12+ Book Ideas for Christmas, part IV

Mrs. Everything Mrs. Everything is an ambitious, richly textured journey through history—and her story—as these two sisters navigate a changing America over the course of their lives. Growing up in 1950s Detroit, they live in a perfect “Dick and Jane” house, where their roles in the family are clearly defined. [...]
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12+ Book Ideas for Christmas, part III

Where the Forest Meets the Stars A mysterious child teaches two strangers how to love and trust again. After the loss of her mother and her own battle with breast cancer, Joanna returns to her graduate research on nesting birds in rural Illinois, determined to prove that her recent hardships [...]
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12+ Book Ideas for Christmas, part II

All the Light We Cannot See Marie-Laure lives in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where her father works. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great uncle lives in a tall house by [...]
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12+ Book Ideas for Christmas, part I

I haven’t updated my website in so long that one might wonder whether I’m dead, or if I’ve given up reading or writing or ultimately both. None of that. I’m still very much alive, and still very much reading and writing. So, why hasn’t this category “Whatcha Reading” at least [...]
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The Light We Lost, by Jill Santopolo

Reese Witherspoon has a way to pick great and original books, stories that transport you elsewhere, and I've hardly ever been disappointed by her selection. I certainly wasn't with this one. The story: He was the first person to inspire her, to move her, to truly understand her. Was he [...]
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The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell, by Robert Dugoni

Don't you love it when every time you finish a book, you think, "Okay, this one is my new favorite book!" Well, in spite all all the wonderful novels I've read this year alone, this one is my new favorite book. I won't be able to read half as much [...]
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Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens

OH. MY. GOD. What. A. Dazzling. Masterpiece. The story: For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But [...]
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Bird Box, by Josh Malerman

Okay, I hate myself. I have about 6 or 7 books that I've literally just bought, and life and reading were going fine after I’d finally managed to decide which one to pick first…and then I saw Netflix’s trailer on Facebook. Big mistake. Have you seen it? No? Well, I [...]
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Sold on a Monday, by Kristina McMorris

The story: 2 children for sale. A Depression-era reporter snaps a photo of two children being sold on a farmhouse porch, leading to his big break—and devastating repercussions for everyone involved. From a reader’s point of view: I wanted to read the book as soon as I set eyes on [...]
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