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The Night Watchman Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062671189
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Published: Harper - March 3rd, 2020

New York Times Bestseller


The Secrets We Kept: A novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780525656159
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Published: Knopf - September 3rd, 2019

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 
A HELLO SUNSHINE x REESE WITHERSPOON BOOK CLUB PICK


Lady in the Lake: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062390028
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - June 23rd, 2020

A New York Times Bestseller


A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143110439
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Published: Penguin Books - March 26th, 2019

From the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Civility, a novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel—a beautifully transporting novel. 

The mega-bestseller with more than 2 million readers, soon to be a major television series


Magpie Murders: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062645234
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Published: Harper Perennial - March 27th, 2018

"Magpie Murders is a double puzzle for puzzle fans, who don’t often get the classicism they want from contemporary thrillers." --Janet Maslin, The New York Times


The King's Justice: A Maggie Hope Mystery Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780399593840
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Published: Bantam - February 25th, 2020

Can a stolen violin lead secret agent and spy Maggie Hope to a new serial killer terrorizing London? Find out as the acclaimed World War II mystery series from New York Times bestselling author Susan Elia MacNeal continues.

“A wartime mystery to sink your teeth into.”—Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Huntress


The American Agent: A Maisie Dobbs Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062436672
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Published: Harper Perennial - March 24th, 2020

Beloved heroine Maisie Dobbs, “one of the great fictional heroines” (Parade), investigates the mysterious murder of an American war correspondent in London during the Blitz in a page-turning tale of love and war, terror and survival.

When Catherine Saxon, an American correspondent reporting on the war in Europe, is found murdered in her London digs, news of her dea


Trace Elements: A Comissario Guido Brunetti Mystery Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780802148674
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - March 3rd, 2020

From the New York Times bestselling author of Unto Us a Son is Given, comes one of her most dark and thrilling mysteries yet.

A woman's cryptic dying words in a Venetian hospice lead Guido Brunetti to uncover a threat to the entire region in Donna Leon's haunting twenty-ninth Brunetti novel.


Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250151162
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Published: Picador - April 3rd, 2018

NOW A NATIONAL INDIE BESTSELLER

“Transporting…witty, poignant and sparkling.”
People (People Picks Book of the Week)

“Prescient and quick....A perfect fusing of subject and writer, idea and ideal.”
Chicago Tribune


Three-Martini Lunch Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780399574771
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - August 8th, 2017

From the author of the “thrilling” (The Christian Science Monitor) novel The Other Typist comes an evocative, multilayered story of ambition, success, and secrecy in 1950s New York.
 


The Time In Between: A Novel Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781451616897
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Published: Atria Books - July 10th, 2012

The inspiring international bestseller of a seemingly ordinary woman who uses her talent and courage to transform herself first into a prestigious couturier and then into an undercover agent for the Allies during World War II.

Between Youth and Adulthood…

At age twelve, Sira Quiroga sweeps the atelier floors where her single mother works as a seamstress.


The Chilbury Ladies' Choir: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101906774
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Published: Ballantine Books - September 5th, 2017

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • “A delightful debut.”—People 
 
For readers of Lilac Girls and The Nightingale, The Chilbury Ladies' Choir unfolds the struggles, affairs, deceptions, and triumphs of a village choir during World War II.


Circling the Sun: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780345534200
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Published: Ballantine Books - May 31st, 2016

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR, BOOKPAGE, AND SHELF AWARENESS  “Paula McLain is considered the new star of historical fiction, and for good reason. Fans of The Paris Wife will be captivated by Circling the Sun, which . . .


The Swans of Fifth Avenue: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345528704
Availability: Backordered
Published: Bantam - October 25th, 2016

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The author of The Aviator’s Wife returns with a triumphant new novel about New York’s “Swans” of the 1950s—and the scandalous, headline-making, and enthralling friendship between literary legend Truman Capote and peerless socialite Babe Paley.


Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812981223
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - November 30th, 2010

In the small village of Edgecombe St. Mary in the English countryside lives Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired), the unlikely hero of Helen Simonson’s wondrous debut. Wry, courtly, opinionated, and completely endearing, the Major leads a quiet life valuing the proper things that Englishmen have lived by for generations: honor, duty, decorum, and a properly brewed cup of tea.


Maisie Dobbs Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781616954079
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Published: Soho Crime - June 3rd, 2014

"A female investigator every bit as brainy and battle-hardened as Lisbeth Salander."
—Maureen Corrigan, NPR's Fresh Air, on Maisie Dobbs


To Die but Once: A Maisie Dobbs Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062436641
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Published: Harper Perennial - February 26th, 2019

Finalist for the Inaugural Sue Grafton Memorial Award

Maisie Dobbs—one of the most complex and admirable characters in contemporary fiction (Richmond Times Dispatch)—faces danger and intrigue on the home front during World War II.


What Would Maisie Do?: Inspiration from the Pages of Maisie Dobbs Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062859341
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Published: Harper Perennial - March 26th, 2019

A one-of-a-kind illustrated companion to the best-selling Maisie Dobbs series, which invites readers into the beloved heroine’s world—and shares her wisdom and inspiration.


Rules of Civility: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143121169
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Published: Penguin Books - June 26th, 2012

From the New York Times-bestselling author of A Gentleman in Moscow, a “sharply stylish” (Boston Globe) book about a young woman in post-Depression era New York who suddenly finds herself thrust into high society—now with over one million readers worldwide


The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781594632709
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 3rd, 2014

“Emotionally engaging... [A] romantic page-turner.” —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
 
“A sexy, suspenseful, gorgeously written book.” Curtis Sittenfeld, author of Prep
 


The Aviator's Wife: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780345528681
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Published: Bantam - November 26th, 2013

In the spirit of Loving Frank and The Paris Wife, acclaimed novelist Melanie Benjamin pulls back the curtain on the marriage of one of America’s most extraordinary couples: Charles Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh.
 
“The history [is] exhilarating. . . . The Aviator’s Wife soars.”USA Today
 


Georgia: A Novel of Georgia O'Keeffe Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812981865
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - January 17th, 2017

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • In a dazzling work of historical fiction in the vein of Nancy Horan’s Loving Frank, Dawn Tripp brings to life Georgia O’Keeffe, her love affair with photographer Alfred Stieglitz, and her quest to become an independent artist.

This is not a love story. If it were, we would have the same story. But he has his, and I have mine.


The Summer Before the War: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812983203
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - February 21st, 2017

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “A novel to cure your Downton Abbey withdrawal . . . a delightful story about nontraditional romantic relationships, class snobbery and the everybody-knows-everybody complications of living in a small community.”—The Washington Post


Three-Martini Lunch Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780399574771
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - August 8th, 2017

From the author of the “thrilling” (The Christian Science Monitor) novel The Other Typist comes an evocative, multilayered story of ambition, success, and secrecy in 1950s New York.
 


The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780385341004
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - May 5th, 2009

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NOW A NETFLIX FILM • A remarkable tale of the island of Guernsey during the German Occupation, and of a society as extraordinary as its name.

“Treat yourself to this book, please—I can’t recommend it highly enough.”—Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love


Radio Girls Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780451475565
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Published: Berkley - June 14th, 2016

The Great War is over, and change is in the air, in this novel that brings to life the exciting days of early British radio…and one woman who finds her voice while working alongside the brilliant women and men of the BBC.
 


Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812981223
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - November 30th, 2010

In the small village of Edgecombe St. Mary in the English countryside lives Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired), the unlikely hero of Helen Simonson’s wondrous debut. Wry, courtly, opinionated, and completely endearing, the Major leads a quiet life valuing the proper things that Englishmen have lived by for generations: honor, duty, decorum, and a properly brewed cup of tea.


Tasa's Song Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781631520648
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Published: She Writes Press - May 3rd, 2016

An extraordinary novel inspired by true events.
1943. Tasa Rosinski and five relatives, all Jewish, escape their rural village in eastern Poland--avoiding certain death--and find refuge in a bunker beneath a barn built by their longtime employee.


How to read more

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How To Read More

If you love reading, but for some reason you read less and less, know that everything is fine. It happens.
Our lives today have so many things that distract us - how can we not put books away when all these movies, TV shows, YouTube videos, social networks and endless surfing in online stores are around ...
Yes, it's really hard to resist, but you certainly can!

In this article, we want to share with you some tips to read more often and more successfully.
These are some notes and some practices that we have collected for our SUNDOG BOOKS readers club.
And maybe it will bring more books into your life!

Why do we want/need to read more?

To start reading more, you have to understand why you need it.
And you will be surprised, but your goals can be quite varied:

- for work
If you read a lot on duty, then you definitely need to speed up the process. The logic here is simple: read faster → work faster → more time for books for yourself.

- for education
you need this for your educational career or sometimes you just want to read to learn. And, with all the new alternative ways to gain knowledge (podcasts, online courses and videos), the book still does an excellent job of this task too.

- for self-development
all exercises for increasing speed, one way or another, improve cognition and memory.

- for fun
because good books always = fun!

Book lovers have an additional special goal for reading more often. If you love literature, you will understand what we mean: you want to catch everything - to follow modern literature, and not forget about the classics, look into non-fiction and children's publications. And there’s so much you want to reread! The goals are ambitious, but attainable if you read a lot.

 

And so - How to read more:
We will tell you about the methods that we use ourselves. Perhaps some will suit you as well.

 

15 minutes a day

You've probably already heard this rule: if you want to start a healthy habit, devote 15 minutes a day to it. Once upon a time, we all read irregularly, in jumps and starts. Sometimes we cannot open a book we have begun weeks ago. Therefore, you should decide to create a rule: devote at least 15 minutes a day to reading. Try reading before bed, or maybe during lunchtime, or even when you are having your morning coffee.

You will see progress immediately. You will notice that almost always your 15 minutes will grow into half an hour or more. But the most remarkable thing is that in three weeks your hands themselves will be looking for a book.

 

50 First Pages
This method advises - If the book hasn't hooked you from the first 50 pages, put it aside! Life is too short to read uninteresting books.

It is necessary to change the approach to books. At first it will be hard for you to stop and put the book down. Even if we put the book away, it will seem to reproach us from the shelf, mocking us as quitters. But in the end we should come to one simple thought: if it doesn’t hook your attention, you should not force yourself to read it.

***Fifty pages is not a bad test. Not the most objective, but definitely effective. It helps to determine whether it interests you or not, and whether to spend time on things that do not excite.

 

Reader's Diary

This should be used to improve the quality of reading - to make it more conscious. For starters, it can be a simple notebook with headings:

  • Author
  • Year of publication
  • Main characters
  • Scene
  • Plot
  • Theme
  • Quotes

And, yes, a reader's diary is not a thing about quantity, but about quality. But, it can also motivate. When you open your diary and start looking at quotes (especially quotes), you immediately really want to read.

 

Maybe a Book Bet?
Several people can participate. Members of the betting group can come from friends, family, and also your colleagues. And of course you can set your own rules for participation, but we'll give you a simple example:

Everyone in the group should read and review a book over the course of a month with weekly updates. Anyone who does not finish a review buys the book for all other participants for the next month.

 

Speed Reading

Another effective way to increase the amount you read is speed reading. The logic here is simple - the faster you read, the more books you can enjoy.

*There are many online courses on speed reading, and you can also study on your own using instructional books. But, it is worth noting that this is a serious learning process that will require some effort on your part.

 

Outcome

Reading every day is quite attainable, the main thing is to try to make it a habit.
Sometimes, instead of heading for Facebook, try opening a book and soon you won’t even remember why you needed to wander around social media.
And also - don't forget about audiobooks. They are a cool way to take the load off your eyes sometimes and just immerse yourself in the story. Some books are really strong in voice acting.

 
 
 

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