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This week’s topic is Top Ten most anticipated reads being published in the last half of 2021. I read a variety of genres and have so many books on my TBR, this would be very difficult to narrow down. I decided to pick 1 or 2 books from each of the genres I enjoy: Historical fiction, Thrillers/Suspense, Romance, Christmas, Cozy Mysteries and Fantasy (new for me).

Historical Fiction: I have enjoyed Jo Ann Ross’ romances and when I saw that she had written an Historical Fiction Story: The Inheritance, I added it to my TBR. I loved Meg Waite Clayton’s book The Last Train to London, so when I saw her new book: The Postmistress of Paris, it was an automatic add to the TBR.

Cozy Mystery: I really enjoy cozy mysteries. They are light, clean, enjoyable mysteries and I have several authors that I read religiously. My two most anticipated are Slashing Through the Snow by Jacqueline Frost and Cajun Kiss of Death by Ellen Byron.

I do enjoy a good thriller, suspense or crime story. Police Procedurals often fit this bill for me as well. Two of my favourite authors in this genre are named Lisa – Lisa Unger and Lisa Jewell. Both have new books coming out in the next few months. Lisa Unger has penned Last Girl Ghosted and I am anticipating Lisa Jewell’s The Night She Disappeared.

Now, Christmas Stories is not really a genre because they are obviously different from one another. You can have romance, historical fiction, cozy mysteries, family drama, chick-lit and so on. Because I doing Christimas in July this year, I selected two stories from authors that I love. Many authors put out a Christmas book every year, one of these being Sarah Morgan. This year’s offering is The Christmas Escape. Viola Shipman has become a must read author for me, so The Secret of Snow is on my radar for this year.

My Last two selections are one romance and one fantasy. I loved Lia Louis’ book Emmie Blue when it came out a year ago, so when I was invited to read Eight Perfect Hours, I didn’t hesitate to accept. My final selection if probably on a few lists this week. I read The House on the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune earlier this year and loved it, so when Under the Whispering Door was offered for review, I snapped it up.

There you have it, my top ten anticipated reads for the last half of 20221. Do any of these books appeal to you? Are any of them on your TBR? What books are you looking forward to in the next 6 months?