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Deluge | Stephen Markley
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Whoa. This book is intense. Big. Over 900 pages. A sprawling story spanning decades as climate change catches up with the world. Scientists. Drug addicts. Environmental activists. Religious zealots. Celebrities. Politicians. Storms. Droughts. Wars. Floods. Disease. Politics. This story was terrifying and too real to enjoy; however, the meticulous research, narration style, and scope were amazing. #TheDeluge #NetGalley #January2023

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The Hunter | Jennifer Herrera
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A former NYPD detective reluctantly returns to her hometown to help her brother investigate the deaths of three young men. The story was a bit scattered at times; however, the setting and characters more than made up for it. Really hoping this turns into a series!
#NetGalley #TheHunter #penguingroupputnam #January2023

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Wormhole | Eric Brown, Keith Brooke
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Entertaining police procedural-hard sci fi mashup! #NetGalley #Wormhole #angryrobot

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The Light Pirate | Lily Brooks-Dalton
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December picks! #Botm

MaleficentBookDragon I got those too! 2mo
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The Hollows | Daniel Church
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This one checked all the spooky action horror boxes for me:
Quaint village cut off and isolated from the rest of the world by snowstorm – check!
Creepy happenings rooted in folklore – check!
Terrifying creatures – check!
Group of survivors with complicated pasts banding together to battle said terrifying creatures– check!
#NetGalley #TheHollows #AngryRobot

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The Cloisters | Katy Hays
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November book of the month picks!
#botm

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A beautifully written story centering around the dual narrative of Mayken, a young girl in the 1600s sailing on a doomed ship towards the Dutch East Indies, and Gil, a young boy sent to live with his estranged grandfather on a tiny fishing island off the coast of Australia in the 1980s. This story was unexpected and haunting exploring the different ideas of abandonment, sacrifice, friendship, and family. #NetGalley #TheNightShip

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Wolf Hall | Hilary Mantel
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Our Share of Night | Mariana Enriquez
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Thank you thank you, Netgalley! So excited to read Marianna Enriquez‘s new one. I was a huge fan of her Things We Lost in the Fire. Yay!!!
#NetGalley #ourshareofnight #arc

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Killers of a Certain Age | Deanna Raybourn
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September pics! #botm

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Die Around Sundown | Mark Pryor
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A former WWI veteran, now detective, is assigned a murder case, barred from the crime scene, and given five days to solve it or face dire consequences from the Nazi regime. The mystery itself was somewhat predictable: however, the setting of 1940s Paris as the Germans were beginning to creep in really ratcheted up the tension and almost became a character in itself. Really hoping this turns into a series! #NetGalley #DieAroundSundown

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Perfect breezy summer read! Nonstop action with spies, car chases, explosions, and a clever plot. Enjoy! #AliasEmma. #NetGalley

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Upgrade: A Novel | Blake Crouch
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Upgrade is fun twisty read tackling the subject of gene editing and the complicated ethics surrounding it amongst the backdrop of an intense cat and mouse game. I enjoyed this book immensely. Heavy on science but completely understandable from a layman‘s point of view and super interesting. Definitely makes one think of the upsides and downsides of tinkering with evolution. #NetGalley #Upgrade

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This one spoke to the Gen Xer in me. Not for everyone but I loved all the characters and it delivered all the feels. ❤️ #tomorrowandtomorrowandtomorrow

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Caine prize shortlist announced this month along with links to shortlisted stories! #africa #caineprize

http://www.caineprize.com/the-stories-2022

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Andrew moves back to his sleepy Maine hometown and discovers his old acquaintance‘s rise to riches may not be what it seems. This isn‘t so much a suspense story as it is a focus on character and how things are not always black and white. The reader follows Andrew as his weaves the story together through flashbacks and town gossip. This was a solid & compelling debut from Adam White and I look forward to his next one! #TheMidcoast #NetGalley

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Hide | Kiersten White
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Hide, on one level, is a great creepy story about 14 adult contestants that enter into a hide and seek contest set among a dilapidated theme park. On another level, it is a subtle commentary about class, trauma, trust, and family ties among this new digital age. This one really delivered on the creeps and chills, along with a smattering of the myth of the Minotaur! #Hide #Netgalley

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A Black and Endless Sky | Matthew Lyons
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Sibling road trip goes way awry. Was unable to put this book down. Creepy and original. Loved it!

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Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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Beautiful story, writing just flows and even tho at times I wasn‘t sure where it was going, I still found myself enthralled.

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Oh this one was fun - perfect book to start the weekend!

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Breathless | Amy McCulloch
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Excited for this month‘s BOTM picks! #botm

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Beautiful, tender, and unique…will forever see figs in a different light and will definitely be reading Elif Shafak‘s backlist now.
#cyprus #womensprize2022

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The Verifiers | Jane Pek
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Original fun witty mystery with fabulous characters!

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I am a sucker for doomed expedition stories and love a good supernatural scare – throw in some complex characters with fabulous writing and you have me! A post WWI Antarctic expedition that goes awry leaving a stowaway and the surviving crew to contend with supernatural forces, oppressive cold, and personal demons to survive the winter ashore was fabulous written and stuck with me for weeks. #NetGalley #allthewhitespaces #antarctica

Nute Stacking! 9mo
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Mickey7: A Novel | Edward Ashton
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Such a fun and unique concept - a great easy weekend read!
#NetGalley #Mickey7

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Dead Silence | S.A. Barnes
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Perfect brain-candy-like-a-movie book to lose yourself in - parts Aliens and Event Horizon with a dash of Titanic. #space

ReadingOver50 I‘ve heard good things about this 11mo
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Wahala: A Novel | Nikki May
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Oddly compelling story of three best friends that bring a fourth friend in to their circle. While I wasn‘t a fan of most of the characters, I could not stop reading. #wahala #NetGalley

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Wish You Were Here | Jodi Picoult
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Was a bit hesitant to read a book set during early Covid - so glad I did! Jodi Picoult‘s still got it! #NetGalley #WishYouWereHere

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DivineDiana And add I did! Thank you for the link! 👍🏻📚❤️ 1y
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The Candy House | Jennifer Egan
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Happy Friday all! Super excited about this Arc! #NetGalley #thecandyhouse

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Sankofa | Chibundu Onuzo
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A gentle novel about about a middle aged woman debating on whether to divorce her philandering, but remorseful, husband only to find out the father she never knew is living and a former President of a small African nation. While the book is rather slow paced, I did find myself strangely unable to put it down - a slightly different take on a mid life crisis #NetGalley #Sankofa

EvieBee This didn‘t interest me, but your review perked me up. Just placed a hold at the library. No. 2 on the list. Yay! 1y
Megabooks I got this from BOTM. Glad to know it‘s good! 1y
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Perfect kick off to spooky reading season with Vibes of Crimson Peak, Jane Eyre, and Frankenstein! #NetGalley #TheDeathofJaneLawrence

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Revelator: A novel | Daryl Gregory
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Unique unsettling tale about a girl in Tennessee and the god her family has worshipped for years. Hard book to classify in just one genre, has a bit of everything in it (horror, gothic, coming of age, mystery, creepy ick, heartwarming vibes, and sci if). #NetGalley #Revelator

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Velvet Was the Night | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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As the title suggests, this is a slick noir set against the murky backdrop of Mexico‘s 1970s political tensions. Slightly slow to start, it picks up and has an excellent cast of characters. #netgalley #velvetwasthenight

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The dark winter months of Antarctica make this a fun twist on the locked-room murder mystery trope! #TheDark #NetGalley #Antarctica

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The Book of Accidents | Chuck Wendig
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Reminiscent of the big horror tomes of the 80s (think King, Koontz, McCammon), this is a chunkster of a book that really delivers on the good versus evil, return-home-to-creepy town story! #NetGalley #TheBookOfAccidenrs

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Twisty and breezy summer read that will make one think twice about their choice of travel companions! #NetGalley #WeWereNeverHere

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Malibu Rising | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Perfect book to kick off the summer! Gentle and moving story about the tight knit Riva family that unknowingly sucks you in. I could almost feel and taste the sun, saltwater, and sand grit of the beach! #netgalley #maliburising

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In the Quick: A Novel | Kate Hope Day
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Nute Yes! 1y
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The Apocalypse Seven | Gene Doucette
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An entertaining and “gentle” end-of-world novel focusing on the nuts and bolts of what to do when life as you know it is gone. #NetGalley #TheApocalypseSeven

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Burning Girls | C J Tudor
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Fun twist on the usual new-vicar-in-sleepy-village tale complete with cold case disappearances, town secrets, corrupt families, and religious martyrs. #netgalley #Theburninggirls

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Ramona the Pest | Beverly Cleary, Louis Darling
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Lonesome Dove: A Novel | Larry McMurtry
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PostScript Murders | Elly Griffiths
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Fabulous characters- an ex monk coffee shop owner, 90 year old retired BBC correspondent, care giver from the Ukraine with a mysterious past, an elderly “murder consultant”, and officer trying to climb the ranks with her bland but loyal partner - a delightful read! #netgalley #postscriptmurders

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Was nervous to believe the hype, but this one lived up to it! Smart, magical, and beautifully written!
#addielarue

BookwormM Just finished and I loved it 2y
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Red Hands | Christopher Golden
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Thank you, NetGalley! I really enjoyed this unique take on a virus that gets loose from a lab. Oddly enough given the current world affairs, it was perfect book to escape into and enjoy. This is the third book Golden has written with Ben Walker as the main hero, though it could easily be read as a standalone novel. Looking forward to seeing more Walker novels in the future! #NetGalley #RedHands

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Great reading month! #mayreads #maystats

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Little Family | Ishmael Beah
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The End of October: A novel | Lawrence Wright
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