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9 / 30 books. 30% done!

2024 Literary Escapes Challenge

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14 / 51 states. 27% done!

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13 / 50 books. 26% done!

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37 / 50 books. 74% done!

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22 / 40 books. 55% done!

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5 / 25 books. 20% done!

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43 / 104 books. 41% done!

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35 / 52 books. 67% done!

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39 / 165 books. 24% 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!
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