WWW Wednesday: January 13, 2021

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words.

WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

The last book I read was The Off-Limits Rule by Sarah Adams. She’s one of my favorite new-to-me authors of 2020.

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

Yesterday I posted a TTT list of books in the depths of my Kindle I plan on reading this year. I’m happy to report I’m already starting knocking books off that list by starting A Charmed Little Lie (Charmed in Texas, #1) by Sharla Lovelace.

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

I have been mostly reading happy contemporaries, so I think I’m going to branch out and read something darker with Killing Sarai (In the Company of Killers, #1) by J.A. Redmerski. It’s another one of the books I had on yesterday’s TTT.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books from the Depths of My Kindle I Plan to Read in 2021

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is:

Resolutions/Hopes for 2021

I don’t normally do resolutions and I decided to approach 2021 with VERY LOW expectations, so I’m going to skip this topic. Instead, I’m going to give you:

Books from the Depths of My Kindle I Plan to Read in 2021

I try to go through my Kindle at least yearly and dump books I know I won’t read. I got rid of a bunch and then got inspired to read at least twelve of them in 2021. I actually already got started on doing this with Lex Martin’s Dearest Clementine and Kandi Steiner’s On the Rocks. That’s why my list has ten.

1. Remember When
Author: T. Torrest

2. Beloved
Author: Corinne Michaels

3. Becoming Rain
Author: K.A. Tucker

4. The Pact
Author: Karina Halle

5. Leo
Author: Mia Sheridan

6. Punk 57
Author: Penelope Douglas

7. Rush
Author: Emma Scott

8. A Charmed Little Lie
Author: Sharla Lovelace

9. Killing Sarai
Author: J.A. Redmerski

10. True Love Story
Author: Willow Aster

WWW Wednesday: January 6, 2020

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2021… It’s finally here. Now what?

WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

Once or twice a year I go through my Kindle and reevaluate whether I want to read the books on there. I try to get rid of anything I know I won’t ever read. On the last page of my Kindle library was Dearest Clementine (Dearest, #1) by Lex Martin. Since I didn’t have any pressing ARCs, I decided to read it. I think my goal this year is going to be getting some of those older books off my Kindle TBR by reading them.

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

Here’s me getting sucked into a series binge because I loved the first book in it. Luckily, my library had Finding Dandelion (Dearest, #2) available to borrow after I finished Dearest Clementine.

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

I will most likely finish up the Dearest series with Kissing Madeline.

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

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is:

Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2021

Here are ten books I’m looking forward to in 2021.

1. Make It Sweet
Author: Kristen Callihan

2. Nate
Author: Tijan

3. Marriage and Murder
Author: Penny Reid

4. Steal My Magnolia
Author: Karla Sorensen

5. The Mixtape
Author: Brittainy C. Cherry

6. To Sir, With Love
Author: Lauren Layne

7. Fallen Empire
Author: Nina West

8. The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba
Author: Chanel Cleeton

9. The Intimacy Experiment
Author: Rosie Danan

10. The Things We Leave Unfinished
Author: Rebecca Yarros

End Of Year Survey – 2020 Edition

For the past 11 years, The Perpetual Page-Turner has been creating the Annual End of Year Survey. You can find her survey HERE and link up as well when you complete it. Here are my survey answers.

**2020 READING STATS**

Number Of Books You Read: I read too many books this year. thanks, covid-19.

Number of Re-Reads: 5 (actually re-listens)

Genre You Read The Most From: contemporary romance

1. Best Book You Read In 2020?

(If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2020 release vs. backlist)

I read so many books I loved this year and it’s really hard to pick a favorite, especially with all the romance I read. So I’m going to pick my favorite NON-ROMANCE read. It’s Fredrik Backman’s Anxious People. I still randomly think about this book, how it was set up, its message, etc. 

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

I’m a fan of E. Lockhart’s books and normally they work for me. Again Again didn’t. The format took away from the book and I struggled to read it. 

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  

I subscribed to BOTM for one month to get Tarryn Fisher’s The Wives early. I then forgot to cancel and had to pick another book for the second month before I could cancel. I chose The Sun Down Motel. I don’t do horror and was worried, but I ended up LOVING this book. Best surprise of the year. 

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

I buddy read The Match with Kayla and we both loved it. I hadn’t read Adams before and began telling people they needed to read it. I don’t know if it’s the one I pushed the most or not, but I know I pushed it a lot.

 5. Best series you started in 2020? Best Sequel? Best Series Ender of 2020?

This is seriously hard for me to choose. I binge read several different series this year and loved them all. I could choose so many different ones. 

Best series: Flight & Glory by Rebecca Jenshak, Smart Jocks by Rebecca Jenshak, Havenbrook by Brighton Walsh, Game On by Kristen Callihan

Best Sequel: The Reality of Everything by Rebecca Yarros, Hometown Troublemaker by Brighton Walsh

Best Series Ender: Muses & Melodies by Rebecca Yarros, The Reality of Everything by Rebecca Yarros

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2020?

Rebecca Jenshak, Karla Sorensen, Brighton Walsh, Lauren Rowe, Kristen Callihan, Sarah Adams, Kate Clayborn… to name a few!

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

I saw everyone saying how good The Thousand Doors of January was, so I requested the audiobook. It was so good!

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

There were a lot of books that I didn’t want to put down this year, but I finally read Black Lies and that book put me through…something. It was crazy in a way I wasn’t expecting. Not really a thriller, but unputdownable. 

 9. Book You Read In 2020 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

I don’t know. I pretty much re-listen to books only. It would probably be a Tijan book. Hers tend to be the ones I reach for when I want a comfort re-listen. It’s usually Fallen Crest High, but I could branch out.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2020?

I don’t know what it is about this cover I love. Maybe it’s the colors in the sky. I like that there is a couple and it’s not illustrated. It’s just one that I loved from the moment I saw it and the first one I thought of when I read this prompt.

11. Most memorable character of 2020?

There are several characters that stuck out to me this year, but Nixon from Muses & Melodies came to mind first. He has addiction issues and his coming to terms with them stuck with me. 

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2020?

To quote the beginning of my review… (It gave me) “Goosebumps. Reading this book was like listening to a singer who can emote like no other. Everything that Tiffanie DeBartolo wrote I felt. Deeply. This book’s title is Sorrow. That title encompasses so much more than just the feeling…”  

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2020?

Anxious People’s message hit hard and stuck with me. I was between laughing or crying with this book. 

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2020 to finally read? 

The Game On series is so right up my alley. I’m surprised I hadn’t read it yet. 

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2020?

“Hatred is a one-way emotion.” I take a breath. “It only affects the person holding on to that hate. Take Laney’s ex, for example…” I face him, but he’s already watching me. “Do you think he knows how much you hate him? Do you think he cares that you do?” Leo chews the corner of his lip as his eyes search mine.  “Does he even know you exist?” His lashes lower. “So, what’s the point, right?” I murmur. “Only you carry the burden of hatred, Leo. And it’s a lot easier to let go of that pain than it is to hold on to it.”

– Jay McLean, Leo

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2020?

Shortest: 

This romantic comedy by Pippa Grant was 62 pages.

Longest:

This anthology to benefit the wildfires in Australia was 910 pages.

(How I did this: Went to my read books on Goodreads and sorted by page number and just looked for what I knew I read this year that was the shortest and longest.)

17. Book That Shocked You The Most

This book was a ride. I thought I knew what was happening until I didn’t and then I knew again. It was just not what I was expecting at all. It stuck with me. 

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)

I have so many being a romance reader, but I’ll go with Annie & Clay. This wasn’t a 2020 release, but I read it this year.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

The friendship between Arlo and his friends in this book cracked me up. I loved all the texts they had between them. 

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2020 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

It could be any of the books I named and loved in this post. So many romance authors brought me joy this year. If I had to narrow it down, it would be one of the Rebecca Yarros books I mentioned in this post. I would also thank Meghan Quinn, Max Monroe, Sarina Bowen, Ginger Scott, etc. for making my year better. Oh, and all those new authors I found and binged on. Plus, the others I always enjoy. Really everyone. I feel like I’m leaving people out.

21. Best Book You Read In 2020 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc.:

Corina at the Brown Eyed Bookworm gave me so many recommendations this year that were AMAZING! This is one that would make my favorites list.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2020?

I don’t really do fictional crushes. I will give a shout out to Luke from Best Friends Don’t Kiss by Max Monroe for being one of my favorite love interests in a book, though. He was a good dude.

23. Best 2020 debut you read?

I didn’t read a ton of debut novels this year, but it doesn’t matter because this one was so good.

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

I have two this year for two very different reasons.

First…

A mix of fantasy and history, the world(s) built in The Thousand Doors of January were fascinating to me.

and Second…

I don’t know if it’s because it’s set in Seattle and I am aware of the area and climate, or it was just Tarryn Fisher’s writing. The world she created in this book revolving around a single house and the people inside was so vivid to me.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

Meghan Quinn’s take on a teacher-teacher romance was so hilariously fun!

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2020?

I didn’t expect to love Rory the way I did and I found myself tearing up on her behalf. 

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

I don’t think enough people read Tiffanie DeBartolo’s books and they are so gorgeously written.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

I tried to read books that lifted me up rather than crushed me this year, so it was hard to pick on for this. I would say this entire Preload series by Scarlett Cole. Jordan and his buddies went through some rough, abusive stuff as kids and it broke my heart.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2020?

I’m still not sure what really happened. I need a sequel.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

This book frustrated me so much! I liked it, but man! The angst and the decisions the characters made frustrated me so much.  

1. New favorite book blog/Bookstagram/Youtube channel you discovered in 2020?

I just want to thank all the bloggers who put out content in such a crazy world. 

2. Favorite post you wrote in 2020?

Probably my review for either Sorrow or The Reality of Everything.

3. Favorite bookish related photo you took in 2020?

I don’t have many bookish photos this year. Maybe a couple for my personal social media, but nothing that I would say is worth sharing here. 

4. Best bookish event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events,  etc.)?

I got nothing for this. I did not leave my house much this year. I was supposed to go to Book Bonanza 2020, but that didn’t happen. My triumphs this year were that my daughter (with lack of social and sports activities) got into reading more and that I nominated my local foodbank and they won $2500 donation from the Book Bonanza 2020 Raffle. 

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2020?

Both Tiffanie DeBartolo and Rebecca Yarros spotlighted my reviews on their social media/newsletters for their recent releases. That was cool. 

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

Being in the mood to read certain books. YA genre was a harder read for me this year. I didn’t want to read any romances that were too angsty or made me sad. I just wanted to read happy books.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

This is really weird, but my top post from this year by views would be for an old review of Anna Todd’s After Ever Happy. If I look at posts from just THIS year that had the highest, it would be my review of Heart Bones by Colleen Hoover.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

I think we all want our reviews to be read more often.

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

A website called Love Tropes that you can pick what type of romance trope, the hottness, etc and it will recommend books for you to try. 

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

Yep. Surpassed my Goodreads goal by quite a bit because I was home so freaking much this year. My plan was actually to read LESS, but that didn’t happen. 

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2020 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2021?

As soon as I’m in a thriller mood, I’m reading Every Last Secret.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2021 (non-debut)?

All of them, but I’ll choose The Last Night in London. I love Karen White and it’s been a while since she released a new book.

3. 2021 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

I don’t know. I haven’t really scoped out new debut authors for 2021 yet. I will probably wait for some hype by other bloggers. 

 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2021?

Nate isn’t probably considered a sequel of the Fallen Crest High series and is more a spin-off, but I’m counting it.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2021?

Read less, get out more. I know that sounds crazy, but I hope it’s more possible in 2021. 

6. A 2021 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):

February 23, 2021

And that’s a wrap for 2020! I hope everyone has a wonderful New Year’s Eve and that 2021 rings in many new possibilities and good times for us all. 

Top Ten Tuesday: Twelve of My Favorite Reads of 2020

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is:

Twelve of My Favorite Reads of 2020

These 12 are all books I read in 202o, but not limited to books released this year.

1. The Reality of Everything
Author: Rebecca Yarros

2. The Sun Down Motel
Author: Simon St. James

3. You’d Be Mine
Author: Erin Hahn

4. The Last Train to Key West
Author: Chanel Cleeton

5. Open Book
Author: Jessica Simpson

6. The Wrong Family
Author: Tarryn Fisher

7.The F List
Author: Alexandra Torre

8. Sorrow
Author: Tiffanie DeBartolo

9. Hometown Troublemaker
Author: Brighton Walsh

10. Anxious People
Author: Fredrik Backman

11. Forever Wild
Author: K.A. Tucker

12. The Ten Thousand Doors of January
Author: Alix E. Harrow

WWW Wednesday: December 23, 2020

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words.

WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

Happy Holidays, everyone! No matter what holiday you’re celebrating this month, I hope it’s a good one.

I am in the middle of a series binge read of Reluctant Hearts. I just finished the second book, Tessa Ever After.

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

I am in the middle of Paige in Progress (Reluctant Hearts, #3).

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

My plan is to finish up the Reluctant Hearts series by Brighton Walsh with Our Love Unhinged.

Top Ten Tuesday: Some of My Favorite Holiday Music

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is:

Books I Hope Santa Brings

Since Christmas (for those who celebrate) is in 2 days, I’m going to change things up and do something non book related. Today, I’m sharing with you:

Some of My Favorite Holiday Music

These are songs I’ve got playing on my Spotify Playlist. Videos shared are from YouTube.

1. Come On, Ring Those Bells
Artist: Evie

This is an old school favorite from my childhood when we listened to this album on a RECORD PLAYER. *gasp*

2. River
Arist: Sarah McLachlan

I’m a big fan of Sarah McLachlan’s voice, and I love what it does to this song.

3. All I Want for Christmas Is You
Arist: Mariah Carey

How could this not make a holiday music list for anyone who grew up in the 90’s?

4. Last Christmas
Artist: Wham

Much love for this one!

5. Grown-Up Christmas List
Artist: Amy Grant

This is another one that reminds me of my childhood.

6. Hot Chocolate
Artist: Tom Hanks

I adore this one because my daughter used to make us watch the movie year round and she would dance to this song when she was like 2.

7. O Holy Night
Artist: Christina Aguilera

I have this CD from when it originally came out. I always liked this version.

8. Mary Did You Know
Artists: Pentatonix

I could have put any and all Pentatonix holiday albums on here. I especially love this version they did.

9. Winter Song
Artist: Sarah McLachlan

And we’re back to Sarah McLachlan. Love this one.

10. Silent Night
Artist: Jessica Simpson

I actually really love this entire album and her voice on it.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Winter 2020/2021 TBR

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is:

Books on my Winter 2020/21 TBR

1. Roommate
Author: Sarina Bowen

2. The Last Night in London
Author: Karen White

3. The Things We Leave Unfinished
Author: Rebecca Yarros

4. Steal My Magnolia
Author: Karla Sorensen

5. Nate
Author: Tijan

6. The Off Limits Rule
Author: Sarah Adams

7. Make It Sweet
Author: Kristen Callihan

8. Every Last Secret
Author: A. Torre

9. The Bookworm’s Guide to Flirting
Author: Emma Hart

10. Game Changer
Author: Abbi Glines

WWW Wednesday: December 9, 2020

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words.

WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

I most recently finished Hooked by Karla Sorensen and Whitney Barbetti. It’s the last backlist book of Sorensen’s I had to read, and as a plus it’s co-authored with another author I love. I still need to read some of Barbetti’s backlist. Guess that should be a 2021 priority.

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

I’m taking a break from romance to read The Cousins by Karen M. McManus. I’ve been waiting for this one and so excited to finally be reading it.

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

I think I might have an ARC of The Relationship Pact (Kings of Football, #3) by Adriana Locke coming, but if not I’m going to start another series binge with Idol (VIP,#1) by Kristen Callihan. I want to read the rest of Callihan’s contemporary romance backlist.