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2020 Releases I Haven’t Read (but still want to).

Helloooo.

Today I’m going to be talking about a bunch of 2020 releases I didn’t get to this year but am still holding out hope that I read eventually. I’m also going to be looking back to see if I read the 2019 releases I said I wanted to read in 2020. This is basically a self call out post. Enjoy.

Before that though, let me complain for a hot minute: I am genuinely considering cutting my tongue off because I’ve had a giant ass ulcer all weekend and it’s driving me crazy. And so I ask, cutting my tongue off yay or nay? Ok I’m done now. Let’s see what books I wanted to read but didn’t.


  • Anna K by Jenny Lee – I’ve heard a lot about this book since it’s release and I want to make it a priority in 2021. This is an Anna Karenina retelling(?) and I’m hoping to get to it before the sequel comes out.
  • I Killed Zoe Spanos by Kit Frick – I didn’t get to many mystery/thrillers this year and what better to get me back into the genre then a book with an actual admission of guilt as the title.
  • None Shall Sleep by Ellie Marney – If I’m remembering correctly (which I’m probably not) I asked for this book for Christmas. This gives me YA slasher vibes and I am so ready!!!

  • One of Us is Next by Karen M. McManus – This is the sequel/companion to One of Us is Lying, it came out at the beginning of the year and my plans to purchase this when I visited my family in England fell through because of reasons I obviously don’t need to explain.
  • The Cousins by Karen M. McManus – I don’t feel so bad about not having read this yet as it did only come out in December but all the same it’s a 2020 release I didn’t read but want to.
  • When We Were Magic by Sarah Gailey – Believe it or not I did start this in October while I was waiting to go into my theory driving test but didn’t get very far. Not because it was bad but because I genuinely forgot I’d started it because I was reading on my phone. I did like it though and do want to get back to it.

  • Verona Comics by Jennifer Dugan – Romeo + Juliet retelling but make it between the children of two competing comic book stores. Yes Please. I actually asked for this for Christmas as well so fingers crossed I can actually squeeze it into this year.
  • The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert – I was going to do a “Politics in YA” recommendations but that fell through especially because I couldn’t get my hands on this book due to the shipping being too expensive and the e-book being out of my budget.

  • Those Who Prey by Jennifer Moffett – This is a November release so again I don’t feel bad about not getting to it yet but it’s got my attention and apparently 2021 is going to be the year of me reading books about cults because this is one of a couple “cult” related books I want to read.
  • Rent a Boyfriend by Gloria Chao – I cannot remember for the life of me if I asked for this book for Christmas which is super annoying because there was an e-book sale and I could have gotten it but I didn’t want to buy it and then be gifted it a month later.
  • The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar – Honestly I have no good excuse as to why I haven’t read this one.

  • Now That I’ve Found You by Kristina Forest – I think I’ve talked a fair bit about this book in recent months and that excitement is still there despite not getting my hands on a copy yet.
  • I’ll Be the One by Lyla Lee – This book is about a plus sized girl who takes part in a competition to become the next big K-Pop star. I’ll admit, I know next to nothing about K-Pop, it’s not really my thing, but I am excited to read about it.
  • Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson – I definitely want to make this book a priority in 2021 as I’ve seen nothing but rave reviews. I also really want a physical copy of this because the cover is so pretty!

  • These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong – I only found out about this book last month and since then I’ve seen this book everywhere. I get jealous every time. I am kind of scared that I’ve hyped this book up way too much in my head and I’m gonna end up disappointed but that’s a problem for future me.
  • Dangerous Remedy by Kat Dunn – Bought the e-book for cheap. Had every intention to read it. Did not read it. Story of my life.
  • A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik – If you’ve been following this blog all year you might be fed up of hearing me talk about this book. Sorry. Hopefully I find this book sitting under the Christmas tree and can finally stop talking about how excited I am for this book.

Did I read the 2019 releases I said I wanted to make a priority?

  • American Royals by Katherin McGee – NOPE. Didn’t even think about picking this one up.
  • Beyond the Black Door by A.M Strickland – NOPE. I’m actually quite sad about this because I really did have every intention to read it.
  • Ninth House by Leigh Bardujo – YEP. This was the first book I finished in 2020 and I have plans to re-read it before the release of the sequel, whenever that may be.
  • The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White – YEP. I read the first book and the sequel back to back as I was fortunate enough to be part of the blog tour.
  • 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston – MEH. As of writing this post no I have not read this book however as soon as I finish my current read tonight (hopefully) I plan on picking this up so I don’t know yet.

So there we have a whole lot of new releases I didn’t read this year but still have every intention of reading some day, as well as a quick look back at what 2019 releases I said I wanted to read. God 2019 feels like a lifetime ago.

There are various things I’d love to know today: What 2020 releases are on your TBR you still want to read? If you’ve read any of these, what did you think and what books should I make a priority? And finally … should I cut my tongue off and be done with the pain, yes or no?

Thanks so much for reading, stay safe and happy holidays!!!

Elli xx

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