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Im a Fan | Sheena Patel
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The characters are horrid, the plot is a combination of cringe and completely outside of my area of interest. But the rage against patriarchy, Capitalism, and white hegemony is magnificent. Would 💯% read an essay collection by this author. It took a lot of thought and reading reviews for me to work out why the book's protagonist is made so unlikeable, but in short I figure it's so she doesn't get the role of victim, and to show that while ⤵️

Leniverse ➡️ she is as bad as the man she wants to be with, he gets away with that behaviour because he is white and male and she is less successful because she is neither of those things. 1d
TrishB You‘ve actually made me want to read. 1d
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Leniverse @TrishB I'm hesitant to recommend it, as I think it's a bit of a marmite book. But it's short, so not much to lose! 1d
TrishB It‘s short and I got it for 99p so it won‘t be the end of the world! 22h
batsy Great review! I very much want to read this. 21h
squirrelbrain Great review! I‘m just about finished…. 16h
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Cursed Bread: A Novel | Sophie Mackintosh
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The prose was good, but the story was so vague and boooring until the last 15-20 pages of what was fortunately a short book. The reader is trapped in the fantasy/memory of what is clearly an unreliable narrator with a singular focus/obsession and no intention of explaining herself clearly. The prose, vague as it was, kept me going, and the end reveal made it almost worth it.
#WomensPrize2023 #longlist

TrishB I didn‘t enjoy her last book and this sounds very similar. 1w
Leniverse @TrishB This was my first book by her. I'll read another if it's less vague, but not if this is her whole style. 😂 1w
squirrelbrain This is the one I‘m least looking forward to…. 1w
BarbaraBB It reminds me of her earlier book too. Unstacking. 1w
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Children of Paradise | Camilla Grudova

A strange book. Prose was alright, but not spectacular. The plot was grim but barely there. The characters were really strange but distant. Even the MC/narrator is still mostly unknown to the reader at the end of the book. Full of movie references, many of which I probably didn't get. But I just can't quite stop thinking about it. So it's a pick, kinda. Would love to discuss it with a film buff.
#WomensPrize2023 #longlist

TrishB I definitely won‘t get the film references! 1w
squirrelbrain I tried looking up some of the films but couldn‘t get into enough detail to figure out any analogies or similarities to the chapters. 🤷‍♀️ 1w
Leniverse @TrishB @squirrelbrain I got some of the obvious references, but I also found an error! They said that the Boris Karloff Frankenstein movie was from 1953, but it's actually from 1935. The line editor messed up there! The characters would be appalled. 😂 1w
squirrelbrain Oh dear, that‘s a transposition error, as we say in the accounting world…! 😴🤣 1w
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Stone Blind: A Novel | Natalie Haynes
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I have never been a fan of Medusa‘s story…because SNAKES…UGH, but I loved this book on audio. It has a cheekiness to it that I adored. I may not remember it down the road but the reading experience was perfection and I can see myself revisiting it in the future. 5 🌟. #WomensPrize #Longlist

Ocean State | Stewart O'Nan
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I really enjoyed this book, from the #ToB #longlist. I‘m not sure if it should have made the shortlist, although it‘s certainly better than some than I‘ve read (!), but it‘s possibly not different or quirky enough.

It‘s my first book by this author and I loved his writing, both the scene-setting and how we really got into the minds of the characters, whether teen girls or their mothers, so I‘ll look out for more.

Suet624 I‘ve stacked it already but I‘m excited to hear you liked it 3mo
Cinfhen I think that part of why I I liked this book so much - it didn‘t need to be quirky or gimmicky or overly weird. I wish it would have made the shortlist. 3mo
sarahbarnes Great review! I want to read this one. 3mo
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TrishB Great review 👍🏻 3mo
Chelsea.Poole @Cinfhen agreed with the “gimmicky” of so many of these. It‘s nice when there‘s some that aren‘t. 3mo
Cinfhen Thanks so much @Chelsea.Poole 😁sometimes those quieter novels make a bigger impact ❤️🙌🏻 but I agree with Helen. The judges seem to enjoy or choose books that are more “off beat” 3mo
Ruthiella Sounds good, but I think I will start with earlier in his backlist and I‘ve never read him before, since this didn‘t make the shortlist. 3mo
BarbaraBB Great review Helen. I agree with you. A wonderful read but I always expect something unexpected from shortlisted books 😇 3mo
Hooked_on_books I‘m looking forward to this one. I read one from him years ago and it‘s still with me. I definitely need to read more of his. 3mo
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Glory | NoViolet Bulawayo

What exactly is this meeting that is, from the look of it, the great grand mother of all meetings, about? Thinking What kind of gathering is it that takes place at such a time of witches and strange monsters? Thinking. Have my feet accidentally brought me in the middle of something here? Thinking, Why is it just dogs at this meeting, as if they're the only animals in the Seat?

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The Colony | Audrey Magee
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#Booker22 #Longlist
This was such a compelling read for me.

Set in the late 1970s, an English artist moves to an isolated Irish island to paint for the summer: but it's not quite as isolated as he hoped. The Island is not cut off from the news of death after death as the Troubles roll on.

BarbaraBB My favorite so far! 7mo
Ruthiella I think this one is the most popular among Littens so far from the longlist! I put it on hold at the library, but the wait time is months, not weeks! 7mo
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Cinfhen Great review and gorgeous photo - I think this is my favorite too!! @BarbaraBB @Ruthiella 7mo
charl08 @BarbaraBB @Ruthiella @Cinfhen I think for me it's a really tough call - I'd be pleased if this won, it's a wonderful book - but I'm leaning towards Keegan's book as my "most favourite". (But I might still change my mind!) 7mo
Cinfhen I enjoyed that one too but it was a bit too slim. Although I wouldn‘t be disappointed if it took the prize. It‘s an exciting longlist 7mo
squirrelbrain This is in my top 3, and could be my favourite but I just can‘t decide between the 3…. (This one, The Trees and Maps) 7mo
JamieArc @charl08 While I loved this one, I adored Small Things Like These and think that tops my list so far too. 7mo
jlhammar Keegan, Everett and this one are my top 3 so far. Really hoping they all make the shortlist! 7mo
charl08 @Cinfhen so exciting! And I still have plenty to read. 7mo
charl08 @squirrelbrain ooh interesting. I still have the Trees to read. 7mo
charl08 @JamieArc I have my fingers crossed for it to do well. 7mo
charl08 @jlhammar I'm going into The Trees with high expectations. 7mo
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Case Study | Graeme Macrae Burnet
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#Booker22 #Longlist
On the face of it, this is the diary of a mostly unpleasant young woman going to see a therapist after her sister kills herself. This is interspersed with an account by "the author" of the controversial life of the therapist, supposedly a 60s counterculture rebel.

I'm not a fan of McRae Burnet: I didn't enjoy his last (also award nominated) or feel that I "got" this one either. ?‍♀️?‍♀️

jlhammar The diary of a most unpleasant young woman indeed 😂 I‘m finding her kind of amusing though. She clearly has issues. I‘m around the halfway mark. Eager to see where it‘s all headed. 7mo
squirrelbrain I liked it, but have no idea why it made the long list it just didn‘t seem special enough or different enough…. Or enough of anything! 7mo
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Ruthiella I didn‘t love his last book which was shortlisted either 7mo
AnneCecilie I wasn‘t a huge fan of his latest either, and take it from your review that I don‘t need to rush to this one either. 7mo
BarbaraBB I love your photo but I am not so much looking forward to the book after your review. I did like His Bloody Project though. (edited) 7mo
charl08 @jlhammar I never felt I understood where it went! 7mo
charl08 @squirrelbrain I read a review which talked about multiple selves and identity: but I didn't feel the book made me think about that in new ways. I'm probably missing something. 7mo
charl08 @ruthiella or me. I think I'll leave him for others to enjoy in future. 7mo
charl08 @AnneCecilie I wouldn't have picked it up if not for the longlist, so... 7mo
charl08 @BarbaraBB if you liked his last perhaps this will work too? Photo is from visit to RHS Bridgewater: gorgeous garden. 7mo
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Oh dear, it appears I collected even more reservations from the library yesterday, to add to the eleventy-two I already have! From this pile, I‘ll read Trespasses this week, as someone else has already reserved it.

I‘ve just started the Hart, which I think I‘m going to enjoy. Maps, on audio, is so good but a tough listen so can only do a bit at a time.

Then it depends what makes the Booker #longlist….

TrishB A lovely pile 😁 8mo
Cathythoughts You are going great Helen 👏🏻 I‘ve fallen behind, I‘m waiting for the list to come out now and I‘ll decide what I can do then 👍🏻😁 8mo
Cinfhen Oh right!! The long list is announced this week!!! Exciting 🤗🤗🤗 8mo
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squirrelbrain Ah, but I haven‘t read (m)any yet @Cathythoughts…. And I‘m sure the ones that I have read won‘t even be the right ones! 🤣 8mo
Cathythoughts Oh stop ! 😂 the flipping stress of it all …. Im sure your ones will be in there. I havnt even touched the surface… I‘m just waiting now ( 2 days. ) excited to see what comes up. (edited) 8mo
squirrelbrain I know @Cathythoughts - at least I‘ve got a huuuuge library pile of ‘possibles‘ and, if they‘re not on the list, I‘m sure some will go back unread… 8mo
Cathythoughts I love the excitement/ drama of it all. ♥️ 8mo
BarbaraBB I‘m waiting eagerly for the longlist too. Not sure if I will read them all but at least I can make up my mind then! 8mo
squirrelbrain It depends what they sound like doesn‘t it @BarbaraBB but, you know me, I‘m sure I‘ll try to read them all, regardless! 🤷‍♀️ 8mo
BarbaraBB You will! And you will pull me in probably 😉 8mo
Caroline2 Oh I have Trespassers and Devotion too if ya fancy a buddy read?? 8mo
squirrelbrain You know I‘m always up for a buddy read! @Caroline2 The only issue is that I‘ve already started Trespasses - about 70 pages in but not that much time to read at the mo so you‘ll probably catch me up! 8mo
Caroline2 @squirrelbrain Okey dokey, I just finished a book last night. I was gonna catch up on my chunkster but I can squeeze in Trespasses. 😉 8mo
Megabooks I‘m reading Trespasses this week as well! I‘m only 15 pages in though. 👍🏻 8mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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I‘m *totally* blaming this on you @JamieArc 🤣 After your post yesterday I totally fell down a Booker prediction rabbit hole this morning….

These are from the library, with a few more on order. (Either/Or is for #camplitsy)

I also requested about 10 on #netgalley, some of which have come through already.

I certainly won‘t read them all in 3 weeks (if at all!) but at least I have them in my sticky little paws if they do get nominated.

JamieArc Sorry….not sorry for helping put some potentially good books on your radar 🤣. I keep seeing this one come up and will probably go ahead and order it. 9mo
squirrelbrain That‘s one I couldn‘t find for ‘free‘ ie it‘s not in the library, BorrowBox or Scribd. I may try that on audio as I can get it on Audible, or I‘ll definitely buy it if it is on the longlist. @JamieArc 9mo
TrishB Wow 😯 great haul! 9mo
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Megabooks Interested to se what you think of Wahala because I 💯💯 think it is NOT worthy of anything Booker-related! 9mo
sarahbarnes I cannot wait for the list to come out!! And great stack! 🤩 9mo
CarolynM Great stack! I loved Elizabeth Finch, but it‘s probably not everyone‘s cup of tea. 9mo
squirrelbrain I may not even get to it @Megabooks - I borrowed it as ‘insurance‘ so no-one else can snaffle it if it does make the list. I‘ve not heard great things though… so it is likely to go back unread…. 9mo
Cathythoughts Oh no! This is exciting… I‘ll have to look up a few ( I mean get a few ! ) or I‘ll get that fear of missing out 😳📕 9mo
batsy Nice stack! 9mo
squirrelbrain I‘m sure these will be completely wrong @Cathythoughts - the #longlist will probably be books that none of us have heard of! 9mo
vivastory I haven't heard...when are they announcing the Booker long list? Excellent stack btw! 9mo
squirrelbrain @vivastory - it‘s the 26th July for the longlist…. 9mo
vivastory Thanks! It'll be interesting to see what is on the list. 9mo
Caroline2 Oh I loved Goon Squad so it‘ll be interesting to hear what you think of Candy House. 👍 9mo
squirrelbrain Yes, I loved Goon Squad too @Caroline2 but can‘t remember much about it… 🤔 9mo
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