#5OnMyTBR: 2020 Release

Hello Mondays, welcome back to #5OnMyTBR, a meme created by the wonderful E @ The Local Bee Hunter’s Nook. This bookish meme gets us to dig even further into our TBRs by simply posting about five books on our TBR! You can learn more about it here or in the post announcing it. You can find the full list of prompts (past and future) at the end of this post!

This week’s prompt is: 2020 Release

Well, this week’s prompt is probably the easiest prompt for me because I have so many releases that I haven’t read yet but are already sitting on my physical/digital TBR. Welp. You know that bad habit of buying more because (especially because FOMO) but then taking forever and a day to read them? Uh huh. But we’ll not speak of that, right? So because this prompt needs no further introduction, here are five (haha what a cute smol number) 2020 releases that I have yet to read:


A Song of wraiths and ruin

For Malik, the Solstasia festival is a chance to escape his war-stricken home and start a new life with his sisters in the prosperous desert city of Ziran. But when a vengeful spirit abducts Malik’s younger sister, Nadia, as payment into the city, Malik strikes a fatal deal—kill Karina, Crown Princess of Ziran, for Nadia’s freedom.

But Karina has deadly aspirations of her own. Her mother, the Sultana, has been assassinated; her court threatens mutiny; and Solstasia looms like a knife over her neck. Grief-stricken, Karina decides to resurrect her mother through ancient magic . . . requiring the beating heart of a king. And she knows just how to obtain one: by offering her hand in marriage to the victor of the Solstasia competition.

When Malik rigs his way into the contest, they are set on a heart-pounding course to destroy each other. But as attraction flares between them and ancient evils stir, will they be able to see their tasks to the death?


the kingdom of back

Born with a gift for music, Nannerl Mozart has just one wish: to be remembered forever. But even as she delights audiences with her masterful playing, she has little hope she’ll ever become the acclaimed composer she longs to be. She is a young woman in eighteenth-century Europe, and that means composing is forbidden to her. She will perform only until she reaches a marriageable age—her tyrannical father has made that much clear.

As Nannerl’s hope grows dimmer with each passing year, the talents of her beloved younger brother, Wolfgang, only seem to shine brighter. His brilliance begins to eclipse her own, until one day a mysterious stranger from a magical land appears with an irresistible offer. He has the power to make her wish come true—but his help may cost her everything.

In her first work of historical fiction, #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu spins a lush, lyrically told story of music, magic, and the unbreakable bond between a brother and sister.


mexican gothic

After receiving a frantic letter from her newlywed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. She’s not sure what she will find – her cousin’s husband, a handsome Englishman, is a stranger, and Noemí knows little about the region.

Noemí is also an unlikely rescuer: She’s a glamorous debutante, and her chic gowns and perfect red lipstick are more suited for cocktail parties than amateur sleuthing. But she’s also tough and smart, with an indomitable will, and she is not afraid: not of her cousin’s new husband, who is both menacing and alluring; not of his father, the ancient patriarch who seems to be fascinated by Noemí; and not even of the house itself, which begins to invade Noemi’s dreams with visions of blood and doom.

Her only ally in this inhospitable abode is the family’s youngest son. Shy and gentle, he seems to want to help Noemí but might also be hiding dark knowledge of his family’s past. For there are many secrets behind the walls of High Place. The family’s once colossal wealth and faded mining empire kept them from prying eyes, but as Noemí digs deeper she unearths stories of violence and madness.

And Noemí, mesmerized by the terrifying yet seductive world of High Place, may soon find it impossible to ever leave this enigmatic house behind.


in five years

Where do you see yourself in five years?

When Type-A Manhattan lawyer Dannie Cohan is asked this question at the most important interview of her career, she has a meticulously crafted answer at the ready. Later, after nailing her interview and accepting her boyfriend’s marriage proposal, Dannie goes to sleep knowing she is right on track to achieve her five-year plan.

But when she wakes up, she’s suddenly in a different apartment, with a different ring on her finger, and beside a very different man. The television news is on in the background, and she can just make out the scrolling date. It’s the same night—December 15—but 2025, five years in the future.

After a very intense, shocking hour, Dannie wakes again, at the brink of midnight, back in 2020. She can’t shake what has happened. It certainly felt much more than merely a dream, but she isn’t the kind of person who believes in visions. That nonsense is only charming coming from free-spirited types, like her lifelong best friend, Bella. Determined to ignore the odd experience, she files it away in the back of her mind.

That is, until four-and-a-half years later, when by chance Dannie meets the very same man from her long-ago vision.

Brimming with joy and heartbreak, In Five Years is an unforgettable love story that reminds us of the power of loyalty, friendship, and the unpredictable nature of destiny.


The vanishing half

The Vignes twin sisters will always be identical. But after growing up together in a small, southern black community and running away at age sixteen, it’s not just the shape of their daily lives that is different as adults, it’s everything: their families, their communities, their racial identities. Ten years later, one sister lives with her black daughter in the same southern town she once tried to escape. The other secretly passes for white, and her white husband knows nothing of her past. Still, even separated by so many miles and just as many lies, the fates of the twins remain intertwined. What will happen to the next generation, when their own daughters’ story lines intersect?

Weaving together multiple strands and generations of this family, from the Deep South to California, from the 1950s to the 1990s, Brit Bennett produces a story that is at once a riveting, emotional family story and a brilliant exploration of the American history of passingLooking well beyond issues of race, The Vanishing Half considers the lasting influence of the past as it shapes a person’s decisions, desires, and expectations, and explores some of the multiple reasons and realms in which people sometimes feel pulled to live as something other than their origins.

August:

Are any of these 2020 releases also on your TBR? What other 2020 releases have you been looking forward to reading?

21 thoughts on “#5OnMyTBR: 2020 Release

    1. Totes the same, Tanya. I think I remember gushing with you about it and being excited for its release… Why haven’t we read it yet? 😂 Why are there so many books and never enough reading time!? Haha

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  1. The Kingdom of Back is sitting on my bookshelf waiting on me, and my best friend was just insisting that I need to read In Five Years. But, she said it made her ugly cry, so I don’t know that I’m in a rush to read it. LOL!

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    1. LOL that’s a mood coz I’m pretty sure that’s the main reason why I haven’t read in five years yet. coz i have to prepare my feels and … i don’t think i’m ready to feel all of them yet 😂 did you get the owlcrate for kingdom of back? there have been moments where i’m so tempted to put everything else aside and just read it (coz it’s so beautiful) but it hasn’t happened yet!

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    1. I’ve heard so many crazy good things about ASOWAR, E! I can’t wait to read it. I’m really keen for Mexican Gothic too but I’m such a scaredy 🙃 Haha I hope you enjoy both of these if you decide to pick them up 😀

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  2. 😀 “haha what a cute smol number” 100% relatable 😀

    The Kingdom of Back is also on my TBR, but I will probably read it in 2022… if ever.

    BUT! I actually read 2 books from this list! Wooo! Go me! Mexican Gothic and The Vanishing Half were both great!

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    1. 2022?! 2 years from now?! Haha I’m hoping to read it this year but… let’s see what happens there 😅
      I haven’t got Mexican Gothic on my shelves yet but I do have Vanishing Half and I’ve been seeing more of it lately so my curiosity is ramping up. I might pick it up soon if I’m in the mood 🙂 Was it a heavy read?

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  3. Well, I thought I was doing pretty well until I see that half your list is also on my TBR. xD Oops? I’m really looking forward to A Song of Wraiths and Ruin because I’ve had so many people tell me good things about it and also Mexican Gothic … for the same reason. but also, it sounds like it’ll make a really good fall read!

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