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thebluestocking
The Tournament | Matthew Reilly
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Here are my suggestions for this year‘s #camptob. I went with nonfiction published in 2022 both because they will not be eligible for the actual #rooster and because I loved the year they did nonfiction for camp. #camptob22

Chelsea.Poole Oh I love your nonfiction choices! I adore NF and didn‘t know if we could select it for camp. I‘m a noob at #ToB! Really looking forward to 2w
thebluestocking @Chelsea.Poole I love NF too! It may not be what they were looking for, but they said they wanted to shake it up and not have books that would otherwise be in the actual tournament. 🤷‍♀️ 2w
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Cinfhen I‘m soooo excited you chose to focus on NF!!!! 2w
vivastory That's a good idea about NF. I almost included the following on my list 2w
squirrelbrain Great idea to choose NF and some great choices! It‘s all new to me too @Chelsea.Poole so I didn‘t know they‘d had NF in the past either. 2w
Ruthiella Fantastic idea! I would love it if this were the real list. I don‘t read enough Nonfiction and need challenges like this to encourage me. 2w
Amiable Love the suggestion for NF. Because I love NF. Currently reading “Ancestor Trouble” right now, in fact! 2w
BarbaraBB I love that you went with NF. It would make me go completely out of my comfort zone but I‘d love that. 2w
ReadingEnvy Great idea! I nominated 5 novels I already had eARCs of. 🤭 2w
merelybookish That would be an excellent way to keep the two tourneys separate! And I'm dying to read Ancestor Trouble. I'm also curious about The 90s although worried the nostalgia might kill me. 🙈 2w
Megabooks Great choices! I‘d like a NF option. 2w
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BarbaraBB
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What do you think of the new way of selecting books for #CampToB22?

I see why the overexposure of some books makes them want to try a different approach but I‘m not sure if we readers can come up with the right books. I mean that part of the fun is that #ToB always comes up with obscure books I‘d never heard of. I am a bit scared that we‘ll be reading bestsellers this summer. What do you think?
And will you send in suggestions?

Ruthiella Hmmm. Can they be published ANY year? Or just in 2022? 2w
Cinfhen I think it‘s a cool idea but definitely will probably feature bigger named authors 😔I‘m curious though! And I‘m trying to come up with some suggestions- are you?? 2w
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella I assume 2022 but am not sure! 2w
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BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Me too! Can‘t wait to see your suggestions! Will you post them? 2w
Cinfhen Ohhh, I will!!! That‘s a fun idea!!!! 2w
Cinfhen I accidentally deleted the email 🫣can you please send me the link ( if it‘s possible) 2w
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella Yes they should be published in 2022, I just read! 2w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I‘ll post mine too, that‘s fun indeed! 2w
Cinfhen Thanks SO MUCH xxx 2w
Hooked_on_books Yeah, I don‘t love their plan. I agree about them finding obscure or small press books I may not otherwise find. I think they should instead make a rule that, say, the top 4 finishers in CampTOB are automatically ineligible for inclusion in TOB. Then they could still pick unusual stuff and not end up with the same winner of both or overexposure. 2w
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books I thought in the past only the winner of Camp was included in the real tournament. That worked well I thought. But you read so many books: what 6 books would you suggest for this year‘s camp? 2w
Hooked_on_books Oh gosh, I‘m bad at the “most anticipated” thing. I‘ll have to think about it a bit! 2w
Hooked_on_books Ok, I‘ve thought of two: Either/Or by Elif Batuman and Unlikely Animals by Annie Hartnett. 2w
Hooked_on_books Also, Woman of Light by Kali Fajardo-Anastine and Nuclear Family by Joseph Han. (Maybe I‘m better at this than I thought.) 2w
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books Of course you are! I need to check them out immediately 😀🤍 2w
merelybookish I guess a lot of TOB fans were disappointed about Klara winning both tourneys! I will be interested to see how this goes. I have my reservations but don't care much if they muck about with Camp TOB as long as they don't change the official tournament. 🙂 2w
ImperfectCJ Totally new to Camp ToB, so no particular opinion about the change. I'm not great at picking (or even being aware of) books out during the current year. I rely a lot on stumbling across reviews and don't keep up well with new releases (there are only two 2022 books on my TBR right now), so I'm most likely just going to sit back and watch what other people pick. :-) 2w
Soubhiville I‘m really just a lurker on all your ToB discussions, but always love seeing all of your reviews. I feel like I might jump in on it? And I‘m adding a bunch of all of your suggestions to my TBR seeing your posts this morning! (edited) 2w
Larkken I‘ve only recently started paying attention to ToB (by working through the 2021 bracket, lol) and I‘m loving that it‘s bringing to my attention books I hadn‘t thought of before, instead of making me choose 😂 but I‘m still happily following and stacking these books! Yay new books!! 🥰 2w
RidgewayGirl The one thing this new rule did is made me scour the “most anticipated” lists. 2w
sarahbarnes Great idea! I will be posting mine! 2w
thebluestocking I loved the year they did nonfiction for Camp, so that‘s what I recommended! It‘ll be interesting to see what they do. I‘m fine with mixing it up. I didn‘t find the “double exposure” but I didn‘t like Klara. 2w
vivastory I like this idea. I do think there is a bit of a problem with overexposure. I'm going to do some digging & see what I find. 2w
cariashley This is interesting! I like that they‘re changing it up - I was definitely one of the people peeved about Klara. And the overexposure problem is real for me personally, at least when it comes to picking a zombie so early, before I‘ve read most of the books. I‘ll put some thought into what books I‘d like to see for the summer! 2w
BkClubCare I will be looking at the suggestions offered on the almost last day of March‘s TOB; everyone offers their next anticipated TOB books. I wrote them all down but not sure where I put it (tho my added-to-gr around that time could be a guide) I am reading Devil House now because it seems something TOB-ish. I might offer it. I also want to suggest Joan is Okay. 2w
BarbaraBB @Soubhiville You are very welcome to jump in! I‘ll tag you when the summer tournament starts! And if you like to share your most anticipated reads that you hope will make it to #CampTob we‘d love that! 🤍 2w
BarbaraBB @merelybookish totally agree! Don‘t mess with the real ToB! 2w
BarbaraBB @Larkken I know what you mean. So many great books! 2w
BarbaraBB @RidgewayGirl I did too! And they are quite comparable! Do you have any favorites for the summer tournament? To me, you are definitely the expert! 2w
BarbaraBB @thebluestocking A non fiction camp? I don‘t even remember! 2w
BarbaraBB @BkClubCare oh really? That must be such an interesting list! I hope you will find and share it. In the mean time I will look out for both books you suggest! 2w
BarbaraBB @sarahbarnes @vivastory @cariashley Very curious of your most anticipated reads! 2w
Addison_Reads I'm loving everyone's posts/suggestions. This will be my first CampToB and I'm excited to see what books make it in. I'll try and see if I can come up with books I'd like to see included. 2w
BarbaraBB @Addison_Reads So many great suggestions in everyone‘s posts, you‘re right! I am looking forward to your choices if you find them! 2w
thebluestocking @BarbaraBB I just went back to find it. It was not a tournament-style thing, just a discussion. https://themorningnews.org/article/welcome-to-the-rooster-nonfiction-popup 2w
BkClubCare @thebluestocking - I really enjoyed that Nonfiction TOB! 2w
BarbaraBB Super interesting Jessica! @thebluestocking 2w
4thhouseontheleft I kind of like this idea, as long as we don‘t end up with the typical bestsellers! 2w
Readerann @BarbaraBB I will have to be a lurker for CampToB as I am focusing on my old TBR for awhile. But please keep me tagged so I can keep adding new books to replace the ones I‘m reading - thereby ensuring my TBR remains ridiculously long and unmanageable. 🤣 (edited) 2w
BarbaraBB @Readerann haha I know what you mean! Will keep tagging you! 2w
Well-ReadNeck How do we send in suggestions? Does anyone have a link? 2w
BarbaraBB @Well-ReadNeck I have posted the link above, in the comments! (edited) 2w
Well-ReadNeck @BarbaraBB OMG! yes! Thanks. Didn‘t scroll back far enough. Felt like I was missing some of the convo. Sorry! 2w
BarbaraBB @Well-ReadNeck I hope you‘ll post your suggestions too. We‘re planning to make a longlist of all suggestions and play our own #CampLitsy 😀 2w
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Avanders
Trees | Percival Everett
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Overdue for an update!
Tagged: Really impressive. See @Marchpane ‘s review on Goodreads 😉🌟🌟🌟🌟
🧙🏽‍♀️: good, quick, fun, tho not quite “as advertised.” ⭐️⭐️⭐️
⭕️🌈: blech #unpopularopinion ⭐️⭐️
🇫🇷🏢: loved the audio version! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Reading: Wandering 🐺 (great so far)
Listening: Ministry 🕋 (intriguing!)

Won: another Reese book! 🤩♥️ Her YA/Pick for May

Received: #LitsyRecipeSwap package from Canada! 🥰💌 Thank you @LeahBergen ! ♥️

LeahBergen Yay! I‘m glad it arrived. 😘😘 2w
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BarbaraBB
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The first quarter of the year I‘ve read 20 books for #pop22, including 4 of the advanced prompts. They are randomly pictured so not corresponding with the numbers of the prompts, I was too lazy to figure out how to do that 🤷🏻‍♀️

Cinfhen Hahaha 😝 I hear you about organizing the collage 💕 2mo
Cinfhen Looks great!!! 2mo
squirrelbrain You managed to get most of the #tob books in there - well done on the #doubledipping! 2mo
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Suet624 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
Cortg Impressive 😆 2mo
KarenUK What Helen said! Excellent #doubledipping and great progress… Any favorites? 2mo
Megabooks Fantastic! 👍🏻👍🏻 2mo
BarbaraBB @KarenUK I think you read most of them?! Many were good but the one that comes to mind now is 2mo
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Chelsea.Poole
The Trees: A Novel | Percival Everett
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Absolutely dynamite! I won‘t be able to offer anything more than what has already been said about this one-of-kind novel, but will add my name to the list of those blown away by it. I think someone has said this here, but it‘s all I can come up with — the funniest book about racism and injustice I‘ve ever read. This is a testament to the author‘s skill. I must read others by Everett. Read this for the Tournament of Books which has broadened ⬇️

Chelsea.Poole (⬆️cont.) my reading horizons. I am going make a point to read the #ToB titles every year since I‘ve discovered some amazing books this year. 📚 ♥️ 2mo
BarbaraBB Glad you got a chance to read it and I am happy you loved it too! 2mo
Bookboss I just bought this! 2mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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#BookReport
Cost - decent
Real American - great memoir!
The Sentence - loved it! Finally read for #ToB

#WeeklyForecast
Really looking forward to what I have lined up for this week! All 3 I‘ve been looking forward to— I am is for #booked2022

Currently
The Trees is just as excellent as everyone has been saying (I‘m only about 25% in)!
LOVE The Murder Book!! Probably will finish today.
Ballerinas - halfway and meh.

jlhammar Yes, Murder Book is great! I just about died laughing at the First Wives Club part. Glad to hear you are digging The Trees. You have a great reading week ahead of you. Scoundrel is very good. 2mo
BarbaraBB I hope you‘ll keep on loving 2mo
vivastory I picked up The Trees from the library the other day. Looking forward to it 2mo
Cinfhen So much GOOD STUFF here!!! #screenshot 🤩 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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sarahbarnes
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I was happy this finally came in at the library so I could read it, and was glad it made the first #ToB cut. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. It sucked me in and I liked the blurred lines between fact and story. The ending was pretty phenomenal.

Chelsea.Poole Also loved the end! 2mo
BarbaraBB That first chapter was so good too! 2mo
batsy I loved it too! And that ending was truly something. 2mo
sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB yes, the first chapter pulled me in immediately! 2mo
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merelybookish
Trees | Percival Everett
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This book blew me away. Lynching & other gruesome murders do not seem the topic of a fast-paced, funny, entertaining novel. And yet this book manages to achieve that. The brutal legacy of lynching is not trivialized & somehow is made readable. It's pretty amazing! And almost perfection but things fell apart for me in the last 20 pages. Still, an impressive feat! This is Everett's 3rd time in the #TOB. I won't be sad if he finally wins it all 🐓

Addison_Reads Great review! I think this book has a good chance of winning it all. 2mo
Jas16 This book blew me away too. 2mo
Ruthiella Loved this one. It‘s been a while, but I thought it ended well. I just didn‘t quite understand why the scene where Dinah /Gertrude and Agent (Jim?) are locked in the walk in freezer. (edited) 2mo
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merelybookish @Addison_Reads Thanks! Yes, I think it does too. 2mo
merelybookish @Jas16 It is really an achievement! 2mo
merelybookish @Ruthiella Yeah, Jim let Gertrude off the.hook. But the Trump speech and other things felt heavy handed. I knew it was going to be a tricky story to end successfully. 2mo
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squirrelbrain
The Trees: A Novel | Percival Everett
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Interesting article in today‘s Observer newspaper. It will be interesting to see the #tob outcome tomorrow, along with the judge‘s comments. I‘d like this book to win the tournament overall.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/mar/12/percival-everett-id-love-to-write-...

Suet624 I want The Trees to win it all too! So good. 2mo
Ruthiella I would also love to see this book take the Rooster! 🐓 2mo
thebluestocking I think Trees has the best shot of winning. I‘ll check out the article. Thanks for posting! 2mo
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sarahbarnes Agreed - it‘s so good! Thanks for sharing. 2mo
cariashley Great article! This book is so, so excellent. Thanks for the tag! 2mo
BarbaraBB I love that he always returns to 2mo
Megabooks Thanks for the link! 2mo
Hooked_on_books I look forward to reading this. I want this one to win, too! It‘s absolutely incredible! 2mo
Mindyrecycles Love it! “I‘m happy to say I‘ve pissed off a lot of people for my stereotyping of the white characters. Someone in an interview [objected] and my response was: “Good, how does it feel?”” 2mo
squirrelbrain I loved that part too! @Mindyrecycles 2mo
Readerann Interesting interview! Thx for the tag. 2mo
kwmg40 Great article! Thanks for the tag. 2mo
rockpools In case you‘re interested… Influx have a sale of Percival Everett‘s backlist at the mo: https://www.influxpress.com/shop?category=SALE 2mo
squirrelbrain New books?! @rockpools Always interested…. Off to check it out now! Thank you! 😘 (edited) 2mo
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