One of my favourite things to do in the run up to the new year is to look through all the new releases for the following year. I trawl through Good Reads for new releases, read the blurbs and if I like the sounded of them I add them to my TBR for the following year. This year more than anything I’ve enjoyed looking through my Twitter feed for the new releases for next year. I love seeing my friends and people I follow tweeting about their release day for their books and the writing community being so excited for them.
From these two sources I’ve compiled a huge list of books that I want to read next year, but for this blog post I’ve narrowed it down to the top 20 books that I cannot wait to read this year!
The first book that I’m excited for is ‘If We Were Us’ by K.L.Walther. The whole premise of two befriends who everyone things are meant to be, but don’t actually end up together intrigued me from the very beginning and I love the idea that this book will be following them on two different paths – Charlie towards new guy Nick and Sage towards Charlies twin Nick – I can only sense chaos to come and that excites me!
Described as being perfect for fans of Adam Silvera and Bill Konigsberg, I know ‘Where We Go From Here’ by Lucas Rocha is something I definitely have to read as they are two of my fave authors. The story follows Henriques, who’s been living with HIV for three years, Ian who’s just been diagnosed with HIV and Viktor who’s just been tested negative and their lives in Brazil. I’m so interested by this book to see the history of HIV in Brazil and how it’s such a huge issue for them. Praise to Lucas for focus on a topic that needs to be continued to talk about!
Next up I’ve chosen a book that follows the book of a fat male (First of all please lets git rid of all the negative connotations of this word and secondly this is my first book with a fat male MC) and his two week stay with the family of the boy he has a crush on! I’m ready to see Felipe tackle both his body insecurities and his crush on Caio in ‘Here The Whole Time’ by Vitor Martins.
Fourth on my list is ‘Camp’ by Lev A.C. Rosen. This book promises so many of my favourite things in it including summer camps, LGBTQ+ characters and musicals. One of my favourite books I read this year was Running With Lions by Julian (last name) about a football camp where two of the players fall in love and this book gives me this kind of vibes so I’m already eager to read about Randy (Del) and Hudson and how their relationship blossoms whilst Randy is hiding his identity.
The book I’m the most excited for next year is ‘The State of Us’ by Shaun David Hutchinson. A story that follows the sons of the Republican and Democratic candidates for the president of the US and how they fall in love on the side-lines of their parent’s presidential campaign. If I could describe a perfect book and not have to write it myself it would be this, full of LGBTQ+ main characters, a controversial love story and the following of a good old election campaign! It’s giving me major ‘Red, White and Royal Blue’ vibes and as R,W&RB was my book of 2019, there is no way in hell I’d pass up on this read!
Next up is a new book from the Queen of writing LGBTQ+ books: Alice Oseman. I’ve loved so many of her other titles including ‘Radio Silence’, ‘Solitaire’ and ‘I Was Born For This’ and I’m sure ‘Loveless’ will be no different. This book is going to be something that so many people will be able to connect with, a story that travels through the life of Georgia, who’s never been in love or even fancied a person. I haven’t read a book that isn’t heavily focused on romance and I’m excited to learn more about the thoughts and feelings of an Asexual.
Summer romances are my weakness, so when I read the blurb for ‘Only Most Devestated’ by Sophie Gonzales I was already enticed and not ready to wait till March to read it! Just from a few hundred words I’ve connected with Ollie who wants everything he can’t have from his summer fling Will who then moves to his school after their summer relationship ends. I can already feel his pain and the tears I will shed after reading this book and I say bring it on! I’ve also been following Sophie on Twitter for months and her countdown OMD being released has only made me more excited!
‘Tweet Cute’ by Emma Lord. I’ll be saving this one for a cold night when I’m curled up in my armchair, blanket wrapped around me with a cup of cocoa. It sounds like the sweetest of romance novels that includes the beauty of a twitter spat, which make for the most entertaining drama. I can’t wait to meet the little beauties who are Jack and Pepper and their sweet ass relationship.
I’m a sucker for reading about a teen falling in love for the first time and Phil Stamper’s ‘The Gravity of Us’ adds the twist of astrology and Cals father being about to go on a NASA mission to Mars. This is another one of those books that’s coming out quite early in the year on February 4th and I’m counting down the days to read this cute little book and discover why Cal’s love interest, Leon, is so mysterious.
Becky Albertalli is one of my favourite authors within the YA universe, she’s written two of my all time faves ‘Simon Vs’ and ‘What if it’s us?’ with Adam Silvera. So when I saw she was releasing a new book I was already excited and then I read the blurb for ‘Yes No Maybe So’ with Aisha Saeed, I was sucked in. Not only does it have a political element with both Jamie and Maya being canvassers for a local state election, but it tackles a cross cultural crush which we really need to see more of in YA books!
The first book to be coming out on my 20 to read in 2020 list is Sarah Sutton’s ‘What Are Friends For?’. This is perfect for anybody who is looking for a best-friends to lovers kind of story that puts a whole friendship on the line after a blindfolded kissing game. I have a feeling it’s going to be fun and cute and emotional which is everything I need from a feel good romantic book! It’ll ask the question ‘is love worth ruining a friendship forever?’, my own book asks this question and I know how much of a thrill it is to read and write this theme! I’ve followed Sarah on Twitter for a while and am incredibly proud of her for this and can’t wait to read it!
I was completely drawn in by the sound of a misfit group who for a high school radio team in ‘Lucky Caller’ by Emma Mills. The added twist of Nina’s childhood friend who she wished to avoid forever only intrigued me more. I can see this being an angsty and wonderfully beautiful high school story of childhood friends, to none friends, to lovers and I’m a sucker for this kind of trope! The added extra of fandoms being mixed into this book only makes me want to read it all as I grew up in High School being in several fandoms and I loved it, so I can’t wait to rehash my teen years in this book!
Pitched at ‘The Raven Boys’ meets ‘Simon Vs’ Andre Eliopulos’ ‘The Fascinators’ sounds right up my street. It has a mixture of crushes, secrets and a touch of magic which is exactly what I need to continue my venture into reading more YA Fantasy in 2020. Not only this, but the blurb reads to have a strong focus on the element of friendships which in 2020 I’d like to read more books that aren’t just focused on the main character and his love interest and maybe even write my own book with this theme!
So I love a good 90’s rom com and Kevin Van Whye describes ‘Date Me, Bryson Keller’ to feel like a modern twist on a ‘90s rom-com. This sounds like a work of genius especially as he also describes it to be a mixture of two of my fave books ‘What If It’s Us’ by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera and Jenny Han’s ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’. I haven’t seen a book like this in a while with a fun concept behind it as Bryson Keller has been dared to date a different person every week – then one day a guy asks him out and it changes everything for him. I feel like this is going to be a fun self-discovery book that could lead to a lot of heartbreak for the guy in question – Kai – as this relationship is destined to end when a new week begins.
Stepping a little bit out of my comfort zone here – which I really want to do in 2020 with the books I read – is a book which is part thriller and part romance. ‘The Friend Scheme’ by Cale Dietrich drew me in in just two paragraphs with promise of a Matt discovering his identity as a gay male, but with the twist of this book also being a thriller. I’m excited to engage with all the twists and turns on Matt’s journey!
Give me all of the ‘my teacher made me partner with them and then I fell in love with them’ stories! So excited to see what happens between Jordan and Elliot when they become partners in chemistry class in Mora Montgomery’s ‘Lab Partners’!
I love stories when things don’t go to plan for the main character, so when I read the blurb for ‘We Are Totally Normal’ by Rahul Kanakia, I knew this was going to be a good book for me. It tells the story of whilst Nandan is trying to rekindle his relationship with his ex in his junior year, he unexpectedly hooks up with his friend, Dave, a guy. He’s never been into guys but he’s willing to give it ago. I can’t wait to see if this relationship works out and how Rahul handles difficult topics like rejecting labels, seeking connections and finding yourself.
I loved David Levithan’s ‘Every Day’ and ‘Hello Now’ by Jenny Valentine really gives me this vibe! When I first started to read the blurb for this book I thought it was going to be a sweet, summer love story, but then I saw the words time traveller and I knew it was going to be so much more. When Jude is forced to move to a small town, she thinks her summer is going to suck, but then handsome Novo turns up! Turns out he’s actually a time traveller who wakes up in different places and points in time, but each Now only lasts so long so he always makes the most of them, but his relationship with Jude is different and for once he wants to stick around. It asks the question what is worth sacrificing for love and I can’t wait to see the answer in Jenny’s book.
An LGBTQ+ book based on two cousins taking a road trip across Canada to Toronto Pride? UHHHH YES PLEASE! I have a deep love for Canada after my year abroad their and LGBTQ+ books are my favourite thing to read and I’m so glad there are so many more coming out in 2020. I literally cannot wait till Robin Stevenson and Tom Ryan’s ‘When You Get The Chance’ is released on May 5th!
The last one, I promise, is ‘A Love Hate Thing’ by Whitney D. Grandison. So this story follows Nandy’s family taking in Trice who has been shot and has been living on the street and how Nandy copes with him living in her house. It demonstrates how theirs a thin line between love and hate and I’m excited to feel all the emotions that I’m sure this book will bring as the pair learn to live together and potentially fall in love with each other.
I’ve linked the Amazon/Good Reads page for every book so closer to the release date you can pre order them or buy them when they come out. These links aren’t affiliate links and I make no profit from them, I just want to showcase the promise the writing community has on offer for next year and for readers to be able to support all the incredible offers. Also through this link you can find the full list of the 20 books I want to read in 2020 on my GoodReads page so you can find their release dates and read the ARC reviews.
I know this has been a bit of a long post and if you’ve made it this far then bloody hell well done, but I’d love to hear what books you’re looking forwards to this year so drop them in the comments below!