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March 2020 Recap

How is everyone doing??? We are hanging in there. We have had various illnesses during this quarantine but none too serious. It's been a huge adjustment for the extroverts I live with for sure. I, despite an abundance of extra time, feel listless. It actually feels harder to get these done. I actually read 12 books this month but most were rereads. I'm having a focus issue right now, so rereads are working better for me.

The Favorites of the New Reads:

Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn
Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez
Undercover Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams

January in Numbers:
Total: 12
New: 4           Rereads: 8
MG: 1             YA:  1             Adult: 10
Contemporary: 2
Historical: 9
Fantasy: 0
Science-Fiction: 1
Non-Fiction: 0

April has a couple of releases I'm really looking forward to, so hopefully my focus and attention span will return. I have both of these beauties on pre-order:

I hope you are all safe and well. If you've read anything great, p…
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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly themed blog hop created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl.

This Week's Topic: Books with One Word Titles

I was almost not going to do this one, but I decided to look through my favorites shelf and realized I loved a lot of really great books with one word titles that I haven't talked about in a while. This seemed the perfect opportunity.

This is an entire trilogy with one word titles. They are all amazing.

This is an entire trilogy full of one word titles that is a favorite, AND it has a spinoff series of one word titles that is equally good. Read them all.

February 2020 Recap

I got a lot of reading in this month, but I only had one truly favorite new read of February.

The Favorite:

February in Numbers:
Total: 13
New:  7            Rereads:  6

MG:  2           YA:   3            Adult:  8

Contemporary: 5
Historical:  6
Fantasy: 2
Science-Fiction: 0
Non-Fiction: 0

By the Book
We See the Sky Sparkling
Would Like to Meet

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TTT: Characters I'd Follow On Social Media

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly themed blog hop created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl.

This Week's Topic: Characters I'd Follow On Social Media

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Lizzie Bennet on Tumblr because you know her blog would be a beautiful mix of nerdy fangirl thoughtfulness and feminist manifestos. I love following people like that.

Darcy on Twitter: He would use it rarely, but when he did, it would be to the point and oh so entertaining.

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