Making anticipated releases lists is a common phenomenon in the book blogging world. And it makes sense, because squealing virtually about how excited we are for new books is fun! But how many times have you referenced your list of upcoming releases and figured out how many you’ve actually read?
I know I haven’t done this very much, so when I saw this post from Marie, (who is amazing btw!) I realized that it would be a great idea to make a list of ten books that came out last year that I was excited for, and whether or not I ended up reading them.
Book covers link to my review, or Goodreads if I haven’t posted one. All covers are from Goodreads.
A Thousand Perfect Notes ✔ One of my favorites of the year! I was so excited about this one that I pre-ordered it, so I read it not too long after it released. I wasn’t disappointed in the slightest—it’s a heart-breakingly beautiful book about music and abuse.
The Brightsiders ❌ I absolutely loved Jen Wilde’s previous book, and…I still haven’t read this one, half a year later. I think the reason I haven’t read it yet is that I want to own a physical copy of it because I love the author, but I’m trying not to buy any more books until I finish the ones that I have.
Fresh Ink ✔ I was lucky enough to be approved for an ARC of Fresh Ink, an anthology made of up a wide array of #OwnVoices stories, and I found it to be really enjoyable. You can find my full review here.
Our Stories, Our Voices ❌ I gotta say, I completely forgot about this book. I scanned through my reading reflection from January to find books to use for this post, and when I saw this cover, I was like, yeah, I haven’t thought about this book for months. It’s sounds cool though! (It’s a feminist anthology by YA writers.)
On the Come Up ❌ I haven’t read Angie Thomas’s second book yet (unfortunately), but at least I have a legit reason: they pushed back the release date. Now it won’t be out until February. *cries*
Children of Blood and Bone ❌ This one, I don’t really have much of an excuse for. It sounds AMAZING, and I’m still so excited to read it, but I just haven’t gotten around to it yet. I will say, it is super long, which is a bit intimidating.
Flashback ✔ I just finished the 7th installment in Shannon Messenger’s Keeper of the Lost Cities series this weekend, and IT DID NOT DISAPPOINT. Gah, now I have to wait another year for the next book. 😦
From Twinkle, With Love ❌ Ugh, I can’t believe I haven’t read Sandhya Menon’s sophomore novel yet! When Dimple Met Rishi, her debut, was absolutely adorable. And this one is about a filmmaker, which sounds amazing and totally like something I would love to read!
Let’s Talk About Love ✔ I actually did read this one! *Confetti* I rated it 3.5 stars, and I think that was more of a personal preference thing for me, simply because the characters were a lot older than me, so I found it harder to connect to the story. It was super well-written though! Really adorable and fluffy, and lots of diversity representation. (The main character, Alice, is Black and biromantic asexual, and her love interest is Japanese.) You can find my mini review here.
The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy ❌ OMG this is another book that sounds totally up my alley (feminism! history but fun! pirate girl gangs!) and yet, still have not read it even though it released in October. I really need to get on this one, especially because I loved the first book in the series.
What are some releases from this year that you really need to catch up on? Are there any on my list that you really liked? Let me know in the comments!