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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: 2020 Book Releases Still to Come

In a very 2020 move, my blood sugar went a little nutso last night.  Dealing with it kept me up late, then I had to get up at 6 a.m. for the first time since February to make sure my sixth grader got off to in-person school (she'll go two days a week), and now I'm tired and cranky!  Top Ten Tuesday always puts me in a good mood, although I'm not feeling today's topic—Cover Freebie—since I just did a list featuring book covers.  My Monday-ish mood (even though it's Tuesday) makes me want to go rogue and do my own topic, so that's what I'm gonna do, darn it.   

If you want to get in on the TTT action (and you do!), head on over to That Artsy Reader Girl for all the details.

Since next week's topic concerns our Fall 2020 TBR lists, I decided to make this list a two-parter and take a look at some of the great-looking novels that are coming out in the last few weeks of 2020.  Although we're all probably ready to kick this year to the curb, at least there is something to look forward to (other than cooler temps and the holidays) as we head into Fall.

Top Ten Novels Coming Out in Fall 2020, Part One 

1.  Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam (available October 6, 2020)—A family heads to a remote vacation home on Long Island only to have their time together interrupted by a frantic knock on the door in the middle of the night.  The owners have come home in a panic, raving about a sinister blackout in New York City.  With no t.v. or Internet, the two families are on their own—together—as the world falls apart.  The premise of this one is so fun (in a fictional sense, anyway)!  I can't wait to see how the author spins this tale.

2.  A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Mayhem by Manda Collins  (available November 10, 2020)—Reporting on London's grisly crime scene may not be the most proper profession, but Lady Katherine Bascomb doesn't care.  Especially when one of her articles leads to the arrest of a killer.  To escape some of her newfound notoriety, she hies off to the country, only to witness a murder upon arrival.  The DI assigned to the case doesn't want a woman interfering with his investigation, but he's going to get one whether he likes it or not ... Sounds like a light, entertaining read.

3.  The Wrong Family by Tarryn Fisher (available December 29, 2020)—Juno, a retired therapist faced with a grim diagnosis, desires to live out what's left of her life in peace.  Moving in with the Crouches, who seem to be the perfect family, seems like the best solution.  Until she overhears a very disturbing conversation.  Juno should keep her mouth shut since she has her own secrets to keep, but the thing about skeletons in the closet is they always tend to creep out ...

4.  When Life Gives You Mangos by Kereen Getten (available October 20, 2020)—This MG novel concerns a 12-year-old living on an exotic island whose memory hasn't been the same since a devastating hurricane hit.  As she tries to recover her shattered memory, she also attempts to save a friendship that hasn't been the same since.  The plot sounds a little thin on this one, but I'm always up for a compelling MG read, so we'll see if this one hits the mark or not.

5.  Millicent Glenn's Last Wish by Tori Whitaker (available October 1, 2020)—On the eve of Millicent's 91st birthday, her estranged daughter moves back in.  Then, Millicent's granddaughter surprises them both by announcing she's pregnant, which brings up sorrows from the past Millicent's never spoken about before.  As three generations of Glenn women come together under the same roof, can they find the strength and healing which they all so desperately need? 

6.  Wishes and Wellingtons by Julie Berry (available October 13, 2020)—Berry's newest MG offering sounds quirky and engaging.  It revolves around an orphan girl who discovers a magical djinni while sorting garbage as a punishment for brawling in the schoolyard.  She's desperate to be granted three wishes, but having a djinni in her possession might turn out to be a whole lot more trouble than it's 

7.  Above All Else by Dana Alison Levy (available October 13, 2020)—I find stories about Mount Everest fascinating, so this YA offering about teen climbers appeals.

8.  The War Widow by Tara Moss (available December 29, 2020)—Now that World War II is over, war correspondent Billie Walker finds herself out of a job.  The plucky Australian reporter opens a detective agency, which soon has her looking into the disappearance of a young man.  Her investigation will ruffle the feathers of a handsome detective and take Billie deep into Sydney's dark underbelly where it soon becomes apparent that, for some, the war has not ended at all.

9.  The Lakehouse by Joe Clifford (available September 29, 2020)—Todd Norman has been cleared of killing his wife and just wants to move on with his life.  He returns to her small, Connecticut hometown to complete the building of their dream house on the lake.  Todd hasn't been there long when the body of a young woman is found nearby.  Under investigation once again, he will do anything to clear his name.  Who is the woman?  And how did she end up in the lake?

10.  The Truth Project by Dante Medema (available October 13, 2020)—I'm obsessed with genealogy, so I love books about people investigating their roots, even when (maybe especially when) they get unexpected results.  This debut YA novel is about an Alaskan teen who takes a DNA test that reveals her father is not the same man she calls Dad.  If he's not who she thought he was, is she who she thought she was?  Sounds intriguing.

There you go, ten upcoming novels I'm interested in reading.  What do you think?  Do any of them catch your interest?  Are there any books still coming out in 2020 that you're dying to read?  I'd truly love to know.  Leave a comment on this post and I'll gladly return the favor on your blog.  

Happy TTT!    


  1. Yes, several of these sound good, but I'm especially intrigued by Leave the World Behind and The Lakehouse. There are several coming out later this fall that I'm excited about, but some may be ones that you're going to feature next week. I'll wait and see...

    And hope you feel a little better soon. Stress, it's affecting all of us more than we think I suspect.

    1. Oooh, I can't wait to see which ones you're looking forward to, Kay!

      Yes, I'm sure all of us are affected with stress and anxiety these days, even if we don't necessarily recognize it in ourselves. Maintaining a steady blood sugar is a constant battle and it's definitely affected by emotional state, sleep patterns, even the weather.

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

  2. Yay for going rogue! You own that urge. ;) I've heard really good things about When Life Gives You Mangos already, so I hope you end up enjoying it! I hadn't heard of Wishes and Wellingtons before, but I agree that it sounds like a super cute read! Might have to check that one out myself. :D

    1. Ha ha. I get that urge a lot! I'm a TTT rebel :)

      Oh, good, I'm glad you've heard good things about MANGOS. I like Berry's books a lot, so I'm excited to check out WISHES AND WELLINGTONS. It does sound super fun, doesn't it?

      Thanks for stopping by, Sammie!

  3. So many amazing titles that I didn't know about. I will definitely keep an eye on the Lakehouse!

    1. It sounds like a good one, doesn't it? I hope we both enjoy it when we read it.

      Thanks for coming by, Ivana!

  4. I sympathize with problems with getting up early in the a.m. Since I retired I only do that once a week when my son and I go to the grocery store early to miss the crowds. Is your daughter excited about school?

    I have vowed to buy no new books for a while, since I have been overdoing it. but some of these seem interesting. Millicent Glenn's Last Wish and The War Widow, especially.

    1. Back in pre-pandemic days, I always got up at 6 to make sure the kids got off. COVID has changed that and made me too lazy to get up that early!

      My daughter is a big social butterfly, so she has really missed in-person school. She had a great day there yesterday and wishes she could go five days a week.

      I've been on a little ban, too. I'm trying to borrow more from the library, even if it means I have to be patient with super long waiting lists.

      Thanks for stopping by, Tracy!

  5. I love that you went rogue. And the Truth Project looks really interesting! Great post. :)

    1. Doesn't it? I'm sure getting unexpected results in a DNA test would be really traumatic in real life, but it certainly makes for interesting fiction!

      Thanks for coming by, Hady!

  6. I want The Lakehouse! Thanks for making my TBR list get at least one book longer.

    1. Ha ha. You're welcome! If you're on NetGalley, you can request THE LAKEHOUSE there. I hope we both enjoy it.

      Thanks for stopping by, Savannah!

  7. Way to go rogue! ;D A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Mayhem looks like a lot of fun.

    1. Ha ha. It seems like I do more of my own topics these days than the scheduled ones!

      A LADY'S GUIDE does sound super fun, doesn't it?

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

  8. Some really pretty ones that I haven't seen before!

    1. Pretty covers + intriguing premises = happy me!

      Thanks for stopping by, Laura!

  9. Great list! I'm really curious about When Life Gives You Mangos.

    1. Me, too. The plot summaries I could find were pretty vague. Sounds like it's mostly about friendship, but I am curious about what's going on with the girl's memory. That intrigues me.

      Thanks for coming by, Nicole!

  10. Leave the World Behind sounds pretty tense! Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air is the book that started me reading more nonfiction, so I might have to check out Above All Else as well. Great choices!

    1. Same! I loved INTO THIN AIR and Mt. Everest has intrigued me ever since. I haven't read any fictional Everest books yet, so I'm excited for this one. ABOVE ALL ELSE is available for request on NetGalley, I believe.

      Thanks for stopping by, Jen!

  11. I'm not familiar with most of these, but wow I really want to read The Lakehouse!

    1. If you have NetGalley, go request it!

      Thanks for coming by, Tammy!

  12. You're so good about knowing what's coming out soon. I pay no attention to it so love seeing these lists on your blog!

    1. I enjoy looking through publishers' catalogs and websites to find out what's up and coming, although it's not like I don't have enough old books to read! Ha ha.

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

  13. Millicent Glenn's Last Wish and The Truth Project caught my eye. I hope you get to read all the books on this list. :-)

    1. Me, too! I'll get to them all eventually :)

      Thanks for stopping by, Laura!

  14. Love the look of The War Widow!

    1. Me, too! I love the cover and I'm intrigued by the plot summary. It sounds like a great book, all-around.

      Thanks for coming by, NickiMags!

  15. Wishes and Wellingtons looks adorably spooky!

    1. Doesn't it? I think it will be a perfect Halloween. Light, fun, and a little scary :)

      Thanks for stopping by, Louise!

  16. Not a bad idea for our TTT. I did a similar one a while ago, so chose different covers. LOL

    Thanks for visiting my TTT earlier.

    1. Yeah, I just wasn't feeling book covers this week. Sometimes I'm all about the assigned weekly topic, some not.

      Thanks for coming by, Marianne!

    2. But you always find so many exciting other topics. I always look forward to your lists.

  17. This fall is jam packed with releases, since they pushed back so many of the spring releases. The Truth Project is high on my list. I am all about the family drama.

    1. Family drama makes for great fiction. In real life? I avoid it like the plague! Ha ha.

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

  18. I'm also excited about Wishes and Wellingtons! I love middle grade and have been trying to read more of it because it makes my heart sing. <3

    1. So true! That's exactly how I feel about MG fiction, too :)

      Thanks for stopping by, Diana!

  19. Hope you enjoy all these. The Lakehouse sounds like it could be a good read :)

    1. I think so, too. I always enjoy a good thriller.

      Thanks for coming by!

  20. All of them look good but unfortunately practically all of them are on a wish list for Netgalley. I've never had luck on that wishlist though I've got lots of good reading just requesting for books.

    1. Bummer! Is it because of where you live? That stinks since NG is such a good way to get new books for free.

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

  21. I have heard of none of these yet now I need all of them! The Julie Berry MG looks fun and The Wrong Family looks seriously creepy! Adding all to my TBR!

  22. I’ve got a Leave The World Behind, though I didn’t recognise it here as the UK is totally different, I’m looking forward to it.

  23. A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Mayhem sounds like such a fun read! I love the title.

  24. Ooh, Great list!! I really, really want to read When Life Gives You Mangoes!! I hope it's as amazing as it looks. I just really love mango. hahaha


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