Monday 28 December 2020

#5OnMyTBR | Planned To Read In 2020


This meme was created by E. @ Local Bee Hunter's Nook and you can find the announcement post here. Also, side note, these aren't necessarily books that I own physically but they're all on my Goodreads TBR and they'll mostly be the five most recently added.  

This Week's Prompt is...

Planned To Read In 2020 and while there are a few that I could've included in this list, I think these five are the ones I'm most bummed about not getting to. 

1. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

A young peasant girl is sold as servant and apprentice to a renowned geisha house. She tells her story many years later from the Waldorf Astoria in New York. Her memoirs conjure up the perfection and the ugliness of life behind rice-paper screens, where young girls learn the arts of geisha - dancing and singing, how to wind the kimono, how to walk and pour tea, and how to beguile the land's most powerful men.
This book is one that I started earlier in the year but just couldn't get into it at that time so I put it down with every intention of picking it back up. It wasn't necessarily a DNF because I do still want to read it at some point, I just don't know when that will be. 

2. Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

No visitors. No nights spent away from the apartment. No disturbing the other residents, all of whom are rich or famous or both. These are the only rules for Jules Larsen's new job as an apartment sitter at the Bartholomew, one of Manhattan's most high-profile and mysterious buildings. Recently heartbroken and just plain broke, Jules is taken in by the splendor of her surroundings and accepts the terms, ready to leave her past life behind. 

I have read Final Girls by Riley Sager and thought it was just ok, but I have wanted to try some of his other work and this one was on sale in the Kindle store a couple of months ago. I did want to try and read it around October/November but my TBR just got away from me. 

3. Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid  

Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go-Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock and roll she loves most. By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things.

Another band getting noticed is The Six, led by the brooding Billy Dunne. On the eve of their first tour, his girlfriend Camila finds out she’s pregnant, and with the pressure of impending fatherhood and fame, Billy goes a little wild on the road.

Daisy and Billy cross paths when a producer realizes the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend.

With the news that this was soon going to be adapted into a TV series, my interest was definitely heightened but alas, it just never managed to make it onto a monthly TBR so i'm going to do my best to get to it next year. 

4. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt  

It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a thirteen-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love-and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.

I'm quite annoyed with myself for still not having finished this book. I actually started this last year for a readathon but put it down because I wasn't in the right headspace and since then it's just been lingering on my shelf. I enjoyed what I read so I think it's just the size of it that keeps putting me off.

5. Illuminae by Amie Kaufmen & Jay Kristoff

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival mega-corporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than a speck at the edge of the universe. Now with enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra — who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to evacuate with a hostile warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A plague has broken out and is mutating with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a web of data to find the truth, it’s clear the only person who can help her is the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

I feel like my expectations are so high with this series that I just keep putting it off because I'm scared I'm going to be disappointed. I do think I'm going to love these books so someone just needs to tell me to shut up and read them!


Which books featuring animals on the cover are on your TBR? If you've already read some of these, let me know what you thought! Leave a comment with your own #5OnMyTBR posts for me to check out! Happy Reading!


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