Top Ten Tuesday: Most anticipated releases for the second half of 2020

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s theme is most anticipated releases for the second half of 2020. I always love doing this theme since I keep a running list of upcoming releases I’m excited about!

Loveless by Alice Oseman

Expected publication: July 9, 2020

The fourth novel from the phenomenally talented Alice Oseman – one of the most authentic and talked-about voices in contemporary YA.

It was all sinking in. I’d never had a crush on anyone. No boys, no girls, not a single person I had ever met. What did that mean?

Georgia has never been in love, never kissed anyone, never even had a crush – but as a fanfic-obsessed romantic she’s sure she’ll find her person one day.

As she starts university with her best friends, Pip and Jason, in a whole new town far from home, Georgia’s ready to find romance, and with her outgoing roommate on her side and a place in the Shakespeare Society, her ‘teenage dream’ is in sight.

But when her romance plan wreaks havoc amongst her friends, Georgia ends up in her own comedy of errors, and she starts to question why love seems so easy for other people but not for her. With new terms thrown at her – asexual, aromantic – Georgia is more uncertain about her feelings than ever.

Is she destined to remain loveless? Or has she been looking for the wrong thing all along?

This wise, warm and witty story of identity and self-acceptance sees Alice Oseman on towering form as Georgia and her friends discover that true love isn’t limited to romance. 

Instant Karma by Marissa Meyer

Expected publication: November 3, 2020

In this young adult contemporary romance, a girl is suddenly gifted with the ability to cast instant karma on those around her—both good and bad.

Chronic overachiever Prudence Daniels is always quick to cast judgment on the lazy, rude, and arrogant residents of her coastal town. Her dreams of karmic justice are fulfilled when, after a night out with her friends, she wakes up with the sudden ability to cast instant karma on those around her. Pru giddily makes use of the power, punishing everyone from public vandals to karaoke hecklers, but there is one person on whom her powers consistently backfire: Quint Erickson, her slacker of a lab partner and all-around mortal enemy. Soon, Pru begins to uncover truths about Quint, her peers, and even herself that reveal how thin the line is between virtue and vanity, generosity and greed . . . love and hate.

How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black

Expected publication: November 24, 2020

An illustrated addition to the New York Times bestselling Folk of Air trilogy, that started with The Cruel Prince, from award-winning author Holly Black.

An irresistible return to the captivating world of Elfhame.

Once upon a time, there was a boy with a wicked tongue.

Before he was a cruel prince or a wicked king, he was a faerie child with a heart of stone . #1 New York Times bestselling author, Holly Black reveals a deeper look into the dramatic life of Elfhame’s enigmatic high king, Cardan. This tale 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.

This new installment in the Folk of the Air series is a return to the heart-racing romance, danger, humor, and drama that enchanted readers everywhere. Each chapter is paired with lavish and luminous full-color art, making this the perfect collector’s item to be enjoyed by both new audiences and old.

The Summer of Everything by Julian Winters

Expected publication: September 8, 2020

Comic book geek Wesley Hudson excels at two things: slacking off at his job and pining after his best friend, Nico. Advice from his friends, ‘90s alt-rock songs, and online dating articles aren’t helping much with his secret crush. And his dream job at Once Upon a Page, the local used bookstore, is threatened when a coffeeshop franchise wants to buy the property. To top it off, his annoying brother needs wedding planning advice. When all three problems converge, Wes comes face-to-face with the one thing he’s been avoiding—adulthood.

Now, confronted with reality, can Wes balance saving the bookstore and his strained sibling relationship? Can he win the heart of his crush, too?

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

Expected publication: September 1, 2020

Yadriel has summoned a ghost, and now he can’t get rid of him.

When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual himself, and then sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free.

However, the ghost he summons is actually Julian Diaz, the school’s resident bad boy, and Julian is not about to go quietly into death. He’s determined to find out what happened and tie up some loose ends before he leaves. Left with no choice, Yadriel agrees to help Julian, so that they can both get what they want. But the longer Yadriel spends with Julian, the less he wants to let him leave.

Kind of a Big Deal by Shannon Hale

Expected publication: August 25, 2020

From bestselling author Shannon Hale comes Kind of a Big Deal: a hilarious, deliciously readable YA novel that will suck you in—literally.

There’s nothing worse than peaking in high school. Nobody knows that better than Josie Pie.

She was kind of a big deal—she dropped out of high school to be a star! But the bigger you are, the harder you fall. And Josie fell. Hard. Ouch. Broadway dream: dead.

Meanwhile, her life keeps imploding. Best friend: distant. Boyfriend: busy. Mom: not playing with a full deck? Desperate to escape, Josie gets into reading.

Literally. She reads a book and suddenly she’s inside it. And with each book, she’s a different character: a post-apocalyptic heroine, the lead in a YA rom-com, a 17th century wench in a corset.

It’s alarming. But also . . . kind of amazing?

It’s the perfect way to live out her fantasies. Book after book, Josie the failed star finds a new way to shine. But the longer she stays in a story, the harder it becomes to escape.

Will Josie find a story so good that she just stays forever?

Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh

Expected publication: September 22, 2020

Allie Brosh, the “gut-bustingly funny” (NPR), award-winning, and #1 New York Times bestselling author of Hyperbole and a Half, shares an all-new collection of autobiographical and illustrated essays.

The Unraveling of Cassidy Holmes by Elissa R. Sloan

Expected publication: September 1, 2020

In vein of Daisy Jones & The Six and Everything I Never Told You, this debut novel probes the dark side of fame after a former pop star ends her own life.

Cassidy Holmes isn’t just a celebrity.

She is “Sassy Gloss,” the fourth member of the hottest pop group America has ever seen. Hotter than Britney dancing with a snake, hotter than Christina getting dirrty, Gloss was the pop act that everyone idolized. Fans couldn’t get enough of them, their music, and the drama that followed them like moths to a flame—until the group’s sudden implosion in 2002. And at the center of it all was Sassy Cassy, the Texan with a signature smirk that had everyone falling for her.

But now she’s dead. Suicide.

The world is reeling from this unexpected news, but no one is more shocked than the three remaining Glossies. Fifteen years ago, Rose, Merry, and Yumi had been the closest to Cassidy, and this loss is hitting them hard. Before the group split, they each had a special bond with Cassidy—truths they told, secrets they shared. But after years apart, each of them is wondering: what could they have done?

Told in multiple perspectives—including Cassidy herself—and different timelines, this is a behind-the-scenes look into the rise and fall of a pop icon, and a penetrating examination of the dark side of celebrity and the industry that profits from it.

The Searcher by Tana French

Expected publication: October 6, 2020

‘One of the most compulsive psychological mysteries since Donna Tartt’s The Secret History‘ THE TIMES Retired detective Cal Hooper moves to a remote village in rural Ireland. His plans are to fix up the dilapidated cottage he’s bought, to walk the mountains, to put his old police instincts to bed forever.

Then a local boy appeals to him for help. His brother is missing, and no one in the village, least of all the police, seems to care. And once again, Cal feels that restless itch.

Something is wrong in this community, and he must find out what, even if it brings trouble to his door.

Our greatest living mystery writer weaves a masterful tale of breath-taking beauty and suspense, asking what we sacrifice in our search for truth and justice, and what we risk if we don’t.

Rent a Boyfriend by Gloria Chao

Expected publication: November 10, 2020

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before meets The Farewell in this incisive romantic comedy about a college student who hires a fake boyfriend to appease her traditional Taiwanese parents, to disastrous results, from the acclaimed author of American Panda.

Chloe Wang is nervous to introduce her parents to her boyfriend, because the truth is, she hasn’t met him yet either. She hired him from Rent for Your ’Rents, a company specializing in providing fake boyfriends trained to impress even the most traditional Asian parents.

Drew Chan’s passion is art, but after his parents cut him off for dropping out of college to pursue his dreams, he became a Rent for Your ’Rents employee to keep a roof over his head. Luckily, learning protocols like “Type C parents prefer quiet, kind, zero-PDA gestures” comes naturally to him.

When Chloe rents Drew, the mission is simple: convince her parents fake Drew is worthy of their approval so they’ll stop pressuring her to accept a proposal from Hongbo, the wealthiest (and slimiest) young bachelor in their tight-knit Asian American community.

But when Chloe starts to fall for the real Drew—who, unlike his fake persona, is definitely not ’rent-worthy—her carefully curated life begins to unravel. Can she figure out what she wants before she loses everything?

Did you do your own Top Ten Tuesday post today? Feel free to leave your link in the comments and I’ll check it out! What books are you most excited about this year? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesdays

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s theme is Top Ten Tuesday Turns Ten, and we could either redo a past topic or do one that we missed. Instead of doing either of those, I thought I would talk about my favorite Top Ten Tuesday themes over the years!

Fun fact: I went back to check and I have done almost 300 Top Ten Tuesday posts over the years. That’s crazy! The first one I ever did was on June 9, 2015, which was about my anticipated releases for the rest of that year. (Now, five years later, I’ve read five of them. Sounds about right.)

September 15, 2015: Freebie
(ten characters you didn’t click with)

In this post, we have some very early Bibliophagist sass. I was a pretty nice reviewer when I started out, but I did have some occasional snarky comments. Take, for example, my thoughts on the main character from A Mad, Wicked Folly:

Victoria Darling from A Mad, Wicked Folly: Oh, Vicky.  You think you’re so special, but you’re so annoying.  I get it, you’re an artist, and you’re so creative, and you just can’t be held back.  But that doesn’t mean that you can use people, literally every person you meet, for your own purposes, completely disregarding their feelings.  Come on, Vicky.  You’re better than that.


February 12, 2016: Music-themed freebie
(Taylor Swift songs that would make great books)

Honestly, I feel like Taylor tells a whole story in every one of her songs, so pretty much any of them would make a good book. But in this post, I somehow narrowed it down to ten. Since she’s released two more albums since then, I could definitely have some fun making part two of this list.

February 14, 2017: Favorite romances
(broken up into favorite tropes)

This was back in the days when I spent countless hours making graphics for every single post and… I do not miss that. Those little hearts sure look cute, though! I am still a sucker for most of these tropes, but I got over the stepbrother one very quickly.

October 24, 2017: Unique book titles

Really, this post is mostly just a bunch of really long book titles, like Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, The Inevitable Collision of Birdie & Bash, and The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland. It was really fun to go through the books I’ve read and pick out the most interesting titles!

November 14, 2017: Books I want my future children to read

This post could also be titled “well-written, issue-driven YA books” because that’s basically what it is. I had actually forgotten about a lot of these books and I’m glad I looked back to this post for the reminder! This post included books like A List of Cages, Cherry, and Made You Up.

January 9, 2018: Ten books I didn’t get to in 2017 that are at the top of 2018’s TBR

I don’t include this one because TBR posts are so fun to make (although they kind of are), but because this is the first one I’ve found (and probably the only one ever) where I’ve actually read every single book. I completed a TBR? What??

February 13, 2018: Ten songs I’d love to see as romance novels

Apparently I have a soft spot for this “songs as romance novels” thing, because I did it again here! This list isn’t exclusively Taylor Swift songs (it includes Steel Train, Something Corporate, The Wombats, and a few others), but she does make a couple appearances.

September 11, 2018: Hidden gems

I had a ton of fun finding books I’d read with less than 300 ratings on Goodreads. (Since this was almost two years ago, I hope that these books have a little more exposure by now.) Looking at this post reminded me about The Secrets of the Starbucks Lovers and I am very tempted to reread it.

August 14, 2018: Favorite book bloggers

This is one of my favorite blog post I’ve ever written. Just reading through it again made me smile. (Most of the people I put on this list are no longer blogging, but that’s okay.)

April 2, 2019: Things that make me pick up a book

I like topics that make me analyze my reading habits, so this one was really fun to do! This post also reminded me of some books that I’ve been wanting to read, and of some tropes that I love and haven’t read in a while.

Did you do your own Top Ten Tuesday post today? Feel free to leave your link in the comments and I’ll check it out! Do you have any favorite Top Ten Tuesday themes? Let’s talk in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my summer TBR

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s theme is books on my summer TBR. I’m going to post this list of ten books fully intending to read them, but we all know that I’m probably going to actually get to half of them at most…

Parachutes by Kelly YangSuch a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
The City We Became by N.K. JemisinWe Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha IrbyCome Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire
The Black Flamingo by Dean AttaDate Me, Bryson Keller by Kevin van WhyeThe Falling in Love Montage by Ciara Smyth
How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. KendiGet a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

Did you do your own Top Ten Tuesday post today? Feel free to leave your link in the comments and I’ll check it out! Have you read any of these books? Are there any I should try to read sooner rather than later? What’s on your summer TBR? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’ve added to my TBR and forgotten why

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s theme is books I’ve added to my TBR and forgotten why. This is such a fun theme because every time I look at my Goodreads TBR, I wonder where half the books came from! I mean, they sound good (usually), but I have no idea where I found them.

Did you do your own Top Ten Tuesday post today? Feel free to leave your link in the comments and I’ll check it out! Have you read any of these books? Are there any I should try to read soon? Are there any books that you want to read, but can’t remember why? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Summer vibes

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s theme is books that give off summer vibes. We’ve previously done books that give off autumn vibes (twice), so I’m excited to do this for a new season!

The last time we did one of these, I used a color palette, so I figured I’d do the same this time!

Did you do your own Top Ten Tuesday post today? Feel free to leave your link in the comments and I’ll check it out! Have you read any of these books? What are some summer-themed covers you can think of? Let’s talk in the comments!

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