So in 2021, I was able to acquire quite a few new releases that were on my radar, mainly thanks to my Book of the Month subscription. Did I read them? I wouldn’t be doing this week’s Top 10 Tuesday post if I had. LOL. As you know my 2021 wasn’t my best reading year and I wasn’t even close to hitting my reading goal. This year is quite the opposite and I jumped out of the gate at a full sprint. It remains to be seen whether my stamina will last through the remainder of the year, but I do have plans for most, if not all of the books on this list.
How could I not be excited for a book by the Fresh Prince himself? This came out toward the end of the year and I had started the book, but then life got in the way. I plan to read this as my nonfiction option in February.
I had every intention of reading this as soon as it came out in September. However, I knew it was going to end up on one of my book club lists so I purposely held off. I might still read it beforehand because I am itching to get my hands on it.
After reading “The Great Alone” I knew that I wanted to read more by Kristin Hannah. Then this book was announced at the beginning of 2021. When it came out I immediately ordered it and then – you know what happened next. It went on a book stack and was never read. Although now that I am rereading the summary for this I am getting an idea about another book that I can read with this one for a future post.
“Behold the Dreamers” is one of my all-time favorite books and one that I recommend highly. So I immediately bought Mbue’s new book as soon as it came out. And for some reason I have yet to crack it open. Luckily, my book club is reading this later this year, so it will be off my TBR soon enough.
I bought this book because I loved Whitehead’s “Nickel Boys.” I got this in September right while in the process of buying a house and packing my apartment. However, I plan to get it off my TBR and read it next month.
This book sounded so interesting that I couldn’t help but pick it for my December book of the month. It says that it’s a story of fairy tales, our fear of the dark and losing yourself within the wilderness of your mind. I will blame not reading it because of the holidays. I might push this one off to the spooky season.
Not sure why I haven’t read this one yet. The summary sounds so good and I really want to know what the connection is between all these characters. It reminds me of a book I have read before, but I can’t quite put my finger on it.
Every immigrant story I have read have ended up on my recommended lists, so when I saw this book come out, I immediately got it. It’s rather a short book but I have yet to read it.
Another immigrant story, but this time a nonfiction one. This came out in September, which was when my reading was barely non-existent. I plan to read this one in the spring.
What releases were you excited for and didn’t get to? Have you read any on this list? What did you think?
For this week’s Top 10 Tuesday, by That Artsy Reader Girl, we are discussing the most recent books to our collections. Most of the books I have recently acquired are from Book of the Month but last month, my husband and I went to Manchester, Vt. for our annual getaway weekend. In town is the Northshire Bookstore, which has a used book section and where invariably I acquire a few books that I have been wanting to read. So here are the top 10 in no particular order.
When I first saw this week’s Top 10 Tuesday prompt asking about the most anticipated books for the first half of 2022, I debated whether I wanted to do it. Then I was curious and did my research, and lo and behold, there are several books from some of my favorite authors coming out between January and June that I really want to check out. And then I lost the list I made and had to make a whole new one, so I am not sure if I am missing any. However, I am evenly split the list between the authors I know and new-to-me authors who have books coming out that sound intriguing.
I absolutely loved “Snow Falling on Cedars” by David Guterson and when they compared his newest book to that one, I put it on my TBR list.
When an Ethiopian girl dies one night a few feet from her home, her adoptive parents, Delvin and Betsy Harvey – white, conservative Christians – are charged with her murder. Retiring Seattle criminal attorney and Octogenarian Royal takes on the Harvey’s case and leans on his son as he prepares for the trial.
Bernstein and Bob Woodward and their reporting of the Watergate Scandal are what pushed me into journalism. So when I learned that Bernstein had written a memoir about his life and his experiences in the newsroom, I was so excited. I have a feeling this is going to be a book about the bygone era, a time before I was born but had heard about from older editors that taught me everything I know.
After reading “The Life of Addie LaRue” by Schwab, which was a pleasant surprise for me, Schwab has become an instant author. Granted, I still have to read her old stuff but this book sounds too interesting to pass up.
Margaret Atwood is an instant buy author for me. I am slowly but surely reading each of her books and have yet to find one that I haven’t liked. In this one, she seems to gives us insight into her mind on a myriad of topics and issues. I can’t wait.
I read “Station Eleven” by Mandel a few months before COVID pandemic broke out. Although it ended up being very prophetic and too realistic, I loved the novel and have been dying to read Mandel ever since. I have yet to get to “The Glass Hotel” but “Sea of Tranquility is being added to my TBR list alongside it.
So like probably everyone who is putting this on their TBR list, it’s probably because of the cover. That is what immediately attracted me to the cover. Also I have been really into the folklore stories of late. I don’t know much about the legend of Chang’e, but piqued by interest.
All I saw was that this is about humanity’s survival after a climate change plague and I was sold. I love a good dystopian novel and one that has to deal with realistic issues and I am even more intrigued. There are several books I want to get to this year that revolve around climate change. It seems that a TBR list is in the making, perhaps for Earth Day. This may have to be on it.
When I read the summary for this book, I immediately thought of “Anxious People” by Frederik Backman. However, instead of a real estate opening, these people are in a library and they aren’t complete strangers. I wouldn’t mind checking this book out.
Release: June 7
What are your highly anticipated releases of 2022? Mention them in the comments or link to your list so I can check them out.
I have had a very busy year and my reading throughout has been somewhat of a rollercoaster. I am not going to reach my reading goal for the year, partly due to the number of books that I never finished. At one point, it felt like every book that I picked up, I ended up putting it down for some reason. Yet, I still managed to read 45 books, many of which I forgot I had read. In this week’s Top 10 Tuesday, by that Artsy Reader Girl, I have gone through the list to choose the best books I read this year.
I only just finished this book last week and I am still thinking about it. I had seen some mixed reviews about Erin Morgenstern’s second novel, many of which said it wasn’t as good as “Night Circus.” This is probably why I took so long to read it. But last week, I cracked the cover and began to read the first page and then the next and the next. Pretty soon, I was plunging down the rabbit hole and I didn’t want to return. This was a book full of magic and mystery and I wonder how Morgenstern thinks of the worlds that she creates which is full of multiple plots and interweaving story lines. I absolutely loved this book.
This is one of the best thrillers that I have read in a long time. A small gated community that is being wracked by murders. And as you get to know each of the individuals that make up this very small community, where everyone knows everyone, you realize that everyone has skeletons in their closets. This is a book where you are not sure about anything until the last page. I couldn’t put it down and couldn’t help describing this book as a complete mind f*ck in the end.
I read this book early in the year and I still think about it time to time. I really want to finish the series because the first book definitely had me hooked. It was one of the creepiest books I have read in a while and definitely put me on edge a lot. Bray is a very descriptive writer, to the point that I could hear the footsteps following the character, the click of the cane or the whistle. I was holding my breath at points, similar to covering your eyes when watching a movie and bracing for the jump scene. Soo good, but I was left wanting more at the end. I can’t wait to find out what else happens.
Speaking of creepy books, “Rebecca” by Daphne DuMaurier was one of the best classics that I read this year. I could picture Mrs. Danvers vividly and she has to be one of the creepiest people I know. I don’t care if she is a good housekeeper or not, I would have let her go as soon as I got to Manderley, especially after finding out her loyalty to Rebecca. I also read this book early in the year and I still think about it so many months later. This is definitely a must read.
I had never heard of this book until it was on the reading list for the Metaphorically Speaking Book Club. I was actually surprised by how much this book touched me. A convicted felon and former veteran is given medical parole to live out his final days at a nursing home. College student Joe Talbert, who needs to interview someone for an assignment gets paired with Carl Iverson. As Joe gets to know Carl, he is determined to unravel the truth about the murder that sent Iverson to prison for so many years. This book has so many twists and turns and makes you realize that everyone has a story. I was in tears at the end of this book.
This is such beautiful story that is in some ways heartbreaking and in others heartwarming. Adunni has a dream of getting out of her small village and find her “louding voice.” Throughout this book, we join Adunni on her journey, fraught with obstacles. We cry every time one is presented and applaud when she overcomes them. Adunni’s determination is inspiring and you can’t help but cross your fingers and hope that she gets her happy ending.
I was not planning to read this book but time and circumstance got in the way. Zakiya Dalila Harris ended up speaking at our local college and having heard the hum around this book, I bought the book and attended her talk and book signing. While waiting for the event to start, I started reading this book and was immediately immersed. I finished it by the next day. It’s a great thriller that addresses various underlying themes such as race, identity, competition, and more. A great debut novel.
“Concrete Rose” was one of my most anticipated book of the year and it didn’t disappoint. As the prequel to “The Hate U Give”, we learn all about Maverick Carter, a 17-year-old soon-to-be father and the choices he has to make. Just like in “The Hate U Give” Angie Thomas highlights an important concept and forces the reader to think about it in a new light. In this one it’s all about the gang life, the circumstances that force someone to choose that life. Sometimes it’s a little more complicated than it appears on the surface. Once again Thomas has dropped me in the shoes of someone I would never find myself in and has made me think of it in a whole new light.
I have never read Andy Weir before and I am wondering why. “Hail Mary” was a pleasant surprise for me. While the book does get bogged down in scientific terminology at points, it didn’t diminish my understanding of what was going on. In fact, most of the times, my anxiety was going off. Namely because I would never go to space and the fact that the main character suffers from amnesia while in space, doesn’t help things. Then to find out that he is on an Earth-saving mission makes it all the more important. Weir does a great job of taking the reader on a journey with his character and making them feel like they are a part of the story the whole time. I am definitely going to read more by him.
I can definitely see why V. E. Schwab is highly recommended as an author. I had to read “The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue for the book club and thoroughly enjoyed it. Schwab takes us through the centuries with our main character who makes a deal with the devil to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets. While this doesn’t necessarily have a happy ending, I couldn’t help but cheer for Addie in the end as she learns to play the game and turns the tables on her foe.
What are your best books of 2021? Have you read any on this list? Let’s discuss!
It seemed that winter arrived early the last few weeks here in upstate NY as we had snow showers on and off. But of course, the week winter officially begins and we have mild weather, with temperatures reaching into the 50s. So it makes it even harder to believe that winter is here.
Fall was a blur this year, between juggling a busy work schedule and a buying a home. While my husband and I seem to have a never ending list of projects to do in the house, things are starting to finally back to normal. Which means that I can actually take a moment to crack open a book, which feels so good.
Even though I haven’t been reading much over the past few months, my TBR list has never stopped growing. Now has winter begins,, I am all for snuggling down in a blanket with a good book with a hot beverage and a snack. Here is a list of titles that I want to get to this season.
The Society of Avid Readers Across the Hudson Book Club is kicking off the new year with this read and I couldn’t be happier. As soon as I heard the title I was intrigued. It sounds so bewitching which I guess is fitting given the premise of a girl raised by witches who is dealing with how to handle her magical powers. I really can’t wait to dive into this one.
This book is set in Dublin 1918 during the Great Flu. Too soon? I think not. For some reason I have been wanting to read books about pandemics and it seems that the Capital District Book Club does too. This is the second book we are going to be reading that involves some type of pandemic. We read “Hamnet” earlier this year which is based off William Shakespeare but takes place during the Black Death.
I am so excited to read this memoir from the Fresh Prince himself. I read the introduction to this book and was surprised by what Will reveals in those opening pages. His life has involved more than one would think. I can’t wait to really get engrossed in this one.
I have been neglecting the classics that have been weighing down my bookshelves and I need to get back to checking off my list. I attempted to read Madame Bovary years ago but never got around to finishing it for whatever reason.
This is about Krakauer’s experience on Mount Everest and though climbing Mount Everest has never been on my bucket list, I am intrigued by those who have bravely gone where I would never. Given that I have only seen good ratings on this book, I know that I am in for quite a journey.
Another book that has been on my bookshelves for some time. Lately, I have been itching to read some of my books about writers. And this is the first one that I thought of. Harold Evans details experiences working at newspapers during the 30s and into WWII. This book sounds like a trip down memory lane and I am all for it.
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 of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
It is officially the end of summer.. or is it? While we are starting to get cooler mornings and nights, the afternoons are still peaking between 78-80 degrees here in upstate New York. However, it may be coming to an end. Today, the high is 73 and it looks like next week, the weather is officially in the 60s – officially sweater weather.
There is a lot going on this fall in terms of life changes, so I am not sure how much reading I am going to get done in the next two months, but it’s always good to have goals. I will have more news about that soon in an upcoming post. So let’s get on with this week’s Top 10 Tuesday with what I plan to read this season.
I am ashamed at how long this book has been on my TBR shelf and I am determined to read it once and for all, sooner rather than later.
Another book that I bought and never read. I have heard mixed reactions to this last book in the series, which takes the POV of Edward. I am quite interested since I have always been on Team Edward. The Twilight books have always been quick reads for me, so I plan to knock this out in a weekend.
This is a fairly recent release, but I have already seen quite a few reviews on it, and boy have they been mixed. It seems that you either love this book or hate it. I guess I have to read it to find out. I haven’t read Michaelides yet, but there is nothing like murder and secret societies at an old university to set the tone for the season.
If memory serves me right, I was supposed to read this last fall and never got to it. I am so intrigued by this book that my curiosity is at an all-time high. I am determined to get this off my TBR this season.
This book is coming out next week and I can’t wait. Nicholas Sparks is back to writing the way he used to when he first started out and I have absolutely loved the last few books he wrote. It has made the anticipation of this book so much harder. You better believe I am buying this book the day it drops.
Murder, secrets, family drama….sign me up. I have become a Liane Moriarty over the last few years and while I have not read all of her books as of yet, I liked what I did read. Her most recent book has come out just in time for fall.
We are reading this book for November in the Metaphorially Speaking Book Club, but how could I not put it on the list? This is a coming-of-age novel about Emmaline who lives on a remote island with her father, who teaches her about the natural world with her senses. When she is thrown into the real world, Emmaline learns about love, ambition, betrayal and revenge. To understand her past, she must figure out who she is. I really can’t wait to read this book.
This book has been calling to me from my bookshelf since I bought it a few weeks ago. I have heard this book is really good and it just sounds so charming. This is definitely a book to crack open on a day when I can pass away the hours cuddled in a blanket in my reading chair.
For some reason I have a sudden urge to read this book and I keep thinking about it. I have yet to read anything by Taylor Jenkins Reid but I have heard nothing but good things about her writing. I think it is time to rectify this situation.
November is Native American Heritage Month and I wanted to read something about the culture. This book came up on the list when I did some research. I feel like I don’t read enough stories about Native American culture and I am trying to rectify that this year.
What do you plan to read in the fall? Have you read any of the books on this list? Let’s discuss!
For this week’s Top 10 Tuesday, by That Artsy Reader Girl, we were asked for our Top 10 books with numbers in the titles. I was actually surprised by how many books have numbers in the titles, and how many of them I have actually read. Here are the ones that I have read the most recently and have enjoyed:
What are some other books with numbers in the titles that you would recommend? Let’s discuss!
When I saw this week’s Top 10 Tuesday’s prompt, I smiled to myself. If there is one gripe that we get in the Capital District Book Club, one of the biggest of the book clubs I am a member of, it’s that most of the books we read are heavy and focus on serious themes. Members have asked if we can read some more light hearted and happy books. And of course the one “happy” book that everyone picked to read, no one liked. But then I got to thinking. What are some of the books I have read that made feel warm and happy inside. Here is what I came up with.
Ok so you had to know that this was a given for this list. I used to read this every year and to this day, it remains one of my “feel good” reads. I absolutely love this book and it remains in my Top 10 all-time favorites.
This book is just so magical. Yes, Matilda goes through some hardships, but it’s those hardships that makes Matilda find the magic inside of herself and overcome the obstacles in her way. And the ending just makes you all warm and fuzzy. I want a Ms. Honey in my life and I am 34 years old!
Another magical book. I recently just rewatched the movie and I love it. Sara is sent to a boarding school when her father has to go off to war. At first, Sara is welcomed and treated like a princess. But when her father dies and leaves her penniless, Sara is subjected to work for the boarding house. However, Sara has a powerful imagination which she uses to overcome her hardships. I still cry out of happiness at the ending of this story.
This is a charming and endearing book about books. It’s a collection of letters between Helene Hanff, a freelance writer and a used-book dealer in London over a period of 20 years. I absolutely loved this book and thought Helene was hilarious the way that she would pester the book store when they couldn’t find a book she wanted. Even though Helene and the book seller never meet, they have an incredible friendship and it just shows how powerful letters can be. I seriously wanted to pick up a pen and write a letter to someone.
I will never forget reading this book for the first time (for fun) and the minute that I fell in love with it. It’s the classic love story and I am sure that it will make quite a few lists for this prompt. I think everyone knows what this book is about so what else is there to say?
The only time I was sad while reading this book was when it ended. I actually listened to the audiobook for this and I am glad I did because the narrator was able to apply the right voice. The book is a collection of letters by Annie Spence, a librarian, to the books that she likes and dislikes as well as the books that are circulated in the stacks that need to be replaced and other that have long been forgotten and need to be “retired.” I absolutely loved listening to this book.
This is a book that is somewhat of a fairy tale. Set in 1920’s Alaska, Jack and Mabel are childless and are drifting apart. Then one snowy night they run outside and make a snow child. When they wake up the next morning the snow child is gone but they discover a little girl at the edge of the wood. As they try to understand this child who seems to be out of a fairy tale, Jack and Mabel begin to think of her as their own daughter. This was definitely a magical read that made me want to hug the book to myself.
What books would you recommend that put a smile on your face? Let’s discuss!
I considered skipping this week’s Top 10 Tuesday simply because as of late I have been primarily reading books that have been picked by my book clubs. However, I looked over my book shelf and several books immediately popped out. These were the same books that drew me to buy them in the first place. I know that we aren’t supposed to judge a book by its cover but I would be lying if I said that a colorful cover or a quirky title didn’t give me pause in a book store or the library. So here are the books that I ended up buying and better yet, even read.
As soon as I saw this book, I immediately wanted it. I honestly didn’t even know what it was about, but when it popped up in the Book of the Month queue, I added it to my box. It was almost sent to a fate that most books go to once bought, to languish on a book shelf for years collecting dust. However, this book only sat for a few months before I jumped in and I was so glad I did. It was a compelling story about two sisters who are trying to deal with their racial identity and the decisions they make over the years that affect not only themselves but each other and their families. This was a pleasant surprise.
Both the title and the cover captured my attention. I immediately wanted to know what the author meant by the “Louding voice.” I don’t think I even read the summary before I chose it for another Book of the Month box. This book is so powerful and honestly I think it’s a must read. Everyone needs the opportunity to find their louding voice.
I knew as soon as I saw this book that it was going to be a good book. I normally don’t read young adult books unless they are chosen for book club, but this book I had to have. First off, look at that cover and then the title – it has so many meanings, which you don’t find out until you read the book all the way through. I absolutely loved this book and I am so glad that I own it.
I remember where I was when I bought this book. I was taking my second walk through of a local library book sale. I needed another book to make the sale even (I think it was a 3 for $1 deal). Then I happened across this book. The cover isn’t much to look at. But it was the title that grabbed me. I wanted to know everything that this person never told me. What I wasn’t expecting was just how much wasn’t said. This book has ended up in my Top 10 lists and is one that I have recommended to so many people.
This was my Book of the Month pick last month and I picked it because something about the cover just appealed to me. I have yet to read it but every time I look at it, I itch to pick it up. It just looks so enticing. I have heard mixed reactions to the book since purchasing but I am not going to let sway me either way. I plan to get to this book before the summer is over.
There was something about the title “Behold the Dreamers” that really caught my attention when this book came out. I remember seeing a review for this at the job in the paper and immediately making a note to check it out. As soon as I could get it, I checked it out of the local library. Once again my instinct was right. This is another one of my top 10 favorite books and have recommended it to everyone I can.
So this title is definitely a tongue twister, but it definitely caught my attention. At first I wasn’t going to read it because I had heard mixed reviews, but that damn title kept pestering me. I needed to find out what it was about. It was rather a surprising story and one that I enjoyed.
To this day I can’t say why, but there is something magical about this cover. Which I guess is the point since that is what the book is about but I didn’t know it at the time. I ended up loaning it at the library and I ended up loving it. And because I loved the cover so much, I needed it on my bookshelf.
This is a book that I read because of the cover and the title. However, my like for the book stopped at the cover. I ended up not liking the story and it went into the donation box once I finished it.
So if there is one thing I am a sucker for, it’s a title that has a metaphorical meaning. You can thank “To Kill a Mockingbird” for that one. I had never heard of David Guterson before buying this book at the library but I ended up buying it because of the title. It sat on my shelf for awhile before shoving it into a carry on bag when I was going on vacation. Let’s just say that I finished it before my vacation was over.
What cover or titles made you want to read the book? Have you read any on this list? Let’s discuss!
Summer is finally here! And with it comes a whole new TBR list of books. Past seasonal TBR reads have proven that I really shouldn’t do these lists, and yet I just can’t help myself. I think part of the problem is that I usually make the list and promptly forget about them. Well not this time. I have created a seasonal list that I have since placed in my planner so that I will be reminded every time I open it. So without further ado, here are the books on my Summer TBR.
This going to be a doozy of a read as this is 900 pages, but book club is talking about doing this over two months so I will have no excuses. I have heard nothing but good things about this book so I am quite excited to read it.
This is our book club read for July and I am quite intrigued by it. I saw this book being talked about when it first came out and had put it on a shelf in my mind, but never got around to reading it.
I have yet to read V.E. Schwab, but thanks to book club I will be introduced to her in August. With all the hype surrounding her, I’m hoping that this will encourage me to read all her other books I missed.
This book just arrived in the mail and I can’t wait to read it. There is nothing like murder and secret societies at an old university that grabs my attention. I haven’t read Michaelides yet, so maybe this will urge me to read his previous book “The Silent Patient.”
According to Goodreads, I shelved this book back in 2018. And then promptly forgot about it since its taken me three years to actually purchase it and put it on an immediate TBR list.
So this was book was on my Spring TBR but didn’t get a change to read it. I am kind of bummed that I didn’t so I am putting it on the list for the summer.
Another book that didn’t make it off my Spring TBR list so it’s moving on to this list. I have heard this is not as good as “Behold the Dreamers” but I am not going to let that stop me. As you know by now, I like to know for myself.
I just obtained this book in a recent Book of the Month selection and I can’t wait to read it, though it seems like it’s going to be an emotional rollercoaster.
If there is one book I know I will get to this summer, it’s “Broken.” I was so glad to get this book as a gift for my birthday. I was getting sucked in reading the first page and had to put it down or I would have been late to work. I really want to pick a day when I can really enjoy it. I know it’s going to be a book I read in one sitting.
I am determined to read everything by Geraldine Brooks so I was glad I found this one during a bookstore stop on my honeymoon. If there is one thing she is strong at it’s writing historical fiction. I loved “People of the Book” and “Year of Wonders” among others.
What books do you plan on reading this summer? Have you read any on this list? Let’s discuss!