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Summer Reading 2024

Summer is here! At, this means it's time for us to share some great summer book picks with our Summer Reading Contests and Feature. We are hosting a series of 24-hour contests for these titles on select days through early August, so you will have to check the site each day to see the featured prize book and enter to win. We also are sending a special newsletter to announce the day's title, which you can sign up for here.

End-of-the-Year Contest 2023

Congratulations to the winners of our 2023 End-of-the-Year Contest! One reader received all 44 of Carol Fitzgerald's Bets On picks from 2023, while 11 others won four of these titles. You can see all the winners below, along with 2023's Bets On selections.

If you would like to know more about these books, be sure to check out this video and podcast where Carol talks about each of her 44 picks.

Summer Reading 2023

All summer long, we at have been sharing some great summer book picks with our Summer Reading Feature. While our series of 24-hour contests have ended, we encourage you to take a look at our featured titles for some sizzling summer reading ideas.

» Click here to see the winners of this year's Summer Reading contests.

Lisa See, author of Lady Tan's Circle of Women

According to Confucius, “an educated woman is a worthless woman,” but Tan Yunxian is being raised by her grandparents to be of use. Her grandmother is one of only a handful of female doctors in China, and she teaches Yunxian the pillars of Chinese medicine. Yunxian learns about women’s illnesses alongside a young midwife-in-training, Meiling. The two girls find fast friendship and a mutual purpose. No mud, no lotus, they tell themselves: from adversity beauty can bloom. But when Yunxian is sent into an arranged marriage, her mother-in-law forbids her from seeing Meiling and from helping the women in the household. Yunxian is to act like a proper wife --- embroider bound-foot slippers, pluck instruments, recite poetry, give birth to sons, and stay forever within the walls of the family compound, the Garden of Fragrant Delights.

Lady Tan's Circle of Women by Lisa See

June 2023

I still remember where I was in 2005 when I read SNOW FLOWER AND THE SECRET FAN. Having read all of Lisa See’s historical novels, as well as her memoir, ON GOLD MOUNTAIN, I am happy to report that LADY TAN’S CIRCLE OF WOMEN is her best book to date. The story is completely absorbing from page one. Honestly, if you told me that I would have interest in a woman who was practicing medicine in the 15th century, I would doubt you. But Lisa vividly weaves a story of the esteemed families of the time --- and those who surround them --- sharing details that had me feeling like I was inside the gates of these palatial homes.

Week of June 10, 2024

Paperback releases for the week of June 10th include LADY TAN'S CIRCLE OF WOMEN by Lisa See, an immersive historical novel inspired by the true story of a woman physician in 15th-century China; SOMEBODY'S FOOL, another classic from Richard Russo, who returns to North Bath and the characters who captured the hearts and imaginations of millions of readers in NOBODY'S FOOL and EVERYBODY'S FOOL; THE BLOCK PARTY, a shocking domestic thriller from Jamie Day in which the residents of an exclusive cul-de-sac are entangled in a web of secrets and scandal utterly unknown to the outside world, and even to each other; ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH by Finn Murphy, an inside look at the alluring world of the hemp boom and a masterful tale of one entrepreneur’s misadventures; and the paperback original THE HOUSEMAID IS WATCHING, the third entry in Freida McFadden's unbelievably twisty, tension-packed and globally bestselling Housemaid series.