With 2020 just around the corner, I’m thinking about books I’m excited for the release of. There are definitely a handful I’m looking forward to and I hope to get to them soon after their release.
The King of Crows by Libba Bray
This is the fourth installment of the The Diviners series; a series I love for what it is on its own as well as for being the most spectacularly narrated audio books I’ve ever listened to. I’m serious, this series has ruined audio books for me because I’ve struggled to find others that live up to the standard this has set in my mind.
I’m excited to return to this world and these characters and I’m even more excited for an audio book that will make my commute not suck.
Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibanez
This is a YA Fantasy that pulls inspiration from Bolivian politics and history, and I am so here for that type of diversity in the Fantasy genre. The main character is a stand-in for the Condesa.
It seems like it will have a lot of political intrigue going on in a fantasy setting, and I’m really looking forward to the setting especially in this one. I have no idea how it will affect the types of magic we see playing out in this book, but either way I’m excited to find out.
The Ancestor by Danielle Trussoni
This book caught my eye on a Goodreads list for 2020 literary fiction. Two of the shelves for this book are “gothic” and “horror,” so there’s no way I’d pass up something like this.
It sounds like there’s a lot of family history and family secrets going on based off the synopsis of this book, and potentially something… supernatural? I’m really intrigued by this one and I definitely will be keeping an eye on reviews as it’s release approaches.
Sin Eater by Megan Campisi
After committing a crime, the main character in this novel is sentenced to become a “Sin Eater,” defined in the synopsis as “a shunned woman, brutally marked, whose fate is to hear the final confessions of the dying, eat ritual foods symbolizing their sins as a funeral rite, and thereby shoulder their transgressions to grant their souls access to heaven.” A mystery later ensues when someone leaves a deer heart on a coffin despite the deceased person not having confessed to the sin it represents, and another Sin Eater is killed for refusing to eat it.
I am rarely excited for historical fiction that isn’t either paranormal or fantasy as well, but this just sounds too good to gloss over.
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
This is probably on the list of everyone who read The Hunger Games back in the day. I myself was obsessed with the series when I was in high school when all the movies started coming out and everyone who had a mild interest in books was reading them. And I do like that this new book is not a continuation of a long-over series, as many other long not-awaited series installments of late have been, but that it is a side story about a side character.
I will definitely be reading this book when it comes out and I really hope it reminds me of that time that I was so invested in The Hunger Games series.
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
I read Gods of Jade and Shadow in 2019 and was very pleasantly surprised by it. My rating of it on Goodreads sits at a 3-star right now, but it’s definitely one that I deliberated on and my real feelings sit between a 4 than a 3, and I think I might have enjoyed more had I read a physical copy rather than listened to the audio book since it is so hard for me to connect with audio books most of the time for some reason.
That said, I really enjoyed what she did with her last book and I look forward to what she does with Mexican Gothic, which is about a debutante on a mission to rescue her newly-wed cousin.
The Deep by Alma Katsu
This is a historical fiction about The Titanic, and I never thought I’d have two historical fiction novels on this list when it’s the genre I read the least from overall. But this has a horror twist and I absolutely love it.
Basically What if the Titanic was haunted? is definitely a great story idea and I’m ready to eat that up. I’ve been saying for at least a year (probably more like two years) that I want to read more horror, and a horror novel about the Titanic sounds like just the thing I’d want to pick up.
Those are the titles I’m most excited for in 2020, but they certainly aren’t the only 2020 releases I have my eye on. What are the books you’re most looking forward to being released in the new year?