Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week they provide a topic and you are free to use that topic and/or variations of that topic to make your top ten list. You don’t have to do all ten. Instead you can do three, five, fifteen, whatever you want. A full list of the weekly themes can be found here.
This week’s theme is Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2020. The first half of this year has left me feeling vaguely dissatisfied as many of my anticipated releases left a bad taste in my mouth. However, the titles coming out the rest of this year give me hope as there are a few that certainly grabbed my interest.
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab – I am both enchanted by and terrified of this book. The plot sounds like something that was created just for me to suit my every bookish love and enjoyment. At the same time that is terrifying as it brings a lot of hope and with it a lot of room to be let down. However, I will be picking this title up immediately upon its release. October 6
The Empire of Gold (The Daevabad Trilogy #3) by S.A. Chakraborty – Technically this book released in the US on June 30 2020 but that is only one day off from the second half of the year so I’m counting it. I fell in love with this series and have reread the first two books multiple times. I’m looking forward to seeing however everything wraps up for these character but I also don’t want it to be over. This book is another bag of mixed emotions for me. June 30
Ghost Wood Song by Erica Waters – I actually just stumbled across this title this morning but it sounds amazing! It sounds like magic, complicated family ties, LGBTQIA rep, and enough creepy to suck me right on in. Early reviews seem promising so I have hope. July 14
Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust – I love a book that hints strongly of dynamic character development. A magical fairytale with a dark side and a girl with choices to make that could lead to her being a savior or a demon, how could I say no? July 7
The First Sister (The First Sister Trilogy #1) by Linden A. Lewis – First of all, I love this cover. It is both beautiful and a little bit creepy. It also gives me Golden Age New York vibes which isn’t a bad thing. This space sci-fi sounds like it has high stakes, espionage, and a budding forbidden romance. Those things together can never be wrong. August 4
The Silvered Serpents (The Gilded Wolves #2) by Roshani Chokshi – I. Can’t. Wait. For. This. Book. The Gilded Wolves sucked me in and had my attention from page one. I loved the characters, the story, the stakes…everything just got its hooks in me. The first book also left off with so much plot left to explore that I can’t wait to return to this world. September 22
Queen of Volts (The Shadow Game #3) by Amanda Foody – This series has been a little hit or miss for me but I’m still looking forward to this final installment. Book one was…okay. It had a lot of room to grow though I can’t say that I truly enjoyed it. Book two took that room to grow and ran with it giving us a story that I loved. I’m hoping Queen of Volts gives me that conclusion that I long for. September 1
The Bookweaver’s Daughter by Malavika Kannan – I just stumbled across this book while I was compiling this list but I have to say the description really got its hooks in me. “For fourteen-year-old Reya Kandhari, her story always starts the same: with the fabled line of Bookweavers, tracing centuries back to the lost Yogis—the mythical guardians of Kasmiri culture who created the world itself. As a result, Reya’s entire life has been shaped by words. Words of mystique and mythology. Words of magic that allow her father, the Bookweaver, to bring his stories to life. Words of power that make him the target of tyrants who will stop at nothing to destroy magic in Kasmira.” September 8
A Sky Beyond the Storm (An Ember in the Ashes #4) by Sabaa Tahir – What can I possibly say about this book that will do my excitement for it justice? There is nothing. This world that Tahir built is beautiful and magical, brutal yet enthralling. I can’t wait to see how this series wraps up but I know it will break my heart to see it end. December 1
The second half of 2020 promises us books to delight. I have high hopes that the next six months gives more satisfying books and I can’t wait to find out. What titles are you most looking forward to?