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This week’s theme is ‘Books I Meant to Read In 2020 but Didn’t Get To’, so today I thought I’d look back at my Spring, Summer and Autumn TBRs from last year and talk about the books I added to my TBR that I still haven’t read…
To Have and to Hoax by Martha Waters |
Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore | Brony and Roses by T. Kingfisher | The Lost Coast by Amy Rose Capetta | The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang | The Scapegracers by Hannah Abigail Clarke | Conjure Women by Afia Atakora | Incendiary by Zoraida Córdova | A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine | Of Sorrow and Such by Angela Slatter
This is a pleasant surprise! I remember starting To Have to Hoax and I really didn’t like the way the first chapter was written, but I love me a historical rom-com and I’ve been assured by Natalie @ Too Short to Read that the writing improves. I read far more high fantasy than historical fiction in 2020 so I didn’t get to Conjure Women, despite being lucky enough to receive an eARC, so it’s one I’d like to get to and review. A Memory Called Empire I actually got about a third of the way through and I was enjoying it, but unfortunately it was one of the novels I was in the middle of when my Grandma passed away and I haven’t been able to pick it up again yet. Incendiary is on my winter TBR, so I’ll hopefully I’ll read it this time around!
Queen of the Conquered by Kacen Callender |
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia | The Empire of Gold by S.A Chakraborty | Assassin’s Quest by Robin Hobb | Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri | Beach Read by Emily Henry | The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren | A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow | Dragon Unleashed by Grace Draven | Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert
Queen of the Conquered is another one I started and one that I have a feeling I’m going to love when I return to it, but it’s quite a dark book and 2020 was already dark enough so I just couldn’t get into it. The Unhoneymooners is one I’m planning to try this summer instead, I’ve heard so many good things about it, but after reading Beach Read and Take a Hint, Dani Brown last summer I wasn’t in the mood for another contemporary romance. A Song Below Water, on the other hand, is one I think I’m going to have to officially remove from my TBR, which is a real shame. It sounded so interesting and it’s another one I started and got about 20% of the way through, but I just don’t think it’s for me and I didn’t click with Morrow’s writing. I am planning to get to Dragon Unleashed at some point, I always enjoy Draven’s romantasy, but I haven’t been in the mood for this one yet.
Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron | Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson | The King of Crows by Libba Bray |
Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas | Tempting the Scoundrel by Katrina Kendrick | Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson | Seven Devils by Laura Lam and Elizabeth May | The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs by Katherine Howe | Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo | These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong
As you can see, this is the season I absolutely sucked at. I’m still really interested in reading all of these, but I have come to the realisation that I don’t want to read Ninth House until I’ve read Rule of Wolves; I don’t want to start Bardugo’s newer series while I’m in the middle of one of her Grisha duologies. I love YA thrillers and Tiffany D. Jackson is one of my favourite authors in that genre, but I ended up listening to the audiobook of Monday’s Not Coming in the autumn, which was fantastic, and because all of Jackson’s thrillers are quite dark I wasn’t sure I could handle another one so soon. I’m very excited to get to The King of Crows, but Bray is not afraid to hurt her characters so I’ve been putting off this series finale even though I’m looking forward to reading it!
Both Tempting the Scoundrel and The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs are books I ended up not being in the mood for, but I am still very interested in reading them both and I may cross Tempting the Scoundrel off my TBR in February if I decide to dedicate February to the romance genre again. Seven Devils is another one I started—I received an eARC that I was very keen to review for SciFiMonth—but November was ultimately a very slumpy reading month for me and I didn’t get to it. I did win a copy of the hardback in a SciFiMonth giveaway though, which is exciting, so when I return to it I’ll be able to review the finished copy!