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Census | Jesse Ball
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shadowspeak17
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1. 👍🏽
2. I don‘t think I had any. I was not a fan of nicknames and still loathe all the ones that go with my name. 😂
3. Mozzarella sticks
4. I might see my half sister.
5. English and Spanish

#friyayintro

Susanita Mozzarella sticks! 🤤 3mo
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shadowspeak17
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⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2
I wanted a little more from this, but it was a beautiful story that I did enjoy reading.

#catsoflitsy #Ember

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shadowspeak17
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1. I just finished Census by Jesse Ball last night and haven‘t decided what to read next.
2. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
3. One ebook

#weekendreads

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shadowspeak17
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Bookwormjillk
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I love this idea of this book, but ugh, no quotation marks. Not sure if I‘ll make it through.

Bklover I hate when authors do that! There‘s a sort of arrogance to it, as if their words are so important that the rules don‘t apply to them. I beg to differ. 5mo
Bookwormjillk @Bklover It makes want to ask them if they knew the book was meant to be read 5mo
BkClubCare This author is just. . . odd. I listened to the audiobook so I didn‘t know he didn‘t use punctuation. 5mo
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sarahbarnes
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When a friend comes in from out of town and brings you a book that‘s on your TBR.... 😍

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TheEllieMo
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Panpan

I have decided that there are certain books where what you take from them depends on what sort of person you are. I‘m very logical, mathematical, scientific. Books like this require some strong imaginative streak that I don‘t possess. Some reviewers have seen incredible imagery in this book. For me, it was a string of incohesive paragraphs that made for a dull read. I would have bailed but for the fact that it‘s a book club read.

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TheEllieMo
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My next read - chosen my by my book club. I‘ve heard good things about it

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BarbaraBB
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Census has won the Summer ToB and I liked it a lot. That strange atmosphere, the relationship between father and son. I even voted for it in the zombie round of this year‘s #ToB2019. And yet I hope The Golden State will win today. Maybe (probably) because I read it more recently and I can still feel how the main character struggled with motherhood, her love and frustration, her uncertainty. And relate to it.

Emilymdxn I never managed to get a copy of either of these books, they were the only ones I couldn‘t affordably get my hands on so I‘m having to sit out having an opinion this round 8mo
BkClubCare I am Team Golden State today. I finished Census cuz of TOB but didn‘t really enjoy it on any level. Meh. But The Golden State had me frustrated tense intrigued sad curious and anxious. Bigger feelings! 8mo
mklong I love Census more the more distance I get from it so I‘m rooting for it today. 8mo
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merelybookish I vote Census here. I didn't love it but I was intrigued. I found Golden State incredibly tedious. 8mo
Redwritinghood Again, this is between two books I‘m so-so on. I couldn‘t finish Golden State, though, so I guess I‘d go with Census. 8mo
MicheleinPhilly I haven‘t read Census but I‘ll echo @merelybookish on Golden State. I struggled with it and found it incredibly dull. 8mo
Ruthiella I‘m totally Team Golden State! Census was too abstract for me. I don‘t have children even but I could relate to the narrator‘s self-doubt and anxiety. 8mo
BarbaraBB I wouldn‘t have mind if Census would have won but I‘m glad The Golden State did based on the judge‘s arguments. Her comparison of the two books was very good I think. @Emilymdxn @BkClubCare @mklong @merelybookish @Redwritinghood @Ruthiella 8mo
Mindyrecycles Totally agree...thoughtful judge! And I loved Golden State so yay. 🙂 8mo
BkClubCare @Mindyrecycles @Ruthiella I agree, too. And, how the judges respond/select the books is part of the fun of TOB. (edited) 8mo
BarbaraBB @BkClubCare definitely. I love reading their reviews without scrolling downward to the outcome 😉😘 8mo
BkClubCare @BarbaraBB - yea! It‘s like “... don‘t look, don‘t look yet, focus, read it first!!” 🤪 8mo
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UnabridgedPod
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Jesse Ball's Census was an interesting read (well, I listened on Scribd). It begins with a gorgeous introduction in which Ball explains that he's writing the book in part as a tribute to his brother who had Down's Syndrome. In the novel, the unnamed (I think?) protagonist and his son are traveling the (also unnamed) country, which is divided into 26 segments, each designated a letter of the alphabet. (continued in comments)

UnabridgedPod The protagonist, a doctor, has been told that he is dying, so he becomes a census taker: he and his son are to stop at every house in each segment, asking questions and marking the inhabitants with particular tattoos. The book is strange--it's next door to reality, and those slight oddities are, in some ways, more disorienting than something completely fantastical. 9mo
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Ruthiella
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To date this is my least favorite #TOB2019 shortlisted book. It was a little too surreal for me. The story is about a dying man in an unnamed place going from town to town with his Downs Syndrome affected son as his companion. Their mission is to undertake some sort of census work though it was never clear to me the point of the census.

Rachel_nyc I had high expectations of this because I had read how the author wrote it basically as a love letter to his deceased brother who had Down‘s Syndrome in an effort for people to understand those affected. There were a few passages where I could see what he was going for but it was too meandering for me. 9mo
Ruthiella @Rachel_nyc Yes he explains that in the forward but that would also be a total unknown if he hadn‘t mentioned it! Everyone has their level of ambiguity they‘re comfortable with and this title was too far for me unfortunately! 9mo
Rachel_nyc Agreed. A little world building may have helped as well. 9mo
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thebluestocking I really liked this one as I read it and just after, but it has faded a bit for me. I liked the flavor it had of “The Road” and how things shrink when you are facing death. But I also agree that the explanation at the beginning did not really mesh with what the book became. 9mo
Ruthiella @thebluestocking I can see how stylistically and also emotionally the book could really work for the right reader! 😀 9mo
Mindyrecycles I liked it okay but was bewildered by the ending. My least favorite so far as well. 9mo
BarbaraBB I really liked this one and even made it my Zombie but since then there are some that I liked better! 9mo
Ruthiella @BarbaraBB It won the summer tournament! It could take the prize like Fever Dream did last year!😀 9mo
Ruthiella @Mindyrecycles Yeah , the end is ambiguous for sure! Just not my cups!😀 9mo
BkClubCare Ugh. The summer tourney is ruining my joy for March! (Did I say that outloud? I actually liked Fever Dream) 8mo
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agable
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Mehso-so

Finished Census in my 2019 challenge to have my own little #TournamentOfBooks .
Decent writing. There were several passages that made me stop and chew for a bit, which is awesome and appreciated. And there‘s some depth here that may take a little more post read contemplation time before it really comes alive. However, this one wasn‘t my cup of tea.

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BkClubCare
Census | Jesse Ball
Mehso-so

I FINALLY FINISHED A BOOK!!! #TOB

MrBook 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 10mo
shainareads 🎉🎉🎉 10mo
BkClubCare @MrBook @shainareads - Thank you. Your cheers of support are so appreciated. 💐 10mo
MrBook ☺️🤗🤗🤗🤗 10mo
theshrinkette Yaaaaay 10mo
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BkClubCare
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Starting this on audio because it is SHORT!! It is odd, though. Is this author one of those odd ducks that gives just enough to feel that “something is a little off somewhere” vibe? #TOB2019

Guildedearlobe I liked this. It was a strange little book. I think if it was longer I would have struggled with it but it was short enough where it kept me engaged despite its weirdness. 10mo
BkClubCare @Guildedearlobe Thx. I think this is a good audio choice. 😊 10mo
thebluestocking I think he is that kind of author. I‘ve only read one other besides this one by him. And they were both strange. 10mo
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agable
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My oldest has some special needs. This book has had its share of truth daggers of understanding to my fatherly heart.

BridgetteM Welcome to Litsy! 10mo
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agable
Census | Jesse Ball

Starting the 2nd of 18 in the #TournamentOfBooks. This one seems like it will be good.
Unrelated question: Do you listen to music while reading? If so, what are your tunes of choice?

gradcat Sometimes, but it almost always has to be jazz instrumentals...vocals screw me up! 🎶😍👍 10mo
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AlbertMagnus
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Can we not feel two opposite things at once? To whom is it a crime?

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kwmg40
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I‘m at 14 hours and 30 minutes for the #25inFive #readathon and just finished another book. A short, unusual and powerful father-son road-trip story, this book is on the Tournament of Books shortlist. #tob2019

Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 11mo
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Kenny
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My Favorite Books of 2018.

10. Census by Jesse Ball. I read this almost two years ago and it has never left my heart—this father and son, this unbreakable bond, it‘s all so present, so truthful, so unforgettable. #BestBooks2018

More on Twitter: www.twitter.com/KennyCoble

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ReviewsMayVary
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So far, I‘m kinda bored. But I‘m optimistic.

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thebluestocking
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Not a huge reading month for me, but I read some really good books. Census was my favorite, but I enjoyed them all. #monthlywrapup #octoberwrapup

LoverofLit Did you like Hank Green's? It is on my list! 12mo
thebluestocking @LoverofLit Yes! I totally enjoyed it. It‘s weird and fun and fast. I hope you like it. 12mo
LoverofLit That sounds right up my alley so I'll have to move it up! Thanks 😊 12mo
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thebluestocking
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This is an introspective novel told from the point of view of a dying father, traveling north with his son conducting a census. It is both alike and unlike anything I have ever read. I found it to be compelling and thought-provoking.

This won the summer tournament, so it has an automatic spot in the 2019 Tournament of Books. #tob

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nvhXesq
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I get it. It‘s just not my personal wheelhouse. I often found myself thinking of what I was going to read next (and coming to no conclusion). There are some very touching & thought provoking points. I have familiarity with the US census & US road trips, so I had to keep reminding myself this is set in some other place. #bookclub #audiobooks #libraries #libby #supportlibraries

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BarbaraBB
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It‘s the end of the summer and the winner of the 2018 Rooster Summer Reading Challenge is Census by Jesse Ball. This means it now has a guaranteed spot in the 2019 Tournament of Books, which kicks off next March.

Of the three finalists this was my favorite but I am not sure it should have beaten Circe in the first round. Anyhow, it has been a fun challenge again. #ToB

Redheadrambles Yes ! I was happy with this result as well. 1y
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suvata
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It‘s going to take me some time to absorb what I just read. I liked it but I can‘t say for sure if I understood it fully. I think this book will need to gestate for a while.

Guildedearlobe I agree. I enjoyed it although at times I felt like I was missing something along the way. 1y
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Aimeesue
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1. I watch so few movies that I can't even remember the last one I watched, even on Netflix. Huh.
2. Walk around someplace new.
3. Zero. As in zero calls to return, zero chores left to do, zero places I need to go today.
4. Ugh. I felt like it was trying too hard to be mysterious and did the opposite of info dumping. Info hoarding?

@jesshowbooks

BarbaraTheBibliophage Zero email in Inbox ... that‘s my dream. 1y
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suvata
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Still trying to finish 2018 Modern Mrs. Darcy Summer Reading Guide
https://modernmrsdarcy.com/summer-reading-guide-2018/

After this I only have 5 to read.

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Flaneurette
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Sunday morning porch reading. Finally decided on Census after flailing about for a few days unable to settle on what to read next. It‘s interesting how out of sorts I feel when I don‘t have an active book going but a bunch of maybes on the periphery. #booknerdproblems

Mitch I totally agree. I feel really weird if I‘m between books. I feel a little cut loose! 1y
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Yossarian
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I am concurrently reading 4 books with similarly — but not identically — blue covers, and I keep taking the wrong one out of my bag.

wlivengood I do that, read books simultaneously. 1y
Zelma That is quite the unique book problem. 😆 1y
SandyW 😂 1y
DivineDiana Good selection though! 😉 1y
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AudreyMorris
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Ostensibly a vaguely post-apocalyptic story of a dying widower and his adult son with Down Syndrome. They travel through a series of towns administering a mysterious census. Based on the author‘s intro, I think this is an allegory of any parents as they raise a disabled child. See my Bookstagram or GR reviews for more details—and beware of spoilers! #tournamentofbooks

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Lauren.Archer
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This was such a beautiful book. The journey that this father/son take is one I am glad I got to share. This is my first boom I read by Jesse Ball, but I will definitely be reading more.

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Lauren.Archer
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Another book to check off for the Modern Mrs. Darcy summer reading guide. I have a feeling my heart might just break a little.

ns510reads So good! 1y
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ClairesReads
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This is an immensely moving novel which I enjoyed much more than I expected to. Census requires a high tolerance for plotless narrative from its reader. Census is a meditation on the human condition. It is about the elusiveness and sometimes triviality of the many and disparate things that make us who we are, and the complexity of the ways we interacted with each other on both personal and more broadly societal levels. #indiebuddyreads

mklong Beautiful review! I‘m so glad you liked it. 1y
ClairesReads @mklong thanks Katie! It was much better than I had anticipated 1y
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ClairesReads
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This book is almost too relevant #indiebuddyreads

Redwritinghood Love this quote! 1y
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ClairesReads
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Nailing it again #indiebuddyreads

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Redheadrambles @ClairesReads your on quote fire again. I recall reading that bit a few times and thinking over its implications. 1y
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles 🔥🔥 this book is on fire with its quotableness 1y
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MeikeReads @ClairesReads I almost quoted this in my review - it captures so well how people are afraid of the son because he perceives the world differently! 1y
ClairesReads @MeikeReads yes! This quote is everything...I think it so perfectly captures how we feel about a lot of things that happen to us and around us in life. I‘ve found a lot of this novel has spoken to how I feel about a couple of moments in my life, although they are very much different to the context of the novel...and it speaks to that feeling in a way that no other literature has before. 1y
MeikeReads @ClairesReads Yes!!! I am so happy you liked it as well!! 1y
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KristinaRay These quotes are great! I have to read this. 1y
ClairesReads @KristinaRay thanks! It‘s definitely an experimental kind of novel- but I totally recommend it. 1y
ns510reads Yes!! Struck by this too. This is a legit thing 1y
ClairesReads @ns510reads so true right? This book was full of ideas like this- I think it‘s why I liked it so much 1y
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Redheadrambles @Clairesreads Cool I sense you are enjoying all these great snippets of cool stuff as much as I did. There was some really complex and original thought here. I think it‘s a book I could easily reread. 1y
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles absolutely agree on all fronts. It‘s quite spectacular as a meditation on humankind 1y
MeikeReads @ClairesReads Yay!! I was afraid I would end up being the only one loving this! 1y
ClairesReads @MeikeReads I have a pretty high tolerance for plotless narratives if they contain enough of this kind of insightful meditation on the human condition...when I want plot, I read crime...otherwise it more of a people and ideas reader... 1y
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Redheadrambles
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This had experimental, lyrical warning signs posted all over it and some ho-hum reviews from people I follow. But startle me with a Double-crested cormorant if I didn't fall hard for it in the end.
This is an odd, almost Daliesque story, a melancholy road trip from towns A-Z, meeting random strangers in their homes and taking a "census" of their life. It's mood is philosophical, poetic, surrealist, puzzling

A challenge, but worth it.

ClairesReads Great review! I‘m halfway now and really enjoying it! 1y
TrishB I love that cover 💕 1y
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Redheadrambles @ClairesReads yeah ! We nearly always agree on the good ones ;) 1y
Redheadrambles @TrishB it is nice and now I know it is a cormorant 😀 1y
ns510reads I‘m so glad we read this. Powell‘s bringing it home with their fab selections 🙌🏽 1y
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ClairesReads
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This book is immensely quotable...it‘s unusual but I‘m enjoying it so far #indiebuddyreads

Redheadrambles @ClairesReads yes this one ! I loved that as well 😀 So true. As strange as this book is it has plenty of things that are just so on point. 1y
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles is- it‘s definitely an ideas and characters book- not a plot book 1y
mklong I underlined this passage too. There are so many gems like this throughout. 1y
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Redheadrambles
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This just tickled my fancy somehow 😀 ok so it‘s not the most straightforward of narratives but the writing feels really original and I enjoying trying to figure it all out

#indiebuddyreads

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ClairesReads
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@Redheadrambles has already quoted this introduction from Jesse Ball- but my god how true, and how honest, and how real. #indiebuddyreads

Redheadrambles @ClairesReads yes ! Even with a cold I am loving it and looking for to discussing 😀👌 1y
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles excellent can‘t wait to get into it more 1y
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BarbaraBB
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In between watching way too many football matches I managed to finish this wonderful book.
It takes some getting into but once I became used to the style I felt mesmerized most of the time. A father is dying and takes his son, who has Down syndrome, on a roadtrip from A to Z. They are census takers and so meet many different people with different stories. But most of all it is their own story: their memories and the coming end. So very touching.

CouronneDhiver ❤️⚽️❤️ 1y
kspenmoll Thanks for your review; just began reading this & having a hard time getting into it. Will stick with it now! 1y
emilyhaldi Sounds like a beautiful, but sad (?) story 💕 1y
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BarbaraBB @kspenmoll Yes do, it is rewarding - I think 1y
BarbaraBB @emilyhaldi It is sad, but in a subtile way. 1y
ClairesReads You‘re the first person I‘ve seen with the same edition as me! 1y
BarbaraBB @ClairesReads It‘s the UK edition I think? 1y
ClairesReads @BarbaraBB yes I think so- although oddly we seem to have the other edition in NZ- normally we get the UK cover too 1y
BarbaraBB @ClairesReads I ordered mine on BookDepository but in the English bookshop here in The Netherlands I see the other cover too! 1y
ClairesReads @BarbaraBB that‘s where I got my one from too! 1y
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MeikeReads
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@Neale Elvis says he's sorry, but he would only fly if he was allowed in the cabin with me, plus he has this important job of cleaning up the forest - who will store away all these random pieces of wood and dig holes if he was in AUS? #dogswithjobs #thisisMYterritory #terrierpower #dogsoflitsy
Chloe is so cute!!

Redwritinghood Cute pup! 1y
ClairesReads Omg so cute 1y
batsy 🐶😍 1y
MeikeReads @Redwritinghood @ClairesReads @batsy Thaaanks!! Unfortunately, he exactly knows how cute he is! :-) 1y
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Neale
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@MeikeReads Chloe took the news hard that Elvis can‘t make it. 😁😁😁😁

Redwritinghood Such a cutie! 1y
ClairesReads Cute! 1y
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Redheadrambles
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Wow super powerful and very personal introduction by Jesse Ball .

#indiebuddyreads

ClairesReads Omg this quote I was about to do as well. It touched my soul to be honest 1y
Redheadrambles @ClairesReads yes me to absolutely it made me very receptive to the rest of the book . There is quite a lot quoteable here ! A good sign 1y
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Redheadrambles
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I am feeling really late to this June #indiebuddyreads even though the discussion is this weekend. Just about to open the cover finally although nervous after scanning the reviews of the other buddyreaders ! @Neale @AceOnRoam @Redwritinghood @MeikeReads @ClairesReads @mklong @Marchpane that everyone?

AceOnRoam Looking forward to this and hoping I get the same kind of love that @mklong has for it.. 1y
Redheadrambles @AceOnRoam me too ! I need a good book this weekend I might need to start a backup mystery which I never do !! 1y
AceOnRoam I have the reverse issue of too many on the go... 1y
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mklong @AceOnRoam @Redheadrambles I hope so too! It started out with a gold star for creativity but I didn‘t really warm to it until probably the last third. 1y
AceOnRoam @mklong that's handy to know. I'm a quarter of the way through but may need to go back a couple of chapters this weekend when I get stuck back in. 1y
ClairesReads I just started tonight and have enjoyed the “concept” I guess, in the first chapter...but not sure where it‘s going 1y
Redheadrambles @ClairesReads @AceOnRoam @mklong I am kind of digging it which is a relief. I don‘t understand it all but there is some powerful sentiment here about alienation 1y
Redwritinghood A few loved it and a few were so-so, but so far nobody seems to hate it. It can be hard not to let others views taint your own, though. 1y
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mklong
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Jesse Ball's tribute to his brother was difficult to find my way in to, but in the end I felt closer to the characters than I thought possible in the beginning. Ball's intention is to get to the essence of the characters in the novel, so everyone remains nameless in a recognizable, but vague, time and place. While he does make you work for it, and I won't pretend to have grasped everything, I think he succeeded. #IndieBuddyReads

AceOnRoam This is great and I'm glad you liked it in the end. I'm going try getting back to this one soon. 1y
BarbaraBB I just started this one and am very impressed so far. 1y
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ClairesReads Great review👌🏻 it gives me hope 1y
mklong @BarbaraBB I hope you like it as much as I did. It is one that I like even more on reflection 1y
BarbaraBB I did. I just posted my review. A tender and impressive little book 💔 1y
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ClairesReads
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It‘s #indiebuddyreads time again and this one is going to be divisive!

marianese Wanna read this one! 1y
ReadingRover I started this audiobook but couldn‘t get into it. Is it magical realism? What‘s with the marks? I thought it was based on his life? I think if I knew the deal going in I‘d be more into it. I might try again. 1y
Redheadrambles @ClairesReads I am getting there ... my head isn‘t in the game yet. I think I have a cold I am not sure if that will be if benefit with this book ... 1y
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles I was lost in a PowerPoint last night so didn‘t get to start this- I am keen to get into it tonight but apprehensive...I don‘t know that a cold will be good for this book- I hope you feel better soon! 1y
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