Top 5 Tuesday || Anticipated Books of 2020

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2020’s New Releases are Coming…

My anticipated books of 2020 list is probably a mile long. Narrowing it down to only five, as per the rules for Shanah @ Bionic Bookworm’s wonderful meme, is hard.

Never let it be said I back down from a challenge, though, because here they are: my top five picks for the whole year.

Fingers crossed they’ll all clock in at 5 stars, huh?

All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace (All the Stars and Teeth #1)

All the Stars and Teeth Cover, blue with a border of bones, ships, and mermaid tails

Pirates? Mermaids? Dangerous magic and threatened thrones? Basically, ATSAT has all the things I crave in a fantasy book, and it has a stunning cover to boot! I’m actually really bummed I don’t have it in my budget to make a pre-order, because the accompanying goodies look FANTASTIC.

At least it’s right around the corner, though, releasing February 4th. I bet I can convince my library to put it on the shelves…


The Faithless Hawk by Margaret Owen (The Merciful Crow #2)

The Faithless Hawk Cover, showing a hooded figure with a golden throne behind them

Last year, The Merciful Crow bowled me over with its stunning prose and sharp plot. I fell in love with it from the first page, and stayed in love all the way through the last. Of course, this means I have to find out how Fie’s story ends, and if the Crows finally get the respect they deserve. Oh, and if Barf the cat manages to survive her owner’s harrowing experiences!

Unfortunately, this one is going to have me waiting until July 28th, which is AGONY. Someone send help.


Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey

Upright Women Wanted cover, showing sideways Western silhouettes

The entire premise of this book is queer librarians on horseback kicking fascist ass, and I am here for it. Why wouldn’t I want to read yet another book that has “be gay, do crimes” written all over it? Plus, Gailey has proven they’re sharp with alternate history reimaginings, given what I’ve heard about American Hippo. And I want more non-binary authors on my shelf. And I want more adult lit on my shelf.

This one is also waiting until February 4th, but that’s not far away!


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

It seems a little fitting I don’t have a cover image to share here, given the title of this book. But I am a Schwab fan through and through, and I am fascinated by the premise of it, no cover required. A French girl sells her soul to the devil in order to live forever, and in return, he curses her to be forgotten by everyone she meets. Except 300 years later, a boy remembers her.

It’s going to be an adult stand-alone releasing on October 6th, if Goodreads proves reliable. How am I supposed to wait that long?


Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust

Girl Serpent Thorn Cover, showing two intertwined white snakes among thorns and pink peonies

I want this book to absolutely destroy me. It’s a bisexual Persian fairy tale retelling about a girl whose touch is lethal and poisonous, and I remember reading a truly stunning excerpt of the first chapter a while back. It had me convinced that the prose in this book was going to come for my throat, and with a cover that sharp and a concept that intriguing? I am more than happy to let Girl, Serpent, Thorn absolutely wreck me. Sign me right up.

That said, I’m going to have to wait until May 12th, because the universe likes to torment me with wonderful books just out of reach.


There you have it, my top anticipated books of 2020. There’s so many honorable mentions that didn’t make it on this list, but only by a hair. Cemetery Boys, anyone? How about Burn Our Bodies DownThe Silence of the Bones? Ugh, maybe I should have just gone for ten books with this post. Two T5Ts for the price of one, right?

But tell me which releases you’re most looking forward to this year!

5 thoughts on “Top 5 Tuesday || Anticipated Books of 2020

  1. First of all I have to applaud you for being able to narrow down just 5 books for this because my 2020 anticipated releases spreadsheet is days long but these are great picks!! Especially hyped for Girl, Serpent, Thorn.

    I’m also excited for Sarah Gailey’s other book coming out this year a YA witch book, When We Were Magic. There’s a good chunk of my list that’s full of witchy books.

    1. It was HARD to get it narrowed down. Would not do it again. Would dump my entire anticipated list instead. 😂 But YES Girl, Serpent, Thorn sounds soooooooo good.

      That one is on my list too! I haven’t read any of their work yet, but they’re so fun on Twitter and everything they write sounds tailor made for me based on the summaries, so I’ve got to get to their work sooner rather than later.

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