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The Book of M
The Book of M: A Novel | Peng Shepherd
Set in a dangerous near future world, The Book of M tells the captivating story of a group of ordinary people caught in an extraordinary catastrophe who risk everything to save the ones they love. It is a sweeping debut that illuminates the power that memories have not only on the heart, but on the world itself. One afternoon at an outdoor market in India, a mans shadow disappearsan occurrence science cannot explain. He is only the first. The phenomenon spreads like a plague, and while those afflicted gain a strange new power, it comes at a horrible price: the loss of all their memories. Ory and his wife Max have escaped the Forgetting so far by hiding in an abandoned hotel deep in the woods. Their new life feels almost normal, until one day Maxs shadow disappears too. Knowing that the more she forgets, the more dangerous she will become to Ory, Max runs away. But Ory refuses to give up the time they have left together. Desperate to find Max before her memory disappears completely, he follows her trail across a perilous, unrecognizable world, braving the threat of roaming bandits, the call to a new war being waged on the ruins of the capital, and the rise of a sinister cult that worships the shadowless. As they journey, each searches for answers: for Ory, about love, about survival, about hope; and for Max, about a new force growing in the south that may hold the cure. Like The Passage and Station Eleven, this haunting, thought-provoking, and beautiful novel explores fundamental questions of memory, connection, and what it means to be human in a world turned upside down.
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valeriegeary
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Can I be honest? I'm really struggling to stay interested in this one. I'm having trouble understanding the rules of the world and how the missing shadows work, and I keep hoping for more explanation but it's not coming, and thus I'm having trouble suspending my disbelief. I like Naz and Max's storyline though. I'm also buddy reading this and feel like I can't quit on it. It's harder to DNF a book when you're reading with friends. 😌

Tamra That is true! But if it was my buddy, I would rather they DNF it than suffer. 2mo
LiteraryinLititz Did your friends finish it yet? If so, maybe they can tell you if it‘s going to pick up or if the beginning is an accurate representation. I agree with @Tamra that I would be fine with someone else bailing after giving it a try! Life‘s too short! 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2mo
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TheFaeWays
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Pickpick

This book was absolutely amazing. I tag it for the #readingwomenchallenge and it was amazing. Shepherd is a brilliant and compelling writer and I can't recommend this book enough. A solid mystery, love story, fantastic tale.

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TheFaeWays
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Princess Ava wants to join me in recommending the Book of M by the indomitable Peng Shepard. She can't stop touching it!

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JulAnna
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My reading spot for the week! 😎

SamanthaMarie That looks lovely ♡ 4mo
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Nebklvr
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Pickpick

A book about individual and collective memory. How memories are individual and shared and the differences between them. This novel was terrifying, sad, and intensely thoughtful.

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Milena
The Book of M: A Novel | Peng Shepherd

I'm reading the book and listening to the audio version at the same time. I'm enjoying the audio experience more than reading. The multiple narrators and accents are brining the story to life in a cool way. I picked this up because of all of the comparisons to Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. So far, I'm digging it!

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TheLibrarian
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#kindledeal alert!! I really enjoyed this post-apocalyptic book.

BibliOphelia I happy grabbed this via #BookBub today! 7mo
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Amanda61
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Feeling a bit torn on if this one is a pick or so-so. The premise sounds wonderful, but wasn't executed in a wonderful way. Going with "pick" based on a few really strong moments in the plot along with some of the thought provoking concepts discussed in it.

Also, I've been on a bit of reading hiatus (life's been crazy!) and could really use a phenomenonal, "pick me up after a crappy winter" book right now. Any suggestions??

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TheSpineView
The Book of M: A Novel | Peng Shepherd
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#SpringIntoSpring @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88
#forget

In this book people loose their shadow and begin forgetting who they are.

Pricel101 Look forward to your review! I liked this one!! 7mo
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JPeterson
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Panpan

Whelp, that was a struggle. What seemed to be such an interesting premise was actually quite a slog to get through. I was incredibly bored throughout, and honestly should have bailed but was optimistic something interesting would happen. It didn‘t. 😩

Owlizabeth I‘m glad I bailed on this one... 7mo
valeriegeary Oh no! I'm still going to give this one a go but am bummed it didn't work for you. 🙈 7mo
JPeterson @valeriegeary I hope it works for you! I saw a few reviews that they loved it, I just never got that magic. 😊 7mo
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Kimbono
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Next up: The Book of M. Gus & I are doing a buddy read.

TheBee ♥️♥️♥️ 8mo
rretzler Gus looks so much like our cat J‘zargo! 😻 7mo
Kimbono @rretzler And Gus likes to fetch like J‘zargo! 😻 7mo
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rretzler Very cool! I wonder if Gus might be part Bombay like we think J‘zargo must be? 7mo
Kimbono @rretzler Either that or part otter 😂 He has a cute snout and wiggles around on his back while rubbing his paws together. So cute! 7mo
rretzler Too funny! J‘zargo also loves to wiggle around on his back, and loves to have his belly petted! But no rubbing his paws together, sadly. 😂 7mo
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Whatthebook
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mandapants
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Been a while since I've lost myself in one of these. Just starting this one. Hope it sucks me right all the way in.

MCYmermaid Good luck. I found this to be more of a slow burn — YMMV. 9mo
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EllieDottie
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This is a little late but these are my favorite books of 2018!
10. The Sleeping Beauty Killer by Mary Higgins Clark
9. The Fifth Season by N K Jemisin
8. She Would be King by Wayetu Moore
7. Japanese Destroyer Captain by Tameichi Hara
6. I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
5. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
4. A Mother‘s Reckoning by Sue Klebold
3. Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
And the Book of M as #1! 🍾🎊🎉

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GivenLemons
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A beautiful and sad and brutal book. It examines memory and connections, and fear and humanity at its most lost. It has a hopeful end though.

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AKwaz
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I loved it! Such an interesting concept, twists that I definitely was not expecting, and a story that had me refusing to put the book down until I was done. Memories are definitely a precious thing.

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SpookyBoogie
The Book of M: A Novel | Peng Shepherd

I haven't been this excited about a book in some time. It's perfection so far.

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ReadingEnvy
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Mehso-so

This novel of apocalypse and memory had interesting characters, but I felt it was too long and really suffered from a lack of explanation of how the abilities work. I need more reality in my apocalypse. But I went ahead and finished it since it is on the Tournament of Books longlist.
(Also hi. I'm hoping to finish up SEVERAL books over the holiday.)

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RealLifeReading
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Yesterday‘s breakfast of homemade waffles (well they were made last week then frozen!) was far more exciting than today‘s toast. But this book still reads great no matter what the eating is. A fascinating premise of a world in which shadows disappear and people begin to forget.

RadicalReader @RealLifeReading waffles are forever wonderful love the convenience of being able to reheat them and they still taste just as good if not better than before 12mo
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juliegumdrop
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October wrap up. I‘m looking at everyone here who has read a ton of books, wow. I‘m impressed. Light reading month for me. #octoberwrapup #monthlywrapup #keepingitreal

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Nitpickyabouttrains
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Pickpick

A pretty cool end of the world story. I liked how the focus of the story shifted as the reader learned more. Good apocalypse and good world building.

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EmilyM
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This book was SO good! A young man in India loses his shadow. It spreads...as people lose their shadows, they begin to lose their memories, yet they gain a kind of magical ability. The book is told in alternating pov's: a husband, his wife, one of whom loses their shadow, and an amnesiac who actually lost his memory legitimately in an accident. Their stories converge as they come together to try to survive in this new world. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

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juliegumdrop
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#currentlyreading this weird story about the end of memory

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Booksnchill
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Heads up- this is 1.99 on ereaders today!!!

jpmcwisemorgan Yes, I got this one! 14mo
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TheLibrarian
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#kindledeal on this great dystopian novel where people‘s shadows begin to disappear.

scowler1 That's well worth two bucks. 14mo
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scowler1
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Mehso-so

An original piece of madness, I'll say that. I loved the beginning and the shadow concept but it got progressively crazier as the story developed. Good characters and a very imaginative plot but I got a bit lost somewhere in there.

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Geeklet
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The premise of the novel was far more interesting than the actual execution but this was a very fun debut book. People around the world begin to lose their shadows and slowly, lose their memories. As they lose their memories, the gain the ability to alter the world around them. I love the idea of this book and I found it incredibly unique. The story stalls in the middle but the beginning and ending are well paced.

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Scott_BookInvasion
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Check out my review here! - https://youtu.be/hYbgZmWMRio

Geeklet Great video! I just finished this one myself. 1y
Scott_BookInvasion @Geeklet thanks! I enjoyed it and it hit a bit of a plateau in the middle but I enjoyed learning about Gajarajan and the boy. I was expecting a little more action but I loved The Reds. Great concept 1y
Geeklet @Scott_from_BookInvasion Absolutely! I look forward to watching this author grow. She has great potential. 1y
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Geeklet
The Book of M: A Novel | Peng Shepherd

The stories and the prose aren‘t really similar but I can‘t shake the memories of Blindness by Jose Saramago while reading this book.

I mean that as a huge compliment. I love Blindness. I‘m about 130 pages into this one and I love it so far.

Scott_BookInvasion It is beautifully written. Let me know how you feel when you finish it. I have some thoughts. I‘m working on editing my review currently 1y
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Geeklet
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I love my reading nook so much. Once my amazing Smash Bros posters are up, it‘ll be perfect.

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TheSpineView
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@amb #spookyautumn

1. ?? I don't read scary books. I'll let the rest of you do that for me.
2. ?? Don't do scary movies!
3. 🍂🍁
4. The Book of M - Just not my cup of tea.
5. If you are reading this consider yourself tagged! Have some fun with your fellow Littens!

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monnielane
The Book of M: A Novel | Peng Shepherd
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Wow.

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Timidmagick
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First a Dr. who episode made me afraid of an extra shadow, now this book makes me afraid of losing it. I wonder if this book is kind of what the world will look like in a decade or two when most of our population will be elderly with memory issues.

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UnabridgedPod
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This book contains some wonderful moments, scenes, characters. For some reason, it never completely clicked with me. I like the incorporation of mythology, which is woven into the plot itself, and the magical realism (perhaps more fantasy?) is lovely. There are some great twists and some exhilarating literary moments, when plot strands come together. So I‘d recommend this book—I just don‘t think I‘m quite the right reader.

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monnielane
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Can‘t. Put. Down.

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Vanessa
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What a week. So grateful for a small bit of time this evening to read.

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Kempii
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Panpan

It was okay. The concept was sort of interesting, but in the genre of post-apocalyptic novels, there are so many others that have a more intigruing and better executed premise that this one would never rise to the top of my recommendation list.

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mdemanatee
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Man, I am loving this so far!

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Sue
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When all your books holds arrive at once ... How pretty is The Book of M cover?

MoniqueReads305 I like that cover better than the blue one. I love the genre symbols your library uses. 1y
JennyM The story of my life...alllll come in at once 📚📚 1y
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Aseleener
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Bailedbailed

Audio from Hoopla. Bailed after 7 hours. I just lost interest. I felt bad wasting those 7 hours but wasn't going to waste another 10 by finishing it.

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JPeterson
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Received the book from the #24in48 readathon giveaway and managed to cook a “healthy” veggie chipotle bowl over sautéed kale for dinner. #SuccesfulThursday

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js0315
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Mehso-so

I'm not really sure how I feel about this at the moment. I think I need more time to process. It definitely has me intrigued in the first half but fell kind of flat halfway to the point where I just wanted it to be over.

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CindyE09
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Pickpick

A dystopian novel about what happens when people start to lose their shadows. I had issues with this book, mainly that some of the plot was confusing and poorly explained, and that the characters were underdeveloped. But I did find the story mostly gripping and compelling, and for that I am labeling this a pick. I think this is an entertaining book that does not try and tackle big issues or themes, but does what it intends to do relatively well.

js0315 I'm glad I'm not the only one that felt this way. 1y
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Owlizabeth
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Starting to understand the complaints on here of the book slowing down in the middle. I‘ve got another 200 pages to go and my attention is wandering! Do I push through? Is it worth it? I‘m gonna set it aside and see how I feel in the morning.

SinkLikeTheMoon I really enjoyed this book. Hopefully, if you push through, you'll enjoy it too! 1y
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Owlizabeth
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#alwayscarryabook in case you get a flat tire and have to wait for roadside assistance!! What a day!

laurenbescoby Oh goodness! Hope they're with you soon. Or not if the book is good 😂 x 1y
LazyLimaLife Sorry about the flat but glad you had the book! 1y
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Owlizabeth
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Getting some reading time in before work. I‘m really enjoying this one so far! Interesting take on the apocalypse and a diverse cast of characters - definitely my jam!!

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js0315
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So ready for this to be over. 🤷🏽‍♀️

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AshleyC816
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Pickpick

This had the feel of the walking dead but with magic too! It‘s a bit of a mind bender in places, which I really enjoyed.

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moarbookspleaze
The Book of M: A Novel | Peng Shepherd

Has any one figured out what the #bookofthemonth August picks are? I‘ve been searching but haven‘t see any posts yet. #botm

bookandcat Yes someone on Litsy posted - let me see if I can find them - I know The Dinner List is one of the picjs 1y
bookandcat *picks 1y
MicheleinPhilly @irre posted the selections a couple of weeks ago. 1y
TheBookStacker @swishandflick always seems to find them early! Expert snoop! (edited) 1y
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Heatherfeather
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Panpan

I was debating whether or not to give this a so-so rating, but when I realized I skimmed the last 100 pages because I felt it dragged on, I knew that I didn't care for it. For such a big epic book, the world building and characterization seemed thin. Also the structure, like I said before, was unfocused and wordy.