2020 book releases I’m excited for

2020, books

Hello!

I’m back on my reading hype big time this year – last year my goal was to read 12 books and I managed 9, this year I set the same goal and I’m already onto my 11th book of the year (follow me on goodreads for full updates). That means I can justify pre-ordering more books right…?

It’s not like I have probably 100+ more books waiting to be read but that’s fine. I’m on track to read nearly 50 books this year so… take from that what you will.

There’s a few new releases that I’m really looking forward to this year, so I thought for anyone with similar reading tastes to me, I’d collate them all into one place – enjoy!

The Eve Illusion – Giovanna and Tom Fletcher

I’ve been waiting for the announcement of this sequel ever since I read ‘Eve of Man’ last October – it was one of the only books I bought last year because I was in the transition of moving and didn’t have access to any of my other books. I devoured it in about three days – I love the style, I love the characters, I love the concept and I pre-ordered the sequel as soon as it was announced.

If you like YA adventure, dystopian, romance, Eve of Man is the book for you. Even if you don’t like any of those things, I recommend giving it a go because wow it blew me away. I am so excited for the sequel.

The Midnight Library – Matt Haig

I read Matt Haig’s non-fiction book ‘Notes On A Nervous Planet’ earlier this year and whilst I felt the whole thing was a bit disjointed and I don’t know if I really learnt anything, I liked his style and the way he thinks about life. The Midnight Library is a fiction book about a place between life and death, exploring the ‘what if’s’ and ‘what could have been’s’ and it’s not really like anything I’ve ever read before.

I don’t often ‘take a chance’ on books like this – I usually wait till I’ve seen some hype on instagram or stick with the authors who’s work I know I’m going to enjoy. I’m excited to see what Haig’s fiction style is like! And I pre-ordered this one on my kindle so I’m looking forward to using that again too.

The Magpie Society: One For Sorrow – Zoe Sugg and Amy McCulloch

I’ve been following Zoe’s work for a very long time – I wouldn’t describe myself as a ‘loyal fan’, but I have consistently enjoyed her content and products. The original Zoella Beauty moisturiser scent is to die for and I have read the first two Girl Online books (I posted a review on my YouTube channel that has a surprising number of views!) and I bought Cordially Invited the day it came out… that was a coincidence to be honest, but I’m kind of accidentally loyal to whatever she brings out.

However the fact she’s collaborating with another author and the way she’s spoken about writing this novel has really hit me where I love creative writing – the passion for the characters and the plot and the words just tumbling out of your fingers in a way that sometimes surprises you as you’re writing it. I can’t help but get behind a passion project like that.

I’m yet to pre-order it because in these coronavirus times, pre-ordering books is not a priority but I think I’m going to opt for getting this one on my kindle too. I’m not normally into crime but I am a sucker for YA so I’m looking forward to branching out my reading habits this year.

Other honourable mentions go to Carrie Hope Fletcher’s modern retelling of Ballet Shoes (which I believe is coming out this year?), Hank Green’s A Beautifully Foolish Endeavour (though I’m yet to read An Absolutely Remarkable Thing) and I believe Louise Pentland is currently writing too?

Maybe I only read books written by people who make YouTube videos, but that’s why I’m trying to branch out. We’ll get there! I have a lot of backlog in my personal library that I need to catch up on so I’m finding lots of new authors there.

If you’ve got any recommendations please do let me know! I’m seriously considering altering my YouTube/Instagram pages to become exclusively books because I’m so excited about talking about books at the moment. I keep my goodreads and Instagram up to date with what I’m reading if you’re interested and I’m posting a video at the weekend of all the books I’ve read so far this year so subscribe to my YouTube channel if you want to see that!

Thank you so much for reading,

Sophie xx

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‘Shape of You’ / ‘Castle on a Hill’ – Ed Sheeran Review

2017, music

Hello!

After his year long hiatus, Ed Sheeran posted photos and videos all over his social media teasing new music on New Years Day, consequently releasing two songs ‘Shape of You‘ and ‘Castle on a Hill‘ at 5am on January 6th and making an appearance on BBC Radio 1’s Breakfast Show.

He’s come back with a bang!

Shape of You is very experimental and catchy song, originally written to be recorded by Rihanna and that’s very clear in the tone of the song. Personally I don’t think it’s very ‘Ed Sheeran’, but I don’t think that’s a bad thing. It’s very different to the other songs he’s released so far but it makes me wonder what the rest of the album will be like.

Castle on a Hill feels much more like the Sheeran sound we already know and love – there’s lots of guitars and it’s full of sentimental lyrics that are poignant and make you feel nostalgic in a happy and a sad way at the same time. I’m a big fan of this one and it is my favourite of the two, I’d love to see him do one of his loop pedal performances and play the whole song on his own.

These songs are brilliant, especially after a year of being completely absent from social media, fans and critics and everyone else seem to be really excited for the following album, even with no announced release date as of yet.

With the two songs that have been released so far, there’s not masses of indication of what sound the new album will have but Ed Sheeran being the very talented musician who’s written hits like ‘Thinking Out Loud‘, One Direction’s ‘Little Things‘ and Justin Bieber’s ‘Love Yourself‘, we all know the album is going to be incredible regardless.

I love writing about music and new releases, is there any particular music you’d like me to write about? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you for reading,

Sophie xx

 

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