To go with last month’s 2021 releases on my TBR, I thought we would take a look at the 2020 releases I still haven’t gotten around to yet. I used a random number to pick these off the list.
Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas
I love a campus novel, especially one that falls into the “dark academia” category. This book promises an experimental and elite liberal arts program, a tight knit group of students, secrets, mystery, and tragedy. Sign me up! I’ve seen it in the store a few times but in hardcover; I’m either going to get it from the library or wait for it to be out in paperback.
Loveless by Alice Oseman
This is one of several Oseman books on my TBR even though I read Solitaire a few years ago and had mixed feelings. Funny enough, I just finished the first volume of Heartstopper (there’s a review coming) and started Radio Silence. It’s an Oseman-y month for me! Anyway, Loveless features an aroace main character, and I’m always looking for good LGBT+ representation. I’ve also heard great things from some of my favorite bloggers and BookTubers. Whether I like Radio Silence or not will determine whether I buy this or get it from the library.
The Redpoint Crux by Morgan Shamy
It’s a Phantom of the Opera retelling. Sign me up! I actually requested an ARC of this and didn’t get it (I feel like I say that a lot in this feature). It’s pitched as a cross between Phantom and Black Swan, and it promises to be spooky. It seems like it would be good for October, so I’ll wait until then to pick it up.
None Shall Sleep by Ellie Marney
I don’t think I’ve ever talked about this on here, but I really enjoy shows about serial killers. 🤷♀️ So it stands to reason that I would like books involving them as well. Set in the ’80s, None Shall Sleep focuses on two teens helping the FBI interview juvenile killers. One of my favorite bloggers wrote, and I quote, “This book is mortifying. And I loved it.” She also described one of the characters as a teenage Hannibal Lecter. I’ve said this several times in this post already, but I’ll say it again: sign me up! Honestly, this one sounds so good I might break and buy it in hardcover if I come across it in-person.
Luster by Raven Leilani
I actually don’t remember adding this one to my TBR. But it’s literary fiction focused on a young woman struggling through her twenties. So it sounds like something I’d like. Maybe I added it around the time I read My Year of Rest and Relaxation? Anyway, this is something I will pick up on audiobook if I happen to come across it. It seems like it would be a good commute book.
Wonderland by Zoje Stage
I requested an ARC of this and didn’t get it. It’s pitched as a cross between Shirley Jackson and The Shining, so naturally I immediately added it to my TBR. Looking at reviews now though, there seemed to be quite a lot of negative ones. I still want to check it out, but when I do I’ll get it on audiobook or from the library.
Are any of these on your TBR? Have you read any of them? What did you think?