one of the woes of being a reader is having no time to devour all the books that are being published. while i was trying to catch up with the backlisted books in my tbr, i couldn’t keep up with all the 2020 releases i wanted to read this year. sadly, many of the books i had set out to read at the beginning of the year fell down the tbr as i got more interested in other releases.
in this blogmas post, i’ll be only mentioning books that were released in 2020. five of them are part of a trilogy/series and the other five are standalone. as someone who loves writing lists, i have over 30 books in this “2020 releases i couldn’t get to in time” list. these books are just some of the selected few that i’m gravitating more towards and most probably will reach for soon. probably being the keyword because 2021 releases are making me giddy and heart-eyed.
i was initially attracted to the gorgeous cover, and when i found out it’s set in a circus, i was sold. unfortunately, this book is sitting on my shelf unread. not sure why but i haven’t been reaching out for it recently. the sequel will be coming out in 2021 so i’m most likely going to pick this book up before that.
with the silvered serpents, i have plans to reread the gilded wolves. i think i was pretty overwhelmed by book one so i couldn’t remember a lot of the details. also, it’s so loved in the book community that i feel strangely intimidated despite already started the trilogy.
each book in the lady janies series can be read as a standalone. none of the books overlap in terms of characters, setting or plot. in the three books, the authors rewrite history in their own ways, all of them are about a main character named ‘jane’. everything is fresh and brand new.
i’m excited to read my calamity jane because i loved the first two books. there were hilarious dialogues, amazing chemistry and heart-pumping scenes. for the last jane, it’s set in the wild west, a setting which i rarely read about. didn’t read it this year because i only finished book two in september.
i read the rise of kyoshi during the period when i was rewatching the last airbender last year so i definitely more hyped for it. weirdly, i didn’t feel the same motivation to pick up the shadow of kyoshi this year. however, i’m pretty sure i’ll be reading the shadow of kyoshi in the near future.
the beautiful brought back the vamps into my tbr. after finishing book one, i wanted to pick up the damned. however, i found out that the author is expanding this duology into a trilogy so, like for where dreams descend, i’ll read book two before the righteous is out.
the silence of bones wasn’t on my tbr for very long. i only discovered it when book twitter started raving about it. i’m definitely picking this book up soon(ish) mainly because june hur’s publishing the forest of stolen girls next year, and i want to know what her writing style is before that. set in 1800 korea, this historical fiction mystery is perfect for me.
i’ve only ever read ashley poston’s contemporary romance series, once upon a con. with among the beast and briars, a fantasy standalone, i’m interested in how different the author’s writing style will be. and it’s a fairy tale retelling which i’m always ready for.
the main reason the cousins belonged in this list is that it was only published recently, on december 1. i didn’t think i would have enough time to get to it since i still have many books i need to read to complete my year-long reading challenges.
i fell in love with marie lu’s books after reading the young elites trilogy so that definitely bumped all her 2020 releases up the top of my list. (skyhunter is in the list too but i didn’t add it in here because i wanted to talk about books by different authors.) honestly, i don’t know much about the kingdom of back. i’m just excited for it because it’s marie lu and it involves music.
my plan to read the devil and the dark water in november was destroyed because i was occupied reading other books. my mood totally swayed my reading towards historical romances rather than the mystery genre. i’m hoping to my mood for the genre will come back earlier next year.