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TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books I Meant to Read In 2020 but Didn’t Get To

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point, ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here. 

One of the most common (and enjoyable) activities for a book blogger is the compilation of a list of “wanted” books: just by reading the recommendations of our fellow bloggers we are able to add a considerable number of books to that list, further enlarged by the discoveries we make on our own.

But no matter how good we are in making inroads in our TBRs (and I’m afraid I’m not…), there is always a great number of titles that we are unable to get to, and more often than not contemplating the milestones of that “road not taken” makes us regret those missed opportunities.

In 2020 I posted a list of titles I wanted to read without fail, only to realize once again, not that he new year has started, that the road to Hell is, as I’m fond of saying, paved with unread books. Here are my missed chances:

Happily enough, since the start of 2021, I managed to read two of them: Best Served Cold and The Spider’s War: should I consider this a hopeful start for my list of missed 2020 books? Keeping my fingers crossed…

39 thoughts on “TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books I Meant to Read In 2020 but Didn’t Get To

      1. That series will have a kind of conclusion with the next&fifth volume (reliably expected in 3 years). Sanderson is planning to write 5 more after that. 18 years. Now, that’s a plan. So far, he staid on schedule.

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          1. Me since the 90s. I was heavily hyped until some 8 years ago, but now I don’t care anymore.
            I like GRRM‘s short stories, though, and just bought his collection Dreamsongs.

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            1. Dreamsongs is a very intriguing collection – not just for the stories themselves, but for the “real life” snippets between sections, that help us understand better the person behind the writer. And I know what you mean about not caring anymore: I’ve stopped holding my breath in anticipation long ago… (((SIGH)))

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                1. I read the two volumes several years ago, before I started blogging, and only reviewed a few stories from the collection when I re-read them while listening to their audio version read by Claudia Black: THE SKIN TRADE (https://spaceandsorcery.wordpress.com/2018/09/05/review-the-skin-trade-by-g-r-r-martin/); THE GLASS FLOWER (https://spaceandsorcery.wordpress.com/2016/10/28/review-the-glass-flower-by-george-r-r-martin/); IN THE LOST LANDS (https://spaceandsorcery.wordpress.com/2014/05/07/in-the-lost-lands-george-r-r-martin/); WITH MORNING COMES MISTFALL (https://spaceandsorcery.wordpress.com/2014/04/22/with-morning-comes-mistfall-george-r-r-martin/)

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  1. “The road to Hell is paved with unread books.” I love that and it sums up my life perfectly🤣 Good luck getting to these, if you’ve already read two of them, I’d say you’re doing very well😁

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  2. Yup, the TBR is definitely a never ending uphill climb. But I keep thinking (hoping) one day I’ll have a little more free time and then I’ll begin looking back at all these potentially fantastic reads I never got around to. And it’s always far better to have too many than not enough great reads! 🙂

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  3. Omg Maddalena you should def read Jade War! I’m the world’s biggest shill for this series, I actually think it’s some of the best fiction I’ve ever read. I’m sure we’ve had this conversation before, but what did you think of Jade City?

    I also really want to read John Gwynne’s books. I watched him on an online panel recently and he was wearing actual Viking chain mail and had an axe. That’s all I need to be convinced to read someone’s books.

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    1. Jade City proved to me an amazing read, and a very different story from what’s usual in the genre – although it would be very difficult to pin *one* genre on this series: it’s SF? it’s UF? Not that it matters much… 😉 And I’ve promised myself that as soon as I finish a couple of books I badly want to read – one of them the newest Gwynne I received from Orbit as an e-ARC, I will absolutely read Jade War…

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      1. Jade City is generally marketed as fantasy I think, but one of the things I loved about it was how its characters don’t think about jade as magic at all. It’s just a substance in their world with natural properties, like magnetic stuff in our own world. Really made that fantasy world feel very real to me.

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