Fizzing and blithering!

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Jo here, most of a day late. But I have an excuse.

If hearing that A Lady’s Secret is #14 on the NYT Bestseller list isn’t an excuse for a writer to get a little ditzy, I’m not sure what is! 🙂 🙂 🙂

(Okay, so Billie’s waving oven gloves. Whatever works. That’s me on the right when I was very young, but old enough to drink. 🙂 )Josmirk2

This is a really big deal for writers because… okay, let me try to explain about bestseller lists. As readers, you probably don’t care very much. (Do you? Let me know how aware you are, what you think, if the lists printed in newspapers and magazines affects your book buying.)

But here’s about The Lists.

There are many lists, and some are only on the internet. It’s the ones that get printed in the paper that are the Really Big Deal. This probably goes back to the time when they were the only ones most people saw — ie back in the pre-web days. (Do you realize how little time that actually is? I don’t know when the World Wide Web came into existence, but it moved into everyday life only about a decade ago. And look at it now.)

So, for example, every Thursday the USA Today prints the hop 50 books in the paper. On the web, it lists the top 150. This is all books for all ages, fiction and non fiction, except for text books. Of course they can’t actually count every book sold, but they get reports for many, many places. But it’s that top 50 that really counts.

The USA Today list is a newcomer — 8 years? Anyone know? — and it shook up the NYT one, which had been the Bible. Because the NYT used a select number of stores, and coming out of the pre-internet, pre-computerization of bookstore inventory days, there was a bit of guesswork involved, and even a tendency for some bookstores to list the books they thought should be bestsellers, not the ones people were actually buying.

The New York Times Mass Market list  (This is the current one, not the one I’ll be on.)

When the USA Today list came out, however, some discrepancies were obvious leading to some adjustments, and also leading to a lot more genre and a lot more romance appearing there.

The USA Today List  (I am on this one, but at #73, so not in print. The different lists are not always in sync because there are still differences in how they count the numbers and when.)

Including my books. I’ve been on the extended NYT list a few times, which is why my publisher can put "New York Times Bestselling Author" on my books. But this is my first solo flight in the printed top of the list.

(Solo because I was on as part of an anthology led by Kathleen Woodiwiss. Somehow, I think she had a lot more to do with that than I did. 🙂 )

So there — a big achievement for me, for A Lady’s Secret, for Robin, Petra, and Coquette — who is proving a huge hit. Perhaps my leap in sales is because of all the Papillon dog devotees!

Oh, and it’s #12 on the Publisher’s Weekly Mass Market fiction list, too. Which is a big deal in the biz.

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Because of my distractedness, I don’t even have time to put in interesting pictures here, so I’m just grabbing some I like. That’s my garden path now.

Celebrate with me. What’s your tipple of choice? (I’ll be hosting a friend of mine soon here who’s an expert on classy tipples. Watch for that.) And tell me what you think about bestseller lists.

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Oh, and if you’ve read ALS and want to talk about it while being able to include spoirer-, I’ve turned my blog over to that for now.

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Cheers! ::hic!:: (and don’t forget to buy Lovers and Ladies, too!)Llfront

Jo 🙂

95 thoughts on “Fizzing and blithering!”

  1. Congratulations, Jo, on having the public at large recognize the high quality of your work — using their money instead of their mouths too.
    As for the influence of best seller lists on my book buying — they don’t have any. By the time a book I’d be interested in makes one of those lists, I already have it. But I do look at them because I’m interested in the industry from a business standpoint and I like to see what’s going on.

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  2. Congratulations, Jo, on having the public at large recognize the high quality of your work — using their money instead of their mouths too.
    As for the influence of best seller lists on my book buying — they don’t have any. By the time a book I’d be interested in makes one of those lists, I already have it. But I do look at them because I’m interested in the industry from a business standpoint and I like to see what’s going on.

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  3. Congratulations, Jo, on having the public at large recognize the high quality of your work — using their money instead of their mouths too.
    As for the influence of best seller lists on my book buying — they don’t have any. By the time a book I’d be interested in makes one of those lists, I already have it. But I do look at them because I’m interested in the industry from a business standpoint and I like to see what’s going on.

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  4. Congratulations, Jo, on having the public at large recognize the high quality of your work — using their money instead of their mouths too.
    As for the influence of best seller lists on my book buying — they don’t have any. By the time a book I’d be interested in makes one of those lists, I already have it. But I do look at them because I’m interested in the industry from a business standpoint and I like to see what’s going on.

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  5. Congratulations, Jo, on having the public at large recognize the high quality of your work — using their money instead of their mouths too.
    As for the influence of best seller lists on my book buying — they don’t have any. By the time a book I’d be interested in makes one of those lists, I already have it. But I do look at them because I’m interested in the industry from a business standpoint and I like to see what’s going on.

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  6. Congratulations! I loved A Lady’s Secret and all of the Malloren books– as well as your others. I am thrilled that you are getting the recognition you so well deserve.– and hope it prompts anyone who hasn’t read the previous books to do so. –they are in for a treat.
    Merry

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  7. Congratulations! I loved A Lady’s Secret and all of the Malloren books– as well as your others. I am thrilled that you are getting the recognition you so well deserve.– and hope it prompts anyone who hasn’t read the previous books to do so. –they are in for a treat.
    Merry

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  8. Congratulations! I loved A Lady’s Secret and all of the Malloren books– as well as your others. I am thrilled that you are getting the recognition you so well deserve.– and hope it prompts anyone who hasn’t read the previous books to do so. –they are in for a treat.
    Merry

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  9. Congratulations! I loved A Lady’s Secret and all of the Malloren books– as well as your others. I am thrilled that you are getting the recognition you so well deserve.– and hope it prompts anyone who hasn’t read the previous books to do so. –they are in for a treat.
    Merry

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  10. Congratulations! I loved A Lady’s Secret and all of the Malloren books– as well as your others. I am thrilled that you are getting the recognition you so well deserve.– and hope it prompts anyone who hasn’t read the previous books to do so. –they are in for a treat.
    Merry

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  11. Congratulations, Jo! I actually picked up A Lady’s Secret at my local grocery store last Tuesday–the first time I’d ever bought a book in a grocery store. I was out of work sick, and I wanted something by an author I knew I could trust for a good story. So when I happened to walk by the book rack right as the distributor was shelving new books, I saw that ALS was among them and grabbed a copy. And it was just the right book for relaxing on the couch with my chicken soup, so thank you!
    When I went back to the same store on Saturday for my regular shopping, I noticed it was sold out…
    Anyway, I’m always happy when an author I like makes the lists, because that means publishers will keep buying their books. But it doesn’t influence my decisions at all.

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  12. Congratulations, Jo! I actually picked up A Lady’s Secret at my local grocery store last Tuesday–the first time I’d ever bought a book in a grocery store. I was out of work sick, and I wanted something by an author I knew I could trust for a good story. So when I happened to walk by the book rack right as the distributor was shelving new books, I saw that ALS was among them and grabbed a copy. And it was just the right book for relaxing on the couch with my chicken soup, so thank you!
    When I went back to the same store on Saturday for my regular shopping, I noticed it was sold out…
    Anyway, I’m always happy when an author I like makes the lists, because that means publishers will keep buying their books. But it doesn’t influence my decisions at all.

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  13. Congratulations, Jo! I actually picked up A Lady’s Secret at my local grocery store last Tuesday–the first time I’d ever bought a book in a grocery store. I was out of work sick, and I wanted something by an author I knew I could trust for a good story. So when I happened to walk by the book rack right as the distributor was shelving new books, I saw that ALS was among them and grabbed a copy. And it was just the right book for relaxing on the couch with my chicken soup, so thank you!
    When I went back to the same store on Saturday for my regular shopping, I noticed it was sold out…
    Anyway, I’m always happy when an author I like makes the lists, because that means publishers will keep buying their books. But it doesn’t influence my decisions at all.

    Reply
  14. Congratulations, Jo! I actually picked up A Lady’s Secret at my local grocery store last Tuesday–the first time I’d ever bought a book in a grocery store. I was out of work sick, and I wanted something by an author I knew I could trust for a good story. So when I happened to walk by the book rack right as the distributor was shelving new books, I saw that ALS was among them and grabbed a copy. And it was just the right book for relaxing on the couch with my chicken soup, so thank you!
    When I went back to the same store on Saturday for my regular shopping, I noticed it was sold out…
    Anyway, I’m always happy when an author I like makes the lists, because that means publishers will keep buying their books. But it doesn’t influence my decisions at all.

    Reply
  15. Congratulations, Jo! I actually picked up A Lady’s Secret at my local grocery store last Tuesday–the first time I’d ever bought a book in a grocery store. I was out of work sick, and I wanted something by an author I knew I could trust for a good story. So when I happened to walk by the book rack right as the distributor was shelving new books, I saw that ALS was among them and grabbed a copy. And it was just the right book for relaxing on the couch with my chicken soup, so thank you!
    When I went back to the same store on Saturday for my regular shopping, I noticed it was sold out…
    Anyway, I’m always happy when an author I like makes the lists, because that means publishers will keep buying their books. But it doesn’t influence my decisions at all.

    Reply
  16. How very exciting, Jo! Congratulations. You must be delirious with happiness. I certainly can’t wait to read the book. And it’s #14? Whoa, baby! ImPRESSive!
    Here’s a cyber toast for your wonderful news. Let’s hope there will be many more bestseller lists in your future!

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  17. How very exciting, Jo! Congratulations. You must be delirious with happiness. I certainly can’t wait to read the book. And it’s #14? Whoa, baby! ImPRESSive!
    Here’s a cyber toast for your wonderful news. Let’s hope there will be many more bestseller lists in your future!

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  18. How very exciting, Jo! Congratulations. You must be delirious with happiness. I certainly can’t wait to read the book. And it’s #14? Whoa, baby! ImPRESSive!
    Here’s a cyber toast for your wonderful news. Let’s hope there will be many more bestseller lists in your future!

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  19. How very exciting, Jo! Congratulations. You must be delirious with happiness. I certainly can’t wait to read the book. And it’s #14? Whoa, baby! ImPRESSive!
    Here’s a cyber toast for your wonderful news. Let’s hope there will be many more bestseller lists in your future!

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  20. How very exciting, Jo! Congratulations. You must be delirious with happiness. I certainly can’t wait to read the book. And it’s #14? Whoa, baby! ImPRESSive!
    Here’s a cyber toast for your wonderful news. Let’s hope there will be many more bestseller lists in your future!

    Reply
  21. I finished ALS last night. Sigh. It’s wonderful and deserves every accolade. And I was NOT expecting the twist at all. Congratulations, Jo! I now have another book to add to my “Books I’ve Loved Lately” list on my blog.

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  22. I finished ALS last night. Sigh. It’s wonderful and deserves every accolade. And I was NOT expecting the twist at all. Congratulations, Jo! I now have another book to add to my “Books I’ve Loved Lately” list on my blog.

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  23. I finished ALS last night. Sigh. It’s wonderful and deserves every accolade. And I was NOT expecting the twist at all. Congratulations, Jo! I now have another book to add to my “Books I’ve Loved Lately” list on my blog.

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  24. I finished ALS last night. Sigh. It’s wonderful and deserves every accolade. And I was NOT expecting the twist at all. Congratulations, Jo! I now have another book to add to my “Books I’ve Loved Lately” list on my blog.

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  25. I finished ALS last night. Sigh. It’s wonderful and deserves every accolade. And I was NOT expecting the twist at all. Congratulations, Jo! I now have another book to add to my “Books I’ve Loved Lately” list on my blog.

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  26. Thanks, everyone!
    Yes, it does seem to be selling out, too, which is good and bad, of course. Great that people are snapping it up, but if the shelf is empty many people won’t ask for it etc etc.
    NAL is getting more copies out quickly.
    Hope you’re recovered by now, Susan.
    Jo 🙂

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  27. Thanks, everyone!
    Yes, it does seem to be selling out, too, which is good and bad, of course. Great that people are snapping it up, but if the shelf is empty many people won’t ask for it etc etc.
    NAL is getting more copies out quickly.
    Hope you’re recovered by now, Susan.
    Jo 🙂

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  28. Thanks, everyone!
    Yes, it does seem to be selling out, too, which is good and bad, of course. Great that people are snapping it up, but if the shelf is empty many people won’t ask for it etc etc.
    NAL is getting more copies out quickly.
    Hope you’re recovered by now, Susan.
    Jo 🙂

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  29. Thanks, everyone!
    Yes, it does seem to be selling out, too, which is good and bad, of course. Great that people are snapping it up, but if the shelf is empty many people won’t ask for it etc etc.
    NAL is getting more copies out quickly.
    Hope you’re recovered by now, Susan.
    Jo 🙂

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  30. Thanks, everyone!
    Yes, it does seem to be selling out, too, which is good and bad, of course. Great that people are snapping it up, but if the shelf is empty many people won’t ask for it etc etc.
    NAL is getting more copies out quickly.
    Hope you’re recovered by now, Susan.
    Jo 🙂

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  31. Brava, Jo, and congratulations–ALS is a fabulous book. I inhaled it quickly in one delirious gasp (just couldn’t help myself), and now I’m reading it again slowly, savoring each delicious word.
    Thank you for sharing so much of yourself with us through your books. How glad I am, and how lucky we all are, that you took up your pen and decided to write for a living.
    Blessings to you,
    Melinda

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  32. Brava, Jo, and congratulations–ALS is a fabulous book. I inhaled it quickly in one delirious gasp (just couldn’t help myself), and now I’m reading it again slowly, savoring each delicious word.
    Thank you for sharing so much of yourself with us through your books. How glad I am, and how lucky we all are, that you took up your pen and decided to write for a living.
    Blessings to you,
    Melinda

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  33. Brava, Jo, and congratulations–ALS is a fabulous book. I inhaled it quickly in one delirious gasp (just couldn’t help myself), and now I’m reading it again slowly, savoring each delicious word.
    Thank you for sharing so much of yourself with us through your books. How glad I am, and how lucky we all are, that you took up your pen and decided to write for a living.
    Blessings to you,
    Melinda

    Reply
  34. Brava, Jo, and congratulations–ALS is a fabulous book. I inhaled it quickly in one delirious gasp (just couldn’t help myself), and now I’m reading it again slowly, savoring each delicious word.
    Thank you for sharing so much of yourself with us through your books. How glad I am, and how lucky we all are, that you took up your pen and decided to write for a living.
    Blessings to you,
    Melinda

    Reply
  35. Brava, Jo, and congratulations–ALS is a fabulous book. I inhaled it quickly in one delirious gasp (just couldn’t help myself), and now I’m reading it again slowly, savoring each delicious word.
    Thank you for sharing so much of yourself with us through your books. How glad I am, and how lucky we all are, that you took up your pen and decided to write for a living.
    Blessings to you,
    Melinda

    Reply
  36. Congratulations, Jo!
    I loved ALS! We have been voting on our six favorite books by a handful of authors this week on the EJ/JQ bulletin board, and ALS was among my top six of your books. I have never met a JoBev book that I didn’t like, but ALS is special even among your extraordinary work. And like Maggie, I was not prepared for the connection. It was such a wonderful surprise.
    I am still looking for Lovers and Ladies.

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  37. Congratulations, Jo!
    I loved ALS! We have been voting on our six favorite books by a handful of authors this week on the EJ/JQ bulletin board, and ALS was among my top six of your books. I have never met a JoBev book that I didn’t like, but ALS is special even among your extraordinary work. And like Maggie, I was not prepared for the connection. It was such a wonderful surprise.
    I am still looking for Lovers and Ladies.

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  38. Congratulations, Jo!
    I loved ALS! We have been voting on our six favorite books by a handful of authors this week on the EJ/JQ bulletin board, and ALS was among my top six of your books. I have never met a JoBev book that I didn’t like, but ALS is special even among your extraordinary work. And like Maggie, I was not prepared for the connection. It was such a wonderful surprise.
    I am still looking for Lovers and Ladies.

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  39. Congratulations, Jo!
    I loved ALS! We have been voting on our six favorite books by a handful of authors this week on the EJ/JQ bulletin board, and ALS was among my top six of your books. I have never met a JoBev book that I didn’t like, but ALS is special even among your extraordinary work. And like Maggie, I was not prepared for the connection. It was such a wonderful surprise.
    I am still looking for Lovers and Ladies.

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  40. Congratulations, Jo!
    I loved ALS! We have been voting on our six favorite books by a handful of authors this week on the EJ/JQ bulletin board, and ALS was among my top six of your books. I have never met a JoBev book that I didn’t like, but ALS is special even among your extraordinary work. And like Maggie, I was not prepared for the connection. It was such a wonderful surprise.
    I am still looking for Lovers and Ladies.

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  41. Congratulations, Jo! I am not surprised at all. I do follow the lists when my favorite authors have released books. I also make sure I get to the stores as quickly as I can after the release date to help those books along. Much to my budget’s chagrin (stop laughing) I do this often. So fear not, I have my copy. I haven’t read it yet but it’s patiently waiting its turn but that surprise twist is calling to me!
    I’m off to find Lovers and Ladies this weekend because I really love these stories and want to make sure the rest get released, as well.

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  42. Congratulations, Jo! I am not surprised at all. I do follow the lists when my favorite authors have released books. I also make sure I get to the stores as quickly as I can after the release date to help those books along. Much to my budget’s chagrin (stop laughing) I do this often. So fear not, I have my copy. I haven’t read it yet but it’s patiently waiting its turn but that surprise twist is calling to me!
    I’m off to find Lovers and Ladies this weekend because I really love these stories and want to make sure the rest get released, as well.

    Reply
  43. Congratulations, Jo! I am not surprised at all. I do follow the lists when my favorite authors have released books. I also make sure I get to the stores as quickly as I can after the release date to help those books along. Much to my budget’s chagrin (stop laughing) I do this often. So fear not, I have my copy. I haven’t read it yet but it’s patiently waiting its turn but that surprise twist is calling to me!
    I’m off to find Lovers and Ladies this weekend because I really love these stories and want to make sure the rest get released, as well.

    Reply
  44. Congratulations, Jo! I am not surprised at all. I do follow the lists when my favorite authors have released books. I also make sure I get to the stores as quickly as I can after the release date to help those books along. Much to my budget’s chagrin (stop laughing) I do this often. So fear not, I have my copy. I haven’t read it yet but it’s patiently waiting its turn but that surprise twist is calling to me!
    I’m off to find Lovers and Ladies this weekend because I really love these stories and want to make sure the rest get released, as well.

    Reply
  45. Congratulations, Jo! I am not surprised at all. I do follow the lists when my favorite authors have released books. I also make sure I get to the stores as quickly as I can after the release date to help those books along. Much to my budget’s chagrin (stop laughing) I do this often. So fear not, I have my copy. I haven’t read it yet but it’s patiently waiting its turn but that surprise twist is calling to me!
    I’m off to find Lovers and Ladies this weekend because I really love these stories and want to make sure the rest get released, as well.

    Reply
  46. Thanks again, everyone, and for enjoying the book. We work on a book so long that it’s a kind of miracle when it’s real and then people are truly getting pleasure from it.
    (Meanwhile, I’m half way through the next one. But that’s the writer’s life. Partly in the past, partly in the future, but only tenuously in the present!)
    The current list — ie the one in tomorrow’s paper — is up on line now. You have to register (for free) to see beyond the top 5. But it’s there. I didn’t dream it.
    Jo 🙂

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  47. Thanks again, everyone, and for enjoying the book. We work on a book so long that it’s a kind of miracle when it’s real and then people are truly getting pleasure from it.
    (Meanwhile, I’m half way through the next one. But that’s the writer’s life. Partly in the past, partly in the future, but only tenuously in the present!)
    The current list — ie the one in tomorrow’s paper — is up on line now. You have to register (for free) to see beyond the top 5. But it’s there. I didn’t dream it.
    Jo 🙂

    Reply
  48. Thanks again, everyone, and for enjoying the book. We work on a book so long that it’s a kind of miracle when it’s real and then people are truly getting pleasure from it.
    (Meanwhile, I’m half way through the next one. But that’s the writer’s life. Partly in the past, partly in the future, but only tenuously in the present!)
    The current list — ie the one in tomorrow’s paper — is up on line now. You have to register (for free) to see beyond the top 5. But it’s there. I didn’t dream it.
    Jo 🙂

    Reply
  49. Thanks again, everyone, and for enjoying the book. We work on a book so long that it’s a kind of miracle when it’s real and then people are truly getting pleasure from it.
    (Meanwhile, I’m half way through the next one. But that’s the writer’s life. Partly in the past, partly in the future, but only tenuously in the present!)
    The current list — ie the one in tomorrow’s paper — is up on line now. You have to register (for free) to see beyond the top 5. But it’s there. I didn’t dream it.
    Jo 🙂

    Reply
  50. Thanks again, everyone, and for enjoying the book. We work on a book so long that it’s a kind of miracle when it’s real and then people are truly getting pleasure from it.
    (Meanwhile, I’m half way through the next one. But that’s the writer’s life. Partly in the past, partly in the future, but only tenuously in the present!)
    The current list — ie the one in tomorrow’s paper — is up on line now. You have to register (for free) to see beyond the top 5. But it’s there. I didn’t dream it.
    Jo 🙂

    Reply
  51. Congrats! It is well deserved! I’m hoping that my family will stop ridiculing the books I read now, but unlikely.
    IN any event, I raise my favourite drink (which I *think* is called Summer Dream – or is that Summer Breeze?) anyhow! Cheers for a job well done!!

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  52. Congrats! It is well deserved! I’m hoping that my family will stop ridiculing the books I read now, but unlikely.
    IN any event, I raise my favourite drink (which I *think* is called Summer Dream – or is that Summer Breeze?) anyhow! Cheers for a job well done!!

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  53. Congrats! It is well deserved! I’m hoping that my family will stop ridiculing the books I read now, but unlikely.
    IN any event, I raise my favourite drink (which I *think* is called Summer Dream – or is that Summer Breeze?) anyhow! Cheers for a job well done!!

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  54. Congrats! It is well deserved! I’m hoping that my family will stop ridiculing the books I read now, but unlikely.
    IN any event, I raise my favourite drink (which I *think* is called Summer Dream – or is that Summer Breeze?) anyhow! Cheers for a job well done!!

    Reply
  55. Congrats! It is well deserved! I’m hoping that my family will stop ridiculing the books I read now, but unlikely.
    IN any event, I raise my favourite drink (which I *think* is called Summer Dream – or is that Summer Breeze?) anyhow! Cheers for a job well done!!

    Reply
  56. Congratulations Jo! I must admit, I don’t read newspapers (online news ftw!) and never pay attention to book lists, but I know lots of people who do. Can’t wait to read ALS!

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  57. Congratulations Jo! I must admit, I don’t read newspapers (online news ftw!) and never pay attention to book lists, but I know lots of people who do. Can’t wait to read ALS!

    Reply
  58. Congratulations Jo! I must admit, I don’t read newspapers (online news ftw!) and never pay attention to book lists, but I know lots of people who do. Can’t wait to read ALS!

    Reply
  59. Congratulations Jo! I must admit, I don’t read newspapers (online news ftw!) and never pay attention to book lists, but I know lots of people who do. Can’t wait to read ALS!

    Reply
  60. Congratulations Jo! I must admit, I don’t read newspapers (online news ftw!) and never pay attention to book lists, but I know lots of people who do. Can’t wait to read ALS!

    Reply

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