Backlogue of Reviews

Erasing my

Backlogue of Reviews:

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WHERE IT STARTED: A New Year is a second-chance to redeem the hours lost,

to reclaim the stories of #SRC2015 + #ReadingIsBeautiful + #FRC2015;

as well as a few Summer Blog Tours from BookSparks.

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Read #BookishNotBookish No.6

To see why January did not pan out well for reading, read Two Years, Two Cats.

I also saw a return of my chronic migraines (March & April), which did not help my quest to read the stories. I read one story after the other, whilst sharing my thoughts on each one in turn.

Read my End of the Year Survey, 2015 to find out more.

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Add in more migraines.

Plus an Unexpected Thanksgiving and 2016 went like the wind away from me!

Refer to : #20BooksOfSummer List + #JorieReads Children’s Lit (via Riffle)

Expanded Notes for #20BooksOfSummer | Expanded Notes for #JorieReads Children’s Lit

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The books I’m reading:

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This was originally posted on my Riffle List, however, I’m been migrating my journalled notes & lists from Riffle to LibraryThing during December, 2018. It is easier to maintain for me and after having Riffle’s site down for three days, moving to LT just makes sense.

The following selections were books I was intending to read for review between 2015 and 2016; wherein I fell behind one book at a time, and with a year such as 2016 where I stumbled a bit in my reading life to find buoyancy and balance – you could say, a simple backlogue turnt into quite the epic #TBRMountainofBooks!

I had earnestly intended to pick up one book off the backlogue list – read it, review it and celebrate it’s discovery throughout 2016. I wanted to work towards making amends with the authors as much as finally laying thought and mind on the stories which have winked at me from my bookshelves and curiously awaited my eyes to dig into their souls. Their spirits have wavered along with my focus – wherein I would consider 2016 the year I fought to re-love reading and blogging moreso than I could say each month was blissfully bookish.

My personal medical issues (my chronic migraines returned) to personal loss (my cat died tragically from Cancer; unexpectedly) to culminating with a family medical emergency Thanksgiving weekend (my Dad had a stroke) – I can honestly say, I would go for long periods of time trying to find the joy I once had devouring stories. I came through everything but sadly, if I tried to read a war drama, I was not ready for it emotionally. If I tried to read a story about Cancer – it was like my whole heart melted into a puddle of angst and indifference. If I tried to simply just dig into a smaller novel or a convicting non-fiction, my mind wandered.

I know I’m not the only book blogger whose struggled to make up lost hours and resume where they left off with the stories – however, this is my story ‘behind’ the backlogue. I hope I can encourage other bookish souls not to give up and to know one day, you’ll find your bookish heart has healed and the stories are breathing back a light of joy to consume. This is what I am finding and I do hope it’s the same for you if your finding yourself treading water whilst trying to fight to keep your love of blogging your reading life from disappearing. Life is complicated but I have found blogging to be a saving grace and a true uplift of spirit – finding a way to focus on stories, characters and the journey of authors is a blessing in my life. I might muddle myself into a pickle, but I pick myself up – and find a way back to where stories bridge that beautiful gap between imagination and memory.

It should be known – prior to my migraines & my Dad’s stroke, I was working towards reading *all!* the Science Fiction titles on this list during #RRSciFiMonth (aka: Sci Fi November). I have instead moved forward with my readings by cross-promoting them with the Sci-Fi Experience – the second annual Science Fiction Bookish Event I love participating during December/January.

Visit me on my blog (#JLASblog) linked at the bottom or tweet me (@joriestory) if one of these lovelies was a wicked good read of your own OR if this List inspired you to try a #newtomeauthor! :) Thank you for reading and sharing this part of my journey!

*List is set in stone – no titles will be added (after 31 DEC 2016).
**Likewise, once this backlogue is erased, a new one will not be generated.

// Updates:

By Summer 2017 I’ve reviewed the following:
all in her head; vote for remi; natural color; haunted; along the way; the little paris bookshop; a very blessed christmas (colouring book); christmas quiet (colouring book/journal); holy shakespeare; winning plays; the smoke hunter; complexity; gifts of the magi; the semper sonnet; you’re the cream in my coffee; more to follow! (16 JUN 17)

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backlogue reviews as they are erased from my tbr:

#2022BacklogueReviews banner made by Jorie in Canva.

# of books on my backlogue [2016/19] = 250
an avg. of 51 books per year is how I fell behind

# of books left on my backlogue for [2022] = 246

# of books reviewed [2016] = 5

# of books reviewed [2017] = 15

# of books reviewed [2018] = 7

# of books reviewed [2019] = 4

# of books reviewed [2020] = 3

# of books reviewed [2021] = 5

# of books reviewed [2022] = 2

Total reviewed: 41 | Total DNF: 12 | +One Removed

As you can observe, the best year I was able to focus on reading my backlogue was 2017 – uniquely the year my father was recovering from his stroke and the first year I was his caregiver whilst Mum was at work. I believe I simply needed some extra distractions to re-adjust to our new groove as a family. In the two years post-2017, reflect the onslaught of my personal health issues and afflictions, especially 2018 where I had 10+ months of health angst and it wasn’t until 2019 where I saw a positive turnabout in the high frequency of my chronic migraines. Overall, 2020 feels like a better year for me as a) reader and as b) a book blogger who can finally redeem herself with the hours she lost. Especially hard was focusing on reading Non-Fiction which is the majority of the titles on this backlogue!

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The ones I owe BookSparks:

I am grateful to a publicist I reached out to in January who helped me sort out the best way to read and review all the lovely books I selected to host on my blog. She gave me the ‘key’ which was quite simple once I saw the advice: reverse the order whilst reading Fall then Summer! #sohappy!

If you read this (review) of VOTE FOR REMI you will find a lovely update!

NOTE: NEW UPDATES – Scribd E or A = ebook OR audiobook *JUNE 2020

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all in her head by Sunny Mera #FRC2015 (review) 1 March, 2016

  1. Postcards from the Sky by Erin Siedemann #FRC2015 (Scribd E)
  2. Pretending to Dance by Diane Chamberlain #FRC2015 (Scribd A & Lib)
  3. The Black Velvet Coat by Jill G. Hall #FRC2015 (Scribd A)
  4. Just the Facts by Ellen Sherman #FRC2015
  5. Rooville by Julie Lang #FRC2015 | Summer (Scribd E)
  6. Sleeping with the Enemy by Tracy Solheim #FRC2015 | Summer (Series: Scribd A)
  7. The Legacy of Us by Kristin Contino #FRC2015 | Summer (Scribd E)

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Vote for Remi by Leanna Lehman *extra* (review) 10 November, 2016

Summer by Summer by Heather Burch #YASRC2015 (review) 21 June, 2019

  1. Satisfaction by Andee Reilly #SRC2015 
  2. The Red Sun by Alane Adams #YASRC2015 (Scribd E)
  3. Surface by Stacy Robinson *extra* (Scribd E)
  4. Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica #SRC2015 
  5. Beautiful Girl by Fleur Phillips #YASRC2015
  6. The Witch of Bourbon Street by Suzanne Palmeieri #SRC2015
  7. The Last Letter & The Road Home by Kathleen Shoop #SRC2015 (Scribd E)
  8. Worthy by Catherine Ryan Hyde #SRC2015 (Scribd A)
  9. Fire Season by Hollye Dexter *extra* (Scribd E)
  10. Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave #SRC2015 (Scribd A)

+ a few extras borrowed through my library of whom purchased them for me

or purchased books being featured outside of my own requests

Be sure to visit my Bookish Events 2015
to see which ones I read at the start of Summer 2015

before continuing towards the end of the year.

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The following titles are outside of the ones I owe BookSparks:

The books I wasn’t able to read in 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019 | 2020 & 2021:

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Women’s Fiction | Contemporary Romance:

both mainstream & INSPY selections

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You’re the Cream in my Coffee by Jennifer Lamont Leo (review) 5 January 2017

Kissing Father Christmas by Robin Jones Gunn (review) 19 December 2017

A Christmas Surprise by Emily Murdoch (review) 26 December 2017

Promises Under the Peach Tree (review) 7 January, 2018
& Nights under the Tennessee Stars by Joanne Rock (review) 8 April, 2018

Ignoring Gravity by Sandra Danby (review) 9 May, 2018

Happy Everything by Debby Caruso (review) 12 June, 2020

Stealing Her Best Friend’s Heart by Tara Randel (review) January, 2022

Her Christmastime Family by Tara Randel (review) January, 2022

  1. Lila’s Choice by Laura Brown
  2. Like There’s No Tomorrow by Camille Eide
  3. Saving Mossy Point by Donna Winters
  4. French Twist & French Toast by Glynis Astie
  5. Asher’s Mark by Amy Durham
  6. Dare to Kiss by S.B. Alexander
  7. A Woman of Fortune
    & What Matters Most
    & Where Rivers Part by Kellie Coates Gilbert

  8. Dear Carolina by Kristy Woodson Harvey (Scribd A)
  9. A Saint in Graceland by Deborah Hining (Scribd E)
  10. To the Moon and Back by Karen Kingsbury (*)
  11. Political Parties by Rachel Magee (Scribd A – diff book)
  12. Beneath a Camperdown Elm by Janet Chester Bly (Scribd A)
  13. The Promise of Dawn by Lauraine Snelling (Scribd A)
  14. Half Finished by Lauraine Snelling (Scribd A)
  15. Chasing Down A Dream by Beverly Jenkins (Scribd A)
  16. Aphrodite’s Tears by Hannah Fielding
  17. The Magnificent Mrs Mayhew by Milly Johnson (Scribd E)
  18. Memory Box Secrets by Brenda S. Anderson
    & Hungry for Home
  19. A Secret Christmas Wish by Cathy McDavid

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Mystery | Thriller | Suspense:

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Rose in the Wheel, Blood for Blood, & Die I Will Not by S.K. Rizzolo
(see also Spotlight) 11 Dec, 2014

Haunted by Lynn Carthage (review) Halloween 2016

Fatal Mistake by Susan Sleeman (review) 20 October, 2018

The Devil’s Bride by Emma S. Jackson (review) October, 2021

  1. Alaina Claiborne by MK McClintock
  2. A Pattern of Lies by Charles Todd (Scribd A & lib)
  3. As Death Draws Near (Lady Darby No. 5) by Anna Lee Huber (Scribd A)
  4. The Necklace by Claire McMillan (Scribd A)
  5. Murder at the Mill by M.B. Shaw (Scribd A & lib)
  6. Saving Shadow by Laura Beers
  7. See Also Proof by Larry D. Sweazy (Scribd E)
  8. A Reckoning in the Back Country by Terry Shames (Scribd E)
  9. Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan (Scribd A)
  10. Ghost of the Bamboo Road by Susan Spann
  11. Valley of Shadows by Steven Cooper

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MGLit or YALit:

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Along the Way by Jacqueline Kolosov (review) 3 June, 2016

The Smoke Hunter by Jacquelyn Benson (not quite a review) 5 May 2017

The Marvelwood Magicians by Diane Zahler (review) 2 May, 2021

Dalya and the Magic Ink Bottle by J.M. Evenson (review) 1 May, 2021

  1. Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue by Iain Reading
  2. Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway’s Ghost by Iain Reading
  3. Kitty Hawk and the Tragedy of the R.M.S. Titanic by Iain Reading
  4. I, James by Mike Hartner  (Scribd E)
  5. Pig Park
    & The Smell of Old Lady Perfume by Claudia Guadalupe Martinez (Scribd E)
  6. Flower from the Castile by Lilian Gafni
  7. Sketcher by Roland Watson-Grant
  8. New England Rocks by Pia Fenton/Christina Courtenay
  9. Inconceivable by Tegan Wren
  10. American Ballerina by Nancy Lorenz
  11. How the Light Gets In by Katy Upperman (Scribd A)
  12. Chasing Eveline by Leslie Hauser (Scribd E)
  13. The Beat on Ruby’s Street by Jenna Zark
    & Fool’s Errand (Scribd E)

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Literary and/or Historical Fiction:

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The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George (review) 20 May, 2016

The Semper Sonnet by Seth Margolis (review) 27 January 2017

The Gravity of Birds by Tracy Guzeman (review) 6 August, 2017

  1. Crown of Dust by Mary Volmer (Scribd A & E)
  2. Naked: A Novel of Lady Godiva by Eliza Redgold
  3. The Queens Rivals by Brandy Purdy
  4. Casanova’s Secret Wife by Barbara Lynn-Davis (Scribd E)
  5. First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen (Scribd A)
  6. The Grip of God by Rebecca Hazell
  7. The Fragrant Concubine by Melissa Addey (Scribd E)
  8. Return to Me by Caroline Menke
  9. A  Paris Winter by Imogen Robertson (Scribd A)
  10. Circling the Sun by Paula McLain (Library only)
  11. Trade Winds | Monsoon Mists | Highland Storms by Christina Courtenay (Scribd E)
  12. The Bridges of Constantine by Ahlam Mosteghanemi
  13. Chaos of the Senses by Ahlam Mosteghanemi
  14. The Repercussions by Catherine Hall
  15. The Gilded Years by Karin Tanabe (Sribd A & E)
  16. My Last Continent by Midge Raymond (Sribd A & E)
  17. What We Become by Arturo Pérez-Reverte (Sribd A & E)
  18. Messenger by Moonlight by Stephanie Grace Whitson
  19. A Lesson in Hope
    & A Gathering in Hope by Philip Gulley
  20. Indy Writes Books (edited by) Indy Reads Books
  21. Who is to Blame? by Jane Marlow
  22. All Hallows at Eyre Hall by Luccia Gray
    Twelfth Night by Luccia Gray
  23. Suddenly Mrs Darcy by Jenetta James
  24. The Beauty Thief by Rachel Ritchey (Scribd E)
  25. Captive Hope by Rachel Ritchey
  26. Avelynn: Edge of Faith by Marissa Campbell
  27. The Other Wife by Juliet Bell
  28. The Last Romantics by Tara Conklin (Scribd A & Lib)
  29. The Other Alcott by Elise Hooper (Scribd A)
  30. Goodnight from London by Jennifer Robson (Scribd A)
  31. The Woman Who Breathed Two Worlds by Selina Siak Chin Yoke
    & When The Future Comes Too Soon (Scribd A)
  32. The Time Collector by Gwedolyn Womack
  33. The Library of Light and Shadow by MJ Rose (Scribd A)
  34. The Vineyard by Maria Duenas (Scribd A)
  35. Twain’s End by Lynn Cullen (Scribd A & E)
  36. The Enemies of Versailles by Sally Christie (Scribd A)
  37. The Saturday Girls by Elizabeth Woodcraft (Scribd A)
  38. The Light Over London by Julia Kelly (Scribd A & E)
  39. The Secret Wife of Aaron Burr by Susan Holloway Scott
  40. Abe and Ann by Gary Moore
  41. Spies, Lies and the Lusitania by Colleen Adair Fliedner
  42. The Spinster & I by Rebecca Connolly
    & Spinster and Spice
  43. Becoming Bonnie by Jenni L. Walsh (Scribd A)
  44. Greenwillow by B.J. Chute (Scribd A)
  45. Catching A Witch by Heidi Eljarbo
  46. Yuletide: Anthology of Jane Austen Stories (audiobook)
    This Son of York by Anne Easter Smith
  47. The Lost History of Dreams by Kris Waldherr
  48. The Lost Queen by Signe Pike
  49. In a Grove of Maples by Jenny Knipfer (audiobook)
  50. Coming Home to Mercy by Michelle De Bruin

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Science Fiction | Fantasy:

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Gifts of the Magi: A Speculative Holiday Collection (review) 14 January 2017

Frozen Fairy Tales (edited by) Kate Wolford (review) 30 May, 2018

Hero’s Best Friend (edited by) Scott M. Sandridge (review) 20 May, 2018

Heir to the Lamp by Michelle Lowery Combs (review) 9 May, 2019

Nebula Awards Showcase 2016 (edited by) Mercedes Lackey (review) 5 May, 2019

Tiger Lily by Wende Dikec (review) 15 May, 2019

Liminal Lights (review) 26 May, 2018
& Shadow Shifts (review) by J.M. Bogart – DNF Nov, 2019

Prophecy & White Thaw by Paul Mark Tag – DNF Nov, 2019

Solomon’s Bell by Michelle Lowery Combs (review) 20 May, 2020

Far Orbit: Apogee (edited by) Bascomb James (review) 26 Nov, 2020

Almost a Millennium by Jeanbill – DNF Nov, 2020

Portals, Passages and Pathways by B.R. Maul – DNF May, 2021

Kingdom Above the Cloud by Maggie Platt – DNF May, 2021

The Fighter of Aldea by Kira Weston – (review) May, 2021

Anni Moon: The Elemental Artifact by Melanie Abed – (review) October, 2021

  1. The Forest People (The Choosing & The Summoning) by Maggie Lynch
  2. Realm of Knights by Jennifer Anne Davis
  3. Impossible by C.A. Gray (Scribd E)
  4. The Lemorian Crest by Hannah L. Clark
  5. A Turn of Light by Julie E. Czerneda
  6. A Play of Shadow by Julie E. Czerneda
  7. Trans-Continental: Girl in the Gears by E. Chris Garrison
  8. Trans-Continental: Mississippi Queen by E. Chris Garrison
  9. Beyond by Catina Haverlock & Angela Larkin
  10. Irrelephant Omens by Leanne Leeds
    & Go for the Juggler by Leanne Leeds
  11. The Black Talisman by Richard Storry
  12. The Ghosts of Wonky Inn by Jeannie Wycherley
  13. Beyond the Moon by R.J. Wood
  14. No More Goddesses by Kim Baccellia (Scribd E)
  15. The Dream Keeper’s Daughter by Emily Colin (Scribd A)
  16. Little Computer People by Galen Surlak-Ramsey
  17. The Renaissance Club by Rachel Dacus
  18. Failure to Communicate by Kaia Sonderby
  19. The Time Key by Melanie Batman
  20. The Living Waters by Dan Fitzgerald

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A Very Blessed Christmas by Robin Mead + Christmas Quiet by Maisie Sparks
(review) 17 January 2017

Holy Shakespeare by Maisie Sparks (review) 27 January 2017

Natural Color by Sasha Duerr (review) 27 April 2017

Complexity by William S. Burger (review) 28 April 2017

Winning Plays by Matt Mayberry (review) 2 May 2017

Dancing Through Life by Candace Cameron Bure (review) 12 Oct 2017

31 Men of the Bible by BH (review) 15 Oct 2017

Paranormal Texas (review) 19 Oct 2017
& Unexpected Texas by Tui Snider

  1. Wisdom of the Middle Ages by  Michael K. Kellogg
  2. The Wisdom of the Renaissance by Michael K. Kellogg
  3.  The Circle by Alfred S. Posamentier
  4. The New Science of Consciousness by Paul L. Nunez
  5. True Genius by Joel N. Shurkin
  6. There Goes the Neighbourhood by Ali Noorani
  7. All Day by Liza Jessie Peterson
  8. Seeing What Others Cannot See by Thomas G. West
  9. Such Mad Fun by Robin R. Cutler
  10. Crossing the Thinnest Line by Lauren Leader-Chivee
  11. Travelling the Two Lane by Marilyn Berman
  12. The Joy of Missing Out by Christina Crook
  13. Now Everyone Will Know by Maggie Kneip
  14. The Race Underground by Doug Most
  15. 101 Things to Do Before Going to Heaven by David Bordon
  16. The Prayer of Protection by Joseph Prince
  17. This is How We Pray by Adam Dressler
  18. Stay the Path by Bobbie Houston
  19. God is for Real by Todd Burpo
  20. Good Night, I Love You by Jene Ray Barranco
  21. Confessions of a Christian Mystic by River Jordan
  22. The Happiness Prayer by Evan Moffic
  23. Pray for Me by Rick Hamlin
  24. River of Time by Naomi Judd
  25. A Perfect Score by Craig & Kathy Hall
  26. Love Welcome Serve by Amy Nelson Hannon
  27. Pinot, Pasta & Parties by Dee Dee and Paul Sorvino
  28. Blessed Life by Kim Fields
  29. Created for Connection by Dr. Sue Johnson
  30. Successful Leaders of the Bible by Katara Washington Patton
  31. The Light of the World by Elizabeth Alexander
  32. The Butterfly Groove by Jessica Barraco
  33. Marketing with Teeth by Michael Knost
  34. Math Makers by Alfred S. Posamentier & Christian Spreitzer
  35. The Joy of Mathematics by Alfred S. Posamentier, et al
  36. Magnificent Principia by Colin Park
  37. From Medicine to Manuscript by Seymour L. Schwartz
  38. What Makes Your Brain Happy & Why You Should Do the Opposite by David DiSalvo
  39. A Stroke of Faith by Mark Moore
  40. The Impossible by Joyce Smith
  41. Your Heart, My Hands by Arun K. Singh, M.D.
  42. 1777: Tipping Point at Saratoga by Dean Snow
  43. Heroes of the Space Age by Rod Pyle
  44. The Robot in the Next Cubicle by Larry Boyer
  45. The Case for Space by Robert Zubrin
  46. There’s No Such Thing As Bad Weather by Linda Akeson McGurk
  47. You Are Enough by Mandy Hale
  48. A Letter for Every Mother by Kara Lawler & Regan Long
  49. My Father’s Business by Cal Turner, JR
  50. Gratitude in Motion by Colleen Kelly Alexander
  51. Attend by Laura Davis Werezak
  52. Remarkable Faith by Shauna Letellier
  53. & Remarkable Hope
  54. Rhinestones on my flipflops by Jane Jenkins Herlong
  55. True Reagan by James Rosebush
  56. The Sisterhood by Bobbie Houston
  57. The Gospel Side of Elvis by Joe Moscheo
  58. Get Weird by CJ Casciotta
  59. Quarter Life Calling by Paul Sohn
  60. If My Heart Could Talk by Dodie Osteen
  61. Living with No Excuses by Noah Galloway
  62. Whispers of Rest by Bonnie Gray
  63. Seeking Aliveness by Brian D. McLaren
  64. Sacred Rest by Saundra Dalton Smith, MD
  65. Pull It Off by Julianna Zobrist
  66. A Voice Becoming by Beth Bruno
  67. Remember the Ladies by Angela P. Dodson
  68. The Curve of Time by M. Wylie Blanchet

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NetGalley & LibroFM: ALL audiobooks!

NetGalley [2020/21]:

  1. The Switch by Beth O’ Leary, narrated by Alison Steadman; Daisy Edgar-Jones
  2. Persuasion by Jane Austen, narrated by Mike Read (Summer’s Edition)
  3. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, narrated by Robin Miles
    (Summer edition)
  4. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, narrated by Glenda Jackson
  5. The London Restoration by Rachel McMillan, narrated by Hannah Curtis
  6. By Sea and Sky by Antoine Bandele, narrated by John Rogers
  7. Ignite the Sun by Hanna Howard, narrated by McKenzie Fetters
  8. Megge of Bury Down by Rebecca Kightlinger, narrated by Jan Cramer
  9. The Lady of the Cliffs by Rebecca Kightlinger, narrated by Jan Cramer
  10. A Peculiar Combination by Ashley Weaver, narrated by Alison Larkin
  11. x + y by Eugenia Cheng, narrated by Moira Quirk
  12. Out Mouse! by Valarie L. Egar, narrated by Paul Collins
  13. After Math author/narrator by Emily Barth Isler
  14. True Loaf by L. Austen Johnson, narrated by Penny Scott-Andrews
  15. Archibald Finch and the Lost Witches by Michel Guyon, narrated by Steve Hendrickson
  16. (*) The Very Last Leaf by Wade, Stef
  17. (*) Recipe for Persuasion by Sonali Dev
  18. (*) Bright Dreams: The Brilliant Ideas of Nikola Tesla by Dockray, Tracy
  19. (*) Dalya and the Magic Ink Bottle by J.M. Evenson (review) May, 2021

(*) Final four selections were in error before I realised you could only request digital copies of the books and not print editions thereby its been a long road to get these through my libraries, etc and knock them off my NG backlogue

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LibroFM [2020/21]:

  1. My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout & Rona Munro, narrated by Laura Linney
  2. The Bear by Andrew Krivak, narrated by Eric Jason Martin
  3. Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore, narrated by Brittany Pressley
  4. The Roxy Letters by Mary Pauline Lowry, narrated by Mary Pauline Lowry
  5. These Ghosts Are Family by Maisy Card, narrated by Karl O’Brian Williams
  6. The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai, narrated by Quyen Ngo
  7. In Five Years by Rebecca Serle, narrated by Megan Hilty
  8. The Toni Morrison Book Club by Juda Bennett & Winnifred Brown-Glaude,
    narrated by Daniel Henning & Bahni Turpin
  9. The Jane Austen Book Club by Natalie Jenner, narrated by Richard Armitage
  10. The Groom Will Keep His Name author/narrator by Matt Ortile
  11. The Multi-Hyphen Life author/narrator by Emma Gannon
  12. The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon, narrated by Je Nie Fleming
  13. The Extraordinaries by TJ Klune, narrated by Michael Lesley
  14. Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy, narrated by Barrie Kreinik
  15. Wandering in Strange Lands author/narrator by Morgan Jerkins
  16. All Along You Were Blooming author/narrator by Morgan Harper Nichols
  17. The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert, narrated by Robin Eller & Cary Hite
  18. Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland,
    narrated by Inés del Castillo
  19. Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko, narrated by Joniece Abbott-Pratt
  20. The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins, narrated by Emily Shaffer, 
    Kirby Heyborne & Lauren Fortgang
  21. Jingle Jangle: The Invention of Jeronicus Jangle by Lyn Sisson-Talbert & David E. Talbert, narrated by Phylicia Rashad & Lyn Sisson-Talbert
  22. The Listening Path by Julia Cameron, narrated by Eliza Foss & Julia Cameron
  23. Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour, narrated by Zeno Robinson
  24. Troy: The Greek Myths Reimagined author/narrator Stephen Fry
  25. Libertie by Kaitlyn Greenidge, narrated by Channie Waites
  26. The Hill We Climb by Amanda Gorman, narrated by Amanda Gorman and Oprah Winfrey
  27. The Donut Shop by Julie Tieu, narrated by Natalie Naudus

(*) Similar to my NG List, this one snowballed — mostly due to my health or work life (esp in 2021!) and/or the health of my parents as 2020/21 were the years my parents had some upsets of their own and of course, there was that ‘one’ year they were revolving visitors of the ER approx. six to seven times over a twelvemonth during the pandemic,.. but I digress. I am so overjoyed to dive back into these and finally hear them in full over the score of this current year, 2022!

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update: June 2019, when I learnt about the beliefs of the author I decided to remove one of the books I was meant to read in consideration for review from this backlogue. I can no longer support him knowing his true feelings regarding LGBTQ+ and I find it shameful he doesn’t believe in non-discrimination at school or in life. I fully support the civil rights and liberties of everyone and regularly support LGBTQ+ rights via my blog and/or on my Twitter feeds.

  • True Believer by Nicholas Sparks

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+ Roma Amour by Sherry Christie due to needing to research Ancient Rome ahead of reading this novel. I have been blessed to have the author reach out to me to help aide my journey and research ahead of re-attempting to read her novel set during a period of history I unfortunately did not know enough about to appreciate it the first time I attempted to read it. I’ll be reading those earmarked titles in early 2017.

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UPDATEBy November 2019, I was ready to admit there are a few titles on this backlogue which are going to reside on my DNF shelves as I simply found the stories to be not my cuppa interest after all to be read. I’ve given them quite a bit of traction and mention on my blog oer the years they resided on my backlogue but in the end, they simply were not for me.

They are as follows:

  • Unclaimed Legacy & Every Hill and Mountain by Deborah Heal
  • The Visitors by Rebecca Mascull
  • Trinity Stones & Hope’s Prelude by L.G. O’ Connor
  • Shadow Shifts by J.M. Bogart
  • Prophecy & White Thaw by Paul Mark Tag
  • Kill Shot by Susan Sleeman

More DNFs by the end of 2021:

  • Almost a Millennium by Jeanbill 
  • Portals, Passages and Pathways by B.R. Maul 
  • Kingdom Above the Cloud by Maggie Platt

And, continuing into 2022:

  • The Kingdom Within by Samantha Gillespie

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Date Backlogue was ERASED:

PROJECTED: 31 December, 2022

DATE OF LAST UPDATE: 27th January, 2022

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