Ten Books I’m Excited to Read in 2020

Hey there! There are always so many books getting published every year, and what better thing to do then to write about some of the ones getting excited this new year!

Compiled in this list are many books that are on my TBR that are coming out in 2020 that I’m excited to read and talk about. This list will also be in order of expected publication date.

1. Dear Edward by Anne Napolitano

Expected publication: January 6th, 2020

One summer morning, twelve-year-old Edward Adler, his beloved older brother, his parents, and 183 other passengers board a flight in Newark headed for Los Angeles. Among them is a Wall Street wunderkind, a young woman coming to terms with an unexpected pregnancy, an injured vet returning from Afghanistan, a septuagenarian business tycoon, and a free-spirited woman running away from her controlling husband. And then, tragically, the plane crashes. Edward is the sole survivor.

Edward’s story captures the attention of the nation, but he struggles to find a place for himself in a world without his family. He continues to feel that a piece of him has been left in the sky, forever tied to the plane and all of his fellow passengers. But then he makes an unexpected discovery–one that will lead him to the answers of some of life’s most profound questions: When you’ve lost everything, how do you find yourself? How do you discover your purpose? What does it mean not just to survive, but to truly live?

Ann Napolitano is the author of the novels A Good Hard Look and Within Arm’s Reach and is also the Associate Editor of the literary magazine One Story. All of her novels have been published in multiple countries, and her debut novel Within Arm’s Reach was adapted as a theatre production in New York City. She has also taught fiction writing for multiple universities as well.

I’m receiving this novel through the Book of the Month Club, which is one of the reasons why I’m venturing out of the genre I typically read for this novel. One thing I read about this novel that made me want to read it is the parallel timeline. There’s a parallel timeline that occurs leading up to the crash and also one beginning at the aftermath. I just ordered the book today, so look forward to a review of that soon!

2. Infinity Son by Adam Silvera

Expected publication: January 14th 2020

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.

Adam Silvera is the author of multiple novels, his most popular being They Both Die at the End and What If It’s Us co-authored with Becky Albertalli. Movie rights to his novel with Albertalli were sold in 2018, and They Both Die at the End has been optioned by HBO to be developed into a series.

I’ve read both What If It’s Us and They Both Die at the End, and I also have more of his books that I have yet to read. I loved those two novels, and I’m curious to see how this one is seeing as it goes in a different direction with the fantasy aspect. I’ve seen a lot from him on Twitter, so I’m hoping this one doesn’t disappoint.

3. All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace

Expected publication: February 4th, 2020

She will reign.

As princess of the island kingdom Visidia, Amora Montara has spent her entire life training to be High Animancer–the master of souls. The rest of the realm can choose their magic, but for Amora, it’s never been a choice. To secure her place as heir to the throne, she must prove her mastery of the monarchy’s dangerous soul magic.

When her demonstration goes awry, Amora is forced to flee. She strikes a deal with Bastian, a mysterious pirate: he’ll help her prove she’s fit to rule, if she’ll help him reclaim his stolen magic.

But sailing the kingdom holds more wonder–and more peril–than Amora anticipated. A destructive new magic is on the rise, and if Amora is to conquer it, she’ll need to face legendary monsters, cross paths with vengeful mermaids, and deal with a stow-away she never expected…or risk the fate of Visidia and lose her crown forever.

I am the right choice. The only choice. And I will protect my kingdom.

Adalyn Grace graduated from university when she was nineteen and from there went on to work in live theatre and as an editor for a nonprofit newspaper. After that she went to study storytelling as an intern for The Legend of Korra. This is her debut novel.

I think this is an interesting concept and I’m curious to see the character development with Amora. It seems like Grace got some of her inspiration from The Legend of Korra based on the general premise of not having a choice in a leadership-type role. When reading this I’ll also be looking at the world building elements, since that’s especially important in fantasy.

4. The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper

Expected publication: February 4th, 2020

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 missions 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.

Phil Stamper has always loved to write although his first attempts never succeeded. He works in publishing development for a major book publisher in New York City where he lives with his husband and their dog.

Space!? Gays!? What more could you want!? But, no, seriously, the premise of this seems so neat I don’t even have words. Government secrets, space, I don’t have much to say for this except that I’m excited.

5. Deceit and Other Possibilities: Stories by Vanessa Hua

Expected publication: March 10th, 2020

From a Hong Kong movie idol fleeing a sex scandal, to an obedient daughter turned Stanford imposter, to a Chinatown elder summoned to his village, to a Korean-American pastor with a secret agenda, the characters in these ten stories vividly illustrate the conflict between self and society, tradition and change. In “What We Have is What We Need,” winner of The Atlantic student fiction prize, a boy from Mexico reunites with his parents in San Francisco. When he suspects his mother has found love elsewhere, he fights to keep his family together.

Vanessa Hua is an award-winning and best-selling author. Her novel A River of Stars was published in 2018 and was named one of the Best Books of 2018 by the Washington Post and NPR. Deceit and Other Possibilities is a short story collection that she originally published in 2016, but is being republished in 2020 with a few extra stories.

It’s not often that I read short story collections, and I’m trying to change that for 2020, because I feel like I’m missing out. Sometimes short stories can be stronger than novels, and these short stories seem to show large conflicts that can make a strong impact.`

6. We Are Totally Normal by Rahul Kanakia

Expected publication: March 31st, 2020

Nandan’s got a plan to make his junior year perfect. He’s going to make sure all the parties are chill, he’s going to smooth things over with his ex, and he’s going to help his friend Dave get into the popular crowd–whether Dave wants to or not. The high school social scene might be complicated, but Nandan is sure he’s cracked the code.

Then, one night after a party, Dave and Nandan hook up, which was not part of the plan–especially because Nandan has never been into guys. Still, Dave’s cool, and he’s willing to give it a shot, even if that means everyone starts to see him differently.

But while Dave takes to their new relationship with ease, Nandan’s completely out of his depth. And the more his anxiety grows about what his sexuality means for himself, his friends, and his social life, the more he wonders whether he can just take it all back. But is breaking up with the only person who’s ever really gotten him worth feeling “normal” again?

Rahul Kanakia has written multiple novels, however this is only his second to get published. His debut novel, Enter Title Here came out in 2016. Since he was 18, he’s been writing and submitting stories, most of which are science fiction and fantasy. As a tribute to him, you can go over to his bio here, because he says he’s annoyed when bios don’t offer enough information, and I think his does a way better job compared to mine.

I think this novel is going to show that sometimes you have to take risks in life even if you’re not sure about the results. And the title says it all. LGBTQ+ people are totally normal, and no one should have to be afraid to be themselves because of how others will perceive them.

7. The Lucky Ones by Liz Lawson

Expected publication: April 7th, 2020

May is a survivor. But she doesn’t feel like one. She feels angry. And lost. And alone. Eleven months after the school shooting that killed her twin brother, May still doesn’t know why she was the only one to walk out of the band room that day. No one gets what she went through–no one saw and heard what she did. No one can possibly understand how it feels to be her.

Zach lost his old life when his mother decided to defend the shooter. His girlfriend dumped him, his friends bailed, and now he spends his time hanging out with his little sister…and the one faithful friend who stuck around. His best friend is needy and demanding, but he won’t let Zach disappear into himself. Which is how Zach ends up at band practice that night. The same night May goes with her best friend to audition for a new band.

Which is how May meets Zach. And how Zach meets May. And how both might figure out that surviving could be an option after all.

Liz Lawson lives in Los Angeles with her husband, toddler, and two cats. This is her debut novel, with a second novel set to publish sometime in 2021. She has written for many publications, and when she’s not writing, she works as a music supervisor for film and television.

Liz Lawson seems like she tends to write about a lot of important issues. This one being gun violence and school shootings, while her second novel deals with drug abuse. I think this is an important issue to talk about and seeing the aftermath of it in a fictional setting will help make the reality of the problem more real.

8. Loveless by Alice Oseman

Expected publication: April 30th, 2020

Georgia feels loveless–in the romantic sense, anyway. She’s eighteen, never been in a relationship, or even had a crush on a single person in her whole life. She thinks she’s an anomaly, people call her weird, and she feels a little broken. But she still adores romance–weddings, fan fiction, and happily ever afters. She knows she’ll find her person one day…right?

After a disastrous summer, Georgia is now at university, hundreds of miles from home. She is more determined than ever to find love–and her annoying roommate, Rooney, is a bit of a love expert, so perhaps she can help.

But maybe Georgia just doesn’t feel that way about guys. Or girls. Or anyone at all. Maybe that’s okay. Maybe she can find happiness without falling in love. And maybe Rooney is a little more loveless than she first appears.

Alice Oseman published her debut novel, Solitaire when she was nineteen. Loveless is her fourth novel being published, but she’s also written and illustrated the webcomic Heartstopper, which is a spinoff from her first novel following the brother of the main character. All of her novels center around teenage issues, and she has written about the importance of writing diversely, and has talked about how her first novel has a lack of diversity.

I’ve been told to read Alice Oseman before, but this is the first book that I think I may actually read. And who knows? Maybe it’ll open me up to more of her novels. I think there’s a lack of novels with asexual characters in them, which is what I’m hoping this is. Or at least is somewhere on that spectrum because I think the literary world needs more diversity in that area. This novel also falls into the new adult age range which is another area that I think needs more love.

9. The Fascinators by Andrew Eliopulos

Expected publication: May 12th, 2020

This book is about an openly gay high school senior in small-town Georgia. He may or may not be in love with his best friend, and his hopes for his last year of school are thrown off course when old secrets, new crushes, and a brush with dark magic threaten his close-knit group of friends.

Andrew Eliopulos is a writer and editor of middle grade and young adult fiction. His debut novel, The Spider Ring, was published under his birth name, Andrew Harwell. This is his first novel for teens.

I’m starting to think I have a lot of gay novels in this lineup. But can you blame me? We have magic, gays, what more could you want? But seriously, this seems like a gay american Harry Potter that doesn’t involve J.K. Rowling’s meddling.

10. The Ghosts We Keep by Mason Deaver

Expected publication: 2020

“The Ghosts We Keep is a story of Liam Cooper who is a non-binary kid still trying to figure things out. So they’re still in the closet, but mostly because that’s where they’re most comfortable right now. They have a crush on their best friend Joel, and they’re desperately hoping that something will come of it and they’re trying to get the nerve to ask Joel out.

“Things come crashing to a halt when Liam’s twin brother is killed in a tragic accident. Suddenly Liam sees their brother’s face in the mirror, and they have to contend with being half of a whole. The book is about grief, rejection, fear, dealing with PTSD. It comes from my own experience of losing my father in 2017 (in the exact way liam loses their brother).

“The book is dark, I’m not going to lie it may be difficult for a lot of readers. Liam goes through a lot, they deal with their own gender, losing the person they love the most, rejection from people around them. There is a scene (so far at least who knows what edits may do) where Liam considers taking their own life.

“These are things both I and my mother experience after my father was killed. And this is my way of getting through that.”

Mason Deaver is an author I’ve had mentioned on my blog before. Their debut novel, I Wish You All the Best was named one of the best books of 2019 by multiple sources. The Ghosts We Keep has no cover or summary shown to the public as of yet, the only information about it is the quote from the author above.

I have a feeling this novel is going to be an emotional read, and I say that because it’s coming from a very personal place for the author. It’s a painful thing to have to lose someone, let alone a parent, and for this to be a way for them to get through that, then that’s enough for me.

So there we have it! That’s my list of books that are coming out this year that I’ll be waiting to hit the shelves (or my mailbox).

Let me know what books you’re excited for 2020! Any of them on this list?

If you want to find out what books I wish I read that came out last year you can click on over here. Otherwise, look forward to my next post: Spotlights for the Month: January


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