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Pretty excited about this lovely stack of books that came in at the library! I have Litsy to thank for some of these, and am looking forward to the first #CampLitsy selection as well! 📚

squirrelbrain Great stack - I see a few that were on the #campToB longlist too…. 6h
vivastory I just received a notification that my hold of Paradais arrived 📚 6h
Megabooks Fantastic stack!! 😁 5h
BarbaraBB Great stack. Good you are all set for the first #CampLitsy read! 5h
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This week I shall mostly be reading black books!

I started Ghost before I went on holiday but didn‘t take it with me. It‘s very unusual and atmospheric; I‘m enjoying it @Cathythoughts

Also about halfway through We Own This City; it‘s fascinating but perhaps not quite as amazing as I hoped.

And then, of course, I need to make a start on How High for #campToB, as I‘ll be Camp Leader in June!

Have a great week everyone!


Cinfhen Looks like a good plan 🖤 8h
Tamra Ghost in the Throat has such a distinctive character & style - I hope you enjoy it. (edited) 8h
BarbaraBB You‘ll be a great camp leader! Looking forward to it! 5h
Megabooks Looking forward to your #CampLitsy discussions! 2h
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Thanks all for participating in the poll! We‘ve tallied the votes, and our summer reads are now set. We‘re excited to share the winners!

We‘ll read and discuss half of a book each week. At the end of the month, Camp decides which of the two books we just read heads to the end-of-summer finale. There, you‘ll cast a final vote to decide which book will be our #CampLitsy summer champion!

We‘ll get back to you with the schedule soon!

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Hooked_on_books Interesting mix! I‘ve read two already, so I‘m in good shape! 6d
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books It would have been VERY surprising if you hadn't read one the books 😉 I hope you like the outcome, fortunately one of the books you voted for made it into our summer reads! 6d
batsy This looks great! I'm looking forward to reading all of these as long I'll be able to access a copy 🙂 (and maybe squeezing in The Idiot before Either/Or!) 6d
Cinfhen Thank you hosts!!!! I‘m more excited for our tournament- will try my best to read all but not promising 6d
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen You're having a busy Summer so don't make any promises! You know we're happy to have you join in the reading and discussions whenever you can! 6d
BarbaraBB @batsy I didn't even know Either/Or is a sequel to The Idiot but I liked that one too. 6d
Centique That‘s exciting! 6d
Leniverse I haven't read any of these, or the Idiot. And I'm still working on the Women's Prize shortlist. 😅 I better have myself a month long readathon. 6d
merelybookish Well this feels like a true TOB list. A mix of familiar, unfamiliar (to me) & a little weird. 👏👏 I also hope to read them all! 6d
youneverarrived Exciting! Hopefully I‘ll be able to squeeze in some reading while baby is feeding etc, might go the audio route for some of these. 6d
Megabooks Woo hoo!! So excited about this list! Soon we‘ll release the brackets. 👍🏻 @BkClubCare and @zenwldflwr noticed yours weren‘t blue and linked so tagging you here. @Suet624 I remember you also wanted to be on the tag list even if you didn‘t vote. Welcome to camp everyone!! 😁📚🏕 6d
Addison_Reads Awesome! I've read 3 already, now I just need to get a copy of the others. I'm excited for our #CampLitsy 😁 6d
Suet624 @Megabooks yes! Thank you so much for including me. 5d
BkClubCare 😍🤩🥸 Let‘s DO this! 📚 🏕 (edited) 5d
rockpools I‘m so excited about this! (Even if half a book a week suddenly sounds LOADS!) There a few on here I really want to read. 5d
Laughterhp Ooh nice! A good looking group of books! 5d
jlhammar Very exciting! Looks like Our Wives Under the Sea doesn't come out in the U.S. until July 12 so hoping that one will be later in the camp schedule. 5d
sarahbarnes What a great list! Looking forward to this - thank you for organizing it! 📚 5d
BarbaraBB @Suet624 Sorry I forgot to tag you! @Centique You‘re very welcome to read along too and join in the discussions! 🤍 5d
BarbaraBB @jlhammar Thanks! We‘ll keep that in mind! @Megabooks has researched publication dates in both the US and the UK. We‘ll work out the best time to read them and post soon about it! 5d
Suet624 @BarbaraBB no problem. You have a lot of names to keep track of! 5d
Kdgordon88 Looking forward to camp! Thanks, ladies. @squirrelbrain @Megabooks 5d
vivastory What great selections 👏👏📚📚 5d
Ruthiella I just got the confirmation from the library that my holds for True Biz and How High We Go came in! Woohoo! 😃 5d
Soubhiville Just got home from travels so I didn‘t get in on the vote, but three of these are books I would have voted for, so I‘m excited! Picked up True Biz on my trip. 🙂 5d
Soubhiville I‘m going to do my best to read along too. Could I get on the tag list? 5d
Centique @BarbaraBB I won‘t read along with the schedule I just love watching you all reading and having a good time! I‘ll pick some to read from all your reviews 😍 5d
BarbaraBB @Soubhiville Of course you can! We‘re happy when you‘re joining whenever you can and want! Tagging @Megabooks @squirrelbrain 5d
BarbaraBB @Leniverse I hope you like the outcome of the poll! 5d
BarbaraBB @Centique That is perfect of course 🤍 5d
Leniverse @BarbaraBB I don't think I voted for any of them, but all but one are books I almost voted for, so good enough. 😆 5d
BarbaraBB @Leniverse There were so many good ones on the longlist! I am excited to discover some books I hadn‘t heard of! 5d
Well-ReadNeck What a great list!!!! 🤗🤗🤗 5d
BarbaraBB @Well-ReadNeck Happy you think so! I was a bit underwhelmed by #CampToB so am glad we have our own Camp! 5d
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Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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The official TOB Summer Camp slate has been announced via Discord. #CampTOB #campTOB22 #CampLitsy

BkClubCare And the schedule has been published as well! 1w
merelybookish Wow!! You have the scoop! 1w
vivastory Interesting choices, but I'm honestly a bit disappointed as I feel like several of these will be in the end of year TOB 1w
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BarbaraBB Me too @vivastory I‘m not blown away. We were hoping for those obscure ones… 🤷🏻‍♀️ thanks for the scoop @BkClubCare!! Tagging @Megabooks @squirrelbrain 1w
squirrelbrain Ooh interesting! She says carefully, having seen our voting….Thanks for posting BkClubCare! @BarbaraBB @Megabooks 1w
Megabooks Interested to see how much overlap we have. I have already read three (Devil, candy, sea) and own YM. I plan on reading either/or but don‘t have much interest in trust. I, too, was hoping for a few that were more far afield and that I‘d be getting fresh reads. @squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB I‘m getting more excited about camp litsy and what we might read! 1w
Megabooks Thanks for posting @BkClubCare !! 😁😁😁 1w
vivastory @Megabooks Now I'm curious. Between Devil, Candy & Sea..which is your favorite? 1w
Megabooks @vivastory sea for sure!! The other two were solid picks, but sea blew me out of the water! Sorry for the pun 😉😉 1w
vivastory @Megabooks Mandel has yet to leave you adrift 🌊🤣I hope to read it soon. The Glass Hotel is a favorite of the year, so if she tops that 🤯 1w
BkClubCare @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain @Megabooks - I couldn‘t figure out how to copy/paste everyone 😣 So I am glad you saw this. 1w
Hooked_on_books Thanks for posting! I‘m with @vivastory and am a little underwhelmed by this list. I‘m not particularly interested in the Darnielle or the Stuart, and I was planning to skip the Egan. Happy to see Mandel on here (I‘ve read it and it‘s great), plus the Batuman, which I‘m really excited for. 1w
Cinfhen Ohhh, thanks for posting! This is pretty underwhelming 😬super glad we have our alternate tournament @BarbaraBB @Megabooks @squirrelbrain 1w
BkClubCare @Cinfhen - I don‘t have an opinion, really, but I am curious how many books were suggested and how many people contributed. 🤨 1w
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Tell Me How to Be | NEEL. PATEL
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Too many influencers here on Litsy - with #CampLitsy, #CampToB and #Booker22 yet to come 😳😳
But I really felt I need to read these!

BookwormM 🤣🤣I know which one you are blaming on me 1w
BookwormM Booker 22 is scaring me I have so many books to read 1w
Cinfhen I‘m 💯 sure you‘re gonna love this one….but I was blown away by the audio!!! Awesome #BookHaul 1w
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vivastory These all sound great! 1w
TrishB What a lovely pile 😁 1w
squirrelbrain I quite fancy this one, based on @TrishB ‘s review! 1w
BarbaraBB @BookwormM I know! And yet I can‘t control myself 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I hope to read it very soon! 1w
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain Yes, @TrishB is to blame for that one 😀 1w
Megabooks I‘m excited for the Kawakami but holding off until we know whether it‘s in #CampLitsy. I loved how to be as well!! 1w
Megabooks And I‘ve thought about getting Faraz Ali several times. 👍🏻👍🏻 1w
Cinfhen Me too @squirrelbrain that one from @TrishB caught my eye last week 👀 1w
squirrelbrain I‘ve requested the Kawakami on #NetGalley @Megabooks , just in case! Just my luck it‘ll be one of those I don‘t get granted. 🤷‍♀️ 1w
LMJenkins What's #Booker22? 1w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I know you and @cinfhen loved it so my expectations are sky high 😂. I read a great review of Faraz in a local newspaper and then @BookwormM recommended it as well. 1w
BarbaraBB @LMJenkins BookerPrize. I didn‘t use the right hashtag I think. 1w
Graywacke Great stack. You should try that little one in the middle. 🙂 1w
BarbaraBB @Graywacke I thought you‘d say so 😀 and I will. Soon! (edited) 1w
LeahBergen Nice! 1w
TrishB I hope you enjoy it ♥️🤞🏻 1w
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Not only am I excited to be hosting #CampToB with @BarbaraBB and @Megabooks I‘m also packing for a real life camping trip of my own.

Well, I think that‘s all my packing done, shouldn‘t need anything else! 🤣

Hmmm, maybe hubby and puppy?!

rockpools Excellent packing! Can I come? 1w
squirrelbrain Of course Rachel! @rockpools You bring some books and I‘ll pack some more toffee vodka! 🤣 1w
vivastory Toffee vodka sounds incredible! As do your books! 1w
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sarahbarnes What else would you need to take?? 😂 1w
BarbaraBB Hoe lowbudget all of this! I hope you have a wonderful time! @Megabooks and I will guard your spreadsheet 😉😘 1w
squirrelbrain It is absolutely delicious! @vivastory (They do a Toffee Apple flavour too) 1w
squirrelbrain Guard it with your life @barbarabb ! 🤣 1w
vivastory @squirrelbrain I think I will go see what I can find at my local liquor store tomorrow! 1w
squirrelbrain This is made in the English Lake District, Scott; you won‘t find it in the US. 🤔 Maybe something similar though?! @vivastory 1w
Megabooks I‘ll put the spreadsheet in a vault while you‘re gone! 😉 wish molly could join Henry. Even though she‘s smaller, she loves the outdoors (I don‘t 😂) and would be a fun camping buddy for him! 1w
Megabooks I hope you enjoy Carol! Should be a fun camping read. 😁🏕 1w
squirrelbrain Molly would fit perfectly in our tiny campervan @Megabooks - I keep telling Henry I‘ll send him back if he keeps getting bigger! 🤣 Good job he doesn‘t believe me! 1w
LeeRHarry Have a lovely time! 😊 1w
erzascarletbookgasm 😂 Enjoy your holiday. I think Henry is looking forward to his 2nd camping trip 😉 1w
erzascarletbookgasm Btw Toffee Vokda sounds very interesting! 😁 1w
squirrelbrain It is very yummy @erzascarletbookgasm ! (Henry won‘t be allowed any though!) 🤣 1w
youneverarrived 😂 the essentials! 1w
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Hi friends, we are excited to announce #CampLitsy, a Camp ToB-style summer read along run by @BarbaraBB @Megabooks and @squirrelbrain

Everyone is welcome to join!

We‘ve made a longlist from last weekend‘s nominees. Link to the list: https://bit.ly/3w5SSIN

Once you‘ve decided on your top 6, we‘ve opened up voting in this Google Doc:

We hope you‘ll join, vote and share! Poll closes on Monday 16th May!

squirrelbrain Tagging a few friends who may not have done ToB before, so shout if you want to know more! 1w
julesG Shout! 1w
Megabooks So excited to see what our campers choose from the longlist! 🏕📚 1w
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squirrelbrain @julesG - the Tournament of Books is an annual (American) knockout competition for books. Barbara runs a Litsy version alongside to see how our votes compare. It was my first year joining in this year - good fun! There is also a mini CampToB each summer, with just 6 books. We decided to nominate our own, which we did last weekend, as well as voting for them. When we‘ve picked the 6 we‘ll read 2 a month and vote our winner. 1w
rockpools **Kind of a whispery shout** When you were putting the lists together last week there were SO MANY I fancied reading. I think I‘m in, and I think I understand. As long as you don‘t require us to sign up to the grown-up tob because 🤯 1w
rockpools P.S. Nice spreadsheet 😘 1w
julesG Okay. Got it. Thought it was more complicated. 😬 1w
squirrelbrain I know @rockpools -there are so many good books! We had to take a few out even due to the dates not fitting; there were over 70! Could you tell my job was to do the spreadsheet?! 🤣 1w
julesG Spreadsheet queen! 1w
squirrelbrain No, just voting for books and then reading the 6 we choose over the course of 3 months @julesG (and chatting on here about them then voting for your overall fave) 1w
Leniverse Wow. So many books to research! I've eyed the ToB in previous years, but it was just way too many books in addition to what I had already planned on reading. This mini version looks doable though. 1w
KristiAhlers Y‘all have some great titles on this list! I‘m totally in for this! 1w
TrishB I‘ll do my best to have a look and vote. You know how rubbish I am at reading along with others! 1w
rockpools Next up in ‘things I didn‘t know I didn‘t know‘ - website Litsy shows who has stacked a book! The hours I‘ve spent going back through posts to see who I‘d meant to send stuff on to… (Thanks for adding the links to the spreadsheet, Helen!) 1w
squirrelbrain Ooh, good spot Rachel! @rockpools 1w
squirrelbrain It would be fab if you could vote @TrishB ! 1w
squirrelbrain @Leniverse @KristiAhlers - there are so many fab books. I ended up only voting for 1 of my own 6 nominations, there are so many others I hadn‘t even heard of! 1w
jlhammar Count me in! Just voted. Looking forward to it. 1w
squirrelbrain Yay! Thanks for voting @jlhammar - there were so many great books to choose from! 1w
vivastory Thanks for organizing! I'm really excited 📚📚🏕️ 1w
BarbaraBB @julesG @rockpools @Leniverse @KristiAhlers @TrishB @jlhammar So glad you all are thinking of joining. It‘s really low key and relaxed. Just a chance to read 6 probably great books during summer! 1w
Caroline2 Oh this sounds mega fun but I don‘t think I have any of those books and I‘m reallllly trying to stick to mount tbr this year. 😬 1w
squirrelbrain You could still vote @Caroline2 and you never know, one or two might be on Kindle deal! 😁 (I know you won‘t resist a 99p deal, never mind what you say about #mountTBR!) 🤣 1w
Megabooks Thanks for sharing Helen! Your spreadsheets are 💯💯💯💯!! 💜 and “probably great” @BarbaraBB 😂😂 but part of the fun is finding out for sure! 1w
Emilymdxn I would love to join this sounds so perfect! 1w
BarbaraBB @Emilymdxn Please do! Just read the two documents and choose the 6 books you‘d like us to read this summer ! We would love you to join! 1w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks You never know of course, we‘ve had some weird ones in the real #CampToB 😉 1w
squirrelbrain We‘d love you to join in @Emilymdxn ! 1w
Daisey This is so tempting! I see a few books that have definitely caught my interest, but I also usually have very limited reading time in the summer. I‘ll keep watching and see what‘s picked. 1w
squirrelbrain Why not vote anyway @Daisey ?! We‘d love to know your favourites! 1w
Caroline2 Oh yeah! 😃 I do love a good kindle deal. 😊 voted! ✅ 1w
squirrelbrain Thanks for joining in! @caroline2 😁 1w
Leniverse So... I've narrowed my choices down to 17. 🤣 Where do I go from here? 😅 Do I remove the ones I'm going to read anyway, or do I vote for them because it would make it more likely that I get the ToB books read? 😬 1w
squirrelbrain I got mine down to 13 before I chose my final 6. Then I picked one or two that I own but haven‘t read, and the rest were ones I *really* wanted to read. You definitely need to vote though @leniverse as it‘s so tight at the top, with around 10 books fighting it out at the moment! No clues as to which though! 😝 1w
Leniverse I paired it down, somewhat randomly, by removing the ones I have and the once that aren't published until June, and then made sure they weren't all bleak doorstoppers. And then I judged by the cover. 😂 I've voted now, but I'd happily read half the books on the longlist. 1w
squirrelbrain I saw that you voted Leni - thank you! 😁 CampToB is having a serious effect on all of our TBR lists! 1w
Oryx Voted. Couple that I was going to read anyway, but lots that I haven't heard of, but sounded good. When will the list be decided? Might impact my shopping on Saturday... 😉 1w
squirrelbrain Voting closes on Monday @oryx so we‘ll know the books by Saturday. Good idea for shopping…. We may be buying the same books! 😁 1w
jhod Voted! 1w
squirrelbrain Thanks @jhod - not long until we know the outcome now! 1w
Leniverse I'm ridiculously excited to find out which books to add to my shopping list for Saturday. 😄 7d
squirrelbrain Not long now @Leniverse - we‘ll announce tomorrow or Wednesday….. 😁 7d
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[updated a few days later: realizing the the Marra book is not available until August! 😣]

Ok, ask me tomorrow and it would be a different list!! LOL #campTOB #campTOB22 #campsuggestions22

And WHERE do you find grids to create pretty layouts - who has time for this?! Ugh this took me 30 minutes?!?!

Megabooks Great choices! I use the free version of pic collage. 👍🏻 2w
BarbaraBB Great choices! We‘ll make sure they get on our #CampToB longlist 😀 @squirrelbrain 2w
squirrelbrain I use PicCollage too. Great picks - I‘ll add them to the list @BarbaraBB ! 2w
BkClubCare @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain - thank you 😊Ridiculously excited to share and be a part of the Litsy-TOB enthusiast club. 2w
BarbaraBB Happy you‘re part of it! Stay tuned for our #CampLitsy idea, to be announced soon! 2w
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Olga Dies Dreaming | Xochitl Gonzalez
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These are the 6 books I suggested for #CampTOB22. Two are on the list because I just checked out from the library. 😃


Cinfhen I‘m shocked how many books are new to me!! I‘m LOVING all these #CampSuggestions22 2w
4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen took me a while to come up this list! This year‘s releases have my been on my radar as much as catching up with my TBR! 2w
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vivastory Great choices! I almost selected the Ali Smith 2w
BarbaraBB Great choices! I wouldn‘t mind a bit reading these! 2w
sarahbarnes Yes, the new Ali Smith! 2w
Ruthiella I considered the Yanahigara but have a strong suspicion I will end up on the 2023 long/shortlist instead. Yours is the 3rd vote for 2w
rmaclean4 So looking forward to The Dance Tree and the new Ali Smith! 2w
Teresereading I want to read DancingTree 2w
BkClubCare Woot!! Olga Dies Dreaming YES 2w
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This was hard - I‘ve stayed up way too late figuring out my picks for #CampToB2022 but here they are! Am so interested to see what books end up on the slate, this will be fascinating. And excited for another summer round with all of you. 🥰

squirrelbrain Great list! I really want to read your top 3, and I have the Straub on my list too. I don‘t know anything about the other 2 - off to check them out now…. 2w
Cinfhen I feel like we could run our own #Camp22 with all of these fabulous options!!! I need to investigate a few titles too @squirrelbrain 😄 2w
Ruthiella @Cinfhen @cariashley We could totally do our own version of this. There‘s already quite a bit of overlap in everyone‘s lists so far! 2w
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BarbaraBB @Ruthiella @cariashley @Cinfhen It‘s tempting to create our own tournament! I now want to read so many of the books that were nominated today! 2w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen @Ruthiella @squirrelbrain @cariashley We could make a longlist based on all suggestions we all made and let participants vote for the shortlist (6 books). Those six we can read in the months #CampToB takes place. What do you think??! 2w
sarahbarnes I‘m adding school for good mothers to my list! 2w
squirrelbrain Sounds like a wonderful plan @BarbaraBB ! Would you like a hand with pulling together the longlist? I‘ve never done Google forms before though, so you may need to teach me….. 2w
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain An excel would be fine, we can upload that on Google and share the link. I could make a Google form where people could name their six favorites for Camp? 2w
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain Do you really want to help? That would be great of course!! 💝 2w
Cinfhen Yes!!!!!! Do it!!!! I love that idea #CampLitsy @squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB 2w
squirrelbrain Yes, I‘d love to help @BarbaraBB - I‘ll send you an email. 2w
cariashley @BarbaraBB @Ruthiella @Cinfhen @squirrelbrain brilliant idea!! I love this. Let me know if there‘s any way I can help out! 2w
cariashley @squirrelbrain the Celt is one I found randomly going through The Millions book preview list, that just looked good/interesting. I‘ve been following Grant Ginder on Twitter forever and he‘s so entertaining, but I‘ve never read any of his actual work! 2w
BarbaraBB @cariashley Thanks! For now, @squirrelbrain is helping our! I sent you an email too Helen! 2w
squirrelbrain Replying very shortly! @BarbaraBB 😀 2w
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