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Top Ten Tuesday – 10 Reads That Will Put a Smile on Your Face

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is Genre Freebie (pick a genre and build a list around it! i.e., best/worst romances, non-fiction for travelers, memoirs for foodies, classics that feel timeless, romance novel kisses, science fiction that feels too real for comfort, women’s fiction for newbies, etc.).  I went a little rogue this week because I couldn’t really think of a genre I wanted to focus on. Instead, and especially in light of what’s going on in the world right now, I decided to focus on humor.  Specifically, I’m sharing books that I think are such fun reads they’ll put a smile on your face and will make you forget about your troubles for a little while.  All ten of these have plenty of laugh-out-loud moments and, at least for me anyway, were major mood lifters. My list is heavy on rom-coms and YA contemporaries, and you knew The Bromance Book Club and something by Christina Lauren would make an appearance, didn’t you? Anyway, here’s my list. Happy Tuesday!

 

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10 Reads That Will Put a Smile on Your Face

 

1. TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE by Jenny Han

(Find out what it’s about…)

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2. MY LADY JANE by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, & Brodi Ashton

(Find out what it’s about…)

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3.  THE FLATSHARE by Beth O’Leary

(Find out what it’s about…)

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4. THE BROMANCE BOOK CLUB by Lyssa Kay Adams

(Find out what it’s about…)

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5. SAVE THE DATE by Morgan Matson

(Find out what it’s about…)

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6. THE GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE by Mackenzi Lee

(Find out what it’s about…)

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7. WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI by Sandhya Menon

(Find out what it’s about…)

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8. RAYNE & DELILAH’s MIDNITE MATINEE by Jeff Zenter

(Find out what it’s about…)

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9. JOSH & HAZEL’S GUIDE TO NOT DATING

(Find out what it’s about…)

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10. SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA by Becky Albertalli

(Find out what it’s about…)

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Question:  What are some of your favorite fun reads?

Top Ten Tuesday – My Spring 2020 Reading List

 

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is 2020 Spring TBR. This was a pretty easy topic for me since I, of course, have tons of books I’m hoping to get to this spring.  The hardest part was trying to narrow down to just ten to share and I failed on that so you get to see 13 books I’m planning to read.

 

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My Spring 2020 TBR

(in no particular order)

 

ALWAYS THE LAST TO KNOW by Kristan Higgins

Sometimes you have to break a family to fix it.  From New York Times bestselling author Kristan Higgins, a new novel examining a family at the breaking point in all its messy, difficult, wonderful complexity.

 

REAL MEN KNIT by Kwana Jackson

When their foster-turned-adoptive mother suddenly dies, four brothers struggle to keep open the doors of her beloved Harlem knitting shop. A big-hearted, warm, funny story of community, family and unexpected romance.

 

MASTER CLASS by Christina Dalcher

The future of every child is determined by one standardized measurement: their quotient (Q). Score high enough, and they attend a top tier school with a golden future ahead of them. Score low, and they are sent to a federally run boarding school with limited prospects for future employment. The purpose? Education costs are cut, teachers focus on the best students, and parents are happy. Elena Fairchild is a teacher at one of the state’s elite schools. When her nine-year old daughter fails her next monthly test, her Q score drops to a disastrously low level and she is immediately forced to leave her top school for a federal school hundreds of miles away. As a teacher, Elena knows intimately the dangers of failure in their tiered educational system, but as a mother who just lost her child, all Elena wants is to be near her daughter again. And she will do the unthinkable to make it happen.

 

ADMISSION by Julie Buxbaum

From the New York Times bestselling author of Tell Me Three Things comes an of-the-moment novel that peeks inside the private lives of the hypercompetitive and the hyperprivileged and takes on the college admissions bribery scandal that rocked the country.

 

CHASING LUCKY by Jenn Bennett

Budding photographer Josie Saint-Martin has spent half her life with her single mother, moving from city to city. When they return to her historical New England hometown years later to run the family bookstore, Josie knows it’s not forever. Her dreams are on the opposite coast, and she has a plan to get there.  What she doesn’t plan for is a run-in with the town bad boy…

 

SHOREFALL by Robert Jackson Bennett

In the second installment of The Founders Trilogy, the upstart firm Foundryside is struggling to make it. Orso Igancio and his star employee, former thief Sancia Grado, are accomplishing brilliant things with scriving, the magical art of encoding sentience into everyday objects, but it’s not enough. The massive merchant houses of Tevanne won’t tolerate competition, and they’re willing to do anything to crush Foundryside.  But even the merchant houses of Tevanne might have met their match. An immensely powerful and deadly entity has been resurrected in the shadows of Tevanne, one that’s not interested in wealth or trade routes: a hierophant, one of the ancient practitioners of scriving. And he has a great fascination for Foundryside, and its employees – especially Sancia.

Now Sancia and the rest of Foundryside must race to combat this new menace, which means understanding the origins of scriving itself – before the hierophant burns Tevanne to the ground.

 

JACK KEROUAC IS DEAD TO ME by Gae Polisner

Fifteen-year-old JL Markham’s life used to be filled with carnival nights and hot summer days spent giggling with her forever best friend Aubrey about their families and boys. Together, they were unstoppable. But they aren’t the friends they once were.  With JL’s father gone on long term business, and her mother suffering from dissociative disorder, JL takes solace in the in the tropical butterflies she raises, and in her new, older boyfriend, Max Gordon. Max may be rough on the outside, but he has the soul of a poet (something Aubrey will never understand). Only, Max is about to graduate, and he’s going to hit the road – with or without JL.

JL can’t bear being left behind again. But what if devoting herself to Max not only means betraying her parents, but permanently losing the love of her best friend? What becomes of loyalty, when no one is loyal to you?

 

RUTHLESS GODS by Emily A. Duncan

Darkness never works alone…  Nadya doesn’t trust her magic anymore. Serefin is fighting off a voice in his head that doesn’t belong to him. Malachiasz is at war with who–and what–he’s become.  As their group is continually torn apart, the girl, the prince, and the monster find their fates irrevocably intertwined. They’re pieces on a board, being orchestrated by someone… or something. The voices that Serefin hears in the darkness, the ones that Nadya believes are her gods, the ones that Malachiasz is desperate to meet—those voices want a stake in the world, and they refuse to stay quiet any longer.  This is the second installment in the Something Dark and Holy series.

 

FEELS LIKE FALLING by Kristy Woodson Harvey

From “the next major voice in Southern fiction” (Elin Hilderbrand) and the bestselling author of the Peachtree Bluff series comes an odd-couple tale of friendship that asks just how much our past choices define our happiness.

 

THE SECOND HOME by Christina Clancy

A debut novel set on Cape Cod that centers on a beloved family home and the summer that changed the lives of three siblings forever, perfect for readers of J. Courtney Sullivan and Elin Hilderbrand.

 

TO HAVE AND TO HOAX by Martha Waters

In this fresh and hilarious historical rom-com, an estranged husband and wife in Regency England feign accidents and illness in an attempt to gain attentionand maybe just win each other back in the process.

 

THE PRISONER’S WIFE by Maggie Brookes

Inspired by the true story of a daring deception that plunges a courageous young woman deep into the horrors of a Nazi POW camp to be with the man she loves.

 

THE LIES THAT BIND by Emily Giffin

In the irresistible new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of All We Ever Wanted and Something Borrowed, a young woman falls hard for an impossibly perfect man before he disappears without a trace . . . The Lies That Bind is a mesmerizing and emotionally resonant exploration of the never-ending search for love and truth–in our relationships, careers, and deep within our own hearts.

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Do you plan to read any of these titles this Spring?

Top Ten Tuesday – My Favorite Authors to Follow on Social Media

 

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is Authors Who Have a Fun Social Media Presence.  Following authors on twitter is the best. I love reading their random musings about writing, politics, or whatever happens to be on their minds at any given moment.  I also love to follow them because, at least in the case of my favorites, they also tend to have the best sense of humor. The wit and sarcasm makes my day, and I’m also a sucker for author accounts that post about their pets. Stephen King tweeting about Molly, the thing of evil, for example, always cracks me up. Anyway, below are some of my favorites on twitter. Do we share any faves?

 

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My Favorite Authors to Follow on Social Media

 

1)  V.E. Schwab

 

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2)  Angie Thomas

 

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3)  Stephen King

 

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4)  C.G. Drews

 

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5)  Jenn Bennett

 

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6)  Marie Lu

 

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7)  Julie Murphy

 

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8)  Victoria Aveyard

 

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9)  Jay Kristoff

 

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10) Jenny Han

 

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Question:  Who are some of your favorite authors to follow on social media?

Top Ten Tuesday – Sometimes One Word is Enough: My Favorite One-Word Book Titles

 

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is Books With Single-Word Titles.  As someone who has always struggled to be concise with their writing, there’s just something so impressive to me about single-word book titles.  It amazes me that authors are able to so perfectly capture the essence of the hundreds and hundreds of pages they’ve written with a single word.  And I don’t know about you guys, but I often find those one-word titles to be way more powerful than their multi-word counterparts.  In some cases, they perfectly capture the magic of a book, while in others, they succinctly convey the horrific vibe.  And yet in still others, they are deliberately ambiguous so as to keep you guessing as to their meaning.

Anyway, enough of that.  Below are ten of my favorite one-word titles.

 

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(Sorry. I just watched The Princess Bride and can’t get this quote out of my head.)

 

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My Favorite One-Word Book Titles

(in no particular order)

 

CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber

UPROOTED by Naomi Novik

GEEKERELLA by Ashley Poston

BELOVED by Toni Morrison

PRIDE by Ibi Zoboi

UNSUB by Meg Gardiner

VENGEFUL by V.C. Schwab

SCYTHE by Neal Shusterman

HEARTLESS by Marissa Meyer

IT by Stephen King

 

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Do you have any favorite one-word book titles?

Top Ten Tuesday – 10 Book Characters I’d Follow on Social Media

 

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is Characters I’d Follow On Social Media.  Okay, so anyone who follows me on my social media accounts knows that I’m the actual worst when it comes to social media.  I’m such an introvert and I never know what to post, what to say. I’m just a big bucket of awkward and it’s a never-ending struggle for me.  But even though I suck at it myself, I still love to follow people who are really good at social media. I also like to follow my fellow introverts so that we can revel in our awkwardness together.  Below are some characters from books I’ve read that I think I would enjoy following on social media for various reasons.

 

(Me as a meme)

 

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10 Book Characters I’d Follow on Social Media

(in no particular order)

 

NINA from The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

SIMON from Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

HAZEL from Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

SWEETIE from There’s Something About Sweetie by Sendhya Menon

WILLOWDEAN DIXON from Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

TIFFY from The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

LARA JEAN from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

CATH from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

EMIKA CHEN from Warcross by Marie Lu

REV from More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer

 

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Who are some characters you would follow on social media if you could?

Top Ten Tuesday – 10 Reads That Left Me with a Book Hangover

 

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is a The Last Ten Books That Gave Me a Book Hangover.  I honestly couldn’t remember the last ten books that gave me a book hangover so I just went with ten that I actually could remember, lol.

For those who don’t know what a book hangover is, I think this fun graphic from Epic Reads sums it up pretty well.  For me, they are brought on when I have to say goodbye to my favorite characters in a beloved series or when I read a standalone that just puts my emotions through the wringer.

 

 

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10 Reads That Left Me with a Book Hangover

(in no particular order)

 

ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES by Jennifer Niven

THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah

SHADES OF MAGIC series by V.E. Schwab

MONSTERS OF VERITY by Victoria Schwab

HARRY POTTER series by J.K. Rowling

THE HUNGER GAMES series by Suzanne Collins

ME BEFORE YOU by Jojo Moyes

A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES by Sarah J. Maas

THE WINTERNIGHT TRILOGY by Katherine Arden

THE LUNAR CHRONICLES by Marissa Meyer

 

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Do you have books or series that have left you with book hangovers?

Top Ten Tuesday – Be My Valentine – My Favorite Book Covers that Feature Hearts

 

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is a Love Freebie in honor of Valentine’s Day so I’ve decided to use the freebie to showcase some of my favorite covers that feature hearts.  I actually ended up with 13 but couldn’t decide which three to cut so I decided to keep them all.

 

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My Favorite Book Covers that Feature Hearts

(in no particular order)

 

HOW TO BUILD A HEART by Maria Padian

HEARTS MADE FOR BREAKING by Jen Klein

THE ANATOMICAL SHAPE OF A HEART by Jenn Bennett

FIRST & THEN by Emma Mills

ALEX & ELIZA by Melissa de la Cruz

CALL IT WHAT YOU WANT by Brigid Kemmerer

BEAUTIFUL BROKEN HEARTS by Kami Garcia

HEARTLESS by Marissa Meyer

THE START OF ME AND YOU by Emery Lord

CHANGE OF HEART by Jodi Picoult

Do you have any favorite covers that feature hearts?

Top Ten Tuesday – Books On My TBR I Predict Will Be 5-Star Reads

 

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is Books On My TBR I Predict Will Be 5-Star Reads.  This topic makes me a little nervous since it reminds me how much I’ve hyped these books in my own mind. Some, like The Queen of Nothing and The Toll, are finales for beloved series, while others like The Starless Sea, Chasing Lucky, and Ninth House are new books by favorite authors.  Fingers crossed I haven’t set unreasonable expectations for them, but anyway, as of right now, these are books I’m predicting will be 5-star reads for me.

 

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Books On My TBR I Predict Will Be 5-Star Reads

(in no particular order)

 

THE QUEEN OF NOTHING by Holly Black

THE STARLESS SEA by Erin Morganstern

THE TEN THOUSAND DOORS OF JANUARY by Alix E. Harrow

THE TWO LIVES OF LYDIA BIRD by Josie Silver

CHASING LUCKY by Jenn Bennett

A HEART SO FIERCE AND BROKEN by Brigid Kemmerer

THE DARK CORNERS OF THE NIGHT by Meg Gardiner

SHOREFALL by Robert Jackson Bennett

NINTH HOUSE by Leigh Bardugo

THE TOLL by Neal Shusterman

 

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What books from your TBR do you predict will be 5 star reads?

Top Ten Tuesday – I’ve Been Framed – My Favorite Book Covers that Feature Eye Glasses

 

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is a Book Cover Freebie (choose what kind(s) of covers you want to talk about: prettiest, most unique, most misleading, weirdest, most memorable, creepiest, ugliest, etc.).

I decided to focus on book covers that feature eyewear.  I don’t know if it’s because I wear glasses myself or what, but I’m always drawn to covers with glasses. Regular glasses, sunglasses, goggles, you name it, they all grab my attention.  I’ve put together a collage of some of my favorites to share with you today.  If you want to know more about any of the books I’ve featured, use the links below.

 

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My Favorite Book Covers that Feature Eye Glasses

(in no particular order)

 

WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE by Maria Semple

MY SISTER, THE SERIAL KILLER by Oyinkan Braithwaite

THE REMAINS OF THE DAY by Kazuo Ishiguro

FUMBLED by Alexa Martin

DEATH PREFERS BLONDES by Caleb Roehrig

SLAY by Brittney Morris

THE HEART PRINCIPLE by Helen Hoang

THE BOOKISH LIFE OF NINA HILL by Abbi Waxman

AMERICAN ROYALS by Katherine McGee

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS by J.K. Rowling

 

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Do you have any favorite covers that feature glasses?

Top Ten Tuesday – The 10 Most Recent Additions to My Bookshelf

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is The 10 Most Recent Additions to My Bookshelf. This was of course an easy topic since even though I say my goal is to read the books I own, I still can’t seem to stop adding new books to my collection.  I will say I did have to go back all the way to the beginning of December to come up with ten new titles though so I’d consider that baby steps in getting myself under control when it comes to accumulating books faster than I can ever hope to read them.

 

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The 10 Most Recent Additions to My Bookshelf

 

1. ALWAYS THE LAST TO KNOW by Kristan Higgins

(Find out what it’s about…)

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2. THE TWO LIVES OF LYDIA BIRD by Josie Silver

(Find out what it’s about…)

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3.  AYESHA AT LAST by Uzma Jalaluddin

(Find out what it’s about…)

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4. THE TEN THOUSAND DOORS OF JANUARY by Alix E. Harrow

(Find out what it’s about…)

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5. ROMANOV by Nadine Brandes

(Find out what it’s about…)

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6. THE PRISONER’S WIFE by Maggie Brookes

(Find out what it’s about…)

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7. THE VINE WITCH by Luanne G. Smith

(Find out what it’s about…)

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8. TO HAVE AND TO HOAX by Martha Waters

(Find out what it’s about…)

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9. THE BIG FINISH by Brooke Fossey

(Find out what it’s about…)

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10. THE HAMILTON AFFAIR by Elizabeth Cobbs

(Find out what it’s about…)

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Question:  What are some of the latest additions to your bookshelf?