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Top 10 Tuesday 19th January

on January 19, 2021

Welcome to another instalment of Top 10 Tuesday, hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. This week our topic is:

Top 10 Books I Meant To Read In 2020 But Didn’t Get To

1. The Invisible Life Of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab.

I meant to buy this as soon as it came out but…..I never ended up getting around to it. I bought quite a lot of books towards the beginning of the year, when we first went into lockdown, but hardly anything once we came out of it towards the end of the year. I hope to get to this one soon!

2. How To Be An Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi

I did buy this last year, around the time of the BLM protests after the death of George Floyd. I bought quite a few books and I read a lot of them but I still have this one and one other non-fiction piece left to read. I’ve been learning a lot from reading these and even though I’m not American, finding so many things that are applicable in so many situations and places.

3. Blood & Honey by Shelby Mahurin

I read the first one in this series, Serpent & Dove and really enjoyed it. I borrowed this one via ebook when it came out but I was really struggling to read ebooks on my iPad last year for some reason, kept giving me headaches so I think I will try it in a different format in 2021. Hopefully borrow a paperback copy or something.

4. The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi

Never got around to this one either and now it’s been such a long time since I read the first book that I’m probably going to have to read it again before I finally read this one. I can’t remember pretty much anything that happened.

5. The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

I have been intending to read this for so long! I am going to buy the whole trilogy – this actually fits into a category for a challenge I’m doing this year and they’re such beautiful books that I have to buy copies instead of reading the copy of this one that I have electronically!

6. Bringing Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel

I finally read Wolf Hall (only took me 10 years!) and then I bought this one as soon as I’d finished. But I didn’t get around to actually reading it, so that’s a plan for 2021. And then hopefully when I’m finished, the third book is out in some sort of matching format and I can buy that and finish the trilogy. In probably 2022 or 2023 haha.

7. Torched by Kimberley Starr

This was sent by an Australian publisher but I just didn’t get time to squeeze it in but I transferred it to my ‘when I get time’ shelf because I really liked the sound of it. It’s about a single mother whose son is accused of lighting a bushfire (wildfire) that kills 12 people – something that is really relevant here. In fact the publication of this book was pushed back a few months as the first date coincided with terrible bushfires and they thought it’d be better to publish it once the danger of that time had passed. So I still want to read this.

8. My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

I always find books that delve into relationships between teachers and students really interesting from a psychological standpoint. I meant to read this one so many times in 2020 and just….never ended up doing it! Rolling it over into the 2021 TBR pile.

9. The Sun Sister by Lucinda Riley

I read the rest of the books in this series in pretty quick succession and finished them just before this one was released. However, I still haven’t read it (oh look, the story of my life!) although I have read an extract. Elektra is my least favourite sister and the extract I read made her seem even more tedious but I do want to read this because I am so curious about all the answered questions in this series like why do these sisters not even know their own adoptive father’s name and various other things!

10. Code Name Helene by Ariel Lawhon

This was also sent by a publisher and I didn’t end up fitting it in – it’s about Nancy Wake, a kind of fictionalised telling I guess. Nancy Wake is a really interesting Southern Hemisphere figure that I do not know nearly enough about and this one also went on my “one day” pile because I think it sounds really interesting and I’ve heard some good things from those who have read it.

And there we are – just 10 of the books I meant to get to in 2020 and did not. Will I be successful in reading these in 2021? Who knows? And do you have anything on your list that’s also on mine? Or have you read one of these (or more!) and have some thoughts? Let me know!

10 responses to “Top 10 Tuesday 19th January

  1. Crissene Fawcett says:

    My Dark Vanessa is definitely worth reading (see Teresa Smith and other reviews). In 2020 I happily happened upon Jules Wake, a UK author reminiscent of Karen Swan. Covent Garden in the Snow and her latest, The Spark are my favourites. Another British writer I found is Sophie Money Coutts whose three books remind me somewhat of Sarra Manning. I also enjoyed a first novel by Jacki Fraser – The Bookshop of Second Chances. American writer Marie Force’s Fatal series roped me in (a politician and a homicide detective plus family and colleagues) and I recently read Lily King’s Writers and Lovers. There are so many good books out there!

  2. Anne Bennett says:

    I read STAMPED which is a YA edition of How to Be an Antiracist. It is so informative. My TTT list

  3. thebrowneyedbookworm says:

    I have The Invisible Life Of Addie LaRue on my tbr too, and just recently read Serpent & Dove, will be reading Blood & Honey soon. And I still need to read so many books I added to my tbr last June, like How To Be An Anti-Racist, and Stamped, and So You Want to Talk About Race. So many books, not enough time 😀

    ~ Corina |

  4. I loved Addie LaRue, hope you enjoy it! The Silvered Serpents was also on my list, I read The Gilded Wolves last year, but didn’t get around to that one.
    My TTT:

  5. lydiaschoch says:

    The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue has been on several lists this week!

    My post.

  6. I’ve heard good things about many of these, especially My Dark Vanessa. I hope you get to them soon.

  7. Great list! The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue made my list this week too. I also read Blood & Honey and enjoyed it 😊

    Here’s my list! Happy Reading!

  8. stefani says:

    So many books so little time, am I right? Hope you manage to get around to these. Happy reading! My TTT

  9. I loved The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue and I hope you do too!

    My TTT.

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