There are very few new releases I genuinely get excited about, mostly because when I do it often results in disappointment. Usually I don’t read a book until months or years after it comes out. However, that doesn’t mean I never look forward to new releases. So today I’m going to share with you some books I’m excited for which will be coming out next year. You’ll probably notice most of these books are from the first half of 2020, and I may make another one for the second half of the year in a few months.
So, let’s get into it!
Lady Clementine by Marie Benedict
Release Date: Jan. 7, 2020
Genre: Historical Fiction
There are two reasons I really want to read this book. First, it is written by Marie Benedict, who also wrote Carnegie’s Maid, which was one of my favorite books of 2018.
The second reason is this book is about Clementine Churchill, also known as the wife of Winston Churchill. I am a massive fan of Winston Churchill and the more I learn about him, the more I admire him. But I know absolutely nothing about his wife, so I’m looking forward to reading this book.
The Stars We Steal by Alexa Donne
Release Date: Feb. 4, 2020
Genre: Science Fiction Retelling
A year or so ago I read Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne, and I had pretty mixed thoughts about it. I wrote a full review on it, if you’re curious. However, I absolutely love Donne’s Youtube channel, and I want to give her writing another chance. After all, debuts are not always an author’s best work.
It also excites me that this is a Persuasion retelling in space (her last book was a Jane Eyre retelling), though loosely, according to Donne. I love Persuasion, but it is a book I see very few retellings of, making me excited to read it.
The Bear by Andrew Krivak
Release Date: Feb. 11, 2020
This is a book I just happened to come across on Goodreads, and it looks so beautiful. I also have not read anything by Andrew Krivak, but I’ve heard The Sojourn from 2011 is a beautiful book.
This book is a short novel about a father and daughter surviving on a mountain as he teaches her how to survive (possibly during some apocalypse, but I’m not sure), until she is alone and a bear leads her back home. It sounds like a beautiful moving tale, but I don’t know much more about it.
A Hundred Suns by Karin Tanabe
Release Date: April 7, 2020
Genre: Historical Fiction
I read another book by Karin Tanabe, called The Diplomat’s Daughter, a couple years ago. It wasn’t a perfect book, but I did enjoy most of it. I wrote a full review for it a couple years back.
This book follows an American woman who travels to Vietnam in 1933. There, she begins to realize there are two parts of this new world: the colonial wealth and the fiery political conflict. It is a historical fiction, and since one of Tanabe’s strengths in her previous book is immersing the reader into an interesting world, I’m excited about this book.
Wayfinding: The Science and Mystery of How Humans Navigate the World by M.R. O’Connor
Release Date: Jun 25, 2020
Genre: Nonfiction, Science, History
This is another random book that I stumbled upon which looks really interesting. This book examines the history of navigation and how achievements in science have also changed how we see the world and learn things like geography and biology.
This seems like a heavy science book, which is often something I wouldn’t be interested in. However, I do love navigation and learning of the history of travel. Like what traveling has brought to the world. Thus, I’m adding this to be TBR.
The Burning Horse by Paul Kearney
Release Date: Aug. 24, 2020
Genre: Historical Fiction, possibly Magical Realism, possibly Fantasy
This book I purely want to read because of the description. It follows the story of Anna in 1930 Oxfordshire. Since I don’t think I can sum it up, here are snippets from the Goodreads synopsis:
“An orphan from a faraway country, Anna lives with an old farmer named Gabriel who may be a demon, or an angel, or both. Her best friends are a doll named Pie and a werewolf. Her long-lost mother was an Anatolian witch, and there are those who say that in Anna the witchcraft lurks too. She does not desire it. As she says to her friend C.S. Lewis, “All I want is for life to be normal, without complications. I just want to be an ordinary girl.” But she no longer lives in the ordinary world. Another has opened out beyond her own, beneath 1930’s England. It is the Old World of myth and story, and it is not a fairy-tale. It is a darkness filled with eyes and teeth.”
Sounds weird, right? Not only does it feature C.S. Lewis, but it also seems to examine darker myths. I’m curious to see if it is more fantasy, or more historical magical realism.
Are there any books that you are looking forward to coming out in 2020? Also, do any of these books look interesting to you? Let me know your thoughts down in the comments, follow my blog for more musings and, as always,
Best wishes in your life full of adventure,