What We’re Excited About: 2019 Catch Up Edition

Hi All!  As 2019 starts to wind down we thought it would be the perfect time to reflect on all the books that we intended to read in 2019 but that are still on our TBR Lists.  Here are just a few of the books that we didn’t get to read in 2019 but are at the top of our lists to read in 2020.

Becky’s List
I Love You So Mochi by Sarah Kuhn
I have downloaded the audio book of this book twice but each time I never actually got to listen to it.  The story is about Kimi who is at odds with her mother because Kimi doesn’t want to only focus on the classical art like her mother would like. Kimi gets to escape the pressure her mother puts her under when she is invited to go visit her grandparents in Japan for spring break.  Once in a new country, Kimi learns about herself, her family, and finds love.  This novel sounds adorable and like a possible heartfelt and delightful book that I hope to read in 2020.

Death Prefers Blondes by Caleb Roehrig

This cover just hooked me but the book’s description about an heiress who spends her days dealing with paparazzi and her nights as part of a high tech cat vulgarly team made me add it to my TBR list.  It sounds like the kind of clever story that turns out to be just really fun to read and I am looking forward to reading it in 2020.

The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh
Everything about this book makes me want to read it.  I love the cover.  Plus, the description of a girl trying to build a new life in 1872 New Orleans and getting tangled with vampires sounds awesome. I am on the wait list for this audio book that looks like it’s a perfect blend of romance and intrigue and I can’t wait to listen to it.

Sarah’s List

I have so many books wasting away on my shelves waiting for me to read them…stop judging me books on my shelf! I am feverishly working through as many as I can before they announce the Youth Media Awards and my trip to Midwinter. In effort to keep books off of my already bowing shelves, here are a few from this year that I did not get a chance to read.

Wicked Fox by Kat Cho

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The cover looks gorgeous and the description totally had me. The main character is a nine-tailed fox, so I am getting strong manga vibes (but in the narrative format). This looks the the beginning of a potentially good new series.

Girl Gone Viral by Arvin Ahmadi


While I wasn’t a super fan of Ahmadi’s first book, it was shortlisted for our library’s choice of greatest books of that year. I wanted to give this sophomore novel a try, especially because the description is interesting. The world in this book includes a virtual reality environment with a puzzle-making layer, which means I am super interested.

Where the Heart Is by Jo Knowles

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This is not the first time that Knowles appears in my TBR list. This middle grade novel seems like an interesting read based on the potential for comedy of errors with farm animals.

Rose, Interrupted by Patricia Lawrence

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It looks like this book originally came out overseas, so sometimes that messes with the original publication date. However, it came to America in 2019, so I am keeping it on my list. This is about two characters who leave a strict religious sect and learn how to make their way in the outside world, color me intrigued.


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