15 OF THE BOOKS I REALLY DID MEAN TO READ IN 2020. Sharing some of the books I didn't read in 2020 (but mean to!). Text © Rissi JC

15 OF THE BOOKS I REALLY DID MEAN TO READ IN 2020

January 18, 2021 35 Comments

Hey, reader friends! Today we are ready to chat about books I didn’t read in 2020 (but I did really intent to). We all have a lengthy and embarrassing list like this, right? Pretty sure mine grows leaps and bounds every freaking year. But that can be a scientific bookish debate for another day.

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The way I decided to order these or “find” the books to add to this list, if you will, is to go back and look at my seasonal TBRs and see which books I didn’t read* from 2020. It was something of a cringe-fest just to know how many books I DON’T read that I hope to. (Let’s be real, I’m not proud to snub all of these books!) Still, these are some of the books I meant to read in 2020.

*I left off a couple of titles from my TBRs because they were just added because they felt “seasonal” for the list or I’ve sort of lost interest in reading them. Either way, they don’t seem as relevant as they did when the respective lists were created. Also, yes I did leave the same paragraphs (from their respective TBRs) beneath the title headings.


BOOKS I DIDN’T READ IN 2020

(But Definitely Should Have)

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1: The Inheritance Games, Jennifer Lynn Barnes

This first pick is kind of a “wild card” read just because I’m not sure it’s going to be a read I’d like. That said, it does have an interesting premise so it’s staying on the list. At least… for now. Amazon | Goodreads

2: The Code for Love and Heartbreak, Jillian Cantor

This one sounds cute on its own, but the best thing about it? It’s a modern Emma re-telling – and I am ready to be dazzled by said cuteness, and just all around, all HERE FOR IT. Amazon | Goodreads

3: The Socialite, J’nell Ciesielski 

J’Nell’s Among the Poppies really impressed me, so I’m curious to learn more about this upcoming historical fiction release, and hopefully to read it sooner rather than later. Amazon | Goodreads 

4: Well Met, Jen DeLuca

Meant to read this when it released last year, but alas, never did. It looks super spring-y though, right? AmazonGoodreads

5: Love and a Little White Lie, Tammy L. Gray

Haven’t read all of Tammy’s backlist titles, but I’m curious about this one and excited to see she has a novel releasing with Bethany House! Amazon | Goodreads

6: The Vanishing Stair, Maureen Johnson

Since I did manage to read Truly Devious (from my summer TBR), I figure adding this one to the list is only logical. Which book in this trilogy do you like best? Amazon | Goodreads

15 OF THE BOOKS I REALLY DID MEAN TO READ IN 2020. Sharing some of the books I really meant to read in 2020. Text © Rissi JC

7: Meg & Jo, Virginia Kantra

Not sure this will be a “me book” because I have visions of certain changes authors may make to this story (which is, of course, Little Women), and I am not into them. But I don’t know that to be a fact for this story, so for now, I’m optimistic. Amazon | Goodreads

8: The London Restoration, Rachel McMillan

Yet another book I failed to read from my summer TBR. But its plot and setting really sound more conducive to this season anyway, so… we’ll stay that’s a good thing. Amazon | Goodreads

9: Instant Karma, Marissa Meyer

Never read a novel by Meyer, but this contemporary sounds (and looks!) way too cute to let pass by. Amazon | Goodreads

10: Of Literature and Lattes, Katherine Reay

Always adore Katherine’s contemporaries that are more than just a “sweet read,” and instead explore varying aspects of characterization and the journey (figurative and literal) of its characters. Amazon | Goodreads 

11: Recommended for You, Laura Silverman

This one just sounds darling, and has a kind of autumn-esque vibe with its bookish themes. For some reason those types of stories always put me in mind of fall. Amazon | Goodreads

15 OF THE BOOKS I REALLY DID MEAN TO READ IN 2020. Sharing some of the books I really meant to read in 2020. Text © Rissi JC

12: Jo & Laurie, Margaret Stohl and Melissa de la Cruz

I couldn’t resist adding this one. At first I thought it fell under the “summer TBR” timeline, but nope it’s spring-time, so I had to include it here because it intrigues me so much. Amazon | Goodreads

13: Some Bright Someday, Melissa Tagg

Perhaps in actuality I should place Melissa’s prior release (Now and Then and Always) on this list given I haven’t yet read it. *shrugs* Either way, hopefully I’ll read one of her novels this summer. AmazonGoodreads

14: Moment of Truth, Kasie West

I mean, it’s Kasie West. Her books are the definition of sunshine and happy! Amazon Goodreads

15: Would Like To Meet, Rachel Winters

Like Sarah’s rom-com, this is another I’ve seen some good reviews on. Luckily I have it on my shelf. Plus, who doesn’t love the idea of a romance that “acts out” various iconic romantic-comedy scenes just to inspire creativity? Amazon | Goodreads

There we have it! A discombobulated list of titles with no real rhyme or reason. But, hey, that’s okay because at the end of the day, we’re all just here for the books, right? Tell me, which titles did you add to your list? Any of these make it on your reading lists in 2020? Did you dislike or like them? Comment all of your thoughts below.

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  • Anne@HeadFullofBooks January 18, 2021 at 11:10 PM

    Do you own them or will you get them from the library? I keep getting piles of books from the library, all at the same time then I can’t read them all before the due date.! Ha! My TTT list

    • Rissi JC February 10, 2021 at 11:37 AM

      I own most of these as I’m a book buyer. :) They stare at me from my bookshelf, but so far, I still haven’t read any of these. Thanks for the visit, Anne, and my apologies for the reply delay!

  • Greg January 18, 2021 at 11:11 PM

    I’m the same way- looking back to see how many books I didn’t get to can be daunting! Jennifer Lynn Barnes sounds super familiar- I must have looked at one of books at some point.

    I read Truly Devious too and still need to get to the sequel!

    • Rissi JC February 10, 2021 at 11:38 AM

      It IS indeed daunting. But someday maybe I’ll overcome this. :D Hope we both enjoy “The Vanishing Stair.” Thanks for the visit, Greg, and my apologies for the reply delay.

  • Jess @ Jessticulates January 19, 2021 at 3:14 AM

    Great list! Well Met is a really fun read. I hope you enjoy all of these!

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    • Rissi JC February 10, 2021 at 11:38 AM

      Thanks, Jess! I hope so too – and my apologies for the reply delay!

  • Angela January 19, 2021 at 6:33 AM

    I have a copy of Well Met that I still need to get to!

    • Rissi JC February 10, 2021 at 11:39 AM

      It sounds SO fun!! :) Thanks for the visit, and apologies for the reply delay, Angela.

  • Victoria @ The Contented Reader January 19, 2021 at 6:36 AM

    Great list! I loved Well Met – I hope you do too! Moment of Truth made my list this week too and I also need to read The Inheritance Games.

    Here’s my list! Happy reading!

    • Rissi JC February 10, 2021 at 11:41 AM

      Thank you, Victoria! I hope so too. :) YAY for Kasie West books and I hope we both enjoy Jennifer’s; it sounds super interesting! Thanks for the visit and my apologies for the reply delay.

  • Lydia January 19, 2021 at 7:18 AM

    I’ve heard a lot of good things about Well Met.

    My post.

    • Rissi JC February 10, 2021 at 11:48 AM

      SAME! I just haven’t made time to read it yet. But hopefully, soon. :) Thanks so much for the visit, Lydia – and apologies for the reply delay!

  • Beckie B. January 19, 2021 at 7:19 AM

    Of the books on your list, I have read The London Restoration. It is very good. I highly recommend it!

    • Rissi JC February 10, 2021 at 11:49 AM

      YAY! So glad to know this, Beckie. I really want to read Rachel’s novel, just haven’t made the time for it yet. :) Thanks so much for the visit; and my apologies for not replying sooner.

  • Danielle Owen January 19, 2021 at 7:51 AM

    I loved Love and a Little White Lie! There are a couple books on your list that I’m curious to read, too.

    • Rissi JC February 10, 2021 at 11:49 AM

      YAY! So glad to know this, Danielle; and hope you enjoy the others you’re curious about. Appreciate your visit; and apologies for the delay in replying.

  • Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse January 19, 2021 at 10:53 AM

    Well Met is so much fun!!! I loved that book. I hope you get to it soon.

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    • Rissi JC February 10, 2021 at 11:50 AM

      Thank you, Deanna! ME TOO. It sounds so fun. Apologies for the reply delay.

  • Brittaney B January 19, 2021 at 10:59 AM

    Several of these are also ones I intended to read, but didn’t get around to, like Love and Little White Lie, Some Bright Someday and Literature and Lattes. However, I did just finish London Restoration and loved it. The Socialite was REALLY good. Sadly, I was disappointed with Jo & Laurie, but I think that had more to do with the narrator of the audio book.

    • Rissi JC February 10, 2021 at 11:54 AM

      YAY for good reads in J’Nell’s and Rachel’s. Both are ones I do need to read. I feel ya’ on those we missed in 2021. I haven’t heard much about “Jo & Laurie” post publication, but know many weren’t excited pre. I’m still hopeful… but time will tell! :) Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Brittaney; and apologies for the reply delay.

  • Ashley S. January 19, 2021 at 11:09 AM

    The Socialite and Some Bright Someday made my list too, but there’s quite a few other books on your list that I want to read as well. I’ve read a few Jennifer Lynn Barnes books so this new one is really appealing. Same with Marissa Meyer’s. And The London Restoration just sounds so good! Hopefully we’ll be able to get to them soon and love them all. Happy reading! :)

    • Rissi JC February 10, 2021 at 11:55 AM

      Jennifer’s new book sounds interesting, and I’m hopeful it’ll be fun. Marissa’s sounds SUPER cute, and of course, I’m sure Rachel’s is great. Hope we both enjoy all of those we missed in 2021, Ashely; and apologies for the reply delay. Appreciate your visit!

  • Dedra @ A Book Wanderer January 19, 2021 at 12:10 PM

    I haven’t read any of these yet, either, but I recently added Well Met to my shelves! I’m thinking it looks and sounds spring-y, as well. I hope you get to some of these—and enjoy them! <3

    • Rissi JC February 10, 2021 at 11:56 AM

      Thanks, Dedra; I hope so too! Apologies for the replay delay. :)

  • Stefani Tabakovska January 19, 2021 at 12:17 PM

    So many books so little time, am I right? Hope you manage to get around to these. Happy reading! My TTT https://readwithstefani.com/books-i-meant-to-read-in-2020/

    • Rissi JC February 10, 2021 at 11:56 AM

      Truer words, Stfani, truer words! Thanks for the visit; and apologies for the reply delay. :)

  • Ronyell (a.k.a Rabbitearsblog) January 19, 2021 at 3:15 PM

    Inheritance Games sounds like an interesting read! Great list!

    • Rissi JC February 10, 2021 at 11:57 AM

      I agree!! It sounds like a fun read for sure. Thanks for the visit; and apologies for the reply delay.

  • Lauren @ Always Me January 20, 2021 at 9:54 PM

    The Inheritance Games was a lot of fun. I hope you’ll enjoy it!

    • Rissi JC February 10, 2021 at 11:58 AM

      YAY! Glad to know this, Lauren. Thanks for sharing; and my apologies for the reply delay. :)

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  • Holliehocks @ My Thing About Books January 22, 2021 at 1:26 AM

    Recommended for You was on my list as well! I’ve also been hearing a lot about The Inheritance Games and want to check that one out. I just got my hands on Instant Karma earlier this month and it was so cute! It was my first Marissa Meyer book as well, but I’m glad I picked it up! I hope you’re able to get around to these soon!

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    • Rissi JC February 10, 2021 at 11:59 AM

      Wonderful! I’m so glad “Instant Karma” was good! It sounds like such a fun little read. Hope we both enjoy those we want to check out, too. Thanks for the visit; and my apologies for the reply delay.

  • Lindsey @ Lindsey Reads January 23, 2021 at 7:35 AM

    I loved Well Met, so hope you’ll enjoy it as well when you get to it! The Code for Love and Heartbreak and Recommended For You are still on my TBR as well.

    • Rissi JC February 10, 2021 at 12:01 PM

      Hope we both enjoy those still on our TBRs, Lindsey; and me too! I just need to sit down and *make* myself read “Well Met.” Appreciate your visit; and apologies for the reply delay.

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