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Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club (Lady Helen, Book 1)
Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club (Lady Helen, Book 1) | Alison Goodman
'A MESMERIZING MARRIAGE BETWEEN REGENCY ROMANCE AND URBAN FANTASY ... I DEVOURED THIS SERIES' -- Sabaa Tahir, author of the bestselling An Ember in the Ashes series London, April 1812. Lady Helen Wrexhall is about to make her debut at the court of Queen Charlotte and officially step into Regency society and the business of marriage. But Helen is about to discover that beyond the glittering ballrooms of Mayfair is a shadowy world of strange powers, missing housemaids and demonic conspiracies. Standing between those two worlds is Lord Carlston, a man of ruined reputation and curt manners. He believes Helen has a destiny beyond the ballroom; a sacred and secret duty. Helen is not so sure, especially when she realises that nothing around her is quite as it seems, including the mysterious Lord Carlston. Set against a backdrop of whispered secrets in St James's Palace, soirees with Lord Byron and morning calls from Beau Brummell, Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club is a delightfully dangerous adventure of self-discovery and the dark choices that must be made ... whatever the cost. A tantalising trilogy set in Regency London from the award-winning author of Eon and Eona. PRAISE FOR THE LADY HELEN SERIES 'I LOVED this book! It's a page-turner from start to finish' -- Amazon review 'A delicious collision of Regency romance and dark fantasy' -- Publishers Weekly starred review 'A mesmerizing marriage between Regency romance and urban fantasy that is both impeccably researched and wonderfully paced. I devoured this series' -- Sabaa Tahir, author of the bestselling An Ember in the Ashes series 'Brilliant! Enthralling mix of history and fancy -- it's Downton Abbey meets Buffy!' -- Amazon review 'Amazing research, really fun characters and such an original idea' -- Goodreads review AWARDS FOR THE LADY HELEN SERIES Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club (Book 1) Notable Book -- 2017 Children's Book Council of Australia Awards Lady Helen and the Dark Days Pact (Book 2) Winner -- 2016 Aurealis Awards, Best Young Adult Novel Lady Helen and the Dark Days Deceit (Book 3) Shortlisted -- 2018 Aurealis Awards, Best Young Adult Novel AWARDS FOR EON Winner -- 2008 Aurealis Awards, Best Fantasy Novel Honour Book -- 2008 James Tiptree Award (UK) Notable Book -- 2009 Children's Book Council of Australia Awards Shortlisted -- 2009 NSW Premier's Literary Awards, 2009 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards, 2008 Western Australian Premier's Literary Awards
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iread2much
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Panpan

Started fine, but then ugh. The MC was unbelievable (a “smart” girl who ❤️ to read & learn except about her new powers? She accepts the rules some guy her dead mother says not to trust told her?). I wanted to give up when it was revealed that demons can get power by masturbating. 1 star only for great narration & well formed sentences. Helen gains super powers to fight demons & must decide to join the Dark Days club or try to live a normal life.

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Vee_Bookish
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Pickpick

This was so slow going, but immersive. I loved eveery moment of Lady Helen's world and can't wait for the sequels!

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Kar2b
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My covers in this series do not match, which is somewhat of a pet peeve of mine. I‘m not fond of the newer trend of publishers changing cover designs mid-series in hopes of selling more copies. Personally, I like the design on Dark Day Club best. I don‘t really picture Lady Helen like the model on books 2 and 3. AND... if we‘re going to get people on the cover, why not Lord Carlston?

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cewilf
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My view as I continue through this book. Like many others I‘ve seen, I‘m having trouble focusing (and sleeping) with all that‘s going on. I might try unplugging completely from screens & internet tomorrow.

DGRachel Unplugging is a good idea! 3y
rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 3y
LiteraryinLawrence That‘s a smart idea. 3y
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cewilf
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Trying out a new series today. Mixed reviews from what I‘ve seen, but it looks like the second one gets better. We‘ll see what happens 😬

rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 3y
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Johanna414
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Pickpick

This has been my kindle “laying in bed with a child waiting for them to fall asleep” book for the past month. It was engaging enough to keep me interested while I was reading, but was easy to put down. I don‘t know if I‘ll read the sequels or not...
I hate this cover btw

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tracy_anne8
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The twins keep trying to pull all my books off my shelves🤦‍♀️. The Dark Days Club is apparently a favorite because they try every.single.time. to pull it off. Sorry guys, you're not quite old enough for that one yet.

Gissy 😂They are so cute!😍❤️❤️I love that age! They try to explore in every space. At least you can say that they love books already 😉 3y
tracy_anne8 @Gissy Thank you😊. It's so fun watching them everyday discover new things! They definitely love books. Their favorite activity everyday is to take as many books off their own bookcase as possible! It drives my husband nuts since he is usually the one that puts them all away.😄 3y
SharonAlger Good to see you starting them early. 3y
tracy_anne8 @SharonAlger Since day one 😊 3y
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inthegreensandblues
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My reading companion this morning is looking wistfully out the window at the rain that is keeping him from adventures. Otis is my brother's dog and is staying with me while his people are on vacation. He's a sweetie even if he is high maintenance. 😁

wanderinglynn Aw, poor Otis. He‘s a cutie! ❤️🐶 3y
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Lucy_Anywhere
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Panpan

I thought I would love this book, but I was so disappointed 😕 Aristocrats hunting demons in Regency London sounded exactly like my thing, but it was soooooo slooooooow and it was really dragging by the end. Also, I wanted Lady Helen to kick some arse, but all she did was moon around and go to parties. Sigh. Not for me.

#fantasy #historicalfantasy

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shanaqui
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Mehso-so

Hmmm. I don't think I'm that interested in the sequel to this. It was predictable, and I didn't admire Helen's choices. Nor does the end feel like she has really made a choice; only necessity has forced her to take this way.

#TBRBingo #WyrdandWonder

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Laughterhp
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Pickpick

This book is between a Pick and a So-So. I plan to continue reading this series which is why it is a Pick!

I felt like this book dragged a bit. It was almost 500 pages! And I know it‘s YA, but I hate when the women are so innocent that they blush at “scandalous” words.

Towards the end the book picked up and got really intense. And I didn‘t want to put it down! I of course love the “bad guy” Lord Carlston.

MidnightBookGirl *blushes at the word "scandalous"* ? 3y
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shanaqui

I put this down for a while because it kind of bogged down for me, but I've started up again now. Not quite sure what I think; somewhat depends how things come together in the last 30%.

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cherinium
Pickpick

This one had a slow start for me, but by the halfway point, I was in to it. While predictable and inducing plenty of eye rolls, the book was enjoyable. This is a book I would probably have never read if not for #lmpbc. I give it a pick, because I can see where it would be loved by the target audience, and the writing is pretty good. @DarcysMom @irre @LazyDays

I expect to get it mailed out on Monday!

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cherinium
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Quick update to my #lmpbc group for Round 4. I am still reading the last book. I hope to send it back home within the next week. @DarcysMom @lazydays @irre

DarcysMom I am still reading mine too. @irre @LazyDays 4y
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inthegreensandblues
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#BookMail from my fave #LitsyPenPal! At the end of a stressful week of work, on another night of wintry weather, this New Year package just turned my day around! Thank you, Mikala. 🤗 (And the extra goodies are just the self care I need to partake in this weekend!) ♥️
@Laughterhp

Laughterhp Yay!! Glad it made it there and you liked everything in it!! 😁😁😁 4y
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ScientistSam
Pickpick

A bit slow to get into, but a definitely intriguing premise - fighting a supernatural big bad while maneuvering around the restrictions of Regency England! I'd give it a 3.5-4 - definitely enjoyed it enough to take out the next in the series!

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ErikasMindfulShelf
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Mehso-so

3 stars. Not the kind of book I usually read but I‘m glad @DarcysMom pushed me out of my comfort zone with this pick. I‘m traveling during the holiday break so I had to hurry up and finish it so I can get it to @LazyDays on time. Listened to part of it on audio to maximize my reading time. I‘ll be mailing it out tomorrow. #LMPBC #round4 #groupd

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ErikasMindfulShelf
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It arrived. Thank you @DarcysMom
#LMPBC

DarcysMom Yay! I am glad it made it safely. The clerk at the post office was extra grumpy when I sent it. 4y
robinb Such a great series! 4y
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DarcysMom
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Pickpick

🌟🌟🌟🌟
#LMPBC Round 4
@irre @cherinium @LazyDays

robinb I LOVED this series! Just finished the last book recently and hated to see it end! 😩😩 4y
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DarcysMom
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@irre #LMPBC mail is winging its way to you!
@LazyDays @cherinium
@suvata

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DarcysMom
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It is a perfect day for finishing my #LMPBC book and
drinking lots of tea. 😁
@LazyDays @cherinium @irre

ErikasMindfulShelf Perfect! 4y
cherinium What kind of tea are you drinking? 4y
DarcysMom @cherinium black chai with a splash of milk. 4y
LazyDays 🙌🙌📭📭 4y
cherinium Mmm. Sounds good. It's a rainy cold day where I am (in Ohio currently)--the perfect weather for hot drinks. 4y
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DarcysMom
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How pretty is this book? I am enjoying this #LMPBC book. I am listening to this playlist as I read it: https://open.spotify.com/user/lunchamuncha/playlist/1viTBGcifep1d7rmMuJa7S?si=ss...
@LazyDays @cherinium @irre
#LMPBC #round4
@suvata

LazyDays 😍😍 4y
LazyDays Can't wait! 4y
robinb I ❤️ this series...looking forward to the final one soon! 4y
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DarcysMom
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OutsmartYourShelf Love that cover! 4y
DarcysMom @Deangirl I 100% bought it because of the cover. 😋 4y
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Missusb
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Recently was lucky enough to listen to Alison Goodman talk about her Lady Helen series, and with the impending release of the third and final book, I have dragged out my ARC (from 2016) to finally read. #eyeroll here she is, surrounded by newly repotted baby cacti 🌵 prickly as the demons she confronts. #currentlyreading #historicalya #butwithdemons #regencyera #excusemytoes

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jen_hayes7
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Pickpick

I heard this likened to Buffy meets Jane Austen and luckily that was pretty accurate. It took time (maybe 120 pages) to really get into the action, but once you get there the creatures and secret world that Goodman created are great. I really enjoyed reading this. My only complaint is the DRASTIC cover art change from book one to book two. Why do that?! Looks like I‘m ebooking the next two in the series.🙄 #LitsyAtoZ #MountTBR #Lennox #catsoflitsy

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parasolofdoom
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Mehso-so

So definitely better than the string of so-so books I've reviewed lately but not quite a pick. I didn't feel compelled to go out and borrow book 2 even though there wasn't really a wrapped up arc (I like series with individual plots in each book within a larger framed arc) and the occult trappings were kind of heavy handed.

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parasolofdoom
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Started this one too for my sff by women end of winter marathon

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AmberAC
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I didn't know I wanted a book that was like Buffy in Regency England but glad I found it! I have no idea how Lady Helen is going to be able to fight the Deceivers and still remain a proper lady though. Little bit over half way through and I'm enjoying this.

RaimeyGallant Nice midway review. :) And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo just put some together. 5y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Welcome to Litsy!! 5y
Jess7 Welcome! 5y
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SassenachTheBookWizard
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Pickpick

I liked this! Not my favourite historical fiction of the week but still! It was a pretty slow start and I didn't really end up loving any of the characters the way I hoped but the pace got better and the magic inner battling & mystery/betrayal was interesting. I hope Helen learns to be stronger and stand on her own legs in the sequel and I got the impression that was going to happen. I also enjoyed the role and the way the romance was written.

ralexist This was good! I've got Nevermoor on my Holds list at the library - looking forward to it's take on the Morrigan. (edited) 5y
Cailey_Mac I felt the same way! A slow start, but after a bit I realize I was really intrigued to find out what happened; it also doesn‘t hurt the novel starts on my birthday 😋 5y
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SassenachTheBookWizard
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I'm really hoping I don't like this book cause the series did a horrific cover downgrade on book two

[DELETED] 206653737 I had to look it up and ewww yes they did! 5y
TaylorMay Oh gosh. No. This one is so pretty too. 5y
KarouBlue The US cover is pretty good! I have high hopes for this one. 5y
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LibrarianRyan
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Another cover change that didn't hit my radar until later. Personally I like the international edition better. #coverlove #changesedition

ScorpioBookDreams I‘ve got a different cover of this as well! 5y
LibrarianRyan @ScorpioBookDreams I saw quite a few covers and while I tried to check what edition they were, I may have missed an American edition. 5y
GlassAsDiamonds I wanted to like this book, I really did... but I hated it so much (and I was buddy reading with others who loved it. So annoying). 😭😭😭 5y
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earlgreyediting
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Pickpick

My very first review for the Skiffy and Fanty Show went up yesterday. I'm taking a look at THE DARK DAYS CLUB by Alison Goodman. It's a Regency fantasy that is firmly grounded in its setting and is a sheer delight to read.

Check out the full review at
http://skiffyandfanty.com/2017/12/02/reviewdarkdaysclubgoodman/

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nickimags
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I was so excited to come across this book in the book hut at the zoo today and only 50p 😊

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tracy_anne8
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Some of my favorite fonts from books I have read. #forfontssake #anditsaugust

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kmell33
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One year ago we turned our dining room into a reading room. 💜 My books are over flowing and I need to organize the clutter but I feel joy every time I look at these shelves. #shelfie

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Gillyreads
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Pickpick

Enjoyed this a lot. Will be picking up the second one asap

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courtneybee
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Wrote a bit on my blog for the first time in a while! I was inspired by the #goodbookbadcover hashtag for #aprilbookshowers and my recent reading of this book (and my decision whether to buy the next one or read from the library) to think about how much covers make a difference to me in book buying now versus how they used to.

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courtneybee
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Pickpick

A fun, engaging Regency tale with a twist. Goodman mixes the sly social commentary, witty characters, and period details of Austen into something new. There's mystery, action, banter, emotion, and oh yeah, demon exorcisms (well, sort of). The premise is fairly simple--Regency era meets supernatural secret society, Pride & Prejudice meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer--but it's executed in a way that feels exciting, fresh, and just oh-so-fun.

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courtneybee
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Reading outside! It may not be green or look particularly springlike outside but the sky is blue, the sun is shining, the birds are chirping and I'm content ☀️

(Really liking this book so far too! Fun mix of the Regency era + the supernatural)

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Witchy_Book_Dragon
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Pickpick

Regency tale of demons and love. Totally not what I was expecting but it was fun, engaging, full of wit, danger, and intrigue. I thoroughly enjoyed it and can't wait to read the next instalment.

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UnabridgedTomes
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Pickpick

There are a few places where the extensive research that's been done on Regency England is more evident than the plot. However, this is forgivable compared to the pleasure of the book overall (it's just so fun!): our protagonist Lady Helen, discovers that she has a talent for tackling supernatural threats. Think Buffy with a ballgown and reticule, and London is Sunnydale. 🙌🏼

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booksareallyouneed
Pickpick

I would definitely recommend this book! The amount of historical detail was incredible, and it was so original and imaginative. I loved the atmosphere, Regency England worked well with monsters and magic, and what was going on beneath the surface of the characters‘ reserved exteriors. There such a wide range of vocabulary used, the writing was a pleasure to read. However, it did get boring in parts, due to unneeded length.

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robinb
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Pickpick

What a fun read!! A bit longer than it probably could have been (@ 450+ pages), but I thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend it! ❤ I'm hoping my library will have the second one soon so I can continue on with Lady Helen, Lord Carlston and the rest of the club. #romantsy #osrbc

JoannaShupe I adore this cover! 6y
robinb #JoannaShupe You sound like me! I adore a beautiful cover and this one is beautiful! That's part of why I'm enjoying my return to the library....my PaperWhite Kindle doesn't give the same pizazz on the covers as the actual books do. 😊 6y
Shannonrose I just one-clicked this thanks to your post!! Really looking forward to it!! 6y
robinb Oh good, #Shannonrose! Please let me know what you think! 6y
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robinb
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Next up! This one sounds really cool...regency mixed with supernatural! #romantsy #osrbc
#lovethoselitsyrecs

annahenke Love this one! Reading the sequel now! 6y
robinb #annahenke I think you're the one that brought this to my attention....so thanks! I'll look forward to hearing what you thought of the sequel. 6y
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Bookfan1414
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My tbr pile from xmas and recent purchases against the read pile from the same era.... I'm working on it but it's multiplying!