Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Meant to Read in 2020



Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book blog meme now hosted by Jana over at The Artsy Reader Girl!

This week's topic is: Books I Meant to Read in 2020
For this week's topic, I'm going to look at my TTT anticipated release lists for the first and second half of the year and see what books from that list I actually read. I don't have high hopes and I have no idea what books were even on those lists at this point, but let's check it out, anyway!

So, 7/13 is technically a fail, but you know what, I'm pretty pleased with getting through that many knowing how easily my mood and whim changes. Also, I'm not sure if Master Artificer should count considering its release got pushed back to May 2021 and I just an eARC from NetGalley a couple weeks ago. If you for any reason want a closer look at these and my reasons for reading or not reading them...
  • The Obsidian Tower: I was so excited for this and pretty much read the ARC as soon as it showed up at my door. This was a no-brainer. I am forever indebted to Orbit for sending me so many brilliant books.
  • The Shadow Saint: Another book from Orbit, plus I was so excited to read this sequel!
  • The Golden Key: Honestly? I completely forgot this book existed, and I feel bad about that now. The reviews on Goodreads are very discouraging, though, which almost makes me more intrigued now?
  • A Time of Courage: This was a super anticipated finale (and also from Orbit so I got it right away!) and I knew I'd be reading it.
  • The Girl and the Stars: This was sent to me from the publisher and I was excited for new Mark Lawrence.
  • The Unspoken Name: I also somehow received an ARC of this one and had heard a lot of hype about it!
  • A Witch in Time: And once again, thanks, Orbit!
  • Lady Hotspur: I still actively want to read this, I just haven't gotten around to it and my library doesn't have it. :(
  • Seven Endless Forests: Just didn't get around to it, unfortunately.
  • House of Dragons: I think I lost a little bit of interest in this, plus if I recall I think I saw some problems with Jessica Cluess on social media? I don't spend too much time there so I'm not sure the details, but I think I'd definitely look into that before picking this one up.
  • A Peculiar Peril: This wasn't necessarily a super high priority book, so I think that's why I didn't get to it.
  • Master Artificer: As I mentioned above, this release got pushed back and I didn't even have access to a copy until recently! So ha! I have an actual, legitimate excuse.
  • The Devil and the Dark Water: I read this after many weeks on the library waiting list! 
 Wow, this one's, uh, a little embarrassing, to be honest. 3/10 is not great. Let's find out why.
  • Rhythm of War: The longest book on this list (1200 pages is no joke, friends) and I finished it at the beginning of this year! It took a while to come in from the library, also.
  • The Left-Handed Booksellers of London: Okay, so technically I didn't even read this one and I"m a huge liar. But I did check it out from the library and when I read a few pages I just could not for the life of me focus or get interested in the story, so I opted to put it down. I did check it out, though!
  • Piranesi: I've been on my library's waiting list since October and I'm still #22 in line I don't have to take responsibility for this one, right? I'm saying it's out of my hands. And I still have no idea when I'll actually get a chance to read it.
  • The Constant Rabbit: I still really want to read this, but my library doesn't have it and I have been trying to save some money, so hopefully I'll someone get a chance soon!
  • The Space Between Worlds: I feel bad about this one. I started it, was enjoying it, and then just.. stopped? Not sure what happened, I don't tend to do that much these days.
  • The Death of Vivek Oji: My library doesn't have this one, either. 
  • Beowulf: I have no excuses, I just haven't gotten to it.

Well, that's that! This is pretty much exactly why I never make TBRs because I'm way too moody of a reader, so at least I'm consistent at something, right? 
Have you read any of these books? What books did you mean to read in 2020, but didn't get around to for one reason or anther?


  1. Great list! Lady Hotspur is one I want to try, too. Hm yeah I'd look into the Jessica Cluess thing before you decide whether or not to read her book. Everyone's allowed to make mistakes and learn from them, but she was very nasty to educator Lorena Germán, who focuses on antiracism, and for me personally she has a lot of work to do before I'd consider reading any of her books.

    1. Oh yikes, yeah, maybe that's one I'll put a pass on--thanks for the info on it!

  2. That's not bad, considering how last year went, with release dates being pushed back and libraries not getting copies of things when they came out!

    1. Haha, that's true! I guess with my mood reading I'm surprised if I even read more than two that I put on any sort of TBR-ish list, haha.

  3. I agree with Angela. You did pretty good with your list!

    My post.

  4. I tend to mood read and never end up reading my list! lol I hope you can stop by:



  5. I really wanted to read Piranesi too, but maybe I'll read it this year, it's pretty short. I think you did pretty well all things considered!

  6. Way better than I did. I wrote a list of books and forgot about them very soon after lol.
    What did you think about A Witch in Time and The Girl and the Stars? Those are two I wanted to read last year. A Little Hatred was the big one that I wish I read last year. I was enjoying it. I just am not used to slow paced adult fantasy.

  7. Seven Endless Forests- I remember seeing that one and being intrigued- and I love the cover!

    My reading was terrible last year :)