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Joined January 2018

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01. One Day on the Island; Sea of Tranquility
02. White daisies
03. Mother‘s Day brunch + the bookstore

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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The Tournament | Matthew Reilly
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Here are my suggestions for this year‘s #camptob. I went with nonfiction published in 2022 both because they will not be eligible for the actual #rooster and because I loved the year they did nonfiction for camp. #camptob22

Chelsea.Poole Oh I love your nonfiction choices! I adore NF and didn‘t know if we could select it for camp. I‘m a noob at #ToB! Really looking forward to 2mo
thebluestocking @Chelsea.Poole I love NF too! It may not be what they were looking for, but they said they wanted to shake it up and not have books that would otherwise be in the actual tournament. 🤷‍♀️ 2mo
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Cinfhen I‘m soooo excited you chose to focus on NF!!!! 2mo
vivastory That's a good idea about NF. I almost included the following on my list 2mo
squirrelbrain Great idea to choose NF and some great choices! It‘s all new to me too @Chelsea.Poole so I didn‘t know they‘d had NF in the past either. 2mo
Ruthiella Fantastic idea! I would love it if this were the real list. I don‘t read enough Nonfiction and need challenges like this to encourage me. 2mo
Amiable Love the suggestion for NF. Because I love NF. Currently reading “Ancestor Trouble” right now, in fact! 2mo
BarbaraBB I love that you went with NF. It would make me go completely out of my comfort zone but I‘d love that. 2mo
ReadingEnvy Great idea! I nominated 5 novels I already had eARCs of. 🤭 2mo
merelybookish That would be an excellent way to keep the two tourneys separate! And I'm dying to read Ancestor Trouble. I'm also curious about The 90s although worried the nostalgia might kill me. 🙈 2mo
Megabooks Great choices! I‘d like a NF option. 2mo
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#bookreport
This week was a fun reading week. All four of these were audio books, and I enjoyed them all (to varying degrees).

#weeklyforecast
I‘m hoping to finish Sea of Tranquility this week but take it slow with Call of the Wild on #serialreader. Then, depending on my mood I might start Alaska. (I‘m heading to Alaska this summer, so I hope to get to several Alaska-y books this month.) I should also have a library hold or two come in.

Cinfhen Ohhhh, Alaska!!!! Awesomeness 😍 2mo
thebluestocking @Cinfhen Yes! I‘m excited! 💙 2mo
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To Paradise | Hanya Yanagihara
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Here‘s how my bracket is shaping up! I love this way of thinking about my favorite book of month.

BkClubCare I have this image but I need to put it into play! Best to you on the tagged book. I plan on skipping it 🥺 2mo
thebluestocking @BkClubCare It‘s a fun graphic! I totally get you on To Paradise. I ended up reading it on the whim of library hold timing. But I really loved it. (It‘s way less bleak, to me, than A Little Life.) (edited) 2mo
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Valentine | Elizabeth Wetmore
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Here‘s what I read I April. It was a solid reading month. Valentine was my lone 5-star read, but I enjoyed almost all of these.

#aprilwrapup #aprilreads #monthlywrapup

Julsmarshall I loved Valentine! 2mo
JenReadsAlot Valentine was great! 2mo
BkClubCare Yay! What a month. 2mo
thebluestocking @Julsmarshall @JenReadsAlot Valentine is a book I think should have a bigger audience! 💙 2mo
thebluestocking @BkClubCare Thank you! 💙 2mo
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Choose FI: Your Blueprint to Financial Independence | Chris Mamula, Brad Barrett, Jonathan Mendonsa
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01. Choose FI, Valentine
02. The Souvenir Museum, by Elizabeth McCracken
03. The No-Show, by Beth O‘Leary

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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To Paradise | Hanya Yanagihara
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March was a great reading month for me. To Paradise, The Island of Sea Women, I Must Betray You, and Syllabus were all 5-star standouts.

#marchreads #marchwrapup #monthlywrapup

BkClubCare I keep putting Think Again aside for library books with deadlines 🤣 Hope I can finish it this month. 3mo
BarbaraBB Such a good month! 3mo
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Deathless Divide | Justina Ireland
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01. Deathless Divide, Valentine
02. White Fragility
03. Good Morning, Monster

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

thebluestocking Pardon my tardiness with this one! 3mo
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#bookreport
A decent reading week for me. These were all audio books, and Productivity Ninja was my favorite of the bunch. The Moriarty is for book club, and I think we‘ll be all over the board on this one.

#weeklyforecast
I‘m taking it slow with Harlem Shuffle. I just started Think Again. And then I‘m diving into the massive tome that is To Paradise.

Cinfhen I love books that create strong debate for bookclub 💜 3mo
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Nine Perfect Strangers | Liane Moriarty
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01. Nine Perfect Strangers, Harlem Shuffle
02. Alice‘s Adventures in Wonderland
03. Beloved

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

rachelsbrittain Beloved is a great one! 4mo
melissajayne Beloved is excellent 4mo
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#bookreport
It was a pretty good reading week for me. I loved both Sea Women and Betray You. Both look at history that is tragic and yet so full of hope. I also did a quick reread of #gtd and had fun with a romance.

#weeklyforecast
I am loving We Are Not Like Them and just started Harlem Shuffle for #lmpbc. After that, this may be the week I get to the Ozeki as the #tob starts up. And then the Moriarty is for #bookclub.

Cinfhen I love the background design on your graphics!!! I think I need to try this one on audio because it wasn‘t grabbing me in print 4mo
Cinfhen I‘ll be curious what you think of 4mo
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thebluestocking @Cinfhen Thanks, Cindy! I did listen to the audio of Sea Women and was totally enthralled. It‘s tough going at times though (graphic). 4mo
Cinfhen Good to know 💚 4mo
Megabooks Excited to read your thoughts in Shuffle when it gets to me! 4mo
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We Are Not Like Them | Christine Pride
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01. We Are Not Like Them; Harlem Shuffle
02. Library holds, for the most part
03. Nine Perfect Strangers

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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The Cartographers | Peng Shepherd
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I can‘t resist a book about maps! #botm

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#bookreport
All nonfiction this week. All pretty good. Jenny Lawson makes me laugh and cry. And I loved listening to Brandi Carlile tell stories and sing.

#weeklyforecast
I made zero progress on the Ozeki this week, but I still want to get it read before the #tob starts next week.

Cinfhen Jenny Lawson on audio is SOOOO good!! 4mo
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The Tourist Attraction | Sarah Morgenthaler
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01. The Tourist Attraction; The Book of Form and Emptiness
02. Feed, by Mira Grant
03. Sea of Tranquility, by Emily St. John Mandel

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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#bookreport
Five Tuesdays in Winter is my favorite read of the year so far. It was beautiful and lovely on audio. Evidence of the Affair was short but striking, and The Switch was charming and cozy. The other two were just fun fluff.

#weeklyforecast
I‘ve been avoiding reading the Ozeki. 🤷‍♀️ I‘ll continue to work on that this week and then see what library holds come in.

Cinfhen Ohhhh, good to know about the King and the O‘Leary :) both are in my TBR 🙌🏻 4mo
BarbaraBB Don‘t you enjoy the Ozeki? I have avoided it so far but heard many good things lately. 4mo
thebluestocking @Cinfhen I hope you enjoy them! 4mo
thebluestocking @BarbaraBB I actually do enjoy it when I read it, but I have to force myself to read it. I think it‘s a me problem and not the book‘s fault. 4mo
BkClubCare Yay for the Lily King! 4mo
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01. The Book of Form and Emptiness; Nudge
02. The Confession of Copeland Cane, by Kennan Norris
03. The New Jim Crow

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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“A book must start somewhere.”

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

merelybookish True! 😀 4mo
ShyBookOwl Love it 4mo
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The Switch | BETH. O'LEARY
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Charming and comforting, this was just the book I needed on a dreary winter day. A year after losing her sister, Leena is living in London and is burnt out and flaming out at work. After losing her granddaughter and being left by her husband, 79-year-old Eileen is ready for a change from her Yorkshire life. Grandmother and granddaughter switch places for two months and delightful things ensue.

BiblioLitten I loved this one! Especially the characters and it reminded me of one of my favourite movies, The Holiday 4mo
thebluestocking @BiblioLitten So cute. I haven‘t seen The Holiday, but I need to check it out! 4mo
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Enjoy the View | Sarah Morgenthaler
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I like the vibe of this book - small Alaskan town, lots of love stories waiting to be told. But this one takes place during a serious mountain climb where the heroine and her film crew make stupid, life-threatening decisions. It took the fun out of the romance for me. I may still check out the others in the series.

wanderinglynn I like the first one in this series but the other two, not so much for similar reasons as you point out. 4mo
thebluestocking @wanderinglynn That‘s good to know. I‘ll put the first one on my list. 4mo
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#bookreport
Another week of #moremehthanyeah reads for me. But I‘m glad I read each of them for different reasons.

#weeklyforecast
The Ozeki is my last #tob shortlist book! And I have a couple of romances on deck in audio. After that, I think I shall read whatever strikes my fancy.

Cinfhen Can‘t wait to hear your thoughts on the #LastBookStanding 🤩😜 4mo
BarbaraBB I am very much looking forward to your thoughts on Ozeki too! 4mo
BkClubCare Omg, I finished The Echo Wife and was at a loss. UH OH! What book do I read now?! 😂 I quickly figured it out. 4mo
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I have mixed feelings about this one. Part of me liked hearing so much of Cope‘s story, because it‘s the small and the big that make us who we are. But the pacing on this was off, and I struggled to maintain interest, especially without knowing until the very end why he was on the run.

sarahbarnes I‘m reading this one right now - just started it yesterday. I like it so far…. 4mo
thebluestocking @sarahbarnes I hope you enjoy it. I listened to the audio and thought it was really well done. 4mo
Megabooks I liked this when I read it but barely remember it. Rooting for The Sentence for play in. 👍🏻 4mo
Ruthiella Agree. It just went on and on... 4mo
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01. The Confession of Copeland Cane; The Book of Form and Emptiness; Enjoy the View
02. These Precious Days, by Ann Patchett
03. Edenbrooke, by Julianne Donaldson

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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These are relatable comics for the introverted feminists out there. Some were laugh-out-loud funny. Others less so or opaque (at least to me). A mixed bag but worth the time it took to read.

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The Honey-Don't List | Christina Lauren
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A fun and fluffy (and lightly steamy) romance loosely based on a power couple like Chip and Joanna Gaines. In this, their respective assistants have to babysit the couple on a book tour as the marriage is crumbling. But romance blooms as the two assistants get to know each other.

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#LMPBC #Round14GroupB
@Megabooks @LMJenkins @JamieArc

It looks like we have our lineup. I‘m excited about all of these #botm backlog books, ladies!

Megabooks Same!! 5mo
suvata Wow! That was fast! 5mo
JamieArc @Megabooks @thebluestocking @LMJenkins Are we going to pick a different color for annotating/highlighting? 4mo
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Megabooks @JamieArc I am left handed and have few pens that don‘t leave marks when I rub. I think I have a blue one that will work. I‘m fine with different handwritings (and whatever color) or different colors. @thebluestocking @LMJenkins 4mo
JamieArc @Megabooks Hey fellow lefty ✋🏼. Sounds good! My handwriting is pretty distinct. 4mo
Megabooks @JamieArc lefties of the world unite! 😁😁 4mo
LMJenkins Looking forward to this! ⭐️ 4mo
thebluestocking @JamieArc @Megabooks @LMJenkins Sorry I‘ve been MIA. I‘ll pick a color other than blue! 💙 4mo
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Malibu Rising (June 2021)
Leave the World Behind (October 2020)
Beautiful Country (September 2021)
Harlem Shuffle (October 2021)

I tried to keep these relatively short. I have a few doorstoppers in my backlog (The Lincoln Highway, The Hearts Invisible Furies, The Fountains of Silence) if anyone would prefer those!

Let me know which of these you guys would like to read the most!

#LMPBC #Round14GroupB @Megabooks @JamieArc @LMJenkins

Megabooks I vote leave the world behind 👍🏻 but I‘d be okay with any of them except beautiful country which I read and hated. (edited) 5mo
JamieArc I have read Malibu Rising. My vote is also for Leave the World Behind. 5mo
kellyann28 I'm not apart of this group but just wanted to say thanks for this amazing idea. I was sad this group was full so I created another one. ❤ 5mo
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thebluestocking @Megabooks Ha! I may just donate Beautiful Country. It hasn‘t spoken to me since I picked it. 5mo
thebluestocking @kellyann28 It is such a great idea. I had a different group started, but when I saw this one, I had to join! 5mo
Megabooks It went into the library sale pile right after I finished it! 😂 5mo
LMJenkins I have read Malibu Rising and Leave the World Behind, but I wouldn‘t mind reading them again. Any one of the four is good to me. 5mo
thebluestocking @LMJenkins @JamieArc @Megabooks Hmm…looks like by process of elimination, we‘re at Harlem Shuffle unless you want to put one of the longer books in play. (I have fewer backlog books than I thought.) 5mo
LMJenkins @thebluestocking Your call, 💯! I‘ve heard great things about Harlem Shuffle. I‘ve never been drawn to it, but that means nothing….sometimes those end up being the best. 5mo
Megabooks @thebluestocking I tried the audio on HS and didn‘t like the narrator, so I‘d be cool with trying it in print! 👍🏻 5mo
JamieArc @thebluestocking I‘m good with it! That author has intimidated me for a while, but reading it with others makes it not so intimidating! 5mo
thebluestocking @JamieArc @Megabooks @LMJenkins Okay, Harlem Shuffle it is! 5mo
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This short tome took me forever to read. Nervous System is a kind of fable where none of the characters or places are named and is written in mostly short snippets of thought. While some of the snippets were compelling or thought-provoking, I found the time-jumps to be confusing, and the narrative didn‘t come together for me.

Cinfhen Oh good, I‘m happy I took a pass on this book 😅 5mo
ReadingEnvy I still have this to go. 5mo
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Ruthiella I‘m with you! I thought the father/daughter relationship was sweetly portrayed but it was all too abstract for me on the whole. 5mo
BarbaraBB This will be my next one! I am prepared now! 5mo
Megabooks I barely remember this now. Not the best. 🤷🏻‍♀️ great review! 5mo
thebluestocking @squirrelbrain @Cinfhen I don‘t think this will get much traction in the Tournament. 5mo
thebluestocking @ReadingEnvy @BarbaraBB I‘ll be interested to hear both of your thoughts on this one. The opinions on some of the others are so diverse! 5mo
thebluestocking @Ruthiella I did like the father/daughter relationship, especially at the end. 5mo
thebluestocking @Megabooks Thanks! I don‘t think it‘ll stick with me either. 5mo
cariashley Still waiting on this one from the library… 4mo
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@suvata has opened up the signups for the next round of #lmpbc! It has been quite a while since I‘ve joined in. This time, I went this Group B with @Megabooks to tackle #BotM books.

Head over to @suvata ‘s post for details and the signup link if you‘re interested.

Megabooks Thanks for sharing! 5mo
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I enjoyed this a little more than I expected to, but the last third kind of went off the rails for me. I liked the idea of exploring dynamics among house guests during lockdown. But ultimately I did not connect with any of the characters and got a bit bored.

Megabooks This was definitely a weird one! 5mo
Ruthiella Yeah, it was the third part that lost me too. 5mo
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cariashley I think I‘m right about to start the last part and am not sure what to expect based on all the reviews! 5mo
Cinfhen This felt like an EXTRA LONG episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm. Some parts were actually really entertaining but overall more annoying than enjoyable. 5mo
thebluestocking @Megabooks @Ruthiella I can‘t see it making it out of the play-in round. 5mo
thebluestocking @cariashley I‘ll be interested to hear what you think! 💙 5mo
thebluestocking @Cinfhen I think “overall more annoying than enjoyable” is the perfect way to sum up this book! 5mo
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This book spent too much time convincing me fun is important (and that smart phones ruin fun) and trying to sell me on her (too-off-repeated) definition of “true fun.” In the end, I was left without any concrete ideas on how to have “true fun” and feeling like other methods of the more attainable forms of fun were shortchanged. But I did enjoy some of the research and writing.

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#bookreport
Not a great reading week. All three of these were #moremehthanyeah, to borrow a hashtag.

#weeklyforecast
I‘ve got a romance in progress on audio. Then I‘m turning to the last two books from the #tob shortlist.

Cinfhen You‘re almost done with the tournament list!!! 5mo
BarbaraBB I missed your review of Nervous System, one that is to be read for me too. Have to go and find out what you thought of it! 5mo
thebluestocking @Cinfhen so very close! 5mo
thebluestocking @BarbaraBB I just finished it this morning and am behind on reviews. I thought it was okay but not great. 5mo
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01. Nervous System; The Honey-Don‘t List
02. The Trees, by Percival Everett
03. Birthday party for my kid 🥳

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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In Concrete | Anne Garreta
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This book is a feat of translation with the wordplay. As a novel, though, it was less successful for me. There wasn‘t enough plot or character development to hold my interest. But, at times, the individual scenes of the casual neglect of the child narrator were compelling.

thebluestocking Oh, and #tob friends, if any of you want to read this, I‘d be happy to pass it along. Thanks to @BkClubCare for sending it to me! 💙 5mo
merelybookish You have made great progress! How many have you read now? (I'm at a not very impressive 4) 5mo
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BarbaraBB I agree that as a novel it didn‘t really work out. I love that you‘re sharing the books 🤍 5mo
thebluestocking @merelybookish Thank you! I‘m closing in on the end. I‘ve read 15.5 of them. Just half of Nervous System and then the Book of Form and Copeland Cane left. Some years four is all I get to. It really depends on my moods and the list itself! 5mo
thebluestocking @BarbaraBB I wanted to like it more than I did. 5mo
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This was the (relatively) light-hearted fare I needed. It‘s a friends to lovers story where the two friends go on a vacation together each year. I like Henry‘s writing.

This was a #botm selection from 2021.

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This was an excellent start to the year!
8 #tob books
2 book club books
7 audiobooks
7 physical books
1 ebook
3 nonfiction
12 fiction

#januarywrapup #januaryreads #monthlywrapup

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A mixed bag this week. Didn‘t like the Han, quite liked the Henry, and I‘m still reeling from the Garréta.

#weeklyforecast
I‘m enjoying the Price, though it‘s currently more about how smart phones ruin fun than how to cultivate it. And I swear I‘m going to start the Ozeki this week.

BarbaraBB Looking forward to your thoughts on the Ozeki! 5mo
Megabooks Interested in what you think of Fun. My library has it, and it sounded interesting. 5mo
Megabooks And the Ozeki, too, of course! 5mo
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Cinfhen Reeling in a good way or bad from ??? 5mo
thebluestocking @Megabooks Fun is pretty good so far, I‘m about halfway through. It does make me want to read her other book, How to Break up with Your Phone. 💙 5mo
thebluestocking @BarbaraBB @Megabooks For some reason I‘m intimidated by the Ozeki! But I‘m definitely starting it this week. 5mo
thebluestocking @Cinfhen More in an I-don‘t-know-what-happened kind of way. 💙 5mo
BarbaraBB So am I! 5mo
BkClubCare @thebluestocking - I bet you fall right into the Ozeki. 😊 5mo
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In Concrete | Anne Garreta
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01. In Concrete; The Power of Fun
02. A tie: When We Cease to Understand the World; The Sentence
03. Several People are Typing

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

rachelsbrittain I finished Several People are Typing recently and thoroughly enjoyed it! 5mo
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In Concrete | Anne Garreta
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Thank you, @BkClubCare!! This arrived yesterday, and I‘ve already started reading. Thanks for the postcard too! I love being #tob buddies. 💙

cariashley I‘m just over halfway through this and excited to see what others think - it‘s a trip! 5mo
Ruthiella This is one I had to buy, so I‘ll be reading it last! The finish line is nearing! 5mo
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thebluestocking @cariashley It is a trip. The word play is crazy and in a translation! 5mo
thebluestocking @Ruthiella Did you buy it yet? I‘m happy to pass this one along when I‘m done. 5mo
thebluestocking @BkClubCare 💙💙💙💙 5mo
Ruthiella I already received my copy, but thanks for the offer. 😊 5mo
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Panpan

Unfortunately, this book was not for me. I knew I was in trouble the moment we hit the fake dating trope. Add to that that much of the plot relies on people not telling each other things, a weird love triangle with flat boys, and reliance on an implausible plot device to have the titular letters exist and disperse. The cherry on top was the lack of an actual ending. (I did like the relationships of the sisters for the most part.)

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Mehso-so

I was hoping for a more nuanced and broad-based introduction to attachment styles, but, as it says on the tin, this is solely about romantic relationships. The tests and examples have very narrow application. And I was bugged that people with secure attachments were assumed to be relationship gods.

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I laughed out loud throughout this short and pithy novel. Gerald's consciousness is literally stuck in Slack (though his body is not), and the whole book is written in the various Slack channels of the PR agency where he works. While I don't use Slack specifically, anyone who texts or works in the modern office world will be able to keep up. I enjoyed this one, even if the plot lines felt a bit thin. Now I'm off to search for sunset images.

thebluestocking (I wish I were clever enough to write this review out in text messages, with lots of :dustybroom: references.) 5mo
Christyco125 That sounds like a nightmare. But maybe not - my slack channels are full of memes and GIFs. 5mo
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ReadingEnvy This was so fun in audio. Do I think it is a deep or life changing book? Nah but they don't all need to be! 5mo
cariashley :dustybroom: 😂😂 still makes me laugh 5mo
sarahbarnes I haven‘t read this one. I might have to check it out! 5mo
4thhouseontheleft This just came in on my holds shelf! 5mo
Ruthiella This was a lot of fun and it made me laugh too! 😂 5mo
Cinfhen You make me want to pick this up!! Because the plot seemed so stupid that I wasn‘t drawn to it at all. 5mo
BarbaraBB Great review. It‘s a fun read indeed! 5mo
thebluestocking @Christyco125 Fun to read about though! 5mo
thebluestocking @ReadingEnvy I debated between the audio and a physical copy. I went with physical but I‘m intrigued by the audio experience of a text-based book. And I feel like this was a much-needed lighter #tob read. 5mo
thebluestocking @cariashley Me too! I think it‘ll come in handy in the #tob discord. 😂 5mo
thebluestocking @sarahbarnes It‘s a super fast read if nothing else! 5mo
thebluestocking @4thhouseontheleft I hope you enjoy it! And I hope your Covid recovery is quick. 💙 5mo
thebluestocking @Ruthiella @BarbaraBB Such a fun book! And nice to have something a little light-hearted on the #tob shortlist. 5mo
thebluestocking @Cinfhen I‘ll be interested to hear what you think if you do pick it up. It goes really fast. And I hope your Covid recovery is coming along too! 💙 (edited) 5mo
Cinfhen Feeling much better/ thanks 😊 5mo
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#bookreport
I made good progress this week, even though my reading took a backseat to other projects over the weekend. I really enjoyed both The Sentence and Several People are Typing for the #tob.

#weeklyforecast
I‘m hitting the Jenny Han book for book club and hope to knock the other two off of my #tob list. And maybe I‘ll get one more audio book in.

Cinfhen Nice!!! Cool graphics 🥰you‘re almost done with the shortlist 🙌🏻 5mo
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01. The Confession of Copeland Cane; To All the Boys I‘ve Loved Before
02. Where the Drowned Girls Go
03. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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Short List | L.R. MacAllister
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This is where I‘m at with my #tob reading. I‘m very pleased with the progress so far. Of the remaining books, I have the all but Nervous System in my possession or on the way. Maybe this will be the year I read all 18. 🤞🤷‍♀️

Favorites so far include When We Cease to Understand the World, No One is Talking about This, The Sentence, and The Trees. But I really have enjoyed most of these.

Cinfhen My top 4 at this point (because I still have a few left, which I may or may not read) are: No one is Talking, When We Cease, Trees & Intimacies. I did enjoy The Sentence, All‘s Well & the Echo Wife. I wasn‘t crazy about Libertie, Klara, Rooney, Country Friends, In Concrete & Copeland Cane. 5mo
Cinfhen I forgot I read Matrix, it makes my Top 8 5mo
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Ruthiella I still need to read 4 before I‘m a 2022 Shortlist completist, but I‘m pretty sure I can do it. So far my top favorites are The Trees, All‘s Well and Intimacies. 5mo
BkClubCare 👏👏👏 It is fun to be a completist! Tho, I find that even if I DNF a title, it gave me a enough of a taste that I can enjoy the matches. I just started When We Cease on audio while driving to my new favorite small town post office 😂 5mo
BkClubCare @Ruthiella - good to know! I have both Intimacies and All‘s Well from the library and have 10 days to finish. I am possibly not going to finish BookSpinBingo (nor my bookclub book🙄) 5mo
Ruthiella @BkClubCare I know! While in TOB fever I struggle to read those other books on my various lists! 😅 5mo
squirrelbrain There are 4 I haven‘t read yet, 3 of which are just about to be published here in the UK. I p,an on reading the Sentence, and maybe Our Country Friends if it‘s on Kindle offer. Then I‘m calling it a day. Love your graphic! 5mo
Megabooks Great job!! 5mo
cariashley Wow, I‘m so impressed! I‘ve read 7 and am going to keep plugging away! 5mo
thebluestocking @Cinfhen You and I have very similar rankings! I hope the #tob judges agree. 5mo
thebluestocking @Ruthiella I‘m sure you can do it! We still have about six weeks. Plenty of time! 💙 5mo
thebluestocking @BkClubCare I‘ve never been on the completist team, but I totally get what you mean about having enough of a flavor to really be invested in the match ups. 💙 I‘m in the same boat as you with book spin. It‘s probably not happening this month! 5mo
thebluestocking @squirrelbrain Thanks! You‘re killing it! It‘s difficult to be in a country where some of the books aren‘t even available yet. 💙 (edited) 5mo
thebluestocking @cariashley Some years, seven is all I get to. It‘s just fun to read books along with so many people! 💙 5mo
thebluestocking @Megabooks Thank you! 💙 I think you win the prize for earliest finisher. 5mo
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Mehso-so

This little gift book was just okay. My book club selected this, and I didn‘t realize it was based on the author‘s tweets. She‘s a poet and wrote inspirational notes to herself each day after her husband left her. The tweets are interspersed with short memoir-like musings. A few of the tweets did speak to me, but there was not a lot of depth here and a whole lot of repetition.

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The Sentence | Louise Erdrich
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I wasn‘t sure if I was ready to read a book about the pandemic. But I was in good hands with Erdrich. This book pulses with life, with the love of books and words and people and traditions, and with the violence that permeates American history. It‘s told from the point of view of Tookie, an Ojibwe woman who spent a decade in jail. It weaves in and out of fiction and reality with a light touch. And, at the end, I felt a little less haunted.

LiteraryinLawrence Lovely review! 5mo
Tamra I really appreciated the bits of levity she included. 5mo
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BarbaraBB The pandemic played just a side role and I liked that a lot. 5mo
Ruthiella Great review. I‘m reading it now, about 25% done. 5mo
Suet624 Lovely review. 5mo
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Intimacies | Katie Kitamura
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This book exists in the space between words. We quietly follow a young woman who has taken a job as an interpreter in The Hague. It explores violence and the power of men, displacement and love. I enjoyed the experience of reading it and many images will stay with me. (The former leader in court, the painting of the man and the woman, etc.)

Megabooks Great review! 5mo
squirrelbrain Great review! Looking forward to reading this soon…once I‘ve finished To Paradise! 5mo
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BarbaraBB Lovely review. It has stuck with me too in various images. 5mo
Ruthiella Yes! “The space between words”. This book was so good and thought provoking. 5mo
mklong Great review! I‘m reading this one now 5mo
Tamra I heard about this and am anxious to read it! 5mo
BkClubCare Can I say that I love the cover? 💕 5mo
ReadingEnvy You are trucking! 5mo
Cinfhen Wonderful review. It‘s a quiet book, but it says a lot. It reminded me of 5mo
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Pickpick

I love reading habit and productivity books. And this one is a good one. It focuses on a behavior model to design lasting habits. One of the key elements of course is to make any new habit tiny - ridiculously easy to do. Instead of a goal to floss all your teeth, he suggests making it tiny and attaching it to an existing habit: after I brush my teeth I will floss one tooth. There is a lot here to think about and to apply.

BarbaraBB That‘s an original way to look at things. 5mo
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#bookreport
The New Year continues to include tons of reading. I loved When We Cease to Understand the World and really enjoyed Tiny Habits and Intimacies. The Supper Club book was a nice light read.

#weeklyforecast
It‘s probably all #tob reading for me this week. I‘m totally enjoying the audio of The Sentence. And I caved and bought the Ozeki, because my library hold prospects weren‘t good.

BarbaraBB You are on a roll. I‘m looking forward to 5mo
thebluestocking @BarbaraBB Thanks! I‘m really enjoying the #tob reading, but every year I tend to run out of steam at some point. I feel like it‘s a race against the clock, if that makes sense. 5mo
Cinfhen I agree about the #ToB letdown / I feel like I read all the books I most wanted to, now the rest are more like assigned reading. I‘m not stressing or forcing myself to read them all. I‘ll be watching for your reviews 🤓 5mo
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squirrelbrain I agree with you Jessica, and with @cinfhen. I‘m going to read Intimacies and The Trees, and then maybe The Sentence, if I can get hold of it when it‘s published here. After that, I‘m stopping with #tob, particularly now we know the brackets. 5mo
Cinfhen I bailed on Copeland Cane, In Concrete and Several People are Typing. I‘m not buying Form especially since it‘s up against Cease (which I loved) so I think that only leaves Subdivision for me @squirrelbrain @thebluestocking which I will attempt again because it‘s gotten praise from lots of Littens. 5mo
Flaneurette @Cinfhen thank you for giving me permission to avoid Copeland Cane! I totally get you on the assigned reading. 5mo
Flaneurette I have When we cease coming up, glad to see you liked it and Supper club, which I checked out on a whim because of Litsy 5mo
Cinfhen You‘re very welcome @Flaneurette 😘 5mo
thebluestocking @Cinfhen @squirrelbrain I‘m glad I‘m not alone with the #tob fatigue. 💙 I don‘t usually bother with play-in titles, and I‘m really enjoying The Sentence, but I may not finish Copeland. It‘s good to remember that bailing is okay and that half of these books don‘t make it past the first round. 5mo
thebluestocking @Flaneurette I hope you like both of those books. 💙 5mo
Cinfhen That‘s so true!! Half do get knocked off in round one!!!! 5mo
Suet624 Oh shoot. I thought I might enjoy Copeland but it sounds like you‘re not liking it. 5mo
thebluestocking @Suet624 I‘m not far enough in to really make a call yet; the quitting would be more related to the fact that it‘s a play-in book and there is so much else to read! 5mo
Suet624 Ah, yes, I see. 5mo
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