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Top Ten Tuesday: New-to-Me Authors I Read for the First Time in 2021

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s TTT topic is Top 10 New-to-Me Authors in 2021. I read a lot of great new authors last year, especially since I’ve continued to explore the romance genre, which is one I hadn’t explored too much prior to the pandemic.  Some of these authors have been around for quite a while so I’ll be continuing to make my way through their older books now that I’ve read and loved their newer releases.

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Top 10 New-to-Me Authors in 2021

(in no particular order)

 

1. LAUREN LAYNE

 

2. COLLEEN HOOVER

 

3. TESSA BAILEY

 

 

4. SARA DESAI

 

5. ELIZABETH ACEVEDO

 

6. TJ KLUNE

 

7. JANE HARPER

 

8. SONYA LALLI

 

9. TIFFANY JACKSON

 

10. KAREN WHITE

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Who were some authors that were new to you in 2021?  Do we share any?

 

Top Ten Tuesday – 2021 Releases I Was Excited to Read But Didn’t Get To

 

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is Most Recent Additions to 2021 Releases I Was Excited to Read But Didn’t Get To. I’m forever behind on new releases I want to read so I could probably easily do a list three times this long, but I restrained myself and picked ten I truly wished I could have squeezed in last year.

2021 Releases I Was Excited to Read But Didn’t Get To

 

 

1. THE GUNCLE by Steven Rowley

2.  HERE’S TO US by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

3.  YOU’LL BE THE DEATH OF ME by Karen McManus

4.  EMPIRE OF THE VAMPIRE by Jay Kristoff

5. SURVIVE THE NIGHT by Riley Sager

6. FLOAT PLAN by Trish Doller

7.  SIX CRIMSON CRANES by Elizabeth Lim

8.  IN THE WILD LIGHT by Jeff Zentner

9. THE SECRET BRIDESMAID by Katy Birchall

10. THE LADIES OF THE SECRET CIRCUS by Constance Sayers

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Question:  Have you read any of these?

Top Ten Tuesday – Most Recent Additions to My Book Collection

 

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is Most Recent Additions to My Book Collection.  I’m playing a little fast and loose with the “book collection” aspect of the topic because I’m including actual physical and ebooks I got for Christmas as well as my most recent e-arc approvals.

Most Recent Additions to My Book Collection

 

1. THE THINGS WE LEAVE UNFINISHED by Rebecca Yarros

2.  THE SUMMER PLACE by Jennifer Weiner

3.  BY ANY OTHER NAME by Lauren Kate

4.  THE EMMA PROJECT by Sonali Dev

5. THE GUNCLE by Steven Rowley

6. THE MAGNOLIA PALACE by Fiona Davis

7.  THE NEAR WITCH by V.E. Schwab

8.  Ramón and Julieta by Alana Albertson

9. SISTERS OF THE VAST BLACK by Lina Rather

10. THE PAID BRIDESMAID by Sariah Wilson

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Question:  What are the most recent additions to your book collection?  

Top Ten Tuesday – My 10 Most Anticipated Reads for the First Half of 2022

 

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is Most Anticipated Releases of the First Half of 2022.  This is an especially easy topic this time because several of my favorite authors have new books coming out in the next six months. I have ARCs for several of these and have pre-ordered the rest because I’m so excited to read them.

My Most Anticipated Releases of the First Half of 2022

  

 

1. GALLANT by V.E. Schwab – “Everything casts a shadow. Even the world we live in. And as with every shadow, there is a place where it must touch. A seam, where the shadow meets its source. #1 New York Times–bestselling author Victoria Schwab weaves a dark and original tale about the place where the world meets its shadow, and the young woman beckoned by both sides. The Secret Garden meets Crimson Peak in this stand-alone novel perfect for readers of Holly Black and Neil Gaiman.”

2.  BOOK LOVERS by Emily Henry – “Nora Stephens’ life is books—she’s read them all—and she is not that type of heroine. Not the plucky one, not the laidback dream girl, and especially not the sweetheart. In fact, the only people Nora is a heroine for are her clients, for whom she lands enormous deals as a cutthroat literary agent, and her beloved little sister Libby.  Which is why she agrees to go to Sunshine Falls, North Carolina for the month of August when Libby begs her for a sisters’ trip away…But instead of picnics in meadows, or run-ins with a handsome country doctor or bulging-forearmed bartender, Nora keeps bumping into Charlie Lastra, a bookish brooding editor…If Nora knows she’s not an ideal heroine, Charlie knows he’s nobody’s hero, but as they are thrown together again and again—in a series of coincidences no editor worth their salt would allow—what they discover might just unravel the carefully crafted stories they’ve written about themselves.”

3.  MR. WRONG NUMBER by Lynn Painter – “Things get textual when a steamy message from a random wrong number turns into a thrilling anonymous relationship in this hilarious rom-com by Lynn Painter.”

4.  HOOK, LINE, AND SINKER by Tessa Bailey – “In the follow-up to It Happened One Summer, Tessa Bailey delivers another deliciously fun rom-com about a former player who accidentally falls for his best friend while trying to help her land a different man…”

5. BOOK OF NIGHT by Holly Black – “#1 New York Times bestselling author Holly Black makes her stunning adult debut with Book of Night, a modern dark fantasy of shadowy thieves and secret societies in the vein of Ninth House and The Night Circus.”

6. ADULT ASSEMBLY REQUIRED by Abbi Waxman – “A young woman arrives in Los Angeles determined to start over, and discovers she doesn’t need to leave everything behind after all, from Abbi Waxman, USA Today bestselling author of The Bookish Life of Nina Hill.”

7.  ONE NIGHT ON THE ISLAND by Josie Silver – “Spending her thirtieth birthday alone is the last thing that dating columnist Cleo wanted, but she is going on a self-coupling quasi-sabbatical–at the insistence of her boss–in the name of re-energizing herself and adding a new perspective to her column. The remote Irish island she’s booked is a far cry from London, but at least it’s a chance to hunker down in a luxury cabin and indulge in some quiet, solitary self-care while she figures out her next steps in her love life and her career.  Mac is also looking forward to some time to himself. With his life in Boston deteriorating in ways he can’t bring himself to acknowledge, his soul searching has brought him to the same Irish island in search of his roots and some clarity. Unfortunately, a mix-up with the bookings means both solitude seekers have reserved the same one-bedroom hideaway on exactly the same dates. Instantly at odds with each other, Cleo and Mac don’t know how they’re going to manage until the next weekly ferry arrives. But as the days go by, they no longer seem to mind each other’s company quite as much as they thought they would…Written with Josie Silver’s signature warmth, charm and insights into the human heart, One Night on the Island explores the meaning of home, the joys of escape and how the things we think we want are never the things we really need..”

8.  SOMETHING WILDER by Christina Lauren – “From the authors of the “heartfelt and funny” (Publishers Weekly) sensation The Unhoneymooners, this page-turning adventure full of second chances, complicated relationships, and the breathtaking beauty of the American Southwest will take fans on one wild ride.”

9. THE MAGNOLIA PALACE by Fiona Davis – “Fiona Davis, New York Times bestselling author of The Lions of Fifth Avenue, returns with a tantalizing novel about the secrets, betrayal, and murder within one of New York City’s most impressive Gilded Age mansions.”

10. THE LAST HOUSE ON THE STREET by Diane Chamberlain – “From bestselling author Diane Chamberlain comes an irresistible new novel that perfectly interweaves history, mystery, and social justice. When Kayla Carter’s husband dies in an accident while building their dream house, she knows she has to stay strong for their four-year-old daughter. But the trophy home in Shadow Ridge Estates, a new development in sleepy Round Hill, North Carolina, will always hold tragic memories. But when she is confronted by an odd, older woman telling her not to move in, she almost agrees. It’s clear this woman has some kind of connection to the area…and a connection to Kayla herself. Kayla’s elderly new neighbor, Ellie Hockley, is more welcoming, but it’s clear she, too, has secrets that stretch back almost fifty years. Is Ellie on a quest to right the wrongs of the past? And does the house at the end of the street hold the key? Told in dual time periods, The Last House on the Street is a novel of shocking prejudice and violence, forbidden love, the search for justice, and the tangled vines of two families.”

 

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Question:  Are you planning to read any of these?

Top Ten Tuesday – Best Books I Read in 2021

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is Best Books I Read in 2021.  I had such a good reading year that I’m finding it impossible to narrow down to just ten favorite reads.  Instead of making those impossible cuts to get down to just ten books, I’m going to go ahead and share all of my favorites from the different genres I read.  My groupings aren’t very precise though since several of these could fit into multiple categories.  The bulk of my favorites are also romances since I read more of those than I did anything else in 2021.

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My Favorite Reads from 2021

(In no particular order)

 

ROMANCE

THE LOVE HYPOTHESIS by Ali Hazelwood

PEOPLE WE MEET ON VACATION by Emily Henry

THE SOULMATE EQUATION by Christina Lauren

ACT YOUR AGE, EVE BROWN by Talia Hibbert

VERY SINCERELY YOURS by Kerry Winfrey

ISN’T IT BROMANTIC? by Lyssa Kay Adams

ONE LAST STOP by Casey McQuiston

 

WOMEN’S FICTION

ALWAYS, IN DECEMBER by Emily Stone

UNDER THE SOUTHERN SKY by Kristy Woodson Harvey

 

YOUNG ADULT

BETTER THAN THE MOVIES by Lynn Painter

 

FANTASY

UNDER THE WHISPERING DOOR by TJ Klune

THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF ADDIE LARUE by V.E. Schwab

THE BOOK OF MAGIC by Alice Hoffman

A COURT OF SILVER FLAMES by Sarah J. Maas

 

SCIENCE FICTION

PROJECT HAIL MARY by Andy Weir

 

HISTORICAL FICTION

THE ROSE CODE by Kate Quinn

THE FOREST OF THE VANISHING STARS by Kristin Harmel

 

MYSTERY/THRILLER

RAZORBLADE TEARS by S.A. Cosby

Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Hope to Find Under My Tree on Christmas Morning

 

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is Books I Hope to Find Under My Tree on Christmas Morning.  This is an easy topic just because I always keep my Amazon Book Wishlist updated since books are pretty much always my preferred gift to receive.  Below are a few random ones from my wishlist.  I’ve got a few preorders from favorite authors like V.C. Schwab, Emily Henry, and Kate Quinn, a few books I’ve been hearing good things about and really want to read, and then one (Under the Whispering Door) that I read as an ARC but loved it so much that I want a physical copy for my collection.

Honestly though, I probably won’t get any of these for Christmas. It will most likely be me using gift cards to purchase a few of them after Christmas, lol.

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10 Books I Hope to Find Under My Tree on Christmas Morning

 

       

          

 

1. UNDER THE WHISPERING DOOR by T.J. Klune

2. GALLANT by V.E. Schwab (Preorder)

3. BOOK LOVERS by Emily Henry (Preorder)

4. LOVE ON LEXINGTON AVENUE by Lauren Layne

5. ONCE UPON A WARDROBE by Patti Callahan

6. THE DIAMOND EYE by Kate Quinn (Preorder)

7. BOOK OF NIGHT by Holly Black (Preorder)

8. THE THINGS WE LEAVE UNFINISHED by Rebecca Yarros

9. THE LADIES OF THE SECRET CIRCUS by Constance Sayers

10. IF THE SHOE FITS by Julie Murphy

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Are you hoping to get any books as gifts this holiday season?

Top Ten Tuesday – Books on my Winter To-Read List

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is Books on My Winter 2022 To-Read List.  After a year and a half of mostly rom-coms, I’m starting to branch back out a bit with the review books I’ve been requesting for 2022.  I still have plenty of romance books even though I only shared four here, but I’m also getting back to reading historical fiction, thrillers, and I even have a sci fi book coming up this winter.

 

 

   

Books on My Winter 2022 To-Read List

 

1. HOOK, LINE, AND SINKER by Tessa Bailey “King crab fisherman Fox Thornton has a reputation as a sexy, carefree flirt. Everyone knows he’s a guaranteed good time–in bed and out–and that’s exactly how he prefers it. Until he meets Hannah Bellinger. She’s immune to his charm and looks, but she seems to enjoy his… personality? And wants to be friends? Bizarre. But he likes her too much to risk a fling, so platonic pals it is…In the follow-up to It Happened One Summer, Tessa Bailey delivers another deliciously fun rom-com about a former player who accidentally falls for his best friend while trying to help her land a different man.

 

2. THE LAST HOUSE ON THE STREET by Diane Chamberlain  – “When Kayla Carter’s husband dies in an accident while building their dream house, she knows she has to stay strong for their four-year-old daughter. But the trophy home in Shadow Ridge Estates, a new development in sleepy Round Hill, North Carolina, will always hold tragic memories. But when she is confronted by an odd, older woman telling her not to move in, she almost agrees. It’s clear this woman has some kind of connection to the area…and a connection to Kayla herself. Kayla’s elderly new neighbor, Ellie Hockley, is more welcoming, but it’s clear she, too, has secrets that stretch back almost fifty years. Is Ellie on a quest to right the wrongs of the past? And does the house at the end of the street hold the key? Told in dual time periods, The Last House on the Street is a novel of shocking prejudice and violence, forbidden love, the search for justice, and the tangled vines of two families.”

 

3. MADE IN MANHATTAN by Lauren Layne – “From the New York Times bestselling author of the Central Park Pact comes a reverse My Fair Lady for the modern era about a pampered and privileged Manhattan socialite who must teach an unpolished and denim-loving nobody from the Louisiana Bayou how to fit in with the upper crust of New York City. Perfect for fans of Christina Lauren and Sally Thorne.”

 

4. THE MAGNOLIA PALACE by Fiona Davis  – “Fiona Davis, New York Times bestselling author of The Lions of Fifth Avenue, returns with a tantalizing novel about the secrets, betrayal, and murder within one of New York City’s most impressive Gilded Age mansions.”

 

5. THE MAID by Nita Prose  – “Molly’s orderly life is upended the day she enters the suite of the infamous and wealthy Charles Black, only to find it in a state of disarray and Mr. Black himself dead in his bed. Before she knows what’s happening, Molly’s unusual demeanor has the police targeting her as their lead suspect. She quickly finds herself caught in a web of deception, one she has no idea how to untangle. Fortunately for Molly, friends she never knew she had unite with her in a search for clues to what really happened to Mr. Black—but will they be able to find the real killer before it’s too late?  A Clue-like, locked-room mystery and a heartwarming journey of the spirit, The Maid explores what it means to be the same as everyone else and yet entirely different—and reveals that all mysteries can be solved through connection to the human heart.”

 

6. RECKLESS GIRLS by Rachel Hawkins  – “When Lux McAllister and her boyfriend, Nico, are hired to sail two women to a remote island in the South Pacific, it seems like the opportunity of a lifetime. Stuck in a dead-end job in Hawaii, and longing to travel the world after a family tragedy, Lux is eager to climb on board The Susannah and set out on an adventure. She’s also quick to bond with their passengers, college best friends Brittany and Amma. The two women say they want to travel off the beaten path. But like Lux, they may have other reasons to be seeking an escape…When it becomes clear that the group is even more cut off from civilization than they initially thought, it starts to feel like the island itself is closing in on them. And when one person goes missing, and another turns up dead, Lux begins to wonder if any of them are going to make it off the island alive.”

 

7. THE BOOK OF COLD CASES by Simone St. James  – “A true crime blogger gets more than she bargained for while interviewing the woman acquitted of two cold case slayings in this chilling new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Sun Down Motel.”

 

8. WEATHER GIRL by Rachel Lynn Solomon  – “A TV meteorologist and a sports reporter scheme to reunite their divorced bosses with unforecasted results in this charming romantic comedy from the author of The Ex Talk.”

 

9. MR. WRONG NUMBER by Lynn Painter  – “Things get textual when a steamy message from a random wrong number turns into a thrilling anonymous relationship in this hilarious rom-com by Lynn Painter.”

 

10. CURFEW by Jayne Cowie  – “Think The Handmaid’s Tale but with the women in charge, set in a world where all men are electronically tagged and placed under strict curfew, and the murder investigation threatening to undo it all.”

 

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Question:  Are you planning to read any of these books this winter?

Top Ten Tuesday – 10 Wintry Reads Perfect for Reading in Front of a Roaring Fire

 

op Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is a freebie so I thought it would be fun to revisit a post I did a few years ago about wintry reads perfect to cozy up with by the fireplace.  Reading snuggled up by the fire is one of my favorite things to do in the winter time and although any book will do, there’s just something a little magical about reading a book that’s actually set during the winter, particularly if it’s a snowy setting.  Here’s a link to my original post and below are some mostly newer titles to add to it. I tried to add a pretty good variety of genres so hopefully there’s a little something for everyone. 🙂

 

 

10 Wintry Reads Perfect to Read in Front of a Roaring Fire

 

1. ONE BY ONE by Ruth Ware How about a murder mystery set in the mountains of France in a remote ski chalet that becomes buried by an avalanche? “Getting snowed in at a beautiful, rustic mountain chalet doesn’t sound like the worst problem in the world, especially when there’s a breathtaking vista, a cozy fire, and company to keep you warm. But what happens when that company is eight of your coworkers…and you can’t trust any of them?”

 

2. BEARTOWN by Fredrik Backman  – A hockey story set in a small town in Sweden that packs an incredible emotional punch. “People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semi-finals, and they actually have a shot at winning. All the hopes and dreams of this place now rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenage boys. Being responsible for the hopes of an entire town is a heavy burden, and the semi-final match is the catalyst for a violent act that will leave a young girl traumatized and a town in turmoil. Accusations are made and, like ripples on a pond, they travel through all of Beartown, leaving no resident unaffected. Beartown explores the hopes that bring a small community together, the secrets that tear it apart, and the courage it takes for an individual to go against the grain.”

 

3. A COURT OF FROST AND STARLIGHT by Sarah J. Maas – A festive interlude in the ACOTAR fantasy series that celebrates the Winter Solstice.  “Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and, with it, a hard-earned reprieve. Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated—scars that will have a far-reaching impact on the future of their court. Narrated by Feyre and Rhysand, this wondrous tale of hope and promise picks up after A Court of Wings and Ruin and sets the stage for the thrilling events in the future books..

 

4. MIRACLE ON 5TH AVENUE by Sarah Morgan  – “It will take a Christmas miracle for two very different souls to find each other in this perfectly festive fairy tale of New York! Hopeless romantic Eva Jordan loves everything about Christmas. She might be spending the holidays alone this year, but when she’s given an opportunity to house-sit a spectacular penthouse on Fifth Avenue, she leaps at the chance. What better place to celebrate than in snow-kissed Manhattan? What she didn’t expect was to find the penthouse still occupied by its gorgeous—and mysterious—owner. Bestselling crime writer Lucas Blade is having the nightmare before Christmas. With a deadline and the anniversary of his wife’s death looming, he’s isolated himself in his penthouse with only his grief for company. He wants no interruptions, no decorations and he certainly doesn’t appreciate being distracted by his beautiful, bubbly new housekeeper. But when the blizzard of the century leaves Eva snowbound in his apartment, Lucas starts to open up to the magic she brings…This Christmas, is Lucas finally ready to trust that happily-ever-afters do exist?”

 

5. MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS by Agatha Christie  – Although Ruth Ware does a great job writing locked door mysteries, Agatha Christie is truly the Queen of them.  This one features a murder mystery set on a luxury train that is stalled on the tracks because of an avalanche.  What do you do when you’re stuck on a stranded train in the middle of nowhere with a killer in your midst?

 

6. LOVE AND LET BARK by Alanna Martin  – I actually just reviewed this book on my blog yesterday.  It’s a feel good, second chance romance that is set in snowy Alaska and that also feature a century-old family feud and a couple of scene-stealing adorable husky pups.

 

7. THE SECRET OF SNOW by Viola Shipman  – “A promise of heartfelt family traditions, humorously real experience, and the enduring power of love and friendship. Sonny Dunes, a SoCal meteorologist who knows only sunshine and seventy-two-degree days, is being replaced by an AI meteorologist, which the youthful station manager reasons “will never age, gain weight or renegotiate its contract.” The only station willing to give the fifty-year-old another shot is one in a famously nontropical place—her northern Michigan hometown.  Unearthing her carefully laid California roots, Sonny returns home and reacclimates to the painfully long, dark winters dominated by a Michigan phenomenon known as lake-effect snow. But beyond the complete physical shock to her system, she’s also forced to confront her past: her new boss, a former journalism classmate and mortal frenemy; more keenly, the death of a younger sister who loved the snow; and the mother who caused Sonny to leave. To distract herself from the unwelcome memories, Sonny decides to throw herself headfirst into all things winter to woo viewers and reclaim her success. From sledding and ice fishing to skiing and winter festivals, the merrymaking culminates with the town’s famed Winter Ice Sculpture Contest. Running the events is a widowed father and chamber of commerce director, whose genuine love of Michigan, winter and Sonny just might thaw her heart and restart her life in a way she never could have predicted.”

 

8. THE SIMPLE WILD by K.A. Tucker  – I was late to the party on this contemporary romance, but The Simple Wild (and the other two books in the series) definitely live up to the hype. There’s a very atmospheric remote small town Alaska setting and the book is filled with evolving relationships, especially Calla and Jonah as well as Calla and her estranged father. It’s the perfect blend of romance and family drama to keep you glued to the pages.

 

9. WINTER GARDEN by Kristin Hannah  – If you like a good tearjerker, Hannah’s books are always good choices.  The Great Alone made my list last time, so this time it’s Winter Garden, “a powerful, heartbreaking novel that illuminates the intricate mother-daughter bond and explores the enduring links between the present and the past.  Meredith and Nina Whitson are as different as sisters can be. One stayed at home to raise her children and manage the family apple orchard; the other followed a dream and traveled the world to become a famous photojournalist. But when their beloved father falls ill, Meredith and Nina find themselves together again, standing alongside their cold, disapproving mother, Anya, who even now, offers no comfort to her daughters. As children, the only connection between them was the Russian fairy tale Anya sometimes told the girls at night. On his deathbed, their father extracts a promise from the women in his life: the fairy tale will be told one last time—and all the way to the end. Thus begins an unexpected journey into the truth of Anya’s life in war-torn Leningrad, more than five decades ago. Alternating between the past and present, Meredith and Nina will finally hear the singular, harrowing story of their mother’s life, and what they learn is a secret so terrible and terrifying that it will shake the very foundation of their family and change who they believe they are.

 

10. IN THE MIDST OF WINTER by Isabel Allende  – “In the Midst of Winter begins with a minor traffic accident—which becomes the catalyst for an unexpected and moving love story between two people who thought they were deep into the winter of their lives. Richard Bowmaster—a 60-year-old human rights scholar—hits the car of Evelyn Ortega—a young, undocumented immigrant from Guatemala—in the middle of a snowstorm in Brooklyn. What at first seems just a small inconvenience takes an unforeseen and far more serious turn when Evelyn turns up at the professor’s house seeking help. At a loss, the professor asks his tenant Lucia Maraz—a 62-year-old lecturer from Chile—for her advice. These three very different people are brought together in a mesmerizing story that moves from present-day Brooklyn to Guatemala in the recent past to 1970s Chile and Brazil, sparking the beginning of a long overdue love story between Richard and Lucia.”

 

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Question:  Do you enjoy reading by the fire?  Have you read any of these yet?

Top Ten Tuesday – The One Where I Share Bookish Memories

 

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is Bookish Memories (Share stories of your reading life as a child, events you’ve gone to, books that made an impression on you, noteworthy experiences with books, authors you’ve met, etc. Reminisce with me!).  I’ve never attended a bookish event or met an author so I decided to take a stroll down memory lane and share a few highlights of my bookish life.

(My post is also a little shout-out to Friends since I wrote all of my memories like they’re episode titles from the show.)

10 Bookish Episodes from My Life

  1. The one where my Dad taught me how to read using Little Golden Books. This will always be one of my favorite childhood memories.
  1. The one where I cried my eyes out because I thought I had lost a library book (Bambi by Felix Salten) and therefore would never be allowed to check out books from my elementary school library again. So traumatizing!
  1. The one where getting to go to the Scholastic Book Fair when it came to my school was like Christmas. So many books!
  1. The one where I felt so grown up in middle school because I was allowed to read To Kill a Mockingbird, which was banned in a lot of schools.
  1. The one where, as a young teen, I used to hide in my grandmother’s house so I could secretly read the steamy historical romance novels I had pilfered from her bedroom.
  1. The one where I took so many literature classes for “fun” in college that I ended up adding English as a Double Major.
  1. The one where I had such an addiction to collecting books that I convinced my husband to convert our formal living room, which never got used, into a home office with wall to wall built in bookshelves. My sanctuary.
  1. The one where I felt the need to find more people to share my love of books with so I started a book blog. 😊
  1. The one where I read the entire Harry Potter series aloud to my son because I wanted to foster a love of reading in him at a young age.
  1. The one where I realized that one of my bffs loves to read as much as I do, so I invited her to guest post on my blog. Hi Sharon!  😊

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday – The Romance Edition: 10 Couples I’d Love an Update On

 

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is actually Characters I’d Love An Update On (Where are they now that the book is over?).  Since I’ve been mostly reading romance novels since the start of the pandemic, I decided to give this topic a romantic twist and focus on some of my favorite couples.  I have to say that I’ve been very lucky in the sense that many of the romance novels I read have been books in a series so there have been plenty of opportunities to revisit favorite couples and see how they’re doing.  Today I’m  focusing on books where I haven’t had that opportunity.  Sometimes we get nice little epilogues that give a glimpse into the future, but not always.  When I become invested in a couple getting their much deserved happily ever after, I would love to be able to revisit them at some point and know that it truly was a happily ever after for them.  Are they still together?  Are those grumpy/sunshine relationships still working out? Do they now have little grumpy/sunshines running around?

Also, I guess if you haven’t read these books yet but are planning to, my list could maybe considered spoilery since I’m obviously telling you who’s together at the end of their respective books.  But then again, don’t we read romances for the HEA in the first place?  That it’s more about the journey to the HEA rather than guessing who ends up together?  I don’t know. I’m just babbling.  I guess look away if you don’t want to know the couples’ names, lol.

10 Couples I’d Love an Update On

 

 

1. Teddy and Everett from Very Sincerely Yours

2.  Josh and Hazel from Josh & Hazels’ Guide to Not Dating

3.  Eve and Jacob from Act Your Age, Eve Brown

4.  Rosaline and Harry from Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake

5. Nina and Tom from The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

6. January and Augustus from Beach Read

7.  Alex and Henry from Red, White & Royal Blue

8.  Stella and Michael from The Kiss Quotient

9. Olive and Adam from The Love Hypothesis

10. Jess and River from The Soulmate Equation

 

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Question:  Have you read any of these? Would you like to know what they’re up to these days?