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22 of the Best Picks for Book Clubs in 2022

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A new year is upon us, and there’s no reason why 2022 can’t be the best, most bookish year yet! If you’re looking to scope out some of the best picks for your book club in 2022 (or maybe you want to start your own book club and are looking for books to excite and inspire), then look no further than these late 2021 and early 2022 releases that will surely be hits among your members!

Olga Dies Dreaming by Xochitl Gonzalez

Olga and Prieto are a brother and sister who seem to have it all…until the reappearance of their mother forces them to face the truth about their childhood and their family secrets.

Fiona and Jane by Jean Chen Ho

Fiona and Jane have been best friends since childhood, but as they pass through their tumultuous teenage years and head into adulthood, they find themselves separated by distance and circumstance, and must face who they’ve become both with and without each other.

What the Fireflies Knew by Kai Harris

When KB’s father dies and her mom is unable to properly care for her and her sister, the girls are sent to live with their grandparents for the summer, where KB uncovers secrets and must learn how to navigate through the world, alone for the first time.

This Time Tomorrow by Emma Straub

It’s the eve of Alice’s fortieth birthday and she’s mostly happy with her life, except for the fact that her father’s health is failing. But when she wakes up the next day, she finds herself sixteen again. Now that she has a new perspective on what it means to be an adult, she goes about trying to understand her father now that he’s younger and healthy.

The Lioness by Chris Bohjalian

Set in 1964, newly married Hollywood starlet Katie Barstow her husband David Hill, decide that they want to honeymoon in Tanzania, and they’ll bring along their best friends and fellow Hollywood A-listers. They imagine vacationing in wild luxury, but when their group is kidnapped, their lives are changed forever.

Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr

For fans of Cloud Atlas, pick up this ambitious novel about three sets of characters across the centuries: One in Constantinople in 15th century, one in Idaho in present day, and one on a space ship in the not-so-distant future who are all under siege and united by a single story.

The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak

Kostas and Defne and Greek and Turkish teens who fall in love and meet in secret as their relationship ship deepens but unrest in their homelands grow. Decades later, Kostas returns to their meeting place, looking for his lost love…and across the continent, a young woman must begin reckoning with the secrets her family has kept.

Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel

In this new novel by the award-winning and celebrated author of the speculative and prescient, a man is exiled from his home and finds a violin performance seemingly in the wilderness, a writer on book tour travels earth, even though her home is on the moon, and detective seeks to understand the connection between the three of them.

Memphis by Tara M. Stringfellow

When Joan and her mother and brother flee their abusive father, they end up in Joan’s mother’s hometown of Memphis, a city full of history and secrets. As Joan grows up and comes of age in the city, she discovers its rich backstories and the role this place has played in her family’s lives.

The Family Chao by Lan Samantha Chang

The Chao family has owned a restaurant, Fine Chao, for decades, where they serve Americanized Chinese food to their Wisconsin town. While no one normally bats an eye at the family, when the three sons of the Chao family patriarch reunite in their small town and their father dies under mysterious circumstances, the entire community soon can’t look away as a search for the complicated truth begins.

The Maid by Nita Prose

Neurodivergent Molly Gray works as a hotel maid, and enjoys it—the rules and etiquette are clear, and she is content in her routine. But when she walks into a room and discovers a wealthy guest dead, her peculiar habits soon have her at the center of a police investigation, and she must use all her wits and rely on a few unexpected allies to clear her name.

Violeta by Isabel Allende

With ambitious scope and capacious heart, Isabel Allende tells the story of Violeta, who is born in South American in 1920, and goes on to live 100 years, witnessing some of the biggest changes in humanity over the course of her century of life, and recounting them all in the form of a letter to the person she loves the most.

Take My Hand by Dolen Perkins-Valdez

Inspired by true events, this novel follows Civil Townsend, a newly minuted nurse who is eager to help the poor Black communities in Alabama, and is excited about her new role in the Montgomery Family Planning Clinic. But when she uncovers an unthinkable injustice at work, it will change the course of her career, and her life.

Sankofa by Chibundu Onuzo

Anna is a woman in her forties who feels discontent in her life, and unneeded by her loved ones. While sifting through her recently deceased mother’s belongings, she finds a diary belonging to her father, a student radical. And then she learns that her father went on to become a president (and according to some, dictator) of a West African country. And…he’s still alive. 

L.A. Weather by María Amparo Escandón

This is the story of the Alvarado family: Oscar, the patriarch, who is obsessed with the weather and has a big secret. Keila, his wife, who is desperate for intimacy and decides the only choice she has is to leave her husband. And their three adult daughters: Claudia, Olivia, and Patricia, who are completely shocked by their parents’ separation and must reconsider their lives and relationships as a result.

Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty

When Joy Delaney mysteriously disappears, her husband Stan doesn’t seem worried but her four adult children are frantic. Amy, Logan, Troy, and Brooke are all harboring resentments and secrets from their childhood, which was spent on the tennis courts of their parents’ business, and they worry that their father may know more than he’s letting on. And then there’s the matter of the mysterious stranger their mother took in months earlier, a young woman who wormed her way into their parents home before disappearing abruptly.

Paradise: One Town’s Struggle to Survive an American Wildfire by Lizzie Johnson

Written by a journalist who was there when it happened and stayed for the aftermath, this is a riveting and horrifying account of the Pit fire that consumed Heaven, CA and left more than eighty people dead. 

The Murder Rule by Dervla McTiernan

In this twisty mother/daughter story, an idealistic young law student lands a coveted internship with a group hoping to exonerate wrongfully convicted people on death row. But her biggest secret? She’s not there to help anyone—she’s there to ensure a murderer doesn’t ever get out.

Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins

Meroe Island, a small island in the Pacific Ocean, has quite the storied history, and now it serves as the perfect adventure getaway for six twenty-something friends looking for a little excitement. But when one of them goes missing on the island, the rest of them are left to contend with horrible secrets and unspeakable danger.

One Italian Summer by Rebecca Serle

Katy is looking forward to a long-awaited trip to the Amalfi coast with her mom, Carol, when the unthinkable happens: Carol dies. Devastated, Katy goes forward with the trip, having long wanted to see the magical place her mom spent a summer before meeting her dad. But once she arrives, she gets more than she bargains for when she discovers her mom…alive, thirty, and not altogether how Katy imagined her.

Cherish Farrah by Bethany C. Morrow

Farrah is one of the only Black girls in her affluent community, and the other one is her friend Cherish, who has white adoptive parents and is beyond spoiled. But when Farrah’s own Black parents face foreclosure, Farrah finds herself manipulating her way into Cherish’s life for her own advantage…until strange occurrences and inexplicable tensions prove that she’s not the only one with an ulterior motive.

The Unsinkable Greta James by Jennifer E. Smith

Greta James is a successful indie musician on the brink of launching her sophomore album when her mother dies and she falls apart very messily and publicly onstage. Her career seems ruined when the footage goes viral, and Greta is resentful for he fact that her dad sees this as a failure for not making a more practical career choice. So months later, she agrees to go with him on an Alaskan cruise her parents had booked to celebrate their anniversary, hoping to salvage their relationship…and they get a lot more than they bargained for.

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11 DEAR EDWARD Book Club Questions

Book cover for Dear Edward by Ann Naplitano

Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano is a moving, heartbreaking book about tragedy and rebuilding your life after unspeakable loss, inspired by the true story of a young boy who was the sole survivor of a plane crash that killed his entire family. The novel was an instant bestseller, and a Read with Jenna book club pick. If your book club is looking to pick up this novel, then read on for a summary and some Dear Edward book club questions to get your meeting going!

Dear Edward Summary

When twelve-year-old Edward boards a plane with his older brother and their parents, he expects a normal, mundane flight from Newark to Los Angeles, where the family plans on relocating. The flight is populated with 191 other people, including a veteran, a young woman dealing with an unplanned pregnancy, a Wall Street banker, a woman running from her abusive partner, and a successful businessman. Halfway through the flight, the plane goes down…and only Edward survives.

Edward must now rebuild his life in the wake of devastating loss, without the people that he’s come to rely on. He’s taken in by his aunt and uncle, who are kind but they also have their own issues to deal with, not to mention they too are mourning the loss of family. Edward slowly makes sense of his new reality, befriending a girl next door and staying out of the media’s attention as best he can. Then, he discovers a trove of letters, all addressed to him. Written by the family members of the other victims of the crash.

Dear Edward Book Club Questions

Dear Edward was directly inspired by the real-life story of Ruben van Assouw, who lost his own family in a situation similar to Edward’s. Were you aware of the case before you read Dear Edward? Did reading this novel affect how you think of tragedies that are reported in the news?

Do you normally pick up books that you know will be tragic? Do you have to be in the right mindset for them?

How does reading a book about tragedy make you think about or evaluate your own life?

What did you think of the first chapter, when the author introduced us to all of the different characters? What was your perception of them? Did you feel differently knowing they would all soon die?

Some people in Edward’s life tell him that the tragedy would be easier to bear if he disliked his family or wasn’t as close with his brother. Do you think that’s true?

Discuss the idea of how losing your closest family can impact someone. Shay implies that Edward has already lived through the worst, most hurtful thing that’s ever happened to him or could ever happen to him. Do you agree?

What did you think of the relationship between Edward and Shay? Why do you think they seemed to click right away? Discuss how their relationship plays out.

What did you think of the stories of the passengers also on the flight? Did any of them stand out to you?

What, if any, responsibility do you think Edward has in reading or responding to any of the letters sent to him? Why do you think so many loved ones of the victims sent him messages? What are they hoping for?

What did you think of Edward’s aunt and uncle’s decision to keep the letters from him? Do you think they were unfair, or were they trying to protect him?

Discuss the structure of the novel. It alternates between the flight and the aftermath, so you have to get through the entire book to see the bigger picture. Did you like this structure? Why do you think the author chose to tell the story this way?

Why do you think Edward doesn’t care to learn why the plane crashed? Do you think knowing the reason would change anything for him? What was your reaction when you learned about the reason behind the crash?

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22 New Book Releases We’re Excited for in 2022

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It’s a new year, and the best part of that is NEW BOOKS! We are so excited for the plethora of new books releasing in 2022, and while we certainly couldn’t even begin to cover them all, here are 22 of our most anticipated new book releases 2022 has to offer. Just a note that there are going to be more listed for the beginning of the year, as some releases for the end of 2022 haven’t been finalized yet or might not have a ton of info available at this time, but this should get your 2022 wishlist a nice head start!

Winter 2022 New Book Releases

The Maid by Nita Prose

A neurodivergent young woman gets a job as a hotel amid after the death of her beloved grandmother, and finds that she enjoys the order and rules…until she walks into a room with a dead guest, and her peculiar ways make her the number one suspect!

To Paradise by Hanya Yanagihara

Set in an alternate 1893, 1993, and 2093, three different era in American history and future play out as different characters pursue the elusive American dream and find themselves connected in surprising ways.

Violeta by Isabel Allende

In 1920, Violeta is born to a large family in South America, arriving just ahead of a global pandemic. She lives one hundred years, and in that time she sees some of the biggest changes across the century, all of which she bears witness to in a letter to the person she loves the most.

Cherish Farrah by Bethany C. Morrow

Farrah and Cherish are the only Black teens in their very white, very affluent community. Cherish is the daughter of white adoptive parents and beyond spoiled, so when Farrah’s family loses their standing, Farrah begins to ingratiate herself into Cherish’s family and life. But it’s not long before she begins to suspect she’s the one who’s really being manipulated.

Moon Witch, Spider King by Marlon James 

In this much anticipated sequel to Black Leopard, Red Wolf, Sogolon takes center stage as she tells her side of the story…including a long-running feud with a powerful figure who could be her undoing.

Spring 2022 New Book Releases

Gallant by Victoria Schwab

Olivia is an orphan who only has her mother’s nonsensical journal as any artifact of her past. But when she’s invited to Gallant, a crumbling estate, it provides another essential clue to where she comes from, and Olivia isn’t about to be scared off any time soon.

Yerba Buena by Nina LaCour

Sara is a sought-after mixologist working at Yerba Buena, a hot LA restaurant. Emilie takes a job arranging flowers at the restaurant on a whim. Their connection is electric, but their timing is all wrong, and when their pasts come back to haunt them, they’ll have to figure out if their love is strong enough to prevail.

All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir

Salahudin and Noor share a deep bond growing up in the desert of California, until one fight shatters their friendship. As Sal tries to save the family motel and Noor looks to a future far away, they must see if they have what it takes to save each other.

The Romantic Agenda by Claire Kann

Joy, who is asexual, is secretly in love with Malcolm…but when he announces he’s fallen for someone else, she’s heartbroken. Then, on a weekend getaway, she meets Fox and he offers to help make Malcolm jealous. But soon Joy begins to wonder if perhaps she has her focus on the wrong guy.

Siren Queen by Nghi Vo 

Set in a magical, pre-Code Hollywood, Luli Wei will do whatever it takes in order to escape her home and become a star, but the magical sacrifice required of Hollywood starlets isn’t for the faint of the heart.

Four Aunties and a Wedding by Jesse Q. Sutanto

Meddy is excited for her wedding, and even happier than she’s convinced her mom and aunties to take the day off to enjoy her nuptials. But when it becomes evident that the wedding planners they’ve hired are using her big day as. cover up for some nefarious business, Meddy and the aunties are on the case!

Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel

In her next soul-searching and thought-provoking novel, a violin performance in an unlikely place unites three people across time and space.

Book Lovers by Emily Henry

Nora is a cutthroat literary agent who isn’t anyone heroine, and Charlie is a brooding, annoying book editor whom Nora definitely doesn’t like. When Nora’s vacation away from New York City has her bumping into Charlie, she finds that there might be more to his story than she expected.

Summer 2022 New Book Releases

Queerly Beloved by Susie Dumond

Amy is a bartender and aspiring baker living in Tulsa who has just fallen for the new woman in town…and stumbled into a strange career path as a bridesmaid for hire. Her new gig utilizes all her passions and skills, but soon Amy has to figure out how to satisfy her own heart’s desires first rather than anyone else’s.

Rogues: True Stories of Grifters, Killers, Rebels and Crooks by Patrick Radden Keefe

In this new collection, Patrick Radden Keefe exposes some of the most brazen criminals and grifters and shares their crimes and how they got away with them—or nearly.

Our Wives Under the Sea by Julia Armfield

After Leah’s marine expedition took her submarine to the ocean floor, she comes back not quite herself. Her wife Miri is alarmed by how untethered Leah becomes, and must contend with the possibility of losing her for good.

We Lie Here by Rachel Howzell Hall

Yara is back in her hometown, preparing to host her parents’ anniversary party, when she begins receiving disturbing texts from a woman claiming to be her mom’s childhood friend. Then, that friend is found dead…but not before leaving behind disturbing pieces of a mystery that only Yara can put together.

Just Like Home by Sarah Gailey

In this chilling novel, Vera is the daughter of a serial killer and she left home long ago. But at the insistence of her mother, she’s returned one last time to face the past…and is horrified to find it’s not quite done with her yet.

The Daughter of Dr. Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Set in 19th century Mexico, Carlota Moreau lives on a remote, luxurious estate, the daughter of a man some consider a genius, other a madman. When Eduardo Lizalde, the son of her father’s patron, arrives, he sets off a chain reaction that could spell danger for everyone.

What Moves the Dead by T. Kingfisher

Alex Easton is a soldier who rushes to the side of their childhood friend when they hear she’s fallen gravely ill. But the House of Usher is not at all what they expect, and they must form an alliance with two strangers in order to unravel its secrets if Alex’s friend is to survive.

Fall 2022 New Book Releases

Demon in the Wood by Leigh Bardugo

Leigh Bardugo makes her graphic novel debut with the prequel story starring a young Darkling, illustrated by Dani Pendergast.

Nona the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

The third book in the highly praised Locked Tomb series will drop this fall, featuring none other than Nona!

And if you’re looking for more great reads, for your book club or for your own reading, then check out our list of best book club picks of 2021!

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9 Firekeeper’s Daughter Book Club Questions

Book cover of Firekeeper's Daugher by Angeline Boulley

Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley is one of the most buzzed-about book releases of 2021. It was a Reese’s Book Club pick, an instant bestseller, and it had been optioned by the Obamas’ production company in addition to winning a Goodreads Choice Award. It’s no surprise that it’s a popular pick for book clubs of all stripes, so if your group needs some Firekeeper’s Daughter book club questions ahead of your next meeting, we’ve got you covered!

Want some tips for running a book club meeting? Check out these tips!

Firekeeper’s Daughter Summary

Daunis Fontaine is an eighteen-year-old half white, half Ojibwe teen living in Salt Ste. Marie, Michigan. She’s always felt torn between her white, affluent family and her Ojibwe community on the reservation on nearby Sugar Island. With her grandmother ill and in the wake of her uncle’s recent death, she decides to stay in the UP for college despite gaining entry to the University of Michigan. She keeps busy at home, preparing to attend college locally, and is mostly content—staying home means she’ll stay with her best friend, and she’ll be near her half-brother Levi and her other family. Plus, the new guy on her brother’s hockey team, Jamie, is pretty cute.

But then a shocking murder changes everything for Daunis, and she is drawn into an FBI investigation into her Ojibwe community that has her walking a thin line between her two worlds, investigating the people she considers friends and family. As the mystery deepens, and as Daunis uncovers more secrets about the people she loves, she finds herself pulled in two different directions: Following the investigation through according to the letter of the law, but also honoring her people and learning what it means to be a good Anishinaabe kwe (Ojibwe woman).

Content warnings: Substance abuse, murder, grief, sexual assault, racism, kidnapping, death by suicide, gun violence

Firekeeper’s Daughter Book Club Questions

Daunis is someone who has a lot of traditions and rituals, both formal and informal. Discuss the significance of her various rituals, and how the inform her life and give structure to her day. 

Daunis is grieving at the beginning of the book, both the loss of her uncle and her grandmother’s illness. How does Daunis let her grief and her guilt guide her decisions? Do you think her decision to stay home and attend college locally is a wise one?

Daunis exists in many different worlds, and must learn how to navigate them and their various demands on her. How does she balance it all? What does she learn in trying to keep boundaries between her worlds? How does she succeed, or not?

Discuss identity and how each of the characters view their identities. Daunis is very aware of being biracial and feeling caught between worlds, and she and her best friend Lily also live with the weight of being unenrolled members of their tribe. How does that affect how they’re treated? Jamie also struggles to feel any connection to his heritage. Discuss the pitfalls and advantages of both being aware of your background, and also oblivious to your history.

Discuss the concepts of justice as portrayed in this book—how does Jamie view justice? How does Daunis? How do members of Daunis’s family and tribe view justice, and how does that differ from more traditional ideas of law enforcement?

Some of the most powerful scenes in the book occur in moments of ceremony and ritual. Discuss the significance of this, and how the author uses these moments to create tension and resonance.

How does Daunis learn who to trust? Discuss how she navigates her worlds, and how her decisions impact the investigation. Do you think there are times where her trust is misplaced? Discuss her motivations.

There are many elders in Daunis’s life who give her guidance and and share wisdom. Who was your favorite? If you could have a novel about any of the, which would you choose?

The end of the book finds Daunis in a different place, pursuing a different future than she first envisioned. Why do you think she decided to shift her focus? What do you think about her new path?

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How to Buy Books on the Kindle App

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Amazon and Kindle make it super easy to enjoy the best books around, from old favorites to new discoveries, all in one place while on the go, and pretty much instantaneously. There is, however, one slight snag in their ease of usability that makes it slightly frustrating for customers who are Apple users: You can’t buy ebooks directly on the Kindle app for iOS. The reason for this is that Apple claims a certain percentage of digital purchases made in-app if that app is downloaded from the Apple App Store, up to 30%. That would cut into Amazon’s profits in a big way, so they make it impossible to buy ebooks on the Kindle app. However, there is a workaround! Keep reading to learn how to buy books on the Kindle app, no matter what your device might be!

How to Buy Books on Kindle App – Android

If you have an Android device and have dowloaded the Kindle for Android app, simply open the app and either click on “Store” in the main menu, or simply start searching for a title in the search bar. If you don’t have the title in your personal Kindle library, then the book will appear on the storefront.

Click Buy Now, and the purchase will automatically go through, according to the payment settings you have set up in your Amazon account. Once confirmed, your purchase will begin downloading immediately.

How to Boy Books on Kindle App – Apple iOS

In the Kindle app on Apple products, there is a “Discover” tab that lets you browse all of the books in Amazon’s vast marketplace of ebooks and original…but you won’t be able to actually purchase anything on the app. Instead, you can send a sample to your Kindle app or Kindle device, add the book to a wishlist, or follow various authors. Unfortunately, you can’t even opt into any of Kindle’s subscription programs such as Kindle Unlimited on the app, either.

Iphone screenshot of the Kindle app checkout page for a title, showing the user's inability to purchase a book on the Kindle app on ios.

 And if you think a nice workaround might be to go to the Amazon app, then I hate to break it to you but that app doesn’t support Kindle purchases, either.

Iphone screenshot of the amazon app, showing the user's inability to purchase a title on their phone.

However, you don’t have to go to your nearest desktop or laptop in order to buy content on your phone or iPad. Simply close the Kindle or Amazon app, and navigate to your internet browser of choice—most likely Safari. Navigate to Amazon.com. Ignore all notifications or pop ups that ask if you’d like to go to the Amazon app, and sign into your Amazon account on Safari.

Once you’ve done so, you can search for the book you want to purchase, and navigate to the Kindle version of the book. You should see a “Buy Now with 1-Click” (if you have 1-Click shopping turned on) or simply “Buy Now” if you do not. With 1-Click shopping the purchase will process immediately and a page will log with delivery options so you can send your purchase to your Kindle app or device immediately. If you don’t have 1-Click turned on, you’ll have to go to checkout and complete your purchase.

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One helpful way to speed up this process might be to create a Kindle wishlist just for Amazon app browsing. That way, when you are on the Amazon app and you see a Kindle book you want to purchase, you can add it to your specified wishlist, then simply sign into your Amazon account on the browser, click on your wishlist, and find all of the books you’ve saved to purchase and directly add them to your shopping cart or check out immediately with 1-Click shopping.

It may be a little bit clunky, but once you know how to do it and you get organized, it’ll only add a minute or two to your checkout time…and when you have everything on phone, you don’t even have to get up to purchase the Kindle ebooks you’ve been eyeing! Please note, this only works for browsing on the Amazon app, not the Kindle app. There is no way to bookmark books you want to purchase on the Kindle app or put them in a wishlist.

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15 Of The Best Historical Fiction Novels

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Historical fiction novels sweep us away to different time periods and offer a deeper look into the lives of people who lived before us. It goes beyond dates and events to offer a deeper human context to historical movements, and it can be pretty entertaining as well. If you love historical fiction that offers an intriguing viewpoint, especially those not normally covered in history books, then you’ll appreciate this list of fifteen amazing historical fiction novels from the past few years!

Our Woman in Moscow by Beatriz Williams

Ruth and Iris are twin sisters, but they couldn’t be more different. After a bitter disagreement in Rome in 1940, they head their separate ways. Ruth goes back to New York City and gets a job in modeling, and Iris settles down as the wife of a diplomat. In 1948, Iris and her family disappear, and rumors swirl that her husband was a traitor when defected to the USSR. In 1952, Ruth receives a postcard from Iris, and thus begins an arduous journey working with the CIA to extract Iris and her children from Society Russia.

Libertie by Kaitlyn Greenidge

Libertie is a young woman coming of age in Reconstruction-era Brooklyn, the daughter of one of the first Black female physicians. Her mother has her life planned out for her, but Libertie prefers music to medicine, and wants to live on her own terms. But when her plans to break free from her mother just end up shackling her to another, she must decide how far she’s willing to go for her own freedom.

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennet

The Vignes twins are inseparable growing up, but as adult they find themselves going down very different paths. One returns to their hometown with her Black daughter, and the other moves far away and marries a white man, passing as white. They exchange secret letters over the years, but it isn’t until their daughters meet that they must face their shared history and the choices they made.

The Rose Code by Kate Quinn

Osla, Mab, and Beth are three very different women who find themselves at Bletchley Park during WWII, each engaged in different activities that are of the utmost secrecy. Their friendship is strengthened by the hardship of war, until one act of betrayal tears them apart. Years later, on the eve of the royal wedding, a message is sent that brings the three of them together again, despite old wounds, and they must work together one last time to stop a traitor before it’s too late.

Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo

Lily is a teenager living in San Francisco’s Chinatown in 1953, certain there is something different about her but unable to give voice to what it is. Then a chance encounter leads her to Kath, a white classmate, and the two discover the underground lesbian community at the Telegraph Club. But being Chinese-American and queer in the 1950’s is dangerous, and Lily will have to summon all her courage to live her truth.

The Silence of Bones by June Hur

Seol is an indentured servant in 1800 Joseon (Korea), working for the police bureau in the capital. When she’s called to assist in the death of a noblewoman, she discovers that the mystery has some startling connections to her own hidden past, and her curiosity gets the better of her, planting her in danger as she attempts to solve the case.

Velvet Was the Night by Silvia Moreno Garcia

Set in 1970’s Mexico City, a time of political unrest, this book follows two very different people: Maite, a lovelorn secretary, and Elvis, hired muscle to a man with an agenda. Maite is waiting for her life to truly begin when her neighbor goes missing, and she begins to ask questions. Elvis is just biding his time until he can move on when he’s order to find a missing woman, and their paths cross.

The Fountains of Silence by Ruth Sepetys

Daniel is visiting Madrid in 1957 for the first time, and he’s excited to get to know his mother’s home country a little better. He’s an aspiring photographer and wants to use this trip to help build his portfolio. But Spain is still reeling from their own Civil War and the secrets that are too dangerous to voice aloud, and when he captures a snapshot that could pout him in danger, what he does next has a profound effect on his family and Ana, a maid at the hotel where he’s staying.

The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich

Thomas Wazhashk is a night watchman at a jewel bearing plant that employees many people from the Turtle Mountain Reservation in rural North Dakota in 1953. Thomas is a tribal leader, and he’s struggling to understand the consequences of a new bill introduced to Congress that could impact the tribe’s resources, land, and benefits. Patrice is a recent high school graduate working at the plant, and worried about her sister, who’s gone missing after moving to Minneapolis. Their lives intersect and connect as they both book out for the people they love.

The Yellow Wife by Sadeqa Johnson

Pheby Delores Brown was born into slavery, but she also is fortunate enough to be favored at the plantation she grows up on. She’s promised freedom when she turns eighteen, but instead finds herself in Devil’s Half Acre, a jail where the enslaved are tortured. The Jailer takes notice of Pheby, and she soon learns that if she’s to survive, she must outwit him.

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

This sweeping family saga spans from 1910 to 1990 and follows the fate of one Korean family as they emigrate to Japan before World War II, struggle to survive the discrimination and oppression during the war, and then finally find success and happiness in the second half of the century…but at what cost?

Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

Agnes is an unconventional woman and rumored to be a healer and have a gift with animals. When she falls in love, she settles with her new young husband in Statford-upon-Avon, where he begins to gain recognition as a playwright. When their young son  is taken by the Black Plague, Agnes and her husband must figure out a way to keep moving forward.

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Set in Malibu in 1983, this novel follows four siblings, children of a famous rock star, who throw an annual summer pool party that everyone wants to be invited to. But this year, secrets and changes threaten the siblings and their relationship with each other, and by the time the sun rises the next day, their Malibu mansion will have gone up in flames.

Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende

In the wake of General Franco overthrowing the government in Spain, Roser and her lover’s brother make their way across the mountains to France, where they hope to start again. The poet Pablo Neruda charters a boat to take from to Chile, and Roser and Victor must marry for convenience in order to escape, always hoping to return home. But life on a new continent proves challenging in unexpected ways and they must rely on each other, and perhaps reconsider their definition of home.

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

Elwood Curtis is a young Black teen who has a bright future ahead of him and admires the work of Martin Luther King Jr. When a moment of bad judgment lands him in Nickel Academy, a reform school for boys, he finds himself trapped in a place of terror. Elwood is optimistic about the future and justice, but his friend Turner isn’t convinced. As the two struggle to survive, their differing viewpoints lead to a series of actions that echo down the decades.

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THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY Book Club Questions

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The Midnight Library by Matt Haig took the book world by storm when it first released in 2020, winning a Goodreads Choice Award from readers and getting picked at the best book of the year by multiple outlets. It’s no surprise to find the novel making its way through book clubs, as it’s full of rich themes and big ideas that are perfect for book group discussions. If your book club has picked this title as its next read, then here are some The Midnight Library book club questions to get your conversation started!

Important note: Before picking this book, please be aware that this book depicts depression and a suicide attempt. That may be difficult for some book club members to read, so you might want to do a check-in before deciding on this book, just to make sure all members are okay with reading about this tough subject.

The Midnight Library Reading Guide

Nora Seed is a woman struggling with depression, desperate for a way out of her life. Not long after attempting suicide, she discovers the Midnight Library, a library full of of books that contain all of the versions of your life if you had taken a different path or made a different choice. At 35, Nora is living with the heavy weight of other people’s expectations and disappointments, and she’s full of regrets and what-ifs. When she enters the library and discovers all for he books chronicling different versions of her life, she opens them and lives these alternate versions for a short while, gaining some valuable input along the way. 

The Midnight Library Book Club Questions

Talk about Nora and where she is at the beginning of the book. A lot seems to be going wrong for her, and she’s not happy about her life. What regrets does she have? Is she allowing herself to be blamed for things that aren’t her fault?

Let’s talk about regrets. Do you have any? Do you think it’s natural to go through life with some regrets? Would you go back and change things or make different choices if given the chance? Has a fear of regrets ever motivated you to make certain choices?

If you were offered the chance to explore your alternate lives through the Midnight Library, would you take it? Do you think we as humans are better off not knowing what might have been, or do you think it helps inform our perceptions of life?

Which of Nora’s alternate realities do you find most interesting? Do you think Nora could have been happy in any of them in particular, even if they come with their own set of tragedies?

What moments do you think were significant in the book, and made Nora start to change her perception of her life?

Some of Nora’s struggles have to do with the fact that she gave up something she loves because she couldn’t be the best at it. Discuss the importance of doing something because you like it vs. because you’re good at it. Do you think it’s important to have hobbies that you might be bad at?

Do you think Nora’s life will be better, after the end of the book?

Nora experiences the midnight library as a library, with Mrs. Elm as the librarian. Other people experience it a little differently. If you had the chance to visit, what would your version look like?

What do you think are the ingredients to living a happy, fulfilled life? Did reading this book make you reconsider some of your thoughts on this matter?

Would you recommend The Midnight Library to others? If you enjoyed the book, what book would you recommend that is similar?

Would you read another book by Matt Haig? Why or why not?

We recommend: If you enjoyed the idea of exploring possibilities of different versions of the same life, we recommend My Real Children by Jo Walton!

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Our Favorites: The Top 20 Books of 2021

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It can be a pretty tricky thing to narrow down hundreds of releases in any given year to a short list of the the top books! Luckily for you, just as our expert Bibliologists hand-pick recommendations for readers based on their personal reading tastes, they also have helped narrow down the best books of 2021. This list was developed by looking at our Bibliologists’ favorite books of the year, and the most recommended in our hardcover recommendations tier! With this many real readers recommending these books, you know they’ve got to be good!

Quiet in Her Bones by Nalini Singh

Arav was just a teen when his mom disappeared without a trace, taking a hefty amount of his father’s money with her. In the intervening years, everyone has always assumed that she’s off living it up…until shockingly, her car and body are discovered in the bush mere miles away from the family home. Now, Arav might confront his memories of the weeks leading up to his mother’s disappearance in order to figure out who might have killed her.

Finlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle Cosimano

Finlay Donovan is a recently divorced mom of two who is barely holding her life together, and she’s way behind on her book deadline. When an impromptu, harried meeting with her agent in a Panera results in a stranger misunderstanding their conversation and mistaking Finlay for a hit woman, things get interesting. Hired to do a job she doesn’t want and then blackmailed into it, Finlay will have to scramble to keep her hands clean and her family safe!

Libertie by Kaitlyn Greenidge

Libertie Sampson has grown up in the Reconstruction era in Brooklyn, where her fate seems determined by her mother, who is one of the first Black female physicians in the country. Libertie would rather play music than practice medicine, but she finds that in her search for freedom she’s bound herself to yet another person’s ideas for the future, and she must decide what she’s willing to risk in order to make her own way.

A Master of Djinn by P. Djèlí Clark

Set in Cairo in 1912, this novel follows Fatma el-Sha’arawi, the youngest woman employed by the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments and Supernatural Entities. Agent Fatma is very good at her job, so she’s called to the murder of a brotherhood dedicated to a highly revered man who disappeared decades earlier. The killer claims to be this missing man himself…but there is more to this mystery than meets the eye.

The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo

This retelling of The Great Gatsby recasts side character Jordan Baker as a queer, Vietnamese woman who is trying to make her way in the privileged and prejudiced upper crest of New York City, but finds that despite her wealth and beauty, some paths are still barred to her. 

The Mystery of Mrs. Christie by Marie Benedict

In 1926, Agatha Christie famously vanished for eleven days, causing a media sensation. This dual timeline novel looks at her disappearance from two points of view: Her husband and his secrets during her disappearance, and Agatha’s view of their marriage in the years leading up to the infamous event.

Remote Control by Nnedi Okorafor

Fatima is just a child when she discovers something that is not of this world and it changes her forever. She is reborn as Sankofa, with the ability to cause anyone to die with her mind. She walks the land searching for something that was taken from her—and she will catch up with it one day. But what is her purpose, when she does manage to finally put her hands on what’s hers?

Seven Days in June by Tia Williams

Eva is an erotica writer feeling overwhelmed in her career. Shane is reclusive literary novelist who rarely makes public appearances. When they both end up at the same New York conference, sparks fly between them. What no one knows is that they had a brief but electric affair fifteen years earlier. Now as they spend a memorable week together, Eva is hoping to get answers about what happened all those years ago, and they may find themselves falling into a second chance at love.

We Have Always Been Here by lena Nguyen

Dr. Grace Park is the psychologist aboard a a survey ship, tasked with making certain the passengers aboard stay healthy during the long voyage to an unexplored planet. But things get to a rough start when it’s clear that Dr. Park prefers the company of the ship’s androids to the humans. When they arrive, things go from bad to worse as they’re stranded on the ship without any way of contacting the outside, and the humans fall ill with a strange illness of waking nightmares. It’s up to Dr. Park to figure out what’s happening…which is easier said than done when no one trusts her.

Gold Diggers by Sanjena Sathian

Set in Atlanta in the early 2000’s, Neil Narayan is struggling under the weight of his parents’ expectations. He’s smart and funny, but not particularly driven. And when he learns his neighbor and crush Anita has a “lemonade” gifted by the gods that gives anyone who drinks it ambition, he decides to take…with tragic results. Years later, And Neil finds himself across the country, tempted to take just one more sip.

Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon

Vern has been brought up in a strictly religious compound surrounded by a dense woods. Desperate to escape when she’s seven months pregnant, she flees into the woods and gives birth to twins. But in order to protect them from both threats known and unknown, she must face the truth about her community and what lies beyond the woods.

Winter’s Orbit by Everina Maxwell

Prince Kiem is known for his antics, not his diplomacy, so when his grandmother the emperor orders him to marry Count Jainan ahead of an important treaty signing, it’s odd. But Kiem goes with it, trying to be sensitive to the fact that Jainan is still grieving the death of his first husband. As the two go through the motions of court marriage, they begin to suspect there is more to their quick marriage and Jainan’s former husband’s death…and they must work together if they’re going to expose a terrible conspiracy.

While Justice Sleeps by Stacey Abrams

Avery Keene is a law clerk for a legendary Supreme Court Justice named Howard Wynn. She’s very good at her job, but she’s barely keeping her life together thanks to the stress of her position. When Justice Wynn falls into a coma, Avery gets the shock of her life when she learns he appointed her his medical power of attorney beforehand. Why would he do so? Does he have something to hide? Avery is about to find out.

Persephone Station by Stina Leicht

Persephone Station is a planet that most people have forgotten about…which makes it the perfect place for a corporation with ulterior motives to set up headquarters. Rosie is the owner of a bar that seems to be a tourist trap—which is a nice front for its true purposes. When Angel, a reluctant criminal with an honorable heart, is hired by Rosie for a job that seems like it should be easy, it’ll put then square against the corporation that runs their planet, and possibly in mortal danger.

Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty by Patrick Radden Keefe

This is the story of three generations of the Sackler family, one of the richest families in the world famed for their philanthropy, the development of Valium…and for causing the opioid epidemic in the U.S. The author digs into the history of the family, how they learned to develop and market the drugs they created, and how this empire caused one of the worst public health crises in recent history.

The Five Wounds by Kirstin Valdez Quade

Set in a small New Mexico town, this is the story of five generations of a family and how their lives are stirred when a fifteen-year-old daughter shows up on her father Amadeo’s doorstep, pregnant. Amadeo is looking for his own redemption and struggling to find it, and as his daughter gives birth and they live through the baby’s first year of life, he must try to be there for the members of his family and find his own way forward.

Velvet Was the Night by Silvia Moreno Garcia

Maite is a thirty-something secretary in 1970’s Mexico City, dreaming of romance and love and unhappy with her life. Elvis is the hired muscle of a man with an agenda. When Maite’s neighbor goes missing, she finds herself asking one too many questions about her whereabouts, and her life collides with Elvis’s, who is ordered to track down this missing woman.

The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris

Nella is the only Black employee at a publishing house, which would be tough enough as it is if she wasn’t also an editorial assistant, which is about as low down on the ladder as one can be. When new hire Hazel, also Black, comes along, Nella is happy for some solidarity…until a series of disturbing events pits them against each other, and Nella finds herself wondering if more than her reputation and career are at stake.

Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner

Indie rockstar Michelle Zauner exposes the realities of what it was like growing up Korean-American in Eugene, OR and how she struggled against her mother’s expectations. As she grew older, she felt less and less Korean, until her mother was diagnosed with cancer and she found herself returning to her roots, caring for her mother, and learning to appreciate all that her mother had given her.

Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters

Reese is a trans woman who is happy and proud of all she’s achieved and she thinks that she’s on the cusp of having it all…until her partner decides to detransition, and their relationship falls apart. Ames thought detransitioning would make his life easier, but now he’s more miserable than ever and missing Reese. But when his boss and lover announces she’s pregnant with his baby and indicates she’s not sure she wants to keep the child, Ames wonders if this isn’t the perfect solution to give Reese something he was never able fulfill.

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PEOPLE WE MEET ON VACATION Book Club Questions

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Emily Henry’s Beach Read was her debut adult novel and a breakout hit! Since then, it’s no surprise that people are clamoring to read her next adult book, People We Meet on Vacation. If your book club wants to see what all the hype is about, have no fear! Here is a reading guide to the book, plus some People We Meet on Vacation book club questions to get your conversation rolling!

People We Meet on Vacation Summary

Poppy and Alex have been unlikely friends since they met in college in Chicago twelve years earlier and shared a ride back to their small Ohio hometown. At a glance, they seem to be polar opposites: Poppy is outgoing and vibrant, a bit messy, and she loves living in New York City, where she works as a travel writer. Alex is straight-laced and serious, loves literature, and he’s content to settle down in their hometown and work as a high school English teacher.

The one thing they have in common besides a deep friendship, is a love of travel, and each summer they take a trip together. But after nearly a decade of this, they stopped after their last disastrous trip two years ago, and they’ve barely spoken since. Poppy is deeply unhappy in her life, and she thinks if she can just get back to her yearly trips with Alex, she can maybe figure out where her life went off the rails. She reaches out, proposes an impromptu trip…and Alex actually agrees!

Now, as their present day trip plays out against flashbacks to every single trip they took in the years before, she has to figure out how to repair her relationship with Alex before it’s too late.

People We Meet on Vacation Book Club Questions:

As an icebreaker, ask your club if they could pick one vacation destination, no matter the cost or barrier, where would they go?

Which of Poppy and Alex’s vacations sound most exciting to you?

Are you a plan-things-out-in-advance or fly by the seat of your pants kind of traveler?

Discuss Alex and Poppy’s first impressions of each other. Do you think that the old saying about opposites attracting is true? Do you think they’re unlikely friends, or meant to be?

Do you believe that heterosexual men and women can be just friends? Do you think that Poppy and Alex are deluding themselves by not confronting their true feelings?

Do you think that Poppy and Alex’s life goals and ambitions are compatible? Why or why not?

Discuss the influences of Poppy and Alex’s upbringings on their life goals. How did growing up in a small town affect Poppy? How did facing so much responsibility at a young age shape Alex? Do you think that by clinging to these earlier influence, they’re limiting themselves?

Who would your perfect traveling companion be? 

This is very much a novel about millennials and the millennial experience. Are you a millennial? if so, did you relate? If not, did you gain any new insight about the millennial generation? 

Have you ever experienced burnout the way Poppy experienced it at her work? What do you think is the key to pursuing your dreams while also staying grounded?

Do you think that having a purpose vs. being happy with where you are in life are two different things? How do you balance these two ideas?

Were you surprised about where Poppy and Alex end up at the conclusion of the novel? Do you think that they will stay together?

Book Club Meeting Ideas

As Poppy and Alex might say, “theme matters!” For your book club discussion, it might be fun to offer drinks and snacks that one might typically indulge in on vacation. Wine and fancy cheese boards, fancy cocktails, and treats from their travels, such as beignets to commemorate the time they go to New Orleans! Feel free to pick a locale from the book and design a spread around that, or offer something fun from every location!

Looking for more inspiration? Here’s how to run a book club if you’re just getting started, and we’ve rounded up some of the best book club picks of 2021 for your next meetings!

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5 of The Best Subscription Boxes for Readers

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No matter what the occasion—holidays, birthdays, celebrations, or just self-care—everyone loves a good subscription box. It’s a fun surprise each month and a gift that keeps on giving! If you have an adult reader in your life, perhaps you want to give them a subscription that will enrich and enhance their reading life…but maybe you’re not exactly certain of their reading tastes, or you’re unsure of what they’ve already read! Never fear—we have some ideas, and we’ve rounded up five of the best subscription boxes for readers that are full of bookish adjacent goodies, or book subscriptions that are flexible enough that they’re sure to satisfy every reader!

1. TBR: Tailored Book Recommendations

This is one of the best subscription boxes for readers that you want to please without offering them repeats of what they might have already read, because TBR is a personalized book recommendation service that only sends out books we’re sure our customers will love to read. Here’s how it works: After purchase, your recipient will receive an email to access the reader survey, which is a comprehensive look at your reading life. They’ll be able to let us know what they want to read more of—such as genres, themes, or even types of books—and what they’re not so keen on. They can even link us up with their Goodreads page! Then, an expert Bibliologist will read the responses and recommend three books just for them. There are two tiers to this service: Recommendations only, which will be delivered via a personalized email, or hardcover recommendations, which come in the form of three handpicked hardcovers delivered straight to your recipient’s door. There are options so this service is affordable, plus flexible in order to fit all reading lifestyles! Learn more and sign up for yourself, or give as a gift!

2. Reese’s Book Club Gift of Reading Box

Reese’s Book Club is great because this is one celeb who picks a nice mix of adult and YA, new and backlist books, and a variety of genres in her book club. But even if or your recipient you have no interest in participating in the club part of her book club, her Gift of Reading Boxes are so great because they’re a great bundle of items perfect for all your bookish adventures, whether you’re headed to the beach or cozying in for the evening. Plus, you get to choose which of her book club picks you’d like to throw into the box. With so many great books available, you’re recipient will have no trouble picking a book they haven’t read, and they’ll get to enjoy some fun self-care items, something to eat or drink, and a few fun little surprises they might not otherwise buy themselves.

3. Sips by

For the reader who loves pairing their current read with a great cup of tea, Sips by is the perfect gift! For just $16, you can send your recipient a personalized tea box, with enough tea for 15-20 cups of tea! Your recipient takes a short survey about their tea drinking habits, what they like and dislike, and what they might be curious to try, and then Sips by sends them a curated collection. You can even choose between no, low, and caffeinated teas, and they offer everything from oolong to matcha! For ongoing subscriptions, you can leave feedback on the teas and improve your picks as time goes on, or you can head to their storefront and get discounts on full-size purchases of the samples you receive. It’s a perfect cozy companion to a bookstore gift card or new book!

4. Feminist Book Club Box

For your feminist recipient, gift the Feminist Book Club Box! It’s ideal for the feminist reader who likes to read and engage with the ideas presented. Your gift subscription will offer a monthly feminist read, plus 3-5 items from women-owned businesses, and you can choose between a one-time box gift or an ongoing subscription. Your recipient will also gain access to an exclusive Slack to chat about the books, video content from discussion leaders and the authors, and reading guides and notes from the curator of the box. Plus, 5% of sales get donated to feminist causes, so the box does some good as well!

5. Vella Box

You can’t have a cozy reading session without the right vibes, and candles set the perfect mood! Gift your reader with a monthly candle delivery that will help make their spaces nice and cozy. You can choose from candle sizes and amounts, and these soy wax candles come in all sorts of scents that are both part of their signature collection and seasonally appropriate, so the candles will truly feel like the perfect addition to a home every month. This is another great gift that pairs well with a book or gift card!

We hope that the best subscription boxes for readers give you some inspiration for your holiday shopping or gift giving! If you’re looking for more bookish subscription ideas, check out our round up of the best online book subscriptions.