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2021 Fall Into Reading Challenge

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2021 Children's Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

2021 Children's Historical Fiction Reading Challenge
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Booklist Queen's 2021 Reading Challenge

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2021 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

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The 52 Club's 2021 Reading Challenge

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39 / 52 books. 75% done!
Tuesday, July 21, 2020

A Splishy-Splashy Top Ten Tuesday List


Top Ten Tuesday is my hands-down favorite meme and the only one I really participate in.  However, some weeks I'm just not feeling the topic.  I usually find a way to twist it to suit me better, but today's has me stumped.  The topic du jour is:  Top Ten Book Events/Festivals I'd Love to Go To Someday (real or fictional).  As much as I love to read, I don't love crowds so I usually avoid these kinds of shindigs.  So, I went totally rogue today and came up with my own topic.  

Another thing I try to avoid is the heat.  I live in Arizona (not by choice), so it's not easy!  Luckily, I have a backyard pool to cool off in.  All the pool time my family and I have been enjoying lately makes me think of book covers featuring swimming pools.  So, my topic of choice today has to do with that.

Before we get to my list, though, I need to give a shout-out to our lovely Top Ten Tuesday host.  Be sure and check Jana out at That Artsy Reader Girl.  All the TTT deets are on her blog.  

Top Ten Books I Want to Read That Feature Swimming Pools on Their Covers


1.  Penny From Heaven by Jennifer L. Holm—This MG Newberry Honor book revolves around a young Italian-American girl living in New York City.  Set right after World War II, it deals with prejudice against Italians, fear of polio, and the coming-of-age of our heroine.


2.  The Girl Who Stopped Swimming by Joshilyn Jackson—I've loved several of Jackson's novels, but I haven't read this one yet.  This Southern family drama concerns a woman who is visited by the ghost of her 13-year-old neighbor.  The apparition leads her to a dead body and a mystery that will reveal shocking truths about her family's past.


3.  The Safe Place by Anna Downes—This thriller concerns a young woman who's in desperate need of a lucky break.  When a wealthy couple offers her a lucrative housekeeping job at their remote French estate, she jumps at the chance.  All is not perfect in paradise, however, as she soon finds out ...


4.  The Swimming Pool by Louise Candlish—Another thriller, this one is about Natalie, a woman whose routine wife/mother/teacher life is shaken up when she meets wealthy, charismatic Lara who pulls her into a lavish lifestyle unlike any she's ever known.  Who is Lara, really?  And what is Natalie getting herself into?


5.  Summer Darlings by Brooke Lea Foster—Like The Safe Place, this novel is about a down-on-her-luck young woman who takes a glamorous job in Martha's Vineyard as a nanny for a wealthy couple.  As she tries to fit in with the upper crust, she discovers that nothing in that glittering world is quite what it seems ...


6.  The Vacation by T.M. Logan—The teaser says it all:  Seven Days.  Three Families.  One Killer.


7.  The Summer Deal by Jill Shalvis—The plot summary on this one doesn't reveal a ton.  Apparently, it involves two frenemies who need to let go of the past in order to secure a happy, successful future. 


8.  Swimming Between Worlds by Elaine Neil Orr—This historical concerns three very different people whose lives converge in tumultuous North Carolina during the Civil Rights Movement.


9.  Up For Air by Laurie Morrison—This MG novel stars Annabelle Wilner, a 13-year-old who excels at swimming.  When she's invited to join the high school swim team, she becomes desperate to impress an older boy who's paying her a surprising amount of attention.  Her ploys, however, might just cost her everything that means anything to her, including friendships, family relationships, and a swimming scholarship.  Is her crush really worth it?


10.  For the Best by Vanessa Lillie (available September 8, 2020)—When her wallet is found next to a freshly-killed corpse, Jules Worthington-Smith becomes the chief suspect in the man's murder.  Despite the fact that she was drunk out of her mind on the night of the murder, Jules is sure she had nothing to do with it.  Now, she just has to prove her innocence ...

Well, I don't know about you, but I'm ready for a dip in the pool!  What do you think of my "splashy" list?  Can you think of any other books with swimming pools on the cover?  What's on your TTT list today?

Happy TTT!
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