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The Leavers by Lisa Ko

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What makes us who are with regard to our cultural identity? Is our identity determined by our biological parents, the people who raise us, the community around us, our own actions and feelings? These are just a few of the questions raised by Lisa Ko in her book The LeaversRead more

Read Around the World Challenge: Colombia


Last week we mentioned that we’ll be hosting a Read Around the World Challenge, expanding our current feature to make it more interactive. Lots of you submitted country nominations across various platforms (Litsy, Instagram, and here). The randomizer has selected the winners. If your country nominee didn’t make it this year, it will automatically be placed on the list for next year.

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April Monthly Recap

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Time for our April 2017 monthly recap. Find out which books were favorites and which were duds. We’ll end our wrap up with a a list of books due out this month and a glimpse of our upcoming content. We also want to hear from you so let us know what you read this month and what you look forward to reading in May.

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Read Around the World with us

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Those of you who have been following our blog for a while are probably familiar with our Read Around the World posts when we pick a book from different countries around the world. We thought we’d mix things up a little and make it into an interactive activity for all of you to join in. Read more

The Fall of Lisa Bellow by Susan Perabo

Susan Perabo, who is best known for her short story collection, recently released her breakout novel and I was lucky enough to receive a copy for review. If you enjoy contemporary fiction that centers on family functioning, this novel may be perfect for you. Keep reading to check out what I thought.  Read more

March Madness Challenge Update

The basketball tournament is officially over but our reading period is still going strong so we won’t know who wins the reading challenge until April 30.

North Carolina won the whole tournament which means that Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi is the official winner of the tournament. Homegoing was nominated by Leah A (spiderfelt on Litsy) who wins $25 Amazon gift card & your choice of 1 book from the stack below. Half are ARCs and Here I Am is a signed ARC. All books in the stack are brand new, never been read.

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Final (pre-reading scores) are listed on our CBS page. Our current top 10 contenders are:
Rachel N.
Jan H
Diane S
Jody S
Julie R.
Tanya D.
Jennifer L.
Emma L.
Laura L.
Dan P.

However, we have a few participants outside of the top 10 who have read quite a few books already so they may stand a good shot of winning if our top ten contenders fail to read enough.

We will announce the grand prize winner on May 1. Participants have until April 30 to read and must submit their final score as a comment on our challenge page to be considered for the prize. I will confirm final scores to make sure they are correct.

Are you participating? Which books have you enjoyed? Which books have been a disappointment for you? How did you did in your bracket? 

When a book is all consuming

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You may have noticed a decrease in the frequency of my posting lately. Yet, I haven’t been reading any less than usual. In fact, I’m currently up to date on my Good Reads goal, having read over 35 books so far this year. The truth is that I’ve been taken hold by book that refusing to let me go and is impacting all my other reading.  Read more

March Madness Challenge Update

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Despite the fact that my bracket is essentially a sinking ship with no chance of being saved, I figured I’d post an update for those of you still in the running. After one week of the tournament we’ve had two rounds of play and the next round starts tomorrow. Here is what has happened so far and a list of the participants who are currently at the top. Read more

Difficult Women by Roxane Gay

I follow Roxane Gay on Twitter and I have heard her speak a few times but Difficult Women is the first book of hers that I’ve read. Overall, I have mixed feelings about the book and here’s my review… Read more

March Madness Reading Challenge: Last chance!

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Last chance to join our reading challenge where books will be paired with basketball teams and participants can earn points for predictions and reading. The winner will get a $100 book depository gift card and a box of bookish goodies for a total prize worth approximately $200.

You have 2 hours to sign up and complete a bracket. The full instructions are on our challenge page. You will need to fill out your CBS bracket for our pool before noon EDT. Here are the books/teams that will be playing today:

Princeton (The Sun is Also a Star) vs. Notre Dame (Another Brooklyn)
UNC-Wilm (The Return) vs. UVA (News of the World)
Winthrop (Take it as  Compliment) vs Butler The Mothers
SD st (The Red Queen) vs. Gonzaga (Hidden Figures)
Bucknell (The Undoing Project) vs. WVU (The Fishermen)
ETSU (The Regional Office is Under Attack) vs. Florida (Lab Girl)
MTSU (Black Wave) vs. Minnesota (The Refugees)
Vanderbilt (The Girls) vs. NW (Underground Airlines)
Xavier (Here comes the Sun) vs. Maryland (The Small Backs of Children)
MSM (My Best Friend’s Exorcism) vs. Villanova (Born a Crime)
VCU (My Name is Leon) vs. St Mary’s (Grief is the Thing with Feathers)
UVM (Sudden Death)  vs. Purdue (To the Bright Edge of the World)
FGCU (Sweetbitter) vs. Florida State (Lilac Girls)
Virginia Tech. (Atomic Weight of Love) vs. Wisconsin (The Fireman)
UND (First Love) vs. Arizona (Between the World and Me)
Nevada (Stamped from the Beginning) vs. Iowa State (The Essex Serpent

Participants: You may start your reading today! When you have finished a book post the link to your review in the comments section of the challenge page or if you are on Litsy, post your review with #marchmadness and tag me (JenP) Good luck all.