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Libertie
Libertie: A Novel | Kaitlyn Greenidge
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Pure brilliance. So much will be written about Kaitlyn Greenidges Libertiehow it blends history and magic into a new kind of telling, how it spins the past to draw deft circles around our presentbut none of it will measure up to the singular joy of reading this book. Mira Jacob, author of Good Talk The critically acclaimed and Whiting Awardwinning author of We Love You, Charlie Freeman returns with an unforgettable story about the meaning of freedom. Coming of age as a free-born Black girl in Reconstruction-era Brooklyn, Libertie Sampson was all too aware that her purposeful mother, a practicing physician, had a vision for their future together: Libertie would go to medical school and practice alongside her. But Libertie, drawn more to music than science, feels stifled by her mothers choices and is hungry for something elseis there really only one way to have an autonomous life? And she is constantly reminded that, unlike her mother who can pass, Libertie has skin that is too dark. When a young man from Haiti proposes to Libertie and promises she will be his equal on the island, she accepts, only to discover that she is still subordinate to him and all men. As she tries to parse what freedom actually means for a Black woman, Libertie struggles with where she might find itfor herself and for generations to come. Inspired by the life of one of the first Black female doctors in the United States and rich with historical detail, Kaitlyn Greenidges new novel resonates in our times and is perfect for readers of Brit Bennett, Min Jin Lee, and Yaa Gyasi.
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Butterfinger
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How fascinating!!! The books I decided to read next are very similar in theme. Two books of a person of Color who has a decision to make - to be someone they're not to get what they humanely deserve or to stay true to their heritage and family history.

Chelleo The personal librarian is really good! 7d
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readingjedi
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Mehso-so

A 'meh' book if ever I read one. Didn't get a sense of time or place from this & found the plot a little sparse. Both mother & daughter were fairly unlikeable & I wasn't really invested in their relationship. There's a lot of ideas in this novel but they feel underdeveloped & messy. Haiti section was better but all too brief. Tone of writing suggests profundity but I failed to grasp it. Liked the ending though & some lovely lines re: childbirth.

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readingjedi
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Today's read. So far this year my reading pace has been very slow (for me.) I haven't even been managing a book a week. My BUYING pace however is like greased lightning!

EvieBee I‘m the same way! Like stockpiling those reads you know you‘ll enjoy when you get your mojo back! 2mo
BookBr SAME. I‘m calling it a temporary slump… 2mo
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TheReadingRaccoon
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Pickpick

Libertie is a historical novel about a young Black woman coming of age in the Reconstruction era. There is not only beautiful prose in this novel but rich historical research.
I highly recommend this beautiful and thought provoking novel for everyone including historical fiction fans and book clubs.
4 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Cathyloves2read
Libertie: A Novel | Kaitlyn Greenidge
Mehso-so

The beginning and the end of this book were very good. I struggled with the middle. The story seemed to go off on tangents. I loved reading about the traditions and superstitions of Haiti. This author certainly has a way with words. She did a great job on her debut novel.

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TorieStorieS
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Mehso-so

This book got a lot of buzz last year when it was released so I was curious to read it. I really wanted to enjoy this story of a female doctor in the 1860s and her daughter, the narrator and titular character. It‘s really Libertie‘s story as she struggles in finding her place in the world- taking her from NY to OH and Haiti. But I didn‘t connect as deeply with any of the characters as I had hoped to… but I think it‘s a discussion starter!

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Readerann
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Mehso-so

I wanted to like this more than I did. Although there were sections I loved, I felt I couldn‘t really sink my teeth into it. #ToB2022

BkClubCare Ditto 4mo
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merelybookish
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Pickpick

It took me a while to adjust to the pacing. Initially, it felt like too much attention was being given to seemingly minor details. Once I realized those details make up the story, it started to come together for me. Libertie chafes against a lot: her mother, school, her husband, any expectation at all. But she is also unapologetic in her belief that she is deserving of total freedom. A radical position! Not my pick for #tob but glad I read it.

thebluestocking I like the way you summarized this. I was exasperated with her by the end, but you‘ve made me see her in a different light. 4mo
merelybookish @thebluestocking Thanks! I listened to an interview with the author before reading it which probably influenced my reading. It made me aware of why I might find her character annoying. Still, I think there's something challenging about this book, in style and subject. 4mo
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BkClubCare
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How‘s this for something eerie? Esther and I were #audiowalking when I spotted a penny in the street. Picked it up and the narration mentioned a penny right as I slipped the coin into my pocket! #tob2022 #tryingthisagain Can‘t say I am fond of 11 yo Libertie so she better grow up soon.

AUDIOBOOKINGWITHLEAH I've had this happen too...it's super weird. 5mo
Ruthiella Weird coincidence! 😨 I didn‘t think that Libertie got really more palatable as she grew older. 😬 5mo
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ImperfectCJ
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“...in birth is the freest you can be. You do not have to take your leave of anyone or do anything for anyone. You are even free of deciding for your body how it will go---it is deciding for you.“

This was definitely my experience giving birth at home. (Not so much my experience giving birth in the hospital, although in the end, there were even elements of freedom there, despite the attempts of the system to control me and my body.)

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ImperfectCJ
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Pickpick

This book confused me for a long time. The way the characters related to each other seemed strange, and their motivations didn't make sense to me. I thought my review would be that along with praise for the rich settings Greenidge weaves. But when I got to the last chapter, everything felt like it fell into place. It's not often that I read a novel like that, where things feel opaque only to come clear at the end. It's quite satisfying. #ToB2022

JamieArc And that‘s why I can rarely bail on books. 5mo
ImperfectCJ @JamieArc Same here. I'm trying to be more mercenary about it, but if there's anything that hooks me, even a little, I try to tough it out. In this case, the settings are awesome, and I could keep reading for those. And glad I did! 5mo
JamieArc This one is on my list 😊 5mo
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ImperfectCJ
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Camille helped me take photos of my #gettbr delivery. In case you can't see through my cat, the titles are Crying in H Mart, Ophie's Ghosts, and Libertie. That last I actually started on audio mere hours before the postal carrier delivered the box of books, which was a fun coincidence.

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Julsmarshall
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Pickpick

This 100 miles in January goal to raise $$ for cancer research has me blowing through the audiobooks! This one was good, a bit slow at first but the prose was so gorgeous it kept me listening. Mother daughter relationships are so layered and emotionally charged and this book explores that in depth while also considering slavery, colorism, love and pain. Roxane Gay called it a must read and she was right! #BIPOC #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 5mo
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Leftcoastzen
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Mehso-so

I really wanted to love it. Liberties mother is a doctor in Brooklyn.Free black women in kings county reconstruction era.While the writing is beautiful, and it spins a tale different from most in the time period, I wanted Libertie not to still struggle so much under others expectations. She only came alive for me when she fell in love with music when away at school. This was my #bookspin this month .

Addison_Reads Great review. I felt this book had so much potential to be greater than it was. I look forward to seeing what this author writes in the future. 6mo
Leftcoastzen @Addison_Reads me too! On both counts. 6mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 6mo
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thebluestocking
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Mehso-so

Another #tob book that just didn‘t work for me. This story about a freeborn black girl (then woman) with a doctor for a mother around the time of the Civil War should‘ve been right up my alley. But I never felt a connection with Libertie or her choices.

#tob22 #tob2022

Ruthiella Yeah, the premise was so good! But I was also just meh about the execution. 6mo
cariashley Spot on. Agree with @Ruthiella too 6mo
BarbaraBB What @cariashley says. Spot on indeed. 6mo
Suet624 I‘ve decided not to read this one after seeing so many meh‘s. That‘s one TOB off my list! 5mo
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cariashley
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Mehso-so

This kept me reading but never fully came together for me. The storyline and the relationships between the characters just felt a little choppy, although I didn‘t mind the second half of the book as much as some others. The Haiti parts were interesting and I would have liked to have gone deeper there. Maybe the author just tried to do too much and it felt like skimming.

Book 4 of #TOB22 done! Got a ways to go 😅

KatieDid927 Agreed. 6mo
Suet624 Darn! I keep putting off reading this book because of these so-so reviews. As to the fact that you say you have a ways to go, I just keep telling myself that I have until March to read all of them and that's calming me down a bit. 6mo
Chelsea.Poole Same for me. 6mo
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Ruthiella Totally agree with your take on the book. 6mo
cariashley @Suet624 that‘s a great way to think about it!! And this one was fine, it moves along and isn‘t a slow read, at least. 6mo
cariashley @KatieDid927 @Chelsea.Poole @Ruthiella glad I‘m not the only one and that there‘s a consistent vibe on this one! 6mo
thebluestocking Well said! I felt the same way. 💙 6mo
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Leftcoastzen
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Libertie is my #bookspin Crusader for Justice my #doublespin

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Ruthiella
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Mehso-so

I enjoyed learning about the African American celebration of Pinkster (roughly based on Pentecost) and Fèt Gede in Haiti. But similar to Greenidge‘s debut, which I also read for #ToB, I found the narrative a little too scattered for my tastes. I prefer the historical fiction I read to be more focused and immersive. The voice of Libertie, while an interesting character,felt a bit too modern to me, right or wrong. #ToB2022

Megabooks I‘m picking up what you‘re putting down. 👍🏻👍🏻 6mo
Ruthiella @Megabooks I‘ve only got the Ozeki to read next. After that, I have to wait for library holds to come in. 6mo
squirrelbrain I think I‘m the only one to have liked this! 🤷‍♀️ 6mo
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Ruthiella @squirrelbrain I can see why! She covers a lot of interesting topics in just over 300 pages. 6mo
Suet624 It‘s sitting here waiting for me to read but the reviews are not inspiring me to pick it up (edited) 6mo
Megabooks @Ruthiella I just finished it this morning. Now I‘m just waiting for Klara from the library and I will have read them all. 6mo
Ruthiella @Suet624 Give it a go! I would love to know what you think. 6mo
Ruthiella @Megabooks Excellent work! I know we have all the way to March to read these, but I do enjoy trying to read as many as I can between the years when I have time off work. 6mo
Chelsea.Poole I totally agree with what you said about Libertie‘s voice seeming more modern than her time period. 6mo
Ruthiella @Chelsea.Poole Glad it‘s not only me that feels that way. 6mo
thebluestocking Great review. 💙 I‘ve started this in audio and have yet to be sucked in. 6mo
Ruthiella @thebluestocking I tried the audio but ended up reading the print. I found the narrator a little too dramatic in her reading. 6mo
kwmg40 I've only finished 3 of the ToB books so far and have a few more stacked in front of me, so it will be a while before I get to this one. 6mo
Ruthiella @kwmg40 looking forward to reading your review when you get to this one! 6mo
Cinfhen Great review- too scattered is EXACTLY RIGHT!! 6mo
Ruthiella @Cinfhen Thanks! It was an easy read at least. 6mo
Cinfhen Yeah, but I‘m not sure why it made the list??? Other books were definitely better. 6mo
Ruthiella @Cinfhen Well, it‘s a matter of taste and opinion, right? I mean, I liked My Sister, the Serial Killer but didn‘t think it was all that, and it won over books (Milkman, The Mars Room) that I thought were stronger candidates... 6mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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Mehso-so

Read for #tob22 #tournamentofbooks and I‘m sad to say it wasn‘t a great one for me. Historical fiction isn‘t my genre, so it‘s partially on me but I just felt like I was trudging toward the end. I will say, the narration was great in the audiobook and the character development was a high point.

Ruthiella I‘m reading this now. So far, so good -1/3 of the way through- but it‘s not settling my pants on fire or anything. 6mo
Chelsea.Poole @Ruthiella I think it was fine, but I expected more. Hopefully it works for you! 6mo
BarbaraBB I felt the same about this one. 6mo
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4thhouseontheleft
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Mehso-so

One of the few times I disagree with one of Roxane Gay‘s recommendations. This was one of her book club books earlier this year, but I had a very difficult time staying engaged with the story. I‘m just glad to finally finish it.

#tob22 #tobshortlist

Ruthiella Bummer it didn‘t quite work for you. Either it or the Ruth Ozeki will be the after I finish 6mo
Suet624 I'm feeling a little bummed out that this year's TOB is falling a bit short. 6mo
4thhouseontheleft @Ruthiella I‘m debating between Trees or this one next 6mo
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4thhouseontheleft @Suet624 oh no! I‘ve only read two so far. I hardly had any time to read this month. 6mo
sarahbarnes I loved Trees for what it‘s worth! And sorry this one fell short, that seems to be a theme in the reviews here. I may skip it. 6mo
Cinfhen Yeah, this book was a bit of a slog. I think you‘ll appreciate Trees. And it‘s a quick read. 6mo
squirrelbrain I think I‘m the only one who has liked this book! 6mo
BarbaraBB I felt underwhelmed too. 6mo
4thhouseontheleft @sarahbarnes @Cinfhen looks like Trees it is for my next #tob read! I definitely need a quick read right now, I‘d love to squeeze one more in before the end of the year. 6mo
Cinfhen It‘s quick but impactful 6mo
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BarbaraBB
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#BookReport 50/21

Two disappointing #tob22 reads but Fresh Water for Flowers made up for that ❤️❤️

FelinesAndFelonies I did not care for The Matrix either. 6mo
TrishB Fresh Water is a lovely read ❤️ I‘m reading you‘re going back into full lockdown ☹️ take care, sending love and hugs ♥️ (edited) 6mo
BarbaraBB @TrishB Thank you, it‘s tough indeed 🥲😘 6mo
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CarolynM Sorry to hear about your return to lockdown ☹ So hard, especially the timing. Hang in there. Sending love💕 6mo
BarbaraBB @CarolynM Thank you my friend, it is a bit of a downer to say the least. I try so hard to stay positive but that‘s quite challenging at the moment. However I hope to escape the country a bit during Christmas. I hope we are still allowed to travel within Europe. Not sure, everything changes daily thanks to governments without a plan 🤷🏻‍♀️😘 (edited) 6mo
BiblioLitten Fresh Water for Flowers has been on my TBR forever. Eager to get to it🙂 6mo
BarbaraBB @BiblioLitten Do read it. I honestly think you‘ll love it 6mo
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andrew61
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There seems to be a very mixed response to this bk but I really enjoyed it. I heard the author on the virago podcast then saw her bk in the library so decided to give it a go. Libertie, dtr of a black female Dr in civil war UsA, grows up with weight of her mother's high expectations and her life story covers the war, university, and marriage in Haiti. I understand the qualms but I found Libertie a fascinating character and this a very readable bk.

Ruthiella Good to hear a positive review! I will try to keep an open mind. I didn‘t love her debut but the historical fiction parts of it were my favorite. 6mo
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Megabooks
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Bailedbailed

Life is too short to read books you‘re not enjoying, even if they‘re on the #ToBshortlist! I skipped this when it came out, and that was the right choice. Bailed on #audiobook at 41%.

Ruthiella Fair enough! I‘m definitely going to read it in print. 7mo
marleed It‘s disappointing when the contents are not as interesting as the cover! 7mo
sarahbarnes I was thinking about skipping this one, and based on your thoughts I‘m going to stick with that choice for now. 😊 7mo
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Megabooks @Ruthiella the audiobook narration was great, but it was a weird combination of a long buildup and just not being invested in the MCs. 7mo
Megabooks @marleed so true! 7mo
Megabooks @sarahbarnes I think my original decision to skip was right for me too, and I‘m glad it was a library book. 👍🏻 7mo
squirrelbrain I think I‘m the only one who has liked this so far! 7mo
BarbaraBB Wise woman! 7mo
Soubhiville I bailed on this audiobook too. 7mo
Cinfhen Good call ☎️ still wondering how this one made it into the sweet 16?? 7mo
Megabooks @squirrelbrain to each her own! 7mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB 😁😁 7mo
Megabooks @Soubhiville I was not feeling it for sure. 7mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen I have no idea!! 7mo
Mindyrecycles It was just okay to me. 6mo
Megabooks @Mindyrecycles I think only one person in our group has liked it so far. 6mo
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BarbaraBB
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This book started out strong with the arrival of Ben Daisy in Libertie‘s live, a liberated slave who keeps searching for the lost love of his life. Libertie is small at the time. When she grows up she goes to college in Ohio. When she is grown up she marries the Haitian Emmanuel and follows him to his country. The story loses pace however and I found it hard to stay engaged. In the end I was just glad I was finished, I‘m sorry to say. #ToB22

Ruthiella I was only so-so about Greenidge‘s debut We Love You Charlie Freeman. 7mo
rmaclean4 Good to know, i have been looking at this book for a while. 7mo
squirrelbrain No-one else seems to like this as much as I did! 🤷‍♀️ 7mo
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BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain I had expected to like it, based on your review, but I thought it a bit boring instead 🤷🏻‍♀️ 7mo
sarahbarnes Thanks for this review. I don‘t know if I‘ll get to this one, good to know your take on it. 7mo
BarbaraBB @sarahbarnes Are you reading the shortlist again? 7mo
sarahbarnes Yes, I‘m working on it! There are a couple I may skip, and I‘ll admit I‘ve been on the fence about reading this one. 7mo
Cinfhen Right? It just fizzled and faltered??!! It‘s funny, because I didn‘t care for the mystical elements & I agree, certain parts of the book were very dry 7mo
BarbaraBB @sarahbarnes Cool. Any favorites yet? 7mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I didn‘t care much for the mystical elements nor for the Haitian part unfortunately. Dry is the right word. (edited) 7mo
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella I didn‘t read that one at the time because it didn‘t appeal. This one is okay imo, not sure why it made the shortlist. 7mo
Megabooks This is up next for me from the shortlist. I don‘t have high expectations. 7mo
sarahbarnes So far, I‘ve really liked the Lockwood, The Trees, Subdivision. I just finished Nervous System and I feel like that one will stay with me for awhile. How about you? Any favorites? 7mo
Mindyrecycles I‘m listening to it and not finding the narrator great. The story is okay at this point but I have a way to go. 7mo
BarbaraBB @sarahbarnes I still have a lot to read but so far The Trees, Intimacies and the Lockwood. Looking forward to Subdivision and Nervous System now! 7mo
BarbaraBB @Mindyrecycles Okay is the right word 😀 7mo
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BkClubCare
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I have to put this aside and try again later; just can‘t seem to get into it.
#tob2022
(Anyone else on Untappd?)

BarbaraBB Just finished this one. I am glad I did since I had a hard time to! 7mo
tokorowilliamwallace I'm on untappd but I have to get a new phone since many of my apps aren't working. 7mo
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teresareads
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I liked the first part of this, although I think I might have liked a book about Libertie's mother even more. But I think the last half of the book was too rushed. I wanted more time spent fleshing out the characters in Haiti. #tob21

thebluestocking Agree about Libertie‘s mother being the more interesting of the two! 💙 6mo
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4thhouseontheleft
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@mdm139 Ironically look what my daughter just walked in the door with!

Pictures alongside my next book for #tob22 #tobshortlist

mdm139 @4thhouseontheleft 😂 I wasn‘t expecting the cookies and happen to be reading an egg nog book and my husband walked in the door with egg nog and then the delivery driver brought the cookie all in the same 5 minutes. I took it as sign that a Litsy picture had to be taking. 7mo
4thhouseontheleft @mdm139 I love when those moments happen! I was also not expecting cookies to walk in the house, my daughter won it at a school raffle following her friend‘s dance performances. 7mo
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Cinfhen
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I feel like this book hit some really high notes but also reached some low notes, too. A soft pick buoyed by fantastic narration. A coming of age story set post civil war, Libertie is raised by her mother, one of the first black women‘s doctor in NYC taught to behold her mind over her body. This book touches on feminism, freedom, family,success, colorism, sexuality, magic, medicine, education,mental health, marriage and religion. #ToB22ShortList

Megabooks Sounds really interesting. You know I‘m iffy on historical fiction, so I‘m hoping I‘ll like this. I just got it from the library, so it‘s up soon. (Probably after I hit 500.) I think a random book is going to end up being 500 anyway, though. We‘ll see!! Great review!! 💜💜 7mo
Cinfhen It wasn‘t consistent @Megabooks which was my biggest gripe. I think you‘ll like it enough to get through it. Its good but not my favorite from the shortlist. 7mo
BarbaraBB Great review. I‘m about to start it too. 7mo
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squirrelbrain Great review Cindy! 7mo
Cinfhen Thanks @BarbaraBB I think you might like the Haiti connection 7mo
Cinfhen I know you really liked this one @squirrelbrain but sometimes I fell really out of the story 🤷🏼‍♀️ 7mo
squirrelbrain I read it as a physical book Cindy, so perhaps did my usual trick of skim-reading the less interesting parts so didn‘t even notice they were there! 😁 7mo
Cinfhen Yeah, I hear that @squirrelbrain ☺️🙌🏻 7mo
Ruthiella I‘ll be accessing this as an ebook. We‘ll see if I also note the lows... 7mo
BarbaraBB I was triggered by the Haiti storyline indeed! 7mo
Megabooks @squirrelbrain see…I can only skim on audio. If I‘m reading print, I read much more closely! 7mo
squirrelbrain How interesting @Megabooks ! If I‘m studying anything or reading for work, I have to take notes to stop myself skim-reading; I just can‘t stop myself. 📝 7mo
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Cinfhen
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At 75% I‘m much more captivated with this novel. The first half was ok, at times disengaging but once Emanuel Chase makes his appearance, the story picks up….it also gets a little steamy 😉 Narration is very good. #ToB22ShortList #Hoopla

Lindy The book‘s description didn‘t grab me so I‘m glad to hear it‘s worth picking up. I did enjoy her 7mo
Cinfhen There‘s a lot going on in this book. More than meets the eye @Lindy I think you would enjoy it. 7mo
Lindy @Cinfhen 👍 7mo
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Cinfhen
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#HooplaAudio #ToB22ShortList Enjoying the narration & story 🎧A freed black woman who practices medicine in NY, in the 1800‘s and her daughter & apprentice Libertie. Gorgeous cover 😍

Megabooks This is up soon for me as well. I need to come up with a review for 7mo
Cinfhen I‘m happy I‘m listening via #Hoopla @Megabooks because narration is great but story is a little odd 7mo
Megabooks Her debut was odd as well 7mo
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Cinfhen I vaguely remember hearing about that book !! I‘m sort of surprised Libertie made the shortlist 🤷🏼‍♀️ @Megabooks (edited) 7mo
BarbaraBB I have my copy of this book too! First Matrix, then Libertie! 7mo
Megabooks Her debut was thought provoking but I wouldn‘t say I liked it. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 7mo
Megabooks I‘ll be surprised if I love this. 7mo
Cinfhen Yeah @Megabooks at this point it‘s more background noise / I‘ll be curious to hear your thoughts @BarbaraBB when u get to it!! 7mo
Cinfhen It‘s actually getting better @Megabooks / the beginning had magical realism which I don‘t like but now it‘s becoming more historical fiction, and I‘m liking that 7mo
Megabooks Then I‘m not sure you‘ll like this re: magical realism. I‘m enjoying it so far. 7mo
4thhouseontheleft I‘m reading this next, after I make it through my back-up #bakedgoodsoncover book since I bailed on the first one! 7mo
Cinfhen It‘s not my favorite from the #ToB22ShortList @4thhouseontheleft @Megabooks but the audio is well done. 7mo
KarenUK It is such a pretty cover 😍 7mo
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Hooked_on_books
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Pickpick

Libertie grows up free at the side of her mother, a doctor who can pass for white, and who plans to groom Libertie to join her in practice. This is a novel of family, expectations, and failures to communicate, as Libertie and her mother don‘t quite see one another clearly. I enjoyed seeing this part of history through Libertie‘s eyes, but found the book a little forgettable, so a soft pick for me.

BarbaraBB Just bought this one - for #ToB22 7mo
squirrelbrain I wonder if it worked slightly better in print? I can see how you thought it was slightly forgettable and I do wonder if I might not have enjoyed it as much on audio. 7mo
Hooked_on_books @squirrelbrain I didn‘t get that sense while listening, but it‘s altogether possible! 7mo
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I loved this novel, told from an unusual perspective; Libertie is a black girl who comes of age at the end of the American Civil War, but who was not from an enslaved family.

I didn‘t realise until afterwards that both Libertie and her mother are based on real people; Libertie‘s mother is a famous women‘s doctor.

I‘m pleased that this book has made the #ToBshortlist. Fab cover too!

Please tag anyone else who is playing along with #ToB.

KarenUK Sounds so interesting. Looking forward to reading it….💕 7mo
Cinfhen I hope to read/listen to this book, this week!! 7mo
Ruthiella Including @Mindyrecycles Looking forward to this. History fiction is a favorite for me. 7mo
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MicheleinPhilly I haven‘t decided if I am playing along yet. I own so many unread books from the longlist and would have to acquire nearly all of these. I may just be a spectator this year. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 7mo
squirrelbrain @MicheleinPhilly - luckily I can get most of them for ‘free‘. I may need to purchase 1 or 2 but I‘ll keep checking…. 7mo
MicheleinPhilly I haven‘t even looked at library availability yet. Given that I‘ve been hoarding books like people were hoarding toilet paper in the early days of COVID, I should probably try to make a dent in them. ☺️ 7mo
BarbaraBB I‘m looking forward to this one too. I just was able to buy a cheap copy! Great review 7mo
squirrelbrain Yeah, I planned on reading off the TBR shelf this year @MicheleinPhilly but failed dismally…. There‘s always next year! 🤷‍♀️ 7mo
MicheleinPhilly I tell myself I‘m doing that every year. Never happens! 7mo
Megabooks I need to check this out from the library! 7mo
Hooked_on_books I just finished this today, too! We‘re book twins! 7mo
squirrelbrain We could have done a #buddyread @Hooked_on_books, had we known! 7mo
Mindyrecycles I have it to listen to on Hoopla. 👍🏼 7mo
thebluestocking I didn‘t know that they were based on real people. That‘s cool. I would‘ve loved more about the mother. 💙 6mo
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Thank you so much, @GirlMeetsBook for the lovely birthday #bookmail! Looking forward to getting started on this one. #LitsyPenPals are the best (even though I suck majorly lately).

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FriYay‘s book and noms pairing of Libertie with burrito, street corn, and oh so tart prickly pear limeade.

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Recently read and really enjoyed this book- it‘s on Kindle sale today for $2.99

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08GFN3PX4/ref=nodl_?ascsubtag=amzn1.ideas.3J94XXYSQO5...

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I have been in a slump of sorts—in that I have been ready very slowly and only able to focus on romance. But I am seeing my Mom this weekend and had told her I‘d give her this book when I am done.

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This month's selection from #WellRead plus some interesting looking add-ons. Lucky I decided to go for them this month since the bookshops are closed again☹️

Tonton Nice😎❣️ 11mo
Cinfhen Lovely!! Not the lockdown situation but your subscription service is wonderful 😁 11mo
TrishB Looks like a great selection 👍🏻 11mo
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LeahBergen Closed again? Aww, that sucks. 11mo
Megabooks Wow! Y‘all have had A TON of lockdowns. 💜 yay for books, though. 11mo
Lizpixie The whole bloody country is gonna be in lockdown soon. I blame the PM for not getting enough vaccines and for letting in overseas flights from known hotspots. How‘s your lockdown in Melbourne going? Sucks up here with the 5km radius still on. Plus my 30week pregnant daughter was in a covid location and is in 14day isolation. Fingers crossed she was lucky🤞 11mo
CarolynM @Tonton 🙂👍 11mo
CarolynM @Cinfhen It's great. They chose really good books🙂 11mo
CarolynM @TrishB 😘 11mo
CarolynM @LeahBergen @Megabooks We did really well over Summer and most of Autumn but it's been lockdown on and off since the end of May☹️ I think it's probably going to continue like this for a while. 11mo
CarolynM @Lizpixie The Feds started well in the pandemic but then let us all down. The vaccine rollout has been a complete dog's breakfast, they've completely abrogated their responsibility for quarantine and their policies on people coming in and out of the country are indefensible. I hope your daughter is ok. That's so worrying for all of you. Sending love and hugs❤️ 11mo
Lizpixie Thanks lovely. I‘m actually more worried about the two housemates she‘s living with, pregnancy hormones and two weeks of close quarters with no respite is driving her a bit loopy! 11mo
Jeg Hang in there. On tender hooks here in Perth. Bound to happen again here. I‘ll be fully vaccinated this week. 👏. 11mo
CarolynM @Jeg Thanks Joy😘 The cases in NSW are just going to keep climbing so there's no hope of keeping it out of here even if we squash it this time ☹️ The distance is a blessing for WA at the moment. I'm booked in for my second jab on Thursday. 11mo
Jeg My second jab is Thursday too I‘ll be thinking of you. 😊. 11mo
erzascarletbookgasm Lockdown again in Melbourne? ☹️ I‘ve completed vaccination..situation here is out of control, daily new cases are not slowing down; vaccination campaigns not aggressive and targeted. And only yesterday our govt decided to open up most sectors!! Stay safe, my friend. 💕 11mo
CarolynM @erzascarletbookgasm As difficult as lockdown's are, I'm glad we're taking that route and not letting the case numbers keep mounting up. I'm sorry your situation is so bad. It's good that you've been able to be vaccinated. Take care😘 11mo
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Another pick with reservations. A easy read, with good writing. I liked the storyline, but many of the moves and changes of feelings by the characters didn't make much sense, there was a lack of reasoning for the amount of whiplash changes of moves and feelings of the characters. And storylines that had no resolution, they were just abandoned. Would love a spinoff of The Graces.

IuliaC This photo is so beautiful! 11mo
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The face you make when it‘s the PERRRRRRFECT outdoor reading weather, but it‘s 6:40PM and you‘re the one in charge of dinner tonight. Stupid adulthood. 🙄

AmyK1 😂 11mo
Alfoster Been there…!😳😫 11mo
Tamra Agreed! 11mo
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This is a great book but somehow I always end up disappointed with this author's books. Maybe it's all the hype that she got for this one. This is really just a coming of age story with some (a lot of) racism thrown in. That said, the #audiobook is pretty awesome. The narrator sings and speaks Creole and I was impressed with the performance.

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My review of this book can be found on my Youtube Vlog at:

https://youtu.be/UB3GR2u7H9o

Enjoy!

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4.75 ⭐️

Libertie was such a wonderful read. It took me awhile to get through it because I wasn't "in the mood" to devour the themes covered in the novel, but I loved the characters, their development, & seeing a diff view of life in Brooklyn. Greenidge covers colorism, sexuality, mental illness, sexual abuse, feminism, autonomy, religion & spirituality and mother-daughter relationships in this novel without explicitly feeling like it.

DivineDiana Wonderful review. I want to read this. Stacked. 12mo
DanaManiac @DivineDiana Thanks- I hope you enjoy it! ☺️ 12mo
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#14Books14Weeks Update 6 hardbacks read 8 to go and 1 paperback read 13 to go.

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#OverBookedClub I‘ve posted several questions marked as spoilers. Answer when you can. Looking forward to discussion.

rubyslippersreads Sorry, I didn‘t get to this one. #somanybookssolittletime 12mo
Kdgordon88 This was a so-so read for me. The idea of a black female doctor in that time sounded interesting but the story felt very bland to me. I wanted to root for Libertie to find her place but felt the author didn‘t give us enough to do that. 12mo
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megnews @Kdgordon88 I didn‘t feel I was reading the book the description gave. 12mo
sblbooks @Kdgordon88 @megnews I feel like Cathy story would have been more interesting than Libertie's. 12mo
Kdgordon88 @sblbooks I agree! I would be interested in her journey. 12mo
megnews @sblbooks @Kdgordon88 i think I was expecting something more like Cathy‘s story from the description 12mo
JaclynW I really wanted to read this one but didn't get to it. This month was busier than I had anticipated. 12mo
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Kdgordon88 I‘m not sure. I felt her choice to marry and move to Haiti was a running away rather than a running to something. I felt like her choice to leave Haiti and return to her mother is the same. 12mo
megnews @Kdgordon88 I agree she was running away when leaving for Haiti. I felt hopeful at the end of the novel because I felt she‘d made an actual choice instead of just reacting to something. I hope she can go back and forge the life she wants, which may include a better relationship with her mother. 12mo
sblbooks I didn't like how she just wrote her husband a letter. She didn't even have the guts to tell him face-to-face that she was leaving. Unfortunately, I have not seen any growth throughout the novel in Libertie's character. Therefore I don't hold out much hope 12mo
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megnews @sblbooks Libertie is definitely conflict avoidant. At the same time, at that point in time a man could make his wife stay or take the child so telling him face to face could be a big risk 12mo
Roary47 I think she is going to discover herself through her kids. I know with my own I see the world differently and learn more about myself through their eyes. I liked her husband, but think he needs away from his family to be a good husband and father. 12mo
shellleigh33 I think she is maybe hoping that her husband may follow her. Hopefully she will find her way in life and truly discover her passion. 12mo
megnews @shellleigh33 I really had the impression she hoped he‘d come too 12mo
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Kdgordon88 Like all mothers Cathy wants Libertie to have a better life than she has and she has a clear idea of how to make that happen. Unfortunately her choices to withhold affection and only thinking there is one path to that better life made Libertie choose a different path but one with no direction. 12mo
megnews @Kdgordon88 I agree she wanted Libertie to experience the best. She was singleminded in what that looked like, thereby stifling Libertie and causing this rift. I could not understand the withholding of affection. 12mo
sblbooks I felt more drawn to Cathy even though she was cold and, unfeeling it times. Her heart was in the right place and she thought she was doing what was best. Liberty came across as a spoiled brat to me. 12mo
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Kdgordon88 I‘ve read two other books featuring Haiti An UnTamed State by Roxane Gay and Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat. Both have created a curiosity in me to learn more about this interesting country and it‘s history. 12mo
megnews I think we saw it through Libertie‘s eyes which had an expectation it didn‘t meet in addition to the isolation she felt and therefore could never fully experi her surroundings. I can‘t recall reading a book about Haiti but I have read many books that brought the setting much more to life. 12mo
sblbooks I didn't really feel connected to the setting at all. 12mo
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Kdgordon88 He was a whole lot of talk. 12mo
megnews @Kdgordon88 yes, one of the dreamers, the idealists, but not taking action. Also not free in his own ways because he‘s bound to his father and sister. I felt strongly he never should have moved Libertie in there but should have at least moved when she was unhappy. 12mo
Kdgordon88 @megnews Yes, his claiming to “know her” indicates a level of awareness regarding her happiness. Given the unkind atmosphere in his family home you‘d think he would find their own place but I didn‘t get the sense that he worked so maybe had to live there. 12mo
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megnews @Kdgordon88 that was odd. He was a doctor in US, but it didn‘t seem he worked in Haiti 12mo
sblbooks Like some of said before all talk and no action. He and Libertie definitely needed to move out of his childhood home. There was some toxic relationships going on there. 12mo
Roary47 @sblbooks I agree if they would have moved out of his families home it would have been better. I felt he cared for Libertie a lot, but he was a scared little boy around his own father and wouldn‘t speak up for his wife. 12mo
shellleigh33 I agree that him and his family had a very weird relationship. He seemed to be dishonest about a lot of things concerning his family to Libertie from the get go and rushed into marriage with her. It made me question his intentions from the start. 12mo
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Kdgordon88 I think Cathy could only assume that love or sex could call Libertie away from the path she had chosen for her rather than seeing it as Libertie running away from a path she didn‘t want to follow. 12mo
megnews I don‘t agree with her assessment of Libertie‘s decision. I think she doesn‘t want Libertie to set her dream aside for a man, but she fails to see it‘s not Libertie‘s dream. It‘s hers. 12mo
sblbooks ⬆ what she said. @megnews 12mo
Roary47 I lived this moment. Lol. I‘m sure her mom had Libertie‘s best intentions in mind, but Libertie was also not communicating with her mom. I don‘t feel either of them was right, but more communication was needed so her mom didn‘t jump to conclusions. 12mo
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Kdgordon88 It showed her friendship and also what it was like to do something because you love it not because it is expected. 12mo
shellleigh33 I believe they encouraged her to follow her heart and be true to herself 12mo
megnews I think she saw in them what it was like to follow your own dream, not one laid out for you and also what love could be. 12mo
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