Book Releases

2020 Book Releases On My Radar:

An asterisk (*) at the end of a title indicates that the book is a diverse read (a diverse book and/or a book written by a diverse author). This inclusivity encompasses people of color (POC), indigenous people, LGBTQIA, gender identity, religious minorities, religious movements, people with disabilities and diseases (seen and unseen) and mental diseases and disorders. If a title is missing an asterisk, feel free to kindly reach out.

Untitled works and works without a release date/month are not included below.

A = Adult
YA = Young Adult
MG = Middle Grade
G = Graphic Novel
N = Nonfiction
P = Poetry
S = Spiritual
T = Theatre

Strikethrough indicates that I have read either a published version of the book or an advanced copy of the book.

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January 7, 2020
* Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim (YA)*
* 19 Love Songs by David Levithan (YA)*
* Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez (YA)*
* We Used To Be Friends by Amy Spalding (YA)*
* This Light Between Us by Andrew Fukuda (YA)
* Every Other Weekend by Abigail Johnson (YA)
* A Love Hate Thing by Whitney D. Grandison (YA)*
* Nameless Queen by Rebecca McLaughlin (YA)
* Three Things I Know Are True by Betty Culley (YA)
* Chosen by Kiersten White (YA)
* Oasis by Katya de Becerra (YA)
* The Night Country by Melissa Albert (YA)
* Shadowshaper Legacy by Daniel José Older (YA)*
* A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer (YA)
* Jane Anonymous by Laurie Faria Stolarz (YA)
* Keystone by Katie Delahanty (YA)
* Lie to Me by Kaitlin Ward (YA)*
* Lady Hotspur by Tessa Gratton (A)*
* Long Bright River by Liz Moore (A)

January 14, 2020
* Infinity Son by Adam Silvera (YA)*
* The King’s Questioner by Nikki Katz (YA)
* Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore (YA)*
* Strange Exit by Parker Peevyhouse (YA)
* The Conference of the Birds by Ransom Riggs (YA)
* Saving Savannah by Tonya Bolden (YA)*
* Black Girl Unlimited by Echo Brown (YA)*
* From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks (MG)*
* Go with the Flow by Lily Williams * Karen Schneemann (G)*
* Say Her Name by Zetta Elliott (P)*
* Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick: Stories from the Harlem Renaissance by Zora Neale Hurston (A)
* Followers by Megan Angelo (A)
* The Better Liar by Tanen Jones (A)
* A Beginning at the End by Mike Chen (A)*

January 21, 2020
* Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi (YA)*
* Not So Pure and Simple by Lamar Giles (YA)*
* Tweet Cute by Emma Lord (YA)
* The Iron Will of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee (YA)*
* This Vicious Cure by Emily Suvada (YA)
* What I Carry by Jennifer Longo (YA)
* The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson (YA)
* Layoverland by Gabby Noone (YA)
* Given by Nandi Taylor (YA)*
* The Mystwick School of Musicraft by Jessica Khoury (MG)

January 28, 2020
* Don’t Read the Comments by Eric Smith (YA)*
* A Castle in the Clouds by Kerstin Gier (YA)
* Almost American Girl by Robin Ha (G)*

February 4, 2020
* Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli & Aisha Saeed (YA)*
* Deathless Divide by Justina Ireland (YA)*
* The Stars We Steal by Alexa Donne (YA)
* The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper (YA)*
* The King of Crows by Libba Bray (YA)
* Belle Révolte by Linsey Miller (YA)*
* Malice by Pintip Dunn (YA)*
* Shadow of the Batgirl by Sarah Kuhn, Illustrated by Nicole Goux (YA, G)*

February 6, 2020
* Wranglestone by Darren Charlton (YA)*

February 11, 2020
* Ink in The Blood by Kim Smejkal (YA)*
* No True Believers by Rabiah York Lumbard (YA)*

February 18, 2020
* Break the Fall by Jennifer Iacopelli (YA)
* The Life Below by Alexandra Monir (YA)
* Saint X by Alexis Schaitkin (A)

February 25, 2020
* The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow (YA)*
* We Unleash the Merciless Storm by Tehlor Kay Mejia (YA)*
* The Between by David Hofmeyr (YA)

March 1, 2020
* The First 7 by Laura Pohl (YA)*

March 2, 2020
* To Whatever End by Lindsey Frydman (YA)

March 3, 2020
* The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu (YA)*
* When We Were Magic by Sarah Gailey (YA)*
* Hearts, Heroes, and Heath Hall by Kasie West (YA)
* Be Not Far From Me by Mindy McGinnis (YA)
* The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski (YA)*
* The Night of Your Life by Lydia Sharp (YA)
* Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales (YA)*
* Havenfall by Sara Holland (YA)*
* The Alcazar by Amy Ewing (YA)
* Every Reason We Shouldn’t by Sara Fujimura (YA)
* The Twin by Natasha Preston (YA)
* The Fire Never Goes Out: A Memoir in Pictures by Noelle Stevenson (G)
* Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valor by Ally Carter (MG)
* In Five Years by Rebecca Serle (A)

March 10, 2020
* When You Were Everything by Ashley Woodfolk (YA)*
* A Phoenix First Must Burn Edited by Patrice Caldwell (YA)*
* Harley in the Sky by Akemi Dawn Bowman (YA)
* Most Likely by Sarah Watson (YA)

March 17, 2020
* The Electric Heir by Victoria Lee (YA)*
* All Your Twisted Secrets by Diana Urban (YA)
* Sparrow by Mary Cecilia Jackson (YA)
* Super Adjacent by Crystal Cestari (YA)*
* Girls with Razor Hearts by Suzanne Young (YA)
* Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang (G, N)*
* Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel (A)

March 24, 2020
* The Only Black Girls in Town by Brandy Colbert (MG)*
* The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin (A)*

March 31, 2020
* Imagine Me by Tahereh Mafi (YA)*
* Look by Zan Romanoff (YA)*
* Music from Another World by Robin Talley (YA)*
* It’s Not All Downhill From Here by Terry McMillan (A)

April 7, 2020
* Ruthless Gods by Emily A. Duncan (YA)
* Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know by Samira Ahmed (YA)*
* The Lucky Ones by Liz Lawson (YA)
* Bonds of Brass by Emily Skrutskie (YA)
* The Loop by Benjamin Oliver (YA)
* The Perfect Escape by Suzanne Park (YA)
* Goodbye From Nowhere by Sara Zarr (YA)
* The Empire of Dreams by Rae Carson (YA)
* It Sounded Better in My Head by Nina Kenwood (YA)
* A Werewolf in Riverdale by Caleb Roehrig (YA)
* Sword in the Stars by Amy Rose Capetta & Cori McCarthy (YA)*
* Little Universes by Heather Demetrios (YA)
* So This is Love by Elizabeth Lim (YA)*
* Gotham High by Melissa de la Cruz, Illustrated by Thomas Pitilli (YA, G)*
* Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega (MG)*
* You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle (A)
* Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth (A)

April 14, 2020
* This is My Brain in Love by I.W. Gregorio (YA)*
* Girls Save the World in This One by Ash Parsons (YA)
* A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Joy McCullough (YA)
* The Book of Koli by M.R. Carey (YA)
* This Boy by Lauren Myracle (YA)
* The Lightness of Hands by Jeff Garvin (YA)
* Redemption Prep by Samuel Miller (YA)
* The Last Emperox by John Scalzi (A)

April 21, 2020
* The Deck of Omens by Christine Lynn Herman (YA)*
* The Silence of Bones by June Hur (YA)*
* Time of Our Lives by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka (YA)
* Late to the Party by Kelly Quindlen (YA)*
* Verona Comics by Jennifer Dugan (YA)*
* Unscripted by Nicole Kronzer (YA)
* The Business of Lovers by Eric Jerome Dickey (A)*
* Pretty Things by Janelle Brown (A)
* Lifting as We Climb: Black Women’s Battle for the Ballot Box by Evette Dionne (N)*

April 28, 2020
* Incendiary by Zoraida Córdova (YA)*
* Clique Bait by Ann Valett (YA)
* Seven Endless Forests by April Genevieve Tucholke (YA)
* All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson (N)

May 4, 2020
* All Adults Here by Emma Straub (A)

May 5, 2020
* Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo (YA)*
* Once Upon an Eid edited by S.K. Ali & Aisha Saeed (YA)*
* Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender (YA)*
* Storybound by Emily McKay (YA)
* Four Days of You and Me by Miranda Kenneally (YA)
* Last Girls by Demetra Brodsky (YA)
* Path of Night by Sarah Rees Brennan (YA)
* Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (YA)
* The Betrothed by Kiera Cass (YA)*
* Shuri: A Black Panther Novel by Nic Stone (MG)*
* The Down Days by Ilze Hugo (A)*
* Little Eyes by Samanta Schweblin (A)
* Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner (A)

May 12, 2020
* The Fascinators by Andrew Eliopulos (YA)*
* The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar (YA)*
* Dear Universe by Florence Gonsalves (YA)

May 19, 2020
* The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins (YA)
* The Names We Take by Trace Kerr (YA)*
* We Are Not From Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez (YA)*
* This Coven Won’t Break by Isabel Sterling (YA)*
* Atomic Women: The Untold Stories of the Scientists Who Helped Create the Nuclear Bomb by Roseanne Montillo (N)
* Brown Album: Essays on Exile and Identity by Porochista Khakpour (N)*

May 26, 2020
* The Archer at Dawn by Swati Teerdhala (YA)*
* Out Now: Queer We Go Again edited by Saundra Mitchell (YA)*
* The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta (YA)*
* Parachutes by Kelly Yang (YA)*
* The Paper Girl of Paris by Jordyn Taylor (YA)
* Camp by Lev A.C. Rosen (YA)*
* Nowhere on Earth by Nick Lake (YA)
* Sunshield by Emily B. Martin (A)
* Something to Talk About by Meryl Wilsner (A)*

June 1, 2020
* If We Were Us by K.L. Walther (YA)*

June 2, 2020
* Now That I’ve Found You by Kristina Forest (YA)*
* Again Again by E. Lockhart (YA)
* A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow (YA)*
* You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson (YA)*
* You Don’t Live Here by Robyn Schneider (YA)*
* I Killed Zoe Spanos by Kit Frick (YA)
* This Coven Won’t Break by Isabel Sterling (YA)
* The State of Us by Shaun David Hutchinson (YA)*
* Six Angry Girls by Adrienne Kisner (YA)*
* A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown (YA)*
* All Eyes on Her by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn (YA)
* My Calamity Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows (YA)
* Igniting Darkness by Robin LaFevers (YA)
* My Summer of Love and Misfortune by Lindsay Wong (YA)*
* Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed by Laurie Halse Anderson, Illustrated by Leila del Duca (G)
* When the Stars Wrote Back: Poems by Trista Mateer (P)
* Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir (A)

June 9, 2020
* This is All Your Fault by Aminah Mae Safi (YA)*
* We Are Not Free by Traci Chee (YA)*
* Hood by Jenny Elder Moke (YA)
* The Mall by Megan McCafferty (YA)
* The Falling in Love Montage by Ciara Smyth (YA)*
* All the Things We Never Knew by Liara Tamani (YA)*
* The Good for Nothings by Danielle Banas (YA)
* The Damned by Renée Ahdieh (YA)

June 16, 2020
* I’ll Be the One by Lyla Lee (YA)*
* Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon (YA)
* Fragile Remedy by Maria Ingrande Mora (YA)
* You Say It First by Katie Cotugno (YA)

June 23, 2020
* Forest of Souls by Lori M. Lee (YA)*
* Rebel Spy 355 by Veronica Rossi (YA)
* Hunted by the Sky by Tanaz Bhathena (YA)*
* Seasons of the Storm by Elle Cosimano (YA)
* The Girl and the Witch’s Garden by Erin Bowman (MG)

June 30, 2020
* Goddess in the Machine by Lora Beth Johnson (YA)*
* 10 Things I Hate about Pinky by Sandhya Menon (YA)*
* Influence by Sara Shepard & Lilia Buckingham (YA)

July 7, 2020
* All These Monsters by Amy Tintera (YA)*
* The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert (YA)*
* Cinderella Is Dead by Kalynn Bayron (YA)*
* Accidental by Alex Richards (YA)
* Faith: Taking Flight by Julie Murphy (YA)
* B*WITCH by Paige McKenzie & Nancy Ohlin (YA)
* We Free the Stars by Hafsah Faizal (YA)*
* Fast Girls: A Novel of the 1936 Women’s Olympic Team by Elise Hooper (A)
* Antkind by Charlie Kaufman (A)

July 14, 2020
* The Fell of Dark by Caleb Roehrig (YA)*
* The Extraordinaries by T.J. Klune (YA)*
* Mayhem by Estelle Laure (YA)
* The Do-Over by Jennifer Honeybourn (YA)
* Now & When by Sara Bennett Wealer (YA)
* Ever Cursed by Corey Ann Haydu (YA)
* Love Is for Losers by Wibke Brueggeman (YA)*
* The Glare by Margot Harrison (YA)
* The Montague Twins by Nathan Page & Drew Shannon (G)
* A Thief Among the Trees by Sabaa Tahir with Nicole Andelfinger & Sonia Liao (YA, G)
* The Relentless Moon by Mary Robinette Kowal (A)

July 21, 2020
* More Than Maybe by Erin Hahn (YA)

July 28, 2020
* This Is My America by Kim Johnson (YA)*
* I Kissed Alice by Anna Birch (YA)*
* The Faithless Hawk by Margaret Owen (YA)
* The Girl in the White Van by April Henry (YA)

August 1, 2020
* It Came from the Sky by Chelsea Sedoti (YA)

August 4, 2020
* Some Kind of Animal by Maria Romasco Moore (YA)
* Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From by Jennifer De Leon, Illustrated by Elena Garnu (YA)*
* Court of Lions by Somaiya Daud (YA)*
* Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland (YA)*
* Facing the Sun by Janice Lynn Mather (YA)*
* Prelude for Lost Souls by Helene Dunbar (YA)
* The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson (A)

August 11, 2020
* Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar (YA)*
* Cut Off by Adrianne Finlay (YA)
* All Our Worst Ideas by Vicky Skinner (YA)

August 18, 2020
* Vicious Spirits by Kat Cho (YA)*
* Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko (YA)*
* The Notorious Virtues by Alwyn Hamilton (YA)
* What Goes Up by Christine Heppermann (YA)
* Ikenga by Nnedi Okorafor (MG)*

August 25, 2020
* Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles (YA)*
* Darius the Great Deserves Better by Adib Khorram (YA)*
* A Cloud of Outrageous Blue by Vesper Stamper (YA)
* Twin Daggers by MarcyKate Connolly (YA)
* Reign by Cora Carmack (YA)

September 1, 2020
* Queen of Volts by Amanda Foody (YA)*
* Wayward Witch by Zoraida Córdova (YA)*
* Ember Days by Alexandra Duncan (YA)
* Bridge of Souls by Victoria Schwab (MG)

September 8, 2020
* The Other Side of the Sky by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner (YA)

September 14, 2020
* Wider Than the Sky by Katherine Field Rothschild (YA)

September 15, 2020
* Each of Us a Desert by Mark Oshiro (YA)*
* The Art of Saving the World by Corinne Duyvis (YA)*
* Who I Was With Her by Nita Tyndall (YA)*
* Scapegracers by Hannah Abigail Clarke (YA)*
* To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini (A)

September 22, 2020
* Meteor by Tehlor Kay Mejia & Anna-Marie McLemore (YA)*
* The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi (YA)*

September 2020
* Beyond the Ruby Veil by Mara Fitzgerald (YA)*

October 6, 2020
* The Invisible Life of Addie La Rue by V.E. Schwab (A)

November 3, 2020
* The Enigma Game by Elizabeth E. Wein (YA)

November 10, 2020
* Here the Whole Time by Vitor Martins (YA)*
* Zara Hossain Is Here by Sabina Khan (YA)*

November 24, 2020
* Ruinsong by Julia Ember (YA)*

December 1, 2020
* The Ballad of Ami Miles by Kristy Dallas Alley (YA)*

December 31, 2020
* The Bright Sword by Lev Grossman (A)

Date TBD
* The Breath of Bones by Katharyn Blair (YA)
* Her Stillness by Corey Ann Haydu (YA)