Welcome back to the blog. It’s a brand new year which means brand new books!
Books are an important part of this blog. You’ll never be a better writer unless you’re a better reader. I am trying to get to 50 books this year. I’m already behind, but that’s not the point.
And just like last year, I have a plethora of books I am excited to see hit the shelves. So here’s the list of books for the first half of 2020. A bunch of these will probably sit in my to be read pile for far too long, but I promise I’ll get to them eventually!
This past year, I joined a YA book club. I had shunned YA for years, thinking I was too good or too old for it. But now, just like last year, my reading list is full of YA books. Along with fantasy and sci-fi.
(January 7th) Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibanez
Decoy brides and magic? I don’t know why I have a soft spot for decoy brides. The entire plot has the main character pretending to be someone else as a spy but things get complicated fast. Don’t they always in stories like this? The cover is beautiful. The characters sound unique and it’s inspired by the history and politics of Bolivia.
(February 4th) All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace
This one had me at the title. Immediately I stopped and thought what? This is a book 100% in my wheelhouse. Fantasy, young adult, and pirates? Sign me up! It’s probably got some cliched bits, but I’m excited to settle in with a good old fashioned fantasy. It’ll probably have a romance in there too. I’m excited.
(February 15th) The Glass Hotel Emily St. John Mandel
This book isn’t my usual. It’s a thriller and a mystery, but honestly I’m digging all of it. I have no idea what is going to happen or what is happening, but damn do I want to know. Plus the cover intrigues me.
(March 3rd) The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie SIlver
I can feel it now. This story is going to make me cry. It’s about a woman who loses her fiance in an accident and suddenly gets another chance in a parallel world…or something of the sort. It has all the makings of a love story that will make me cry while also make me crave even more romance in my life. My poor poor boyfriend! Ha!
(March 3rd) The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski
Fantasy? Check. Magic? Check. Secrets? Check? A beautiful cover? Check. LGBTQ romance? Check. A story about breaking the rules and finding yourself? Check and check! The story sounds like a wild ride: fun and entertaining. I hope it stands up to the wonderful description Goodread gives it.
(April 21st) The Easy Part of Impossible by Sarah Tomp
For being a young adult sports story, this has a lot to unpack. The main character, Ria, forced off the diving team because of an injury. She friends a young man on the autism spectrum, and she comes to terms with an abusive relationship with her former coach? It seems like there’s a lot of fighting with your inner demons, growing up, and learning more about yourself. I’m in.
(April 28th) Clique Bait by Ann Valett
Part of me is reading this because it’s from a Wattpad writer. I have to be honest. I don’t 100% trust what comes out of Wattpad. Popular doesn’t always mean good. So I thought I’d put this on my list as something for me to take a chance on. It feels like those good old fashioned rich girls who do bad things and I’m kind of into it. It’s another mystery/thriller on my list (and one of the hardest things to write so I really am going to be picking when I pick up this book).
(May 12th) Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melisa Bashardoust
Goodreads says this is an utterly original fairytale but I’ll be the judge of that! The cover looks beautiful though and it’s the main reason I went in and read the synopsis. The main character is hidden away, cursed. And everything comes to a head as her twin brother’s wedding approaches. She’s cursed with a type of poison? Or she is one? It’s a very vague and intriguing synopsis, but I’m mostly reading because of the title and the cover. We’ll see if it’s any good.
And that’s where I’ll stop. I have to admit, I looked back at the 2019 books and found I hadn’t read many that I had been looking forward to. This is what I get for having a to be read a mile long! Maybe I’ll get to these this year.
Let me know in the comments below any books you’re excited about this year. I’ll go check them out as well (might as well add to the pile!