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Avid Readers may remember that a few months back, we featured a piece called Remaining Unread: The Top Ten Reasons We Don’t Get to Certain Books about the books we intend to read but never do. Readers loved it and wrote in with their own tales of tomes that bested them.

This month we’re flipping the coin to the happy side to look at the books we’ve been glued to and unable to walk away from until finished.

Whether it’s the compelling characters, an irresistible narrative or the skilful suspense of a whodunit, we’re talking about the books that make us forsake life and responsibility to inhale them in one or two sittings.

Read on: Two-Sitting Reads

City of Thieves by David Benioff
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Marabou Stork Nightmares by Irvine Welsh Marabou Stork Nightmares
by Irvine Welsh

Five Stars Reviewed by Anna

In this literary gem, Irvine Welsh (author of cult classic Trainspotting) takes the reader on a terrifying introspective journey using...

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BookBridge Mongolia Needs Our Help

BookBridge MongoliaBookBridge Mongolia is a charity project working to reduce poverty and promote literacy. The project was born of a successful scout exchange program between German and Mongolian scouts, and the subsequent realization of the importance of multilingualism to the future success of Mongolian children. The project desperately needs donations of English-language books, appropriate to children age 6-16 years.

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Magers and Quinn Birthday Sale

Magers and QuinnTo celebrate 15 years of independent bookselling, Magers and Quinn Booksellers of Minneapolis, Minnesota, is discounting their entire inventory by 15% - Signed books, first editions, or reading copies are all available at this birthday discount.

Celebrate and Save

In the Rare Book Room: Collecting the Irish

Irish WritersIt is said Ireland’s greatest contribution to the world of arts and culture has been its literature. From centuries-old classics like Jonathan Swift to modern successes like Colm Toibin, we’ve put together a guide to collecting the literature – and maybe the luck – o’ the Irish.

Collecting the Irish
Signed Bestsellers in February
  1. The Swan Thieves
    Elizabeth Kostova
  2. Horns
    Joe Hill
  3. The Women of Nell Gwynne's
    Kage Baker
  4. The Pregnant Widow
    Martin Amis
  5. Operation Mincemeat
    Ben Macintyre
See The Whole List on the Homepage

Most Expensive Books Sold in February
  1. Ottoman Atlas
  2. Titanic and Other Ships
    C.H. Lightoller - $11,742
  3. The Holy Bible: Reprinted according to the authorized version of 1611
  4. Historic Families of America: Armorial Edition
    W.W. Spooner - $7,500
  5. Wine in Peace and War
    Evelyn Waugh - $5,775
See the Whole List in the Rare Book Room
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