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I only read palette cleansers! :o) Thanks for the recs!

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I’m excited to read several of these! Adding Family, Family and When the Jessamine Grows to my list right now 🤩

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I published Pt. 1 of my Winter Books Preview a few weeks ago and I'll be posting Pt. 2 in a couple days. I'm glad to see we've featured different books. That's a sign of how many good books are coming!

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Impressive number of books that you read! 👏

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Wow! What a selection. I couldn't manage 75 books, but you're enticing me to get started in January!

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Amazing list, I wrote almost all of them down!

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Jan 2Liked by Gayla Gray

I’m so excited for a few new releases this month, thanks for spotlighting a bunch of them. I’m waiting for my blue box from BOTM to arrive - I chose Mercury and can’t wait to read it very soon. I loved The Beekeeper of Aleppo and didn’t realize that the author has a new book out, it’s now on my (too long) TBR. Happy new year & happy reading!

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Jan 2Liked by Gayla Gray

Gayla - I am interested in knowing what digital planner you are using this year to assist with your book reading/tracking! I'd love to do something like that too. Does anyone have a template or form that they've used that works great?

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Thanks for all these recommendations! I've enjoyed going through your posts this past year, and I'll be looking to what you'll share with us this year. Have a happy New Year!

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Loads of great suggestions here, thank you!

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There is a great range of books and you make them all sound like must-reads.When I have the time, I think I'll start with Mercury. Thanks for the reviews. Keep 'em coming.

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I love the list! I'll try and do one a month from your suggestions. Happy New Year, Gayla! I'm looking forward to reading (and staying caught up if at all possible) your wonderful newsletter this year. I was happy to find you! And I'll be planning one book fair to attend for a get-away. Enjoy your reads!

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Jan 3Liked by Gayla Gray

I had not heard of The Mayor of Maxwell Street and am now very intrigued. Thanks for putting it on my radar!

Two books just released yesterday that I have my eye on.

A Fragile Enchantment is Allison Saft’s latest work of YA historical fantasy. The last work of hers I read, A Far Wilder Magic, was a lush and atmospheric love story covering identity, belonging, and xenophobia in a fantastical 1920s New York and I devoured it. I’m hoping to enjoy this one just as much.

The other is Vanessa Chan’s debut novel The Storm We Made which is about a Malaysian mother and her family living under Japanese occupation in 1945 and how her unlikely involvement in espionage a decade earlier aided in ushering in a more brutal Japanese occupation. Straight historical fiction isn’t my usual genre (I usually prefer a more specific sub-genre - historical mystery, fantasy, etc.) but it’s been getting high praise everywhere so I am tentatively optimistic!

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You're so right about an abundance of books! Readers will have no shortage of choices this year. May your 2024 be remarkable, or perhaps I should say SoNovelicious!

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Oooh, I love a book preview. This is great. I just have to randomly say that Laurie Frankel's books are great but the titles are always like, WHAT!? I find the titles generic. Why is there not an editor at her publishing house pushing back? lol. I just had to express that somewhere.

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Jan 4·edited Jan 4Liked by Gayla Gray

I’ve never counted how many books I read in a year. It’d be interesting to know. Well done on your 75.

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