This is a call-out post to myself!
So, twice a year, I make these huge lists of my most anticipated releases of the year like every other bookish content creator, right? But here’s the thing, it dawned on me that once I post those lists I kind of uh…forget about them? I mean, I remember most of the books as I’m excited about them and see a lot of people talking about them on Twitter but at the same time they take a backseat in my brain or the initial excitement dies down or, or… and I end up not reading most of them. Which is all good because I also want to give some love to backlist titles and reading for me is all about balance between the two. BUT! I thought that I should at least start going through them at the end of every year to see where I stand with books I was initially anticipating. Is it still the case? Did I read them? Do I still want to read the ones I didn’t get to? We shall find out!
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- The Kingdom of Copper (Daevabad #2) by S. A. Chakraborty – Is anyone really surprised? This is literally my favorite book in my favorite series of all time. (my review)
- Once Ghosted, Twice Shy (Reluctant Royals #2.5) by Alyssa Cole – This was a very adorable and heartfelt novella that I loved so much I wish it were a full length novel.
- The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan – This was the first book with a queer Muslim MC I’ve read and it did so many things right. (my review)
- We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia – This book toyed with my feelings and I HATE IT!!! But I also love it and I’m in agony waiting for the sequel.
- The Fever King by Victoria Lee – Again, is anyone surprised? One of my favorite books of all time right there. (my review)
- Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale – This book made me feel so many things, it was so real and so emotional, so soft and so good. Ugh. (my review)
- The Weight of The Stars by K. Ancrum – Look at what I said about TFK above. (my review)
- A Prince on Paper (Reluctant Royals #3) by Alyssa Cole – This was very expected because Alyssa Cole can do no wrong in my eyes. (my review)
- With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo – Did I love it as much as The Poet X? No. Is it brilliant in its own right? Hell yeah, it is.
- I Wish you All the Best by Mason Deaver – I actually read and adored this one long before its finished version, which…I should probably get to rereading. And I will. One day.
- Love from A to Z by S. K. Ali – Hands down my favorite Muslim book out there. (my review)
- Tell Me How you really Feel by Amina Mae Safi – This book was so angst filled but also equally soft? And it’s queer! And one of the MCs is Muslim! The other one is Jewish!
- Wilder Girls by Rory Power – This book was so weird and creepy and wonderful. It really got under my skin. (my review)
- The Stars and the Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus – This book was so unexpectedly spiritual and magical. Equally quiet and powerful. (my review)
- Crier’s War by Nina Varela – This! was! so! good! The worldbuilding so well done and the slowburn agonizingly good. Pfew.
- Get a Life Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert – Another not surprising one, with, you know, Talia Hibbert being my favorite romance author.
- The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi – I feel like I would have LOVED this one had I read it physically but sadly I despised the male narrator for the audiobook.
- On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
- Descendant of the Crane by Joan He (my review)
- Belly Up by Eva Darrows (my review)
- Her Royal Highness (Royals #2) by Rachel Hawkins
- We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal – I need the sequel ASAP to know what happens to my babies. (my review)
- The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai (my review)
- Color me In by Natasha Diaz
- How to be Remy Cameron by Julian Winters
- I hope you get this Message by Farah Naz Rishi
- All-American Muslim Girl by Nadine Jolie Courtney
- Enchantée by Gita Trelease – Not gonna lie, this was a very easy DNF for me, I was bored to tears.
- Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid – This book was such a letdown, I didn’t like the format, the relationships nor then anticlimactic ending. (my review)
- Ruse (Want #2) by Cindy Pon – This was a free fall from how much I adored the first book in this duology. I am a sad bean.
- Going Off Script by Jen Wilde – This story felt very similar to the author’s other works and yet I liked it a lot less? It fell flat for me. (my review)
- Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim – This book’s main fault is that it was marketed wrong and I went in expecting something completely different from what I got. (my review)
- Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron – Okay so I debated whether to put this here or in the category above because I did like it but it sadly didn’t live up to my expectations. (my review)
- Orpheus Girl by Brynne Rebele-Henry- This book was just fucking terrible (my review).
- The Light at the Bottom of the World by London Shah – This one fell flat for me in almost every aspect. (my review)
- Color Outside the Lines edited by Sangu Mandanna – I only truly loved a couple stories in the anthology,, I already forgot most of them. (my review)
- Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto
- The Weight of Our Sky by Hana Alkaf – I have an annotated ARC of this one so I really am trash for not having read it yet.
- An Affair of Poisons by Addie Thorley
- Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds
- The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James by Ashley Herring Blake – I actually just got gifted this for my birthday by a dear friend of mine so!!! I can’t wait to read it!!!
- The Takeover Effect by Nisha Sharma
- The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman
- When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton – I was waiting for this one’s audiobook to release because that’s how I read the first one and then I just…forgot about it?
- Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno
- The Wise and the Wicked by Rebeccah Podos
- There’s Something about Sweetie by Sandhya Menon
- I Wanna Be Where You Are by Kristina Forest
- Like A Love Story by Abdi Nazemian – Another one I got gifted for my birthday, so it’s happening folks!!!
- The Dragon Republic by R. F. Kuang
- The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee
- Only Ashes Remain by Rebecca Schaeffer – hopefully this one is getting done this month!
- Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika & Maritza Moulite
- Slay by Brittney Morris
- Daughter of Nri – Reni K. Amayo
- Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
- Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett
- A River of Royal Blood by Amanda Joy
- Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan
- When the Stars Lead to You by Ronni Davis
Okay so I was kind of…ruthless with weeding out the books I don’t want to read and I talked about the reason in my 2019 round-up, but basically I was disappointed by many books last year so I want to be more selective about the books I read. If I’m being honest the main reason most of these were on there to begin with is because I kept seeing them everywhere and the hype got to me, and I’m not really interested in the story. 2020 is the year I read books I’m truly interested in so these have got to go.
- The Girl King by Mimi Yu
- Last of Her Name by Jessica Khoury – I realized that the reason I was excited about this is because I love the author’s The Forbidden Wish but the book itself doesn’t really appeal to me.
- The Last 8 by Laura Pohl
- Wolf-Light by Yaba Badoe – I didn’t even remember I was excited about this??? or that it even existed? So that says it all.
- If I’m Being Honest by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka – If I’m being honest, as much as I love adult romance, I have grown out of YA romcoms and most of them just…bore me.
- Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo
- The Bride Test (The Kiss Quotient #2) by Helen Hoang
- These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling
- I Love you so Mochi by Sarah Kuhn
- Blood Heir by Amélie Wen Zhao
- The Wedding party by Jasmine Guillory
- Shatter the Sky by Rebecca Kim Wells
- Here there are Monsters by Amelinda Bérubé
- Song of the Abyss by Makiia Lucier – This was only here because I read the first book, which I liked enough but not enough to read a companion.
- His Hideous Heart edited by Dahlia Adler – This one was here 110% because of the hype but I know nothing about Edgar Allan Poe.
- The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring
- 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston
- By Any Means Necessary – Candice Montgomery
- War Girls by Tochi Onyebuchi
- Our Wayward Fate by Gloria Chao
- Sick Kids in Love by Hannah Moskowitz
- Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi – I…lost interest in this series.
Besides all the books I had on my anticipated lists, I discovered so many books through the year that I am genuinely excited to read and will try to make a priority in 2020. I’ve talked about all of them in a video I posted last week, and I really loved how it turned out.
That’s it until next time.
What are some 2019 releases you’ve loved? And what are some you still want to get to in 2020?
Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.