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2020 has felt like a decade, especially from March to June. Phew! Remember when masks were just worn on Halloween and Mardi Gras? When indoor dining was what you did when it rained? When the word “unprecedented” was not used every day? When you had no idea exactly how long six feet was? And socially distanced was not part of the lexicon? And how about quarantine (which the last time I dealt with was when I had scarlet fever when I was six)? All this came to pass since early March, a mere four months ago. Seriously, I think we all need a three-day weekend. Actually, I think this year it should be Fourth of July WEEK!

On Sale This Week

In this newsletter, you will find books releasing the weeks of July 6th and July 13th that we think will be of interest to Bookreporter.com readers, along with Bonus News, where we call out a contest, feature or review that we want to let you know about so you have it on your radar.

This week, we are calling attention to our Sounding Off on Audio contest for July. This month's prizes are the audio versions of Brad Thor's NEAR DARK, read by Armand Schultz, and Kristin Harmel's THE BOOK OF LOST NAMES, read by Madeleine Maby. Submit your comments about the audiobooks you've listened to by Monday, August 3rd at noon ET, and you'll be in the running to win both these audio titles.

We also are featuring ONE YEAR OF UGLY by Caroline Mackenzie in our New Release Spotlight, and THE WEDDING THIEF by Mary Simses in our Paperback Spotlight. Click on the covers above for about the book descriptions, excerpts and author info for each title.

Below we continue to feature a number of upcoming online book and author events that you may want to have on your radar. In our previous poll, we wanted to know if you attend these kinds of events. Here’s the breakdown of what you virtually attend: Author events (36%), Bookstore events (20%), Publisher-sponsored events (19%), Library events (17%), Book festivals (13%). We also asked what platforms you use to attend these events. Here are your top four preferences: Zoom (36%), Facebook Live (25%), YouTube Live (12%), Crowdcast (10%). Click here for all the results.

Summer Reading

This Bookreporter.com Special Newsletter spotlights a book that we think is a great summer reading selection. Read more about it, and enter our Summer Reading Contest by Wednesday, July 8th at 11:59am ET for a chance to win one of five copies of THE LOST AND FOUND BOOKSHOP by Susan Wiggs, which is now available. Please note that each contest is only open for 24 hours, so you will need to act quickly!

Spring Preview

This Bookreporter.com Special Newsletter spotlights a book that we know people will be talking about this spring. Read more about it, and enter our Spring Preview Contest by Friday, April 24th at 11:59am ET for a chance to win one of five copies of FEELS LIKE FALLING by Kristy Woodson Harvey, which releases on April 28th. Please note that each contest is only open for 24 hours, so you will need to act quickly!

Winter Reading

This Bookreporter.com Special Newsletter spotlights a book that we know people will be talking about this winter. Read more about it, and enter our Winter Reading Contest by Wednesday, February 19th at 11:59am ET for a chance to win one of five copies of SAINT X by Alexis Schaitkin, which is now available and will be a Bookreporter.com Bets On pick. Please note that each contest is only open for 24 hours, so you will need to act quickly!

Holiday Cheer

This Bookreporter.com Special Newsletter spotlights a book that is perfect for holiday giving and that you may want to include on your "to me/from me" list. Read more about it, and enter our Holiday Cheer Contest by Thursday, December 12th at 11:59am ET for a chance to win one of five copies of THE STATIONERY SHOP by Marjan Kamali, which is a Bookreporter.com Bets On pick. Please note that each contest is only open for 24 hours, so you will need to act quickly!

Fall Preview

This Bookreporter.com Special Newsletter spotlights a book that we know people will be talking about this fall. Read more about it, and enter our Fall Preview Contest by Friday, October 18th at 11:59am ET for a chance to win one of five copies of BEFORE AND AFTER: The Incredible Real-Life Stories of Orphans Who Survived the Tennessee Children's Home Society by Judy Christie and Lisa Wingate, which releases on October 22nd. Please note that each contest is only open for 24 hours, so you will need to act quickly!