Most Anticipated Releases of the First Quarter of 2020

Hi! Today I would like to talk about some new books I’m excited to read. I decided, instead of one huge post with all my most anticipated releases of 2020, I’ll do four throughout the year, one for every season. It’s more manageable that way, and I still have time to find more books to include for later on this year.

So… there are quite a few books that are coming out (or, for a portion of these, have already came out) this winter I really want to get to this year. I might not be picking them up as soon as they are released, but nevertheless, I am excited to read all of them.

The Night Country by Melissa Albert

This one is already out – it came out on January 7th and it’s a sequel to The Hazel Wood. I read The Hazel Wood back in 2018, not too long after its release, and really enjoyed it. It was a great debut fantasy novel, very atmospheric, fast paced and whimsical. I read it in one day (it’s 360 pages long, so you decide if that means anything) and the ending got me crazy excited for the second book. Though the excitement died a bit over time, I’m still itching to pick up this sequel.

19 Love Songs by David Levithan

19 Love Songs also released on January 7th and managed to fly right under my radar until I saw it in the bookstore and FREAKED.OUT. I always make a point of saying how romance is not my genre and how much I hate it, but the truth is, I’m trash for Levithan. Give me all of the Levithan’s romance. This one is an anthology of short stories centred around Valentine’s Day and they feature some characters from his other books and I will definitely be getting to it in February.

A Queen in Hiding by Sarah Kozloff

I’m always up for fantasy, and always looking for adult fantasy specifically. This one sounds really good and gives me The Queen of the Tearling vibes (not sure if it’s the cover or the title), which I adore with all my heart. Also, the full quartet comes out this year – this book has been out for 4 days, and the 3 remaining ones are to follow one month apart. So, if I enjoy this one, I will definitely be reading the rest of the series.

The Mystwick School of Musicraft by Jessica Khuory

Also out already, since 21st of this month, a MG novel about a girl who goes to a music school to learn magic. It sounds amazing, fresh and like heaps of fun. MG stories are always great to read when I feel like an adventure story and this one reminds me of Nevermoor, which I loved.

Night Spinner by Addie Thorley

Some of ye might be getting Night Spinner in February, but anyone who is looking to purchase a paperback copy in Ireland or UK sadly needs to wait until March 1st. I’m not going to lie to you – I don’t know much about this book other than it’s a Hunchback of Notre Dame retelling and it’s full of magic. Sometimes that is all I need to be sold on a book (insert a shrug here). It’s meant to be light on the romance, too, which is always a plus (with the exception of David Levithan of course) as I feel all of YA fantasies in the last couple of years have had so much romance in them, it’s quite frankly nauseating.

All The Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace

Also out on March 1st is this stunning debut from Adalyn Grace about mermaids, pirates and blood magic. Tomi Adeyemi rated it 5 stars so it must be good, right?? I honestly need some YA fantasy to not suck and this has the biggest potential ever to be good and I can’t wait to pick it up and find out if it reached it.

The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin

I haven’t read anything by N.K. Jemisin yet, but this book sounds right up my alley and N.K. Jemisin is such a well loved author, I think I will really enjoy this. It’s an urban fantasy (adult one, too, which somehow seems more promising, though I am not shitting on YA) about New York city and her five souls! Evil is brewing, trying to destroy her five protectors. It sounds fantastic! It’s out on the 24th of March, so not too long to wait.

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

And last, but by no means, least (and also out on the 24th of March) is the long awaited novel by Emily St. John Mandel – The Glass Hotel. It’s been a good couple of years since her debut novel came out, and also a couple of years since I’ve read it, but I really enjoyed it (how many times can I say that in one post, honestly…), especially the writing style, and so I’m eager to read something else from her. This one is a literary fiction (I thought it was sci fi for the longest time) and I have avoided looking into what it is actually about – I feel like with some stories it’s just better not to know. You can still be very excited to read a book even if you don’t know what it is about, right?

That would be all for now. Today’s question is something I’d really appreciate your answer on and it is How do you find new releases? I try to look through Goodreads every now and then, but I don’t find it a very reliable source, I feel like lots of books slip under my radar.

I will talk to you soon!

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