Past anticipated releases: have I read them?

Hello friends, I hope all is well! Today is a kind of fun post (I think it’s fun at least). I’m really bad at keeping up-to-date with new releases, and as we saw recently in my 2020 reading wrap-up post, I’m always a couple of years behind. So I thought for today, it would be fun to go through my old anticipated releases posts and see how many of the books from those lists I’ve read!

An anticipated releases post (???): February 2020

Books I have read

My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russel: I read this soon after it was released because I recommended by library buy it, so I was first on the holds list. I really enjoyed it, but I wasn’t as blown away by it as everyone else has been. I still highly recommend it, though!

I Killed Zoe Spanos by Kit Frick: I was blown away by this one, though! I don’t tend to enjoy YA mystery/thrillers, but this one was fantastic and I’m so glad I read it.

Books I have yet to read

Black Girl Unlimited by Echo Brown (January, 2020): I definitely still want to read this one. I waffled with whether to ask for it for Christmas, but decided against it. I love the cover, but I don’t buy a ton of books so idk. I’ll probably wait until the end of this year, and if my library still doesn’t have a copy, I’ll ask for it then.

Little Gods by Meng Jin (January, 2020): this one still sounds super interesting, I just kind of forgot about it tbh. But hopefully I’ll get to it soon!

Real Life by Brandon Taylor (February, 2020): I also forgot about this one, but luckily, my library has several copies! So I put myself on the holds list.

Follow Me by Kathleen Barber (February, 2020): another book I forgot about lmao. This does still sound really interesting, but my library doesn’t have a copy and it’s not the type of book I’d usually buy. So we’ll see if I ever get to it lol

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel (March, 2020): I couldn’t get my hands on a copy of this book for whatever reason, but luckily a family friend has a copy she’s going to send me! So hopefully I can read it soon. I loved Mandel’s other book, and I’m really excited to read more by her.

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins (May, 2020): I was really excited about this book earlier in the year, but I’m not so sure now. I think I still want to read it at some point, but it’s not a priority right now.

Influence by Sara Shepard and Lilia Buckingham (June, 2020): this one is similar to Follow Me; it sounds really interesting, but not interesting enough to buy and my library doesn’t own a copy. I’ve requested it, though, so we’ll see if they (and I) ever get around to it.

Some books that need to be published ASAP as possible: September 2019

Books I have read

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates (September 24, 2019): this book, unfortunately, was a let down. But I did read it, so that’s a success at least!

Books I have yet to read

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood (September 10, 2019): I own this book, but haven’t read it yet. I know my mom read it and loved it (she was an Atwood fan), so I have high hopes.

The Future of Another Timeline by Annalee Newitz (September 24, 2019): I had completely forgotten about this book until now, but my library has a copy so I’ve added it to my future to-read list!

Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater (November 5, 2019): my best friend Charlie sent me a copy of this book at the start of quarantine last year, and I still haven’t read it. But I’m really excited for it, and Charlie loved it, so I hopefully will read it soon.

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern (November 5, 2019): I’m also really excited for this book, still! I’ve heard mixed things, but people overall seem to enjoy it. My library owns 27 copies of the ebook (which is the most I’ve ever seen) so I put myself on the waitlist and can hopefully read it soon!

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo (October 8, 2019): I’m undecided on whether I want to read this one or not. On the one hand, the concept isn’t something I think I’d enjoy. On the other hand, the atmosphere and writing sound like something I would enjoy. I added it to my wishlist at the library, so I might read it if I have time at some point.

Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky (October 5, 2019): I feel similarly about this book. I love Chbosky for the most part, but I don’t tend to read horror or speculative horror. Again, I added to my library wishlist, so I may read it at some point.

New releases I still need to read: April 2019

Books I have read

Sadie by Courtney Summers: I have read and loved this book! It was so good and everything I wanted.

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton: I also really enjoyed this book. I hated the fatphobia, but thought the rest was super entertaining and it was a great read overall.

Books I have yet to read

Iron Gold by Pierce Brown (January 2018): I l o v e d Red Rising and was very much against this book because I hate when series are unnecessarily extended. But, my friend Andrew who also loves Red Rising loved Iron Gold. So I’m cautiously optimistic.

The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh (May 2018): I got this book for Christmas in 2019, and still haven’t read it yet. But I do really want to, so hopefully soon.


  • Read: five
  • Unread: fifteen

So I clearly need to do a better job reading the books I’m excited for. There are a bunch of books here that I had forgotten about, but have now added to my library wishlist, so hopefully I’ll read them soon!

If anything, I think this shows that you don’t need to read the most up-to-date books to have a book blog.

So there’s a recap of my anticipated releases posts! Have you read any of these? Are you good at keeping up with new releases? Let me know!

Ally xx

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3 thoughts on “Past anticipated releases: have I read them?

  1. I wouldn’t say I’m GREAT at keeping up with the really popular books, but I did read a lot of 2020 releases last year…unintentionally 🙈 I also was super anticipating The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, bought it…and now it’s still sitting on my shelf 😂


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