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Meet The TBR – Most Anticipated Releases For The Rest Of 2020

Sorry for disappearing yet again. I really want to say that I’m back but honestly it’s going to be another couple of weeks as I’m still stuck in this ridiculous reading slump. I majorly want to push passed it before blogging about books and to be honest I’m also feeling a little low lately. On the bright side I do have a lot of blogging inspiration so once I’m back I have a lot of ideas for future content dancing around in my head. So I will definitely be back fully soon. I just need another few weeks to shake off this mood and slump.

Anyway onto today’s post. I didn’t just want to write a paragraph saying I’d be disappearing so instead I thought I’d start off a new series about my TBR for now. Why? Because it gives me a chance to remind myself of why I wanted to read some of the books on it in the first place – something that will hopefully reignite my passion for reading. Plus it means I can hopefully bring some fantastic sounding books to your attention too.

These are ten of my most anticipated releases for the rest of 2020. (I was so heartbroken to see that Empire Of The Vampire has been pushed to 2021!) I decided to start it from July onwards as we’re almost at the end of June already.

Splinters Of Scarlet by Emily Bain Murphy

As soon as I saw this described as ‘Downton Abbey with magic’ it went straight onto my TBR. I mean honestly, what more could I ask for in a book? There’s also a mystery element, it’s set in 19th century Denmark and it states that ‘secrets can kill and magic is a deadly gift’. Plus I love the cover…
I may actually just have to go and pre-order this…

The Year Of The Witching by Alexis Henderson

Let’s be honest it was probably the title that first drew me to this book – we need more witch fiction! – but how could I possibly resist it with a blurb like that? Four dead witches, a land that sounds chilling, a secret journal and just… I Need This Book! Seriously. Plus I love the cover again… why is the UK version different?

The Notorious Virtues by Alwyn Hamilton

Magical competition, check. Mysterious death, check. A fortune up for grabs, check. Illegitimate daughter, check. Basically it’s magic, murder and a fascinating sounding world. I need this book. And here’s a little quote from the blurb:
‘Incredible tests, impossible choices and deadly odds await both girls. But there can only be one winner.’

Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles

Moulin Rogue & magicians. Need I say more? There’s unseen danger, a powerful showgirl, disappearing magicians, an enigmatic keeper and a brooding judge with a dark past. This book sounds dark, twisted, magical and just flat out incredible.

A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik

Speaking of incredible books… how did I not learn about this one sooner? It’s set in a school for the magically gifted where failure quite literally means death. There’s no escape until it’s students graduate. There are monsters lurking everywhere. And the main character has dark magic so powerful that it could kill everyone. Basically this went on my TBR as soon as I saw it described as a ‘dark, feminist Harry Potter’.

The Invisible Life Of Addie La Rue by V.E. Schwab

Ah this book. I’ve been waiting for it for what feels like forever! How could I resist a book about a girl who sells her soul for a chance to live forever, only to then be cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets. Amazing. I. NEED. THIS. I better be back to my reading game when this releases as it’s one I intend to read as soon as humanly possible.

A Golden Fury by Samantha Cohoe

Is it bad that I was first drawn to this simply because it said the words ‘Philosopher’s Stone’? Yes I’m the girl who instantly thought of Harry Potter at that point. But seriously this sounds so, so amazing. It’s about a girl, Thea, who learns that creating said stone will lead to madness, but will she have to go ahead and sacrifice her sanity to save the people she loves?

Poisoned by Jennifer Donnelly

I know hardly anything about this book but after devouring Stepsister I must have it! I absolutely adored Jennifer Donnelly’s retelling of Cinderella so I simply can’t wait to see what her take on Snow White will be like. Will it involve Fate & Chance again? (please, please, be yes!) And will more follow? I hope so. Ugh, I literally can not wait.

Kingdom Of The Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco

Two sisters, a brutal murder, an intoxicating romance, witches, princes of Hell! and long forbidden dark magic. I’ve seen a couple of quotes from this book on Instagram and I need it. I may actually cry due to the wait (even if I am stuck in a slump right now) because it sounds absolutely phenomenal. I actually joined the author’s newsletter to get the prologue so I majorly hope that I wasn’t too late!!

The Wicked & The Dead by Melissa Marr

This one doesn’t have a Goodreads page yet so I’ve linked the title to the author’s page about the book instead.

Cover To Come.

From what I read in Melissa Marr’s email newsletters this is going to be her take on vampires after she was inspired to write about them following a nasty snake bite. And it sounds incredible. There’s murder, magic and a faery prince; and trust me, Melissa Marr really knows how to write addictive tales about the fae.

So there you have it, the ten books that release over the second half of 2020 that I’m most excited for. Has writing this helped spark up some more reading enthusiasm for me? Yes!! So fingers crossed that it stays. Obviously I can’t get on with any of these yet but I have plenty of other beautiful books waiting to be read that I’m also incredibly stoked for including The Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes, The Beautiful, Blood Countess, Queen Of Nothing (how have I not read that yet?!?) House Of Blood And Earth, Chain Of Gold and Serpent & Dove to name a few. Plus the library stack that I mentioned in my previous post. So yeah, I definitely have lots of wonderful sounding books to keep me busy. And lots of other wonderful sounding ones releasing in the future.

Ideally I’m going to get reading over the next two to three weeks then return properly with a LOT of blogging and reading inspiration buzzing about inside of me. I’m planning to return with another of these lists, this time totally shaming myself with the books that have been on my physical TBR pile for the longer (*hides*). And then I’ll naturally also catch up on my other posts, features, tags and read all of your wonderful content too.

What are you most anticipated books for the rest of 2020? What have been your favourite reads of the year so far? Is there any particular category that you’d like to see for this series in the future?
Let me know everything in the comments.


42 thoughts on “Meet The TBR – Most Anticipated Releases For The Rest Of 2020

    1. Thank you. And I know, so many of them are stunning ๐Ÿ˜ ah I completely agree. I really want a copy of it as it sounds amazing but I want the US cover because it’s stunning. Why couldn’t they stick to the same one ๐Ÿ˜ญ
      I hope you enjoy it if you do end up reading it โ˜บ๏ธ

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  1. Lovely list! I’m SO excited for all of these! A Deadly Education especially sounds amazing. Feminist Harry Potter??? YES PLEASE. And I’m super excited for Poisoned as well, a Snow White retelling from Jennifer Donnelly should be amazing. I hope you adore all of these! ๐Ÿ’œ

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    1. Thank you ๐Ÿ’ž aww that’s wonderful, I hope you end up enjoying all of them โ˜บ๏ธ I know right? It seriously has the potential to become one of my favourite books!! (Please don’t let that jinx my experience). Yeah I have such high hopes from it too. I look forward to seeing how it compares to her first retelling (: and finding out what you think of it too. Thank you ๐Ÿ’•

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    1. Thank you. I seriously can’t wait for them all. So many of them have premises that hold so much promise!!! I hope you enjoy all of the ones you mentioned โ˜บ๏ธ


  2. The wait for Empire of the Vampire is still so long!
    I’m so excited to read The invisible Life of Addie La Rue, Kingdom of the wicked and Where dreams descend and so many more!


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    1. I know. I was thrilled that it was only a few months away then I looked and the date had changed ๐Ÿ˜ญ
      Aww well I hope you end up loving them all ๐Ÿ’ž and I look forward to finding out what you think of them ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  3. All of these look so good! My most anticipated release is definitely Addie LaRue, but I also want to get pretty much all the books you mentioned here ๐Ÿ˜
    Great post!

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  4. At halfway through the year I just completely loose track of whatโ€™s coming out when so thank you for reminding me! ๐Ÿ˜‚
    I really hope you feel motivated to pick up these books soon & that you enjoy them when you do! ๐Ÿ’• Iโ€™ve been on a reading spree lately so Iโ€™m crossing my fingers that it stays but I feel like a slump might be around the corner…

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    1. Ah happy to be of help. I find it alarming how aware I am of new releases whilst simultaneously being behind on reading everything ๐Ÿ™ˆ
      Thank you โ˜บ๏ธ writing about them all did leave me feeling really motivated and excited actually so hopefully it’ll help.
      Aww I’m happy to hear your readings been going well and really hope that you manage to avoid the slump that you’re fearing ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

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  5. this is such a great list!! i’m so excited for the invisible life of addie larue and a deadly education — both of their premises sound exactly up my alley (i just love any fantasy that promises some Darkness ๐Ÿ˜Ž). i’m also really anticipating where dreams descend — i have an earc of it that i really need to get to, but after getting the chance to see moulin rouge on broadway earlier this year and falling in love with it, i have a feeling i’m going to love this book!! โค

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    1. Thank you ๐Ÿ’• Ah me too!! It’s hard to resist dark fantasy stories. Omg I’m so jealous!! Firstly they you have an earc of it (I hope you love it!!) & secondly that you’ve seen Moulin Rogue on stage. I’ve wanted to watch that live for years ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ hopefully one day it’ll tour near me. I’m glad you loved it though ๐Ÿ’•


  6. i hope you get over your reading and blogging slumps soon, Charlotte! sending love โค i can't wait for Where Dreams Descend, ahhh. i usually don't really care for circus books, but i've heard such good things about it, and the author is Filipino!! also, i'm counting on addie larue to save 2020 for me lmao. ve schwab consistently writes books that i rate 5 stars, and the early reviews for addie are so promising ๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿฅบ

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    1. Thank you ๐Ÿ’ž fingers crossed as I’m missing both. Writing about all of these books did really give my inspiration a bit of a boost though so at least that’s something.
      It does sound awesome and I literally can not wait for it to come out!! I hope it lives up to your expectations. Aww well I really hope that you end up loving it as much as her other books. It sounds incredible so fingers crossed that it’ll be another five star read for you ๐Ÿ’ž


  7. Hey Charlotte! So glad you managed to reignite your passion for reading by writing this post, I really hope you get back into the swing of reading because it is just such a wonderful thing โค๏ธ You donโ€™t have to promise us when youโ€™ll be back just come back when you know that youโ€™re ready ๐Ÿ™‚ Fairytale retellings, ah I love them! Have you ever read Heartless? Itโ€™s from the POV of the Queen Of Hearts from Alice In Wonderland and how she became who she was… itโ€™s heart breaking and magical โœจ

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    1. Thank you ๐Ÿ’ž I still haven’t started but I’m hoping to soon. I do seriously want to so don’t know why I keep failing to start. And thanks again, I do want to get back to blogging, I just really want to be reading properly again first.
      Ooh I actually drafted up a list of some of those for when I return at some point. I still need to read Heartless but I do have a copy of it and I’m really looking forward to reading it. I love learning the origin stories of villains and have heard such wonderful things about that one.

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      1. No worries! Awh good luck โค๏ธ Thatโ€™s okay maybe just set a goal of a chapter a day! I totally get you, I feel I have to be stable in my emotions to blog (is that just me?) and when Iโ€™m not it just doesnโ€™t work! Thatโ€™s awesome and yes do read it, it is amazing and villains stories can be so interesting, I agree! ๐Ÿ’“

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      2. Thanks, I think I just need to get started tbh. I’ve been trying to get a few things organized and just never seem to have time to start ๐Ÿ™ˆ I’m going to make sure I do this week though, even if it is only a chapter like you said. No it’s not just you, it’s definitely best to blog when you’re in the right mindset, otherwise you don’t enjoy it in the same way and can get stressed instead which definitely isn’t the point of blogging. I hopefully will soon ๐Ÿ˜Š and I’m always on the lookout for them.

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      3. You got this! I totally get you, I hope youโ€™ve managed/manage to start soon! Thatโ€™s great, take small baby steps and it will help introduce you back to regularly reading again! Iโ€™m glad itโ€™s not just me, sometimes I find it hard to find the balance between blogging becoming a chore and my joy, I sometimes find it stressful keeping up with all the notifications ๐Ÿคญ Yay!

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      4. Thank you ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’— I’ve finally made a start and think (hope) that I’ve pushed passed my block. I’ve read- and happily even loved – three books. So if I keep it up for the next few days then I’m going to start blog hopping again over the weekend and return fully sometime next week ๐Ÿ˜
        Aww I understand that. They can be pretty overwhelming at times. I’m trying to keep on top of comments atm but I know my email alerts about other blog posts are pretty high. I’m excited to read them all hut definitely going to have to limit myself to stop myself from focusing single mindedly on catch up and abandoning books again.

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      5. No worries at all! That is so good Charlotte, Iโ€™m honestly overjoyed with you because I knew how much you were struggling with your readers block ๐Ÿ˜ญ Thatโ€™s amazing! Three books, wowzers โ˜บ๏ธ That is absolutely epic! Youโ€™re slaying it, well done again ๐Ÿ’•
        They really can! Good for you, I keep up with them for a few days and then I end up ghosting for a week ๐Ÿ˜‚ Yes you donโ€™t have to read every single post! How about you read one or two recents from each blog, I know as a blogger and you probably do too that we donโ€™t keep track of who reads and comments so donโ€™t lose your reading flame!! ๐Ÿ’“

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      6. Aww thank you. Tbh I think I’ve had it for a really long time. Because even when I was reading in the past I’d kind of get one book read then put off starting another for ages /: so fingers crossed that I’ve finally shaken it off. I hope so anyway as I picked some more library books up earlier. Aww thank you ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’— I did have a couple of really quiet days which helped though.
        Ah I get that. I hadn’t replied since about Thursdays I think but as I haven’t been blogging hopping (besides checking out the pages of new followers) it didn’t really build up too much.
        Yeah I do mostly try to do that now. There are some people who I do try to catch up on completely but even then I’m trying to do it in phases now. That way I hopefully won’t overwhelm them with too many comments at once either.

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      7. Of course! That sucks. Really? Reading has never been a chore for me so I canโ€™t relate but sometimes if there is pressure to read it can become more stressful which is not fun at all ๐Ÿ˜… I think you have! I absolutely LOVE going to the library hehe. Thatโ€™s great, itโ€™s my summer holidays so Iโ€™m trying to relax a lot because I know come September my days are going to be FAR from quiet ๐Ÿ˜ญ
        No worries, oh thatโ€™s not too bad then! Yep if I suddenly comment on lots of posts and then ghost the blogosphere my notifications are full ๐Ÿ˜‚
        I get that! I hope you manage to catch up as much as you want, and exactly you want to space out the comments for people, that is really considerate!

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      8. Yeah I accidentally made it all about catching up with books which is annoying as I’ve always read for enjoyment in the past. And I love reading. I’m hoping I’ve got back to that. I love going there too (: and aww, I hope you have a relaxing August then.
        Yeah that’s happened to me too. I’ve had to use emails to catch up as I’ve literally had more notifications than what WordPress will keep track of ๐Ÿ™ˆ thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š

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      9. Awh no thatโ€™s an okay mistake to make donโ€™t worry, but that really sucks! Me too it honestly is my favourite thing to do like ever. Yes itโ€™s such a nice place! You too, I think August is definitely going to be chill central. Oh gosh I can imagine, your WordPress must be blown up ๐Ÿ˜‚ Anytime!

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      10. Yeah I think I’m finally getting passes it though. And same (: that’s why it sucks so much that I was struggling for ages. Aww that sounds lovely. I hope you get the relaxing summer that you want. Ah it’s fine now. It was my fault for commenting on countless posts at once then disappearing๐Ÿ˜…

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    1. I hope that you enjoy them both. I’m literally counting down the days until Kingdom Of The Wicked. It sounds incredible and the prologue was amazing ๐Ÿ˜


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