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Top 5 Tuesday – Anticipated Books for 2020

Top 5 Tuesday.jpgI really should have called this post ‘Anticipated Books of 2020 That I Can’t Even Consider Buying Until I’ve Read My Back-list.’ But you know what? It wasn’t looking snappy. 

This week’s Top 5 is about the books that I’m most looking forward to which are being released this year. Because I’m taking part in The Quiet Pond’s #StartOnYourShelfathon it means that I can look at these books from outside the bookstore window but I can’t buy them… yet.

My commitment to the cause pains me somewhat because boy am I looking forward to getting my hands on these!





The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

*Gently weeps*

I’m going to ignore the fact that Suzanne Collins has decided to follow the same ol’ YA book naming convention (A/The Blah of Blah and Blah) because it’s Suzanne friggin Collins and she who has created Katniss Everdeen can probably just get away with anything.

As a 100% lover of The Hunger Games I have The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes as my number one for good reason. I don’t usually bother ranking my Top 5 but in this case this is my MUST read for 2020.

I’m aware there’s been some fluttering’s of discontent based on the fact its now been revealed this story focuses on President Snow before he became President Snow but I have faith.






It has been ten trillion years (ok, 16 but that’s a lot) since Susanna Clarke published Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, her epic novel debut about two magicians and assorted fae folk in Regency England and I actually didn’t think she would write another novel ever again.

I’m so pleased to be proven wrong. I adored JS&MN so much and Piranesi has such a glorious summary (magical labyrinthine house and strange companions) that I’m sure it’s worth the wait.





The Sisters Grimm

So I’ve not heard of this author before or any of her previous books but The Sisters Grimm cropped up on my radar and er hello! I must get to this. Witchy sisters? Fairytale-esque lands? Summarized as dark and evocative and reminiscent of Neil Gaiman?

Ugh, this self imposed ban is really getting tricky.





The Foundling

I have yet to read The Familiars, the author’s 2019 debut but I have a copy and its one of the books on my unread shelf. Until I’ve read that I won’t read The Foundlings but I’m looking forward to this one based on a hunch alone.





The Devil and the Dark Water

I’m going to add to my list of ‘Authors I’ve Read One Book Of and Now I’m Hooked’ with The Devil and the Dark Water. Stuart Turton is the writer of The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, the book-worlds most trippiest murder mystery ever to exist.

The description of this one is stark – a murder on the high seas, a detective duo, a demon who may or may not exist.

I am kind of here for it.


Here’s my most anticipated books with a 2020 release date! I want to get around to these so badly which means that I’m going to have to get a move on with my unread shelf. If that isn’t motivation I don’t know what is.

Right I’m off to get some reading in!

Let me know what you think of the books on my list and whether you’re looking forward to any.


7 thoughts on “Top 5 Tuesday – Anticipated Books for 2020

    1. Oh I love JS&MN – don’t get me wrong its a behemoth of a book but it’s so clever and the world building and magic is superb. One of the best I’ve read I think! I can’t wait for her new book though, I didn’t think she’d write again so it’s a massive plus!


  1. I am so excited for many of these too!! I’m admittedly a little leery about the focus on President Snow, but I’ll judge after I read it. And Suzanne Collins has been one of the more quiet and uncontroversial YA authors, so I have faith! And omg after Evelyn Hardcastle, I’ll read ANYTHING Stu Turton writes. The guy has a brilliantly twisty mind 😀

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    1. My first thought was admittedly ‘Suzanne, why?’ but you know what? She *has* been quietly getting on with life and I think her message in The Hunger Games trilogy was surprisingly potent (anti war and the suffering war inflicts on everyone) so I doubt she’s going to turn Snow into a hero. I think it’s that old adage at play, ‘you either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain’ and I reckon that’s what’s going to happen. My guess it’s a story about power corrupting and possibly may shed some post THG light on his frankly *major* obsession with Katniss.

      I actually want to re-read Evelyn Hardcastle again and I never really do re-reads so that’s saying something!


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