I feel like every year, there are just more and more new releases that I’m dying to read.
2020 has some impressive books lined up, and I would love to talk about all of them, but that would take days. Instead, I’ve decided to highlight my 20 most anticipated 2020 releases, and throw in an extra 140 amazing releases separated in lists so that you can check all of them out on your own!
Speaking of separate lists- I tried to organize these… somewhat. There are 4 different sections of releases: New Series– the book is the first in a soon-to-be series Sequels & Prequels– the book is a continuation of a series that has at least one book in it already Standalones– the book has little to no affiliation with a series and can be read alone The Untitled Section– can include any of those types of books above, but all of these books don’t have titles. I don’t know why I felt that needed a category, but I wanted to make one.
Release Date: 2/4/2020 Series: All The Stars and Teeth #1 Genre: YA Fantasy (Pirates) Publisher: Imprint Page Count: 384 When Princess Amora’s demonstration to prove her mastery of soul magic goes awry, she strikes a deal with a pirate, Bastian. In return for helping her prove she is fit for the throne, she must help him reclaim the magic that was stolen from him. I’ve been so excited for this book for years now, and I can’t wait to finally read it! Also, it comes out on my birthday, so I can tell this year is gonna be a good one.
Release Date: 2/4/2020 Series: Queen’s Secret #1 Genre: YA Fantasy Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons Page Count: 384 Caledon is the Queen’s only assassin, and the kingdom’s deadliest weapon. Shadow dreams of becoming an assassin like him, training to join the Guild, while also learning to control her magic that is forbidden in the kingdom. When an attack brings the two of them together, they must team up to hunt down Renovia’s newest threat.
Release Date: 3/3/2020 Series: The Last Hours #1 Genre: YA Urban Fantasy Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books Page Count: 544 Yet another new series in Cassandra Clare’s world of Shadowhunters. Chain of Gold takes place in Edwardian London, following the children of Will and Tessa Herondale- James and Lucie- as well as Cordelia Carstairs, whose name may sound familiar if you’ve read the The Dark Artifices series.
Before I get into this, I just want to mention a post I made of 8 Things Every Book Collector Has Heard. I also just made a post about consumerism in the book community. Be sure to check that out! I feel a little hypocritical doing a bookshelf tour right after talking about how consumerism is negatively effecting the community. However, I think it’s possible to let yourself take pride in your collection and share it with others while also being aware that it became the way it is because of an unhealthy mentality surrounding book buying as well as pressures from the community.
Disclaimer: This collection has been a lifetime in the making. I’m 21, and I’ve been actively collecting books & bookish things with every spare dollar I’ve had, for over six years. This didn’t happen overnight, so if you’re just starting a collection and desperate to make it bigger, just give it time! Don’t go out purchasing a dozen books you never want to read. Be patient and let it grow with you.
One of my favorite things in my life is my book collection (also my dogs, who love to jump in any pictures I try to take of my collection). It’s been years in the making, and something I spend most of my extra time and money on.
I know it’s definitely excessive, but it brings me so much joy that it’s worth losing all wall space in my bedroom. And today, I wanted to go into detail on my shelves and how I organize them, as well as some tips I’ve learned.
This series. I remember reading ACOTAR for the first time back in 2015 and falling in love with the world and the characters. I still adore it now, 3 years later.
Overall: 5/5 Stars
Plot and Themes:4.5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 5/5 Review in a Nutshell: A Court of Thorns and Roses is a breathtaking fantasy that will immerse you in a beautiful yet cruel world, with characters sure to stick with you and quotes that will stay in your mind for years.
[ UPDATE: I’ve edited this review since my initial posting, dropping the rating from a 4.5 to a 3 (and that’s me being nice). The more I think about this book, the more I realized how disappointing it is, and how unnecessary it feels. It was a money grab disguised as fan service. ]
Overall: 3/5 Stars Characters: 4/5 Setting: 4/5 Writing: 3/5 Plot and Themes: 2/5 Awesomeness Factor: 2/5 Review in a Nutshell: A Court of Frost and Starlight is a fluffy, quick read that sets up the next book in the universe. It’s basically a filler christmas fanfic.
“I think my heart knew you were mine long before I ever realized it.”