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Iron Flame by Rebecca Yarros
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My favorite Nonfiction for November was Eve. (Monsters: A Fan‘s Dilemma was a very close second.)

I‘ve read quite a lot of excellent NF this year!

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The Goblin Emperor | Katherine Addison
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The best fiction I read in November was The Goblin Emperor. (The Narrow Road Between Desires was a close second.)

Only one spot left for the year!

Amiable I can‘t believe there‘s only one month left! Where did 2023 go?? 23h
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November 2023 wrap up

Life has thrown me a curveball and I haven‘t been able to read as much as usual (paper books), but luckily audiobooks still get me through work and commutes.

Eve was the best of the month, and also TheNarrow Road Between Desires, Monsters, The Goblin Emperor. All of these were pretty good though.

The curveball: I‘m getting divorced. Moving back to North Carolina. I‘m doing fine, but it‘s a big change!

Soubhiville Tagging just a couple folks i correspond with outside Litsy: I‘ll send you my new address when I have it, the move will happen at the end of December. So still mail to TX until January. 🩵 2d
MicheleinPhilly ❤️❤️❤️ 2d
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Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick 💞Sending a hug & support your way.💞 2d
cariashley Wishing you all the best as you go through this change! 2d
AmyG Sending you a big hug. Wishing you only the best, my friend. 😘 Don‘t know what I can do but you know I am around and you know where to find me. (edited) 2d
TrishB Sending hugs ❤️ and all best wishes. 2d
Bookwormjillk Best wishes to you Soubhi. ❤️ 2d
Ruthiella Books and Litsy will be there for you. All the best. ❤️❤️❤️ 2d
squirrelbrain Sending hugs Soubhi. 2d
Tamra Wishing you all the happiness in the new chapter of your life! 2d
Librarybelle Best wishes ❤️ 2d
Chelsea.Poole Good luck with the move and your new chapter! 2d
batsy All the best with the changes and getting a new start ❤️ 2d
vlwelser That's a lot of change. But you've got this. 🤗😘 2d
Hooked_on_books Oh shit! That is a big change. I‘m sorry you‘re going through that, but hopefully you have good stuff waiting on the other side. I went to Wake Forest for med school, so I have a little familiarity with NC. Do you know where in the state you‘re headed? 2d
MaureenMc Best wishes for the next chapter 💗💗 2d
Mimi28 Good luck with everything!! We are here for you!! 😊🙏🏽❤️ 1d
Bookzombie Sending hugs and best wishes for you in this new chapter. 💗 1d
Soubhiville @Hooked_on_books I‘m moving back to Asheville. I lived there from age 19-32 and I‘ve always loved the Blue Ridge Mountains. Headed “home” really. I‘ll be mailing your holiday package soon and I‘ll put it all in the letter. 🙂 1d
Hooked_on_books I look forward to reading that! I love the whole Asheville area. I remember driving through the rural areas nearby and finding artists who had their goods for sale on an honor system right on their property. I loved both that and knowing that there was somewhere where that‘s possible. Such a beautiful area. That‘s a good thing to look forward to. When it happens, heading back to Oregon will be going home for us, too. It‘s a good feeling. 1d
CoffeeNBooks Sending hugs, Soubhi! Let me know if you need anything. Asheville is one of my favorite places, and being back "home" in the mountains will hopefully be a comfort to you. ? 20h
CoffeeNBooks @Hooked_on_books There's a special place in my heart for Wake Forest. My uncle was a professor there for 50 years. He and my aunt and their family lived right by campus, and I spent a lot of time there growing up. 19h
Bookwomble Wishing you well, Soubhi 💖 17h
Hooked_on_books @CoffeeNBooks Oh wow! Very cool. It‘s a good school, so that‘s definitely something to be proud of. 15h
BookNAround I wish you all the best with this major change. ❤️ 8h
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Learned by Heart | Emma Donoghue
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The beginning of this sapphic historical coming of age is very good, and I loved this author‘s writing as I usually do. The end left something to be desired for me though, and I was left unsatisfied. I‘ll keep reading Donoghue‘s books though, because sometimes she hits every note right for me.

I have the hardcover from Aardvark but it‘s currently in a box, so I did the audio. Good narrator.

Megabooks Great review!! 3d
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This is my bookclub‘s December book. I really enjoyed most of it, as the author explores ancient stories of women such as Eve and Pandora and Cassandra. She points out similarities between them, and how each can be seen as a guide to culture to keep women from gaining power. Then she offers alternative ways of looking at the stories, turning them around to empower and give validation to a woman‘s point of view.

The end got self-help-y…⬇️

Soubhiville Which isn‘t for me. But overall a good book for me, unexpectedly enjoyable and I loved the different perspectives. Venkman says good morning 🐈‍⬛🐱🖤 7d
catiewithac Almost stacked…but no to self-helpy 7d
RaeLovesToRead Good morning, Venkman!!! 🥰 7d
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vlwelser I totally skimmed (skipped) the self helpy meditation type things. 7d
dabbe Hello there, handsome Venkman! 🖤🐾🖤 7d
Soubhiville @catiewithac the first 3/4 are worth stacking, just skip the last bit. I would have if not for bookclub. 7d
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My Favorite Authors | Thomas Costley
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November is drawing to a close #AuthorAMonth readers. 🙂 I hope you‘ve enjoyed reading Kazuo Ishiguro‘s books.

In a few days we‘ll start our Kate Morton books for December.

Now may be a good time to update your Google form tracking your #AAM reads. If you haven‘t started your form yet here is the link to do so:


Soubhiville Reminder to keep the email you get once you start your form, you will need it in order to update throughout the year, or you can wait and fill the whole thing out in December if you‘re keeping track of your books along the way. Your already started form should be available to edit in your Google Drive as well. 7d
Soubhiville #AuthorAMonth is a no-pressure challenge in which we read books by a voted on author each month. Read as many or as few as you like. At the end of the year there is a prize box for “Most Read.”

There will also be randomly drawn prizes- everyone who has read at least one Author a Month book and is still active on Litsy is entered into those random drawings.
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AmyG Thank you. I am all updated. And thank you for doing this awesome challenge! Looking forward to 2024! (edited) 7d
Megabooks I‘ve been good about updating! 👍🏻👍🏻 I‘ve never read Morton, so I‘m excited to try 7d
Megabooks I‘m glad to have found my Ishiguro as well! Thanks so much Soubhi! 7d
Amiable One more month and I‘m 12/12! Reading 7d
Andrew65 @Amiable Loved that book. I‘m going to be reading 7d
AllDebooks I'm going with 7d
dabbe Has anyone already read a Morton book that they'd recommend? 🤩 7d
Deblovestoread I‘ve only read 1 Morton and didn‘t love it. Am trying this one on audio 7d
Read4life I‘m going to read The Lake House & 6d
Karisimo I‘ve read them all! My favs are The Secret Keeper and (edited) 5d
Bluebird @dabbe my favorite is the Forgotten Garden. I‘ll be reading Homecoming. If i can squeeze in another, I‘ll try th 5d
dabbe @Deblovestoread Thanks! 🩵🩶🩵 5d
dabbe @Bluebird Thanks! 🩵🩶🩵 5d
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Spinners | Donna Jo Napoli, Richard Tchen
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My December #bookspin stack. 🙂📚🩵 Can‘t wait to see which get drawn next month!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1w
Hooked_on_books Just wanted to let you know I ordered books for you for Christmas over the weekend and they‘re predicting extremely slow shipping (arrival Dec 21), but “updated” to that after I ordered. They‘re coming here, so if they really do take that long, your holiday gift will definitely be late this year, but I‘ll turn them around as quick as I can after they arrive! 7d
Soubhiville @Hooked_on_books no worries! That just stretches the holiday cheer out longer. 🙂. 6d
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I know we‘re all disappointed this isn‘t book 3. But it is Pat‘s beautiful writing, and Nate Taylor‘s illustrations are fantastic. I loved it. I love Bast and his interactions with the town‘s children. I even shed tears at the end. I‘m glad I didn‘t let my disappointment keep me from reading this, and I hope writing it gave him the kickstart he needed to get back in his writing seat.

Robinsonbrandon129 Hello there, how are you doing? Can you kindly respond here? 4d
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My Favorite Authors | Thomas Costley
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Here they are! Your 2024 #AuthorAMonth lineup. As nominated and voted for by you Litsy!

If you are anything like me, you‘ll be spending time in the next few days thinking about what is already on your shelves or e-readers and looking up what other titles you might want to pick up. Have fun!

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AmyG I was just wondering about this! Wow! Thank you. Wishing you and M a very Happy Thanksgiving! 🦃😘 2w
Soubhiville Thank you @AmyG ❤️ Happy Thanksgiving to you and J as well! 2w
Caroline2 Oh what a fab lineup. Can‘t wait! And thank you for organising! ❤️ 2w
Julsmarshall Great lineup! Happy Thanksgiving 🦃🍁🍽 2w
Lizpixie Awesome! I might have a chance of reading quite a few next year👏👏👏And Happy Thanksgiving to all my American Littens🦃 (edited) 2w
Jess What a fantastic list! I‘ll be participating each month and clearing out the shelves with these authors. Thanks for all your work on this one. Happy Thanksgiving to all. 2w
BarkingMadRead What a great lineup!! I can‘t wait!! 2w
BarkingMadRead Please add me to the tag list! 2w
RebelReader What a list! I‘m gonna try and do better keeping up next year. I was always a month or two behind this year. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 2w
squirrelbrain Great list! I wasn‘t going to do any challenges next year but now….. 🤔🤣😃 2w
vonnie862 Ooh, please tag me! 2w
Soubhiville @vonnie862 and @BarkingMadRead you‘re both added to the tag list 🙂 2w
Soubhiville Happy Thanksgiving all! Happy Thanksgiving 🍁🍽📚 2w
Gissy Fantastic selection!!! 🤩Yes, I‘m here seeing the post and already reviewing in my mind the books I already own from each author!!! There are some authors that I need to buy at least one book, great excuse to acquire more books📚☺️

I‘m still reading books from this year AuthorAMonth but those are books I owned so is good to continue reading books from my physical tbr.
gossamerchild Yay! What a great lineup. I love it. Thank you! 2w
Amiable That‘s a whole lotta female authors —it wasn‘t as obvious until the photo collage. Wowsa. 2w
Bookzombie I‘m excited for this list. There are a few authors I will get to revisit and the rest will be a push to finally pick one of theirs up. Happy Thanksgiving to you, your husband and your fur babies! @Soubhiville 2w
jenniferw88 Thanks for organising, @Soubhiville , but I'd just like to mention that it's AustEn, not AustIn. It's one of my few bookish bugbears - you're not the only person who spells it wrong! 2w
Eyelit Please add me to tag list - I‘ll def be participating this year! You do a StoryGraph challenge for this too, right? 2w
Eyelit Also, who is that for the pic of Jane Austen? 2w
rwmg @Eyelit Is it Virginia Woolf? 2w
Eyelit @rwmg yes, I think it might be. Thanks! 2w
Soubhiville @Eyelit @rwmg oh no it‘s not her? I used Pinterest. I will try to find another portrait! Oops! Thanks for bringing it to my attention! 1w
Soubhiville @Eyelit yes I‘ll set up a StoryGraph for those who want it, but it might take me a couple of weeks to make that happen. 1w
DHill So excited for 2024 authors! 1w
peanutnine Could you add me to your tag list for this next year? There are a lot of authors on here I'm interested in ☺️ 1w
Soubhiville @peanutnine you are added 🙂📚 1w
LibrarianRyan Wow already. Thank you for posting. 5d
LibrarianRyan Ok, is it just me or did anyone else see Annie Lenox when you first glanced Tana French? 5d
Soubhiville @LibrarianRyan I absolutely did! Lol 😂 5d
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My Favorite Authors | Thomas Costley
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Results are in #AuthorAMonth readers! Here is the line up for 2024 Authors! Photo post to follow.

#AuthorAMonth is a no-pressure challenge in which we read books by a voted on author each month. Read as many or as few as you like. At the end of the year there are prizes. I keep of list of folks to tag. Let me know if you‘d like to be added or removed from the list at any time.

Bookwormjillk Fun!! 2w
dariazeoli Exciting! Time to make plans! 😛 2w
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JacqMac Oh, exciting!! Except Jane Austin. But I‘ll try. lol 2w
IndoorDame Great Lineup! I‘m super excited! 2w
Laughterhp Great lineup of authors! Can you tag me in these going forward? I want to try and participate in 2024. 2w
PurpleyPumpkin Amazing list! Looking forward to another great reading year in 2024!🙌🏽 2w
Texreader Great!! Thanks!! 2w
Texreader @JacqMac ha! Same! 2w
Allylu That looks to be an interesting year! Thank you! 2w
Andrew65 Only read two of these authors previously, so plenty of new reading experiences ahead. 2w
Andrew65 @JacqMac Possibly the same where Jane Austen is concerned. 🤣 2w
AllDebooks Great list, a few favourites and quite a few that are new to me, including Terry Pratchett 🙈 2w
Megabooks Yay! I already have books by several of these authors on my shelves, so I‘m excited to get to those as well as two classic authors I‘ve never read (Austen and Pratchett)!! 2024 is going to be great. Thanks @Soubhiville !! 🫶🏻 2w
TheBookHippie Wow!!!! ♥️♥️♥️♥️ A year I can do almost every month YAY!!! Thanks for your hard work on this! 2w
vlwelser Wonderful. There might be a couple I haven't read (Jane Harper?) But I very much love most of these. 2024 is going to be fun. 2w
Deblovestoread This is a FANTASTIC list! 2024 is going to be a great reading year. Thank you for the lovely Thanksgiving surprise. Hope you have a lovely day. 💜 2w
Amiable Unless SA Cosby gets busy writing another book that I haven‘t already read, I‘m not going to make every month in 2024. 😀 But there are some great months ahead! 2w
TEArificbooks Please add me to the tag list 2w
Soubhiville @TEArificbooks you are added 🙂📚 2w
Soubhiville I am also among those who have yet to read Austen! Any recommendations which to start with? I have seen most in movies or plays… 2w
Soubhiville @Laughterhp I‘ve added you to the tag list 🙂 2w
TEArificbooks @Soubhiville Emma is my favorite, then Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice. 2w
TEArificbooks I have read ever Sarah Addison Allen, I hope she writes another one this year 2w
Read4life Great lineup. I‘m in again. This was my first year participating and it definitely opened up my reading. Thank you, @Soubhiville 🤓 2w
jenniferw88 Northanger Abbey and/or Persuasion are among the shortest Austens, so if you're unsure, they may be a good place to start. @Soubhiville @Megabooks @JacqMac @Andrew65 2w
Megabooks @jenniferw88 thanks for the tip! 2w
Andrew65 @jenniferw88 Thanks for the suggestion 😁 2w
jenniferw88 @Andrew65, there are also the uncompleted novels, but you might not want to count them as part of the challenge. 2w
TheAromaofBooks Ooooo a lot of these are authors already on my TBR, so this is a great push to get to them!! 2w
Bklover Great list! Thanks Soubhi! @Soubhiville 1w
mom2bugnbee Fantastic list! 1w
Bluebird Great list! Count me in 1w
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Diamond Eye | Kate Quinn
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I really like Kate Quinn‘s historical fiction. This was a different point of view of a WWII story, and I love that the author‘s note explains how much of this comes from the true story and where she embellished.

My aunt Pauline recommended this to me for my 12books12friends12months challenge, and I liked it a lot.

BennettBookworm Oh how cool! First off, I love Kate Quinn! But also, I‘ve never heard of that challenge- is it where you get a rec from one friend per month? 2w
Soubhiville @BennettBookworm yes, in January I asked my friends and family via FB for recommendations, then the four spots I had open I filled with Litsy friend‘s recs. Then read one per month. It‘s been fun, I‘ve read a lot of books I wouldn‘t have picked otherwise. 2w
Soubhiville I‘ve seen it tagged as #12challenge, #12friends12books12months, #12books. I believe it started on insta and someone brought it here. @BennettBookworm 2w
BennettBookworm That‘s such a great idea, thanks for sharing! 2w
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@Mitch I received a sparkly red package in the mail yesterday! You‘ve put me in the holiday spirit 🙂❤️. Thank you. 🫶🏼

Mitch How did that arrive so quickly! It only took a few days! Was meant to take weeks! There‘s a letter inside - so you can open! 2w
Soubhiville @mitch, yay! Ok I will. Hopefully mine to you will travel just as quickly. I need to get it sent before my NC trip next week. 🙂 Hugs! 2w
Hooked_on_books That‘s cool! 🤩 2w
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The Goblin Emperor | Katherine Addison
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I really liked this fantasy about a half elf half goblin who unexpectedly finds he has inherited his father‘s throne, making him emperor. It‘s unexpected because he‘s the 4th son, but his father and 3 older brothers all die in the same air ship crash.

Heavy in politics and court intrigue, I‘ve heard this called cozy but I don‘t think I‘d call it that, as there are some heavy scenes. I thought the MC was complex. 👍

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I mostly liked this, though I‘m not 100% sure I understood the ending. Was it straightforward? Was it alluding to something?

Ishiguro has quite an array of stories. This is my third by him, and Never Let Me Go was my favorite.

But Klara was interesting, an AI designed to be the best friend of a child, and seeing her relate to the humans in her life and try to interpret all of the unspoken things humans communicate, I thought it was well done.

Andrew65 Like you I enjoyed it but felt some was lost on me too, including the ending. 3w
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The Sparrow: A Novel | Mary Doria Russell
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I probably post this kindle deal every time it comes up. One of my very favorite books of all time. If you‘re a US ebook reader, and you like complex speculative fiction/ scifi/ difficult to pin to a genre books, I can‘t recommend this enough!

quietlycuriouskate Love, love, love this book! 💞 3w
Tamra So good! 3w
Deblovestoread An all time favorite and one of my most recommended books. 3w
KathyWheeler I loved this book! I liked the sequel, Children of God, too — just not quite as much. 3w
bookishbitch I'm still not over the ending. It wrecked me. 3w
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Flight | Lynn Steger Strong
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I chose this one based on #coverlove during a B&N sale.

Three siblings and their kids gather for the first Christmas after losing their mom.

At the beginning it was hard to keep all the characters straight, but once I did I felt part of this family. Complicated dynamics and interactions, regret, guilt, but also so much love even as each struggle with expressing it.

Not much happens in the first half, but hold on for the second. It‘s worth it.

Soubhiville @TheAromaofBooks this was my #bookspin 🙂📚❤️. And now I have to wake Sietje up cuz it‘s time for us to go to work. 3w
TheAromaofBooks Oooo I can see why you succumbed to the cover love!! That one is gorgeous!! 3w
AmyG Beautiful cover and it sounds wonderful….I love family books. Sweet Sietje. ❤️ 3w
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sarahbarnes I liked this one, too! 3w
ShelleyBooksie Gorgeous pic 3w
dabbe @ShelleyBooksie Sweet, sweet Sietje! 🖤🐾🖤 3w
Gissy 🐶🤎🤎🤎 3w
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I picked up 3 books at #TexasBookFestival this year. Can‘t wait to read them all! (Though I also just got Iron Flame and Bookshops & Bonedust should be here tomorrow, so I don‘t know what order I‘ll get to them!)📚 I had a fun time at the fest even though it was chilly and drizzly.

I also saw Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah talk about Chain-Gang All-Stars, but it was in a theater and they didn‘t allow photos.

ShelleyBooksie Starter Villan sounds so good! 3w
Hooked_on_books Chain-gang is my favorite of the year. I bet that talk was awesome! 3w
Soubhiville @Hooked_on_books It was really great. He did a reading from the prologue and had the crowd chanting Bishop‘s name as if we were at the match. It was powerful. 3w
Hooked_on_books That‘s incredible! It gives me chills just reading that. And goes to show how hard that book is hitting people, which I love. 3w
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The Ferryman: A Novel | Justin Cronin
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Justin Cronin and Ben Fountain were on a panel together for Texas Writers today. Justin is on the left. Paulette Jiles was supposed to be here as well but didn‘t make it.

I loved The Passage series, and I picked up a copy of The Ferryman and got it signed. ☺️

Hooked_on_books Signed! Oh, I‘m envious. I really enjoyed it. I think you‘ll like it, too. 3w
Soubhiville @Hooked_on_books I barely ever do the signing lines, as they are usually chaotic and I don‘t want to take the time to wait. But since this was the last panel of the day for me, and the session wasn‘t too crowded, I decided to tell him how much I loved the Passage series and get signed. 🙂 3w
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My Murder | Katie Williams
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I got to see Katie Williams and John Scalzi in a scifi panel at Texas Book Fest today. Scalzi is hilarious. I hadn‘t heard of Williams‘ book, but the premise sounds great so I plan to read it.

DimeryRene My mom was there today! I wish I could have joined her. 💕 3w
Hooked_on_books You had a great day! 🤩 3w
GondorGirl Scalzi is such a delight in conversation. 🥰 3w
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It‘s Texas Book Festival weekend! Yay!

I started in this room with Brendan Slocomb and Laura Warrell, saw Ben Goldfarb and Dayton Duncan, a debut author panel with Alice Winn, Shelley Read, and Lindsay Lynch. Rebecca Makkai talked about her latest. And finally the tagged book and author along with Melissa L Sevigny.

It was a great first day, I have so many books on my Libby TBR that weren‘t there this morning! Looking forward to tomorrow!

Megabooks Fantastic!! 3w
Hooked_on_books That sounds awesome! 3w
sarahbarnes So cool! 3w
Eyelit Did they have pictures at the underworld panel? I was so bummed about missing that one! 3w
Soubhiville @Eyelit no pictures, but both authors and the moderator were animated and excited. It was terrific. 3w
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My Favorite Authors | Thomas Costley
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It‘s time to vote for our 2024 #AuthorAMonth lineup!

All nominations came from you, and the results will be decided by you. Everyone is welcome to vote, even if you have not participated in #AuthorAMonth yet.

More info on form. Results will be announced in around two weeks. Have fun!


(Can someone confirm that the link worked for you and you voted successfully? Thanks!)

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squirrelbrain Thanks Soubhi! I just voted and it seemed to work OK, if you want to check at your end. 3w
tjwill I could open it and just submitted my choices! Thanks for organizing! 3w
Soubhiville It‘s working 😁! Thanks @squirrelbrain And @tjwill ! 3w
gossamerchild Yay! Thank you 👍 3w
vonnie862 Ooh, maybe I can participate next year! 3w
TEArificbooks It works. I was able to vote 3w
DHill Yay!! Thank you! I‘m so excited for next year. 3w
Bookzombie Voted! Thank you! 3w
Megabooks Voted! Thank you!! 💜😁📚 3w
dariazeoli Voted! So excited to check some more books off my owned TBR! 3w
Melismatic Voted! Thank you! 3w
Deblovestoread Voted! Can‘t wait to see the results. Thanks! 3w
Caroline2 Done ✔️ thanks so much for organising! 3w
jenniferw88 Voted. 3w
Amiable Oh, so many good options! 3w
Larkken Voted! 3w
Soscha Voted, tried to go with authors I already own or have easy access to. 3w
JacqMac Voted! What a great list! 3w
marleed Super easy to vote! 3w
BookwormAHN Voted ✔️ 3w
AmyG Done! Thank you!!!! 3w
PurpleyPumpkin Wow, what a great list! It was hard to limit myself,😅 3w
Jess Voted. What a great list! 3w
Susanita I think we did Edith Wharton already? 3w
Julsmarshall Such a fabulous list! 3w
Lizpixie Voted! Hopefully some of the authors I have books for win! Fabulous list, found it hard to stop voting🙌 3w
Bklover Voted! Thank you!😊 3w
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Can't wait to see who gets picked!! 3w
SconsinBookyBadger Voted 🗳️ 3w
Read4life Voted 🗳️ Thank you! 3w
Teresereading Voted 3w
Bookwormjillk I‘m about to vote. Can you update my name in your tag list? Looks like it‘s missing an ‘r‘ in worm. Very excited for 2024 reading. 3w
Soubhiville @Bookwormjillk fixed it, sorry about that! 3w
Bookwormjillk @Soubhiville appreciate all you do! 3w
AnnR Voted. Thanks for hosting each year. 👍🙂📚 3w
Texreader Is it too late to vote? 2w
Soubhiville @Texreader unfortunately yes, I‘ve tallied the votes and winners will be announced tomorrow 🎉 2w
Texreader @Soubhiville no worries!! 😃 2w
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I really enjoyed this! How women‘s bodies evolved, and how the female body may have led a lot of evolution.

There is so much info here about reproduction and mothering and social norms changing and progressing. I was fascinated through the entire book. This is in the running for the best Nonfiction of the year.


Megabooks I passed on this initially, but I‘m going on the list now. Thanks! 3w
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Read this on audio for bookclub, and was pleasantly surprised since short story is not a favorite genre of mine.

This is a collection of funny, feminist, thought provoking stories. I expect our conversation around it to be really fun!

A short story collection I‘d actually recommend. 👍

Soubhiville On another note- this may be my least favorite cover of any book I‘ve read this year. But maybe not now that I think about it- Big Swiss is slightly worse. 4w
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Go as a River: A novel | Shelley Read
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My October pick for fiction is Go As a River. It wasn‘t a match for James Baldwin though, and The Overstory so far is the stand out for the second half of the year. Can you believe there are only 2 months left to fill?

Megabooks No! 😲 1mo
AmyG No. I can‘t. 1mo
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Making It So: A Memoir | Patrick Stewart
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I laughed and also was conflicted about having Patrick Stewart‘s memoir, the best of October Nonfiction, face off against Terry Pratchett‘s biography! Two of my favorite men! Ultimately Rob Wilkin‘s perfect portrayal won for me. So funny that the only two memoir/ biography in the brackets so far this year had to face each other.

Megabooks Stewart was one of my fave memoirs this year too! 1mo
Amiable I want to read Stewart‘s book, too—I‘m waiting for the audiobook from my library. I never listen to audiobooks but I love the sound of his voice so I‘ll make an exception for this one! 1mo
jewright My husband is obsessed with _Star Trek_, and our favorite is the one with Stewart. I love his voice too! 4w
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Monsters: A Fan's Dilemma | Claire Dederer
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Can you love the art of an artist who is or was a monster? It‘s a question I think most of us ask ourselves and others.

Personally I love the Harry Potter books, even though I feel morally conflicted by Rowling‘s politics. And Michael Jackson‘s music will always live in my head.

This explores that huge question and different ways of looking at the answers and why our emotions vary on the topic. Very well thought out!

AmyG I had a huge problem with Ryan Adams when I learned how he manipulated women etc. So…stacked. 1mo
TrishB I need to read this one and am conflicted a lot! 1mo
Megabooks I really enjoyed this too! 1mo
Jjaxn95 In addition to J.K. and MJ, mine are Dr. Seuss and Adam Levine 🥴 4w
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Making It So: A Memoir | Patrick Stewart
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My October wrap up is a bit light, but I traveled a bit and life has been a lot lately.

I don‘t think I rated any of these fiction at 5 stars, but my favorites were Empire of Wild and Go As a River. I did very much enjoy my only Nonfiction of the month, Making It So.

MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Making It So is going to be my next book purchase. I can‘t wait! But my husband and I have a strict rule about not buying ourselves anything between Halloween and Christmas. 😅 1mo
Soubhiville @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm do you do audiobooks? If you can get it on Libby on audio from your library, you really should hear it in his voice 💕 1mo
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Typically no, I have trouble paying attention when I‘m listening instead of reading. But I might have to make an exception for Sir Patrick Stewart. 😍 1mo
AmyG Just reserved Making It So from Libby. Thank you! 1mo
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Why is this topic fascinating to me?

Having read quite a lot of other books in a similar vein, some of the anatomy lab stories were things I‘ve heard before. There is some cross over with her other book as well. Not for the faint of heart, Black discusses working at terrorism sites and natural disaster sites, as well as crime scenes. The attention to detail she needs for identification of victims is mind boggling.

Megabooks Interesting! 1mo
julesG It is a very interesting topic. Have you read the tagged book? It's by a medical examiner and was equally fascinating. 1mo
Soubhiville @julesG I haven‘t read that one yet! Stacked! 1mo
Bookwomble "... similar vein..." ?? 1mo
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A Restless Truth | Freya Marske
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This is the second book in Marske‘s magical mystery romance series. It takes place on a ship bound from America to England, and begins with a mysterious death. The main character is Maud, sister to the main character of the first book. She is traveling with the woman who dies, and sets out to discover if she was murdered and by who. Seeking helpers, she meets Violet, and things get pretty spicy.

Fun books, I like the magic. Look forward to #3.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Sounds good and great cover 🧡💚 1mo
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Spinners | Donna Jo Napoli, Richard Tchen
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It‘s almost #bookspin day! I‘ve got a few challenge and bookclub books here, then mostly fantasy and sci fi, cuz that‘s my current mood. And 3 exciting new releases this month! New Travis Baldree, Martha Wells, and Rebecca Yarro! Hope I can get to all of them.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
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Sietje and I are all set up for our annual books and candy trick or treating!

AmyG How nice!!! 1mo
Hooked_on_books I would have loved to come by your place as a kid! 🤩 1mo
Gissy Fabulous idea📚 🐶🧡🧡🧡🧡 1mo
Aims42 Such a great idea!! Hope you have a lot of trick-or-treaters visit 😍 1mo
dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 1mo
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My Favorite Authors | Thomas Costley
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It‘s the last evening in October #AuthorAMonth readers. In the morning we‘ll be picking up our books by Kazuo Ishiguro. What are you planning to read?

Keep posting your October books if you haven‘t yet, I hope you all enjoyed your readings of Simone St James.

Check previous posts on this same book title for info about #AuthorAMonth and our prizes 🙂.

Happy Halloween 🎃!

TheKidUpstairs Ishiguro is one of my favourites, definitely an auto-read author for me. I'm hoping to delve into a bit of back list with 1mo
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AllDebooks I'm with @TheKidUpstairs defo a fave of mine since The remains of the day. I'll be up for as many from as backlist as possible, starting with 1mo
CatLass007 I plan to listen to The Unconsoled. It‘s included with my Audible subscription. I have about three hours left on The Sun Down Hotel, my Simone St. James for October. I hope to finish before midnight. 1mo
JenReadsAlot New to me author and going with 1mo
Bookzombie I‘m probably going with this one because it‘s on my shelf. 1mo
AmyG I‘m already reading 1mo
Amiable I‘m also reading “The Remains of the Day” since it‘s considered a classic. 1mo
dariazeoli I‘m going to try 1mo
squirrelbrain I‘m going to do a re-read of this one, as I think it warrants it. 1mo
Jess Ishiguro is one of my favs but I still have five backlist books of his on my shelves. We will see how many I get through this month. Going to start with 1mo
TheBookHippie Thanks for all your hard work!!! 1mo
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Go as a River: A novel | Shelley Read
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This may be the only book I‘ve ever heard of that takes place on the Western Slope of Colorado, which is where my mom and sister live. So of course I wanted to read it!

It starts as a forbidden live story, when Tori meets Wil and immediately falls for him. But it quickly becomes so much more. Tori also loves the part of CO where she grew up, and when her farm is going to be flooded by the new reservoir, she plans to move the peach orchard.

Soubhiville Beautifully written and very sad. I‘ll be sending it to you @Yenya1954 . Of course you should read it. 1mo
TheLudicReader One of my favourite reads this year. 1mo
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Amazing Grace Adams | Fran Littlewood
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As others have said already, I was drawn to this cover, and to a MC in her 40‘s dealing with big life changes.

While I love the premise of Grace being fed up with circumstances that feel out of control and just abandoning her car in a traffic jam, I agree with other reviews that in the middle the story lost some momentum and dragged a bit.

Overall I did like it though. It discusses quite a few difficult topics. Life is messy, well reflected.

Soubhiville We‘re having cold snap and Venkman is glad to be warm on my lap wrapped in a blanket. 1mo
rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 1mo
dabbe Hello there, Sir Venkman! 🖤🐾🖤 1mo
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squirrelbrain A cold spell? What is that for you - 70 degrees?! 🤣 That reminded me that I‘ve been meaning to tell you the dates for next year‘s Gladstone‘s retreat. It‘s 10th Oct for 3 nights. I know you said you wanted to come in summer, and it won‘t be warm then, but they do put the fire 🔥 on in the evenings. ☺️ 1mo
Soubhiville @squirrelbrain we were at 38 F last night, high of 48 F today. It feels colder with the wind. We actually do get a bit of winter here 😆. Freezing temps even in Jan and Feb sometimes. Thanks for letting me know the dates! I‘m not sure if I can make it happen, but I‘ll try! ❤️ 1mo
squirrelbrain That‘s slightly colder than here! 🤷‍♀️ Let me know if you think you can make it and I‘ll tell you how to book. (They are completely booked up next Sept already, hence having to move to Oct) 1mo
ShelleyBooksie Venkman ♡♡♡♡ 1mo
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Amazing Grace Adams | Fran Littlewood
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Misty! I love this pretty little bookmark, thank you!
(Reading the tagged book.)

peanutnine So cool! Love the stained glass effect 😍 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m happy you like it! How is this book? 1mo
Hooked_on_books That‘s really cool 1mo
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Untitled | Anonymous
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#tlt @dabbe

I don‘t usually participate in these, but this one is too fun and I‘ve been enjoying seeing everyone‘s words!

1. MotherD🍆ck! (Points to you if you know what show I got this from! I‘ll put it in the spoilers below!)
2. Phenomenon
3. Sussurus

If you read this you‘re tagged! What words do you love saying?

Soubhiville In The Walking Dead, Abraham used this as his favorite expletive. I picked it up and I doubt I‘ll ever stop using it! 1mo
dabbe MotherD*ckin' fantastic! 🤩🤩🤩 1mo
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My Favorite Authors | Thomas Costley
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#AuthorAMonth readers (and anyone else who is interested)

It‘s time to nominate authors for next year‘s reading list!

I will build the poll in 2-3 weeks. Nominate anyone you‘d like, but I‘ll remove all authors we‘ve already read from the poll list.

Authors can write any genre, but must have several books published.

I‘m looking forward to seeing who you suggest!

dariazeoli Yay! I always look forward to this time of the #aam year! 1mo
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Bookwormjillk Ohhh I‘ll have to think about this 1mo
dariazeoli Looking at my TBR and trying to exclude authors from the past few years: David Sedaris, Mary Roach, Joe Hill, Emma Straub, Joan Didion, Sue Monk Kidd (edited) 1mo
Megabooks Percival Everett, Jane Harper, Rebecca Solnit, David Grann, Rebecca Makkai, Anthony Doerr, Richard Powers, Edith Wharton, Dana Spiotta, Thrity Umrigar, Emma Donoghue, Kent Haruf, Chang-Rae Lee, Sue Miller 1mo
Megabooks You know I‘ve been thinking about this! My favorite challenge!! 1mo
Megabooks Ooo! And Ruth Ozeki and Edwidge Danticat. I‘ll stop! 1mo
Susanita Geraldine Brooks, Laura Lippman, John Irving, Jean Kwok 1mo
TheBookHippie Simone de Beauvoir. AND did you ever consider doing someone who writes most genres like Jane Yolen? Susan Sontag, Mary Oliver, having just read Mary Stewart who was Simone St James inspiration I would read more of her books.... most of what I read it not loved by the masses but I do enjoy your lists very much and appreciate all your hard work! 1mo
gossamerchild Ooh, fun! Is there by chance a list of previous years' lists that we can reference? I'd hate to recommend authors you've already read. I mean, other than this year. 1mo
AmyG Joan Didion, Sarah Waters, Ruth Ozeki, Ann Cleeves 1mo
DHill Kurt Vonnegut, Emily St John Mandel; Jane Harper 1mo
dabbe @gossamerchild I was going to ask the same thing! #greatminds 🤩🤩🤩 1mo
gossamerchild @dabbe 🤣🤣 1mo
Soubhiville @dabbe @gossamerchild here is a link to the last 4 years‘ authors, and if you just scroll back on this book title you‘ll see this year‘s authors. 🙂. Soubhiville's post on Litsy https://litsy.com/p/dlRnUThZUWhG 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! P.G. Wodehouse, Georgette Heyer, Nora Roberts, Alafair Burke, Mary Higgins Clark, Lisa Jewel, Susanna Kearsley. I may be back with more 😂 1mo
gossamerchild @Soubhiville sweet, thank you! 1mo
Amiable Definitely second @Megabooks with her suggestion of Thrity Umrigar! I‘ve already read every one of her books—everyone else should, too! She‘s wonderful. 1mo
gossamerchild Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, Kerry Greenwood, David Sedaris. Deanna Raybourn, Shirley Jackson. I may also be back with more :-D 1mo
Amiable John Irving. And for nonfiction representation: David McCullough, Doris Kearns Goodwin, David Grann, Hampton Sides, Tracy Kidder, Siddhartha Mukherjee, Candice Millard, Jon Meachem, Mark Kurlansky (edited) 1mo
dabbe @gossamerchild #ditto! 🖤🧡🖤 1mo
shortsarahrose JRR Tolkien, Susan Wiggs, Mariana Enríquez, Stephen King, Rivka Galchen, Rachel Yoder, Adam Cesare, Natalie Zina Walschots, Becky Chambers, Sara Ackerman, Christina Lauren, Elodie Harper 1mo
Bklover Kate Quinn, JT Ellison, Ragnar Jónasson, Kristin Hannah, John Steinbeck, Charles Dickens. Thank you Soubhi, for hosting this again!! Love it❤️ 1mo
Bookzombie Kate DiCamillo
Elizabeth McCracken
James McBride
Annie Proulx
Ralph Ellison
Larry McMurtry
Courtney Milan
S.A. Cosby
Walter Mosley
Gloria Naylor
Stephen Graham Jones
Michael McDowell
Jewel Parker Rhodes
Tiffany D. Jackson
Christopher Paul Curtis
Mildred D. Taylor
Rebekah Weatherspoon
Mary Stewart
Tananarive Due
Kurt Vonnegut
Hailey Piper
CSeydel My nominations are David Grann, Hampton Sides, Connie Willis, NK Jemison, and Liane Moriarty. (edited) 1mo
Sarahreadstoomuch I don‘t remember who have been on the list before, so I‘m just going for it: James Baldwin, Tana French, Lisa See, Agatha Christie, Ray Bradbury, Beverly Cleary, Judy Blume, Gary Schmidt, Julie Murphy, Chuck Palahnuik, Banana Yoshimoto 1mo
Lizpixie I nominate Dame Agatha Christie, Stephen King, Kerry Greenwood, Peter Robinson, Anne McCaffrey, Ann Cleeves, Patricia Cornwall, Dorothy L Sayers, Becky Chambers & Sarah Addison Allen. 1mo
thegreensofa Patrick deWitt, Jane Harper, PG Wodehouse, Tana French, Antoine Laurain. 1mo
Megabooks Nina Lacour, David Levithan, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Cheryl Strayed, Meg Wolitzer, Curtis Sittenfeld, and so many great authors ⬆️⬆️ 1mo
tjwill Kurt Vonnegut, Neil Gaiman, Kelly Yang, Maggie Stiefvater 1mo
Karisimo Jennifer A Nielsen, R. F. Kuang, Kwame Alexander, Dorothy Sayers, John Green, Ruta Septys, Kristen Hannah (edited) 1mo
SamAnne Percival Everett, Stephen graham jones, Lauren Groff, Tana French Ray Bradbury, Larry McMurtry, Ken Kesey, Judy Blume 1mo
squirrelbrain So many great nominations here and I‘d probably duplicate a lot of them. Celia Fremlin is an author who I see here on a lot and who I‘m intrigued by. 1mo
Caroline2 Curtis sittenfield, PG Wodehouse, Stephen King, Agatha Christie, SA Cosby, Larry McMurty, Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Strout, Rory Clements, Laura Purcell, Sharon Bolton, 1mo
Megabooks Susan Orlean, John Marrs, Blake Crouch 1mo
Megabooks Ali Smith (edited) 1mo
Bookwormjillk I nominate Dennis Lehane, AJ Jacobs, Silas House, Peter Heller, Andy Greenberg, Sonali Dev 1mo
dabbe Thanks for being our hostess-with-the-mostest again, @Soubhiville! Here are some suggestions (old and a few new):
Arthur Conan Doyle
Sidney Sheldon
Dean Koontz
Rex Stout
John le Carre
Arthur Miller
Jane Austen
Ernest Hemingway
Tim O‘Brien
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Oscar Wilde
Virginia Woolf
Ann, Charlotte, Emily Bronte
Thomas Hardy
Willa Cather
James M. Cain
T.J. Klune
Rebecca Yarros
emz711 Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Eli Brown, Tim Powers, Alan Bradley 1mo
CSeydel Oh oh what about Elmore Leonard 1mo
Bookzombie Jennifer McMahon 1mo
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Althea separated from her husband when she found out he was cheating with someone she thought was her friend. She isn‘t sure what turn her life might take, when she gets a letter saying her great uncle has left her his house in his will. So she goes to Scotland to check it out, and discovers a fabulous library of collectable books.

This fit my mood well and I enjoyed it quite a bit.

Sietje was reluctant as usual to pose with a book. 🙂📚🐕

Aimeesue Aww, what a sweet pup 🧡 1mo
dabbe Good tolerance there, Sietje! 🖤🐾🖤 1mo
Gissy 🐶🐾🐾🧡🧡🧡 1mo
tpixie Hi! Puppy! 🐶 🐾💛 1mo
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My Volcano | John Elizabeth Stintzi
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I‘m afraid I‘m not in the right mind space to enjoy this very strange book. It was too convoluted for me just now. There are so many characters and storylines, I‘m just not really sure what happened.

There were parts I really liked, especially the bee/pollen mutation and hive mind infestation that developed from that.

Overall, 🍌👖 and downright strange.

Hooked_on_books This is one that I absolutely loved and at the same time saw it would absolutely not work for everyone. Too bad it didn‘t end up working for you! 1mo
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My Favorite Authors | Thomas Costley
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We‘re halfway through October! I hope everyone is enjoying reading Simone St James for #authoramonth!

Reminder for those who like to plan ahead, next month‘s author is Kazuo Ishiguro. 🙂📚

Megabooks I have two on tap for next month! Really excited! 2mo
Amiable I‘ve finished my October author read and am looking forward to this one in November: 2mo
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dariazeoli Halfway through 2mo
mom2bugnbee I'm not usually one for spooky stories, but I can't put hers down! Currently on my fourth, I think! 2mo
AmyG I got a package from you-guessing for my bday. Thank you, my friend. I will throw in the car for my trip out West. Hope your CO trip is or went well. 😘 2mo
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Making It So: A Memoir | Patrick Stewart
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I loved The Next Generation. My family watched together every week. I‘ve been a PS fan ever since. His sonnet readings during lockdown were a daily highlight for me.

Hearing his memoir in his own voice was the only way to read it for me. His childhood and personal life were unknown to me, so seeing that behind the screen and off the stage part was insightful. I enjoyed his school stories most I think. And his regrets in relationships.

Bklover I loved his sonnet readings during covid lockdown! 2mo
5feet.of.fury His voice is gorgeous! That‘s really the only way 2mo
dabbe He was an incredible MACBETH, too. Love him! #makeitsonumberone 🖤🧡🖤 2mo
Hooked_on_books He has such a wonderful voice. This would probably be worth it for that alone. 2mo
Soubhiville @5feet.of.fury @Hooked_on_books Agreed, I love his voice so much! 2mo
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My Volcano | John Elizabeth Stintzi
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Airport reading. ✈️ Headed to Colorado to visit family.

This is a strange one! Not sure yet if I‘m enjoying it or not. I‘ll let you know 🙂📚

thegirlwiththelibrarybag Great cover! Happy travels! ✈️ 2mo
bthegood safe travels - 2mo
Hooked_on_books I loved this one! It‘s definitely 🍌 👖 2mo
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Harold had a friend at work, Queenie, who he hasn‘t seen in 20 years. He gets a letter from a care home that Queenie is dying of cancer. He decides to walk from south England to where she is on the Northern coast, and along the way explores his memories of his troubled marriage and broken relationship with his son.

Highly emotional, a deep dive into humanity and what is important in our lives. At times difficult, but also beautiful.

Soubhiville @TheAromaofBooks this was my #doublespin 🙂📚 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 2mo
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Empire of Wild | Cherie Dimaline
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A supernatural thriller by an indigenous author, maybe verging on horror? It definitely doesn‘t shy away from the dark.

I loved the voices of the characters. The legendary creature and the steps that can be taken to prevent encounters or to protect yourself, very cool.

I‘m not sure why the author chose to end it where and how she did, but that‘s my only complaint.

Big content warning for animal cruelty, but check for others.

Soubhiville Sietje says “ok mum, you got your photo. Now can we go for a walk?” 2mo
ShelleyBooksie Thank you for the content warning! Hi Sietje ♡ 2mo
AmyG Ha! Seitje is so cute. 2mo
dabbe Hello there, sweet-as-can-be Sietje! Have a lovely walk! 🖤🐾🖤 2mo
SamAnne Loved this one as well! Want to read more by her. 2mo
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Empire of Wild | Cherie Dimaline
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“The parking lot was a poem about white.”

That‘s a line that has stuck in my head for 2 days. I love it. (Photo is Central Park, from Pinterest.)

This book is dark, of course, it‘s horror. But man it‘s got some powerful imagery!

Tamra I am so not ready for that scenery! 2mo
Hooked_on_books The photo is gorgeous! 2mo
5feet.of.fury Great book! 2mo
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The Duke Undone | Joanna Lowell
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I‘m trying to balance spooky and sweet reads this month so I can sleep 😆.

This romance was recommended to me for #12challenge- 12 books, 12 friends, 12 months.

I don‘t read much romance, but I thought this was pretty good. Lots of spice.

Lucy is a seamstress and an art student. She stumbles upon a passed out drunk and naked man in an alleyway and paints his figure into a mythical work. Turns out he‘s a Duke, and a rather naughty one.

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This is a short novel in translation (from German) about an elder gentleman who delivers books to a fun cast of characters from a bookstore. He has literary nicknames for each of his customers, and little routines at each stop. It‘s mostly light and fun, though there is a bit of violence, check warnings if needed.

I‘m enjoying the return of my bee garden after a bit of rain and drop in temperature.

CatLass007 This looks like fun! 2mo
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Giveaway | Carolyn Finlay
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I haven‘t looked too much into books coming out next year, but every January I await the latest Wayward Children book. I‘ve preordered Mislaid in Parts Half-Known and I‘ll read it as soon as I have it in my hands!

Congratulations on your 6 year Litsyversary @BarbaraBB ! I‘m glad you‘re part of our reading community! #BBGiveaway

Celebrate with us @RaeLovesToRead @Hooked_on_books 🙂🤩

BarbaraBB Something to look forward to! Thanks for entering the giveaway 💕 2mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag Love having an author who releases a book every January. Mine used to be Alan Bradley but he‘s been under the impression that the Flavia de Luce series is complete for the last few years. I keep hoping he‘ll change his mind and write a couple more. 2mo
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The Personal Librarian | Marie Benedict, Victoria Christopher Murray
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@dabbe I got your books today, thank you! I look forward to reading them. 🙂📚

I believe these are the last #book2book books I requested. Thank you again @AllDebooks , my TBR exploded!

dabbe Yay! I can't wait to read what you think of them! 🧡🎃🧡 2mo
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Marrow Island | Alexis M. Smith
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“…his only two books, Moby Dick and Lonesome Dove, a duo I‘ve taken to calling Lonesome Dick.”

⬆️ had me cracking up! But also sad… I‘ve never read Lonesome Dove, but can you imagine only having 2 books and one of them is Moby Dick? That‘s a tragedy.

I enjoyed this, but was expecting it to be a bit more of a thriller. It‘s a great story though, I‘d read more by this author.

Tamra I‘d be just fine with Lonesome Dove, but Moby Dick - no. 😜 2mo
bthegood @Tamra @Soubhiville same - Lonesome Dove is one of my favorite books! 2mo
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