2020 Blog and Reading Summary

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Thank you to everyone who read our blog in 2020. It grew tremendously from 2019 and we couldn’t have done it without the amazing support from fellow bloggers, readers and writers. We hope to continue to grow in 2021 and someday self-host and monetize.

We can’t wait to continue sharing our favorite books with everyone in the new year! In the comments, let us know your favorite post of ours from 2020. It helps us know what content our readers enjoy. Stay safe and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

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Our Top Books of 2020

We had such a tough decision because we’ve read some great books in 2020. We differed a bit, so we both created lists for the top 10 books of 2020. However, we do overlap. 

What were your favorite books of the year? Let us know in the comments!

Christy’s Top 10

1. Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

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Clare wrote the perfect start to her new shadowhunter series. I loved seeing Will, Tessa and Jem as adults. Plus, the next generation is just as exciting. Set in Edwardian London, James, Lucie, Matthew, Cordelia and their friends deal with demon attacks increase around the city. This book had everything: adventure, romance and mystery. Chain of Iron will hopefully be just as amazing in 2021. I need more Matthew Fairchild!

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Our Most Anticipated Books of 2021

We’re so excited for all the amazing YA books coming out in 2021! Not every cover has been released yet, so we will update the post when more information is available. Let us know which books you’re most excited for!

1. Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare

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Chain of Gold was easily our favorite read of 2020. We can’t wait for Lucie, James, Matthew, Cordelia and the rest of the gang to take on a killer and keep London safe. Chain of Iron promises to be exciting, romantic and full of plot twists. March 2nd can’t come soon enough!

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Baby It’s Cold Outside Book Tag

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1. Snow Day – What’s your “comfort” book? 

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The Distance Between Us by Kasie West. As our readers know, we love Kasie West books. The Distance Between Us is one of our favorites for its sweet romance. Cayman Myers and Xander Spence have adorable banter, but more importantly, they genuinely grow to care about one another as they tackle some heavy issues. West books always have the perfect blend of romance, humor, and something series, which is why we will always go back to them. 

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Review: Chasing Lucky by Jenn Bennett 

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*We received this book in exchange for an honest review.* 

When Josie Saint-Martin returns to her childhood home of Beauty, Rhode Island, she intends on only sticking around for a year. After all, a year seems like a long time when you’ve been moving from city to city with your mom for the better part of your childhood. Beauty may not be so bad this time around: Josie’s crazy grandma, Deirdre, has moved to Nepal for a one-year tour with the Peace Corps, and Josie plans on snagging a summer internship at Beauty’s premier magazine to boost her photography resume. The internship is Josie’s one-way ticket out of town before her grandma comes home and instigates World War III between the Saint-Martin women. Josie’s hoping her photographs will wow her famous photographer into giving her an apprenticeship at his fancy LA studio. 

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14 YA Romances to Read Before Valentine’s Day

In honor of Valentine’s Day coming up, we’ve made a list of some of our favorite YA books with swoon-worthy romances! If you’ve been a reader of ours for a while, then you know romance is a must in our YA books. We’ve featured books that focus on different YA romance tropes. Let us know which books you’ve read (or plan to read) in the comments section below!

1. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series by Jenny Han

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Yes, we’ve mentioned this adorable series before, but we couldn’t resist giving it another shout out. Read To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before again before the movie based off the the second book, P.S. I Still Love You, premieres on Netflix on February 12th. 

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Around the World with YA

Want to travel the world? Us too! Unfortunately, we don’t always have the time or money. Reading can be the best escape to travel to far away lands. To help inspire your wanderlust, we came up with a list of YA books set in countries around the world. Did we miss any countries that you can think of a YA book for? We’ll update this list if we find others. Let us know your favorites in the comments and happy travels!

Afghanistan: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

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Set in the site of modern-day northwest Afghanistan known as Khorasan, this story is a reimagining of the classic Middle Eastern folk tales, Arabian Nights. Every night that Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a bride, they die. When Shahrzad volunteers to be his next bride, she realizes that Khalid is not the monster she imagined him to be.

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Review: The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett

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Istanbul, Turkey. The year is 1937. Theodora Fox’s tutor has just quit, running off with her money and any hope of leaving this godforsaken city. To top it off, she’s alone and hasn’t heard a peep from her father in days, even though he promised to be back by now. 

When she arrives back at the hotel after an unfortunate mix-up involving the Turkish authorities, a surprise is waiting in her room. A surprise named Huck Gallagher, aka Huck. The boy who left without a word last year. The boy who broke her heart. The boy she’d never thought she’d see again after a terrible event she now calls “Black Sunday.” 

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YA Read Across America Challenge

Want to travel to all 50 states, but don’t have the time or the money? Now you can, without even leaving home. We compiled a list of YA books, one for every state and D.C. Challenge yourself this summer and see how many you can read. Let us know in the comments how many of these books you have read and which are your favorites!

Alabama: Looking for Alaska by John Green

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