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

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish back in June 2010. It is currently hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and, as is stated on the blog, it was “born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.”


Hello, reader!

So today is the last day of June which means that we are over halfway through 2020. Even though the beginning of the year seemed to crawl by, I now feel like we’re flying towards the end! Which, ya know, I’m perfectly okay with at this point. Bring on 2021 and let us hope it’s better than what this year has had to offer 😅

That being said, there’s still six more months left of the year, and you know what that means? Six more months of shiny, new books! Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic (woo, alliteration!) looks at my most anticipated new releases for the rest of 2020. Though I usually have trouble filling up these lists, I actually had to cut back on this one! There are just so many books coming out between now and 2021 that sound amazing! So, with that being said, let’s take a look at my list.


  • Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron (Pub date: July 7th)
  • The Fires of Vengeance by Evan Winter (Pub date: July 16th)
  • Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir (Pub date: August 4th)
  • Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar (Pub date: August 11th)
  • The Faithless Hawk by Margaret Owen (Pub date: August 18th)
  • Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas (Pub date: September 1st)
  • Legendborn by Tracy Deonn (Pub date: September 15th)
  • White Fox by Sara Faring (Pub date: September 22nd)
  • Well Played by Jen DeLuca (Pub date: September 22nd)
  • Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade (Pub date: October 6th)

There’s a great mix of some highly anticipated sequels, new fantasy, spooky horror, and adorable rom-coms that I think will round out 2020 quite nicely. Though, let’s be honest, I probably won’t get to most of these before the new year. Because of who I am as a person.


What are some of your most anticipated new releases coming out in the last six months of 2020? What is one you hope to read before we ring in 2021? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

Top Ten Tuesday: My Best Books From The Last Ten Years

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish back in June 2010. It is currently hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and, as is stated on the blog, it was “born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.”

Hello, reader!

Happy Tuesday to you all. I know I’ve been rather quiet these past few days, but there’s a good reason for that…

WE CLOSED ON OUR FIRST HOUSE!!!

That’s right, ya girl is finally a homeowner! This is something that I’ve been dreaming of for awhile and now it’s a reality. We aren’t doing the heavy moving until July 1st, but it’s ours and it already feels like home 💕

On that celebratory note, let’s talk about the fact that today marks 10 years of TTT! I’ve only recently been taking part of Top Ten Tuesday, but it’s one of my favorite posts to write. What can I say, I love lists! In celebration of the 10 year anniversary, you can pick any of the past prompts from the past ten years. Scrolling through them, there were a ton of interesting ones, but I decided to go with one that instantly grabbed my attention: My Favorite Books I Read During the Last Ten Years. Now, I started my Goodreads in 2011, so I’ve decided to tweak this a little and talk about my favorite books that were published in the last ten years!

With that said, let’s dive in.


2010

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

I absolutely loooooved this book! As someone who worked in virology, which uses some of the cell line that was born from Henrietta Lacks, I found this book absolutely fascinating. As a Black woman, I found the way Henrietta and her children were treated by the medical community INFURIATING! Still, this is a wonderful read and I recommend it to anyone who has even an inkling of an interest in non-fiction.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Opening Lines

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish back in June 2010. It is currently hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and, as is stated on the blog, it was “born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.”

Hello, reader!

It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday. This week’s topic is an interesting one that’s all about grabbing your attention. We’re focusing on opening lines! Now, I’m going to be honest, though there are plenty of books I love that I know probably have amazing opening lines, my brain is not good at remembering them. I don’t own all the books that first popped into my head, either. But I do have a stack of ten newly acquired books from Book Outlet that I haven’t hauled yet, so I’m gonna do a weird amalgamation of TTT and a book haul! We’ll be discovering the opening lines of these ten novels together and I’ll let you know my thoughts on them.

This is why I love the more open-ended prompts 😉


An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

My parlor smelled of linseed oil and spike lavender, and a dab of lead tin yellow glistened on my canvas. I had nearly perfected the color of Gadfly’s silk jacket.

Not the most compelling of first lines, but, still… color me intrigued!

(See what I did there?? 😆)

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Top Ten Tuesday: Reasons I Love Fantasy

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish back in June 2010. It is currently hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and, as is stated on the blog, it was “born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.”

Hello, reader!

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is kind of an open-ended one. This week, we get to talk about reasons you love… anything really! I thought about it and decided to go with my favorite genre: fantasy. I have a lot more than ten reasons, but I’ll try to be brief!


  1. Nostalgia: Fantasy was the genre I first gravitated towards as a young reader. It will always hold a special place in my heart 💕
  2. Magic: I’ve always been fascinated by the concept of magic and fantasy is typically my go-to for magical things.
  3. Epic tales: I do love a good epic story, though I sometimes have difficulties finishing them! Fantasy has an abundance of epic tales that span multiple books I can get lost in.
  4. Immersion: Speaking of getting lost, I feel like fantasy is the best genre when you’re looking for something to completely engulf you.
  5. Creatures: I do love reading about mythical creatures, like dragons and fae. Fantasy is clutch when it comes to fulfilling my needs for creatures not seen in this world.
  6. Series: This is kind of attached to “epic tales”, but I really enjoy getting into a good series. A lot of times, these series are in fantasy. Well… at least the ones that I tend to enjoy. Now whether or not I finish the series… *cough*
  7. Therapy: Sometimes, when I’m in a foul mood or am feeling blue, I’ll turn to books to help me feel better. Usually, I’ll pick up a fantasy tale so I don’t have to think about the real world for a little while.
  8. Diversity: This is a more recent thing and can, of course, be found across genres, but I’m loving the current trend of diverse fantasy! I love being able to pick up a fantasy novel that feature characters that look like me.
  9. Covers: Not gonna lie, I’m a total sucker for a pretty cover. And fantasy books tend to have the prettiest covers! Totally my opinion, of course, but there have been so many stunning fantasy covers in the last few years!
  10. Themes: Though the themes I tend to love in books are ubiquitous across genres, I tend to enjoy them more if they are in a fantasy setting. It’s just interesting to see them explored in a setting where there are additional obstacles thrown in the way… like dragons.

What are some reasons you love your favorite genre? Did you do your own Top Ten Tuesday? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

Top Ten Tuesday: The Last Ten Books I Abandoned

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish back in June 2010. It is currently hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and, as is stated on the blog, it was “born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.”

Hello, reader!

I have a confession to make. Though I often encourage people to stop reading a book they aren’t enjoying (too many books, too little time!), I am v. bad at DNFing books. I don’t know if it’s a completionist thing or I just like to torture myself, but I can think of two books that I have given up on from my entire life as a reader. TWO! Which is something I really need to work on because forcing myself to complete books that I’m not enjoying has knocked me into severe reading slumps before. Looking at you, The Bone Ships… which I am still, technically, reading 😵

That being said, I’m doing a bit of a twist on this week’s TTT. The theme is the last ten books I’ve abandoned, but, instead, I’m going to give you the ten books I should have given up on! And let’s hope I can give up this need to finish every book I start.


  • A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson*
  • The Man Without Qualities by Robert Musil*
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  • Demon Girl by Penelope Fletcher
  • Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Incubus Dreams by Laurell K. Hamilton
  • Airframe by Michael Crichton
  • Marked by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

The two books marked with an asterisk are my two, legit DNFs. But all of these books have one of two things in common:

  1. They were so dull I could feel my brain atrophying.
  2. The tropes were rage inducing.

So, though I struggled through most of these books, I definitely should have used my better judgment and just let them go. After all, life is too short to waste time on bad books.

(And just in case one of your faves is on this list, please know that when I say “bad”, I mean that as my own personal opinion!)


So what are some books you just couldn’t finish recently? Did you do your own TTT? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Wish I Read As A Child

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish back in June 2010. It is currently hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and, as is stated on the blog, it was “born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.”

Hello, readers!

I’ve been a pretty voracious reader since I was a child. I devoured books left and right! Between my brother and I, my parents must have spent a boatload on books to keep us entertained, heh. Although, I was much more of a re-reader when I was a kid. I would fixate on a book or series and just read them until they fell apart in my hands! Which means there are quite a few books from my childhood that I simply missed because I was too busy reading The Westing Game for the fifty-billionth time.

Which brings me to the topic of this week’s Top Ten Tuesday! This TTT is all about miss opportunities from the past. This list is comprised of books I wish I had read as a child. Let’s jump right in!


  • Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl: I read quite a few Roald Dahl books when I was a kid, but I somehow missed this one. Probably because I was re-reading Matilda, The Witches, and The B.F.G. over and over again. I’ve always been a fan of the worlds crafted by Dahl and I’m sure I would have loved this book. It’s still on my TBR so… one day!
  • The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis: Okay, so, I have read the first book in this series, but I wished I had bothered finishing it. Honestly, I don’t think I even knew it was part of a series when I was younger. When I found out later in life, I remember noting the information and doing nothing with it, lol. I now own all the books and am planning to read them soon.
  • Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White: This was actually the first book I thought of when I saw the theme for this week’s TTT. I absolutely adored the movie this book inspired when I was a kid! I am ashamed to admit that I didn’t know there was a book until I was well into my twenties. I probably would have devoured this as a young girl if I had any inkling it existed. Still, I would like to read it at some point.
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry: This is one of the books that I feel everyone else was made to read in school but never crossed my path. I’ve always been interested in the concept, though, and would like to read it eventually. I don’t think it’ll have the same impact on me as an adult as it would have back in the day. Still, I think it will be worth the read.
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum: Here’s a fun fact about me: I hated the movie The Wizard of Oz when I was a kid. Absolutely detested it! Honestly, I’m still not a fan. So, even though I knew that the movie was based on a book, I refused to read it. Now, as an adult who tends to prefer books over the movie when it comes to adaptations, my curiosity has grown about this novel and the others that follow. Now I’m just intimidated by how many there are!
  • Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie: I think this is another instance where I had no idea that the movie was inspired by a book. Though Peter Pan was never my favorite Disney movie, I did love the concept of a mysterious land where there was no adult supervision. And being able to fly sounded pretty alright, too! Again, this book will probably hit differently now that I’m an adult, but I still want to read it.
  • The Neverending Story by Michael Ende: The Neverending Story was one of my favorite movies as a kid. And, yet again, I had no idea that it was based on a book! For a kid who read as much as I did, I was woefully ignorant of a lot of stuff out there. Still, I think I would enjoy this book as an adult, as well. I’m still a fan of whimsical tales and books within books is one of my favorite things!
  • Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers: This is a book I actually knew about as a kid. I think my family may have even owned a copy of it. Yet I never read it. I don’t know why! I was probably on another Enchanted Forest binge and just forgot about this book entirely 😅 I would love to give this book a go, even if I may no longer be the target audience.
  • A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin: I honestly don’t know how my fantasy loving younger self didn’t find this series. It sounds like it would have been right up my alley! Sorcerers and dragons and magic? Sounds amazing! Seeming as this was first published in the 60s, I do wonder how it has stood up to the test of time. Still, I do plan on at least reading this first book, hopefully sooner rather than later.
  • The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander: This book is another one that I’m surprised I didn’t discover until recently. It’s a fantasy and it has a quest: young Kerri would have eaten this up. I didn’t discover the existence of this series until I was in my 30s, though. This is another one that was published in the 60s, but I’d still love to give it a go.

What books do you wish you had read as a child? Did you participate in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Enjoyed But Neglect

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish back in June 2010. It is currently hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and, as is stated on the blog, it was “born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.”

Hello, readers!

I hope everyone is staying safe and doing well. Things are settling into a strange routine in our home. The kids are adjusting to online school and the husband is getting used to all his classes being online. And I’m just working, lol 😅 But enough about the state of the world! I’m quite excited about this week’s TTT topic because I get to talk about some of my more neglected books. This week’s TTT is all about books you enjoyed, but rarely talk about. Time to bring them into the light!

  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë: This is probably my favorite classic that I’ve ever read. And yet I never talk about it! There was just something about this dark, strange tale that pulled me in and kept me interested. Unlike another Brontë sister’s book…
  • Duma Key by Stephen King: I picked this up on a whim when I was browsing books at the library and ended up loving it. It’s not a Stephen King book you hear much about, but it’s so damn good! And it’s one of the few King books that actually scared me. It’s terrifying at points, but in the best of ways.
  • A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson: This is the book that showed me that non-fiction can be engaging and hilarious. It also made me want to go on all the hikes, lol! I love Bill Bryson’s tone and writing. He puts such a human touch to the most random of subjects and I absolutely love it!
  • The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters by Gordon Dahlquist: I rarely ever talk about this series, but I looooooove it. I randomly picked it up at the bookstore years ago and fell hard for it. Which kind of sucked because I could only find book two in store and ended up having to hunt the internet for books three and four. (Four was especially hard to find…) Anyways! It’s steampunky and weird and thrilling and I’m glad I picked it up.
  • Artemis by Andy Weir: So most people know Any Weir for The Martian, which was the first book I read by him. I adore The Martian so much, so when I heard he wrote another space-y book, I had to read it. Though I don’t think Artemis holds as special a place in my heart, it was still an incredibly fun ride.
  • Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire: I love most of the books in the Wicked series, but this is by far my favorite one. This was such an excellent sequel to Wicked! It’s just such a sad, heart-wrenching tale. Definitely worth the read!
  • The Road to Jonestown by Jeff Guinn: This is our second non-fiction on the list! Because I honestly never talk about non-fiction books 😅 This is such a disturbing book to read but it is so. good. I learned a ton about both Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple. It’s terrifying how so many people could be brainwashed into worshiping a man like Jim Jones. Such an incredibly interesting, if horrifying, read.
  • The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead: This was my first experience reading Colson Whitehead and, I have to say, I was bowled over. I really enjoyed the experience of this book, even though it dealt with quite a heavy topic. It was so well-written and thought-provoking. It hurt my heart, but gave me hope, as well. Such a great book!
  • A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles: I had no idea what to expect when I went into this book, but I ended up absolutely loving it. It’s a beautiful character study of, well, the “gentleman in Moscow”. You find yourself becoming so connected to the main character and wanting only the best for him. I became so wrapped up in his story and just loved the whole reading experience!
  • Traitor’s Blade by Sebastien de Castell: I don’t even remember why I read this book but, damn, was it a fun read! An interesting take on The Three Musketeers that had a lot of intrigue. We all know I love some good political intrigue in a book! I really need to continue on with the series.

What are some books that you enjoy, but don’t talk about much? Did you do your own TTT? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

Top Ten Tuesday: Signs of a Book Lover

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish back in June 2010. It is currently hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and, as is stated on the blog, it was “born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.”

Hello, readers!

How are we all coping with… *gestures vaguely at everything*. This is my first day off in awhile and I’m spending it as I normally would: Reading and doing other indoor activities. The fam and I are probably going to take a walk later (keeping a good social distance from others, of course) as the sun has decided to show itself. I hope y’all are dealing with everything as best as you are able!

In the form of a temporary distraction, let’s jump into this week’s TTT! This week, my list is composed of signs of a book lover. Well… more specifically signs that I think show that I’m a book lover. People are too different for me to think that the signs that apply to me apply to everybody! But, I digress, let’s talk about the things I think show the world that I am a lover of books.

#1. I always have a book on hand: Whether it’s a physical book, audiobook, or e-book, I can always be found with something that I can start reading if I have a moment or two. This is especially useful now that we live near Boston and often take the train into the city. It’s nice to have a book on hand to lose myself in during the commute.

#2. I have an overabundance of bookmarks: Mostly because I am constantly losing bookmarks 😅

#3. I dream of having my own, personal library: I mean, with the abundance of books that I have, I’m halfway there. What I really dream of is having a dedicated space for my books and reading. Towering bookshelves, a cozy chair, a small table to rest my hot cocoa… *sigh* heaven.

#4. I spend most of my time online doing something bookish: Whether it’s updating my blog, watching Booktube, or scrolling through Book Twitter, most of my time online is spent surrounded in the comforting world of books. I enjoy the online bookish community! It’s nice to see so many book lovers out in the world.

#5. My default when someone asks what I want for birthdays/Christmas/etc is ALWAYS books: Or something book-related, like a Barnes & Noble gift card or, most recently, a Kindle. Just give me all the books and I am a happy girl 😄

#6. The only celebrities I follow on social media are authors: I suppose there are a couple actors/musicians sprinkled in, but, for the most part, it’s strictly authors. And I love it!

#7. I can’t give movie recommendations, but I will wax poetic if you ask me for a book recommendation: I’m not a chatty person, but if you ask me for a book recommendation, I will talk your ear off! I love talking about books (clearly) and helping people find their next favorite read makes me happy. Ask me about other media, though, I will stare at you blankly. It’s not that I don’t enjoy movies or TV shows, but I just can’t stir up the same passion about them.

#8. I don’t like shopping unless it’s book shopping: Seriously, I could spend hours in a bookstore. Especially if there’s a cafe where I can eat a snack to keep my energy up 😂 My husband doesn’t like going to bookstores with me because he basically has to drag me out…

#9. When I move, one of the first things I get in my new city is a library card: I grew up in the military and ended up marrying a military man. I’ve moved a lot. And one of the first things I do in a new city is scope out the local library and sign up for a library card.

#10. My favorite distraction is falling into a book: In a world where we are inundated with different ways to distract our minds, my favorite thing to do is pick up a book and get lost in its pages 💕


What do you think are the signs of a book lover? Did you do your own TTT? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

Top Ten Tuesday: Fiction With A Bookish Twist

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish back in June 2010. It is currently hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and, as is stated on the blog, it was “born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.”

Hello, readers! It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday and this week we have a freebie. The theme was Genre Freebie, so we get to build our lists around whatever genre we’re feeling. I feel like I maaaaybe cheated a little bit, but I decided to build a list around one of my favorite things: books about books! My list contains ten fiction books that have some kind of bookish element. There are five that I’ve already read and enjoyed and five that I haven’t read yet, but are definitely on my TBR!

Alright, with all that said, let’s jump into the list 😃

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Top Ten Tuesday: Spring 2020 TBR

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish back in June 2010. It is currently hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and, as is stated on the blog, it was “born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.”

We’ve come to another Tuesday and today, we are anticipating Spring! I’m overly ready for the warm weather, the budding plants, and the sunshine. And, of course, I’m ready for the books!

This Spring, however, is a weird one, with the coronavirus looming over all of us. It’s especially a weird one for any authors that have books coming out from now until June! So I decided to highlight those ten of those books for my TTT. I’ll also leave a link to their Indiebound pages, as well, because our independent bookstores need some love during this crisis, too 💕

Alright, let’s get to my list!

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