I finally put up my 2020 Book Releases I’m Excited For a month or two ago for the sole purpose of being able to write this post in January. It’s January now, so… here we are! Let’s take a look at the 2020 releases I was excited to read and what I ended up thinking of each one.
Seeing Voices, Olivia Smit (release date: April 15th)
Olivia is such a wonderful person and I was super excited to read her first book (which I was so fortunate to be on the launch team for–you can check out an interview I did with Olivia here). It did not disappoint! I’m a sucker for summer stories and for sibling stories, and Seeing Voices was both. It was a quick and easy read, but not shallow at all: It addresses some deep topics in a good way. I’m thinking I’m due for a reread. Best of all, Olivia recently announced that she has a sequel to Seeing Voices coming out!
A Heart So Fierce and Broken, Brigid Kemmerer (release date: January 7th)
This was good! I don’t recall it being my favorite book of all time, but Brigid Kemmerer is an amazing author who is equally as competent in contemporary or fantasy. Her Cursebreakers series is definitely a solid choice for anyone looking for a strong YA fantasy read. Although I have to say, I’m getting really tired of Beauty and the Beast retellings. Anyone else or is it just me?
Unravel the Dusk, Elizabeth Lim (release date: July 7th)
I was so excited to read the sequel to Spin the Dawn. It was really good! (Lol, I wish I had more for you than that but I read a LOT of books and I’m the worst at remembering what happens in them–and I didn’t write a Goodreads review for this one beyond giving it five stars. So… I guess it was really good, haha.)
Set Fire to the Gods, Sara Raasch and Kristen Simmons (release date: August 4th)
I haven’t read this book yet; my library doesn’t have it, and it’s been on my Amazon wishlist for a while but I haven’t gotten around to actually buying it yet. I’ll probably end up getting it in the next couple of months with Christmas or birthday money. Stay tuned!
Scammed, Kristen Simmons (release date: February 4th)
The new covers on this series make me want to gag, but the book itself was awesome; I received it as a birthday gift and thoroughly enjoyed it. I can’t wait to see how the trilogy wraps up with book #3 coming out in just a few weeks (again, conveniently, around the time of my birthday…).
This Too Shall Last: Finding Grace when Suffering Lingers, K.J. Ramsey (release date: May 12th)
Predictably, this book was absolutely amazing. It was definitely a lot–it’s very deep and theology-heavy, and I could only read small portions at a time on days when I was really able to focus. But it was a beautiful and thought-provoking book about what it looks like to live as a Christian with long-term suffering. (Also, I somehow ended up with a few extra copies of this because I was on the launch team–so if anyone wants one, let me know.)
At the end of my “2020 Book Releases I’m Excited For” blog post, I added a list of books that I thought I would probably read, but I wasn’t quite as excited about for one reason or another:
- Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo: The release date on this book got pushed back to March 2021.
- Imagine Me by Tahereh Mafi: I haven’t read this and probably won’t. I think I’d have to reread the entire Shatter Me series to understand what was going on, and I have no plans to do that.
- Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibanez: I haven’t read this yet, but I want to! Putting it on hold at my library as we speak…
- The Stars We Steal by Alexa Donne: I haven’t read this yet, and after skimming some reviews tonight I think I won’t just for personal reasons.
- Time of Our Lives by Austin Siegemund-Broka and Emily Wibberly: I really enjoyed other books by this author combo, but unfortunately I wasn’t really into this one (and I don’t remember why, lol–my New Year’s Resolution is to write more detailed book reviews to help myself out later).
- The Other Side of the Sky by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner: I haven’t read this yet. After reading some reviews, I’m not totally sold. But, I LOVED their other books after not expecting much, so I’ll probably give it a try!
- The Queen’s Assassin by Melissa de la Cruz: I wasn’t into this book at all. I personally just found the plot and writing style boring.
- The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu: I just snuck this one in at the beginning of December. It started out really strong–whimsical and beautiful and intriguing–but by the end I was kind of over it.
- The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna: The release date on this book got pushed back to February 2021.
And that’s what I thought of my most anticipated 2020 releases. Keep an eye out for a post with my 2021 anticipated releases coming soon!
Have you read any of these books, and if so, did you enjoy them? What new titles were you excited to read in 2020, and what did you end up thinking of them? Any other 2020 releases I should check out? Let me know in the comments!