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Ducks, Newburyport | Lucy Ellmann
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Zing! I‘m intimidated but intrigued by Ducks, Newburyport, and finding this on the Instagram feed from Text Publishing in Melbourne, Australia, I now think I might owe it to Lucy Ellmann to read her book.



Librarybelle I might have to read this one now, too! What a great response! 1w
jillrhudy 🎤 ⬇️ 1w
Susannah @Librarybelle and @jillrhudy I know! I would have loved to be in the room when she gave that answer. (edited) 1w
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The Wall | John Lanchester
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I don‘t usually love man booker nominees, and expected this to be slow and dry, but found it quite the opposite. Dropped in a world ravaged by climate change, I was completely engrossed in the story and all the questions I had - who are The Others? Where is the setting? What happened? - drove me to read ahead. Even though many questions went unanswered, I found this a very satisfying and enjoyable read. #manbooker

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Lost Children Archive | Valeria Luiselli
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Amazing...I see why it has gotten so much attention. So layered yet I really connected with all the characters. I listened to this on Scrbid and read the physical book. Great to hear the sound recording that are described in the book and get to see the pictures referenced. This is a text I would love to study. 4.5 🌟

Samplergal I just was looking at this and left it in my cart. Going back and buying it. Thanks. #manbooker 2mo
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Korede sure has a lot of patience ...bc having 3 sisters myself, I sure as hell wouldn‘t stand for the bat-shit-crazy behavior of her serial killer sister 😆 (please note: @Meredith3 @AnnieD @Reviewsbylola ). I loved the gradual reveal of the sisters‘ dark childhood, which ultimately reinforced their special bond... and fostered some unhealthy behaviors 🔪 Entertaining? Yes. #manbooker worthy? Hmm, I suppose there‘s a reason I‘m not a judge 😜

HardcoverHearts I agree that‘s it was fun but I can‘t see it as a Booker Award finalist! 2mo
JennyM Totally with you, Emily. Good read, but list-worthy, I‘m not so sure 2mo
Cathythoughts I bailed on this one. I think I‘m missing something... @JennyM I don‘t understand how it‘s on the list ... I‘m not sure either 2mo
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Kalalalatja Couldn‘t agree more! 2mo
Megabooks So I want to know, which one of you is most likely to be a serial killer?? Who do I need to worry about? I know Steph reads a lot of true crime... @Reviewsbylola @AnnieD @Meredith3 just kidding 🤣🤣 2mo
Megabooks And I‘m totally with you. I enjoyed it, but I don‘t think it will make it to the finals, much less win! 2mo
BarbaraBB It won the Tournament of Books, which I completely understand. But I don‘t think it will take away the Booker. 2mo
Mdargusch I‘ve been wanting to read this! 2mo
Reviewsbylola Which one of us would be the most obvious choice for a serial killer? 🤔 2mo
Reviewsbylola Hahaha great minds! @megabook. You‘ve gotta watch out for @meredith3 too. She did an art show with portraits she pained of Charles Manson. 🤣🤣 2mo
MrBook Great review! 😁 2mo
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The Wall | John Lanchester
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This book is as dull and monotonous as the endless concrete wall at its center. The dystopian plot is not well thought out nor clever- climate change has caused water levels to rise, walls are built surrounding Britain to exclude “The Others” from being able to enter, while the world seems to somehow continue otherwise unaffected- no food shortages, a persevering economy, etc. What the plot lacks is not offset by the writing... (cont. 👇🏻)

emilyhaldi Lanchester overexplains every thought or action of the narrator to the point that it could pass for a YA novel. I‘m confounded as to why this book has been chosen for the #manbooker long list. 3mo
Megabooks Blech! 3mo
Cathythoughts Interesting!!! Some of these Booker books ... I don‘t get it 3mo
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TrishB And I had been tempted by this one. I‘ve found I like them less and less each year. (edited) 3mo
Kalalalatja Well, I‘m in no hurry to get to this, then 😅 3mo
Redwritinghood Agree. This is definitely not the strongest of the Booker contenders this year. One thing that bothered me was how he said they produced all their own food, but they kept drinking tea and coffee. I was so distracted thinking “there‘s no way they could grow tea and coffee in England” every time a character drank tea or coffee. It was annoying. (edited) 3mo
batsy I love an entertaining pan like this one 😆 Nice review ! 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm I wasn‘t drawn to this one when I read the synopsis..🤷‍♀️ Nice review 👍 3mo
emilyhaldi Right! @Redwritinghood So many details that didn‘t correspond with the narrative. 3mo
emilyhaldi Glad to be of service 😆 @batsy 3mo
Reviewsbylola You‘re not a dystopian fan tho so why did you read this? 😆 2mo
BarbaraBB I did like this one but I recognize all you say about it. I think I liked the premise and was maybe not very critical. 2mo
emilyhaldi @BarbaraBB and I, on the other hand, tend to hate dystopian plots, so I was hyper-critical 😆 since this made the long list I thought I would give it a try but I need to stop trying to make dystopian fiction happen!!! 🙅🏻‍♀️ 2mo
BarbaraBB Haha. I do like dystopian sometimes. Do you hate them all? 2mo
emilyhaldi @BarbaraBB my hate for them grows with every additional one I read 😆 feels like the same trope to me each time. 2mo
Mdargusch Yuck. I never would‘ve picked this up. #justsaynotodystopian 2mo
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An Orchestra of Minorities | Chigozie Obioma
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I went on a bit of a #manbooker binge at the library. Which to read first??

Clare_Riley I‘m listening to The Wall at the moment and really enjoying it. I‘ve read My Sister and I liked it very much, but I am puzzled as to why it‘s making it on to so many of these book award long lists - I do think that there are other books out there that could be do with the exposure as well. Obioma‘s book is on my tbr list, it looks really interesting! 3mo
Cathythoughts Exciting! Look forward to your thoughts- I only tried Serial Killer & bailed #unpopularopinion for sure 3mo
emilyhaldi @Clare_Riley I ended up starting the Wall yesterday. While it‘s pretty entertaining and a quick read, I do NOT understand why it‘s on the long list... the writing isn‘t impressing me 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3mo
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emilyhaldi @Cathythoughts I‘ve had some reservations about that one which is why I put it off for so long. But seeing it on the long list motivated me to give it a try... we‘ll see! 🤞🏻 3mo
Cathythoughts Just started Orchestra... better than I thought , more readable... early days, we‘ll see. I look forward to your thoughts whenever you get there 👍🏻 2mo
emilyhaldi That's good to hear!! @Cathythoughts I think I'm putting that one off til last bc of its size 😅 but hoping I can get to it soon... 🤞🏻 2mo
Reviewsbylola Serial Killer is good and quick! 2mo
BarbaraBB Echoing @Reviewsbylola , Sister is really good! 2mo
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There we go again. No longer the #manbooker but still the #bookerprize. This year‘s longlist looks really exciting I think!

LauraJ Oh no! More books to read 📚 3mo
Ruthiella I love book prize long lists! I‘ve only read two (both thanks to the TOB)🎈 3mo
Kalalalatja I haven‘t read any of these! But I own the Obioma book, so hopefully I‘ll get to that soonish 🤞 3mo
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Simona O yes, looks quite challenging! 3mo
jhod I think its a great list, though I'm scared about the doorstop! 3mo
Cathythoughts Yes! I‘m looking at that door step too ..... 1000 pages 3mo
AnneCecilie I haven‘t read any of these. So I‘ll start with the one I already own, Lanny. Then I‘ll see if my library has any of these. 3mo
jhod @Cathythoughts just read the goodreads reviews and they make me want to read it! 3mo
Cinfhen Need to investigate 🤓 3mo
Severnmeadows I thought Girl, Woman, Other was a brilliant book, I really enjoyed it. 3mo
BarbaraBB @Severnmeadows Thank you! It‘s one of the most appealing to me! 3mo
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The Stranger's Child | Alan Hollinghurst
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I was sure I would love this book. Hollinghurst is such a good writer and I love his English-ness and his plots. At least I did in In the Line of Beauty and The Swimming Pool Library.
So I didn‘t want to give up but halfway through this one I had to admit I wasn‘t in the least interested in the parade of characters that came and went. It is more a portrait of England in the 20th century than a novel I think. For me that didn‘t work. #manbooker

BarbaraBB I read this book for #ATY2019: book by an author who has more than one book on your TBR. 5mo
TrishB I‘m hoping to get to In the Line of Beauty soon! 5mo
saresmoore Good to know! I really liked The Line of Beauty, too. 5mo
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erzascarletbookgasm Bummer :( 5mo
Cathythoughts I got a sample ( my new plan .. ) of In The Line Of Beauty last night @TrishB ... I‘ll get it for holls if I like it 👍🏻 5mo
NikkiRobson73 I also bailed for some reason I wasn‘t feeling Any of the characters 2mo
BarbaraBB Exactly. I was just bored by them! 2mo
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Man Booker Prize | Frederic P Miller, Agnes F Vandome, John McBrewster
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I have been meaning to read this #ManBooker winner for over 2 years now. So I scooped it up on sale for $1.99 (#Kindle and Apple Books)! I know it's a strange book and reviews are mixed, but I kind of like strange books so we'll see how this goes. 🤔 #kindledeal #kindledeals

Jee_HookedOnBookz I like strange books too! And mixed reviews always pique my curiosity! 😅 7mo
lele1432 @Jee_HookedOnBookz yesss lol I always have to see for myself! 🤓 7mo
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