So at the beginning of the year I only had three books on my most anticipated reads list but it’s increased quite a bit since then. (That’s the understatement of the year.) I figured that July might be a good time to post my updated list. I’m still eagerly awaiting The Relentless Moon by Mary Robinette Kowal, I read an early ARC of this book and absolutely loved it but I already mentioned it on my other most anticipated reads list so I’m not going to mention it here.
*These dates were correct at the time of writing/publishing this post, but due to the pandemic some of these dates may have changed so be sure to check for the correct dates if you are interested in preordering.
- Cinderella is Dead by Kaylnn Bayron (July 7th, 2020) – Cinderella is Dead follows a young girl who lives in a world in which Cinderella is a real historical figure and all the young women in their land must go to the ball to find a man to marry, the catch is that if they don’t find someone to marry they will be taken away to be killed. Sophia, our main character, would rather marry her best friend Erin so she flees the ball and finds herself in Cinderella’s tomb. Clearly this is somewhat dystopian and a little out there but it sounds so unique and interesting that I put it on my list as soon as I heard about it. One of my best friends and I are probably going to start reading this the day it comes out.
- Girl, Serpent, Thorns by Melissa Bashardoust (July 7th 2020) – Soraya, a young princess, hides from the world because her touch is poisonous. When she decides to venture out to celebrate her twin brother’s upcoming wedding she finds a dark creature in the dungeons below who holds the answer to her freedom. This book is based on Persian folklore so it looks really interesting. I’m hoping it will be somewhat lyrical and magical since that’s what I tend to love in books at the moment.
- Trouble the Saints by Alaya Dawn Johnson (July 21st 2020) – This is a historical fantasy set in Manhattan around World War II. The main character is an assassin who wants to leave the underground criminal culture of New York City but keeps finding herself pulled back in. The plot and story is intriguing and I’ve learned that I really love historical fantasy as a subgenre so I’m interested in checking out as much as I possible can.
- Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop by Roselle Lim (August 4th 2020) – I really enjoyed and found myself drawn into Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune so I’m excited and intrigued by this one as well since it takes place in Paris and revolves around tea. I’m curious to see how the books are similar or if they have completely different fantasy elements.
- The Vanished Queen by Lisbeth Campbell (August 18th 2020) – This is a high fantasy that follows a young woman who finds the missing queen’s diary and decided to join the resistance and fight to overthrow the king. Because of this she is thrust into a world of complicated politics by the Crown Prince. This is an adult epic fantasy and it sound so interesting. I’ve been looking for more female leads written by female authors so when I saw that this was an options I knew I had to pick it up. The cover is also gorgeous which is a huge part of the draw as well. Also can we talk about the fact that I’m going to have a fantasy novel in my hands that has pink and purple on the cover and isn’t a YA book? Am I the only person who is weirdly excited about that?
- Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles (August 25th 2020) – I think this is one of the most consistently hyped books of the year. I’m really interested in reading it but I’m still somewhat hesitant. A lot of people have described this as Phantom of the Opera meets Moulin Rouge at a circus. I think I’m one of the few people in the world who hears the world circus and wants to run in the other direction. That being said I’m still planning on reading it because there are so many people hyping it up and I’m curious to say the least.
- Dance with Fate by Juliet Marillier (September 1st 2020) – I’m going to be honest this is the second book in a series and I have yet to read the first one, but I will be reading the first one this next month and I know that it’s highly likely I will love it because it’s Juliet Marillier. The series follows Liobhan who is an expert whistle player and skilled singer but her dream is to join the group of warriors who live and train on Swan Island. I think this may take place within the same world as Blackthorn and Grim so I’m really excited to read the first book in the series since we won’t be getting anymore Blackthorn and Grim.
- Legendborn by Tracy Deonn (September 15th 2020) – So typically urban fantasy doesn’t always intrigue me, but, I saw that this is heavily inspired by arthurian legend which I love! I’m really intrigued by the idea of a southern urban fantasy combined with Arthurian legend so I’m definitely going to be picking this one up!
- To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini (September 15th 2020) – I’ve actually never read anything by Christopher Paolini but I’ve heard a ton of hype around this book and I’m super intrigued! This is the start of a new epic science fiction series that follows a xenobiologist in space who finds an ancient artifact which transforms her and alters the course of human history. I’m a sucker for books that feature scientists making discoveries and then consequences happening to the universe because of those discoveries. (My favorite movie is The Mummy, so who’s surprised?)
- Well Played by Jen Deluca (September 22nd 2020) – Well Met was one of my favorite books of last year and I can’t wait for this book as well. I’m not sure if the Renaissance Faire will be able to happen this year so I’m excited that I will at least get to experience the Ren Faire through literature!
- Murder on Cold Street by Sherry Thomas (October 6th 2020) – I have absolutely fallen in love with the Lady Sherlock series over the last year! I cannot wait for this next book especially after the cliffhanger of the last one. Also, this is one of the most agonizing friends to lovers romances I’ve ever read in a book series (and I’ve read a bunch.) It’s going to destroy me but I’m loving every minute of it.
- Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhoarse (October 13th 2020) – This book features the Americas in a Pre-Columbian era as well as political intrigue and forbidden magic. I’ve heard great things about this book from authors who I really enjoy so I’m excited to dive into this one! I have an ARC of this book that I will hopefully be picking up quite soon!
- How the Classics Made Shakespeare by Jonathan Bates (October 13th 2020) – This is one of those anticipated releases that makes this list very unique to me. I’ve been working my way through reading 3 different Shakespeare plays this summer as well as reading some Greek and Roman classics. Shakespeare was heavily influenced by much of the literature from Greece and Rome so it only makes sense to learn about how that influence showed up in his plays.
- Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco (October 27th 2020) – To be honest if anyone other than Kerri Maniscalco were writing this, I probably wouldn’t pick it up. It actually features a lot of buzzwords I don’t typically like. It features twin sisters in Italy who are streghe (witches), when one of the sisters is murdered the other must use her powers to find out what happened. I really love the Stalking Jack the Ripper series so I am going to pick it up since it seems perfect for October.
- Chasing Lucky by Jenn Bennett (November 10th 2020) – I’ve really enjoyed the majority of Jenn Bennett’s work so I’m excited about a new contemporary novel coming out in November. When a plan for revenge at a local pool party goes from Lucky takes the blame for Josie despite wanting to stay as far away from her as possible. Josie realizes that maybe there’s more to Lucky than his reputation lets on.
- Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson (November 17th 2020) – I don’t think there needs to be a ton of explanation around this one. If you are an epic fantasy fan or a Brandon Sanderson fan you already have this one on your TBR. I know the size of this series is pretty intimidating but it’s more accessible and easy to read than you might expect.