Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: The Shiny and New Still to Come


It's Tuesday again and you know what that means.  It's time to take a break from all the craziness happening in the world and focus on what's really important: books.  Kidding, kidding.  Top Ten Tuesday is an excellent excuse to take some time out for some bookish fun, though.  If you've never joined in before, you definitely need to give it a go.  Why?  Here are ten fantastic reasons.  Convinced?  Good.  Now, all you have to do is hop on over to That Artsy Reader Girl, read a few instructions, build your own list, then spend some happy hours spreading the love across our wonderful book blogosphere.  What's not to love?

I'm all over today's topic since I'm always interested to see what new books are coming out.  Not that I need to be distracted by the shiny and new when I already have TBR piles all over the dang place.  Still.  I just can't help myself.  I'm excited about all the books still to come out in 2020.  Today, I'm going to restrain myself and just chat about ten ...

Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2020 (in order of release):


1.  We Are All the Same in the Dark by Julia Heaberlin (available August 11)—A small Texas town is still reeling after the disappearance of a local young woman.  When a mysterious mute girl is found by the side of the road in the same town, a young police office becomes obsessed with figuring out what happened to both girls.  I'm always up for an intriguing mystery!


2.  When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole (available September 1)—Concerned over the deterioration of her Brooklyn neighborhood, Sydney Green and her neighbor are trying to revitalize the place.  A delve into the area's history reveals some disturbing answers to the question of where all the residents are disappearing to.  Will Sydney be the next to vanish?    


3.  The Deadly Hours by Susanna KearsleyC.S. HarrisAnna Lee Huber, and Christine Trent (available September 1)—Huber is the only one of these authors that I've read before, but her involvement is more than enough to make me want to read this book.  The story features a cursed gold watch and the havoc it wreaks on all who own it throughout several centuries.   


4.  Rated by Melissa Grey (available September 3)—This dystopian YA novel takes place in a society where everyone's behavior is rated in real-time 24/7.  Your rating determines your place in life.  When a shocking act puts the spotlight on a prestigious high school where ratings are everything, things start to get very interesting for six special classmates ... [Update:  Someone pointed out that Rated actually came out last year. Oops! At least we don't have to wait to read it :)]


5.  The Orphan of Cemetery Hill by Hester Fox (available September 15)—I've enjoyed Fox's two previous novels, so I'm excited for her newest, which concerns a young woman who can commune with the dead.  When she runs away from home and ends up in a Boston cemetery, she becomes embroiled in a sinister scheme that puts her and her future in grave danger.


6.  To Tell You the Truth by Gilly Macmillan (available September 22)—I got a good start on this one while sitting at the DMV for three hours today so my son could get his driver's permit.  So far, I am loving the story, which revolves around a bestselling thriller writer whose wildly popular fictional character is starting to take over her life.  When her husband disappears, the author must ask herself some very disturbing questions ...


7.  The Book of Two Ways by Jodi Picoult (available September 22)—Picoult's been a longtime favorite author of mine, so I always look forward to a new book from her.  Her latest is about a married woman who's still infatuated by a man she used to know.  When she miraculously survives a plane crash and the airline offers her the chance to fly anywhere in the world, she sees an opportunity to live a whole new life.  And takes it.  Intriguing, yes?


8.  The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (available September 29)—Are you a Knives Out fan?  Me, too.  This YA thriller is being compared to the hit movie thanks to its similar premise.  When a penniless high school senior inherits a fortune from a man she's never meant, she's stunned.  Why has he singled her out?  And what crazy game is he making her play in order to get the money she so desperately needs? 


9.  The Searcher by Tana French (available October 6)—French is one of my favorite thriller writers, so I'm always on the lookout for a new book from her.  It appears her newest is a departure from her Dublin Murder Squad series.  Still, it sounds like a compelling mystery.  It features a retired cop who's ready for some R&R in the Irish countryside.  When a local boy goes missing, however, the child's brother talks the detective into investigating the disappearance.  


10.  The Arctic Fury by Greer Macallister (available December 1)—Twelve women join a secret Arctic expedition in the 1850's.  Not all of them make it back.  A sensational murder trial ensues.  Murder in the Arctic?  I'm SO in for this one!

There you have it—ten upcoming releases that I can't wait to read.  What do you think of my list?  Do we have any titles in common?  Which new releases are you excited about?  I'd truly love to know.  Leave me a comment on this post and I will return the favor on yours.

Happy TTT!              

67 comments:

  1. I am curious about Cole's new book. I love her contemporary romances and am willing to try something different from her.

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    1. I've never read anything by her, so I'm hoping I like her. The plot summary is a bit mysterious. I'm curious to see what the book is all about.

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

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  2. The Orphan of Cemetery Hill sounds very interesting. Enjoy!

    My TTT .

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    1. Doesn't it? I think it will be the perfect Halloween read, so I might save my e-ARC until October. We'll see if I can resist until then!

      Thanks for stopping by, Lydia!

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  3. When No One is Watching sounds excellent. I'll have to add that one as well. Great list, hope you enjoy :)

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    1. Right? I'm super intrigued by its plot summary. I can't wait to see what all the neighborhood's secrets are!

      Thanks for coming by, Resa!

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  4. All of these look like they're going to be great reads. I hadn't heard of many of them, but the first couple on your list really caught my eye!

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    1. Oh, good! I'm glad some of the titles made you look twice. If you end up reading any of them, be sure and let me know what you think.

      Thanks for stopping by, Deanna!

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  5. Great list! I'd like to read the new Gilly MacMillan and Rated sounds like another good one for me. 2 more books to the TBR list!

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    1. I got an e-ARC of the MacMillan book from Edelweiss. I *may* have squealed out loud when I got approved :)

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Helen!

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  6. I feel like I need to add all of these to the ten books already on my TTT list of upcoming releases. The Arctic Fury especially looks like one I'd love. :)

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    1. Ha ha. You totally do! Doesn't THE ARCTIC FURY sound amazing? I love books about the Arctic, too, so I'm totally stoked for this one. I hope we both love it.

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

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  7. We both have The Deadly Hours on our list! believe it or not, I've never read a Jodi Picoult novel, but I'm hoping to change that with The Book of Two Ways.

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    1. I really like Picoult, although her older books are better than her newer in my opinion. I'm excited to see what she does with THE BOOK OF TWO WAYS, though. It's got such an intriguing premise!

      Thanks for stopping by, Laura!

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  8. I love that we have such similar taste in books. I've added the majority of these to my TBR list too! I'm all for a new French and Macmillan novel!

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    1. Right? We're like book twins :) You know I can't resist a good mystery/thriller and French and MacMillan are two of my favorite authors in the genre. I'll never not be excited for new books by them!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Ethan!

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  9. Nice list. Several of them caught my eye but the one I find myself most intrigued by turns out to be the YA novel "Rated." I feel like that's exactly the world we are living in today...everyone is "rated" and then either applauded or cancelled. It's scary.

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    1. Very true. It sometimes feels like we have to be "on" all the time in order to prove our worth and that everyone's watching and judging every move we make. We need to be gentler with each other, don't we?

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

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  10. A YA Dystopia! It feels like forever since I last read one, I used to be obsessed with them. Of course now I've typed that I've just realised that I recently re-read The Hunger Games...

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    1. I've been into dystopian novels for a long time. I still love them, no matter how many I read! I'm not sure how dystopic RATED actually is - maybe it's more futuristic? I don't know, but I want to read it.

      Thanks for stopping by, Vee!

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  11. Great list! I hope you enjoy all of these!

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    1. Thanks! I hope I do, too. It's such a disappointment when a book you've been anticipating turns out to be a dud. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that these all work for me.

      Thanks for coming by, Kristi!

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    1. Thanks! I'm excited about all of these. We'll see how they turn out.

      Thanks for stopping by, NickiMags!

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  13. Oh no...there are a lot of books I haven't heard about until I saw your list, and now my TBR list has grown even more!!! Some of these look amazing!

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    1. Ha ha! TTT is dangerous for the TBR pile :)

      Thanks for coming by, Donna!

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  14. Ooh, The Arctic Fury sounds like one I should check out! I love reading books about Arctic exploration.

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    1. So do I! I got an e-ARC of THE ARCTIC FURY from NetGalley, so definitely go request it there.

      Thanks for stopping by, Jenna!

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  15. The Inheritance Games sounds so fun!
    Happy reading! xo
    Here's my Top Ten Tuesday.

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    1. Doesn't it? I can't wait!

      Thanks for coming by, Natalie!

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  16. Me, trying mightily not to investigate any of these books because I am VERY EXCITED ABOUT WHAT I ALREADY HAVE, right??: omg all these thrillers look so good though...

    I'll be coming back to this one, as fall seems to be the time of year I most enjoy such thrillers. Something about the shortening days and chilling weather makes me want to read about the darker side of human behavior, I guess. I'm probably not alone in that feeling, given the timing of these releases.

    Also wow to Rated; that looks like one of the best "reflecting an aspect of our current reality through a very plausible future lens" concepts I've seen in a long time. Although, to be honest, I'm just always really excited by near-future dystopias that aren't "and then The Patriarchy took over and forced all females to be incubators/concubines with no agency."

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    1. It's hard not to get distracted by the shiny and new, isn't it? I've got THOUSANDS of books in my house just waiting to be read and my head STILL gets turned by new books. It's a curse, I tell ya!

      I do love my mystery/thrillers. They're generally moody, broody reads, which are great for Fall and winter reading. We don't really have seasons in Arizona, so I just read them all year-round.

      RATED sounds super interesting, doesn't it? I hope it's as original as it sounds.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, RS!

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  17. Ooh lots of mystery and thriller books on this list, hope you enjoy that! Also about 'Rated' - is dystopian YA making a comeback?!

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    1. I'm always up for a good mystery/thriller! No matter how many I read, I'm still drawn to the genre.

      So, now that I said RATED is dystopian, I wonder if "futuristic" might be a better description. I'm going off the plot summary, so who knows? I just know I'm anxious to see what it's all about. A YA dystopian comeback is fine with me, by the way!

      Thanks for stopping by, Rabeeah!

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  18. I think Rated sounds like the life we have right now. It does seem like everything is rated, and so much of it is fake rating. Why not rate each person?

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    1. Yes, I totally agree. Everyone wants a high rating in life and will do anything to get it - including being totally fake. What's the point of THAT??

      Thanks for coming by, Deb!

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  19. This is an awesome list. I need to check out Rated, I think I'd love it!

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    1. Thanks! I'm excited for so many books that are still coming out in 2020. At least this crazy year is giving us some good books. It hasn't been ALL bad :)

      Thanks for stopping by, Tammy!

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  20. I was so sure rated was already out like since last year haha

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    1. You know what? You're right! According to Amazon, RATED came out in paperback on January 1, 2019 (maybe in Australia?) and in hardcover on September 3, 2019. Not 2020. Somehow, I read the date wrong! Thanks for correcting me. Now, I can read it sooner. Woo hoo!

      Thanks for coming by, Elise!

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  21. That cover for We Are All the Same in the Dark is GORGEOUS. I ALMOST chose that one for my list. Would love to know what you think of it when you're done.

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    1. It is pretty, isn't it? I've being hearing lots of good things about the book, so I'm anxious to see what it's all about!

      Thanks for stopping by, Jenn!

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  22. Definitely going to have to check out a lot of these books - I don't have a lot of mystery/thriller on my tbr or anticipated tbr lately. I absolutely love all these covers too! Thanks for stopping by my TTT and leaving a comment!

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    1. Sometimes it seems like all I have on my anticipated TBR lists is mystery/thrillers! LOL. I just can't resist them.

      Thanks for coming by, Sarah!

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  23. Oooh, Rated looks so interesting! Definitely dding that one to my list. Happy TTT, friend!

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    1. It does, doesn't it? And I just learned it's not actually a new release, so we can read it sooner than expected. Yay!

      Thanks for stopping by, Cherry!

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  24. I added The Inheritance Games to my goodreads's TBR a while back since it looks intriguing! Hope you enjoy those books :)

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    1. It sounds so good, doesn't it? I can't wait!

      Thanks for coming by, Tiffany!

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  25. I just read an early review of When No One Is Watching and it sounds super creepy!

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    1. Doesn't it? I'm so intrigued by its premise! I have an e-ARC of WHEN NO ONE IS WATCHING on my Kindle - I just need to find the time to actually read it.

      Thanks for stopping by, Tanya!

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  26. All of these are pretty new to me, but The Inheritance Games looks pretty intriguing! I hope you enjoy these books!

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    1. I agree. I can't wait to read THE INHERITANCE GAMES. I loved Knives Out - if this book is anything like that movie, I'm in for a treat :)

      Thanks for coming by, Jessica!

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    1. I know! Mysteries are my favorite, so I'm always excited to discover new, great-sounding ones.

      Thanks for stopping by, Emma!

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  28. Okay so you had me at "arctic," but then women in the arctic really drew me in, but wait- then MURDER?! I'm sold. I hadn't heard of this, thanks for putting it on my radar!

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    1. Right? Those three things are a perfect fictional combination for me! I can't wait to read this one. It's actually available for request at NetGalley right now - I was approved for the ARC, I just haven't read it yet. I'm going to soon, though!

      Thanks for coming by, Jocelyn!

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  29. The Book of Two Ways sounds SO good. I actually haven't read much by Picoult and I don't even know why!! This one might have be my first.

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    1. I really like Picoult, especially her older books. What I like about her is she takes timely issues and looks at them from all sides through the eyes of sympathetic characters. She doesn't necessarily change my mind on the issues, but she does help me gain a new perspective.

      Thanks for stopping by, Leslie!

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  30. This is a really great collection of books, lots of interesting titles here!

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    1. I'm glad you think so, too :) I'm hoping for some really good reads this summer!

      Thanks for coming by, Sarah!

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  31. I hadn't heard of any of these, but The Arctic Fury and The Inheritance Games sound really good!

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    1. I agree! I mentioned this above, but in case you didn't see, e-ARCs of THE ARCTIC FURY are available for request on NetGalley. THE INHERITANCE GAMES is on Edelweiss, but my request got declined :(

      Thanks for stopping by, An!

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  32. The Inheritance Games is new to me and sounds so good, especially since I enjoyed Knives Out.

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    1. Knives Out is awesome! I hope THE INHERITANCE GAMES is similar. It will be disappointing if the comparison isn't apt.

      Thanks for coming by, Suzanne!

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  33. I don't think I knew that there was a new Tana French coming!

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  34. There are only two on here that are also on my TBR, but some others I will be checking out. The Orphan of Cemetery Hill looks and sounds interesting.

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