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If you haven’t read these 2020 releases yet, you should.

Hi πŸ™‚

I am currently home from Uni from Christmas and I’m loving it, don’t get me wrong, but I’m just noticing there’s a few things I can get away with at Uni but not here unless I want to feel judged. These things include:

  1. Sleeping until lunch time even though I have nothing to do.
  2. Making chicken nuggets in the middle of the night cause I’m anxious.

Really it’s the second one that’s being the most annoying right now. I want a snack but if my parents get up to find me faffing with chicken nuggets at this time of the night they’ll judge. My snack options are also limited cause I’m avoiding the fridge – there’s a turkey in there right now and it creeps me out to look at it. So I’ve got Pringles and complaints instead.

I figured while I eat pringles I’d talk a little bit about some 2020 releases. You may be thinking “why the hell are we re-visting 2020?” and to that I say “fair”.

Basically I want to recommend some new releases but trying to keep up with anticipated releases throughout the year is HARD. Sure I’ve read some, but not loads. So I’ve made the executive decision to give myself an extra year to read an recommend new releases. I also think this is a great way of maybe reminding people of books they were once excited about but maybe forgot about in the shuffle.

With that being said, here are some 2020 releases you should read, if you haven’t already:

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn – Please ignore the fact that I don’t actually remember what happened in this book. My brain has more holes in it then Swiss cheese. What I do remember is that this book was a really cool blend of Arthurian legend with more modern fantasy elements.

These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong – This is one of the 2020 releases I didn’t get around to until 2021. I loved this book, and ultimately this duology, so much. Another that takes a classic tale, this time Romeo & Juliet, but turns it on it’s head with a 1920’s Shanghai setting, two rival mafia families and even a parasite like monster.

Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco – Despite not knowing what to expect from this book, I ended up really enjoying it. It was action packed, had a mystery element and even an enemies-to-possible-lovers trope between a young witch Emilia and Wrath, a literal prince of Hell.

The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes – No it’s not just my bias towards Jennifer Lynn Barnes that’s making me recommend this book. I’ve seen nothing but praise for this book over the last year and a half since it’s release. If you liked the movie Knives Out then check this out. It’s perfect for a rainy day with a nice mug of tea!

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas – Is it too early to be thinking about Halloween? I say no. It’s never to early to think about Halloween which is why I’m saying you should keep this in mind for the upcoming spooky season. It’s got great LGBTQ+ representation and focuses on Mexican culture with Dia de los Muertos with one of the main characters being a Brujo wanting to prove himself to his family, and the other being dead.

The Falling in Love Montage by Ciara Smyth – This was one of my favourite books of 2020 and for good reason. For one thing it’s set in Ireland which made such a nice change. This follows a girl who has given up on ever being in love after her mother is diagnosed with early onset dementia. That is until she meets Ruby who gets her to agree to a summer-fling. It was sweet but also heavy and emotional at times. I really enjoyed this one!

None Shall Sleep by Ellie Marney – Another I got around to this year instead of last. I read this in hopes of it satisfying my need for murder content so I wouldn’t rewatch Criminal Minds since this is two teens in the 80s working with the FBI to profile teen offenders. If anything this book only made me want to re-watch more and now I’m on Season 12.

More Than Maybe by Erin Hahn – I loved my reading experience of this book. I got an ARC, couldn’t read it fast enough while also wanting to savour every word, and had so many emotions upon finishing it that when my dad came down for a midnight snack he found me frantically typing out my review! This book is a romance between budding music journalist and the son of a punk-rocker who prefers being behind the scenes then onstage. The pining! The romance! The Teen Wolf references!! I need to re-read this asap.

Tweet Cute by Emma Lord – So I didn’t read this in 2020, I also didn’t read it in 2021. I actually got an ARC of this and got to read it in 2019. I thought this book was so cute! It follows Jack and Pepper whose family have kind of rival Grilled Cheese businesses that end up in a twitter row. Jack and Pepper know each other from school, what they don’t know is that they’re also anonymously talking online, and running their family businesses Twitter accounts and are currently in a twitter war. This was a lot of fun and I can’t recommend it enough.

Verona Comics by Jennifer Dugan – And here we have yet another Romeo & Juliet inspired book which I read in 2021, again with rival family businesses. This book was a whirlwind. That’s all I’m saying!

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo – I’m struggling to remember if I read this in 2020 or 2021. I don’t know why I’m blanking on this but I am. Either way, I thankfully remember what it’s about: two sisters with the same dad who live in different countries and don’t find out about the other until their dad dies in a plane crash. This was super quick to read cause it’s written in verse, but still managed to pack a punch when it came to the emotions.

What Kind of Girl by Alyssa B. Sheinmel – This was another book that made it on my favourites of 2020 list. It’s about a girl that accuses her popular boyfriend of domestic assault and kind of shows how that situation starts and asks and answers the question of “what kind of girl stays in that relationship?”. This was so intriguing and interesting to read, I also think it’s an important one to read!

So those were some 2020 releases that I think you should still definitly check out if you haven’t already. I had a lot of fun with this one.

I’d love to know your thoughts and feelings on any and all of these books, as well as any 2020 recs you have for me. Thanks for reading πŸ™‚

Elli xx

4 thoughts on “If you haven’t read these 2020 releases yet, you should.”

  1. I absolutely love Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ books, The Naturals will ALWAYS be one of my favorite YA mystery/thrillers of all time. I’m so shocked I haven’t picked up the Inheritance Games yet, and feel guilty about it since that book has been sitting on my shelves for about a year hahaha. This may have just convinced me to add it to my Jan TBR though! Lovely post as always, Elli! 😊

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    1. The Naturals was the first non-franchise (Harry Potter, Percy Jackson) series I read that fully got me into reading YA.
      The Inheritance Games is definitly worth the read, I hope you enjoy it whenever you get around to reading it :))

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