Most Anticipated Books of 2020

I was actually having a look on Goodreads to see what is coming out this year and quite frankly there aren’t a whole lot of books I’m excited about, but here are the ones I am excited about (in order of expected publication).


Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare – 3 March

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Hesitantly excited about this. I’ve been waiting for it for a long time, but at the same time, I haven’t really read much Cassandra Clare lately. I still have to read Queen of Air and Darkness but I can’t because I’m emotionally sound enough to go through the emotional torture that are her books. Especially when talking about my boo, Will Herondale. I know the series follows their kids more than anything, but still.

The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin – 26 March

I honestly know nothing about this book except that it takes place in NYC. But it’s N. K. Jemisin, so I will give it a go.

The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence – 30 April

I am ready for more of this world. This is probably my second most anticipated release of the year. I love the Book of the Ancestor series and I still have a lot of questions that will hopefully be answered in this companion series.

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins – 19 May

I am cautiously optimistic about this. I really, really hope its great, because The Hunger Games is to this day one of my favourite series. But I’m always a bit wary when authors come up with random series continuations 5 years later. Technically, this is a prequel. But still. Fingers crossed it’s as good as THG though.

Stormlight Archive Book 4 by Brandon Sanderson – 17 November

My most anticipated book of the year by far and the one I have to wait the longest for 😥 We don’t even have a title or a cover yet, but Brandon said he finished it on time so we’re (almost) definitely getting it this year!

The Intimidating TBR Tag Part 2

I did this about a year ago and I’m pleased to say that I’ve either read or removed from my TBR all the books in that post with one exception. So I thought I’d do it again and see what intimidating books I have to tackle next.


1. A book on your TBR pile you haven’t finished

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American Gods by Neil Gaiman. I think I got about a third through it, then stopped. And now I’m just too intimidated to pick it up cause I’m thinking what if I don’t remember enough to continue it and I have to re-read it. And it’s so chunky and every time I think about picking it up, I just don’t.

2. A book you just haven’t had the time to read 

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Relativity: The Special and General Theory by Albert Einstein. This is the kind of book that requires a lot of concentration to read and I just haven’t had the time to dedicate to it.

3. A book you haven’t read because it’s a sequel 

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The Magician King by Lev Grossman. I actually don’t own the ft book. I found this at a thrift store for super cheap, so I bought it.

4. A book you haven’t read because it’s brand new

I actually haven’t bought any books for well over a month now. I’m trying to get through some of my TBR before buying anything new. So I don’t currently have any brand new books or even any recently purchased books on my TBR at the moment.

5. A book by and author you read previously but didn’t really like

I don’t think I have any for this one either. i tend not to buy books by authors I haven’t liked in the past. I mean it obviously depends how interested I am by the new book and how much I disliked the previous one. But in any case, I don’t currently have any books that fit this category either.

6. A book on your TBR pile that your just not in the mood to read

They’re both series finales and I’m just not mentally and emotionally in the right place to read them right now. Plus, they’re HUGE.

7. A book on your TBR pile that you haven’t read because it’s enormous

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I feel like either of the books from the previous question fit here, but also The Crow Girl By Erik Axl Sund.

8. A book on your TBR you bought because of the cover

I don’t think I have one for this category either. Check me out, stopping all the bad habits.

9. The book on your TBR you find the most intimidating

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This answer has actually remained the same as in the previous post. The Odyssey by Homer. Because I just know that it’s going to be hard for me to follow, even though I do want to read it.

Books Featuring Mental Health – Top 5 Wednesday

Unfortunately I don’t read that many mental health books. Usually because they tend to be contemporaries which I just don’t read that much of. So I really don’t have lesser known books on this list. These are in no particular order.


Sadie by Courtney Summers

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Sadie has a stutter. While stuttering does not in most cases have a psychological cause, there is a subset of stuttering called psychogenic stuttering which usually occurs as a result of trauma. It’s not explicitly said in the book whether that is the case with Sadie, but I think it is. It might not have been the author’s intention. But whether or not her stutter is psychogenic, I’ve read a book with stuttering represented and it definitely has an impact on Sadie’s mental state and image of herself and of those around her. So I think it falls in the ballpark and I just wanted to promote this book because I think it’s great.

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

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Both Feyre and Rhys suffer from PTSD. I’ve talked about this book so much. You probably all know about it.

The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare

Ty is autistic and I think he does also seem to have some OCD and anxiety disorder. He’s probably one of my favourite characters in the series. I seriously need to read the last book in the series. But my heart isn’t ready. 😥

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

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I haven’t yet read this book, but I know the main character has OCD and I know John Green also has OCD, so I’m confident that this is accurate rep for the disorder. And I’ve heard a lot of good things about it as well, so I’m comfortable recommending it as a mental health featuring book.

The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan

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All the demigods have ADHD. And it’s a great series.

 

Series I need to finish Part 3

Part 1 | Part 2

It’s been ages since I’ve done one of these and needless to say, I have a ton of new series that I need to finish. But I am proud to say that  I’ve either finished or decided I won’t continue most of the series in the previous posts (Except Daughter of Smoke and bone I’M SORRY! I’ll finish it one day, I promise!). In the interest of not making this post 100000 books long, I’ll limit myself to series that are completed as of right now.


The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare

Still need to read the final book. I know. What am I doing? I even own it. I’m just not prepared for it okay. I’m not ready.

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas

Same goes for Kingdom of Ash. I’m just not ready to read this book. I will. Sometime. I promise.

The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

I started reading Obsidio and wasn’t enjoying it as much as the previous books. I will probably enjoy it more once I get more into it, but I haven’t been in the mood for it.

The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan

I’ve read the first two books. I don’t like it as much as I liked PJ, but I want to read it so I can get on to the Apollo books. I’m still enjoying them, but I’m just not picking them up very frequently. I still have 3 books left 😦 I also don’t own them and I’ve been trying to not buy books until I get my TBR down a bit. So every time I think about getting the next one, I’m reluctant to because of that.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

I’ve read the first two books. Just one more to go. I really enjoyed this series, so I need to get on with it! I know that there’re a new trilogy or a continuation and those are not all out yet. But I don’t know if I’m going to read that. I’ll decide once I’ve finished the original trilogy.

The Broken Empire by Mark Lawrence

Only read the first book. I didn’t love it as much as his other series. At this point, I do still want to continue with this series. But I might change my mind. We’ll see.

Dreamblood by N. K. Jemisin

Read the first book and really enjoyed it (though not as much as The Broken Earth). I still want to read the second one though.


Those are all the ones that I could remember. There are probably more. And more still that are ongoing, but I’ve yet to catch up with. But we’ll stop here. Cause I can already feel the anxiety mounting.

Mother Figures – Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme. Check out the Goodreads group for more details. This week’s topic is favourite mother figures.

Trying to think of what to pick for this topic, I realised how under-represented good mother figures are. We get so many examples of father figures, but I struggled with thinking of strong mother figures.


5. Charlotte from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

This is a very popular and well loved series, but I feel like Charlotte is one of the characters that gets somewhat overlooked. She is so integral to the found family atmosphere that is such a huge part of why the series is so amazing. She’s the glue that holds all of them together and she is determined to look after them, she takes all this responsibility on herself even though she’s not much older than the rest of them. But she loves and protects them fiercely, like only a mother could. And I think she’s very underrated and she deserves some recognition.

4. Kara Resnik from The Themis Files

We don’t see a lot of her as a mother in the series, but what we do see in my opinion definitely qualifies her for this list. She’s so fierce, will do anything to protect her child and I just got so many feels reading this series, particularly the stuff that related to Kara’s story arc as a mother. I found it very compelling, I felt how visceral her need to look after he child was. And I did enjoy her as a character in general, but I think it was not until I saw her as a mother that I really loved her. I do have a review of the series if you want to hear more of my thoughts.

3. Alana from Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

This graphic novel series is sooooo good. I love their little family. I’ve only read 3 volumes so far, but they’re such a cute family and I love Alana so much. She’s badass and vulnerable at the same time and she will DESTROY anyone who threatens her family.

2. Abbess Glass from The Book of the Ancestor by Mark Lawrence

This has become one of my favourite series, I love everything about it. All the characters are great, but Abbess Glass is definitely one of my favourites. She’s this scheming… I wanna say Dumbledore-like character. She’s not really anything like Dumbledore except that she has the same kind of long sight that Dumbledore has and also the same kind of connection with Nona that Dumbledore has with Harry. She sees herself as a parental figure for all of the girls at the Convent and to some extent the whole world. She has this strong desire to protect as many people as possible, but is quite ruthless at the same time.

1. Essun from The Broken Earth Series by N. K. Jemisin

I love everything about this series. If you’ve not heard me rave about this series, check out my spoiler-free review and my spoilery rave. But specifically, the amount of mum feels I got from this book is unprecedented. I’m not really a maternal person. But this series man! And Essun and her single-minded desire to protect her children. It just gave me all the feels.

Popular books I’m not interested in reading

I’m writing all the negative posts of late. But here are some popular books that I just have no interest in. I could include most popular contemporaries on here because that’s just a genre I very rarely want to read, so I’m very selective about which ones I read. But I’m going to be talking about books in genres that I generally read that for some reason don’t interest me. Maybe I’ll make a separate post talking about contemporaries I am interested in.


Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

Starting off with a fantasy. I just have no interest in reading this. It’s that whole girl is forced to marry some prince or live in a palace and serve the king or something like that. I’ve seen that done to death. I never particularly enjoyed that trope. And the only thing that really seems to set this one apart is that it’s got a female/female romance in it. I know it’s been getting great reviews, but it just doesn’t appeal to me at all. So I’m going to pass this one by.

The Belles by Dohnielle Clayton

Another one that’s kind of in the same vein as Girls of Paper and Fire. Like not exactly, but I kind of get the same vibe from it. And I’m just not interesting. It leaves me cold. I’m not excited about it whenever I think about getting it. So I’m just not going to.

The Montague Siblings series by Makenzie Lee

I have been trying to get myself to want to read these books for forever. Cause I’ve heard so many people loving them and praising them. But I just I don’t know. There’s just something about them that doesn’t appeal to me. So, I’m not going to force myself.

The Androma Saga by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsey Cummings

I know people kind of have mixed opinions about this one. But it is fairly popular, but I just have no interest in it. I think it’s great that Sasha published her book and I enjoy watching her videos, but I’m just honestly not interested in this series.

The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare

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I kept the most controversial for the end. I actually didn’t even know this was going to be a thing until I started seeing people reading it on Goodreads. And then after finding out it was a thing… I just found myself really not interested. I loved Alec and Magnus as characters and as a couple, but I don’t know. I’m just happy with where I left them when I last saw them. I’m still going to read Queen of Air and Darkness and most likely also The Last Hours series. But I’m just not interested in this one.

So these are the top popular books that I just am not interested in even though they are genres that I do generally enjoy.

Books I didn’t know were popular when I read them

I’ve always been a reader, but I’ve only been a part of the online bookish community for the past 5 or so years. Becoming a part of the bookish community has definitely introduced me to a lot of books, authors and genres. But there are a few series that are wildly popular in the bookish community (or at least were at that time) that I read without actually knowing they were super popular.


Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

This is probably the most popular and the one that is still super popular now. I started this series when there were only 3 of them out. By that point, I was already on the fringes of the book community. I had joined goodreads and that’s how I found out about it. But I didn’t realise it was so popular until after reading it. I was just browsing Goodreads and the synopsis of it intrigued me so I read it and then binged the remaining two books. And then I found out that everyone was talking about it.

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Another one that I just found on Goodreads but was unaware of its popularity until later. I had read The Hunger Games, so I was looking to books similar to that on GR and this came up as one, so I read them and then found out they were even making a film.

The Lorien Legacies by Pittacus Lore

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By the time I really got into the bookish community, these were already losing popularity because of all the controversy surrounding the author. But as I was reading them, I was unaware of both their former popularity and their fall from grace.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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I actually originally started reading this series years ago. Like way, way back probably around when it first came out. But I wasn’t really fussed about it. I then re-read it (I didn’t even realise I was re-reading it until I started remembering things that were happening). I was unaware of its popularity on both occasions.

Do I Have That Book Challenge

I saw this tag on YouTube and I thought it was fun, so I’m gonna do it. I will link to the creator’s video.

This tag has 20 questions about what books I own. I feel it works better in video format. But Whatever, I still want to do it.


1. A book with deckled edges

YES. I may have more than one, but the one that comes to mind at the moment is Jesus Freaks by DC Talk.

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Couldn’t find a picture where you can see the deckled pages, but it’s got them. I promise.

2. A book with 3 or more people on the cover

YES! A Wrinkle In Time by Madeline L’Engle. Has 3 people on it.

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3. A book based on another fictional story

Do I? Do I really? How about The Wrath and the Dawn? Arabian nights retelling. Percy Jackson? Magnus Chase? ACOTAR? Cruel Beauty? Could go on, but you guys get the point. I have A LOT of retellings.

 

4. A book with a title 10 letters long

I’m gonna say it has to be 1 word, just to make it more difficult. And I’m gonna go with Nevernight by Jay Kristoff.

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5. A book with a title that starts and ends with the same letter

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. Starts and ends with a T. And just because I know some people are going to be picky about me including the article, here’s another: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.

6. A mass market paperback

Yes. All of my Lord of the Rings and one of my copies of The Hobbit.

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7. A book by an author using a pen name

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll. His real name was Charles Dodgson.

 

8. A book with a character’s name in the title

Looking for Alaska by John Green. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. State of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury. The main character is named Sorrow. Weird, I know. Marissa Meyer’s books also. Could probably go on, but we’ll stoop here.

 

9. A book with two maps in it

Probably have loads of these as well, but I’m too lazy to check so we’ll go with Elantris by Brandon Sanderson because I’m currently reading it. And it has not two, but three maps in it. Wait… does that mean it doesn’t fulfill the challenge? Like does it have to be 2, no more no less? If that’s the case, I will go with A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas.

10. A book that was turned into a TV show

A Game of Thrones by G. R. R. Martin.

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11. A book written by someone who was originally famous for something else?

Relativity by Albert Einstein. Cause he was famous for science. So, I’m counting it.

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12. A book with a clock on the cover

This is going to take some thinking. Just One damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor. That’s kind of a clock. If you don’t like that, I got Clockwork Angel that’s got Big Ben in the background. No one can argue with Big Ben.

13. A poetry book

I have several, but I’ll go with Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur because I’ve read and loved it.

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14. A book with an award stamp on it

Ok, I’m bitter about this question because I have loads of books that have won prizes. But the stickers/stamps annoy me, so I tend to buy editions that don’t have them. I’m going to have to delve deep for this one.

I have The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin. It’s not actually a sticker, nor is it a stamp. It’s just printed on the cover. But I’m going with it.

15. A book written by an author with the same initials as you?

I actually don’t. 😥 My initials are RP and I have no books written by an author with the same initials. I do have books written by a PR. But no RP. So I’m gonna give myself half a point for this, cause the right letters, just wrong order and go with The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.

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16. A book of short stories

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo.

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17. A book between 500 and 510 pages.

Pfft, easy. Skyward by Brandon Sanderson. Exactly 510 pages (just got it in a subscription box yesterday and I SQUEALED!).

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18. A book that was turned into a movie

I have like 20. But I’ll go with The Lord of the Rings because that’s my favourite adaptation.

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19. A graphic novel

Indeed I do. Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel. 

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20. A book written by two or more authors

This was a long tag. I do indeed have several books that are co-authored. Including Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

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This was fun. I got 19.5 out of 20 points. So… not bad. Let me know what you guys got!

 

Characters I’d Cosplay – Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes. Check out the Goodreads group for more information.

This is such a badass topic! Once again, these are in no particular order.


Howl from Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Specifically, I’m thinking of the anime version of him, when he kinda grows the feathers and wings, but is still more or less human shaped.

That would be an awesome cosplay. Not one I’m talented or wealthy enough to actually get, but that’s what imagination is for.

Anyone from Naomi Novik’s Fairy Tales

I don’t even know who to pick. One of the Staryk in Spinning Silver?

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I couldn’t find any nice art, but one of the tree people from Uprooted? Or if you want something more gruesome, one of the corrupted people?

Ugh, these stories are just full of things that would make for stunning cosplay if someone had the talent to make the costumes properly.

Fae/fair folk

This isn’t so much a specific character or even from a specific book, but fairies. So many different varieties to choose from and they’d all make for such cool cosplays.

The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

Either Tessa in a splendid Victorian ball gown, cause I love that aesthetic. Or maybe Cecily Herondale, cause I want some runes. I actually absolutely adore Tessa’s look on the cover of Clockwork Princess.

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Malchai from Monsters of Verity by V. E. Schwab

Finally, one that’s more creepy and more in keeping with Halloween, the Malchai from the Monsters of Verity series. They’re basically vampires… let’s be honest. But somehow I imagine them to be creepier than regular vampires.

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Top 5 Auto-Buy SFF Authors – Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes. This week’s topic is auto-buy science-fiction & fantasy authors.


First, a couple of honourable mentions:

Laini Taylor

Her writing is so beautiful and magical and poetic and her ideas always so creative, sign me up. I’ve only read 3 of her books, but I definitely plan on reading all of them and whatever new she comes out with.

Patrick Rothfuss

The only books he has out as far as I’m aware are The Kingkiller books and I don’t know whether he has any plans of putting out books once that series is completed. Having said that, if he does, I will definitely read them.

5. Cassandra Clare

She’s mostly an auto-buy for Shadowhunter books. I have read The Iron Trial and enjoyed it, but that is to date the only non Shadowhunter book of hers that I’ve read. I might read more of them in the future, but I haven’t bought every book of hers as it came out, which is why she’s number 5.

4. Sarah J. Maas

I have loved both of her series and will still automatically buy anything she comes out with, however I’ve been a little disappointed with her last couple of releases, which is why she’s lower on the list than would be expected considering how much I love particularly ACOMAF.

3. Rick Riordan

I love his books so much. I still have a lot of them to read, but they’re all on my list and his new ones are all on my list. Everything that has his name on it is on my list, really. Including the books in his new imprint thing.

2. Leigh Bardugo

I still have to catch up with the Grisha trilogy and admittedly, I didn’t love Shadow and Bone as much as I’ve loved all her other books, but… I’ve loved all her other books and she can only grow as an author. So anything that she comes out with is on my list.

3. Victoria Schwab

Honestly, she’s probably my favourite author at the moment. I have not read a single book by her that I haven’t loved and the few I still need to read, I have no doubt I will love as well.