We all know the feeling. New year, new me. We make so many plans, goals, and resolutions. And readers are no different. Going into 2020, we all had plans that never worked out. But, to be honest, I have no excuse for leaving some of my most anticipated books for this year unread. With all the time I’ve had at home, I’ve read more this year than any year before by this time. But, as you all well know, I love love love to reread. And as great as rereading is, it definitely takes time away from all the new, shiny, anticipated releases there are to read. So here is a list of all the books I still want to read before the end of 2020. (Click on the cover of each book to go to the Goodreads page!)
- Blood and Honey
Ok, I actually have a really good reason for not picking this one up yet. At first, I was waiting for October to read this witch-y sequel to Serpent and Dove. But then something amazing happened. Fairy Loot announced their exclusive Blood and Honey box, including a special edition of the book and all of the Serpent and Dove themed goodies a witch could want. So naturally, I got one. So now I am waiting to read this one until I get my Fairy Loot box because I am sure there will be some items that will go along perfectly with my reading experience. I have never gotten a Fairy Loot before and I am literally so excited. Unfortunately because of current situations this will not be shipped until the end of October, and since I live in the US, it may not get to me until November! Regardless, I am determined to read this sequel before 2021.
2.Bone Crier’s Moon
Ok, I don’t have a good reason for this one. This book has been on my shelf since before quarantine. Which was like 5 years ago. The premise of this one really interests me. A young witch who has to kill the boy she is destined to fall for in order to officially join her coven, sign me up! And that cover is just stunning. Absolutely gorgeous. I am going to try my hardest to read this in the fall, but as you guys know from my last post my reading is all over the place right now. So I am not making any promises, but I will absolutely try my best.
3. These Violent Delights
There is a super good reason as to why I haven’t read this and that is…. that it’s not even out yet. But I am so freaking excited to read this so it had to go on this list. This is a 1920’s retelling of Romeo and Juliet set in Shanghai, where the main characters are the leaders of rival gangs. I mean, come on, that sounds absolutely amazing. This book comes out on November 17th, so I am planning on gifting this to myself as a slightly late birthday present (my birthday is the 16th). There have been some early reviewers sharing their thoughts of this book and I have not heard anyone who did not love it. I am literally so excited for this one. And that cover. I mean if you saw that and did not immediately go “oooo” then are you even human? It is absolutely gorgeous.
4. The Toll
This book. Is huge. Which is not really an excuse for me not reading it, but it is pretty intimidating. I read and loved the first two books in this series, but I just cannot motivate myself to read the last one. I’ve heard amazing things, but I am just never in the mood to read it. This is the last in the series so it would be pretty sad if I never finished it, but it is very possible that I never will. The premise of the story is a world where they have solved death. They can resurrect anyone who dies, and reverse age people like giving plastic surgery. So naturally, there is a huge overpopulation problem. The solution is the Scythes. They kill a certain quota of people each month to keep everything under control. It is super interesting and thought-provoking, but it is not the most character driven story, which is fine, but not my favorite thing ever.
5. The Betrothed
This book has all my favorite things: royalty, romance, and Kiera Cass. Unfortunately I am a little nervous to read it because I have been seeing a lot of not so great reviews. I still want to read this, but I am not so sure I will love it. It is pretty short though so it should be a quick one. The main character, Hollis, is favored by the king to become his betrothed. It is everything she, and her family, has ever wanted. But when Hollis meets someone else, she begins to question her desires. Will she give up a chance at the throne for true love? (probably). This cover is also stunning, and in person it shines like newly polished gold. I am absolutely determined to read this one this year!
So those are some of the books I need to read before 2021. There are definitely some more that I want to read, but these are at the top of my priority list. At the end of the year, I will hopefully be doing an update post where I see how many of these I actually read. I am not making any promises, but I am setting a goal of reading at least 3 of these by that post.