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Tuesday, January 07, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: 2020 Is Looking Promising Already

My kids are back in school, so the holidays must be officially over.  Never mind the fact that my Christmas decorations aren't completely packed away or that my family is still nibbling on holiday treats.  I'm ready for the new year, darn it!  2020's not going to get away from me like 2019 did.  I hope.  

Today's Top Ten Tuesday topic is Top Ten Most Anticipated Book Releases for the First Half of 2020.  I already did a Winter TBR list that featured a lot of 2020 releases, so check that one out.  Never fear, though, I have more, which you will find listed below in order of release date.  Before you scroll down, though, take a minute to join in the TTT fun.  It's super easy—just click on over to That Artsy Reader Girl, scan a few quick instructions, write up your own list, then hop around the book blogosphere checking out other people's posts.  I promise it will be a good time!

Okay, here we go with Top Ten (Okay, Eleven) Most Anticipated Book Releases for the First Half of 2020 (not including those from my Winter TBR list):

1.  The Girls With No Names by Serena Burdick (available January 7)—An ARC of this novel is winging its way to me as we speak.  I can't wait!  This historical concerns two sisters who live near a home for wayward girls.  When the girls unearth a shocking secret about their father, everything changes.  Then, one of the sisters disappears.  Assuming their father has incarcerated his missing daughter at the nearby home, the other hatches a daring rescue plan.   

2.  The Hollows by Jess Montgomery (available January 14)—I loved The Widows, a historical novel about a woman who takes over as sheriff after her husband's death in 1920s Ohio.  The second book in the series, this one concerns an elderly woman who is killed by a train while walking through an underground railroad tunnel.  Who was the woman?  And what was she doing on the train tracks?  It's up to the sheriff to find out. 

3.  Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain (available January 14)—This dual-timeline novel is the story of an innocent convict who is released from prison early in return for restoring an old mural.  A lot of my favorite tropes are rolled up in this one, so I'm expecting to enjoy it.

4.  Remembrance by Rita Woods (available January 21)—This triple-timeline historical novel about slavery looks intriguing. 

5.  Grace is Gone by Emily Elgar (available January 24)—Teenager Grace is so ill that her mother, Meg, who is beloved and admired in her town, does little else but care for her.  When Meg is found brutally murdered, with Grace nowhere to be found, the confusing mystery befuddles the town.  What in the world happened to the mother and daughter?  Sounds good, no?  

6.  Behind Every Lie by Christina McDonald (available February 4)—After being struck by lightning, a woman wakes up in the hospital only to find out her mother has been murdered.  The police are suspicious of her convenient amnesia.  Desperate to prove her innocence, she sets out to find the truth.

7.  The Vanishing Deep by Astrid Scholte (available March 3)—In this YA novel, a teen raises her sister from the dead for one day as a desperate measure to get answers about their parents' deaths.  Without enough clues as to what really happened, the girls team up to find the truth while being pursued by ill-intentioned foes.  Sounds fun!

8.  The Lonely Heart of Maybelle Lane by Kate O'Shaughnessy (available March 3)—I just requested an e-ARC of this MG novel from NetGalley.  It's about a girl who discovers her estranged father will be judging a singing competition in Nashville.  She signs up to compete, but exactly how is she going to secretly get herself to Tennessee?  Adventure ensues ...  

9.  The Good Turn by Dervla McTiernan (available March 5)—I've enjoyed the first two books in McTiernan's Cormac Reilly series and I've been anxiously awaiting this third installment.  Looks like it's told from the perspective of both Reilly and another detective.  Interesting.

10.  Strike Me Down by Mindy Mejia (available April 7)—I'm a big fan of Mejia's thrillers, so I'm excited for her newest which centers around a forensic accountant hired to track down millions of dollars of missing prize money.

11.  Where the Lost Wander by Amy Harmon (available April 28)—I love me a good pioneer story and this one sounds excellent.  It's about a young widow crossing the Overland Trail who faces hardships along the way.  An unexpected romance with a man who is half-Pawnee adds challenges to her already full plate.  
There you have it, eleven new releases I'm looking forward to.  What do you think of my picks?  Are you excited for any of these as well?  What other titles should I be keeping on my radar?  I'd truly love to know what you think.  Leave a comment on this post and I will gladly return the favor on your blog.

Happy TTT!


  1. I haven't heard of most of these, but they sound so cute! I'm definitely going to have to look into The Lonely Heart of Maybelle Lane. That sounds like a winner. Great list!

    1. Doesn't it sound like a good one? I'm excited for it.

      Thanks for coming by!

  2. Great list! I look forward to the sequel to Widows

    1. Me, too. I might just read it next. Still deciding.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting!

  3. Your whole list looks interesting to me. I'm going to see how many of these books are at my local library.

    My TTT .

    1. Oh, good! I'm glad you found some tempting titles :) A lot of them are actually on NetGalley right now, so you might want to try there first.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  4. I really love that cover for The Lonely Heart of Maybelle Lane. Looks like something I;d pick up. Hope you enjoy all these!

    1. I love me a good MG novel and LONELY HEART looks like just the ticket. I hope we both enjoy it!

      Thanks for coming by!

  5. I can see why you're looking forward to reading all of these. :)

    1. Right? They all sound so intriguing!

      Thanks, as always, for stopping by and commenting, Lark!

  6. I am now going to find out more about Maybelle Lane. It sounds like something I would really enjoy

    1. Let me know what you think if you do read it. I hope it lives up to its intriguing premise :)

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting!

  7. That's an interesting selection. The Diane Chamberlain book is particularly appealing to me. This time of year is really dangerous. I try to start with a pretty clean slate and then all the preview lists are published and I end up with 20 new books on my TBR list. I just can't win.

    1. Ha ha. I don't even try to resist anymore! My TBR list always includes a mix of new and old books and I just try to get to as many of them as I can. It doesn't help that most of the titles on this list are already up on NetGalley, so I don't even get a break to catch up on other reading before these come out!

      Thanks, as always, for stopping by and commenting, Sam!

  8. wow, so many unknown titles for me, the lonely heart of Maybelle got me interested I will need to check it out.

    1. That one seems to be attracting a lot of attention here. That's great. I love sharing my book finds, especially since I get so many reading ideas from looking at other people's Top Ten Tuesday lists.

      Thanks for coming by!

  9. Such a great list. I'm reading Big Lies in a Small Town right now and loving it.

    1. Oh, good! It's always so disappointing when a book I'm really looking forward to ends up being a dud. Sounds like this one gets it right. Yay!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  10. I didn't look very much past my ARCs for my TTT list, so I forgot about The Vanishing Deep, but that one looks really intriguing!

    1. Doesn't it? I'm excited to see if it lives up to its intriguing premise.

      Thanks for coming by, Kristi!

  11. There’s some great titles here, several of which are on my list too.

    1. Oh, good! You'll have to let me know what you think of them so we can compare notes :)

      Thanks for stopping by!

  12. I have the McTiernan on my list too!

    1. I'm always excited when a new McTiernan comes out. I've been really loving this series!

      Thanks for coming by, Marg!

  13. Keeping my eyes peeled for The Hollows (I needed that for a book set in my home state prompt for my 2019 Reading Challenge, oh well) and The Vanishing Derp, which is getting some buzz.

    1. I was fortunate to get a paper copy of THE HOLLOWS from the publisher, but the e-ARC is available on NetGalley. THE VANISHING DEEP is not on there, but it is available to request on Edelweiss. Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

  14. Ohhhhh! My TBR mountain just fell over!! Great picks Susan!💜

    1. Ha ha! I'm glad you found some titles that tempted you :)

      Thanks for coming by!

  15. I like this list Susan. I have read Grace is Gone and enjoyed it. I have most of the others already on my TBR, but there are a couple to check out. Nice list.


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