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42+ Exciting 2020 Upcoming Book Releases

With a new year comes a brand new set of 2020 upcoming book releases. Discover our most anticipated 2020 books in historical fiction, multicultural YA, romance, thrillers, and books set around the world.

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What are the hottest new books of the year? Don’t miss this reading list filled with books coming this 2020.

What 2020 upcoming book releases are we eyeing each month? Below find some of our most anticipated books this 2020 with a strong focus on books to inspire travel and diverse, multicultural reads.

Don’t forget that each month, we showcase even more of our favorite new titles with mini-book reviews in a feature we call “Book Buzzed.” TUL aims to read at least 3-6 new book releases a month.

Be sure to check back as we will update this page with current finds.

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Let’s get started with the best 2020 book releases!

P.S. If you are looking for the all-time BEST New Books Of 2020, head here→

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**Please remember that publishing dates are sometimes subject to change.

January 2020 Upcoming Book Releases

January started 2020 off with a ton of new books to read and also some major controversy. Find indie art fiction, sweet YA WW2 historical fiction, and a book set in my home state.

This Light Between Us by Andrew Fukuda book cover with woman in the background and male soldier carrying a backpack

This Light Between Us by Andrew Fukuda

January 7, 2020 – YA WW2 Fiction – A Japanese-American boy and a Jewish French girl become the most unlikely pen pals. Watch their friendship progress through the horrors of WW2.
Amazon | Goodreads

One of my favorite lesser-known January 2020’s books is The Caroline Paintings by indie author, Arthur Hittner.

The Uncorked Librarian has reviewed Hittner’s other two novels, Artist, Soldier, Lover, Muse and Four-Finger Singer And His Late Wife Kate.

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The Caroline Paintings by Arthur D. Hittner

January 10, 2020 – Art Fiction – When a Florida retiree scores a handful of mysterious paintings, he is sent on a journey to uncover the mystery behind the beautiful young muse and her anonymous painter. Meet an unlikely group of friends in a heartwarming story about love and art. Find our full review in February 2020’s Currently Reading feature.
Amazon | Goodreads

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Big Lies In A Small Town by Diane Chamberlain

January 14, 2020 – North Carolina Family Fiction – Morgan Christopher finds herself with a 3-year jail sentence. When she is asked to restore an old mural on-site, she uncovers all of the town’s dirty little secrets.
Amazon | Goodreads

You can also find Big Lies In A Small Town on our Books Set In North Carolina reading list.

Full Disclosure: I hesitated to add American Dirt to this book list. I still must decide if I will read the title or not.

If nothing else, titles like American Dirt initiate conversations about publishing, stereotyping, and the lessons we can learn from them.

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

January 21, 2020 – Hispanic Family Fiction – One of the most controversial books of 2020, find a migrant tale of a family fleeing from Mexico to the United States. Accused of misrepresenting and stereotyping different cultures as a non-Hispanic author, you can read more about the controversy here.
Amazon | Goodreads

Find all of our most anticipated January 2020 book releases here.

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February 2020 Upcoming Book Releases

In February 2020, discover a fantastical book set in Victorian England, new WW2 historical fiction and nonfiction, sweet YA romance, and a few good thrillers.

Notably, The Sun Down Motel and The Gravity of Us are two of my favorite February 2020 upcoming book releases.

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The Light After The War by Anita Abriel

February 4, 2020 – WW2 Historical Fiction – Based on a true story, two Jewish friends escape Auschwitz. The story follows the aftermath and their survival.
Amazon | Goodreads

If you love historical fiction, don’t miss our most anticipated Winter And Spring WW2 New Book Releases.

The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper book cover with two boys sitting in front of purple and pink sky

The Gravity Of Us by Phil Stamper

February 4, 2020 – YA LGBT Fiction – Watch as two teens navigate the pressure of fame, family, and love. Add in NASA and a little reality TV, too.
Amazon | Goodreads

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Things In Jars by Jess Kid

February 10, 2020 – Literary Gothic and Historical Thriller | Mystery – Set on the streets of Victorian England, join Bridie Devine as she solves the mystery of a stolen child with magical powers.
Amazon | Goodreads

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The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James

February 18, 2020 – Paranormal Mystery & Thriller – Go back in time to upstate New York where Carly Kirk’s aunt Viv had mysteriously disappeared 30 years before. Find vengeful ghosts and a thrilling murder mystery.
Amazon | Goodreads | Book Information→

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The Tuscan Girl by Angela Petch

February 25, 2020 – Historical WWII Italian Fiction – Alba and Massimo are both trying to reconcile their pasts with the discovery of a box of silverware in a home abandoned during WW2.
Amazon | Goodreads

Don’t miss even more February 2020 upcoming book releases here and see which titles are worth a read.

Most Anticipated March 2020 Book Releases

March has an unbelievable amount of YA books, and I wish that I could read them all.

Along with YA novels, I devoured Code Name Hélène, a WW2 novel based on a real-life spy, Nancy Wate. Even though Lawhon fabricates some of Wate’s stories for a thrilling fictional read and romance, I still cannot believe how much of the novel actually happened.

Lastly, March 2020 upcoming book releases promise long library hold lists. Even this book blogger couldn’t get sneak peek access to all of them.

The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu

The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu

March 3, 2020 – YA Historical and Music Fiction – Although Nannerl Mozart is a musical prodigy, as a woman living in 18th century Europe, she cannot truly leave behind the legacy wishes. Or, can she with a magical wish?
Amazon | Goodreads

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Every Reason We Shouldn’t by Sara Fujimura

March 3, 2020 – YA Sports Fiction – A sweet teen romance with a whole lot of ice skating and family drama, gain insight into the life of competitive sports. Japanese-American, Olivia has to decide if she can make a comeback in the figure-skating arena after a devastating competition.
Amazon | Goodreads

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The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin

March 24, 2020 – Fantasy Fiction – The first in the brand new The Great Cities trilogy, follow five New Yorkers that unite to save their city.
Amazon | Goodreads

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Code Name Hélène by Ariel Lawhon

March 31, 2020 – WW2 Biographical Fiction – Based on the true story of WW2 spy Nancy Wake, discover the woman responsible for killing a brutal Nazi soldier and saving thousands of lives. You’ll love learning more about this French Resistance female leader.
Amazon | Goodreads | Book Information→

Don’t miss our mini-book reviews for our 9 favorite March 2020 book releases.

New Books Publishing April 2020

Since moving to North Carolina, I always leave room for southern authors in my new releases queue. When Renea Winchester reached out with a women’s fiction novel set 60 miles west of Asheville–our home–I had to know more.

Along with North Carolina fiction, I am excitedly sitting on a copy of The Women With Silver Wings. With the goal to read more nonfiction, the 2020 upcoming book releases do not disappoint.

Plus, April 2020 promises some touching and powerful reads from bestselling authors, including Sue Monk Kidd and Lois Lowry. I repeat LOIS LOWRY.

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Outbound Train by Renea Winchester

April 1, 2020 – Southern & Rural Women’s Fiction – Set in Bryson City, North Carolina, Barbara Parker’s memories haunt her every time she hears the 5:30 train whistle. When her daughter goes missing around the tracks, can she find the strength to save her? Amazon | Goodreads | Read More→

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Joy At Work by Marie Kondo

April 7, 2020 – Self Improvement & Management – Marie Kondo is back at it with tidying advice for the office. Join Kondo and organizational psychologist, Scott Sonenshein, as they help you unclutter your workspace. Amazon | Goodreads 

While TUL focuses on most anticipated 2020 upcoming book releases for adults and teens, I am looking forward to Lowry’s children’s book based in Hawaii and Japan. Lois Lowry is the infamous author of The Giver.

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On The Horizon by Lois Lowry

April 7, 2020 – Children’s Asian & American History – Lowry looks back on her life and reflects on the tragedies at Pearl Harbor and Hiroshima through a child’s eyes. Amazon | Goodreads | Read More Book Information→

Simon the Fiddler by Paulette Jiles

Simon the Fiddler by Paulette Jiles

April 14, 2020 – Historical British & Irish Fiction – Set at the end of the Civil War in 1865, watch as a fiddler conscripted into the Confederate army falls in love with an Irish woman. Amazon | Goodreads 

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The Women With Silver Wings by Katherine Sharp Landdeck

April 21, 2020 – Women in Aviation & WW2 History Nonfiction – With the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the Air Force needed women pilots. Only 1,100 women at the time earned silver wings. Learn their role during the war as well as afterward. Amazon | Goodreads | Book Information→

You may remember Sue Monk Kidd from The Invention Of Wings, The Mermaid Chair, and The Secret Life of Bees. Get ready for a new 2020 book release of biblical proportion.

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The Book Of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd

April 21, 2020 – Historical Fiction – Set in the first century, Ana encounters 18-year-old Jesus. The novel’s goal is to bring humanity to Jesus while giving power and voice to a passionate woman. Amazon | Goodreads 

See which 6 April 2020 Book Releases we loved and reviewed.

May 2020 Upcoming Book Releases

With May 2020 comes another YA romance from one of my favorite authors, Brandy Woods Snow. I loved Meant To Be Broken and already have a copy of As Much As I Ever Could sitting on my coffee table, courtesy of Brandy.

Not to mention that I also have an ARC that I’m tempted to read super early: The Jane Austen Society. I love literary fiction and cannot wait to dive in.

And um, just like Sue Monk Kidd and Lois Lowry are back at it this year, Suzanne Collins–The Hunger Games author–is bringing it on, too. Here are our most anticipated May 2020 upcoming book releases:

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Devolution by Max Brooks

May 12, 2020 (Now August 2020) – Science Fiction & Suspense – Through the journals of Kate Holland, fall into a tale of the Mount Rainer eruption, Greenloop Massacre, and the story of Bigfoot. Amazon | Goodreads 

The Ballard Of Songbirds And Snakes by Suzanne Collins green book cover with gold bird and snake

The Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes by Suzanne Collins

May 19, 2020 – YA Survival Stories – Eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow is a mentor in the Hunger Games with a female tribute from none other than District 12. Amazon | Goodreads 

As Much As I Ever Could by Brandy Woods Snow book cover with two teens leaning on a racing car

As Much As I Ever Could by Brandy Woods Snow

May 26, 2020 – YA Southern Fiction & Contemporary Romance – CJ is the sole survivor of a car crash that killed her mother and sister. While battling a relationship with her father, CJ also ironically falls for a NASCAR driver. Amazon | Goodreads 

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The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner

May 26, 2020 – Literary Historical Fiction – At the end of WW2 in a small English town, a group of people band together to save Jane Austen’s legacy and home. An unlikely gaggle of friends, they create The Jane Austen Society. Amazon | Goodreads 

Don’t miss our book reviews and favorite May 2020 Book Releases.

New June 2020 Upcoming Book Releases

Have you seen the June 2020 upcoming book releases? They are FABULOUS and diverse. Which ones did I read and recommend?

If you want to head to Mexico for some creepy AF gothic fiction, you’ll devour Mexican Gothic. If you are part of BOTM, you might want to add-on The Boyfriend Project next round (if you missed it)–it’s a super contemporary and diverse rom-com. My favorite? Probably The Girl From Widow Hills–a murder mystery set in my home state of North Carolina.

Find bestselling authors like Kevin Kwan, Elin Hilderbrand, and Emily Giffin. Head to the Cape, NYC, Dublin, Mexico, North Carolina. IT’S SUCH A GOOD MONTH FOR BOOKS!

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Burn by Patrick Ness

June 2, 2020 – YA Fantasy – As impoverished outcasts on a little farm in Washington, Sarah and her father are forced to hire a soulless dragon to work their farm. 
Amazon | Goodreads 

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The Lies That Bind by Emily Giffin

June 2, 2020 – Contemporary Women’s Fiction – Cecily falls for a stranger at a bar. However, he soon goes missing in the chaos and aftermath of 9/11. 
Amazon | Goodreads | Book Information→

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The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon

June 9, 2020 – Multicultural Rom-Com – A May 2020 BOTM, watch as three women unite after being cheated on by the same man. Amazon | Goodreads | Book Information→

The Girl From Widow Hills Megan Miranda

The Girl From Widow Hills by Megan Miranda

June 23, 2020 – Mystery & Suspense Set In NC – One of my most anticipated books of 2020, find a mystery and stellar dysfunctional family novel set in our home state of North Carolina. Amazon | Goodreads | Book Information→

Don’t miss all of June 2020’s Book Releases here.

Most Anticipated July 2020 Upcoming Book Releases

As the summer heats up, so do the upcoming 2020 book releases. July promises steamy romance, thrillers by the shore, and loads of historical fiction.

TUL also started Book Of The Month, which means even more access to the most popular titles of 2020.

What did we love reading this July? One To Watch is a body-positive novel that will make you fall in love with yourself, fashion, and some sweet guys.

Although a bit of a slow-burn, Well-Behaved Indian Women is a strong feminist read about staying true to yourself and fighting against traditional family constraints, sexism, and discrimination.

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One To Watch by Kate Stayman-London

July 7, 2020 – Rom-Com – Plus-size fashion blogger, Bea, attempts to add diversity to a reality TV show similar to The Bachelorette. Can she find love and learn to love herself? Amazon | Goodreads | Book Information→

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Cinderella Is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

July 7, 2020 – Multicultural YA Fairy Tale Retelling – A Cinderella story with a multicultural, feminist, and LGBTQ spin. Amazon | Goodreads

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Well-Behaved Indian Women by Saumya Dave

July 14, 2020 – Multicultural Generational Women’s Fiction – Watch as three generations of Indian women fight for their dreams and identities independent from all of society’s and their families’ constraints. Amazon | Goodreads

We read a ton of July 2020’s Most Anticipated New Books.

August 2020 Upcoming Book Releases We Can’t Wait For

The 2020 upcoming book releases publishing in August are all about WW2 and historical fiction. Plus, we’ve been eyeing new books that shed light on racism and books that offer a different perspective into historical events.

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Paris Never Leaves You by Ellen Feldman

August 4, 2020 – WW2 Historical Fiction – Charlotte works at a Paris bookstore during WWII, fighting to survive with her young daughter. 
Amazon | Goodreads | Book Information→

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The Lions Of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis

August 4, 2020 – Historical Fiction – Head to the New York Public Library in both the past and present as rare books mysteriously go missing. Amazon | Goodreads | Book Information→

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In The Realm Of Ash And Sorrow by Kenneth W. Harmon

August 4, 2020 – Indie WW2 Historical Fiction – A WW2 bombardier dies over Hiroshima. Haunting a Japanese family, he learns the real “enemy” of war. Amazon | Goodreads | Book Information→

Read about all 15 August 2020 Book Releases here.

2020 Upcoming Book Releases This September

September is a good month for publishing and is filled with some of my favorite 2020 upcoming book releases. I’m not going to lie either: this month has a shocker from a big author that made my DNF list. You don’t want to miss this review.

Books releasing in September 2020 that I loved include Ties That Tether, Dear Justyce, and The Midnight Library.

Also, don’t miss all of our most-anticipated fall 2020 book releases.

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The Book Of Two Ways by Jodi Picoult

September 22, 2020 – Women’s Sagas Set In Egypt – After surviving a plane crash, Dawn returns to Egypt to reconcile her past. Amazon | Goodreads

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Dear Justyce by Nic Stone

September 29, 2020 – YA Books About Racism & Book Set In Atlanta, GA – The sequel to Dear Martin, learn more about Quan and his time in the juvenile (in)justice system. Amazon | Goodreads | Book Information→

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Ties That Tether by Jane Igharo

September 29, 2020 – Multicultural Romance – A fast-paced romance about a Nigerian woman falling for a man outside of her family’s expectations. Amazon | Goodreads | Book Information→

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The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

September 29, 2020 – Time Travel Fiction Set In England – If you could live through all of your various life choices, alternatives, and regrets, would you find a happier version of yourself? Amazon | Goodreads | Book Information→

Read about all 15 September 2020 Book Releases here.

October 2020 Upcoming Book Releases

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Mistletoe & Mr. Right by Sarah Morgenthaler

October 6, 2020 – Romance Set In Alaska – Readers will cozy up for this Christmas romance as Lana tries to save the future of Moose Springs from the Santa Mookse while engaging in a casual romance with one of the locals. Amazon | Goodreads | Book Information→

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Simmer Down by Sarah Smith

October 13, 2020 – Multicultural Romance Set In Maui –  Head to Maui for the ultimate food truck war. When Callum and his brother Finn park next to Nikki and her mom, disregarding all proper food truck etiquette, IT’S ON!! Both trucks are preparing for the Maui Food Festival contest with a little love mixed in. Amazon | Goodreads | Book Information→

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Love Your Life by Sophie Kinsella

October 27, 2020 – Romance Set In Italy and London – Ava heads to Italy for a writers’ retreat to focus on her book. She isn’t expecting to find love at first sight. The catch is that all participants have taken on new names. When both Ava and the mystery man return to London, will their love fizzle when reality sets in?  Amazon | Goodreads | Book Information→

Read more about all 16 October 2020 Book Releases here.

November 2020 Upcoming Book Releases

With the end of the year, comes our last few months of new releases. In November, be on the lookout for new YA set around the world, plenty of WWII historical fiction, and inspirational nonfiction from David Sedaris, Barack Obama, and Emmanuel Acho.

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Pinot Noir by Mads Molnar III

November 1, 2020 – WWII historical fiction set across Europe – When the Nazis visit a French-German winemaker, he is determined to save his vineyard. Gifting the commander with a poisoned case of Pinot Noir, the bottles are shipped across Europe as gifts. Detective Mads Molnar III must recover the bottles or face death. Amazon | Goodreads | Book Information→

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Love & Olives by Jenna Evans Welch

November 10, 2020 – YA Romance Set Santorini, Greece – Liz visits her estranged dad in Greece as he hunts for Atlantis. Will she find forgiveness, love, and the mythical city of Atlantis in this novel about family and mental health? Amazon | Goodreads | Book Information→

Read more about all 17 November 2020 Book Releases here.

Lastly, grab all of the December 2020 book releases here

Don’t forget to check back for updates as well as be on the lookout for posts with the month’s hottest new releases.

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What 2020 upcoming book releases are you most anticipating?

Let us know in the comments what new 2020 upcoming book releases you are most anticipating. If you read advanced copies, tell us what you are reading, too. What can we add to our radar?

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Sheree @ Keeping Up With The Penguins

Sunday 9th of February 2020

Completely understand your hesitation re: American Dirt. I read and reviewed it, and I think it was the toughest review I've ever had to write ? Also, The Lies That Bind sounds really interesting, I'll have to keep an eye out for it later in the year. It's really interesting to note that there seems to be more and more books (fic and non fic) around the events of 9/11 coming out lately, it's like maybe enough time has passed and enough emotional distance created for us to start addressing it properly in literature, perhaps? My Year Of Rest And Relaxation comes to mind. ❤️


Monday 10th of February 2020

I still need to go back and read your full review of American Dirt as I think I saw your summary on Goodreads. I cannot wait to hear your thoughts.

You are also spot-on: I am seeing so many more 9/11 books out this year, and it's interesting because it's like there is some secret message going around that it's OK now... I am glad to see people giving even more voice and humanity to all of 9/11. I want to hear those individual stories and understand the event from more than what the media has told us.

Oddly, I am also seeing trends with sole survivor stories and plane crashes?! Is it just me? I've also seen quite a few new releases that are getting pretty political, which is fabulous--but book Twitter is going to lose its damn mind.

Macey @ Brine & Books

Thursday 6th of February 2020

I am very much looking forward to Suzanne Collins' new Hunger Games prequel, and Lois Lowry??? I had NO idea! Too excited for that now as well :)


Friday 7th of February 2020

I'm SUPER worried about this new Hunger Games. The pressure for Collins is immense. SOOOOO excited for Lois Lowry's too!!!!

Aj @ Read All The Things!

Thursday 6th of February 2020

I’m excited for a bunch of these too! I’m nervous for the new Hunger Games book. That’s one of my favorite series, and I don’t want anything to mess it up.


Thursday 6th of February 2020

I am so nervous about the new Hunger Games book as well. It's going to be interesting...