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Top Ten Tuesday: New-To-Me Authors I Read in 2020

“Oh dear,” Linus Baker said, wiping the sweat from his brow.”

First line in The House in the Cerulean Sea by T. J. Klune

It’s Tuesday, and I have a Top Ten for you. Or rather, two top fives? This week’s topic is about the new-to-me authors I read back in 2020, which made me realize how many new authors I read last year. I had way more than ten, so to make some kind of order, I decided to share five authors I will not be reading again and five that I can’t wait to read more from.

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, so head over there to check out the future topics.

Authors I’m Not Reading Again

🗑️ Blake Crouch
Read: Dark Matter

Considering that I read Crouch’s most popular book and hated it, I don’t think there’s any reason for me to try any of his other works. My biggest problem with the book was also his style of writing and that’s not likely to change.

🗑️ Margaret Owen
Read: The Merciful Crow, The Faithless Hawk

This one is more tentative, but I was incredibly disappointed with Owen’s conclusion to The Merciful Crow duology, so I’m afraid to get invested in one of her stories again. However, it was her debut, so I guess she’s allowed to improve, but she’s not an author I’m itching to try again.

🗑️ Becky Chambers
Read: The Long Way to A Small, Angry Planet

There is more than one reason you find this popular author on this list. Firstly, I need more conflict than this book had to offer because without it, I don’t care about the characters. Secondly, I don’t think I like sci-fi set in space. Yes, I’m a fantasy reader who doesn’t like “proper” sci-fi. We exist.

🗑️ Mary E. Pearson
Read: The Kiss of Deception, The Heart of Betrayal

Where Margaret Owen was tentative, this one is technically a lie. I have one book left in The Remnant Chronicles, and I am going to read that, but after that, I’m not picking up more of her books. Not that they’ve been horrible, but I do find them a little too romance-focused and angsty for my taste.

🗑️ Justin Travis Call
Read: The Master of Sorrows

I’ve ranted over this book quite a bit here on the blog, so it shouldn’t be surprising to find the author on this list. His writing style is so far from what I love that I don’t intend to give him a second chance.

Authors I’m Definitely Trying Again

🏆 Natasha Pulley
Read: The Bedlam Stacks, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, The Lost Future of Pepperharrow

If you read my blog regularly, I understand if you’re tired of hearing me talk about Natasha Pulley, but I couldn’t not have her on this list. I will read everything she writes as soon as it’s out, no matter what it is.

🏆 John Boyne
Read: The Heart’s Invisible Furies

I was enthralled by Boyne’s writing in 2020, and I need more. I don’t have an interest in all of his books, but I do have my eyes on The Absolutist as my next read from him.

🏆 Margaret Rogerson
Read: Sorcery of Thorns

Not an author who has a ton of books out, but she appealing because she writes fantasy standalones (or she has done so far) with intriguing premises’. I’m probably going to read her first book, An Enchantment of Ravens, while I wait for her next book, although people don’t seem to love that one as much as Sorcery of Thorns.

🏆 T. J. Klune
Read: The House in the Cerulean Sea

Even though I’m the only person on this entire planet who didn’t absolutely love The House in the Cerulean Sea, I’m going to give this author a second chance. He has quite a few books out, and they all sound different compared to Cerulean Sea. Maybe I just started with the wrong book. I have both Wolfsong and The Lightning-Struck Heart on my TBR.

🏆 R. J. Barker
Read: The Bone Ships

An author who made me love a story set on the sea is one I need to keep an eye on. So far, he only has one other trilogy out, The Wounded Kingdom, but I’m a bit apprehensive about that one since it’s an assassin story, and I tend to avoid those as much as possible. On the other hand, I also tend to avoid seafaring stories, so who knows, maybe I’ll read it.

Honorable mentions: A. J. Hackwtih, Cinda Williams Chima, Emily Tesh, K. D. Edwards, Christina Lauren

Have you read any of these authors? What do you think of them? Also, let me know who your favorite new author of 2020 was. Happy reading!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2021

“Dima heard the barn doors slam before anyone else did.”

First line in King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Today the topic is anticipated releases for the first half of 2021, and I always argue with myself whether to post these or not. I don’t care all that much about new releases so most of these books are series continuations or books by authors I’ve read before. I haven’t even been able to find 10 books, but I still wanted to share the books that I am excited about. Hope you enjoy anyway!

Covers link to Goodreads.

Into the Heartless Wood by Joanna Ruth Meyer

The forest is a dangerous place, where siren song lures men and women to their deaths. For centuries, a witch has harvested souls to feed the heartless tree, using its power to grow her domain.

When Owen Merrick is lured into the witch’s wood, one of her tree-siren daughters, Seren, saves his life instead of ending it. Every night, he climbs over the garden wall to see her, and every night her longing to become human deepens. But a shift in the stars foretells a dangerous curse, and Seren’s quest to become human will lead them into an ancient war raging between the witch and the king who is trying to stop her.

Epic, heartbreaking, and darkly atmospheric, Into the Heartless Wood is the story of impossible love between a monstrous tree siren and a boy who lives at the edge of her wood.

Genre: YA Fantasy
Buzzwords: Gender-swapped Beauty and the Beast retelling, dark atmosphere, giving off strong Silver in the Wood-vibes
Release date: January 12th

Game Changer by Neal Shusterman

All it takes is one hit on the football field, and suddenly Ash’s life doesn’t look quite the way he remembers it.

Impossible though it seems, he’s been hit into another dimension—and keeps on bouncing through worlds that are almost-but-not-really his own.

The changes start small, but they quickly spiral out of control as Ash slides into universes where he has everything he’s ever wanted, universes where society is stuck in the past…universes where he finds himself looking at life through entirely different eyes.

Genre: YA Science Fiction
Buzzwords: Alternative universes, racism
Release date: February 9th

Chain of Iron (The Last Hours #2) by Cassandra Clare

Cordelia Carstairs seems to have everything she ever wanted. She’s engaged to marry James Herondale, the boy she has loved since childhood. She has a new life in London with her best friend Lucie Herondale and James’s charming companions, the Merry Thieves. She is about to be reunited with her beloved father. And she bears the sword Cortana, a legendary hero’s blade.

But the truth is far grimmer. James and Cordelia’s marriage is a lie, arranged to save Cordelia’s reputation. James is in love with the mysterious Grace Blackthorn whose brother, Jesse, died years ago in a terrible accident. Cortana burns Cordelia’s hand when she touches it, while her father has grown bitter and angry. And a serial murderer is targeting the Shadowhunters of London, killing under cover of darkness, then vanishing without a trace.

Together with the Merry Thieves, Cordelia, James, and Lucie must follow the trail of the knife-wielding killer through the city’s most dangerous streets. All the while, each is keeping a shocking secret: Lucie, that she plans to raise Jesse from the dead; Cordelia, that she has sworn a dangerous oath of loyalty to a mysterious power; and James, that he is being drawn further each night into the dark web of his grandfather, the arch-demon Belial. And that he himself may be the killer they seek.

Genre: YA Fantasy
Release date: March 2nd

Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas

When children go missing, people want answers. When children go missing in the small coastal town of Astoria, people look to Wendy for answers.

It’s been five years since Wendy and her two brothers went missing in the woods, but when the town’s children start to disappear, the questions surrounding her brothers’ mysterious circumstances are brought back into light. Attempting to flee her past, Wendy almost runs over an unconscious boy lying in the middle of the road, and gets pulled into the mystery haunting the town.

Peter, a boy she thought lived only in her stories, claims that if they don’t do something, the missing children will meet the same fate as her brothers. In order to find them and rescue the missing kids, Wendy must confront what’s waiting for her in the woods.

Genre: YA Fantasy
Buzzwords: Peter Pan retelling (you don’t need other buzzwords)
Release date: March 23rd

Rule of Wolves (King of Scars Duology #2) by Leigh Bardugo

The Demon King. As Fjerda’s massive army prepares to invade, Nikolai Lantsov will summon every bit of his ingenuity and charm—and even the monster within—to win this fight. But a dark threat looms that cannot be defeated by a young king’s gift for the impossible.

The Stormwitch. Zoya Nazyalensky has lost too much to war. She saw her mentor die and her worst enemy resurrected, and she refuses to bury another friend. Now duty demands she embrace her powers to become the weapon her country needs. No matter the cost.

The Queen of Mourning. Deep undercover, Nina Zenik risks discovery and death as she wages war on Fjerda from inside its capital. But her desire for revenge may cost her country its chance at freedom and Nina the chance to heal her grieving heart.

King. General. Spy. Together they must find a way to forge a future in the darkness. Or watch a nation fall.

Genre: YA Fantasy
Release date: March 30th

Mister Impossible (Dreamer Trilogy #2) by Maggie Stiefvater

The stakes have never been higher as it seems like either the end of the world or the end of dreamers approaches.

Do the dreamers need the ley lines to save the world . . . or will their actions end up dooming the world? As Ronan, Hennessy, and Bryde try to make dreamers more powerful, the Moderators are closing in, sure that this power will bring about disaster. In the remarkable second book of The Dreamer Trilogy, Maggie Stiefvater pushes her characters to their limits – and shows what happens to them and others when they start to break.

Genre: YA Fantasy
Release date: May 18th

The Kingdoms by Natasha Pulley

Joe Tournier has a bad case of amnesia. His first memory is of stepping off a train in the nineteenth-century French colony of England. The only clue Joe has about his identity is a century-old postcard of a Scottish lighthouse that arrives in London the same month he does. Written in illegal English-instead of French-the postcard is signed only with the letter “M,” but Joe is certain whoever wrote it knows him far better than he currently knows himself, and he’s determined to find the writer. The search for M, though, will drive Joe from French-ruled London to rebel-owned Scotland and finally onto the battle ships of a lost empire’s Royal Navy. In the process, Joe will remake history, and himself.

From bestselling author Natasha Pulley, The Kingdoms is an epic, wildly original novel that bends genre as easily as it twists time

Genre: Historical Fiction/Science Fiction/Fantasy
Buzzwords: Alternate history, time travel, genre-bending
Release date: May 25th

The Hidden Palace (The Golem and the Jinni #2) by Helene Wecker

Chava is a golem, a woman made of clay, able to hear the thoughts and longings of the people around her and compelled by her nature to help them. Ahmad is a jinni, a perpetually restless and free-spirited creature of fire, imprisoned in the shape of a man. Fearing they’ll be exposed as monsters, these magical beings hide their true selves and pretend to be human—just two more immigrants in the bustling world of 1900s Manhattan. Having encountered each other under calamitous circumstances, Chava and Ahmad’s lives are now entwined—but they’re not yet certain of what they mean to each other. 

Each has unwittingly affected the humans around them. Park Avenue heiress Sophia Winston, whose brief encounter with Ahmad left her with a strange illness that makes her shiver with cold, travels to the Middle East to seek a cure. There she meets a tempestuous female jinni who’s been banished from her tribe. Back in New York, in a tenement on the Lower East Side, a little girl named Kreindel helps her rabbi father build a golem they name Yossele—not knowing that she’s about to be sent to an orphanage uptown, where the hulking Yossele will become her only friend and protector.

Spanning the tumultuous years from the turn of the twentieth century to the beginning of World War I, The Hidden Palace follows these lives and others as they collide and interleave. Can Chava and Ahmad find their places in the human world while remaining true to each other? Or will their opposing natures and desires eventually tear them apart—especially once they encounter, thrillingly, other beings like themselves?

Genre: Historical Fantasy
Release date: June 8th

That was 8 books I highly anticipate in 2021. If you were wondering, my most anticipated is without a doubt The Kingdoms by Natasha Pulley. I can’t even describe to you how much I need that book right now!
Is there a book you cannot wait for in 2021?

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Top Ten Tuesday: My Winter 2020-2021 TBR

“Give me your hat.”

First line in The Bone Ships by R. J. Barker

It’s Tuesday, and today it’s time to look at the books I plan to read but won’t *cough* I mean that I will for sure read this winter. Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, so head over there to check out the future topics.

If we start by looking back on my fall TBR, I’ve read 4 out the 8 books I put on that. However, I’m currently reading a fifth. Yes, more than half is a win. The 3 books I didn’t manage to get to were: The Martian by Andy Weir, Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman and The Left-Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix. All of these will carry on to my winter TBR.

As usual, I only put 8 books on my seasonal TBRs and not 10 because even 8 is clearly a challenge for me. I refuse to go lower than that, though. The last 5 books on this TBR are all books I really need to read. They are all sequels that I need to get to before I forget too much of the previous books. But no more talking. Here are the 8 books I plan to read in winter:

The big challenge is without a doubt Rhythm of War because that is going to take me weeks to finish. However, I’m determined to finally read all 8 books from a seasonal TBR. Let me know what you plan to read in the near future and which of these books you think I should prioritize.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Book Titles That Could Be Song Titles

“Hello. I hope somebody is listening.”

First line in Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

Hey, it’s Tuesday and here you have my post for Top Ten Tuesday, which is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. The topic for this week is “Book Titles That Would Make Great Song Titles”, and oh, have I been looking forward to this. It’s the perfect topic for me to have some fun with. So I did. I’m not only giving you song titles, but also a little bit of info about them and their artists because these songs are totally real (okay, maybe not). So please, enjoy!

…there might be a tiny bit of sarcasm involved. And please note that the names in brackets are the authors’, not the artists’, but if you want to imagine the authors as the artists, I’m not stopping you.

Loveless (by Alice Oseman)

Sung by a female solo artist. A powerful pop-ballad with a theme centered around being too awesome as a single Pringle.

The Toll (by Neal Shusterman)

Actually a psalm that you might hear your local church choir sing. A fierce song of praise for the magnificent church bells.

Northern Wrath (by Thilde Kold Holdt)

Sung by a weird-looking Swedish indie band who attempt to look like Vikings during their performances (note that there has been some controversy because they wear the wrong helmets). The song itself tells a story of a lot of anger, although it is unclear who or what said anger is directed towards.

Queens of Geek (by Jen Wilde)

Sung by a duo consisting of two teenage girls who are very popular among children and other teens. A song that praises intelligence and assures children that there’s nothing cooler than being smart.

More Than This (by Patrick Ness)

Sung by an incredibly popular boy band who, however, is taking a waaaaay too long break at the moment. The song is an emotional love song from the band’s early years.

*cough*this might be real*cough*

I’ll Give You the Sun (by Jandy Nelson)

An up-and-coming country group released this song as their first single, and it went straight to the top of the charts. An upbeat love song that you just gotta move your feet to.

We Are the Ants (by Shaun David Hutchinson)

Written and performed by male duo who are known for their political activism, also shown through their songs. This song in particular is about the downtrodden common folk and their fight against the big, evil capitalist machinery.

Edgedancer (by Brandon Sanderson)

A fan-favorite from Eurovision a few years back. A high-tempo dance and party song performed by a very lively 82-year-old German woman. She didn’t win the contest but she won the fans which is all the matter.

For the non-Eurovision viewers: No, this is not odd. It’s pretty standard.

Chainbreaker (by Tara Sim)

A female rapper forces her way into the male-dominated hip-hop genre with this song where she shows how to combine femininity and killer rapping skills.

The Last Song (by Nicholas Sparks)

Performed by a group that has existed for years and is a consistent source of comfort for its fans. This powerful rock anthem closes everyone of the band’s shows with a bang.

If you think I’m weird, I totally get it. But I hope you had some fun reading about my picks for book titles that could be song titles. Which one was your favorite?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Book Quotes

There is a room in this school that no one knows about but me.

First line in A List of Cages by Robin Roe

I’m back with another Top Ten Tuesday post, and we’re handling a favorite topic of mine this week: book quotes! I love writing down my favorite quotes from a book while I’m reading it, and then revisiting them months or years later to remind myself of why I loved the book.
As usual, Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl so head over there to check out future topics.
I’ve chosen to limit myself to one quote per book, as this would otherwise just be me quoting Fangirl and A Little Life. But let’s get started. Here are some of my favorite quotes!

From Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson – Feminism in Fantasy

She now understood that the world wasn’t kind to young women, especially when they behaved in ways men didn’t like and spoke truths that men weren’t ready to hear.

From A List of Cages by Robin Roe – On how much it hurts to miss someone

It’s strange how many ways there are to miss someone. You miss the things they did and who they were, but you also miss who you were to them. The way everything you said or did was beautiful or entertaining or important. How much you mattered.

From Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – What I wish everyone would understand about social anxiety

In new situations, all the trickiest rules are the ones nobody bothers to explain to you (and the ones you can’t Google).

From A Little Life by Hanya Yanigahara – No one has ever described the value of friendship better

Why wasn’t friendship as good as a relationship? Why wasn’t it even better? It was two people who remained together, day after day, bound not by sex or physical attraction or money or children or property, but only by the shared agreement to keep going, the mutual dedication to a union that could never be codified.

From The Library of the Unwritten by A. J. Hackwith – Reading can be bad for you

The trouble with reading is it goes to your head. Read too many books and you get savvy. You begin to think you know which kind of story you’re in. Then some stupid git with a cosmic quill fucks you over.

From A Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne – A deep understanding of what it means to be lonely

It’s as if she understood completely the condition of loneliness and how it undermines us all, forcing us to make choices that we know are wrong for us.

From Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia – Again, a description of social anxiety that hits a little to close to home

When I was little, it was endearing. Now it’s strange. I should have grown out of it. I should want to be social. I should desire friends.”

From Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman – If you can’t relate to this, I want to know your secret

Forget solar energy – If you could harness denial, you could power the world for generations.

From The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley – Why do I picture this so vividly?

It’s good for a person to be terrorized by a goat. Hard to get high and might when there’s something chasing you for vegetables.

From The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – A depressing, but profound bit about childhood

When we are children, we seldom think of the future. This innocence leaves us free to enjoy ourselves as few adults can. The day we fret about the future is the day we leave our childhood behind.

I love a good quote. I hope you enjoyed the post. Please, let me know if we share any favorite quotes. Happy reading!

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Top Ten Tuesday: My Fall 2020 TBR

“The man who called himself Bors, at least in this place, sneered at the low murmuring that rolled around the vaulted chamber like the soft gabble of geese.

First line in The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan

Apparently, it’s already fall here in 2020, so I guess it’s time to share my TBR for the season. To take a quick look back it my summer TBR, I’ve read 5 of the 8 books on that list, but I’m about the start the sixth. I’ve decided not to put the remaining two on my fall TBR because I don’t feel myself very inclined to pick them up at the moment. The books in question are There Will Come A Darkness by Katy Rose Pool and Metro 2033 by Dmitry Glukhovsky.

Based on that experience, I’m also going to stick with just 8 books on my seasonal TBRs instead of 10. Here are my choices in no particular order other than the order I thought of them in.

I really hope to read all of these in the next few months. There are quite a few exciting new releases coming up that I haven’t added to this list simply because I don’t know when I’m able to get a hold of them (library decides). They will take priority, though. And yes, it’s stressing me out very much. What do you plan to read in the fall?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Should Be A Movie/Show

“Even a perfect machine wasn’t built to go this fast.”

First line in Proxy by Alex London

The Top Ten Tuesday topic of today is one that is always fun to discuss: books that should be a movie/show. There’s just something very exciting about being able to watch your favorite book instead of just reading it, but as we have seen several (!) times, it doesn’t always work. There can be multiple reasons why but sometimes, we as readers just need to accept that not every book is adaptable.

Today, however, I’m sharing the books I think would definitely work as either a movie or a show and how that is. A lot of books are in the process of being adapted but I believe I’ve found 10 books that so far aren’t in the works.

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl so head over there to check out the future topics.

Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh

🎬 Movie

With Silver in the Wood you have the advantage of adapting a novella so you would probably not have to cut anything from the story at all. It might even give the writers the creative freedom to add some scenes that you don’t see in the book due to its single POV narrative and thereby expand the story. The movie doesn’t just become a copy of the book but actually adds to it without damaging the storyline.

The Library of the Unwritten by A. J. Hackwith

🎬 Movie / 📺 Show

I’m undecided whether this is best as a movie or a show, but leaning towards movie. It’s a quite character-driven book so there aren’t that many ‘big events’ to fit into a 2-hour movie. I would just really love to see this library and how characters would pop out of books.

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

📺 Show

It’s a series of 4 books (although still waiting for the fourth), but I think too much happen in each book to successfully adapt them into movies. There wouldn’t be time to develop the characters and make the audience care about them. It takes place in a very rich world so it would be a shame not to take advantage of that and use it to flesh out the characters a bit more. I’m also convinced this whole Roman inspired world would mean some very beautiful and aesthetically pleasing shots that I just need to see.

Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

🎬 Movie

This just needs to be a thing. It’s the only book on my list that isn’t SFF so in comparison to the rest, this is easily adapted. Just go do it. The world needs more rom-coms that aren’t about straight people.

The Tarot Sequence by K. D. Edwards

📺 Show

In the future when this series has had some more books published, it would be the PERFECT show! There is so much of this world to explore. So many possibilities for the writers to create new content. It’s also a world that gives the creators immense opportunities to play around with sets and costumes in colorful variations. And it’s also incredibly diverse. I need this!

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

🎬 Movie

We need another YA dystopian (or utopian?), right? I think these books have some incredibly important messages about life, and therefore they need a bigger audience than just those of us who read. I also really want to see how creators would imagine this futuristic world where (almost) all of our problems are solved.

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

🎬 Movie

For me this could be an example of how a movie can make a book better because the writing style isn’t the thing being adapted. I’ve seen a few people have issues with Lynch’s style, myself included, but I think the story itself is strong and eventful enough to be a movie. So much action in this book. Fight scenes, deaths, heists. Then add in its very… colorful characters and a beautiful setting and you have a great action/adventure movie.

We are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

🎬 Movie

A contemporary with a sci-fi twist should be easy to adapt. I really want to see it as a movie because it deals with some very heavy and important mental health topics. It also asks the question of whether you would want to save the world in its current state? Is it worthy of being saved? I think that is an interesting moral dilemma.

Sorcery of Thorns Margaret Rogerson

🎬 Movie

Please, I need this! I need to see the libraries. I need to see interactions between Elisabeth, Nathaniel and Silas.
Will it work as a movie? Yes, I believe so, but the hardest thing will be to capture the atmosphere that comes from Rogerson’s beautiful writing.

(Sorry that one was more me fangirling than an actual argument as to why it should be a thing)

Proxy by Alex London

🎬 Movie

Not gonna lie, it’s been a while since I read this one. It’s a YA dystopian which we have seen the market willing to adapt before. This one is especially relevant now as its main character is black and gay. And those aspects of his character aren’t even the focus of the story as far as I remember. That’s just who he is. That kind of character isn’t represented a whole lot, especially not in SFF, so I really want this to become a movie.

Those were 10 books I really wish would be adapted. I think some of them might have a shot in the future so crossing my fingers. Both that it will happen and that they will be good!
What are some books you really want to see adapted?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2020

“From the observation deck of the Eiffel Tower, the city was spread at Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood’s feet like a gift.”

First line in The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare

Hi, guys and welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday. Today we’re talking about the new releases coming in the remaining half of 2020 (yes, we still have a whole 6 months left of this hell year). Since I don’t care very much about new releases, my list is mainly made up of sequels to series I’m already reading, although there are a few starters to series/standalones in there. Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

  • The Faithless Hawk by Margaret Owen (August 18) – The Merciful Crow #2. A great fantasy-spin on caste systems.
  • The Lost Book of the White by Cassandra Clare (September 1) – The Eldest Curses #2. More Magnus and Alec? Yes please!
  • The Left-Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix (September 22) – Standalone. Your favorite hand determines your ability in an alternate London? Oh, and they’re all booksellers apparantly because why not?
  • The Archive of the Forgotten by A. J. Hackwith (October 6) – Hell’s Library #2. My favorite group of people trying to prevent books from running away.
  • The Captive Kingdom by Jennifer A. Nielsen (October 6) – The Ascendance Series #4. A series I thought was over but of course ready for another adventure with Jaron.
  • The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab (October 6) – Standalone. You all know what this is.
  • Return of the Thief by Megan Whalen Turner (October 6) – The Queen’s Thief #6. My level of excitement for this is indescribable.
  • Northern Wrath by Thilde Kold Holdt (October 27) – The Hanged God Trilogy #1. Vikings and Norse gods!(!!)
  • Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson (November 17) – The Stormlight Archive #4. You’re not getting a description of this one either.
  • A Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir (December 1) – An Ember in the Ashes #4. Finally!!! A slave tries to save her brother (and possibly the world) in this brutal, Roman inspired setting.

Those are 10 books I should be reading the day they come out but probably won’t. I feel excused on October 6 because four of these are published on that exact date. Why is that date so special?? I need to know!

Well, I’m super excited to read all of these. What are some of your most anticipated releases?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Book Series I Want to Start

“The end of the world started when a pegasus landed on the hood of my car.”

First line in Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

Hi, guys. As it happens, Top Ten Tuesday is 10 years old! Therefore, the prompt for this week is to pick a previous TTT topic, either redoing one you’ve done before or do one that you missed. I haven’t had this blog for very long so I had loads of options in the ‘missed’-pile. My self-picked topic is: book series I want to start. Remember that Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Let’s begin!

Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta

First book: Finnikin of the Rock

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

First book: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb

First book: Assassin’s Apprentice

Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne by Brian Staveley

First book: The Emperor’s Blades

The Winnowing Flame Trilogy by Jen Williams

First book: The Ninth Rain

METRO by Dmitry Glukhovsky

First book: Metro 2033

Unwind by Neal Shusterman

First book: Unwind

The Riyria Revelations by Michael J. Sullivan

First book: Theft of Swords

Green Creek by T. J. Klune

First book: Wolfsong

The Licanius Trilogy by James Islington

First book: The Shadow of What Was Lost

That was 8 fantasy series and 2 dystopias that I really want to read right this moment. There are loads more on my TBR but these are the ones I most want to start. But as we all know, starting series is the easiest thing in the world. We’re not going to talk about finishing them…

Let me know which series you plan to start next. Happy reading, guys.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Summer 2020 TBR

“The dragon Saphira roared, and the soldiers before her quailed.”

First line in Inheritance by Christopher Paolini

Hi, guys. I haven’t had much time to do Top Ten Tuesday the past few months but today I’m back with my summer TBR. Or a guess at it at least. Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Here you have the books I’ll be reading these next couple of months.

I know, there are only 8 books on this list but I will argue that Oathbringer counts as at least two, maybe three. What will you be reading during the summer?