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canbku

Joined December 2019

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The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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And it's finished. 😭😭😭 why didn't i pace myself? I read this book in great gulps. Diving in whenever i found myself with five minutes. I could hop in and be back into the story within seconds. I will miss it so.

Patchshank I just got that book. I'm glad to hear it's that good. 3h
canbku @Patchshank it's not a perfect book, but i did enjoy the ride. I hope you do, too! Have fun! 3h
HannaPolkadots I remember the book hangover I had after this novel...so I feel your pain! I read it like you did and then was like "and now what? What do I do?" ??? amazing the feelings black scribbles on white background can create in us... 2h
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Catherine_Willoughby Currently reading 2h
Crewgurl One of my favs ❤️ 2m
canbku @HannaPolkadots so true. I didn't even start the next book yet. I needed a minute :) now
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The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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Nooo...it can't be over already!

Reagan I loved this book and it was gifted to me by an old regular at a pub I worked at. He just kind of disappeared after he gave this to me but I always think of him when I see anything about this book! 10h
canbku @Reagan he disappeared....?! 10h
TheLudicReader This book has been on my tbr shelf for a million years. 10h
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jillannjohn One of my favorite books! 10h
canbku @TheLudicReader i loved the descriptions of places most of all. If you need a reason to pull it off the shelf...Budapest! 10h
canbku @jillannjohn i didn't even know anything about it and now is one of my favorites too! 10h
Reagan @canbku well he stopped coming in 😬 I hope he‘s okay. 8h
Mrs_B This is an amazing book! 2h
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The Water Dancer: A Novel | Ta-Nehisi Coates
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This was great and i expect it to go far in #tob #tob2020. The writing is lyrical and gorgeous. The story has supernatural elements that i loved. I can't wait to see more fiction from Coates. Lots of gruesome parts though and i struggled with it

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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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This was a tough read for it's awful Handmaids Tale dystopic material but it also just feels like snippets of a story pieced together to appease fans. Nothing more for me to add. Others have said it all. I don't think it will get far for #tob #tob2020

NomiReads The Testaments was such a disappointment to me also. I purchased it in the store on its release date last fall, went home immediately to read it....then gave up 50% in. I reread The Handmaid‘s Tale to make sure that it was as good as I remembered because I was so surprised at how disappointing the sequel was. 3d
canbku Its up for awards...i think they meant to give Atwood an award long ago and they're making up for it now since the tv show hot so popular? I dunno 3d
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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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Just found out about #tob #tob2020 and I've read some already. This one was good, and i know it was a major blockbuster. I liked it and I'm finding several parts sticking with me. I wouldnt vote for it to go too far though because it was all so...normal?

mollyrotondo Haha I agree with your “normal” description. It was pretty “normal” but I guess that was the point. Write about a “normal” relationship with really common irritating young people. I liked it once I finished but I didn‘t know how I felt while reading if that makes sense 3d
canbku @mollyrotondo actually that totally makes sense . that might be why certain parts have stuck in my head 3d
mollyrotondo @canbku the book stayed with me a while after reading too 3d
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Update on my first attempt at an audio book. Successful, mostly? It was a tough start TBH. The narrator was soothing and it was more like ASMR than my normal podcasts. However, i really have it a try and i eventually got into it. I've invested two hour long commutes and i don't regret a minute of it!

Suet624 The only audiobooks I usually like are nonfiction. They keep my attention. 2d
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I've always preferred to read books that i can hold, but after a very successful try with ereading on my phone while nursing in the f middle of the night, I've decided to give audio books a try. Any suggestions for books that are especially good to listen to?

SamAnne I‘m like you—love the physical book. Have learned to do audio books so I can read more. But still have a hard time with most audio fiction versus non-fiction. Trevor Noah reading his Born a Crime is great. I hear Daisy Jones & the Six is great audio. I‘m listening to Say Nothing about the Irish Troubles and it‘s very good. I heard Carmen Machado‘s In the Dream House is good. 4d
canbku @SamAnne i habe heard that about the trevor Noah book so many times. It must be the real deal. There's a twomonth wait on Daisy, but it was the first one i looked up! Really want to get to that one. Very interested in reading a book set in the time of the troubles because I'm a huge fan of Derry Girls. :) 4d
Buchbeeg I'm a fan of audio books that have a bit more production. Multiple actors and sound effects, ect. I just finished Murder on the Orient Express (The Audible Orginal version) and it was awesome. 4d
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canbku @Buchbeeg oooh, good idea. I'm such a beginner on this. 4d
cathipink Some of my fave audiobooks from last year were The Hearts Invisible Furies, The Thirteenth Tale, The Other Americans, Normal People, Sabrina and Corina, and Fleishman is in Trouble. I didn't really start with audiobooks until about 18 months ago, and there are only certain types of books that work for me on audio. I hope you have fun discovering all of the great ones out there! 4d
canbku @cathipink Great list! I'm worried i won't be able to fall in love with a book as easily. Can't wait to be wrong. 4d
PSreads73 I‘ve heard Daisy Jones and The Six is a great audiobook. Has a different person reading for each individual part. I love the hardcover but haven‘t listened to the audiobook. 4d
canbku @PSreads73 it's on hold now at my library! 4d
PSreads73 @canbku Its in my top 3 favorites from last year. 4d
YaYa_Reads If you haven‘t read Becoming by Michelle Obama, that‘s a really good book to listen to. It feels like you and her are a couple of good girlfriends sitting at the kitchen table, talking about life. Only she‘s doing all of the talking lol (edited) 4d
wanderinglynn For me, audiobooks are all about the narrator. Jim Dale does an excellent job narrating the Harry Potter books. 4d
Louise Neverwhere, read by Neil Gaiman. Also, the Maisie Dobbs series is nice on audio. 4d
canbku @Louise good ideas! 4d
Mynameisacolour I liked the tagged on audio, I don't do a ton of audio books but I love having the kindle app for when I'm trapped under my baby👶🤱 4d
Graywacke I can link you to my list of favorites. 🙂 Are you looking for any particular kind? Novels? Nonfiction? (I used to look for audiobooks that most closely resembled NPR) 4d
Crazeedi Welcome to litsy! 3d
azulaco Daisy Jones & the Six was wonderful on audio. I also enjoyed the audio of Lincoln in the Bardo. 3d
shortsarahrose The most recent audiobook I finished was Cujo by Stephen King. I‘m not a huge fan of his work in print, but I find his stories work great on audio. I also liked his book Dolores Claiborne on audio (it‘s not a horror novel, FYI, in case that matters). 3d
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The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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People deeply love this book and im starting to see why. I am wanting to habe a book going on my ereader and a paper book gong at the same time, but i can't put this one down (ereader). Vampires and chilly thrillers are not usually my thing, but i am absolutely loving the sumptuous descriptions of dreamy European cities hiding dark secrets.
#readingeurope2020 #istanbul #budapest #oxford

Zoes_Human This is one of the books my husband and I have read to one another. The language was lovely and atmospheric. It's a great “out loud“ read. 5d
canbku @Zoes_Human i can totally see that! 5d
Yoshi-and-a-book Such a good idea 💡 4d
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rachaich I found this brilliant! 4d
Crazeedi Great book 3d
Andrew65 Loved this! 3d
Nute This is one of my favorite books of all-time! 2d
canbku @Nute I'm almost done with it 😢😢😢 2d
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The Snow Child | Eowyn Ivey
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I loved this book when i read it, but i wonder how i would manage now as a mother. It was sweet and wistful and incredibly atmospheric.

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The House Girl | Tara Conklin
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Loved it and loved Tara Conklin. I'll read whatever she writes!

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I don't think i have anything to add that people haven't said. It's wonderful :)

rachaich Couldn't agree more!! 4d
canbku @rachaich i could read tenlike it. Any that you like that are similar? 4d
rachaich @canbku i read another by him... maybe his first one. It was also brilliant:) 4d
rachaich @canbku It was Rules of Civility 😊😊 4d
canbku @rachaich added :) 4d
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The Age of Light: A Novel | Whitney Scharer
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I really ended up liking this though it was often slow. The characters were all very self absorbed, but they were very interesting people, so why not. I loved the seeing and the time periods and learning about art and photography.

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The Gilded Wolves | Roshani Chokshi
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I know people were excited about this book, but i just thought it was all so obvious. I liked the worldbuilding and learning about the mythology and history of the story, though, so not a pan from me

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Long Way from Home | Peter Carey
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This was really different from what i expected. I ended up loving it because the subject was so unfamiliar and i learned so much as one of the characters learned about themselves. Super interesting about car racing in the bush...who knew it could be so interesting?

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Dear Haiti, Love Alaine | Maika Moulite, Maritza Moulite
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This was fun to read. I liked the main character for her sarcasm and humor. Learning a bit about haiti as she learned was also great. I probably could have used more! Fun story and interesting setting

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Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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This one has been TBR forever but I've been afraid of it. I raced through it and only had to skip a few triggering pages. It was really lovely while tragic and frustrating. I learned a lot and would highly recommend. Not the best Book for 3am nursing sessions on my ereader, but nevertheless, i didn't mind getting up knowing i had this book waiting for me

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I loved the history and the characters, but it really bugged me that the main character was portrayed as so primitive. It seemed over the top the way i was always supposed to be surprised she was so smart. I loved the matriarchy part and at times i cried and cried. There's good but it's troublesome. Worse that the author isn't Korean.

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Maybe I'm not smart enough to find the narrative weirdness fun. I missed the point and couldn't bring the two/three parts together to make sense. There were moments i enjoyed very much as descriptions were cutting and visceral. I can't say I'm a big fan and maybe i won't seek out another novel by the author. Major book award, though, so I'm definitely missing something

rmaclean4 I have been in the fence about this one. 3d
canbku @rmaclean4 seems like a lot of folks are 3d
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A Place for Us: A Novel | Fatima Farheen Mirza
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First novel by the author and I'll be watching for her next one. I loved the detail and depth of each character and both loved was frustrated by each of them. The father is not given dimension until the end, which i was glad to read when i got to it, but i wished i knew more earlier. He probably had regrets too. Great modern family story

TrishB Just read this too this week 👍🏻 agree with you. 1mo
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Dutch House | Ann Patchett
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Loved this most recent Ann Patchett novel. I doubt she could write something i don't like. But this one was especially compelling with odd characters that were both endearing and frustrating.

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The Immortalists | Chloe Benjamin
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Favorite book of 2019 (and i read it last January - so also my first book of 2019, lol) incredible lovable and flawed characters. The premise is complicated and sets high stakes at the beginning. The threat of the prophecy hands over their heads and changes them all. The depth and personal details of the aids crisis was particularly moving.

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The House Girl | Tara Conklin
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I loved this book. So completely different from 'the Last Romantics'. I loved the mix of time periods and how the art and art world were described

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Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward
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Loved this, though it want always easy to read. There's a sense of foreboding throughout, a strain of malice below the surface that i couldn't shake or wasnt supposed to. The magical realism was great and the setting incredibly vivid.

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This was a great family narrative of four siblings who dealt with the absence of their mother during what they call "the Pause", an episode of depression for their mother, by becoming close and reliant on one another. The effects of this time in their life have reverberations as they become adults. I enjoyed each of the characters of the siblings and the sensitivity and love shown to the mother.

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Night Watch | Sarah Waters
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After reading too many WW2 books, this one was so very different. Female experiences of war is something I'm drawn to for reasons unknown. This one also had lesbian characters--a bit of a fresh story

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Annelies: A Novel | David R. Gillham
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This was entertaining, but frustrating. Understandably, the author would not want to mess with anne Frank and her story, but it felt timid and as though anne and her father did not evolve or learn.

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Cherokee America | Margaret Verble
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Loved the story of this family and the wisdom of the mother/matriarch, Check. I also found the politics of cherokee life interesting as it was told as day to day facts of life rather than to exoticize or tell from an outsider's perspective.

Librarybelle Welcome to Litsy! 2mo
Nute Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a warm and friendly community. I know that you will enjoy yourself here. I‘m looking forward to getting to know you!🙂 2mo
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PurpleyPumpkin Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a great community and I hope you enjoy it here. Loving posts so far and looking forward to seeing more!👍🏽😉 2mo
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