10 Books I Meant to Read in 2020 But Didn't

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

I read a total of 120 books last year and even so, I still missed out on a few that I definitely meant to get to. I kept telling myself that I would read them before the end of the year. And now that the end of the year has passed us by, I still haven’t read these books. They’re all just staring at me from their shelves, waiting to be read. Hopefully, I’ll get to them this year.

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week's topic is: Top 10 Books I Meant to Read in 2020 But Didn't:

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare: I’m a bit behind in the Shadowhunter universe. My goal for last year was to finish the two anthologies that take place before The Dark Artifices, this series, and then read this one. I was able to finish The Bane Chronicles and The Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy but couldn’t fit Lady Midnight in my reading schedule. I’ve heard so many amazing things about these books so I'm definitely excited to start the series!

Little Woman by Louisa May Alcott: How embarrassing that I had this book on this list last year too! My goal last year was to read the book and see the movie when it was still in theaters. In the pandemic, I actually missed Little Women in theaters and will have to rent the DVD instead. However, I’m most determined to get this read this year.

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo: I’ve been meaning to pick up the rest of the Grisha trilogy. I read Shadow and Bone in 2019 and while I really enjoyed it, it definitely wasn’t at the enjoyment level I had when reading the Six of Crows duology. However, the TV series is releasing in April and will have characters from both Shadow and Bones series and Six of Crows duology so I need to finish the trilogy before then.

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black: It seems there is always someone talking about this book series and I’m interested to read it to find what all the buzz is about. I know it’s about rude fairies and there’s a romance, I think. We shall have to see!

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson: I’ve been meaning to read this retelling of Jack the Ripper for years. I adore Johnson’s writing and can’t wait to read this one. Plus, this is the first book in a trilogy so if I end up liking it, there’s a few more to read as well.

Dawn of the Dreadfuls by Steve Hockingsmith: The prequel of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is actually the oldest book on my shelves (haul date-wise, not age-wise) and I was hoping to read it last year. I had a brilliant plan to read books that have been on my shelves since 2011 but 2020 turned out to be more of a mood reading year than anything else. I did read a few books that I hauled in 2011, but I definitely want to get to this one and some others.

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas: I usually don’t add new releases to lists like this because I’m read backlist throughout the year anyway so that-year’s-releases tend to get pushed to the next year. However, this was one 2020 release that I truly wanted to devour. Now that I have a copy of my own, the size is quite daunting which is why I haven’t picked it up yet, but hopefully soon!

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers: I put this book on so many of my monthly TBRs and I still didn’t read it. The publisher even did a read-along for the entire series and revamped the covers last year and I was so stoked to participate but I missed it. :( This one sounds like a YA fantasy that I will love! The protagonist is an assassin that works for Death himself—that sounds so fantastic!

Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss by Kasie West: I usually try to finish a book written by West every year but somehow I missed reading a book by her in 2020. I will just have to remedy this in 2021, starting with Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss which is a sequel/companion to Life, Love, and the List.

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon: I was going to wait until more of the books in the series released before I read this one but so many people on Instagram and Youtube were chatting about this one and I just want to know what they hype is all about. I’ve had this one my shelf since it released and really meant to read it last year when a few read-alongs were occurring but I missed picking it up. 2021 is certainly the year to read all the fantasy that have been sitting on my shelves for forever!

What book did you mean to read last year but didn't?

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  1. I adore LITTLE WOMEN! In fact, I need to re-read it. Maybe I'll do that this year. I also love the Shades of London series. I hope you enjoy all these when/if you get to them.

    Happy TTT!

  2. I really need to read House of Earth and Blood, too, but the size is also what gives me pause. It's so chunky! I've heard it's really good, though, and I had a patron come into my library last week and demand that I go ahead and read it because it was that good, since I've been saying I was going to. xD I need to read The Bone Season, too!

    Here's my TTT post.

  3. That Kasie West book was cute. I hope youj get to enjoy it in 2021.

  4. Awe, Little Women! Loved the book and both versions of the movie :) I hope you can stop by:



  5. Awesome list! I'm currently reading the Cruel Prince and it's pretty good so far!

    Here’s my TTT!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  6. I'm going to be starting the final book of the Grisha trilogy - and get otherwise caught up before the Netflix adaptation is released.