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Readerann

Joined October 2016

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Playing with Myself | Randy Rainbow
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I‘m a fan and enjoyed getting to know Randy a little better. Audiobook recommended (read by Randy).

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The Thursday Murder Club | Richard Osman
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This was a fun one on audio - although I did have to check my Kindle copy a few times to remember who certain characters were.

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Such a sad, but excellent book. This has been on my Kindle for years, but I may not have chosen the best time to read it. Add the people of Zimbabwe to those for whom I feel heartbroken.
Late reporting, but I finished with 9 hours 49 minutes for #20in4. Hoping to do a little better next time.

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Birds of a Feather: A Novel | Jacqueline Winspear
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I enjoyed this second installment of the Maisie Dobbs series. I don‘t believe I liked the first one as much, but I‘ll definitely be continuing the series. The narrator did a good job with the various characters. First book finished for #20in4 .
And yes, I like my old-fashioned headphones. 😁

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Hoping to finish these this weekend for #20in4. I was also able to get the Winspear on audio from the library. I‘m attempting to whittle down the old TBR and these have all been on my list a LONG time.

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Subdivision: A Novel | J. Robert Lennon
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Well, this just wasn‘t for me. I can understand how one would appreciate its inventiveness, but it left me with the same discomfort Murakami causes me. (Sorry, Murakami-lovers.)
I continue to plug along with old ToB books from this year and years past. There are never enough reading hours in the day. 😁
#ToB2022

BarbaraBB I‘m sorry you didn‘t like it, though I can understand why! 1mo
BarbaraBB Do you want to be tagged to our #CampLitsy reads this summer 😘?? 1mo
Readerann @BarbaraaBb I think I‘ll just be a lurker this time around. I‘m trying to whittle down the old TBR this summer. Thanks for checking. ❤️ 1mo
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Such a Fun Age | Kiley Reid
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This was a different twist on race and class from anything I‘ve read recently. I liked that I didn‘t have a handle on what Alix or Emira would do next.

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The Sentence | Louise Erdrich
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I‘m giving this a pick because I remain a fan of Louise Erdrich‘s writing. However, I did not like this one as much ‘The Night Watchman‘. It felt like she had a vision for the novel, then Covid and George Floyd happened and the book veered off into perhaps a few too many directions. I can‘t say how she could have handled anything differently. It‘s a tricky time for fiction.

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In Concrete | Anne Garreta
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OK, the story is weird. BUT…it‘s worth reading for the brilliant wordplay throughout which, keep in mind is TRANSLATED into English. 😮
#ToB2022

BarbaraBB How good you did actually read more ToB books! I hope you still approve of your votes 😉😁 2mo
Readerann @BarbaraBB Yes, I‘m still plugging along. It‘s also fun to read them AFTER I see what everybody else thinks! 😁 2mo
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Beautiful. I wish I had read this years ago so I could keep coming back to it. It reminds me I need to consistently read to feed my soul in this day and age.

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The Echo Wife | Sarah Gailey
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I thought this was very well-crafted and a page-turner. There were a few things that bothered me, however. See first comment for spoiler. I‘m off now to read other comments and see if it was ‘just me‘. 😬
#ToB2022

Readerann I can‘t believe Martine would have just left her baby like that. Also, I wanted a more satisfying ending. It was like “so Evelyn just kept Martine hidden forever and carried on with her work. The End.” 3mo
Ruthiella I think there cannot be a happy ending to this story. Evelyn probably would have killed Martine once she became a liability... There were a lot of holes for me in this book. 3mo
Readerann @Ruthiella You‘re right - I don‘t think there could be a happy ending to this story. I suppose it just felt like a ‘lazy‘ ending. This is one of those books that I‘m liking less the more I think about it. Often, the opposite happens! 3mo
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BarbaraBB I don‘t even remember what you are discussing above. The book totally slipped my mind 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB same unfortunately. Only vaguely remember this even though I enjoyed it. 3mo
Readerann @Megabooks @BarbaraBB I suppose that doesn‘t bode well for me remembering this a few months from now. 😁 3mo
BkClubCare I thought we were left with the idea that Martine might kill Evelyn some day since she became the monster like her father 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1mo
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Matrix | Lauren Groff
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Most everyone seems to love this book, but it just didn‘t resonate with me. I‘m not sorry I read it, but am also glad it was only 250 pages.
#ToB2022

Ruthiella I didn‘t love this one either. In the TOB commentary, supporters compared it to legends or myths where the hero has an obstacle and defeats it over and again, like Robin Hood or the Labors of Hercules. But I think that‘s exactly why it didn‘t work for me. 3mo
Readerann @Ruthiella Oh, that‘s interesting! Yeah, really not my ‘cup of tea‘, either. 3mo
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Intimacies | Katie Kitamura
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I really enjoyed this unique little novel. It was fascinating getting a glimpse into the life of an interpreter at The Hague (although that‘s not really what the book is ‘about‘). To echo what my friend, @BarbaraBB said, I love the ‘atmosphere‘.
#ToB2022

Ruthiella I really loved this too. I particularly remember the scene with the painting and think that‘s kind of one of the themes of the novel: how our perspective of something can change upon closer viewing. 3mo
BarbaraBB Lovely review and picture. I keep remembering the scenes in court vividly too, how everyone behaved towards one another. 🤍 3mo
sarahbarnes I loved this one, too! 3mo
Readerann @Ruthiella @BarbaraBB @sarahbarnes Yes, so many interesting things about this one and scenes that will stay with me for a while. I also like how she did NOT tie things up in a neat little bow at the end. 3mo
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Let me just say I loved the first two pages. Expectations are high now! #ToB2022

ETA: It DID meet my expectations!

Megabooks Loved this! 4mo
Readerann @Megabooks Good to hear! 4mo
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Libertie: A Novel | Kaitlyn Greenidge
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I wanted to like this more than I did. Although there were sections I loved, I felt I couldn‘t really sink my teeth into it. #ToB2022

BkClubCare Ditto 4mo
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Oh William!: A Novel | Elizabeth Strout
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I may just be a crankypants, but this redundant style of writing irritates me.

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The Promise | Damon Galgut
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Really good writing, but a little too much family misery for me. Didn‘t love it.

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The Trees: A Novel | Percival Everett
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I laughed out loud several times despite the gruesome scenes. I suppose I have a soft spot for dark humor. I will also add that it‘s heartbreaking.
#ToB2022

thebluestocking I‘m glad you liked this one. I did too, though some of the descriptions of violence were a bit much for me. 😳 5mo
BarbaraBB One of my favorites for this year‘s tournament 5mo
Ruthiella Probably my top pick for the TOB this year. 5mo
Readerann @thebluestocking I agree the violence was almost too much. 5mo
Readerann @BarbaraBB @Ruthiella Since I won‘t have time to read them all, I‘m glad I didn‘t leave this one out! 5mo
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Crossroads: A Novel | Jonathan Franzen
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I can‘t seem to resist Franzen even though he, in turn, enthralls, disgusts, fascinates, and annoys me.

rmaclean4 I am on the fence about this one. 5mo
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I‘m dating myself here, but couldn‘t resist taking this photo. 😁 The book was fun and clever, but I certainly don‘t see it winning the #ToB2022. (I didn‘t ‘get‘ a lot of the slang and had to return the book to the library before I could look it up - oh well.)

BkClubCare I had to listen to the “dusty stick” explanation a few times (I did the audio) and I‘m still not sure I know it with confidence 🤣 5mo
Megabooks I loved all the 👍🏻 emoji‘s because I am so guilty of overusing it!! 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 5mo
vivastory @Megabooks I saw someone recently on social media call the 👍 the go to response for dads & I was 💀 because I use it all the time 😂 5mo
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Megabooks @vivastory 😂😂😂 5mo
Tamra I use 👍🏾 all the time! 😆 5mo
Readerann @BkClubCare @Megabooks @vivastory @Tamra Oh, I constantly use 👍with my daughters, but have read it is also used as a phrase I‘d rather not mention. 😳 As for the book, there was a page near the end where Beverley and Tripp are breaking up and there were all sorts of 2 and 3-letter ‘codes‘ I didn‘t get. I may have to check the book out again at some point and try to figure that conversation out! 😁 5mo
BkClubCare @Readerann - a print + audio would likely have been the ideal way. The audiobook made it quite fun but still, I am a visual person first. 5mo
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Cloud Cuckoo Land | Anthony Doerr
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This took a little work getting into, but boy did I love it in the end! I‘m enjoying my ToB longlist library holds so much, I may not get to many on the shortlist. 😐

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Alaska | James A Michener
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Yep, I did it. All 1,275 pages! I‘m not sure we‘ll ever see another historical fiction writer like James Michener. He was supremely talented at spewing lots of facts, yet making you enjoy it!

Booksnchill I would buy myself a Mitchner paperback every summer to take on my month long excursions with my grandparents- this was the 70‘s and at that age, and with only “pocket money” I was looking for value (i.e. fun with a high page count) and Mitchner never disappointed! 6mo
Readerann @Booksnchill What a great bookish memory! Have you read them all? I‘ve only read four, but need to move the others up on my TBR. 6mo
Booksnchill I think I have read them all - I was quite a binge reader and a completist as a teen! I have not gone back to re-read though and really haven‘t thought about those books in decades but I do remember living wholely in his worlds for the course of a summer! Happy reading! 6mo
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Hell of a Book | Jason Mott
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Like many others, I‘m surprised this didn‘t make the Tournament of Books shortlist. Maybe they decided winning the National Book Award was enough! Not sure it‘s one of my top favorites of the year, but it is clever and thought-provoking.

Ruthiella I wonder if thematically it was too close to 6mo
Readerann @Ruthiella Oh, interesting. You could be right. I‘m not sure I‘ll get to Copland Cane as I won‘t be completing the shortlist this time around. 😟 6mo
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Bewilderment | Richard Powers
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Profoundly disturbing, yet beautiful. Anxiety levels will be up for a while, but I‘m not sorry I read it.
#ToBLonglist

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The Mysteries of Udolpho | Ann Radcliffe
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Some lovely poetry and descriptions of nature (though excessive, perhaps). I did get a little weary of Emily becoming ‘insensible‘ (apparently the 18th century equivalent to swooning 😂).
#1001books

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The Scapegoat | Daphne Du Maurier
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I‘ve had an epiphany about du Maurier. If I ignore the implausible plot elements and just focus on her luscious writing and rich characters, I thoroughly enjoy her books. This was my third by her and my favorite so far.

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Stephen Florida | Gabe Habash
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A lot of people seem to love this, but there were too many ‘peeing-off-balconies‘ (and other places) and wth? moments for me.
#ToBTournamentofFavorites

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Fight Club | Chuck Palahniuk
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Certainly not a pleasant read, but I‘ve been curious about Chuck Palahniuk for years. I can‘t quite give the book an enthusiastic pick, but it was inventive and will stay with me for a while. 3* out of 5 (I have not seen the movie.)

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Finally got around to this. It was surprisingly good. I should read more SciFi.
#1001books

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Version Control: A Novel | Dexter Palmer
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I‘m so intimidated by Dexter Palmer I can‘t even review his book. How about this: It‘s really, really good. 😁
#ToB #TournamentofFavorites

BarbaraBB I didn‘t dare read it either. 10mo
Readerann @BarbaraBB Yeah, I sympathize! I did read it - just feel so intellectually inferior to Palmer I wasn‘t sure what to say except that I liked it! 10mo
BkClubCare He‘s so good. Smart and entertaining 10mo
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The Animators: A Novel | Kayla Rae Whitaker
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This is hard for me to rate. The parts about the animation process and artistic inspiration were fascinating, but I otherwise did not enjoy being part of Mel and Sharon‘s world. I guess it‘s a lukewarm ‘pick‘.
#ToB #TournamentofFavorites

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SO interesting. This was a timely read, as the trial is finally due to begin on Aug.31!

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Shuggie Bain | Douglas Stuart
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SO sad, but so good.
#TournamentofBooks #ToB #Booker

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New Micro: Exceptionally Short Fiction | James Thomas, Robert Scotellaro
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I spied this at the library and it intrigued me. Although I like short stories, I have decided this format is TOO short for me. I believe the word ‘haunting‘ was used in the afterword. 😟

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I consider myself a big sports fan, but I don‘t hold a candle to these Alabama RVers!
Btw, I also loved ‘Outcasts United‘ by the same author.

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One Life | Megan Rapinoe
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Very interesting autobiography of this soccer star. Not only is she a world-class athlete, but she‘s an activist for social justice. She‘ll be on the Olympic team again at age 36!

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Please indulge me for all the posts - I haven‘t updated in a while. 😁 It was a little difficult to keep track of the connections between stories (as others have said, it should be read as a novel), but Marra is a great writer. I must admit I didn‘t like this as much as ‘A Constellation of Vital Phenomena‘.
#ToB #ToBTournamentofFavorites

BarbaraBB Good to see your updates! 11mo
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We NEED more people like Secretary Pete in public service! Also, the guy is a good writer.

BookishMarginalia Agreed! 11mo
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A Traitor to Memory | Elizabeth George
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I‘m a big fan of Elizabeth George‘s Inspector Lynley mysteries, dark though they may be. Be warned - this is a long one.

Finished #20in4 with 10 hrs 20 mins. With all the sports I watched on the weekend, I‘m actually happy with those results!

Thanks again for hosting, @Andrew65

youngreadrshelf I love these. There was just one I couldn‘t get through because I knew what was going to happen and just couldn‘t. 12mo
Andrew65 Brilliant 👏👏👏🙌🍾🥂🍾🥂🥳😊 12mo
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Ex-Libris | Anne Fadiman
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I love books about books!
First completion for this weekend‘s #20in4.

In_the_stacks Oh I loved this one too! Books about books are the best 😊 12mo
Readerann @In_the_stacks Yes, indeed! 12mo
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Beartown: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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I think Backman is particularly good at character development and I appreciated the way he handled the darker aspects of the plot. Loved it!

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I‘m giving this a lukewarm pick. I loved ‘The Remains of the Day‘ and ‘Never Let Me Go‘, so I‘m allowing the author a little extra leeway. 😁

LouiseWalters Agree - just finished it - it was not how I had thought AF s would be - I was saddened by the ending. 13mo
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I didn‘t love (nor ‘get‘) all of these poems, but the ones I DID love made it worth reading all 536 pages!

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“They were dead. I had seen a lot of dead people, and these two were as dead as any of them.”

Nope. I suspect I shouldn‘t have picked Lee Child‘s first effort to give him a try.

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Growth of the Soil | Hamsun Knut
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I‘m quite enjoying this tale of Norwegian homesteaders. Possibly my first translation from Norwegian. #1001books

Finished with 11 hr 50 min for #20in4 this month. It sure is fun to keep trying for 20 hours! 😁
Thanks, @Andrew65

Andrew65 Brilliant, thanks for playing along 👏👏👏🙌🥳🍾🥂🍾😊 14mo
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My progress from Day 1 of #20in4. Quite a variety in reading material! 😁📚📚

Andrew65 A good start 👏👏👏 14mo
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Hello, Universe | Erin Entrada Kelly
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This lovely Newbery-winning book (2018) was a great choice for my #deweysreadathon stack.
My final stats: 12 hours, 872 pages (adding a graphic and children‘s helped with the page total 😁).
Hope all participants had a great time!
#deweys24hourreadathon

LauraBrook Wow, you did an amazing job! Yes, it was SO NICE to just ignore the world and read for a day. Looking forward to the next one already! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 14mo
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COVID Chronicles: A Comics Anthology | Rich Johnson, Kendra Boileau
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This was my graphic choice for #deweysreadathon. It‘s very good so far.
Probably my last post before wrap-up tomorrow. The eyes are tired, so switching to audio and staying away from screens. #deweys24hourreadathon

LauraBrook How was this? I‘m not sure if I could handle something about Covid yet. Hope you had an excellent wrap up and that your eyes have recovered! 💖💖💖 1y
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Enjoying this one on audio. I can‘t believe #deweysreadathon is almost half over. 😩Time does fly when you‘re having fun! 😀📚📚📚

LauraBrook It does! Every time it seems to get faster too. 💜 1y
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This is a fun one for #deweysreadathon. It‘s zipping right along. My goal is to read for 12 hours today/tonight.
#deweys24hourreadathon #readathon

BarbaraBB Gorgeous edition 🥰 1y
Readerann @BarbaraBB Yes, I love the cover! It was a fun read. 1y
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