Top 10 Tuesday: Most Anticipated Book Releases for the Second Half of 2020

Posted June 29, 2020 by shooting in Discussion / 38 Comments

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Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2020

This is always a tough one, because there are so many books that I want to read! I’ll try and narrow it down to ten though!

In order of publication- 

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Your Second Act: Inspiring Stories of Reinvention by Patricia Heaton

Out: July 21 – add to Goodreads 

I love Patricia Heaton – and I’m a huge fan of her latest show, Carol’s Second Act, so when I found out she’s releasing a book all about other people’s second acts? I knew I had to read it! It also includes stories and insight from Heaton herself, and I cannot wait to read it.

Pre-order Your Second Act 


Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam

Out: September 1 – add to Goodreads 

This book is about a boy who is wrongly imprisoned, so I just know that it’s going to make me feel ALL the emotions. It’s also a YA novel in verse, which I’m personally a big fan of, and I can’t wait to see how it’s done here.

Pre-order Punching the Air

The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed

Out: September 1 – add to Goodreads 

This book takes place in 1992 Los Angeles – amidst the Rodney King Riots. Definitely a timely novel with the state of America these days – police brutality, protests, and riots, are not anything new. They weren’t anything new in 1992 either, which is one of the saddest parts.

Pre-order The Black Kids 

These Violent Delights by Micah Nemerever

Out: September 15 – add to Goodreads

I really can’t say it better than what’s written on Goodreads – “a feverishly taut Hitchcockian story about two college students, each with his own troubled past, whose escalating obsession with one another leads to an act of unspeakable violence.” Like, how GOOD does that sound? If it’s not obvious, this is an adult novel!

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And Now She’s Gone by Rachel Howzell Hall

Out: September 22 – add to Goodreads

This mystery sounds super good – a woman is gone, but are they missing? It’s also about the woman who decides to try and find her. I love a good mystery so I’m definitely curious about this one! I want all the answers!

Pre-order And Now She’s Gone 

A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik

Out: September 29 – add to Goodreads

Novik is a very popular author, but I’ve never read anything by them. However, A Deadly Education sounds like something that I would highly enjoy! The first line of the summary is this: I decided that Orion Lake needed to die after the second time he saved my life. WHY?! Give me more!!

Pre-order A Deadly Education 

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

Out: October 6 – add to Goodreads 

At this point, I’m going to read anything by Victoria/V.E. Schwab. I’m making my way through her back list and I love all of them. This sounds like such a fascinating story, and I cannot wait to meet Addie LaRue!

Pre-order The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue 

Junk Boy by Tony Abbott

Out: October 13 – add to Goodreads

First off, I love this cover. Second, it’s another YA novel in verse and that makes me excited! This looks like an emotional, but powerful read.

Pre-order Junk Boy 

Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M. Danforth

Out: October 20 – add to Goodreads 

Horror-comedy. Cursed boarding school for girls. F/F romance. I mean, COME ON! This just sounds amazing from those descriptions alone. Plus, it’s the adult debut of the author of The Miseducation of Cameron Post. I have not read Cameron Post, but I’ve heard good things, so there you go – another reason to check out Plain Bad Heroines!

Pre-order Plain Bad Heroines 

Master of One by Jaida Jones and Dani Bennett

Out: November 10 – add to Goodreads

This is the beginning of the Goodreads’ summary: Sinister sorcery. Gallows humor. A queer romance so glorious it could be right out of fae legend itself. Master of One is a fantasy unlike any other.

I don’t always gravitate toward fantasy books, but I’ve really enjoyed certain ones in the past and Master of One just sounds so good!!

Pre-order Master of One 

Do we have any books in common? Did you find a new book from my list? Let me know in the comments!!! 

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38 responses to “Top 10 Tuesday: Most Anticipated Book Releases for the Second Half of 2020

  1. Oh wow I haven’t heard of any of these!! It sounds like there are some really good ones to look forward to later this year.

  2. The Black sounds so good,. I was in middle school during those riots and it was pretty scary where I lived at the time. I was eyeing this book, and want to read it! You have a great list here Lauren!

  3. Ooooh so many good books on your list! Thanks for sharing/ I’m always looking for new bookshelf reads and my local library just opened ? curbside pickup only but it’s so nice to see it back in business!!

  4. Jen

    Dang, there are some awesome books on here! Deadly, Patricia Heaton, oh pretty much everything! I can see why you are excited about these. I am pinning and sharing, so I can grab some of these!

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