With a new year (and new decade!) there comes a brand new wave of books to obsess over and we are excited to bring you our most anticipated books of 2020. With picks in all genres, these are the books readers everywhere will be loving in 2020.
A Beginning At The End by Mike Chen
It’s been six years since a pandemic rocked the world, wiping out most of the people on Earth. Those who survived are now living in a multitude of communities and doing their best to pick up the pieces of their lives. Among this population, however, there’s a group of four people who will band together, face the ghosts from their pasts and prepare themselves for a rumored second outbreak.
More Myself: A Journey by Alicia Keys
An intimate portrayal, Alicia Keys shares her private story. From her relationship with her father, romantic revelations, her career and the difficult expectations of ‘female perfection,’ she bares it all in this exploration of who she really is. She candidly recounts her story and shares how she rediscovered herself and found her truth.
Something She’s Not Telling Us by Darcey Bell
Charlotte’s life is as close to perfect as anyone’s life can be. But when her brother brings home his new girlfriend to meet the family, everything changes. Before Charlotte can nail down what it is about Ruth that she doesn’t like, her daughter mysteriously goes missing. Did Ruth take Daisy and what does that mean for these two women who have been brought together by a man they both love?
Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel
Rose Gold Watts has lived all her 18 years convinced by her mother Patty that she is ill. Now she is finally free from her mother’s hold, and of the lies she told about her health. After Rose testifies against Patty for her wrongdoing, she goes to prison for five years. When she is released with nowhere to go, Rose invites her mother into her home as a sign of forgiveness. But secretly, Rose has not forgiven her mother and is ready to seek revenge.
The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel
The award-winning author of Station Eleven is back in 2020 with a new thriller that will have you obsessively turning the pages. Vincent once worked as a bartender at Hotel Caiette where she found a warning that read, “Why don’t you swallow broken glass.” A year after the incident, Vincent has married Alkaitis, the hotel’s owner, who continues to be involved in dangerous business deals. But then everything crashes down and Vincent does her best to leave the wreckage behind… until years later when she boards a ship and is never seen again.
The Other Mrs. by Mary Kubica
Sadie and Will are ready for a new start when they move from Chicago to a small east coast town. But their lives soon become a nightmare when their neighbor is murdered and Sadie worries that there’s a killer on the loose. The crime, combined with the fact that their home is terribly creepy, makes this a thrilling and terrifying read.
Weather by Jenny Offill
As both a librarian and a fake shrink, Lizzie Benson is plenty busy attending to her library and the damaged people in her life. Just when she thinks she can’t take on anything more, she is approached by her former mentor, a famous podcaster, who needs help answering her fan mail. As the world changes around her, she soon realizes just how unprepared and inexperienced she is to take on all aspects of her life, including taking care of those she loves.
Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier
College sweethearts Marin and Derek seemingly lead the perfect life. But everything changes in an instant when their son Sebastian is taken. A year later, the case to find young Sebastian has gone cold, forcing Marin to hire a private investigator to make sure his case gets the attention it deserves. While the P.I. doesn’t immediately find more information on Sebastian, he does learn that Derek is having an affair. Armed with this heartbreaking knowledge, Marin sets out on a mission to make sure her husband’s mistress goes away for good.
The Herd by Andrea Bartz
Katie Bradley has just arrived back in New York after a failed research trip. Luckily for Katie, her sister is best friends with Eleanor who owns the most exclusive and elite women-only coworking space in the city. Katie starts to think that Eleanor could be the subject of her next book. But just when Eleanor is getting ready to announce big news about her company, she goes missing. Because the police think there was foul play involved, everyone becomes a suspect and Katie and her sister are thrown into a dangerous case that will have a severe outcome.
A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende
Young, pregnant and widowed, Roser has just been forced out of her home in 1930s Spain. It’s on a treacherous trip over the mountains to the French border that she must marry the brother of her late lover in order to survive. Escaping to Chile, the two begin their life together as they dream about their future. A Long Petal of the Sea beautifully captures heartbreak, unexpected love and sacrifice.
Long Bright River by Liz Moore
Sisters Kacey and Mickey live completely separate lives in an opioid-ridden neighborhood in Philadelphia. But everything changes when Kacey goes missing and Mickey fears that her disappearance has something to do with the string of murders that are taking place in her area. Doing her best to track down her sister and the killer, Mickey will do whatever it takes to get justice for her sister and her neighborhood.
Lady Clementine by Marie Benedict
Clementine Churchill never let herself be defined by her husband and his success. From saving his life at a train station in 1909 to being an influential force during World War I and II, she was the best wife and comrade Winston could ask for. In Lady Clementine, the New York Times bestselling author of The Only Woman in the Room returns with a story of an ambitious woman who faced darkness in many forms, never flinching when things got difficult and grim.
The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James
In 1982, Viv Delaney took a job at the Sun Down Motel in Fell, New York to pay for her eventual move to the Big Apple. But the motel is unsettling and eery, and Viv disappears without a trace. Thirty years later, Viv’s niece Carly sets out to find out the truth about her aunt’s disappearance.
Tiny Imperfections by Alli Frank and Asha Youmans
Josie Bordelon was once a beloved model and the vision of perfection to everyone who knew her. But now at 39, she spends her days as the director of admissions at one of the best private schools in San Francisco. She also does her best to ensure that her daughter Etta doesn’t make the same mistakes she once did. As Josie considers getting back in the dating game and her daughter pursues her ballet dreams, the two come to learn that history has a funny way of repeating itself.
Writers & Lovers by Lily King
Casey Peabody has just lost her mother and had a major heartbreak, so she moves to Massachusetts in hopes of starting over. Once a child golf prodigy, she now waits tables in Harvard Square and contemplates writing a novel. Struggling to fulfill her creative needs and her real-life obligations, Casey tries her best to balance her new beginning.
The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich
It’s the 1950s in North Dakota and a community in the Turtle Mountain Reservation is doing their best to combat their everchanging environment. While Thomas Wazhashk worries about a new “emancipation” bill, young graduate Patrice dreams of joining her sister in Minnesota despite the dangers that come along with it. Erdrich creates a fictional world full of memorable and heartbreaking characters that will stick with you long after the final page.
You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
Shay Miller has no job, home or love interest when she witnesses a woman jump in front of the subway. It’s enough to shock her into fearing she doesn’t want that same fate. That’s when she meets the Moore sisters, Cassandra and Jane; two women who will help her get back on her feet. But as she gets deeper and deeper into the relationship with the sisters, she learns that they harbor dangerous secrets that could mean deadly consequences for her.
All Adults Here by Emma Straub
When Astrid Strick witnesses an accident that has her replaying mistakes she made as a mother, she starts to evaluate how her decisions may have affected her children’s lives. Her youngest is making parenting mistakes of his own, her eldest struggles to live up to imagined standards and her middle child is pregnant. A story about family and the mistakes we make along the way, readers will immediately connect to these intriguing characters.
Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid
Alix Chamberlain has always been successful, always getting what she puts her mind to. It’s not until an incident with her babysitter that everything changes. A normal night at the grocery store is upended when Emira is confronted by security and accused of kidnapping Alix’s two-year-old Briar. As a video of the confrontation is shared, a figure from Alix’s past comes to light in a way that changes both Alix and Emira’s lives for good.
Behind Every Lie by Christina McDonald
When Eva Hansen wakes up in a hospital after being struck by lightning, she has trouble remembering details about her life – including the fact that her mother was murdered. On a mission to find out what really happened to her mother, she takes a trip to London and begins asking questions. But it doesn’t take long for her to realize that dangerous forces have their eyes set on her and with memories slowly coming back to her, she realizes she can’t trust those around her… or even herself.
Hi Five by Joe Ide
As the daughter of the biggest arms dealer on the west coast, Cristiana has the world in the palm of her hand. When her boyfriend is murdered and she becomes the only witness and No. 1 suspect, Isaiah Quintabe is assigned to prove her innocence or else his girlfriend will suffer the consequences. As Isaiah learns more about Cristiana, it becomes clear that she has multiple personalities and none of the five fully remember what happened on the night her boyfriend was killed. Isaiah must figure out what happened before the police do in this fast-paced suspense novel.
American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
Lydia Quixano Pérez enjoys her humble life in Acapulco, running a bookstore and caring for her son Luca with her husband. But then she meets Javier, the leader of the terrifying new cartel that has taken over their city. Soon after the meeting, Lydia’s husband publishes a scathing tell-all profile on Javier and she must flee Mexico with her son in tow. This powerful new novel promises readers a ride they’ll never forget and has already gained impressive fans including Stephen King, John Grisham and Kristin Hannah.
My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell
When Vanessa Wye was 15, she embarked on a relationship with her 42-year-old teacher, knowing there was something between the two of them. But 17 years later, sexual assault claims are being made, and when another woman reaches out to Vanessa to speak out against the teacher, she has to decide whether to tell the truth about how she felt for him, or if she should change the story to accommodate this girl’s story of assault. Vanessa struggles to reconcile her past and come to terms with a relationship she once felt was authentic and true.
Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn
Meg Mackworth is known for her custom journals but what her New York clientele doesn’t know is that she has another magnificent skill: she can see signs others miss. Knowing that the marriage of one of her clients, Reid, would fail, she drops hints throughout their wedding program. It’s not until a year later that Reid finds Meg and inquires about how she knew his marriage would come to an end. Together, Meg and Reid begin to unfold secrets about themselves and as their relationship deepens, Meg will have to decide whether or not to ignore the signs that something great could happen between them.
The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin
It’s said that every major city has a soul. When it comes to New York City, it has six and with those souls comes an immense evil that threatens to destroy the city altogether. In The City We Became, five New York residents will take it upon themselves to make sure this evil doesn’t take over their home and one of the greatest cities in the United States.
It’s Not All Downhill From Here by Terry McMillan
At 68, Loretha Curry refuses to look at aging as a negative thing the way the other women in her life do. Surrounded by a group of people she loves and happy with her personal success, she’s excited about her life. But then, out of nowhere, she loses someone close to her and she must do everything she can to keep her life together and stay strong. This is a story of the power of women and the inspiring lives they lead.
A Hundred Suns by Karin Tanabe
It’s 1933 and Jessie Lesage has just arrived in Vietnam from Paris. With pressure to make sure her husband’s business succeeds, she sets out to keep her scandalous family a secret. When Jessie meets Marcelle de Fabry, she finds she’s a great woman to help guide her through this trying time in life. But unbeknownst to Jessie, Marcelle has other goals in mind that will completely upend her world.
You Were There Too by Colleen Oakley
Mia Graydon is happy with her husband, their life and the prospect of starting a family. But she can’t ignore the recurring dream she has about another man. When the couple moves to Pennsylvania, she is shocked to come face-to-face with the man she has been dreaming about. Even more shocking is that he has been dreaming of Mia too. As the two try to understand their strange connection, Mia begins to wonder what would happen if she started a life with this new man.
The Beauty of Your Face by Sahar Mustafah
Afaf Rahman, the principal at a Muslim school for girls in Chicago, is launched back to her traumatic past when a shooter attacks her school one morning. During this terrifying attack, she begins to remember the trauma from her past including bigotry, the disappearance of her sister and the way these things tore her family apart and changed her life forever.
In Five Years by Rebecca Serle
Manhattan lawyer Dannie Cohan has her five-year plan set. She’s engaged and has tackled the most intensive interview of her career. But when she wakes up the day after the proposal she finds herself five years in the future wearing a different ring with a different man next to her. An hour later, she wakes back up in 2020 and puts the event behind her for another five years… until she meets the man from that vision and the entire night comes rushing back to her.
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So many fantastic reads! How can I decide?? Each one looks great. Here’s to a happy fall!
You missed Code Name Hélène by Ariel Lawhon!
Nice post. Kudos for including a description of each book! Thank you muchly ???♥️
American Dirt is the best book I have ever read- its a must read!
I agree with Jessica. American Dirt is brilliant. Thanks for the great round-up, Ashley.