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Redheadrambles
The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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I think this has to be my most productive reading month - I couldn‘t even fit in the 10th book. Admittedly some of these are novella sized. Tough to call to decide “Book of the Month “ but I am going with Colson !
#Readharder2019 22/24 😊😊
#Bookerprize2019 12/13

Which means I am so close to being free of my 2019 reading ‘commitments‘

Redwritinghood A great month of reading! 👍🏻 2w
ClairesReads Trudie what an epic month! Yay! 2w
Redheadrambles Thanks team - I did seem to burn through more than my normal 2w
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Redheadrambles
Girl, Woman, Other | Bernardine Evaristo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I thought this one would make a fantastic addition to a Brit Lit course which also included A. Levy's Small Island and Z. Smith's White Teeth. Together they tell a rich story of Britain and its colonial past. The 12 voices of here cover many circles on the intersectional Venn diagram. Radical feminism sits alongside classism and the gender identity politics of a younger generation.
It is a vertiginous undertaking which mostly succeeds.

ClairesReads An excellent review- yours always impress me 2w
Redheadrambles @ClairesReads thanks! sometimes they come easy when I really like a book ( or really hate it ;) ) 2w
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ephemeralwaltz
Girl, Woman, Other | Bernardine Evaristo
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Well, well, well! Congratulations to the winners. And congratulations especially to Evaristo for being the first black woman to be awarded the prize. I'm surprised that they broke the rules set 30+ years ago to not have any more joint prizes....
I'm really looking forward to reading Evaristo's work but did Atwood really deserve it this time? I haven't read The Testaments but I'm skeptical... Something smells fishy.
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JacqMac I don‘t think she did. This surprised me. 1mo
ephemeralwaltz @JacqMac she didn't seem like a clear winner this year. Why they would decide to announce a joint prize just baffles me. 1mo
Reviewsbylola I‘m skeptical too! 1mo
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Reviewsbylola Then again, I haven‘t read either one. 1mo
Kalalalatja I have read the Atwood, and while I enjoyed it, it didn‘t deserve to win 1mo
BarbaraBB I am VERY skeptical too. Like @Reviewsbylola I haven‘t read them but it feels like a set up from the beginning - the nomination of a not-yet-published book and all the buzz around it. 1mo
Cinfhen Disappointed that Atwood won. Evaristo deserved to be the sole winner 1mo
ephemeralwaltz Absolutely, I've been reading more about this and a lot of ex-Booker judges have commented on how much of a fail this year was. Why demerit Evaristo's work by splitting the prize with a (less-deserving, from what I've read/heard) novel that has sold enough copies on it's own after 30 years of picking just one winner? I'm very disappointed. 1mo
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Redheadrambles
The Testaments | Margaret Atwood
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

For the most part I really enjoyed this, I have always loved Atwood and she hardly ever lets me down. However, I would have to say the last third of this seemed a tiny bit rushed ? It‘s a shame because even though I was one who doubted the need for a Handmaids Tale sequel, in the end I was won over by how she approached this. I just wish the ending was as solid as the start.

Cinfhen Stunning photo and great review. I‘m finding the middle section to be a little bogged down and the writing a little juvenile 😬😬😬 (edited) 2mo
Cinfhen That‘s not to say I‘m not enjoying the book; I was just expecting something of a higher caliber (edited) 2mo
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Redheadrambles @Cinfhen Yes, I think that‘s a fair analysis. I still found it quite propulsive for the most part but the very end was quite convenient? It‘s easy to think it is YA I guess because the protagonists are younger women. I am not sure she differentiated the voices enough? 2mo
Redheadrambles @Cinfhen pretty sure it‘s not going to be considered her best work unfortunately:( 2mo
Cinfhen I haven‘t gotten to the end yet, but I definitely think her younger voices are the weaker points of this book. 2mo
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Redheadrambles
Quichotte | Salman Rushdie
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

My first experience with Rushdie and I was quite taken by this one. It‘s a crazy, sprawling meta-fictional ride with a little sci-fi / absurdist bent. It does traverse a porous line between fiction and reality, there are Mastodons as a kind of social metaphor, alongside stinging indictments of aspects of modern day America, Britain and India. This novel has such breadth and yet remaIns funny, propulsive and grandly risky. Loved it !

Cathythoughts Great review! Stacked 2mo
Emilymdxn I loved this too! 2mo
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ClairesReads I‘ve got this lined up too- buoyed by this great review 2mo
Nute Fantastic review! 2mo
andrew61 Great review, im halfway through and if I'd have applied the 50 page test id have abandoned it but as I have persevered it is becoming really absorbing. 2mo
Redheadrambles @andrew61 great 👍🏻 I hope you ended up liking it in the end @Nute thanks 🙏🏻 2mo
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Kalalalatja
An Orchestra of Minorities | Chigozie Obioma
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“But I must render it all in as much detail as I can” - oh, how I wish you wouldn‘t. This was too long, with too many digressions which took me out of a story I had trouble enough following. Obioma‘s writing is beautiful, but it wasn‘t enough to save the experience for me. It is a shame, because I loved The Fishermen

#BookerPrize2019

JennyM 🤣🤣🤣 love your review! 2mo
Cathythoughts Yes. Great review 👍🏻♥️. I am a fan of the book though .. loved it 2mo
Hooked_on_books I had a similar response. I‘m beginning to think I should avoid the books on the Booker list. 2mo
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TrishB Interesting 👍🏻 I have but not yet reads 2mo
TrishB @Hooked_on_books I usually think like that too! 2mo
AnneCecilie I had some issues with “The Fisherman”, so then I‘ll stay away from this. At least for now. (edited) 2mo
emilyhaldi I got this from the library and returned it after reading just a few pages... glad I did 😅 2mo
Kalalalatja @JennyM @Cathythoughts @AnneCecilie @BarbaraBB @emilyhaldi to be fair, I don‘t think this was the right time for me to read it, but bad timing can‘t explain it all 🙄 @Hooked_on_books @TrishB they are always hit or miss for me. Currently reading Ducks, Newburyport from the shortlist, and I‘m not sure what I feel about the 1000 pages long one sentence thing. 2mo
Hooked_on_books You‘re so ambitious to tackle Ducks. As soon as I heard about the structure I said no way! 2mo
Redheadrambles Yep, this one was a trial and no mistake! 2mo
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Kalalalatja
Quichotte | Salman Rushdie
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This was a lot better than I expected! I have only read one Rushdie before, which I didn‘t love, so I had prepared myself for “meh”, but I ended closer to “yeah”.

It was weird and funny, with an abundance of current topics told through a story within a story - the opioid crisis, racism, politics, tv and film, and so much more.

It‘s a lot, I know. But unexpectedly well done. #BookerPrize2019

Caroline2 I‘m intrigued by this one. Stacked! 👍 2mo
Leftcoastzen I am very tempted, so many books released in the fall!Had to grab The Testaments on Tuesday, Rushdie stacked right next to it. 2mo
BarbaraBB Sounds encouraging! I‘ve loved rushdie in the past but somehow I fell out of love! 2mo
Simona I don‘t like his writing style, but somehow I liked this one too 🤔 2mo
Kalalalatja @Caroline2 @BarbaraBB @Simona something was just different about this one (based on one prior experience 😅). I think the humour helped a bit! @Leftcoastzen I know! This Fall is an abundance of great new books! 2mo
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BookwormM
Testaments | Margaret Atwood
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Amazon apparently had a delivery system failure and my hard back delivery was delayed. I didn‘t let that hold me back instead I ordered the Kindle edition and as you can see I whizzed through it. Can‘t wait to see what you guys think.

Personally there was 1 narrative I preferred to the others & I wasn‘t sold on the coincidences.

Loved the historical notes.

Interesting look at Gilead functioning & corruption.

Leftcoastzen Wow ,that was fast!I‘m about 80 pages in. 2mo
BookwormM @Leftcoastzen I have the week off work started this about 10:00 this morning read on and off all day it‘s now nearly midnight and I am off to bed. Blessed be. 2mo
Gezemice Wow, already finished! So fast! 2mo
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4thhouseontheleft Mine was delivered at 3pm. I'm only 30 pages in, because I had to stop to take my daughter to XC practice, and then dinner. Picking it back up now! 2mo
DavidDiamond Should one re-read Handmaids Tale prior to reading this? 2mo
TheBookKeepers Omg 💯 read The Grace Year next!!! That‘s my favorite new release so far this year!!! 2mo
Cinfhen The first Litsy review I saw!!! I‘m curious about the “coincidences” ~ I generally HATE that as a plot device 🙄 2mo
BookwormM @DavidDiamond personally I would say yes re read The Handmaid‘s Tale it also helps if you have seen the show at least up until the end of season 2 2mo
BookwormM @Cinfhen the beauty of the original was the unknown narrator with no real past or future I feel you kind of lose that in this book. 2mo
BookwormM @TheBookKeepers thanks for the recommendation I have 2 book club books I need to read first then I will hit this one 2mo
Cinfhen Interesting. I‘m afraid with all the hype I‘m going to be disappointed 😔 2mo
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Emilymdxn
Quichotte | Salman Rushdie
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#bookerprize2019 5/6

I‘m head over heels for this book. It did SO much, but pulled together so well and I never had difficulty following it. A retelling of Don Quixote, about an old tv obsessed Indian American man in love with a talk show host, his cousin fuelling the opioid crisis, on a road trip across America with his imaginary son, and the personal troubles of the author who writes him. Weird but beautiful, hopeful, so individual.

Kalalalatja I‘m currently reading it at the moment, and I agree with you completely 🙌 2mo
Redheadrambles It‘s sooo good and I was really surprised how much I loved it 2mo
andrew61 Im halfway through and if I'd applied the 50 page test id have abandoned it but as I have persevered it is becoming more absorbing. Great review. 2mo
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Kalalalatja
Quichotte | Salman Rushdie
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The MC of my current audiobook seems to be the kind of person who “gets knocked down, and then gets up again”, even if it is in a kinda crazy-stalker-ish way 😳 and I realize I make this sound more sinister than it is. Actually, I‘m finding it kinda funny and interesting, so far

#TubThumbing #RedRoseSeptember #BookerPrize2019

arlenefinnigan I've never read any Salman Rushdie, how are you finding it? 2mo
Cinfhen Hmmmm, never thought of trying it on audio! I usually don‘t get on well with Rushdie but I‘m considering another try 2mo
Kalalalatja @arlenefinnigan @AnneCecilie @Cinfhen I‘m only a couple of chapters in, but so far, I find it a lot more readable than Midnight‘s Children. I don‘t know if it is the audio format, but something about this book just works for me at the moment. So I‘m cautiously optimistic 👍 2mo
Reggie Sounds good! 2mo
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