Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Meant to Read In 2020 but Didn’t Get To

Hello! And welcome to my first ever Top Ten Tuesday post! Technically, this TTT prompt was the one listed for January 19th… but I didn’t see it until after, and it was such a great prompt I felt like I had to do it, even if my post was a week late. 😅

What’s worse, I own almost all of these books! In fact, that’s why I haven’t gotten to them yet… I tend to read books that I’ve been waiting on hold for from the library first, along with the number of upcoming ARCs I’ve requested to read/review! Which means these lovely little books just sit on my shelf… gathering dust. 😓

That’s a big motivator for why I’ve tasked myself with the goal of requesting less ARCs this year! I want to make more time to finally read all the backlist titles on my unending TBR! 💪💨

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You Are Your Own Fairy Tale: Series Review

For some reason I find myself returning to Amanda Lovelace’s works over and over again, even though in the past I haven’t enjoyed them much. Her most popular work, The Princess Saves Herself in This One, really didn’t do a lot for me. While I did connect with the topics of that poetry collection, the execution just fell flat.

So, when I saw that she was coming out with a new series, tackling fairy tale retellings from a feminist perspective – a concept which I loved – I couldn’t help being drawn to them…. even with my track record.

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The Innkeeper’s Daughter: ARC Book Review

I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a sucker for beautiful book covers. The first thing that drew me to this title was the gorgeous – and I mean gorgeous – cover art. And after reading the synopsis I was even more intrigued! The Innkeeper’s Daughter boasts of having it all – historical romance, suspense, mystery… As a fan of both period romances and mystery/thrillers, you can bet how excited I was to pick this novel up.

The mix of genres aside, from what I can see, The Innkeeper’s Daughter is first and foremost advertised as a romance between Eliza, the daughter of a deceased innkeeper on the lam from her abusive fiancé and step-father, and Henry, a known playboy and secret agent of the crown … something I found unfortunate, because the romantic aspects of the plot were my least favorite. 😕

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My 3 Reading Goals for the New Year

Now that we’re more than two weeks into the new year (time flies, am I right??), I thought it might be fun to write a post where I talk about the 3 goals I’m hoping to guide my reading practices this coming year.

If you’re wondering, ‘hey Liza, didn’t you already make a post about your new years resolutions?’ Then yes, you’d be right. I don’t really know, but for some reason these 3 goals feel different than my other resolutions, so I wanted to write them their own post. I guess the big difference is that my new years resolutions are specific things I want to do (like reading 50 books in 2021, participating in a readathon, etc.) while these “goals” are more ~intentions~ I want to guide my future reading.

I just feel like the more I get into the habit of reading a lot, the more I want to be thoughtful about the books I choose to read. So, without further ado…

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Love Your Life: ARC Book Review

When Aria and Dutch meet at a writer’s retreat in Italy sparks fly, and the two quickly find themselves in the midst of a whirlwind romance. Things just seem to “click” between them. (Proof once and for all that meeting in person trumps dating apps, or so Aria thinks.) So when the vacation ends, they’re determined to keep the romance alive and their relationship afloat when they return to England.

But being thrust back into reality comes with its own challenges – ones neither of them could have anticipated.

“Aria” and “Dutch” are really Ava and Matt – and, as becomes quickly apparent, very different than their vacation alter-egos. Worse, they seem to be complete opposites… about everything! Can they reconcile their differences now that they’re out of the honeymoon phase, or will their relationship only ever be a vacation fling?

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