Top Ten Tuesday | July 28, 2020

Posted July 28, 2020 by Kait in Bookish Memes, Top Ten Tuesday / 45 Comments

Happy Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is a Bookish Meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, and this week’s theme is FREEBIE!

You know, if I had been thinking ahead I wouldn’t have switched last week’s prompt and I would have just done that this week. Oh well. Hindsight is 20/20.

So! For this week, I’ve decided to do BOOKS I WANT TO READ BEFORE THE END OF 2020!

And now without any further ado, here’s this week’s Top Ten Tuesday!


Top Ten Tuesday | July 28, 2020Slay by Brittney Morris
Published on September 24, 2019 by Simon Pulse
Genres: Contemporary, YA
Pages: 323
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By day, seventeen-year-old Kiera Johnson is an honors student, a math tutor, and one of the only Black kids at Jefferson Academy. But at home, she joins hundreds of thousands of Black gamers who duel worldwide as Nubian personas in the secret multiplayer online role-playing card game, SLAY. No one knows Kiera is the game developer, not her friends, her family, not even her boyfriend, Malcolm, who believes video games are partially responsible for the "downfall of the Black man."
But when a teen in Kansas City is murdered over a dispute in the SLAY world, news of the game reaches mainstream media, and SLAY is labeled a racist, exclusionist, violent hub for thugs and criminals. Even worse, an anonymous troll infiltrates the game, threatening to sue Kiera for "anti-white discrimination."
Driven to save the only world in which she can be herself, Kiera must preserve her secret identity and harness what it means to be unapologetically Black in a world intimidated by Blackness. But can she protect her game without losing herself in the process?


Top Ten Tuesday | July 28, 2020Foul Is Fair by Hannah Capin
Series: Foul is Fair #1
Published on February 18, 2020 by Wednesday Books
Genres: Contemporary, Retellings, Thriller, YA, Queer
Pages: 336
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Elle and her friends Mads, Jenny, and Summer rule their glittering LA circle. Untouchable, they have the kind of power other girls only dream of. Every party is theirs and the world is at their feet. Until the night of Elle’s sweet sixteen, when they crash a St. Andrew’s Prep party. The night the golden boys choose Elle as their next target.
They picked the wrong girl.
Sworn to vengeance, Elle transfers to St. Andrew’s. She plots to destroy each boy, one by one. She’ll take their power, their lives, and their control of the prep school’s hierarchy. And she and her coven have the perfect way in: a boy named Mack, whose ambition could turn deadly.
Foul is Fair is a bloody, thrilling revenge fantasy for the girls who have had enough. Golden boys beware: something wicked this way comes.


Top Ten Tuesday | July 28, 2020The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Series: The Inheritance Games #1
Also in this series: The Hawthorne Legacy
Published on September 29, 2020 by Brown Books for Young Readers, Little
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, YA
Pages: 384
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Avery Grambs has a plan for a better future: survive high school, win a scholarship, and get out. But her fortunes change in an instant when billionaire Tobias Hawthorne dies and leaves Avery virtually his entire fortune. The catch? Avery has no idea why--or even who Tobias Hawthorne is. To receive her inheritance, Avery must move into sprawling, secret passage-filled Hawthorne House, where every room bears the old man's touch--and his love of puzzles, riddles, and codes.
Unfortunately for Avery, Hawthorne House is also occupied by the family that Tobias Hawthorne just dispossessed. This includes the four Hawthorne grandsons: dangerous, magnetic, brilliant boys who grew up with every expectation that one day, they would inherit billions. Heir apparent Grayson Hawthorne is convinced that Avery must be a con-woman, and he's determined to take her down. His brother, Jameson, views her as their grandfather's last hurrah: a twisted riddle, a puzzle to be solved. Caught in a world of wealth and privilege, with danger around every turn, Avery will have to play the game herself just to survive.


Top Ten Tuesday | July 28, 2020Majesty by Katharine McGee
Series: American Royals #2
Also in this series: American Royals
Published on September 1, 2020 by Random House Books for Young Readers
Genres: Alternate History, Contemporary, YA
Pages: 320
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Is America ready for its first queen?
Power is intoxicating. Like first love, it can leave you breathless. Princess Beatrice was born with it. Princess Samantha was born with less. Some, like Nina Gonzalez, are pulled into it. And a few will claw their way in. Ahem, we're looking at you Daphne Deighton.
As America adjusts to the idea of a queen on the throne, Beatrice grapples with everything she lost when she gained the ultimate crown. Samantha is busy living up to her "party princess" persona...and maybe adding a party prince by her side. Nina is trying to avoid the palace--and Prince Jefferson--at all costs. And a dangerous secret threatens to undo all of Daphne's carefully laid "marry Prince Jefferson" plans.
A new reign has begun....


Top Ten Tuesday | July 28, 2020The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
Published on October 6, 2020 by Tor Books
Genres: Fantasy, YA, Queer
Pages: 448
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A Life No One Will Remember. A Story You Will Never Forget.
France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.
Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.
But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name.


Top Ten Tuesday | July 28, 2020Across the Green Grass Fields by Seanan McGuire
Series: Wayward Children #6
Published on January 12, 2021 by Tor.com
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Queer
Pages: 176
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“Welcome to the Hooflands. We’re happy to have you, even if you being here means something’s coming.”
Regan loves, and is loved, though her school-friend situation has become complicated, of late.
When she suddenly finds herself thrust through a doorway that asks her to "Be Sure" before swallowing her whole, Regan must learn to live in a world filled with centaurs, kelpies, and other magical equines―a world that expects its human visitors to step up and be heroes.
But after embracing her time with the herd, Regan discovers that not all forms of heroism are equal, and not all quests are as they seem…


Top Ten Tuesday | July 28, 2020Cinderella Is Dead by Kalynn Bayron
Published on July 7, 2020 by Bloomsbury YA
Genres: Fantasy, Retellings, YA, Queer
Pages: 400
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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 . . .
This fresh take on a classic story will make readers question the tales they’ve been told, and root for girls to break down the constructs of the world around them.


Top Ten Tuesday | July 28, 2020The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
Series: The Gilded Wolves #1
Published on January 15, 2019 by Wednesday Books
Genres: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, YA, Queer
Pages: 388
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No one believes in them. But soon no one will forget them.
It's 1889. The city is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. Here, no one keeps tabs on dark truths better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. When the elite, ever-powerful Order of Babel coerces him to help them on a mission, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.
To hunt down the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin calls upon a band of unlikely experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian banished from his home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in arms if not blood.
Together, they will join Séverin as he explores the dark, glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the course of history--but only if they can stay alive.


Top Ten Tuesday | July 28, 2020How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black
Series: The Folk of the Air #3.5
Published on November 24, 2020 by Brown Books for Young Readers, Little
Genres: Fantasy, YA, Queer
Pages: 192
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An illustrated addition to the New York Times bestselling Folk of Air trilogy, that started with The Cruel Prince, from award-winning author Holly Black.
An irresistible return to the captivating world of Elfhame.
Once upon a time, there was a boy with a wicked tongue.

Before he was a cruel prince or a wicked king, he was a faerie child with a heart of stone. #1 New York Times bestselling author, Holly Black reveals a deeper look into the dramatic life of Elfhame's enigmatic high king, Cardan. This tale includes delicious details of life before The Cruel Prince, an adventure beyond The Queen of Nothing, and familiar moments from The Folk of the Air trilogy, told wholly from Cardan's perspective.
This new installment in the Folk of the Air series is a return to the heart-racing romance, danger, humor, and drama that enchanted readers everywhere. Each chapter is paired with lavish and luminous full-color art, making this the perfect collector's item to be enjoyed by both new audiences and old.


Top Ten Tuesday | July 28, 2020Six Angry Girls by Adrienne Kisner
Published on August 18, 2020 by Feiwel & Friends
Genres: Contemporary, YA, Queer
Pages: 272
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A story of mock trial, feminism, and the inherent power found in a pair of knitting needles.
Raina Petree is crushing her senior year, until her boyfriend dumps her, the drama club (basically) dumps her, the college of her dreams slips away, and her arch-nemesis triumphs.
Things aren’t much better for Millie Goodwin. Her father treats her like a servant, and the all-boy Mock Trial team votes her out, even after she spent the last three years helping to build its success.
But then, an advice columnist unexpectedly helps Raina find new purpose in a pair of knitting needles and a politically active local yarn store. This leads to an unlikely meeting in the girls’ bathroom, where Raina inspires Millie to start a rival team. The two join together and recruit four other angry girls to not only take on Mock Trial, but to smash the patriarchy in the process.


What are some books you want to read before 2020 is over? Let me know in the comments and have a splendiferous week!

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45 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday | July 28, 2020

  1. This is the first I’ve heard of The Inheritance Games, but it sounds interesting. I don’t know how the publishers agreed to let me have an ARC of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, but I’ll be reading that one by the end of the year for sure.
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  2. That is a great list. I can at least say that I have heard of some of your books, even if I haven’t read any of them. I have read the first of the Wayward Children books but didn’t like it much.
    I didn’t know that there was another Holly Black book coming. I guess I will look out for it.
    I wish you great fun with all those books. 🙂
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  3. Jo

    I hope you get to all these by the end of the year! I’m super excited for Addie too. The Gilded Wolves is such a great book, one of my favourites of this year, I hope you enjoy it too.
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  4. I hope you are able to read all of these books before the year ends. I’m very excited about The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue. I can’t believe it’s finally coming out!!!

    Happy readings!

  5. Tânia @MyLovelySecret

    I hope you are able to read all of these books before the year ends. I’m very excited about The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue.

    Happy readings!

  6. verushka

    This is such a great list — I know of SIx Angry Girls and Slay, but I haven’t heard of the others! I hope you get to read them!!

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