Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Book Releases of 2020, January – June

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week a new theme is suggested for bloggers to participate in. This week’s prompt is Most Anticipated Book Releases for the first half of 2020!

(Link to add on Goodreads through the book title and for an extended synopsis.)

Two of my choices this week are ARCs I have already received and listed on my Winter 2020 TBR here as well. In today’s Top Ten Tuesday, I will also include other new releases I’m excited about. However, their presence on this list doesn’t necessarily mean I will read them in 2020 (except for the ARCs). I’m just trying to be realistic. 😉 I’ve also included a short synopsis.


A Good Neighborhood by Therese Anne Fowler

In Oak Knoll, a verdant, tight-knit North Carolina neighborhood, professor of forestry and ecology Valerie Alston-Holt is raising her bright and talented biracial son. Xavier is headed to college in the fall, and after years of single parenting, Valerie is facing the prospect of an empty nest. All is well until the Whitmans move in next door―an apparently traditional family with new money, ambition, and a secretly troubled teenaged daughter…. 2/4/20


The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

Vincent is a bartender at the Hotel Caiette, a five-star hotel on the northernmost tip of Vancouver Island. On the night she meets Jonathan Alkaitis, a hooded figure scrawls a message on the lobby’s glass wall: “Why don’t you swallow broken glass.” Leon Prevant, a shipping executive for Neptune-Avradimis, reads the words and orders a drink to calm down. Alkaitis, the owner of the hotel and a wealthy investment manager, arrives too late to read the threat, never knowing it was intended for him. He leaves Vincent a hundred dollar tip along with his business card, and a year later they are living together as husband and wife…. 2/15/20


Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

Welcome to Edwardian London, a time of electric lights and long shadows, the celebration of artistic beauty and the wild pursuit of pleasure, with demons waiting in the dark. For years there has been peace in the Shadowhunter world. James and Lucie Herondale, children of the famous Will and Tessa, have grown up in an idyll with their loving friends and family, listening to stories of good defeating evil and love conquering all. But everything changes when the Blackthorn and Carstairs families come to London…and so does a remorseless and inescapable plague…. 3/3/20


In Five Years by Rebecca Serle

Where do you see yourself in five years?

When Type-A Manhattan lawyer Dannie Cohan is asked this question at the most important interview of her career, she has a meticulously crafted answer at the ready. Later, after nailing her interview and accepting her boyfriend’s marriage proposal, Dannie goes to sleep knowing she is right on track to achieve her five-year plan.

But when she wakes up, she’s suddenly in a different apartment, with a different ring on her finger, and beside a very different man. The television news is on in the background, and she can just make out the scrolling date. It’s the same night—December 15—but 2025, five years in the future.


The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu

Two siblings. Two brilliant talents. But only one Mozart. 

Born with a gift for music, Nannerl Mozart has just one wish—to be remembered forever. But even as she delights audiences with her masterful playing, she has little hope she’ll ever become the acclaimed composer she longs to be. She is a young woman in 18th century Europe, and that means composing is forbidden to her. She will perform only until she reaches a marriageable age—her tyrannical father has made that much clear.

And as Nannerl’s hope grows dimmer with each passing year, the talents of her beloved younger brother, Wolfgang, only seem to shine brighter. His brilliance begins to eclipse her own, until one day a mysterious stranger from a magical land appears with an irresistible offer. He has the power to make her wish come true—but his help may cost her everything.


The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver

Lydia and Freddie. Freddie and Lydia. They’d been together for more than a decade, and Lydia thought their love was indestructible.

But she was wrong. On her twenty-eighth birthday, Freddie died in a car accident.

So now it’s just Lydia, and all she wants to do is hide indoors and sob until her eyes fall out. But Lydia knows that Freddie would want her to try to live fully, happily, even without him. So, enlisting the help of his best friend, Jonah, and her sister, Elle, she takes her first tentative steps into the world, open to life–and perhaps even love–again.

But then something inexplicable happens that gives her another chance at her old life with Freddie. A life where none of the tragic events of the past few months have happened…. 3/3/20


The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren

Carey Douglas has worked for home remodeling and design gurus Melissa and Rusty Tripp for nearly a decade. A country girl at heart, Carey started in their first store at sixteen, and—more than anyone would suspect—has helped them build an empire. With a new show and a book about to launch, the Tripps are on the verge of superstardom. There’s only one problem: America’s favorite couple can’t stand each other.

James McCann, MIT graduate and engineering genius, was originally hired as a structural engineer, but the job isn’t all he thought it’d be. The last straw? Both he and Carey must go on book tour with the Tripps and keep the wheels from falling off the proverbial bus.

Unfortunately, neither of them is in any position to quit. Carey needs health insurance, and James has been promised the role of a lifetime if he can just keep the couple on track for a few more weeks. While road-tripping with the Tripps up the West Coast, Carey and James vow to work together to keep their bosses’ secrets hidden, and their own jobs secure. But if they stop playing along—and start playing for keeps—they may have the chance to build something beautiful together…. 3/24/20


You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle

Naomi Westfield has the perfect fiancé: Nicholas Rose holds doors open for her, remembers her restaurant orders, and comes from the kind of upstanding society family any bride would love to be a part of. They never fight. They’re preparing for their lavish wedding that’s three months away. And she is miserably and utterly sick of him.

Naomi wants out, but there’s a catch: whoever ends the engagement will have to foot the nonrefundable wedding bill. When Naomi discovers that Nicholas, too, has been feigning contentment, the two of them go head-to-head in a battle of pranks, sabotage, and all-out emotional warfare.

But with the countdown looming to the wedding that may or may not come to pass, Naomi finds her resolve slipping. Because now that they have nothing to lose, they’re finally being themselves–and having fun with the last person they expect: each other.


The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez

Two years after losing her fiancé, Sloan Monroe still can’t seem to get her life back on track. But one trouble-making pup with a “take me home” look in his eyes is about to change everything. With her new pet by her side, Sloan finally starts to feel more like herself. Then, after weeks of unanswered texts, Tucker’s owner reaches out. He’s a musician on tour in Australia. And bottom line: He wants Tucker back.

Well, Sloan’s not about to give up her dog without a fight. But what if this Jason guy really loves Tucker? As their flirty texts turn into long calls, Sloan can’t deny a connection. Jason is hot and nice and funny. There’s no telling what could happen when they meet in person. The question is: With his music career on the rise, how long will Jason really stick around? And is it possible for Sloan to survive another heartbreak…. 4/14/20


My Calamity Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows

Welcome ​to 1876 and a rootin’-tootin’ America bursting with gunslingers, outlaws, and garou.

JANE (a genuine hero-eene)

Calamity’s her name, and garou hunting’s her game—when she’s not starring in Wild Bill’s Traveling Show, that is. She reckons that if a girl wants to be a legend, she should just go ahead and be one.

FRANK (*wolf whistle*)
Frank “the Pistol Prince” Butler is the Wild West’s #1 bachelor. He’s also the best sharpshooter on
both sides of the Mississippi, but he’s about to meet his match. . . .

ANNIE (get your gun!)
Annie Oakley (yep, that Annie) is lookin’ for a job, not a romance, but she can’t deny there’s something about Frank she likes. Really likes. Still, she’s pretty sure that anything he can do,
she can do better.

After a garou hunt goes south and Jane finds a suspicious-like bite on her arm, she turns tail for Deadwood, where there’s been talk of a garou cure. But things ain’t always what they seem—meaning the gang better hightail it after her before they’re a day late and a Jane short….

Are any of my choices on your Top Ten? What’s your most anticipated read for 2020?? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Wandering!

96 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Book Releases of 2020, January – June”

  1. Aww! I spy some on your list that I’m curious about. “You Deserve Each Other” sounds fun, and despite the fact that I didn’t care for her other release, I am curious about Josie’s 2020 book. Ooo! And “My Calamity Jane” reminds me I’ve yet to read these books – but golly they sure sound great. 🙂

  2. I am dying for The Glass Hotel. The Two Lives of Lydia Bird and My Calamity Jane also made my list. There are so many good books coming out this year. Happy reading!

    1. I read a sneak peek of The Kingdom of Back and that’s why it’s on this list. It’s not the typical genre that tops my tbr, but the first few chapters were so good! I hope the whole book holds up. 🙂

    1. Right??? I’m so intrigued by The Glass Hotel. I’m excited to see what everyone else thinks about it. I read a sneak peek of The Kingdom of Back and it was so good!

      Happy Reading!

  3. So many great books on this list! I’m finally reading My Lady Jane, so I’m really excited to read the rest of the series! The Glass Hotel sounds so interesting, and You Deserve Each Other sounds like if the movie How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days went just a little bit further 😂. Happy reading!
    My TTT

    1. Oh yay!! I hope you love The Janies! Ha! You Deserve Each Other sounds like fun, right?

      Thanks for sharing your TTT!

    1. I’ve actually never read anything by Marie Lu, although I have several of her books on my shelf. Oops. But I read a sneak peek of The Kingdom of Back and I was hooked! 🙂

    1. The Infernal Devices was my favorite of hers, and Chain of Gold is about the children of the characters in The Infernal Devices. (That was a bit of tongue twister! ;)) So I’m super excited for it!

      Thanks for sharing your TTT!

  4. I adore You Deserve Each Other — that premise just made me laugh out loud so much! And The Two Lives of Lydia Bird is another one — thanks for putting them on my radar!

    1. Honestly, I haven’t read any of her work either, but I do have Station Eleven on my shelf. I’m hoping to finally pick that one up this year!

    1. I really enjoyed Rebecca’s other book, The Dinner List, so I’m hoping I enjoy In Five Years just as much. I’ll be sure to share a review once I’ve read it!

      Happy Reading!

    1. Can you believe I’ve only read The Unhoneymooners?? I guess I thought romantic comedy was all they did. Ha! I did recently pick up Josh & Hazel and Roomies, so I’m excited to read those too. I never get approved for any of their books on Netgalley either, so I make myself wait until they’re on sale or I can borrow a copy on Libby. 😉

  5. I hadn’t heard about Josie Silver’s new book until a few days ago. I’m really looking forward to seeing if I will like it as much as her debut novel.

  6. I got the arc for You Deserve Each Other and I already read so I’ll tell you this: read this one ASAP. I loved it SO SO SO much. I’ll probab re-read it again on release day. Great list! Tons of great books coming out this year

    1. Oh yay!! I was declined for the arc, but hopefully I can read it soon! There ARE soooo many new books to choose from. 😍

  7. First and foremost, I love the formatting of this post. It’s so pleasing to my eyes! =D
    Second, I have arcs of In Five Years and You Deserve Each Other so I’m totally with you on being pumped for those two novels.
    Third, as you said on my blog post, we share CL’s The Honey Don’t List and as one of my autobuy authors I’m sure that’s one of the only titles I know I’ll get to in 2020 lol
    Finally, I added The Glass Hotel to my TBR. That sounds super interesting!

    Happy reading!

    1. Thank you so much!! I love your blog and just started following. And yes, It’ll be interesting to see how many of these anticipated releases I actually read at the end of the year. 😉

      Thank you so much for stopping by!

  8. These weren’t on my list (apart from Kingdom of Back) but they sure as heck are going on it now!! They all sound amazing, thank you for putting them on my radar!

  9. I haven’t heard of any of these except The Kingdom of Back, but I’ll have to look into a few of them that intrigue me. Hopefully they all turn out to be great reads for you!

  10. I’ve just added so many books that I had never even heard of to my TBR. Thank you so much for this list!
    The Honey Don’t List, You Deserve Each Other and The Happy Ever After Playlist sound PERFECT!!
    My goal for 2020 is to try and read more contemporary! These three… Beautiful. 100% Will be reading immediately!
    I hope you enjoy all of these!!
    Happy Reading!! <3

    1. Good to know! I’ve forced myself to stop requesting (most) ARCs until I’m all caught up, so I don’t have this one. I’ll wait to see the reviews before I pick it up. 🙂

  11. Wow, all these books sound so good! Especially The Happily Ever After Playlist–I’m adding that to my TBR now… (I’m such a sucker for celeb romance novels. Plus a dog at the center of the book? Sign me up now!)
    And oooh, The Glass Hotel! I’m also excited for that book. Mandel’s Station Eleven was so good.

    1. Yay!! I’m so happy you found some to add. I still haven’t read Station Eleven, but I own it and it’s on my tbr shelf to finally read this year!

      Thanks for stopping by! <3

  12. Hey! I’m a little late but I wanted to stop in and say thanks for dropping by my TTT earlier this week! I’m also really excited for The Glass Castle. It doesn’t sound like my usual fare, but knowing how wonderful Mandel’s characters are, I have high hopes for it. Looks like a great list!

    1. Can you believe I still haven’t read Station Eleven?? I’m determined to this year. It’s waiting on my shelf. But, yes, something about The Glass Hotel just intrigues me.

      Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing!

    1. I’ve actually never read any of her books. I know, it’s unforgivable. 😉 But I did read a sneak peek of The Kingdom of Back and I was hooked!

  13. This is a wonderful list! A lot of these are on my TBR as well– but like you, I doubt I’ll read many (any?) of these in 2020. I get all my books from the library and new releases have HUGE waiting lists. I don’t stalk the library updates enough to see when the new books get posted, so I rarely get on the list early enough…

    The books I’m looking forward to the most are The Glass Hotel and The Kingdom of Back. I loved Station Eleven, and I’m ready for more from St. Mandel. I’ve read Lu’s work in the past and wasn’t all that impressed with her writing, but I recognize it was her debut. I love music, so perhaps this will be better? Here’s hoping.

    1. I did read a sneak peek of The Kingdom of Back and what I read was really good. I’ve never read anything else from Lu, although I do have some of her books on my shelves. 😉 But, yes, for most of these I will wait until more reviews are in and I can pick them up later on. I have too many ARCs and existing books waiting to be read. 🙂

      Thanks for sharing!

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