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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)
- Indiana
- Iowa
- Kansas
- Kentucky (1)
- Louisiana (1)
- Maine
- Maryland (1)
- Massachusetts (1)
- Michigan (1)
- Minnesota (1)
- Mississippi
- Missouri
- Montana
- Nebraska (1)
- Nevada (1)
- New Hampshire (1)
- New Jersey (1)
- New Mexico
- New York (4)
- North Carolina (1)
- North Dakota
- Ohio (6)
- Oklahoma
- Oregon
- 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

My Progress:


0 / 24 books. 0% done!

2021 Children's Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

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

My Progress:


6 / 25 books. 24% done!

2021 Popsugar Reading Challenge

My Progress:


33 / 50 books. 66% done!

Booklist Queen's 2021 Reading Challenge

My Progress:


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, January 12, 2021

Top Ten Tuesday: The Mystery of the Catch-Up Reader


What do you want to accomplish in 2021?  Do you make New Year's resolutions?  Do you keep them?  Are you a person who chooses a focus word/idea to guide your choices throughout the year?  I've always been a great goal maker, but not a very good goal achiever!  Because of my son's wedding in early January, my usual New Year's tasks were postponed, so I haven't made any resolutions yet.  It feels very liberating, let me tell you!  I may use February 1st as my January 1st or I may not make any resolutions at all.  We'll see.  I am curious what you all do and how well your methods work, though, so please share.  I need some motivation (obviously).

Today's Top Ten Tuesday is all about our hopes and goals for the new year.  Book/blog-wise, my only real aims are to read 200 books in 2021 and to complete the reading challenges I've taken on.  If I fail completely?  No biggie.  These are just-for-fun goals.  Since I'm not really sure about what else I want to accomplish this year, on the blog and off, I'm not going to do today's topic of Top Ten Goals and Hopes for 2021.  Instead, I'm going to steal a topic that Katherine over at I Wish I Lived in a Library did last week:  Top Ten Series I Want to Finish/Catch Up On By the End of the Year (check out her list here).  I love series, especially mystery ones, but I get stuck in the middle of them all the time.  2021 seems like a good time to catch up!  

Before we get to that, though, I want to encourage you to join in the TTT fun.  This is an awesome weekly meme that encourages bloggers to spread the love throughout our wonderful book blogosphere.  It's a great way to get involved in the community, find new blogs, revisit old favorites, and, of course, add more books to your TBR pile mountain mountain chain.  What's not to love?  Hop on over to That Artsy Reader Girl for all the TTT deets. 

Top Ten Mystery Series I Want to Finish/Catch Up On Before the End of the Year (in no particular order)


1.  Name:  The Noodle Shop Mystery series
Author:  Vivien Chien
Description:  Cozy culinary mysteries revolving around a Asian-American family that runs a Chinese restaurant in Cleveland
Books in series so far:  8 (two of which come out in 2021)
Books I've read:  5
Next up for me:  Killer Kung Pao 


2.  Name:  The Gilded Newport Mystery series
Author:  Alyssa Maxwell
Description:  Cozy historical mysteries starring a poor Vanderbilt relation who gets caught up in upstairs/downstairs tangles of all sorts
Books in series so far:  9 (the newest of which comes out in 2021)
Books I've read:  2
Next up for me:  Murder at Beechwood


3.  Name:  Lady Darby Mystery series
Author:  Anna Lee Huber
Description:  Set in 1830's Scotland, this mystery series features a widow whose former occupation as an anatomist's assistant makes her especially suited to help solve confounding murder mysteries.
Books in series so far:  9 (the newest of which comes out in 2021)
Books I've read:  2
Next up for me:  A Grave Matter


4.  Name:  The Bakeshop Mystery series
Author:  Ellie Alexander
Description:  Cozy culinary mystery series set in a family-owned bakeshop in Ashland, Oregon
Books in series so far:  13 (the newest of which comes out in 2021)
Books I've read:  1
Next up for me:  A Batter of Life and Death


5.  Name:  The Amish Candy Shop Mystery series
Author:  Amanda Flower
Description:  Cozy mystery series set in a family-owned candy shop in the heart of Ohio's Amish country
Books in series so far:  7 (the newest of which comes out in 2021)
Books I've read:  3
Next up for me:  Toxic Toffee


6.  Name:  The Ruth Galloway Mystery series
Author:  Elly Griffiths
Description:  An English archeologist helps solve mysteries involving bones and secrets
Books in series so far:  13 (the newest of which comes out in 2021)
Books I've read:  4
Next up for me:  A Dying Fall


7.  Name:  Below Stairs Mystery series
Author:  Jennifer Ashley
Description:  London's best cook is also a keen observer and amateur detective
Books in series so far:  5 (the newest of which comes out in 2021)
Books I've read:  3
Next up for me:  Murder in the East End


8.  Name:  Inspector Armand Gamache Mystery series
Author:  Louise Penny
Description:  Canada's best detective solves puzzling mysteries, with a special interest in those originating from the small town of Three Pines
Books in series so far:  17 (the newest of which comes out in 2021)
Books I've read:  11
Next up for me:  A Great Reckoning


9.  Name:  Shetland Mystery series
Author:  Ann Cleeves
Description:  Crime series set in the Shetland Islands
Books in series so far:  8
Books I've read:  3
Next up for me:  Blue Lightning


10.  Name:  Lucy Campion Mystery series
Author:  Susanna Calkins
Description:  A chamber maid solves mysteries in plague-ridden 17th Century England
Books in series so far:  5
Books I've read:  0
Next up for me:  A Murder at Rosamund's Gate    

There you go, ten mystery series I want to catch up on in 2021.  Are you a fellow fan of these series?  Which mystery series are your favorites?  Which series in other genres do you enjoy?  I'd truly love to know.  Leave a comment on this post and I will gladly return the favor on your blog.

Happy TTT!

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