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!

Now Listening to:

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

My Progress:


31 / 50 books. 62% done!

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: 2020 Top Ten Favorite Reads



Photo cred: Brenna Lee Photo
It's the last Top Ten Tuesday of the year!  Can you believe it?  I'm having trouble grasping the fact that 2020 is over as well as the idea that my oldest will be getting married on Saturday.  So surreal!  It makes sense that the final TTT of 2020 is a list of our top reads of the year.  Although I'm still hoping to sneak in another finish before January 1, as of now I've read 191 books this year.  Of those, I marked 25 with asterisks, indicating they were favorites.  Not including re-reads of past faves like A Christmas Carol, I narrowed my list down to the best of the best—my ten most loved reads of the year.  Although you can't tell from this list (which features mostly fiction by women, the majority of whom are white), I actually read a fair amount of non-fiction as well as lots of books written by men and women of various ethnicities, nationalities, and backgrounds.  These are just the books I happened to like most.  

I'd love to know what your favorite reads of 2020 are.  You should definitely make your own list and join in the TTT fun.  Hop on over to That Artsy Reader Girl for all the details.

My Top Ten Reads of 2020 (in no particular order):


1.  Fighting Words by Kimberly Brubaker BradleyThis is a devastating, but important and impactful MG novel about domestic violence.  My review.


2.  Land of the Cranes by Aida Salazar—Vivid and searing, this MG novel-in-verse about a family torn apart by controversial U.S. immigration policies is heart-breaking and eye-opening.  Another gutting but essential read.  My review.


3.  The Imperfects by Amy Meyerson—Part mystery, part family drama, this is an engrossing read about a (real) famous jewel and how its (fictional) discovery impacts an ordinary family.  My review.


4.  The Woman in the Green Dress by Tea Cooper—This is an atmospheric historical novel set in Australia that also features a mysterious jewel.  My review.


5.  Beyond the Horizon by Lois Lowry—A moving memoir-in-verse, this slim book recounts the author's experiences as a young girl in Hawaii during the bombing of Pearl Harbor and in post World War II Japan.  My review


6.  Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain—Set in North Carolina in 1960, this heart-wrenching novel focuses on poverty and the routine, forced sterilization of the poor and mentally challenged that took place at that time.  My review.


7.  The Last Blue by Isla Morley—If you loved The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, give this historical novel a try.  It also features the Blue people of Kentucky and is an immersive, intriguing, and tender novel.  My review.


8.  The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson—Speaking of ... I'm not alone in loving this popular book.  It deserves all the accolades it has received.  My review.


9.  The Split by Sharon Bolton—Bolton's newest is a bit of a departure from her usual crime fiction and I loved it.  It's part mystery/suspense, part survival story.  My review.


10.  Where the Lost Wander by Amy Harmon—I love a good pioneer novel and this is exactly that.  It concerns a group of people traveling along the Overland Trail.  My review.

There you go, my ten favorite books of the year.  What were your most-loved reads of 2020?  Have you read any of mine?  I'd truly love to know.  Leave me a comment on this post and I'll gladly return the favor on your blog.

Happy TTT!    

59 comments:

  1. Congratulations to your oldest kid and their soon-to-be spouse. How exciting.

    The Last Blue does sound interesting.

    My post.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you! It's my son and he's super excited :) His fiancee is really sweet - they make a great couple.

      Thanks for coming by, Lydia!

      Delete
  2. All of these sounds fabulous. I would love to read Land of the Cranes, The Imperfects, and Where the Lost Wander.

    Thanks for sharing, Wishing you a happy and healthy 2021.

    http://thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com/2020/12/top-ten-tuesday-favorite-books-of-2020.html

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hope you love those books if you read them. I sure enjoyed them :)

      Thanks for stopping by, Cheryl!

      Delete
  3. Haven't read any of these, but On the Horizon and Where the Lost Wander are high on my TBR list for next year! Best Wishes to your oldest. I hope the wedding goes off well, and that you all have a very Happy New Year! :D

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Lark! A wedding is a fun but stressful way to start the new year :) My son and his fiancee are so excited and happy :)

      I hope you love ON THE HORIZON and WHERE THE LOST WANDER when you get to them.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting!

      Delete
  4. I still haven't read that Amy Harmon book, but I can already understand why it would make your list. Her writing is gorgeous.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It really is! I need to read more books by her.

      Thanks for stopping in, Deanna!

      Delete
  5. Nice list! Congrats on your oldest getting married...bet that's exciting. Happy TTT, and hope you have a good New Year filled with lots of great reads! I'm so happy I was able to find your blog.

    My list: https://steppingstonesbookreviews.blogspot.com/2020/12/top-ten-tuesdays-favorite-books-of-2020.html

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much! 2020 has been such a weird year, but my son managed to find his true love early in the year and now they're tying the knot. We're all thrilled for the happy couple :)

      I'm glad you were able to find my blog and vice versa! I'm looking forward to more interaction in 2021.

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

      Delete
  6. Your review of Fighting Words put it on my radar. Sounds incredible! I hope the wedding in wonderful!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's a great book. Sad but important. The heroine's voice is funny and pitch-perfect. I'll be interested to hear what you think of it.

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

      Delete
  7. I hadn't heard of The Imperfects before, but I quite suddenly NEED it :)

    I hope you have a lovely time at the wedding and everything goes swimmingly.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's definitely an under-the-radar book. I'm pretty sure I heard about it from another book blogger, although I have no idea who unfortunately. I need to make better note of who recommends which books so I can go back and thank them when one of their suggestions works out well for me.

      Thanks for your well wishes and for stopping by, Hanna!

      Delete
  8. I’ve read four! Fighting Words is certainly a bold book! Necessary Lies is a compelling read! Book Woman was my fav of 2019....love it! So memorable and my fav on your list! Where the Lost Wander is well written but also heartbreaking in places. Congrats on the wedding! 💖💖

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Great minds and all that! I'm glad we have similar tastes in books :)

      Thanks for coming by!

      Delete
  9. Lots of names and titles I recognise, and many I need to check out as they look like excellent reads. And why haven't I read Amy Harmon yet? ;-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. She's an underrated author for sure! Her writing is beautiful. At least it was in WHERE THE LOST WANDER, which is the only book I've read by her thus far. I definitely need to read her others.

      Thanks for stopping by, Alex!

      Delete
  10. A really good list! I haven't thought of my top ten books, but I realize I could pick one in many different categories to come up with a list. It's always difficult to choose favorites.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Agreed. I star books that I love as I read them, but it was still hard to choose only ten out of the 25 I starred. I always have trouble deciding on favorites.

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

      Delete
  11. I haven't read any of these, but I'm so glad you loved all these books. I hope 2021 brings you just as good reads!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you! I hope so, too :) There are several 2021 releases I'm really looking forward to, so it's looking like a good reading year already.

      Thanks for stopping by!

      Delete
  12. I loved Book Woman of Troublesome Creek. I loved learning about the pack horse librarians and the blue people. The Lois Lowry book sounds great, I had no idea she lived in Japan during WWII. Thanks for the recommendations!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Me, too! BOOK WOMAN is a great book for so many reasons. It's informative, compelling, moving, etc.

      BEYOND THE HORIZON is a quick read but a really touching one. Lowry lived in Hawaii when Pearl Harbor was bombed and then later, after the war, lived in Japan. Her father was in the Armed Services, if I remember correctly.

      Thanks for coming by!

      Delete
  13. Choosing a top 10 from ten times that amount is hard enough, but from twenty times?? Kudos to you for accepting and completing the challenge. I haven't read any of yours yet, but a few of these are books I backed hopefully in the Goodreads Choice Awards based on their promise (and was devastated to see Brubaker Bradley's knocked out before the final round. Also sad about Harmon, if less surprised), and I've heard good things about many others. I can see why you loved all of these.

    Good luck once again to your son and future daughter-in-law; I hope their day is beautiful.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Right? I'm glad I starred reads as I went along so it was easy to see which I considered favorites - I just had to narrow it down, which wasn't easy.

      I love that you voted for books in the GR Awards that you haven't read. I do the same, based on how good they sound. LOL. You made a good choice with FIGHTING WORDS. It really is an impactful novel. I would have chosen it over a Rick Riordan novel any day.

      Thanks for the well wishes! We're looking forward to a fun wedding :) The reception is outside, so we're hoping for more of the beautiful weather we've been having.

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

      Delete
  14. I would like to read On the Horizon!!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You should! It's a slim book, but it packs a big punch. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

      Thanks for stopping by!

      Delete
  15. I keep forgetting about On the Horizon. I really need to read that one.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It will take you all of half an hour, so definitely read it! Even though it's a short book, it has really stayed with me. I hope others find it as moving and impactful.

      Thanks for coming by, Deb!

      Delete
  16. The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek is on my TBR list -- so many people recommend it!

    Blessings on your daughter's wedding -- and may you maintain your sanity!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You definitely need to read BOOK WOMAN! It's just a really good book.

      I'm actually the mother of the groom, which is interesting. My son's fiancee and her mom have really planned the whole reception. We have basically just contributed money and helped out when needed. I'm sure it will be a lot different when my girls get married!

      Thanks for stopping by, Rachel!

      Delete
  17. Sounds like you had a great book year! I've heard such good things about The Woman of Troublesome Creek. It's on my list when I have time:-) Congrats to your daughter, that's awesome!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You definitely have to read BOOK WOMAN. It's fabulous on many levels!

      Thanks for the well wishes. I'm actually the mother of the groom, but his fiancee already feels like one of mine :) They're sweet kids - I'm excited for them.

      Thanks for coming by, Tammy!

      Delete
  18. I haven't read any of these either but several interest me, including The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek and Where the Lost Wander. Happy New year, Susan and I hope the wedding goes ok on Saturday.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Those are both wonderful books! I hope you enjoy them when you read them.

      Thanks for the well wishes, Cath. I'm sure everything with the wedding will go just fine. The good thing is we can blame anything disastrous that happens on 2020!

      Delete
  19. I haven't read any of these, but Land of the Cranes is on my list!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oooh, it's a good one! The story is just so vividly told. I hope you enjoy it.

      Thanks for coming by, Angie!

      Delete
  20. I haven't read any of these, but The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek sounds awesome!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's a really good one! Definitely deserving of all the praise and hype it has received. I hope you love it when you read it.

      Thanks for stopping in, Alycia!

      Delete
  21. The Imperfects and The Split are ones that have been circling around my TBR list but hadn't quite made it on before now. The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek I've been resisting. I didn't like Crawdads Sing as much as everyone else seemed to, and there's so much hype around this one too!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I haven't read CRAWDADS, although I did start it. I couldn't get into it so I set it aside. BOOK WOMAN is much more accessible/readable, in my opinion. I hope you like it if you do give in and read it :)

      Thanks for coming by, Laurie!

      Delete
  22. I love that picture! It’s breathtaking... however I would have been scared to death up there!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Right? And T.J. doesn't love heights. I asked him if he was scared and he just acted cool and said no. Just looking at the picture makes MY heart beat faster!

      Delete
  23. I love the variety in your list. I really enjoyed The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek too. I didn't get to it this year as I had hoped but will definitely be reading that Diane Chamberlain book next year after falling in love with her last two books.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I've read three books by Chamberlain and I enjoyed them all. NECESSARY LIES is my favorite so far, although I also really liked BIG LIES IN A SMALL TOWN.

      Thanks for stopping in, Suzanne!

      Delete
  24. Congratulations on the upcoming wedding Susan. I hope all goes well. I love your list. I have read a couple of these, but have several on my TBR. I need to move a couple of them up.

    ReplyDelete
  25. The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek made it on my list too! I'm adding The Woman in the Green Dress to my TBR list. Thanks for sharing. Oh, and congrats on your oldest child's wedding!

    ReplyDelete
  26. What a great collection of books! Beyond the Horizon is waiting on my TBR pile—I'm a total sucker for verse novels anyway, and this one sounds incredibly special.

    ReplyDelete
  27. Wow these covers are so pretty!! I have not yet read any of these, but I will definitely check them out. It is SO IMPRESSIVE that you have read 191 books. Wow. I am in awe!

    That is so exciting that your oldest is getting married. I hope everything goes smoothly and that you all enjoy the festivities!

    I hope you have a wonderful 2021 filled with happiness, love, joy... and BOOKS! ❤️

    ReplyDelete
  28. Wow, Susan, what a great family milestone. There's nothing like the marriage of a child, especially a daughter. Congratulations to you all.

    I've not read any of your Top 10 but do have a few of them on my TBR list thanks to your blog.

    ReplyDelete
  29. Great list!! Many new to me titles to check!! Happy reading to you in 2021.

    ReplyDelete
  30. I've heard of that Troublesome Creek one! It's supposed to be good. :)

    ReplyDelete
  31. Same as you said on my list, I haven't read any of yours. But some sound completely fascinating, can't believe I haven't even heard of them. Will have to check some out.

    Thanks for visiting my TTT earlier.

    ReplyDelete
  32. These sound wonderful! I would love to read the Lois Lowry, I've enjoyed many of her books and would love to know more about her life. My uncle was at Pearl Harbor and I was born in Hawaii so I have a personal connection too.

    Happy 2021, wishing you more great reading!

    ReplyDelete
  33. Congratulations on your oldest getting married! It shouldn't be hard for them to remember their anniversary! Necessary Lies sounds interesting.

    ReplyDelete
  34. Where the Lost Wander was one of my top faves of the year, too. Such an incredible tale!

    ReplyDelete
  35. Congrats on your oldest getting married, Susan! And that's a great list you've there! I didn't read as many books this year but the good thing is, I'd enjoyed the many books I read. Happy New Year to you and your family!

    ReplyDelete

Comments make me feel special, so go crazy! Just keep it clean and civil. Feel free to speak your mind (I always do), but be aware that I will delete any offensive comments.

P.S.: Don't panic if your comment doesn't show up right away. I have to approve each one before it posts to prevent spam. It's annoying, but it works!

Blog Widget by LinkWithin

Search This Blog




Followin' by Email


Grab my Button!


Blog Design by:



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)