UPDATED Top Ten of 2020

So, back in January I wrote a list of the books I was most looking forward to in 2020.  Now that 2020 is half over, I’ve managed to find more!  More books!  More that are coming out in the second half of the year.  So without further ado, here’s my UPDATED list of books to read in the second half of 2020.

How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black – Holy motherforker. I was so surprised by Holly Black’s announcement that there would be a NEW FOLK OF THE AIR BOOK IN 2020! <imagine me jumping up and down in unmitigated excitement and glee> According to the description, this book will include a prequel story of Cardan’s upbringing, an adventure after Queen of Nothing and specific scenes from the series written from Cardan’s perspective.   AHHHHHH!  I don’t know how I will wait until November. Seriously November…. HURRY UP!  Want motivation to go back and read the series… read this.  (Releases: November 24)

Well Played by Jen DeLuca – I had this on my list at the beginning of the year, and I stand by this. This one follows the Ren Faire romances to Stacey’s story (the BFF of Well Met’s Emily) and I’m sure it will be just as wonderful as the first.  And a little bird told me that we *might* see Simon and Emily’s wedding in this one… Read my review of book 1 – Well Met – here.  (Releases: September 22)

Recommended by You by Laura Silverman – a teen bookstore rom-com? Also, Jewish? Um, yes please!  I have this one as an eARC (and yet I already pre-ordered as well) and I can’t wait to dig in! (Releases: September 1)

Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer – I know, I know.  Remember that I am a teen librarian and… OK, no. I, for realsies, am excited about this one.  I thought I had moved past the Twilight obsession and that I had left all thoughts of Bella, Edward, and Jacob behind (especially after the films..) but the second that this book was announced, I have been so excited.  I cannot wait to read Twilight from Edward’s perspective and I’m glad that Meyer didn’t give up on this.  (Releases: August 4)

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman – Backman could literally write names from the phone book (is that still a thing? – who gets a phone book these days?) and I would read it.  I have no idea what it is about… I should probably read the description, but as I said.  I. Will. Read. Anything. He. Writes. To read me gush about his books, check out my post here.  If you want to read the description for yourself, click here. (Releases September 8)

My Calamity Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows – This one appeared on my original list because it is the sequel to one of my favorite books of all time (and the subject of a upcoming blog post) My Lady Jane.  This one focuses on Calamity Jane, Annie Oakley, and the Wild Bill’s Show but in true Hand/Ashton/Meadows fashion, there is a magical twist.  In the first book it was magic, in the second it was ghosts, and I’m hoping that the third is werewolves.  Get excited – this one publishes soon!!  (Releases: June 2)

Majesty by Katharine McGee – I’ve already had a chance to read this one and it took me completely by surprise.  It is a roller coaster of excitement with so many twists and turns that it is worth going back and reading American Royals just to get to this one.  To read my (more detailed) thoughts about this one, check this out.  (Releases: September 1)

Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan – From the author of Crazy Rich Asians, this is another great read by a great author.  Read my overzealous love for Kevin Kwan (and more details on this new release) here.  (Releases: June 30)

The Heir Affair by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan – This appeared on my earlier list, but since I’ve had a chance to read this, I can say – with confidence – that you should read this one.  The authors of the Royal We are back to continue the adventures of Nick, Bex, Freddie, Lacey, and the gang.  Read my review of the series here.  (Releases: July 7)

Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon – Two rival teens team up for one night to complete an Assassin-style scavenger hunt around Seattle and uncover their true (romantic) feelings for each other along the way.  I loved it and you will too!  Read more of my geeking out here.  (Releases: July 14)

And because I’m terrible at sticking to ten… here’s the bonus eleven!

Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco – Bonus Book!  Kerri Maniscalco’s excellent Stalking Jack the Ripper series stole my heart (and my money) so I can’t wait for her new book (about witches and murder) due out this year.  (Releases: October 27)

4 thoughts on “UPDATED Top Ten of 2020

  1. I am looking forward to The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes – no, I won’t feel sorry for Snow, no matter what!


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