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40 Before 40 | A Redhead’s TBR

May 2, 2021
40 Before 40

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.
Match Me if You Can Lindzee Armstrong
Never Say Match Lindzee Armstrong
Match Me Again Lindzee Armstrong 40 Before 40
Mistakenly Matched 40 Before 40
My Fake Match Lindzee Armstrong
Matched by Design Lindzee Armstrong 40 Before 40
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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.

Love Story Karen Kingsbury
In This Moment Karen Kingsbury 40 Before 40
To the Moon and Back Karen Kingsbury 40 Before 40
When We Were Young Karen Kingsbury
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 …

Scarlet Marissa Meyer
Cress Lunar Chronicles 40 Before 40
Fairest Marissa Meyer
Winter Marissa Meyer 40 Before 40

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).

A Farewell to Arms Ernest Hemingway
Gone With the Wind Banned Books
James and the Giant Peach 40 Before 40
To Kill a Mockingbird

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Haven’t read my Banned Books TBR yet? Check it out! You may find some books you want to read ๐Ÿ™‚
A Wrinkle in Time
Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging 40 Before 40
Brave New World Aldous Huxley
The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby Banned Books

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!

40 Before 40 Heir of Fire
Queen of Shadows
Empire of Storms
tower of dawn sarah j maas
Kingdom of Ash
the assassin's blade

Book of the Month Books Before 40

ready player one 40 Before 40
Ready Player Two
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue 40 Before 40
In a Holidaze Christina Lauren

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ ).

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It’s sad but I’ve hardly touched my Book of the Month books! Time to get reading …

Head Over Heels BOTM
the boyfriend project 40 Before 40
Big Summer
Happy and You Know It BOTM 40 Before 40

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.

Reshaping it All 40 Before 40
winning the war in your mind craig groeschel
Kind is the New Classy
From this day forward craig and amy groeschel 40 Before 40

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.

And there you have it! 40 books I can’t wait to read before I turn 40. What books are on your list?

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  • Reply Brooke Lorren May 3, 2021 at 3:05 pm

    Good luck with these! At least reading doesn’t have an age limit.

  • Reply Nadene May 10, 2021 at 6:31 pm

    I was fortunate to read To Kill a Mockingbird in High School. I have the Throne of Glass series on my kindle. The other books, however are not ones I am familiar with.

  • Reply Kate @ Bitch Bookshelf May 10, 2021 at 7:37 pm

    Excellent list and best of luck. I am loving the Throne of Glass series so far. Many of these are on my own TBR.

  • Reply Whispering Stories May 11, 2021 at 4:11 am

    I’ve read James and the Giant Peach as a child but none of the others, I’m also the other side of 40 now ๐Ÿ™‚ Great choices.

    • Reply Bookstacks & Golden Moms May 11, 2021 at 3:55 pm

      I can’t believe how many books were on the Banned list. I don’t think I ever got to read James and the Giant Peach as a kid but I’m looking forward to it ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Tasha May 11, 2021 at 10:09 am

    I have only read 3 of those books and I am speeding towards 50. I should maybe make a list.

    • Reply Bookstacks & Golden Moms May 11, 2021 at 3:54 pm

      I have so many unfinished series that I knew I wanted to finish at least some of them. And, as my old TBR for 35 is rapidly approaching, I decided to extend the deadline out ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply vidya May 13, 2021 at 3:28 pm

    I need to make a list of 50 before 50 then ๐Ÿ™‚ and quite a few of these books will easily find their way there ๐Ÿ™‚ love this idea and post and list of books too

    • Reply Bookstacks & Golden Moms May 15, 2021 at 8:06 am

      I keep adjusting my TBR list as I miss the deadlines. I’m really hoping to finish these 40 books though. Thanks for your lovely comment.

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