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Memorial: A Novel | Bryan Washington
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"A rom-com novel about two young people at a crossroads in their relationship"--
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Time to dive back into my stack of ARCs. Some of them—hi tagged book, I see you—have been languishing there for some time. 😬

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Kazzie
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He is such a good writer! Interesting and different writing style, but such beautiful prose and this story of two men with complicated relationships with their families and each other was very well told. I hope they stay together!

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Megabooks
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Mehso-so

This was slightly better the second time around (not a pan!) mainly because I sat back and enjoyed the secondary characters more. While I don‘t have to like characters, I need to understand them and Benson, Mike, and their relationship were opaque to me, but Mitsuko, Eija, Lydia, Ahmed, etc. were all way more vibrant. #LMPBC #GroupB

I definitely recommend his short story collection, Lot, over this.

TrishB I really enjoyed this one 🤷‍♀️ 2mo
Megabooks @TrishB that‘s why I reread it because so many people enjoyed it, but it‘s just not for me I guess. 2mo
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JamieArc I totally agree with you the secondary characters. And I‘m so embarrassed I didn‘t figure out what the cover was until your comment! I could NOT figure it out! 1mo
Ruthiella I didn‘t quite understand the relationship between Benson and Mike either. 😕 (edited) 1mo
Megabooks @JamieArc it took me a minute, but with all that food, it makes sense. I would‘ve loved some of those meals! 1mo
Megabooks @Ruthiella yeah, I don‘t even get why they were together. 1mo
CarolynM One of the things I liked about it was the way Benson and Mike were trying to connect/reconnect but couldn't quite do it. I found that really moving. 1mo
Cinfhen I didn‘t realize there were chopsticks either @JamieArc 🤭 and I agree, secondary characters were more engaging! I remember you panning this book originally but I gave it a so-so. Not sure id want to re-read so credit to you!! I did enjoy 1mo
Centique @TrishB @CarolynM I really loved this one too. I felt like we were at a certain point in the relationship where the main characters were very distinct and seperate, whatever had brought them together initially (shared interests and affection etc) hadn‘t been enough to bridge their unexpressed differences and now separateness was the prominent state. But yes the secondary characters are great @Megabooks 1mo
Centique @Megabooks and I‘m always glad we have diversity of taste and opinion on Litsy! My old book club all liked the same books and it was BORING 😂😂 1mo
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JamieArc
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Mehso-so

If not for #LMPBC, I probably would not have left a review, because my thoughts are all over the place and I‘m not sure how to review it. It felt like there were walls to Benson, and I had a hard time finding any depth to his relationship with Mike. Cooking with Mitsuko was a welcomed reprieve, and I was much more interested in Mike‘s life in Japan. I found myself saying, “Ugh” a lot. Glad to have this one off my shelf.

JamieArc @Megabooks You should receive this tomorrow! 2mo
JamieArc Also - rom-com? This is not a rom-com. 2mo
Megabooks @JamieArc no, rom-com was a misnomer. I‘m excited to get another crack at it because I know what more to expect. I look forward to getting it and your notes! 2mo
CarolynM So not a rom-com💔 2mo
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At 2:00 pm central time (here is 4:00 pm) a candle was lighted in memory of Sharon, to our Litsy friend Sharon.
🕯 ❤️😔

#rememberSharon @sharread

@TheBookHippie
@alwaysbeenaliverofbooks

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TrishB
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Rom-com? More crappy marketing. It‘s definitely not a rom-com. I really enjoyed this, great flawed characters, messy relationships and messy families. Mitsuko is a great character, I felt she was one of those mums who could convey a feeling with a raised eyebrow.

vivastory I loved this one. 3mo
rwmg I've got it on my treebook shelf and was wondering whether it would fit a read a rom-com challenge, especially as my previous attempt had good rom elements but unsupported by com. 3mo
Cathythoughts Nice review ! 3mo
Reggie I loved this one but it left me crying for 20 minutes afterwards. 3mo
TrishB @Reggie it was a sad ending wasn‘t it ☹️ 3mo
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NovelNancy
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While not the best book I've ever read, the plot is compelling and the characters are flawed humans much as we all are. I imagine I'll think about this book for a long while. It's a good reminder of how much privilege cis white people have.

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AlizaApp
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Loved the writing in this novel about a gay couple in Houston trying to figure out if they still love each other and if they should stay together. Mike is going home to Japan to see his father, who is dying, at the same time his mother comes to visit. Benson spends time alone with Mike‘s mother, trying to figure out what he wants.

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Julsmarshall
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Wow! This novel was unexpected and fresh, full of flawed characters and tricky situations. I loved the Houston setting and the examination of a gay relationship and the interplay between family and lovers. While I own this book, I listened to the #audiobook (read by the author) and recommend it. #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks #pride #ownvoices

TheBookHippie I loved both his books. So good. 11mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 11mo
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sharread
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Excellent writing style. Many personal topics are discussed with strong emotion. I didn't care for the profane language but the context used it to make an emotional point. #BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 11mo
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Suet624
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It‘s been said before, but I‘ll say it again: this is not a rom-com. It‘s taken me some time to write a review because I found I had more feelings after finishing than I did while I was reading it. Like the two main characters, the novel felt a bit standoffish. It was only when I was done that I realized how sad it was. Two men, together for four years, work through the dissolution of their relationship. Family traumas, secrets, and hidden love 🔽

Suet624 ... from parents and children bring the story to life. (edited) 12mo
Lindy @Suet624 I agree: not a rom-com. I love this book. 12mo
vivastory Definitely not a rom-com. My feelings changed about a few books I read last yr, as months went by my enthusiasm for them waned a bit. Memorial is def not one of them. 12mo
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Suet624 @vivastory yes, I can see this one sticking around in my mind. 12mo
vivastory @Suet624 Didn't you say you loved his collection of stories? 12mo
Suet624 Nope, this was my first by Washington. 12mo
BarbaraBB I loved this one too. So sad. And It felt so genuine. 12mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB it sure did. 12mo
Reggie I cried baby for 20 minutes after this. Glad you liked it, Sue. 12mo
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FelinesAndFelonies
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I'm so torn on how to review this book! I loved the focus on a homosexual, interracial relationship that did not include a white man. But the level of toxicity in the relationship between Mike & Ben was disturbing. Viewing their relationship in terms of their personal experiences revealed the lacking growth of both men.

As for the writing style, I can't decide if I liked the lack of quotes in the dialogue.

The ambiguous ending was perfect.

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Pinta
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^^Mitsuko p 297: “The point is that this is how you came to be, she says. One thing happened, and then another thing happened. We didn‘t think about whether it would work or not. We just did it.”

Sons trying to piece together family histories, trying to understand their own story as a couple. Mom busts in & after a margarita or three, reminds them that the stories we tell ourselves about our lives happen AFTER. Now, it‘s just “something happens.”

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Pinta
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Ben & Mike: a breakup romance. Evocative of Houston, lots of food passages. Odd roommates, food as peacemaker.

Abandonment, finding family, estranged parents & children, roles & responsibilities. Identity.

Clever, quippy dialogue—loving portraits that make for emotional involvement. Yes, there‘s a sappy factor. A lot can be solved by just acknowledging love. Sentimental? That‘s the point. Breakups (with lovers, with fam) can be hard to do. 2020

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canbku
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Nap time!

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Flaneurette
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1. I recently read the tagged book along with the audio because I was on a long car ride and it was so noisy I couldn‘t concentrate on the book otherwise. My noise canceling earbuds don‘t work very well to filter out talking or music unfortunately. First time #immersionreading for me, it did help but had to speed up audio.
2. I really don‘t do well with audio but I wish I did- any tips appreciated!
#two4tuesday

TheSpineView Thanks for playing and happy Tuesday! 💜📖📚 14mo
Prairiegirl_reading I love a narrator with an accent. I don‘t know why but I get more involved. 14mo
Flaneurette @Prairiegirl_reading yep me too, I really liked Milkman on audio 14mo
Suet624 I only enjoy nonfiction on audio. 13mo
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Centique
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I‘m trying to decide what I liked so much about this book that has inspired such varied responses. Maybe it‘s having to figure out a complex character like Benson, seeing the problems he‘s having in his relationship, his work, his family. He‘s private, even on the page, and getting to know him was like a very slow unfolding. There is Mike‘s perspective too, which gives another side to the story - ⬇️

Centique and other difficult characters where again, you get insights, but no one is ever totally understandable. I loved Eiju and how he can be both terrible & wonderful, hero & villain. Mostly I enjoyed Washington‘s writing - it‘s very straight forward and easy to read but it does capture all these little events.⬇️ 14mo
Centique It feels like you‘re living it in real time in some ways. And then so much food in this book - love and sustenance. Not sure how much of the story will stick with me but I thoroughly enjoyed it. 14mo
Trashcanman 😘🤗😘❤ 14mo
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Centique @Trashcanman hey George 💕😘💕back at you! 14mo
BarbaraBB Wonderful review! I felt the same. 14mo
rockpools Gorgeous review! 14mo
andrew61 Great review, it a book I really want to read especially after I heard Jenny's interview and now your recommendation. 14mo
Centique @BarbaraBB @rockpools thank you so much 😘 14mo
Centique @andrew61 I hope you like it too! I knew I was on hold for the book so I was waiting to get it and finish it - now I‘ll go listen to Jenny‘s interview! 14mo
Cathythoughts ‘He is private, even on the page‘ I like this description 👍🏻I have this one on kindle to read 14mo
Reggie I loved this book. I‘m glad you liked it, too. I want to say I don‘t know why I was so devastated at the end but I do. They were over. The mother knew it. We knew it. After all that time. 3 years in the gay world, that‘s not nothing. That‘s several lifetimes. 14mo
Centique @Cathythoughts thank you Cathy. I hope you like it. You can psycho analyse Benson for me! 14mo
Centique @Reggie I thought there was maybe a tiny crack in the door that might mean they could come back together in the future. But gosh it was bittersweet. I think Benson ends up valuing what they had. Mitsuko seems to be saying you have to commit and fight for it. It can be broken but fixable if you just say you want it. But I don‘t think Benson should/would go to Japan. So that might be insurmountable 🥲🥲 I haven‘t listened to the interview yet tho! 14mo
Reggie @Centique the moment Benson introduced the side guy I was like that‘s it, that‘s the end. And he wasn‘t even doing it in the name of trying to make Mike jealous. It was more like, you left and I found someone else. Also, Mitsuko was right. They were so passive and didn‘t know how to fight for what they wanted. And speaking of Mitsuko what about that bombshell. They were supposed to meet the dad back in Tokyo when Mike was small. Anyways, I didnt 14mo
Reggie see the crack of light you did but I‘m glad you did. 14mo
Centique @Reggie oh my gosh that bombshell. I had struggled to understand how Eiju had left them and then that was like BOOM, a clap of thunder. The way she explained it though. Wow, it stunned me how quickly she turned that story around. I loved Mitsuko, she was both so brutal and yet perceptive and loving. 14mo
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kwmg40
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This book from the #TournamentOfBooks shortlist is a quiet and touching exploration of family relationships, forgiveness and reconciliation. #tob21

Current totals for the #20in4 readathon: 6 hours and 10 minutes. @Andrew65

BarbaraBB Glad you liked it! 14mo
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 (edited) 14mo
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squirrelbrain
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I can see why this polarises opinion with some loving it and some hating it.

I liked it but didn‘t love it although I think if I‘d read it rather than listening I might have bailed. It‘s one of those books that looks at the minutiae of life which I always think works better on audio.

None of the characters were particularly likeable or memorable and, in fact, I don‘t think that this book will stick with me for long.

Not bad, not great!

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Two more excellent books in the #ToB21 if you ask me. Today's judge chose for Memorial. With a majority of just 8 over 7 we voted for Memorial too in the #LitsyToB21. We'll see it back in the Quarter Finals against DKK.

Kalalalatja Definitely happy Memorial made it through, but both of these were kind of meh for me. 🤷‍♀️ 1y
Ruthiella @Kalalalatja I didn‘t like either book, so I didn‘t care which advanced today. 1y
Cinfhen I didn‘t have a strong reaction to either book @Ruthiella @Kalalalatja and I‘d like to see DKK beat out Memorial 1y
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vivastory Despite warming up to CB upon reflection, I *really* couldn't be happier with today's decision! Memorial remains in my top 5 & I wholeheartedly agree with the judge's praise for it. 1y
Megabooks Nooooo!!! I did not like Memorial at all, and ACB has really stuck with me. Darn it!! 1y
BarbaraBB I am surprised you all didn‘t care much about Memorial except @vivastory. It is in my top 5 too and I hope it‘ll beat DKK! @Ruthiella @Megabooks @Cinfhen @Kalalalatja (edited) 1y
Cinfhen Definitely NOT in my TOP 5 .... @vivastory @BarbaraBB Im with @Megabooks on this one!! 1y
Well-ReadNeck I chose Memorial, too! I didn‘t love ACB. In part because I thought there were other climate change themed books last year that I liked better. Like Greenwood and Migrations. (edited) 1y
Hooked_on_books I quite liked Memorial, so I‘m glad to see it get the win both here and at the official ToB. But no way should it beat DKK! 😉 1y
Readerann Thank goodness for The New Yorker. I read a short story there based on (or excerpted from) Memorial. I liked it enough to give Memorial the nod over the reviews I‘d read of CB. So far, so good with my bracket! 1y
emilyhaldi I really enjoyed Memorial 💙 Very happy it won over CB!!! 1y
kwmg40 I really liked CB so I'm a bit disappointed it lost, but Memorial is one of the ones I've not read yet, so I can't compare. 1y
sarahbarnes I almost picked up a copy of Memorial recently - I will have to check it out now that I know you and @vivastory give it high marks! 😁 1y
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PNWBookseller85
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Well I loved this book. Particularly the section that takes place in Osaka. Ultimately, it‘s a book about healing family relationships. It‘s really beautiful. Can‘t wait to read more from Bryan Washington.

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A seemingly simple story that has more layers than appear on the surface. I wish I'd felt more connection with either Ben or Mike. Unusual for a modern novel, Washington did away with quotation marks. Great choice. The page felt less cluttered. The writing style made dialogue easy to follow. The lack of punctuation made pages visually crisp, subtly sharpening the reader's focus. Looking forward to more from this young author.
#ownvoices
#lgbtq

Suet624 I agree on all counts. 12mo
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“They were chasing this cat and the cat was letting them. They‘d named him Bruno, but also Gabriel, Victor Hugo, and Senor Gato. When their father, a heavy dude, came outside for a smoke, he called the cat over. It sat on its ass while he rubbed its belly. Once the cat looked my way, so did everyone else.”

#catsoflitsy

Love Your Pet Day!

BookishMarginalia Awwwwwww! 1y
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TiminCalifornia
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“Mike‘s taking off for Osaka, but his mother‘s flying in to Houston.” #firstlinefridays

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Cinfhen
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Mehso-so

Mixed feelings ~ truly bittersweet. Two men in the process of uncoupling. Mike & Benson can‘t even remember what brought them together until Mike‘s mom comes for a visit, just as Mike is preparing to leave. I‘m glad I listened to the audio, I‘m pretty sure I would have bailed in print. This book was slow, lots of dialogue but buried in the words was some very heartbreaking storytelling. I just don‘t think this book will stay with me. #ToB21 👇🏼

BarbaraBB What happened to our syncing 👯‍♀️😉? It WILL make our own little #ToB quite interesting though 😘 1y
Cinfhen What book is Memorial up against @BarbaraBB ??? Now I need to read Telephone 1y
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Cinfhen Hmmmm, it‘s up against Children‘s Bible... I‘m not sure which way to vote🤔 I didn‘t love Bible but it was shorter and more memorable for me @BarbaraBB 1y
Megabooks Yes, I think it was a bad choice to read this in print, but to me it was a disappointment. 1y
Cinfhen The audio wasn‘t really that much more engaging @Megabooks it just freed up my time, in that I could do other things while listening 👂🏼 😜Meanwhile I just read the first chapter of Telephone and I‘m hooked @BarbaraBB Have you read this one, Meg 1y
Megabooks @Cinfhen yes, I have read it. I didn‘t like it as much as Barbara, but it‘s definitely a thought-provoking read. 👍🏻 1y
Reggie I liked it not only because it was a book about a gay relationship which we don‘t read enough about but it‘s not all rainbows and butterflies. And sometimes there‘s big suitcases of baggage we bring to them. Sometimes we can overcome it sometimes we can‘t. I loved this book even though it made me cry for 30 minutes afterwards. And as clever as I think Children‘s Bible is I hope this one beats it. 1y
Cinfhen I understand your POV @Reggie I did appreciate that Memorial really was a story about a relationship, but the two people involved were both males. It didn‘t feel like a “forced” set-up. Bryan Washington writes what he knows and it felt real. (edited) 1y
Kalalalatja I really liked Benson‘s pov, and could have read a book all about him, but it fell flat for me with Mike, and in the end I lost my engagement in the story. I still liked this more than Children‘s Bible, though 😅 1y
Librarybelle Great review! It does sound like a bittersweet book. 1y
BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja @Reggie @Cinfhen I loved how Washington played with me as a reader because during the first half of the book I blamed Mike and was sure he must be an asshole but then we met Mike and I shouldn‘t have trusted Benson completely because Mike turned out to be so human too. That‘s why I loved it so much. 1y
Cinfhen I see that @BarbaraBB they were both flawed 1y
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Cinfhen
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#AudioWalk #HeartSpotting Another book that seems to be 90% dialogue #ToB21 I listened to Bryan Washington narrate his short story collection and I found his voice very robotic and now once again I‘m disappointed by his lack of emotion 😕

BarbaraBB Oh I love that detached voice. Gives me the possibility to add emotions myself 😀 1y
Megabooks Interested to read your final thoughts! 1y
Cinfhen I‘m ambivalent at the moment @Megabooks it‘s not a pan but Im not LOVING it. I‘m midway through Mike‘s narrative. I think I have 3 hours of audio left 1y
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Cathythoughts I‘m looking at your shoes ...they look nice 💫... love shoes 1y
Cinfhen Thanks @Cathythoughts they‘re my old ratty sneakers ☺️ but they are so comfy 1y
Cathythoughts The best shoes of all ❤️❤️❤️the old ones we love 1y
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Cinfhen
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Lots of mixed opinions on this one ☝️ #ToB21 Curious to see where I‘ll land and hoping I can use this for #ReadingAsia21 #Japan

Reggie Lol 🤞🏼☘️ 1y
Cinfhen I‘m remembering now that im NOT a fan of Bryan Washington‘s narration/ his voice is SO FLAT and robotic @Reggie 1y
Abailliekaras I loved it! 1y
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BarbaraBB You can definitely use it for Japan. I loved this book but it‘s no rom-com at all as the blurb states 1y
Cinfhen Oh good @BarbaraBB #Japan 💓💓💓 1y
Cinfhen Good to hear @Abailliekaras 😁we generally have similar taste in books 1y
Librarybelle Hooray for another #ReadingAsia2021 read! 1y
Cinfhen I know @Librarybelle 🥳❤️ 1y
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Mehso-so

This is a story about relationships that aren‘t going very well for a whole range of reasons. Because of this, much of the action involves people feeling awful, and being relatively awful to each other in a range of ways. What I liked about it, was the eye Washington has for small moments of real human connection. In the end it felt like there was too much void of connection, in this novel whose message seemed to be “only connect”.

BarbaraBB I loved those connection! 1y
ClairesReads @BarbaraBB it‘s definitely a polarising one. I agree, there were some especially well-painted moments of connection here. Just wasn‘t quite enough to bring it together for me. 1y
BarbaraBB Reviews are very mixed indeed. 1y
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I don‘t know when this trend of authors‘ initials on the fronts of hardbacks started, but I like it. 5 and a half hours in and enjoying my second read of #24in48, 10th of #TOB21!

BarbaraBB Such a good book! 1y
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Redwritinghood
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Mehso-so

This started strong, but quickly lost momentum. It is a story about romantic relationships centered around the relationship of Benson and Mike, but it‘s also about the relationships of others in their lives (parents, co-workers). We don‘t get that much insight into the actual relationship of the two narrators so much as we do their individual hang ups. Overall, everyone seems pretty miserable and we get to find out what everyone is eating (?).

BarbaraBB I loved this one but I see what you mean. I‘m a sucker for Japanese food too 😉 1y
Ruthiella Yes! I wish he had written about why Mike and Ben came together in the first place with the same details he gave to the food. It all came at the end which was too late for me. 😬 1y
Trashcanman ❤❤😃🤗🤗 1y
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Cathythoughts Exciting... must have a look 1y
Soubhiville That picture is hilarious! 1y
batsy 😆🐶 1y
LeahBergen I love this photo! 😆 1y
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Victoria6
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Book #3: Another Christmas present from the fiancee! Loved this writing style

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Reviewsbylola
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A stack of books finished in January.

Overall I read 21.5. Not only is that an amazing number for me, but I also had two substantial bails this month. The .5 is for one of the bails, Fingerpost, since I got 400 pages in before throwing in the towel. 😂 After 5 days, I couldn‘t allow it to count for nothing.

12.5 physical books
1 ebook
8 audiobooks

Top books of the month: Transcendent Kingdom, Memorial, and The Sisters Brothers.

vivastory I think I read 22 this month 😂 Also, your top picks of the month are *chef's kiss* 1y
Kalalalatja Transcendent Kingdom is so good! 1y
Reggie That‘s quite the stack! 1y
Megabooks 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1y
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I don't remember the last time a book made me cry this much. This one was on all the Best of 2020 lists and deserved to be. It made me homesick for Houston.

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rsteve388
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This was a beautiful story. It was written in such a way that at some points throughout, it felt like a poem and at other times it felt like a novel. It explored, love, family and the importance of relationships.

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Abailliekaras
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New episode of Books on The Go is up! Memorial by Bryan Washington. We loved this book! 🎧💕

BarbaraBB Me too! 1y
j.rye I just got this one! 1y
Abailliekaras @BarbaraBB glad you enjoyed it! @j.rye Yay! Hope you like it. 1y
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rsteve388
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Up Next:
1.) Physical Book: Memorial By Bryan Washington
2.) Audiobook: Leave The World Behind by Rumaan Alam

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Decalino
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Ben has to cope when his boyfriend Mike unexpectedly leaves for Japan to spend time with his dying father; meanwhile, Mike's mother has arrived for a visit, just as her son is leaving. Told from alternating perspectives, Memorial quietly explores the relationship between two men with difficult fathers, and their legacies of poor communication, anger, rejection and abandonment.

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Reviewsbylola
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Bryan Washington‘s in the house! 🙌🏻🙌🏻

Even on zoom, I get overwhelmed by the celebrity of authors like this. 🤣🤣🤣🤣 I‘m starstruck!

britt_brooke 🤩 1y
BarbaraBB How cool you‘re in a zoom with him! 1y
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Reviewsbylola
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#bookspinbingo update, halfway through the month. This book also counts toward #booked2021 #authorsfirstnamestartswithABorC

I will be thinking about this one for a long time. Washington‘s previous success with short stories shines through in the style of this book. It was so insightful and packed a punch, but to the extent that I feel ill need to read it multiple times to get the true impact. #botm #botmbacklogchallenge

Cinfhen So now you‘re on the pick team too!!!! Hmmmm, I may need to pick up the audio 1y
Cinfhen Have you read this @britt_brooke ?!?? @Megabooks was NOT a fan but Steph, @BarbaraBB @CarolynM @KarenUK @Reggie loved it!!! 1y
Megabooks Maybe I‘m wrong. Idk. I was just so disappointed because I loved his short stories so much, and I really didn‘t like this at all. Maybe I‘ll reread it someday. @Cinfhen 1y
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Cinfhen I feel like you probably WILL reread one day....you‘re good that way. I‘m pretty much #OneAndDone 😹 @Megabooks (edited) 1y
britt_brooke @Cinfhen No, I haven‘t. I‘ve been on the fence ... maybe I‘ll wait and see what you think. 😉 1y
Cinfhen Ha @britt_brooke 💚💚💚 1y
Reviewsbylola I would be so curious to see what you think of this one. @cinfhen I‘m slightly more confident that @britt_brooke would like it! 1y
Reviewsbylola And tbh I‘m a little surprised #megabooks didn‘t like it! 1y
britt_brooke @Reviewsbylola Hmm, all right, I think I‘ll stack it. 😊 1y
Reviewsbylola I‘m getting nervous now. 😅 @britt_brooke 1y
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TrishB
Memorial: A Novel | Bryan Washington
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Bargain U.K./Irish friends 😁😁

CarolynM Absolutely worth 99p🙂 1y
Cathythoughts I‘ll definitely takes chance ... 👍🏻💕 1y
Cathythoughts Not on sale here 🤷🏼‍♀️😡 1y
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Cinfhen Awesome deal.... 1y
TrishB @Cathythoughts oh no! U.K. and Ireland used to be the same. Maybe Brexit effect.... 1y
Cathythoughts I know that‘s what I‘m thinking.... I hope not , we‘ll soon see 1y
Cathythoughts I checked again yesterday... still not on sale. Then checked today & 99p 👍🏻😁got it 1y
TrishB @Cathythoughts yay 👍🏻 that‘s cool. Maybe a time lag now? Always worth checking though. 1y
Cathythoughts I‘m glad , I think it‘s going to be good 👍🏻😁 1y
jhod Oooh fantastic! I missed this, I don't think it was in the daily deals! Thanks for sharing 😃 1y
TrishB @jhod it wasn‘t in daily deals, I only looked at it because of reviews on here and was so surprised it was on offer! Enjoy 👍🏻 1y
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I get to hear this author speak on zoom tomorrow! 🙌🏻🙌🏻

That said, reviews on this one had me scurred. Now that I‘m a good chunk into it, I can totally see why it has its detractors. I‘m not sure it will end up being love for me, but I am enjoying it. Also, is is just me or is Mike a huge douche? #botm #bathandbook

Ruthiella I had a hard time understanding what Benson and Mike saw in each other. Both of their behavior is highly questionable at times. When you get to the end, however, I think there‘s more understanding for why they act out as they do. 1y
Prairiegirl_reading I was definitely not a fan of this one. 😕 1y
Hooked_on_books Mike definitely comes across as a huge douche initially. But I felt he gained some nuance through the book. Or maybe the reader gains some understanding of how he ended up the way he is. 1y
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Cinfhen I‘m curious where I will fall..... 1y
BarbaraBB I thought so too about Mike until the second half! 1y
CarolynM Leaving straight after his mother arrived seemed like a rotten thing to do, but by the end I got it. 1y
Reggie Yeah, when you get to Japan in the book, you‘ll understand Mike more. 1y
Reviewsbylola I‘m on Mike‘s part now and it‘s funny how my feelings toward him have completely changed. I‘m conflicted. 😅 @Ruthiella @Hooked_on_books @BarbaraBB @CarolynM @Reggie 1y
BarbaraBB I loved that, how he as a writer is able to take us with him wherever he wants! I actually ended up liking Mike better! 1y
emilyhaldi Oh! I am way down on the holds list for this at the library... maybe I‘ll just borrow yours when you‘re finished 😄 1y
Reviewsbylola I was literally just thinking about offering you my copy. I think you‘ll like it! You should get a ticket for the zoom tonight. I think they‘re only $5 and Gramercy does a great job with their zoom author events. This is the third one I‘m doing. @emilyhaldi 1y
8little_paws I really want to reread it this year actually. The characters are MESSY. They are nuanced though. I think I will reread both his books actually.
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Reviewsbylola I was just thinking that I‘ll definitely hold on to this one! I donate the majority of my books when I‘m done with them but I could see myself revisiting this one. @8little_paws 1y
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CarolynM
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Whoever it was who labelled this a rom-com has a sense of humour that is very different from mine. It is not funny. It is a slow, sweet exploration of a disintegrating relationship and of the fractured families that created the two confused men trying and failing to fully connect with one another. The settings and supporting characters added depth to the underlying themes of race, class, identity and belonging. It has left me with an aching heart.

Cinfhen Great review/ now I kind of wished I hadn‘t left this book behind....oh well. Something to look forward to 😁 1y
Reggie I‘m so glad you liked this. Me too, I felt Normal People sad after this.😭 1y
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Centique Wonderful review! I often find that blurbs or reviews call books funny - and I find them sad instead 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1y
batsy Lovely review. (And I felt the same sadness for books like Convenience Store Woman, where reviews called it fun and quirky @Centique ) 1y
TrishB @batsy same! I think it‘s the way quirkiness is reflected in that book. 1y
readordierachel Great review. I've seen such mixed takes on this one, but you've really made me want to read it. 1y
BarbaraBB Well said Carolyn, it‘s so much more than romcom! Also - you should give it a try @readordierachel, I think you‘ll love it too. 1y
Ruthiella I did not get on with this book at all but that‘s cool. I‘m in the minority for sure. I agree that it it‘s not a rom-com. Marketers do books a real disservice when they incorrectly market novels! 1y
CarolynM @Cinfhen I'll be interested to see how you feel about it when you do read it. I have a hunch you might not be too keen. 1y
CarolynM @Reggie Communication is such a tricky thing. And here there were so many factors that contributed to the miscommunication. So, so sad. 1y
CarolynM @Centique @batsy @TrishB Some people seem to find awkwardness/embarassment funny, so a character who says or does things that are a bit off the social norm becomes "quirky" and a source of amusement - the butt of the joke because they're different. Not my idea of humour. 1y
CarolynM @readordierachel Thank you. Hope you like it too🙂 1y
CarolynM @Ruthiella The mindset you begin a book with can have a big impact on your reading experience. I wonder how many people have been disappointed with this because they're expecting something light and easy. But even aside from that I can understand why it's not everyone's cup of tea. 1y
Centique @CarolynM amen to that! Not my idea of funny either 😒 1y
Cinfhen Hmmm, interesting! @Reviewsbylola was iffy and I think @KarenUK and @BarbaraBB loved it.... I‘m intrigued 1y
batsy @CarolynM @TrishB That's a very good point. There just seemed to be a lot going on with how society alienates and discards those who are different, and Convenience Store Woman seemed to want to show that. But some reviews went with quirky as by default lighthearted and cute (I think the "manic pixie girl" trope in movies have contributed to this!) 1y
TrishB So intrigued I thought I would have a look and it‘s 99p on kindle today!! Yes, I have brought. 1y
KarenUK Fantastic review.... I found it very sad and heartbreaking. I didn‘t get the ‘rom-com‘ descriptions either! 🤷‍♀️ 1y
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Need a copy?! 💕 1y
Cinfhen I actually own the book @BarbaraBB it‘s just in philly 😜I‘ll get to it eventually but THANK YOU for the offer xxx 1y
Reviewsbylola I love this cover. Your review is perfect. 👌🏻 1y
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A tender novel in two voices: two gay men—one black, one Japanese American—figuring out whether their relationship is going towards the rocks or the open sea, while physically separated—one is in Texas, one in Japan—and also reckoning with their families. The interior shifts that occur while navigating rough water are portrayed with deft nuance. #Audiobook works well with two narrators: the author and actor Akie Kotabe. #LGBTQ

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“This isn‘t a part of town that historically takes well to outsiders.”
“History changes,” I said. “It adapts.”
“In the best case scenarios,” said Ben. “ And this isn‘t a best case country.”

BarbaraBB Great quote! Loved this book 🤍 1y
Lindy @BarbaraBB Washington has a great ear for capturing realistic conversation. 😊 1y
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BarbaraBB
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While Mike leaves his boyfriend Benson to stay with his dying father in Osaka, Benson stays in Houston with Mikes‘s mother who just happened to visit from Japan.
While getting settled in a new situation, both explore their not so perfect relationship.

What is perfect is the balance between plot and character development and the way Washington describes the melancholy love between Mike and Benson. ⬇️⬇️

#ToB21 #Booked2021 #containsphotos

BarbaraBB ⬆️⬆️ Their dialogues, the awkward silences, the questions left unanswered, it is all so good.
Memorial is the love story of these two men but also about parents and children. I am impressed deeply.
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CarolynM Great review and lovely photo😍 I'm really looking forward to reading this. 1y
Reggie I loved this book. 1y
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Cathythoughts Great pic ✨ 1y
Hooked_on_books I liked this one, though it‘s been getting mixed reviews on here. I agree with you about the balance. 1y
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books @Reggie I was hesitant because of the mixed reviews too but I really loved it. The question is will they work it out together?! 1y
Reggie @BarbaraBb I don‘t think so. For me, once he introduced Omar to Mike it was over. Also, I don‘t think they had that fight for each other or themselves thing going on. 1y
Cinfhen @Megabooks panned this book 🙈😜😂so I left my copy in the states unread....I‘ll get to it eventually 😉 1y
BarbaraBB @Reggie I agree but it‘s a shame because he never realized how serious Mikes‘ feelings were - I think. 1y
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I know! I didn‘t plan on reading it after @Megabooks review but then I read @vivastory ‘s and it was shortlisted for the ToB and now I am so glad I did read it! 1y
Hooked_on_books I agree with both of you. To me this felt like the two of them learning more about each other and themselves as their relationship slowly dissolved. @Reggie 1y
erzascarletbookgasm Lovely photo & place! 1y
Kalalalatja I was meh about the book, but I‘m really into this photo 😍 1y
KarenUK I loved this book too... 💕👯‍♀️ 1y
BarbaraBB @KarenUK Of course 👯‍♀️ 🤍 1y
vivastory I'm so happy that this one worked out for you. I've been in a bit of a reading slump so far this year, but I'm thrilled to jump back into the few remaining #tob books. 1y
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So much of our relationships are in the things we don‘t say. This book captures those silences perfectly. #12bestof2020 #12booksof2020

Tonton Ordered and can‘t wait to read! 1y
DimeryRene Totally agree! Loved the dialogue and the silences both. 1y
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Abailliekaras
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Outstanding. Sharp, witty dialogue, Mike & Ben‘s tough exteriors belie their vulnerability. Their multicultural community is heartwarming. Their relationship feels real, ambiguous as they care but resist trusting too much. Their self-worth & love for their families is fragile. Issues like homophobia handled sensitively. Sense of Houston & Osaka adds texture, writing propels you along, I fell in love with the characters and couldn‘t put it down.

Reggie Awwww this is a really lovely review. I loved this book, too. 1y
bnp Glad you liked it. It's on my list. 1y
BarbaraBB I am right in the middle of it and enjoying it a lot too! 1y
Abailliekaras @reggie @bnp @barbaraBb it‘s so good! ☺️ 1y
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Amazon‘s 2020 Best Books To Read...click link. https://amzn.to/2KXu6pp Which one‘s do you need to read and which one‘s were your favorites?bestbooks #books #readers #tbr

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#WeeklyForecast 01/21

Starting up this year‘s reading challenges. Breasts and Eggs and Memorial are #ToB21 books. The former and Jamilia I use for #ReadingAsia2021 and Rodham is my #bookspin. I hope to read them all, although I have to start working again tomorrow. Let‘s see!

rockpools That work thing really interrupts the reading time, doesn‘t it?! 1y
TrishB @rockpools that‘s just what I said on my post! 1y
rockpools @TrishB 😂😂 1y
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Cinfhen You have some GREAT BOOKS in that stack 🙌🏻Hope work isn‘t too draining/ I want u busy but not overwhelmed 1y
Kalalalatja Great cover for Memorial 👌 hope work doesn‘t get too much in the way of your reading! 1y
britt_brooke Rodham is so fun! 1y
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