Spoiler Alert! - November news from Bookship

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Spoiler Alert!

You know the line. “The Butler Did It!!!”. The original spoiler. When somebody tells you how the book is going to come out before you finish?

Since people read at different speeds, sometimes Bookship comments turn into spoilers. Now, you can tag your comment as a spoiler (and what or where it’s a spoiler about), and your comment will be hidden from your fellow readers until they click to open it. Just look for the little yellow triangle in the comment box. Video demo here: https://youtu.be/zUmEzj37txo

We’ve also gotten a lot of requests for clubs to have a shared book list everyone can see and add to. Happy to say you can now do that! Just create a Group with your members, and when you save a book, you can add it to the Group’s list. Each book will say who added it. Video demo here: https://youtu.be/S0vHKMoyAIg

OK, as Casey Kasem used to say, “Now, on with the countdown”. [If you’re too young to know who that is, well, this.]

Disappearing Earth Disappearing Earth

Disappearing Earth came out of nowhere to take the #1 spot in books popular on Bookship. It's Julia Phillips first novel, up for the National Book Award, the Center for Fiction's First Novel Priz, and probably more soon. Kirkus says: A year in the lives of women and girls on an isolated peninsula in northeastern Russia opens with a chilling crime....An unusual, cleverly constructed thriller that is also a deep dive into the culture of a place many Americans have probably never heard of, illuminating issues of race, culture, sexual attraction, and the transition from the U.S.S.R. to post-Soviet Russia.

Boy Swallows Universe Boy Swallows Universe

The bestselling novel that has taken Australia, and the world, by storm.
Brisbane, 1983: A lost father, a mute brother, a mum in jail, a heroin dealer for a stepfather and a notorious crim for a babysitter. It’s not as if Eli’s life isn’t complicated enough already. He’s just trying to follow his heart, learning what it takes to be a good man, but life just keeps throwing obstacles in the way — notably Tytus Broz, legendary Brisbane drug dealer.
An utterly wonderful debut novel of love, crime, magic, fate and a boy’s coming of age, set in 1980s Australia and infused with the originality, charm, pathos, and heart of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

All Quiet on the Western Front All Quiet on the Western Front

Coming in at #3 is a classic war novel; I can't quite put my finger on why it's suddenly popular.

Considered by many the greatest war novel of all time (although personally I think Gates of Fire is even better), All Quiet on the Western Front is Erich Maria Remarque’s masterpiece of the German experience during World War I.