Hi everyone! I hope you’ve had a good week since I last did one of these, mine was relatively quiet, I was working on edits for the next two chapters of my novel over the weekend, but I’ve finished those now. Still got a fair way to go, I’m only about a quarter of the way through, but I’m getting there!
Anyway, it’s Tuesday, which means another Top Ten Tuesday, courtesy of Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week is our annual list of shame, the 2020 releases that we were excited for, but didn’t get to and whoa boy, this list is going to be a long one! I actually did read a fair number of 2020 releases last year, but as always there were still some I didn’t get around to. So here there are the 2020 releases I missed reading last year (and would like to try and catch up with this year:
- Where Dreams Descend-Janella Angeles
I was so excited for this one, it sounded so good, it had musical theatre comparison titles, which are basically catnip for Jo, but did I get around to it? No. I wanted to, but my reading really slowed down toward the end of last year and I didn’t get to as many books as I’d have liked. Still, this one is one of my #RockMyTBR challenge books for 2021, so I’ll definitely be getting to it this year.
2. The Silvered Serpents-Roshani Chokshi
Again, one I really wanted to get to last year, but because I was reading Seasons of War through pretty much all of November and December, I didn’t get around to any of the other books I wanted. I’m super excited to get to this one next month though, I’ve been hearing such good things and I loved the first book so much, so I’m really excited to be back with the characters from this series!
3. The Lives of Saints-Leigh Bardugo
This one is fairly slim as it’s a short story collection, so it should be pretty easy to squeeze in this year, I really enjoyed The Language of Thorns, so I’m looking forward to seeing what Leigh Bardugo did with this one.
4. Dangerous Remedy-Kat Dunn
I was actually approved for this on Netgalley but it expired before I could download it, so I never got around to reading it. It still sounds super good though, lots of LGBTQ+ sorcerers causing chaos in the French Revolution? Yes please! I may get the audiobook for this later in the year.
5. All The Stars and Teeth-Adalyn Grace
Another one where it expired before I could download it, it had no archive date set on it and then Netgalley suddenly changed it before I was able to download it! Dark magic, mermaids and pirates? It sounds super fun and I hope that I’ll be able to get around to it this year, again probably through the audiobook.
6. The Foundling-Stacey Halls
In all fairness, I got this one from my friend Hannah as a Christmas present, so I wouldn’t really have had time to read it in 2020. Still, I definitely want to try it this year as it sounds really interesting and I know Hannah really loved it, so it must be good!
7. Good Girl, Bad Blood-Holly Jackson
Ah sequel to A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder which was one of my favourite reads of last year, so this one is definitely on the high priority list for this year. I would have been fairly happy with AGGGTM as a standalone, but I’m not going to say no to more of Pip and Ravi and I look forward to seeing what they get up to next.
8. Devil, Darling, Spy-Matt Killeen
I read the first book in this series, Orphan Monster Spy around two years ago, and I got Devil Darling Spy last year but I never got around to reading it, so it’s definitely one I’d like to get to in the not too distant future.
9. Difficult Women: A History of Feminism In 11 Fights-Helen Lewis
I won this in a giveaway last year, but haven’t got around to it yet. It combines two things I love: History and Feminism and I am trying to read more non-fiction this year, so hopefully I get around to it at some point.
10. House of Earth and Blood-Sarah J Maas
I meant to get around to this one last year, I really did, but after reading both of the Daevabad trilogy sequels, I was kind of burned out on super long audiobooks! I will definitely try and get around to the audiobook of this one this year though.
11. A Promised Land-Barack Obama
I got this as a Christmas present, so again, it’s probably not really fair that it’s on this list. It is a hefty beast though, so I may dip in and out of it through the year as it’s easy enough to do that with a memoir.
12. Scavenge The Stars-Tara Sim
This Count of Monte Cristo retelling sounds so good, I just don’t know where to get it from! If I’m able to find it from a non-Amazon source then I might get to it this year. UK PUBLISHERS PLEASE PICK UP TARA SIM’S BOOKS. SIGNED, SAD UK FAN.
13. The Love Hypothesis-Laura Steven
This one sounds like a lot of fun, I just wasn’t really in the mood for contemporary last year! I would definitely like to try and get around to Laura’s newest release this year though, as I loved The Exact Opposite of Okay.
14. The Tower of Nero-Rick Riordan
Technically I still have to read The Tyrant’s Tomb before I can get to this…..I know, I know, I’m super behind, but I’m still really excited to see how Rick Riordan has tied up the Camp Half-Blood universe stories.
So that’s it, that’s my 2020 list of shame! Have you read any of these? Did you enjoy them? Are you planning to read any of them this year? Let me know in the comments!
I’ll be back next week with another Top Ten Tuesday, this time it’s perennial favourite, New To Me Authors I Read In 2020, and I discovered a lot of great new authors last year, so I’m really excited to share this one!