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2021 Literary Escapes Challenge

- Alabama
- Alaska
- Arizona (1)
- Arkansas
- California (4)
- Colorado (1)
- Connecticut (1)
- Delaware
- Florida
- Georgia
- Hawaii (1)
- Idaho
- Illinois (4)
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- Kentucky (1)
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- Massachusetts (1)
- Michigan (1)
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- Mississippi
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- Nebraska (1)
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- New Hampshire (1)
- New Jersey (1)
- New Mexico
- New York (4)
- North Carolina (1)
- North Dakota
- Ohio (6)
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- Pennsylvania (1)
- Rhode Island (1)
- South Carolina (1)
- South Dakota
- Tennessee
- Texas (1)
- Utah (1)
- Vermont (2)
- Virginia (3)
- Washington (3)
- West Virginia
- Wisconsin
- Wyoming (1)
- *Washington, D.C.

International:
Australia (2)
Canada (3)
England (6)
France (1)
Ireland (1)
Switzerland (1)
The Philippines (1)
Wales (1)

My Progress:


28 / 51 states. 55% done!

2021 Fall Into Reading Challenge

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0 / 24 books. 0% done!

2021 Children's Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

2021 Children's Historical Fiction Reading Challenge
(Hosted by Yours Truly!)

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6 / 25 books. 24% done!

2021 Popsugar Reading Challenge

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33 / 50 books. 66% done!

Booklist Queen's 2021 Reading Challenge

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35 / 52 books. 67% done!

2021 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

2021 Craving for Cozies Reading Challenge

The 52 Club's 2021 Reading Challenge

My Progress:


39 / 52 books. 75% done!
Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I've Loved But Not Reviewed. Yet.


According to my mom, I taught myself to read before starting kindergarten and just never stopped.  I've read thousands of books throughout my life; since I didn't create my blog until 2006, that means there are tons of titles that would work for today's Top Ten Tuesday topic:  Top Ten Books I Loved But Never Reviewed.  Could my aging memory come up with enough to make a decent list?  Yeah, right!  I can barely remember what I ate for breakfast yesterday (actually, I can't remember at all—did I even eat breakfast yesterday?).  Thankfully, I am, as always, months behind on writing reviews for this year's reads, so I'm just going to chat about ten books I've read in 2020 that I loved but haven't reviewed.  Yet.

You've probably got lots of books you loved but haven't reviewed, too, so why don't you join in the TTT fun?  All you have to do is click on over to That Artsy Reader Girl, scan a few quick instructions, make your own list, then spend some happy hours spreading the love across the book blogosphere.  It's a great way to check in on favorite blogs, discover new ones, and of course, find awesome reading recs to add to the ole TBR mountain chain.  It's a good time, I promise!

Top Ten Books I've Loved This Year But Haven't Reviewed Yet 


1.  The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren—This enemies-to-lovers romance about a wedding reception that goes awry, leaving the best man and the maid of honor to take the newlyweds' honeymoon vacation, is just plain fun. 


2.  Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart—Based on the real-life experiences of a "lady cop" and her crime-fighting sisters in early 20th Century America, this mystery is the first in a series featuring the indomitable Constance Kopp.  It's interesting and compelling.


3.  The Split by Sharon Bolton—I love suspenseful stories set in remote places and Bolton's newest definitely fits the bill.  It's a novel with a deceptively simple premise—a woman who has fled to remote South Georgia for an extended research trip is being pursued by an ex-con.  Why?  Will he find her?  Like all of Bolton's mysteries, this one is taut, tense, and twisty.  The Split might be my favorite of all her books. 


4.  The Book of Lost Friends by Lisa Wingate—This dual-timeline novel combines adventure, mystery, and history to create an intriguing tale that I very much enjoyed.


5.  Beyond the Horizon by Lois Lowry—It might be a thin volume, but this memoir-in-verse that recounts the author's experiences as a young girl in Hawaii during World War II, packs a big punch.  I found it profoundly moving, but in a way that snuck up on me, if that makes any sense.


6.  Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain—This impactful novel is about a new social worker from a privileged background who begins her career in rural North Carolina during the turbulent 1960's.  Her life and outlook are both changed when she meets a young girl who's carrying all the burdens of keeping her desperately impoverished family afloat.


7.  The Imperfects by Amy Meyerson—It's hard to describe this Knives Out-ish novel, but it's an on-point exploration of what can happen when an estranged family unexpectedly inherits an exorbitant amount of wealth—and secrets.


8.  Agnes at the End of the World by Kelly McWilliams—True, there's nothing super original about this YA novel in which the members of a sheltered religious cult have to face the alarming effects of a terrifying pandemic, but it tells a thoughtful story that kept me engrossed.  It asks some important questions about faith, blind obedience, family, etc.  I also like that it features a character with Type 1 diabetes (in a cult that eschews medicine, no less).  You don't see my disease featured in a lot of books, so I was glad for this important representation.


9.  From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks—I enjoyed this middle-grade novel about a girl who intercepts a letter from the father she's never met, who's in prison for murder.  She starts a secret correspondence with him that leads her to make some important discoveries about herself and her family.  Despite its heavy-ish content, this is an upbeat, enjoyable book.


10.  The Line Between by Tosca Lee—This YA novel is similar to Agnes at the End of the World and I liked it for a lot of the same reasons.  It tells an exciting story, but it also offers up a lot of lots of food for thought on faith, works, and religion.  For a doomsday novel, it's surprisingly clean and upbeat.

There you have it, ten books I enjoyed but haven't gotten around to reviewing yet.  What do you think?  Have you read any of them?  Do any of them sound like reads you would enjoy?  What books have you loved but not reviewed yet?  I'd love to know.  Leave me a comment on this post and I'll gladly return the favor on your blog.

Happy TTT!
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