Tuesday is here, friends of B+S, which means we kicked Monday’s butt, which also means that Monday is at home licking its wounds, rebuilding its energy, and awaiting the chance to come and plague us with its Manic Monday vibes once more next week… Damn you, Monday! 

Most importantly though, it means that Top Ten Tuesday is upon us once more! 

Last week, we chatted it up about the meme’s 10th Birthday, and we talked about my top 10 unread books on my bookshelf.

This week we get to talk about our most anticipated books for the second half of 2020, and basically get to do the bookish version of my favorite part of going to the movie theater:

The Previews!!! 

Top 10 Tuesday was created by the Broke and Bookish, but later moved to That Artsy Reader Girl where Jana’s been holding down the fort ever since.



Top Ten Tuesday works as such: 

I (Jana) assign each Tuesday a topic and then post my top ten list that fits that topic. You’re more than welcome to join me and create your own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well. Feel free to put a unique spin on the topic to make it work for you! Please link back to That Artsy Reader Girl in your own post so that others know where to find more information.


You’ll find the schedule of upcoming TTT topics so you can plan ahead. I’ll post a Linky here on the blog each week so you can link up your post (if you want). If you don’t have a blog, post your picks in the comment section below! Have tons of fun talking books and getting to know your fellow bloggers!


NOTE: If a weekly topic is listed as a “freebie”, you are invited to come up with your own topic. Sometimes I will give your topic a theme, such as “love”, a season, or an upcoming holiday. That just means that you can come up with any topic you want that fits under that umbrella. 



Easy enough, right? Well, since we’re all on the same page of what this meme entails… 

Disclaimer: I did not list these by release date, I am not one of those responsible book-bloggers as of yet. However, the list will still amaze regardless of this nuance. Forgive me for any inconvenience my laziness may have caused…

Shielded: July 1st    

“For fans of Sorcery of Thorns and Furyborn comes a thrilling new fantasy about a kingdom ravaged by war, and the princess who might be the key to saving not only those closest to her, but the kingdom itself, if she reveals the very secret that could destroy her.”    

Sooo.. this book is a bit of a cheat because I’ve already started reading it, and I’m almost finished. I received this as an eARC for a blog tour that I signed up for, but unfortunately the blog tour was cancelled. However, the book was still amazing, and there will be a review soon!  



The Invisible Life of Addie Larue: October 6th   

“France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.”  


Does this highly anticipated book even need an intro? Anyone who knows the Schwab is anxiously awaiting this book, and I am no different. On my last Top Ten Tuesday, I talked about how A Darker Shade of Magic was patiently waiting for me to open those pages and dive in, and I know when I do I will love it. I’ll read the rest of the series and then be ready for The Invisible Life…when it releases in October.  Darker Shade…  and Addie Larue  are not related though… I just gotta finish what came first, first.  


Also… OwlCrate just confirmed yesterday that they were doing something special for this book, and you know I’m all about my OC exclusive editions.  



Where Dreams Descend: August 25th  

“In a city covered in ice and ruin, a group of magicians face off in a daring game of magical feats to find the next headliner of the Conquering Circus, only to find themselves under the threat of an unseen danger striking behind the scenes.”   

This book came as my OwlCrate June book of the month. Somehow, they were able to get the book 2 months before it published and I couldn’t be more stoked! Not to mention the beautiful OC cover. Swoon



How to Break an Evil Curse: October 13th  

“How to Break an Evil Curse is the first book in a high fantasy series about a princess who may be cursed to live in darkness, but refuses to let her curse define her life.”  


A recent NetGalley approval, this book’s cover and synopsis captured me immediately when I saw it. I thought I was getting bored of the “sea themed” tales, but for some reason they’re drawn to me… and I them. Most of my recent reads have been on the high seas. Hmmm… 



We Hear Voices: October 6th 

“An eerie debut about a little boy who recovers from a sickness and inherits an imaginary friend who makes him do violent things…”  

NetGalley does it again and brings me another book to make my TBR ‘s knees shake from the weight of it all. This book gives me all the creepies, and the premise is right up my alley.


I mean, c’mon, an imaginary friend telling a kid to do violent things?! If you know me, you know that this plays on my sick and demented tendencies. Let’s hope this one doesn’t disappoint. 



The Damned: July 7th  

“New York Times bestselling author Renée Ahdieh returns with the second installment of her new sumptuous, sultry and romantic series, The Beautiful.”  


Ohhhhh… The Beautiful… a book that I’ve talked about numerous times on my blog, the most recent appearance on my Shelf Control post. Well… I still haven’t read it yet, just a little FYI, but I do plan to read it before the year ends.  


 Luckily, the second book, The Damned will be waiting for me upon completion. This is also adult, romance and I do not venture down those hallways often, so reading these will be a nice reprieve. 


Legendborn: September 15th 

“Filled with mystery and an intriguingly rich magic system, Tracy Deonn’s YA contemporary fantasy Legendborn offers the dark allure of City of Bones with a modern-day twist on a classic legend and a lot of Southern Black Girl Magic.”  


Ugh! Just look at that cover!!!! Yes, Yes, and more YES!!! Not to mention that “southern black girl magic” is in the description. I mean, I’m a black girl from Atlanta, GA. This book was pretty much made for me.   


I wonder if I can pre-order this… 



Among the Beasts and Briars: October 20th

“Cerys is safe in the kingdom of Aloriya. 

Here there are no droughts, disease, or famine, and peace is everlasting. It has been this way for hundreds of years, since the first king made a bargain with the Lady who ruled the forest that borders the kingdom. But as Aloriya prospered, the woods grew dark, cursed, and forbidden.”


As you can tell by now, I am all about a good cover. You can win me over with that, write nothing but complete trash underneath it, and I would still commend you. Not on the writing though… 


Well, with Among the Beasts and Briars, the cover alone is what made me put this on my most anticipated TBR. The cover is so whimsical and leaves just the right amount of mystery for me to stay intrigued.  



Kingdom of the WickedOctober 27th 

“Two sisters.

One brutal murder. 

A quest for vengeance that will unleash Hell itself…  

And an intoxicating romance.”  


“Ahh, yes, I’ll take “Unleash Hell itself…” for 500 Alex.” 

Ok… so…. we’ve got a snake going through a skull’s eye-socket on the cover, hell on Earth, witches, a desecrated twin sister… I mean, what more can a girl ask for? This book has everything I need, and it’s coming out just in time for the spookiest Holiday of the year. Winning. 



How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories: November 24th  

  “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.”


I’ve said it once, twice, and thrice… The Folk of the Air series is one that has a permanent spot on my TBR, and I plan to finish them all soon so that I can get to this sweet addition to the family when it arrives in November.  

How cute is this book? Learning all about our most loved-hated Prince and King, Cardan, before he became Cardan, Cardan? 

Not to mention that it has extra content from the series to stretch the stories out that much more, satisfying our insatiable Holly Black appetites. I’ll be sure to take an extra helping… summer is cancelled anyway… no need to worry about portion-control.  

 That’s my list of most anticipated books for the second half of 2020, guys.


This list looks pretty promising for some amazing reads, and I can’t wait for them to start premiering.

I also can’t wait to see what you guys chose, or see if we are waiting for the same books.

Leave a comment or two or three, and let’s talk about it! 


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