Top Ten Tuesday | Books I meant to read in 2020


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week you compile a list of ten books which coincide with that week’s theme. You can find everything you need to know about joining in here!

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…

Spring 2020

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!

Summer 2020

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.

Autumn 2020

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!

What did you talk about this week?

45 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday | Books I meant to read in 2020

  1. Rissi says:

    Hope you find the time to enjoy all of these in 2021, Jess! There’s always so many books on my TBRs that I don’t read. 🙂 Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland on this week; apologies for the delay in visiting here!

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  2. everythingalyce says:

    You did really well with your TBRs this year! I always love looking back at other people’s TBRs to see how many books they’ve manage to tick off – it always makes me so impressed at how people stick to their goals.


  3. Leslie says:

    There’s still so many great reads left! I loved The Unhoneymooners and I’m so intrigued by A Memory Called Empire but I haven’t seen that many people talking about it! I need you to read it and let me know how it is. 🙂

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  4. Jen at Introverted Reader says:

    The only one from your lists that you haven’t read but I have is Ninth House and I did enjoy it. You’ve done much better with your lists than I would have! I’m such a moody reader that the minute I make a list of books I plan to read soon, those are the very last books on the planet that I actually want to read. So no more lists for me! I rarely accept or request review books for the same reason. I hope you enjoy these when you get to them!

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  5. Mikky says:

    You did a great job of keeping yourself accountable! As a Mood Reader™, I suck at keeping a list and actually crossing books off it. I tried getting into Dragon Unleashed by Grace Draven but it just didn’t happen! I’d love to get your take on it when you get to it!

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  6. iloveheartlandx says:

    You’ve done really well with these! Of your lists, I’ve read: Incendiary, which I wasn’t a massive fan of, it was too slow for me. The Empire of Gold, which I enjoyed, although again found kind of slow going. The King of Crows, which I really enjoyed, I thought it was a satisfying series ender (I plead silence on how much Libba Bray hurts her characters) and Ninth House, which I again enjoyed, but it was kind of slow going.
    My TTT:

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  7. Jaime says:

    This is a cool way to look back at your TBRs and see what you read/didn’t read. 🙂

    And I totally understand about waiting to read Ninth House until you’ve finished Rule of Wolves. I kind of wish I had waited to read Ninth House until both books were out because it’ll probably be at least another year until the sequel releases and by then, I won’t remember most of what I read! XD

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  8. dinipandareads says:

    You’ve done really well with your seasonal lists, Jess! That’s awesome 😊 I still have to read many of the ones that you’ve already read and also the ones you’ve still to read, LOL! Seven Devils and Grown are two that I’m especially keen to read this year. Hope we both enjoy them! Happy reading 😃

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