Least Favourite Books of 2020!

Hey guys! Today I am sharing with you my least favourite books of 2020 and unfortunately, I read a lot of books this year that I found to be extremely disappointing. There’s too many to share so I’ve picked out my one star ratings and then ones that I thought I’d rate five stars and actually ended up rating a lot lower (two-three stars). So let’s get into it!

Shades of London (books 0.5-2) by Maureen Johnson: This is going to sound harsh but I actually think this is the worst series I’ve ever read and I didn’t even read the entire series. First off, it really gets on my nerves when American authors write a book set in the UK because they get so many things wrong and I couldn’t stop rolling my eyes while I was reading the first book. After I got past that part, I then had to deal with the main character who was incredibly annoying because she rambled on and on about irrelevant things and seemed like the most useless person ever. The plot of the second book made no sense whatsoever and the main character had that ending coming for making such stupid decisions. I’m going to erase this series from my mind now, I get mad just thinking about it.

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November 2020 Wrap Up

Hey guys! Today I am sharing with you my November 2020 wrap up and I had a really great month! I read ten books in total but sadly I didn’t enjoy most of them and one especially ended up being a massive disappointment. Here’s what I read:

The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton: This was not what I was expecting at all and it was a good book to kick off the month with. The story follows detective duo Samuel Pipps, the world’s greatest detective, and his bodyguard Arent Hayes. Pipps has been arrested, accused of a crime he may or may not have committed, and is being transported to Amsterdam for his execution. While he’s locked in a cell, the rest of the passengers are being stalked by what some believe to be a demon. Lives are threatened and with Pipps imprisoned, that leaves Arent so solve the mystery. I was very surprised by the Sherlock Holmes/John Watson similarity and it was really enjoyable. I liked how the mystery was contained on the ship, it made the stakes a lot higher and the tension throughout was very palpable. It dragged out a bit towards the end and it got a little hard to follow what was happening, but overall it was a fantastic thriller.

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November 2020 TBR

Hey guys! As you can tell from the title, today I’ll be talking about my November TBR. I have two weeks off and England is in a month-long lockdown from tomorrow, so I should get plenty of reading done seeing as I can’t go anywhere. Here’s what I want to read:

The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton: I started this just before Halloween, but I was no where near finished so I’ve had to carry it over into November. I’ve got about 200 pages left now so I should finish it soon! It’s not at all what I was expecting, but I’m enjoying it so far.

The Lives of Saints by Leigh Bardugo: I’m hoping I can read this one fairly quickly seeing as it’s short stories. I wasn’t planning on buying it but I love the Illumicrate version. I really hope it’s better than The Language of Thorns. I struggled to finish that one and only enjoyed one of the stories.

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September 2020 TBR

Hey guys! Today I’m going to be talking about my September TBR and I’m hoping that I can read a lot more books this time and maybe even complete my reading challenge! Here’s what I’m planning on reading:

The Guilty Die Twice by Don Hartshorn: I was kindly given a copy of this for review and I can’t wait to read it as it’s a little different to the books I usually read. It’s a legal thriller where two estranged brothers are pitted against one another – one is a public defender and the other is District Attorney. It sounds really complex and exciting!

Marionette by Sarah Main Burton: I was kindly provided with a copy of this by the author and it sounds incredible and really cool. It’s about captured supervillain Mesmer, who’s given a choice to either die for her crimes, or repay society by using her mind-control abilities in the service of the American Hero League. But then Mesmer finds out that the AHL is involved in a sinister conspiracy and she must decide whose freedom she stands for. Whose safety. And whose version of good. I’m so excited to read it because it sounds so epic.

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August 2020 TBR

Hey guys! Today I am bringing you my August TBR. I’ve got a mixture of young adult and crime thrillers and my most anticipated book at last! August is going to be a really exciting month for that alone! Here’s what I’ll be reading:

Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer: This is my most anticipated release so of course I’ll be dropping everything to read it! I’ve been waiting years for this book and I honestly thought it would never be published. I reread Twilight a couple years ago and I still really loved it. I can’t wait to read the story from Edward’s perspective!

A Window Breaks by C.M. Ewan: I started reading this in July and unfortunately I didn’t manage to finish it so it’s one I’m carrying over into August. It’s pretty good so far!

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Top 5 Wednesday: Top of the TBR

Hey guys! So today I’m bringing back a post that I haven’t done in a really long time because I thought this group was dead in the water, but it turns out someone revived it last month and I had no idea! I hope this group does return for good because I had a lot of fun participating when it was active. This week showcases those books that you wanted to read in the first half of the year but never got round to. So let’s get into it!

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas: I want to say I bought this book last year and regretfully I have yet to actually pick it up. Given everything that is going on in the world right now, this book is more relevant than ever and I shouldn’t continue to let it sit there on my shelf unread. It does not deserve that and I will be reading it soon.

Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater: Please someone shout at me if I don’t read this book by the end of the year! It was one of my most anticipated and I’ve heard nothing but good things about it so I honestly don’t know why I haven’t read it yet. Ronan was one of my favourite characters and I’m so excited that he has his own trilogy. I definitely think his story isn’t over yet.

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WWW Wednesday!

Hey guys! I haven’t been feeling great this week and I’ve been really busy at work so unfortunately I haven’t had a lot of time to write blog posts. Hopefully this quick reading update will suffice until I can actually sit down and write some more detailed posts! Here’s what I’ve been reading this month:

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words.

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To take part, all you have to do is answer the following questions:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently reading: I’m finally reading The Empress by S.J. Kincaid and so far I’m liking it but it’s a bit slow so I’m hoping it picks up later. I definitely prefer the first book up to now but I’m honestly not that far in yet so that could change. 

I keep starting She by HC Warner and then just randomly putting it down! I have no idea why because it’s good, maybe I just wasn’t in the mood for it? I’m determined to finish it this time though!

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March 2020 TBR!

Hey guys! Today I am bringing you my March TBR and it’s such an exciting month because Chain of Gold is finally here! You bet I’m reading this as soon as possible. I’ve been waiting so long for it! I’m hoping it doesn’t give me a book hangover because I also want to read some other books. Here’s my TBR:

Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare: After waiting so long for this, it’s finally here! I can’t wait to devour it and I’m so looking forward to meeting another generation of shadowhunters! I’ll probably read it this weekend! 

Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater: I got this when it first came out and still haven’t read it! I loved The Raven Cycle and I’ve said so many times that I found Roman to be the most interesting character. I want to learn more about his dreams! I hope this trilogy is just as good.
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Highest Rated Books On My TBR

Hey guys! I feel like last year even though I said I wanted to tackle my TBR, I mostly just ended up ignoring it but this year I want that to be different. I think if I actually look at the books that are on there, it might actually spur me on to read some of them! So today I am looking at the top ten highest rating books that are currently on my TBR, according to Goodreads. Let’s get into it!

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (Rating 4.66): I actually forgot this was on my TBR I thought I’d removed it, whoops. I’m not even surprised that it’s the highest rated book because the amount of people I’ve seen and heard people raving about this book is insane. Unfortunately I didn’t feel the same and DNF’ed it when I was about halfway through. I do want to give it another try but I’m struggling to motivate myself to pick it up again.

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (Rating 4.61): This book is just taunting me now. I will admit though that I am surprised that it’s the second highest rated book. I know Leigh Bardugo is an amazing author but I thought it’d be a bit lower down on my list. I want to read this before I read King of Scars so trust me when I say I will read this!

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