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Jessica’s Top 10 of 2020

 

Well guys, it is December 31st and WE MADE IT!  We have just hours until 2020 is over!!!   Today we are ending the year with Jessica’s Top 10 of 2020:

 

10. The Suicide House by Charlie Donlea
This is my first read by Donlea and the second in a series that can be read as standalone books.  I REALLY enjoyed this one and I had issues with thrillers this year.  My review is here.

9.  The Companion by Katie Alender
This is one to read if you enjoy YA and Horror! Like The Suicide House, this one pulls you in from the very first line!  My double review with my friend Yami from A Bookworm’s Thoughts is here.

 

8. Love, Creekwood by Becky Albertalli
I absolutely adore Simon and the gang in this book series. Albertalli did not have to write this book-end of the series, but she did for the fans. And we fans say THANK YOU!  My review is here.

7. Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel
This is one that should not have worked for me with my issues with unreliable narrators but I absolutely LOVED it! I read it in 5 days, which for me is great with working full time and running this site (which is like an unpaid part time job that I love!) My review is here.

6. Remember by Shervin Jamali
This is a romance that transcends time/religion and takes you down a path you would never expect to go down! Bravo!  My review is here.

5. When by Victoria Laurie
A YA with a teen who has a very unique gift!  What would you do if you had the gift that Maddie does?  What is her gift? You can see my review here to find out.

4. Inside Voices by Sarah Davis
This is one that I was not expecting to enjoy as much as I did. It has a bit of everything and is my first book that takes place in Alaska. My review is here.

3.  My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing
This one was THE THRILLER from me for 2020 and  also a debut novel! I cannot wait to see what else Downing comes up with! A couple who has been married for 15 years decides to spice up their marriage… with…. Murder?!?!?!?! Bring it on!  My review is here.

2.  I Love You Too, Daddy by Shervin Jamali
2020 introduced me to Shervin Jamali and he made my Top 10 twice this year! I honestly thought nothing would beat this one out for my number one read.  This is one that just needs to be read and had a lot of personal meaning for me since I lost my father at the age of 19, so it brought out lots of emotions for me. My review is here.

 

And my Top Read for 2020 is…………

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

In a year of chaos and race issues, for me this one is fitting that it is my top read of the year.  This is exactly what I needed for my 2020.  Long Way Down is a very powerful novel that I listened to the audiobook and it MUST be read it that way! I could say more, but just check out my review here. I will definitely be reading more from Jason Reynolds in the future.

Have you read any of these books? If so what did you think? Have you added any of these to your TBR?  Let us know! 

Kim’s Top 10 of 2020

Well… 2020 is FINALLY winding down and today we share Kim’s Top 10 of 2020!  These are in no particular order, since it becomes impossible for her to rank them! Jessica’s Top 10 will be revealed tomorrow:

The Bill Hodges Trilogy by Stephen King
I loved this whole series! The characters were intriguing and the story complete and engaging! My review is
here.

Watch Over Me by Nina LaCour
A unique story that kept me enraptured and questioning all the way through! My review is here.

Devil’s Night by Curtis M. Lawson
The perfect horror anthology with something for everyone! My review is
here.

In Some Other Life by Jessica Brody
An easy to read story with a relatable lesson and a gorgeous cover! My video review is here.

Munich by Robert Harris
A nitty gritty micro look at history that could have been dull, but wasn’t in the least! My review is here.

Star Trek Memories by William Shatner
An insider look at one of the greatest sci-fi franchises in history! My video review is here.

Dark Halls by Jeff Menapace
A scary horror story that gave me crazy shivers! My review has not posted yet, but will next year. We just ran out of time for this year.

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The Same Deep Water As You by Chad Lutzke
An out of my comfort zone story that stuck in my brain and made me feel all kinds of things! My review is here.

Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
A classic story that has stood the test of time! My review is here.

Atonement by Ian McEwan
A bittersweet story of self reflection and regret that kept me turning pages till the very end! My review and movie comparision is here.

Have you read any of these? If so, what did you think?  Are any of these on your TBR? -Kim (KSF)

 

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Introducing the Readathon: #Diverseathon2021

I am so excited to announce 2021’s year-long read-a-thon: Diverseathon 2021

With the help of some of my bookish friends all across social media (Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter and Tumblr) we will be hosting a different diverse prompt each month to help expand and diversify our tbr. This was all Beccie over at Bookies doing! It was her idea and she set this whole thing up!

Here is Beccie’s announcement video over on YouTube:

 

The link to all the information is below. You will be able to find all the information on the read-a-thon including what the prompts are, who the hosts are, where you can follow them and even a list of book suggestions if you need help with choosing a book to read!

Some hosts will be offering giveaways as well as one grand prize of $30 gift card to any bookstore + a $30 book box of winner’s choice. To enter for the chance to win the grand prize, follow the link and bookmark the form. Every time you read a book, you can enter. Like I always say: You can’t win if you don’t enter!

My hosting month will be November: Check out the link to see what my prompt will be!

All about #Diversathon2021
Here is how to enter the Grand Prize Giveaway

Please let me know if you are going to participate. It can be one month, just a few months, or all year! This is a very chill read-a-thon.  You can read one book per prompt or 50!

Who’s joining us in #Diverseathon2021??

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