Reflecting On My 2020 Anticipated Releases

I’ve tried to start every month of 2020 by sharing my most anticipated releases. Unfortunately, this has not been the best blogging year for me, so I sometimes ended up sharing this post later in the month, and I haven’t shared it at all in November and December. Nevertheless, you can find the ones I did post here:

In this post, I’m looking back on these posts to reflect on which books I’ve read and if they lived up to my expectations, which ones I own but haven’t read yet, and which ones I haven’t even gotten around to buying yet. Or which ones I’m maybe not interested in anymore, for whatever reason.


Read

  • Seanan McGuire – Come Tumbling Down. Read recently, and I still really love this series.
  • Anna-Marie McLemore – Dark and Deepest Red. Didn’t really mesh with this.
  • Phil Stamper – The Gravity of Us. Really enjoyed this one.
  • Tehlor Kay Mejia – We Unleash the Merciless Storm. Loved the first installment and was kind of disappointed in this one.
  • Becky Albertalli & Aisha Saeed – Yes No Maybe So. Enjoyed this one!
Yes No Maybe So
  • Sarah Kapit – Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen! Loved this middlegrade and need more people to read it!
  • Cassandra Clare – Chain of Gold. No one is surprised that I loved this.
  • TJ Klune – The House in the Cerulean Sea. One of my favourites of the year!
  • Victoria Lee – The Electric Heir. Just reread this, I love this duology!
  • Robin Talley – Music From Another World. Amazing!
Music from Another World
  • Claribel A. Ortega – Ghost Squad. V cute!
  • Alex Gino – Rick. V cute also!
  • Beth O’Leary – The Switch. Really liked this!
  • Elizabeth Acevedo – Clap When You Land. Beautiful.
  • Kacen Callender – Felix Ever After. One of my favourites of the year!
Felix Ever After
  • S.K. Ali & Aisha Saeed, ed. – Once Upon an Eid. Great anthology!
  • Adiba Jaigirdar – The Henna Wars. Loved this one!
  • Lev A.C. Rosen – Camp. Amazing!
  • Anna Birch – I Kissed Alice. Loved this so much.
  • Lyla Lee – I’ll Be the One. Got me into K-pop!
I'll Be the One
  • Ashley Poston – Bookish and the Beast. This was fun!
  • Lucas Rocha – Where We Go From Here. Great read!
  • Ciara Smyth – The Falling In Love Montage. Saved me during a migraine attack.
  • Leah Johnson – You Should See Me In a Crown. So good!
  • Elle McNicoll – A Kind of Spark. Also need more people to read this!
A Kind of Spark
  • Alice Oseman – Loveless. One of my favourites of the year.
  • Rory Power – Burn Our Bodies Down. Really enjoyed this too.
  • TJ Klune – The Extraordinaries. So funny!
  • Caleb Roehrig – The Fell of Dark. Also really enjoyed this.
  • Romina Garber – Lobizona. 5 stars, amazing.
Lobizona (Wolves of No World, #1)
  • Darcie Little Badger – Elatsoe. Such a cool book.
  • Jordan Ifueko – Raybearer. One of my favourites of the year, total masterpiece.
  • Alice Oseman – Nick and Charlie. Love this one so much!
  • Roshani Chokshi – The Silvered Serpents. Amazing sequel!
  • Aiden Thomas – Cemetery Boys. One of my favourites of the year.
Cemetery Boys
  • Amanda Foody – Queen of Volts. I’m actually currently reading this, but hopefully I’ll have finished it when this goes up.
  • Marieke Nijkamp – Even If We Break. Such a fun thriller.
  • Sarah Rees Brennan – Fence: Striking Distance. So fun!
  • Jessica Jung – Shine. Had a really fun time with this.
  • Amparo Ortiz – Blazewrath Games. Amazing original YA fantasy!
Blazewrath Games
  • A.J. Sass – Ana on the Edge. Another favourite middlegrade.
  • Aminah Mae Safi – This Is All Your Fault. Unfortunately didn’t enjoy this much.
  • Trung Le Nguyen – The Magic Fish. Gorgeous graphic novel.

DNF

  • Linsey Miller – Belle Révolte
  • Samira Ahmed – Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know
Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know

Owned TBR

  • Amy Spalding – We Used to Be Friends
  • Ransom Riggs – The Conference of Birds
  • S.A. Chakraborty – The Empire of Gold
  • Bethany Rutter – Melt My Heart
  • Shveta Thakrar – Star Daughter
Star Daughter
  • Christopher Paolini – To Sleep in a Sea of Stars
  • Nic Stone – Dear Justyce
  • Tehlor Kay Meji & Anna-Marie McLemore – Miss Meteor

Wishlist

  • Akemi Dawn Bowman – Harley in the Sky
  • Jennifer Dugan – Verona Comics
  • Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton & Jodi Meadows – My Calamity Jane
  • Simon James Green – Heartbreak Boys
  • Zoraida Córdova & Natalie C. Parker, ed. – Vampires Never Get Old
  • Candace Iloh – Every Body Looking
Every Body Looking

Lost Interest

I actually lost interest in none of these titles! I call that a win.


Conclusion

Compared to last year, I ended up enjoying my anticipated releases much more as a whole. I was disappointed in very little of them and lost interest in none of them. In 2019, my reading tastes changed a little, and this year, I feel like they solidified. I think it’s fun to see that confirmed here. I’ve become quite good at predicting if I will enjoy a book.


Did you get to read the books you were most looking forward to this year?

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