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My Most Anticipated Books of 2020

I ran a little poll over on my Twitter recently about what post people wanted me to work on next and this post won by about 56%! There are a lot of great novels coming out this year and I’m honestly so excited to read them, but at the same time, I’m holding out because two of my favourite series are coming to an end and I’m not ready for that. I’ve put together a little list of my most anticipated novels and all links will take you to the Goodreads pages.

1.) Empire of Gold by S.A Chakraborty –

Release date: June 30th

Daevabad has fallen. After a brutal conquest stripped the city of its magic, Nahid leader Banu Manizheh and her resurrected commander, Dara, must try to repair their fraying alliance and stabilize a fractious, warring people. But the bloodletting and loss of his beloved Nahri have unleashed the worst demons of Dara’s dark past. To vanquish them, he must face some ugly truths about his history and put himself at the mercy of those he once considered enemies.

Having narrowly escaped their murderous families and Daevabad’s deadly politics, Nahri and Ali, now safe in Cairo, face difficult choices of their own. While Nahri finds peace in the old rhythms and familiar comforts of her human home, she is haunted by the knowledge that the loved ones she left behind and the people who considered her a savior are at the mercy of a new tyrant. Ali, too, cannot help but look back, and is determined to return to rescue his city and the family that remains.

Seeking support in his mother’s homeland, he discovers that his connection to the marid goes far deeper than expected and threatens not only his relationship with Nahri, but his very faith. As peace grows more elusive and old players return, Nahri, Ali, and Dara come to understand that in order to remake the world, they may need to fight those they once loved…and take a stand for those they once hurt.

2.) The Burning God by R.F Kuang

Release date: TBA

Although there hasn’t been a full drop of the cover or synopsis for The Burning God as of yet, this is one of the novels I’m most excited for this year. Especially since The Dragon Republic left off on such an intense note and I can’t wait to find out the fate of Rin, Nezha and Kitay as well as where the story goes. I’m sure it will be incredible.

3.) My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

Release date: 31st March

2000. Bright, ambitious, and yearning for adulthood, fifteen-year-old Vanessa Wye becomes entangled in an affair with Jacob Strane, her magnetic and guileful forty-two-year-old English teacher.

2017. Amid the rising wave of allegations against powerful men, a reckoning is coming due. Strane has been accused of sexual abuse by a former student, who reaches out to Vanessa, and now Vanessa suddenly finds herself facing an impossible choice: remain silent, firm in the belief that her teenage self willingly engaged in this relationship, or redefine herself and the events of her past. But how can Vanessa reject her first love, the man who fundamentally transformed her and has been a persistent presence in her life? Is it possible that the man she loved as a teenager—and who professed to worship only her—may be far different from what she has always believed?

4.) Follow Me to Ground by Sue Rainsford

Release date: 5th March

Ada and her father, touched by the power to heal illness, live on the edge of a village where they help sick locals—or “Cures”—by cracking open their damaged bodies or temporarily burying them in the reviving, dangerous Ground nearby. Ada, a being both more and less than human, is mostly uninterested in the Cures, until she meets a man named Samson. When they strike up an affair, to the displeasure of her father and Samson’s widowed, pregnant sister, Ada is torn between her old way of life and new possibilities with her lover—and eventually comes to a decision that will forever change Samson, the town, and the Ground itself.

5.) Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line by Deepa Anappara

Release date: 30th January

Nine-year-old Jai watches too many reality cop shows, thinks he’s smarter than his friend Pari (even though she always gets top marks) and considers himself to be a better boss than Faiz (even though Faiz is the one with a job).

When a boy at school goes missing, Jai decides to use the crime-solving skills he has picked up from episodes of Police Patrol to find him. With Pari and Faiz by his side, Jai ventures into some of the most dangerous parts of the sprawling Indian city; the bazaar at night, and even the railway station at the end of the Purple Line. But kids continue to vanish, and the trio must confront terrified parents, an indifferent police force and soul-snatching djinns in order to uncover the truth.

6.) The Perfect World of Miwako Samida by Clarissa Goenawan

Release date: March 10th

University sophomore Miwako Sumida has hanged herself, leaving those closest to her reeling. In the months before her suicide, she was hiding away in a remote mountainside village, but what, or whom, was she running from?

To Ryusei, a fellow student at Waseda; Chie, Miwako’s best friend; and Fumi, Ryusei’s older sister, Miwako was more than the blunt, no-nonsense person she projected to the world. Heartbroken, Ryusei begs Chie to take him to the village where Miwako spent her final days. While he is away, Fumi receives an unexpected guest at their shared apartment in Tokyo, distracting her from her fear that Miwako’s death may ruin what is left of her brother’s life.

7.) The Beauty of Your Face by Sahar Mustafah

Release date: April 7th

A Palestinian American woman wrestles with faith, loss, and identity before coming face-to-face with a school shooter in this searing debut.

A uniquely American story told in powerful, evocative prose, The Beauty of Your Face navigates a country growing ever more divided. Afaf Rahman, the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, is the principal of Nurrideen School for Girls, a Muslim school in the Chicago suburbs. One morning, a shooter—radicalized by the online alt-right—attacks the school.

As Afaf listens to his terrifying progress, we are swept back through her memories: the bigotry she faced as a child, her mother’s dreams of returning to Palestine, and the devastating disappearance of her older sister that tore her family apart. Still, there is the sweetness of the music from her father’s oud, and the hope and community Afaf finally finds in Islam.

8.) The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

Release date: May 19th

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes will revisit the world of Panem sixty-four years before the events of The Hunger Games, starting on the morning of the reaping of the Tenth Hunger Games.

Even with this very limited synopsis, I find myself revisiting my teen fangirl self and remembering how much I enjoyed The Hunger Games trilogy and I’m so down for returning to Panem!

9.) Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas

Release date: 12th May

Catherine House is an American college with a difference. Only the most brilliant minds enter, and its graduates earn prestige, wealth and honour. But over the three years they attend the school, they remain within its black gates; they have no contact with their loved ones; no association with the outside world. Those who break these rules will find themselves facing time in the school’s infamous tower.

Ines enters Catherine House on the run from an incredibly dark secret, and welcomes the school’s isolation. Sharing a room with the sweet, damaged Baby, she slowly begins to build the group of friends she never had outside its walls. One day, however, Baby is summoned to the tower – and never returns. Ines is heartbroken, left to uncover the secrets that Catherine House conceals while slowly becoming more and more seduced herself by its dark, magnetic power.

Are there any books you’re looking forward to this year? Are some of yours on this list? Feel free to tell me any I may have missed!

Until next time,

Rumaanah x

17 thoughts on “My Most Anticipated Books of 2020

  1. I have heard of the Empire of Gold before, not sure if you may have mentioned it before!, it sounds really interesting – like the main characters spend a journey unlearning everything that the empire of gold was made of. American Dirt sounds like an absolutely WILD ride, and I can’t wait to add it to my want to read list, the husband’s the journalist and the only person buying from her bookstore is who her husband is writing about!! My Dark Vanessa had me widening my eyes at the first paragraph, had to re-read that twice, I wonder how the book will tackle the main plot.

    Follow Me to Ground is definitely being added to my want to read list ah! so far away until it’s released!! Might be a while until it’s available at my local library. I haven’t heard of The Beauty of Your Face Before, but I’d be curious to read it and see how the writer navigates through the plot. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes! I’ve been debating if I want to read it. I loved The Hunger Games so I don’t want it to ~taint~ that in any way but knowing my inner fangirl self I may just have to go to the bookstore for this one when it comes out!

  2. I’ve actually not heard about the releases of any of this books before this post. The sound of Americans dirt has me really interesting as the plot premise sounds so intricate and in-depth. Follow me down sounds like a book that I would really enjoy too! X

    Kayleigh Zara 🥂✨ http://www.kayleighzaraa.com

  3. My Dark Vanessa sounds so interesting! I’m definitely checking that one out when the time comes. I fell in love with Lucinda Berry last year and she has a new one out this summer so I’m looking forward to that x

    Sophie

  4. American Dirt and My Dark Vanessa sound super interesting! I’ll have to add them to my TBR list. I’m very excited to read Real Life by Brandon Taylor this year. Great list and hope that you enjoy reading these books 🙂

    1. I haven’t heard of Real Life by Brandon Taylor before but I’m definitely going to check it out on Goodreads for the synopsis, thank you for the recommendation! + hope you enjoy your 2020 reads too x

  5. I’ve only heard of a couple of authors on your list so this was really interesting. I’m in a Book Group IRL and one of the reasons I love it is because we all have different tastes so come across books we wouldn’t normally read. I like the sound of Catherine House and Follow Me To The Ground, I’ll be looking out for both of those, thank you! Lisa

    1. Your book group sounds amazing! It’s always nice to read something different and sometimes you end up enjoying books you never would have found otherwise. I’ve actually always wanted to join one, hope you continue enjoying it and finding great new books! ☺️

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