Ten Upcoming 2020 Books I’m Excited About

Are we ready to talk about 2020 Book Releases??? because ready or not, that’s what I’m doing today. And while it’s weird that 2019 is coming to a close s soon, I’m excited for all the books coming out in this new decade. A new decade! that’s so weird to write.

And to be completely clear, there are many, many great books coming out. Right now, there are just over 50 books on my 2020 Goodreads list. So if you want to read the whole list and add a bunch of books to your TBR, you can check my list out here.

Infinity Son from Adam Silvera

Growing up in New York, brothers Emil and Brighton always idolized the Spell Walkers—a vigilante group sworn to rid the world of specters. While the Spell Walkers and other celestials are born with powers, specters take them, violently stealing the essence of endangered magical creatures.

Brighton wishes he had a power so he could join the fray. Emil just wants the fighting to stop. The cycle of violence has taken a toll, making it harder for anyone with a power to live peacefully and openly. In this climate of fear, a gang of specters has been growing bolder by the day.

Then, in a brawl after a protest, Emil manifests a power of his own—one that puts him right at the heart of the conflict and sets him up to be the heroic Spell Walker Brighton always wanted to be.

Brotherhood, love, and loyalty will be put to the test, and no one will escape the fight unscathed.

This is coming up in January and eeek, that’s so soon! I already have enjoyed most of Adam Silvera’s books. I mean, if you call having your heartbroken enjoyed. Because that seems to be what Adam Silvera does best, write heartbreaking stories that you simply can’t forget.

Anyway, Adam has spent so much time on this story and I am very excited!

This is a fantasy story, but it’s also set in modern day New York, i believe. And while there are fantasy elements, I’m pretty sure there are regular slices of life too, such as social media. Which makes me super thrilled and excited to read this book!

The Gravity of Us from Phil Stamper

As a successful social media journalist with half a million followers, seventeen-year-old Cal is used to sharing his life online. But when his pilot father is selected for a highly publicized NASA mission to Mars, Cal and his family relocate from Brooklyn to Houston and are thrust into a media circus.

Amidst the chaos, Cal meets sensitive and mysterious Leon, another “Astrokid,” and finds himself falling head over heels—fast. As the frenzy around the mission grows, so does their connection. But when secrets about the program are uncovered, Cal must find a way to reveal the truth without hurting the people who have become most important to him.

Okay, so a little secret, I’ve already read this book! And when I say, it was amazing, I’m being completely honest! It’s not a big secret that I love all things journalism and newsy. Adding all that into a story centering around social media, space exploration and the news, and well, I’m hooked!

It’s also Phil Stamper’s debut novel, and it’s tender and sweet in a contemporary romance kind of vibe. While also using social media to move the narrative forward, which is just my cup of tea. And did I mention Space and NASA???

I also deeply appreciate all the comments about Texas humidity and moving to Houston from New York City. It just made me laugh only the way a Texan can laugh at someone moving here from a place as different as New York. Not laughing at Cal, but definitely amused.

Yes, No, Maybe So from Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed

YES
Jamie Goldberg is cool with volunteering for his local state senate candidate—as long as he’s behind the scenes. When it comes to speaking to strangers (or, let’s face it, speaking at all to almost anyone), Jamie’s a choke artist. There’s no way he’d ever knock on doors to ask people for their votes…until he meets Maya.

NO
Maya Rehman’s having the worst Ramadan ever. Her best friend is too busy to hang out, her summer trip is canceled, and now her parents are separating. Why her mother thinks the solution to her problems is political canvassing—with some awkward dude she hardly knows—is beyond her.

MAYBE SO
Going door to door isn’t exactly glamorous, but maybe it’s not the worst thing in the world. After all, the polls are getting closer—and so are Maya and Jamie. Mastering local activism is one thing. Navigating the cross-cultural romance of the century is another thing entirely.

I’m very excited about this story! I mean, political activism? Cute romance? Becky Albertalli??? What more could I ask for?

And this book comes out on my birthday week so I feel like it was definitely made for me! 

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes from Suzanne Collins

There’s not even synopsis posted for this book but does there really need to be? All of us Hunger Games fans are reading this, book synopsis or no.

Also, I volunteer as tribute to read an ARC. Please.

Only Mostly Devastated from Sophie Gonzales

When Ollie meets his dream guy, Will, over summer break, he thinks he’s found his Happily Ever After. But once summer’s ended, Will stops texting him back, and Ollie finds himself one prince short of a fairytale ending. To complicate the fairytale further, a family emergency sees Ollie uprooted and enrolled at a new school across the country—Will’s school—where Ollie finds that the sweet, affectionate and comfortably queer guy he knew from summer isn’t the same one attending Collinswood High. This Will is a class clown, closeted—and, to be honest, a bit of a jerk.

Ollie has no intention of pining after a guy who clearly isn’t ready for a relationship. But as Will starts ‘coincidentally’ popping up in every area of Ollie’s life, from music class to the lunch table, Ollie finds his resolve weakening.

The last time he gave Will his heart, Will handed it back to him trampled and battered. Ollie would have to be an idiot to trust him with it again.

Right? 

Okay, so everyone needs a rom com summer cute cover on their anticipated reads list! Which is how this adorable cover ended up on this list.

Also, this book is set in North Carolina, and the Carolinas own my heart. For all my braggadocio about Texas, I was born in North Carolina and the Carolinas win all the love in my heart.

Anyway, this book comes out in early spring and I’m very ready March 2020. Also, by March 2020 we might have a better idea who the democratic nominee is and life will be much better. Hopefully.

The State of Us from Shaun David Hutchinson

The State of Us, the story of Dean and Dre—the 16-year-old sons of the Republican and Democratic candidates for President of the United States—who fall in love on the sidelines of their parents’ presidential campaigns. 

Ummmm, have we stopped screaming about Red, White and Royal Blue? nope, right? Well, this sounds like it could be the YA version of my 2019 favorite. So of course, I’m thrilled! Politics + forbidden romance + my new favorite trope in the entire world. 

And this story comes out right in the middle of the 2020 elections, eeek. Do you hear that screaming? That’s me, already having pre-anxiety over November 2020. Anyone else? or am i just crazy, opps.

 

Dark and Deepest Red from Anna-Marie McLemore

Summer, 1518. A strange sickness sweeps through Strasbourg: women dance in the streets, some until they fall down dead. As rumors of witchcraft spread, suspicion turns toward Lavinia and her family, and Lavinia may have to do the unimaginable to save herself and everyone she loves.

Five centuries later, a pair of red shoes seal to Rosella Oliva’s feet, making her dance uncontrollably. They draw her toward a boy who knows the dancing fever’s history better than anyone: Emil, whose family was blamed for the fever five hundred years ago. But there’s more to what happened in 1518 than even Emil knows, and discovering the truth may decide whether Rosella survives the red shoes.

I’ve read only one of Anne-Marie McLemore’s books and it was an incredible experience. Her writing is incredible and her storytelling is simply rich.

This story is a Hans Christian Anderson fairytale retelling based on the true events the original fairytale is drawn from. I deeply admire the author tackling this story, and knowing the graceful way she has written her other books, I’m certain this story will be beautifully told.

and on another note, when the cover was revealed, maybe I screamed a little bit. Because, LOOK HOW BEAUTIFUL.

The Blossom and the Firefly from Sherri L. Smith

Japan 1945. Taro is a talented violinist and a kamikaze pilot in the days before his first and only mission. He believes he is ready to die for his country . . . until he meets Hana. Hana hasn’t been the same since the day she was buried alive in a collapsed trench during a bomb raid. She wonders if it would have been better to have died that day . . . until she meets Taro.

A song will bring them together. The war will tear them apart. Is it possible to live an entire lifetime in eight short days? 

A historical fiction book set in Japan during World War II? I haven’t read anything like this. Which is why when I first saw this on Goodreads, I added it to the my most anticipated books for 2020. Now, i’m pretty sure this book will break my heart. Because a story set during the waning days of a war almost always breaks hearts.

Clap When You Land from Elizabeth Acevedo

Camino Rios lives for the summers when her father visits her in the Dominican Republic. But this time, on the day when his plane is supposed to land, Camino arrives at the airport to see crowds of crying people…

In New York City, Yahaira Rios is called to the principal’s office, where her mother is waiting to tell her that her father, her hero, has died in a plane crash.

Separated by distance – and Papi’s secrets – the two girls are forced to face a new reality in which their father is dead and their lives are forever altered. And then, when it seems like they’ve lost everything of their father, they learn of each other.

Papi’s death uncovers all the painful truths he kept hidden, and the love he divided across an ocean. And now, Camino and Yahaira are both left to grapple with what this new sister means to them, and what it will now take to keep their dreams alive 

Oh my goodness!!!! I had to add this Elizabeth Acevedo title to my most anticipated 2020 list. Because I have loved every word Elizabeth Acevedo has written in her other books and I’m so excited for her next book.

Also, Acevedo’s first book, The Poet X, was written in verse and this book is also written in verse. I’m very hopeful that the author will also narrate this book as she did for the Poet X. Because hearing her read her beautiful words was an incredible experience. But even if I don’t listen to the audio version, I’m excited for this story.

The Nobleman’s Guide to Scandal and Shipwrecks from Mackenzi Lee

The sole heir to his family’s fortune, Adrian Montague desperately wants to be free—from his father’s high expectations; the grief of losing his beloved mother; and the constant war being waged inside his mind. Adrian was diagnosed with hysteria at a young age and it’s always been kept a secret. But when he has a breakdown at his engagement party, the public learns Adrian’s worst fear: he might not be fit to run the Montague estate.

Thankfully, Adrian is given an opportunity to avoid the impending scandal: a trip to the Caribbean to claim the last of his mother’s possessions. But along the way, Adrian discovers another secret lurking in his family tree. He is actually the youngest of three children—his sister Felicity and brother “Monty” went missing over a decade ago. 

But when Adrian finally tracks him down, Monty refuses to return home. The only thing he can convince Monty of is to accompany him across the ocean, hoping that during the voyage he can persuade Monty into taking the weight of inheriting the estate off his shoulders.

When they reach their destination, Adrian and Monty find something hidden in their mother’s belongings. But to retrieve it, they must chase an infamous myth through the wild sugar fields of Barbados to the haunting streets of New Orleans to mysterious uncharted islands off the edge of the map. 

Now, you might know that the Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue meant quite a bit to me. Reading historical fiction that features LGBTQ+ characters is just, well, it’s not something I had as a young reader. So, Mackenzi Lee’s novel about Percy and Monty made my reading year in 2018. And I definitely liked Lady’s Guide, even if Felicity’s story didn’t feel as compelling as Monty’s disastrous chaotic mess.

So, when I read the description for this next book, I actually teared up. I know Adrian’s story is going to be very different. But I can’t wait to read it.
Alongside my excitement about a new Montague Sibling story, I’m super thrilled about the setting. New Orleans! The Caribbean! and of course my favorite century in history, the century of revolutions and guillotines and incomparable historical documents, the 18th century. 

On a completely random note, why is the synopsis for this book so long? I feel like it could be at least 50 words shorter.

Now, it was super hard to limit this list to only ten books. As I mentioned, there are over 50 books on my goodreads list for next year. So, in lieu of another 2000 words about these books, here’s a runner’s up of great books coming up in the next twelve months.

 

Loveboat, Taipei sounds has the most compelling ten word pitch – Crazy Rich Asians plus Jane Austen mixed in with La La Land. Sign me up!

And a book about the women behind the creation of the Atomic bomb? Not a fan of nuclear weapons but this sounds like a great historical read.

Did I ever mention that book featuring a retelling of Henry the Eighth and his Six wives? Only it was feminist? Well, Hannah Capin has a NEW BOOK coming out and whew boy, it sounds bracing and good.

 

Okay, Spirit Run sounds introspective and like a really thoughtful read? I’m looking forward to checking it out.

Julie Murphy’s writing is poignant and super funny! And this cover looks so cute???

So one of my favorite historical writers is Erik Larson and a book about London during the Blitz? Please, I’m excited to read it.

lets chat

Alrighty! that’s over 2,000 words all about the books coming out in 2020! and it took me two weeks to write this mainly because I kept taking naps instead of blogging. Opps.

Which book are you excited about? Any books you think I should add to my list? Any debut author you think we should all read in 2020?
Also how are we less than 12 weeks away from a new decade??????????? 

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  1. Emily Mundell
    November 19, 2019 / 3:26 pm

    The only one of these I’d heard about was the new Hunger Games prequel! So thanks for sharing more TBR ideas that I totally needed. 😉

    Also, can I add my indie book to this list? *sheepish grin* It’s only mildly narcissistic to share about one’s own book, right?

  2. November 19, 2019 / 4:33 pm

    I didn’t know Mackenzi Lee was coming out with a 3rd book?!?!?! And why is it so far away?!?! Haha thanks for sharing! I am now super excited for that book too!

  3. emmareadstoomuch
    November 20, 2019 / 10:26 am

    i have ARCs for The Gravity of Us and Dark and Deepest Red and i’m so excited about them!!!! maybe i’ll…actually read an ARC before release date? but probably not. great post yay 2020 <3

    also……yes i have anxiety about the 2020 election. i've been nervous and thinking about it since…approx november 2016 lmao

  4. November 20, 2019 / 1:10 pm

    I need like all of these!! 2020 is going to be a great year for books and I can’t wait!! 😀

  5. November 20, 2019 / 9:26 pm

    This list has SO MANY GOOD BOOKS. Thank you for putting Becky Albertalli and Elizabeth Acevedo’s new books on my radar. Suzanne Collins is writing another Hunger Games book?? There definitely seems to be a trend of authors writing sequels of seemingly finished series. First, way ahead of the pack, J. K. Rowling. Then Marie Lu with Legend and Leigh Bardugo with King of Scars. Ohh, I love Loveboat, Taipei’s pitch too. The cover and premise of Spirit Run really reminds me of a book I read called Rough Magic! Seriously.

    • November 21, 2019 / 7:50 am

      I hope the Hunger Games prequel is better than Rowling’s Cursed Child, haha. Since it is set before the series, I don’t think it will hurt the canon story, so I have high hopes!

  6. November 20, 2019 / 10:23 pm

    So many good books on this list! I can’t wait for Clap When You Land and The Hunger Games prequel!

    • November 21, 2019 / 7:48 am

      Both of those are going to be so great!

  7. November 21, 2019 / 3:15 pm

    I recently read Only Mostly Devastated and it was super cute!

  8. November 21, 2019 / 3:59 pm

    Thanks for putting all these books on my radar!! I’m also super excited for Loveboat, Taipei 💖

  9. November 24, 2019 / 11:11 am

    AHH so many great books on your list! I’m even more eager to read The Gravity of Us knowing you already read and enjoyed it! I’m also eagerly anticipating Only Mostly Devastated, that Hunger Games prequel just as well (aaaaah!!), Loveboat, Taipei and The State Of Us ahhh that one sounds GREAT!! Thank you for sharing all of these 😀

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