Top 5 Tuesday: Books I Need to Read in 2020

 

Top 5 Tuesday is brought to you by Shanah at the Bionic Bookworm, see her original post here.

Theme = Top 5 Books I Need to read in 2020

I’m not doing any backlist challenges this year so thought I would pick 5 books from my tbr that I want to read this year. PS picking only 5 was so hard!

The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

I have heard so many good things about this book and when I read the blurb, I knew it was for me!


 

Supernova by Marissa Meyer

I love this series but I didn’t get to read this last installment before the end of last year so it’s on like kong in 2020!


 

Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

This book was everywhere last year so who am I not to get it and read the hell out of it?!


 

First Girl Child by Amy Harmon

The blurb on this book totally pulled me in and, even though my tbr is BIG, this book keeps popping up in the forefront of my mind!


 

Lifelike by Jay Kristoff

My literary love affair with this author started in 2019 (yes I’m so behind!) and this is the next series I want to start.

 

How about you? What books do you want to get to in 2020?

Books I really need in February!

 

I am totally trying to cut down my book buying this year. I’ve decided that a ban doesn’t work on me, it’s like I regress to toddler-hood and get all the books!

I have a new plan (gotta love a plan!):

Point 1: Buy 3 books a month maximum (choose wisely and Fairyloot is not included in this!!)

Point 2: Add the rest to my wishlist and get in the months I don’t hit point 1.

Point 3: A gift card (that I don’t buy myself!!) means a free for all…grab allllll the books I can with it 😂


 

These are the 3 books I picked out for February. In fact there were only 3 I wanted, see how I am growing already!!!!!

 

The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller


 

All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace


 

And I must say I am totally intrigued by this….

How to Love Your Elf by Kerrelyn Sparks


 

What books are you looking forward to in February?

Fairyloot Unboxing: December, Defying the Odds….

Bit late posting this but I had to as I LOVED it!

Fairyloot: December

Theme = Defying The Odds

Another great box….and I actually screamed when I saw the arc!

Bookish Microfiber Cloth

Design by @literarylifeco, How many chapters can you read in 1 night?!

Fire Breathing Queen Pin

Designed by @bookmarks.tattoos. Inspired by Aelin from ToG.

Bookish Socks

By Fairyloot Inspired by The Wrath and the Dawn.

Pouch

By @chattynora. Inspired by Red Rising.

Game of Pencils

By Fairyloot. Colours and motto’s of the Houses from GoT.

Magnetic Bookmarks

Designed by @pigeon.princess. Characters from Skyward.

Bookish Tea

Made by @thetealeafcompany. Blend inspired by Ead from The Priory of the Orange Tree.

 

BOOKS (yes plural!)

An arc! Yes an arc!

Wicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco

To be released March 2020

Exclusive cover ✔

Signed bookplate ✔

 

Eight Will Fall by Sarah Harian

Exclusive cover ✔

Embossing ✔

Signed ✔

Art of reverse of jacket ✔

Review: Twisted Hearts by Cora Reilly

This was a beta read for me and then another reread with the arc. Oh gawd I was waiting for this story!

Title: Twisted Hearts

Author: Cora Reilly

Savio Falcone has a few non-negotiable rules when it comes to girls.
They need to be hot as f*ck.
Spread their legs without much prompting.
And leave as soon as the fun is over. Preferably minus any bitching or tears.
With his easy-going bad boy attitude, a last name that rules over Las Vegas and a body to die for, girls have always been at Savio’s disposal.
Unfortunately, the hottest girl in Vegas comes with a price Savio isn’t willing to pay. For Savio to get Gemma he’d need to seal the deal and put a ring on her finger. Settling down is out of the question, no matter how hot a piece of ass waits at the altar.
Gemma Bazzoli has had a crush on Savio from the first moment she came face to face with his arrogant smile, but for him she was always his best friend’s annoying little sister—until her hard-earned curves catch even his attention.
But Savio likes it easy, and Gemma is anything but. When she’s promised to another man, Gemma resigns herself to the fact that the man she’s wanted all her life, doesn’t want her badly enough.
Savio has to decide how much work he’s willing to invest, because bending the rules in his usual style might not be enough to get the girl that haunts his wet dreams.

The Bull and his Kitty…..
Get ready for this ladies as you will feel every emotion. Throwing my kindle across the room was my most felt emotion! Luckily this was replaced with joy and cheers!
I thought I loved Savio but for a lot of this book I wanted to kick him in his man bits! Saying this, I just ate this story up as I needed it all!
I just love the family dynamic. As screwed up as their lives are, it’s still beautiful.
‘We lived for each other. Each of us would die for the other.’
Just look out for Nonna. She is my spirit animal.
A final note to say my expectations were blew out the water. Love it when a book does that!

🎧 Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Following swiftly on from listening to the Siege and Storm trilogy, I couldn’t wait to get back to the Grishaverse world!

Title: Six of Crows

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone. . . .

A convict with a thirst for revenge

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager

A runaway with a privileged past

A spy known as the Wraith

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes

Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

Audio listen – I was worried I was going to get confused with the different narrators but I didn’t and it was fab, Jesper’s voice was just dreamy! Saying this I think I would still like to read the actual words (good job I have on ebook too!)

A group of criminal teenagers trying to break into an unbreakinable (is that a word?) prison. So…..is it worth the hype?

OMG yes. And let me tell you why…..

Let me just say that The Dregs are just everything. Everything. Kaz warmed my heart. He really has been through it and his back scenes really broke my heart.

But my absolute fave was Nina. She is snarky and sassy but totally soft and loveable. Her friendship with Inej warmed my heart, 2 women standing together.

But it all comes down to this for me….I have never wanted something so much more than Nina and Matthias. Enemies to lovers. Gaaaaah, yes! I lived for them!

This book was genius. A clever, creative plot, fabulous characters, fantastic banter and this review just proves to me that I am totally led by my heart when it comes to my reading!

Bring on Crooked Kingdom!

Review: Starsight by Brandon Sanderson

After loving Skyward so much, I needed this book in my life!

Title: Starsight

Author: Brandon Sanderson

All her life, Spensa has dreamed of becoming a pilot. Of proving she’s a hero like her father. She made it to the sky, but the truths she learned about her father were crushing.

Spensa is sure there’s more to the story. And she’s sure that whatever happened to her father in his starship could happen to her. When she made it outside the protective shell of her planet, she heard the stars–and it was terrifying. Everything Spensa has been taught about her world is a lie.

But Spensa also discovered a few other things about herself–and she’ll travel to the end of the galaxy to save humankind if she needs to.

It’s no secret that I LOVED Skyward (I mean I was obsessed!) and I had the lovely Fairyloot hardback version. Starsight, I listened to on audio.

Isn’t it weird how you say a name in your head but then when you hear it pronounced out loud, your like, whaaaaaat? In the physical copy I said her name as Spen-za. Audio – MBot was calling her Spencer. It really bugged me!

Anyway, minor confusion out the way!

One thing I knew before I went into this is that I needed more Doomslug. I needed more MBot and I needed more kick ass Spensa. Oh boy did I get all of that and more!

This was a solid sequel, maybe a bit slow at times but I loved the new direction it took. I was totally hooked!

Here are some (v short!) notes I took along the ride:

Loved the Kitsen (especially Hesho)

Loved Cuna from the start (!)

Winzik was just vile.

Hated Brade, untrustworthy swear word!

Was so, so intrigued by the Delvers.

And now, with that ending I need more!

Audiobook Challenge: 2020

Ok, I know I said no challenges for 2020 but…..I couldn’t resist!!!!

I am getting into audio listens and am realising that I love them. Simply love them!

It’s hosted by Hot Listens and Caffeinated Reviewer and you can see the sign up post here.

I’m going to go for 10-15 listens, Stenographer (can listen while multi-tasking) You can see the other levels below.

Challenge Details

* Runs January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020. You can join at anytime.

* The goal is to find a new love for audios or to outdo yourself by listening to more audios in 2020 than you did in 2019.

* Books must be in audio format (CD, MP3, etc.)

* ANY genres count.

* Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.

* You do not have to be a book blogger to participate; you can track your progress on Goodreads, Facebook, LibraryThing, etc.

Updates plus a giveaway will be posted twice during the year. First update in June 30, 2020 and last update in December 15, 2020.

Levels

Newbie (I’ll give it a try) 1-5

Weekend Warrior (I’m getting the hang of this) 5-10

Stenographer (can listen while multi-tasking) 10-15

Socially Awkward (Don’t talk to me) 15-20

Binge Listener (Why read when someone can do it for you) 20-30

My Precious (I had my earbuds surgically implanted) 30+

Marathoner (Look Ma No Hands) 50+

The 100 Club (Audiobook Elite) 100+