• Kara Cushway

My Autumn 2020 TBR List

This autumn seems to be packed with book release dates, and I'm here for it. Read on for some ideas on books to add to your to-be-read list.

How Not to Die by Dr. Michael Greger

I’ve been struggling to eat more vegetables lately. This book was a recommendation from a favorite YouTuber/blogger/vegan nutritionist of mine, Pick Up Limes, and I’ve wanted to read it ever since she mentioned it. Since my track record with finishing nonfiction books this year has been less than stellar, I thought listening to it on audiobook would give me a better chance of completing it. Basically, it’s a guide to eating your way to a healthier existence with the help of plant-based foods.

A Dance with Fate by Juliet Marillier

Published 1 September 2020

I wasn’t blown away by the first book in my favorite author’s Warrior Bards series, but she’s one of those authors whose writing improves as she delves further into her series, so I have moderate hope that this one will follow that pattern. The series follows Liobhan and Dau on their paths to become members of an elite group of warriors; set in a fantasy-embroidered Ireland, if that helps.

The Montessori Toddler by Simone Davies

Look, I don’t have kids. But I’ve been babysitting a lot lately, and my Instagram feed has become inundated with toddler development accounts – not even on accident or by chance; these were accounts I sought out voluntarily! I’m just really interested in how children flourish in a Montessori setting, and how beneficial it can be for them as they grow. The title really says it all, but it’s essentially a book about how to use Montessori techniques and practices in your home with a toddler.

Sex & Vanity by Kevin Kwan

Published 30 June 2020

I wasn’t even sure what this book was about until just now, when I looked up the blurb while writing this because, frankly, after reading Crazy Rich Asians, I don’t really need to see what this book is about to know that there’s a decent chance I’ll love it. From my recent skim of the blurb, it looks like it’s the story of a woman deciding between two guys, probably with all of Kevin Kwan’s signature drama and decadence. Yes, thank you.

Blood & Honey by Shelby Mahurin

#2 in Serpent & Dove series; published 1 Sept 2020

The first book in this series was really cozy, with a hefty dose of romance, witchy vibes, and danger. I’m a sucker for marriages of convenience (in this case, a marriage to conveniently prevent one character from being put to death); throw in anything to do with witches or magic and I’m there 100%. Plus, I mean. Look at the cover art. How could you NOT want to read this?

The Camelot Betrayal by Kiersten White

#2 in the Camelot Rising series; pub date 20 Nov 2020

One of my best reads of 2020 so far has been the first book in this series, The Guinevere Deception. It reminded me how much I love Arthurian legend, and was one of those novels that is honestly a credit to the fantasy genre, and definitely gives me more fantasy books to look forward to as the series progresses. This series follows Guinevere from the legend of Arthur as she works in secret to protect King Arthur against friends, family, foes, and magic.

A Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir

#4 in An Ember in the Ashes series; pub date 1 December 2020

Currently working my way through Book 3 in this series (A Reaper at the Gates) and I can’t wait to wrap up this series at the end of the year. It feels like I’ve been waiting forever to finish it. The Ember in the Ashes series follows Laia, a slave, and Elias, a soldier, as they struggle to rise up against a violent, oppressive Empire. Also, can I just add that, while I love this series, the cover art has degraded significantly over the course of the series. I much prefer the vaguer, darker artwork of the first two books; this new art is too... digital? Precise? Leaving nothing to the imagination? Maybe I'm crazy, or maybe you know what I mean.

The Guest List by Lucy Foley

Published 20 February 2020

Again, I’m not clear on exactly what this book is about – I remember reading something about an exclusive wedding and a murder, which, to me, sounds a lot like And Then There Were None (which, if you read My Top Reads of 2019 post, you know that I adored, especially with the beloved Dan Stevens narrating), and I’m all for a spin-off of that story. How are murder mysteries so cozy and perfect for fall? Why do I like murder mysteries when I hate other scary things? I cannot answer, but I can accept that I am one of Those People now, the people who read murder mysteries for fun. Also, it’s a Reese’s Book Club pick, and Reese would never steer us wrong.

What are some of the books you're looking forward to reading this fall? Have you read any of the books on this list?

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