Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Meant to Read In 2020 but Didn’t

Today’s Topic: Books I Meant to Read In 2020 but Didn’t Get To (You could take this opportunity to tell us what’s left on your seasonal TBRs from last year. Or books you were super excited about and then you didn’t get to them.)

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Like most readers, my TBR list is out of control. With each new year and it’s new releases, I add to it with books I’m excited about. But of course, I don’t have enough time to read every new addition despite the best of intentions. So this list falls short of ALL the books I meant to read last year. It only names the top priority books I failed to find time for. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Meant to Read In 2020 but Didn’t”

2020 Book Year in Review

After last year’s experience, I lowered my reading goal for 2020. Though I slightly exceeded last year’s numbers, it wasn’t by much. Goodreads says I’ve read eighty books, but I don’t actually record every book I read there nor do I include re-reads.

All that to say, I met my reading goal for the year, which I am happy about. This year being what it was, I didn’t attempt any non-fiction. I needed the escape a good novel provides, not to mention the mental focus I need for non-fiction just wasn’t there. As much as I dislike to, I also DNF’d a few books (which shall remain nameless). Quite unintentionally, I read multiple books by a couple of authors. I read three each by Mimi Matthews and Becky Wade and two each by new to me authors Jaimie Admans, Melanie Summers and Jessica Kate. Continue reading “2020 Book Year in Review”

Top Ten Tuesday -Books I’m Most Looking Forward to in the First Half of 2021

Today’s Topic: Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2021

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As my reading time continues to dwindle thanks to real life commitments and obligations, I have become pickier about what I read. There are many me exciting new releases coming the first half of this year, but I know realistically, I won’t be able to get to all of them. So,  I’ve narrowed it down to my absolute must-reads. And every one of these was chosen because I loved the authors’ previous work(s). Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday -Books I’m Most Looking Forward to in the First Half of 2021”

Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Hope Santa Brings

Top Ten Tuesday Prompt: Books I Hope Santa Brings

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I originally thought of going rogue with this week’s prompt and choosing another topic. However, I decided to keep it simple, particularly since time is precious as I prepare for my first Christmas hosting family.

Everyone of my birthday and Christmas wish lists have included books. This year is no exception. Here are a few I hope to find under the Christmas tree this year. Many of these have been out for a while. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Hope Santa Brings”

Top Ten Tuesday – Traditional Christmas Covers

Today’s Topic: Holiday/Seasonal Freebie (holiday books/covers/titles, wintry reads, snow on cover, cool color covers, takes place in cold settings, cozy scenes on cover, etc.)

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Full disclosure, ya’ll. When it comes to Christmas, I am a traditionalist. I like the white lights, the red and green, the nostalgic look on artwork, paper and decorations. All you modern, trendy people can keep your flocked trees and those blue and silver color combos. And don’t get me started on pastels for Christmas!

I want Christmas covers  to elicit a Dickensian holiday, the warmth of family, peace and good cheer. Here are a few which meet my criteria in evoking that traditional Christmas feel. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday – Traditional Christmas Covers”

Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Want to Re-Read

Today’s Topic: Books I Want to Read Again

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I’m one of those readers who like to re-visit the stories I love over and over again. Those books become like old friends to me and I have hundreds of them.

So, in order to shorten this list to a manageable size, I’ve chosen to list newer releases that I’ve only read once so far, but would love to read again. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Want to Re-Read”

Top Ten Tuesday – Why I Am Thankful for Books

Today’s Topic: Thanksgiving Freebie

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Well, with Thanksgiving this week, one thing I’m certainly thankful for is that 2020 is almost over! (Can I get an amen?)

In all seriousness, I wanted to dig a bit deeper with this freebie to share what books and reading have done for me and why I am thankful for them, specifically.

And to my fellow Top Ten Tuesday-ers, I am thankful for you all and this little community hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. In a year full of challenges where I feel overwhelmed most days, this is one of the few posts I’ve kept up regularly on my blog, because of the connection it gives me.  Many times it’s the small things that make the most difference in our lives. So thank you.

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