2020, as far as years go, was a great reading year for me. I read the most books I ever have, finishing out the year with 64. For some, that may not be a great deal but for me it is a great accomplishment. Unfortunately, along with that there are numerous books on my shelves that I intended to read in 2020 and just never got around to. I have a full Owned TBR but there are certainly titles on that shelf that pull on me more than others.
Here are a few of the books I most wanted to get to in 2020 and just didn’t quite manage it.
The Bone Shard Daughter (The Drowning Empire #1) by Andrea Stewart – I found out about this book when one of my favorite BookTubers, Judith @ Dead Good Book Reviews, started talking about it with enthusiasm. She and I don’t always see eye to eye on book choices but she was so excited about this one that I had to look it up and, honestly, it does sound absolutely magnificent and I ordered it immediately. It is currently tucked in a prominent place on my shelves, lording over me. I truly meant to read this adult fantasy in 2020 but I just never got there. It is definitely on my 2021 list of books to read and I know I’ll love it once I get to it.
The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black – I snagged a floppy paperback of this early on in 2020 fully intending to read it but it, like so many other books, got tucked into my shelves and neglected. Now, did I enjoy Black’s Cruel Prince series? No. No I did not. It was highly unsatisfying but I am a sucker and wanted to try another of her books anyway. I still fully intend to read this in the coming year to give Black’s work one last shot.
The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alex E. Harrow – Yikes. This book ends up on my TBR almost every month and I just never end up reaching for it. Why? I have no idea. It is absolutely lovely to look at and the premise sounds great but I just never get there. It is also under 400 pages which satisfies my need for shorter books. In fact, it is on my TBR for this month, January 2021, and it is half through the month and I still haven’t picked it up. What is wrong with me.
The Silvered Serpents (The Gilded Wolves #2) by Roshani Chokshi – This one I feel a little more leeway with. I had been wanting to read this title since its release in September 2020 but didn’t purchase a copy until mid December when I was trying to stave of a bout of Christmas depression. Either way, it was a highly anticipated release and I should have got around to it sooner but being the massive slacked I am, I did not. In 2021 I will definitely be picking this book up as I loved The Gilded Wolves and am looking forward to jumping back into this world.
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – Here is nothing book I very much want to read and purchased during a fit of depression. It’s a thing. I had intended to read this during October which is, of course, spooky month and when better to read a gothic horror? Well, instead I found myself in a reading slump and didn’t get around to it. This book is officially on my spooky month TBR and I myself really looking forward to October.
A Sword in the Stars (Once & Future #2) by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy – This book and I went on a journey in 2020. Not physically, of course, but mentally. I had preordered the title and submitted proof of purchase to get the preorder swag. Then…COVID. This title was release in April 2020, the warehouse holding said swag shut its doors, and then the Jimmy Patterson imprint it is printed under tossed all its authors out in the cold. I had been putting off reading it because I very much wanted the signed bookplate in it before I did so. Finally, mid December, my bookplate shows up unexpectedly. I have lovingly placed it in the book and am looking forward to giving a full book review on this one later this year.
Iron Gold (Red Rising Saga #4) by Pierce Brown – Welcome, all, to my bookish shame. Did I absolutely adore the first three books of this saga to the point I have read them multiple times? Oh yes. Have I preordered and eagerly awaited both Iron Gold and Dark Age? Oh yes. Have I read either Iron Gold or Dark Age….uh, no. No I have not. Ya’ll, if you’ve been around here for a while you may recall that I don’t often pick up the Big Books. Iron Gold clocks in at over 600 pages and Dark Age at over 700 and I’m just…well, I am intimidated by big books. I have the attention span of a chipmunk and reading these tomes is just a lot for me. I am DETERMINED to get to Iron Gold and Dark Age both this year. Oh please, let me read both this year….
At the end of this year I hope to revisit this list and be able to say, yes, I DID read all of the books I set out to read in 2021. Will that happen? Let’s be honest, probably not, but I’m going to give it a go anyway.
What are some books leftover from your 2020 TBR that you hope to get to in 2021?
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