ll be very curious to see how this goes. B&N isn‘t evil, but we already have a lot of them here and now, no strong indie bookstore. We do have some great smaller used bookstores, but one of the other indie stores also closed last year. 1mo
sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB that‘s a good point. I‘m sorry to hear that‘s happening there - so disappointing when cities start to lose some of their character and what makes them unique. 1mo
sarahbarnes @Aimeesue I know. I was shocked even though maybe I shouldn‘t have been. 1mo
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The Remains of the Day | Kazuo Ishiguro
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I‘ve wanted to read this book for a long time, and listening to it on audio was a wonderful experience. Not surprisingly, Ishiguro expertly crafted this beautiful, devastating story, told with a level of restraint and stoicism that would be so true of the main character. I loved it.

Aimeesue One of my all time top ten reads. It‘s just brilliant 🖤 1mo
sarahbarnes @Aimeesue it really truly is. 🩵 1mo
emmasm08 It‘s a good one ! 1mo
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Clear: A Novel | Carys Davies
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I loved this #CampLitsy pick. What a beautiful story. Can‘t wait to discuss the second half. 🩵

kspenmoll Me too 🩵💙💛 1mo
squirrelbrain Looking forward to the discussion too! 1mo
BarbaraBB So glad you loved it 1mo
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Such a brutal, poignant portrait of grief. Grief due to loss, difficult relationships, mental illness. Very heavy but beautifully written. I loved the short vignettes that moved back and forth in time. The style felt like it mirrored the way the mind might process the grief in the story.

BarbaraBB So well said. I felt the same. 2mo
sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB I‘m not surprised to hear we felt similarly. 🩵🩵 2mo
JenP Sounds good! 2mo
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The most well-known bookstore where I live in Denver has had a tough past few years. Now it‘s in bankruptcy and up for auction. I really hope it can rise from the ashes with a new owner. I miss having a good bookstore here.

BarbaraBB It looks so beautiful. I hope someone will take over. 2mo
squirrelbrain Shall we get a collective together and buy it?! 2mo
Ruthiella Hope if can rise from the ashes. It‘s a tough world out there for brick and mortar businesses. 🤞 2mo
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Ruthiella @squirrelbrain That‘d be the dream! 👍 You can do the accounting m. Barbara can do PR. I can…make coffee and dust the shelves! 😂 Sarah, what job do you want? Buyer? Work the register? Customer service? (edited) 2mo
squirrelbrain You can choose the books @Ruthiella and I‘ll make lots of spreadsheets about them! @BarbaraBB would be great at the PR. ❤️ 2mo
sarahbarnes Omg yes @squirrelbrain @Ruthiella @BarbaraBB this would be the dream! I‘ll bet we could get @merelybookish in on it too. 😁 2mo
Amiable I‘ve worked in marketing and PR for my entire career! I‘d love to put my skills to use for a cause I actually love. 😄 2mo
LeahBergen Oh no! I loved this store when I visited it (and the airport version, too)! 2mo
Lesliereadsalot My college self wanted to own a bookstore. I think my much, much older self still does. 2mo
squirrelbrain @Oryx - have you seen this? It‘s only a few weeks since you visited. 😞 2mo
Oryx Oh no, I had such a lovely visit there 🙁 @squirrelbrain 2mo
sarahbarnes @Lesliereadsalot same here! 🩵 2mo
sarahbarnes @LeahBergen I‘ve loved it too! I really hope it can survive. 2mo
sarahbarnes @Amiable 🩵🩵🩵 2mo
merelybookish What a loss this would be to Denver! All those author readings they do. I guess that's what I could take over when we buy it.😉 2mo
sarahbarnes @merelybookish I know. Mona Awad was just there recently. I‘m really counting on something good happening.🤞 2mo
vivastory That's terrible news. Hopefully they find a buyer with good intentions. I always hoped to visit. 1mo
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How It Works Out | Myriam Lacroix
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This was a mind-bending maze of a book, the story of the characters constantly evolving and turning back on itself. A fascinating approach to a story about trying to make a relationship work. I was sucked in and really enjoyed it, wanting to know what the next iteration of their story would be. I‘ll admit I‘m not sure what happened at the end, but a pick nonetheless.

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Butter: Roman | Asako Yuzuki
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I read this while I had it from the library. Looking forward to discussing it at #CampLitsy. A slow simmer of a book in true Japanese style. I will say I enjoyed the second half more than the first. Overall a pick. 🧈

batsy Nice! Glad to see it was a pick for you 🧈 2mo
BarbaraBB Glad it was a pick although you don‘t sound too thrilled 🤨. I‘ll read it soon! 2mo
squirrelbrain Glad it was a pick - hopefully we‘ll get some good discussion from it. (Sometimes Asher when it‘s not universally loved! 🤣) 2mo
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sarahbarnes @batsy @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain very much looking forward to your thoughts. And agreed @squirrelbrain I think it will lead to some good discussion! 2mo
Megabooks I‘m wondering if I‘ll like this. 🤔 excited to discuss it with you! 2mo
Suet624 It just keeps going and going. 😒 …. 2mo
sarahbarnes @Megabooks likewise! I‘ll be interested to hear what you think. 2mo
sarahbarnes @Suet624 I did feel like that at times. I liked the second half better. 2mo
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I quite enjoyed this entertaining thriller and am glad I read it after the review by @Reggie - very fun! My only complaint is that the audio narration was…not great. The right amount of crazy and unpredictable enough most of the way through to keep me listening.

batsy I thought it was quite fun, too! I wanted it to be more OTT 😆 2mo
sarahbarnes @batsy 🤣 I did think it was more OTT than I saw coming towards the end! 2mo
Reggie I‘m so glad you liked it. Roza Vallo was soooo crazy. (edited) 2mo
sarahbarnes @Reggie bats**t! 🤣 2mo
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James: A Novel | Percival Everett
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I was very happy to buy a copy of the tagged book at this fantastic bookshop in New Orleans for #CampLitsy.

BarbaraBB What a fantastic photo! Enjoy New Orleans 😍 2mo
sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB it was pretty fabulous! Thank you! 😊 (edited) 2mo
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Under the Storm: A Novel | Christoffer Carlsson
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A smart page turner of a crime novel. I think actually my first Nordic Noir? I‘ll definitely read his other book, and may have to add this genre into the mix more often. 🧐 Thanks @batsy for the #CampLitsy nomination!

batsy So pleased to see this worked for you and @Cathythoughts ❤️ I need to get on it! 2mo
Cathythoughts I thought it was great ! Thankyou @batsy I trust your taste in books completely ❤️ 2mo
BarbaraBB You and @Cathythoughts loved it and @batsy nominated it? Sounds like a must read for me! 2mo
sarahbarnes I agree with you @Cathythoughts! 😊 @BarbaraBB I think you would like it. @batsy I think you‘ll find you made a great recommendation! 2mo
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In Defence of the Act | Effie Black
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Weekend book haul. 😁 Lots of my holds came in at the library at the same time (as they do) and I found a couple of books on my TBR at at used bookstore. And I splurged on a copy of the tagged book since I can‘t get it at the library yet.

vivastory Great haul! The Sarah Waters has been lingering towards the top of my TBR for awhile now & I have been wanting to try Penelope Lively 2mo
Ruthiella I loved Fingersmith and Alias Grace. Not read that Lively title, but I loved everything else I‘ve read from her! 2mo
Cathythoughts Great ! I loved Fingersmith and Alias Grace too ( especially Fingersmith ) … and I‘m interested to read In Defence of the Act (edited) 2mo
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batsy Great stack! Really want to read the Olga Ravn and Effie Black ones. Loved both Alias Grace and Fingersmith. 2mo
squirrelbrain Great stack! In Defence is likely to be in my top books of the year. I just found Disappearing Earth on Everand, in advance of Bear for #camplitsy24 2mo
BarbaraBB Such a great haul! I loved all the ones I read! 2mo
sarahbarnes @vivastory same on both fronts! I‘ve read Moon Tiger which was very good. (edited) 2mo
sarahbarnes @Ruthiella that‘s great to hear on all fronts! I‘ve only read Moon Tiger and loved it. 2mo
sarahbarnes @Cathythoughts I‘ve wanted to read it for awhile and that‘s very good to hear. 2mo
sarahbarnes @batsy that is great to hear! They‘ve been on my list for awhile. 2mo
sarahbarnes @squirrelbrain that is high praise! I‘m really excited to read it. @BarbaraBB also highly recommended it. 2mo
sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB that is great news! I was convinced to get In Defence of the Act from your review! 2mo
BarbaraBB That one is so good! But so are Fingersmith and Alias Grace and Disappearing Earth 😀. You‘ll love them and need to read a lot before they are due back 😉 2mo
BarbaraBB Oow and What I‘d rather not think about too! 2mo
sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB I know - how am I going to read them all before they have to go back?! 2mo
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The second collection of Link‘s stories I‘ve read, and I really enjoy her brand of strangeness. Like, casually the characters in a story are superheroes, or aliens, or there are ghosts or magic, but the fact of these things brilliantly isn‘t the focus of the stories, it just makes them even more interesting. I had my favorites in this collection, but overall a strong pick. Thanks @IuliaC for the reminder that I wanted to read this. 😊

vivastory What was the other collection you read? Last month I read “Magic For Beginners.“ It was my first book that I've read by her & there's certain stories that I just can't stop thinking about! 2mo
sarahbarnes @vivastory that‘s the one I want to read next! I read Black Dog White Cat, also very good. (edited) 2mo
vivastory @sarahbarnes It's incredible. It took me 3 weeks to read but it's honestly one of the best short story collections I've read so far this year. You really nailed it that the horror in her stories is not the supernatural phenomenon that is happening, but it is what is happening in the periphery or the subtext of the story. So brilliant. (edited) 2mo
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IuliaC Great review! I'm glad you enjoyed it 👍I love your photo 😍 2mo
BarbaraBB I‘ve never read her but now I definitely want to! 2mo
batsy I've only read the one collection but remember really enjoying it! 2mo
sarahbarnes @IuliaC thank you! 😊 2mo
sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB I think you would like her! I know she has a new novel out and I don‘t know how that is, but I really like her short stories. 2mo
sarahbarnes @batsy good to know you liked that one! I‘m excited she has two other collections out that I haven‘t read yet. 2mo
Reggie Is this the one where the girl is going to meet someone at a dentist/superhero convention but then you find out about her sister…. I cried so hard on that one and I couldn‘t even tell you why, lol. She‘s a superb writer. 2mo
sarahbarnes @Reggie yes!! That one was so good. Also the first one in the collection about the girl who has to stay and look after that house. She really is an incredible writer. 2mo
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Kids Run the Show | Delphine de Vigan
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I couldn‘t put this book down once I started - both the story of the missing girl and the disturbing world of parents who put their kids on social media were hard to look away from. This definitely makes me want to read more books by the author.

squirrelbrain It‘s so good, isn‘t it?! 3mo
BarbaraBB I was completely hooked too while reading this. I also enjoyed 3mo
sarahbarnes @squirrelbrain so good! I tore through it. 3mo
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sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB thank you for the recommendation! Stacking. 😊 3mo
yourfavouritemixtape This is next on my tbr (edited) 2mo
sarahbarnes @yourfavouritemixtape thanks for the recommendation! I want to read more of her books and will add this one to my list. 2mo
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I loved this quietly sad, unsettling book that on the surface is about a tragic death, but is really about ordinary human failings. Parents failing children and adults failing each other and themselves. And at the end, a small glimmer of hope that felt well-proportioned to the story.

BarbaraBB Beautiful review. Such a sad great read 3mo
sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB a sad, great read indeed. 🩵 3mo
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I‘m not sure about the fever premise (maybe I‘ve just never suffered through a long fever) but otherwise I liked this story of a woman told through her memories of consequential relationships in her life. It felt familiar as I often find myself doing a similar thing these days - reflecting on life through people who have come and gone.

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BarbaraBB Wow that seems the right book at the right time for you. I liked the way the book was built up along those characters of her past. 3mo
sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB I do think that was the case! And I agree. 3mo
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Let's Go Camping! | Jan Mader
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Very excited for #CampLitsy24! Under the wire, here are my four nominations. Thank you for hosting again this year @BarbaraBB @Megabooks @squirrelbrain !

Ruthiella I‘m definitely eyeing the new Miranda July title. I read her first novel and it was so weird but also kinda great 3mo
sarahbarnes @ruthiella that one by her also sounds very intriguing! 3mo
Megabooks Great nominations! I‘m excited about All Fours, too, Sarah and @Ruthiella ! 3mo
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AmyG Oooo new Miranda July. I love seeing all the new books being released. 3mo
BarbaraBB They all seem great - as expected 👯 3mo
sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB I felt the same about your nominations. 😁 3mo
TheKidUpstairs Great choices! I just picked up my pre-order of The Alternatives today! 3mo
squirrelbrain Great choices! It‘s going to be so difficult to pick just 6. 3mo
sarahbarnes @TheKidUpstairs oh fun! I‘ll be interested to hear what you think of it! And thank you! 3mo
sarahbarnes @squirrelbrain I‘ve been thinking the same thing as I see everyone‘s nominations!! 3mo
jlhammar I just voted for The Alternatives - sounds fantastic! 3mo
sarahbarnes @jlhammar I‘m glad you think so, too! 😃 3mo
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Enter Ghost | Isabella Hammad
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I finished this book on my flight back home. Such a slow, quietly powerful read and so very timely. An incredible book where everything feels just beneath the surface and between the lines. I was slightly on edge throughout the story right up until the end.

squirrelbrain I‘m almost halfway through - it is rather a tense book isn‘t it? 3mo
sarahbarnes @squirrelbrain it really is! Such a slow burn! 3mo
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Like | Ali Smith
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Very excited to come across a copy of this Ali Smith book in a little bookstore this weekend. It‘s been on my list for a long time.

vivastory I haven't heard of this one before 3mo
sarahbarnes @vivastory I think it‘s actually her first novel! 3mo
vivastory Exciting! I have my favorites that I've read by her but they have all been engaging 3mo
sarahbarnes @vivastory I agree, I love her writing. 3mo
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Mrs Dalloway | Virginia Woolf
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I saw the contemporary ballet triptych Woolf Works last night, adapting three of her novels. What an incredible show. The sections based on Mrs. Dalloway and The Waves were very emotionally intense. The section based on Orlando was perfectly bizarre. At different points they voiced over excerpts from her letters. It was so good. ♥️

Ruthiella Wow! 😮 Sounds amazing. 3mo
LeahBergen That sounds wonderful! (edited) 3mo
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Dayswork | Chris Bachelder, Jennifer Habel
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I‘m so glad @merelybookish pointed me toward this book! I agree with you that it definitely has Ducks, Newburyport vibes. 🩵 I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this story about marriage, life, getting older, finding meaning, and yes, Melville. With poignant pandemic moments throughout, which felt timely as I read this almost exactly four years later. A #TOB long list gem this year for sure.

Liz_M Ok, I've wanted to read this because Moby-Dick, but Duck vibes?! 😍 Now I think I need to own a copy!!! 3mo
sarahbarnes @Liz_M I loved the flow of the text. I hope you like it! 3mo
merelybookish I'm so glad you liked it too!! It doesn't seem like it should work, but it does! 3mo
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Levy is easily one of my favorite writers. I enjoyed this one for her exquisite writing style, but the story didn‘t draw me in as much as some of her other books. Time is fluid in the story and I liked the softness of the borders between reality and imagination as the book progressed.

BarbaraBB I remember enjoying this but can‘t remember much now 🤷🏻‍♀️ 4mo
youneverarrived One of my favourites too. Still need to read this one though. 4mo
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The Wall | Marlen Haushofer
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This book somehow presents circumstances that are both tempting and terrifying. Such a unique premise, although the themes felt familiar. The MC‘s relationships with animals in the story are poignant, and I felt so much suspense and dread about what was to come. This is a book that I‘ll be thinking about for a long time. Thanks @batsy for putting this one on my list.

Suet624 Hmmm - I seem to have stacked this already - sounds intriguing. 4mo
BarbaraBB Such an intriguing review, another recommendation by @batsy and that cover 🥰… sold! 4mo
batsy Great review. Her relationship with the animals—that was so moving. Glad you liked it! 4mo
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Crooked Plow: A Novel | Itamar Vieira Junior
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I moved my copy of this book to the top of the pile when it made the Int‘l Booker long list. A powerful story of generations of a family enduring lives as tenant farmers in Brazil, with a bit of magical realism. I loved the complicated relationship between the two sisters and their quiet strength. And the relationship of the farmers to the land, that brings gifts and suffering. They appreciate and understand it so much more than the landowners.

batsy Nice review! I've been curious about this one and glad to see it's a pick for you. 4mo
BarbaraBB Glad you liked it. I‘ve been curious about this one too. 4mo
Cathythoughts Sounds good. Stacked. 4mo
Reggie This sounds great. Stacked. 4mo
sarahbarnes @batsy @BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts @reggie I‘ll be curious to hear what you think of it. I‘m not sure which other ones on the Booker long list I‘ll get to, but I did enjoy this one. 4mo
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Hard Girls | J Robert Lennon
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I love Lennon as a writer. I‘ve really enjoyed every book of his I‘ve read. But this one fell short for me. I wanted to like it much more than I did. Partly perhaps the genre, but it also felt so predictable compared to his other work. I‘ll still read whatever he writes next.

BarbaraBB I felt the same and I won‘t give up on him either. I have a few more books from his backlist on my shelves and am looking forward to them! 4mo
Cathythoughts I‘m on my second of his now. I loved Broken River, and Subdivision is good so far. I‘ll try this one too and see what I think 👍🏻❤️ 4mo
sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB yes! I‘m happy to have a few on his backlist to read, too! 4mo
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sarahbarnes @Cathythoughts I loved Broken River, too. I also liked Familiar and Let Me Think. 4mo
Cathythoughts @sarahbarnes Thankyou! I have Familiar now on kindle 👍🏻 I‘m trying for Let Me Think. He‘s such an interesting writer, he certainly gets a strong emotional reaction from me. 4mo
vivastory Since both you & @barbarabb gave this a less than glowing review, I'm going to make my way through some of his other works first I think 4mo
BarbaraBB @vivastory That‘s wise I think. His earlier works are so good. I am about to start one of his short stories collections : 4mo
vivastory @BarbaraBB I had missed that one somehow. Thanks for the recommendation! 4mo
sarahbarnes Yes agree with @BarbaraBB that there are others of his books to prioritize @vivastory. I loved The Familiar and Broken River. And Subdivision. Also Let Me Think. 4mo
vivastory @sarahbarnes Broken River & Subdivision are big favorites of mine. The Familiar is on my TBR. I haven't heard of Let Me Think though. Will def check it out! If you haven't read it, I really enjoyed 4mo
sarahbarnes @vivastory I need to check that one out! Thank you! 4mo
BarbaraBB @vivastory @sarahbarnes I need to check out Let me Think and The Funnies. I loved Subdividion, Broken River and The Familiar. This one‘s good too: (edited) 4mo
sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB yes! I have that one stacked from your review! 4mo
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Moon Tiger | Penelope Lively
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I am so glad to have finally read this beautiful book. Such an expertly crafted story of public and private histories. The pieces of the story retold in succession from slightly different perspectives is genius. And the passages of Claudia‘s thoughts vs. what others in the room can see are sometimes heartbreaking and sometimes hilarious. And that ending. ♥️ Thank you so much @BarbaraBB for this lovely gift!

BarbaraBB Glad it was a pick for you 🩷 5mo
CarolynM ❤️ 5mo
Chelsea.Poole What a great cover on this edition! 4mo
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Wellness | Nathan Hill
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I‘m still processing the layers of this story. It looks at relationships, marriage and parenting, but also at how what we believe can be so powerful. How things we believe our whole lives can shape us. How beliefs can set in, cult-like. And how our belief in something gives it its power - sometimes good, sometimes not. A great book! #LitsyTOB

squirrelbrain Great review! ❤️ 5mo
batsy Nice review! 5mo
BarbaraBB Great review Sarah! 5mo
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sarahbarnes @squirrelbrain @batsy @BarbaraBB thank you! 💙 I‘m glad the TOB put this one on my radar. I haven‘t read The Nix but now I‘m curious. 5mo
Cathythoughts Inspiring review. I tried Nix , a good story but way too many words for me. I DNF ( yet anyway ). I‘m guessing this book is long too. Very popular writer 👍🏻❤️ (edited) 5mo
sarahbarnes @Cathythoughts it is long indeed, and also quite verbose. Most of the time I liked the style - I think because I often identified with the characters‘ inner monologues. But there were a few times I found myself skimming. 5mo
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The New Book | Allie Cresswell
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Well this is fun news! A new Sally Rooney novel coming out! 🤩

BarbaraBB Yay 🙌🏽 5mo
Reggie Yayyyy! 5mo
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The Amusements | Aingeala Flannery
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This is a first novel and at times it felt that way, but the writing is fantastic and overall I liked this story of loose connections between characters in a small town and the way pivotal experiences growing up get under your skin for life. I‘m excited to see where Flannery‘s writing goes and will definitely read her next book.

BarbaraBB Sounds good. Should I read it? 5mo
sarahbarnes I think it might be worth a read for you @BarbaraBB. I would be happy to send you my copy! 5mo
BarbaraBB I‘d love that of course but please don‘t feel obliged!! 5mo
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sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB not at all - I would love to! Can you email me your address? 5mo
Reggie Small town you say? Stacked. I grew up in a town of 12000. I‘m a sucker for these stories. 5mo
BarbaraBB Thank you so much🤍, I will! 5mo
sarahbarnes @Reggie same! I‘m always drawn to them. I grew up in a town of 1200 actually - insane. 5mo
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I really enjoyed this. McBride expertly portrayed the ways a community systematically cut off from resources, works around barriers to support one another. I loved the way he led us through various characters and stories to illustrate the creativity required to get things done. He succeeded at both showing the strength of the citizens of Chicken Hill while also not diminishing the racism they faced, at both individual and structural levels.

BarbaraBB Great review. Not surprisingly, I felt the same 😊 5mo
sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB I was glad you liked this one too! I was relieved after so many mixed reviews. 5mo
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Hello Beautiful | Ann Napolitano
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A very good story, as many others here have said. It was sweet and simple in some ways, but it had its sharp edges as well, and ended in a way that felt like the right way for it to end. #litsyTOB

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The Morning Star | Karl Ove Knausgaard
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I have mixed feelings about this book. I found it so compelling and unsettling throughout that I was on pins and needles much of the time and couldn‘t put it down. And then, suddenly, it ended with so much left untold. I don‘t need stories to be fully resolved, but I did want more at the end of this one. Nevertheless, a pick because it was very good until the end. Thanks for putting this one on my radar @batsy !

batsy Nice review! I too wanted more, and to know and understand more. From what I understand, the next one (Wolves of Eternity) doesn't quite give answers but maybe more questions 😂 Nevertheless, I'm looking forward to it... 6mo
sarahbarnes @batsy I looked at the blurb for Wolves when I finished hoping for a sequel 😂 But yes I also still want to read it! I think he wanted to bring the theme of what we can know and what we can‘t know into all aspects of the novel, but I was still a bit frustrated by all the unfinished stories. (edited) 6mo
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Prophet Song | Paul Lynch
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It‘s hard to call this book dystopian since (as @TrishB said) this could happen anywhere in the world next week. And in reality people in some places are experiencing things along these lines right now. I loved this book even though it is painful to read. Lynch artfully crafted a story of a life moving from the mundane day to day to a fever dream of disbelief, to a nightmare. 💔

BarbaraBB Great review. 6mo
batsy Lovely review. I've got this on hold and am prepared for something bleak... 6mo
TrishB Great review. It will be a read that stays with me. 6mo
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sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB thank you 🩵 6mo
sarahbarnes @batsy it is quite bleak, but excellent and worth reading. I‘m looking forward to your thoughts on it. 6mo
sarahbarnes @TrishB same. I‘ve been thinking about it a lot since I finished it. 6mo
Reggie TrishB had me stack it and now you‘ve made me go put it on hold. fever dream into nightmare got me. Great review! 6mo
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Killing Commendatore | Haruki Murakami
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Classic Murakami in the best way. I love his quirky, slightly unsettling approach to storytelling. He keeps you on your toes and leaves you with some unresolved pieces to ponder. He‘s always a favorite of mine. I got this copy in Taipei - pictured here with the tea set I picked up there as well. 📖 🫖

LeahBergen I love your little Yixing tea set! 6mo
Suet624 You're so right about Murakami. 6mo
sarahbarnes @LeahBergen I love it too! 6mo
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emz711 Which book of his should I start on? 6mo
sarahbarnes @emz711 I would say this is a good one to start with 6mo
sarahbarnes @Suet624 it‘s his thing I think. 6mo
JuniperWilde I LOVED Wind Up Bird Chronicle 6mo
BarbaraBB I haven‘t read this one yet. Great review! And I loved Wind Up too! 6mo
batsy Love the tea set! 🤎 I waa just reading about the new Murakami coming out this year, which sounds fascinating. And was also taken aback about his age—he seems perennially 50 or so in my mind. 6mo
sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB @juniperwilde it‘s still one of my favorites of his! 6mo
sarahbarnes @batsy thank you! And I hadn‘t heard about his new book so thank you for the heads up! It does sound fascinating and I‘ll be keeping an eye out for it. I know, it‘s crazy what a long time he‘s been writing. 🩵 6mo
vivastory I have loved every Murakami that I have read, esp. the stories! 6mo
sarahbarnes @vivastory I haven‘t read any of his stories yet, and really want to! 6mo
vivastory The two story collections that I have read are “After The Quake“ & “The Elephant Vanishes“ There are stories form both that I still think about, despite having read them years ago 6mo
sarahbarnes @vivastory I appreciate the recommendations! 6mo
vivastory @sarahbarnes I always meant to read the story collection that Drive My Car is Based on. I've heard great things about that movie! 6mo
sarahbarnes @vivastory yes! That film is on my list! 6mo
merelybookish You tea set is lovely! And I have never read any Murakamki. 😬🙈 6mo
sarahbarnes @merelybookish thank you! And I think that‘s okay! 😁 6mo
vivastory @sarahbarnes I love Murakami, but I don't know if you would. I would recommend sampling his stories if you are curious. I really loved this collection 6mo
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All the Little Bird-Hearts | Viktoria Lloyd-Barlow
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This book. 💔 An exquisitely written, heart wrenching story of motherhood, cruelty and betrayal. The narcissistic Vita and cowardly Rolls. Beautiful Sunday. And young Dolly in the middle of it all. A powerful start to my reading year.

BarbaraBB I was pretty sure your reaction would be like mine yet I am glad it is. Such a powerful read. ❤️‍🩹 7mo
sarahbarnes @barbarabb I knew when I saw you loved it that I would, too. 🩵🩵 7mo
squirrelbrain This was one of my favourites of 2023. 💔 7mo
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sarahbarnes @squirrelbrain it was just so devastatingly good. 7mo
Suet624 Truly was 💔 7mo
Rissreads Soooooo good! 😊 6mo
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Idlewild | James Frankie Thomas
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Last book of 2023. I really enjoyed this one. It had me laughing out loud at certain moments - Thomas captures the absurd world of teenagers so perfectly. At the same time Nell‘s and Faye‘s experiences into adulthood broke my heart. Thomas captures all of it so poignantly and the ending felt real in a way I appreciated. #LitsyTOB24

Megabooks Glad you enjoyed it! 7mo
BarbaraBB Great review, totally agree! 7mo
squirrelbrain I loved this one too. ❤️ 7mo
Reggie Happy New Year, Sarah! 7mo
sarahbarnes Happy New Year, @Reggie !! 7mo
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2023: A Trilogy | The Justified Mu
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Here is my #top23of23! It was a great reading year. Love seeing everyone's lists so I can add to my TBR for 2024. 😁 📚

squirrelbrain A fair few of these will be on my list too! 7mo
AmyG Great books. 7mo
Deblovestoread Some fantastic books on here and some new to me to check out. 😀 7mo
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BarbaraBB Fantastic list. So many similar books. And Cassandra ❤️❤️. I want to read the ones I haven‘t read yet. What is the book second from left on the third row? 7mo
sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB so many! ♥️ That one is Let Me Think by J Robert Lennon. You would like it I think! 7mo
BarbaraBB I mean the one below that. The Lennon sounds great indeed! 7mo
sarahbarnes Ohhh, the third row. 😂 That one is Self Help by Lorrie Moore! 7mo
batsy What a great list! So many to check out. 7mo
merelybookish Great list! Many I loved as well! (Had to screenshot it to read all the titles. 🧐👵). I have not read Foster but watched the movie based on it the other night and 😭😭😭😭 Called A QUiet Girl. 7mo
Reggie Cantoras!! ❤️❤️❤️ 7mo
sarahbarnes @merelybookish I didn‘t know they made it into film. I need to watch that at some point. The book is similarly 😭. 7mo
vivastory @merelybookish I heard very recently that there is going to be an adaptation coming out of Keegan's Small Things Like These w/ C. Murphy. I have a bit of adaptation fatigue, but as he was in my fave of 23 I cant complain 6mo
merelybookish @vivastory I have no interest in Oppenheimer but I do like Cillian Murphy. 😍 And I can see him in that role. 6mo
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The Rachel Incident: A novel | Caroline O'Donoghue
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I had high expectations going into this one given reviews here and I was not disappointed. What a great book. A perfectly crafted story and phenomenal characters. I loved the juxtaposition of Rachel‘s adult perspective as she tells the story from her youth; it felt authentic and without too much judgment of her younger self. A favorite of 2023!

squirrelbrain Glad you loved it too! ❤️ 7mo
BarbaraBB Relieved and happy you loved it too - with those high expectations ❤️ 7mo
sarahbarnes @squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB it made my top reads in 2023! 7mo
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Death Valley | Melissa Broder
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This is my first book by Broder and reading it felt like the earth shifting under my feet a bit. She takes you outside the realms of reality just enough to have no idea what will happen next. I loved the main character in the story and her narrative voice was perfect. A fun and unexpected pick. Thanks for the tip @Megabooks !

merelybookish Merry Christmas!! 7mo
Megabooks Yay! Glad you enjoyed it! 7mo
sarahbarnes Merry Christmas @merelybookish!! 🎄♥️ 7mo
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BarbaraBB Wow this sounds great. I see I had it stacked already. Probably thanks to @Megabooks too! 7mo
batsy Oh, great! I have this on hold. Really need to read her other books too. 7mo
Reggie Yeah, her books sound like they‘re up my alley and then I never get around to them. Great review. 7mo
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Life After Life: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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A great story to accompany me on my trip. This was my first Atkinson and a book I had on my shelf for awhile. I‘m so glad I finally read it. And then I left it in the Taipei airport for another reader to find. 😊 I‘ll be reading more of her for sure.

TrishB Love this author, but this is my least favourite by her 🤷‍♀️ 7mo
sarahbarnes @trishb what‘s your favorite? 7mo
TrishB The follow up to this one - A God in Ruins I loved and all the Jackson Brodie series. 7mo
sarahbarnes @TrishB 👍👍 7mo
merelybookish I'm so glad you enjoyed it! She's such a brave storyteller! 7mo
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Eslite | Taipei, Taiwan (Bookstore)
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Such beautiful editions of Murakami, in English and in Chinese. 🩵

Ruthiella Really pretty! 😍 7mo
BarbaraBB 🤩🤩🤩 7mo
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