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Sophie's 2021 Reading List

Sophie's 2021 Reading List

An eclectic mix of everything that sounded interesting this year.

Playlist Tags: Whirlwind Book Bar topic: magic topic: mental health memoirs topic: history womens history month mood: noir audience: women romance audience: fantasy-lovers

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Into the Forest

A Holocaust Story of Survival, Triumph, and Love

By Rebecca Frankel
Narrated by: Natalie Pela
Length: 11 hours 13 minutes

Into the Forest

“Confession: I was wary at first about another Holocaust survival story. And then I read the prologue, and couldn't put the book down. From the first pages, Rebecca Frankel had me feeling like a child listening, rapt, to the stories the women in my family would recount about the past. The immediacy and intimacy of the narrative swept me away and I lost track of my physical location, only half aware that I was sitting on my couch instead of hiding in fear for my life. Frankel is gentle, but unflinching, as she relates the events experienced by the Rabinowitz family. While Into the Forest is one tale of Holocaust survival among many such tales, it stands out not only for Frankel's storytelling acumen, but also as a reminder that one kindness can echo into the future in astounding and unpredictable ways.”

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Greenlights

By Matthew McConaughey
Narrated by: Matthew McConaughey
Length: 6 hours 42 minutes

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Discover the life-changing memoir that has inspired millions of readers through the Academy Award®–winning actor’s unflinching honesty, unconventional wisdom, and lessons learned the hard way about living with greater satisfaction.

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE GUARDIAN


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The Initial Insult

By Mindy McGinnis
Narrated by: Lisa Flanagan, Brittany Pressley & Tim Campbell
Length: 7 hours 28 minutes

In the first book of a suspenseful YA duology, award-winning author Mindy McGinnis draws inspiration from Edgar Allan Poe and masterfully delivers a dark, propulsive mystery in alternating points of view that unravels a friendship . . . forevermore. Perfect for fans of One of Us Is Lying and Truly Devious!

Tress Montor’s family used to mean...

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We Are All the Same in the Dark

A Novel

By Julia Heaberlin
Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Catherine Taber, MacLeod Andrews & Kirby Heyborne
Length: 10 hours 34 minutes

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • PEOPLE PICK • OPTIONED BY SISTER PICTURES FOR TELEVISION • The discovery of a girl abandoned by the side of the road threatens to unearth the long-buried secrets of a Texas town’s legendary cold case in this superb, atmospheric novel from the internationally bestselling author of Black-Eyed Susans

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The Paying Guests

A Novel

By Sarah Waters
Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
Length: 21 hours 29 minutes

A truly extraordinary, masterful novel of brilliant storytelling, sensuality, and psychological suspense set in post-WWI London, from the internationally bestselling author of The Little Stranger. Three-time Booker Prize finalist Sarah Waters is at the height of her powers.
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The Woman in the Green Dress

By Tea Cooper
Narrated by: Casey Withoos
Length: 9 hours 26 minutes

After her husband’s death in World War I, Fleur’s surprising inheritance takes her deep into the past—and could unravel a mystery surrounding a cursed opal, a gnarled family tree, and a sinister woman in a green dress.

1919: After a whirlwind romance, London teashop waitress Fleur Richards can’t wait for her new husband, Hugh, to return from the...

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What You Wish For

A Novel

By Katherine Center
Narrated by: Katherine Center & Thérèse Plummer
Length: 11 hours 13 minutes

What You Wish For

“Sam Casey loves her job as an elementary school librarian on Galveston Island. That is until the founder and principal suddenly passes away and is replaced by Sam’s former crush Duncan Carpenter, who has become a stickler for rules and safety rather than the carefree, charismatic leader he was when they worked together years ago. As Sam and her colleagues try to thwart Duncan’s initiatives, she digs deeper to learn why he’s changed. A lovely novel about moving through grief and choosing to find joy wherever you can.”

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Amelia Unabridged

A Novel

By Ashley Schumacher
Narrated by: Lesa Wilson
Length: 7 hours 45 minutes

Sparks fly between two teens as they grapple with grief, love, and the future in this unforgettable debut novel sure to entice fans of Jandy Nelson and Jennifer E. Smith

Eighteen-year-old Amelia Griffin is obsessed with the famous Orman Chronicles, written by the young and reclusive prodigy N. E. Endsley. They’re the books that brought her and...

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The Lost Apothecary

A Novel

By Sarah Penner
Narrated by: Lorna Bennett, Lauren Anthony & Lauren Irwin
Length: 10 hours 17 minutes

The Lost Apothecary

“A wonderful melding of two timelines told by a trio of female voices. Each woman is standing at a crossroads; one is just becoming a woman, one is anticipating the end of her life, and one the end of her marriage. A small, blue apothecary bottle links the women and the timelines together. Penner skillfully guides us along the path each woman chooses. I could hardly bear to put the book down, such was the need to know the choice each woman makes and the consequences of that choice.”

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American Queen

American Queen: Book #1

By Sierra Simone
Narrated by: Stephanie Rose
Length: 12 hours 30 minutes

It starts with a stolen kiss under an English sky, and it ends with a walk down the aisle. It starts with the President sending his best friend to woo me on his behalf, and it ends with my heart split in two. It starts with buried secrets and dangerous desires . . . and ends with the three of us bound together with a hateful love sharper than... Read more »

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The World Gives Way

A Novel

By Marissa Levien
Narrated by: Christine Lakin
Length: 12 hours 57 minutes

The World Gives Way

The World Gives Way gave me so many things: a crime novel, a science fiction epic, but also something that explores the beauties of love and the strive to survive through it all. This is an adventure that I won't be forgetting any time soon.”

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The Pull of the Stars

A Novel

By Emma Donoghue
Narrated by: Emma Lowe
Length: 9 hours 6 minutes

The Pull of the Stars

“I listened to the audiobook of "The Pull of the Stars" by Emma Donoghue and was immediately pulled into the intense and vivid surroundings of a hospital ward in 1918 Dublin. It is the height of the flu epidemic and pregnant women who have the flu are quarantined together. Life goes on as babies are born and solutions found in spite of an understaffed hospital. It rings very true considering our own world pandemic at the present time.”

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The Once and Future Witches

By Alix E. Harrow
Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
Length: 16 hours 3 minutes

The Once and Future Witches

“Alix Harrow’s The Ten Thousand Doors of January was my favorite book last year, so I had incredibly high expectations when I picked up The Once and Future Witches. This book is very different, but I adore it just as much! Set in the late 1800s in a world with a slightly alternate history from ours, women are fighting for the vote and losing. Three wayward sisters decide to challenge the patriarchy by bringing back witchcraft. Told through familiar stories twisted in new ways, this book is incredible. You will not be able to put it down, from the beautifully written introduction to the pulse-pounding ending!”

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I Hope You're Listening

By Tom Ryan
Narrated by: Caitlin Davies
Length: 8 hours 35 minutes

I Hope You're Listening

“Delia “Dee” Skinner is The Seeker—the host of the viral podcast Radio Silent, which harnesses the power of laptop detectives to help find missing people and bring some of them home. Despite the podcast’s success, Dee takes every step to keep her identity secret. A seventeen-year-old small town lesbian, she wasn’t always drawn to solving crimes. Her best friend, Sibby, was taken before her very eyes, and her whereabouts are still unknown. Everything Dee does is for Sibby. When a local girl goes missing ten years after Sibby’s disappearance, Dee is hesitant to take the case to Radio Silent, but allowing herself to be vulnerable might be the missing piece of the puzzle. Add this chilly, feminist thriller to your list!”

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Shine

By Jessica Jung
Narrated by: Joy Osmanski
Length: 9 hours 48 minutes

An instant New York Times bestseller

Crazy Rich Asians meets Gossip Girl by way of Jenny Han in this knockout debut about a Korean American teen who is thrust into the competitive, technicolor world of K-pop, from Jessica Jung, K-pop legend and former lead singer of one of the most influential K-pop girl groups of all time, Girls... Read more »

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The Girls Are All So Nice Here

By Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
Narrated by: Erin Mallon & Alex Allwine
Length: 9 hours 37 minutes

The Girls Are All So Nice Here

The Girls Are All So Nice Here is the first, but not the last, lie you will read when you devour this dark and disturbing novel about college girls and how they treat each other in order to be popular or important. The writing is chilling and so authentic, I felt like I was back in high school or college with a group of toxic girls who would stop at nothing to get what they wanted. The more I read, the more I wondered how Flynn could possibly come up with an ending that would be both satisfying and as deliciously evil as the rest of the book. She managed to deliver, and then some.”

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Vera

A Novel

By Carol Edgarian
Narrated by: Kathe Mazur
Length: 10 hours 12 minutes

Vera

“Experience the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 like never before — from inside the family of one of the most famous brothel madams. In this story, Edgarian combines lyrical writing and a cast of unforgettable characters, both real and imagined, with themes of love, rejection, graft, and economic disparity, all sprinkled with racism and misogyny. You won’t be able to visit the City by the Bay ever again without looking for Rose and her descendants. I couldn’t put this down.”

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The Infinity Courts

By Akemi Dawn Bowman
Narrated by: Mizuo Peck
Length: 13 hours 51 minutes

“Masterful and left me on the edge of my seat…absolutely everything I could want in a sci-fi.” —Adalyn Grace, New York Times bestselling author of All the Stars and Teeth

Westworld meets Warcross in this high-stakes, dizzyingly smart sci-fi about a teen girl navigating an afterlife in which she must defeat an AI entity intent on destroying... Read more »

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That Summer

A Novel

By Jennifer Weiner
Narrated by: Sutton Foster
Length: 13 hours 21 minutes

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Big Summer and “undisputed boss of the beach read” (The New York Times) comes another timely and deliciously twisty novel of intrigue, secrets, and the transformative power of female friendship.

Daisy Shoemaker can’t sleep. With a thriving cooking business, full schedule of volunteer work, and a... Read more »

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Act Your Age, Eve Brown

A Novel

By Talia Hibbert
Narrated by: Ione Butler
Length: 10 hours 51 minutes

Act Your Age, Eve Brown

“I've never met a Talia Hibbert book I haven't absolutely loved and Act Your Age, Eve Brown is no different. Hibbert is a master at her craft, flawlessly weaving humor with romance that's perfectly matched by Ione Butler's performance as she brings the characters to life. If you're looking for a romance to listen to that will make you laugh the whole way through, look no further.”

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