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Did you know about the tradition of saying "rabbit rabbit rabbit" on March 1st to ensure good luck throughout the rest of the year? Did we collectively forget to do it last March? Rabbit rabbit rabbit has its own Wikipedia page, even. And some people say it on the first of every month...just for extra luck! We say "rabbits rabbits rabbits" to make the smoke of bonfire go in a different direction, away from our eyes, too. To be honest, I can't remember when that started or when I first heard about the March 1st thing.

Anyway, I actually have something to write about today! We got the results of our vote for the next batch of books our book group is going to read. I nominated 5 books and I ended up not even voting for one of them because there were so many interesting books on the list. We had a record number of people interested in participating and newbies joining the book group. 9 people recommended books and NINETEEN voted! WOW. It was murder trying to whittle the list down to the required number of votes.

There were many political titles, auto/biographies and books by Black authors on the list this year, a definite sign of the times. Only 2 of the books recommended were by an author we have already read and I haven't read ANY of the ones that won, for a wonder! In fact, on the list of 46 books that were recommended, there was only ONE that I HAD read. A record! Our organizer was really pleased because we voted for 9 books and everyone who recommended books had one of theirs chosen! Wins all around!

Here is the list, in case you are interested or looking for something to read:

Key: blue=recommended/voted for by me, purple=recommended by me but not voted for by me, green=voted for by me, yellow=already read. The ones with a star in front won.

    1. Know My Name by Chanel Miller
    2. *Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
    3. *Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart
    4. Fight Like a Girl by Clementine Ford
    5. Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice by Raymond Arsenault
    6. Challenge Accepted! by Celeste Barber
    7. The Other Hand by Chris Cleaver
    8. *The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill
    9. Sounds Like Titanic: A Memoir by Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman
    10. *Mr Mac and Me by Esther Freud
    11. Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks: A Librarian's Love Letters and Breakup Notes to the Books in Her Life by Annie Spence
    12. Salamander by Thomas Wharton
    13. What Kind of Woman: Poems by Kate Baer
    14. The Obstacle in the Way by Ryan Holiday
    15. Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville
    16. The Constitution, The Declaration of Independence and The Articles of Confederation
    17. Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey
    18. *The Truths We Hold: An American Journey by Kamala Harris
    19. *They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
    20. Want by Lynn Steger Strong
    21. The Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King Jr., Malcom X and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation by Anna Malaika Tubbs
    22. Halfway Home: Race, Punishment and the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration by Reuben Jonathan Miller
    23. Friends and Strangers by J. Courtney Sullivan
    24. Deacon King Kong by James McBride
    25. *The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
    26. Super Sad True Love Story: A Novel by Gary Shteyngart
    27. Anxious People: A Novel by Fredrik Backman
    28. The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu
    29. The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré
    30. American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
    31. The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd
    32. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
    33. *Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters
    34. The Mandibles: A Family by Lionel Shriver
    35. Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler
    36. Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue
    37. The Terranauts: A Novel by T.C. Boyle
    38. She's Not There by Jennifer Finney Boylan
    39. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
    40. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie
    41. Circe by Madeline Miller
    42. Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Jane Sherron de Hart
    43. Becoming by Michelle Obama
    44. *The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson
    45. The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman
    46. The Rainbow Comes and Goes by Anderson Cooper

    So, a lot of books to add to my reading list! I gave Anders the Trevor Noah autobiography for Christmas so I don't have to buy that one, at least!
Tags: bibliophilia, goodthings


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