The End of the year booktag || 2020

Hi all! I’m back, again. Trying to make my posting schedule a little bit more consistent, especially now that I’ve finished my Fall semester and am now just focusing on work, so I have a little bit more time to post, and also read! I hope you all are having a really great day today and I hope you’ve read some great books this weekend!

I’m super excited to be doing the “End of the Year Booktag” for 2020 today! This year has been a little bit chaotic being that it was supposed to be my last year of school (I pushed back graduation for my mental health and took a lighter load of classes) and the first year that I was working full-time. Add into all of this that we are in the middle of a pandemic, it really made for a stressful year. Suprirsingly, I did a lot of reading. It’s not TOTALLY over yet and I plan to do quite a bit of reading in the next 3 or so weeks. I plan to tell you about some of these goals in the following blog post!

I wasn’t tagged by anyone, but I saw that some were posting about this, so I wanted to do it anyway. I’m not going to tag anyone, but if you did want to do it, please do, as I would love to hear your thoughts and responses! 🙂

Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish? 

The Anatomy of Story- John Truby

I started reading this in November of 2020 for Nanowrimo, and then when the month of November got a little bit crazy, I had to put it to the side. I still want to finish it, although I don’t think I’ll be able to do so until January or February. (Hopefully).

Do you have an autumnal (Spring) book to transition into the end of the year? 

Legendborn- Tracy Deonn

So I know that it’s already getting into Winter, but I think Legendborn is that perfect transition book. Dark academia with magic and fantasy elements is something that is PERFECT for the autumn season. I’ve heard nothing but good things about this and I can’t wait to start it. I’ve got one or two books I need to read first, but it’s definitely very high on my TBR list. Have you read it? What did you think of it?

Is there a new release you’re still waiting for? 

Cross-hairs- Catherine Hernandez

Okay, yes, this one just came out a few days ago (December 8th), but we are so close the end of the year that nothing else comes directly to mind. I am SURE that there is something I’m forgetting, but I’m going to go with this one for now.

This one feels right on the nose for our times as it is set in a near future where massive floods lead to homelessness and devastation. A regime is gaining power and forcing those who are “Other” into labor camps. We follow a queer Black performer as he and his allies rise against said oppressive regime. I’m always down to read about oppressive regimes being overthrown, make it diverse and it’s even better. What is a new release that you are looking forward to?

What are three books you want to read before the end of the year? 

These Violent Delights- Chloe Gong

This is one of the next books I’m reading actually. This book is a Romeo and Juliet retelling, set in 1920s Shanghai, but with rival gangs? Sign me the hell up.

The cover is GORGEOUS and I have this on my shelves, just waiting to be read. I’ve also heard some GREAT reviews about this too, so I can’t wait to pick it up. Have you read it? What were your thoughts? Do you plan on reading this at any point?

Ship of Destiny- Robin Hobb

This is the third book in the Liveship Traders trilogy (and the sixth book in the Elderling Realms series) so I’m not going to go super in depth on this one. Briefly, it’s basically about these magical ships who come to life after three members of the same family die on it’s docks. I love these characters and can’t wait to see exactly where this one goes.

We Set the Dark On Fire- Tehlor Kay Meija

This one is basically a Latinx story set at the Medio School for Girls, which trains women for one of two roles: you will either run a husbands household or raise his children. We follow a character named Daniela Vargas, the schools top student. People don’t know her pedigree is a lie. Her parents forged identification papers so she can rise above her station. She just needs to make sure her truth stays hidden. On her graduation night, she seems to be in the clear, but nothing is going to prepare her for all the choices that she must make, especially when asked to spy for a resistance group, fighting to bring equality to Medio. This one is apparently also LBTQ+ so I’m really excited to read this one before the end of the year as well.

Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favorite of the year? \

The First Sister- Linden A. Lewis

I am reading this now, and I’m already in love. If this books keeps going the way it’s going, I know for a fact that it’s going to become a favorite of the year. I’m already eyeing the second book in the series, The Second Rebel (that comes out in August of 2021 I believe). This is like, Handmaid’s Tale meets Star Trek?

It’s about a woman on board a ship, The First Sister, travelling along the soldiers of Earth and Mars- the same ones that own the rights to her body. She is asked to spy on the new captain- Saito Ren, by the Sisterhood. She finds that working for the war effort is so much harder when you are falling in love.

Our other character is Lito who climbed his way out of the slums of Venus to become an elite soldier, who was defeated on Cereus by none other than Saito Ren, which resulted in the disappearance of his teammate Hiro. When he finds out that Hiro is very much alive and is a traitor to the cause, Lito is sent out to kill them. He discovers recordings that Hiro made, Lito’s allegiances are tested.

The characters are all so diverse and we have quite a few queer characters for example. There’s a non-binary character and they are a sweet cinnamon roll that I love already, and I’m not even 100 pages in. I highly recommend this one already and I would not be surprised if it shot up to my favorite of the year.

Have you already started making reading plans for 2021? 

Well. Yes and no? I have my reading journal bought and waiting to start planning, but I was going to wait until I had a little bit more time to start that. Soon enough I’m going to sit down and have a brain storming session for some posts I can make. I have so many books I’m excited for that are going to be released in 2021 (I’ll make a post about that soon enough, I assure you), so hopefully it’ll be a wonderful reading year!

My 2020 Bookish (and not so Bookish) Goals

Now that we are a day into 2020, I have a list of my bookish and not so bookish goals for the year. I want to be able to look back on this and see if I was able to actually accomplish any of these. I won’t be upset if I don’t accomplish one of them, but these are just things I want to get done in 2020.

Bookish Goals

  • Read 100 books
  • Read 1 nonfiction book a month
  • Read a wider variety of genres
  • Have consistent and steady growth on my blog and
  • consistent and steady growth on my bookstagram as well
  • Start a reading journal
  • Start writing more concise reviews
  • Use my library more
  • Spend less money on books
  • Read all the unread books on my shelves before buying more (fat chance)

Not So Bookish Goals

  • Graduate College (!!!!)
  • Finish writing my First Draft of Blood and Stars (working title)
  • Keep up with daily (unbiased) news
  • Pay off $3k in student loan debt
  • Get that coveted internship spot
  • Keep up with my bullet journal
  • Get a job that relates to my degree (web and software development)
  • Travel to at least -one- new to me place
  • Brew coffee at home more vs buying coffee out every single day (oops)

What are your goals for 2020? How do you plan on attaining them?


2020 Releases Im Excited For

Whew! 2019 is almost over! I cannot believe that this is the end of a decade! I’m excited for whatever 2020 will bring and that definitely includes some of the amazing releases we’re getting. Note that this is not all of the books I’m excited for as there are many, but these are just the few that I can remember and that I found online.

Woven in Moonlight

Author: Isabel Ibañez 
Release Date: January 7th

A lush tapestry of magic, romance, and revolución, drawing inspiration from Bolivian politics and history.

I’m always happy to read more latinx books, and this one sounds wonderful. This cover is also gorgeous!

A long petal of the sea

Author: Isabel Allende
Release Date: January 21st

From the New York Times bestselling author of The House of the Spirits comes an epic novel spanning decades and crossing continents, following two young people as they flee the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War in search of a new place to call home.

I’ve been super interested in all book that take place during or after the Spanish Civil War. The Francoist regime and it’s tribulations is such an interesting and little talked about time in history. Not to mention that Isabel Allende is world renowned and I have loved some of her previous works

the stars we steal

Author: Alexa Donne
Release Date: February 4th

Engagement season is in the air. Eighteen-year-old Princess Leonie “Leo” Kolburg, heir to a faded European spaceship, only has one thing on her mind: which lucky bachelor can save her family from financial ruin?

But when Leo’s childhood friend and first love Elliot returns as the captain of a successful whiskey ship, everything changes. He seems determined to make Leo’s life miserable. As Leo navigates the glittering balls of the Valg Season, she finds herself falling for her first love in a game of love, lies, and past regrets.

The Sound of Stars

Author: Alechia Dow
Release Date: February 25th

Can a girl who risks her life for books and an alien who loves forbidden pop music work together to save humanity? This road trip is truly out of this world! 

Aliens take over Earth and ban all forms of art, books and creative expression.
MoRr1s, who was born in a lab was raised to be emotionless, but he finds the main characters illegal library. The trouble is, he finds himself drawn to music, and in desperate need of more.

House of Earth and Blood

Author: Sarah J. Maas
Release Date: March 3rd

House of Earth and Blood: the story of half-Fae and half-human Bryce Quinlan as she seeks revenge in a contemporary fantasy world of magic, danger, and searing romance.

This is Sarah J. Maas’ new series. It’s supposed to be adult, and I’m excited to see what she does with a new story and new characters.

It has angels and demons which is not something that has ever really called to me, but I’m interested to see what Sarah does with a new setting and time period, at least compared to her previous books.

Saving savannah

Author: Tonya Bolden
Release Date: March 3rd

This is about an African American girl from an upper class family in America. This takes place in the early 1900s.

Savannah feels suffocated by the structure of society, until she meets a working-class girl named Nell who introduces her to suffragette and socialist movements which inspires her to fight for change.

The Electric Heir

Author: Victoria Lee
Release Date: March 17th

Since this is a sequel, I’m not going to go in to details on what this one is about but the first book in this series is about magic, immigrant and refugee rights and the fight for equality.

I just read The Fever King (which is the first in this duology) and loved it. I NEED his book. Read my review of TFK here.

Girl, serpent, thorn

Author: Melissa Bashardoust
Release Date: May 12th

A captivating and utterly original fairy tale about a girl cursed to be poisonous to the touch, and who discovers what power might lie in such a curse…

This is about a girl who is poisonous to the touch and the cover is just gorgeous!

The Doors of Stone

Author: Patrick Rothfuss
Release Date: August 20th (???)

So this book has not gotten an official release date from the author, but this is the date listed on both Amazon and Book Depository. I’m definitely hoping that it does get released, but honestly? I don’t think it will. Here is to hoping!

Stormlight Archive Book 4

Author: Brandon Sanderson
Release Date: November 17th

I haven’t even read any of the other Stormlight Archive books, but you better believe that this is on my most anticipated 2020 releases list, as every Sanderson book will ever be.

What are some of the books that you are excited for? Are any of the books on my list on yours? That being said, I hope you guys are excited for all the new amazing books that are going to be released.

What are you doing for New Years tomorrow?

Talk to me in the comments below!