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The Book of Joan
The Book of Joan: A Novel | Lidia Yuknavitch
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Soubhiville
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I drove up to Georgetown TX a few days ago after a really slow work day to check out this cute new bookstore! It‘s got a good selection of currently popular books and classics, as well as some fun gifts. There‘s a sweet little cafe too. I picked up the tagged book, as well as a couple little birthday gifts.

Thanks for making me aware of Lark & Owl @Julsmarshall and @SW-T !

Eggs I took my grandson there and they have these great nooks /creative play areas for little ones! (edited) 3w
Lizpixie I love the name!🦉 3w
Morr_Books That place looks adorable! I'm putting it on my list of things to see and do in Texas. 3w
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GoldenGirl That's only a couple hours from me! *Hops in car and takes off* 2w
arubabookwoman Wow-my mom moved there a couple of years ago, and I've visited a few time, but did not see this. Will definitely go there the next time I visit. 2w
Soubhiville @arubabookwoman it‘s pretty new. I think within the last couple of months. 2w
SW-T Glad you liked it! I‘m hoping they‘re around for a good long while. 😊 2w
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Pricel101
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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

1. Bookstore- especially if there‘s a cafe nearby ☕️
2. Friday night sleepovers w/ @samjmitchell
3. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver 🌍
4. MaddAdam #3 by Margaret Atwood (way overrated!)

Hello new friends @CindyRene @hannah-leeloo @BooksandStitches

Eggs Thanks for playing 💗 10mo
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sakeriver
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I thought this one was pretty good, although I‘ve struggled a lot lately with post-apocalyptic and post-human SFF. It takes nothing away from a book like this to admit that I want more to be comforted by fiction than to be broadened by it. What I liked about this one was how joyfully profane it was, how much it reveled in the body. And I think it reached toward something divine, while rejecting divinity.

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sakeriver
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abbielistenstobooks
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Mehso-so

That was maybe the weirdest fucken book I've finished in a long time.

Strange, confusing, beautiful, disturbing.

Needs a warning for some gruesome torture/experimentation.

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abbielistenstobooks
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How about this one? An hour in, and it's good so far! I haven't read her before.

imyril Ooh this one sounds really intriguing (edited) 12mo
abbielistenstobooks @imyril it's good so far! 12mo
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GivenLemons
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Pickpick

A really strange book, but I love anything with Joan of Arc!

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SealedWithInk
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Mehso-so

So after pushing myself onwards to keep reading it, there was actually some aspects of the book I was starting to enjoy. Out of the three parts, the second was the 'best' written. It's just a shame the first and third ones were not that good. The descriptions of character actions were not always clear. The ending was a bit strange to understand (still not 100% sure what happened). I feel the writing let this book down.

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SealedWithInk
The Book of Joan: A Novel | Lidia Yuknavitch

So far this book has made me fall asleep on three occasions today. Not sure if it's to do with two being while in the car and the other lying on the sofa. Nonetheless it's something that hasn't happened to me before. The premise sounds great but so far the writing and the plot are messy.

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SealedWithInk
The Book of Joan: A Novel | Lidia Yuknavitch

Started reading this now. However, after having just added it to my currently reading on Litsy, it's not got too many good reviews. Hmm.

Edit: Not so good reviews on Goodreads either.

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Kat_H
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Panpan

Blimey. This was punchy. A bleak, futuristic dystopia where humanity seems unsalvagable. I love the concept but the execution seemed overwrought and overblown from beginning to end.

Cover looks good with my cushions though 😂

Ye_Mighty_Andy_Spare All your reviews are super well-written. And please can I borrow the phrase "word hoover"? 1y
Kat_H @Ye_Mighty_Andy_Spare haha I think we're all word hoovers here! 1y
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UnidragonFrag
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1. Well, Deadpool 2 was pretty hilarious. Not as great as the first one, still. New Avengers was good too.
2. We don't go to sit down restaurants much anymore. I like doing that.
3. 47
4. I'll have to check my list here and edit it. Most recent one tagged.
5. I'll try 😊

#friyayintro @jesshowbooks

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UnidragonFrag
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Bailedbailed

Picked this up for a reading challenge my local library is doing to complete the local authors prompt. Going to have to find something else because I couldn't get through this. Not even to my typical 50 page point. It just felt like it was trying too hard to be bleak & risque.

mklong You made a very good choice to bail! I really hated this one. 1y
UnidragonFrag @mklong good to hear. I always feel bad bailing on things, so it's nice to hear it doesn't get better and I'm missing out 😂 1y
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lauren.lerner
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Baby-free day! Little dude is spending some quality time with his Grandma and I‘m planning to spend some quality time with this book among other activities. 😎📖🍹

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UnidragonFrag
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My first trip to the library in probably a month. Went for my hold on Black Panther and grabbed something else. Anyone read the tagged book? I picked it up to fulfill one of the books for Multnomah library's Read4Life summer thing. Looks good to me. Doing the library reading thing and Powell's challenge with the kiddo this summer, too.

Doing any sort of summer reading challenges (with or without kids)?

QueenJen Goodreads and our library gives you a raffel ticket for every book you read with 3 drawings through the summer. I haven't actually participated in the lists in awhile. I kinda miss it! 1y
UnidragonFrag @QueenJen that's cool! The adult library one is for Powell's or a coffee shop or a crafting store gift card. The kiddo library one is to get entered to win a family pass to the great wolf lodge, along other weekly things. 1y
QueenJen @UnidragonFrag Ours is gift cards too, but I can't remember where they're for. We don't usually win, but it's still fun. Kind of a family thing. 1y
UnidragonFrag @QueenJen oh yeah, we totally didn't win anything last year haha she got a participation shirt though, which was cool! 1y
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Trace
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Author didn‘t develop the characters enough as the story progressed. Almost as if the book needs a prequel to comprehend the current state of affairs.

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AlizaApp
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Mehso-so

I...did not love this one. It had made a lot of best of lists from 2017 so maybe I had high expectations. In this dystopian futuristic retelling of Joan of Arc, the remains of humanity live in space and can no longer reproduce, and Joan is something special that no one really understands. It was both too much and not enough.

SaraBeagle My thoughts exactly! 2y
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catiewithac
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Bailedbailed

With so much excellent science fiction to read, I‘m putting this one where it belongs in the trash heap!

Hooked_on_books I don‘t understand the critics‘ love for this book. It‘s bizarre and not in a good way. 2y
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lauren.lerner
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Had a brief return to this book this morning c/o naptime. #goawayimreading

(It‘s taking me so long to read this one, I had to return the library book and order my own copy. I‘m learning this is a normal thing when one has an infant. 👶🏻📚)

Cinfhen I bailed on this one...so I‘ll be curious to hear your thoughts 2y
lauren.lerner I really like it so far, @Cinfhen — it‘s very much in my #dystopian / #postapocalyptic wheelhouse. I‘m hoping to get some more time with this one later today 🤞🏻🤞🏻 2y
Cinfhen I‘ve been enjoying dystopian reads lately too but for some reason I couldn‘t get into this book from the start 🤷‍♀️ 2y
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Vansa
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#getmovin #justlikefire
Since Joan's end was by fire, pretty good so far !

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HardcoverHearts
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Goddess bless! Look at this amazing panel! Charlie Jane Anderson, Meg Ellison, Maggie Shen King, Lidia Yuknavitch, and Asa Avdic!! Next level thinkers. #baybookfest

Pruzy What has Meg Ellison written? 2y
Leo1733 Book of the Unnamed Midwife! 📖 💛💜 2y
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lauren.lerner
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Read about 100 pages in this one today. Not too long ago, that would have been a paltry reading day for me but now, in my post-baby world, it‘s good progress!

I like the concept & the author‘s style very much. I‘ll admit I only know the basics about Joan of Arc (my strongest recollection being related to my Plants & Humanity prof telling us how J‘s visions may well have been the result of moldy rye), but so far the lack isn‘t a hinderance here.

UrsulaMonarch 👏👏👏 great job! 👶 2y
UrsulaMonarch Also I really could not get into this one but thought it was interesting- looking forward to more of your thoughts! 2y
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lauren.lerner
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Now that his stroller is here & the weather is improving, #LittleDude & I are finally able to get out & do some walking! Our first long walk was to the library earlier this week to pick up this book which I‘d forgotten I put on hold because it took that long for it to come up for me. 😂

Joan of Arc in space calls for a space-themed bookmark. #irememberwhenplutowasaplanet #oldAF#currentlyreading

rubyslippersreads I have that bookmark too. 😄 2y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego That book mark 😆 2y
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Sue
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Saturday morning ....

readordierachel That cover is incredible! 2y
AlaMich That delicious looking chocolate thing looks like either a cookie or a scoop of ice cream with M & Ms (or maybe Smarties)? 2y
Sue @ReadOrDieRachel Gorgeous isn‘t it? @AlaMich It was a cookie with smarties and chocolate chunks (appropriately named ‘clowning around‘) and it was delicious 😋 2y
Izai.Amorim Cookie looks good! 🍪 2y
readinginthedark I love everything about this picture! 😍 2y
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Hannahjeangranger
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Not liking it so far but will see how I go. Quite poetic language but the content is disturbing

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shaynarae
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Airport reading #havebookswilltravel

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Hooked_on_books
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Panpan

A dueling narrative of life on earth and off before/during/after the apocalypse, this book is Weird. I enjoyed the one storyline for a bit and can see there are biblical and historical references here, but I just didn‘t enjoy it.

#marchmadnesschallenge swap-in for Beartown

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Cinfhen
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I‘m out! Not in the right head space 🙄maybe I‘ll try again but for now it‘s a #DNF

TrishB I read some reviews of this that said the same. Not tempted me as yet. 2y
merelybookish I've only seen bails and pans for this book. So I didn't bother trying to read it for #TOB18 2y
susanw I listened to the audio. It was no better, I finished but shouldn‘t have. I‘m still not sure what I read. 2y
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catiewithac I couldn‘t do it either 2y
Moray_Reads This was probably my most-hated book of 2017 2y
AmyG I bailed, too. 2y
Jabberwocky Hmm. Never heard of it until I saw you posting about it and I was definitely intrigued but this is a lot of bad press... 2y
Cinfhen Yikes!!! That‘s a lot of unhappy Littens @Jabberwocky @AmyG @Moray_Reads @catiewithac @susanw @merelybookish @TrishB 🤪😱😳if I offer this in a giveaway I‘m gonna have no takers 😜 2y
TrishB There will be someone 👍🏻 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Holy heck. There‘s my answer. Unstacked or destacked or whatever we call it. 2y
Cinfhen Exactly... @BarbaraTheBibliophage the Littens have spoken 😬 2y
Reviewsbylola Bummer. 😭 2y
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Cinfhen
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Thanks, Barb 😍your lovely bookmark arrived and it matches my new read and earthy surroundings 😘

BarbaraTheBibliophage Fantastic! I‘m looking forward to your review of this one. 😍 2y
Cinfhen I‘m on page 11 @BarbaraTheBibliophage so far I like it 😉 2y
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Cinfhen
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Needed to qualify for free shipping...so threw a book in the Amazon cart 😜#NoOneIsTheWiser

Pamwurtzler Ha! Who among us has not done that??? 2y
MicheleinPhilly Except the husband. 👹 2y
Soubhiville I do that all the time! I didn‘t read the description but the cover and the title alone are giving me grabby hands. Lol. 2y
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Cinfhen Nope @MicheleinPhilly hubby is completely #clueless 😁he thinks shampoo, sunscreen and razors cost $26.74 2y
Cinfhen It‘s gotten lots of mixed reviews @Soubhiville I‘ll let you know... 2y
Cinfhen Exactly why I LOVE Target & Costco...books always find a way in with the toilet paper and laundry detergent @Pamwurtzler 😉 2y
LauraBeth I love it when people hide their book purchases! 😂🙌 2y
ElishaLovesBooks Prime is both a blessing and a curse😂😂 I can‘t hide anything! (edited) 2y
Broke_Girl_Reads Ive heard a lot of interesting things about this book! I‘ll look forward to your review! 2y
Reviewsbylola I‘ve been curious since I saw this on Tournament of Books. 2y
minkyb You are so fiscally responsible! 2y
LeahBergen Who pays for shipping when you can add a book?? Not ME. 2y
TrishB Will await your review as I‘m firmly on the fence with this one. And shipping should never be paid! 2y
Cinfhen I call hiding book purchases smart shopping @LauraBeth 😉I‘ve weighed the benefits of Prime @ElishaLovesBooks and I realized its to MY disadvantage...so I use my brother ‘s account when I need items super quick & free shipping🤫 2y
Cinfhen I‘ve never been called fiscally responsible before @minkyb THANK YOU 🙏🏻 by the way your book should have arrived this past Wednesday, I‘m hoping it‘s just a weather delay.... 2y
Cinfhen Will let you guys know, hope to start Book of Joan soon @Reviewsbylola @Broke_Girl_Reads (such a great Litsy name 🙌🏻) and @TrishB 😘😘 2y
minkyb @Cinfhen Could have arrived yesterday. We had a bit if snow so did not venture up the hill to the mailbox. Will check today! 😘 2y
Cinfhen No rush...stay safe & warm @minkyb 2y
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UrsulaMonarch
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I'm intrigued by the premise of this book but am having a hard time getting into it - may just be in a bit of a reading slump

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JenP
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#marchmadnessChallenge
With 2 of the first four (pre-games) over we have our first 2 #16 seeds.

Book of Joan (Radford) beat Origin (LIU) for the #16 spot in the East

My Not so perfect life (St Bonaventure) knocked out We are Never meeting in real life (UCLA).

Remember that you may chose to sub one of the knocked out books for a book on the bracket you‘ve already read.

Tournament officially starts tomorrow! Today is last day to sign up.

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BarbaraBB
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Everybody hates this book and everybody loves Sing Unburied Sing. I didn‘t read either of them so I have no right to an opinion, but I dare predict that Sing will win, even with the highly surprising results so far in the #ToB!

ohyeahthatgirl Fingers crossed! 2y
AceOnRoam The verdict is up... 2y
merelybookish No surprise here! Is Sing, Unburied, Sing the likely winner now? 2y
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batsy The fact that everyone hates it has made me a teensy bit curious... 😆 2y
mklong Phew! I won‘t have to plan my protest march now. And @batsy don‘t do it. It‘s too late for me, but you can save yourself! 2y
BarbaraBB @mklong 😂😂 2y
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Asktheletters
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Panpan

The audio narration was great, but overall this book was just...ugh. All the UGGGHH, with the added bonus of an ending that struck me as “problematic” at best 😑 At least the cover is pretty?

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Beebarth
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Panpan

I really wanted to like this and found many passages thought-provoking and beautifully, if brutally, written. But taken as a whole, I thought the book ultimately took itself too seriously, coming across as pompous and hard to connect with on anything other than an ultra-heady, superficial level. My heart felt left out which surprised and disappointed me for a book tackling topics such as bodily autonomy and the power of narrative.

readinginthedark That‘s so frustrating, when a book you‘re really excited about disappoints. 😕 2y
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Mgruidae
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“Burning is an art.”

RaimeyGallant Nice quote. :) And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio.
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Mgruidae @RaimeyGallant Thank you so much! I‘m excited but feeling lost so I will definitely check those out. 2y
RaimeyGallant It gets easier after about ten posts. :) 2y
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Jennifercaloyeras
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Just started this, but I‘m in! Now I want to look up her TED talk, which inspired The Misfit‘s Manifesto.

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JenP
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#marchMadnessChallenge This book isn‘t fairing as well as I thought on our survey. Joan of Arc is reimagined as a freedom fighter in 2049 in this literary dystopian novel. The book gets dazzling reviews from critics (NY Times, NOR, The Guardian, etc).

Why should we be reading this one? If you haven‘t rated our books stop by to help this book move up in our rankings: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/K8WYVVS

Survey takes 10 mins

emilyhaldi Personally, I've has enough of dystopian literature for the time being 🙃 2y
JenP @emilyhaldi ha ha. There has been a lot of it although I‘ve heard this one is quite different than many of the others 2y
tstan I really liked this one. The dystopian part takes a backseat to the story. 2y
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readinginthedark I think it sounds really fascinating! I haven‘t read any of the books on the survey, so I‘m just basing my answers on my outside impressions. 2y
JenP @readinginthedark that‘s fair. I did the same with the books I hadn‘t heard of 2y
BarbaraBB It sounds great. Did you read it? 2y
JenP @BarbaraBB no but I want to read it! 2y
jhod I nominated this one!! Every review I've read is amazing... 2y
JenP @jhod I hope it does well! I‘ll be posting the rankings tonight or tomorrow. Then we‘ll see how they match up to teams on the 11th 2y
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LonesomeReader
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This feminist dystopian novel offers a wildly imaginative look at a group of mutants who survive in Earth‘s orbit after a cataclysmic event and a legendary woman who altered the nature of our planet. It‘s quite a ride!

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Conservio
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Not too sure how I feel about this book. I didn‘t dislike it, but I‘m not the biggest fan of it. I liked how humans “transformed” and the grafting idea was interesting, but I wasn‘t a big fan of some of the language used. I also don‘t know how to categorize it. Dystopia? Love? Feminism? Apocalypse? #wars #space #wasteland.

Photo is from outeq on devianart

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Conservio
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Anddddd introduction to my first blind date! Wish UNO had the actual covers because it‘s so pretty! #loveatfirstsight

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thebluestocking
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A book full of interesting ideas, but I didn‘t feel like I got to know any of the characters enough to care about their fates. That may have been the point, but it was too much distance for me. #tob18

susanw It got a so so from me too. Sometimes the ToB picks the oddest books, but there is always a great one in there. For me this year it was 2y
thebluestocking @susanw Yeah. I like it because I read books I never ever would have picked up otherwise. I haven‘t read So Much Blue yet, but I‘m excited to! The gem for me so far is (edited) 2y
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karenna
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#RiotGrams--day 10-a book and a beverage. Reading for the Tournament of Books and drinking coffee in a tournament mug. #ToB18

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Mehso-so

"The Book of Joan" is a dystopian re-telling of the Joan of Arc story. The novel flashes back and forth between a wartorn Earth and its few survivors, and a safe haven floating above the planet where the rich have devolved into pale white, hairless, sexless beings.

Where it lacks in worldbuilding and plot, it somewhat makes up in poetic writing and gut-wrenching sympathy towards the characters. ToB read number 3 complete.

3.5/5 stars

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Panpan

So I blew through most of this on audio at my usual speed of 2x, and it was all just so many words. So I decided to start over and give it another chance at a lower speed. I‘m sorry to say it was still just so many words. I realize that there are meta-reasons for liking this — empowered female characters, social critique of gender, etc — but still: NOTHING. EVER. HAPPENS. It‘s an extended essay dressed up as a novel. Monologues galore. Yawn.

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tif
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So after going into this with a bit of trepidation I really enjoyed it. I can see why it has such extremes in reviews though as it's not a book I believe everyone would enjoy. This is a retelling of the story of Joan of Arc but set in the future with a strong sci-fi spin. This was a bleak take on the future of humanity but told in a very beautiful way. I hope we do better than this.

Cinfhen I'm intrigued #stacked 2y
tif @Cinfhen I'm curious if you enjoy this one. I think you will but you can never be certain. 2y
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tif
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Starting this one. A bit unsure as the reviews are very varied from one star to five with no apparent middle ground it seems. But it's a Tournament of Books pick so I'm giving it a try.

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Mitch
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So, popped into the store and this happened! Oops!! In my defence I did have a gift card! #bookstoresarebadformybankaccount

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
jhod Great pile 2y
Mitch The Lonely Hearts Hotel is a present - so that makes the pile a little smaller!! 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Great hashtag and love those spines! 2y
UrsulaMonarch Looking forward to your thoughts on the tagged book! 2y
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RidgewayGirl
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Guys, I‘m not sure about this one at all. The first four chapters almost defeated me. Hoping for more about Joan and less about the people in the space station.

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HighLadyoftheStacks
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I need to start collecting books set in the genre of “human beings destroy themselves” because I find stories of slow disintegration fascinating. Is this book disturbing? Yes. But it forces the reader to confront human nature the way A Canticle for Leibowitz makes us consider the cyclical nature of human violence.

RaimeyGallant Nice review. :) Welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you're interested. :) 2y
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