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Tuesday, March 09, 2021

Top Ten Tuesday: Who Has Time to Clean When There's Reading to Be Done?


Today's Top Ten Tuesday topic is a Spring cleaning freebie, but let's be honest here...I hate cleaning.  I'd much rather put my feet up and read a book on the couch than dust, scrub, vacuum, or sweep.  In keeping with this theme, I'm going to avoid today's prompt and spring forward a week and do next week's Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR instead.  Since there are so many great-sounding books coming out in the next few months, I'm going to focus my list on upcoming releases.  As usual, I'll do it in two parts because, you know how it is when you want to read ALL the things.

If you want to join in the TTT fun (and you do), head on over to That Artsy Reader Girl for all the details. 

Top Ten Upcoming Releases on My Spring TBR List

1.  In a Book Club Far Away by Tif Marcelo (available April 6, 2021)—This contemporary novel features three Army wives who bond through a book club, which is later disbanded because of a shocking betrayal among its members.  When one of the former friends sends out a plea for help, the others come to her rescue.  As they work through old hurts, they'll have to decide whether or not their broken friendship is worth salvaging.

2.  All the Children Are Home by Patry Francis (available April 13, 2021)—Set in the 1950s and 60s, this historical novel revolves around a set of foster parents who reluctantly takes in an indigenous girl who has been horribly abused.  The child, who knows next to nothing about herself or her Native American roots, just might be the family's salvation.

3.  Of Women and Salt by Gabriela Garcia (available March 30, 2021)—This family saga features family history, secrets, and fraught mother/daughter relationships, all with a Cuban flair. 

4.  A Trail of Lies by Kylie Logan (available May 11, 2021)—I enjoy the Jazz Ramsey mystery series, so I'm excited to read this third installment.  An ARC of A Trail of Lies just landed on my doorstep, so it's next on my list.  The story features more dead bodies for Jazz's canine to find and more murders for her to solve.

5.  The Women of Chateau Lafayette by Stephanie Dray (available March 30, 2021)—This historical novel has three timelines, all which center around a French castle and the women who defend it.

6.  A Million Reasons Why by Jessica Strawser (available March 23, 2021)—You all know I love a good DNA/family history story and this one sounds compelling.  It's about two sisters who find each other through a mail-in DNA test.  The shocking discovery changes both of their lives. 

7.  The Haunting of Alma Fielding by Kate Summerscale (available April 27, 2021)—I don't believe in ghosts, but I'm still a sucker for a haunting story.  This "true" account sounds like fun, even if it seems more appropriate for Fall than Spring.

8.  Last Gate of the Emperor by Kwame Mbalia and Prince Joel Makonnen (available May 4, 2021)—I need an Afrofuturist book for a reading challenge prompt and this middle grade sci-fi/fantasy adventure sounds fun.  

9.  The Vines by Shelley Nolden (available March 23, 2021)—For several decades, North Brother Island, New York, was used for quarantining patients with infectious diseases like tuberculosis and small pox.  Long abandoned, but still covered in crumbling medical buildings, it's off-limits to visitors. When an urban explorer sneaks onto the land and spies a beautiful woman hiding in the ghost town, he becomes obsessed with learning her story.

10.  The Kew Garden Girls by Posy Lovell (available April 20, 2021)—With World War I in full swing, able-bodied male workers are scarce in London.  Determined to do their part on the home front, Ivy and Louisa enlist, becoming laborers at the Royal Botanic Gardens.  Not everyone is pleased to have women doing men's jobs, however, and problems quickly ensue.

There you go, ten upcoming releases I'm looking forward to reading.  Which new titles are you interested in?  What's on your Spring TBR list?  I'd truly love to know.  Leave me a comment on this post and I will gladly return the favor on your blog.

Happy TTT!  


  1. I hope you enjoy all of these books!

    Have you ever tried listening to an audiobook while cleaning? I find it helps the time fly by. :)

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    1. Yes! I just recently started listening to audiobooks while I clean. I used to just listen to music, but a book distracts me better and makes cleaning go faster for sure :)

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

  2. Lol. I'm one of those weirdos who can't read in a cluttered space, so I try to clean my reading place before I pick up a book.

    1. I wish I had that problem! LOL. I do bribe myself, though - read a chapter, clean for 15 minutes, read a chapter, clean for 15 minutes, etc. That's how I have to motivate myself sometimes :)

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting!

  3. I hate cleaning as well! I'm absolutely horrible at it xD

    Kylie Logan is the one with all of the cozy animal mysteries? So this is a part of the Jazz Ramsey series?

    And happy TTT 🥳🎉

    1. Yes, A TRAIL OF LIES is the newest Jazz Ramsey mystery. It's about her and her cadaver dog finding bodies and solving mysteries. It's a great series!

      Thanks for popping in, Aviaja!

  4. I am intrigued by The Vines. I hope you love all of these books :)

    1. Same. The setting is so haunting. Even more so because North Brother Island is real and has a very interesting history.

      Thanks for coming by, Natalie!

  5. I love the sound of The Women of Chateau Lafayette!

    1. Me, too! I read a lot of dual-timeline books, but I haven't encountered many triple-timelines, so I'm interested to see how it all plays out.

      Thanks for stopping in, Catherine!

  6. Enjoy.

    1. Thank you! All of these titles sounds like ones I will enjoy. Will I actually? That remains to be seen!

      Thanks for coming by!

  7. In a Book Club Far Away sounds really neat! You have a great list here, I hope you enjoy them when you get to them.

    1. Thanks! We'll see how many of them I actually get to :)

      Thanks for stopping in, Nicole!

  8. I hope you can get to all of these!


    1. Me too! We'll see how it goes...

      Thanks for coming by, Evelyn!

  9. It looks like you have some fun reads coming up!

    1. I agree! I hope they're all as good as they sound :)

      Thanks for stopping by, Deanna!

  10. The only one that was on my radar was the Logan mystery but now I want them all! I can never resist a true ghost story either and The Kew Garden Girls and The Women of Chateau Lafayatte both look like my kind of books!

    1. I haven't read as many war books lately as I usually do, but I'm still always intrigued by them. We'll see if I actually get to KEW GARDEN and LAFAYETTE. The latter especially intrigues me.

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

  11. Springcleaning isn't my thing either! Fun list of books. I'm looking forward to the new Kylie Logan, and to The Vines as well. :)

    1. I like organizing, but actually cleaning is SUCH a drag! I wish things I clean would just stay clean so I don't have to do it over and over and over again...ugh.

      I'm going to read A TRAIL OF LIES next. I have an e-ARC of THE VINES, so I'll tackle that one soon as well. Fingers crossed that they're both great reads!

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

  12. In a Book Club Far Away looks particularly good. But, all of them sound promising.

    1. Anything with "book club" in the title is bound to draw my interest! I hope these are all as good as they sound.

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

  13. I like how you did this! I kinda did the same thing because I wasn't sure how else to do this weeks topic lol. The Women of Lafayette definitely sounds interesting!

    1. Same! Sometimes nothing comes to me for a particular topic, so I just twist it to better suit me and what I actually want to talk about. LOL.

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

  14. I am curious about Tif Marcelo's book. I have read and enjoyed some of her other books, and I am curious about what happened at book club.

    1. I've never read anything by Marcelo, so we'll see what I think of her writing. The plot of this one definitely sounds interesting!

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

  15. A lot of these books sound really good! I'm particularly interested in The Vines, Of Women and Salt, and All the Children are Home.

    1. I hope we both enjoy these titles when we read them!

      Thanks for stopping in!

  16. These all look great. Especially In a Book Club Far Away. As a former Navy wife and having been in several book clubs, it's right up my alley.

    1. I hope you enjoy it if you read it! My sister is a Navy wife - the position comes with a lot of interesting experiences, sounds like :)

      Thanks for coming by, Cheri!

  17. So many of these books have my interest! Of Woman of Salt sounds good but that cover is amazing! I have that one on my TBR. There's really so many great books coming out the next few months. It will be hard to read them all! :) It's always our dilemma though, huh?!

    1. Right? I like family sagas, especially when they spill over into different countries and cultures. I'm definitely looking forward to that reading experience. I hope we both enjoy OF WOMEN AND SALT.

      So many books, so little time...that's ALWAYS my problem :)

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

  18. The Women of Chateau Lafayette sounds so good!

    1. Doesn't it? It's available for request on NetGalley, if you're on there.

      Thanks for popping in, Mira!

  19. The only time I've ever done Spring cleaning was last year out of boredom, so I completely understand wanting to avoid it! Lol. I haven't heard of any of these, but A Million Reasons Why sounds like it might be really good. I have a soft spot for books about sisters, so I'll have to keep an eye out for that one.

    1. LOL. Even in quarantine, I never got THAT bored :)

      I love books about sisters, too. I have two of them, so I'm well acquainted with all the drama, emotion, and love that exists in those relationships.

      Thanks for coming by, Holliehocks!

  20. The Dray and Strawser books are the ones I'd love to get hold of first!

    1. Are you on NetGalley? Both of those books are available for request there. Good luck!

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

  21. I’d rather than do anything else than do housework.
    On my (well your since I’m down under) spring reading list I have quite a few books I’m looking forward to including Last Night by Mhairi McFarlane, The Plague Letters by Valentine, Cunning Women and Girl 11

    1. Ha ha. Right? Housework is such a drag! Reading is much more relaxing and entertaining. If only I could read all day every day...

      I haven't heard of any of the books you mentioned, but THE PLAGUE LETTERS definitely sounds intriguing!

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

  22. I love your title. Couldn't agree more. LOL

    So many interesting books here, I'm sure you'll enjoy them all. Happy reading.

    Thanks for visiting my TTT earlier.

    1. Unfortunately, the title is a mantra I live by too often! My house is never clean. Maybe when all the kids are gone? I'll probably miss their messes then...

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

    2. Yes, you will miss it. I am there and I'd love to be back to the days where I didn't have a clean and tidy house.

      I used to have a poster in my bedroom. Order is half of life - but the other half is much prettier. LOL

  23. Fair play, if a spring clean isn’t up your alley — just add more books! I’m really intrigued by Of Women and Salt; ever since reading Dominicana last year I have needed more books about intergenerational family sagas

    1. I'm a sucker for family sagas of any kind. I should give DOMINICANA a try. It sounds right up my alley.

      Thanks for popping in, Rabeeah!

  24. All of these are new to me and they all sound amazing. I'm especially drawn to The Women of Chateau Lafayette so that's definitely going on my TBR.

    1. If you're on NetGalley, you can request an e-galley over there. I hope we both enjoy the book!

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

  25. I'm particularly drawn to the first and last titles on your list, but for entirely different reasons. "In a Book Club Far Away" caught my attention right away because of the words "book club" in the title. Then, I see that it's some kind of a serious mystery...well, what could be better than that combination. I need to look at that one.

    And then "The Kew Gardens Girls" cover grabbed my attention because just seeing the words "Kew Gardens" brings back memories for me from my change-of-season visits there back in the nineties. That's a great setting for this kind of story.

    Looks like you are all set for some solid spring reading...and I'm betting this is just the tip of the iceberg.

    1. Any title with "book club" in it is going to catch my attention for sure! I'm not sure how serious of a mystery this one is, but it's definitely got something intriguing going on. If we're already speculating about what it could be, that's a good thing!

      I've never been to Kew Gardens, but I read a book recently that was set there. It does seem like an interesting setting.

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

  26. Lol, I love the title of your post! "The Vines" sounds ominous and it sounds like a very good read! I will have to check that one out...

    Great post! Happy reading :)

    1. Right? The North Brother Island setting is so compelling and creepy. I'm all kinds of intrigued with this one!

      Thanks for stopping in, Maya!

  27. Great cover on The Haunting of Alma Fielding. I hope you enjoy all of these!

    1. Agreed. It's different and eye-catching. I'm excited to read the book for lots of reasons.

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

  28. Haha, love that meme and your subsequent change in topic :) The Women of Chateau Lafayette has such a gorgeous cover!

    1. That meme definitely speaks to me :) So does the CHAUTEAU LAFAYETTE cover. I agree - it's lovely.

      Thanks for coming by, Lindsey!

  29. Most of these books are new to me. I am really curious about The Women of Chateau Lafayette. I do hope that you enjoy all of these.

  30. I hate cleaning too!

    The Haunting of Alma Fielding sounds so good to me! Hope you enjoy these books!

  31. So many of these look and sound interesting, I will be checking some of them out for possible peaks on Mount TBR.


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