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MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK RELEASES OF 2020 // hello new decade ft. pretty covers & queer books - Ruby Rae Reads
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! This post could’ve gone up earlier if I had planned it properly. But I’ve been busy so only managed to get it up in 2020. Oh well. Next year is such a weird year for book releases oh my. There are only really a ton of debuts, which is cool. But I also don’t know what to expect of them. So this could either be the best or worst year for new books? And I can’t find ANY December releases to put on here. Welp. Go publishing?? Enough rambling though, let us just get on with it. JANUARY Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen (7 January 2020): this cover is just WOW. And I honestly can’t gather much from the synopsis apart from travelling and underground clubs?? Either way, it is very intriguing. And definitely one I’d like to read asap. One of Us Is Next by Karen M. McManus (7 January 2020): tbh I don’t have high hopes for this one. But I have at least fairly enjoyed this author’s previous books so I hope this one is good. But we’re always nervous when sequels come out to what is supposedly standalone?? We’ll see how this one goes. Tweet Cute by Emma Lord (21 January 2020): I. LOVE. THIS. BOOK. LOVE LOVE LOVE. And you need to read it!! So excited for it to come out. All you need to know is that this a modern You’ve Got Mail and also a perfect YA contemporary. How To Build A Heart by Maria Padian (28 January 2020): I received an eARC of this one and it sounded really good. It’s by a POC author and is about a girl trying to find her place in the world. It could be a fantastic contemporary. FEBRUARY Heartstopper Volume 3 by Alice Oseman (6 February 2020): look at these children THRIVING!! YELLOW!! FLOWERS!! I’m ready for the cutest book ever that will be this volume *insert all the heart eyes* Rebelwing by Andrea Tang (25 February 2020): dystopia is coming back and I AM READY!! This book sounds so cool omg. Plus YAY for more Asian rep. MARCH Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzalez (3 March 2020): my body is ready for this GAY GREASE REIMAGINING!! OH MY!! I’m living for all these modern movie retellings. This sounds so brilliant and I CAN’T WAIT! Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare (3 March 2020): is this like the only book I truly care about this year? I’m afraid so. My heart is not prepared BUT IT ALSO IS OMG!! My children ARE COMING BACK. AS PARENTS. Ahhhhh *screeches in pterodactyl* SOMEBODY SEDATE ME The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu (3 March 2020): Mozart has a sister?? I NEED THIS BACKSTORY. I also love Marie Lu. And this cover. ALSO STUNNING. YOU ROCK 2020. Every Reason We Shouldn’t by Sara Fujimura (3 March 2020): THIS BOOK HAS BAKING!! That’s it. I’m already sold. Tigers, Not Daughters by Samantha Mabry (24 March 2020): I was browsing NetGalley one day and saw this title (THAT COVER!! AGAIN!!) and it seemed interesting. So I got approved for the eARC and I’d love to get to it before it comes out. It’s magical realism with ghosts. I don’t need to know anymore. Also, the author previous release was longlisted for the National Book Award?!?!? Imagine Me by Tahereh Mafi (31 March 2020): tbh I feel quite lukewarm about this series right now BUT I still do want to read this last book. But they’re like?? Okay?? eh. I hope this final book is good. APRIL Meet Me At Midnight by Jessica Pennington (7 April 2020): also got approved for an eARC and I’m SO excited. This title really intrigued me and it seems like just a fun contemporary. It’s about these two rivals who are forced to vacation at the same lake every summer so they hold PRANK WARS!! But then obviously other drama ensues. Did I mention romance? Plus I wanted to know what these characters were doing on the cover hehe. The book sounds really fun okay. MAY Four Days of You and Me by Miranda Kenneally (5 May 2020): I have no idea if this book is going to be any good but the premise HOOKED me: a love story set on one day every year for four years (!!) The Fascinators by Andrew Eliopulous (12 May 2020): this book is gay AND has magic. I was sold yesterday. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins (19 May 2020): MY BODY IS SO READY FOR THIS BOOK OMG!! I don’t even care if it’s going to be bad. Nor am I even sure if it’s about Mags or not (begging the book gods though). I NEED THIS BOOK! Hi, I love The Hunger Games. And I’m ready for its return. I Kissed Alice by Anna Birch (26 May 2020): this book better be as cute AS THE ILLUSTRATIONS. Apparently we’ve got f/f romance between real-life art school rivals that are anonymously working on a graphic novel online together. I hope that made sense and I’m HOPING to love this because for some reason I’ve haven’t read any good f/f books (psssttt if you have any recs HIT ME UP). The Paper Girls of Paris by Jordyn Taylor (26 May 2020): I’m lowkey obsessed with historical fiction at the moment, it’s become a favourite genre. From what I gather this is a dual timeline story set between WWII and the present. Tis about a girl who’s grandmother left her an apartment and obviously set in Paris. I’M DOWN! JUNE Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas (9 June 2020): this book sounds SO GOOD OH MY. So we’ve got trans and Latinx rep, and a boy who summons a ghost who is also the school bay boy. I NEED THIS!! Again, let’s pray to the book gods that it’s as good as it seems. Forest of Souls by Lori M. Lee (23 June 2020): Ngl I don’t know how this will turn out either and I’m super hesitant about all these new YA debut fantasies these days (they all sound very similar okay). BUT can we just take a second to admire that cover? Plus ROYAL SPIES AND OTHER CREEPY STUFF *crosses all fingers and toes* JULY Loveless by Alice Oseman (9 July 2020): I’ve loved all of the Alice Oseman books I’ve read so far and also following her on Instagram whilst writing this book so I DEFINITELY need to read this one. If I’m not mistaken this book will have an ace main character?? I think?? I’m 99.9% sure. The State of Us by Shaun David Hutcherson (21 July 2020): I mean kind of not the best cover, nor have I got to this author’s previous books yet (also been wanting to for ages) but this book has Red, White and Royal Blue vibes so… I need to read it?? I think it’s about the sons of just two politicians BUT STILL! AUGUST Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar (11 August 2020): now this one SOUNDS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! The cover. THE TITLE. It tells you everything. I’m SOOOOO excited to read this. I already know it’s gonna be brilliant. Hollowpox: The Hunt for Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend (17 August 2020): I read the first book last year (finally!!) and shall be getting to book two very soon. This book was actually supposed to come out earlier, but it’s been pushed back till August so I have some more time to get up to date. But I found the first book so delightful and can’t wait to continue the series. Very excited about this one. SEPTEMBER Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff (3 September 2020): I read Illuminae last year, co-written by this author, and although I haven’t gotten to his solo works yet (planning on doing it this year), I saw this and was like WHAT?? I’m here for this vampire revival so… OCTOBER Medusa by Jessie Burton (October 2020): I have no expectations because I don’t exactly know what this is about but I’m SO fascinated by the Medusa myth and am so ready for an actual YA retelling AHHHH!! The Invisible Life of Addie La Rue by V.E. Schwab (6 October 2020): I just adore V.E. Schwab and she’s been talking about this book for ages. This is adult fantasy (which I particularly love from her) and is a love story between a French girl and a 300-year old devil. WHAT?? NOVEMBER Instant Karma by Marissa Meyer (November 2020): why haven’t I even heard of this book?? It sounds really good! Plus it’s a CONTEMPORARY which is new for Marissa Meyer. I’m SUPER intrigued, it sounds so good?? Okay, I tried to keep this list to a minimal. I don’t like adding tons of books just because they sound so good, and that I know I’ll never really get to. But yeah there are some good books out this year. Not as many as last year and not from many big authors either. Only a few sequels. But I haven’t even read the first book so I didn’t add them. Trying to control my huge TBR okay. Anyways, I hope your 2020 is AMAZING!! And that you read all the great books. WHAT BOOKS ARE YOU EXCITED TO READ THIS YEAR? WHAT IS YOUR MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE? ARE ANY OF THESE ON YOUR LIST? OR DID YOU DISCOVER SOME NEW BOOKS? HAVE YOU READ ANY OF THEM YET LET ME KNOW! xo