Favourite 2020 Releases

Hey all! It’s time for my first end of year post – favourite 2020 book releases. For this post I’ll be sharing my favourite books that came out in 2020 – I’ll probably forget loads because I always do.

1) I can’t start with anything else than The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab. This one broke my heart through Henry Strauss. Captured that complete confusion about deciding what you want to do with your life in your twenties perfectly and it hit very, very close to home. You can read my review here.

2) My favourite YA release this year has to be Furia by Yamile Saied Méndez. This is a cool book following a teen with a passion for football (soccer) in Argentina. My favourite part of this book was how mature the protagonist Camila is. She is such a good role model. One of my friends got me a hardback for Christmas and I’m so happy because I can read it in physical copy now. You can check out my review of the eARC here.

3) Let’s talk about a final book in a series! The Burning God by R.F. Kuang, the end of The Poppy War trilogy. Again, I was lucky enough to receive an eARC of this book so I got to read it right after I finished The Dragon Republic. This is the series for you if you want a series that’s loosely historical, has really vivid depictions of war without sacrificing the character development and will break your heart many, many times. You can read my review here.

4) One of my favourite romances this year was Something to Talk About by Meryl Wilsner. This book had a lot of my favourite tropes (ice queen that’s really a softie, slow burn, office romance), and I love that it has women that support each other. Emma and Jo are so cute, I can’t wait to read this one again now I have a physical copy (thanks friend!!!) You can read my review here.

5) A contemporary fiction that I loved this year is Such a Fun Age by Kiley Read (it came out in early January in the UK). This one definitely gave me Little Fires Everywhere vibes – the writing is so good and the characters are the opposite of one dimensional as it delves into white saviours. I can’t wait to read this again and write a review for my blog.

6) OK, I can’t help it, I’ve got to put in another romance. I absolutely loved The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon, it was everything. Samiah is one of my favourite characters – she’s a Black woman in STEM and I loved how this book highlighted her challenges at work. It also has a really awesome female friendship which is super cute. Really loved the romance between Samiah and Daniel too.

7) My favourite sci-fi release of 2020 is Honor Lost by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre. This is the final book in the Honor Among Thieves trilogy which my friends finally convinced me to read this year. This book honestly sounds completely wild but it’s amazing and cute and I want to re-read just thinking of it. Cute space whale spaceships, what a concept, and the finale definitely doesn’t disappoint.

8) Another trilogy conclusion you say? There were a lot of good finales this year, that’s for sure. This time it’s The Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty. The Daevabad trilogy is fantastic and I’m so glad I read all of the books this year. The Empire of Gold is a thrilling final book from start to finish and is a fast read despite it being many, many pages long. It has characters I grew so attached to and really rich world-building, you have to pick up this series.

OK, that’s my top 8 book releases of 2020! There’s still some that I want to finish before the end of the year, like The Ever-Cruel Kingdom by Rin Chupeco. Like I said, I probably forgot some, but that’s fine.

Hope you’re all doing well, I am on holiday from work now until 4th January so hopefully I can write some more blog posts. Also I didn’t get that job I applied for, it’s been a bit of a mess to be honest so I’m looking forward to moving past it all and throwing my frustration into 2021.

Six for Sunday (Coffee Date!)

Hi everyone! This week I’m participating in Six for Sunday, a meme hosted by Steph at A Little But a Lot. This month, the focus is on pumpkin spice goodness, and this week’s topic is: Characters/authors you’d like to go for coffee with. I’m going to stick with characters this time.

1) Henry Strauss from The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue no question. I connected so much to this guy, just wow. Check out my review of the book and book inspired playlist!

2) Samiah Brooks from The Boyfriend Project. I want to go to coffee with Samiah, London and Taylor! Their friendship seems so fun (plus I want to quiz Samiah on being a woman in tech and on the events of the book).

3) Evelyn Hugo from The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. I’d probably not say a word from awe and intimidation but I love Evelyn so much and I would really love to meet her. I mean, Taylor Jenkins Reid wrote her so well she felt real!

4) Jasmine Santos from From Lukov with Love. So I absolutely love Mariana Zapatas characters and this is one of my fave books of hers. I’d love to quiz Jasmine on all things figure skating.

5) Sissix from The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet. To be honest all of the characters in this book are amazing, but I’d like to talk about Sissix to learn more the Aandrisks! You can read my Becky Chambers Spotlight post here for all the reasons why I love her books.

6) On to the last character! I think I’d like to take Galadriel ‘El’ Higgins from A Deadly Education for a coffee. I finished this book yesterday and I really empathised with this girl, I just want to be like an older sister to her. You can check out my review for some incoherent ramblings on this amazing start which I think will become one of my favourite series ever.

And there we have it, six characters I’d like to go and get coffee with (though I’d definitely be ordering tea). This was way more difficult than I thought it would be. Hope you are all well and having a great weekend (I am still waiting for my COVID test results, so still self-isolating. I think it’ll be negative because my cough is very nearly better).

Adventures in Aesthetics

Hi everyone! My friends from The Book Coven all re-vamped their blogs recently. After seeing what a beautiful job they were doing, I thought I’d join them and create my first blog dedicated to books. So, welcome to our first group idea – adventures in aesthetics.

First, a little about my friends:

We have Sam who has created a beautiful witchy blog full of all kinds of magic. Sam is full of kindness and super perceptive. She absolutely brings the sunshine to my life every day. You can see her adventures in aesthetics post already for 5 witchy recommendations.

Jaye is honestly one of the wittiest people I’ve ever talked to – you definitely won’t want to miss her reviews. Her blog is space themed and has some super cute designs (almost as cute as she is)! You can see her out of this world adventures in aesthetics post here.

For a gorgeous flowery theme, Linaria is bringing it. I am in awe of Linaria’s computer skills (her bots for The Book Coven are something else). She is always so selfless and supportive, we’re so lucky to have her friendship. You can find her adventures in aesthetics post right here – it’s full of big book bois!

Janel has created a stunning pink pastel theme full of moons and stars. She has amazing design skills and is always giving us advice! I rarely meet people as caring as Janel, she’s always the first to help a friend in need. You can find her romance recs for adventures in aesthetics right here!

Finally, Meaghan has a beautiful starry blog with an amazing header. They are incredibly smart – their reviews are always written so well I’m so jealous of their writing skills! Meaghan is so understanding and sensitive – they are absolutely one of the sweetest people I know that definitely has your back! Meaghan’s awesome recommendations based on their favourite planets are here.

So what about me?

There wasn’t much thought into my blog aesthetics – I love bread and toast, what more is there to say? I also kinda like the way it sounds cosy. When I’m not reading, I love hiking, playing animal crossing and walking my favourite dogs. You can find a list of my fave books here, which I will continue to update.

That’s enough rambling from me – let’s get into the prompts for my toastie aesthetic.

A book about a heist

Heists are all about getting the bread, right? For this prompt it has to be Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. It’s one of my favourite found family books and features one of the best uses of multiple points of view ever. This rag-tag group of six kids are trying to pull off one wild heist, and it’s definitely a roller coaster ride. The sequel, Crooked Kingdom, is also absolutely fantastic. This duology is not one to miss.

An ambitious protagonist

For me, this has to be The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller. Alessandra is tired of being overlooked as the second daughter in her family – but she has a plan. Woo the Shadow King, Marry him, Kill him and take the kingdom for herself. Alessandra puts the A in ambition, but don’t let that put you off. The romance is super sexy, this book is not one to miss out on enjoying thoroughly.

A protagonist as sweet as honey

I love honey on toast, it’s amazing! I really like sweet characters that make me smile and warm my heart. One of my faves is Lazlo Strange from Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor, but for this post I’m going with Malik from A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown. This debut is a stunning fantasy inspired by West African folklore. It follows Malik and Karina through a twisting plot full of intriguing magic. Malik is such a softie who cares so much for his sisters. The book also has a very real portrayal of what it’s like to have anxiety. I honestly can’t believe it’s a debut, it’s that good!

A book about food or cooking

One of my favourite books of 2019 had to be With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo. Emoni dreams of being a chef, and really wants to take her school’s new culinary arts class. She doesn’t know if she’ll have time for it though – Emoni has a young daughter to care for! This book is great – we follow Emoni as she tries to balance her dreams and caring for her little girl. The gorgeous descriptions of her spicy food definitely made me hungry – and hungry for more Elizabeth Acevedo books!

An office romance

Unexpected romance while you’re out getting your bread? Yes please. For this one I’ve decided on The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon. This romance has everything I love -a woman in STEM kicking butt and defying the odds, a mystery (financial crime, my inner nerd is screaming), and characters with unbelievable chemistry. Samiah and Daniel take us on the most thrilling ride, and treat us to a great love story. It also has positive female friendships and shows the dangers of burning out at work. Amazing stuff.

So that’s that, hope you enjoyed my choices for adventures in aesthetics. Have you read any of these books before? What books would you choose for these prompts? Let me know in the comments. Be sure to check out my friends’ blogs, and maybe even join The Book Coven!