Top Ten Tuesday: 2020 releases

Surely, scores of lovely new titles will grace the shelves in 2020, but for the life of me, I struggled to find any I want to read. The top one is a must, while the others are possible contenders.

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl since January of 2018. Jana writes, “it was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.” In that spirit, link up with your list at That Artsy Reader Girl and comment with your list, link, or thoughts below.

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins. Prequels are hit-or-miss, yet, I’m admittedly intrigued about the workings of the initial hunger games and how they came to be established. If you’ve read this blog for a bit, you know I’m not the greatest YA reader, but let’s face it Collins writes this world so well. I’m ready to get pulled back to Panem.

Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line by Deepa Anappara

Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line by Deepa Anappara. I’m often drawn to stories of India and Africa and this one has an enticing premise: “In this transporting debut novel, three friends venture into the most dangerous corners of a sprawling Indian city to find their missing classmate.”-Book Riot

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel. “From the award-winning author of Station Eleven…an exhilarating novel set at the glittering intersection of two seemingly disparate events-a massive Ponzi scheme collapse and the mysterious disappearance of a woman from a ship at sea.”-Book Riot. I have not read Station Eleven yet, but I will, and I’ll likely read this one too.

A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson. “An addictive, twisty crime thriller with shades of Serial and Making a Murderer about a closed local murder case that doesn’t add up, and a girl who’s determined to find the real killer–but not everyone wants her meddling in the past.”-Book Riot Ooh, this sounds like the kind of harrowing read I occasionally crave.

My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell (MARCH 10, 2020)

“This timely and provocative debut novel centers on the relationship between a 15-year-old girl and her 42-year-old English teacher. After the teacher faces sexual assault accusations from another student 17 years later, a now grown-up Vanessa must grapple with her past and the lasting impact that the affair had on her life.” -Book Riot. Probably the buzziest and most timely novel on my list. Not my typical read, but my interest is peaked.

It looks like 2020 will be a bit of a dark year for reading content. Perhaps I’m not too bummed about the lack of new releases, because I plan to catch up on the slew of high quality books written over the last few years I need to read. And for more inspiration, I’ll be checking out all of your lists today–what title are you looking forward to this year?

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      1. Before that, I must say that I’m intrigued by the prequel to Hunger Games, series that I also love.

        I’m also, to my surprise, reading Follow Me to Ground, a 2019 title that I was given by a friend. Oh, and I’m looking forward to a late 2019 book I also bought, Quichotte, by Rushdie, and enjoying Total Truth, by Nancy Pearcy, which was published in 2004. Wow. I feel quite the hypocrite, ha ha ha. I never knew I read some from recent releases. It’s all information from today, as I was updating my ongoing books list, because I decided to list them with publication date, -so that I’ll know if to add them to my classics club’s list. So it’s not as if I never ever read newer books. I just meant that, on average, I stay longer with books from before the 2000’s.

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        1. Thanks for clarifying Silvia. I love to hear about older non-classics bc those are ones I may have missed.
          I’m hoping the HG prequel includes Mags, she definitely deserves a background story, we will see…

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  1. I am excited for the 6th in The Seven Sisters series called The Sun Sister. The Good Girl’s Guide to Murder is intriguing but other than that, meh. I agree with you. So many good options to catch up on!

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    1. Yes, playing catch up will be a theme I believe. Do you own the 1st book in the Seven Sisters series you can lend? Or should I find it on audio? I should try it out although I’m the worst about continuing/finishing series!

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  2. I’m not one for new releases, only because I have so many books still in my library to read! However, Trent Dalton’s new release ‘All Our Shimmering Skies’ is due mid year and I will probably pre-order this one 😊.
    Oh, a prequel to Hunger Games – I’ll probably wait for the movie LOL 😆.

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    1. I fall into the new releases trap unpacking all the shiny new books at the library, work hazard. But I used to never really read them much before the last few years. In 2020, I’m committed to tackling my unreal shelves.
      I will check out your recommendation, I always keep my eyes peeled for your reads!😁
      I like the HG movies, but the books are thrilling too. Guess I should admit I haven’t finished Mockingjay 😳 also on my list this year.

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  3. Wow, I had no idea that Suzanne Collins was releasing a prequel. I read the Hunger Games series a long time ago, but I might need to do some re-reading in anticipation of her new book. I’m also looking forward to reading A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder. I love a good mystery!

    claire @ clairefy

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    1. If I only read 2, it will be those I think. I know! It was a surprise to me when I saw an Audible notice for Ballads–getting excited but maybe need to refresh my memory of the series too.

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