With 2019 in the rearview mirror, we embark on a new year of reading. From authors debuting their first novels to memoirs complaining about being an employee at a startup company, the year 2020 is bringing all the literary punches. This year is even bringing us the prequel to the Hunger Games– who would have guessed that was ever going to see the light of day?
Fan favorites such as Cassandra Clare, James Patterson, and Tahereh Mafi are bringing their literary genius to 2020, along with a flurry of new, talented writers. Get your B&N and Amazon cards ready, because there are plenty of pages to turn this year!
You’ll Read Chain Of Gold In One Sitting
2020 brings us back to the world of Shadowhunters and downworlders with Cassandra Clare’s newest installment in the mortal instrument universe, Chain of Gold. If you’re familiar with the franchise, then the names Will and Tessa will ring a bell. This novel will follow the children of Will and Tessa (James and Lucie) as they wind up on dark adventures through Edwardian London.
Chain of Gold is the first novel in Clare’s new trilogy called “The Last Hours.” According to Goodreads, the book will be published by Margaret K. McElderly Books on March 3, 2020, and will run for 544 pages.
Such A Fun Age Is Author Kiley Reid’s Debut Novel
Kiley Reid’s debut novel, Such A Fun Age, was published on December 31, 2019, making it one of the new year’s most highly anticipated books. The story follows a young African-American babysitter as she takes the white child she’s caring for to an upscale supermarket in Philadelphia. There, a security guard accuses her of kidnapping, setting the stage for what Entertainment Weekly calls “The most provocative page-turner of the year.”
Reid’s debut novel is an instant New York Times Bestseller, A Reese’s Book Club top pick, as well as a Hello Sunshine Book Pick. The story was published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons and is 320 pages.
Uncanny Valley Has The Startup Company Gossip You’ve Been Waiting For
For all of the memoir readers out there, you’re not going to want to miss out on the chance to read Anna Wiener’s Uncanny Valley. In the story, Wiener takes the reader on a journey through her professional life, starting when she leaves her book publishing job to pursue a career at a startup tech company.
Being seduced by the promises of Silicon Valley, Wiener discusses her first-hand experience with what she calls “immersion therapy for internalized misogyny.” The memoir is said to be one of the top books to read in 2020 by major sources, such as ELLE, Amazon, and Vogue.
American Dirt Is Being Hailed As The New Grapes Of Wrath
Jeanine Cummins, the author of the novel American Dirt, said to the New York Times that she isn’t sure if she is the right person to tell this story. The story being that of a family who lives in the Mexican City of Acapulco and gets mixed up with the “jefe” of the newest drug cartel in the area. The novel is said to be a page-turner, a literary achievement, and one of the most important books of our time.
It’s safe to say Cummins was the right person to write Lydia Quixano Perez’s story. The book is set to be published on January 21, 2020, by Flatiron Books.
Unspeakable Things Will Keep You Up At Night
Inspired by a truly terrifying true story from Jess Lourey’s hometown comes Unspeakable Things. Meet Cassie McDowell, a small-town Minnesota girl who lives a comfortable life in the 1980s. That is until someone comes hunting in her town of Lilydale. Afterward, boys start to go missing, coming back violent, moody, and withdrawn from the community. What happened to them?
In an adult world where sin is justified, and only the truth will get you in trouble, Cassie has limited time to figure out what is happening. Suspense is a nice way of saying this book will keep you up at night! It was published on January 1, 2020.
You’ll Volunteer As Tribute To Be First In Line To Buy A Ballad Of Songbirds and Snakes
If you’re a fan of Suzanne Collins’ popular young adult series The Hunger Games, then you’re not going to want to miss the prequel, A Ballad Of Songbirds and Snakes. The novel takes us back in time, 64-years before Katniss and the rebellion, starting the morning of the Tenth Hunger Games at the infamous reaping ceremonies.
According to Goodreads, Scholastic Press is expected to publish the highly anticipated novel on May 19, 2020. The Kindle edition will be 540 pages, so get your favorite Mockingjay sweatshirt ready, because you’re not going to want to leave the couch once you get your hands on a copy.
Imagine Me, The Finale Of The Shatter Me Series Is Finally Here!
The highly anticipated final book of Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me series is finally here! Imagine Me follows the complicated relationship between Ella and Juliette. Now that Ella knows what Juliette was created for, things have just become a bit more complicated. With the day of reckoning for the Reestablishment right around the corner, she needs to choose her side. The thing is, the choice might be out of her hands.
If you’ve followed the journey of Juliette through the last five Mafi books, you’re not going to miss this last installment. HarperCollins will publish Imagine me on March 31, 2020.
You Are Not Alone Makes You Question Peoples Sincerity
You Are Not Alone is the 2020 psychological thriller by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen that will have you questioning new friendships. The story follows Shay Miller, a young adult who is pretty bored with her life and wishes for something a bit more glamorous. Meet the Moore sisters, Cassandra and Jane, who befriend Shay.
We’re not going to give away all of the twists and turns of this book; just keep in mind the old phrase “keep your friends close and your enemies closer.” You Are Not Alone will be published by St. Martin’s Press on March 3, 2020.
House Of Earth And Blood Is The Start To A Brand New Series
New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas is gracing the top-reads list once again with a start to her new “Crescent City” series, House of Earth and Blood. Revolving around a half-fae and half-human protagonist, Bryce Quinlan, the story follows her as she seeks revenge in a fantasy world consisting of magic, danger, and, of course, romance with a fallen angel.
The fantasy is sure to keep you busy for a while, with a total of 816 pages! Bloomsbury Publishing will publish House of Earth and Blood on March 3, 2020. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to dive into one of 2020s new book universes!
One Of Us Is Next Brings Readers Back To Bayview High
Simon’s gone, but someone is dead-set on keeping his gossiping ways alive at Bayview High. The only problem is this time there’s a new set of rules. Karen M. McManus’ highly anticipated sequel One of Us is Next, brings readers back to Bayview, where the Bayview four have been cleared of Simon’s death, and gossip just hasn’t been the same…until now.
If you need a good mystery in your life, don’t look any further than One of Us is Next (maybe read One of Us is Lying first, to avoid confusion). Delacorte Press is publishing the book for Young Readers on January 7, 2020.
Dear Edward Is Sure To Bring You To Tears
Ann Napolitano’s Dear Edward is based on the tragic real-life event of a commercial airliner traveling from South Africa to London and crashing in Lybia. A young boy survived while his parents, brother, and the rest of the passengers died. Napolitano’s story revolves around Edward, a 12-year-old who is the sole survivor of flight 183, and how he comes to terms with his grief.
The book follows two timelines, the hours leading up to the crash, and Edward’s life after the fact. New York Times calls the novel a “masterful study in suspense, grief, and survival.” Dial Press published the book on January 6, 2020.
Two Sisters Are On Opposite Sides Of The Long Bright River
Liz Moore’s new book, Long Bright River, brings us into the world of two sisters from Philadelphia who walk the same streets but couldn’t be on more different paths. Kacey lives on the streets and deals with addiction, while Mickey, has a shiny badge and patrols the same blocks. Then, during a time of mysterious murders, Kacey disappears, and it’s up to Mickey to find her before it’s too late.
Alternating between the sisters’ childhood and the present-day mystery, Long Bright River is a suspenseful novel that reminds us of the importance of fate, family, and asking for help. Riverhead Books published the 496-page novel on January 7, 2020.
Big Lies In A Small Town Will Have You Looking At Art Differently
If you’re into small-town mysteries, you’re not going to want to miss Diane Chamberlain’s Big Lies in a Small Town. Meet Morgan Christopher, an artist who is sentenced to three years in a North Carolina Women’s Correctional Facility for a crime she did not commit. Enter a mysterious person who gives her a deal she can’t refuse: restore an old post office mural and be immediately released. Deal!
What Morgan doesn’t know is that the mural could unlock secrets from a 1940s woman named Anna Dale. Are you interested? Us, too! Big Lie in a Small Town was published by St. Martin’s Press on January 14, 2020.
You’ll Read The Boy From The Woods In One Sitting
With over 70 million print copies worldwide, Harlan Coben is ready for the March 17, 2020, release of his new book The Boy From The Woods The story follows Wilde, a mysterious man who was found living in the woods when he was only a child. Nearly 30-years later, Wilde moves back to the wilderness to live by himself.
It’s a peaceful life until he gets wrapped up in the mysterious disappearance of a local girl, and local law enforcement asks for his unique skills to help find her. Now, he has to return to the community that never fully accepted him, in hopes of uncovering secrets before it’s too late.
The Gravity Of Us Is The Debut Novel For Author Phil Stamper
According to Goodreads, Phil Stamper is a new YA talent to watch. His debut novel, The Gravity of Us, is proof that he can capture the trials and tribulations that come with teenage first loves and self-doubt. The story follows successful social media journalist Cal, a 17-year-old who is uprooted from his home in Brooklyn when his father is selected for a highly publicized NASA mission.
In Houston, he meets Leon, another “Astrokid,” who he quickly falls for. When secrets of the mission are uncovered, Cal must find a way to reveal the truth without hurting those he loves. What will happen? Find out on February 4, 2020!
The Author Of Suspense, Minka Kent, Brings Us When I Was You
In Wall Street Journal‘s bestselling author Minka Kent’s new psychological thriller, When I Was You, a stolen identity leads a woman down a dangerous path to the truth. After a brutal attack, Brienne Dougray is a hermit, staying at home and scared to venture outside. That is until she discovers someone has been living as her — same hair, car, name, and clothing.
Thomas & Mercer are publishing the book on February 1, 2020. So, be sure to get your copy and see if Brienne can reclaim her life. Or are her fears of the outside world going to end up being too much for her to handle?
The Sea Of Lost Girls Has So Many Twists And Turns You Won’t Know Which Way Is Up
2020 is the year Carol Goodman brings readers a twisting and harrowing tale of a prestigious prep school. Tess has kept her past hidden for 18 years. Now, alongside her husband, she’s a professor at an elite boarding school where her son, Rudy, attends. Everything is good until Tess receives a call from Rudy at 2:50 in the morning. His girlfriend is dead, he’s a suspect, and their family is left in an unwanted spotlight.
Was it a tragic death? Or are there more skeletons in the prep school’s closet just waiting to come to light? Find out on March 3, 2020, when William Morrow Paperbacks publishes The Sea of Lost Girls.
Credence Brings You To The Mountains Of Colorado
New York Times bestselling author Penelope Douglas brings to 2020 a new standalone novel, Credence. As the only child of a famous film producer and starlet mother, Tiernan de Hass grew up with wealth but no love or guidance. Then, her parents suddenly pass away, and Tiernan is sent to live with her father’s stepbrother and his sons in the remote mountains of Colorado.
From fame and fortune to survival skills, for the first time, Tiernan has to figure out life far away from the rest of the world. Credence was published on January 13, 2020. For fans of Douglas, you’re not going to want to miss this book!
James Patterson and James O. Born’s Latest And Greatest: Lost
From acclaimed author James Patterson and James O. Born comes the thrilling detective story, Lost. The story follows Detective Tom Moon and his team as they face off with an international crime ring that is trying to take control of Miami. With an international drug lord on your heals, anything is possible.
If you’re a fan of one of the world’s bestselling authors, then you’re not going to want to miss the chance to read Lost. As avid readers of Patterson’s book can attest, the author has a way of immersing the reader into the universe he’s created; Lost is no different. The book was published on January 13, 2020.
Don’t Read The Comments Dives Into The World Of Online Trolls
Eric Smith dives into the world of online gaming with Don’t Read The Comments. The Story follows two characters: Divya Sharma, a gaming celebrity who trades her rising-star status for sponsorships to help pay the bills, and Aaron Jericho, who wants nothing more than for one of his games to be picked up by local developers. Fates align when the two meet on a remote planet in the game “Reclaim the Sun.” Then the trolling starts.
Will the comments threaten Aaron’s dreams of writing the next big game? Or how about Divya’s actual livelihood? Find out on January 28, 2020!