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November 24th: Gratitude. What books, authors, narrators, bloggers are you most thankful for this year?
Wow! This could encompass so many people… I’ll try to narrow it down a bit.
In a year when my reading volume decreased tremendously and I found it difficult to stay engaged in several books, a few stand out to me.
- Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert. I read this back in January and completely fell in love with the characters and story.
- The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa. This was a pre-COVID read, and it made laugh, cry, experience all the feels.
- A Bad Day for Sunshine by Darynda Jones. We had been in COVID lockdown for a couple months and I just wasn’t enjoying books until this one. I was hooked and finished in a day or two.
- Paradise Cove by Jenny Holiday. Small town romance with so many emotions. Loved it.
- A Touch of Stone and Snow by Milla Vane. This was the second of two books in a new series out this year. I loved both, but this second one touched my heart and left me thinking about the story for days.
- If the Boot Fits by Rebekah Weatherspoon. A lovely Cinderella retelling that I consumed. It had been a while since I connected with a story and this one just blew me away.
I found so many authors sharing their COVID stories or sending out positive and uplifting messages on Twitter, especially during the election. I want to thank all of them. I also want to call out two authors that brought me much joy this year:
- Kevin Hearne. He had two AMAZING books come out in 2020 and I loved both. He kept me entertained with his newsletters, tweets, and stories.
- Ilona Andrews (Gordon and Ilona). They do so much for their fans. The share the good and bad of their lives via their blog. They released two of my favorite, 5-star reads of 2020. And they started the Julie-centric spinoff from the Kate Daniels series.
Again, I am thankful for the narrators who’ve been sharing on social media. I love hearing their stories. Here are a couple whose work in 2020 brought me joy:
- Xe Sands. I just love her voice and work narrating audiobooks. This past year, I listened to two audiobooks she worked on. I loved both. I also love her beautiful photos she posts on Instagram.
- Lorelei King. She’s still my favorite. And she’s such a lovely person on social media. Plus she narrated two of my favorite audiobooks in 2020.
- Karen White. LOVE, love, love Karen. She’s always been so generous with her time, helping me understand audiobooks and narration. She narrates a cozy mystery series (that I love), which I started at the end of 2019 and listened to in 2020. Plus – she’s now an author! Writing lovely “retro” romances set in the 1980s.
How to narrow this down?!
- The blogging team here at That’s What I’m Talking About. They give so much and I am thankful to call each my friend.
- Felicia Sparks of The Geeky Blogger’s Book Blog. My partner-in-crime for FitReaders, and now Animal Crossing! I’ve known her forever and love her dearly.
- Linda from Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell, Berls from Because Reading is Better than Real Life, Karen from For What It’s Worth, and Roberta from Offbeat YA. These lovely ladies all teamed up with me to keep Tell Me Something Tuesday going into 2021! They are each rockstars!