Happy 2020! TOday I’m going to be talking about my most anticipated releases for January 202. I decided to not do a yearly anticipated relases post, because I felt that it made me put a lot of pressure and expectations on certain books in the past, and I didn’t want to do that this year. And I really only want to talk about the books I’m MOST excited for, so some month’s lists are going to be shorter than others. But here are some of the books I’m most excited for this month!
We Used to Be Friends by Amy Spalding | Jan 7
At the start of their senior year in high school, James (a girl with a boy’s name) and Kat are inseparable, but by graduation, they’re no longer friends. James prepares to head off to college as she reflects on the dissolution of her friendship with Kat while, in alternating chapters, Kat thinks about being newly in love with her first girlfriend and having a future that feels wide open. Over the course of senior year, Kat wants nothing more than James to continue to be her steady rock, as James worries that everything she believes about love and her future is a lie when her high-school sweetheart parents announce they’re getting a divorce. Funny, honest, and full of heart, We Used to Be Friends tells of the pains of growing up and growing apart.
I’m always here for friendship stories and I think this one is going to pack an emotional punch.
Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore | Jan 14
Summer, 1518. A strange sickness sweeps through Strasbourg: women dance in the streets, some until they fall down dead. As rumors of witchcraft spread, suspicion turns toward Lavinia and her family, and Lavinia may have to do the unimaginable to save herself and everyone she loves.
Five centuries later, a pair of red shoes seal to Rosella Oliva’s feet, making her dance uncontrollably. They draw her toward a boy who knows the dancing fever’s history better than anyone: Emil, whose family was blamed for the fever five hundred years ago. But there’s more to what happened in 1518 than even Emil knows, and discovering the truth may decide whether Rosella survives the red shoes.
I have loved everything Anna-Marie Mclemore has put out. Thier writing is just so luch and beautiful and I can’t wait to see it in this historical setting.
Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson | Jan 21
Ellingham Academy must be cursed. Three people are now dead. One, a victim of either a prank gone wrong or a murder. Another, dead by misadventure. And now, an accident in Burlington has claimed another life. All three in the wrong place at the wrong time. All at the exact moment of Stevie’s greatest triumph . . .
She knows who Truly Devious is. She’s solved it. The greatest case of the century.
At least, she thinks she has. With this latest tragedy, it’s hard to concentrate on the past. Not only has someone died in town, but David disappeared of his own free will and is up to something. Stevie is sure that somehow—somehow—all these things connect. The three deaths in the present. The deaths in the past. The missing Alice Ellingham and the missing David Eastman. Somewhere in this place of riddles and puzzles there must be answers.
Then another accident occurs as a massive storm heads toward Vermont. This is too much for the parents and administrators. Ellingham Academy is evacuated. Obviously, it’s time for Stevie to do something stupid. It’s time to stay on the mountain and face the storm—and a murderer.
I have a feeling this conclusion is going to surprise and satisfy me. I loved where book 2 left off, so I have high hopes.
What books are you looking forward to this month. Share below and here’s to a happy and book-filled 2020!