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    • Cold Coast: An Arctic Read Here's a good read that you might like to consider adding to the list for books set in the Arctic: Cold Coast, by Robyn Mundi (2022). It's based on the true story of the first woman to work as a trapper in Svalbard in the high Arctic, where for four months of the year there is no sunshine... It's beautifully told, a tale of challenge, survival, bravery, and even a little love. The descriptions of nature are astounding. But beware: it deals with the trapping of animals such as bear and fox, so best avoided if that's not to your taste.

      Started by: Glenna13

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    • 2 months, 3 weeks ago

      Glenna13

    • Once Upon a Wardrobe by Patti Callahan Henry So I read this for one of the prompts for the Winter Mini Reading Challenge, but if I am not mistaken it can also be used for ICYMI 2021 and Decades 1950.  You could also count it for Book Voyage Western Europe.  I really enjoyed it.  It was not a normal genre I would have picked up.  I had seen it on the list that was sent out and was intrigued by the mentioned of C.S. Lewis, so I picked it up.  I gave it a 5 star review on Goodreads, which is not something I give very often.  It was a little slow to get into at first, but then I couldn't put it down.   Definitely recommend it to anyone who loves C.S. Lewis or really anyone who loves good stories.

      Started by: Kristina Burke

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    • 3 months ago

      Kristina Burke

    • The Book of Charlie by David von Drehlen This is a short, quick read about a 109 year old man in Kansas City. The author is his neighbor and a notable writer. There are stories about Kansas City's growth, advances in the medical field and technology and real warmth between these two men. An excellent choice for a book set in Kansas, for a main character 90+, a non-fiction biographical book that is heartwarming but also an eye opening book for anyone to realize how far we've come in just 100 years. I gave it 5 stars and am recommending it to everyone!

      Started by: Kimberly

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    • 3 months, 2 weeks ago

      Kimberly

    • Best of the Month: June 2023 What was your favorite read this month? It doesn't have to be one we recommended, but if you did read it for a challenge, note which challenge it fits.

      Started by: Book Girls’ Guide

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    • 4 months, 4 weeks ago

      Jan

    • Wonderful Christmas books The following is a list of books that I read every year at Christmas: The Christmas Angel Project by Melody Carlson The Christmas Sisters by Sarah Morgan (all of her Christmas books are super, but I like this one the best.) A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg A Cedar Cover Christmas by Debbie Macomber Shepherds Abiding by Jan Karon (this is part of a series, but it is also a good stand alone.)  

      Started by: Kathleen Witt

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    • 5 months, 1 week ago

      Kathleen Witt

    • The Things We Cherished An ambitious novel that spans decades and continents, <span class="a-text-italic">The Things We Cherished </span>tells the story of Charlotte Gold and Jack Harrington, two fiercely independent attor­neys who find themselves slowly falling for one another while working to defend the brother of a Holocaust hero against allegations of World War II–era war crimes. The defendant, wealthy financier Roger Dykmans, mysteri­ously refuses to help in his own defense, revealing only that proof of his innocence lies within an intricate timepiece last seen in Nazi Germany. As the narrative moves from Philadelphia to Germany, Poland, and Italy, we are given glimpses of the lives that the anniversary clock has touched over the past century, and learn about the love affair that turned a brother into a traitor. This has been such a compelling, heartwarming read. It is one of those books were when you are reading the story, it becomes a part of your world. I could not put it down. It will most definitely stay with me. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves historical fiction and romance. Written beautifully, this story touched my heart and spoke to my soul.

      Started by: Ada

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    • 5 months, 4 weeks ago

      Ada

    • Demon Copperhead I just came here to say that this book is heavy and wrought with tragedy. But, the fight in this character, despite the challenges,  had me wishing and hoping and praying for things to turn around. I haven’t read too many books that had me that invested. For those interested, I had the audio version going and then picked up the book, so there you have it. Pretty tremendous read. But heartbreakingly sad in parts, that’s my warning to you that steer clear of these kind of books. Be well.

      Started by: Shelli Truax

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    • 7 months, 3 weeks ago

      Shelli Truax

    • Simon Sort Says ...a hilarious, wrenching, hopeful novel about finding your friends, healing your heart, and speaking your truth When a 12 year olds parents move to the National Quiet Zone and how he adjusts to this new place, experiences, people... Erin Bow did a fantastic job addressing a heartbreaking topic. May be my favorite read of the summer. Absolutely loved the characters.  

      Started by: Pam

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    • 9 months, 2 weeks ago

      Pam

    • Small World- Jonathan Evison If you like a book that weaves characters and spans generations, this is the book for you.  Each chapter is dedicated to a different character and at times I had to REALLY put on my thinking cap when I started a new chapter to remember who we were talking about.  Seriously felt like I could have used a spreadsheet to keep me on track.  The book slowly builds the stories of each character as they intertwine until the end.  I thought it was a pretty incredible book.

      Started by: MimiMa’am

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    • 9 months, 3 weeks ago

      MimiMa’am

    • The Magdalen Girls "Dublin, 1962. Within the gated grounds of the convent of the Sisters of the Holy Redemption lies one of the city's Magdalen Laundries. Once places of refuge, the laundries have evolved into grim workhouses. Some inmates are "fallen" women - unwed mothers, prostitutes, or petty criminals. Most are ordinary girls whose only sin lies in being too pretty, too independent, or tempting the wrong man. Among them is 16-year-old Teagan Tiernan, sent by her family when her beauty provokes a lustful revelation from a young priest. Teagan soon befriends Nora Craven, a new arrival who thought nothing could be worse than living in a squalid tenement flat. Stripped of their freedom and dignity, the girls are given new names and denied contact with the outside world. The Mother Superior, Sister Anne, who has secrets of her own, inflicts cruel, dehumanizing punishments - but always in the name of love. Finally, Nora and Teagan find an ally in the reclusive Lea, who helps them endure - and plot an escape. But as they will discover, the outside world has dangers too, especially for young women with soiled reputations. Told with candor, compassion, and vivid historical detail, <span class="a-text-italic">The Magdalen Girls</span> is a masterfully written novel of life within the era's notorious institutions - and an inspiring story of friendship, hope, and unyielding courage." quote from Amazon synopsis

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    • 9 months, 3 weeks ago

      MimiMa’am

    • The Celebrants If you love heart-felt, character driven stories, Steven Rowley has manage to balance tears with smiles again in The Celebrants! It's a great exploration of grief and the long lasting impact of losing a friend at a relatively young age (college).

      Started by: MelissaFromBookGirlsGuide

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