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thebluestocking
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Pickpick

I laughed out loud throughout this short and pithy novel. Gerald's consciousness is literally stuck in Slack (though his body is not), and the whole book is written in the various Slack channels of the PR agency where he works. While I don't use Slack specifically, anyone who texts or works in the modern office world will be able to keep up. I enjoyed this one, even if the plot lines felt a bit thin. Now I'm off to search for sunset images.

thebluestocking (I wish I were clever enough to write this review out in text messages, with lots of :dustybroom: references.) 13h
Christyco125 That sounds like a nightmare. But maybe not - my slack channels are full of memes and GIFs. 13h
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ReadingEnvy This was so fun in audio. Do I think it is a deep or life changing book? Nah but they don't all need to be! 12h
cariashley :dustybroom: 😂😂 still makes me laugh 11h
sarahbarnes I haven‘t read this one. I might have to check it out! 11h
4thhouseontheleft This just came in on my holds shelf! 10h
Ruthiella This was a lot of fun and it made me laugh too! 😂 9h
Cinfhen You make me want to pick this up!! Because the plot seemed so stupid that I wasn‘t drawn to it at all. 7h
BarbaraBB Great review. It‘s a fun read indeed! 6h
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4thhouseontheleft
The Echo Wife | Sarah Gailey
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Pickpick

What a strange and twisty story! The Echo Wife follows Evelyn, a scientist whose husband steals her research to clone himself a “better” version of her. The consequences are dire and a bit outlandish, but I like how Gailey ties in themes of identity, grooming and abuse. My second Gailey book, and I‘m now hooked on reading everything they write!

#tob22 #tobshortlist
#pop22 reflected image on cover

squirrelbrain Great review! 16h
Suet624 This sounds really interesting. Now I guess I actually have to hunt it down. 14h
Cortg Sounds like a fun read! 11h
sarahbarnes I haven‘t read this one yet, but maybe I‘ll have to check it out! 11h
Ruthiella I didn‘t get the grooming overtones until I read the author‘s note at the end. I liked this but it was maybe a little too outlandish for me ultimately. 9h
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cariashley
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Panpan

Oof where do I start? I feel like the fact that I didn‘t like this book is a personal failure. It‘s an NYT top 10 and an Obama pick!! Maybe I shouldn‘t have done it on audio, maybe I‘m not smart enough. It seemed like such a great concept, but it was just not for me. Tagging one more nit as a spoiler in the comments.

Bottom of the #TOB22 list for me.

cariashley And WHY was there so much male masturbation?!? Sorry, but ugh. 1d
Megabooks Truth re: spoiler. I wasn‘t a fan either for different reasons 1d
Ruthiella Just got this from the library. I‘ll see if I agree with Obama or you! I‘ll try to keep an open mind. 1d
cariashley @Megabooks glad I‘m not totally alone! 11h
cariashley @Ruthiella I hope you have a better experience than I did! 11h
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cariashley
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Pickpick

I adored this big-hearted, heartbreaking book. Sure, it could have been a little shorter, but I really didn‘t mind and hope no one is put off by its size. It‘s a very unique story that says so much about grief and mental illness, but even more about kindness and compassion. This is my favorite of the #TOB22 so far - book 8 of 18 down.

Suet624 I‘m so glad I finished this one. The ending made it all worth it. 2d
cariashley @Suet624 totally agree! 11h
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Suet624
The Sentence | Louise Erdrich
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Pickpick

There were sections of this story in which I found I was holding my breath for far too long, sections where I actually gasped at the beauty of a sentence or a paragraph. The main characters were ones I rooted for and felt deep affection for. A ghost in a bookstore, love that is tender and quiet, brief sections on the pandemic that cut deep, and the aftermath of the George Floyd murder that were visceral. Erdrich is a master. #TOB22

kspenmoll Love your review! Must read! 4d
LeahBergen Great review! 4d
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Tamra All yes! 😃 4d
Suzze Her writing is so gorgeous. I have this on my TBR. 3d
Jas16 I have this on hold at the library and am now even more eager to get my hands on it. 3d
Suet624 @Jas16 There is so much that I haven't even mentioned about this book! :) I hope you enjoy it! 3d
sarahbarnes Beautiful review. Can‘t wait for this one to come in from the library. 3d
BarbaraBB Lovely review. It‘s a book I keep thinking about 3d
Megabooks One of the best tob book reviews I‘ve read 💜 3d
thebluestocking You captured the vibe well! I loved this too. 💙 I really hope it gets a shot at the #tob. I don‘t think a play-in book has ever won. 3d
Ruthiella I just finished it today also! @thebluestocking I think you are right that a play in book has never yet won! 🤔 3d
Cinfhen Great review!! This book definitely needs to make the play-in!!! (edited) 3d
thewallflower0707 I ordered this book and it‘s on the way to me 😍 3d
Suet624 @Suzze I can't wait for you to read it. I want to hear what you have to say about it. (edited) 3d
Suet624 @sarahbarnes It's well worth the wait. :) 3d
Suet624 @BarbaraBB I can imagine I'm going to have sections of this run through my mind for quite some time. This section, ““Sometimes late at night the hospital emitted thin streams of mist from the cracks along its windows and between the bricks. They took the shapes of spirits freed from bodies. The world was filling with ghosts. We were a haunted country in a haunted world,“ stopped me in my tracks. So vivid.

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Suet624 @Megabooks Ummmm, that's very high praise. Thank you! 3d
Suet624 @Cinfhen @ruthiella @thebluestocking I don't mind if it doesn't win the whole shebang, but it just has to make the play-in. 3d
Suet624 @thewallflower0707 I hope you like it as much as I did. 3d
BarbaraBB That is a wonderful quote. And it feels true. 2d
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BarbaraBB
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#WeeklyForecast 04/22

I‘m in a bookclub! Finally! Each month a Dutch author chooses their favorite books and will discuss it with the participants of the bookclub on Zoom. Out of Mind is this month‘s choice, an old favorite of mine. I‘ll reread it and am also starting another one for the #Tob22. Maybe some Africa later in the week.

Megabooks Good luck with Friends! I wasn‘t a fan. I‘m so excited you‘re enjoying your book club! 💜 4d
LeahBergen Congrats on the new book club! 👏 4d
sarahbarnes Yay for book clubs! I‘ll be interested to hear what you think of Country Friends. I haven‘t read that one yet. 3d
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thebluestocking Yay for a new book club! I hope it goes well. 3d
Cinfhen Yay!!! An author bookclub sounds fabulous!!! Can‘t wait to see the titles you‘ll be discussing 😍 3d
CarolynM That sounds great🙂 3d
Simona Ohh … discussions with authors must be very interesting! I‘m a little envious 🥺 3d
Suet624 Have fun! 3d
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Mindyrecycles
All's Well | Mona Awad
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My #tob22 picks in order thus far:

1. The Trees
2. Klara and the Sun
3. The Sentence
4. All‘s Well
5. The Book of Form and Emptiness
6. The Echo Wife
7. Intimacies
8. Beautiful World, Where are you
9. In Concrete
10. When We Cease to Understand the World.

Where am I wrong? I can take it. 😂

Matrix and Nervous System are in progress. If I finish everything including the remaining play-ins, I‘ll give No One is Talking another go. 🙂

Ruthiella I like your countdown! I‘d put Intimacies higher and the Echo Wife lower and I‘ve not finished The Sentence yet, but so far I like it quite a bit! 👍 5d
Megabooks No a fan of Klara and loved Intimacies. So glad we all have different opinions!! 4d
BarbaraBB Love this! I hope you‘ll get to Subdivision. It‘s one of my favorites this year. 4d
Mindyrecycles @BarbaraBB I‘m on track so far to get them all in. 🤞🏼 4d
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thebluestocking
Short List | L.R. MacAllister
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This is where I‘m at with my #tob reading. I‘m very pleased with the progress so far. Of the remaining books, I have the all but Nervous System in my possession or on the way. Maybe this will be the year I read all 18. 🤞🤷‍♀️

Favorites so far include When We Cease to Understand the World, No One is Talking about This, The Sentence, and The Trees. But I really have enjoyed most of these.

Cinfhen My top 4 at this point (because I still have a few left, which I may or may not read) are: No one is Talking, When We Cease, Trees & Intimacies. I did enjoy The Sentence, All‘s Well & the Echo Wife. I wasn‘t crazy about Libertie, Klara, Rooney, Country Friends, In Concrete & Copeland Cane. 5d
Cinfhen I forgot I read Matrix, it makes my Top 8 5d
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Ruthiella I still need to read 4 before I‘m a 2022 Shortlist completist, but I‘m pretty sure I can do it. So far my top favorites are The Trees, All‘s Well and Intimacies. 5d
BkClubCare 👏👏👏 It is fun to be a completist! Tho, I find that even if I DNF a title, it gave me a enough of a taste that I can enjoy the matches. I just started When We Cease on audio while driving to my new favorite small town post office 😂 5d
BkClubCare @Ruthiella - good to know! I have both Intimacies and All‘s Well from the library and have 10 days to finish. I am possibly not going to finish BookSpinBingo (nor my bookclub book🙄) 5d
Ruthiella @BkClubCare I know! While in TOB fever I struggle to read those other books on my various lists! 😅 5d
squirrelbrain There are 4 I haven‘t read yet, 3 of which are just about to be published here in the UK. I p,an on reading the Sentence, and maybe Our Country Friends if it‘s on Kindle offer. Then I‘m calling it a day. Love your graphic! 5d
Megabooks Great job!! 5d
cariashley Wow, I‘m so impressed! I‘ve read 7 and am going to keep plugging away! 5d
thebluestocking @Cinfhen You and I have very similar rankings! I hope the #tob judges agree. 3d
thebluestocking @Ruthiella I‘m sure you can do it! We still have about six weeks. Plenty of time! 💙 3d
thebluestocking @BkClubCare I‘ve never been on the completist team, but I totally get what you mean about having enough of a flavor to really be invested in the match ups. 💙 I‘m in the same boat as you with book spin. It‘s probably not happening this month! 3d
thebluestocking @squirrelbrain Thanks! You‘re killing it! It‘s difficult to be in a country where some of the books aren‘t even available yet. 💙 (edited) 3d
thebluestocking @cariashley Some years, seven is all I get to. It‘s just fun to read books along with so many people! 💙 3d
thebluestocking @Megabooks Thank you! 💙 I think you win the prize for earliest finisher. 3d
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Chelsea.Poole
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I stole this from you @BarbaraBB to keep track of what I‘m missing for #ToB22
No way am I going to get to them all but I have several on hold at the library. Just borrowed When We Cease to Understand the World. Probably going to stay away from All‘s Well and The Book of Form and Emptiness.

Well-ReadNeck 🙌🏼👏🏼👊🏼 5d
BarbaraBB You‘re doing great. I was thinking of skipping the Ozeki too. And Copeland Cane. But now I‘ve heard good things about 5d
Chelsea.Poole @BarbaraBB yeah, same! It doesn‘t seem like something I‘d enjoy but I also know these types of lists help me branch out and discover something I normally wouldn‘t try. I‘ll look for your review, if you read it 😊 5d
cariashley @Chelsea.Poole @BarbaraBB am almost done with the Ozeki and really really liking it, not to make things more complicated for either of you - it‘s a long one! 4d
Chelsea.Poole @cariashley thanks! This may be the push I need to go ahead and give it a go! (In a few weeks!) 4d
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Chelsea.Poole
Intimacies | Katie Kitamura
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Mehso-so

I‘m disappointed. I didn‘t make a connection with the main character, plus there‘s not much of a plot so I was left to meander through. And I fear it‘s forgettable. The positive: it did feel like a glimpse into a real life.
#ToB22

Susanita Beautiful cover 6d
BarbaraBB Great review. I see what you mean though I appreciated it more than you did. 5d
Megabooks Definitely character driven, so if you don‘t connect with her I can see how it would disappoint. 5d
Ruthiella @Megabooks is right. The reader is in the narrator‘s head all the time, and if that/she doesn‘t click with you, it‘s no fun. 5d
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