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Books I Wish I Had Read In 2020

Hello lovelies! So this post was originally for Top Ten Tuesday for January 19th, 2021 but then *gestures to January 2021* happened and I wasn’t able to post this in time. But I really did want to share this list with you so I’m posting it now. I hope you like it and don’t mind that it’s basically a week late.

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and this week’s prompt is Books I Wish I Had Read In 2020!

There are a TON of books I wish I had read last year and that I hope to get to this year–way more than 10 unfortunately– but are the 10 books released in 2020 that I really I wish I had gotten to and 5 reasons why I want to read them!

The Princess with Save You by Sarah Henning

  1. Princess Bride Retelling
  2. Friends to Lovers
  3. Strong female protagonist
  4. Sword fighting
  5. Daring rescues

Bone Crier’s Moon by Kathryn Purdie

  1. Enemies to allies
  2. Friendship goals
  3. Doomed romance
  4. Tested loyalties
  5. Multiple perspectives

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

  1. Gothic horror
  2. Sisterly love
  3. Creepy house
  4. Debutante turned sleuth
  5. Family secrets

The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski

  2. Exploration of class systems
  3. Mysterious strangers turned allies
  4. Brutal fantasy world
  5. Forbidden magic

Anna K. by Jenny Lee

  1. Anna Karina retelling
  2. #Ownvoices story
  3. First love gone wrong
  4. Teenage drama in true Gossip Girl form
  5. Secrets

The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar

  1. #Ownvoices story
  3. Friends to rivals to lovers
  4. Coming out
  5. Sisterly bonds

The Falling in Love Montage by Ciara Smyth

  1. LGBTQIA+ romance
  2. Summer romance
  3. Rom-com clichês
  4. Dealing with a loved one’s illness
  5. Kitten rescue!

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

  1. If you could go back and fix your mistakes…would you?
  2. What makes life worth living?
  3. What makes life fulfilling?
  4. Emotional
  5. Books as a metaphor

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

  1. #Ownvoices story
  3. Ghosts!
  4. Paranormal romance
  5. Friendship goals

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

  1. How do you leave your mark on the world?
  2. What makes a life worth remembering?
  3. Deal with the devil
  4. Bookstore cat
  5. Exploration of love and loss

So technically I did read most of Addie during 2020. It was my most anticipated book of 2020 and it did not disappoint at all. But I also haven’t been able to bring myself to finish it. I still have about 100 pages to go. For me Addie has just been slowly digging it’s self under my skin and into my bones. Schwab has been my favorite author since I read A Darker Shade of Magic back in 2016 and over the years she’d talked about her process of writing Addie–going from an idea to a finished book. This book has just been such a long wait for me and now that it’s hear I’m having trouble completing the journey.

Addie is, for me, one of those books that speaks to so much of my life and finishing it feels like losing a friend. Or at least that’s how I imagine it’ll feel. So I keep putting off finishing those last pages, wanting to cling to this book that I see so much of myself and my life in.

But I also know that finishing Addie’s story is important for me so I do plan on finishing it by the spring. I always have a hard time finishing books that I connect deeply with, and Addie by far has been the book I’ve connected with the most in recent years.

Thank you so much for reading! I’m really happy I finally got this post out and I hope the rest of the month calms down so I can start posting regularly again!


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