Do you all expect anything less from me at this point?
January was my birthday month. During that time, I promised myself that, after January, I would stick to the resolutions I set at the beginning of the year. I preordered books I knew I really wanted. Then…I’m not sure what happened.
There were series I wanted to read for ages. 2020 was the year to start crossing them off my TBR. Of course, in between the packages arriving from Amazon, I visited Target and the bookstores near where I work. Because I have a problem. Needless to say, my bank account was not happy with me.
This introduction is long enough. Let’s get to the books!
The Young Elites, The Rose Society, and The Midnight Star by Marie Lu
Of all the good things I’ve heard about Marie Lu, I have yet to read any of her books. The Young Elites trilogy was the one I was most interested in. A historical fantasy series with an anti-heroine as the main character? I’m in.
When You Ask Me Where I’m Going by Jasmin Kaur
Bridge of Scarlet Leaves by Kristina McMorris
The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams
Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky
Cilka’s Journey by Heather Morris
A few days after Christmas, I went to Target with my dad to get started on my birthday books. I had checked out Imaginary Friend from the library at the end of 2019, but didn’t finish it in time. I really liked what I did read, so I bought my own copy. When You Ask Me Where I’m Going was another library book I didn’t get around to reading. Bridge of Scarlet Leaves is a World War II book about an interracial couple who are sent to an American Japanese internment camp that I thought was a cover buy but turned out it was already on my Goodreads from years ago under a different title. The Bromance Book Club is an adult romance that sounds like a ton of fun and Cilka’s Journey is by the same author, as well as supposedly a sequel to, The Tattooist of Auschwitz.
Resistance Women by Jennifer Chiaverini
You know 2020 is going to be a good year when you wake up on New Year’s Day to an email that you got a free book! I won a Goodreads giveaway for the first time ever.
The Vanishing Stair and The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson
The second and third novels in the Truly Devious trilogy. I’m looking forward to binge-reading this series this year.
Sea Witch Rising by Sarah Henning
The sequel to Sea Witch, which is an origin story to the sea witch from The Little Mermaid.
I Stop Somewhere by T.E. Carter
A dark contemporary that has been compared to Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson.
Ember Queen by Laura Sebastian
The King of Crows by Libba Bray
Devil Darling Spy by Matt Killeen
Besides The Hand on the Wall, I preordered Devil Darling Spy, the sequel to Orphan Monster Spy; Ember Queen is the final novel in the Ash Princess trilogy; and The King of Crows is the final novel in The Diviners series. These came out after my birthday in January and in the first week of February.
The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood
Maya’s Notebook by Isabel Allende
Magic Hour by Kristin Hannah
History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund
Delicate Edible Birds and Other Stories by Lauren Groff
The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
At the Wolf’s Table by Rosella Postering, translated by Leah Janeczko
Longbourn by Jo Baker
Ahab’s Wife; or The Star-Gazer by Sena Jetter Naslund and Herman Melville
There is a used bookstore a block away from where I work. Admittedly, some of these were impulse buys I had never heard of before but their synopsis drew me in. Most of the books were already on my TBR or buy authors I wanted to read more of.
Skyward and Starsight by Brandon Sanderson
Ever buy something and then regret it almost immediately after? I checked out Starsight from the library in December and made it halfway through before getting hit with a reading slump. I could have checked it out from the library again. I mean, I did like Skyward and what I read of Starsight. And yet…I’m not sure why I bought them.
The Night Country by Melissa Albert
The sequel to The Hazel Wood that I want to read RIGHT NOW!
Song of the Dead by Sarah Glenn Marsh
Seraphina and Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman
Song of the Dead is the sequel to Reign of the Fallen, a book on my priority TBR that I want to read this year. Seraphina and Shadow Scale are a young adult series about dragons I’ve wanted to read for years.
The Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton
The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae by Stephanie Butland
Before We Visit the Goddess by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
The Age of Light by Whitney Scharer
A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
One thing I love about the city I work in is that there are bookstores practically everywhere. There is a used bookstore in the area I walk through to get to my bus. Edith Wharton is a 20th century author I’ve read and loved before. I had never heard of The Fruit of the Tree, which is about assisted suicide—a subject that must have been very, very taboo during this time period. The Age of Light and A Reliable Wife were already on my Goodreads TBR. The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae and Before We Visit the Goddess were books I bought based off their synopsis that reminded me of other books.
Frostblood, Fireblood, and Nightblood by Elly Blake
Song of the Current and Whisper of the Tide by Sarah Tolcser
The Queen’s Resistance by Rebecca Rossa
Legendary and Finale by Stephanie Garber
Two Dark Reigns and Five Dark Fates by Kendare Blake
A Sorrow Fierce and Falling by Jessica Cluess
Shadow Song by S. Jae-Jones
Imprison the Sky by A.C. Gaughen
The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden
Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie C. Dao
The Cursed Sea by Lauren DeStefano
The Dark Days Deceit by Alison Goodman
Ozland by Wendy Spinale
Allied by Amy Tintera
Winter Glass by Lexa Hillyer
All the Wandering Light by Heather Fawcett
Endless Water, Starless Sky by Rosamund Hodge
Lost Crow Conspiracy and Winter War Awakening by Rosalyn Eves
Poison’s Kiss and Poison’s Cage by Breeana Shields
The Falconer, The Vanishing Throne, and The Fallen Kingdom by Elizabeth May
Ever the Hunted, Ever the Brave, and Once a King by Erin Summerill
The Traitor’s Kiss, The Traitor’s Ruin, and The Traitor’s Kingdom by Erin Beaty
Poison Study, Magic Study, and Fire Study by Maria V. Snyder
As She Ascends and When She Reigns by Jodi Meadows
The Defiant and The Triumphant by Lesley Livingston
The Traitor Prince and The Blood Spell by C.J. Redwine
These are all the series and sequels that I wanted to buy for ages. This haul is already long enough as it is, so I won’t go into synopsis for each one. Hopefully, you will see at least some of these in 2020 monthly TBRs and wrap-ups.
Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely
Gunslinger Girl is set in an alternative Wild West world set after a Second Civil War in the U.S. To escape her suffocating life at home, Serendipity “Pity” Jones goes to the lawless city of Cessation. But her freedom comes at a price.
A School for Unusual Girls, Exile for Dreamers, Refuge for Masterminds, and Harbor for the Nightingale by Kathleen Baldwin
I read A School for Unusual Girls from the library and it was one of my favorite books of 2019. My library didn’t have the other books available, otherwise I would have read the rest of the series right away. This is another series I want to get to in 2020.
The Skylarks’ War by Hilary McKay
Another FREE book! A girl in my children’s literature class offered it to me. Turns out, she already owned a copy of the book under a different title, but didn’t realize it when she pulled it out of the “free books” cart of the children’s literature department (that I never found). It’s a middle grade novel set during World War II about a family trying to adjust after one of the sons enlists in the war effort.
The Rosie Result by Graeme Simison
The Sleeping Prince and The Scarecrow Queen by Melinda Sailsbury
Between the Spark and the Burn by April Genevieve Tucholke
Still Me by Jojo Moyes
At this point, I had told myself that is it. I was not going to buy any more books. Then, I realized I had forgotten there were other unfinished series that I had wanted to finally get to. The Rosie Result is the final novel in a trilogy which the first novel is The Rosie Project, one of my all-time favorite adult contemporary novels. Still Me is also the final sequel novel to Me Before You. Between the Spark and the Burn is the sequel to Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, a book I read back in 2015. Same goes for The Sleeping Prince and The Scarecrow Queen, books two and three in a young adult high fantasy trilogy following a girl who, in The Sin Eater’s Daughter, has a poisonous touch.
Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Women Talking by Miriam Toews
Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly
The Power by Naomi Alderman
Like I said, I planned on taking a break from book-buying after that last bit. Then, I go into one of the bookstores and I see four books I want are 30% off…can you blame me? Daisy Jones and the Six is a book everyone seems to adore as much as its predecessor, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo…both of which I have not read. The Power got a lot of buzz when it came out. Lost Roses is a companion novel to Lilac Girls, one of my favorite historical fiction novels. Women Talking is a book about women trapped in a cult where men are abusing them and how they plan on getting out.
Break Your Glass Slippers by Amanda Lovelace
At the time I am writing this, I’ve already read Break Your Glass Slippers, because I am absolute trash for Amanda Lovelace. You will see my full thoughts in my March wrap-up.
Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Manon
Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed
Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare
House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas
These next four books were some anticipated releases for 2020. Though I have not read anything by Sandhya Manon, I am trash for any Beauty and the Beast retelling. Becky Albertalli, Cassandra Clare, and Sarah J. Maas are auto-buy authors. Even though I have not finished The Dark Artifices trilogy or the Throne of Glass series, or have read A Court of Wings and Ruin.
Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Normal People by Sally Rooney
Writers & Lovers by Lily King
My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell
Warrior of the Wild and The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller
A Curse so Dark and Lonely and A Heart so Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer
Heart of Flames by Nicki Pau Preto
Other people buy toilet paper…I buy books. In these dark times, we have to do what we can to keep the economy going.