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The Likeness

The Likeness

This taut psychological thriller has great characters, F-bombs galore, and kept me glued to the couch for two days. Detective Cassie Maddux is pulled off her current beat and sent to investigate a murder. When she arrives at the scene, she finds the victim looks just like her, and—even more creepy—she was using an alias that Cassie used in a previous case. The victim was a student, and her boss talks her into trying to crack the case by impersonating her, explaining to her friends that she survived the attempted murder. The victim lived with four other students in a strangely intimate, isolated setting, and as Cassie gets to know them, liking them almost in spite of herself, her boundaries—and loyalties—begin to blur. It's the second (and perhaps the best) in French's Dublin Murder Squad series, which truly doesn't need to be read in order. More info →
The Elegance of the Hedgehog

The Elegance of the Hedgehog

This novel has been languishing on my TBR list for years. It was first published in the United States as a gorgeous Europa edition. My readerly friends are split: some love it, some hate it, some say it's over their heads. I intend to read it for myself. (I've been warned to not give up until Mr. Ozu shows up.) More info →
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The Sea Keeper’s Daughters

The Sea Keeper’s Daughters

This is on my TBR shelf. From Booklist: "Set in North Carolina's picturesque Outer Banks, Wingate's tale of a dark family history becomes an intriguing patchwork of mystery and drama." More info →
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The Journey of Desire: Searching for the Life You’ve Always Dreamed Of

The Journey of Desire: Searching for the Life You’ve Always Dreamed Of

From the publisher: "The little-known truth is that the secret of a person's true purpose is coded in the desires of his or her own heart. Desire is the language of the heart, and by examining them in light of God's design for us Eldredge reveals how to discover the best route to an authentic and fulfilling life." More info →
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The Irresistible Introvert: Harness the Power of Quiet Charisma in a Loud World

The Irresistible Introvert: Harness the Power of Quiet Charisma in a Loud World

For introverts (or the extroverts who love them) who enjoyed Susan Cain's Quiet. From the publisher: "One third to one half of Americans are introverts in a culture that celebrates—even enforces—an ideal of extroversion and a cult of personality. It is no surprise that a 'quiet revolution' has begun to emerge among the 'invisible' half of the population, asserting that they are just as powerful in their own unique ways. Learn the tools to shed your mask of extroversion, develop your own magnetism, and reveal the true you. This mini manifesto shows introverts how to master the art of quiet magnetism in a noisy world—no gregariousness required!" More info →
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I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life

I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life

The hardcover of my book, I'd Rather Be Reading, is cheap cheap cheap right now on Amazon + free shipping. If you're staring at gift season right around the corner, it's a pretty little copy (if I do say so myself) with a watercolor of my own library and gold foil (!) on the cover and spine. This essay collection is written BY a book lover (me) for book lovers (YOU and your people). For so many people, reading isn't just a hobby or a way to pass the time—it's a lifestyle. Our books shape us, define us, enchant us, and even sometimes infuriate us. Our books are a part of who we are as people, and we can't imagine life without them. I wax poetic on the magic of the library next door, bookworm problems, the books that made me fall in love with reading, and an "instructive" piece on how to organize your bookshelves that would fit right in at McSweeney's. More info →
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The Austen Playbook (London Celebrities)

The Austen Playbook (London Celebrities)

Libro.fm is running a sale on several titles this month. No membership required for most sale prices, including this one. I fell in love with Lucy Parker this year; this book—which revolves around a Jane Austen-based tv adaptation filmed on an English estate—is the one that inspired the 10 Romance Novels That Are Perfect for Summer Reading post. Parker brings us back to the London theater scene by way of The Austen Playbook, a live-action TV murder mystery where viewers at home determine the outcome for Austen's beloved characters. Actress Freddy finds herself distracted by grumpy critic Griff, whose home is hosting the event. And Griff? He's distracted right back but there's a secret in their respective families' histories that might undo everything. (This series need not be read in order, but if you want, go back and read the first, Act Like It.) More info →
Avid Reader: A Life

Avid Reader: A Life

Libro.fm is running a sale on several titles this month. No membership required for most sale prices, including this one. From the publisher: "Robert Gottlieb stumbled into a job at Simon and Schuster. By the time he left, he was the editor in chief, having discovered and edited Catch-22, among other bestsellers. At Knopf, Gottlieb edited an astonishing list of authors, including Toni Morrison, John Cheever, Doris Lessing, John le Carré, Michael Crichton, Lauren Bacall, Katharine Graham, Robert Caro, Nora Ephron, and Bill Clinton--not to mention Bruno Bettelheim and Miss Piggy. This account of a life founded upon reading is about transcendent friendships and collaborations, 'elective affinities' and family, psychoanalysis and Bakelite purses, the alchemical relationship between writer and editor, the glory days of publishing, and--always--the sheer exhilaration of work." More info →
Driftwood Summer

Driftwood Summer

You may know Patti Callahan Henry best from her 2018 bestseller Becoming Mrs. Lewis, but she is prolific. She's written more than a dozen novels, including this twisty novel about three sisters who reunite to save the family's Palmetto Beach bookstore. More info →
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My Very ’90s Romance: A Novel

My Very ’90s Romance: A Novel

By Summer Reading Guide author Jenny Colgan. From the publisher: "New York Times bestselling author Jenny Colgan's hilarious romantic comedy about a down-on-her-luck florist whose future begins to bloom when she takes on the challenge of helping to transform her nerdy roommate." More info →
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