Books I'm Buying in the Second Half of 2020

When I saw today's Top Ten Tuesday topic, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, I was so excited to share my list! This post covers the second half of the year and, once again, I didn't stick to just ten releases. There are too many things I want to read! Just like my earlier edition of this post, I focused on new books from authors I've already read and enjoyed + featured four books from new-to-me authors that I've got my eye on.

Two of my most anticipated releases for the second half of 2020 aren't featured here because they were included in my first half of 2020 post. Both were originally June releases with date changes: The Heir Affair by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan comes out July 7 and Igniting Darkness by Robin LaFevers will publish August 2.

Twelve books I can't wait to read from authors I enjoy:

1. The Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty (June 30) – I really enjoyed City of Brass last year and flew through Kingdom of Copper this spring. And now I can't wait to see how the trilogy wraps up!

2. Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan (June 30) – After loving the Crazy Rich Asians series, I've got to read this new release from Kwan. Finding out it's a retelling of A Room with a View? That's icing on the cake.

3. Friends and Strangers by J. Courtney Sullivan (June 30) – I loved The Engagements but wasn't crazy about Saints for All Occasions, so I'm very curious how this one will work for me. Guess we'll find out!

4. The Lazy Genius Way by Kendra Adachi (August 11) – As a huge fan of Adachi's Lazy Genius podcast, I was thrilled to find out she was coming out with a book. I made sure to pre-order to get these awesome bonuses.

5. Blood & Honey by Shelby Mahurin (September 1) – Although I would have sworn this was going to be a duology, it turns out that it'll be a trilogy. I'm excited anyway because Serpent & Dove was just so good!

6. Majesty by Katharine McGee (September 1) – Did I scream when I got a copy of this for review? You better believe it! American Royals was one of my favorites, and I need more after that cliffhanger.

7. Anxious People by Fredrik Backman (September 8) – Backman is one of my favorite authors, to the point that I never feel the need to read the summaries of his books. Whatever this is about, I already know I want to read it.

8. Well Played by Jen DeLuca (September 22) – Well Met was an adorable read, and I'm looking forward to returning to this world and spending time with characters we've already met. I hope it's just as fun and enjoyable!

9. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab (October 6) – I'm not a Schwab fangirl like most of the Internet, though I did enjoy the Darker Shade of Magic series, but the summary for this sounds fantastic!

10. The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow (October 13) – This summary doesn't totally appeal to me, but my love for The Ten Thousand Doors of January is strong enough that I've got to at least give it a try.

11. Instant Karma by Marissa Meyer (November 3) – I've only read Meyer's Lunar Chronicles and this is obviously a genre departure for her, but I think it sounds adorable. And I'm obsessed with the cover!

12. Admission by Julie Buxbaum (December 1) – Anything Buxbaum writes, I want to read it. I love that this is inspired by the recent college admissions scandal and have no doubt I'll be raving about this book.

And four books on my radar from new-to-me authors:

13. Dear Emmie Blue by Lia Louis (July 14) – I knew very little about this when I received an email from the publicist about reviewing it, but the summary made it sound so interesting. I hope it's as adorable as the cover!

14. Austen Years: A Memoir in Five Novels by Rachel Cohen (July 21) – Reference Jane Austen in the title, and I'll automatically want to read it. I've been on a memoir kick lately and am fascinated by the idea of this one.

15. You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria (August 4) – As soon as I saw the comparison to Jane the Virgin, I was sold. I'm totally here for telenovela stars falling in love both onscreen and off! Gimme, gimme.

16. Jane in Love by Rachel Givney (October 27) – Jane Austen magically travels to modern-day England? Yep, I want to read it. It's a truth universally acknowledged that I'm trash for anything related to Austen.

What 2020 releases are you excited to read?


  1. Yes! Instant Karma and Well Played look awesome! Great picks!

    Here is my Top Ten Tuesday Post

    Michelle @ Book Briefs

  2. Wow, The Empire of Gold has a gorgeous cover!

    My TTT .

  3. Blood & Honey is probably going to find itself on my list :D
    Happy reading! xo
    Here's my Top Ten Tuesday.

  4. INSTANT KARMA sounds cute. I'll be interested to see how Meyer writes in a different genre than her usual.

    Happy TTT!

  5. I'm also not a Schwab fan, but this new one sounds good!

  6. The Once and Future Witches looks amazing!!

  7. Addie La Rue and Once & Future Witches are both on my list! You also have quite a few sequels (Empire, Blood, Majesty) where I need to read the first book still. Lots of books to look forward to!

  8. I loved The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue! And I still really need to finally finish reading the Daevabad trilogy.


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