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The Best Books About Small Towns

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Best Books about Small Towns
Best Books about Small Towns

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I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty much a sucker for any book set in a small town. Really, though, it has to be more than just that. It needs to be about a community.

I grew up in a tiny town in the Texas panhandle, so I know a little bit about small towns. When a book is able to highlight both the good and the bad of small communities, it’s a sure winner for me.

Recently, I was sent a copy of a new release titled The Secret of Rainy Days. The book centers around a small community and a woman torn between her life there and the new life she’s forged in New York City.

I’m all too familiar with the tug of wanting to leave the smallness behind as a young adult, then longing for community as you grow older. The desperation of needing to go somewhere no one knows your history so you can forge your own path and the longing to be fully known and loved by a community.

And, that book got me thinking about all the books I’ve loved centered around small-town life. I think we can all use a little bit of community these days, fictional or not. So, I decided to put together a list of some of my favorites.

Top Book Club Picks – Indie Reads!

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Top Book Club Picks - Indie Reads
Top Book Club Picks – Indie Reads

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You may or may not realize that in the last decade scores of talented writers have decided to forgo traditional publishing and chosen instead to embrace a more entrepreneurial way of getting their books into the hands of readers.

For you, the reader, it shouldn’t matter how the book came to you, only that, for the 350 pages it was with you, it touched your life in some way.

Perhaps you read a self-published or small publisher book in the past and it…well, it wasn’t very good.

Well, let me tell you that times have changed.

What used to be a way for people who shouldn’t publish to get a dusty manuscript out too soon is now a viable option for talented authors to take control of their publishing careers and publish books that you, the reader, really love.

That said, it’s still difficult to find these gems on Amazon or elsewhere when the algorithm favors large publishing houses (including Amazon’s own Lake Union).

So today I’m featuring “Indie” books that you really should read as a book club! (In the future I’ll try to post more about the difference between self-publishing and small publishers, but this list includes a little of both!)

I would be remiss if I didn’t thank Lainey Cameron, whose book The Exit Strategy is on this list, for offering more than a few suggestions for this list when I asked.

Lainey is a champion for authors and you can find her fantastic podcast where she features the Best of Women’s Fiction, HERE!

She’s also an all-around great person and digital nomad whose Instagram account will have you sighing with jealousy at her fantastic adventures. If you don’t follow her, check her out!

How to Find Books You Will Love Every Single Time

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How to Find Books You Will Love Every Single Time
How to Find Books You Will Love Every Single Time
How to Find Books You Will Love Every Single Time
How to Find Books You Will Love Every Single Time
How to Find Books You Will Love Every Single Time
How to Find Books You Will Love Every Single Time
How to Find Books You Will Love Every Single Time
How to Find Books You Will Love Every Single Time

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If you are like me, you don’t have the time or the money to waste on books you just don’t like. And, the books your best friend loves may not be the books you love.

While reviews on the internet have helped many readers understand more about a book than just the back cover reveals, sometimes those aren’t really helpful either.

It all comes down to personal taste.

So, let me share with you some of the tips and tricks that I’ve found useful when I’m looking for my next great read. Let’s get started learning how to find books you will love every single time!

10 Black Lives Matter Novels Your Book Club Should Read

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10 Black Lives Matter Novels Your Book Club Should Read
10 Black Lives Matter Novels Your Book Club Should Read

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In the recent Black Lives Matter movement and with Black History Month at hand, many book clubs are choosing books by black authors about the experience of being black in America (yes, even today) and about the call to eradicate racism.

Can racism truly ever be eradicated? I don’t know.

But, this year has been a year of examining our hearts in view of the often hidden racism that still exists in America. I say hidden because I think many people still struggle with acknowledging biases despite proclaiming otherwise.

Change starts by examining our own hearts and choosing to remove whatever hinders kindness to any member of the human race. That is the power each one of us holds.

Today I’m going to share with you not non-fiction books about the topic, but novels. There are lots of lists out on the internet right now about Black Lives Matter non-fiction. This is a list of fiction.

Sometimes fiction can help us lower our guard, peak over walls we didn’t know we had erected, and begin to empathize with someone far different than ourselves in a way that non-fiction can’t.

So, if your book club is considering choosing a novel for Black Lives Matter or Black History Month, check out these 10 novels.

10 Christmas Novels Your Book Club Should Read

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10 Christmas Novels Your Book Club Should Read
10 Christmas Novels Your Book Club Should Read

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In this post, I’m going to share 10 Christmas Novels Your Book Club Should Read. These novels, ranging from romance to suspense to women’s fiction, are a wonderful holiday addition for your book club. If you are looking for the Happily Ever After with a Christmas tilt, they will leave you more than satisfied.

Last holiday season, in my post Hallmark Christmas for Booklovers, I shared gift ideas for booklovers who also love Hallmark shows. Specifically, I highlighted these shows: Chesapeake Shores, Cedar Cove, When Calls the Heart, At Home in Mitford, and Love Comes Softly. If you love those shows or are an avid Hallmark fan and are looking for unique gift ideas, check out the post.

I also created a post of 14 Christmas Romance Novels for Hallmark Fans. That list includes 14 books from the Hallmark press that you will love if you love Hallmark Channel Holiday movies. If you didn’t know, Hallmark has it’s own publishing company. That’s right, the eponymous Channel has it’s own line of books.

If you are someone who sticks your nose up at Hallmark’s Holiday Extravaganza (I get it), still check out this list. In this list you won’t just find Romance, but Suspense, Women’s Fiction, Historical Fiction and more. There’s sure to be something your book club will love.

Now, let’s take a look at the holiday-themed books you’ll love this year! The books below are organized by category, so find your book club’s favorite and pick one or three books to enjoy this holiday season!

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