Throwback Thursday // Books I Didn't Read in 2020 (but should have)

June 29, 2023

Hello and Happy Thursday! Today I'm sharing five books I said I would read by the end of 2020... and didn't. I have no excuse and I'm creating this post, sharing my broken promise, so I can be held accountable and actually get to reading!

Have you read any of these? What are your thoughts?

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Five Dark Fates by Kendare Blake

After the grim confrontation with Queen Katharine, the rebellion lies in tatters. Jules’s legion curse has been unbound, and it is up to Arsinoe to find a cure, even as the responsibility of stopping the ravaging mist lies heavy on her shoulders, and her shoulders alone. Mirabella has disappeared.

Katharine’s reign remains intact—for now. When Mirabella arrives, seemingly under a banner of truce, Katharine begins to yearn for the closeness that Mirabella and Arsinoe share. But as the two circle each other, the dead queens hiss caution—Mirabella is not to be trusted.

In this conclusion to the Three Dark Crowns series, three sisters will rise to fight as the secrets of Fennbirn’s history are laid bare. Allegiances will shift. Bonds will be tested. But the fate of the island lies in the hands of its queens. It always has.

This series started as a buddy read. I got through all of the books but this one because you know... life.

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It's company policy.) But they can't quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives.

Meanwhile, Lincoln O'Neill can't believe this is his job now—reading other people's e-mail. When he applied to be "internet security officer," he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers—not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke.

When Lincoln comes across Beth's and Jennifer's messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can't help being entertained—and captivated—by their stories.

By the time Lincoln realizes he's falling for Beth, it's way too late to introduce himself.

What would he say . . . ?

I think I hesitated to read this one because I've never read from this author before. And I'm afraid it's going to be too 'chick-lit-y' for me. I'm not a fan of chick lit anymore :( But this is sitting on my bookshelf, staring me in the face every day so...

Fury by Laurann Dohner

Ellie is horrified to discover the pharmaceutical company she works for is doing illegal experiments. Company scientists have spliced human and animal DNA, creating exotic new species. One such “experiment” captures her heart and she’ll do anything to save him—even if he hates her for it.

Fury has never known compassion or love. He’s spent his life in a cell, chained and abused by humans. The one woman he allowed himself to trust betrayed him. Now he’s free and set on vengeance. He vows to end her life but when she’s finally in his grasp, harming her is the last thing he wants to do to the sexy little human.

Fury can’t resist Ellie—the touch of her hands, her mouth on his skin, her body wrapped around his. He’s obsessed with the scent of his woman. And Ellie wants Fury—always has. She craves his big, powerful body and wants to heal his desolate heart.

But loving Fury is one thing…taming him is another.

I'm probably the only paranormal romance reader who hasn't read anything from this author. It's almost as bad as saying you've never read from JR Ward, amiright?! Well, I have read (and loved) Ward so I think (or at least I hope) I will love this author too. *fingers crossed*

Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

Girls team up to overthrow the kingdom in this unique and powerful retelling of Cinderella from a stunning new voice that's perfect for fans of Dhonielle Clayton and Melissa Albert .

It's 200 years after Cinderella found her prince, but the fairy tale is over. Teen girls are now required to appear at the Annual Ball, where the men of the kingdom select wives based on a girl's display of finery. If a suitable match is not found, the girls not chosen are never heard from again.

Sixteen-year-old Sophia would much rather marry Erin, her childhood best friend, than parade in front of suitors. At the ball, Sophia makes the desperate decision to flee, and finds herself hiding in Cinderella's mausoleum. There, she meets Constance, the last known descendant of Cinderella and her step sisters. Together they vow to bring down the king once and for all--and in the process, they learn that there's more to Cinderella's story than they ever knew . . .

Okay, so I hesitated with this one because of the hype. When a book is hyped, I tend to not like it as much as others. Then came the mixed reviews. I've only read a few WLW books and I didn't exactly love them, so I'm really hoping that this one is as special as it is purported to be.

Dead Pretty by Samantha Towle

I'd once believed that nothing would equal the pain of losing my parents.
I was wrong.
I had barely even begun to process their deaths when it started.
The love notes, flowers, gifts … all anonymously left on my porch.
Then, I opened my door to a dead bird.
At first, I thought it had died naturally.
I knew that wasn’t the case when I found my neighbor’s cat the next day.
Then, the murders started.
The victims … women who looked eerily similar to me.
I had a stalker. A murderous one.
And I had no clue who he was.
He never showed me his face.
Not even when he carved his final message into me.
I survived that night. But my life was over. It had ended the moment Tobias Ripley’s infatuation with me began.
So, I changed my name and moved away.
Now, I live a life of solitude. I don’t make connections with anyone.
Until Jack Canti walks into my life with his sharp eyes and easy smiles.
Only Jack isn’t the man he says he is.
And when the murders start again, I’m left wondering if it’s a copycat.
Or worse …
What if Tobias wasn’t the real killer after all … and the murderer has been right here with me all along?

I'm worried that this one won't be as mysterious or as thrill-inducing as I'm hoping it will be. I guess I won't know until I read it though, right?

I'm giving myself unti the end of July 2023 to read these books.
Who's going to call me out if I don't?


  1. I read Attachments but I can barely remember it now. I couldn't tell you anything about it.

  2. I love NEW SPECIES!!! Did you ever read the Breeds by Lora Leigh? If you did and enjoyed those, then you will really enjoy Fury. If you haven't read those, we seriously need to talk (just joking but kinda being serious ) And how dare you neglect that book haha I hope you end up really enjoying it though.

    1. Man, you know my sitch is bad when I don't know anything about Lora Leigh!! Okay, so I'm definitely gonna get on this lol
      Thanks so much, Renee!! xoxo

  3. Oh my gosh I never did finish that Blake series and I used to go ON about it

    1. Right?! I have to make sure to read this. I'm gonna crack it open for July :)


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