Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: Don't Let the Door Hit You on the Way Out, 2020!


This week's TTT topic is another great one: Top Ten Questions I Would Ask My Favorite Authors.  Once again, though, my mind is drawing a complete blank.  I think it's been melted completely away by the hellish heat we've been having over the last couple weeks.  The Phoenix area is having its hottest summer on record right now because, you know, 2020.   All I can say is thank goodness for air conditioning.  So, since we're all ready to say goodbye to this crazy year, I decided to use this week's TTT list to look ahead at some of the great reads that are coming in 2021.  Get excited, readers!

If you're not familiar with TTT by now, you can get all the details from Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl.

Top Ten 2021 Releases I Want to Read NOW:


1.  The Drowning Kind by Jennifer McMahon (coming April 6, 2021)—I love McMahon's creepy novels and her newest sounds like another compelling read.  It concerns a woman whose bi-polar sister drowns in the pool at their grandmother's estate.  As she looks deeper into the incident, she finds that her sister was researching their family history, which is much darker than anyone ever realized ... I have an e-ARC of The Drowning Kind, so I'm definitely going to read it soon.  Can't wait.


2.  What's Worth Keeping by Kaya McLaren (coming January 19, 2021)—This contemporary deals with three people in need of hope and healing.  Can they find it in an ancient Washington State forest?  I was born and raised in Washington, so I'm excited to "visit" my beautiful Motherland, even if it's just in fiction.


3.  Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay (coming March 2, 2021)—Several members of a family die while vacationing in Mexico, an event that re-opens the wounds caused by another shocking incident involving the same family.  One of its last remaining members embarks on a journey to uncover the truth about both events.  I'm always up for an intriguing psychological thriller, so I'm definitely all in for this one!


4.  The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah (coming February 9, 2021)—Hannah's newest sounds like another blockbuster.  I can't wait to delve in!  The Depression-era novel is about a woman who must make the agonizing choice between trying to keep her Texas homestead alive or risking everything to remake her life in California.


5.  The Nature of Fragile Things by Susan Meissner (coming February 2, 2021)—Another historical, this one focuses on the epic earthquake that devastated San Francisco in 1906.  It features a mail-order bride whose dreams of a brighter future in California are being threatened by secrets and lies.  Then, the ground starts to tremble ...


6.  The Survivors by Jane Harper (coming February 2, 2021)—Shocking family secrets come floating to the surface after a body is discovered on the beach in a struggling oceanside town.  I'm a big Harper fan, so I'm excited for her newest.


7.  The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner (coming March 2, 2021)—This dual-timeline novel is about a modern-day woman who discovers the secrets behind a unique 18th Century London apothecary shop that specializes in potions that heal wounds by killing those that inflict them.  Sounds intriguing, doesn't it?


8.  A Splendid Ruin by Megan Chance (coming January 1, 2021)—If you haven't noticed, I love stories about family secrets hidden in mysterious old houses.  This one, which also takes place in 1906 San Francisco, sounds like just the ticket.


9.  Alone by Megan E. Freeman (coming March 16, 2021)—This middle-grade debut concerns a 12-year-old girl who wakes up one day to find herself completely alone in her Colorado town.  With only books and a Rottweiler for companionship, she has to learn to survive in a strange, lonely new world.


10.  The Girl From Shadow Springs by Ellie Cypher (coming February 9, 2021)—Billed as The Revenant meets True Grit, this YA novel is about two teens who have to cross a frozen wasteland to save the ones they love.  Survival stories are my jam, so this one definitely appeals.

From the looks of it, 2021 is going to be a great year for reading!  I've only scratched the surface of the books that will be on offer and I'm already stoked.  Which books are you looking forward to reading in 2021?  I'd truly love to know.  Leave a comment on this post and I will gladly return the favor on your blog.

Happy TTT!

41 comments:

  1. I hope you adore all of these books!

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    1. Thank you! I hope so, too.

      Thanks for coming by, Astilbe!

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  2. LOL. Actually, I don't mind if the door hits 2020 as long as it moves it out quicker. ;)

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    1. Ha ha. It's been the craziest year, hasn't it?

      Thanks for stopping by, Deanna!

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  3. I'd like to read the new Kristin Hannah book. I like her writing. My questions for Jane Austen

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    1. I do, too. Some of her books are better than others, of course, but I've especially enjoyed her newest ones. I have high hopes for THE FOUR WINDS. I hope we both enjoy it.

      Thanks for coming by, Anne!

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  4. There are many reasons why I'd like 2020 to just be over with already! Good books coming out in 2021 is just one. :D

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    1. Right? 2020 has honestly not been ALL that bad for us, but I know it has been absolutely HORRENDOUS for some. I'm not sad that it's coming to an end soon-ish.

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

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  5. Love when I get to add some new titles to my TBR list. Four Winds really sounds great.

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    1. I agree. There's not tons of information about it online, but that's okay. It's Kristin Hannah, so I'm in!

      Thanks for stopping by, Diane!

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  6. I feel you on 2020 being less than fabulous. I guess you're lucky you aren't in CA with rolling blackouts. Way too hot in your neck of the woods for me. I am shocked I am not familiar with any of these titles, though What's Worth Keeping sounds like something I would enjoy

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    1. We've only lost power once so far this summer. It was only for about an hour, but it was intense! I spent most of it in the pool :) I'm also glad that we aren't having those awful fires that California's getting. So devastating.

      On a brighter note, 2021 looks to be a great year for books. I'm excited.

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

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  7. Yes!!! I cannot wait for 2020 to be over. I'm also scared that 2021 isn't going to be great but I'm going to be hopeful! I'm excited for the new Kristin Hannah!!

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    1. It will be interesting to see what happens in 2021. I want to say that it can't possibly be worse than 2020, but I don't want to jinx anything! I'm with you - I refuse to be afraid of the future. I'm looking to it with faith and positivity.

      I hope we both love Hannah's newest!

      Thanks for stopping by, Leslie!

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  8. I laughed out loud at the title of your post and I'm right there with your when it comes to 2020, lol. I'm so excited for these 2021 releases too, especially the Kristen Hannah and the Susan Meissner ones.

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    1. Me, too. I have an e-ARC of the Meissner one, so I plan to read it soon. Can't wait!

      Thanks for coming by, Suzanne!

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  9. Great idea to usher 2020 out the door early! I struggled with this week's topic, too, probably because it was too hard and I'm a lazy blogger. Also, we're in the last day of (hopefully) our last summer heat wave on the East Coast, too.

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    1. Lucky you! I hope it starts cooling down for you soon. We won't see temperature drops until October/November :(

      Thanks for stopping by, Laurie!

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  10. I completely agree about wanting 2020 to be over, but I must admit I'm a bit concerned about what 2021 will bring us after everything. Hopefully better things though! Honestly, with everything getting moved around lately, I haven't even looked at any of the 2021 releases yet. Alone looks like one I'll have to check out though.

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    1. 2020 has been crazy on so many levels! I know a lot of books have had their publication dates pushed back. Hopefully, these titles will stay on track.

      Thanks for coming by, Holliehocks!

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  11. I'd die without AC and I don't even live anywhere as hot as Phoenix lol. I think it's bad enough here in the upper Midwest yikes. Anyway... I love the sound of The Survivors.

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    1. I didn't have a/c growing up, but that was in the Pacific Northwest where it's only hot for a couple months out of the year. Plus, we had a basement :) Here, I have to have my a/c going pretty much all year round. I would literally die otherwise!

      Thanks for stopping by, Greg!

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  12. It is very hot here where I live but then it is the tropics. I couldn't live without AC though.
    Your book list is gorgeous.

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    1. A/c makes these crazy hot climates bearable! I don't know how people survived in the deserts and the tropics before a/c was invented. Torture!

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

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  13. So I want so many of these!!

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    1. Right? They all sound so good!

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

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  14. Haha I love your idea for the list! This was a great post, and The Drowning Kind and Every Last Fear sound amazing. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. It was a fun post to put together. I'm always excited when I hear about new books that sound amazing. Gives my booklovin' heart something to look forward to :)

      Thanks for coming by, LavenderLeon!

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  15. I did a similar topping a while ago with a slightly different title,
    Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2020. I wouldn't mind reading either of them now.

    Same as you, I really wouldn't mind this year to be over but I doubt that the Corona situation will change that easily.

    Luckily, our weather has cooled down. I'm so grateful for that because we don't have any a/c and the summer was terrible.

    Thanks for visiting my TTT earlier.

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    1. I'm glad your weather is cooling down. I can't imagine summers without a/c!

      I'm sure 2021 releases will be a TTT topic soon, but I couldn't wait. It was fun to check out what's up and coming.

      Thanks for stopping by, Marianne!

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    2. I've met many Americans who boasted that it was so much hotter in the States than here and when summer came and they had to endure it without a/c, they were the first to complain about the weather.

      It's still not a done thing, we don't have a/c in private homes and in very few shops. It's been unbearable in the last couple of years. There are people who move South for the winter (Spain, Portugal), I'd love to move North for the summer.

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    3. Americans are wimpy and spoiled. Maybe we're wimpy because we're spoiled? A/C is standard in homes where I live. In fact, there are government programs to help people pay their a/c bills because it's so ridiculously hot here. Living without it can literally be deadly.

      I grew up in Washington State, where it's really only hot for a couple months out of the year and most houses there did not have a/c. Most of the shops and offices did, though. I honestly can't imagine living entirely without a/c. I'm too much of a wimp for that!

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    4. I think we all will get there with climate change ... :( Even though many people believe it's a hoax.

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  16. I love looking at books that are coming out in the near future, though I struggle with keeping up. This is a great list :) Thanks for visiting my TTT :)

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    1. Right? There's no way to keep up, but that's a good thing as we'll never run out of things to read!

      Thanks for coming by, Megan!

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  17. I'll sign up for the all the books on your list here. Some great ones! As to your weather, I hear you. You guys have higher temps than us, but we have a lot more humidity. It evens out sort of. I think I'm ready for winter, such as we have it. LOL

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    1. Ugh. Humidity is the worst! I'll take the dry heat any day, although I would prefer no heat at all. I would 100% move to Alaska right now.

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

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  18. I really like the cover of Alone by Megan E. Freeman! I love a good YA survival story.

    Hope you enjoy these books if you read them!

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  19. Ooooh, Kristin Hannah has a new book coming out!

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  20. I've heard so many good things about Jane Harper's books, I really should read one of them.
    - Lois @ My Midnight Musing.

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