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 / 50 books. 23% 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!

Now Listening to:

Now Listening to:
The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

My Progress:


31 / 50 books. 62% done!

A Note to Authors/Publishers:

I am always interested in receiving great books to review. Before contacting me, however, please take a look at my review policies. If it all sounds good, send me an email: blogginboutbooks@gmail.com.

My mountain of review books grows daily. To see a list of those currently in my possession (physical copies only—e-copies are not listed), click here.

My Progress:


21 / 51 states. 41% done!
Tuesday, April 07, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: On Hold at the E-Library


Happy MonTueWedThurFriSatSunWhateverday!  My kids have now been out of school for a month thanks to Spring Break and COVID-19.  We've been plugging along pretty well, all considered, but my 11-year-old social butterfly did have a little breakdown yesterday over missing her friends.  She said (with a sad little sniff), "I love hanging out with my family, but I just want to see other people's faces!"  My husband owns his own business and has still been going to the office most days.  Yesterday, even he said, "I'm going a little crazy."  I haven't gone anywhere in days, but I've been busy reading, blogging, working on a cross-stitching project, cleaning, etc.  What have you been doing to stay sane during these crazy times?

Top Ten Tuesday is always a fun diversion, even in normal times.  If you haven't heard of it, remedy that!  All you have to do is hop on over to That Artsy Reader Girl, read a few quick instructions, create your own list, then click around the book blogosphere checking out other people's lists.  It's a great way to spread the love—and who couldn't use a little of that right now?  The topic du jour is Top Ten Books I Bought/Borrowed Because ... I haven't bought any books lately, but I have been checking out e-books from my library.  So, that will be the focus of my list today.

Top Ten E-Books I've Borrowed From the Library During the Quarantine (and Why):


1.  A Single Light by Tosca Lee.  Why?

  • I enjoyed the first book, The Line Between.  It's a fast-paced, engrossing, well-written dystopian novel that is surprisingly clean and faith-promoting, although it's not a religious/Christian book.  
  • I had to know what happens to Wynter, Chase, and the others.
  • So far, A Single Light is darker than The Line Between but just as exciting.

2.  Assaulted Caramel by Amanda Flower.  Why?
  • that punny title!
  • A blogger (sorry, can't remember who) mentioned enjoying this cozy series that takes place in an Amish candy shop.  I'm in the mood for lighter mysteries and this first installment sounds fun.

3.  From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks.  Why?
  • I love middle-grade novels.
  • This mystery features a 12-year-old African-American girl who's curious about the father she's never met.  He's in prison for a terrible crime he insists he didn't commit.  Zoe's desperate to prove her dad's innocence.  Can she?  Sounds intriguing!

4.  Let's Call It a Doomsday by Katie Henry.  Why?
  • Stephanie from She's Probably at the Library gave it an excellent review.  She was especially impressed by the way religion (mine specifically) is portrayed in this book and thought I would enjoy both its story and the faith exploration.
  • The plot sounds interesting.  It features a teen girl who's obsessed with all the ways the world can end and a new friend who knows when it will.  Definitely sounds like my kind of book.


5.  The Eagle Catcher by Margaret Coel.  Why?
  • Back before I started blogging, I read several installments in Coel's Wind River Reservation mystery series.  As much as I enjoyed them, I didn't continue on with the series for some reason.  I'm ready to dive back in.
  • I need a Wyoming book for the 2020 Literary Escapes Challenge.
  • Since it's been so long since and I have a terrible memory, I won't remember whodunit! 

6.  The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams.  Why?
  • The fun premise:  In an attempt to save his crumbling marriage, a macho baseball player joins a secret romance book club, where he's coached by other alpha males on how to woo back his wife.
  • I need a "book about a book club" for a POPSUGAR Reading Challenge prompt.
  • I've read lots of positive reviews, so I'm hopeful it will be a light, entertaining read that's more sweet than steamy.  Too much to ask for??

7.  Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker.  Why?
  • I've long been fascinated by the mechanics of sleep and why we dream what we do, so this book just sounds crazy intriguing.

8.  Where the Watermelons Grow by Cindy Baldwin.  Why?
  • my aforementioned affinity for middle-grade novels
  • the cute, colorful cover art
  • The premise sounds interesting:  A 12-year-old girl notices her mother displaying disturbing behavior, the kind that has previously landed her in a mental hospital.  Desperate to fix her mom, the girl puts her faith in Bee Lady's magic honey, only to find the solution may have more to do with healing her own heart.  Sounds like a sweet read.

9.  Before She Was Found by Heather Gudenkauf.  Why?
  • Lark's review
  • Small town setting + baffling mystery + family drama = Yes, please! 

10.  A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson.  Why?
  • A high school senior decides to reexamine a murder that rocked her town five years ago for her senior project.  What could possibly go wrong?  Now that's a compelling premise right there! 
There you go.  Have you read any of these?  What did you think?  What other books do I need to add to my library e-book wishlist?  What books have you bought/borrowed lately and why?  I'd truly love to know.  Leave me a comment on this post and I will gladly return the favor on yours.

Happy Top Ten Tuesday!

53 comments:

  1. From the Desk of Zoe Washington sounds like such a good read.

    My TTT .

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    1. Doesn't it? I've wanted to read it ever since I heard about it. I'm excited.

      Thanks for coming by, Lydia!

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  2. I haven't read Amanda Flower but she's high up on my wishlist and now just feels like the time for cozy mysteries! I need to get back to the Margaret Coel books. Like you I read several pre-blogging days and I remember I really enjoyed them. I should try to pick up a few.

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    1. There's a cozy mystery series you haven't read? I don't believe it! It sounds super fun and who can resist a candy shop setting? And, yes, the Coel series is a good one. I'm excited to revisit it.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting!

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  3. I've only read Before She Was Found and liked it so I can't wait to see what you think of it.

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    1. I've heard good things about it and it's just the kind of novel I enjoy, so I'm assuming I'll like it. We'll see.

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

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  4. From the Desk of Zoe Washington stuck out to me in that list too. It sounds really interesting, and I'm so glad to find that my library has it on e-book!

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    1. I put the e-book on hold a couple weeks ago and it came through today. Yay! Can't wait to read it. I hope we both love it :)

      Thanks for stopping by, Kristi!

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  5. The Bromance Book Club does sound like a good, light read right now! I hope you enjoy it.

    And I really want to read Assaulted Caramel, too. It sounds like a lot of fun, and has a different theme from the cozy mysteries I usually read! (usually for me it's books or knitting focused...)

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    1. I'm excited about the Bromance book, but the waitlist is really long, so I don't know when I'll actually be able to read it. If it takes too long, I might just buy the book. We'll see.

      Most (maybe all) of the cozy mystery series I read revolve around eateries of some kind or another. I don't know why - they just make me hungry!

      Thanks for coming by, Nicole!

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  6. I haven’t read any of these but I’ll have to check them out!

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    1. I'm glad you found some interesting-looking titles. If you end up reading any of them, let me know what you think.

      Thanks for coming by!

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  7. I'm eager to read the Bromance Book Club, too. I'm on the waiting list. I wish my library had pickup. I have a bunch of great books there right now waiting for me!

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    1. The waiting list at my e-library is really long for BROMANCE as well. I agree - I wish my library offered curbside. I have a physical book on hold there and it's killing me not to be able to read it!

      Thanks for stopping by, Deb!

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  8. Sounds like a great list of reads. Glad you and yours are doing okay. I am staying and reading a lot. Doing things around the house that needs attention. Ordering groceries online. Stay well and safe. Have a Joyous Easter.
    Marilyn

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    1. Sounds like you've been very sensible about COVID living. My husband and son are both still working and I can't convince my son to stay away from his girlfriend's house, so I'm a little worried about what they might bring home ... We are all well right now, so I'm counting my blessings :)

      Continue to stay safe and healthy. You have a wonderful Easter as well. Thanks for coming by, Marilyn!

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  9. I'm still chuckling over Assaulted Caramel. LOL I don't usually go for punny titles but that one is awfully clever. :)

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    1. The punny titles make me smile. They get pretty creative :)

      Thanks for coming by, Tanya!

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  10. Ohhh, you picked a good topic! I should have chosen library ebooks. I check them out all the time especially on my Kobo. P.S. my blog is still WordPress like you've seen already. I used to have Blogspot but only kept it for comments purposes.

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    1. I hadn't checked out many e-books from the library before COVID. Now, I've maxed out the amount I can have out at one time! Some of them have really long waitlists, but I've been pleased about the ones I have been able to get immediately. It's been nice.

      Thanks for coming by, Colleen!

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  11. It is a crazy time, isn't it??? My two are a bit frustrated with the social isolation as well.

    A Single Light sounds good to me, and so does A Good Girl's Guide. I've had that on my TBR for a few weeks now, hopefully I get to it soon! I feel a cozy mood coming on too- with everything so crazy right now a cozy sounds relaxing!

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    1. There's a long waitlist for A GOOD GIRL'S GUIDE at my e-library, so I'm not sure when I'll actually get to read it. Soon, I hope.

      I'm liking A SINGLE LIGHT, although it's pretty much like every other dystopian book I've read. It is cleaner than most, though, so I appreciate that.

      Thanks for stopping by, Greg!

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    1. They are, aren't they? I'm a sucker for a good cover, but I also need an intriguing story to keep me interested.

      Thanks for coming by!

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  13. Looks like you've got a good selection hope you enjoy them!

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    1. I've been impressed by the selection of books at my e-library. I'd never really borrowed e-books from the library previous to COVID, but I'll probably continue to do so even after the real library opens back up.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  14. This is my third week home, and it's like a very long weekend for me. I'm a homebody. I have been running my parents' errands, and today, was salon day. Oh, yes. Dyed my mother's hair and buzzed the back of dad's. It was very stressful. Bromance and Good Girl's Guide are two books I loved! I actually listened to a MG book yesterday, Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus. It was so wonderful! I am listening to the sequel today.

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    1. I'm a homebody also, so I think this has been easiest for me. I never leave the house much anyway!

      How awesome that you are there for your parents. Mine live far away and it's tough for me not to be able to check in on them in person. Two of my siblings live in their basement, so it's not like they're alone, but still ...

      My kids had a salon day the other day. One of my sons gave the other one a mullet! Why not?

      Oh, good, I'm glad you love those two. I'm sure I will, too. I just have to wait in line for my turn to read them. I'm glad CACTUS is good. The author actually sent me a copy of it when it came out and I haven't cracked it open yet. I should do it soon.

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

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  15. I haven't read any of these, but The Bromance Book Club sounds great!

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    1. It sounds super fun, doesn't it? I've heard good things, so I'm excited to read it.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  16. That's a nice selection of library e-books. I'm mainly using my library right now to check out audiobooks even though I'm finding it hard to sit down and listen to them. Audiobooks, for me, have always been tools to use while I'm making my way through mind-numbing traffic or on an extended road trip. Listening to them at home doesn't come nearly so naturally.

    Right now, I'm listening to Tom Hanks read his short story collection called "Uncommon Type." That Hanks is a great reader/narrator doesn't surprise me at all, but his short stories are much better than I expected them to be. I'd reccomend this one.

    And, I'm with your daughter. I miss my friends, the guys I had morning coffee with three or four times a week since most of us have retired. It's the little things that I seem to miss the most - and which I will appreciate a whole lot more than I did before when this is finally all over one day.

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    1. I had been mostly listening to audiobooks in the car, but I've hardly been in my car lately so I'm still in the middle of the same audiobook I've been listening to for over a month!

      I love Tom Hanks as an actor, but I wasn't sure how he'd be as a writer. Sounds like I need to give his book a try.

      I'm a homebody, so the quarantine hasn't been too tough on my. My more extroverted family members have had a hard time, though. My daughter, especially, because she just loves all her friends so much. She can text and Facetime them, but it's just not the same!

      I agree with you - I think we'll all appreciate the simple things, like meeting a friend for lunch, much more after all this. At least one good thing will come out of COVID-19 :)

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  17. The Bromance Book Club is such a fun read!!

    My TTT

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    1. That's what I keep hearing! I'm excited to read it, even if it takes weeks for the e-book to become available at my library.

      Thanks for coming by!

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  18. I love your list. Thank you for that. And for visiting my TTT

    I often find other lists that have only books I wouldn't read. But yours is such a diverse list, I think you have something for every taste.

    Happy Reading!

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    1. Yeah, my tastes are kind of eclectic :) I'm glad you found some titles that interest you. Let me know what you think if you end up reading any of them.

      Thanks for stopping by, Marianne!

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  19. I own 3 of these books (the Bromance book, A Good Girl's Guide to Murder, and Before She Was Found - all unread as yet, but who knows - one day I'll pick them up. As to going more than a little stir-crazy - yep. I said to my husband this morning that it felt like we were in the movie Groundhog Day - a little bit anyway. Take care!

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    1. Ha ha. I just watched Groundhog Day the other day. I've always loved that movie, but I agree - it felt a little too familiar this time around :)

      I've been contemplating whether or not I should just buy A GOOD GIRL'S GUIDE TO MURDER and THE BROMANCE BOOK CLUB, since the waitlist at the library is super long. I want to support the indie bookstores that are still going online, but I also have PLENTY of books already to keep me busy!

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  20. You'll have to let me know what you think about Before She Was Found...and if the ending felt a little bit abrupt to you, too, or not. :) Even with more time to read and blog, I've definitely been going a little stir crazy lately. I agree with your daughter. I want to see some other faces, too. ;D

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    1. I'm planning to read it soon, so I'll let you know what I think.

      Yeah, I think my daughter's had enough of just seeing her family. Poor kid. This has been rough on her :(

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting!

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  21. I'm rubbish at sleeping so I think I should read Why We Sleep! I'm working from home for now, but totally going stir crazy.

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    1. You should! Maybe it will give you some insight into why you have insomnia and how to get rid of it. I hate not being able to sleep.

      Thanks for stopping by, Trish!

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  22. Sorry to hear that you're all going a bit stir crazy! Seems like there's a lot of that going around lately.

    I've been wanting to read A Good Girl's Guide to Murder, too! I love the title, and it sounds like a really interesting concept.

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    1. My husband and I keep saying we're really glad this virus thing didn't happen ten years ago when our kids were a lot smaller and a lot less easier to entertain! Now, they've got Netflix, cell phones, interactive computer games, FaceTime, laptops, etc. They'll survive :)

      Thanks for coming by, Sammie!

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  23. These all sound like great reads but my gosh do I love that "Assaulted Caramel" title, haha. A+ punnage.

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    1. Right? Cozy mysteries often have punny titles, but some are definitely more clever than others. ASSAULTED CARAMEL is definitely above par :)

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  24. I should totally start reading more MG books - if only so I can start working on my son's little library [plenty of time, he's only 13 months, haha].

    The Bromance Book Club is one I've been recommended so I should definitely get myself a copy, right?!

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    1. It's NEVER to early to start building a child's library :) MG books are great because they're fast reads, clean, and often just as well-written and impactful as books for older readers.

      We should probably both get ourselves copy of BROMANCE. It sounds like it's just the thing to be reading right now.

      Thanks for coming by, Kathy!

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  25. I loved The Bromance Book Club. The group of guys in the book club had me laughing out loud so much. It was a light, fluffy, and fun read for me so I hope it does the trick for you as well. :)

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I'm definitely in the mood for something light and fluffy right now.

      Thanks for stopping by, Suzanne!

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  26. Most of these I haven't heard of, but I do want to read the Bromance one sometime. I've been working from home for 3 weeks, and probably will be for another 3 weeks at least. I live alone, so I've been trying to keep myself entertained with blogging, reading, and watching TV.

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    1. It's such a crazy time right now, isn't it? I've been reading a ton, cross-stitching, and doing lots (okay, not that much) of housework to stay busy. My kids are old enough to entertain themselves, but we've all been going a little stir crazy. Luckily, our weather is nice right now so we can go for walks and drives. My kids are all learning how to skateboard, so that's kept them busy and has gotten them off their screens and spending more time together. Still, we're all ready for this pandemic to be over!

      Thanks for coming by, Nicole!

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  27. So many of these sound really good Susan. From the Desk of Zoe Washington sounds like such a good read that I might check out. I love Amanda Flowers Amish Candy Shop series. It is just a fun mystery series, perhaps you read about it on my blog. I hope you enjoy all these books and I will watch for your reviews.

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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)