I am so excited to be compiling this list of my most anticipated reads of 2020. If you could see my face right now, I’m in full on nerd glory, ready to spout all the wonderful titles that are coming into the literary world. Without further ado, here’s the scoop!
American Dirt by Janine Cummins
Flatiron Books, January 21, 2020
Don’t bite my head off yet about this one, but I’ve had it on my list since the fall of 2019, and controversy be damned, I want to know what all the hoopla is about. I have to read this one to see for myself, and then when it comes to the review, take everything into account.
So We Can Glow: Stories by Leesa Cross-Smith
Grand Central Publishing, March 10, 2020
I loved Cross-Smith’s debut Whiskey & Ribbons, so I’m really excited to give her short stories a read! The collection, made up of forty-two short stories from a series of women, encompasses a wide variety of topics, from societal expectations, to love, to womanhood. Plus, I’m all in on supporting this awesome local author, and I hope she does a book tour stop somewhere where I can thank her in person!
Break Your Glass Slippers by Amanda Lovelace
Andrews McMeel Publishing, March 17, 2020
Y’all know how much I adore Lovelace’s poetry, so I’m really excited to dig into her latest collection, titled “You Are Your Own Fairy Tale”. I always devour her poetry, and I’ve already snagged a NetGalley copy. I’m hoping that with a few collections under her belt, Lovelace is going to come out swinging with this one, and I’m ready to be blown away!
Truths I Never Told You by Kelly Rimmer
Graydon House, April 14, 2020
I have loved everything I’ve read by Rimmer so far (The Things We Cannot Say, Before I Let You Go), and I think this book will be another winner! Delving into the emotional topics of dementia, post-partum depression, and family struggles, and with the premise of a lost journal stirring up emotions, I’m sure I’ll need a few tissues when I get to this read. However, I never seem to mind when Rimmer tears my heart apart through her novels.
Master Class by Christina Dalcher
Berkley, April 21, 2020
Dalcher really impressed me with her novel Vox, a page turner reminiscent of The Handmaid’s Tale but with a sci-fi twist. So when I saw that she was coming out with another novel, this time a dystopian twist on education, I had to immediately add it to my list for 2020. It’s sure to be a thrilling, fast-paced novel, and I’m praying I can get my hands on a copy soon!
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
Scholastic Press, May 19, 2020
I’m not exactly sure how I feel about the prequel to the Hunger Games featuring President Snow in his former days, or learning that he is mentoring a tribute from District 12, but I’m curious enough to give the book a read when it comes out. Collins won me over with her fast paced dystopian YA, so I’m hoping this one doesn’t disappoint!
The Last Train to Key West by Chanel Cleeton
Berkley, June 16, 2020
I’ve read Cleeton’s last couple of novels (Next Year in Havana, When We Left Cuba) and I’m really interested to see what happens with the Perez family in her latest novel, and from the sounds of it, we’re going back further into the family tree than we have before- this time to 1933 with Mirta Perez. Cleeton creates such strong, fiesty leading female characters, and her settings are always transportive, so the anticipation for where this story will connect with the last is just too high to ignore!
The Bright Side Sanctuary for Animals by Becky Mandelbaum
Simon & Schuster, August 2020
This is my wildcard book for the year, but I just have a good feeling about this one. Mandelbaum promises a ranch setting, animals, hilarity, romance, and family drama in this novel, and it sounds like something written just for me. I’m hoping it’s just as entertaining of a read as the description promises!
and last but not least…..
The Book of Two Ways by Jodi Picoult
Ballantine, September 22, 2020
Y’ALL. I could have an entire lecture about why I am so excited to read Picoult’s newest novel, but we don’t have all day. The short of it is, she’s master best-selling author Jodi Picoult. The long is that her newly chosen topic covers a plane crash survivor in which her main character must chose to go back to her current reality, or disappear in the wake of the crash to escape back to a life she used to have. It sounds like a page turner, and I AM HERE FOR IT.