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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.

Features · Literary Lists

Literacy Lists: Most Anticipated Books For The Rest Of The Year

Sorry for the double post, again, but once I’ve caught up a little on my blogging backlog things should calm down. I have two more new features that I wanted to start this month to fit in before next Monday, plus my usual Anticipated Reads feature for next month as well. I also still have several tags to post but I think I should get all – or at the very least most – of them uploaded by the end of next month. The Summer Bucket List will be coming at some point next week.

Anyway originally I was going to make up a list of books featuring France for this month. Why? Because there have been some absolutely fabulous sounding ones coming out lately and more still to come next year. So why didn’t I? I’m not entirely sure but it is a topic that I plan to tackle at some point in the future. I guess the main reason that I changed my mind is because I wanted to mention a few of the releases for the rest of the year that I’m desperate for. Why not share some of them on my birthday month, after all?

Before I get started on my top ten for the month I just want to mention the six above books briefly and point out that they really should be on this list. I feel like I’ve been waiting for The Beautiful to come out forever and I literally can not wait to get my hands on it! Vampires and New Orleans sounds like heaven to me. The other five I’m itching to read too and if you’re unfamiliar with any of them you most definitely should look them up to see if they capture your attention. As I’ve already got these books listed in my Most Anticipated Reads 2019 I’ve decided not to include them however as A) they’re already listed elsewhere and B) if I include them that’s over half my list already filled and I wanted to take the chance to mention some of the books that I hadn’t included in that list, some of which I only learnt about fairly recently. So in some ways this really is more of a top 16 but details about the above six can be found on the page mentioned above.

The Queen Of Nothing by Holly Black

Naturally The Queen Of Nothing has to be on this list! I literally can not wait for it to come out. I need to know what happens next. Although, truthfully, a little part of me is dreading finding out too.

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

I’ve been meaning to read The Night Circus forever (and hopefully will soon) but I’ve heard a lot of good things about it. And this new novel by the author sounds like a compelling mix of fascinating and bizarre. It has an ancient library filled not just with books but also lost cities, seas and stories whispered by the dead.

The Blood Countess by Lana Popović

This is one of the books that I only recently learnt of and it sounds like just the book that I’ve been waiting for! It’s the story of a scullery maid who is vaulted to the job of chambermaid after the glamorous Countess Elizabeth Báthory takes a liking to her. From the blurb it sounds like it’s not long before this servant’s dreams become a nightmare.

The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White

Firstly this sounds amazing! Secondly I can not wait for this to come out!! Admittedly Slayer wasn’t exactly what I was expecting but I still have high hopes for this intriguing sounding tale of Arthur’s Camelot.

Dangerous Alliance by Jennieke Cohen

This book sounds quite different to most of the others on this list but I’m seriously looking forward to it. The setting is just the sort of historical one that I long for. And, to make things even better, there’s an element of mystery and romance involved. Sign me up!

The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman

Somehow I hopelessly haven’t managed to read the first of these books yet but I fully intend to soon (and re-read His Dark Materials too as it’s been a while since I last read them and I’d really like to refresh my memory). Even if book one is still on my TBR this is still a highly anticipated book for me though!

Bid My Soul Farewell by Beth Revis

Another one that I haven’t read the previous book of but I do intend to ASAP. This one had to be included as I’m itching to finally get on with Give The Dark My Love.

Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw

This sounds so good! It’s the story of some magical, rumored to be haunted woods. A boy goes missing in them yet mysteriously survives. What happened? How did he survive such terrible conditions? And why do the woods react uneasily to his presence?

The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco

I’m totally looking forward to this book! Twin goddesses, frozen cities, ancient prophecies, secrets & betrayal. Need I say more really?

The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Picking a final book for this list was a little tricky as there were still a lot of options to choose between. In the end I went for The Deathless Girls, even though it wasn’t in my original top ten this month (why???) as the concept behind the story really appeals to me. The backstory of the brides of Dracula? Yes, yes, yes! It sounds like the story that I didn’t even know I needed.

So those are ten of the books – sixteen including the ones I’ve already listed elsewhere – that I’m most excited for over the rest of the year. What books are you waiting patiently – or impatiently – for? Are any of these on your TBR or new to you? Got any recommendations that you think I’d like? Let me know in the comments section (: