Exciting 2020 Releases!

Hey guys! One of the best things about going into a new year is finding out all of the books that are set to be released and 2020 is shaping up to be a good one in the publishing world! There are so many books that I’m looking forward to reading that are due to be published in the coming months (some of which I’ve already pre-ordered special editions of!) so thought I’d compile a list in case you’re in need of some inspiration.

So, without further ado, here are the books that I’m most excited for this year!


How Do We Know We’re Doing it Right? by Pandora Sykes

Published: 09/07/2020

Synopsis: Modern life is full of choices. But how do we know what our best life looks like? And what if we get it wrong? Incisive, wide-ranging and witty, How Do We Know We’re Doing it Right?explores the questions, anxieties and agendas that consume our lives. Pandora Sykes interrogates the stories we’ve been sold and the ones we tell ourselves – from happiness to wellness; womanhood to consumerism – in ways that are both surprising and reassuring. How Do We Know We’re Doing it Right? will spark a thousand conversations and encourage us to find our own path to contentment. 

[synopsis taken from Waterstones]

I ADORED Dolly Alderton’s Everything I Know About Love last year and what better to fill the void than Pandora Sykes! Co-hosts of The High Low and both equally hilarious and heart warming, I’m so so excited for this book and I really don’t think I’ll be disappointed!


Ghosts by Dolly Alderton

Published: 15/10/2020

Synopsis: 32-year-old Nina Dean is a successful food writer with a loyal online following, but a life that is falling apart. When she uses dating apps for the first time, she becomes a victim of ghosting, and by the most beguiling of men. Her beloved dad is vanishing in slow motion into dementia, and she’s starting to think about ageing and the gendered double-standard of the biological clock. On top of this she has to deal with her mother’s desire for a mid-life makeover and the fact that all her friends seem to be slipping away from her…

[synopsis taken from Waterstones]

As above, I loved Dolly Alderton’s non-fiction book and was over the moon to hear that she’ll be publishing a new one this year. This is fiction (unlike Everything I Know About Love) but I love her tone and writing style so can’t wait to get my hands on it!


The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Published: 06/02/2020

Synopsis: On Christmas Eve, 1617, the sea around the remote Norwegian island of Vardo is thrown into a reckless storm. As Maren Magnusdatter watches, forty fishermen, including her father and brother, are lost to the waves, the menfolk of Vardo wiped out in an instant. Now the women must fend for themselves. Eighteen months later, a sinister figure arrives. Summoned from Scotland to take control of a place at the edge of the civilized world, Absalom Cornet knows what he needs to do to bring the women of Vardo to heel. With him travels his young wife, Ursa. In Vardo, and in Maren, Ursa finds something she has never seen before: independent women. But Absalom sees only a place untouched by God and flooded with a mighty and terrible evil, one he must root out at all costs.

[synopsis taken from Waterstones]

Firstly, isn’t this cover absolutely BEAUTIFUL?? I’ve dipped in and out of Kiran Millwood Hargrave’s work in the past but am ready to sit down and give this book the attention that it deserves. It seems to have the same vibe as Caroline Lea’s The Glass Woman which was one of my favourite books of 2019 so I’m intrigued to see if I enjoy this one as much.


The Foundling by Stacey Halls

Published: 06/02/2020

Synopsis: London, 1754. Six years after leaving her illegitimate daughter Clara at London’s Foundling Hospital, Bess Bright returns to reclaim the child she has never known. Dreading the worst – that Clara has died in care – the last thing she expects to hear is that her daughter has already been reclaimed – by her. Her life is turned upside down as she tries to find out who has taken her little girl – and why. Less than a mile from Bess’ lodgings in the city, in a quiet, gloomy townhouse on the edge of London, a young widow has not left the house in a decade. When her close friend – an ambitious young doctor at the Foundling Hospital – persuades her to hire a nursemaid for her daughter, she is hesitant to welcome someone new into her home and her life. But her past is threatening to catch up with her and tear her carefully constructed world apart.

[synopsis taken from Waterstones]

I’ve had The Familiars on my bookshelf for months and, in full disclosure, still haven’t read it. BUT, in my searching I came across this new release and was immediately interested by the synopsis. Plus, it’s beautiful! Maybe this will be the year that I really discover Stacey Halls!


The Other People by C. J. Tudor

Published: 23/01/2020

Synopsis: She sleeps, a pale girl in a white room… Driving home one night, stuck behind a rusty old car, Gabe sees a little girl’s face appear in the rear window. She mouths one word: ‘Daddy.’ It’s his five-year-old daughter, Izzy. He never sees her again. Three years later, Gabe spends his days and nights travelling up and down the motorway, searching for the car that took his daughter, refusing to give up hope, even though most people believe that Izzy is dead. Fran and her daughter, Alice, also put in a lot of miles on the motorway. Not searching. But running. Trying to keep one step ahead of the people who want to hurt them. Because Fran knows the truth. She knows what really happened to Gabe’s daughter. She knows who is responsible. And she knows what they will do if they ever catch up with her and Alice…

[synopsis taken from Waterstones]

I’ve read and devoured both The Chalk Man and The Taking of Annie Thorne and am so so excited to read more of C. J. Tudor’s writing! It sounds dark, creepy and, therefore, everything I love in a thriller – much like the other two books that I’ve read. I have no doubt that this book will live up to my expectations!


Haven’t They Grown by Sophie Hannah

Published: 23/01/2020

Synopsis: All Beth has to do is drive her son to his Under-14s away match, watch him play, and bring him home. Just because she knows that her former best friend lives near the football ground, that doesn’t mean she has to drive past her house and try to catch a glimpse of her. Why would Beth do that, and risk dredging up painful memories? She hasn’t seen Flora Braid for twelve years. But she can’t resist. She parks outside Flora’s house and watches from across the road as Flora and her children, Thomas and Emily, step out of the car. Except… There’s something terribly wrong. Flora looks the same, only older – just as Beth would have expected. It’s the children that are the problem. Twelve years ago, Thomas and Emily Braid were five and three years old. Today, they look precisely as they did then. They are still five and three. They are Thomas and Emily without a doubt – Beth hears Flora call them by their names – but they haven’t changed at all. They are no taller, no older.

[synopsis taken from Waterstones]

I was given a proof of this book at work (still haven’t read it though so it still counts!) and am so intrigued by the plot. I have the feeling that this thriller will have everything from sinister secrets to creepy children and I CAN’T WAIT!


A Sprinkle of Sorcery by Michelle Harrison

Published: 06/02/2020

Synopsis: A missing sister, a secret island and … a sprinkle of sorcery. The family curse has been lifted and the Widdershins sisters: Betty, Fliss and Charlie are free to leave the misty prison isle of Crowstone. But when a mysterious girl arrives at the Poacher’s Pocket with a pocketful of hagstones and accompanied by a will-o’-the-wisp, it seems another adventure has landed on their doorstep. And when Charlie goes missing, it’s up to Betty and Fliss to journey through misty marches, past wisp catchers and on to a secret island that doesn’t exist on any map…

[synopsis taken from Waterstones]

As far as my experience with middle grade fiction, A Pinch of Magic (the first book in this series) was a wonderful read! I can’t wait to see where the Widdershins sisters go next and I don’t doubt that I’ll thoroughly enjoy any ride they take us on.


I’m so excited to get my hands on these titles and I’m sure that there will be more that I discover along the way.

What books are you excited for this year? Are you looking forward to any of the ones on this list? I’d love to know!

You can always find me over on Instagram and Twitter if want to discuss this post (or any of my others), or even if you just fancy a book chat! 😌

4 thoughts on “Exciting 2020 Releases!

  1. Some great books here! Some I’ve heard of, some I haven’t! I’ve read Haven’t They Grown (really good, totally threw me for a loop!), love the sound of The Foundling and Ghosts!

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  2. Ooh there are some great books here! The Mercies definitely has a gorgeous cover – but so do some of the others! I hope they are all as good as you want them to be because they sound really good!

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