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Milkman
Milkman | Anna Burns
Milkman is extraordinary. I've been reading passages aloud for the pleasure of hearing it. It's frightening, hilarious, wily and joyous all at the same time. - Lisa McInerney, author of The Glorious Heresies In this unnamed city, to be interesting is dangerous. Middle sister, our protagonist, is busy attempting to keep her mother from discovering her maybe-boyfriend and to keep everyone in the dark about her encounter with Milkman. But when first brother-in-law sniffs out her struggle, and rumours start to swell, middle sister becomes 'interesting'. The last thing she ever wanted to be. To be interesting is to be noticed and to be noticed is dangerous. Milkman is a tale of gossip and hearsay, silence and deliberate deafness. It is the story of inaction with enormous consequences.
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Jeg
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Bailedbailed

Got to page 80. I‘m finding it too hard to follow the train of consciousness and the no names. I‘m sure it is an award winning read but just not for me. I had to read the blurb and reviews to understand that it was about the troubles in Ireland around the 1970s I think. @MrsMalaprop do you want it or know anyone you might?

Cathythoughts I found the audio excellent 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1w
MrsMalaprop Thanks Joy, but I‘ve already read it. Left my copy on a plane so if you don‘t find another taker, I‘d be happy to have it. 1w
Rissreads One of my favourites 💛 1w
Suet624 Oh that‘s too bad. I loved this book. 1w
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tashsinton
Milkman | Anna Burns
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Patsy is enthusiastic about literature .

batsy Awww! 2w
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Well-ReadNeck
Milkman | Anna Burns
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#7covers7days #covercrush

7 favorite covers. 7 days. No explanations. Day 7.

It‘s been fun! Thanks @Cathythoughts for the tag!

Cathythoughts No bother !! It has been fun 👍🏻♥️ 4w
sarahbarnes Love this cover so much! And the book! 4w
MrsMalaprop I considered this one for mine 😍. 4w
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Godpants
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This was a strange one. It felt like a more serious Derry Girls episode (LOL.)

batsy Now I want to read this even more! 😆 4w
Godpants @batsy I just kept picturing Erin‘s mom as Middle Sisters mom and it definitely added to the experience. 4w
Caroline2 I LOVE Derry Girls!! 😆 4w
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Godpants
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When your Co-Star app is a bit confused, LOL.

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Godpants
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I‘ve started this book a few times in the last couple months, but the audiobook is maybe the way to go for me.

Cathythoughts The audio is brilliant 👍🏻♥️ 1mo
Godpants @Cathythoughts I‘m just about halfway through and I‘m really enjoying it. I love being able to listen to a book while I work. 1mo
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rachaich
Milkman | Anna Burns
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Mehso-so

That seemed a slog but actually it's a flippin good read. Reflecting on the plot, it's so twisty and intricate it's pretty tricky to evaluate. However, I'm thoroughly glad I persevered and finished it as I found the last chapter much simpler and began to appreciate it more.
I found the increased portrayal of women fascinating, as well as the historic element. Having visited Belfast this year it reminded me of much of the tour I had.

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rachaich
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Still struggling through... it's not that I'm not finding it interesting. And clever. But it's so detailed and tangent prone...

TheEllieMo It was the tangents that annoyed me. 1mo
rachaich Having reached page 300 I can say it gets easier! 😅😉 1mo
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Rachel_nyc
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#7covers7days Day 5 of 7 beautiful covers. No explanation. If you haven‘t already been tagged, please join in! #covercrush

Ruthiella What I love most about this cover is its connection to the text...which had to be pointed out to me but still!😀 1mo
Cathythoughts Loved this book. And it‘s a great cover for this book 👍🏻♥️ 1mo
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Rachel_nyc @Ruthiella It took me awhile to make the connection as well but I love it! 1mo
BarbaraBB Great one. I can‘t remember why I didn‘t use this one! 1mo
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB It was one of the first I thought of when the challenge started! Love it so much. 1mo
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Picnicman
Milkman | Anna Burns
Bailedbailed

Can‘t even make it to page 50.

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rachaich
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Hmm. I was keen to read this... it's a challenge so far.
Very wordy with no character names meaning my brain is working very hard! 😣😁

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Dolly
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Bailedbailed

Nope. I gave this a try in the text version and found it difficult. Trying again in audio and it is perfectly understandable but at 40% in I don‘t like anything about this book, especially the setting, storyline, and the animal abuse. Just. Can‘t. I gave it a chance. Buh-bye👋🏼

Libby1 It‘s a tricky read. I loved it, but I‘ve lived in Northern Ireland for many years so a lot made sense to me. 1mo
Dolly @Libby1 it‘s well written and I see why others would like it but I think my biggest problem is that I‘m suffering from tragedy fatigue. Maybe children‘s picture books are in order. 😊 1mo
Libby1 ❤️ Absolutely run away then. Take care of yourself. ❤️ 1mo
Prairiegirl_reading I‘m so out when it comes to animal abuse. Can‘t do it. 1mo
Dolly @Prairiegirl_reading I hear you my friend. 🥰🐕🐈🐓🐖🐂🦒🐪🐘🦍🦏🦓🐆🐅🐋🐑🐢!!❤️ 1mo
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Lindy
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Congratulations Scott on your Litsy milestone! @GrilledCheeseSamurai I especially Iove seeing so much comics content from you, so I really should have tagged a favourite graphic novel instead of my favourite audiobook of 2019. 🤷‍♀️ #sixdigitsamurai
I would also like to extend a welcome to new user @Hazel2019 One of the great things about Litsy is the supportive and friendly atmosphere. Book nerds are nice.

Lindy A link to Scott‘s original post: GrilledCheeseSamurai's post on Litsy https://litsy.com/p/dTF0ODROSVRy (edited) 1mo
GrilledCheeseSamurai Thank you!! And thaaaaaanks for playing along. 👏 😊 1mo
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Dolly
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Giving a Milkman a try on audio this time around as text version was not for me. 🤞🏼

UPDATE To anyone who felt out of the loop upon reading text version of Milkman: whether it was not the right time before or just text vs audio, this audio version is now understandable and a clear read.

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Heatherleegee
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Cathythoughts Good books 👍🏻♥️ 1mo
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LadyCait84
Milkman | Anna Burns
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Pickpick

A unique and magnificent novel that weaves together insights on tribalism, gender inequality, victim blaming, and the trauma of attempting an ordinary life in dangerously extraordinary circumstances. But the style is intentionally challenging — often rambling and hectic, with phrasing that pivots between awkwardly infantile, and gorgeously descriptive. I can see why it won the Man Booker Prize, but it maybe isn‘t for everybody.

sudi Great review 👍 2mo
Suet624 Yes to everything you‘ve said. 2mo
CarolynM Excellent review, you've summed it up beautifully. 2mo
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lkurgs
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“It was that people were quick to point fingers, to judge, to add on even in peaceful times, so it would be hard to fathom fingers not getting pointed and words not being added, also being judged in these turbulent times, resulting too, in not having your feelings hurt upon discovering others were talking about you, as in having individuals in balaclavas and Halloween masks, guns at the ready, turning up in the middle of the night at your door.”

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LadyCait84
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Enjoying a quiet Saturday night (he games with headphones on when I‘m reading so we can hang out in the same room) and trying to make progress on this month‘s book club pick. Half way through and, so far, it‘s one of the most uniquely-voiced novels I‘ve ever read.

CarolynM I loved it❤️ 2mo
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GatheringBooks
Milkman | Anna Burns
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#AyUpAugust Day 19: This is how my #HappyHour looks like. Tee-hee.

Catsandbooks Looks delicious! 2mo
JennyM Yummy 😋 2mo
Cinfhen Yum!!! 2mo
squirrelbrain I wish that‘s what I had in front of me! 😁 2mo
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HannahDE
Milkman | Anna Burns
Pickpick

This is a polarizing book. People either love it or hate it. I listened to it and loved the narrator so much that I checked for other books she‘s done (no dice). I think I would have disliked reading it, though. Amazing dive into The Sorrows in Northern Ireland, and Anna Burns is a great observer of human nature. There is a lot of humor in this book, but Americans might miss it without the audiobook (comparing my experience with other reviews).

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Curiouser_and_curiouser
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Pickpick

After seeing this book pop up in posts over the last few months I spotted it on a display shelf at my local library last week.
I've read the first 2 chapters so far.The authors style of writing is different to anything I can ever remember reading, very intriguing. I really like the attitude of the protagonist so far. It is totally different than what I expected after reading a few reviews, I expected it to be a lot slower that what it is.

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Niso
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“The truth was dawning on me of how terrifying it was not to be numb, but to be aware, to have facts, retain facts, be adult.”
― Anna Burns, Milkman

#quotes #favourites #Bookerprize #Irishlit #Irish

Pruzy Another great way of saying ignorance is bliss... 3mo
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GatheringBooks
Milkman | Anna Burns
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Poolside read in my sister-in-law‘s gorgeous place in Antioch. Last few days in the US before returning back home to Singapore to begin packing for our huge international move to the United Arab Emirates.
#WomenReadWomen2019

Cinfhen What???? You‘re moving???? 3mo
Cinfhen Beautiful photo 🤩 3mo
Morr_Books I have a good friend who works as a librarian in Dubai. Good luck with the move! 3mo
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BooknerdsLife Great photo! 👍🏼😻 Awww best of luck with the move! 💖 3mo
BarbaraBB Great pic. You‘re moving to Dubai? That‘ll be a change! 3mo
GatheringBooks @Cinfhen yup yup!! was offered an associate prof position at al ain (abu dhabi). it was an offer that is difficult to turn down. 3mo
GatheringBooks @Morr_Books awesome! is your librarian friend on litsy too? i am looking for bookish networks/connections in that part of the world. will be moving to abu dhabi, close to dubai. 3mo
GatheringBooks @BooknerdsLife thank you so much for the well wishes! 😍🧚🏼‍♀️📚 3mo
GatheringBooks @BarbaraBB moving to abu dhabi (al ain). very close to dubai. 🧚🏼‍♀️ yup, i anticipate a huge change indeed. but i have taught teachers in bahrain, oman, and istanbul. hopefully, that has prepared me somewhat for this transition. 😍 3mo
Cinfhen So exciting for you!! How does hubs and daughter feel???? Moving is always stressful but I think it helps to tighten the family bond. Sending much love and well wishes your way💚 3mo
Liz_M I can't imagine how stressful am international move must be! Good luck with everything! 3mo
BarbaraBB Abu Dhabi, wow. And you do come prepared, it must be a great life experience despite the (maybe) stress of moving. Enjoy your last days in California 💜 3mo
Morr_Books I'll find out if my friend is on Litsy. We took the bus to Abu Dhabi when I visited. Beautiful city! 3mo
scripturient Hey, I‘m such a doofus and forgot to send out the #screamsbymail package last week. I‘m worried it might not reach you before your move. Should I rather send it to your new address? Sorry about this!!!! 3mo
GatheringBooks @Cinfhen husband is more excited than i am actually. he is super looking forward to it. teenage girl thinks of it as an adventure too, and excited to go back to an international school. overall, fairly positive, which is really great. 🧚🏼‍♀️💕😘 3mo
GatheringBooks @Liz_M very true. hence, we are enjoying our days here in california while we still can. 3mo
GatheringBooks @BarbaraBB that is indeed what we are looking forward to - the life experience and witnessing/being part of a totally different world. 3mo
GatheringBooks @Morr_Books super looking forward to visiting dubai, too! 3mo
GatheringBooks @scripturient absolutely no worries. yes, may be best to wait. will probly know my address by last week of august or first week of sept. 💕🧚🏼‍♀️📚 3mo
Cinfhen It‘s great when everyone is on board!!! #YOLO 🙌🏻 3mo
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Amanda61
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Pickpick

Started reading this one and very nearly bailed!! Switched to audio and enjoyed it much better!!! I can completely understand why it won the 2018 Man Booker Prize. It tackles a rarely discussed facet of harassment and abuse in a unique and strangely captivating language (a language that's hard to read, but wonderful to listen to). Would definitely recommend!

4.5/⭐'s

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Gruru
Milkman | Anna Burns
Mehso-so

Set during the troubles in Ireland. A young girl from a large catholic family tells her own tale of stalking,maybe boyfriend, a real milkman and her family. She talks of the perilous nature of life in one faction in a matter of fact way. It is a difficult book to read.

marleed I was a so-so too. I‘m wondering if I read in the wrong mindset because it is a top 2019 pick for many on the #Top6Reads. 3mo
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Peaceful_Reader
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After seeing this on many top lists this summer I picked it up at the library. #summer #sunshine #readingoutside w/ chai

RaimeyGallant I hope you love it! 3mo
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sparingqueen
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I am exhausted but I did it! Made it to the 24 hour mark at 11:54pm NST (10:24pm EST). Now time for bed as I have to be at work in 7.5 hours 😴
#24in48

Megabooks Congratulations!! 💃🏻💃🏻🍾😎😁🥳🥳👍🏻🎉📚 3mo
Simona 👏👏👏Congratulations❣️ 3mo
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Lindy
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Ian Brown sings the praises of experiencing Milkman in audio rather than print in this article. I agree with him on that, but take issue with him dissing Anakana Schofield‘s performance of Bina in audio. Ignore him and listen to it for yourself and then tell me I‘m right, ok? Full article here: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/books/article-ian-brown-listens-in-why-audi...
(Link to Bina in comments)

AlaMich This is so absolutely true!! For me, there have been books whose narration transformed the book into an immersive experience for me. 3mo
Lindy @AlaMich I get so immersed it‘s even more intense than getting caught up in a print book; that extra layer of aural input. 3mo
BookHermit Great article. Took his advice about Milkman and agree 100% 3mo
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Amanda61
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I want to like this book so much, but am seriously struggling with the writing style. The whole book feels like one verbose, run on sentence. I can't seem to keep my mind in the pages at all. I very rarely bail half way through a read but this one may end up being the exception. 😏

BookHermit Try the audio. It makes it so much easier to follow. 3mo
Amanda61 @BookHermit Just finished the audio. Thanks for the suggestion! Was definitely much, much easier to follow. Enjoyed the audio much more! 3mo
BookHermit @Amanda61 Glad to hear it! 3mo
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ReadosaurusText
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We‘ve been delayed at the airport for 5 hours. We might miss my cousin‘s rehearsal dinner, but as long as I have a book, I‘m okay, right?

monalyisha Ugh, so sorry! At least it's not the wedding? 3mo
ReadosaurusText @monalyisha Totally! As long as I get to where I‘m going safely and I have a book, what more can you ask for! 3mo
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ReadosaurusText
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How is this available and not on library hold??? What luck as I stock up on some reads for my upcoming travel!

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thebluestocking
Milkman | Anna Burns
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Here are my #top6reads from 2019 so far, in the order I read them. This was definitely an interesting exercise for me. It looks like Becoming and Normal People made lots of littens‘ lists.

Thanks for a fun hashtag @Cinfhen and for the tag @BarbaraBB! If you haven‘t done it yet, feel free to join in.

Cinfhen Milkman was a popular pick, too!! Thanks for sharing your list ❤️ 3mo
Suet624 Milkman and Normal People 😍 😍 😍 3mo
BarbaraBB I don‘t know the three books below. So I need to check them out! 3mo
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Christine Excellent 6! ❤️ 3mo
thebluestocking @Cinfhen I really loved seeing the books people choose and your tallying! 💙 3mo
thebluestocking @Suet624 So good! 💙 3mo
thebluestocking @BarbaraBB That‘s why I loved this tag! There are so many books I need to check out now! 💙 3mo
thebluestocking @Christine Thank you! 💙 3mo
BarbaraBB It is what makes Litsy really cool. I trust your taste more than that of my friends 😉 3mo
thebluestocking @BarbaraBB The feeling is definitely mutual. 😊 3mo
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mcctrish
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Panpan

Somebody McSomebody made gladsome noises regarding the fulsome story within these pages. I thought happily that I too would enjoy these same swirling twisting words, maybe walking and reading. But no. I can appreciate the skill the author has to manipulate narrative to tell this story but I just feel like I‘m thrown against a wall repeatedly by the story instead of swept along by it

marleed Neither was I entranced by this story. Near the end I though if the MC were sitting in my passenger seat telling this story (i audio‘d) I would have tuned her out to concentrate on the road. ...But for many it made their Top6Reads in 2019 so I wonder if I just chose this at the wrong time. 3mo
Jari-chan Same here. If wouldn't have been for a challenge this book would've been a DNF... 3mo
mcctrish @marleed I‘m guessing if this book was someone‘s top 6 of 2019 it‘s because it is so novel in its approach to language or maybe the story. There were moments and sections when I was happily reading and thinking “ooh nice way to write that” and then bang, I‘d hit a wall of words and just choke, choke along 3mo
mcctrish @Jari-chan there should be serious prizes for finishing this 3mo
Jari-chan @mcctrish 😂 😂 😂 3mo
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mcctrish
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I‘ve brought this on vacation to force myself to finish it. That in itself says volumes

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Heideschrampf
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Pickpick

I was lucky to have listened to this as an #audiobook because the narrators vernacular adds such a wonderful level to the so very specific local athmosphere of ("southern") Ireland during The Troubles. A horrifying ecosytem of peer pressure, political (in)agency and chauvinist oppression contrasted with the great empathy and observational skills we get to experience by riding along our protagonists most personal thoughts.

TrishB Great review 👍🏻 3mo
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TheEllieMo
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Seen lots of other posts on this, no-one‘s tagged me but I‘m impatient!! So here‘s my #Top6Reads of 2019. The tagged book has surprised me, it‘s crept up on me. I didn‘t rate@it highly but it‘s stuck in my mind and in retrospect I can see how good it actually is.

Any of my fellow #GoTeam members fancy doing this? @Emilymdxn @KathyWheeler @cewilf @cobwebmoth @Megabooks @Trashcanman

Cathythoughts Love all these 3mo
squirrelbrain No-one tagged me either - I just went for it! 😁 I had Daisy Jones on my list and Once Upon a River was sooo borderline! 3mo
wanderinglynn And yet more to add to my TBR! 😉😂 And I totally would‘ve tagged you & @squirrelbrain (I honestly never know who to tag, so half the time I don‘t tag anyone!) But kudos to you both for just jumping in! That‘s absolutely the way to do it. 👏🏻🙌🏻 3mo
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marleed DJ is a top 6 for many including me! Milkman is sited often too which makes me consider if I read this when I was in the wrong state of mine but it didn‘t hit my high rankings. I‘m fascinated by this prompt! 3mo
squirrelbrain Same here @wanderinglynn - I never know who to tag either. I worry that I‘m tagging the same people all the time and they‘ll get fed up with me! 🤣 3mo
Megabooks I need to read Milkman! I did mine earlier. 👍🏻 lots of nonfiction!!! 🤣🤣 3mo
TheEllieMo @marleed it‘s a strange book, but it‘s kept pecking away at my subconscious since I read it, there‘s something about it that I can‘t really explain! 3mo
Emilymdxn Love it! Milkman was one of my top books of last year I adored it so much! You‘re making me wanna hump ghost wall and once upon a river up my tbr since I love your taste. I did mine yesterday I‘ll tag you in a comment so you can see 3mo
TheEllieMo Thanks @emilymdxn I had a very busy day yesterday and seem to have missed most people‘s posts! 🙄 I read Ghost Wall for my book club, and it was generally well liked. It‘s a thin book but packs a lot into its 160 pages. There‘s not an ounce of “fat” on it, not a single unnecessary word, and, IMO, it‘s a powerful story. Once Upon A River is much lengthier but so atmospheric - I‘d recommend the audio, Juliet Stevenson does a fantastic job 3mo
cewilf This is a cool idea! I have such a hard time narrowing down choices like this haha. I‘m definitely going to look yours up! 3mo
RachelO What a great selection! I need to get back to Milkman- I was loving it, but reading a library copy on my phone, and that never goes well - someone‘s kindly sent me a print copy to try again. And I‘m going to see if I can find an audio for Once Upon a River now... 3mo
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youneverarrived
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I‘ve read a lot of good books this year. These are my #top6reads so far.

Tagging @Redwritinghood @kathedron @JennyM if you‘d like to join in ♥️

TrishB Two ready on the tbr! 4mo
vivastory Milkman & Lesser Bohemians are both very high on my TBR. It seems like everyone in our NYRB group posting this are including Cassandra at the Wedding. 4mo
Redwritinghood Thanks. Just posted mine. Somewhat heavy in poetry and not a lot of 5⭐️ reads for me so far this year. 4mo
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JennyM Awesome list...I am pondering my top6. Thanks for the tag lovely 😘 4mo
Cinfhen I‘ve heard wonderful things about 4mo
Megabooks Loved The Nix. Despite the length, I‘ve read it twice. 4mo
Cathythoughts Milkman ♥️👍🏻 4mo
youneverarrived @TrishB which ones? 3mo
youneverarrived @vivastory I know it‘s great and I probably wouldn‘t have even known about it if not for our group. Milkman is probably my favourite read of all this year. 3mo
youneverarrived @Redwritinghood I‘ll take a look 😁 I‘ve read just over 50 books this year and only 6 five star reads. 3mo
youneverarrived @JennyM no worries 😘 3mo
youneverarrived @Cinfhen it‘s brilliant. Definitely recommend it 🖤 3mo
youneverarrived @Megabooks it was excellent on audio! 3mo
Megabooks @youneverarrived I did it on audio, too! I loved the voice for pwnage!! 3mo
youneverarrived @Megabooks wasn‘t it brill! I thought 20 odd hours was going to be too long but it wasn‘t at all. 3mo
TrishB The Nix and Cassandra 👍🏻 3mo
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shawnmooney
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Lindy Don‘t you love a character who takes her book everywhere? 4mo
Cathythoughts I can‘t remember this scene exactly, but @Lindy yes I do ! 4mo
merelybookish All that reading while walking! 4mo
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shawnmooney
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shadowspeak17
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Here‘s my wrap-up for the April-June quarter of #booked2019. I skipped around, as usual, and ended up getting one prompt ahead of schedule. 😄

#RelatedToAPodcast: Sadie
#IrishAuthor: Milkman
#NightOrientedTitle: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
#FeaturesAMusician: The Wise Man‘s Fear
#DiverseMiddleGrade: Counting by 7s
#SoldiersStory: Slaughterhouse-Five
#NewIn2019: The Winter of the Witch

Cinfhen Excellent!!!! Way to go!!! 4mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great job! 👊🏻♥️📚 4mo
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rather_be_reading
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The danger of working near a library! They always have great selections for $1 each!

Booknerd222 The dangers of working at a thrift store that always has good books and you get a 40% employee discount lol 4mo
Lcsmcat You got some great titles ! 4mo
Joanne1 Great collection!! I work in a library... the dangers are everywhere. 4mo
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Theaelizabet Great stack! I oversee our library‘s ongoing book sale. Don‘t ask how many books I bring home 🙄 4mo
rather_be_reading @Booknerd222 omg definitely!! 4mo
rather_be_reading @Joanne1 omg yes! 🙈 4mo
rather_be_reading @Theaelizabet 🤣🤣 i cant imagine! 4mo
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Christine
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LOVED this flat-out brilliant book. I don‘t even get how Burns was able to say, in relatively few words, so much about the specific horrors of a uniquely dangerous time and place while also delivering so much Truth. Almost no proper names made her observations about misogyny, sexuality, mental health, identity, family (the list could go on) feel even more universal. And the language, and so much humor! Plus the audio narrator is a virtuoso. ❤️

sarahbarnes LOVED this book!! 4mo
Emilymdxn I adored this too! SO glad you loved it as much as me! 4mo
andrew61 A brilliant book, i keep meaning to reread. 4mo
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Theaelizabet Loved this! Will definitely reread someday. 4mo
Christine @sarahbarnes @Emilymdxn Just so good!! ❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
Christine @andrew61 @Theaelizabet So worthy of a reread! I need to try it in print for sure. 4mo
Heideschrampf This is a perfect summary! I just finished the audio. It's so unique yet so universal! 4mo
Christine @Heideschrampf I‘m still marveling over how Burns did that so well! Such a great audiobook experience. ❤️ 4mo
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mcctrish
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Starting this tonight

Niso One of the best books I‘ve ever read!! The audiobook is a wonderful experience ❤️ 4mo
mcctrish @Niso the author has quite the mastery of language, I feel like I‘m reading it removed from myself, one minute I‘m in the story, the next I‘m thinking “ oh that‘s such a (adjective) sentence”, the next I‘m feeling rage, relief, and/or disbelief. It‘s going to be a ride 4mo
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marleed
Milkman | Anna Burns
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I‘m done but I‘ll need to ponder before assigning my stars to this book. ...But that weird stalker milkman - I get it. Waaay back when, I had two stalkers (before it was discussed or given a name), and both went on for months... No scars inside or out, but unbelievable that at the time these seemed my secret to keep.

ReadUntilYourEyesAreRed @marleed Oo I have this on my shelf ready to read but I‘m working myself up to it! 4mo
marleed @ReadUntilYourEyesAreRed it‘s not an easy read nor is it enjoyable. On the other hand it is a unique writing style. And the story, if you finish, is something you kinda want to talk about. 4mo
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Mishu94
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Started this yesterday and somehow I‘m going at snail speed 😩 Serious motivation needed!

LWagoner It is a slow read, but I found the writing excellent. 4mo
Mishu94 @LWagoner I have just read upto 50 pages but I keep on taking breaks! 😩 I hope I get into the flow of this book! The writing I am enjoying so far! ☺️ 4mo
Nute Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a warm and friendly community. I know that you will enjoy yourself here. I‘m looking forward to getting to know you!🙂 4mo
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Mishu94 @Nute Thank you so much! So far I am enjoying it and likewise ☺️ 4mo
RaimeyGallant Loved this one. :)
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Milkman | Anna Burns
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“Are you saying it‘s ok for him to go around with Semtex but it‘s not ok for me to read Jane Eyre in public?” This is why I can‘t stop reading this infuriating novel; for sentences like that. Equal parts beguiling and infuriating. Also darkly funny.

Heideschrampf I'm currently listening to it (including a wonderfully irish narrator) and i know just what you mean. It's SO painfull, and yet you want to go on, even thoguh you already know whats coming your way 4mo
AntoinetteBuchanan I‘m listening as well. If I was reading the tree-book I‘d have pitched at the wall and given up long since! I can‘t help thinking a novella would have been long enough 4mo
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suzisteffen
Milkman | Anna Burns
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Stayed up all night (jet lag, brain trying to process German, etc.) reading this utterly harrowing account of growing up Catholic in Belfast during The Troubles with a mother obsessed with marriage and two different, entitled stalkers, one of whom is big in the IRA. There‘s so much here about everything from first partner to the dangers of being thought odd to losing friends and entire families to The Troubles to weird female solidarity against ⬇️

suzisteffen men in women‘s bathrooms to what weird “ordinary murder” does to a community that is filled with political murders ... there‘s so much here. The sunset, cooking being for women, the sky being only one color (the Catholic color if you‘re on that side), etc. So much. I long to discuss this with my fierce brilliant friend who told me to read it, but she was, as I said, killed in a resurgence of the Troubles in Derry two months ago. So ⬇️ 4mo
suzisteffen for everyone colonized and harmed in all ways by colonizers, from the English to random IRA men thinking they own women to the Catholic Church to people who can‘t stand another person‘s intelligence, this book is more than a “#MeToo book for The Troubles” as it‘s been called. It‘s for us all to see our colonized thoughts & the ways we might not SEE other people, & get free in whatever ways we can. 4mo
suzisteffen & to colonized Irish and Welsh & Scots people coming to the US & becoming the colonizers of everything about Native life & land ... anyway, there‘s a lot here. I know the style will be hard on many people, but I enjoy stream of consciousness, and I think this book replicates the constant double or triple consciousness that comes with being a target, and so I appreciated it while loathing the mother and the men (not maybe-boyfriend). 4mo
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suzisteffen I do think it‘s a bit homophobic despite the author trying to make it not so, and that‘s an issue, & god do I want to talk to Lyra about that. 😧💔❤️ 4mo
TrishB Thought provoking review, so sorry to hear about your friend. 4mo
Crazeedi @suzisteffen you honor your friend, so very sorry to hear of your loss. I dont understand the hatred but then again maybe i do. We live in a fallen world. Sending a big hug to you 😘 4mo
cariashley This is high on my to read list. I‘m so sorry about your friend, how awful. ❤️ 4mo
BarbaraBB So sorry to hear about Lyra. This must have been a hard read for you and even harder that you can‘t discuss it with her. 💔 4mo
suzisteffen @TrishB @Crazeedi @cariashley Thanks. She was extraordinary; she got mourned by many in the world. So now I hope some others from Belfast or NI in general have more to say about this book, which truly was an intense experience. I wonder how the translations are (I‘m in Germany with friends thinking about how these passages on Names would be translated). 4mo
suzisteffen @BarbaraBB ^^ thanks. I think that + jet lag is why I stayed up all night. 4mo
marleed Such beautiful words. I can feel your love for Lyra. This book is on my TBR but ill move it way above my stack now. 4mo
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suzisteffen
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Reading between the lines, therefore, of maybe-boyfriend‘s neighbor‘s comment - what was maybe-boyfriend doing, he implied, not only partaking in a raffle to win any bit - flag or no flag - of such a patriotic, nation-defining, “over the water” symbol at all? Historical injustice, he said. Repressive legislation, he said. Propping up of corruption, he said. Arrest without charge, he said. Declarations of curfews, he said. ...

suzisteffen Imprisonment without trial, he said. Proscription of meetings, he said. Prohibition of inquests, he said. Institutionalised violation of sovereignty and territory, he said.” 4mo
suzisteffen This book is, so far, incredible. 4mo
Theaelizabet Isn‘t it? 4mo
TheEllieMo Second post I‘ve seen today about this book! I actually really did not like this book when I was reading it. I don‘t like the style at all, and found the MC irritating, yet the story has stayed with me much more than I expected. Possibly the first book I‘ve ever not liked reading, but like having read, if that makes any sense at all! 4mo
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Suet624
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1. I read Gone With the Wind faster than I read this one.
2. I‘m really glad I read Say Nothing before I read this one. I had a deeper understanding of the nuances of the location and the people she spoke of.
3. I was claustrophobic and anxious while reading much of the book.
4. I loved the main character.
5. I think I‘ll try listening to the audio just for the fun of it.
6. I like the book more after finishing it than while I was reading it.

Theaelizabet Great thoughts! 4mo
Niso The audiobook is a wonderful experience. I wholeheartedly recommend it 4mo
Izai.Amorim I liked the itemized review! 4mo
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TheEllieMo I really did not like this one when I was actually reading it, but it has stayed with me more than most novels 4mo
Suet624 @TheEllieMo Yes, I imagine the same thing will happen with me. It‘s immersive and atmospheric. 4mo
Suet624 @Izai.Amorim Haha. Thanks! It seemed like the only way to say all of that. 4mo
Suet624 @Theaelizabet Thank you. 😀 4mo
Suet624 @Niso That‘s what I keep hearing. I look forward to it. 4mo
BkClubCare #1-6: me, too! Tho, #2: I read Say Nothing after reading Milkman, and #5: DO! The audiobook is terrific and went fast. (Listened after I finished Say Nothing.) 4mo
Suet624 @BkClubCare what did you think of Say Nothing? 4mo
Hooked_on_books Nice review. I couldn‘t get past page 20 of this one, I‘m afraid. 4mo
Suet624 @Hooked_on_books I completely understand why. 4mo
Readerann This was a strange one. I THINK I liked it. 🤔 4mo
Suet624 @Readerann I kept thinking the same thing while I was reading it. I definitely wouldn‘t hand it out to all my friends but I enjoyed it once I was finished with it. 😁 4mo
Rachel_nyc Having heard so many good things about the audiobook, I went on my library waitlist after reading the print version. I think it should be available in the next couple of weeks and I can‘t wait to re-enter that world in a different way. 4mo
batsy No 6... I like that. Some books certainly are likeable more when reflected upon than during the actual reading. It's an interesting point! 4mo
Suet624 @batsy 😁 that‘s why I rarely bail on books. Often I have a different reaction once I complete it. 4mo
batsy Re: bailing, me too :) 4mo
BkClubCare @Suet624 - I was fascinated by Say Nothing but Milkman enhances the history with emotion and depth. 4mo
Suet624 @BkClubCare yes, true. 4mo
Reggie I liked the fact that nobody is what they seem at first in this book. The mother and the actual milkman aka the guy who could never love another. The maybe boyfriend. I got a kick out of the wee sisters. I‘m glad you liked this, Sue. 4mo
Suet624 @Reggie True, true. The maybe boyfriend was a surprise. And the idea that you couldn‘t marry the one you were in actually in love with because you might lose them ... 💕 (edited) 4mo
BkClubCare She just wanted to walk and read her books!!! Leave her alone! 😊 (I keep seeing the expression “beyond the pale” and I‘m pretty sure I had never heard it before or at least had not “thought” on it. Was wondering if a Brit saying but saw it in an article in Elle mag yesterday! 4mo
BkClubCare And wee sisters were absolute best. 4mo
Suet624 @BkClubCare 😂😂 4mo
Izai.Amorim Question: Are you on GoodReads? 4mo
Suet624 @Izai.Amorim Yes, but I generally just keep track of what I read on it. Wait. I just looked for you! You‘re an author??? I just followed you. 4mo
Izai.Amorim @Suet624 Great. I‘ll send you a friendship request. I don‘t use GoodReads much but they have private messages, which I miss here. There‘s a question I wish to ask you. Yes, I‘m a writer, Two published novels, the third one being edited right now. I‘m slowly learning the art... 4mo
Suet624 @Izai.Amorim hopefully I‘ll figure out how to accept a friend request! 4mo
Izai.Amorim You will! 4mo
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Heideschrampf
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I've been busy all week volunteering for my local community music festival, which is happening TOMORROW. Now on my way back in the gorgeous sunset, listening to the irish ramblings in MILKMAN and drifting off. Tomorrow will be a loooong long day. But it's worth the tired feet: we've been doing this for 27 years as a non-profit and have grown to about 10.000 visitors the day of! This year proceeds will support an anti-racism educator. Yeah! 💪

marleed Oh have fun and good luck with the festival. This book will drop to me in audio format soon! 4mo
DivineDiana Cheers to you for your hard work! Sounds like a wonderful event! 4mo
Hoopiefoot Sounds like a great event. Hope all goes well tomorrow! 4mo
Suet624 What a great event! 4mo
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