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Joined January 2018

"All the reading she had done had given her a view of life they had never seen." Matilda- Roald Dahl
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People have told me to read this book since it first came out. I put it off because historical fiction has to be a genre I'm in the mood for in order to appreciate it.

This book deserves all the praise it has received. The writing is simply exquisite, and I was drawn into this world and the characters and felt like part of the hotel.

Really beautiful story that I should have read sooner.

Librarybelle I started this years ago and had to stop because of work/life. I need to get back to it…I really enjoyed what I had read! 2mo
MaGoose I've been wanting to read this book since it came out. But other books have always enticed me away. I need to get this one read soon. 2mo
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Uncultured: A Memoir | Daniella Mestyanek Young
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I will read anything about a cult. That being said, this book will not be for everyone, but Daniella has written an heartfelt memoir of her childhood in The Children of God cult and how that shaped her life.

I didn't know much about this cult, so I learned a lot. It was fascinating to me how she compared her childhood to her years in the military, too.

This is a difficult read, with many triggers, but it is one that is worth the read.

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Godkiller | HANNAH. KANER
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When I saw this cover, I couldn't resist reading it. Going in completely blind, I found myself quickly wrapped up in this adventurous story.

The story focuses mainly on four characters and their connection to each other as they navigate a world once ruled by many gods. Worshipping gods is now forbidden, but our four travelers desperately need help from the gods.

The characters are well-developed, and the action will keep you reading. 💚

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They Do it with Mirrors | Agatha Christie
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I only started reading Christie in the last few years. This year, I'm reading through the Miss Marple series with a friend.

This is book 5 in the series and one of the stronger ones, in my opinion. Marple is a part of the story from page one, which I love because she's such a great character. The mystery had several layers to it, making it a bit more complex than previous books.

Overall, I had a wonderful time at Stoneygates with Miss Marple.

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James: A Novel | Percival Everett
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I'm back! At least for now. 😁 I've missed seeing your reviews, and I'm excited to see what you've all been reading.

This year, I'm not doing challenges and instead just reading what I want without any pressure. I found I was getting too competitive with my challenges, and it was making reading less enjoyable.

Here are some of my favorites I've read so far this year. 💚

Librarybelle Welcome back!! 2mo
Aimeesue Gus McCrea 🤎🤎🤎 (edited) 2mo
marleed Welcome back! I simplified my reading challenges, as well! 2mo
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sherrisilvera Lonesome Dove is one of my all-time favorites. 2mo
Ruthiella Welcome back! 😃 2mo
Reggie Welcome back!!! Good to see you again! 2mo
vivastory Welcome back 💙 2mo
BarbaraBB So good you‘re back and with some excellent reads so far 🤍🤍 2mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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I'll be taking a break for a bit from reading challenges and Litsy.

No worries, though, I will return, just not sure when. 😊

I wish you all a wonderful New Year, and I look forward to seeing all the great books you've read when I return.

AnnR Happy New Year to you, too. ❄️🎄(I'm also taking a break from reading challenges for a while.) 6mo
Ruthiella Happy New Year! It‘s a great ideal to take a break, reflect, regroup and recharge . 6mo
Tamra Happy New Reading Year! 6mo
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Deblovestoread Happy New Year! Enjoy your break. 6mo
IndoorDame Happy New Year! 6mo
Librarybelle Happy New Year! Enjoy your break! 6mo
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Love this quote and 100% support breaks. Have a very Happy New Year! 🥰 6mo
dabbe Happiest of New Years, and enjoy your break! 💙❄️💙 6mo
Reggie As someone who takes about 2 months every year I understand this. Happy New Year and hopefully see you soon! 5mo
BarbaraBB I only read this now, realizing I miss our interactions on the Litsy ToB books. I hope you are doing well and will be looking forward to your return ❤️ 3mo
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Mehso-so

#tob24 long list

Perhaps it's me and not the book because, to be honest, I don't have anything negative to say about this read. It just didn't really resonate with me personally.

I can see the appeal for others with this book, but for me, it has a good premise/story and forgettable characters.

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Idlewild | James Frankie Thomas
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#tob24 long list

Give me a story with well-developed characters that allow me to see and experience the world around them, and I am hooked. Idlewild was such an enjoyable read that made me think, made me feel, and even surprised me.

It's a great story about growing up and reflecting, and the 9/11 storyline was very well handled in it.

And, I loved the ending. 😁

squirrelbrain This seems to be a fave with many of us! 6mo
Megabooks The ending was spectacular! 6mo
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Time's Mouth | Edan Lepucki
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Mehso-so

#tob24 long list

Another just okay read from the list for me. As a fan of a sci-fi, time travel, and books about cults, I liked many aspects in this complex story following a woman, Ursa, who can travel back to memories of her past.

This story has a lot to it with trauma, love, and family relationships. In the end, it could have used some editing because all of the different themes become heavy and ultimately get lost amongst each other.

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Sparrow | James Hynes
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#tob24 long list

Sparrow is probably one of the toughest reads I've read all year. My emotions were all over the place with this unflinching story of a young boy growing up in a Roman brothel. It is a wonderfully written historical fiction that will leave you utterly drained yet satisfied when finished.

If you are a fan of books like Shuggie Bain, this book reminded me of that in the way it brutally attacked my emotions.

squirrelbrain I keep borrowing this from the digital library and then returning it unread. I did like Shuggie though… 🤔 6mo
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Dayswork: A Novel | Chris Bachelder, Jennifer Habel
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Mehso-so

#tob24 long list

Moby Dick is one of my favorite books, so when I started this book about someone researching Melville, I was excited.

The good: I thought the story was unique and enjoyed the back and forth between Melville's life and the life of the main character. I was also a fan of how things became more blurred between what was real and what was research as the story unfolded.

The bad: For me, the big turn-off is not knowing what ⬇️⬇️

Addison_Reads information about Melville is actually true and what might have been sensationalized for the overall benefit of the story. 6mo
Graywacke Hmm. I might need a biography first. 🙂 6mo
Megabooks I felt like this was this year‘s ➡️ which frustrated me for the same reasons. 6mo
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The Lost Journals of Sacajewea | Debra Magpie Earling
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It isn't a normal thing for me to bail, but as time ticked away on this library hold and I found myself unable to connect, and kept having to restart from the beginning each time I tried because I was confused about what was happening, I decided to return it in the hopes the next person would have better luck. 😁

I don't think I'll attempt to revisit this one later. It hurts my head just thinking about it.

BarbaraBB I won‘t bother with this one 😂 6mo
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Ruthiella I rarely bail either, but I often wish I could more often. It‘s such a relief. I think you made the right call! 6mo
squirrelbrain I rarely bail either but I did with this. Or at least I ‘hibernated‘ it and intended to come back to it if it made the short list. Seeing as I‘m reading the Turkey list instead it‘s now a bail! 🤣 6mo
Chelsea.Poole I‘m reading this one now and I‘m intrigued, but I definitely get what you‘re saying, it‘s not one I‘m eager to pick up. 6mo
BkClubCare Oh dear. Mood and timing, sometimes, kills a book experience. At least for me (I could steal this first paragraph for Am Mermaid! I just bailed on it 😢) 6mo
Hooked_on_books Interesting, two bails now, you and Helen. I‘m curious about this one and will probably end up giving it a try, but my expectations will definitely be tempered. @BkClubCare I read AM a while back and wasn‘t impressed. You‘re not missing much by bailing. 6mo
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Sing Her Down | Ivy Pochoda
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Mehso-so

#tob24 longlist

Yet another example of a book from this list that could have been great. I loved the gritty, Western tone; it felt original. Also, focusing on two women recently released from prison was a great premise.

Sadly, though, another book falls short due to poor execution in the end. The book starts strong, then the storyline tries to be too complex and ultimately collapses on itself.

I would read this author again, though.

Ruthiella I‘ve long meant to read her books, but I think I will start with the one that was chosen for Dennis Lahane‘s imprint back in the day. 6mo
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MicheleinPhilly @Ruthiella I loved Visitation Street! 6mo
squirrelbrain That‘s the second so-so review I‘ve seen for this - plus it‘s not out for a few months yet over here. 6mo
Hooked_on_books Yeah, I felt the same way. Great premise, lots of potential, but too bad it didn‘t deliver. 6mo
Chelsea.Poole I agree! Such promise but didn‘t live up to the potential. 6mo
Megabooks I listened to a bit of the audio and wasn‘t sold. I think I‘ll skip. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 6mo
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The Prospectors: A Novel | Ariel Djanikian
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#tob24 longlist

I found myself pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this one. There is so much detail in this story. I'll admit that at times, I found myself asking why the author was telling me every miniscule detail of the way something looked or the supplies being used, but it really does all come together to enrich the story.

This book might not be for everyone, but fans of sweeping historical tales like East of Eden will like it.

Suet624 My soul is chock full of stories of greed and I can‘t take any more at the moment but the book does sound interesting. Maybe later. 😊 6mo
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BarbaraBB That is quite the recommendation! I loved East of Eden and your review. Stacking again! 6mo
Ruthiella I‘ll keep this in mind for when I feel like reading a sweeping family saga. 👍 6mo
squirrelbrain This was one I didn‘t really fancy but your review has made me change my mind. 🤔 6mo
Deblovestoread Stacked! 6mo
Hooked_on_books Nice! I was looking at this one before the longlist came out and definitely plan to read it. Sounds really good! 6mo
Megabooks Excited to listen soon on hoopla! 6mo
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Julia | Sandra Newman
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I'm a big fan of this feminist retelling of Orwell's classic. I felt it was really well done and timely. Learning about Julia's young life was fascinating to me. Newman has done something special here; she's breathed new life into a timeless novel while also paying reverence to the genius of the original.

I only wish I had reread 1984 before this one because it's been years since my last read.

BarbaraBB Great review. If it makes the shortlist I‘ll first reread 1984 6mo
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Megabooks I‘m really interested in this and may listen to the audio on Spotify. 👍🏻👍🏻 6mo
ImperfectCJ I bought this unread for my spouse, who loves 1984, and I'm very pleased to see your review! (I was sneaky this year and bought each of my family members books that I want to read. I plan to say, "Oh, if you're not going to read this right away, would you mind if I just take a little peek?") 6mo
Ruthiella If it‘s back story, I‘m interested! It‘s been decades since I‘ve read 1994 also, but I don‘t like it when the original novel‘s plot is too heavily referenced or relied upon. 6mo
squirrelbrain I read this as an ARC, so before the ToB list was published. I re-read 1984 first as I hadn‘t read it since I was a teen and I‘m glad I did as there were lots of subtle plot points that I wouldn‘t have picked up on otherwise. I didn‘t feel like it was a re-hash @Ruthiella so maybe give it a go. @BarbaraBB @Megabooks 6mo
squirrelbrain Great idea @ImperfectCJ ! 🤣 6mo
Ruthiella @squirrelbrain Thanks for the tip! 6mo
Hooked_on_books Admittedly, I‘ve never read 1984. 🫣 Sounds like I need to read that first. And @ImperfectCJ , that‘s brilliant! 😂 6mo
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Cold People | Tom Rob Smith
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This was one I was excited to read even before the #tob24 long list came out. Unfortunately, it didn't work for me. Great ideas, interesting setting, but ultimately the author has too many unanswered questions and giant cavern sized plot holes.

And don't even get me started on that terrible ending! 🤦‍♀️ I will be surprised if this makes the shortlist.

BarbaraBB I‘ve been interested in this one too. Will let it be for now. 6mo
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Megabooks 💯💯💯 agree terribly disappointing!! Don‘t waste your time if it doesn‘t make the shortlist @BarbaraBB 6mo
Ruthiella Yeah, this sounds bad. The reviews I‘m seeing on Goodreads are also pretty negative. 6mo
squirrelbrain I couldn‘t get this and was very disinclined any after @Megabooks review. Then, a couple of days ago, it appeared on BorrowBox so I borrowed it. Still don‘t think I‘ll read it, unless it makes the shortlist! 6mo
Hooked_on_books I read this a while back, as I really liked another book by this author (The Farm), and I agree. Cool premise, poor execution. 6mo
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Time's Mouth | Edan Lepucki
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I'm still working on a few from the #tob24 list that I already had checked out, but these are my library holds that I have gotten in the past two days.

Have you read any that you liked from these?

Hooked_on_books I LOVED Vintage Contemporaries. Sparrow is good, but the first half needed some serious editing. The second half is much stronger. Have something light lined up after it, as it‘s heavy. I haven‘t read The Prospectors, but I‘m really interested in it. 6mo
Megabooks Loved VC, idlewild was good. 6mo
Megabooks The lepucki I think I liked and dayswork was just okay. Haven‘t read the others but I have prospectors checked out! (edited) 6mo
squirrelbrain Loved Vintage and Idlewild. I hibernated Sacajawea for now. 6mo
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Brainwyrms | Alison Rumfitt
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If you've followed me for long on Litsy, then you know that weird, grotesque horror is right up my alley. However, this book pushed some boundaries that left me feeling uneasy. It also still left me with a lot of questions once I finished.

I'm thankful books like this are showing up in the #tob24 though.

If you had trouble reading last year's pick, Manhunt, then you'll probably want to skip this one.

squirrelbrain Ha! I nearly commented that this was like Manhunt but worse. In fact, I bailed on Manhunt but that was because it was on audio, and you can‘t skip paragraphs or skim-read on audio. 6mo
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ImperfectCJ Thank you for this review! I was wondering about this one. Manhunt was not my thing at all, and this cover doesn't inspire confidence that this one would be a good fit for me. I still might try it, but I won't prioritize it. 6mo
BarbaraBB I was indeed thinking of you when I read about this on the longlist 😀 6mo
dabbe That cover! Yikes! 😱 6mo
Hooked_on_books Yeah, between you and @squirrelbrain , I‘ll be skipping this if it doesn‘t make the shortlist. So good to know! 6mo
Megabooks Only if it makes the shortlist… 6mo
Ruthiella I love Manhunt, but not for its goriness, but for its ideas and righteous anger. I don‘t typically like gore. So maybe this‘ll work for me if the plot does… (edited) 6mo
RaeLovesToRead I was just casually scrolling down and this HORRIBLE front cover makes me jump out of my skin 🤣🤣🤣 I have the UK version (got it as a blind date with a book). I'm 99% sure I'm gonna hate it. I wouldn't actually be able to read it with this cover 😆 6mo
Addison_Reads @Ruthiella I was a fan of Manhunt, and while I liked the ideas presented in Brainwyrms, I didn't think it was as well-done as Manhunt. I'm interested to see what you think about it if you read it. 6mo
batsy What @Ruthiella said about Manhunt. It's a book I haven't forgotten. Really curious about this one but also afraid of it lol. 6mo
Readerann The cover. Nope. Life is too short. 😳 6mo
Reggie I liked her execution of someone becoming radicalized through fear. The mother, that crazy mother. There was a cult in here right? That kinda springs itself on us near the end. Great review. Have you read her other one? Tell Me Im Worthless? It‘s way better than this one but I still respect this book. 6mo
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This is a unique story that I really enjoyed. It was fun to read a story where the top literary writers of the time come together to discuss what will happen next for America now. It's set in 1883, but I couldn't help but make connections between societal issues then and now.

Part of why this works so well is because it's short. I feel if it were longer, I would have lost interest.

squirrelbrain I got about halfway through this on audio when I was on holiday last week and I‘m enjoying it. (Haven‘t had much reading / listening time since I got back) 6mo
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BarbaraBB You‘ve been reading so much! I am enjoying your reviews a lot 6mo
Hooked_on_books This is one of the longlist books that jumped out at me immediately. Now I‘m even more excited for it! 6mo
Megabooks Very excited about this one! 6mo
Ruthiella Agree with @BarbaraBB ! You are a ToB reading queen! 6mo
Deblovestoread I agree that the short length was a plus. 6mo
Addison_Reads Thanks @BarbaraBB @Ruthiella and @Chelsea.Poole 😊 I'm just trying to keep up with @squirrelbrain and @Megabooks with my tob reads. 😁 6mo
squirrelbrain More likely me trying to keep up with you! 🤣 6mo
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Lovesick Blossoms | Julia Watts
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#tob24

Definitely one of my favorites from the long list! 💚

This Sapphic historical fiction swept me up in the story and had me enthralled. Julia Watts paints a vivid picture of life in 1950s Kentucky. Usually, romance isn't my thing, but that is just a small part of this sweeping tale of friendship, acceptance, and learning to be oneself.

Megabooks I think this is up next for me! 6mo
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BarbaraBB One of your favorites? I can‘t ignore that! #stacked 6mo
squirrelbrain Glad you liked it too! ❤️ 6mo
Hooked_on_books That‘s great! I‘m looking forward to this one. 6mo
BkClubCare Enthralled! You say? Stacked 😊 6mo
Chelsea.Poole I want to read this one! 6mo
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The New Earth | Jess Row
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#tob24

This book was a bit of a mess. The ideas presented felt relevant and current, but the length of this book and the way the story is told does not do it justice. I never felt connected to any of the characters, and because of all the different POVs, I was confused a lot about who was talking.

I appreciate what the author was trying to do, but this book needed editing and polishing.

RebelReader I tried reading this earlier this year and bailed. I might revisit it if it makes the short list. 6mo
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squirrelbrain Another poor review - @Megabooks didn‘t like it either. It‘s one I can‘t get hold of easily so I‘m definitely waiting to see if it makes the short list. 6mo
Ruthiella I will also only read this if it makes the shortlist. Sounds like a lot of work (and not in a good way). 6mo
Suet624 Thanks for trying so we don‘t have to. 6mo
Megabooks It makes me feel validated that you saw the same flaws I did! This was really a squandered opportunity. 6mo
Addison_Reads @Megabooks I didn't read your review until after I finished, but yes, I agree with you completely. I think it only made the list because of the premise, not the writing. 6mo
Megabooks What did you think of the incest subplot? It didn‘t make sense to me at all. And that weird wheedling in the online forum. The author truly made some bizarre choices with this one!! 6mo
Addison_Reads @Megabooks I kept going back in the book, trying to figure out if I missed something when that came up. I have no clue why that was added, and I almost gave up on the book at that point. 🤷‍♀️ 6mo
Hooked_on_books Between your review and @Megabooks , I will be skipping this one if it doesn‘t make the shortlist. And perhaps even then. 6mo
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While I did not find this one scary, I still really liked it. It doesn't compare to the foreboding paranoia I felt while reading Shirley Jackson, but Elizabeth Hand has done an incredible job of creating interesting, flawed characters.

The house itself wasn't as big of a character as I would have liked, but Hand still has some great descriptions of it in her writing.

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A Good Family: A Novel | Matt Goldman
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I wanted a quick thriller to read, so I grabbed this from the library one night on my way home.

I should have left it there. 🤣 This book was terrible. The characters are superficial, annoying people living in unrelateable scenarios who find themselves caught up in a situation with the Mafia.

Just avoid this one.

BarbaraBB Will do 😉 6mo
Tamra Haha - great review though! 😁 6mo
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This is an excellent collection of stories. I even discovered some new to me authors. The stories are varied, from horror to sci-fi, with each one showing the injustices still prevalent in our society.

By far, my favorite was Dark Home by Nnedi Okorafor. But there were so many other great ones in this anthology. Horror fans will be pleased.

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#tob24

Although not a favorite from the long list, I wouldn't be upset if it made the short list. It's a quiet, poetic novel of a woman in her 60s reflecting on her life. She finds herself in a location that allows her to analyze and make changes she might not have otherwise.

The setting has strong symbolism to the story, and even though this book is quite melancholy, it didn't leave me feeling emotionally overwhelmed.

squirrelbrain This is one that isn‘t out here yet so I probably won‘t get to it. It‘s (d8 for a (used) copy on Amazon ? or the paperback comes out next April. ?‍♀️ 6mo
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Addison_Reads @squirrelbrain my library had the ebook/audio on Libby. I'll keep my eyes open for any good deals on a physical copy or an ebook sale for you. 6mo
BarbaraBB Another one that really sounds good! 6mo
Chelsea.Poole This is one I wasn't familiar with before the list. Thanks for your review...I knew nothing about it!
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squirrelbrain Thank you Cassie! 6mo
Suet624 Oooh, woman in her 60‘s? Melancholy? Sounds like one I‘d like. 6mo
Tamra @Suet624 me too! 6mo
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Hooked_on_books Sounds interesting. I just picked up the ebook of this since the price was reasonable and am excited to dive in! 6mo
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This is a charming read that explores the meaning of life from various points of view. I really enjoyed getting wrapped up in each character's life.

Although I liked this one, I am surprised it made it on the #tob24 long list.

@BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain @Megabooks @Suet624 @BkClubCare @Jas16 @cariashley @MicheleinPhilly @Larkken @merelybookish @batsy @Readerann @Hooked_on_books

squirrelbrain Yes, I wondered too why it was on the #ToB list - not their usual fare. 6mo
BarbaraBB I love that they included it but I was a bit disappointed! 6mo
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Ruthiella It‘s the title! How could any book lover not at least want to pick it up? 😂 6mo
Chelsea.Poole @Ruthiella agreed—and as a librarian, our library HAD to have it. That title is a sure fire way to sell copies 😆 6mo
Hooked_on_books Nice! I just picked up my hold of this one today. 6mo
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#tob24

I love weird, and I love fairytale retellings. Kelly Link is a brilliant writer, but there were only two stories in this collection that I enjoyed.

The others felt lackluster in comparison. I do appreciate that she explored fairytales not commonly known. Some of the connections to the original tales were too loose, which made it difficult to follow.

squirrelbrain You‘re having a #ToB review-fest! 🤣 Says me, just about to post another one…. I don‘t think many of us have liked this one so far. 🤔 6mo
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Addison_Reads @squirrelbrain I think I have two more and I'll be caught up... for now. 🤣 6mo
BkClubCare I did! I liked this one! 😁 @squirrelbrain I just am horrible at reviewing short stories but I enjoyed this. 6mo
squirrelbrain Oops sorry @BkClubCare 😃 I may even go back to it yet, it‘s a library book that‘s still waiting at home for me when we get back from our hols. 6mo
Suet624 I‘m thinking I may skip this one altogether. 6mo
Chelsea.Poole You‘re on a roll too! 👏 6mo
Hooked_on_books This didn‘t really hit for me, either. I thought the idea was really clever and a couple stories were intriguing, but it wasn‘t for me overall. 6mo
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The Red-Headed Pilgrim | Kevin Maloney
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Mehso-so

I listened to this one, and I'm glad I did because I might have bailed on it as a book. It's another short read on the #tob24 long list.

I really don't have much to say about this one. Overall, it was just okay for me. I think had I read this in my 20s, I might have connected with it more.

Perhaps I'm too old and jaded now to fully appreciate the wanderlust of this journey. 😁

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Mobility | Lydia Kiesling
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#tob24

I loved this book! It helps too that I grew up in the Golden Triangle area of Texas that is a huge part of this story because of the oil/gas industry there.

Kiesling tackles climate change, geopolitical issues, social injustices, and more. We see the problems of the world through Bunny's view. As she ages, we see her question her role in these problems.

This is a rich novel that will leave you contemplating it long after you finish.

squirrelbrain Another great review! I have this one on Scribd / Everand audio. I might listen to it next, after I‘ve finished The Auburn Conference. 6mo
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Addison_Reads @squirrelbrain The Auburn Conference is what I'm currently reading too. 6mo
BarbaraBB Such a great review. This will be my next book. Can‘t wait! 6mo
Ruthiella I really loved The Golden State, so this is definitely on my TBR whether it makes the shortlist or not! 6mo
Chelsea.Poole Great review! 6mo
Hooked_on_books This is good to hear! I was a little unsure about this one, but after this and another recent good review, I look forward to it more. 6mo
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This Other Eden | Paul Harding
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I wanted so much more from this book. Paul Harding has presented a heart-wrenching story with beautiful prose. I have enjoyed other books by him previously, but the vast time frame with the large cast of characters did not feel fully explored for my tastes in this short read.

I do love that Harding introduced me to something I knew nothing about before reading this book. Now I plan on researching more about Malaga Island.

squirrelbrain Great review - I didn‘t much like this one either, when I read it as part of the Booker long list. 6mo
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Suet624 I liked this a lot. The writing and especially the historical aspect of it which I was unaware of made it a pick for me. 6mo
BarbaraBB It was a so-so for me too. 6mo
Chelsea.Poole I felt the same when I read this over the summer. 6mo
Hooked_on_books I loved the premise of this one but didn‘t feel it delivered. I gave it a so-so, too. 6mo
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Broken Horses: A Memoir | Brandi Carlile
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I have loved Carlile's music for a long time. This was a beautifully written look into the artist's life.

Bonus: I had no clue that she sang on the audiobook!

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Loved it!

I know Friends had its issues, but like Miller talks about in the book, watching the show is like comfort food.

There was a lot in this that I already knew, but there were also some things I had no clue about. Either way, listening to this was bittersweet, but also brought up a lot of warm fuzzy feelings.

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Coming from a family with a history of schizophrenia, I was very interested in this book. Fans of Hidden Valley Road should definitely read this one.

The Genain sisters have a tragic story, and the author did a great deal of research to ensure the reader fully understood the world in which these quadruplets grew up in.

Difficult, but informative read.

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Worthy | Jada Pinkett Smith
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I didn't love it; I didn't hate it. It was just okay overall for me.

Jada is open about many things, and I appreciate her taking responsibility, but something in her style with this memoir just didn't connect for me.

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The Woman in Me | Britney Spears
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I graduated high school in 1999 in Louisiana, so Britney was a huge part of my memories that year and my first year in college. While I wasn't a fan of her music, I still thought she was very talented.

This book was full of so much heart. Like others have said, I'm thankful she is finally being seen and getting to tell her story.

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Cold People | Tom Rob Smith
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I might have a problem. These are my current library checkouts for #ToB 2024.

I think I'm starting the tagged book first.

AnnR Wow! Good luck. 7mo
BarbaraBB So many! Can‘t wait for your reviews! 7mo
jlhammar Ambitious! 7mo
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I was let down by this book. Aside from reading, playing video games is a favorite hobby of mine. Most of the games mentioned I have played. Perhaps knowing the stories for these games kept me from enjoying it more. I felt like it was just a synopsis of popular games and not really a look at the extensive storytelling I expected.

This book is written for teen readers, though, so it might work better for a younger crowd.

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I've been binging celebrity memoirs recently, and this one was a great audiobook read by Jennifer Grey.

The 80s nostalgia in this was a lot of fun. Grey gives insights into both her acting career and her personal life, and through it all, she felt "real" and honest. It was much more candid than I expected it to be, but that's what made it so entertaining.

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Great YA nonfiction!

This is a brief look into authors who have contributed to making the horror genre great. It may be short, but the details and authors featured were all well-researched and presented in an accessible way for readers both familiar and unfamiliar with the authors.

It would make a perfect gift for a budding horror fan.

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Having read her sister's book first, this one was enjoyable but echoed thoughts from that one, so I couldn't help but spend my time comparing them.

Although Jinger's journey to separate herself from her family takes a slightly different path than her sister's, it hits on key points from their childhood of the control used to keep the family in line.

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Fascinating read! I loved this one.

I'm not a hiker, but I can understand the pull of those seeking connection with the natural world. Andrea Lankford did a thorough job with her research about three missing hikers and the search to find out what happened to them. She delves into the culture around the hiking world and doesn't shy away from discussing the terrible accidents that can easily claim a hiker's life.

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Wellness | Nathan Hill
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I've read 13 of the 58 books listed this year for the Tournament of Books Long List (https://www.tournamentofbooks.com/the-year-in-fiction-2023).

The bigger the picture above, the more I liked it. I am pleasantly surprised with the horror books featured this year. That's not normally a genre you see many of in this tournament.

Ruthiella 13! 😮 I‘m very impressed! I‘ve only read a measly three. 😆 7mo
BkClubCare @Ruthiella - ditto! Very impressed, and I too , have read 3 7mo
BarbaraBB Great graphic! And impressive indeed. I am also glad with the obscure choices on the longlist 7mo
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TheBookHippie 9! I‘m actually shocked 🤣 7mo
Chelsea.Poole I‘ve started this and then somehow life got in the way. I need to get back to it because it really grabbed me. (By the throat har-har 😉) 7mo
Chelsea.Poole Also I‘ve read the description of the tagged and I‘m curious but also so scared to read it. Sounds painful. 7mo
Addison_Reads @Chelsea.Poole Monstrilio isn't an easy read. It's quite dark, and the journey through the main character's grief is a key element in the story, which at times is overwhelming. However, it is unlike anything I've read before and I was deeply engaged from the beginning to see how everything would come together. 7mo
jlhammar Wow, 13!! 7mo
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666 Gable Way | Dani Lamia, Frederick H. Crook
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I was drawn to this book because the house involved is called "The House of Seven Gables." That made me think this was going to be a gothic haunted house story. But, it wasn't.

Instead, this book is a fast-paced more modern haunted house tale where ancient powers lay hidden both in the house and in an "ancestor" attached to the house. It read like a made for TV horror film, with enough to keep me entertained, but no lasting power.

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I'm Glad My Mom Died | Jennette McCurdy
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I never watched Jennette McCurdy's show, but I was familiar with its popularity. When I started this one, I wasn't sure what to expect. She's so vulnerable with her writing right from the beginning that I instantly felt an emotional connection. The pure honesty of this, mixed with humor through the darkness she faced in her life made me appreciate her story and made me hope for healing and brightness for her future.

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I have to admit, I only recently watched this show. I was busy with life when it originally aired, but I have now binged all seasons and needed more. 😁

This book is written in interview style, which I personally loved. It gives so much information on how the show came together, the writers, the actors, and even the struggles.

It was fun to revisit one of my favorite sitcoms and all those who made it great.

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Another book in the Paperbacks from Hell collection.

This book just didn't work at all for me. I love creepy, and I love weird, and this book has both of those things, but nothing makes sense, and it all is too absurd with minimal character development.

The cover is the best part of this book.

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I highly recommend listening to this one. The audiobook was so well done.

I'll admit, I wasn't sure what to expect when I started this book. It ended up on my TBR, and I couldn't remember why. However, I'm thankful to #NonfictionNovember for pushing me to read it.

This collection of essays is eye-opening, beautifully written, and addresses many different topics. The combination of social commentary with popular music was pure genius.

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Amazing! 🤩

I can't sing enough praise about this book. It is written in free verse with gorgeous illustrations on every page. The way the words and the graphics come together are flawless.

I borrowed this from my library, but I will definitely buy myself a copy for my shelves.

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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego This book is gorgeous. 7mo
JenniferEgnor I loved this one! It was so beautiful. 7mo
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Growing up, my parents worked in a funeral home, so I had a different view of death than others around me at the time. Reading about other jobs that deal with death on a daily basis was fascinating, and I thought the author did a great job choosing a varied group of people and jobs to explore in this book.

This book is difficult at times to read. Even the author has trouble at one point, and I appreciated her honesty.

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Iron Flame | Rebecca Yarros
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Working at the library means I get to take books home before they go on the shelves, and I was excited to read this one last week.

This book isn't perfect or groundbreaking, but like the first book, it pulls you into a fun, action-packed fantasy world that reads like getting lost in a well-done movie.

I still love the dragons the most. 💚