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A Single Rose by Muriel Barbery
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J: A Novel | Howard Jacobson
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#AlphabetGame Letter J

According to reviews I seem about the only one who enjoyed this book and it was hard to find a good book starting with J so there you have it. Some love for a book that deserves it!

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#AlphabetGame Letter I

This is the kind of book you want to start read again directly after you‘ve finished it. Such a WTF ending!

batsy I was a bit annoyed with how the big reveal panned out, but it's such an atmospheric book. Out of nowhere I will occasionally remember the bits that made me have goosebumps. 1d
TheLudicReader Love this one. Total mindfuck. 1d
BarbaraBB @batsy Right? I Can still feel them! I mailed Chandelier today, hope it‘ll travel fast and safe! 😘 1d
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#AlphabetGame Letter H

This book made me laugh and cry and loving every page. It also reminds me of great Litsy times when everyone was reading this and raving about it!

TrishB I also got everyone in work to read it!! 2d
Ast_Arslan That's one of my all time fav ❤️❤️ 2d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Oh I love Cyril 💙 2d
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Treacle Walker | ALAN. GARNER
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First I hoped this book would turn out to be some kind of Of Mice and Men but then it went totally off the road - or I did. Anyhow I have no clue what this was all about and do not really care either. It probably won‘t make the shortlist for the #BookerPrize2022

LeahBergen Too bad! But what a lovely photo. 😊 3d
Ruthiella Oh dear. At least it was short! @LeahBergen Isn‘t it amazing how Barbara manages to take a perfect and coordinated photo no matter where she is in the world? 😍 (edited) 3d
squirrelbrain Yeah, I was a bit confused as well! Lovely photo though! 😁 3d
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charl08 Ah what a shame. I guess it makes your ranking easier though? 3d
batsy Oh no, that's too bad you didn't like it. I have high expectations but maybe I ought to temper it a little now... 2d
Bookwomble I loved this book, but totally get why others may not, and that's why we have more than one book in the world 😊 2d
MicheleinPhilly I‘ll probably skip this one then. 2d
Cinfhen LOVE the photo!!! I had zero interest in reading this now im convinced I would hate it. 2d
Hazel2019 I have this one coming in the mail in a few days. I‘ll still give it a read but I have seen the reviews all over the place. Some love it some hate it. 2d
jlhammar Interesting. Can't wait to see what I make of it! 2d
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella @LeahBergen @squirrelbrain @Cinfhen Thanks! It‘s my sister‘s home. I water het plants while she‘s on vacation 😀 2d
BarbaraBB @batsy @Hazel2019 @jlhammar I hope you‘ll like the book. It may be just me, @Bookwomble loved it! 2d
Bookwomble @BarbaraBB @batsy @hazel2019 @jlhammer I did love it, and I think it's a book of heartbreaking genius, but I also wear socks with sandals so my judgement is not to be trusted 🧦🩴😏 2d
batsy @Bookwomble All the cool kids wear socks with sandals now 😁 1d
Bookwomble @BarbaraBB @batsy Ha! All I had to do was live long enough to be in fashion 😎🤓 1d
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Anos Ku Ta Manda | Yasmina Nuny
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Loved this poem. Yasmina Nuny writes about her motherland #GuineaBissau, black womanhood, politics and Kanye. And cursing, obviously 🙌🏾

#ReadingAfrica2022 🇬🇳

Librarybelle A range of poetic topics! 😂 3d
CBee I have to say - I fucking love this 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 “I‘m a grown ass woman” YES! 2d
BarbaraBB @CBee 🙌🏾 2d
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#AlphabetGame Letter G

This book had been sitting on my shelves for years. #ReadingAsia2021 was the reason I finally picked it up and how grateful I am for that. It turned out to be my favorite book of the challenge and an all time favorite. A wonderful mix of Malaysia and Japan.

Graywacke Nice! I found the cultural melange fascinating. 3d
BarbaraBB @Graywacke Me too, I loved reading about it. 3d
Centique One of the most unforgettable books I‘ve ever read 😍 3d
BarbaraBB @Centique We really have similar taste 👯‍♀️ 3d
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Ms Ice Sandwich | Mieko Kawakami
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Another wonderful and wry story by Mieko Kawakami with another awkward main character. This one spends her days in expensive department stores where people spend insane amounts of money on clothes, jewelry and make-up. In between she checks her Twitter, where she follows anonymous girls who do everything to look like models.
In just 35 pages Kawakami again pulled me in completely. Thanks for sharing it with me Meg ❤️❤️

batsy I really liked Heaven and have yet to read her other books, but this sounds so good! 3d
BarbaraBB @batsy I‘s gladly send it to you if you want. It‘s quite small and it already travelled from the US to Europe! 3d
batsy @BarbaraBB That's very kind of you to offer 💜 I'd love to read it, if it's not too much trouble for you? 3d
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Megabooks So glad I could share it with you and that you enjoyed it as much as I did, Barbara! Off to @batsy in Malaysia. Quite a journey, and I hope you love it, too! 3d
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I really did and I am happy to share it with you @batsy , it‘s the kind of short story I think you love too! 3d
batsy @BarbaraBB You're too kind ❤️ @Megabooks It's on a journey, indeed! It's pretty neat how books travel on Litsy 💕😊 2d
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Treacle Walker | ALAN. GARNER
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#WeeklyForecast 32/22

I am having Chandelier in progress. This week I want to read another book for both the #BookerPrize2022 and #ReadingAfrica2022. A Single Rose is a recommendation by @Addison_Reads and I can use it for #FoodAndLit 🇯🇵

TrishB Good plan 👍🏻 4d
Addison_Reads I hope you like it. 😀 4d
Cinfhen I love the cover for your #ReadAfrica22 book 4d
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Fresh Water for Flowers | Valrie Perrin
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#AlphabetGame Letter F

I was planning to only choose books that I read a long time ago so I wouldn‘t be digging the books again that you‘ve already heard me rambling about!

But I can‘t ignore this one, last year‘s favorite 🤷🏻‍♀️🥰

TrishB But a great pick ❤️ 4d
CBee Agree 100% ♥️♥️♥️ 4d
Megabooks Reading this now and loving it! 3d
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I didn‘t really doubt that but I am happy you do. It‘s a book to cherish 🤍 3d
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Nightcrawling: A novel | Leila Mottley
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#BookReport 31/22

Just two books this week, I have been insanely busy at work. Good ones though!

TrishB That work thing, always getting in the way! 4d
BarbaraBB @TrishB Such a nuisance! 4d
KarenUK I know, pesky work, cramping our reading! 4d
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Chelsea.Poole I just finished Nightcrawling also! 4d
TrishB @KarenUK exactly 😁 4d
BarbaraBB @Chelsea.Poole I will be waiting for your review. What did you think? 4d
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Nightcrawling: A novel | Leila Mottley
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I can‘t believe this story is based on a true one. Call me naive or maybe things are different across the ocean but I was shocked to find out. Kiara‘s story is so bleak. All alone she fights like a lioness to protect the people she loves. Fighting against the system, against a police force that‘s supposed to protect her, against racism. Leila Mottley presents us a girl who should be a hero instead of a victim. #BookerPrize2022

(Pic: Me & my girl)

Cathythoughts Lovely pic of you and your girl. ♥️ 5d
charl08 Looking forward to reading this one, sounds compelling. 5d
Ruthiella Unbelievable that this book is based on true events. 😡 5d
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batsy Great review and I love the photo ❤️ 4d
squirrelbrain Great review and I love your Sunday morning pic! 4d
rmaclean4 This is the book that scares me on the list. Waiting for my copy at the library. What was the writing style? 4d
BarbaraBB @rmaclean4 it‘s fast paced and easy to read. (edited) 4d
jlhammar @rmaclean4 This one scares me too. I‘m reading some others from the longlist first, but might give this a try eventually. 4d
merelybookish The shit pool. An apt symbol for the rest of the story. 😣 4d
merelybookish I mean what happens in the story not the book or the writing. 4d
Megabooks Great review! 4d
BarbaraBB @merelybookish That shit pool indeed, mentioned in the first sentence 😨 4d
Graywacke Well, taking note. Love the picture. 4d
BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts @batsy @squirrelbrain @Graywacke Thank you! Our last ordinary Sunday together, she‘ll be moving out next week and start uni 🥹❤️ 4d
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella I was shocked, the whole story sounded so unrealistic I was a bit annoyed and then I read somewhere it was based on true events 😨 4d
Cinfhen Great photo 💕💕and yeah, very upsetting when u read it‘s based around truth 4d
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East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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#AlphabetGame Letter E

This was one of those books I could not put down, loved every page (and there are many) and didn‘t want it to be over. Kind of the perfect book 🤷🏻‍♀️❤️

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 👍🏻📚🙌🏻 5d
Jas16 One of my all time favorites. 5d
AmyG You know I love this one, too! 5d
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Daisey Agreed! This is such a great book! 5d
eeclayton My choice for E too ☺️ 5d
fredamans My favorite story of all time. 4d
Centique Oh yes! You‘re picking absolute favourites of mine. Great choice! 3d
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Either/Or | Elif Batuman
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Such a interesting thought: have I chosen an ethical or an aesthetic way of life? I think many of us have asked ourselves while reading this book. Let‘s discuss below for our final question.

Enjoy the second half of the week and we‘ll be back next week to discuss the whole book!

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Ruthiella I‘m not really sure most people can make such a stark delineation in their lives. In that sense, Selin is doomed to failure. She needs a balance of both in her life, really. (edited) 5d
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella We probably all do but I can imagine people unknowingly choose one or the other. If you'd asked me at that age, I definitely would have chosen the aesthethical way as well. I was suprised by Svetlana who was so sure about the ethical way while she seemed pretty aesthetical to me as well. 5d
squirrelbrain I agree @Ruthiella - I‘m sure there can‘t be many people who are completely one or the other. For me, this is an example of Selin getting utterly obsessed with ideas (or people) to a ridiculous, unsustainable level. Of course, I can‘t deny that I used to do the same when I was her age! 5d
Megabooks @Ruthiella @squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB I agree that one cannot live that starkly. I think it‘s interesting that she felt like following The Seducers Diary was a good idea. However, I think people try on a lot of identities at that age, and this is probably that. I‘m kind of glad it for her to loosen up a bit. I probably would‘ve been like Svetlana. I relate to her more than Selin anyway. Or at least my 19 year old self does. 5d
merelybookish I found the distinction quite fascinating, if untenable and it could be argued that aesthetics are a form of ethics, blah, blah, blah. But like @Megabooks says, college/uni is a time to try things out. You can be a communist or nihilist or whatever. So her pursuit of an aesthetic life strikes me believable. 5d
jlhammar Yes, I agree with all of you that one isn't really aesthetic or ethical. You can both make great art, seek pleasure and experience and be an ethical person, having a sense of duty and service to others. I think that is the realization Selin is coming to here, that it isn't either/or, that she doesn't necessarily need to fall into a category like that. 5d
Christine @squirrelbrain - Yes, exactly to everything you said! 😄 5d
jlhammar I loved that part where she is baffled as to why more people didn't take a fifth class. I think that really speaks to her aesthetic side. Other students may be more worried more about a fifth course negatively impacting their GPA and extra work/stress, but she just wants all the life experience she can get. It didn't cost extra and she would get to explore something of interest that didn't necessarily fulfill a requirement. 5d
Liz_M @jlhammar I agree with your comment about how Selin is learning that it doesn't have to be either/or 5d
Hooked_on_books I think it‘s funny that she would be applying such a concept to her current life, since in so many ways the college years are artificial. What I mean is for most people, they don‘t represent what your life will look like thereafter, so you can choose to live a certain way during that time, but it‘s unlikely to apply to your life thereafter. So I find it all a bit comical and yet so very real to the mentality at that age. 5d
jlhammar Yes, @Hooked_on_books , such a great point about the artifice of college years! Their insularity does make it all the more comical, but I agree, Batuman does tap into the truth of how many of us thought about things at that age. 5d
batsy I agree with @Hooked_on_books about university life, & being a humanities major in Harvard, as an insular, privileged life. But I find the question about whether it's possible interesting. I think once out of university, becoming an academic or writer might make the aesthetic life possible for Selin. I'd like a post-uni mid-30s Selin to write about how all choices are so compromised in a hyper-capitalist, dystopia-adjacent society we live in! 5d
Ruthiella @jlhammar When I was in college, it seemed that everyone wanted classes only from 8 am to noon so they wouldn‘t “interfere” with their free time. I wasn‘t as intellectually rigorous as Selin (nowhere close) but it did surprise me with students who felt like college was something they had to endure rather than something to enjoy. 5d
Megabooks @merelybookish agreed. I remember a stark change I had at 20 in how I approached people and my life and the friends I had/decisions I made. Neither is exactly like I am in my 40s. I was much more outgoing and gregarious in my early 20s. But I think, like Selin, it was an affectation, and I feel more authentic in my 40s. 🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️ Life is interesting. 5d
Megabooks @Hooked_on_books 💯💯💯 agree. I wrote the above ⬆️ before I read your comment. 5d
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Either/Or | Elif Batuman
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The second question is about all the references to other books. We are very curious if you did enjoy this aspect of the book and if you came across quotes or books that have a special meaning to you. Personally I loved how Batuman explained the difference between a good writer and a good novelist, using Ishiguro as an example of the latter 🤍

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Ruthiella I LOVE all the literary references. When I don‘t know the original book, I‘m fascinated to learn about it and read her interpretation of it. When I am familiar with the work, it adds a layer of understanding to the text. 5d
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella I am almost eager to read Kierkegaard as well! I can't believe how she was able to interpret his work, again remembering that's she's only 19 when she reads the book! 5d
squirrelbrain I find most of the literary references a bit high-brow for me (spell check decided that was high-brie for some reason - that‘s a whole other thing! 🤣) I have found it interesting to read *about* all of these books but I don‘t think I‘d actually want to read them! 5d
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain Quite a few she mentions are also part of the list of #1001books to read before you die, which I have been obsessively reading for some years, so I did recognize many of them - though not the Kierkegaard! 5d
Megabooks @Ruthiella @squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB I recognized more in the second half, but I am interested in reading Either/Or as well, Barbara! I don‘t have a great foundation in the classics - I read so much more NF as a student/in my 20s - that most of this, especially in the first half, isn‘t ringing bells, but I‘m still enjoying the references. 5d
Bookwormjillk I like them. I haven‘t read any of them but it kind of picks things up when she talks about them. 5d
merelybookish I love it and it's part of why I find Batuman's books so captivating. Selin makes sense of her world through literature and I can appreciate that. I read some Henry James back in the day and so particularly enjoyed how she interpreted him. 5d
jlhammar Yes, exactly @Ruthiella and @merelybookish! I so appreciate Selin's quest to understand life through literature and philosophy. I loved that Ishiguro part too, @BarbaraBB (he's one of my favorite authors)! 5d
jlhammar I felt such nostalgia when she was in the campus bookstore, excited to see “the fat textbooks give way to normal-sized books with interesting covers that looked like a person might actually read them in the course of normal life.“ I used to love browsing the piles of books for courses I wasn't taking. 5d
Christine I second @jlhammar 's seconding of @Ruthiella and @merelybookish 's thoughts! 😄 And OMG I SO want to read Kierkegaard after this! I can't believe I never have, as my undergrad college was WAY into Kierkegaard and has one of the world's foremost libraries of his work! Missed opportunity! Wish I had been a bit more like Selin and less like Svetlana in my approach to choosing college courses. 5d
squirrelbrain @jlhammar - should I admit that I love the fat textbooks too?! 5d
Liz_M I loved the references to literature (and feeling all smug because I knew and have read so many of them). But more importantly, I think it is true to the character and college life. If you're lucky, college is a time when all you have to do is read and stay and think and debate abstract ideas or ethics with friends. 5d
Liz_M Stay=study 5d
BarbaraBB @Liz_M I was thinking of you with all those references to #1001books that you‘ve obviously read! 5d
Larkken @merelybookish I, too liked the conceit of a memoir through a reading list - and that is what this book make me think of. It made Elin and her very adolescent girl fantasies and preoccupations more interesting to me. But I‘ve read few of the books on her list! Lol I agree with @squirrelbrain that they‘re maybe a bit high brow. And, for me, a bit man-view-centric. (edited) 5d
Hooked_on_books I think they really work, considering who and where Selin is. Being in college, you tend to gravitate toward those highbrow, snooty conversations and ways of thinking and revel in the fact that you can do so. So, for me, it really works for the story. 5d
jlhammar I also loved the parts where she talks about music. Hilarious. The Alanis bit that @merelybookish posted about earlier was perfection. And the part where she goes to Tower Records for The Fugees “Killing Me Softly” and “ended up buying the cassette single…because it seemed more honest about just being into the most popular song on the album.” 😂 5d
batsy What @Ruthiella said! I love books that constantly reference other works; it heightens the reading for me here because it's a way of seeing what's shaping Selin's interior life. And agreed @jlhammar the music bits felt even better in parts, because with books Selin is smart and thinks things through, whereas her response to music is more intuitive and allows Batuman to play with her sense of humour more. 5d
Megabooks @jlhammar I wish I had read more books for classes I wasn‘t taking. I love that she does that too. Such a curious mind!! 5d
MrsV I love all the literature references! 5d
BarbaraBB @jlhammar @batsy Yes, the music! It‘s so much more emotional and intuitive, by her choices we get to know another Selin. Have you two listened to Selin‘s playlist that Elif Batuman shared? 5d
BarbaraBB @Megabooks @jlhammar She‘s such a curious mind! I was really impressed by her reading those books. I never would have. I guess there‘s a reason she was accepted by Harvard! 5d
batsy @BarbaraBB Not yet, but I should! 4d
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Either/Or | Elif Batuman
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I am sorry to post the question a bit later than announced but here I am with out fifth #CampLitsy read.

Either/Or received mixed reviews among our Campers so I am very curious to see what you‘ll make of today‘s questions. We‘ll discuss the first half, so please avoid spoilers and enjoy Selin‘s (inner) world!

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Ruthiella Not particularly! What would help her would be to listen to those telling her he‘s a waste of time? At 19, I know she is an adult, but I was equally clueless at that age. (edited) 5d
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella I was equally clueless and would never listen to people telling me he's not worth it 😉 She is sooo young, even though she seems rather adult because she's so smart. 5d
squirrelbrain @ruthiella @BarbaraBB - I agree that it‘s not particularly useful to Selin‘s situation, but I do think that‘s how we all learn at that age, by observing other people. I feel that Selin is so naive and has such a young mind, though, she doesn‘t know who she should be learning from. She‘s soaking up everything like a sponge, whether it‘s right or wrong. 5d
Megabooks @Ruthiella @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain I believe we talked about looking up to older adults in regards to the book I‘ll tag, Barbara, but Selin, instead, looks to other undergrads who are equally clueless and socially awkward. I feel like even the upperclassman/graduate students, like Ivan & Juho, aren‘t really any better. Plus, her relationship with Ivan has never seemed on a track to work. They can barely communicate on email for crying out loud! 5d
Megabooks @BarbaraBB Observational students at Harvard will always make me think of this book!! 5d
cariashley Sadly I had to bail on this book so don‘t have too much to contribute to the discussion. I listened to about 15% and just had no interest. It reminded me a bit too much of the most annoying people I went to college with 🫤 5d
Bookwormjillk It might be more useful if Ivan knew there was a relationship 😂 5d
BarbaraBB @Megabooks That is so true!! She does look to other clueless people, which accounts for a kind of wisdom which is no wisdom at all. Interesting!
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BarbaraBB @Megabooks Loner was such a good book. Way too few people have read it, if you ask me!!
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BarbaraBB @cariashley I don't think I've ever met these kind of people. In my college we were not that involved in our field of study I think, as we were in each other and the night life! 5d
BarbaraBB @Bookwormjillk Lol! I keep wondering what his point of view is indeed! 5d
Megabooks @Bookwormjillk lololol 🤣🤣🤣 5d
merelybookish I feel like she also uses novels as a source of information to understand the relationships she sees around her. I don't think they help her much either. Not sure Henry James is a good place to look relationship guidance. 🙂 5d
BarbaraBB @merelybookish Ha! I'm not sure either, not at all! Nor am I sure about André Breton! 5d
jlhammar Hmmmm, is it perhaps more difficult to be a very thoughtful, hyper-observant, critically thinking person? I think yes. I'm not sure Selin is doing herself any favors here, but it is her nature and I think will only benefit her as a writer moving forward. It is interesting how she is both navel-gazing and contemplating humanity's bigger questions at the same time. It isn't one or the other, but both, playing with the either/or theme. 5d
BarbaraBB @jlhammar It is very interesting the way she combines navel-gazing with humanity as a whole but I have to admit I do wonder at times how much of is is today's Elif instead of her former self, named Selin. Is it possible to remember that much about one's youth? Never mind, it made for very interesting streams of thoughts. 5d
Christine Loving all of these comments! Agreed that her observations did her no favors, and her overthinking about them was even worse! Yet I also totally relate - much of this (and The Idiot) hits too close to home re: my early college self! 🤦‍♀️ I think part of Selin's (Elif's?/college me's?) problem is that when your intellectual/academic self is a huge part of your identity, you often apply it to other aspects of life in ways that aren't the best. 5d
jlhammar @BarbaraBB Oh yes, totally agree. I think these books are very much grown Elif's contemplation and reflection about her younger self. It does make it even more interesting when you see it like that. How much of what Selin is thinking is what Batuman actually thought at the time versus conclusions she has come to in the many years since? Either way, it worked for me! 5d
BarbaraBB @Christine You mean that she considers life in an academic, maybe even scientific way? That is interesting and an explanation for why she makes choices that are not neccessary the best ones - she probably doesn't take non rational emotions into account. 5d
Liz_M So, I didn't read the first book. 🙃 From this perspective, Selin doesn't (and never did) have a relationship with Ivan. It was my main struggle with the first half of the book -- how much time she spends dwelling on a person that isn't present in her life and may never be present again. 5d
Larkken @Christine yes! The cringe for me was definitely in how much I could see myself in her. She obviously is bright, and her observations are usually good, but maybe egg on her obsessive tendencies too much. 5d
Larkken @Liz_M I also didn‘t read the first book! I didn‘t mind her dwelling on him, seemed to fit with her interest in literature-making sense of her life through self-mythologizing in a way, and relating possible readings of Ivan to what she only knows from books. 5d
BarbaraBB @Liz_M that must be weird indeed, when you don‘t even know Ivan. I had a vague memory (read The Idiot at least a year ago) about their “relationship” but when you haven‘t read the book Selin indeed doesn‘t have it! 5d
Liz_M @BarbaraBB There is enough context early on for me to get that the first book covered her connection to Ivan, but obviously I'm missing the details and nuances. 5d
Hooked_on_books I agree with you, Helen, that observing others and applying those “lessons” to oneself is fairly universal at that age. @squirrelbrain And I don‘t think it really helps any of us! Especially since a lot of people never quite find their way out of that mindset. My mom is 74 and in many ways she still does that, to her detriment. Social norms are one thing, but we should all be comfortable being ourselves, even if we‘re different. 5d
Hooked_on_books @Christine I‘m with you. I find Selin so relatable to myself at that age. I think that‘s why I really like these books! 5d
batsy Selin is young, green, & is an overthinker. This makes her fun to be with (imo, bc I'm enjoying the book 😁) but not quite the best judge of character. To be honest, no one is at 19. There is so much to come from experience. The way she talks about wanting to be with people/men who don't play games is laudable, idealistic; disappointment awaits! But the overthinking is not helping her see Ivan realistically; she prefers the version in her head. 5d
Ruthiella @batsy “disappointment awaits!” 😆😭🫣So true! 5d
Ruthiella @Bookwormjillk 😆 Yes! That would probably help. 5d
Megabooks @jlhammar I think it‘s interesting that you point out that it will benefit her as a writer later, especially if it is auto-fictional, which I believe to some degree it is. 5d
Megabooks @Liz_M agree that she spends (and also spent in the first book) a lot of time dwelling on a guy who isn‘t available to her in any way, but perhaps that was a safer option to ease herself into dating. 5d
MrsV I agree with @Hooked_on_books and @Christine, I relate so much with Selin. Although not at Harvard, I too was starting college around this time. And yes, probably seemed just as clueless about everything. I just want to shake her (and my former self). 5d
batsy @Ruthiella Right?! 😆 4d
Christine @BarbaraBB I don't know about her methods, but I do think she tries to work everything in life out in her head to a painful degree!
@batsy said it well, and I share @Ruthiella 's reaction to “disappointment awaits.“ 🤣
@Hooked_on_books 💯! I put off The Idiot for years and I'm so glad to have finally read it!
@MrsV I was most definitely not at Harvard either but started college the same year as Selin - I LOVE the music/pop culture references.
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Death in Her Hands | Ottessa Moshfegh
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#AlphabetGame Letter D

Moshfegh gets better with every book. I haven‘t read her latest one but this one is so so good.

vivastory Ah, great choice! I *almost* selected the same one 6d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing 6d
Megabooks I need to reread this! 5d
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#AlphabetGame Letter C

This was a 5🌟 read for me. From the. It went downhill between me an Sally Rooney but this one I loved!

merelybookish Haha. I love all her books including this one. 7d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing! This one is on my shelf! 7d
batsy I'm curious to see what I think of this one! I really liked Normal People but was let down by how Beautiful People ended. 7d
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Either/Or | Elif Batuman
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#CampLitsy It took a while for me to get caught up again in Selin‘s life at Harvard. But then it felt good to observe life with her in a way I never would myself. She really chooses an aesthetical way of life (instead of an ethical) and in line with that makes choices (or rather let things happen) that make her such an interesting person for me as a reader.

(Pic: Venice, Italy)

LeahBergen Venice!! 😭 1w
Cinfhen Gorgeous photo!!! 1w
Cinfhen Glad this book worked for you 😊 1w
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batsy Love that pic! 1w
squirrelbrain It took me less time to get into this one than it did for The Idiot. Glad you enjoyed…. Looking forward to our discussions this weekend! 1w
Megabooks Great picture! I haven‘t finished yet, but I‘m loving it so far. I‘m looking forward to our discussion Saturday! 1w
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Birdsong | Sebastian Faulks
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#AlphabetGame Letter B
Your favorite book beginning with B

At one time in my life I was obsessed with reading about WWI and it‘s aftermath. Of the soldiers who survived the terror of the trenches many did so heavenly traumatized. Pat Barker wrote the outstanding Regeneration Trilogy about it and at least as good and heartbreaking is this one.

LeeRHarry A real tear jerker, great choice! 1w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing! 1w
Centique I love your picks for A and B! Such memories of reading these ❤️ 3d
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JoeMo It looks odd writing this, but I love getting solid WWI-related recommendations! Have you read any Remarque yet? He‘s interesting as he served for Germany in WWI, lived there during a large chunk of their rebuild, and left before the Nazis came to power. He writes about the different time periods from WWI through WWII. I‘m through most of his work and so far All Quiet on the Western Front (WWI) and Spark of Life (WWII) are my faves. 3d
BarbaraBB @JoeMo I read All Quiet and loved it too. I also loved 3d
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Anna Karenina | Leo Tolstoy
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#AlphabetGame Letter A
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
Your favorite book beginning with A

Thanks for the tag @MrsMalaprop and @jenniferw88 🤍

It‘s hard to narrow it down to just one favorite book but in the end I decided that I can‘t ignore this classic which opened my eyes to a whole new world: that of the Russian novels.

Tagging my fellow #CampLitsy friends @Megabooks and @squirrelbrain

MrsMalaprop I adored this book. ❤️🙏 1w
batsy A great pick 🙌🏾 1w
Megabooks Great choice! 1w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing!! 1w
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Nightcrawling: A novel | Leila Mottley
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#WeeklyForecast 31/22

It‘s my turn to host #CampLitsy so I‘m reading this month‘s first book, Either/Or. I also want to read as much nominated books for the #BookerPrize2022 as I can get my hands on! I already had a copy of the tagged book. And I want to read the little Kawakami that @Megabooks sent me ❤️

diovival Pretty cover spread! 1w
Megabooks I hope love the Kawakami too! 😘 1w
Cinfhen Wow, those covers look gorgeous all together!!! I can‘t wait to hear what you think about 1w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen me too. I had high hopes but when I read your review I could imagine feeling the same. We‘ll see! 1w
batsy Gonna try to read as much of the Booker list, too 🤞🏾 It's an interesting one this year! 1w
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July, July | Tim O'Brien
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#JulyStats

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This Time Tomorrow
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨
Every Last Fear
Ain‘t Burned all the Bright
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
After You‘d Gone
At the Table
We Do What We Do…
Cabin Fever
Tomorrow, and Tomorrow
Small Things Like These
⭐️⭐️⭐️✨
Devil House
Mensen in de zon
Decagon House Murders
Little Snake
All the Lovers in the Night
⭐️⭐️⭐️
You Made a Fool of Death
Cheerful Weather for the Wedding
Radiance of the King
⭐️⭐️✨
Red Island House
House Across the Lake

TrishB A good month! 1w
KCofKaysville @BarbaraBB Which did you like the best? 1w
squirrelbrain Lots of 4 and 5 star reads! 1w
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KCofKaysville Oops I did not even notice the stars! @BarbaraBB 1w
BarbaraBB @KCofKaysville I can‘t recommend it enough 😉 1w
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain Yes I read lots of good ones! 1w
Gissy Awesome reading month📚📚📚📚👏👏👏👏 1w
Kitta Oh wow you really liked this time tomorrow! Maybe I‘ll give it a go. 1w
BarbaraBB @Kitta It was just the right book at the right time for me. I don‘t think it would have been a 5 star read if I had read it half a year ago 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1w
BarbaraBB @Gissy I have never read so many books in a month! 1w
Gissy @BarbaraBB But when it happens, is like a wonderful feeling! And you seemed that read mostly amazing books🤗 I hope you can repeat the experience soon😃 1w
Megabooks Wow! A Barbara 5⭐️!! Great month overall too!! 1w
mamareading How did you like Tomorrow, Tomorrow, Tomorrow? I am an AJ Fikery fan and am so intrigued to see if I‘ll like this book! 1w
mamareading It‘s nearly a book a day! 1w
BarbaraBB @mamareading It is a very entertaining read, set in the 90s and it‘s about two friends who make video games. This might not sound so interesting but there‘s so much more and it‘s so well written. I do think you‘d like it too! 1w
mamareading Hooray! I‘m excited to read it! 1w
BarbaraBB @mamareading I‘m glad I convinced you to give it a try! 1w
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Either/Or | Elif Batuman
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The difference between a good writer and a good novelist, explained by using Kazuo Ishiguro as an example of the latter. Love it.

plemmdog I read an excerpt in the New Yorker and loved it, and immediately went out and bought The Idiot so I could read it first! 1w
Liz_M I do love how much literature she incorporates! 1w
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Either/Or | Elif Batuman
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While relaxing on the beach, walking the grounds, mingling with other campers or sipping a cocktail, you can listen to the sounds of Selin‘s somophore year, a playlist compiled by Elif Batuman herself. Selin is the protagonist of Either/Or. #CampLitsy

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3r9SGyq7tpE1s7h8LScHkm?si=8Kuqidb3TWCZ-VP1Nt3r...

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MrsV I absolutely love this! 2w
BarbaraBB @MrsV it‘s cool right? 2w
Ruthiella Cool! Thanks for sharing! 😃 2w
Addison_Reads Well, I like the music more than the book. 😂 2w
jlhammar Awesome! So much of the music she‘s been mentioning in Either/Or have taken me right back to my last year HS into early college. I listened to lots of Fiona Apple my freshman year. And that Alanis Morissette bit was 😂 2w
JamieArc @jlhammar I‘ve been on the fence about her books, but your comment definitely makes me want to read them now! 2w
Soubhiville Oh cool! Thanks for sharing this. I couldn‘t finish The Idiot so I‘m skipping Either/Or, but I look forward to reading everyone else‘s comments about it! 2w
Megabooks Wow! And I just resubscribed to Spotify this month. 👍🏻👍🏻 2w
batsy Very cool! Thanks for sharing. And I love Selin and loved The Idiot, so Either/Or has started off really well for me 💙 2w
Cinfhen I love when author‘s create a playlist for their book / thanks for sharing 🥰 2w
squirrelbrain Fun! ❤️ 1w
KarenUK Love this 💕 1w
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Cassandra at the Wedding | Dorothy Baker
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Today the legendary 😉 #NYRBBookClub, led by @vivastory , came to an end. For more than three years we have read and discussed an #NYRB classic each month. I have discovered many fantastic books and our discussions have been a monthly highlight on Litsy.

This is a shout-out to Scott, thank you so much for making this happen. I gladly share my top 5 of highly recommended books.

Leftcoastzen Great choices ! Such a fine run ! Kudos to all but especially @vivastory our consistent host . 2w
vivastory Excellent selections, friend! Thanks for your kind words, the insightful comments during our monthly discussions & the support! 2w
vivastory @Leftcoastzen Thanks, Linda! 2w
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quietjenn Looking forward to finally getting to some of these - hopefully soon! 2w
batsy Great selection! All of this are on my list, which I would not be able to narrow down to an acceptable number 😆 Thank you @vivastory and everyone who joined in for making this such a fantastic experience! 💜 2w
Liz_M Fabulous choices. How could I forget Cassandra? 2w
BarbaraBB @Liz_M Cassandra really stood out for me, maybe partly because it was our first book 2w
LeahBergen It was so hard to pick my favourites! 1w
youneverarrived Cassandra would be in mine too 🧡 1w
sarahbarnes Such great choices, some of which are on my TBR due to this book club before I joined. And a huge kudos to @vivastory for hosting such an incredible book club! 🎉 1w
Megabooks Screenshot 📸 1w
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Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan
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“… the worst that could have happened was already behind him; the thing not done, which could have been…”

I had neve heard of the so called Magdalen Laundries, institutes usually run by Catholic orders, housing “fallen women” who were forced to labor there. The last one was shut down in 1996!

This little novella is set during Christmas and while also being quite atmospheric, packs a punch.

Copying @squirrelbrain tags for the #BookerPrize2022

Cathythoughts The Magdalen laundries were a terrible crime committed in this country. 2w
BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts I researched a bit after finishing the book and am shocked by its scope and how long it went on! 2w
Cathythoughts It‘s awful, the pain will go on for a long time. 2w
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batsy I think the first time I heard of such an institution was in a James Joyce short story. The book sounds harrowing but very good; I've seen nothing but praise. Lovely review and picture! 2w
TrishB I definitely wanted this to be longer! 2w
BarbaraBB @TrishB Yes I could have read much more about the convent and the family too. 2w
Cinfhen Agreed, for such a slim book it packs a powerful punch. Also GORGEOUS sea & sky💙💙💙 2w
JamieArc Lovely photo. There is a film about it (fiction) called The Magdalene Sisters. It came out in 2002. That‘s where I learned about it. 2w
Tamra I loved this one too! 2w
BarbaraBB @JamieArc Thanks! I‘ll look for that one! 2w
squirrelbrain Great review Barbara! Tagging @Hazel2019 too, who is also reading the #booker longlist. 2w
jlhammar That water! Gorgeous. I'm glad it was a pick for you. I am just in awe of her writing. What she can manage with so few words. I read this one back in March and it will be among my favorite reads of the year. 2w
charl08 A wonderful book. I'm trying to catch up with her other writing, so many lovely stories. 2w
BarbaraBB @jlhammar I want to read Foster too now! 2w
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain @Hazel2019 Thanks! I‘ll remember that, planning to read many more nominated books! (edited) 2w
Hazel2019 It is so heartbreaking how these women and children were treated and the thousands that perished 💔 2w
Ruthiella Next to The Trees, this is the only other Booker 2022 longlister I have already read. It is a harrowing read, especially knowing that it is based in fact. 2w
sarahbarnes Great review and pic! I have this one from the library and am looking forward to it. 2w
BarbaraBB @Hazel2019 It really is heartbreaking. How could I not have known about this? 2w
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella I read The Trees too, of course (ToB) and loved it. I also read Oh William, which I loved too. Are you planning on reading the longlist? 2w
Ruthiella @BarbaraBB I don‘t think I will tackle the longlist but maybe the short list? It‘s a good list though. I might just see what‘s available at the library? 2w
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella It‘s such a good list it reminds me of the #ToB 😉 2w
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Either/Or | Elif Batuman
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It‘s almost August, our third and final #CampLitsy month.

@squirrelbrain and @Megabooks did a great job so far, I‘ll be your host in August.

First we‘ll read Either/Or by Elif Batuman. It‘s a sequel to The Idiot but you should be able to read it as a stand alone book.

Let‘s read Parts 1 and 2 and discuss on Saturday the 6th around 5.30 CET/4.30 BST/10.30 CT. See you there!

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Ruthiella Looking forward to this! This is a real marmite book, I think. Discussion should be interesting. 😃 2w
Cinfhen Can‘t believe it‘s the last month of #CampLitsy!!!! So much credit to you and the other camp counselors @Megabooks @squirrelbrain for such enjoyable activities ☺️ 2w
batsy I'll be starting this today! 2w
Cathythoughts Great Barbara 👍🏻 I‘ll be starting about Tuesday. 2w
TrishB Cool 👍🏻 2w
squirrelbrain Looking forward to the discussions! 2w
Megabooks So excited to dive in! I actually have it in my lap to start right now!! 2w
Megabooks @Cinfhen thank you friend!! 😘😘 2w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I forgot to wait for you posting the vote for the July reads. I am sorry 🤦🏻‍♀️ 2w
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella Marmite is a great comparison I think! 2w
BarbaraBB @batsy @Cathythoughts @Megabooks @TrishB @squirrelbrain I hope we‘ll be in the ‘pick‘ camp! (edited) 2w
Megabooks @BarbaraBB no problem! We‘re just in completely different time zones. About to post now! 2w
BkClubCare @BarbaraBB @Ruthiella - 🤣 I call these coconut 🥥 books (maybe because marmite doesn‘t yet have an emoji?) Well, also because I haven‘t tasted marmite!! 2w
Megabooks I am LOVING this book so far!! 2w
jlhammar Really enjoying Either/Or so far. Can't wait to discuss! 2w
Chelsea.Poole I think I‘m out on Either/Or sadly 😔 remind me again, is the last book this one? 2w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks @jlhammar I am so happy to hear that you‘re loving it! (edited) 2w
BarbaraBB @Chelsea.Poole Yes It is. Hope you‘ll be there! (edited) 2w
Susanita I‘m a bad camper! I lost enthusiasm after June and snuck home. 2w
BarbaraBB @Susanita If you want you are very welcome to return to camp for our last reads‘ (edited) 2w
Ruthiella @BkClubCare I‘ve never had marmite either! 😂 2w
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Fuyuko hardly speaks or connects with other people. She starts drinking after years of abstinence, yet living her life in a disciplined way, each day repeating the one before. I didn‘t understand her at all, kept asking myself why she did (or mostly didn‘t do) the things she did. Yet she made a fascinating character and I loved the Japanese context and Kawakami‘s writing style.

(Pic: Chioggia, Italy)

Cinfhen Gorgeous photo ♥️ 2w
jlhammar I haven‘t tried Kawakami yet. Sounds good. Love that photo! 2w
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Laughterhp You always take the coolest photos! 2w
squirrelbrain What @Laughterhp said! 😁 2w
Librarybelle Your photo setting looks delightful and peaceful! 2w
LeahBergen This photo! ❤️❤️ 2w
Megabooks Love this photo and I‘m so glad you enjoyed the book! 2w
Megabooks As if there were ever any doubt! 😉😘 2w
DivineDiana Wish I could transport myself into that photo! ❤️ 2w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks No doubt at all! Now I‘m all set for Chandelier! 2w
BarbaraBB @jlhammar Thanks! I think you would enjoy her books too. My favorite so far is 2w
BarbaraBB @DivineDiana Italy is so photogenic! This place is nicknamed “Little Venice” (edited) 2w
jlhammar @BarbaraBB Good to know! I think I‘ll give Heaven a try first. 2w
KarenUK Beautiful 😍 💕 2w
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Africa | David Petersen
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Only two countries to add to my #ReadingAfrica2022 challenge in July. Still on track though!

🔸Madagascar: Red Island House
🔸 Guinea: The Radiance of the King

Bookwormjillk I‘m so impressed 👏 2w
Cathythoughts Unreal ! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2w
squirrelbrain You‘ve done loads! 2w
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Leftcoastzen That is really impressive! 2w
Cinfhen Oh wow!!! That‘s impressive!!!! 2w
Librarybelle You‘re definitely on track!! 2w
Bookwomble Wow! You've almost got the continent covered 👍🏻 Very impressive 😊 2w
Megabooks Awesome work!! 2w
youneverarrived Fab 👏 2w
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The Little Snake | A.L. Kennedy
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This charming little book is a modern fairytale. One day Mary meets a small golden snake called Lanmo, and they become friends. As the years pass, life becomes hard for Mary. The city grows colder and darker. Wars start, bombs fall and eventually Mary and her parents are forced to flee their home. Lanmo tries to keep them safe.

Thanks again for this lovely gift Helen, I read it with a cup of your Morrocan tea 🤍

#192025 #2016

Librarybelle Glad you liked this one! It wasn‘t for me, but I‘ve heard so many others who liked it! 2w
BarbaraBB @Librarybelle I really did. I read that it is being compared to The Little Ofoncd and that is a book I didn‘t like at all 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2w
squirrelbrain Glad you enjoyed it! 2w
JamieArc What a gorgeous cover 😍 2w
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Pantone: Colors | Pantone
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And another four colors to add to the #Pantone2022 challenge.
#Blueberry, #Midnight, #DahliaMauve and #CaramelCafe 🤍

Clwojick Way to go! ❤️ 2w
Megabooks Love these graphics! 😍😍 2w
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Man Booker Prize | Frederic P Miller, Agnes F Vandome, John McBrewster
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Excited for this. At first sight it looks very doable and I am happy to see Oh William and The Trees among them! #bookerprize2022

squirrelbrain I‘m really pleased with the list. As you say, Barbara, it‘s very ‘doable‘. I‘ve read 5 so far, nearly 6. I have 5 others either on my shelf or already borrowed from the library. Which ones do you fancy reading, Barbara? 2w
sarahbarnes Yes, agreed! I‘m happy about this list and excited for a few I haven‘t heard of. I have a handful of these out from the library right now. And yes so happy to see Trees and Strout on here! 2w
JamieArc @squirrelbrain It‘s great you have a head start on the list. I am really interested in a handful of them, and am glad to see there are a few shorter ones this year. 2w
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squirrelbrain @sarahbarnes @JamieArc - the only one I‘m not sure about is Glory..it just doesn‘t sound like my thing. I can‘t get hold of it yet anyway (for free) so I‘ll see… Seven Moons isn‘t out here (UK) until early August. 2w
jlhammar Yes, so happy to see the Strout and Everett on here. I loved the Keegan as well. Look forward to reading The Colony and Booth next! 2w
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain Glory is the only one I am not interested either. You‘ve read 5 so far! That‘s terrific! I read only 2 and have Night Crawling on my shelves. I am especially looking forward to Case Study, Small Things and The Colony but I hope to read them all! 2w
BarbaraBB @jlhammar Thanks for the recommendations, I haven‘t read the Keegan, nor The Colony or Booth! 2w
squirrelbrain Yes, I loved the Keegan too @jlhammar and The Colony is wonderful. Case Study just arrived at the library today for me - perfect timing! 2w
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain @jlhammar What is your favorite so far? 2w
rmaclean4 So excited for this list! I have read the Keegan and have started The Trees and The Colony. Wiating for more from my library! It is a favorite book prize! 2w
BarbaraBB @rmaclean4 Me too! I am looking forward to so many of them! 2w
squirrelbrain Gosh, so difficult to choose, Barbara! It‘s between The Colony and The Trees for me. The Colony maybe just edges it, partly because it‘s a very recent read for me. I‘m listening to Maps at the moment which is beautiful but terrible and that may sneak into the lead. 2w
squirrelbrain Good choices to read first! @rmaclean4 2w
jlhammar @squirrelbrain Look forward to your thoughts on Case Study. I enjoyed His Bloody Project so definitely planning to get that one once it‘s released here. 2w
jlhammar @BarbaraBB My fav so far? That‘s tough. Keegan, Strout and Everett were all five stars for me. I think I‘d vote Keegan for being kind of perfect. I just love her writing. But I‘d vote Everett for originality. The Trees is just so darned smart and funny. Can‘t wait to read some others. 2w
BarbaraBB @jlhammar Now you really make me want to read Keegan, I loved Strout and Everett too! 2w
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain Now I am super excited for The Colony and Maps. I am sure now I want to read them all 🤦🏻‍♀️ 2w
squirrelbrain I‘m the same @jlhammar - several 5 star reads already so it‘s difficult to choose, but that bodes well for the rest of the list. 2w
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain This longlist could have been the #ToB one! 2w
squirrelbrain It certainly could have been @BarbaraBB - we have such good taste! 🤣 2w
batsy It's an interesting list! I'm hoping to read as many as I can get my hands on. 2w
JamieArc @batsy I always look forward to your reviews - I will look forward to seeing your thoughts on these. 2w
vivastory I think it's a really diverse & interesting selection! I'm thrilled to see The Trees included. I'm planning on reading at least half of the list. 2w
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“This book is for everyone who endured 2020. “

In hindsight it‘s even worse. It‘s George Floyd, it‘s BLM, it‘s wildfires, it‘s climate change and of course it‘s staying at home, keeping our distance from one another, it‘s too many people dying of this pandemic.

In three breaths and 300 pages of poetry and fantastic artwork this is an intense book that‘ll touch your heart.

CBee I‘m putting in a library request for this right now! I‘ve seen SO many amazing reviews recently. 2w
BarbaraBB @CBee I highly recommend it! I look forward to hearing what you‘ll think! 2w
CBee @BarbaraBB I have a feeling it‘ll be something I end up buying ♥️ 2w
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rockpools @cbee Same. I‘ve just seen it‘s available in the library I‘m in tomorrow, so that‘ll be my lunchtime sorted. 2w
CBee @rockpools nice 😊 2w
BarbaraBB @rockpools I hope you‘ll love it! 2w
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The Radiance of the King | Laye Camara, James Kirkup
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#NYRBBookClub

Clarence has been shipwrecked in Africa, lost all his money gambling, and is about to get kicked out of the dirty inn where he stays. So he needs to meet the king, who will surely give him, a white man, an important job. Instead of the king he meets a beggar and a pair of teenage rascals. They help him stay out of trouble and accompany him to the south where the king will probably show up again. ⬇️⬇️

BarbaraBB What seems a story of Clarence's often Kafkaesque adventures, is in the end more a book about the nature of perception and openness to experience: Clarence is simply incapable of experiencing or understanding West Africa. 2w
BarbaraBB Because Camara Laye is from #Guinea I guess that the book is set there. #ReadingAfrica2022 🇬🇳 @Librarybelle #192025 #1954 (edited) 2w
Librarybelle Good find! 2w
vivastory Terrific review 👏👏 I'm looking forward to the discussion! 2w
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A great book! Such real to life and loving characters, their story, their lives and their games. They pulled me back into the 90s, into playing adventure games on enormous computers with hardly any capacity. I laughed and cried with Sam, Sadie and Marx and they left me behind with a smile on my face.

#pop22 #CharacterOnAceSpectrum
#52books #TechnologyThemed

Cinfhen Lovely photo and review! What did your kids think of this one??! 3w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Robin read it and she enjoyed it a lot except for the Pioneers chapter! 3w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen She also read Every Last Fear, Crossroads, and The House Across the Lake so I am pretty proud. Thomas read Cabin Fever, and The Secret History! 3w
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fredamans I'm just starting this one today! 2w
Cinfhen Oh wow!!!! R needs to join Litsy 💜and I agree with her review - I didn‘t care for the pioneers chapter either !!!!!! Stopped me from giving the book 5 stars!!! 2w
Cinfhen Nice job, Barbara #RaisingReaders 🎉🙌🏻♥️ 2w
Megabooks Wow! This kids did a lot of beach reading. That‘s fantastic! I‘m glad you enjoyed this too! 💜💜🏝 2w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I‘ll tell her that. She‘ll breek reassured! By the way, her red string broke in Costa Rica, she sent me a picture when it did! 2w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I really did. And I loved Sam! 2w
Cinfhen Next time I go to Rachel‘s Tomb I‘ll get another string for R ♥️ 2w
Chelsea.Poole I‘m going to have to pick this one up! So much love for it 💕 2w
BarbaraBB @Chelsea.Poole It‘s your kind of book too, I‘m sure! 2w
BooknerdsLife Love this book so much! The frienship, love & grief for loved ones! 2w
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#WeeklyForecast 30/22

Back from vacation, I need to continue our #NYRBbookclub choice. I am also eager to read the Kawakami so I can read her Chandelier afterwards. I also want to read The Little Snake, a sweet gift from @squirrelbrain
But before all of this I have to finish my current book: Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow.

squirrelbrain Have a great week Barbara! 3w
TrishB Great plans👍🏻 3w
Cinfhen Welcome home!!! Hope you had an amazing time 💖💖💖 3w
Megabooks So glad you‘re home safely! Enjoy the Kawakami! 2w
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Every Last Fear | Alex Finlay
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#BookReport 29/22

The tagged book is not in the photo because my daughter is reading it but I did read it along with these other beauties. This Time Tomorrow is this week‘s favorite but I honestly loved them all!

I hope you had a safe trip home Cindy 🤍

TrishB Love happy book weeks ♥️ 3w
Cinfhen You too!! Glad you enjoyed all your reads 😘 3w
Cathythoughts Very nice ♥️ 3w
Centique Gosh you‘ve read some good books on holiday! I‘ve added lots of them to my TBR 😍 Hope you are feeling relaxed and refreshed 💕 3w
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A Long Long Interview | Kawakami Mieko
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It‘s not the right title ⬆️ but upon coming home today I was welcomed by this little booklet by Mieko Kawakami! I feel kind of special to have a copy (I think it was a limited edition) thanks to my dear and thoughtful friend Meg 💕

Everything you wrote in that gorgeous card is so true and I am excited to learn a bit more about Japanese society!

You‘re the best ❤️❤️ 🇯🇵

squirrelbrain How lovely! ❤️ 3w
AmyG Surprise book gifts from friends….🙌🏻❤️ 3w
Megabooks So glad it arrived safely and was there to greet you! I think you will really enjoy it. 😘😘 (edited) 3w
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“It‘s okay to lose people. Loss is the point. You can‘t take away the grief, the pain, because then what are you left with?”

This book 💔. I can‘t remember having read about fathers and daughters more lovingly. Or about New York for that matter. The time traveling added more wise lessons than I could have wished for.

I‘d be surprised if this book won‘t be my #CampLitsy winner.

(Pic: Havana, Cuba)

Daisey Love the color coordination of this photo and really all the Cuba photos. 3w
squirrelbrain Aw, lovely review Barbara! I‘m so glad you loved it, even if it was 😢💔 at times. 3w
TrishB It was a very touching book 😁❤️ 3w
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KarenUK So glad you loved it too…. 💕 3w
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain I am so glad you nominated it! I hadn‘t read it otherwise I think because I didn‘t enjoy this book by Straub 3w
merelybookish Such a great quote! I really loved this one too -- which surprised me. 3w
Cathythoughts Great quote ♥️ 3w
Suet624 Sadly, I was surprised by the fact that I didn‘t enjoy it. I might have to try it again. It might have been during my grumpy phase. 3w
BarbaraBB @Suet624 I am a bit surprised too, though it‘s not as good as Fresh Flowers or that kind of books. It‘s an easy read but it touched me deeply on a personal level. Maybe half a year ago I would have thought completely different 3w
Suet624 @BarbaraBB I‘m really glad you enjoyed it. I can understand it‘s appeal. 3w
Megabooks This was a fantastic book! Glad it hit you in the feels 💜💜 3w
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❤️❤️ This book feels so personal at times ❤️❤️

sarahbarnes I couldn‘t agree more. Her feelings were so familiar to me. ❤️❤️ 3w
BarbaraBB @sarahbarnes ❤️❤️ 3w
CarolynM 💔 3w
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The Decagon House Murders | Yukito Ayatsuji
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A club of university students spends a week on an island off the coast of Japan where a gruesome crime has recently occurred. Soon the first among them is murdered.
The characters in the book are flat, there is no poetic line to be found, but this cult book is an example of the “shin honkaku” genre — a Japan-specific reboot of the classic whodunit. Recommended!

#19822022 #1987 #52books #InvolvesAClub #pop22 #SetInThe80s

(Pic: Havana, Cuba)

Cinfhen I‘m loving your photos ♥️Hope you‘re having an amazing time xx 3w
Cathythoughts Great pic 👍🏻♥️ 3w
Librarybelle I really need to read this one! 3w
Megabooks Gorgeous photo! 3w
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Mensen in de zon / druk 1 | Marijke Schermer
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Five friends decide to pay a surprise visit to the man who has taken care of them as a friend and patron. They are about to conquer the world as artists, novelists, musicians and scientists They believe that talent and success are ultimately inextricably linked. On a winding road to they drive head-on into another car. The book is set 20 years afterwards.

#192025 #2013

(Pic: Hotel, Cayo Guillermo, Cuba)

batsy This sounds intriguing! Hope you're having a great time in Cuba. 3w
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Every Last Fear | Alex Finlay
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A perfect day at the beach with the perfect beach read. This is such an engaging read, from the first to the last page. Filled with twists, great characters and even cloudy eyes because of all that happens to the Pine family.

(Pic: Playa Pilar, Cuba)

vivastory I thought it was great 4w
Mirazzles I started this one and I‘m quite enjoying it! I also really liked “The Night Shift” 4w
BarbaraBB @vivastory I was really glad you recommended it! It was just what I was looking for! Do you think I need to read the Night Shift too? 4w
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BarbaraBB @Mirazzles such a coincidence! I wonder if you‘ll like this one better than the Night Shift! 4w
vivastory I liked Night Shift, but not nearly as much as Every Last Fear 4w
Megabooks This was fantastic! I‘m so glad @vivastory had it on his NYWD list! I agree with him about this being better than Nightshift, but it is worth reading. 👍🏻👍🏻 3w
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The Decagon House Murders | Yukito Ayatsuji
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#WeeklyForecast 29/22

Another week of Cuba and reading! I am in the middle of Every Last Fear and completely hooked! I am not sure yet what to read next but I will of course read the first half of Straub this week for #CampLitsy. Looking forward too to the tagged book, the Zevin and the Dutch one!

TrishB I enjoyed Every Last Fear 👍🏻 4w
Maria514626 Love your nail polish! (And thanks for the book recommendations! 😁) 4w
Megabooks Excellent forecast, and I agree with @Maria514626 about your nail polish! 💅🏻 4w
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BookwormM Just finished Tomorrow really enjoyed it 4w
Cinfhen Your polish matches your book covers!!!! Glad you‘re enjoying 4w
BarbaraBB @BookwormM I‘ve heard good things about it! 4w
BarbaraBB @TrishB It is so good, I really just want to read on and on! 4w
LeahBergen It sounds like you‘ve been having a lovely holiday! 😘 4w
KarenUK Great selection! Enjoy xx 3w
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A cruiseschip sets sail in March 2020 and inevitably COVID travels with one of the thousands of passengers. While people are getting sick the world closes down and leaves the ship drifting. The book reads like a horrifying thriller.

Trigger warning: The parts describing how the seriously I‘ll people fight for their lives were very painful to read.

#pop22 #SetOnCruiseShip #52books #NonFictionBestseller

(Pic: Cayo Guillermo, Cuba)

RaeLovesToRead I've read several books on boats this year already, but I haven't counted them for the challenge because it specifies "cruise ship" ?? 4w
Megabooks Glad you liked this, and I did find the parts where people were sick, especially the crew, who definitely seemed to have it worse, difficult to read. 💔 4w
BarbaraBB @RaeLovesToRead Be prepared if you decide to read this one. It‘s a page turner but it feels ambivalent because it really happened. 4w
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BarbaraBB @Megabooks Very difficult those fighting for their lives and yes, that crew 💔 4w
RaeLovesToRead I struggle to read about real life tragedies, so I'll probably choose something lighter. 4w
Megabooks @RaeLovesToRead before I read CF, I used this for cruise ship. Even though I just liked it, it‘s gotten favorable reviews on litsy and is indeed MUCH lighter! 4w
Cortg This sounds both horrifying and intriguing 🤨 4w
RaeLovesToRead @Megabooks I'll check it out! 😊 I just started reading a book today and realised after a couple of pages that it was set in the 80s... yay! Another prompt to be fulfilled 😎 4w
squirrelbrain Gosh, Barbara, I bet that was a tough one to read. I‘ve read a few extracts in the press and it seems horrific. 4w
Cathythoughts Sounds good ! I think I‘ll try a sample 👍🏻 4w
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#BookReport 28/21

It‘s been a great reading week! The tagged one was disappointing to me, the Persephone not as good as most others but the other three were all very good!

Having another week of vacationing and reading ahead of me 💃❤️

Cindy have a good trip to Spain!

Suet624 Your vacation looks wonderful! 4w
TrishB Love holiday reading ❤️ 4w
BarbaraBB @TrishB Me too! I let go of all challenges and just read what I feel like. I always wonder why I do participate in all those challenges but I can‘t resist them obviously! 4w
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Megabooks Yay for beach reading! 🏝 4w
Leftcoastzen Vacationing & reading sounds delightful! Enjoy! 4w
sarahbarnes Enjoy!! ☀️📚 4w
Cinfhen Woohoo!!! Fabulous amount of reading 🫶🏼Glad you‘re enjoying 😘 4w
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In het first year at university Mallory meets the woman, a professor. They get into a secret relationship, marked by inequality: Mallory‘s self esteem is quite dependent on the elder woman‘s views, feelings and opinions. She admires the woman more than she loves her and takes all she experienced during their time together with her in further years.
A wonderful debut.

#pop22 #SapphicBook

(Pic: Playa Pilar, Cuba)

Freespirit Lovely reading spot!!! 4w
Megabooks I‘m planning on reading this in July, too! Still loving these beautiful photos! 4w
KarenUK Ooh I have this ARC I never got to! I‘m going to use it for the same prompt! 💕👍 4w
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BarbaraBB @Megabooks @KarenUK I am fairly sure you both will enjoy this one too 💕 4w
Cortg Sounds good! 4w
Ruthiella Great review! I also really liked this one! 4w
Cinfhen Beautiful 🤩 looks so relaxing!! I‘ve been wanting to read this one, I even suggested it for #CampLitsy 😉Glad to see it‘s a pick 4w
squirrelbrain Great review Barbara and lovely pic! I have this as an ARC too @KarenUK although I already read a book for this prompt. 4w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I know. That longlist is a gift that keeps on giving 🤣 @Megabooks @squirrelbrain 4w
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella I stacked it because of your review! 4w
Ruthiella @BarbaraBB Whew! I‘m glad I didn‘t steer you wrong! 😅 4w
Cinfhen Hahaha 🤣 #TRUTH 4w
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Well that was surprising. At least the second half. The first one was The Girl on the Train all over again. I still wonder what all the alcohol added to the story.
And then that second half. A plot twist I didn‘t saw coming. Not one I liked per se. But it was an okay holiday read I guess.

(Pic: Remedios, Cuba)

Chelsea.Poole Gorgeous photo! 4w
sarahbarnes Are you in Cuba? 4w
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Creadnorthey How do I get to where you are- fantastic backdrop! 4w
Megabooks Gorgeous photo!!! Sorry the book didn‘t work. 4w
sarahbarnes Wow, that‘s so cool! 4w
BarbaraBB @Creadnorthey Get om the plane to Cuba 😉 4w
Creadnorthey Seems so simple…the time, the time! 4w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks Thanks! Have you read it? What did you think? 4w
BarbaraBB @Creadnorthey I know! I‘d just wish for the Cubans tourism would pick up again after COVID and the Russian war… 4w
CarolynM Looks like a fabulous place😍 4w
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A #Persephone novella about a wedding or more specifically the wedding guests. The book sketches the guests in a minimal way and yet they feel like real people. Most of them are not very likable, including the bride herself, but they feel so real. The mother of the bride tries to arrange all as best as she can but there‘s more than meets the eye!

#192025 #1932

( Pic: Mausoleum Che Guevara, Santa Clara, Cuba)

vivastory I hope you are having a great time! 1mo
KarenUK Love the sound of this book! Enjoy your trip! X 1mo
Megabooks Stacking!! Loving the Cuba pics! 4w
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BarbaraBB @Megabooks Thank you! Hope your appointment went well 🤞🏽🤞🏽😘 4w
Librarybelle Oh! A 1932, awesome! 2w
BarbaraBB @Librarybelle Yes I was glad too. I forgot to tag you until now, but will do! 2w
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At the Table | Claire Powell
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Such a fun read. A family (father, mother, adult son and daughter) falls apart after the parents separate. I recognized so much in all four of them. A delight to read. Thanks for the rec, @TrishB !

(Pic: Trinidad, Cuba)

Hooked_on_books I always enjoy your travel photos! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books Thank you Holly! 1mo
TrishB Glad you enjoyed it 😁 I can imagine it‘s a quick, fun holiday read. Enjoy your break 😘 1mo
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IuliaC Beautiful picture! Have a lovely holiday! 1mo
Megabooks What a gorgeous photo!! 💜💜 1mo
Freespirit Lovely holiday!!! 1mo
youneverarrived What a beautiful background 😍 1mo
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