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Backlist Books I Want To Read In 2021

I sometimes think I do more posts talking about new releases instead of the books that have been out a while so today I thought I’d talk about some books that I’ve been wanting to read that have been released over two years ago.

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Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World #1) by Rebecca Roanhorse – I’ve been wanting to read this book since it first came out and I don’t know why I still haven’t got to it yet but this year is the year (hopefully) I’m going to read it.

Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton – This is another book I’ve had on my tbr for a while. It sounds like it could be an emotional read so maybe that’s why I’ve been unconsciously putting it off.

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon – The blurb from this book has always seemed interesting to me but it wasn’t until last year where I finally realised that I did want to read it so I ended up adding it to my tbr list.

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Forever Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid – I’ve read nearly all of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s books and I’ve loved them all so it’s no surprise that I want to catch up on the books I haven’t read yet.

Wolfsong (Green Creek #1) by T.J. Klune – I’ve heard so many great things about this series and I love reading shifter books so I can’t wait to read it and I also really want to read The House in the Cerulean Sea by this author too.

The Bridge Kingdom by Danielle L. Jensen – This is a recent addition to my tbr list but I’ve heard it’s a really good fantasy romance so I want to read it.

What are some backlist books you want to read?

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My Most Anticipated Book Releases for January, February and March 2021

I’ve decided this year to start doing my most anticipated reads lists quarterly instead of seasonally like before. So today I’m listing my most anticipated book releases for January, February and March 2021. I’m also linking up to this week’s Top Ten Tuesday (which is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl).

January 2021:

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Shades of Allegiance (Anomaly #3) by Sandy Williams
Blood Heir (Aurelia Ryder #1) by Ilona Andrews
Unchosen by Katharyn Blair
Wings of Ebony by J.Elle
Shadow’s Legacy (The Iron Fey: Evenfall #0.5) by Julie Kagawa

February 2021:

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The Galaxy and the Ground Within (Wayfarers #4) by Becky Chambers
A Court of Silver Flames (A Court of Thorns and Roses #4) by Sarah J Maas
Liberté (Enchantée #2) by Gita Trelease
The Iron Raven (The Iron Fey: Evenfall #1) by Julie Kagawa
A Dark and Hollow Star by Ashley Shuttleworth

March 2021:

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Chain of Iron (The Last Hours #2) by Cassandra Clare
Descendants of the First (The Return of the Earth Mother #2) by Reni K Amayo

What are your most anticipated book releases for January, February and March?

Favourite Books

My Favourite Books of 2020

I love doing my favourite books list every year and I love talking about why I loved each book. I read so many great books in 2020 so it was hard to narrow it down, I usually do narrow it down to around ten but I’ve definitely went over that this year.  They are in no particular order.

The Toll (Arc of a Scythe #3) by Neal Shusterman

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The Toll surprised me a lot because even though I really liked the first and second book I think this book is the best in the trilogy. I love how it focused so much on the world and how it came to be and everything lined up so well, it felt like an epic conclusion.

House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) by Sarah J Maas

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I feel like this will be on a lot of favourite lists for 2020 and I’m sure everyone has already heard about it. I loved this book, I loved Bryce and was so invested in this story emotionally. So much happens and there are a lot of twists, I loved this book.

The Light Between Worlds by Laura Weymouth

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This is a book that surprised me, I loved the writing and I loved how it’s almost like a retelling of the Chronicles of Narnia but it focuses more on the effects of returning home after growing up in a fantasy land.

One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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I’ve almost caught up on all of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s previously published books now, I think I only have about two to read left. I knew I’d love the writing of this and I loved the story too, it was very emotional.

The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu

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I’ve loved all of Marie Lu’s previously released books so I knew I’d like The Kingdom of Back but I was still surprised at how much I loved it. It’s a heart breaking book as it follows the life of Nannerl, who is Mozart’s sister. Not many people know of her even though she was as good a composer as Mozart simply because she was a woman. This book is so heart breaking as it confronts the reality of the constraints that were placed on women’s lives in the past.

The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum

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I loved the main character in this book, Ryann Bird. She’s such a great character and I loved the sci-fi elements to this story. I loved how the relationship developed between the two main characters and I loved the ending.

Cinderella Is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

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I loved this book and thought it put such an original and unique spin on the original Cinderella story. I loved how this book used the original Cinderella story to tell its own messages and themes and I loved how the main character stood up and fought for what was right.

Chaos Reigning (Consortium Rebellion #3) by Jessie Mihalik

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I really liked the chemistry between the couple in this book and I liked how their relationship began, I also enjoyed how action packed this book was.

Cantoras by Carolina De Robertis

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Cantoras was a very heart breaking book to read but I’m glad I read it and I loved reading about these five women and their relationships with each other, I loved how they became closer throughout the years with each other.

Beetle & the Hollowbones by Aliza Layne

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Beetle & the Hollowbones was such a cute graphic novel. I loved the artwork and story, I loved how the story felt like a full story.

The Guild Codex: Spellbound and The Guild Codex: Demonized series by Annette Marie

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I started reading the Guild Codex series in 2020 and I’m so glad I found a new favourite series. I loved both The Guild Codex: Spellbound series and the spin off series The Guild Codex: Demonized. I loved the characters in both series and I loved how they overlapped with each other.

A Snowfall of Silver by Laura Wood

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This book was such a great book to read in the winter. It had such perfect cosy atmosphere and I really liked the writing.

Dangerous Remedy by Kat Dunn

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I was instantly intrigued by this book as soon as I started reading it. It has a great plot with a interesting group of characters that I really enjoyed reading about.

Renegades trilogy by Marissa Meyer

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I’ve wanted to read this trilogy since it first came out but I never actually got around to it until this year and I was so surprised at how much I loved this trilogy. I loved the overall concept of it, the superheroes vs super villains and not knowing which side is which. I thought it was written so well and I was so immersed into the world of it and intrigued by the characters.

What were your favourite books of 2020?

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December Wrap Up 2020

What I Read In December:

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The Jackal (Black Dagger Brotherhood: Prison Camp #1) by J.R. Ward – 3 STARS

I’ve been disappointed in the recent BDB books and I felt the same with this book. I’ve originally given it a 3 star but the more I think about it the more it feels like a 2 star read to me. I was a bit bored by the overall story and didn’t really care for the main couple or think they had much chemistry.

A Snowfall of Silver by Laura Wood – 5 STARS

I loved this book, it’s one of my favourites of the year. I loved the writing and the cosy winter feels it had. I really liked Freya and loved reading about her finding her place in the world.

Protecting Her Mate (The Nightstar Shifters #2) by Ariel Marie – 3 STARS

I thought this was an okay read but I think I liked the first book in this series slightly more than this one. I thought the couple had more chemistry in the first book, which is most likely true because Marley and Zara were best friends but in this book Robin and Heather meet for the first time and since it’s a short book the relationship doesn’t feel as developed as the first book. I also prefer the overall story of the first book too but like I said, this was still an okay read for me.

Blog Posts I Did In December:

Winter 2020 Book Releases I’m Most Excited For

My Winter TBR 2020

A Snowfall of Silver by Laura Wood Book Review

Wintry Book Titles

Tis the Season Book Tag

Cosy Christmas Book Tag

November 2020 Wrap Up

What books did you read in December?

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Cosy Christmas Book Tag

I thought I’d do another Christmas tag here on my blog and I saw this one and it looked like fun. This is the cosy christmas book tag and you can find a link to the original video of it here.

QUESTIONS:

1. Twinkling lights – What is the most beautiful book you own?

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The Light Between Worlds by Laura Weymouth – I don’t know if I would say this is the MOST beautiful book I own but it’s definitely one of them, I really like the cover and the end pages.

2. The perfect tree – Will you pay more to get the prettiest edition of a book?

No, unless there is only a very small price difference between an average edition of a book and a really pretty/special edition of a book.

3. Build a snowman – Make a Christmas book stack (colour or theme).

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I posted this picture either last year or the year before on my instagram (kylaslibrary) of a book snowman.

4. Crackling fire – What book makes you feel warm and cosy?

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Three Mages and a Margarita by Annette Marie.

5. Knee high socks – What is the longest book you’ve read?

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I think the longest book I’ve read is Drums of Autumn (Outlander #4) by Diana Gabaldon, which is nearly 1200 pages long.

6. Ugly sweaters – What’s the ugliest book you own?

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I didn’t really know what book to choose for this question so I decided to just choose a book that I read this year that I didn’t like and it also has a cover I dislike too, which is Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno Garcia.  I wouldn’t say this was the ugliest book I own because I do like the colours on the cover but I’m choosing it because its one of my most recent disliked covers.

7. Blizzards – A book set in winter, or a book that gives you the chills/has dark themes.

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A Snowfall of Silver by Laura Wood. This book doesn’t give me chills and it doesn’t have dark themes but it is set during the winter months and the characters even get snowed in.

8. Home for the holidays – For the rereaders out there, are there any books that feel like “going home”?

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The Shadowhunter series by Cassandra Clare – I feel very attached to the Shadowhunter world and I always love delving back into this world.

Have you read any of these books?
What books would you pick for these questions?

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Tis The Season Book Tag

I love doing book tags and I’ve been seeing this one about and I thought I’d do it. Here is a link to the original video of ‘Tis the Season Book Tag’. I didn’t realise until I was almost done picking my answers for this tag that the books I picked for my answers all have blue on the cover so now I have a blue themed Tis The Season book tag.

QUESTIONS:

1. Do you have a favourite Winter read?

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I didn’t really have a specific book in mind for this question but I just finished reading A Snowfall of Silver by Laura Wood and loved it and I think this is such a perfect book for winter.

2. Find a book with blue on the cover!

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A Snowfall of Silver probably suits this question too but I decided to choose Cinderella Is Dead by Kalynn Bayron instead.

3. Find a book you’d use as the star on a Christmas tree?

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The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum. This is one of my favourite books of this year and I chose it because it has the word star in the title.

4. Pick one fictional place that would be perfect for a Winter vacation!

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There is a fictional land in The Oremere Chronicles by Helen Scheuerer called Havennesse that was described as being a very snowy and wintry. I think the characters went there in the second book, Reign of Mist.

5. Pick one fictional character you’d take with you on your Winter vacation!

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Tori from The Guild Codex: Spellbound series. I love Tori’s personality so I think she’d be a lot of fun to go on winter vacation with.

6. Name one book on your Wishlist this year!

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Seven Devils by Laura Lam and Elizabeth May.

7. Favourite Holiday drink, treat, & movie?

I don’t think I have a specific drink and treat in mind for this question but my favourite Christmas movie is definitely The Muppets Christmas Carol.

Have you read any of these books? What would be some of your answers to these questions?