I love compiling these lists because I love getting excited for books. So far this year I haven’t done so great at actually reading my anticipated releases (here are the ones for the first half of the year) but who knows, maybe that’ll change. Spoiler alert: for somebody who has only read like 3 non-fiction titles this year, I sure am looking forward to many memoirs. I really need to get my reading back to normality.
Three Women by Lisa Taddeo
Bloomsbury, July 9th
Every review of this I have seen has been glowing – and it sounds like it could be just the perfect book for me. I love non-fiction about women.
The Need by Helen Phillips
Penguin / Viking, July 16th
Genre: Horror, Fiction
I read Helen Philips’ short story collection Some Possible Solutions a while ago and while I didn’t enjoy every story, those I liked I absolutely loved. I also think her vague and metaphorical style might really work for me in novel form. I also am always interesting in books about motherhood – and one with a horror slant sounds like just the book for me.
I’m Telling the Truth But I’m Lying by Bassey Ikpi
Harper Perennial, August 6th
Genre: Essay Collection
I am mostly excited for this because Akwaeke Emezi loved it – and I figure everything they love, I’ll love. I also really love personal essay collections, I adore the title, and I usually enjoy the non fiction titles I read published by Harper, so this should be right up my alley.
Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino
Random House, August 6th
Genre: Essay Collection
I love Tolentino’s writing and am super excited about a full length essay collection by her. I cannot see myself not loving this. I also adore the old school hipster style cover more than I am comfortable admitting.
Shelf Life by Livia Franchini
Doubleday, August 23rd
This sounds absolutely excellent and I do adore the cover (always a plus). I love stories about women whose life have exploded around them – and this one seems to be interestingly structured as well.
Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
Faber&Faber, September 10th
Genre: YA, Fantasy
I know nearly nothing about this book except that for Emezi I am willing to read a YA novel. Their writing is exciting without end and while I am even more excited for their upcoming adult novel, I will be reading this nonetheless. But the cover is killing me (and not in the good way).
In the Dream House my Carmen Maria Machado
Graywolf Press, October 1st
This is the book I am most excited about. I adore Machado’s writing and this memoir sounds incredible (it has been getting a steady number of intriguingly high praise).
How We Fight For Our Lives by Saeed Jones
Simon and Schuster, October 8th
This is the first book published this year that made me cross with myself for choosing to not read any books written by men. I will be reading this the moment 2020 roles around. I love Jones’ writing and this memoir sounds incredible.
Ordinary Girls by Jaquira Diaz
Algonquin Books, October 29th
This is comped to Myriam Gurba’s Mean and Marie Terese Mailhot’s Heartberries. Both of which I adored.
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
Harvill Secker, November 5th
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy
Like many others, I adore The Night Circus. So when Morgenstern’s new book finally got announced, I like many others, squealed. I cannot wait to read this. But the covers are all truly awful.
What are some of the books you are looking forward to?