We all like to think that we don’t judge books by their covers but every good book lover knows that sometimes the paperback cover is even more beautiful than the hardcover. If you’re in the market for a book that is as amazing on the inside as it looks on the outside, these new paperback releases will blow you away in 2020 – plus, they’re lightweight so you can take them anywhere!

The DNA of You and Me by Andrea Rothman

Emily Apell is one-track minded, determined to make a breakthrough discovery in the highly-esteemed research lab where she works. When Aeden Doherty begins working alongside Emily, she finds him impossible to ignore and as the two begin working together, they find that they have chemistry of their own. But just when Emily lets herself fall for him, he ends up leaving her and the lab behind. A few years later, while accepting a prestigious award, Emily finally understands why Aeden left and what her future holds.

I Miss You When I Blink: Essays by Mary Laura Philpott

In Mary Laura Philpott’s memoir-in-essays, she looks back at life and discusses what it’s like to do everything right in life but still feel like you’re missing something. After achieving everything she wanted – a house, a job, marriage, kids – Philpott found that she still felt something out of place. It’s in this essay collection that she assures readers that life crises are natural and without them, we wouldn’t grow into the people we’re supposed to become.

My Lovely Wife by Samatha Downing

In My Lovely Wife, one seemingly perfect couples find themselves trapped in their everyday (boring) lives. Determined to make their lives feel new and exciting they pick up a dangerous new hobby: murder. Together, this married couple becomes a thing of nightmares – the perfect read for fans of Mr. and Mrs. Smith and Dexter.

Recursion by Blake Crouch

When a supposed disease breaks out, people begin to remember things that never happened, consequentially driving them crazy. Unsure of what this disease is and what’s coming next, Barry Sutton, a New York City detective finds himself coming close to finding the truth. Meanwhile, neuroscientist Helena Smith discovers that she may have the power to fight back. Together, Barry and Helena will have to confront the enemy in order to save the world.

The Suspect by Fiona Barton

Two 18-year-old girls have just gone missing in Thailand, forcing their families to ask questions about what they were up to before disappearing. Hearing the news about the teens, journalist Kate Waters begins her investigation into the missing girls. But as she digs deeper and deeper, she begins to worry about her own son who left home two years ago to travel and never returned home.

Star-Crossed by Minnie Darke

In Star-Crossed, childhood sweethearts have a second chance at love. When Justine and Nick cross paths with one another, it seems like fate… to Justine. Nick, on the other hand, lives his life based on what his daily horoscope tells him – a horoscope he reads in his favorite magazine. When Justine realizes he very seriously consults the horoscope section of the magazine she works for, she takes matters into her own hands and changes his horoscopes to make him fall in love with her.

Where to Begin: A Small Book About Your Power to Create Big Change by Cleo Wade

In this small but mighty book by Cleo Wade, the author and poet brings readers a new and positive outlook on life. Where to Begin reminds people that no matter what happens in life, you always have the power to effect positive change. Whether you’re going through rough times or looking to live a happier and healthier life, this book helps you stay connected to hope even during the darkest times.

Into the Jungle by Erica Ferencik

When Lily Bushwold leaves her life behind for a teaching job in Bolivia, she believes that this is finally her chance to escape the nightmares from her past. But her plans all fall apart when she loses the job and she’s stuck in Bolivia. Finding intense interest in local man, Omar, the two find certain chemistry together… until Omar’s four-year-old nephew is killed by a jaguar. Now, Lily must join Omar in his search for answers and risk her life traversing the dangerous jungles of Bolivia.

The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo

After falling for one another in the 70s, Marilyn and David built a beautiful family. But by 2016, the couple finds that their four daughters are all struggling with life in different ways. Wendy, a widow, is addicted to alcohol and men; Liza is pregnant but unsure if she wants to keep the baby or be with the baby’s father; Violet is trying to get control over her anxiety and self-doubt; and the youngest, Grace, is living a lie not even her family knows about. When a stranger shows up in the family’s life, they find themselves coming face-to-face with the misgivings from their pasts.

Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls T Kira Madden

T Kira Madden’s debut memoir tells the story of a young woman growing up in a place that wasn’t always welcoming to her. A queer biracial teen, Madden grew up the only child to two parents struggling with alcohol and drug addiction in Boca Raton, Florida. It was through the friendships she formed with fatherless girls that she found her place and grew into the woman she is today.

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