Blogmas 2020

2020 Releases I Didn’t Get To

2020 was not my year for getting to the new releases. I think I was focusing so much on reading books on my shelf, that I never got round to purchasing many of the books I was really interested in. Some of the ones I did buy, I never got to because I went into a reading slump and then never got round to them. Do you ever find that there are just some books that are always looking at you but you never pick them up? This is something I am going to try and be better at in the new year!

I’m going to start with the fantasy books. I have not been in a fantasy mood. There was a point where all I read were fantasy books, however recently they have just been a bit too daunting or just not very appealing to me. So, that could be one of the reasons that I haven’t picked up any of these books and also why there isn’t many fantasy books on this list. Some day I will get back into fantasy books, but until then I’m enjoying contemporary and historical fiction books.

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The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

I have been seeing this book everywhere. Everyone and their mother have been talking about this book since it came out in October. Though, I am not in a fantasy mood, this one definitely caught my interest. I think the historical element is definitely holding my interst in it. I am actually hoping to get to this in the new year.

You can purchase The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue: here

Crescent City: House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas

House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City, #1)

As a Sarah J Maas fan, I am a little disappointed I haven’t read this or even bought it yet. Though, maybe a little apprehensive to dive into it. So far with Sarah J Maas’ series, I have been 50/50. I love A Court of Thorns and Roses but have never been able to finish Throne of Glass. I guess I am wondering which category this will settle in and also I guess it will determine whether I love Sarah J Maas or just the one series. It is such a beautiful cover though.

You can purchase House of Earth and Blood: here

Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

Cinderella Is Dead

Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron is a sapphic retelling of Cinderella. I love retellings and really hope to get to this one in the future. I’ve seen some amazing things about it and everyone that I’ve seen who’s read it seems to love it. It’s also short-listed for the Goodreads Choice Awards 2020 so that is also a good sign that it’s a book I should have got to.

You can purchase Cinderella is Dead: here

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

Cemetery Boys

I was drawn to this book because of the representation. It is about a Trans boy who’s Latinx family are struggling to accept his gender and identity. It’s also a paranormal book and I am really interested in the paranormal. It is one I want to get to in the future, and I definitely wish I had gotten to it in 2020, but hopefully 2021 is the one I get to read it!

You can purchase Cemetery Boys: here

The Switch by Beth O’Leary

The Switch

I have been raving about The Flat Share by Beth O’Leary since I read it but I never got round to The Switch. Now, in the winter, it feels a little weird reading it. I feel like I need to save it for spring time – is anyone else like that? Do you save books for a certain time of year?

You can purchase The Switch: here

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

Clap When You Land

Even before reading the Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo, this one has been on my radar. Elizabeth Acevedo’s books always intrigue me, but they tend to have heavier subjects so I tend to save them for a time where I can really give them the attention they deserve. Gutted I never made it to this one, I know it got some really good reviews.

You can purchase Clap When You Land: here

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

Another one with transgender representation! Like Clap When You Land and The Switch, I have been saving this one. I feel like I’ve been saving it for a time where I have enough time to try and read it in one sitting or just simply for the spring time. I’m not sure why I’m making the connection with this book and the spring, but I feel like it’s definitely one that will be worth the wait.

Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

Tweet Cute

This one was another one that slipped off my radar when it came out. I actually know that I am receiving this one for Christmas. So, maybe I will get to this one before the end of the year? Highly unlikely. Though, I would like to finish it before Emma Lord’s new book comes out: You Have a Match.

You can purchase Tweet Cute: here

Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell


Initially, I picked up Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell because it was the winner in the Women’s Fiction Prize for Fiction 2020. Everyone on instagram was talking about it and saying how beautiful the story was. Since then though, I’ve learnt that the story is quite a sad one. It is still on my TBR and it is one I will eventually get to, but just not yet.

You can purchase Hamnet: here

Time of Our Lives by Emily Wibberley

Time of Our Lives

I only found out about this one recently, so I’m giving myself some (not really needed) grace. I’ve been looking for some more books that are set in college/university so this got added to my TBR as soon as I came across it. This one seems to have a lot of important subjects too with one of the main character’s mother has early-onset Alzheimer’s. I’ve never experienced Alzheimer’s in real life or in fiction, so I’m looking forward to learning about it through this book.

Were there any 2020 releases that you wanted to get to but never did?


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20 thoughts on “2020 Releases I Didn’t Get To

  1. Indeed, it seems like the whole world has read Addie LaRue! I personally think that it deserves every bit of hype, the historical element was blended so well with the fantasy one! I hope you will enjoy it! Ahh I did love the ACOTAR series too, but same here: haven’t gotten to HoEaB – do let me know how it goes!

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  2. Well, wasn’t aware of any 2020 releases- except for the pcblishment of the final book in the Nevermoor Triology- really want to read it after hearing not once, but like three times that Harry Potter fans will love.

    As a young adult, sometimes I am reading a middle grade books, which is fascinating because two of my WIPS are middle grade books.

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      1. Tale of the Cattail Forest- that book of mine has been read multiple times by myself.

        Actually- so far, Nevermoor is the next new fantasy I will be reading. Hopefully next year, that 3rd book is in paperback- prefer those

        In addition-asking for a kindle for xmas so I might be able to read more books next this year

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      2. I’ve heard good things about Nevermoor but never read it, hope you enjoy it! What books are you going to get first if you get your kindle?


      3. I don’t know—–depends on when I finish my current read.

        Have you heard of the app “Libby”- it is an online library that you can connect to your kindle. So basically checking out books from a library.


  3. Addie LaRue is a unique read and is one book that I could easily say I won’t forget for a long time. Hopefully you’ll like it too!

    I haven’t bought or read House of Earth and Blood even though I love SJM’s books. It’s just I never found myself wanting to read Fae fantasy.

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  4. I have so many 2020 releases I didn’t get to. Even if you’re not in a fantasy mood, Addie LaRue is amazing. I feel like while it has fantasy elements, it doesn’t read as much like your average fantasy book. It’s more like a historical or fiction book in the way it’s more focused on characters and relationships. So it would be a good book to start with if you’re not into a full blown fantasy novel. Great post! – Amber

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