The quest to get my tbr down isn’t going to be an easy task in 2020 because there’s so many releases I’m eager to pick up! I’m going to be sharing five books in particular I’m excited for because while I have a goodreads shelf with around 50 books on it for just 2020 releases, (I just realized that that’s already so many books…) I wanted to share a few that have really stood out to me.
- We Used to be Friends by Amy Spalding
Something I have wanted to see featured in YA for some time is the complexity friendship has. I enjoy seeing characters getting into romantic relationships and how that can grow throughout a story don’t get me wrong, but friendships can be just as impactful (in my opinion!) on someone as they’re growing up and that’s not something you often see highlighted within stories. So, you can probably imagine my excitement when I read the synopsis for We Used to be Friends:
Told in dual timelines—half of the chapters moving forward in time and half moving backward—We Used to Be Friends explores the most traumatic breakup of all: that of childhood besties. At the start of their senior year in high school, James (a girl with a boy’s name) and Kat are inseparable, but by graduation, they’re no longer friends. James prepares to head off to college as she reflects on the dissolution of her friendship with Kat while, in alternating chapters, Kat thinks about being newly in love with her first girlfriend and having a future that feels wide open. Over the course of senior year, Kat wants nothing more than James to continue to be her steady rock, as James worries that everything she believes about love and her future is a lie when her high-school sweetheart parents announce they’re getting a divorce. Funny, honest, and full of heart, We Used to Be Friends tells of the pains of growing up and growing apart.
This book was released on January 7th of 2020 and I’m honestly so stoked to get to this one!
2. Infinity Son by Adam Silvera
I’ve known about Adam Silvera ever since I started my bookstagram and have been very interested in picking up his books, but I have yet to do so! (I don’t know why, but that’s something I’d like to change this year!) Why Infinity Son stands out to me in particular is due to how this story deals with abilities of some kind and the fact that I’m a sucker for the Chosen One trope and I’m intrigued by what Adam’s take on it will be like. This is another early 2020 release (January 14th to be exact!) and I’m really excited to get to it. (which will hopefully be soon!)
3. Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega
This will be Claribel’s debut novel and ever since I started following her on Twitter and listening to Write or Die (a podcast she hosts alongside Kat Cho, author of Wicked Fox), I’ve been very interested in picking this book up. Here is the synopsis for Ghost Squad:
Shortly before Halloween, Lucely and her best friend, Syd, cast a spell that accidentally awakens malicious spirits, wreaking havoc throughout St. Augustine. Together, they must join forces with Syd’s witch grandmother, Babette, and her tubby tabby, Chunk, to fight the haunting head-on and reverse the curse to save the town and Lucely’s firefly spirits before it’s too late.
With the family dynamics of Coco and action-packed adventure of Ghostbusters, Claribel A. Ortega delivers both a thrillingly spooky and delightfully sweet debut novel.
I don’t read middle grade stories very often, but I’ve had my eye on this particular book for quite some time and I can’t wait to read Claribel’s writing and see what my thoughts are going to be. Ghost Squad will be released on April 7th of this year and I’ll hopefully get the chance to pick up a copy for myself when the release date comes around.
4. Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
This is an own voices novel for trans representation and I’ve been really interested in this book for a while. It has to do with the main character Yadriel and when his traditional Latinx family has problems with accepting his gender, he’s willing to go to great lengths to prove that he’s a real brujo. Even if that includes a ritual that goes wrong. I’m going to be eagerly awaiting Cemetery Boys release seeing as that will be on June 9th of this year and I honestly can’t wait to have this story in my hands!
5. Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon
I loved Rachel’s 2019 release (Our Year of Maybe) when I read it so when I found out about this upcoming book of hers on Goodreads, I was stoked. I’m interested in how she’ll take on the enemies to lovers trope and how there’s a possibility for discussions surrounding senior year of high school (which the main characters have just finished? Are almost finished with?) and fears of the unknown that can arise with the future. This is going to be a June release so there’s a bit of time before I’ll be able to pick up a copy, but I’m willing to wait because I loved Rachel’s writing in the book she released last year and I’m excited to see how her writing continues to grow.
I am honestly really looking forward to when all of these books will be out into the world for readers like you and me to enjoy. Are there any 2020 releases you’re especially interested to pick up as soon as they hit shelves? Let me know in the comments!