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Tuesday, January 05, 2021

Top Ten Tuesday: Out With the Old, In With the Shiny and New


Happy New Year!  I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and are settling into the new year with hope and resolve.  I've yet to make any resolutions, but I've definitely been thinking about what I want to accomplish this year, both on the blog and off.  What have you come up with?  Any big goals or plans?  Whatever you're shooting for, I wish you the very best of luck with it.

Today's Top Ten Tuesday concerns our Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2021.  I feel like I've talked a lot already about the new releases I'm most looking forward to, but I'll go ahead and give you ten more.  There are tons of great-sounding books coming out this year—I can't wait!

If you want to join in the TTT fun, click on over to That Artsy Reader Girl to get all the details.

Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2021:  


1.  What You Never Knew by Jessica Hamilton (available April 13)—June Bennett is shocked when she inherits her family's ancestral home and island, which she thought had been sold after her father's mysterious disappearance thirty years ago.  When she returns to the island, she learns that her former neighbors believe her dad was murdered.  As June looks into the past, she's taunted by strange happenings in the present.  What is going on in her 100-year-old cottage?  And what really happened to her father?  Sounds compelling!


2.  Survive the Night by Riley Sager (available June 29)—This thriller features a student who uses his college's ride board to hitch a ride home to Ohio.  He's never met the driver and the longer the two are on the road together, the more frightened he becomes about who the man behind the wheel really is.  It's Sager, so I'm definitely in for this one.


3.  Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. Manansala (available May 4, 2021)—The first installment in a new cozy culinary mystery series, this novel features a woman who is tasked with saving her Tita Rosie's struggling restaurant.  When her food critic ex-boyfriend is found dead, she finds herself playing Nancy Drew in order to save her own neck.  This one sounds similar to the Noodle House Mystery series by Vivien Chien, which I love, so I'm excited to check out this series debut.


4.  Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto (available April 27)—This mystery/rom-com sounds like a lot of fun.  It's all about a woman who accidentally kills her blind date.  When she calls her mother for help, her mother calls in her squad of sisters.  The aunties must help hide a corpse while trying to keep their wedding planning business afloat.  


5.  War and Millie McGonigle by Karen Cushman (available April 6)—This middle grade novel concerns a California girl who's life is changed irrevocably both by a faraway war and problems closer to home.  I'm always up for a World War II novel, so I'm curious to see what this one's all about.


6.  Quiet in Her Bones by Nalini Singh (available February 23)—Ten years ago, a wealthy socialite disappeared with a whole lot of money.  When her body is found buried in the elite neighborhood where she lived, it becomes apparent that she didn't just skip town.  What really happened?  Color me intrigued!


7.  Starfish by Lisa Fipps (available March 9)—This body-positive MG novel revolves around a girl who is bullied because of her weight.  She finds solace in the swimming pool and with supportive people, who help her thrive in spite of her mother's constant criticism.


8.  Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson (available March 2)—I enjoyed A Good Girl's Guide to Murder, so I'm excited for this sequel.  This time around, Pip is on the hunt for a missing teenager.


9.  When the Stars Go Dark by Paula McLain (available April 13)—When a seasoned missing persons detective returns to her California hometown to grieve, she discovers that a local teen has vanished under mysterious circumstances.  The incident is eerily similar to one that occurred when she was a child.  Can she figure out what happened then and what is going on now?  Sounds compelling, no?


10.  The Mysterious Disappearance of Aidan S. by David Levithan (available February 2)—When Aidan goes missing for almost a week, everyone wondered where he was.  He returns with an impossible story.  His brother, Lucas, wants to believe Aidan's wild story, but how can he?  With a vague premise like that, I'm definitely interested to see where this story goes ...

There you go, ten 2021 releases I'm looking forward to reading.  Which are on your list?  I'd truly love to know.  Leave a comment on this post and I will gladly return the favor on yours.

Happy TTT!  

56 comments:

  1. Nice choices! The World War II themed one and Starfish caught my eye. Can't wait to see what they're like! Happy TTT.

    (Just so you know, I nominated your blog for the Liebster Award! I'm linking to my post about it below in case you want to join in, but no pressure if you don't.

    https://steppingstonesbookreviews.blogspot.com/2021/01/the-liebster-awardmy-questions-and.html)

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    1. Awww, thanks so much! I haven't done anything with blog awards in YEARS. Lots of bloggers are awards-adverse these days, so I probably won't pass it on, BUT it means a lot to me that you thought of me :)

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

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  2. All these books sound great and I'm very excited to see that Riley Sager will have a new book out this year!

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    1. I've only read two of Sager's books so far, but I enjoyed them both so I'm looking forward to more. His newest sounds especially compelling, especially since I remember looking at my college's ride board and contemplating riding the 12 hours home with strangers (I never ended up doing it, though). LOL.

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

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  3. Ohh a new David Leviathan book? Yes, please!

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    1. I haven't read anything by Levithan, but I've heard lots of good things about his books. I'm interested to see what this one is all about since the plot summary doesn't give much away.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. GOOD GIRL, BAD BLOOD!!! I needed this book last year. If I was more ambitious, I would have ordered it from overseas. Hope we both love it!

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    1. Yeah, I'm not that ambitious either. I can wait for it to come out here in the U.S., but I AM excited to read it. I hope we both love it!

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

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  5. Definitely adding When the Stars Go Out to my list!

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    1. Do! I'm about 1/4 of the way through the book and I'm totally hooked. I got an e-ARC from NetGalley.

      Thanks for stopping in, Sarah!

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  6. These all look so good! I hope you get to read them all!

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    1. Thank you! I hope so, too. I started WHEN THE STARS GO DARK yesterday, so I'm making good progress on my list already :)

      Thanks for coming by, Jordan!

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  7. There are some really interesting sounding books on your list! I'm quite curious about Dial A for Aunties... Great list! :)

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    1. It sounds super fun, doesn't it? I'm all in for light-hearted books right now.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. Arsenic and Adobo sounds like such a good read.

    My post.

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    1. Doesn't it sound fun? I'm really excited to see what it's all about.

      Thanks for coming by, Lydia!

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  9. Quiet in Her Bones sounds really good! I have wanted to try that author's romance for a while, but I might have to start with this one!
    Happy reading!

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    1. She writes romance, too? Interesting. I'd never heard of her before I found this book. Romance isn't a genre I read much, though.

      Thanks for stopping by, Deanna!

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  10. You've got some great MG books on this list. I like the sound of War and Millie McGonigle and The Mysterious Disappearance of Aidan S.

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    1. I love MG novels! I always get excited when I find new ones that sound intriguing.

      Thanks for coming by, Laura!

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  11. I'm really looking forward to Dial A for Aunties - looks super cute. Happy reading :)

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    1. Agreed. It just looks fun. I can't wait!

      Thanks for stopping in, Dani!

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  12. Oh, Survive the Night and Quiet in Her Bones both sound super intriguing. Hope you'll enjoy all of these!

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    1. I agree. They both sound super compelling. Hopefully, they're as good as they sound.

      Thanks for coming by, Lindsey!

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  13. I always love these posts because I find new books to watch for. Several here. Thanks for telling us about them! And Happy New Year!

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    1. Same! I've found some great new titles just today that I hadn't heard of before. Now, I'm even more excited about 2021 reading!

      Happy New Year to you, too, and thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting!

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  14. You gave me more books to add to my list!

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    1. Sorry, not sorry! LOL.

      Thanks for stopping in, Michelle!

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  15. I'm so excited to read Good Girl, Bad Blood, it came out last year in the UK, but I haven't got to it yet.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2021/01/05/top-ten-tuesday-297/

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    1. Like I said above, I'm not excited enough about it to order it from abroad. I can wait for it to come into my library. I AM looking forward to it, though!

      Thanks for coming by!

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  16. Glad to know Riley Sager has a new book coming out this year. I like his writing, too. :)

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    1. He seems to publish a new one every year, which is awesome for his fans! I've only read a couple of his so far, but I've enjoyed them a lot.

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

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  17. Ooh I think I'm adding most of these to my tbr. Riley Sagers in particular sounds fantastic.

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    1. Oh, good! I'm glad you found some new titles for your TBR. You can never have too many :)

      Thanks for stopping by, Ali!

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  18. I'm the exact same way this year—zero goals or resolutions so far. Which might change, but ... so far less pressure has been nice. Dial A for Aunties and Arsenic and Adobo both made my list, too! They both look like a ton of fun. And I think this is the first I'm hearing about The Mysterious Disappearance of Aidan S, but that's definitely going on my TBR pile. Thanks for putting it on my radar!

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    1. I'm getting a slow start on my new year, so we'll see if I bother making resolutions or not. I let everything go in 2020, so I need some discipline this year. LOL.

      I'm up for some light, fun reading this year and it looks like there are lots of 2021 titles that fit that criteria. Can't wait!

      Thanks for coming by, Christopher!

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  19. I've seen Arsenic and Adobo in a couple places. I hope you like it!

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    1. Thanks! I hope so, too, since it's always such a bummer when a book that sounds really good ... isn't. I'm keeping my fingers crossed on this one.

      Thanks for stopping in, Brooke!

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  20. I've seen several of things this week as I traveled around the www. What You Never Knew needs to be added to my list.

    Thanks for sharing.

    http://thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com/2021/01/top-ten-tuesday-top-ten-most.html

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    1. That's my favorite part about TTT - all the new books I discover! Even when I think I'm really up on what's coming out, I find more great-looking titles. I'll never catch up.

      Thanks for coming by, Cheryl!

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  21. What a good list of books. I look forward to seeing what you think of them as they appear as reviews on your blog.

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    1. I finished WHEN THE STARS GO DARK late last night. It's not quite as good as I wanted it to be, but I still liked it. I'm going to review it soon, but I probably won't publish the review for a couple months since the book doesn't come out until April.

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

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  22. I really want to read Survive the Night and The Mysterious Disappearance of Aidan S. as well.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. They book sound super intriguing, don't they? I hope we both enjoy them.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  23. That Riley Sager one is going on my TBR right now! When The Stars Go Dark looks great also, and I still need to read the first Holly Jackson one.

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    1. Doesn't SURVIVE THE NIGHT sound amazing? I'm excited to see what Sager does with that very intriguing premise. THE STARS GO DARK is a good one if you like character-driving mystery/thrillers. A GOOD GIRL'S GUIDE TO MURDER is a fun read.

      Thanks for coming by, Greg!

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  24. Thank you so much for this post!! I needed a body positive book for a challenge and I did not know about Starfish!! So many great books on here! :)

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    1. You're welcome! I love body positive books and I feel like there are more and more on the market, which is awesome. I hope we both love STARFISH :)

      Thanks for stopping in, Leslie!

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  25. Yay for another Riley Sager book! I didn't realize he had another coming out so soon.

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    1. I've only read a couple of his so far, so I need to catch up!

      Thanks for coming by, Suzanne!

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  26. Arsenic and Adobo sounds like an interesting book. It kind of reminds me of the Lickety Splitz series by Cynthia Baxter.

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    1. I haven't heard of the Baxter series. I'll have to check it out. I'm always up for a fun cozy mystery!

      Thanks for stopping by, Mae!

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  27. I really like the look of Arsenic and Adobo. I am soooo tempted!

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    1. It sounds super fun, doesn't it?

      Thanks for coming by, Deb!

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  28. I didn't know about any of these but now I want them all! Arsenic and Adobo especially looks like my kind of book.

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  29. I hadn't heard of any of these before! I'll have to check them out!

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