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Weekly Update

Do I remember a day when there was no humidity? Not sure. What a sultry summer this has been, with a collection of rainy weekends. I am ready to ask for a summer do-over! Luckily, weather has no impact on my reading.

Last weekend was a terrific reading weekend. I finished AN ACCIDENTAL CORPSE by Helen A. Harrison, and loved the period details and the brisk storytelling. Next up, I started Jodi Picoult’s A SPARK OF LIGHT, which releases on October 2nd. Jodi is never one to shy away from a controversial topic, and here her story involves a shooter at a women’s reproductive health services clinic. This gunman takes hostages, among them a doctor, a nurse, a wounded woman, a pro-life protestor --- and the 15-year-old daughter of the police hostage negotiator. The book is structured to tell the story backwards through the hours of the day, and as it unwinds we learn why each of these people were at the clinic on that particular day. I am 100 pages in and am looking forward to reading more of it this weekend.

On Sale This Week

In this newsletter, you will find books releasing the weeks of August 13th and August 20th that we think will be of interest to Bookreporter.com readers, along with Bonus News, where we call out a contest, feature or review that we want to let you know about so you have it on your radar.

This week, we are calling attention to our review of MAKE ME EVEN AND I'LL NEVER GAMBLE AGAIN and our interview with its author, Jerrold Fine. This debut novel by a hedge fund pioneer is currently our Fiction Author Spotlight title and will be a Bookreporter.com Bets On pick.

We also have two new contests to tell you about on ReadingGroupGuides.com.

In SUNBURN, a stand-alone novel of psychological suspense from Laura Lippman, two people are locked in a passionate yet uncompromising game of cat and mouse. But instead of rules, this game has dark secrets, forbidden desires, inevitable betrayals --- and cold-blooded murder. We are giving three groups the chance to win 12 copies of the book, which is now available in paperback, in our special contest. Enter here by Monday, September 10th at noon ET.

Also, we are celebrating the release of THE DAISY CHILDREN --- Sofia Grant’s new novel about a young woman who peels back the layers of her family’s history and discovers a tragedy in the past that explains so much of the present --- with a special contest that will give three groups an opportunity to win 12 copies of the book, which is now in stores. Enter here by Monday, September 10th at noon ET.

Summer Reading

This Bookreporter.com Special Newsletter spotlights a book that we think is a great summer reading selection. Read more about it, and enter our Summer Reading Contest by Thursday, August 16th at 11:59am ET for a chance to win one of five copies of THE STOLEN MARRIAGE by Diane Chamberlain, which is now available in paperback. Please note that each contest is only open for 24 hours, so you will need to act quickly!

Spring Preview

This Bookreporter.com Special Newsletter spotlights a book that we know people will be talking about this spring. Read more about it, and enter our Spring Preview Contest by Friday, April 20th at 11:59am ET for a chance to win one of five copies of WELL, THAT ESCALATED QUICKLY: Memoirs and Mistakes of an Accidental Activist by Franchesca Ramsey, which releases on May 22nd. Please note that each contest is only open for 24 hours, so you will need to act quickly!

Winter Reading

This Bookreporter.com Special Newsletter spotlights a book releasing in the next few months that we would like to get on your radar now. Read more about it, and enter our Winter Reading Contest by Friday, February 23rd at 11:59am ET for a chance to win one of five copies of BEAUTY IN THE BROKEN PLACES: A Memoir of Love, Faith, and Resilience by Allison Pataki, which will be available on May 1st. Please note that each contest is only open for 24 hours, so you will need to act quickly!

Holiday Cheer

This Bookreporter.com Special Newsletter spotlights a book that is perfect for holiday giving and that you may want to include on your "to me/from me" list. Read more about it, and enter our Holiday Cheer Contest by Thursday, December 21st at 11:59am ET for a chance to win one of five copies of THE GIRLS IN THE PICTURE by Melanie Benjamin, which releases on January 16th. Please note that each contest is only open for 24 hours, so you will need to act quickly!

Fall Preview

This Bookreporter.com Special Newsletter spotlights a book that we know people will be talking about in the months to come. Read more about it, and enter our Fall Preview Contest by Friday, October 20th at 11:59am ET for a chance to win one of five copies of EDUCATED: A Memoir by Tara Westover, which releases on February 20th and will be a Bookreporter.com Bets On selection. Please note that each contest is only open for 24 hours, so you will need to act quickly!

Fall Showcase

This Bookreporter.com Special Newsletter spotlights multiple books coming out this fall. Read more about them, and enter our Fall Showcase Contest by Friday, October 25th at noon ET for a chance to win one of five copies of each of the following books: THE ALL-GIRL FILLING STATION’S LAST REUNION by Fannie Flagg, THE AVIATOR'S WIFE by Melanie Benjamin, CARTWHEEL by Jennifer duBois, A NANTUCKET CHRISTMAS by Nancy Thayer, and NIGHT FILM by Marisha Pessl.