Once the holiday season wraps up, I am definitely someone who suffers from the winter blues. No surprise here, but one of the things that cheers me up during the winter are of course new books!
Thee following books are all slated to come out in January and February 2020. I’ve read a few of them for review already and although full reviews will be coming in the new year, I’ll include some of my reading thoughts below.
I’ll be sharing my most anticipated reads for 2020 later over the next two weeks. Based on how many books I’m anticipating in 2020 across genres, I’m going to be publishing 2 anticipated 2020 releases lists this month!
Throw Like a Girl by Sarah Henning (January 7) – I love sports YA books, and Sarah Henning’s Throw Like a Girl reminded me why I need more of them in my life. When softball star Liv throws an ill-advised punch during a championship game, she finds herself forced to transfer to her rival high school and join the football team to prove that she’s a team player and deserves a spot on the school’s softball team. This book completely nailed its Friday Night Lights meets The Unexpected Everything premise.
The Map From Here to There by Emery Lord (January 7)- The Map From Here to There is the follow-up to Emery Lord’s much beloved The Start of Me and You. I had the opportunity to read an advance copy of The Map From Here to There earlier this summer. While it isn’t a new favorite of mine, I really enjoyed being back in the Start of Me and You world (aka being reunited with my fictional boyfriend, Max Watson), and I appreciated how this book was truly about growing up.
A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer (Cursebreakers #2) (January 7)- A Heart So Fierce and Broken is the highly anticipated sequel to Brigid Kemmerer’s A Curse So Dark and Lonely. A Heart So Fierce and Broken is another title that I fortunately had the chance to read early this summer and it’s already one of my favorite fantasy reads of 2020! The book is told from the perspective from one of the main characters from A Curse So Dark and Lonely, Grey, and the daughter of the rival kingdom, Lia Mara.
Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim (January 7)- Scavenge the Stars is a gender-swapped retelling of The Count of Monte Cristo– another classic I am not ashamed to admit I haven’t read- but I am really intrigued by this retelling’s fantasy setting.
Lucky Caller by Emma Mills (January 14)- I admit that that the synopsis of Lucky Caller doesn’t have me super intrigued personally, following Nina’s senior year of high school and all the disasters within, including her radio broadcasting class. However, since I’ve found Emma Mills’ books to be such comforting reads and have absolutely loved the emphasis on friendship, I’ll definitely be picking this one up eventually.
Tweet Cute by Emma Lord (January 21)- I need at least one ten new contemporary releases per month, and Tweet Cute is right on top of my list for January releases. Maybe the title has something to do with it, but Tweet Cute has received so much early hype and praise from my book blogging friends on Twitter. This love-to-hate YA romance is told from two perspectives, one of which is Pepper, who runs her family’s fast-food chain’s Twitter account!
How to Build a Heart by Maria Padian (January 28)- How to Build a Heart was recommended to me by one of my most trusted book recommendation friends and fellow bloggers, Jessica from The Book Bratz. The book really seems to be about self-discovery and growth. After experiencing a close loss and other challenges, Izzy finally feels like her life is coming together, until all her secrets threaten to collide together.
The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper (February 4)– The Gravity of Us seems like the perfect mood read for Valentine’s Day. It sounds like such a unique YA contemporary romance, following two boys who are thrown into the spotlight when their astronaut parents join NASA’s first mission to Mars.
Together We Caught Fire by Eva V. Gibson (February 11)- I’ve heard such great things about Eva V. Gibson’s upcoming YA steamy contemporary romance, Together We Caught Fire. ogether We Caught Fire also explores a lot of often undiscussed topics in YA, so I’m especially excited to see how this one comes together.
Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon (February 18)- Sandhya Menon is blessing us with not one, but TWO new YA books in 2020. The first is Of Curses and Kisses, which puts a contemporary spin on Beauty and the Beast and is set at an elite private boarding school. Sandhya Menon is the absolute queen of balancing two perspectives and I’m so excited to see her take on the world of fairytale retellings.
What books are you looking forward to in January and February? Any of the above? Share in the comments!