ANTICIPATED DECEMBER 2020 RELEASES

Each month, we’ll be putting together a list of our top most anticipated releases; from romance, to sci-fi, to fantasy, and everything in between. These releases might be ones we’re counting down the days for or ones we’ve already read and want you to read (and love!), too.

What you do need to bear in mind is that living on different continents we have different release dates. So as a general rule there might be some repeats from one month to the next.. it’s not that we’re just being weird. Though we can’t dismiss that totally out of turn.



For December, our hotly anticipated titles, in chronological order, are :


Every Last Secret by A.R. Torre | December 1, 2020

Welcome to the neighborhood. Watch your husband, watch your friends, and watch your back.

Cat Winthorpe has worked hard to get what she has: a gorgeous home; social standing; and William, her successful, handsome husband. Then a friendly new couple moves into the estate next door. While cautious, a good neighbor like Cat greets them with open arms and warm hospitality.

Neena Ryder isn’t a fellow lady of leisure. A life coach with off-the-rack dresses, personal issues, and a husband who hasn’t delivered, she’s anxious to move up in the world. This beautiful new town is a step in the right direction. It’s also making Neena aware of what she doesn’t have. Namely, William. When Neena’s infatuation escalates into obsession, it’s just a matter of eliminating a few obstacles to get the life she wants. The life next door.

As Neena’s secret fixation grows, so does her friendship with Cat. But beneath their cordial interactions is a wealth of temptations, secrets, and toxic jealousy. For both women, the desire for a perfect life can turn perfectly dangerous. 

Forever Wild by K.A. Tucker | December 1, 2020

From the international bestselling author of The Simple Wild comes Forever Wild, a novella that continues the story of Calla’s journey to the Alaskan wild and a life she never imagined for herself. 

The holiday season is upon Calla and Jonah, and with the mistletoe and gingerbread comes plenty of family drama. Jonah is bracing himself for two weeks with a stepfather he loathes, and while Calla is looking forward to her mother and Simon’s arrival, she dreads the continued pressure to set a date for their wedding … in Toronto. Add in one bullheaded neighbor’s unintentional meddling and another cantankerous neighbor’s own family strife, and Christmas in Trapper’s Crossing will be anything but simple.

How To Catch a Queen by Alyssa Cole | December 1, 2020

An arranged marriage leads to unexpected desire, in the first book of Alyssa Cole’s Runaway Royals series… 

When Shanti Mohapi weds the king of Njaza, her dream of becoming a queen finally comes true. But it’s nothing like she imagined. Shanti and her husband may share an immediate and powerful attraction, but her subjects see her as an outsider, and everything she was taught about being the perfect wife goes disastrously wrong.

A king must rule with an iron fist, and newly crowned King Sanyu was born perfectly fitted for the gauntlet, even if he wishes he weren’t. He agrees to take a wife as is required of him, though he doesn’t expect to actually fall in love. Even more vexing? His beguiling new queen seems to have the answers to his country’s problems—except no one will listen to her.

By day, they lead separate lives. By night, she wears the crown, and he bows to her demands in matters of politics and passion. When turmoil erupts in their kingdom and their marriage, Shanti goes on the run, and Sanyu must learn whether he has what it takes both to lead his people and to catch his queen.

A Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir | December 1, 2020

Prepare for the jaw-dropping finale of Sabaa Tahir’s beloved New York Times bestselling An Ember in the Ashes fantasy series, and discover: Who will survive the storm?

Picking up just a few months after A Reaper at the Gates left off…

As this is a finale we are not including the synopsis! Look it up at your own peril.

Layla by Colleen Hoover | December 8, 2020

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover comes a novel that explores life after tragedy and the enduring spirit of love.

When Leeds meets Layla, he’s convinced he’ll spend the rest of his life with her—until an unexpected attack leaves Layla fighting for her life. After weeks in the hospital, Layla recovers physically, but the emotional and mental scarring has altered the woman Leeds fell in love with. In order to put their relationship back on track, Leeds whisks Layla away to the bed-and-breakfast where they first met. Once they arrive, Layla’s behavior takes a bizarre turn. And that’s just one of many inexplicable occurrences.

Feeling distant from Layla, Leeds soon finds solace in Willow—another guest of the B&B with whom he forms a connection through their shared concerns. As his curiosity for Willow grows, his decision to help her find answers puts him in direct conflict with Layla’s well-being. Leeds soon realizes he has to make a choice because he can’t help both of them. But if he makes the wrong choice, it could be detrimental for all of them.



What titles are you looking forward to this month? Let us know in the comments below!

UNFRIENDING BOOKS – part one (of likely many)


Reading is such a subjective pass time, what’s my love is often Hollis‘ meh or hate and vice versa. That said, we’re still entitled to dislike books. If we liked them all, it would be great…but would we really appreciate other books as much?

In this feature we wanted to just give a flavour of those books we’ve unfriended, then you can get to know more about our tastes and what doesn’t float our boats. If you’re a blogger or bookstagrammer, we’d love you to use the tag and have a go #unfriendingbooks.


Micky here with some of the books I’ve unfriended and why…

Whitney My Love by Judith McNaught. There is no book I hate more than this one because abuse is written as love and I hated the hero beyond my wildest nightmares. If you want to know more my GR review is here.

His & Hers by Alice Feeney and this is a strange one. There’s nothing really wrong with this book, other than I should never have picked it up, it definitely wasn’t for me. I’m a scaredy cat, this scared my inner cat, especially as it was on audio and the serial killer had a pov using a voice distorter. Nightmare territory.

Dark Notes by Pam Godwin. Again, abuse written as love, power over a minor. You can probably see I have a problem with these themes and shouldn’t read them but the blurb didn’t tell me what this was going to be like. Also, it had a piano on the cover which renders me helpless. My GR review is here.

My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan and this viewpoint is a really unpopular opinion but one that I stand by with gusto. The palliative care situation was butchered in this book, in a most unrealistic way. I have clinical expertise in this area so I know this needed much better research and a direction change in the writing.

While we’re here, lets mention that’s why I hated The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary. A side story delved into children’s pallitative care (my job for 15 years, I have a PhD in the subject) and it was painfully unrealistic. I understand that these books are completely enjoyable without this insight so please just go ahead and enjoy them; I just can’t.

Adding a note for the same old reason (sorry) about Full Tilt by Emma Scott. The weeks running up to a characters death were completely unrealistic but the death itself was beautifully written. Even so, it’s still a thumbs down for me.

Another unpopular opinion about This Is How We Lose The Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone. I love sci-fi but I just didn’t get this one, I’ll quote my own review by saying it was a love story between robot-horse-wolf-seeds in shades of red and blue through letters…

Now that’s enough spouting from me, let’s hand over to Hollis.


Whiteout by Adriana Anders was a book I picked up earlier this year because Micky had such a good time reading it but alas.. we did not get along. You can see our double review here and decide for yourself! This suspense thriller adventure is set in the Yukon and.. that’s about all that recommends it for me. So, not at all, really.

Infinity Son was, like I think for many of us, a total disappointment. What should’ve been exciting queer fantasy just was.. well, queer fantasy, but not particularly exciting and definitely not enjoyable. A one star should make it obvious that I’m disinclined to continue the series but I’ve yet to decide if I might read on or not..

The Fantasyland series by Kristen Ashley. Yes, this was a five book series, yes I read them all (reviews can be found on GR if you’re curious enough to hunt for them), yes it was quite the adventure. I liked some, hated others, even sorta hated the ones I did like. But it was a series I thought had the best chance of winning me over considering I was already dubious about the author’s others works (later, Micky and I tried to read the Honey series.. elle oh elle to that disaster) and ultimately I’m just unfriending the author as a whole. But at least I saw this series through to the end!

Swear On This Life by Renée Carlino is memorable to me because Micky and I were reading this at the same time back in 2016 and ended up on opposite ends of the spectrum. She with a five star, me with a one star. This had flashbacks, reunion with childhood friends, a story-within-a-story.. all things that should’ve worked, and none that did.

The Duke’s Perfect Wife by Jennifer Ashley is book four in the Mackenzies and McBrides series, a historical romance series I thought would be a new favourite and was excited to binge (I think there are currently eleven books, as well as novellas? not sure if it’s even complete yet..), but which pretty tanked any momentum to continue on back in 2017. I ranted quite a bit in my one star review on GR. Granted, my enjoyment was steadily decreasing after book one so maybe it was just inevitable.

The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff was yet another disappointment considering it should’ve once again been something right up my alley. Historical, women-centric, some action, some romance.. but no. Poorly drawn characters, ridiculous circumstances and events, forced love stories.. and more. You can check out my thoughts here.

Last but not least (for this round, at any rate!) is The Binding by Bridget Collins. Another that appealed to me on almost every level, the concept of magic, the vibe, the cover!, but yet failed, because the elements that were featured in the marketing of this book just didn’t seem to live up to the reality. This one didn’t net itself a one star but it wasn’t far off. This read also pre-dates the blog, like most of this list, but I have a review on GR here.


What have been some memorable book unfriendings for you? Or maybe some recent ones? We’d love to know!

ANTICIPATED NOVEMBER 2020 RELEASES

Each month, we’ll be putting together a list of our top most anticipated releases; from romance, to sci-fi, to fantasy, and everything in between. These releases might be ones we’re counting down the days for or ones we’ve already read and want you to read (and love!), too.

What you do need to bear in mind is that living on different continents we have different release dates. So as a general rule there might be some repeats from one month to the next.. it’s not that we’re just being weird. Though we can’t dismiss that totally out of turn.



For November, our hotly anticipated titles, in chronological order, are :



Chasing Lucky by Jenn Bennett has already had a UK release but US/CAN finally gets to join in on the small town, childhood friends to more romance, fun on November 10, 2020.

The Burning God by R.F. Kuang is the third book in the Poppy War series which we are definitely now interested in starting because — binge baby! This finale releases November 17, 2020.

How The King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black is an illustrated addition to The Folk of the Air series which includes delicious details of life before The Cruel Prince, an adventure beyond The Queen of Nothing, and familiar moments from The Folk of the Air trilogy, told wholly from Cardan’s perspective. Get your hands on it on November 24, 2020.

Ready Player Two by Ernest Kline is the follow up to Ready Player One which one of us remembers enjoying but also forever confuses with Armada, so. Maybe a reread is needed? Good thing there’s time! You can get your hands on this sequel on November 24, 2020.



What titles are you looking forward to this month? Let us know in the comments below!

SEASONAL BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS : AUTUMN 2020

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Happy cozy and/or spooky season to one and all! However you choose to celebrate this time of year — whether it be with long reading sessions curled up on the couch under a throw, hot drink nearby, or decking out your spaces in glittery skulls, pumpkins, as you reach (or watch!) murder mysteries or thrillers, or even both at the same time — we wanted to put together a list of books that give us autumnal vibes, terrifies us, or just put us into the seasonal mood, in the hopes that we can spread some cozy comfort or spooky thrills.


UPROOTED by Naomi Novik is a fantasy story that is incredibly atmospheric and descriptive and also perhaps a wee bit terrifying because of what the author describes, and how. You might never walk through a forest at night again.

Katherine Arden’s Small Spaces series, both books one and two, focus on a specific season theme and book one is set in the fall, complete with scarecrows and haunted houses, but book two, set in the winter, has ghosts and chilling nightmares to haunt you with. This series is MG but will still get that pulse racing!

NINTH HOUSE by Leigh Bardugo is a dark academia story, though definitely adult in theme as opposed to the author’s previously YA releases, and it is.. well, dark. There are ghosts, magic, secret societies, and homicide investigations galore. This recommendation may require you to check out some trigger warnings if you are in need of them.

THE SECRET CASEBOOK OF SIMON FEXIMAL by KJ Charles is a queer historical paranormal that spans twenty years of ghost hunting, mysteries, occult, and more.

SAWKILL GIRLS by Claire Legrand is spooky and bloodthirsty and heartbreaking and sexy and feminist and full of asskickery and girl power and representation and magic and monsters. This would make an absolutely great Hallowe’en read.

UNSUB by Meg Gardiner might be the only true horror that gets added to this list but it earns that distinction for a reason. You want pulse pounding? You want twisty? You want mindfuckery? Look no further.

I don’t think SADIE by Courney Summers is actually set in the fall but somehow the book still makes me feel like it is. Maybe it’s the telling of it, the Serial podcast style of the mystery, I don’t know. Maybe just because it feels tragic and you want to bundle yourself up as you read it, keep the chill from your bones. Either way, it’s a story definitely worth reading.

THE BONE HOUSES by Emily Lloyd-Jones is a YA story featuring gravediggers, a remote village, and a curse that brings the dead back to life. This was basically written to be read in the fall! Which makes sense as it had a September 2019 release. Clever.

The Locked Tomb trilogy by Tamsyn Muir (even though we still have to wait for the final book!) is definitely seasonally appropriate with it’s goth skull aesthetic and space monsters galore. Book one, in particular, is basically a big haunted house Clue-style mystery.

Rather than list individual thrillers, which would extend this post well past the point that anyone would continue reading, we’re just going to shout out particular authors or series you should try if you haven’t already! Basically, anything by Karin Slaughter (start with Grant County before you read Will Trent), Lisa Gardner (all her series cross over but I think it’s best to start with DD Warren and split off from there), Karina Halle’s Experiment in Terror series covers a whole host of paranormal adventures and types, and, to wrap up, we’ll finish with A.R. Torre’s Deanna Madden series is a sexy and dark Dexter meets FIFTY SHADES OF GREY mash-up that will keep your pulse pounding.


This is obviously not an exhaustive (though it feels like it! I’m tired) list and so we wonder : what is one book (or series) you aren’t seeing listed on anyone’s recommendation round-up for this season? Is there any special read you’re planning to get to in the next few weeks? Let us know!

A LOVE LETTER TO LIBRARIES

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You know when your friend moves away and although you’ve always loved them, you appreciate them more? Who’s feeling like this about their library in pandemic times? Us, that’s who! Hollis and I are going to tell you a bit about our habits and why we use and love our particular libraries.

Yes, we can still access all the ebook and audio goodies. They have also been a treasure in these times but our libraries have been through thick and thin with us. All those times when we couldn’t get a book any other way, we requested it and ta da…there it was. When a book was so expensive we couldn’t justify it, there it was. When they bought something we requested, that’s the best feeling. Getting us something from another library in the district, no problem!

Micky here. My local library is in the small market town I live on the outskirts of. It’s a 15 minute walk from home, 2 minutes in the car. It has fantastic opening hours, lots of computer space, kids activities (I use to take my kids to story time and sing-a-long stuff), groups that meet there AND I used to have PhD supervision there with my supervisor who lives in the same area. The best thing about it is the range of YA, fantasy and sci-fi books, I love browsing the stacks. Biggest shoutout to Crompton Library!

Up until about three years ago you could hear me moaning a lot about the poor ebook and audio library services for my area. I don’t think they listened to me in particular, but they generally invested in the future of this kind of library media. We now have BorrowBox app which is okay but not as good as Libby or OverDrive, but it will do. We do however, have a pretty fab selection of books on ebook and audio, usually without a huge wait and they are renewable which I love. Here’s what I’ve borrowed lately (I didn’t get to them all) and what I’m on hold for.

Hollis, unlike many, has been blessed by the library gods pretty much from day one. Toronto has a ton of branches, intra-library own if your local is too small to carry a title at all times, and our OverDrive system is pretty topnotch. We might not always have something right away (though the turnaround time between new release and availability is generally quick, particularly for popular authors or buzzy titles) but the amount of books that get added each and every day? Astounding.


So tell us, are you a library user, either long-time or newly converted? Or are you a click-and-buy and to hell with potential wait times? Let us know!

ANTICIPATED OCTOBER 2020 RELEASES

Each month, we’ll be putting together a list of our top most anticipated releases; from romance, to sci-fi, to fantasy, and everything in between. These releases might be ones we’re counting down the days for or ones we’ve already read and want you to read (and love!), too.

What you do need to bear in mind is that living on different continents we have different release dates. So as a general rule there might be some repeats from one month to the next.. it’s not that we’re just being weird. Though we can’t dismiss that totally out of turn.


For October, our hotly anticipated titles, in chronological order, are :

THIS GREEN AND PLEASANT LAND by Ayisha Malik is a seredipitous tale of life in an English village when cultures and faith collide. It really did examine the human spirit and emotions. The paperback is out on October 1, 2020.

THE LIVES OF SAINTS by Leigh Bardugo is a book pulled from the pages of her Grishaverse series and features drawn illustrations alongside the tales of miracles and martyrdom. If it’s anything like her LANGUAGE OF THORNS release, this is going to be stunning. Dive back into this popular world on October 6, 2020.

THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF ADDIE LARUE by V.E. Schwab is a story about a young woman, the Devil, and a desperate bargain that leaves her forgotten by the world. But come October 6, 2020, you, too, will know her story. We can’t wait!

IN A HOLIDAZE by Christina Lauren is a Groundhog Day-style holiday story. You can live this day (over and over) on October 6, 2020.

SPOILER ALERT by Olivia Dade is a “delightfully fun romantic comedy set in the world of fanfiction, in which a devoted fan goes on an unexpected date with her celebrity crush, who’s secretly posting fanfiction of his own.” Sounds full of delicious tropes and have you seen that cover? Stunning! This romcom is out in the world on October 6, 2020.

THE TOWER OF NERO by Rick Riordan is the fifth an final book in the Trials of Apollo series.. but also the final in the Half-Blood Chronicles and we just don’t know what to do with that information. Expect much joy but likely much sadness on October 6, 2020.

BROTHERSONG by TJ Klune is the final book in the Green Creek series that so many have been (im)patiently awaiting. You can get your packpackpack on come October 13, 2020.

THE WINTER DUKE by Claire Eliza Bartlett is a beautiful looking YA historical fantasy with Russian historical foundations. This story promises magic, curses, feminism and LGBTQ+ characters. It’s out on October 13, 2020.

THE ONCE AND FUTURE WITCHES by Alix E. Harrow is set in 1893, in New Salem, and it was this part of the summary that grabbed us, “Stalked by shadows and sickness, hunted by forces who will not suffer a witch to vote-and perhaps not even to live-the sisters will need to delve into the oldest magics, draw new alliances, and heal the bond between them if they want to survive. There’s no such thing as witches. But there will be.” Perfect for the Spooky Szn, you can grab this on October 13, 2020.

BLACK SUN by Rebecca Roanhorse is a total cover-drew-me-in title and while the summary didn’t quite wow us, this bit? Intrigued. “Crafted with unforgettable characters, Rebecca Roanhorse has created an epic adventure exploring the decadence of power amidst the weight of history and the struggle of individuals swimming against the confines of society and their broken pasts in the most original series debut of the decade.” Another October 13, 2020, release.

THE DEEP BLUE BETWEEN by Ayesha Harruna Attah is a story of twins caught in a raid which dictates where their future goes. Told historically between West Africa and Brazil, this sounds an interesting read and it releases on October 15, 2020.

THE BOOK OF TWO WAYS by Jodi Picoult sound up Micky’s street, the story of a death doula in a plane crash. Give me this book and give me it now! Okay, I have to wait until October 20, 2020.

CRAZY STUPID BROMANCE by Lyssa Kay Adams is the third instalment in the Bromance Book Club series. Get ready for more shenanigans from these characters as they navigate love and romance with books as their guide. This one is out on October 27, 2020.

A KISS FROM MR FITZGERALD by Natasha Lester (29th) is a Gatsby-esque story set in the roaring 1920’s with Evie who is determined to be one of the first female doctors. She needs to support her career somehow and this story tracks that journey; it releases on October 29, 2020.


What titles are you looking forward to this month? Let us know in the comments below!

ANTICIPATED SEPTEMBER 2020 RELEASES

Each month, we’ll be putting together a list of our top most anticipated releases; from romance, to sci-fi, to fantasy, and everything in between. These releases might be ones we’re counting down the days for or ones we’ve already read and want you to read (and love!), too.

What you do need to bear in mind is that living on different continents we have different release dates. So as a general rule there might be some repeats from one month to the next.. it’s not that we’re just being weird. Though we can’t dismiss that totally out of turn.

Get ready, because September is a doozy in the best way!


For September, our hotly anticipated titles, in chronological order, are :

A ROGUE OF ONE’S OWN by Evie Dunmore is the follow up to last year’s BRINGING DOWN THE DUKE which was a huge favourite for us! We can’t wait for this next title in the A League of Extraordinary Women series, which is out September 1, 2020.

NONE SHALL SLEEP by Ellie Marney is pitched as “The Silence of the Lambs meets Sadie in this riveting psychological thriller about two teenagers teaming up with the FBI to track down juvenile serial killers,” and after what Marney did with her Sherlock Holmes retelling series? We can’t wait. NONE SHALL SLEEP is out September 1, 2020.

PUNCHING THE AIR by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam is a YA contemporary delving into wrongful incarceration from an personal experience. This story is told in verse with a poweful voice that will blow you away. Another epic September 1, 2020 release.

BLOOD & HONEY by Shelby Mahurin is a highly anticipated release for so many of our book buddies and the second instalment picks up after that almighty end to book one. Another epic read both in content and size, you’ll be wanting to pick this witches and hunters escapade up on September 1, 2020.

FABLE by Adrienne Young poses with that stunning cover and is the start of a new fantasy duology. A daughter of a poweful trader is abandoned on an island of danger and has to fight to survive. This one also releases on September 1, 2020.

AS THE SHADOW RISES by Katy Rose Pool is another September 1, 2020, release, and this is the sequel to THERE WILL COME A DARKNESS which we greatly enjoyed! Our review for book one is here.

THE LOST BOOK OF THE WHITE by Cassandra Clare & Wesley Chu is another September 1, 2020, release, and this is another sequel which follows this duo’s release of THE RED SCROLLS OF MAGIC, a sorta spinoff from The Mortal Instruments series which actually takes place alongside the main series.

Yet another sequel out September 1, 2020, is A DANCE WITH FATE by Juliet Marillier. This is a historical fantasy series that features warrior bards. How cool, right?

Have you ever wondered what happened after Charlotte from Pride & Prejudice married Mr Collins? CHARLOTTE by Helen Moffett takes that story and rolls with it in rather an unexpected way. It totally won Micky round on audio and it releases on September 3, 2020 in the UK.

IPPOS KING by Grace Draven is a hallejuah release for us. We have been waiting so long for the third installment in Draven’s Wraith Kings series. And the wait is finally over as of September 15, 2020. While we wait, though, this is the perfect time to start this unique paranormal romance series — if you haven’t already.

THE ROOMMATE by Rosie Danan is a title that has been getting a lot of buzz for a long time and it’s almost, finally, here! We here at the blog didn’t know it was anything more than an opposites attract romance but.. a wholesome pornstar love story? Yeah, hi. Come on September 15, 2020!

GROWN by Tiffany D. Jackson is out September 15, 2020. We’re new fans of this author so we were keen for this title regardless but after reading this? We need it. Grown exposes the underbelly of a tough conversation, providing a searing examination of misogynoir, rape culture, and the vulnerability of young black girls. Groundbreaking, heart-wrenching, and essential reading for all in the #MeToo era.” 

WHO I WAS WITH HER by Nita Tyndall is out on September 15, 2020. This book has themes of suicide and grief. Corinne finds her grief even more difficult to navigate because no-one knew she was in a relationship with Maggie. This lgbtqia+ read sounds difficult to read but worth the commitment.

TOOLS OF ENGAGEMENT by Tessa Bailey is the final (?) in her Hot and Hammered series and this is the match-up many have been waiting for since book one. This opposites attract/age gap/single parent romance is out September 22, 2020.

If you were won over by WELL MET, a romance set against a Renaissance faire, you’re definitely eyeballing September 22, 2020, when WELL PLAYED by Jen DeLuca finally comes out. Kilts, wenches, comedy, and that cheerful yellow cover? We needs it.

EARLY DEPARTURES by Justin A. Reynolds has such an uniquely strange concept that we’re loathe to spoil it for those that hate spoilers (hi, over here, us too!) but this speculative YA tackles “loss, grief, friendship, and love to form a wholly unique homage to the bonds that bring people together for life—and beyond,” and it’s out September 22, 2020.

The second in her Devil You Know series, ALL SCOT AND BOTHERED by Kerrigan Byrne is out September 29, 2020, and most of us only need to see the name Byrne for us to say yes and please.

We’re expecting to be all up in our emotions with ALL THIS TIME by Mikki Daughtry and Rachael Lippincott. After their FIVE FEET APART, we know to brace. This story follows a young couple after traumatic brain injury…grab your tissues for September 29, 2020.

BREATHLESS by Jennifer Niven brings another coming of age YA story where the protagonist’s parents go through a break-up, changing everything for this young woman. It sounds very relatable and is out on September 29, 2020.

DEAR JUSTYCE by Nic Stone follows on from the brilliant DEAR MARTIN, Quan who we met in that book is incarcerated and begins to write to Justyce this time. This is highly anticipated for Micky and it releases on September 29, 2020.

A hugely anticipated title worthy of the buzz is A DEADLY EDUCATION by Naomi Novik which features prophecies, dark sorceresses, and more. You’ll want to get your hands on this one on September 29, 2020.

FURIA by Yamile Saied Méndez is a feminist YA contemporary set in Argentina, the barrios in a backdrop of female soccer. It has a gritty story, coming of age and a rather gorgeous romance. This one comes out on September 29, 2020.

THE TOWER OF NERO by Rick Riordan is the fifth book, the finale, in the Trials of Apollo series, set within the main Percy Jackson world, which we honestly hope Riordan never stops writing about. This is likely to have all sorts of action and likely some feels, too, and it’s out September 29, 2020.

THE RETURN by Nicholas Sparks is the story of an army surgeon recouperating from injuries at his family’s cabin and local life has some pull in lots of ways. This story of love the Sparks way releases on September 29, 2020.


What titles are you looking forward to this month? Let us know in the comments below!

FIVE ON OUR TBRS

We’ve found that breaking down our TBRs can be something that inspires us to pick up reads hidden or briefly forgotten. ‘Five on my TBR’ is something that we have done a few times on bookstagram. We thought it’d be nice to have a running occasional feature where we pick five on our TBRs and you tell us yours.. and no doubt that will cause some adding to TBRs!

Check out our first post here.

Micky’s five


THE SHADOWS BETWEEN US by Tricia Levenseller
SUCH A FUN AGE by Kiley Reid
SEVEN DEVILS by Elizabeth May & Laura Lam
THE BEAR & THE NIGHTINGALE by Katherine Arden
SWEET BLACK WAVES by Kristina Perez

Let me just address the fact that I’ve only read one from my last 5 on our tbrs…and let’s move on. It’s a big deal for me to commit to BEAR as I am bruised from many sides with bookie friends poking me to read this one (Hollis needs me to do this, she’s only been asking for years). I want to, but I want to love it and I feel a little trepidation. I’m a recent fan of Laura Lam and so SEVEN DEVILS is a no-brainer for me.

Hollis’ five

SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO by Taylor Jenkins Reid
THE FIRST SISTER by Linden A. Lewis
SEVEN DEVILS by Laura Lam & Elizabeth May
THE OBELISK GATE by N. K. Jemisin
BLOODY ROSE by Nicholas Eames

Since our first post of this nature, I actually managed to read three (+ two as one was a series opener) of my original five and while I thought to leave the other two on this list, I’m only going to leave one — the TJR. Because I still don’t know what’s stopping me from reading that one. THE FIRST SISTER is a recommendation from my blog buddy extraordinaire, see her review here, SEVEN DEVILS because I want (need) feminist ensemble space opera in my life, THE OBELISK GATE because I finally read book one in The Broken Earth trilogy and loved it, and BLOODY ROSE because book one in The Band series was a fantastic fun and I’m hoping to buddy it with the friend I read KINGS OF THE WYLD with.


Tell us the top five books on your immediate TBR! Do any of ours make your lists?

ANTICIPATED AUGUST 2020 RELEASES

Each month, we’ll be putting together a list of our top most anticipated releases; from romance, to sci-fi, to fantasy, and everything in between. These releases might be ones we’re counting down the days for or ones we’ve already read and want you to read (and love!), too.

What you do need to bear in mind is that living on different continents we have different release dates. So as a general rule there might be some repeats from one month to the next.. it’s not that we’re just being weird. Though we can’t dismiss that totally out of turn.


For August, our hotly anticipated titles, in chronological order, are :

HARROW THE NINTH is the hotly anticipated follow up to last year’s unexpected delight GIDEON THE NINTH by Tamsyn Muir. If you thought book one was all that.. just wait until August 4, 2020.

Does this book even need an excited introductory blurb? Probably not. MIDNIGHT SUN by Stephenie Meyer is out August 4, 2020.

Alert! We have a feminist space opera duology release this month with SEVEN DEVILS by Laura Lam & Elizabeth May. These two seasoned authors promise some goodness with this release on August 4, 2020.

THE BLACK KIDS by Christina Hammonds Reed is a blast back into retro 1992 LA while the city burns from riots and a rich, black girl’s life gets turned on it’s head. This book also hits the shelves on August 4, 2020.

If you’re looking for some chronic illness rep in YA, EVERY LITTLE PIECE OF MY HEART by Non Pratt aims to deliver. This is a contemporary YA with friendships and some underlying romance, it releases on August 6, 2020.

DEAR EMMIE BLUE by Lia Louis is one of the most endearing and slowly heart-breaking contemporaries to hit our shelves in a while. Already out in the US, this gorgeous book hits the UK on August 6, 2020.

We’ve got a LGBTQIA+ debut for you with BOY QUEEN by George Lester. This finding yourself story also finds the protagonist on the runway. Check this out on August 6, 2020.

BLOODBORN PRINCE by Laura Lascarso is book two in the Mortal and Divine series which is a paranormal fantasy that is very much adult, erotic fiction. It contains violence and moral ambiguity and if you’re keen to try this m/m romance, book one, BOOK OF ORLANDO, might still be on sale. Grab it while you can! Book two is out August 7, 2020.

THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY by Matt Haig is a gripping wander into a fictional and fantasy purgatory with strong mental health themes. This book is all advocacy and own voices understanding and it releases on August 13, 2020.

THE FAITHLESS HAWK by Margaret Owen is the conclusion to The Merciful Crow duology which, hey, can we get a round of applause for a duology that actually remains a duology without being extended? This series has so much excellence going for it (though mind you, trigger warnings for plague — because it’s 2020 and we can’t have nice things) and we can’t wait for whatever this author will come out with next. You can get your beaks on this finale on August 18, 2020.

Topping both our lists for We Must Has It is EMERALD BLAZE by Ilona Andrews, which is the follow up to SAPPHIRE FLAMES, which kicked off the continuation of the Hidden Legacy series and now follows one of the original protagonists’ sister on her many magical adventures. It’s true that we’re big IA trash in this bloghold (it’s a household but for blogs) but after how the last book ended? We are definitely going to be refreshing our kindles on August 25, 2020.

THE SUGARED GAME by KJ Charles is book two in the Will Darling Adventures trilogy which is historical mystery series with an m/m romance and honestly if you stopped reading after seeing KJ Charles? We wouldn’t blame you. Want, need, yes. What is sure to be yet another delight from this author is out Auguts 26, 2020.


What titles are you looking forward to this month? Let us know in the comments below!

MOST ANTICIPATED READS IN 2020 — JULY TO DECEMBER

Even with half the year behind us, and so many books already read, there are still so many books still to come for 2020!

We would like to preface this with a note that these release dates are, of course, subject to change. Particularly in 2020 when release dates are being bounced back, then brought forward, with little to no notice. Also you’ll note in some cases we have indicated a specific country next to a title. This might mean it’s lagged release, ie, already out in the US but now released in the UK, or available everywhere but the US, and doesn’t make the release date wrong. However we did not duplicate titles to indicate multiple release dates. Just something to keep in mind!

Topping our lists of Most Anticipated Reads in 2020 — July to December (in order of publication) are :

July
THE DAMNED by Renée Ahdieh (7th)
GIRL, SERPENT, THORN by Melissa Bashardoust (7th)
BOYFRIEND MATERIAL by Alexis Hall (7th)
BURN OUR BODIES DOWN by Rory Power (7th)
LOVELESS by Alice Oseman (9th)
WHAT YOU WISH FOR by Katherine Center (14th)

August
HARROW THE NINTH by Tamsyn Muir (4th)
MIDNIGHT SUN by Stephenie Meyer (4th)
SEVEN DEVILS by Laura Lam & Elizabeth May (4th)
THE BLACK KIDS by Christina Hammonds Reed (4th)
BOY QUEEN by George Lester (6th)
EVERY LITTLE PIECE OF MY HEART by Non Pratt (6th)
DEAR EMMIE BLUE by Lia Louis (6th)
STAR DAUGHTER by Shveta Thakrar (11th)
THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY by Matt Haig (13th)
THE FAITHLESS HAWK by Margaret Owen (18th)
EMERALD BLAZE by Ilona Andrews (25th)
THE SUGARED GAME by KJ Charles (26th)

September
A ROGUE OF ONE’S OWN by Evie Dunmore (1st)
NONE SHALL SLEEP by Ellie Marney (1st)
AS THE SHADOW RISES by Katy Rose Pool (1st)
THE LOST BOOK OF THE WHITE by Cassandra Clare & Wesley Chu (1st)
CHARLOTTE by Helen Moffett (3rd — in UK)
IPPOS KING by Grace Draven (15th)
THE ROOMMATE by Rosie Danan (15th)
GROWN by Tiffany D. Jackson (15th)
TOOLS OF ENGAGEMENT by Tessa Bailey (22nd)
WELL PLAYED by Jen DeLuca (22nd)
EARLY DEPARTURES by Justin A. Reynolds (22nd)
ALL SCOT AND BOTHERED by Kerrgan Byrne (29th)
DEAR JUSTYCE by Nic Stone (29th)
A DEADLY EDUCATION by Naomi Novik (29th)
FURIA by Yamile Saied Méndez (29th)
THE TOWER OF NERO by Rick Riordan (29th)
THE RETURN by Nicholas Sparks (29th)

October
THIS GREEN AND PLEASANT LAND by Ayisha Malik (1st)
THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF ADDIE LARUE by V.E. Schwab (6th)
IN A HOLIDAZE by Christina Lauren
BROTHERSONG by TJ Klune (13th)
THE DEEP BLUE BETWEEN by Ayesha Harruna Attah (15th)

November
CHASING LUCKY by Jenn Bennett (10th)
THE FIRES OF VENGEANCE by Evan Winter (10th)
HOW THE KING OF ELFAME LEARNED TO HATE STORIES by Holly Black (24th)

December
EVERY LAST SECRET by A.R. Torre (1st)
FOREVER WILD by K.A. Tucker (1st)
LAYLA by Colleen Hoover (8th)


What titles are topping your list for most anticipated for the later half of 2020? Let us know!