Top Ten Tuesday: Fall 2020 TBR

This week’s TTT topic is “Books On My Fall 2020 TBR.” I’m ecstatic it’s time for a seasonal TBR because I love compiling book lists! (Even though I haven’t been reading much lately and I completely failed at my summer TBR list aka only read 1 of 10. BUT we’re not gonna talk about that.) Ahhhh, it feels like it’s been so long since I’ve participated in a TTT (according to WordPress it’s been nearly 2 months?!?! crazy). I’ve definitely been in a weird funk and reading slump lately so fingers crossed this post helps me claw my way back into reading (and blogging tbh).

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

1. The Deep by Rivers Solomon


Here for all the stories about mer-people and sapphic romances. I finally got my copy in early August and I can’t believe I haven’t read it yet! (Yes, this is a repeat from my Summer TBR.)

2. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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Still repeatedly mentioning this book (yes, this was also on my Summer TBR). Really need to get on this reread though, because the end of the year and the release of the 4th book is coming upon us quickly!

3. Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

This year especially, I have been continually obsessed with and craving romance books. I’ve heard great things about this book and author, so I actually purchased a physical copy of this novel for myself recently and I’m excited to get to it!

4. The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi

Meant to have this read before its release date today, but alas, the reading slump is real. I’m currently in the middle of rereading the first book in a buddy read with Sammie @ The Bookwyrm’s Den and we’ll definitely be moving onto this one soon! (well, hopefully)

5. The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson

My writing buddy recently started reading this book, reminding me that I actually own this book and haven’t read it yet?!?! Definitely wanna hop on this book soon so we can discuss. I also don’t read enough MG and really need to change that.

6. The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Been meaning to read this book for YEARS since I picked it up at a local bookstore as a underclassman in college.

7. The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson

Political intrigue fantasy, a sapphic romance, rave reviews…why haven’t I read this up yet??

8. Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

Whoa, how did this come out a year ago? And how am I still slacking on Leigh Bardugo books??

9. Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

Thriller, another genre I need to read more of. Also, still really need to read this so I can return it to my grandfather’s wife since she kindly loaned me her copy, oh, almost over a year ago.

10. The Girl in Red by Christina Henry

With the spooky season approaching, it would be fun to pick up a horror fairytale retelling, right? Even though I’m not sure I’ve ever read a true horror book before?!?

Wow, I’m really proud of myself for incidentally creating a TBR list with a wide range of genres and age categories.

That’s it for my Fall TBR! Fingers crossed I actually get around to most of these!?! What books are you hoping to read this fall? Have you read any of the ones I mentioned above? If so, which ones do you recommend I start with? PLEASE, give me all the encouragement and motivation to kick this reading slump!

Also, if you participated in TTT this week, feel free to link up your post in the comments below–I would love to check them out!

Top Ten Tuesday: Old Favorites I’m Itching to Reread

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This week’s TTT topic is a freebie! At first, I thought I’d discuss fairytale retellings I’ve loved, but quickly got overwhelmed looking at all the ones I’ve read over the past decade+ (I have been obsessed since middle school, so needless to say, that is a project for another day, not Monday night, lol). Reflecting on past reads from my childhood did get me nostalgic, which then reminded me how I’ve been weirdly itching to reread all these books I loved during my pre-teen and teen years?!?! I’ve already reread Ash and I, Coriander this past summer, and since I seem to failing to pick up new books of late, I’m wondering if I should just start doing all the rereading?!? *nervously edges away from all the new, unread books on my shelves now glaring at me*

To further clarify, I am limiting this list to books that I already own and to standalones or books in a series that I have already completed. I have already talked about books I need to reread in order to finish series’ in a past TTT post.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

1-3. Graceling Series by Kristin Cashore

My writing buddy and I have been discussing this series of late, and with the 4th companion releasing in January (not sure how I feel about that tbh), I’m eager to revisit the series! There’s so much I don’t remember, and I’m curious to see how they compare to my current standards for fantasy.

4. The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

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AKA my favorite book ever which I weirdly have not mentioned in a while?!?! So odd. I’ve read this book 3-4 times now but let’s be real: no number of reads will ever be enough! Some day I also want to get around to rereading the companion books, but I weirdly don’t own them? I really need to amend this travesty…

5. Fairest by Gail Carson Levine


In addition to being obsessed with Shannon Hale as a pre-teen, I also adored Gail Carson Levine! This is a Snow White retelling and the protagonist has this cool ability where she can imitate anyone’s voice and can also throw her voice around the room and ahhh, I still think about how cool this magical ability is.

6-8. The Girl of Fire and Thorns Trilogy by Rae Carson

I adored this trilogy as a high schooler! I still think about the first book a lot, though I am afraid I don’t remember a lot of the rest of the series! With a recently released new companion to the series (and because I also received these new editions as a Christmas gift last year), I think it is definitely time I picked up this series again!

9. Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay


When I originally attempted to compile a fairytale retelling list for this TTT, I was reminded of this sleeping beauty retelling! Well, the protagonist is actually suppose to be Sleeping Beauty’s daughter, but still! Aurora has the ability to control any man she kisses, and wow, even though I know what happens, can you imagine if the author had taken the MC and made her a villain with an army of enchanted men? That would epic…(someone please go write this for me)

10. The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon

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Not actually a book I read during my childhood, but one I read about 3 years ago. Definitely not a favorite, but I found it to be a decent read, and I am eager to revisit its interesting magic system and world!

Have you read any of these books? What did ya think of them? What books do you keep meaning to revisit?

If you participated in TTT this week, feel free to link up your post in the comments below–I would love to check them out!

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Reads from the First Half of 2020

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This week’s TTT topic is technically “Books That Make Me Smile” but at roughly half way through the year, I always like to pause and reflect on my favorite reads thus far. Plus, great reads generally make me smile, so it still works for the prompt, right? 😉 Picking favorites and ordering them is generally hard, but I think I actually settled on an order that I’m happy with!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

10. Traveling Mercies by Anne Lamott


Such a fascinating read! In this memoir, Lamott touches on so many important subjects–body image, eating disorders, addiction, abuse, etc. She also explores Christianity from a quirky and unique perspective that I had never read before. My favorite thing about this book was her voice; her narration sounds like she’s talking directly to you, and she’s such a hoot! She reminded me of another memoirist that I love: Dawn Davies. Hoping to read Lamott’s book on writing someday!

9. Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin


I completely devoured this book in a little over a day. An enemies-to-lovers involving marriage, witches, and witch-hunters–it was such a treat to read!

8. The Tea Dragon Festival by Katie O’Neill


So! cute! and! beautifully! diverse! In a gorgeous, colorful world, O’Neill incorporates various queer rep and sign language without being flashy about it. And dragons! SO ADORABLE! I can’t stop screeching about it, and I can’t wait to read more by her!!

7. The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell


I don’t know if it’s possible to do this book justice with a short paragraph, but this novel explores so many things: found families, space travel, philosophy, religion, grief–to name a few. Though it took me a bit to get into, once I got to know the characters, I was completely captivated. It’s one of those books you go in knowing the ending, but not how it came about. I highly recommend it!

6. The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien

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Y’all already know how incredible Tolkien is, so to prevent all of his books from appearing on this list, I decided to just throw the last book of the LOTR trilogy on here. I’m still drooling over Tolkien’s astounding worldbuilding and Sam’s character (aka the true hero of the book).

5. Ash by Malindo Lo


I wasn’t going to include rereads on this list, but it’s been like 9 years since I first read it, so it was basically a new read so SHHHHHH, it’s staying. This lesbian Cinderella retelling possesses such a perfect fairytale atmosphere and had me completely enchanted. Like all the books on this list, I could forever read more about this story and its characters.

4. Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust

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So glad I read this book right before the half-way point of the year so I can continue to scream about it here on my blog! A sapphic fairytale retelling/mashup with demons, monsters, and a girl whose skin is poisonous, NEED YOU KNOW MORE?!? (if you somehow need more convincing, you can read more of my praises here).

3. Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann


THIS BOOK IS SO CUTE! It was honestly the perfect summer rom-com to read! Plus it gets extra points in my book for being NA! Alice is a person I 100% need in my life, ahhhhhh why do fictional characters have be fictional???? So rude…

2. A Million Junes by Emily Henry


The beautiful, whimsical and fantastical atmosphere of this book took me by surprise and I want moreeee. They characters, scenery, and magical realism were all equally enthralling. This book even had me tearing up at the end, and I’m not one to cry often.

1. House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas


I’m still SJM trash, so there’s really nothing new here. Though some of the book felt a bit rushed in terms of reveals (weird thing to say about an 800 page book but 🤷‍♀️). Regardless, I LOVED how epic, dramatic, and captivating the story was. Though still full of those lovable SJM tropes, I adored seeing her write more of a mystery plotline with darker tones and a focus on female friendship. You can read my full review here. I am PUMPED for book 2 (anyone have any idea when it’ll be out??)

What are some of your favorite reads from the first half of 2020? Do we have any that overlap? Are there books on my list that you’ve read or hope to read?

If you participated in TTT this week, feel free to link up your post in the comments below–I would love to check them out!

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Book Releases for the Second Half of 2020

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This week’s TTT topic is “Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2020.” Looking ahead to anticipated releases is both thrilling and torture, because I’m excited they’re coming but at the same time I’m like “why are they not already here?!”

I know I probably ended up forgetting a ton of great books, but I pulled these directly from my TBR shelf on Goodreads. Lol, I definitely ended up with some themes on this list (just like on my list for the first half of 2020).

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

1. More Than Maybe by Erin Hahn

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Release Date: July 21th

Artisty people, bloggers, media celebrities, unknown identities (I believe), and it sounds like it takes place in Michigan?!? I’m really liking these buzz words I’m hearing…

2. I Kissed Alice by Anna Birch

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Release Date: July 28th

I mean it’s literally pitched as Simon vs. meets Fangirl AND it’s a hate-to-love sapphic romance between two girls unknowingly working on a graphic novel together? AND there are illustrations? TAKE MY MONEY NOW

3. Lobizona by Romina Garber

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Release Date: August 4th

A contemporary fantasy that explores undocumented immigration alongside Argentine folklore (with brujas and werewolves!). I’m actually participating in a blog tour for this book (which I lowkey almost keep forgetting about), so I’m excited to pick this up soon!

4. The Dark Tide by Alicia Jasinska

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Release Date: August 4th

A witch queen falls in love with the girl who steps in to take her brother’s place as the yearly sacrifice!?! Gimme now please and thank you *grabby hands*

5. The Roommate by Rosie Danan


Release Date: September 15th

A New Adult (?) romance that involves the protagonist and love interest accidentally living together? Bahaha, I love that trope, so like, I’ll take it now please.

6. The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi


Release Date: September 22nd

The sequel to The Gilded Wolves! I’ve had an eARC of this book for a long time now, but because the release date got pushed back, I haven’t actually picked it up yet, but I’m pumped to get around to it soon! (just gotta remember what happened in the previous book first…)

7. Storm the Earth by Rebecca Kim Wells

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Release Date: October 13th

I enjoyed an eARC of the first book, Shatter the Sky, last year, so I’m curious to see how this duology wraps up. I wanna know how Maren will save the dragons! (and lowkey who she’ll end up with)

8. Beyond the Ruby Veil by Mara Fitzgerald

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Release Date: October 13th

A dark, queer YA fantasy that involves a mysterious creature that turns blood into water and demands sacrifices? And our protagonist kills said creature to avoiding being sacrificed? I’m SO intrigued.

9. Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur

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Release Date: November 10th

A contemporary f/f romance with fake dating AND Pride & Prejudice vibes?!?! (not excited about the Bridget Jones vibes but I’ll forgive it for the sapphic children).

10. Ruinsong by Julia Ember

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Release Date: November 24th

I had very mixed feelings on Julia Ember’s The Seafarer’s Kiss duology, but I’m excited to give her another try. A monstrous protagonist, a rebellion, and a sapphic romance? Let’s go!

Bahaha, did ya notice a trend in my list? Bless 2020 at the very least for the being the year of all the f/f romances.

What are some of your anticipated releases for the second half of 2020? Do we have any that overlap? Am I missing any that you think deserve to be on my list?

If you participated in TTT this week, feel free to link up your post in the comments below–I would love to check them out!