Hello fellow bookworms 📚 I did a post about what 2019 releases that I have or haven’t read yet last year, and really wanted to make another edition for what 2020 releases I managed to read and what books are still on my TBR ❤ Once again the books are sorted into 3 categories: read (with the rating), unread (also mentioning if I own the book already), and removed from my TBR. I had a lot of fun going back to my most anticipated releases and looking if I had read them yet and if so, how many of the books I was excited for, I actually ended up enjoying. Let’s uncover the mystery of how many 2020 releases I actually ended up reading 👀
- Most Anticipated Releases of 2020 (January-June) 📖
- Most Anticipated Releases of 2020 (July to December) 💕
We Used to be Friends (Amy Spalding) ➽ Published: January 7th ➽ ✅ Read! Rated 5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ This was such a pleasant surprise to me, as I never expected to love We Used to be Friends this much! It was such a heartbreaking and emotional book about a friendship breakup that still makes me sad 🥺 The story was so nuanced, well-written and realistic, I highly recommend it if you’re looking for a book about friends who grow apart!
The Conference of the Birds (Ransom Riggs) ➽ Published: January 14th ➽ ✅ Read! Rated 4.5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 Unsurprisingly I loved this fifth book in the Miss Peregrine’s series, though it was a lot shorter than the previous books. I love the world that Ransom Riggs has created regardless and I cannot wait to get my hands on the sixth and last book which already came out this year! 😱
The Will and the Wilds (Charlie N. Holmberg) ➽ Published: January 21st ➽ ✅ Read! Rated 3.5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐.5 I got this book in a Kindle sale and really enjoyed the lush fantasy world and forbidden romance! I expected a bit more depth from the plot and worldbuilding, if I’m being honest. However, I was a big fan of the dynamic between the main character and the demon love interest 😈
Layoverland (Gabby Noone) ➽ Published: January 21st ➽ ⛔ Unread! I cannot believe that I haven’t read this yet, as it had such a good and original premise, one of the most interesting ones I’ve seen in a while – it’s a romcom set in purgatory with one character destined to heaven and the other trying to atone for their sins! 😱 I’m still very excited and looking forward to read this one
If You Only Knew ➽ (Prerna Pickett) Published: February 11th ➽ ✅ Read! Rated 3.5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐ If you’re looking for a swoony romance between a fierce girl and a bad boy with a heart of gold, this is your book! It was definitely an enjoyable read and I love me some good forbidden romance, though this wasn’t a book that particularly stayed with me!
Of Curses and Kisses (Sandhya Menon) ➽ Published: February 18th ➽ ✅ Read! Rated 4.5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 Once again Sandhya Menon comes through! I adored this Beauty and the Beast retelling in a modern setting. It’s mostly contemporary but also has some magical elements. The characters were all lovable and I was really invested in the developing romance – I cannot wait to read the companion novels! ❤
The Sound of Stars (Alechia Dow) ➽ Published: February 25th ➽ ✅ Read! Rated 2.5 Stars ⭐⭐.5 Sadly this one was a bit of a disappointment. I had high hopes for the sci-fi setting and book appreciation, but The Sound of Stars was pretty slow and didn’t convince me with its characters. Plus, I wasn’t a big fan of the ending, especially as this is a standalone. 🙁
House of Earth and Blood (Sarah J. Maas) ➽ Published: March 3rd ➽ ⛔ Unread! (on my physical TBR) For some reason I was super excited for this book when it came out and had to have a copy … but then I never read it once the initial hype faded a bit 😂😅 I still haven’t gotten around to reading ACOWAR but at this time I feel like I might try Sarah J. Maas newest series first. This is a huge tome as most of her books, but I’m still interested in reading it!
The Light in Hidden Places (Sharon Cameron) ➽ Published: March 3rd ➽ ⛔ Unread! Sadly I don’t tend to prioritize historical fiction books as I have other preferred genres, but I always vow to read more of them! 😊 The Light in Hidden Places takes place during World War Two and is about a girl helping Jews by giving them refuge. I never read anything by Sharon Cameron before, but I have high hopes for this book!
Havenfall (Sara Holland) ➽ Published: March 3rd ➽ ✅ Read! Rated 3.5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐.5 I loved the idea of magical parallel worlds that come together at an Inn that belongs to the main character’s family. However, this book didn’t completely manage to convince me, as the plot wasn’t as interesting as I had hoped and I wanted more of the portal fantasy aspect! I don’t think I’ll read the sequel as my interest has waned since I read this.
Don’t Call the Wolf (Aleksandra Ross) ➽ Published: April 28th ➽ ⛔ Unread! I haven’t seen many people talk about this book since it came out, but I’m still really interesting in reading it! Don’t Call the Wolf is a dark Eastern Europe inspired Fantasy book and has many of my buzzwords: forests, dark magic, dragon slayers, slow-burn romance and maybe a bit of betrayal as well 😈
The Betrothed (Kiera Cass) ➽ Published: May 5th ➽ ❌ Removed from TBR! This was on my TBR when I started writing this post but then I checked Goodreads and the average rating is 2.94 stars like … that’s one of the lowest I’ve ever seen!! I used to like her Selection books and wanted to give another series of her a chance, but I feel like I have outgrown Kiera Cass as an author.
Felix Ever After (Kacen Callender) ➽ Published: May 12th ➽ ✅ Read! Rated 4.5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 I’m so happy that I read this book because it was absolutely fantastic!! Felix Ever After deals with transphobic messages, first love and trying to find yourself. Despite also dealing with tough topics, it felt so uplifting and had a wholesome best friends to lovers romance that stole my heart – highly recommend it! 🥺
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (Suzanne Collins) ➽ Published: May 19th ➽ ❌ Removed from TBR! I put this on my most anticipated releases post back when we knew nothing about the synopsis. Turns out this is about Snow as a young boy and I wasn’t interested in reading from his POV at all. There were so many characters Collins could have chosen to highlight, yet she settled on the villain/tyrant from the original series, which I thought was a very poor choice 😐
The Enigma Game (Elizabeth E. Wein) ➽ Published: May 26th ➽ ⛔ Unread! (on my physical TBR) I finally got myself a copy of this book, so my chances of reading it soon are increasing! The Enigma Game is set in the same universe/serves as a companion book to two of my favorite books: Code Name Verity and Rose Under Fire. I love how Elizabeth Wein writes emotional, heart-wrenching historical fiction, so I cannot wait to get my heart broken 💔
My Calamity Jane (Hand, Ashton, Meadows) ➽ Published: June 2nd ➽ ✅ Read! Rated 4 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐ The Lady Jane books always provide a lot of comic relief and a hilarious spin on history, so I was certain that I would like My Calamity Jane! None of the books come even close to my love for My Lady Jane, but they are still super creative and perfectly mix (alternate) historical fiction with paranormal elements 🥰
Where Dreams Descend (Janella Angeles) ➽ Published: June 2nd ➽ ⛔ Unread! There have been quite a lot mixed reviews about this book, but I’m still intrigued enough to read it! This seems like a slower book, but I’m here for the circus vibes, magicians and potentially a forbidden love/slow burn 👀
Cemetery Boys (Aiden Thomas) ➽ Published: June 9th ➽ ✅ Read! Rated 5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ THIS BOOK!!! Cemetery Boys was one of my favorite books of last year because it combined all the things I like: hilarious banter, spooky stuff, mutual pining, slow burn and lovable characters. Julian and Yadriel both stole my heart and they still live in my head rent-free 🥺 ❤
10 Things I Hate about Pinky (Sandhya Menon) ➽ Published: June 30th ➽ ✅ Read! Rated 4.5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 The second Sandhya Menon book on my list and it delivered as well! 10 Things I Hate About Pinky is another book in the When Dimple Met Rishi universe and I was eager to read it as it featured one of my favorite minor characters: the shy and organized Samir. This was a great enemies to lovers romance and I was really rooting for both of the characters 🥰
The Crow Rider (Kalyn Josephson) ➽ Published: July 7th ➽ ⛔ Unread! I’m not the best with reading sequels/conclusions, so I haven’t read The Crow Rider, despite really liking the first book. The Storm Crow was such a unique fantasy book with great trope subversion and discussion of Mental Health, so I’m sure that I will like the conclusion to this Duology as well 🥰
Cinderella is Dead (Kalynn Bayron) ➽ Published: July 7th ➽ ❌ Removed from TBR! Nothing against the book but after the hype had died down a bit, I realized that I wasn’t as excited for this one anymore, so there was no point keeping it on my TBR. I might read it someday – never say never – but right now it’s not a priority for me. The author’s newest book sounds good though, I hope to give it a chance!
Darius the Great Deserves Better (Adib Khorram) ➽ Published: August 25th ➽ ⛔ Unread! Another sequel I haven’t read 😅 Darius the Great Is Not Okay was an amazing books that I read last year and I adored the strong family and friendships dynamics it explored! I’m usually not to keen on contemporary standalone books getting extended into a series, but Darius was such a great character, I cannot wait to see more of his experiences! 🥰
Queen of Volts (Amanda Foody) ➽ Published: September 1st ➽ ⛔ Unread! I still haven’t read King of Fools, which is why I didn’t get around to Queen of Volts as well 😅 I’m nervous about reading the book as I have heard that pain is coming to the characters I love so dearly 😱 I hope to finish this series this year through, as it is one of my favorites!
Recommended For You (Laura Silverman) ➽ Published: September 1st ➽ ⛔ Unread! (on my physical TBR) Laura Silverman was one of my favorite new to me authors last year, so I’m eager to read all her books 🥰 Recommend For You seems to be so full of bookish love and a sweet romance, so I have high hopes for it!!
The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker (Lauren James) ➽ Published: September 3rd ➽ ✅ Read! Rated 4 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Lauren James is such an underrated author, which is a shame as she writes such great books! I loved The Loneliest Girl in the Universe and also liked this newest release! Harriet Stoker was a great morally grey antiheroine and I thought the paranormal elements were well-done 👻
Legendborn (Tracy Deonn) ➽ Published: September 15th ➽ ⛔ Unread (On my Kindle TBR)! I’m still very hyped for this book! I almost read it for Tome Topple, but then other reading plans came up. Nevertheless, I plan on reading Legendborn this year as it sounds so good, it’s a modern retelling of the Arthurian legend and is full of magic! It also helps that I have seen so many praise reviews for the book ❤
Dear Justyce (Nic Stone) ➽ Published: September 29th ➽ ⛔ Unread! This is a sequel/companion book to Dear Martin, which I read a while ago but still remember fondly 💕 Dear Justyce is about the experience of a black teen in the American Prison System, as told in letters. It sounds like such an impactful, emotional read and I’m happy that I can read this from my library!
The Tower of Nero (Rick Riordan) ➽ Published: September 29th ➽ ✅ Read! Rated 5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ This was the highly anticipated finale to the Trials of Apollo series and it was everything I wanted it to be! Series finales can be very tricky to pull off but this felt satisfactory to me and provided me with an ending to the story (and the overall universe, at least for now) that made me happy … but also sad because it’s over now 🥺
Skyhunter (Marie Lu) ➽ Published: September 29th ➽ ⛔ Unread! Obviously I’m still very excited for Marie Lu’s newest release especially as the cover of the sequel was just released and it looked gorgeous!! It’s a sci-fi/dystopian book about mutant war beasts and elite fighting forces, which sounds very intriguing 🥰
One Way or Another (Kara McDowell) ➽ Published: October 6th ➽ ✅ Read! Rated 2.5 Stars ⭐⭐.5 This is still really awkward, as I had such high hopes for this book but in the end it didn’t work for me at all 😭 I didn’t manage to connect to the main character and found both romances/storylines to be lacking to a point where I wasn’t interested in what was going on anymore. I’m still willing to give the author a second chance though!
Among the Beasts and Briars (Ashley Poston) ➽ Published: October 20th ➽ ⛔ Unread! I’m trying to read everything by Ashley Poston, so I was excited for her fantasy debut!! Among the Beasts and Briars is a standalone book that has cursed, dark forests, magic and lots of animals, so I’m really looking forward to reading this soon 🥰
Magic Dark and Strange (Kelly Powell) ➽ Published: October 27th ➽ ⛔ Unread! This has major Sherlock Holmes vibes and so it immediately landed on my TBR!! It’s about a girl that can bring back the dead but loses time of her own life in the process. This seems to be a great mix of mystery, historical fiction and the paranormal 😊
Instant Karma (Marissa Meyer) ➽ Published: November 3rd ➽ ❌ Removed from TBR! I like Marissa Meyer’s books a lot but my excitement for this book had faded, as I fear that I wouldn’t like it. The overachieving main character sounds like she could become really unlikable really fast, especially with the premise of the powers that she gets. I’ve also heard mixed reviews about the execution, so I’m steering clear of this book 🙁
Honorable Mentions I Read ❤
In Conclusion I read
… out of my 34 most anticipated 2020 Releases
➽ I have read 14 books (41%) containing three 5-star, six 4-star, three 3-star, and two 2-star books ⭐
➽ 19 books are still on my TBR. Out of them, I own only 3 books, but some of them are available at my library 📚
➽ I’ve also removed 4 books from my TBR ❌
Have you read your most anticipated 2020 releases? Did they hold up to your expectations? Any books you’ve lost interest in? 📚