In August 2020, I made a TBR of 35 books I wanted to read before I turn 35 (which happens in 7 short months!). And I’ve read exactly … ZERO of them. Because I’ve hit an annoying reading slump, I’ve updated my TBR and added 5 years to the timeline! I guess everyone has things they want to accomplish before the big 4-0, right?
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No Match For Love | Lindzee Armstrong
As mentioned in my previous TBR, I absolutely love, love, LOVE everything I’ve read of Lindzee’s books! As it’s been SUPER LONG since I read any of the series, I’m planning to start from the beginning and read straight through. The unread books on my TBR include …
Note: The No Match for Love series has rebranded since I made my TBR. I’ve linked the covers to their new titles on Amazon.
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Never Say Match was previously read as the novella Cupcakes & Cowboys, Match Me Again was previously read as the novella Twisters & Textbooks (and it’s doubled in length since I read it!), and Mistakenly Matched was previously read as the novella First Love, Second Choice (it, too, has grown!). I’m so excited to re-read these books as part of the No Match for Love world.
The Baxters | Karen Kingsbury
As part of my Christmas romance binge, I read Karen’s book A Baxter Family Christmas and fell in love with the Baxters. I purchased a few more of Karen’s books on a whim and can’t wait to continue on with the Baxters, beginning with the story of the patriarchs of the family, John and Elizabeth.
This series fits in perfectly with my goal to #ReadChristian!
The Lunar Chronicles | Marissa Meyer
Many of you who know me already know I love fairytales. TV’s Once Upon a Time captured my interest immediately and I devour fairytale retellings in book format just as easily. When I made my 35 Before 35 TBR, I’d already read Cinder twice so I don’t think I’ll re-read that one. I do plan to finish the rest of the series, however …
I will also be reading Stars Above and the graphic novel series that follows Iko (Cinder’s android), Wires & Nerve Volumes 1 and 2. They aren’t part of my official 40 Before 40 Challenge, though.
Banned Books Before 40
While I don’t believe that every book is meant for every person (triggers, age, religious/political views), I am strongly against banning books. While the world is embracing #cancelculture, I will be reading books that have been banned. Banning and censoring our media, books, and history brings us dangerously close to groups like the Nazis. It shows our ignorance and our fear of things that we don’t understand or things that offend us. And, as for our history, if we don’t read about it and learn about it, we’re doomed to repeat it (end political rant).
I’ve read A Farewell to Arms, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Brave New World while I was in school. I loved each of them and the re-reads will simply be so that I can review them and share my love of these books with the world. Gone with the Wind has been a serious favorite of mine ever since I first heard Rhett Butler’s famous “frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn”. James and the Giant Peach was banned for supernatural themes and drug use. Still, Roald Dahl is a classic author from my childhood so I’ve added this book to my list 🙂
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I recently watched the movie of A Wrinkle in Time and LOVED IT!! I’m a bit backwards but can’t wait to read the book now that I’ve seen the glory of the movie. Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging was one of those books I half-read as a teenager and I plan to go back and finish the series I remember being so entertained by. And I’m reading The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby because the kids and I loved the TV version of Captain Underpants … also, banning a book because it encourages poor spelling? Seriously?
And we’re halfway there!
It’s a lot harder than you’d think to come up with 40 books you want to read above all others …
Throne of Glass | Sarah J. Maas
I’ve already read Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight but I hit a major reading slump after that and have yet to finish the series. So, before I reach the big 4-0, I’ll be finishing it!
Book of the Month Books Before 40
Okay, so I didn’t get Ready Player One from Book of the Month but I only read 3/4 of the way through it the first time. For May’s box, I’ve chosen Ready Player Two as my add-on so I’ll be reading both of them. (You can get a copy of Ready Player One from BOTM if you like, though 🙂 ).
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It’s sad but I’ve hardly touched my Book of the Month books! Time to get reading …
And the Final Four are …
Most of my reading life, I’ve been firmly planted in the fiction genre. After reading a few non-fiction books I really enjoyed, I’ve come to the realization that I need to expand that part of my library.
Craig Groeschel is Lead pastor of Life.Church and I’ve been enjoying his sermons since the beginning of the year. Each time I listen to him preach or to his leadership podcast, I’m inspired. The same goes with Candace Cameron Bure. She captured America’s heart as a child playing DJ Tanner, but for the longest time, I didn’t know she was a Christian. I’ve already read her book Dancing Through Life: Steps of Courage and Conviction and I can’t wait to read her other books.