Books I Meant to Read In 2020 but Didn’t Get To | Top 10 Tuesdays

I have wanted to get back into doing Top Tuesdays for a while. Originally, I was doing Top 5 Tuesday posts, which are now hosted by Meeghan @MeeghanReads. I’ve also seen Top 10 Tuesdays, which are now hosted by Jana @ThatArtsyReaderGirl, so if these kinds of posts appeal to you, definitely check them out! I might bounce back and forth on which one I do. We’ll see which topics appeal to me!

For this week’s Top 10 Tuesday, I’m posting books I had planned to read last year, but didn’t. Boy, that’s a long list! But I can narrow it down to 10. A lot happen to be books that I purchased last year, but due to all my reading challenges, I had little wiggle room to add them in between, which is why I’m planning on not repeating that this year so that I can get to the books I really want to read.

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Anyway, let’s take a look at the top 10 books that I wish I’d gotten around to reading last year:

1. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

This is a book I’ve had on my TBR for a long time, but I actually meant to read it last year. I even purchased a copy so that I’d have it available to me at all times, should the opportunity arise for me to begin. But…it didn’t happen.

Anyway, this book is about dragons that can fold themselves into human shape. The relationship between dragons and humans is not good, and that conflict takes center stage in the novel. This book is also a series, which I plan to begin and finish this year. This is my year of finishing series! Hopefully I make good on this resolution.

2. Belle Epoch by Elizabeth Ross

This was a book I’d picked out for my Gal Pal book club, but we pretty much ground to a halt once the pandemic hit. I miss the book club a lot and I really hope we can make it work this year, because I’d love to read this book this year. It’s been on my TBR for a really long time!

It’s a historical fiction taking place in Paris, where the main character joins an Agency that provides plain-looking girls to be the foil for the aristocracy. I mean, that sounds so compelling! Whether we revive my book club or not I do want to read this book this year.

3. A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

I keep hearing such good things about this book. And last year, I finally decided to read it. I went out and got a copy, because I was certain that I would love it and would want a personal copy. I went to the used bookstore and bought it. And it sat on my shelf all last year, not being read.

I do hope to read it this year. It’s a Sherlock Holmes retelling (well, the main character is supposedly a relation) with teenagers. I love anything Sherlock Holmes, so I definitely want to get into this book – and potentially finish the series this year, as well.

4. Us Against You by Fredrik Backman

I absolutely love the first one, and when I saw there was a second book, it instantly went on my TBR. I really wanted to read this book last year, but I kept putting it off. I don’t want to put it off too long, because I don’t want to forget the characters.

I’ll probably listen to the audiobook, since I listened to the first one, and the narrator looks to be the same, and I really liked them. I hope this book lives up to my expectations, since I loved the first one so much. I can’t say that I’ve heard too much about this one, good or bad, and I haven’t read any reviews, so fingers crossed!

5. Kill the Farm Boy by Delilah S. Dawson & Kevin Hearne

This book has been on my TBR for a really long time. Finally, last year, I decided to purchase the audiobook of it because I’ve seen some really good reviews of it. I even listened to the first chapter! But…I got sidetracked and didn’t finish it.

It’s definitely one of those books that ticks a lot of boxes for me. It’s fantasy, it’s a parody of fantasy cliches, and humor. I am always curious about books that are co-authored. Sometimes they’re a hit, sometimes a miss. I’m really looking forward to getting to this book, though, sometime in 2021.

6. Angel Mage by Garth Nix

Speaking of awesome-looking fantasy novels…I was so excited to see another stand-alone fantasy by Nix. He’s written some of my favorite fantasy novels. This book sounds so, so cool! It’s a quest story with a found-family cast of characters. With Nix’s brilliant writing, I’m sure I’ll love this book.

I didn’t get around to it last year because…again with the numerous reading challenges. But I’m making it a must read for 2021. I also happen to have a personal copy, so it’s around for when I need it.

7. If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha

Even with my participating in the Year of the Asian reading challenge, I didn’t manage to pick up this book last year. I was gifted it for my birthday (I did request it!), and I was super excited to add it to me soon to be read pile. But…that never happened.

If you’ve read this blog, you probably know I have a strong interest in Korean literature. This book really caught my eye, and the premise sounds really interesting: beauty standards and challenges facing four young women in Seoul. I’m looking forward to reading it this year.

8. Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy

This is a classic lit book that’s been on my TBR for a while. I even had an opportunity to use it for one of my reading challenge prompts! But alas, I was running out of time to finish the challenge and so I read another book that fulfilled the prompt that was shorter and a bit of an easier read.

I loved Tess of the D’Urbervilles and so I’ve wanted read more by him. I’d also like to read this book because there was a fairly recent adaptation of it and I’ve wanted to read it before seeing it, as that’s generally my preference.

9. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

Surprisingly enough, I haven’t read anything else by Atwood besides The Handmaid’s Tale, which is an excellent book. I planned on reading this book last year because it would have fulfilled one of my reading challenge prompts (a book over 400+ pages). And that’s also one of the reasons why I didn’t actually read it. I happened to have read another book that was 400 pages and I didn’t want to pick up another really long book because I read really slowly.

So. Maybe this year I can finally read this book and have something else of Atwood’s that I’ve read!

10. The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

I purchased a copy of this book a while back. I hadn’t heard of it before, but I saw it on the shelf and the premise sounded really interesting: a group of friends isolated in a mansion in the middle of nowhere in Scotland and…there’s a murder! It sounds very Agatha Christie and I love murder-mysteries. I was planning on reading it for Spooky Month, but didn’t get a chance.

I did happen to read an ARC of Foley’s newest book, The Guest List, which was pretty good. I hope to enjoy this one as well!

How about you?

What are some books you wanted to read but didn’t in 2020? If you’ve read any of the books on this list, let me know what you thought of them! Are any on your TBR for this year? Let’s chat in the comments!

7 thoughts on “Books I Meant to Read In 2020 but Didn’t Get To | Top 10 Tuesdays

  1. I also need to read Far from the Madding Crowd 🙂 I read a collection of short stories by Thomas Hardy last year as I’d previously never read anything by him before. I really loved his writing style so am hoping to read more of his works this year!

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  2. I didn’t really have anything specific I wanted to read, because I tend to go with the flow hehe! I’ve heard a few friends say the Blind Assassin is pretty good- so you should definitely read that! I’ll prolly read it too hehe<3

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