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The Sentence | Louise Erdrich
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TheKidUpstairs
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I loved this one. A lovely, witty book about books and ghosts and redemption lures you in, then shakes you up when the narrative gets knocked sideways by Covid and the murder of George Floyd. In the hands of another writer it would have felt unfocused, but Erdrich felt handles the disorienting feelings we all experienced in 2020 and brings those initial themes of books, ghosts, and redemption to a larger field.

Tamra It has such a distinctive tone! 👏🏾 1d
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MicheleinPhilly
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In the hands of a less accomplished writer, I might have thought that the author tried to do too much but every bit of this worked for me. I too will haunt bookshops when I die but I will be nice about it. ☺️ Those who prefer not to confront present day realities in their reading may want to steer clear as Covid and George Floyd‘s murder figure prominently. I will be referring to the book lists frequently. 👍🏼

kbuggle I absolutely loved that this book also provided a whole other list of books to read.. 2d
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Magpiegem
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20/22 This book… I only finished it last night so I am still processing but what I can say is that it took me over. I‘m usually a bit of a book floozy and have a book, audio and kindle on the go at the same time. But not with this one. It took my complete attention. I read it very slowly, much slower then average but for me that‘s what the story warranted. I needed time to be fully in it. Sometimes (when it got to the 2020 section) that was ⬇️

Magpiegem ⬆️ uncomfortable, but it was necessary. And as an English girl it provided a window into the Native American experience that I did not previously have. I spent a month with these characters. But I think they will spend much longer with me. And also, I love a book, where the author includes a characters reading list at the end 😍 what a TBR goldmine! 1w
Sapphire I am working my way through T‘s short perfect novels list! 1w
vivastory Great review! This is definitely a favorite of the year 💙 1w
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vivastory @Sapphire I don't know if you watch BookTube at all, but Lonesome Reader recently went through the books on that list. It was a fun video. 1w
Sapphire @vivastory thanks! I will look for that! 1w
Tamra Loved it too! I will reread this one - I listened to the audio version. 1w
Magpiegem @Tamra ooh how did you find it on Audio? I love Audios but they can make or brake a book for me. 7d
Magpiegem @vivastory I haven‘t really explored booktube but maybe I should. That sounds like something I would definitely like to watch. Thanks for the recommendation 😊 7d
Magpiegem @vivastory thank you ☺️ one of mine too xx 7d
Tamra @Magpiegem via the library on Libby. 🎧 6d
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I'm always on the hunt for short novels worth the time. This is Tookie's list of short perfect novels, from The Sentence. I managed to find 7 on here that are new to me and I'm excited to read. I'm finding the tagging system in #Storygraph to be so helpful in remembering why I'm adding books to my list. These are tagged “short-reads-Erdrich“ so I can remember where they came from.

Suet624 Nice! 1w
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I liked the writing, and the characters are so realistic you would expect to see them on the streets of Minneapolis. The story was strong for the first half, and then the pandemic hit, and then George Floyd. I appreciate that she tried to incorporate such timely and dramatic events, but it wasn't successful for me. It felt forced and the original tension and development got lost. Each event was well done, just not cohesive to the original story.

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SanjanaGhosh
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A haunted bookstore. Need I say more!

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Hazel2019
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A very persistent wannabe… 🤨

LiteraryinLawrence I just read that part yesterday! 1w
JohnLAndBenji This is so racist. 1w
Hazel2019 @JohnLAndBenji it certainly is! That‘s the point the author is trying to make. This book is on the shortlist for women‘s prize for fiction right now and it definitively puts a lot of things in your face while attempting some mild dark humor. It gives you lots to think about. 1w
Hazel2019 @LiteraryinLawrence what do you think about the book so far? Definitely not what I was expecting but that‘s a good thing. 1w
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Oryx
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Loved this one. Need to seek out more Louise Erdrich (and adding her book shop to the bucket list).

Karons1 It‘s on my TBR too it‘s had v mixed reviews 1w
squirrelbrain Did you prefer this to Chemistry? 1w
Oryx @squirrelbrain I did actually - it was really different to what I expected from the blurb but in a good way. Thought it was superb. Chemistry was more of a quirky read that dealt with feminism really well (and some other dark stuff too of course) - but I think The Sentence went much deeper. But still enjoyed both. 1w
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Oryx @squirrelbrain how do they rank for you? 1w
charl08 I so want to go to her bookshop. It sounds wonderful. 1w
squirrelbrain You‘re right - such different books. Chemistry was quite life-affirming and funny, and The Sentence much deeper and more nuanced. Difficult to choose a favourite….. Chemistry for the way it made me feel, but The Sentence for the way it made me think. 1w
squirrelbrain I‘ve heard that some of her other books can be rather impenetrable but I‘m willing to give it a go. I have The Nightwatchman on Kindle…. 1w
TheKidUpstairs I highly recommend 1w
CuriousG @squirrelbrain I read The Night Watchman in the fall and loved it! I also really enjoyed The Round House, but it can be rough at times. 1w
merelybookish I also want to visit her bookstore and see the confessional! 1w
squirrelbrain That‘s good to know! @CuriousG 1w
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TheKidUpstairs
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Buried under reading buddies 😁🥰

LiteraryinLawrence That‘s what I‘m reading these days, too! Are you liking it so far? 2w
TheKidUpstairs @LiteraryinLawrence I really am! It's an interesting reading experience. There's so much in there, so many people forces badging into the main narrative. But in that way, it feels so right for its 2020 timeline, where there really was so much happening all at once, totally rocking life off its axis. And Tookie is just such a fabulously layered character. How are you liking it so far? 2w
TheKidUpstairs @LiteraryinLawrence (that should say outside forces banging into the main narrative, rather than people forces badging into it) 2w
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LiteraryinLawrence That is such a good way of putting it! I‘m still early on, just at the point when the bookstore comes into play. Tookie is FASCINATING so far. This is my first book by Erdrich and I have a feeling it‘s going to open up her whole collection! (edited) 2w
vivastory This is one of my favorites of the year. I really appreciate how it shifts from being a delightful book about books & when everything turns upside down it shifts into a different sort of narrative. Tookie is one of my favorite characters of the past few years. 2w
TheKidUpstairs @LiteraryinLawrence I haven't read a lot of hers, but I highly recommend 2w
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Insightsintobooks
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My son got me Mother‘s Day presents (okay technically grandma did but it was the thought, he got one I splurged the rest). I got The Sentence #becauseoflitsy and have already started reading it!

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Oryx
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Am loving this book. And this cake.

TrishB I could settle with either 😁 2w
Cathythoughts I must try this writer , and that cake looks good and so fresh 💫 2w
LeahBergen I‘m chiming in here about that cake, too. Yum. 😆😆 2w
squirrelbrain Loved the book, but I‘d love the cake more! 😋 2w
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Ericalambbrown
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WOW. This was my first Erdrich but it certainly won‘t be my last. I loved the complex relationships and characters and that touch of magical realism. This is also the first fiction I‘ve read that touches on the pandemic and civil unrest of 2020 - I particularly appreciated getting a point of view from the Indigenous perspective. What should my next Erdrich be, Littens?

Tamra My favorite of hers, actually is a favorite all time book, is Last Report. However it is very different in terms of setting and storyline. But has very personable characters like in The Sentence. (edited) 2w
Ericalambbrown @Tamra thank you! I appreciate the recommendation since I‘m new to this author. One of my daughter‘s friends goes to school in the Minneapolis area recommended Erdrich. I am so glad she did! 2w
Tamra @Ericalambbrown I will admit I don‘t appreciate everything I‘ve read by Erdrich, but these two are really wonderful. Her bookstore in Minneapolis is terrific if you ever get a chance to visit. 😁 2w
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KathyWheeler I liked The Round House. I‘m reading The Sentence right now. 2w
GingerAntics I second The Round House. I really enjoyed that one. I‘ve also started her Birchbark Series, but haven‘t finished it. I love it so far. It‘s sort of an indigenous version of Little House. 2w
GingerAntics @Tamra have you been?! I never knew it was there when I lived there (if it was there at the time at all), but I plan to visit there one day! It‘s on my book bucket list. 2w
Tamra @GingerAntics yes, it‘s cute! 2w
GingerAntics @Tamra I‘ve seen photos and it seems like a fun little trip. 2w
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Nathan_Opland-Dobs
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Bailedbailed

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Oryx
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Holiday! Struggling to choose which book to start with #bookpeopleproblems

Birdsong28 Definitely Lessons in Chemistry!! 😍😜📖 2w
TrishB What a lovely problem ❤️ enjoy! 2w
vivastory The Sentence is one of my favorites of the year. I hope you enjoy your time off! 2w
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Caroline2 Nice! Enjoy 🍷 📚 😁 2w
squirrelbrain Enjoy! As for which to choose… 🤔 I‘d go for The Sentence. Reading Lessons in Chemistry first May spoil you for the others! 2w
LeahBergen Perfect set up. Enjoy! 🍷 2w
Cathythoughts Looks lovely where you are ! Enjoy ❤️ 2w
Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain Well that settles it. I‘m getting Lessons in Chemistry in town today 👍🏻😁 2w
squirrelbrain I think you‘ll love it @Cathythoughts ! 2w
Karons1 The island of missing trees is amazing 🤩 and iv just started lessons in chemistry 🧪 😍happy hols 2w
Oryx @Birdsong28 @vivastory @squirrelbrain @Cathythoughts I've gone for The Sentence (which I'm loving), and Chemistry is likely next. ❤️ 2w
Tamra The Sentence is wonderful, such distinctive personalities! In fact I enjoyed it so much I know I‘m going to reread it, which is a rarity! ✨ 2w
SilversReviews Love your photo!! 2w
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Leniverse
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Ghost story, lockdown novel, indigenous characters, bookstore setting, George Floyd, multireferential title, identity, forgiveness, author self-insert side-character, list of book recs.

#WomensPrizeShortList

TrishB Great summary 👍🏻 2w
BkClubCare Genre-blending! 2w
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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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This book better knock my reading socks off! Please, oh please.

Lindy Fingers crossed for you. I loved it. 3w
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Lindy Thanks Lindy! I‘m hoping I love it too!!! (edited) 3w
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Larkken
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My favorite read for the first quarter of 2022 is Erdrich‘s The Sentence! This process is inspiring some angst, however 😅 so many good books, and it‘s so hard to choose between books of different genres and styles!
Thanks to @chasjjlee for the idea and template!

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Magslhalliday
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A bookshop‘s most annoying customer won‘t leave, even after she is dead. Set in 2019-2020, this explores the legacy of inherited trauma. Sounds grim, but it really wasn‘t.

Library loan.

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Magpiegem
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April has been a super slow reading month. With the school holidays and illnesses and family visits and pets dying and …life. But the book I have slowly been making my way through by torch light in bed is the Sentence and I‘m enjoying it so much I don‘t mind that it‘s taking me a while or that it‘s one of only three books I‘ll hopefully finish this month. I would happily stay with these characters for the whole of may too 😊

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rachelm
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Joining this fun from @chasjjlee

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Leniverse
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My eldest child makes my bookmarks. Origami bookmarks that hook over the corner of the page, intricately drawn and coloured in bookmarks with trailing ribbons, and for those hardcover tomes: embroidered felt bookmarks.

#Deweys #readathon #bookmark

DivineDiana What a kind and creative daughter! ❤️ 3w
LeahBergen Aww! 🥰🥰 3w
LeeRHarry How lovely 😊 3w
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vlwelser
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This book is excellent. My book club picked this for May. I love how the author inserted herself as a character. To name just one thing. First (but not last) encounter with this author.

#BookSpinBingo (I think this is my last free space. 😔) @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 4w
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MelKelsey
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I listened to The Sentence, a polysemous title, about a Native American woman sentenced to prison and finds refuge in the power of books both during and after her time is served. The writing is rich and the Covid-time setting is salient and relevant. The novel would benefit from a narrowed focus, but I'll read more by the author. 3.5⭐s

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After mentioning Tantalus to describe a difficult customer (which I now know is a myth where a man is punished by standing in water that recedes when he tries to drink and under fruit just out of reach, basis of the word tantalize).

“Severed from its roots, unable to taste the starlight.”
Talking about an uprooted tree.

Interesting connection to the main story about a ghost trapped in a bookstore.

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Readerann
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I‘m giving this a pick because I remain a fan of Louise Erdrich‘s writing. However, I did not like this one as much ‘The Night Watchman‘. It felt like she had a vision for the novel, then Covid and George Floyd happened and the book veered off into perhaps a few too many directions. I can‘t say how she could have handled anything differently. It‘s a tricky time for fiction.

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akfreeborn
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I loved Louise Erdrich‘s most recent book set partly at her bookstore during the pandemic and George Floyd murder. She writes beautifully and observes and contemplates thoroughly. It is a beautiful book with bonus booklists!

HeatherBookNerd I loved it too. 1mo
OriginalCyn620 At my last trip to my local indie bookstore, they had Blind Date With a Book - this was my pick. The description on the wrapping was intriguing! 1mo
akfreeborn @OriginalCyn620 I‘ve always had good luck with Blind Date with a Book - great idea and hope you like it 1mo
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emmaturi
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I enjoyed this book, which is longlisted for the Women's Price for Fiction. I like how it's set in a book shop and the mentions of books for customers. It has the Covid pandemic in it plus the murder of George Floyd. It has had mixed reviews but I liked it.

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Suelizbeth
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This book has the feeling of, The House of Broken Angels and Sharks in the Time of Saviors. In other words, it‘s partly the kind of weird-ass, dysfunctional family drama that I love, but also a great, spooky as hell, ghost story. At the same time, this description does not do this book justice. This is my first Louise Erdrich, and I need to read all of them! Don‘t miss this book. It will give you all the feels. Plus, book lists! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Readergrrl This is on my TBR. I really need to read it next! 1mo
Suelizbeth @Readergrrl 📚❤️ 1mo
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underground_bks
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This novel by Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award–winning author and indie bookstore owner Louise Erdrich is about, among many other things, a bookseller haunted by her most annoying customer in the momentous year of 2020, so as an indie bookseller it was especially funny, moving, and even haunting to read! I felt like it lost some steam in the middle but the complexity of the plot and the strangeness of the historical moment account for that!

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When I creep into our bed, there is the joy and relief of a person entering a secret dimension. Here, I shall be useless. The world can go on without me. Here I shall be held by love.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️ 1mo
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Robothugs
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Late night reading.

BarbaraBB 👋🏽 Hi l! How good to see you here again. I hope all is well! I enjoyed that book a lot and hope you are too! 1mo
Robothugs @BarbaraBB Thank you! It‘s nice to be back. Hopefully I‘ll be posting more in the future. I‘m enjoying it so far! 1mo
squirrelbrain Hi Jen 👋 Nice to see you! I loved this book…. 1mo
Robothugs @squirrelbrain Hey! The feeling is mutual. I am loving it so far! 1mo
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Magpiegem
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Ill AGAIN but hubby is at home for once to distract the kids and I‘m absolutely loving this book so at least I have a reason to stay in my PJs and read it- every cloud ⛅️

AmyG Feel better soon! 1mo
Megabooks I‘m sorry you‘re sick, but that is a beautiful view. Feel better soon! 1mo
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Magpiegem
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The Masters and the book. What a peaceful Sunday night ⛳️ 📚

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Larkken
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Omg, I loved this novel! Like a big warm post-pandemic hug that still manages to be unflinching about the social pressures against/around POC, especially indigenous. I kindle highlighted ALL the books listed so I could read them later. Pic from the NYT review.

squirrelbrain Great picture! I loved this book too. 1mo
Tamra It is such a great read for the personable characters! 1mo
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Magpiegem
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#thingsincommon #ghosts So I am finally making my first link in this April challenge! Which is that both books include a ghost. 👻

Clwojick Woohoo!! 1mo
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Twocougs
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I absolutely LOVE everything about this book. It has entered my short list of all times favs🥰

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HettyG
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Scored another “skip the line” copy on Libby, with another book I‘m seeing a lot of buzz about! I like it so far!

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rachelm
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I hurried to finish the last few chapters so that I‘d be done before her online event with Cambridge‘s library. Am I a member of that library? No, but it was a wonderful event and an even more wonderful book.

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This was my first Erdrich novel and I am pleased to have been prompted to read it by the women‘s prize. It covered important themes of identity indigeneity abuse and neglect in the context of the pandemic and BLM. It was a good read - I loved the book store setting and the haunting and Tookie is unforgettable. But I felt there was just too much being tackled to make it great.

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sarahbarnes
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I loved this book. ❤️ The weaving together of all the threads of identity, past, the uncertainty of the future, and how it might be best to just stay in it with each other and not give up on searching for humanity. I wasn‘t sure what it would be like to read a book set in part during the pandemic, but I actually found it strangely therapeutic. Now I‘m even more disappointed that this book didn‘t make it in the tournament.

squirrelbrain One of my favourites too; I didn‘t expect to like it so much either. 2mo
Ruthiella Had you read any Erdrich before? 2mo
sarahbarnes @Ruthiella I read The Round House and have had Love Medicine on my shelf forever. I‘m going to read it soon. 2mo
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Ruthiella @sarahbarnes I have The Plague Doves and The Last Report on the Miracle at Little No Horse, both also since forever! I‘ll hopefully read one of these next. 2mo
sarahbarnes @Ruthiella looking forward to hearing your thoughts when you do! 2mo
BkClubCare I love how many different books of hers are listed as people state their favorites. I will definitely read many more of her books and not sure which will be next for me! 1mo
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Magpiegem
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Mummy‘s library haul. Apparently I‘m ready for books about the pandemic!

squirrelbrain I loved The Sentence, and Weather as well. 2mo
Magpiegem @squirrelbrain I have no idea about The Weather but I‘m going to use it for a #booked2022 prompt. But I‘ve wanted to read The Sentence for a while. It was one of those library days where I wanted to bring EVERYTHING home! 😂 2mo
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KatieB
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This was just ok for me. Thought the characters were moderately interesting and the writing was alright. Not much that propelled me along but I got through it. Will need to pick up the pace if I‘m going to get through the #womens prize longlist

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MittenGirlPeach
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Good morning, dear littens. I have serious Litsy housekeeping to attend to today. First up, I read both my #BookSpin and my #DoubleSpin this month! Even though I was sh*t at readathons, I got that done.

The Sentence: this might be lengthy, so bear with me. I liked it, I loved some of it, and I was unenthusiastic about some of it. It took me half the book to really care. At that point I finally got sucked in. ⬇️

MittenGirlPeach I love Erdrich‘s work, but I do find it problematic at times. Too opaque? I fully agree that this could be on me. Regardless, by the time it got to the start of the pandemic I was invested, and then it got really good. It felt so TRUE. Everything about that time was spot on. The character of Louise, the bookstore owner (uh huh) is VERY AMUSING, and had some terrific lines, and the book had a madcap caper feel, especially in the beginning. ⬇️ (edited) 2mo
MittenGirlPeach Toward the end we go off on a tangent regarding Laurent that was totally WTF to me. Why on earth was that in there? But by then I was so happy to be finishing I mouthed ‘whatever‘ to myself and went with it. The writing, as always, is gorgeous. The subject is timely. Definitely a pick, glad I read it, glad it‘s finished! 2mo
MittenGirlPeach Finally, I‘ve been drinking my delicious new Ostara coffee from @Chrissyreadit all week. It was such a terrific package. 2mo
Chrissyreadit 😘😘😘😘 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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BarbaraBB
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Meg, Care, Margot, Gayla & Alisia chose Matrix as their zombie. Their votes made Groff return in our ToB, where it met The Sentence, the underdog book for which we voted in majority again!
In the real #ToB22 Matrix was a zombie too, but didn‘t make it past No One. So it‘s Lockwood vs Klara in the finals tomorrow. Thoughts?

In our ToB it‘s The Sentence vs The Trees. Please vote TODAY for your preferred winner! https://forms.gle/5EbCE3SaKB5q4JQH9

Cinfhen I forgot that the SummerToB was Klara v No one, where Klara won so I‘m REALLY hoping No One will outshine Klara in the final rematch!!! The Lockwood is definitely the more memorable book, IMO. 2mo
Cinfhen Thanks again Barbara for being the BEST host xxx 2mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Thank you my friend. And yes it cannot happen again. I am all for the Lockwood too. 2mo
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merelybookish I'm ok with Lockwood moving on but I didn't like how the judge described Matrix. He made it sound more traditional than I found it. Haven't read Klara but Lockwood *should* win. And ditto Cindy! Thanks for all your hosting Barbara!! It's been fun! 2mo
squirrelbrain Definitely want the Lockwood to win in the ‘real‘ final! Thanks for hosting Barbara! 2mo
Addison_Reads For my first ToB this has been a lot of fun, with surprises, upsets, and great commentary. My favorites are no longer in the running, but in our alternate ToB I would be pleased with either book winning, although I feel The Trees is the stronger contender. In the real tournament, I'm really hoping for the Lockwood. Thank you @BarbaraBB 💚 2mo
sarahbarnes Thank you Barbara for hosting - this was so fun! I too am rooting for the Lockwood!! 2mo
Suet624 I've been seriously disappointed that past winners took the prize. This, though, was a huge disappointment for me. How can either of the TOB finalists win the whole shebang? I will definitely remember both of them, but The Trees is the one that I purchased for my friends.

And BARBARA!!! Thank you so much for everything. I don't know how you did it, but you pulled it all together seemingly effortlessly. Which I know can't be the case. 💗
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Hooked_on_books I so agree with @Suet624 —how can these two be the ones remaining in the official tournament?!? I liked Klara quite a bit but would not have picked it as a finalist, and I didn‘t care for the Lockwood at all (which means it‘ll probably win, like the hated Trust Exercise did in the past). So now I‘m rooting for Klara there and The Trees over here. 2mo
Readerann I haven‘t read the Lockwood, so I don‘t have a strong opinion about the ‘real‘ winner. Klara was fine, not amazing. @Hooked_on_books I forgot Trust Exercise won in the past. Yech. 2mo
Readerann I think we all have an inkling which will win in OUR tournament. 😉 2mo
BkClubCare Lockwood ALL THE WAY! And won with convincing march through the bracket for a deserved play to the finals and not some icky dead smelly slide up from the grave. It had its day in the Summer Camp Sun. 2mo
BkClubCare Oh, and am happy that our Litsy tob has my top 2 favorites 🥰 2mo
thebluestocking Ooh. I‘m definitely rooting for The Trees here and Lockwood in the real tournament.💙 2mo
kwmg40 I didn't like the Lockwood all that much but I realize I'm definitely in the minority here. Very happy to see The Sentence and The Trees in our own final! 2mo
Well-ReadNeck @Cinfhen Crazy that the ToB mirrored the Summer version. TBH, I didn‘t really like either Klara or the Lockwood, but I‘d pick Klara. As for our version: I‘m sooooo excited that my two favs are in the final and Subdivision was in the last round 🤗🤗🤗 2mo
BarbaraBB @Well-ReadNeck We‘ve got much better taste 😉 2mo
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BarbaraBB
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And again The Sentence is unbeatable! It didn‘t even enter the real tournament while in ours it proceeds to the Zombie round (see my next post!!) with a clear majority of votes.

In the real #ToB22 there was a completely different bracket: No One is Talking About This against Nervous System. Of our group, Nervous System was no one‘s favorite or even zombie, so I think we are all happy with today‘s outcome in the tournament!

Addison_Reads Did anyone else see that they already gave away the Zombies in the commentary section? "Both our Zombies in this year‘s ToB will be heavyweights: Tomorrow, The Trees will face off against a newly kinetic Klara and the Sun. Then, on Wednesday, No One Is Talking About This will meet a cursed mummy Matrix." 2mo
tpixie I‘ve got this and really want to read it. It sounds great! 2mo
tpixie @Addison_Reads loved Clara!! ( haven‘t read the others) 2mo
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BarbaraBB @Addison_Reads Yes they usually share the zombies before the start of the zombie round (tomorrow). I‘ll post ours now too! 2mo
merelybookish No One Is Talking About This vs The Matrix. Love both those books. Either way I win/lose. 2mo
BarbaraBB @merelybookish In our version of the tournament I have a similar dilemma: we‘ll have The Trees vs Subdivision tomorrow - my two favorites! 2mo
Cinfhen Excited for Louise Erdrich- while this book wasn‘t a favorite I think it‘s a good representation of 2021! 2mo
squirrelbrain @Cinfhen -you‘re so right; such a good representation of 2021. (Although it‘s also one of my faves) 2mo
Ruthiella Totally fun to see the differences in our TOB vs the real one! 2mo
Hooked_on_books I‘m not happy with the official tournament result today! But also not surprised. People seem to swoon over the Lockwood, but I decidedly didn‘t. And I‘m a little surprised at our result. I enjoyed The Sentence, but for me the Ozeki was head and shoulders above it. 2mo
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books I enjoyed the Lockwood but it felt like years ago that I read it. So I am not swooning anymore 😉. And I am surprised about The Sentence too. To be honest I think the brackets do help this book. Against the Ozeki too because many of us haven‘t read that one and did like The Sentence. I think. 2mo
Well-ReadNeck Excited to see my three favorites still in our brackets!!! In the actual TOB, only The Trees is a book I‘d recommend. So much fun to see the differences. 2mo
Readerann Yikes! I must read faster so I can get to The Sentence and see if it really deserves all the votes I‘ve given it. 🤣 2mo
BarbaraBB @Readerann Haha! You‘re obliged to read it, you brought it all the way to the zombie round 🤣 2mo
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BarbaraBB
The Sentence | Louise Erdrich
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The Sentence just keeps on winning in our tournament! It continues to the semi-finals at the expense of Klara, Paulina's favorite. The real #ToB22 had a completely different bracket today: The Echo Wife against Nervous System. The winner here is Nervous System.

With that we enter the next phase in the tournament. Please vote TODAY for your favorites in the semi-finals - since they‘ll start tomorrow‼️

https://forms.gle/yZqzCZtyAWQKLA3o9

ImperfectCJ I liked both in our parallel ToB, so I'm happy with the result. In the actual ToB, I was surprised, but I agree with the judge's assessment of Nervous System: "This is a story that manages to be about illness, love, family, and crumbling nations without ever feeling too broad or impersonal." And Nervous System has also stuck with me better. I keep having to remind myself, "Oh, yeah...Echo Wife is the one with the clones." 2mo
merelybookish As a fellow dum dum who doesn't know much about science, I enjoyed today's judgement. But glad The Sentence lives on in our TOB. 2mo
BarbaraBB @ImperfectCJ I forgot all 🤷🏻‍♀️about 2mo
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Ruthiella The Sentence was such a joy to read despite its heavy subject matter. I am pleased it is moving forward in our tournament! 😀 2mo
squirrelbrain I‘m so pleased The Sentence won! 2mo
Well-ReadNeck Yay! The Sentence was my second fav (after The Trees). Excited to see it move forward. I preferred The Echo Wife to nervous system, which I didn‘t get all the way through 2mo
Well-ReadNeck … also, I found today‘s written judgment to be odd and not very readable. It felt like she, too, preferred The Echo Wife, but picked Nervous System because it was over her head and, therefore, was more intellectual/worthy? Also, bizarre format that didn‘t quite work in practice. 2mo
Readerann Well, I‘m happy about The Sentence even though I haven‘t gotten to it yet! It‘s on my nightstand, but I keep getting my library holds in so have been focusing on those. I just picked up Matrix and The Echo Wife yesterday. Anyway, I‘m quite certain I WILL like the Erdrich. 😁 2mo
BarbaraBB @Well-ReadNeck Yes I felt that way too. I felt sure she would vote for The Echo Wife! 2mo
kwmg40 I had declared Klara to be my favourite when I submitted my form, but that was before I'd read The Trees. I'm glad my new favourite is still in the running and my old favourite is still a Zombie at least. 2mo
sarahbarnes Thank you! And I was happy with both outcomes today, although that‘s not where I thought things would end up in the real tournament based on the judgment. 2mo
Hooked_on_books Well I‘m not happy with either result today! And I‘m a total science person, so I found the judgment unreadable and skipped to the end, annoyed to see the wrong book chosen! Oh well, that‘s life. 2mo
BkClubCare Oh yay. I forgot The Sentence is alive here. 2mo
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella @Well-ReadNeck @Suet624 @ImperfectCJ @thebluestocking @4thhouseontheleft You Americans are probably asleep now but can you please vote when you wake up for the semi-finals of our ToB? Form above. Thanks 🙏 2mo
Ruthiella I‘m still up! 😂 I voted. ✅ 2mo
Suet624 I think you woke me up. 😃 voted. 2mo
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Chelsea.Poole
The Sentence | Louise Erdrich
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I had written off this book but the universe kept throwing it back to me in different ways. Totally makes me question if my “book picker” is broken 😱 Read this for #ToB which I‘m so grateful for because this was just great. Down to earth, knowable, lovable, real characters experiencing the pandemic, George Floyd‘s murder, all the horror of our times. MC, Tookie, on top of it all is being haunted, in the bookstore she works, by a ghost. Cont ⬇️

Chelsea.Poole As much as I loved it, I do wonder if Erdich had began writing the book, then when COVID hit included that, then when the BLM movement amplified included that, and so on and so forth….? It didn‘t seem to be planned/necessary for the plot with the ghost story. But maybe that‘s why I enjoyed it — more like real life when things happen and characters/people react/adapt. Idk just some thoughts but wow! Also, a very bookish-book ♥️ 2mo
FelinesAndFelonies I tried reading this one because it sounds so good! But I couldn't get into it. I expected to be sucked in right away and I wasn't. Did you feel this way? When did it pick up for you? 2mo
Tamra It did feel like the story unfolded in an organic way, the way we experienced both traumas. 2mo
vivastory I agree with your thoughts on it. It felt like when the pandemic hit & George Floyd's murder, these overwhelmed the narrative much like they overwhelmed all of us IRL. I think it would have been disingenuous of her to act like everything was fine & we could carry on being very bookish with everything happening. Especially with her being in Minneapolis. This was a great surprise for me, too. One of my faves of the year. 2mo
BarbaraBB That could be very well true, her being overwhelmed with reality while writing the book. It worked well indeed even though it wasn‘t necessary for the storyline. 2mo
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BarbaraBB
The Sentence | Louise Erdrich
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This is the first bracket that differs from that in the official #ToB22. In our tournament The Echo Wife was up against The Sentence, a book that didn't make it past the play-in in the real ToB. And it gets better, because in ours, The Sentence will continue to the quarter finals!
Speaking of which, it‘s time to submit our votes! Please use the Google form, andvote before Monday. I hope you'll have fun making your choices!
https://bit.ly/36qoApG

Addison_Reads I just voted! I had a feeling The Sentence would live on for us. I was very surprised The Echo Wife won over Copeland today. I enjoyed them both, so I would have been happy with either. I do feel though that The Echo Wife isn't as strong as others that made the shortlist. 2mo
Cinfhen I‘m happy the Echo Wife lives on in the real tournament and how fun that The Sentence lives on here. @Addison_Reads I was surprised that Echo Wife made the Top 16 but I found it memorable. I don‘t think it‘s going much farther though. 2mo
Cinfhen Thanks for hosting, Barbara 😘😘off to vote 🗳 2mo
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BarbaraBB @Addison_Reads @Cinfhen Thanks for voting! I was surprised too about the Echo Wife in the real ToB. I haven‘t read Copeland Cane but I couldn‘t find anything special in The Echo Wife. 2mo
Suet624 Wait. What are we voting on? 2mo
Chelsea.Poole Reading The Sentence now. So good! 2mo
sarahbarnes I was pretty surprised by the real vote today. I didn‘t read The Echo Wife, but people who did didn‘t seem that impressed by it, and I thought Copeland Cane was really creative. 2mo
sarahbarnes Also, The Sentence finally came in for me at the library and I‘m looking forward to reading it! 2mo
BarbaraBB @Suet624 The next round of brackets aka the quarterfinals. You‘ll find them in the form (they are different from the ones in the real ToB due to our votes in the first round!) 2mo
BarbaraBB @Chelsea.Poole @sarahbarnes I hope you enjoy it! It‘ll be up against Klara in the next round. Can‘t wait to see your votes! 2mo
merelybookish I didn't read either of these books so no dog in this fight. Happy I can still vote for the Sentence here! 2mo
merelybookish @sarahbarnes Yay! I hope you enjoy! 2mo
cariashley Yay for The Sentence! Still hoping it zombies in the main tournament 🤞 and I definitely liked Echo Wife more than Copeland so happy about that too. 2mo
Ruthiella Wonderful to see the Erdrich move forward in our own tournament! I would have chosen it or Copeland Cane over The Echo Wife, honestly. 2mo
ImperfectCJ Wow, I'm surprised that The Echo Wife beat Confessions in the actual ToB! Very interesting comments from the judge. I'm glad to see The Sentence coming through in our parallel tournament, although I do like both books. 2mo
Well-ReadNeck I agreed with both verdicts today. The judge toward the end got to the heart of the ways Copeland Cain didn‘t quite hit the mark for me. The Sentence was way up there for me, so I‘m glad to see it move on for us!! 2mo
Hooked_on_books I guess I‘m the minority here. I loved The Echo Wife. I thought it was phenomenal. I also enjoyed The Sentence, but it‘s not even a contest for me. In the official TOB, it‘s a harder call, since Copeland knocked my socks off. But I‘m happy to see Gailey‘s book move on. 2mo
Mindyrecycles I liked Echo Wife a lot, certainly more than Confessions which had some good moments, but ultimately I found it too chaotic. 2mo
kwmg40 I've voted, and each pairing had a clear-cut winner for me, so I didn't have to agonize over any of the choices! Also, I'm happy that both The Echo Wife and The Sentence will continue on in each of the two tournaments, as I liked them both. 2mo
BarbaraBB @sarahbarnes @Suet624 @4thhouseontheleft @Sophronisba @thebluestocking Hi all, can you please vote for the quarterfinals by filling out the Google form I posted above? I need your votes before the ToB continues tomorrow. Thanks 🙏😘 2mo
Suet624 Thank you for the reminder. Completed. 2mo
BarbaraBB @Suet624 Thanks! I saw it. We voted exactly the same of course 👯‍♀️ (edited) 2mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB that makes me so happy. ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
sarahbarnes Yes sorry! Doing it right now. Thanks for the reminder! 2mo
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lynneamch
The Sentence | Louise Erdrich
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So many great #bookstore #SavvySettings to choose from. Appreciated how this author had her MC work in a bookstore where the owner is named Louise, as Louise Erdrich does in fact own a boostore: Birchbark Books and Native Arts in Minneapolis, MN. Pic of this most inviting bookstore/bar in Asheville, NC: the Battery Park Book Exchange @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs

jlhammar Love Louise Erdrich. Great pick! 2mo
Eggs Love this 2mo
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jenniferajanes
The Sentence | Louise Erdrich
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I feel raw. This was hard to read so soon after living through these events. I really appreciated the pov of indigenous people experiencing these events. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #Libby #audiobook