Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2020

This week's topic is:  Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2020

Can you believe that we're already halfway through the year?? I still feel completely baffled at how this year has just... happened, but I guess one positive angle to take would be that we're this much closer to second half of the year/fall releases! There are some that I completely forgot were releasing this year, and even some that I didn't even realize were coming this year. There are probably a lot that I'm forgetting, but here are eleven (I miscounted, but we're keeping them all!) that I'm really excited for!

Rhythm of War (The Stormlight Archive, #4)
Rhythm of War (The Stormlight Archives #4) by Brandon Sanderson
This is probably my most highly anticipated release out of all of the releases this year! I really need to refresh my memory of the previous three, though...

"The eagerly awaited sequel to the #1 New York Times bestselling Oathbringer, from an epic fantasy writer at the top of his game.  

After forming a coalition of human resistance against the enemy invasion, Dalinar Kholin and his Knights Radiant have spent a year fighting a protracted, brutal war. Neither side has gained an advantage.  

Now, as new technological discoveries begin to change the face of the war, the enemy prepares a bold and dangerous operation. The arms race that follows will challenge the very core of the Radiant ideals, and potentially reveal the secrets of the ancient tower that was once the heart of their strength." Goodreads

The Left-Handed Booksellers of London
The Left-Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix
As a left-handed person, I feel connected to this book by title alone! In all seriousness, though, I'm a huge Garth Nix fan and I think this sounds really unique and exciting!

"In a slightly alternate London in 1983, Susan Arkshaw is looking for her father, a man she has never met. Crime boss Frank Thringley might be able to help her, but Susan doesn’t get time to ask Frank any questions before he is turned to dust by the prick of a silver hatpin in the hands of the outrageously attractive Merlin.

Merlin is a young left-handed bookseller (one of the fighting ones). With the right-handed booksellers (the intellectual ones), he belongs to an extended family of magical beings who police the mythic and legendary Old World when it intrudes on the modern world, in addition to running several bookshops.

Susan’s search for her father begins with her mother’s possibly misremembered or misspelled surnames, a reading-room ticket, and a silver cigarette case engraved with something that might be a coat of arms.

Merlin has a quest of his own: to find the Old World entity who used ordinary criminals to kill his mother. As he and his sister, a right-handed bookseller named Vivien, tread in the path of a botched or covered-up police investigation from years past, they find their quest strangely overlaps with Susan’s. Who or what was her father? Susan, Merlin, and Vivien must find out, as the Old World erupts dangerously into the New.Goodreads 

A Peculiar Peril
A Peculiar Peril Jeff VanderMeer
I still haven't read anything by Jeff VanderMeer, but I'm really looking forward to this one all the same. :)

"Jonathan Lambshead stands to inherit his deceased grandfather’s overstuffed mansion—a veritable cabinet of curiosities—once he and two schoolmates catalog its contents. But the three soon discover that the house is filled with far more than just oddities: It holds clues linking to an alt-Earth called Aurora, where the notorious English occultist Aleister Crowley has stormed back to life on a magic-fueled rampage across a surreal, through-the-looking-glass version of Europe replete with talking animals (and vegetables).

Swept into encounters with allies more unpredictable than enemies, Jonathan pieces together his destiny as a member of a secret society devoted to keeping our world separate from Aurora. But as the ground shifts and allegiances change with every step, he and his friends sink ever deeper into a deadly pursuit of the profound evil that is also chasing after them." Goodreads

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
I love the sound of this house and I'm looking forward to more Susanna Clarke!

"Piranesi's house is no ordinary building: its rooms are infinite, its corridors endless, its walls are lined with thousands upon thousands of statues, each one different from all the others. Within the labyrinth of halls an ocean is imprisoned; waves thunder up staircases, rooms are flooded in an instant. But Piranesi is not afraid; he understands the tides as he understands the pattern of the labyrinth itself. He lives to explore the house.

There is one other person in the house-a man called The Other, who visits Piranesi twice a week and asks for help with research into A Great and Secret Knowledge. But as Piranesi explores, evidence emerges of another person, and a terrible truth begins to unravel, revealing a world beyond the one Piranesi has always known." Goodreads

Hollowpox: The Hunt for Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor, #3)
Hollowpox: The Hunt for Morrigan Crow Jessica Townsend
I have enjoyed the Nevermoor series so much and I was so  thrilled to see that it comes out this summer!

"Morrigan Crow and her friends have survived their first year as proud scholars of the elite Wundrous Society, helped bring down the nefarious Ghastly Market, and proven themselves loyal to Unit 919. Now Morrigan faces a new, exciting challenge: to master the mysterious Wretched Arts of the Accomplished Wundersmith, and control the power that threatens to consume her.  

Meanwhile, a strange and frightening illness has taken hold of Nevermoor, turning infected Wunimals into mindless, vicious Unnimals on the hunt. As victims of the Hollowpox multiply, panic spreads. There are whispers - growing louder every day - that this catastrophe can only be the work of the Wundersmith, Ezra Squall.  But inside the walls of Wunsoc, everyone knows there is a new Wundersmith - one who's much closer to home. 

With Nevermoor in a state of fear and the truth about Morrigan threatening to get out, the city she loves becomes the most perilous place in the world. Morrigan must try to find a cure for the Hollowpox, but it will put her - and everyone in Nevermoor - in more danger than she could have imagined. ” Goodreads

A History of What Comes Next (Take Them to the Stars, #1)
A History of What Comes Next by Sylvain Neuvel
I didn't care for Neuvel's previous trilogy, but this sounds so compelling.

"Even before our kind started using tools, the Kibsu have been with us, guiding humanity, teaching us, molding us.  As long as we follow the rules.  The Kibsu had five rules to guide the gradual elevation of our species:

1. Preserve the knowledge.
2. Survive at all cost.
3. Don’t draw attention to yourself.
4. Don’t leave a trace.
5. There can never be three for too long.

But when their enemy got too close, the Kibsu add one more:

6. Fear the Tracker: always run, never fight.

But now, during the terrors of the Great War, the Trackers are closing in, and for Mia and Sarah, running might no longer be an option." Goodreads

A Deadly Education (Scholomance, #1)
A Deadly Education by Naomi Novak
I'm always ready for more magical boarding schools--especially when they're from Naomi Novak!

"Lesson One of the Scholomance  

Learning has never been this deadly

A Deadly Education is set at Scholomance, a school for the magically gifted where failure means certain death (for real) — until one girl, El, begins to unlock its many secrets. There are no teachers, no holidays, and no friendships, save strategic ones. Survival is more important than any letter grade, for the school won’t allow its students to leave until they graduate… or die! The rules are deceptively simple: Don’t walk the halls alone. And beware of the monsters who lurk everywhere. El is uniquely prepared for the school’s dangers. She may be without allies, but she possesses a dark power strong enough to level mountains and wipe out millions. It would be easy enough for El to defeat the monsters that prowl the school. The problem? Her powerful dark magic might also kill all the other students." Goodreads

The Constant Rabbit
The Constant Rabbit by Jasper Fforde
I love Jasper Fforde and I will take anything he writes!

"Peter Knox lives quietly in one of those small country villages that's up for the Village Garden of the Year award. Until Doc and Constance Rabbit move in next door, upsetting the locals (many of them members of governing political party United Kingdom Against Rabbit Population), complicating Peter's job as a Rabbit Spotter, and forcing him to take a stand, moving from unconscious leporiphobe to active supporter of the UK's amiable and peaceful population of anthropomorphised rabbits.Goodreads

The Space Between Worlds
The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson
I am really intrigued by the sound of this new sci-fi, and Micaiah Johnson is a new author for me!

"Multiverse travel is finally possible, but there’s just one catch: No one can visit a world where their counterpart is still alive. Enter Cara, whose parallel selves happen to be exceptionally good at dying—from disease, turf wars, or vendettas they couldn’t outrun. Cara’s life has been cut short on 372 worlds in total.

On this Earth, however, Cara has survived. Identified as an outlier and therefore a perfect candidate for multiverse travel, Cara is plucked from the dirt of the wastelands. Now she has a nice apartment on the lower levels of the wealthy and walled-off Wiley City. She works—and shamelessly flirts—with her enticing yet aloof handler, Dell, as the two women collect off-world data for the Eldridge Institute. She even occasionally leaves the city to visit her family in the wastes, though she struggles to feel at home in either place. So long as she can keep her head down and avoid trouble, Cara is on a sure path to citizenship and security.

But trouble finds Cara when one of her eight remaining doppelgƤngers dies under mysterious circumstances, plunging her into a new world with an old secret. What she discovers will connect her past and her future in ways she could have never imagined—and reveal her own role in a plot that endangers not just her world, but the entire multiverse.Goodreads

The Death of Vivek OjiThe Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi
Another new author for me, but I think this sounds so good, and reviews are already amazing for it.

"What does it mean for a family to lose a child they never really knew?  One afternoon, in a town in southeastern Nigeria, a mother opens her front door to discover her son’s body, wrapped in colorful fabric, at her feet. What follows is the tumultuous, heart-wrenching story of one family’s struggle to understand a child whose spirit is both gentle and mysterious. 

Raised by a distant father and an understanding but overprotective mother, Vivek suffers disorienting blackouts, moments of disconnection between self and surroundings. As adolescence gives way to adulthood, Vivek finds solace in friendships with the warm, boisterous daughters of the Nigerwives, foreign-born women married to Nigerian men. But Vivek’s closest bond is with Osita, the worldly, high-spirited cousin whose teasing confidence masks a guarded private life. As their relationship deepens—and Osita struggles to understand Vivek’s escalating crisis—the mystery gives way to a heart-stopping act of violence in a moment of exhilarating freedom.   

Propulsively readable, teeming with unforgettable characters, The Death of Vivek Oji is a novel of family and friendship that challenges expectations—a dramatic story of loss and transcendence that will move every reader.Goodreads

Beowulf: A New TranslationBeowulf: A New Translation by Maria Dahvana Headley
I'm weirdly excited for another new Beowulf translation! I love new translations of things and getting new perspectives, so this fits that niche well, I'm looking forward to see Headley's new take on it.

"A new verse translation of the epic poem by Maria Dahvana Headley, which brings to light elements that have never before been translated into English, re-contextualizing the binary narrative of monsters and heroes into a tale in which the two categories often entwine, justice is rarely served, and dragons live among us.

A man seeks to prove himself as a hero. A monster seeks silence in his territory. A warrior seeks to avenge her murdered son. A dragon ends it all.Goodreads

What books are you most excited for in the second half of the year!? Are you looking forward to any of these also?


  1. Oh, a new Fforde! I could have had that on my list, but I didn't!

    1. It's sort of been flying under the radar it seems, so far!

  2. A Deadly Education sounds so good.

    My TTT .

  3. I have A Deadly Education on my list too. I'm all about boarding school stories, and this one just sounds so fantastic.


  4. Someone else listed the Beowulf book too, so now I'm really interested! I think it shows just how many books are coming out, that we have almost entirely different lists. A Deadly Education is also on minešŸ˜

    1. I'm still trying to catch up on everyone's lists--there really is a huge variety coming out!

  5. So many fantastic books! I completely forgot that Jeff VanderMeer had a new book coming out. So excited for that! Sylvain Neuvel is my favourite author! I believe his book was pushed back until February of next year, which is sad!

    1. I keep forgetting that so many different authors I like have books coming out--it feels like there are a lot! Bummer about the Neuvel books, I didn't realize that. :(

  6. A Peculiar Peril sounds interesting! Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

  7. Great list! I'm so excited for A Deadly Education, and I really need to give the Morrigan Crow books a try.

    1. The Morrigan Crow books are so much fun! I was a little skpetical at first because, as usual, everyone wanted to compare it to Harry Potter, but they are so fun and imaginative--definitely a worthwhile middle grade fantasy read. :)

  8. I think these are all new to me, but there are some great covers up there!

    1. Publishers really have been up on their cover game lately, it seems!

  9. All of these sound like great reads. I hope you enjoy them.