Friday Favorites: Top 5 Books To Read In The New Year

By: Destiny Constantin

Hello, Functionally Fictional readers! I hope you are having a fabulous Friday. This is my first time writing a Friday Favorites article, so I hope you enjoy reading it.

This past week, I have been working on creating new content for my blog, Destiny’s Magical Creations. I have also been making plans to expand my blog into a business. My best friend, Caitlin, has been an enormous influence on me. She has taught me how to write book reviews and grow not only as a writer but also as a book blogger. I have been given so many opportunities the past few months, including reviewing books for debut authors and best-selling authors like Michelle MacQueen. Reading and reviewing books has also expanded my reading journey and the genres I read. Two days ago, I updated my Goodreads reading challenge for the new year, which led me to read an article about the most anticipated young adult books coming out. Some of the books may already be available, so I will include release dates as well. 

Here’s an inside look into my reading journey and TBR list this year.

The Lost Prince by Cait Marie

I absolutely enjoyed reading the first book. Cait Marie creates an adventure-packed, fairytale-like story with a touch of Disney elements. The story features Princess Adalina and her brother Prince Shane. The plot of the story, which I absolutely love, is Adalina’s belief that the story her mother told her as a child is real. As a little girl, her mother told her the tale of legendary warriors who were cursed by her ancestors named the Nihryst. I can’t wait to learn about Princess Adalina’s next adventure.

Release Date: November 11, 2020

Golden Curse by M. Lynn

My best friend, Caitlin, told me all about this fairy-tale retelling series, and I can’t wait to read it. M. Lynn creates a Rapunzel fairy-tale twist with curses and woodland creatures. 

Release Date: October 2, 2018

The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

I heard about this book through a Goodreads newsletter, and the cover and book blurb drew me in as a reader. Barnes tells the story of a high school student name Avery Grambs whose life turns upside down when she receives notice of Tobias Hawthorne leaving her an inheritance. Avery has no idea of who Tobias is, but she wants a bright future. Avery must go through puzzles and adventures to receive the inheritance. This book so very interesting, and I can’t wait to read it. 

Release Date: September 1, 2020.

All This Time by Mikki Daughtry and Rachel Lippincott

I fell in love with the characters and the story’s plot in Five Feet Apart. I loved reading Five Feet Apart so much, and it deserves the highest literary award in the world. It was refreshing to read about characters who faced terminal illnesses in the way the authors wrote it for a person who struggles with chronic illnesses. The story was written beautifully, very realistic, believable, and just overall outstanding. I love the characters’ personalities, dialogue, and everything about them was believable and authentic. The medical parts and what the characters went through were very authentic, and I appreciated it. I could tell that the authors worked hard to make this story inspiring and to support people who have CF. They did their research, and it showed. The authors were brave and wrote about difficult topics, including life and death, facing sickness, families breaking apart and coming together. I am looking forward to reading All This Time.

Release Date: September 29, 2020

Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare

I am a huge fan of Cassandra Clare. She is one of my favorite authors because I love her writing style and how she creates these magical worlds that you just become invested in. I am behind in the series, but I am hoping to catch up soon. This new book is apart of the The Last Hours series and is set to release in March of 2021.

What books are you excited about reading this year? Let me know below in the comments.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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