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What if there were an army of indie booksellers enthusiastically reading and reviewing practically every new book coming out in the next year, and what if the books they were the most excited about, the books they couldn't wait to push into their customers' hands with a breathless "You've GOT to read this!" (virtually or otherwise), the ones with all the nine- and ten-star ratings were carefully curated and collected in a handy list? Well, all we can say is...KEEP READING!

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The Labyrinth of the Spirits by Carlos Ruiz ZafónZafón is one of my favorite authors of all times. I found his first book, Shadow of the Wind, years ago at an airport and was hooked forever. Although the series, Cemetery of Forgotten Books, is connected by its wonderful characters, each book can be read alone. I have been entranced by the adventures of Daniel Sempere and Fermin and many others that I came to care about. The horrors of the Spanish Civil War loom large over Daniel’s family and those he loves. And Alicia Gris, what a story she has to tell.

In the midst of this violent time in Spanish history the love that the characters have for each other shines bright. And through it all Zafon shares magnificent tales about books, booksellers and authors and life. He also has such imagination and is a masterful weaver of tales you can’t imagine. This is a must read! Love it, love it!!

The Labyrinth of the Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafón ($37.50*, Harper), recommended by Page & Palette, Fairhope, AL.