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Literacy Lists – Authors To Catch Up On – Part One

I’ve decided to start off the year with something a little bit different than my usual ‘literacy list’ feature. It’ll still be a top ten on a certain topic but rather than one post a month I’m going to post one per week. And rather than mentioning just one book or series as I generally do I’m going to mention ten of the authors who I most want to catch up on, sharing some of their books on my TBR and also mentioning any releases that they have due this year. Some of the authors are new to me; some I’ve read books by in the past. All have several novels or series that are pretty high priority to me. It was originally going to be a two part feature but, as you can probably tell, I got a little carried away… All of the pictures are of the books by each author that are topping my TBR right now.

Cassandra Clare:

Read: 11
The Moral Instruments
The Infernal Devices
Lady Midnight & Lord Of Shadows

Right now I honestly want to re-read and finish everything by Cassandra Clare and I do hope to do so by the end of the year. The books by her that I most want to read though are Queen Of Air And Darkness (how have I not done so yet when I was so, so desperate to read this?), The Red Scrolls Of Magic & Ghosts Of The Shadow Market. Ideally I also want to re-read The Infernal Devices as soon as possible in preparation for Chain Of Gold.

Out This Year:
Chain Of Gold
Out On: 03/03/2020

This sounds amazing! And the cover is absolutely gorgeous! I’ve loved what I’ve read by Cassandra Clare so far and with yet another historic setting I’m so, so intrigued!!

The Lost Book Of The White

Cover To Come

Out On: 01/09/2020

I’ve got nine months so in theory I should have plenty of time to get book one read before then!

I also really want to read the Magisterium series (the blurb gives me major Harry Potter vibes) but as it’s by both Cassandra Clare & Holly Black I’ve listed it here, between both of them.

Holly Black:

Read: 5 (& one novella)

The Cruel Prince & The Wicked King
Modern Faerie Tales

Naturally the major book that I need to read (and can’t believe that I haven’t yet!) is The Queen Of Nothing. After that the main two books that I want to read by Holly Black are The Coldest Girl In Coldtown & The Darkest Part Of The Forest although I’m pretty sure that I have all of her books on my TBR and I would ideally like to re-read the Modern Tale Of Faerie series soon as my memories of it are pretty hazy.

Richelle Mead:

Read: 13 (& one novella)

Vampire Academy
Georgina Kincaid
The Glittering Court

Let’s be honest here – I desperately want to read ALL of Richelle Mead’s books and honestly do hope to catch up on them by the end of the year. I guess if I had to pick the ones I’m most desperate to read though they would be Bloodlines (how have I still not read this series?), Age Of X and the last two books in The Glittering Court series.

Sarah J. Maas:

Read: 5

The Assassin’s Blade,
Throne Of Glass to Queen Of Shadows

Yet another author who I want to somehow read everything by this year. I desperately want to re-read and finish Throne Of Glass (I got up to Empire Of Storms) and finally start A Court Of Thorns And Roses. I also really would like to get Catwoman read. I always loved her in the movies so I definitely need to see what Sarah J. Maas has done with her story!

Out This Year:
House Of Earth And Blood
Out On: 03/03/2020

Yet again it’s an amazing sounding book with a truly stunning cover! The mix of characters sounds amazing and I just can NOT wait!

Marie Lu:

Read: 0

How have I not read a book by Marie Lu yet? I literally have everything by her on my TBR and own two of her books. So I seriously need to get reading some of her marvelous sounding books. I’ll probably end up reading The Young Elites first as I actually own the first book in the series as an ebook. Then either Batman (as I have that series) or Legend (as it’s so well loved). So Warcross will probably be last but it’s basically by default?

Out This Year:
The Kingdom Of Back
Out On: 03/03/2020

This sounds amazing and you will never convince me differently!


Cover To Come

Out On: 06/10/2020

I don’t know what this is – I don’t even know if it’s real – but as I love the sound of every other book by Marie Lu it’s staying on this list!

As it’s by both Marie Lu & Jay Kristoff I’m placing the The Illuminae Files in-between their two listings. I’ve heard such fantastic things about this series and I’m seriously intrigued. Plus I’m kind of curious about the unusual way that it’s written? Fingers crossed I’ll get it read soon.

Jay Kristoff:

Read: 0

So once again I want to read everything that this author has written. I think I’ll probably start with Nevernight or possibly LIFE1K3. Both of them sound absolutely amazing! And then it’ll probably be Aurora Rising as I’ve heard good things about that book too.

Out This Year:
Empire Of The Vampire

Cover To Come

Out On: 10/09/2020

Omg this sounds amazing! Not only is it a vampire book but it’s set in a rather bleak sounding future and I just can’t wait to pick this one up!

Aurora Burning

Out On: 05/05/2020

Another sequel that I’ll hopefully manage to get the first book of read this year.

V. E. Schwab:

Read: 0

Yet another author that I can’t believe I still need to read something by. Everything by Victoria Schwab is on my TBR and all of it sounds absolutely amazing. The first series that I’ll probably read is Shades Of Magic because I’ve heard it described as an adult Harry Potter and I just adore the sound of the four different Londons involved. Then it’s most likely to be either the Cassidy Blake or Monsters Of Verity.

Out This Year:
The Invisible Life Of Addie La Rue

Cover To Come

Out In: 2020

This book sounds AMAZING! I can’t think of any way in which this won’t be an incredible read. Please, please, please come out already!!!

Everyday Angel
Out On: 04/02/2020

This is a bind up of some of Victoria’s Schwab’s previous books and I’m pretty sure that it’s a younger series than most but I’ll probably still check this out if I enjoy her other books. Why? Because all of her ideas sound fantastic.

Bridge Of Souls

Cover To Come

Out On: 01/09/2020

I’m going to really make an effort to get the first two of these read before this one comes out…whenever that is.

Leigh Bardugo:

Read: 2

Wonder Woman: Warbringer & Ninth House

Basically I need to read all of Leigh Bardugo’s connected series and I seriously can not believe that I haven’t started any of them yet! This year I will definitely get up to date with her books though. And hopefully fall in love with the adaptation. I’ll probably start with The Shadow And Bone Trilogy, then read Six Of Crows & then King Of Scars.

Charlaine Harris:

Read: 15

A Touch Of Dead
Dead Until Dark to Dead In The Family
Harper Connelly

Mostly I need to re-read and finish the Sookie Stackhouse series as I adored it the first time around yet never read the final three books. What is wrong with me? I seriously want to start reading the Gunnie Rose series too though. And from there… I’m not entirely sure. It’ll either be Midnight Texas or Aurora Teagarden though. I guess it’ll come down to my mood at the time.

Out This Year:
A Longer Fall
Out On: 14/01/2020

The first of these may well be one of my first reads of the year in an effort to catch up. I’m a total mood reader though, and recently purchased other books, so I’ll just have to wait and see. This year I’ll definitely get up to date on the series though.

Laini Taylor:

Read: 3

Daughter Of Smoke And Bone

So the main series that I need to read is Strange The Dreamer as everybody loves it, and it sounds so, so amazing. I’d also love to re-read the Daughter Of Smoke And Bone trilogy though and finally read Night Of Cakes & Puppets at the same time. Then there’s Lips Touch which sounds absolutely amazing. And, of course, in my efforts to read all things Laini Taylor I also want to read Blackbringer. Let’s be fair I’d read it whatever; I have a thing about the fae.

So that’s it for part one; look out for part two next week. Also keep an eye out for my ‘TBR Thursday’ post tomorrow; it’ll feature some of the lesser mentioned books and series by five of the authors on this list. Are you looking forward to any of the books mentioned here? Do you love any of the authors? Has anything new caught your eye? Please do let me know in the comments as I’d love to hear from you.

Please note I’m currently on a semi-hiatus but I’ll be back sometime in January. After doing a lot of blog post planning I needed a bit of a break. But I’ll try to check in with comments a couple of times a week (probably after the first week in January as I would like a total blogging break over Christmas) and try to read other people’s posts fairly regularly so that I don’t totally fall behind.