the other day i realized that i hadn’t made a crucial end-of-year post, which is of course my most anticipated books of 2020, of which there are a lot, ill tell you now. i’m so excited to get to all these books and will hopefully report back at the end of the year to let you know if they lived up to my expectations. without further ado, here are the books i’m most excited for that come out in 2020!!
(i’m gonna put all their release dates in parentheses so you know when they come out!)
–2020 RELEASES I’VE ALREADY READ–
since this post is a little late (calling myself out because i’m posting this in the middle of february as opposed to the beginning of the year), i’ve managed to read some of the books that i was anticipating from this year. so i thought i might as well let you know what those books were, and whether i liked them or not. c:
- topics of conversation by miranda popkey (january 7) —> this book looked like it was going to be amazing and thought-provoking, but unfortunately it read more as pretentious than anything else. sadly it was a 2-star read for me.
- follow me to ground by sue rainsford (january 21) –> enjoyed this one, but it didn’t wow me. the writing was great, but i think the story was lacking a little bit. it didn’t feel very substantial and it needed to be more concrete when it came to what was actually happening in its plot. overall, though, it was pretty good.
- verge by lidia yuknavitch, february 4 –> i LOVED this short story collection. it was beautifully written and really prioritized highlighting the stories of the marginalized. a new favourite of mine from this year for sure.
- exciting times by naoise dolan (june 2) –> this was a so-so read for me. i enjoyed the intellectual themes in this, but the characters didnt quite hit the mark. i just didnt feel like i was attached to them in any way.
- the sleepless unease by samantha harvey (may 22) –> a new favourite of the year!!! samantha harvey is an AMAZING writer. she writes of her anxiety and insomnia in such a personal, heart-rending way. it’s impossible not to sympathize with her and her experiences. highly recommend checking this one out when it’s released in may.
–2020 BOOK RELEASES I WILL BE REVIEWING SOON–
the second category here is books that i own–that i’ve been graciously sent by publishers either as a physical copy or as an e-arc through netgalley or edelweiss (A BIG THANK YOU TO ANY PUBLISHER WHO EVER SENDS ME ANYTHING!!! i honestly still can’t believe this is a thing that happens)–or that i’ll be borrowing from the library. these are all books that i’m going to be reading in the next month or two, as i want to get them read as soon as possible.
- show them a good time by nicole flattery (january 28) –> this is a short story collection by an irish author, which basically means there’s like an 80% chance i’m gonna love it. i don’t know anything about what these stories are about, as i like to go into a book not knowing much (i.e. nothing) about it, but i am obsessed with this cover. i want like a print of it or something.
- funny weather by olivia laing (may 12) –> i absolutely loved olivia laing’s the lonely city, which i read last year, so i was so happy to hear that she had a new book coming out this year. the cover is so compelling (the pink + that picture!!!!!) and i’m looking forward to seeing what she chooses to write about this time, as her thoughts are always well-developed and interesting.
- weather by jenny offill (february 11) –> i’ll 100% be reading this this month as it’s a super short book and i’ve honestly heard nothing but RAVE reviews about it. like everyone has been talking about this in the literary fiction world, so i’m really hoping that this is gonna be a new favourite for me.
- how to pronounce knife by souvankham thammavongsa (april 21) –> surprise surprise another collection of short stories. again, no idea what this is about, but that title already intrigues me. reading this one very, very soon.
–TOP 11 MOST ANTICIPATED 2020 BOOK RELEASES–
so i have 78 books on my “2020 releases” shelf on goodreads, which means that if i were to list them all here, it would take a while. so i’ve instead opted to give you my top 11 most anticipated books of this year (i couldn’t quite squeeze it into a nice top 10 list so we’ll have to make do with the 11). these are the books that, if all goes well, my instinct tells me are going to land on my 2020 favourites shelves. also you’ll see that there’s a lot of irish fiction and non-fiction here because i’ve been going through a bit of an irish books phase (IRISH FICTION IS AMAZING and also it’s not really a phase because it’s been going on since like the second half of last year lol), which has been GREAT.
okay, here we go. i’ve put all the books in chronological order from earliest release date to latest release date.
(also some of these books publish only in the UK and some of them have already been published in the UK but are being released later on in the year in north america. where i could i included north american release dates, and if the books haven’t been published in north america then i’ve included the UK release date.)
- the mercies by kiran millwood hargrave (february 11) –> this was just released and people have been giving it such high ratings that i’ve basically had my eye on it since it was announced last year. i don’t know much about it (as has been e a common theme in this post), but it kinda reminds of burial rites by hannah kent, which i loved when i read it a while ago.
- everything i know about love by dolly alderton (february 25) –> i’ve been listening to a lot of dolly alderton’s podcasts lately and honestly she seems like a wonderful person, so i wanted to read the book that i know she released last year in the UK. it’s finally coming to north america at the end of this month, so i’m definitely planning to get to it once it’s out in audiobook (which dolly narrates herself!!).
- the weight of love by hilary fannin (march 5) –> i honestly have zero idea what this is about nor do i want to know lol. i’ve read snippets of this author’s writing and i get the impression that she has a really beautiful, poetic kind of writing style, which i’m hoping i get to see in this novel. as of now this book has zero ratings on goodreads, so the jury is still out as to whether it’s going to be well received or not. (also it’s irish fiction so i don’t really need to know much to add it to 2020 tbr list lol)
- my dark vanessa by kate elizabeth russell (march 10) –> this is probably one of the most hyped releases of the year so i definitely want to get to it as soon as it’s out. i think it deals with a really important topic and will provide some much-needed commentary on lolita and how everyone has just accepted it as part of the literary canon despite its disturbing and highly problematic subject matter.
- strange hotel by eimear mcbride (may 5) –> irish fiction! literary fiction! a book about a woman in a hotel thinking about Deep Stuff! this seems like it’s going to be a home-run. i’ve tried reading eimear mcbride’s other books before, but the experimental writing style was a huge hurdle for me. seeing as this one isn’t written with that experimental style, i’m excited to see if i could like mcbride’s work.
- untold night and day by bae suah (may 5) –> love to see some translated fiction here!! again, no idea what this is about, but i heard it’s like a trippy, literary-esque story with a lot of interesting motifs and themes. also another beautiful cover that i’m obsessed with.
- luster by raven leilani (august 4) –> this just seems like a book i’m going to love. it’s about intimacy and relationships and sex and considering the work that the publisher is putting into promoting it, i think it’s going to be a really promising read.
- republic of shame by caelainn hogan (june 30) –> irish non fiction!! looking forward to reading this as a companion to say nothing, which i read earlier this year. they deal with totally different historical topics, but they’re both about irish history, which i’m super interested to learn more about.
- inventory by darran anderson (august 4) –> more irish non fiction!! (i told yall there were gonna be a lot of irish books on here) this is a memoir about living in northern ireland during the troubles and about the troubles’ impact on the author’s community and family. again, a perfect companion to say nothing, which was also about the troubles. (also CAN WE LOOK AT THAT COVER)
- earthlings by sayaka murata (october 1)–> SO excited for a new book from the wonderful sayaka murata! i read and loved convenience store woman last year, so including this one in the list was a no-brainer. also the cover is so cute what’s that lil hedgehog doing there who is he and what is he thinking !!!
- any way the wind blows by rainbow rowell –> and last but not least, the last book in the simon snow trilogy, which i still can’t believe is a thing that’s happening. the fact that we got wayward son made me so happy, and then to find out that we were getting a THIRD book ??? what a time to be alive. this is probably my most anticipated book of the whole year because this series is so close to my heart. as of now the book has no release date, but i’m assuming it’ll be released sometime at the end of this year. i genuinely cannot wait.
and there you have it! my most anticipated books of 2020. there are so many more that i’m excited about, but these are the ones i think i’ll definitely read once they’re out and once i can get a hold of them somehow. if you want to see the other books on my anticipated 2020 releases list you can check out my goodreads 2020 releases shelf here.
let me know what your most anticipated book(s) of the year is, and if there are any books from this list which you’re also excited to read. and thanks so much for taking the time to read my post, i’m still astonished at the fact that people see my posts, much less read them. i appreciate it a lot. 💖