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My Virtual Bookshelf - I added 20 books to my TBR list in January


Each month I share books I discovered that intrigued me enough to add to my ever-growing TBR list. Go ahead, scroll through them....there's a variety of genres and maybe something will catch YOUR eye!





The Creative Habit: Learn it and Use it for Life by Twyla Tharp

Genre: Nonfiction (inspirational)

Published 2003, 256 pages


Added because: I'm currently in a creative mode and it was on sale on Amazon

Synopsis: tips to focus on developing a pattern of creativity in your life and keeping it going







Red Road by Roger Wheatley

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Published November 2020


Added because: mystery in outback Australia! (free via #BookSirens)

Synopsis: an ex-cop moves to a small town in the outback of Australia to recover from a tragedy but when an aborigine is killed, he's drawn into solving the case







Classified as Murder #2 by Miranda James

Genre: Cozy mystery

Published 2011, 294 pages


Added because: it fulfills a reading challenge category

Synopsis: main character is cataloging private library when client is murdered and he and his cat must solve before another death occurs







Sitting Pretty by Rebekah Taussig

Genre: Memoir

Published August 2020, 256 pages


Added because: it fulfills a couple of reading challenge categories

Synopsis: growing up with a paralyzed body in the 90s-2000s young girl only saw disabilities portrayed negatively. This is her story of finding her way and learning not to be ashamed of her body.








One Perfect Lie by Lisa Scottoline

Genre: Mystery

Published 2017, 384 pages


Added because: my sister Donna recommended it

Synopsis: a handsome new man moves to town and applies for a job as a teacher/coach, but his name and resume are fake. What does he really want in town and the two families that are affected by his deception.








One Good Deed #1 Archer by David Baldacci

Genre: Mystery

Published 2019, 416 pages


Added because: my sister Donna recommended it and he's a favorite author

Synopsis: a man just out of prison for a crime he didn't commit is trying to do a job: collect a debt for a wealthy man. Then he finds out it won't be so easy, a murder occurs and he has to clear his name or go back to prison







The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman

Genre: General Fiction

Published 2017, 368 pages


Added because: recommended by Donna

Synopsis: a woman recently widowed and struggling with grief and raising her two children, finds friendship and more when she joins a gardening group










A Crooked Tree by Una Mannion

Genre: General Fiction

Published January 2021, 320 pages


Added because: on a Lit Hub list of anticipated books for 2021

Synoposis: in 1980, a widowed woman with 5 children lets one out on the side of the road to stop the bickering; a coming of age story about the little girl left on the side of the road; a poignant debut









The Push by Ashley Audrain

Genre: General Fiction

Published January 2021, 320 pages


Added because: on a Lit Hub list of anticipated books for 2021

Synopsis: psychological drama about making and breaking of a family as a mother struggles with her first born, a daughter - thinking she's a bit "off". Then life as they know it changed in an instant - a story of motherhood, expectations, and what it feels like when women aren't believed.








The Charmed Wife by Olga Grushin

Genre: Fantasy

Published January 2021, 288 pages


Added because: on a Lit Hub list of anticipated books for 2021

Synopsis: retelling of Cinderella where 13 years and 2 kids after marrying her prince she goes to a witch for a potion - not a love potion, but a death potion











Blood Grove #15 by Walter Mosley

Genre: Mystery

Publish date February 2021, 320 pages


Added because: on a Lit Hub list of anticipated books for 2021

Synopsis: Easy Rawlins, black detective, solving crimes in LA in 1969










Truly Like Lightning by David Duchovny

Genre: General Fiction

Publish date February 2021, 464 pages


Added because: Lit Hub list of anticipated books for 2021

Synopsis: a former stuntman converts to Mormonism and moves to the desert with his 3 wives and 10 children where he enjoys their seclusion until a developer finds them and wants their land; change comes to the family and they try to adapt









The Seed Keeper by Diane Wilson

Genre: General Fiction

Publish date March 2021


Added because: intriguing from the Lit Hub anticipated books 2021

Synopsis: multi generational story of a Dakota family as they try to preserve their way of life and connection to ancestors; four women's stories wind together










Libertie by Kaitlyn Greenidge

Genre: Historical Fiction

Publish date March 2021, 336 pages


Added because: found on Lit Hub anticipated 2021 books

Synopsis: late 1800s Brooklyn, inspired by life of one of the first black female doctors and her daughter who wants a different life, marries young and moves away, then must try to figure out what freedom means for a black woman









The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz

Genre: Thriller

Publish date May 2021


Added because: intriguing from the Lit Hub anticipated books 2021

Synopsis: a washed up author/teacher hears a student's book plot idea and when the student dies, he finishes the book, becomes famous, then when things start to go wrong he wonders where the plot idea came from









The Captive by Fiona King Foster

Genre: Thriller

Publish date January 2021, 272 pages


Added because: from the Crime Reads website new release list

Synopsis: debut novel about a woman and her family living a hard life at the edge of society and when an escaped criminal attacks the family, the wife's skills (kept secret from the family) help save them but then they must get the criminal to the marshall; a story of family loyalty, trauma, and resilience.









The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey

Genre: Thriller

Publish date February 2021, 256 [ages


Added because: on Crime Reads new release recommendations

Synopsis: non-stop thriller as award winning scientist woman has her clone living with her - and having an affair with her husband! Then, the husband dies and the wives must clean up.








Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley

Genre: YA Mystery

Publish date March 2021, 320 pages


Added because: made Book Riot's most anticipated list, and - that cover! (BTW, I received this as an ARC -watch for the review!)

Synopsis: debut novel, 18 year old biracial girl is trying to navigate between her white world and Native Ojibwe world and when she witnesses a murder, she's drawn into the investigation to go undercover









The Illusionist's Apprentice by Kristy Cambron

Genre: Historical Fiction

Published 2017, 356 pages


Added because: showed up on my Kindle 'sale' email and it sounds interesting so I bought it

Synopsis: 1926, a woman who was Houdini's assistant gets drawn into an investigation by the FBI as she tries to protect magic secrets but help catch a man she hates; comments frequently praise the level of research of the era and topic







The Cruel Prince #1 by Holly Black

Genre: YA Fantasy

Published 2018, 370 pages


Added because: found it on a Facebook book page and it came highly recommended

Synopsis: on the death of her parents a little girl and her siblings are taken to Faerie; now, at 17, she becomes involved with court treachery and learns that she can be devious and violent to survive; first in a trilogy.








That's it for this month. With my addition of 20 new books to my TBR, less the 12 books I read, it's a net of 8 books added. That's pretty good! Have you read any of these? What's your take on them - should I keep them on my list or remove one to make room for something better?









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