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The Tournament | Matthew Reilly
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It‘s my favorite time of year! The brackets are up for the 2018 Tournament of Books! #TOB18

https://themorningnews.org/tob/

#TOB2018 #TOB

susanw Finally! 2y
thebluestocking Yay! Thanks for posting. I got distracted this week and forgot to be impatient about it. 😉 2y
thebluestocking @BkClubCare 🤷‍♀️😉 2y
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Righteous | Joe Ide
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Great sequel with lots of character growth & development and plenty of opportunities for the future. Recommended, but only after reading IQ first.

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The Refugees | Viet Thanh Nguyen
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Congrats to Jesmyn Ward and Viet Thanh Nguyen on being named 2017 MacArthur Fellows!
https://www.macfound.org/fellows/class/class-2017/

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This post by Frankie Thomas is for all you Latin lovers out there....

https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2017/09/21/human-life-is-punishment-on-the-p...

batsy Great article. The quote above makes me think about The Secret History 😁 #readingenvyreadalong 2y
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Bluebird, Bluebird | Attica Locke
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I read this and thought, yep, that describes at least 80% of the Texans I know.

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The big guy isn't feeling awesome today, but he didn't want to miss out on #nationaldogday. #dogsoflitsy

Sace Aww. I hope he feels better soon. 2y
Texreader I hope he feels better. Poor chap. 2y
Karkar Get to feeling better soon big guy! 🐾🐾 2y
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MicheleinPhilly ☹️Pickles has been in the same boat for the past 24 hours. In her case the culprit was too many sticks. 🙄 2y
Suet624 He's better? 2y
outis @Suet624 Definitely better! Thanks for checking! 2y
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Bluebird, Bluebird | Attica Locke
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Woo hoo! Look what just arrived!

#GoodreadsGiveaway #bookmail

Libby1 I'm still waiting to win a Goodreads giveaway! Congratulations! 2y
outis @Libby1 Good luck! 2y
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This open letter from Sherman Alexie about his book tour just gave me chills. Sending healing thoughts his way. http://fallsapart.com/

EvieBee Wow. Can't wait to read this. 2y
Yeah_I_Read That is so intense. Thanks for sharing 2y
Suet624 I'm sitting on my porch crying now. I love this man and hope he finds some peace. 2y
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cathysaid "I don't believe in the afterlife as a reality, but I believe in the afterlife as metaphor. And my mother, from the afterlife, is metaphorically kicking my ass." So glad he's recognizing the need to care for his own mental health above all else. Good on him. 2y
BooksForEmpathy Thank you for sharing this. I have tickets to see him on Wednesday; I guess San Francisco will be his last night on tour. 2y
LiteraryinLititz Wow, what a powerful and vulnerable letter. I'm so glad he shared that with his readers. 2y
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Exit West: A Novel | Mohsin Hamid
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Seriously, thank goodness for ebooks. #diverted

EvieBee Amen. 2y
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On the road again. ☹️ But on the bright side, at least I have my old friend, Harry, to keep me company on this trip!

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I am almost unreasonably excited about my current trip to the airport since it marks the end of my 3-month-long marathon of travel. I will actually get be in my own home for one whole week for the first time since mid-January, which means I will also get to hang out with one of my book clubs for the first time since December. (Not terribly excited about the book, but that's beside the point right now.) Yippee!

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Sherlock: A Study In Pink #1 | Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat
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Fun gift from a friend who just came back from Japan. Cool to see the subtitle approach in this bilingual addition (I guess I assumed they would just swap out the text in other countries) and awesome to have a friend who knows the books ALWAYS make the best gifts!

readinginthedark How interesting! The one I read was just English, no subtitles. 2y
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This is my most recent (but certainly not my only) #blameitonlitsy read. And it was awesome!

#GRABBYHANDS

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McFarchie I have that quote as a tattoo 2y
outis @McFarchie Awesome choice! I think these words encompass so many facets of love (heartache, permanence, hope, sadness, everything else) just beautifully. 2y
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There was no way I was going to put a book in the middle of this spread, but it was just too pretty not to share. I'm visiting friends in New Orleans and enjoying one of their (and my new) favorite Easter weekend traditions, an amazing crawfish boil. (They put in extra veggies for me!)

LauraBeth Oh my 😋😋 3y
britt_brooke Gorgeous! I love New Orleans. Enjoy!! 3y
Suet624 I love those extra veggies. Great photo! 2y
emilyhaldi Amazing! I went to college in New Orleans so it will always have a special place in my heart ❤ 2y
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Bitch Planet 1 | Kelly Sue DeConnick, Valentine De Landro, Taki Soma
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Seriously - why did it take me so long to listen to all you brilliant people? Why didn't I read this months ago? Loved it.

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Still traveling a ton for work (& have just finished an insanely busy month without Litsy), but decided to take some time out to enjoy a night at the ballpark (not my preferred ballpark, but, really, traveling beggars can't be choosers). #baseball

And if you haven't read Chad Harbach's book, put it on your summer reading list!

Beckys_Books This is an excellent read!! 3y
Suet624 Really good book! 2y
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I started crying (on an airplane) at page 20, pulled myself together and then started crying again 15 pages later (and then again 15 pages later...). Thank goodness this book is only 114 pages long! So very moving. This one is experimental and is full of symbolism & poetic references, but it's the emotion (particularly in the Dad's sections) that will stay with me. #ToB2017 #ToB17

Spiderfelt I just finished this on a plane flying home last night. It was a gut punch all right. 3y
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Autumn | Ali Smith
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So many parts of this beautiful book were like watching a dream or reading a painting - there is some amazing prose in here. This story of a lovely friendship in uncertain times jumps around a lot and at times it's a bit hard to follow, but the overall experience was worth it. (And Melody Grove was a terrific narrator for the #audiobook.)

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Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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@tpixie - Here you go!

tpixie @outis thanks so much!!! 😊 3y
tpixie It's one of the times when an audiobook just did not work as well as a regular book 📚!! 3y
OffTheBeatenShelf.com @tpixie I hear you--I read it on audio too and got confused a couple of times. 3y
tpixie @OffTheBeatenShelf.com yes- I realized too late to start my own family tree! Couldn't rewind THAT much!! 😝 (edited) 3y
tpixie @OffTheBeatenShelf.com ha! ' rewind' shows my age!! I guess it's 'replay' ! 3y
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Version Control: A Novel | Dexter Palmer
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Slow-burn, super smart, very human science fiction. Plenty of space in this book for so many cool & complicated ideas to develop and bloom. #ToB2017 #ToB17

Redheadrambles That's looks so good, I will need to try and get to it 3y
outis @Redheadrambles It almost felt a little too long in some places, but I'm pretty sure I would have complained about ideas being incomplete or underdeveloped if it had been shorter 3y
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A Murder in Time | Julie McElwain
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Wish I could have loved this, but I didn't. Then again I'm picky & got annoyed with this one early on. If I'm going to have to look up what ormolu means & learn facts about 1800's ironing, then the author should google criminology majors at Princeton (nope) before flashing those credentials (twice) and avoid easy goofs like Georgette becoming Georgina. Decent but frustrating #palatecleanser. #feistyfeb

SaturnDoo I didn't like this one either 🖓🖓🖓 3y
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We Love You, Charlie Freeman | Kaitlyn Greenidge
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Lots of interesting and challenging ideas and characters here, but it just didn't come together for me. Overall it felt like many of the story lines incomplete or underdeveloped and the overall effect was unsatisfying.
#ToB2017 #ToB17
#lovetitles #feistyfeb

merelybookish I agree. Some interesting themes but not a strong contender. 3y
BkClubCare Agreed. 3y
Suet624 I agree that it's not a strong contender but I also couldn't put it down. 3y
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So I've spent about a week thinking about this one & still can't commit to anything other than a so-so. I can totally see how some folks might be crazy for it while others might actively dislike it, but I'm landing in the middle of the two extremes. I just wasn't blown away by it. #ToB2017 #ToB17

BraveNewBooks That's fair. I think I initially gave it 3 stars, but when I found myself still thinking about it months later, I was forced to revise my opinion upward. 3y
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On the Road | Jack Kerouac
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Still traveling, so this is what a #DeckleEdge looks like on the road. I miss my books! #feistyfeb

Texreader Good one. 😊 3y
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I am so grateful that today we have books like this one - they just didn't seem to exist when I was a kid. Bass Reeves was no joke. #blackhistory #riotgrams

TieDyeDude I read the graphic novel Talented Tenth about Bessie Stringfield at the library, saw there was one about Bass Reeves, but our system doesn't have it 😔 I'll have to search for this one 3y
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Sudden Death: A Novel | lvaro Enrigue
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Brackets! Woo hoo!
#ToB17 #ToB2017

merelybookish Saw it this morning! I feel bad for Black Wave pitted against Underground Railroad. And I will be angry if High Dive advances against The Mothers! 3y
outis @merelybookish Seriously. Black Wave could beat a lot of other books in the tourney (it was awesome IMO), but Underground Railroad? (I haven't read UR yet, but hard to ignore all the press & recs.) 3y
merelybookish @outis I haven't read It yet either but hard not to feel it's a bit of a juggernaut in this competition. For Black Wave to beat it would be a major upset. 3y
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outis @merelybookish But there is some precedent in F&F's exit and zombie return last year.... 3y
merelybookish Oh man, I hated F & F and was thrilled when it got knocked out. I also hated A Little Life. Really, last year's tourney was more about rooting against rather than rooting for. 3y
outis @merelybookish I did not like F&F either. I didn't hate ALL, but I did actively discourage my friends from reading it. Loved The Sellout, though! 3y
Well-ReadNeck Bummed that two of my favorites are against each other in the first round. I think We Love You, Charlie Freeman should be more widely read, but The Nix was my favorite book of last year and the one I'm rooting for to win it all!!! 3y
Suet624 Ohhh! I hadn't seen the brackets. Thanks! I agree @Well-ReadNeck that it's a shame those two books are pitted against each other. 3y
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Station Eleven: A novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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If you haven't read this one yet, get to it!!

#alltheworldsastage #feistyfeb

lynneamch Great choice for the stage! 3y
MamaGina Oh yes, so very good! 🎭 3y
mcipher Such an awesome book! 3y
mrsthilkey Great book! 3y
Suet624 So good. 3y
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Hag-Seed | Margaret Atwood
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Definitely a case of the right book at the right time. I loved this one!

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Meant to post this yesterday, but I got distracted. My favorite #bookishgoods are these Out of Print totes. I keep several on hand & give them as children's gifts - just take the bag to a monogram shop (or someone crafty), have the child's name stenciled in the borrower line & drop a book in the bag if you're feeling extra nice. Cute "wrapping paper" & an excellent library bag! #riotgrams

LeahBergen That's a wonderful gift-giving idea. ❤ 3y
Reviewsbylola So cute! 3y
Samwise_Gamgee Brilliant!!! 3y
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Mehso-so

Just okay. I think this one was either not weird enough or not developed enough for me to really engage with it. I really liked Anna (the mother/narrator), but I didn't like some the jumps the plot took in the second half. Those episodes felt rushed and/or unnecessary - I think this book would have been way more ominous & more solid without them. #ToB17 #ToB2017

Suet624 Hmmm...on my monstrous library pile. Maybe I'll slide it toward the bottom. 3y
merelybookish Totally agree. There was something to this book - I listened to it on audio and the narration added to the creepy cult feel - but then at the end I was not sure what had happened. 3y
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The Sport of Kings | C.E. Morgan
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Heads up, ToBers! Brackets are on the way! Just in time, too (for me at least), b/c I'm already wondering about which of the books I've read would make good first round v later round matchups. Any ideas on first round matchups? Anyone ready to call a winner yet? And on another note, what are the odds that I'm actually going to have to read SoK?
#ToB2017 #ToB17

Megabooks I don't know if I can! 3y
mklong Haha I'm listening to it now and it's a slog! 3y
Redheadrambles I will put my spoke in here and say Sport of Kings is great and not nearly as horse focused as it might seem. It's up there with Homegoing and The Underground Railway with relevance to issues of race and perhaps more so about privilege. It could perhaps be more tightly edited. 3y
Well-ReadNeck I haven't read any of the play-in books. I'm going to save them for last and if I don't get to them, I'll wait to see which one I'll need to read. 3y
Suet624 Loved Sport of Kings. 3y
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Delicious Foods: A Novel | James Hannaham
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When you realize crack cocaine is your favorite character in a book, that's a pretty good sign that you've found your #favoritevillain (and a talented author). Scotty isn't the only villain in this one, but he is definitely unique. #riotgrams

vivastory I keep forgetting about this book. It's going on my March TBR 3y
Anovelobsession Excellent choice and excellent book! 3y
mickeysirena Loved this book and thought Hannaham really pulled off having crack-cocaine as a narrator. It was such a compelling read and I agree that Scotty is a fantastic villain. 3y
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I Like You | Sandol Stoddard, Sandol Stoddard Warburg, Jacqueline Chwast
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#changedyourmindabout

Probably the easiest #feistyfeb prompt of the month. Litsy totally changed my mind about social media! Thanks to all of you who make this place so amazing!

BookishTrish Nicely played! 3y
sprainedbrain 👏👏👏 3y
BookishMarginalia 💜💜💜 3y
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Pride and Prejudice | Jane Austen
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I don't make a habit of rereading books, but P&P is the one standing exception to that rule. I revisit it every few years and am never disappointed. (I rewatch movies all the time, though....)

#mostreread #feistyfeb

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Speak: A Novel | Louisa Hall
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8little_paws Yes favorite book ever 3y
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Inkheart | Cornelia Funke
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Surprised I haven't seen this one yet today for the #shadows (or in this case, #TheShadow) prompt. I never actually finished this book, but admit that I loved the movie. #feistyfeb

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#whereiread? Wherever I am. Car, train, bus, boat, plane, standing, sitting, lying down, waiting, walking, running, driving (thanks #audiobooks!), sofa, chair, bed, floor, kitchen, living room, den, bedroom, home, hotel & in between. Really, did you even need to ask? #riotgrams

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Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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All of the sudden I'm traveling a ton for work, so here's my super sad hotel room #shelfie and my I-have-no-idea-what-I'm-reading-next-but-it-will-probably-be-on-my-kindle #TBR. #feistyfeb #riotgrams

Eyelit Locke & key! 👍 3y
Mdargusch Still Life is a nice little mystery if you're looking for something that doesn't take too much energy to read. 3y
outis @Eyelit Thanks for the 👍 on Locke & Key - that one's a library book that expires this weekend so I'll try to squeeze it in before it goes back! 3y
outis @Mdargusch Thanks for flagging Still Life! Picked it up for $1.99 at some point and figured I'd read it eventually. Sounds like a great plane read! 3y
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So I finished this book by my self-imposed deadline (i.e., today) to move it from its 3-month stay on my TBR stack to my read stack, but I'm having difficulty sorting out my thoughts on it. Hence this quote. Weird, dense, unsettling. Not sure where I'll come out on this once I have a little more time to process it. #ToB2017 #ToB17

LeahBergen I needed processing time for this one, too. 3y
EvieBee I agree! I was like WTH... 3y
UnidragonFrag Try listening to the audio! The woman who does Yeong-hye's voice is so eerie and monotone. I'm in the second part and it is so unsettling and weird! 3y
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Um, my self-imposed Jan 31 deadline for reading The Vegetarian is, you know, tomorrow. So I guess I know what I'm doing tonight.

On another note, the big guy is not nearly as excited about my other upcoming #ToB reads as I am. Version Control is in the lead for my post-Vegetarian choice. #ToB2017 #ToB17 #dogsoflitsy

Vinjii 😍😍 3y
LeahBergen What a handsome model! 3y
Reecaspieces Handsome dude!! Books ain't too bad either! 3y
AmandaL Awww 3y
Reese_Pearly.Pages Version Control is on my TBR for this month / early March. Have you finished it? 3y
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Not the strongest entry in the Longmire series, but still entertaining. I love these characters and the setting. My version of comfort reading.

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Black Wave | Michelle Tea
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Can't quite articulate why I liked this one so much, but I did. Sharp & often hilarious commentary on gender, class & race meets drugs/hookups/drugs/sobriety meets impending apocalypse meets totally meta storytelling. Sounds like a mess, but it's beautiful. Thanks #ToB for bringing this & The Feminist Press to my attention! #ToB2017 #ToB17

Cinfhen Nice review, I'm intrigued 😉 3y
Hoopiefoot I don't know anything about this book but based on your review I'm going to check it out! 3y
outis @Cinfhen & @Hoopiefoot I can see how this book could be a total disaster for other readers. For some reason, though, it worked for me. Definitely bail if you're not feeling it! 3y
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All the Birds in the Sky | Charlie Jane Anders
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Mehso-so

Uneven & unpolished, but still an interesting (enough) novel to keep me reading. In my opinion, though, almost every aspect of the story was incomplete and/or underdeveloped & the ending felt rushed. The ethical discussions felt like attempts to make the book deeper, but I just didn't buy it. I didn't hate it but thought it could/should have been better. Ultimately a little disappointing. #ToB2017 #ToB17

UnidragonFrag Put into words. I thought it was good and weird but forgettable. Likely for many of the reasons you say. 3y
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The Whistler | John Grisham
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Mehso-so

I seem to recall putting this on my OverDrive holds list many moons ago, but for the life of me I can't remember why I did that. In any event, the wait made me feel obligated to read it when my turn came around. Completely bland, typical Grisham. Going with the so-so because it's neither horrible nor great within its genre (even though this book deepened my dislike of the Grisham legal-ish, thriller-ish genre itself).

merelybookish Freedom! (from mediocre books) 3y
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Surprised at how much I liked this one. I was a little unimpressed by all the jumping around among the 22 (mostly) white (all) male characters until I finished the book & realized Bachelder had been using relatively quick narrative strokes to create an emotional whole. Surprisingly tender story about male friendships & neuroses, ritual, change & renewal, and the comfort of being part of something bigger than yourself. #ToB17 #ToB2017

mklong Great review and you have almost convinced me! I'm trying to read all of the #ToB2017 books and this is the only one I was completely uninterested in. Will I like it even if I hate American football? 3y
outis @mklong I think football gives the guys a reason to be together and a prism through which to filter their emotions and thoughts. It helped that I remembered this play and the players, but I don't think you need to _love_ football for this one. I wonder what other #ToB2017 readers on Litsy think & whether they have a different view. 3y
Redheadrambles I am reading this at the moment and know absolutely nothing about American football but I am enjoying the wit in this. I do agree the jumping around is confusing but it does feel like you in the middle of a big reunion with everyone talking at once - which is really well done. 3y
BkClubCare @mklong - I don't think you'll need a love of football to enjoy this. AND it is short! I enjoyed this more than I expected to. 3y
mklong Thanks everyone! I think I'll read this one while everyone else is watching the Super Bowl! @Redheadrambles @BkClubCare 🏈📚 3y
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I debated using this book for 3 other challenges this month (#epistolary, #fortheloveoffonts & #bookwithinabook), but I decided to focus on its #endpapers (side note-the dust jacket is incredible, too.) This physical book was an amazing, interactive reading and design experience (if not the most exciting story).
#readjanuary

LindsayReads Beautiful! 3y
Cinfhen Wow🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 3y
RealLifeReading 👍👍👍 3y
Loreen The endpapers of this book are so pretty. 3y
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The King of cookbooks. #royals #readjanuary

BooksForYears My preferred brand of flour, but I've never tried out their recipes! 3y
Libby1 Which country is this from? I've never seen it before! 3y
GlitteryOtters They have the BEST flour, I literally have 100 pounds of it (bread, whole wheat & all purpose) in my house right now (we use a lot & as I usually bus commute to/from the grocery store, I stocked up before the winter weather started for the season. Hauling a couple of 5# bags plus other groceries over snow piles and across icy sidewalks is no fun!) 3y
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outis @Libby1 - USA. The flours are easier to find in the northeast, east & midwest, but they're also available in the south & west with a little bit of looking. 3y
britt_brooke We always buy this flour! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3y
mcipher My brother has been there a couple times and says it's awesome! He brought me bach sourdough starter, which I may have killed at this point. 😳 3y
Donna_sBookMinute Been using for many years. 3y
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A Confederacy of Dunces | John Kennedy Toole
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This is the book that taught me to be really careful about how I respond to friends' book recs. A friend told me "hey, this is my favorite book" & I said "great, I'll read it." And I read it & HATED it. (Current reply: "oh, that sounds interesting.") This book also taught me that miserable reading experiences can be good investments in friendships - it's almost never a waste of time to learn about a friend's interests. #recommendedby #readjanuary

Spiderfelt Exactly! 3y
JonathanDunne Long live John Kennedy Toole 💡📚 3y
Gayan This is one of the few books I DNF. 3y
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Reviewsbylola This definitely is a polarizing book. I am one of those that loved it. I count it among my very favorites. I just thought the characters were hilarious. But I can see how others would hate it. 3y
Suzze @Gayan Our book group read it, and on the day of group NO ONE had finished it. I did end up finishing it (no one else did) and it did not redeem itself. I know so many readers adored this, but I didn't get it. 3y
Suet624 I didn't finish it either. I was younger then. Maybe I'd like it now? Not sure if I want to try again. Too many other fun reads out there. 3y
susanw I hated this book too. I am always glad when I find someone else who doesn't love it, it reassures me, that yes the book was awful it's not just me! 3y
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The Far Empty | J. Todd Scott
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Finished this one last month but forgot to post a review. I think I would have preferred a single POV to the multiple POVs in this one, but overall a pretty good modern western. A little predictable, but I wasn't looking or anything too serious here. Not quite strong enough to be a pick.