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ClairesReads
Milkman | Anna Burns
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Thank goodness for this decision, and most perfect commentary from #tob19 this morning.

BarbaraBB Yes todays judgment was very well written. And spot on! 10mo
merelybookish No contest here! 10mo
mklong Phew, I would have been so mad if they had chosen IT! There really was no comparison. 10mo
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ClairesReads @mklong same! It was so bad! 10mo
ClairesReads @BarbaraBB absolutely agree 10mo
Redheadrambles It made my Saturday morning and I am so looking forward to seeing how this years competition shakes out 10mo
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles same! It was such a highlight! (edited) 10mo
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ClairesReads
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#tob19 and #womensprize reading for the weekend

melissajayne Heard about it on The Bookstore Podcast I think. 10mo
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Redheadrambles
The Italian Teacher | Tom Rachman
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Panpan

⭐️⭐️

This book takes a lovely photo and that might be one of the few positives I have for it, sadly.
All the characters in this were frustratingly two dimensional and the writing style was not one that brought me joy. I think I might have enjoyed it a little more if Rachman had continued with more of Natalie‘s perspective. 300 pages inside the head of “Pinch” was just too much for me.

#ToB19 #indiebuddyreads

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RealBooks4ever
Washington Black | Esi Edugyan
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Mehso-so

As entertainment this is a fine novel. It‘s fast-paced and interesting. The ending is a non-ending in that the story just stops. I was, after all, a bit disappointed with WASHINGTON BLACK.
#ToB #ToB19 #TournamentOfBooks #TournamentOfBooks2019 #TMN

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Marina_h
There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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Mehso-so

I wanted to love this book and I understand why it's considered an important novel but it didn't really work for me. I felt there were too many characters and voices, so the book lacked character development in my eyes. I think the ending would have had a bigger impact had I felt more connected to the novel and people in it.
#TOB19
#ReadingUSA2019 - California
@Librarybelle

Librarybelle I have a copy of this out from the library...great review! 12mo
LauraRenae Love this cover though! 11mo
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UnabridgedPod
Washington Black | Esi Edugyan
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Pickpick

What an amazing book. Edugyan focuses on the title character, George Washington Black. The book opens on Wash's childhood on the Faith Plantation, where he comes to know Titch, his brother‘s owner, an eccentric scientist who recruits Wash. The book covers the next five years of Wash's life, which force him to consider his life, his freedom, & his place in the world. The writing is gorgeous, and Edugyan's portrayal of Wash is incredibly affecting.

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BkClubCare
Milkman | Anna Burns
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Slow going. NOT due to the book! But me. Just can‘t sit still and let my mind focus? When I do, I am really savoring and thinking about this main character. Esther assisting. #DogsofLitsy #TOB19

9999 It took me FOREVER to read this. All my fault. I could not focus. Once I did, I really enjoyed it. It will come together about halfway through. 12mo
BkClubCare @sskk - oh good. I am creeping through! Abt at 40% and determined today to vanquish.. 12mo
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So Lucky: A Novel | Nicola Griffith
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Pickpick

So Lucky was an interesting listen for me. I really liked the focus on Mara's MS diagnosis and her journey toward advocacy. I've realized that this probably would have been clearer (again, for me) if I had read with my eyes instead of my ears--the surreal elements were tougher for me to follow (because I'm not a great audiobook listener). I'm not sure how this will do in the Tournament of Books, but it was certainly compelling!

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BkClubCare
There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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Very bummed that only two of the #TOB19 titles are on sale at the airport and I am not that excited about TT and Overstory is thick and heavy. #travelingreaderproblems #justgonnadownloadakindleUGH

BkClubCare On the other hand, I am always pleased to see books I have read and enjoyed. Educated, Am Marriage, Circe... 13mo
Ruthiella I love window shopping at airport bookstores 😀 Sorry neither TOB title is calling your name! 13mo
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Redheadrambles
Fruit of the Drunken Tree: A Novel | Ingrid Rojas Contreras
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Partly based on Contreras own experiences growing up in Colombia during the reign of Pablo Escobar. While not specifically a story of the Colombian drug war, almost everything that happens is a consequence of it.

This is an excellent exploration of the longterm effects of political unrest on children, the normalisation of violence and the physical and emotional toll it exacts.

Requires some patience but ultimately worthwhile.

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