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The Mars Room
The Mars Room: A Novel | Rachel Kushner
From twice National Book Award–nominated Rachel Kushner, whose Flamethrowers was called “the best, most brazen, most interesting book of the year” (Kathryn Schulz, New York magazine), comes a spectacularly compelling, heart-stopping novel about a life gone off the rails in contemporary America. It’s 2003 and Romy Hall is at the start of two consecutive life sentences at Stanville Women’s Correctional Facility, deep in California’s Central Valley. Outside is the world from which she has been severed: the San Francisco of her youth and her young son, Jackson. Inside is a new reality: thousands of women hustling for the bare essentials needed to survive; the bluffing and pageantry and casual acts of violence by guards and prisoners alike; and the deadpan absurdities of institutional living, which Kushner evokes with great humor and precision. Stunning and unsentimental, The Mars Room demonstrates new levels of mastery and depth in Kushner’s work. It is audacious and tragic, propulsive and yet beautifully refined. As James Wood said in The New Yorker, her fiction “succeeds because it is so full of vibrantly different stories and histories, all of them particular, all of them brilliantly alive.” “Kushner is going to be one we turn to for our serious pleasures and for the insight and wisdom we’ll be needing in hard times to come. She is a novelist of the very first order.” —Robert Stone “Kushner is a young master. I honestly don’t know how she is able to know so much and convey all of this in such a completely entertaining and mesmerizing way.” —George Saunders
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Readerann
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Even if we don‘t love a book, I think we often feel better for reading it because it takes us to some knowledge and understanding of lives different from our own. #ToB

Suet624 Exactly. 2w
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jillannjohn
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I started this book while waiting for my mom at the hospital. What I really needed was a light read. I don‘t know what I was thinking, this is a depressing book. Still going though...

CaitlinR As an aging feminist, I really wanted to love this book. Tried it in paper; tried in as audio. Bailed on both. 2w
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Macnjen
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Audiobook. I'm impressed, this novel sounds like non-fiction. This is a story of a young woman sent to prison and her story. First heard of list from Anne Bogel's “What Should I Read Next“ podcast. Not for the weak of heart in some places. Glad I listened, it's a quick story. The narrator's voice wasn't my favorite but it did remind me the protagonist is a young person, which was good.

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Macnjen
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Next audiobook.

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Cathythoughts
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#MayMovieMagic #SpaceOddity I do have this book at home .. but I‘m not that inclined to pick it up 🤷🏻‍♀️

TrishB Not a fav for me. 1mo
batsy I'm not sure why, but I don't much feel like reading this one either (or any of her previous books 🤷🏽‍♀️) 1mo
Cinfhen It wasn‘t worthy of any of the hype, IMHO #JustSayin 1mo
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Reviewsbylola
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BOTM used to get #allmylove. Along with the #botmchallenge, I also had multiple accounts and constantly raves about the service. Sadly, it‘s gone downhill, and I have canceled my subscription multiple times. This is my current collection, which includes favorite titles and TBR. #anglophileapril

Mdargusch I still love my collection ❤️ 2mo
mdemanatee I got my mom a six month subscription for XMas so she could try new things and I got to see some of her editions when home for Easter and definitely understood your critique of the binding. 2mo
Cinfhen You were Queen of #BOTM 👑sorry they let you down☹️ @bitterbetty 2mo
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Gissy 📚📚📚😍❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
swishandflick I'm so salty that they started this whole "BOTM BFF" loyalty program right after I quit after being a member for two years! 2mo
Reviewsbylola It‘s such bullshit!! I‘ve ordered 38 boxes thru my main account over the last three years but because I canceled recently, it shows that I‘ve only ordered one box on the BFF page. 🙄 @swishandflick 2mo
emilyhaldi Get it together BOTM!!!!!!! 2mo
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youneverarrived
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Mehso-so

I wish this had stayed with Romys perspective. It started off really strong but then I didn‘t think the chapters from Doc or Gordon added anything at all. I love that it shows how effed up the prison system in the US is & the themes of choices, crime etc. but there was a disconnect for me in that I felt barely anything for the characters. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ #womensprize

Cathythoughts Interesting review! I have this on my shelf.. it may be There awhile ..... 2mo
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts yeah, I‘d say there‘s better books to be reading. Be interested in what you think when you get to it though. 2mo
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mdhughes72
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Mehso-so

A whole lot of What, not as much How, and very little Why. I found the premise interesting and was hoping that the story would actually go somewhere. But no. Just bleak vignettes of life in a California women‘s prison. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Naj This book was unbearable. I couldn't even finish it. 2mo
whatshesreadingnow Thanks for your honesty, will def remove from tbr. 👍🏻😊 2mo
britt_brooke I liked this one, but you‘re right, very bleak. 2mo
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mdhughes72
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‘To work at IHOP, you first go to Walmart or a place like it to get work shoes. Where you see if you didn‘t already know, that most of the adult-size shoes they sell are for working on construction sites, or in hospitals, prisons, restaurants, and schools. And the children‘s shoes are starter versions of the same. Waitress shoes and medical assistant shoes and work boots. Cheap factory knockoffs for people whose choices are to work these crap...‘

mdhughes72 ‘jobs, or crack up and go to a much lower grade of a low grade shoe made by prison industries.‘ 2mo
Paula3 Wow 😎 2mo
Christine This passage has stuck with me, too! 2mo
Suet624 Truth. 2mo
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teainthelibrary
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Mehso-so

I‘m not sure how to rate this book - I liked it and thought it was interesting. But it took me weeks to finish and thought it dragged a lot. I appreciated the honest depiction of life in prison and the often brutal nature of it. I felt for so many of the characters, I just wish the writing would have allowed me to enjoy their stories more.

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BramBresseleers
The Mars Room: A Novel | Rachel Kushner

"Sometimes what other people want is wantable, briefly, before dissolving in the face of your own wants."

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BarbaraBB
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For me it‘s so obvious. I have been wondering why The Mars Room was shortlisted in the first place. But I know it‘s just me and judges have their own way of thinking. Be wise today, judge. The House of Broken Angels has it all 💜 #ToB2019

Suet624 I agree. 3mo
Zelma the Mars Room was fine but not great. Which of course means it will win today (as my predictions keep being wrong). 😆 3mo
Rachel_nyc This one really hurt! The Mars Room was fine but nothing special and provided no insight into the prison system that watching Orange is the New Black didn‘t cover in season 1. Really pulling for MStSK to take it down and win the whole thing. 3mo
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merelybookish Wow! Another upset! I'd be happy if either zombie won. And will feel disappointed if either Warlight or Mars Room wins the Rooster! 3mo
BarbaraBB @Suet624 @Zelma @Rachel_nyc @merelybookish Ouch, this really hurts. Seeing the Angels lose from the book that (thank you Rachel!) added so little to the first season of Orange is the New Black. My votes are going to both zombies now too! (edited) 3mo
Suet624 @Zelma nice work on predicting the winner today. 😂😂 3mo
Megabooks Ugh. The Mars Room. So mediocre, so forgettable. 3mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks My thoughts exactly! 3mo
Zelma @Suet624 snort. I really need to do a bracket based on what I thought was ok. It would probably do well most years. @BarbaraBB I will be really disappointed if MR takes the tournament. I agree with all of the Orange is the New Black assessments. 3mo
BarbaraBB @Zelma @Suet624 And today another bummer. Warlight kicked There There out of the Tournament. Another mwa read in my opinion. 3mo
Zelma @BarbaraBB ugh! No! 3mo
Zelma @BarbaraBB @Suet624 @merelybookish @Rachel_nyc I‘m now predicting a finale of Warlight vs. The Mars Room, with The Mars Room winning. Meh. 3mo
Rachel_nyc @Zelma So bummed about the decisions these last two days. Counting on MStSK more than ever though my expectations are low that it will defy the odds. 3mo
BkClubCare @Zelma - I so hope not! I can‘t believe that I might have to say “I haven‘t read the Final books.” No!! 3mo
BarbaraBB @Zelma You‘ve been right a lot this ToB, haven‘t you? I so hope this prediction is wrong. It can‘t be The Mars Room in this lovely, unconventional Tournament, please! @BkClubCare @Rachel_nyc (edited) 3mo
Zelma @BarbaraBB and I only read 2.5 books this year! Total guesswork in my part. 3mo
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youneverarrived
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I‘m going to try and read all of the #womensprize longlist. These are all from the library and have some of the others reserved. Milkman, Circe & My Sister, the Serial Killer I have on kindle.

Read Freshwater & Normal People last year and loved them both ♥️

merelybookish Excellent stack of books. I'd like to read all these too! 3mo
Cathythoughts Looking good Katie 👍🏻😍enjoy 3mo
Redwritinghood I‘m reading the longlist too. I‘ve read 8 so far, so halfway there! 3mo
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Pricel101 Damn girl! 📚👍 Great list and I look forward to your reviews! 3mo
youneverarrived @merelybookish I‘ve started with Ordinary People. They all sound good don‘t they! 3mo
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts thank you lovely 😘😘 3mo
youneverarrived @Redwritinghood I‘ll be interested in seeing which ones are your favourites 👍 3mo
Suet624 Freshwater 💕💕💕 3mo
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BarbaraBB
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When it comes to originality and authenticity (and I think the ToB2019 does) The Mars Room won‘t stand a chance today against There There. And I definitely hope so!

BkClubCare I am cheering for TT because I just purchased it and decided it must be read (and thus maybe not Mars Room? At least not “soon”) 3mo
Redwritinghood This is tough. I liked both of these. 3mo
merelybookish I'm all in for There, There! 3mo
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Tanisha_A I loved There There! 3mo
BarbaraBB @BkClubCare @Redwritinghood @merelybookish @Tanisha_A I didn‘t appreciate the judge today. I understand why she chose The Mars Room but the reasons she gives are to me a bit childish. Maybe i am prejudiced 🤷🏻‍♀️😉. I am glad however that There There made it to the zombie round! (edited) 3mo
merelybookish @BarbaraBB The only thing that makes that decision okay is There, There is a zombie. And buh-bye Overstory! 3mo
merelybookish All my assumed frontrunners have been knocked out. Is House of Broken Angels the one to beat.nlw? 3mo
merelybookish @BarbaraBB now. (sorry sloppy typing) 3mo
BarbaraBB Oh I thought it meant something! But i do hope the Angels will take the rooster away. 3mo
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BramBresseleers
The Mars Room: A Novel | Rachel Kushner

"A man could say every day that he wanted to change his life, was going to change it, and every day the lament became merely a part of the life he was already living, so that the desire for change was in fact a kind of stasis that allowed the unchanged life to continue, because at least the man knew to disapprove of it, which reassured him not all was lost."

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jouleian
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Panpan

⭐⭐ This was a DNF for me. It reminded me too much of an inverse version of OITNB and that more or less bothered me. I get that the author's style is suppose to be cold and detached, but bc of that it makes it hard to believe that she genuinely loves her son. This one wasn't for me.

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Dolly
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Pickpick

This was between pick and so-so, quite good but not great. I‘m sure others will like it. Involves jail time. Read by the author.

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BookItBilly
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The moment we‘re born, anything is possible. Then, the rules begin. Our lives are restricted by the parents we‘re given, the city we live in, the school we go to, the person we partner with, the job we have. In “Mars Room,” the dream is freedom. If you break away and do make it to the woods, you could end up anywhere between Henry David Thoreau and Ted Kaczynski. The joy of life is being given the chance to carve your own path.

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Rachel_nyc
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Mehso-so

This is a difficult one for me to review because it‘s right on the cusp between so-so and a pick. There is a lot I liked about it but I felt very detached from all the characters and as an emotional reader, that takes away from my experience. I expect this was purposeful and the writing is quite good. I also wanted a bit more closure from the side characters but again I think leaving things open was a choice based on the subject matter. #tob2019

Ruthiella I think that Kushner writes with an emotional remove on purpose. It is just her style to have that step away. 🤔 4mo
Rachel_nyc @Ruthiella Ah, thanks for that insight. This is my first time reading her and I wasn‘t sure if that was her style or if it was specifically because of the prison setting. 4mo
BarbaraBB This was a so-so for me too. A bit too predictable imo 4mo
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Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB Yes, I agree. Predictable plot and no real insight into the prison system that I haven‘t already seen in Orange is the New Black! 4mo
BarbaraBB Exactly. Orange is the New Black all over again. 4mo
CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 4mo
Eggbeater Great review! Welcome to Litsy! 🐙 4mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🌷 4mo
Rachel_nyc @Eggs Thank you! 4mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Hope you're enjoying Litsy so far 📖💙 4mo
Rachel_nyc @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Loving it, thanks! 😍 4mo
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SimplyShelia
Mars Room | Rachel Kushner
Mehso-so

Seems like I saw a lot of good reviews for this one but for me it was just meh. Just never sparked my interest, took me awhile to finish because I kept going to the other books I've been reading instead.

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JennyM
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Mehso-so

Being an addict is a constant hustle; it takes so much energy 💔

#Booked2019 #BookAboutAddiction

Freespirit Funny...I looked at this book today at the bookshop but resisted..luckily 4mo
BarbaraBB That‘s about all there is to say about this book indeed! 4mo
Cinfhen SoSo from me too!! Don‘t think I care for this author‘s style/voice. Great review by the way 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4mo
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TrishB I just gave this a so-so too! 4mo
JennyM @TrishB @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen glad to see I‘m in good company. @Freespirit I just couldn‘t get into it. 4mo
Cathythoughts I won‘t be rushing to read this one 👍🏻 4mo
batsy I'm not sure what it is about Rachel Kushner; I tell myself that I need to read one of her books, but I keep putting it off 😆 4mo
JennyM @batsy I have so many authors that I resist reading, and and no idea why. @Cathythoughts yeah, it‘s not a must read in my opinion. 4mo
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Mindyrecycles
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Finished Mars Room and starting Parking Lot Attendant. #tob2019

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Mindyrecycles
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Not a reason in the world for me to leave the house today, it‘s gray and rainy out, and I‘m reading. Rapture! #litsypartyofone #tob2019

Rachel_nyc I‘m reading this too! 4mo
Mindyrecycles @Rachel_nyc I‘ve now finished and it‘s another good one I think. Let me know how you like it! 4mo
Rachel_nyc @Mindyrecycles Glad to hear you liked it! I‘m a bit underwhelmed so far but I‘m only about 20% in so I‘m hoping it pulls me in more once things start happening. 4mo
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Rachel_nyc
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I‘m not interested in the Super Bowl but will take time out from reading to watch the #puppybowl. Anyone else? #tob2019 #dogsoflitsy

ProfReader I‘m going to watch both. Ari, my miniature poodle, loves the puppy bowl!! 4mo
Rachel_nyc @ProfReader I love miniature poodles! Enjoy! 4mo
ProfReader We will... 4mo
BarbaraBB What do you think of The Mars Room? I didn‘t really like it. Looking forward yo your review! 4mo
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB I‘m only about 20% in but so far I‘m underwhelmed. Trying to keep an open mind since I had really been looking forward to this one! 4mo
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Mindyrecycles
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9 books for January—mostly #tob2019 titles along with a #bookclub and a #Gilmoregirlsreadingchallenge. #Finale #ANewChapter

Cortg How was The House of Broken Angels? I heard the author speak at the Nat‘l Book Festival and there has been a copy on display at work staring me down all week. I haven‘t read any of his work, yet. 5mo
merelybookish I just started Warlight. I like it so far. 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🙌🏻🙌🏻 I‘ve got to read 5mo
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Mindyrecycles @Cortg Loved it! His Devil‘s Highway is excellent also. 5mo
Cortg @Mindyrecycles Thanks! It‘s on my TBR and if it‘s still staring at me tomorrow, since I‘m off today, I‘m checking it out! 4mo
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my.books.in.squares
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Decisions decisions #tbr

Emilymdxn That one second to bottom looks beautiful! Never heard of it but I like pretty books! I really enjoyed the mars room xoxo 5mo
RadicalReader Love the spine of Tower of Dawn so beautiful!! 4mo
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RealBooks4ever
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What attracted me to this story was the fact that the main character grows up in San Francisco, but after reading it, I don‘t give a schilling about any of the characters. #ToB #ToB2019

Leftcoastzen I thought her other one was overrated as well. I finished it but I was like “meh” 5mo
BarbaraBB I didn‘t like this one much either. Still need to read the Flamethrowrers because it‘s on the #1001books list 😉 5mo
RealBooks4ever @Leftcoastzen @BarbaraBB Oh well, at least we have it a chance! Here's to our next reads being fabulous! 💜 5mo
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Pruzy
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New (to me) Podcast Alert!

Ever wanted to get the feel of being at a constant literary festival? Look no further than Literary Art‘s The Archive Project whose mandate is to provide high quality recordings of author interviews at literary festivals.

This episode featuring Groff and Kushner on stage at the same time is phenomenal. Both The Mars Room (Kushner) and Florida (Groff) have shot waaaay up on my wish list.

Simona Subscribed ... thanks to you 🙏 5mo
Pruzy @Simona Good new Literary Fiction focused podcasts can be hard to find 5mo
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Denisereads75
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I listened to this on audio and found it immensely interesting. The story is mainly about a character named Romy who, at the beginning of the novel, is about to begin the first of two consecutive life sentences for killing her stalker. In her former life, she was a stripper and a single mother of a 6 year old boy. Overall, it was still a solid novel and will leave you a little sad and definitely provide you with a new perspective.

Reggie Nice 👍🏽 5mo
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ReadosaurusText
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Snowy day means staying in bed to read! 🌨❄️🌨

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kristincatastrophic
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My hand is dyed purple. Last night I decided to celebrate our new apartment having an actual bathtub by finishing up The Mars Room while soaking. This was obviously a mistake. The black hardcover ran all over my wet hands. It still hasn't come off. How do people on tv read in the tub? It's all lies! Or paperbacks maybe.

RadicalReader @kristincatastrophic seriously when I read this I thought oooh festive and awesome artistic abilities to paint a room reminiscent of a magnificent planet 5mo
Reviewsbylola This happens to me occasionally too. 5mo
GingerAntics @RadicalReader I was thinking that, too. lol @kristincatastrophic WHAT ARE THESE PEOPLE ACTUALLY DOING ON TV/IN MOVIES?! Are they even reading?! 5mo
sixgun I do the majority of my reading in the bathtub and hot tub. As odd as it sounds, I keep a hand towel nearby, sometimes I just drape it over my head. 5mo
kristincatastrophic @Reviewsbylola @GingerAntics I'm glad I'm not the only one. 5mo
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jouleian
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I can see why a lot of people say this sounds like OITNB...

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Reviewsbylola
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One of the books in my #botm stack that I haven‘t read. And I don‘t seem to be gravitating towards it. Should I be jumping to read it or nah?
#musicalnewyear #cellblocktango

vivastory I want to read it, but @BarbaraBB posted a book that sounds even better 5mo
BarbaraBB I think you‘ve read that one already @Reviewsbylola , but I wouldn‘t jump to read The Mars Room.... 5mo
Redwritinghood I really liked it, but I know there are a few other opinions about this one. 5mo
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Cinfhen I think you can put it off until Florence graduates Middle School 😌😜 5mo
BookwormM I really enjoyed it 5mo
lele1432 I thought it started out good but I ended up disappointed lol. Not one I would recommend rushing to read 5mo
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thebluestocking
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Mehso-so

I can‘t really make up my mind about this book. On the one hand, I did like the writing. And the subject matter. But on the other hand, I didn‘t really connect with any of the characters individually. And some of the narratives seemed unnecessary. And I‘m not sure what to make of the ending. I‘m not sad I read it, and it will be interesting to see what the #tob makes of it. #tob2019

Ruthiella I think the ending is to show that Romy hasn‘t been straight as a narrator from the start and does this now change the reader‘s sympathy for her if she‘s “more” or “less” guilty? 5mo
thebluestocking @Ruthiella Yes. I think you‘re right, as to the crime she committed. I think that‘s a brilliant way to look at the book and at what the author was doing. But I‘m still struggling with the very end, the running toward them. Either way, this book definitely made me think. I just wanted to care what happened to Romy more. (edited) 5mo
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SLSbooks
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Mehso-so

Insightful woman‘s view of life in CA prison system, but if you are looking for a feel good read this is not it. The choices we make do define us - that is the take away....

Jakaranda this is on my to-read list! 5mo
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LaurenReads
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Mehso-so

It pulled me in from the start, but then it got a little meh. I had higher expectations and while it was good, I hoped for more. It was also pretty depressing so I‘m going for some lighter reads next.

Reviewsbylola I got this one from BOTM over the summer and still haven‘t read it. 5mo
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Kimberlone
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My November and December reads - finally updated. I kind of gave up on the November spread, as I didn‘t like how it turned out. I had an awesome December, but probably wouldn‘t have finished more than 2 in November if I hadn‘t been on vacation for 10 days. A few letdown (Tradition and Lexicon) and at one that is one of my top 2018 reads (Station Eleven). Will be working on a 2018 in review spread next!

tjwill Nice! I like this layout! 5mo
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Amandakay
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Mehso-so

Was able to finish this when my little peanut fell asleep.

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rather_be_reading
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Last line: It is everything.

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rather_be_reading
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First Line: Chain night happens once a week on Thursdays.

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Rachel.Rencher
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Mehso-so

For some reason I expected more from this book. The whole thing was really similar to the side stories from the Orange is the New Black TV show, and that's about it. I also feel like a lot of the characters storylines were unresolved... maybe it's just me, though.

As you can see, I'm having a wild and crazy night #ReadintheNewYear 😂 I hope everyone is having a great night, be safe, and Happy New Year!

BarbaraBB Happy New Year, Rachel ❤️. I also felt underwhelmed with the book. 6mo
AnneCecilie Happy new year 🎆 6mo
Cinfhen Didn‘t the book just fizzle out by the middle... I hated the ending and I‘m REALLY NOT a fan of Kushner‘s prose. Meh 6mo
Rachel.Rencher @Cinfhen I kept thinking something intense was going to happen, but yeah it fizzled which was so disappointing. And I was so frustrated by what she did at the end... couldn't wait for it to be over. 😅 6mo
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Rachel.Rencher
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The goal was to finish this today, but Lucas and I tried a new vodka last night and I woke up completely hungover from literally only two drinks. 😅😷 Sooo, that put a dent in my reading plans. Hoping I can still finish the 150ish pages by tonight since we weren't planning on going out anyway. 😂

What was everyone else's final book of the year?!

LMJenkins I‘m reading “The Fabulous Bouvier Sisters” but I‘m going out soon and won‘t finish....plus it‘s due back at library so I REALLY won‘t finish! 6mo
mcctrish I‘m reading My Brilliant Friend and I‘m not going out and I still won‘t finish it. I am dragging my heels with it, can‘t decide if I should bail or not 6mo
Freespirit The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock is my last book of 2018 6mo
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jillannjohn I‘ve got a few going right now and probably won‘t finish any of them today. 😞 So my last would be 6mo
Ravenclawsbookshelf Mine was The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy 6mo
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Christine
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Pickpick

I liked this one way more than expected - the writing really impressed and worked for me. The circumstances faced by the characters were rough, and it‘s not in the slightest a heartwarming holiday season read...😬 But I found it engaging and wanted to know more about each of the characters, and I‘ll definitely be reading more by Rachel Kushner.

RaimeyGallant So good! 6mo
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Rachel.Rencher
The Mars Room: A Novel | Rachel Kushner
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I'm about 1/3 of the way into this, and it reminds me a lot of Orange is the New Black. Not the book per se, but the backstories that were created for all of the characters on the Netflix adaptation. So, if you liked the OITNB TV show, you'd probably like this book.

Cinfhen I thought that too, but wait.... let‘s see what u think by the end 😂😉 6mo
Rachel.Rencher @Cinfhen Oh dear... okay 😂 6mo
Reviewsbylola I still need to read this! 6mo
Cinfhen #KeepingItReal xx HappyNew Year 6mo
Lucas.Rencher We did enjoy Orange is the New Black 😂 6mo
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The Mars Room: A Novel | Rachel Kushner
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Went to start my next book and thought the dust jacket was badly torn. Nope, there was just two dust jackets on the book. 😂 I feel like throwing it away is wrong so I'm just going go leave it on there.
#BookishProblems

RaimeyGallant Put it on a bookstore shelf. Let them puzzle over that one. Or is that mean? 6mo
HeidiReads Make something artsy with it! 6mo
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Rachel.Rencher @HeidiReads I'm not artsy at all 😅... any ideas? 6mo
HeidiReads Oh uhhh, it could be a cool print if you framed it? Only if you like the book though! 6mo
Lucas.Rencher We could hide it amongst our families few books and see how long it takes for them to notice 😂 6mo
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Mehso-so

Ehhh. Quick read. Good writing. Felt like the story didnt really have a point and the characters were not that interesting.

Naj Congrats on finishing this! You're stronger than I am🙌🙌 6mo
JoScho Those are my favorite chips! 💚 6mo
rather_be_reading @Naj 😂😂 it was nt easy 6mo
rather_be_reading @JoScho tht was my first time trying them. i loved them! 6mo
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The Mars Room: A Novel | Rachel Kushner
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Thursday book date

RadicalReader @rather_be_reading can‘t decide which is more wonderful the book cover or the food 6mo
brandybear22 I thought this said ‘the man‘s room‘ 😂 I was like, oooh, wait.... what? 6mo
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