2020 5 Star Predictions: 2020 Releases Edition

One of my new favorite ways to ring in the bookish year is by choosing new releases that I believe will earn 5 stars upon reading them. In 2019, I was pretty accurate about the books that I predicted would be 5 star reads, and even the books that didn’t get a full 5 stars were mostly pretty close.

We Are the Wildcats by Siobhan Vivian

Release Date: March 31

We Are the Wildcats is currently my most anticipated contemporary release of the year! I loved everything about Siobhan Vivian’s previous release, Stay Sweet. The book is told over 24 hours, following a high field hockey team’s sleepover/initiation.

Chasing Lucky by Jenn Bennett

Release Date: May 5

I haven’t met a Jenn Bennett that I haven’t LOVED, so I’m sure Chasing Lucky will be no exception. I always love the character growth, relationships, and maturity in her books. Chasing Lucky also takes place in New England at a family-run BOOKSTORE.

House of Earth & Blood (Crescent City #1) by Sarah J. Maas

Release Date: March 3

Sarah J.Maas is another favorite author of mine whose books I haven’t ever not loved. I’m so excited for her to enter the adult fantasy world with Crescent City. I’d read this book regardless of its synopsis, but I’m so intrigued by this one. I’m also excited to see SJM take on a contemporary fantasy setting, although Fae will of course be involved.

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Most Anticipated 2020 TV & Movies

Right after reading of course, my favorite way to relax and unwind is with a good binge-worthy TV show or ten. While there are plenty of books I am looking forward to in 2020, today I’ll be discussing the TV shows and films that I can’t wait to hit the big screen and my small screen this year.

TV

Schitt’s Creek S6 (Pop TV)

Release Date: January 7

Although I just discovered Schitt’s Creek in 2019, I know the final season of the show will be bittersweet because it’s just so well-done and it will be so sad to know that it’s over!

Zumbo’s Just Desserts (Netflix)

Release Date: January 10

Everyone knows that I love a good baking competition show. One of my favorites is Zumbo’s Just Desserts. I’ve been honestly waiting for a second season since finishing the first one in October 2018.

Grace and Frankie S6 (Netflix)

Release Date: January 15

Grace and Frankie just might be the show I am anticipating the most on this list! After binge-watching the first five seasons this summer, Grace and Frankie absolutely stole my TV-loving heart.

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MEET THE BOOKS: 2020 Reading Goals

My main reading goal of 2020 is no different from any bookish fangirl’s: read ALL the amazing books as possible!

My 2020 reading goals primarily revolve around the amount of books that I want to read and specific books that I want to pick up in the new year. I really want my 2020 reading to really focus on specific titles I have been wanting to pick up and titles I have selected for review, but also be as stress-free as possible.

I love the premise and creativity behind yearly reading challenges – maybe one year I’ll actually complete POPSUGAR’s annual challenge– but I find that I don’t like adapting my TBR and picking up certain books at a specific time to mark off a check box.

Read at least 60 books

My 2020 reading challenge of 60 books is lower than my normal reading goal. For example, in 2019, I set my reading challenge on Goodreads to 70 books, knowing that I personally wanted to reach 100 books. While I successfully reached my goal at 127 books, it might seem weird that I don’t set my challenge to a higher amount. With my college graduation ahead in May, I really don’t know what life is going to look like in 2020, hence I don’t know what my free time aka reading time will be this year. Reading will always be a part of my life for sure, but I don’t know if I’ll be able to have months where I can get to 15 books a month. Although I’ve proven that I am able to read a lot during super busy periods of life, I don’t want to set a “high” number because I don’t want to put pressure on myself to read.

Read more new adult and adult fiction

Although I read more YA books than not, I started picking up more and more new adult and adult fiction titles between May and the end of the year. Specifically, I found myself reaching for contemporary and contemporary romance titles. Since so many of the new adult and adult books that I picked up earned 5 stars, I really want to continue to pick up more of the same type of books. I’d love to read more books from the authors that I did read and find new-to-me authors and books. My favorite sub-genre within new adult and adult contemporary romance was sports romance.

Some 2019 favorites were:

The Books

I feel like I’ve gotten better and better about re-reading each year. I’ve discovered that challenging myself to reread specific books does not work, having done so in both 2018 and 2019 and failing to reread most of the books on those reread TBRs. Much of my rereading in 2020 is focusing on rereading books in anticipation for the next book in the series.

Reread The Royal We for The Heir Affair

Royal-inspired reads has become one of my favorite contemporary subgenres over the past few years. One of the reads that inspired my love for this ‘genre’ back in 2015 was Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan’s The Royal We. The Royal We follows an American college student studying abroad in England who happens to fall in love with the crown prince. It was announced in 2019 that there would be a book #2, The Heir Affair, coming out on June 16, 2020. Since I absolutely loved the first book and haven’t read it since 2015, I’m in definite need of a reread before summertime.I know a lot of people will be checking out both books from the library, so the sooner I check The Royal We out for my reread, the sooner I’ll have it. Unless I break out my holiday Barnes & Noble gift cards…

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Anticipated 2020 Releases: The Contemporary Edition

Is it that much of a surprise that this reader and fangirl has an anticipated releases list solely dedicated to contemporary books? As per usual, I am excited for SO many new contemporary books in 2020 across YA, new adult, and adult fiction. And never fear, I have another anticipated releases list with all the upcoming non-contemporary books I’m most excited about coming next week.

YA

The Map From Here to There by Emery Lord

Release Date: January 7

The much anticipated sequel to The Start of Me and You, I have a feeling I’ll be rereading The Map From Here to There (live love my love for Max Watson) at some point in the new year, after reading it for review in 2019.

 

Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

Release Date: January 14

Hype for Emma Lord’s Tweet Cute has (appropriately) been all over YA Twitter, and I really want this one to be one of the first 2020 releases I pick up early next year.

The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper

Release Date: February 4

I’m so excited to read The Gravity of Us because it sounds super unique! It follows two teenage guys who are the sons of the astronauts involved in NASA’s first mission to Mars.

 

Of Curses and Kisses (St. Rosetta’s Academy #1) by Sandhya Menon

Release Date: February 18

Sandhya Menon is seriously blessing us contemporary YA readers in 2019 with two new books! Of Curses and Kisses is the first book in her new fairytale retelling series set at an elite boarding school.

Anna K by Jenny Lee

Release Date: March 3

An Anna Karenina retelling, Anna K sounds so extravagant. Many bloggers have especially loved its Gossip Girl and Crazy Rich Asians vibe.

Harley in the Sky by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Release Date: March 10

Many readers absolutely love Akemi Dawn Bowman’s Starfish, making me even more excited to pick up that and her upcoming release, Harley in the Sky. After a huge fight with her parents, Harley joins her family’s rival circus group to perform as a trapeze artist.

 

We Are the Wildcats by Siobhan Vivian

Release Date: March 31

The most anticipated book on my list, I have been basically waiting for another Siobhan Vivian book since I finished Stay Sweet in 2018. We Are the Wildcats has me especially intrigued thanks to my field-hockey playing self.

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