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#TBRCHALLENGE March - Book by a Favorite Author

I loved Tessa Bailey's Hot and Hammered series, so my pick for March's #TBRCHALLEGE Book by  Favorite Author is Getaway Girl . Want to join the challenge? Details here .  When I look at the books that I haven't read, I sometimes feel overwhelmed. What I love about it this challenge is it helps me to categories my books and pick one by a certain date. Review to follow on March 17th (St. Patrick's Day!).

#TBR Challenge Februrary 2021 - New-To-You Author *REVIEW*

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I purchased Taking the Heat by Victoria Dahl last summer. I picked it up half a dozen times and could not get into it, but so many romance readers rave about it, so I promised myself I'd finish it. This book took off at 15%. There are so many great things in this story.  The main characters have friendships, hobbies, and jobs they enjoy. The heroine has left NYC after learning it was not for her. I feel like so often heroes/heroines seek city life as an accomplishment, and as someone who loves the quiet of suburbia, I enjoyed reading the opposite. The hero is a hot librarian who likes to read, rock climb, and is very into pleasing his heroine.  They both have issues with their families that they work out and I enjoyed seeing them find strength from each other and within themselves. The chemistry is hot, and the romance is on point. CW: bullying, suicide attempt 

#TBR Challenge Februrary 2021 - New-To-You Author

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 In 2020, with so much time at home, I got into podcasts. I'd put on my wireless headphones and go out into the garden and weed, water, and plant. Most of the podcasts I like are romance novel related and one, in particular, Fated Mates, recommends a lot of different authors. They are responsible for at least a dozen books on my TBR. This month's #TBRChallenge pick is a New-To-You Author. I've selected Victoria Dahl's Taking the Heat .  I only started using GoodReads a couple of years ago, but I have no other Victoria Dahl books there, and none of her titles seem familiar. I've started this book several times and had trouble staying focused, but this is the month!

#TBRChallenge January 2021 - Comfort Read *REVIEW*

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  His Bride for the Taking by Tessa Dare is a historical romance novella that's been on my Kindle for awhile. It's surprising because Tessa Dare is one of my favorite romance authors so this is one I overlooked. She's the author who brought me back to reading historicals after a LONG time away from them. I love Tessa Dare's writing style. She's easy to read, one chapter flowing to the next, gracefully fleshing out her characters and their conflicts. In a less skilled author's hands, this story would have been predictable. Certainly, the tropes are common: childhood crush, woman left at the altar, hero with daddy issues, JUST ONE BED... but she has enough surprises that the story is fresh and wonderfully comforting. Thanks to SuperLibrarian for hosting this 2021 challenge. If you're interested in joining in - please do! The details are here: https://wendythesuperlibrarian.blogspot.com/2020/11/sign-up-for-2021-tbrchallenge.html CURRENT KINDLE TBR COUNT: 90 bo

#TBRChallenge January 2021 - Comfort Read

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To kick off the 2021 #TBRChallenge, I've selected His Bride for the Taking by Tessa Dare for my Comfort read. Tessa Dare is the author who started me reading historical romances again after a long time away from them. I'll have more to say about it on the 20th, after I've read it, but I'm sure it will be delightful!

The Misadventures of SuperLibrarian 2021 #TBRChallenge

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I have way, way too many books in my TBR pile. (TBR means "to be read.") At last count, I have 92 books waiting to be read.  In 2021, I'll be participating in The Misadventures of Super Librarian #TBRChallege . Each month, I'll pick a book from my pile that matches the theme, read it, and post about it on the 3rd Thursday of the month. January is Comfort Read. I'll need to check my pile and post about it soon. I'm guessing if I focused on it, I'll clear at least half the pile in 2021. If I read the first twenty pages of a book and I don't like it, I abandon it and look for something else. I rarely leave a review if that's the case. I only actually read 1 in 5, or on bad weeks 1 in 10, books that I start.

Best Books of 2020

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 My family and I track our reading on my Goodreads account . Our goal for the year was 400 books. Thanks to the pandemic and long hours in quarantine, we've met and exceeded our goal. We're currently at 765 books and it's possible that we'll get to 800 by the end of the year. Here are my top books of the year in no particular order. Note that these books weren't necessarily published in 2020. Fiction:  The Invention of Wings  by Sue Monk Kidd  Hill Women  by Cassie Chambers Circe  by Madeline Miller  Romance:  The Highwayman by Kerrigan Byrne The Wicked Ways of Alexander Kidd by Paula Quinn Upstairs Downstairs Temptation by Janice Maynard The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie  by Jennifer Ashley Middle-grade fiction : The List of Things That Will Not Change  by Rebecca Stead The Taken (Foxcraft Series) by Inbali Iserles The One and Only Ivan  by Katherine Applegate Because of the Rabbit  by Cynthia Lord