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Bowlaway: A Novel | Elizabeth McCracken
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The tagged book is up for discussion first and I‘m about halfway through and am liking it a lot.

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The Summer #TOB reading schedule has been posted . . . And I find the choices uninspired. (Both books I was hoping wouldn't make it did. 😒)
So am I the only pooper? What one are you psyched to read?
@BarbaraBB @batsy @BkClubCare @thebluestocking @Megabooks @Rachel_nyc @Zelma @Redwritinghood @Suet624 @saresmoore

Suet624 Well I own the Marlon James and I‘d like to read Daisy Jones. I‘ll try one more bit not sure which one yet. 2w
BarbaraBB I‘m kind of neutral. I‘m happy Lost Children‘s Archive made it and I‘ll probably not read Marlon James. The other ones I don‘t know but I‘ll probably end up reading them! Thanks for posting! 2w
batsy Thanks for sharing. Lost Children Archive, Trust Exercise and American Spy are books that I'd like to have read, so that's nice. A bit bummed that Bunny and If, Then didn't make it! I wanted to read the Marlon James when it first came out, but some comments on how violent and rapey it is have made me go hmmm. 2w
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merelybookish @Suet624 Nice to already own one! 2w
merelybookish @BarbaraBB Yes I am also happy to see the Lost Children's Archive, since I've already read it! 😉 And I think it will make for good discussion! 2w
merelybookish @batsy I could not get through James's previous book, the one that won the Booker. I could recognize that it was brilliant AND that I found it an absolute slog. So no more James for me! And violent and rapey makes it easy to stick with that! 2w
BarbaraBB I feel exactly the same about the James though I did finish 2w
Megabooks I wasn‘t impressed by Daisy Jones. Too many one-dimensional characters. I‘m excited about Trust Exercise. I coincidentally got on the library list for it earlier today. I‘m unsure if I‘m going to do this because so much of what I read depends on library availability. We‘ll see... I like seeing everyone‘s opinions, though. 2w
mhillis I thought American Spy was interesting 📚 2w
BkClubCare I keep forgetting to check James‘ audiobook hours but I likely will use an audible credit on it anyway. 2w
8little_paws Lost children archive and trust exercise were both duds. I loved American spy and so far no verdict on BLRW. Waiting for my daisy Jones hold, probably skipping bowlaway 2w
saresmoore I agree with @batsy about Bunny and If, Then. I also want to read Sea Monsters because I think it‘ll be refreshingly different. The only one in this list that actually interests me is Trust Exercise. Ain‘t it always the way with this type of list, though? I wonder if some people just voted for titles they recognized. 2w
merelybookish @saresmoore Yes! One of the best things about the TOB is how they bring unexpected and unsung books into the mix. This is the kind of lackluster list you get when you crowd source. 2w
merelybookish @8little_paws Haha! I liked Lost Children Archive and have seen such divergent views on Trust Exercise (it Sparks real love/hate) there I am curious about it. 2w
merelybookish @mhillis That's good to know! One title that I'm not familiar with! 2w
merelybookish @Megabooks Ive seen so much hype around Daisy that it's made me leery. 2w
merelybookish @BarbaraBB Yes! I'd put it in the same category as The Overstory. A book I don't enjoy but can understand its.merit. (I would also add to that list 2w
Rachel_nyc I‘m mostly looking forward to Lost Children Archive and American Spy. I‘m dreading Black Leopard because of the violence and am not sure yet if I‘ll even read it. I have heard mostly good things about Daisy but I‘m always skeptical when there is so much hype. 2w
BarbaraBB @merelybookish I know what you mean! And what to think of 2w
BarbaraBB @Rachel_nyc I‘ve read Daisy. It‘d amusing but forgettable! 2w
BarbaraBB @merelybookish All books I have but keep postponing :-) 2w
Redwritinghood Nice! I have all of these except American Spy. I‘m reading Lost Children and Trust Exercise right now, though. 2w
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB Good to know. The wait for the ebook is almost 6 months at my library so I was going to buy it when I saw it made the tournament but I‘ll probably just wait. 2w
Megabooks @merelybookish I loved The Orphan Master‘s Son but I think that is only because I listened to the audiobook. I may not have even stuck with it in print! I keep on going back and forth about reading The Overstory #SortOfOffTopic 😉😉 2w
merelybookish @BarbaraBB OMG I HATED The Finkler Question! So much talk about circumcision. 🙄 Have not tried the Flanagan. And don't have much desire to do so. 2w
merelybookish @Redwritinghood You're on it! I'll be interested to hear what you think of Trust Exercise! 2w
merelybookish @Megabooks Not off topic at all! Maybe i would have liked OMS better if I had listened to it. I found it looong! 2w
thebluestocking I was a tad disappointed by the list too, but I‘m feeling okay now because I like the process and discussion as much if not more than reading the books usually. I liked Daisy Jones fine. I don‘t really want to read the James, but it‘s the only one my library actually has. I‘ll probably try and find others around. 2w
Zelma Well, one way to look at it is that only one of these titles will go on to the March Tournament. 😁 1w
merelybookish @Zelma Good point! 😀 7d
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Milkman | Anna Burns
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I am rereading by listening my favorite #tob2019 #tob book. So GOOD. Loving this repeat experience enhanced. #companionread #SayNothing

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The House of Broken Angels | Luis Alberto Urrea
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Excellent storytelling, although I did have a little trouble keeping track of the characters. I recommend the audiobook, read by the author. #ToB #audiobook

Suet624 Such a lovely book. 1mo
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Think I‘ll read a bit of this one until I have to give up and get some 💤. Hope some of you are still reading away! #readathon #ToB

Washington Black | Esi Edugyan
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Had some interruptions, but now starting this one for #readathon. Looks like it‘s going to be good! #ToB

Mitch Fab mug 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
readingjedi Love that mug 😍 2mo
Readerann @Mitch @readingjedi Thx, it‘s my favorite mug. I bought it at The National Portrait Gallery after seeing the painting. It‘s gorgeous! 2mo
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Samplergal It just came in my library holds! 2mo
ReadingSusan Oh my I love your mug so much!! 2mo
Readerann @Samplergal I‘m really enjoying it! 2mo
LauraBrook That one looks so good! Both the book and the mug, that is. Happy to see you‘re still at it. How‘s it going so far? 😘 2mo
Readerann @LauraBrook It‘s going well, although I never get as many pages read as I want to! Hoping to last for several more hours, but we‘ll see. As you mentioned, advancing age makes an all-nighter extra challenging. 😩😘 2mo
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The Overstory | Richard Powers
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This one will take me awhile - savoring it. #ToB

The Golden State: A Novel | Lydia Kiesling
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I wanted to like this...I really did. So much of it was unique, from plot to writing style. A single mother heads to northern CA for a hiatus from her life/circumstances & encounters quirky characters. But the sentence structure that lacked, well, ANY structure became exhausting, the lack of connective plot detail left me frustrated & the constant self-analysis by the narrator was far too indulgent for my tastes. 2.5/5 ⭐️

#ASwingAndAMiss #ToBfail

MicheleinPhilly Ugh. Yes. I felt the same way. 2mo
EmilyM I felt the same way. The only reason I finished it was because I got it as an ARC from Netgalley. 2mo
cathysaid @MicheleinPhilly @EmilyM Your commiseration makes me realize it wasn‘t that I just wasn‘t “getting it” but that this is a style that will definitely only appeal to some. I guess I just need my commas and periods and FOR GOD‘S SAKE A LITTLE STRUCTURE to enjoy literature. 2mo
BarbaraBB So sorry. I loved it 💜 2mo
cathysaid @BarbaraBB I saw that in the reviews 😬 And clearly many liked it if it made the #ToB long list. It just never clicked for me 🤷‍♀️ But I‘m glad you liked! 2mo
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🐓🐓🐓 She did it! A great outcome of my favorite Tournament. Thanks for sharing your favorites and frustrations! #ToB2019

Suet624 Oh! I didn‘t check today‘s result! Now I‘ll have to find this book. 😁 2mo
merelybookish Yay! And a decisive victory too! (I feel vindicated as many of the judges expressed my own feelings about Warlight, including "why are considering it for this prize?!" ?) 2mo
Ruthiella Yay 😁! I liked both finalists but am pleased MStSK takes the rooster 🐔. I love it when a zombie succeeds. 2mo
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Megabooks Definitely a fantastic book! 2mo
Blaire About to start this one! 2mo
Rachel_nyc So excited about the result and I loved Braithwaite‘s comments about her win. 2mo
Redwritinghood Interesting and exciting result. Not my favorite, but not a bad choice, either. 2mo
Zelma Yes! Sisters for the win! And am very satisfied by the finale after feeling a bit meh on the other books in contention. Already excited the Rooster of Champions. 😃 2mo
BkClubCare WOOT!!!! 2mo
thebluestocking I‘m super pleased at the result, if not the path. Thank you for hosting a cozy Litsy spot for #ToB discussion. ❤️ 2mo
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The Golden State: A Novel | Lydia Kiesling
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This is so skillfully written, I felt I was in the main character‘s head (especially since I‘m also a mother and married to an immigrant). I‘m not sure about the ending, but I did like the book. #ToB

Cathythoughts Nice review... I‘m adding to my audible stack 👍🏻 2mo
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