Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Book Releases for the First Half of 2020

Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

I’ve been looking forward to this prompt for weeks! There are so many amazing books coming out over the next six months.

Book cover for When You Were Everything by Ashley Woodfolk. Figures on cover show two friends embracing, one friend walking away from the other, and then the first friend all alone.

1. When You Were Everything by Ashley Woodfolk

Release Date: March 10

Why I’m Excited for It: There aren’t enough books out there about friendship, especially when it comes to the end of a friendship. I hope this one does so well that publishers realize there’s a demand for these types of stories.

Harley in the Sky by Akemi Dawn Bowman book cover. Image on cover is stylized one of a trapeze artist tumbling upside down.

2. Harley in the Sky by Akemi Dawn Bowman 

Release Date: March 10

Why I’m Excited for It: I’m fascinated by trapeze artists and want to read more about them.

The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin book cover. Image on cover is of the underside of a bridge and the skyline of a large city.

3. The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin 

Release Date: March 26

Why I’m Excited for It: This is apparently based on her short story called “The City Born Great.” I loved the world building in that story and can’t wait to see where Ms. Jemisin goes next with it.

Jack Kerouac Is Dead to Me by Gae Polisner book cover. Image on cover is of a butterfly, and there is a quote by Kate McGarry on the upper righthand side that says, "an absolutely real, raw, and emotional read."

4. Jack Kerouac Is Dead to Me by Gae Polisner

Release Date: April 7

Why I’m Excited for It: While the young adult genre in general is getting better at including mental illness reps, I can’t remember the last time I read about a character who was at all familiar with Dissociative Identity Disorder. I hope it’s a good read that does justice for this illness!

 Loveless by Alice Oseman book cover. Image on the front is of a young girl holding a heart that is releasing smaller hearts into the air.

5. Loveless by Alice Oseman

Release Date: April 30

Why I’m Excited for It: There have been a few great books about asexual characters that came out over the last few years. This one is about someone who is aromantic and asexual, so I’m super curious to see what it will be like.

G.O.A.T. - Serena Williams: Making the Case for the Greatest of All Time by Tami Charles book cover. Image on cover is of tennis trophy and outline of Serena Williams playing tennis.

6. G.O.A.T. – Serena Williams: Making the Case for the Greatest of All Time by Tami Charles

Release Date: May 5

Why I’m Excited for It: I’ve never been good at any sports no matter how hard I tried to play them. Serena’s talent on the tennis court amazes me, and I’d like to learn more about  where it came from and how she became a star in her sport.

The Anthill by Julianne Pachico book cover. Image on cover is of a barrio.

7. The Anthill by Julianne Pachico

Release Date: May 12

Why I’m Excited for It: As soon as I saw the phrase “literary ghost story” in the blurb, I knew I had to read this one. Hauntings of both the literal and metaphorical kinds are always interesting to me.

Supernavigators: Exploring the Wonders of How Animals Find Their Way by David Barrie  book cover. Image on cover is of a bear reaching down to touch the "U" in the title and a bird and two bees flying around the title.

8. Supernavigators: Exploring the Wonders of How Animals Find Their Way by David Barrie 

Release Date: May 28

Why I’m Excited for It: My sense of direction is honestly not spectacular. Like reading about star athletes, I find joy in learning how other living beings find their way around in our world much better than I can!

The Remarkable Life of the Skin: An Intimate Journey Across Our Largest Organ by Monty Lyman  book cover. Image on cover is of a patch of human skin that is perspiring slightly.

9. The Remarkable Life of the Skin: An Intimate Journey Across Our Largest Organ by Monty Lyman  

Release Date: June 2

Why I’m Excited for It: I take good care of my skin. Reading about the newest science on what you should and shouldn’t do for healthy skin is something I enjoy quite a bit. Here’s hoping this book will touch on that topic!



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111 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Book Releases for the First Half of 2020

  1. Great list! I’m so glad Loveless has been brought to my attention this week – as someone on the aro/ace spectrum, I’m always on the lookout for more rep and this sounds like the kind of book I needed when I was a teenager. The City We Became and When You Were Everything made my list this week, too!

  2. I haven’t heard of so many of these but I’ve seen Loveless on a few peoples’ list today and I’m getting really curious! I still haven’t read anything by Oseman yet, so maybe this’ll be the one! I’m also curious about Harley in the Sky (and all Bowman’s books tbh because their covers are so gorgeous)! Hope you enjoy all of these, Lydia 🙂

    My TTT post

  3. Looks like some interesting reading. Need to add the Remarkable Life of the Skin to my list. Not doing this today as I don’t have a list of not yet released books.

  4. Your list is fantastic! I somehow forgot about The City We Became or it would have been on my list this week. I hadn’t even heard of When You Were Everything, and it’s definitely going on my TBR because I love books about friendship. And I’m curious to see what Loveless will be like as well.

  5. So excited about Loveless as well!

  6. Lydia, I hope you are able to get your hands on these when they are released. I found this week’s topic hard because I don’t pay huge attention to new released, except for those I get early on Netgalley. But here’s my go at it: 🙂

  7. I’ve seen The City We Became everywhere lately. I’m so intrigued. I hope you get to read all of these soon and then share what you thought of them! 🙂

  8. the Storyenthusiast

    You chose some books with some great covers!

  9. Louise @ Foxes and Fairy Tales

    I hadn’t heard of Harley in the Sky but the trapeze artist thi g really interests me too!

  10. Wow–trapeze artists! I read a book several years ago about a circus, but it didn’t go into those folks lives! Good list

  11. I almost put Harley in the Sky on my list. Definitely looking forward to that one!

  12. Ooh nice picks! All totally new to me ones. Hope you enjoy them these next 6 months!

    Thanks for visiting my TTT!

  13. I hadn’t heard of HARLEY IN THE SKY or THE CITY WE BECAME before today, but now I’m super interested in both. I’m definitely adding them to my TBR list. I hope we both love them and that you enjoy all your other picks.

    Happy TTT!


  14. This looks an amazing set of books especially the trapeze and the animals book. 💜

  15. I really love the sound of When We Were Everything! Adding to my TBR 😊

  16. I have not heard of most of these Lydia, but I love that you give your reasons of why you want to read them. I am hoping to read more Non-Fiction this year and there are a couple on this list that might fit that spot nicely.

  17. Taylor

    What a diverse and interesting mix of books you’ve picked this week! Some of them I’m familiar with and excited for (loveless, harley in the sky, etc.) and some I’ve never even heard of! Like I had no idea Serena Williams had a book coming out. I hope you get to all of these in 2020!

  18. Awesome list. I’m looking forward to Loveless, too!

  19. You’ve got a wide variety of interesting sounding books! Supernavigators sounds really interesting. I think we keep discovering more and more of the fascinating things animals can do. Good list!

  20. Ahhh I almost put The City We Became on my list, it definitely sounds interesting and I heard a lot of great things about Jemisin’s other books.

  21. I feel like When You Were Everything is going to break my heart more than almost any “traditional” romance. I’m definitely adding that one to my list.

  22. I have seen so much hype for Loveless! It sounds so good. I hope they are everything you want and more!

  23. I will be adding Loveless to my tbr and anticipated releases for 2020. Thank you!

  24. You just put a lot of books on my radar. I have several I want to check out now!

  25. I didn’t know about When You Were Everything before reading your list and now I can’t wait to read it. Heh. Great list. 🙂

  26. I’m excited for Harley in the Sky too. I’ve had such good luck with Bowman’s books.

  27. I’m so excited for Loveless! There aren’t many books with aro-ace rep I could find so I can’t wait to read it.

  28. I’ll be curious to see what you think about Harley in the Sky! I’ve heard the author’s other work is really good. I haven’t heard a lot of these books, so it was fun checking them out. What an interesting list!

  29. Many of these are new to me, but it looks like a great list. Loveless sounds like it will be superb.

  30. 2020 looks like an amazing book year. Glad to see a new Alice Oseman coming as well.

  31. I’m planning on reading Loveless too! Also, I totally agree that there aren’t nearly enough books that focus on friendship.

  32. I didn’t realize the Jack Kerouac story had DID rep. I have a family member with it.

  33. I’ve been curious about Loveless, as well. I’ve only read Alice Oseman’s graphic novel, Heartstopper, and I’ve been curious about her novels ever since.

  34. My wish list is bursting thanks to all these posts today. Yours added several more to my list as well. The City We Became is one I only recently heard of, and I definitely want to read that at some point. Loveless interests me as well. The Anthill sounds intriguing! I hope you get a chance to read all of these and enjoy them! Happy Reading!

  35. Sarah

    These all sound super interesting! I’m not a good navigator ether, I’m also excited for The City We Became, and I think a literary ghost story could be awesome if well done! Great list Lydia!

  36. I actually have a copy of Jack Kerouac is Dead to Me, and cannot wait to start it! Like you said, more authors are attempting to write about mental illness, but it doesn’t always work out. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this book does it justice. My husband is a huge Kerouac fan (one of our dogs shares the name), and his love of the author has rubbed off on me (a little, not really my favorite genre). 😉

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? 💬

  37. Great list, I’ve not heard of any of these books but they look interesting.

  38. Oh my, the cover for When you Were everything breaks my heart and makes me want to read it right now!

  39. Harley in the Sky sounds interesting. I don’t know much about it but it’s about a circus, so I’m here for it. 🙂

  40. So many awesome choices!! I hope you love all of them <3

  41. I love friendship books so I’ll have to look up When You Were Everything.

  42. How funny, we seemed to have switched reading places; me loving much of what I read last year but not excited about new releases and your lists are vice versa.
    You did get me with literary ghost story too,however, I may have to seek out Anthill.

  43. So excited for The City We Became! And I agree that we need more books on friendship!

  44. This is a great list of books! I hope you get to read all of them.

  45. Definitely looking forward to Loveless. Thanks for sharing!

  46. 2020 is going to be an amazing year!!! I want so many of these.

  47. I found some new reads to add to my tbr. Great picks. When You Were Everything by Ashley Woodfolk sounds like a good read.

  48. I’m terrible at keeping up with new releases, so I went a different direction this week. But I’m learning so much from everyone’s TTT! I am 110% going to read When You Were Everything. You’re right — the world needs more books about friendship.

  49. I’m also looking forward to When You Were Everything. It sounds terrific!

  50. Ooooh I am adding When You Were Everything to my TBR! I hope all of these books are five star reads for you! 🙂

  51. Great list! When You Were Everything looks awesome – I added it to my Goodreads!

  52. I don´t know any of the authors (except for Serena Williams) but your list contains some very interesting looking books. Thank you for sharing.

  53. The City We Became seems like a popular one for this TTT! I’m excited for it, too. I also love the fact that you included non-fiction as well as fiction on your list. I’m not always aware of NF pre-release.

  54. Harley in the Sky is excellent! I was lucky enough to get an ARC and it’s really beautiful. I’m also super looking forward to Loveless – I love Alice Oseman’s books and this one is particularly important to me so I’m looking forward to it a lot.

    Happy reading in 2020!

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