TTT: My Winter 2020-2021 TBR

Almost two more weeks, and we can say goodbye to this horrible year! I can`t wait to leave 2020 behind and hope for a better 2021. I would say that it can`t be worse than this year, but I don`t want to jinks it. Also, despite the hard situation, I`ve tried to find a silver lining in 2020. As a bookworm, this was the year when I fell in love with reading again, so I`m thankful for that. I`m nowhere near my stats from 3-4 years ago, but I did find a balance between motherhood and time for myself. 

Reading will always remain my favourite hobby, and I`m so excited to start the books on this list. We have some Christmas books, some fantasy and contemporary fiction. I am a mood reader, so things might change along the way, but these are books I`ve wanted to read for years. Surprisingly, this year I focused more on backlist titles rather than on new releases, and there were some good and bad surprises along the way. I`m also doing better with finishing series, and I`m on my way to catching up with the most popular YA series from the last 10 years.

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1. "Dash and Lily`s Book of Dares" by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn

I`ve really enjoyed the Netflix series, and I`m curious to see how true it was to the book. I already know what will happen, but nonetheless, it`s a cute book to read around the holidays.

2. "Our Dark Duet" by Victoria Schwab

I`ve read "This Savage Song" earlier this year, and I`d like to complete the duology before the end of the year. Schwab is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors, and I adore her morally grey characters. I know some people have a problem with her female characters, but I prefer them to the Mary-Sues that dominated the YA world a while ago.

3. "The Afterlife of Holly Chase" by Cynthia Hand

This is a "Christmas Carol" retelling, and it`s perfect for those that want a little darkness for their holidays. Since it`s a retelling, you can anticipate a happy ending, but I`m curious to see how the plot is executed. On a mean scale, from Brooke Davis (pre-season 2) to Madison Montgomery, how horrible was Holly Chase?

4. "The Sin-Eater" by Megan Campisi

One of the few 2020 releases that caught my attention. Not that we didn`t have some good releases this year, but I wanted to prioritise backlist titles. But this novel has such a compelling plot, I can`t pass it on. I`m intrigued about the idea of Sin-Eaters, about these women that had to listen to the last confession and eat the foods corresponding to each sin. I find it interesting that they have to keep the sins a secret, and I expect some shocking revelations. 

5. "The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo" by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I have mixed feelings about "Daisy Jones and The Six" by the same author, but everyone seems to agree that Evelyn Hugo is her masterpiece. My problem with Daisy Jones was that Daisy felt basic, yet everyone was in awe when they met her. From the reviews I`ve seen, this book is more complex, and the characters are better-developed, so I have high hopes.

6. "Autoboyography" by Christina Lauren

I might have picked this book because the cover is gorgeous, but it also has an epic love story, that must face homophobia in a small religious town. When I also saw that the main character is a future writer, I immediately added this book to my TBR.

7. "The Shatter Me" series Tahereh Mafi

This could go really well, or the Cassandra Clare route. I`m not sure. But like I mentioned earlier, I`m trying to read the most popular book series from the last 10 years, and this is definitely in top 10, or at least top 20. The main problem I have with these series is that they have such a promising start, but then they go the insta-love route. I am willing to read the first 2 books, and then see what happens. Normally I read just the first book, and then if I don`t like it, I DNF the series. But sometimes the second book is good, so I`m not that quick to judge anymore.

Since I am a mood reader, this list is not set in stone. But I am confident I`ll get to at least 4-5 of these titles. What about you? What books are on your Winter TBR?

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  1. Ahhhh, yes, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo has been on my TBR for way too long. Maybe I'll join you in picking that up for my winter TBR! I'm so excited to take this winter break and read way more than I've been able to in the fall. If only I could figure out what kind of genres I'm in the mood for . . .

  2. I didn't know that folks preferred Evelyn Hugo over Daisy Jones. Daisy Jones was my personal favorite and part of that stemmed from the audiobook.