Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Meant to Read in 2020

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

Books I Meant to Read in 2020 and Didn’t Get T0

1. Us Against You
Author: Fredrik Backman

I’ve wanted to read this one ever since I read Beartown last year, but I just couldn’t bring myself to read it this year with everything being so heavy in real life.

2. Dear Emmie Blue
Author: Lia Louis

I saw rave reviews for this one and requested it from my library. I got it and then ran out of time to read it.

3. The Wedding Deal
Author: Cindi Madsen

I read the second book in this series and was planning to read the first. I never got around to it. Maybe this year.

4. Reclamation
Author: Lauren Rowe

I read a bunch of Lauren Rowe’s books this year, but I did it backwards series wise and so I already kind of know what happens in this one. I read the first book and meant to read this second and the rest. Once again, never did. 

5. The Last Time We Say Goodbye
Author: Cynthia Hand

I became a Cynthia Hand fan last year and wanted to read this one. It’s another I got from the library and then ran out of time to read. Plus, YA hasn’t been doing it for me the last few months.

6. Getaway Girl
Author: Tessa Bailey

Another book I saw rave reviews for, downloaded because it was free, and still haven’t read. 

7. Limelight
Author: Alyson Santos

I borrowed this one from KU almost a year ago, I think. It’s still sitting on my Kindle waiting for me to read it.

8. The Idea of You
Author: Robinne Lee

I have had this book for too long. I want to read it, but I know it’s going to hit the emotions and I so haven’t been ready for it this year.

9. Insatiable
Author: Melanie Harlow

Got this one for free, meant to read it, haven’t. 

10. Ready Player Two
Author: Ernest Cline

I’m blaming this one on library hold time. I put a hold on the audiobook and still haven’t received it. 

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

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

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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

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

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 I Read in 2020 That I Want to Give as Gifts

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:

Holiday/Seasonal Freebie

So you get:

Books I Read in 2020 That I Want to Give as Gifts

1. Love Lettering
Author: Kate Clayborn

2. Anxious People
Author: Fredrik Backman

3. The Match
Author: Sarah Adams

4. Full Measures
Author: Rebecca Yarros

5. Spoiler Alert
Author: Olivia Dade

6. The Sun Down Motel
Author: Simone St. James

7. The F List
Author: Alessandra Torre

8. Always a Bridesmaid
Author: Cindi Madsen

9. You’d Be Mine
Author: Erin Hahn

10. That Secret Crush
Author: Meghan Quinn

And many, many more!

Top Ten Tuesday: More Favorite Book Quotes

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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 Want to Read Again

I don’t re-read very often and it’s always Fallen Crest High series, so you get:

More Favorite Book Quotes

1. “I’m thinking deep thoughts like, ‘Hey if Gracie decides she wants to play softball, then she’s gonna have to dream a lot smaller than the little boys playing the same f*cking sport on the field right next door.’ And that kinda sucks, if you stop and think about it.”

-Lauren Rowe, Ball Peen Hammer

2. “The point is . . . sometimes fighting isn’t about leaving, it’s about staying. It takes practice to get it right, and it’s painful, but if you want to stay with people, you do it.”

– Kate Clayborn, Love Lettering

3.“You might preach you’re a mess, but I think you’re pretty f*cking perfect, wreckage and all.”

– Rebecca Yarros, The Reality of Everything

4. “Foster Wallace once said: You’ll worry less about what people think about you when you realize how seldom they do.”

– Emma Scott, The Girl in the Love Song

5. “Some people grow up gradually, the foundations of their childhood steadily sinking into the earth so slowly they barely notice the change. Until one day they’re simply standing on their own two feet with little idea how they got there. Then there are people whose childhoods are smashed to bits in one blow. They topple into adulthood, flailing about for something to hold onto, and the terror of falling leaves a permanent scar on their psyche. Do those people ever end up feeling safe?”

– Kristen Callihan, The Friend Zone

6.“My nana used to say that broken people love the hardest because they appreciate the things that make their heart beat. Do I make your heart beat?”

– Ilsa Madden-Mills, Not My Romeo

7.“We all just take a leap of faith. Sometimes we fall. But we’d never know what it felt like to fly if we didn’t take the risk.”

– Nicole Williams, Fool Me Once

8.“Life is a journey for which we leave little pieces of ourselves behind.”

– Lisa De Jong, Love Unspoken

9. “You’re the type of woman that men don’t know they want until they’ve already fallen. You’re there, and then you’re just…everywhere.”

– Lisa De Jong, Lies Unspoken

10.“Love is complicated, and in its best form, it’s unspoken. It shows in the things we do, not what we say.”

– Lisa De Jong, Love Unspoken

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Lifted My Spirit This Year (AKA: Rom-Coms)

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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:

Thanksgiving Freebie

My freebie topic is going to be:

Books That Lifted My Spirit This Year (AKA: Rom-Coms)

Besides being thankful for family, friends, and pretty good health this year, I have also been thankful for some great books that have helped me get through COVID-19 social and physical distancing. Some of the ones I’m most thankful for are romantic comedies because they make me laugh. Here are some of my favorites I have read this year.

1. The Match
Author: Sarah Adams

This was my first book by Adams, but it won’t be my last. It brightened my day.

2. Hate the Player
Author: Max Monroe

Every book Max Monroe released this year could make this list This is my favorite.

3. Cheesy on the Eyes
Author: Teagan Hunter

Teagan Hunter always knows how to make me laugh.

4. The Change Up
Author: Meghan Quinn

Every book Quinn writes has me in giggles.

5. Jock Blocked
Author: Pippa Grant

I feel like I should just say “ditto”. Grant knows how to make me laugh like Meghan Quinn does.

6. AWK-WEIRD
Author: Avery Flynn

The awkward-weird combination was a winner.

7. Frenemies
Author: Emma Hart

Emma Hart has some seriously fun books. I love her characters — especially if the books contains grandmas.

8. See Me After Class
Author: Meghan Quinn

And I’m back to Meghan Quinn because she’s the queen of rom-coms. This one had me laughing out loud.

9. The Roommate
Author: Rosie Danan

I don’t know that this one is marketed as a rom-com, but it made me laugh.

10. Not My Romeo
Author: Ilsa Madden-Mills

Same as #9. Probably more a contemporary, but I appreciated the humor in this one.

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I’d Name a Pet After

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:

Characters I Would Name a Pet After

This was harder than it sounds, people! A lot of these are for males, but the dogs we have had are all female.

1. Frank Sanger, This Adventure Ends

2. Graham Cracker (Garret Graham), The Deal

3. Lucy, More Than Forever

4. Daisy, Hothouse Flower

5. Blake Riley, Good Boy

6. Otis, Must Love Dogs…and Hockey

7. Walter, Tapping the Billionaire

8. Clive, Wallbanger

9. Logan Kade, Fallen Crest High

10. Britney Spears, Britney Spears’ Heart to Heart (I’ve always wanted to name a dog Britney Spears, so I had find a book about her.)

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Titles That Would Make Great Country Song Titles

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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:

Book Titles That Would Make Great Song Titles

I submitted this topic… I had forgotten that! Hahaha! I think I had some great ideas when I thought of it, but they must have all disappeared. Anyways. I am adding the word COUNTRY to this topic because I think these would make great country songs.

1. Super Fake Love Song

I’m imagining a female, teen country start singing about a love that turned out to be fake or something along those lines.

2. The Wreckage of Us

Paging Taylor Swift…but maybe only because she has a song with a similar title. She’d have to go back to country, though.

3. Hard Pass

I can picture either a male or female artist signing about taking a hard pass on someone, like an ex or something.

4. Chicks, Man

Some deep, male, twangy country voice could do a great song with this one. I’m imaging it to be slow like Drunk on a Plane.

5. Not My Romeo

So many, many possibilities with this one!!!

6. Mister Tonight

Can’t you envision a woman singing about her “mister tonight”?

7. One Big Mistake

This could be either male or female.

8. Wherever You Are

This would be a sweet song about being in love.

9. Cowboy Villain Damsel Duel

It would have to involve a big story, something about drinking would probably be involved.

10. The Clover Chapel

Another love song. Maybe about getting married in a clover chapel or something.