Thursday, October 21, 2021

2021 Christy and Carol novels I'm excited about

Dust by Kara Swanson- I don't love fantasy but I'm excited about this Christy finalist young adult novel set in Nerland!  

The Edge of Belonging by Amanda Cox- I enjoyed this Christy finalist earlier this year (review here) and I'm happy to see it made it to the final round for the Christy awards! Homelessness, adoption, an unconventional definition of family, and a secret diary are just some of what made this book a delight to read! 

Just Like Home by Courtney Walsh- This Christy finalist is a contemporary romance (not my favorite genre) but it's about a prima ballerina so I'm open to trying it! 

Love and a Little White Lie by Tammy L. Gray- I read and reviewed this Carol winner earlier this year (review here) and surprised myself with how much I enjoyed this Texas-set contemporary romance. 

Mortal Sight by Sandra Fernandez Rhoads- This Carol-winning and Christy finalist YA novel isn't my usual style but I'm open to trying it. Our 17-year-old heroine isbthrust into the center of a supernatural battle of good and evil... We'll see how I feel about it!  

Roots of Wood and Stone by Amanda Wen- I loved this Kansas timeslip (filled with diary entries) and had such a wonderful conversation with Amanda Wen on the podcast (episode here) so it makes me oh, so happy to see this one made it to the Christy finals!  

Set the Stars Alight by Amanda Dykes- I adored Amanda Dykes' first novel and this Christy finalist is already on my shelf, just waiting to be read!  

Things We Didn't Say by Amy Lynn Green- This WWII epistolary novel is already sitting on my shelf and I can't wait to read it! I was already excited, but even more now that it's a Carol winner.  

Under the Tulip Tree by Michelle Shocklee- This Depression-era Christy finalist was already on my list so now I'm even more excited to read about this 16-year-old heroine's story.  

The Water Keeper by Charles Martin- I think Charles Martin is a fantastic writer and this Christy finalist is said to be "a tender love story a heartrending search for freedom, and a reminder that the needs of the one outweigh those of the ninety-nine" (via Goodreads) so I'm already pre-swooning.  

The Way It Should Be by Christina Suzann Nelso- I liked the other book I read by this author but I'm not quite as interested in this Christy finalist's premise. Still, I'm open to checking it out! 

When Twilight Breaks by Sarah Sundin- I enjoyed this WWII Christy finalist earlier this year (review here) and I'm happy to see it getting credit.  

The White Rose Resists: A Novel of the German Students Who Defied Hitler by Amanda Barratt- I'm so curious about this fictionalized account of The White Rose (a WWII college resistance group) Christy finalist! 

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