Like a lot of readers (and all book bloggers), I’ve been looking ahead to the books that will be released next year. Some of them I’m pretty excited about, and some…not so much. Veronica Roth has a new adult sci-fi novel slated for release in April, and it sounds super generic. Who knows, it might be great! Based on her track record, I don’t have high hopes.
Here are some new releases that I am looking forward to.
1. The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones – (May 19th) This is a horror novel about an unknown entity exacting revenge on four American Indian men from the Blackfeet Nation. Jones has been recommended to me before, and since I’ve recently delved into the horror genre, I think now is a good time to read this. I’m also trying to find more works by and about indigenous peoples, so this seems like a perfect fit.
2. My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell – (March 20th) This ARC is currently on my bedside table, and I’m looking forward to reading it soon! It follows a teenage girl who becomes involved in an affair with her teacher, and later in life is contacted by another woman accusing the same man of sexual abuse. She must reconcile her memories of the relationship with the realities of power balance, manipulation, and abuse. This sounds like a really interesting read!
3. Wow, No Thank You by Samantha Irby – (March 31st) I love everything Samantha Irby writes, and I need more of her in my life. She writes so well about her real life experiences, making them informative and hilarious all at once. Being plus sized in a world that worships thinness only induced embarrassment and cringiness for so long, and I’m so grateful that now we have writers who use humor to portray the ways we walk through life differently. Irby’s writing has also made me much more aware of how queer women and women of color face challenges that are far different than mine. More of this, please.
4. A Queen in Hiding by Sarah Kozloff – (January 21st) So this book is particularly intriguing to me, because the author is releasing a four book fantasy series in the span of four months, with A Queen in Hiding starting in January. If I enjoy the first book, I’ll love the fact that I don’t have to wait another year or more for the next in the series. These aren’t short books or novellas, either. The first one is 496 pages! I really want to know how long she’s been sitting on these books and waiting to publish them almost simultaneously.
5. Stormlight Archive #4 by Brandon Sanderson – (November 17th) The tentative title seems to be The Rhythm of War, but neither the author nor the publisher have confirmed this. Also, I haven’t even read the first three books in this series, and this book is on my most anticipated books of 2020 list. Sanderson is that good! I’ve read five of his other books so far, and I’m planning on making my way through his entire catalog in 2020.
6. We Wish You Luck by Caroline Zancan – (January 14th) I love reading stories about tight knit groups of friends, especially when there’s murder or betrayal involved. Call me macabre. Zancan’s novel is about a trio of grad students who want to be writers and decide to exact revenge on a professor after she ruins one of their own. Stores like this also kind of remind me of the Inspector Lewis Masterpiece Mysteries, and I am here for it.
7. Follow Me to Ground by Sue Rainsford – (January 21st) This is about a young woman and her father, who are healers that help the locals, called “Cures,” by cracking open their bodies or by temporarily burying them underground. The young woman falls in love with one of the Cures, and begins to rethink the trajectory of her life. It sounds a bit spooky and fairy tale-esque. Also, look at that cover! What a stunner.
8. The Everlasting by Katy Simpson Smith – (March 24th) I’m not normally attracted to novels of historical fiction, but this literary tale of love stories across 2,000 years might be the one for me. This novel is set in four different centuries and follows four different love stories. This cover is also pretty great.
I’ve included my affiliate links for IndieBound in case any of these sound interesting to you and you decide to pre-order! I’d love to hear what you guys are looking forward to reading next year.