I know I already have an ambitious TBR list, but I couldn’t help but share some of the new books I’m excited to see hit the shelves in 2020. I’ve already seen a few that are being talked about in the book world, so I wanted to stick to some of the possibly lesser-known releases that deserve just as much love. Let’s get started…
1. A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende
I’m primarily interested in reading A Long Petal of the Sea because it highlights a part of the world I rarely read about — Chile. Roser flees from the Spanish Civil War at the end of the 1930s pregnant with her dead husband’s child. When she arrives in France, she finds his brother, Victor, and to stay alive and secure passage on a ship, the two wed. The two head to Chile on the ship, and their lives change forever. While they may not be impacted directly by World War II, they face their own difficulties such as different personalities and beliefs.
2. Mr. Nobody by Catherine Steadman
I true case of amnesia has washed up on Norfolk beach. Matthew, if that’s even his real name, has no idea who he is or how to communicate with anyone around him. Neuropsychiatrist Emma Lewis treats patients just like Matthew, but Matthew’s brain scans are unlike any other patient’s. This book looks like an interesting mystery bound to raise some eyebrows.
3. Long Bright River by Liz Moore
Mickey and Kacey Fitzpatrick lost their parents to opiate overdoses years ago. While Mickey decided to go in the opposite direction and joined the police force, her sister Kacey went down the same path as her parents. When Kacey disappears and women start turning up murdered in Mickey’s district, Mickey is determined to find her sister before it’s too late. I’m excited to delve into this gripping tale of sisterhood and crime.
4. The Words I Never Wrote by Jane Thynne
This book takes place in two different time periods. Cordelia and Irene, two sisters, find themselves going different paths in 1936. Cordelia becomes a journalist in Paris and moves to England to train to become a spy, and Irene marries a German businessman who turns out to be a Nazi sympathizer. Flash forward to present-day New York where a photojournalist buys Cordelia’s old typewriter and learns all about the sisters through a small novel. The sisters, and their secrets, come to life over 70 years later.
5. The Vanished Birds by Simon Jimenez
Jimenez’s novel The Vanished Birds features planet jumped Nia Imani. Nia is always leaving, and every time she returns the planets are completely different. As the captain of a faster-than-light ship, only months go by for Nia while years go by on the planets she visits. One day, she meets a boy she is inexplicably drawn to. He can’t speak, but he can play traditional work songs from a planet Nia visits once every 15 years. She takes him with her when she leaves the planet, and an adventure unfolds.
What books are you looking to read in 2020? Let me know in the comments below.