January-July 2020 Book Releases that I’m Impatiently Waiting for

I’m here to add more books to your already over-flowing TBRs.

The year is almost ending, so as a book blogger, I’m legally obligated to make a list featuring my most anticipated book releases for the new year. Here are some January-July 2020 YA releases that I can’t wait to read, whether it be because of their premises, the rep in them, or both!

Look out for part two—featuring August-December releases—coming in the latter half of next year!

Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim

January 7th

That girl on the cover can stab be any time 😍 I’m so glad that this is releasing early in the year because based on the synopsis, I need it RIGHT THIS SECOND. This is a queer, gender-bent retelling of The Count of Monte Cristo! The author also tweeted that the main couple is a “gayer and more ridiculous” Jude and Cardan, and … my body is ready.

Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen

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January 7th

What can I say? I go hard for books by Asian authors. This follows Ever Wong, who goes to Taiwan in order to spend the summer learning Mandarin, which I did last summer, though I went to China and not Taiwan! I’m excited to compare my experiences with Ever’s, though I’m sure hers will be much more romantic and swoon-worthy.

Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

January 21st

I’ve heard amazing things about this from early reviewers. But I’ll admit that I wasn’t completely sold on it until I tweeted that I wanted recommendations for books with two main characters who hate each other in real life, but start anonymously talking to each other. Ruby and Tiffany replied to me saying that Tweet Cute has this trope, and I immediately added it to my TBR!

Wicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco

March 3rd

Rin Chupeco deserves the WORLD, ya’ll. Their story ideas are some of the coolest ones out there, and they always include so much diversity in their novels. This one promises to be a wild and unapologetically Filipino ride.

The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski

March 3rd

Marie Rutkoski wrote The Winners Trilogy, and I absolutely adore the first two books in it. Its finale did disappoint me a little, but I’m more than willing to give her a second chance. This is set in the same world as the trilogy, and it has an f/f romance!

The Electric Heir by Victoria Lee

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March 17th

I’m so jealous of everyone who has an arc of this! Granted, I’m pretty sure they’ll be emotionally destroyed, so there’s that. But I’m so excited to reunite with my sons Noam and Dara.

We Are Totally Normal by Rahul Kanakia

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March 31st

I know next to nothing about this because I added it to my TBR right after I read Shri’s review—it was that good. Also, I requested and got approved for an e-arc of this months ago!

The Silence of Bones by June Hur

April 21st

Again, I’m excited for this because Shri loved it, haha. But I’m also eager to read it because it’s a mystery set in Joseon era Korea, and I haven’t read a lot of mystery books, let alone ones set in historical Korea!

Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust

May 12th

Two words: f/f and Persian-inspired.

The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar

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May 12th

This is about two teen girls with rival henna businesses who fall in love with each other!!! I feel like it’ll be super cute, but also tackle hard-hitting topics at the same time. On top of that, I love how the cover features two adorable brown girls front and center.

I Kissed Alice by Anna Birch

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May 26th

This has the trope that has become my new obsession! Two girls hate each other in real life but anonymously start collaborating on a graphic novel together!! Sounds like it’s gonna be as cute as its cover—I CAN’T WAIT.

The Dark Tide by Alicia Jasinska

June 1st

Mahana said f/f enemies-to-lovers, villain/protagonist romance with witches—and I came running.

The Falling in Love Montage by Ciara Smyth

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June 9th

Ahh, look at how adorable the cover is 😍 This follows two girls who spend the summer re-enacting “every cliché, rom-com montage-worthy date they can dream up,” but promise to end their romance by fall. But this is a book, so of course they fall in love for real.

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

June 9th

#OwnVoices for the trans and Latinx rep, this follows Yadriel (btw, I love that name), who accidentally summons the ghost of the school bad boy back from the dead. If that premise doesn’t immediately make you want to read it, I don’t know what will. Also, that cover is gorgeous, and it reminds me a little of anime!

The State of Us by Shaun David Hutchinson

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July 21st

This gives me SO MUCH Red, White & Royal Blue vibes! Set during the 2020 US presidential elections, we follow the love story of the 16-year-old sons of the Republican and Democratic candidates. This will undoubtedly be a relevant read with the 2020 elections coming up soon. Also, I’m usually not a fan of PDA on covers, but somehow I adore the cover?

I mean, I say I’m anticipating these books, but let my most viral tweet speak for itself:

That said, I’ll try to read them as soon as I can!

What are your most anticipated 2020 book releases? Are you anticipating these books as well?

72 thoughts on “January-July 2020 Book Releases that I’m Impatiently Waiting for

    1. Tiffany, I’m currently reading Loveboat, Taipei, and it’s AMAZING. i love how Asian it is, and if there ends up being a love triangle, i don’t think my heart will survive :(( Ahh, i feel so bad because i missed my blog tour stop—the first time i’ve ever missed one—but i hope to review it very soon! And I can’t wait for Tweet Cute to come out so that I can read it :((
      I hope you enjoy all of the 2020 releases you get around to! ❤

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  1. me: *immediately adds these books to my wishlist*

    Kidding aside, oh gosh! These books are exciting! Some of the books in this list that are already in my radar: Wicked As You Wish (I MEAN COME ON AAAAAHHHHHHH), Cemetery Boys (the moment I saw the cover and read the synopsis, I was sold), We Are Totally Normal (it sounds angsty but soft if that makes sense, also #ownvoices so big YES for me!), and The State of Us (I literally just found out about this a few days ago and it’s been compared to Red, White & Royal Blue so YES YES YES).

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    1. Hihi, you’re welcome! and… sorry?

      Ahh, I’m so excited that you’re anticipating these releases too, Alexx! I think Cemetery Boys is in my top five most anticipated releases of next year, and I need it in my hands right this second. YES. that’s totally how i expect We Are Totally Normal to be! I feel like it’ll achieve the level of nuance that only #ownvoices books can achieve. As soon as I saw the cover and blurb of The State of Us, I was like: RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE!! I’ve been meaning to read something by Shaun David Hutchinson for so long too :((
      I hope we enjoy all of these books when we get around to reading them ❤

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      1. I feel the same way about Cemetery Boys and We Are Totally Normal aaaahhhh! And yes! The State of Us is definitely the YA version of RWRB and I’m just too excited haha!
        Aww, yes, I hope so, too!


  2. Caitlin, I’m anticipating A LOT of these too! I’m currently reading Scavenge the Stars and everything about it has been *chef’s kiss*!

    And since you’re making my 2020 TBR list growing even bigger than before, I’m going to do the same and drop a few of my own most anticipated titles, which are:
    ➼ Every Other Weekend by Abigail Johnson (I’m currently reading this one and IT’S SO FREAKING GOOD)
    ➼ Jane, Anonymous by Laurie Faria Stolarz
    ➼ Spellhacker by M.K. England
    ➼ Diamond City by Francesca Flores
    ➼ Seven Deadly Shadows by Courtney Alameda and Valynne E. Maetani
    ➼ This Train is Being Held by Ismée Williams
    ➼ Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin
    ➼ The Seventh Sun by Lani Forbes
    ➼ Rebelwing by Andrea Tang
    ➼ The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow

    Welp, this is just for Jan-Feb and I just realized that I have this much… Maybe I should post a list of my own before 2019 ended!

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    1. Vinny!! I’m so glad, and I hope we enjoy these books when we get around to them :)) OMG, YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW EXCITED THAT MAKES ME. I want to read Scavenge the Stars right. Now.

      Omg, no :(( My TBR did NOT need that. KIDDING. YOU’RE SO SWEET. I can’t believe that you actually took the time to mention some of your anticipated releases! You are the best ❤ I'll really have to check out all of those books. I've heard of Foul Is Fair, The Sound of Stars, Rebelwing, and Spellhacker. I think I've seem the cover of Every Other Weekend, and it's GORGEOUS. it makes me so happy that you're enjoying, and I'll definitely have to read it now <333

      if those books are just your jan-feb, there's no hope for us, haha! why are all of these amazing books distracting me from my backlist :(((( OMG YES. PLEASE DO MAKE A LIST. I would read and boost anything you wrote! (haha, but absolutely no pressure <3)


  3. Yeah, you really did just add WAY more to my list. I have actually been stumped because not many of my fave authors have books coming out next year (apart from Chain of Gold & the new Suzanne Collins book). And like YA debut fantasy and I am having a bit of an issue at the moment. But YAY now I have some gr8 ones to look forward to!!

    Firstly, Tweet Cute IS SO WORTH IT!!!

    And you told me about Loveboat Taipei & The State of Us (which yeah THAT COVER WOW) and I’m super amped. But also, I Kissed Alice, The Falling Love Montage and Cemetery Boys SOUND SO GOOD AHHH!!!


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    1. Hehe. I’m sorry and you’re welcome :)) I’ve heard of Chain of Gold and A Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (ew, gross title), but I sadly haven’t read the works that came before them, so I’m just… cheering from the sidelines as everyone else is highly anticipating them.

      It seems really, really cute, and I feel like it’ll make me really happy :>>

      YES, THEY DOOOO. i can’t believe i thought i was gonna be able to focus on backlist books in 2020 when all of these amazing books are coming out!!

      YES. CAN’T WAIT FOR YOUR LIST IF YOU MAKE ONE. honestly, the only research i did was scroll through twitter though, because everybody seems to be screaming about their anticipated releases there 😂😂 also *cough* *cough* you can just cheat and look at other bloggers’ anticipated releases lists… which i definitely didn’t do!

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  4. AHHH you know I saw Tiffany talking about Loveboat Taipei on Twitter and it made me so excited to read it!! AND OMG I did not know that the romance in Scavenge the Stars had jude+cardan dynamics!! That sounds awesome!

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  5. I want to score ARCs for Falling in Love Montage, I Kissed Alice and The Dark Tide so much!! And, wow, you got me interested in Tweet Cute. Sounds a bit like You Got A Mail retelling??
    Also, this tweet is such a mood! Why do I just move on when the books come out and lust after other upcoming titles?? TT-TT

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    1. I believe in you! Go get those arcs! Publishers would be so lucky to have you review their books ❤ Ideally, I'd like arcs as well, but I'm SO BAD at reading them on time :") Oh, I'm not sure if it's a retelling because I like to know as little as possible about a book before I read it, but it definitely has the main trope that You've Got Mail is known for!
      Haha, I'm still shocked that people actually relate to that tweet! But yeah, i just suck at reading new releases AND backlist books.. i can't even have one

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      1. I will shoot my shot but I need to read my other ARCs first! 😀
        I love that trope! ❤❤
        Yeah, I just see new and shiny books and move on… If I miss it out as an ARC, I’m just getting newer ARC ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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  6. I’m so ready for all the 2020 releases! 🥰 I’m very excited to read Tweet Cute, as it sounds like such a fun, wholesome contemporary and I’m really in the mood for that 😊 I’m also eagerly anticipating The Electric Heir, even though it’s probably going to destroy me emotionally 😱

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  7. Cemetery Boys and The Electric Heir I NEED SO BADLY. Also I just realized like twenty minutes ago that The Henna Wars is sapphic (and like…. learned the basic premise OOP) so yeah that one just skyrocketed up on my tbr! I also desperately need Loveless, Spellhacker, and Time of Our Lives

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    1. Ahh, Iris. that’s a whole mood 😭😭😭💙 haha, that’s relatable, because I kid you not, as soon as I read the pitch for The Henna Wars, I auto-added to my TBR.
      omg, I’m anticipating those as well :(( Spellhacker sounds wonderfully gay. also, Radio Silence is one of my favorite books of all time, and I want to read more of Alice Oseman’s works (i also haven’t read a lot of books with aro/ace rep!)! And I really, REALLY wanna read something by Wibbroka soon :(( If I’m Being Honest is literally at the top of my TBR, yet I still haven’t picked it up, haha

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      1. honestly like how was The Henna Wars not already on my tbr, because it sounds like EVERYTHING I need in a book, and I can’t believe I just like… never read the synopsis.
        I’ve read the first five chapters of Spellhacker (launch crew perks 😁) and I love it so much already, cannot wait to read the whole thing! (wonderfully gay is entirely accurate 😁) And omg Alice Oseman is one of my favourite authors ever, have you read her other books??? I love them all sm!! And my ace heart is so so so excited for the rep in Loveless 😭
        And omggggg both If I’m Being Honest and Always Never Yours are like… god tier. The only straight romances I stan tbfh 🙈

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      2. now it is, and tbh that’s all that matters!!
        Ahh, I read your interview with the author, & I got super intrigued! I feel like M.K. England writes stories that are so up my alley. Noooo 😭😭 I really really want to read Heartstopper (actually, I’ve been waiting for a copy from Laura until now)!!
        Wait.. valid heteros?! Idk why I haven’t read Wibbroka’s books yet :-(( I literally have no excuse!

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      3. Heartstopper is EVERYTHING I love it so much!!! Very very different from Radio Silence, but just as good! (also I don’t know how you feel about reading comics online, but but *is* up online for free)(like entirely legally)

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  8. I already knew a lot of these and am hyped for them, but I hadn’t heard of two – I kissed alice and the dark tide – which I have now immediately added to my TBR. They sound amazing!! I also just finished Tweet Cute last night, and trust me, you’re going to enjoy a lot! Great post, and hope you enjoy them all!

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    1. Ah, I’m glad that you were able to add books to your TBR through this post! Omg, I’ve only heard amazing things about Tweet Cute so far. I really can’t wait to read it—I feel like it’s gonna be unbelievably adorable! Thank you ❤ I hope we both enjoy all of the 2020 releases we end up reading 💖

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  9. Okay, I already sold on Loveboat, Taipei and Tweet Cute and I’m just so so excited to read them both. But Cemetery Boys??? Never heard of it but now I want to read it so bad! Like dead bad boy revived??? Yasss
    And, of course, my most anticipated read of 2020 The Electric Heir. I CANNOT WAIT!!!

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    1. Ahh, me too! I’m currently reading an arc of Loveboat, Taipei, & it’s super good so far!!
      OMG SAME. Yadriel is almost surely gonna fall in love with the bad boy (at least, I hope so), & I’m so here for it!
      ahhh, yay!! I can’t wait to continue Noam, Dara, & Lehrer’s story ❤️ hopefully, our emotions will be okay after we read it 😅

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    1. I really can’t wait for them!!! Omg I’m so glad that you were able to find out about The Henna Wars through me! Its pitch is *perfect*, and I feel like it’s gonna be such an important read that everyone should add to their tbrs!


  10. Ohh.. please give me all these books now!! *heart eyes*
    Tweet Cute is one I have been seeing around and the title is amazing. Plus that trope sounds amazing, I just like to see the drama, haha!! 😂 But cute drama!!
    We are Totally Normal sounds so good, right?!?! And you got an e-arc, how exciting?!?!!? I can’t wait to hear your thoughts about it!!
    YES to Girl, Serpent, Thorn and The Dark Tides! They both sound so amazing!!
    Ah… there are so many amazing books coming out and I won’t be able to keep up with any of them but I’m excited!! 😂

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    1. Same, I really want them too 😍😍
      I feel like I’ll relate to it a lot bc I spend so much time on twitter, haha! The bird app is the black hole that sucks all my productivity away :(( I love that trope because of the drama too! When the two characters have already caught feelings for each other, & even though they “hate” each other, they can’t deny it? *chef’s kiss*
      You should definitely try to score an e-arc of your own on Edelweiss!! I think their approval rate is pretty high for We Are Okay :)) But yeah, it sounds soooo good. I feel like I’ll relate to it a lot too! Here’s hoping that I will!
      Ugh, yes!! Give me all the Dark f/f fantasy 🖤
      Haha, same! But I’m excited nonetheless :”) Here’s hoping that we’ll both enjoy the 2020 releases that we get around to!

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      1. Haha!!
        That’s true Twitter is addictive so we can all relate to that 😂
        I know I love feelings that characters can’t deny, it is a great trope!! 😍
        Oh really I’ve never looked on Edelweiss but I have been tempted 😂 Thank you for telling me.
        Yes definitely!! 😍
        Yeah I hope so too!! ❤

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  11. I’ve been awful at keeping up with new releases, so many of these are new to me – but they sound fantastic! – The Henna Wars and I Kissed Alice are on the top of my most awaited list, though. They both sound SO GOOD, and I also love their covers. Great post, and I do hope you’ll love all these novels when you get them!. 🙂

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    1. Ah, that’s okay! I feel like keeping up *too* much would be super bad for my TBR 😅 that’s why I’ve been trying my best not to keep up too, but.. I don’t think it’s working 😂
      YES! 2020 is turning out to be the year of f/f books, and I could not be more excited! And I’m such a sucker for illustrated covers, so their covers were made for me, haha
      Thank you!! I hope you have an amazing reading year in 2020 💕


      1. Omg I so relate to your tweet!! I was basically counting down the days to The Beautiful & Queen Of Nothing but still haven’t read either. Or Sorcery Of Thorns which I even pre-ordered 🙈 fingers crossed this year will be different for both of us. Also I have a lot of these on my TBR too like The Midnight Lie, The Falling In Love Montage and The Silence Of Bones. I have way too many books on my 2020 list 😅 but there are just so many amazing sounding books coming out. I hope you get to read, and love, all of the ones mentioned here.

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      2. yeah, i’m so shocked that so many people could relate to it! i tweeted it in a sleepy haze, and thought that me and my mutuals could just laugh about it together. when i checked my notifs the morning after, i was SHOOK at how much engagement my tweet got. i read QoN on.. the day it came out, i think? which is wild because i’m not that big a fan of the folk of the air series. idk why i was actually able to read it on time. as for, the beautiful, sadly, my tweet applies to it. i was so hyped for vampires in historic new orleans, but until now, i still haven’t picked it up! granted, i have heard mixed things about it, but i think that i have a chance of liking it. i read and love sorcery of thorns, and i hope you do too!
        yes, all of these 2020 books sound amazing! i can’t wait to read them, and i really hope that both of us are not disappointed ❤

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  12. Ahh thank you for alerting me to a new Marie Rutkoski book! And there are plenty of others here for me to add to the TBR; a bunch of these I’ve heard mentioned in passing but didn’t know what they were about so thanks for summarising haha. Uhm in terms of 2020 I just have a few series continuations I’m excited for but they’re all adult mystery/thriller 🙂

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    1. yeah, she’s been silent for like.. years, and i’m excited to read her new work!! and you’re welcome :)) i always love it when people do that for me! ohhh, what are they? i’ve been looking to read more books in that genre. actually, i’m currently reading a thriller right now (the passengers by john marrs), and i’m enjoying it!

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      1. ahh yes thrillers are honestly like one of my all time favourite genres; I’m a little rusty on names but I’ll just list series, the next book in orphan x, stillhouse lake, rockton, eddie flynn series. I haven’t heard of that one before but I might check it out! on top of those which are some of my favourite series I highly recommend the ragdoll series by daniel cole and of course there are lots of amazing stand alones out there 🙂

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      2. the thriller i’m reading is so.. well, thrilling ugh i have to read more books like it because the twists shook to my core and i would like to experience that emotion again!! i am a character driven reader though, and thrillers are almost always plot driven, so i feel like it’s gonna be harder for me to rate them 5 stars :((

        thank you for the recommendations! i actually haven’t heard of any of them now. thrillers on my tbr are the silent patient, the turn of the key, and dangerous girls, off the top of my head!

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      3. panic by lauren oliver is another one I thought of; don’t remember what I thought of it but I really love the concept; and that’s true, but I think it’s less so in series? like say for me the fawkes and baxter series, rockton, orphan x, they all have central characters and a good amount of effort is spent developing those characters?

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  13. Ahh such a fantastic list, there are so many books I’m eagerly anticipating here. I can’t wait to read Scavenge the Stars, The Electric Heir, Girl, Serpent Thorn and I Kissed Alice, these all sound SO SO good I am very very hyped!! 😀

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  14. Ahhh, so many of these books are also on my TBR for this year and I’m so. excited. I have an eARC of Tweet Cute because I’m part of the blog tour and even though my post is supposed to go up in uhhh, one week, I haven’t started it yet. Oh well, it’ll get done eventually? Also, I LOVE how many sapphic books are on here, 2020 is the year of the sapphics and I’m so happy about it, can’t wait to have girl in red as my spotify artist of the year lol.

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    1. i know!! these are all gonna distract me from finishing my backlist tbr, I JUST KNOW IT.
      ahh, i’ve heard such amazing things about Tweet Cute, and i’m so hyped to see your review! hope you enjoy it ❤ and it's ok, you're a fast reader—i'm sure you'll be fine 😂
      exactly!!! 2020 is the year of the sapphics, and i'm so happy that f/f couples are becoming more mainstream! (omg idk who that is but i'll have to check them out!)


  15. Aaaaah this is so not fair! Too many amazing books, too little time & money lol Some of the books you mentioned here were already in my own list, but I added quite a few as well (thanks for ruining me ❤ ). I'm not quite sure about The Midnight Lie, though … I started reading The Winner's Curse, wasn't feeling it, stopped … Now I have the book in Portuguese and like, it could be a sign to read it again, no?

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    1. I know, right?! These books can take all of my time and money though 😥 Ah. I’m glad that you were able to add a few new ones to your TBR, and also—I’m sorry 😅
      Oh, I really loved The Winner’s Curse, so that’s why I want to read it! Maybe wait for more reviews of TML to come out?
      But I hope you enjoy the winner’s curse more if you decide to try it again! it’s a more slow fantasy, but i love the political intrigue in it. i also think that the sequel is way better than the first book!

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  16. Awesome post, Caitlin!!! ❤ Okay, a gayer and more ridiculous” Jude and Cardan you say? Umm, SIGN ME UP! Haha! I have been hearing such awesome things about Scavenge the Stars and cannot wait to pick it up! I'm excited to read Loveboat Taipei as well, and I'm sure that Tweet Cute will be absolutely adorable! Confession time – I received an ARC of Wicked as you Wish months ago and STILL haven't read it! (I'm a despicable human being). I'm hoping to get to it very soon! 🙂

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    1. Thank you, kelly! 🥺💖 I’ve also read the first chapter of Scavenge the Stars, & it was AMAZING. I hope we both fall in love with it!
      Loveboat, Taipei was like a teen drama in book form—I really enjoyed it! And same, all the early reviews of Tweet Cute that I’ve read have described it as adorable!
      What OMG!! Very jelly (but also, you deserve that arc)!!! Don’t worry about not getting to it yet, bc I’m so bad at reading arcs, and reading the books on my TBR in general 😅


  17. The reply button vanished on this one too.It’s kind of a relief that so many people could relate to it tbh; it feels good to know that I’m not the only one who buys books but fails to read them. I still need to read it but I’m seriously hoping to change that soon. Next week I want to shake off this ridiculous slump and get reading. I have a few library things to read first but after that I’m focusing on a few of the books that I was desperate for and treated myself to.I hope you end up enjoying it when you get around to reading it. And thank you (: that’s another that I can’t wait to get on with. Yes fingers crossed that they all turn out to be as wonderful as they sound ❤❤

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