2021 Literary Escapes Challenge

- Alabama
- Alaska
- Arizona (1)
- Arkansas
- California (4)
- Colorado (1)
- Connecticut (1)
- Delaware
- Florida
- Georgia
- Hawaii
- Idaho
- Illinois (3)
- Indiana
- Iowa
- Kansas
- Kentucky
- Louisiana
- Maine
- Maryland (1)
- Massachusetts
- Michigan
- Minnesota (1)
- Mississippi
- Missouri
- Montana
- Nebraska (1)
- Nevada (1)
- New Hampshire (1)
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York (3)
- North Carolina (1)
- North Dakota
- Ohio (5)
- Oklahoma
- Oregon
- Pennsylvania (1)
- Rhode Island (1)
- South Carolina (1)
- South Dakota
- Tennessee
- Texas
- Utah (1)
- Vermont (2)
- Virginia (3)
- Washington (1)
- West Virginia
- Wisconsin
- Wyoming (1)
- *Washington, D.C.

International:
Australia (2)
Canada (3)
England (5)
France (1)
Ireland (1)
Switzerland (1)
The Philippines (1)
Wales (1)

My Progress:


21 / 51 states. 41% done!

2021 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

- About a war other than World War II
- Takes place before 1800
- Set in a country you do not live in Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
- Main character travels on a ship, train, or covered wagon Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan
- Set in a decade you don't usually choose to read about
- A major holiday is celebrated
- Takes place in a city or region where you have lived The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
- Features time travel to the past
- About a historical disaster, natural or otherwise
- With a proper noun in the title Premeditated Myrtle by Elizabeth C. Bunce
- Features a real female hero from the past
- Book that relates somehow to your own family history (the main character emigrates from the same country your ancestors did, the MC participates in a historical event your family member did, about someone you're related to, etc.)
- Written by a BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) author
- Features a main character with a different ethnicity, religion, or culture than your own The Length of a String by Elissa Brent Weissman
- Has an animal on the cover
- A ghost story
- Features a castle or an old house
- Set in South or Central America
- A mystery The Lost Girl of Astor Street by Stephanie Morrill
- Set in the decade that one of your parents was born in
- Concerns an event of historical significance that happened during your lifetime (or your parents' lifetimes if you were born after 2000)
- Features a search for gold or other kinds of treasure
- A person in period clothing on the cover
- Based on a true story
- A main character who is Native American, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian

My Progress:


6 / 25 books. 24% done!

2021 Popsugar Reading Challenge

- A book that's published in 2021 The Caretakers by Eliza Maxwell
- An Afrofuturist book
- A book that has a heart, diamond, club, or spade on the cover Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto
- A book by an author who shares your zodiac sign The Nature of Fragile Things by Susan Meissner
- A dark academia book
- A book with a gem, mineral, or rock in the title Murder at Marble House by Alyssa Maxwell
- A book where the main character works at your current or dream job Along a Storied Trail by Ann H. Gabhart
- A book that has won the Women's Prize for Fiction
- A book with a family tree
- A bestseller from the 1990s
- A book about forgetting
- A book you have seen on someone's bookshelf (in real life, on a Zoom call, in a TV show, etc.) Home Before Dark by Riley Sager
- A locked-room mysteryThe Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse
- A book set in a restaurant Killer Kung Pao by Vivien Chien
- A book with a black-and-white cover Death in the Family by Tessa Wegert
- A book by an Indigenous author
- A book that has the same title as a song
- A book about a subject you are passionate about The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel
- A book that discusses body positivity
- A book found on a Black Lives Matter reading list
- A genre hybrid The Elephant's Girl by Celesta Rimington
- A book set mostly or entirely outdoors Alone by Megan E. Freeman
- A book with something broken on the cover Strike Me Down by Mindy Mejia
- A book by a Muslim American author
- A book that was published anonymously
- A book with an oxymoron in the title Dark August by Katie Tallo
- A book about do-overs or fresh starts The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
- A magical realism book Beginners Welcome by Cindy Baldwin
- A book set in multiple countries In the Deep by Loreth Anne White
- A book set somewhere you'd like to visit in 2021 Toxic Toffee by Amanda Flower
- A book by a blogger, vlogger, YouTube video creator, or other online personality
- A book whose title starts with "Q," "X," or "Z"
- A book featuring three generations (grandparent, parent, child) Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan
- A book about a social justice issue
- A book in a different format than what you normally read (audiobooks, ebooks, graphic novels) Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling (audiobook)
- A book that has fewer than 1,000 reviews on Amazon or Goodreads The Length of a String by Elissa Brent Weissman
- A book you think your best friend would likeThe Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
- A book about art or an artist Veiled in Smoke by Jocelyn Green
- A book everyone seems to have read but you A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Mayhem by Manda Collins
- Your favorite prompt from a past POPSUGAR Reading Challenge When the Stars Go Dark by Paula McLain

ADVANCED:

- The longest book (by pages) on your TBR list
- The shortest book (by pages) on your TBR list
- The book on your TBR list with the prettiest cover Shadows of the White City by Jocelyn Green
- The book on your TBR list with the ugliest cover On These Magic Shores by Yamile Saied Méndez
- The book that's been on your TBR list for the longest amount of time
- A book from your TBR list you meant to read last year but didn't Egg Drop Dead by Vivien Chien
- A book from your TBR list you associate with a favorite person, place, or thing The Answer Is...by Alex Trebek
- A book from your TBR list chosen at random The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
- A DNF book from your TBR list
- A free book from your TBR list (gifted, borrowed, library) The Lost Girl of Astor Street by Stephanie Morrill

Booklist Queen's 2021 Reading Challenge

1. A Productivity Book
2. Book Becoming Movie in 2021
3. Goodreads Winner in 2020 The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
4. Biography
5. About a Pressing Social Issue
6. A Book About Books To Kill a Mocking Girl by Harper Kincaid
7. Set in the 1920s The Lost Girl of Astor Street by Stephanie Morrill
8. An Author Who Uses Initials Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery
9. Poetry
10. A 2020 Bestseller Home Before Dark by Riley Sager
11. Recommended by a Colleague Death in the Family by Tessa Wegert
12. With a Number in the Title 96 Miles by J.L. Esplin
13. Bottom of Your To-Read List
14. Reread a Favorite Book Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
15. Own Voices Story On These Magic Shores by Yamile Saied Méndez
16. Published in the 1800s Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
17. Local Author Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling
18. Longer Than 400 Pages Dark August by Katie Tallo
19. A Book Turned Into a TV Series The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson
20. A Book That Makes You Think The Lost Family by Libby Copeland
21. A WWII Story The Length of a String by Elissa Brent Weissman
22. A Highly Anticipated Book The Caretakers by Eliza Maxwell
23. Eye-Catching Cover The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
24. A Summer Read A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Mayhem by Manda Collins
25. Coming of Age Story Alone by Megan E. Freeman
26. Bestselling Memoir The Answer Is... by Alex Trebek
27. Book Club Favorite
28. A Book About Friendship Beginners Welcome by Cindy Baldwin
29. An Audiobook Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan
30. Set in Australia In the Deep by Loreth Anne White
31. By a Nobel Prize winner
32. About an Immigrant The Nature of Fragile Things by Susan Meissner
33. Time Travel Novel
34. An Author You Love Egg Drop Dead by Vivien Chien
35. Childhood Favorite
36. Classic Read in High School
37. Borrowed from the Library Murder at Marble House by Alyssa Maxwell
38. Nonfiction New York Times Bestseller
39. From an Indie Publisher
40. Fantasy
41. A Sequel The Stills by Jess Montgomery
42. Recommended by a Librarian
43. Psychological Thriller The Missing One by Lucy Atkins
44. Oprah Winfrey Book Club Pick
45. A Book About Technology
46. Title with Three Words Strike Me Down by Mindy Mejia
47. Debut Novel of Famous Author
48. Genre You Don't Usually Read
49. A Book Everyone Is Talking About The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
50. You Own But Haven't Read The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse
51. Borrowed from a Friend
52. A 2021 New Release When the Stars Go Dark by Paula McLain

My Progress:


35 / 52 books. 67% done!

Books Read:

1. Murder at Marble House by Alyssa Maxwell (2 toe tags)
2. The Caretakers by Eliza Maxwell (11 toe tags, 1 unknown COD)
3. Egg Drop Dead by Vivien Chien (1 toe tag)
4. Strike Me Down by Mindy Mejia (3 toe tags)
5. The Lost Girl of Astor Street by Stephanie Morrill (4 toe tags)
6. When the Stars Go Dark by Paula McLain (8 toe tags)
7. Toxic Toffee by Amanda Flower (3 toe tags)
8. Dark August by Katie Tallo (14 toe tags)
9. The Stills by Jess Montgomery (7 toe tags)
10. The Nature of Fragile Things by Susan Meissner (6 toe tags)
11. To Kill a Mocking Girl by Harper Kincaid (2 toe tags)
12. A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Mayhem by Manda Collins (8 toe tags, 1 unknown COD)
13. Death in the Family by Tessa Wegert (9 toe tags)
14. Veiled in Smoke by Jocelyn Green (3 toe tags)
15. Home Before Dark by Riley Sager (6 toe tags)
16. In the Deep by Loreth Anne White (2 toe tags)
17. The Family by Louise Jensen (4 toe tags)
18. The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson (5 toe tags)
19. The Missing One by Lucy Atkins (5 toe tags)
20. The Postscript Murders by Elly Griffiths (4 toe tags, 1 unknown COD)
21. The Bone Code by Kathy Reichs (12 toe tags)
22. The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman (10 toe tags)
23. The Mountains Wild by Sarah Stewart Taylor (6 toe tags)
24. Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto (1 toe tag)
25. The Dead Season by Tessa Wegert (1 toe tag)
26. A Trail of Lies by Kylie Logan (3 toe tags, 1 unknown COD)
27. After Alice Fell by Kim Taylor Blakemore (7 toe tags)
28. The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse (6 toe tags, 2 unknown COD)
29. A Distant Grave by Sarah Stewart Taylor (10 toe tags)
30. The Stranger Behind You by Carol Goodman (8 toe tags)
31. Such a Quiet Place by Megan Miranda (3 toe tags)
32. Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson (9 toe tags)
33. Premeditated Myrtle by Elizabeth C. Bunce (3 toe tags)
34. Killer Kung Pao by Vivien Chien (1 toe tag)

2021 Craving for Cozies Reading Challenge

Books Read:

1. Murder at Marble House by Alyssa Maxwell
2.
The Length of a String by Elissa Brent Weissman
3. The Lost Girl of Astor Street by Stephanie Morrill
4. The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
5. When the Stars Go Dark by Paula McLain
6. The Stills by Jess Montgomery
7. Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan
8. The Nature of Fragile Things by Susan Meissner
9. A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Mayhem by Manda Collins
10. Veiled in Smoke by Jocelyn Green
11. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
12. Shadows of the White City by Jocelyn Green
13. The Family Ship by Sonja Yoerg
14. The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel
15. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
16. After Alice Fell by Kim Taylor Blakemore
17. Premeditated Myrtle by Elizabeth C. Bunce

Cozies Read:

1. Murder at Marble House by Alyssa Maxwell
2. Egg Drop Dead by Vivien Chien
3. Toxic Toffee by Amanda Flower
4. To Kill a Mocking Girl by Harper Kincaid
5. Killer Kung Pao by Vivien Chien

The 52 Club's 2021 Reading Challenge

1. Set in a school
2. Featuring the legal profession
3. A dual timeline
4. An author that is deceased
5. Published by Penguin When the Stars Go Dark by Paula McLain
6. A character with the same name as a male family member Toxic Toffee by Amanda Flower
7. An author with only 1 published book 96 Miles by J.L. Esplin
8. A book in the 900's of the Dewey Decimal System The Answer Is... by Alex Trebek
9. Set in a Mediterranean country The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel
10. Related to the word "fire" Veiled in Smoke by Jocelyn Green
11. Book with discussion questions inside The Lost Girl of Astor Street by Stephanie Morrill
12. Title starting with the letter "D" Dark August by Katie Tallo
13. Includes an exotic animal The Missing One by Lucy Atkins
14. Written by an author over 65 (when published) The Bone Code by Kathy Reichs
15. A book mentioned in another book Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
16. Set before the 17th Century
17. A character "on the run" Egg Drop Dead by Vivien Chien
18. Author with a 9-letter last name The Postscript Murders by Elly Griffiths
19. Book with a deckled edge
20. Made into a TV series The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson
21. Book by Kristin Hannah
22. A family saga The Family Ship by Sonja Yoerg
23. An ending that surprises you Death in the Family by Tessa Wegert
24. A book you think they should read in schools
25. A book with multiple character POV Strike Me Down by Mindy Mejia
26. An author of color On These Magic Shores by Yamile Saied Méndez
27. First chapter ends on an odd page number To Kill a Mocking Girl by Harper Kincaid
28. Includes a historical event you know little about The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
29. Featuring the environment
30. Watch out for dragons!
31. Shares a similar title to another book A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Mayhem by Manda Collins
32. A selfish character Murder at Marble House by Alyssa Maxwell
33. Featuring adoption The Length of a String by Elissa Brent Weissman
34. A book you'd rate 5 stars The Lost Family by Libby Copeland
35. Set in a country that starts with the letter "S" The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse
36. A nameless narrator
37. An educational read
38. Recommended on BookBub
39. An alternate history novel
40. Found via #bookstagram Home Before Dark by Riley Sager
41. An endorsement by a famous author on the cover
42. An epistolary
43. A character with a pet cat The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
44. Includes a garden Premeditated Myrtle by Elizabeth C. Bunce
45. A coming of age novel Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan
46. Winner of the National Book Award - any year
47. A character with a disability Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling
48. A cover with a woman who is facing away The Stills by Jess Montgomery
49. A flavour in the title
50. A shoe on the cover Alone by Megan E. Freeman
51. Published in 2021 The Caretakers by Eliza Maxwell
52. Re-do one of the previous 51 categories from this 2021 challenge The Nature of Fragile Things by Susan Meissner (#48 - Woman on Cover Facing Away)

My Progress:


32 / 52 books. 62% done!

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The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

My Progress:


31 / 50 books. 62% done!

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

TTT: The Early Bird Gets the ARC


One of the perks of being a book blogger is gaining access to books before they become available to the general public.  This is especially exciting if a book's written by a favorite author and/or is creating lots of early buzz in the publishing world.  While ARC availability/distribution has changed a lot over the years I've been blogging, I still get a fair amount of them, which is one of the things that keeps this gig exciting!  I'm not the only one whose greedy little heart beats triple time at the thought of hot new ARCs on my doorstep, as is evidenced by today's TTT topic:  Top Ten Books I'd Slay a Lion to Get Early.

Before we get to that, though, make sure you head over to That Artsy Reader Girl to get the low-down on this fun weekly meme.  You're definitely going to want to make your own list every week and join in—it's always a good time, I promise!  It's a great way to spread the love throughout the book blogging community while adding to your TBR mountain chain (because you can NEVER have enough reading recommendations, amirite?).

I have to say first off that I wouldn't actually slay a lion for the following books because (1) I'm not into animal cruelty, (2) I'm a pretty big wimp (Simba would eat me long before I got anywhere close to him), and (3) I'm not that desperate.  I wouldn't be above begging for the following, though:

Top Ten Books I'd Slay a Lion to Get Early



1.  The Witch Elm by Tana French (available October 9, 2018)—Although details have been pretty hush-hush, Book Riot swears the Irish crime novelist's newest will be appearing in early October.  Supposedly, it's a standalone (French's first) about a boy (man?) who discovers a skull on his family's land while he's in town taking care of his uncle.  Honestly, I don't care if it's about how grass grows, I want to read it!


2.  The Clockmaker's Daughter by Kate Morton (available October 9, 2018)—Publishing on the same day as the above, is Morton's newest.  I adore everything I've ever read by her, so naturally I'd be stoked to get an early copy of this one, which appears to follow a similar dual-timeline plot as all her other novels. 


3.  A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult (available October 2, 2018)—I'm a long-time Picoult fan, so I'm excited about this one.  It's about a desperate gunman who rushes into a women's health clinic and holds the people inside hostage.  I'm down for what sounds like another tense, thought-provoking story from one of my favorite authors.


4.  The newest from Kristin Hannah—Yeah, yeah, I know Hannah just barely published The Great Alone.  I loved that book and The Nightingale, so I'm anxiously waiting for her next big, immersive novel.  I snagged an early copy of The Great Alone, so I'll keep my fingers crossed ...


5.  Al Capone Throws Me a Curve by Gennifer Choldenko (available May 8, 2018)—I had no idea there was another book in this fun series coming out until I got an email offering me an early copy of it.  Score!  It's on its way to me as we speak and I'm super excited.  If you haven't read Choldenko's excellent middle grade series about life as a kid living on Alcatraz during the 1930s, you really should.


6.  A Conspiracy of Bones by Kathy Reichs (available August 21, 2018?)—It feels like I've been waiting decades for this one to come out and it looks like the wait isn't over yet.  Reichs just announced that, because of health issues, she's going on sabbatical and won't be releasing the book when planned.  Bummer.  I have to see what happens next to Tempe Brennan, my favorite forensic anthropologist, so an early copy of this one would be especially awesome!


7.  In Her Bones by Kate Moretti (available September 4, 2018)—This one certainly sounds intriguing!  It's about Edie, a woman who becomes obsessed with the families of her serial killer mother's victims.  When Edie is accused of murdering one of them, she launches a desperate search for the truth in an (probably futile) effort to clear her name. 


8.  When the Lights Go Out by Mary Kubica (available September 4, 2018)—Kubica's latest is about a woman whose social security number raises some surprising red flags.  As she tries to figure out what's going on, insomnia plays with her mind making her wonder what is true and what is not.  ARC, please!


9.  The Second Life of Ava Rivers by Faith Gardner (available August 28, 2018)—I've read a few books with this premise, but I still find it fascinating: a person who disappeared as a child returns suddenly as a young adult, leaving their family with more questions than answers.  I'm in! 


10.  White Elephant by Emily Raymond (available December 4, 2018)—This one's a heartwarming holiday tale about an intense white elephant gift exchange in which an ugly vase, which was once used as a murder weapon by one of the participants, comes up for grabs.  Who added the vase to the exchange?  What do they know?  I was just kidding about the "heartwarming" part, but still, this one sounds compelling.  I'd be happy to find an early copy in my mailbox!

So, there you have it, ten books I would be stoked to receive early.  Which ARCs are you most coveting right now?  For which others should I be begging my contacts?  Leave me a comment on this post and I'll gladly return the favor.

Happy TTT!

38 comments:

  1. Ooooo! Kate Morton has a new book coming out? Fun! I’ve only read one of hers but I loved it and have all her others torturing me. I’ll get to them soon...hopefully.

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    1. I've read and loved them all, so I can't wait for a new one!

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  2. That Tana French novel does sound good!

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    1. I'm a little disappointed that it's not a standalone, but that's okay -- I'll read anything French writes!

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  3. In Her Bones is definitely going on my list! The new Tana French was on my list today too even though I've not yet read her other series... terrible! I know. It's on my goal list for the year. :)

    http://www.fortheloveofwords.net/top-ten-tuesday-books-id-fight-a-care-bear-for/

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    1. It sounds good, doesn't it? And I love Tana French, I just wish she would publish more often. I love her Dublin Murder Squad books -- it will be interesting to see how a standalone from her differs from her series books.

      Thanks for coming by!

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  4. The Kate Morton novel would be wonderful since I have read all of her captivating novels.

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    1. Isn't she great? She's one of my all-time favorite writers.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. That cover for Jodi Picoult is gorgeous!! I like the French books that I've read. Only two.. I'm slacking!! LOL! Great list! Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

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    1. Ha ha. French doesn't publish very often (every 2-4 years), so you have time to catch up!

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  6. I like the looks of the Al Capone book, and I am a Jodi Picoult fan also-though I read her sparingly as I always get emotional!!

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    1. I know! Picoult likes to write about controversial issues. I don't always agree with what she says, but her books do make me think about things in different ways.

      The Al Capone books are great. I had no idea there were kids on Alcatraz living alongside the most dangerous criminals in America. Choldenko really brings this fascinating historical setting to life.

      Thanks for coming by!

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  7. White Elephant sounds super intriguing! I'll have to add it to my tbr :)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier. Happy reading!

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    1. It does, doesn't it? It has such a simple but intriguing premise!

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  8. Kate Morton's novels have the prettiest covers. I've always wanted to read The House at Riverton but just haven't gotten around to it yet, lol. Thanks for stopping by my TTT earlier! :D

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    1. Yes, they really do! They're really good reads, too. You should definitely give her a try.

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  9. I so want to give Tanya French a try. I've been meaning to for years but just haven't. Kristen Hannah too. I've heard a lot about her lately. I started watching the show Bones before I read the first 3 books. I got so involved in the show that I quit reading. I haven't watched the show in many seasons though so I might give Kathy Reichs another try...sad to hear about her health issues though. Great list!

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    1. I've read everything French has published and I love it all! I've only read a couple Hannah books, but I've enjoyed them as well. As for Kathy Reichs, it's funny ... I love the Tempe books but could never get into Bones. I think I was too weirded out by how different the books are from the show! I do hope Reichs gets better soon and that she'll be able to write again. It would be sad if she couldn't!

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  10. Ooh, these all look so good! A Spark of Light looks particularly interesting, especially since I haven't read anything by Jodi Picoult yet and I really want to.

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    1. You haven't? I really like her books, although I feel like her older ones are better than her newer ones. I hope you enjoy her writing when you read her.

      Thanks for coming by!

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  11. This is a really interesting list! I haven't read enough mystery and thriller novels, so this is a great jumping-off point!

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    1. Sometimes it seems like all I read is mystery/thrillers! I just can't get enough of them, even when they give me nightmares. LOL.

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  12. Great list. I haven’t read any Jodi Picoukt books yet but I have heard great things.

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    1. I really like her books. She generally takes a hot-button issue and examines it from every side through her characters' different experiences/outlooks. Her books always entertain me and make me think at the same time.

      Thanks for stopping by, Jolene!

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  13. Oh wow, In Her bone sounds awesome. And her mom is the serial killer? Fascinating. I'm also curious about White Elephant now too!!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. Right? The premise totally hooked me! I can't wait to see how the story plays out. WHITE ELEPHANT intrigues me, too, especially because the premise is so simple but so chilling.

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  14. A Spark of Light was on my list this week too!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/05/01/top-ten-tuesday-157/

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    1. I always look forward to a new Picoult book. I like some of hers better than others, but they are always entertaining.

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  15. My favorite on this list is the new Jodi Picoult! Love the cover and the description.

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    1. I always look forward to her books. It's interesting to see which issues she chooses to tackle and how she handles it in the story. Sounds like A SPARK OF LIGHT will definitely spark some conversation :)

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  16. I'm glad there's another Al Capone book coming!

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    1. I know! It's such a great series.

      Thanks for coming by, Jennifer!

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  17. I definitely need that new Kate Morton! I don't want to wait to October. I've got a few books to catch up with Tana French so I do have something to read until then. Great list!

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    1. Right? I've never gotten a paper ARC of a Morton book, although I think her last one might have been on Netgalley? I can't remember, but I CAN hope :)

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  18. I should really try Kubica one of these days. :)

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    1. I've only read one of her books and I didn't love it. Her newest looks really good, though!

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  19. When the Lights Go Out sounds good! Thanks for the heads up!

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    1. I agree! I hope the story lives up to that intriguing premise.

      Thanks for coming by!

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Books Read in 2021 (Asterisks denote favorites)

  • 114. Three Hours by Rosamund Lupton (Jul)
  • 113. The House By the Sea by Louise Douglas (Jul)
  • 112. Little Disasters by Sarah Vaughan (Jul)
  • 111. Boston Jane: The Claim by Jennifer L. Holm (Jul)
  • 110. Boston Jane: Wilderness Days by Jennifer L. Holm (Jul)
  • 109. Boston Jane by Jennifer L. Holm* (Jul)
  • 108. The Opposite of Everyone by Joshilyn Jackson (Jul)
  • 107. A Girl From Yamhill by Beverly Cleary (Jul)
  • 106. Open for Murder by Mary Angela (Jul)
  • 105. The Quality of Silence by Rosamund Lupton (Jul)
  • 104. The Girl Beneath the Sea by Andrew Mayne (Jul)
  • 103. The Lion of Mars by Jennifer L. Holm* (Jul)
  • 102. Nothing Short of Wondrous by Regina Scott (Jul)
  • 101. Dear America: Behind the Masks by Susan Patron (Jul)
  • 100. A Distance Too Grand by Regina Scott* (Jul)
  • 99. The Next Ship Home by Heather Webb (Jun)
  • 98. The Disappearing Act by Catherine Steadman (Jun)
  • 97. The Girls in the Stilt House by Kelly Mustain* (Jun)
  • 96. Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson (Jun)
  • 95. A Solitude of Wolverines by Alice Henderson (Jun)
  • 94. The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny* (Jun)
  • 93. Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery [audio] (Jun)
  • 92. An Unexpected Peril by Deanna Raybourn (Jun)
  • 91. You Belong Here Now by Dianna Rostad (Jun)
  • 90. The Light of Luna Park by Addison Armstrong (Jun)
  • 89. The Distance Between Lost and Found by Kathryn Holmes (Jun)
  • 88. Along a Storied Trail by Ann H. Gabhart (May)
  • 87. The Wilding Sisters by Eve Chase (May)
  • 86. Margot by Jillian Cantor (May)
  • 85. Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery [audio] (May)
  • 84. A Deadly Fortune by Stacie Murphy (May)
  • 83. She Lies in Wait by Gytha Lodge (May)
  • 82. Lifeboat 12 by Susan Hood (May)
  • 81. Shiver by Allie Reynolds (May)
  • 80. Hems & Homicide by Elizabeth Penney (May)
  • 79. Atomic Habits by James Clear* (May)
  • 78. Dive Smack by Demetra Brodsky (May)
  • 77. Starfish by Lisa Fipps (May)
  • 76. Flower Net by Lisa See (May)
  • 75. Go to My Grave by Catriona McPherson (May)
  • 74. American Baby by Gabrielle Glaser* (May)
  • 73. Luck of the Titanic by Stacey Lee (May)
  • 72. The Wrong Family by Terryn Fisher (May)
  • 71. The Girl in His Shadow by Audrey Blake (May)
  • 70. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery* [audio] [re-read] (May)
  • 69. Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto (May)
  • 68. We Are All the Same in the Dark by Julia Heaberlin (Apr)
  • 67. The Glass House by Eve Chase (Apr)
  • 66. All the Children Are Home by Patry Francis (Apr)
  • 65. The Cold Vanish by Jon Billman* (Apr)
  • 64. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein [audio] (Apr)
  • 63. The Second Life of Mirielle West by Amanda Skenandore (Apr)
  • 62. The Boy From the Woods by Harlan Coben (Apr)
  • 61. Until I Find You by Rea Frey (Apr)
  • 60. The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton (Apr)
  • 59. Bluebird by Sharon Cameron* (Apr)
  • 58. Premeditated Myrtle by Elizabeth C. Bunce* [audio] (Apr)
  • 57. The Fire Thief by Debra Bokur (Apr)
  • 56. Any Sign of Life by Rae Carson (Apr)
  • 55. The Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley (Mar)
  • 54. Killer Kung Pao by Vivien Chien (Mar)
  • 53. Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson (Mar)
  • 52. The Captive Kingdom by Jennifer A. Nielsen (Mar)
  • 51. The Shadow Throne by Jennifer A. Nielsen (Mar)
  • 50. The Answer Is... by Alex Trebek* [audio] (Mar)
  • 49. Willa and the Whale by Chad Morris and Shelly Brown (Mar)
  • 48. A Distant Grave by Sarah Stewart Taylor (Mar)
  • 47. The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse (Mar)
  • 46. The Elephant's Girl by Celesta Rimington (Mar)
  • 45. After Alice Fell by Kim Taylor Blakemore (Mar)
  • 44. A Trail of Lies by Kylie Logan (Mar)
  • 43. The Runaway King by Jennifer A. Nielsen (Mar)
  • 42. The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen [re-read] (Mar)
  • 41. The Dead Season by Tessa Wegert (Mar)
  • 40. The Lost Family by Libby Copeland* (Mar)
  • 39. The Mountains Wild by Sarah Stewart Taylor (Mar)
  • 38. The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman (Mar)
  • 37. The Survivors by Jane Harper (Feb)
  • 36. The Bone Code by Kathy Reichs* (Feb)
  • 35. The Postscript Murders by Elly Griffiths (Feb)
  • 34. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott* [audio] [re-read] (Feb)
  • 33. The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel (Feb)
  • 32. The Missing One by Lucy Atkins (Feb)
  • 31. The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson (Feb)
  • 30. 96 Miles by J.L. Esplin (Feb)
  • 29. The Family by Louise Jensen (Feb)
  • 28. On These Magic Shores by Yamile Saied Méndez (Feb)
  • 27. In the Deep by Loreth Anne White (Feb)
  • 26. Beginners Welcome by Cindy Baldwin (Feb)
  • 25. The Family Ship by Sonja Yoerg (Feb)
  • 24. Shadows of the White City by Jocelyn Green (Feb)
  • 23. Home Before Dark by Riley Sager (Feb)
  • 22. Veiled in Smoke by Jocelyn Green (Jan)
  • 21. Death in the Family by Tessa Wegert (Jan)
  • 20. Such a Quiet Place by Megan Miranda (Jan)
  • 19. Alone by Megan E. Freeman (Jan)
  • 18. A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Mayhem by Manda Collins (Jan)
  • 17. The Stranger Behind You by Carol Goodman (Jan)
  • 16. To Kill a Mocking Girl by Harper Kincaid (Jan)
  • 15. The Nature of Fragile Things by Susan Meissner* (Jan)
  • 14. Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan [audio] (Jan)
  • 13. The Stills by Jess Montgomery (Jan)
  • 12. Dark August by Katie Tallo* (Jan)
  • 11. Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling [audio] (Jan)
  • 10. Toxic Toffee by Amanda Flower (Jan)
  • 9. The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave (Jan)
  • 8. The Lost Girl of Astor Street by Stephanie Morrill* (Jan)
  • 7. Strike Me Down by Mindy Mejia (Jan)
  • 6. Egg Drop Dead by Vivien Chien (Jan)
  • 5. The Length of a String by Elissa Brent Weissman
  • 4. The Caretakers by Eliza Maxwell (Jan)
  • 3. Murder at Marble House by Alyssa Maxwell (Jan)
  • 2. When the Stars Go Dark by Paula McLain (Jan)
  • 1. The Midnight Library by Matt Haig (Jan)