TOP TEN MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASES OF 2021

As we are seconds away from closing the door on 2020 (which was officially The Worst), we got to thinking about all the books set to release next year that we know of (which, admittedly, at this point only really spans the January to June-ish portion of 2021, as usual). There are so many! And so many still yet to be announced. So while we know we will have a few of these anticipated release posts throughout the year, Hollis thought to be a little.. mean.

I’m challenging myself, and my blog buddy, to narrow down an anticipated list of only ten titles. Yes. Ten. That’s not even one title per month. Ten. Dix. Dieci. Diez. T e n.

I’ll start.



Hollis’ Top Ten (ONCE AGAIN WITH REGRETS) Anticipated Releases of 2021 (in order of publication) :

Blood Heir by Ilona Andrews | January 12, 2021
Cry Wolf by Charlie Adhara | January 18, 2021
Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert | March 9, 2021
Twice Shy by Sarah Hogle | April 6, 2021
Second First Impressions by Sally Thorne | April 13, 2021
Fugitive Telemetry by Martha Wells | April 27, 2021
One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston | May 6, 2021
People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry | May 11, 2021
The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang | August 17, 2021
Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune | September 21, 2021

honourable mention to (aka cheating) :
Go Marching In by Tamsyn Muir | date TBA


Micky’s Top Ten (showing we are sometimes similar) Anticipated Releases of 2021 (in order of publication) .

Blood Heir by Ilona Andrews | January 12, 2021
A Court Of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Mass | February 16, 2021
Namesake by Adrienne Young | March 16, 2021
Second First Impressions by Sally Thorne | April 13, 2021
Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir | May 4, 2021
Destination Anywhere by Sara Barnard | May 6, 2021
Heartstopper Volume Four by Alice Oseman | May 14, 2021
The Last Graduate by Naomi Novik | July 6 2021
The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang | August 17, 2021
Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff |September 16, 2021



We’d love to know what you want to read next year. It is so hard to narrow it down, we know.

WISHING YOU..

We just wanted to take this opportunity to wish you all the very best. Whether you celebrate Hannukah, Solstice, Christmas, or nothing at all, we are thinking of you and hoping you are well and, particularly this year, safe and hale.

This has been a rough few months for us all and for some of you this holiday season may be adding to that; especially for those of you on your own or unable to celebrate. You are all in our thoughts.

xx,

Micky & Hollis

SEASONAL BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS : WINTER 2020

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Or so they say. 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 fairy lights and fragrant trees, as you watch holiday favourites, or even both at the same time — we wanted to put together a list of books that give us those chilly wintery vibes. Whether they bring you comfort and nostalgia, hope and joy, or frosty chills.


The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.

And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.

As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales.

The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen

Twenty-seven-year-old Josey is sure of three things: winter in her North Carolina hometown is her favorite season; she’s a sorry excuse for a Southern belle; and sweets are best eaten in the privacy of her hidden closet. For while Josey has settled into an uneventful life in her mother’s house, her one consolation is the stockpile of sugary treats and paperback romances she escapes to each night …Until she finds her closet harboring none other than local waitress Della Lee Baker, a tough-talking, tender-hearted woman who is one part nemesis – and two parts fairy godmother … 

This Winter by Alice Oseman

A short story, based on characters from Solitaire – praised as ‘The Catcher in the Rye for the digital age’ — The Times

I used to think that difficult was better than boring, but I know better now …

I’m not going to think about the past few months, about Charlie and me, and all of the sad. I’m going to block it all out. Just for today.

“Happy Christmas,” I say.

The festive season isn’t always happy for Tori and her brother Charlie. And this year’s going to be harder than most.

The Remaking of Corbin Wale by Roan Parrish

Last month, Alex Barrow’s whole life imploded—partner, home, job, all gone in forty-eight hours. But sometimes when everything falls apart, better things appear almost like magic. Now, he’s back in his Michigan hometown, finally opening the bakery he’s always dreamed of. But the pleasure of opening day is nothing compared to the lonely and beautiful man who bewitches Alex before he even orders.
Corbin Wale is a weirdo. At least, that’s what he’s heard his whole life. He knows he’s often in a fantasy world, but the things he feels are very real. And so is the reason why he can never, ever be with Alex Barrow. Even if Alex is everything he’s always fantasized about. Even if maybe, just maybe, Corbin is Alex’s fantasy too.

When Corbin begins working at the bakery, he and Alex can’t deny their connection any longer. As the holiday season works its magic, Alex yearns for the man who seems out of reach. But to be with Alex, Corbin will have to challenge every truth he’s ever known. If his holiday risk pays off, two men from different worlds will get the love they’ve always longed for.

Winterspell by Claire Legrand

The clock chimes midnight, a curse breaks, and a girl meets a prince…but what follows is not all sweetness and sugarplums.

New York City, 1899. Clara Stole, the mayor’s ever-proper daughter, leads a double life. Since her mother’s murder, she has secretly trained in self-defense with the mysterious Drosselmeyer.

Then, on Christmas Eve, disaster strikes.

Her home is destroyed, her father abducted—by beings distinctly not human. To find him, Clara journeys to the war-ravaged land of Cane. Her only companion is the dethroned prince Nicholas, bound by a wicked curse. If they’re to survive, Clara has no choice but to trust him, but his haunted eyes burn with secrets—and a need she can’t define. With the dangerous, seductive faery queen Anise hunting them, Clara soon realizes she won’t leave Cane unscathed—if she leaves at all.

Inspired by The NutcrackerWinterspell is a dark, timeless fairy tale about love and war, longing and loneliness, and a girl who must learn to live without fear.

The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

After a storm has killed off all the island’s men, two women in a 1600s Norwegian coastal village struggle to survive against both natural forces and the men who have been sent to rid the community of alleged witchcraft.

Finnmark, Norway, 1617. Twenty-year-old Maren Bergensdatter stands on the craggy coast, watching the sea break into a sudden and reckless storm. Forty fishermen, including her brother and father, are drowned and left broken on the rocks below. With the menfolk wiped out, the women of the tiny Northern town of Vardø must fend for themselves. 

Three years later, a sinister figure arrives. Absalom Cornet comes from Scotland, where he burned witches in the northern isles. He brings with him his young Norwegian wife, Ursa, who is both heady with her husband’s authority and terrified by it. In Vardø, and in Maren, Ursa sees something she has never seen before: independent women. But Absalom sees only a place untouched by God and flooded with a mighty evil. 

As Maren and Ursa are pushed together and are drawn to one another in ways that surprise them both, the island begins to close in on them with Absalom’s iron rule threatening Vardø’s very existence. 

Inspired by the real events of the Vardø storm and the 1620 witch trials, The Mercies is a feminist story of love, evil, and obsession, set at the edge of civilization
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Dead Voices by Katherine Arden

Bestselling author Katherine Arden returns with another creepy, spine-tingling adventure in this follow-up to the critically acclaimed Small Spaces.

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

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

With A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens created a modern fairy tale and shaped our ideas of Christmas. The tale of the solitary miser Ebenezer Scrooge, who is taught the true meaning of the season by a series of ghostly visitors and given a second chance, was conjured up by Dickens during one of his London night walks, who “wept and laughed” as he composed it. Taken to readers’ hearts for its humour, compassion and message of redemption, it remains its best-loved book. 



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? Did anyone else notice all of these covers are various shades of blue? Let us know!


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!