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Thursday, March 16th, 2023

An Interview with Jane Roper

LibraryThing is pleased to sit down this month with author Jane Roper, whose memoir Double Time chronicled her first three years as the mother of twins, while she was also grappling with a diagnosis of bipolar 2 disorder; and whose debut novel, Eden Lake, used the classic setting of a summer camp to explore issues of love and loss. Roper’s second novel, The Society of Shame, is due out this April from Anchor Books, and follows the story of a woman who becomes a social media sensation after a photograph capturing a period stain on the back of her pants goes viral.

The Society of Shame centers around a woman who becomes an online sensation after a photograph taken of her goes viral. Was there a real-life internet drama which served as an inspiration for your story? If not, where did your story idea come from?

In one sense the story was inspired by all internet dramas. I’ve always been fascinated by how scandals and dustups play out online—how quickly things can go viral, and the ravenous way people gawk and/or pile on with their opinions and judgment.

I wanted to build a novel around an attention-averse character who becomes “internet famous,” but hadn’t figured out the inciting incident. Then I saw a news story making the rounds online about a man who came home to find his wife and her lover dead from carbon monoxide poisoning in the garage, where they’d (presumably) been having sex in her idling car. Finding out your spouse has been unfaithful is humiliating enough, but to have it become national news, and the source of endless jokes—oof! So, I decided to have the heroine of my book, Kathleen Held, discover in a very public way that her husband, a U.S. Senate candidate, is cheating on her (also in a garage, but nobody dies). Then I doubled down on her humiliation by having a picture from the scene, complete with the period stain on her pants, go viral.

In many cultures, menstruation is surrounded by taboos, and often tied to notions of shame, particularly in the public sphere. What made you center this particular form of “shame” in your story, and what is its significance? Did you feel that your storytelling itself was breaking taboos?

Every woman lives in dread of having a period mishap, because of those taboos you mention. So, it felt like the perfect choice for Kathleen’s shame-inducing crisis, and one that many readers would relate to. I also needed something that could plausibly snowball into something much bigger than Kathleen’s own humiliation. There’s a lot of very real, much needed activism around menstrual justice and destigmatization happening today, so it wasn’t that big a stretch to create the fictional #YesWeBleed movement in the book.

I do feel like I’m breaking taboos by writing a book where menstruation is a big part of the plot—and I love it! There’s no reason for periods to be a source of shame, and the more people write / talk / make art about it, the more normalized it will become, I hope.

Social media also features prominently in your novel, which is described as an exploration of the perils of being “extremely online.” What are those perils? Is there a connection, in your view, between social media and shame culture?

I confess, I love social media. But when you spend too much time there, it starts to feel like your entire world. You lose your sense of perspective, and reactions to your posts and pictures and comments from others online—many of whom are complete strangers—take on an outsize weight. This is what happens to Kathleen in The Society of Shame: she gets so obsessed with what people are thinking and saying about her on social media that she loses sight of her real-life relationships and her core values and priorities.

I think there’s definitely a connection between social media and shame culture. In colonial times, people who misbehaved were shamed by being put in the stocks or publicly whipped on the town green, where everyone could watch and jeer and hurl rotten cabbages. Today, social media is the town green, but on a much, much bigger scale. Humans take a certain glee in shaming people, and social media makes it so easy to join in—and enjoy feeling morally superior in the process. You can like and share and retweet and add your own indictments or snarky quips. The only thing you can’t do is throw produce. I wanted to hold a mirror up to all of this in the book, get people thinking—and laughing, I hope—about online shaming, and the way it affects people at the receiving end.

Your protagonist channels her humiliation into becoming an activist but finds that her pursuit of online celebrity is harming her relationship with her daughter. Are you offering a commentary on activism, as it is enacted online? If so, what would healthy activism look like?

Kathleen’s problems aren’t so much about her activism, per se, but her all-consuming quest for approval by the internet masses. What I wanted to illuminate about online activism is how easily it can become performative—more about the memes and hashtags and swag (like the menstrual cup hats the activists in the book sport) than the substance of the work. Truly effective activism tends to be a long-game, and most of it is not Insta-worthy.

Tell us about your library. What’s on your own shelves?

My LibraryThing shelves are still very much a work in progress, but they lean heavily toward books that have stuck with me for years, many of which I read when I first started writing fiction in my twenties: Interpreter of Maladies, Love in the Time of Cholera, Middlesex, Nine Stories, The Shipping News, Invisible Man, and The Remains of the Day, to name a few. Reading as a writer for the first time, I was obsessed with figuring out how and why they worked, so they left an extra deep impression.

There are also a number of memoirs on my shelf—I particularly like funny ones, by funny women—lots of literary fiction, some favorite classics, and a growing number of psychological thrillers. I’ve been getting more and more into this genre of late, especially as audiobooks. They’re an excellent incentive to pop in my earbuds and go running!

What have you been reading lately, and what would you recommend to other readers?

I’m currently deep into Terra Nova by Henriette Lazaridis. It’s a gorgeous historical novel about two British men who hope to be the first people to reach the South Pole, and the woman they both love back home in England, a photographer documenting the women’s suffrage movement. I also recently read and loved How to Be Eaten, by Maria Adelmann, which depicts fairytale heroines as modern-day tabloid fodder. It’s funny and smart and completely original.

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Wednesday, March 1st, 2023

March 2023 Early Reviewers Batch Is Live!

Win free books from the March 2023 batch of Early Reviewer titles! We’ve got 173 books this month, and a grand total of 3,669 copies to give out. Which books are you hoping to snag this month? Come tell us on Talk.

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Eligibility: Publishers do things country-by-country. This month we have publishers who can send books to the US, Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Germany, Spain, Italy, Netherlands and more. Make sure to check the message on each book to see if it can be sent to your country.

The Words We LostThe Secret to HappinessThe Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius SanchoThe Swindlers DaughterThe Long March Home: A World War II Novel of the PacificIn the Shadow of the RiverThe Chapel of RetributionIt. Goes. So. Fast: The Year of No Do-OversThe Coldest Winter I Ever SpentSay Anarcha: A Young Woman, a Devious Surgeon, and the Harrowing Birth of Modern Women's HealthThe Wishing Pool and Other StoriesAustin NoirThe Lioness of LeidenThe Resilient Life: Manage Stress, Prevent Burnout, and Strengthen Your Mental and Physical HealthBananaWhat Does Little Crocodile Say at the Beach?Domino's Tree HouseLiving Resistance: An Indigenous Vision for Seeking Wholeness Every DayParallel Realities: A Turing FictionA Green Velvet SecretBlood from a Stone: A Memoir of How Wine Brought Me Back from the DeadHide and Shh!: A Not-So-Sneaky Sister Story About InclusionUncontrollableThe Funny MoonI Think I'm Falling ApartRefugeeTrue Crime Trivia: 350 Fascinating Questions & Answers to Test Your Knowledge of Serial Killers, Mysteries, Cold Cases, Heists & MoreLonely Are the BraveHaisley's Birthday MoneyReading for the Love of God: How to Read As a Spiritual PracticePregnant While Black: Reshaping the Story of an American TragedyOut for BloodBefore the Streetlights Come On: Black America's Urgent Call for Climate SolutionsMissed Conceptions: How We Make Sense of InfertilityA Love Letter from GodThe Morse Code: Legacy of a Vermont SportswriterNever Enough: Three Pillars of Food Addiction RecoveryMontpelier TomorrowWorld's Worst Time MachineBroken ObjectsMarked for GraceI Pray You'll Be...Tales from the Ruins: A Post-Apocalyptic AnthologyQuarantine HighwayBea and the New Deal HorseBilly BalloonThe Adventures of the Flash Gang: Episode One: Exploding ExperimentToxic Family: Transforming Childhood Trauma Into Adult FreedomThe Shadow of TheronStatelessThralls of a Tyrant GodThe Island SistersWindtakerBreath and StarshineGhosts of AldaNo Need To Mention ItThe Edge of Life: Love and Survival During the ApocalypseTribal Histories of the Willamette ValleyGrow Damn It!: The Feeding and Nurturing of LifeGallery of the Disappeard Men: StoriesAnimals in Surprising Shades: Poems about Earth's Colorful CreaturesFinley: A Moose on the CabooseUnboundThe VarietyThe Tragicomedy of the Virtuous OctaviaA Comparative Study of Byrd SongsA Restitution for Decayed Intelligence in AntiquitiesSmith: Or, The Tears of the MusesJob Triumphant in His Trial and The Woodman’s BearDesolationThe Ultimate Guide to Celebrant Weddings: All You Need to Know About Planning Your Special DayEverything Has A PriceMurder on the Pneumatic RailwayThe Dark King's HeartWitness to the Dark: A Testimony of SurvivalBlood KingsNext: A Brief History of the Future50 of Tel Aviv's Most Intriguing Streets: The Lives Behind the NamesThe Book of Esther: A Commentary and HistoryHere We Are All Jews: 175 Russian-Jewish JourneysThe Lives of the Children of Manasia: Oral History Interviews with the Bnei Menashe Community in IsraelA Brief and Visual History of AntisemitismAfter MidnightMisery HappensWicked GraceEmbersWild Azure WavesFallen AngelMy Song's GiftHell BentThe Forest's KeeperThe Wolf and the WitchGlacial HeatThe Hawk and the HoundThe Garden of Evil: The Story of Herb Baumeister and The Disturbing Horror at The Fox Hallow FarmRendezvous with Injustice: How a Family Survived Hell After Blowing the Whistle on the 1MDB Financial ScamImaginary FriendsAleenaEmbracing Rhythms of Work and Rest: From Sabbath to Sabbatical and Back AgainLessons My Brothers Taught Me: How to Transform Your Personal Qualities into a Successful BusinessGRE Analytical Writing: Solutions to the Real Essay Topics - Book 2 (Eighth Edition)GRE Words in Context: The Complete List (Fifth Edition)Digital SAT Math Practice Questions (2023)Lonely Are the BraveHole in My Heart: Love and Loss in the Fault Lines of AdoptionFoxy TailsVoices Behind the CurtainDaughter of the ShadowsSlavemarkedEverything She SaidA Bad Bout of The YipsThe Wasp QueenJourney to HolbrinBillion Dollar HackGrasping at GravityRed Velvet SunriseThe Syrian SunsetGuidelines of Cross Training for Women: Why Women Can and Should Lift Like a Man to Look Like a GoddessIntermittent Fasting for Women 40, 50 and Older: Natural Approach to Balancing Hormones, Losing Weight and Reversing AgingMickey CollinsPromote the Dog Sitter and Other Principles for Leading During DisastersEnemies CloserHard Times in the Country: Memoir of the 1930s Great DepressionThe Flower from the GarbageSecond Chance at the Water JumpBreaking Midnight: A True StoryOver 50 Exercises That Support Cross Training: A Revolutionary Guide to Prevent InjuryStolen ProphetBooks for BenjaminFalling in Love in the BurgElephant Crusher: Short Stories and MusingsKafka in TangierThe Museum of Forward Planning: Real Stories from Our Imaginary MuseumThe Night of the Burning CarThe Vampire Next DoorWild Monogamy: Cultivating Erotic Intimacy to Keep Passion and Desire AliveBreak Out of Burnout: Real Life Solutions For Beating Burnout To Live The Stress-Free Life You Always ImaginedIntermittent Fasting Lifestyle for Women: A Unique Guide for Wellness, Weight Loss and Longevity Using the Power of the SubconsciousThe Far Side of RedemptionIntercludaeTrue Crime Trivia: 350 Fascinating Questions & Answers to Test Your Knowledge of Serial Killers, Mysteries, Cold Cases, Heists & MoreCreeper ChaosParallel Realities: A Turing FictionAvoid The Mistakes As A First Time Gardener Growing Your Own VegetablesThe Time WardenStock Market Investing For Teens Made Easy: In 5 Steps You Will Discover The Secret Path to Becoming a Millionaire InvestorBiblical Bedtime Stories For Kids: New Testament Amazing Moments; Pointing Your Children To God, Ages 4 – 8Biblical Bedtime Stories For Kids: New Testament Amazing Moments; Pointing Your Children To God, Ages 4 – 8The Last Time I'll Ever See YouReckoning of the SonsOnline Business Secrets For Women Beginners: 12-Month Plan for a Smooth Transition from Your Job to an Online Business, Crush Limiting Beliefs, Create Security, and Build True Financial FreedomLiderazgo Para Las Nuevas Gerentas: 21 Estrategias Poderosas De Coaching De Equipos De Alto Rendimiento, Para Ganar Su Respeto E Influenciarlos PositivamentePAWsitive Vibes — DogsPrimitive Health & Beauty: Re-Install Your Fitness Genes: Cultivate the Right Mentality for Healthy Eating and Training Habits to Regenerate Your Physical FitnessHow to Create the Conditions For Great WorkTransformer KitAll the Climate FeelsThe Sapphire SolutionMy Race Against Death: Lessons Learned from My Health StrugglesSecond To SinStranger DangerThe Gift of LoveMastering the Art of Saving Money in the Modern World: Practical Tips and Strategies for Financial StabilityThe RebirthGive My Regards to Nowhere: A Director's TaleShadow CharmsObsessionSemi-GlossBiblical Food for Kids: 91 Daily Nutritious Wholesome Meal for Raising Healthy and Spirit-Filled Children to Giants, Ages 7-12Biblical Food for Kids: 91 Daily Nutritious Wholesome Meal for Raising Healthy and Spirit-Filled Children to Giants, Ages 7-12The Nine Lives of Felix the TomcatShocking PinkYou Can Be A King If You Are Brave

Thanks to all the publishers participating this month!

5 Prince Publishing Akashic Books Anaphora Literary Press
Beaufort Books Bethany House BHC Press
Black Beacon Books Brazos Press Broadleaf Books
Cardinal Rule Press Cennan Books of Cynren Press Cinnabar Moth Publishing LLC
City Owl Press Gefen Publishing House Gnome Road Publishing
Grand Canyon Press Greenleaf Book Group Grousable Books
Henry Holt and Company Hot Tree Publishing Houndstooth Press
IVP IVP Formatio Lerner Publishing Group
Life to Paper Publishing NeoParadoxa Ooligan Press
PublishNation Purple Diamond Press Revell
Rootstock Publishing Somewhat Grumpy Press The Story Plant
True Crime Seven Tundra Books Vibrant Publishers
White Hair Press Wise Media Group WorthyKids

Labels: early reviewers, LTER

Thursday, February 16th, 2023

An Interview with Megan Frazer Blakemore

LibraryThing is very pleased to sit down this month with children’s author, middle-school librarian and former LibraryThing employee Megan Frazer Blakemore, whose newest middle-grade fantasy, Princess of the Wild Sea, was published in January by Bloomsbury Books. A Junior Library Guild Selection, this story of a young princess raised in isolation as the result of a curse placed upon her has earned starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly and Booklist.

Princess of the Wild Sea has been described as a loose adaptation of Sleeping Beauty. Why do you think that fairy-tales are such a popular jumping-off point in children’s fiction? What is it about Sleeping Beauty specifically that led you to choose it as a framework for your story?

As a writer, I think it’s fun to play with existing tropes and the expectations of genres. When your audience is children, their knowledge of these expectations is, naturally, limited. Fairy tales offer a way to play that children can understand and appreciate. This generation of kids is not only aware of fairy tales, but also retellings and fractured fairy tales, so they are primed for this kind of story.

As for why Sleeping Beauty, this story has always been one that frustrates me. The titular princess has so little agency and, in many versions, is the victim of extreme violence. I wanted to give her more power and choice. This also gave me a chance to think about who gets to be the hero of stories and what it even means to be a hero. These are the types of questions I like to grapple with with students, so it all came together.

As a middle-school librarian, you are well acquainted with your audience and their reading habits. What are the unique challenges and rewards of writing for a younger audience?

Because I have so much experience with kids, I know what they are capable of. Kids like to think about big questions. They like to be challenged. It’s my job to create the framework that allows them to do this. As I mentioned above, young readers are still learning the conventions of genre and storytelling. This can be a challenge because you want to make sure they can understand what you’re doing, but it’s also one of the rewards: I get to introduce kids to this world. I get to invite them into the land of literature. That’s a responsibility I take very seriously both as a writer and a librarian.

Tell us a little bit about your writing process. Do you start with a story idea, a character, a scene? How do you go about constructing your story?

I once heard Sharon Creech speak and she talked about how stories come from a collision of ideas, and I think that is true for me as well. Sometimes I will notice something out and about in the world and it will get my wheels spinning, but it almost always has to rub up against something else. In this case, I had this image in my head of a girl running across an island. I don’t know where it came from, but I liked the idea of a story about a girl who was the only child on an island, surrounded by grown-ups. At the same time, I was teaching a course on Children’s Literature at Maine College of Art. We did a whole unit on fairy tales and I was totally immersed in them. My thoughts on Sleeping Beauty rubbed against this idea of a girl on the island, and the story started to come together.

I tend to write what some people call a “discovery draft.” I am figuring out the story as I go. In this case, I definitely took some wrong turns. At about a third of the way in, I cut nearly half of what I had written and went in another direction. It was not as difficult a decision as it sounds—I knew I had taken the story in a direction that wouldn’t work and had to go back.

The revision process is where I really construct the story. I take a look at what I have and decide what I need to do to shape it into something that is actually book-like. I write outlines, make plans, and write multiple drafts until I feel it’s ready to be shared. It’s probably not the most efficient process, but, so far, it works for me.

What is your favorite scene in Princess of the Wild Sea, and why?

Because this is a fantasy novel, there is a lot of magic. I had a lot of fun writing those more whimsical magical scenes. It’s a chance to revel in joy and wonder. My favorite might be a scene that takes place on the night of Princess Harbor Rose’s birthday. Her magical aunts come together to make a beautiful, magical celebration for her. I really wanted to show how much her world is grounded in love so that when that world is threatened, the stakes feel really high.

Tell us about your library. What’s on your own shelves?

If you look at my LibraryThing shelves, you’ll see I have a lot on my “Read but unowned” shelf. That’s because I get a lot of my books from libraries. My bookshelves at home almost serve as snapshots of my reading life. I still have a lot of books from college when I studied Medieval and Renaissance literature. I have research and theory books from when I was getting my MLS. My husband and I together have just about every book Stephen King has written since we both spent our teen years reading him. I mostly read fiction, but I also really enjoy nonfiction, especially deep dives into subjects I’ve never really thought about before. And, of course, there’s a lot of children’s literature.

By the way, I really love the Charts and Graphs feature on LibraryThing as a way to visualize my reading. My Dewey one is definitely 800-heavy, but the genre one shows more diversity. I used tags to take a snapshot of my 2022 reading, and I’m excited to see how that changes over time.

What have you been reading lately, and what would you recommend to other readers?

My reading tastes tend to be a little all over the place. I read a lot of middle grade and young adult because of my job as a librarian and because of what I write. I just read a fun rom-com, Better than the Movies by Lynn Painter. If you like romantic comedy movies and the fake dating trope, this is a good choice. Now I’m reading Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe.

I’ve been recommending When Women Were Dragons by Kelly Barnhill to anyone who will listen. I love books where big magic intersects with our mundane world, and it doesn’t get much bigger than thousands of women suddenly turning into dragons. I think Barnhill did such an amazing job of crafting this story around the rage that so many of us have been feeling these past few years.

Labels: author interview, interview

Wednesday, February 15th, 2023

Come Join the 2023 Valentine Hunt!

It’s February 14th, and that means the return of our annual Valentine Hunt!

We’ve scattered a collection of hearts around the site, and it’s up to you to try and find them all.

  • Decipher the clues and visit the corresponding LibraryThing pages to find a heart. Each clue points to a specific page right here on LibraryThing. Remember, they are not necessarily work pages!
  • If there’s a heart on a page, you’ll see a banner at the top of the page.
  • You have two weeks to find all the hearts (until 11:59pm EST, Tuesday February 28th).
  • Come brag about your collection of hearts (and get hints) on Talk.

Win prizes:

  • Any member who finds at least two hearts will be
    awarded a heart badge Badge ().
  • Members who find all 14 hearts will be entered into a drawing for one of five LibraryThing (or TinyCat) coaster sets and stickers. We’ll announce winners at the end of the hunt.

P.S. Thanks to conceptDawg for the swan illustration!

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Wednesday, February 1st, 2023

February 2023 Early Reviewers Batch Is Live!

Win free books from the February 2023 batch of Early Reviewer titles! We’ve got 156 books this month, and a grand total of 2,970 copies to give out. Which books are you hoping to snag this month? Come tell us on Talk.

If you haven’t already, sign up for Early Reviewers. If you’ve already signed up, please check your mailing/email address and make sure they’re correct.

» Request books here!

The deadline to request a copy is Friday, February 24th at 6PM EST.

Eligibility: Publishers do things country-by-country. This month we have publishers who can send books to Canada, the US, Australia, Greece, Netherlands, Ireland, Spain, the UK, Sweden, Germany and more. Make sure to check the message on each book to see if it can be sent to your country.

He Said He Would Be LateKünstlers in ParadiseIron WidowWindswept WaySTFU: The Power of Keeping Your Mouth Shut in an Endlessly Noisy WorldCounter AttackThe Last Saxon KingBlind TrustThere's a Monster in the Kitchen!Wandering SoulsDisplay: Appearance, Posture and Behaviour in the Animal KingdomThe Vanishing at Castle MoreauHector Fox and the Map of MysteryBenjamin Banneker and Us: Eleven Generations of an American FamilyDream Big, My Precious OneThe Pearl: A Book of Facetiae and Voluptuous ReadingThe Big StingIndigo IsleRemember MeThe Metropolitan AffairNo No, Baby!The Syndicate SpyThe Lost GalumpusThe Ocean GirlWhen I Was Your AgeThe Rail SplitterTry Not to Hold It Against MeFields of BountyA Brighter DawnSomething: One Small Thing Can Make a DifferenceWill Litigate for CupcakesHauntWhy Sinéad O'Connor MattersTrue Crime Solved: 27 Solved Cold Cases That Bring Closure To Disturbing CrimesHow to High Tea with a Hyena (and Not Get Eaten)The Master's CourtThe Mis-Education of the NegroFor the Love of BrigidWhat Remains of UsThe Island SistersHole in My Heart: Love and Loss in the Fault Lines of AdoptionDawn: A Proton's Tale of All That Came to BePebbles and the Biggest NumberWrong Side of the CourtYou Are Us: How to Build Bridges in a Polarized WorldBlack EmpireAll Else Failed: The Unlikely Volunteers at the Heart of the Migrant Aid CrisisRooted and WingedBlood from a Stone: A Memoir of How Wine Brought Me Back from the DeadHow I Followed In The Devil's Footsteps: Part OneNever Really GoneAnother ElizabethBehaving As US: The Art of CooperationDawn: A Complete Account of the Most Important Day in Human History, Nisan 18, AD30Indigo and IdaThe Merry DredgersA Hint of Hitchcock: Stories Inspired by the Master of SuspenseIt's Me, Jaxon! Can You See Me?Seasons Unceasing: A Worldsmyths AnthologyBlood BornWhy Tammy Wynette MattersExistential Smut 1: Youthful IndiscretionsVoices Behind the CurtainRaising ElleMurder In GeminiLondon SecretsYesterday's PlansThe Vesper BellThe Name of the ShadowThe DiseasedSquid SeasonThe Serpent and the FireflyGuide to Norse PaganismRight Time Wrong PlaceAn Introduction to Complexity Pedagogy: Using Critical Theory, Critical Pedagogy and Complexity in Performance and LiteratureDark and Lonely WaterI Think I'm Falling ApartThe Fear of WinterFerryl Shayde - Book 8 - Apprentices, Adepts, and AscensionA Hundred VeilsYou Are Us: How to Build Bridges in a Polarized WorldThe Kevin Powell Reader: Essential Writings and ConversationsPhoenix PrecinctTemperedMaking the Low Notes: A Life in MusicEast of EvilThe One PercentHut-Yo Cull: The Hunt BeginsUnboundHow To Enhance Your Productivity Through Time Management: Time Management Hacks For Great AchieversA Series of Unfortunate ProposalsCulinary Travels: Memories Made at the TableNudi Gill: Poison Powerhouse of the SeaLove Will Turn You AroundScience, Matter and the Baseball ParkBlood on Her NameThralls of a Tyrant GodQuantum RegressionThe Historian Project: A Time Travel CatastropheThe Ripper: The First Next Life PrequelChess Games IV: Early and UncollectedWorld of SilverThe Love That Binds UsIsrael 201: Your Next Level Guide to the Magic and Mystery and Chaos of Life in the Holy LandSlavery in Zion: A Documentary and Genealogical History of Black Lives and Black Servitude in Utah Territory, 1847-1862Open Canon: Scriptures of the Latter Day Saint TraditionA Rival Most Vial: Potioneering for Love and ProfitMommy, There's a Dinosaur in the Cornfield!Summary of Summary of GRE Master Wordlist: 1535 Words for Verbal Mastery (Seventh Edition)GMAT Analytical Writing: Solutions to the Real Argument Topics (Sixth Edition)Practice Tests for the Digital SATPush Pin Art Projects: Worksheets Promoting Fine Motor Skills: ReligiousShadow BeastsDawning of Darkness: The Fall of Gods and KingsIn the Serpent's WakeBlood from a Stone: A Memoir of How Wine Brought Me Back from the DeadThe Third EmissaryThe Ocean GirlA Chinese OdysseyThe Practitioner of Boca MuerteThe Master's CourtSlipA Strange BunchTwo Hearts on the BackspinBreath and StarshineGive My Regards to Nowhere: A Director's TaleThe Nine Lives of Felix the TomcatThe Molecule ThiefRepublic Under Siege: Threat from WithinTattletales From School: A Novel of Bullying in the 60sOn the Evolution from the Primitive Egoic Mind by Means of Pure Consciousness: Through Living Exclusively in the Present MomentOutfoxedJusticeHondoVaporBobishRock Icon ReadyWhy Does My Horse Act Like This: Understanding Equine Behavior in your New HorseAngie and MeThere's a New Vampire in TownSasha & JakeEverything you always wanted to know about the Spanish* (*but were afraid to ask)'Curse' DrakkoTime Traveling to 1983: Celebrating a Special YearTime Traveling to 1963: Celebrating a Special YearRebels in PisaOctave of StarsHauntBooks for BenjaminBiblical Food for Kids: 91 Daily Nutritious Wholesome Meal for Raising Healthy and Spirit-Filled Children to Giants, Ages 7-12Biblical Food for Kids: 91 Daily Nutritious Wholesome Meal for Raising Healthy and Spirit-Filled Children to Giants, Ages 7-1221st Century Balance: Unconventional Wisdom to Enlighten Yourself and Inspire OthersGrok Your Life: Minutes to MyselfMarketing Study Cases for People Who Want to Improve Their English Language Skills. Volume III

Thanks to all the publishers participating this month!

5 Prince Publishing Akashic Books Arabelle Publishing
Beaufort Books Bellevue Literary Press Bethany House
BHC Press Black Beacon Books Book Summary Publishing
Brick Mantel Books Cinnabar Moth Publishing LLC Crystal Lake Publishing
Entrada Publishing eSpec Books Gefen Publishing House
Gnome Road Publishing Grand Canyon Press Greenleaf Book Group
Henry Holt and Company Imbrifex Books Islandport Press
IVP Academic Lerner Publishing Group Meerkat Press
Mint Editions Open Books Press PublishNation
The Quarto Group Real Nice Books Revell
Ripe Mango Take Two Press Tapioca Stories
True Crime Seven Tundra Books Tyndale House Publishers
University of Texas Press The University of Utah Press Vibrant Publishers
Wise Media Group Worldsmyths Publishing WorthyKids

Labels: early reviewers, LTER

Monday, January 2nd, 2023

January 2023 Early Reviewers Batch Is Live!

Win free books from the January 2023 batch of Early Reviewer titles! We’ve got 142 books this month, and a grand total of 2,848 copies to give out. Which books are you hoping to snag this month? Come tell us on Talk.

If you haven’t already, sign up for Early Reviewers. If you’ve already signed up, please check your mailing/email address and make sure they’re correct.

» Request books here!

The deadline to request a copy is Wednesday, January 25th at 6PM EST.

Eligibility: Publishers do things country-by-country. This month we have publishers who can send books to the US, Canada, the UK, Australia and Germany. Make sure to check the message on each book to see if it can be sent to your country.

Comfort Is an Old Barn: Stories from the Heart of MaineSecond Time AroundTwinkle, Twinkle, Daytime StarVoices off the Ocean: A Literary Visit to Ruth Moore's MaineMommy, There's a Dinosaur in the Cornfield!Under FireAfter the ShadowsAnne's Tragical Tea PartyPluto Rocket: New in TownThe Pancake ProblemSomething: One Small Thing Can Make a DifferenceWho Owns the Clouds?The Fear of WinterEnly and the Buskin' BluesProverbial333 - Want More Share?The Year of JubileeCode Name EdelweissThe Weight of AirA Match in the MakingPebbles and the Biggest NumberMemento MoriBlood BornColor Capital of the World: Growing up with the Legacy of a Crayon CompanyUnder the Wings of God: Twenty Biblical Reflections for a Deeper FaithEndless Grace: Prayers Inspired by the PsalmsTell the RestYeti Left HomeUrban Folk Tales: StoriesThe Connection GameFuture's Dark PastWhat Makes You Come Alive: A Spiritual Walk with Howard ThurmanWalking the Way of Harriet Tubman: Public Mystic and Freedom FighterCode Name VerityThe Everlasting RoadTrue Crime Explicit Anthology: Explore Over 700 Pages of Disturbing Stories Detailing The Horrific Sins of Seven Serial Killers For Your Nighttime True Crime BingeShort StoriesBilly Doyle — Accidental HeroTwinkle, Twinkle, Daytime Star / Brilla, brilla, estrellita del díaThe Last Chance CowboyForged in LoveTremors in the Blood: Murder, Obsession, and the Birth of the Lie DetectorHerrick's LieIcarus over CollinsMy Body and Other Crumbling Empires: Lessons for Healing in a World That Is Sick The Double-Edged Sword: A Tale of the Fallen HeroLockdown Tales IIThe Panacea ProjectUnder the Naga Tail: A True Story of Survival, Bravery, and Escape from the Cambodian GenocideKevin Wilks and the Power StoneIn Love We SpeakShepherd on Duty: Promises of God You Can TrustExistential Smut 1: Youthful IndiscretionsGRE Analytical Writing: Solutions to the Real Essay Topics - Book 1 (Eighth Edition)GRE Text Completion and Sentence Equivalence Practice Questions (Sixth Edition)The World Itself: Consciousness and the Everything of PhysicsThe Farm from Hell: The True Story of Belle Gunness Indiana’s Lady Bluebeard Men ButcherBad Girls BiteDeathbringer and DesireSong of LoreleiFoul Is FairA Draught of Ash and WineThe Princess and the BruiserBeauty and the BladeSummary of The Mountain is You: Transforming Self-Sabotage into Self-MasterySummary of Never Finished: Unshackle Your Mind and Win the War WithinFields of BountyThe Words We LostA Heart PurloinedNo, You Can't be an Astronaut: Why You Shouldn't Follow Your Dreams and What to do InsteadWolvercraft ManorFuture GoalsHyphenated RelationsOn Presidential OrdersThe GobberwobblyBefore DawnHierarchy of BloodAgent Gatz: A Great Gatsby PrequelFun & Quirky Classics: Short Stories by Oscar Wilde, Mark Twain and MoreBaseball Trivia for EveryoneThe Final OlympicsDoubt The Stars Are FireTime Traveling to 1963: Celebrating a Special YearTime Traveling to 1953: Celebrating a Special YearTime Traveling to 1973: Celebrating a Special YearProof of the Afterlife: The Dead Don't Die. True Tales of the Afterlife.The Algorithm Will See You NowRipples in the Waters by Lake KawaguchiNo Medicine for Falling in LoveSerenade of SoulsSixpenny OctavoA Tooth in My Popsicle and Other Ebullient Essays on Becoming FilipinoDad Is My Best FriendWild DiplomacyThe Fantastical ForestMahalo Does Not Mean TrashTime Traveling to 1983: Celebrating a Special YearDecide and Solve: Decision-Making and Problem-Solving Skills Guide for Teenagers, Young Adults, and YouIntimacy: 101 Hottest Questions, 101 Honest AnswersThe Afterlife Connection: A Therapist Reveals How to Communicate with Departed Loved OnesOther Worlds Were PossibleAuthentically Preternatural AccountsBusiness Fables Adapted From Aesop For Humans Who Work For a LivingHorse Care: A Beginner’s Guide to Breed Selection, Barn Requirements, Daily Routine and Safe Handling PracticesDark Blood AwakensVagabonderSea MagicA Skeleton in Every HouseBad BloodOut For BloodBlood LossThe Museum of Broken ObjectsBeyond CircumstancesEver the Night RoadThe Backpacker LifecycleSeams on the OutsideThe Hangman: VengeanceCreeper ChaosZaidy's War: Four Armies, Three Continents, Two Brothers. One Man's Impossible Story of Endurance21st Century Balance: Unconventional Wisdom to Enlighten Yourself and Inspire OthersMind Mastery: The Secret to Success: How to be a Success and Have a Powerful LifeA Dissident's PlightFirst ValentineOn the Evolution from the Primitive Egoic Mind by Means of Pure Consciousness: Through Living Exclusively in the Present MomentCollege to Career, Explained: Tools, Skills & Confidence for Your Job SearchAquarius Rising: The Complete TrilogyAfter the Blue, Blue RainLightbringerTrue Crime Trivia: 350 Fascinating Questions & Answers to Test Your Knowledge of Serial Killers, Mysteries, Cold Cases, Heists & MoreFlidIntersections: Life-Changing Stories From my Rideshare PassengersThe Anshar GambitWavesWavesThe CallingTime TraveledThe UnvaccinatedThe Bear & the RoseRun With It: A True Story of Parkinson's, Marathons, the Pandemic, and LoveYou've Got the Power! Four Paths to Awaken Your Body's Archetypal EnergiesYou've Got the Power! Four Paths to Awaken Your Body's Archetypal EnergiesSea MagicThe Female Breeders

Thanks to all the publishers participating this month!

Akashic Books Arabelle Publishing Bellevue Literary Press
Bethany House BHC Press Book Summary Publishing
Brazos Press Broadleaf Books Cinnabar Moth Publishing LLC
City Owl Press Crooked Lane Books Greenleaf Book Group
Grousable Books Hot Tree Publishing Islandport Press
Lerner Publishing Group NeoParadoxa NewCon Press
Penguin Teen Canada Plausible Press PublishNation
Read Furiously Revell Ripe Mango Take Two Press
Science, Naturally! The Story Plant Tiny Fox Press
True Crime Seven Tundra Books Tyndale House Publishers
Vibrant Publishers WorthyKids

Labels: early reviewers, LTER

Monday, December 12th, 2022

Top Five Books of 2022

2022 is almost over, and that means it’s time for LibraryThing staff to share our Top Five Books of the Year. You can see past years’ lists HERE.

We’re always interested in what our members are reading and enjoying, so we invite you to add your favorite books read in 2022 to our December List of the Month, and to join the discussion over in Talk

>> List: Top Five Books of 2022

Note: This is about what you read in 2022, not just books published in 2022.

Without further ado, here are our staff favorites!



True Biz by Sara Nović. This is a magnetic, electrifying novel, about identity, family, politics, culture, language, and the Deaf community. I absolutely loved it.

Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason. I didn’t know a book could be both devastating and hopeful at once, but apparently it can.

Still Life by Sarah Winman. A truly beautiful story of small moments, art, poetry, unexpected found family, a large outspoken parrot, and the backdrop of picturesque Florence.

The Half Life of Valery K by Natasha Pulley. I love everything I’ve read by Natasha Pulley, and was waffling between including this book or The Kingdoms (it’s also great! Go read it!) in my top five this year. The Half Life of Valery K doesn’t have a fantasy spin to it like much of her work, but Pulley excels at writing compelling imperfect characters that draw you deep into this unexpected historical novel.

Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead. A wonderfully epic family saga.

And because it’s hard to choose just five, honorable mentions to Portrait of a Thief by Grace D. Li, Her Majesty’s Royal Coven by Juno Dawson, A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martin, and Less is Lost by Andrew Sean Greer.


Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin. Video games, Cambridge, Massachusetts and friendship—what’s not to like?

After Steve: How Apple Became a Trillion-Dollar Company and Lost Its Soul by Tripp Mickle.Fascinating study of Apple, Cook and Jony Ive.

The Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes. Absolutely fascinating. I chased it with Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb by Richard Rhodes.

If the Universe Is Teeming with Aliens … Where Is Everybody?: Fifty Solutions to the Fermi Paradox and the Problem of Extraterrestrial Life by Stephen Webb. Enjoyable book with a clunky title. Webb systematically lists and reviews nearly every solution to the Fermi paradox anyone has ever proposed.

Persians: The Age of the Great Kings by Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones. I particularly enjoyed the coverage of Achaemenid religion and culture.

Special mention goes to The Metaverse: And How it Will Revolutionize Everything by Matthew Ball. The first half of this book, covering the various challenges, mostly technical, involved in creating a metaverse was riveting—and news to me. The second half was laughable, wild-eyed boosterism—and all-too familiar.


The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman. Retirement goals right here, folks. This book was a delight! It was only later that I realized the author is THE Richard Osman of Taskmaster fame (a favorite show of my household).

Luster by Raven Leilani. Oooooof, this was good.

All of This: A Memoir of Death and Desire by Rebecca Woolf. I read a lot of memoirs, especially about losing loved ones, but this is a different beast: Woolf and her husband were in the midst of splitting up when he was diagnosed with cancer. Her memoir recalls caring for him at his end of life and also moving on in a way that others didn’t find socially acceptable.

The Rose Code by Kate Quinn. Brilliant women breaking codes during WWII? We love to read it.

These Violent Delights by Micah Nemerever.. This book wasn’t even among my highest rated of the year, but I cannot stop thinking about it. There’s little I love more than really digging into characters to determine what makes them tick, why they do the things they do. Nemerever definitely gives all of that and more to the reader. But beware: it’s DARK.


If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino. This book was amazing. I was floored. I was also strangely reminded of a series of books… an unfortunate series… the self-aware narrator, bizarre characters, meta-fictional elements, and general absurdity of this book reminded me at odd points of A Series of Unfortunate Events. And I have LibraryThing members to thank for bringing this book up in a Talk post so I was able to learn about it!

Pan’s Labyrinth: The Labyrinth of the Faun by Guillermo del Toro and Cornelia Funke, illustrated by Allen Williams. A novelization… normally, I would shy away from a book like this, but somehow I didn’t realize that’s what it was until I had started reading it, and by then I was enjoying it so much, I didn’t care! I love the film, and this book was very true to the plot of the movie, while also adding backstory that wasn’t in the movie, but that adds to the richness of the story itself. This is the perfect kind of story for me: whimsical, fairy tale-like, but with just enough horror to remind you that it’s not a children’s story.

The Sentence by Louise Erdrich. This story was very fascinating. It’s probably the first book I’ve read that addresses Covid, so that made it feel very familiar. The characters seemed very real and were well developed, which is one of my favorite things in a book. Another thing I enjoyed in this book was the use of multiple meanings of language, for example the title re-appearing many times throughout the story in different contexts with different meanings.

Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami. This was one of the last Murakami books I had left to read as I read through all his works. I’m not sure if I’m disappointed I didn’t read it earlier or glad to have had it to enjoy near the end. In some ways this was very different from the rest of his books. Usually his books contain small elements of “unreality” (for lack of a better word), but this book didn’t really have anything set in the real world although one part was clearly closer to the real world than the other. But of course, the people were all real enough, which is one thing I need to have in any non reality-based story. I would say, like a lot of good plot writers, Murakami is not necessarily an ending writer, so I can’t say I understood or was particularly satisfied by the ending, but I didn’t really expect to be. His books are journey rather than destination, and the journey is almost never disappointing!

Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami. I saved this book as my last Murakami to read because I love his longer books. This one did not disappoint! It had all the elements I expect from a Murakami book and felt familiar almost from the start. I love reading a long book that is written well and enjoyable. You begin to really feel that you know the characters and the settings. This book made me feel that I wanted it to go on forever.

Chris C (ccatalfo)

Real-World Machine Learning by Henrik Brink, Joseph W. Richards and Mark Fetherolf.

AWS: The Most Complete Guide to Amazon Web Services from Beginner to Advanced Level by Raoul Alongi.

Practical Deep Learning for Cloud, Mobile, and Edge: Real-World AI & Computer-Vision Projects Using Python, Keras & TensorFlow by Anirudh Koul, Siddha Ganju and Meher Kasam.

Deep Learning for Vision Systems by Mohamed Elgendy.

DataStory: Explain Data and Inspire Action Through Story by Nancy Duarte.


Circe by Madeline Miller. I haven’t read a book this well-written in a long time. Elegant prose throughout. I loved the way Miller added depth and nuance to the classic Greek myths I’ve read throughout my lifetime. The whole book was just delicious, the ending poetic.

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson. This is a really well-told history of the lives of two men during the Industrial Revolution and the construction of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair (the Columbian Exposition). Both visionaries of their own time: I wouldn’t say one good and one evil, but a stark representation of just how impressive a time it was. On one side Daniel Burnham, the lead architect and operational manager of the World’s Fair, who sacrificed his own (and others’) blood, sweat, and tears to direct the construction of one of the greatest exhibitions ever seen. On the other side, H.H. Holmes, a cruel and chilling psychopathic murderer who cut out his own infamy in the White City.

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune. The fear of the unknown is almost always an irrational one, and it must be faced directly in order to grow in any way. This is the lesson the book’s main character, Linus Baker, learns when the government operation he works for (DICOMY, the Department in Charge of Magical Youth) plucks him from his boring, safe, desk job in the city and thrusts him into an island orphanage overlooking a cerulean sea.

What starts as Linus’s standard DICOMY investigation, governed strictly by its Rules & Regulations Handbook, evolves into a gentle unraveling of the illusion Linus has lived under all his life. By the end of the book, Linus Baker becomes the sweet, gentle hero we all wish to see in the world.

Quit Like a Woman: The Radical Choice to Not Drink in a Culture Obsessed with Alcohol by Holly Whitaker. I entertained my sober curious journey with a few “quit lit” books this year, and this one was my favorite so far. While Whitaker gets a little heavy-handed at times in tone (I listened to the audiobook, narrated by the author), this is the quit lit book that resonated the most with me. Whether it just reached me at the right point in time, or whether the author was able to deliver the right mix of introspection, scientific/political/cultural analysis, and humor, I just loved it. Will likely listen to it again.

Hooray for Birds! by Lucy Cousins. I have to give a nod to a children’s book for my son, Finnegan. This one is quite fun to read along with kids as they “waddle like a penguin” or “stand very tall on just one leg” like a flamingo. Have a giggle with this one!

Chris H (conceptdawg)

The 99% Invisible City: A Field Guide to the Hidden World of Everyday Design by Roman Mars and Kurt Kohlstedt.Fascinating stories about the everyday things around us and the design and thought that goes into every one of them. Cell towers, spray painted codes on streets and sidewalks, hidden power stations and camouflaged vents for sewer systems, and boundary stones are just some of the mundane things that are discussed in the book. 99% Invisible is a podcast concentrating on similar themes and many of the stories in the book are taken from previous episodes, so if you are a listener you’ll probably enjoy this book but some of the stories might seem familiar.

Sea Power: The History and Geopolitics of the World’s Oceans by James Stavridis. A great overview of how the world’s oceans have played critical roles in the history of geopolitics from the ancient world until today. Stavridis—a US Navy admiral—dives into the history of each ocean in respective sections of the book, mostly concentrating on history with respect to trade and warfare.

The Secret Lives of Color by Kassia St Clair. I’m a color nerd so any book on color is likely going to be enjoyable for me. This is not the absolute best book on the history of colors and pigments (that award I’d give to Finlay’s Color: A Natural History of the Palette) but Secret Lives was enjoyable and packed with stories about scores of colors: their histories, their sources, people connected to their development, and usually an interesting anecdote or two. Due to the small—one to two pages—chapters on each color it was enjoyable for an easy read that you can pick up and put back down in quick sessions.


Captain of Dragoons by Ronald Welch. Part of the Carey Family Chronicles, a loosely-connected collection of children’s novels which follows the fortunes of a noble Welsh family over the course of many centuries, this is the first work of fiction I have ever read set during the War of the Spanish Succession. Engaging, informative, and ultimately poignant, it is a worthy addition to a brilliant historical fiction series, and kept me engrossed throughout. I particularly appreciated some of the characters’ discussion about the wider significance of the events unfolding around them, as it gave a better sense of the time, without ever feeling intrusive or artificial.

Berry Song by Michaela Goade. This lovely picture book from Caldecott medalist Michaela Goade—she won in 2021 for her work on Carole Lindstrom’s We Are Water Protectors—marks the Tlingit artist’s debut as an author, and is both a narrative and aesthetic triumph. Some of the scenes here were just so gorgeous, both in their overall composition and in the little details—the scene of the little girl entering the forest with her blue bucket, the one in which her hair is made of berries and her dress is the sea—that I needed to spend some time poring over them. The text itself emphasizes the girl and her grandmother’s relationship to land and sea, and the ties of love and gratitude that bind them together. Even the endpapers here are beautiful, highlighting the wealth of different kinds of berries to be found in Alaska! Overall, a wonderful new picture book I would recommend to all picture-book readers looking for gorgeous artwork, stories of our ties to the land, or featuring a Native American / Tlingit cultural background.

Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Rick Allen. Poet Joyce Sidman and engraver and small press operator Rick Allen, who previously collaborated on the Newbery Honor-winning title Dark Emperor & Other Poems of the Night, joined forces again in this picture book examination of the lives of animals and plants in winter. The twelve poems here, about everything from migrating tundra swans to brumating snakes, snowflake formation to arboreal wisdom, were paired with lovely illustrations featuring the fauna and flora in question, as well as a curious fox who makes his way through the book. The poems themselves were appealing, with an occasional turn of phrase that was quite memorable, and a variety of form—one example each of both a pantoum and a triolet—that I found very interesting. The beautiful artwork was created through a mixture of old and new mediums: begun as hand-colored linoleum block prints, and then finished digitally. In sum: a gorgeous picture book, perfect for young children who enjoy poetry, love animals, and appreciate wintry vistas.

The Redheads by Josephine Elder. Published in 1931, this obscure British girls’ school story chronicles the interconnected experiences of five redheads—four pupils and one teacher—at the Addington High School, as each one seeks to adjust to new and changed circumstances in their own way. Josephine Elder, who is particularly noted in the school story genre for her sensitive appreciation for and skilled depiction of the nuanced experiences of girlhood friendship, delivers an engaging and ultimately heartwarming tale here, one in which each character seems to come alive, exhibiting a mixture of good and bad qualities. This is not a title in my own library, or that is held by any libraries here in the states, so I feel very fortunate to have been able to read it, thanks to a friend who is a fellow collector of vintage girls’ literature.

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman. After a few false starts, I found myself racing through this mystery in two days’ time, and ended up enjoying it immensely. I liked all of the characters, and found them all quite interesting, in different ways. The humor appealed to me, and some of the end-of-life situations, by which I decidedly do not mean the murders, were immensely moving. In the end, I think what really impressed me here was less the mystery, and more the characters, with whom I hope to visit again, in the two sequels that have since come out.


Labels: top five

Thursday, December 1st, 2022

December 2022 Early Reviewers Batch Is Live!

Win free books from the December 2022 batch of Early Reviewer titles! We’ve got 138 books this month, and a grand total of 2,847 copies to give out. Which books are you hoping to snag this month? Come tell us on Talk.

If you haven’t already, sign up for Early Reviewers. If you’ve already signed up, please check your mailing/email address and make sure they’re correct.

» Request books here!

The deadline to request a copy is Tuesday, December 27th at 6PM EST.

Eligibility: Publishers do things country-by-country. This month we have publishers who can send books to the US, the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Luxembourg and more. Make sure to check the message on each book to see if it can be sent to your country.

Cold Light of DaySilver AlertWreck the HallsSomebunny Loves You!The Maid of BallymacoolMystery of the Lost LynxStarlight JewelThe Story of ChristmasJoy to the WorldTales of Sley House 2022My First Veggie Bible StoriesThe Sound of LightDaughter of Eden: Eve's StoryAnd Poison Fell from the Sky: A Memoir of Life, Death, and Survival in Maine's Cancer ValleyMountain Girl: From Barefoot to the BoardroomRobbed BlindDiary of a Lonely DemonRise of the FirebirdMemento MoriThis Isn't Going to End Well: The True Story of a Man I Thought I KnewHell's WellA Solitary DrumMarissa’s OdysseyOn the WaterfrontThe World's Longest SockRaised in the Country: Memoir of a 1920s ChildhoodChasing HarmonyThe Legend of Dave BradleyAll Dressed UpFun & Quirky Classics: Short Stories by Oscar Wilde, Mark Twain and MoreGleaners’ MoonLifelines: Daily Antidotes to Animus and AngstLost Places and Other StoriesThe Friendship BreakupThe Keepers of ArisMy Best Friend AthenaA Noble Cunning: The Countess and the TowerOur Man In KuwaitVoices of Freedom: Contemporary Writing From UkraineTaming D’ArtagnanThe Shape of Ukraine: Poems Inspired By the WarSouth To That Dark Sun and Other StoriesNubian Queen Self-Love: Black Women Cultivating Self-Care and Acceptance with Affirmations and a Growth MindsetTime Traveling to 1973: Celebrating a Special YearLa ratona Ramona y otros cuentos para niñosBy the Light of Dead StarsBusiness Plan Essentials You Always Wanted to KnowMicroeconomics Essentials You Always Wanted to Know6 Practice Tests for the GRE (5th Edition)Organizational Development Essentials You Always Wanted to KnowStakeholder Engagement Essentials You Always Wanted to KnowYour Hearts, Your ScarsA Mark of GraceHearts of SteelWhat Happens NextYesterday's TidesDeetjen’s ClosetBeing Born with a Rusty Spoon in Your MouthWhat if Animals Were Balloons?Secrets from the MountaintopHow to Be a Patriotic Christian: Love of Country As Love of NeighborLove and the Third Degree 2: Ponder PointShocking PinkLittle Trouble Betty: Level 1 - 1Charlie UtopiaConfessions of an Indian Immigrant: Dawn of IT Opportunities in the Land of PromiseThe Stranger's CaptiveThe CallingCatch MeRescue at Desert's DawnThe Hunted RoseClouds Without WaterClouds Without WaterBleak TownDeflectedMaybe in MonacoChakra Colors: Unleash the Power of Your Energy Centers with Colorful Succulent PlantsModern Dream Analysis Survival GuideA Modern Heathens Guide to Norse Paganism: The Earth-Centered Religion That Empowers Us to Embrace Our Inner Viking and Take Charge of Our FateA Modern Heathens Guide to Norse Paganism: The Earth-Centered Religion that Empowers Us to Embrace Our Inner Viking and Take Charge of Our FateElephant Crusher: Short Stories and MusingsChasing HarmonyStreet SirenVending Machine Business Unlocked: A Step-by-Step Guide to Start and Grow Your Vending BusinessThe GobberwobblyThe HornersThe Book of Monsters from A to Z: A Field Guide by Professor EdelgeezerAm I Doing This Right?: Foundations for a Successful Career and a Fulfilling LifeFly Fishing: A Woman's Guide for BeginnersChester and the Magic 8 BallThe Red Ear Blows Its Nose: Poems for Children and OthersThe Russian DollConversations Across America: A Father and Son, Alzheimer's, and 300 Conversations Along the TransAmerica Bike Trail that Capture the Soul of AmericaLow-Water Garden: How to Beat the Drought and Grow a Thriving Garden Using Low-Water TechniquesThrough The Gates of HellThe Rot BeneathDementia Untangled: A Caregiver's Guide To Managing Alzheimer's and Cognitive Decline in Loved OnesThe Rise of the MarklessChair Yoga For Seniors Over 60The Enchanted Suitcase: A Window Onto My German Father's World War II LifeMickey CollinsThe Gospel of SatanThe Wizard 'OW' In the Village of Wishes!Sister LibertyWhat's The Meaning of This? A Short Book on Purpose!Quarantine HighwayTime Traveling to 1953: Celebrating a Special YearThe Lost CantrellArchitect's PrizeNot Your Job: Discover the Surprising Way to Save Time, Avoid Burnout, and Do What You Love ForeverAfter It's OverAntunites UniteDecide and Solve: Decision-Making and Problem-Solving Skills Guide for Teenagers, Young Adults, and YouFlorida Retirement Is MurderThe Force of MagicMindshards: A CollectionMissing Presumed MissingHorse Care: A Beginner’s Guide to Breed Selection, Barn Requirements, Daily Routine and Safe Handling PracticesThe Free World WarFirst KissPlaying With FirePlaying With FireHauntHauntA Dissident's PlightNo Solace in DeathLucid FateKissproof WorldForbidden LoveThe Driftwood TourThe Driftwood TourHunterlandImaginary Lilies: Glittering Waterfalls on Pink LiliumsDispelling the MythDon't Sh*t in My ToiletJackie Stories: Eight Friends of Jacqueline Kennedy OnassisThe Mushroom EffectWaves

Thanks to all the publishers participating this month!

8th & Atlas Publishing Alcove Press Algonquin Books
Bellevue Literary Press Bethany House BHC Press
Carolyn J Wild Cinnabar Moth Publishing LLC Greywood Bay
History Through Fiction Islandport Press IVP
Liz Fe Lifestyle NeoParadoxa New Century
Ooligan Press PublishNation Read Furiously
Revell Robert E. Miller Rootstock Publishing
Sley House Publishing Small Beer Press SPANZ2A
Tabono Publishing LLC Vibrant Publishers Willow Bend Press
Wise Media Group WorthyKids

Labels: early reviewers, LTER

Monday, November 28th, 2022

9th Annual LibraryThing Holiday Card Exchange

The 9th annual LibraryThing Holiday Card Exchange is here!

How it works:

  • Mail a holiday card to a random LibraryThing member.
  • You can mail a handmade or storebought card. Add a note to personalize it.
  • You’ll get one from another member. (Only that member will see your address.*)

» Sign up for the LibrayThing Holiday Card Exchange now

Sign-ups for the Card Exchange closes Wednesday, December 7th at 12:00 PM Eastern (17:00 GMT). We’ll inform you of your matches within an hour or so after we close. Send your cards out soon after.

Questions? Join the discussion on Talk.

* In order for the cards you receive to be addressed to your real name, you must include your name in the address box. Some postal services require that addressee names match what’s on your mailbox.

Labels: card exchange, event, holiday

Monday, November 7th, 2022

SantaThing 2022: Bookish Secret Santa!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: the Sixteenth Annual SantaThing is here at last!

This year we’re once again focusing on indie bookstores. The pandemic has been a disaster for independent bookstores, even as it sent Amazon sales to new heights. So we picked a few of our favorite indies from around the United States. You can still order Kindle ebooks, we have Book Depository for international orders, and also stores local to Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland.

What is SantaThing?

SantaThing is “Secret Santa” for LibraryThing and Litsy members.

How it Works

You pay $15–$50 and pick your favorite bookseller. We match you with a participant, and you play Santa by selecting books for them. Another Santa does the same for you, in secret. LibraryThing does the ordering, and you get the joy of giving AND receiving books!

SantaThing is a joint effort between LibraryThing and Litsy. When signing up, you can opt to give and receive from members of only one community or the other, or either.

Sign up once or thrice, for yourself or someone else.

Even if you don’t want to be a Santa, you can help by suggesting books for others. Click on an existing SantaThing profile to leave a suggestion.

Every year, LibraryThing members give generously to each other through SantaThing. If you’d like to donate an entry, or want to participate, but it’s just not in the budget this year, be sure to check out our Donations Thread here, run once again by our fantastic volunteer member, mellymel1713278.

Important Dates

Sign-ups close MONDAY, November 28th at 12pm EST. By the next day, we’ll notify you via profile comment who your Santee is, and you can start picking books.

You’ll then have a week to pick your books, until MONDAY, December 5th at 12pm EST (16:00 GMT). As soon as the picking ends, the ordering begins, and we’ll get all the books out to you as soon as we can.

» Go sign up to become a Secret Santa now!

Supporting Indie Bookstores

To support indie bookstores we’re teaming up with independent bookstores from around the country to deliver your SantaThing picks, including BookPeople in Austin, TX, Longfellow Books in Portland, ME, and Powell’s Books in Portland, OR.

Once again this year, we’re also offering international deliveries through Book Depository. And after last year’s success, we’re bringing back the following foreign retail partners: Readings for our Australian participants, Time Out Books for the Kiwi participants, and Kennys for our Irish friends.

Kindle options are available to all members, regardless of location. To receive Kindle ebooks, your Kindle must be registered on (not, .ca, etc.). See more information about all the stores.


Some of our booksellers are able to offer free shipping, and some are not. Depending on your bookseller of choice, you may receive $5 less in books, to cover shipping costs. You can find details about shipping costs and holiday ordering deadlines for each of our booksellers here on the SantaThing Help page.
» Go sign up now!

Questions? Comments?

This is our SIXTEENTH year of SantaThing. See the SantaThing Help page further details and FAQ.
Feel free to ask your questions over on this Talk topic, or you can contact Kate directly at
Happy SantaThinging!

Labels: events, fun, holiday, santathing