2020 Reading Challenge: February Book Recommendations

I invite all of you to participate in the Judging More Than Just the Cover 2020 Reading Challenge. Each month, we have a category to follow. Pick at least one book that falls into that category. I’ll let you know what book I chose and give a few other suggestions. This month’s category is nontraditional romance.

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Review: Where the Crawdads Sing | Delia Owens

We follow the story of Kya, known as “the Marsh Girl”, from 1952 to the present day. After being abandoned by every member of her family as a very young child, she lives in solitude in a shack in the North Carolina Marshes. Only a select few people make an attempt to get to know her: some with honest intentions and some seeking their own gain.

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2020 Reading Challenge: January Book Recommendations

I invite all of you to participate in the Judging More Than Just the Cover 2020 Reading Challenge. Each month, we have a category to follow. Pick at least one book that falls into that category. I’ll let you know what book I chose and give a few other suggestions.

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Review: Necessary People | Anna Pitoniak

Stella is beautiful and rich. Violet is smart, but from a rough and poor family. Somehow they become friends, each with their role in the friendship: Violet riding on the coattails of Stella. But when Violet starts to get hard-earned success, jealousy flips the other way.

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Review: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing | Hank Green

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing follows 23-year-old April May as she becomes a viral social media influencer after discovering the first of many alien robots in the middle of Manhattan. This starts a series of puzzles to figure out what these robots, referred to as Carls, want.

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Review: Rules of Magic | Alice Hoffman

The Rules of Magic follows three magical siblings from the 1960s to 1990s. Their ancestors were cursed so that no one in their family could ever love or else their significant other would face disastrous consequences. But this conflicts with one of the three major rules of magic: Fall in love whenever you can.

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Review: Daisy Jones and The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid

Daisy Jones and the Six takes place in the late sixties in the era of sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll. It is formatted in documentary-style transcripts and follows a band, The Six, who reluctantly accepts the alluring Daisy Jones as their second lead singer.

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Review: Then She Was Gone | Lisa Jewell

Fifteen-year-old “golden child” Ellie Mack goes missing, it is written off as a perfectionist running away from the pressure. Ten years later, her mom is still grieving and looking for answers. Then she meets the charming but mysterious Floyd and his nine-year-old daughter that looks exactly like Ellie.

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