I am not usually one to have lists of upcoming books or do intensive research into yearly releases. However, I do like to keep an eye on new books by authors that I have read and enjoyed in the past. And from time to time I get swept up in the hype of a new release that I am all too eager to read. This past week I kept coming across announcements for books that made me so happy I felt the need to share my excitement, all in a tidy little list. 🙂 These are my top five most anticipated releases (in order of release date):
Beach Read by Emily Henry (May 19, 2020)
This book is absolutely everywhere. You most likely have come across the bright cover that screams summer and promises the ultimate in escapism. And I am all for it. I absolutely love a good contemporary romance and this one sounds quite delightful. Two writers who are polar opposites find themselves living next door to each other in neighbouring beach houses. He is a writer of literary fiction and she is a bestselling author of romance novels. Both are going through a case of writer’s block and in an attempt at kicking through their creative roadblocks, they agree to switch places of sorts. He will write something happy and she will write something broody. Sounds like there is potential for a lot of fun with this story, and from the glowing early reviews, my expectations can’t help but be high.
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (June 30, 2020)
My love of Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s writing is well documented. Two of my absolute favourites from her are Signal to Noise and The Beautiful Ones. Her writing is lovely and her stories are oh so compelling. Needless to say I am absolutely giddy with anticipation for this next release. Described as a reimagining of the classic gothic suspense novel and set in 1950’s Mexico at an isolated mansion, Mexican Gothic sounds wonderfully intriguing. After receiving a letter from a newly-wed cousin frantically asking for help, Noemí Taboada heads to the Mexican countryside where the couple resides. What she encounters is a house of secrets, and people she cannot trust.
All the Devils Are Here by Louise Penny (September 1, 2020)
I am a big fan of Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache mystery series. Every year I mark my calendar with the release date of the next instalment and eagerly await to be transported to the charming village of Three Pines with the characters I have grown so familiar with. It is incredible, but this newest novel will be the 16th in the series. 16th! Amazing. If you are not familiar with this series, I recommend going to the beginning and checking out the first book, Still Life. It remains one of my favourites and is the perfect introduction to the characters.
Anxious People by Fredrik Backman (September 8, 2020)
A book by Frederik Backman can tug at the heartstrings like no other. Whether exploring the complexity of human emotion or the very basic simplicity of it, his stories will undoubtedly make you not only feel, but think. I have not read every Backman book, because I would rather not cry, you know? 🙂 But I am very much looking forward to this upcoming release, Anxious People. A bank robber on the run locks himself in with a group of people that is comprised of an interesting cast of characters. After a time he gives up and lets everyone go, however, when the police enter the apartment they find it empty. The novel seems to focus on the aftermath through a series of testimonials trying to solve a classic locked-room mystery. As a mystery fan, consider me intrigued.
The Survivors by Jane Harper (September 22, 2020)
Also, as a mystery fan I am bursting with excitement for Jane Harper’s newest book. I have read all of her books, and I have thoroughly enjoyed all of her books. It is fair to say that mystery is my favourite genre, but I am fairly particular about the kind of mysteries I enjoy. Jane Harper’s books are that perfect combo of intrigue and suspense that keeps me on the edge of my seat, making them a must-read. The Survivors has the discovery of a body, long-held secrets, a sunken wreck, a missing girl. I am not looking into descriptions for this one any further than that. I will find out all on September 22nd.
It looks like September will be a wonderful month of reading, and I have to say the cover designs on these books are exceptional.
Times may be uncomfortable and uncertain but I find comfort in all the new books this year will bring. So many stories yet to be told and experienced.
Which books are you most looking forward to?