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Monday, 26 October 2020

End of the Year TBR

I can't quite believe that we are in the last few months of 2020 and I am writing another end of the year TBR already! This year has been pretty good for me in terms of reading, and I'm hoping that I can end the year with some incredible books. I've picked five books that I would really like to get to before the end of the year. Usually, I fail at these lists, being SUCH a mood reader, but I love looking back at posts and seeing what I was interested in at different times. 

This is my current read at the time of writing, totally influenced by my watching of The Haunting of Bly Manor, which was inspired by The Turn of the Screw, as is this novel. I'm interested to see how these two compare. The Turn of the Key tells the story of Rowan, a nanny for a family living in a remote smart home in Scotland. She finds herself as the prime suspect in the murder of one of the children she is nannying, but she claims she is innocent. We're untangling the mystery as she tries to get lawyer Mr Wrexham to represent her at trial. So far, I'm really enjoying this. I love Ruth Ware's writing and this is one that everyone seems to be loving. I am all for the spooky vibes at the moment, so I'm hoping this continues to deliver.

This took the online book community by storm when it was released earlier in the year, and although I'm not an avid fantasy reader, I'm trying to dip my toe into the genre a little more. Sarah J Maas is pretty well-known for her easily accessible fantasy novels, so I figured this would be a good place to start, despite its giant size. This follows Bryce Quinlan, who finds herself at the heart of an investigation when her closest friends is murdered by a demon. She will do whatever it takes to avenge their deaths, including teaming up with fallen angel Hunt Athalar. In true Maas style, a steamy romance will unfold and I am really looking forward to giving this a go. It's had a lot of great reviews, so I have high hopes. I'm just a little intimidated by its size.

Last year for the Believathon readathon, which celebrates children's fiction, I read the first novel in this series - Frostheart. It told the story of Ash, who lives out on a stronghold out on the Snow Sea waiting for his parents to return for a journey. He discovers his magical ability to control the monsters attacking his home during a brave rescue attempt, which results in him being whisked away on an adventure onboard the sleigh, the Frostheart. Cue all the fun of a wintery adventure. Now, the sequel has been released, with the next round of Believathon on the horizon, so it only seems fitting that I continue the series. We continue the adventures with the crew on the Frostheart, as they arrive at the magical stronghold called Aurora, which might not be as much of a safe haven as first thought. I can't wait to see what happens in the next instalment - it's bound to be full of adventure.

A little bit of non-fiction now, which I have been tentatively reading more of this year. I've heard amazing things about this and really want to read it for myself, I'm just a slightly bit apprehensive thanks to the size of this - it's quite a chunky non-fiction book. I've heard that it is really readable though, so that's encouraging. It tells the story of the victims of Jack the Ripper. I love the fact that the main focus of the book is the women who fell victim to Jack the Ripper, rather than the murderer himself. So little is known about the women and what we do commonly know is not necessarily accurate, so it's great that Rubenhold is changing this. I'm really looking forward to finding out more about the lives of these women.

Last up on my list is a book that I have seen everywhere this year. Everyone has been reading Where The Crawdads Sing since its release and I feel really late to the game with this. I've had it on my shelf for quite a while, so I'm not really sure why it's taken me this long to pick it up. It tells the story of so called "Marsh Girl" Kya, who becomes prime suspect in the murder of handsome local man Chase Andrews. It seems like a typical case of the "outsider" or person who is different is suspected by the locals, even though she might not be the most likely suspect. Apparently, this has some beautiful descriptions of North Carolina as well as being a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, so I can't wait to see what I think! 

These are just a few of the books that I'd like to get to before we ring in the New Year. As I've said, I am such a mood reader, so there is a high chance that I'll end up picking some different reads, but right now, these are high priorities. As always, follow me on Goodreads here to see what I'm reading.

Have you read any of these? What are you hoping to read before the end of the year? I'd love to know!

Love Lexie

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