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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

TTT: A Book-Filled Winter

I love it when the Top Ten Tuesday topic du jour is a seasonal TBR list!  It's always fun to think about what I want to read in the coming months (even if I never get around to actually reading my picks).  For the next couple of weeks, I'll still be reading frantically for the Cybils.  After that, I've got a variety of books I'm hoping to get to this winter/early spring.  We'll see how it goes.

If you're not playing along with TTT this week, what's wrong with you?  Seriously, it's a good time!  All you have to do is click on over to That Artsy Reader Girl, scan a few quick instructions, make your own list, and then spend some happy hours wandering around the book blogosphere.  Sure, there's Christmas shopping to do, gifts to wrap, goodies to bake, and bills to pay, but those things will wait while you visit favorite blogs, discover new ones, add books to your TBR mountain chain, and spread the love around this wonderful book blogging community.  It's an entertaining diversion, trust me!

Top Ten(ish) Books on My Winter TBR List:   

1.  Dog Driven by Terry Lynn Johnson—I just bought myself a copy of this middle-grade novel about a girl who's trying to hide the devastating fact that she's rapidly losing her eyesight.  When her sister begs her to enter a dog sled race in the Canadian wilderness, she can't refuse—even if she's not sure she can see well enough to race, let alone win.  Sounds like an exciting adventure novel!

2.  A Conspiracy of Bones by Kathy Reichs (coming March 17, 2020)—I've been waiting for this newest installment in Reichs' Temperance Brennan series to come out for several years.  The author had to take a break from writing due to health problems and I'm so glad she (and her fictional counterpart) are back in business.

3.  The Sea of Lost Girls by Carol Goodman (coming March 3, 2020)—I'm a fan of Goodman's Gothic thrillers, so I'm excited about her newest.  It concerns a teacher at a posh boarding school whose teen son is accused of murdering his girlfriend.  The crime brings attacks on the family and threats of revealing secrets from the woman's hidden past.  

4.  From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks (coming January 14, 2020)—I love me a good middle-grade mystery and this debut sounds intriguing.  When the titular character receives a letter from her father—a man she's never met who is in prison for a heinous crime—proclaiming his innocence, she launches a secret investigation to figure out if he's telling the truth.  

5.  How to Walk Away by Katherine CenterThings You Save in a Fire was one of my favorite reads this year.  This one, Center's 2018 offering, sounds just as good.  It's about a woman whose life changes in an instant.  As she figures out how to deal with her new normal, she must reexamine her entire life and everyone in it.  

I just realized Center has a new novel coming out in July 2020, so I'll be keeping an eye out for that one as well.  

6.  A Murderous Relation by Deanna Raybourn (coming March 10, 2020)—An ARC of this one, the newest installment in Raybourn's always-entertaining Veronica Speedwell mystery series, is winging its way to my doorstep as we speak.  I can't wait to see what the delightful, intrepid Veronica gets herself up to next! 

7.  The Lost Castle and Castle on the Rise by Kristy Cambron—I really enjoyed reading The Painted Castle this year.  Since I didn't realize it's actually the third book in a trilogy of connected novels, I need to go back and read the first two.  

8.  What Stars Are Made of by Sarah Allen (coming March 31, 2020)—This debut middle-grade novel concerns a girl with Turner Syndrome who makes a deal with the universe—if she wins the grand prize in a contest she wants to enter and she gives all the money to her sister, her sister's baby will be born perfectly healthy.  Sounds like a sweet story!

9.  The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley (coming February 4, 2020)—When a lonely old man writes the stark truth about his life in a green journal he purposely leaves in a cafe, it inspires others to write—and own—their own truths.  

10.  We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry (coming March 3, 2020)—This YA novel is about a group of high school field hockey players living in the town that 300 years ago was known as Salem Village who find a spellbook that just might reverse their losing streak and change their lives forever.  Fun!

There you have it, ten(ish) books I'm looking forward to reading this winter/early spring.  Have you read any of them?  What's on your Winter TBR?  I'd truly love to know.  Leave a comment on this post and I will gladly return the favor on yours.  

Happy TTT!


  1. Katherine Center just owns my heart. First with Things You Save in a Fire, and then, with How to Walk Away. I love the theme of forgiveness in both books, and the female leads are both incredible too. There's a short story linking the two books too.

    1. Oh, really? I didn't realize the two novels were connected. Awesome!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Sam!

  2. I really need to start reading Kathy Reichs, because I have watched every single episode of Bones! Also, the cover for A Murderous Relation is BEAUTIFUL so I might have to read it just for that alone. Great list!

    1. I LOVE the Temperance Brennan books, but am not a fan of Bones. The problem for me is that they're SO different. Tempe's personality is completely different in the books than on t.v. and the characters are all different, too. I can only watch Bones if I think of it as TOTALLY separate from the books.

      The Raybourn covers are SO fun! The books are, too. They're light and funny, but also compelling. You should definitely give the series a try. It's super entertaining.

      Thanks for coming by, Cate!

  3. These all look fantastic! I am particularly intrigued by The Sea if Lost Girls - I’m definitely adding it to my TBR! Great choices 😊

    1. I enjoy Goodman's books, some more than others, so I'm really excited to see how this one stacks up. You'll have to let me know what you think of it.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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    1. Thank you! I'm hoping to squeeze in at least one of them before the year ends, but we'll see.

      Thanks for coming by!

  5. I hope you will enjoy all of them!


  6. The Authenticity Project sounds great!
    Happy reading! :)

    1. Doesn't it? I hope it lives up to its intriguing premise.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Wow, all these books sound and look so interesting, particularly the MG ones! Hope ya love them all!

    - Keri from

    1. I love MG books! I'm always excited when I find ones that sound fun and/or intriguing.

      Thanks for coming by, Keri!

  8. Great list. I'm really curious about From the Desk of Zoe Washington. I've been finding myself drawn to middle grade books a lot lately.

    1. I love well-written MG novels. They're usually clean and uplifting, even when they deal with tough subjects. This one sounds like it's no exception.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  9. I liked How to Walk Away and Dog Driven sounds really good. Have fun reading all of these books!

    1. I've heard good things about HOW TO WALK AWAY. I'm excited to read it. And DOG DRIVEN sounds like an exciting adventure story that reps a kid with a disability doing something amazing in spite of her challenges. I'm excited to read it.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting!

  10. I'm going to have to read more Kathy Reichs - it's been way too long.

    1. I love her! The Tempe Brennan series is fun and exciting and I love how Reichs makes her explanations of forensics both interesting and approachable.

      Thanks for stopping by, Lauren!

  11. The Sea of Lost Girls definitely sounds good, and I liked the previous Goodman stuff I've read. also the Raybourn books- I do want to get those at some point.

    1. The Raybourn books are just pure fun. You should absolutely read them. They're super entertaining.

      Thanks for coming by, Greg!

  12. I also want to read From the Desk of Zoe Washington! And I have been eyeing What Stars Are Made of but have yet to make the commitment of adding it to my ever-growing TBR pile (but I know it's going to end on that list anyway!). Hope you enjoy your Winter reading!

    1. My TBR list would be a lot shorter if I really committed to read every book I put on it! Ha ha. I just toss them on there willy nilly. If I get to them, I get to them. If I don't, I don't. But, at least by adding them to my TBR on Goodreads I don't forget about books that sound good to me that I might want to read some day.

      Thanks for stopping by, Jessica!

  13. I have started Deanna Raybourn series and I loved the first book!

  14. I've seen Dog Driven around and thought it looked really interesting. That cove's gorgeous, too! I was able to get an ARC of A Murderous Relation, too! I can't wait to read it. :D I haven't read any of the series yet, so I'm looking forward to being able to take the time to read them back to back.

    Hope you enjoy all these books when you get a chance to read them!

  15. A great mix of books here Susan. I hate it when I read a book and find out that it is the end or middle of a trilogy. I hope you enjoy all these upcoming books.


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