Hey everyone! I basically fell off the face of the earth in September but I’m back (at least for now)! I’ve been in a horrible book slump for the last 6 months, but I’m slowly working my way out of it and thought that I might get some inspiration from writing blog posts again. I’ve been part of the book community since I was a relatively young teenager, and I miss this community so so so much.
I’m not going to overwhelm myself and put too many books on this list, since in the last 7 months I’ve only finished 7 books. But, I’m slowly rediscovering my love of reading, and here are some books I really want to read soon.
I’ve been putting off reading Priory of the Orange Tree since it first released because holy shit is this book huge and that intimidates me. Best way to motivate myself to read an intimidating book? Buddy read. So, when I saw my lovely friend Tessa @ Totally Bookss had this on her list to read in quarantine, I suggested we read it together! I don’t read much fantasy, but this has dragons and is queer so I’m here for it. Praying this doesn’t make my slump worse, but we’ll see!
I saw My Dark Vanessa on a few “anticipated 2020 book releases” lists and knew I had to read it when it came out. Every review of this book I’ve seen has described it as “dark” or “powerful” which are two of my favourite things to read. All I really know about this book is that it deals very heavily with sexual assault and constant psychological abuse of a minor. This is not going to be an easy read, but I think it will be an important one.
Emily St. John Mandel wrote my favourite book of all time– Station Eleven — so when I saw she was releasing a new book, I knew I had to read it. I… honestly didn’t know a single thing about this book until I read the blurb so I could write this post. Money, beauty, white-collar crime and ghosts? Sounds fantastic. I know I probably won’t love this as much as I loved Station Eleven, by Mandel has such beautiful writing that I know I’ll definitely enjoy it.
Okay, firstly, I am forever disappointed that the UK cover for this book is so ugly compared to the US cover. Nonetheless, I’d have to say this is one of my most anticipated reads of the year. The Two Lives of Lydia Bird explores the what-ifs of life, following a woman given the chance to live two very different lives at the same time. This kinda gives me Maybe in Another Life vibes, which is one of my fave Taylor Jenkins Reid books, so I’m really excited to dive in and see how it goes!
Such a Fun Age is a book I’ve been seeing everywhere on bookstagram. Consistently described as “compulsively readable,” this story kicks off when Emira, a 25-year-old black babysitter, is accused of kidnapping the white toddler she’s babysitting. Reid explores transactional relationships, race and privilege, and the consequences of doing something right for the wrong reasons. I’ve heard mostly great things about this one, and the waitlist at my work is hugeeee, so I’m excited to jump in and see what the fuss is about!
Honestly, it’s been so damn long since I’ve read a good YA book. I kind of fell out of love for YA for a while, but I’m hoping to get back into it this year. YA has always been such a comfort for me, and there’s always so many awesome new books releasing. I’d heard about Tweet Cute sometime last year and added it to my tbr. All I really know about this is the love interests are engaged in a tweet war whilst also falling for each other on an anonymous chat app. Sounds like it’s going to be cute af, and it’s available on Scribd so I’ll most likely read this as an audiobook!
I have so many more books I wanted to add to this list, but as I said, I haven’t finished many books in the last few months so I don’t want to overwhelm myself. I’m happy to be back, and confident I can get through at least a couple of these.
Tell me in the comments if you’ve read any of these, and recommend me the best book you’ve read in the last 6 months!
Thanks so much for reading!