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Books: a family's love language (by author Maggie Wells)

We're delighted to bring you the first of our guest posts this month! Today, fantastic author Maggie Wells talks about how books are her family's love language...


I come from a family of readers. My parents were readers, and they raised seven book junkies. Our living room end tables were piled with massive tomes by James Michener, Leon Uris, Ken Follett, and Herman Wouk. There was a chair in our main bathroom where my insomniac mother sat and read through the wee hours of the night. We were all enrolled in the Withers Public Library summer reading club on the first day of summer vacation. We are all patrons and advocates of public libraries.


As readers, my siblings and I have differing genres to which we gravitate, but we are happy to add books from outside our comfort zone to our TBR piles based on familial recommendation. I am the only avid romance reader in the lot, but they all claim to have read at least MY books. 😉


Recently, my eldest brother suffered some health setbacks that left him incapacitated. I live in another state, so there was not much I could do to cheer him. I suppose I could have sent flowers, but instead, I sent books.


He said they were exactly what he needed.


Last month, we had our first family gathering since COVID. My sister and a handful of nieces were seated at a table with our phones out, but we weren’t snapping photos or scrolling social media. We were sifting through our reading apps and swapping titles and authors.


So, from my family to yours, happy reading this OcTBR! Here are a few suggestions for your pile:


Recs from Maggie:

For my sister and nieces: Book Lovers by Emily Henry

To GenX fantasy loving brother: Swashbucklers by Dan Hanks

A couple of the titles sent in lieu of flowers: The Alice Network by Kate Quinn and The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah


Family recs added to Maggie’s TBR:

The Silver Pigs by Lindsey Davis

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal

Pachinko by Lee Min-jin


Inspired by 1970s doorstops on my parents’ end tables:

Mila 18 by Leon Uris and The Winds of War by Herman Wouk



Thanks so much to Maggie for writing today's guest post for us!



About Maggie:

By day, Maggie Wells is buried in spreadsheets. At night, she pens tales of people tangling up the sheets. The product of a charming rogue and a shameless flirt, you only need to scratch the surface of this mild-mannered married lady to find a naughty streak a mile wide. The author of over 40 books, Maggie has a passion for college football, processed cheese foods, and happy endings. Not necessarily in that order.


You can find Maggie at her website here.

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