Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: 2020 Book Releases Still to Come, Part Two


Before we get to my favorite weekly meme, I want to share some great news!  For the second year in a row, I have been selected to be a judge for round one of the Cybils Awards.  This go round, I'll be on the panel for middle grade fiction, which is absolutely thrilling for me.  Haven't heard of the Cybils?  It's an annual literary awards program created by bloggers that recognizes children's literature based on both literary merit and popular appeal.  Public nominations will run from October 1-15, so if you've read an awesome book for young readers this year that was published in the U.S. or Canada between October 16, 2019 and October 15, 2020, you can nominate it for a Cybils Award!  Authors, illustrators, publishers, etc. can even nominate their own books, although they have their own nomination period.  Check out the Cybils Awards website for more info.


I don't know about you, but my favorite Top Ten Tuesday prompts are those to do with seasonal reading lists.  It's always fun to see what other bloggers are planning to read, which titles they're excited about, and what's up-and-coming in their review queues.  I'm going to twist the topic a little bit today (shocker!) to continue chatting about 2020 book releases that are still to come.  If you missed Part One, shame on you!  Just kidding—you can check out last week's list here.  Part Two is another mix of forthcoming novels from various genres that I'm looking forward to reading soon-ish.

As always, if you want to join in the TTT fun (and you do), click on over to That Artsy Reader Girl, where our host, Jana, can give you all the deets on this weekly meme.  Lots of bloggers join in, so it's a great way to spread the love across the book blogosphere by finding new blogs, visiting old faves, and, of course, grabbing some great reading recommendations for your TBR pile mountain mountain chain.

Top Ten Novels Coming Out in Fall 2020, Part Two  


1.  Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell (available October 13, 2020)—I generally enjoy Jewell's books and her newest domestic thriller, about a neighborhood in crisis after the mysterious disappearance of a young woman, sounds intriguing.


2.  You Know I'm No Good by Jessie Ann Foley (available October 13, 2020)—Foley's Sorry For Your Loss was one of my favorite reads of 2019.  Her newest sounds equally as compelling.  It concerns a 17-year-old girl who starts acting out in response to a scarring trauma.  When she's whisked away in the middle of the night to a boarding school that's supposed to straighten her out, she'll have to confront her demons in order to change her life for the better.  Although the plot sounds a little generic, I'm excited to see what Foley makes of it.


3.  Daughters of Jubilation by Kara Lee Corthron (available October 13, 2020)—I'm not always a fan of books about magic and special powers, but this one, set in the Jim Crow South, appeals.  It's about a Black teen with a boatload of real-life troubles who's also grappling with the maturation of her magic abilities, which have been passed down through generations of Black women since the days of slavery.  Sounds compelling.


4.  The Mermaid from Jeju by Sumi Hahn (available December 8, 2020)—I first heard about the deep sea divers of Jeju, South Korea, from Lisa See's sweeping novel, The Island of Sea Women.  I'm definitely up for reading more and this debut sounds like one I'll like.  


5.  The Key to Fear by Kristin Cast (available October 13, 2020)—The Key Corporation protects everyone from a rampant virus that spreads through touch.  When an infected patient escapes during the watch of a young nurse, she breaks the corporation's strict rules to go after him.  The patient, of course, knows secrets about the Key Corporation that could shatter its control over the population; naturally, he—and now his nurse—find themselves in the crosshairs of the most powerful organization in the world.  Can they save themselves from a ruthless enemy?  How about the world?  Yeah, yeah, I know this is the plot of like every YA dystopian novel ever, but still ... 


6.  The Green Lace Corset by Jill G. Hall (available October 13, 2020)—This dual-timeline novel concerns two women living in San Francisco 135 years apart, connected by the titular garment.


7.  Daughter of Black Lake by Cathy Marie Buchanan (available October 6, 2020)—When it comes to historical novels, I usually don't read anything set before the American Revolution, so this one, set in "a time long forgotten" may be a little outside my reading comfort zone.  Still, the story, which concerns a tight-knit community and the way it changes irrevocably after it's invaded by outsiders, sounds interesting.  I'm not sure why this one appeals to me, but it does.


8.  The Midnight Library by Matt Haig (available September 29, 2020)—Between life and death, there lies a great library filled with numberless books, all containing a story you can potentially live.  Given the opportunity to jump into another life (or two or three), would you?  This premise fascinates me!


9.  Elsewhere by Dean Koontz (available October 6, 2020)—A father and daughter are unexpectedly handed a strange object by an eccentric acquaintance.  Shockingly, it allows them to access parallel universes.  A powerful stranger wants the object for nefarious purposes—our dynamic duo just wants to find their dead wife and mother.


10.  Closer to Nowhere by Ellen Hopkins (available October 6, 2020)—Hopkins' first MG novel is a contemporary story in verse about a girl whose life is upended when her strange cousin moves in with her family.  Hopkins' YA novels are raw and hard-hitting; I'm interested to see how this one compares.

There you go, ten more novels to look forward to in this latter part of 2020.  Which 2020 releases are you looking forward to?  Which have you already enjoyed?  What titles are on your Fall TBR list?  I'd truly love to know. Leave me a comment on this post and I'll return the favor on your blog.

Happy TTT!     

70 comments:

  1. The Mermaid from Jeju sounds like such a good read.

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    1. Doesn't it? I'm excited to read it. I have an e-ARC - I just need to get to it!

      Thanks for coming by, Lydia!

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  2. You Know I'm No Good sounds SO good, I'm looking forward to that! I managed to get The Key To Fear from NetGalley but sadly was declined for Closer To Nowhere, I really love that cover.

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    1. How funny! I was approved for CLOSER TO NOWHERE but not for THE KEY TO FEAR. At least not yet. We'll see what happens.

      Thanks for stopping by, Vee!

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  3. The Midnight Library sounds great!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2020/09/22/top-ten-tuesday-282/

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    1. Doesn't it? There is just so much potential in that very intriguing premise!

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  4. I have a copy of Invisible Girl too - I love Lisa Jewell's books! The Midnight Library looks very interesting - I enjoyed his book, How to Stop Time!

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    1. I haven't read anything by Haig, but I've heard good things about his books. I'm really excited for THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY!

      Thanks for stopping by, Margaret!

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  5. The Midnight Library sounds really good. I hadn't heard of that one yet. I hope you enjoy all of these.

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    1. I just heard about THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY in the last couple weeks. I'm not sure how I missed it! It sounds like a book I'm going to absolutely love :)

      Thanks for coming by, Deanna!

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  6. I really want to read The Midnight Library.

    Congrats on the Cybils! I was a second round judge for YA fiction last year, and it was a lot of fun.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. Thank you! I'm excited to be a judge again. I had a great time last year and I'm looking forward to the experience this year even more. It's going to be busy but fun.

      Thanks for stopping by, Lauren!

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  7. The Midnight Library was lovely! I really hope you enjoy it! The Mermaid From Jeju looks great!

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    1. Oh, good! I'm glad THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY is as awesome as it sounds. I can't wait to read it.

      Thanks for coming by, Michael!

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  8. Oh I hadn't heard of Daughters of Jubilation before. I'll have to check that one out!

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    1. It sounds super intriguing, doesn't it? I'm excited to see what it's all about.

      Thanks for stopping by, Annemieke!

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  9. The Mermaid from Jeju sounds really interesting and I've heard great things so far. I'm hoping my library gets a copy so I can pick it up!

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    1. If you've got NetGalley, you can try to get an e-ARC there. I was excited to be approved for one :)

      Thanks for coming by, Hanna!

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  10. Thanks for putting these new releases on our reading radar! I hope you enjoy them!

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    1. Thanks! Me, too. It's always disappointing when I book I'm anticipating turns out to be not great, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed on these :)

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  11. Thanks for visiting my list! I just finished Devoted by Koontz out this March and enjoyed his story of a super smart dog. I also have the Midnight Library on my tbr - hope we enjoy it! ;)

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    1. I used to be a HUGE Koontz fan, but I haven't read him in a long time. ELSEWHERE sounds like a good one - I hope it is!

      Thanks for coming by, Terrie!

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  12. I love the concept of The Midnight Library! Daughters of Jubilation sounds really good too. I lost track of Dean Koontz several years ago. He was getting a bit formulaic for me. I should give some of his recent books a try.

    Odd story. When my husband and I were on vacation in Banff National Park in Canada, we found a white lace corset hanging on a community bulletin board with a sign that said something like, "Free to someone who needs it." The Green Lace Corset book makes me wonder what would have happened if I had grabbed it! (I didn't even touch it. Who knows where that thing had been?)

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    1. LOL. That's hilarious! My biggest question is WHY would there be a random corset hanging around in the park? Yikes. I don't blame you for not touching it - I wouldn't either. Ick.

      Thanks for stopping by and making me laugh, Jen!

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  13. First of all, congrats on getting to be a Cybils judge. What a great time you'll have! Thanks for telling about The Mermaid From Jeju - I loved Lisa See's book and I'll definitely watch for this one. I'm also interested in Matt Haig's book and perhaps the one by Koontz. It's been a long time since I read anything by him.

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    1. Thank you! Cybils judging is super fun. I'm really happy to be a part of it again.

      I loved See's book, too. I found the setting and culture of Jeju totally fascinating, so I'm excited to see how this book compares to See's.

      Same on Koontz. I read ODD THOMAS a few years ago, but I haven't continued with the series for some reason.

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

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  14. Ten for books that look really good! I especially want to read the Matt Haig one. :D

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    1. It sounds amazing, doesn't it? I'm hoping I get approved for an e-ARC of it on NetGalley. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

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

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  15. What a great list! Ellen Hopkins book and Lisa Jewell's book really intrigue me! I'll have to look into them both a bit further! Happy reading 😊

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    1. I hope you enjoy them if you read them!

      Thanks for stopping by, Victoria!

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  16. I hope there are some great nomination, because I think there were so many stupendous middle grades releases this year. I am reading the new Foley next week. Her last book wowed me, and I liked her debut a lot too. Very much looking forward to her new release.

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    1. SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS was such a good one! I haven't read NEIGHBORHOOD GIRLS yet, but it's definitely on my TBR list.

      I hope there are some awesome nominations, too. What's the best MG you've read so far this year? I'm trying to anticipate what might be nominated so I can get a jump on my reading. The only downside to being a Cybils judge is that it happens during the busiest time of the year!

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

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  17. Ooooh, The Midnight Library sounds good!

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    1. Doesn't it? The premise is just SO intriguing and fun. I can't wait to see where the story goes.

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

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  18. Great list! I really like the sound of Daughters of Jubilation.

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    1. Me, too. It sounds like a great read for lots of reasons.

      Thanks for stopping by, Jess!

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  19. Congrats on being chosen to judge the competition...sounds like fun,

    That Matt Haig book sounds like a ton of fun. I read one of his called How to Stop Time a couple of years ago that I really liked, so this one is going to get some attention,

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    1. Thank you! Being involved in the Cybils is always fun. I'm excited.

      I haven't read anything by Haig, but his other books intrigue me as well, so hopefully THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY will be the start of a beautiful reading relationship between me and Haig :)

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

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  20. SO many good ones! Great list. I'm especially excited by The Key to Fear and Daughter of Jubilation. Happy reading this week!

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    1. Thank you! I'm always excited when books I'm looking forward to turn into "happy reading" for me :)

      Thanks for stopping by, Hayden!

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  21. Wow, The Midnight Library sounds really fascinating. These covers are really great, too. Here's my TTT list this week.

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    1. Agreed. Some of these covers are really eye-catching, aren't they?

      Thanks for coming by, Lectrice!

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  22. I like the cover of the Lisa Jewel book. I've enjoyed her in the past. I also like the look of Daughter of Black Lake. Great list, and thanks for visiting my TTT! :)

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    1. I couldn't find a lot of info online about DAUGHTER OF BLACK LAKE, but I still find it super intriguing! Maybe because there's not much info out there? I do love a mystery ...

      Thanks for stopping by, Rachel!

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  23. I absolutely love Jeju Island so the fact that there's a story about a mermaid set there just makes my heart sing!

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    1. Have you been there? Lucky you! Jeju looks beautiful and its history is so interesting. I'm definitely up for learning more about it.

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  24. I love the cover of Closer to Nowhere, and The Midnight Library sounds interesting. Hope you enjoy :)

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    1. I agree. It's a great cover and I don't usually like illustrated book covers!

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  25. It's always fun to see so many different books on other lists.

    Congratulations to the Cybils Award. Totally deserved.

    And thanks for visiting my TTT earlier.

    Thanks for visiting my TTT earlier.

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    1. There are a lot of Cybils judges who are way more qualified than I am, so I'm really happy that I was selected. It's a fun event to be involved with.

      Thanks for coming by, Marianne!

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    2. You're welcome. I doubt they just chose you by pulling a random name out of a box. ;)

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  26. The Green Lace Corset looks interesting!

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    1. Doesn't it? I always like dual-timeline novels about people connected via an interesting object. I hope this book is as good as it sounds :)

      Thanks for stopping by, Jennifer!

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  27. Congrats on being a judge! I had a lot of fun during my time judging Cybils. I’ll have to look up Daughter of Black Lake. I love historical fiction, the older the better.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. I love historical fiction, but I do have a weird thing about not reading books set before the 18th Century. Not sure what that's all about! LOL.

      Thanks for coming by, A.J.!

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  28. Yay for being a Cybils judge again. I am doing YA fiction and speculative fiction in round 2. It's such a fun experience! Another novel about Jeju island; I look forward to seeing what you think of it. And I've added You Know I'm No Good to my TBR list.

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    1. Congrats! I look forward to hearing about your experience. I'm super excited about being on the MG panel since it's a genre I enjoy so much.

      I'm excited to see what I think of the Jeju novel, too. It's such an interesting setting! I'm hoping to get a copy of YOU KNOW I'M NO GOOD for NetGalley. Fingers crossed!

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

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  29. That Matt Haig book sounds really good. I enjoyed his last one so I definitely want to read the new one too.

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    1. I really need to check his books out. I keep hearing great things about them.

      Thanks for stopping by, Suzanne!

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  30. I was unaware of any of these and the only author I'm really familiar with is Lisa Jewell. I didn't know she had a new one coming out but I'm definitely adding it to my TBR. There are several others that look like they need to land on my list as well!

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    1. INVISIBLE GIRL is available for request on NetGalley, if you're on there. I'm excited to read it!

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

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  31. I love the look of the Jewell book, and I generally enjoy her books as well. The Midnight Library sounds awesome! Definitely adding that one. :)

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    1. I've read a couple books by Jewell and enjoyed them, so I'm excited for this one. I hope it's as good as it sounds :)

      Thanks for stopping by, Greg!

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  32. Congrats on the judge gig! So exciting. I would love to read The Midnight Library among others on your list.

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    1. Thank you! It is a fun gig and I'm excited to be a part of it again.

      THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY really does sound amazing, doesn't it?

      Thanks for coming by, Debra!

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  33. I've heard lots of good things about The Midnight Library, but hadn't heard of most of the other books before. I'll have to add them to my TBR :)

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    1. I'm glad you found some titles that look good to you. I hope you enjoy them if you read them!

      Thanks for stopping by, Jess!

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  34. The Mermaid of Jeju and the Midnight Library are the two that catch my attention

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    1. I hope we both enjoy these two. They both sound excellent.

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

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  35. Great list Susan. I have the Green Corset, Midnight Library and Invisible Girl on my TBR. Enjoy all your upcoming reads.

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