Books I Want to Read Before the End of the Year

Books I Want to Read Before 2021

I can’t believe 2020 is almost over. I know that the second the calendar switches to 2021, things won’t magically get better, but I’m still excited for this year to end.

There were a lot of great books that came out this year, and I feel like I got to most of them, but there were still a few I didn’t get the chance to read. So, my December will be me trying to catch up.

Some of my most anticipated releases of the year… I didn’t get to read. But that’s okay! Because we have a couple of weeks now to read them.

So, without further ado, here are the books I’m hoping to get to before the end of the year.

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab

Genre: Historical Fantasy
Publisher: Tor Books
Page Count: 442

I actually just finished this one! The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is an absolutely stunning novel, following Addie, a girl who makes a faustian deal to live forever. However, as a result of her deal, everyone she ever meets instantly forgets her and she can never make a lasting mark on the world. She lives with way for almost 300 years, until one day she meets a guy in a bookstore who remembers her.

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My Top 10 Book Releases of November 2020

Almost all of these types of posts include me rambling about how shocked I am that it’s already [insert month here] and wow time really does fly by. But this month I’m trying to break the habit.

…. okay but seriously how is it November?!

Sorry, sorry. I had to. Time has lost all meaning this year and I’m constantly confused how it still moves forward while it feels like we’re all trapped in this endless purgatory caused by the pandemic.

On that note- its time to talk book releases! November has some great books coming out and I want to talk about my top 10!!

Just a reminder, if you want to see my most anticipated releases for every month, I have a spreadsheet where I document them! Click here to view it

This spreadsheet covers 2016-2021, and I’m constantly updating it! (But be warned- the older back you go the less extensive the sheet is because I was just getting into the book community then and didn’t know where to find information on new releases)

[Related: My Top 10 Book Releases of October 2020]

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Ruthless Gods (Something Dark + Holy #2) by Emily A. Duncan – This One Hurt (ARC Review)

Caitsbooks Reviews Ruthless Gods - 5 Stars

Thank you to Wednesday Books and Netgalley for giving me an ARC in exchange for an honest review! All quotes are taken from the ARC and are subject to change. All opinions are my own.

Overall: 5/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 4/5
Plot and Themes: 4.5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 5/5
Review in a Nutshell: Ruthless Gods is an amazing sequel, delivering on it’s promise of gothic horror and monstrous romance.

“Would it be hope, then, that killed her in the end?”

[ Related: Wicked Saints (Something Dark and Holy #1) by Emily A. Duncan (ARC Review) ]

// Content Warning: Violence, Death, Torture, Self Harm Mention, Body/Eye Horror , Alcohol Use, War Themes, Murder //

Release Date: 4/7/2020
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Page Count: 544
Premise:

Ruthless Gods is the sequel to Wicked Saints, a book that has hurt me way too many times to count. And did Ruthless Gods hurt me? You betcha. I’m in pain. As for what it’s actually about besides causing my suffering- well, it takes place several months after the ending of Wicked Saints, as our main characters try to move forward with the decisions they made, and situations they were left in. I’m sorry that’s vague, but that’s literally all I can say without going into spoiler territory.

“The realm of the divine is vast and far reaching but it is mortals who change this world…”

Read more to see all of my thoughts on Ruthless Gods!

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19 Best Book Releases of 2019 (Recommendation Nation)

19 Best 2019 Book Releases

*Cue shock that 2019 is ending*

We all know what happens at the end of the year- the “Best of” lists start coming in. Well, I may be a little late to the party, but of course I had to make one! There were a lot of amazing books that came out this year, and I really want to talk about all of them. And by all of them, I mean 19 of them because I only have so much time on my hands.

Before we get started, I just want to let you know that this list won’t be including debut novels that were released this year. I actually have a whole separate list featuring my favorite debuts, so make sure you check that out!

[ Related: 19 Best Debut Novels of 2019 (Recommendation Nation) ]

Standalones & New Series

11. Into The Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo

Release Date: 10/8/2019
Series: Into The Crooked Place #1
Genre: YA Fantasy
Page Count: 384
PurchaseIndiebound Barnes & Noble | Amazon
Click Here For My Full Review! ]

(I’m actually still reading this, but based on how much I’ve read so far, I know this book deserves a spot on the list)
Into The Crooked Place is Alexandra Christo’s sophomore novel, following her 2018 release To Kill A Kingdom, which was one of my favorite releases of that year. However, this book is very different from its predecessor, but definitely not in a bad way. It’s got major Six of Crows vibes, with four different protagonists who are entrenched in fantasy criminal underground, but it has plenty of factors that make it stand out.

10. Echo North by Joanna Ruth Meyer

Release Date: 1/15/2019
Series: Standalone
Genre: YA Retelling (Fantasy | East of the Sun, West of the Moon)
Page Count: 389
PurchaseIndiebound Barnes & Noble | Amazon
Click Here For My Full Review! ]

I have to admit, I didn’t know much about “East of the Sun, West of the Moon”, the story that Echo North is a retelling of, but this book got me obsessed with it. If you, like me, don’t know much about it, the best way I can describe it is that it’s like “Beauty and the Beast” mixed with the story of Cupid/Eros and Psyche, but with an epic quest. Echo North is a unique take on this fairy tale with gorgeous writing and a fascinating setting.

Looking for some new books to read? Keep reading for all of my recommendations!

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Top 10 Victorious Songs as Books (Recommendation Nation)

Victorious Songs As Books

Since Victorious has hit Netflix, everyone has been binging it. Myself included. And what have I learned from it? Well, it was definitely a little more problematic than I remembered, but damn, that soundtrack is full of bops.

And because of that, I’ve had the music stuck in my head in a loop for the past couple of weeks. So, I thought, why not capitalize on it and share my 10 favorite Victorious songs, and recommend a book to go with each them!!

I will admit, some of these were a lot easier than others, but, if you’re looking for something to read once you’ve finished your Victorious marathon, I’ve got a few recommendations for you. Also, be sure to read to the end because I’ve linked to a spotify playlist of all of these songs for you to listen to!!

[ Related: 16 LGBTQ+ 2019 Releases – Book Release Round Up ]

10. Make It In America

You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn
Genre:
YA Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 304
Release Date: April 2nd, 2019
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Purchase At: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound
[ Click Here to Read My Review ]

See me wearing a smile, even if I’m broke
I’ll be singing the words from a song I wrote
And I called it Make It In America

Read more for the rest of my Top 10 Victorious songs, and the books I think they pair best with!!

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